Bennington Evening Banner, January 19, 1955

Bennington Evening Banner

January 19, 1955

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Bennington Evening Banner (Newspaper) - January 19, 1955, Bennington, Vermont THE BENNINGTON EVENING BANNER FIFTY -SECOND YEAR—NO. 15,612 PRICE FIVE CENTS BENNINGTON, VERMONT, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 1955 WEATHER: Snow flurries tonight, Thurs.; same temperatures.Uncle Louie Says a Definition of Light is: A Form of Radiant Energy That Travels So Fast That It Gets Here Too Soon Every Morning. Buckley's old Age Assistance Proposing Realistic Budget' OK'd By Welfare Board; Now    to    if*! Faces Appropriation Group Soy I filStGGS} Study boy HlkG And Sewer Articles In Warning Earmark OA Tax To Pay Expenses ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF II. S. PLANES —President Jose Freres, second from left, shakes hands with U. S. Ambassador Robert Woodward at San Jose, Costa Rica, airport, as he accepts delivery of four U. S. fighter planes. With them are Col. Hunker, left, and co-pilot Pouts of IT. S. Air Force, not further identified. ; MONTPELIER CP)—The Senate j committee on social welfare has voted approval of increasing old !age assistance maximums increasing old age assistance maximums to $75 and proposed that the three dollar poll tax levy be ! specifically earmarked for this purpose. The measure, introduced by Sen. Buckley of Bennington Coun-;ty, now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. Buckley’s bill in its original I form increases the maximum old age assistance payment in Vermont from $55 to $75 for one in tax of three dollars for old age assistance grants. At present it goes directly into the general fund. The three dollar levy, collected on poll taxes in each municipality, raises only about one-third of the amount needed as Vermont’s share of olr age assistance funds. In the last fiscal year, the old age assistance tax brought $48fi,-780.35. Total old age assistance payments came to $3,509,000. The federal government provided $2.-331.000 and the state the other $1,-177,000.    . State grants come out of the general fund under the existing 'For Every Shot Fired At Us, A Guard Dies,1 Warn Convicts Cornered In Bay State Prison Warden Says Death in Chair to Killers Drysdale Among Candidates For Liquor Board Job ( Vermont Pres:; Bureau) dividual or to $135 for a married system. i couple. Social Welfare Commissioner VV. Arthur Simpson estimates it j would cost the state an additional $112,000 annually to boost the Monthly maximums. The social welfare committee Rep. Lemuel Pike Of Searsburg Dies At Capital BOSTON IJR — “For every shot fired at us, a guard dies,’’ warned four desperate state prison convicts as they continued into the second day to hold five guards hostages in their fantastic bid for freedom. The message was issued from the solitary confinement cellblock of the Massachusetts State Prison, where the quartet of desperadoes has been holding the guards captive since 5 a.m. yesterday. Shortly after receipt of the message by Warden John J. O’Brien, State Atty. Gen. George Fingold announced over the prison’s public address system: “If one of you kills, all of you will .die in the electric chair.” Both O’Brien and Fingold said there would be no compromise. ! They demanded that the guards be released unharmed. On the other hand, the hardened convicts - all serving virtual, life sentences—repeated their earlier conditions: “This is a battle to the end: we have only one de-1 mand—out.” Scores of state police and local law enforces stood by with machine guns, bazookas, shot guns, submachineguns, rifles and small arms. Spokesman and ringleader of the armed convicts is Theodore (Ted- Jaycee Service Award Will Be Given Thursday Presentation of its first Distinguished Service Award to a Bennington citizen under the age of 35, an award for outstanding community service in 1954, will highlight a public meeting of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Thursday evening. Charles Gould, chairman of the Award. Committee*, said the presentation will be made at brief ceremonies to be held in the Knights of Columbus hall at 7:30 p. rn.. Thursday. Nominees for the award were submitted by local citizens during the. past two weeks. A selection committee comprised of local officials and community leaders will choose the recipient. The award will be presented by Gould, with Charles E. Healy assisting. Other awards are scheduled to be made by President Calvin Smith. The program is a part of the local Jaycee observance of National Jaycee Week. ____    i Johnson, Barney Case Settled Out of Court A negligence suit brought in Bennington County Court by Edgar VV. Johnson, Jr., of Manchester against Dr. Mason B. Barney, also of Manchester, was settled out of court this morning for an undisclosed sum. The trial convened Monday at 1:30. Johnson was suing for $12,000 for injuries suffered by him in a tear gas explosion at Dr. Barney’s home Dec. ll, 1954. Attorney for the defendant was Clayton H. Kinney of Rutland. Counsel for Johnson were Loveland and Hacket, also of Rutland. SAUSVILLE RESTAURANT, lur. Cor. River and Depot Sts. Special Tliurs., Fri., Sat. SPAGHETTI & MEAT BALLS PIZZA PIE | dy) Green. 39, a notorious bank robber and experienced prison escaper, who notified Warden O’- | Brien last night: “One shot, one gas bomb and one of your screws • j (guards) dies. If shots are fired at us.then to hell with what happens from then on.’’ Even a touching telephone con- j venation with his 16 - year - old I daughter—arranged by the Boston Post—failed to bring Green to his senses. The Post reported that Green told his daughter: “I got to have my freedom and get all that money , that is put away. I have to get it for you and Ma and the kids.” He also was quoted as saying: i “I'm sorry, Toby, but if that warden don't let me out in the car, I POSITIVELY will. That is the way ' I feel about it and that is that.’’ The three prisoners with Green are Walter H. Balbin, 38, of Hudson. Mass., who has so many sentences against him for gunplay and robbery that it would take until 1998 to complete them: Fritz O. Swenson, 31. of Boston, serving life for killing a policeman: and Joseph Flaherty. 32, also of Boston, a burglar and rapist with 47 years to serve. Green has virtually a life sentence facing him for hank robberies, prison escape and as- • sault convictions. Howe Says Rules Group To Send Nominations Directly To Committee ( Vermont Press Bureau) MONTPELIER - - The Senate j Rules committee is set to propose a procedural change in handling of executive appointments that I could lead to making them public when sent to the upper chamber I by the governor. Sen. Carleton G. Howe of Bennington county, president pro-tcm of the Senate, said the Rules committee will propose today that when the governor’s nominations are sent in for confirmation they will be referred immediately t o committees. The committee will then report back lo the Senate in executive session. At present,* the appoint -, ments requring Senate confirmation are thrown onto the House floor without committee study. Whether the appointments should he made public at the time the governor makes the nomination is a point that has long been at issue. Howe said he personally feels that the chief executive’s nominations should he announced at the time they are sent to the Senate. This course, he pointed out, is followed by the nation’s president in sending nominations to the IJ. S. Senate. TTie president pro tem said under tile present system no one who might have some information concerning an appointee has an opportunity to know officially vv h o ■ has been nominated, i If the appointments were referred to committees and the names of the nominees mad? public, hirings could be sci) bu cd on '* made by the governor. The h?ur-, ings would presumably be executive sessions. BARRE, Vt. ID — Paul J. Ouel-lete, 29, of St. Albans, was killed I yesterday when he was run over by a Central Vermont Railroad train on which he was working as i a brakeman. Authorities said he fell from the rear flat-car of the train as it was hacking onto tracks of the Barre i& Chelsea railroad. MONTPELIER — Vermont De- earmarking the old age assistance mocrats kept sharp watch today |  __ on the Johnson administration’s choice of a liquor control board member amid expectations they will be consulted on the appointment. With the term of fong D. Carl Foss of Island Pond due to expire January 31, Governor Johnson is Trees and Signs Acted Upon At Trustee Session It was decided last night by planning to send his selection to Bennington Village Trustees to the Senate for confirmation b y turn over the care of diseased next week. He is compelled under trees to the Town, state law to name a Democrat. j    goartj>    jn    other    major    ac- The per diem job is one of the tion. denied a request by Gerald most controversial and yet most | Boutin, proprietor of a garage on sought after of its kind in state. West Main Street, asking permis- J government.    sjon f0 erect a sign on the side-1 There were strong indications | walk in front of the garage, that Democratic leadership in the | In the past the care of diseased legislature will fight hard against J trees has created a mixup be-1 the appointment of anyone it con-! tween the village and Town. Un-1 siders -only part Democrat orjder fhe now set the Town anyone rn,t loyal to the party rn the would vote the bin for care of| last campaign The Democrats diseased trees and bo reimbursed have seven votes in the Senate    cont tbe „ost ty the that they are ready to use against    J a “maverick” appointment. The governor’s office, mean while, remained strictly non committal on reports that John-,,. „    .    ...    ... son will consult With Sen. E. Frank th<! B°ard would set,inS a pre| I cedent. It was pointed out by Ward 3 Trustee James Gihney that a state. Ward 7 Trustee Wa)I?ce E. Mattison made the motion to deny Boutin’s request because he felt Branon as to the Democratic leadership's choice for the post.    |, "As far as the Kovernor Is cor;isimi,ar request bv Joe Waite. cerned said Secretary of Cital, w of a    s'ta(ion    on    East and Military Affairs Ro’»ert S Babcock, “he knows nothing about it.” Babcock said Branon had not requested any audience with the governor. Democrats most prominently mentioned for the post are Rep. Russell F. Niquette of Winooski, Rutland Mayor Dan Healy, and VT’    1‘“i'j1'' e    n    ,    ,    T-.    A    i-v    from    the    sidewalk, former Rep. Alexander B. R. Drysdale of Bennington. A petition which started circu - Main Street, wTas turned down last year. Boutin presently has a sign attached to the Bennington Garage building. His request was based on the fact that motorists couldn’t sen? the sign if it was erected on his ow n property which sets back In other action. Trustees I tabled a hid by the Excelsior , J Printing Company of North latins in the legislature on N I - A(1 for printjng of the annuai queues behalf last week w a s village report stopped at his request.    I Th(, bj(, js for $]008 per paRe. Various reports from variable based on last year’s report which sources surrounded and confused | included 52 pages. The Board Ihe whole issue. One report had plans to cut down on the report it that Democrats were willing to,his    using    a    pirture    only    on bark William S. Burrage of Mid-1^xre%r dlebury, the party’s candidate for lieutenant governor in 1954. Bur- the cover. Trustees discussed the parking situation on Main Street near the junction of Burgess Road anil Gage Street. Trustee Mattison explained that rage, in the statehouse where he conferred with Branon, denied it. Another Democratic leader, Robert W\ Larrow of Burlington, .    ..    ..    „    ,    „_ Ko._. .    ...    j    a    dangerous    situation    has    been huddled with Branon and Burragei    "    ,    .    . created there due to the parking I of trucks and buses on the north side of the street. The Board instructed the Street land Traffic Light Committee to study the problem and report on , it the next meeting. 1 Village President Harold Grif- Damages to two vehicles were fjn reari a letter from the Mer- reported by Village police* today j chants Association thanking Trus- as the result of two accidents which J tces for opening the armory park- but said his business did not concern the liquor board appoint -. ment. Cars Receive Damage In Two Accidents occurred Tuesday afternoon. Police said a car operated b y Mrs. Helen E. Robinson of 113 West Main St. escaped damage but caused damages to the fender and bumper of a car owned by Harry Hayden of Arlington in an acci dent at 1 p.m. Tuesday. They reported Mrs. R jbinso" turning into a parking space o r Main street when her vehicle scraped a parked car owned by Hayden. At 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, a car awned and operated by Flank A. ing lot during the Christmas holidays. Griffin also brought up the question of leasing the Nelson Corage on Depot Street for Village vehicles. It was decided to 1 *t the Highway Committee in-' ^stigate the matter. Union High School Session Tomorrow Discussion of proposed plans for the construction of a Union Watrous of Pleasan4    sir et. North    High School here    will be    a high- Benningto^ « Gained damages to    night of the January meeting of its grill, radiator and hood when the Citizens Committee for Bet-it slided on East Main ° reef and *f»r Public Schools, to be held in *=trur*k a cement f^n’c in front of the County Courthouse building the Ro"’■*vocal '**ln.    j    at 7*45 tonight.' Extensive damages ♦> two cera Architect John N. Brownrigg “ivo'vri ip * ■ ' * de * on North Jr. of Albany wall be present to afreet. 5 lo aday afternoon, was a1-1 exhibit and review drawings and so recoiled by Village Police. j ietails of the proposed construc-Police said a car    operated b y    tion program. Mrs. Charles Harte    of Old Ben-    The public is    invited    to at- nington sustained damages to its I tend. right fender and bumper when it |    _ was involved in an accident with a car owned by Gaylord Mattison of North Bennington Mattison’s car was parked i n front of the Eagles rooms when the accident occurred. Damages to the left rear fender of his car J were reported. BENNINGTON CLUB FRIED CHICKEN DINNER Saturday—6 lo 8 Dancing 9 to 12 SEARSBURG — Rep. Lemuel G. Pike of this place died last night while resting in his room in Montpelier. The 66-year-oM Republican was serving his third term in the Vermont Legislature. Pike, a native of Hebron, Me., has boon a resident of Searsburg since 1934. He served in the House in the 1951-53 sessions. Funeral arrangements are pending until the arrival of a daugh- j ter. Mrs. Prentice Cushing, of New York. He is also survived bv his I wife, a son, Donald, also of New i York, and three grandchildren. Pike, a builder and sawmill op-1 orator, was educated at Hebron and Brighton Academies in Maine. His wife, who was with him when he collapsed, said Pike had been under a doctor’s care in recent wreeks. The death occurred at the home I of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph VV. Burns of 38 School St., where the Pikes lived during the legislative ses -sion. During this session. Pike was named to the committee on Conservation and Development. Gov. Joseph B. Johnson will have to announce a replacement for the deceased legislator. The House and Senate adjourned for the day at the completion of the morning session out of respect to Rep. Pike. A resolution expressing sympathy to Rep. Pike’s family and providing for the adjournment, introduced by Rep. Merritt S. Hewitt Jr. of Shaftsbury, was adopted by both Houses. Two senators and three representatives will he named by Lt. Gov. Bailey and Speaker Hancock to attend the funeral. The body is at the Barber and Lanier Funeral Home in Montpelier, where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p. rn. The funeral will be held in Springfield, Mass. Boy Escapes Injury As Sled, Car Collide POWNAL—A four-year-old boy narrowly escaped injury at 3 p. rn. yesterday on the Middle Pow-j nal Road when, while sledding, he emerged into the path of a vehicle [driven by Miss Emily May Stone, 18, of Bennington. Tpr. Richard Davis, State Police, who investigated, said Miss Stone swerved the car into a park ed truck to avoid hitting the child, I Jerald Boisclair, son of Mr. and Mrs. Noel Boisclair of Middle Pownal Road. The truck was owned by Albert Davignon of RED. Bennington, Tpr. Davis said. He estimated minor damage to both vehicles. March 15 Is Deadline For Gift Tax Returns District Director of Internal Revenue, Henry II. Riordan, today called attention to the fact that Gift Tax Returns from gifts made during the calendar year 1954 are due on or before March 15. The provision of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 which extends the due date applies to 1955 Gift Tax Returns due in 1950, he asserted. The director indicated that there existed some misunderstanding on these requirements on the part of taxpayers affected. PHILADELPHIA ti? — Miss Jean {lupine. 48, of Swampscott, Mass., a teacher at the Swampscott High School, died in St. Joseph’s Hos-! pital yesterday. GRAND REOPENING THURSDAY EVENING, JAN. 20 Many Opening Specials! PATTON’S ! Corner Gage and Safford Sts. Dial 001I Bennington Village Trustees feel that they hale drawn up a “realistic” 1955 budget, and if there is any cutting to do on it, it will he done by voters at the annual March Meeting. That feeling was displayed by Trustees at a special meeting last night called to draw up the warning and to double-check their pro-: posed $124,000 budget.    j Ward I Trustee Leon Eldred pointed out that the Board is not asking any more than last year except a $16,000 increase in the police account and a $10,000 bond payment. He said, “The only way we can cut the budget is to let the people cut the services.” Ward 2 Trustee Patrick Perrott supported the statement and other Trustees chimed in to make the opinion unanimous. Eldred explained that the increase in the police account is being made only so the department can be run without dipping too deeply into parking meter funds as has been the case in previous years. Trustees plan to take only the salary of Officer John Ryan out of the meter funds this year. Other department budgets up are mainly the sidewalk and playground accounts plus the origin of the removal of trees department. Trustees explained that these departments have been jumped due to increased services. They feel that if the people don’t want those services, they can cut them out at the meeting. The Board drew up a tentative 22-article warning compared to last year’s warning. One would ask a five per cent increase in pay for | members of the police department. I A second would authorize the Vil-j Iago to take over a privately-own-! cd sewer on Walbridge Hill. A third would increase the sal-| ary of the village attorney from j $500 to $750 per year. Another asks the installation of a sewer and wa-I ter line on a proposed street ad-Benningtcn County Tourists As-1 Mrs. Francis Field of “The Ver-1 jacent to Crescent Boulevard, sociation has received several pho- monter,” Troy roach have been A fifrh articje would ask wheth-tographs to illustrate its folder, collaborating. The folder is now er the village would vote to adopt but is in need of several more, es- very near completion and is in the a municjpai garbage collection pocially of a ski scene, sugaring shape of the state of Vermont. Al- MCU. .1 CHAPLAIN ASSI RES WIFE OF PRISON HOSTAGE —The Rev. Edward Hartman, Catholic chaplain, assures Mrs. Martin S. Mulkern, wife of a state prison guard held hostage in Boston, yesterday, that her husband is safe although in the hands of the prison rioters. The priest was allowed to enter solitary confinement cellblock to hear confessions of four of the five guards. Four hardened inmates are holding the hostages in a desperate breakout attempt. Tourist Association In Need OI ecialized Photos To Make Area Ad Pamphlet Attractive Sp This article would probably be included only by petition, Harold Griffin, village president, pointed out. The first, second and fourth articles have not been voted by Trus- pictures and fishing and hunting ready Shaftsbury, Woodford, Povv-spots.    1    nal, and Bennington are represcnt- It would be appreciated if these ed in photographs, prints were forthcoming as the ad-    The committee needs a black vertising committee hopes to be    and white glossy print of a skier, able to submit the folder to printers    A reasonably good snapshot of a by next Tuesday. Inquiries should    ski scene would be most welcome. be made of Mrs. Frank Moses,    Thq tourist business in Bennington chairman, or the prints can be    County needs to attract the ski en- sent directly to her at “The Bul-    thusiasts here and this is an ex rushes,” R. D. I, Bennington. I cedent opportunity for fine public-At a meeting of the committee ity. Tuesday night with Mr. and Mrs. ; Since**? thanks of the committee    moi<-°    ‘’Pay increase    than    anoth- Lewis Bass of the Red Door Mo-    was sent to Aram Dicranian, /Ben-    01    ‘    referred    to the pay    of    high- tor Court, Pownal Center, the chair-    jamin Knapp, Fairdale Farms,    u    ^    4°Paitmont    employes    who    re- tees to he included in the warning] A disagreement arose on the fivj per cent increase in pay for police. Ward 3 Trustee James Gihney pointed out that he doesn’t see why one department .should receive man presented the completed map John James and the Pownal Val rico time and a half for Satur- Levin Is Candidate Following Pay Raise Action By Trustees Reuben Levin, Bennington’s controversial village attorney, announced last night that he would seek re-election. Coroner Rules Death of Five In Fire Accidental of    day    trips and    of    the    town    of    ley    Association    for the    splendid    re-    .'n/    *imo ^or Sundays. Bennington upon    which    she    and    sponse    to    the    request    for    pictures. I    n(‘(’1 1 " P‘(srnt M ,up, highway _______________________________ __ ___employes may not get any time and a half, but may receive^ double I time if they worked on Sunday and } not on Saturday. Action was deferred on this article until Eldred, chairman of the Trustees’ Highway Committee, confers with Sewer and Highway Com-W A FLOOM SAC — Coroner Tho-    rnissioner Arthur Thcberge on the mas A. Styles of Troy has given    possibility of adopting a plan where a decision of “accidental death”    *iVla highway employes would not He made the    announcement    im-tin the case of five children burned    get double time until after they mediately    following    a    vote    by    to death when their home was de-    had worked for IO hours at time Bennington Village Trustees tojstroyed by fire here a week before and a half. include an_ article asking for a Christmas.    I    Should this plan be    adopted, it raise of $250 for the post in the Burned to death in the blaze is believed that the base pay of the warning at the annual March were all five children of Mr. and highway workers would average meeting.    Mrs. Waldo Grogan of Walloon! - mol e because they would be get- Levin had announced earlier sac.    J    ting more time in at    time and a that he definitely would not seek Members of a committee i n half than they arc now. re-election, claiming that he want-1 charge of a relief fund for the    The matter will be studied    by ed to return to his private law Grogan family said today they the Board and it is possible that practice.    %    plan to properly mark the graves both plans will be included in the However, at last night’s meet- of the five children    in the Grafton    warning, ing, Levin told Trustees that if cemetery and    pay    all funeral ex-    The second article    is being held they inserted an article in the penses.    up until property owners usin- the warning asking for the raise, he; In addition, the fund which gain- private sewer are polled to see if would run again for the post. ,ed a number of contributions they will turn over easment rights Ward 3 Trustee James Gibney ^rorn Bennington County residents to the Village, made the motion to include the has becn uspd    to    furnish a new    Tbe fourth article    requested bv article in the warning. The mo- apartment for    the    bereaved par-.George Hawks to extend the Vip lion was passed by a unanimous (ems.    !    lage sewer and water    lines along vote at first.    | James    M. Erahan, Rensselaer |    a proposed new sfreet    on crescent However, Ward 5 Trustee Fred Pun'y treasurer and publisher of Boulevard will not be included un-Tifft. who understood that if the the Hoosick fails Standard Press. tiI a ••realistic” price for the work article were included that Levin sait^    committee    also    wishes would not run, withdrew his, vote. P°. Arthur Baldwin, a nearby Tn making the annoucement to na^hbor vvho was seriously burned attempting to rescue the children. Brahan said Baldwin, a carpenter employed by the William E. Candidates now exist for all Dail<,y construction company o f I    a"    '.n ,hc warning Village offices coming up for North Bennington, has steadfastly    J*.;'    '”    ,.    d    V° lncrease election this vear. Mrs. Julia I refused to acceP‘ ar>y aid but the    pa?    of    the V1    lage attorney. Nash announced this morning 'committee hopes to be able to help    nustees    have not run again, Levin cleared up a situation which previously saw no candidate for the attorney post. is arrived at by Trustees and Hawks. Hawks has quoted a price of $3,-000 for tho job, but tho I toard feels it will cost more than that. Gibney made the statement to rn >r a $250 increase in the decided that she would seek re-election as collector of taxes. him pay medical cost resulting "’tether the Village should employ from his rescue efforts. SELLING OUT ENTIRE WINTER STOCK HUGE SAVINGS at the New York Store IMPORTANT MEETING TONIGHT BODKIN BOWMEN Y.M.C.A. at 7:15 a manager. Most of the Board is in favor of the manager system, but feels that the manager should also be an engineer. This issue will be decided at the next meeting. An article which would ask to continue the study for a city form of government is also being held up until the next meeting. ;