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Two Arrested in Extortion Plot Similar to Recent TV Drama NOT A WEATHERVANE No, this is not a Cape Cod weachervane, but it is an honesc-to-goodness Cape Cod seagull carrying an arrow through its body. Despite the arrow, thought to have been fired by a youngster, the bird can fly, and was snapped by a photographer as it momentarily perched on top of a motel roof at Hyannis, Mass. (UPI) BOSTON (UPI-A stranger than fiction plot to extort $250,000 by threatening to blow up lines of the Boston Milne Railroad lay exposed today following the arrest of two men. FBI agents climaxed an intensive investigation of the bizarre dynamite plot Tuesday with the arrest of Donald Albert Dupray, 26, and Caleb John Babbitt, 25, at their homes in the Central Massachusetts town of Athol. James L.

Handley, special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston office, said agents found 75 sticks of dynamite in the trunk of Dupray's car. He said both men had signed statements admittlne their rnlns In ttiH nlnt. The extortion scheme was even more ambitious than a similar plot aired Dec. 12 on the network television series, "The F.B.I." In an episode subtitled "how to murder an iron horse," a 19- year-old boy threatens to ex- Diode a bomb under a railroad iridge unless officials give him $100,000. In the television show, FBI agents set a trap and catch the een-ager as he tries to dynamite the railroad.

Hush Puppies A A A (Closeouts Discontinued Styles or Colors) Women's were $12.00 11.00 10.00 8.95 ,7.95 6,95 Men's were $12.00 11.00 8.95 7.95 Lined Boots were $14.00 January Clearance Sale on Shoes, Slippers, Boots still going on! 11.00 Main Bennington Spring Wllliamstown Neither of two caught up In the real life drama catered pleas night when they were arraigned before U.S. Commissioner Francis H. Firrell. Both were charged with conspiracy to extort and Dupray was also charged with using the mails to extort. Ball was set at $10,000 for Babbitt and $11,000 for Dupray.

The cases were continued to Friday for a probable cause hearing. Farrell said a juvenile Involved in the case had given testimony to the FBI but was not arrested. The FBI was called into the investigation little more than one week after the television drama was screened. Authorities said, however, the two men apparently began planning the scheme in November and did not obtain the idea from the television show. The first threatening letter, addressed to the president of the Boston Maine Railroad and marked "personal," read: "We want $250,000 In unmarked, negotiable bills, five years or older, In fives, tens and twenties, or we will slew up or stop transportation on See new facets of flattery in knits for spring.

Textures are distinctive, colors are dramatic and their fashion future unlimited. a i i i i a i Ctr. i i a i certain runs throughout New England. "If we are forced to kill or Injure any of BM employes, It will hang on your neglecting to respond to our warnine." As a postcrrlpt, the writer warned: "Let's not play games or It will be very expensive for the railroad." The first letter was mailed Dec. 20 from Brattleboro, Vt.

A second letter, mailed Dec. 25, specified that "one man and one only" was to drop off the money at a public telephone booth near the Athol town line. A third letter was mailed Jan. 4 and the fourth letter, mailed Jan. 11 switched the drop site to a drive-in vegetable stand in Athol.

The letters were accompanied by anonymous telephone calls, authorities said. At no time was any money paid, the FBI said. The FBI said the dynamite found in Dupray's car was stolen Ic. 1 from the Athol Water Department. When investigators learned that the two men actually possessed dynamite, a large number of FBI agents were brought into the case.

Authorities said as many as 46 FBI agents were in Athol at one point. Babbitt, a service station nanager, and Dupray, a machine operator, are both married and the father of four, Bennington Banner, Wednesday. January 26, 1966-3 NoRevolutionaryChanges Required To Wage War on Poverty: Shriver Editor's note: Sargent Shriver is talcing off one hat, as Peace Corps director, to devote full time to the war on poverty. He tells how he views that campaign in the following exclusive interview. By WILLIAM J.

EATON WASHINGTON (UPI) --Sargent Shriver believes the nation can wage war against poverty without revolutionary changes that would penalize the rich or undermine City Hall. "This organization was not established to promote social change," the director of the Office of Economic Opportunity said. "I don't subscribe to the view that you can't get people out of poverty without changing the social structure. That's a ludicrous, archaic idea This Is not France in 1789 when the poor went to the barricades." Shriver also reaffirmed his controversial policy that the nation and its problems are too diverse to lay down any rigid rule concerning participation by the poor in local antipoverty campaigns. The OEO, he told UPT in an Interview, will continue to decide the appropriate ratio on a case-by-case basts In approving funds for new community action programs.

Shriver denied he was trying to downgrade the rp'e of the poor to reduce opposition to antlpOYerty projects from mayors of big cities. Some mayors feel such participation will give leaders ot anlipoverty projects a rallying point for rival political factions. "That Is 100 per cent he said. "There has been no commitment made to anyone about participation of the poor 1 make every day a Gift Day I Gifts of lovely, flattering gemstones are appreciated even more when they're unexpected, given just for the fun of giving. Registered 411 Main St NOVCCk Jeweler Dial 2-6926 Boston Plans 10-Day Carnival of Culture By WILLIAM J.

EATON Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon. thru. Sat.

9 p.m. Friday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy" and a panel discussion entitled "Is BOSTON (UPI) This heri- De ad?" tage proud city, which regards itself as the cradle of culture, will embark on an aesthetic 1 binge next month. "Winterfest "66," a 10-day carnival of culture, will open Feb. 18 with something for everybody from karate wrestling to Leonard Bernstein. The three ring Big Top of culture will include performing arts, lectures and exhibitions.

It will be staged primarily in Boston's new War Memorial Auditorium. Crowds up to one-half million are expected to attend the many faceted festival. Admission will run from $1 to for major evening performances, and 50 cents to $2 for afternoon activities. Children will be admitted free. All demonstrations, lectures and exhibitions will be Boston Mayor JohtuF.

Collins has called "Winterfest '6r a "cultural an ambitious project which may take its place among the great art festivals in the world. Children's interests wlllbees- pecially featured. Held during the mid-winter school vacation, children will be able to attend such activities as puppet shows, a ballet dress rehearsal, children's theatre, or demonstrations by Olympic skiers and gliding experts. A number of business firms have contributed support to "Winterfest '66" by commission- Ing artists, like composer Darius Milhaud, and by sponsoring programs and loaning executive assistance to the event. Highlights of the performing arts will be the New York City Ballet; an appearance by Leonard Bernstein with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; a Folk- fest, featuring such greats as Mississippi Muddy Waters, Phil Ochs, Jim Kweshkin and the Jug Band; New Orleans Jazz and music from Bourbon Street's Preservation Hall.

Cleveland's integrated Karamu Theatre Group will present a calypso musical. A Film Festival will include Preston Sturges' old comedies, and new West Coast and European films. The New England premiere of Hollywood's "The Chase" will open the festival with a benefit for "Winter- fest." There also will be a Japanese Tea Ceremony, or a movie called "The Crazy Quilt." A Poetry Workshop, seminars in medlare and urban renewal, a lecture on "Boston In the Age "For All Your Travel Needs Consult Us." ROSASCO'S TRAVEL AGENCY, ING "Over 75 Years of Unexcelled Travel Service" Everything Pertaining to Travel In Bennington Use Our Special Telephone Service At No Cost To You. Ask The Operator For Enterprise 6859. Outside of Bennington Call Collect 663-3864 or 663-3018 Phoenix Professional i i 24 STATIC I NORTH ADAMS, MASS.

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