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PAGE FOUR ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14,1963 The Blank Page Procedure? can move so fast — or <o Mowly — in a matter <uch as the water company strike, that it's difficult to sit down one afternoon and write a comment that will remain effective till you have read it the evening of the nest day. It is easy to say that the interests of the public must be served and protected in a case like this. That is a foregone conclusion though in some quarters — it's difficult to put the finger where — it may not be taken as seriously as it should be. We believe the prime blame should be pointed to whatever source or sources are responsible for lack of state regulation in a circumstance of this kind — where citizens of a community must wait on tenterhooks for the potential ultimate to occur. Both Sides Have Rights Organized labor cannot be blamed for going ?.s far as the law permits in defense of its rights to obtain a better lot for the men it represents, Neither can management be blamed for protecting its interests — especially when they could involve the rates of water to residents of the community. What we think about... Water Hazard... GAAC Docs...Cuba To have » city water supply threatened by a desire of a few men to have their working clothes paid for and the objection of the company against paying for them does have its humorous aspects. But it's difficult to get a chuckle out with the issue hanging over your head, Even with the state department of health looking squarely down the throat of the threat to public health and safety, ready to step in if need be, the fact remains that the take over may require minutes, even hours. The public has not yet been informed of the chances it would be faced with during this period of shift. We don't think the matter is an effort of the water company to confront the public with its need for higher rates to meet higher expenses. Authorities of the company estimate the clothing matter would cost the company $600 a year. It's the principle of the thing, not the cost, that counts. One of the Few Just about every other detail of public utility operation you can think of is subject to commerce commission supervision, investigation, or intervention. It turns out, however, that there's little law on the books to relieve a threat such as hangs over the city of Alton at the moment. The legislature which is to be elected next fall — and we certainly hope we don't have to pick 177 House members off the ballot because of a breakdown in redistricting — should observe this situation and give it serious consideration. The procedure in such cases should be clearly organized and on the books. It should not have to be improvised, as state health authorities apparently must do in case we meet an emergency here. A Crucial Committee You've been reading a lot in this column the last week about the Greater Alton Assn. of Commerce. That isn't just because we're "hipped" on the GAAC, though we have every right to be. It's because the GAAC has reached a crucial point in its existence, and that could be a crucial point in the welfare of the community, as well. For even if the GAAC should go out of existence, the Alton area would have to conjure up something to take its place in community life and leadership. It was organized originally by people who had been trying to accomplish the things this community needed to have done for it through existing (relatively) splinter organizations, and realized we needed something that could speak for the entire area. No, our comment today is over the fact that a committee has been announced to diagnose this group's difficulties and provide a prescription for its return to full health. Strong Selection The committee headed by Attorney Malcolm Durr has a grave responsibility on its hands — much more important, perhaps, than many of our people in the community realize. We are thankful that President Frank Hollis was able to obtain civic leaders and thinkers of the caliber he did to serve on the committee. All have been deep in community life for some years, have many contacts with others who have, also. They know the needs of the community; how far we are falling short of being able to meet them. We hope these men can bring about a resurgence of the agency that has done so many things — many of them necessarily unsung — so that the commun- ity's life can continue strong, guided with clear and far-seeing minds, and with a strong hand. A Word in Time Rafael Rodriguez may have arrived in this country just in time and with just the right message. He is a fugitive from Castro's (or, more accurately now, Khrushchev's) Cuba who escaped last week in a hijacked navy tender. Emphasizing that Russians had taken over command of Cuba, he added significantly at this time: "Invited foreigners who, with a big show, are shown Castro's Cuba, are kept away from the Cuban people. No contact with them is permitted. The vii- itors are put in the fancy hotels, to which the people have no access. When visiting groups are taken anywhere, the areas visited are first cleared of people. This was the case with the group of American students which visited Cuba recently at Fidel Castro's invitation." Our readers can determine for themselves just how significant were this desperate man's words. We hope those who read the stories of the American student visitors will heed them. PAUL S. COUSLEY, Editor Readers Forum Collie in the Rain 'No Man Can Ignore The Pressures Fve Been Subjected Fall is here again. Folks in town seem to think it's time for the pets to go. So about 1 a.m. into the family car goes the pet for a nice country ride while the tables are asleep. The kids should be told the truth. They should be told the parents took the pet out and blessed some lucky farmer with it. Meanwhile the farmer is aroused from a sound sleep by his watchdogs. He wonders what is happening, out there in the pitch dark to his crops or his animals. (He makes his living from them, you know). Then in the morning there at his doorstep sits this poor mixed-up scared and unwelcome little monster, at his service, wondering if he will get a kick, a gun or a pat. The parents debate whether the children should go near it. To the "donor" the dog may be gentle. But out here it is afraid of everything, liable to do anything. What I am getting at for the benefit of these city slickers is that Madison county has a dog pound. Please use it. We farmers don't come to town and drop our surplus at people's doorsteps. We want a little consideration in return. If you have to part with your pet and it is a good animal, tell Mr. Schmidt at the pound and he will find a good home for it. There is no charge. Today it is raining, and outside there is a beautiful Collie walking the road. I have my choice: Feed it and let is stay, or let it kill my chickens, which it already has started to do. This is the second dog in three weeks. Please have a heart and think of them, too. MRS. HAROLD MENNEMEYER, Bethalto. ED'S. NOTE: And remember the Alton Area Animal Aid Association, too. Brainwashed? Lucy? I wonder how many viewers felt as brainwashed as I did after watching the three-hour spectacle televised by NBC. It surpassed in poor taste the "The Political Obituary of Richard M. Nixon" last Nov. 11, carried by another network. The repetitive one-sided debate did little to help the Negro, and certainly nothing to help smooth the feelings between the races. Let's not forget the march on Washington cost over a half million dollars. The only physical effort they made was to march down Constitution Avenue. If you saw the pictures in the newspapers of the aftermath ol 200,000 demonstrators left in the streets there, you get a pretty good idea of what our country would look like if left under their supervision. Their leaders told them to go back to their homes and demonstrate in the manner they saw fit to get what they want. That they have done this is pretty well evidenced by outbreaks in the South again. The march should prove to them they are free. How far would they have marched in Russia, Poland, or East Germany? The leading comment in o n e Communist newspaper was "How prosperous they look." Martin Luther King said they were given a bad chock which they were going to make good, but he neglected to say you can stop payment on a check if you find you have been sold a bad bill ol goods. The St. Louis banks and clothing firms who refused the CORE'S "quota" demands are to be commended. The quota system as set up by CORE is reminiscent of the old Al Capone days, when they sent their head man to tell you how much to "pay" if you wanted to stay in business and operate safely. Without the pay-off, your business was destroyed. Is this not what is being done today. What can our administration hope to gain by aiding and abetting such practices? LUCY E. HAGAN Wood River Misguided Heart How Mrs. Leighty can feel that a person's desire to live in a neighborhood consisting only of members of his own race is infringing on the rights of another race and label such a desire as being a cousin to "divine rights of royalty" is beyond all comprehension, Negroes want civil rights passed enabling them to live with whites if they so desire, but they want to deny the right of the whites to live away from them. Civil rights laws should be known as civil wrong laws for they are as wrong as the people who believe forced integration is the answer. The civil rights laws are only one more step from the democracy that we are toward the socialistic, classless state we are becoming. Negroes speak of the hundred years of denial of rights. Yet it took the white man hundreds of years to conceive a nation such Today's Prayer Most gracious and loving God, bless teachers everywhere. Fill them with'the spirit of Christ so that in their work patience may be the rule rather than the exception; let enthusiasm prevail in the classroom rather than boredom. Help them to encourage rather than stifle creativity, that minds may be set free rather than captured. When teachers grow weary from the dullness of routine, may they open their minds and hearts to be replenished by Thee, the source of all wisdom and knowledge and love. In Christ's spirit we pray. Amen. —Roland R. De Lapp, Minneapolis, Minn., principal, Anthony Junior High School. UD 1963 by the Division of Christian Education, National Council of the Churches of Christ In the U. S. A.) as this, and as many centuries to achieve the technological level we have today. If the Negroes were to put as much heart into an education for the space age as they do into pointing out segregation in private facilities, then integration xvould take care of itself without sounding the death toll for free enterprise. BARNEY MURRELL 1318 A E. 4th St. Ten Times as Many In your issue of Monday Sept. 9, 1963, on page 17 I would like to call your attention to the article "Graham Ends Record Revival Campaign." In paragraph 4 the article states that there were "12,814 who attended a Jehovah's Witness convention Aug. 2, 1958 in New York's Yankee Stadium." The correct figure is 122,814 inside Yankee Stadium. However, including the 65,755 who were nearing the same program in the neighboring Polo Grounds and an additional 65,353 in overflow tents also hearing the same program, there was a combined attendance for a single religious gathering of 253,922, a figure which, to date, has never been equalled or surpassed by any religious meeting in the U.S. Also the correct date for this convention was Aug. 3, 1958 instead of Aug. 2, 1958 as it appeared in the article. The above figures were taken from the 1959 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses and are official, I was also present personally at this convention. JOHN SHEETS Ministry School Conductor Wood River Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses 158 Thirteenth St. Wood River 50 Years Backward Union men should stop and give serious thought to President Kennedy's and Congress' recent law forcing the railroad unions into compulsory arbitration. This is the first step in forcing the working classes backward 50 years and takes away the one and only right a union man did have. It certainly doesn't seem to be a free country any more when government can tell you what to take and you have no right to refuse. And when a member of a particular craft says this couldn't happen to his union, he's just dreaming. The railroad men said the same thing. I read recently where a fireman saved the life of a small child sitting on the railroad tracks when the engineer could not get stopped in time. That one instance showed how valuable they are, regardless of profits being made. At the next election I hope all union people check to see which of these men in office voted to do away with collective bargaining before they cast their ballots, FRED GARDNER 319 Seventh St. Wood River Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc. Allen-Scott Report Rocky Patman Target? WASHINGTON - The next report on Representative Wright Patman's lengthy investigation of 500 leading tax - exempt foundations is loaded with political dynamite — some of the most explosive aimed squarely at Governor Nelson Rockefeller. It political foes want to use it, the forthcoming study will have a lot of ammunition to pepper the New York aspirant for the GOP presidential nomination. Foremost among Patman's findings is that the 10 Rockefeller foundations made $47,579,471 in tax - free capital gains in the 1962 stock market plunge — one of the severest in history. While individual investors saw more than $10 billion slashed from the value of their holdings, the main Rockefeller Foundation alone netted $47,013,093. The clear inference of the Patman report is that huge stock sales by the Rockefeller and other tax-exempt foundations directly and drastically undermined market values. The study also will show that despite immense disbursements since its founding in 1913, Rockefeller Foundation assets now are many times more than then. "The Rockefeller Foundation," the report states, "had assets of $35,965,384 in the year 1913. By the end of 1960, 48 years later, it had spent $688,674,867, but its assets had pyramided to $536,022,187 (based on market value of securities held on December 31, 1960, wherever available)." Representative Patman, D- Tex., chairman of the Banking & Currency Committee, has been probling foundation affairs for several years. Last year he submitted several voluminous reports making a number of charges. Foremost among them were that many foundations are engaged in monopolistic enterprises, and disregard the laws requiring them to file regular reports. The Big Killing As detailed in the Patman report, the Rockefeller Foundation —controlled by that family — made its big stock market killing in a single unpublicized sale. Following is the report's account: "The largest single transaction is the Rockefeller Foundation's unpublicized sale of 1 million shares of Standard Oil of New Jersey common stock on February 23, 1962, for $52,250,000, showing a capital gain of $47,013,093 Allen Total stock sales of the Foundation were $52,250,000 and stock purchases were $23,379,606 during the seven-month period. "Also during May 16-21, 1962, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund sold 20,000 shares of the same stock for $1,063,170, showing a profit of $315,551. Additionally, eight other organizations — of the 38 — including six Rockefeller- controlled foundations, sold 22,446 shares of Standard Oil of New Jersey for $1,201,813, showing a capital gain of $486,906." "At the close of 1960," continues the report, "seven Rockefeller-controlled foundations owned 7,891,567 shares of common stock of Standard Oil of New Jersey with a market value of $324,946,110. The same seven foundations owned 602,127 shares of the common stock of Socony 'Mobil Oil Company with a market value of $23,610,770." The Rockefeller Foundation is the second largest in the U.S., with assets of $536 million as of 1960. Biggest foundation is Ford with $2 billion. Third largest is Duke with $465 million, and Carnegie fourth with $258 million. (© 1963, The Hall Syndicate, Inc.) Drew Pearson Is Diem Worse Than The Borgias? WASHINGTON — When Sen. Frank Church, the young Idaho Democrat, put the State Department on the spot at a closed-door hearing regarding its vacillating policy toward South Viet Nam, he knew first hand what he was talking about. Church made a memorable trip to Saigon one year ago with Senators Gale McGee, Wyo.. and Ted Moss, Utah, also Democrats. They arrived in Saigon one day early. If they had arrived on time they would not have seen so much. But arriving as they did, they were shunted to one side by the police to make way for President Diem. "The entire population was pushed to one side," Church reported to other senators, "some of them had to retreat half a block back from the main street. "Then a motorcycle escort came charging down the street at 60 miles an hour in front of the president. I have seldom seen so many troops lining a street. In 10 minutes Diem got through the heart of the city — a trip which should have taken 30 minutes. That is how he deals with his citizens." Later, the three senators found that the president of South Viet Nam treated U.S. senators with almost equal contempt even though these senators have to vote the millions of foreign aid which pay for Diem's troops, his motorcycles and his limousine. Diem gave the three senators a 30 minute audience during which he lectured for 30 minutes. It was a monologue. They were not permitted to ask questions. At the conclusion, Ambassador Frederick Nolting was permitted to ask one question. That was all. During an American Embassy party, Sen. Church told guests about the wild ride through the center of the city. "Oh," remarked one U.S. diplomat, "that's the way of life around here." Curbing A Mundurfn The same Sen. Church was listening to the testimony of Assistant Secretary of State Roger Hi Ismail before a closed door meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Far Eastern Affairs. Hilsman gave rather a placid explanation of the State Department predicament in South Viet Nam. When he finished Church asked in acid tones: "What are you going to do about this mandarin? There has been nothing like him since the Borgias. "This self-immolation by Buddhist priests has shocked the entire Christian world. No matter how we may look at it here, it puts us on the side of religious repression, a position which I know is not that of the American people." At this. Assistant Secretary Hilsman lost his complacency. "I agree," he interrupted. He even agreed that it might be a good thing for the Senate to adopt a resolution threatening to cut off aid to President Diem and his high-handed brother and sister- in-law. Sen. Church has now done so. One of the first to join him was Sen. Frank Carlson, Kansas Republican, who also was shocked at the high - handed operations of the Diem family and asked some tough questions of Assistant Secretary Hilsman, A Catholic View A completely opposite view of South Viet Nam arid the persecution of Buddhist priests by the Catholic Diem family has been expressed in the Catholic News, organ of the Archdiocese of Cardinal Spellman of New York. It was Cardinal Spellman, who arrived in Saigon on Jan. 5, 1955, to help Catholic refugees from North Viet Nam and who has been a strong proponent of U.S. aid to this area. The United States gave 528,571,428 for these refugees on Dec. 21, 1954. According to Father Patrick O'Connor, Far Eastern correspondent for National Catholic Welfare Conference News Service, "Buddhists in South Viet Nam have been selling the American people a bill of goods. They sold it first to some of the foreign correspondents in Saigon." (© 1963. Bell Syndicate, Inc.) ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Published Daily by Alton Telegraph Printing Company P. B. Cousley, Publisher Paul S. Cousley, Editor Henry H. McAdams, Business Manager Member of: The Associated Press <n$jj^> The Audit Bureau of Circulation Second Class Postage Paid at Alton, 111. Subscription price 40 cents weekly by carrier; $12 a year by mail in Illinois and Missouri; $18 in all other states. Mail subscriptions not accepted in towns where carrier delivery Is available. Local advertising rates and contract information on application at Telegraph business office, 111 East Broadway, Alton, Illinois. National advertising representative: The Branham Company, New York, Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis. What They Did Then—News From The Telegraphs of Yesteryear 25 Years Ago SKI'TKMBKK 14, 1038 Long discussion on responsibility for restoration of Riverside Park between the city of Alton and the federal government ended when the latter agreed to pay for the work, up to a maximum of $12,884.12. Funds would be BVailabie to the city as needed. Council action in appropriating $10,000 from motor fuel tax for the project would permit pennainciit improvement of Rock Spring drive between College avenue and Brown street. The streel would provide access to Memorial Hospital drive. Blackburn College's steady growth resulted in creation of a via? president's post by its board of directors. Named to tin 1 new post was Dr. J. Dyke VanPuttcn, who had been head of sociology department for four years and basketball coach. Three music groups were organized at East Alton- Wood River Community Higli School. The groups and officers were the Concert Bund: May Ellen Woodmansee, quartermaster; Anita Goldfarb, secretary; Robert Davis, Don Grisham, and Stanley Holliduy, .section leaders; Robert L'Heureux, Alan Friederich, Hurley Anthony, Jay Giles, Virginia Lovell, Robert Vincent, and John Yates, library .staff; Reserve Band: Leonard C'obine, quartermaster, Donald Day, secretary; Wesley Lueking and Ridiard Matheny; School Orchestra: Robert Duvis, quartermaster; Mary Arnold, secretary; Richard Vernor, .Sam Draiovae and Warren Lu(z, library staff. City Engineer Abraham, confirming an informal report given previously in City Council, said plans were ready for installation of street signs. Funds would allow marking only the principal thoroughfares. Western Military Academy opened its 60th year with an enrollment of 200. 'Returning .students found Jmprove- mentb in a new lounge and cluh building containing the canteen and recreation center; new, larger locker rooms, and more shower stalls. Plans were completed for widening West Third street hill pavement between Market and Piasa streets, by cutting back the northside curb. A large tent would serve as the meeting place of the Church of God of East Alton while its new church was under construction to replace the one razed. Work on the 30 by 50 foot structure svas being donated by members of the church. Removal of the New York Central railroad's tracks on Front street, from Alby to Henry, would be the subject of u conference between representatives of the road and city officials. The Telegraph had suggested removal of the tracks for better traffic control. 50 Years Ago SKITEMHEM 14, 1013 Shurtleff College was ready to open for its 87th year, and students were already arriving. Faulkner & Jones used a half-page display advertisement in the Telegraph to announce the sale of lots in their Plainview Subdivision. The subdividers hud opened an office at the east end of Sanford Avenue and were offering lots at $20 down and $2 a week without interest or taxes until 1915. Western Military Academy was to reopen with an enrollment of 200 cadets. A loading platform about the crusher and engine room at the Job quarry was destroyed in a Sunday afternoon fire. No water was available for fighting the fire, and the rock storage bins were saved when workmen chopped away timbers connecting them to the flaming platform. Long distance telephone lines of the Kinloch Telephone Co. which extended through Benbow City were put out of operation wiien fire destroyed a storage building oi A. E. Benbow and a nearby telephone pole. First upstream excursion boat of the reason to pass through the Illinois river locks at Kampsville was the Sir. Sidney which had a Sunday trip from Alton sponsored by the Retail Clerks' Union. The boat left at 8:30 a.m. for the long trip, and arrived back at 10 p.m. The round trip fare was 50 cents. Over 600 boarded the boat at Alton, and stops were made at Portage, Elsuh, Grafton, and Hardin. Fred Stocker of 516 E. 3rd St. had been grunted citizenship at a hearing in Alton city court. Three otlipr petitions of Altonlans were continued when their sponsoring witnesses were found unqualified. The project for paving the boat levee at eHllmutud cost of $40,000 had moved a step nearer to realization. Mayor J. C. Faulstich on return from a trip to Chicago announced that President Worthlngton had ugroed that tlie C&A Railroad would take a share In tiw cost. The Bluff Line and Eagle Packet Co. already had given assurance they would contribute. The city proposed to pay a fourth of the cost and apportion the remainder among those benefitted by use of the levee.

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