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PAGE FOUR ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1963 What we think about.. .Sewer Bids ... Fire Damage Fowl Bawl! Big Moment for Sewer Program Another one of those m.iny important moment'; that have been striking Alton lately was due this afternoon, and the "moment" will last perhaps through Vt cdnc^day evening. Bids on the million dollar south side intcrccpior in the city's giant sewer improvement program were Scheduled to be opened—for the second time. The first set were far beyond the range of acceptable tolerance above engineers' estimates. Since then engineers have made some changes in their specifications. Construction unions have settled their differences with contractors. And the city, itself, made an effort to stimulate more competition. It broke the job up into pieces to encourage smaller contractors to get into the competition. Where two proposals were filed in the first opening last June, 10 prime contractors took out bidding blanks this time around. How many of them actually will have filed bids this afternoon cannot be known at this writing. The results today, however, could decide just how complicated or uncomplicated will be Alton's efforts to complete compliance with state and federal orders (and its own needs) for an adequate sewer interceptor and sewerage process system. Continued over-estimate bids could throw serious complications into the path of the program, limited currently by the amount of funds now available through two different bond issues. The community can hope that the current efforts to solve the problem meet success. Teamwork for Community Another matter of community interest and no little pride could be the report on fire damage filed by Chief Warren Grable. Alton almost cut in half, during this year's first eight months, the fire damage total reported for a like period in 1962. The current total is i90,108—not a small figure, by any means—but great improvement compared with last year's $168,640. Furthermore, it is the second lowest for the period over the last five years, and compares with $206,000 in 1959. That kind of record requires broad public co- operation, and this credit can be shared among the public whose carefulness helped make it possible. It also must be traced to constructive leadership and service provided by the fire department and its official staff. Tariff(ic) Squawk Chickens, which once got into the international limelight in a New York hotel when Fidel Castro came calling, are screaming * world-wide cackle again—currently to Europe's tune. The sounding board is the European Common Market this time. And the United States is now expressing its dissatisfaction over a sharp rise in imposts levied against them. The Common Market offered to reduce by about 10 per cent the sharp levy it placed on the chickens, and the United States has indicated that is far from satisfactory. We had a good chicken market in Europe, and we don't want to give it up. This still would freeze us out. Perhaps an explanation for this smack in the face for us may be contained in the fact that one of the last complications to be overcome in forming the Common Market—an organization of six European nations to establish joint import taxes against outsiders and eliminate those on trade between themselves—was opposition by agricultural interests. The farmers didn't want to get hurt in the process of forming a united Europe. Hearings began last week before the United States' newly formed Trade Information Committee, saddled with the duty of selecting items on which we will levy retaliatory duties if it becomes necessary. The committee will need to find items whose imports to this country would amount to about $46 million a year—the approximate value of chickens we've been shipping to Europe. Already President Kennedy has indicated we arc in a bargaining mood by deferring any action on this side until October. Originally it was planned to place a retaliatory tariff in effect by mid-September. Most of our chickens go to West Germany, and leadership there is mostly opposed to an inward- looking Europe. Lest any have fear the tariff retaliation could hnve a chain reaction, some observers are pointing out thii'- a squabble over glass and carpet tariffs developing over a year ago did not sprtad, and the squabble over chickens was completely independent of it. New Red Smoke Screen? Another viewpoint can be taken of China's accusation that Russia has subverted uranium-rich Sink- Province and stirred up trouble along the border since I960. By this time Red China and Russia must both know that American magazines and newspapers have recognized Russia's assistance in developing the unm- ium sources, and its heavy pouring of money, equipment, and manpower into the area. The current row may well be a smokescreen to cover up this bit of cooperation. There's still that old saying about sticks, stones, and words. We can have a little more faith in this Chinese- Russ scrap when we sec a few sticks and stones, instead of words, flying. PAUL S. COUSLEY, Editor. Readers Forum A Faux Pas Charity Begins At Home The people in this country who say they just can't understand why the Russians or Cubans can't get along with us make me sick! How can we Americans expect to get along with people of other nations when we can't even get along with our fellow citizens? We are reaching for one way of life, a life of peace and happiness with people of all nations, and can't quite grasp it because our hands are tied behind our backs. They are tied with murder, strikes, and racial discrimination. These acts aren't helping to paint a creditable picture of freedom and love between our people to other countries. They present a masterpiece of immaturity. Everybody should strive to live up to President Kennedy's creed for the American people: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." We should try to help our fellow Americans in time of need, spend more time working harder to insure equal rights for all, and most of all, forget about working so hard to raise the status of ourselves and work harder on the welfare of Uncle Sam in the eyes of other countries. Only when our government is more dosly united and knit together in beliefs and decisions and when our people can live and work together with equal rights regardless of race, color, or creed will we have set a good enough example of ourselves and our nation to give our allies assurance that our way of life is David Lawrence Test Ban Treaty Another Munich? WASHINGTON.—The treaty limiting nuclear tests will be ratified by the Senate. And yet the constructive opposition which has been recorded during the Senate hearings has served a beneficial purpose. This sounds paradoxical, but the treaty itself is a paradox—n o b o d y knows whether it will ever come to mean what it says. For the unresolved question is the good faith of the Soviet government. The criticism and cautionary words spoken lately in debate have been registered all over the world. But they are most important inside this country. For they indicate that the treaty is to be ratified with eyes wide open and with mental reservations that can be rendered academic only if there Is good faith on the part of the Soviets. The military chiefs of the United States, despite the way their testimony has been glossed over in administration circles, remain skeptical. This doubt is influenced further by the announcement that several leading Democrats will vote against the treaty—two of them, Senators Russell of Georgia and Stennis of Mississippi, being chairmen, respectively, of the Senate Military Affairs Committee and its subcommittee on preparedness. The negative vote of other senators — Eastland of Mississippi Robertson of Virginia, Byrd of West Virginia—is an additional sign that the Democratic party is by no means united. Senator Goldwater of Arizona, Republican, who has a military background, has also declared that he will vote against the treaty. For several weeks now the treaty has received a favorable reception, and the impression has been conveyed that it is the forerunner of bigger things in the search for peace. Just 25 years ago this month, another international agreement set off a wave of applause throughout the world as the British prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, said it meant "Peace for our time." Today, as "an important first step, a step toward peace"— to use the President's words— is hailed, and approving comments are uttered on every side even in the midst of official words of caution, there is a noticeably different atmosphere here from that which prevailed in 1938 after the Munich treaty between France, Italy, Germany and Great Britain was signed. In that chorus of approval, this correspondent joined as he wrote: "Force was really defeated— not triumphant—at Munich. The force that mobilized armies was pushed finally to one side in an outburst of fraternal emotion which seems incredible to read about today as we contrast it with the newspaper headlines of only a few days before. It is well to note these quick changes for their epochal meaning. The German leaders now avow through their spokesmen a feeling of friendship for their erstwhile enemies, the French. The British and German heads of government announce that they desire never to see their respective people go to war again. Pacts to limit armaments are in process of development already." Disillusionment, however, came, at least to this correspondent, only a fortnight later as he read Hitler's speeches, which were in direct negation of the spirit of the Munich treaty. Then, scarcely 11 months later, a surprise attack on Poland was ordered by the Nazi chief, and the second World War began. (O 1863 N.Y. Herald-Tribune, Inc.) the key to peace among people of the world. CAROLE CUMMINGS 215 W. 5th, Hartford Tobey and the Cocker Being a handsome red cocker spaniel myself, I am just naturally interested in the White House canines. I was especially interested to see on TV where our "First Lady" had been given a 9-weeks-old cocker spaniel to add to her collection of dogs. I predict that in no time at all this noble breed of animal will show his superiority over "Charlie," an uncertain Welsh terrier, and the Russian female "Pushin- ka." Of her and her mixed litter of pups I refuse to comment, since I am a gentleman. I too, was the father of four youngsters. They were most annoying. They tugged on my ears and fur until I had to nip them to restore my usual calm and dignity. The White House cocker, with his outstanding qualities, will soon have the kennels running on schedule, and in time may even sign a treaty with the Russian female whereby she will howl for joy at the mention of capitalist dog food. And who knows? With his strong mind and heart he may even get their tails wagging in delight at the thought of becoming a Republican. With my advancing age my "paw writing" grows dimmer, but I trust it is clear enough for my friends to read and join with me in wishing the White House cocker "Good Luck" and a strong heart, on Capital Hill. Methinks he'll need it. SENATOR TOBEY HAGAN (Assisted by Lucy E. Hagan) 216 S. 13th St. Wood River, 111. ForumWriters,Note Writer's names and addressed must be published with letters to the Readers Forum. Letters must be concise (preferably not over 150 words). All are subject to condensation. Today's Prayer 0 God of wisdom and light, we are grateful that Thou didst send Thy Son to be our great teacher. We pray Thy special blessing upon all who follow in His train as teachers of children and youth. Keep our students eager to learn the lessons of life. Keep our teachers learning new lessons about Thee. Make all of us teachable and sensitive to Thy guidance, that we may this day and every day learn more of Thee; in Jesus' name. Amen. —Hoover Rupert, Ann Arbor, Mich., minister, First Methodist Church, (© 1863 by the Division of Christian Education, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. S. A.) ACISOSS HER BOW<« NOT Distributed by King Features Syndicate Victor Riesel Time to Give Khrushchev Aid? WASHINGTON, D. C. — There are influential administration policy makers, with easy and frequently used entry into the President's office, who believe now is the time to give Nikita Khrushchev substantial aid in his fight with Mao Tse - tung. These policy makers have just been rapped sharply by none other than John Kennedy's close friend George Meany, leader of the AFL-CIO. He is disturbed by forces here who are pushing for accommodations with the Soviet Chairman. Mr. Meany, no infrequent visitor to the White House himself, significantly timed his statements to coincide with the discussion of the nuclear test ban treaty. So concerned is he with the strength of the belief, that it is possible to win the USSR over to the West, that he decided personally to sound an alarm. This he did in a signed editorial in The American Federationist now being distributed to millions of AFL- CIO members. Despite the Soviet's nuclear and industrial power, says Meany, the Soviet leader faces unrest at home and therefore is "in trouble." "The West should consider Khrushchev's predicament," says Meany, "as an opportunity to extract concessions from him rather than as a reason or occasion for making concessions to him. "This is NO time for the West rushing into accommodations with Moscow in order to help and strengthen Khrushchev as 'the lesser evil' of the two giant Communist imperialist powers, both of whom seek the destruction of all democratic society. "This IS the time for the West to make united efforts for a settlement of the main problems causing international friction: the division of Germany, the Berlin wall, Soviet colonialism in East Europe, Soviet armed forces in Cuba and Moscow's rejection of general disarmament under adequate international inspection." Meany, who has countered Communist tactics across the world, is not opposed to negotiations. He bluntly opposes appeasing or taking N. S. Khrushchev at his word. How, asks Meany, should the "West react to the serious Sino- Soviet rift? "First of all," asserts Meany, "it would be wrong to conclude that the free world is confronted with a choice between the two opponents, one of whom is the lesser danger. Both are very dangerous to the free world. This is obvious in the case of Communist China . . .But this might be less clear in regard to the Soviet Union because it has laid particular stress on its 'peaceful' in- tentions as against the intentions of Peiping. "Wishful thinking on our part, in this situation, would be fatal for our cause. If nothing else, the memory of the Cuban crisis, Khrushchev's Berlin ultimatum and continued Soviet support of the civil war in Laos should warn us against taking Moscow's pretensions to peace at their face value. "Furthermore, because of its huge military machine, its possession of the most modern nuclear weapons and missiles, its rising industrial strength and the presence of the Red Army in the heart of Europe, the Soviet Union continues to be a powerful and dangerous enemy of the free world." Meany, then, bluntly differs from those who believe that proffering aid to Khrushchev could break the Soviets from Communist China. "It would . . .be wrong to assume," states Meany, "that, as a result of their feud with Peip- ing, the Kremlin rulers will be forced to turn to the West for protection against Communist China. The territorial sovereignty and and integrity of the Soviet Union are not threatened in its struggle with Communist China. Moscow does not need Western help to save it from the 'yellow peril.' " ((D 1063, The Hall Syndicate, Inc.) Allen-Scott Report Trade-Aid Plans Behind Test Pact WASHINGTON — Thcrr is a very special reason behind President Kennedy's insistent demand for speedy ratification of the nuclear test ban treaty and restoration of the House's drastic slash of his $4.5 billion foreign aid budget. Once these highly controversial issues are out of the way, haik- stage plans arc afoot to eventually add Hungary and Rumania to the list of "trade and aid" nations. Already closely - guarded over- lures are underway looking toward the resumption of normal diplomatic relations with Hungary, and the establishment of some measure of trade ties with Rumania. Significantly revealing of what is transpiring behind - the - scenes are: Minister William Crawford's quiet return from Buciiarest late last month for the days of "policy review and consultations"; the recent visit to Rumania of Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman, the first Cabinet member ever to go to that country, and the trip there of two of the President's sisters. Mrs. Peter Lawford and Mrs. Stephen Smith. From all inside signs, definitely on the' administration's mind regarding both these Iron Curtain satellites is the possible sale of large quantities of surplus farm commodities under Public Law' 480 — under which the buyers pay with their own currency, that remains in their countries, in many instances to finance projects there. In effect, PL 480 transactions are give -aways. That's their overwhelming record on the hooks of the government, Yugoslavia and Poland, presently the only Communist countries on the "trade and aid" list, have benefited immensely from this law. Since 1954, Yugoslavia has obtained more than $624 million in U.S. surplus agricultural products, and Poland $42.5 million. In both countries, hundreds of millions of these so - called "counterpart funds" are still unused — while, the U.S. is coping with an increasingly serious baiance-of- Allcn Scott payments deficit problem. Hungary's first objective is the restoration of normal diplomatic relations — the return of a U.S. .Minister to Budapest. That has already been discussed at the State Department. Janos Radvanyi. Hungarian Charge d'Aft'aires. had a meeting there on this matter last month with Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Davis. Nothing was disclosed about their talk. Congressional inquirers have been told that Radvanyi was informed that a major obstacle to improved diplomatic ties was a "satisfactory solution" of the Cardinal Minds/enty problem. The prelate has been living in political asylum in the U.S. legation in Budapest since the 1956 revolt that was suppressed by Soviet military forces. For Rumania, backstage plans contemplate trade loans and PL 'ISO surplus food sales of more than $30 million. Minister Crawford advised Stale Department authorities that a key reason for Rumania's public slaps at Russia is the latter's failure to make good on economic commitments, chief among them a 5200 million steel plant. The Soviet was unable to go through with this huge project because of its own shortages and difficulties. Rumania is now seeking U.S., British and French loans for this plant. A Franco - British consortium is reportedly interested — provided the U.S. joins in. It is authoritatively understood that it has been explained to Crawford that the administration will make no decision on this and other "trade and aid' questions affecting Communist countries until the test ban treaty and heavily - embattled foreign aid budget are out of the way. In the case of the latter, that means not until at least November. (0 inra, General Features Corp.) . • * A LTON E VENING TELEGRAPH Published Daily by Alton Telegraph Printing Company P. B. Cousley, Publisher Paul S. Cousley, Editor HENRY H. McADAMS, Business Manager Member of: The Associated Press «*®B> The Audit Bureau of Circulation Second Class Postage Paid at Alton, 111. Subscription price 40 cents weekly by carrier; $12 a year by mall in Illinois and Missouri; $18 In all other states. Mail subscription not accepted in towns where carrier delivery IB available Local advertising rates and National advertising ' rep re- contract Information on ap- • •• plication at Telegraph business office, 111 East Broadway, Alton, Illinois. sentatlve: The Branham Company, New York, Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis. What They Did Then — News From The Telegraphs of Yesteryear 25 Years Ago O SEPTEMBER 9, 1938 A record-breaking 100-degree temperature for Sept. 8 was registered here. The previous last high for Septem- jbel' W8* in 1827, when a full week of 95-degree weather was reported. Western Military Academy had four new faculty members. They were Miss Janice Dorr, dietitian; Major Gray Magee, athletics director; Lt. Wayne W. Johnson, science and mathematics; LeRoy A. Dalhuus. band. Miss Hazel Bent assumed her duties as director of HiUcrest Community House. She had served in many YWCA'6 in the United States and for three years had been general secretary in Valparaiso, Chile, South America. G. Russell Schwarz was appointed special attorney for the Department of Justice in the land acquisition * department. Schwarz dropped out as Democratic candidate for Jersey County judge. Lettermen returning to Alton High School football practice were Charles Tackwell, center; Stan Matthey, end; and Victor Schwartz and Norbet Kuhn, guards Nathan Straus, U.S. Housing Authority administrator, blamed real estate interests for slum clearance failure, and commented: "Illinois loves its slums. With adequate housing legislation, it could have an $80,000,000 slum clearance program under the United States Housing Authority." Further pledges of monthly contributions from organizations were being sought for continuation of the nursery school at HiUcrest Community House. In one year, 60 children hud been served, with an average daily enrollment of 26 and average daily attendance of 20. The project provided employment for five adults, two teachers, a cook, a laundress, and a handyman-gardener, plus services of four National Youth Administration girls on a part-time basis, and visits ol a registered nurse one day a week. Mr. and Mrs. Waiter Reis moved to Granite City after leasing their Brown street home to a Shurtleff College faculty member. Four members of Jameson Baptist Church had enrolled in the Baptist Bible Institute, Johnston City, N.Y. They were Emil Johnson, Howard Moulton, Mrs. Emil Johnson, and Miss Margaret Edwards. 50 Years Ago SEPTEMBER », 1913 Steamboat pilots were now breathing easier as their heavily loaded packets bucked the low water conditions iu the Mississippi immediately upstream from Alton. A new channel of 6-foot depth hud been found for the crossing near Hop Hollow. The big spring from which Rock Spring Park got its name was flowing again. It had been thought that the spring had succumbed to the drouth. Its flow had subsided to a mere trickle. But some exploratory work by Park Supt. August Dormann revealed there was another cause besides dry weather for its feeble output. Roots from two poplar trees were found to have penetrated crevices in the rocks and to be sucking off much of the spring water. With a cutting hook on a pole, Dormann trimmed off spongy masses of offending roots. When the Napoleon social club arranged for an outing at Brighton, women guests put in an immediate objection to making the trip in auto trucks. Tight skirts, now the prevailing fashion, would prevent them from climbing into trucks, they protested. Carpenter-minded members of the club solved the difficulty by building a sort of step-ladder. The J. W. McMurray contracting firm, of Kansas City, was considering the operation of a quarry of its own at Alton to get out 70,000 yards of riprap stone for A paving the bank of the Mississippi near Chouteau Island. Quarries of the area were too busy to supply the quantity of stone the construction firm needed for its government contract. Frank Hurlbutt had purchased from C. p Stelzel through the agency of Emil Michelbuch, a 10-acre tract just west of North Alton which he proposed to develop into a fruit farm. Mayor J. C. Faulstich endorsed the plans of the Alton Council of United Commercial Travelers to promote a 3-day homecoming event, and gave a permit for use of street areas in the vicinity of the city hall for entertainment booths and a country store. William Wiekenhauser had .rased « 75-year-old log cabin on Milton road and was making plans for replacing it with a modern dwelling. F. P. Wooley, village marshal at East Alton, had an additional job, The school board had arranged for him to double as truant officer,

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