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Inside: EDITORIAL .... PAGE 4 OBITUARY PAGE 9 MARKETS PAGE 9 FAMILY PAGE 20 TELEVISION .... PAGE 33 COMICS PAGE 38 SPORTS PAGE 38 CLASSIFIED PAGE 40 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years SUNNY FRIDAY Low 50, High 70 (Complete Weather, Page 5) Established January 15, 1836. Vol. CXXVIII, No. 204 ALTON, ILL., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1963 44 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member Of The Associated Press. THREE MEN LEFT Drop May Stem from W Co. S The three-man supervisory staff of Conrad, chemist, handles the shovel the Alton Water Co. hold down the fort with J. W. Lawrence, manager, ready at the pumping station after the oper- to open the furnace door as Milton Bum- ating engineers refused to cross the bacher, chief engineer, operates the picket line Wednesday afternoon. Dean tractor. Dismisses Taverns' Anti-Fraundorf Suit EDWARDSVILLE Five tavern operators seeking an injunction to keep Sheriff Barney Fraundorf out of taverns in unincorporated areas failed.to show they had been harrassed, Circuit Judge Joseph J. Barr ruled this morning. He dismissed the case. ( "From the evidence already heard here Wednesday, the plaintiffs failed to prove that Fraundorf used any force, was malicious in his actions or used any harrassment in his investigation of the taverns," Judge Barr said. A majority of witnesses for the defendants were not called to tes- lify after the case ended on a short note here this morning. Twenty-nine law enforcement officers, including deputies, sheriff's investigators, uniformed state and city police occupied the first few rows in the courtroom Wednesday waiting to testify on behalf of the defendant, Fraundorf. Mrs. Marian Kirby, director of Co-Ordinated Youth Services in Granite City, was also present in the courtroom waiting to be called to the witness stand. A half-hour conference between States Attorney Dick Mudge and Collinsvillo Attorney James Massa, who represented the tavern operators, preceded today's brief hearing. After Mudge and Massa talked privately for nearly 30 minutes, court was called into session and the State's attorney introduced his motion to dismiss. Tavern owners who were plaintiffs in the complaint were, Mrs. Hester Yates, operator of the Flame Club, near Edwardsville; Otis Scholebo of the Diamond Inn, Maryville Rd.; Pearl Stabile, Horseshoe Lounge on Collinsville Rd.; Joseph Lesko of Lesko's Tavern, on the outskirts of Madison, and Jordan Rapoff of the Orchid Lounge in the southern section of the county. The Rev. Bode Mchling, a representative of the Quad-City Ministerial Alliance, was seated in the courtroom this morning on behalf of Fraundorf. 'The Rev. Mehling, pastor ot Peace United Lutheran Church of Granite City, told a Telegraph reported he was prepared to take the witness stand today to offer testimony for the sheriff. "I am here today to represent ministers in Granite City, Madison and Venice and I am ready to testify for the sheriff on reports received by us about some violations in certain taverns," he told a reporter. "We are strongly supporting Mr. Fraundorf's efforts to curb sale of alcoholic beverages to minors and violation of the tavern closing hours," he said. In testimony Wednesday thr tavern owners said they suffercc loss of business because of the appearance of sheriff's deputies on the premises. Mrs. Hester Yates, operator o: Flame Club, northwest of Ed wardsville, testified that she lost 20 to 30 customers after sheriff's deputies entered the -place early this summer to check for any violation of sale of liquor to min |ors. Test Ban Treaty Picks Up New Senate Support Unions Reject Offer in Strike At Godfrey Plant Members of the striking Printing Specialty Union Wednesday evening unanimously turned down an Alton Box Board Co. offer in a meeting at the Godfrey firehouse. The 70 members of Local of the Printing Speciality and Paper Products Union have beer on strike at the Godfrey Plant since July 31. A union spokesman said t h e company offer contained a 30- month contract. The issues of the strike concern senority and length of contract. The company in a statemen Wednesday said the union negotiators and the company had reach ed an agreement on a contract in a bargaining session in St. Louis Tuesday. The union said it would take the terms to the members but would not recommend the contract. The average salary scale at the Godfrey plant is $2.40 per hour. There are no meetings scheduled between the groups. By ERNEST B. VACCARO WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate drive for ratification of the limited nuclear test ban treaty appeared 'today to have picked up more supporters. Democratic and Republican leaders, working hand in hand to steer the agreement through the Senate, counted almost 80 votes in favor of the treaty to prohibit all tests except underground. Only three days ago, an Associated Press survey found 73 senators were for it. A two-thirds majority is needed for ratification— 67 if all 100 senators vote. The drive got another big push Wednesday—from President Kennedy and Republican Leader Everett M. Dirksen of Illinois. In a letter, Kennedy gave the Senate "unqualified and unequivocal assurances" that there will be no letup in the defense buildup if he treaty is put into effect. But it was Dirksen who gave .he so-called "great debate" its drama. In a frequently impassioned speech, he threw his unqualified support behind ratification with- •eservations or any formal understandings. "We are fully assured of a pro- jram that will keep us strong in he nuclear field and give us the •equisite strength to meet any challenge to our security and our vital interest," Dirksen declared after reading Kennedy's statement to the Senate. However, Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D-Wash., who has indicated doubts about the treaty, said the President's letter "should leave no doubt about (he determination of the President to carry out in good faith the assurances requested by the Senate." Kennedy, in his letter addressed to Dirksen and Sen. Mike Mansfield, the Senate Democratic lead- With Post Office Planned... Says Site Price Hiked er, sought to allay every concern which has been raised about thi :reaty in Senate debate. He gave "unqualified and un equivocal" assurances — whicl Dirksen had asked—that: 1. Underground testing will be pursued "vigorously and diligent y" and strong laboratories main tained in a vigorous program o weapons development. 2. The United States remain: ready to resume atmospheric test ing immediately if the Soviet: should break the treaty. 3. Facilities for the detection o violations will be expanded am improved. 4. The treaty in no way limit: presidential authority to use nu clear weapons "for the defense o the United States and its alliei if a situation should develop re quiring such a grave decision." Too Dim in Bar, Says Liquor Body Candles and kerosene lamps just aren't enough light for a tavern, the City Liquor Commission insisted today when they called owners of Bob and Lee's Tavern, 817 Belle St., on the carpet. Proprietors of the tavern were served this morning with notice to appear at a public hearing at 9 a.m. Saturday in the council chambers. The notice, which alleges improper lighting of the establishment, asks the owners to show cause why their dramshop license should not be revoked or suspended. A policeman serving the notice today noted in his report that the only light in the barroom was from four candles on the bar. Union Electric Co. has hiked he price on its Belle Street prop- irty since the utility learned the U.S. plans to use the site, an Allerman charged at Wednesday's City Council session. final outcome. Roy Geltz, chairman of the ordinance committee, who made he charge, afterward offered a motion to reduce from $20,000 to 110,000, the compensation the city vould ask for vacating W. 8th Street for the new post office site. Geltz explained that the federal government has an assignable option to acquire Union Electric's property at $85,000, but has declined to consider any compensation to the city although the sale is contingent on the street area being included in the acquisition. On the other hand, Geltz said, Union Electric a year ago offered the plant property to the city for $75,000. Under the federal government option the company would get $10,000 more. "It looks to our committee,' said Geltz, "that Union Electric has added $10,000 to its price, expecting to get the street and alleys vacated, yet we cannot sit idly by and see the post office project fail. '$20,000 Too Much' "I am going on record that I will not agree to a giveaway. I don't feel the vacation is worth $20,000, but will not go below the $10,000 figure." Edward P. Foeller, district manager of Union Electric, told the Telegraph today that the price of $75,000 was a figure offered to the City of Alton only. "There were other considerations affecting the price," Foeller said, "such as damage to the building from a sewer break and which the city was to assume, loss in tax payments to the city on the property, in addition to other minor factors." Foeller added that the assessed valuation of the property in 1962 was $92,340. The council was warned at the meeting by H. W. Loch, a post office real estate officer, that any compensation required for vaca- ion of the street would come out of the federal government's pocket. have to be well justified. Any increase thereby on the cost will make the project less palatable o the government — but I am not in a position to predict the The Union Electric site, I understand, is the only site under consideration. Not Buying Site "The post office department is not itself buying the site, just setting up a leasing arrangement. But it needs the street areas asked for vacation. Any compensation for the vacating will just increase the cost to the federal government if the site is taken." Loch added that in most other instances that have come to his attention cities have donated streets or even opened new streets to obtain post office improvements. He emphasized that under the government leasing plans, the properties used for post offices remain on the local tax- rolls. Thus the cities get benefit of taxes they would lose if the government bought the sites. Mayor P. W. Day summed up the situation with a terse state ment, "Union Electric can sell its properties at $85,000 if we donate the street space." The motion to cut the compensation figure to $10.000 was then adopted, 8 to 5. All aldermen were present, except Alderman Barrel Riley. City Council In Brief Contingency The vacation of W. 8th and connecting alleys between Piasa and Belle Streets, in the ordinance introduced at the meeting, was made contingent on compensation being paid to the city by Union Electric, to whom the street space would revert. . Geltz told the council that the $10,000 figure was more in line with what the city should ask in view of the fact that the new post office would be an important force for revitalizing the west end business district. Geltz's motion to amend the vacating ordinance to set the compensation from Union Electric at $10,000, was seconded by Newell Allen, chairman of the real estate committee. It passed 8 to 5. Loch said the government has an option on the Union Electric property, but does not intend to purchase it. It proposes to assign the option to a local corporation from which the government will lease the post office site. "Any compensation for street: and alleys asked by the city will only increase the cost to the posl office department," he said, "and any such compensation woulc Following is a summary of action in the Alton City Council Wednesday. Full stories of the summaries are carried elsewhere in the Telegraph. The. council reduced from ¥20,000 to $10,000 the compensation it would ask for vacating W. 8th Street in the interest of the new post office site. — Page 1 Declined to eliminate a subdivision control provision requiring subdividers within the mile and one-half radius to construct sidewalks. — Page 2 Laid over a decision on disposition of the parking lot at E. 4th and Kidge streets. — Page 3 Upheld the Plan Commission recommendation for rejecting the final plat of the Storeyland subdivision second addition. Adopted resolutions va t cat- ing an alley at Broadway and Main and accepting the preliminary plat of the Lamperts re-subdivision. — Page 2 Filed the telephone franchise ordinance returned by the Plat Commission with no recommen dation. Awarded contracts to Hellrung Construction Co. and Roger J. Au & Son for south- side interceptor sewer work. Awarded the contract for repair of Central Avenue from 1th to Broadway to R & R Construction Co. Approved emergency purchase of an auto for the public works department. Accepted a bid to furnish three 1964 police cars. — Page 2 Authorized the mayor to accomplish demolition of a building at 521 Belle Street by whatever means, after it was reported that no bids ,on the work were received. Mrs. Nhu Sees U. S. Blackmail By BORIS BOSKOVIC BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP Mrs. Ngo Dinh Nhu, black eye flashing, swore today Presiden Ngo Dinh Diem's government i South Viet Nam would never yiel to what she called "perfidious blackmailing attacks." Delegates to the Interparliamen tary Union gave a thunderous ova tion to the powerful controversy first lady of South Viet Nam, wh earlier had told newsmen of a alleged plot she said was directe not only against her family bu also against President Kennedy Wednesday she called the U.i President an appeaser for tryin to find a compromise solution the -Vietnamese crisis. Mrs. Nhu, pretty as a picture in pink was the last speaker at the union's opening meeting. South Viet Nam, she said, has a „ "become an aim of perfidious "perfidious blackmailing attacks." She addressed a blackmailing attacks. But we will Crew Out at Plant TO STAND FIRM Mrs. Ngo Dinh Nhu, first lady of South Viet Nam, today asserted that the Diem regime will not bow to BY JACK BARBAN Telegraph Staff Writer A three-man supervisory staff oday took on the Herculean job of operating the Alton Water Co. in the face of a threat that vater supplies would be cur- ailed "or the plant closed all ogelher." Failure of operating engineers to cross a picket line Wednesday set up by the laborers' union precipitated the emergency. J. W. Lawrence, manager of the company, said he had been instructed to operate as "long as we can"—but if the pickets are not: removed, the service would be curtailed or the plant shut down. "We feel we can hang on another 24 hours," Lawrence said, referring to the emergency crew (he was included) which is manning the plant today. If water service is curtailed, Lawrence said, pressure would drop in the main by 20 pounds and [his would handicap water users in liigh points of Alton, such as Upper Alton and North Alton. In addition, industry would be hit. Lawrence said that the company would stand firm in the face of demands by the laborers' union. The water company manager said that output at the plant would drop from 9.5 million gallons a clay to 8 million gallons. This would cause the drop in water pressure. Customers in the high points of the city would be asked to use water sparingly in such an emergency. meeting at Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Alabama School Boycott Spreading By DON MCKEE Associated Press Staff Writer BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Pupil boycotts protesting integration spread to new schools across Alabama today and disrupted some classes not even desegregated. More than 1,000 boys and girls I pupils back to class, and few of stayed away from West End High them actually left the school. School in Birmingham for the third day in a row, while an estimated 300 walked out at Murphy W. 6th Street pavement. Approved acceptance of an easement from Alton Box Board (or the southside interceptor. Approved installation of parking meters on the svest side of Market Street, between 3rd and 6th, on a 90-day trial basis. — Page 2 Adopted a resolution to reinitiate a project to widen nnd pave Washington Avenue from College to Sulii Street. Granted the Junior Service League a 20-year lease on (he former Illinois Terminal passenger depot. — Page 2 Again laid over the fair employment practices ordinance pending u further check into validity of some of its provisions. Refererd to the mayor and traffic committee for review a proposed removal of traffic sig nals in front of Owens-Illinois— Page 2 Authorized a bid call on t h e Hi S h in Mobile for the first time, chanting anti-Negro yells, Nearly ZQ pupils were arrested at Mobile. Sympathy protests broke out at the still-segregated Ensley and Jones Valley high schools in Birmingham, and a yelling crowd of some 300 teen-agers from the boycotted schools massed in front ofj still another, Phillips High, demanding that pupils there join the walkout. Helmeted police rushed to Phillips and sealed off the block surrounding the school while the youthful demonstrators shouted and waved pro-segregation banners and Confederate flags. Teachers ordered the Phillips The crowd assembled in a park across the street from Phillips, then suddenly dispersed after about 30 minutes, departing in groups. Screaming men and women joined the demonstration as it moved from one section of Birmingham to another. Many of them carried the emblem of the militant pro-segregation National States Rights party. Fedoralixod National Guard troops remained on duty in an armory near the West End school, but did not intervene. never yield before this campaign. "With the aid of friends we will keep our regime, in spite of the war (against the Communist Viet Cong guerrillas), with the war and against the war." She told delegates a democratic revolution has taken place in South Viet Nam and charged: 'The affair of the Buddhists has been exploited by reactionaries and counter revolutionaries." Yugoslav President Tito opened the conference of Parliament members from 61 countries. Mrs. Nhu told newsmen the world press was unfair to her and her country. "The plot, to discredit us is not only against our government but also against President Kennedy," she said, but refused to elaborate. Asked why she believes the press to be unfair to her, she answered furiously: "It's the result of a plot of only six men in Saigon." She refused to name the six. TODAY'S CHUCKLE It's a woman's world. When a man is born, people ask: "How is the mother?" When ho marries, they exclaim: "What H lovely bride!" And when he dies, they inquire: "How much did he leave her?" «£, 1U«3. General 1-eulures Corp.) DATA AT THE DAM 8a.m. temperature Yesterday's today 74 hiRh Sf,'". low 67". River stage below Precipitation dam ;it 8 ;i.m. :).!). Pool 23.•!. 24 hrs. to 8 a.m. 0.31 inches. Boys Slept Through It Two Walls of House Bashed Down By GEORGE LEIGHTY Telegraph Staff Writer "I thought the house had blown up, but the two boys slept right on through it," says Mrs. Jean Lowe, whose Wood River home was bashed-in by an automobile Wednesday night. Mrs. Lowe was the only one of three occupants of the house at 576 Grove St. who heard the crash when an automobile, run ning backward, took two sides off the living room shortly before midnight. Two sons, Floyd Johnson Jr., 1G, and Larry Johnson, 15, students at Wood River High School, didn't hear the impact. "After I got out of bed, thinking the house had exploded, I had a hard time waking them up," Mrs. Lowe said. The 'automobile, occupied by Raymond S. Sullivan, 63, of 654 Kirst St., Wood River knocked two walls off of Mrs. Lowe's living room shortly before midnight- Sullivan, who received a head injury in the accident and is a patient at Wood River Township Hospital, was found by police on the rear seat of the car. The automobile police said, traveled backward a distance of 288 feet after it left Grove street, passing through a small grove oJ trees without hitting any of them, struck the Iwe home and finally stopped against a small tree in Mrs. Lowe's yard. Sullivan told police he was driving on Grove street w hen the car suddenly went into reverse gear and began moving backward. After lie was hospitalized, police charged Sullivan with driv- inf.; while intoxicated and careless driving. Mrs. Lowe was spending today at the home of a Wood River rel alive. "1 had just dozed off when I heard what sounded like an ex plosion and the car lights were shining in my bedroom window, ' Mrs. Lowe said. "There was the shatter o! glass and the firhl thine; I thought of was a gas explosion." Mrs. Luwe said she leaped from her bed and rushed into the bedroom occupied by her sons, only to find them sleeping. SHE WAS SHOOK UP Mrs. Jean Lowe and her two sons through hole made when automobile struck Wood River home Wednesday night. 1 )hed heir No Sleep None of the three men would be able to get any sleep, Lawrence said, if they continued the plan to operate the plant with steam power. "If we could switch to electric power we could spell each other, each taking two hours rest out of every six hours," Lawrence said. However, use of electric power would mean reduction in output at the plant, dropping it l l / 2 million gallons a day. Use of steam, Lawrence explains, requires stoking of boilers and incidental work which takes the time of three men around the clock. Members of the Operating Engineer's Local 41 refused to cross the picket line at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The four engineers on the day shift worked an extra eight hours and then left the pumping station at midnight. Tom Womack, business agent for Local 41, said the engineers were told to go to work, but refused to cross the picket line set up by the laborers. The engineers crossed the picket line at first and then refused to do so Wednesday. Womack pointed out that the engineers arc not on strike as they have a contract with the water company, but if the "individual members refuse to cross the line, there is nothing I can do." The International office of the engineers also urged the men to go to work, but they held firm this morning. A total of 15 engineers are employed at the pumping plant. The 10 members of Local 218 of the Hodcarriers and Laborers union employed by the water company went on strike Monday morning. Sees Danger Of Fires if Water's Cut Reduction of water pressure in Alton mains could seriously handicap firemen in a ma jot- fire, Fire Chief Warren GrabJe told the Telegraph today. It the water company's pumping plant miiilit be forced to shutdown entirely. Crable as- -sertcil. firemen would bo viriti- ally ht'lple.vs in rombalting any but minor blazes. Alton Water Co. officials have i indicated that a continued ! strike at Hie riverfront plant j may invessiiate reduction of i water pressure ur possibly even j force closing of the plant.

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