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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 2

Alton, Illinois
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Tuesday, July 2, 1968
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ALTOfc EVM1NG 's Biggest By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - U.S. Air Force B52 bombers Attacked the southernmost part of North Vietnam with the heaviest sa turatlon raids of the war Monday and today. Wave after wave of America's biggest bombers—75 planes in all, flying from bases in Okinawa, Thailand and Guam—unleashed more than four million pounds of explosives on enemy targets Just above South Vietnam's border. Each 652 carried about 54,000 pounds of 500-and 750-pound bombs. Nine missions of five planes each hit Just inside North Vietnam. Another six missions struck the northern half of the demilitarized zone. The main targets were North Vietnamese storage areas, caves, bunkers and artillery sites. One aim was to wipe out enemy big guns that have been steadily hammering U.S. combat bases and supply lines just below the eastern flank of the DM2 and firing at allied warships offshore. Another objective was to stem the increasing flow of war.materials to enemy troops in South Vietnam.. such heavy 652 strikes sometimes have signaled a massive American ground sweep, tt is most unlikely that American troops plan a sweep into the northern half' of the DMZ or above it. But the B52s could be softening up the enemy's artillery to limit their reaction to other U.S. offensives along the frontier. Cigarettes Hit Again WASHINGTON (AP) - The tobacco industry is under attack again from the U.S. Public Health Service, which says recent findings indicate heavy cigarette smoking can, on the average, shorten life more than eight years. The PHS findings dovetailed with new recommendations by the Federal Trade Commission urging laws to ban all cigarette advertising on television and radio. Both agencies submitted their findings Monday in separate reports to Congress. Three of the five FTC members called for the prohibition on an TV and radio advertising, but said if this wasn't done, then "cigarette advertising on television and radio should be limited as to the lioitfs at which it may appear, the extent to which it may appear, and the types of programs on which it may appear." The three majority FTC members, Philip Elman, Mary Gardiner Jones and James Nicholson, were joined by the remaining two commissioners, Chairman Paul Rand Dixon and A. Everette Maclntyre, in recommending a new and tougher warning on all cigarette packages, which would also be required in all advertising. This would read: "Cigarette smoking is dangerous to health and may cause death from cancer and other diseases." The' only warning now reads: "Caution, Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health." It is required to be shown on cigarette packages only. The PHS report said that findings made since its original report attacking smoking in 1964 shows strong evidence that heavy smoking can reduce life expectancy by more than eight years on the average. A light smoker faces a loss of four years of life expectancy, the report stated. In addition, the Health Service declared there is evidence of contributory links between cigarette smoking and heart disease. There was no immediate reaction from the tobacco industry. A spokesman for the American Tobacco Institute said there would be no comment until the reports had been examined. In the past, the tobacco industry claimed there was no cause-effect connection between cigarette smoking and disease. The television and radio networks, which would be hard hit economically by a ban on advertising, generally declined comment pending study, of the reports. But Mutual Broadcasting System President Robert Pauley said: "Every advertiser should have the right to advertise. U.S. sources said the storage areas—caves and bunkers—supply both North Vietnamese infiltrators headed south and the artillery crews attacking • South Vietnam's frontier. The sources pointed out that enemy artillery some of which has a range of 16 miles, has been harassing the big allied supply bases of Dong Ha and cua Viet, at the eastern end of the DMZ. Dong Ha is also head quarters of the U.S. 3rd Marine Division and the nerve center for allied combat operations along the DMZ. Despite 3,656 missions over North Vietnam's southern pan handle by smaller fighter-bombers in June—an average of 122 a day—U.S. intelligence sources say the enemy is pouring more supplies and troops into South Vietnam than ever before. In South Vietnam, only one significant ground action was reported Monday as a general lull continued. In a day of fighting three miles southeast of the nearly abandoned combat base at Khe Sanh, 157 North Vietnamese were killed, U.S. Marines reported. A Marine company clashed with one enemy force in the area and called in air strikes and artillery. U.S. pilots also found a second enemy group nearby. With the North Vietnamese forces under heavy air attack, the Marines reported two of their own men killed and 11 wounded. Deep in the Mekong Delta, 122 miles southwest of Saigon, allied forces reported their third big discovery of stockpiled enemy weapons since Saturday. Hiring Discrimination Charged Here by U.S. (Continued From Page 1) The first phase of the Rte. 140 highway improvement—, estimated to cost $600,000— from Franklin Avenue to Rte. Ill was on the schedule of the highway department bid lettings for August, Kronst said. Approximately $300,000 of the : first phase of Rte. 140 improvement would come from federal funds which are now stopped under the federal highway administration order. Widening of Rte. 140 also depends on outcome of a court fight over right-of-way. Other safety projects hit by the suspension of government funds includes installation of guard rails along highways throughout the district. A safety project on U.S. 50, west of Lebanon in St. Clair County, estimated to cost $154,000, and construction of Main and Fourth Street highway connectors in East St. Louis are some of the other highway projects stymied by the government money cutoff, Kronst said. In addition to the federal governments order for immediate action in the hiring of Negroes on highway jobs, the government also complained about the high cost in road contracts in the Madison - St. Clair Counties, the Telegraph was told. Investigators of the federal government current- ly are probing into the alleged high costs of road construction in the two counties. -•.'•'.:-: ...••- :.... The investigation has completely stopped initial construction on Interstate 255, a 20-mile stretch of highway from Cahokia Mounds State Park near Collinsville to the Jefferson Barracks Bridge at Columbia which will cost an estimated $75 million. Government investigators complained that some road work in St. Clair County was 20 per cent higher than in other parts of the state. Kronst said he hoped the problems could be resolved and road construction continued on schedule. Negroes in East St. Lou- is have complained that contractors discriminated in the hiring:'Of Negroes on highway construction jobs in East St. Louis. In a survey of eight contractors working in East St. Louis, approximately 15 per cent of the workers on the jobs were Negroes, the Telegraph was told. East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Fields appointed a committee in an effort to resolve the job discrimination complaints but apparently the federal government is not satisfied with the results. The government's complaint on hiring of Negroes has now extended into Madison County. Thousands Flee Chlorine Fumes FAYETTEVTLLE, N.C. (AP) — More than 1,000 families from the Cumberland County community of Manchester and personnel from the Pope Air Force Base operations center were evacuated today as deadly chlorine gas spread over the area. The gas seeped from a leak in a line at a nearby water purification plant. Six persons were admitted to Womack General Hospital at Ft. Bragg, suffering from gas inhalation. Their condition was unknown immediately. Two of the victims were identified as Walter' McDougald, a 45-year-old laborer at the plant, from Dunn, N.C.; and Miss Mary A. Thompson, 19-year-old plant secretary from Fayetteville. The Ft. Bragg public information office said there were three large trailer courts in the immediate area of the purification plant and "these have been Alton Evening Telegraph PuWUbwl pally \>y r Printing ' evacuated. At least 1,000 families are affected. The leakage of the yellow green gas was reported at the Manchester Road water purification plant this morning and emergency repair work began immediately. The plant is on U.S. Army property. The Ft. Bragg spokesman also said be understood that among those suffering gas inhalation were two women and two children, believed to be from one of the trailer courts in the 5%-mile area evacuated. Chlorine gas has a disagreeable, suffocating odor, and irritates the eyes, throat and lungs. In large amounts it is highly dangerous, It is used as a germicide to purify water and sewage, having the power to kill many kinds of bacteria and insects, Hospital Leases Laundry St. Joseph's Hospital of Alton has signed a three • year lease with the Gaddis Laundry Co. oa quarters of the old Alton Laundry, 009 E. Broadway, it was announced at the hospital. Kenneth Korte, spokesman for the hospital, said these quarters would b« used for doing the to- sUtution's laundry during the period of construction on the pro posed |h}4 million building en- largwnept. Tbe enJargment plans call for elimination of tbe present laundry fac-UUee now attached to tbe hospital, to raake way lor CoMe Iixi g> Make Us fl^b ITT your dollar buyt MORE at.,. DOWNTOWN AUTON. lUJNOIf Phone 462-875J Monday end MdoyfiPO to frf» M • * FAIR AND PLEASANTLY COOL — There will be showers Tuesday night over the Carollnas, eastern Tennessee and Kentucky, and the Texas Panhandle. It will be cooler in the northern Shell Man TraUed Truck on Foot in Gas Theft Probe EDWARDSVILLE - Surveillance of a gasoline pump rack at Shell's Wood River Refinery even involved the trailing of a truck on foot, Shell Oil Co. em- ploye Earl M. Fabia revealed Monday in testifying at a hearing surrounding a gasoline-theft scheme. Fabia, an employe in Shell's treasury department, testified that he became involved in a plan of surveillance during the third week of May and joined Shell accountant Dan Daly in watching the "racks" from where officials said the gas was being stolen. In one instance, Daly actually followed a truck on foot after the pair became suspicious of a vehicle, the Shell employe ;aid. The preliminary hearing before Magistrate Joseph Kelleher Jr., which began June 25 is supposed to determine whether or not there is enough evidence to bind over to the Grand Jury on theft charges these three: 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. Waters is a truck driver, while Riley and Wilson are Shell employes who allegedly doctored gas meters at Shell racks the night of June 21. The threesome are represented by Gitchoff and Paul .Pratt of East Alton. Asst. State's Attorney James Heil is the prosecutor. Two others under arrest and out on bond in the alleged gasoline-theft scheme are Cecil Huetch of Belleville, another truck driver, and Harry MeloW, owner of a Wood River gas station. Fabia and Daly watched the racks from .11 p.m., May 28, until 7 a.m., May 29, and from 10:45 p.m., May 30, until 7:30 a.m. May 31, Fabia said. Fabia was one of several witnesses called by the defense Monday in what one court observer here referred to as "discovery" testimony. In other words, the defense attorneys are using their prerogative to subpoena several witnesses to learn their testimony prior to a trial, should the case reach that stage. Fabia, of the St. Louis Shell office, testified that he and Daly were watching for a particular truck line during the nights of May 29 and May 31. After naming the truck, Fabia was asked by Defense Counsel John Gitchoff, "Did you ever see it?" "No, sir," Fabia replied. half of the nation west to the Rockies with warming trends along the West Coast and the eastern Gulf and south* ern Atlantic Coasts. (AP Wlrephoto Map) * * * * Weather Forecast ALTON and vicinity — Fair and pleasantly cool through Wednesday. Low tonight upper 50s and olw 60s, high Wednesday low to mid 80s. DATA AT THE DAM 8 a.m. at Alton Dam — Temperature 70; Tailwater 12.7 ft.; Yesterday's high 84. Low 67. Humphrey (Continued From Page 1) committed or publicly stating their voting intentions. Rockefeller has 192. The count does not include the minimum 40 Texas delegates that Sen. John G. Tower said Monday would go to Nixon as a result of the Senator's dropping his favorite son role and releasing the state's 56 GOP delegates. HUH Leads By 239 Humphrey has 6401,4 Democratic delegates votes in the AP tabulation to 401% for McCarthy. The Democratic nomination requires 1,312 votes. Rockefeller said in Helena, Mont., Congress should enact President Johnson's proposal for gun registration and licensing before it adjourns this year. "The lives of innocent people are at stake," he said. "Strong, workable gun-control legislation is urgently needed in the battle to control crime and lessen violence." The Harris Survey, meanwhile, reported Rockefeller is gaining Democratic and Independent support but losing Republican support to Nixon. Wood River Appropriates « • • » i 2 Million Pitts The Wood River City Council Monday enacted an appropriations ordinance setting the spending ceiling at $2,014,845 In the 1M869 fiscal year which ends ttext April 30. The rerord-high total Is $156,566 over the $1,857,779 mark of last year City Manager Ron Sands told the Telegraph. The ordinance went into law following a unanimous vote on required second reading. Councilmen gave it a first reading on Jane 17. One of the main reasons for the increase, Sands said, was a five per cent and higher boost in pay for all city employes and department heads. The appropriations bill also includes a new Increase for equipment and water plant operators wrJch went Into effect Monday night. By a unanimous vote, councilmen Amended the salary ordinance and changed the rate of pay for backhoe and grader operators from |3.SO to $3.40 per hour and water plant operators from $3 20 to $3.25 on evenings and $3.25 to $3.30 on midnight shifts. The shift wage differential, the only one in effect among city employes, won preliminary approval at the June 17 council session In oth-r action, the council adopted a fire prevention ordinance required by federal authorities for low-rent housing projects financed by the U.S. government. Wood River has taken steps to obtain approval from the Housing and Urban Development Department for, construction of high-rise and single-story housing units for the age^ and the poor. It has not been determined where or when the units might be built. The city council approved a request from George Wallace, manager of a Wood River softball te?m, to eliminate a light rental charge of $3 per night. The team plays 22 games at the city's West End Park and 80 in all. High expenses of sustaining 'he team were cited by Wallace. The team financed by a single sponsor, pays a $25 per year license fee to the city. The council also gave voice approval to aid the Wood Riv- er Towrship Chamber of Com* merce In Its efforts to promote highway projects that will te* duce trutfic congestion in the Greater Altoil area. i A letter will be sent to tlf* chamber endorsing a prbiftotion" al program which Is being beamed at the Illinois: High* way Department. Among the chamber's alma are to make -Madison Avenua one of the major highways between Rte. 3 and Edwardsvlllo Road and construction of an ov« erpass spanning several sets of railroad tracks on Ferguson Avenue. Hijack (Continued From Page 1) Burt. "About 100 miles north of Miami, one of the (stewardesses) called to me and said, 'One of the men in the first class cabin has a gun,'" said Simonson. * "Then there was a heavy pund- at the door. I had to open the door for safety." "A Latin-looking man about 35 or 40 with a gun told me, "Go,, to Cuba. Go to Havana, 1 " the pilot continued. "He appeared nervous but when he realized I • was going to Havana he became, relatively calm." Radio Havana, monitored in* Miami today, said Cuban authorities were investigating the hijacking, second in 48 hours and the seventh airliner diverted to Cuba this year. 'Regular Flights' "To ensure a greater security in the return of the passengers, Jhey will fly today to the United States in the regular flights between Varadero and Miami," said the Cuban radio. It said • they would travel the 00 miles from Havana to Varadero by. bus. , .Normally, two flights a day run from Varadero to the United States carrying Cubans who. want to leave Fidel Castro's is-,, land. Today a third flight was,, added to the schedule. MEMBIK.IMf ORDW OF TNI OOtDfN MM! Fhoae ««5-S73Z Make your long holiday weekend longer, by spending less time banking Now that our new walk-up, drive-in facility is open at Sixth and Belle, your trip to the bank can be much more convenient. Just drive in from Sixth Street, pull up to any of our three drive-in windows. Then, simply exit on Belle Street. It's quick and easy. You can head out for your long weekend holiday with no time lost. In our lobby on the Sixth Street side, there are two teller windows. Just walk up, and handle all your banking needs with the greatest of ease. The drive-in, walk-up facility business hours are the same as our main office : 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday and 5 pin to 7:30 pm, Friday evenings. Enjoy the long holiday even more by handling all your banking needs before you leave quickly and easily at either of pur two locations. BANK ft TRUST COMPANY THIRD /AND BJSIXE STREETS f ALTON, U44NQIS DWVE-IN, WAIJP-UF f WXIU AND RELJ* If,.

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