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I LIGH LIGHTER SIDE Careful grottfnifig may take 20 years otf you* up, tout it won't fool a lofie flight of staifs. EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 1B2 Years COOLER tow (ft; High 81 (Additional Wcathet on Page I) Established Jan, 15, 1836 Copyright Alton Telegraph Phhttag Co. 1988. ALTON, ILL., MONDAY, JULY 1, 1968 Vol. CXXXIII, No. 143 32 PAGES Price lOc Member Associated Nuclear to Start A T' 11 >nt lalks WASHINGTON (AP)- PreS- Ident Johnson announced today that the United States and the Soviet Union have agreed to start talks "in the nearest future" on limiting offensive and defensive nuclear missiles systems. Johnson chose the occasion of the signing of the historic nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty at the White House to make his announcement. White House officials reported DOWN — Map locates Iturup Island in Soviet Kuril Island chain in the Northern. Pacific where a U.S. plane was forced down, (AP Wire- photo) 51 nations were joining the pact, to ban the spread of atomic weapons. Signing ceremonies were conducted also in London and Moscow. Follows Kosygln Hours before President Johnson spoke, Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin announced In Moscow that the Soviet Union wants to hold international talks on disarmament, including a halt in the manufacture of nu- clear weapons and reduction of nuclear weapon stockpiles. Kosygin also proposed discussions on limitation and reduction of "means of delivery of strategic weapons." The premier attacked the United States. He said the need to eliminate foreign military bases,' one of the Russian proposals, "is convincingly proved by the continued aggressive war of the U.S.A. in Vietnam." In London, Prime Minister Harold Wilson, presiding at the signing ceremony there, called the treaty: "The most important measure of arms control and disarmament on which agreement has yet been reached." Wilson pledged that Britain would continue "with 'renewed confidence and renewed hope to work for further advances in disarmament." Johnson, in his remarks, referred to the .long U.S. effort to start discussions on cutting back the costly nuclear arms race. Moscow had indicated last Thursday that the Soviets were finally ready for such talks. 'Significant Agreement' "At this moment of achievement and hope," the President said, "I am gratified to be able to report and announce to the world a significant agreement— an agreement I have actively sought and worked for since Bids Erratic DeGerlia Rapped Clyde DeGerlia, operator of DeGerlia General Hauling Co. of East Alton, has come under fire by some nine truckers in Jersey and Greene counties for his erratic bidding on stone for street and road paving. Wednesday, DeGerlia submitted a low .bid of $4.38 per ton on % chips for ; Greenfield, and was awarded the contract. Last week, DeGerlia submitted a similar bid in East Alton for $6.25 per ton, and was awarded the contract there, even though engineers' estimates were $2 below that figure. One irate trucker said: "DeGerlia is a good friend" of East .Alton Mayor Charles Vanpreter and with all but one of the board members, so they got him the East AH6n contract." Another trucker told the Telegraph: "DeGerlia must be trying to take our business away, because he cannot' possibly make any money on $4.38 per ton." Still another trucker said: "He (DeGerlia) is trying to break the small, one-truck, operators, so he can come back in a couple of years with his higher bids. De- Gerlia plays politics as much as he can, and is pretty successful at it." Regarding the Greenfield job, one of the truckers said DeGerlia has to drive about 64 miles roundtrip, pay union scale for a driver, and pay union scale for a laborer, and' could not possibly make any money on the job, since he would Russians Force Jet With 214 GIs Aboard 4© Land WASHINGTON (AP) - An airliner carrying 214 U.S. servicemen to Vietnam is being held today on a Soviet island in the Pacific Ocean after being forced to land by MtG fighters. The chartered DC-8 was on its way to Vietnam from McChord Air Base in Seattle, Wash., Sunday when, the U.S. government said, it strayed off course and was forced to land on Iturup Is- land, a part of the Kuril chain in the northern Pacific.v The State D e p a*r-t m e n t immediately, contacted the Soviet embassy in Washington and urged* the .quick -release of the plane, its passengers and the 17 crewmen. '••"' A Japanese air force radar station said it began tracking the plane at 7:30 p.m. EDT Sunday and warned the pilot he was on a course that would cross the Soviet-held island. 'Cannot Alter Course' The pilot replied, "We cannot alter our course," Japanese sources said, indicating the plane already was under MIG escort. The sources said the plane was tracked another five minutes before it disappeared from radar screens at a position about 30 miles south of Iturup Island. U.S. Officials Say Small Worms In Tan Water Are Harmless By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer Brown, wiggly worms appearing in Alton water system are only harmless, aquatic organisms and do not contaminate .drinking water, the Alton Water Company said today. Residents complained' that the tiny, hairy worms were floating' in water in kitchen sinks and bathtubs. Mrs. Robert Rushing, 908 Elliott St., Alton, said she was getting the bath water ready for her baby when she saw the wriggling little worms swimming in the tub. The water company said there ,were reports of the worms throughout the city from about 25 areas in the system. The Water Company officials today immediately dispelled any fear that the worms would cause disease or contaminate the water. ,• The water company identiv fied the harmless worms as Chironomidae which are active aquatic organisms and not bacteria. To eliminate the worms the water company is increasing the chlorine dosage and, flushing -the fire hydrants for the next few days. To rid the water supply of Humphrey Gets Slap From Demos By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey lias drawn a modified attack from a coalition of anti-Vietnam policy Democrats and Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy says be could support Nelson A. Rockefeller for president, subject to several conditions. Humphrey's presidential canv paign leaders, meanwhile, said privately Sunday they are making an effort to appease McCarthy backers In an effort to ward off any possibility of | third party Democratic split. The coalition of dissident Democrats adopted a resolution in Chicago Baying Humphrey could not >rwlrf- '"-*- cljange and new but tabled ft tion saying they would oppose ' ,, "- as _„ t^'iPeC *Wm toe Conference of the Coalition for presidential a> pU-ant McCarthy said he mjgiu t Bepubllgan Rockefeller the worms may take two or three days. In the meantime residents are asked to fasten gauze over the faucet to block the worms. • The appearance of t h e worms was experienced in the area seven to eight years ago, -authorities said. -In a glass of water, the tiny worms are quite active, but difficult to see. Water company personnel are trying to find out how the organisms got into the water supply. Normal water treatment usually eliminates any organisms from the water supply. Mrs. George Crawford, 2212 Central Ave., Alton and Mrs. Robert Tuetken, 2229 Central Ave., both showed a Telegraph reporter and photographer the worms found in their water. Ambassador Llewellyn E. Thompson said in Moscow he was told by Soviet Premier Al exei Kosygin and First Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily V. Kuznetsov the incident is under investigation. The Pentagon said the pilot oi the chartered Seaboard-Worlc Airlines jet, Joseph Tosolini, talked by radio with another American aircraft during the incident. According to the Pentagon, the pilot of the Seaboard plane reported about 7:20 p.m. that MIG fighters had intercepted him and were forcing him to land at what appeared to be a MIG base on an island. At 7:39 p.m., the Pentagon said, the Seaboard plane radioed that it had landed without injury to anyone on board and without damage to the plane. Strayed Off Course The last transmission was at 7:42 p.m. when the pilot reported he had shut off his engines the Pentagon said. The Defense Department, in announcing that the plane hac been forced to land, said the aircraft, chartered from Seaboard by the Military Airlift Command, had strayed off its course en route to Yokota, Japan. In New York, headquarters for Seaboard-World, a spokes ban for the charter line sale the crew had flown the route several times and "we don't see how it could have been off course, unless there were some extraordinary factors." pay approximately $2.15 per ton for the stone at the quarry. DeGerlia answered the charges of the other truckers by saying: "It is competitive bidding, and I bid" just like anyone else — except I had the low bid." "I've bid many jobs this spring and have been high on most of them; I can't be high on them all, can I?" DeGerlia said he will make money on the Greenfield job, "—but I sure won't get rich off it," he added. He explained his low bid in Greenfield came about since he already had a Greene County job. "Since I have to have my trucks in that area anyway, I figured I coulrt bid a little lower," DeGerlia said. DeGerlia also said many of hir. truckers in Jersey and Greene counties do not do their own bidding. The quarries do the bidding and then hire the truckers to haul the stone, he added. The next low" bid in the Greenfield letting was reportedly $5 per ton, "which is a narrow profit margin at that," one of the irate truckers said. In a-Greene County road paving job about a month ago, it is reported DeGerlia also submitted the low bid for furnishing, hauling, and spreading stone on county roads. Engineers' estimates on that job were about $35,000, with 'Greene and Jersey county truckers submitting bids of $35,000, $32,000, and $29,000. DeGerlia's bid is reported to be just over $24,000, "which is below cost," another of the truckers said. In another incident closer to home, DeGerlia is reported to be miffed at a South Roxana bid letting Wednesday night, because the bids were opened an hour before the regular village board meeting. However, one hauler said DeGerlia was 10 minutes late In submitting his bid, which Was not accepted. "Many boards hold bid lettings earlier than the regular meeting," the hauler said, "so as not to interfere with the regular order of business, and to give the bidders a chance to leave, without having to sit through the remainder of the meeting." fanuary 1964. "Agreement has been reached )etween the governments of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States to enter In the nearest future into discussions on the limitation and reduction of both offensive strategic nuclear weapons delivery systems and systems of defense against ballistic missiles." Administration authorities said the exact time and place 'or the opening of U.S.-Soviet alks on curbing their missile and antiballistic missile compe- ition has not been set, nor has the composition of the respec- ,ive negotiating delegations been decided on. This question s still being worked out in dip- omatic exchanges. Secretary of State Dean Rusk and U.S. disarmament chief William C. Foster were tapped or the honor of signing the nonproliferation treaty for the United States. Predicts All To Sign The President predicted that virtually all of the countries of the globe will join the pact. The 51 signers in Washington ndicated more than ample support to bring the treaty into orce. The pact becomes effec- ive upon ratification by 40 non nuclear states plus the three nuclear sponsors— The United itates, Britain and Russia. Eventually 100 or so nations —with the significant exceptions of junior atomic powers France arid Red China— are expected to ratify the landmark treaty to curb the spread of nuclear weapons. The pact goes into 'orce when ratified by 40 governments, including the three nu- tear sponsors; Great Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union. The significance of the absence of China was underlined when it was reported Sunday in Moscow that the Red Chinese have developed their first inter continental ballistics missile. The unofficial "and unconfirmed reports indicated the missile had not been tested but was ready for trial use. . Fly A Flag! To make it easier for Telegraph subscribers to join in observance of Rededication Weekend July 4-7, the Telegraph will make American flags available. Part of the observance will be flying of the flag during all four days of the Independence Day weekend. The Rededication Weekend is sponsored officially by law and order committees of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and by the Greater Alton Assn. of Commerce. One of the 10 principles to which citizens are asked to pledge is the flying of the flag during that period, The 3 by 5 flags at $3 over the counter or $3.25 by mail will be available at the Telegraph. Some local merchants also are selling flags. SPEAKS AFTER TREATY SIGNING — President Johnson, addressing the nation today after signing of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty at the White House, announced that the U.S. and the Soviet Union would soon begin talks on nuclear disarmament. (AP Wirephoto) SIMAPC Official Defends Telegraph By DALE ARMSTRONG Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE - A Southwestern Illinois Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (SIMAPC) official today indicated that a recent meeting here, at which an SIU professor presented part of a marketing survey he has been conducting, was not closed to members of the'press. "The meeting was held in a public building .. obviously the door was wide open," SIMAPC Planning Administrator S. Allen S'eibert told the Telegraph this morning. The Telegraph had come under criticism from SIM- APC executive Director Ted Mikesell for covering the June 21 meeting. Mikesell reportedly told members of the Erlwardsville Chamber of Commerce that "it wasn't intended that the news media be present (at the June 21 meeting)." As a result of the meeting, Chamber of Commerce official protested that SIU assistant marketing professor Warren DeBord had committed a breach of contract By divulging information from the • marketing study at the meeting. The chamber maintained that it had hired DeBoM to conduct the study for itself and th° city. DeBord replied Fridav that his contract had Rockbridge Grain Elevator Destroyed In $10,000 Fire ROCKBRIDGE — The most spectacular fire in the history of this small town destroyed a grain elevator early Sunday morning, dispatching fire departments from three nearby communities. There were no injuries. The blaze leveled the bagged feed and 3,000 bush- Greenfield Cooperative Grain Co., despite efforts of firemen from Carrollton, Wrights, Greenfield and Rockbridge. Damage was estimated at $10,000. Flames shooting out the top of the 40-foot high wood frame, metal exterior structure, hurled burning debris and embers into a wind which fortunately was blowing down the railroad tracks, Greenfield Fire Chief James Nash said this morning. The inferno threatened nearby homes and buildings. Firemen were able to save the elevator's office and scales building and warehouse. These buildings are not attached to the elevator, but were within reach of the flames. Damage was confined to the elevator and its contents, nearly 25 tons of Freak Accident While at Play Alton GirL 3, Electrocuted A three-year-old Alton girl was electrocuted in a freak accident Saturday when Her wet body touched an outside gas meter charged with electricity, authorities said today. KatVeen Brockway was pronounced dead on arrival at Alton Memorial Hospital after her father, Irvin, found aw body slumped oVr IP tte gas ffifitec abo p.m. at the home at 3324 College Ave., Alton. Brockway was spraying a garden hose on Kathleen and her sister, Patricia, 2, when Kathleen ran around the house to avoid the, spray as part or the game, police said. 'Broadway, who continued to spray the hose, heard a cry but apparently « was just toe e$« &• citemerd. of the girl playing, police said. Minutes later the father went around the house and found bis daughter's body slumped over the gas meter, The body was wedged between the gas meter and the house, investigating po< lice saip. A detect in electrical wir» ing in the gas furnace parently caused the death, Madison County Deputy Coroner- Clyde Bowles of Alton said. The electrical current apparently flowed through the furnace walls and travelled along *he gas pipe to t h e gas meter outside the home where it grounded, authorities said. > BrocKway said he felt a shock when he pulled his daughter off the meter, police said. Union electric officials the current at 125 volts at the meter, police said. A Union Electric crew re« sponded to the home to as* sist in locating the trouble whioh was traced to the electrical short in the furnace. An inquest into the electrocution of the child is pending Deputy Coroner Bowies said. els of corn. The com, Nash said, was still smoldering this morning. The towering elevator collapsed, "coming straight down," shortly after the fire was reported about 5 a.m., Nash said. He said a Greenfield man, Bob Garner, who works at Shell Oil Co., East Alton, discovered and reported the blaze while en route home from work. The elevator, the largest structure in the town of nearly 350, employed one person regularly. During the harvest season more help was employed. The elevator was managed by Donald Bailey of Greenfield and was formerly owned by Ray Roll of Carrollton, an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention. Nash said it took firemen nearly an hour to contain the blaze. However, he said, the corn will continue to smolder for some time. been with SIMAPC. At a meeting Friday between Mikesell, DeBord and chamber officials, Mikesell told the chamber he had not been aware that a Telegraph reporter was at the June 21 meeting. "Apparently he (the Telegraph reporter) just wandered in. He was not there for the first of the meeting and therefore did not understand, the scopeJvOf; Jthe thing," said Mikesell, who is reportedly out of town this Week on vacation. A Telegraph reporter who attendee! the meeting was present from the start, however, and was one of the first to sign an attendance sheet, indicating that he was a reporter, which was later collected by SIMAPC. DeBord was quoted as saying at Friday's meeting that the Telegraph had taken his statements out of context and that "the article was botched up. I did not refer to businessmen. The businessmen referred it to themselves." SIMAPC Planning Administrator Seibert, however, told the Telegraph this morning that its account of the June 21 meeting was "very excellent and very factual." Seibert said the article corresponded with his own notes, and that he plans to use it when writing his own report of the meeting. He added, however, that the Telegraph's headline — "Edwardsville Warned to Fix City or Fade" — had "sort of a negative connotation." The article reported that spokesmen from several area planning agencies warned during the June 21 meeting that the city faced several problems which would eventually cause the downtown area to die out unless they were corrected. In discussing this morning whether the meeting was supposed to be closed to the press, Seibert said it is difficult to define what is or isn't a closed meeting. "I don't personally know that any meeting is completely closed," Seibert said. INSIDE EDITORIAL A-4 Airlines should seek to be self-supporting as should the barge lines. FIREWORKS A-3 Big fireworks display scheduled for Alton Wednesday. BUSSSJNU 1H Annual Blessing of the F'eet has big turnout. BLIGHT A-« Map and story-tells of Alton blight. Second in by Jim Kuip. for SPORTS ....... A-« Gibson goes after more scoreless innings tonight. FAMILY ....... Avenues of Fashion men takes look at ' ei" look. ROWAN ........ A-5 Ceasefire would give Com* munists chance to build-up war needs. ...... .VII remains the essential Nixon spoiler taking away the base of Southern .

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