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TEMPERATURE Tupsdny hiRh 32. low 20. 7:00 a.m. today 2(>. Downtown noon today 31. Snowfall from 7:00 a.m. Tuesday to 7:00 a.m. Wednesday 1.32. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL TO ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS TO NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois — Heavy snow and glaze warning. Snow accumulating 4 Inches or more. Precipitation all changing to snow tonight, then tapering ofC Thursday. Low tonight 18-24. High Thursday In upper 20s. VOLUME XLIV — NO. 61 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1963 30c PER WEEK SINATRA PAYS $240,000 ANSOM SANTA CLAUS BANDITS ROB BANK LOCK 14 IN VAULT NEAR ROCKFORD Two Robbers In Santa Claus Costumes Scoop Cash From Cages, Escape In Car. ROCKFORD, 111. (AP)-Two men dressed as Santa Clans, «nd possibly aided by a third, nibbed the Alpine Stale Bank today of cash estimated al $10,000. The bank is on the outskirts of Rockford. Frank Hoffman, assistant cashier, said all the loot was taken from tellers' cages and that the men fled in an automobile without attempting to raid the main vault. "They seemed anxious to gel away," he observed. The men ordered 10 employes and I customers of the bank to lie on the floor, then herded them into the vault and locked it. The M persons were freed alter about 10 minutes because the robbers had neglected to close the main lock on the vault. Push Search For Man Buried In Mine Cave-In HAR.RISBUR.G 7 HI. (API Equipment loaned by neighboring mines was expected to expedite a search today for a missing coal miner feared dead in a collapsed mine tunnel. llarrisburg Coal Co. reported considerable success by workers struggling during the night to reinforce the weakened roof of the tunnel. A threat, of more cave-ins had slowed probing of a mound of rock and coal which fell Monday on the coal loading machine were Harry llosman, -19, was working alone. llosnum, a father of eight children, may have tried to throw himself against a tunnel wall as the roof collapsed, officials said. The fallen rubble buried his work area to a depth of three feel. Rescue efforts in the small mine near the Saline-Williamson County line slowed almost to a hall Tuesday as small cas- caces of ceiling material prompted officials lo express fear for workers' safely. Search crews, originally limited to nine men, wen; reduced to five men although spokesmen said installation of heavy emergency timbers had made the rescue area much safer. FORECAST SNOW HEAVY FOR ILLINOIS $936,621 TO RAISE REND LAKE ROAD 21 BELOW ZERO TODAY IN MONTANA CIIIG\GO (API - The first I severe storm of the season i moved into Illinois today to the accompaniment of warnings of | heavy snow, feezing rain and i hazardous driving conditions. ! Freezing rain glazed the high-! ways in Hie extreme southern quarter. This will change to snow tonight. ; Forecasters said most of Hi-< nois probably will have !'. lo I inches of snow by Thursday VISITS KENNEDY GRAVE — Adlal Stevenson, U.S. nm- Imssador to Hit; United Nations, stands at the Arlington National Cemetery grave of John l'\ Kennedy afterplacing a wreath there Tuesday. Tall man in rear is Rep. James Roosevelt, D-Culif. The eternal flame Is at, lower left. The flame was accidentally extinguished briefly earlier in the day. (AP Wirephooto) FIRE KNOCKS OUT BREESE ELECTRICITY May Close Down Three Navy Yards i — SEATTLE (Al .Secretary Robert will recommend val shipyards al San Boston 'tfid Philadel|: Defense S. McNamara closure of Francisco, ia as an the S e a t I I c economy mov< Times said today. The Times' Washington correspondent said the information came "from a high source." Such a shutdown would involve nearlv LCi.000 civilian jobs —S/Jd'J al Boston, at Philadelphia and 7,121 al San Francisco. The article said the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, Wash., would not be affected. The Times' informant said no date has been set for the closures but the action was expected to be swift — perhaps by the end of Hie year. The move would be the latest in a series designed to trim billion from the fiscal 1%5 defense budget, a goal announced several days ago by .McNamara and President Johnson. IANTO HELPER JAY* BREESE, 111. (AP)— Electric power serving this Clinton County town of 2,500 persons was knocked out today after fire raced through a municipal power generating plant. Officials s a i d electricity should be restored by afternoon. But families facing heating problems in 30-dcgree weather were invited to municipal buildings. School was cancelled for the day, and St. Joseph's Hospital set up facilities to entertain youngsters for the duration. The hospital has auxiliary power equipment. Sparks reporledly leaped from a switch panel touching off the pre-dawn blaze. Officials said the fire, extinguished in about three hours, damaged two of the four engines that 'ia- i generate power, Auxiliary generators restored power within a few hours lo some of I he town's main services, including a grocery store and a restaurant. Officials said there was no crisis. An investiation, they said, indicates water damage to wiring and electrical equipment was more responsible than [lames for the power shut down. Officials said fire damage was greatest In the roof and ceilings of the power plant. Another Plane Saw Jet Crash p op e"wiillngTo By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The season's biggest snowstorm and coldest weather spread across broad area from the Rockies into (lie northern Midwest today. Rain, sleet and cloudy weather covered most of the nation from the storm belt into the Apalachians. In Montana, the mercury dropped to -1 below zero in Butte and Bozeman as arctic air extended throughout the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains. Subzero readings were reported in parts of the Dakota.s, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. In Denver, the mercury tumbled from I above- to 10 below in a few hours. The sleet-freezing rain bell extended from parts of the Texas I Panhandle northeastward across west and north Oklahoma and southeast Kansas into southwest a n d south-central Missouri. But as the cold air advanced, the s 1e e I and rain changed lo snow in many areas. Similar conditions were rel>ovt- ed many parts of the North Central region. The heavy snow belt covered areas from southern Colorado and northern New Mexico into central Nebraska and central Kansas. One to three inches of snow were indicated in much of the Midwest. Rainfall in Southern sections ranged up to more than two inches in parts of Arkansas, northern .Mississipi, Tennessee and Texas. In the West, skies were mostly clear with temperatures near seasonal levels. Varied Weather Menu Here; Snow, Rain And Sleet Driving conditions in the Mt. Vernon area were hazardous today from a combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain. Some minor accidents were reported. The first measurable snowfall of the winter last night reached a depth oC 1.32 inches this morning. Snow flurries and sleet continued during the day as the temperature hovered around the freezing mark. Ponce reported thai several spots on streets and said that Daniel's Hill, on the Salem Road, was especially dangerous early today. Traffic was blocked lor a time on slate route 1V7, three miles norlh ol town, when a truck- trailer driven by l.eon .1. Lewis, Rou I e 1, FJix, jackknifed and blocked both traffic lines. The state highway department j yesterday received n low bid of OTi.ti'Jl for raising a section of i state rouie .''.7 and building a new i creek bridge lo accomodate Rend Lake. The bid was for this construction: 1—1.2D miles of concrete pavement in the Gun Creek area norlh of WhiKington and a short distance south of the Jefferson county line. 2—A new bridge over Gun Creek. - •• Reconstruction of Ihe deck! of the bridge over Atchison creek, j between lna and Bonnie, includ- 1 ing approaches of ,8S of a mile. ' The low bidder on the project ', was R B. Poiashnick and D. L. 1 Harrison, Cape Girardeau, Mo. State route 37 will be raised from two lo nine feel in Jefferson and Franklin counties to accomo- ! dale Rend Lake. j What is now Gun Creek will j become an easterly ami of the ! lake. The area is well known to I motorists because of a sign east J of state route V which describes ; I it as the east arm of the lake. I The highway in I hat area will icy i he raised to nine feet. The highway will be raised an ; average ol two feel in the Atchison Creek area of Jefferson county. •</, y'J' JUNIOR IS RELEASED UNHARMED hill old Frank' Sinatra, left, paid kidnapers S'; 10,000 in small •i for release til his son )<'ruiik Jr. today. The lil-year- vouth was unharmed. IN MT. VERNON SUPERHIGHWAY 64 HEARING THURSDAY I SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS SHOP FOR GIFTS IN OUR AD PAGES Announce Plans For Christmas Baskets Here The Chamber of Commerce will serve as a "clearing house" again Ihis year for the distribution of food baskets to needy families at Christ mas-time, A coupon which can be tilled out and sent lo the Chamber office will appear tomorrow in The Register-News. Persons who know of needy families can fill in their names and addresses on the coupon for a Christmas basket. Veterans and civic organizations which plan to give Christmas buskels this year are asked to attend a meeting December 18 at the Chamber office for the first "clearing session" on names of families to receive baskets. ELKTON. Md. (APi-A gov- eminent investigator said today another plane witnessed and reported the crash of a Pan American World Airways jet airliner Sunday. The jel, a Boeing 707, exploded at .1 ,00(1 feet on its way to Philadelphia. All ".'I passengers and 8 crew members were killed in Ihe crash. T.W. Pinch, Civil Aeronautics Board investigator at the scene, said a copilot on National Airlines Flight Hi not only saw Ihe explosion, but radioed the message to Philadelphia airport saying: "Clipper two-one-four is going down in flames." Finch said Ihe National Airlines plane was about 1,000 feel above the jot in a severe electrical storm. The message was originally thought to have come from a crew member on the ill-fated Pan American Flight 211. The flight transcript, released Tuesday by Ihe CAI3, included the following final exchange: Philadelphia Control: Okay Clipper 211. Hold as instructed and, ah, I'll pull you away as soon as I can. Clipper 211: Roger, no hurry, just wanted you to know that, ah, we'll accept a clearance. Control: All rigid, that's fine. Voice: Mayday, rnayday, mayday. Clipper 214 out of control. Here we go. Control: Clipper lill, did you call Philadelphia? Voice: Clipper 211 is going down in flames. Control: Clipper 211. Roger. Your message has been received. Newsmen who had listened to a recording ol" the exchange in Elklon had remarked at the calmness of the voice. Alan S. Boyd, chairman of the CAB, also referred lo it, saying that the plane obviously was "being flown by a man who had great self control." Meet Patriarch On January Trip VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican official said today Pope Paul VI has indicated a willingness lo meet Patriarch Alhena­ goras 1, spiritual leader of world Orthodoxy, during the Roman Catholic leader's trip to the Holy Land Jan. l-ti. The official said the Pope informed Alhenagoras about the purpose of his Holy Land trip and in doing so indicated a willingness to meet the patriarch in Palestine if Alhenagoras decides lo go there. In announcing his unprecedented trip a week ago, Pope said he hoped it would the cause of Christian un- morning. The northern quarter will gel about halt thai. Temperatures mostly ranged in the 20s, and were expected to drop into the teens during tonight. The Weather Bureau said severe cold—;is much as 12 to IS degrees below normal in the southern areas—will set in after the storm abates. Normal mid- December highs would be from 31 to the middle 10, and normal lows from 16 to the low ZOs. Keating Tells Manufacturers Of Red Danger Paul serve ivy. Alhenagoras, of U>0 million lians, proposed spiritual leader Orthodox Chris- last Friday that a Christian summit meeting be [ held in the Holy Land during the | Pope's visit there. The official said the Pope made no mention in his letter of Atha! goras' proposal for a conference ' ot Christian leaders. No Roman Catholic pontiff I and Orthodox patriarch have 1 met since the East-West schism , of 10.-) 1. POLARIS SUB KAYBUKN NEWPORT NEWS, Vu. (API — A Polaris submarine named for former House S|)eaker S;nn Rayburn. Ihe political mcnlor of President Johnson, will be launched here Dec. 20. $2 Million Left By Bookkeeper SPOKANE, Wash" (AP) - F. Bert Magee, 79, a retired city bookkeeper, who lived simply while playing the stock market, left an estate of well over $2 million. Probate papers revealed Tuesday that Magee, who died Oct 16, left his estate in trust. I lis widow. F.. Marie, a nephew and two nieces will each receive l .'i per cent of the income from the trust. He had no children. Kerner Opposes Any New Taxes JACKSONVILLE, III. (AP) - C.ov. Olio Kerner said today thai "piling of one tax upon the other" is not the way to meet future needs pf Illinois. Kerner, speaking at an Illinois College convocation, said his administration will not consider any new taxation until the existing tax structure "is made to yield every potential penny." "We have shown that the existing tax structure can yield more and we are convinced that constitutional tax reform — the modernization of an antiquated lax structure will bring not only equity lo the citi/enry, but will provide more revenues where they are needed r.iosl — at the local level." CHICAGO (API — A leading New York Republican has told a group of Illinois businessmen there is an urgent need for an inter-American subversive con- Irol lo deal with terrorism in the Western Hemisphere. Sen. Kenneth B. Keating. R- N.Y., said Tuesday the board is needed lo provide for a change of information on known Castro- sponsored Communist agents and subversives travling to Cuba. In a speech to the Illinois Manufacturers' Asso c i a t 1 o n, Keating said one o( the boards major task could be to "conn-! teract the massive effort being j waged by the Co m m u n i s t s '• through propaganda." | He said Ihe board could direct \ the activities of our security j agents in a cooperative effort to , "prevent subversive activities I throughout the hemispere." 1 Cuba has become Ihe bank as ; well as the school and printing press for Communists in Latin America, Keating said. "The American r e p u b 1 i e s ; should coordinate and improve intelligence services to nrevcnt the transfer of funds, which is at the root of subversive activity," he said. The senator said the board would be set up as part of the Organization of America n States. At the dinner, 2,000 industrial and civic leaders saw Alan C. Matlison, chairman of the board of Matlison Machine Works in Rockfoid, installed as 1%1 president of the manufacturers' association. Newly elected directors installed included C. J. Covington of Ml. Vernon. South Bend Hopes To Get Space Center SOUTH BEND, Intl. (AP) — The hope of getting a space research center gleamed today as the silver lining in the cloud cast over South Bend by the final shutdown of Studcbaker auto production. "I think South Bend has better chance of getting the proposed $50 million National Aeronautics and Space Administration research center," said Harold Montross, trouble shooter sent lo Soulh Bend bv Secre- ilary of Labor W. Willard Wirt/.. The University of Notre I Dame is one of several bidders lor the facility. Montross spoke Tuesday at a meeting of civic and business leaders called by Mayor Frank Bruggncr. The government can do a great deal to help the city recover from the economic blow, Montross told the conference, lie added, "We can help skilled workers find new jobs and others with job retraining." Connolly Back In The Hospital AUSTIN. Tex. IAP) — Gov. John B. Connally, who was wounded by the sniper who killed President Kennedy, is back in a hospital for treatment of an inflamed right leg. 1 lis doctor said the trouble is not considered serious. The inflamaiion is in a vein of the right calf where a lube was instei'led Tor intravenous feeding at a Dallas hospital. Doctors sent him to St. David's Hospital here Tuesday. Nortli Of Mt. V. Man Killed As Tractor Overturns Thomas Holland Moore, 15, of Route 5. was killed at 4:30 p.m. yesterday when he was run over by a tractor on a •rural road about six miles north of Mt. Vernon. lie was rushed by ambulance , to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead | upon arrival. • The tragic accident occurred j near Mr. M oorc's home. (Authorities said he was ap- ajparently thrown from the tractor, which ran into a ditch and> over his body. I Funeral services will be held I Friday at 2:0O p.m. at thej Park Avenue Baptist church, of! which he was a member. The j Rev. Leonard Whitlock and the' Rev. Everett Lemay will offici- j ate and burial will be in Memorial Gardens. The body will lie in state at , the Pulley - Gutzler Funeral; Home, where friends may call i after 12:00 p.m. Thursday. Mr. Moore was born August 2-1, 1018 in Jefferson county, the son of Otis and Cora (Gar- rcn) Moore. In 19.'i9 he was married to Velma Ellis, who survives. He was a veteran of World War II. Besides his wife, he is survived by his mother. Mrs. Cora Moore of Mt. Vernon; one son, Terry Moore of Mt. Vernon; a brother. Wayne Moore of Mt. Vernon; and a sister, Mrs. Flossie Harriman of Opdyke. A public hearing on the routing of east-wesl Superhighway &1 through Jefferson county will be held at 10 o'clock Thursday morning at the court house here. The meeting, conducted by state highway department officials, will be held in the circuit court room on the second floor of the county building. The proposed routing of the Superhighway and location off | interchanges and cross-over roads will be explained in detail by the visiting officials. Interested Jefferson county people will be given an opportunity to lodge complaints and make ; suggestions. Ask Wnwllnwn Access ' People of the Woodlawn area 1 are expected lo attend the hear- i ing in force to push for an interchange about two miles north of Woodlawn. The proposed routing o" Interstate 6-1 calls for only two interchanges in Jefferson county—both at Mt. Vernon, south of town on state route r .7 and west of the city on Broadway. Woodlawn area citizens have organized lo fight for the interchange in their area. It is iwssiblc that a group from the east side of Jefferson coun- ly will also seek an interchange in the Opdyke area. The county board of supervisors went on record this week as favoring interchanges in both the Woodlawn and Opdyke areas. The proposed routing calls for interchanges in the Dahlgren area, in Hamilton county, and at Richview. Kids Put Out Eternal Flame" in OK CACHE PROJECT WASHINGTON (AP^ — A House agriculture subcommittee approved Tuesday three Agriculture Department watershed flood prevention projects, including the Little Cache Watershed in Southern Illinois. Cost of the project would be The oilier projects approved were for Kansas and Wisconsin. WASHINGTON (API -- The eternal flame over the grave of President John F. Kennedy was relighted a few minutes after It was accidentally extinguished Tuesday by holy water sprinkled on the grave by a group of school children. John C. Melzler, superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery, said ihe children were taking turns sprinkling the grave when "me cap came off the bottle, and a stream of water bit the flame directly—extinguishing it." Chase Hotel Fire Routs 200 ST. LOUIS i/I'i Some 200 persons were evacuated from their rooms at the Chase-Park Plaza Hotel today, when a fire swept through a three-room still e. No one was seriously injured. Firemen eonluined the bla/.e tflhthe 11th floor suite. Post Office Worker Killed GRANITE CITY, III. (Apt A Granite City Post Office em­ ploye was hdally injured today when struck by a car near his home. Granite city police said Patrick K. Ryan, til, was struck by a car as he started to cross the street. The driver of the car was not charged. Police said it was snowing and the roads were slippery. PROPOSE TO SANTA NEW YORK (AP) - Sanla Claus may be able to fill Susan's order lor a doll, but how about this item on Iter list: "I love you, marry me. please." Iler's was one of about ."i.lKKl "cleai" Sanla" letters the post office peeked at Tuesday. A FAMILY AFFAIR — Mr. Stork ha* been rather busy delivering "blessed bundles" to the Wood family. Last Saturday evening, af Ciiod Samaritan Hospital, lie left Gregory Toddv shown at left, with bis mother, Mrs. Larry Wood of RFD 5, Mt. Vernon. Then, Monday evening, at Good Samaritan, he delivered Brent Edward, shown at right with his mother, Mrs. Lyle NYIHHI of 40!) North street. The babies, whose fathers are brother*, were almost the same size at birth. Gregory Todd weighed In al eight pounds thirteen and nnc-lliilt mince* and Brent Edward balanced the scales at a hefty seven pounds twelve ounces. (Uelo i'hoto Croft) «^ Youth Abducted At Lake Tahoe, Kept Blindfolded 54 Hours; Father Contacted By Phone, Delivers Cash. Uy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HOLLYWOOD (AP) — Frank Sinatra's lit-year-old singer son, kidnaped at Lake Tahoe and hold blindfolded .">! horn's, was released unharmed on a street today after secret maneuvers in which his father paid a gang $2-10,000 ransom. The FBf conducted an intensive search for the abductors, but would say nothing about progress. Frank Sinatra Jr., whose goal is lo duplicate his famous father's entertainment success, was taken at gunpoint Sunday night from a motel on the Calfiornia- N'evada border just before a casino singing engagement. A private policeman patrolling the exclusive Bel-Air district picked him up — the blindfold still dangling from his neck — after he heard a shout of "Hey" from darkness behind his car. The patrolman drove him to the nearby home of the. boy's mother, Mrs. Nancy Sinatra, long divorced from the actor- singer. There, emerging from Ihe trunk of the car where he had hidden to avoid newsmen, came a dramatic reunion. The elder Sinatra, who had been negotiating with the Rang • since Monday and flew here Tuesday night for the payoff, lost his look of haggard tenseness as he greeted Ids son, "Father, I'm sorry," the youth said. "Sony? Sorry for what?" said Sinatra, embracing him. Young Frank then embraced his mother, who broke down and wept. "Don't cry, mother, I'm well. I'm in good shape." Young Sinatra went to bed without talking to newsmen but a spokesman said he probably would do so later in the day. Sinatra's 16th Birthday Sinatra, observing his •Kith birthday, spoke briefly to newsmen, saying, "This is about as good a birthday present as I could ask." Ho continued: "Frank (junior) didn't see much of the men. He was blindfolded most of the time. Ho said something to me about being in more automobile trunks than anyone else in the world. "The first phone call I got from the kidnapers let me know they had the boy and that he was all right. The man I talked to [sounded like he meant business, j "I spoke to Frank (By tele, i phone I twice. "They took him out of the motel without socks and let him wander around in the snow with just a T-shirt on. He wasn't bothered physically, but he's pretty weary. I talked lo him at !) o'clock last night and yesterday afternoon in Reno about fidday. "In Reno, I got a call to <>c here (at Mrs. Sinatra's home). Thev said I'd get another call, "they told me, 'Get JL'10,000.' "1 got it. The money was in small bills—fives, tens, fifties, hunt 1 .-ds. "I came here and gol a couple more telephone calls. They told me to go to a service station at Camden...and I don't remember the other street. Then I had to go to another service station. "Then they took me off the thing and a federal man took over as courier, "S^n I got a telephone call from a man who said he dropped the boy off al Mulholland and the Freeway. We went out but couldn't find him." WiWiiro PayoR, No Deal Sinatra said the payoff point was on Wilshire Boulevard in West Los Angeles and no deal was made to protect the abductors after they received the ransom. "They're on their own now," he said. Young Sinatra apparently was driven the 485 miles from thn Lake Tahoe area to Hollywood in the trunk of a car. California and Nevada authorities relaxed certain roadblocks in the area, presumably after the ransom demand. Young Sinatra was quoted by the patrolman wlio found him as saying he thought thero were but three in the gang. The elder Sinatra said he thought there* might be us many as nine. George C. Jones ot the Bel- Air Patrol, a private servlco that watch** exclusive home* in the area, said young Sinatra tola him he walked two miles alter being dropped off—hiding every lime a car came by for fear his captors might bo after him (Continued on Page 3, coijj|ntt 1)

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