Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 14, 1963 · Page 1
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TEMPERATURE Friday high 29, low four above zero. 7:00 a. m- today four above ro. Downtown noon today 12 above *ero, zero. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL TO ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS TO NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER 1 Southern Illinois — Fair and continued quite cold through Sunday. Low tonight zero to 5 above in extreme south and zero to 5 below elsewhere. High Sunday 10 to 20. VOLUME XLIV — NO. 64 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1963 30c PER WEEK FBI NABS 3 SINATRA KIDNAPERS MIDNIGHT REMAP DEADLIM^L BOLIVIAN MINERS ARE MOBILIZING Armed With Communist-Made Guns, Guard Mountain Passes; Still Hold 4 American Hostages. By HIOMAS -J. STONK Associated Press Stuff Writer LA PAZ, Bolivia (API - Communist-led tin miners began a general mobilization in their Andean mountain stronghold today, still refusing to release four Americans and other hostages after holding them for more than a week. Bearded admirers of Cuba's Fidel Castro guarded windswept passes in the Catavi-Siglo Veinto mining area, ISO miles southeast of La Paz, with smuggled weapons of Communist make. The miners started the military buildup after President Victor Paz Eslenxsom Friday night rejected an offer from his leftist vice president, Juan Lechtn, boss of the tin miners' union, to resign in exchange for the release of two Communist union leaders jailed by the government on criminal charges. Lechin said the miners were willing to free the hostages as part of the deal. Lechin, leader of a dissident faction in Paz Estenssoro's government parly, returned from Catavi Friday. Paz Estcnssoro, who has shunned a military showdown in an effort to avoid bloodshed, refused Lechin's demand for the immediate withdrawal of 15,300 government troops and police massed at Oruro, :i0 miles north of the mining area. He said the troops would remain at Oruro until the captives arc released. The hostages were seized Dee. 6 after the government arrested union leaders Federico Escobar and Irineo Pimcnte) on charges of murder, attempted murder, anarchy and embezzlement. The miners contend they were framed. Escobar and Pimental appealed to the 7,000 striking miners to release the hostages — said to number between 15 and 17 — to prevent "a Red massacre." POSSIBILITY OF BED SHEET SIZE BALLOT Statewide Vote On Can- j didates For All 177j Seats In Illinois Legislature Is Feared. CHICAGO (API — The Illinois Reapportionment Commission headed into its final hours For Area Ml. Vernon maintained its position as the retail sales leader of southern Illinois as Car- bondalc moved ahead of Centralia into second place during July. The City of Ml. Vernon will receive $11,465.37 from the half-cent city sales tax for the month. Carbondalc's receipts total Slu.5'10.70 and Centralia re- still that four SOVIET C1IICMICAI, FORMULA — Soviet Premier NiUita. Khrushchev delivers his concluding' speech at the final session of the Communist Party Central Committee, meeting in Moscow, Friday. Ills speech summarized the. ambitions new economic program which he presented previously, lie stressed his plan to spend nearly $47 billion to build up the farms ami the chemical industry in the Soviet Union during the. next seven years. Me gave top priority to his plan to "chemicalize" agriculture. This photo Is from Novosti, the Soviet agency. (Al' Wlrcphoto) U.S. AND CAMBODIA RECALL AMBASSADORS Halleck Warns Post Office Open Sunday The time has passed to talk about 'Mailing early tor Christmas'," Postmaster Lee said today, "but you can still help us avoid a tremendous last minute pile-up of Christmas mail if you'll send all your gift packages and Christmas cards right now." To the inevitable last minute mailers he suggests that you use air mail for every Christmas card or gift going to distant places out-of-town. He points out that even a few hours delay at this critical time may mean disappointment for your friends and loved ones on Christmas day. The postmaster says that lie expects the 1963 Christmas mails will break all records, and that the mail load will undoubtedly hit its peak within the next lew days. The flood of out-going Christmas cards and gifts will be matched by a torrent of in-coming mail that is becoming greater every day. Postal employes are digging in harder than ever, and lor your convenience, the Post Office will remain open from 8:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, December 14. The service windows will be open from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 15. The week of December 16th-20th the windows will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 21st the service will be from 8:00 a.m. until noon. December 23rd and 24th the window service will be normal from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There's still time for local deliveries, but all Christmas cards should he sent First Class Mail. Be sure to include your return address on all Christmas card envelopes and package labels. The postmaster expressed his thanks for the fine cooperation from the public so far, and asks your continued help so that all gifts and Christmas cards can !)•• delivered before Christmas GOP Won't Accept "New Frontier' WASHINGTON (AP)-A handful of Republicans, including the Mouse GOP leader, have indicated they don't intend to help Lyndon B. Johnson to the "honeymoon" with Congress traditionally enjoyed by new presidents. When a president first lakes office, Congress is usually receptive to his views and programs and more inclined to pass his legislation. But one Republican after another has made it clear that the shock of President John V. Kennedy's assassination will not change their opposition to the New Frontier. "They're trying to shove a lot of controversial stuff through on a wave of emotion," one Republican leader snorter! to a newsman as he left the House floor this week. "Well, they're just not going to get away with it." And after a pleasant breakfast with Johnson last Friday, House Republican L e a d e r Charles A. Halleck of Indiana lold newsmen: "He knows the score around here and he wouldn't expect me all at once to change my spots... There will be differences among us, of course." The House Republican Policy Commilte, in an official policy statement, said that while grief has united Americans, it should not produce "unanimity on all of tlie legislative proposals put forward by our late president." It added: liy SPKXOEH DAVIS Associated I' Stuff Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A crackling U.S. - Cambodia dispute threatens to upset the edgy balance of power in Southeast Asia and open the way for increased pressure from Communist China. American relations with the little neutralist monarchy, never too warm, took a dangerous skid Friday as both nations recalled their ambassadors. Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodia's hot-tempered ruler, is said to be so angry that he ordered his embassy here stripped of all personnel except the cultural attache. U.S. officials stressed that if Cambodia rejects all Western aid it could become easy pickings for Peking. And that could open the flood gates. Cambodia, with a population of less than 6 million, figures large for it is the geographic cornerstone of the Indochina peninsula—the land barrier between Communist China and the pro-Western bloc. With its northern neighbor, Laos, Cambodia could form a corridor for Red China all thp way to the South China Sea. Recognizing Ihe country's strategic importance, the United States has been trying to win Sihanouk's friendship s i n e e Cambodia won independence from France. Sihanouk's belief is thai the only chance for his country's peace and independence against the massive pressure of Communist China is strict neutrality. Sihanouk objects to American military aid to Cambodia's neighbors, South Viol Nam and Thailand. He regards both as enemies, seeking to divide Cambodia—an old animosity that has led to the current American- that re- on the agreed an at- had to to pro- Cambodian bitterness. Sihanouk has accused the (Continued on Page 2, Column 6) today with the 10 members hoping for an agreement has eluded them for months. Riding out Ihe outcome was whether candidates for the 177 Illinois House seals next year would run in an unprecedented statewide election. Spokesmen for Ihe five Republican and five Democratic members of the commission said their chief aim was to avert an at-large election, with its accompanying bed-sheet size ballot and confusion for voters. After the commission held two closed meetings Friday, Republican spokesman Fred Gurley of Chicago, retired board chairman of the Santa Fe railroad, told newsmen: "We hope that differences exist between us may be solved by noon Saturday." Gurley, like the Democratic spokesman, George Dunne of Chicago, was not as optimistic as he sounded. The two party leaders remapping commission their goal was to avert large election. But Gurley said there be "an honorable way vent it and Dunne refused lo concede that Democrats had bowed to Republican demands for a limit of 121 districts in Chicago. It has been the controversy over the number of districts for Chicago that has deadlocked the commission and brought the negotiations up to a midnight deadline tonight. If the commission reaches a settlement by that hour, all that is required is to file the new districts with the sec re ary of state's olfice and they would be used in next year's election. Kerner no longer has a legal voice in the final outcome. Republicans had boycotted sessions since Nov. 14 on the contention that because of population losses, Chicago had to lose two of its 23 House districts to the suburban area. Both sides, however, resumed their talks Thursday. Dunne said that in addition to the controversy over Chicago and suburban districts, the downstate map had not been settled. Asked if the Democrats had finally consented to narrow discussions to 21 districts for Chicago and nine for the suburban area, Dunne said: "We're not talking about 21 and 9. We're still talking about the whole thing." Reapportionment of the state's , >9 House districts is required under Hie Illinois constitution every 10 years on the basis of population changes. The commission was set up under a constitutional piwison after Gov. Olio Kerner vetoed a Republican drawn remapping bill approved by the legislature. ,jI:I FKIISOX COUNTY Kl'X'KIVES $1,921.37 Jefferson countv will receive SL021.37 from the half-cent city sales tax for July. Here arc receipts in other southern Illinois counties: Alexander S1,328.52; Franklin RKI4.G7; Marion S2.432.79: Saline. S2.520.42; Washington $750.22; Williamson S3.476.65. ccived S10.OM0.28. Here are sale* tax incomes for the months in towns in this area: Ashley- S215.58. Belle Rive—S81.92. Bluford—$142.20. Dix—$122.95. DuBois—S24.01. Fairfield $4,636.68. Ina S89.50. frvington - SI 15.98. Keenes --S2G.70. Kell—S55.40. McLeansboro— $2,251.64. Nason-$23.88. Richvicw—S1.08. Sesser- $750.85. Sims—$24.35. Walnut Hill-$99.47. Waltonville--.$73.05. Benton—$4,086.41. Wavne City—$695.21. Woodlawn—$53.00. In South Illinois > Receipts from the mmieipa' sales tax in other southern Illinois towns included: Albion—$1,202.73. Benton — $4,086.46. Cairo—$5,006.37. Carlvlc—$2,169.13. Carmi—$4,338.57. Christopher—$1,747.91. Du Quoin—$3,230.63. Harrisburg—$5,734.91. Herrin—$6,407.43. Johnston City—$934.69. Marion- $7,241.33. Nashville—$1,934.98. Salem—$4,736.21. West Frankfort—$5,417.96. NEARLY ALL THE RANSOM RECOVERED Two Held In Los Angeles, One In San Diego As Hollywood's First Kidnaping Is Solved. C'OSA NOSTRA ARREST — ANGELO BRUNO, reputed head of the Philadelphia family' ot t'osa Nostra, raises his handcuffed arms as he tries to cover his face from photographers at the Boston office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Friday. He was arrested by FBI agents as he arrived In Boston by plane from Italy. Agents charged him with conspiracy and planned a prompt arraignment where, a spokesman said, $50,000 bond would be sought. (AP Wirephoto) Find Blues Singer Dead, Pills At Bed RIGHTS, TAX CUT NEXT YEAR CONGRESS IS THROUGH WORK FOR THE YEAR NEW RUSSIAN SATELLITE MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet Union Friday launched a new earth satellite, Kosmos 23, in its 21 - month - old series of latmch- ings to study space, the Soviet news agency Tass announced. HE'S GOT THE PAPERS! ~. Premier Jomo Kenyatta, of the newly Independent state of Kenya, waves the "constitutional lnntruments,"—the articles of Independence—which formally established the country's Independence from British control. The papers were presented lien.vattu by the UuUe of Udinbuigh, left, representing Queen Elizabeth II. Crowd filled Uluirii Stadium ut Nairobi for the ceremony December 13. (AP Wlrcpholo via cable from Nairobi) Tests On Gun Inconclusive In Karen Death Slate crime laboratory experts cannot determine whether a .38 calibre gun found in a creek last Saturday was Ihe gun which killed Philip H. Karch, well known Mt. Vernon surveyor. Ballistics tests were inconclusive, they told Sheriff Dewey Barton at 3:00 p.m. yesterday, because the slug dug out of Karch's car was badly mushroomed and smashed. "They told mo at the crime laboatory that it will be impossible to make a determination from the ballistics tests," Sheriff Barton said- The sheriff was told that a minute speck of blood, no bigger than a pin head, was found on the barrel of the gun and that efforts will be made to see if any definite conclusions can be made from tnc blood. Sheriff Barton said the state experts were not very hopeful that it can ever be determined whether or not the gun is the one that killed Karch. in (he meantime, the sheriff said, lie is continuing his efforts to trace ownership of the gun which was found in a creek six miles west or Mt. Vernon by trappers. The gun was found almost six miles from the scone where Karch's body was found, slumped in his car, at the west edge of Mt. Vernon. DF.TR01T (API—Blues singer, Dinah Washington was found dead in her home today. Police said the cause of death was not immediately determined but that Miss Washington may have taken an overdose of a sedative. A bottle of unmarked pills was found beside her bed. The death of Miss Washington. .'.7, came as she and her new husband, professional football star Dick (Night Train) Lane, had been preparing for a family Christmas celebration. Miss Washington's two sons by former marriages, George Jenkins, .18, and Robert Grayson, 15, arrived home only Friday night. With her husband, Miss Washington had picked up the boys at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on their arrival from Boston where they attend a preparatory school. Lane, a star halfback of the National Football League Detroit Lions, and Miss Washington were married last July. Because of his wife's death Lane was expected to pass up Sunday's game at Chicago between Ihe Lions and the Chicago Bears which will help settle the NFL's Western Division championship. Lane said he and Dinah, famed night club and television star, had gone to bed after watching television in their pajamas following their arrival home with George and Robert The buzzing of the television set in their bedroom awakened Lane about 3:45 a.m., he said, and he found Dinah unconscious. He called Dr. B. C. Ross. Dr. Ross later pronounced Miss Washington dead. Police detective William J. Chubb of the homicide squad I said the bottle of pills was a! prescription from a West Coast! CASPER druggist. .Miss Washington re- 1 Rabbit, .15, ceiitly returned from a Coast tour Asks Hold Line On Prices, Wages WASHINGTON (AP) — President Johnson has asked the nation's industrialists and labor leaders to bar any upward spiral of prices and wages Johnson made his appeal Friday in a talk to members of the Consumer Advisory Council, created by President .Ion F. Kennedy to look after consumer interests'. "Like our late President," Johnson said, ''1 do not believe that the federal govenment should be a meddlesome busybody, sticking its nose into every aspect of private decision making. But I am deeply aware of the fact that a renewal of the price-wage spiral would endanger our domestic expansion and our international balance of payments." Johnson said a number ot factors—including the prospect of a HUM lax cut—should "enable manufacturers, on the average, to hold the line on prices" during tha year ahead. Defense Of Ruby Well Financed DALLAS, Tex. (AP) — Dist. Atty. Henry Wade says that "somebody with lots of money" wants Jack Ruby found innocent of a murder charge. Wade made the statement Friday when a reporter asked if lie knew where Ruby was getting money to hire West Coast lawyers and a nationally known psychiatrist. Ruby has hired two California lawyers, another in East Texas and a fourth in Dallas. They say they are arranging for "the very best psychiatrist available" to examine the strip tease club owner. "We haven't determined where Ruby or his relatives are getting their money, but it's obvious that somebody with lots of money wants Ruby found innocent," the district attorney said. Melvin Belli of San Francisco, tlie chief defense lawyer, said a brother, Earl Ruby of Detroit, arranged for him to represent the defendant. Belli declined to discuss fees which defense lawyers would get or arrangements for paying them. Belli said also that he had arranged to post a $100,000 bond if; administration bilk nf Judge Joe B. Brown would allow I f,!' 01 "^ aclmll11SUallon b,lls 01 Ruby to go free on bail while awaiting his Feb. 3 trial. By JOE HALT, Associated Press Staff Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress lias cleaned up all of the major legislation it is expected to send to President Jolinson this year except possibly for a foreign aid appropriations measure. Climaxing perhaps the most productive congressional week of its long year, the Senate Friday cleared for the White House four major bills: A $1.56-billion vocational education bill also extending the National Defense Education Act and the impacted areas program of aid to school districts with populations swollen by federal installations. A $3.6-billion foreign aid authorization bill sliced $930 million below administration requests. A 5>527-million bill extending the 1962 Manpower Training Act and broadening it to include more youth training and to add literacy courses to the program. A $1.5-billion military construction appropriations bill containing funds for bases all over the nation and in many foreign countries. Congressional leaders have programmed no major legislation for next week—the final one of the protracted 1963 session- except the foreign aid money bill. They concede that the two top- By .TAMES BACON AP Movie-Television Writer HOLLYWOOD (AP) — The* Frank Sinatra Jr., kidnaping case was broken today with the arrest of three men, recovery of nearly all the $240,000 ransom and a pre-dawn araignment of' the suspects. With the same quiet efficiency that the FBI used in effecting tlie safe release of the 19- year-old singing son of the internationally known star, the federal officers announced what they called the solving of the case. Bail for all three was set at 550,000 although a U.S. commissioner at first said he thought it a little low. The three are being held under the federal kidnaping law which stems from the 1932 kidnap-murder of the infant son of Charles A. Lindbergh. Known as the Lindbergh Law, it invokes the death penalty if the victim is harmed — a sentence up to life imprisonment if not. Sinatra Jr., was not harmed. "Thank God, it's over," said Frank Sinatra Sr., spending his fourth night at tlie home of his former wife, Nancy. The parents, knowing a break was imminent, were reported "sweating it out" with young Frank, 19, and his sisters, Mrs. Nancy Sands, 23, and Tina, 16. The three suspects were identified, in an announcement released here and in Washington, as John W. Irwin. 42, of Holly, wood; Barry W. Keenan, 23, of Los Angeles, and Joseph Clyde Amsler, 23, of Playa Del Rey, a suburban beach town. The FBI said all three will ba charged with kidnaping. If con* vicled they will face a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Keenan and Amsler were held) at the FBI office in Los Angeles while Irwin was held by tha FBI in San Diego, accenting speculation that he might hava been planning to cross the bor* der into Mexico. Keenan, by coincidence, was graduated from University High School in the same class as tha younger Sinatra's sister, Nancy. The father of the victim, who had obeyed FBI orders like a good soldier during the 54 hours his son was held by the kidnap* ers, was lavish in his praise for the federal men. "Cuvdit must go to the FBI for a masterful operation," said the internationally famous singer and Oscar-winning actor. One report that Sinatra had recognized tlie kidnapers through telescopic movies taken at the early morning dropoff ot tlie ransom money was discounted by a source close to the case, who asked that his name Ruby has been held without bond since he shot Lee Harvey Oswald after Oswald was accused of murdering President Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit on Nov. 2. WOLF CATCHES RABBIT the 88th Congress—civil rights [not be used, and a tax cut—are going over The FBI was interested in until January. only one thing from last Sunday But Democrats maintain that night, when young Frank was the record written this year on, abducted, until his safe return federal aid to education is proof early Wednesday morning and the 1963 session has been produc- 1 u , a t was his personal welfare, tive, despite criticism of its rec- They took no pictures nor did ord. [anvthing else that would have In addition to the vocational|jeopardized his safety," the education bill, they point lo the: source added. Wyo. (AP) — .lack' Sl.'2-billion college construction; The FBI statement said this suspected of purse' measure sent to Johnson Tiles-; uas t| u > sequence of events: West! snatching, was caught by Pa- day and a 5231-million medical trolman David Wolf in a foot education bill signed by the late Mrs. Ethel Harrison, t>7, who I chase along Casper streets Fri- President John F. Kennedy in lives al the Lane home on Detroit's West Side, said Dinah took pills for a "nervous condition. "She probably took too many accidentally," Mrs. Harrison said Mrs. Harrison, a restaurant cook, said she was positive Miss Washington would not have taken an overdose intentionaly. She said the singer had been in good spirits after her return from the coast. Dinah, who reportedly earned as high as $150,000 a year, grew up in Chicago and started her singing career as a girl. She was then "Ruth Jones," her given name. She became Dinah Washington as her singing gave promise of future success Both Miss Washington and Lime arc Negroes. day. September. CAROLS, NATIVITY SCENES Believe Court Didn't Bar School Christmas HAPPY MISTAKE Bv .IOIIN MORfiANTHAI-KIt Associated Press Starr Writer The. U.S. Supreme Court said no compulsory prayer, but they didn't say no Christmas in the public schools. At least that's how school officials across the country interpret what the court said, an Associated Press survey showed today. Teachers and children were happily decorating trees hanging wreaths, rehearsing carols, planing pageants, and even building Nativity scenes. The only dispute in officialdom DENVER (AP)-The citizen ; was whether the religious aspect of Christmas should or could be eliminated or played down. All agree that sectarianism had no pluce in a school Christmas celebration, but there was some doubt about what is sec- who mailed a check for $168.77 to Manager of Revenue Charles L. Temple made two mistakes. He used a 1963 property tax notice paid a year ago. The 1964 bills won't be mailed out until after Christinas. lie mistook the machine code! tarian number for what he owed. The j Charles Spain, tax ftgur* was only $3.88. 1 ot ichools L In N.M., said Nativity scenes might be construed as sectarian, but would not forbid them. The New York State Education Department said school Christinas activities should be conducted as historical exercises and teachers should not attempt to draw religious connotations! from lliem. In Colorado, some schools soft- pedalled the religious motit this year. A Denver junior high ad- ed a Budhist hymn to tlie usual carols. One Colorado principal said his school would have a holiday program rather than a Christmas progi'a m, because his school "is an educational institution, not a religious one." In Illinois, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ray Page called recognition ot Christmas an "accepted cus- jtom" in public schools, although superintendent all programs are voluntary and Albuquerque, I pupils who osk are excused, "Young Sinatra was kidnaped at gunpoint from his room at llarrah's Club molel, Stateline, New, by two men shortly after 9 p.m., Dec. 8, 1963. "At 6:50 the following afternoon, the victim's father received a telephone call at a Reno, Nov., hotel. A male voice told him 'the kid' was all right anct he should expect another call the next morning. "The second call was received at !l:03 a.m., Dec. 10. On this occasion, Mr. Sinatra was permitted lo speak briefly with his son. Less than three hours later, a spokesman for the gang called (Continued on Page 2, Column 3) "OKtKi HELPER SAYS SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS SHOP FOR GIFTS IN OUR AD PAGES

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