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Inside t EDITORIAL PAGE 4 QUIZ PAGE 6 FAMILY PAGE 10 COMICS PAGE 12 SPOHTS PAGE 14 CLASSIFIED PAGE IB OBITUARY PAGE 15 MARKETS PAGE 18 TELEVISION .... PAGE 16 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years MILD WEDNESDAY tow 62, High 82 (Complete Weather, Page 2) Established January 15, 1836. Vol. CXXVIU, No. 202 ALTON, ILL., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1963 28 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press. Jury Indicts Wood River Town Clerk EDWARDSVILLE.—Ronald K. Rodgers, former Wood River Township clerk, was named in eight indictments returned Monday afternoon by the Madison County Grand Jury in connection with alleged conversion of more than $3,700 in township funds. The indictments against Rodgers, who resigned his office last April 17 after reportedly signing a statement admitting he "borrowed" $3,289.90 from Wood River Township relief funds and offered restitution, were among 33 true bills returned in criminal cases by the recalled investigating body. In connection with the indictments returned against Rodgers, the Grand Jury submitted a special report of its investigation of Wood River Township's fiscal affairs and made five specific recommendations, including reforms in record-keeping and procedure for expenditure authorization. Need More Facts The report, contained a recommendation that a subsequent Grand Jury continue the investigation initiated "in an effort to ascertain certain facts which the auditor was unable to learn from the books and records made available to him by the • former officials of Wood River Township." Other recommendations were: That the present administration in Wood River Township adopt recommendations made by the Alton firm of R. C. Scheffel & Co., which conducted a four- year audit operations, of township financial "particularly those relative to the keeping of records of all financial transactions conducted by Wood River Township." That all officials of the township responsible for or having access to or the "power to expend funds in Wood River Township be bonded." That in the future the township's board of auditors should not authorize expenditure of any funds unless such expenditures are "fully supported by proper invoices certified to by those persons and companies with whom Wood River Township engages in financial transactions." Also, that any bank or other depository with whom the township deposits fund be required to keep complete records, "including photostatic or microfilm copies of all checks drawn on that institution." Charges Included The eight indictments naming Rodgers included charges of forgery, theft and larceny, involving alleged illegal transactions dating back to June 1, 1961. One of the indictments, involving a $432 check drawn Aug. 14 last year on Illinois State Bank of East Alton, contained two counts of forgery and one of theft of the sum. Five other indictments against the former township clerk charged theft, by allegedly obtaining unauthorized control of sums ranging from $424 to $475. Two indictments, both for larceny under a former criminal code provision, entailed alleged embezzlement of $502.73 on June 1, 1961, and $493.17 on Aug. 17, 1961. Bonds set on the eight indictments $2,500. PROTEST INTEGRATION BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Students at West End High yell, wave flags and a picture of Gov. George Wallace as they demonstrate at Birmingham following admittance of two Negroes today. (AP Wirephoto) Kennedy Federalizes Guard in Alabama New Bids on Sewer line Save City Half-Million R&R Chief Tells Why June Offer Was High By JACK BARBAN Telegraph Staff Writer "Thursday's bid letting on the interceptor sewer line makes us look bad, but there are circumstances in defense of our early bid," Charles Rook, president of the R&R Construction Co., said today. Monday on the By DON MCKEE BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) President Kennedy snatched control of 17,000 Alabama National Guardsmen away from Gov. George C. Wallace today and 20 Negro children integrated public schools at Birmingham, Mobile and Tuskegee. Wallace, who had blocked their entry Monday with executive orders and state troopers, declined comment at Montgomery on the President's federalization of the Guard and the desegregation that followed quickly. Desegregation below the college evel in Alabama came first Monday at Hunstville where there In Alabama Pupils Protest Integration BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Hundreds of white pupils boycotted classes at West End High School «fter two Negroes were admitted today and started a jeering session on the grounds and n an adjacent'parking lot. Adult spectators, including members of a hard core segregationist group, quickly built up the milling throng, reinforcements against Rodgers totaled He has been at liberty on bonds furnished on two state warrants issued against him while awaiting Grand Jury action. Rodgers and other defendants named in the true bills are to be arraigned in Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Historians Complete Hull-Raising TELL CITY, Ind. (AP) —The hull of an Ohio River steamboat, sunk in 1825 and said to have belonged to the Marquis de Lafayette, has been raised by the Perry County Historical Society. The steamboat, named the Mechanic, was built in 1823, according to Bert Fenn, presidenl of the Perry County Historical Society, who has done much research on Ohio River steamboats. Fenn said that Lafayette, who had helped the American colonies during the Revolutionary War was aboard the boat when it sank, touring what was then the western part of the United States He and other members of his party were said to have swum to the bank after the boat hit * snag and went down in a storm DATA AT THE DAM 673.4. Pool 13.4. None. was normal classroom activity today. Wallace mysteriously made no attempt to block desegregation there. Enter Schools Thirteen of the 20 who were turned back by state troopers Monday and went to school there today were at Tuskegee. There were five at Birmingham and two at Mobile. The transition was peaceful at most of the schools but at West End High School in Birmingham several hundred white pupils began jeering after two Negro girls entered. The wliite group refused to go into the building. Two teen-age Negroes walked Police and, called in prodding with night sticks, moved the crowd back two blocks. It all started soon after two Negro girls entered the schools. Most white students stayed away from class. The white boys and girls urged others who had entered the school ;o come back out. Some did. * Further Protests One boy yelled after the Negroes were admitted, "If they can demonstrate, so can we; we'll do it again tomorrow." Police gave a preliminary estimate that about 100 white students entered the building during the morning. The enrollment is 1,500, but many of the 100 heeded appeals by those outside to leave school. As they came out, white people on porches in the neighborhood applauded. One white boy brought an apple. He hurled it at a car of a white man who brought his son to school and watched him go into the building. Hard core hands at demonstrating, appeared with their Confederate flags. Others drove up and down in front segregationists, old of the schools flags flying, A man who with Confederate identified himself as a member of the National States Right party carried his flag on a stick and had a stack of mimeographed literature urging a boycott of desegregated schools. Refused to Leave Police arrested him when he refused to move from the vicinity. "The school is open," Police Capt. Glenn Evans announced over a loudspeaker, "classes are in session. We want you to enter the building or leave the grounds." So the enlarging group left the grounds and went to the parking lot. Edwin Guthman, chief information officer for the Justice Department, was on campus observing. Joe Dolan, deputy U.S. attorney general, was there, too. But he was ,asked to leave the building. A teacher complained that Dolan came into the building to use a pay telephone. After the teacher complained, a police sergeant took Dolan outside to Evans. Dolan said he would not enter the school again and would leave the area if his presence created any trouble. The demonstration grew wilder as the morning progressed. Numerous arrests were made, some involving persons police identified as having taken part in disorders last Wednesday at Ramsay High School. Later in the morning the crowd began to drift away. walked into Murphy High School at Mobile before 7:30 a.m. to become the first of their race to attend school with white pupils in the state at the high school level. The Huntsville desegregation involved grammar and junior high schools. Guardsmen under Wallace's control for a few hours went on duty before dawn at the Mobile school. But they withdrew later to an armory under Kennedy's federalization proclamation. Police were on guard at another high school and a grammar school in Birmingham but were needed only to direct traffic, and there was little of that. Demonstrators, who clashed with police last Wednesday when desegreg- tion was first scheduled, were absent today. One white man was arrested at West End when he refused an order to move on. Only a few white pupils were seen entering West End. Some of these came out when the demonstrators asked them to do so. People on porches in the neighborhood applauded those who left the building. An apple was thrown at the car of a man who brought his children to the school and watched them enter. Police Guard City police were at the scene in increasing numbers. Wallace called the Guard into service shortly after midnight to keep Negroes out of white schools at Birmingham, Mobile and Tuskegee. President Kennedy promptly federalized the Guard to remove control from the governor. The governor, who early in the day used Guardsmen and state troopers to chase federal marshals out of the Capitol at Montgomery, declined immediate comment on the White House moves. Before directing that the Guard be federalized, Kennedy issued an order called upon Wallace to "cease and desist" from his maneuvers to thwart federal court directives for school integration. A similar move preceded desegregation of the University of Alabama in June over Wallace's op position. Guardsmen had moved onto the grounds of a high school at Mobile under orders of Wallace be fore issuance of the presidential directive which removed Wallace as their commander. They were withdrawn quickly after the Kennedy order was announced. State Adj. Gen. Alfred Harrison had called about 330 Guardsmen to duty, replacing state troopers who turned away 20 Negro pupils at white school in three cities Monday. The bids let Monday on Alton sewer job were more than $500,000 under the bid submitted by R & R in June. Rook said the circumstances include: "(1) The sewer job was one of the toughest. It calls for various differences in depth and structures; "(2) A contractor always looks at the worst side of the picture and must be prepared for unusual conditions on a job of this scope; "(3) Labor at the time of the bid was an unknown factor, but since then the unions have settled on the pay scales. (The construction unions settled for new pay hikes after a two-week strike in August.) "(4) The job had to be figured without certain information Schools May Run All Buses (Related Stories Page 2) The Alton Board of Education will check into the legality of providing bus transportation for all its students, following a statement by Bi-State Transit Agency that Bi-State is standing firm on its controversial bus fare schedule. Walter B. Miller, a member of the board who has been ne- that was later made available jgotiating with the transit agency to the new bidders." Paul Public Lenz, Alton Works said director of today, the new bidders had two factors helping them which the previous bidders did not have. The June bidders could not bid on the. job in divisions (the total job was separated into smaller jobs), and they also did not have as much information available on groundwater tables. Some test bores had been made, but the new bidders had many more tests to study prior to submitting the bid. Lenz said the information was not available to the previous bidders and would figure in the overall cost of the program. Rook pointed out his company did not rebid on the projects, but he is happy the city got some good bids because the city needs the sewer. Rook said his firm is at present working on several jobs, and a job with the scope of the Alton sewer project would overextend his equipment. Russia Says China Smuggles Propaganda MOSCOW (AP) — Irate Soviet authorities have booted out the crew and Chinese passengers of the Peking - Moscow Express, charging they tried to sneak in anti-Soviet propaganda and staged a sitdown strike when the literature was seized. The incident, which marked the Soviet Union's second charge of propaganda smuggling against the Red Chinese, occurred over the weekend at Naushki on the Soviet- Mongolian border about 2,700 miles east of Moscow. The Soviet Foreign Ministry in a note handed to the Red Chinese Embassy accused the Chinese of trying to prevent Soviet officials from inspecting the train when it crossed the border Saturday. over bus fares, offered a three- part motion at the board's meeting Monday. Under his proposa: district children would be transported by bus to and from school at cost, eliminating thi necessity for them to ride pub lie buses. The plan includes the possibl purchase of regular school buses and the hiring of drivers to transport the children. It was estimated that about 1,700 district school children ride public buses daily, including about 900 at the senior high school. One board member, David E Bear, expressed some doubt about the plan, declaring thai the district lems now," "has but enough prob- agreed to a study of the proposal. School board attorney R. W. Griffith asserted that the practical aspects of transporting all students by school bus probably would be more of a problem than the legal aspects. The school board recently filed objections with the Bi-State Transit Agency over a proposed increase in student bus passes from $1.50 for 10 rides to $2 veek. The agency subsequently revised the rate, returning it to $1.50 for 10 rides, restricted by the week and good only during the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. A five-cent commission on each ticket sold was also offer ed. Objections to this were then filed by the board since it was pointed out that during schoo holidays students will be pay ing for bus transportation they do not use. Objections «were al so raised to the time limit. Miller told the board tha the Bi-State Transit Agency had telephoned Monday, inform ing him that the $1.50 limitec pass will remain. Also offeree was a $2 unlimited ride pass good for one week and charging 5 cents for each additional ride outside the hours of 7 a.m. am 4:30 p.m. DEADLINE FOR BIDS Paul Lenz, director of public works for Alton, holds the six bid envelopes which were turned in before the two o'clock deadline Monday. The forms were for completion of the southside interceptor sewer. Bids were below original estimates of previous call. Draft of Married Men Is Stopped WASHINGTON (APJ— President Kennedy today ordered a halt to the drafting of married men so long as enough single men are avaialble to maintain the strength of the armed forces. Kennedy signed a order which provides ried men shall be inducted only Lowered Much on 2nd Try By FRED P. NORTON Telegraph Staff Writer (Related Story on Page 2) Alton will be able to save a half-million dollars under Monday's bidding on the southside interceptor .sewer system, as compared to the bids taken and rejected last June. Under an expected award of contracts to be considered by the city council Wednesday night, cost of the interceptor would be $932,610.60. This compares to the best bid of $1,498,763 submitted by the R&R Construction Co. of Alton last June when the city's first attempt wan made to bring the near-million-dollar project to contract stage. Total of the now proposed awards would be well under the estimated cost of $1,011,641 set by the city's engineers under specifications for yesterday's bidding. . It would also be under the cost estimate of $957,066 applying at time of the bidding last June. Would Split Contract Under a finding of .the city's engineering advisers contract awards on the interceptor would split between Roger J. Au & Son, Inc. of Mansfield, Ohio, and Helloing Construction Co. of Alton. Each of these two contractors would be awarded two divisions of the four into which the pro- an executive that mar- after all single men in the 19-25 age group have been drafted. Military sources said that, for the foreseeable future, enough single men will be available so that there will be no need to draft husbands. Only a major increase in military strength, they said, would again place married men within the scope of the draft. Lt. Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, Selective Service director, estimated that about one out of every five men now classified as 1A—avail- able for service—is married and without children. A previous executive order last March provided for deferment of fathers. The White House said the halt to induction of married men will mean that young single men generally will be drafted at an earlier age. At present the average draftee is about 23 years of age. Some 1.7 million men are classified 1A. This pool has been growing in recent years because of the crop of "war babies" reaching the minimum draft age of 18. Hershey was called to the White House for Kennedy's signing of the order. The terms of the order exclude from the draft all young men who get married from this day forward. The order is effective immediately. Hershey has been Selective Service director for 22 years and will celebrate his 70th birthday Thursday. Permit for Night Club Is Denied EDWARDSVILLE — The Madison County Board of Supervisors today denied a petition for a special use permit for operation of a night club at the former "Pat's Place" location in Godfrey Township. Granting of the permit was opposed at a day at the public hearing courthouse by Fri- two nearby property owners, appearing as spokesmen for a group of 15 landowners in the vicinity strongly opposing reclassification or a permit to use the site of the former resort as a night club. The zoning appeals board's recommendation permit was for denial presented board of supervisors by of the to the its zoning and subdivision control committee, headed by Gilbert W. Killinger of Collinsville. The petition was submitted by Springman Realty Co. and Clarence Clark of Alton. The county board of zoning appeals had recommended denial of the use permit. TODAY'S CHUCKLE Sign on an auto repair shop: "May we have the next dents?" 1903, General Features Corp.) Vote Was 29 to 14 Board Slaps Down Perica 's Bar Hours Bill By WILLIAM O. EVAN Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE - Efforts by a group of tavern owners for a one-hour extension of closing hours for taverns in unincorporated areas ran headon into a stone wall in today's meeting of the Madison County Board of Supervisors. The board, by an overwhelming vote of 29 to 14, defeated a motion requiring a two-thirds majority to bring up for consideration a resolution offered by the tavern- men's group to extend closing hours until 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on Sunday. The resolution to relax tavern dosing hours outside corporate limits of cities and villages in the county, as had been forecast Monday by the Telegraph, was introduced by Alton Assistant Supervisor Pete Perica Sr. When Perica's resolution had been seconded by another Alton assistant supervisor, Walter Schreiber, an amendment was offered by a third Alton assistant supervisor, Robert M. Miller. Miller suggested that the annual $300 license fee for unincorporated area taverns be raised to $450 a year and that the closing hour be set for 2 a.m. through all seven days of the week. Before any vote was taken either on the amending motion by Miller or Perica's original resolution, County Board Chairman Harold Landolt pointed out that under board rules a two- thirds favorable majority was re- quired for suspension of rules before Perica's resolution could be brought on the floor. Landolt's stand was backed up by Assistant State's Attorney Burton Bernard. Perica then offered his motion for suspension of board rules, with a second voiced by Schreiber. Collinsville Assistant Supervisor Joseph Carillo then inquired if the board's liquor license committee had ever considered the request by tavern operators to extend the closing hours. Chairman Landolt, who is county liquor commissioner, replied that the request had been made to the liquor committee, "but not the resolution," As roll call began on Perica's •j motion for suspension of board rules to consider the closing hour- extension resolution, a spectator among the large delegation of tavern operators and bartenders on hand suffered a collapse. When first aid had been administered by bystanders, the man was carried from the rear of the board room and later attended by a physician. Perica's motion for suspension of rules not only failed to receive a required two-thirds majority, but was killed, 29 to 14. Board Chairman Landolt then announced that the resolution would be "passed back to the (board's) liquor committee." Whereupon Assistant Supervisor Miller rejoined that "this is the third time within a year, I believe, that this question has been brought up." Operation of taverns is a legal business, but must be controlled, he said. Miller then asked Landolt if both the tavern operators asking for longer hours and ministerial groups opposing any such move had ever appeared before the county liquor commissioner tor conference at the sump time. He said that, in the case of labor - management disputes, both sides are brought together for working out of an arrangement satisfactory to both. Miller asked if the opposing groups could be brought together for a mediation session. "Could you arrange it?" Landolt asked. "I don't think it's possible to arrange such a meeting." Charles Mussa, a Collinsville attorney serving as counsel for the tavern owners seeking longer operating hours, was granted the floor for a brief statement that he would be "willing to appear for tavern operators or with any group of them before the liquor committee of the board" to piv- sent "all the facts that we feel all board members are not familiar with." Several members of a ministerial "watchdog" group opposing any relaxing of tavern closing hours were on hand as spectators at today's county board session, but made no effort to be heard during brief debate on either the resolution to extend hours or the motion to suspend board rules (or its consideration. V ject~was set up for yesterday's bidding. Au & Son would get a contract for Divisions B and D at a round figure of $517,101 and the Hellrung company a contract for Divisions A and C at $415,509, this making a total of $932,610. Public Works Director Paul A. Lenz announced at the city finance committee meeting last night that both the contractors had agreed orally to accept the proposed awards by divisions. Six contractors entered the bidding yesterday and four submitted combination bids for the entire project, these including proposals on each of the four divisions. On combination bids, Au & Son offered the lowest proposal at >984,762.25, and Hellrung Construction Co. the next lowest at $1,043,363.85. After three hours spent in check- ng and analyzing the bids, the city's engineers and citizen engineering advisers found that by splitting up awards by divisions substantial reductions could be lad from the lowest combination proposals. Special Proviso Part of the reduction in contract cost was obtained under a special proviso in the Au & Son bid. In Drief, the firm proposed that if it were awarded a contract for two or more divisions of the interceptor project it would cut $8,000 from each of the amounts of its accepted divisional proposals. Under awards as proposed, this gave the city a total reduction of $16,000. Reports to city council on the bidding and recommendations were being prepared today by Public Works Director Lenz and the citizens advisory committee on engineering phases of the bond issue sewer program. The matter of awards will be before the council at its first September meeting Wednesday night. Combination bids submitted yesterday ranged from a low of $984,762 up to $1,397,436. Under combination bids most of the contractors were said to have estimated they would require 330 calendar days to complete the work. The time factors, however, may be modified by plan of splitting up the contracts by divisions. The bids- were publicly opened and read at 2 p.m. in the council chamber of city hall by Public Works Director Lenz. Present were Mayor P. W. Day; Ralph Wandling, William Fabianic, and O. C. K. Hutchinson of the citi/uns advisory group; C. H. Sheppard, L. 1C Crawford, and Bruce Katterree ol the consultant engineering firms of Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab and Crawford, Murphy & Tilley of Springfield; City Clerk Paul Price, and a dozen or more representatives of contracting and supplier firms,.,

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