Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 31, 1963 · Page 1
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Alton, Illinois
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Saturday, August 31, 1963
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Inside; /f.Adtt 4 <_,„ - -p ^ ,_ - _ t ^^ ^ - _ With Us Tuesday. . . Dnve Carefully * EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years CLOUDY SUNDAY* Low 60, High 88 (Complete We*th«f r ftf* *) Established January 15, 183& Vol. CXXVltt, No. 195 ALTON, ILL., SATURDAY, AUGUST 31,1963 18 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated SPEAKERS WAITING Alton Negroes Demand Rights Alderman James Bailey, holding mi- are Clarence Willis, president of the crophone, addresses the rally in front Alton Branch of the NAACP, Clayton of the city hall Friday.afteriioonuSIiort 1 -' Williams, vice president; Cleo Ballinger, ly after this, Bailey, overcome with emb- and James Peake, national field repre- tion, broke down. Behind Bailey (left) ' sentative of theVNAACP,'s'eated. ; .,v;: ; 1NTENT-LISTENER • ' ' • ' ; , * i - • • • • •. • i This young lady was one of the few speeches while the sign next to her ox- white people at the rally. Almost in plains the purpose of the rally, an attitude of prayer she listens to ' REFLECTIONS f he faces of spectators r e g-i s t e r varying oppressions as the people sit on the stops of city Irnll. Some held ' while others joined "Freedom ,,. Nowl" in shouting for Bill Yelped by Kerner Rally Says: 'Freedom Now!' By JACK BA1UJAN Telegraph Staff Writer The Alton Negro will not watt too long lor equal job opportunities, Clayton Williams told the 200 Negroes gathered in front of the city hall Friday afternoon In Alton's first civil rights demonstration. The two-hour peaceful rally was marked by the speeches of Alton Neuro leaders and a white field leader of the NAACP. Williams, vice president of the Alton branch of NAACP, said change must come in the Negroes' current role in society — a shaky role, as he described it. He said the Negro is first fired and last hired, gets relief instead of jobs, and lacks opportunity to enter training programs. Williams labeled the area building trades as "Jim Crowe Unions" naming the carpenters, brickmasons," electricians and operating engineers as unions that won't accept a Negro. Williams challenged a statement made by Senator Strom Thurmond on television following the "Washington Demonstration" in w h i c h the Southern senator said "Tlie American Negro has everything." Williams said, "We want to sell in the stores, not buy all the time." Lists Stores Williams listed Woolworth's, Kresge, and Tri-City ae stores in Alton that should have Negroes employed as clerks. He attacked the hiring system, saying it takes a college education for a Negro "to qualify for clerk in a store." The banks and savings-and-Ioan institutions do not escape criticism Williams said. "They know it's coming, and they know they are going to have to hire Negro tellers." Williams swung his attack to area industry, pointing out that Owens-Illinois Glass Co. has only 77 Negroes out of 1,200 employed at the plant. "Duncan's Foundry employs Negroes," Williams said, "but you never see any working in the machine shop." Named Industries Williams asserted Alton Box- board Co. has only one Negro and that Olin Mathieson should have qualified Negroes as machinists operating lathes and equipment. The news media also was cited. "I want to see Negro typesetters and reporters at the Telegraph," Williams said. "Also WOKZ and WBBY radio stations need a few Negroes working there." Accomodations at St. Joseph's Hospital was another area for changes as outlined by Williams. "The Negro is tired of being shunted to a ward in the basement. Why can't he go in a ward on other floors with white men? Sure, he can gel a private room, but the cost is high. A Negro can't share a semi-private room with a white man." He does not know about the Pray, Sing and Listen On Steps of City Hall By JIM KULP Telegraph Staff Writer The Negroes prayed, sang and listened to speeches for two hours Friday afternoon, and brought the current of national Negro unrest to Alton's doorstep. Gathering on the City Hall steps, some of them as early as 20 minutes before the starting time of 4 p.m., the Negroes sat quietly at first, but as more arrived there was a rising buzz of conversation. All ages were present, from children to youths, to the middle-aged and the old. They sat on the steps and spilled over on the sidewalk at the sides, stand- *"ing'in'knots together. Some sat on the curb of W. 3rd Street, barricaded to traffic by police for the occasion. A Negro man distributed copies of a mimeographed broadside describing the purpose • of the rally and a youth gave out several hand-lettered signs. The Negroes chatted until Clayton Williams, Alton NAACP vice president, stepped to the microphone and said: ''Greetings, in the name of freedom." Start With Prayer A Negro minister then came forward and requested all to join in a prayer "as citizens of one of our selected All-American cities." The Negroes then stood and sang the national anthem while, in the street, photographers' bulbs flashed and a Negro took motion pictures of the event. A white girl wearing shorts and a man's blue workshirt, led them in the stirring freedom song, "We ....ShallT ^Overcome." The girl identified herself to reporters as Jeanne Giberson, 17, of 2367 Central Ave., Alton, a student of Alton High School. After the song, when Williams asked over the microphone what the Negroes wanted, they shout- IM, JAW,- A to require,gr«de/soh,o£j chjk to rf recite the pledge of alle* glance wus vetoed Friday w Gov. QUo Keronr took/final acUpn on the last of 1,615 measures ntiBsed W* ™9&? ^| ^'fp* p i^rv TSTTI ^snwra* by the Q^njjrfll Astern. Wyi \ • . The governor/In tackling the last 40 bills Friday, also rejected proposed, ja.OQfra-year annual pay boost for downatate probation officers. said he considered the legjpqe, bji} pwjse "To/belteve that patrtQtism will not flourish if patriotic ceremonies are voluntary and spontane ous Instead of a compulsory rou tine," his veto message said, "is to make an unflattering estimate of the appal of our institutions to free minds." Bova Not Found In Rescue Room By STANFORD H. BENJAMIN HAZLETON, Pa. (AP)—A courageous volunteer has ended speculation that missing miner Louis Bova might be entombed n the same underground chamber from which two companions were rescued. With this hope lor finding the 54-year-old Bova ended, drillers continued work today on several .00-yard deep shafts which might >rovide • some clue to the where- ibouts of Bova who has been missing since a mine cave-in at .t nearby Sheppton Aug. 13. So hazardous was the mission performed Friday night by volunteer Andy Drebitko, 36; of Potts- 'llle, that his identity was not dis- losed until after he had been lauled back up a 308-foot-shaft and reported no trace of Bova. The shaft went to the chamber rom which Bova's companions, David Fellin, 58, and Henry 'hrone, 28, had been rescued last Xvqsday after two weeks entombment. A remote-controlled television camera lowered into the chamber or testing and exploration had picked,up what H.B. Charmbury, 'ennsylvania secretary of mines, lad said appeared to be the image of a man, Drebitko reported: "What appeared to be the image of a man was the remains of a plug that had been used to close up the 12-inch hole before they widened it to 18 inches and brought Fellin and Throne to the surface." Rope was curled around the plug. "My inspection of the area where Fellin and Throne had been," Drebitko said, "indicated that it would have been impossible to tunnel from there to where Bova might be entombed on the opposite side of the slope." As soon as Drebitko made his report, the drilling rigs — which had been quiet along with everything else except a generator supplying power for electric light — started to churn again. Drebitko, about 5-feet-8, was lowered into the shaft by about a dozen men, holding onto a thick rope. Two dozen others manned three safety lines. TODAY'S CHUCKLE Few articles are more expensive than a girl who is free for dinner. (© 1063, General Features Corp.) ed in unison, "Freedom!" When he asked when they wanted it, they shouted, "Right now!" There was an occasional handclap or burst of laughter as Williams exhorted the crowd. Signs Displayed The signs held by several of the Negroes as they sat on the steps read: "Mayor Day Where Are You Leading Alton Negroes?", "Race Discrimination Is Wrong", "Fair employment For Alton Negroes", and "Which Would God Prefer, Human Rights or Property Rights?" The signs were lettered in red and green paint on white cardboard nailed to sticks. Increasing in fervor as it progressed, the rally's speeches were punctuated with "yeah" and "that's right," to emphasize the speaker's remark. Most of the women were in short-sleeved dresses, many men wore hats, suits, and ties, and one woman sported a blue and yellow NAACP American Legion-style cap. One youth was wearing a large button on his shirt with the legend: "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." There were a number of children in the group, including a couple of babies held by their mothers, and a large number of teenagers. The women appeared to be the most enthusiastic, applauding and shouting. Mostly, the men just stood and listened, smiling and nodding in agreement. At several points during the proceedings, the term '*A11 American City" as applied to Alton, drew derisive laughter "Oh, that's good!" one woman scoffed when the term was used. Began to Cry Alderman James Bailey, a Negro, at one time was so moved by emotion when describing the injustices he said were done to Negroes in his experience, that he began to cry. Shoked up, he was unable to continue twice during his speech until he got control of himself. Several of the women, also overcome when Bailey broke down, wept too, dabbing their eyes with handkerchiefs. The "We Shall Overcome" song was rendered three or four times during the rally, as were other numbers. Police at both ends of barricaded 4rd Street kept the traffic moving. About six officers were present outside but the police department was prepared (Continued on Page 'i, Col. 9) Looks Like Rain Over the Holidays By JOHN STETSON Telegraph Staff Writer Weathermen today were predicting cloudy skies and the nance of thundershowers for the Telegraph area Monday, Labor Day, giving picnickers something to consider in making their tlans. Most business firms and a 11 inancial institutions will be closed for the holiday, in addition to city offices in all communities. Hearthside Pal? No ... Jiminy Cricket's a Pest By GKOKGIS WEIGHTY Telegraph SUUf Writer The annual summertime war against insects was going just dandy until the crickets got into the act. Assassinating a bloodthirsty mosquito or mauling a wlllowbug was great sport. But crickets! All that poetic stuff about the cricket ou the hearth that conjures up visions of home and mother, pancakes for breakfast back on the farm, has people intimidat ed. Slaying a cricket is like shoot- Ing old dog Rover because hi teeth have fallen out and he can't even gum down a meal of milk toast anymore. But, after all, the crickets brought it on themselves. By the thousands—maybe millions— they have infested lawns, choked drains, and above all, they have simply been around, littering sidewalks and getting into things. Thus far, there have been no reports of extensive local In Jersey County, 55 years ago, crickets were so numerous and determined that; they ate the twine off sheaves of wheat n farm fields, and farmers began to reassess the idea that a cricket was to he accorded the status of the darling on every tieavth. But the cricket, by dint of forbearance and unobtrusive rpi managed to come through comparatively unscathed. Every family still wants ONE! The flying potato bug, the flea a. tick, the flying ant, the bo> elder beetle, the wUlowbug and the mosquito, however, made th mistake of having a punk publl relations firm. •• Could Madison Avenue sell "a Mosquito on Every Hearth,"? ALL-AMERICAN NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — One-year-old Michel Imre Gorcz of Woodbridge bubbles with' laughter as he clutches U.S. flag after being sworn as citizen here. He is believed to be youngest in country's history. Father, Imre, took oath for him. (AP Wire- photo) conditions for Negroes at Alton Memorial, he added. NAACP Official Speaks The featured speaker, James Peake, field representative of the NAACP, told the assembly that he had just come back from the "March on Washington" and is of the opinion that the Washington demonstration held both a warning and a promise. Peake, who spearheaded a similar East St. Louis demonstration two weeks ago said "the warning is to the white man that it is time to get his foot off the neck of the Negro." The American people are seeing that the Negro wants his freedom and are yielding, Peake said. "The northern white likes to think discrimination is down South," Peake said, "but you don't have to go to Birmingham. You can find all you want right icre in Alton." Peake warned Northern whites: It's time for the white man to wake up. If he doesn't give the ^egro his freedom, the Negro is going to take it." Would 'Look Big' In reference to the attendance at the rally, Peake said, "I bet if :his group would go up and sit in the mayor's office, it would ook like a big group to him." Peake informed the assembly that the NAACP ofice has told him to stay in the Illinois-Missouri area until the Negro gets his demands. Alton's first Negro elected-official, James Bailey, Fifth Ward alderman, was visibly moved as he delivered his speech. He broke down and sobbed twice. Bailey said that many people criticised-the 250,000 marchers on Washington, and declared, "It is better to march than have those 250,000 be Communists or belong to the Black Muslims." JE^aJJey-saidr "You can count the number of American Negroes who are Communists on both of your hands. The Negro has been the most loyal citizen this country has had." Negro in Japan Bailey cried as he related the story of a Negro serviceman who recently returned to Alton from Japan. The alderman described (Continued Page 2, Col. 3) For the second straight year no pecial Labor Day observances ire scheduled, according to A. A. Dickering, president of the Alton- Vood River Area Federation of ,abor, AFL-CIO. He indicated that a lack of pubic interest in parades and other ibservances plus the fact that nore people each year seem to eave town for a three-day week- have caused the discontinuance. I'lenty of Recreation But people who stay at home 'ill find plenty of recreation. The annual Bethalto Homecom ng sponsored by the Bethalto /olunteer Fire Department for he weekend is expected to draw large crowd. A special kiddie wade is being held in conjunc- ion with the event at 2 p.m. Sunday. On Alton Lake, boat races are booked for both Sunday and La)or Day. The pleasure boat class vill perform Sunday and the pro- essional speed boat races will be •un Monday. The event, jointly sponsored by he Alton Pirates Outboard Boat- ng Club and the Missouri Valley Seating Assn., will start with pleasure boat races at 2 p.m Sunday. Time trials will be hell Sunday morning- No public activities have been reported for either the Wood Riv er or Edwardsville areas. Some Stores Open Some area stores will keep doors open as they do on Sunday. Warnings \vere issued by Al:on's police chief, John Heafner and chiefs Buckner at Wood River and Riggins in East Alton, to use all possible caution in driv- ng during the three-day weekend, Paul Lenz, Alton director of Public Works announced that Monday's garbage and refuse pickups vill be made Tuesday and subsequently pick-ups will be one day )ehind normal schedule throughout the week. The refuse men will vork next Saturday to catch-up vith collections for the week. DATA AT TOE DAM River stugo below Precipitation dum ut 8 a.m. 24 lirs, to 8 3,4. Pool 23.4, None. No Publication The Telegraph will not publish Labor Day. Gets 2-5 Year Term In Abortion EDWARDSVILLE — An Alton woman, Vivian Mueller, 45, of 2325 Brandt St., charged with criminal abortion, was sentenced to a term of two to five years in the Illinois State Reformatory for Women Friday by Circuit Judge Harold R. Clark. Judge Clark denied an application for probation following an investigation by Madison County adult probation officer Raymond Galloway. She was at liberty on $5,000 bond since waiving indictment May 10 and was then charged with abortion in a criminal information filed by State's Attorney Dick H. Mudge. She pleaded innocent at the time of the charge. In an appearance May 17 she withdrew her plea of innocent, entered a plea of guilty and applied for probation. She was arrested by Alton police in March. Neiv Look Beginning Tuesday, the Telegraph will present a new look on the editorial, family and comic pages. The "Little Woman" cartoon will be discontinued while the crossword puzzle will be shifted to the comic page and the "Mirror of Your Mind" feature goes to the family page. Several features including "Ann Adams' Patterns" and "Laura Wheeler's Patterns" will be moved from the comic to the family page. The first page of the family section vilj have no advertisements and the page will be set with eight columns of type in njnp columns of width.. The editorial page a.'w>, will be reduced from nine $ eight column^ the general appearance changed, and »tt editorial cartoon run daily,

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