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it*- -*t~ *»*jyffH>> JJillIfi» JUty Wonder dflig: A medicine that makes you wonder whether you can afford to get sick these days. ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH /4/fow Community /or More T/wm 232 v-v {fir 3 Lttw 82; fltgfc I (Additional Weather M Pi* J) Established Jan, 15, 1836 Copyright Alton Telegraph Printing Co. 1968. ALTON, ILL., FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 1968 Vol. CXXX11I, No. 141 24 PAGES Price lOc Member Associated Pm§ -1 Shell Construction to Resume Monday By JOE MELOSI And L, ALLEN KLOPE Telegraph Staff Writers Construction work at Shell Oil Co. will reopen Monday under a new plan devised to thwart labor disputes marred in the past by beatings, gunplay, and near-explosive mass confrontations. Takeover of jobs from other crafts by Pipefitter Local 553, headed by Frank Harrelson, has been the major source for more than four y*ears of labor strife, other Unions sources say. it was a dispute between pipefitters and electrical workers that triggered the lockout by Shell on Jan. 18. With the labor dispute resolved, construction at Wood River Shell Oil Co. will reopen following a shutdown approaching its sixth month. At first, a small work force will man one of three major projects in the multi-million dollar expansion program that has been consolidated under one contrac- tor. But the total may swell to 1500 — the number of men idled by the shutdown — when all three projects swing into full capacity. "In the anticipation that there will not be sufficient available manpower in some crafts initially to man all projects at the same time, it is planned to stage the program when work resumes," a joint statement issued by Shell, the major contractor and another contractor said. Work on the distillation unit — said to be about 60 per cent complete — will resume first and '"when efficiently manned will be fol- lowed by recommencement of work on the hydrocrack- er and hydrogen plants" — the other two major projects, the statement said. The statement was issued jointly by Shell, Arthur G. McKee & Co., and Catalytic Construction Co. Shell recently announced that by "mutual agreement between all contractors, McKee had been selected to complete the onsite program." Two other major contractors, the Foster Wheeler Co. and Lummus Co., agreed to pull out. McKee had a "preponderance of remaining work and had previously given Shell certain process performance guarantees," the statement said. The guarantees cover operational performance of the new refinery units. It is not a reference to labor-contractor relations, Plant Manager E. A. Ballman told the Telegraph. Catalytic Construction Co. RISING TO THE OCCASION — Third party candidate George Wallace stands on concrete blocks as he speaks to an estimated 7,500 persons at outdoor pavilion in Columbia, Md. near Baltimore. An estimated 1,500 persons failed to hear the former Alabama governor speak Thursday night when they could not get parking spots for their autos. (AP Wirephoto) Shell Staked Out Its Pumps Only Twice By BILL LHOTKA Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE - Shell Refinery Manager E. A. Ballman testified at a preliminary hearing* today that the company had become suspicious of gasoline losses since mid-February this year, but had staked out the gas loading rack only twice prior to the alleged smashing of a gas ring June 21. Meanwhile, Harry Melow, the owner of a Wood River filling station named as the outlet for most of the reportedly stolen gasoline, returned from California Thursday afternoon and surrendered to the Madison County sheriff's office here. Ballman was the first of several witnesses called today in the third day of the preliminary hearing before ' Magistrate Judge Joseph T. Kelleher Jr. Ballman was called to the stand by defense counsel John Gltchoff who, along with East Alton Attorney Paul Pratt, are representing truck driver William Waters, 46, of 932 W. Lafayette, Jacksonville; James Riley, 36, of 1416 Ladd St., Wood River; and Herman Wilson, 37, of 2208 Nevada, Granite City. The trio along with Cecil Huetch another truck driver from Belleville, and Melow are charged with theft in the alleged incident in which several thousand gallons of gasoline have allegedly been taken from the refinery by doctoring gas meters at a pump rack. Ballman said he.personal- ly knew of only two other instances where surveillance at the pump rack had been established prior .to June 21. He was awakened at his home, he testified, at "10 to 1 on June 22, and told there was an unauthorized truck in the refinery." He arrived at the refinery about 1:30 a.m., talked to other officials and inspected the pump rack and meter. Ballman testified that it was his decision alone to notify authorities after reading three statements from the accused that had been obtained by his staff. "I' felt the matter was serious enough," the plant manager said. He testified that he did not personally interrogate the suspects but "knew they were being talked to." Waters, Riley and Wilson were stopped by Shell security police after the alleged incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. June 21. The trio was apparently questioned by Shell officials but Roxana police were rut called by the company until nearly dawn June 22. "The decision was made about 5 or 6 a.m. — 5 a.m. approximately," Ballman testified. In cross - examination, Asst. State's Attorney James Heil asked, "As plant manager, you don't know all that is going on, do you?" "No," Ballman replied. Heil then asked a series of questions regarding whether it was possible for Shell's staff to conduct sur' veillance and observation without Ballman's knowledge and on other shifts about which Ballman was unaware. The plant manager replied that, "Yes, it was possible," to the questions, Melow, who works as a mechanic for the Navajo trucking line in Los Ange- (Contlnued On Page 2, Col. 1) Opponents of High Court Nominations Press Action WASHINGTON (AP) — Oppo nents of President Johnson's naming a new chief justice are claiming increasing support in both parties and the offensive seems to have taken the Senate Democratic leadership by surprise. The opposition, centered so far largely on a petition being circulated by Senate Republicans, is "a little more emphatic than I anticipated it would be," Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield said Thursday night. "I don't know what these people can do," commented Sen. James 0. Eastland, D-Miss., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee which will consider Johnson's appointments of Abe Fortas as chief justice of the United States and Homer Thornberry as associate justice of the Supreme Court. Fortas For Warren Fortas would replace the retiring Earl Warren with Thornberry stepping up from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Austin, Tex., to fill the vacancy created by Fortas' elevation. Sen. Daniel B. Brewster, D- Md., described the GOP move to block the nominations "a blatant political maneuver" and "the worst sort of hypocrisy." "In 1960, when a Senate reso lution urged President Eisen hower not to make Supreme Court appointments while the benate was not in session, the Republicans were up in arms," Brewster said in a statement today. "They argued that it was imperative that there be a full complex of justices at all times," he continued. "Yet today, with Congress still in session, with the Senate fully prepared to confirm or reject these nominations on their own merits, some Republicans tell us that it is now best for the country to leave the highest seat on that court vacant for almost six months." 'Double Talk' "This is partisan double talk," Brewster contended, "and I hope my colleagues recognize it for what it is." Mansfield, Eastland and Brewster commented in the wake of two major developments: —Sen, Robert P. Griffin, R- Mich.i circulator of the petition, claimed support of most of his GOP colleagues and some Democrats' and said "I really think the nominations can be. blocked." —A question was raised in the Judiciary Committee about whether a vacancy really exists INSIDE EDITORIAL A-4 Keep tip faith for north- south bridge link. MARGE . , . . . . A-2 Mrs. Ciulgteson asks for change of venue. DEBBIS , , ,..,., A4 Horseshoe Lake is unlucky. SPORTS B 3 American' League All-Star pitchers named. FAMILY A-ll Nun-like mini-styles sell well, but irk clerics. ROWAN ....... A-5 Vice President Humphrey has political woes. Try for Stif f er Gun Law Given Setback WASHINGTON (AP) - The drive for stronger gun control laws, already beset by delays and apparent adverse public reaction, has suffered what may be a crippling setback. The latest blow was a 7-5 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday to delay further consideration of weapons control bills until July 9. "Those concerned about the passage of responsible firearms legislation had better realize that this was a real defeat," Sen. Joseph D. Tydings, D-Md., said. The outlook for new legislation urged by President Johnson had been dimmed previously by a slowdown in the House and by a sharp reversal in an initial flood of mall favoring strong gun controls after the assassina* .ion of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Congress had seemed moving toward speedy action on a measure to prohibit interstate mail order sales of all firearms and ammunition and to ban their over-the-counter sale to nonresidents of a state. This would have extended to rifles and shotguns the restrictions provided for pistol sales in the recently enacted crime control bill. But the first of this week, Johnson also asked Congress for laws requiring the national registration of all guns and the licensing of their owners. Immediately after, congressmen reported their mail had reversed itself from favoring stiffer control laws and was running heavily against the proposals, particularly those requiring registration. This came after the National Rifle Association, main opponent of controls, called for a letter campaign against the bills. on the court since President Johnson said, when announcing Warren's retirement, it was "subject to the appointment of a qualified successor." The committee called Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark to testify on the question July 11. But the Justice Department hastened to cite what it called numerous precedents for approving court appointees before a predecessor actually stepped out. Republican Leader Everett M. Dirksen, who said he won't sign the Griffin petition but has not taken a public stance on the nominations, said "It is a fine question. If no vacancy exists there is nothing to fill." Half GOPers Sign There are 18 signatures on the petition which specifically opposes President Johnson, as an outgoing president, making court appointees that will exert influence for years. This is half the Senate's GOP members, but Griffin forces say some senators are on the fence and others are still considering signing. Mansfield, answering questions from United Nations corre- spondents on a speechmaking trip to New York, raised the possibility that Warren could be forced to stay on indefinitely as chief justice if the nomination is blocked. "There's always that very strong possibility if an impasse should develop in the Senate," he said. Social Action Election Under Way Middletowners Cast Votes By ED POUND Telegraph Staff Writer Residents of Middletown in Alton were voting in a unique election today to select two-thirds of a board of directors to carry out a proposed social action program aimed at alleviating poverty-related problems. The election is a "first" for the Alton area, in which the grassroots element is electing its members to direct a social action program. The polling place at Berea Lutheran Church, Gold and Greene Streets, will remain open until 8 o'clock tonight. Voters also will be able to cast ballots Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Middletown residents 15 years and older are eligible to vote. A slate of 17 people, nominated at a community meeting last Monday of Middletown residents, will be on the ballot. The ten top vote-getters will be elected. The other five members will be selected by contributors who help finance the social action program. When they register today and tomorrow, voters will be issued a membership in what eventually will be an incorporated nieghborhood organi/ation to fight poverty and its effects in Middletown. A committee composed of neighborhood leaders and representatives from federal, state and local agencies was formed in May to develop a proposal for a social action program to alleviate poverty - related problems in Middletown. The area includes "Mexico," an improverished section of the city with a high crime rate. Middletown is an area of about 4,000 people. It is bounded on the south by Union street; on the east by Brown Street, on the north by Riley Avenue and on the West by Alby street. , The committee is known as "The Middletown Neighborhood Concerns Council," for a "means of identification" until the neighborhood establishes its own name under a board of directors, a committee spokesman said. The proposed social action program will be financed by private funds. Contributors will be announced at a later date, the spokesman said. , As now designed, the program will involve: —A neighborhood center where residents will be able to obtain employment and family counseling, mental and physical health services, welfare and planned recreational activities. —Coordination of industry's commitment to the unemployed and a liaison between community residents and industry. Counselors will be hired for follow-up and social work needed to maintain those from the unemployed ranks in industry after they are hired. —Organized recreational programs for younger children, with supervision by older youths. Adult recrea- ation programs also are planned. — Adequate, inexpensive day care facilities for children, to allow their parents to work. — The availability of social agencies, such as public aid, mental health and family services, to handle the needs of the Middletown area. A staff also will be hired by the board of directors to administer the program. In a letter to social agencies, service clubs, unions and businesses this week, Boone Hammond, co(Continued On Page 2, Col. 7) Saigon Defenders Alerted As Mounting Infiltration Noted By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) — Viet Cong infiltrators were reported pushing n toward Saigon today, and Vietnamese forces in the capital were placed on full' alert to meet a possible new major attack. All leaves were canceled in ;he Saigon military district. Supply and administrative clerks were confined to quarters and told to be ready to fight. Senior U.S. officers said no alert was necessary for American troops. "We're as fully alert all the time as we can be," said one. It was learned, meanwhile, hat South. Vietnamese authori- ses were holding a high-ranking Viet Cong official who gave the government valuable details of he enemy's threatened third of- 'ensive against Saigon. The cap- ive, said to hold the rank of colonel or lieutenant colonel in he enemy command's capital military district, was captured about a week ago. "He has been mportant to us tactically for military information," a source said. South Vietnamese intelligence sources said enemy infiltration in the capital military district has been stepped up within the past 48 hours. At military headquarters inside Saigon, the nerve center for combat operations around the capital, defenses were bolstered with additional machine guns and sandbags. Such infiltration by the Viet Cong has always been followed by an attack in the past. This time they are expected to hit the same areas they did during the offensives in February anc May—Cholon, the Chinese quar ter in the southwest part of the city, and Gia Dinh, a suburb north of the city. Intelligence sources have reported that captured documents and prisoner interrogations indicate the Communist command is planning a full-scale attack on the capital late this month or early in July. June's Chilly Finale in Last 2 Days Sets Record The cool weather of the past two days not only was unseasonable this late in the year, it was a record. Lows of 54 at 4 a.m. today and the 55 Thursday were described as a record by the Weather Bureau at Lambert St. Louis Field. The entire Midwest got it. The low at Alton Dam Thursday was 53. The St. Louis weather forecis'er said the coolness was tlie result of a low pressure system over the Great Lakes area The chill rangerl from the Western Great Lakes, to the Mid- Mississippi Valley and southeast to about northern Georgia and Carolina, he said. It won'* last, though, for the weatherman said a rapid warming trend is in prospect. It is expected to be in the low to mid-80's today and warmer tomorrow. UNUSUAL VOTING - A Middle* town resident prepares to cast Ws vote at the Berea butneran Church this morning, a* balloting got under way to select 10 members of a board of directors to carry out a social action program in Middletown. will continue to handle "off' site" facilities, which are connected with the three major projects. "Resumption of work on the catalytic reformer and gas plant will (also) depend upon availability of craft manpower." the joint statement said. The statement said that "jurisdictional disputes and other labor problems have kept the job down since Jan. 18." "Since the work suspension began, the contractors and representatives of the Building and Trades Department of the AFL-CIO have worked to reconcile jurisdictional differences about the resumption of construction," the statement continued. "Problems at the W o o d River refinery were complicated by the fact that related disputes were occurring nationally on other construction projects which involved extensive deliberation by the National Joint Board for settlement of jurisdictional disputes. . . and the Associated Appeals Board," said the statement. The statement was alluding to two labor disputes in Louisiana and Alabama, which paralleled the one at Shell. — The dispute in all three cases was between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the United Assn. of Pipefitters and their local unions. It was over the installation of instruments with pneumatic and electrical connection. . Pipefitter locals in Alabama and Louisiana,won 100 per cent of the work, an appeals .board decision decreed in May. : J "' The jurisdictional board, however; had ruled in favor of the electricians on the Shell job involving contractors Foster-Wheeler and Lummus That decision has never been overturned 1 by the appeals board. The decision gave the work to both crafts on a 50-50 basis. Even though the unions have agreed to cancel their former agreement,;.. they have agreed that the work to be done will be on a 5050 basis, with the McKee Company doing the assigning. The two unions say there now appears to be five D-P cells left to mount under the Foster-Wheeler Contract. There were some other miscellaneous instruments in which representatives of the IBEW agreed could be assigned to the Pipefitters, based on the fact that they had not been seriously considered under the Joint Board decision. The international of the Electricians union has instructed the local "in the interest of continuing the construction project this committment (the agreement of the two unions) was made, and you are requested to furnish manpower for this project and to perform such work as assigned In accordance with this commitment. "You are further requested to secure a listing and details, of the instruments and controls that will be involved on the original Me- Kee contract since this work was not covered by the decision of the Joint Board," the directive said. It went on to say, "The employer will make such assignments as it deems necessary or as the two local unions may agree." William E. Parker, business representative of Local 649 of the Electrical Workers, said he will abide by the international union directive, and furnish men for the job. Telegraph reporters tried to reach Frank Harrelson of the Pipefitters, however, he was unavailable for com* ment, which is his usual practice. The problem was expected to be solved by the new plan- At lean two times in the past, hundreds of construction workers squared ojf b> fora aiid alter at the . ""r

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