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   Bennington Evening Banner, The (Newspaper) - January 19, 1955, Bennington, Vermont                                THE BENNINGTON EVENING BANNER FIFTY-SECOND 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 6f Radiant Energy That Travels So Fast That It Gets Here Too Soon Every Morning. Buckley's Old Age Assistance 'Realistic Budget' OK'd By Welfare Board; Now Faces Appropriation Group Earmark OA Tax To Pay Expenses MONTPELIER Senate tax of three dollars for old ag ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF TJ. S. PLANES Jose Figueres, second from left, shajkes hands with U. S. Ambassador Robert Woodward at San Jose, Costa Rica, air- port, as he accepts delivery of fo'ur U. S. fighter planes. With them are Col. Bunker, left, and co-pilot Fouts of TJ. S. Air Force, not further identified. 'For Every Shot Fired At Us, A Guard Warn Convicts Qornered In Bay State Prison Warden Says Death in Chair to Killers BOSTON "For every shot fired at us, a guard warned four desperate state prison con- victs 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 cap- tive since 5 a.m. yesterday. Shortly after receipt of the mes- sage 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 hard- ened life their ear- lier conditions: "This is a battle to the end; we have only one de- Scores of state police and local law enforces stood by with ma- chine 'guns, bazookas, she: guns, submachineguns, rifles and small arms. Spokesman and ringleader of the armed convicts is Theodore (Ted- dy) Green, 39, a notorious bank robber and experienced prison es- caper, who notified Warden O'- Brien last night: "One shot, one gas bomb and jjne of your screws (guards) dies. If shots are fired at to hell with what hap- pens from then on." Even a touching telephone con- versation with his 16 year old by the Boston 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'm sorry, Toby, but if that ward- en 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 Hud- many-serr- tences 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 bank robberies, prison escape as- sault convictions. Joycee Service Award Will Be Given Thursday Presentation of its first Dis- tinguished Service Award to a Bennington citizen under the age of 35, an award for out- standing community service in 1954, will highlight a public meet- ing of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Thursday evening. Charles Gould, chairman of the Award., Committee, said the pre- sentation will be made at brief ceremonies to be held in the Knights of Columbus hall at p. m., Thursday. Nominees for the award were submitted by local citizens during the. past two weeks. A .selection committee comprised of local of- ficials and community leaders will choose the recipient. The award will be presented by Gould, witii Charles E. Healy as- sisting. 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. Howe Says Rules Group To Send Nominations Directly To Committee Vermont Press Bureau) MONTPELIER The Senate Rules committee is set to propose i u i_ j.. isuurues sui'fuuiiuuu cinu cuiuuseu a procedural change m handling the whoie issue. One roport had of executive appointments that it that Democrats were willing to could lead to making them public'back William S Burrage of Mid- Drysdale Among Candidates For Liquor Board Job Fres'j Bureau) MONTPELIER Vermont De- 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 appoint- ment. .With the term of aging D. Carl Foss of Island Pond due to expire January 31, Governor Johnson is planning to send his selection to the Senate for confirmation b y next week. He is compelled under state law to name a Democrat. The per diem job is one of the most controversial and yet most sought after of its kind in state jovernment. There were strong indications :hat Democratic leadership in the .egislature will fight hard against the appointment of anyone it con- siders "only part Democrat" or anyone not loyal to the party in the ast campaign. The Democrats lave seven votes m the Senate :hat they are ready to use against a "maverick" appointment. The governor's office, while, remained strictly n o n committal on reports that John on witl-consult-with Branon as to the Democratic choice for the post. "As far as the governor is con- said Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs Robert S 3abcock, "he knows nothing about t." Babcock said Branon had not requested any audience with the jvernor. Democrats most prominently mentioned for the post are Rep. Russell F. Niquette of Wmooski, Jutland Mayor Dan Hoaly, and ormer Rep. Alexander B. R. Drys- [ale of Bennington. A petition hich started circu ating in the legislature 'on N i juette's behalf last week was topped at his request Various reports irom vaiiable sources surrounded and confused committee on social welfare has voted approval of increasing old age assistance maximums in- creasing old age assistance maxi- mums to 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 Ap- propriations Committee for con- assistance grants. At present i goes directly into the genera fund. The three dollar levy, collected on poll taxes in each municipality raises only about one-third of thT amount needed as Vermont's share of olr age assistance funds In the last fiscal year, the olc age assistance tax brought 780.35. Total old age assistance payments came to The federal government provided sideration. Buckley's bill in its original and the state the other form increases the maximum, old age assistance payment in Ver- j State grants come out of the mont from to for one in- general fund under the existing dividual or to for a married system, couple. Social Welfare Commissioner W. Arthur Simpson estimates it would cost the state an additional annually to boost the) Monthly maximums. The social welfare committee earmarking the old age assistance Trees and Signs Acted Upon At Trustee Session It was decided last night by Bennington Village Trustees to turn over the care of diseased trees to the Town. The Board, in other major ac- tion, denied a request by Gerald Boutin, proprietor of a garage on West Main Street, asking permis- sion to erect a sign on the side- walk in front of the garage. In the past, the care of diseased [rees has created a mixup be- tween the Village and Town. Un- der the new setup, the Town would vote the bill for care of diseased trees and be reimbursed 50 per cent the fey the state. Ward when sent to the upper chamber by the governor. Sen. Carleton G. Howe of Ben nington county, president pro-torn of the Senate, said the Rules com- [dlebury, the party's candidate for lieutenant governor in 1954. Bur- rage, m the statehouse where he conferred with Branon, denied it. Another Democratic loader, Robert W Larrow of Burlington, mittee will propose today that huddled with Branon and Burrage when the governor's, nominations Johnson, Barney Case Settled Out of Court A negligence suit brought in Bennington County Court by Edgar W. Johnson, Jr., of Man- chester against Dr. Mason B. Barney, also of Manchester, was settled out of court this morn- ing for an undisclosed sum. are sent in for confirmation they will be referred immediately to committees. The committee will then report back lo the Senate in executive session. At apportit- rnents requnng Senate confirma tion ate thrown onto the House floor without committee study. Whether the appointments should be made public at the time the governor makes'the nomination is a point that has long been at is- sue. Howe said he personally feels that the chief executive's nomina- tions should be 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. The president pro-tern said un- der the present system no one who might have Some information con- cerning an appointee has an o p but said his business did not con- cern the liquor board appoint ment. The trial convened Monday at I portunity to know officially w h o Johnson was suing for for injuries suffered by him in a tear gas explosion at Dr. Barney's home Dec. 11, 1954. Attorney for the defendant was Clayton H. Kinney of Rut- land. Counsel for Johnson were 11. Loveland and Hacket, also of 'tlve sesslons Rutland. has been nominated. If the appointments were refer- red to committees and the names of the nominees mado publu, hear- ings couid be on u-' i Cars Receive Damage In Two Accidents Damages to two vehicles were reported by Village police today as the result of two accidents which occurred Tuesday afternoon. Police said a car operated b y Mrs. Helen E. Robinson of 113 West Mam St escaped damage but caused damages to the fender and bumper of a car owned by Harry Hayden of Arlington m an acci dent at 4 p.m. Tuesday They reported Mrs. Robmsor turning into a parking space o n Main street when her vehicle scraped a parked car owned by Hayden. At p. Tuesday, a car owned and operated by Frank A. Watrous of Pleasant ntrret, North "3enningto" damages to its grill, -radiator and hood when it s'r-ldcd on East Main reot and struck a cement feme in front of the "ili. Extensive damages to KVO -lr t on North 7 Trustee Wallace E. Mattison made the motion to deny Boutin's request because he felt the Board would be setting a pre cedent...... It was pointed out by Ward 3 Trustee James Gibney that a similar request by Joe Waite, owner of a filling station on East Main Street, was turned down last year. Boutin presently has a sign at- tached to the Bennington Garage j building. His request was based on the fact that motorists couldn't see the sign if it was erected on his own property which sets back from the sidewalk. "In other action, Trustees tabled a bid by the Excelsior Printing Company of North Adams for printing of the annual Village report. The bid is for per page, based on last year's report which included 52 pages. The Board plans to cut down on the report this .year, using a picture only on the cover. Trustees discussed the parking situation on Main Street near the junction of Burgess Road and Gage Street. Trustee Mattison explained that a dangerous situation has been created there due to the parking of trucks and buses on the north side of the street. The Board instructed the Street and Traffic Light Committee to study the problem and report on it the next meeting. Village President Harold Grif- fin read a letter from the Mer- chants Association thanking Trus- tees for opening the armory park- ing lot during the Christmas holi- days. Griffin also brought ,up the question of leasing the Nelson Garage on Depot Street for Vil- jge vehicles. It was decided to lot the Highway Committee in- 2stigate the matter. Dies SEARSBURG Rep. Lemuel G. Pike of this place died last night while resting in his room in Montpelier. The 66-year-old Republican was serving his third term in the Ver- mont Legislature. Pike, a native of Hebron, Me., has been a resident of Searsburg since 1934. Ho served in the House in the 1951-53 sessions. Funeral arrangements are pen- ding until the arrival of a daugh- ter, Mrs. Prentice Gushing, of New York He is also survived by his wife, a son, Donald, also of New York, and three grandchildren. Pike, a builder and sawmill op- erator, 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 weeks. The death occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Burns of 38 School St where the Pik.es lived during the legislative ses ion During this session, Pike was named to the committee on Con- servation 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 provid- ing for the adjournment, introduc- ed by Rep. Merritt S. Hewitt Jr. of Shaftsbury, was adopted by both Houses. Two senators and three represen- tatives will be named by Lt. Gov. Bailey and Speaker HancockNto at- tend the funeral. The body is at the Barber and Funeral Home in Montpel- er, where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p. m. Tho funeral will be held in Springfield, Mass. made by the governor The street, Monday afternoon, was al ings would presumably be exeou- SAUSVILLE RESTAURANT, Inc. Cor. River and Depot Sts. Special Thurs., Fri., Sat. SPAGHETTI MEAT BALLS PIZZA PIE 'SPAPERI BARRE, Vt. Paul J. Ouel- lete, 29, of St. Albans, was felled yesterday when he was run over by a Central Vermont Railroad train on which ho was working as a brakeman. Authorities said he fell from the rear flat-car of the train as it was backing onto tracks of the Barre Chelsea railroad. so renortcd by Village.Police. Police said a car operated b y Mrs. Charles Harte'of Old Ben- nington sustained damages to its 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 were reported. Union High School Session Tomorrow Discussion of proposed plans for the construction of a Union -i School here will be a high- light of the January meeting of the Citizens Committee for Bet- ker Public Schools, to be held in the County Courthouse building at 7-45 tonight. Architect N Brownrigg Jr. of Albany will be present to "xhibit and review drawings and details of the proposed construc- tion program. The public is invited to at- tend. Soy Escapes Injury As Sled, Car Collide four-year-old boy narrowly escaped injury at 3 p. m. yesterday on the Middle Pow- 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 Po- ice, who investigated, said Miss Stone swerved the car into a park- ed truck to avoid hitting the child, Jerald Boisclair, son of Mr. and Mrs. Noel Boisclair of Middles Pownal Road. The truck was owned by Albert Davignon of RFD, Bennington, Tpr. Davis said. He estimated minor damage to both vehicles. Soy Trustees; Study Pay Hike And Sewer Articles In Warning CHAPLAIN ASSURES WIFE OF PRISON HOSTAGE Rev. Edward Hartigan, 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 cell- block 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 Of Specialized Photos To Make Area Ad Pamphlet Attractive As- sociation has received several pho- :ographs to illustrate its folder, but is in need of several more, es- pecially of a ski scene, sugaring pictures and fishing and hunting spots. It would be appreciated if these prints were forthcoming as the ad- vertising committee hopes to be able to submit the folder to printers )y next Tuesday. Inquiries should ie made of Mrs. Frank Moses, chairman, or the prints can be sent directly to her at "The Bul- R. D. 1, Bennington. At a meeting of the committee night with Mr. and Mrs. Bass of the Red Door Mo- or Court, Pownal Center, the chair- man presented the completed map f day trips and of the town of Bennington upon which she and Mrs. Francis Field of "The Ver- Troy road., have "been collaborating. The folder is now very near completion and is in the shape of the state of Vermont. Al- ready Shaftsbury, Woodford, Pow- nal, and Bennington are represent- ed in photographs. The committee needs a black and white glossy print of a skier. A reasonably good snapshot of a s'-ri scene would be most welcome. Tne, tourist business in Benninglon County needs to attract the ski en- thusiasts here and this is an ex- cellent opportunity for fine public- ity. Sinceae thanks of the committee was sent to Aram Dicranian, jamin Knapp, Fail-dale Farms, John James and the Pownfil Val- ley Association for the splendid re- sponse to the request for pictures. March 15 Is Deadline For Gift .Tax Returns District Director of Internal Revenue, Henry H. Riordan, to- day called attention to the fact .evin Is Candidate Allowing Pay Raise Action By Trustees Reuben Levin, Bennington's controversial village attorney, announced last night that he would seek re-election. He made the announcement im- mediately following a vote by Bennington Village Trustees to include an article asking for a raise of for the post in the warning at the annual March meeting. Levin had announced earlier that he definitely would re-election, claiming that he want- ed to return to his'private law practice. at last night's meet- ing, Levin told Trustees that if they inserted an' article in the Coroner Rules Death of Five In Fire Accidental Bennington Village Trustees feel that they haVe drawn up a "real- istic" 1955 budget, and if there is any cutting to do on it, if will be 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 warn- ing and to double-check their pro-- posed budget. i Ward 1 Trustee Leon EldrecJ pointed out that the Board is not asking any more than last year except a increase in the po- li'ce account and a bond payment. He said, "The only way we can cut the budget is to let the people cut 1he services." Ward 2 Trustee Patrick Perrott supported the state- ment and other Trustees chimed in to make the opinion unanimous. Eldred explained that the in- crease in the police account is be- ing 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 lake only the sal- ary oC Officer John Ryan out of. the meter funds this year. Otljer department budgets up are mainly the sidewalk and play- ground 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 member s of the police department. A second would authorize the Vil- lage to take over a privately-own- ed sewer on Walbridge Hill. A third would increase the sal- ary of the village attorney from to per year. Another asks the installation of a sewer and wa- ler line on a proposed street ad- jacent to Crescent Boulevard. A fifth article would ask wheth- er the Village would vote to adopt a municipal garbage collection. This article would probably be in- cluded only by petition, Harold Griffin, village president, pointed out. The first, second and fourth ar- ticles have not been voted by Trus- tees lo be included in the warning! A disagreement arose on the fivcf per cent increase m pay tor police. Ward 3 Trustee James Gibney pointed out that he doesn't see why one department .should receive more of a pay increase than anoth- er. He referred to the pay of high- way department employes who re- roivo time and a half for Satur- days and double lime for Sundays. Under the present setup, highway employes may not get any time and a half, hut may receive, double time if they worked on Sunday and not on Saturday. Action was defci red on this ar- iicle unli! Jilrlrcd, rhairman of the Tnjslcp.V Highway ComrmUeo, con- fers ith Sewer and Highway Com- WALLOOMSAC Coroner Tho- rmssioner Arthur Theberge on the mas A. Styles of Troy has given a decision of "accidental death" in the case of five children burned to death when their home was de- stroyed by fire here a week before Chrjstmas. Burned to death in the were all five children of Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Grogan of Walloom sac. Members of a committee i n charge of a relief fund for t h e Grogan family said today they plan to properly mark the graves of the five children in the Grafton cemetery and pay all funeral ex- penses. warning Asking for the raise, In addition, the fund which gain- would run again for the. post. Ward 3 Trustee James Gibney made the motion to .include the that .Gift Tax Returns from gifts article in the warning. The mo- made during the calendar tlon was passed by a unanimous 1954 are due on or before March 15. The provision of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 which ex- tends the due date applies to 1955 Gift Tax Returns due in 1956, he The director indicated that there existed some misunder- standing on these requirements on the part of taxpayers affected. BENNINGTON CLUB FRIED CHICKEN DINNER to 8 Pancing 9 to 1? PHILADELPHIA I3J Miss Jean Lcpine, 48, of Swampscott, Mass a "teacher at the Swampscott High School, died in St. Joseph's Hos- pital yesterday. GRAND THURSDAY EVENING, JAN. 20 Many Opening- Specials! PATTON'S Corner Gage and Safford Sts. Pial" 9011 vote at first. However, Ward 5 Trustee Fred Tifft, who understood that if the article were included that Levin would not run, withdrew In making the annoucement to run again, Levin cleared up a situation which previously saw no candidate for the' attorney post. Candidates now exist for all Village offices coming -up for election this year. Mrs. Julia Nash announced this morning that she would seek re-election as collector of taxes. SELLING OUT ENTIRE WINTER STOCK HUGE SAVINGS at the New York Store ed a number of contributions from Bennington County residents, has been used to furnish a new possibility of adopting a plan where the highway employes would not get double time until after- they had worked for 10 hours at time and a half. Should this p'an be adopted, it is> believed that the base pay of the highway workers would average more because they would be get- ling more time in at time and a half than Ihcy arc now. The matter will be studied by the Board and it is possible that both plans wiU be included in the warning. The second article is being held up until pioperly owners using the pmafc sewer are polled to .see Jf they will turn over easmcnt rights to the Village. Tho fourth article requested by apartment for the bereaved par-] George Hawks to extend the ViP 'age sewer and water lines along a prOpOSed new street on Crescent M. Brahan, Rensselacr treasurer and publisher of the Hoosick Falls Standard Press, said the committee also wishes to aid Arthur Baldwin, a nearby neighbor was seriously burn- 'ed attempting to rescue the child- ren. Brahan said Baldwin, a carpen- ter employed by the William E Dailey construction company o f North Bennington, has steadfastly refused to accept any aid but the committee hopes to be able to help him pay medical cost resulting from his rescue efforts. IMPORTANT MEETING TONIGHT BODKIN BOWMEN Y.M.C.A. at Ildwks has quoted a price of 000 for the job, bu1 tho Hoard fccis it will cost more than Gibney made the statement to insert an article in the warning asking for increase in the pay of the village attorney. Trustees have not decided whether the Village should employ 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 meet- ing. An article which would ask to continue the study for a city form of government is also being held up until the next meeting.   

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