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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 1

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Join Up! TAe LIGHTER SIDE The brotherhood of man has been turning out too few brothers and too many hoods. • • ' the Flag on Independence Day EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 132 Hears WARMER THURSDAY Low 66; High 85 (Additional Weather on Page 2) Established Jan. 15, 1836 Copyright Alton Telegraph Printing Co. 1968. ALTON, ILL., WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1968 Vol. CXXXIII, No. 145 22 PAGES Price lOc Member Associated Press Auto Travel Booming on Eve of 4th The Fourth of July has returned to the Telegraph area again, replete with flag waving, bell ringing, holiday travel, and warnings from the National Safety Council. As usual, fireworks displays are bigger and better this yp.-ir, but fatality prediction. 1 ; are also at new highs. A survey of travel agencies, automobile clubs and law enforcement agencies indicates a record heavy traffic buildup for the holiday weekend. Tony Bogel, assistant director of the travel department »• the Automobile Club in SI I ouis, said trip routings through his office are up 7 per cent over last year. A similar increase in travel was reported by t h e manaiiiT of Vandalia Bus Unas, which charters buses for large groups. Fire.vorks displays this year w'll include one in Wood River for the first time. It is paid for by city council appropriation. The half-hour display will follow a Muny Band concert in Belk Park that begins at 8 p.m. Downtown Alton, Inc. is planning their biggest display to date, a July 3rd event that annually draws some 50,00 spectators to the largest fireworks <shpw in.Il- linois, outside of Chicag'o. In F.'eldon, the Business Booster Club A^ill" hold a fish fry and fireworks display ,on the 4th, and plan games and contests for the children starting at 5 p.m. With the Fourth and fireworks, comes a warning from the National Easter Seal Society, which is distributing a phamphlet called "School Age Safety Checklist" that outlines the danger of fireworks to children. According to the Easter Seal Society, some 2,000 children die of burns each year, many in Fourth of July mishaps. Alomj with firecracker safety comes auto safety, and officials are urging motorists to "Lite Up and Live.' The Illinois Traffic Safety Coordinating Committee is sponsoring the program which was first used during the Labor Day weekend In 1966. The safely committee reports that since that time, traffic fatalities on Illinois highways during holidays have been consistently lower than in previous years. Nevertheless, the National Safety Council has predicted that some 1,000 motorists will die over this Fourth of July weekend. In an effort to assist traffic control on Illinois' busy highways, over a hundred investigators from the Illinois Drivers License Division will be activated to assist state police. For some people, however, travel is the farthest things from their minds, They view the Fourth as just a day to relax. Industry in the area will observe the holiday, with the exception of continuous operation plants which work round the dock shifts. Most businesses throughout the Telegraph area will be closed for the national holiday, except for the occasional discount store which will operate, though with early closing hours. For area banks, July 4, is a lega 1 bank holiday, and they will be closed as will all government offices. With the Fourth falling on Thursday, many officials are taking off Friday as well. County courthouses in Calhoun. Greene, and Madison counties will remain closed Friday, while in Macoupin and Jersey counties they will re-open. Summer school programs throughout the area will give the kids the extra day off, making it a four-day weekend for summer school- ers. With all the emphasis on the ho'iday aspect, sometimes the import- a n c e and significance of the Fourth is lost, but, traditionally, flags are flying and bells are ringing in honor of the first Fourth of July. In Illinois at least, flags will fly over the entire weekend, as the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce has proclaimed July 4-7 as "Rededication Weekend." One Grafton man, who was angered by what he called unpatriotism, wrote to say he has flown the flag on evnry holiday since 1921, except tor the three- and-a- half years he served with the Seabees in the Pacific, when he flew the flag every day To supply reader demand, the Telegraph has arranged for a consignment of 3 by 5 foot colorfast cotton flags, which are on sale at the business office or can be purchased by mail. In addition to flying the flag, there is another, though little known, commemoration of the Fourth that is embodied in a 1963 U.S. Senate resolution. It calls for the ringing of bells throughout the United States at the hour of 2 p.m. EOT on the afternoon of the Fourth. That day in 1776, the first liberty bells rang out in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, proclaiming the signing of the Declaration of Independence and ,the first Fourth of July celebration. The weather for this year's 192nd observance of Independence will be 4-7 degrees below normal, with highs in the 80's, according to U.S. Weather Bureau reports. ' Holiday travelers, will have optimum conditions with sunny skies and cool temperatures at least for the first two days of the long weekend. .NEW YORK (AP) — A man shot a woman to death in a Central Park comfort station today and then wounded an elderly man and two policemen before he was killed by officers wear- Ing bulletproof vests/police reported. SNIPER'S WEAPON — New York City Police Lt. Arthur Deutch holds in his right hand the military .45-caliber revolver used by a man to kill a woman and wound three other persons in Central Park today. The gunman was then slain by Deutch and another officer. Deutch holds his own emptied revolvers-in his left hand. (AP Wirephoto) Central Park Killer 1, Wounds 3, Dies in Bullet Hail Slays Tear gas fired by police lushed the heavy-set^ middle* 1 aged gunman from" a cluster of rees, near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to which he had fled. Carrying a .45-caliber Army revolver, he climbed to the roof of the stone comfort station and crouched. "He was down, but raised up and fired three shots out of his revolver," said Detective Lt. Arthur Deutch. "I let him have 12 in the chest and McLoughlin hit him too." Deutch and Capt. Robert McLoughlin were both wearing bulletproof vests. The shootings occurred near 85th Street and Fifth Avenue, across from some of the city's most exclusive apartment louses. Jacqueline Kennedy lives in the area. She is away with her children at Hyannis Port, Mass. Police said the. gunman was carrying a bank book with the name Angel Angeloff of Manhat :an. The body of the woman, who was not immediately identified, was found in a booth in the women's part of the comfort station. She was shot in the head, police said. Most seriously injured was Charles Bach, a resident of the neighborhood, who was walking his dog in the park. He was in Lenox Hill Hospital with a back wound. The wounded policemen — Patrolman Philip Sheridan of Sayvllle, N.Y., and James Hubbard of the Bronx — were in the same hospital with flesh wounds. Two policemen at the scene first told reporters that foui persons were dead, but the ac counts proved to be wrong. Margaret Lacy, a nurse who vas nearby in the park with 2- ye£r-old Jennifer Lonorin, saic she saw the man on the comfort station roof fire a shot. Soviet-Held Jet Lands in Japan; Pilot Denies Guilt By BOB POOS TOKYO (AP) - The U.S. air- iner carrying 214 Vietnam- )ound troops that was held for two days by the Soviet Union 'lew to Tokyo today and the plot denied that he violated Soviet air space. "I did not stray over Russian erritory," said Capt. Joseph Tosolini of Bethany, Conn. He said he had flown the same •oute from Tacoma, Wash, to Japan many times. Tosolini said he argued with he Russians over the content of i letter that he signed indicat- ng the plane's position. He said he was made to sign the letter as a condition for the release of he plane and its passengers. Navigator Larry Guernon said his calculations showed - the chartered four-engine jet was well outside the line defining Soviet air space off the Kuril Is- ands when it was intercepted by Russian MIGs Monday and forced to land on the island of Iturup north of Japan. State Apologizes The Soviet Union said the plane violated Soviet air space and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration concluded that Soviet air space was violated because the plane's crew made a navigational error. The State Department apologized, the Soviet government released the plane with unexpected swiftness. In Washington, a Federa aviation Administration spokesman said in reply to a question, "We have reliable information including radar data, that there The servicemen on board left apan for South Vietnam, the Army announced. Tosolini, flanked at a news conference by his 17-member crew that included nine stewar- lesses, said he signed a letter as a condition for his release. He said corrections in the letter ndicated the Soviets had perhaps erred in fixing the plane's position. The first letter the Russians wote for Tosolini to sign admit- was a violation of Soviet air space." He added the plane may have been off course by'as much as 100 miles. LB J in Surprise Visit Sees 'Westy 9 Sworn in WASHINGTON (AP) — President Johnson made a surprise visit to the Pentagon today and watched smilingly as Gen. Wil jam C. Westmoreland was sworn in as the Army's 25th chiel of staff. Johnson, dressed in a snappy, ight brown suit, stepped into the office'of Secretary of the Army Stanley R. Resor just as Westmoreland, former U.S. mil- tary commander in Vietnam, was about to take the oath. The ceremony also was at;ended by several congressional figures, all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and three other military figures closely associated with Vietnam: retired Army Gen. Lawton Collins, former ambassador to Vietnam Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, and former Army Chief of Staff Gen. George H. Decker. ting he had violated Soviet air' space listed (he time between his plane's interception by Soviet MIGs to the lime it landed at t he Soviet base at "something like 35 minutes," Tosolini said. The veteran pilot said he did not sign the first letter. "Then," he continued, "They prepared a second letter in which the time was changed to something like 53 minutes," he said. He indicated other changes were also made. 8 Miles A Minute Tosolini said it was obvious by figuring the distance that a plane like his new DCS covers travelling at a speed of eight miles a minute, that it could not possibly have been as close to Soviet territory as the Russians alleged. Tosolini told how the plane was intercepted. "The flight was perfectly normal. We continued on track. The first real knowledge I had of trouble was when I looked out of the copilot's window and noticed an aircraft. I was startled and took a second look and saw a red star on it. "The pilot of the aircraft made a maneuver and came up to our left side and motioned for us to turn to its base. "I asked the navigator twice to check his position. The navigator reported we were not over Soviet territory. To Save Road Funds State Rallies Support Westmoreland took the oath standing straight, chin out, right hand raised. His wife Katherine in a rose linen dress was at his left side. "Westy," as he is known to many, said he accepted the Army's top uniformed job with "pride and humility." He thanked his predecessor, Gen. Harold K. Johnson, who retired Tuesday, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff for their support during the war and concluded: "To the authorities over me and to the troops under me I pledge my loyalty," INSIDE EDITORIAL ..... A-4 Let's give thanks to the Continental Congress as we celebrate the Fourth. FLUOJUDATION . . . A-8 Fluoridation project gets official delay. JERSEY A-2 JerseyviUe industrial development program boosted. FAMILY A-10 The Grower's Art, gardening with Fred Clausen. SPORTS . B-2 Girl's softball tournament begins tonight. ROWAN A-6 Humphrey opens up China issue for broader context. By WAYNE MARKHAM Telegaph Staff Writer State officials in Springfield have reacted swiftly to counter federal action halting more than $25 million in Madison - St. Clair County highway jobs, a Telegraph interview revealed today. Norbert J. Johnson, "assistant director of the Department of Public Works and Buildings, told the Telegraph that Governor Shapiro has called a meeting with' area labor leaders for July 10, to gather information to be used in an appeal before federal authorities scheduled July 15. Johnson and Virden E. Staff, chief engineer of.the .Illinois Division of ."Highways, will make the appeal before Allen Boyd, secretary of the Department of Transportation. "We have great hopes of getting the order changed," Johnson said, and added that his office, which includes the Illinois Highway Department, is currently working on the presentation that will be made to federal authorities. The Federal Highway Administration order halted Illinois road construction bids for Madison and St. Glair counties that would have brought close to $30 million. In issuing the order, federal officials charged racial discrimination and high costs were responsible for rescinding the highway construction contracts in the two - county area. Johnson said telegrams were sent to a dozen labor leaders today inviting them to the governor's meeting, where, he said, officials hope to disprove the federal charges. Contractors who work in the two-county area have also been contacted through the Association of General Contractors, Johnson said, and they will be asked to assist in the presentation before federal officials. A Telegraph series on race relations in May revealed that Negroes were bitter over discrimination in construction and trades unions as practices on jobs In the area. At that time a spokesman for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) said jobs f o r Negr^ps in the construction and bu'lding trades in the area were "practically nonexistent."' He accused the labor unions of nepotism which excluded Negroes and others, particularly in the six highest paying construction jobs. Charges Of high construction costs in Madison and Si. CJair counties, were backed by Francis S. Lorenz, director of the Illinois Department of Public Works and Biddings, in a story appearing in Tuesday's St. Louis Post Dispatch. Lorenz accused the labor locals and contractors of collusion, fixing high labor costs on construction jobs. Johnson denied ever hearing such accusations and said he hoped the labor leaders and construction contrac- tors would work with the state officials in appealing the order. The Federal Highway Administration, which controls 90 per cent of funds used for state highway construction, ordered the almost $30 million in bids halted earlier in the week. The money affects construction planned for next year, but current highway work will continue, Johnson said DeGerlia Bid Debate . • * " • -r Goes Into 2nd Round By DICK FACKLER Telegraph Staff Writer East Alton's price agreement with DeGerlia Hauling & Excavating, Inc., to furnish and apply rock chips for $6.25 per ton on village streets was defended again — and rapped again — at Tuesday's session of the village board of trustees. Defending the $6.25 figure was ,in effect, the Illinois Highway Department District Engineer Robert Kronst, who sent the village letter signifying 'the state approved the bid. Another staunch defender of the bid price was Mayor Charles Vanpreter, who noted the bid was not above the estimate of the village engineers, Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab. For the past two years, the village engineers have (NO PUBLICATION | The Telegraph will not fpublish tomorrow in ob- jjservance of Independence I day. $6.25 estimates, Sheppard Jr. said given Charles today. Attacking the $6.25 per ton figure was controversial trustee Jim Greene, who has said his criticism is based oh a comparison of prices paid by other municipalities in the area for simi-, la'r work. Greene opposed acceptance of the letter from the state highway department accepting the DeGerlia bid, which was the lowest of three received by East Alton yet much higher 'than bids for rock chips in Wood River and two other municipalities. Greene' opposition was ineffective as he received'no support from the mayor or board members, who voted in favor of the bid, which was $2 per ton above the estimate of the Wood River consulting engineers, Lopinot & Webber of St. Louis, for work in Wood River. Here is a comparison of some prices paid for furnishing and applying rock chips in the area: Wood River paid $5.25 per ton—$1 per ton over the estimate of their consulting engineers—to the lone bidder in Wood River, Kienstra, Inc. — Eas); Alton, as already noted, paid $6.25 per ton — $1 per ton more (2,327 tons are involved) than neighboring Wood River. The figure matches the East Alton engineor's estimates, and inexplicably rises $2 per ton more than the estimates of the Wood River engineers i'or similar work. A third estimate by a state highway official endorsed the estimate of Wood Riv er's engineers. DeGerlia has been known to say that a lot of "hand labor" is required in East Alton, and this runs up the cost. Strangely, this argument was never mentioned at last night';- meeting. —Greenfield paid $4.38 per ton to the low bidder and it was DeGerlia, whose low bid in East Alton was $6.25. —South Roxana paid only $3.60 to the Sweet Construction Co for application and furnishing of rock chips. It (Continued On Page 2, Col. 1) Volunteers Seek Retarded Boy Armv Helicopter Joins Search */ ' JL *" By ANDE YAKST1S Telegraph Staff Writer An army helicopter joined volunteers today in a wide, spread search for a Ifryear-old retarded boy missing from Beverly Farm Foundation, Inc., in Godfrey. Beverly Farm Supt. John C. Mueller identified the boy as Leslie Swanson, who has the mental capacity of a 4-year.old child and is unable to talk. Beverly Farm today were worried about the boy - a gentle, retarded child who arrived there from Chicago more than 10 years ago at the age of five. "He Is not dangerous but is afraid of strangers," Mueller told a reporter. "He would probably respond only to attendants or persons familiar to him. The retarded boy, who walks barefoot, is fast on foot. kotaod to quickly get out of sight of attendants who found him missing from the boys' cottage shortly after noon Tuesday. ; ~ Volunteers of the . Mississippi Valley Citizens Band Radio Club of Alton, 30 soldiers from the Nike Base in Grafton, Alton Vounteer Emergency Corp, Alton Auxiliary Police and some Boy Scouts searched the grounds, fields, and woods until 3:30 a.m. today. UMbila ttulta wi ft other volunteers were involved in the search, which resumed again today. A helicopter from Scott A i r Base jo'ned the hunt for the boy today and made low passes over fields and wooded areas in an attempt to sight him. He is probably barefoot and described as about 5 foot 7, 125 pounds, welHanned, short blond hair and wearing khaki trousers ajad ivory colored shirt. to tftnW of 90* imals. Mueller emphasised that he was not dangerous but apprehensive ot strangers, Authorities searching for the boy said he apparently has had no food or water since break* fast Tuesday morning at Bever' ly Farm. He is a light eater. The search moved into homes under construction, abandoned buildings and secluded spots wtaro tta boy ewiW Md& SKAJJCH — A helicopter crew from Scott Air liase and the grouud » uwj> todtw during the hunt fur a missing retarded boy who wtiudered away from Beverly Jtauu in , t -. ,

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