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The LIGHTER SIDE Women ate creatures who can talk themselves out of almost anything except a phone booth. ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH _' ^ • ' 'Serving the Alton Community for More Than 132 Years WARMER PttBDAY \ k Low 49$ High «l (Additional Weatftef M P*g* J] Established Jan, 15,1836 Copyright Alton Telegraph Priming Co, 1968, ALTON, ILL., THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 1968 Vol. CXXXltt, No. 140 44 PAGES Price lOc Member Associated DEBRIS OF A LONG SIEGE — Two U.S. Marine helicopters approach the airstrip at Khe Sanh combat base below western end of the demilitarized zone, South Vietnam, last week past the wreckage of a helicopter downed by North Vietnamese gunfire during the 77-day siege of the camp last winter. The U.S. Command announced that the Khe Sanh base will be inactivated. (AP Wirephoto) U.S. Quits Khe Sanh, Leveling Famed Base By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) — U.S. troops are abandoning and leveling the Khe Sanh combat base, freeing its defenders to join mobile strike forces combating increased enemy forces in South Vietnam's northernmost provinces. The U.S. Command said aban donment of the base in the northwest corner of South.'Vietnam where U.S. Marines took more tjjan 2,300 casualties in a 77-day siege last winter "is part of a new concept of mobile;warfare being put into operation" below the demilitarized zone, according to Brig Gen.,Winant Sidle, chief of information for the U.S. Command. "Khe Sanh will be leveled, bulldozed and the bunkers closed up," said Sidle. "It's already under way." 125 Enemy Killed ' On the ground, South Vietnamese troops reported Jailing 125 enemy troops in a running battle east of Quang Tri City and 19 miles below the demilitarized zone. Government cas- ualties were put at seven killed and 50 wounded. South Vietnamese infantrymen also uncovered a huge cache of weapons 12 miles west-northwest of Saigon that included 126 rounds of big Russian and Chinese rockets of the type that have been used in shelling the capital. In the air war, over North Vietnam, the U.S. Command reported that Navy F8 Crusader pilots sighted two Communist MIG2ls 12 miles south" of the 19th parallel Wednesday and downed one with air-to-air missiles. ,3 MIGs Spotted It was the first MIG shot down since Feb. 14 and the first since'President Johnson ordered a bpmbing curtailment March 31, limiting'American pilots to targets below the 19th parallel. U.S. .pilots now are credited with downing 106 MIGs in aerial combat compared to 47 U.S. planes lost to the MIGs. U.S. headquarters also report- id that on. Tuesday Navy pilots potted three MIGs northeast of the coastal city of Vinh and fired on them. The MIGs headed I veteran observers of the war north above the 19th parallel,'don't think the American mill apparently undamaged. In its weekly casualty report cantly. tary position is reduced signifi issued today, the U.S. Command said the number of Americans killed in action last week—299- was the lowest in two months. It said 2,220 Americans were wounded. South Vietnamese headquar ters said 355 government troops were killed last week and 1,149 wounded compared to 286 and 1,189 ''the previous week. The U.S. Command said 1,819 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers ware killed by allied forces last week, a drop of 200 from the week before. The western anchor of the allied defense line below the demilitarized zone is being moved 10 miles to the east, to a supply base with an airstrip known as Landing Zone Stud. Because of the importance U.S. officers publicly put on Khe Sanh while it was under siege 'or 77 days last winter, its abandonment is a propaganda set- The allies poured 5,500 Ma rines and 500 South Vietnamese troops into Khe Sanh's bunkers Before the North Vietnamese pulled back and a 20,000-man relief, force lifted the siege on April 6, more than 300 Ameri cans were killed and more than 2,000 wounded. The U.S. Com mand said, 2,605 ^North Viet namese soldiers also were killed. Advice Ignored Informed Vietnamese military sources said South Vietnam' generals advised Gen. William C. Westmoreland last winter that Khe Sanh—isolated in the northwest corner of South Vietnam—was not worth holding or fighting for. These sources said back for the United States. But Westmoreland, who then was commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam, ignored the advice because it contradicted his own strategy and because of the jressure of public, opinion in the Jnited States GENE YEE THOMAS WANG STEPHEN SHENG Chinese Visiting Here Says: ; • .. ~ . J Silence Is a Crime By JIM KULP Telegraph Staff Writer The crudest thing about Red China today is that its people do not have even the freedom of silence,' the freedom to be neutral about the government, a Chinese minister told the Telegraph today. "In this country," said the Rev. Thomas.. Wang, executive director of the Chinese Christian Mission, in an interview this morning, "if you don't.like the government you can keep your mouth shut. In China, if you keep quiet the author ities will come around eventually and say: 'You haven't praised Chairman Mao lately. Are you against us?' " The Rev. Wang and two , members of his Christian Chorale, which gave a performance at Calvary Southern Baptist Church in Alton Wednesday night, told about a China that is frightening- Jy similar to the super police H&te described in George fcwell'8 novej, "1084," The two others were Ifephon Sheng, 33, and Gene Yee, 27. Yee was in Red China only 2^, years ago, in 1965. Wang, 43, was last there in 1950 and Sheng until 1952. Yee, whose memory of. the Communist:- dominated country is; most recent, said there will be an improvement of relations between Red China and 'the u;s. if Mao dies or is deposed, because the majority of ihe Chinese people love America and a new government would go along with their wishes. He added, however, that he saw little chance of Mao Tse Tung ever being deposed. Yee speaks a little English and most of his remarks were translated by Wang. The Communist Chinese are hero worshippers, Yee said, a«d thus are trying to exalt Mao. as Stalin was. The book of Ws thoughts has to be memorized and meditated upon, and his portrait must be displayed in churches, if churches refuse, they are closed. The Bed logic in China, said the Rev. Wang, is that since the Communists .are atheists, the Christians are ideologically opposed to the government and thus • "sinful" in its eyes. Christian clergy are considered corrupt elements of society and, because they do not believe the way the Communists do. are looked upon as incorrigible. This fact leads the Reds to forbid Christian ministers to allow their children to pursue a higher education. "There is freedom of religion in the Chinese Constitution," the Rev. Wang said, "but not in reality," In the larger coastal cities of China, where there is a foreign element of visitors, the Rod government is a little more lenient because they want to give the impression that the country is free, the Rev. Wang added. "We have heard some ministers from China tell us that fWnese youth are being told of a new God," the Rev. Wang said. "Karl MIT* is God the Father, statin is God the Son, and Mao is God the Holy Spirit. My ha.'r crawled when I heard this." Moreover, he said, the Communists are gradually teaching the young that to be faithful to Christ they should be Communists, because Christ was a leader of the proletariat, a revolutionary and thus a Red. All three men said Red China is a police state much worse than Nazi Germany was. "There has never been a country in the world that controls people like Red China," the Rev. Wang said. Alton Fair Housing Law Adopted by Vote of 9-5 3y JOHN STETSON Telegraph Staff Writer The controversial and long-sought Fair Housing Ordinance for Alton was adopted by the city council Wednesday with a 9-to-5 vote after only token opposition. The ordinance prohibits the refusal to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, or national origin, after the makinp of a bonafide offer. When the ordinance came up for its first reading, 5th Ward Alderman James Bailey asked for a suspension of rules so that the council could take action on the ordinance rather than laying it over as 3rd Ward Alderman Roy Geltz had asked. At this point, Corporation Counselor John Hoefert told the council that.he had no objection to them passing the ordinance during the meeting, but he said that he was hoping to revamp the ordinance to include private single-home owners. The ordinance as it was introduced exempts private owners of single family homes from its provisions. The ordinance contains the provisions outlined in the Federal Fair Housing Standards of the 1968 Civil Rights Act as enacted by Congress but it does not include the private owners of single family units. However, a recent decision by the Supreme Court 'in effect said such restrictions are contrary to the U.S. Constitutional law. Hoefert said that he had talked with the local real estate men and he said that they favored the ordinance but that they too wanted to carry it a step farther to the single family unit owner. Hoefert also said that he had written the Department of Registration and Education to find out what penalty provisions can be used in case the ordinance is violated, adding that he wanted to wait for a reply before revamping the ordinance. The rorporation counselor said that the real estate men would like to meet with the aldermanic Housing Committee headed by Bill Parker, who introduced the resolution, to go over the latest provision governing single family units. But Bailey was not to be deterred. "Why do we need to waste time restudying this thing when the Supreme Court has already ruled on it?" he asked his fellow aldermen. Fourth Ward Alderman George Campbell said that he upheld Bailey's point of view and added, "We could always add an amendment to this later if needed to improve the ordinance." Parker also said there was no reason to hold up the ordinance any longer. "I'm chairman of this Housing Committee and this has been in the hands of the committee for some time and during that time we have npver heard from real estate men. Now at the last minute they say they have just one more thing they would like to add." At this point 1st Ward Alderman Karl Deterding asked why a local ordinance was even needed, due to the national law. "We need a local ordinance to create a balance," Parker answered, "so that when there are complaints the parties don't have to go all the way to Washington, D.C., to seek help. "We wi'l have the control here and the thing will work both ways." Parker said. Enforcement of the ordinance will be the duty of the Minority Housing Committee of the Citizen's Urban Development Advisory Commission. Parker said that local control, rather than that of Washington, D.C., would serve all interests. It will also show when a person charges discrimination just because he doesn't want to get up and work in the morning, Parker added. Following a 10-4 vote in favor of suspending the rules, the ordinance was adopted. It will not actually become effective, however, until 10 days after legal publication. Those voting in favor of the ordinance were: Jack Ryan, Parker, Marion Vanfossen, Campbell, Darrell Riley, Bailey, Maitland Timmermiere, Raymond Young, and Donald Killam. Opposed were: Deterding, Harold Leonard, Roy Geltz, Harry Smith and Robert Lanham. The Fair Housing ordinance has long been sought in the city council by those favoring that type of housing code. In January of 1963 an open occupancy ordinance was given one reading and then referred to the ..-City Plan Commission. The ordinance never came back to the council floor for a vote. Then in November, 1965, an open occupancy ordinance was prepared and was given an initial reading in the form of a resolution. (Continued On Page 2, Col. 4) At Extradition Hearing Ray Denies Slaying •/ «/ o INSIDE EDITORIAL A-4 Roses to GAAC for convincing the state chamber to study Alton's police force. TRUCKER A-? Truck driver pleads innocent in gas theft scheme. CANOEISTS A-3 Canoes that left Hartford eight days ago are now in Omaha. SPORTS D-4 Gibson hurls fifth straight shutout, nears Prysdale's record. FAMILY A-8 Fall fashions are like a two-faced woman. HARRIS A-5 Only a drop in public opinion polls can stop Nkon and. Hunjparey, LONDON (AP) — James Earl Ray, fighting extradition to the United States to stand trial for the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., asserted today he did not kill the Negro civil rights leader. The prisoner—who is charged here under the 'alias of Raymond George Sneyd — took the witness stand in a surprise move and testified. "I have never met Dr. King. I have never had any kind of grudge against him." Under the U.S.-British extra dition treaty, political grounds are a principal reason for grant ing asylum to anyone and bar ring extradition. A hearing in historic Bow Street court was held under se curity precautions unprecedent ed in British judicial history. Ii took a dramatic turn after a lawyer representing the U.S. government gave evidence that Ray's fingerprints were found on the rifle suspected of killing King. 'I Feel Trapped' 'Ray was in the murky courtroom under heavy guard and heard a Scotland Yard detective testify that shortly after he was caught he collapsed in his cell moaning. "My God. I feel so trapped." The extent of King's involve nent in American politics was raised by a British lawyer de fending Ray. Attorney Roger Frisby closely questioned an American witness in an effort to get statements about King's political involve ment into the court record. At one point the witness George Jacob Bonebrake, an FBI fingerprint expert, admit ted under questioning that there had been a certain amount ol dislike for King in the United States. Bonebrake said he found from the print on the rifle 14 characteristics the same as on the prints on file for Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary. He found 11 similar characteristics from the prints on the telescopic sight. Cross-examined by Frisby, the court-appointed lawyer defending Ray, Bonebrake agreed that King was a nationally known figure. No Political Tie Bonebrake said he knew of King's movement, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. But he said that, to the best of his recollection, he knew of no conference commitment to any political party. When the court suspended session for a luncheon break, detectives continued to guard all doors of the courthouse. Newsmen had to show credentials to get in or out and members oi the public were searched for weapons. The U.S. government was rep resented by a British lawyer, David Calcutt. He told Magis trate Frank Milton that Ray's fingerprints were found on the rifle which police recovered after King was shot in Memphis, Tenn., April 4. 'Password For Peace* "The bullet which killed Dr. King was examined when recovered," he continued, "and there is a strong likelihood that the Luilet came from the rifle found by the police." Calcutt told the crowded Bow Street Court that King was the victim of "a calculated, brutal and senseless murder—a murder that was bitter with irony." "Though his name was a very password for peace," Calcutt laid, "he met a violent death. "This tragic death of Dr. King was the working of the single hand of this man," he declared, referring to Ray. The 40-year-old escaped convict was brought into the.court .oday to hear Calcutt outline the U.S. government's case for lus wtradition. With two British lawyers to defend him, Ray was expected to fight extradition and appeal to the High Court if Milton ruled that he should be returned to the United States. This could extend the process for weeks. It was Ray's third court appearance under the alias of Raymond George Sneyd, the name on the Canadian passport he was carrying when he was arrested June 8 at London airport. His two previous trips to Bow Street for preliminary hearings had been brief, and the proceedings today provided the first extensive look at the U.S government's case against him. Bridge Plan Nixed, The location of a new Mississippi River bridge and its accompanying highway projections was turned down by the Alton City Council Wednesday despite pleas by M^ypr Clyde Wiseman. At one point during a heated verbal exchange between Wiseman and 3rd Ward Alderman Roy Geltz over this issue, Geltz refused to relinquish the floor. "I'm going to stay on this floor, Mayor, and I'm going to talk. I'm not letting the Mayor tell me what to do," he announced to a council chamber packed with spectators.^ "That is why you are superfluous, Mayor," Geltz said, "because you are always talking and not listen- ing; now you are going to let somebody else talk." Geltz, the leading aldermanic opponent to approving the bridge study report which contained the proposed location of the bridge brought in his own counter- resolution calling for a thorough examination of the engineer's study of the bridge site in the area of Ridge Street at E. Broadway. Alderman Geltz also asked that three new members be appointed to the Mayor's Special Bridge Committee, which Geltz said lacked engineers. He proposed Frank Hollis an engineer and executive of Alton Boxboard Co.; Paul Lenz, an engineer; and Bert Wuellner as a representative of Down•town-Alton, Inc.* '"* The three men were add to the bridge committee later by a 13 to 1 vote of'the council. Both Hollis and Lenz addressed the council, and packed house there to hear 'discussion on the bridge and to voice opposition to a •. south route which would run through Alton and connect to the new bridge. In addition to Hollis and Lenz, attorney Harry Marshall addressed the council on behalf of Downtown Alton, Inc. Marshall told his audience that Downtown Alton, Inc.' is in no way opposed to progress. "In fact, my client recommends bridge (Continued On Page 2, Col. 1) I Jersey Politician Knight Ignores City Weed Notice JERSEYVILLE - Joseph E. Knight of Dow, a director of the Illinois Tollway Commission and a political power in Jersey County, has not responded to three notices by the City of Jerseyville that he is breaking the law by not cutting weeds on his property. Knight, former director of Financial Institutions for the state, was given 10 days to comply with the ordinance. He owns eight lots in the Cutis Addition, and all of the Jerseyville and Eastern Railroad right-of-way and part of Lot 57 on South State Street, just south and east of the Tri-County Oil Co. Knight, whose property this morning had weeds at least three feet high, was one of several Jerseyville residents who have failed to comply with the weed ordinance and a written order. The council decided Tuesday night to direct the City Street Department to cut all weeds on private property if the owner fails to comply with the written order. The city will cut the weeds at a charge of $15 per hour, and this charge will be billed to property owner, and if not paid will be added to, the tax .statement. WEEDS ON KNIGHT PROPERTY Uulldiuft at 1-Jglit ~ Tju-ee^t weeds grow ou Joseph the uJ, JOepart KaJgJit property at (U5 8, State St, Ju SoU Conservation Jeraeyviiie, Knight also otvni the

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