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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - December 20, 1965, Bennington, Vermont Snow Light Snow and not so cold tonight Low in the teens. Tuesday Cloudy with occasional Light Snow and somewhat higher temperatures. Yesterdays High 31 Low 4. Today at 7 ., 6. Trace of Snow. Sunset 4 18 . Sunrise 7 22 The planet Mercury is visible a Little South of East and is about 15 degrees above the horizon Early morning until Dawn. Bennington Bennington Vermont monday december 20, 1065 Anner weekly founded in 1841, daily 1903. No. 19,946 to cents Clarence b Riggs killed by truck Clarence Briggs 42, of 1032 East main st., Well known in the Bennington area who has been Blind since childhood was struck Down and killed just before noon by a Menands . Truck backing into an alleyway off Union Street beside the Banner building. Or. Donald Shea regional medical examiner pronounced Briggs dead at the scene of the Accident. Briggs was knocked Down with the truck going Over his body and was apparently killed instantly. He had just come from the Banner office where he picked up a picture of his children that appeared in the Banner last week. He was a frequent user of the Small Alley Between the fashion fair and the four 21 restaurant As a Short Cut to his place of employment the Bijur lubricating corp. On South Street. Anthony Celeone 35, of water gof reverses former stand Washington up a the top drawer Republican coordinating committee appears to have ditched what once was a gop article of Faith a that the Federal government should get out of certain Fields and leave them to the states. Gop leaders warned the states sunday that they must meet Public demands for increased government services or recognize that those demands would be met by the Federal government. The warning was contained in the third and last of three reports approved last monday by the Republican coordinating committee. The panel includes former presidential nominees congressional leaders governors and representatives of the gop National committee. All three reports dealt with relations Between Federal state and local governments. Taken together they represented abandonment of what used to be gop Dogma a that the Federal government should withdraw from some Fields of activity and the states take them Over together with the tax sources to pay for them. The report released sunday said the need for efficient and better service grows with an expanding population. It added a no Challenge facing the american Federal system is As Clear As this if our states cannot meet this increased demand for service then the National government will. Quot Vliet . The Driver of the truck said he was backing into the Alley and did t see Briggs. The truck is owned by Battaglia Brothers of Menands a grocery products wholesaler. Celeone was on his Way to deliver produce to the four 21 restaurant. Briggs was married and his wife also Blind the former Maria Alvarez is a native of Socorro new Mexico. They were married in 1958 and met each other at a convention of the National federation of the Blind in 1957. The couple have two children Luana Mae 6, and Elaine Marie 4. Both children have their sight. Last week Briggs and his family had been photographed at the fourth annual Christmas party for the Blind sponsored by the Bennington Lions club and he had come into the Banner office to pick up photographs of his children. He had worked at the Bijur Plant since 1950, and he always seemed capable of mane vering for himself walking to and from work unaided. The body was taken to the Hanson Walbridge funeral Home. Funeral arrangements Are pending and a Complete obituary will appear in the Banner tuesday. Is7. Y. Considers doubling Auto liability rate Albany . A minimum liability insurance for automobiles in new York state will be doubled of the recommendation of a legislative committee is followed. The increase is proposed by the joint legislative committee on motor vehicles in its preliminary report of an oct. 25 Public hearing. Sen. Simon j. Liebowitz a Brooklyn committee chairman says the report will be the basis for a package of Bills to be submitted to the 1966 legislature. The report supports alternative insurance Bills designed to give gov. Nelson Rockefeller a Choice when they reach his desk. One Calls for Auto liability insurance with a minimum of $25,-000 to $50, coverage and the other Calls for coverage of $20,-000 to $40,000 liability. The present Law enacted in 1951, Calls for a minimum of $10,000 to $20,000. The committee chairman Points out that about 60 per cent of All private autos in the state already Are covered by More than the compulsory minimum. Killed by truck Clarence Briggs 42, of East main Street was struck Down and killed about noon today by a truck backing into an alleyway off Union Street next to the Banner building. Briggs was apparently killed instantly. Buckler Erhard begins top level talks on Germany nuclear role bid Washington up a West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard began a series of top level talks with u. S. Officials today on Germany s old for an expanded role in nato nuclear defences. Before going to the White House for a meeting with president Johnson the visiting German Leader conferred with Secretary of state Dean Rusk and his key aides. A major topic of the two Day discussions was the nuclear sharing role that West Germany wants. On arrival sunday Erhard said he was seeking Quot fair solutions of give and accompanying him were West German foreign minister Gerhard Schroeder and defense minister Kai Uwe von Hassel. Erhard a visit was the third and last stage of a week Long venture into personal diplomacy by Johnson his most intensive since he entered the White House two years ago. The president was Host last week to president Mohammed Ayub Khan of Pakistan and British prime minister Harold Wilson. The West German Leader arrived Here amid rumours that the germans were considering a modified version of a Multi lateral nuclear Force Milf largely the same As that proposed by Wilson last week. The Wilson plan which some diplomats believe would be a a starter Quot along the Tricky Road of nato agreement was said to tentatively include an Allied nuclear Force to which Britain would donate the four Polaris submarines she expects to have by the end of 1967 financial contributions by West Germany and probably Italy and the Netherlands and veto Power Over firing the weapons by each member of the Force. The various proposals All Start with the theory that unless West Germany is brought into closer participation in the Western nuclear deterrent she will eventually seek an Independent nuclear Arsenal of her own. Italy and France join rhodesian embargo London up a prime minister Harold Wilson announced today France and Italy have joined the United states in backing Britain soil embargo on rebellious Rhodesia. He said the United states and Canada had offered assistance to air lifting Oil supplies to land locked Zambia the african ruled nation bordering on Rhodesia. Quot these measures Are director to one purpose Only to return Rhodesia to constitutional Rule a a Wilson told parliament. Quot they will mean great inconvenience and hardship but they Are essential if we Are to get the Quick solution that is needed to avoid a much greater dislocation and hardship and if we Are to avoid the immeasurable dangers of outside intern mention Quot he said. Wilson who returned from his trip five hours earlier today to address parliament on the Oil sanctions which Britain imposed Friday said Quot the United states government welcomes and supports our decision and is advising All United states citizens and Enterprise to Quot we have also taken diplomatic action to seek the cooperation of the other main Oil exporting countries. The governments of France and Italy Are cooperating Wilson said the american government had been assured by . Oil companies they would recognize the embargo. There were still several Oil exporting nations notably Hollands which had not answered the British plea for support. Quot i have every reason to think we shall get full cooperation Quot Wilson said. Wilson said the Oil Airlift to Zambia began sunday and would depend for its Success on cooperation from Zambia a neighbouring african states. One other limiting Factor might be see embargo Page to col. 4 ilium. No room in the inn symbolic of the furry Folk at the Bennington county humane society who would have a merrier Christmas if they Lead a real Home Are these Fox terriers. One was found on Searsburg it. The other after Days was lured from hiding under Auto carcasses in a Bennington used car lot. Both have recently been adopted. Santo Domingo up a mobs began forming in the streets of downtown Santo Domingo Early today raising fears of further rioting. Road blocks went up and stores closed Down. In Santiago meanwhile tense Calm was reported. American paratroopers broke up a Battle there sunday Between rival dominican army forces. Peace Maneu vers continue Washington up a the United states and Britain Are working quietly to explore the slim Chance that North Viet Nam May be trying to Man Euver herself into peace talks behind the Back of her giant neighbor red China. The North vietnamese regime appears on the surface to be loudly denying any such intent. Hanoi radio denounced the state departments disclosure last week of recent exchanges on the subject of peace As Quot pure fabrication. Completely the White House had no comment on the Hanoi broadcast. This too appeared to dash whatever Hopes for Early peace talks May have been raised by last fridays disclosure of the Exchange in which North vietnamese president to Chi Minh had been quoted As saying he was Quot prepared to go anywhere to meet anyone Quot to arrange peace. His alleged remark was reported by two italian professors who interviewed him in Hanoi last month. They said North Viet Nam appeared ready to Start peace talks without demanding prior withdrawal of . Forces in South Viet Nam although other conditions were imposed. The Hanoi broadcast did not Surprise . Or British officials who have often seen contradictions Between what Hanoi has said publicly and what visitors to the communist capital claimed they were told privately. Britain and the United states have agreed that Britain will continue to probe Hanoi s position on peace a not As a . Agent but As co chairman of the Geneva peacekeeping machinery for Southeast Asia. One underlying question to be examined is whether Hanoi privately is More willing for peace talks than its red chinese backers want it to be or than it would like the chinese to know. To some observers this could explain the pattern of privately reported peace Quot hints Quot from Hanoi followed by Public denials. Others feel Hanoi a leaders simply Are themselves not ready to talk peace and that the reports of Quot peace feelers Quot Are a combination of propaganda deliberate confusion and the sometimes too hopeful reporting of intermediaries. At least 26 persons were killed in the fighting cunday including col. Juan Lora Fernandez the former army chief of staff in the rebel government. Unofficial reports placed the death toll As High As 40. Six . Helicopters sped a Force of about 150 airborne troops to Santiago at the request of the provisional dominican government it was reported. A . Embassy spokesman said 15 americans who were trapped in the Santiago hotel when the fighting broke out were rescued unharmed. The fighting began when the dominican government troops opened up with machine gun and tank fire on the Matun hotel in Santiago where leaders of last april a rebellion were attending a breakfast reception. Former rebel Leader col. Francisco Caamano Deno who was among those at the hotel was not injured. The violence also spread into Santo Domingo 120 Miles to the South where rebel sympathizers angered by reports that their leaders had been killed rioted and swarmed through the streets throwing Molotov cocktails and bombs and erecting barricades. A National policeman was reportedly disarmed and shot with his own pistol by the mob. According to reports from Santiago the Battle Between Caamano s Quot a constitutionalists Quot and the government air Force ground groups ended with . Helicopters ferrying the former rebels Back to the capital after first evacuating the americans and other foreign nationals caught in the Battle. The reports said the helicopters swooped onto the grounds of the Matun hotel and troops set up defensive posts and arranged for the evacuation of the civilians. Government troops stood by while other helicopters began shuttling the rebels Back to their Barracks in Santo Domingo. Viet Cong terrorism continues in Saigon Saigon up a a jittery capital looked for a major terrorist incident today the fifth anniversary of the founding of the Viet Cong National liberation front. Heavy fighting was reported elsewhere. Rumours swept the City that Viet Cong agents were cruising the streets of Saigon in an automobile containing 200 pounds of High explosives to be used against quarters housing . Servicemen. Such billets were under heavy guard As night approached. Two terrorists one a 15-year-old boy hurled two grenades sunday night at a group of vietnamese National police wounding three of them. One of the communists was immediately Cut Down by machine gun fire near the Phu Tho race track and the boy Huynh Dang by surrendered. Both the Viet Cong and government troops sustained heavy casualties in fighting at an outpost seven Miles South of Quang Gal City 335 Miles Northeast of Saigon a . Military spokesman reported today. At midday today b52 bombers of the strategic air command Sac pounded a suspected Viet Cong target in Quot War zoned Quot 35 Miles Northeast of Saigon. Details of the strike against the longtime communist Sanctuary were not Given by military spokesmen. It was disclosed sunday night that . Troops during the weekend hunted Down and killed at least 221 Viet Cong on three fronts. In the action near Quang Gal an estimated battalion of communists hammered the regional Force defenders with mortars machine gun fire and Small arms sunday. They withdrew then launched a second attack that lasted More than an hour. The communists finally were driven off by artillery but government losses at the outpost were listed As heavy. . Marines and government forces ended Quot operation Harvest Moon Quot sunday night. At least 419 Viet Cong were known dead 53 captured and 314 suspects detained in the almost two week Hunt for communists South of the Danang airbase. The army s 1st air cavalry division was in the third Day of Quot operation clean sweep Quot South of qui Nhon on the coast. There was Only Light Contact today but during the weekend 77 Viet Cong were killed by the air cavalrymen. . Marines operating South of Danang saturday killed 76 Viet Cong who tried to pit machine guns and Small arms fire against artillery and planes backing up ground troops. Two Forward air control fac planes a one a . Army Craft and the other from the vietnamese air Force a collided near Danang today killing All four persons aboard the planes. Viet Long kidnaps four Bien Hoa South Viet Nam up a four employees of an american construction company were feared kidnapped by the Viet Cong today while working outside the Bien Hoa air base. Officials of the Raymond Morriso Knudsen co. Said they were checking their records to determine the identity of the men who vanished during the afternoon while working outside the mine Field protecting the base. There were conflicting reports that they included four americans or three americans and a vietnamese Driver. Hayes retracts Campaign charges levelled against a. John Holden Montpelier up a Thomas Hayes of Fairhaven administrative aide to . Sen. Winston l. Prouty r-vt., said today he is at fault for dragging a career Public servant into politics. Hayes at a news conference retracted charges he made in a pre election Campaign last month that former education commissioner a. John Holden had sabotaged Vermont s parochial schools. on the inside columnist Erie Sevareid comments on non conformity la America a Page 4. Columnist Alan Sophron has a Christmas message a Page 4. Beyhl s George Sleeman comments on a report on televisions influence on schoolchildren a Page 5. Hayes retracted charges that Holden in his official capacity testified against portions of president Johnson s elementary and secondary education Bill that would allow private schools to use Public school textbooks. Hayes indicated his retraction May have been prompted by conferences with the it. Rev. Msgr. John a. Lynch superintendent of schools for the Catholic diocese of Burlington. Hayes said the monsignor Felt a private apology would not have been sufficient and could not have repaired damage done to Holden s reputation. Holden has maintained he opposed portions of the Bill solely on a constitutional basis. He said he spoke As an individual rather than As a member of gov. Philip h. Hoff a administration. Hayes said a Check of Holden s testimony showed clearly that the then education commissioner was speaking for himself. He said he now believes Holden s objections to the Bill were based entirely on a constitutional ground. Hayes said he has checked with Many persons throughout the state and has found that Holden was Quot scrupulously fair in every Quot i dragged a career Public servant into politics and i think this was a serious mistake Quot Hayes added. Hayes said he assumed that gov. Roff knew what Holden was saying before Congress and that Assumption was wrong. Quot i do want it to come out that i was at fault in this matter. Even had All the facts sup ported my thesis the charge would have been unjustified Quot he said. Hayes said he consulted no one in the party prior to either making the charges or retraction. Hayes says he exceeded the scope of his authority in making the charges and Quot i feel i More riots feared in Santo Domingo humane society looking for a Santa animals seek Viseu owners for Christmas Shaftsbury a with Christ Mas fun and parties everywhere there s one institution Ful Here that a shedding a collective tear Quot we re orphans too Quot the cats and dogs of the on county humane society declare. Life at the shelter these Days is just one newspaper after another. There a no Holly Mistletoe or tinsel Here. Only Ricky the Raccoon comes close to having any spirit. And that a because he has the run of the place. What a contrast to the sad eyed furry Folk mournfully peering from their Avenue of cages. Despite the Appeal of Kittens and pups the Saddest and nicest president Jean Henry says Are the older animals. They know Good people really do exist a despite the cruelty and thoughtlessness that brought them there. She Points out Nikki a part German Shepherd found without food and water tied in a shed. Her owners were gone. Big Beautiful intelligent a shed make anyone a Good pet. Miss Henry walks despairingly Down the line. Quot i ought to do something with these animals Quot she says foreboding by. Quot but i Haven to the Isnit there a Santa a somewhere a who a like to give a big dog a 25 dogs a for Christmas cheer Good to Ricky an eight month old Raccoon is the current Ball of fire residing at the Bennington county humane society Srp w p. Shelter in Shaftsbury. Hell by list drop go to the Milford game farm which is expected to reopen but they a better Stock up on Coffee. Otis %

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