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Alton Evening Telegraph Saturday, August 10, 1972 Tavern-related stabbings, beatings reported River liie Paul Birdsall and of Pennsylvania, on Mike McLean, boflt a raft near Alton Dam on their way New Orleans, La. from Minnesota to Another 'Huck Finn 9 floats by By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph Staff Writer Another Huck Finn type raft went through Locks and Dam 26 at Alton this week, giving evidence that Mark Twain's "Life on the Mississippi" is old but not forgotten — nor are the adventures of Tom and Huck. One of the raftsmen , who floated by this past Tuesday, Paul Birdsall, a recent college graduate from northern Pennsylvania, said he's read Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" six times, and the novel helped convince him to someday emulate Huck's adventures down the Mississippi on a raft. In Twain's novel, Huck runs Into trouble on shore where he comes in contact with men and civilization. To Huck Finn, the river represents Nature and Good. But, Birdsall and his traveling companion, Mike McLaen, also from Pennsylvania have found things different than Huck Finn did. Birdsall said people both on and off shore have been helpful and friendly along the way. In this way, they are similar to most other raft- smen who have passed through Alton on their way south. Birdsall said they've met several other raft parties, on their down river .trip from Brainerd, Minn., about 100 miles south of the Mississippi's source. Another youthful raftsman, who happened to be around when Birdsall and McLaen went throught the locks, said he had also noticed several other youths Huck Finning it down the river. Birdsall and McLaen have followed a pattern similar to others. They've drifted south during the day and camp out along shore or pull behind an island and sleep on their raft at night. They've existed on very little money and oftep get handouts from the people they meet. For entertainment, they swim or read books. They met and befriended boaters and bargemen along the way. Like many of these young adventurers, they are headed for New Orleans and hope to find work when they get there. , One raftsman, who was drydocked in Alton after his vessel sprang a leak north of here, said the growing fad is linked to a youthful desire to get away from the establishment and to find self identity. The long days and nights of solitude on the river help provide an atmosphere in which to hash out problems facing young men about to set out in life, he said. Two stabbings and several beatings were reported to police last night, including one incident where an Alton man suffered multiple stab wounds after he was robbed in front of an Alton tavern. Injured was Roger Dan-, Fire department at Cottage Hills to stage dance The Cottage Hills Fire Department will sponsor a dance at 8 p.m. today at the Cottage Hills VFW 'post in celebration of the fire department's 25th anniversary. Funds received from the dance will be used to purchase ' emergency fire equipment. Country-Western music will be featured at the dance. 5011 Staten Drive, who was attacked by about eight men in front of the iflth and Belle tavern while searching for a friend, police said. Darr told police he went to the tavern to find his friend when the eight men walked up to his auto and asked him if he had any money. When he told them he only had $1, several men grabbed him. Darr told police that one of the men used what he believed to be a broken bottle and began cutting him while another man ripped his wallet from his trousers. Darr was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Alton where ne was treated for wounds to his arms, hands, throat and face. In another stabbing incident early today, Betty Mason of 8 W. 9th St., Alton, told police she stabbed a man who was staying with her after the man had beaten her and knocked her down some stairs. Miss Mason told police she stabbed Allen Johnson, of the same address, in the left side with a kitchen knife after the argument, and fled. The extent of the injury was unknown, police said. Miss Mason signed a complaint of assault and battery against Johnson. Two Altnn men were charged with assault and battery early today following the boating of Frederick Kortkamp of 628 Elfgen, Alton. Charged were Joseph W. Her, 23, nf 1530 E. 4th St., and William E. Anderson, 40, Of 032 Klf»cn. Kortkamp told police he was "having trouble" with the two men earlier in the evening. He said he was walking on Pearl Street near Brown, when the two men spotted him and followed him into a tavern where he was attacked. Her and Anderson were spotted a short time after the beating and arrested. Anderson was additionally charged with intoxication, police said. Kortkamp was not seriously injured. In other police action, Ronald Wright, 25, of Sawyerville, was charged with intoxication and disorderly conduct Friday night following an argument with his wife at. the Chart-on! House Lounge, 654 E. Broadway in Alton. Wright's wife, Donna, (old police that hor husband assaulted her while in the lounge. She sigjitrl a complaint, oi assault and battery against her husband. He was lodged in the Alton jail following the disturbance. COMING SOON Madison County Deputy Sheriff's Assn. SHERIFF'S DANCE Back By Popular Demand Cristy Lane Dec. 15-CollinsvUlePark Dec. 16 - American Legion, Venice Dec. 17 • Lindendale Park Ballroom for vunr )ir]|>'l<i*l yr. W«- «r« calling tin local business proplt- for nils in our program and (ickrt* to our donrcs. FinxU ra'iM-d will !>»• used for youth project-, food ba»kc(*. liiiii(lii-ii|)pr(l people. uMdei-privi- leueil ehildreu and families, clc. Your liclp in making this fine |>roi>riim a >nrrr-« is sincerely appreciated l»y MtulMin Oiiinlv IV-puly Sheriffs' Awn. I'hone JCPennev Eastgote Plaza OPEN SUNDAY 12:30 TO 5:30 P.M. on the theory that a family who shops together saves together. A DISCOUNT OERARXIVIEIMT 8TOF1E8 i Failure to yield charged in two-car Alton crash A 67-year-old Alton woman was charged with failure to yield Friday afternoon, following a two-car collision on Rock Spring Drive at Brown street. Police said Vivian Gray, of 901 Washington Ave., was southbound on Rock Spring Drive and attempted a left turn onto Brown when she Shopkeeper's cash register looted of $80 Two men kept an Alton shopkeeper busy in the rear of his store filling out job applications Friday while a companion remained in the front of the shop and allegedly stole $80 from a cash register, police said today. James Zito, owner of Alton Seat Cover, 560 E. Broadway, told police the three men entered the store and two of the men came to the back shop to inquire about applying for a job. Zito said while talking to the two men, a third man stayed in front of the store. Shortly after the three men left, Zito noticed that the cash register had been emptied and he notified police. In other police action, thieves netted a quanity of household items from the home of Ronald Slranton of 1253 Yeakel St., Alton, during a burglary reported Friday night. Police said the home was entered breaking a hasp on the front door of the house. Items taken include a portable television, a portable telephone, a box of dishes, a box of pots and pans and a portable broiler. Stranton told police he was moving to Alton from East St. Louis, adding that he did not have an opportunity to properly secure the house. In another house burglary Friday, $280 in cash and five stereo tapes were stolen from the home of Robert Oiler, 3868 Western Ave., Alton. Police said the thieves entered the home through a basement window while Oiler was at work. Correction The Wilsonville Firemen's 28th annual homecoming celebration will be held Aug. 25, 26 and 27 at the Shady Oak Park on Rte. 138. The Telegraph incorrectly published thai the celebration would be held this weekend. collided with an auto driven by Wesley W. Emde, 58 of 536 Park Drive, Bethalto. No injuries were reported. In another auto accident Friday, William L. Choate, 28, of 1720 Belle St., Alton, was charged with improper backing after his auto slammed into a car, parked on Highland Avenue, between Silver and Gold streets. Police said Choate was backing at a high speed when he slammed into the parked car, owned by William Moore of 2640 Moore St., Alton. There were no injuries in the accident, police said. 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