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HERALD Vol. 82 No. 22 DECATUR, ILLINOIS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 1961 26 PAGES 7 CENTS an i l n nc 3 umu urn 82.5 Million School Aid Hike Proposed By 0. T. Banton Of The Herald and Review Staff Chicago, Jan. 26 An appropriation of 410 million collars in state aid to the com' mon schools for the two-year pe riod beginning July 1, will be recommended to the Legislature by the School Problems Commis sion. The figure, approved by the commission here today, is an ezTmimon-aoiiar increase over the appropriation of 327'i mil lion for the current biennium, and includes 24 million dollars toward the teachers pension fund. A deficiency appropriation of 5',s million dollars will be needed to carry the state aid program to the end of the present biennium June 30, under the formula by which state aid money is being distributed. Mandatory legislation to force reorganization of school districts into effective units is recommended to the Legislature in a subcommittee report approved here today. Rep. Charles W. Clabaugh (R-Champaign, commission chairman, reported that under a program set up by the Legislature in 1945 but which was not mandatory, most of the small school districts in Illinois have been consolidated into unit districts or otherwise reorganized for more efficient operation. From 12,000 districts prior to 1945, he said, the number has been reduced to 1,600. The former 10,- 000 one-room schools in the state have been reduced to 70, three of which are in Cook county. Withholding of financial aid to districts that do not comply with state standards has been inducing more districts to conform each year. But the commission wants to see the "remaining bad spots cleaned up" by mandatory law. Children in the feet-dragging districts are being short-changed on educational opportunities, the commission believes. To supervise the needed further reorganization of school districts, the commission plan provides for a nine-member, non-salaried State Reorganization Commission. County Survey Groups In each county, a seven-member school survey committee would be formed to be elected at a meeting of all school board mem bers in the county to be called by the county superintendent of schools "not later than Oct. 1 of this year. The first meeting of the survey committee also would be called by the county superintendent. The committee would be instructed to proceed with a study of school districts in the county with a view-to recommending desirable reorganization to improve educational opportunities. The committee would hold public hearings and confer with experts before preparing its report, to be filed no later than Feb. 1, 1963. The proposed bill would set up standards of school district reorganization to be followed by the survey committees. Highlights of the Standards are: l. fcacn unit district and sen- arate high school district should have at least 250 pupils enrolled in a high school, and at least 200 pupils in each separate elementary school district. 2. Each elementary district shall have an assessed valuation of at least $9,000 per pupil in average daily attendance. The plan provides that if no pe tition is filed for an election with respect to the recommendations of the survey committee by Feb. 1, 1964. the county superintendent may call an election at anytime prior to June 30, 1964. If, by July 1, 1965, any school district exists which does not con- form to the standards established: by the act, the School Reorganiza- tion Commission may take such; steps as are necessary to Dring nere to become a postulant ot tne President s brother who wasiKennedy proposed during the I of New York, who has been treat-about compliance. I Uttle Franciscan Sister named attorney general, Sliriverj campaign ling Kennedy since 1955. i i ;s ' m I i iinirtr.itiiMMnijilia-..2iiiWi..,. ..,.&s,&,.t, . Karen Olmstead, 20-month-old daughter of Capt. Freeman Olmstead, laughed when she found her father's picture alongside newspaper stories telling of his release from a Soviet prison. Although Karen is too young to realize the significance of her Weather Delays Freed Fliers; Arrival Today Halifax, N.S., Jan. 26 (AP) Despite another frustrating de lay on their long journey home from seven months in Soviet captivity, two U.S. Air Force cap. tains were described tonight as "happy, cheerful and sure looking forward to getting home." Held up for 12 hours after their commercial plane blew out two tires at a Moscow airport, Capts Freeman B. Olmstead and John R- McKone again were delayed 'overnight at Goose Bay, Labrador, by bad flying weather ahead. Their wives are waiting for them in Washington and the reunion now is scheduled for Friday afternoon. President Kennedy also will welcome them at An drews Air Force Base, Md., near the capital. The two captains are just fine," said Col. M. H. Gilman, an officer traveling with the pair, in a phone interview. "They seem to be in fine physical shape and of course, overwhelmingly happy. Olmstead of Elmira, N.Y., and McKone of Topeka, Kan., landed at Goose Bay in a U.S. Air Force Constellation for what was originally planned as a routine refueling stop. Then came the bad news about the Washington weather. The Air Force threw a security ring around the men. Aside from Col. Gilman's brief statement, all inquiries were referred to the Pentagon in Washington. The fliers' accounts of their treatment since their RB47 reconnaissance plane was shot down over the Barents Sea by : Soviet fighters last July 1 are a matter of high policy and undoubtedly will be subject to State Depart !ment scrutiny in advance. The White House banned interviews for the present. Their release was announced Wednesday night by Kennedy at his first news conference. It had been arranged directly with the Kremlin, and Kennedy himself was careful not to go beyond the diplomatic language that appar ently had been worked out. After Olmstead and McKone left Moscow, U.S. Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson, who helped arrange their release in private talks with Premier Khrushchev Yvonne Dionne in Convent Baie St. Paul, Que., Jan. 26 (AP) Yvonne Dionne. of the Dionne quintuplets, is entering a convent 1 - 1 Associated Press Wirephoto father's absence the last seven months, she recognized pictures of him and her mother in the newspapers. She is remaining in Topeka, Kan., with friends of the family while Mrs. Olmstead is in Washington awaiting reunion with Capt. Olmstead. and other officials, met newsmen in his embassy office and told of the men's arrival. Olmstead and McKone whose four other crew mates are either dead or missing were brought to the embassy in baggy Russian suits Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Hoy am I glad to see an American," said Olmstead. "They looked like Russians, Thompson told correspondents with a smile. In that way the two airmen passed undetected under the noses of Moscow's foreign press and diplomatic corps, for Kennedy had not made his an nouncement. They had been scheduled to leave Moscow on a Dutch commercial airliner at 12:40 p.m., in the last two available seats on the plane. The seats had been booked under the names of two U.S. Air Force officials attached to the embassy in Moscow. As the airliner taxied out to the runway, two tires blew out. The plane returned to the hangar and the pilots to the embassy. Spare tires were flown in from Warsaw. The airliner finally got off at about 1 a.m. Olmstead and McKone landed at Amsterdam. They changed to their Air Force Constellation, got a cup of hot chocolate and sleeping pills, and went to sleep for the flight to Goose Bay. Kennedy Decides Against Naming Brother-in-Law to Welfare Post By David Wise N.Y. Herald Tribune Service Washington, Jan. 26 President Kennedy has decided against appointing his brother-in law, R. Sargent Shriver, under secretary of health, education and welfare, it was disclosed today. It was learned that Abraham A. Ribicoff, secretary of health, edu cation and welfare, had discussed with Shriver the possibility of his taking the post. Apparently the decision was reached within the administration that the political risks were too great. This became apparent Thursday night when the White House an nounced that Ivan A. Nestingen, mayor of Madison, Wis., had been .namea 10 uie undersecretary postioointee to nead the "oeace corns" by President Kennedy. jof Like Robert F. Kennedy, thejin Rebels Ration Provisions on Pirated Liner San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jan. 26 (AP) Word that food. and water were being rationed aboard the Portu guese ship Santa Maria brought a new appeal from the U.S. com mander of the Caribbean Sea Frontier that the rebels arrange the quick disembarkation of the 558 passengers aboard. Rear Adm. Alien Smith Jr. mes saged the rebel - occupied ship shortly after five of the 42 Americans among the shanghaied passengers had radioed that food and water aboard were adequate but were being rationed. Other reports indicated the pas sengers might be in for several more days of free cruising on the captive ship with Angola in West Africa as the rebels' declared des tination but with the possibility they might turn about for a land fall in Brazil if Portuguese Navy ships blocked their way. Adm. Smith's message was ad dressed to Capt. Henrique Galvao who led a hardy band of about 70 self - declared revolutionaries in seizing the 20,906-ton passenger ship on the high seas early last Sunday. The text of the admiral's mes sage, radioed by KCA and All- America, said: "I note your inten tion to land passengers in neutral country as soon as possible. I am concerned about the safety of passengers and am anxious to arrange their safe disembarkation soonest. What are your plans for landing passengers?" Galvao earlier had refused a Navy plea to turn back and disembark the passengers at San Juan as an "impertinence and an offense." He said he was a Portuguese politician fighting for the liberty of Portugal and that he and his band "will not be confused with pirates." Meanwhile, the Santa Maria sped on eastward in mid-Atlantic, shadowed by the U.S. Navy in its biggest tracking operation of peace times. The owners of the ship predicted Portugal's fastest frigate soon will catch her. Gen. Humberto Delgado, Portu guese nationalist in exile, said at Sao Paulo that Brazil's president elect promised Galvao a permit to enter Brazil as a refugee if he wants. Delgado said that if Galvao does decide on asylum in Brazil he will wait until Janio Quadros takes over the presidency of that country next Tuesday. The Navy put four destroyers and 18 planes into a trailing operation. This is primarily to in sure the safety of the passengers. Britain withdrew its frigate Rothesay from the hunt. An ad miralty spokesman said the Roth esay has sailed from Trinidad to resume its normal duties. worked as a top campaign aide to the President. In addition, he has considerable experience in the field o' health, education and welfare, having served as director of a hospital, a foundation and as chairman of the Chicago Board of Education. But he is also married to the President's sister, Eunice, a fact that some advisers to the President feared would open the way to charges by political opponents that Kennedy sought to bring too many members of his family into public office. bnnver reportedly was recep tive to taking the welfare post but was fully aware of the political risk entailed. His name had also been mentioned as a possible ap- young men to serve overseas underdeveloped areas which Arrests Bare Counterfeit Ring in State Bloomington, Jan. 26 (AP) Federal and local authorities swooped down tonight on what they described as a statewide counterfeit ring stretching from Chicago to southern Illinois. Fred Backstro, agent in charge of the Secret Service at Spring field, said bogus bills printed in Chicago apparently have been cir culated for the last month in at least seven communities Chica go, St. Louis, Mount Vernon, Ben ton, Peoria, Champaign and Decatur. Tonight, agents staked out along U.S. 150 and seized two Peoria men apparently en route to Bloomington and said they found in their car $20,500 in counterfeit $10s and $20s in uncut sheets. Also found was a paper cutter. Backstro said the operation ap parently was on a small scale and that the money circulated to date probablv totaled no more than $5,- 000. He said Secret Service agents in Chicago had pinpointed the source as a printing plant and were preparing to make arrests. Taken to McLean County jail, Bloomington, were Joseph Stoeck-er, about 30, and Joseph Brown, about 40, both of Peoria. Arrested at a roadblock near Carlock, they were named in warrants charging possession of counterfeit money. Kennedy Hunts Ways to Spur U.S. Economy Washington, Jan. 26 (AP) President Kennedy has called a conference today to explore measures to spur the American economy. The conference call came upon the heels of the President's first meeting with his cabinet. Speculation developed that tax reductions and expansion of un employment compensation might be among the steps up for discus sion in the exploration of the na tion's economic status. This will be the purpose of the Kennedy luncheon Friday with Secretary of the Treasury Doug las Dillon, Secretary of Labor Arthur J. Goldberg and Rep. Wilbur Mills, (D-Ark) chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Mills' committee handles tax legislation and bills dealing with unemployment compensa tion. Experts on Kennedy task forces have recommended a temporary renewal of expired unemployment benefits in depressed areas, and the possibility of lowering income taxes has been suggested if there is a continued worsening of business conditions into the spring. White House press secretary Pierre Salinger declined to say whether taxes and unemployment compensation would come up at Friday's session. PossibteAction Subject Salinger, however, did say that possible courses of action will be discussed and that the State of the Union message Kennedy will deliver to Congress Monday prob ably would be brought in. Dillon and Goldberg were two of the 10 Cabinet members who sat around the elliptical table in the Cabinet room for their first joint meeting with the new Presi dent. It lasted 21,i hours. Salinger told reporters that Kennedy started it off with an informal talk in which he urged all the members to speak their minds fully at all such meetings. Kennedy put in a busy and var ied day. He selected an under secretary of health, education and welfare, Filled posts on the Federal Power and Interstate Com merce commissions, and formally named a woman to serve for the first time as White House physician. The latter is Dr. Janet1 Travell Search Continues for U.S. Plane, 23 Aboard Argentia, Nfld., Jan. 26 (AP) A U.S. Military Air Transport Service plane with 23 aboard vanished today over Canada's frozen Atlantic coastline. At just about the same time a Navy plane reported seeing an explosion in the air. The transport was carrying 13 passengers and 10 crewmen from Morocco to its home base at Norfolk, Va., via the Azores and New foundland. It was due to land at Argentia early in the morning. The air temperature was around zero, and the water around 32 degrees. After 15 hours of searching no trace of the plane had been found. The search continued despite steady winds of 50 miles an hour and gusts up to 75 m.p.h. A crew member of an RCAF search plane was injured when the aircraft was battered by the winds while airborne. He was admitted to a hospital. At least 14 aircraft and half a dozen ships are expected to enter the search Friday. The last word to the ground from the four - engine C118 was received by the control center at Gander at 2:30 a.m., local tune No Report Of Trouble The pilot made no mention of trouble and gave his position as 455 miles southeast of Argentia, site of a big military airbase. The plane failed to report in an hour later as scheduled. Gander then declared an emergency. The . U.S. Air Force said a Navy long - range patrol plane sighted the transport on its radar and talked with the crew at 3:10 a.m. At 3:45 a.m, the Navy plane reported seeing an explosion in the air about 27 miles northeast) of Argentia. That would be near the citv of St. John's, on the Coast Guard Cutter Afire Baltimore, Md.. Jan. 26 (AP) Burning diesel oil which had spilled over thick Jiarbor ice along side one of the Coast Guard's largest cutters sent roaring flames and smoke over the bow of the ship today. A civilian shipfitter who was working from a scaffold on the hull of the 311-foot cutter died in the flames. A fellow worker who tried to reach him over the crusty ice was injured as was one offi cer of the seaplane tender Chin- coteague. The fire engulfed the bow sec tion of the Chincoteague as it was anchored for routine overhaul at a Coast Guard drydock yard in the Patapsco River, south of downtown Baltimore. The Coast Guard said a spark from a welder's torch apparently ignited the fuel oil, and the blaze spread quickly over the ice and formed a wall of flames over open water. Thomas H. Koerner, 53, a Bal timore worker who was in the midst of the inferno, jumped from the scaffold to the frozen harbor surface and tried to extinguish his flaming clothing by rolling on the ice. His burning clothing helped spread the flames in his futile at tempt to save himself. PARLIAMENT CHEERS AS CHURCHILL RETURNS London, Jan. 26 (AP) Leaning heavily on a cane. Sir Winston Churchill slowly took his place today in the House of Com mons for the first time since he hurt his back in a fall last No vember. Proceedings halted when he ap peared. Conservatives, Liberals and Laborites alike craned their necks to look at the 86-year-old former prime minister. Then as if directed by a cheer leader they let out a roar of welcome. coast across a narrow peninsula from Argentia. Search officials here said the reported explosion might have been a flare. The weather was a serious obstacle both to search and survival. If the plane landed in the icy waters, the passengers and crew would. have little chance of staying alive. High winds and flying spray created icing hazards for surface vessels. The plane left Morocco, and stopped for refueling in the Azores. The plane was attached to Transport Squadron 22 in Norfolk. The squadron was organized in: 1950, and the Navy said the group's record had so far listed no fatalities. 3 Railroads Approve Plan For Merger Chicago, Jan. 26 (AP) A merger of the Northern Pa cific Railway, the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Co., and the Great Northern Railway was approved today by directors of the railroads. The proposed merger also in cludes the Pacific Coast Railroad Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of. the Great Northern, which op erates in the Seattle area. The action of the three boards was announced jointly by Presi dents Robert S. Macfarlane of the Northern Pacific, John M. Budd of the Great Northern and Harry C. Murphy of the Burlington. The individual .boards met separately in Chicago to take the action. Under the arrangement, the railroads will make up a corpora tion to be known as Great North ern Pacific & Burlington Lines, Inc. The corporation plans to lease for 10 years the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway, owned jointly by the Great Northern and Northern Pacific. The plan will be submitted to the various stockholders for ap proval at their annual meetings, subject to authorization of the merger by the Interstate Commerce Commission. The railways included in the unification and leasing plan op erate nearly 25,000 miles of line in 17 states and the Canadian prov inces of Manitoba and British Co lumbia. Formal application for approval of the unification program is ex pected to be filed with the ICC about Feb. 15. Northern Pacific shareholders will meet April 27, The ICC will hold public hear- Burlington May and Great Northern May 11. Sunny, Cod DECATUR AND VICINITY: Sunny with little temperature change Friday. Partly cloudy and not so cold Friday night. Increasing cloudiness and warmer Saturday. High Friday 18-22. Low Friday night 6-10. THURSDAY TEMPERATURES 7 a.m. 11 7 p.m. 10 Noon 18 11 p.m. 5 High . 22 Low 10 Precipitation: .13 Today sunrise 7:10, sets 5:09 (additional weather on page 21) Inside Today... Illinois Legislature to get bill for mandatory drunk driver test Page 3 Hammarskjold warns against U. N. troop withdrawals from Congo Page 7 Lodge plans shakeup among state game wardens Page 11 Kennedy farm conference ends where it started, divided-Page 22 Television Page 10 ; Action Called Vital to Meet Finance Crisis Springfield, Jan. 26 (AP) Gov. Otto Kerner declared to night he will slash state payrolls and seek to hike taxes to meet what he called an impending fi nancial crisis facing the state. The new Democratic governor did not spell out how many jobs or what taxes, would be involved. But he said such measures wert necessary to place the state on a firm financial basis. 'By July 1, I'm going to be on of the most hated men in the state of Illinois," Kerner said in a short speech at a Sangamon County Democratic victory dinner. Kerner's remarks drew little applause from the some 1,000 party faithful attending the af fair. But, Kerner said, he believes the majority of Illinois citizens will accept the austerity measur-ures. "By the facts they will understand why the increase in taxes is necessary," he added. Kerner previously mentioned broadening toe state sales tax, hiking corporation taxes and beefing up the collection of taxes. Kerner said his first "great and heavy responsibility" is to place the state on a sound financial footing. "If you are critical of me," Kerner told the Democratic throng, "that is all right. But please be patient. We must get the job done in an efficient and effective way." Kerner's intention to slash payrolls apparently is underway. Theodore Isaacs, director of the Illinois Revenue Department, said earlier today he had dismissed about 80 investigators who worked out of the Chicago office. Storm Adding Heavy Snow To Cold Wave By the Associated Press A massive storm born in the tropical gulf of Mexico, hit Texas and the southland with sleet and icy rain Thursday, then brought heavy snow as it roared up the eastern seaboard. Iced power lines snapped under the weight, leaving many areas without electric service in a cold wave that gripped the eastern two-thirds of the nation. The Weather Bureau alerted the middle Atlantic states and southern New England for snows up to 8 inches deep by this morning. The death toll mounted quickly. At least 46 persons died in traffic accidents, of exposure and heart attacks or of other causes attributed to the weather. The freezing rain, sleet and snow created highway havoc from Texas to the Northeast On one ice-slicked highway in Tennessee the collision of a truck and bus set off a chain of events that left another bus on its side and 21 tractor-trailer trucks turned crosswise or in a ditch. No one was injured. (Picture on Back Page). In the West, a storm lying off the coast ended Southern California's drought with a rush 1:20 inches of rain hit Los Angeles, flooding streets, snarling traffic and causing some earth slides. As soon as the storm warning was issued, government officials in Washington, remembering the tremendous traffic snarl created by the inaugural eve storm, ordered office workers sent home four hours early. By 6 p.m., four, inches of new snow covered the nation's capital and northern Vir ginia. Yugoslav Ship Sinks, 4 Die Venice, Italy, Jan. 26 (AP) The 1,000-ton Yugoslav freighter Vrmack sank today off Venice in heavy sea with an apparent loss of four lives, Italian police said. 1

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