Automobile owners were reminded today by the attorney general’s office that time is short for them to obtain liability insurance, if they have not already done so.

Assistant Attorney General Frank Swett said that a law passed by the last regular session of legislature virtually imposed mandatory automobile liability insurance.

The deadline for obtaining this insurance is July 1.

The law, passed by the Tenth Legislature of American Samoa, specifically reads:

“In order to control and regulate travel on the public highways and to provide for the public safety, effective July 1, 1967, no vehicle shall be or continue to be registered in the name of any person unless that persons files with the Director of Administrative Services a certificate of insurance, or in lieu thereof a bond (of a surety company).”

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The minimum liability policy for private automobile owners is the so—called $10—$20-$5 policy. This means the owner is insured against liability to a limit of $10,000 payable to one person in one accident, to a limit of $20,000 payable to two or more persons in one accident or $5,000 property damage in any one accident.

Owners may, however, choose to carry liability insurance in excess of that amount.

Commercial carriers, such as taxis or busses, will be required to carry a minimum liability policy of the so—called $25-$50-$10 policy.

The $25-$50-$10 policy provides liability insurance to a maximum of $25,000 to one person in one accident, a maximum of $50,000 to two or more persons in one accident, and a maximum of $10,000 for property damage in one accident.

Liability insurance gives the automobile owner reasonable assurance of adequate protection in the event he is found liable in the event of a car accident. Without this insurance, a court judgment against him could, at least theoretically, take everything he owns and even part of his wages to satisfy that judgment.

Liability insurance also gives the person injured, or whose property is damaged, an opportunity to collect compensation for those injuries or damages, if the court so finds the policy holder is, indeed, liable in the accident.




By Rick Bates


(Special to the News Bulletin)


The third earth temblor in 18 months gently rocked Tutuila last night for a few seconds but no damage was reported and, in fact, was not felt in all parts of the island.


U.S. Weather Observer John Hertel said the temblor came at 6:07 p.m., a time fixed by WVUV radio announcer Betty Chanel, who noticed the audio console swaying in from of her, and felt her chair moving away from the microphone.  She was in the middle of a newscast.  Hertel said several persons in the Tafuna area reported feeling the temblor.  Dinners at the Rainmaker reported motion in their water glasses.


Hertel said the temblor was so minor that he had received no report from Honolulu or even Apia, in Western Samoa, which has a seismograph.


The previous temblor reportedly originated about 200 miles south of American Samoa.


Mrs. Chanel said her first reaction to the motion within the radio studio in Utulei, and the clatter of tape machines, was to get outdoors.


Then, in observance of the oldest tradition in show business, she remained seated and continued with her newscast after a pause of only a few seconds.




Dr. John F. Kessel, professor of infectious and tropical diseases at the University of Ca1ifornia, Los Angeles (UCLA) and two medical students, Clay Whitehead, and Bill Hsia, are here to follow—up on a filariasis control program that began in 1962.

The trio arrived on yesterday’s Pan Am flight from Honolulu.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ken Jones, public health officer for American Samoa, said that although there is no direct evidence of filariasis being transmitted at this time, it is know that some individuals still harbor the parasite.


Public Health officials recommend that personnel from outside of American Samoa, who been here two years or longer, should have a blood test. These tests are given at the Public Health Office at the rear of the Hospital of American Samoa.




About 350 islanders timed out recently to view the 4H Club exhibits and demonstrations at the Fagatogo Market. Some 125 4H Club members were judged on various exhibits ranging from sewing and handicrafts to cooking and gardening. The judges for the girls’ exhibit were Mrs. Simpson, 4H leader in Aoa, and Mrs. Lili Nikon, supervisor of the High School cafeteria. The boys’ exhibits were judged by High Chief Ti’a, county 4H agent, and High Talking Chief Saleapaga, senior 4H agent from Manu’a. All 4H members receive a prize for what they had exhibited.

Bingham Tuisaniatatele, 4H supervisor, expressed great thanks to the judges, leaders, and exhibit committee who helped make the day a successful one in furthering the 4H movement in American Samoa,




A private industry is in need of three journeyman welders, three maintenance mechanics and one automotive mechanic, Personnel Director Oscar D. Wright Jr., of the Government of American Samoa, announced today.

Wright asked that persons interested in applying for these jobs to contact him. He said it was highly desirable that the applicants have a good understanding of English.

The personnel director said that high school graduates desiring to learn these trades should also apply at his office.


TV FOR TONIGHT,CHANNEL 2: (7:00) Friendly Giant (7:15) News (Samoan) (7:35) Hennesey:

“The Wedding” (8:00) Olaga Manuia (8:27) Funny Company (8:32) Perry Mason: “Capering Camera”


CHANNEL 4 (7:00) News (English) (7:15) Funny Company (7:20) Friendly Giant (7:35) Hennesey:

“The Wedding” (8:00) What’s New (8:32) Perry Mason: “Capering Camera” (9:22) Highway To Hawaii (9:51) News (English).