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   Bennington Evening Banner, The (Newspaper) - January 10, 1955, Bennington, Vermont                                THE BENNINGTON EVENING BANNER FIFTY-SECOND, PRICE, FIVE CENTS BENNINGTON, VERMONT, MONDAY, JANUARY WEATHER: Fair tonight and Tuesday. Colder tonight. The Safford Street Sage Explained This Morning That a Realist is a Man Who Realizes That His Creditors Are More Worried Than He Is, Eisenhower Goes To Congress For Powers To Make Moderate And Reciprocal Cut In Tariffs By STEELING F. GREEN WASHINGTON Iff) President Eisenhower today asked Congress lor power to make a "moderate, gradual and reciprocal" cut in tar- iffs by as much as 15 per cent. In a special message, the Presi- dent said this nation's own interest requires a foreign economic pro- gram that will stimulate economic growth in the free world He said: "Our own self-interest requires such a program because 1 eco- nomic strength among our allies is essential to our security; 2 economic growth in underdevel- oped areas is necessary to lessen international instability growing out of the vulnerability of such areas to communist penetration and subversion; and 3 an increas- ing volume of world production and trade will help assure our own economic growth and a rising standard of living among our own people." In the first of series of special messages to the Democratic 84th Congress, the President specifical- ly renewed the request he made to last year's GOP-run Congress, without for a three-year extension of the reciprocal trade agreements act with new tariff- cutting power. As other steps in the foreign economic field, Eisenhower also recommended: 1. CUSTOMS SIMPLIFICATION. He asked that Congress take action further streamlining customs ad- ministration and procedure which. Eisenhower said, still causes "un warranted delays" and hampers commerce despite passage of the Customs Simplification Act last year. 2. PRIVATE INVESTMENT ABROAD. He recommended a cut of 14 percentage points in the tax rate paid by corporations on in- come earned abroad, and asked Congress to defer the tax on in- come of foreign branches until tiie funds are removed from the coun- try where earned; and to study the further use of tax treaties by recognizing tax concessions made to foreign capital by other coun- tries. In this connection. Eisenhower said American capital will go abroad only when it can expect "to bring home its fair reward." he declared: "This can only be accomplished in the last analysis by our willing- ness to purchase more goods and services from abroad in order to provide the dollars for these grow- ing remittances." 3. TECHNICAL COOPERATION. He said this country should carry forward its technical assistance programs, concerned with "know- how rather than large funds." Eisenhower asked favorable action on his request for technical aid funds in his budget message due next week. 4. GKNKRAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE This country and 33 others are now reviewing the GATT agree- ment for lowering of trade bar- riers, Eisenhower said, to simplify ils terms. When the proposed re- visions arc complete, he said, the results will be sent to Congress for approval. 5. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL To encourage travel abroad by Americans, an important source of dollars for many countries, Eisenhower asked Congress to in- crease the duty-free allowances for tourists trom to 6. TRADE FAIRS. Eisenhower said this country has embarked on a major program of participation in international trade fairs. Unti recently, he said, this country has been "conspicuous by its absence" at such industrial displays while the Soviet nations have entered 'costly exhibits. He said he will ask funds for further participation in fairs. As to tariffs, the message fol- lowed generally the broad lines of last year's. 5 ALLEGED KIDNAPPING Staikbs, left, 31 is questioned in prosecutor's office at Freehold, N. J., Sunday after he was taken into custody in connection with" the reported kidnaping of Joel Robert Kate, right, 16, of Yonkers, N. Y., the son of-a real estate man. Katz .is shown describing his story to Mon- mouth County Prosecutor J. Victor Carton (not shown) who said the youth told him he was held captive in a cellar of a Matawan township home overnight with a ransom on his head. Robert Carey Injured In Press Accident Robert J. Carey, a press oper- ator for The Banner, lost a por tion of a finger on his right hand when it became c n tangled in the press during print ing operations Saturday afternoon. Carey was oiling the press a t the time the accident happened. He was rushed to Putnam M'e- morial Hospital where he was treated and released later that afternoon. The accident was one of the few serious accidents in the Banner's 51-year history. POWERS DELIVERY Now Under NEW MANAGEMENT FRANCIS GRIFFIS 308 North St. AT HOME IN U. is Lee Kyuns Koo, six year-old Korean war his way to school in NJVV Rocliclle, N. Y., in typi- cally, American fashion. Chief Boatswain's Mate Vincent Pala- dino adopted the lad and brought him to his parents' home in New Kocheile little over a year asjo. Xow Leu- James he's a rirst-gratler, possessor of a new WUj and avid follower of. TV western serials. S-Yeor-OW Skier Dies from Heart Attack MANCHESTER A" 33-year- old skier died of an apparent heart attack at the Big Bromley ski area here, at 10 a. m., Sun- dav. Stale Police reported. Medical Examiner Dr.' Gerald McGmmss ot Dorset said the vic- tim was John S. Gilbertson of South Glastenbury, Conn. Thomas Dibble of Landgrove, a friend of the1 deceased, was Area Youths Face County Court In Re-Arraignment An expeelant crowd of specta- tors ushered themselves into Ben- nington County Court 3.1 today to hear the trial of three area youths charged with raping an 18- year-old Bennington girl. All they heard, however, was the re-arraignment-" oer.tfttev-tcio." -Super- ior Judge Albert W. Barney con- tinued the amount of the bail set Saturday. The trial date is pend- ing. Two of the respondents, John Greene, 19, unemployed, of Shafts- bury, and Richard Read, 18, un- employed, of Bennington, were released on bail, Saturday. The j third youth, Harvey Pratt, 21, kit- chen apprentice 'of Bennington, failed to raise bail and remained lodged in Bennington County jail. County Clerk George Plumb set Read's bail at and Greene's bail at Pratt's'was set at Bail for Greene and Read was furnished by Mr. and Mrs Donald Greene of Shaftsbury and Mrs. Dorothy Head of Bennington. Re-arraignment in County Courl was necessary because, according to law, pleas on felonies may be heard in Municipal Court, but the cases cannot be tried. All three youths entered pleas of not guilty through their attorn- ics when arraigned before Judge John B. Harte, 'Saturday. Attorney for R.cad is William Themelis of Bennington and counsel for the other two is Atty. Victor Agostini, also of Bennington. The alleged rape took place Dec. 31 on a back road in Shaftsbury-. DIAL 9718 with Gilbertson just before he died. Dibble said Gilbertson had taken, a couple of runs down the slope and shortly afterward complained that he didn't feel good. Gilbertson then went into the "ticket booth and sat down. He died shortly afterward. The body was taken to the Brewster Funeral Home in Man- chester. Failed Six Times To Break Bottle On New Airplane TORONTO, Ont. Leglie wife of Ontario's premier, was selected to christen an air- craft yesterday in ceremonies in- augurating Airlines' non- stop service in DCGs between To- ronto and New York. Six times she smacked a bottle containing water from Lake On tario against the engine plane. Six times the bottle faiiet to break. Finally, officials took the bottle from her and declared tht plane christened anyway. Tpr. Merrill Landon and Cnl. John Poljacik, State Police, and State's Atty. Stephen Gilman. ANNUAL, i-iKETING The annual meeting of the Ben- nington area YMCA will be held Jan. 24. There will be a dinner at p. m. and the business and program will follow. The Rev. Thomas Street pastor of the Old First Church will be the speaker. The public is invited to attend botri the dinner and meeting. More de- tails will be available in a few days. Lyons School Petition To Be Fated This Lafayette Lyons, sponsor oi petitions requesting a special vote of tlft Union High Schoo' District to see if the district will be retained, has stated he wil" present signed petitions to the dis- trict's directors this week. Lyons said on Saturday he has, completed circulation of the pe- titions requesting the special vote. He indicated he would probably turn the petition over to the dis- trict's cldrk, Miss Mary Hogan, for action by the UHS directors, Hamrnarskjoid And Chou End Conference? No Decision Yet On Fate of I! American Airmen Express Hbpe to Continue Contact UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. Secretary General Dag Hammar- skjold and Premier Cho En-lai ended their Peiping conferences today with an expressed hope "to contact." Their commu- nique made no mention of the fate of the 11 U.S. airmen imprisoned in Red China. "We feel that these talks have been useful and we hope to be able to continue the contact established in these they said. The U.N. secretary general had been assigned by the U.N. General Assembly to seek release of the fliers and other U.N. personnel held in China. He flew to Peiping and had talked an aggregate of 13% hours. with Chou. Today's fourth- and- final meeting up an hour 15 minutes. A joint communique from the U.N. chief and the Chinese Com munist leader was released simul- taneously at U.N. headquarters here and in Peiping. The full text: "As a result of the suggestion for a personal discussion made by the secretary general of the U.N. in his cable of 10 December 1954 and the cable of welcome sent by the premier of the state council and foreign minister of the Peo- pie's Republic of China on 17 De- Icembcr 1954, we had talks in Pe- king (Peiping) on 6, 7, 8 and 10 January 1955. "In these talks reference was made at the same time to ques- tions pertinent to the relaxation of world tension. "We feel that the talks have been useful and we hope to be able to continue the contact established in these meetings." The communique was cabled to U.N. headquarters here by Per Lind, assistant to the secretary general and one of his party of six in the Chinese capital. Hammarskjold plans to leave Peiping tomorrow at 7 a.m., pre- sumably by Chinese aircraft for Hong Kong. From there he will "ly to Tokyo and on to San Fran- :isco. Chou gave a farewell dinner for he secretary general tonight. Ear- ier the Swedish ambassador in Peiping, Hugo Wistrand, held a farewell reception for Hammar- skio'd and his party. Chou and four of the Chinese of- ficials who participated in the talks with him also attended the Swedish party. The U.N. chief and the Chinese premier agreed on joint issuance of the communique at precisely a.m. EST. The Chinese, with- held the news on the end of the talks for 5 hours, 10 minutes. The U.N. headquarters received the cable 2 hours 25 minutes before the release time. Even before that, however, Pei- ping radio-laid on one of its bit- terest blasts against the United States. Death Car Driver Fined Jail Term Suspended; Pair Is Fined On Deer Killing Charge Richard A. Powell, 19, service- man at Sprague Electric in North Adams, was fined and costs of and given a 6-12 months suspended sentence to the House of Correction at Windsor after he pleaded guilty this morning in Mu- Buckley's Vote For Bloomer Not 'Slap' At Howe State Senator T. Garry Buckley told the press today he voted with a so-called coalition of Republic ans and Democrats for the elec- tion of ,Sen. Asa Bloomer of Rut- land ,as president pro tern during the opening session of the Senate last week. Sen. Buckley said his vote was not a "slap at m'y fellow Ben- nington County Sen. Carleton G. Howe of Dorset, but rather a vote to provide the Senate with the leadership I believe it needs." He amplified this by saying he was of the opinion the lieutenant :ovornor, Mrs. Consuclo N. Bail- ey, needed the advice and assist- ance of persons from other than "the GOP Old Guard leaders" in making committee appointments. Buckley was asked by this pap- er on Friday to make his position known but deferred comment o n the basis that he "didn't want public knowledge of his stand" to influence committee appointments now being made." He said a public statement of his vote might embarrass Repub- lican leaders in their selection of committee personnel, but agreed to state his stand on Monday when, he said, most of the appoint- ments would have been decided. "I did not try to keep my vote a Buckley said, but went fo the delegation's chairman, Rep Merritt Hewitt, Jr. of Shaftsbury, immediately after the voting and told him how acted." He said he had done this s'o thai Hewitt would be-progerly inform ?d for future consideration. Buckley was named several weeks ago as one of 17 senatorf in the "sure" camp of Bloomer and Sen. E. Frank Branon in E bid to gain control of the commit on committees away from Lt 3ov. Bailey. On ,1 a s t Wednesday, however, Senate voting ended in a 15-15 tie jetween Bloomer and Sen. Howe Lt. Gov. Joseph B. Johnson, whc vas the governor-elect, cast t h ieciding vote in favor of Howe -for position. Mrs. Bailey, Howe 'and Sen. jeorge C. Morse comprise the committee on appointments. Village Caucus Date Set For January 22 Village residents iiave been ask- ed to meet in the Bennington Ar- mory at 8 p. m., Saturday, Jan. 22, for the purpose of nominating 3andidates for Village offices. Nominations will be made at the Citizen's Caucus for all elective offices within the Village govern- ment. nicipal Court to charges of careless and negligent driving, death re- sulting. Powell was driver of a car which smashed into a barn on Rt. 346 in North Pownal New Year's Day. Richard Ryan, 18, also of North Adams, was killed in the mishap. addition to fining and sen- tencing Powell, Judge John B. Harte" also' placed the respondent on probation until further order of the court. Two deer jackers, Donald Mof- fett, 25, of South ShafCsbury, and Vernon O'Dell, 25, of Bennington, both unemployed, were each fined and costs after they pleaded guilty to charges of taking a wild deer in the closed season. Each was also given a 60-day suspended sentence to Bennington County jail and placed on probation until further order of the court. According to State's Alty. Ste- phen Gilman two respondents gave Manchester Village Police Chief Howard Brophy a chase Wed- nesday night. The pair were apprc- Town GOP Chairman Denley Explains Committees Action In Rural Postal Route Firing (Banner Barschdorf) CAE of this car. Edmund F. Hearne, 38, of North Walpole, N. H., escaped with only minor injuries at last night on Woodford Moun- tain when the car plunged over a 30-foot embankment and landed on its top. He suffered only a bruised right elbow and nose, according to officers at the Brattleboro police station, to whom the accident was reported by Hearne. Hearne was picked up in a dazed condition by two sailors, police said, and taken to Brattleboro. Tpr. Gordon Mooney, State Police, is investigating the mishap. SEE DEATH CAR (Continued On Page 8) Mrs. Meagher Rites Tomorrow Mrs. Fanny, Louise Meagher, 84, prominent Episcopal church- woman, beloved member-of one of the town's old families and believed to be the oldest resident of 01 d Bennington, died Saturday about p.m. at her home on Monu- ment avenue. She was the widow of Judge William J. Meagher and -nother of the late Vermont Su preme Court Justice Samuel H. Slackmer. Until about six months ago, Mrs. "Meagher had been comparatively active and had actually been con- to the house for only a brief period. Her health had be- '.ome more frail during the last week, but death came suddenly Saturday. Born in Bennington March 13, 1870, she was the daughter of Co1 Lyman Frederick Abbott and ..aura Tirzah (Hancock) Abbott. Her education had been received vt St. Margaret's School in Water- Conn. Twice married, her "irst husband was the late S. Hul- ng Blackmer, to whom she was in 18S2. To them, one son, lamuel Howard Blackmer, was Kirn. The elder Mr. Blackmer died n 1911 Blackmer i n December 1951. She became the vife of Judge William J. Meagher 'n 1915 whose death occurred in October 1929. A staunch Episcopalian, Mrs. Meagher had. devoted many years rf her life to the church. Her un- tiring effort in behalf of St. Peter's Church was well- known and her benevolences mulitiple. SHe had served in offices in the Diocesan Auxiliary' and her genuine interest in the welfare of all church work was ever present. The Episcopal 18 Re-Nominated As Elwell Given Nod for Road Job Eighteen incumbent office hold- ers were re-nominated to their positions without opposition and a veteran four-year road commis sioner was defeated in his bid for re-nomination at the Republican caucus held in the Armory, Satur- day evening. T. Howard Mattison, incumbent District One road commissioner, was defeated by Albert Elwell, a Town Highway worker, 117 to 104. District Two Road Commission- er James Cross was re-nominated over Richard Sweet, also a Town Highway employe, by a 139-79 vote margin. More than 250 persons were present at the caucus and elected Atty. Norton Barber to preside ov er the session and Miss Caroline Darlington to serve as meeting clerk. Selectman T. Garry Buckley, completing his first three- year term on the board, was tendered the GOP bid for re-election with- out opposition from his party. Other Town officers re-nominat- ed were: Town Clerk, Miss Mary Hodeck; Town Treasurer, Louis F. Saus- ville; Town Agent, Norton Barber; Town Meeting -Moderator, Norton Barber; Overseer of the Poor, Ter- rance Lanagan; three.year Lister, Francis J. Hogan; one-year List- Mrs. Catherine Demody; and three-year auditor, Floyd Harmon. Also, Tax Collector, Mrs. Julia K. Nash: First Constable, August Kelson; Second Constable, Thom- as Maloney, Trustee Public Monies, Eugene Shea, Jr.; and Grand Jurors. Eugene C. Burl, Eu- gene Clark, William II. Eddington, Thomas Maloney and 'Jesse Wat gave the Town C o m SEE MRS. MEAGHER (Continued On Page 8) son_. Voters mittee authorization to fill any va- occurring on- the GOP ticket before the Town Meeting. No discussion on the Town Com mittee's role in the postoffice con- troversy was aired. Dates Given Candidates To File or Withdraw Official dates for the filing or withdrawal of candidates for Town officer positions were listed today by Republican Town Committee Chairman Roy C. Denley. Denley said that under Section 223 of the Vermont Statutes, Jan. 13 is the last day on which candi- dates may file and, under Section 225, Jan. 20 is the last day on which they may withdraw. Under Section 2 of number 163, Public Acts of 1953, Denley said nominations may be filed 14 to 21 days prior to the election on March I. This pjbvisitfh he said was orig- inally adopted for towns with pop- ulations under persons, but was extended towns under a ruling by the attorney-general. Vacancies in Town officer posi- tions may be filled before Jan.24. Denley addeaf that Sections 225 and 226 are the only provisions ade- quately cohering the withdrawal of candidate's and the filling of va- cancies. Cat Existed In Japan Over 3000''Years Ago TOTTORI, Japan of a cat's lower jaw bones among ancient stone vessels indicates cats may have existed in Japan' more than years ago, the Nippon Times reports, j FRANCIS E. MORRISSEY, Bennington, president of the Greater Vermont Association, asked that all businesses inter- ested in further development of the state send in the subscrip- tions requested as membership dues so that the GVA budget can be completed this month and "we can get to work." He said that December had been used for planning1 and getting up ten new standing1 commit- tees. '55 GVA Program To Cost Says Morrissey The Greater Vermont Associa- tion's 1953 that will cost was described m a letter and report received today members throughout the state. GVA, which is also the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce, re- ports that it has spent. to do special promotion and develop- ment jobs in the three years since the old State Chamber was reor- ganize'd. The report emphasizes that Vermont's population growth is at a much smaller rate than any other New England state, that its per capita income is below the national average, that per capita retail salesx dropped in 1953 and that bankruptcies increased in 1954. The report emphasizes that more tourists, summer home own- ers and industrial development can change these' figures but "this is such a big job that both the Development Commis sion and GVA are needed." The report further states that much of GVA's work cannot be handled by a Development Com- mission, for example, the GVA's committee on Vocational Educa- tion. Francis E. Morrissey, Benning- ton attorney, GVA president, who signed the letter, said that the biggest job ahead-for the As- is to see that the 14 recommendations of the Urban Land Institute for industrial 'de- velopment are carried out as soon as possible. Morrissey's letter outlined the need to continue the promo- tion of the tourist business in off- season months and stated that this and other GVA programs are not duplicated by other state groups. GVA's eight-page illustrated re- port reproduces the most success- ful of the 1955 tourist advertise- ments and includes photographs ing mail, photographs of GVA Town GOP Chairman Roy C. Denley today made public a state- ment explaining the Town Com mittee's part in action which has resulted in the firing of a tempor- ary postal employe and the ap- pointment of another carrier to his job. In offering the statement, Den ley told The Banner he had not attempted to keep the committee's action "a secret" in refusing to discuss the matter last week, but that the "sequence of meetings and events" was too complicated to explain in conversation with reporters. As the situation now stands, temporary appointee Charles VV. Rounds of Pownal, rural carrier, will terminate his employment Saturday and Merton Cross, sub- stitute carrier on Route 2, will replace him. Postoffice employe Roger White has been given a permanent appointment to Route 2. Denley's lengthy statement fol- lows I think that by now nearly everyone realizes that neither Charles Rounds nor Merton Cross have classified Civil Serv- ice status and therefore are not eligible for appointment to the permanent rural carrier position. Merton Cross was the Town Com- mittee's first recommendation for ithe position of rural carrier and joiir Congressman received that I recommendation signed by 19 members of the committee. This action was taken at our July meeting and there were five ap- plicants, all residents of Benning- ton at the time. This recommenda- tion was made after being re- quested by our Congressman by letter of July 20, 1954, with copy of July 15 letter from Asst. Post- master General enclosed. We did not "jump the gun" in this case, nor later. The vacancy was due to optional retirement of Clarence Morse, effective June 30, 1954. The request for this recommen- dation did a particular route number and our. recommen- dation was worded for "rural carrier." Our later recommendation for Roger White was for "rural without mention of route number as neith- er the Asst. Postmaster General nor our Congressman requested that designation. This Merton Cross recommen- dation was for temporary rural carrier and he received his ap- pointment from the Postmaster General's office long before there was a vacancy on Route 1 due to the optional retirement of Fred Austin, effective Oct. 31, 1954. Our Congressman by letter of Nov. 10, with copy of Nov. 9 let- ter from Asst. Postmaster Gener- al enclosed, requested that the Town Committee recommend a. emporary rural carrier, his "only requirement being that a major- ly of-the total number of mem- bers on the committee agree on one candidate." Lei.ter also stated that "considerable misundorstand- r has arisen concerning these appointments because when a va- cancy occurs in the rural carrier service, local postmasters may appoint bonded substitute car- riers to fill such vacancies in order that there may be no in- terruption of' the service. How- ever, I still have the privilege of naming a temporary carrier to replace such substitute. This fact should be remembered so that the Jocal town committee will not feel that its efforts to select a temporary carrier have been in vain." Mr. Prouty has been inform- >d previously that the recommen- dation of Merton Cross was also for permanent appointment, this being covered at a regular meet- ng of the committee. Our Con- ressman by letter Nov. 17th wrote that he had received word from the Post Office Department that the consolidation of the serv- ce was not deemed advisable and :hat he had sent in the name of Merton Cross for permanent ap- )ointment. Later wrote that he iad been advised by Post Office 3ept. that Mr. Cross does not lave. classified Civil Service sta- SEE '35 GVA PROGRAM Continued .on Page Eight See TOWN COP Continued On Page See the "Buy of the Week" On Display at FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF BENNINGTON H. GREENBERG SON 321 Main St. Dial 9202 'SPAPERI   

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