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Inside EDITORIAL .... PAGE 4 FAMILY PAGE 8 SPORTS PAGE 11 TELEVISION PAGE 14 COMICS PAGE 14 CLASSIFIED PAGE 15 OBITUARY PAGE 15 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years SHOWERS SUNDAY Low 55, High 80 (Complete Weather, Page 3) Established January 15, 1836. Vol. CXXVIII, No. 206 ALTON, ILL., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1963 18 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press. FISHING FOR FOOD, NOT FUN While Keeping Water Flowing. They're Living in Picnic Style By JIM KULI* Telegraph Staff Writer In a picnic - like atmosphere, the three supervisors operating Alton Water Co.'s pumping plant feel they can keep going "indefinitely." Company manager J. W. Lawrence, chemist Dean Conrad, and chief engineer Milton Bumbacher have been operating the plant since midnight Wednesday. They have been living in the building since 4 p.m. Wednesday, though they are free to come and go as they wish. However, other than Lawrence —who went home for a half-hour once to get some clothes — the three have not been out of the plant since they took over. They sleep on G. I. cots, taking turns while one is on duty feeding chemicals to the water and checking bearings and motors. In good spirits, the three supervisors have a large supply — and a big variety — of groceries. They cook their food on electric skillets in the laboratory and their diet includes the normal range of food, from cereal and eggs in the morning to fried chicken for lunch. Conk, Washer, Katcr Bumbacher is acting as cook, while Conrad is dishwasher, but Lawrence said "I just cat." Today, the three began fishing in the river from the wall of one of the huge basins, since Bumbacher said "we might as well catch us a mess of fresh fish." All three keep neat and shave daily. A shower is available. Ivirh man, when on duty, is taking the place of three men — fireman, engineer and softening plant operator — who normally run the place on each shift. Lawrence said the work was made easier when they switched the plant from steam power to electric. The two huge ste;im boilers must have the ashes cleaned out and the fires rebuilt every four hours, he pointed out, and this would have been too two much for them to handle. "After all, we haven't done any work like that for 20 years," he said. Pressure Normal The plant is humming 2<1 hours a day', Bumbacher said, and water pressure is being maintained at normal. A constant watch over the equipment is kept by at least one of the supervisors. "It pets awful quiet around here about 2 o'clock in the morning when the other two arc sleeping." Bumbacher said. There are plenty of chemicals on hand, Conrad said. Chemic .ils used include lime for softening of the water and chlorine and aluminum stilfnte for purification. A stale health department official is in contact with Lawrence by phone, keeping a check on the plant's operation for public health reasons. Both Lawrence and Bumbacher call their wives a couple of times a day to reassure them that they are not burning the toast or leaving the dishes unwashed, they said. Milton Bumbacher, chief engineer for Alton Water in the struck Alton Water Co. plant. — Photos company, casts a line out into the Mississippi in an at- Robert Graul, Telegraph staff photographer, tempt to vary the diet of himself and two companions ^ To Keep Water Plant in Supplies 4 at All Costs' CHIEF ENGINEER IS CHIEF COOK Chief engineer Bumbacher turned out to be chief cook also, when he and manager, J. W. Lawrence, and chemist Dean Conrad remained in the water company plant operating it after laborers and engineers walked out. WAKES UP TO COFFEE Conrad pours a cup of coffee for Lawrence as an eye-opener after Lawrence bad a nap on a cot in the water company laboratory. The men take turns sleeping and operating the plant machinery. Mrs. Nhu Says Aid Cut Wrong BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) — Mrs. Ngo Dinh Nhu turned from smiles to tears at a news conference today while talking about reports that the United States might cut off aid to South Viet Nam. "You have no right to drop it," she said looking at American reporters. "You will lose the confidence of the world." She said she believed South Viet Nam, troubled by a Communist guerrilla war and a Buddhist religious crisis, would welcome a U.N. inquiry into the latter. But she said she doubted the U.N. membership would approve of one. The question of a U.S. inquiry was raised at the 61-man Inter- parliamentary Union Conference Friday by the delegate from Ceylon. He asked if South Viet Nam would permit the investigation. Mrs, Nhu was not permitted to answer from the floor, because of conference rules. But she told the news conference the government of her brother-in-law, President Ngo Dinh Diem no doubt would accept an investigation. "I think it would be good," she said. "Viet Nam has nothing to hide. To the contrary, it is in the interest of Viet Nam to show." Discussing this, Mrs. Nhu was all smiles. But when the topic of U.S. aid came up she was overcome by emotion. Tears began to well up in her eyes when she said that she had heard reports that the United States might cut off. aid to her southeas Asian country. "Just now when victory is so near, these voices increase," she said. Rep. Frank Church, D-Idaho, introduced a resolution in Washington Thursday calling for the halt of all U.S. aid to South Viet Nam. Democrat-News At Jerseyville In Receivership JERSEYVILLE —The 100-year- old Jersey County Democrat- News has been placed in the hands of a receiver following the filing of a petition in Federal Court in Springfield Thursday, it was announced today. Attorney John F. Gibbons as appointed receiver by Referee Basil Coutrakon Friday and furnished bond in the amount of $10,000. Gibbons told the Telegraph today that the petition was filed in order to reorganize the corporation, which has been headed by James L. McLaren of Jerseyville. Miss Utha Draper will remain with the newspaper as editor, Gibbons said, and she will become the temporary publisher. McLaren will no longer be associated with the corporation, Gibbons added. The Democrat-News, which was established in 1863, is one of the most modern weekly newspapers in the state and has a circulation of nearly 4,000. Mansfield Wants More Pact Sessions By ERNEST B. VACCAEO WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate debate on the limited nuclear test ban treaty may extend into a third week, Sen. Mike Mansfield said today. He called for "early and late" sessions to move it toward a vote. The Senate Democratic leader told newsmen he would prefer to have the ratification vote by next weekend but "if need be we will continue early i|fld late sessions into the third week, including Saturdays." The first early session will be Monday after the Senate returns from a weekend off. The Republican and Democratic leadership had tried to speed things along by asking the Senate for unanimous consent to move from debate on the treaty itself to the resolution of ratification. But Sen. Strom Thurmond, D- S.C., who opposes the treaty, blocked the move by refusing his consent. Now that the first week of debate is completed, treaty supporters have counted heads and believe they have a minimum of 80 votes, far more than the two- thirds necessary for ratification— 67 if all 100 senators vote. During the so-called great debate, proponents generally have praised the pact as a "first step" and a "ray of light." Opponents, while conceding they have little chance of defeating it, have called for reservations to the ratification. Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., and Sen. Jack Miller, R-Iowa, contended today a Soviet follow- up on the treaty could influence the 1964 election one way or the other. Appearing on a taped radio television program, Miller, who is on the doubtful list, said that if the Russians offer some second- step agreement toward world peace after the treaty's ratification, it might help re-elect President Kennedy. On the other hand, he said, if the Russians violate the pact, they might influence the voters to elect a Republican. Goldwater, regarded as one of the contenders for the GOP presidential nomination and an avowed opponent of the treaty, told Miller, "I couldn't agree with you more." But he declared the treaty "is entirely in favor of Mr. Khrushchev — Mr. Khrushchev holds the club." Friday's Senate debate was highlighted by speeches by two key members of the Senate Preparedness subcommittee, one for and the other against the ratification of the treaty which would bar all nuclear tests except underground. Sen. John Stennis, D-Miss., the subcommittee chairman, asked its rejection as "a gigantic game of Russian roulette" and a possible "pact of national suicide." He said the Russians may leapfrog ahead of the United States in nu clear weapons under its terms. TODAY'S CHUCKLE Diamond cutter: a man who cares for the grounds at a baseball park. «D 1963, General Features Corp.) One of Most Violent Hearings Finished On Un-Americanism By GEOFFREY GOULD WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the most violent episodes in the controversial history of the House Committee on Un-American Activities has ended. A beatnik-tinged tide of students and their followers has decamped from Congress after two days of hearings on a trip which 59 of their number made to Cuba tliis summer despite a State Department ban. Time and again, outbursts of applause and shouts of "tyranny 1 caused scores of policemen to swoop down and wrestle them out of the Old House Office building Brutality Each time they landed on the sidewalk they cried out against "police brutaJity." There was no doubt the cops did not treat them gently. Many wore beards, denim work shirts, blue jeans and sandals. The most serious outbreak came Friday. Kathy Prensky was asked if she was a member of a Progressive Labor Student Club, which the committee called a Commu- nist splinter group. Her voice trembling with emotion, she said: "Yes, because I believe socialism is the way to end racism and under socialism we can have congressmen who are truly representative and who are not elected because Negroes are not allowed to vote. ..." Typhoon Death Toll Now 176 TAIPEI (AP)-The death count from typhoon Gloria mounted to 172 today amid fears the number will climb still higher as reports are received from isolated regions of Formosa. Damage caused by the typhoon, which lashed this island with winds of more than 100 miles per hour Wednesday, is expected to run into millions of dollars. A sharp outburst of applause greeted this sally. Police began grabbing the loud est clappers and hustling them toward the door. "Leave them alone," cried others. "Tyranny!" someone shouted over and over. •Down with HUAC' "Down with HUAC! Down with HUAC!" cried a youth as he was marched to the door—'HUAC' re ferring to House Un-American Activities Committee. Several girls squirmed out o: the grasp of the police and slumped to the floor; they startec screaming outside as they were propelled down the stairs. At least 13 persons were rushec out of the building and tossed down the front steps of the build ing, which is across Independence Avenue from the capital. Through it all the chairman Rep. Edwin Willis, D-La., banged his gavel and called on police to remove the noisiest applauders DATA AT THE DAM 8a.m. temperature Yesterday's today 51°. high 69°, low 52°. River stage below Precipitation dam at 8 a.m. 24 hrs, to 8 a.m. 3.3. Pool 23.4. None. A Very Popular Guy Mousketeer Chief Performs For Kids in Visit to Area By GEOItGE LEIGHTY Telegraph Staff Writer Long-hair music lovers have Beethoven, Bach and Brahms, but American kids have millions of mouse ears and a fellow named Jimmie Dodd, composer of the song, "Mickey Mouse." Dodd, the "chief Mousketeer" of television fame, played to huge audiences of juvenile music lovers at supermarkets in the Alton area Friday. Many adults showed up, which led Dodd to remark, "That figures." Dodd has no ironclad evidence as to the extent of membership in the Mickey Mouse Club, a loose organization made up of "Mousketeers" throughout the nation—but his following could doubtless swing the next presidential election if all the members could vote. He estimated that a million pairs of mouse ears, a headpiece consisting of a black beanie with ears appended, are sold in the United State.s annually. Other gadgets are connected with "membership," but ownership ol' these is not required. Any fan is a member, Dodd said. "I've had big league baseball players and even statesmen chase me for my autograph," he said at Alton Catholic Children's Honie, where all hands, including the superior, Sister Mary Elizabeth, confessed to being "Mousketeers." Dodd has played numerous movie roles, usually a sailor, has worked the night club circuit, but has been "the chief Mous- keteer" since 1955. "You have to love children and it doesn't get old," says Dodd, who is experiencing a resurgence of fame because the original Mickey Mouse Club, televised nationally between 1955 and_l ( J59, is being reissued to individual stations and sponsors. His appearances in Alton and vicinity were .sponsored by a super market chain. State's Action Pleded MOUSKETEERS ALL Tot at Catholic Children's Home slum's center of stage with songster Jimmie Dodd, "chief Mousketeer" of the Mickey Mouse Club. By JACK BAKBAN Telegraph Staff Writer Chemicals to purify Alton's water will be kept in supply at the strikebound Alton Water Co. pumping plant at all costs, an Illinois official promised today. Dr. Frank Yoder, state public lealth director, said, "The state s ready to step into the situation in the event the water supply to the city is threatened in any way." Dr. Yoder conferred today with Clarence Klassen, chief sanitary engineer of Illinois, and Virden Randolph, assistant chief of the sanitary engineering division. Klassen, who has been with the state for 38 years, told the Telegraph the Alton strike is the first he has seen against a water company in Illinois, although several have been threatened. At present, there are no plans for the state to send a representative to Alton, but officials are keeping in touch wtih J. W. Lawrence, manager of the water company, who is working inside the plant. Lawrence said everything is normal at the plant and the three supervisory employes are able to maintain the pressure in Jie mains. Enough chemicals are on hand :or another month, but the state las assured Lawrence that, if any supplies are needed, they will be iurnished, even if stern measures must be taken. A rumor persisted today that nembers of Local 41 of the Op- rating Engineers would meet Sunday night with an international officer of their union. It is reported that 15 operating ngineers, who arc employes of he water company and had been lonoring the laborer's picket line, ire interested in reviewing the •onditions that precipitated the ,trike. Meanwhile, a union spokesman answered a statement made Friday by J. T. Wankmuller, a company vice president who arrived in Alton from Richmond, Incl. The spokesman said: "Clothing is being supplied to i workers who do not meet the pub- (lic. Only four of the 2U employes I furnished work clothes meet the ! public while the other Hi who are • employed in the pumping station | only see the public when a con; ducted tour is brought through the plant." j Strike Sturti'd Momlu.v j The six - clay old strike started at 7 a.m. Monday when the 10- cmploye.s of the Laborers and IlodcaiTiers Union, Local 1>18 set | up picket lines. Supervisors took over the running of the pumping plant when j the 15 engineers who are mem: hers of Local 41 of the Operating Kngiiuvrs refused tn cross the 'picket line A'ednesiluj afternoon. , Since midnight of Wednesday j three supervisors have been running the plant. The work crew was bolstered i by another man when vice presi- j ilent Wankmuller entered the plant this morning. Wankimillev said he will stay (Continued uu Page 3 Col. 3) ft

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