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TEMPERATURE Wednesday high 34, low 26. 7:00 a. m. today 24. Downtown noon today 28. Rainfall and snow from 7:00 a. m. Wednesday to 7:00 a. m. Thursday .17. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL TO ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS TO NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPEk WEATHER Southern Illinois: Considerable cloudiness through Friday becoming colder and quite windy tonight. Light snow or snow flurries tonight and Friday. Low tonight 10-16. High Friday 18-25. VOLUME XLIV — NO. 62 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1963 ASK MORE SUPERHIGHWAYTINKS SINATRA DESCRIBES KIDNAP — Frank Sinatra Jr., is flunked by his sister, Tina, (left) Jind his mother, Mrs. Nancy Sinatra as he talked to newsmen outside his mother's Bel-Air, Calif., home Wednesday, lie was returned home safely early Wednesday after being kid­ naped Sunday night, (AI.» Wirephoto) WHERE CLIMAX CAME TO K1DNAPINO —Tills is the Wilshirc and Bel-Air district of Los Angeles where the Frank Sinatra Jr., kl ilnap climaxed Wednesday. No. 1 is the Wil- •hlro Blvd. Veterans* Administration Center w here Sinatra says $240,000 ransom was paid. JNo. 3 Is the Intersection of the San Diego Freeway and Miilholland Drive where Sinntra' says he was told to go pick up (he boy; No. 3, Roscomare Road, where a private policeman was hailed by the walking youth; and No. 4, the Bel-Air home of Mrs. Nancv Sinatn (AI» Wirephoto) $190,000 Price? Jackie Buys Three-Story Town House BY FRANCES LIMINE WASHINGTON (AP) — Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy has purchased a 169-year-old Georgetown house wilh 11 rooms and plans to move in with her two children by mid-January. The three-story brick homo is across the street from (he residence of Undersecretary of State and Mrs W. Averell llar- riman, where Mrs. Kennedy is living temporarily. Purchase of the properly at 3017 N Street was announced Wednesday, five days after Mrs. Kennedy moved out of Hie White House The price Mis. Kennedy paid the owners, retired businessman James McMillan Gibson and his wife, was not revealed. But the house had been on the market for some time listed at $225,000. Recently, the asking price had been dropped to about $190,000, real estate agents in the area said. The house is one of the oldest in Georgetown, a commercial and residential area founded even before the District of Columbia was established. A wealthy early settler, Ninian Beull, built it for his son, Thomas, The house has been the residence of file late Adm. Alan G. Kirk and onetime Secretary of War Newton D. Baker. The 11 rooms include a spacious first-floor drawing room and dining room, with a master bedroom and library on the second floor, each with a fireplace. Palm Beach Christmas Before moving in Mrs. Kennedy may take her two children, Caroline, 6, and John Jr., 3, to Palm Beach for the Christmas season they traditionally spend with their grandparents there. Meanwhile, President Johnson signed into law Wednesday a special bill to give Mrs. Kennedy and her children Secret Service protection for the next two years. It also provides for office space for 12 months and 550,000 for staff salaries during that period. U.S. Pays Funeral Mrs. Kennedy also gels free muiling privileges for life and the bill authorized payment of $15,000 for the late president's funeral and burial expenses. PUSH SEARCH FOR SINATRA KIDNAPERS Kenya Free; British Flag Hauled Down WRONG SKUNK ASHLAND, Ore. (AP)-Stcve Burnett, nn Ashland High School student, lost his pet deodorized skunk several weeks ago. This week a neighbor called him and said the animal was in her yard. Steve went to bring his pet home and discovered too late it was not his skunk. I NAIROBI. Kenya (AP) — Nearly 100.000 Africans whistled, nasg and cheered today as Kenya became Africa's :>5lh independent nation. Bui even as the .shouts of "Uhuru" (Freedom) echoed through (he streets of this former British colonial capital monumental problems confronted the new nation. It must conquer frontier valries and tics. When the hauled down of black, red warfare, tribal ri- economic difficul- Union Jack was and Kenya's flag and green went up amid wild jubiliation at Nairobi's Fredom Stadium, Britain relinquished its last colonial holding in East Africa. The Africans roared with delight and Kenya's Prime Minister Jotrio Konyattu joyously waved his flywhisk — an African symbol of authority — at the midnight ceremony. The wives of while settlers wept and their husbands swallowed hard as they considered their future as a minority of 50,000 in a nation of 8.fi million Africans. Forty-eight hours earlier, the spice island of Zanzibar, just to the south, received its independence in a similar ceremony ending 73 years of British protection. Both countries will remain in Ihe British Commonwealth. Britain's Prince Philip represented his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, and both celebrations. Kcnyutta, the legendary "burning spear" of the Mau Mau terror a decade ago, is no longer . the firebrand who headed the African nationalist movement and spent eight years in British detention. Now 73, Kcn- yatta has called on ris nation to forgive and foreget the bitterness of the past as it wrestles with its problems. Kenyattu accepted f r o in Prince Pliilip the formal instruments of independence enacted by the British Parliament. In the same ceremony, Kenya's governor, Malcolm MacDonald, became governor general — the representative of the British crown — and then swore in Kenyatba and his Cabinet. Kenyatta responded wiih a speech pledging his country not 1o align with any power bloc and saying he wanted no aid with strings attached By JAMES BACON A.I'. Movie-Television Writer HOLLYWOOD (AP) - The FBI dispatched a dozen men to the San Fernando Valley north of Hollywood during the night, arousing speculation that agents might, be on the trail of suspects in the Frank Sinatra Jr. kidnap­ ing case. The FBI acknowledged it had men in the area but wouldn't say what they were doing. Newsmen learned through police thai several residents of the area telephoned the West Valley Police Station, saying men believed to be FBI agents were checking houses on one street and stopping cars at intersections in the same neighborhood. Officer Gene Radomski of the West Valley division of the Los Angeles police department said it was "strictly an FBI operation." He said police hadn't been told the nature of Ihe FBI activity but assumed it was connected with the Sinatra case. Wednesday, after Sinatra Jr. was returned to his family for $210,000 ransom, Los Angeles Police Chief William II. Parker complained his department was left completely in the dark on developments in the case. "This is the first time in my memory that we have been faced with probable criminal activity in the city of Los Angeles and have been unable to (respond)," Parker said at a news conference. "We have always worked as a team with law enforcement agencies." Parker said he didn't want to interfere with the FBI. "I'm sure they had adequate reason for not bringing us in," he said. "I am just pointing out our position. I am concerned with the criticism we may ultimately receive in a case which we have been deprived of any opportunity to solve." Sinatra Jr., a slender, 19-year- old who has followed his father's footsteps by undertaking a singing career, was abducted by two armed men Sunday night from his motel room at a Lake Tahoe resort on the California-Nevada border. He had a singing engagement at a casino there. Fifty-four hours later, after his father arranged to have 5210,000 planted at a pickup point in West Los Angeles, Sinatra Jr. was released on a freeway about two miles from his mother's home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles. The youth told newsmen later lie was kept blindfolded during his captivity but "wasn 't harmed at all." lie said lie cannot discuss details of the abduction until the FBI linlshei questioning him. MEN, HOMES SWALLOWED BY EARTH Four Brofhers in Truck Die in Quebec as Ground Drops 150 , Feet Into Fit. ST. JOACHIM DK TOURELLE. Que. (AP) — A second earth movement loday sent two houses tumbling into a sea of mud which swallowed up four brothers in a truck and three other houses Wednesday night. The first earth movement also demolished a highway bridge and carried four homes into the St. Lawrence River. Quebec provincial police, working throughout Ihe night to help this stricken and alarmed Gaspe Peninsula community, ordered 10 houses evacuated. The houses ordered evacuated loday were en a hill above Tourelle Creek, now a muddy mass moving into the St. Lawrence. The houses carried away Wednesday night and this morning were in the same general area. With the first indication of (he earth movement Wednesday, residents fled their homes, saying they heard "sinister noises" and explosive sounds. There were theories that an \ underground lake had caused' the slifle or upheaval. Several buildings were swallowed up last spring — at the time of the usual spring thaws — and surveys later indicated there was an underground lake. The earth now, however, is hard and frozen at the top. Temperatures during the past few days have been near zero. Except lor the brothers, no other deaths were reported in Ihe sudden earth shift in this small Gaspe Peninsula community 275 miles northeast of Quebec. But the situation was so confused that officials said there may have been more fatalities. Pit 15(1 Vect Deep A pit 150 feet deep and a half square mile in area was opened | in the Tourelle Creek Valley 500 >fo 1,000 feet above the Gaspe | Highway. ! Quebec provincial police said i a car also was swallowed up by 1 Ihe earth movement but that ; its occupants—a couple — were pulled out of Ihe mud toy rope. The truck carrying the brothers vanished. They were identified as Johnny Therrien, 32; and his brothers, Raymond 28;, Benoit, 22, and Oncsime, 20. Constable Martin Gauthicr said fishermen in three boats rescued at least six persons from Ihe houses swept into Ihe river. No other occupants were believed lost. The d>iaslor came at 5:30 p.m. with a trembling of the f-arlh. House Carried Away An elderly woman whose house was carried away said she barely had time to lift up Ihe telephone and ask the operator to get help. Within moments water swirled up to her knees. She fled the dwelling just before it was swept away amid chunks of earth as big as the house. The giant earth movement also tore up a portion of a secondary road on which the truck and car were traveling. The thick grey mud moved down the hillside into the bed of Tourelle Creek and into the St. Lawrence River. On its way it knocked out the 50-foot Gaspe Highway bridge that crosses the creek just before it feeds into the St. Lawrence. It was a near-zero, stormy night and police had to use ski- equipped vehicles. A Red Cross volunteer from nearby Ste. Anne Des Monls described the disaster scene: "There was a gap in the highway. No one could gel across. People were standing on both sides, scred and afraid. There were no lights, no telephones, nothing. It was terrible, very, very cold and windy. CONFISCATE SAWED-OFF GUN ARMED GAS STATION ROBBER NABBED HERE RUBY'S CHIEF COUNSEL —M el v i n Belli, prominent, California trial lawyer, has taken the post as chief counsel for Jack Ruby In his trial for thi! murder of accused assassin Uce Harvey Oswald. (AP Wirephoto) Town Thaws Out Use Portable Generators In Breese BREESE, 111. (AP) - Residents of Breese wore warm Wednesday night because of 13 portable generators utilized after a fire damaged an electricity company generating station, cutting off all heat and light. The temperature was in the 20s when the power failure occurred Wednesday morning and heavy snow fell throughout the day. Police Chief Erwin Hostmeyer said the town of 2,500 persons was dark except for a few lights men could guard against possible vandalism. Hostmeyer said citizens had been warnde to use only nceessaiy electricity. "A lot of people," the police chief .said, "wished today they hadn't thrown their wood stoves out because they were old fashioned." A giant diesel generator was expected in Breese today to take over the electricity load. Hostmeyer said the generator was coming from th U.S. naval base at Great Lakes. Until several portable gene- tors were put into operation, Breese citizens congregated in the city hall, an American Legion hut and a locker plant which had been provided with ileal by three generators from Scott Air Force Base. Schools Closed The town's four schools were closed after the $18,000 fire burned through the city-owned generator plant. Hostmeyer said a short circuit in wiring apparently triggered the fire on a switching panel at the station Wednesday morning. American Legion Honors Broyles Stale Senator Paul Broyles of Mt. Vernon has been notified of his appointment as a member of the National Distinguished Guests Committee of the American Legion. ! National Commander Daniel I K. Foley notified Broyles of his ' new national duties, saying, "It gives me much pleasure to offer this appointment to you as a form of recognition of the value of your services to the American Legion." Sen. Broyles said the appointment was recommended to Foley by the Illinois Department of tlie American Legion. A young man who came In Mt. Vernon from California a week ago confessed today that he robbed two local gas stations in the past few days. Police Chief John Wieit said that armed robbery charges will be filed against Kenneth t Rav Duncan, '20, of El Segun- | do. Calif. i The chief said that Duncan ' admitted that he used a sawed- off .'110 calibre shotgun to hold up the operators at the Phillips 66 station on the Ashley Road and the Phillips 66 station at '100 Perkins. Duncan did not resist this morning when Chief Wielt and Assistant Chief Fred Dedman arrested him at a trailer home in north Mt. Vernon whore he was visiting relatives. 1T e told officers he came to Mt. Vernon to spend Christmas with rel'itives. Officers confiscated 1 lie saw-off shotgun and said that Duncan readily admitted both armed robberies. Both the barrel and the .stock of the gun had been sawed off. Chief Wielt said that investigation by police officers on the night shift resulted in today's arrest. Police had obtained a description of the robber's car and all police had been alerted to lie on the lookout for it. Last night officers spotted a car of the same description parked at the trailer home. This morning Chief Wielt and Assistant Chief Dedman made the arrest. They look the two gas station attendants who h a d been robbed with them when they went, to the house I rail re. Duncan was standing outside the trailer when the officers drove up. The victims of the robbery immediately identified him and he was placed under' arrest. Police charge that Duncan stole $160 at the station on the Ashley Road last week. On Monday night of this week, police said, he held up the operator at the Perkins Avenue station and took S27, but gave it back. MCNAMARA CLOSING 26 U.S. BASES WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara announced today that, in an economy action, he had ordered 2(5 military bases in the United States and 7 bases over seas to be closed or substantially reduced. McNamara (old a news con- lerenee, "I have every reason to believe that studies now under way will lead to furl or reductions in the Coming months." The defense secretary said Unit, when the 33 bases arc closed or reduced over a period of up to 3'i years, he expects annual savings of S10G million. The move will cut off 8,600 civilian jobs and result in a reduction of about 7.S0O military personnel. McNamara said. Every civilian employe whose job is eliminated will be offered another job opportunity, McNamara promised. Illinois will lose one base by the closing of 5th Army headquarters in Chicago. It will be transferred to Fort Sheridan. Next Tuesday U.N. Will Bar Public During Johnson Visit UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (APi—U.N. security chiefs are planning extraordinary precautions to protect President John- \ son during his visit to the world forum next Tuesday. A reinforced guard of 2.">0 men will keep United Nations headquarters under tight surveillance during the President's visit of slightly more than an hour. "We are calling in all auxiliary guards to beef up the force that day," said Frank M. Begley, coordinator of U.N. security. "In view of the tragic events in Dallas, we are much more mindful of slips and mistakes." The supersccurity lid for Johnson will slam down as soon as the U.N. opens its doors Tuesday. The President is scheduled to arrived at 11:55 a.m. (EST) to give a 20-minule address to the General Assembly reaffirming his confidence in the U.N. and giving assurances that he will carry out President Kennedy's policies. FOUR INJURED ON ICY STREETS HERE INTERSTATE 64 HEARING HERE TODAY Seek East West And Route 148 Entrances; Ask Raise Level For Future Lake. IMPRESSED BY MT. VERNON St. Louisan Praises Santa Claus Lanes Hungry Thieves Cook Own Meal At Mr. V. Cafe Hungry thieves broke into a Ml. Vernon restaurant last night, cooked a meal and stayed long enough to eat. Police said the break-in occurred at Jim's Cafe, 407 south Seventh street. Officers said the thieves used the cafe grill to cook five hamburgers and lingered on the premises to eat them. They drank several bottles of soda pop. When they left they look an undetermined quantity of cig- | a rets and cae.dy. ! They got: into (he building i through a window. Machine Churns Toward Miner Buried In Coal HARRISBURG, III. (AP)—A coal loading machine continued lo churn its way into a heap of fallen rock today without having located a miner missing since Monday when a portion of mine roof collapsed. The miner, Harry Hosman, presumed dead under the tons of rubble stretching for more than 150 feel along the broad tunnel. A threat of cave-ins and a breakdown of another coal loader had delayed rescue efforts. Bus Driver, 7 Women Injured SI1ELBYVILLE, Ind. (API — A bus driver and seven women —one from Illinois — were injured today when a Greyhound bus skidded on slushy Interstate 74 near Shelbyville and struck a truck whose driver had stopped to help a ditched wrecker. ttNW HELPER m 4.97-Inch Total- Wet November Ends Drouth In Mt. Vernon ) Ml. Vernon's Jayccos have , already received a long-dis- ' lance pat on the back for beautiful Santa Claus lanes. In a letter to the Chamber of Commerce, Richard R. Harvey of St. Louis said, "The effect of Santa Claus lane was as pretty u sight as I can recall seeing. I do not know what civic group or organization was responsible for this project but I know that you will convey the warm feeling this person has toward your community because of their decorative efforts." Harvey commented that, "It was my privilege to pass through your community last evening. Despite the unpleasantness of the weather, my heart was warmed by what I saw as I drove through your fair city." The annual efforts of the hard working Jayceos to make Mt. Vernon a beautiful Christmas city has resulted over the years in many letters of praise by people who pass through town during the Yule season. The letters of praise have started early this year from Impressed tourist* SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS SHOP FOR GIFTS IN OUR AD PAGES After a serious summer drouth Mt. Vernon got more rain than usual last month. Precipitation totaled ...97 inches for the 30 days period, considerably above the long term average of 3.55 inches for November. Despite heavicr-l ban-normal rainfall last, month precipitation for "he first .11 months of 1963 is lar below normal. Total rainfall up to December 1 was 30.1.3 inches, compared to a normal of 39.65 inches through the same period. November was warmer than those of the past with an average maximum of 59.7 degrees and an average minimum of 37.7 degrees. The long-term average is 56.1 maximum and 34.3 minimum. The warmest d a y of the month was the ninth, with a high of 73 degrees. Coldest day was the 24th with a nine-below freezing 23 degrees. Rainfall for November in other southern Illinois towns included: McLoansboro .'i.05 inches; Benton 3.28; Carbondale 3.47: Harrisburg 2.26; Marion 2.17. HKiHWAY DEATH NEW BERLIN, III. (AP) — Virgil Long, '>•>, New Berlin, was killed Wednesday when his auto skidded on U-S .16 and collided with a truck, police said. The accident took place two miles west of New Berlin. Icy streets caused three ac- ! cidenls in Mt. Vernon Wednes- i day in which four persons were injured. Three occupants of a car were hurt when it. skidded sideways into a big concrete block at Rocket's Cafe, Tenth and Pauline. Injured were John D. Culbreath, 40, Verdie Culbreath, 42, and Jimmie Culbreath, 15, all of Benton Harbor, Mich. | Culbreath was driving north I on route 37 and made a right | turn into the cafe driveway. His car skidded on ice and hit a concrete block which had been erected for a sign. The car was damaged about S200. Roselyn Perino, 2805 Casey, was injured at 4:15 p.m. in a collision at Seventh and Main involving her car and an auto driven by Willard C. Allen, 1114 Gaskins. The Perino car was damaged about S300, the Allen car about S200. Allen was charged with following too close. Car Hits Tree A car driven by Larry D. Boles, 2404 Casey, skidded on an icy bridge at the south edge of the Mt. Vernon city park at 3:00 p.m., went out of control and hit a tree. The car was damaged more than $200. POWEIX IS BETTER SPRINGFIELD, III. (AP) — Rep. Paul Powell, Democratic minority leader of the Illinois Mouse, said today he expects to be released this weekend from St. John's Hospital where ho has been under treatment for a bronchial ailment. Powell, 61, of Vienna, entered the hospital last Friday. FLOODED WITH REQUESTS — The Philadelphia Mint, which coined the original John F. Kennedy presidential Inaugural medal, said It has been flooded with requests for the bronze medal to the extent that it now Is working three eight-hour shifts throughout a seven-day work week to produce them. Miss Elizabeth Schoonek, a secretary at the Mint, displays the medal, which Is three Inches In diameter. The medal carries a profile of Kennedy on the face and ait excerpt from Jan, 20, 1061, Inaugural address on the revert* fide. (AP. Wlrephoto/ , People from all over Jeffcr* son county today rallied behind Woodlawn, Bluford, Belle Rive and Opdyke in their requests for interchange access to superhighway 64 on the east and west sides of Jefferson county. The occasion was a spirited public hearing at the court house on the routing of 1-64 through Jefferson county as it crosses Illinois on its cross­ country route from Norfolk, Va.. to San Francisco, Calif. The big circuit court room was filled to overflowing at the 10 a.m. session which was conducted by I. C. Bliss, engineer for the Effingham district of the state highway department. Route Supported Speaker after speaker testified at the hearing and gave wholehearted support to the SEE MAPS PACE 1 SECOND SECTION routing of the east-west, superhighway through Jefferson county on the Illinois segment between Grayville and East St. Louis. Currently only two interchanges are planned in Jefferson county, both at Mt. Vernon—on route 37 south of town and on Broadway west of the city. At today's hearing fonnal requests were made for two more interchanges—one on the west side of the county and one on the east side. A big delegation of Woodlawn area residents made a strong request for an interchange two miles north of Woodlawn. Belle Rive and Bluford area residents requested an interchange on a road due north of Belle Rive and south of Bluford. Ask North Hooting A group from the Centralia area was in attendance at the hearing and late this morning asked for a relocation of the superhighway to the north, closer to Centralia. The state highway and federal bureau of roads officials took down all testimony but made no comment on the many statements. Seek Rt. J18 Access Howard Mendenhall of Benton, manager of the Rend Lake Conservancy District, asked for a state route 148 interchange with 1-64 to provide better traffic access to big lake which he said will be built by about 1969 in Jefferson and Franklin counties. He said, however, that the interchange should not be built tothe detriment of the interchange already planned on route 37. Ask I-«4 Elevation In the Woodlawn area, studiedby the conservancydis- where 4,140-acre Pinnacle Lake has been proposed and studied by the conservancy district, Mendenhall asked for consideration of elevating 1-64 for the lake. He said that possible use of the now superhighway as a lake dam has been studied and asked for a conference with state and federal officials on the matter. At the time of the study the route had been planned farther south. Mendenhall also backed the request for an interchange north of Woodlawn as part of an access route through Woodlawn and Waltonville to the west shores of Rend Lake. Mt. V' Backs Route The City of Mt. Vernon gavo wholehearted support of the present proposed routing of I-M through Jefferson county and, at the same time, supported the people of the Woodlawn area in their request for an interchange two miles north of Woodlawn. Mayor John Manlon, in supporting the proposed routing, said, "The people of southern Illinois fought for many years to escape isolation and the culmination of the long buttle Is in the development of transcontinental freeways through tills area." The mayor continued, "Every community within 30 miles of. these lnterstates will reap untold benefit! from their construction. "Interstate 64 in its proposed location is the product ot extensive engineering studies. It represents direct routing between (Continued on Page 2, Cokum 3)

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