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PAGE TWO ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23,1963 Until Tu*t4tiy Show Uw Ttrttf>«r«Utte* CLOUDY AND WARMER It Mill be cooler Monday night in the northwest quadrant of the nation; warmer in the Ohio valley and the northern Plains. Showers are expected New Tax Saving., but ... Callioun Exempt From Audit Law A comprehensive explanation of a new law that, to the taxpayer, means money in his pocket Calhoun County is among 14 i Illinois which is exempt from new law providing mandatorj audits , of county governments State Auditor of Public Account Michael J.iHowlett said today. Howlett spoke to the niinoi Assn. of County Clerks meeting i Springfield. Howlett said the new law re quires the audit for county gov ernments of 10,000 to 500,000 pop ulation, Each participating county must file a copy of the audit re port with the county clerk anc another with his office for publi inspection, he added, and the clerk of the county board mus furnish a copy of the report to anyone who requests it and pays a fee. This fee, he said, will be sei by the board and may not exceed $15. The counties in which the law must be enforced are fixed by the federal census, Howlett said, "and there will be no change in the list until the 1970 figures are published." The audit, Howlett said, must start as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year and must be completed within six months, unless the county board grants a 60-day extension. Each report filed with his office, Howlett said, must set forth the financial position arid the results of financial operation of each fund, account and office of the county government. "It shall also include the professional opinion of the accountant of the county's financial position and operations, or an explanation if the accountant finds he can't offer an opinion." County Fays Cost Costs of the audit, Howlett said, are born by the county and will be paid out of the general corporate fund or from collection of a new county auditing tax of .00075 per cent of property evaluation. Authority for the tax levy is included In the act, he said. "Everything in the audit report is a matter of public record," Howlett said, "open to inspection on demand by any citizen, either in my office or in yours." Howlett said passage of the legislation was something he had been campaigning for over a period of 1& years. "I suggested it originally in a speech at Centralia on January 8, 1962, and I have spoken for it in every corner of Illinois." He added that it will not be a hardship to any county officer McDowell Arrested In Oxford OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Cleve McDowell, the only Negro student now attending the University of Mississippi, was taken into cus- today by Lafayette County Sheriff Joe Ford today after a pistol fell out of McDowell's coat pocket on the campus. A student who observed the proceedings said McDowell was escorted by Sheriff Ford to the office of Dean of Students L. L. Love. Ten minutes later, Ford and McDowell drove off campus. The student, who asked not to be quoted by name, said he and two other students saw the pistol tell to the ground when McDowell dropped his sun glalsses and stooped over to pick them up. since many counties already are audited by outside professional accountants and have been for years. . Those which will submit to audit for the first time, Howlett said, will find the advice and recommendations of professional accountants helpful in keeping books straight and will improve their own procedures and save them time. Enactment of a county auditin law, he said, is a step toward a eventual public moneys accoun ing code for all local government in Illinois. The state, he said, ha had "a municipal audit law sine 1953 and a school district audi law since 1961. Said Howlett: "State govern ment has been audited tightly, b law, since 1956. In that year, a you may recall, the office of aud itor was shaken and almost up rooted by disclosures of fiscal ir responsibility in the auditor's ol flee." (This was a reference to th looting of the state treasury bj Orville Hodge). As a result of this "earth quake," Howlett said, the Audi tor of Public Accounts is now audited regularly, on a surprise basis, the same as every other state officer. "The audit does not interfere vith my operation," he said. "I s a protection for me. You wil ind that if you are keeping your accounts in order, an audit . . ivill be protection for"you." Government belongs to the people,- Howlett pointed out. should be fully accountable to the people, at every level of govern ment. The state offices, munici palities, school districts and mos counties are now reasonably ac countable, but there are literally thousands of local governments in our state which are not required o meet such standards." He added that local governmen n Illinois is big business, fou imes the size of state govern ment, and that there are more ocal governments in Illinois than n any other state in the union. "There are 6,452 local govern ments in Illinois, as of 1962. We mve a local government now fo every 1,562 people and 5,388 of ou ocal governments have power tc ax property." Total Payroll Illinois counties, Howlett said mployed 29,321 persons in October of last year, with a payroll of $10,796,000. "It may surprise r ou to know that the 2,126 spec al districts in the state employ ed more than the county govern ments — 34,596 employes, run ning up a total special district payroll of $12,907,000." The special districts and the ,433 township governments, How ett asserted, deserve more atten ion than they are receiving 'Who watches the income and ex- •enditures of these smaller units nyway? The people of Stickney ownship are lucky that a metro- x>litan daily newspaper looked into their local government. How many other townships are as lax but have escaped scrutiny?" Howlett added that because o! he time required to levy and col ect the county auditing tax in the Bounties that need it, "we will be approaching the close of 1964 be- ore we can expect to compile a tatewide summary." He appealed for the coopera ion of the clerks in making the new audit law a service to the people and pledged his support. on the northern Pacific coast, in the western Dakotas and the eastern slopes of the northern Rockies and in Florida. (AP Wirephoto Map) WeatherForecast Alton and vicinity — Partly cloudy with a slow warming trend tonight and Tuesday. Low tonight in mid 50s. High Tuesday in upper 70s. Extended Forecast Southern Illinois — Temperatures will average near to slightly above normal. A slow warming trend is anticipated throughout the week. Normal highs, in the mid to upper 70s. Normal lows in the mid of upper 50s. Precipitation will average near one-half inch, occurring as showers and thundershowers primarily during the latter part of the week. Simon Abroad Finds ... 'More Iron' in Sov Curtain NEW HOURS! EFFECTIVE OCT. 1 Daily 0 a.m. to S p.m. Fri. B U.IM.-8 p.m., 5 j>.m.-7:80 Godfrey State Bank Member J'.D.I.C. Monticello Plaza LOOK OCTOBER 4 IS THE DATE! BERQER IS THE PLACE! BUICK IS THE CAR! Trial of Rodgers is Continued EDWARDSVILLE — Jury tria of former Wood River Townshi Clerk Ronald K. Rodgers on eigh indictments for alleged convers ion of township funds, schedulec for today in Circuit Court, wa continued until the next crimina setting. The 28-year-old former townshi clerk had pleaded, innocent to a eight charges upon arraignmen Sept. 13, and the cases were se :or trial today. State's Attorney Dick H. Mudge informed the cour his morning that Emersoi Baetz of Alton had notified him has been retained as defense counsel and was applying for a continuance. Four defendants whose case lad been set for trial today with drew innocent pleas and upo pleading guilty to criminal charg es, made application for proba tion. They were Robert L. Cash, 20 and Logan Francis Dale, 21, wh pleaded guilty to a joint burglar ndictment; Paul Jackson, 36, o East St. Louis, who entered guilty plea to burglary-theft, an Ivan Smith, 22, of Highland, wh pleaded guilty to burglary Jul 11 of Happy Auto Parts in Wooc River. Circuit Judge James 0. Mon roe, who accepted the guilty pleas set Sept. 30 for hearing of th defendants' probation applications Reset for.today from last Mon day, jury trial of Joseph McDon aid Ward on a murder charge it the fatal beating of his wife Aug 11, was continued until Oct. 14. Richard Boone to Return From Hospital SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP —Actor Richard Boone gets ou of a Santa Monica (Calif.) hos ital today. But he'll have to stay home at least a week before re- urning to work on his new tele ision show. Boone, 46, star • of the old 'Have Gun, Will Travel" show uffered a rib fracture and fa ial cuts when his Maserati road iter hit a parked car near his Santa Monica home Friday. * CHIPETTE SUNDAES Chocolate Butterscotch Murshumllow Pineapple EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles writ- written by Slate Sen. Paul Simon on observations made during a recent trip to Europe. By PAUL SIMON The United Slates and the Soviet Union may be agreeing to certain tilings, but the miles and miles of border which we call the Iron Curtain show no lessening oi tension. During 1952 ami 1953, I was stationed for the Army along the Iron Curtain in Germany as a special agent for the counter in telligence corps. This recent trip to Europe was my first visit back to the same territory along the Soviet zone border in Germany. 1 wanted to compare how things looked after a 10-year absence. The answer: there is more iron in the curtain than there ever was. It was during my Army service | that the territory along the border was first fenced off, plowed anc mined by the Soviets. A three mile strip along the border was then sealed off by the Russians to anyone who did not have a special permit; that meant almost exclusively farmers who hac fields in this area, and the Soviet soldiers, and the Soviet-controlled East German soldiers. 10 Years Ago That was anything but pleasant 10 years ago. Ten years later I returned, hoping that the slight relaxation of tension between the USSR and the USA might result in some changes at this cruel border which cuts families and villages in half. Where there used to be one tall barbed wire fence, there were now three, somewhat shorter, plus the rolls of barbed wire that are familiar to every infantry soldier. Explosive mines were every where. If there was one thing better than during my Army service, it was that the Russians had now posted signs that there were mines. Formerly there were no signs, but everyone knew about the mines anyway. There is absolutely no traffic be tween the Soviet side and the West German side, with few exceptions that are designated for traffic. The western side is free of mines and barbed wire, a continuing graphic illustration of the difference between the two systems. The one spot I visited, near Neustadt bei Coburg, has a little road running along the border for several miles. The local police chief took us out there along the road. The only traffic we saw was at one spot when we stopped so that I could get a few pictures. A motorcycle came by, slowed down when he saw me taking pictures and shouted: "That's dangerous! The Russians will shoot you!" He expressed the fear of the border that is common. The same police chief, Wilhelm Seifert—a man I had known in my Army days—said that occasionally one of the East German soldiers or one of the Russians patrolling the border accidentally steps on a mine. "We can hear him screaming and shouting for help, but there's nothing we can do to help. Crossing that barbed wire would mean death," he explains. It was the first time my wife had seen the border. She was understandably frightened by it. To read about it is one thing; to stand on the border and see its ugly reality is quite another. In many ways. these miles of Iron Curtain which separate Soviet territory from free territory are more grim than the somewhat artificial situation in Berlin. If at some future date the Berlin Wall should come down, we must remember that it is but one very small part of the Iron TO BE WORLD'S LARGEST CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — This artist's sketch shows how the proposed 52-story vertical assembly laboratory for assembling Saturn lunar rockets will look. The laboratory will have 50 per cent more cubic feet,of space than the Pentagon. (AP Wirtephoto) Pistol Shoots As Wife Takes It From Drawer Mrs. David Anderson, 28, of 2815 Grandview Ave., Alton, es caped with minor injuries at 10 a.m. today when a 22 caliber pistol accidentally discharged while she was removing it from a drawer. "I didn't think it was loaded," she said afterwards, "we usually never keep it loaded, but I guess my husband left a cartridge in the single-shot pistol." She had taken the gun from the top drawer of a chest-of-drawers in a bedroom, 'preparatory 7 to cleaning out the drawer. A search was made but it was never de termined where the small bullet, lodged. She was treated at Alton Memorial Hospital for an abrasion and powder burn of her left index finger and was then released. Baiida to Discuss Nyasalaiid Freedom LONDON (AP) — The prime minister of Nyasaland, Dr. Hast- ngs Banda, is in London for conferences with British officials. It was reported that he is to discuss a date for Nyasaland's independence with R. A. Butler, British minister for central African affairs. Firemen Make Two Runs at East Alton EAST ALTON — Firemen extinguished a blaze in an oven which caught fire at the home of Ralph .Smith, 320 Goulding, this morning. Grease caught on fire when the oven was lighted and the house was filled with smoke. Firemen also extinguished a grass fire behind Wilshire Village Shopping Center on Berkshire Avenue Sunday at 4:10 p.m. No damage was reported. Curtain. One good gauge of understanding between the two large world powers will continue to be these hundreds of miles of cruelty. When that disappears— real understanding may be nearer. Two Unhurt in Cave-In On Godfrey Sewer Job Two men, employes of Helmkamp Excavating and Trucking Co., Wood River, were caught in the cave-in of a sewer ditch this morning on Godfrey Road in front of the Godfrey fire station. The men, Eugene Dudley, 41 of Rte. 3, Staunton. and James Walker, 34, of 1012 Holland Ave. Alton, were extricated by fellov, employes and taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. Both were undergoing X-rays late this morning, a hospita spokesman said. Their injuries vyere not regarded as serious. According to the report, the men were working in the ditch Ambassador Bowies' Secretary Married NEW DELHI, India (AP) — U. S. Ambassador Chester Bowies' secretary, Miss Bimia Nanda, has married John Latane Bissell, an American businessman, in New Delhi. The bride is the daughter o Pram Nanda, advisor " t o the Union Public Service Commission of India. Bissell, president of Fabindia Inc., an export firm, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Truesdale Bissell of Canton, Conn. which is part of the Monticello Sewer project, when the sides gave way about 8:50 a.m. Most of the bodies of the two men' were" covered by dirt, according to a witness, but their heads were not engulfed.. Grocer Found To Be Mystery Money Giver DODGEVILLE, Wis. (AP) Dist. Atty. James Pope says hand writing experts report that grocer Frederick W. Dresser has sent at least some of the cash gifts received by residents of Dodgevllle. "I have no comment regarding the identity of the donor," said Dresser, ''But I oast some doubt on the infallibility of the experts; 11 Having fewer, if any, doubts, Dresser's estranged wife prompt ly announced she'd start court action to prevent her husband from giving away any money. More than $3,000 has been given to widows, elderly people and other residents of this southwestern Wisconsin farming area. About 40 persons, some of them in finan clal difficulty, have received the money in envelopes mailed from Dodgevlle. The envelopes bore no return address. Gifts ranged from $80 to 5100. Pope said handwriting experts of the State Crime Laboratory had confirmed that writing on some envelopes matched that of Dresser, 53-year-old owner of a Dodge ville grocery. Mrs. Dresser, then announced her lawyer would take action to enjoin Dresser from giving away money. Mrs. Dresser charged cruel and inhuman treatment in a divorce suit filed last May. The couple has four children. Man, 53, Dies In Fire Near Edwardsville EDWARDSVILLE — A 53-year- old Madison County man died In a fire late Sunday night which extensively damaged his home at 4853 Warnock Drive In NameoW Township, sheriff's deputies reported. Mitchell Kovis suffered severe burns on his body in the blaze and was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Elizabeth's Hospital la Grahite City, Deputy Coroner Henry Pieper said today. , Mrs. Mabel Kovis, 77, wife of the victim, was sleeping in the basement when the fire started. She said she awoke and smoke was pouring from the celling. Hie elderly wprtian made her way Upstairs and outside where she screamed for help, deputies said. Fire Chief Jack Harper and volunteers of the Long Lake lire Department poured water on the home for about an hour before <he fire was extinguished. Kovis' body was removed from an upstairs room of the home. Cause of the blaze was not determined, the fire chief said. SIU Wins Memphis Livestock Judging MEMPHIS eenth annual (AP)-The eight- Southern Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest has been won by Southern Illinois University at the Mid-South Fair. Southern points in Illinois judging scored 4,438 beef cattle, sheep and hogs. Second place in the contest Sunday went to the University of Georgia's "A" team with 4,397 points. The Georgia "B" team was third with 4,379. DON OTT Jeweler Wilshire Shopping Center Complete Selection of Gift Appliances ZIKE Pharmacy | 827 E. Airline Dr.,R. H Dial 2S0-2263 MORE PROTECTION BUT YOUR COST IS LOWER! "or more than 85 years Millers' vlutual has provided sound in- .urance protection at a substan- ial savings in cost. 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