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   Bennington Evening Banner, The (Newspaper) - January 6, 1955, Bennington, Vermont                                THE BENNINGTON EVENING BANNER FIFTY-SECOND PRICE FIVE CENTS BENNINGTON, VEKMONT, THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 1955 WEATHER: Cloudy, snow flurries, colder tonight and Friday. One Always Wants To Know How Things Turn Out, After Seeing a Woman Driving An Reading a Paper Propped on tKe Wheel. Greater Development, More Jobs; w arous Economy Ike For Harmony, Freedom, President Calls For Emphasis On Modern Air Power; Asks Boost In Minimum Wage Rates WASHINGTON (SI President Eisenhower appealed today for bi- partisan harmony and told the new 84th Congress both parties are 'on trial" in the free world's struggle to win enduring peace and prevent an atomic "holocaust." In a State of the Union message noting the shift in control of Con- gress from Republicans to Demo- crats, the President declared America's prosperity outlook "is "business activity now surges with new strength" and that personal income after taxes is "at a record level." As for the international situation, year "there has been progress jus- tifying hope, both for continuing peace and for the ultimate rule of freedom and justice in ,the world." "But sobering problems remain ahead" and they require continued heavy thirds of the entire federal budget exoected to run about 64 billion but- tress free nations against any Communist aggression, he said. "The massive military machines and ambitions of the Soviet-Com- munist bloc still create uneasiness iji-the he said. "All of us ape aware of the continuing re- liance Of the Soviet Communists da military the- power-of tfieir weapons, of their present re- sistance to realistic armament lim- itation, of their continuing effort to dominate or intimidate free na- tions on their periphery. "Their steadily growing power includes an increasing strength in nuclear weapons. This power, com- bined with the proclaimed inten- tions of the Communist leaders to commuuize the world, is the threat confronting us today. "To protect our nations and our people from the catastrophe of a nuclear holocaust, free nations must maintain countervailing mili- tary power to persuade the Com- munists of the futility of seeking their ends through aggression." The President's prepared word message, carried nationwide on television and radio, contained no real surprises. Much of the leg- islative program he outlined for the year ahead already had been announced by the White House or disclosed by other sources. Much of it was a renewal of previous re- quests not granted by Congress. Eisenhower held out no hope for tax cuts this year and repeated that he wants postponement of ex- cise and corporation tax reductions now scheduled for April 1. They total about three billion dollars yearly and both Democratic and Republican leaders have predicted Congress will vote a postponement. The President said he is hopeful the reductions can be made next year. He called for emphasis on mod- ern air power in readying the na tion for any attack, and for "re- duction of forces in certain cate- obvious reference to the cuts planned in Army, Navy and Marine manpower. On the domestic front, a formal call for hiking the 75-cent, mihimum wage to 90 cents all hour. That would mean a pay raise for workers now cov- ered by the minimum wage act who are earning between 75 and 90 cents an hour. So far as the general adminis- tration program is concerned, the pew 'aspect this year is that Eisen- hower must count even more heav- ily on the in con- trol of a big meas- ure of cooperation in getting it en- acted: Democratic leaders already have pledged cooperation in the foreign policy and national defense fields. and the President noted today he has "already expressed assurances of unreserved cooper- ation" in those areas. There has been no such exchange of pledges on domestic issues, but Eisenhower declared that "the strength of our country" requires teamwork on .a broad scale. With Democrats and Republicans alike casting an eye ahead to the 1956 elections, Eisenhower put it this way "Our quest for peace and free- dom necessarily presumes that we who hold positions of public trust must rise above self and that we must subordinate to the general good our partisan, our per- sonal pride and prejudice. Tire- lessly, with united purpose, we must fortify the material and spiri- tual foundations of this land of I freedom and of free nations j throughout .the world. "As never before, there is need for cooperation among SEE PRESIDENT CALLS i Continued On Page Four) County Pupils Win Awards In Essoy Contest A North Bennington and two Pownal pupils have been named winners of the annual Forest Fes- tival Week essay contest held in the Southwest School District. Mary Louise Palmer of the Oak Hill School m South Pownal was declared first prize winner. David Mason of the Pownal Center School was swarded second pnze and third prize went to Deborah El- well of North Bennington. Each of the winners received cash prizes of and re- spectively. Presentation of the awards was made Wednesday by Miss Caro- line Darlington, County Forest Fes- tival Week chairman, and Dave Barton, County forester. Judges for the affair were Vin- cent Pizzano of the Northeast Wood Products Co., chairman, and Mrs. Mable Weller of the South Stream road, and Mrs. Fannie Horst of the West road. The first prize essay will be en- tered in the State judging finals at Montpeher. Essay winners in the Benning- ton Graded School District and the parochial school district will be announced in the' near future. NOTICE! We Are Open Through SATURDAY ONLY All Merchandise Selling at Wholesale CORNER CRAFT SHOP Ben-Mont Gives For Grogan Family Benefit A check representing con tributions from the employes and management of the Ben-Mont Pa- pers Corp. of Bennington was for- ivarded to the Waldo Grogan Fund today. The largest local contiibution to date and one oJ the largest checks turned over to the fund, the do nation pushes 'the fund above the mark Friends and businesses in the Ho6sick Falls area started the fund several weeks ago to aid Mr. ana Mrs. 'Grogan whose five young children were burned to ieath in a fire which destroyed their home and all their belong ngs on Dec. 16., Other Bennington area contribu- tors to the fund have included the management, employes and union it the Polygranhic Corporation o' America, the J.H. Wiinslow Co., ind Max Oil Service. Dinette 108 NORTH ST. Will Reopen FRIDAY JAN. 7, 6 A. M. Featuring Home Style Cooking1 Glorify Duties Of Officials On Budget Reports An explanation of the duties of the village clerk and treasurer concerning budget and cash re- ports was given this morning by those two officers. A controversy over the year's cash balance'submitted by Treas- urer Louis Sausville and a budget report issued by Clerk Hilda Hur- ley took place at Tuesday night's meeting of the Village trustees. In a joint statment issued by Sausville and Miss Hurley it was explained that there are no dis- crepancies between the records kept by the village clerk and the village treasurer. Both officers have received nu- merous phone calls asking how much the Village was short in funds for this year. The statement continues, "The clerk keeps a record of the bud- get which is a set and planned amount fixed by the trustees a year in advance (merely figures and net The amount of cash which comes into the hands of the treasurer varies ac- cording to income derived' from taxes, sources." The controversy arose when trustees were going over the bal- ance for the year in the highway department. According to Saus- ville's official cash balance re- port a balance of re- mained in that department. Miss Hurley's unofficial budget report which does not include all of the income which comes into the hands of the treasurer show- See CLARIFY DUTIES (Continued on Fade Four! Hanks And Noble To Head Panels At Conference A Bennington College professor and a local union official will chairman discussion groups dur- ing the 16th annual Vermont Labor and Farm Conference which opens at Goddard College Friday morning. Prof. Lucien Hanks of Benn- ington College will lead the Health and Welfare group dis- cussion, with Wayne A. Sarcka of the Commission for the Chron- ically 111 and -Aged as consultant. James A. Noble of the Benning- ton United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers will chairman a group discussion on Education. Mrs. Fannie W. Carpenter of Cambridge, a member of the State Board of Education, will be re- source consultant for the group. Four other areas of crucial leg- islative issues in 1955 will serve as discussion topics. They include Public Power, led by Leo R. Sav- age, business agent for the AFL Pulp, Sulphite and Papermill Workers in Oilman; Highways, led by Keith Wallace, State Farm Bureau president; Labor Legis- See HANKS AND NOBLE (Continued on Page Four) POWERS DELIVERY Now Under NEW MANAGEMENT FBANCIS GRIFF1S 308 NorilV St. DIAL 9718 ,Emerson Bows Out By Warning Assembly That State Has Come To End Of Lush Income Period War To Peace Transition Has Hit Vermont MONTPELIER, UB Gov. Lee E. Emerson bowed out as Ver- mont's 67th chief executive today by warning a joint session of the 43rd biennial General Assembly that with the close of his adminis- tration, "there closes with it the most lush period in state income ever experienced." Declaring it might likewise be prophetic to say we are approach- ing the close of an era in our na- tional economy, the 56-year-old Barton lawyer warned that the transition from a war economy to one based on peace has had rever- berations here in Vermont. He said high levels of unemploy- ment exist m some areas and charged "We are rapidly becom- ing our sole best customer" in' a world where many of the markets are closed to us because of "cur- rent national policy or trade bar- riers." "We do not want to have to re- sort to war to bolster our nation- al economy but" He said, "to scale down national production to national consumption bodes no good for prosperity. Neither is nrosperity to be found in the tax- >ayer's pocketbook as a long term nelhod of building up job oppor- tunity, although such an approach is sometimes justified to alleviate depression." Citing the United States as the only effective power against Com- munism, Emerson declared that the ascendency of the nation en- tails greater military expenditures to guarantee its perpetration. Pro- viding the tax load remains con- stant, this makes the amount that can be spent on the domestic front proportionately smaller, he noted. This national condition reaches down to state level, he warned and "places on you as well as oth- er state legislatures the great responsibility of gauging to some degree how much you want to add under the circumstances of the national burden to support the domestic economy by appeals to it for further aid." "The degree of forebearance, New Executive Also Requests Extension Of Unemployment Benefits, Monument Repairs See EMERSON BOWS CuiiUtiued on Paee Four) Patrons Of Rural Mlafl Route Demand Probe Over Firing Of Carrier; They Charge 'Politics1 An investigation into "small- town Republican politics" was re- quested Wednesday by a number of Bennington rural route patrons in letters forwarded to Vermont's Congressional delegation and the Assistant Postmaster General. Dissatisfied B e n n i ngtonians asked the investigation to determ- ine why a local rural carrier has been fired "without reason" and his job apparently earmarked for "another postoffice employe be- fore qualifying exams for the po- sition have been held." Rural route patrons contend that "politics" has been instru- mental in terminating the tem- porary appointment of Charles W. Rounds of Pownal Center, present RFD 1 carrier in the Bennington area. Rounds was informed in a no- tice from Assistant Postmaster General Abrams on Dec. 26 that his temporary appointment to the Route 1 carrier position has been ended as of Jan. 15. A block on the routine discharge notice for explaining the reason for the firing was left unmarked in the letter sent to Rounds. A disabled veteran of some three years' service with the Army Air Force during World War II, Rounds has substituted for the Route 1 carrier, Fred Aus- tin, since 1952. _ In March of last year, Rounds assumed full responsibility for the route when Austin was taken ill. The substitute carrier was in- formed in October that he had been given a temporary appoint- ment to the, position to take ef- fect with Austin's retirement, Oct. 19. Rounds is the father of two young children and has made his home in Pownal Center since 1946. Postal spokesman said the tem- porary appointment is a form of job protection given substitute carriers who must leave other jobs to assume carrier duties on an emergency basis. They said such an appointment normally insures that the substi- tute will be given first considera- tion in filling the position on a permanent basis. Termination of Round's tem- porary appointment would re- move him from such priority con- sideration, they said. An examination to qualify candidates for the position will be held later this month. A dead- line for acceptance of exam ap- plications has been set for Jan. 15, the day on which Rounds' ap- pomtmeht is terminated. In messages of protest to Sen. Ralph E. Flanders, Sen. George D. Aiken, Rep. Winston L. Prouty and Abrahms, Route 1 patrons praised Rounds' work which en- tails "a lot of extra mail and du- ties in connection with Benning- ton College deliveries and collec- tions." "We wish to say that Rounds has not in any way enlisted aid of the people on his route to help him keep his job, but it is unani- mous that we decidedly do not want to lose his courteous and efficient they wrote. The messages "request a satis- factory and unbiased investiga- tion be made" and in the mean- time ask that Rounds' service date be extended beyond Jan. 15 "so his employment on our route may continue until your depart- ment has had time to conclude a satisfactory investigation." A charge of "small-town Re- publican politics, principally in- volving two people" is contained .in the messages. This morning it was learned that the situation apparently de- veloped when a substitute mail clerk employed inside the post- office decided he wanted a rural route. He urged a carrier who holds a temporary appointment to the Route 2 position "to transfer to Round's job on Route 1, while the mail clerk is to take over the va- Joan Alund Studio announces Opening of New Classes in Tap and Ballet at the K. of C. Hall Starting Monday January 10, 1955, at P. M. Teacher: Miriam Foley See PATRONS OF RURAL iContinued On Page Four) See the "Buy of the Week'1 On Display at FIRST NATIONAL. BANK OF BENNINGTON Central Vermont Public Service 467 Main St. KENNETH J. FLEMING Fleming To Run As Candidate For Ward 7 Trustee Kenneth J. Fleming of 125 Coo- lidge Avenue announced his can- didacy today for the Ward 7 Vil- lage trustee post. He will oppose William J. Bur- ton of Gage Street who announc- ed Tuesday for the- office. irjcunT- bent Wallace E. Mattison told the Banner Monday that he would not seek a third term. Fleming has worked for the past 31 years for the Central Ver- mont Public Service Corporation. He has never before sought public office. He attended grade school in Bennington and high school at Port Huron, Mich., and Marion, Ohio. Fleming pledges to work for the benefit of the Village. He says he has no political ties and hasn't pledged himself- to any certain group. Incumbent Trustee Leon El- dred, Ward 1, has announced he will seek reelection. The Ward 7 and Ward 1 posts are the only ones coming up foi- a vote this year. POLICE CAB STOLEN ACUSHNET, Mass. Ufl For a while yesterday this town was with- out its only police car, plainly marked "Acushnet Police." Some- one stole it from in front of the police station. It was found a few lours later in the town of Dart- mouth, eight miles away. MONTPELIER Gov. Joseph B. Johnson of Springfield, sworn in this afternoon as Vermont's chief executive, called in his in- augural message for a stepped up state development program to help provide more jobs for Vermonters, lower tuition fees at the University if Vermont, a program of new highway construction and a new state prison, financed by a bond issue. The former Springfield machine tool plant executive warned Ver- monters that new revenue must be raised by the General Assem- bly, first to meet the rising ex- penses of state government and next to finance new services and improvements. He told the joint House and Sen- ate Session that "Because of great- er costs of operation of state gov- ernment and the use of surplus rather than increased taxes to bal- ance the budget two years ago, you and I are now forced to begin our term with commitments against our biennial receipts, which greatly narrow the margins with- Parking Meters Had Income In 1954 Collections from parking meters in 1954 totaled according to figures released to- day by Village Treasurer Louis Sausville. The figure is under the 1953 collections which totaled 22. Refunds amounting to brought the 1954 meter revenue to Disbursements in- cluded: Transfer to general fund, transfer to highway, transfer to parking lot fund, and trustees' orders approved for payment, 113.63. Some is in the park- ing lot fund at present. About of that money will be used to pay for the Armory parking lot now under construction. Here's how this year's collec- tions compare with oast years- 1949, (meters in effect only six 1950, 74; 1951, 1952, 68; 1953, BANGKOK Tito of Yugoslavia is expected to visit Thailand after he leaves Burma Jan. 17, informed government sources report. (Banner Barschdorf) CAB HITS Jane Warner, 59, of Middle Granville, N. Y., was hospitalized at this morning with a head injury after her car skidded into a utility pole on Route 9 near the sub-station on the Woodford road. Her condition is reported as "fair" by authorities at Putnam Hospital. Mrs. Warner was treat- e dat the scene by Dr. Julius Manes and was taken to the hospital by him. Tpr. Richard Davis, who investi- gated the mishap, said the car was traveling east toward Woodford when it skidded on-the icy road and smashed into the pole. The car was demolished, he re- ported. NEWSPAPER! in which we can safely make new appropriations." The governor followed out his campaign platform almost to the letter in the 22-page message. He recommended, in addition to construction of the state prison, building of a new state library and an auditorium and cattle show- room at the State School of Agri- culture. He made his promised recom- mendations for extension of un- employment benefits from 20 to 26 weeks and asked for liberaliza- tion of the Workmen's Compensa- tion laws. He said arrangements lor nego- tiations with the New York Power Authority for Vermont use of St. Lawrence seaway power should be left with the Public Service Com- mission and that the Legislature consider giving the commission ex- tra funds for legal and technical assistance. He recommended tuition rates for Vermont students at the Uni- versity of Vermont be lowered and that the present scholarship sys- tem be revised so that scholarships will be administered by a board rather than handed out by sena- tors. He favored continuance -of the present scholarship system as it affects St. Michael's College, Middtebury Kortrtch. He made recommendations of a new construction pro- gram on Vermont highways and called for a bond issue to help finance it. He set an example for the As- sembly for speeding up work- of the session by promising he would deliver his Budget Message next Thursday, about two weeks earlier than usual. In the budget Gov. Johnson said he would outline his proposals to the Assembly for ways of raising revenue needed to meet the rising costs of government to finance his highway program. Gov. Johnson said that estimates now show that on of pre- sent state expenses and income, "we have a deficit for the next biennium of some without any expansioh of services. This is partly due to the fact that the 1953 Legislature, rather than raise axes to provide additional in- come for increased operating 'ex- penses, saw fit to use of he 1953 General Fund Surplus for :urrent expenditures in this bien- nium." He said the state payroll had risen from the end of the 1952 fiscal year to at the end of the 1954 fiscal year, and Griffinhagen plan pay increases would also bring ris- ing payroll costs in the future. Here are some of the points touched upon by the new governor m his message: Industrial Development "The very serious unemploy- ment situation in several of the cities and towns of Vermont ami the need for the improvement of state revenues make it crystal clear that the first aim of this ad- ministration and the Legislature must be to develop ways and means of providing more jobs for Veimonters. "The Vermont Development Commission can be the dynamic organization in a drive for new jobs, serving as .liaison agency be- tween the community, regional and statewide organizations and pros- pective new; businesses. "To afford'the communities a more efficient and aggressive-pro- gram of assistance in the indus- trial development field, the Com- mission will require a larger ap- propriation for research and plan- nmg and for- experienced personnel who are specialists in this compet- itive field. The governor said the funds will be used for a research and plan- ning department, an outside indus- trial agent and marketing special- ist. The research and marketing phase he said was most import- ant because it .will make studies of, raw materials, jiew products, new markets. Mindful cf present industries in SEE NEW EXECUTIVE (Continued On Page NEWSPAPER!   

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