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Vol. 137, No. 182 © Alton Telegraph Printing Co., 1972 Leaflet doubted as library issue boils Serving Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Greene and Calhoun Counties A "° n ' Illlnols ' Saturday, Angus! 19, 1972 ;, SECTIONS 28 PAGES .EGRAPH Price lOc By DENNIS McMURRAY Telegraph Staff Writer Godfrey Township Supervisor Dale Kennedy is circulating leaflets opposing Godfrey annexation to the Hayner Library district on the grounds that this Tuesday's referendum is unfair because "if Godfrey and Fosterburg turn down this proposition and Alton accepts it, Godfrey and Fosterburg will be in the Library District and will be taxed for it." Hayner head librarian Andrew Stimson, though, 'pointed out this morning that Kennedy's statement was not correct because actually a majority of all votes cast in the referendum, which will be held in Alton, Godfrey, and Fosterburg townships, determines whether Godfrey and Fostorburg is added to the existing Alton district. Kennedy, admited the leaflet Chouteau road boss 'on buying spree' By EARL MAUCKER Telegraph Staff Writer The Chouteau Township road commissioner purchased the bulk of $13,500 worth of equipment only three months after he notified the town hoard that machinery already owned and in use by the township was in good condition, a Telegraph investigation revealed today. Although during recent months there was no money in town funds to pay road and bridge employes, James L. Estes purchased the equip- 1 ment after selling for $700 six pieces of machinery earlier ' declared adequate, the investigation showed. Esles, who is also employed as a Madison County sheriff's deputy, was criticized by the Chouteau Township Board of Trustees during a meeting last week for his action in recent months which has left a trail of unpaid bills created by buying the expensive road equipment when there was no money to meet the payroll because of slow tax payments coming in from Madison county. Estes has also been criticized by some board members for selling equipment at "ridiculously low" price. The machinery which was sold, was advertised for bid and released to the highest bidder, but board officials maintained that he could have rejected the bids and waited for better offers. The equipment sold included a Case tractor for $150; an International Scout Jeep for $55.91 (board members agreed that the Jeep was in ,bad shape), a tandem trailer truck for $151; a 1963 2i,6-ton dump truck for $150; and a Curtis Dynoflow mosquito fogger for $201.50. The fogger was purchased new for $995 and was only used four or five times according to board members. There was also a 1964 Chevrolet tandem dump truck advertised for sale, but there was no record of it being sold. During the meeting last week, board members were curious as to why the equipment was sold in the first place. Chouteau Township supervisor Walter Sparks said it was his belief that the machinery was sold so Estes would have justification to buy the new equipment. "The saddest thing is that he (Estes) just keeps buying this stuff when he knows we don't have the money to pay for it," Sparks said. "It's easy to go buy and let the bills lay ... but they have to be paid sooner or later." On Jan. 8, Estes purchased a 1967 wheel-loader and backhoe for $5,750. On July 1, he bought a tractor sweeper and freight for $1,051 and brushes for $769. On July 15, he purchased "equipment" for $915. On July 20, he bought a tractor mower and truck for $5,000, the investigation .showed. No competitive bids were taken before buying the equipment, but board officials said bids were not required since he was buying used, rather than new, machinery. One month before the bulk of equipment was purchased, June 13, the township board meeting was recessed because, as noted in the township log book, there were (See Page 2, Col. 3) on that point was subject to a dual interpretation still said it was unfair because "an overwhelming affirmative vote - in Alton could very easily override an overwhelming vote of opposition in Godfrey." He added that "If I lived in Alton I'd vote for it because they're (Alton residents) jusj: expanding their tax base." Kennedy also charged that promoters of the library district in Godfrey "make no mention of the tax increase." If Tuesday's referendum passes, Godfrey and Fosterburg residents will pay the same 15 cent levy Alton residents now pay for library service. "A proposition passed by the majority of all. votes cast o n the issue seems democratic to me. Alton residents should have the right to a say on whether others should participate in this service," Stimson also said in response to the Kennedy charge. The Kennedy statement also says that the Jan. 25 election in which voters in the City of Alton approved the creation of the library district "passed by a small margin." in fact, the issue passed on a 1,487 to 1,036 vote. The turnout however, was small, with only about 12 per cent of the eligible voters participating, according to City Cierk Paul Price. Kennedy also states that "there is a strong feeling that if the residents of Godfrey Township want a library, it .can be provided for a lot less" than the 15 cent levy which Godfrey people would pay to Hayner if Tuesday's referendum is approved. Kennedy said that if Tuesday's referendum fails "Godfrey win create its own library for less than the 15 cent levy" Kennedy added that if the referendum passes over the opposition of a majority of Godfrey voters he would ask that the small branch library opened in the Godfrey Town Hall be removed by Sept. 1. A statement by the Greater Alton Area Chamber of Commerce supporting the expanded district contended that "for the same h> vestment, Godfrey residents could not finance any more than minimal service," Stimson said. Stimson said today that (Sec Page 2, Col. 1) Est. Jan. 15, 1836 Cool wave Tummy Sunderland, 10, of Peoria, displays a new way to take a cooling shower with the aid of her shoulder-length hair and water from a park fountain Friday. (AP Wirephoto) Hijacker shot By TOM REEDY "SEATTLE (AP) - A 43- year-Qld objector to the war in Vietnam is under guard in a hospital with bullet wounds in the shoulder and leg inflicted by FBI agents in the climax of an elaborate airliner hijack. Before it ended, the skyjacking covered 12 hours and more than 800 miles—from Reno. Nev., to Vancouver, B.C., and back to Seattle. Authorities identified the wounded man as Frank Markoe Sibley of Stateline, Nev.. and said he would be charged with air piracy. S i b 1 e y ' s wounds were described as serious but not critical. Sibley was shot in the hijacked United Air Line Boeing 727 late Friday night after his demand for 15 gold bars worth $15,000 had been met in Vancouver and $2 million in cash was delivered to him in Seattle. Two FBI agents boarded the hijacked plane under the guise of airline employes after the sky pirate insisted on new crewmen. While the ageitts were for- klifted aboard the 727 seminude to prove they were unarmed, other FBI men prodded a gun on a pole into the cabin. With that weapon, the FBI agents confronted the Man badly burned in Bethaltofire $2 million By BILL McFAIHN Telegraph Staff Writer A n early-morning fire touched off by mechanics working on a late-model car in a Bethalto filling station destroyed the station and sent the station manager to the hospital with second and third degree burns. Joe Meisenheimer, 1480 Williams St., Wood River, manager of the Arco Service Station, Rte. 140 at South Prairie, was taken to Alton Memorial Hospital and then transferred to St. John's Hospital in St. Louis County because of the seriousness of his injuries. When firemen arrived, Meisenheimer was lying in a grassy area away from the station with his clothes burned off. The station manager and another employe, Kenny Sadler, were working on the car when the fire started at about 6:45 a.m. Fire Chief Bill Kingering of the Belhalto Fire Department, told the T e 1 e g r a p h Meisenheimer said gasoline ignited while the men were working, setting off the fire. Sadler, 17, of 415 Stanley Rd., Cottage Hills, told police that he and Meisenheimer were draining the gas tank on the car which they were repairing and sweeping the gas out when it ignited. Both started to run but Meisenheimer slipped and Icll, and (he fire enveloped him. With Sadler's help he managed to get away from the flames and then the younger man rolled him in the grass to put out his blazing clothes. Ringering said no full report on the fire's cause would be available until he was able to talk at length with the men. He said the fire department fought the fire for about 90 minutes before bringing it under control although firemen and nolice were still at the scene .soaking the smoking rubble three hours after the fire call. A witness said the car, which svas the only one in the station at the time, was u 1971 or '72 Ford. It was burned beyond recognition. Firemen battle Bethalto fitting station Sin in securities vanishes MILWAUKEE (AP) About §2 million in securities vanished mysteriously from a Brinks Inc. shipment between Chicago and Milwaukee and may have been stolen, the FBI reported Friday. A Chicago spokesman for Brink's said it was assumed a theft occurred in a North Central airliner's baggage compartment during a half- hour trip from Chicago's O-IIare Field to Milwaukee's Mitchell Field early Thw- sclav. The spokesman, Frank E. Wells, said the securities were fully insured, and that stop- payment orders were issued to frustrate any attempt to cash an estimated $1 million portion which was negotiable. The FBI said it wis questioning crewmen who were aboard North Central's flight No. 072. and were trying to locate passengers for questioning. The missing packages were among about 60 items in two large pouches loaded aboard the plane by Brink's personnel at O'llare. Offi-iab said a Brink's courier accompanied the flight. When Hie pouches were unloaded at Mitchell Field nilo a Brink's armored van, it was noticed pouch seals had b<vn broken and new ones attached. "The obvious conclusion is thai the theft was made ui flight, either by someone hiding in the baggage compartment or by a hijacker in the cockpit as he held an army-type carbine on the airliner's pilot, the FBI said. An FBI spokesman said about five shots were fired, two of them striking Sibley. The FBI said Sibley tried to resist after he was hit by drawing a knife but was wrestled out of the plane and to the ground where he was overpowered. The drama started in Reno early Friday. The hijacker pedaled a bicycle through a hole in a fence and up to the 727, which was preparing to leave for San Francisco with 52 passengers. He was holding a rifle and wearing a ski-mask. A passenger ran into the terminal to report it. Passengers and stewardesse in the plant were hustled out. With the hijacker, his bicycle and a crew of three aboard, the aircraft took off for Vancouver, B.C. The man insisted on §2 million in cash, 15 gold bars, pistols, submachine guns and other weapons, a flashlight, pep pills and a monitoring radio. Over Vancouver, the man talked to Radio Station CJOR for ten minutes. He said the liijack was a protest against the war in Vietnam, that the money would be used to aid crippled Vietnamese children and that he represented a paramilitary organization dedicated to slopping the war. Reds cut roads going to Saigon By GEORGE ESPER SAIGON (AP) - North Vietnamese and Viet Cong attacks closed two major highways leading into Saigon from the east and south and created huge traffic jams today. A third main road north of the capital was cut anew. Hundreds of government reinforcements were trying lo reopen the roads. Meanwhile, a new drive was launched by thousands of South Vietnamese infantrymen east of An Loc aimed at regaining control of the old U.S. base in the Quan Loi rubber plantation 60 miles north of Saigon. Initial reports said 39 North Vietnamese troops were killed as South Vietnamese columns moved toward Quan Loi from three sides. Nine government soldiers were killed and /.Q were wounded, field reports said. U.S. B52 bombers were backing the Quan Loi operation as well as South Vietnamese forces operating on every other front. On the far northern front, waves of the big bombers pounded North Vietnamese troop concentrations within six miles of the old imperial capital of Hue. Fourteen artillery shells hit the city today, damaging eight houses and wounding two civilians, Associated Press correspondent Michael Putzel reported. Over North Vietnam, American fighter-bombers launched more than 250 air strikes Friday, the U.S. Command said, -hitting supply routes, highways, bridges, supply trucks, water supply craft and fuel depots. In a delayed report, the command announced that a carrierbased Navy A7 was shot down by a surface to' air missile 29 miles southwest of Haiphong on Thursday. The pilot was reported missing. Highway 1 was closed about 25 miles east of Saigon. Hundreds of South Vietnamese reinforcements, backed by fighter-bombers, swept hub the region in an attempt >o root out the enemy forces. In the northern Mekong Delta, fighting was reported" about 1,000 yards off Highway 4 some 60 miles southwest of Saigon. Associated Press Correspondent Dennis Neeld reported from Highway 13 north of Saigon that the road was closed for the third day just north of Lai Khe, about 35 miles from Saigon. Neeld said North Vietnamese forces, estimated at 200 men, were entrenched in bunkers along the roadside about 50 yards off the highway. South Vietnamese Rangers maneuvering nearby were being pounded by artillery. Low clouds prevented air strikes this morning. Kissinger reports to Nixon tonight THURMONT, Md. (AP) President Nixon receives a report from Henry Kissinger tonight on the foreign affairs adviser's quick around-the- world trip, a journey which kindled speculation about possible movement in the Vietnam peace talks. The White House said Kissinger would fly to the Camp David presidential retreat for the dinner meeting with Nixon and Secretary of State William P. Rogers following his late afternoon return to the United States from the Paris-to-Saigon-to- Tokyo trip. In Saigon, Nixon's assistant for national security affairs met for six hours with South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu. What they discussed was not disclosed, but their meetings came after Kissinger held another of his secret talks in Paris with North Vietnamese Politburo member Le Due Tho. After leaving Saigon, Kissinger stopped in Tokyo to iron out arrangements for Nixon's Aug. 31-Sept. 1 summit in Hawaii with Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka. While Nixon was awaiting Kissinger's return, he worked in the seclusion of the Catoctin Mountain compound on the acceptance speech he will give next Wednesday aftert he Republican National Convention nominates him for a second term. In Washington, the White House fueled lingering debate over an allegedly missed chance for peace with a new attack Friday on Democratic vice presidential nominee Sargent Shriver. Communications Director Herbert G. Klein issued a 13- page report which he said was compiled from files of the State and Defense departments and the National Security Council. McGovern sees himself i as dart board for GOP By LEE BYRD WASHINGTON (AP) George McGovern says he's becoming something of a dartboard for a cadre of Nixon administration lieutenants while the President "pretends that he doesn't even know about there being an election going on." "You know, they're shooting at me from all sides," the Democratic presidential nominee said in an interview Friday after a swing through the "'Hvoct. The White House, McGovern said, "has about 15 people taking potshots at me." McGovern agreed that his own rhetoric has taken on a sharp edge as wen. but said Inside Editorial . . . . A-4 Alton's city-township status. River rafts . . . A-3 Youth play the Huck Finn role. DEAD A-2 West Alton baby dead in trash. Sports B-l Durham's one-man gang. Faniil.v .... A-12 Area wedding ceremonies. Church Pane . . . A-io Speaker loves Holy Land. Harris ..... B-8 Public reaction to Dem reforms. Roche A-5 Political prisoners in Prague. Weather .... B-8 Warm Sunday; Low 75, H'.«h 98. Television . Comics . Obituaries , Classified Amusements B-3 h-4 B-5 68 "I'm not asking other people to do it for me." "One day it's the President's press secretary, the next day it's the secretary of defense or the secretary of state, "the senator said. "I think their strategyy is to keep about 15 people taking potshots at me from various angles at one time, while the President pretends that he doesn't even know about there being an election going on." "But we'll smoke him out eventually," said McGovern, adding he still has hopes that Nixon would agree to a series of face-to-face debates in September and October. McGovern conceded that his tour of Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin was "a week of ups and downs." He was to spend the weekend at home before breaking precedent and heading" out again next week during the GOP National Convention. His organization, he said, "is going through a kind of shakedown cruise, where the campaign is. moving from the type of thing we did in the primaries to the much more difficult question of dealing with 50 states simultaneously." Among the lessons learned, he said, was that "we have to be more cautious about public statements. And we're going to have to tighten up our communications within the campaign." Electric rate battle set up by lawyers for aged poor By ANDi: YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer Legal aid lawyers in Alton and East St. Louis will begin a grassroots battle for the poor aim elderly against •'inflationary and discriminatory" rate increases proposed by Union Electric and Illinois Power Co., the Telegraph was told tuday. "We are going to muster a strong legal fight against these rale increases which will cause a severe hardship and crisis for pour and elderly families in Si. (.'lair and Madison Counties," Julian Carey, a Legal Aid lawyer lold the Telegraph, "it's almost an annual occurrence for Hie.se ulililies id come back to the trough for more money." Illinois Power has petitioned t h e Illinois Commerce Commission for a 15 per cent rate increase on customer's bills and Union Electric is seeking a 25 per cent rate increase that would provide additional annual revenue of JjilU.4 million The Alton Legal assistance office will lile a petition this week un behalf of Alton area elder! lo protest proposed :'f> per fen! rule hike and any changes in deposit lees, Robert Larson of the Alton legal aid office lold the Telegraph Friday. Likewise, in St. Clair County, the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, inc. hus already filed petitions on behalf of St. Clair and Madison County welfare recipients and elderly families in opposit.on to the moves by Union Electric and Illinois Power to raise customer's monthly bills, Carey said. Carey, a legal aid intern, is one of the lawyers who is preparing a voluminous case file and mustering witnesses to testify at hearings against the rate increases. "If these rate increases are approved by Hie ICC. ihe\ will impose an undue financial burden and create serious hardships on the poor and eklvrly v.lu> are living on fixed incomes," Carey told the Telegraph. "It" will economicallv ue.-lrov MJIIIC pcor families in East St. Louis." Carey was critical of elected officials in St. Clair and Madison Counties for their failure to intervene on behalf of their citizens against the utilities request for "inflationary" rate increases. "It's disappointing that some elected officials are so complacent that they fail to protect their citi/ens from these rale hikes." Carey said. UE President Charles .1 Dougheru .-aid lhal the proposed higher rales on customer'.', bills are necessary because n|' continuing Increases in tuel and labor costs, m'cicst pauncnt.i and other exiT.-e^

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