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EDITORIAL PAGE 4 FAMILY J . PAGE 14 TELEVISION PAGE 18 SPORTS PAGE 20 COMICS PAGE 22 CLASSIFIED PAGE 24 OBITUARY ..... PAGE 24 MARKETS PAGE 24 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years CLOUDY THURSDAY Low 50, High 80 (Complete Weather, Page 2) Established January 15, 1836. Vol. CXXVIH, No. 215 ALTON, ILL., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1963 28 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Prew. Bank's Try For Board Posts Fails The St. Louts bank which holds a note on the Washington Square Shopping Center failed to place two men on the corporation's board of directors in a meeting Tuesday night. The Security Trust Co. of St. Louis, wants representation on the board under a refinancing proposal, but the majority and minority stockholders remained deadlocked. The five - member board as proposed a week ago, was duly elected last night. Emerson Baetz, attorney for the majority stockholders and also a member of the board of directors, told the Telegraph today a general meeting of the board of di rectors will be held in the next seven days and further negotiations will be worked out with the bank. Elected to the five - member board last week were Baetz, Herman Wilkening, and Miss Margaret Berrigan (by the majority stockholders); and Sam Sanner and Walter Grabner (by the minority stockholders). A refinancing proposal has been arranged with the representatives of Security Trust, holder of an unpaid $800,000 first mortgage and plaintiff in a mortgage foreclosure suit now pending in circuit court. The financing proposal involves a plan whereby a total of $1,200,000 would be raised. Of that total, $1,050,000 would be obtained by issuing 6V6 per cent secured bonds payable in five years and $150,000 in a 5 per cent interest unsecured notes, payable in seven years. Security trust has already agreed to purchase the entire $1,050,000 issue provided that the prior $800,000 mortgage it holds is paid off the proceeds. The settlement would also include dismissal of pending fore- clusure proceedings and termination of receivership of property. At the present, Joseph Goldfarb, an Upper Alton businessman, is the court-appointed receiver. Representatives of the St. Louis bank declined to comment on last night's election. Senate Crime Probe Opens In Capital By G. MILTON KELLY Associated Press Staff Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate p;-obe into the dark workings of a national crime syndicate opened today with Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy telling of its secret meetings, assassinations and the chance of a major underworld power struggle in New York. As the first witness, Kennedy set the stage for the Senate Investigations subcommittee's hearings into organized crime which he called "one of the biggest businesses in America." Different Getting a look at its clandestine operations is difficult because of the curtain of fear, he explained. "This is one reason the disclosures made by Joseph Valachi are significant," he said. "For the first time an insider — a knowledgeable member of .the racketeering hierarchy — has broken the underworld's code of silence." Valachi, 60, the convicted narcotics peddler and murderer who has been singing to federal agents since he heard the syndicate had issued a death warrant for him, has brought the jigsaw picture of organized crime into sharper focus, said Kennedy. Valachi himself is scheduled to be one of the star witnesses later in the investigation. Because of information from Valachi and other sources, Kennedy went on, the government has learned that Cosa Nostra— also known as the Mafia and the Black Hand-is run by a commission of nins to 12 active members. Policy The leaders of Cosa Nostra in most major cities are responsible to the commission which "makes major policy decisions for the organization, settles disputes among the families (gangs) and allocates territories of criminal operation." Referring to the imprisoned New York mobster Vito Genovese, whom Valachi is reported to have portrayed as the chief of Cosa Nostra, Kennedy said that because of his power and the fear in which he is held in the New York organization, "no move has been made to take over the top spot while his appeal of a narcotics conviction is pending in the courts." GENIAL GENERAL Lt. Gen. Charles B. Duff (center), commanding general oi the Army Air Defense Command, laughs with Lt. John J. Meiger, commander of Nike Missile Base at Marquette Park, during social AAA Zone Request Gets Nod Alton Plan Commission recommended approval of a zoning change in the 1400 block of Washington Ave., in a public hearing Tuesday, making way for the construction of the Automobile Club of Missouri office building. An ordinance requesting the rezoning now goes before the city council. The Auto Club through its attorney, John Coppinger, requested a zoning change from residential to commercial for four lots immediately south of Brown and extending between Washington and Main Streets. The property of 1417 Washington includes a three-story residence, which would be razed to inane way for the proposed building and parking area. Owners of the tract .are listed as Mrs. Nannie Hildebrand, of the Washington avenue address and Mrs. Thomas Elder, now residing in Mexico. interlude that followed presentation of a trophy to the battery this morning. At right is Col. William W. Waugh Jr., deputy air defense commander of the 5th Region. General at Graf ton Sees Long Life For Nike Base The Nike Missile Base at Grafton will be a fixture for a long time to come, Lt. Gen. Charles B. Duff, commanding general of the Army Air Defense Command, said today. At the base this morning to present the Robert Ward Berry Memorial Award to the.base personnel, Gen. Duff said the Nike Hercules missile establishment in Pere Marquette Park would last "at least four years after any other missile becomes operational." Asked specifically about the Zeus missile program, the general said that this has not reached the operational stage. The trophy was awarded to Battery D, 1st Missile Battalion which mans the missile base, for demonstrating the highest degree of proficiency in air defense techniques in the Army Air Defense Command annual technical proficiency inspection, short notice annual practice and maintenance- HELLO, EMERGENCY? Melissa Rosack, 3, of Godfrey, demonstrates what all little girls should do when they make the same mistake she did* Tot Knew What to Do '...Calla Doctor 9 A three - year - old Godfrey girl who sampled three different kinds of medicine Tuesday knew some- ;hlng was the matter and gave some reasonable advice to her mother. "Mommy," said Melissa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth [losack in Pattison Heights, "My tummy hurts. You better call a doctor." The little girl had eaten at least hree buffet-in tablets, three aspirin ;ablets and one laxative tablet, lie mother said. She had found he medicine in a purse in her mother's bedroom and swallowed several of the tablets. Oddly, the tot had found the purse with the medicine in it among a collection of 15 purses in the bedroom, Mrs. Rosack said. She came out of the bedroom "with a sick look on her face," the mother added. By the time Mrs. Rosack got her daughter to Memorial Hospital, the child was beginning to fall asleep from the effects of the medicine, her mother said. After a stomach pumping to remove the variety of medication, Melissa was released in good shape and today had something else on which to center her attention. "I got a sore," she tells visitors, pointing to a bandage on her knee. management inspectioin. The battery's "snap" score, or score for short notice firing, Gen. Duff said, was 98.7. "Most of us would be happy if our children made such scores in school," he said. The Battery's readiness evaluation was equally outstanding, Gen Duff said. The trophy was received on behalf of the battery by Lt. John J. Meiger of Clayton, Mo., battery commander. Also attending were Brig. Gen H. E. Michelet of the Army Air Defense Command; Col. William H. Waugh Jr., deputy commander, 5th Region, Army Air Defense Command; Col. Frank S. Bates, St. Louis area defense commander; Col. James L. McGarvey, commander of 1st Missile Battalion; Capt. John Leach and Lt. Elton P. Ahauf, both former commanders of D Battery Vote Likely Today on Tax Cut Bill By EDMOND LEBRETON Associated Press Staff Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic leaders predicted with increasing confidence today that the House will pass President Kennedy's $11 billion tax cut bill jefore the day is over — and without nailing a Republican- backed spending lid to it. As the final round of debate be;an in the House, there were indications a number of Southern Democrats would vote against the spending lid. Backers of the amendment had hoped to attract heir votes. "We're in good shape," Speaker John W. McCormack, D-Mass., old his news conference. McCormack has been urging the House :o do its part to make possible ower income tax withholding and herefore increased take home )ay beginning Jan. 1. The Democratic leader, Rep. Carl Albert of Oklahoma, said, 'We are optimistic." Others talked of defeating the Republican bid by not less than 20 votes. If both the House and Senate approve the measure, the proposed cuts would begin to be felt n paychecks next January. Ultimately the reduction would range between $100 and $200 a year for most taxpaying families —more in the upper brackets. Two-thirds would go into effect next Jan. 1, the rest a year later. But passage of the bill intact In the House would still leave a long, hard road ahead. The Senate Finance Committee may not begin hearings on the tax legislation before mid-October and an expected protracted civil rights fight could delay the tax bill almost indefinitely. Democratic leaders were heartened by the apparent willingness of many members of the party's Southern wing to go along in opposition to the spending limit. Even some Democrats who oppose the tax cut bill itself were reported ready to vote against the Republican motion. Two New Blasts Rock Birmingham Overnight ICC Takes Up Water Co. Sale By TOM LOFTUS Telegraph Correspondent SPRINGFIELD, 111.—At conclusion of a preliminary hearing by the Illinois Commerce Commission this morning, it was indicated that the ICC would not segin consideration of Alton's petition to purchase the Alton Water Co. until late November. At the beginning, ICC hearing officer Joseph Glenn told Godfrey Township attorney Ronald Mottaz that he as a hearing officer could not rule on a petition of intervention filed by God :rey Township. Glenn said that only the commission as a whole, in formal session, could admit or deny such a petition. He added that the commission could not meet and be able to consider the Godfrey petition before Oct. 14. Sets Brief Dates Glenn told Charles A. Bane, one of the attorneys for the water company, and Mottaz to file written briefs in the matter by Oct. 15. He then permitted Alton to file its brief by Nov. 1 and the water company to reply by Nov. 12. Only two witnesses testified for Alton. They were City Clerk Paul Price and Mayor P. W. Day. Price testified that an ordinance passed March 12, 1930 granting the original water franchise to the water company had not been renewed and tha 1 no new franchise ..had been granted. Price said the franchise was to extend 30 years. Mayor Day testified that the last conversation he had had with utility representatives was Feb. 17, 1960, when he was informed that the water company was not for sale. Day added that the first sug- ;estion to purchase the utility came from the executive secre- ary of the Greater Alton Assn. of Commerce as a means of financing the then proposed sewer program. Bane, in a statement to the icaring officer outlining the util- ty's position, said "we think it must definitely be established ,vhat the city (Alton) plans with •espect to service outside the city, what rates the city will estab- ist, what difference there would >e between rates inside and outside Alton and the length of time he city is willing to continue service outside the city." The ICC, Bane said, "must] wotect public interest and pro- ect against any discriminatory action by Alton." 'At Mercy of Alton' Inside the city, Bane said, "the r ote can protect residents of Alon. Those outside the city have no vote. They're at the mercy of Alton." At this point, J. F. Schlafly Jr., special counsel for the city at the hearing, interjected that this was already answered in that circuit courts exist for the protection of residents outside the city. The simple question is, Schlafly said, "does the city of Alton have power to acquire the water company by condemnation?" He said the matters Bane was raising arc not relevant. Glenn, the hearing officer, advised all parties that the ICC has no jurisdiction over rates or duration of rates. It was Bane's contention that the ICC has a statutory obligation to pass on rates under the Public Utilities Act, arguing further that the Act applies in this case. In support of Bane, Mottaz told Glenn "that about 12,000 residents of Godfrey Township will get their throats slit if this goes through." He pointed out thut an engineering study report had recommended a rate increase of 60 per cent for residents outside Alton. Schlafly earlier in the hearing had objected to Godfrey's petition, claiming that an intervenlor must take a case as he finds it. He argued that Godfrey's petition would not do that but would "change facts." Bane said the utility had no objection to the Godfrey petition. There was some discussion over the question of whether Alton had properly prepared its resolution of June 12 to acquire the water company. WINDOW BLOWN OUT BIRMINGHAM—Mrs. Estella Nunn and her son Lamar Lee 5, point to damage done to her kitchen after a bomb went off on the corner of Center and 16th Street South, just outside her house early this morning. No casualties or injuries were reported. (AP Wirephoto) Negro Was Enrolled Roxana Discontinues Special Hearing Class A hearing therapy class of the Easter Seal Treatment Center, conducted in the past in a Roxana school building, has been moved :o new quarters, the Telegraph learned today. This year, for the first time, it was learned from several sources, a Negro girl was included among the group of seven small Bosch Deposed By Police, Army SANTO DOMINGO (AP)-—The Dominican Republic armed forces and police overthrew President Juan D. Bosch today and summoned leaders of opposition parties to pick a "respectable man to succeed him. Military leaders charged Bosch's admin- stration was chaotic. Members of Bosch's Dominican Revolutionary party and their allies were not invited to the session aimed at setting up a provisional government. Communists and leftist organizations supporting Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro were outlawed, their signs and slogans torn down by white-helmeted riot police and many left-wingers arrested. Leaders of the coup were men involved in the plot that ended the Trujillo family rule here. The armed forces said they were setting up a lawful state. Bosch, first legally elected president of the Dominican Republic in 32 years, governed for only eight months in an atmosphere of increasing economic political discontent. unrest and Japanese-U. S. Rocket Fired WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP)— An Aerobee rocket carrying an 185-pound instrument package of United States-Japanese experiments was fired 139 miles into the ionosphere today. The eight-minute flight was considered good, said the National Aeronautics and Space Administration spokesman, The payload splashed down in the Atlantic 80 miles from the NASA launching station here. DATA AT THE DAM 8a.m. temperature Yesterday's today 54°. high 79°, low 50° River stuijc below Precipitation dam at 8 a.m. 3.3. Pool 23.2. 24 hrs. to 8 a.m. None. children scheduled to enroll in the class. Latham E. Harris, superintendent of Roxana schools, denied that there was any racial issue involved in turning down the request for classroom space for the hearing therapy. Harris said it was a policy of the school district not to allow the use of school facilities by outside organizations. The Telegraph was told that the Easter Seal center had a similar project at Roxana last year — all the students were white. The speech correctionist is receiving compensation for her work by the Easter Seal Center, Harris said. He added that it was the Roxana school board's opinion that the use of school facilities for private gain should not be allowed. He also said that the students in the therapy class were from outside the Roxana school district. The teacher, the Telegraph svas told, last year worked with children from the Easter Seal Center, using a school room at Roxana's Central School after hours. She is speech and hearing therapist at the school. The therapy class, the Telegraph learned, consisted of six white girls and one Negro girl, all of pre-school age except for one. The class, the Telegraph was told, will now meet in the Easter Seal Center building in Alton. Storeyland Plat Okd Planners Reverse Stand on Subdivision Without Walks After previously rejecting the plat of a Godfrey subdivision that made no provisions for sidewalks, the Alton City Plan Commission Tuesday reversed itself. The final plat for Storeylanrt Addition No. 2 on Humbert Road had been rejected by the planning commission and Alton City Council two weeks ago, but in a <l-to-2 vote yesterday, the final plat was approved — without the sidewalks. The plan commission also approved a final plat of tiie first addition to Glazebrook Heights, in Godfrey' which ulso doesn't have provisions for sidewalks. But the plan commission withheld action on u resolution to elim- inate sidewalks as a requirement for subdivisions outside the city. The resolution came under fire from some commission members who maintained sidewalks are needed lor safety of children in the subdivisions. The sidewalk issue has been bouncing between the plan commission and city council for the past several years. The city council, two \veeks ago, handed the issue back to tlu plan commission when it voted to uphold the sidewalk requirement in subdivisions within Ui miles of the city limi'.s. A half dozen Godfrey subdivid- crs, caught between opposing regulations of Alton unit Godfrey have been seeking a change in an ordinance compelling them to construct sidewalks. Attorney Bruce Quackenbusli, representing the subdividers, submitted the resolution calling for the eliminating of sidewalks as a requirement for subdivisions outside the city limits, except tho* along state routes and county highways. The resolution, after much debate, was laid over until the next meeting. If the plan commission adopts the resolution, it will then go to the city council for consideration as an amendment to the ordinance. No One Reported Injured BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Another bomb blast shook Birmingham today a few hours after a two-man presidential team arrived to help restore racial unity to the big steel city. There were no reports of casualties and no disorder. Police Detective Maurice House said that two bombs were detonated in an apparent plan to kill or injure the residents. He said that a small dynamite blast was set off first, apparently to draw the sleeping community out of their homes where they could be cut down by the second blast, a homemade shrapnel bomb. The plan misfired, however, and the second bomb exploded before anyone came outdoors. The latest bombing — Birmingham has had more than 40 since World War II — was in a middle income Negro neighborhood on Birmingham's southside, across town from the 16th Street Baptist Church where four girls were killed in a blast Sept. 15. The church bombing climaxed months of racial unrest and resulted in the sending of former Secretary of the Army Kenneth Royall and former Army football coach Earl Blaik to the city. The presidential team had set up meetings today with white and Negro leaders. The bombing was reported to police jitj.:30.a.m. Pplice. Lt. F.. WrEloyd said that Negroes in the neighborhood were "the most orderly group of colored people I have ever seen." Officers said that apparently someone from a moving car tossed an undetermined amount of explosive at a street intersection. The house nearest the intersection was damaged extensively. Helmeted police officers and state troopers cut off traffic into the area. Small knots of Negroes gathered outside their homes, but no incidents were reported. Czechs May Seek to Buy U.S. Wheat UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) —Czechoslovak Foreign Minister Vaclav David said after seeing Secretary of State Dean Rusk today that his Iron Curtain country is interested in buying American wheat, if conditions are favorable. David told newsmen, after an lour's session with Rusk, that Czechoslovakia had a better wheat :rop this year than last," but of course the production of grain is not sufficient to cover our need." "That means we will have to auy some wheat," he said. David said details of any Czech- U.S. wheat deal would have to be worked out by negotiators for ;he two sides. Russians Ratify Test Ban MOSCOW (AP)-The Presidium of the Supreme Sovh't tixfuy ratified the limited iiuoleoi- (c-st ban treaty—24 hours a,most to the minute after the U.S. Senate ailed. Tass reported the vote in the 33- member body was unanimous, which everyone had expected. The Presidium, under the Soviet constitution, has the power to act when the Supreme Soviet itself is not in session. Its decrees are rubber-stamped when the full body meets which is usually in December. TODAY'S CHUCKLE Modern girls may not know how to cook — but they know what's cookin'. (Q 1963. General fr'uutures Corp.)

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