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PAGE FOUR ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21,1963 Editorials. What we think about... Little Powers...Bill Hambleton.. Small Peacekeepers Sfcrri.ii} <.ic'iin,il I' lli.int li.) c suggested strongly, at its opening, that the United Nation 1 - pc.ice- kecpmg operations he performed by the small states, without big-power involvement. All. "Iliant, himself, represents j relatively small nate. And the small states have been maintaining the personnel in the peace-keeping operations, unless we count A relatively weak state like India a big power. Sometimes we are surprised when we see representatives of these small nations in high places of the U. N. How, we sometimes ask ourselves, can they produce men big enough to handle the world situation, Stand up to the world's powerful leaders? Perhaps, besides 1) Th.int, the new president of the world peace keeping organization could represent a case in point. Dr. Carlos Sos Rodriguez of Venezuela is the new president of the organization. He must deal with all the problems of decorum that arise; hammer down the loudmouths and outslick the slickers. Well-Prepared Already Dr. Sosa (the middle name's his father's) has piesided over the Security Council and at meetings of the Latin-American group in the U. N. This is In way of proving hi-, mettle in dealing with the international field. In 19SO he was made Venezuelan ambassador to London but resigned I wo years later when Col. Morcos Perez Jimincz seized the Venezuelan government. He spent six years under self-imposed exile in Spain. He is financially independent. He comes of a family that raised coffee in Venezuela for 100 years, but has seen much of the western world while obtaining an education. His early schooling was in Caracas, but he studied also at Baddington, England, the University of Paris, and the Central University of Venezuela. He got his doctorate in law at Paris, and another doctorate in political science at the Central University — both in the same year. He speaks English and I-rench fluently, but conducts U. N. sessions in Spanish. He's published one book — in T'rcnch. It's a doctoral thesis on international law relating to rivers of South America. He has prepared himself physically for receptions and dinners ordeal as president by taking off 10 pounds. All of which would indicate a certain foremindedness. Sought Best in Men William Hambleton's health enforced resignation as president of the United Fund was, as the motion accepting it remarked, indeed regrettable. More regrettable yet is the condition of health of this truly remarkable leader in the community — one of the small band who have been powerful in inculcating into organized labor the sense of community responsibility it has developed both here and nationwide in the current generation. Mr. Hambleton's career in this respect is a symbol of one aspect of modern labor leadership, in a day when another phalanx is accused of trying to draw labor down a path of coercion, racketeering, and possible seizure of the government's reins. If his health was to give out, even though it happened to be at a crucial time in the United Fund's current finance campaign, the community can be thankful it lasted until he was able to prove himself in this, one of the very few highest positions of civic leadership in the community. His enforced resignation may well influence the entire campaign organization to proceed on its job with renewed energy to "do it for Bill." Where the Frills Really Are So what if they are trying to build a 20-room addition to our high school to catch up with our birthrate? You, as a taxpayer, still never had it so good. Or you wouldn't have it so good in Mt. Vernon, N. Y. if you owned a home out there. Not that it's un-nice to give the youngsters something to thrill them and keep them interested. But look what the kids out there got in a high school: i Designed to accommodate 2,600 students (just about the capacity to be reached by the proposed additions to Alton Senior High), the new $8 million Mt. Vernon High includes, among other items, an indoor swimming pool with underwater portholes through which instructors can watch students whom they can give orders over loudspeakers; seven gymnasiums, including one with an earthen floor for indoor football and baseball practice; t $2JO,000 .if, conditioning system that, as is the case with mm centrally controlled ones, can double AS a heating system in winter; three cafeterias with eight service lines. Carpeted Auditorium The 120-foot library bridges a courtyard, which, also rimmed with classrooms, has facilities for dining among pine trees and shrubs. The 1,500 capacity auditorium has a carpeted floor. Needless to say a long battle, partly over the site, preceeded the building. And it extended over 15 years and four bond issue elections. The new school combines the student bodies of two others in which the races were largely segregated. The old schools were located in the downtown district, the new one out alongside the Cross Country Parkway. And yes, there arc 110 classrooms. Wonder if the cafeteria chef is Italian or French, and what country club they swiped him from. But they did leave out the 18-hole golf course. PAUL S. COUSLEY, Editor Readers Forum Must Come from Inside House Resting on Sand Being a rabid conservative I find it high time to cry out for that thing most precious to conserve: the lives of our fellow men. The vermin, the scum, the blackhearts, the inhuman trash who deliberately destroyed a house of worship and four small lives in Birmingham should be found out and punished without mercy. We who believe in both state's rights and civil liberty for ' all kinds and shades of mankind have been patient with the Governor Wallaces and the Martin Luther Kings. We are tired of segregation, marches, demonstrations, banning of Negroes from school and universities. We are tired of press reports, television programs, and new editorials telling about the vile things both white and black are doing to bring disgust upon this nation. A church was destroyed, four children's lives were taken from them — but why? Tomorrow every man and woman and child should kneel in his own church and pray for an end to this racial antagonism and violence. With one great voice lifted from the people of America, surely God will forgive this nation and instill its people wiith the desire to love their fellow man. Marches, legislation, and violence will never do it; simply it must come from inside each soul —black and white. JOHN BOLAND Godfrey The Children Birmingham has taken the infamous place in the history of the ages. The children get it again! Even before the newborn sons of Israel got theirs from Herod, the Egyptian firstborn sons faced an awful retribution. Those of us in Europe in the grim forties saw who lost the most. It was the kids again who saw their entire lives tumbled about their ears, unable to comprehend, and so many actually forgetting how-to cry. Those yet alive, not starved or cremated, still bear the mental and physical scars! And now in our land of the free — Birmingham! Have we caused this to be visited upon our sons? Whose kids are next? The words if a Man ring yet as He speaks, not only to the tearful women of Jerusalem: "Weep not for me, but for your children." RICHARD BROBST 27 Holly Hill Childish The Negro situation is childish. When a child of this kind doesn't get his way, he screams, cries, kicks, and puts on some of the weirdest demonstrations he can think of to get attention. Many children are starved for attention and therefore stage demonstrations for recognition. However, the Negro has had his recognition and freedom to do as everyone else, but some expect this freedom to go too far. They wish to walk into a place of business without any qualifications whatsoever and receive a job on the spot because they are colored, while a white man must be asked quite a few questions, and has a 50-50 chance of getting the job if his qualifications aren't exact. However, you don't see the The Next Minority The bomb fell Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963. Not in Alton. Not in East Alton. Not in your home. Not in your church: Neither was it behind the Iron Curtain of communism. The bomb fell in the Sunday school classroom and four Americans were killed. A minority group was being persecuted. My head dropped in shame when I heard the news. In shame today, but will I be cringing in fear tomorrow? You see, I, too, belong to a minority group. In fact I belong to many minority groups. Considering the world scope, as a white man, I am in a small minority, and as a Christian the odd.s are heavy against me. As a General Baptist I belong to a small denomination. As a minister I find myself again without the protection of large numbers. The only hope, then, I have of survival in this life is that others will respect me as another human being and let me live in peace. Sunday it was a church where people with a colored skin worshipped and were murdered. If this line of thought and action is allowed to continue, some Sunday soon I, too, may be blown from my pulpit. Your child may be killed in a Sunday school classroom, or even in a public school. Do you belong to a minority group? REV. GEORGE DOUGHERTY First General Baptist Church, East Alton Today's Prayer Father, help me to discover the deeper meanings of reverence. Let my reverence be more than the bowed head and the bent knee. May it be expressed in appreciation of the wonders of nature, in respect for every person, in love for all things good, and, above all, in faith in the ultimate triumph of truth. May I stand uncovered wherever power is expressed and the divine love has been revealed. May I see Thee everywhere, and always may I honor Thee; in Jesus' name. Amen. —Alfred Grant Walton, Brooklyn, N. Y., minister, Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church. (© 1D63 by the Division of Christian Education, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. S. A.) white man putting on demonstrations when he doesn't get the job. A better education would help a great deal, since most of the Negro population have hardly any. Of course, when I say they must have a better education, then some people will say "how do they get a better education without the proper schooling? If the Negroes wanted better schools, they could get them without having to demonstrate and play childish pranks. They could send representatives from their society to the White House for consulation with the President and Congress, rather than marching on Washington. MRS. D. J. BROWN 215 Lincoln, East Alton Safeguard On Aug. 26 you printed a letter from James Fulcher of Alton, in which he had failed to receive an answer to complaints about the day he received his state paycheck. At the request of Governor Kerner, I personally wrote Mr. Fulcher a letter dated Aug. 1, 1963, in answer to his complaints. I pointed out that payrolls are scheduled on a working day basis which causes the dates to vary because of the number of holidays or weekends that might occur in a specific pay period. The information of scheduled paydays is available at each institution, including Alton State Hospital where Mr. Fulcher is employed. In a few scattered cases there have been slight delays in the paychecks. This can be caused by machine failure, staff shortages or the fact that, as an additional safeguard to the taxpayers, institution payrolls clear through five separate state agencies. HAROLD M. VISTOSKY, M.D., Director Illinois Dept. of Mental Health, Springfield No Wonder Just about a year ago we read in our daily newspapers that two employes in sensitive positions in the National Security Agency suddenly defected to Soviet Russia. These two persons were such obvious security risks that the House Committee on Un-American Activities decided to investigate (through secret hearings) the security practices of the National Security Agency itself. When the hearings were concluded, the personnel director of security "resigned" and 26 employ- es were dismissed as blantant security risks. No wonder the Communists and pro-Communists want to get rid of the House Committee on Un- American Activities. FRED J. MILLER Rte. 1 Jerseyville ; i Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc. Victor Riesel ILA Cracks Down on Red Ships NEW YORK — A shipment of Soviet vodka has been lying on a pier here for some days. It is consigned to the United Nations. But the liquor will remain undrunk — at least in the U.N. lounges and restaurants. The 40 cases of Russia's national drink are being boycotted by the International Longshoremen's Assn. (ILA) — a hardy lot of men who have long refused to handle Communist cargo unless forced to by the government. There are other such cargoes lying on other docks in other cities — for the same reason. President Teddy Gleason, of the ILA, reports tons of cotton linters lying dead in 1,000 bales on Baltimore's piers. A New York merchant has been ' besieging the longshoremen's headquarters urging them to agree to handle 25,000 tons of Iron Curtain bloc glassware which he has ready for shipment to the U.S. from "over there." Ban on Ships to Cuba Not only does the Longshoremen's union refuse to handle such Soviet goods, it has been refusing to load or unload the ship of any merchant fleet owner who also runs supplies to Cuba. This has put the squeeze on the Soviets. The Soviet Ministry of the Maritime Fleet has thus found itself so desperate for freighters that it has had to go into the open market and pay premium prices for vessels for the Cuba run. The Soviets' most recent purchase cost them $2.16 million at a moment when the Kremlin is gasping for hard currency. This money went for 12 wartime Liberty ships built in U.S. yards. The Russians paid $180,000 apiece, which is $25,000 above the usual market price, for the old craft. The longshoremen's boycott would be more effective if it were not for two holes punched in it. One such puncture was made by the State Dept. It has pressured the ILA into handling Polish and Yugoslav ships — though these Communist states own the craft and also send them or sister ships into Cuba. In recent months the Poles have dispatched eight big freighters to Havana. The Belgrade government has sent six vessels to Castro. The State Dept. position taken during secret conferences in Washington is that Poland and Yugoslavia can be won away from Moscow. Agree to Go Along Gleason and his fellow dockside leaders agreed to go along. "The State Department," said Gleason the other day, "has asked us not to complicate foreign policy. Their spokesman has said it is possible to crack the Iron Curtain and we won't do anything to interfere. "But the time will come when all of us — the government, the shipping industry and the men who work on the docks should take a long hard look at this policy and see if it is working. I know that after a while we will do exactly that and then act accordingly." One of Gleason's colleagues, Sootto, the college - trained erudite young vice president of the ILA, takes a similar point of view. He reports that State Dept. officials have told him that when the government issues a license for shipment to Poland or Yugoslavia, "it expects that the cargo will be handled, because no one but the highest government leaders know what foreign policy rides on that freight." <© 1963, Bell Syndicate, Inc.) Drew Pearson Sen. Thurmond Comes to Rescue WASHINGTON — All summer long no one has denounced me on the Senate floor and I was beginning to think I was slipping. This week, however, Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina came to the rescue of my ego by delivering a reasonably strong anti- Pearson diatribe. It was not, however, a work of art. It lacked the short, pithy phrases of Harry Truman, or the flowery oratory of the late Sen. Kenneth McKellar of Tennessee who filled six pages of the Congressional Record with eloquent descriptions of yours truly. Their work was art. Nor did the Senator from South Carolina let his imagination get into full swing as did Izvestia, which called me an "unwavering adherent of the maniacal plans for the establishment of world domination by American monopolies"; or Pravda, which called me the "sabotager of the cause of peace." These are adjectives that will make headlines. Sen. Thurmond's speech didn't make one headline; so I think it's only fair for me to help him out by giving him a little publicity. Furthermore, he did me a favor by printing in the Congressional Record all my columns on the Khrushchev interview. I have been getting letters from readers wanting copies of these interviews, which would have cost me a lot of money. Now I can refer them to Sen. Thurmond, who has put them in the record where they are printed free. And doubtless, since he has free mailing privileges and wants circulation of these columns, he would be glad to mail them to anyone interested. I hope he will save me that expense and trouble. The burden of Sen. Thurmond's criticism, for those who don't want to write him, was that by reporting that Russia and the Communist countries had increased their standard of living and were making progress, I was following the Khrushchev line. In this connection I suggest that the Senator from South Carolina read last week's issue of Life M;iga/ine which sets forth, with photos and in groat detail, the tremendous progress of the Communist world. Note — Sen. "Scoop" Jackson. D-Wash., informs me that on his trip lo the Far East last December he paid his wife's way to Honolulu, whore she awaited his u-turn. NOH Borrowing Chauffeur India's erudite Ambassador B. K. Nehru was greatly embarrassed the other day when he showed up several minutes late at the Export-Import Bank for the signing of a $19 million loan for railroad development in India. "Please accept my apologies," he said. "My chauffeur is not well acquainted with your streets here in Washington and was temporarily lost in the traffic." "I thought everyone knew the way to the Export-Import Bank, Mr. Ambassador," joked a bank official. "Oh, but you have never made a loan to my chauffeur," the Indian amlmssador replied. Pay Raise for Congress Despitp fear of criticism back home, there's a good chance members of Congress will vote themselves a salary increase in this year's pay raise bill for government employes. However, it will bo considerably below the suggested $12,500 boost, which would bring the annual salaries of individual Senators and House members to $35.000. The raise probably will be between $2,500 and $5,000 for all members of Congress. Meantime, the salaries of Supreme Court justices are likely to be boosted from the present $35,000 to about $50,000, while the annual pay of U. S. ambassadors will be boosted to as high as $40,000. Cabinet members — now paid $25,000 a year — also will receive substantial increases, along with most other government personnel in the exocutive branch. While congressmen shake in their boots when considering salary increases for themselves, many observers, including this writer, feel that a pay boost IB overdue. <© 19G3, Bell Syndicate. Inc.) A LTON E VENING 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 o^g^x The Audit Bureau of Circulation Second Class Postage Paid at Alton, HI. Subscription price 40 cents weekly by carrier; $12 a year by mall in Illinois and Missouri; $18 in all other states. Mall subscriptions not accepted in towns where carrier delivery Is available. Local advertising rates and National advertising repre- contract information on ap- ' plication at Telegraph business office, 111 East Broadway, Alton, Illinois. sentative: The Branham Company, New York, Chicago, Detroit, and St Louta. What They Did Then —News From The Telegraphs of Yesteryear 25 Years Asro SKI'TKMBKR 21, 1938 William Akin Jr., 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. William AWn of 605 Summit St., lost his life in a hurricane-swept tidal wave that flooded east coast resorts. William and his brother, Paul, were visiting with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bigelow, of Bellporl, L. I. He and a companion wen- (hrown into (he churning water ali< r their 40-foot motor boat capsized en route to Patchogue. Alter six hours of battling the waves, the boys reached shore, but Akin died before Ws companion, weak and injured, could crawl a mile to the Coast Guard station to summon help. Akin's body was found shortly alter daylight on the same day he was to have entered Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Boston. The death list had passed the 250 figure and property damage ran into millions. William Akin Sr. was vice president ol Laclede Steel Co., and his grandfather, Thomas Akin, St. Louis, was president. Relatives of Fred Olsen Jr., also in the area, were concerned for his safety. Chris C, Schmidt, 69, died before a physician could reach him, after he was stricken by a heart attack. Schmidt, Brighton filling station owner, was found unconscious by a neighbor who noticed lights in the station at a late hour. Ed Herb, for many years a general merchandiser here, and son of the former Alton mayor and state Senator diaries A. Herb, died in Los Angeles, where he had lived for 21 years. Madison County coal output in August reached 5f),H20 tons. Final enrollment figures lor public schools showed a decline of IM from the previous year. The greater loss was in the grades, while Alton High School sliowed a gain of 182 since the previous September, with 13 more post-graduate .students than in the 1937-38 year. Mildred Black was named editor of the Alton High School "Tatler" s,taff. Others on the editorial staff were Beverly Barley, Eileen Curry, Mary Ellen Brady, Mary Davis, Kathryn Sharkey, Myrna Eisenreich, Ruth Waggoner, Leroy Korte and Calvin Craig; business managers were Bob Herb and Calvin Craig, and the advertising staff included Orville Thomas, Billy Reed, Bill Rain, and Eugene Wadiow. 50 Years Ago HKI'TKMBEIi 21, lUlli Three-year-old Harold Dalton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dalton of 4th and Easton Streets, was fatally injured when a heavy wooden window-frame used by older children in making a see-saw overturned on him while he was ut play on a lot near his home. The tot had left home shortly before the noon dinner hour. His body was found by his mother just a few minutes after the fatal mishap when she went to call him to the noon meal. Harold Watson, 22, of Springfield, was drowned when he fell from the landing stage of the Str. Columbia near the free bridge at St. Louis. He was a member of a lodge group which had boarded the excursion boat at Alton for an all-day trip to Jefferson Barracks and return. When the young man's weight was released from the gang-plank, the heavy stage also went into the river and was lost. The Str. Illinois, with Adjutant General Dickson, re-turned from a trip to Cairo on which the state official and his party inspected southern Illinois flood levees. The boat had been expected to go as far as Shawneetown where Alton naval reserves had done flood duty in the spring, but low water conditions cut short the last leg of the trip. J. R. Clow Jr. of East Alton had a startling awakening Sunday morning when a charge ol bird-shot tore through the wall of his bedroom, just above his bed. It was later found that a neighbor had accidentally dis- charged a shotgun he was preparing to clean tor the hunting season. Joseph Biehler, 65, a Benbow City village trustee, died when unexpectedly stricken by apoplexy Just after mounting the stairs to enter his apartment In the Biehler building. He formerly had served as village marshal and as street commissioner. County Judge J. E. Hillskotter, accompanied by Charles Burton, Edwardsvjlle attorney, made an inspection tour of construction work in progress in Wood River Drainage & Levee District. Later he had dinner and a conference at the Reilly home with the district commissioners, J. H. Chessen, Fred Crandall, and Ben Picker. v A small motorboat of Peter Joest, fish market operator, was sunk when struck by the wheel of the excursion steamer Grey Eagle as it was leaving the Alton levee. Temperature fell sharply and many men in Sunday throngs on the street wore topcoats.