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Inside i ttttftdRiAi ., •. .. pjwa * E *<^ sail I PAGE 8 PAGE II PAGE 13 COMI ... . . . • CLASStFtUb ..... PAGE J.1 EVENING TELEGRAPH S&rving the Alton Community for More Than 12? Years FAffi '*>' DNfcSOAY 4 65, High 90 Established 16* 1836, VdL GXXVllI, NO, 191 ALTON, ILL,, TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 1963 16 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Assod&ted l^W. RACIAL D1SCVSS10N 2 Trapped Miners Are Rescued in Good Shape Discussion is under way at the meeting between members of the NAACP, labor representatives, Human Relations Commission and Alton Mayor P. W. Day. Left to right, Mayo.r P. W. Day, back to camera, Clayton Williams and Clarence Willis, NAACP, a Telegraph reporter, Guy V. Beets, Charles Rodgers and Carl O'Neil, representing Alton-Wood River Area Federation of Labor, James Washington and Fred King of Human Relations Commission and Mrs. Emmett Delaney, secretary to the Mayor. NAACP Asks Why No Firemen Are Negroes By JACK UAKBAN Telegraph Stuff Writer The NAACP asked at a meeting in Alton Monday why no Negroes have been hired by the Alton Fire Department. The answers were various, including one by Mayor P. W. Day who said he was threatened by telephone with, political ( extinction if he permitted a Negro to be employed as a fireman. At the meeting were Clarence Willis and Clayton Williams of the Alton Chapter of the NAACP, representatives of labor, the Human Relations Commission, and Mayor Day at the Stratford Hotel Monday afternoon. Purpose was to discuss the hiring practices of the unions and the city. Williams said "Under the present administration Negroes were told they could not be employed by the fire department because the' firemen would object." Lack Qualifications Day said, "Despite the phone call threatening me the reason no Negro is on the fire department is because of lack of qualifications." Day said eligibility is determined by civil service tests and no Negro lias ever done well enough on the test to qualify high on the list. Day said a Negro, several years ago, was seventh on the list, but his eligibility expired before the hiring got down to him and he never took the test again. Day pointed out there are several Negroes employed by the city at the present time. "There are Negroes in the pc- lic department including one who was recently made a sergeant," the mayor said. "The Public Works Department has 50 per cent of its work force composed of Negroes." Day said there is a job open now in the city hall as an accounting clerk, but no one has applied for the job. To Apply for Clerk's Job Williams said, "There will soon be some applicants for the job." Day took exception to statement made by members of the NAACP charging the rally set for Friday afternoon in front of the city hall is against him. Willis, president of the Alton Chapter of the NAACP, said that Mayor Day misunderstood ~th e intention. "The NAACP has requested certain meetings be set up, but they were not," he said. Willis said a request was made weeks ago to arrange a meeting with executives who do the hir- ng in industries in the area, but Day only talked with the District Assn. of Manufacturers. The manufacturers' spokesman saic Lhe industries are complying with .he law and no meeting would be held. Willis said the manufacturers association does not have any power. The industries themselves ihould be contacted, he added. Question Hiring Practices The hiring practices of labo also came under questioning bj [he group at yesterday's meeting The three representatives of th Alton-Wood River Area Federa tion .of .Labor, AFL-CIO said the could not speak for any particu lar union, but would take recom mendations back to the executiv committee. Jury Will Hear Evidence in Wood River Twp. Clerk Case EDWARDSVILLE — Evidence is to be presented to the recalled Madison County Circuit Court Grand Jury next Tuesday in connection with theft and larceny charges pending against the former Wood River Town Clerk Ronald K. Rodgers. It also was learned that a summons has been issued by the state's attorney, Dick H. Mudge, for service on former Wood Rivet- Township Supervisor Fred Grenzebach, for' his appearance as a witness before the recalled Grand Jury. Summonses have also been issued against four, others for their appearance as witnesses, it was learned. Rodgers, who reportedly signed a statement last April admitting the "borrowing" of $3,289,90 from Wood River Township relief funds — lor which he made restitution — resigned his office last April 17, ascribing the move to the health of himself and his family. Warrants Issued Warrants charging him with theft and larceny on complaint of Mudge were Issued in July against Rodgersi following completion of an audit of Wood River Township funds by an auditing firm. The larceny warrant pending against Rodgers charged that he on Jan. 29, 19G1, he "did unlawfully and fraudulently convert to ills own use the sum of $3,568.90 being the personal property of Wood River Township ..." A separate charge against Rodgers is based on a portion of the township audit covering alleged payments of township funds for which no vouchers are available and the sum involved is approximately $3,000. Served with Summons Served by the sheriff's office with summons to appear Sept. 3 before the recalled Grand Jury in the Wood River Township fund discrepancy cases, it was learned today, are Grenzebach, and a representative of the R, C. Scheffel & Co., auditing firm. Summonses also have been turned over to the sheriff's office for service on three members of the Wood River Town board of auditors serving at the time of the alleged defalcations: Gene Berghoff, Henry Lawrence anc| Verdell Williams. Mudge indicated, further, that investigation would be made of record-keeping and the town board's procedure In auditing expense payments in connection with relief fund expenditures and other fund disbursements for which the Scheffel firm's audit failed to turn up vouchers on wh'ieh some payments apparently were based. Gre.-zebach himself came in for some comment in the Scheffel audit report made of Wood River Township's financial affairs. Gas and .oil for township highway department vehicles during the four years ending March 31 totaled $16,015.06, out of which $4,649.06 of the purchases were made at Grenzebach's service station, the audit said. In 1962, according to the audit, $2,508,50 gas and oil purchases were made at Grenzebach's serv ice station as compared with $1,936.36 made at other stations. A situation created in which Grenzebach approved the pay ments to himself and signed checks is believed a "conflict o interests" and a violation of state statutes, according to township at torney Merle Bassett, also an as sistant state's attorney, Meredith Dismisses 'Draft' Reports DETROIT (AP) •- James H Meredith, first Negro to be grad uated from the University of Mis sissippi, dismissed Monday night reports that he would be draftee as a candidate lor Congress. Charles Rodgers, an executiv of the labor federation, said h would attempt to set up a mee ing with any union the NAACP wished. Willis asked the group if any unions in the area did not hav Negro members. Charles Rodgers, Guy V. Beet and Carl O'Neil, representin labor, said they did not know o any that did not have a Negr in it. Willis requested a meeting wit representatives of the pipefitters carpenters, bricklayers and op erating engineers, Unions Don't Decide on Jobs The labor representatives saic unions working in industries d not decide who gets the appren tice jobs. "The company determine through tests who enters th programs and we issue a unio card after the worker has beei there a certain length of time, 1 O'Neil said. Lack of qualifications w e r found to be the Negroes' biggef handicap in getting a skilled jo in industry, the labor representa lives said. It was pointed out that man plants require high school dipl mas and a certain amount of abi ity to perform the job. James Washington, a membe of the Human Relations Commif sion and a counsellor in the Alto School system, said the Negr must learn to develop his skill in order to qualify and then b able to get a job to acquire ex perience. "Many people of our race fin it hard to develop interest whe they know their skills cannot b applied through lack of jobs, Washington, a Negro, said. Tension in Viet Nam Relaxing By PETER ARNETT SAIGON, Viet Nam (AP)—U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge conferred for more than two hours today with Ngo Dinh Nhu, the in uential younger brother of Presi- ent Ngo Dinh Diem, on South let Nam's political-religious ori- s. They met at the request of Nhu, f ho heads the secret police. Whatever the trend of the dis- ussion, there were indications the trict army rule of Saigon was re axing, even though the people vere warned soldiers have orders o shoot into any illegal gathering. Continued tension was reflected n postponement of a National As- embly election scheduled for Sat- rday. The official Viet Nam iress agency announced in Toadcast dispatch Diem has or- ered the election put off unti urther notice. Relaxation of martial law was iuggested by lifting of the Saigoi curfew and according to the Vie Vam press, in some provincia owns. Barbed wire barricades were 'emoved from the uptown area vhere Saigon University's facul ies of law, medicine and phar macy are situated. Teachers were notified that schools and univer sities, closed last weekend, may reopen soon. Civilian censors supplanted mU tary censors in processing new; dispatches relayed abroad. But there were increased trow concentrations in. downtown Sa gon';""""" "" "" "' Lodge presented his credentia to Diem Monday and conferre twice with the president. He ca ried a note from President Ken nedy spelling out U.S. views the Vietnamese crisis. Lodge arrived in Saigon Thurs day and replaced Frederick E Nolting, who resigned as ambas sador. Three Area NAACPs Go To 'March' Three area NAACP member liave gone to Washington for th "March on Washington." Mrs. Josephine Wilson, chairma of the education committee of A ton branch of NAACP, left las night by plane for Washington, a ^AACP spokesman said. Two Edwardsville NAACP mem bers left this morning by chartei ed bus from St. Louis for Wash ington,' an Edwardsville NAAG member said. They are Mrs, Irene D. Mad son, 822 Klein St., and Alii. Daugherty, Rural Rte. 3, Ei wardsville. They were members of a part using buses chartered by St. Lou chapter of NAACP. No CORE (Congress of Raci; Equality) representatives wer available for comment today Alton. It was not known if an members of this group were goin to Washington for the march. TODAY'S CHUCKLE A small town is usually divided by a railway, a main street, two churches, and a lot of opinions. (© 1003, General Features Corp,) Sing, Joke When Lifted to Surface HAZLETON, Pa. (AP)—Joking and singing all the way, Henry Throne and David Fellin were lifted to the surface today unharmed in a safety harness from more than 300 feet underground where a mine cave-in trapped them 14 days ago. mergency but it worked smooth- y. Charmbury and other officials hanged original plans to use a The rescue climaxed a drama that caught world - wide attention; a drama mixed with faith, courage, frustrations and the heart - warming stream of good humor that "flowed constantly from Throne, 28, and Fellin, 58. But the joy was tempered with concern for the third trapped miner, Louis Bova, 42, who was last heard from a week ago today. He was separated from them by 25 feet of debris, and four efforts to drill a small lifeline hole to him — like the one which reached Throne and Fellin— have been unsuccessful. Early This Morning Throne started up at 1:50 a.m. and reached the surface at 2:07 a.m., a 17 - minute trip he described as "the best ride I ever had." Fellin started at 2:33 a.m and reached the surface at 2:41 His rescue took 8 minutes and 15 seconds. Although grimy, both men ap peared in good shape when they reached the surface. The men were examined in first aid tent, then quickly re moved by two helicopters to the Hazleton State Hospital n i n miles away, where a specia ward was prepared for them. Throne and Fellin were pro nounced in excellent shape b, them physicians who examined ^ ter their 14 . day ordeal Henry Throne, his face blackened from two weeks' Dv Peter SaraS| w ho examined \ ^imprisonment 330 feet underground in a coal mine, is Throne, and Dr. Anthony Fidulla, SWUilg otit"of aii-escape shaft drilled to where he and personal physician to Fellin for a companion were trapped since August 13. (AP Wirephoto) Hole Being Drilled To Reach Bova By STANFORD H. BENJAMIN HAZLETON, Pa. (AP)—Drilling of a 17-inch escape hole for Louis Bova, similar to the one used to free Henry Throne and David Fellin, began today less than five hours after Throne and Fellin were lifted to the surface. The drilling began with only a handful of men on the scene at 6:45 a.m. amidst optimism by Bova's relatives and Throne and Fellin that Bova is alive after 14 days underground without food. Shortly thereafter workers be- ian drilling a four-inch lifeline bole toward where Bova, 42, is believed trapped more than 300 feet underground. By 9 a.m., the big drill had penetrated more than 63 feet while the smaller one had reached a depth of 20 feet. Four previous attempts al establishing a lifeline hole, similar to the one through which con tact was first made with Fellin and Throne on Aug. 18 am through which food was lowerec them, have failed. All three miners were trappec in a cave-in Aug. 13 but Bova was separated from Throne anc Fellin by a wall of debris anc was believed about 25 feet away from them, reportedly injured. He ias not been heard from since ast Tuesday when Fellin reported ic made contact with him. Fellin, 58, and Throne, 28, while )eing examined by doctors, said hey could not believe that Bova vas dead. They said he probably still lay trapped under a pile of •ubble and that the search should continue. Fellin suggested that a hole should be drilled about six feet east of the lifeline, hole through which contact was first made with them. The drilling began promptly. Bova's wife was not at the rescue site when Fellin and Throne were pulled to the surface. A relative said she had been under great strain and had been taken to a hospital Monday night. DATA AT THE DAM Sn.m. temperature Yesterday's today 67° high 82°, low 60° River stage below Precipitation dam at 8 a.m 3.8. Pool 23.3. 24 hrs. to 8 a.m. None. the past 10 years, said they were both amazed that the miners survived in cramped quarters in such excellent shape. Hospital Stay Saras said he didn't expect Throne to remain in the hospital for much longer than 48 hours. He will be x-rayed and given heart and other psychological tests later today. Fidulla said he planned to keep Tellin in the hospital for about a week just to make certain everything is all right. He said Fellin came through in fine shape, and hat his mind was clear. "Throne was absolutely in good spirits," said Saras. "He had no complaints except for a swelling n his right hand which he had jumped on some coal and suffered lacerations." The safety harness, pulled by a winch and cable arrangement, lad been considered only for an Fellin Says He Will Quit Mining HAZLETON, Pa. (/Pi — Anna Fellin is getting her way at last. For a long, long while the wife of Davcy Fellin, rescued with Henry Throne from two weeks' entombment in a coal Mine, has wanted him to give up mining. After what he has been through, Fellin has promised his wife to call it a day underground. Raccooii Led Dog's Life,.. Now He Goes in for Nightlife fly GBOBOK U5IGHTY Telojfrunh Staff Writer A pet raccoon, raised by a Collie dog with her own litter of eight pups, has grown up to lead a dog's lite — except at night, It's not the lure of the saloon crowd that rnakes the raccoon & lilght' prowjer, but a pure and simple cull pf the wild. The raccoon is .the family pjt of Mr, and Mrs, Leo Scott, and children, who" Jive In the country 'jtarthWIl 0J Medora, where there -fre eornjjejds, wooded areas, and pastures with trees - which, the pretty much ignores, , The raccoon, dubbed "Coonie" by the Scott family, romps with the, Scott children, bites and rolls playfully with the dogs, eats dog- food, and even contends with the Scott cats, as the dogs have been taught to do. , Cqojjie was found along with .three brothers and sisters in a barn at the nearby Tom Ruyle farm. JJuyle estimated that Coonie waj four or live days old. A collie dog "Lassie," who had just h.ud pups, adopted Coonle aiivl the raccoon nursed along with the , eight legitimate pups, At weaning time Connie was too small to give up nursing, so he was fed with a bottle. As the raccoon grew, his only associates were children, dogs and cats and he took on, most of the attributes of the dogs. He ate and slept with them, played with them and seemed to be an ideal pet until he took to night prowling, Mrs. Scott says. "We had to throw him off the back porch, where we let the dogs sleep," Mrs. Scott says. •'He wouldn't kedp out of things." While the doge were sleeping, Mrs. Scott says, Coonie, doubtless seeking a nocturnal snack, as is the case with wild coon, pried open boxes and other containers. "He made such a mess that he has to stay outside." Today, at the age of slightly more than three months, Coonie leads a double life. "He shows up for meals," Mrs. Scott says. The raccoon plays with the children and the dogs at times during the day, Mrs. Scott says, but is missing some of the time. "1 think he goes off and sleeps, so he can prowl at night," Mrs. Scott said, Interloper at this tea for two is this Kitten who invtuled a iiuwl ordinarily shared by pet raccoon aiiU dog. A mo» QVIT SHOVING! ment later w lull-grown cat (foot in background)' turned otherwise sedate evenfiiito a hostess 1 nightmare. fl leel capsule because of a bend n the 18 - inch escape hole which aused fears that the capsule might catch. 'Coming Up!' "I'm coming up!" yelled Throne as the harness ropes napped taut about him. "I'm :oming up!" "Boy what a ride this is," said Throne half - way up. At one point, when he was itopped because a tangle devel- jped in his communication line and a rope, he remarked that the 'ide feels "like a chutey - chute at Coney Island." When Throne, wearing an orange helmet and blue overalls aced with the lifting strap, hit the surface, the crowd broke into a tumultuous shout. "He's up! He's up! There was applause, cheers and whistles when Throne was rushed past the crowd to a waiting helicopter. He was wrapped in a blanket and appeared exhausted. "Keep on going! Keep on going!" Fellin shouted as he came up. "This is the best ride I ever had." At one point he sang a few bars from "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain." Woman, 70, Bilked Out Of $5,000 An elderly woman was bilked of $5,000 this morning in a pigeon drop confidence game in a downtown Alton variety store, police reported today. Mrs. Ida Ziegler, about 70, a resident of the Loretto Home, 417 Prospect Si., told police she ,vas victimized by two women in their early 30's about 10:30 a.m. The woman reportedly withdrew the money from a bank ,vith the understanding that she would meet the two women at noon to divide the "find," she told police today. When the pair did not show up, Mrs, Ziegler reported to police. The women, according to the report, told Mrs. Ziegler that they :iad found an envelope containing money. They offered a share of the "found" money providing they put up a sum of their own as "good faith." Both women were observed by chance by an Alton policeman about an hour before the incident. One of the women was described by police as about 30 years old, of medium build, about 5 feet, 5 inches and wearing a blue dress and a blue head scarf. The other was about 32 with light brown or peroxide hair, wearing a yellow dress with short sleeves and a white hat with flowers. Her arms were reported as very densely covered with freckles all the way to the shoulders. Both are white. The swindlers had a two-hour headstart. Nevertheless, police fanned out to cover exit routes from the city. It Was a Rough Day for Mother Mrs. Rose Wieckhorsl, of Wood River, whose daughter had to have a needle remov« ed from a foot at a hospital Monday, returned home to find a son had set a bed on (ire, At 5:15 p.m. the mother rushed Karla, 11, to Wood River Township Hospital for removal of the needle after the girl Accidentally stepped on it. After she smelted smoke when she returned to her homo at 27 North Main BU'jxjt, a son, Karl, 10, rtiypujed J)| had accidentally set ft ted en (irit by Hunting u nmtch whJlt Tl M »., tW-,.^1** quelled, the «

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