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Inside i EDITORIAL . SOCIAL . . . OBITUARY . MARKETS . . TELEVISION SPORTS . . . COMICS . . CLASSIFIED . PAGE 4 PAGE 18 PAGE 19 PAGE 19 PAGE 31 PAGE 32 PAGE 34 PAGE 36 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years CLOUDY FRIDAY Low 68, High 95 (Complete Weather, Page 2) Established January 15, 1836. Vol. CXXV1II, No. 140 ALTON, ILL., THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 1963 40 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press. City Lays Over Cut Sewer Bid By SEBASTIAN FIL1PPONE Telegraph Staff Writer A special engineering committee recommendation to reject bids for the South Side interceptor sewer was laid over by a 10-3 vote in the Alton City Council Wednesday night. The action came after the low bidder on the job offered several provisional reductions which could total $225,000 in the cost of the project. The Council indicated attempts would be made to negotiate reduction in the contract if negotiations do not jeopardize a $250,000 federal grant for the project. City attorneys were to determine during the layover whether, the city would still be eligible for the federal grant. Paul A. Lenz, city director of public works, said the federal government would not approve contracts that vary more than 5 per cent of the estimate. The recommendation to rejcnt all bids as excessive came after it was learned the two bids received ranged from 57 per cent to 63 per cent above engineer's estimates. The recommendation by the Citizens Engineering Advisory Committee said the "best interests of the city would be served by calling for new bids." $1.5 Million Bid The engineer's estimate for construction oE the sewer was $957,066. Bids opened Monday were for $1,498,763 by R & R Construction Co. and for $1,562,118 by Madison Construction Co. Alderman Darrell Riley, Elvis Tarrant and John McConnell voted against deferring action following a lengthy discussion. Engineers representing the city, the director of public works and representatives of the R & R firm presented their views during the discussion. John W. Hoefert, city counselor, said negotiations were legal under some conditions, and the city had negotiated contracts before with the lowest bidder. He advised a two-week layover while the city investigates the possibility of negotiation on the sewer bid. Lenz, recommended strongly against, negotiation, and urged the bids be rejected and new bids called for. He said witli a federal grant of $250,000 involved, regulations provided that the total negotiated could not be more than 5 per cent of the base bid, which would still leave the R & R bid a great deal over the engineer's estimate. "If the contractor can reduce his price now," Lenz said, "is there any reason he can't submit a bid at the lower price if we call for new bids?" East Side Heady Soon Lenz said it was possible arrangements for the east side interceptor would be ready soon, and the city might receive more favorable bids if more work was involved and if bids were asked when contractors are not so busy. Charles Rook, R & R president, said a total of $225,000 might be deducted from the bid price if work goes well in some difficult areas of the project. He said he worked out the deductions during an afternoon conference with city officials, during which "some ambiguities in the specifications were clarified." Rook said the reason for the big difference between the estimate and the bid was that "the initial estimate was very low," and did not take into account construction and labor costs, "which go up yearly." He said a 4 per cent wage increase is scheduled in August. Riley noted that the amount the bid was over the estimate was more than the wage increase would account for. Rook answered that he did not attribute the whole difference to labor, and added the contractor was "at the mercy of the suppliers." Possible Technical Problems Richard Rook named several It- cms which he said were included in the bid to meet the possibility of technical problems which could arise. He said if the problems did not arise, R & R would delete the cost of those items from the bid. He said several changes in specifications suggested by his firm could also result in deductions if approved. C. II. Sheppard, one ol the city's engineering consultants on the sewer plan, said he believed his estimate was fair. "If the bid had been within 10 or 15 per cent of my estimate," he said, "I would have agreed that the contract should be awarded." He said the usual difference between estimates and bid prices involved a sum set up for contingencies by the contractor. Sheppard said he might revise his estimate some to take a higher contingency item and a wage increase into account, but said a basis for reconsideration of the bid should not be more than 15 per cent of his estimate. City Council In Brief Following is a summary of action in the Alton City Council Wednesday. Full stories of the summaries are carried elsewhere in the Telegraph. A recommendation to reject bids for the south side interceptor sewer as "excessive" was laid over by a 10-3 vote and the Council indicated it would make attempts to negotiate reductions in the contract in the meantime. Unanimously approved purchase of a new street sweeper at a cost of $12,449.04 with trade-in of the present sweeper. The Elgin sweeper will have added horsepower to cope with Alton hills. Adopted revisions adding more than $100,000 to t h c city budget after turning back a move by five members attacking items appropriating $1,200 compensation for Mayor P. W. Day as liquor control commissioner and adding $080 to a travel and subsistence appropriation for the mayor and aldermen. Referred to the traffic committee a protest of restaurateur Harry Richey demanding an investigation of a police order banning parking in the 600 block of East Broadway last Sunday during the air show. Took the first step toward selection of a new proposed site for a new fire department station with presentation of a resolution authorizing procurement of options. The resolution was referred to the real estate committee for review. A step toward realization of finding additional money was taken when Newell Allen, chairman of the real estate committee, offered a resolution to offer for sale the city's former hose house property in the 1500 block of East Broadway. The resolution was referred back to Allen's committee. Unanimously adopted a resolution, presented at the request of the Daughters of the American Revolution, to observe next week as "American Flag Week." Referred to the real estate committee and the off-street parking commission a petition objecting to the site of a proposed off-street parking lot in Alton, signed by 10 Upper Alton merchants. Referred to the traffic safety commission for study a proposal to expedite the movement of traffic off the Clark bridge by banning left turns from both the bridge and Langdon Street. Adopted a resolution forming a special committee to study the possibility of cleaning several storm drainage sewers now flowing onto private property. Referred to the city hall custodian a proposal for opening a room formerly used by the city manager as a meeting place for committees and small groups acting on city business. Referred to city plan commission a resolution to extend a trunk sanitary sewer to an area north of Alton Senior High School. A resolution authorizing the mayor to have an engineering study made for improvement of the 20th Street crosstown route was referred to the finance committee. The council approved sale of some right of way nortli (if the West 6th Street extension, between Piasa and Belle. A report of the health committee recommending enlargement of a drainage line to reduce flooding south of Elm Street near Church was referred to the public works department. Teeii Agers Burn Flags from Graves ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP)-Police have accused five teen-aged boys of building a bonfire with hundreds of flags from veterans' graves. The boys were charged Wednesday with malicious mischief. Detectives quoted one as saying: "We did it for the heck of it." Parliament Approves New Israeli Cabinet JERUSALIEM, Israeli Sector (AP)—The 15-member coalition cabinet of Premier Levi Eshkol won Parliament's approval Wednesday night. The vote, along coalition-opposition lines, was 6443. TODAY'S CHUCKLE The worst thing about living in a trailer is that there's no place to put anything except where it belongs. (© 1963, General Features Corp.) OPPONENTS Lawyers, Following Debate, Against Amendment Plan Millard F. Caldwell, Florida state Supreme Court justice, (left) and Arthur J. Freund, St. Louis attorney, who debated U. S. Constitutional Amendments at Edwardsville. Labor Says Day Owes Apology Buddy Davis, stafl representative ol the United Steelworkers of America, told the Telegraph today that Alton's Mayor P. W. Day owes an apology l;o members of the state legislature and to labor for his statements Wednesday critical of both groups. Davis said, "I'm surprised at I the Alton - Wood River Area Fed- Day's charges, if he thought over what lie said he would know how untrue they are. Bills such as the minimum wage law were defeated by the legislature this year. This bill has long been a goal of labor." Day, expressing displeasure Tuesday over the bill advanced by the Illinois Senate which would raise the minimum salaries of policemen and firemen in cities of Alton's size to $475 a month, said the legislature is apparently "under complete domination of the unions." Davis said Mayor Day doesn't hesitate to call on labor for assistance when it is needed, but apparently he feels free to acc u s e labor unjustly whenever something displeases him. Davis supported the action by the legislature saying, "Organized labor for years has pointed out to city officials the need of higher pay for the police and firemen. The legislature has taken the responsibility of giving these people a decent standard of living while city officials have refused to do so." Arvel Pickering, president of eration of Labor called Day's charges "nonsense." Pickering said, "If Day would just check the record he would see the legislature is not a rubber stamp of labor. The majority of the bills do not favor labor. We have to fight for everything we get." Pickering also supported the legislature's action saying in comparison with the job the police arid firemen have to do even $475 is not an elaborate salary. Ecumenical to BeReconvened September 29 VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Paul VI has formally ordered the Roman Catholic Ecumenical Council to reconvene Sept. 29, the Vatican announced today. An announcement by the Vatican's special council press office disclosed the date and said the text of the order will be sent to Roman Catholic bishops around the world. Boosted Budget Adopted After turning back a move of five members to reject two items for increases totaling $2,180, Alton City Council Wednesday night unanimously adopted revisions adding more than $100,000 to the city budget. Items attacked were those appropriating $1,200 for compensation of Mayor P. W. Day as liquor control commissioner and adding $980 to a travel and subsistence appropriation for the mayor and aldermen. When the ordinance was introduced, Alderman Karl Deterding called for a division of the vote so the various items it contained 3G acted on one at a time. First item was one to provide for compensating the mayor as iquor commissioner at $100 a month or $1,200 a year. The proposed item was approved 8 to 6 ivith Aldermen Deterding, Laugh- iin, Dabbs, Bowman, Riley, and McConnell voting against its retention. Next submitted to a vote was an item to increase a travel and subsistence allowance for the mayor and council from $540 to $1,520. This appropriation, mainly to cover expense of convention trips, such as those to Municipal League meetings, was sustained 9 to 5 with Deterding, Dabbs, Bowman, Riley and McConnell voting in the negative. At this point Alderman William H. Warren objected that the division of the vote was taking up too much time when the council still had a big volume of business to dispose of. With a second by Alderman Newell Allen he moved to act on the rest of the measure in a single vole. His motion carried. Ordinance Chairman Roy Geltz, then submitted the entire ordinance under suspension of the rules and it was unanimously enacted, 14-0. Alderman Harry Smith was absent from the meeting, but the mayor was required to vote on financial matters, and this yielded 14 votes on the roll call. DATA AT THE DAM Sa.m. temperature Yesterday's today 74° high 91°, low 71° River stage below Precipitation dam at 8 a.m. 24 hrs. to 8 a.m. 5.4, Poo! 23.0. None. TEA WITH KINFOLKS President Kennedy sips tea while his third cousin, Mrs. Mary Ann Ryan, reaches for a sugar bowl during Kennedy's visit today at the ancestral home at Dunganstown, Ireland. The President wandered about the barnyard talking to cousins and neighbors. (AP Wire- photo) Kennedy Welcomed At Irish Homestead By THOMAS A. REEDY DUNGANSTOWN, Ireland (AP) President Kennedy returned to :he homestead of his Irish forefathers today and drank tea in ;he barnyard with cousins and their neighbors. The President's third cousin, widow Mary Ann Ryan, laid long tables for tea, cakes and pies to serve "Cousin Jack." Neighbors, some in their Sunday best and some in aprons lelped serve. The party assembled in the barnyard between Mrs. Ryan's Woman Astronaut in One 13 Planes Take Off in Derby NOT IN SPACE YET Not wanting the publicity, Miss pilot Mrs. Ruth Stafford, as they pre- Sarah Lee Gorelick (right), one of 12 pare to fly in the national Sky Lady women who have qualified to be lady Derby today, astronauts, tries to hide behind her co- liy L. ALLEN KLOPE Telegraph Staff Writer Thirteen single - engine airplanes left Civic Memorial Airport this morning on the Sky Lady Derby, and piloting one of the crafts was Miss Sarah Lee Gorelick, who has qualified as a woman astronaut in the U.S. space program. The last of the planes took off at 9:15 a.m. and will fly a 693- mile rectangular course, ending at Kansas City, Mo., late this afternoon. Miss Gorelick in the spotlight at the field today, was the first to take off with her co-pilot, Mrs. Ruth Stafford, in a Piper Comanche 180. The 29-year-old astronette, trained in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, was an engineer with American Telephone and Telegraph Co., until her astronauts tests began taking too much time. A story about her and the other 11 lady astronaut candidates appears in Life Magazine this week. Miss Gorelick is from Kansas City, Mo. Thunder storms northwest of Alton caused the race course to be altered and the 26 women will have gone to Little Roek, Ark., Fort Smith, Ark., and then to Kansas City, making a stop at each. The race is a pilot proficiency test. The winner will be judged on an estimate of the time it takes to run the course and the amount of gasoline used. The winner will be announced at a banquet Friday night in Kansas City. The pilots, tense and nervous about a seven-hour flight, w e r e constantly checking and rocheck- ing instruments, the engine, the exterior of the plane, and most of all the gasoline tanks, before they took off. house and the tin-roofed cottage the President's great-grandfather, Patrick Kennedy, left when he emigrated to Boston 120 years ago. The cottage now is a storage shed. Hundreds of jubilant Irish milled around the lane in front of Mrs. Ryan's home. The President came to the hamlet of Dunganstown after ;t tumultuous welcome from thousands at nearby New Ross, the port from which Patrick Kennedy sailed to the United States. Quips "If he hadn't left, I'd be working at the Albatross company," Kennedy told the welcomers, drawing a roar of laughter. The Albatross company is a fertilizer factory on the other side of the River Barrow. The President thanked Mrs. Ryan and "all the Kennedys whoj stayed here" for the party. "This was a fine effort and we thank you very much," the President said. "I promise you we won't come back oftener than once every 10 years." Ambassador Matthew McCloskey kept reminding the President it was time to go but Kennedy was having too good a time to tear himself away abruptly. Finally the President boarded his helicopter to fly to Wexford. In Wexford, by the Irish Sea, thousands greeted the President and offered him the freedom of the city. The President landed in his helicopter at the Wexford park soccer field and motored past cheering crowds to the Barry statue on Crescent Quay. The town declared the day a holiday except for essential services. The President had left Dublin in a cold gusty rain for the 110-mile flight to New Ross, but the skies cleared and the weather was bright and clear when he landed to the cheers of thousands. Cheered Wildly The streets of New Ross—a vir- Indiun Arms Officials Plan Visit to Moscow NEW DELHI, India (AP)-The visit of an Indian weapons mission to Moscow next week is interpreted in diplomatic circles as a demonstration of Soviet firmness in the ideological struggle with Communist China. The Indian team seeking arms for defense against China will arrive just before the Chinese-Soviet Communist party talks open July 5. The timing must have had the Kremlin's consent and cannot fail to annoy the Chinese, diplomats here believe. tually sleepy port of 5,000—bulged with crowds of excited Irish who cheered wildly as the President rode to the quay in an open car. Chairman A.R. Minihan of the Town Council told Kennedy: "The late Pope John XXIII was known as the Pope of Peace. We would like you, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, to be known as the President of Peace." Minihan and the other council- lors presented Kennedy with gifts of lace, jewelry and china. K. May Take Spacewoman To E. Berlin By JOHN O. KOEHLER BERLIN (AP)—There is speculation that Premier Khrushchev may bring Soviet spacewoman Valentina Tereshkova to East Berlin Friday in an attempt to offset President Kennedy's triumphant visit to West Berlin. Observers said the Soviet leader will have to do something spectacular to whip up enthusiasm among the East Bcrlincrs. There has been speculation that Khrushchev might reveal a new Soviet policy on German problems. But the general feeling is that he is too busy disputing with the Red Chinese to take on the West for a new period of acute tension. There is little chance, however, that even the 26-year-old space- woman could bring out the crowds or arouse the enthusiasm that greeted Kennedy in West Berlin Wednesday. Gerhard Goetting, an East German Communist party official, said during a round-table discussion with East Berlin newsmen that "The visits of Khrushchev and Kennedy cannot be compared. Khrushchev, said Goetting, was coming to support East Germany's policy of jx'ace as well as to honor East German Communist boss Waller Ulbricht, who will be 70 Sunday. Kennedy did nothing but "aid the West German militarists who want to start another war . . . He never said a single word ,>n West Berlin about the necessity of keeping peace in the world," Goetlin,!' said. Khrushchev is scheduled to land at Schoenefekl Airport, on the out- skirls of the city's Soviet sector. and drive in a motorcade to the East Berlin city hull, the East German news agency ADN reported. Don't Want High Court c? Superseded By WILLIAM G. RYAN Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County lawyers indicated disapproval of three controversial proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution after the proposals were debated at Edwardsville Wednesday night. Members of the county bar association voted '13-10 against a plan to dilute the power of the U.S. Supreme Court, and 4043 against measures which would change the amendment process of the Constitution and take away from federal courts all jurisdiction over state legislative apportionment. 50 State Justices The Supreme Court measure would establish a court composed of the 50 state chief justices with power to overrule the federal :ourt. The debate on the three issues, which have aroused interest throughout the nation, was believed to be the first of its kind, ft was sponsored by the county bar association. The Supreme Court was charged with causing nationwide unrest over its decisions on state's rights matters by Millard F. Caldwell, a Florida Supreme Court justice and a former governor of Florida. He spoke in favor of the proposals. Arthur J. Freund, St. Louis lawyer speaking against the measures, charged that attacks on the Supreme Court today "come from a coalition of groups as a result of decisions in segregation cases, criminal law enforcement and opposition of church groups as a result of the 'church prayer' cases." He upheld the Court as the final word "in maintaining the basic principles of liberty, equality and justice." Freund, a member of the St. Louis Boards of Police and Election Commissioners, said that efforts to restrict the high court are "as old as history" and have come from state, rural and church interests. He said "dispassionate agencies" such as the bar have a responsibility to assure that judgments on the questions are "raised on high standards." Ba.:'k to Confederacy Describing the proposed amendments as an attempt to convert the nation "into a confederacy," he warned that approval "would shatter our government to the separate political entities." The amendments, he charged, "respect the spirit of localism. . . and constitute the greatest threat to our republic at any time in its history." All three amendments should be "firmly rejected," he declared. Caldwell said the Supreme Court "has risen above the Constitution and arbitrarily usurped the legislative powers of the states." He declared that "the founders of our Constitution made it crystal clear that all the powers not specifically delegated to the Federal Government are reserved to the sovereign states." The Supreme Court, he asserted, has ignored a preponderence of past decisions and set them aside by new interpretations. . . Thereby "making new law" and assuming the legislative functions of government. "Why hasn't Congress curbed the powers of the Supreme Court?" Justice Caldwell asked in a rhetorical question. "They've tried it, but it never gets through the Senate." "When a man goes to Congress he's likely to become a 'Federalist' and forget the states and rights of the states," the Florida Jurist charged, and added: "We know the Supreme Court has stricken state sovereignty from the Constitution." Lose People's Respect Caldwell said he felt the Congress and the Supreme Court "no longer respect" the Constitution, nor do they ever pay lip service to the states. "They have lost the support and respect of the people. I would rather trust the future of the country to the 50 state supreme court justices than to judgement of nine political appointees (the Supreme Court) answerable to no one," Justice Caldwell asserted fat-lore concluding his statements with an adjunct: "I urge you to make an all-out effort to recapture constitutional government in our country."

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