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TEMPERATURE Monday high 48 low 31. 7:00 a.m. today 25. Downtown noon today 40. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL TO ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS TO NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois—Chance of light snow flurries tonight. Continued cool with lows in 20s. Wednesday fair to partly cloudy and little change in temperature with highs from the mid 30 B. VOLUME XLIV — NO. 54 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1963 30c PER WEEK JOHNSON PUSHES FOR TAX CU ECUMENICAL COUNCIL'S FINAL SESSION PLAN SUPERHIGHWAY WORK IN JEFFERSON COUNTY NEXT YEAR In Highway Dept. CHARGES PAYMENTS This is a view of St. Peter's Square In Vatican City. Dec. 3, as council fathers leave the basilica at end of final working session of the current Ecumenical Council. The council has ceremonial meetings Dec. 3-1, then recesses until next Sept. 14. (AP Wircphoto via cable from Rome) Senator Riled Says Secret Service Men Drank Late WASHINGTON (APi - Son. Stephen Young declared today that if Secret Service agents were drinking in the early morning hours of the day President Kennedy was assassinated they were in neglect of duty and should be fired. "No one claims they were intoxicated," said the Ohio Democrat, But, he added, "They knew the President was going Into Dallas. They knew the vicious cycle of occurranccs in Dallas ... They should have got in at a reasonable hour so they could react in a split second." Young liad disclosed in an interview Monday that he had been reliably informed that some members of the Secret Service detail assigned to guard Kennedy "were in a Fort Worth nitery drinking until 2:30 a.m." on the morning Kennedy was killed. Neither the Secret Service nor the White House had any comment on Young's remarks or other published reports of the alleged incident. Young also criticized today what he called "a lack of thoroughness" in precautions along the route of the presidential motorcade. "I feel very incensed over this situation," said Young. "Guarding the president is a 24-hour job. These men knew they had an assignment that required them to be alert mentally and capable physically." Various reports had (he agents visiting the Fort Worth Press Club, and Young indicated that was what he had been told, too. Cal Sutton, a Fort Worth newspaperman and president of the club, said in a statement Monday that 10 or 12 men who may have been Secret Service agents visited the club in the early morning hours of Nov. 22. all were quiet, he said, and "completely sober." Some left before 2 a.m., ho said, and all were gone by .'! a.m. POPE GIVES MORE POWER TO BISHOPS BULLETIN NEW YORK (.11—A helicopter made a forced landing today on the roof of a building in Manhattan. Police said nobody was injured. DALLAS UV> — The murder trial of Jack Ruby, charged with killing President John F By RENNET M. BOLTON Associated Press Staff Writer VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Paul VI reduced the dependence of Roman Catholic bishops on the Vatican Curia today, extending them certain limited powers on a permanent basis. The Roman Catholic pontiff, appearing in person before the Vatican Ecumenical Council, promulgated a decree which apparently put him on the side of Kennedy* accused assassin, to- i Wshops of collcgial- ily—the concept that the bishops as a whole share with the Pope in authority over the Church day was postponed until Feb. 8. FBI To Report Indications Oswald Was Lone Killer COMMUTER TRAIN WRECKED BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (AP)Five care of a Long Island Rail Road commuter train .jumped the tracks early today, one car overturning. Twenty persons suffered minor injuries. New India State By STERLING F. GREEN Associated Press Staff Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—An exhaustive FBI report nearly ready for the White House will indicate that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone and unaided assassin of President Kennedy, government sources said today. The report will go to President Johnson this week, it was predicted, and Joynson will forward it promptly to the seven- member investigating commission he named Friday. Members of the commission, headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren, awaited a call from Warren to hold their first meeting and organize the machinery for an inquiry which apparently has no precedent in American history. Whether the FBI report would be made public before the Warren commission begins its study apparently was undecided. Various government sources said the FBI report, incorporating the findings of the Secret Service and at least a half-dozen other federal agencies, would indicate that: —Oswald, without accomplices, fired three shots at Kennedy Nov. 22 from a self - prepared hideaway at a sixth-floor window of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas as the presidential motorcade passed. —The first and (bird shots struck the President. Either could have killed him. —The second shot missed Kennedy but struck and seriously wounded Texas Gov. John Connally. —About 51s seconds elapsed between the first shot and the last. Despite questions raised by some rifle experts, federal agents consider Oawald's bolt- action rifle could have been aimed and fired that rapidly. —It has been establised that all three shots came from the same direction, behind and slightly to the right of the President's car. This gave the assassin a target moving approximately in the direction of his line of fire, an easier shot than a target moving across it. —Ballistics studies reportedly substantiate that the same weap- (Continued on Pa^e 2. Column 5) 5ANTM HELPER 5AY5 Black area IK Nuguland, India's 10th state, created, Deo. 1, by Prime Minister Nehru's government to counter tribesmen demanding their own nation, (AP Wire- photo Map) 5HOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS SHOP FOB GIFTS IN OUR AD PAGES The main power granted by the Pope was the right for the bishops to exercise on their own 10 faculties, or powers, they previously could use only on application to the Curia. Pope Paul also granted eight privileges, or concessions. One is entirely new for bishops. It is the privilege, previously possessed only by cardinals, to preach and hear confessions anywhere in the world, and not in their own dioceses alone. The other seven privileges — like the faculties—were previously allowed on application. One of the most important grants is the right of bishops to decide marriage cases involving "The Pauline Privilege," without consulting the Vatican. These are marriages involving two unbaptized persons, one of whom decides after marriage to become a Catholic. If the other objects, "The Pauline Privilege" allows their marriage to be dissolved after the one is converted. The converted Catholic is free to marry again. The privilege is named after St. Paul because the concept is derived from his letter to the Corinthians. Dispense "for a just and reasonable cause witli all minor matrimonial impediments even in the case of mixed marriages." Allow marriages between Catholics and non-Catholics. Permit the celebration of Masses on shipboard. Permit priests to say three masses on Sundays. Another faculty permits bishops to allow illegitimate youths to enter the priesthood. Bishops are also allowed to grant permission to Catholics to read books on the index of read ing matter forbidden by the Church when the books are used for research or study purposes. Most of the powers, including the one concerning the index, previously were obtained by bishops for 5 and 10-year periods on application to the Vatican. The applications usually were approved and renewed as a matter of course. Pope Paul's decree means the bishops will have the powers on a permanent basis, eliminating even the formality of Vatican administrative control. His decree included permission to bishops to: Allow a priest to say Mass twice on a weekday. Allow a priest to say Mass outside of a church in special circumstances. Permit a sick priest to say Mass in his residence and, if necessary, sitting down. Grant the privilege to priests ' of saying Mass at any time of the day. Pope Paul did not read his apostolic letter, or Motu Pro- prio, himself. Instead he remained seated on his throne in St. Peter's Basilica as Arch- Ishop Pericle Felici, the council secretary general, read it in Latin to the 2,200 council fathers. When the archbishop had finished, the Pope indicated his approval and gave his blessing to the assembled cardinals, patriarchs, archbishops and bishops State's Attorney Jay B. Stringer today asked the Jefferson county board to take steps to recover payments made to two employes of the county highway department "which appear to have been made without lawful authority." In a letter to Charles W. Waite, county board chairman, Stringer charges that one employe has been paid $25 cac h payday since November, 1961, in addition to his regular pay. The state's attorney says another employe has been receiving $100 per month in addition to his regular pay for six months of each year. He said that Assistant State's Attorney Sam Phillips, who is conducting a full scale investigation of the highway department has been unable to find where the county board has authorized these pay. mcnts. In his letter to Chairman Waite, dated December 2, the state's attorney also charges that county highway department em­ ployes have refused to make sworn statements or answer any questions concerning their knowledge of operations of the highway department. • Here is the state's attorney's letter: "County Board of Supervisors "Jefferson County, Illinois "% Charles VV. Waite "Mt. Vernon, Illinois CONFER ON NEGRO UNEMPLOYMENT "Gentlemen: ''A fow days ago several am ployees of the County Highway Department agreed to give Sam Phillips a sworn statement regarding some first-hand knowledge they had of certain oper at ions in the County Highway Department. "This morning Mr. Phillips was told by these employees that they would not make any sworn statements or answer any questions under oath concerning this knowl edge of said operations. They further informed him that they had consulted a lawyer, and that their lawyer had given them this advice. "I am sure that you do not want taxpayers' money paid out to people who will not answer questions put to them by an Investigator appointed by the State's Attorney at the request of a nineteen-membcr Grand Jury and paid by voluntary donations from die citizens of this county. "No doubt, you will want these people to cooperate in an investigation of the Highway Department. Especially, in view of the fact that when the committee from the Grand Jury appeared before the Board and asked for an investigator to be appointed, Mr. Ed Champ stated, "1 will welcome an i n v e s t i gation." "There's no secrecy about it." "There is not a man in this house that would appreciate an investigation more than I would. " Mr. Max Shurtz slated, "If we need it, I am not against it." Mr. Shurtz further suggested a citizens' committee to see if an investigator was needed, and Mr. Ross Wimberly made a motion that the appointment of an investigator be taken under advisement. Also Mr. Ted Marlin made a motion that the Board grant funds to the State's Attorney to hire a special investigator. ''If you are interested in assisting the State's Attorney's office to get all the facts concerning the Highway Department, we will furnish you with the names of the employees who are at tempting to obstruct the investigation by refusing to give information. "I am further informed by Mr. Phillips that Mr. Carnahan, As sistant to Mr. Trotter, has been paid $25.00 each payday, in addition to his regular pay, since about November, 1961 and that Mr. Meadows of the Highway Department, has been receiving $100.00 per month during six months of each year in addition to his regular pay. Mr. Phillips is unable to find where the Board authorized these payments. He is reliably informed that the Highway Committee is making these payments to make up for a request for a pay raise which was never submitted to the County Board for approval. Mr. Champ and Mr, Wimberly informed Mr. Phillips and myself that they did not know what these payments were for. "These payments appear to have been made without lawful authority and should be recovered SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP)-Illinois' 196-1 road construction program to be announced by Gov. Otto Kerner Dec. 30 will be one of the largest in the state's history, says Public Works Director Francis Lorenz. Kerner's road program will depend upon the amount of federal funds available, but tentative plans for interstate construction include projects in every area of the state, Lorenz said Monday. Lorenz told the annual convention of Associated General Contractors of Illinois that by the end of the year the slate will have placed about $270 million of construction and related work under contract. The director outlined the following plans for work in the highway districts in 1964: District 1: Work will continue with Ihe construction of structures and the acquisition of right-of-way on Interstate 80 between Interstate 5 and the Cook-Will county line with special emphasis being given to completing the work in Joliet. Right - of - way acquisition has been scheduled on Interstate 57 in Will County. District 2: Where Interstate 80 is substantially completed from south of Rock Island-Moline to the district line, the principal work during 1964 will be directed toward completion of Interstate 80 west of Rock Island- Moline, from the south end of the bridge now under construction over the Mississippi River to a junction with the completed portion of Interstate 80 southwest of Moline. The state contemplates placing the five remaining structures on this section under contract and all of the heavy grading. Other work includes work on Interstate 28Q south of Milan and right-of-way acquisition on Interstate 74. District 3 All of the remaining work on the Bloomington bypass probably will be placed under contract during the coming year. District 4 Work will continue on the Galesburg bypass with the scheduling of two structures and paving northeast of Galesburg. District 5 Work will continue with the construction of Interstate 57 in the vicinity of Champaign with the objection of furnishing a usable portion of highway from U.S. 45 at Pesotum north to a connection with Interstate 74 northwest of Champaign. Also scheduled is the paving and seven structure on Interstate 74 between Mahomet and Champaign. District 6 Work on a second bridge over Lake Springfield south of the cily will be started next year. District 7: Construction and right - of - way acquisition is scheduled on Interstate 57 from the Franklin-Jefferson county lino north toward Mount Vernon. Plans also are being made for right-of-way acquisition on Interstate 57 from the Bond- Fayette county line to U.S. 40 west of Vandalia and for the construction of five structures and paving from U.S. 40 west of Vandalia to U.S. 40 east of Vandalia. District 8: All work on an Interstate 270 bridge over the Mis- sissipi River near Chain of Rocks is scheduled for contract award during the coming year. A second bridge under construction at Poplar Street in downtown St. Louis will be pushed forward to complete through traffic lanes during the coming year. In addition, schedules call for right - of - way acquisition, demolition, and one structure on Interstate 64 from a junction with Interstate 70 east to Illinois 159, and for right-of-way acquisition, demolition, and one structure on Interstate 64 from a junction with Interstate 70 east to Ilinois 159, and for right-of-way acquisition on Interstate 70 through Madison and bond counties and on Interstate 255 near Jefferson Barracks President Johnson meets in his White House office, Dee. 2, Willi Whitney Young, executive director of the National Urban League. Young urged, during his 50-minute meeting with the President, the launching of an emergency public works program to put unemployed Negroes to work. He said Johnson did not commit himself but asked for an outline for such a program. (AP Wirephoto) A council spokesmen, briefing from the persons who received (Continued on Page 2, Column 5) (.(Continued on Page 2, column 1) State Report: Karch Fired Gun Prior To His Death MT. V. COUNCIL SAYS: LINKS BILL TO SPENDING REDUCTION LBJ Discusses Tax Slash Speedup With Democratic Party Leaders At White House. Bv FRANK CORMIER WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson discussed tax cut legislation, a matter intimately related to his personal econo- my-in-governmont drive, with Democratic congressional leaders today. Senate Democratic Lead or Mike Mansfield of Montana gave newsmen a partial account of the exchange after the regular Tuesday morning White House visit by the legislative party chiefs. Johnson has ben putting new pressures behind the money- CITY WON'T "PUSH" HOUSING CODE RULES (Continued on Page 2, Column 3) State experts told Sheriff Dewey Barton late Monday that Philip II. Karch had fired a gun prior to his death from two gunshot wounds in the head. Study of' a' paraffin test of Karch's right hand revealed particles of nitrate, according to the telephoned report: from the laboratory of the state department of criminal investigation. The report to the sheriff was preliminary and tests of Karch's stomach are continuing at the crime lab in an effort: to establish the time of death. Karch's blood spattered body was found Sunday, November 24 in his car in a little used lane at the west edge of Mt. Vernon. Two bullets had pierced his head. No gun was found and the whereabouts of the death weapon remained a mystery today. Crime lab experts told Sheriff Barton that tests of a bullet found lodged in the ceiling of the Karch car indicate the gun was a .38 calibre pistol. Although the state's preliminary report lends more credence to a suicide theory, Sheriff Barton said today he is continuing his investigation and attempting to re-trace Karch's movements since the last, time he was reported seen. So far the sheriff has evidence that Karch, a well known Mt. Vernon civil engineer, was last seen early Wednesday night, November 20. About 6:00 p.m. that, day he took his mother home and told her he was going to New Athens, 111., to bowl in his bowling league. About an hour later he reportedly purchased a six-pack of beer at a package liquor store here and, about the same time, reportedly purchased gasoline at a local station. No beer was found in Karch's little foreign-made car at the death scene. There were some beer cans on the ground in the area but they were of a different brand. On November 24, the day the body was found, technician Douglas Keith of the state investigation department came to Mt. Vernon. After exhaustive examination of the car and the body, Keith said he did not rule out the possibility of suicide although there were two bullets in the Termite License Need Special Incinerators Downtown WILL. TRY TO FORCE CIVIL RIGHTS ACTION (Continued on Page 2, Column 6) APPEAL FROM RED CROSS Mt. V. Man Faces Heart Surgery; Need Blood Donors The Red Cross appealed here today for blood donors for a Ml. Vernon man who will submit to open heart surgery in St. Louis next week. Bill Shane, 30, of Route 7, Mt. Vernon will be operated on December 11 at Barnes Hospital to correct a hole-in-the-heart condition. Barbara Strnttan, executive secretary of the Jefferson county Red Cross chapter, said that 25 donors with 0 negative type blood are needed. The donors must be able to report at the Red Cross regional blood center in St. Louis between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on December 10, the day before the operation. Whole blood Is necessary for the heart-lung machine which will bo used during the delicate operation. Anyone with 0 negative blood, who has previously been a blood donor here and is willing to donate blood for Mr. Shane, is asked to call the Red Cross office, 244-2083. The Red Cross regional blood center is at 4901 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis. Mr. Shane, a truck driver, resides on Route 7, Mt. Vernon, with his sister Mrs. Irene Johnston . He is the son of Mrs. Violet Shane Stover of Bulpitl, 111., a former well known Mt. Vernon resident who was employed, at the Montgomery Ward ttovc Mt. Vernon councilmen last night voted to permit trash burning in the downtown area —but only in approved incinerators. The action amends a previous ordinance which had prohibited all outside burning in the large downtown area known as the "fire limits." Burning will be permitted only in incinerators which meet strict specifications set up by the city. Voting yes on the amendment were Mayor John Manion and Councilmen Joe Martin, Coy Flota, Rusell Lam- am! Bob Krebs. Fire Chief Sydney Burnet te said today that he has not seen a single incinerator in downtown Mt. Vernon which meets the strict specifications. To meet specifications an incinerator must have two fire boxes, a charging chamber and a combuslion chamber. It works on a downdraft principal which eliminates 95 per cent of smoke and 95 per cent of odor. It also eliminates all sparks. All ash remains inside the incinerator. Most incinerators in use now have only one fire bos. The ordinance also stipulates that only paper, floor sweepings and dry trash can be burned. It prohibits burning of wet garbage, tissue of any kind and hair. The fire chief said the ordinance will be strictly enforced. Termite Control Set The council also adopted an ordinance which requires pest and termite exterminator companies to purchase a city license at $25 per year. The ordinance also requires each company to obtain a city permit, at no additional cost, for each job of pest exterminating done in the community. The council purchased, from low bidders, a large quantity of chemicals for use in the waterworks purification plant. Bids were taken and reviewed by the Utility Commission and the council bought chemicals from these companies: Mid-State Chemical Co., Ml. Vernon — 21,200 pounds of chlorine for $2,544; 60 tons of hydra ted lime for $1,440; and 5,000 pounds of polyphosphates for $850. McKesson-Robbins, St. Louis —1,500 pounds of copper sulphate for $248.85; 51 tons of aluminum sulphate for $2,652. International Salt Co., Clarks Summit, Pa. — 270 tons of sodium chloride for $2,726. Clean Water Pipes The council awarded a contract to the Ace Pipe Cleaning Co. of Kansas City, Mo., for cleaning of 13,800 feet of water pipe at a price of $3,312. Bills for November were approved as follows: general corporate $8,424.87; park $217.71; garbage $452.63; civil defense $272.91; motor fuel tax $29,601.- i2; sower operation and maintenance $1,728.28; water department $6,039.26. MOTORIST KUXICD METROPOLIS, 111. (AP) Charles VanLamer, 56, of Cobden was fatally injured Monday when his car collided with a semitrailer truck at the junction of U.S. 45 and Illinois 145. The truck driver, Orval Cole, 35, of Flint Mich., escaped injury. The City of Mt. Vernon does nol intend to force citizens to install hot water heaters irr their homes if they can't afford it. This was revealed at a council meeting last night when Cily Manager Chester Lewis told residents protesting the city's new housing code that the city will be "discreet" in any enforcement. Although the housing code sets up strict minimum standards for human habitation, Mayor John Manion commented that "the people of Mt. Vernon have nothing to worry about." Automatic hot water is just one of the many minimum standards set up in the code. City Manager Lewis explained to protestors last night that the council had to pass the housing code to make the city eligible for federal money grants for community projects. The ordinance is part of a "workable program" required by the federal government before it will consider grants to any community. Lewis said the council "put off for two years" passage of the housing code but finally had to adopt it at the federal governments insistence. He said the city attempted to get recertifi- cation of its workable program this year "but the federal government turned it down flat without the housing code." "Any council would be scalded, and rightly so, if it tried to force people who cannot afford it to put in hot water heaters or comply with other rules of the code if they cannot afford it," Lewis said. The city manager said the Plan Commission favored a code under which housing rules applied only to new construction, but that the federal government turned it down. The whole idea of the code, and other ordinances in the workable program, is for community and neighborhood cooperation, not enforcement, Lewis said. He said the code is a part of a long range program to upgrade the community through community and neighborhood pride and cooperation. City officials emphasized that residents should not worry over rules in the code as they will not be "pushed" to comply. The city manager poitilcd out that strict enforcement is not the wish of the federal government, but thai it hopes to raise the standards of living in communities through proper codes and cooperation between communities and their people. Councilman Coy Flota pointed out that 13 years ago a Mt. Vernon cily council adopted an ordinance banning outdoor toilets "That was 13 years ago and there are still a number of outdoor toilets in Mt. Vernon," ho said. Flola said the council does not intend to work a hardship on any one but would like to work with the people for a better town. Russell Dean Reynolds of Route 1, who owns a number of rental houses in Mt. Vernon, asked if the present council could guarantee that future mayors and cily councils would not enforce the ordinance in cases where property owners could not afford it. "It is possible to get crooked politicians in office who would enforce the ordinance to make money," Reynolds said. The city manager and councilmen commented that it would be "impossible" for any Mure council to strictly enforce an ordinance against people who could not afford to comply. R. E. Rutherford, local realtor, called for use of common sense in enforcing the ordinance so that property owners would not loose their investments, He esti- WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John W. McCormack said today an effort will be made to blast the civil rights bill out of the House Rules Committee. Chairman Howard W. Smith, D-Va., of that group says he has no plans to seek action this year. McCormack said after he and other Democratic congressional leaders met with President Johnson in their weekly White House session that Chairman Emanuel Celler of the House Judiciary Committee will file next Monday a petition to take the bill to the House floor. This is known as a discharge petition, and would require 218 signatures. saving program day by day since he began moving in on the" regular working affairs of the government, making it the first major policy move to bear his personal stamp in the 11 days he has held office. He hopes, among other things, that it will boost chances for the tax-cut plan. Mansfield said he reported to Johnson that public hearings on the tax proposal will be concluded by the Senate Finance Committee either Friday or Monday and the committee will go to work immediately drawing up its version of a bill. He reported Johnson feels that a tax reduction would accelerate an orderly; growth in the economy, aid the unemployment situation, and help guard against a recession in the fu« ture. The While House conference represented resumption of similar meetings by Presidnt Kennedy. The congressional delegation, led by House Speaker John W, McCormack of Massachusetts and Senate Democratic Leadel Mike Mansfield of Montana, was the same group that mel regularly with Kennedy—with one exception. Added was Sen. Carl Ilayden of Arizona, president pro tern of the Senate. Johnson pressed ahead with his economy drive Monday by taking a series of steps aimed at eliminating waste and overstaffing in federal agencies and holding down the federal budget he will send to Congress next (Continued on Page 2, Column 6) (Continued on Page 2, Column 5) Scuba Divers Here Find Coin Changer In Lake Divers from the Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county Civil Defense Scuba teams recovered a stolen $750 coin changes from Jaycee Lake late Monday, The expensive coin-changing machine was ripped off the wall and stolen recently during a burglary at the Jansen Clean* Ing and Laundry building on south Tenth street. Mt. Vernon police arrested two young men who admitted that burglary, along with three others in this city and two break-ins at Fairfield, They told police they hadl thrown the coin chunger in thd luko. Divers who found the machine were George Ulrlch of the Mt. Vernon CD Scuba team and Glen Solomon and John Gockel of the Jefferson County CD Scuba team. The changer wns returned to the owner. It did not appear to be badly damaged, polio* said. Held in jail under $10,000 bondaftpn burglary charges In the case ore Edwin Arthur Smith, 24, and Lowell Deiut Sinypgon, 10, bQth, of Mt, Vor-' non, V

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