Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on July 24, 1963 · Page 1
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IPES •••••:;• mm-- : •;ELGv>iohY.;;; PAGfe 4 PAGE 1« PAGE M PAGE 14 PAGE IS [fif&t'ek' • • • • 1$GE 1? LSSIF1ED t j , . ( PAGE 20 Serving «/tc TELEGRAPH Community for More Than 127 Years FAIR Low fit. High 08 We*the*» Pftf* I) Established January 15, 1836. VdL d^Vltt, Np> 162 ALTON, ILL., WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1963 24 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Prasg. Facts Told iii News Stories Allen's Questions Already Answered Much of tho public information requested by Alderman Newell Allen In regard to the Dogtown project has already been published, a check by the Telegraph showed today. A resolution Allen proposes to offer at tonight's Alton City Counell meeting calls for a report by the mayor and the housing com* mission on five points with respect to the East End Place (Dogtown) urban renewal project. A federal grant announced previously and mentioned in several articles, is $148,413, and answers point number one as to estimated cost of the tract of land to be acquired. The grant figure includes purchase of the land. Demollshment of the buildings, answering point number two In Allen's proposed resolution, is estimated to cost about $8,000. The figure was published previously, , Would Wipe Out Cost The estimated sales price of the land after it is acquired and cleared will bring in enough money to, wipe out' the city's share of the cost. The city's share would be the difference between the Federal grant and the total project cost. • This answers point three. The federal government, previous published figures show, has granted a temporary loan of $202,476, covering the approximate net cost of the project, and which is to be repaid by the city, The grant of $148,413 covers three-fourths of the cost, and represents the government's share of the project. It will be Used toward repayment of the loan. The remaining one-fourth of ftie cost is to be borne by the city, but Mayor P. W. Day had said previously that credits from the government for improvements in the area will probably allow the project to be completed "at no direct cost to the city." Such city improvements Include a road through the area from Broadway to the proposed Berm highway to be constructed along the levee. Nonn Made Answering point number four as to commitments made for the property from Industry, Mayor Day said that no actual commitments had been made. However, previous published reports said that Lnclcde Steel Co, had made a "tentative promise" to bid on the property. In regard to taxes on the property, it was explained that $400 in real estate taxes is received each year from the residents of the area. But, it was pointed out, if the land is cleared and it is sold as industrial property, then the tax assessment will rise in accordance with the use and value to much more than $400 for the improved land alone. UR Can Die Here Tonight Alton's proposed new housing ordinance must be passed by the City Council before Aug. 1 for the planned Dogtown clearance to proceed, the Telegraph was told today. This was the gist of information given by the Chicago regional office of the Housing & Home Finance Agency in response to an inquiry by Mayor P. W. Day and Theodpre Diaz, attorney fdr Alton Housing and Urban Renewal Commission. It apparently means that the city council must act tonight to enact the housing ordinance or urban renewal will be dead. Day said that enactment of the proposed housing ordinance as recommended by the council's housing committee would be possible tonight under suspension of council rules. Another possibility would be to act at a special meeting of the council. But Day said he would not act on his own volition to call a special council meeting, and would call one only if the council should so request. "I have not been soliciting any members of the Council to vote for the housing measure," said the mayor. Under Realtors' Thumb "I feel the aldermen should make up their own minds. It would be unfortunate to kick out urban renewal and the East End Place project, (Dogtown), and, to me, would be an indication that thb council is under control of some realtors" 'tlie mayor said. Day'said that he would try to give adequate answers tonight to all questions asked by Alderman Newell H. Allen, who is a real estate agent, as to the financing angles of the Dogtown clearance project. Most of the questions Allen raises have already been publicly answered in the Telegraph, he said. 'I feel the questions raised by Alderman Allen under the resolution he proposes to offer is just another step to,kill,the housing ordinance. . • The mayor and- Attorney Diaz said that from the information obtained through Field Represent ative J. Fieldhouse at the H&HFA regional office "the proposed new housing ordinance m^/S ed before Aug. 1-or the East End place project and all other urban renewal is dead." Thev were informed that a new workable program for Alton must be certified by Aug. 1. One requirement of the workable program is an adequate housing code and there will be no extension ol time fpr recertificalion. Housing Code Insufficient The proposed new housing code is in-ufficient to qualify tor workable program after Aug. But the proposed code is adequate for the city to proceed with Eas End Place if the ordinance is passed before Aug. 1. and the loon and grant contracts with the fed eral government are signed by the local housing authority before Aug. 1. Diaz said it would be possible for the Alton housing commission to hold a special meeting to sign the federal grant contracts on East End Place it the presently proposed new housing jnewure is enacted before the deadline week from today. Commenting on the pressure* against a housing ordinance ac cfptable to the H&HFA to quality Syncom Launching tM»yed Indefinitely CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla, (AP ^Spacecraft technical problems t day forced an indefinite postponement in the scheduled attempt't Sh the Syncom 9 """•" ttons satellite into a bjgh orbit where It WQuld Ron for urban renewal, Day ited two letters he received a r ear ago from the Alton-Wood liver Board of Realtors and the 1AAC. The Board of Realtors in a etter of last Sept. 11'requested mt Alton City Council "refrain rom taking any action on the roposed housing (inspection) rdinance during tenUre of the resent councilmen" (then the 5- member city manager form coun- 11 members.) The GAAC through its Board of Directors on July 20 last year sked action on the proposed new ousing ordinance be deferred un- 1 the new aldermanic council vas seated (as of last April) and ad ,time to study it. No Reason Day in a reply to the Alton- iVood River Board of Realtors tated the board had given no eason for delaying action on the. lousing measure, and suggested irban renewal seemed the only method by which the city could liminate substandard and slum areas such'as East End Place. "It does seem to me that the Board of Realtors, could assist n the design of an ordinance which would permit the ;elimina- ion of such' substandard areas •ather than request such an ordinance without, giving Constructive suggestions," said the may- r responded. "I have been convinced that, Ad Ui good management, urban re- icwal could provide many need- d improvements in this qommun- Ly that apparently cannot be ac- :omplished by private enterprise. "If we .are to build a progres- ;ive community in which all of us lave cooperative effort and everyone should give a little." Day told the Telegraph he received no response to his letter o the Board of Realtors. 3-Hour Signs Erected in Wood River Three-hour parking limit signs vere being installed in downtown Vood River today because some motorists have been "abusing" he privilege of free parking au- horized by the City Council last February. City Manager Carlton Laird said the ordinance establishing imited parking was a step taken by the City Council to stymie motorists who might abuse the free parking, but it did not necessarily mean there was that much abuse. The Wood River City Council expects an annual revenue loss oJ $7,500 because of the removal ol Jie parking meters, compared with a ?40,000 loss expected by Alton's proposal to remove the met- tiiHJbje cropped up only je w hQujfi before launeJUng the«lW9W» wn Pfcr ers. However, Wood River merchants believe sales tax increases will offset the revenue loss from the meters. Laird said the city's downtown businessmen's association has agreed to pay for the 25 parking signs, costing about $455, Luboi for Installing the signs is being provided by the city. Laird also sajd that signs JndJ- :uting free parking lot areas will be Installed in the near future. moomomm The Alton'Wood Biyei' chapter pJF the American Red Cross w.111 set up a blood donation center Friday from 1«6 p,m, in the File Gymnasium in FTER RESCUE David Vice, 8, rescued from the Missis- ing at St. Joseph's Hospital. David was sippi River Tuesday afternoon meets his unconscious when pulled from the water, rescuer, Richard Sweet, 18, this morn- Two Track Drivers T - .•.'-••' " -T- .'"•••' ' . Save Boy Eight-year-old David Vice, saved from drowning Tuesday afternoon, this morning told the Tele- ;raph he was going to learn to swim better before going near the Mississippi River again. David was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital about 2:15 and given emergency treatment for water in lis lungs, after he had been pulled from the river by two truck Irivers who gave him artificial respiration at the riverfront. David was wading near Raynond's Fish Market when he said ic was pushed into deep water is he and three other boys began o scuffle. Richard Sweet, 18, of 375 S. 9th I., East Alton saw the boy's body loating in about six feet of water 0 feet from shore. The truck driv- T plunged into the water to reach David. Sweet was assisted by James VIcLaughlin, 28, of 1921 Burling Dr., also a truck driver for the Ilmer R. Sweet Construction Co. and the two men pulled young David to shore where Sweet gave lim artifical respiration. Sweet administered the back- )ressure-arm lift method of artificial respiration which he learned at college. Test Ban Treaty Set for Signatures By PRESTON GROVER MOSCOW UP) — Soviet Premier Khrushchev - said today "iradical turn toward a better international climate" could resul from signing the nuclear test ban treaty now nearing completion at negotiations here. But Khrushchev, as quoted by Tass, again tied the test ban closely to a nonaggression pact between NATO and the Communist bloc. He did not, however, specifically say the world could not have one without the other. The premier's views were in a letter to the heads of state of the 30 African countries which took part in the Addis Ababa conference in May. Tass distributed it around the world just as American, British and Soviet delegates were holding a hard working session at Spiri- donovka Palae. Urgent Call Western representatives had an urgent telephone call from the Soviet Foreign Ministry just before they went to the session. Western diplomats were still hopeful the agreement could be signed today, but they cautioned newsmen there could be a slip. It' could not be learned what last minute problem the Russians had raised. But the treaty draft Ask Rails to Delay Job Cut for 30 Days was reported not yet complete fo signing. An air of happy triumph amon the Western delegations Tuei day was modified this morning But confidence continued that test ban treaty would be con eluded. U.S. sources in Washington said it appeared' Soviet Premier Khrushchev would not insist that a nonaggression pact unacceptable to the West accompany the test-ban treaty. Caution Prevails It had been.feared Khrushchev might demand a package deal but U.S. diplomats now expect the nonaggression pact proposal to be deferred. still prevailed, how- Caution ever. Chief American negotiator W. Averell Harriman, a veteran of negotiations with Stalin as well as with Khrushchev, stressed to newsmen that treaties are finished only when they are signed. Teamster Official Raps Bobby WASHINGTON (AP)-A team- iters Union official said today AUy. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy has designed the administration's civil rights program for his "personal desires and ambitions." Sidney Zagri, legislative counsel for the union, said the entire >rogram is intended to help Pres- dent Kennedy win re-election. He called for Robert Kennedy to resign as attorney general. Zagri's prepared testimony be!ore a House subcommittee was principally criticism of the attorney general, long a foe of Teamsters President James R. Hoffa. Three churchmen supporting the program said segregation is mmoral and "racism is blasphemy against God." They represented Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish groups. Dr. Eugene Carson Blake, spokesman for the trio, told a ilouse Judiciary subcommittee in prepared testimony that "we are ,n the midst of a social revolution. Please God it will remain social revolution and not de- genei'ate into civil chaos." He urged Congress to act now to pass President Kennedy's civil rights program. Dr. Blake, chief executive officer of the United Presbyterian Church who was arrested earlier this month in a Maryland anti- segregation demonstration, appeared with the Rev. John F. Cronin, an official of the National Catholic Welfare Conference and Rabbi Irwin M. Blank of the Synagogue Council of America. The subcommittee was one o three congressional groups hear ing testimony today favoring th President's broad program to out law segregation in all major areas of public life. Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy in his fourth trip to Congress in behalf of the legislation, went be fore the Senate Judiciary Commit tee where he faced a hostile au dience of Southern senators headed by Chairman James 0 Eastland, D-Miss. Ervvin N. Griswold, member o the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and dean of the Harvard Lav School, told the Senate Commerce Committee in prepared testimony that the administration bill to out law segregation in public accom modations is "the most importan issue facing this Congress." Griswold said widespread dem onstrations stemming from the denial to Negroes of access to restaurants, hotels and other places of public accommodations "has challenged our ability to govern ourselves through the peaceful and orderly processes o" law." The three religious leaders svil testify before two other commit tees Thursday. TODAY'S CHUCKLE The road to success is always under construction. (© 1963, General Features Corp.) NEW JOB? TOUGH CASE? WASHINGTON—Howard Jenkins Jr., the first Pressure To Stop Threat WASHINGTON (AP) - Chairmen Oren Harris, D-Ark., of the House Commerce Committee, asked the nation's railroads today to hold up for another 30 days the new work rules they propose to put into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. He said Congress could not enact legislation to avert a strike by that lime. Harris asked for an answer within 24 hours. He adressed his request to Daniel P. Loomis, president of the Association of American Railroads, as Harris' committee opened hearings on President Kennedy's plan to have the Interstate Commerce Commission consider work rules for train crewmen. Loomis said he couldn't give a yes or no answer but that the Negro picked for the National Labor Relations Board, railroads would consider the ap- if approved by the Senate, may open his career in peal. his new job by having to make a decision as to wheth- Rai er racial discrimination is an unfair labor practice. Jenkins is pictured in his office discussing his career. ( AP Wirephoto ) _ Demonstrators Blocking Streets By RALEIGH ALLSBROOK NEW YORK (IP) — Negro and white pickets lay in a muddy street with locked arms today in an effort to prevent supply trucks from entering a Brooklyn construction project. They were seeking more building trade jobs for Negroes and Puerto Ricans. Police arrested 12 pickets, five of them women, in the demonstration at the Downstate Medical Center and placed them in patrol wagons. The street became muddy when water from the construction site flowed into it. The picketing started at the site July 10. Until today, there had been 449 arrests of pickets there and at other construction sites in the city. Despite the new locked-arm tactics trucks were not .delayed in entering the site. Picketing also resumed at the Rutgers housing construction site on the lower east side of Manhattan. Eight demonstrators stayed overnight in Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller's outer office in a campaign to increase job opportunities for Negroes and Puerto Ricans. The Brooklyn site is one of two at which polke arrested 140 pickets Tuesday. Pickets did not return today to the second site—a housing project in Queens. As the Brooklyn demonstration began, 40 pickets walked slowly on a barricaded strip of sidewalk along one entrance to the new Woman's $40 Saved 'Pigeon Drop' Is Foiled; Man Held An attempted pigeon drop swindle involving a 67-year-old Alton woman was thwarted at the last moment Tuesday, and a man held by police has been identified as one of the two who attempted the swindle. Mrs. Virginia Jackson, 325 W. 12th. St., almost lost her entire bank savings of $40 before her son entered the scene and the two men fled. Police are holding Herbert H. Hun-is, 35, who said he lived in the 1000 block of Union Street. Harris was arrested for intoxication in downtown Alton Tuesday night. Mrs. Jackson identified him as one of the two men who attempted to got her money. Police are still seeking an older man, who told Mrs. Jackson he was "a preacher." Harris, who police said has arrest records in Chicago and Gary, Ind,, has made no statement. Tiie two men apparently a P pj-oaqhed Mrs. Jackson at her home, giid the older man said lie represented "a Catiwiic agency. f}e he arrange to to crease monthly payments to her, but told her she could not be eligible if she had money in the bank. Police presumed the man referred to social security payments received by Mrs. Jackson. The older man stayed at the house while the younger man drove her to the bank about noon, Mrs. Jackson said. As the two re-, turned to the house, the woman's son, Artis Jackson, 1726 Maupin St., drove up and the two men left. Mrs, Jackson still had the money in her possession which she turned over to her son. She told police she thought she recognized the man who drove the car, and gnve a name to police. When Harris was arrested for intoxication Tuesday night, police noted a resemblance in tho name and description and asKed Mrs- Jackson to Identify the man. She gave police a statement this morning saying Harris was the man who drove th? car, Police said additional charges Downstate Medical Center. The carried placards and occasional! sang or chanted. The pickets were divided almos evenly between whites and Ne groes and between men and worn en. Police today also had a reduced orce at the scene—210 officer; compared with some 300 Tuesday 'olice arrested 116 pickets Tuesday when they blocked the en- rance of construction supplies. Merchants Integrate at Charleston CHARLESTON, S.D. (AP) — ixty-two Charleston merchants ay they will implement desegregation in their stores. But Negro eaders say they will settle for lothing short of complete inte gration in the city and warn o ntensified demonstrations. The 62 retailers were among IOC merchants who met with Mayoi Palmer Gaillard and signed a tatement promising equal em )loyment opportunities and em iloye benefits, desegregation o drinking fountains and res ooms, allowing Negroes to try >n clothes, and other measures Hours later, Negro leaders an jounced demonstrations would be ntensified. Negroes have beei [emonstrating here more than six veeks. James Blake, a member of the joard of directors of the Nationa Association for the Advancemuiii }f Colored people, told a mass neeting of 1,000 Negroes: 'We will not cease our march ng until we can swim in the Burgos (city) pool, until we on jo to the Gloria theater, until al job opportunities are open, unti all doors are open." The Rev. B. J. Glover, a mem i>er of the steering committee o the Charleston Movement, an nounced plans for the stcpped-ui demonstrations after the meeting Glover said the merchants "ap pour to be acting in good faith, but he objected to the fact Uia names of those approving th concessions were not divulged, NEAR.VICTIM EXPLAINS fmw w «„„.««„*, v««,_v w Mrs, Henry Jackson, 67, explains to bilking ner. Taking her statements are would be filed against Harris of- Alton jwlice the details of tlie nowe* Patrolman Henry Connors, center, ana lev further investigation, 1 cessiul pigeon drop swindle aimed at, dpi, Ray FArton, DATA AT THE DAM 8a,m.temperuuui' Ye»torauy'« Railroad management has endorsed the Kennedy proposal to put the .controversy before the ICC, but there is union opposi- on. H.E. Gilbert, head of the Broth- rhood of Locomotive Firemen nd Enginemen, told a news con- erence in St. Louis this morning mt the five unions involved are 11 opposed. First Step "Such action would set the in- erstate commerce commission up as a labor court," he said. 'This would be only the first step. We would wind up with labor courts throughout the country. I've seen labor courts in action. They are not a good thing." A spokesman here for the five brotherhoods told newsmen he doubted there would be any formal group statement on the Kennedy proposal until union representatives testify before senate and house committees. Loomis went on to say another xjstponement would rain off more of "the life blood of an anemic ndustry." "We've already been delayed and this has continued for some our years," Loomis said. The railroads contend that orced employment of unneces- ary workers is costing them mil- ions of dollars a year. Wirtz Is Witness Secretary of Labor W. Williard leadoff witness for the administration plan, sat puffing on his pipe as the chairman and the railroad official had their exchange. Harris said he asked the rail- •oads to postpone for 30 days heir new, manpower trimming work rules to avert a national .valkout. Rail unions have said they will strike the minute the rules are imposed. Harris said he did not consider lie request unreasonable and hoped the railroad would go along. Loomis said the railroads have been trying to negotiate a work rules settlement for years and charged they are still being 'orced to make unnecessary pny- ments for work not performed. Loomis said that has "becomo ntolerable under present condl- lons." Harris said that "after four years of discussions the work •ules hassle was brought to (he ittention of Congress only day bo- ore yesterday." Harris said it will take time , or Congress to consider proper- y the "intriguing and unique >ronosal" President Kennedy has made. 1'rustiiire Mounts Harris' plea was part of mount- ng congressional pressure for the •ailronds to delay putting in the new work rules. Senate Republican Leader JSv- erelt M. Dirk-en drafted a resolution aimed al keeping the trains iinning until Congress has time to uct. And various logWutors of both parties voiced appeals thut the railroads hold off on new work rules which a curriers' sfwkesrnun suld Tuesday would go into effect at one minute after mtttolglit nest Tuesday ae planned. Tho five on-ti'uln union* havo sukl In the puttl they wilt today 75°. River etaiio belo clum at 8 0.0. Pool 10 below 1'recl a.m. I 24 tin 83.4. ^None. 01', low 7JJ« l'recli>liuilon lira, (o 8 u.m stage a massive walkout the ment the now i i uli#-*wbM eliminate thoujmndu of posted.

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