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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Mlfflbw Aitoefitftf Prttt, Vol. CXV111, No, 19 ALTON, ILL., TUESDAY, APRIL 28, I9S3 New Regime of City to Take Over Tonight Mayor-Elect Struif, New Aldermen in First Official Session Mayor-elect Leo J. Strut! and other city officials elected at the biennial city election April 7 take office tonight when the "new" city council, at a special meeting in City Hall, organizes for the new city administrative year, opening May 1, The "old" council will meet first, at 7:30 p. m., at the call of .Mayor Linkogle, There will be an opportunity for valedictory "remarks of outgoing officials. Next, newly- elected officials will be sworn in by City Clerk Price, and the expiring council will adjourn sine die. Meet at 8 O'clock Then the new council will assemble at 8 p. m. at the call of Mayor Struif for the organizational session. Both meetings are called for the coiifldl chamber. But, if the custom is followed, the new council, after being called to order in the regular meeting room, will adjourn to the adjacent city auditorium and finish its premiere there where there will he seating capacity for the big throng expected to attend. With interest high in the appointments to be made by Mayor Struif to head departments, commissions, and other appointive posts, the inaugural crowd is expected to be a big one with the usual shower of floral expressions of congratulation and good will to the newly-elected officials. The city-wide officials, who will be sworn in tonight, are in addition to the mayor-elect, City Clerk Paul Price, and City Treasurer Andrew J. Osborne, both re-elected. Members of the City Council who will begih new terms are: First Ward, Charles Dooley (re-elected); Second, Clarence Edgell (new); Third, M. Q. Elliott (new); Fourth, Roy Geltz (newly-elected former alderman); Fifth, Thomas Bailey (new); Sixth, Ernest Whetzel, (reelected), and Seventh, L. P. Gleiber (new). Final meeting of the old Council will mark the retirement of Walter Wetstein of Second Ward, J. W. Morrison of Third Ward, who has been 18 years in the Council; Mike Waide of Fourth Ward; Charles R. Gross of Fifth Ward, and Walter Brown of Seventh Ward. Of this group of five, Morrison, Waide and Brown did not seek re-election. A traditional feature of the organization meeting will be an address of the incoming mayor which may come as a preamble to the announcement of his appointments. Opportunity to Speak Although no new business is likely to be transacted by the newly-constituted body, a regular order of business will be run through. And under the final call for resolutions by wards, there will be opportunity for the new-elected aldermen to speak and to the hold-over member* to present expressions of fe- (Continued on Page 3, Col. 4.) Chapter of Accidents 'Repossession Attempt 9 Ends With Six Cars Damaged Fractures Send 4 Persons for Hospital Care Pour persons incurred fractures Monday in accidents requiring hot* pltal treatment, One, Franklin Oalther, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Galther of 1311 Hampton St., suffered a fracture of the clavicle in a fall from a bicycle. He was taken to Alton Memorial Hospital for reduction of the fracture. The other three, all treated at St. Joseph's Hospital, included Miss Minnie Duncan, 74, of 2717 Palmer St., who incurred a fracture of the right wrist in a fall down steps at her residence. She remained a patient in the hospital today. Thomas James Pruitt, 3, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion T. Pruitt of 507 Mclnerney St., sustained a fracture of the left upper arm in a fall. The Injury was incurred in a fall. Tom Upchurch, 5, of 1246 W. Ninth St., entered the hospital for application of a splint to his arm. Assembly Notes Citation Given To'Telegraph SPRINGFIELD, 111.-A resolution of "heartiest." congratulations "to the Alton Evening Telegraph, on its citation by Delta Sigma Chi, was introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives today by Rep. Leland J. Kennedy (D), of Alton. The Telegraph was cited by the fraternity, last Saturday night in St. Louis, for its contributions to journalism. Text of the Kennedy resolution: "Whereas, Delta Sigma Chi, national honorary journalism fraternity, has cited the Alton Evening Telegraph 'for meritorious contributions to journalism in recognition of its community service to which it has been constantly vigilant both in its news and editorial columns'; and "Whereas, a citation from Delta Sigma Chi is one of the very high honors in the field of journalism and 'much aspired to; and "Whereas, the tremendous community support of the Telegraph must bestir admiration in all who perceive it, and "Whereas, for 117 years—through six wars, through panics and depressions — the Telegeraph has striven constanly to do what a newspaper should do, therefore, be it "Resolved by the House of Reo- resentatives of the 68th General Assembly of the State of Illinois that we express our heartiest congratulations to the Alton Evening Telegraph on its citation by Delta Sigma Chi, and that a suitable copy of this resolution be forwarded to Mr. Paul B. Cousley." Ends Saturday Concert Association Opens Drive for 1,200 Members The Alton Community Concert Association launched its 13th annual membership enrollment week with a dinner at the First Presbyterian Church Monday evening. Sixty five of the 125 volunteer workers enrolled in this year's campaign attended the dinner and heard challenges from speakers to enroll a capacity audience for the 1953-54 concert series. Already announced for the series is the appearance of the Winnipeg Royal Ballet of Canada, which during June will appear in London during the coronation ceremonies, aj invitation of Queen EUlzabeth. Association President P. S. Cousley expressed his thanks to the volunteers for their participation in a program that made possible a concert series that could bring such prestige to the community— along with the musical contacts it afforded. He called on each volunteer in the organization to enroll 10 members, but pointed out some would need to do better than that to compensate for the usual few who weren't so fortunate. Mrs. Pauline Walston, representative of the Community Concert Servise, here to provide professional direction for the enrollment week, stressed that both artist and audience" are a necessary element for a successful concert, and urged accomplish something worthwhile in the community: entertainment coupled with inspiration on an adult level. Pointing out that a successful concert series can be achieved only when someone underwrites the expense, in which case a deficit often falls heavily upon the underwriters; or when through the Association plan, many citizens contribute their efforts and money (in membership fees) in a cooperative enterprise that eliminates deficits and at the same time creates a larger audience and encourages new listeners. He asked that residents of the community make the work of the volunteers as easy as possibly in getting their membership early and not to make necessary several trips or inquiries for each membership. "The more appreciative our public shows itself to be of the work being carried on, the more progress we will all make together, and the more likely we are to have a continuous, successful concert series year after year," he said- He pointed out that it is to the advantage of every member to not only get in his own membership promptly, but to secure another mc:nber with it. "Every dollar we take in goes for more or better concert attractions," he pointed out. "Thus there Six automobiles were damaged at at 12:03 today when the reported chase of one passenger vehicle after another In a "repossession attempt" ended in a collision series on E. Fourth St. near Monument Ave. four of the six cars were parked vehicles. Called to the crash scene, police took names and numbers, then spent more than an hour sorting out background details of the collision episode. According to Information compiled on the Investigation report, the initial collision was between a sedan driven by Louis Finazzo, 24, of 103 Gerson Ave., manager of an auto finance company, accompanied by R. H. Albritton, operator of an East Alton auto sales firm, and « coach they had been following which was driven by Leo Burdell Smith, 18, of 311 Shamrock St., East Alton, Finazzo, according to the report, lost control when his car bumped the rear of the Smith car, which suddenly retarded speed, and the Finazzo sedan caromed against a parked coupe of Wesley H. Regne of 1207 E. Fourth St. and a parked coupe of Albert Lane of 1209 E. Fourth St. The Lane coupe, according to the police, was shoved into a parked coach of John Thompson Jr., Of 1209 East Fourth St., and it jumped the curb to collide with another parked coach of Clyde Sterling of 1209 E. Fourth St. Police at the scene found the Smith car gone, and waited until Finazzo returned from a trip to call a Haper towcar to get his report of the happening. Meantime, about 20 minutes after the crash, Leo B. Smith and his wife, Irene, appeared at the police station to make a report. Smith said that, prior to the the 1200-block of East Fourth St., his car had been bumped by a sedan at the Keystone Hotel corner, Broadway and George St., and that this sedan then followed in pursuit after him over E. Fourth, bumping his car two or three times more, the police report shows. Further explanation ca'me from Albritton, who, according to the report, explained by telephone he had been with Finazzo, who had been attempting to repossess the coach driven by Smith. Later, Albritton came to the police station to file a traffic complaint against Smith, but Smith was just leaving as he arrived, and the complaint remained unserved. Before his departure, after reporting on the accident, Smith filed a city complaint against Louis F. Finazzo charging careless driving, and a warrant subsequently was authorized by Police Magistrate Schreiber. Finazzo called at the police desk Laborer Strike Is Temporarily Declared Off Employers' Council and Union Representatives To Meet Again A temporary truce has been declared In the current dispute between laborers' Local 218 and the Construction Employers' Council. At a meeting Monday, representatives of the union and the Council agreed to present to each other at 1 p.m. Wednesday written statements of their position in the negotiation of a new contract, to replace the one that expired Feb. 21. ? Men On Jobs A strike of union laborers had been set to start at 8 a.m. today. A survey by the Telegraph this morning revealed the laborers had not been called off their Jobs, pending the outcome of the Wednesday meeting. Robert Whyers, business representative of the. laborers' local, said: "The strike has been delayed in the public interest, pending a meeting at 1 p.m., Wednesday." The union last week was report-! photo. ed to be seeking a wage increase of 52% cents an hou,r, which would mean that laborers who now receive $2.07^ cents an hour would get $2.60. Other union demands included pay for holidays, election days and double time if the men work on those days. Also sought are differentials for certain classes of work. The Council represents most construction employers in the Alton- Wood River area. Eye Effect on Schools One of the side issues of the wage demands, of general concern to taxpayers of the area school district, is the possible effect of high* er labor costs on the schools, $4,931,000 building program. A bond issue for eight new schools and five additions has been voted and is soon to be awarded to the best bidder. Discussing Monday night's meeting, Whyers said: "My proposals were ready to submit; theirs weren't." A statement was issued today by the labor negotiation committee of «the employers, by its chairman, J. fallen, which said: "Although the Council has met with Mr. Robert Whyers four times this spring for the purpose of negotiating a new contract, Mr. Whyers has never given the council any written proposal except for a union security clause presented at our March 13 meeting. "Mr. Whyers has orally demanded a 25 per cent wage increase, although the government cost of living index is below the index in effect, last fall when the laborers received a wage increase. 22 PAGES Prict St. Eittblllhtd Jw. ll» f*fc'''.. REPATRIATES HOMEWARD BOUND — First'of American soldiers repatriated lasr week in the exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war ar Panmunjom board a hospital plane near Tokyo as they leave for the United States. The hospital plane will make a 24-hour stopover in Honolulu.—AP Wire- Illinois POW Tells of Trip Across North Korea by Sled, Truck, Train and Stretcher By STAN CARTER TOKYO, #-It seemed to Sgt. Philip McMahon of Ogden, 111,, that the North Koreans carried him over half of their country in a stretcher. The rest of North Korea, McMahon figures, he saw in an excursion by truck, train and by a sled pulled by a cow. McMahon, 25, of the U. S. 45th Infantry Division, saw only one other American in five months as a prisoner of the North Korean Reds. Repatriated at Panmunjom last week with other sick and wounded prisoners, McMahon related his experiences today in an interview at Tokyo Army Hospital. McMahon spent all but the last month of his captivity in North Korean Army hospitals, where he was treated'the Same as the Communist soldiers. H6 said there was a steady stream of North Korean wounded, most of them hit by Allied air strikes. ' Hit by Grenade McMahon sat with his leg, which is filled with grenade fragments,, in a cast during the interview. The blond soldier was captured at an outpost northeast of the punchbowl on the Eastern Front last Nov. 25. "It was raining, and dark and cold outside," he said. "Two of the volunteer* to do everything in is no limit to the possible value of their power to bring a good audi- i a membership other than the nunv enca together. ber of seats in the auditorium. CowJey pointed out later that the Headquarter* was opened this 125 worker* and the association's i morning in the Gould Music Co. executive hoard were contributing ! store, 551 K. Broadway. \ temp- members. The union's wage policy committee did not put the proposed increase in dollars and cents, That, must wait for negotiations next month. David .T. McDonald, union president, told reporters the USW will notify the steel companies "in the next few days" that the union wants to open wage negotiations. Blue Monday for 2 Women Hurt Doing Laundry It was blue Monday and wash day for two Alton women, who suffered hand injuries yesterday while doing the family laundry. Both were given emergency treatment at Alton Memorial Hospital. Victims of the mishaps were Mrs. Estelie Wolfbrandt, 72, of 3417 Gilham St., and Mrs. Alberta Hamberg of 608 Winkler St. Hands of both women became entangled in electric wringers, but both women had presence of mind to push the automatic release levers and free their hands. Both women were alone at time of the accidents and both were aided by neighbors in getting to the hospital. is orally demanding." 6:30 a. m. Then boom, boom. That was all 1 knew. "I woke up halfway down the side of the hill. The first thing I South Koreans saw was three Koreans and the South Koreans Drmoiistrate SEOUL / marched through Seoul again to- j biggest burp gun I ever saw. What day demanding unification of all j happened to my buddy in the I (Continued on Page 2, C'ol.'s.) Korea. today, seeking to file a traffic com-j " Neitn er the Alton schools nor' us W ere in a small hunker. I had plaint against Smith, but because i the £ eneral public can afford to! j ust looked at my watch. It read Smith was a resident of East Al-|P ay the w _ B & e increase Mr. Whyers ton, was advised a state warrant was needed to get service out of town and was advised to consult the assistant state's attorney, Steelworkers Ask General Wage Increase ATLANTIC CITY, N. J. & —The CIO United Steelworkers today called for a general wage increase for more than a million union Ex - Communist Tells of Theft Of Secret Plan WASHINGTON JP— Thad Mason, a self-identified former Communist spy testified today that he stole secret U. S. plans for a military diesel engine during World War Night-and-Day Grind Begining OnTidelandOil Opponents Defeated in First Test As Amendment Fails to Pass WASHINGTON tf-Senate opponents of state ownership of offshore submerged lands faced a night-and-day grind, beginning today. f 'They came back fighting after a 56 to 33 thumping in the first Senate test vote on the issue. Majority Leader Taft of Ohio counterattacked with arrangements for Senate sessions around the clock. After 19 days—and quite a few nights—of Senate debate, the opponents still refused to agree to a date for a final vote. Arrangements were made to keep a quorum of 49 senators present at all- times. Cots were ordered for senatorial catnaps in the cloakrooms. The test of strength came on a Taft motion. late Monday to "lay on the table," and thereby kill a federal control substitute by Sen. Anderson '(D-NM) to which had been added the "oil for education" amendment of Sen. Hill (D-Ala). Amendment Killed Thirty-eight Republicans and 18 Democrats voted to kill the Anderson-Hill proposal. Against them were 25 Democrats, 7 Republicans and 1 independent. The combined Anderson-Hill substitute would have retained offshore lands' under federal control, provided for a system of federal oil leases and dedicated federal revenues to national defense and Mason said he also stole from aja system of federal aid to state du Pont chemical plant in Cleve- j school systems. U. The witness who is from Wallington, N. J,, said the thefts were from a General Motors plant in Cleveland, Ohio, and not from a Detroit plant of General Motors as reported previously by the Senate internal security subcommittee before which he testified, Mason said he stole the plans one by one from files of the Inspection division, and smuggled them to fellow spies who worked as a cook and "second assistant dishwasher" in the plant's cafeteria. The plans then were photographed in a secret hideout in the basement of the cafeteria, he said. He learned later, he Said, that I he blue prints were for only part of the engine, although he had believed he was stealing the plans for the entire unit. A lean, bespectacled man, Mason gave his testimony at a televised public hearing, speaking in a nervous, rather high pitched voice which on occasion failed him. UN Threaten! To End Talks At Deadlock Asks Communists to Cofflti Up With Proposal On Prisoners B|f ROBERT B, TtTCKMAJT PANMUNJOM #-U. N. negotiators today threatened to brtak off the renewed Korean , arntiitfei talks unless the Communists com* up soon with a concrete propoitl for exchanging prisoners—la«t Wf obstacle to a truce. Lt. (Jen. William K. HarrfttW said the U. N. Command "does ttot intend to become involved Iff ptO» tracted and useless arguments.'* And he warned the Reds that they "should be well aware that Wt mean what we say." Official sources in WashingMSi however, were said to see a gllnv mer of hope that the Reds miy be moving toward a truce desplti today's U. N. threat. The session at Panmunjom wail the third since the negotiation! were revived Sunday in an effqct to decide what to do with prisoners who refuse to go home. The Allies asked the Reds to name a neutral state which woufii assume custody of prisoners un» willing to return to Communlit rule, but received no definite anV swer. The Communists have In* dicated they might name Red-run Poland or Czechoslovakia, neither, of which would-be acceptable ta the U. N. Command. The Comma* nlsts rejected Switzerland, The delegations, which will m«tet again Wednesday were deadlocked on three main points: 1. The neutral state to haridfi balky prisoners. 2. The length of time after aS armistice necessary for disposal ,of prisoners. *.•'•'- • . , 3. Whether prisoners will 1i« shipped to the neutral State of b« held in Korea while their fate is decided. Britain Refuses .m c** nrrt -<w To Sign Wheat A , ,. . 'I.'"'" •••-"*«•:i»-- J-j-'.w.fgiK gr cement WASHINGTON. ^-Britain hai refused to sign 'the extended International- Wheat • Agreement and some experts think its days are numbered. The deadline passed at midnight. Iceland was the last nation to sign for a three-year renewal. Britain is the only holdout of th"« 46 nations originally participating. Britain refused to agree to buy wheat at more than $2 a bushel. The agreed renewal price was 52.05. . , .\ The agreement seeks to stabilize markets by setting prices and alloting quotas to producing countries for export and consuming countries for import. The U. S has been exporting its quota at about 62 cents ft bushel under the domestic prioe, paying subsidies to sellers, i land the formula for a preparation for the prevention and cure of diseases among livestock. He said he Anderson made an llth-hour appeal to the Senate not to "override the Supreme Court." Then, Netherlands Boycotts Red* THE HAGUE. The Netherlands did it under orders from the Com- i showing the strain of the long de- /P—The Netherlands government munist underground in 194.'!, and hale in which he had been H lead- \ today forbade all shipments of thai "the comrade in charge said il would he of great use to our comrades in Russia." Mason related that he had nn er, he was forced In leave the Sen- j armaments and war materials to ate chamber for rest and medical attention. Red China and North Korea • The Dutch Foreign Office said Taft, in his first speech of the j the government decree followed the 'unhappy experience" as the lead-; dehale, said the Supreme Court j same lines as recent British'and Examination at the hospital the showed both had escaped fia< QUEENING CAN BE FUN sn 'c for HT Rn,.s! Hoir< h< "i Ca mony at .^ii-^.or ( d tie toi.iy at tfl 7_abeth II h j ng ''i. < er of a prep school strike in Cleveland. As a result, he said, the school authorities refused to recommend him for a .jolt when be finally was gradual ed from Ohio University. Embillcred, he said, hn looker! upon himself as "the man behind the eight ball" and joined the Communist parly in !!).'',(}. He said he advanced swillly in Communist circles to the role of spy, first in the du Pont plant and then at General Motors. W«*alher Alton and vicinity — t'lmidy With scattered »hower* or thun- derihourr* tonight and Wednesday. Cooler \\ediiekda.v. High today near MO. Low Wednesday in middle AUV, high middle 70*. five Uay l'nrecu»t Temperature* will average S ta • degree* below normal; normal maximum 88 North to 73 South; normal minimum 44 North to 40 South. Mild \\edne*- day, cooler Thursday and rising lemju-rature* Kritii.v, cooler again Saturday but rising temperature* again Muuday. frecip- iUtioti uill average .3 to I iuch a* khouers mid tbuuUerstonu* and f'riday. (Continued on Page 2, C'nl. I.) French bans Shocking Wired Brain Latest Angle To Banish Pain, Treat Insane By ALTON I. BI.AKESLKK At' Science Reporter NEW ORLEANS .V — Human The tiny currents apparently foundly affect the chemistry of th« human body, presumably affecting brains are being wired inside to j body glands and hormones, produce tiny shocks to banish] The wires are implanted through terrible pain or to treat mental two little holes made in the front, illness. top part of the skull. A fluoroscept Two to eight electric wires are j machine guides the surgeon UI planted as deep as three inches j putting each wire at selected spot*. inside the brain. Any pair of wires j The outside ends of the wires art can be honked to a machine to \ soldered to sockets, which are ilV carry a slight electric current through chosen parts of the brain. The currents seem to dynamite hormones mio action. The wires have brought one bed- corporated into a big head band* age. There is no discomfort; th« wires can be withdrawn anytime later. PI. Heath showed a dramati* thei» k»st efforts during,campaign orary phone ha» been installed tures and both returned home after week—which elotec Saturday-to, there. The number ii 2-0531. [treatment. Uc-jfri-,. 7 ho r n,Hilly ui fdrfiif '0 U'ifhoM '' r -r i r , ( ii:Piiidl r.i.r.r- h .<• ht 111 .'.,)"-> • • h h Fr.lci n n:d, t" 1:0 horn [ onnori. llivf»r K- ./rro Hll.'i 4* <O ••) StHgP 11 M Fall .34 ft. i •••• i.vk * Otm »* Pool 415.50 Taijwater 406.71 ridden woman freedom from the, movie of pain relief won by incessant pain of hopeless cancer, woman whose cancer had Dr. Robert G. Heath, professor of through her pelvis. Shots of psychiatry and neurosurgery at phine brought relief for only Tulane University Medical School, hours. said today. She has not needed! But as soon as the current- morphine lor six wecHs. ! milliamperes or two l.OOOthi of M Thirty mental patients have had i ampere—was turned on, b»r pit* the brain wiring in the last three J was gone. She said she felt goal years but Dr. Heath declined to j enough to go to work. WfcNl th* discuss those results now. ! current was increased ta fau* He described this significant milliamperes. she felt diajy. Al new attack upon pain to science slightly higher current, hMr writers ending a tour sponsored by j pressure rose, the American Cancer Society. He I The treatments kill tar stressed that the work is still very i a week or U) day*. tfcM ifcl ||f preliminary. | another electric-

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