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TEMPERATURE Friday high 67, low 39. 7:00 a.m. today 41. Dowtown noon today 58. ML VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL TO ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS TO NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER f WEATHER 1 Southern Illinois— Much colder tonight with a chance of rain. Low mid to upper 20o. Considerable cloudiness and cold Sunday, chance of a few snow flurries. High in 30s. VOLUME XLIV — NO. 58 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1963 30c PER WEEK HOLD THREE AS BANDITS JOHNSONS MAY MOVE IN SAY OSWALD SHOT AT WALKER ASK EXTRAORDINARY POWERS IN PROBE OF ASSASSINATION THOMPSON FOUND GUILTY — T. Eiigen o Thompson (center) found guilty or murder In tho first degree In the Maying of his wife, is escorted to Hennepin County jail Friday night just minutes after the jury returned the verdict. The jury of six men and si* women deliberated just over l 'Z hours. (AP Wirepholo) President Must Accept Hazards—Ike Wy FRANK COKMIKR Associated Press Staff Writer WASHINGTON (API - President Johnson was free of announced appointments today— but. he wasn't free of work. Johnson planned to spend much of the day in his While Mouse office, seeing staff aides and other advisers, cleaning up correspondence and making I he phone calls which he favors as a means of getting tilings done. Personal effects of the John- Is In Seclusion THOMPSON GETS LIFE FOR WIFE'S MURDER NEW YORK (AP) - Dwighl D. Eisenhower says "the very fact of being President involves certain personal risks, which 1 believe must be accepted." The former President wrote In the current Saturday Evening Post edition that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy could lead to demands that would make a virtual prison of the White House, in the Interests of safety for the President. However, lie added, "I believe that the American people have too much good sense to do anything that would impair in tho slightest degree the essential, traditional character of the office—one of democracy's most vital institutions and the most Important political station in the world." Eisenhower said "it is the very combination of powers vested in the presidency which makes it highly desirable that ihe President he free to travel widely, to keep personally in touch with the people of the country, and to see with his own eyes what is going on in tho world." However, said Eisenhower, "the hazards (lie President must face appear to ho increasing. We should give greater attention to reducing the risks without limiting the president's necessary freedom of movement." He said "a thorough study of the problem will show us methods that will reduce the oppor tunily for would-be assassins to make a target of the President Helicopters could take tho place of tho automobile for certain trips over fixed routes—always an invitation to trouble. New safely features may bo developed to provide improved security in motorcades." Eisenhower said "the shocking event of Nov. 22 reinforces tho necessity of keeping the vice president completely informed, prepared for the possibility that some misfortune might befall the President. It also is a reminder that the President and vice president never should be exposed together to the same hazards of travel." MAY REOPEN PAHKS MONTGOMERY, Ala. m — City commissioners are considering reopening 12 municipal parks which were closed in 1959 in the face of court-ordered tegration. in- Louisiana Voting On Governor By TOM DYGARD NEW ORLEANS (API-Louisiana Democrats named their choice for governor today in the nation's first statewide election since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. If none of the 10 candidates gets a majority of the votes, the two leaders will meet in a runoff primary Jan. 11. Democratic nomination has amounted to victory since the end of reconstruction '88 years ago. Tlie assassination of the President marked a sharp turning point in the campaign in this Deep South state where Kennedy—a symbol of civil rights- drew the bitter hatred of segregationists. Until the asassinalion, Ken nedy was a major issue. Most candidates sought to outdo the others in verbal attacks on the President. For the last two weeks of the campaign, the candidates busied themselves with promises of better roads, improved schools, more efficiency in government— bland issues previously almost submerged by "hate Kennedy talk. Delesseps S. Marrison, 51, a former New Orleans mayor making his third bid for governor, appeal's most likely to ben efit from any political recoil in the Kennedy issue. He was Kennedy's 1 ambassador to the Organization of American Slates. Two oilier major candidates are U.S. Rep. Gillis W. Long and John J. McKeitlien. Long, '10, was backed by his distant cousin, U.S. Sen. Russell 1). Long. McKeitlien, 45, was legislative leader for the late Gov. Earl K. Long, and was bucked by Earl's widow. Other major candidates include Robert F. Kennoti, til, a former governor, and Shelby M. Jackson, state superintend out of education. All candidates profess to favor segregation. Polls open al 6 a.m. and close at S p.m. Louisiana has 1,182,676 voters, including 154,2-17 Ne groes. By (JEOIUil MINNEAPOLIS gene Thompson, victed Friday of brutal slaying of his il, after one of IN MT. VERNON, CENTRALIA Same Man Steals TV Sets At Four Motels MOSES (AP)—T. Eu-I .'',(), was con- j arranging the | wife, Carol, Minnesota's TIGHT <;iTAK1> ON 1.B.I IN NEW YOIIK TODAY NEW YORK & -- Police and the Secret Service have set up one of 1 ho tightest security plans in the city's history for President Johnson's visit to New York Sunday. The'President will at lend flic Itinera! of former Gov. Herbert II. Lehman in Manhattan. Me will drive from Idlewild airport in Manhattan and back in a "special limousine." not the bubbletop car in which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Police refused to disclose the routes the 12-car motorcade will follow. Mrs. Oswald Wants To Be An American DALLAS (API - Somewhere in Hie Dallas area, tho young Russian-born widow of Lee Harvey Oswald, President Kennedy's accused assassin, cares for her two young children. But it's safe to assume her life is anything but normal, especially since the chain of events that began Nov. 22 with the By STERLING I'. GREEN Associated Press Staff Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The probers of President Kennedy's assassination are asking Congress for extraordinary powers to force testimony from any re-, luclant witnesses and to grant) immunity from prosecution. i The sweeping resolution was introduced in the Senate late Friday bv Sens. Richard B. Russell, D-Ga., and John Sherman Cooper, R-Ky., members of tho presidential commission headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren. It came almost .simultaneously with announcement that Texas lias called off its state court ot inquiry at Warren's suggestion to avoid interference with murder of the President andithe high-level investigation or- death of her husband 48 hours j dvvni by President Johnson, aler. I The Texas attorney general Five television sets ivci'c stolen from motels last night in Mt. Vernon, Centralia and Sulem and a u t h o r i t i es are certain that four of the sets were taken by the same man. TV sets were stolen at the King City Motel and the Lawrence Molel at the north "dgo of .Ml. Vernon, at the ti.ines Motel in Centralia, at •mother, Centralia motel, and nt the Cozy Motel south of Salem. Sheriff Dewey Barton said •that it is almost certain that the same man took the TV sets nt the Ml. Vernon and Cen­ tralis motels. Although he gave different names at each motel, all believed to be fictitious, motel oeralors gave the same description of the thief. A man answering the same description also registered at the Beaslcy Motel on Salem Road Friday and left without paying his bill. Nothing appeared to be missing from his room, however. Motel operators told officers that in each case the bill was not paid. Officers said the thief apparently registered at one motel, took the TV set and \ drove to another—repeating the theft four times in one evening. most sensational murder (rials, lie was immediately sentenced to Jife imprisonment. A six-man, six-woman jury took over a day to convict Ihe dapper attorney of first-degre murder nine months to the day after his wife was fatally beaten and stabbed in their fashionable home in St. Paul. The state contended Thompson hired the killer for love of another woman and for more than $1 million in insurance. The blond, crew-cut lawyer remained in jail today pending his transfer to tho slate prison it Stillwater to serve the life sentence imposed by Judge Rolf Fossen. There is no capital punishment in Minnesota. With good behavior, Thompson would be eligible for parole after 17V!i years. If his attorneys apical — which they indicated likely— and if the predictably heavy bond is met, Thompson could go free pending a decision by the State Supreme Court. Prosecutor Wiliam Randall said lie would recommend bond "substantially heavier" than the $100,000 under which Thompson was free during his trial. The scene in tho courtroom when the jury returned lopped six weeks of steadily building emotion. Clerk Frank Arohamho took the sealed verdict from the foreman. Sidney C. Becker, 71. After handing it to Judge Fos- scen, who read it without expression, Archambo read it aloud. When he came to the word "guilty," Thompson's h e a d dropped. As each juror was asked, at defense attorney llyuni SegcH's request, if this was his or her true vcrlict, Thompson stared at the jurors. The jury took seven ballots to arrive at a guilty verdict. It was reported first split about 50-50. The jury believed the slate's case that: Thompson, lather of four children and builder of a thriving St. Paul law practice, was moved to get his wife out of the way for love of his shapely ex- sccrctary, Jackie Olesen, with whom he admitted having an affair; $1 Million Insurance Thompson was motivated by money—the more than $1 million in insurance ho took out on his wife, much of it in haste in the year before she was killed. He arranged for the actual killer, a police character named Dick W. C. Anderson, to be admitted to the Thompson home by an unlocked door early the morning of March (i. He gave Anderson a clear track by disposing of the Thompson pet dog; lie gave instructions via an intermediary, Norman Mastri- son family were being moved into the executive mansion. However, il was understood the Johnsons would not move into the White House immediately— probably not before Monday. Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy and her two children, Caroline 6, and John Jr., 3, moved from the White House Friday to the Georgetown home they have borrowed from Undersecretary of State and Mrs. W. Averell 1 larriman. Johnson did not return to his own home in the Spring Valley section until after 8 p.m. A full day of official business at the White House was followed by a relaxing half-hour in the heated swimming pool close by the oval presidential office. Johnson has been swimming almost every evening at the end of the workday. Earlier, Johnson made two surprise announcements al a While House ceremony honoring :U distinguished men and women who had been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the late President Kennedy. Johnson climaxed tho affair by revealing that he was conferring freedom medals posthumously on Kennedy, who was slain Nov. 22, and on Pope John XXltl, who died last June. Saturday morning tho President will fly to New York to attend funeral services for Herbert II. Lehman, former Democratic governor and senator from the Empire State. Johnson planned to return to Washington immediately after the service. Kennedy had selected Lehman as a winner of the Medal of Freedom, but the veteran po litieal leader died Thursday as he was preparing to leave New York for Washington for the presentation ceremony. Since her pro - Marxist husband died in a quick blaze of gunfire in trout of television cameras, Secret Service agents have kept her whereabouts secret. But Friday word got to the public that: Marina, who speaks only broken English, "wants 1o be an American and continue to live here.' Mrs. Leona Williamson, 23, Fort Worth housewife who started a drive for funds to Marina and the children, said so far some 57,700 had been received. The money was turned over to the Secret Service which tookj it to Mrs. Oswald. \ The agents were quoted by Mrs. Williamson as saying: "She (Mrs. Oswald* just broke down and cried. She said, in broken English, T didn't believe the pepolc in America, ihe people anywhere, could be this nice.' " "A very nice, highly intelli- ent woman who is real enthusiastic to leam the ways of \meriea—she wants to he an American and continue to live here." This was the way Mrs. Williamson said the agents described Mrs. Oswald. \ The full story of what investi-l gators have learned of the assassination has yet to be made' public. All FBI evidence is now in the hands of the Justice Department and will soon go to the White House. Texas Atty. Gen. Waggoner Carr changed his plans about calling a state court of inquiry into the assassination, at least for the present. In another development, Mrs. Marguerite Oswald, Lee's mother, again jumped to the defense of her son. She maintained he had nothing to do with Ihe shooting. "I don't know exactly what happened," she told a Fort Worth news conference, "but it is possible that while he was in the Texas School Book Depository lie may have panicked because he was a known defector. "He might have run out of the building because he was afraid he might be the first one suspected of having anything to do with it." Then, she said, "it was only logical for him to get a gun and protect himself." Authorities have said Oswald fled the depository building, went to his one-room apartment, changed clothes and armed himself with a pistol. Waggoner Can - , said lie has ben invited to participate in the bipartisan presidential inquiry and will do so. Files and evidence amassed by Texas state and city authorities already are in the hands of the FBI, lie said. So broad are the immunity clauses in the Senate resolution offered by Russell and Cooper (that some Capitol observers pre- ai dieted it would undergo close MEN JAILED IN BENTON ON $20,000 BAIL West Frankfort, Orient And California Suspects Seized By FBI For Wednesday Holdup Fiasco. Award Contract For Superhighway Work At Bonnie A Benton firm has been awarded a 5157,66-1 contract for construction work on north-south superhighway 57 in Jefferson county. The contract calls for construction ot a culvert for a Casey Fork creek subsidiary, about five miles north of Ina, and a grade separation structure six and one- half miles south of Ml. Vernon and west of Bonnie, carrying townshin road 447 over Inter- slate 57. Tlie contract was awarded by Ihe slate highway department to Tri Slate Engineering Co. of Benton. The construction will be done in lOHI. an, for the killing to simulate a bathtub drowning; By removing a bedroom telephone, he planned to lure Mrs. Thompson to her doom by a prearranged morning phone call after he had gone to work, forcing her to come downstairs where Anderson was to attack her; The simulated drowning went awry when Anderson, fortified with liquor and pep pills, missed the kitchen rendezvous, stunned Mrs. Thompson in her 1 (Continued on Page 2, Column 4) JAMK HELPER JAY* scrutiny and possibly some modification. A less drastic bill, providing full subpoena powers without the immunity provisions, already had been introduced by Sen. Kenneth B. Keating, R-N.Y. However, Warren told reporters that his seven-member commission scanned and approved the Russell-Cooper draft Friday. I The measure provides that no one subpoenaed shall be excused from testifying or reducing evidence on 5th-Amendment grounds—that to do so might tend to incriminate him. The comission's subpoenas would be enforceable by federal court orders, and failure to comply would be punishable as contempt. Await F. B. I. Kcport Warren told newsmen Friday that the commission still has not received the FBI's exhaustive investigation report. It lias been completed and reportedly indicates that Leo Harvey Oswald, acting on his own, killed Kennedy in Dallas Nov. 22, and that Oswald was slain by night club owner Jack Ruby — who, the FBI believes, also acted on his own. Tlie FBI is still investigating, and a new angle broke into print Friday. This was the disclosure that Marina Oswald, Ihe Russian-born wife of the accused ex-Marine, has told investigators her husband boasted of firing at Gen. Edwin A. Walker on April 10. Walker, an ardent champion of right-wing causes, was the target of a rifle shot fired through a window of his home in Dallas by an unseen sniper. Tlie bullet narrowly missed and Walker was cut by flying glass. Reports of evidence linking Oswald to the incident were published by the Chicago Sun- Times and the Washington Evening Star. The FBI declined comment. Evidence of Walker Shot Meanwhile, the Dallas Morning News said officers are con- A NEW HOME FOIt FORMER FIRST LADY — Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy mid her six-year-old daughter, Caroline enter their new temporary homo Friday on "N" street In the Georgetown section of Washington. The former First Lnny moved from the White House to the three-story red brick house, not far from the house she and the late President once occupied, just two weeks after her husband's assassination. (AP Wirephoto) Since JFK Death Goldwater Stunned By Abuse, Hate Jackie And Children In New Home LIAVLNK Staff Writer (AP)-Three- Kennedy Jr. American flag on a his new Georgetown By FRANCES CIUCAGOTAPI-Thc Chicago A » s ° ctote «» Pr *** Tribune said today that friends WASHINGTON of Barry Goldwater have de- year-old John F. scribed the Arizona Republican carried an senator as "stunned ami s, i c k into shocked" by the number of home, abusive telegrams and letters He stood with his mother, Mrs. he has received since the as- Jacqueline Kennedy, in a sec- sassination of President Kenne- ond-floor bedroom window and dy. waved to neighbors and passors- The Tribune,' in a story from by gathered across the street. Washington, said that Ihe "out- Thus the Kennedys left the pouring of invective is a factor White House Friday and began in the major reassessment a new life back on N Street — which Goldwater is now making the street they left to enter the of his political future." executive mansion—in a resi- Sen. John Tower, R-Tex., one deuce turned over to them by ot Goldwatcr's principal back- Undersecretary of State and ers for a possible bid for the Mrs. W. Averell llarriman. GOP presidential nomination, Late Friday night Secret also has ben a target of threat- 1 Service men prowled about the BENTON, 111. (AP) — FBI agents have seized and charged three men in Wednesday's attempted robbery of the Ewing State Bank. Robert D. Gibbons, special agent in charge of tlie FBI's Springfield office Friday night identified the trio as Gerald W. Garner, 24, of West Frankfort. 111., Billy Gene Odam, 21, of Lennox, Calir.; and Ted A. Starnes. 22, of Orient, 111. Federal agents and Franklin County Sherifl Ray Carroll arrested Stames Friday night in Ze-igler and the other two were apprehended in West Frankfort by FBI men. They were held in Benton County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond set by U.S. Commissioner Everett Lewis. Authorities in Southern Illinois set up road blocks and searched with helicopters after a three-man holdup team fled empty handed Wednesday from the Ewing bank. The would-be robbers were snubbed by bank employes who remained behind bullet-proof partitions and called police. One of the men tried to point a pistol at a teller but couldn't get the gun through tlie cage. (Continued on Pago 2, Column 4) ening letters and wires, the Tribune said. The Tribune said that neither senator could be reached for comment but I hat associates of the two men described them as "deeply disturbed" by attacks upon them as "right-wing" leaders who in some manner are rc- sponsiblc for Kennedy's death. Some ot the letters are from cranks, the Tribune said, but others are from individuals who reflect tlie view that right-wing extremism created a climate of hate that made the assassination possible. The Tribune quoted a close friend of Goldwatcr's as saying: "He can't adjust to the idea that so many people should hate him so. He has no personal fear I but he is shaken hy these demonstrations of hostility - - there is no question but that these attacks upon him have made him wonder if his (presidential) candidacy should be pursued." I •I 5HOPPIN6 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS SHOP FOR GIFTS IN OUR AD PAGES BREAKS DOWN — Mrs. Marguerite Oswald, mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of President John Kennedy adjusts her glasses as she breaks Into tears during news conference in Fort Worth, Tex., Friday. Mrs. Oswald maintained her son's Innocence in the Miootliig of the President. (AP Wlreplioto) For Mt. V. Man Blood Donors For Heart Case To Meet Dec. 10 Residents who will donate blood for a Mt, Vernon man's heart operation will meet at 9:00 o'clock next Tuesday morning, December 1(1 at the A. &. P. parking lot, Eighth and Broadway. The group will go to the St. Louis regional blood center to donate whole blood, which will be used to supply a heart-lung machine during the operation the following day. Bill Shane, 30, of Route 7, Mt. Vernon, will submit to open heart surgery, to repair a hole in his heart, on December 11. Any blood donor who wishes will be provided with transportation to and from St. Louis. The Red Cross urges all donors to meet no later than fl a.m. Tuesday at the A. & P. lot. AUTO VICTIM D1KS ST. I£>UIS (AP)-An Illinois man died in a hospital Friduy from injuries suffered in an auto accident in November. The victim was Jolm Hogan, 21, of Roseclave. He was injured when his car struck a utility pole on Nov, 14 on old Illinois route 13, four miles from Carhondale, where lie was a student at Southern Illinois University, 9 three-story brick house keeping watch. Alter tlie sorrow of tlie two weeks since President Kennedy was assassinated, Mrs. Kennedy and tho children, John and 6- year-old Caroline, seemed caught up in the excitement of moving. The family brought with them from the White House familiar and personal items like Caroline's two-wheeled bicycle and a big box marked "John Jr. Toys." Neighbors watching in the street got a look at .Mrs. Kennedy's fur coats and the pink- covered cages of ihe Kennedy children's pet parakeets. There was a sad reminder— a bulging briefcase with the initials "JFK." As they settled into the 11- rooni, five bath residence, Mrs. Kennedy sent word through her press secretary that she was very grateful to tlie Harrimans for loan of their house, filled with art treasures. The former First Lady "now looks forward to many quiet days there," tlie secretary, Miss Pamela Turnure, added. The Kennedys had lived in a narrow red brick home at 3307 N Street before they moved into the White House. Orient Store Robbery Law enforcement authorities said at least two of the men were implicated in the burglary early Friday of the Bracy food store in Orient, 111. It was believed this led to their inter* rogation on the unsuccessful bank foray. It was reported that three revolvers and a hood were found in an auto owned by one of the three men. The bank holdup team carried pistols and used hoods to conceal their features. Two men entered the Ewing bank at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday nnd one kept watch outside. Safe behind the bullet-proof partition, Mrs. Helen Hedges, assistant cashier, telephoned for police and C. V. Clark. 87- year-old cashier, 1 a u gft\ e d through the glass at one of the bandits. The two men dashed out. but one was trapped for a brief time between electronically locked doors in the bank entrance. Two stolen autos used by the fugitives were found abandoned in a cemetery several miles north of Ewing. moot) HOMK ROBBERY LOMBARD, 111. (AP) — Two men forced their way into an engineer's Chicago suburban Lombard home Friday, tied up a housekeeper and took government bonds and personal property worth $20,000, police reported. Mrs. Mary Kaiser, 45, housekeeper for the O.W. Altaians, said the pair spent more than an hour ransacking the dwelling after tying her with a dog leash. Did Oswald Have Help? NEW YORK~(AP) - Most Americans think President Kennedy's assassin had help, a Gallup poll reports. Only 29 per cent of adults asked across the nation thought the assassin acted on his own. according to the poll released Friday by George Gallup, director of the American Institute of Public Opinion. Fifty-two per cent believed some group or element also was responsible, and 19 per cent were uncertain. Few who believed it was a conspiracy singled out any specific group, Gallup said. 14th Polaris Sub Is Ready NEWPORT NEWS. Va. m — The Navy prepared today to accept delivery of its 14th Polaris submarine, the nuclear-powered James Monroe, named for tho author of the Monroe Doc tri no and fifth president of the United States. The vessel will be formally commissioned on tho 22nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Mt. Vernon Firemen Douse Coffin Blaze For the first time in their memory, Mt. Vernon firemen were called Friday afternoon to put out a lire in n coffin. Tho unusual blaze occurred at 2:45 p.m. on the Salem Road, at the bottom of Daniel's Hill. Three metal caskets were loaded on a truck owned by the Levis Supply Co., Springfield, HI. Firemon said that the interior of on* of the aoffini was completely destroyed and that the fire was so intense that It burned a hole throuRh tho metal sldo. The other two coffins were not damaged. They were dellv- ered to a Mt. Vernon funeral home. Cause of the fire wan not known. The Interior had apparently been burning for vom« time before the tiro wai dil« flovere* \ ",

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