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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - April 13, 1965, Bennington, Vermont Clearing cold Clearing Early tonight and colder with Low in the mid to Low 30s. Wednesday mostly sunny and not quite so Cool. Yesterdays High 58, Low 34, today at 7 . 35. Total precipitation in last 24 hours .21. Sunset 6 33, Sunrise 5 12. Arcturus the big yellow Bright Star High in the East Early evening is 36 Light years away. Bennington Bennington Vermont tuesday april 13, 1965 Anner founded in 1841, daily 1903, no. 19,734, to cents Senate advances prison measure Montpelier up a the Vermont Senate today gave preliminary approval to the initial step of a three phase plan aimed at closing Down the Windsor state prison oldest penal institution in use in the nation. By a unanimous voice vote the Senate gave initial approval to the Bill bonding $1.25 million to kick off construction of a medium Security intermediate correctional Institute for Youthful offenders Between 16 and 26 years of age. The new Institute would be built on 50 acres of land about three Miles from Windsor Village. The present state prison termed a absolutely obsolete Quot by proponents of the Bill is located in downtown Windsor next to a school. The new facilities a stages two and three include other Pris on buildings to segregate older prisoners from the Young offenders a would be completed in a five year period at a Cost of about $4 million. Included in the funds Are extra personnel in an attempt to beef up the states rehabilitation program for younger offenders. The present building has been used since 1807. About 47 per cent of the inmates Are Between 16 and 26 years old. One of the strongest supporters of the measure sen. Olin b. Gay re Endsor county read a letter claiming that because of the non segregation of younger prisoners from older ones Youthful offenders Are worse when they get out of prison than when they enter. The letter said there Are a homosexuals and homosexual behaviour not Only among inmates but among Wilson flies Here for talks with lbs House votes end to death penalty Hoff says he will sign Bill twisters toll Aerial View of demolished holy Trinity Church in grand rapids mich., shows the destruction wrought by tornadoes sunday. Top is school Center is Church and Bottom is rectory. Up photo London up a prime minister Harold Wilson flies to the United states today to discuss the Viet Nam crisis and other world problems with president Johnson. Wilson goes to Washington As the staunchest Allied supporter Cardinal Meyer rites observed Chicago up a a solemn pontifical mass was celebrated today in last rites for Albert Cardinal Meyer the grocers son who became a Prince of the roman Catholic Church and one of its greatest voices. A funeral procession of hundreds of priests nuns and Brothers wound its Way from the rectory of holy name Cathedral into the Sanctuary of the vast 19th Century gothic edifice on Chicago a near North Side. At the rear of the procession in the place of Honor were six cardinals including four of the United states five surviving prelates. They occupied special thrones that faced the audience of 1,800 mourners during the mass. Of . Policy in Southeast Asia. In this role he wants to talk Over with Johnson possible peace moves for Viet Nam. Wilson a flight is scheduled to arrive in new York shortly after Midnight. The prime minister will Confer with Secretary general Thant at the United nations wednesday and will meet with Johnson in Washington on thursday. The Viet Nam crisis is expected to be the no. I topic of conversation Wilson has supported Johnson s policies despite considerable opposition to it from left wingers within his own labor party. He gave a warm reception last week to the presidents offer to negotiate a peace settlement in Viet Nam without prior conditions on either Side. Wilson feels this offer which Johnson coupled with a billion Dollar Aid plan for Southeast Asia promises to provide a basis for settlement eventually. Wilson designated his former foreign minister Patrick Gordon Walker to make a tour of Asia in an Effort to sound out the prospects for peace in the Pacific area. In Viet Nam . Aid official executed Saigon up a the . Embassy reported today that communist guerrillas have executed an amerlean Aid official who was kidnapped last August during a tour of the Countryside. It was the first known Viet Cong murder of a american civilian captive. In military developments today american and South vietnamese fighter bombers attacked targets in North Viet Nam and guerrilla forces poured a barrage of mortar fire onto the District capital of Quang Tri near the 17th parallel. Ten vietnamese troops were killed in the mortar attack and three american soldiers were wounded. A spokesman for the vietnamese air Force said seven vietnamese sky Raider fighter bombers attacked the Bridge under supporting escort by an undisclosed number of . Planes. The Bridge was described As a strategic link on National Highway one bet Wen the commercial centers of a Tinh and Dong hoi. The Highway is the Hanoi regimes most important North South route. A spokesman for the . Embassy identified the slain american civilian As Joseph w. Grainger 39, of Hartford,conn., an employee of the . Operations Mission which distributes . Ald to the civilian population in South Viet Nam. An official embassy announcement said Grainger was shot to death last Jan. 12 when the communists recaptured him a week after he had escaped from custody. A spokesman said the execution was confirmed by a Independent eyewitness the atrocity raised fears for 9 n to teens flock to Des for summer jobs Young Job seekers teen agers seeking summer employment flood the department Security office on main Street monday on the opening Day of a project sponsored by the league of women v Oters Manchester business and professional women s club and women of the two Bennington Catholic parishes. Above applicants wait to talk to mrs. Alice Bevis Des receptionist. At right Allen Leray talks Over his prospects with mrs. John l. Dermody a Volunteer. See Story on Page 12. R Inge ise r the life of another american Ald official held captive by the Viet Congo Gustav Hertz 46, of Leesburg a. Hertz was kidnapped by the Viet Cong two months ago while in the Saigon suburbs. The communists have threatened to kill Hertz if a convicted terrorist facing the death sentence from a vietnamese military court is executed. The terrorist Nguyen Van hat 27, was sentenced last week for his part in the boat it ing of the . Embassy on March 30. No Date for his execution has been set. Grainger was kidnapped last aug. 9 while driving a pickup truck in Phu yen province about 250 Miles Northeast of Saigon. The Viet Cong also kidnapped a filipino assistant and a vietnamese technician travelling with Grainger. The two companions were released some time later and reported they last saw Grainger alive in november. Grainger s widow Elizabeth had been waiting in Bangkok Thailand for his return in is. Johnsbury by Ronald e. Cohen Montpelier up a the Vermont House today passed and sent to the governor an historic Bill abolishing capital punishment for nearly every first degree murder conviction in the state. Democratic gov. Philip h. Hoff has Given full assurances he will sign into the Law the virtual end of the use of the electric chair at the state prison in Windsor. When Hoff signs the Bill Vermont will become the 13th state in the nation to outlaw capital punishment for first degree murder. The House accepted without question Senate amendments which exempt from provision of the Bill killers of police officers in the line of duty or state prison guards. A jury can still sentence such prisoners to death and May also still sentence to death felons who commit a second unrelated first degree murder. The Bill that originally passed the House provided capital punishment abolition for All first time killers but the Senate tempered the Bill slightly to get it through the upper chamber where it died last session. Final passage marked the end of a Long fruitless Battle by capital punishment abolitionists. This is the sixth time the Bill has come before the Vermont legislature to end electrocutions in Vermont. The infrequently used electric chair at Windsor last claimed a victim in 1953. Vermont for years has had the lowest per capita murder rate in the nation. Minimum wage the Roll Call vote on minimum wage boosting it from $1 to $1.25 per hour oct. I was 26-2. Only Sens. George Morse of Caledonia county and William Wheatley of Orange county a both republicans a dissented. Sen. John of Briend Chittenden county said the Bill a must be passed to prevent a birth control Bill from coming in. No one these Days can afford to bring up children for less than $1.25 an the House has already passed the Bill. As the 15th week of the current session was kicked off Mon Day night the House passed by unanimous voice vote and sent to the Senate a comprehensive billboard regulation Law for the state. Billboard Bill the measure described by proponents As a the finest billboard Law in the nation a provides that Vermont businesses May advertise with billboards As they wish while attempting to preserve the states Scenic Beauty. Under the Bill no billboards would be larger than 300 Square feet and though unlimited signs would be allowed on the property of the advertiser the land being used for signs and billboards would have to be contiguous to the advertisers place of business. The Bill states there can be no More than one sign per advertiser per mile on any state Road with Small signs at intersections pointing to the place of business. The measure would tighten Campaign billboard regulations to Force candidates to tear Down their billboards to Days after the election. Reportedly the measure has the a Universal endorsement of both businessmen and conservationists. In other lower chamber Busi Ness the House advanced to final stages of passage a Bill allowing persons paid under old age assistance be provided with Chloro Pratl care. The Bill gained initial approval despite opposition from social welfare commissioner John Wackerman. And the House advanced a measure allowing the fish and game Board to permit and regulate Field trials of Beagle hounds. In the Senate just six of 30 lawmakers showed up to watch pretty Solon Helen Franco of Washington county act As president pro tempore Over a Token session that lasted a few seconds. Mail protest Montpelier up a the House and Senate have passed a joint Resolution protesting the proposed cutback of mail service on the Central Vermont railway. The House passed the resolve and sent it to the governor monday night. The upper chamber approved it last week. The Resolution protests to the , postal District offices in Boston the proposed Cut of some mail service via rails that would affect vermonters from St. Albans to White River Junction. Chiang urges asian Natow Morse Plant study getting under Way St. Johnsbury up a the Colt industries have retained the Boston firm of an Derson Nichols consulting engineers to study the materials and manufacturing processes of the Fairbanks Morse weighing division Here. W. Donald Osborne manager of the 134-year-old Fairbanks Morse Plant would do a a blueprint for modernizing the manufacturing in St. Colt industries the Parent firm is undertaking a technological and economic study of the weighing systems division in St. Johnsbury and the decision on whether where and when to build a new Plant or modernize the old facility will be made on the basis of All the data collected. Last month company president George a. Strichman said on the inside right Wing extremists Are still Active in California politics reports columnist Marquis Childs a Page 4. Carl t. Ramsey reports on Clarion of Spring he has discovered in his Dorset bog a Page 6. Photo report on career Day at Burr amp Burton Seminary a Page 6. North Pownal votes wednesday on giving up Independent school charter becoming part of town and it. Anthony school districts a Page 7. That although Progress is being made on the studies it is not known yet whether the firm will build a new Plant or modernize its old one but he added a Fairbanks Morse is in St. Johnsbury to stay and pledges of More than $500,000 were made by St. Johnsbury area residents 18 months ago when it became apparent the firm might have to move from Vermont. The outpouring of pledges was considered a main item in the firms decision to stay. Taipei Formosa up a president Chiang Kai Shek of nationalist China today called on the United states to help organize an Antl communist Alliance for Asia patterned after nato. He said it would help Check chinese communist aggression. The 77-year-old Generalissimo also urged the United states to adopt a a positive policy with a View to eliminating the communist regime on the China Mainland while at the same time avoiding a direct armed clash with the chinese the nationalist chinese Leader made these proposals in an exclusive interview with United press International. Chiang said he believed that the . A containment policy was not sufficient to Check communist chinese expansion in Asia. A in fact a he said a Elf this policy is continued much longer it will Only end in the communist Conquest of All of Chiang said the United states should adopt a a More efficacious policy based on the following three Points a a first it should give moral encouragement to All anticommunist nations in Asia so that they can fulfil their Oft expressed desire to form an Alliance among themselves. A a second these Antl communist nations once they Are assured of . Moral support and material assistance can work out a program of coordinated action among themselves. Thus they will no longer be isolated and forced to fight alone. A a a third in the Case of such countries As South Viet Nam which Are still ill prepared to fight entirely on their own it May be necessary for the United states to provide them with limited naval and air support in their War against communists in their school tax vote crucial in Rutland Rutland up a Rutland residents go to the polls today to vote on a 35 cent school tax increase that was turned Down by a narrow margin at the regular March town meeting. School officials have warned that unless the tax is approved raising the school Levy in Rutland to $4.15 this year severe cutbacks will be made in the education program. One of the things that will go is the entire interscholastic sports program for Rutland Public schools. Also on the ballot thanks to a flurry of last minute signatures on petitions to make the issues subject to a vote Are a $20,000 Bond Issue for schools a$20,000 Bond Issue for Street repairs and $5,000 in bonding for sidewalk construction. Voters in Rutland the state s second largest City have been noticeably reluctant in recent years to spend for municipal improvements. Voters have not passed a Bond Issue since 1963. Unification creeps Forward tentative conclusions form Bennington a government unification study committee monday night edged Forward gingerly on several fronts toward what eventually will be a proposed consolidation act under which the several local municipal governments May merge. Reports were heard from three of the groups sub committees out of which tentative conclusions began to take form on what will happen to the town s three separate fire departments on the mechanics by which consolidation might be put into effect and on a tax Structure for a unified town. Speaking for the water and fire subcommittee its chairman George Horst suggested that under unification a full time paid fire commissioner be appointed by selectmen to be responsible for Overall administration of the now separate Bennington Bennington Rural and North Benning ton fire departments. The present departments at least initially would largely retain their present identity Horst proposed though there might be some shifting in the boundaries of what would become areas of jurisdiction for each of the departments. Horst a subcommittee visualized the new commissioner As overseeing the consolidated fire department s finances training of personnel alarm system and general organization. Responsibility for the actual fighting of fires however would remain with the individual chiefs of the three a a districts within the town. The subcommittee urged and the full committee appeared to agree that the unification committee itself not establish How the present three departments a two of which include several separate companies a might be reorganized. This committee members Felt should come Only under the direction of the new fire commissioner. Eventually the subcommittee believed economies would be effected through the unified firefighting organization but probably not at least for a year or two. Give up Charters the consolidation of the present separate departments Horst indicated would involve the Rural fire districts voting to give up its charter voters of Bennington Village and North Bennington the governmental units sponsoring the other two departments would also have to give up their Village Charters Leon r. Eldred a non voting alternate on the unification committee urged Horst to take up his see unification Page 12, col. I

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