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Legal Group Reports to Supreme Court Committee Finds Atty. Milne Appropriated Clients' Funds MONTPELIER - A committee of three lawyers reported to the Vermont Supreme Court Friday it has found Atty. Donald G. Milne of Barre diverted funds of his clients to his own use, and forged the names of his clients and others on legal Instruments. fturrn9fonfrtPrtll CAPITOL IUKEAU court," concluded the three lawyers in their report to the high tribunal. The committee a transcript of added it had Milne's trial The high court has b e e n in Washington County Court and However, his offer was not accepted by the committee which ruled it did not have the authority to accept his resigna tion.,- As a result Milne offered no evidence of defense at the hear ing conducted by the three-man panel. In its report to the five justices of the Supreme Court Friday, the committee said it found from the evidence John Calevro never signed any release or draft pertaining to the settlement of the case he brought as administrator of Richard M. Calevro of Barre against John E. Rennie of Barre. "The committee finds Donald G. Milne did convert to his own use all of the said $13,000," stated the committee in refer ring to the settlement in the Calevro case. The committee also found Milne had forged John Cale-vro's signature on the release to the insurance company, and on the bank draft for $13, They also found Milne forged the signature of Lucille Moore of Barre on a release for $450 in an accident case, and forged her signature on a bank draft. They found Milne converted part of this money to his own In 1965, Vermont banks main-1 $12 million by the Federal Land!use- and 8ave only Part of it lamed their leadership in agri-'Banks; $11 million by Produc-j cultural credit services, accord-1 tion cfedit Associations; and Ing to Alwyn B. Chapin, farm;0" m""on in non-reai estate wans pius w.i minion in real estate loans by the Farmers Home Administration. Approximately 55 percent of all production credit made to farmers in Vermont come from Banks. Chapin said that "bankers in Vermont are conscious of the large capital investments required in agriculture today and are making a concerted effort to meet the changing credit demands of the state's farmers." The increased use of credit awaiting the report before act ing on a petition for Milne's disDarment from the legal profession brought by Atty. Gen. John P. Connarn. The fact - finding committee was appointed by the Supreme Court and was made up of Charles F. Ryan of Rutland, chairman; Frederick M. Reed of Montpelier, and John L. Whalen. v "The committee finds Donald G. Milne diverted funds ;' f his clients to his own use, forged the names of his cli-' ents and others on legal instruments, and did not slate r the true facts to the commit-- tee on unprofessional conduct, all in violation of good i conscience and his oath of ; office as an attorney of this found nothing in it to change its findings in any way. The attorneys said, to the contrary, they found material in the county court transcript to substantiate their finds of di version of funds and forgery by Milne. Mile, who was Republican representative to the 1966 Legislature from district 35, was convicted here by a jury in Washington County Court on May 1 of forgery, embezzlement, and intended fraud. He is presently serving a 5 to 7-year term in the state penitentiary in Windsor. When he appeared before the Supreme Court's fact - finding committee here June 16, Milne tried to resign from the prac tice of law Vermont Banks Keep Leadership In Agricultural Credit Services ;rr nr ' . rr H?" --4, tt . i; - y rV.ll fc " Ir f V M l I' i Ik !T' J 5 1 K , t-5; - . , V 7 'ft Or 4c , ' - - J T" "lv Th Burlington rt frtu SATURDAY, AUO. , H Canadian Railroad Strike Disrupts Vermont Service OTTAWA (AP)-A strike fori higher wages by 118,000 transport workers brought Canada's continent-wide rail network to a halt Friday. It appeared that service could not resume at the earliest before next week, ty would oppose any move io consider legislation ordering the strikers back to work. The walkout Is against the government - owned Canadian National Railways (CNR), the privately owned Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and five smaller railroads. Rail passenger and freight service into Canada through Vermont was ordered curtailed. School Board ha; strike. Grand Trunk's main line through Vermont runs from Is land Pond through New Hamp shire to Portland, Maine. Also affected are virtually all commercial telegraph services in Canada and those linking Canada with the United States. Grand Isle Union School Costs Reduced GRAND ISLE - The Grand This Toronto scene symbolizes idleness created by Canada's nationwide railroad strike that began Friday. Strike involves country's five time zones, seven railroads and is estimated to cost $15 million daily. Sunday in Stowe ;Joan officer of the Burlington Savings Bank, who represents ;the Vermont Bankers Association at Chittenden County Key i Banker. At the beginning of the iyear, Vermont banks were serving farmers with more credit jand other financial services '-than any group. ; Figures based on the 25th annual farm lending summary of the Agricultural Committee of ;the American Bankers Association hnw that as nf tho first ;of this year, Vermont banks I DVL 'aers, accompanied by a lwere helping farmers with $41 i substantial gain in the total as-jmillion in loans, of which $18isets j farm families, has mam- S million were in production loans and $23 million in farm mortgages. to Mrs. Moore Milne forged signatures of Rogert Fitzgerald of Montpelier and James Andrews of Barre on legal instruments, too, the committee reported in its findings. In its report, the committee found Milne had disposed of $12,000 worth of real estate in the estate of Violet Murray of Barre, and had made no accounting of it in Probate Court, although he had been requested to do so. During the same period, $1.4 j million in farm loans were held by life insurance companies; And in the Joyce Ryan case, tne case of a non-compos person where Milne was charged with mishandling of funds, the committee found the allegations against him were correct. How About Roast Ox? STOWE (AP) An unusual feature of the crafts fair sponsored by the New England Regional Assembly of the American Craftsmen's Council will be Sunday's ox roast. The fair is to provide grounds and an occasion for the craftsmen to bring their own wares to one of Vermont's most popular tourist spots for display and sale. The fair started on Wednesday. The ox started to cook Friday afternoon. It should be fully roasted by Sunday. Six to eight good sized men have been requested for the ox crew. Good - sized, because if the beef starts to slip from the spit somebody big needs to be there to catch it. Clean pitchforks will be nearby to help catch. 8 O K3 tained the equity position of the farmers at a satisfactory lev- a! TpQim fnrMtliftu nitinnQllii have 212 billion of their own'VO Stampede to Hospitals tunds invested in agriculture, this is 84 percent of the total capital required by farmers. Chapin stressed the impor tance of farmers and bankers working together to improve farm financial requirements. He insured banks throughout the country had agricultural loans outstanding at the first of the year with 98 percent of the insured mutual savings banks and commercial banks in Vermont extending credit to farm people. There will be 25 gallons of basting solution, with burgundy wine listed as the base, and 25 gallons of barbecue sauce. Two new stringy mops will be used to slap the basting solution on the beef.' To cook the ox, they're counting on six to 10 bushels of charcoal, two or three loads of hardwood and a long - handled rake to push the coals around. Enough six - inch crusty rolls are being bought to serve more than 1,000 hungry people. Soft drinks will be on sale. Instructions for the ox road remind the cooks that through-the-night basting party members should not arrive with bottles of hard drinks. It could be dangerous, they said the heat in the pit will reach 1,400 degrees. The chief cook is scheduled to be John Mullins, an architect from Wilmington, Del. He was in charge of a Wilmington ox roast that drew 23,000 people. Study of Two-Month-Old Medicare Reveals Paperwork Biggest Problems re in Church St. PRESCRIPTION SPECIALISTS DRUG STORE WASHINGTON (AP) - Now nearly two months old, and operating with far fewer bugs than had been feared, the nation's revolutionary medicare program has demonstrated two men things: 1 1. 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Warnings that hospitals would be jammed to the point of chaos have proved groundless, a nationwide survey by The Associated Press shows. Latest reports show admissions have risen only about 3 percent, and in many cases occupancy is below capacity. Hospital admissions under medicare thus far have totalled about 700,000. Complaints About Paperwork The chief complaints turned up in the survey are about the forms that must be filled out. Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York city has hired 42 extra clerks at an annual cost of $200,000 to take care of the paperwork. In Sacramento, Calif., Dr, Wayne Pollock, executive director of two large hospitals, commented: "There is a great love of paperwork on the part of federal bureaucrats. The more pieces of paper, the more they love it." Social Security headquarters replies that where expenditure of tax money is concerned, careful accounting is necessary. It has sent teams into the field to explain the forms, and recommend simplification where possible. Some Don't Understand Grumbling among patients is mostly to the effect that they didn't know about the "deducti bles"; they didn't realize the government is not picking up the whole tab. Glenn Bailey, administrator of Deaconness Hospital in Great Falls, Mont., said many patients "don't understand the benefits and particu larly are confused with the paperwork. The billings can be problem. Some forget their identity cards." The medicare program, enacted after years of controver sy, took effect July 1. It pro- Mississippi, North Carolina, vides hospital care for 19.1 mil- South Carolina and Tennessee, lion persons aged 65 and over He said that of 1,174 hospitals but they must pay the first $40 in these seven states, 964 have of the bill, and partial payment applied to take part in rnedi- of doctors' bills for 17 million! care, and 781 are now partici- persons who signed up to pay $3 pating. a month for this insurance. Un- "Some states, such as Missis- der the latter plan, 80 percent ! sippi, have large gaps in the of the doctor's bill after the first ' coverage, but they are being when the 118,000 Canadian rail workers walked off their jobs. The cutbacks of traffic in Vermont were ordered to prohibit trains from crossing the border. Services involved include the St. Albans to Montreal portion of passenger runs from Washington and New York. Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways provide freight service to several north ern Vermont rail junctions. Canadian Pacific plans to continue its freight service from Richford south through Ver mont. The Grand Trunk Railroad, a Canadian National subsidiary, will not be affected by thel Montpelier Man Injured in Auto Crash in Capital MONTPELIER - A 23-year-old Montpelier man was listed in good condition in Heaton Hos pital Friday with injuries suf fered in a one-car accident farlv Friday morning in Hub bard Park. The hosnital said John Car rol Quaranta of 44 Wheelock St., suffered cuts and bruises and a bump on the head in the mishap. According to police Quaranta was operating a 1959 foreign sedan on a dirt road in the park nea the tower about 1:45 a.m. Quaranta told police he met another car which forced him off the road. His car plowed into underbrush and hit a tree. The other car did not stop. Police estimated about $1 damage to the front end and the windshield of the car. re- proposed school con-bond issue by about duced a struction $117,000. At the same time the board has cut the estimated per pupil cost from $805 to $730 and the annual school operating costs from $313,000 to $302,000. These are operated by the rail- ways. However, privately leased telegraph lines, telex and over seas cables were not affected. Passenger service between the United States and Canada was cut, with most trains terminating near the border. The strike may also affect newsprint shipments to the United States as well as deliveries of copper, nickel and iron ore to American industry. The opposition Conservative leader, former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, said his party would cooperate with Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson's Liberal party government in getting legislation to halt the strike through parliament. But Diefenbaker said his par- lift federal control from railway freight rates. The dispute is over wages. The workers now average $2.23 an hour and have demanded a 30 per cent increase, which the railroads refuse to consider. Union leaders emerged from negotiation sessions generally pessimistic, although Tom Read, spokesman for a shop union, did say there is "a spark of hope" that "hasn't kindled yet." But R. C. Smith, head of the nonoperating unions, told reporters: "There is no settlement." The negotiations were adjourned in early afternoon but union members said they would remain on call over the weekend in case of an offer from the railways. The board felt the reductions were necessary after the Aug. 9 defeat of a $985,000 bond issue that would have been the county's share in a $1,361,000 junior-senior high school to serve the five island communities. The cost reductions will be made in site development, in dustrial arts equipment, kitch en and library modifications. Still being considered is the elimination of a school audi torium and other changes. In other action at its meeting Thursday night, the board agreed to renew the school site option for six months. The board is also planning to issue a newsletter to all county voters to inform them of all school plan developments. Board members reiterated j their belief that county children can be better served, and at competitive cost, in a local school than as tuition Students Btaulifully dry cUantd clsthtt or in an outside union. j in juit 14 MINUTES. ... ond .. . IT'S ODORUSSI Read tiie Free Press Want Ad pages daily for big bargains! i(uiiiiin;ii;yn I :l;Vil!IUlH I Odorless DuPont Valclene AUTOGRAPH ANIMALS $50 is paid by the government. President Johnson, needling prophets of chaos, said last week that prior to July 1 the government organized "a round-the-clock crisis center to receive the flood of complaints that were forecast, but there was no crisis for the crisis center to meet." Cost Study Ordered This week the President 1 ta'- turned his attention to the rising costs of medical services, including hospital and doctor's bills. Such services have gone up 3.4 percent in the last six months, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics. The President ordered a "major study." .Social Security officials said they have no evidence to show how much, if at all, this rise was related to medicare. However, there are reports that some doctors, who formerly gave cut rates to indigent patients, are charging in full now that the government pays the bill. In some cases the fees are reported to be up as much as; 200 percent. Spur to Desegregation Medicare has been a potent spur to desegregation in hospitals. To qualify, hospitals must comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Social Security says 6,600 hospitals with 96 percent of all hospital beds have qualified. A majority of hospitals In the Deep South have met the test, said Douglass M. Richard, regional representative of the Bureau of Health Insurance for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, met by the emergency provision in the program," he said. In noncomplying hospitals, medicare will take care of emergency cases in which there is danger of "death or serious impairment of the health of individuals." In such cases, the patient is reimbursed directly for the bills paid; no govern ment money goes to the hospi- Coe Porter Dances NEW YORK (AP) -Jack Cole does triple duty in his next Broadway musical assignment, "Chu Chem." Cole, who usually concentrates exclusively on choreography, this time also is going to do several solo dance turns and enact one of the show's main roles, a comic villain. "It's not an arduous task, If you're organized," says Cole. Brattleboro Ludlow Banks Plan Merger BRATTLEBORO - It has been announced by Olin D. Gay, president of the Ludlow Savings Bank and Trust Company, Ludlow, and William I. Tuck er, president of the Vermont National Bank, Brattleboro, that the directors of both banks have approved plans to merge the Ludlow Savings Bank and Trust Company into Vermont National Bank. 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