Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 22, 1963 · Page 1
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Alton, Illinois
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Thursday, August 22, 1963
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Inside t .„«•*'«• PAGE It IJLl ..... £ A S E J » ION . , . 4 PA6E Jfl ....... PAGE Si . PAGE 32 PAGE 84 E irf^TVTTIVr/"' 1 V LINING Serving the Alton Community tor More Than 127 Years WARMfitt IfflfttAtf tow 80, Itigtt 90 (Complete Weather, £ag« J .^.. T - | , [ . Established January 15,1836, ^•^..•^.-.saaa..^. ...„..„ Vftl/CXXVttl, No, 187 ALTON, ILL., THURSDAY, AUGUST 22,1963 38 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated END OF BRIDGE REPAIR Finishing Touches Today Clark Bridge Is Ready to Open Repairs on the Clark Bridge were scheduled to be completed today and the bridge unofficially opened, Illinois Division of Highways spokesmen said. The Highway Department announced at 1:30 p.m. today that the bridge would be officially reopened to traffic at 2 p.m. Friday. It has been closed since Aug. 12. Repairs were made to the floor of tHe bridge approaches which had become pitted and caused traffic to bump over a series of jagged indentations. Final work on the Illinois side consisted of covering the filled indentations with a seal coat of oil and chips, Ray Maxwell, assistant highway maintenance engineer, said. Maxwell said the repairs will "last longer" that way. At the time of the bridge closing It was 'announced that the work was expected to be completed prior to the Labor Day weekend. Traffic normally using the bridge was re - routed over Chain of Rocks Bridge, a 15 - mile detour. This additional flow produced record traffic along Highway 67 approaching the Chain of Rocks Canal overpass and finally attained such proportions that operators of the bridge itself called on thn highway department for relief. "The Chain of Rocks bridge people called here yesterday and said they were swamped and wanted to know when the Clark Bridge job would be finished," it was said at the Illinois Division of Highways office at French Vil- lage this morning. Personnel at the bridge, which is owned by the Village of Madison, refused to tell a Telegraph reporter the extent of thn increase in traffic, merely asserting that the traffic "is up." Alton Police Capt. William Peterson, however, estimated that recent traffic over (he Clark Bridge totaled more than 13,000 vehicles daily. Most, if not all, of this was being shunted across the Chain of Rocks Bridge. Capt. Petersen said that the last Illinois Division of Highways report, dated I960, showed ah average of 9,100 vehicles a day passing over the Clark Bridge. That has Increased about 50 percent, Capt. Petersen said. Re-opening of Clark Bridge Is expected to restore the local traffic situation to normal. Capt. PC- lersen said. This will mean a heavy Labor Day weekend flow. "It's the last holiday before school opens, but it won't be a holiday for the traffic division, what with a boat show and general picnic travel," Capt. Petersen said. Workmen of the Illinois Division of Highways this morning spread topping of oil, one of the finishing touches on Clark Bridge repair job. The Missouri side of the bridge was in the process of being cleaned up today. Suspect in 2 Robberies Here Caught, Returned A 54-year-old ex - convict was returned to Alton from Springfield today after being identified as the holdup man in two grocery store robberies in Alton. Donald Walker, who. had previously served terms in Statesville prison for armed robbery, was positively identified as the armed robber by witnesses in the Rain & Rain Food Market and North Alton Food Store holdups earlier this year. Walker was returned on two warrants 'of armed robbery signed by Alton Police Chief John Heafner. Walker was identified as the gunman who calmly held up the Rain & Rain Food Market, 2521 State St. on Feb. 9 and made off with $1,000. He was also identified as the gunman who escaped with nearly $4,000 in a stickup of the National Food Store in North Alton, June 25. Heafner said Walker was apprehended by Springfield police. Springfield police told the Telegraph today a sketch of the holdup, man in the Alton robberies was noticed by Sergeant John Nolan as being similar to that of Walker who was in the Springfield area and on parole from prison. The arrest was made Tuesday. Walker had two guns in his possession, police said. Heafner took witnesses from the two Alton robberies to Springfield Wednesday where the identification was made from a lineup. Walker was parolled last December from Illinois State Prison in Joliet after serving a term for armed robbery. A description by a witness following the National robbery described the gunman as about 5( years of age, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds. A Rain & Rain witness describ ed the gunman as about 55, 5 feel 7 inches tall and weighed abou 160 pounds. Otto Schwegel, Madison Coun ty Deputy Sheriff and John Light Alton Police Sergeant returnee Walker to Alton today. DbWii 3 Per Cent More protested taxes on the 1961 tax levy resulted in Alton collecting three per cent less of its taxes than the year before, C. J. Schlosser told the City Council Wednesday night in his audit report. •' • 4.79 per cent anticipation on city unds overall. He pointed out that For 1961, tax collections were only 89 per cent while collections on the 1960 levy, Schlosser said, were almost 92 per cent. The almost three percent difference led to the city's losing $28,571 more in collections than anticipated, he said. • ! The city will never collect as much tax as it levies, Schlosser said, because the county clerk charges for the cost of collection, some of which Alton gets back through fees to its township collector. Largo 1'art Protested In addition, the accountant pointed out, a large part pf the $107,043'in taxes uncollected is in protested taxes. For 1961 a total of $54,278 was protested by live large taxpayers while the year before three large taxpayers protested a total of $32,977. Railroads .also protested taxes in 1961, Schlosser said, and the basis, of these protests should be settled soon. In view of the poor tax collection record tor 1961, the city has estimated a loss on the 1962 tax levy of $115,157 on a levy of $1,058,413, which Schlosser predicts will probably be more than the actual loss. II this proves true, he said, the next audit should show revenue exceeding expenses. Had tax collections on the '61 levy been normal, Schlosser said the city would have had an excess of revenue over expense In the current audit for the year end ing April 30. Because of tjie pool collection, expense exceeded rev enue by ^,822, however. Future Froceedurea Schlosser, In his report, made several suggestions concerning future procedures for the city He suggested that a property con trol program be Instituted so tha the city will be able to account foi its physical personal property assets as'well as Its financial assets Jn future years. The auditor also suggested a control accounting on the budget, pointing Qut that the city Is now engaged In a larg utility operation as & result of it sewer fees. Su,ch an oper^on, h said, requires equipment to handling some 200,000 bookkeep ing entries per year and the ex raise of the equipment is sma wppared to the cost-of employ jog sufficient personnel to do th work with present equipment Picture antlcipaUon warren he library fund anticipated 75 per ent, the legal maximum, and the eneral fund 61.1 per cent, which e termed a bit high. But Schloser. pointed out that anticipation s necessary in municipal financ- ng. From 30 to 40 percent should e considered normal, while bove 60 per cent should be view- d with some alarm. Schlosser told the council that IB audit report is too large to go lirough verbally in detail, but hat it lists and breaks down city unds, receipts, and expenditures ncluding the sewer bond funds nd the sewer revenue accounts. In the sewer accounts receivable, Schlosser said, a total of 78,916 includes $38,700 in curent iccounts due less than 30 days; 6,897 past due 30 to 60 days; $3,87 due 60 to 90 days; and $27, 322 due more than 90 days, of ,vhich $23,958 is residential users. picture at the «ter to* tajswed "t9 ScWosse^ with Court Asked To Overturn Remap Ruling SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) Rep. Gale Williams, R-Murphys boro, today asked the Illinois Su preme Court to overturn a ruling that upheld Gov. Otto Kerner's veto of a House redistrictlhg bill Williams filed his appeal per sonally. Because of the veto, Kerner fol lowed a constitutional provisioi which authorized him to appoin a 10-man commission to reapppr tlon the 59 House districts. He pu the commission to work Tuesday Williams had mailed notice I the Supreme Court in July tha he intended to file an appeal Judge DeWitt S. Crow of Sanga mon County Circuit Court dls missed Williams' complaint. Wil lianis had asked that Kerner' veto be thrown out, and that th governor be restrained from narti Ing a restricting commission. Both Williams and Atty. Gen William Clark have indtcatec they will seek a hearing of the ap pea) as early as possible, probably i)i September. Williams contended that the repeal as early as possible, prob ably in September. New Escape Hole Misses 3 Miners By JAMES V. LAMB Associated Press Staff Writer HAZLETON, Pa. (AP)-Drillim f a new escape hole for the thre< •apped coal miners failed todaj —apparently by only a few fee nd at a time when succes eemed moments away. A third try at drilling a 12-ine scape hole was ordered. A giant, 10-story high drillin ig was moved into position to ne third try. Rescue workers hadn't given up :ompletely on the second hole, loping the trapped men could de- ermine its location in relation to hem. If they can, it might be pos- ible for them to reach it by dig- ling or, failing mat, it at least would help pinpoint where the [rilling went wrong. The third shaft, which is expected to take at least 19 hours, vas ordered four feet to the east and eight feet to the north of the second. But if David Fellin, 58, one of he trapped men, had his way the rescue workers would gamble everything on an attempt to en arge Uie present six-inch lifeline wle so he and Henry Throne, 28, could come out that way. "Why not ream the food hole?" asked Fellin over the microphone connection through it to the sur- ace. "Do you tliink that's the right hing to do?" countered Gordon Smith, deputy state secretary of mining. "We'll think about it but Carpenters Considering Wage Offer Carpenters in Madison County iegan drifting back to work to- lay as a special meeting of the union's District Council was set to consider a 55-cent an hour increase granted Wednesday by the Southern Illinois Builders Assn. All carpenter pickets were removed from area construction jobs today. A 12-hour meeting between the two groups and the Tri-County District of Carpenters in Belleville yesterday concluded with a 55-cent an hour raise spread over, ree years, plus fringe benefits. W. 0. Hays, secretary-treasurer of the Carpenters district council said he is trying to set up a special meeting of the 35-man council as soon as possible. The district council represents 1,300 carpenters in Madison, Bond, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin and Calhoun Counties. The Tri-County District signed the new contract at the meeting Wednesday calling for an 55-cent an hour increase, but no additional fringe benefits. Cement Masons Local 90 already reached a tentative agreement this: week calling for a 45 cent an hour wage hike over the next three years. The cement masons have agreed to return to work Tuesday. The other unions on strike, the iron workers, are meeting with the contractors today in Belleville. The strike got underway Aug. 1 when the cement finishers and iron workers refused to work when their contract expired July 31. The Madison County carpenters went on strike Aug. 14. The strike stopped projects totaling $150,000,000 in 14 Southwes- GIFT TO CITY James Stroud, Alton parking meter maintainer, left the window of the city hall meter shop open Wednesday, and in came a stray cat. This morning the cat presented the city these kittens. Kennedy Is Angered As Viet Nam Cracks Down on Buddhists tern Illinois Counties Madison County. including : believe it would be easier to move the rig and be faster to drill another 12-inch hole. It seems safer, too, since there would be 10 loss of communications and food supplies." "All right," said Fellin, The first escape hole effort abandoned late Tuesday whet Fellin and Throne reported tha it appeared to be cracking the calling over the tiny passageway where they have been trapped 33: feet underground The first hole tor nine days took about 22 hours to drill; the second about 25 —not countlng-'-the six hours los Wednesday afternoon when drive shaft broke, "We've got a little problem,' Gordon Smith, deputy state secretary of mining, informed Thron and Fellin by way of the microphone hi the existing six-Inch lifeline hole. "It looks like we've gone to the Bottom rock," sold Smith- looks to me like we hit bottom rock. White Bluff Is coming up th n Inch bole." " Rail Talks Stalemated; Bill Studied WASHINGTON (AP) — With a ireatened nationwide rail strike nly a week away, the Senate Commerce Committee met today o devise some legislative means f averting it. The committee hoped to be eady with a bill later today, bul Chairman Warren G. Magnuson D-Wash., said it will not be rought up in the Senate unti Monday. He made the announcement after conferring with Demo- ratic leader Mike Mansfield ol VIontuna. Magnuson said that Rep. Oren larris, D-Ark,, chairman of the louse Commerce Committee, had old him the Senate bill should •each the House early next week. Although it held extensive hear- ngs, the Commerce Committee has been hanging fire on legis- ation proposed by President Kennedy July 22 to avert a strike. The committee hoped that the ear- 'iers and the rail unions, negotiating under the eye of the Labor Department, could settle the four- year work rules dispute them selves. These hopes were dashed Wednesday. Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz said negotiations nad broken down and there was no immediate prospect of reconciliation, Wirtz told newsmen an exchange of versions of an arbitration agreement, written by the carriers and the unions, had "left sl& nlficant differences" in the deft nitton of issues for arbitration and procedures to be followed. "So far, it has proved impossible to reconcile these differences,' Wirtz said. Still, he added, the situation does not "foreclose the stry at the University of California in Los Angeles, summed up lis view at Senate hearings as one of "worried, reluctant acquiescence." Strauss, who headed the AEC from 1953 to 1958, was more critical of the treaty but his comments were keyed to an apparent ixpectation that the treaty was going to be ratified. He predicted that the Soviets Ex-AEC Members Worry About Pact WASHINGTON (AP)—Two former members of the Atomic Energy Commission — Lewis L. Strauss and D. Willard F. Libby — expressed misgivings today about the limited nuclear test ban Move Is Reported Success By FORREST EDWARDS Associated Press Staff Writer TOKYO (AP)-The South Vietnamese government appeared today to have succeeded in its crackdown on Buddhist opponents of President Ngo Dinh Diem. But the lightning action gave new im petus to an angry U.S. govern ment's reassessment of its poli cy toward Diem's dictatorial ?ime. A heavily censored dispatch :rom AP correspondent Malcolm W. Browne "in Saigon said th Vietnamese army appeared to b remaining loyal to Diem and re bellion seemed unlikely. Troops patrolled Saigon laugh ing and joking, Browne reported treaty. Libby, now professor of chem- would cheat on the agreement and said the Senate should attach wo reservations: 1. That nuclear weapons may be ised without notice "should any of our allies or any of the free mtions be subjected to armed aggression." 2. That there be free use of nuclear power "to construct harbors, canals and other peaceful works" both in U.S. territory or in that of friendly nations asking such projects. Libby also had discussed the possible restraints of the treaty on a project, to study peacefu uses of nuclear explosions. In tha' connection, he said without elaboration that nuclear experts "are about ready" now to dig a cana! by nuclear blasts. Libby said that before voting on the treaty the Senate should de temiine whether Soviet possession of a 100-megaton bomb is a "commanding advantage." He said he is "worried that we have not fired one and observed the effects which must be aweful indeed." "I think on the whole I probably would favor the treaty," he said. But, before doing so, he added he would "have to see the lalest on the 100-megaton prob lem" and have reassurance tha the treaty would not inhibit progress in the program for devel opment of peaceful uses of atomic energy. re and life was returning to norma as the capital settled down to li' ing under martial law. The army's wholesale arrest monks and nuns Wednesday an the seizure of religious pagoda throughout Viet Nam appeared i have broken organized Buddhii opposition to the governmen which lasted for three and a ha months. "The only opposition now is th (Communist) Viet Cong," a Vie nomese shopkeeper said wistfully The South Korean Embassy i Saigon reported to its Foreig Ministry that about 1,000 monk and nuns had been arrested i army raids on pagodas in fou cities. Browne said that at least on monk was reported killed and I monks and nuns wounded in th midnight raid on Saigon's Xa Lo pagoda, headquarters of th Buddhist high command. Th Diem government's news agency Viet Nam Presse, claimed n monks or nuns were killed. CANNED FORTUNE Miami county sheriff Chester Paulus, left, and chief deputy James McMaken check cans which held more than $500,000 in currency buried beneath a feed mill in October 1945. (AP Wirephoto) Fortune Hunters Find Half Million TROY, Ohio (AP)—Buried treasure in excess of a half million dollars has been unearthed beneath an old mill—U.S. currency buried there by the late owner who told relatives he distrusted banks. The Altman Mills feed plant four miles north of this southwestern Ohio city was the scene o£ the find. Earlier in the week, workmen dug up two 10-gallon milk cans containing bills amounting to an estimated $350,000. Early today a third, five-gallon can was uncovered. It, too, was TODAY'S CHUCKLE A closed mouth gathers no feet. (© 1!)63, General Features Corp.) 'Worst in Memory' Store Opening Snarls Traffic possibility tlon." of' further recondllu What East Alton police called 'the worst traffic jam in memory" tied up virtually thousands of motorists this morning and backed up traffic in all direc- .ions as far as two miles at the slands intersection. The jam was at E. Broadway, Milton Road, Alternate 67 and St. Louis Avenue. East Alton Police Chief Harold fie to move. The jam spread out in all directions like spokes from the hub of a wheel. Cars were backed up from the bridge on E. Broadway to Ches- sen Lane and backed up Milton Hill to Brown Street in Alton, two miles away. Riggins called aid from state for emergency police. Three state police cars were rushed quickly as possible. Opening of the Arlan's department store on St. Louis Avenue was the major cause of the jam. Sandblasting of a bridge over Wood River on E. Broadway and a heavier load of traffic resulting from the Clark Bridge closing for repairs also overburdened the intersection. Workers are sandblasting from a platform suspended above traffic lanes on the bridge. One lane of the eastbound side of the highway, was closed to traffic Wednesday afternoon and this mornlng> One report from East Alton said that a motorist trapped. In the traffic jam for two hours fell asleep while waiting for the traf- luffed with cash. Bank officials said the money lius far recovered is "in excess f $500,000" but they were not pecific as to the exact amount. The finds came from under con- rete pilings at the mill. R. S. Altman, late owner of :ie mills, often had told relatives ie did not trust banks. A few hours before his death uly 28 at the age of 76 in Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Alt- nan told a son and daughter he iad buried all his money beneath lie mill. William Sutton of Pittsburgh, e family attorney who announced the first finds Wednesday night, said "We knew it was possible that old Mr. Altman was delirious and there was no expec- ation of finding anything buried here, money or otherwise." Nearly a dozen workmen, all iiill employes, began digging wly Tuesday. They were guarded by Miami County Sheriff's dep- itios, and they dug nearly eight lows before their shovels struck metal. The money was undamaged In the unsealed cans—lied up in bundles of two or three inches in thickness, and in all denomlna- ;ions. Each bundle was wrapped in sheets of the Dayton Dally News dated Oct. 10-15, 1945, The son and daughter who In- Hated the hunt are George J, Altman of Irwin, Pu., and Mrs. Mary June Ward of Troy. GM, Chrysler Plan Seal Belt* for 1964 t DETROIT (AP) - Front seat belts will be standard equipment in all passenger curs built by General Motors Corp. and Chryi« lor Corp. in their 100/1 lines affective Jan. 1, the two firms wv nounml Wednesday, WAITING TO CROSS Pedestrians wait to cross trapped by traffic jam St. touts Avenue this morning* 3.) (Additional picture on Page DATA AT THE KWor Mage bulQW I' dum ut 8 u.m. 4.19, Pool am N hrl ont. t.\

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