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   Bennington Evening Banner, The (Newspaper) - January 7, 1955, Bennington, Vermont                                THE BENNINGTON EVENING BANNER FIFTY-SECOND PRICE FIVE CENTS BENNINGTON, VERMONT, FRIDAY, JANUARY, WEATHER: Scattered snow flurries, cold tonight and Saturday. The Eraser Business Should Be Good The First Few Days In January With-So Many People Rubbing Out a Figure 4 and Substituting a 5. Reformer Pownal Makes Try To Change Prouty's Edict Names Mail Carrier (Banner Barsehdorf) CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEETS annual dinner Thursday night at Ben- nington Club members WPTG tokl of the activities of the federal agency by Edward A. Soiicy of the Albany office of the bureau. Left to right are, First Vice Pres. William T. Eddington, Pait Pres. Kennetli B. Clayton, Soucy and President Hugh P. Briody. Chamber of Commerce Hears FBI Man Give Progress Report; Names Hugh Bnody President The FBI was thcie But it didn't, night. deter the Bonmngton Chamber of Commerce from choosing new di- rectors and elevating Hugh P. Bn- ody to its presidency at thf an- nual dinner business session last Huge Oil Tank Is Routed Over Rutland Raiss Edward A Soucy, Chief of the Albany District of the Federal Buicau of Investigation, was the speakei at the Benmngton Club Soucy, who joined the service in 1932t made a progress report on the activities of the bureau. H e told his how the branch of the Justice Department since 1S08 received added impetus and stature with the appointment of J Edgar Hoover as its chief in 1924. A gigantic oil tank which is too In revealing that agents were wide to fit through the Hoosac tun- [trained to handle 140 types of vio- ncl pulled in at the Rutland Soucy stressed that t h e nn F" FBI was not a national police force, but a service agency to work with and tram local law en- foi Cement officers He said over had received instruction m- eluding officers fror" Bennington and other nearby tovrrs. Soucy touched Briefly on s u b- versive activities and said that the bureau was continually check- ing and investigating all reports. He admitted 'that such work was highly secret and not a matter for public discussion. In telling of the svstem Soucy said road station in North Bennington this morning and will continue on its journey to West Pott Atthur, Tex. The tank, made in West Con- cord, Mass., foi the Gulf Refining Company, weighs pounds, stands 16 and three-fourths feet high, is 49 feet long and is 13 feet irom- -BeUows in diameter. It was- handled Falls to North Bennington by the Rutland Railroad because its inability to fit through the tunnel It also is too wide to pass other Railroad say the fi eight shipment ever to be made in New England. Following its arrival in North Bennington the massive tank was turned over to the I? M. It will be routed to White Creek, N Y and then specially shipped to Binghamton, N. Y., Joliet, 111., and Kansas City. The train cariymg the tank can- not travel more than 30 miles per hour due to the cylinder's bulki- ness. It is also the biggest single item ever carried over the Rutland line. Doyle Not Candidate For ViUAge Trustee James Doyle of 101 Burgess Road told the Banner this morr- ing that he will not run for th.3 Village's Ward 7 trusteeship. "I haven't told anyone I would run. In fact, I've told people I won't he explained. Many persons have urged Doyle to run. The trusteeship has been left open by the announcement of Incumbent Wallace E. Mattison not seek a third that he will te identification most of the its on file in i-crimmal. Of the criminal prints, h e said many were there more than once because of different crimes He went on to show the labora tory aided local officials in secur- ing evidence in varied cases i n- cluding car thefts With a touch of humor, Soucy a bank holdup in Manches- ter several years ago in which the criminal was interrupted in his ho1dup by a deaf customer at the teller's window. The robber fi- nally knocked the customer u n conscious with the butt of his gun and completed his stickup. The FBI caught the holdup man later In closing Soucy said that the work of the bureau was so efficient that 93 per cent of the violators brought into court pleaded guil- ty in order to receive lighter sen- tences. Only four per cent plead- ed not guilty and they were convict- ed. He said that the high percent- age of guilty pleas saves the public better than million that would have to be paid in witness and other fees each year. Seven directors were named to a three-year term including Oscar Fienberg, Clement P Gilchrist, Myron C. Goebelbecker, Karl B Harrington, Arthur B Murphy, William J. Burton of 933 Gage s- C Williams Frank S. Stalbird was street announced Tuesday that he would seek the office. A sec- ond candidate emerged yester- day with the assertion of Ken- neth J. Fleming of Collidge ave- nue that he will aspire to the trusteeship. Leon Eldred, Ward 1 trustee, is unopposed. Eldred announced Monday that he would seek a second term. QUAKE IN ISLANDS SYDNEY, Australia (ffl The New Hebrides Islands have boerr rocked since Wednesday by a se- ries of earth shocks that have col- lapsed houses and uprooted trees, according to reports reaching here today. No casualties have been re- ported. elected to a one-year term to fill the vacancy left when Allen Jones moved from town. Thp directors named Hugh P Briody president; William T. Ed- dington, first vice president; Mau- lice A. Douglass, second vice president; D. Ed Moore, secre- tary; William P. Hogan, Jreasur- er; and Earl E. Chase, assistant treasurer. Kenneth R. Clayton, retiring president, presided. Eddington in- troduced the speaker. The secretary's report was ac- cepted as was that of the treasur- er. A balance of was shown at the end of the year after ex- penditures of The treas- urer's and secretary's reports will I be publicized later. ANDY MIKULUK Mikuluk Named To Industrial Post at Carbon Andy Mikuluk, 41, has been named head of industrial service at the local National Carbon Com- pany plant and will assume the duties Feb. 1, it was announced today by manager. He will replace Frank Preissle who is being transferred to the Fremont, Ohio, plant. Mikuluk was formerly head of industrial service at the main Edgewater Works plant in Cleve- land. He is presently residing at the Elm Tree Inn and is searching for a house where he and his family can establish permanent residence. Born arid raised in Lakewood, a suburb of Cleveland, Mikuluk has been employed by the Carbon Company for 20 years. He gradu- ated from Lakewood High School. He and his wife, Barbara, have four boys ranging from 11 years to two months. Mikuluk began his employ- ment with the company as an hourly worker. He worked ur> to hourly inspector and then (o chief inspector on the night shift in the inspection department. Continuing up the ladder he was promoted t? assistant fore- man in the production depart- ment, then to foreman and final- ly to general foreman. He was then moved to general foreman of the round cell divis- ion and later occupied the same position in the finishing depart- ment. His final jump at the main plant was to head of industrial service, the same position which he will assume here. Mikuluk is interested in golf and baseball. He played Class A baseball in Lakewoed and a'lmost got a chance to bat against Bob Feller, star pitcher for the Cleve- land Indians, just before the lat- ter signed with the club in 1936. Rural Route 1 mail patrons pushing a fight to reinstate a dis- charged postal employe learned today they have the support of another GOP town committee but their efforts may be too late to have any effect. Moves afoot to reinstate Charles W. Rounds of Pownal to his temporary appointment as RFD 1 carrier may be futile in light of a report that U. S. Rep. Winston L. Prouty has already confirmed the temporary appoint- ment of a Bennington mail em- ploye to Round's position. It was also learned today that, members of the Pownal GOP Town Committee have failed in their requests to individual mem bers of the Bennington GOP committee for a reconsideration of action taken some three weeks ago. Although the report could not be confirmed late this morning, it was understood that the Pow- nal residents have appealed toi state GOP leaders and Vermont's' congressional delegation to inter- cede in the matter. The carrier route is out of Bennington postoffice but serves both Bennington and Pownal. Meanwhile, U. S. Rep. Prouty has been asked to acknowledge whether he has already comfirm- ed the appointment of a Benning- ton man to Round's job. If his confirmation of the man recommended by the Benmngton GOP committee has been forward cd to the postal department, it ap- pears today that nothing could ,be to successfully return [Rounds to his RFD 1 position. Sources within the Republican party here said a request was received from Prouty more than ago asking the nom- ination of a temporary appointee to the RFD 1 carrier route. Prouty's request to the commit- tee came virtually at the same time Rounds received a postal department notice that the tem- porary appointment he has held since October was being termin- ated as of Jan. 15, 1955. No reason was given in the no- tice for Rounds' firing. Aroused RFD patrons said they feel Prouty should explain how he came to ask recommendations to a position already filled. It was that Democratic Leader Branon Has Pledged General Support To Johnson s Program; Admits Delivering Votes To Coalition (Banner Howe) VERMONT'S NEW GOVERNOR, JOSEPH B. JOHNSON, is shown a b o v e as he was sworn into office as the state's chief executive Thursday. Administering the oath is Supreme Court Chief Justice John C. Sherburne of Randolph. Joan Alund Studio announces IN FW SPA PERI 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 Breen. Elected Sugar Makers Representative Breerr of Winhall was elected a two- year director to represent the Bennington County section of the Vermont Maple Makers Associa- tion here Thursday. A discussion on the possibili- ty of adopting a maple supar in- dustry promotional tax was held. The tax would be similar to the dairy industry tax which helps finance milk promotion. Col. Fairfax Ayres of Shafts- bury was a participant on a pan- el discussing ways in which the Association can assist in marketing and packaging its its products. Attendmg from the area were Everett Lillie, John Page, Robert Bechtold and Dave Barton, all of Bennington, and Leland Rudd of Arlington. The meeting was held in the Colburn House in Manchester Center. tee. Present also learned, however, Rounds apparently received his- temporary appointment after sub- substituting fulltime since last March for the regular RFD 1 car- rier without the recommendation of the local GOP Town Commit- procedure specificies that rural carriers will be appoint- ed on the basis of recommenda- tions made by the town committee of the political party in power. One spokesman said Rounds may have been given a routine tempo- rary appointment by the postal de- partment without the required col- laboration with political officials, and Prouty's recent action may have been an effort to remedy this situation. Roy Denley, Bennington GOP chairman, has refused to comment on the matter. It is known, how- ever, that the committee did rec- ommend another substitute mail clerk for the job held by Rounds and the recommendation was for- warded to Prouty. A vote taken during the meeting specifies that no committee mem- ber shall discuss the matter pub- licly, with the chairman empower- ed to speak for the committee. However, it has been stated that the town committee's rec ommendation was made on the basis of "seniority, efficiency and satisfying the greatest numbei of mail patrons." One member of the committee is reported to have said the sub stitate mail clerk was recom mended for the temporary ap- pointment so that he will have had some experience in the job wht.n the permanent appoint ment is made later. An examination is to be hek }n February to qualify candidates for the job. On the basis of theii exam marks, seniority and past experience in the job, one mar will be awarded the permanent position. Rounds has served as substi tute RFD 1 carrier since 1952 and took over full responsibilitj for the route last March. He has been praised by a number o. RFD 1 patrons for "outstanding cooperation and They have written and wired the state's Congressional dele- gation to reinstate Rounds in his job and to conduct "a thorough investigation" into the situation.! Manager Article Needs Petition Rules Attorney Village Atty. Reuben Levin ruled this morning that an article asking for a vote on the man- ager system cannot be put into the warning for the March meet ing unless a petition bearing the proper number of signatures is submitted to Village trustees. The majority of the trustees are in favor of hiring a marfager and discussed the matter briefly at Tuesday's meeting Levin said trustees cannot adopt an article because the sys- tem was voted out last year. They can include such an article in the warning, Levin said, if a petition bearing signatures of four per cent of the total votes cast in the last general election is submitted to them. GOP Caucus Has Fight To Choose Two Poad Bosses Contests between four candi- dates seeking nomination to two road commissioner positions ap- peared today to be the only im- portant decisions facing a Repub- lican parly caucus which convenes in the Bennington Armory at 8 Saturday evening. Unless other candidates' names are placed in nomination from the floor of the meeting, there will ap- parently be no other contests. Seeking the GOP nomination for District One road commissioner are incumbent Howard Mattison of Chapel road, making a bid for his. fourth term as commissioner, and Legislators And Visitors In Reception Line Greeting Vermont's Governor Johnson (Vermont Press Bureau) MONTPELIER Hundreds of legislators and visitors, at the Statehouse Thursday for the i n- auguration of Gov. Joseph B. Johnson, passed through the re- ceiving line at the reception which followed, greeting the new govern- or and first lady and bidding fare- well to Gov. and Mrs. Emerson. The reception, traditionally giv- en by the retiring governor for his successor, was the first of the day's social events. It was followed by a dinner at the Montpelier Tavern tonight giv- en by Gov. and Mrs. Johnson for members of their official family and state officials and by the in- augural ball at Montpelier City Hall. Invited to be in the governor's party at the dinner and the ball were Gov. and Mrs. Johnson's son- in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen T Welch of Troy, N.Y.; Lt. Gov. Consuelo N. Bailey and ier brother-in-law, Dr. Everett Wallis; Speaker and Mrs. John E Hancock; President Pro Tern and Mrs. Carleton G. Howe; Sec retary of State and Mrs Howard E. Armstrong; State Treasurer and Mrs George H Amidon; State Auditor and Mrs. David Y. Ander- son; Adjt Gen and Mrs. Murdock A Campbell; Atty. Gen. and Mrs. Robert T. Stafford; Franklin S Billings Jr, executive clerk, and Mrs. Billings; Robert S. Bab- cock, secretary of civil and mili- tary affairs, and Mrs. Babcock Mrs. Harold Johnston, Mrs. Eve- Albert Elwell of Chapel road, who lvn B- Steele and Miss Rena Gus- is making his first challenge for I mai> tne governor's secretarial the post. ,j T-, ..-._ ,-._ A resident of Bennington for 15 years, Elwell is a WWII veteran presently employed by the Town Highway Department. Contesting GOP nomination for District Two road commission- er are James Cross of North Branch street, who seeks his sixth term as road commissioner, and Richard Sweet of Beech Street Ex- tension. Sweet is a candidate for the po- sition for the first time. A WWII veteran, he also is presently em- ployed by the Town Highway De- oartment. Selectman T. Garry Buckley of Old Bennington is a candidate for ihe GOP's nomination to a second (term on the Board of Selectmen. Present chairman of the boarc1, Buckley is apparently unopposed "or the nomination. Other office holders, who have innounced they will seek the Re- publican nomination for another erm include: Miss Mary Hodeck, own clerk; Mrs. Catherine Der- nody, one-year lister; "Francis J. three-year lister; and Louis r. Sausville, treasurer. Nominees for other offices to be the March 1 Town Meet- ng will be named from the floor )f the caucus of will be designated ater by the Town GOP Commit- tee, headed by Roy C. Denley. 'SANDBURG IS 77 HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. W Writer Carl Sandburg was 77 yes- terday. There was a small party 'or him in Asheville, N.C., and an anniversary celebration was also leld in his home town, Galesburg, 111. Sandtturg has a farm near staff, and Harold Johnston, Capt. Roland E. Cater and Richard Mc- Cormick; and Mayor and Mrs Anson Barber of Montpelier For the ball, Mrs. Johnson chose a rose gown with blue trimming and crystal jewelry, while her daughter, Mrs. Welch, wore a bal- lerina length aqua gown Mrs. Johnson wore a navy crepe and satin dress, fuschia hat, and pearl necklace and earrings for the inauguration and reception while Mrs. Welch selected a ma- roon knit dress and winter white hat. For the morning session, "a t which Gov. Emerson delivered his retiring message, Mrs. Emerson' wore a blue dress with a small hat made of white daisies. For the reception, she chose a 1 o w- necked aqua printed silk, with which she wore a matching flow- ered hat, a rope necklace of silver and silver earrings. In the receiving line at the re- ception were Gov. and Mrs. Em- erson, Gov. and Mrs. Johnson, Lt. Gov. Bailey, Speaker and Mrs. Hancock, President Pro Tern and Mrs. Howe, formerly Gov. Stan ley C. Wilson, Federal Judge Er- nest W. Gibson, a former govern- or, and Mrs. Gibson, and former Gov. and Mrs. Harold J. Arthur. Military aides at the reception were from the adjutant general's Guard. They were Brig. Gen. Mur- dock A. Campbell, adjutant gen eral, Brig. Gen. William G. Bar- rett, Col. Alexander J. Smith, Col. Elbert T. Kimball, Col. F. Whit- ney Harrington, Col. Glendon N. King, Col. William A. Stebbins, Col. Richard B. Spear, Lt. Col. Henry N. Nelson, Lt. Col. Fred See LEGISLATORS (Continued on Page Six) Area Trio Held In County Jail On Rape Charge Two Bennington youths and a third man from Shaftsbury are being held in Bennington County jail today on charges or rapin an 18-year-old Bennington girl. The youths, Richard L. Read 18, and Harvey J. Pratt, 21, botl of Bennington, and John F Greene, 19, of Shaftsbury, were arrested last night by State Po lice following a five-day investi gation of the case. Read is presently on probation for burglary. Cpl. John Poljacik, who is in vestigating the case along with State's Atty. Stephen Gilman said the offense took place on the morning of Dec. 31 on a back road in Shaftsbury. State Police picked up all three suspects between 4 and 7 p. m yesterday. Arraignment is pending until Judge John B. Harte returns from Montpelier where he is Bennington town representative at the Legislature. Million Pennies On Gym Floor To Build Addition MILWAUKEE (ffl About tons of million were piled on the gynasium floor at Pius XI High School yesterday. The in one-cent pieces were gathered in a drive by the students to collect a million pen- nies to help finance an addition to the school. When the campaign began last November, students went to work shining shoes, polishing autos and the like to raise the money. Con- tributions arrived from various parts of the world, but an esti- mated 95 per cent came from the pupils themselves. Contributions not in pennies were converted to pennies by a bank. Dozens Seek Lion; No Offer Accepted CHICAGO (IK An entertainer gave the Animal Welfare League an 18-month-old lion he had used in an act. The league manager, Mrs. Clara Croninger, thought she faced an almost hopeless problem in disposing of the lion, but now she wonders. "I wouldn't think that anyone would want a 200-pound she said, "but dozens of callers think they do." No offer has been accepted yet. Dog Opens The Door; Master Freezes Toes FAIRBANKS, Alaska Gleason, 35, a carpenter hospital- ized here with severely frozen toes, explained that his dog pushed open the door of his cabin on a night when the temperature was 42 degrees below zero. He said his toes had frozen by the time he awakened. They will probably have to be amputated. MONTPELIER (JP) Demo- cratic leader E. Frank Branon, today pledged the "general sup- port" of Senate Democrats to the inaugural program outlined by Republican Gov. Joseph B. Johnson in a message to the Gen- eral Assembly. Branon, the state Senator who nearly upset Johnson in the No- vember elections, said the admin- istration's program is not as pro- gressive as he had hoped it would be. j He described the governor's message as "a very eloquent Ver- j mont inaugural speech showing his heart ttrbe in the right place." The Johnson program was gen- erally accepted by leaders of both parties in the legislature as a more liberal approach to state problems than had been anticipat- ed. Rutland County Sen. Asa S. Bloomer, defeated by Johnson's tie-breaking vote Wednesday in the race for Senate presidency, announced opposition "for the time being" to the governor's plan of transferring senatorial scholarships to a special board on higher education. A statement Issued by Bloomer regarding the message was re- stricted to scholarships and men- tion of plans for the University of Vermont. Branon made it clear In post- inaugural comments that the seven Senate Democrats would not remain in the Democratic- Republican coalition which Was defeated in a bid for control ol committee appointments. In so doing, Branon made the first public confirmatiort by coa- lition leaders that the movement existed at all. He told reporters the alignment was organized for the sole pur- poses of influencing committee appointments, not to Influence legislation. Branon--added' that the drive was launched by the Republican members of the upper chamber and not the Democrats. The Fail-field farmer indicated he had "delivered" the seven Sen- ate Democratic votes in coa- lition cause, but Said he would not be concerned with the insurgents' activities beyond that. Branon said the Johnson inaug- ural was "vague" in regards to agriculture and that he had an- :icipated more recommendations :n the field of education. Speculating on the chances of legislative approval of the pro- gram, Branon predicted opposi- ion to changes in the scholarship system and construction of a new state prison at Windsor. Branon termed Democratic re- action to the message as one of 'general approval" in direction but disappointment in the failure of Johnson to offer a more pro- gressive program. The Democratic leader said he :avors increases in the state in- :ome tax if additional revenues are found necessary. Bloomer issued a written state- ment in which he said the gover- nor's sponsoring of the Univer- iity of Vermont as a state univer- iity was of special interest to iim. He noted that some years ago e was severely criticized for ad- the idea of a state uni- if the taxpayer's money ivas to be given UVM in very arge amounts. 'While I agree with the gover- lor on that he said, I, for the time being, am not in .greement on transferring Sena- orial scholarships to a scholar- hip board on higher education." Bloomer said thisrf would favor tudents who have high scholas- ic ratings and all the time they iced for study over youths whose >ther responsibilities in families r part time chores prevent them rom attaining as high grades in igh schools. Oftentimes, he remarked, the alter boys and girls become fine men and women. There of ready upport for tne Johnson program rom both old-timers and youhg- r elements in the House. Rep. Herman Allen of Orwell, a eteran of the lower chamber, ompared the message to that ffered in 194? by Obv. Ernest W. Jibson. The Gibson program call- d for a progressive, post-war ap- roach to Vermont problems, par- icularly in the health and edu- ational fields. Three highly regarded sopho- more members said they liked the naugural address and Its tone. Rep. Robert T. Gannett n irattleboro said he was all for It. It sounds like a fine program." See DEMOCRATIC (Continued on Page Six}   

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