Bennington Banner, February 25, 1966

Bennington Banner

February 25, 1966

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - February 25, 1966, Bennington, Vermont Snoiv Warning Snow tapering off to Hurries late this after- noon. Considerable cloudiness tonight. Little change in temperature with low in the 20s. Saturday, partly cloudy and no important changes in temperature. Yesterday's high, 38; low, 30. Today at 7 a.m., 30. Total precipitation at a.m., .01 inch, trace of snow. Sunset, p.m.; sunrise, a.m. Benningto Bennington, Vermont, Friday, February 25, 1966 anner Weekly founded in 1841, Daily 1903. No. 10 Cents New England States Hit By Late Season Storm MO.NTPELIER (UPI) A heavy blanket of new snow moved Into the eastern section of Vermont today. The U.S. Weather Bureau at Burlington's Municipal Airport predicted six to eight Inches of snow, mainly In the mountains and Connecticut River Valley regions. However, snow was expected for all areas of the state dur- ing the next six hours. Montpeller reported one Inch of fresh snow early today, while Newport was still under clear skies. The Weather Bureau said the heaviest snow accumulation will be In the St. Johnsbury and Bennington areas. Temperatures were expected to be around 28 degrees. The Vermont Highway De- partment and state police re- ported that all roads were clear, and road crews were salt- Ing the major arterial highways. Police, however, cautioned motorists to use the usual win- ter care when driving. Albany, N.Y., which Is south- west of Bennington, reported Sukarno in Firm Control >ite Rumors of Ouster Despil SINGAPORE (UPI) ident Sukarno of Indonesia today ordered the banning of Kami, the anti Communist student action command which Prouty May Be Candidate For Governor MONTPELIER (UPI) Rumors circulated at the State House today that Sen. Winston Prouty, R-Vt., may be a candi- date for governor this year. State Sen. Frederick Fayette, D-Chlttenden-Grand Isle, told newsmen Thursday he had heard the rumors. Fayette com- ented In response to some of Prouty's recent critical state- ments on the labor relations bill pending In the state Senate. Prouty has charged the labor bill contained a provision that would have prevented workers in Vermont from striking even when there was Justification In a legitimate dispute. Prouty also has rapped sup- porters of the measure for not realizing the effect of that pro-, vision until after the bill liad received a favorable report from the Senate General Com- mittee. Fayette said Prouty's com- ments from Washington may be related to the rumors that he may be a possible gubernator- ial candidate. spearheaded the opposition to his new cabinet. Radio Jakarta indicated Su- karno was still in form control despite rumors that he had been overthrown which circulat- ed in Europe and Asia. In a "special order" broad- cast by radio Jakarta and monitored in Singapore, Sukar- no said that he was dissolving the student group as of Feb. 26 in his capacity as commander of his new "crush Malaysia" cabinet. Kami-led students staged demonstrations Wednesday and Thursday in Jakarta in protest of the new cabinet which they claimed contained Communists. six inches of new snow In the past six hours. With Spring less than a month away, the late season snow brought joy only to children, young-at-heart skiers and ski resort owners. Thousands of commuters were late for work as the fast mov- ing storm turned roads into icy and slushy ribbons. Thirty mile an hour winds whipped the fresh fallen snow into dune-like drifts. Plows and sanding crews battled to keep highways open to travel. The northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont were blanketed by 6 to 8 inches of snow as the storm battled Its way up the Atlantic coastline. Heavy snow and hazardous driving warnings were posted throughout the six-state region. Gale warnings were displayed along the coast of Maine and small craft warnings were hoisted as far south as Cape Hatteras, N.C. The snow, mixed with some rain, was expected to end later tonight in southern areas. It was expected to taper off to flurries in northern sections to- night. The outlook for Saturday gen- erally was for partly cloudy weather and not so cold. The storm forced cancellation of the New England Governors Conference in Boston. The storm canceled today's- In Viet Nam Defector Plays Pied Piper Will Let George Do It Mrs. George C. Wallace, wife of Alabama's fiery segre- gationist governor who can not run for re-election because of a prohibition in the state constitution, announced her candidacy Thursday as a stand-in for her husband and promised if elected to let him run the show. (UPI) Soviets Want Open Peace Line To Avoid International Tensions aimed contained Communists. aj Ijlncoln Reports reaching here sad at B fel d K Downs n MOSCOW (UPI) Soviet Union wants to keep a peace line open to the West, but is not prepared tp move toward any meaningful negotiations of world 'problems while the Viet Nam war continues. least eight students were killed in the two days of anti- Communist on Wednesday and five on Thurs- day. Meantime, Maj. Gen. Moko- ginta, military commander of Sumatra, was reported to have ordered officers throughout the big Indonesian island to be on the alert for possible trouble. In London the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) to- day reported "rumors circu- lating" about the ouster of, Indonesian President Sukarno.I There was no confirmation. The BBC broadcast apparent- ly centered on a report by the, Communist Hungarian news' agency MTI which said in a dispatch from Jakarta that naval and airborne units had surrounded the presidential palace. The MTI broadcast also said that machine gun fire was heard in the streets. This was the sion here after three days of wide ranging policy discussions of the Kremlin to make any major moves or conclude any solid agreements. While the Viet Nam conflict rages, Soviet officials have left little doubt that there is not much chance of doing business major impres- with the West, and particularly the United States. Kosygln did not mince words Downs In Rhode Island, marked the first time this sea- son weather forced' Lincoln to wide ranglng policy discussions Kosygln did not mince words i. Track officials said they Detween British Prime Minister ln his with Wilson on to resume racing Saturday. Harold Wilson and Soviet Russian indication over U.S. Premier Alexel N. Kosygln. action in Viet Nam and British The Soviet leader indicated to backing for the American Wilson that Russia wanted a policy in Southeast Asia, communication channel to the West, to prevent international tensions from getting out of hand. But beyond this, there was no inclination on the part get through to the Communist North Vietnamese to seek clarification for possible peace moves. So far, little more than just that has happened. Whe- ther Hanoi will respond and above all whether it will soften its stand appeared highly doubtful. The speed limit on the Mas- sachusetts Turnpike was cut from 05 miles an hour to 40. Of- ficials said the superhighway was plowed and sanded with no major tieups. Most schools were on vaca- tion this week In New England. Wilson, however, managed to AFL-CIO Plans Fight On Minimum Wage March Draft Call Slashed WASHINGTON (UPI) looks like war over the minimum wage between the AFL-CIO and the Johnson administration unless the man Jubilant Ghanians Celebrate Fall of Dictatorial Government LAGOS, Nigeria (UPI) Jubilant Ghanians today cele- brated the overthrow of strong- man President Kwame Nkru- mah by smashing a 10-foot-high bronze statue of the self-styled "redeemer" in the center of the. capital city of Accra. Reports said at least 30 soldiers were killed in the army-police coup Thursday, presumably during the battle between rebel army units and Nkrumah's Soviet-trained guard at the presidential residence, Flagstaff House. A student also was killed in the fighting. Nkrumah was in Peking on a Viet Nam peace mission when the rebel forces struck before dawn. There has been no public statement yet by the flambuoy- ant African strongman, whose peacemaking efforts were re- buffed by the Chinese Commu- nists. It was expected, howev- er, that he would seek refuge in the United Arab Republic where his Egyptian-born wife and their two children sought refuge Thursday. (The revolutionary council in exile in London, which claims to have masterminded the revolt, said special Ghanaian army units were guarding Soviet and Communist Chinese embassies and diplomats in Accra "for their own protec- tion." A spokesman said protective guards around other foreign embassies have been withdrawn.) The army and police officers who led the coup formed a National Liberation Council, called a retired army general to head It and pronounced the overthrow of Nkrumah com- plete. Ghana Radio broadcasts said retired Maj. Gen. Joseph Ankrah was given an additional star and named chairman of the seven-member council. An- other council member Is Col. E. Ghana President Kwame Nkrumah Deposed who, while he was on a "peace" mission to Peking, was deposed President Thursday after the Army and police seized power. (UPI) K. Kotaka, commander of the 2nd Infantry Brigade In the northern city of Kumasl whose troops launched the coup Thursday which ended Nkru- mah's near-dictatorial reign. (According to Communist Chinese broadcasts monitored In Tokyo.Nkrumah presumably planned to continue his one- man peace mission to North Viet Nam. The 56-year-old ex- president was en route to Peking when the police and military overthrew him. (Nkrumah's Egyptian born wife, Fathla, and thlr two children arrived in Cairo Thursday night and are seeking political asylum in the United Arab Republic.) Accra Radio, monitored In Lagos, also announced the surrender of Nkrumah's elite Soviet-trained guards. They surrendered after a brief fight at Flagstaff House, fortress- like residence of Nkruman. In one of Its first acts, the liberation council released 56 political prisoners and said more would follow. Authorities said Accra airport would remain closed until Saturday, in the middle on Capitol Hill can come up with a compro- mise. The AFL-CIO Executive Coun- cil came out Thursday for a 50- cent increase in the hourly minimum wage by 1968. Federation President George Meany backed that up by telling newsmen the administra- tion's plan to advance the wage floor to in two years was "too little and too late." Even as Meany and his associates were making warlike noises In Miami Beach, a key congressional figure lined up with the President. Chairman Adam Clayton Powell, D-N.Y., of the House Education and Labor Committee endorsed the two-year, approach. This appeared to give the President the edge at the beginning of the battle. But there were forces at work seeking peace. Rap. John H. Dent, D-Pa., chairman of the labor subcom- mittee that will shape the minimum wage legislation, is trying to sell both sides on a compromise. Dent's plan would not push the minimum wage beyond but it would make the Jump from the present level in one year for the majority of employes covered by the wage- hour law. The Pennsylvania lawmaker would advance all 29.6 million workers now covered to on Sept. 1, 1966. A year later, his plan would give 26 million production workers another 20- cent hike, while about 3.6 million retail employes brought under the law for the first time In 1961 would go to The retail workers would advance to on Sept. 1, 1968. The Dent plan would have the advantage of placing the largest part of the covered work force In the top bracket quickly without adding too much to the national wage bill. WASHINGTON (UPI) Defense Department today slashed the March draft call by men because of a jump in voluntary enlistments. Instead of drafting men in March, the Army and Marines will take lowest number since the man call last August. The largest draft since the big buildup was ordered for Viet Nam was the call in December. It was followed by in January and this month. The Pentagon said the March quota was cut because of "a continued favorable enlistment trend." The March call was reduced But Wilson's line Is: You can never tell. This also made his Moscow mission appear less barren. Nor has there been any sign of a Soviet shift on the problem of Germany where Soviet suspicions of alleged Allied attempts to give the Bonn government access to nuclear weapons remains unabated. The Russians did show interest in principle however in halting nuclear dissemination. They agreed with the American and British view of world wide dimensions. SAIGON (UPI) Viet Cong defector today played pied piper and convinced 276 fellow villagers to leave their homes for a refugee center under government control. Nguyen Sac, 27, was flown over his village of Huong Tho, about 350 miles north-northwest of Saigon, in the personal helicopter of Marine Brig. Gen. Jonas M. Platt. Platt is commander of task force Delta, carrying out the second phase of the hunt-and- destroy Operation Double Eagle in the area. Using a loudspeaker from the helicopter, Sac convinced his neighbors in the village to allow the Marines to move them to the nearby refugee village of Tu Hiep near Tarn Ky and a new life free from Communist domination. Medical corpsmen attached to the Marines treated 624 refugees in Tu Hlep during the day, including some of Sac's newly arrived neighbors. In the war, Viet Cong troops hurled mortar fire into a Vietnamese district headquar- ters near the North Viet Nam border for the fifth straight day. U.S. B52 bombers from Guam were active in the same region, hitting Communist positions near the former capital of Hue for the second time this week. Pickup 2nd pgh: U.S. U.S. 1st Infantry Division and Australian troops 30 miles north of Saigon today counted 135 Viet Cong dead as a result of a series of abortive Communist attacks Thursday. The Allied force also captured six machine guns and a number of rifles. Col.. Edgar N. Gotzbach of Paxico, Kan., commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Infantry, estimated the strength of the Communist attackers Thursday, at 800 to men. The Americans and Aussies are protecting U.S. Army Engineers building an all-weather road through 12 miles of terrain normally held by the Viet Cong. Only four U.S. Air Force flights were able to complete raids today on Communist North Viet Nam because of rainy, overcast weather. De- tails of the strikes were not reported immediately. Viet Cong gunners -early today launched a mortar attack against the Trieu Phong district headquarters, less than 15 miles from the Nortli Vietna- mese frontier. Allied air strikes and artillery Thursday after a similar attack cost the Viet Cong 17 known dead. Fighting in the northern most area of Quang Tri Province around Trleu phong has been under way since Monday. On Wednesday, the cruiser USS Topeka used its heavy guns from offshore to break up an attack by 500 Viet Cong. The Viet Cong also launched a mortar attack on a U.S. Marine outpost four miles west of Phu Bai today. Race Track Bill Advanced MONTPELIER House B1U 136, extending financial relief for the owners of Green Moun- tain Park race track in Pownal has been advanced to the third reading in the house. Of two amendments offered, one by Byron Hathorn, Repub- lican of Hartford, to extend the cut-off date for financialaldthree years to 1969 was adopted on a voice vote. Another amendment, setting the cut-off date in 1967, offer- ed by Herman Hoyt, Republican of St. Johnsbury, was rejected on a voice vote. The law passed by the legis- lature last year, called for the present liberalized pari-mutuel split between the state and track to expire Jan. 1, 1967. Final Action Expected Today On Purchase of Canadian Power MONTPELIER (UPI) Final action on the Senate- approved bill providing for the purchase of low-cost Canadian power Is expected in the Ver- mont House today. The measure, which would establish a non-profit corpora- tion to import 2.1 million kllo- watts of power from the Quebec to men for the Army and Hydroelectric Co., was ad- vanced on a 73-69 roll call vote Thursday in the House. The near-final approval fol- lowed a speech by Rep. Daul- ton Mann, R-Peru, chairman of for the Marines. In January, the Army took in first term enlistees, which was 118 per cent higher than in January, 1965, and the highest monthly figure In more than 10 years. The Marines enlisted new men in January, 165 per cent more than in January, 1965. the House Banking and Corpo- rations Committee, in which he said the proposal was a "golden opportunity to get low-cost pow- er." However, the house debated the measure for more than two hours after Mann's committee reported it out with a favorable recommendation. Vigorous opposition to the pro- posal has been voiced by Al- bert Cree, chairman of the Cen- tral Vermont Public Service Corp. of Rutland. He contends the non-profit corporation would make the state a competitor with public utilities in the power business. The Vermont Electric Co., a subsidiary of the Central Ver- mont Electric, should have complete control of all trans- mission facilities for the Cana- dian power and its subsequent distribution to other power com- panies, according to Cree. Gov. Philip H. Hoff, however, charged Thursday that Cree was "confusing the issue and misleading in his remark." The Democratic governor sponsored the legislation. Additional opposition was voiced by Rep. Ralph LeDuc, R-Pittsford, who warned his col- leagues that "If we adopt this bill we will have taken a giant step toward socialism." A single amendment was at- tached to the bill Thursday be- fore advancing it. All mention of the words "state" or "Ver- mont" were deleted from the corporation's title. illlimillllllllNlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllUlllllllli On the Inside Yes vote on regional planning urged in 4. State place names may be 5. Peppy town meeting ex- pected at 6. r. Muffler Law Found Constitutional ALBANY, N.Y. Every rea- sonable man, the Court of Ap- peals said Thursday knows what an adequate auto muffler Is, so a new state law regulating muf- flers is constitutional. The law, tested in the state's highest court for the first time, requires "an adequate muffler in constant operation and pro- perly maintained to prevent any excessive or unusual noise." A motorist given a ticket on May 20, 1964, for operating a 1958 car without an adequate muffler, was fined by a town Justice of the peace. But he appealed to a Chatauqua Coun- ty judge who ruled the statute too vague and indefinite to be enforced. It's not vague at all, Judge Kenneth B. Keating wrote for a unanimous court. "The test Is whether a reasonable man. would be Informed of the na- ture of the offense prohibited and what is required of him. .Any ordinary motorist should have no difficulty In as- certaining whether or not ex- cessive or unusual noise accom- panied the operation of his vehicle." Driver This tractor trailer skidded to disaster on U.S. 7 In Shaftsbury about 6 this morning. In the foreground is the snapped power pole that tempor- arily interrupted electric service In sections of Shaftsbury. Story on pg. 12 (Hamilton) ;