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U.S. Cuts Of f Highway Funds Here; Bias Cited B.yANfiEYAKSTlS IflJitJir 25 mlttfoft have btai ed stogjsed on Madisofr-St. dlair coimty highway jobs including the Qfeat River fioftd 0fta lte> 140 Highway safety pWJeMs fis a result of hiring discrtittlnatlofl, the telegraph was told today. The hliure of contractors ift the two counties to take positive action •}« hiring ttttre Megfois tin road jobs and thd high costs of construction contracts were given as reasons for the fund stop order by the govern* mem, Roger Nirsbaum, deputy chief engineer of the II' linois Highway Department, told the Telegraph. "the withholding of feder- all funds to Madis^i aftd St. Clair counties fof highway construction is very critical in the two ' counties", .Nusbaum said. "We must move ahead with road building .to help stimulate the entire pconomy of the two bounties" Federal Highway Administrator Lowell Bridweil in Washington notified Nusbaum's office in Springfield that no future federal a i d highway contracts can be awarded in Madisoh-St. Clair (Bounties until positive correct action is taken by contractors to hire workers on an equal opportunity basis. "Our office and Oov. Shapiro will make every effort to help resolve this equal opportunity hiring problem as soon as possible," Nusbaum said. The amount of funds withheld in Madison • St. Clair counties under the government stop order in the next year will exceed $25 million, amounts to be spent on the Great River Road through Alton and widening of Rte. 140 to alleviate dangerous hazards, Illinois Highway District Engineer Robert Kronst told a 1 reporter, A $1,100,000 grading and drainage contract for the river road section from Ridge Street in Alton to Illinois Rte. 3 was scheduled to be awarded in August, Kronst said. Approximately $550,000 of the contract would be federal funds which will not be cut off until minority, group hiring practices are improved. "We were hoping to get this important project un- dar way In Alton," Kronst said. In another Madison County project, approximately $9000,000 in federal funds are now withheld for the upgrading of existing Rte. 66 from Interstate 270 to U.S. 40, south of Troy, Kronst said. Another critical project which would be hurt by tfte suspension of federal funds is the Widening of Rte. 140 through Cottage Hffls, ifi. eluding "Deadftan'g Stretch," a section of ft«nl through Cottage Hills which has claimed many lived tor highway crashes, the highway department said. (Continued on Page 2, Col. 1) Mia LIGHTER SIDE Political campaigns are based on the premise that you can't H$ a man for blaming. EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 132 Years PLEASANT WEDNESDAY Low 58; High 84 (Additional Weather on Page 2) Established Jan. 15, 1836 Copyright Alton Telegraph Printing Co. 1968. ALTON, ILL., TUESDAY, JULY 2, 1968 Vol. CXXXIII, No, 144 24 PAGES Price lOc Member Associated Press Irate Onwer Blasts 'Nitwits' V • '. . • _• Natural Beauty Haven Called 'Dump 9 By PICK FACKLER Telegraph Staff Writer A place that was called "a dump" in a classic error by Madison County officials and cost the owner $50 in legal fees (urns out to be a tidy, 7-acre miniature Grant's Farm with gamboling dper and other tame creatures moving about. P. M. McMahon, dubbed "Old Man Mac", by his friends, i i furious at county politicians in general over the mistake and he is particularly sore at zoning boss Jack Clifford. "Nitwitted outfit .... hoosier politicians . . Ignorant," says McMahon; whose pride and joy is the trim appearance of his Ivy Heights home, oft-mowed lawn and little "zoo" behind his stone residence. He says 15 years and much money have been devoted to turning the home and grounds into a showcase. In the middle of the animal's playground is set a stocked pond with a graceful swan and several ducks gliding over the surface. Several small buildings housing animals are arranged around the large pond, which is stocked with bass, crappie, bluegill and channel catfish. There are a deer shed, pony shed and a number of buildings and brooder houses for the fowl.' The trio of curious, friendly deer live in an enclosure near the pond "Andy, Bambi" and "Sandy" are unafraid of jpeople and the. buch doe and fawn behave like dogs, sniffing visitors and approaching them. Old Man Mac's menagerie includes the deer, calves, swan, three ducks, 36 colorful peacocks, 50 pheasants of different breeds, 50 bantam chickens, guinea hens and 50 or 60 quail. McMahon lives on Macnhac drive, a private drive he says he owns, off Rock Hill road. The front of his. property is mainly NO DUMP — "Old Man Mac," P. M. McMahon, scratches his pet deer, "Andy," while on Ills 7-acre rqral home in Ivy Heights that was erroneously called "a dump" by Madison County officials and later turned out to be more like a miniature Grant's Farm. Soviet Acts to Free GI-Laden Airliner WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced today that the Soviet government has acted to release a troop-laden American airliner after receiving an official U.S. expression of regret that the craft violated Soviet air space over the Kurile Islands. Press secretary George Chris- Han said Llewellyn Thompson, U.S. ambassador to Moscow, relayed word shortly after 11 a.m. EOT that the Soviet government had given instructions that the DC-8 jet chartered by the military from Seaboard World Airlines be released along with the 229 Americans aboard. The plane, carrying troops tor Vietnam via Japan, was forced to land Sunday night after being intercepted by Soviet MIG fighters. In response to a question, tion had been handled through normal diplomatic channels. The State Department said Monday that Soviet 1 Premier Alexei Kosygin told U.S. Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson in Moscow merely that the matter was gave under "no investigation. assurances" He of prompt return of the plane or the 229 persons aboard, the State Department said. The aircraft, a DCS chartered by the military from Seaboard- World Airlines, was ' carrying 212 Vietnam-bound servicemen and a crew of 17, when the Soviet fighter planes forced it to land Sunday on Interup Island in the Pacific Kurile chain. Strays Off Course The United States said the jet had strayed off course while bound for a fueling stop in Japan after leaving McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash. While pressing for release of the plane and those aboard, U.S officials reportedly see the incl dent as a sticky one for tlje So viet Union, a situation that wii: require delicate handling. HHH Unveils Vast 'City-Saver' Project Christian said "The United States has expressed regret In a note given the Soviet Embassy last night" that the airliner violated Soviet air space due to a navigational error. 'Matter To Be Resolved' Christian said he had' no fur* ther information on the subject, nor could he say where too plane would go from the Kur- lies. But he added. "We have reason to believe the matter is going to be resolved shortly."; He said the matter would be resolved once the plane actually left Soviet territory. Christian was asked if President Johnson had been in touch with Moscow about the matter, He said no, that the entire ques. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey proposed a multlbil- llqn-dollar loan program today to "save" the nation's cities and Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy's top aides tackled differences over the* direction his campaign should take. McCarthy aides were reported divided over whether the Minnesota Senator should concentrate on personal contacts with delegates in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination or combine the contacts with mass actions such as state 'convention walkouts to demonstrate his "new politics" strength. The Washington Post said McCarthy had asked his advisers to combine their various , INSIPID ' . EDITORIAL '/...• A-4 UARR1S , , .,','« - . A<$ Firework* display success- . Rockefeller gaigs Pirno* ful venture, , crate but -loses Republicans. WOOD BIVER A : 3 FAMIIV ,*. , ( , , , , A4» Wood JUver appropriation How to make belts for new if up, * tesbloiis: The Sewing Bea mum , A* .WORM , , , . , ;'..;*'i4 AltQW wan chjrged with Gibson's Wild pitch ends theft tram purse, ttwun streak, , , strategies at a meeting in Wash ington today into a general plan for the campaign's future. Humphrey, in what was billec a major speech on city prob lems, proposed in Clevelanc creation of a National Urban Development Bank to help fi nance redevelopment projects particularly in inner cities. "This is essentially a program for federal underwriting o loans,". Humphrey said. The bank would sell federally guar anteed bonds to private inves tors. "This is even move essential ly," he said, "a proposal to commit ourselves as a country to paying whatever is the cos not of just saving, but of per fecting, our cities." On the Republican side, Richard M. Nixon has accumulated nearly three-Jourths of the dele gates needed, for the GOP preai dentiel nomination and Ws oppo neatJNjaw yo$ GOV. Nelson A Rockefeller, has galled for enactment of sWet g u n con tro legislation. Nixon now has 478 of the 667 votes for nomination, cording to the Associated Press tabulation of'delegates pledged (CouUttttfid QB Page 8, Cttl, 7) Extradition of Ray Granted in London LONDON (AP) - A British ourt today granted extradition f James Earl Ray, wanted in he United States as the accused ssassin of Dr. Martin Luther {ing Jr. The extradition order was .ranted by Chief Magistrate Frank Milton. Legal sources said Ray would appeal the decision. The magistrate granted Ray egal aid to pursue his appeal in higher court within the required 15-day deadline. Ray received the magistrate's decision -without any outward show of emotion. He was immediately led from court, still surrounded by a cordon of Scotland Yard detectives, and taken back to his maximum security jail at Wandsworth Prison in south London. The magistrate, sitting at his aench stacked with law books, addressed Ray directly and told him: "You will be committed to prison to await-extradition to the United States." Milton dealt at some length with the contention of defense attorney Roger Frisby that Ray could not be extradited because the slaying of the civil rights leader, shot in Memphis, Tenn., April 4, was a political offense. The judge agreed it was common knowledge that King was a controversial figure in the United States. But he refused to accept the defense contention that this alone would make the crime of his assassination a political one. "To hold so would be to extend the meaning of this case too far," the magistrate said, The case turned on whether the crime was political or not. Under treaty between Britain and the United States, persons may not be extradited for political reasons. The U.S. government denied Ray's contention that the killing of King was a political crime. In summing up, Magistrate Milton said he found no difficulty in establishing that there was a prima facie case against Ray in King's murder, "On this, on the verbal and affidavit evidence before me, there can be no doubt," he said. Milton said no evidence had been produced in Ray's case to show it was not an Individual act. "All I know is that this accused man said he didn't do it," he The magistrate also passed pver the question of Bay's Identification without difficulty. Bay was arrested in Britain on forged passport and illegal gun. carrying charges under the alias of Ramon George 1 Sneyd. But the magistrate said: "I led to the High Court with arguments on the same political [rounds as Milton rejected in Magistrate's Court. Should the High Court reject :he appeal, Ray could go to the House of Lords, which -is Britain's highest court. But he could make an .appeal to the Lords only on a point of law. "There is not a shred of evidence to show that the murder took place to further the ends of a larger enterprise," David Cal- c'utt, a British lawyer representing the U.S. governmnt told London's Chief Magistrate -Frank-Milton. "There is nothing to show.that this shooting was done to fur- ther the cause of the colored people," Calcutt continued "There was no conspiracy. No other man or otHer body was in volved. "There have been undertone that this might be so, but the ev idence before this court point to a lone assassination for pri vate purposes." 86 on Hijacked Jet Stranded in Havana used for his home, a lawn and fruit trees. The little orchard ncludes cherry, apple, plum and pear trees. Martin boxes have been erected along the private road and the birds flit through the air> keeping the mosquito popula- jon down. The zoo area is behind a stone fence at the rear of McMahon's home. Tall trees rise there to provide shade for the •nimals and visitors, and add to the scenic appearance. This is Ihe place the county "red-tagged" as being inviola- ion of the zoning code, with the nature of the violation being 'dumping, miscellaneous junk items on own and adjacent property." When old man Mac came home one day and found the red 'olation sticker taped to his door, and read it, he exploded and called zoning chief Clifford. "I called him a damned liar over the phone," said McMahon, vho ended up employing an attorney to have his reputation cleared. He said attorney fees cost him $50 arid the county said 0 "forget it" after it turned out that debris piled on a neighbors land had resulted in the county mistakenly red-tagging him. But old man Mac still paid $50 and he thinks that he should have the money back, since the mistake was not his, but the county's. Clifford told the Telegraph that a pile of debris was on the lope of McMahon's dam, but it turned out to be on a neighbor's land and the county had mistakenly assumed the property was McMahon's. The zoning boss called it an oversight and said apologies had been tendered to McMahon, but if he had truly been damaged by the error, he had the option of filing a lawsuit to recover losses. • "Old Man Mac" is still mad. • "I'd like to let the taxpayers in Madison County know What l h ey are paying for", he said. "My wife and I bought this property 15 years ago with the intent of making it into a retirement home, we sr^nt 15 years putting it In shape. It was a wilderness. 1 spend $500 a year at least just feeding the birds, and there is no profit to any of it." , McMahon said visitors have come from coast to coast to v'ew his animals and his home and then "those pull a stunt like that." "I think they ought to. refund my $50 for sure — hoosier politicians," shouted Old Man Mac. Mr. and Mrs. McMahon work at Hunter Packing Co. in East it. Louis He.offered to take county officials for a ride between Ir's home and job. "I can show them 150 places that are a disgrace to any highway. I mow every foot o f ground I've got from one to 100 times a year. Old Man Mac is angry and he's likely to stay that way for a long time. As zoning errors go, the county made a dandy. American jetliner' uba returned to MIAMI, Fla. (AP)— Eighty- six passengers of an ' hijacked to the United States . today aboard a mercy plane 1 normally used on "freedom flights" to ferry Cuban refugees to Miami. The chartered plane landed at Miami International Airport at 12:28 p.m., EOT, and the pas- find evidence that Karl Bay, is toe same person now before me," ' Lawyers close to the case said oo appeal would be car. sengers were taken into a quarantine building, for questioning and clearance. The hijacked Northwest Orient Airlines jet, which had 87 passengers when hijacked, returned earlier today from Havana with only the seven-member crew aboard. The hijacker remained behind in 'Cuba. Cuban authorities refused to Area Draft Dodger Gets 4-Year Rap A U.S District Judge, who said he has no sympathy for a guy who hasn't got the guts to defend his country, Monday afternoon in Alton sentenced an East Alton draft dodger to four years in federnl penitentiary. Judge Omar Poos passed sentence on Kenneth E. Staggs, 25, of 334 Job St., East Alton, after It w a s shown that Staggs had been evading the draft for four years. The East Alton man, who was apprehended May 6 this year in North Carolina by FBI agents had been evading the draft since Aug. 19, 1964, when he had been ordered to report for induction. Staggs became a fugitive on May 25,1066, when a federal warrant was issued because he "had failed to report for Induction Aug. 18, 1964." When Staggs appeared before Judge Poos he sought probation and even indicated that he would now like to go into the armed forces, but Judge Poos wasn't having any. The maximum sentence for draft evasion is five years nnd Poos imposed a fow'yea.r sentence — the same period that Staggs evaded the draft. "Thii> is toe worst case of this kind that I have seen since Ive been on the bench," Judge Poos said, and since the courts have the power to put teeth in a law I did so." , The Judge said that when people fail to appear for their country's defense at request of the president it violates a law. "If the country doesn't have people to appear' for the armed forces as many have done previously, it wiU destroy the country," Poos declared. "So as far as I'm concerned it's the law and I will put teeth into it." allow the passengers to return on the three-engine 727 jet, claiming Havana's 10,000-feet runway was too short for a safe takeoff. A chartered, four-engine propeller plane, an Airlift International DC7B was disaptched to Varadero, Cuba, to fly the passengers to U.S. soil. The Minneapolis-Miami jet was hijacked over Florida Monday night by a Spanish-speaking passenger who boarded the plane in Chicago with a .38 caliber revolver. The plane's pilot, Capt. Richard Simonson, disputed Cuba's claim that a takeoff with the 86 passengers would have been unsafe. "There was no safety factor as far as I was concerned," Simonson told newsmen in Miami. "I believe we could have made it out." A Federal Aviation Administration official in Miami said that under the most adverse conditions 6,000 to 7,000 feet would be safe and 10,000 feet is "more than enough." The hijacker was in the front row of the first class section when stewardess Margaret Burt asked him to fasten his seat belt. "He grabbed my wrist and put a gun on me," said Miss (Continued On Page 2, Col. 9) AIRLINER CAPTAIN AND STEWARDESSES — Northwest Orient Airlines Capt. Richard Simonson talks to newsmen at Miami International Airport today, flanked by three of the craft's four stewardesses, after returning from Havana where a gun- toting passenger forced him to fly. Other 86 aboard were loft behind but were flown back later aboard another plane. (AP Wirephoto) Water Worms Flushed Away Worm - like organisms that were discovered in Alton's water supply, Monday, should be completely flushed out of the system within 24 hours, Clarence C. Arborgast, Alton Water Co. superintendent, advised residents. Work will continue today until midnight by employes of the water company, who are systematically 'flushing the mains through fire by drants, Arborgast said. While the'source of the small and harness tic organisms has not % yet been discovered, it is thought they hatched from larval eggs that passed through the treatment plant and later hatched while inside the system, according to Arborgast/ He said the increased chlorine dosage has been effective in killing the organisms and the flushing should completely remove thorn them from the water supply. No further complaints had been received since the original cues, ye.8tejday, and Arborgast praised the public's attitude and cooperation in ridding the water of the worms. He said the organisms, called Cnironomidae, were an accidental invader of the system and had been found in other communities as well. Arborgast explained that such organisms could not get past the treatment plant filters and waste settling process as tfcey appeared in tip water supply Monday, lie said ibat tto lams egp, however, could have accidentally passed into the system, and after hatching, appeared as the small, fuzzy white and brown worms that residents complained of in their water. The water company superintendent said that a chemical check of the water today showed it was still safe and sanitary. Residents were advised that precautions taken to remove t b e worms would probably be unnecessary by

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