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Inside i ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH FAffi Serf ing ihe Alton Community for More Than 127 Years flO, High 88 (Complete Wefttftef, PitfS i Established January 15, 1836, Voi, CXXVffi, No, ALTON, ILL., THURSDAY, AUGUST 29,1963 38 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated PftMft City Council In Brief Following Is a summary of Alton City Council proceedings Wednesday night. More complete accounts of the Important' council actions are Included elsewhere In the Telegraph, Took KiopM (o accept n gift of lo acres of land located op. poslto UnfiiN JCaMon School. (Pago 3) Tentatively set $20,000 as the compensation to be sought for the city In vacating W. 8th Street as part of the site for a new Alton post office. (Pnge 1) Hoard n Biiggotitlon and referred it (o committee tlmt City Council meetings .bo op'., cned with a pledge of allegiance (o (ho flag. lie-appointed Wilfred Scliiienkc, totho Civil Dcfcnso Commission. (Page 1) Received nn objection from two aldermen lo the appointment o.t an out of town man to head the Alton Recreation Department. (Page 3) Adopted a resolution to sell the E. 4th.St. parking lot near Ridge Street. (Page. 1) Gave first reading io u municipal fair employment practices ordinance. (I'ago 2) Laid over an ordinance to amend terms, of a 20-year lease to the Junior Service League of the former Illinois Terminal passenger depot near the foot of Piasa Stree^ (Page 2) Adopted an amended tax levy ordinance and enacted ordinances revising some parking and traffic regulations and naming a small park as Rufus Easton Triangle. Referred to City Plan Commission an application from the Automobile Club to rezonet property on Washington Avenue. Referred to committee proposed amendments to the city code governing vacations of city employes. Adopted a committee report to authorize street lights at four locations in the city. Referred to committee a recommendation to ban parking on Alby Street between 16th and Elm Streets. Let a contract to purchase a new refuse truck. . s Discussed- sidewalk requirements in new subdivisions o u t- side the city limits, and approved a subdivision plat for the Northside business district (Page 2) Discussed operation of signal lights, Installation of a street light and fire hydrants, painting of crosswalk lines and received petitions for a school walkway and relating to parking and traffic matters. Kicks Her Son And Breaks Toe Mrs. William B. Cass, .44, of 1104 E. Fifth St., Alton, who was treated Wednesday for a fractured right toe, said she suffered the injury "when I .kicked my son." She didn't do it in anger, she added. It was one "of those fool things that just happen," > Mrs, Cass said. "But, if you want the truth, that's the way it happened." A son, Robert, 11, was painting and was. in a doorway, , Mrs. ' Cass said. "I wanted to go through the doorway and I attempted to half-nudge, half-kick his leg out of the way." COVLDN'TMAM VP HIS MIND Russell N. Hancock, 40, of 513 3rd St., East Alton, shown hero left, apparently had trouble deciding whether to use the right or left lane under the College Avenue overpass about 11 p.m. Wednesday. So he took a "middle of the road" position, running his car up and along nearly 75 feet of a metal divider strip. Hancock was fined $58 this morning in Alton police magistrate court for traffic violations, intoxication, destruction of property and for not having an operator's license in his possession. A steer, tender on the table ut tough on the hoof, broke an ndetermined number of ribs of n, Altonian who was seeking lo ave money through a wholesale meat deal. Morris G. Boyd, 62, of 2909 Merges Ave., was treated at Vood River Township Hospital Wednesday for injuries suffered 'uesday at Otterville, where he Post Office Site Is Priced at $20,000 By PKKD NORTON Telegraph Staff Writer After hemming and hawing over the valuation figure, City Council Wednesday night tenra- tlvely set $20,000 as the compensation to be sought for the city in vacating W. 8th Street as part of the site for a new Alton post office. The city has been asked to vacate the site, and connecting alleys, between Belle and Piasa Streets, now under lease to Union Electric Co. The City Plan Commission has recommended the vacation be made providing the city receive -'suitable compensation. As chairman of the Council's real estate committee, Alderman Newell E. Allen offered an amendment to 'the pending vacation resolution to provide that an ordinance be prepared, but that the vacating ordinance be effective only if the city receives $20,000 from Union Eleo trie, owner of the tract the vacation would enlarge and benefit. Adopted Unanimously The resolution was adopted unanimously but not until a de- versity of views as the valuation of the street space had been aired. Mayor P. W. Day pointed out that the $20,000 might not be the one to be finally agreed on, but urged that by a decision to bring in a vacation ordinance the council would show it is willing to relinquish the street space so that the federal post office proj ect can proceed, with the Union Electric conveying its tract to the government. In final action Allen's resolution was adopted unanimously. Alderman Timmermiere asked how the $20,000 figure was determined by the committee. Allen explained that it was based on a $75,000 price on which the Union Electric tract was offered to the city a year ago. In setting the figure, the committee, compared the 19,000- foot street area to the area of the now • unoccupied former plant area of Union Electric. Alderman Dabbs through the compensation figure should be based on whatever price at which Union Electric now offered its property for the post office location. Alderman John McConnell Jr. suggested the city might negotiate for $25iOOO or more. Cites Potentialities Chairman J. P. McLaughlin of the streets committee urged council members not to lose sight of potential values to come from securing the new post office. "Other improvements will follow the post office," he said. "Value of these improvements, with increased tax revenue, will offset any small loss on the street ,:Vacatlonip the city loses a few dollars here, the loss will be off - set later. However, the commitlee feels $20,000 should be a minimum figure." Alderman Warren suggested the city should not be trying to make money on the vacation. "We are not in the real estate business," he said. "I would favor taking less than $20,000 if necessary to keep the new post office project from being a flop. The project will be of tremendous benefit for the west end business area." Two months ago when the post office project was announced the council was told by its city coun- sellor that the new building might cost from $300,000 to $400,000 and "give a big lift to a presently blighted area of tiie city. Council Favors Sale of 4th St. Parking Area Sale of the little-patronized E. 4th St. parking lot near Ridge St. was favored Wednesday night by Alton City Council. Alderman Newell Allen, chairman of the real estate committee, brought before the council a recommendation for the sale of the East End lot. Its acquisition cost the city about $17,500. He recommended that the proceeds of the lot sale, be used to retire the remaining $30,000 of the off-stree,t parking lot bond issue which fall due next April. These bonds are the last of the $275,000 in bonds through which off-street parking facilities were obtained about 10 years ago, The Council adopted Allen's resolution and an ordinance providing for sale of the parking lot will be drawn. TODAY'S CHUCKLE The best proof that appearances are deceiving is the fact that tiie dollar looks just the same as it did ten years ago. (© 1003, General Features Corp.) 450 Traffic Deaths Seen On Weekend CHICAGO (AP)-The National Safety Council has estimated that 430—520 Americans may die in traffic accidents over the long Labor Day weekend. The council also released figures Wednesday that 17,000-21,000 others may suffer injuries disabling them beyond the day of the accident. The council said at least 60 lives .would be saved if every motor traveler wore a seat belt. Last year's Labor Day weekend set a record for that holiday with 501 fatalities. Governors to Discuss New Tourist Trail DBS MOINES, Iowa (AP) Governors from Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin and a representative from Minnesota will meet Sept. to begin plans for a tourist trail through the four states. March of 200,000 Is Peaceful By STANLEY MEISLEB WASHINGTON (AP)—The his toric civil rights march on Wash ington—massive and orderly an moving — has dramatized the wants of Negroes in America, bu leaders still faced the task today of trying to turn drama into ac tion. Speaker after speaker told th 200,000 Negro and white sym pathizers massed in front of th Lincoln Memorial Wednesday tha their demonstration was no mor than a beginning. "Those who hope that the Negr needed to blow off steam and wi now be content," said the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "will have a rude awakening if the na tion returns to business as usual. Demonstrators and; their leader made,,it.dear^that v one sign progress, in ? their' view, would b congressional, approval of Pres dent Kennedy's civil rights bil But there was no evidence tha the demonstration would move th Congress into any faster consic eration of the 'bill. Kennedy, like the civil righ leaders, also talked in terms a beginning. He met with Kin and the other civil rights leader after the demonstration and sail "We have a long way yet 1 travel." But the President also sai "the cause of 20 million Negroe has been advanced by the pr gram so appropriately before th nation's shrine to the Grea Emancipator." Kennedy, in his statemen spoke of the demonstration's "qu et dignity," and this was the el ment of the day that probabl most impressed tiie city of WasI ington. Police had three minor arresi —none of a demonstrator. Re Cross workers reported what the expected for a crowd so large a share of headaches, faintings broken bones and insect bites Demonstrators, tired and quie headed home in their specia buses and trains. By 9 p.m., Washington polic reported the city normal, ,and re lieved almost all special police de tails from duty. Railroads Name Two To Arbitration Board Breaks Ribs in Tussle With... Lassoed Steak ala Hoof hud gone lo buy the slccr. The owner, Boyd said, lassoed the steer, but il gol. away from him. "I grabbed the rope and tried lo hold him back, bul I hit a root and fell over," Boyd said. He was not fully aware of the cxlent of his injuries "until Ihe next day when it really began to hurt." The steer was finally corralled, loaded on a truck and taken to Brighton Packing Co, plant for processing. "But I'll lose money," Boyd said. "If you count the number of days I'll lose from work and the doctor, I'd lose money even if they gave me the steer." Boyd is employed at Olin Mathieson Chemical Corp. plant. AFTER THE MARCH The task of cleaning up the Lincoln Memorial area began immediately after the crowd of more than 200,000 dispersed after attending the civil rights march. (AP Wirephoto) Maremont Raps Aid Program of Kerner CHICAGO (AP) — Arnold H. Maremont, whose clash with politicians as chairman of the Illinois Public Aid Commission was followed by the commission's abolishment, assailed today handling of relief by Gov. Otlo Kerner. Maremont attacked particularly Kemer's veto of a bill which would have continued the public aid independent investigations unit. Such a unit, he told the Chicago Kiwanis Club in a luncheon speech, makes professional welfare executives uneasy. "It's like having the bank audi- tofs around on a day-to-day basis." The watch-dog unit, he said, "is being soft-pedaled into oblivion" In Ihe new Public Aid Department which operates directly unde Kerner. He told the Kiwanis member there was "an incredible lack o public information on the disposi tion of the Benlon case in th face of affidavits obtained by th special unit and turned over t the department months ago." The investigators accused thre Benton Township public official of using relief labor to build private home which was sold a a profit. Kerner's office later announce: that there was no wrong-doing bj tiie officials involved. DATA AT THE DAM 8a.m. temperature Yesterday's today 69°. high 91°, low 69" Rlvor stage below Precipitation dam at 8 a.m. 24 hrs. to 8 a.m 3.2. Pool 23.3. None. 50 Students Return From Cuba MADRID, Spain (AP) — Fifty American students who violated a U.S. State Department travel )an by visiting Cuba flew home oday. Four of those who arrived in Madrid Monday from Havana decided to stay longer. Associates said they apparently feared the reception Uie group would receive n New York, and preferred to return alone. Two of those staying were identified as John R. Glenn of Hunt- inglon, Ind., and his wife. The olher two were not immediately identified. The State dicated the Kennedy Signs Bill, Strike Off WASHINGTON (AP)-Railroad management named today its two members of the arbitration board that will rule on the main IssUe of Ihe long work rules dispute, moving swiftly under the new law thai headed oft a nationwide strike only hours head of a mld- nighl deadline. They are J.E. Wolfe of Chicago, chairman of the Nalional Railway Labor Conference and chief nego- lialor for Ihe carriers, and Guy W. Knight of Philadelphia, chairman of the Easlern Carriers' Conference on labor malters. The operating unions — Ihe organizations of on-traln workers involved in the disagreement over the carriers' plans to cut deep into what they call job featherbedding—said they will pipk their two men by Friday. Three Others Then the tour are to name three olhers representing the public. If they cannot agree on selections the task falls on President Kennedy. Under the legislation passed Wednesday and quickly signed by Kennedy, the board must be completed in 10 days. Department has in- students* passports will be lifted when they arrive in the United States. Leaders of the group may be prosecuted. Rally Here Expected to Be Peaceful A peaceful demonstration is foreseen by city authorities Friday when the Alton NAACP holds its rally from 4 to 6 p.m. in front of the City Hall. Mayor P. W. Day said he was anticipating a quiet demonstration, as he has been promised by NAACP leaders, but city officials will be prepared to take whatever steps necessary to preserve order. The mayor said he was "just going to watch" the rally and has not been invited to attend. He said he will be at the city hall in the normal course of his duties unless he is called away. He added that it was not planned to rope off any streets for the rally unless a jam develops and that such decisions will be made if necessary. Police Chief John Heafner said policemen will be on duty at the rally site, but he did not expect any unusual difficulties to occur. He said he hadn't decided yet on whether to block off any streets in tiie area, but would have conference about that today. Short Cash Thwarts Judge Overdue Fines Payments Slow By JACK BARBAN Telegraph Staff Writer Long promises but short cash has thwarted George Roberts, Alton Police Magistrate, in his City Council . directed drive to clean up. more than $15,000 on the books in back fines. Roberts has found that the police magistrate as a collection agent has tough moments, although he has some of the best bad debt collectors working for him — the Alton police. Roberts Inherited the debts When he took office this year, but ho didn't realize it would be Such a difficult process to get tjienj paid up, He got ft helping hand, when the C$ty Council appropriated money tq hire an extra clerk to go, over the o)(j books and pro- pare the names oj, 4eUn<mentft., Roberts was hesitant about the • collections at' first, He said. '^Theae (jgbjts weren't run up nn- dw raei but now I have to start throwing people in jail because .thjey sp't pay the floes,-" Re*«U« Vw Roberts sppmched' «»e pre> lem A'wn "Let's give chance" angle. • The drive has been underway for a week and half but the results have been somewhat under expectations. The clerk has been going through the list in alphabetical order and with the "M's" now reached. Only $300 has been collected. Roberts runs his collection department this way: The police contact each name supplied by the court and inform the delinquent debtor to make arrangements to pay. Roberts was pleased with the initial response. Delinquents contacted his office and made arrangements to pay off the debts. He is touched by the efforts of a loving mother to square up her son's debt. Roberts said, "She comes and makes a little pay- mfent from her relief check while her son is in service." On the other hand Roberts has little sympathy for the "pros" — the ones who are regulars in his court. One case is difficult to handle. "The man owes $260 in back He Gets Letters Like This Dear Sir; I received your letter, stating a mittimus (warrant) would (be) issued against me if I didn't pay the $75 fine I was assessed in April, '61, Well 1 just don't have $75 In ready cash, but I can send $£5 every week for three weeks starting with this money order* That Is the best I can do, AuU I will try des« peralejy Juird not to ever pn^d'two days and tliree »lg»it* In the Alton jali lor & truffle viola* (signed) fines, but he still gets in so much trouble that, after paying off his current fines, he has no money left to take care of the old debt," Roberts said. To Ditch Velvet Glove Roberts expects to be all the way through the list by the end of the week and then he is going to throw away the velvet glove and get tough. The magistrate, showing his wearness from listening to s o b stories, has vowed next week to extract the fines owed or else attack. "If the people who have prom- jsed — and all those others — don't come through, they will be served with a mittimus and BO directly to jail," Roberts said, There will be no more sad stories, only the clanging of steel doors as the bad debt riders have a chance to see the in- bide'of the clink, he added. Roberts, who has been in office only u short time, is getting tired of being a collection agent and shows a determination to get the job over with quickly "and efficiently." TREASURY HI/JVT Alton Police Magistrate George Rob' rad of the Alton Police Department the erte, seated, watches special clow, Mrs, latest hatch of names of people who owe * ul it.,-, f*\r* ..... ... 1.. A u JB .i-~~C1 ^,A- Wf n IJ. .. „ S*1n» !...*.!_ 111 _....-. J. n 1.1--- - J " "f Charles Camp, hand to Sgt Walter Con back fines to the court, The trains new measure rolling today kept the but there were still caution lights, ahead. What touches off the note of caution is the view in several quarters that the legislation only serves to delay a future outbreak of discord and a subsequent strike threat. Against Time Racing against the clock—the strike had been set for 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time today— and after four hours of debate, the House at 4:42 p.m. Wednesday approved a resolution passed by the Senate Tuesday night calling for binding arbitration of the two major issues in dispute. The House vote was 286 to 66. Minutes later the threat of a nationwide rail strike was removed. The carriers announced they were taking down notices of new work rules and the heads of the five rail brotherhoods announced they were canceling their strike plans. Then, at 6:14 p.m., Kennedy signed the measure. School Aid Bill Vetoed By Kerner SPRfNGFiELD, HI. (AP) — Gov. Otto Kerner vetoed today a bill svhich would have increased the aid to grade and high schools by $32 million over his budget. The bill called for increasing the foundation level of state aid to schools from $252 to $297 per pupil. "The state cannot absorb the cost of this increase in the foundation level" at this tune, Kemer said in a veto message. The governor also vetoed a measure which would have increased salaries of legislators from $6,000 to $9,000 per year. He said the state could not afford the increase. Pledge to Flag Suggested for Council Sessions An Alton woman has suggested that Alton City Council be opened with the pledge of allegiance to the flag. A letter containing the suggestion was read and referred to the promotion committee at City Council Wednesday night. Elise C. Kohlman, chairman of the Civic Participation Committee of the Business and Professional Women's Club, said when she visited the City Council she wondered why the meeting wag not opened with the pledge of allegiance to the (lag, In her opinion, she said, she thought it would be "quite fitting," Alderman Jumea P, MoLau|h> tin moved that the letter be referred to tiie promotion committee. In ether buajnoss,-Muyor p, W. Day reflppatated WUfiwSei!ttgnjH» to the Civil Dolew Comjnl«*J<W), two-year term.* **' reappoli){moa,t 'ear term. \

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