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fhe LIGHTER SIDE Wife, to husband at party: "Please try not to look so utterly miserable. Here cdmes a fellow I was engaged to before I met you." ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than 132 FAIR SATURDAY Low 65; High ill (Additional Weather «n Ptge Established Jan. 15, 1836 ©Copyright Alton Telegraph Printing Co. 1988, ALTON, ILL., FRIDAY, JULY 5, 1968 26 PAGES Vol. CXXX1II, No. 146 Price lOc Member Associated Preat LBJ Set 17< H r or Busy Weekend By FRANK CORMIER Associated Press Writer AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) - President Johnson, after observing an old fashioned Fourth of July, mixes relaxation with a little ranch-style diplomacy today be* fore taking off for a weekend Central American summit conference in El Salvador. The President and First Lady flew to San Antonio Thursday and spent three hours at HemisFair where Johnson indulged in some traditional patriotic rhetoric, took In the Bights and sampled a couple of rather drippy ice cream cones. The President also issued a statement late in the day expressing deep concern over disruption by hecklers of a speaking appearance by presidential aspirant George Wallace. Barrientos Is Guest Johnson today informally entertains President Rene Barrientos Ortuno of Bolivia at his ranch home. Barrientos was in Texas for Bolivia Day Saturday at HemisFair. The Latin chief executive once attended Air Force flight school at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio. Johnson will fly to El Salvador Saturday for talks with the chief executives of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador. He will remain there until Monday. Touring the fairgrounds with Johnson Thursday were about 40 diplomats, most of them ambassadors from Latin American countries. The Johnsons made the 75- mile trip from their ranch by helicopter, landing in a parking lot at the world's fair. They drove to the American pavilion where the President received a 21-gun salute before delivering an eight-minute speech. He said the nation will celebrate July 4th as long as it goes about "its proper business." "And that proper business is helping to defend and helping to enlarge the independence of man," he said. Johnson said the theme of the Declaration of Independence, signed 192 years ago, is "politi cal independence to insure individual independence." Theme Rediscovered "Each generation in America discovers this theme as if it were new," he added. "And in a sense it is new. The thrust of America always, then, is to expand and to adjust the concept of independence to a new and constantly changing era." In his statement on the heckling of Wallace, which occurred Wednesday night in Minneapolis, the President said: "The conduct of a handful who interfere with the rights of others to speak is the antithesis of what we began 192 years ago today. "However ardently we may disagree with what a man says, we must stand with Voltaire in our defense of his right to say what he will." NOT PLANNED — Telegraph photographer Lee Heppner catches rocket burst that was. triggered by a faulty flight of an earlier rocket. About half of the display was lost here in one crack. Few remaining devices were set off later, ending the show. Of Alton Fireworks Show By L. ALLEN KLOPE Telegraph Staff Writer The fireworks display of Downtown Alton, Inc., went up in a bright blaze midway through the program Wednesday night when a rocket took off sideways and touched off all but a few' of the remaining fireworks. The erratic rocket left its morral all right, but took a sharp turn sideways into all but six of the large rockets and two American flag displays for the finale. While only one of the four men shooting the fireworks suffered minor burns, many of the 45,000 spectators thought the finale was being fired just above the barge in the Mississippi River. Disappointed at the shortness of the program and of INSIDE EDITORIAL A-4 Fund delay crucial to highway projects. VOTING A-S Results released of vote in Middletown. .... A-ie new swim- at private FAMILY . . . YWCA begins mlng classes pools. HARRIS A-12 Unpredictable nature of 1968 election campaign. SPORTS B-d Lakers oppose Wood River tonight in women's Softball tournament. DISPLAY B-7 Photos of Alton Lake fireworks display, the few rockets that had been set off, many of the spectators did not realize, that the last 16 minutes of the 32-minute program had been blown sky-high. Turning away from selected vantage points, many spectators were heard to say the program did not stand up to the one last year. The spectators also 'did not realize that DAPs $2,500 expenditure was also shot down the drain when half of the program burned up. "$1,250 was burned up in a few seconds," said William Metzger, executive secretary of DAI. "And that $1,250 worth contained all the good fire- Works, which would have shown up very well against the dark, clear sky," Metzger said. Some of the aerial pieces 'that were fired reached an altitude of 2,800 feet, but some of the accidentally- blown larger ones, Metzger said, could have gone as high as 4,000, feet. To attain such heights, he said,; some of the rockets develop over 200 pounds of thrust when they leave their mortars—as did the one that went sideways. • ' Metzger said DAI officials were quite disappointed since the $2,500 was spent on this year's show, which Was scheduled to be twice ' as long as the one last year, which attracted over 40,000 spectators. "When you have the largest fireworks display in Illinois, outside the Chicago area, you hope such incidents do not happen," Metzger said. Nixon Said Within 39 Votes of Prize WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Republican Conference said today Richard M. Nixon can nail down a irst-ballot victory at the Repub- ican national convention with 39 more votes. Rep. Melvin R. Laird of Wisconsin also predicted national )olls that show Nixon trailing he Democratic contenders will ake a new tack once the convention is over. "I believe that Dick Nixon is behind at the present time merely because he is not speak- ng out on the issues," the GOP eader said. Nixon, he said, prefers to have his campaign peak in Sep;ember and October and hopes to make his big move "as far as the popularity polls are concerned, during that period of time." • Laird was interviewed on ABC Radio's "On Location." Asked how close Nixon is to winning the GOP nomination, he said, "He's about 39 votes short of a convention nomination on the first ballot as of today." The Furth of July holiday seemed to send campaign activity in both parties into low gear. Nixon and his GOP rival, Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, took a day off from politics. On the Democratic side, Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy courted the farm vote in Iowa while Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey began two days of rest after hurrying through a speech in Philadelphia in which he had to compete with chanting antiwar demonstrators. Taking a mini-vacation on the island: of -Hawaii, Rockefeller showed ^ that if the presidency were awarded to the best golfer he'd be the man to beat. On the third hole of the wildly beautiful Mauna Kea course, an arm of the Pacific Ocean lies between tee and green, a duffer's nightmare requiring a shot of at least 150 yards. With photographers recording every move, Rockefeller made it look easy, rapping a 180-yard shot over the waves to the apron. It was no less spectacular 'than his performance on the par-four second hole, where he uncorked a 240-yard drive and followed up with a 75-yard wedge shot that plopped obediently into the cup. Rockefeller planned to hop to Honolulu today to meet Hawaiian delegates to the Republican national convention. He will return to active campaigning Sunday. ' McCarthy proposed stockpil- ing of wheat, feed grains, soybeans and other agricultural products as he spoke in Corning, Iowa, where the National Farmers Organization has its headquarters. Members of the NFO, one of the most militant of the nation's farm organizations, occasionally have held their animals and crops off the market in order to pressure middlemen into guar- anteeing higher prices to farmers. The organization's collective bargaining approach was praised by McCarthy as an example of self-reliance and initiative by the farmers in solving their problems. "American farmers are not asking for special treatment in society," he said. "They ask for prices which are just." Missing Boy Found Dead in Farm Pond Raccoon May Be Rabid; Wide Search for Girl It Scratched By ART THOMASON Telegraph Staff Writer GRAFTON~A widespread search is underway today for a small girl who was scratched Thursday in Pere Marquette State Park by a raccoon which, authorities believe, was rabid. Park officials today knew only that a small girl, wearing a white blouse and black shorts was scratched by the sick animal in the southeast section of the park behind DeSherlia's Fish Market. Her-name was not known. • i The search for the girl was made nationwide today through the news media since the state park attracts tourists from throughout the country. Meanwhile, the Illinois public health, laboratory in East' St. i Louis will run a rabies test on the head of the raccoon which was destroyed by a park night watchman, William Breden of Jerseyville. The chances of determining if the animal was rabid were lessened when the animal was killed, a public health laboratory spokesman, Mrs. Emma Musk, said this morning. She said a rabid animal could transmit the dreadful disease to a human by scratching only if the animal's saliva were on the claws and the scratch drew blood. 1 ' : A woman, who told Breden and another watchman, Jesse Webb, that the animal had scratched the girl,' said that the scratch apparently did not draw blood. Breden said there is always the possibility that the animal was rabid and .did transmit the disease toj the Gumnan Holding Of f Coys Mwrries His Australia (AP) A gunman who has held out for three days against 9 police 'marry him to bis hostage, an "18-year-old girl, now has a high-powered rifle given to him by the policy commifisioner, Commissioner Norman T. Allan said today he was forced into the action when Waliy Well- ish, 23, pointed a shotgun ana pistol at his new bride and de- nmnded tbe im "I bad to make an "" " Allan said. fuse meant death for her and the baby'," Mellish,is holding both Ids wife, the former Beryl Muddle, and herlQ.week-old son as hos- Hellish had broHen his promise to 'surrender if he was allowed to 1 wtoy -Miss Muddle, .whom- be seized at .gunpoint ' T „.. described by the po- Doe fts m ex-convict and psychiatric case, had known his wife of two days {Since child- hj&o4« i, : Allan and the tyev, Clyde Paton, an Anglican pjlest, entered house wbwe Mellisij is hoidiBS out to reason with Wm Thursday. Rev, Jfc Patpj performed the' ceremony Wednesday and Allan, who, was unarmed. was a witness, Allaji said today that iji addition to the high-powered Arinfi' ite rifle and 200 rounds of ammunition for it, MeUish bas a shotgun, a .303 rifle and a pistol. MfiUJsb'g wile said be tUso baj a pox of grenades, "My only concern is for the lives of ttotgirl and her'baby," Allan said, "I'll do anything, grant any request to protect them. J nave the responsibility of seeing that the baby and the mother are not killed through any action of mine. "If we have to wait seven days we will wait. We cannot use tear gas. How would an 18- year-old girl and a baby stand up to Wghdensity tear gas?" Toe touee sUU was surrounded by police today. girl, so the girl must be found. He said he and Webb found the raccoon lying beside a tree trunk behind the fish market about 4:15 p.m. It was dispatched swiftly with a club. The watchman said the unknown woman didn't tell him that the little girl had been scratched until after he had killed the sick animal. Breden said the animal didn't appear to be sick when he killed it, but "people in the area said the raccoon would walk for a while and then fall over— and then walk again." The night watchman said the animal was not frothing from the mouth, a common sign of rabies. Tests to determine if the animal was rabid cannot be analyzed until later today, Mrs. Musk said. She said it takes "several hours" to complete a rabies test. Pere Marquette Park custodian Homer Studebaker said this morning that there wasn't much authorities could do to locate the girl without even a name to go on. He said he was hoping the girl's parents would learn of the situation through the news media. Studebaker said park watchmen last week killed a sick fox in the park and buried it. He said it was not known if the fox were rabid. Jersey County Sheriff Adam DeSherlia said late this morning that children from the General Protest(Continued On Page I, Col. I) By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer The two-day search for a 16-year-old retarded boy had a tragic ending on Independence Day when the body of the boy was found floating in a farm pond in Foster Township. Leslie A. Swanson, a gentle, mute boy with the mind of a 4-year-old, was discovered by Scott Air Base airmen in the water off the Godfrey-Fosterburg Road near the Salem Church. The airmen who found the body were among hundreds of volunteers who had responded to the news of the missing boy and joined in the search through fields, , woods, buildings, abandoned caves and a mine. No evidence was reported to indicate how or why the drowning occurred. Authorities speculated that the boy just walked into the pond. Barefoot tracks were found leading into the water. Whether the retarded teenager stepped off into deep water or panicked and fell is unknown, Depty Coroner Les Chappee said. Leslie disappeared . at noon Tuesday from Beverly. Farm Foundation, Inc., a home for the retarded where he had lived more than 10 years. His mother, Mrs. Eunice Swanson and two teenage daughters came from Chicago to Godfrey where they waited at the field headquarters of the search operation while volunteers trekked the countryside in the hunt for the boy. The boy's father died two months ago. The sad news of the boy's death was told to Mrs. Swanson by John Mueller, superintendent of Beverly Farm. "The number of people who responded in the search was tremendous," Mueller said. "The genuine concern for the missing boy was overwhelming and we are extremely grateful for the help of everyone." A member of the airmen's search party sighted the retarded boy's partially - submerged body at 3 p.m. Thursday in the pond about 20 feet from shore. They pulled the body from the water and called authorities, including Deputy Coroner Les Chappee of Alton, who went to the scene of the tragedy The pond is nearly 3 miles northeast of Beverly Farm. Swanson, who was swift on foot and walked barefooted, could move over a six-foot fence in seconds, authorities said. Airmen who found the body included Thomas Ross, Jerry Jenson, Rickey Dungan and Michael Clark, the sheriff's ofifce said. The Beverly Farms kitchen served meals and coffee to searchers who stayed on the scene day and night. The Mississippi Valley Citizens Band Radio Club, Nike Base soldiers, Scott Air Base airmen, Boy Scouts, Alton Volunteer Emergency Corp.. Civil Air Patrol, Missouri rndic club, and law enforcement officers were among hundreds who had hunted for the boy who apparently had no food or water for more than 48 hours. The body was later moved to Morrow-Quinn Mortuary, £lton, for shipment to a Chicago funeral home. An inquest into the death is pending before Deputy Coroner Chappee at Gent Funeral Home. Prisoner on Plane Foiled in Daring Attempted Hijack ByMIKEDOAN Associated Press Writer .LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A prisoner aboard an airliner carrying 71 passengers slipped away from his. guards long enough to try a daring plot to hijack the plane. Then he sat back between his guards and waited. ' None of the other passengers aboard the Trans World Airlines plane knew of the threat made quietly Thursday by John Hamilton Morris to a stewardess: "I've got dynamite in this bag. And my two buddies have guns. Turn this plane around and fly it to Hermosillo, Mexico." The stewardess told the pilot. He told aviation authorities in Los Angeles by radio. At their direction Capt. C. P. Barron changed course. For 20 minutes, while Morris sat between two deputy U.S. marshals, Barron slowly circled southern Nevada. Then, as Barren sat the Boeing 727 down at McCarran Field, Morris bolted for a door. His guards grabbed and subdued him. Morris, 48, was taken to Clark County jail here and the plane, after an hour's delay, continued its flight to San Francisco. A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Morris would appear before a federal grand jury to answer a possible attempted hijacking charge. He was being flown from prison at Leavenwortb, Kan., to San Francisco for an appeal hearing on his 15-year sentence for bank robbery. Authorities said the two deputy marshals assigned to guard Morris agreed to let him go to a rest room at the front of the plane but didn't realize that he instead stopped and talked with the stewardess in the first-class compartment between the cabin section and the pilots. SCAnEK DURING JAJJ, BBEAK Floodlighted sceue came about — FoUce out&Jde Cook County Jail, reported gunfire. None escaped prew* CUictigo, ruu tor cover witU rHJes ises. (AP Wirephoto) reudy during jail break attempt today.

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