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TIGHTER SIDE Secretary on phone: "0 u r automatic answering device is away for repairs. This is a person speaking." ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 132 Years WARMER (Additional Weather « Pag» S) Established Jan. 15, 1836 Copyright Alton Telegraph Printing Co. 1968, ALTON, ILL., SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 1968 Vol. CXXXtH, NO, 142 18 PAGES Price lOc Member Aaaodatad Wallace 'Gaining Steam' By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS George Wallace says he now is assured of being on the ballot as a presidential candidate in 26 states—and claims he's just getting his second wind. Campaigning in Massachusetts Friday, the former Ala. bama governor predicted that by November he'll be on the ballot in every state with the possible excption of Ohio. . For the political professionals it was no laughing matter when Wallace set out months ago as the candidate of the American Independent party. They find the situation even grimmer now as Wallace organizations in state after state doggedly gather the thousands of signatures needed to qualify him for the ballot. A strong race by a third party candidate increases the possibility that neither the Republican nor Democratic candidate will secure the needed majority and the election will be thrown into the House of Representatives. In Boston Wallace drew a crowd of 1,000 and served up a typical Wallace speech—heavy on the anticommunism, with scorn in abundance for "politi cians." A pocket of hippies in the audience hissed and booed from time to time, which just caused the Wallace sympathizers to cheer louder. Wallace was ready with a put-down for the hecklers: "Some of them can't even get the boll weevils out of their beards," he said. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, who has a strong lead in delegate support in the contest for the Democratic nomination, said today "civil order and civil justice" will have top priorities if he becomes president. "It must be dear that violence, crime, looting, burning cannot be condoned and must be stopped," he said in a speech prepared for the Iowa Democratic convention. "It must be equally clear that the conditions that breed crime and violence have to be sought out—and then rooted out." Hunger, unemployment, poor housing and lack of educational opportunities all are threats to civil order, Humphrey said. Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy of Minnesota, Humphrey's rival for the nomination, also planned to woo the Iowa Democrats today. Although he trails Humphrey in delegates, he said Friday the campaign is young yet. "Where the delegates count is Chicago," he said. "The early June crop doesn't." At an interview in Oklahoma City McCarthy renewed his pledge, if elected, to fire J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "He's been in there too long and he's come to believe that he's an institution," McCarthy said. "I think we ought to have a change." McCarthy and Republican contender Nelson A. Rockefeller met by chance when their planes shared the same patch of pavement at the airport in Oklahoma City. They had time only for handshakes and a few friendly words. Gov. Rockefeller sounded out Oklahoma delegates to the GOP national convention and told newsmen later he felt most would vote on the first ballot for Richard M. Nixon or California Gov. Ronald Reagan. Though vacationing in Florida, Nixon had some harsh words for Humphrey, calling him the administration's "second man and chief publicist." Nixon, who served as vice president in the Eisenhower administration of the 1950s, was irked by Humphrey's statement in Bismarck, N.D., that the peace he seeks is not "the peace of silence or the peace of emptiness or the peace of just not doing anything for eight years." DOGGIE COAT — Christopher Hogness, right, of Palo Alto, Calif., models his father's sport coat made from the ever-shedding dog hair of Troll, the Norwegian elkhound being brushed by Peter Hogness. The 60 pound female elkhound shed close to 400 yards of yarn in a month. The sports jacket usually hangs in the closet because it is too warm to wear. (AP Wirephoto) Old Man Gets Year, No One's Satisfied By DALE ARMSTRONG Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE — A 74- year-old Alton ,man who pleaded guilty to voluntai7 manslaughter May 7 was sentenced here Friday afternoon to serve one year in the Illinois penal farm. The court said the sentence was "not satisfactory to anyone". Acting Chief Circuit Judge Joseph J. Barr had heard arguments that a prison sentence would be hard on the elderly John Everage, 1821 Alby St., Alton, who earlier had pleaded guilty to the fatal shooting of his nephew. Judge Barr in passing sentence said he could not deny the fact that someone was dead as the result of the shooting. "We are living in times of a cry for gun regulations, when more homicides are being committed than at any other time in history." He agreed that "The public interest does require his removal from society for a period of time for taking a life." From the other side, Judge Barr pointed • out that Everage had the "humility" to plead guilty to a crime with only two witnesses — himself and the dead man — admitting his violation and throwing himself on the mercy of the court, and that Everage had been one of 13 children whose parents were slaves, and that Everage had nine children of his own. Defense Lawyer R. Michael Fisher, argued during the hearing for probation, that a term of even one year might be equivalent to a life sentence for the elderly man. Asking that probation be denied, State's Attorney, William Kinder, requesetd that Judge Barr not be influenced by an sympathy he might have for Everage because of his age. "There's just too . damn many bodies lying around . . . this county," that were put there by someone who got drunk and shot somebody, Kinder argued. Everage was sentenced following the hearing requested by him, which ran almost three hours and bore many similarities to an actual trial, as defense and prosecution attorneys battled over whether he deserved probation. In addition to the one-year sentence, Everage was put on five years probation. Everage had applied for probation after pleading guilty before the late associate circuit .judge Austin Lewis to the fatal shooting Feb. 25 of his nephew, Frank Borum, 39, of 3189 Paul St., Alton. Called to the stand by his attorney, Everage testified that he and Borum had been drinking in his nephew's (Continued On Page 2, Col. 4) INSIDE EDITORIAL A-4 Satisfied Shell construction to resume. NEWS A-3 EdwardsvUle SJU's news by phone is a success. CHILE A-7 Religion, section story tells of flte of missionary in CtUJe. BLIGHT .,.,. A-IO First of two articles by Jim Kulo on Alton's move against substandard conditions. FAMILY PAGE A>9 "Separated" means still married: Ann Landers. SPORTS Brl Pirates tromp Phils, 104i Wood River Board Emergency Action ;ency Releases Payroll Emergency action by township officials freed more than $1 million Friday in tax money, blocking a financial crises in Wood River and Roxana High School districts. Stricken ill in a Dearborn, Mich., hospital, Tax Collector Allen Tite could not sign checks for funds needed by the districts to meet payrolls in the new fiscal year which starts Monday. Both districts would have had to issue costly tax anticipation warrants to meet payroll and other expenses. Teachers get paid on a 12- month basis. Checks for $500,000 for each district were made out Friday plus $100,000 more for the Village of East Alton and $50,000 for the Alton School District. The checks were signed by Mrs. Dorothy Counsil, deputy tax collector, only after the Wood River Township Board of Auditors met in emergency session Thursday night. Mrs. Counsil said the tax office would probably not make out any more checks until Tite ruturns. Board action was required to give Mrs. Counsil the authority of acting tax collector in Tite's absense. The board passed a resolution stating that the appointment of Mrs. Counsil "shall be terminated when Allen Tite reports to this board in writing that he is again physically able to perform his duties." Tite told the Telegraph by telephone from his hospital room in Dearborn that he expects to leave the hospital within a week. He said he was resting comfortably and improving steadily after being stricken about 3 a.m. Wednesday in (Continued On Page 2, Col, S) Viet Cong Massacre 88 In Small Fishing Village SAIGON (AP) — Viet Cong troops throwing explosives into huts blasted apart a small fishing village today and killed 88 persons, a U.S. spokesman said, in what "may be one of the worst atrocities of the war." One American officer said the villagers at Son Tra, 345 miles northeast of Saigon, had refused to supply the Viet Cong with recruits and the guerrillas had threatened to burn the town. The U.S. Command said 73 civilians and 15 paramilitary government pacification workers were killed and another 103 refugees wounded in the 30-minute attack. The guerrilla force numbered at least 75 and perhaps as many as 300, South Vietnamese headquarters said. Burned Alive Many of the civilians were burned alive. They had taken shelter in bunkers under their homes when the Viet Cong opened up with mortars at about midnight, but sheets of fire spread from hut to hut when the guerrillas began throwing in satchel charges. Other residents of the refugee settlement of 4,000 fled toward the positions of 14 U.S. Marines assigned to help guard the town and blocked the Marines' line of fire toward the attackers, one Leatherneck said. Government headquarters said pacification workers killed 12 Viet Cong in the battle. Fires touched off by the explosives destroyed 85 per cent of the village of about five city blocks. Similar Attack In a similar attack last December on a refugee resettlement village, the Viet Cong killed 114 Montagnard .civilians and wounded 47 with flame throwers and machine guns at Dak Son, 100 miles north of Saigon. Son Tra was defended by the 14 Marines, perhaps 30 government militiamen, about 35 pacification workers and a small group of self defense youth, government headquarters said. The militiamen and Marines form a "Combined Action Platoon," which lives and works with the villagers, giving them technical assistance and medical aid and trying to protect them. Village Cleared The village is only five miles southeast of the headquarters of the U.S. Army American Division at Chu Lai and a company of American infantrymen from the 198th Light Infantry Brigade, based near the village, landed by helicopter on the Marines' hill position about 30 minutes after the attack. But the infantrymen did not sweep into the village until dawn, six hours after the attack. In the search for Viet Cong bands reported moving on Saigon, U S. infantrymen clashed with about 150 enemy soldiers 14 miles southwest of the capital Friday and reported killing 30 and capturing eight. Air Force jets, helicopter gunships and artillery hammered the enemy positions during all-night fighting. Five Americans were killed and 12 wounded. The enemy toll raised to 159 the number of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese reported killed bv American infantrymen in three battles in the area in the last week. "People Sniffers" The U.S. 9th Division has been using "nKjpie sniffers"— body odor detectors mounted on heli- copters—to hunt down the enemy trooos as part of the allied effort to head off the threat of another attack on Saigon. In the aerial phase of the campaign, U.S. B52 bombers dropped about two-million pounds of bombs on suspected enemy bases 22 to 32 miles north anr) east of Saigon Friday night anc 1 today. Saigon escaped enemy shelling for the eighth straight day, but Hanoi Radio carried a Viet Cong threat to continue pounding South Vietnamese cities. It described such attacks as "an inalienable right" but said the Americans were making up "the fantastic story of the 'massacre of civilians' " in the shell- ings on Saigon. Initial Confusion Sirens sounded in Saigon today to signal the capital's first civil defense drill in anticipation of.new .rocket and ground attacks. Amid initial confusion, whistle-blowing policemen halted traffic afld directed residents to seek shelter. Three more drills were planned this weekend. They were announced Friday. At the eastern end of the de- militari/ed zone, Associated Press photographer Max Nash reported that U.S. Air Cavalrymen found 150 North Vietnamese bodies after a two-day battle near Dong Ha. Three Americans were killed and 35 wounded, spokesmen said. Nash said American casual* ties were held down because of a massive air and naval bombardment of a village held by the North Vietnamese after civilian residents had left. At the other end of the DMZ, AP photographer Dana Stone said U S Marines were making slow progress in dismantling the Khe Sanh combat base but the last Leatherneck was expected to be out within a week. McCarthy Delegates Nixed Mudge Shouted Out Dick H. Mudge Jr. of Edwardsville was shouted down Friday when he demanded that Sen. Eugene McCarthy be apportioned 20 delegates at the Democratic State Convention in Springfield. Mudge submitted a list of 20 delegates for ratification by the convention, but a voice vote drowned him out. Before the shouting, Mudge had been ruled out of order by Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, chairman of the convention, but the mayor relented. "This is a democratic gathering with a small "D", and nobody's going to take it over. Everyone is going to be heard," Daley said. Mudge, elected as a McCarthy delegate in the June 11 primary, was permitted later'to submit his list of names. In a shouting match, a majority of convention delegates upheld Daley on a voice vote in rejecting Mudge's list, amid boos from many of the 800 Democrats at the party gathering. Mudge, a practicing attorney and former Madison County State's Attorney, said the Democratic party in Illinois is "old and tired" and voters should be given a wider choice in the presidential race. "The war in Vietnam is going to result in defeat for the Democratic party unless you give people a chance to make a change," Mudge asserted. The attorney spent 35 days, earlier this year, on an around the world tour, 15 days of which he spent in Vietnam talking to soldiers. When he came back, Mudge said his conclusions from talks with military personnel included, "I don't think America can win the war in Vietnam." However, he did note that the short trip did not make him an expert of the war. At the convention, Mudge in an aside from the Vietnam strife declared, "There's not one person in this room who hasn't made up his mind on a candidate for president." Daley stood up and replied, "Here's one," referring to himself. In the June 11 primary, Mudge received 20,837 votes to 23,768 for the other district delegate Monroe L. Finn, who is supporting Hubert H. Humphery for the presidential nomination. Finn's higher vote indicated that Mudge's name rather than Sen. McCarthy was pulling the vote. The convention action Friday left McCarthy with only two committed delegates in Illinois. An Associated Press poll shows only 13 of the total 118-member Illinois delegation pledged to Humphrey — but. most of the others are expected to follow Daley's lead. Fifteen young persons carrying signs backing McCarthy sat through the convention proceedings. At one point, Daley interrupted Gov. Samuel H. Shapiro's speech ordering them to lower,the placards because they were obscuring the view of the rostrum. In other business, the state. convention nominated Kenney Williamson of Peoria, Mrs. Frances Best Watkins of Chicago, and Timothy R. Ives of Bloomington for University of Illinois trustees, to be elected in November. Higher Tax Chomp Effective July 14 WASHINGTON (AP) — Unless you have a rockbottom income you will begin paying higher income taxes July 14 to help pay for the Vietnam war and to keep the Great Society moving. On that date the withholding rate on your paycheck will increase 10 per cent, under the income tax bill President Johnson signed into law Friday. If you get paid July 13 you won't feel the bite until the next payday. Signing of the bill, which includes a mandatory $6-billion cut in federal spending, came without fanfare one week after longress completed action and was in marked contrast to the raging controversy of nearly the entire past year. With only Mrs. Johnson, grandson Lyn and a few aides looking on, Johnson signed it on the White House lawn. Although Johnson opposed the spending cuts, he hinted in his statement he will try to pinpoint reductions to save Great Society programs. Johnson again insisted his budget was lean and tight, but said he accepted the spending cuts "because the tax bill is so imperative to the economic health of the nation." Johnson said the nation's economy is now moving too fast and the tax package will apply the fiscal brakes. He said the nation can now at- tack the threats to its prosperity —accelerating inflation, soaring interest rates and a deteriorating U.S. trade picture. But Johnson said Congress cannot hope to cut $6 billion from his budget through the regular appropriation process and this will shift responsibility for the cuts to the President. This departure from tradition is "most unwise," he said. He also contended Congress acted unwisely i n ordering federal employment rolled back to the level of two years ago by.not filling one in every four job vacancies. Under the new law, higher taxes can be collected after 15 days from its enactment. This means that paychecks received after July 14 must reflect the 4 4 ncreased taxes even if the money is earned before that date. Senators Choice: Fortas or Warren WASHINGTON (AP) — In a tactic Republicans say is aimed at neutralizing Southern Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield has given his colleagues two choices for chief justice of the United States: Abe Fortas or Earl Warren. , Mansfield said Friday that if a filibuster develops over President Johnson's appointments of Fortas to be chief justice and Homer Thornberry to be an associate justice he assumes and hopes Warren will stay on. Mansfield took steps to bolster the two-choice position by declaring there would be no delay n adjournment to argue the nominations nor would there be a special session after the political conventions. Earlier he had held out the )ossibility of both. And he also said that if Republicans stage a filibuster, as they have indicated they will, a move to shut off debate will be made quickly. Mansfield later told reporters that his remarks weren't aimed at anybody. "I'm making no threats, no demands," he said. "I am just laying out the facts as I set them." The hardening of battle lines, however, cast the leadership's ability to do so in doubt, at least for now. Pills Lead to Loot A strong suspect in the systematic looting of doctors' offices and a drug store at D'Adri- an Medical Center in Godfrey was taken into custody by Alton police early this morning. Police searched the man's gar and found a loaded .38 caliber pistol, a trunk load of merchandise and a small two- wheeled dolly similar to the type used in stockrooms and on loading docks. Alton Police Chief William H. Petersen said the man, identified as Walter E. Nolan, 67, of 5206 Washington Ave., St. Louis, bad been arrested by Alton Police on a traffic charge. Patrolmen Ronald Cowan and Larry Parks were booking Nolan at police headquarters and found 42 barbiturate capsules and a price tag from Reese's Drug Store in his pocket. Acting on information that the Medical Center in Godfrey had been burglarized, police obtained a search warrant from Magistrate Harold 0. Gwillim. The routine search turned up the merchandise believed to have been stolen from the medical center. Chief Deputy Frank Schmidt and Deputy Demos Nicholas said that items Hound in the car Included portable radios, an adding machine, an electric typewriter, and several containers of unidentified drugs. Schmidt said at least two safes had been pried open at the center and at least $300 in cash was reported missing from Reese's drug store. Alton Police Lt. Paul Myers said Nolan was arrested on State Street and appeared to be heading towards Godfrey when Parks and Cowan arrested him. Schmidt said he had conferred with the state's attorney's office and that Nolan would be charged. btseu stolen (ruin tte D Center in Godfrey, Alton Harold Cox WHAT'S YOUR GAME? - Nadlscm County Chief Deputy Sheriff Frank Schmidt, left plains to Walter Nula» liib rights mid the legal document autu- a search uf Nolan's car (hat

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