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Inside: EDITORIAL PAGE 4 FAMILY . . . PARE 11 MARKETS . . . .' PAGE 4 TELEVISION .... PAGE 5 SPORTS PAGE 16 COMICS .... PAGE '8 CLASSIFIED ... PAGE 19 OBITUARY PAGE J9 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years CLOUDY TUESDAY Low 65, High 85 (Complete Weather, Page 9) Established January 15, 1836. Vol. CXXVIII, No. 207 ALTON, ILL., MONDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 1963 22 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Water Co. Strike in 2nd Week The first strike in the history of Illinois against a water company entered its second week today as laborers continue to picket the Alton Water Co.'s pumping plant. State officials at Springfield are keeping in close touch with the situation and are poised to move into the strike in the event of a breakdown of svater service. Service to customers is normal and water pressure wag maintained without trouble over t h e weekend. The three supervisors, who have been operating the plant since midnight Wednesday, were joined by J. T. Wnnkmuller, vice president of the Alton Water Co. from Richmond, Ind. Works 12-Hour Shift Wankmuller works a 12-h our shirt to give relief to the other three inside the plant. Last Monday, 10 members of Local 218 of the Hod Carriers and Laborers Union went on strike after negotiations broke down over the issuing of work clothes. The laborers are seeking work clothes furnished by the company, saying the company furnishes clothes to other people employed by the plant. Other issues concern wages and vacations. Starting with the 4 p.m. shift Wednesday afternoon, the 15- members of Local 41 of the Operating Engineers refused to cross the picket line. The four operators left the job at midnight and refused to return to work. The three supervisors took over the running of the plant when the last operator left. WeU-SuppUed Wankmuller said plenty of supplies are on hand and there is no trouble in maintaining service. The vice president said there are no further meetings scheduled with the laborers. "I feel the next move is up to the laborers after turning down our offer of arbitration last week," he added. John Shortal, business manager of the laborers, said the union offered to arbitrate the clothing issue earlier last week, but at that time the company turned down the offer. Members of Local 41 of the Operating Engineers have been attempting to set up a meeting with their international officer in order to discuss the strike condi- tons. The official may be available for a meeting tonight. Says Red Nations Must Maintain Troops BERLIN (AP)—Despite all the talk about a limited nuclear test ban treaty, Communist nations must keep up their military guard, says the Soviet commander of Warsaw Pact troops. Marshal Andrei A. Greschko spoke in Dresden Sunday as armies of four Communist countries concluded what the East German press called the largest military maneuvers ever held in ' East Germany. OUT FOR 30 DAYS Padlock on front door of Bob and Lee's Tavern this morning symbolized the 30-day blackout imposed by Alton Liquor Control Commission. Candle Case Bar Agrees to Close 30 Days The Alton tavern that was cited for using candles and kerosene lamps for lighting appeared today to have reached an agreement with the city liquor commission. The managing partner of B o b & Lee's tavern at 817 Belle Street told the commission he was not using candles and lamps for atmosphere, but as a source of light because the electric company had shut off power on account of non payment of bills. Robert D. Gill, partner with his father, Lee R. Gill, in the liquor Bethalto Tot, Sept. 10 Car Victim, Dies William S. Craigmiles, four-year- old son of Mr. and Mrs, William N. Craigmiles of Bethalto, died Saturday night of injuries received when he was struck by a car near his home last Tuesday. The boy died about 7 o'clock in St. Louis Children's Hospital, where he had been taken following the accident. A relative said death resulted from a head injury. The boy had remained in critical condition at the hospital since the accident never regaining consciousness, the relative said. He would have been five years old on Oct. 5. William was struck by the car on Bethalto-Moro Road in front of the old American Legion Barn about 7:55 a.m. Tuesday. The report said he was hit when he crossed the road to catch a school bus. The boy was in the kindergarten at Bethalto Grade School. May Bring Council into Suit Against Day's Fees Alton aldermen may be brought into the litigation over appropriations by the city council which allowed Mayor P. W. Day a subsistence and travel expense of $1,520, it was learned today. Through Orville Lahr, a suit for an injunction, is pending in Circuit Court attacking the validity of the expense appropriation, as well as $100 a month compensation to Day as liquor commissioner. City Counsilor J. W. Hoefc-rl informed Hillary Hallet, attorney for Lahr, that if he persists in including the $1,520 item in the suit he (Hoefert) will file a motion to add additional parties-defendant to the suit because it affects the entire city council. Hoefert, in the information, a copy of which is filed with the city clerk, suggested to Hallett that he will find from the appropriation ordinance 'that the $1,520 item for travel and subsistence "is for both the mayor and council members". At a circuit court hearing last week, the plaintiff, La..r, was given time to amend his complaint for the restraining order, and Day was granted time to file further pleadings after the amended complaint is filed. Day thus far has made no claim for the payment of the $100 a month compensation as liquor commissioner. He said today that he quietly informed members of the city finance committee last month that he is making no claim under disputed appropriation until the question of his legal right to receive it is determined. Ferris Wheel Collapse Kills 5 Mexicans SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP)- At least five Mexicans were killed and 30 were injured when a ferris wheel collapsed Sunday night at a fair in Tijuana, Baja California, police said. A doctor at Miguel Aleman Hos pital said a woman seven months pregnant died while doctors oper ated to save her baby. Six persons were reported seriously hurt with injuries ranging from broken legs and arms to se vere cuts and bruised limbs. • The ferris wheel was spinning approximately 30 persons high above the crowd when one of the seats fell out of its sockets. The owner, his son and the op erator of the wheel were in custody. license, said he thought such dim lighting was no violation because plush restaurants use candles for atmosphere, apparently without causing objection. One of 2 Troubles The candlelight citation was just one of two troubles Bob & Gill's enterprise has had with the commission. Last May the tavern was given a 30 - day suspension of license for being open after hours, which lias been stayed since imposition by appeals, with one still unad- judicated in circuit court. The agreement today would nol only dispose of the charge of improper lighting but put into immediate effect the 30 - day license suspension. Mayor P. W. Day, commission chairman, and City Counselor J E. Hoefert, and the tavern operators today agreed to dismiss theii Circuit Court appeal from a com mission ruling of last May anc accept a 30 - day closing of the tavern, effective today. If they do this, and Lee R. Gil takes over the licensed interesi of his son, Robert D. Gill, and the son is eliminated from any future connection with the tav ern, then the commission will dismiss a second citation, which was subject of today's hearing, they stated. The Gills appeared today undei a second citation of the commission for allegedly operating the tavern during the evenings with lighting by kerosene lamps anc candles. This, it was charged was a violation of the clear view provisions of the city dramshop ordinance and of the building code. To Take Over Hoefert told the commission that Lee R. Gill conferred with him last Thursday and agreed to dismiss the appeal pending in Circuit Court if he were allowec retain the tavern license, anc would take over the interest ol his son, Robert, who has been manager of the tavern. Through the city counselor, the commission also was informed that because of the complaint about inadequate lighting, the Bob & Lee place had been voluntarily closed evenings since Monday of last week. Lee Gill told the commission hat he was the principal owner of the tavern, having bought it for his son, who was put in charge as manager, and was anxious to pre- ;erve his investment of about $5,000 in the business. He said he had tried to advise his son on hi managerial activities, had cautioned him against use of candles, but that the son refused to listen to him. In taking over the tavern, he said, he would eliminate his son from any future connection, and would not employ him as bartender or in any other capacity. TODAY'S qUJCKI.F You can say this for those ready mixes. The next generation isn't going to have any trouble making cakes like mother used to make. (© 1963, General Features Corp.) 4 Negro Girls Killed in Birmingham Church Blast Bombing Outrages Kennedy WASHINGTON (AP) - President Kennedy expressed "outrage and grief" today over the bomb tilling of four Negro children in Birmingham, Ala. He said he hoped the incident would awaken he nation to "the folly of racial njustice and hatred and vio- ence." Kennedy said if there is this ealization, "then it is not too late 'or aJl concerned to unite in steps oward peaceful progress before more lives are lost." In a special statement, Kennedy said the United States stands 'or "domestic justice and tranquility." He added: "I call upon every citizen, white and Negro, North and South, to put passions and rejudices aside and join in this effort" — to promote justice and tranquility. Pierre Salinger, White House press secretary, said Kennedy conferred several times during the morning with Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy on the situation in Birmingham. Salinger also reported that Kennedy had some official discussions of the Birmingham situation shortly before midnight Sunday night on his return from a long weekend in Newport, R.I. In his statement, Kennedy said at the outset: "I know I speak on behalf of all Americans in expressing a deep senge, of/mtrage and grief-over the killing of-the children Sunday in Birmingham, Ala." He said it is regrettable "that public disparagement of law and order has encouraged violence which has fallen on the innocent." Kennedy praised "the Negro leaders of Birmingham who are counseling restraint instead of violence." He said they are "bravely serving their ideals in their most difficult task—for principles of peaceful self-control are least appealing when most needed." 39 Strike at Pipe-Coati?ig Company Here Thirty-nine members of Local 6104 of the Steelworkers AFL-CIO went on strike at the Standard Pipe Protection Inc. plant o n Chessen Lane midnight Sunday. Company and union spokesmen said the dispute concernb wages and fringe benefits. The pickets appeared before the plant at 7 a.m. today when the one-year contract expired at mid night. A company spokesman said a total of 45 people are employee at the plant where steel pipe is coated with polyethylene prior to the pipe being used in the ground At present there are no meet ings set between the company and the union. Queen Elizabeth Expecting 4th Child LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth is expecting a baby early next year, Buckingham Palace announced tonight. It will be her fourth child. The announcement came from the palace while the queen was on her annual holiday with her family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. 2 Youths Gunned Down on Streets By HOYT HARWELL Associated Press Staff Writer BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Officials took extraordinary steps today to head off any new racial violence in bomb-shaken Birmingham after a dynamite blast killed four Negro girls, caused hours of terror and brought outraged protests from national Negro leaders. The U.S. Justice Department sent in three top officials and a force of FBI agents with bomb experts. City officials joined with church leaders in a special telecast, urging citizens to be calm. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Negro leader, flew into town to urge Negroes to be nonviolent- just as he did in May when the bombing of a Negro motel touched off rioting by Negroes. Guard Called National Guardsmen were placed on alert. Gov. George C. Wallace sent 300 state troopers into town at the request of Mayor Albert Boutwell. The Sunday morning blast at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church occurred during a youth day program at the church where numerous desegregation meeting VICTIM REMOVED FROM CHURCH BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Ambulance of the 16th Avenue Baptist Church in attendants load the body of a Negro Birmingham Sunday. (AP ^irephqto) girl, one of four killed in the bombing More Whites At School in Birmingham BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) White pupils appeared to be returning to classes here today in larger numbers than last week despite pleas from segregationists for a school boycott. Two Negro girls attending West End High Schol arrived in a station wagon and walked quietly into the formerly white school about 7:50 a.m. White pupils stood lave been held, ft killed the four young girls d injured 23 others. Within a ew hours, two Negro boys were shot to death in other parts of he city, and three other persons were wounded. "Today has been the most frightening in the history of Birmingham,'" said Sheriff Melvin Sailey as violence continued breaking out despite pleas for •>eace. Not since integration leader Mndgar Evers was shot to death it his home in Jackson, Miss., in June has the nation's Negro community reacted too strongly to racial violence. Negro leaders called for strong federal action. Worst of Seres The blast was the worst of numerous bombings and other violence since Negroes began campaigning in April for desegregation. They achieved public school integration. Its beginning last week brought some student boycotts and protests. Gov. Wallace earlier sought to block the integration, but was stymied by federal intervention. Th's tense city spent a long, fearful day and night after Sunday's blast. Several fires broke out, rocks were thrown by Negroes in various sections and gunfire was reported. Sunday school classes at the church were just ending a lesson on "The love that forgives" when the explosion ripped out concrete, BLASTED CHURCH WINDOW BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A stained glass window in the Kith Avenue Baptist Church is twisted and broken after a bomb blasted the building in Birmingham Sunday. Four Negro girls were killed by the blast. (AP Wirephoto) Bi-State and School Board Discuss Fare Object in Throat, Has Hectic Race for Help Mrs. Nellie Mielke was in good condition today after a pony-express-like race from Nutwood to Alton with a foreign object be came lodged in her throat. Mrs. Mielke, 30, of 2911 Hillcrest, left Nutwood at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday in her own car after becoming distressed over the presence of the object in her throat after eating in Nutwood, where she was employed during the weekend, she said. Her automobile broke down on A meeting with a representa- 'lion was .ive of Bi - State Transit Agency i noon, with Alton school officials to dis-j The school board has filed ob- •uss the student bus pass silua-jjedions with the transit agency over the limited weekly bus pass o be offered to school students, some 1,700 of whom are estimat- xi to ride public buses. Under the new rate, the $1.50 weekly pass will be good for 10 •ides and will be restricted to the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays hrough Fridays. School officials lave objected, saying that students will be paying for bus trans scheduled this after-1 bus passes were being sold to students at the old rate because the Rte. 100 and she abandoned trie- vehicle and irantically sought help. She finally located a farm- or, who sped her to Alton Memorial Hospital in his car. Efforts short of surgery wen without success, and this morn ing a surgeon removed ,'a piece of metal" from Mrs. Mielke's chest. "I still don't know exactly whai it was — the dolor didn't tel me," Mrs. Mielke said. new passes have not been received from Bi-State as yet. The school system, Leamon added, will continue to sell at the old rate "depending on what comes out of the meeting today. We're trying to work something out." Scheduled to attend the meeting with the Bi-State representative at Haskell House are Leamon, school board member Walter Miller and school board at- portation on the days they will torney H. W. Griffith. not use it, as during school holidays. Under the old system of passes, students could purchase a 10 ride ticket for $1.50 under no time limit. The new plan was scheduled to go into effect this week. However, E. M. Leamon, assistant school superintendent, said Meatwhile. commissioners of [the Bi - State Development A«rn- have urged a review of a $150,000 bill submitted to the ag- in small gatherings and watched but there were no demonstrations like those which broke out las week. White pupils arrived in automobiles and apparently were being escorted to the school by parents or other adults. About 75 policemen were in the school area, but there were no spectators. There were no Confederate flags. As students arrived, police made them go into the school. Two segregationist groups urged total boycotts of three integrated schools Sunday although they called for an end to demonstrations. Two other newly integrated Birmingham schools saw an increase in attendance also. They are Ramsay High School and Graymont Elementary School. One Negro is enrolled at Ramsay and two Negro brothers are attending Graymont. They arrived with their parents. White pupils watched quietly and there was no disturbance. Two Negro pupils entered Murphy High School at Mobile today with no incidents. Two Negroes Beaten by White Mob ANNISTON, Ala. (APi - A $1,000 reward has beon offered for the arrest of the leaders of a !-'ang of white persons who beat two Negro clergymen on the steps of the public library. Mayor Claude Deai posted the bounty Sunday night after meet- ins with a group of Negro ministers. An estimated 100 svliitcs assaulted the Negroes with fists and feet Sunday afternoon. One of the assailants used a chain, police said. The ministers—the Rovs. Quiiv tus Reynolds and W. B. MeClain —were members of a recently-organized biracial committee to advise the city commission on com munity problems such as segregation. Both men won? treated and iv- V'lsed from a hospital. ency for legal work done by a St. 1).<\TA AT THE DAM Louis law firm. Sa.m, temperature Yc-sterdav's The bill was submitted for leg- loday 69> hi g h7S>. low 57 ul services in connection with River stage below Precipitation Bi-State's acquisition of the 15 private transit firms last April. dam at 8 a.m. 2.8. Pool 23.4. 24 hrs None- to 8 am. metal and glass. The four girls apparently were in the lounge in the basement of the old brick church. One, Synthia Wesley, 14, was hit by the full force of the blast and could be identified only by clothing and a ring. The others were Carol Robertson and Addie Mae Collins, 14, and Denice McNair, 11. Seek Peace Even as officers were roping off a two-block area around the church — the starting place for many of the desegregation demonstrations earlier this year—civ- c and church loaders were cry- ng for peace and nonviolence. But there was no peace. Two white youths fatally shot a 13- year-old Negro boy, policemen shot to death a 16-year-old Negro and two white men were wounded by Negroes, one in a robbery attempt. Police were kept on the run 'or hours investigating reports of outbreaks. The state troopers came in, the 'BI launched its probe and U.S. Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy sent three top aides, Burke Marshall, Joseph Dolun and John Nolan. King, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, telegraphed President Kennedy: "Unless some immediate steps are taken by the federal government to restore a sense of confidence in the protection of life, limb and property...we shall see in Birmingham and Alabama the worst racial holocaust the nation has ever seen." Wires President The executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Roy Wilkins. wired the President from New York that unless the federal government offers more than "picayune and piecemeal aid against this type of bestiality," Negroes will "employ such methods as our desperation may dictate in defense of the lives of our people." Bomb blasts aren't new to Birmingham Negroes, but bomb deaths are. Twenty-two times in the past eight years, explosions have been directed at Ne«tws here. Sunday's was the first one that killed. In none of the blasts has there been a conviction. Police estimated that 10 sticks of dynamite went into the bomb, apparently placed in a stairwell about four feet below ground level outside the building. Dynamite is not unfamiliar in Birmingham, a rninng town.

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