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Vol. 137, No. ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving Madison, Jersey, Macoupin Greene and Calhoun Counties P«ce 10c Alton, Illinois, Saturday, September 2, 1972 2 SECTIONS 26 PAGES Est. Jan. 15, 1830 inoi to free Alton By ARTHUR ,1. TH^MASON three American pilots to bo Alton neighbor. Mrs. Elsie Telegraph Staff Writer Air Force Major Ipdward K. Elias, who lived i in Alton freed, it was announced in Hanoi today. Elias' release will confirm Chaffer, that Major Elias would "be home before Christmas." According to the Associated before he was captured by the the intuition of his wife, ,^,uu, 6 w ,,,v. , ia . wl ..aivu North Vietnamese, iis among Georgia, who used to tell her Press. Elias, Markham Ligon Downtown jobs for eight blacks Explosion fatal to 62 This is the scene of a bomb explosion at the Blue Bird nightclub in downtown Montreal Friday night. Fifteen people were killed and many more injured. Police haA'e taken three men into custody in connection with (lie bombing. (CP VVirephoto) Montreal firebomb kills 42, injures 60 MONTREAL (AP) — Forty- two persons perished and more than 60 were injured Friday night, after a man dropped a fire bomb in the slainvay of a packed downtown night, club, turning it into an inferno, police reported. They said four men were being held for questioning in connection with the blaze at the Blue Bird Cafe. Area hospitals described a dozen of the injured as in critical condition. Lt. Guy Paquette of the Montreal police emergency squad said: "We have three witnesses who say they saw three men drive up in a gray car. One of them jumped out and threw something into the building." One witness said the three men who tossed the bomb had been thrown out of the club earlier, but there was no official confirmation. A cocktail lounge occupied the first floor, but most of the patrons were in the second-floor dance club, which was frequented by seamen and specialized in country and western music. Initial reports said there were between 250 and 400 persons in the club when the fire started. Sam Dugay, one of the patrons, said he was satnding talking to the Blue Bird door.- inan when "a" big column of black smoke and flames shot up the stairway." George Lancia, another patron, said "everyone began to panic. There was lots of pitch black smoke, then a lot of heat and then a lot of yellow light ... We knew it was a fire and everyone began to panic. "There were so many people on the fire escape that the railing broke. People were falling from the sky almost. I tried to help people come out of the front windows, but they just panicked and were falling out," he said. A 20-year-old woman patron said the fire quickly went through the building. "A doorman grabbed me, took me through the 'kitchen, and I jumped out a window at the back. By DENNIS McMJURRAY Telegraph Staff jWriter The Madison-JJt. Clair counties Urban League has recruited and screwed eight Alton black residents for the 10 job slots downtjnvn Alton merchant> agreed to make available, following several days of picketing by black activists last month., "We hope industry, the schools and the city will join in a campaign to elxpand the commitment beyond 10," U r b a n League executive director Ed Smith: told the Telegraph Friday. Smith said the City of Alton now urgently needed "to move to expand ltd efforts to hire more m i n| o r i t i e s throughout the ciiy departments and in all job categories." Smith said the professional staff of his office was available to the task force now being appointed by Mayor Paul Lenz, and it would also assist the city in recruiting and screening black applicants for city jobs. Smith said the recent report on the city's hiring practices, which characterized civil service tests as biased and outmoded "was very objective and informative. It identified the prime problem." Although a commitment to hire more blacks was made by downtown merchants and the Telegraph, the city has not. yet made such a commitment, Smith said. He predicted that local industry would be challenged by the federal government to provide equal job opportunities for "qualified and qualifiable minority groups" and that a formula for minority employment now being worked out between the Urban League and construction trade unions in St. Clair County could be extended to Alton area industries with some modifications. Smith said Alton area industrial officials reacted favorably to such a proposal so far. Smith said he wanted to emphasize- that the Urban League favored interracial cooperation and working within the system and "We cannot support or condone violence or destructive methods." He said the Urban League was a non-partisan organization whose "mandate will always be to serve the black community and the poor but also to hold firm to the commitment to interracial teamwork." G art ley and Norris Alphonse Charles, both Navy lieutenants junior grade, are to be turned over to a U.S. antiwar group. The announcement from Hanoi did not say precisely when or where the release would be made, but two U.S. Antiwar activists in Paris said they personally would escort the prisoners home from Southeast Asia "in a matter of weeks." The men were released as part of the obsei-vance of the 27th year of the forming of North Vietnam as a country, the announcement said. Mrs. Elias, who moved to V a 1 cl o s t a . Ga., recently, phoned her aunt. Mrs. Georgia Roper of 3009 Alby St., Friday night, informing her that. Elias was to be freed. "She kept saying, I just know he'll be home before Christmas," Mrs. Chaffer, who became close personal friends the Elias' as a neighbor, told the Telegraph. The Chaffer's live at 3014 Alby St., across the street from the Ropers. The Elias's had rented a house at 3010 Alby. Mrs. Chaffer said she received a letter dated Aug. 10. from Mrs. Elias who said she had received two letters from her husband and several pictures. "He looks well ... I love him if that helps. He will be cared for I pray," Mrs. Elias said of her husband in the letter. "He was a swell fella, a very nice man and well educated," Mrs. Chaffer's husband, William, said of his former neighbor. "He'd give you the shirt off his back. She would too," he said. The Chaffers said the Elias's moved to Alton ia June, 1971. Elias was captured last April 20 in Quang Binh province, just north of the demilitarized zone, two weeks after the United States resumed full-scale bombing (See Page 2, Col. 1) The Elias tamuy Air Force Ma.j. Edward K. Elias, his wile, Georgia, and their son, Michael, in a family photograph taken several years ago. Michael is now almost 4 years old. Heavy fighting north of Saigon SAIGON (AP) -i Hundreds of North and Sbuth Vietnamese troops battled north of Saigon Friday ,and today and field reports isaitl there were nearly 400 casualties on both sides, in the air U.S. jets struck hard between Hanoi and the Chinese border. U.S. Air Force pilots reported setting thousands of gallons of fuel afire in underground tanks, smashing a giant supply depot and recutting the northeast and northwest rail lines as they ranged above Hanoi to carry out the heaviest raids in five days Friday. The intensified air attacks and fighting, which also Inside With plans galore ... Editorial .... A-4 Ogilvie trades teacher votes for parent votes. Ware A-3 Dr. Jefferson Ware of Lewis and Clark Jr. College h a s done it all. Clerks A-2 Circuit clerk meeting hears of suit seeking to kill their election. iSports . . . . B-7 American rowing team loses. Amusements Classified . B-12 15-9 Harris A-9 40 to 49 per cent of Labor favors Nixon. Books B-l Best detective stories. Weather .... A-8 Cool Sunday, Low 55, High 75. Television .... A-5 Comics B-6 Obituaries . . . . B-9 Church Page . . . A-10 Priest studies alcoholism. Family A-12 Pants come back. Labor Day starts wet By PAT ST. CLAIR Telegraph Staff Writer The Labor Day weekend started off with rain today, but it should end tonight mid clear up to make a prime setting for family picnics, backyard barbecues and for t h e biggest celebration planned in the area, ilu: Bethallo Homecoming. Showers will continue todnv and end tonight according to the U. S. Weather Service in St. Louis. Many of today's • home barbecues will be called off. However, area parks will probably overflow with picnickers Sunday and Monday. Clear to partly - cloudy skies and temperatures jn the 70'.-; are predicted. An overnight and morning Ogilvie plans to 'steal' jetport, says Missourian By DOUG THOMPSON Telegraph Staff Writer ST. LOUIS — Illinois Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie plans ;o steal the St. Louis airport and "siphon off industry and jobs from St. Louis," the chairman of the Missouri-St. Louis Metropolitan Airport Authority said Friday. Henry J. Elmendorf, authority chairman, criticized Ogilvie's creation of a branch office of the Department of Business and Economic Development at Southern Illinois University at Ed- Anyway, he tried Alton police got a call early today from George Gilbert, 1120 Seller St., who was reporting a'little breathlessly that a friend had taken his car *'without permission". About the time that Gilbert hung up the phone an Alton policeman was rapping at his door and when he answered Gilbert was arrested for failure to have red lights on the rear of his car and for fleeing an officer. Police said Gilbert's car was spotted minus the lights at the Alton Plaza Shopping Center on E. Broadway. When a squad car pulled near, Gilbert fled, police said, and apparently thought he had shaken pursuit. But that wasn't so. Police saw Gilbert, they said, leave his car at Jersey and Brown streets, lights blazing, radio blaring, and run from the scene. Police believe that Gilbert went to his home and made the theft report, unaware that the cops had followed him almost to his door. wardsville. Ogilvie, in his announcement Thursday, said the branch office would serve and attract business development around the proposed Jetport at Columbia-Waterloo. •'Gov. Ogilvie's announcement of a plan to attract business and industry to his Waterloo, 111., airport silo is a clear indication that he intends not only to 'steal' St. Louis' airport but also to siphon off industry and jobs from St. Louis," Elmenrtori said. "We should be reminded of what Mr. Ogilvie said in u speech to the Randolph County Young Republicans Sept. 22, 1971," Klmenricrf said. At that time, F.lmenricrf claimed, Ogilvie said that Missouri knows "that if we steal their airport, and HI^I is what we're going to do, it is going to mean that on the Illinois side there are going to be all the plains developments and all the things that flow around an airport facility." "Anyone who will sit back and watch this robbery," Elmendorf said, "|s wittingly participating in a grand sellout of the people of St. Louis and all of Missouri." Ogilvie's intent ijs clear, he said. "He wishes to steal St. Louis's airport fqr his own p u r p o s e s — economic development in h|s state at the expense of th<j> people in Missouri, regardless of the preference of the vast majority of the people in the metropolitan area. 1 ' "It boils down to nothing more than a npssive industrial grab," Elmendorf said. The authority chairm?n rain sent the Southern Illinois University graduation exercises at Edwardsville indoors to several halls, ballrooms and auditoriums on the campus. The buildings were linked by a public address sys'oin which was the only connection among the scattered 800 students to be »raduated. Hundreds are expected to attend the B o t h a 1 t n Homecoming, whore Dan Walker, Democratic nulx.'r- tutorial candidate and Miss Elizabeth Ogilvie, daughter <>:' the governor will do a bit ut politicking. Mi.ss Ogilvie will represent her father on He-public;!-i Night tonight and Walker will be mi Hie podium Moii'.luy night. Each will be joined l;v local and regional candidate.; of their party in this year's elections. From 14,UOO to l.i.OOU persons are expected to spend Monday, Labor Day, at 1'eiv Marquelte State Park. Oll.e W e n (1 e 11 , assistant p.irk ranger said, "Our aver.!.:;" weekend draws U.OUO .people, but we expect at least M Ui'U on Monday alone." Free recreation progr.ims and handicrafts will be offered in the tent camp>p^ area shelter throughout ilie weekend. The ['ere Marquette l.od^e h.is been completely booked fur the weekend for over a month, us it is every year. said the people i have been "inisg believing that fy terested in the i of downtown St L( "This latest ai surely refutes tha Ogilvie's plan 1 industrial agency for Illinoi a warning to thos he has any intt Louis and Elmendorf said. i St. Louis uided" into ilvie is iii- levelopnu 1 ::! uis. nouncemuit belief. Mi. or another levelopmerit 5 should be e who t hi nl; rest in St. Missouri," [ "We are <• x |> e c I i n <• tremendous crowds at ,he boat uece.vi areas — especially at Ho\al I.andni'.:," Wendell said Both ferne.s will be runni 1 ':.' The Telegraph \vill not publish on Monday, Labor l)a> . at the Brussels crossing to transport the bulk of ih" traffic going to Royal Landing. Sen. Charles Percy, who will spend the weekend in Belleville, is expected to seni! a representative and Neil Hartigan, Walker's candidate for lieutenant governor, will be present. Both parties will also parade their candidates lor county office and the sta'.e legislature at Belleville Festivities at Bethalto for the oldest homecoming in tlio area, began with rides Friday. Fairgoers will ne entertained tonight by Bin Starbuck and His lihythm Drifters, the Civic Memorial High School Stage Band, The Blue Grass Express, Alton Barbel-shoppers, The Kinfolk and The Zebulon Pike Group. A feature Sunday will be church worship services frmv 2-6 p.m., with area churchr; each providing 30-minuic sketches. Also S u n d a y , o n- tertainmennt will be provided by the Bunker Hill Kadettes, The Wood Kiver Municipal Band, The Four Way Exp:v<, and a ventriloquist. T here will also be a duck-callir.4 contest that night. Monday, Labor Day, entertainment will be by Mona Holcomb and her Baton Twirlers, The Gentle 1'eop'e, The I'iasa Indian Drill Team, The Blue Grass Special and The Fable Dance Studio students. There will also be ride*, c o n c e s s i o n stands u*i i displays throughout ;he homecoming Mte, the Bethalte City Park. Planned are SO games and concession stands, nine food stands and ten displays The holiday will bring an extra day off for most peo"le — but not for state pol'ce, (See Page 2, Col. 3) erupted in the northern quarter and central highlands of South Vietnam as well as in the S.dgon region, came as North Vietnam was observing the 27th anniversary of its national day, marking its declaration of independence on Sept. 2, 1945. On the occasion, North Vietnam announced it is freeing three American pilots captured dunng the past four years. It marks the first release of American prisoners by North Vietnam in more than three years. The U.S. 7th Fleet said a three-ship task force made up of the guided missile destroyer Lawrence and the destroyers Itupertus and Sarsfield destroyed 500 stacks of supplies in a raid in the lion La Island area off the coast of North Vietnam, 75 miles north of the demilitarized zone. Chinese freighters have been unloading supplies onto barges in the area in efforts to circumvent the U.S. mine blockade of major North Vietnamese ports. At the same time, the U.S. 7th Fleet disclosed that one of its vessels intercepted and seized 1\><, tons of rice that the Communist Chinese had tried to float ashore from a freighter to North Vietnam in waterproof plastic and burlap sacks in efforts to circumvent the U.S mine blockade. The rice was intercepted near Hon La Island, 32 miles northwest of the port of Dong Hoi. T h*e U.S. Command reported that Air Force, Navy and Marine fighter-bombers launched more than 300 strikes across North Vietnam Friday as the weather cleared. rvreiv President Nixon chats with the ue\v Commander in III (1 "' 1 ° l Uu Psu ' irtc> Admiral Noel Gaylor, left, as na\al troops pass by during change of command ceremonies at liickam Air Force Base in Houolulu, iia \\aii Friday. At right is out-goiug commauder Admiral Jolui S. MeCaiu j r . (AP t

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