Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on July 17, 1963 · Page 1
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 1

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fcWtOfUAL . . . SOCIAL . , . , ,' ' TELEVISION . . i DUITUAnV . , . .' MARKETS , . .,; , COMICS .,..;. sponts ! ' CLASSfFlfib . , . , PAdR 4 PAGR Us I'AOU 1« PAGE 10 PAGE It PAOK IA PAGE ID PAGE 22 WARM Serving the Alton Community ior More Than 127 Low, 70, High OS (Complete Weathof, fcaf* 8J Established January 15, 1836. Vol. CXXVttt, No. 156 ALTON, ILL., WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 1963 26 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press. Suit Aims To Cut Fee For Mayor A stilt seeking to prevent May or P. W. Day from receiving ex tra compensation from the city as liquor commissioner was filed in Circuit Court today by Orvllle Lahr, ot 2819 Brown St. Lahr asked for a temporary In junction, to be followed by a per munent injunction, lo "restrain the mayor from taking any add! llonal compensation for his duties during his current term In office. Lahr, an unsuccessful candidate for alderman from the Fifth Ward in the April election, said he was "acting us a private citizen, anc have no group or organization backing or interest in mind. Lahr said in his suit the city ordinance sets Ihe mayor's cum pensalion at $75 u month and $50< a year for travel and subsistence He asked the court to hold invalid an ordinance adopted 1 a s 1 month which allows the mayor an additional $100 a month us liquor commissioner, and which increases his travel and subsistence allowance from $504 lo $1,520 a year, and adds an expense account for the mayor and Council of $720. Ciuinot Increase Salary In n separate statement, Lain said Illinois statutes "clearly pro> vide that an elected official cannot have his salary decreased or increased while he is in office." "An important principle i involved, in my opinion," Lain said, "that I believe should be clearly kept and maintained in our democracy." "I believe this is an important matter that should be settled one way or the other, for Ihe benefit of all involved," The added compensation for the mayor has been hotly disputed in the Council since it was introduced in a tentative budget to the former four-man City Council in March. The mayor explained at the lime that lie would be taking on many added duties with the departure of the city manager, and the ?75 a month provided for in the ordinance would not adequately compensate the mjiyor for the work to^ be/done. . .. : \ - .-. >-'«!•* '*<'- •( -••>.'v'•.••••. ':-\~.-l '•••'• Submitted "hi May The items for added compensation were submitted again to the newly elected J'i-man Council in May, and included in;an amendment which raised thi|approprla- tion ordinance about $iOOiOOO. The amendments came to a vote June 26, and the^Council split on approving the; added compensation for the mayor. The vote was 8-6 in favor of approving the $100 a month for the mayor ^as liquor commissioner and 9-5 'in favor of approving the $1,016 boost in travel and' subsistence allowance. J. W. Hoefert, city counselor, later gave an opinion, at the request of several aldermen, that the added items fell within provisions of stale, and cily laws. Lahr in his suit quotes Illinois statutes in part as follows: "All municipal officers ... shall receive the salary, lees and other compensalion fixed by ordinance. After lliey are once fixed, these salaries, fees or other compensation shall not be increased or diminished,'so as lo lake effect during the term for which any such officer was elected or appointed." Sulurlcs Fixed "The salaries which are fixed by ordinance for those officers who are elected for a definite term shall neither be increased or diminished during that term. No compensation shall be paid lo any city officer or employe in addition to that provided in the ordinance fixing his salary." "The mayor shall be the local liquor control commissioner ... and shall be charged with the administration (of liquor control regulations). "However, such mayor may appoint a person or persons lo assist him in the exercise of .the powers and the performance of duties herein provided for such liquor control commissioner." "The City Council ., (is) authorized to fix and pay compensation to the local liquor control commissioner ,.. and compensation to such deputies, assistants or employes as muy be deemed necessary tor tlie proper performance of the duties vested in him." The mayor's salary was set at ^7,200 u year when Day was eleot- •ed the first time in 1957. However, as part of a reform slate supported by the Alton Citizens for Better Government, the mayor Kept a pre-election pledge and" served the four years of his first term at $1 a year, However, the mayor and the ACBG had a falling out, and Day ran for his second term in 1961 without ACBG support. The salary ordinance at that time was changed to provide for compensation of ?75 a month fqr the raaypr, and he has received that salary ftff the first two years of We present term, which gjUJ has two years to run. VOVR WERE HOSPITALIZED Mayor Day Slow, NAACP Declares Members of the Alton branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People are "disappointed" at what they regard as the "slowness" of Mayor P. W. Day in helping to work out equal opportunities Four persons were hospitalized when more stands nearby, investigating the these two cars crashed head-on onJHum- cause of the accident.—Photo by Don bert Road near Alby Street Road this Hayes, morning. State Trooper Robert White- 2 Cars Hit Head-on; 4 Are Injured Four persons were hospitalizec this morning after a two-car head' on collision on Humbert Road jus north of Alby Street Road. State police said the steering locked on a car driven by Werner Soltermann Sr. of Medora as lie was making a left turn onto -lumbert, and his car continued into the opposite lane. The ear collided with another headed north] driven by Leslie Metz, 21, of Brighton. Soltermann was treated for shock and released. Admitted to Alton Memorial Hospital was Werner Soltermann Jr., 13, who suffered severe head injuries. Metz was admitted with head and back injuries. Both passengers in his car were also admitted — Robert Hudson, 20, Brighton, with back injuries and Fred Weigand, 21, Jerseyville, .with head injuries. . • . • . .' ... Congress May Have to Halt Railroad Strike By JOHN KOENIG JK. WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid new signals indicating that only Congress will be able to avert a nationwide rail strike, a special presidential panel today grinds out the preliminary draft of its •eport on the railroad-union showdown over jobs. The draft will be shown to carriers an union representatives r or any additional comments or criticisms before it is put in final 'orm and sent to the White House rriday. The report, a collection of facts md issues in the four-year dis- mtc, will serve as the basis for he legislation President Kennedy vill recommend to Congress on Vfonday to block the threatened strike. Tuesday, the chief executives of he members of the Association American Railroads issued a statement asserting that the un- ons' position in the jobs dispute eaves legislation as the only means of heading off a "calami- ous nationwide rail strike." The statement asserted that nanagement has made "every effort to get the unions' leaders o engage in realistic negolia- ions" but they "refused to coma o grips with make-work practices across the bargaining table." Asked for comment, Secretary if Labor W. Willard Wirtz said ic thinks both sides should still je bargaining. Previously he jlamed both the carriers and the ive operating unions for failing o reach an agreement, for Negroes. Clarence Willis, president of the branch, said they have not hearc from the Mayor since they me with him on June 20, when he had agreed "to give us all the help he could." Members of the branch Tues day evening said the Mayor i; slow in arranging meetings with industries, unions, real estate anc lending agencies to discuss euqal opportunities in employment and housing. Some of the members, it was learned, want to begin demonstrations in Alton, which woulc include boycotts, picketing and mass rallys protesting the hiring policies of some firms. However, it was pmphasizec that no demonstrations are plan ned immediately, but that if no action" is taken there "probably will be demonstrations." Willis said he would call a spec ial meeting of the group possibly by next week to discuss the situation. Willis said he had attended a meeting of the Alton Human Relations Commission, by invitation, ast Thursday and asked to outline the grievances of Negroes. He said that the commission has agreed to help and is in the pro cess of setting up some meetings with industry to discuss equal job opportunities. The NAACP is going to "wait and see," Willis said, before committing themselves to any demonstrations, but he added that "sve are not going to wait six weeks or more, because we've waited long enough already." Clayton Williams, who was the delegate from the local branch to the national convention of the NAACP in Chicago, reported at the meeting Tuesday that the national organization "definitely is becoming more militant," Williams said the national group is recommending direct action by Negroes in the fields of housing, employment and so on. Seek Cause of Miimteimin Flop CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) —Air Force investigators are studying five seconds of radioed data in an effort to determine what caused a Minuteman missile o explode, The 58-fool intercontinental range rocket blew apart Tuesday night just after darting out of the 85-foot-deep launching pit for an ntended 4,000-mile test flight. Alton Main Lock to Be Closed for Two Weeks The main lock of Alton Dam No. 26 will be closed to all river traf- ic for repairs to the lock gates beginning July 22, for a period of about two weeks. Engineers in the U.S, Army En- ;ineor District at St. Louis, said that during the period the main ock is out of operation, vessels desiring passage will be required o use the 36Q-foot auxiliary lock. The repairs to be made, described as "urgent" by the engl- leers, are on the lower or, down- Ivor gates of the main iock, which s GOO feet long, it was explained hat the gates are equipped will) arge diagonal bars with turn- ikies which have become ble and which must be nt- sioned. It is feared, engineers said, that tlie gates may "give out' at any time unless they are repaired. River traffic is expected to "stack up" at times waiting fop passage through the smaller lock, an engineer said, but towboat op erators are expected to cooperate to ease barge passages, The smaller lock, U was explained, can handle three regulation-size barges and the larger lock can take nine regulation barges, Both locks are 110 feel wide. Among the chief cargoes passed through the locks on barges ere grain, petroleum, coal, chem teals and steel, a lockman said. China, Russia Resume Conference MOSCOW (AP) - Chinese and Soviet negotiators resumed their talks today amid reports that they were preparing a communique to soften the thunder of their split. The talks resumed after a day's recess during which a rumor circulated that Premier Khrushchev was deliberately prolonging the talks, so ..he could point to his differences with Communist China as an argument for Western delegations at the test ban negotiations not to press him too hard. It was exactly the same sort of argument as the Western delegates had to offer — that an unsatisfactory agreement never would be approved by the U.S. Senate. Red China's official Peking People's Daily accused the United States today of making "increased efforts to meddle in Chinese-Soviet relations and to woo the Soviet Union in opposition to China." The paper said the U.S. press is energetically inciting the Soviet Union against China. Discount Rate to Banks Is Increased WASHINGTON (AP)—A higher federal reserve discount rate went into effect today as the ;overnmcnt intensified is campaign to check the flow of dollars abroad. The Federal Reserve Board announced Tuesday a boost from 3 to 3.5 per cent in the discount rate for seven of the 12 reserve banks. The others are expected to follow promptly. Almost simultaneously, President Kennedy announced that he would send a special message to Congress Thursday outlining planned administrative measures on the balance of payments problem. The board said preliminary in- 'ormalipn Indicated that there was a substantial payments deficit in the April-June quarter. Another source said the second quarter deficit probably was at about the same $3.3 billion annual rate as in the first quarter of the year. The board said its action was designed to case the international > a y m e n t s problem. Chairman bright Patman of the House Banking Committee said the move was terrible and that he would call in the members of the board [or questioning. Patman previously had announced hearings on the balance of payments, and he said they tvould be expedited. Judges Redistrict Oklahoma Legislature OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A three-judge federal court reap- portloned both houses lor the Ok lahoma Legislature today. TODAY'S CHUCKLE A rural,'toad sign reads: "Prive carffully if you'd rather be than was." (ID 1803, General Feature** Corp.) County Zoning Repeal Pushers Lose Round 1 Prick Tells Of Baseball Integration WASHINGTON (AP) - Ford Frick, commissioner of baseball, told the Senate Commerce Committee today that racial integration has worked with great success" in baseball because of "the example of the players themselves." He conceded that the introduction of Negro players into baseball shortly after World War II was approached with some fears but declared "we had no reaction at all, no incidents" based on race. Top officials of professional football also testified that their sport has had only minor racial problems. The Commerce Committee is considering legislation covering the public accommodations portion of President Kennedy's general civil rights program. That section, aimed to open to all races such businesses as hotels, restaurant, theater and sports arenas, has been treated in congressional hearings so far as the major item in the seven point program. Other Side On the other side of the Capitol the House Civil Rights subcommittee, working on the whole Kennedy package, heard from AFL- CIO President George Meany that "time has run out on long-run solutions" to the problem of discrimination against Negroes.. Meany urged speedy enactment of the administration bill and called for even stronger measures in some areas. Those hearings were only two of a wide array of civil rights fronts in the capital. The Senate Judiciary Committee carried on with statements from committee members on the general civil rights measure. And the Pentagon, faced with complaints that it was fostering participation by military personnel in racial demonstrations, issued new orders Tuesday night amounting almost to a prohibition against such activities. Commissioners Pete Rozelle of the National Football League and Joe Foss of the American Football League told the Commerce Committee that those organizations had few racial problems. No Segregation Rozelle said that, in his opinion, the National Football League would not grant a franchise in any city which had segregated seating or where Negro players might find housing restrictions. Foss said teams from his league have played exhibitions in such Southern cities as New Orleans, Mobile, Atlanla and Shreveport, La,, without incident. In a memorandum to all the armed services, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara declared: "It is highly inappropriate andn unnecessary for military personnel, with their special obligations of citizenship, to participate in such activities. "I urge every man and woman in uniform to conduct himself accordingly." McNamara did not specifically forbid members of the armed [orces from demonstration in civilian clothes while off duty. But did say none may demonstrate svhen the activities constitute a breach of law and order, or when violence is reasonably likely to result, BARE-HANDED RESISTANCE Buddhists, including monks, yank at a barbed wire barricade in an attempt to pull it down today during police-interrupted demonstrations in Saigon. A helmeted riot policeman at right pulls back on the wire. Vietnamese security forces, swinging rifle butts and clubs, injured at least 50 demonstrators. (AP Wirephoto) Test Ban Agreement • -,!.--•-. •- ;•• ''^^ •'•-. ' : 'i-;V ^U^.i*^ V^CX^fei Outlook Is Still Good By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER MOSCOW (AP)—All indications still pointed today to the possibility that the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union will agree on a partial nuclear test ban in their Moscow talks. Secrecy still surrounded the daily meetings of U.S. Undersecretary of State W. Averell Harriman and Lord Hailsham of Britain with top Soviet officials. When sharp disagreement develops, secrecy usually breaks down. A three-power announcement Tuesday night said the second conference session was conducted "in a friendly atmosphere." Once again all three delegations appeared in good humor as they left the conference. Soviet Premier Khrushchev, who opened tlie conference Mon day, was understood to be keeping in close touch with the talks and was expected to take a personal role again soon. Western diplomats considered Khrushchev's interest to be evidence of Soviet readiness to agree on a test ban. It was understood that Khrushchev, in outlining the Soviet position Monday did not raise any conditions unacceptable to the United States and Brilain. In Ihe past, the Russians have specified conditions which could present serious difficulties for the Western powers. These include an unpoliced moratorium on underground tests and a nonaggres- sion pact between Hie NorUi Atlantic alliance and the East European nations of tlie Warsaw Pact. Neither is acceptable to the West. The negotialions now are believed to be concentrated on working out an accord prohibiting nuclear test explosions in the atmosphere, in outer space and under water. Such an agreement can be mon- itored against violations by methods of detecting earth shocks, airborne radioative materials and olher evidences of nuclear blasts. The Soviets and the Western powers are divided over th^ possibility of detecting underground explosions. Barring some change of position by Khrushchev to permit more than three international inspections in the Soviet Union annually, a ban on explosions underground appears out of the question at this time. In Washington a close associate of President Kennedy said agreement is reached on a tes ban, Kennedy and Khrushche\ might exchange pledges of nonag gression. These pledges, th source said, might include a state ment from Khrushchev that h does not contemplate an ultima turn over Berlin and from Ker nedy that the United States woul refrain from military action t change borders in Europe, incluc ing those of East Germany. Stock Exchange Overhaul Urged WASHINGTON (AP) — An unexpectedly drastic overhaul of the operation and self-policing of the nation's major stock exchanges was recommended today by Securities and Exchange Commission probers The recommendation was in the second installment of a 2-year-investigation of the securities markets, The report, calling for the outright abolition of floor trading, .was sent to Congress by SEC Man's Effort to Get Into Jail Fails MOBILE, Ala. (AP)—A man involved in a land dispute with the city failed in an effort to be jailed. "I am here to surrender for violating the license law," S. R. Sims told Tuesday. the City Commission "1 run a business which was stolen by the cily in the 19G1 annexation. I will never buy a license until we, (he people, are heard." The commission thanked him for his appearance, but refused to jail him. Worth $1.5 Million Sales Tax to Go on Trading Stamps SPRINGFIELD, HI. (AP)-Be- inning Jan. 1, housewives will :iave to pay the sales tax when hey exchange trading stamps for lamps, chairs and any other merchandise. A bill applying the tax to trading stamp redemptions was signed Tuesday by Gov. Otto Kerner. It is expected to produce at least ?1,5 million a year in additional state tax revenue. Rep, Paul Powell, D-.Vienjia, who sponsored the new law, said retail business in Illinois last year trading stamps totaled, nearly million. Legislative opponents of the bill argued It would mean double taxation because consumers pay tlie sales tax on original purchases when they get the stamps. Kerner signed another bill revising the Illinois Mental Health Code to allow direct admission to state mental hospitals U two physicians certify that the patient needs treatment. If u patient objects to being hospitalized, he can obtain u court hearing. The revised code, which is effective July 1, 1064, also permit^ n patient committed to an institution to retain his properly rlghtl unless he Is later declared incom potent. Another provision calls for per iodic review by a court of long- term patients in mental hospitals. Kerner approved a bill empowering the Illinois Building Authority to investigate the need for an Appellate Court building in the new second district. Cost of the building could not exceed $2 million and its exact locution would be decided by the Illinois Su preme Court. Another approved measure makes officers of a corporation liable for delinquent sales tax owed by the corporation. chairman William L. Gary, with out an official endorsement of an of the dozens of specific changes, proposed by the invesligatioi learn. Gary said the report picturec "basically strong institutions subject to many specific weaknesses and abuses." He reassured investors that: "This report should not impaii public confidence in the securities markets, but should strengthen il as suggestions for rising standard; are put into practice." The report struck al undent institutions of the "Big Board" — and New York Stock Exchange,—- seconi-raiiking American Stock- Exchange by recommending: 1, The elimination, in Iwo slops over Ihe next 18 months, of lloor .rading on both exchanges. This is lie buying and selling of stock; jy members on the exchange floor in quest of quick profits. The nvestigators held that this has in unslablizing effect. 2. Stiffer exchange rules to correct what was described as inade ijuate policing of stork specialists. These are members appointed lo manage the trading in specified slocks, who arc supposeci to stabilize the market by buying or selling for their own accounts to counteract violent price upsurges or slumps. The proposals were disclosed after an elaborate exercise In se crecy, To avoid premature tremors h Wall Street, reporters were ad milted to SKC hndquurlers at t a.m. to read the report then lock ed in until 1 p.m. svhen they wort permitted to disclose its contents DATA AT THE DAM Blver stuijw below , ilum at 8 A.m, tf I hr«. tu 8 u.ui 5,5. Pool 23.?. Vote on Measure Averted By WILLIAM (i. RYAN Tiitugrnpli Staff Writer EDWARDSV1LLE — Madison County's controversial zoning program survived its first frontal assault in a meeting of the County Board of Supervisors. A showdown vote on an ordinance aimed at abolishing t h e five-month-old zoning measure for unincorporated areas of the county was averted when the sponsor of the "repealer" withdrew his motion for suspension of rules. Under a legal opinion given by Slate's Attorney Dick H. Mudge, a rescinding measure introduced at today's meeting was referred to the zoning and subdivision control committee. It was possible that when the rescinding order came back to the committee from the board, a simple majority vote could abolish the ordinance. All 47 members of the county board, it was learned this morning, had received advance phoned Telegrams late Tuesday urging that they "please vote for the resolution repealing the county zoning ordinance." Some board members said the messages, were phoned lo their homes from a Western Union Telegraph office which reported the source of the communiques as "Harold Hosto, president of the. Madison (Jounty Taxpayers' Assn." ;; '?M '^W "•'••: -'^fr^W;*;;*- 1 : ^.fhe move by opponents to repeal tlie zoning measure resulted in introduction of an ordinance before the supervisors this morning asking that the zoning measure be abolished. The rescinding ordinance was offered by Collinsville Township Assistant Supervisor Joseph Carrillo. His motion for adoption was seconded by Foster Township Supervisor Thomas Harris. A large group of anti-zoning adherents, largely from rural areas of the county, packed the rear of the county board room in the courthouse basement. Also on hand, however, were pre-zoning representatives, including Thomas W. Butler of Alton, manager of the Alton District Manufacturers Assn. who had served as chairman of the County Zoning Commission which conducted hearings in all 24 townships before the zoning measure was adopted by 27-19 vote of the county board on Feb. 20. In reply to a query from William G. Straube, Edwardsville township assistant supervisor and a member of the county board's zoning-subdivision control committee, State's Attorney Mudge re- Eerred to a legal opinion supplied Tuesday to Board Chairman Lun- dolt, pointing out that under joard rules any resolution or ordinance introduced first must be submitted to the proper commll- ,ee. Any action lo bring such u neasure on the floor for u vote would first require a .suspension of board rules, which requires a .wo-thirds favorable majority, Vludgu stressed. After discussion, Carrillo moved Jmt board rules be suspended for mmcdiate action on his zoning •evocation ordinance, but a few minutes withdrew his motion and Board Chairman Landoit then re- erred the repealer ordinance to he zoning and subdivision control committee. In response to inquiries by board numbers for further legal advice on procedure on the revocation neusuru, Mud^u said "it is my opinion, at llii.s time, that Urn committee would be required to submit u report on Us study of lie rescinding ordinance lo thp ull board munibunthip for action wbsibly at the next meeting, Tlie uoinmiltuo's report, sv h o n submitted, would afford all board members un opportunity to vote either for or against repeal ,of the /.oning ordlnunca — and 'Wily simple majority votu ot mum. hers would be necessary to I'otuln or scrap the zoning program, Mudge said. "That's my opinion at ihls time, and. 11 I lourn uny* Jiing different you will bu so lu- formed," Mlldgo told thu county ward. Some board member*, iwwtsvtjr, questioned whetjwr u tlinpU) nut* lorliy «r lwo41iird« vote would he required tu rupoul tiny or of Uiu board,

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