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"/ JALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Metnbtr of Th« Attociatffd Prtta, Sc Ptr C«ftf• Vol. CXV, No, 3 ALTON, ILL., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 1950 State Attitude OnNew Bridges Sought by City Mayor, Counsellor, Engineer Confer With Highway Official Levisens May Teach Their Own Daughter, Court Rules Following a preliminary conference Tuesday at Springfield with Chief Engineer Hathaway of the Division of Highways, Mayor Linkogle made known today that the city administration is taking active Interest to carry forward a suggestion by the Telegraph that the City of Alton sponsor a project for the erection of two additional toll bridges to parallel and double the facilities now offered by the Lewis & Clark bridges over the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. After some extensive preliminary investigations to assemble facts and figures pertinent to the project for providing more adequate highway bridge facilities, Mayor Llnkogle said, it was decided, as an initial step, to sound out the views of the Division of Highways In connection with request for state cooperation. At the conference arranged yesterday, Mayor Linkogle with City Counsellor Malcolm Durr and City Engineer C. F. Abraham presented the project to Chief Engineer Hathaway. Attitude of the chief engineer, It was said today by Mayor Llnkogle, was that the project was worth while and worthy of consideration. Hathaway requested that he be furnished with' a.report showing the traffic growth and the other material factors on which the project for new bridges is predicated so that it may have definite study by his department. Object of Project Encouraged with the interest shown at Springfield, the mayor said, efforts to shape a project into workable form will be continued. Object of the project would be to benefit communities on both sides of the river, affording relief to traffic congestion problems, and providing for the convenience and safety of the motoring public who make this their crossing place between Illinois and Missouri. Fundamental problem to be surmounted, as seen by Mayor Linkogle, would be to effect some agreement whereby the Lewis & Clark bridges would be continued on a toll basis and the new bridges operated on some sort of a joint basis with the older structures so that the project would be financially feasable. Cost it is estimated could be paid out within ten to 20 years, then the whole bridge project put on a free basis. City Counsellor Durr pointed out today that the chief angle of the problem rests in legal complexities that must be solved. These arise from the present set up of the existing highway bridges, and the fact that communities in two separate states and three county political divisions are concerned In anything that would be done to expand highway' bridge facilities. In starting their study of the project, Durr explained, city of- flicals investigated the practical possibilities and looked into the legal barriers to be surmounted— matters which have taken some extensive investigation. Manifestly, Durr said, it would not be possible to erect new toll bridges and have them compete side by side with free bridges. The project has been shaped, however, in the belief from what has been determined that the traffic problems from the highway bridge-crossing here demand adequate solution, that there is traffic volume sufficient to finance doubling of the existing facilities, and that by some plan of cooperation between Illinois and Missouri communities additional bridges can be provided to their mutual benefit. The city, it is believed, can take sponsorship and carry through the project if the legal angles involved can be cooperatively surmounted. The Lewis & Clark bridges now are owned and operated by St. Charles county, Mo., and have about reached the point where 2injerseyville Slay ing Must Die 9 CourtRules SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 18. CW — The Illinois Supreme Court today upheld the convictions of four persons condemned to death for murder in two separate cases. In one case, the tribunal turned down the appeal of two youths sentenced to die for murdering a Jerseyvllle Insurance man In a $10 highway robbery. The youths are Carson Seger, 19, of Alton, and Curtis Chapman, 18, of White Hall. In the second "case, the court upheld the convictions of Alphonso Najera, 27, and Fred Varela, 26, for the April, 1948 slaying of a Chicago taxlcab driver. The supereme court set March 17 as the execution date for all four defendants. "The records of this court disclose few If any more brutal murders than the murder admittedly perpetrated" by Chapman and Segar, the tribunal said. The youth pleaded guilty in Greene County Circuit Court to murdering Howard Heinlnser, 32, father of three children. His bullet pierced body was found In a roadside ditch last April between Jerseyvllle and Carrollton. Police said the youths shot Heinlnger five times and robbed him of $10 after he had given them a ride in his car. Chapman and Segar contended their sentences resulted from "passion and prejudice" but the Supreme Court said: "The record is barren of any evidence tending to show that passion or prejudice, however, engendered, played any part In the trial judge's determination of the sentence. "All proceedings were conducted in a fair and impartial manner." Najera and Varela received the death sentence in Cook County Criminal Court for the fatal shooting of Albert Brody, 30, a cab driver. SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 18. UP) — The Illinois Supreme Court today reversed the conviction of a Seventh Day Adventist couple who taught their 8-year-old daughter at home and refused to send her to the Greenfield grade school. Setting aside a Greene County Circuit Court decision, the his* court said the parents provided the child with instruction "equal or superior to that obtainable in the public schools." The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Levisen, were convicted in the lower court of violating the state law requiring compulsory school attendance of able-bodied children. Last June they moved from Greenfield to a farm near Leasburg, Mo., which was given to them by an unnamed benefactor. One of their church's religious principles is that parents should be the teachers of their children. The Levisens contended the state law Is invalid. In its opinion, the 'Supreme Court said the law "is made for the parent who fails or refuses to properly educate his child," and is aimed at seeing that all children are educated, "not that they shall be educated in any particular manner or place." Justice Jesse L. Simpson of Ed- wardsvllle issued a dissenting opinion in which he said that some parents may construe the majority ruling as "a license to keep their children at home instead of sending them to school." The tribunal said its opinion does not imply that parents may, under pretext of instruction by a private tutor or by themselves, evade their responsibility to educate their children. "Those who prefer this method as a substitute for attendance at the public school have the burden of showing that they have in good faith provided an adequate course of instruction in the prescribed branches of learning," the court said. "It becomes unnecessary to consider the further contention that the statute violates the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their child," the opinion added. Jinuwy II, life Plan Outlined ForB-I-EDay In Alton Area Business, Schools, Indus try Cooperate for Event Of March 24 County Board Votes Funds for Case Worker Arrest Nipped Holdup Plot of Three Youths their cost has been paid off by tolls. It has been the plan that the bridges, when all bonds were retired, might be turned over to the state of Missoulr and made toll-free. But meantime has come steadily Continued on Page t, Col. t. Admission by two of the three youths held in connection with a recent burglary series here have disclosed their apprehension nipped in the bud some plans they had been discussing for a holdup of a local communications office, Police Chief Galloway revealed today. The boys already were in possession of a revolver secured in a burglarly last week, said Galloway, and in a burglary at the R. H. Herb home last Sunday, secured a shotgun and a Mauser pistol—all three weapons now having been recovered by the police. Quizzed on why they took the weapons, two of the youths made admission of the holdup plans, said Galloway. The third youth, according to their statement, declined to take part in such a bolder crime. Following on their admissions Tuesday that cleared up five recent burglaries here, said Galloway, the boys made some further admissions, later in ,the day, that cleared up five other minor burglaries here extending back through a 4-year period; also an instance of Joy-riding in a tractor. The places to which intrusions were admitted were East Junior High school, Midland Supply Co., Hellrung Construction Co., Upper Alton Bowling Alleys, and Pearl Street Garage. The tractor taken was one Downed by Alton Box Board Co. and this peculiar joyriding incident occurred some two years ago. More up to date, Galloway continued, were admissions made today by two of the youths to some Continued on Page 2, Col. 4. In 'HuJiterstoivti 9 Old Hunter Tavern Building Acquired by Reilley Bros. Reilley Brothers, Inc., 012 Eaat Broadway, has bought from the Julius Haas estate the historic two-story brick building on the northwest corner of Broadway and Central. The building is more than 100 years old and was once Hunter's Tavern, later a site of St. Joseph's Hospital, and In later years a dwelling for several families. Harvey Reilley told the Telegraph today that the auto firm has no plans to announce for the building and said nothing would be done about it until spring. By acquiring the Hunter build- Ing, Reilley Brothers now own 246 front feet of property on East Broadway on the north side of the street west from Central. Hunter Tavern was the center of "Alton by the River" In the days of townsite rivalry. The present structure is believed to haw been erected in 1840 and contains some of the timbers that previously had been in the building placed there when Major Charles W. Hunter was founding a town to rival (he other "Altons" then In the peocew of building. Flagstone Court The building I, "L" shaped, one wing on Broadway, the other on Central. Between the two Is a flagged court, where horse-drawn stages stopped. On the back of both are two-tiered porches. Viewed from an angle, the rear of the building has an appearanc not unlike prlnti of old hostelrles and not dissimilar from some of the structures In the French Quarter of New Orleans. The tract now' occupied by the Hunter building formed the nucleus of one of the earliest settlements in this vicinity. When Alton (lower Alton) had one rock house, built without mortar and used intermittently by the French for bartering with the Indians, this place had one family In permanent residence. Thi» was the family of the Widow Meachein, who conducted a makeshift tavern and trading place, for the benefit of travelers into the interior of the state, and the 10 or 18 families who farmed on the forks of Wood River. It Centime* e* Page I, Cat. t. EDWARDSVILLE, Jan. 18 — A resolution was adopted this morning by the Madison County Board of Supervisors providing for payment by the county of mileage and incidental expenses up to $600 of a case worker to be furnished by the Illinois Department of Child .Welfare* for service Ui this county under the supervision of the county juvenile probation officer, Miss Mary Louise Sprlngman, Alton. The Department of Child Welfare will pay the salary of the assistant in the probation office. Duties will include investigation of neglected and dependent children and county court adoption cases. The resolution was prepared by State's Attorney Austin Lewis, on the recommendation of County Judge Michael M. Kenney. It was presented by Leslie Prehn, chairman of the Board's finance committee. Addition of the case worker Is expected to greatly improve the probation office's ability to cope with the juvenile problem In the county. The board, in one 'of Its shortest sessions on record, adopted a resolution for construction of a county highway garage on a county highway track on the Marine road, east of Edwardsville. Plans for the garage, prepared by Cane & Cane, Edwardsville architects, were approved by the Board. The Board's road and bridge committee and its building committees, were authorized to call for bids on the building and to give recommendations at the March meeting of the county body. Cane & Cane was retained to supervise construction of the building at 1.8 percent of the contract price. The building will be financed with county highway funds. Runaway Truck Tires Cause 5 Gulf Stops SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 18. UP) — Runaway truck tires wedged in the tracks have caused five emergency 'Stops by Gulf, Mobile A Ohio Railroad trains, a state official said today. Railroad representatives called such tires "a serious menace" and have asked help from Grover C. Hoff, chief commissioner of the state motor carriers division. E. Mason Brown of' the railroad said that a tire lying between the rails set the brakes on a streamliner which passed over a few months ago and four similar accidents have occurred. Investigation revealed the tires worked loose from the rear dual- wheels . of transport trucks, spun ofi the highway and wound up on railroad tracks at points along the 99 miles where the railroad parallels U. S. 66 in Illinois, Brown said. He added that apparently truck drivers are unaware of thp milling tires until they stop, Hoff urged truck fleet owners to make more frequent inspection, of rear wheels of vehicles. Soviet! Refuse to Diacugg Jap PWg, Take Walk TOKYO, Jan. 18, <*>—The Russians stalked out of another meeting of the Allied four power council for Japan today rather than discuss repatriation of* Japanese prisoners of war. It wai the third time In as many meetings that the Ruulan delegation had walked out. The first time was on Dec. 30 and the second on Jan. 4. Telling the story of What's Gooi About the U. S. A. at the Create Alton level was -the theme at i meeting of 41 leaders in industry commerce and professions, Tues day afternoon In the Blue Room of Mineral Springs Hotel. Th principal topic was Business-Indus try-Education Day, which will be held Friday, March 24, when al segments of the business com munlty will play host to teacher from Greater Alton public anc parochial schools. Paul J. Rothacher, chairman 01 the Greater Alton public relations committee, presided and presented the speakers who explained details of the program. Walter T. Woodcock, executive secretary of the Greater Alton Association of Commerce, said purpose of BIE Day was better to acquaint teachers of the Alton area, with the actua and practical workings of all types of Industry including manufacturing, service, retail, finance and the professions. The Chamber of Commerce ol the United States and Illinois State Chamber of Commerce already have drawn national and state attention to the unique program being started in Greater Alton, Woodcock said. With the cooperation of the Alton District Manufacturer's Association and the Wood River Chamber of Commerce and the GAAC, he felt that success could be assured as every commercial and professional interest in the area was represented, thereby making the BIE Day a complete community project. Supt. J. B. Johnson of Alton public schools said all public and private schools of the community have promised their support and they welcome the opportunity to cooperate with commerce in telling the story of the American economic system. After BIE Day the schools will welcome all industry leaders and others to see how the business of education works, he said. Johnson pointed out that the schools of Alton, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Hartford, Bethalto and Godfrey would all be Invited to participate in the program. _yiews of Industry The point of view of commerce and industry was given by Russell Casteel, a director of Olin Industries. He pointed' out how the plants of the area would conduct a visitation by showing the teachers the intricate workings of industry on the ground floor, displaying produces, and plant workings showing costs, personnel problems, production control, competitive business and other little-known problems of the average manufacturing plant. Russell Bell, executive secretary of the Wood River Chamber of Commerce, said his organization was enthusiastically behind the program and that through the cooperative effort of the Association of Commerce, Manufacturers' Association, the school personnel and the Wood River Chamber this program was assured of success. Robert Minsker, personnel director at Owens-Illinois Glass Co., explained some "in-plant," problems to be met by industries and retail Institutions taking part in the program and called attention to a 24-polnt check sheet which itemized several of these problems. Charles Smith, director of personnel at Laclede Steel Co., told the importance of a well-planned welcoming program worked out for the teachers. A. Edson Smith, superintendent of East Alton-Wood Committee Hits Vaughan For Accepting Gifts WASHINGTON, Maj. Gen. Harry Jan. 18. H. Vaughan President Truman's military aide was reprimanded shorply today b.i the Senate committee which con ducted last summer's spectacula' five percenter inquiry. In a unanimous report on the investigation, the committee took Vaughan to task for accepting seven home freezers as gifts, am it criticized him on other counts. Vaughan gave one of the freez ers to Mrs. Truman. S»me of the units went to other Washington notables. The presidential aide has said there was nothing wrong about his taking the freezers, or It presenting them to his friends. (The committee . said It's al right for the President and his family to accept gifts because throughout the history of the nation the American people have presented them "as a token of their esteem and a mark of respect for the high office he holds.' Nothing In the report, the committee added, "is intended to be critical of that long-standing tradition.) The committee's report bluntly denounced John F. Maragon, Washington man-about-town who .vas indicted early this month by i federal grand jury which accused ilm of lying to the Senate group. Paragon, who once had a White -louse pass, pleaded innocent, when le was arraigned. His trial is set or Feb. 20. The committee's public hearings ast August brought testimony that Maimgon enlisted Vaughan's aid in an effort to wield influence with ither government officials nnd in ittempts to secure favors ' for riends. In its report the committee conluded: "There Is no doubt that Mara;on's friendship with Gen. Harry H. Vaughan made his (Mai-agon's) ctivities in his dealings with the ederal government possible. • "In several instances the evi- ience showed that Gen. Vaughan r his office personally interceded vith government agencies on be- alf of Maragon or those whom he epresented." The report was approved by all he members of the Senate special nvestigations subcommittee. They re: Senators Hoey (D-NC), chairman; O'Conor (D-Md), Eastland D-Miss), Robertson (D-Va), McCarthy (R-Wis), Mundt (R-SD), nd Margaret Chase Smith (R- Me.) Last week the three Republi- an members protested tt> Hoey hat a preliminary draft of the eport dealt too easily with Vaughan. As a result the document was revised and ths GOP enators then agreed to sign it. In filling the report with the enate, Hoey said in a prepared tatement: "The committee did not go on ny punitive expedition. It sought nly to find the facts and to dis lose them without regard to who hey affected.... Wherever criti- sms ase made, they are made ii he public Interest." Bandits Take $1.5 Million in Boston Holdup F. B. I. Joins Manhunt; $100,000' Reward to Be Offered BOSTON, Jan. 18. (.I 1 )—Crack FBI agents joined today in a manhunt for a bandit Rang that got away with $1,500,000—a million dollars of it in cash-in one of the biggest robberies In the nation's history. A spokesman for Brink's, Inc., operators of the money transportation firm robbed, snid a $100,000 reward would bo offered for capture of the bandits. "We have not worked out the details of settitiK up the reward yet," he said. "But wo will offer this reward." No Clues Left Working smoothly, the robbers escaped last night without leaving a single clue. Hours Inter, Police Supt. Edward J. Fnllon said "we have little or nothing to work on.' Eight suspects were being held but police officials indicated they had little to pin on them—at this time alway. All except one are ex-convicts — rounded up as "types" for such a holdup. The seven soft-shood gunmen-all wearing Halloween-type masks and navy peajackets—left behind another million dollars in cash only because their hands were full. Like a movie thriller, they sneaked through six locked doors ,o reach the vaults of a money .ransportation firm surprising five cashiers and guards before they could reach for their own shotguns. An alarm giving descriptions of he desperadoes was sounded along he entire eastern seaboard while his city's police began one of the >iggest roundups of underworld characters ever undertaken. FBI agents and state police join- id local police who were under jrders to "break this thing up icfore a new outbreak develops." FBI Agents Alerted FBI agents across the country A'ere alerted because Federal Re- erve Bank funds were included n the loot. Ellis Hult, vice-president of the Boston Federal Reserve, said that he transportation firm handles he delivery of money, for a number of member banks. The gunmen—in a 20-mlnute recisiop. raid—snatched the money rom an open vault in the sprawl- ng waterfront garage of Brink's Inc., a money transportation firm, Flood Danger Mounts; More Leave Homes Continued on Page 2, Col. 3. Bv THE ASSOCIATED PMRft More thousands fled their homes as flood dangers appeared mounting today over some critical areas of the Midwest and southern watershed. The mighty Mississippi, the big Ohio and other rain-swollen streams in the lower Mississippi and Ohio river valley continued to rise at. several points. There was a mass exodus—some 8000 farmers and sharecroppers— In the southeast Missouri as the nation's biggest river surged to its highest mark since 1937. Some •1000 other residents In the Birds Point-New Madrid floodway remained In the area. No Action Vet at Cairo Army engineers had not yet decided whether the floodwny barrier on the Mississippi would be breached to ease the pressure of rising flood waters on Cairo, 111., and other river towns. However, they warned the 12,000 residents that the 139,000-acre floodway may be dynamited open. The flood peril appeared more critical in Vinccnncs, Ind., a city of 20,000. The surging Wabash river crept toward the top of the flood- wall. Some 400 volunteer workers remained on duty during the night filling and placing sandbags at danger points. Besides the 8000 persons forced from their homes in southeast Missouri, other thousands have been made temporarily homeless in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee by the floodwaters from rivers in the lower Mississippi and Ohio Valleys, The floodwaters have caused widespread damage to crops, livestock and property. An army "duck" was being used today to rescue families marooned by Wabash river water that poured through four breaks in the Russell-Allison levee at Lawrenceville, 111. The levee, on the Illinois side of the Wabash, gave way yesterday releasing a deluge over a 100,000-acre area already under water. Little additional damage was SpartaDefeats 122-Year Sunday Blue Ruling River high schools, called attention to things that should be considered from the point of view of the educators, and promised full support to BIE Day. "Things to Anticipate" O. J. Miller, president of Gateley company, spok? on "things to anticipate" and stated that perhaps the one question that should be Body of Miner Found, Trapped Since Friday MAHONAY CITY, Pa., Jan. 18 UK—The body of Edward Burda was recovered at noon today from the anthracite mine where he was trapped last Friday. Doctors at the scene said he apparently had suffocated. Rescue workers clawing away the debris a handful at a time to prevent another rock fall, reached Edward's body at the bottom of the shaft, approximately 120 feet, below the surface. Doctors said he apparently had been dead several days. Burda's body was found lying face down in a pile of coal and rock that had been crushed to little pieces by the weight of hundreds of tons of rock tumbling into the shaft. VIII, Ull«* i]1«*<«blU*l VSIHIf O1IWUIU (/^ i IITT L J I tf explained in detail was that of net, L J'L."^^ JL^Tl!L °." e profits, so that the ieachers would have a complete picture of costs Continued on Page 2, Col. fi. ported. Two of Burda's brothers narrowly escaped death same accident. In the SCfNE Of MILLION DOLLAR ROIIERY-This is a general view of room in Brink's Inc., an armored truck firm in Boston, where gunmen trussed up five employes and escaped with more than a million dollars from an open vault. Leaving the vault is Thomas B. Lloyd (left) cashier-in-charge at the time of the holdup. A detective stands guard. At right is a cap left by one of the gunmen. —AP Wirephoto. SPARTA, Jan. 18. (l&— It wil be legal soon to attend a movie in Sparta on Sunday. Voters decided that yesterday in a special election which knocked out a 122-year-old ban against Sunday entertainment. The young, liberal-minded element in this town of 4200 was en- couragad by the vote—1067 to 641. And so was the owner of the community's lone theater, who announced he would get to work on plans for a new movie house. Sunday operation of pool halls, bowling alleys, public dance halls and carnivals also will be legal as soon as the blue law is officially wiped off the books. The Sunday ban was the idea of strict Scotch Presbyterians who founded Sparta. There was no challenge until 1932, when the theater opened for Sunday shows. The resulting clamor led to an election that turned custom into law the following year. The total vote then was 1324—with the ordinance carrying by 100 votes. Encouraged by the gripes of younger folks, the theater Inter- recently formed a citizens' committee to grab the Sunday trade that surrounding towns were enjoying. Opposition came from a ministerial alliance. Both sides were prepared for yesterday's election, which was done up with all the trimmings of a general election—even to the ree transportation of voters. Polio on Rise in U. S., National Chairman Says. NEW YORK, Jan. 18, UP) — In fantile paralysis is on the rise !n the United States, Basil O'Connor president of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, said today. Calling an extraordinary session of the Foundation trustees tomorrow night, O'Connor said: "The pattern of polio in this Continued on Page 2, Col. 2. UAW Rejects Chrysler $100 Pension Plan DETROIT, Jan. 18. <£>> — The CIO United Auto jecting Chrysler's Workers, re$100-a-month pension offer, handed the corporation a seven-day strike notice today. The ultimatum was handed the company at the start of regularly scheduled negotiations today. There was no immediate comment from the company. Norman Matthews, UAW Chrys- er director, said the union considered Chrysler's pension offer, nade late yesterday, "unsound and nadequate." Total benefits in the offer amount to only 5 cents per hour, Matthews said. In a recent pension agreement between the UAW and Ford Motor Co. union gains were estimated at 10 cents an tour. Chrysler has declined to set any igure on the cost of its offer. "Chrysler is trying again to dis- ;uise with glowing words a cheap and shoddy offer which falls far hort of meeting the needs of Chrysler workers and their fam- lies," said Matthews. Negotiations between Chrysler nd the NAW have been going on ince last July. The current union ontract expires in August. The company's pension plan al- owing workers to retire on $100 month, including federal social security benefits, was the first it as offered. The UAW represents 3,000 hourly-rated Chrysler work- Court Action Planned to Put Miners Back On 5-Day Week Denham Says Unfair Labor Complaint to Be Basis Of Application WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, t*l— Robert N. Denham, general court- sel of the National Labor Relations Board, said today he Is applying for a court order to put coal miners back on a normal five-day work week. Denham said a complaint charging John L. Lewis and his minert union with unfair labor practice! is the basis for the court action. Denham said his aides are going Into court this afternoon to apply for a temporary injunction. This type of application calls for a hearing to be set by the court before any order is issued. Not Restraining Order Denham said that he is not ask* ing for a temporary restraining order—the kind of legal proceed* ing which calls for immediate action by the court. Conceivably, it might be weeka btefore the court would act. Denham's complaint charges that Lewis "has been failing t* bargain in .good faith, with tht coal operators. The Taft-Hartley law require* bargaining in good faith and also permits the NLRB counsel to seek court orders barring "unfair practices" by management or a union. In a series of complaints to Denham last December, mine operators said the three-day mining week was an "urtfair practice" Intended to coerce them Into sign* ing an illegal contract with Lewis. Pressure Growing Pressure is growing, too, for President Truman to step in under the T-H law and ask the courts to halt a strike. A group of Republican senators renewed at the Capitol today their demands that Mr. Truman invoke the T-H law. The GOP lawmakers, outlined their views to the Senate Labor Committee at hearings on a resolution which would tell Mr. Truman that Congress feels he ought to net quickly. The resolution would not have the force of law. Leading pff for the eight sponsors of the resolution, Senator Ferguson (R-lMch) told the committee that: 1. His information is that two days ago there were 20,000,000 less tons of coal above the ground than there were on March 23, 1948, when Mr. Truman declared a coal emergency. 2. The Interstate Commerce Commission, in restricting coal burning locomotive operations last month, had asserted that "an emergency requiring immediate action exists in all sections of the country." While President Truman was reported as being still convinced that no national emergency exist*, one official on a friendly footing with the President hinted at th« possibility that Denham might be removed as NLRB counsel in the near future. Charges Labor Bias Denham, in a speech to the New York Building Trades Employers Association last week, charged that the NLRB itself was showing bias toward labor in its decisions. There was no Immediate prediction that Denham might be fired before he had a chance to act oa the coal operators' complaint, however. The Retail Coal Merchants Association of Pittsburgh said stock* are so low that coal will be rationed on a priority basis. Such essential users as hospitals will get first call. The mammoth United States Steel Corporation announced new production cutback plans. i The B. F. Goodrich Co. of Akron, Ohio, fired off telegrams to Presl. dent Truman and congressmen say* Continued on Page 2, Col. S. country seems to be changing. Infantile paralysis is on the rise and outbreaks are becoming more general than sporadic. Polio is Invading older age groups." An all-time record of 42,375 persons were stricken with polio in 1949. Weather Mostly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Thursday with occasional freeiinf drinle. Continued cold today and tonight; warmer Thursday; highest today about 25, lowest Thursday morning about 20, highest in afternoon near 35. W. Bureau 1 •.• i Zero aM.ttm, c.i Stage 12.14 Ft. Fall 1,22 Ft. »«• uvfl !• m Lock * D Pool 418.42 Taliwater 407.63 t President Expresses Interest In River Seenie Highway President Truman has expressec an interest in the St. Paul-New Orleans highway, of which it Is hopec to make the McAdams Highway a part. St. Louis Mayor Darst told reporters this after an interview Tuesday with the President in which Mr. Truman agreed to speak at the June 10 Jefferson Memorial Expansion dedication ceremonies in St. Louis. That the President's attention had been favorably turned on the overall project of the Mississippi river scenic parkway was regarded as encouraging by Altonians In t crested in the project. Federal aid for the McAdams Highway apparently will be necessary if it Is to bo realized. Un< der its current financial setup, the lllnois Division of Highways ap< pears far from able to undertake much, if any, of the burden, The overall parkway, and par Icularly the McAdams Highway section of it between Alton and irafton, has been called to the attention of both United States senators from Illinois and of this district's representative, More recently, Gust Maggot re- elved from Senator majority lead- r, Scott Lucas, acknowledgement if Information on local wishes re- gardlng the McAdams Highway nd tuggeations that a large amount of federal highway fundf still remained un-earmarked. Further inquiry on the federal funds aspect is being made. Meantime, preparations to remove the Lovers' Leap projection of bluff over the proposed Me* Adams Highway within the city had advanced another stage. Copies of Agreement Received today by Mayor Link* ogle, were copies of the agreement under which the Illinois Terminal Railroad Co. will permit the city to remove stone from the bluff on the railroad property immediately to the west of the foot of Prospect street. With action by City Council it approve the agreement, Mayor Llnkogle said, the final step preliminary to starting the removal of the Lovers' Leap projection will have been taken. It is his plan to submit the matter to the council at its next meeting. • The agreement U much riMllM to one by which Judge W, P. Boynton recently granted the ctty right to remove stone on his to the east of the foot of Prospect and which City Council already has approved. The contract I. T. will give the city the to be removed by a quarrying eg* eratlon, and the city In turn >grm to hold the railroad ha against any claims of any tort M Hgf ft, M. *

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