Bennington Banner, April 12, 1963

Bennington Banner

April 12, 1963

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - April 12, 1963, Bennington, Vermont and Cooler Fair and cooler tonight with lows in 30s. Saturday, fair and a little cooler. Thursday's high, 45; low, 85; today at 7 a.m., 36. Tola! precipitation last 24 hours, .05 inches. Alpheuea.tho in Corona Borealis, now visible high in the oast 76 light jears away. Benningto Bvnnington, Vermont, Friday, April 12. 1963 anner Established 1841. 60th Year, No. Price 7 Cents Once Defeated New School Vote Slated for May 7 By BOB HAGERMAN A new vote on the Mt. An- tliony Union School has been set in about three weeks on Tues- day, May 7. The Union School District di- rectors Thursday night called for the new vote on the mil- lion bond issue which, with state aid, would finance construction of a new high school to serve the six member districts of the union. District voters, by 192 votes out of defeated the propo- sal in the first referendum March 12. The one difference in ballot- ing procedures for the May 7 vote calls for a shift in polling hours from the 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 12 noon to 8 p m. Otherwise, ths article to be On The Inside Pownal listers will determine Green Mountain Park taxation Page 5. Los Angeles Lakers eliminate St. Louis Hawks from National Basketball Association western division playoffs Page 6. The Olc Miss faculty backs an artist arrested for his painting of last year's segregation riots Page 8. voted on and all other polling pro- cedures, including location of polling places are the same. In approving the new vote, the school board reiterated its earlier statement that defeat of the union school bonding pro- posal did nothing to solve the educational problems facing, the area. The board noted that legislation pending in Montpelier, if ap- proved, might result in a larger amount of state aid. The bond is- sue vote, however, is based on current state aid rates, the board emphasized. The union board's proposed building, designed roughly in the shape of a horsehoe, would con- tain two stories and part of a third story, providing a total of about square feet. Con- taining facilities for Grades 9- 12, it initially would have a ca- pacity of 900 but could be expand- ed to accommodate stu- dents. The new building, to be located on a 50-acre site on the northeast flank of Mt. Anthony, would serve the six member districts nington Graded, Greater Benning- ton, Woodford, Pownal, Shafts- bury and North Dennington See UNION SCHOOL Continued on Page 10 J.F.K. Okays Some Steel Price Hikes WASHINGTON Kennedy's conciliatory plea for restraint in price, advances raised hopes today that another government vs. industry battle may be avoided. No producer pledged its support of the President's plea for re- straint. But none rushed to post even the kind of "selective" price increase which Kennedy did not oppose. In a terse announcement the dominant producer, United States Steel Corp., said it is making "a continuing study of steel price matters" and will have no state- ment until after Easter. The President declared his stand Thursday, two days after Wheeling Steel Corp. posted in- creases on six steel products and thereby raised the threat of a 1963 re-enactment of last year's strug- gle. Kennedy's statement had an ele- ment of warning: He will again oppose any "general across-the- board increase." It was also, in effect.1 an offer of compromise: The government cannot object to "selected price adjustments up or down, as prompted by changes in supply and demand." Kennedy urged "similar re- straint" on the AFL-CIO United At Secret Session Steehvorkers. But labor experts say that by agreeing to some price adjustments, he may have eased the way for a wage increase this spring. The union can call lor wage talks after April 30. There was widespread specula- tion in Congress and among lesser administration officials that Kennedy had taken quiet soundings which satisfied him that the steel managements would not make broad and in- flationary price advances which might in turn provoke high wage demands. The stock market surged upand several steel issues hit 1963 highs. Analysts said investors appar- ently either thought Kennedy had given the steelmakers a license to go gunning for price boosts or, more probably, felt he had headed off another struggle with great steel corporations. The latter kept silent, however, and out in West Virginia the llth- vanking producer, sat alone with its a ton average increase on several major prod- ucts. Steelmen generally agreed that See STEEL PRICES Continued on Page 10 Senate Votes Purchase Of Billion in Arms WASHINGTON Sen- ate has authorized the purchase of SIS-billion worth of military hardware after clearing the gal- leries of visitors and holdings its first secret session in 20 years. Guards stood at the doors of the Senate lor four hours and 19 min- utes Thursday and newsmen wait- ed in the corridors as, within, senators debated the merits of tacking on million to speed the Nike-Zeus antimissile sys- tem. The verdict was no, by a lop- sided 58-16 vote. Then the doors New Fighting Starts in Laos VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) Au- thoritative sources said fighting broke out today between neutral- ist and pro-Communist forces on the outskirts of Phong Savan in the Plaine des Jarres area. Informants could not give details about the scope of fighting, beyond saying that gunfire was heard all afternoon from Phong Savan, nine miles northeast of the plaine. There was no report about the situation elsewhere in the plaine area, where pro Communist Pathet Lao and dissident neutral- ists on one side and Gen. Kong Le's neutralist troops on the other have been skirmishing. Earlier, in Bangkok, Thailand, the Laotian ambassador charged that two Red Chinese regiments have boon occupying the north of Muong Singsincc March 28. Ambassador Nou Ing Ratavong did nut claim'ate. were thrown open and by voice vote the Senate authorized the ex- penditure of be- ginning July 1 on missiles, air- craft, Navy ships and research and development for them. The figure approved by the Sen- ate is million below the House's procurement authoriza- tion and million below the administration's request. In- cluded in the Senate bill is million to begin building two more huge jet RS70 reconnais- sance strike aircraft sought by the Air the admin- istration did not request and has Indicated it would not spend. The differences between the Senate and House must be com- promised, probably by a confer- ence committee, before the au- thorization can go to the Presi- dent. Actual funds must be provided later in a separate appropriations The secret since 1943 when a group of senators re- ported on a totir of World War II forced by Sen. Strom Thurmond, D-fi.C. He wanted to use secret military data to argue that failure to start production 01 way for a Soviet sputnik-like sur- prise. Thurmond's effort on behalf of the antimissile was turned back after the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard B. Russell, D-Ga., sup- ported Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara's view the production should be delayed until an improved weapon, Nike X, Is tested. Cope Cod WHERE SUli IS PRESUMED LOST AT BOTTOM OF SEA: AN ARTIST'S SKETCH AP Artist John A. Carlton made this drawing of nuclear-submarine Thresher, believed lost ut bottom of the Atlantic in mile-and-a-lialf deep water. Drawing is necessarily not to scale. SUB SEARCHES FOR THRESHER The submarine Sea Owl appears under wing tip tank of Navy Neptune patrol bomber as search continued for missing submarine Threshei in stormy Atlantic over 200 miles east of Boston Thursday. Sea Owl was communicating with submerged Seawolf which radioed that sound gear had detected an object believed to be Thresher. (Associated Press Photo) The Thresher Is Gone But Mystery Remains Half-Mast THE THRESHERv- This is the Navy's nuclear submarine Thresher lost in feet of turbulent Atlantic ocean waters 200 miles off Boston with 129 men aboard. The loss of the Thresher is the Nav.y's worstpeacetime disaster and perhaps the worst in histojry. (AP) Inquiry Court Hears Testimony: Skipper Thought Sub Seaworthy GROTON, Conn. Navy court of inquiry moved behind closed doors today to resume its investigation into the loss of the nuclear submarine Thresher with 129 men. The session was expected to be brief, with the court set for a noon trip to Portsmouth, N.II., for what a Navy spokesman called an "informal examination." The spokesman said the panel would not convene formally in Portsmouth home port of the Thresher. "They are going there to make informal he said. "There are matters to be examined there." Earlier, a spokesman said the trip to Portsmouth was scheduled because samples of oil and other matter' presumed to have come from the Thresher were being sent there. Newsmen were told that there would be no word at the U.S. submarine base here on what was discussed by the court at the morning session. Lt. Cmdr. Sidney Moore, a pub- lic information officer, quoted vice Adm. Bernard L. Austin, head of the court, as saying the search for the Thresher would be continued even though "there is no reason to assume that the sub- marine has not been lost." All five officers who comprise the court were scheduled to make a plane flight at noon for Ports- mouth. The court of inquiry was told last night tliat the commander of the Thresher indicated his ship was completely seaworthy before it left Portsmouth Naval Yard for the diving trials that ended in disaster. Austin said he expected the court sessions to continue through tomorrow. The court held its first session last night with newsmen attend- ing. Capt. C. James Zurcher.ofthe office of the deputy commander of the Submarine Atlantic Com- mand, testified that he asked the Thresher's skipper, Lt. Cmdr. John W. Harvey, about the con- dition of his ship before it left Portsmouth. Zurcher said Harvey indicated that he considered the Thresher completely seaworthy. The sub had undergone dock- side trials at Portsmouth before setting out for the North Atlantic where it was lost Wednesday 220 miles east of Boston, Zurcher testified. Capt. John S. Schmidt, who co- ordinated the air sea search, read messages received from the escort vessel Skylark, which ac- companied the Thresher and re- ported at a.m. Wednesday that the sub had failed to sur- face after a dive. Before the court recessed overnight, Cmdr. James C. Bol- lah, of Submarine Development Group 2 in New London, across the Thames River from Groton, began testimony concerning the 17 civilians aboard tie Thresher when she was lost. Among things the court will seek to learn about the Thresher the fastest and deepest diving ship in the nuclear submarine fleet are the physical condi- tion of the ere w, ths type of overhaul made in the Thresh- er's last visit to the repair yards, the plans for its experimental diving and the last words it ra- dioed to the escort ship Skylark. head of the Naval War College in Newport, R. I., told a news conference, "We are not in- terested in keeping anything See INQUIRY COURT Continued on Page 10 PORTSMOUTH, N. H. (AP) The Navy paused today on Good Friday to pay silent homage to the 129 men who perished in the submarine Thresher more than 200 miles out in the Atlantic. Civilian Workers joined Navy men and Marines in suspension of daily duties and stood at at- tention as the American flag was dipped to half staff at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, from which the Thresher sailed. It was the first public recog- nition in this big submarine base that all hope for the sailors and civilian technicians on the Thresher is gone. Many of the families of the vic- tims could see the Navy base flag from their homes. Several of them live in a section of Kittery, Maine, known as Admiralty Vil- lage, only a half-mile from the base. When there was still doubt about the fate of the Thresher's crew yesterday, wives and chil- dren were buoyed by the fact that the flag still waved at the top. However, Navy offic ials explain- ed that once the flag is raised to the top, it is not lowered until the following day. The flag was raised to the top while the Marine drum and bugle corps played "To the Colors." NATO Atom Arm Is Likely Factor in Berlin Parley Mechanical Staff Strikes The St. Johnsbury Record ST. JOHNSBURY (AP) A skeleton crew at The St. Johns- bury Caledonian-Record was put- ting out the daily edition today without the aid of 11 employes who suddenly walked off the job yesterday. Managing Editor Benjamin Col- lins said he planned a normal 12- page edition. The paper reported- ly has a history of 125 years of unbroken publication. Workers in the mechanical de- partment walked off yesterday at 10 a.m. with virtually no warn- ing. Collins said management had not heard from the workers since they were paid yesterday. He add- ed there were no plans to con- tact them, Compositors, operators of teletypesetters, pressmen, tele- type operators and proof reader walked off on a signal from Ralph Pancallo of Colorado Springs, Colo., international representa- tive of the International Typo- graphical Union, the paper re- ported. Pancallo said the mechanical department workers had joined the union and wanted immediate recognition. H. Gordon Smith, publisher, called the walkout "a black-jack operation" and refused recogni- tion. Smith said the proper proced- ure would be for the union to ask an election under the National Labor Relations Board to deter- mine rights of the ITU to act as bargaining unit for the workers. Pancallo said the wages paid to the mechanical workers at the Caledonian Record were "about the lowest paid to printers In the entire Northeast, to my know- WASHINGTON (AP) Secre- tary of State Dean Rusk and So- viet Ambassador Anatoly Dobry- nln renew their discussions on Berlin today amid signs that the search for agreement is likely to become more complicated. U.S. officials thought it entirely possible that the Soviet Union would inject into the talks the is- sue of an American plan to arm an allied force, including West Germans, with nuclear weapons. The meeting, originally sched- uled for last Saturday, was set for late afternoon. It is the second In the new series of U.S.-Soviet exploratory talks on the Berlin problem. Hoff Paroles Arsonist Brown Pending Probe BURLINGTON (AP) Gov. Philip H. Hoff said today he has granted a GO day parole to Frank Brown of Brattleboro, who was convicted of arson causing death and was sentenced to life imprisonment. On April 1, the U.S. Supreme Court refused for a second time to grant a hearing to Brown. Hoff said he has asked the Par- ole Board to further Investigate the case. He said he understands that Brown, who is 58, lias suf- fered two heart attacks recently and is In poor health. The governor said he also ask- ed the board for a full report on Brown's activities. Brown has been free pending the U.S. Supreme Court decision. Brown was convicted as the re- See HOFF PAROLES Continued on Page 10 The present round was started at Moscow's suggestion but in the first meeting three weeks ago nei- ther Dobrynin nor Rusk advanced any new ideas for solving the East-West dispute. Since then, the Soviet Union has protested to the United States and other allied na- tions against the proposed crea- tion of a multilateral nuclear force under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Rusk returned Thursday from the Southeast Asia TreatyOrgani- zation meeting in Paris. He con- ferred with other NATO foreign ministers and with French Presi- dent Charles de Gaulle. The NATO talks reportedly produced general agreement that the allies should go forward with plans to set up a nuclear forces command under the supreme al- lied commander In Europe, U.S. Gen. Lyman L. Lemnitzer. One part of this force will be composed of three U.S. Polaris submarines In the Mediter- ranean. One such sub is already stationed and two others are go- Ing in soon. Another part of the force will be composed of British nuclear-armed Vulcan bombers. 30-Cent Tax Asked For Track Tickets MONTPELIER (AP) A bill being prepared for introduction in the Vermont House would im- pose a 30-cent state tax on each admission ticket sold at the new Green Mountain Park race truck at Pownal. Rep. Lalne C. Vance, R-Dan- vllle, Is sponsoring the meas- ure. Track spokesmen were un- available for Immediate com- ment. Then, slowly and dramatically, it was lowered to half-staff. All work halted during this brief moment. Meanwhile, the Navy immediately set out tooffer com- fort and aid to the families of the victims. One officer.was assigned to vis- it each family, not only to bring official word that their man was dead, but also to advise and as- sist in personal matters. The Navy said many families of the Thresher crew live in Portsmouth and its environs, only temporarily and will be moving back to their own home towns. There are 85 families of the Thresher crew residing in New England 31 in New Hampshire 27 in Connecticut, 19 in Maine, G in' Massachusetts, and 1 each in Vermont and Rhode Island. The others are scattered throughout the country. Mrs. Carrie Dabruzzi, wife of the Thresher's electronic tech- nician, Samuel J. Dabruzzi, had looked forward to going back to her native Minneapolis when her husband completed his Navy ser- vice in just four months. Now, she says, she'll go along with her three small children, the eld- est not quite three. Another widow, Mrs. Bodil Hew- itt, 33, said she has no relatives in this country. She is a native of Oslo, Norway, and is the wid- ow of Engineman Leonard Hew- itt. She lives with two small children in the Portsmouth area. One man who knows the feel- ing of going down in a disabled sub, says he feels certain there was no panic among the men of the Thresher in those moments between the realization of disas- ter and death. Gerald McLees, 48, a civilian electrical inspector at the Ports- mouth Navy Yard, was one of the 33 survivors of the subma- rine Squalus which went down off Portsmouth 24 years ago with the loss of 2G lives. He said "from personal exper- ience I'd say the men on the Thresher fell utter disbelief. There couldn't have been any panic, or even thought of death. They were submariners. They were chosen because they were cool-headed." WASHINGTON Navy had scant hope today of ever un- raveling the full mystery of America's greatest submarine sinking of the nu- clear-powered Thresher with 129 men in the deadly depth of- the sea. "We will never know what went on within the said Adm. George W. Anderson, chief of naval operations, after an- nouncing sadly and reluctantly Thursday that the Navy had given up the ship as lost. But the Navy launched an ex- haustive campaign to find out A report on the search for The Thresher will be found on Page 8.____________________ what it condition of the ship before the disaster, thecon- riition of the ship now. A Navy court of inquiry gathered at Gro- ton, Conn. Secretary of the Navy Fred Korth acted to still "rumors and speculation" that any of the 129 may be alive, trapped in the Thresher's hull more than feet under the Atlantic. He issued a statement Thursday night after the submarine Sea- wolf radioed that its sound gear picked up what appeared to be null noises from a stationary ob- ject in the area in which the Thresher was heard a.m. Wednesday. Korth said he had the "un- equivocal assurance of all those in a position to know, including the chief of bureau of ships, the commander Submarines Atlantic, and the search and rescue com- mander on the in wa- ters of this depth, there is abso- lutely no posslblity that there might be survivors." The Atlantic Fleet Headquarters at Norfolk, Va., said that it was possible the Seawolf heard "the transmission of search units over the horizon, which were trans- ferred by bottom-bounce." In his formal declaration, Korth expressed "a fervent hope that the rumors and speculation which have already begun will cease, providing the bereaved families a more stable climate in which to compose themselves See THRESHER Continued on Page 10 News in Brief CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) Nightriders hurled a flaming-Mol- otov softdrink bottle filled with today into a Clarksdale home where Rep. Charles Diggs, D-Mich., was staying. No one was injured. Diggs, a Negro, is in Missis- sippi on a fact-finding probe into racial problems. Algerian Near Death ALGIERS (AP) Mohammed Khemisti, Algerian foreign mini- ter, lay near death today. Sur- geons said they could not remove an assassin's bullet lodged against his brain unless his con- dition improved. The minister has been In a coma in an oxygen tent since a young Moslem shot him Thurs- day. The attack occurred In front of the National Assembly. ;