Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 4, 1963 · Page 1
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TEMPERATURE Tuesday — high 40, low 22. 7:00 a.m. today 24. Downtown noon todoy 37. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL TO ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS TO NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois Partly cloudy tonight, not much change in temperature. Fair to partly cloudy and a little warmer Thursday. Low tonight in 20s. High Thursday In 40s. VOLUME XLIV — NO. 55 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER A, 1963 30c PER WEEK BANK ROBBERS FOILED LBJ BUDGET MAY EXCEED $100 BILLION President- Calls Representatives Of Labor And Business to White House Talks On Economy. In Illinois Constable Fades From Scene Jan. 1 By WALTER K. MKAKS Associated Press Staff Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson sols Ills sights today on a federal budget pared to "the lowest possible level," but has conceded Hie spending blueprint lie sends Congress next month may reach a record $100 billion or more. The economy, plus civil rights and national unity — the three keynotes of the new administration—were on the White House agenda today. To discuss the health of the economy—and also to make an appeal for support—the President summoned representatives ol labor and big business to the White House. Meetings were scheduled foliate afternoon with members of the AFL-CIO Executive Committee and representatives of (he Business Advisory Council. Johnson also planned to talk with James Farmer, director of the Congress of Racial Kquall- ty, and to attend a ceremony honoring Secret .Service agent James Youngblood. Youngblood. who shielded Johnson with his body after the shots rang out that killed John F. Kennedy, will be cited for bravery. Pressing his economy drive, Johnson conferred again Tuesday with Budget Director Hermit Gordon and his deputy, Elmer Staats. White House press secretary Pierre Salinger said the Budget Bureau is launching "an agency by agency, department by department examination of the budget." Salinger said Johnson will hear the appeals of any federal department heads who protest they arc not getting enough money in the new budget, which 1 will cover the fiscal year begin- j ning July 1. Kennedy had sliced the budget from requests submitted by federal agencies, Salinger said, and "President Joluison is attempting to cut that budget further." "The attempt is to arrive at n budget between $98 billion and $103 billon," Salinger said. While trying to reduce the gap between spending and revenue, Johnson was also setting his administration's tone in the matter of government regulation of business and industry. The President called in the chairmen of the Federal Communications Commission, Interstate Commerce Commission, Federal Power Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, and a down other regulatory agencies. He told them he will continue "the battle against substitution of government's interest for the public interest." "We are challenged to elevate our sights, to measure our performance by quality rather than quantity, to concern ourselves with new areas of cooperation before we concern ourselves with new ureas of control, to take pride in how much we do rather than how much there is to do," said Johnson. By LARRY KRAMP Associated Press Staff Writer SPRINGFIELD. III. (AP)-On the verge of extinction is the Illinois constable, the Illinois counterpart of the law officer culled on by melodrama's villain it disposses Little Nell. The new Illinois Judicial Article, effective Jan. 1, will remove the constitution"! basis for this officer, as well us for the justice of the peace. The present article directs that constables bo elected. The new article ignores them. In horse-and-huggy days, they were the only peace officers available to make arrests in rural communities outside the county seal of the sheriff. The only chance for survival of the office ot constable, with its ancient English roots, appeal's to lie with the judges who make rules for the new system. However, the outlook ol lawyers and justices of tl\a peace is that the courts will give the old duties of the constable to sherilfs' deputies. Justice of the Peace Clell Woods, president of the Illinois Association of Justices of the Peace, Police Magistrates and Constables, predicts the 1W5 legislature will abolish the office of constable. In that same year, the four- year terms of justices of the peace and constables elected in IfMil come to an end. Justices will become magistrates when the new judicial article lakes effect. Although the new article does not outlaw election of constables, the desirability of this Ice office will decline. The duties of serving summons, processes involving property, collecting court costs, and taking prisoners to jail probably will be assigned by circuit courts to sheriffs, so the fees would be lost to constables. Today there arc uliout -130 constables. Four years ago there were about a thousand, or about a third of the number of justices of the peace for whose offices the constable did much of his work. The decline ot fee officers t POPE PLANS TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND MT. VERNON'S "MASTER PLAN" URGE NEW COLLEGE URGE ARMS AT THE CAR SHOPS EMBARGO ON SOUTH AFRICA ONE LADY PASSES ANOTHER | Associated Press 1 VATICAN CITY | Paul VI decreed a MAIN Staff Writer (API—Pope vast reform of Roman Catholic worship today, called on the bishops of his church to share with him in its government, and then announced he would make an historic trip to the Holy Land next month. The fiti-yoar-old Roman Catholic, ruler, in office scarcely five months, took the actions at a momentous closing meeting in St. Peter's Basilica of the second session of his Ecumenical Council. Ruby Owes Taxes Oswald Peril To Defense In '59 Disclosed DALLAS (APi — People throughout the nation saw Jack uby kill the accused slayer of President Kennedy and they're likely to hear nearly all the evidence before Ruby's murder trial ever starts. Steps to set two formal inquiries in motion raised this prospect today on the heels ol an eight-week postponement of the Ruby case, originally set for Dec. 9. The new date is Feb. (Editor's Note—This is the! first of a scries of articles pre-; pared by The Reglstcr-Ncw* to' help explain the comprehensive i community plan for Mt. Ver- j non.) He and his bishops gave Ro- . . man Catholicism its first two!-*. 'uesday by District councilor decrees in 911 wars- i •' Uf, K«-* B - Brown , because the one on liturgy, the oilier on! prosecution and defense said mass communications — and then recessed the council until September. But Pope Paul made clear that the nine-month recess would not be an idle period. He told the council's drafting commissions to rework all landing documents so that they might be completed id the assembly's next session. All three actions by Pope* Paul today contained implicates for Christian unity The decree on liturgical re- jform, p-rmitting the use of | modern languages instead of ! Latin in the Mass and sacra! menls, set ultimate Christian , unity as one goal of the rr- i vision. I Pope Paul's eloquent appeal to Roman Catholic prelates »o 1 share with him. and under him, ! in Church government obvious- I ly will be reflected in the im' pression that Roman Catholie- Ihey needed more time. Fresh information came to light, meanwhile, about Lee 11. Oswald, the 24-year-old Marxist charged with the Kennedy assassination, and Ruby, 52, a Dalas night spot owner who gunned down Oswald before national television viewers just two days later. In Washington, n former Marine Corps lieutenant in whose unit Oswald served for a time, .loan E. Donovan, said Oswald's discharge and deiKir- Russia in 19.)9 caused a ism gives to the world. Catholic Christians often contended that the papacy too much authority. The Pope's announcement of of his visit to the Holy Land, an unprecedented voyage to Christ's birthplace never made by a previous Pope, included an expression of hope that his pilgrimage would help Christian unity. The assembled prelates voted 2,117 to I to promulgate the liturgical decree. The Pope then started in the 19J9 and legislative sessions when the numbers of the justices of the peace were curtailed and their pay was changed from fees to a flat salary. At that time, the number of constables wus reduced in proportion but their payment by fees was retained. Observers of the court system estimated that come constables earned as much as $10,000 a year. But few ;ux> believed to have been so busy with court duties. At Mt. V. City Hall Hearing On Transportation Plan Thursday A public hearing on the Mt. Vernon transportation plan will be held at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow at the city hall. At the Thursday meeting the plan for thoroughfares, collector streets and access routes to the new superhighways will be outlined. The meeting will be conducted by members of the consulting engineering firm of Vogt-Ivers and Associates, Chicago, ami representatives of the stutc highway department. All interested persons arc invited to attend. V.Kil 1 promulgated it. Although it deals only with Catholic worship, it emphasizes the importance of Scripture in liturgy and advocates more preaching. Many Protestants have said in the past that Catholicism did not pay sufficient attention to the Scripture and preaching. The Pope himself said today the decree was a gift and an imitation to all Christians to join Catholics in prayer. A vote of l.OtiO to 164 approved the mass communications decree before Pope Paul promulgated it. The document urges civil authorities to assure the free flow of information. Pope Paul then spoke, revealing iie planned to visit the Holy Land sometime in January and expressing his long - expected views on papal-episcopal relations. The document was Roman Catholicism's first councilar decree since a Vatican council proclaimed the dogma of papal infallibility in 1870. A council press office background pa |H »r estimated it would take 7-10 years to implement the liturgical reforms. The 12,000-word decree represents the most far - reaching change in Roman rite liturgy since the 3rd Century when Latin replaced Greek in the Western church. Among other things, the de- military tare for stir. "That compromised all our secret radio frequencies, call signs and authentication codes," said Donovan, now a physics teacher in a p r i v ate school. "He knew the location of every unit on the West Coast and the radar capability of every installation. We had to spend Non- i thousands of man-hours cliang- have j ing everything..." "us : Ruby Owes U.S. SWO.tWO It was learned in Dallas that I lie Internal Revenue Service is trying to collect 520.8S0 Irom Ruby through four liens filed with' the county clerk. The government claims he failed to pay all the taxes he owed and the liens cloud title to any property 1 he holds until they arc paid. An apartment bouse manager in Dallas, Miss Dean Roberts, said a man who placed a newspaper advertisement demand- manding answers to a do/en questions from the Kennedy administration the day of the assassination has left town. Miss Roberts said the man, Bernard Weissman, and a roommate. William Burley. paid a month's rent Nov. .">, but unexpectedly departed Nov. 27 —five days after a sni|>cr killed the : President and wounded Texas I Gov. .John Connally. She said j Weissman left a New York for- j warding address. ! Two congressmen have called I for fTU investigation of the j American Fact - Finding Com- jmittee, for which Weissman said he purchased the newspaper space. Chief Justice Earl Warren called for the first meeting Thursday in Washington of a seven-member special commission named by President Johnson to gather as much information as iwssible about the assassination ot President Kennedy. Fire Heavily Damages Home West Of Town (Continued on Page 2, Column 3) F i v e yesterday afternoon caused heavy damage to the live-room home of Ira Ramsey, Jr., about a mile northwest of Mt. Vernon and near the Richview Road. Rural firemen who controlled the blaze said the house was a mass of flames upon their arrival. Both the house and its contents were badly damaged. Firemen said the blaze apparently started in a bedroom, from unknown cause, while the family was visiting at the home of a next-door neighbor. Mt. Vernon must invest heavily in itself, say city planners who have completed a comprehensive plan for the city's growth in the next 22 years. The city's share of the proposed capital investment will be about $0,500,000 by 1983, according to the community plan developed in the past, year and a half by Metropolitan Planners, Inc. of Indianapolis, Ind., and General Planning and Resource Consultants of St. Louis, Mo. In his 215-page report to the city's Planning Commission, Planner Gcrwln K. Rohrbacb says the largest share should he spent on streets and highways. Rohrbach gave a breakdown on estimated costs of public buildings, utilities. schools, parks and recreation facilities. Propose. New College The long range plan proposes major new school facilities, improvements and expansion which would cost an estimated .$5,127,000. Included would bo a new separate Community College to cost an estimated ,"52,000,000, a new ."5500,000 junior high school in north Mt. Vernon, and five new grade schools. The "Master Plan" strongly recommends a new college, separated from the high school, on tlie old 70-acre car shops property. The consultant recommends that the major portion of the now-vacant, car shops property be used for expansion of the college and to provide combined college-high school recreation facilities. The plan emphasizes that the I $2,000,000 estimated cost for land acquisition, school plant and site improvement is not necessarily to be incurred entirely by 1985. One of the most important, physical considerations in selecting a college site is its capacity to accommodate the expected maximum growth of the school. The car shops area could accomodate 2,000 students, a figure considerably higher than present expectations, the planner states. The report says that the area could be divided into two sections and evaluated either separately or in total. "The larger area of 46 acres—bounded on the east by Shawnee street, on the west by Tenth street, on the south by Lamar Avenue and on the north by the L. & N. tracks—could ac­ comodate a student body of j 300 the report says. "A smaller triangular parcel of 24 acres lying east of Shawnee street and south of the L. & N. tracks could accommodate an additional 1,200 students. Area College Possible The report states that Mt. Vernon could be the most probable site for the establishment, of an area junior college, if such a system is established by legislation. Such a district could encompass most of Jefferson county in addition to parts of Wayne, Hamilton and Franklin counties. The planner noted that the car shops area has been objected to as a Community College site because it is surrounded by deteriorating areas on the south and west. The report says, "It is, however, precisely in this area that greatest benefit could be derived by the community, using the community college site in conjunction with urban renewal in the surrounding area us an effective means to rejuvenate this deteriorating area at a minimal cost to the city. A location outside the city would not benefit from any sort of government aid. "The railroad tracks crossing the site pose no real problem. Planting areas and athletic fields can form a logical and effective buffer between classroom areas and the tracks. A I UNITED i (AP)-The NATIONS. U.N. Sccuri N. Y. y Council is expected to approve today a Norwegian resolution calling for a worldwide arms embargo aimed at forcing South Africa to abandon its racial policies. Norway's proposal reportedly won reluctant support from the African bloc after behind-the- sccne bargaining showed that the African demand for a total trade boycott of South Africa would run the risk of a Western power veto. The Soviet Union complained that the Norwegian proposal did not go far enough, but indicated it would support it. The resolution calls for the toughest action by U.N. members since South Africa's apartheid policy of racial segregation was attacked in the U.N. 17 years ago. Designed to paralyze South Africa's arms industry, it goes considerably beyond a council resolution in August calling for a limited arms embargo. The Norwegian resolution calls on all nations to observe the previous resolution and also to halt at once sale and shipment of equipment and materials for the manufacture and maintenance of arms and am- 1 munition in South Africa. 1 Soviet Ambassador Nikolai T. Fedorenko told the council appeals to South Africa for modcr-! at ion had proved useless. ! "The time for half measures i is over," he said. i Fedorenko said the council '•• should call lor a general trade ; embargo and asserted South, Africa "is unworthy of being a; member of the United Nations."! T/ie South African govern- 1 menl has ignored more than! two dozen resolutions against j apartheid and there has been! no indication its policy will be; any more affected by an arms bovcott. The United States and Britain, who carry on the heaviest trade with South Africa, op- the proposal for an eco- boycott, arguing that it be illegal and would little purpose. THREE MEN, TWO WOMEN ARE HUNTED An 80-ton replica of Columbus' Santa Maria Is towed past the Statue of Liberty after vessel was launched from a freighter anchored oft New York Tuesday. The 90-foot authentic reproduction of the flagship of Columbus will be displayed at the Now York World's Fair next year. It was built in liarcelona, Spain. Replica, was towed to shipyard at Ifoboken, X./., where it will be fitted out with 130-foot mast. (AP VVirepholo) Right! s Bill Endangered By Pressure Turn Johnson Wealth Over To Trustees By MUS BECKLER I WASHINGTON ~ M, . . . „ ,., „ „, ., | most all of President Johnson s Associated Press Malt Writer | , )ersonal waWh has been pkced WASHINGTON (AP)-A plan , n the. hands of trustees, the by House leaders to resort to a Washington Post said today, petition in an effort to pry the, 1( .,, said he has pul his civil rights bill out of the Rules ; Washington house up for sale. Committee is threatening the l>osed nomic would serve Edmison And Rollinson On Draft Board I William T. Edmison of Mt. Ver! non and Paul G. Rollinson of Dix | were sworn in this week as new members of the Jefferson County Selective Service Board. The two well known businessmen succeed Henry Luchsinger of Dix and the late Bryan Dycus of Mt. Vernon on the draft board. Mr. Luchsinger retired recently after 20 years of service on the board. Hold-over members o[ the draft board arc Dr. J. J. Corlew, chairman, Max Shurlz and Clarence McCauley. bill's shaky bipartisan backing, i Most Republican members oppose on principle the idea of bypassing committees by getting a majority of the House mem- ers to sign a petition, and have little sympathy with the drive getting under way to move the civil rights bill to the floor in such a manner. According to the newspaper, the new President had put most of his stockholdings under trusteeship when he assumed the vice presidency in 1961. It said most of these have been liquidated. Since becoming President Nov. 22, the Post said, Johnson has placed some 5,000 acres of land . ., . , , , , unimproved Texas grazing Meanwhile, civil rights lead- ] unt j cl . trusteeship. He owns the ers gather today in what wasj) aml j 0 j nl i y with Mrs. Johnson, described as "an extraordinary | Under the agreement, the trus- session" to discuss means of j tee may not apply for any pro- implementing President John- vision of federal farm or land son's appeal for quick action on|subsidy under any circum- civil rights legislation. _ I stances. The trust lasts until Roy Wi I- j, Johns on is not President or (Continued on Page 2, Column 81 DURING NOVEMBER' THEY ROWED A BOAT FIVE DAYS TO FLEE CUI1A — These four Cuban refugees fled Cuba last Thursday In » stolen, leaky 17-foo t dory which they rowed five duys before being nicked up by an Italian freighter. On arrival In Miami Tuesday the four, from left, Arnaldo Machado, Alfredo Rtvero, Florenclo Pereda, ana Carldad Valdez were taken to the Cuban Refugee Center. They told of being on the lookout for an escape boat for more than a year. They fashioned crude oars from tree limbs asul shoved off In darkness from tlio north ooait ol Havana Province. (AP Wlrephoto) Passengers Per Day Fly Ozark From Mt/V. Head Caught In Elevator DECATUR, III. (AP) - Trouble for James Flynn, T>8, supervisor at a Decatur grain elevator company, began when he gave an electrician a ride in a two-man elevator Tuesday. As Flynn was stepping out of the elevator at the top of the 100-foot shaft, it jerked downwards, wedging his body in the elevator and his head outside. The electrician. Harold Dugan. 4S, cut his way through the top ot the stalled elevator with his electrician's tools, and called for help. Police said Flynn suffered back injuries. The group—includin, kins of the NAACP and Dr. j dies, which ever comes first Martin Luther King—is expected! The trustee is A. W. Mours- to represent more than 70 or- 1 land, a Johnson City, Tex., at- ganizations and plans to hold a torncy who is co-trustee for closed meeting before visiting | Mrs. Johnson's holding which President Kennedy's grave in; include the LBJ Co., which had Arlington National Cemetery. an interest in several Texas and , To speed up House action on Oklahoma radio stations. Mrs. j the bill. Speaker John W. Me- [ Johnson was majority stock- I Cormack, D-Mass., said Tues-; holder and chairman of the LBJ i day plans are going ahead tojCo. have a discharge petition filed | The President continues to Monday. Democratic leaders , hold his ranch house near John- are hoping to have a large num- son City and some 40 surround- ber of Democrats sign up at ing acres, the Post reported. He once. will also retain control of his They would like to gel as municipal bonds, many as 130 signatures bv Tues- The house the Johnsons plan day, in which case they feel Re- to sell — known as "The Elms" publicans would be under heavv — is located in the exclusive public pressure to supply the'Spring Valley section of north- rest of the names needed to reach 218—a majority. Such a strategy is almost cer- O/ark Air Lines served 418 passengers at the Mt. Vernon Airport during the month of November. Of the total, 211 were boarding passengers with an average of seven i>or day. Arriving passengers totaled 207. Destinations of passengers ending Ozark portion of trips from Mt. Vernon last month were: Chicugo 128, St. Louis 58, Champaign 15 and Decatur 10. Longest trips starting with Ozark were two persons to I Athens, Greece, and two to London, England. < i Air mail handled by Oaarkt totaled 1096 pounds, Air Express and air freight totaled 7,701 pounds. Bob Moorhous, Ozark resident manager reported that there were approximately 260 dogs of various breeds shipped viu Ozark from Mt. Vernon last month. The regular flight schedule remains unchanged for the month of December, except for a Special Holiday Schedule which will be in effect from December 22nd to January 1st, Persons planning travel during the holiday period are urged to make early reservations. BULLETIN ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri-Pacific Railroad, one of the nation's largest, approved a plan today which would merge It with the Texas and Pacific Railway. The new company would bo called the Texas and Missouri Pacific Railroad. «NTM HELPER SAY* l P SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS SHOP FOR QIFTS IN OUR AD PAGES (Continued on Page 2, Column 5) west Washington. It was estimated they paid between $160,000 and $200,000 when they bought it from Mrs. Peiie Mesta in Juno 1901. Bandits Balked At Cages, Flee In Stolen Mt.V. Car; Oslager Helicopter Used In Chase. ' EW1NG. 111.—Three masked I intruders failed today in an ef- i fort to rob the Ewing State | Bank after employes told them i cashier and tellers* cages were j protected by bullet-proof par- I titions. ; Frankiln County authorities said two cars believed used in a getaway were found abandoned in a cemetery north of! the town. Three men and possibly two women were being sought, officials said. Use Jit. V. 'Copter A helicopter owned ( and piloted by John Oslager,'Mt. Vernon oil man, joined a state police airplane in a search from the air for the robbers. Mt. Vernon Police Chief John Wielt was an observer in the helicopter. Authorities said the robbers' faces were concealed by shirts fashioned as hoods. One of the men was reported carrying n 45-caliber pistol. They entered the bank shortly after it opened its doors for business. Two men entered the bank shortly after it opened. State police said a third man was seen near the door, but that witnesses were uncertain whet- ther he entered the bank lobby. One of the intruders held a bank patron, John Darnell of Whittington, at gunpoint while an associate argued about the bank's bullet - proof defense with two employes, C. V. Clark and Mrs. Helen Hedges. State police said one of tha men made a futile atempt to poke a pistol through a narrow slot in a cashier's window as Mrs. Hedges telephoned authorities. As the bandits fled, one of them was trapped briefly in a lobby hallway whose doors had been locked electronically. Police said the man apparently was left behind, and had to escape by taking Darnell's car parked nearby. None of the three persons in the bank was injured. They described the bandits as young men, and said each man's face was covered by a heavy blue shirt. Steal Car In Mt. V. The robbers stole a car in Mt. Vernon last night or early today and used it as one of two get-a-way cars. Earl Rightnowar, 322 south 15th street, reported to police at 7:10 this morning, about two hours before the holdup, that his 1956 model Lincoln had been stolen from in front of his house, some time after 7:00 o'clock last night. The robbers abandoned Rightnowar's car at the Thurman cemetery, northeast of Ewing and south of Belle Rive. The second car, also abandoned at the cemetery, apparently belonged to one of the bank customers and was stolen by one of the robbers who was trapped momentarily and left behind by his fleeing companions. Roadblocks Set Up Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county officers quickly set up roadblocks in this area as they joined state police, city and county officers In an Intensive search. City police set up roadblocks at the state route 148, state route 37 and U. S. Route 460 entrances to town, but left their posts after the get-away cars were found abandoned not many miles from the robbery scene. Sheriff Dewey Barton and Ilia deputies helped the search in the Belle Rivt and Opdyke areas. AT KENNEDY GRAVE — Princess Graoo of Monaco, kneels Tuesday at the grave of President Kennedy In Arlington National Cemetery. The princess brought a floral tribute to the grav^tdo and then knelt in tribute. (All Wlrepuoto), 31,000 Yanks Brought Home WASHINGTON CAP) - Tha United States has brought home about 31,000 soldiers who were sent to strengthen the Army in West Germany during the Berlin crisis two years ago, it was learned today. This represents about 75 per cent ot the 41 ,000 troops, mostly rear echolon elements shipped overseas during late 1961 when the Russians wero threatnlng to try to push the allies out 01 West Berlin. The remaining 10,000 reh> forcements probably will stay with the U.S. 7th Army for soma time. This places the 7th Army'i current strength at about m* 000 men whose fighting power fa concentrated in five division* and a number of mlaeollnnooUfl combat units adding up, to '* aixfo division, £

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