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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - July 31, 1968, Bennington, Vermont Showers Scattered showers developing tonight and continuing on Thursday. Variable cloudiness with chance of a flew brief showers or thundershowers south portions tonight and Thursday. Low temperature tonight in the 60s. Cooler most sections on Thursday. Yesterday’s high, 72; low, 52. Today at 7 a.m., 62. Sunset, 8:16 p.m.; Sunrise, 5:41 a.m. Benningto Bennington, Vermont, Wednesday, July 31, 1968 anner Weekly (bunded in 1841, Daily 1903 No. 20,397 IO Cents Strike Averted Steel Prices To Be Hiked To Pay for New Contract Desp . Selectman Gerald A. Cornell, left, hangs head in sorrow at Daniel Cadiz' mention of the "ridicu-air lous” federal government. Conservation concerned government’s delay on Mt. Anthony flood control project.    (Storm) More Funds Needed for Project By JON STORM The Bijur Lubricating Co. has agreed to pay "up to $12,000” toward completion of sewer and water facilities to be extended to its new Rocher Drive plant, it was revealed last night at the weekly selectmen's meeting. In a letter to selectmen, Bijur stated that none of the extension project will be on Bijur land, and that it would like the select* men to call a town meeting "in the not-too-distant future to reim- Extra Security Set for Hoff MONTPELIER (UPI) — Extra security measures will be taken whenever Gov. Philip Hoff travels in the Northeast Kingdom as the result of apparent hostility in the area toward him. Arthur Rlstau, special assistant to the governor, said Tuesday the hostility stemmed from the July 19 nighttime shotgun attack on the home of the Rev. David Johnson Sr. of Irasburg, a Negro minister. Rlstau said the governor's chauffeur. Trooper Michael Vinton, has been Instructed to contact the St. Johnsbury barracks of state police in advance before taking the governor into the region. "In terms of hostility in the Northeast Kingdom it appears there is a lot of it. It's darned unsettling," Rlstau said. Rep. Emory Hebard, R-Glov-er, who represents the district in which Irasburg is located, said after the shooting incident that many people were displeased that a Negro family had moved into their community as well as with Hoff’s summer youth program which has brought New York city ghetto kids to Vermont. Several of the programs designed to foster better racial un-derstanding are being held at Lyndon State College and St. Johnsbury Academy. burse Bijur for half the amount** put up. Confusion has arisen over end of the sewer and water facilities. The town had planned to terminate the extension at the corner of the Bijur property, while the company was expecting pipes to run parallel to It. The $12,000 is basically to cover discrepancies between the town's and Bijur's thinking. There is also a question about cost estimates for the project. The original appropriation of $70,000 is seen as possibly inadequate by Daniel Cadiz, engineer for the town on the project, He said that he foresees a maximum price of $88,000, which, with the Bijur contribution would, mean an extra appropriation of $6,000 from taxpayers. There was some discussion about calling a special town meeting to hold a vote for funds for this and the Mt. Anthony flood control project. Concerning the Bijur funds, selectman J. Duncan Campbell asked "Why go to the voters at all until we see whether it's necessary?** There has also been a delay on federal cooperation on the Mt. Anthony flood control project. Norton Barber, Town Counsel, obviously piqued by the delay, commented, "they won't tell us what they're going to give us or what they're going to do with 'temporary' easements.'' Caidiz noted, "I've dealt with the federal government, and they can be ridiculous,'* to which selectman Joseph E. Higgins replied, "They are ridiculous." Result of the discussion was a temporary delay in calling the special meeting, but it was decided that work on the Bijur water and sewer extension will be started immediately, and the contract was awarded to the Wil-Ham H. Morse construction company, who was low bidder. The Morse company figured in other selectmen's business as Mrs. Harold Hatch of Fillmore Street brought in a petition asking the lawmakers to bar right of way to Morse trucks on her street. Whalen To Run For Attorney General RUTLAND — An Arlington native announced today that he will be the Democratic candidate for Vermont attorney general. Thomas P. Whalen, 29, son of Atty, and Mrs. John L. Whalen of Arlington and former assistant U.S. attorney for Vermont, said today he is filing his petitions in Montpelier. His Republican opponent in the November election will be either Washington County State's Atty, Joseph C. Palmisano of Barre or Atty. James M. Jeffords of Rutland, who are conducting a strong campaign for the Republican nomination to the office in the September primary. Whalen was assistant to U.S. Attorney Joseph F. Radigan for three years. He resigned last week and announced that he would open a law office in Manchester. A graduate of Arlington High School and Holy Cross College, Whalen got his law degree at St. Louis University School of Law. He served his law clerkship in the office of his father in Arlington before being admitted to the Vermont bar. He lives at 8 Howard Ave., here with his wife, the former Mary R. Schroeder of St. Louis, Mo. They have one child. When he left Radlgan’s office last week Whalen was cited for his efficient service in the cause of federal legal procedure hi Vermont by Radigan. Also read were letters of congratulations from Vermont’s two federal judges, Ernest W. Gibson of Brattleboro and Bernard J. Leady of Burlington. THOMAS P. WHALEN The attorney general’s office in Vermont at the present time is the only major state office held by a Republican. James L. Oakes of Brattleboro survived the Democratic sweep two years ago, but is leaving the post of attorney general to run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. This year's contest for the Republican nomination for attorney general has been hard fought for some months. Palmisano is an avowed conservative and Jeffords, a former Rutland County senator, takes a more moderate position on most issues. She claimed that the trucks went so fast that they threw up stones, two of which have broken windows in her house in the past year. "You can't mow your lawn for fear of getting killed,** she stated. "We have a lot of children on that road, and it is very dangerous for them,** she added. The selectmen noted that they cannot bar anyone from using a road, but that they will turn the matter over to village officials in attempt to enforce the speed limits. Raymond Murray, president of the Bennington Taxpayer's Protective Association, wanted to know why the town did not take over Redgwood Drive which is part of a development owned by Mrs. R. W. Buzzell of Monument Ave. Extension. He stated that in the winter there is "a four and half foot bank of ice in the middle of the road,** and that In the spring the road is always muddy due to a constant runoff of mountain water. Selectman Gerald A. Cornell noted that the town does not build roads; it merely takes them over when they are brought up to certain standards. "I Just want to know whether or not to change my automobile to a sled,** Murray stated. It was finally agreed to have James Cross, town road commissioner talk with Murray, who stated, "Something's got to be done or I'll refuse to pay taxes." Cornell replied that it was the developer's responsibility to keep the road maintained and that the town is under no obligation to accept maintenance. Murray also stated that only two of the five listers are doing their job. "I don't think we’re getting our money's worth," he added. This comment followed an investigation of the listers' budget in which it was revealed that the previous announced overdraft was inaccurate. "We are not actually overdrawn," Cornell said, "and lf we continue at our present pace, we will only be overdrawn $1500 by year's end." Murray also wanted the health insurance question, raised last week clarified. Cornell said that the policy stated only employes who worked 30 or more hours a week were eligible, and that in his opinion this criterion excluded elected officials. "I think that an elected official is looking for something for nothing if they're on the insurance list,** Cornell said. The selectmen decided to have Cornell write the state commissioner of banking and insurance to clarify the situation. In other action, the selectmen revealed that a test well will be begun today at the proposed new landfill site off Squaw Hill Road. They also questioned local resee SELECTMEN Page 20, Col. 3 PITTSBURGH (UPI) —The steel industry - began raising prices today to help pay for a new $1.5 billion three-year wage contract with the United Steelworkers Union (USW). U.S. Steel Corp. and Bethlehem Steel Corp., the top two steelmakers, announced price increases even before the formal signing of the new wage contract covering 400,000 USW members. Bethlehem raised prices, effective Aug. 8, aero ss the board by an average of "slightly less than 5 per cent." U.S. Steel, the leading producer, raised prices on tin mill products, a major item, ranging up to 9.7 per cent. The increase will be effective Oct. I. Tin plate is used in the packaging and can manufacturing industries. Other steel companies were expected to fall in line with the price increases. The industry action came one week after the Johnson administration warned the "public interest is clearly violated by any price increases that widen profit margins and any wage settlements that extend the recent disturbing pattern." The industry acted In similar swift fashion in 1962 when it negotiated a new wage contract with the USW and then raised prices $6 a ton. But President John F. Kennedy reacted quickly and forced the steel companies to cancel the price increase. Following the 1962 Kennedy-enforced rollback, the industry embarked on a program of "selective" price increases *— raising the prices on one line of product at a time. U.S. Steel apparently sought to continue the selective price increase format, but Bethlehem was having no part in it. Bethlehem said selective price increases "have not been effective." In today's price announcement, U.S. Steel made no mention of the new contract negotiated with the union Tuesday night. Bethlehem, however, said a general price increase was "the only method available to alleviate the financial problem which otherwise would have occurred in the immediate future" —in other words, of meeting the Increased labor costs under the new contract. The proposed contract, valued at $1.5 billion over the three years, ended the threat of a nationwide strike at midnight tonight when a current three-year agreement expires. Industry sources said the contract, granting 400,000 USW members employed by ll major steel companies increases in wages and fringe benefits totaling about 90 cents an hour, could not be supported by current steel prices. Buyers had anticipated higher steel product prices even before a new wage contract was agreed on. Many steelworkers faced layoffs during .the remainder of the year when the companies were expected to cut back operations by about 33 per cent due to an expected drop in product demand. The threat of a strike was the lever the union used in achieving the settlement. It also is the cause of the pending cutback. Consumers, stockpiling for up to a year in the event there was a work stoppage, now must use up their backlog and steel shipments are expected to fall from nine million to six million tons per month. The agreement provides pay raises, improved vacation, pensions, insurance and hospitalization coverage, and higher supplemental unemployment benefits. Its cost is set at about 90 cents per hour or about 6 per cent, equal to contracts negotiated earlier this year in the can, aluminum, copper and auto industries. The previous high, also including wages and fringe benefits, was 47.7 cents per hour negotiated In the contract that expires tonight. An industry source estimated the contract would cost the ll major basic steel producers about a half billion dollars a year. Costs for an additional 150,000 steelworkers in allied companies would be about $561 million over the three years. Contracts for these workers usually follow the pattern set by "big steel." Basic steel workers now earn an average hourly rate of $3.71. Under the new agreement there will be a general 20 cents an hour increase immediately, 12 cents the second year and 12 cents the third year. With increased increments between Job classifications, the companies say, the hike will range from 44 cents an hour in the lowest classification to 73 cents in the highest. USW President I. W. Abel and See STEEL PRICES Page 20, Col. 6 Harriman Accuses IS orth Viet Of Violating 1962 (Geneva Pact PARIS (UPI)—U.S. Ambassador W. Averell Harriman today accused North Vietnam of violating the 1962 Geneva agreement that guaranteed the sovereignty and neutrality of Laos. "The fact is," Harriman said, "North Vietnam never kept the 1962 agreement for a day." Harriman, the U.S. chief negotiator at the Par is-Vietnam talks, spoke to newsmen on his way to the 15th session with the North Vietnamese. "One way to keep peace in Southeast Asia on a permanent basis is for North Vietnam to leave its neighbors alone," Harriman said. Laos adjoins Vietnam on the northwest. Harriman based his accusation on a white paper released last week by Laos Premier Prince Souvanna Phouma. HHH Calls for Free Elections In Viet To Include All Groups WASHINGTON (UPI)—Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey today called for free elections in South Vietnam with "every group’’—presumably including the National Liberation Front-participating. He said the United States should accept the results "whatever they may be.” "South Vietnam should be run by the people who live there, not by Hanoi or Washington,” the Democratic presidential candidate said in a speech prepared for the National Association of Counties. "This means free elections--elections in which all can vote and all can run for office with guarantees against force and intimidation, elections in which every group willing to do so can play its full part in the peaceful political process. "And it means being willing to accept the results of these elections, whatever they may be.” While the vice president did not specifically mention the National Liberation Front, political arm of the Viet Cong, his use of the term "every group” apparently included the NLF. In the text af his major policy speech, Humphrey said he saw his campaign for the presidency as a chance to advance "the commitments of a lifetime . . . to strengthen the alternative to conflict—at home and in the world.” "Conflict—hot or cold—is costing us too much today," he said. "I have always considered a more peaceful and just world within our grasp— not just pie in the sky. And the same goes for an America where all citizens can have an equal chance to share in the promise of this great nation.” These were the goals that prompted him to seek the presidency, Humphrey said. "I believe, too, that we must move beyond the pending discussions with the Soviet Union of offensive and defensive missiles to the business of world wide reductions of armaments and defense expenditures," Humphrey said. The vice president said America "should take the lead” in replacing the East-West conflict with "North-South cooperation." "That is why I have insisted during this campaign that new world conditions demand new priorities and new policies-a shift from policies of confrontation and containment to policies of reconciliation and peaceful engagement.” Continuing hostilities in Southeast Asia, Humphrey said, plus recent events in Eastern Europe "testify to the difficulty of achieving these objectives, even as the survival of mankind compels us to pursue them." On tie domestic front, Humphrey said rioting in American cities must stop. "If it breaks out again, it must be put down promptly, firmly and effectively,” he said. Without order, he added, there can be neither progress nor justice and society cannot endure without rules. Humphrey also called for federal control of "the interstate shipment and sale of firearms. Harriman also accused North Vietnam's Communist regime of depriving its people of freedom and ruling through 'Horror and butchery." Harriman was asked what he thought of the five-year prison sentence given to an opposition leader of the Saigon government. "Have you seen any freedom in North Vietnam and Hanoi?" Harriman asked. "It would be a great thing for Hanoi to give a little freedom to its people," he said. "They impose their will through terror and butchery." North Vietnam has insisted no progress can result from the talks until the United States quits bombing the North. The United States has said it will not halt the bombing until Hanoi shows some sign of deescalating the war, Xuan Thuy, chief negotiator for North Vietnam, edged closer to answering the question of what Hanoi would do in exchange for a bombing halt at a news conference Monday. The Communist negotiator said once the bombing stopped, the United States could raise any subject it wanted at Paris— a slight easing of earlier "stop the bombing and then we'll see what happens" policy. Thuy's statement gave rise to hopes the Communists were willing to soften their hard-line See HARRIMAN Pagq 20, Col. 6 Daley Proposes Task Force To Implement Poverty Programs MONTPELIER (UPI) — Lt. Gov. John Daley has called for the creation of a task force to study ways to best coordinate and implement existing anti-povery pr^ Tams and resources in Vermont. T * a special report to Gov. lip Hoff, Daley has recommended six proposals to combat poverty and hunger in the state. The report is based on a June 4 tour of the Northeast Kingdom to check a national report that Orleans County has a "serious" hunger problem. Daley said "the observations made on this tour, testimony taken at the hearing and subsequent meetings and investiga tions have reinforced my belief that present methods of handling the problems of hunger and poverty in Vermont are inadequate and are at time self-defeating." Daley proposed implementation cf the rent subsidy program contained in Hoff's public housing authority law as soon as possible, further study of an income maintenance plan of some kind, development of a proper and adequate way to deliver health services to the poor, raising the minimum wage, improvement and expansion of the manpower training programs and a call to administrators of existing federal programs to submit comments and sugges tions as to how these programs can be made more effective. Daley noted that many, lf not all, federal programs are "designed to alleviate these undesirable conditions are so urbhn-oriented they become almost useless in combating rural poverty." Daley noted that for every persons on welfare, there is at least one equally poor who is not receiving welfare either through pride, ignorance, failure to fit into one of the categories or because they have been turned down in the past. He said rural poverty is hidden and therefore home insidious which makes it difficult to find. Pownal Boy Struck by Car, Dies of Brain Injuries POWNAL — Funeral arrangements are to be made today for Ronald Elder, 6, who died last night of multiple brain injuries suffered when he was struck by a car yesterday afternoon while he rode his bicycle near his home on Barbers Pond Road. Ronald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Elder, was hit as he was emerging from a driveway on the crest of a hill on Barbers Pond Road, according to state police. Police said Betty A. Cota, 47, also of Barbers Pond Road, was traveling east from U.S. 7 in her Volkswagen at 6:45 when she collided with the boy's bicycle east of the Elder prop-erty. The boy was struck by the front bumper, forcing him over the hood of the Volkswagen. The hill crest offered poor visibility, police added, and no traffic violation was cited against Mrs. Cota. The victim was taken to Putnam Memorial Hospital by the Pownal Rescue Squad, and later was transferred to Albany Medical Center Hospital where he died at 9:45 of brain injuries, hospital authorities reported. Funeral arrangements will be made by the Hopkins Funeral Home in Williamstown, Mass. after the body is transferred today from the Marshall Tebbitts Funeral Home in Albany. ROBERT F. KEARNS EVERETT S. LILLIE Kearns, Lillie File For House Seats Two candidates, one from each party, have filed to run for the two seats in the Vermont House from Bennington's Subdistrict 2. Everett S. Lillie of the South Stream Road today announced that he will run as a Republican and Rep. Robert F. Kearns, has filed for another term on the Democratic slate. Lillie originally planned to run as an independent in this year’s election, but was advised by Town Clerk Mary Hodeck that this is not possible in the primary election, which is only for the two major parties. For that reason he has filed to run in the Republican primary. Subdistrict 2 includes Wards 3 and 7 in Bennington Village, the rural southeast section of Bennington and the Town of Woodford. llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllillllllHllllllllltH On the Inside Ver mont has no panthers, expert cathunter says in letter — Page 4. What about co-presidents asks columnist Elizabeth Dwyer — Page 4. Critic reviews new play at Williamstown — Page 8. Incumbents in the two House seats from Subdistrict 2 are both Democrats, Hugh E. Clark and Robert F. Kearns. Town Clerk Mary Hodeck said this morning that Kearns yesterday filed the necessary petition to be entered in the Democratic primary, but no word has been received from Clark. Deadline for filing for town representative posts is midnight tonight. Lillie operated a farm here for more than 20 years, but in recent years has been busy as a carpenter. He says he would like to see a tax imposed by the state on ski lift tickets and lf elected, he will work to have such a tax enacted. He also feels that a grave problem in the Bennington area is the need for some immediate action to improve conditions in the thickly-settled Bennington Flats area of U.S. 7 north of Bennington. Lillie is a member of the newly-created town :bad committee appointed by Bennington select men. He was for many years a director of the former Bennington Rural School District. He is a Mason, belongs to the Grange and the Farm Bureau and is chairman of the Bennington County Dairy Commodity Committee. He is active in the Camp Ondawa Association and a member of Loyal Workers, Inc.