The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on February 9, 1967 · 1
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r GUIDE TO FEATURES Bridge 35 Financial 24-27 Cities, Towns 48 Obituaries 15,17 Class. .... 40-47 'Shain 28 Columnists ..19 Sports ....49-54 Comics 55 TV-Radio . . .40 Crossword ..55 Theaters .22,23 Deaths ...16,17 Women ...29-39 Editorials ...181 A RESPITE THURSDAY Fair, in 30's. FRIDAY Cloudy. High Tide 11:12 a.m. 11:40 p.m. Full Report on Page 54 56 PAGES 10c ' MORNING EDITION TOL. 191 . NO. 40 By GLOBE S 196? NEWSPAPER CO. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1967 Telephone AV 8-8000 Lamattina Gets 10-14 Years 1st Jailing in Gang Murders RALPH LAMATTINA . . prefers cell to informing By JEREMIAH V. MURPHY Staff Reporter Prison gates shut Wednesday on the first defendant" convicted in connection with two of the 39 Greater Boston gangland murders. Ralph Lamattina, - 44, was sentenced to 10 to 14 years at Walpole State Prison on two charges of being an accessory after the fact of murder. Immediately after being sentenced by Superior Court Justice G. Joseph Tauro, . Lamattina was taken heavily guarded to Walpole. Lamattina pleaded guilty to charges which resulted from the double murder of Arthur C. (Tash) Bratsos, 35, and Thomas J. DePris-co, 24, North End hoodlums. Thus Lamattina, a short, thin man, conservatively dressed, became the first hoodlum to go to jail since the gangland murder spree " started in 1964. - But police officials don't interpret his imprisonment as a complete victory. They wanted- Lamat- State mapping strategy for war ' on crime Page 12 tina to tell who actually pulled the triggers that night Nov. 15 in the Nite Lite Cafe in the North End, where Bratsos and DePrisco were murdered. . Lamattina preferred jail. LAMATTINA Page 14 A GOOD SNOW JOB An Editorial The cleaning up process throughout Greater Boston following Tuesday's 9-inch snowstorm was one of the best in memory. The city was not knocked out as were others in the East, and the reason, which should become a pattern for the future, was a sensible combined effort by police, highway services, state and local government and private industry. First there was ample warning of the oncoming storm which in itself reduced incoming traffic in the morning. Then people wer sent home early as the storm heightened. The heaviest outflow was shortly after noon. By 6 p.m. the streets were un-congested allowing an early start on snow clearance. In addition, stalled cars and trucks hampering plowing were removed rapidly, a stern necessity in a major storm. . ;., There , was evidence too that new and more modern snow removing equipment was sent out quickly and in greater numbers than in years past. And during the night hours the momentum was maintained making it possible for people to get to work, thus relieving the economy of lost man-hours and production. True, conditions were favorable. The snow was light and fluffy and coming during the working week it was easier to assemble crews, but the overall operation, including clear police instructions on parkins rules and preferred routes, helped smooth out difficulties. Obviously there will be complaints of unplowed side streets in some areas but the cool, calm, efficient approach to Tuesday's storm should be a pacesetter for the future. It can be done. Coavrction Called Key By ROB?T B. KENNEY SUlt Reporter It was the best snow job in years this was the delighted reaction of state officials Wednesday to the cooperation that put a beautiful ending to what could have been a dismal snarl. "Half the battle is won when big business and industry cooperate with us the way they did Tuesday," said Boston Mayor Collins. "Without the cooperation we got from the business people and the industrialists we'd still be digging out now," said "state Public Works Comr. Edward J. Ribbs. When it became clear Tuesday that an intense Nor'easter was coming fast, workers were let out early. The rush hour ended when it normally begins. Snowfighters had the streets to themselves. By morning despite almost 10 inches of snow in metropolitan Boston all major roadways in and out of the city were passable. STORM Page 13 What Is It? j 2d Driver Dies In Holyoke Auto STATELY OLD MANSION with 5 bedroomi WANTED, minimum . The Newton woman who placed this Want Ad in The Globe said the has always dreamed of owning a stately old mansion. Her husband hopes to make that dream come true. If it's real estate you're after, try Giohe Classified. Last vear, The Globe carried 2.580,680 lines of real estate ads. That's 1.122.590 more than the other two Boston newspapers - combined. So try Globe Classified. You'll be glad you did. It's New England's most "powerful advertising medium. Call 28M500 To place a Classified Advt. in The Globe HOLYOKE While this city was still mourning the tragic death of four youngsters killed earlier in the week when an automobile driver suffered a heart attack, another driver suffered a fatal stroke at the wheel Wednesday night. When a 45-year-old school teacher, James J. Harrington Jr. of 130 Drexell st., was stricken, his car crashed into two parked cars at Sargent and Pine sts., half a mile fr6m the scene of the other accident. Harrington was alone in his car and was thought to be on his way home after teaching an evening class at Holyoke Community College. HOI YOKE Page 4 THE WITNESS DEPARTS Cong. Adam Clayton Powell signals to gathering outside Washington hearing room. He had just refused to answer questions. (UPI) Only 'Name, Rank, Serial Number Powell Sidesteps Quiz By MARTIN NOLAN Globe Washington Bureau WASHINGTO N-Adam Clayton Powell faced his inquisitors here Wednesday, gave his congressional name, rank and serial number and gently apologized for not speaking further. Powell, who was conditionally ousted from the House Jan. 10, answered questions dealing only withv his age, residency and citizenship the three Constitutional criteria for holding a House seat. Refusing to answer questions, he said with a smile, "I will not answer because I would not want you to force me to break the Constitution." Powell appeared before a nine-man House committee- named to judge his qualifications for holding his House seat in gentlemanly, almost serene demeanor. Powell and his seven lawyers were all models of deportment. In contrast to his word-shy appearance before the com-' mittee, Powell warmed up to his old style for the television . cameras upon leaving the hearing. "The issue is not the fate of Adam Clayton Powell, but the people of Harlem and oppressed black people everywhere," he said. Powell termed it "shocking" the committee should ask him to violate the Constitution and asked, "Where is the great American sense of fairly'" In DJ joins rone orking for W E xtenaes T ruce By LEWIS GLLICK Associated Press WASHINGTON President Johnson told Pope Paul VI Wednesday, that he hopes the current four-day Vietnam cease-fire "may be extended and may open the way to negotiations for a just and stable peace." Replying to a papal message sent earlier that same day to the heads of state of the United States, South Vietnam and North Vietnam, Mr. Johnson said "the governments of the United States and the Republic of (South) Vietnam together with others are devoting intensive efforts to this end." Newsmen noted he seemed to have. been braced by the confrontation. On his way in he gave supporters an "O.K." hand signal with a trembling hand. The scene in the House Judiciary Committee hearing room was formal, antiseptic and legalistic, with quotes from James Madison and various Supreme Court rulings .filling the air. . Only once did Powell invoke the raucous spirit of his Jan. 10 ejection and subsequent martyrdom. "Keep the faith, baby," he told his small band of followers in a quiet afterthought after leaving the hearing room. POWELL Page 3 However, Mr. Johnson also told the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, "I know you would not expect us to reduce military action unless the other side is willing to do likewise." White House Press Secretary George Christian, while making public Mr. Johnson's reply to the Pontiff, also announced that Secretary of State Dean Rusk will hold a radio-televised news conference at 4 p.m. today. Rusk is expected to outline U.S. diplomatic efforts for a Vietnam solution. The Washington Post also reported from London that British Prime Minister Harold Wilson has sent Mr. Johnson an asssur-ance from the Soviet Union that North Vietnam might come to a peace conference if the United States unconditionally halted its bombing raids. Wilson, the sources said, urged Mr. Johnson to respond immediately to the Soviet initiative. The political development at the White House came as administration strategists kept a close watch on incidents marring the Feb. 8-12 lunar new year cease-fire. How well the truce is observed figures importantly in Washington deliberations on whether to extend the cease-fire. The Pope's message voiced hope that the cease-fire "may open finally the way to the negotiations for a just and stable peace." Praising what he termed Mr. Johnson's dedication to a constant search for a peaceful settlement, the Pope asked the President "to increase even more your noble effort in these days of truce." LBJ-POPE Page 17 RFK Blasts 10-Year VS. China Policy By ANDREW J. GLASS L.A. Times-Washincton Post CHICAGO Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.) asserted Wednesday that communism in Vietnam is "basically a native growth" and neither inspired nor directed by Communist China. The senator, in a 6000-word speech delivered before a conference of China experts at the University of Chicago, dismissed "attempts to portray Vietnam as a Chinese-inspired conflict" in the light of Chinese aid to the Hanoi regime. The Kennedy speech thus raised a direct challenge to President Johnson whom he did not mention and the broad framework of the administration's Southeast Asian policies. The Johnson administration has long held that one of its chief aims in pursuing the struggle in Vietnam is to contain an expansionist China and to prove to China's leaders that the United States will resist with force Chinese sponsorship of so-called "wars of national liberation." Although Kennedy conceded tha.t "there is always a potential danger to which we must be alert," he nevertheless said that "as of now (there is) not one example, anywhere in the world ' of Chinese-inspired or directed revolution which has had any lasting success . . .'" RFK-CHINA Page 4 LBJ Asks $650M For Slum Youth By GERALD GRANT L.A. Tiraet-WashlnctoB Post WASHINGTON President Johnson sent Congress a 12-point, $650 million program Wednesday to provide better health care, schooling and recreation for the nation's poor children. His proposals ranged from a $350 million increase in children's Social Security benefits to a low-cost campaign to encourage more affluent Americans to share their vacations and Summer resorts with youngsters from the slums. "Recent studies confirm what we have long suspected," Mr. Johnson said. "In education, in health, in all of human development, the early years are the critical years." Up to $135 million would be pumped into head start follow-through programs. It would pay for smaller classes and extra teachers in the first three elementary grades so children could build on gains made in head start nursery schools. Administration sources said they hoped the follow-through programs would reach 200,000 children in slum schools by Fall, 1968. Mr. Johnson proposed an outlay of $25 million to launch an attack on juvenile delinquency by improving the operation of juvenile courts and correction systems. It would also provide funds to construct half-way houses and other treatment facilities for youth. YOUTH Page 6 r t i , ".ixii Uj&J. v-n tjJL If 1 ! , ( twiF? if t V m''ww, t "" "rtfrliffi 'mr ' 1. ,lt , morx- o,v 1 Lexington Scouts Take a Flag to the Cleaners When you offer to dry-clean an American flag free in Lexington, you are taking a chance. " You might get hit with the second largest flag in the nation, weighing 55 pounds and measuring 20 by 30 feet. That's what happened to dry-cleaner Agnes Bongiorno when 60 Boy Scouts of the Battle Road District of the Minute Man Council walked in. They wanted the flag in time for the council's exposition Saturday at Hanscom Air Force Base. "We were absolutely thrilled," Miss Bongiorno said. She has been cleaning flags free for 25 years. The flag is on loan from the ' Amesbury School Dept. It was made in that town.

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