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   Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 14, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire                               Today's Chuckle You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely. Nashua Ccleoraph 100th Ytor A Doily Ntwipapu 9- Weather Fair, Cold Tonight Cold, Windy Saturday PULL RIPORT ON PA6I TWO VOL. 100 NO. 294 Established Weekly October t Dally March 1, NASHUA, NEW FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1969 Second Clm PoiUge Ptld At Nashua, N. H. 18 PAGES Prlct TEN CENTS Authorities Push Probe Of Nashua Bank Robbery This was the scene at the Second National Bank Branch at Simoneau Plaza as police launched an investi- gation of the robbery. In top photo, investigators and firemen attempt to pick up clues in the case and rid .the building of gas. At lower right, FBI agents John Madden, Af Scene of Robbery and Philip McCarthy, (second from confer with Nashua Police Captain Donald Boyer and Officer Theriault (in At lower left is Ronald Rioux, manager of the branch bank. (Telegraphotos- By JOHN HABRIGAN The Federal Bureau of Investigation today launched a massive investi- gation of Nashua's first bank robbery. Bank officials at noon listed the loss at authorities revealed. The FBI is in charge of the case with Nashua po- lice cooperating in the search for two bandits who made off with cash from the Second National Bank branch office at Simoneau Plaza in a daring 11 a.m. robbery yesterday. Details Sketchy Davis P. Thurber, president of the bank, said bank officials will meet with insurance investigators late this morning. Police Chief Paul Tracy would not comment on the case. He said all information would be re- leased from the FBI. At this time, these details are known: At about 11 a.m. yesterday morning, a man described as in his early 30s entered the bank. He was wearing a ski mask. Reaction To State Budget Varies By ADOLPHE V. BERNOTAS CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Re- action to Gov. Walter Peter- son's budget message to the legislature is mixed. Strangely, the Democratic legislative lead- ership is more in agreement with the Republican governor's goals than are the Republican leaders. Peterson's recommendation of an education aid fund was the major innovation proposed in a hold-the-line budget keyed to an- ticipated normal growth rates end balanced with readjust- ments in existing tax levies. The proposed revision in the funding arrangements makes It Impossible to compare his offer- Ings with those of previous years but he agreed that for comparison purposes the ap- propriation requests total million. Two years ago, the legisla- ture appropriated mil- lion. House Speaker Marshall Cob- leigh said Thursday he dis- agrees philosophically with the governor earmarking money for a particular purpose such as the proposal for a special edu- cational aid fund. However, the Democrats House Minority Leader Robert Raiche and Senate Minority Leader Harry Spanos were in agreement with the governor's idea. Also, both the Republicans and Democrats felt the governor is sincere in wanting to keep a tight budget. Both sides of-the aisle also with Peterson's plan to TONIGHT IN ..THE TELEGRAPH Abby Classifieds 14 15, 16, 17 Comics Crossword Pearson Rcston Editorial Financial Hal Boyle Lawrence 4 5 .Snorts 12, 13 14 Suburban 15 News 41 Sulzburger 5 3 j Taylor 4 6 Television 14 Nashua Scene 4 Obituaries 2 Theaters 13 Dr. Thosteson 14 Weather FUEL OIL SAVE MORE With LORDEN OIL CO. INC. Nashua and surround, int town i. 465-2267 PIZZA by Charles Famous thru out New England 147 W. Pearl St. Finesf in Pizzas Grinders (all varieties) Regular Charles SPECIAL PIZZA TUESDAY QQC ONLY Telephone 889-4542 Open 11 A.M. to 2 A.M. Mon. thru Sat. Sundays I P.M. to make the 5 per cent rooms and meals tax a permanent levy and with the idea of lowering the exemption to 14 cents. The gov- ernor would have the money go for education. The Republicans Cobleigh and House Majority Leader Harlan Logan felt the gov- ernor should have allowed more money for the so-called legisla- tive specials. Proposal Praised Legislative leaders of both parties also praised the gover- nor's proposal to do away with the so-called education founda- tion aid formula and his at- tempt not to propose legislation which can't be backed up with money. The Democrats questioned whether the proposed increase in the real estate transfer tax might be too high and they raised the question of constitu- State Seeks City's Share For Bridge It's pay up time for bridge con- struction costs. Nashua's share comes to and the New Hampshire Depart- ment of Public Works and High- ways would like a check for that amount. The request is made in a letter to Mayor Dennis J. Sullivan which outlines bidding dates for con- struction of a second bridge at Taylor's Falls. In 1966, the aldermen approved 1 bond issue to pay its share of bridge costs but the bond has not been floated yet. Hud- son's share comes to Sullivan said it appears that the city will have to float the bond Issue in the near future to meet the state's request. According to the state's time- table, bids for substructure work mil be invited March 5 and opened March 27. Superstructure bids will sought April 9 and opened May 1. On June 25, bids for work on bridge approaches will be asked and they will be opened July 17. tionalily in the fact that pay- ment of the tax would be shared by buyer and seller. On the proposal to Increase the legacy tax, the Democrats said that instead of boosting the rate of the tax' perhaps there should be an attempt to broaden its base. The education fund, including money from "clearly ear- marked would be used to provide state assistance to Cities and towns for educational programs. Peterson said the program would provide (IS mil- lion a year perhaps mil- lion. In reaction to the budget, the executive board of the New Hampshire Education Associa- tion announced the association's governing assembly of delegates will meet Feb. 26 in Concord to review the message and the teachers' position on the so- called "sanctions alert." Peterson Is expected to ad- dress the delegates and expand his views' regarding the educa- tional portions of the budget message. The delegates will determine what action if any will be taken to further their legislative program. Encouragement Cited Robert Lewis, executive sec- retary, said: "We are encouraged by the prominence given to education by the governor when he called the education of our youth the most important state program. Of particular interest was his call for a new program of state aid to local school districts. We feel that this has the potential of being a significant step for- ward." The statewide "sanctions alert" was issued last June. It has been backed twice by the delegate assembly. In other legislative develop- ments: The Senate Finance Commit- tee urged passage of an amended version of Peterson's citizens task force bill to study state governmental efficiency. It is due on the Senate floor for action next Wednesday. The measure had been sent to the committee for a check of the price tag. But the amend- ments make no change in the proposed appropriation. The committee acted after a hearing Thursday afternoon. Just two amendments were recommended. The key one would require any proposed leg- islation be submitted 15 days before a special legislative ses- sion meets if one is called to deal with the recommendations of the task force. Peterson has said he intends to call the lawmakers into such a special session. The deadline was kept at Nov. 1 for the task force report. The measure already has passed the House but must go back to the lower chamber for approval of the.- amendments made by the senators. Cobleigh said in Laconla ear- lier in the day that the federal government might come up with a sizeable chunk of money to- ward the task force program. The House passed a bill on the power of Franconia College to grant degrees. The measure gives the con- troversial college degree-grant- ing authority through June of 1971 but the state Coordinat- ing Board of Advanced Educa- tion and Accreditation would have the power to modify or re- peal the authority before that date "upon finding that Fran- eonia College is not maintaining acceptable standards." The bill also requires the board to> report to the legisla- ture on the progress of the col- lege during the period of its de- gree-granting status. And the board would recommend action to be taken concerning the de- gree-granting powers by the 1971 legislative session. He reportedly threatened bank personnel with a cannister of gal, forcing them into a closet In the rear of the building. Authorities reported that a cus- tomer, Robert Eastman, entered the bank as the holdup was taking place. It was reported that an- other man involved In the rob- bery, who was outside In the get- away car, tooted his horn, pre- sumably to warn his partner in- side, and Eastman waved to the man. Police said Eastman found the bank empty, but a man appeared from behind a counter and or- dered him into the closet. Cash Drawers Emptied According to reports, the thief then emptied the cash drawers and fled after dropping the can- nister of gas. FBI and Nashua police said a car matching the description of the getaway vehicle was spotted' on Route 3, heading south. The initial description of the vehicle was -reportedly obtained from a witness in a restaurant across the street from the bank. When pressed for details, an FBI spokesman refused to com- ment on the progress of the in- vestigation. He said only that the bandit was armed, and that he displayed a gun during the stick- up. Employees of the bank made their way out through heavy fumes after the gunman had left. Some were treated for the effects of the gas, while passers-by aided those who became ill from the fumes. Police would not comment on the nature of the gas used. Earlier reports said the gas was Mace, a type used in riot control, while others theorized it was tear- gas of a military variety. For Ronald manager of the branch, the robbery .was a dubious welcome 'to job he had held for only two days. Shortly after the heist, he said he had been'forced to lie down on the floor while the holdup was In U.S. Troops Asked to Quit Thailand After Vietnam War ANTENNA TROUBLES? Call Cable Vision 889-6694 BILLS ARE A PAIN A. B. 0. HELP YOB GET OUT OF DEBT BY CONSOLIDATING YOUR BIIAS PAST DUE OK NOT. YOU CAN AVOID MOAT, AC- TIONS DUNS LETTERS AND THREATENING PHONE CALLS. NOT A LOAS HO SECURITY NO CO-SIONEHS TOtJ OWE PAY AS LOW A8 115 WEEKLY WEEKLY 136 WEEKLY CALL OS WBITE TODAT For at Mind Tomorrow 1271 Elm 81 669-5161 Koom 108 92 Main St. Nnitina BS3-1737 ANCHOR BUDGET CONSULTANTS Home or Office Appointment! Arrtnua By TERENCE SMITH York TimBi News Service BANGKOK, Thailand For- eign Minister Thanat Khoman said today that the United Stales troops stationed in Thai- land would have to leave country after the Vietnam War "unless there is. some compel- ling reason for them to stay." Even if such a reason develops after the war, the Foreign Min- ister said in an interview, a hew agreement would have to be drawn up between the two coun- tries. "Our present agreement Is valid only for the duration of the Vietnam he said. "If after the fighting Is over there is no compelling reason for the troops to stay, then they will have to leave." Thanat said a sufficiently com- pelling reason might be an ex- ternal attack on Thailand, but he emphasized that his country intends to shoulder (he main burden of Its own defense. "It's our intention to assume full responsibility for our own he said. "We shall not ask for outside manpower as long as we can cope with the situation ourselves. We have no intention of having the youth of another country come and risk their lives for us." Thanat was interviewed in his offict it the foreign ministry from which he has directed the external affairs of Thailand for a decade. As a result of the general election on Monday, and the other members of Prime Minister Thanom Kittikachorn's government are likely to remain in office for at least another four years. "People Not Happy" Discussing the American sol- diers stationed in the country, the Foreign Minister said the people of Thailand were "not too happy about the presence of for- eign troops on that soil." noted that the opposition demo- cratic party had raised the point during the election campaign. Thanat also took issue with a recent article by the Washing- ton columnist Jack Anderson in which Anderson asserted that the U.S. was being "robbed of millions of dollars" as a result of corruption in Thailand. "We didn't ask the Americans to build their airbases he said. "They built them because they had a specific need for them. We asked for no large sum of money for the use of the land. We could present a bill for hundreds of millions of dol- lars for the use of the bases. If that's what they want, we can oblige them." "Thailand has not been treat- ed the way an ally should treated by certain elements of the American press and Con- Thanat said. "It is not nice to have to deal with people like that." WALLPAPER SALE Save Up to 507. On New 1M9 Nashua Wallpaper Co. 129 W. Pearl St. 882-9491 ppen Thuri Til WrW's So Special About FREE CHECKING NASHUA TRUST? minimum balance if you're under 65 and NONE if you're over. That's what! Member, F.D.I.C. progress. He refused to comment further. Authorities said the theft was the first of its kind in Nashua in memory. In January of 1968, however, the Indian Head Na- tional Bank branch in Hudson was robbed of more than Davis P. Thurber, president of Second National, said the theft yesterday resulted in "heavy damage" to the branch, in the form of gas damage and ran- sacking of cashier's drawers. The bank will be closed until Monday, while bank personnel and workmen attempt to rid the prem- ises of noxious odors and deap.-up debris. City Budget Hearings Start Monday Night By CLAUDETTE DUROCHER Preliminary budget hearings will begin Monday night at with a review of budget re- quests submitted by Edgewood Cemetery trustees. Also to be reviewed that night are the proposed budgets of the Suburban Cemetery, Woodlawn Cemetery and the library de- partment. On Wednesday, Mayor Dennis J. Sullivan and the aldermen will study budget requests of the fire and police departments. A revised hearing schedule prepared by Finance Officer John Buck lists other budget re- views as follows: Feb. Age Assistance, relief, health department, Civil Defense and assessors depart- ment. Feb. code en- forcement department, Board of Plumbers, Zoning Board of Ad- justment and Aeronautical Fund. Feb. Board, cap- ital improvements, public works department. Feb. government salary account and incidentals, City Hall maintenance expenses, wards and elections budget, pension fund, insurance, water supply and street lighting; March 3 Interest account, bonded debt, park-recreation de- partment, school department, school athletic budget. At the hearings the mayor discloses which items he plans to cut from the various depart- mental budgets. Mo Jurisdiction In a statement today, Sullivan said he wished to reiterate that he is powerless to curb salary and wage increases in the po- lice, school and library depart- ments because these depart- ments have autonomy In these matters. He said citizens distur bed about the "sizable increases" in these departments should con- tact members of the police commission, the library trustees or the Board of Education. "The mayor does have the right to say 'Yes' or 'No', or trim services or supplies in these three Sulli- van said. "However, you must reallzs that unless there is a sizable in- crease in i specific item, the average operating cost must In allowed, unless one can justify suspending the service. "As our city expands, more maintenance and services are IB be allowed for and expected, and none can be provided with- out additional he con- tinued. "We are carefully screening all requests all ad- ditional major or" capital- im- provements will have to be proven or justified they will be considered there will be no token approval." A Doubly Hearty Appropriately enough, Valentine's Day is doubly meaningful to Ann- marie and Maryann Holloran. For today is the first birthday of these twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Holloran, 19 St. Lazare St. As for Valentine's Day the girls say that even though he can't tell them apart, their hearts belong to Daddy with Grandpa placing a close second. Incidentally, to dis- tinguish between sweethearts, Ann- marie is the one on the left. (Telegraphoto-Harrigan) Cupid In Spotlight Today By MARSHA CLEMENT K your mailman was a little late today, have a heart. For, he's got lots of them. More than Valentines being whisked over snowbanks in Nashua today, with postmen .cast in the role of modern-day Cupids. The holiday itself is far from modem. It all started in pagan Rome. A feast called Lupercslla was held each year in the middle of February to pay homage to the god, Uiper- cus, who guarded livestock and shepherds from attack by marauding wolves. As part of the celebration, young Roman warriors drew names of young maidens from helmets. A girl who was thus chosen became the sweetheart- for-a-year of the soldier who had picked her name sort of a classical version of going steady. When Rome became a Christian city, such goings-on were not allowed, but the holiday wis kept and changed to honor the Christian martyrs, particularly St. Valentine, whole birthday fell it that time tf year. The Ing also remained, except the names wen those of saints. For a year following, the re- ligious follower was to emulate the life of the saint whose name he had picked. CUPID 1   

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