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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Mtmtitf Awoclttri fntt, Vol. CXVlIt, No, II ALTON, ILL, SATURDAY, APRIL II, Mi 18 PAGES Prlct Sc. Eitabllititd Jm. II, MM, Women Expect Council to Vote Ordinance for Registration ^ VFW Auxiliary Group Not Likely to Continue Investigation Women of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post auxiliary were, said today to be confident that the City Council will act to pass, In {he near future, an ordinance that will provide permanent registration of voters in Alton elections. With this attitude, Mrs. William H. Petersen, spokesman for the group, said it is her belief that the VFW women will go no further in their Investigation of illegal voting In the April 7 election. "We disapprove (of illegal voting) as an un-American act," she said, "but as far as bringing prosecution of cases, we would rather wait to see If anyone else wants to make an issue of any incidents In the election." She said the VFW women won't meet until next Wednesday to talk over the resulls of Iheir investigation of the poll books used in the April 7 election and, therefore, she does not feel qualified to say definitely what course of action will be taken in the event: some other civic group or individuals want to push prosecution of suspected Illegal voting incidents. Inspected Poll Books Mayor Linkogle informed her, she slated, that civic interest in fair elections is "certainly welcome". The mayor and City Clerk Price have cooperated with the group of women in making available the poll books for examination. Clerk Price said Friday afternoon that "the books are open" to public inspection. With the VFW last Monday, two representatives of the League of Women Voters of Alton went over the poll books of three of the city's 27 precincts in an attempt to trace cfcses where the addresses given did not jibe with the city directory. Also, a probe was made of a few names which had-been reported of people living outside Alton who ^ad voted in the city. What action or attitude may be taken by the League of Women Voters is not known, inasmuch as the League has not had a meeting since the illegal vo.ting question was under investigation. Outcome of the inspection of the three poll books was: Some 45 to 50 names were found of persons who voted and listed their addresses at places ^here they were not listed in the city directory. It was assumed that many of these might be discbunted as a result of families moving over the course of a year or two—but the frequency of the address differences in just three poll books was taken as an indication of widespread irregular voting. The complete check of the names would be possible only through a house-to-house check of those names listed at addresses not conforming with the directory. 'Accomplished Mission' Mrs. Petersen said the VFW women have not indicated they will undertake any further check. "We feel that we have accomplished our mission," she commented, "and that is to get consideration of permanent registration." One of the women in the process of looking through the poll books discovered three names of persons who, she said, she knows live outside the city limits, Mrs. Peterson said she has received numerous calls from persons who have told her of voting irregularities which they observed April 7. These include such reports ns "I know of someone who lives In .lerseyville who stopped by and voted in the election, and another from Hardin . . ." It Is up to those persons who have evidence of illegal voting to present it to the state's attorney if they desire prosecution, Mrs. Petersen said. Talked to Aldermen Mrs. Petersen said she has lalk- rd to seven of the 14 aldermen and all have expressed themselves in favor of an ordinance for permanent registration of voters in Alton city-town elections. The aldermen shr> mentioned included two who Ask Accounting OfHmisingBtHws For tJ seat City Through the efforts of a commit' tee of the Greater Alton Association of Commerce, preliminary arrangements have been made for a bill to be drawn up which would require the Madison County Housing Authority lo file with the Alton assessor and city clerk a complete accounting each three months. This was reported Friday by S. L. Moore, a member of the committee, who said he had returned from Springfield where he had conferred with State Sen. Milton Meuller and Edward Groshong, representative, who are to sponsor the bill through the General Assembly. Moore said he was acting on behalf of the chairman of the GAAC public housing committee, Joseph V. Wardein. The report) to be made by housing authorities to the officials of the municipalities within which there are housing projects would include items of rents, salaries, expenses, etc., everything pertaining to the operation of the project. Under the public housing project agreement set up for the Elm- Henry housing development which is in the early stages of construction, the city is to receive 10 percent of the net shelter rent and, hence, would have a direct interest in the books of the housing authority, Moore pointed out. The proposed bill is being readied by Ihe legislative reference bureau, Moore said. Ice Insulates Trees, May fie Fruit Saver An Editorial A At Klortlon Three Persons Are Injured in 2 Car Mishaps Three persons met injury as the result of two traffic accidents in the immediate Alton area within the last 24 hours. Glenn Arthur Ozier, 35, a barber, Route 2 Godfrey, incurred fractures of both legs and other hurts when struck by an automobile late Friday afternoon on Route 100 near the westerly city limjts at Delmar and Chouteau Aves. lie is a patient in St. Joseph's Hospital. State police said the driver r.f the automobile was Charles J. Weaver, Jr. of 23 Front enas PI. Godfrey township. Miss Shirley M. White, 17, of 751 Park Dr.. and Donald C. Bowers, 22, of 512 Eugene St., met injury about 3 a.m. today when Bower's coach skidded at an icy spot on the westerly side of the Elm-Central viaduct, plunging through an approach barrier, and rolling over several times to come to rest on the embankment Jead- ing to the GM&O railroad tracks. Both were moved to Alton Memorial Hospital where Miss White was found to have incurred contusions and lacerations and was admitted for treatment. Bowers incurred bruises and a chin laceration, and was dismissed after emergency treatment. Merlanri W. Bates of 20 West Elm St., a third occupant in the car also went to the hospital, but was said to have escaped injury. Police learned of the accident at the bridge in a call from Mrs. Rav- burn Ray of 3611 Coronado Dr., and found that the throe occupants of the automobile already had been taken to the hospital by Turner Callender of 129 East Elm St. According to • police Bowers, had driven almost across the bridge from the Central Ave. to the Elm SI, side when the car wont ou! of control on the icy pavement to break through the harrier. The auto was said to have been a tola I wreck, and was removed by the Haper towing service. Continued on rage 9, f'nl. |, Brother Masons Alton and vicinity: Partly cloudy tonight and Sunday. Warmer Sunday afternoon. High today in upper 30s, Low in morning 25, high in afternoon near 45. Shippers' forecast (200 mile radius of Alton); 20-24 north, 22-26 west, 24-28 east and south. Uivor Stagcvs OrcJiardtistfl and Garden* era Apprehensive tf Cnlrl Spell Continues TCP that sheathed fruit trees and other plants in thr Alton nr'ea Friday night may have Insulated fruit trees enough to save the crop. County Farm Adviser T. W. May at Edwardsville this morning expressed that hope. He said, "1 am inclined to think that the ice did act as nn Insulator." He added there was some damage likely at points were plants were not coated with ice and, of couse the flqwers that have bloomed were ruined by the mid-April "winter weather." Below Freezing At Alton Dam, the high temperature recorded for Friday was only 48 degrees and a low of 28 showed prior to last midnight. At 8 a.m. today, the reading was 29 degrees and ice covered the countryside. From Calhoun, the Telegraph received a report this morning that one of the leading orchardists of the county, Charles Hoi/warth, had tested sample twigs from peach, cherry and apple trees, all of which were glazed by ice- The orchard- ist reported the twigs were all alive—and this> was taken as an indication Ihe ice had acted as an insulator and the unseasonable di«op in temperature had not damaged the frut trees of Calhoun. The temperature hit a low of 30 degrees generally throughout. Calhoun Friday night and early this morning. One ominous factor in the outlook on the fruit crop, however, was mentioned this morning. If the cold weather does not let up today and there is no gla/.e of ice to protect the tree* . . . ? Fred Clausen, florist at Alton Sjtate Hospital, thought flowers had escaped serious damage. "I am optimistic, because the ice-coating on trees and flowers should serve as a kind of protection," said Clausen. "Flowers that may be near the budding stage are all hardy plants that can withstand the cold. The leaves of plants, such as rose bushes, may have a burned look, but I think they will recover. From Jerseyville came a report of a fruit grower this morning that the trees on his place were "probably ruined" by the cold and freeze. The ice weighed down budded branches so they drooped almost to breaking point. It was generally agreed thai flowers that have bloomed might suffer. There is likelihood that tulips were not killed and that roses, for example, were not far enough along to be affected. The daffodils, however, were wilted this morning. Silver Lining .Most local property owners and gardeners expressed dismay this morning when they awoke to find the temperature below freezing and ice coating the landscape. Automobiles left outside Friday night were coated on one side at least, with ice that resisted efforts of those motorists who attempted to scrape it off the windshields. Farm Adviser May pointed out one silver lining in the dark clouds today when he said, "We know that the rain was needed for the subsoil. This area can use a lot of rain. We would have been up against it this summer if we had a dry spring. The precipitation at Alton dam was measured at .18 of an inch. It was made up of rain, sleet, hail and -snow. Jimenez to Take Office CARACAS, Vene/uela /]' Col. Marcos Perez .Jimenez will he sworn in Sunday as president of Vone/.uela. He was elected In Ihe post Friday by a unanimous vole of the National Assembly. His term under the nation's now Constitution will run five years. Perez Jimenez has server! as provisional President since Dec. 3. I He also was a member of the two I three-man Juntas which ruled Vo! nezuela from 1948 until that time. In view of rumors to which our attention hns been called, the Telegraph wishes to set ft few things straight. The Telegraph has not supported, and does not Intend to support, any candidate or candidate! In the village and blty elections of the area next Tuesday. / The lone Influence we hone lo have 1n any of these elections Is to help folks In these communities east their votes as Intelligently as posslblj*. To this end we havp, through the years, done our best to report faithfully the actions of the village anrl city governments, so that our readers will have opportunity to know what, they do. We have sought t,o remind our readers that the elections nre Imminent. We have sought, to remind them when It WHS time for candidates to enter the field, so nil who desired could rto so, and have given them as faithfully as we could an account of entries in the Held as they filed. As never before, we have, through nur news columns, given our readers, we hope, an unslanted account, of at least the formal part of the election preliminaries. And, this year In particular we take pride In the way we've improved on our performance of other years. Even our advertising department has done Its utmost to maintain the objectivity of candidates' appeals for votes through paid space, ami to eliminate the often weakly-based charges and counter-charges which only lower the tone of vote campaigns. We realize we are not supermen. We cannot toll others how to vote. But we do have a responsibility to keep them, appraised of the issues. This we hope we have done to everyone's satisfaction. The rest we leave to the voters, themsHvo.s, 4 Communists Killed in Riot In Prison Camp PUSAN, Korea -V- Allied guards armed with shotguns killed four Communist prisoners and wounded 45 in putting down a bloody riot by chanting, rock throwing captives on Yoncho Island Friday afternoon, the U. N. Prisoner of War Command announced. ' No U. N. security personnel were seriously hurt. Yoncho is near Koje Island off the tip of South Korea. The POW Command said the incident began when prisoners lined up in a stockade for a routine inspection refused to allow the compound commander to inspect the barracks. Defiant prisoners barricaded themselves in their quarters. Allied guards threw concussion grenades to break down the Barricades and non-toxic irritants to force the prisoners out of doom At an apparently pre-arranged signal, the command said, prisoners in seven neighboring compounds poured .out of .their barracks to stage a shouting, chanting, rock-throwing demonstration. The rnutineers in the original stockade soon charged out of their quarters in a mob assault backed by a shower of stones. The U. N. guards again tried to stop the rioters with non-toxic agents but failed. The guards then opened fire with shotguns "to break up the concerted attack and to prevent the prisoners from grabbing the weapons," the command announced. This slopped the rioters and order was restored. Guards also used shotguns in four neighboring compounds when prisoners there kept hurling stones at the security forces, the command said. The command said the rioters were "die-hard Communist prisoners of war." Japanese Vote Tomorrow on Prime Minister Allies, Communists / i Set Time Schedule For POW Exchange By JIM BECKKR TOKYO W Japan holds its second national election in seven months tomorrow. Some 35 million voters are expected to cast ballots which wiH decide the political future of Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida and show whether Japan's small but. vocal Communist party can stage a comeback. Although important issues are nt stake the campaign has failed to spark public enthusiasm. All 466 seats in Japan's powerful House of Representatives will be filed.. And the new national government will be formed on the basis of party representation in the House. Little Yoshida, hatflingi for his political life, dissolved the lower house and called the elections after the body passed a motion of no-confidence against him. Members of his own political party bolted to allow the motion to pass. Rather than resign, Yoshida took his case to the people. A total of 1,035 candidates — Including 88 Communists —» are running for the 466 seats. The Reds have made a lot of noise in the campaign, but little apparent headway. Few observers give them a chance to land more than two or three candidates in the lower house. The Communists were shut out in last October's voting. They opened a comeback with 92 candidates, hut four already have withdrawn in the face of public apathy. GOING HOME IN GOOD TRIM—Communist prisoners who will be repatriated in tomorrow's big Korean exchange give each other haircuts during final processing stage. Keeping a sharp eye on the bperation is Sgt. Ray Coco, at right, of Oakland, Calif.—U. S. Army radiophoto via AP Wirephoto. Ferguson Calls A*tin Remains For $6 Billion Cut in Spending j Would Trim Arms, Atomic Temporarily at Director Post Arrangements For Armistice Talks Complete Meet Sunday and Determine Date of Conference Gromyko Gets New Promotion Karl J. Henderson I* Township School Head The Alton school township board of trustees has reorganized, fol- I lowing Ihe biennial election of last • Saturday, by reolecting Karl .1. Henderson for a second term as president. C. R. Rippley holds-over In the position of treasurer of Ihe board, having been re-appointed last year for another two-year term. Tho hoard at its organizational session canvassed the election returns and certified reelection of I. V. Skipper for another six-year term, and the | election of Robert T. Lenhardt to i an unexpired two-year term. LONDON /P - - Andrei C.romyko, Soviet ambassador lo Britain since lasl July, has been appointed first deputy minister of foreign affairs, | Moscow radio announced today. He will be replaced in London by Jacob Malik, now a deputy j foreign minister under V. M. Molo lo</. (he announcement said. There was no official comment on the Malik-(iromyko switch, the second major diplomatic changeover by the Kremlin since the death of Joseph Stalin. The other switch was Ihe appointment of 1 Vassily Kuznelsov to replace Ali exander Panyushkin as ambassador to Communist China, Both Malik and dromyko have had long terms as representatives of the Soviet Union at the United I Nations. Funds Despite Warning By JACK BELL and E1WKST B. VACCARO WASHINGTON /P—Sen. Ffrgu- son (R-Mich) called today for a six billion dollar cut. in arms and atomic spending, amid signs the Eisenhower administration may support a slower buildup of Western defense. The proposal by Ferguson, chairman of the Senate armed service appropriations subcommittee, came in the face of an assertion by Son. Symington (D-Mo) that U. S. military strength is lagging further behind Russia's every day. Attention centered on a speech Secretary of State Dulles will make tonight at 9 p.m., CST, before the American Society of Newspaper Editors. The speech will be broadcast and telecast na- C'oiilimiocl on race 2, Col. 2. Allied Planes Complete Busy Week in Korea By wnwAnn LE BRETON WASHINGTON /P-Dr. Allen V. si»» I f v»l 1 a.m. i/.fro ;|H.V|« m.r I Stage 11.21 Ft. Fall .11 Fi. W. Rurraa 7 i m Lock * n»m •!« Pool 417.01 Tailwaior 40fi.K9 Kentucky Lodge Master Will r' __, Conduct Work at Franklin it will he a case of brother meet-j ing brother in more than one sense] when a special meeting of Franklin Lodge No. 1>5. A. F. & A. M., is' held nex. Saturday at Franklin] Temple. | The occasion, an unusual one in i local Masonic history, w ill be! marked by several features, in- j eluding the visit to Alton of a large j dolegation of members of Paducah I <Ky.l Lodge No. V>1. The worshipful master of Paducah Lodge is Joe J. Williams, a brother of Voris Williams, currently serving at master of Franklin Lodge. 4ecompanying Joe William* tare will be his entire stafl of officer* who will occupy the Franklin L/»rige chairs at the inert- ing a.ft*» it i& opened by the. Alton Williams. After Voris Williams opens lodge at 7 p.m.. he will turn Ihe gavel over to his brother who, with his officers, will then work the third degree on a candidate of their own whom they will bring with them. This unusual procedure was made possible, und u % Masonic usage, only by a special dispensation from Ihe Grand Lodge of Illinois with concurrence of the Grand Lodge ol Kentucky. The Kentucky delegation will come to Alton in one chartered bus carrying 30 men, and several private automobiles. Preceding the lodge meeting, the women of Walton Chapter. O.K.S.. will serve supper in Franklin Temple dining hall at b p.m. FlfNCHY'S TAVilN ori i n^. ( ..-,: j . ,",? thr- f. A: t<,n tviver hurnrH to • 'h'- ral' .-it '-• •. • i PI>C WTO f ' - H ,-1 i I By STAN CAKTKK SEOUL /I 1 Waves of Allied war- I pianos, including swilt Sabre ids ! flying as fighter-bombers Slashed i at Communist fortifications i/i Western Korea today us the Air Force rounded out ils busiest week of the Korean War. In the week ending Friday night, 7,790 sorties were flown against the Reds an all-time high for the nearly three-year-old Korean conflict- Ihe Air Force said. U. S. Sabre jeis bagged IS Communist MKis in sky battles high over North Korea during the week the biggest weekly kill since last October. Only oijo Sahre foil in combat, but rune more Allied planes wenl down lo ground lire or mechanical troubles, the Air Force said. Air Force and Marino jots joined forces for Saturday s attacks on the Western Front where Communist troops were regrouping alter being thrown off Pork Chop Hill and other strategic outposts. About L'OO Chinese Beds hit pork Chop Hill before dawn Saturday in the second assault on t'. S. 7th Division infantrymen in 24 hours Both attacks fizzled out in the face of deadly [ire trom American rifles and artillery. There was no immediate esti- m.'iic ol Red casualties in their latest attack nn Pork ('hup The Ciiimiuini.sis s w a r m e d up the slopes shortly alter mulm.;hl and Ihe attack carried some Rods into Vlh IHVISIOII trendies the Eighth Army >,iui. The Americans battled wild ntles. mai hini'guns g r e n a d e >. ba.vonets and knives ihiougiiotit 11 ; ^ mghi until the ( Jiillicil li,n h I" their own 1 Astin remains temporarily "director of the National Bureau of Standards, with assurances of continued government employment and regard for his professional ability and integrity. "* Astin's resignation, forced by Secretary of Commerce Weeks in a row over the bureau's adverse report on a powder to rejuvenate batteries, was to have become effective today. But Friday night Weeks announced that: 1. Astin will remain as director for several months while a special scientific committee evaluates "the present functions and operations of the Bureau of Standards in relation to present national needs." 2. "No question is involved of Dr. Astin's permanent retention 1 ' as bureau director, .but he will be offered a post in his present grade "where his professional skill and abilities may be utilized." Until Weeks ^ acted— on « the advice, he said, of the bureau's Visiting Committee of Scientists -a slorm of protest over Astin's dismissal hnd been building up in scientific circles and in Congress. There were reports from vvithiVi the bureau that several hundred employes , wore ready to resign. Tho bureau, the government's main lostinj,' agency, handles many top secret defense projects. Agreeing lo slay, Aslin said: "The professional integrity of the bureau and my own integrity and competence- have during recent weeks seemed to be in question, I am gratified thai the secretary has seen (it lo reassure mo and the bureau on these particular points." Astin has boon on the bureau stall since I'.Kl'J and, during World War II. was decorated for his work on proximity fuses. fly ROBEftT B. TUCKMAtf MUNSAN, Korea /P— U. N. and Communist staff officers today agreed tentatively on a time schedule for Monday's historic exchange of disabled prisoners of the Korean War. , And they completed arrangements for a meeting 'of liaison of» fleers Sunday to set a date for resuming the suspended full scald Korean armistice talks. The tentative schedule calls for the first exchange of sick and wounded prisoners at 9 a) m. Monday (fi p. m., Sunday, CST). All five delegates of the U. N.'S main truce team were in Korea today. Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison,, head of the U. N. delegation, arid ' Air Force Brig. Gen. Edgar Glenn, another member, flew here front' Japan today. Harrison came to observe the exchange of sick and wounded POWs, set to begin at Panmuri- jom Monday, and to be briefed oil latest developments. Ready to Talk Harrison told newsmen he has no objection to talking truce with the Reds in Panmunjom even while an exchange of disabled prisoners goes on only a few yards from the conference hut. He would make no predictions. "I just play it from day to day," he said. Already at this advance truce headquarters of the U. N. Command is a third tedm member, Rear Adm. John G. Daniel. He will head the liaison group that will meet the Communists at Pan- munjom and discuss re-opening the full scale talks. The exchange timetable for Monday offered by Red staff officers today would start Operation Little Switch Monday morning. Col. Douglas M. Cairns; U, N. staff officer, said the proposed times "appeared reasonable" but told the Reds, "We would like to make a thorough study of them before definitely agreeing." May Start Monday The Reds proposed that they deliver captured Allied troops to the Panmunjom exchange point ,in groups of 25 at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. The Reds have said they will release 60C Allied prisoners, including 150 Americans and other non-Korean nationals, at the rate of 100 a day. The main business for the liaisor officers meeting Sunday will be setting a date for the formal talks. Rut there is a chance the Reds might give some indication of their feelings toward the U. N. pVoposal on how lo settle Ihe issue of 50,000 Communist prisoners who say they will resist repatriation to Communist soil. Communist China's Premier Chou En-Iai late last month proposed immediate exchange of those prisoners willing to return home. The others, he said, should be turned over to a neutral country. The United Nations has suggested Switzerland as the neutral country. The U. N. proposal given the Hods Thursday said the prisoners in dispute should be kept in Continued on Page 3, Col. 1. Luxury* Presidential Yacht Ordered Out Of Service, Into Mothhall Fleet By M\K\IN I- AUIUWSMITII i Al'Cl'STA. Ca. .1' 1'ivsidenl Eisenhower has ordered the presi- doriiial \aihl \Villiamslnirt;. outfit service and into the "mothball lice!' lid ause "the While House behove*, n is a symbol ol needless IUMII.V Eisenhmiei s press secretary, .lames C Hagerty, u.scd those words in announcing the decision today at i he President s vacation headquarters. Between now and Juno !1U when the Willutmsburg will t>o stored away by the Navy the yacht will be used twice weekly for Potomac Hiver and Chesapeake Bay cruises tor wounded war veterans, llai,'- crly said. Ho added that the yacht, winch was used frequently by former President Truman, will be taken ! out ot presidential service May .'31. The secretary estimated annual cost pi operating the yacht at $600.- uuo. A saving of that much won't ho realized, however, because that figure includes the salaries oi its crow of l'j:i officers anci men wiio simply will be transferred U> duly. Actual cosi of operating the ship itsoll is estimated at about 575,000 a year. The only time Eisenhower used the yacht was on March 26 when he met aboard with Premier Rene Mayer and other French government officials. The Williamshuit;, ;i '.'44-foot die- scl-powor craft, was built in 19'-l at Bath. Me , as a private yacht designed for ocean travel. The Navy acquired it in April, 1941. and converted it to a patrol vessel. Truman acquired the William* burg in 1946. As Hagerty announced the d». cision to lay up the WiJliamsbmrg, Eisenhower was reported feeling much better after a bout with toad poisoning. The President remained in bed most oi the morning Friday, but sot out in the sun during th0 afternoon at the Augusta Native*! Golf Club. He sat on a bench at U*§ first and 10th tees for a wfeU* and watched fellow club memfclft |M

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