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weather TODAY - Cold, high near 20, low tonight near zero. Sunday outlook: fair and cold. The good morning newspaper of Otscgo and . Delaware counties VOL. 75. NO. 169 Oneonta, N.Y., 13820 Saturday, January 8, 19CG J4 Pages Ten Cents Two die after derailed train hits house NY asks fine for union NEW YORK (AP) -- The Transit Authority sought a ?322000-a-day fine Friday against the AFL-CIO Transport Workers Onion, by way of damages in the week-old New York bus and subway strike. The total to date would amount to ?2,254,000. At the same time, the authority refused to go along with a suggestion' that TWH President Michael J. Quill and eight other strike leaders be released from, jail to facilitate a settlement of the transit crisis. State Supreme Court Juslica Abraham, N. GeUer, who sent Quill and the eight other leaders to jail for contempt of court at the instigation of the Transit Authority, put off until Monday a, decision on the fine. He already has held the union as well, as its leaders guilty of civil contempt. The Transit Authority, in. pressing for the fine, said in a statement: "While this will not compensate the city and its people for, .the enormous damage the unions are causing them, it should impress upon the unions-the fact that they cannot flout the law with impunity." Douglas L. MacMahon, acting head of the TWU in Quill's absence, said the Transit Authority's damage claim had brought .peace talks to a standstill and added: "You're not going to settle anything that way." Quill and the eight other strike leaders were, jailed, by Geller last Tuesday after they · refused to call off 'the strike. Pressure for their release had come from officials of other AFL-CIO unions in, the city. However, the Transit Authority said.it "cannot now. in,good conscience ask the court to release Mr. Quill and the others until it is. clear that they .are acting to call, off the strike." Republican Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller appealed to President Johnson for federal loans to New York individuals and; small-businessmen hard hit by the strike. Rockefeller augmented a telegram with a 4 p.m. phone call to the White House in which he received Johnson's assurance of low interest loans and other types of aid to New Yorkers where needed. The President said many special steps already have -been taken to assist the city and promised to "make available every resource and service upon request." The New York Traffic Department, said Manhattan during the day "had the largest number of. cars and the largest number of persons to enter it by car. in its history." Bainbridge couple killed i as 44 DH cars hop rails BAINBRIDGE -- A retired crossing guard for the Delaware and Hudson Railroad and his wife were apparently the victims about 5:35 p.m. Friday of a 44-car derailment of a DH freight train that turned the Main' Street Crossing, in Bainbridge into an inferno, of twisted steel and flame. Firemen pour water on remains of Delello house in Baiubridgc Staff Photos by Bob Barnes Major Viet Nam war possible ,/ Senators' report gloomy By WALTER R. MEARS WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Mike Mansfield and his fact- finding team said .Saturday the fighting in Viet, Nam will escalate toward- "general war on the Asian mainland" if peace efforts fail." They said chances of a just,.negotiated settlement are very slim. The panel of five senators, led by Mansfield of Montana, the Senate Democratic leader, said whatever the course -- battlefield or peace conference--"a rapid, solution . . . 'is not in immediate prospect." Despite the massive U.S. troop buildup of the past seven months, the bipartisan team reported, the over-all situation in South Viet Nam stands much as it did a year ago. , . . "What was controlled then by the Viet Cong is still controlled by the Viet Cong," their report said. Their grim report on a 35-day, 30,000-mile mission -- a journey today s National, international Transit Authority asks daily fine of $322,000 against Transport Workers Union as result of New York strike. Page- 1. Dominican president Garcia-Godoy, survives shaky night with military and remains in charge. Page 1. Red Chinese claim U. S. has resumed bombing of North Viet Nam but U.S. denies it and says only President Johnson will change the order. Page 1. Our community DH. train jumps tracks at Bainbridge, hits house killing -two members, of Delello family. Page 1. Enrollment drops in all political parties in Otsego County. Page 3. There will be some blank spots on television sets served by area cable systems as result of FCC ruling^ Page 5, Building and Loan Association announces record $22.5 million in assets and predicts bright Oneonta future. Page 5. A Jordanian student who isn't on a scholarship or in an exchange program shows up at Oneonta High. Page 5. Sports Buffalo State runs away from SUCO in basketball. Page 10. · Roxbury, Laurcns, Whitiiey Point and New Berlin winners in close schoolboy games. Page 10 Arnold Palmer closes with stroke of Dave Ragan in Los Angeles golf.opon. Page 11. Comment and opinion Jim Bishop describes a disgusting interview -- he was the subject. Page 4. Ben Gurion lias^ a great vision for new Israel, writes Drew Pearson. Page 4. Third Supervisory District is near front of race for modem rural education (an editorial). Page 4. Business news 2 Landers 9 Church news 6 Sports news 10, 11 Comics 11 Television 7, 8 Crossword puzzle 2 Theaters 14 Deaths' 2 Women's news. Si President Johnson urged Mansfield to undertake -- came as . the administration, pressed its publicized peace offensive. The report did not mention the globe-circling . diplomatic missions nor the lull in bombing of North Viet Nam targets ordered by Johnson. The senators returned to the United States Dec. 18, before, the current peace offensive began. But it did include this coni- ment on peace overtures aimed at Hanoi through other capitals:, , "Even though other nations . . . may be willing to play a third-party role in bringing about negotiations, any prospects for effective negotiations at this time (and they are slim) are likely to be largely dependent on, the initiatives and efforts of the combatants:" Shelepin talks tougb in Viet Nam MOSCOW (AP) -- The. Soviet Communist party's ace- troubleshooter. arrived in North Viet Nam. Friday, held liis. first meeting with President Ho Chi Minli. and delivered a tough speech asserting a conviction that the Communist side in Viet Nam "will triumph." ' Alexander N. Shelepin, reputed No, 2 man of'the Soviet party, arrived after a brief stop in Red China's capital. There had been speculation in the West that he was on a peace mission to Hanoi, -the North Vietnamese capital. But nothing in his address.indicated, this was so. Shelepin's remarks .seemed, in fact, to back up another theory:: That his presence would mean increased aid for the Hanoi government. February draft down ' WASHINGTON (AP)-A draft call for February of 29,400 men. was fixed Friday--a sharp drop from the levels set for the two previous months. The request by the Defense Department compared, with 38,280 for. January and 45,229 for December. The February quota again includes requests for Marine draftees -- 3,000 for the Marine In addition to Mansfield, the traveling, senators included Democrats Edmund S. Muskie of Maine and Daniel K. Inouyo of Hawaii, and Republicans George, "D. Aiken of Vermont and J. Caleb Boggs of Delaware. While they journeyed to 13 capitals in Europe and Asia, the report they made public dealt only with the war in Viet Nam. It was titled: "The Viet Nam conflict: The Substance and the Shadow." LBJ message in prime tune WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson will deliver his annual report on the Stale of the Union next Wednesday night at 9 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. The message will be delivered personally at a joint session of Congress and will be- broadcast over nationwide radio and television. It will be the first time a President has appeared live on color television for the traditional address, and the third time a State of the Union message has been delivered in .what the broadcast industry refers to as prime evening time. Domingo president survives showdown SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The provisional . government appeared Friday to hvc weathered a critical test of strength with the Dominican armed forces. 1 But there were still .some .signs of resistance to a presidential order transferring abroad the central figures on both sides of the April revolution.. The Political Committee of the Organization of American States threw its support behind President Hector Garcia-Godoy. The president's decision, the committee said, in a press- statement, conformed with the instrument that serves as a con- situlion for the provisional regime. Garcia-Godoy said he would remain- in office as long as he had the support of the OAS. But.fora time Thursday night, it appeared an uprising, was in the making when armed forces leaders sent troops to the National Palace and took over the government radio station. Major highways into the capital were reported scaled off and military uprisings were reported in the interior. Armed Forces Minister Francisco Rivera Caminero, one of those the president transferred, denied military leaders were rebelling. He said the palace guard had Todays Chuckle Sorrowfully,, llic little lost boy looked up and down the street, then went, to the policeman on (he corner. "Sir," lie asked hopefully, "did you see a lady go bj; .without me?," merely been reinforced and the government radio station "taken into custody" for, a while. He termed such acts demonstrations of disagreement and said the army acted spontaneously. Tlie government radio. was still silent, but the San Isidro radio, located at the airbase 15 miles east of Santo Domingo, continued broadcasting announcement of pledges by military uni'ts to an alleged armed forces communique rejecting the president's transfer orders. Those developments and minor demonstrations downtown were the only signs of unrest in the national capital. The couple, occupants of a small house just south of the crossing on the east side of the DH tracks that bisect this Chenango County village, were identified as Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Delello, Late last night Slate Police at Sidney and. relatives of the couple in Oneonta verified that two bodies had been taken from, the charred wreckage of the house which- burst into flame about five minutes after freight cars tore it to splinters. Bainbridge Police Chief William Payne identified t h e couple. A Bainbridge mother of three school-age children, Mrs. Alice Johnson, was trapped for about two hours in her automobile, crushed beneath a 58,000-pound freight car. She was finally extricated with apparently minor, leg injuries. Freight cars ripped into the west side of the Bainbridge village hall, a former .railroad depot, tearing away most of the side two stories high. Other' cars struck and less seriously damaged the former freight depot on the west side of the tracks. Three taink cars loaded with propane gas were among those derailed and during the raging fire that consumed the Delello home and many of the wrecked freight cars, the- highly explosive gas laid a threat, over the entire area. · FLAMES DIVERTED However, crisp and efficient work, by firemen from at least five companies kept the flames away from the derailed tankers and later kept, cool streams of water playing on their metal sides. At approximately 9:15 p.m., Assistant Trainmaster Peter Naples of Oneonla, in charge at the scene, said he had personally checked all three tankers. He advised that if firemen kept the flames away and the tanks cool, there seemed to be little danger of an explosion. Residents of the area at the scene said Mr; Delello worked for years as a guard at the Main Street crossing before retiring. They said the couple, who had lived,in the house for about 45 years, were in the habit of sitting before a window in an area ' of 'the house Which was in direct .line with the impact from the derailed freight cars. Troopers theorized that the couple might well have been lulled or stunned by the impact. Firemen who were called quickly to the scene, found the house so badly demolished it was impossible to gain entry -before flames broke out, CAUGHT IN CAR Mrs. Johnson, adcoi'ding to police, was sitting in her 1959 car at the crossing, headed west and waiting for the train to pass, wlien the derailment took, place. A box car, hurtling crossways to the tracks, was flung on. lop of her automobile, crushing the top to below the level of the scat tops.' Police believe thai Mr. Johnson saw the freight car plunging toward her and threw herself sideways in the scat. When help ai rived she was crouched in. the flu iiible... flash --ilicii chaos By NANCY SUE BARNES Sidney Bureau Chief BAINBRIDGE -- "There was a, strange, clanging noise, .and flash of light lhat lit up the whole sky," said Mrs. Ruth Peckham, describing, the events which unleashed the derailment of 44 railroad cars and 1 death in Bainbridge Friday night. "I knew something was wrong the minute I heard the train, coming through," said Mrs, Lockwood of Lockwood's Dry- goods Store, pnly a few yards from the scene. There was a terrible rumbling noise, unlike anything I ever heard." This was the reaction of many bystanders at the scene. "I heard this noise that sounded like a muffled explosion, then everything happened at once," said a man who was only a block away when it happened. * * * DESPITE the apparent chaos, firemen, police, civil defense workers and other volunteers ·fought to keep the situation in hand. The first concern was the removal o'f Mrs.' Alice Johnson, -box car careened off the track landing on the' hood of the vehicle. Then volunteers concentrated their efforts on keeping. three lanks of propane gas tinder control to avoid any danger of explosion. Finally word seeped around that Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Delello had probably been trapped in their house that burned. * * ¥ HURRY CALLS for help to Sjdney,. Aflon, Norwich and Oneonta, were answered immediately. At the scene were troopers, ambulances, cquipm c n t trucks and special vehicles such as a foam truck needed, to fight propane gas fires. Also at the scene were the Chenango and Unadiila Telephone Co. and New York State Electric and Gas Co. to take care of live wires downed by the derailment. Bainbridge was without most of its electricity for a time. * * * SMALL GROUPS of people walked up and down Bainbridge's, main street, except for a few lights on the south side of the street,, the only illumination came from the .still burning railroad cars that lay alongside of the track. Traffic'in the main section of town was snarled as volunteers, newsmen and the general run of traffic inched their way 16 the scene. Further up the track, another lighted train: sat. waiting. It was going to wait a long time. small space 'between the. roof of 'the wrecked car and the seat. Unable to extricate, the woman, .firemen and police sent for Bainbridge. . house-moving contractor L. D. Dexhcimer, who brought in large building jacks; With the. aid of the jacks the toxcar was lifted sufficiently to allow the removal of the car. The roof, and doors were then pried apart and Mrs. Johnson freed and removed from the vehicle. She was transferred by am- b'ulance to The,Hospital, Sidney, .where she was reported in '"fair" condition last night with leg injuries. At the scene Mrs. Johnson was. given a sedative by Chenango County Coroner Dr. Roger Williams. DAUGHTER MISSING . Early this morning relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Delello had not yet been informed of the whereabouts of the couple's daughter, an -employe of the Grand Union store at Bainbridge. A nephew reported "th'at the two bodies taken from the,ruins had been given last rites' by a priest and removed to the Sherman Terhune Funeral Home, Bainbridge. BCI officials from. Sidney were at the funeral home supervising an attempt to make positive identification. Trainmaster Naples said last night it would be impossible to determine the cause of the derailment. He identified the train as WM3, northbound from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to Oneonla, i. Alice? Jfplinsou in.it .crushed under rail car and made up of diesel units 617, 605 and 602 with 64'cars and a caboose. He said apparently seven cars and the. diesel unit .had cleared the crossing before the derailment. The engineer was George Vincent, the conductor, Raymond Avery; trainmen, Benjamin Hunt and Seymour Davis, all of Oneonta, and Monk Connors,. Wilkes Barre, 'and the fireman was George Ludmire of Morris. None of the trainmen was injured. The DH wrecking unit from 'Oneonta was at the scene at 10 last night. Trainmen and police said other wrecking equipment was being routed to the scene. A DH spokesman t o l d the Associated Press last night that the entire 44 cars piled up in less than 1,000 feet. They were stacked, up like cordwood. The main Albany-Wilkes Barre line was blocked ."and much trackage torn up and destroyed in 'the .crash. FIREMEN FROM AFAR Firemen from Bainbridge, and fire units and men from Oneonta, Norwich, Afton and Sidney summoned to the scene by Mur tual Aid, battled the blaze. The area was cordoned off by State Police and Bainbridge Village Police to exclude the curious after it became known that the three cars o f inflamable g a s were among those derailed. However police and firemen were courteous to the reporters and photographers of a number of news services,, including The Star and the Associated Press, first warning them that the area was considered potentially dangerous and that they entered at their own risk but then letting them in. In addition to the Bainbridge Police force working under Police Chief William Payne, State Police had about 25 men at the scene under the direction of the Troop C. Commander, Major A, J. Robson of Sidney. India, Pakistan talking again TASHKENT, U.S.S.R. (AP) -Soviet Premier Aiexei N. Rosy- gin got the stalled India-Pakistan conference back in motion Friday but a solution to the smouldering quarrel still was elusive. President Ayub Khan of Pakistan and Prime Minister Lai Bahadur Shastri of India conferred privately twice for a total of about 1J4 hours for the first time since .Wednesday,.

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