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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - February 16, 1966, Bennington, Vermont Freezing rain Snow tonight probably changing to or becoming mixed with sleet and freezing rain. Low temperatures will be near 30. Precipitation changing to Snow flurries thursday. Yesterdays High 33 Low 17. Today at 7 ., 21. Precipitation .10 in two inches of Snow. Sunset 5 23 . Sunrise 6 49 Benning Bennington Ermont wednesday february 16, 1966 Anner weekly founded in 1841, daily 1903. No. 19,993 to cents critics seek in House in november election pilots step up Viet air War in Congress Viet Saigon up a american pilots stepped up the air War on both sides of the 17th parallel today and heavy fighting was reported on four fronts in the South. . Army troops added to the massive toll of communist dead in the an lao Valley sector. Bomb search continues Palomares Spain ufos the search for a missing . Nuclear bomb went into its 31st Day today in the Waters off the Southeastern coast of Spain. Beneath sunny skies and Calm Waters the 51-foot underwater Craft Alumina probed the Mediterranean in a marked off area ranging from one to four Miles from Shore. Six . 6th Fleet ships criss crossed the area about one mile in circumference at the same time. There was a flurry of excitement ashore when a joint Spanish american news conference was cancelled suddenly without explanation. The conference was called tuesday night presumably to report on the Progress of the search. . Military and embassy officials refused to comment on the Progress of the search or about reports that new equipment was sent to the search area monday for further efforts to raise the bomb. It is believed to lie in about 1,200 feet of water. It was reported that two 180-Pound water pumps capable of pumping 500 Gallons of water a minute were flown Here from Westover air Force base mass., possibly to be used to raise the bomb once it was located. Two special underwater Craft probed the Bottom of the Mediterranean sea three Miles off Shore tuesday and were expected to continue their search today. The search for the missing 1.1-megaton bomb began nearly a month ago after a b52 bomber and kc135 Tanker collided Over the Southern coast of Spain. Seven of the la crewmen aboard the two big jets were killed. Three other bombs were recovered on land. Savings Bond interest kale is it raised Washington up pres ident Johnson today raised the interest on . Savings Bonds from 3.75 per cent to 4.15 per cent. He did so to make savings Bonds More competitive with Bank savings accounts and other forms of saving. The 4.15 rate will apply to All outstanding Bonds purchased since dec. I 1965. Interest also will be increased on other outstanding Bonds at lower rates determined by the Date of Purchase. Viet Cong guerrillas briefly overran a government outpost Only to Miles South of the major . Marine base at Danang but were driven off by reinforcements. It was disclosed meanwhile that 91 americans were killed and 423 wounded in action last week another record casualty toll for 1966. The previous High this year was 89 . Servicemen killed in the week ended feb. 5. The latest report was the highest since nov. 24, 1965, when 240 americans were killed in the la Drang Valley and Chu Pong Mountain Campaign. Allied forces killed 684 communists in the week ending feb. 12, a . Spokesman said. Vietnamese losses were 249 killed and 104 missing in action. . Air Force Navy and Marine pilots flew 323 sorties Over communist targets in South Viet Nam including a strike by strategic air command Sac b52 bombers against a Viet Cong control Point and Headquarters along the cambodian Border too Miles Northwest of Saigon. Navy and air Force planes again ranged Over communist North Viet Nam striking roads Bridges storage areas and a radar site. Among the 35missions reported was an attack on the Dlen Bien Phu military Barracks and Airfield 145 Miles West of Hanoi. Other planes hit the Vinh Region along the coast 70 Miles South of the North vietnamese capital. The heaviest ground fighting involving american units during the past 24 hours occurred in operation White Wing Masher in the Bong son an lao Valley Region 300 Miles North Northeast of Saigon. on the inside an editorial comments on rep. Walter Kennedy stalk in Dorset on the Highway program a Page 4. Regional planning occupies a Pownal audience a Page 8. Appropriation delay it orders Creek Cope Pope Paul i makes his Way tuesday through a crowd of garbage collectors after addressing the enthusiastic sanitation workers and urging them a not to be ashamed a of their work. Up Pope reported ready to relax Catholic lenten fasting r Ules by Louis Cassels up religion editor Pope Paul i is preparing to Issue a decree relaxing lenten fasting regulations for catholics throughout the world highly placed Catholic sources said wednesday. The decree in the form of an apostolic Constitution will be issued from the Vatican thursday. A preliminary report on its contents already has been dispatched to National hierarchies. Informants said the decree will not affect the Rule of meatless fridays throughout the year. It will Deal primarily with modifications of the rules of fasting and abstinence during Lent. Lent begins this year on feb. 23, which is Ash wednesday. The old rules called for catholics to fast on All of the 40 weekdays of Lent by eating Only one full meal. Meat could be taken at that full meal provided it was not also a Day of abstinence such As a Friday. The Law of abstinence permits three full meals but meat must not be eaten at any of them. Under the new regulations Midi est Rivers flood Senate gets poll tax Bill off the ground once More Montpelier up a the Vermont Senate today used a sleight of hand tactic to get the House version of the poll tax Bill off the ground once More. The procedure employed was confusing but it got the Job done. Tuesday the solons amended the Bill to read that Only persons who paid the poll tax could vote on Money matters in local elections. However Many of the senators later realized that their action Only further complicated the rather simple measure so they voted to recommit the Bill. Under Senate rules the amendment was automatically killed. Today the lawmakers voted to reconsider the motion to recommit and brought the Bill out of committee with the amendment attached. Then they voted to reconsider their action on amending the Bill and decided to rescind the change. Senate president John Daley then asked the senators if the Bill should be rejected. The body voted 16-13 to retain the measure. On a similar 16-13 vote the Bill was advanced to third Reading. The poll tax Bill is expected to come up for final approval thursday. Only a Tyr to new Iberia la up a it looked to motorists As if galloping inflation had arrived. Police mailed out notices saying parking fines were thereby raised from 25 cents to $1,100. It was a typographical error. The notices should have said $1.00. O United Presa International a cold front settled Over the Midwest Early today ruling out a possible thaw of flood causing ice jams on the Mississippi River rain moved up from the South presenting new dangers for flood victims in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Sabine River in Texas continued to recede after cresting at 18 feet at Newton tuesday. Eight families left their Homes there As the River Rose four feet Over flood stage. An ice Jam near Davenport Iowa tuesday caused flooding which forced scores of residents from their Homes. The Ohio River continued to Rise near Evansville ind., today one Man drowned when his car was swept off the Road just South of Evansville. Flooding in the Pittsburgh pa., and Wheeling, areas caused an estimated $2.4 million in damages during the last three Days army engineers said. The Rains moving in today could cause More trouble the weather Bureau feared. The cold air which gripped the Midwest forced temperatures to drop 16 degrees in an hour at North Platte neb., tuesday. At broken Bow neb., the Mercury plunged from 30 to to degrees an hour later. Three inches of Snow fell in six hours at Minneapolis today. Snow was predicted for much of the Northeast. The weather Bureau said much of the South would continue to be soaked by rain. Informants said Ash wednesday and Good Friday will continue to be Days of both fasting and abstinence. That is Only one full meal May be eaten and that must be meatless. But no fasting will be required on Ordinary weekdays of Lent. Catholics May eat what they please. The new rules Are designed to eliminate most of the compulsory aspect of lenten fasting but they leave it up to each individual Catholic to make voluntary sacrifices and acts of self denial during Lent. It is expected that millions of devout catholics will continue fasting during Lent As a voluntary discipline. The papal decree apparently comes As a Surprise to Many members of the . Hierarchy. In several Large dioceses and archdiocese statements reaffirming the old lenten rules already have been printed for mass distribution at sunday masses this weekend. The result could be widespread confusion. Hareas Corpus it Rit denied Hyde Park up a a writ of Hareas Corpus seeking release from the state Hospital in Waterbury of rep. Donald Milne a Barre was denied today in Lamoille county court. Superior court judge William c. Hill who heard the writ monday ruled that acting Barre municipal judge Joseph Palmisano acted properly in committing the 31-year-old lawmaker to the state Hospital. Milne pleaded innocent last Friday to four counts of forgery. He was committed to the Waterbury Hospital for an indefinite period. Barre mayor c. O. Granai one of Milne s attorneys charged that Milne s constitutional rights were violated and that the $10,000 Bond set by Palmisano was Washington up a senators were asked today to approve the first instalment of president Johnson s $12.3 billion Viet Nam Money request with the Assurance the Bill is to buy military hardware not to endorse administration policies. Chairman Richard b. Russell d-ga., of the armed services committee said the $4.8 billion measure going before the Senate today was simply a military authorization Bill. He hoped to avoid a major debate on Viet Nam policy and planned to resist any a riders Quot expressing support or opposition to that policy. In an interview prior to the opening of debate Russell said the Pentagon wanted final congressional approval of the Biu by late this month because some of the Money will soon be needed. A schedule like that will be hard to meet even without a lengthy debate he said. But critics of administration policies in Viet Nam were seeking to delay action on the Bill at least until some time next week. They hoped by their actions to direct Public attention to their misgivings about any escalation of the War. More than 20 senators were reported to have drafted speeches on the measure. There appeared to be no doubt the Bill eventually would pass probably will a near unanimous vote. Several senators ranked among the administration s critics have commented that in the final analysis it was senseless to vote against providing needed equipment to forces already fighting in Viet Nam. In testimony on the Bill before the armed services committee made Public tuesday defense Secretary Robert s. Mcnamara said a vote to approve the measure would not a under present circumstances and without added language be construed As a vote for or against . Policy in Viet Nam. Last year in a similar situation president Johnson asked for and received an overwhelming vote of Confidence in speedy congressional action on another Viet Nam Money Bill. . Jeeps under fire in Santo Domingo Santo Domingo up a terrorist gunmen fired on two . Army jeeps Here tuesday night and there were indications that one of them was bombed As Well. Two american paratroopers were wounded. The latest attacks increased the total . Casualty toll of the latest outbreak of violence in the dominican Republic to four wounded. Seven other soldiers of the inter a Mer lean peace Force have been wounded. At least 23 dominicans have been killed and More than 70 wounded in a week of intermittent mob violence by Day and terrorist activity by night. A military spokesman said tuesday nights american casualties occurred when a burst of heavy fire pinned Down four . Soldiers who were Parolino downtown Santo Domingo in a jeep. Other patrols rushed to the Rescue and the wounded men were taken to an army Field Hospital. There were indications meanwhile that the leftist a general strike Quot which has crippled Santo Domingo for a week is spreading to other parts of the country. Food shortages resulting from the strike s paralysis of transportation have been described As a critical Quot in some parts of Santo Domingo. Lbs Speaks tonight in Atlantic City Washington up a president Johnson will Fly to Atlantic City n.j., this afternoon to address the american association of school administrators. Confirming an announcement by the association tuesday night the White House said the president would leave Andrews air Force base md., Between 4 and 5 . Est. He will speak at the resort City a convention Hall. Humphrey welcomed to India meets mrs. Gandhi thursday new Delhi up a vice president Hubert h. Humphrey flew from Pakistan to India today for discussions with Indian leaders on Viet Nam the chinese communist threat and How the United states can help combat this nations grave food crisis. In Ludhiana where he stopped to inspect new agricultural programs the vice president handed out scores of Senate Gate passes to Indian children and invited them to Call on him in Washington. Pakistanis had Given Humphrey a lukewarm reception in Karachi. But crowds of indians turned out both at Ludhiana about 200 Miles Northwest of new Delhi and Here to cheer the visiting . Official. Indian vice president or. Zakir Hussain and foreign minister Swaran Singh headed the official welcoming party at new Delhias Palam Airport. Humphrey said he was on a a three fold Mission Quot to India. He told newsmen at the Airport he would discuss the Viet Nam situation explore a questions of common interest in regard to China s expansionist pressure Quot and determine How the United states can help India s development plans. Humphrey is scheduled to meet indians prime minister mrs. Indira Gandhi in new Delhi on thursday. He also will meet other officials. Crowds lined the route from the Airport in the Punjab City of Ludhiana and broke into cheers As Humphrey drove through Arches decorated with welcoming signs. Humphrey stopped off at Ludhiana for a first hand look at conditions in India before his meeting with mrs. Gandhi who has accepted an invitation to visit president Johnson in Washington. Officials said she and Humphrey May agree on the Date for the visit. Humphrey s wife Muriel who arrived in new Delhi Early this morning and then flew to Ludhiana with . Ambassador and mrs. Chester Bowles greeted her husband As he stepped from the plane. The vice president talked with workers at a Punjab family Center and then visited a Goat farm run by James Williams 27 of Delta Colo. Humphrey will Call on Indian officials in new Delhi and then will be guest of Tenor at a dinner hosted by Bowles tonight. Republican leaders see gains sister gives sister Mary Christopher occupational therapist at St. Agnes. Hospital in fond do Lac wis., demonstrates the use of a i punching bag installed for mental therapy patients. Up Washington up a House Republican leaders Are so pleased at the Way things Are going they hardly can contain their smiles. They figure they now Are a shoo in to pick up an extra 30 or More House seats in november. They done to want to smile too much. The Root cause of their happier Outlook is the Viet Nam War. And they regret that War with its loss of american lives As much As anybody. But in private talks with newsmen they be made it Plain they Are downright delighted to see democrats on the Home front battling among themselves about what is being done in Viet Nam and what ought to be done. As for themselves they plan to offer Little advice on the War and to preface what Little they give with assurances they Are supporting president Johnson. They plainly figure the Only sure beneficiaries of the Viet Nam War will be Republican a of or summent deadlocked in a set York Albany . A the apparently hopelessly deadlocked legislature has been Given another week to adopt an acceptable reapportionment plan. In a decision tuesday the court of appeals extended until next tuesday the deadline for legislative action before the courts step in. Meanwhile legislative sources see Little Hope that the additional week will produce a Compromise Between the Republican plan adopted by the Senate and the democratic plan passed by the Assembly. Congressional candidates next november. If the War still is going full blast Many americans will certainly be displeased about that. If it has been settled the settlement will be on Compromise terms that inevitably will displease Many others. Meantime gop leaders have their Eye on the Cost of living. It keeps going up and a continued escalation of the Viet Nam fighting will tend to drive it up faster. That is the Issue they plan to keep hitting hardest Between now and november. The leaders say they find fresh evidence daily that americans Are worried about the War and about inflation. They Are amazed and pleased at the number of people who apparently have watched the Senate foreign relations committee s televised inquiry on Viet Nam at which democratic differences have been continually aired. Vice president Hubert Humphrey of surrounded fers bits of fruit to children during his visit to Nonh Khai province in by children Thailand prior to flying tuesday to Pakistan. Up p

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