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PAGE FOUR ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1963 Editorials. What we think ahout... Water Report... Senate Vote... JFK Tour Courageous Trv. Anyway VC'foetlirr you .icrec with the drc.itoi Alton Association of Commerce's .innomiced opposing city purclu<c of the Alton \V .Her Co.'s local facilities or not. at least \ ou li.ive to jive the .issoci.ition credit for courageous action. Leaders of the association have held a dim view for sonic time on the purchase, being possessed as thc-y were of information on the potentialities. The announced stand may not make the group friends among those who have assumed, in view of the fight over attempted rate raises, that anything would be better than private ownership for the utility. But we believe the report demonstrates honest researcli and sincere effort to arrive at a responsible conclusion on the question. Certainly the association cannot be accused of being pressured by any particular group of members. It has too wide a range of sentiment among these members. ^ ou may not agree with the basis for the statistics quoted by the Association report. At least the report presents a set of statistics which now can be discussed publicly; must stand*the test of debate, which we hope remains enlightened. We hope it wilJ be tested — with a thoroughness that will leave no bne in doubt at die conclusions eventually reached, no matter which way they may lean. The water company purchase fim •»!.<. revived. tlm trip around (it had been before the city council times before, over the years) because it first appeared ownership of the utility would sweeten our municipal sewer bond issues — particularly the revenue bonds. Other cities' experiences with the revenue bond method of financing sewers, however, serve to "sweeten" the general view of such securities, anyway, by indicating collection of tees was more feasible than at first believed, without the support of water utility ownership by the city. More recently the battle over rates has served to stimulate further discussion over the purchase. Still more recently, however, the Illinois-Missouri Bi-State Agency's actions on bus fares may well raise a question of just how well public ownership of other utilities might affect the consumer when the utilities arc pulled out from under commerce commission control. 1 he discussion is Jar from over. We hope our public — including our neighbors to the north in Godfrey who were cited in the GAAC's report — will all keep open minds on the question as both sides have at it. The Senate Votes Solid Xo matter what you think about the decision reached, the manner of Senate vote on the nuclear test ban treaty Tuesday certainly had to be repre- sentative government at its greatest hour. Ninety nine of the Senate's 100 members voted on the issue. I he only one not voting was Sen. Clatr I'.nglc of California, who was so ill it would have been inadvisable for him to vote even if he insisted on it. Our observers from across the waters cannot criticize that this was government by default, tvery possible member of the Senate registered his sentiment on the question, and the vote went far over the necessary two-thirds in a completely bipartisan combination. Our enemies and doubters abroad would do well to note, too. we are not going into this treaty with dewy-eyed optimism that this is the final answer to the questoin of "peace in our time." Even the most enthusiastic proponents of the treaty, led by President Kennedy, himself, warned that it \\.is but a single step in the direction of a peaceful world. More important, they promised that the government would remain alert to all possibilities. ot chicanery on the part of our adversaries in Moscow. The promise is backed up by a program of continued research and readiness for new testing on vhort notice if we find it rendered advisable by a new resort to the war of nerves on Russia's part. f he greatest danger of all now is not at government level, but back home, lest our citizenry get talse impressions of security, or a slackening otf in international tension, and thereby bring pressure on the government to let down our continued efforts (and expenditures) on behalf of safety and world freedom. Double Purpose Jaunt President Kennedy began Tuesday one of those double-purpose and poorly disguised traveling jaunts which have become a characteristic institution of the presidency. He is flying across the country, stopping in 10 different states for a dozen speeches on the subject of conservation. Lach time he will make his speech to mark some great features of the nation's program in this direction. These trips by presidents as warmups for forthcoming re-election campaigns have become an accepted thing. They deceive no one for what they are — an outright reminder to the folks in all parts of the country of the benefits they enjoy under a particular incumbent administration. Yet they do have the virtue of frequently reviving our awareness of what has been done for us specifically, and keeping us apprised of the nation's various geographical and physical features. j Make Them Think Twice The United States apparently has gone out of its way to plant conjecture in a number of different. places on the purpose behind the purpose behind its test airlift of a division to Germany next month. The announced motive, of course, is a mere test. We doubt such a test is needed, inasmuch n we pretty well know what our capabilities in this direction are. It is more likely a reminder — to Europeans as well as their leaders — that this can be done. The announced motive, again, is to put the thought in their minds that, inasmuch as we can airlift a division into Germany so speedily, perhaps we won't need to keep our troops there very much longer as a guard against Russian attack. That, in turn, could well father the thought in European minds that we were thinking seriously of withdrawing our forces from European soil. At least it could increase the appreciation of having them there. These forces have operated well to the economic advantage of European nations, and against our own economy, in that they set our international gold balance out of kilter. Perhaps this is 3 much-needed war of nerves against our own friends. The purpose could well be to whet their interest mure deeply in our economic welfare and problems, and to extract from them proposals for relief from the gold drain which threatens our soundness. PAUL S. COUS1.EY, Editor Readers Forum Protect Our Destroyers In 1JM5 the Sees--: :c tri; Uta?:ed States rxtiSfc th? " r • ' -: d Nations Chir^er w^os? frriKfrr.: is the Pd, Go£ Ls>x.. <s ,\ treaty o'rhr.=.::ijc 7m* jers deprived ali ciiascs ft this of all th£.ir c\x3SDroS:Eu£ and pri\Ti«rrS. Tbf 11 5. -§ Court has dec-larai ibs Ibssty Law superscoss cacBSSsfieeal law. Thus, cxrr Aassscaa boys were sent to right in Korea, cot under the American flag but under the UN banner. After the Armistice, the R e d Chinese admitted they still held 988 American soldiers prisoner. Many have died in communist slave labor camps, but over 400 are still alive today. What is our government doing about it? Nothing, because these men are no longer American soldiers, but United Nations soldiers. While our boys fight and die for our constitution that no longer protects them, we cowardly tolerate such nonsense as the recent attacks on the House Committee of Un-American Activities. Our laws have become protectors to those who would destroy them, while we deny those who defend them. David Lawrence States Rights Wrong Label? o WASHINGTON — At last the eyes of the law are on a trouble- making group in Birmingham which has been playing a mysterious role in Alabama and elsewhere to the consternation of both those citizens who favor and those who oppose integration of the public schools. Just why should an organization call itself a "National States Rights Party" and adopt a name that has been used in previous years in the South by persons who had no connection with racial demonstrations? Just why should such a comparatively new group — composed to no small extent of individuals from outside the state and Canada — issue a monthly newspaper in Birmingham which has been printing scurrilous and baseless attacks on the personal life of President Kennedy and other articles impugning the patriotic motives of prominent persons in the North, with bitter attacks especially on Catholics and Jews? What has all this to do with 'states' rights?" A federal grand jury has just indicted some of the members of this so-called "states' rights" group — all of them white — for alleged conspiracy to interfere with a court order and some for allegedly obstructing by violence the process of law enforcement in desegregating public schools. Two white boys — arrested and charged with shooting a 13-year- old Negro boy a few hours after a negro church was bombed on Sept. 15 in Birmingham — had just attended an impassioned rally held by the "states' rights" group. Where does the money come from to finance such a mischief- making organization? The time would seem to be ripe for the House Committee on Un-American Activities to subpoena records and ascertain whether any foreign funds have been coming to the Birmingham group. Again and again, in different parts of the world — especially in Latin America — groups that seem to be still espousing the Hitler-Nazi doctrines are found to have close links with Communist agents. What more natural way for the Communists to stir up trouble and friction! The whole story of how the law- abiding people of Birmingham have been maligned through such incidents as the church bombings and otherwise will sooner or later be revealed. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has not been able under federal law to delve into crimes which are in the category of state offenses and can only come into a case where some specific federal statute is involved, such as transporting dynamite across state lines. Before long it is conceivable that leads turned up by the FBI will disclose the perpetrators of the church bombings. In fact, there are rumors thai such a breakthrough is not far distant. Maybe a congressional committee should take a look at the previous background of the personnel and also inquire into the sources of all the financial aid that may have been received by some of the various organizations wliich seem so anxious to foment trouble inside the United States. (& 1963 N.Y. Herald-Tribune, Inc.) Today's Prayer O Thou Whose purpose was revealed completely in Christ, help me to see more clearly Thy will for my life. Show me a plain path to greater service that I may render in the spirit of my Lord. Each diiy as I earn my living, may my daily work be done to Thy glory and inspired by T h y Holy Spirit Amen. —Robert W. Burns, Allanla. Ga., minister, P e a c h t r e e Christian Church. (i> 1963 by the Division of Christian EUucullou, National Council ol the Churches of Christ In the U. S. A.) In keeping with this theme, the American Civil Liberties Union, rhetorical concubine for the Americans for Democratic Action, has announced that it is unconstitutional for chaplains to serve in our armed forces. It is not enough that the lives of our young men be sacrificed and destroyed. They want our very soul. It will be interesting to note the stand the National Council of Churches will take on this. LOIS PETERSEN 1217 Central Alton, 111. Star spangled Fan As a National League baseball fan, I have listened to playing of the National Anthem in every National League park in the country. I have never heard, in any of these parks, playing of the National Anthem equal to what these "kids" play on the practice field at Alton High. In the ball parks they seem to play the Anthem so fast that mere doesn't seem to be much rhythm in it. I, think they just want to get it over with so they can start playing ball. But not over on our practice field. The director and the youngsters refuse to hurry, and you can really hear it as it should be played. I think every day before practice is over, they play the Anthem. I live about three blocks from the field and hear them almost every day. I believe any other people living in the vicinity will agree with me. I am not trying to say we have the best high school band in the country, and I don't know the director of the youngsters. But I do love their music. ALBERT C. WIEGAND, 2415 Judson Ave. Raw Power After reading the civil rights bill that our President recently presented to Congress, one can't help but conclude that this proposal is 10 per cent civil rights and 90 per cent federal control. It vests in one person, the Attorney General, the President's brother, Bobby, more raw, naked power over the life and property of the citizens of this nation than has ever before been held by any man. The Kennedy's would have (he power to black list banks, contractors, schools, businesses, and individuals, all without trial by jury, without notice of even hearing. And the penalty would be fine or imprisonment. These people are seeking lo erect a scaffold to hang the American people for the sin of violating some nebulous thing called "civil rights." J''RED J. MILLER Rte. I Jerseyvillc, 'BUT, i CAN'T AFFORD A RAISE! I'M PLANNING MY FUTURE! I DEMAND A cur IN Allen-Scott Report Phantom Airf orce Near WASHINGTON - President Kennedy and his foreign policy advisers are becoming deeply involved in some intriguing but conflicting machinations with anti-Castro raiders in the Caribbean. With the full knowledge of the White House and Central Intelligence Agency, a "phantom" air- force is being quietly organized on the territory of a strongly anti- Castro government in Central America for sneak raids on Cuba. Ten B-26s and five B-25s, light World War II bombers were flown to the "phantom" airforce's secret Caribbean airbase after being purchased in the U.S. Surplus World War II bombs and rockets also were obtained here. Manned by a mixed group of anti-Castro Cuban refugees, Latin Americans and Americans, this small airforce has staged one successful raid, an attack on a Cuban chemical plant, since its organization more than two months ago. The "phantom" airforce i.s not under U.S. control although the CTA is trying desperately, but so far without success, to regulate and limit its operations. In direct contrast to this bold venture, U.S. Customs and Immigration officials on direct orders from President Kennedy are tightening their iron-fisted ban against Americans privately helping anti - Castro raiders throughout the Caribbean. Already a half - dozen U. S. citizens, including two who undertook daring raids in 196] for the CIA, were summoned before U.S. Customs officials at night and formally warned that their activities were considered "contrary to the interest of the U.S." In once instance, D. F. Cardoza, supervising Customs agent of Region II, called in Alexander Rorke, Jr., of New York, who made headlines last April by bombing an oil refinery outside of Havana, and threatened him with fines of $5,000 and two years in jail if he continued helping the anti-Castro raiders. When Rorke demanded to know Allen Scott ulio had authorized this warning, he was bluntly told: "It comes directly from the Great White Father in Washington — President Kennedy." In addition to this unusual threat, the Wliite House succeeded in grounding the last of Rorke's two planes — being used as air cargo carriers — by having the Stale Department cancel his "sojourn" certificate that permitted flights to the Caribbean. But even before this certificate was officially voided, U.S. Custom officials invaded a private Florida airfield and threatened to shoot the tires off Rorke's piane if his pilot, Geoffrey F. Sullivan, tried to take to the air. At the time, Rorke was readying his piano to carry "lobster tails" and "fresh meal" to the Caribbean to help meet payments due on another plane and a boat, both of which the government had seized earlier and is still holding. (& 11)03, The Hall Syndicate, Inc.) Victor Riesel State Causes Boycott Easing WASHINGTON, D. C. — It is the position of the U.S. Department of State that efforts by American longshoremen and seamen to boycott Communist goods are "misguided." This sentiment was presented to foreign statesmen and to at least one inquiring U. S. citizen in official communication's. These letters have been followed by visits of State Dcpt. officers to some union headquarters. There, the government men urged the movement of Communist cargo coming in from the USSR and Eastern Europe. The visits are recent. In the course of these conversations. Hie emissaries from the State Dept. revealed that the official attitude of the government is to help the Russians and their satellite bloc because "Red China is the real enemy now." One of the letters, which w'a s signed by State Dept. Director of the Office of Public Services, Daniel Montenegro, left absolutely m> doubt that White House policy is . to encourage increased trade with Eastern Europe. In this communication, dated as recently as June IS, 1963, Mr. Montenegro said: "The effort to boycott goods from Communist countries constitutes a determined but misguided attempt by groups of individuals to put into effect their own concepts of what U.S. foreign trade policy should be. The activities of these groups are not only contrary to existing U.S. policy but are also detrimental to the economic and political interests of this country." Mr. Montenegro said that trade with the Soviet bloc is important because it keeps open the communications between both sides. "It has long been the policy ol the U.S.," added Montenegro, "under this and the previous administration to favor the increased contacts between East and West which flow from trade in peaceful goods. The policy of this government seeks, among other things, to increase the American presence and influence in Eastern Europe in pursuit of common Western policy in the area. "We aim to keep open and widen the channels between the U.S. and the peoples of Eastern Eur- • ope. "For these reasons and be- trade i.s helpful in itself, the government has pursued this policy." .Montenegro then revealed that during 1962 our exports to the' European - Soviet, bloc countries totaled $125 million. In turn the U.S. bought from these countries materials worth some $78 million. Thus American producers made a net gain — and so did the U.S. balance of payments, he wrote. Under government pressure the ^ longshoremen have eased their " boycott. They now are unloading Polish hams and other goods'' from that land, as well as mater- ~ ial from Marshal Tito's Yugo- , slavia. ~ The longshoremen's leaders are aware that the Soviet blot- now is." •using small coastwise steamers, to haul goods from Russian and Eastern European ports to Ham- — burg, Rotterdam or Antwerp, for example. At these ports the car- . goes are split. Some are loaded aboard big ocean-going freighters Ixnmd for Cuba. Some are put on board vessels bound for the U.S. The Communists make a profit on goods sent here — a profit in dollars. The Communists need those . dollars, first, to pay for the ma- ; terial they buy in the U.S. — and they buy only what they need, and will continue to purchase ' here, says Gleason. regardless of whether we buy from them. Secondly, the Communist bloc needs those dollars to pay for British, Dutch, Scandinavian and French freighters hauling equipment and .supplies lo Cuba. Thus the longshoremen feel that abandonment of the boycott would simply open , the U.S. to Soviet bloc; dumping here and .prove a source of hard currency lo pay for the build-up of Castro's regime. (iQ 1963, The Hall Syndicate, Inc.) A LTON E VENING T ELEGRAPH 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 <H^^^K> The Audit Bureau of Circulation Second Class Postage Paid at Alton, 111. Subscription price 40 cents weekly by carrier; $12 a year by mall in Illinois and Missouri; $18 in all other slates. Mail subscriptions not accepted in towns where carrier delivery is available. Local advertising rates and contract information on application at Telegraph business office, in 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 SEPTEMBER 35, 1038 The American Hospital Association, in Convention at Dallas, Texas, voted to give Alton the National Hospital Day award for the best city-wide observance on May 12. Tribute was paid particularly to Alton citizens in appreciation of their hospital institutions and particular etreas on the cooperation given by the newspaper. The Board ol Supervisors was studying a resolution that the Alton town board call a special election for the same date as the general election, to fill vacancies in the office of justice ol the peace and Alton township constable. Dan Gorman and Roger W. Turley announced themselves us candidates if the election was called. Amy Wilson, 13, daughter ol Mr. and Mr*>. Albert Wileon ot nfar Michael, suffered a fractured ankle when she was caught between a trailer and an automobile. The Rev. E. O. Allen, pastor of the East Alton Methodist Church, was named conference evangelist al the: annual conference of Methodist Churches of Southern Illinois. Death of Charles Shannon, Shell Petroleum Corp. employe, whose body was found near a truck used for hauling waste material from the refinery, was attributed to a heart attack, Deputy Coroner Harry Murks announced. Preston Baker, son of Mrs. Anna Thole, was visiting hero on a 45-day naval leave from his .ship USS Houston. Baker had been aboard ship when President F. D. Roosevelt made his two trips lo the Hawaiian Islands, and on a more recent trip lo Gula Pagos Islands. Alton Chapter, Order of DcMolay, led its division for the number of new members received during the fiscal year in cities of 65,000 or under. The public fountain on Delmar Avenue in front of Hartford Village Hall was knocked over by a tree, struck by an Alton motorist. Miss Marie Hull, chief operator and clerk of the Jerseyville Telephone Co., ranked first among 15 chief operators in statewide competition connected with the 34th annual convention of the Illinois Telephone Association in Peoria. 50 Years Ago SEPTEMBER 35, Many fanners of Alton urea, armed with shotguns, were reported to be sleeping in their stables, or keeping all-night vigils at their barn lots, lo guard against visits of the tail clippers. An Upper Allon undertaker liud provided an untied niglit watchman for his livery barn. Use of bloodhounds in Foster towiiship in an effort to trace the clippers who visited the Gulp farm had failed. Far more undamaged wheat had been uncovered in the fire-wracked Stanard-Tilton elevator than had been estimated, and the American Flour & Grain Co. of Nashville which bid in the wheat aj $65,000 seemed destined to make a profit of $60,000 to $70,000. John S. Schoffner, the company representative, said he had "bid on his nerve for a cat in a sack," found his judgment vindicated beyond his best expectations. Wheat removal operations revealed water had penetrated far less deep into the wheat bins than had been generally supposed. Schoffner expected to salvage about 150,000 bushels of good wheat. The Alton firm ol Pfeiffenberger & Son was among architects submitting competitive plans (or the new county courthouse at Edwardsville. Four Alton young men were studying dentistry at Washington University. F. Al. Kane was to be graduated at the end of the year; Robert Lowry and James Gple- mun had begun their sophomore years, and Carl Whiteman bad registered as a freshman. The packet Clyde with a cargo of 1,600 barrels of Calhoun apples made its downstream trip to St. Louis with one engine completely disabled. The boat was unable to make a landing here. The captain shouted to men at thi! wharf here, "Telephone our office to provide help so we can land at St. Louis." A fox with a chicken firmly grasped In Its jaws was killed by a C&A train on the QUtoH near the Wickenhauser Bros.' farm. William E. Stwtton, 65, a Jersey county oil company employe, wag fatally injured when knocked down and trampled on a Jerseyville itreet by a, runaway horse that had. taken fright at an automobile. The new office building of Illinois Qlass Co. was completed and was to be occupied In about a week after linoleum was laid and furnlslitngs moved in. The building, with equipment, had cost about $50,000. - ••

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