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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 4

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ALTON Republican Coventp beetl pretty closely aligned tt fmidi of flttf life— deserting it only once ~ weM like to offer an in* for the Republican Party. * believe it's instructive. fyarty spokesman in Congress should find some other basis for opposition to Justice Fortes' appointment as Chief Justice Earl Warren's successor than the one which seems to predominate: Hie charge that he's a "lame duck'' selection. ih otir estimation, this basis for opposition is the silliest and least understandable of any possible criticism the Republicans could make. Look at what they're taking issue with: The United States Constitution, itself. The Constitution always has provided for * certain amount of lame duck-ism at every level of public elective office — Senators included. Not too many years ago Congress and the country hauled off and injected a whole lot more lame duck-ism into the presidency, itself. It limited the President's tenure to two consecutive terms. Formerly the President in office — if What we think about. .."&«*« ( Duck > Excu * 6 defeated in the November election — would be a lame duck from then until inauguration of his successor at the beginning of the new year. Now the Constitution limits him to two terms in office. And they need not be full terms. The Constitution, then, enforces more than four years of lame duck-ism on every President who manages to achieve re-election. He can't expose himself to the voters for a third term so he's a lame duck the moment he's elected to a second term. if we accept the Republican criticism of the Fortas appointment, we must logically question any President's appointments made during a second term — a period of four long years for any who manage to win re-election. We strongly suspect the opponents realize any other argument against confirmation of the President's new appointments would work against them in too many areas. They could stretch back a few years and revive — as some more reactionary critics have been doing — Fortas 1 early contact with Alger Hiss and some of the "red tag" organizations which it is still considered fashion- able in some quarters to tie onto him. But this would assume — even if all the allegations of long ago are valid — that a man never changes his mind. It would be a crystallized world, indeed. Christianity, for instance, which stresses conversion and redemption, would have been out the door long ago. We see little wrong, per se, with lame duck appointments, if President Johnson is a Conscientious and responsible man, he has a better opportunity to make his selection, re* lieved of political pressure, than he would have if he were an avowed candidate. And we don't think their eagerness td delay Forta's appointment has'anything to do with the fact that the president Chief Justice, Earl Warren, is a Republican — in fact, that party's one-time vice presidential candidate. Insurance Withdrawn A new aspect of our long delay in solving our interracial problems in the country has loomed. One international insurance company has announced cancellation of its policies in certain areas heavily stricken with riot damage over the last couple of years, or heavily threatened in the future. Standing out in this area are a couple of notoriously deteriorated St. Louis public housing projects. East St. Louis also has become the victim. Apparently the cancellation is no negative commentary on St. Louis' general racial situa* tion, which has remained calm, and bids fair to improve as positive efforts progress there, after surviving the immediate post-King assassination flairup in admirable manner. But the housing centers involved have gained their own reputations as areas of chronic Vandalism, and one could marvel at the patience of an insurance company for staying With its responsibilities so long there. At that, suggestions for legislation in Illinois could cany a partial remedy. Light Exposure Circuit Judge Paul C. Verticchio of Macoupin County made a sensible derision^ last week. He faced a motion for change of venue in the case of Mrs. Marjorie Christeson, Alton taxi firm operator, and two men. Counsel for Mrs. Christeson charged stories in the Telegraph raised a question Lost Protection of whether she could get a fair trial In Maeoupin county. Considering the circumstances, we'd say the stories about Mrs. Christeson were given only aVeragt* coverage and editorial display-certainly nothing as sensational as the famed Sheppard case in Cleveland Which Was the basis for the U.S. Supreme Court case that has excited defense lawyers nationwide, Furthermore, the Telegraph lacks the div culation in Maeoupin county to warrant tiw charges made by her counsel. It would b* relatively simple for a court to find JUMH completely unexposed to our newspaper right in the county seat, itself, much as we'd like to have a crew of carriers delivering the town solid. Telegraphs are delivered id only ti» southwest corner of the county. We can characterize the defense motion as little short of a waste of the court's time. Judge Verticchio apparently agreed when he denied the motion. Had v?6 failfed to cover adequately In our columns the police and court proceedings involving a public figure of Mrs. Christeson's status, we would have been sadly delinquent in discharge of our responsibility to our readers. PAUL S. COUSLEY, Editor Readers Forum What Could A Poll Do? can wait—how about you? 9 Why is Illinois .Bell so concerned, at this late date, over what the rank and file of the I.B.E.W. think about a wage increase? Isn't the company aware that the I.B.E.W. members were polled by then- elected union officials, before negotiations started, as to what they wanted? In asking the federal mediators to poll the membership, ft appears that the company is grasping for straws in . a stagnant pool of its own making. The union maintains that a poll conducted in this manner is illegal. However, if such a poD was taken and the membership reaffirmed the unionls position, what would it prove. Illinois Bell states that it would not be bound by it. ;;.—•;%.';,,.,". Much has been? advertised by the company about the "new" three-year contract. Nothing has been said about" the "old" contract. It is implied by the company that the "old" contract has expired. This is not true. .Ttoer; "old", or existing contract is a three-year pact, with 18 months remaining. The company insists on adding another 18 months to the existing contract without negotiating any other articles, or having any reopener clause. If this were accepted, it would lie 4% years since any article of the contract has been negotiated. The public should know that nnforseen conditions in today's changing world would make this unacceptable. The union is attempting to negotiate with the existing contract, and should .not be bound by contract settlements agreed upon by other Ben System Companies elsewhere in the nation. Many ot the fringe benefit increases referred to by,the company aro already covered 'under the existing contract. Yet they are added to the total cost used in determining the much advertised "nearly 20 per cent" increase. The other benefits would not become effective for another two years, six months after our present contract expires. The, company states that the only announcement after the meeting in Mayor Daley's office on Sunday, June 31, came from the union, and quotes an incomplete ?nd out-of-context sentence. This type of quoting creates an imp'ession that is not true and leaves little to be said about the "gold public image" of Illinois BW1. Mayor Daley of Chicago, Mr. Cook, president of Illinois Bell, and Mr. Nickey of the I.B.E.W. negotiating team •11 issued statements after the Sunday meeting. Mr. Cook, in referring to the union requests, stated "This would do nothing more than cause chaos in the telephone industry"—chaos of the telephone company's own making. The union, from the very first day of the strike, agreed to allow the company to do emergency repair and installation work. The company is now attempting to conduct "business as usual" by bringing in nonunion men from other states, at premium wages, and hiring new employes to do all our work while tn<! strike is in progress. These are strike-breaking tactics. "Ma" Bel! is spending a lot of energy and huge sums of the public's money trying to main- tanin its badly damaged "public image" and benevolent spirit with the public andjitii '4nis- guided cWdren'Y (employes). The iiaion does not believe that might makes right Illinois Bell has the might. The telephone employes believe they have the right 'EARL J.*-SCHAFPNER Chid? Steward Local 399, EBEW Two Out of Four Is the law justified when four people are involved in a criminal act and the police don't have enough evidence on any of them, but let two of the t o u r free and send the other two to a state penitentiary? It's like drawing straws and saying "Well, the two we pick we'll send away and the two that are left we'll let go free." This tent fair to the people involved or to the laws of this state. How would anyone feel if he were innocent of a crime and the state sent him away from his family? CHERIL. BARNES, 109 Victory Drive, East Alton Todays Prayer Today 1 want to thank You, Father, for the marvelous gift that I call my skin. My mind isn't big enough to understand its wonders. I know that it protects me and shelters me even when it is injured. As I glory in the fdct that my skin seals out invaders that would otherwise attack me, may I see more ' clearly than ever before that it isn't really mine. It's Yours, for you made it. Help me to find deeper reverence for the skin of every man I meet. I offer this prayer in the name of Jesus, Whose skin must have been brown. Amen. — Webb Garrison, Evansville, Ind.. minister, Central Methodist Church. Allen-Goldsmith Report Doubts Growing Over Pueblo Crew By ROBERT S. ALLEN AND JOHN A. GOLDSMITH WASHINGTON — Disturbing doubts are growing over the nature and extent of the "humane treatment" the 82 Pueblo crewmen are getting from their North Korean Communist captors. Five months of direct negotiations and other unpublicized efforts not only have been fruitless in securing the release of the men, but equally disquieting is the scant information about their whereabouts and physical condition. What little has been put together is not too reassuring. U.S. authorities take pains to stress they know nothing concrete or positive. Officially, they carefully shy away from saying or intimating anything that might give rise to alarm. But private hints indicate there is apprehension over the fate of the imprisoned crewmen. No one goes so far as to say there is a possibility that casualties have occurred among them. But this dire likelihood is left dangling. A highly significant comment on the matter was made by Senator Robert Byrd, W. Va., deputy Democratic floor leader, in a broadcast to his state. For this reason tt escaped general notice and the attention is merit- Victor Riesel Theodore Kheel Tells Mediation Techniques Theodore Kheel is a man for all seasons. Those who fear a long hot summer call 'him in. Those who feared that Columbia University would be taken apart brick by brick, gymnasium by gymnasium, called him hi. Those who wanted to end feuding between the two major amateur sports organizations called him in. Those who were harassed by the thought of a New Year's Eve transit strike, or endless airline stoppages, or a crippling railroad workers walkout, called him in — including, of course, the President of the U.S. Lyndon Johnson telephoned him one night, transatlantic to Paris, and asked what "Ted" was doing sleeping while Washington runbled with jitters of a possible national transportation Forum Writers, Note Writers names and addresses must be published with letters to the Readers Forum. Letter* must be concise (preferably not over 150 words.) All are subject to condensation. paralysis. Few men have been as successful as Ted Kheel in settling what appeared to be insoluble strikes. If he could bring two bitterly antagnostic sides together in other fields, why not in the public arena of social and racial conflict? I asked him how he could apply his famed mediation techniques to today's "revolution." Here is his proposal, written especially for this column: By THEODORE KHEEL Lawyer, and President of the American Foundation On Automation and Employment NEW YORK — Can the techniques of mediation used to settle labor disputes be transferred to other areas of group conflicts? At a time when we are beset with racial disputes, campus conflicts, and other sometimes violent clashes throughout the country, the question has more than passing interest. I have been briefly involved in the dispute at Columbia Uni- versity and more recently in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville conflict. While this experience was far too limited for any meaningful conclusions on how mediation might be used in such disputes, it has led me to the strong belief that mediation can be invoked successfully in many such dusputes as it is in labor- management disagreements. There are some obvious differences. A mediator to a labor- management dispute is reen- forced with the knowledge that both sides want to reach a settlement and will come to terms regardless of how long tt mjght take. This is because labor and management realize they cannot exist without each other. If there are no workers, there are no profits; and without a plant that is operating, there are no wages. It is not always true that combatants in other areas of group conflicts feel equally compelled to reach an agreement with their adversary. Where unconditional surrender is sought, obviously there is no role for mediation. But in most disputes there is, even if down deep, a compulsion to agree, and the more bitter the dispute the more likely this is true. Why then is not mediation used more often in dispute of this type? , One of the .main problems is how to introduce mediation, Most times the combatants are reluctant to propose mediation for fear this will be construed as a sign of weakness on their part, especially where they have taken a very firm position publicly. In labor-management disputes it is almost invariably necesary for some agency of government to propose mediation. Who the mediator is is also a matter of great importance. He must be acceptable to all disputants, In 1 a b o r-management ' conflicts, these functions are usually performed by agencies of government set up for that specific purpose. ed. Following is Byrd's reply to a question about the Pueblo: "I know of nothing new. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have turned thumbs down on any military moves because in their opinion these would result in the death of the men and the opening of a second front to Asia. Our government is continuing efforts to bring about the release of the men through direct negotiations and diplomatic channels. I imagine the North Koreans will hold the men until such time as they feel they have milked all of the propaganda value out of this affair." "Do we know anything about the present health of the men?" "I cannot say that we do." "Are they all living, do we know that?" "I cannot say that they are with certainty," replied Byrd obviously carefully weighing his words, "and I doubt that anyone knows for sure that they are." From intelligence reports, it would appear that the 82 crewmen are Incarcerated in more than one prison camp. There is also good reason to believe they have not been allowed to receive packages and mail sent them thrugh the International Red Cross. It is definitely known that ell the Pueblo's communications and electronic equipment has been removed, and the vessel shifted to a small port near the Soviet border. Attorney General Ramsey Clark is being bluntly challenged to state publicly what he proposes to do about prosecuting Clayton Powell, D-N.Y., "for misuse of federal funds." This demand was mad* by Rep. Thomas Curtis, Mo., second-ranking Republican on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, and leader of the fight that led to Powell's expulsion from this Congress. Early last year a special committee, following an inquiry, recommended that he be seated on condition he repaid $40,000 "wrongfully and will fully appropriated" and publicly apologized to •the House. But under Curtis' vigorous demanding the return of the $40,000, refused to seat Powell, This action has been upheld by two lower courts. Powell's appeal is now pending before the Supreme Court. In calling on Attorney General Clark to "come clean," Curtis cited information disclosed in this column some weeks •go. The column revealed that Assistant Attorney General Fred Vinson, head of the Criminal Division, following an exhaustive investigation by FBI Allen Goldsmith agents and a federal grand jury, had recommended that Powell be indicted and brought to trial After a detailed study of these findings, Clark took them to President Johnson, They discussed them at length several times — and nothing has happened since. The affair is shrouded in tight official silence and secrecy. But Curtis blows it wide open in a blunt letter to Clark demanding an explanation. "It is difficult to.perceive," declared Curtis, "how we art going to maintain law and order in our society if those ia Ugh places interfere wita the normal course of Justice." The outspoken Mtaoortani notes that his protest regardtag a "similar type action" produced results. Wrote Curtis, "Recently I had occasion to comment publicly upon a similar type action on the part of your department in interfering with the prosecution recommended by the district attorney of Eastern Missouri involving Lawrence Callanan and other, members of the politically active steamftt- ters' union, In St. Louis, Missouri. I was pleased to note that after the pressure of publicity the prosecutor was allowed to take its orderly course. I hope that similar publicity will bring about a change in tactics in this instance (the Powell case)." It is Curtis' emphatic contention that if Powell is elected to the new Congress that convenes in January, he would still be subject to expulsion. "He would still have to face the same charges he did in this Congress," declares Curtis, "of wrongfully and willfully appropriating' $40,000. That hasn't changed one bit. Powell was accused of criminal act- vities by his peers. I don't see how the House could ever change its mind about that. The overriding question is still the integrity of the House, and that doesn't change." Meanwhile, action la being stalled on Assistant Attorney General Vinson's recommendation that Powell be prosecuted. "It is my understanding," Curtis wrote Attorney General Clark, ''that this recommendation is npt being implemented because of your intervention in referring the matter directly to President Johnson and' the President's intervention." What They Did Then — 'News From The Telegraphs of Yesteryecw 25 Years Ago 8, J*4| Nearly two miles of ejrtb streets were treated with liquid asphalt under the cJty'a maintenance program, with more to be competed, StreeU so treated would be closed lor lour days to aliow pentration to the mflilmin faff®* of coating. Decline to building activity bad dropped 87 percent infer wartime rulei ajtf restrictions. Wttb no new tome construction ifjiway, all permits dealt with RWQdaliftg and repairing. Tfe> dollar value of toe in bUlld^ perraU was 1831,482. f|« AltOD BiUoning Board demanded retention of ipwufcxj 'Wdpr a regulation forbid- tjmloytt ID bold two positions. It was vehemently denied that his work as a golf "pro" at Rock Spring Country Club interfered with his work in tbe office, tbat he was a hardworking and devoted member of the ration board staff, A posthumous award was given to Mrs. Ruby Zumwalt, Nebo, in recognition of bar son, Sgt. Philip A. Zumwalt, member of the Flying Fortress crew, for their skill, courage and devotion to duty in combat missions before they were killed. Pfc. Don E. Nevins, U.S. Marines, in tbe South Pacific since January, 1942 and who bad four months active duty 00 Guadacanal, returned to tbe United States to recuperate from malaria, Due to recent theft of ration books from tbe local office, a night guard would be posted to prevent a recurrence of tbe theft. Officials said tbe coupons would probably be distributed throughout tbe county I) to supply a black market in gasoline buying. Twelve hundred and 96 new applications were received at the local employment office, and $11 were renewed. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Stanton of Betbalto attended a movie which shewed their son in a news reel titled ''Yanks in Bizerte". He was seen sitting beside a road eating lunch with other servicemen. 50 Years Ago Germany was demanding the right to police Moscow and Petrograd following murder of its ambassador to Russia, Count MjrbacJi, Germany Charged tbe assassination wag a plot of tbe Entente. Wash- ington's version was that serious clashes bad occurred between social revolutionaries and the Bolshevik! In Moscow at the time, and that the two assassins were members of the sqcial revolutionist party. The Senate Military Affairs Committee was informed by Chief of Staff Gen. March tbat the United States could expect to have half a million more men In the western front fighting line in a month or teas, besides too 250,000 already brigaded with tbe French and British. City officials, led by Mayor Sauvage, appeared before tbe DUnolg Public. UtJlUjs, Commission In Springfield to oppose streetcar fare increase from five to seven cents, with a one-cent transfer charge, Mayor Sauvage said be would approve a six-cent fare as an experiment. ^he waj-incjeased number of traveling saleswomen proved a blessing to Mrs, T, 6, Gallagher, who, with her husband, operated tbe Union Depot Hotel. She said occasionally a woman traveler made her own bed on leaving her, ^wonj.. •» • The Y. w. c. A, was requesting use oj both tb» Y. M. c. A. and Western Military Academy Bwihv mlng pools for Its glrta, Y M. C. A. Gen, Secretary Webster said construction oj the building waj4wp , as to make the repast impossible, Mea»wbile,TK , Y. W. C. A. announced tbat 1U secretary, pas Vera Haines, who bad come bard to awume the Job undtf i turee year contract bad tendered hi Kate Masulla qf Godfrey saved the Ing a crew of the Harris Bros. ConstucUoi w., engaged in wreck^g tbfi A. fc J, Una, l^fltiog that Davii Bridge ,.m* ( \ deep rayloe. bad burned out, she waited and fUgged flowu-'tbf' enguia she •"" f " '"* l&^9^^^i ^^w^ for work.

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