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Listen for the Freedom Bells Tomorrow tttsidtai ... CLASSIFIED , » . , ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years COOLER TlttJttSDAY Low 65, High $0 (Complete Weather, PAg» *) Established January 15, 1836, Vol. CXXV1I1, No. 145 ALTON, ILL., WEDNESDAY, JULY 3,1963 20 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Prest. STILL RINGING FOR FREEDOM This old bell, now in the belfry of First Presbyterian Church of Alton, served the same church in 1837 when a Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy. The bell will join the Independence Day chorus of other bells in the area to remind Amer- groiin organized an Illinois Anti-Slav- leans of the original ringing of the Libery Society under the leadership of the erty Bell in Philadelphia. Two More Markets Blasted ST. LOUIS (AP) — Explosions damaged two supermarkets in the metropolitan area early today on the 'heavily shopped eve of July Fourth In the latest series of chain store blasts dating back to March. The nearly simultaneous explosions occurred on each side of the Mississippi River. They came two minutes apart—at 3:06 a.m. at a National Food Store in East St. Louis, 111., and at 3:08 a.m. at an A&P store in St. Louis. Seven previous explosions — all coming just before big shopping days damaged Kroger Co. stores in the area. The first blasts, March 10, damaged three Kroger supermarkets in East Alton, 111., St. Louis and suburban, Florissant, Mo. on May 8, explosions rocked three Kroger supermarkets, one in East St. Louis and two in St. Louis, and a Kroger-owner drug store in St. Louis. East St. Louis police reported two young men saw a man place what 'appeared to be a bomb at the National 'Food Store today, then jump into a late-model car and drive away with a companion. The witnesses trailed the car, but lost it in traffic.. Officers identified the witnesses as Howard E. Pyle, 23, and Robert W. Fowler, 22, both of East St. Louis. Illinois and Missouri police issued an all-points bulletin fur the car and its passengers. Nut Malt, vice president of the St. Louis .division for National Food Stores, could give no estimate of damage to the East St. Louis store. He said: "You can make your own estimate. You can see the damage— the wall is damaged, the ceiling is damaged, some produce Is damaged and a lot ol windows are knocked out," The A&P store In St. Louis also was heavily damaged, but no es. timate was Immediately available. Police and bomb disposal officers from a nearby Army unit were investigating both explosions. They said the East St. Louis blast was caused by dynamiU). 8,4QQ Chickens Killed in Fire JQLIET, 111, (AP) « A faulty brooder heater wag believed to have started a Jlre Tuesday night Jr which 8.40Q chicHB were destroyed aj the Munroe Hatchery west of Jollet. Fred Wunroe, an officer of the firm, estimated the loss ut $}5,T 000 and gave the opinion as to the cause. 9 Area Firms in Top 500 of U.S. With the three oil companies leading the way, nine of the top 500 industrial corporations in the U.S. have plants in the immediate Alton area, and numerous others have plants or headquarters which employ area residents in the metropolitan St. Louis area. The three area leaders are bunched close together in Fortune magazine's annual industrial listing. Standard Oil of Indiana is ranked the 14th largest in the nation in terms of sales, Shell Oil is 16th and Sinclair Oil 35th. Standard and Shell each jumped up two notches from 1961 while Sinclair dropped two places. All have refineries in Wood River Township. Alton Files To Condemn Water Go. SPRINGFIELD (Special)—The City of Alton has filed a petition with the Illinois Commerce Commission for permission to take over the Alton Water Go. The city seeks to exercise its right o£ eminent domain. The petition stated that the City Council has approved a resolution directing Alton Mayor P. W. Day to seek the commission's approval. The petition states that the franchise of the water company granted by an Alton city ordinance expired on March 13, 1960 and has not been renewed. The commission was requested to approve the city's "taking or damaging of the properties of the company, a public utility, subject to the jurisdiction of the commission." The petition signed by Alton City Attorney John W. Hoefert says it relates to all the properties of the utility "used or useful in furnishing water service to the public" and if the petition is not disputed the request be granted without taking evidence, and if disputed that "this matter bo set down for hearing Immediately". The city and several other water users are in the midst of long litigation growing out of rate increases by the company. Today's petition would be the first step in proceedings which would lead to Alton's purchasing the water compajiy, DATA AT THE DAM River stage below Precipitation dpi at 8 a.m. 24 hrs, to 8 a. 4.5. Pool 33.3, None. m. General Motors led the list again this year with sales of $14.6 billion. Following close behind the giant in the same order as last year are Standard of New Jersey, Ford, General Electric and Socony Mobil. Standard of Indiana sales for 1962 were $2.1 billion, Shell had $1.9 billion and Sinclair $1.1 billion. Following the three area leaders is 01 i n Mathieson Chemical Corp. in 66th place, Olin, with plants in East Alton, had sales of $729 million. Owens-Illinois Glass, with a plant in Alton, ranks 79th with sales ol $G27 million. American Smelting and Refining Co., with a plant in Alton, ranks 109th with sales of $488 million. International Shoe Co., with a tannery in Hartford, is 171st with sales of $303 million, and Air Reduction Co. is 185th with sajes of $287 million. Air Reduction, now operating a small plant in Alton, has arnounced plans to construct a $9,000,000 installation In the area. Union Tank Car Co. with a plant in Wood River Township, ranks 324th with sales of $147 million. Other highly ranked industries ivilh plants in the metropolitan area which employ many area residents are: Monsanto, 43rd; Ralston Purina, 70th; McDonnell, 134th; Anheuser-Busch, 156th; Brown Shoe, 161st; A. 0. Smith, 210th; Pet Milk, 222nd; Emerson Electric, 239th; Granite City Iteel; 342nd; Falstaff, 364th; Wagner Electric, 419th; Universal Match, 456th. The Weatherman Says: Beautiful Day for the 4th By JIM KtJLI' Telegraph Stntf Writer Just nboul pcrfccl weather is forecast Thursday for the bell ringing, picnicking, boating, barbecuing, fireworks displays and auto trips that Telegraph area residents will enjoy in their observance of Independence Day. For the big mid-summer holiday break, the Weather Bureau forecast fair to partly cloudy with a high of around 90 degrees. Families who plan basket picnics or other outdoor activities can take off with the good news of the weathermen: only a 10 per cent chance of showers is predicted for Thursday. Thirty churches in the Alton- Wood River area will join in ringing their bells at 1 p.m. to reecho the Liberty Bell which on July 4, 1776,' rang out the news that the Declaration of Independence was signed, In Alton, fire station crews will ring the hells on their vehicles and members of boat clubs up and down Iho river will sound the bells on their boats in celebration of the day. Flags Displayed Flags have been displayed throughout Alton in front of many businesses and residences following the resolution of the City Council designating July 1 to July 7 as "American Flag Week." At Owens-Illinois 13 flags have been displayed on the top of the fence along East Broadway to promote Americanism and a flag illustration has been painted on a large board inside the plant grounds. Fireworks displays will be held both today and July 4 at Starlight Theater and several area subdivisions have pooled their resources, taken out permits, and will hold fireworks displays for the enjoyment of neighborhood children. At Edwardsville the annual pic- nic and fireworks display of American Legion Post 199 Will got under way at '1 p.m. in Hie Legion Park on U.S. Bypass G6. There will be rides for children, concessions and refreshments and a concert by the Edwardsville Municipal Band at 7 p.m. The courthouse at Edwardsville will be closed on Friday to give employes and county officials a four-day Fourth of July holiday weekend. With the exception of a few drug stores and neighborhood grover- ies, most business establishments will be closed on the holiday. The Alton Knights of Columbus will have their pre-4th of July dance starting at 9 p.m. today for members and their guests. Plan Wiitcr Outings Sailing clubs and motorboat clubs on the Mississippi are planning overnight outings today on sandbars or other beaches and some boaters will make holiday cruises to Peoria or Quincy and other points upriver. Local and state police will step up their traffic enforcement during Iho July 4 weekend at 1he urging of Illinois Safely Director Joseph E. Ragen. Ragen said "traffic condition red" will be in effect from 6 p.m. today to midnight Sunday. During the observation of "condition red," state police cancel their usual days off to join in patrol duty. Their efforts will be supplemented by the state police air wing and the secretary of state's police. The State Division of Traffic Safety estimated between 15 and 23 persons will lose their lives in Illinois traffic accidents during the coming 102 - hour period. Traditionally, safety officials say, holiday weekends see half again the number of futurities of a normal day through the year. Don't Let It Bother You However, the Automobile Club has urged motorists to Ignore predictions of sudden death and not let them inhibit their July 4 holiday driving. In fact, the Auto Club says, relax, get rid of your tensions and get out on the road for that visit, picnic or sight-seeing. In conjunction with the ringing of the bells on Independence Day, a national observance, representatives of the Catholic, Protestant and Jewish groups have urged that all citizens in the state ponder the Importance of civil rights. Pointing out that the nation faces "a moral decision of unparalleled importance, "the church leaders urged that the meaning of the words in the Declaration be interpreted anew by all citizens in extending human freedom and "in meeting the just demands of Negro citizens. . ." Russia Seeks Release Of Two Arrested Spies WASHINGTON (AP) — The Soviet Union demanded today the immediate release of two Russians it said were "unlawfully arrested by U.S. authorities on spy charges Tuesday. The demand for release of a Russian employe of the United Nations and his wife was pte scnted at the State Departmen by the ranking Soviet diploma here, charge de affaires Georg M Kornienko, in a 20-minute ses s-ion with Richard H. Davis, dep uly assistant secretary for Euro peat: affairs. The two, arrested at their Flush ing, L.I., apartment, were Ivan Dmitrievich Egorov, 41, a U.N secretariat personnel officer, anc his wife, Aleksandra Eogorva, 39 Also Arrested Picked up here in the same es pionage case were another couple named in the complaint as "John and Jane Doe." The FBI said they had been living under the name: of innocent Americans who were unaware their identities had been appropriated. There was no immediate report on who the Washington couple really are. The State Department had no immediate comment on the demand for release of those arrested in New York. The arrests Tuesday in Washington and on Long Island followed by one day a U.S. order for expulsion of a Soviet Embassy official for attempting to recruit a Russian-born U.S. intelligence official to spy for the Reds. But the FBI said there is no link be- .ween the two cases. Conspiracy According to a complaint filed n a New York federal court, the four arrested Tuesday conspired with at least two Soviet military ntelligence men to transmit to the Russians information on U.S. Military installations and troop novements. These included top-priority missile bases, it was learned. The four were ordered held without bail after preliminary leavings before U.S. commissioners. Hearings were postponed to July 16 to give the couples time o secure lawyers, Wants Legal Test Mayor's Pay Questioned City Treasurer M. O. Elliott today was asked to hold up payment of added compensation to Mayor P. W. Day until he has obtained an official opinion from the city's legal counsel. H. C. Boyd made the request in a letter mailed to the treasurer. Boyd, a past president of the Alton Citizens for Better Government, said he wrote the letter as "a citizen of Alton and a taxpayer." Elliott could not be reached for comment this morning. Meamvhile, the Telegraph learned that the ACBG, which has termed illegal the added compensation for the mayor authorized by the City Council may take the matter to court It was learned that the group has discussed such legal action in the event the city goes aheac with the payments to the ma yor. JFK Discusses New Test Ban Proposals WASHINGTON (AP)—President Kennedy met with top advisers once today and scheduled a second meeting later to weigh Soviet Premier Khrushchev's vague bid for banning nuclear tests everywhere but underground and for an East-West nonaggression pact. The Russian leader set forth his suggestions in a major speech in last Berlin. Kennedy met for an hour this norning to assess all the implica- :ions of the address, in an effort :o determine how much might be simply propaganda and how much might represent an opening for an last-West accord. Among those who talked things over with the chief executive this morning — and were told to come back at 4 p.m. for a second round —were Deputy Secretary of State Averell Harrimon, a former am- tassador to Moscow; Underscore- ary of State George Ball; Sec- etary of Defense Robert S. Mc- vlamara; William C. Foster, head f the government's disarmament Wo Publication The Telegraph will not publish July 4. agency, and his deputy, Adrian S. Fisher. They sat with Kennedy just ahead of a Cabinet meeting which was billed in advance as a discussion largely on domestic affairs. The sessions followed by only a little more than nine hours Kennedy's return from his 10-day, four-nation swing around Europe. St. Clair County Gets Housing Loan WASHINGTON (AP) — A $2,940,094 loan to the St. Clair County, 111., Housing Authority has aeen approved by the Public Housing Administration. The loan, announced Tuesday, s for construction of 189 homes n Centreville and for the pur chase of 11 others. Forty of the homes will be designed specifically for elderly persons. The 11 Centreville homes are to be bought from the Federal -lous.ng Administration. Now in default, they will or low-rent use. be converted GOP Takes Issue With Kerner May Question Veto - - In Court Governor Kerner's power to veto the Illinois House reapportionment bill — which he did veto — may he questioned in court action to be undertaken by the Republican leadership. This was learned by the Telegraph from State Rep. Ralph T. Smith of Alton, Republican whip of'the. House during the session just closed. Another possibility — that of questioning the governor's right to appoint a redjstrJctlng commission after vetoing the measure »*• was the one first evoked in Springfield following Kei> tier's action, Challenging of the veto, itself, Smith pointed out, would be a more direct approach to avoiding the possibility of an "at large" election of state representatives from 59 districts in the state during 1964, he pointed out. It would have the effect of re-instating the districting already decided upon by the legislature. At issue in the debate over constitutionality of the governor's appointment of a commission to redistviot the state, said Smith, is the assumption that he has power to do ihls only if the legislature fails to agree. The legislature, however, did reach agreement on the reclis- tricting. The constitution provides that, if the legislature "fulls by Uie first of July to redistvict the state into such districts, then the redistrloting shall be accomplished by a commission." And it provides that within 30 days after July 1 a list of 10 persons shall be submitted to the governor by the central committees of .the two political parties, Then within 30 days the governor must appoint from these lists a commission of 10 members, five from each list. If the central committees fall to submit the lists, the constitution gives the governor the authority to appoint the commission — even divided between the two parties. In any event, said Smith, there still is plenty of time to have recourse to a special session of the General Assembly to straighten out the matter. Smith agreed that it might be possible under the "at large" election to pick a 100 per cent Chicago or Cook County legislature- Voters will be permitted, he said, to oast a number of votes equivalent to the number of vacancies to he filled, City Counselor J. W. Hoefer reiterated today that in his opinion the allowance of compensation to the mayor, in hi: capacity of Alton liquor con trol commissioner is legal. Hoel'ert's Viewpoint "My position is that the ap propriation is legal until court should decide otherwise' said Hoefert. He had given a similar opinioi orally to the members of th city council at the time the re cently enacted amendments to the city appropriations were under discussion. In discussing the matter, Hoe fert said that the Illinois statufr providing that the liquor com missioner can be compensatec for his services has been on the books since 1933. Reports had reached officia city circles today that Alderman John McConnell would ask th city counsellor to give a forma opinion to the city council with regard to allowance of compen sation to the liquor commis sioner- Hoefert told news reporters that if such an opinion were asked he would furnish it anc that it would be of the same sort he had given informally oday. Boyd said the funds he refer•ed to in the letter were the $1,200 added to the budget last veek as payment to Day as iquor commissioner and $980 added to the appropriation for ravel and subsistence allowance or the mayor and members of he City Council. Says Items Extra Salary Boyd said he interpreted hese items as extra salary for he mayor, and apparently the tatutes prohibit raising the alary of elected officers while they are in office. "But I'm not a lawyer," he said, and that's why I'm asking the treasurer to withhold payment until he gets an official ruling from the city's legal counsel." The extra payments also were opposed when they were presented to the Council for approval last week. Six of the 14 aldermen voted against including the $100 monthly payment to the mayor as liquor commissioner and five voted against adding the ?980 for travel allowance. The mayor had included the items in the original budget submitted to the old City Council in March, but they were deleted from the budget by the Council. At the time, the mayor said that with no city manager after April 1, he would have added duties, and did not feel the $75 monthly payment provided for under lasv was enough to compensate him for his added duties. The items were submitted again to the new Council last month, and were approved as part of an amendment which added more than $100,000 to the appropriation ordinance, SEVEN DIE IN CRASH ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Emergency workers look for survivors of Mohawk Airlines plane crash at Rochester Airport in heavy storm. Seven were reported killed.—(AP Wirephoto) Weather Blamed For Plane Crash ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP)—Extremely rapid and severe weather changes within a 10-minute period provided investigators today with a major clue to the cause of an airliner crash that took seven lives and injured 36 persons during an electrical storm. "Weather has assumed Railroads To Change Job Rules WASHINGTON (AP)—The na- ion's railroads announced today ley will put into effect next 'hursday new work rules which •perating unions have said would esalt in a rail strike. The action almost certuinly will irow the dispute to Congress for ome means of averting a nation- vide rail tieup. President Kennedy announced ast month that unless the dispute /as settled by July 10 he would make such recommendations to he Congress as these circum- tances appear to dictate." The railroads' plans svere an- ounced by their chief negotiator, E. Wolfs, who said there has een a "complete breakdown" in egotiations. Rain Hits Some Area Spots and Misses Others A freakish wind and rain torm that blew across the Tele- raph area Tuesday afternoon rcnched some areas and left thers hone dry. The east end of Alton, in the Milton area, was soaked during he violent storm, but the north, and central areas of Alton, and Godfrey, remained parched vhen the rain missed them. TODAY'S CHUCKLE Money isn't every tiling. Jt Isn't plentiful, for instance, ($> 1003. General Features Corp.) more importance in this investigation than in most," a Civil Aeronautics. Board officials said. A twin-engined Mohawk plane with 40 passengers and a crew of 3 crashed seconds after takeoff Tuesday in the storm, which was accompanied by high winds and hail. "It was like flying into the dead of the night," one survivor said from his hospital bed. "The wind grabbed us the minute we left the ground," said a other. The Martin 404, carrying 40 passengers and a crew of 3, was headed for Newark, N.J. via White Plains, N.Y. It fell Into mud about 80 yards off a runway at Rochester-Monroe County Airport, several miles southwest of Rochester. An investigation was begun by federal aviation officials. One winglip apparently struck the ground, a witness said, The plane bounced, broke In two like a mntchstick and caught fire. Airport firemen extinguished the flames. The dead included the pilot, Capt. Richard M. Dennis, 39, Fairview, N.J,; First Officer John W. Neff, 33, Wilmington, Del., and Roy E. Drew, Pelham, N.V., controller of Sylvanla Electric Products Inc. Richard Buldwin, 26, Danbury, Conn., said the plane lilt turbulence when "we got up 10 feet, It was like flying into the dead of night." "Wind draft pushed us around! 11 observed Robert Christopher, 8f of Stratford, Conn. "The pilot wf fighting the stick all the way," Thomas JVJnyer, 55, Weutpojft, Conn., said the plane had climbed to an altitude of 75 or, 100 feet vhen "it happened in 20 second!,'. 4 "I was thrown clew Q| the nluno and landed, in mud up to my bows," Bald John L. White Pallns, reported |n fair dlUon with a skull fracture, and bruises. (\

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