Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 5, 1963 · Page 1
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TEMPERATURE Wednesday high 37, low 22. 7:00 a.m. today 33. Downtown noon today 44. MT.VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL TO ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS TO NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER r WEATHER 1 Southern Illinois — Generally fail- with little temperature change tonight. Low In 20s Partly cloudy and mild Friday, high in 50s. VOLUME XLIV — NO. 56 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1963 30c PER WEEK LB J BYRD HOLD TAX-CUT MT. VERNON'S "MASTER PLAN" NEW GRADE SCHOOLS, JUNIOR HIGH NEEDED FINANCIAL FIGURES IN ALLEGHANY TAKEOVER—Charles T. Ireland Jr. (left), a nominee for the Alleghany Corp. board or directors, hands a paper to Allan V. Kirby Sr. just utter Kirby addressed a meeting of the firm's stockholders In Baltimore Wednesday. The mooting was called to restore to Kirby control of the company taken from him la a proxy fight more than 80 months ago. (AP Wlrephoto) Venezuelan Reds Release U.S. Colonel KIRBY AGAIN RULES FINANCIAL EMPIRE CARACAS, Venezuela (AP)— Qol. James K. "Chonault of Shorten, Tex., kidnaped by pro- Communist terrorists eight days ago, was released today. Chenaull, -17, of Sherman, Tex,, was unhurmed. He is deputy chief ot the U.S. military mission in Venezuela. The pro-Communist Armed Forces for National Liberaton —FALN—kidnaped him in front of liis home last Wednesday in an attempt to focus international headlines on its campaign to sabotage the presidential elections last Sunday. The terrorist campaign was a failure. A record number of Venezuelans turned out to vole. The FALN in telephone calls to Caracas newspapers had said It would not harm te Arnri- can officer and would release him on Saturday, the day before the election. But it continued to hold him after the voting. The U.S. Embassy said Chcn- ault's kidnapers took him to a point a few blocks from his home and he walked from there. He reached home at G a.m. and telephoned embassy officials at once. The FALN widened its campaign of violence to include Brit- ash targets. Previously the terrorists hud concentrated on U.S. interests and Venezuelan government installations. The terrorists machine-gunned the residence of the British ambassador Wednesday and bombed a British automobile agency. No one was injured in either attack. Ambassador Sir Douglas Busk was away when the attack occurred. The motor company's store front was shattered and several automobiles damaged. Stench Bomb At High School A "stench bomb" in the library at Mt. Vernon high school caused some unpleasant moments this morning. Principal Eltls Henson said a gas - like odor permeated three buildings of the school. The "bomb," a commercial device used by gas companies to delect leaks in gas lines by odor, had been hidden in a book shelf. It was punctured, causing the odor to spread. Despite chilly weather, windows were thrown open and the stench was gone within a half hour. Principal Henson said it was definitely the work of a prankster. The "bomb" was hnrmless, school officials said. They called the gas company to determine that, the device was of a type used to detect gas leaks and that it was not dangerous. 4WDB HELPER SkYS BULLETIN I AJKl'IEU). III. (AP) — Edward L. Crook*, 83, was released on $50,0(10 bend today (rom Wayao County Jail where ho was held since his indictment charging ho murdered a business partner Sept. 14. Ho is to bo arraigned Dee. 11. SPHINOFIELI), III. (AP) — Republicans boycotted a meeting of the Illinois Reapportionment Commission today but they presented through a spokesman their version of how House districts should bo redrawn. The Republican map calls for 31 districts in Chicago, 9 in the Cook County suburban area and £9 downstate. Expert Says 1964 Will Be A Great Year CHICAGO (AP) — An expert says "1964 will be a great year for the economy, one of the rare vintage years In our peacetime history." "Most economic signals now 'Go' for 1961." Those were the cheery predictions made today by a banker-economist and a graduate school of business professor at te University of Chicago's annual business forecast luncheon. living Schweiger, professor of marketing at the university, said he doesn't believe the current phase of economic expansion, now in its 351 ii month and only I wo months shy of a non- wartime record, is getting old and tired. "I. do not believe that the current economic rise will end in 1964 but will continue," he said. Beryl W. Sprinkel, vice president and economist for the Harris Trust and Savings Bank, said lie could detect no evidence of significant deterioration in the nation's economic expansion phase "and am prepnred to argue that the current business rise will establish a new pre- cedenl." A third forecaster, Waller D. Facklcr, associate dean of the Graduate School of Business, said that with a tax cut the Gross National Product (GNP) —the total spent on goods and services—could exceed by 5 billion dollars the "standard" forecast of $615 billion for the next year, but added: "We face 190-1 with a more than adequate supply of uncertainties, both political and economic." Among the uncertainties, he listed The general economic reaction to Die late President Kennedy's death; public and congressional reaction to Prcsklnt Johnson's economic policies, the effect of the upcoming presidential election on public and private decisions, the relatively advanced age of the current phase of business expansion and the continuing deficit in America's international balance of payments. NEW YORK (AP) - Alleghany Corp., a much fought over pawn of financial empire builders since its founding on the eve of the great depression, set up shop again today under (be management of Allan P. Kirby. Back at the controls wrested away in a bitter proxy fight in the spring of 1961 was the 71- year old Kirby, heir to a fortune generated by F. W. Woolworth five and dime store success. A new 13-man slate of directors elected at Alleghany's 1963 annual stockholders meeting in Baltimore Wednesday gathered at the holding company's offices to elect Kirby board chairman. The eastern financier, a power in Alleghany since 1937 and a top officer until his ouster 30 months ago, owns nearly 42 per cent of the corporation's common stock — about $40 million worth. Charles T. Ireland Jr., 41- yoar-old ex-Marine and Kirgy protege, was tapped for the presidency. He held the office before John D. Murchison of Dallas, Tex. took it over May 24, 1961. Alleghany stands at the apex ot a huge business complex with assets of over $7 billion. It controls the 2.5 billion New York Central Railroad Investors Diversified Services, a Minneapolis - based mutual fund management organization overseeing $4 billion securities holdings. Events in Baltimore closed a story chapter in Alleghany history that saw John Murchison and his brother Clint W. Jr. overthrow Kirby and then fall victim to .Kirby's stubborn determination. Kirby clung to his stockholding, the largest single block of shares, and checkmated the Murchisons at every turn. Murchison directorships were among the casualties. Also wiped out was tilie $32,500 a year job of Herbert Seakwood, the man they installed as executive vice president to dirct the corporation's day-to-day affairs. Also relieved of office was Berlin C. Gamble, who succeeded John Murchison as president last Dec. 13. BURY INFANT KENNEDYS IN ARLINGTON Jackie Has Bodies Moved To National Cemetery Which Gives Three Acres to Family. WASHINGTON (AP) - The two infant children of President Kennedy who preceded him in death now lie beside their father in Arlington National Cemetery. The bodies of the infants were flown to Washington Wednesday aboard the family plane Caroline and reinterred on either side of the late President's grave Wednesday night — presumably by decision ot his widow; Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy. The children are Patrick Bou- vicr Kennedy, who was bom prematurely Aug. 7 and died within 40 hours, and a baby girl born dead in 1956. The boy had been buried at Brookline, Mass., and the girl at Newport, R.I. Mrs. Kennedy and the late President's brothers, Son. Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy, D-j Mass., and Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy, attended the brief graveside rites. Sen. Kennedy accompanied the bodies on the flight to Washington. Mrs. Kennedy and her children, Caroline, 6, and John Jr., 3, rcltirned to the White House Sunday night after spending Thanksgiving with other members of the Kennedy family at Hyannis Port, Mass. j The burial service was hold between 8:45 and 9 p.m., long after the cemetery had closed for the night and visitors to the President's grave had departed. Bishop Philip Hannan, auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Washington, presided. He had delivered a tribute to the President at Kennedy's funeral service Nov. 25. Announcement of the reinter­ ment was made by Pierre Salinger, who said he acted as a representative of the Kennedy family rather than as White House press secretary. Salinger said that some three acres of the cemetery—which is reserved for American servicemen, their wives and their children—had been "turned over to the Kennedy family." (Editor's Note—This is the second ot a series of articles concerning a recently-completed comprehensive plan for the long- range growth of Mt. Vernon.) OK MEXICAN LABOR LAW WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Republican Son. Everett M. Dirksen voted with the majority Wednesday as the Senate approved a one-year extension of the law permitting importation of farm labor from Mexico. The House has approved a similar measure. Democratic Sen. Paul Douglas voted against the bill. 11 Blood Donors Needed Here For Heart Opration Eleven more blood donors are needed for a Mt. Vernon man who will submit to open heart surgery next week. Bill Shane, 30, of Route 7, will be operated on December II at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, for repair of a hole in his heart. Earlier this week the local Red Cross chapter sent out an appeal for 25 donors with O negative blood. The Red Cross reported today that 14 persons have volunteered to donate blood and that; 11 other donors are needed. Any person willing to become a donor is asked to immediately call the Red Cross office here, 244-2083. Whole blood is necessary for the heart-lung machine which wil lie usedd uring the opera- lion. Donors will go to the Red Cross regional blood center in St. Louis the day before tiie operation to donate blood. SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS SHOP FOR GIFTS IN OUR AD PAGES TEST GRAVEL PIT OBJECT Is It Mastodon Tooth? Mt. V. College Checks 1 ,000 YANKS BEACH HOME TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP)—The first contlgent of 1,000 American servicemen to be withdrawn from South Viet Nam arrived late Wednesday, Science teachers at Mt. Vernon Community College arc making tests on what they believe to be a 10-mlUlon-years- old mastodon's tooth. The tooth, which measures four inches across and six inches long, was turned over to the local college for identification yesterday by Mrs. Alfred Smith, 307 Jordan street. It was found in a gravel pit near Carmi, in the Wabash River valley. Many fossils and other traces of the Mi.ssissippinn era of millions of years ago can be found in southern Illinois, particularly south of Haxrisburi in thi Ozark foothills. Eugene Kstes and Edward Kownacki, local science teachers, have made preliminary checks and firmly believe it to be a mastodon's tooth and to be from ten to 15 million years old, The tooth is partially, but not completely, fossilized. The local college instructors are continuing tests and arc checking with science people in other colleges to nail down the identification. Huge elephant-like animals known as mastodons roamed North America millions of Much of the future of Mt. Vernon lies in its schools. This is an underlying theme in a comprehensive plan for the growth of the community through 1985, prepared by Planner Gerwin Rohtbach of St. Louis. The "Master Plan" recommends joint action by the high and grade school boards of education to develop additional classrooms and facilities for future needs. Need New Schools In ills 215-page report Rohrbach points to a future need of a new junior high school in north Mt. Vernon, expansion of classroom facilities at Mt. Vernon high school and construction of at least four new grade schools. "Present capacities will be reached by 1970 making it necessary to be concerned with a major land acquisition program prior to thai time," the report says. "Additional school plants will become necessary about 1985." The plan states that Mt. Vernon should be concerned in the immediate future with expanding certain present schools sites, making them more adequate for school and neighborhood recreation facilities. Expansion of 3.5 acres at the Horace Maim school and 2.5 acres at Edison school are proposed. In addition a new school building with about 12 classrooms, replacing Franklin school, is proposed. The report states that the new site of approximately ten acres should be located more centrally in the neighborhood on the east side of Seventh street in the area of Oakland Avenue. (The site would apparently be in the neighborhood of the Nelson Concrete Culvert Co.) Abandon West Salem The report says that the present West Salem school should be replaced with a new school plant of at least 12 classrooms, centrally located in the district. Other new grade schools proposed include: 1—A school of 12 classrooms on a 9.8 acre site on the west side of 27th street adjacent to the city park. A greenbelt link to a proposed 8.15 acre neighborhood recreation park is suggested. 2—A 15 to 16 classroom school, generally on the south side of George street, west of Wilshire Drive. The proposed site consists of 11.5 acres, large enough for on-site recreational areas. In addition, the plan calls for acquiring of three new grade school sites, if possible, in the west and southwest areas of town, the sites, the report says, should be set aside for construction of schools around the year .1983, and in future years, depending on the extent and rate of population growth. Junior High Expansion The need for expansion of the present junior high school on west: Broadway, and a long range plan for construction of a second junior high school in north Mt. Vemon, is discussed in the Master Plan. It states that the three story brick building, built in 1937, is presently overcrowded "to ihc point that expansion of this building or an additional new building will be necessary at an early date. Optimum student capacity is 480 and the present enrollment is near 600, creating serious overcrowding." Tile proposed site for a new junior high school in the future is on the east side of Fairway Drive, north of Hill street in the north section of town. The report also suggests acquisition of the remainder of the block at Casey junior high school, south to Casey. It would add 2.2 acres to the present site and site improvements should provide for additional staff parking and extensive recreation development. High School Plans The report recommends that the Community College be removed from the Mt. Vemon high school site, to another site. "Thus move would make additional classroom space available full- time to the high school, "the report states, "By closing Sixth street and acquiring land east and southwest to Ihc L. & N. Railroad, 15 acres could be added to the present site, making it large enough for the orderly development of classroom facili- r and recreation facilities TALK DISCUSSION AT LUNCH IN WHITE HOUSE APPLAUSE FROM LABOR — Labor leaders applaud President Johnson Wednesday after a White House conference at which the Chief Executive asked support on tax cutting and civil rights legislation. From right arc: David McDonald, head of the Steel Workers Union; Walter Reuther, partlv hidden by McDonald's hands, head of the United Auto Workers, and James Carey, president of the Electrical Workers Union. (AP Wlrephoto) Senator Slain Shooting In Senate President Prods For Action On $11 Billion Tax Slash Bill Before Byrd's Senate Committee. PAY $70,000 FOR 306 ACRES FOR REND LAKE Of Brazil!Senate OKs $511,000 For Rend Lake BRASILIA, Brazil (APi - A senator fired three shots at an opponent in Brazil's Senate c (ia mb e r Wednesday and missed his target, but accidentally killed a third lawmaker. The innocent victim was Sen. Jose Cairala, who died while tin-' dergoing surgery. Cairala, from the western frontier stale of Acre, was struck in the stomach by one bullet' fired by Sen. Anion de Melo. Witnesses said De Melo whipped out a pistol and took aim from the speaker's platform at Sen. Silvestrc Pericles. Pericles, 67, a man known for his violent temper, had said he would shoot De Melo if he rose to speak. Both are from the northeast state of Alagoas, which as a reputation for stormy politics. Pericles, a member of the Senate since 1957, had opposed the election of De Mlo, a freshman. Sen. Joao Agripino told newsmen he grabbed Pericles, who was about to return the fire, and disarmed him. "His revolver was fully loaded and hadn't been fired," Agripino said. Bith men were placed in military custody. The Senate appointed an investigating committee. Senate sources said the feud was personal with no bearing on national politics. De Melo is a member of the conservative Christian Democratic party. Pericles belongs to President Joao Goulart's leftist Labor party. Cairala had not been involved in the dispute, sources said. WASHINGTON —- Congressman Kenneth J. Gray, (D) Illinois reported the full Senate Appropriations Committee this morning approved all the amount requested for Southern Illinois Public Works projects. Gray said $115,000 was allowed for Big Muddy River and Beaucoup creek canalization comprehensive studies; 5300,000 in planning funds for Kaskaskia river projects; 5511,000 for in planning funds for Rend Lake; for comprehensive sur SPRINGFIELD, II. (AP) — Gov. Otto Kerner has released $70,000 for purchase of 306 acres of land in connection with the construction of Rend Lake in Franklin and Jefferson counties. Amounts of land and purchase prices were: 2fl acres owned by Noma Pierson Randolph, $6,000; 131.S2 acres owned by Faral A. Martin, $27,000; 80 acres owned by Nova Robinson, $11,000; and 110 acres owned by William G. Tennison, $26,000. All of the land is in Franklin County. Kerner also approved Wednesday the release of $27,928 for construction and other improvements at Mount Carmel Municipal Airport and $20,738 for improvements at Harrisburg-Raleigh Airport. The money represents federal reimbursements for work al- $250,000 vcys of the Wabash Valley, and also funds for work on Mississip- j ready performed pi and Ohio river levees. I Gray said he expects that the! P v n I A c i A n ft» Senate will act next week on the | »-ApiU3lUll \Jfl bill and that the funds will be made available upon tho president's signature later this month. Louisville Square Doubt Women With 3 Ewing Bank Bandits EWING, III. (AP) -Franklin County authorities said today they are continuing to search on foot for three men wlio tried to rob a bank in Ewing, but that the trio may have left the area by car. The men fled empty handed Wednesday from the Ewing Stale Bank after confronting bullet-proof partitions. Two cars used in the getaway were found abandoned nearby. Officials discounted a report two women accompanied the men. The men's faces wore covered by hooded shirts. President Gives Ride To Halleck Did Overfilled Gas Tank Cause Death^Of 72? INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An overfilled tank of liquid gas may have been responsible for the Halloween blast that killed 72 persons, an inspection report indicated Wednesday. The report, compiled by engineers from Purdue University, listed no final conclusions on the cause of the blast, which took place during the closing minutes of an ice show nt the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Nearly •100 persons also were injured. Three of them arc still in critical condition. The 45-page report cited evidence of a defective regulator on the filling connection of one of the five bottld gas tubes that were examined. Theoretically, (bo accident could have happened this way: A tank full of liquefied gas, chiefly propane and possibly overfilled, was subjected to heat radiation for several hours. The liquid eventually filled the tank and the continued pressure forced the safety valve. The liquid gas was discharged with enough force to knock over the tank. The gas, vaporizing after its release, spread along the floor until an explosive mixture with air was created. The mixture reached a source of ignition. The blast occurred followed by a propane-fed fire that lasted five to ten minutes. The Purdue report, without identifying what touched off the blast, said it appeared to be centered about the heater. The gas heater was used to heat popcorn in a concession stand. LOUISVILLE, 111. (AP) -- An explosion of what may have been a bomb wrecked the front half of a hardware store today and broke about 100 windows in mid town Louisville. The town square, which the store faces, was void of pedestrians or cars at the time of the pre-dawn blast, and there were no injuries. Sheriff Robert VanDyke of Clay County said the explosion's origin appears to have been on brick steps leading to the store's front door. He turned investigation over to the State Crime Laboratory. James Morgan, store owner, said investigators told him there were signs that an explosive charge had been touched off. The blast knocked windows out of 12 business establishments, the county courthouse, jail and Post Office. No one was in the two-story frame building housing the hardware store. Michael McFarland, an insurance agent whose apartment is directly above the front door alcove, was spending the night in Flora. Officials said concussion badly damaged the apartment. The blast was heard for many miles, and prompted a Clay City policeman to drive 15 miles to investigate. WASHINGTON I API — Prosi- up Rep, ics,' additional parking space I (lcn { "Johnson picked "™""" '»••''»""' 1 cities A. Ilaleck ot Indiana, the House Republican leader, as he drove into town this morning, and gave him a ride to the White House. The presidential motorcade, which left the Johnson home in Spring Valley at 8:16 a.m., paused momentarily at the residence of the GOP legislator. A man on the sidewalk quickly climbed in beside Johnson in the hack seat of his limousine. The While House disclo ed the passenger's identity after Johnson arrived there at 8t59 a.m. Young Punks Pelt Police SAN FlUNCllJCG 7 (AP)-Pc- 1 icemen who ride three-wheeled motorcycles in San Francisco will wear crash helmets from now on. To protect them in accidents Nope. To prolcel them from lock - throwing juveniles who have been pelting police lately as they try to dftperu crowds. 26 Hungarian Miner Killed BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP)— Twenty - six Hungarian miners were killed in an explosion Wednesday night at a coal mine at Tatabanyu, the Hungarian news agency MTI reported today. Four other miners were injured. The agency said the blast was a danipfire explosion. Tatabanya^is a minig center 30 miles wfk ot Budapest, HERBERT II. LEHMAN, 85, four times governor of New York anil also a former senator, died today of a heart attack lu his home at 820 I 'urk Ave,, Mew Xorb 0119 By WALTER R. MUARS WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi. dent Johnson invited Sen. HaiTy F. Byrd of Virginia to the White House for lunch today in another maneuver aimed at attempting to prod an $H-billion tax-cut bill through Congress. Congressional sources reported that the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee accepted the invitation for a luncheon conference. The tax bill has passed the House, but Byrd's committee has shown no disposition to shove it along quickly, even tough Johnson has given it top priority, just as President John F. Kennedy did. Johnson has been using every opportunity to build up support for the bill—he called on labor and business leaders Wednesday to get behind it, as well as civil rights legislation. Johnson told them it was languishing in the Finance Committee. The President developed a reputation for getting results with a sort of personal, political diplomacy when he was Democratic leader of the Senate. Tha meeting with Byrd was along similar lines. Johnson is appealing for help, on the legislative program wherever he can find it. "I am the President, but I can do nothing without the people." Johnson told the AFL-CIO Executive Committee Wednesday. "You represent the people. I need you and I want you by my side." Less than an hour later ha went before the Business Advisory Council with this pledge: "This administration wants to help you. We are not pro-labor, or pro-business or pro^any special sector. We are pro what U best for America. "I am the only President you have," Johnson told some 60 business leaders, Cabinet mem- hoi's and economic advisers. "If you would have me fail, then you fail, for the country fails." Retaliates On Tariff Johnson's speeches to union and industry leaders climaxed a busy White House day during which he also: —Ordered tariff boosts of $23.9 million a year on five commodities in retaliation lor increased import levies on U.S. poultry shipped to member nations of the European Economic Community. —Announced lie will confer Jan. 22 with Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson of Canada. —Slipped out of the White House to spend a half hour at a Capitol luncheon of the Texas congressional delegation. 5,000,000 Jobs Good Coatless despite the December chill, Johnson went to the White House rose garden to tell some 40 union leaders and government officials "The No. 1 priority today and tomorrow is more jobs and the goal of this administration is 75 million jobs in America." That would be an increase of 5 million jobs. Johnson set no target date for that goal. "This is our dominant, relentless domestic problem and we have to face it head on," Johnson said. "The tax cut bill now languishing in Congress is the most massive single attack we can make on this problem." Johnson said with the civil rights bill denied a hearing by the House Rules Committee 'the endless abrasion of delay, neglect and indifference have nibbed raw the national conscience. "We've talked too long, done too little, and all of it too late," Johnson told the AFL-CIO officials. Medical Care For Aged Johnson also spoke of the Kennedy plan for medical care for the aged financed by Social Security. He said it "cries out for enactment." AFL - CIO President George Meajiy called the Johnson speech "a good constructive statement." Walter Reuther, president of the United Auto Workers, promised "the President will nava our unqualified and wholehearted support in his effort to get America moving forward," TULSA PUBLISHER DIES TULSA, Okla. (AP)-RicbWdl Lloyd Jonos Sr., 90, founder and publisher of tho Tulsa Tribune, died Wednesday, Jones, a, tov mor editor of national m &gu* zlnes and onetlmo owner ol thff Wisconsin State Journal at Madison, bought the Tulsa TrlbuM —then known as the Tulsa Democrat —In 1010. H« WM Chicago,

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