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y DOUG THOMPSON Staff Writer STL LOUld - The East- Wes Oatewjjiy Coordinating couricil reversed an earlier reversal! Wednesday by deciding oncd again to bark a Columbia-Waterloo site fir the St. Louils new regional jetport. After 45 minutes of debate and name calling, and a serks of counter motions that passed or fdiled by 11 to 7 votes, the council rescinded its decisiori last montli backing continued use of Lairbert Fled and voted 11 teway reverses again, endorses Waterloo jetport site to to once again back the Waterloo site. Last month's decision, to back continued use of Lambert-St. Louis Internationa! Airport was a reversal of an earlier decision by tha Gateway Council board to back the Waterloo site. "This resolution is the worst type of dereliction of duty,' St. Louis County Supervisor Lawrence Roos said after the vote, "Henry M. Robert in, author of Roberts Rules of Order must be rolling illustriously in his grave." The debate began early in the meeting Wednesday when St.. Louis Mayor A. J. Co--- vantes introduced a letter from 12 members, a majority of the board, complaining that the action last month was no' the desire of a majority of the board. "Since eight of the un dersigned were not able to attend the July 26 meeting, we wish to record our, strong objection to the manner in which this important Issue on which the full membership has already spoken was handled, and has been misrepresented, and we demand that the record remain clear that a majority of ... board members continue to support unequivocal'y the airport development in Illinois," the letter said. Those signing the letter included Cervantes; Madison County Board Chairma^ Nelson Hagnauer; the Rev. John Q. Owens of Alton; Bethalto Mayor Erwln Plegge and John N. Bellcoff. president of the Southwestern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Commission. Roos immediately moved 10 have the letter received an-1 filed. Cervants countered with a resolution rescinding last month's action and establishing regional planning around an Illinois airport sitt. Raising a point of orde,-, Roos said Cervantes was violating Roberts Rules of Order by introducing the resolution. "This council does not operate under Roberts Rules of Order," Cervantes said "What rules do we operate under then?" asked Roos. "Foley's rules," Cervantes replied. Francis Foiey. chairman of the St. Cla'.r County Board of Supervisors, is chairman of the Gateway board and supporter of the Illinois site. Roos said the resolution from Cervantes should be studied for a month and should not be presented to the board "cold." Gene Bowman from the Illinois Department of Highways said anyone who thought the airport issue was "co'.d" had not been attending board meetings. "I find nothing sudden or underhanded about this resolution," Bowman said. "II anything was underhanded, it was that resolution last month that was sneaked through the council when most members were gone." Roos won on his motion fo have the letter received and filed by an 11-7 vote, but lo.st everything else by the same margin. An amendment to the Cervantes resolution deleting any firm commitment to the Waterloo site was defeated 117. A motion to table the resolution was also defeated 11-7. "Anyone want to guess what the vote on my resolution will be?" a smiling Cervantes asked just befoie approval came by an 11-7 vote. H c n r y -J. Elmendorf, chairman of the Missouri-St. Louis Metropolitan Airpor* Authority, claimed after '.ho meeting that the decision ' : is simply another politically motivated power play." "This facility (the new airport.) is too important to the economic well being of the St. Louis area and, Indeed, all of Missouri to become a political football." Elmendorf said. His group backs location of the new airport in Missouri Roos said afterwards that the council's decision "isn't really all that important." "The FAA t will decide where the airport will go," Roos said, "and I'm sure they are not waiting breathlessly for our decision." ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Vol. J.37, No. 195 <T5 Alton Telegraph Printing Co., 1972 \ Serving Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Greene and Calhoun Counties Alton, Illinois, Thursday, August 31, 1972 ' 2 SECTIONS 32 PAGES Price lOc Est. Jan. 15, 1836 .Nixon seeks Si-billion : •• — ™ • - ~^*f ^T^l • ^™^ ^™^« ^^^™» ^_w« ^MHW ~^^^^ ^H^^ MMH trade pact with Japan By FFANK CORMIER HONOLULU (AP) — President Ni of midday, pu agenda, billion sfusion bassado on, beginning a round 'acific conferences to- Vietnam! first on the then a bid for a dollar economiq tran- rom Japan. Befor opening iformal sum- visiting Minister mit t ilks . with Japanese Priiiie Kakuei Tanaka, Nixon set aside :he morhing for a Vietnam revievj' with Isworth Bunker, U.S. El- Amr to Saigqn. The President and Mrs. Nixon were on hand at Hickam Air Force base — a major target of Japan's 1941 attack that brought the United States nto World War II — to welcome the stocky who was" installed as Tanaka, prime month. minister only last The President and his ad- .visers hope two days of sessions with Tanaka will produce a formal agreement by Japan to place an extra billion dollars on orders for American goods ranging from jet aircraft to feed grain. Actually, the U.S. government would like Japan to up the ante to $2 billion, but preliminary talks in Tokyo indicated the lesser amount was more likely. Americans currently are buying Japanese goods worth $3.8 billion more than they are selling to the Japanese each year This imbalance is one factor behind the weakness of the dollar in international money markets. Nixon and Tanaka will also talk about developing ties between their two countries and China. While in Hawaii, the President and Mrs. Nixon are scheduling some activities that presumably could benefit the chief executive's campaign for a second term. Mrs. Nixon, for example, was to spend more than seven hours today on the island of Hawaii, visiting good-works projects and being foted at an evening luau.. The Nixons, in what was regarded as at least a semi- political event, spent an hour Wednesday night shaking hands with about 600 Hawaii business, political and civic leaders at the oceanside estate of long-time Republican Clare Boothe Luce. Nixon's schedule for today was confijied solely to official business, however. Henry A. Kissinger, his foreign policy adviser, described the mor- ning meeting with Bunker as a review of the situation in Vietnam and the search for a negotiated settlement of the war. In welcoming Tanaka at a state arrival ceremony in a Hickam hangar, Nixon said: "May we always meet as we meet today, working for the great goals of peace in the Pacific and peace in the world." Tanaka responded by noting the increased national strength of Japan and saying: "With this in mind, we wish to strengthen further the already solid foundation of friendship and mutual trust between Japan and the United States and to promote even more wide-ranging cooperative relations in the coming years. I earnestly hope that my meeting with President Nixon will mark the beginning of a new era of constant dialogue between our two countries " Flying to . Hawaii Wednesday wiih the Nixons were Secretary of State William P. Rogers, Undersecretary U. Alexis Johnson, Assistant Secretary Marshall Green and Kissinger. Kissinger told reporters a Nixon-Tanaka communique had been blocked out in general terms in advance of the Hawaii summit, as a result,of a Kissinger mission to Tokyo earlier this month and meetings between Japanese leaders and the American ambassador there. An estimated 5,000 Hawaiians turned out to greet the Nixons when they arrived in a rain shower. , \ Lenin medal American communist Angela Davis receives a Lenin Jubilee Medal in Moscow Wednesday from Mrs. Yag- dar Nasriddinova, chairman of the House of Nationalities of the Supreme Soviet. Miss Davis said, "This is the greatest honor I have ever had." (AP Wire- photo) Rubenstein freed after testimony By JOE MELOSr Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE - An Alton salvage dealer described by police as a "fence" for stolen goods has been freed of a theft charge in exchange for his testimony in the murder-burglary trial of Alvin Oswalt, 22, who Wednesday was sentenced to 18-40 years in prison, the Telegraph learned today. Oswalt -was found guilty July 14 by a jury of killing 90-year old Mary Wilson Dec. 26 with a fence post and with taking two pistols which Gordon Rubenstein testified he bought. Rubenstein was a key witness in the trial of the 21- year old Grafton resident, Oswalt, who also was convicted of a burglary charge. A check of the court file shows that Oswalt had admitted to Alton detectives that he sold the two guns taken from the Wilson home to Rubenstein -and also that he had disposed of other stolen goods at Rubenstein's place of business in the 300 block of Dry Street. Owalt said in a statement that he and an accomplice sold loot to Rubenstein which they had stolen from a number of homes in Alton and area. Rubenstein was indicted Feb. 10 for "knowingly obtaining control" over property stolen from the home of Richard Vandergrift Jan. 21. Alton police confiscated four television sets, a clock, two Polaroid cameras, a Japanese rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, a .32 caliber automatic pistol, two pocket watches and a movie camera from Rubenstein in January. The items were from the Vandergrift home. According (o the court file, to search his place by signing Rubenstein permitted police to search his place by signing a waiver. Later, he surrendered the stolen goods. Police valued the items at $523. In July, Oswalt went to trial in the murder of Mrs. Wilson and on July 14, he was convicted by a jury of murder and burglary. Rubenstein's testimony linking the guns taken from the Wilson home with Oswalt was described as a key to the conviction. Then, 17 days later, the theft charge pending against Rubenstein was dropped. It alleged the salvage Rate hikes without price board ok sought By DENNIS McMURRAY Telegraph Staff Writer At a time when big rale increase requests are before it from Union Electric and Illinois Power, the Illinois Commerce Commission is seeking to bypass the Price Commission which would make rate decisions of the Illinois commission no longer subject to the federal commission, the Telegraph learned today. Illinois Commerce Commission officials met recently in Washington with Price Commission staff, trying to arrange this bypass, Gray Staples of the price board's general council's office told the Telegraph today. Thirteen states have already been "certificated", exempted from federal rate decisions by the Price Commission review, which means ut'lity bills are no longer subject to Federal Price control. However, U.S. Sen. Lee M e t c a I f, D-Montana, a longtime utility critic, today charged the bypassing would make no difference because the Price Commission has been rubber stamping utility rate increases that come before it, anyway. Metcalf recently entered into the Congressional Record lists of the 100 electric utilities with the biggest profits and also a list of utility rate increases approved by the Price Board. Union Electric, according to the industries own trade Operation big lift A helicopter this morning lifts more than 80 tons of steel into place for the $4.5 million Laclede Steel Co. pollution control project. (Telegraph Photo by Don Hayej) Ogilvie opposes teacher strikes DU QUOIN, 111. (AP) Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie has voiced strong opposition to teacher strikes. The governor said Thursday while campaigning in Southern Illinois he is not o p p o s e d to collective bargaining by teachers as members of a union or association, "but 1 adamantly oppose their using a strike to further their objectives." Ogilvie's position was opposite that of his Democratic opponent for governor, Daniel Walker, who has said teachers -".should have full union power including the right to strike." magazine, was the 24th most profitable electric utility in 1971, in terms of net profit after taxes as a percentage of revenue. The price board approved a 2.11 per cent increase given UE lust December, even though UE had a net profit of 16.64 cents on the dollar. Union Electric currently has a request for a 25 per cent increase in electric rates before the Illinois commission, which is to resume hearings this fall. Illinois Power had a net profit after taxes, based on percentage of revenue, of 15.17 cents on the dollar in 1971. IP currently is asking for a 15 per cent rate in- civase, af'.er a request for the same amount was denied in full by the Illinois commission in May. Illinois Power has not been allowed a general rate in- Uncrowned king rules his islands By IAN McCAUSLANU SYENEY (AP) - The King of the Cocos walks through his island kingdom in bare feet, z dagger i|t bis waist. He is John Clunies-Ross, a Scotsman about 45, whose coral domain 't: the Indian Ocean is abou| to be shake ,1 by tie Austp.i'uai government. An ofi'kiia! report tells of his * neofeiudal role as overlcrd of tl|ie 483 Malays work his big copra ions. who plant! t The luicrovwipd king is a de- scendant of a Scottish adventurer who in 1827 was the tost permanent settler of the Cocos, a cluster of 27 coral islands 1,720 miles northwest of Perth. In 1886 Queen Victoria granted the islands, which have a lund area of 5.5 square miles, to the clan in perpetuity. According to the oliicial report, attitudes have changed little since then. («.M. Kerr, an assistant secretary in Australia's External Tervilwiei Department, reported there is no' written law. and the only court is made up of Clunies-Ross, his plantation manager, James Dixon, and six headmen. If there is an appeal, Clunies- Ross sits as the sole judge. The average weekly wage is about $2.40. paid in tokens which can only be redeemed at a Clunie's-Ross store, despite an Australian agreement with Ciunies-lioss in 1956 — when Britain handed over administration of the Cocos to Australia — that he would introduce Australian currency. Australians who have lived on Cocos say the natives are well cared for. And Clunies-Ross reportedly has brought one facet of modern life to his people. He is said to have achieved '/.cm population growth by distributing birth control pills free. Under the 1956 agreement, Clunies-l!oss sold or leased ,'ili-l acres of West Island to the Australian government for use as an air base and communications comer. The remainder is under his direct rule, and the official report said villagers are forbidden to leave without Ins permission. II they do, they are mil permitted to return. Cluiiies-Koss also maintains a Howard Hughes-like secrecy by deciding who can and cannui visit his kingdom. His wife and six children live in England and he is believed to spend six months every other year with them there. John Peacock, Australia's minister of external territories, told Parliament Wednesday that he plans to vi.sil the Elands in the next tew weeks to check conditions He sa:d "a fundamental reappraisal" of relationship.-, between Chimes- Uoss and the inhabitants is needed. crease since 1959, but has six times been ordered by the Illinois commission to reduce its rates on the grounds it was making excess profits. Staples of the Price Commission staff refused to tell the Telegraph how the Illinois commission presently did not meet the "certification" (by passing the commission) requirements but he outlined the general criteria for such (See Page 2, Col. 3) Thieving family heads for /////s A "family" invaded a family shoestore — Hill Brothers — in East Alton Wednesday night and in a razzle-dazzle operation walked off with 12 pairs of shoes they didn't pay for. but leaving plenty of shoes behind. Two women, a man. and a girl about IB, entered the More, scattered, and. after they left without buying anything, the manager and a c I e r k found 12 empty shoeboxes on the shelf. Kast Alton police could use as clues the size of shoes missing. The "family" will be mostly female and weaiiug si/.e shoes of 8. 5, 1\>,. and a 9: two intants with 6 and 5i:_, si/.e feet: and one child with a M/.C li fool. H'lial should make il easier lor the cops is that unly one shoe \uis taken Irnm one <n Ihe boxe.s. leauiu; a si/.e s lady's shoe. Which should mean police can kmk for a vuimaii with one leg who has a size K tool dealer bougnt items stolen from the Vandergrift home. The court file shows that on Aug. 1, Assistant State's Attorney John C. Webster filed a motion to dismiss the theft charge and the motion was allowed by Criminal Court Judge John Gitchoff. The sentences were imposed against Oswalt by Circuit Judge William Beatty — 1 to 5 years on the burglary conviction and 18 to 48 years for murder in the fence-picket slaying of Mrs. Wilson — following a hearing into extenuating circumstances or aggravation in the related crimes. The prosecution, represented at the hearing by Assistant State's Attorney John T. Roach of Alton, had recommended sentences of 5 to 8 years on the burglary conviction and 30 to 35 years on the murder conviction Charge. Oswalt was represented by Dick Allen of the Madison County Public defender's office. Judge Beatty directed that Oswalt's commitment to the penitentiary be stayed until Sept. 5, and set Sept. 15 as the filing of any post-trial motions. Another defendant in the eases. Allen Lee Cox. 20. of 2801 KernvvoiKl. Alton, was previously sentenced to 14-20 years in prison for his complicity in the burglary- murder case. He had pleaded guiltv July 7. Findley said to abuse mail frank By BILL LIIOTKA Telegraph Staff Writer Robert O'Shea, Democratic candidate for Congress in the 20th Congressional Distiict, today accused incumbent Paul Findley with abusing tne free-mailing privileges by sending postage-free newsletters and questionnaires to Madison County residents, although Madison County wi'll not be in the new district until January. In a mid-morning press conference at Springfield, O'Shea charged Findley with "gross misrepresentation to the people of Macoupin, Madison and Montgomery counties." "Through his actions and words, he has tried to make these people believe he Is their elected representative — which, of course, he is not." Donald Norton, an aide to Findley, replied to Telegraph questioning about O'Shea's charges, saying that every Congressman in Illinois has adopted" the new districF '' boundaries after a U. S. Court decision last September. "We represent the area as a result of the U.S. Court decision," Norton said. "At the end of its decision, the court said the new districts are hereby in effect." Norton said that, immediately after the court decision, all 24 Illinois Congressmen began representing the people in the boundaries determined by the court, handling local problems and working on community projects. O'Shea, • however, contends that the court ordered the reapportionment for the purposes of the election of candidates in 1972 "who shall take office in 1973." Under the court's order, parts of Madison and Montgomery and all of Macoupin County were included in the new 20th district and five counties were removed from it. "That order made no change whatever with respect to the geographic areas being represented by Congressmen elected to serve through 1972," O'Shea said. O'Shea said that "federal funds have been improperly diverted toward pure arid simple campaign uses." "These expenditures ou^lit to be accounted for, reimbursed to the United States Treasury, and reported as campaign expenditure as required by the Federal Klectum Campaign Act o( 1971," O'Shea said. S i in 11 a r charges we"R leveled last week against Congressman George Shipley, D-Olney, by his Republican (Se« Page 2, Col. 5) Inside Kdiioriiil V4 Illinois role in prison relorm Insurance V-3 State Kami to cut rates. Schools A-2 Kdvvardsville teacher* go back. Sports li-S Olympics .stir ('motions. I'ainih \-\* Revival of liandi i ailing Mind Vow Munc> . . A-12 I'nsale school IJIIM.-•< Personal Finance . . A-12 Wailing in Inic id llii, 1 bank. Harris A-5 Alienated' voters shun Mc- liuvern. Hoche A-5 Unassuming Eleanor. Weather .... £4 Chance of showers Friday; low 60s. high 90. Television .... B-10 t (nines ... B-3 . . B-ll . B-ll . . . 1512 Amusements . . . A-15 Murks

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