Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on April 22, 1953 · Page 1
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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Mimbtt Awwftftd Prm Vol. CXVttl, No, M ALTON, ILL, WBDNESDAY, APRIL M, 1M3 3S PAOBS MM fe. SlMMMMt }Mi, t* Mfc Year Is Tough One on Mayors In Alton Area Incumbents Lose Support At Polls; Upsets Are Numerous This year win go down In po« Uticil history as a tough one for Incumbent mayors. In the Alton area, the only mayor reelected was Joe Stump of Hartford—and he didn't have any opposition. The trend which began In Alton, on April 7, when Mayor Llnkogle was defeated for reelection, prevailed throughout the city and village elections of Tuesday, to two municipalities the Incumbents retired without seeking reelection. They were William Stoneham of Wood River and'Paul Lorsbach of Hardin. Brarier Defeated At East Alton, Otto Brazier was defeated by Charles Vanpreter. Brazier, who was elected village president (mayor) over Vanpreter four years ago, this time lost after a hot campaign. Vanpreter, who served 18 years in the office previously, nbw will begin another four-year term. At Roxana, Bethalto, Carrollton, Carlinvlille, and EdwardsviUe, incumbent mayors were defeated. At Wood River, Ivan Kramer was elected mayor over Lavier Humphrey, in the first election under the city-manager form. At Edwardsville, Mayor William Straube, former Altonian, and long a leader in county-seat politics and several times Republican nominee for county office, was defeated by George L. Moorman Jr., a_ cost estimator at Shell Oil Co. Other Results Other mayors elected and the incumbents defeated: Roxana—W. R. Armes defeated Charles Welch. Bethalto Erwin Plegge defeated William Hattery. Carrollton — Jack Staples defeated William Freeh. Carlinville — Carl Brueggeman defeated Virgil Clark. At Hardin, Philip Aderton was elected mayor. \ Details of the election results will be f o u n d elsewhere in this issue of the-Telegraph. Death Count 4. in Train Wreck •*4 /*^k ^^f *mp • **r'C'- .. .*• 125 Injured Mental Hcttlth Alton State Hospital to Join In Event With 'Open Honse' DILLON, S. C. R — The death toll from the smashup Monday night of an Atlantic Coast Line train settled at four today as railroad workers unscrambled the wreckage of the Miami-New York streamliner. At least 125 were injured. Some remained in critical condition in various hospitals. The Interstate Commerce Com- missibn will try at a hearing Friday to determine the cause of the derailment. Legitimate 'Citizens Groups 9 NOT Target Some Wood River persons apparently misinterpreted a recent editorial in the Telegraph about individual* who style themselves "citizens committees". The Telegraph had in mind particularly the individual who writes anonymous and abusive communications to newspapers and designates himself as a "committee". As pointed out in the editorial, the real citizens "committee" can, and usually does, accomplish good things. To keep the record straight, the editorial was in reply to a communication from an Alton person, and signed "Citizens Committee", without any name. The editorial was utterly without any connection with a committee at Wood River i that has been active in recent movements in that city and in the campaign preceding Tue's^ day's election. Rent Controls In Alton Will End April 30 A frequently-heard question of the last three weeks, "Has rent control ended in Alton?" apparently gets a negative answer. The city council last Sept. 24 took action to continue rent control here to "April, 1953." Many thought this meant April 1. But to get an authoratative answer, City Clerk Price passed the question to the area rent stabi- zation office in St. Louis and was inforfned that rent control here still is in effect. "The information given," said Clerk Price, "is that rent control in Alton continues through April 30." Examination of correspondence to the city from the Office of Rent Stabilization at Washington last July, in which the federal director, Tighe E. Woods,' advised the city council as to its rights to extend rent control or permit it to expire Sept^ 30, shows that the possible extension date was "to April 30, 1953." Inclosed in the letter from Director Woods was a suggested form of resolution to be enacted if the council desired to continue rent ceilings here, and this resolution gave the April 30 date. The council, however, adopted a much similar but shorter resolution, following public hearings held by a special committee. Because this resolution set the expiration date merely as "April, 1953" with no day of the month inserted, it has been subject of various, interpretations on part of the public. However, by provision of federal law, rent control would continue through the present month On May 3 at 2 p.m. Alton State Hospital wifl have "open house" as its part In the formal observance of Mental Health Week, May 3-9. The public is invited, said Dr, Abraham Simon, hospital superintendent. Mayor Linkogle today issued a proclamation on Mental Health Week which stated, in pact: "Mental illness is today classified as the nation's most threatening health problem, with mental Bells Made of Shackle Metal Denote Freedom Two small bells, made of metal from shackles that years ago restrained mental patients, are being worn by Dr. Abraham Simon, Alton State Hospital superintendent, and Mayor Linkogle. The bells are symbols, to dramatize the progress made in treatment of the mentally ill since those days long ago when patients were strapped down, manacled and otherwise confined. Most particularly significant at Alton State Hospital are the bells, for it was at that institution that Dr. George A. Zeller (who was superintendent 191721) introduced his concept of unshackling the mentally ill, of providing "open cottages." Since then, the mental hospitals of the nation have all accepted this scientific viewpoint of treatment. 'Outstanding, Different 9 Five Groups of Pupil Musicians In Concert at Westjunior "Outstanding and different" were the word used to describe the annual combined concert of Alton junior and senior high school bands and orchestra Tuesday night at West Junior High School auditorium. The five groups of musicians in the spacious auditorium, performed for an estimated 1,000 parents and friends, time, the junior For the first high orchestra performed, It was the culmination of three years of preparation. The junior high musician* had been trained at their various schools for the last several years, with the ultimate goal of combining for a performance as one orchestra. Altogether, the five group* to* taled 300 instrumentalists. The Alton High band, was directed by Ray Murfin; East Junior by C. M. Stuchlik; West Junior by John Sandtordj Central by J. A. Brewer; the combined junior high orchestra by Leroy Fritz. The musicians presented an impressive spectacle, the bands in their spotless uniforms and the orchestra girls in formal gowns. The overhead lights sparkled on the well-polished instruments. Accous- tics were good in the new West Junior auditorium and the most of the musicians were seated in chair* OB the gymnasium floor, which worked out well from the standpoint and of mass arrangement Tte but wjunher of the evening featured combined music of ail 300 pwsicians, plus the singing el to* evea ttui vol. ume of sound did not overtax the accoustics. For a newly-organized group, the orchestra played remarkably wellj in tune and showed a rapidly-developing technical ability. The bands displaced quality and precision. -" Audience reaction was described as enthusiastic. "An enjoyable evening," was the concensus. Many instruments considered unusual in school bands were included in the night's performance. There were oboes, bassoons, alto clarinets, bass clarinets and french horns. The diversified instruments are an indication of the progress of the school music program in the last several years. Music directors exhibited an ability to secure a capable performance from their musicians. The best reflection of a director s ability is the quality of the music of his group. The reception of each group's program was taken as praise and applause for each director's ability. Two of the band directors are new to the school system this year. They are Stuchlik of East Junior and Sandford of West Junior. The concert started at 8 p. m. The 300 musicians made an impressive and colorful picture as they filed into the auditorium and found their places without a hitch. The final number, "America the Beautiful", directed by Guy M. Puker, director of music in the public schools, was song by the audience while all four bands and the orchestra played. . disturbances manifest in increased numbers of patients in mental and general hospitals, and it is estimated that one person in 10 throughout the country will, at some time, need treatment for mental illness . . .." Purpose of Mental Health Week is to "alert citizens to action against this serious community problem, stimulate education of the public about mental health and build the mental health and the well-being of our state." The program at Alton State Hospital will open with an invocation by the Rev. D. H. Toomey, Melville Congregational Church pastor. Dr. Simon will then deliver the principal address, "Mental Health Clinics As a Community ReSponsibilUy," to be followed by the presentation of awards to three of the hospital personnel for excellence as psychiatric aides. The three are Mrs. Mary Wall, first award; Mrs. Daisy Burns, second; Mrs. Effie Vinyard, third. Each will receive a certificate of merit issued by the Illinois Department of Public Welfare as well as small cash awards. Exhibits under the auspices of department heads at the hospital will be displayed. A conducted tour of the hospital will be followed by a film, "Problem Children," and then refreshments, served by the women of the American Legion auxiliary. Chairman of the week's activities throughout the state is Dr. Rudolph G. Novick, medical director of the Illinois Society for Mental Health. Dr. Novick declared: "One of the serious handicaps to greater 'progress in the field of mental health is the archaic concept that 'once insane, always insane.' This was never correct. Increased understanding of mental illness and improved treatment methods have increased discharge rates by 73 per cent from 1937 to 1946 and decreased the average length of hospital stay of those dis- Report End of Tannery Strike At Hartford Negotiations Continue on Seniority Dispute At Plant Operations, at the International Shoe Co. tannery at Hartford were back to normal today as most of the 600 members of the APL Amalgamated Meat Cutters & Butcher Workmen of North America, Local 31, returned to their jobs today after a walkout late Monday that extended through Tuesday. The U. S. Mediation Office at East St. Louis Informed the Telegraph at 11:10 aim., that "the strike is settled." Meanwhile, negotiations of company and union representatives were underway and no further information could be obtained. Seniority Dispute Negotiations In dispute over seniority are being continued, a spokesman said. Late Monday afternoon, tannery workers had left the job when there was a conflict over an order to move some tannery stock out of the plant for shipment. The company said later the stock to be moved was perishable and that the order to move it was given because there was a rumor that a strike would be called. The company's proposal of three points, made at a meeting with union representatives and Nick Fillo of the U. S. Mediation Service in East St. Louis Tuesday, was accepted by the union, apparently, as was indicated by the return of the men to their jobs. Proposals Listed The company had proposed (1) that the men return to their work (2) that contract negotiations be resumed for settlment of all questions, including seniority (3) that the company resume normal production and shipment of leather during contract negotiations. The tannery has been operating without a company-union contract since the old contract expired Jan. 1 after' a month's extension and failure of agreement on, principally, a question of departmental or plantwide seniority. Competition Lacking, Test Is Called Off Due to absence of competition, a civil service examination scheduled for Tuesday night for the purpose of selecting a lieutenant to head a proposed crime and vice commission has been deferred. Charles W. Feldwisch, secretary of the Civil Service Commission, said today that four police sergeants were eligible to take the examination, and all reported last night under the call given by the commission. But three of the sergeants asked to be excused from the examination. That left only one to take the test—and this would mean an examiantion without competition.. Commissioners consulted the rules and came to the conclusion that a non-competitive examination was barred. And with only one applicant to be examined, required competition appeared definitely lacking. "Decision of the board," Secretary Feldwisch reported, "was set forth in a motion to table the examination to such time that another request from proper authority is received." rScZ* Believe UN to Ask For Tax Cut WASHINGTON #-Sen. Ferguson (R-Mlch) said today reported | reduced foreign aid requests by President Elsenhower and sharp cuts In military spending raised prospects for a balanced budget and early tax cuts. Ferguson referred in an Interview to reports from officials that the administration has tentatively decided to cut foreign aid fund requests by two billion dollars under former President Truman's recommendation for $7,600,000,000, These officials said the final figure submitted to Congress for new funds In the year starting July 1 will depend to some extent on whether' North Atlantic Treaty nations meeting in Paris accept an American plan to stretch out their defense goals over a relatively long period. Ferguson, a member of both the Senate Appropriations and Foreign Relations Committees, declared, "On that basis, on on the cuts we can make in the military budget, we 'ought to balance the budget and be able to cut taxes." Meanwhile, budget requests for $130,521,337 for the State Department are being studied for possible cuts by -an appropriations subcommittee. charged by 50 per 1945 to 1949 period. "A few weeks ago, cent in the ! The form of motion, he indicated, Dr. Karl Menninger told a Chicago audience that 'given propert treatment at the proper time, the vast majority—at least 85 percent—of the cases of mental illness can be cured in the sense that the patients cease to require care and treatment and can resume useful lives." "Additional progress can be made, The average length of hospital stay can be reduced. All this can be done if enough of us will it so. Given the personnel and funds, we can go ahead." Woathor Alton and vicinity: Partly cloudy tonight Considerable cloudincsf and cooler Thursday wirh likelihood of ocea- $iQ«al skowtff or thu«d«rshow- •if. High today M low 80f. low Thursday about 60, high in low 7Qf. Rlvw «*• Uv*l 1 » W left it open for the board to secure Reds to Repatriate More Sick POWs UN-COMMUNIST OFFICERS CHECK POW LISTS -Unidentified American and Communist army officers check over lists of prisoners being exchanged and sign receipts for those repatriated in the third exchange of sick and wounded prisoners at Panmunjom.—AP Wirephoto via radio from Tokyo. Sergeant Tells of Americans Punched, Clubbed, Left to Die While Prisoners of Communists By WILLIAM G. BARNARD and SAM SUMMERLIN TOKYO /P—A slow-talking sergeant from Oklahoma said tonight American soldiers were "punched with 1 bayonets, clubbed with rifle butts and left to die" by their Communist captors on a bitter 13- day march through North Korea in subzero cold. "I saw men that looked like they couldn't go any farther shoved over embankments and left to die," said Sgt. Odie Lawley of Medicine Park, Okla. "Lots of men just dropped while they were walking. The Communists shoved them off the road and left them to die." Associated Press Correspondent Robert Eunson reported from Munsan that a preliminary check of atrocity stories indicates moite than 1,500 prisoners perished on brutal death marches and in Red prison camps. Another young American released from Communist captivity Monday at Panmunjom said Chinese Red guards hauled away to a labor camp, beat up and once bayoneted American prisoners who defied Red rule. Some Treated Better But, said Cpl. Donald K. LeGay of Leominister, Mass., prisoners who went along with the Communist line "got a little better treatment." At a news conference at Tokyo Army hospital, he said about "25 to 30 men" in his company of 220 men got special treatment, A pale, thin soldier from Rome, Ga., Pfc William R. Brock Jr., 21. Sabres Double AsBombers, Hit Yalu River Front Line Still Quiet As UN Planes Smash Supply Lines By FORUEST EDWARDS SEOUL /P—U. S. Sabre'jets flew double duty as fighters and bombers today as the 155-mile battle line remained relatively quiet for the third straight day. The U. S. Fifth Air Force said one group of Sabres swept north to the Yalu River hunting for Communist MIG jets while modified Sabres smashed a Red supply center on the Haeju Peninsula in fighter-bomber strikes. * The fighter Sabres fought three high-altitude duels with MIGs but made no claims of destruction or damage, the Air Force said. Marine Panther jets destroyed 22 buildings ajid a heavy weapon position northwest of Sariwon, the Air Force said. Before dawn, B26 bombers reported destruction of 77 trucks and a supply buildup area five miles south of Wonsan, on Korea's east coast. Pilots said gasoline tanks said he never saw Chinese guards j we nt up in a chain reaction of mistreat a United Nations prisoner j explosions that lit the sky with in the 18 months he was a captive, j orange flames. Brock said the Reds "tried to preach Communism" and camp conditions weren't Rood, but he saw no mistreatment. Odie, who is suffering from malnutrition and other ailments, told newsmen, "So many men died of sickness at the camps 1 was in that I don't have any idea how many." "We had five or six men tried to escape but they caught 'em. They never got very far. They brought 'em buck and kept 'em in what we called Turnip Dugout an official opinion from the city's j away from the rest of us. They had legal department as regards the j to do extra duty extra work. They legal interpretation to be given wouldn't allow us to see "em." with regard to "competition" as Lawley, formerly of the U.S. 7th required under the rules. Division, was captured six miles The city council provided for a south of Chosin Reservoir Nov. 30, crime and vice commission March 1950. He is 45 but tonight looked 25 by adoption of a resolution of far older and very weary. Alderman Parker, In addition to One 'Uttle Hlut' establishing such a commission' LeGay. 23, a prisoner for 29 On the ground, South Korean raiders threw a light raid at Chinese Reds north of Chorwon on the Central Front just before midnight. The ROKs killed and wounded Bridges Asks Investigation OPAtrocities' Summons Officials to Washington for Conference WASHINGTON 0? — Chairman Bridges (R-NH) summoned top State and Defense Department officials to the Capitol today for a full fledged Senate Appropriations Con%iittee investigation ot atrocities against U.S. prisoners in Korea. Bridges asked Gen. Walter Bedell Smith, undersecretary of state, to appear with top advisers at 1:30 p.m. CST, and top ranking Defense Department officials to come in an hour later. Bridges said the officials woulc be questioned at a closed session "We want to get all the informa tion they have about the Red atrocities against U.S. and U.N prisoners, ^all the background we can get on such treatment am what they are doing about it now,' Bridges told reporters. "We have to find out the truth about reports v that the Reds are releasing only a small part of the sick and wounded prisoners they are holding and see what can be done, about getting more of our people out of Korea if this is to mean anything." Bridges, acting on the basis of atrocity accounts given by returned war prisoners in Korea, demanded sharp protests to the Com munists. The reports from the Far East also prompted calls in Con gress for renewed efforts to obtain inspection of enemy stockades. "This nation cannot tolerate such carryings-on and I trust that we will not do so," Bridges said o. the reports brought back by ex changed Americans. These include stories of "death marches" over frozen North Korea 50 of the Reds in a flash Hrcfight j n w hj cn hundreds of captured men that lasted less than five minutes, diodi hayonetings and beatings the Army said, food shortages and poor mediea 14 More U. S, War Prisoners To Be Freed Wounded Marines May Be Given Freedom Thursday PANMUNJOM, Korea ff - The U. N. Command tonight called for a meeting with Communist liaison officers Thursday, touching off speculation that the Allies might again ask the Reds to return more disabled captives. The U. N. prisoners already freed have told ow many sick anff injured Americans and other {trig' oners still in Communist prison stockades. The official announcement laid only that the meeting was, called "to discuss matters in conhectiott with the current repatriation operations." / The session is set for 10 a. m, (7 p. m. Wednesday GST), an hour after the Reds start turning over 14 more Americans and 86 other U. N. and South Korean prisoners;' The exchange began Monday. American and U. N. captives In Japan on their way home wednes-- day added bitter new accounts to the stories of death in Communist stockades and on brutal marches. Associated Press Correspondent Robert Eunson said the figures add up to 1,500 dead. > The Reds, meanwhile, made propaganda capital of the sick and wounded exchange, describing prisr oners returning front 'Allied camps as "mutilated, emaciated wrecks." The request for Thursday's Special liaison session was unexpected, Full-scale negotiations on' overall prisoner exchange, the last majbt barrier to a 'Korean armistice^are to resume' Saturday. Observers here pointed but that when the Communists said they would* return 605 U. prison- Nineteen Chinese Reds were | treatment, and of seriously ill men killed by other ROK defenders in j left behind. a close-range four-hour fight on the I Bridges said he hoped Smith, slopes of an Allied outpost less i who is acting secretary while John Foster Dulles is in Kurope, would be able to appear before the committee this afternoon. "We want to find out at the than a mile and a half south of Panmunjom. Dulles in Paris NATO Nations __ .... __ PARIS #- Secretary of Stale ' Along the same line Sen. Cooper "within the police department," months'at Pyoktong camp, said, John Foster Dulles arrived by |K - K >'' and Mansfield (D-Mont) One time we had a little riot." plane today from Washington for said no[)es for a real settlement the North Atlantic Council meet- ln Korea nad been dimmed b V the ers, Includiri^ttkJut 120 American*, the U. N. Command called the figure "incredibly sriiall.'* 'Since then* ther* have beerf increasing 'indlca'tidns that f the Reds are not honoring their agreement to exchange all sick and wounded. The U. N. command was believed to have about 200 additional Chinese sick and wounded at Pusa. The return Thursday of 14 Americans will bring to 79 the number of U. S. soldiers^ freed in the exchange. Today's, exchange involved 106 Republic of Korea soldiers for 50C Communists, including 150 Chinese. It brought to 700 the Chinese re? turned to Red rule—all that th« U. N. Command said would be included in the return of 5,800 Reds for 605 Allied sick and wounded. Show Feelings : To show their feelings toward the Allies—real or staged—the Chinese ripped new uniforms given them only a few days ago, tousled their hair, threw away food rations an<j| dropped propaganda leaflets in sight of their Communist welcome committees. Then the freed Reds paraded before Communist newsreel and newspaper cameramen. Allied repatriates, meanwhile, told blood-chilling stories of their months behind Communist lines*. Pvt. William G. Moreland of Atlanta told of a 300-mile march during which 411 of 700 U. N. prisoners perished. Other Americans told of at least three other marches which claimed the lives of at least . , -arliest possible moment from the . 156 Ame ricans and 200 South Ko. reang A TurK j gh pr i sone r said starvation killed at least 100 Amer- icftns |n Wg lson camp> As returnlng prisoners told Ol , ong deftth marcneg over NorU| j^^ ^^5 an d digeage State Department whether adequate representation is being made to the Communists on the matter. And we want to know precisely what steps this government will take," told newsmen. the resolution instructed the Civil (Continued on Page 8, C'ol. J.) Just 'Whatsis 9 (Continued on Page 3, Cot. 1.) ing. \Viih Dulles were Secretary of the Treasury George M. Humphrey and Mutual Security Director Harold K. Stassen. The three-day NATO meeting opens Thursday. Defense Secretary Charles Wilson and Gen. Omar N. Bradley, chairman of the CINCINNATI /P The Cincinnati they came up with blue breasts. Joint Chiefs of Staff, already are in ioc) has a couple of whatzis on Neither do they have the gay Europe to attend. i its hands. Even the experts are colors toucans are supposed to Council sources have revealed Zoo Has a Couple of Birds But No One Knows What Kind reported failure of the Reds to return all sick and injured Americans in their bunds. hunger a U, S. gressman demanded an international inspection of Red priso* camps. Rep. Dewey Short (R*Mo) said (Continued on Paf • », Col. S.) Gifted Fingers ^Greatest Pickpocket in East' Shows Talent at Headquarters stumped. i They were acquired from a Miami, Fla., dealer recently. He BALT1MORK /P — Roevaughn have. Their blues, yellows, browns that the ministers of the 14 nations Woolridge, self - styled, "greatest and greens are subdued like their will be asked to approve a pro- pickpocket in the East," showed personalities. They haven't given gram under which they would his talent in police headquarters called them "giant gray mountain out with a single "awk" since they build 2,700 more war planes by Tuesday. toucans." The too is convinced the birds are toucans of a sort. But they » Bvri»y i • «o aren't gray, and they're not exact- w» W we» u«k « u»« •!» | y giants. They were gray when Stage 10.45 Ft. Pool 418.29 they arrived a dirty gray. But Fail .09 Ft. TaUwater 405.93 I alter fluttering about in their pool, arrived. the end of 1954. Also in the mill The young Negro lifted the ele- and boasting about dis drtt tauoJb lie was charged with Mug • COOP man thief and ptokpyW. The judgf ontewd him to l**vt town. Woolridg* «iv* thi* (urtiif hit Available bird books at the zoo are plans for construction of 890 vator operator's pocket of a bill- of advice to jail and the public library tail to de-1 million dollars worth of airbases, fold and replaced it during the get a big roll i& y«Uf scribe the creatures. Expert bird- fuel supply systems and communi- short ride up to detective head- j in some pegftUi sJttill men have looked them over. The cations and air warning networks quarters. dough. That, h» t*pl«l*«4, ««i(M only decision they've reached is to service the Allied air forces in Police arrested turn in a bus it impossible lor that one is male and one is female.' Europe. station alter he was seen loiteriag i 9% t»df flkNB%.

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