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Inside: EDITORIAL .... PAGE 4 QUIZ . PAGE 5 FAMILY PAGE I«» SPORtS PAGE 14 COMICS . PAGE l" TELEVISION . . PAGE 17 CLASSIRE.D ..'... PAGE 17 OBITUARY PAGE 17 MARKETS PAGE 20 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years CLOUDY WEDNESDAY Low 65, High 8/5 (Complete Weather, Page 3) Established January 15, 1836. Vol. CXXVIII, No. 196 ALTON, ILL., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3,1963 20 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press. AFTER RESCUE Firemen douse overturned ice cream vending motor scooter from which boy was dramatically rescued after it caught fire. The boy suffered third de- gree burns. Accident happened at Rodgers Avenue and Milton Road. Buddhist Can't Get U.S. Refuge By ROBERT EUNSON Associated Press Sbfrf Writer SAIGON, Viet Nam (AP) — A young Buddhist monk sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy today but was politely told he coulc not be admitted. • The monk apparently sought to join three other Buddhists, including a top organizer of the Buddhist antigovernment movement, who were granted asylum in the embassy Saturday. The latest applicant for asylum arrived in gray robes on foot at the embassy chancery. An embassy official explained politely, "We're just too lull." The young monk apparently was not pursued by the police, and one of the conditions of political asylum is that the refugee must be "hotly pursued." The latest refugee thanked Marine guards and officials anyway, made the traditional lotus flower salute, and walked away. He was not molested as long as he was in sight, and disappeared around a corner. On Monday, the military governor of Saigon, Brig. Gen. Ton That Dinh, told a press con ference he intended to demand the return of the three monks in refuge at the embassy. But the State Department in Washington said it planned to continue giving them asylum. New friction developed in U.S.- South Vietnamese relations because the three monks were given asylum and a government-sponsored newspaper accused the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency of plotting to overthrow President Ngo Dinh Diem's regime. 15 in Illinois Have Eyesight Hurt by Eclipse CHICAGO (AP) — Fifteen persons-14 of them knew they were taking a risk—suffered eye damage in Illinois by looking directly at the sun during or before its partial eclipse July 20, the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness reported today. The society, which received reports from ophthalmologists throughout the state, said threee persons suffered severe burns re- suling in a permanent loss of vision in excess of 25 per cent. Ten others suffered a 10 per cent loss of vision and two others a loss ranging from 17 to 25 per cent. Six of the persons reside in Chicago, six in Chicago suburbs and one each in Olney, Dixon and Aurora. A 40-year pld roan who looked at the eclipse through two pairs of sunglasses was one of the three suffering the most severe burns. The other two, between 19 and 21 years of age, looked directly at the sun with no eye proection. A 9-year-old Chicago boy who suffered a 25 per cent vision loss, looked at the eclipse through a pocket mirror. 3 Youths Save Boy From Scooter Fire Quick thinking on the part of three youths saved Bob Lewis,14, of 2421 La Salle Drive, from a possible fiery death in an overturned motorscooter in the Milton area Saturday evening. The enclosed-type scooter in which Bob and his older brother Gene were riding, struck a culvert, overturned and burst into flames. Bob Creeling, 19, 3214 Ed- sail pulled the dazed younger The three youths partially right- boy from the flames. Creeling, Ed Landis, 19, of 2626 Watalee Ave. and John Barlow, 20 of 1307 Washington Ave., were passing when they saw the accident happen. The older Lewis youth was able to climb out of the vehicle but the younger Lewis was pinioned by his leg. End of Peek-a-Boo Suspect Nabbed An East Altonian charged with a series of burglaries, who thought he had been playing hide-and-seek with police for two weeks, learned Monday that the game really was peek-a-boo. James H. Elledge, 21, sought by police since July, and a companion with whom he had arrived in the area two weeks ago, began inhabiting abandoned houses, sheds and finally a dense weed patch in Wood River, all to avert having Elledge's presence detected by police. The police, however, had Elledge and his companion under surveillance, ascertaining their whereabouts from time to time, following their movements from an abandoned house on Vaughn's Hill outside Wood River to a shed near Wood River Moose Home. Elledge's c o mp a n i o n, who wasn't known here, brought him food, East Alton Police Chief Harold Riggins said. By Monday, after nothing untoward occurred, "we decided to flush them out," Riggins said. Police were invading an area high with horseweeds when it was learned Elledge and his companion had gone to Alton to attend a movie. "We got Alton police to pick them up there," Riggins said. Elledge was taken to Jersey County jail at Jerseyville where he was being held today on a charge of burglary and larceny growing out of the burglary of a clubhouse near Graf ton last July. Similar charges have been made against him in Pike and Calhoun counties, Jersey County Sheriff Paul Miller said. Elledge's father, Lowell Elledge, arrested in July shortly after the clubhouse break-ins, is being held in Pike County jail at Pittsfield. Lowell's wife, charged in the same thefts, is free on bond. The companion or James H. Elledge, also taken into custody by Alton police Monday, is being held in Alton city jail pending an investigation by the Fsderal Bureau of Identification. ed the scooter allowing Bob Lewis to free his leg but he continued to sit in the vehicle as if dazed. "That's when I reached in and pulled him out," Creeling said. As soon as they got the younger Lewis out •, the rescuers smothered his flaming clothes'by rolling their bodies on him. The boy was rushed to Alton Memorial Hospital where he was treated for first, second and third degree burns of both legs and first and second degree burns to his right arm. Apparently the scooter caught fire before the brothers collided with the road culvert at Rodgers and Milton Streets, police said. Police indicated that Gene Lewis, driver of the vehicle, was turning from Milton onto Rodgers. He said he felt something hot and dropped one hand down from was. At this instant the scooter owned by the Dari-Castle of Eastgate Shopping Center, East Alton, veered to the right and struck the culvert. The younger Lewis was reported in "satisfactory" condition by hospital authorities at noon today. Acid Splatters, Burns 3 Students, One Seriously Three students were burned, on<e seriously, when a bottle of sulphuric acid shattered in the chemistry laboratory of Alton High School Monday afternoon. Alfred Webb Healy, 18, a 1963 graduate, who will ahehd college this fall, is a patient at Alton Memorial Hospital and two seniors at the school, Gale Schneider, 17, and Ann Nitsche, 17, are recovering at their homes from face, arm and leg burns. The students, Miss Schneider said today, were helping place new supplies in the laboratory when the accident happened. Healy was on a ladder, placing supplies in a cabinet, and when he pushed a container against a half-gallon bottle of sulphuric acid, the acid bottle shattered, spattering and spilling the contents. Healy was severely burned on an ankle and was admitted to Alton Memorial Hospital, where all were taken for treatment. Miss Schneider is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frances D. Schneider of Norihmoor place, Godfrey. Healy is a son of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Healy of 2301 Crawford Ave. Miss Nitsche is a daughter of Mrs. H. G. Workman of Fosterburg Road. Kennedy Seeks Removal Of Nhu From His Post Grand Jury Town Fund Quiz Opens By WILLIAM G. BY AN Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE — The re called May term Circuit Court grand jury today began an inquiry into shortages reported in Wood River Township funds during the past three years. Among witnesses summoned and appearing before the recalled investigating body this morning were R. C. Scheffel, representing a firm which conducted an audit of Wood River Township funds through March 31, and Verdell Williams, present Wood River town clerk and former member of the township board of auditors. Others observed outside the grand jury room and awaiting a call to testify were former Wood River Township highway commis- oner, Henry Lawrence, former township supervisor Fred Grenzebach and a member of the township board of auditors, Gene Berghoff. State's Attorney Dick H. Mudge had confirmed recently that evidence would be presented to the recalled grand jury today in con nection with theft and larceny charges pending against former Wood River town clerk Ronald K. Rodgers. Rodgers resigned his office last April 17 after reportedly signing a statement admitting the "borrowing" of $3,289.90 from Wooc River township relief funds, and offering restitution for the sum. The theft and larceny warrants were issued against Rodgers in July, following completion of an audit of Wood River township funds by the Scheffel firm. The current grand jury, in recess aftei submitting its initial report in May, was reconvened today at request of State's Attorney Mudge to consider criminal cases arising during the summer months. On the grand jury's investigation agenda, it was learned, are 26 criminal cases. A new grand jury is to be impaneled in October. Mudge had indicated the grand the wheel to try and feel what it j ul -y investigation today would extend into record-keeping and the Wood River town board's procedure in auditing expense payments in connection with relief fund expenditures and other dis- bursemens for which.the Scheffel firm's audit failed to turn up vouchers on which some payments apparently had been made. Traffic Toll On Labor Day Sets Record By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Traffic deaths during the long weekend soared to a record high for any Labor Day holiday period. The count reached 550, including belated reports, for the holiday weekend that began at 6 p.m. (local time) Friday and ended at nidnight Monday. The previous high was 501, set during the Labor Day observance last year. The Labor Day holiday traffic- total 'marked the third record loll for this year's three major spring and summer holidays. NO SCHOOL TODAY . .. TUSKEGEE, Ala. — A mother who identified herself as Mrs. P. M. Wadsworth, left center, accompanies a group of children to Tuskegee High. A line of state troopers surrounded the building and turned them away. Gov. George Wallace closed the school to prevent integration. (AP Wirephoto) Wallace Has School Closed at Tuskesee TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — Gov. George C. Wallace withdrew all but 25 state troopers from here today after again refusing to allow the newly integrated Tuskegee public school to open. Without warning, most of the troopers entered their cars shortly before noon and drove northward towad Birmingham where school integration is scheduled to occur Wednesday. The remaining troopers kept guard over the Tuskegee school. Charges of "armed invasion" were hurled at the governor by residents of the town. This morning, the state troopers, supported by mounted sher- If's deputies, kept students and TODAY'S CHUCKLE Television is called a medium because so little of it is either rare or well done. (© 1963, General Features Corp.) teachers' out of (he Tuskegee school. Students in the consolidated elementary-high school were turnec back as they approached the building for the second straight day, even though the Macon County Board of Education said that as far as it was concerned the school was open. Surround School Thus the 12-grade school was ready for the return of pupils from the summer vacation, but the 215 armed state troopers surrounding the building refused to let them in. Col. Al Lingo, commanding the troopers, said only Principal E.W. Wadsworth would be admitted to the building. Even teachers were turned away because, Lingo said, "school is clpsed and they have no business in there." Wallace issued a strongly-worded executive order directing the August, Of f to Red Hot Start, Turned Out Cool August, long noted for its "dog days," reversed form this year and provided an almost resort- like climate with the low temperatures dropping into the 50s on three straight days. On Aug. 2 the temperature reached 102, but it was a false alarm and not a trend. Each succeeding day got cooler. On Aug. 18 the thermometer struggled to reach a cool 64 and the low dipped to 54, to set records. In rainfall for the area, the month ended with 2.74 inches, slightly less than normal. The 90- year average for August rain is 2.99 inches. The rainfall for the first eight months of this year totals 25.08 inches, about one inch below normal. The heaviest August rainfall was registered on the 18th, when 1.45 inches fell, breaking a small drought. The first 10 days of the month did not show a drop of moisture but, on the llth, 27-hundredths of an inch fell and things improved from that point. In 1961, the month of August set a record with 6.9 inches of rain. school board to postpone the start of fall classes in the ono schoo Monday because of what he callec the threat of violence. The previous white Tuskegee school was the only one in Macon County ordered desegregated at this time and the only one affected by Wallace's order. The mounted sheriff's deputies came here from Dallas County under the command of sheriff Jim Clark. The trained horsemen have been used previously to keep order during racial demonstrations in other cities. No Federal Move There was no indication of federal intrevention. A Justice Department spokesman said Monday that the "dispute is between Gov. Wallace and :he local school officials." Wallace intervened Monday two hours before 13 Negroes were to enter the white public school. It would have been the first desegregation in Alabama schools below college level and it would have eft Mississippi as the only state with a completely segregated pubic school system. The governor sent. 108 armed and riot-trained patrolmen to circle the school and enforce a strongly worded executive order which postponed the opening of school for one week. Defy Order However, the Macon County President Attacks Regime By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER AP Diplomatic Affairs Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Kennedy's public crackdown on the U.S.-supported government of South Viet Nam is aimed primarily at forcing the removal from power of the brother of President Ngo Dinh Diem. If President Diem is unwilling or unable to remove quickly his powerful brother, Ngo Dinh Nhu, U.S. officials indicated today the Kennedy administration will feel compelled to consider other measures. These measures, it is understood, will include a review of the U.S. aid program with possible cutbacks to follow. Needs Support Kennedy told a nationwide CBS elevision audience in an interview from Hyannis Port, Mass., VIonday night that the war against Communist forces in Viet Nam could not be won unless the Diem government makes "a greater ffort" to win popular support. He said that changes in policy 'and perhaps in personnel" are needed to produce victory in the struggle in which Viet Nam and he United States are partners. The President, however, carefully refrained from advocating any specific plan of action for the Vietnamese. As one official put it: "The Vietnamese will have to clean Where Liquor License Refused .. , Seeks to Have Tract Reelassified By LOWELL SEITZINGER Telegraph Staff Writer A hearing has been set on a petition for reclassification of a tract of Godfrey land which includes Pat's Place, where three times a county liquor license was denied. The Madison County Zoning Ordinance Board of Appeals will conduct the hearing in the conference room of the Highway Department in the courthouse at Edwardsville Friday at 1:30 p.m. Applicants for the reclassification, according to a legal notice published in the Telegraph are the Springman Realty and Development Co., and Clarence J. Clark, director of a private dub, incorporated as the "Multi Club." The petition asks that the applicants be granted a special use permit for the property. The property is now classed as an agricultural area. Sold to Clark John J. Springman, president of the realty and development firm, told the Telegraph that the tract, since the petition was filed, has been sold to Clark. Springman confirmed that the "MuM Club" is the former Pat's Place at 196 Winter Lane, which has been denied a liquor license three times by the Madison County Liquor Commission. The first two applications for a permit were submitted by Ernie Wil- liams and the third license was sought by Clarence F. Thobbs. Efforts by a reporter to reach Clark, who is employed at Laclede Steel Co., to find out if he planned to apply for a liquor permit if the reclassification was approved, were unsuccessful. A call was placed to P a t's Place and a woman who had responded as Mrs. Clark said her husband was not there, but she would get the number where he could be reached. In the meantime, a man identifying himself as a "Mr. Williams," who said he was employed there, came to the phone and said he would have Clark return the call to the reporter. He then hung up. Clark never returned the call. The Madison County Liquor Commission denied the application of an Ernie Williams for a county retail liquor license at Pat's Place, first on June 14, 1962 and again on June 28, 1962. Mailer Cites 'Trouble' At the time of the rejections, Gus Haller, then Madison County Liquor Commissioner, said, "There has been a lot of trouble up in that area and, until things are straightened out, we'll have to deny the application." On Sept. 4, 1962, a third application for a liquor permit at Pat's Place was submitted to the liquor commission by Clarence F. Thobbs of Alton, but it too was rejected after 125 Godfrey residents signed a petition urging the Madison County Liquor Commission to deny the license. The petition contained the names of families residing in the immediate neighborhood of Pat's Place as well as all the Godfrey township officials. Witnesses at the third hearing testified of alleged prostitution at the place and spoke of trespassing, speeding, drunken driving and peace disturbance in the area. Several Godfrey objectors have indicated they will consult an attorney and may ask the board of appeals to deny the reclassification. School Board, under federal court order to integrate its schools this year, defied Wallace's order and said in a statement, "The mem- aers of the board determined their primary duty is to oi>erate the schools of Macon County. Therefore, all schools of Macon County are open as originally scheduled by the board." The possibility of federal intervention was strengthened by the presence of John Doar, deputy director of the Justice Depart- nent's civil rights division. Doar conferred for several hours with members of the board but de- lined to say what the Justice Jc'partment planned. In Washington, Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy cut short a holiday to return to work when he received word of Wallace's executive order. Wallace himself did not appear n Tuskegee, but sent six of his top aides to act in his behalf. The governor svas in north Alabama on a Labor Day speaking tour. King Campus The 108 state troopers ringed the tree-studded campus all Mon day morning, diverting traffic and allowing only members of the school staff to get to the building. They dispersed shortly after p.m. but returned to spend the night at the school. Early today the force hac swelled to 215 uniformed patrolmen plus local police help fron several surrounding towns. house themselves; we can't do it for them." If Kennedy's warning is taken by dissatisfied elements in Saigon as a bid for revolt against the Diem government it would be no great surprise here. However, officials said, the aroblem would be much simpler if Diem would handle the situation iimself. Criticism Kennedy's outspoken criticism was coupled with an assertion that it would be "a great mistake" to halt military assistance to Viet Nam. U. S. aid to the small Southest Asian country is running at the rate of $500 million a year. The total during the past decade is near $3 billion. While Kennedy ruled out an end to military assistance, officials said there are various actions short o* a U.S. decision to abandon South Viet Nam which could be taken and which if the situation gets worse will have to be considered. For the moment the administration policy makers anxiously awaited Saigon's reaction to Kennedy's blast. The President's words were aimed primarily at South Vietnamese leaders, including not only President Diem but also his brother Nhu and the generals who compose the military high command. Up to the end of last week, the resident's advisers had counted popular antagonism in South Viet Nam, spearheaded by dissident Buddhist monks, to produce >ressures which would lead to Vhu's withdrawal from his strongman role in Diem's regime. Stilt in Power At the end of the \veek Nhu was >till firmly in power, and the Buddhist movement against the [overnment, and the supporting tudent demonstrations, had been crushed through widespread ar- •ests of students, monks and nuns. U.S. dissatisfaction with the ;overnment was dramatically demonstrated by the granting of isylum to monks who sought •efuge in the U.S. embassy in Saigon. With their hopes dashed for a ;overnment shakeup or overthrow perhaps led by the army high onimand, U.S. officials turned to other means of trying to force vhat they consider vital reforms n Saigon. As Kennedy put it, the Diem government "has gotten out of ouch with the people" and is therefore unable to provide the effective political leadership necessary to win the struggle with the;C Communists. DATA AT THE DAM 8 a.m. temperature Yesterday's today 74°. high 45', low 68*. River stage below Precipitation dam at 8 a.m. 24 hrs. to 8 a.m. 3.8. Pool 23.3. None.

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