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Dance Proceeds To Boost Infantile Paralysis Fun
Attractive Program
Arranged For Temple
Hall Benefit Event
Chairman McDonald Urges Waterburians to Make
Extra Sacrifice to Insure Success of Appeal
Locally; $7,000 Subscribed to Date
0; -
Waterbury’s MARCH OF DIMES campaign continued
steadily onward today with incomplete tallies revealing
almost $7,000 in the coffers, and tomorrow night’s dance is
expected to swell the final efforts. The dance is scheduled
for Temple Hall at 8:30 p. m. to 12 midnight with Harry
Cashin as master-of-ceremonies and music to be furnished
by Unico Barone and his orchestra. William Derwin,
recreation supervisor for local parks, is in charge of enter
The dance Is held annually toward
the close of each drive. This year
the MARCH OP DIMES campaign
which ordinarily closes on Jan. 31
was extended nationally to Feb. 15.
Strong appeals have been made
to local residents for support of this
drive to combat the dread disease
of polio. The appeal made through
that ‘‘gallant-little-lady”, Joan Beg
ley of Willow street, whose picture
and story first appeared in The
Democrat and now appears on
thousands of placards throughout
the city was one that opened the
pockets of many.
Rosalind Russell, Waterbury’s
famed movie star, in a telegram
forwarded to this paper, appealed
through the Democrat to the thou
sands of Waterburians for support
of the campaign against infantile
The local quota is $10,000 and It is
expected that this figure will be
more than maintained on the clos
ing day.
Atty. Francis McDonald, chair
man of the drive, has appealed to
all to give Just a bit more.
Defense Counsel Reported
Preparing Formal Appeal
Papers for Presentation
No notice has been filed as yet
In the Francis Zukauskas murder
case, but defense counsel arc report
ed to be drawing up the appeal pa
pers and working on the reasons of
Filing of the notice will automat
ically set off the death penalty un
til the high court of the state acts.
However, a hearing on expenses of
the appeal will have to take place
before the supreme court gets the
Zukauskas, who was sentenced
Thursday to die on April 20 for the
slaying of Mrs. Stephanie Plungix,
was represented by Police Defender
Edward T. Carmody and Attorney
W. W. Gager, the latter appointed
specially by the state to assist in
the case. Any expenses on the ap
peal likewise will have to be paid
by the state, and a special court or
der from the three judges who pre
sided at the trial will be necessary.
Whether or not the mentality of
the accused will play a major issue
in the appeal was a subject of spec
ulation today. A psychiatrist found
Zukauskas to have a mental age of
12 years, defense counsel have re
vealed. Observers state that fact
may have had a bearing on some of
the answers Zukauskas gave from
the witness stand, and that the de
fense may try to show the defendant
did not understand some of the cruc
ial questions he answered unfavor
Personal Check-Ups to Be
Made on Number Failing
to Report
. Personal interviews will be ar
ranged next week with employers
who have failed to answer War
Manpower questionnaires on work
programs, it was announced today
by WMC Director Mary M. Dewey.
The forms, which were distributed
to secure information for classifying
jobs in the area, have been filled in
so far by 125 of the 198 employerr
who received them, it was revealed.
The information was sought as a
preliminary step to carrying out a
proposed “forced’’ transfer program
in the area, it has ben indicated. By
obtaining a clasiflcation of various
jobs now performed here, the WMC
will be in position to draw from the
available supply when a critical
need arises in any of the establish
ments. ■
Empolyers were asked by the
WMC to state how many workers
are employed at each type of job,
and also to give information on
their part-time programs.
Mrs. Dewey stated the WMC can
not wait longer for the return of
the questionnaires still out, and will
call the employers to turn the re
ports in personally.
Fall River, Mass., (UP)—After
flooring his opponent 17 limes in
eight rounds, lightweight Danny
Petro of Washington got tired and
finally settled for a technical knock
out victory over Henry Davis of
New Haven, Conn.
Get Into The Good Habit Of Chang
ing Your Suit Coat For A Leisure
Coat As Soon As You Hit Home.
Then you can pleasure out- of
your leisure hours and just realize
what a wonderful place Home
Sweet Home is after all.
Tour at home evenings can be
doubly enjoyable with a smart
colorful leisure jacket you can re
lax in and forget the cares of the
The number of men who have
acquired the habit of changing
their jackets is growing greater
each year — One man tells an
other — and sells another jacket
for us — $20 to $35.
Somewhere in the Pacific — (De
layed) — Marine Private First Class
Edward W. Anderson. 27, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Edward H. Anderson, of
242 Bunker Hill avenue, Waterbury,
Conn., a flame thrower with the
Third Marine Division, has received
the Purple Heart medal for wounds
suffered during the Guam cam
Anderson was wounded in the left
shoulder and leg by Japanese mor
tar fragments on the first day of
the campaign, as he started up a
ridge beyond the Marine beachhead.
The wounds were not serious and,
after having them dressed, he con
tinued with his unit.
He enlisted in August, 1942, and
came overseas In February, 1943. He
also saw action at Bougainville. He
attended Leavenworth High school.
Before joining the Marine Corps, he
worked as an apprentice tool maker
with the American Brass Company.
Corporal Richard J. Budd, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Budd of
30 Laval street, is completing his
training on a Liberator bomber at
the Pueblo Army Air Base, Pueblo,
Colorado. He is the tail gunner of
his crew, and is being fitted as an
essential member of a combat
“team" that will sono fly into
enemy territory.
His instruction at Pueblo culmin
ates many months of intensive
training in the U. S. Army Air
Forces. He entered the service in
July 1943.
Cpl. Technician Benny Kehzner
is spending a furlough in this city
with his wife and parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Hyman Kerzner of 55 Fair
view street. Cpl. Kerzner has been
in Italy and Africa for two and
ove half years in the Quarter
master Department.
Miss Oloria Margaret Lawlor, 20,
1036 South Main street, was recent
ly sworn into the Women.s Reserve,
U. S. Naval Reserve as an appren
Mr. and Mrs. Fred P. Lawlor, she
attended Wilby high school and
Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N. Y.
Miss Lawlor wil Isoon take up her
studies at Hunter College, New
Pvt. Frederick Lombardo, 24,
who went overseas in October, was
killed on January 23 in Luxem
burg, the War Department has in
formed his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Lombardo, 219 Orange
The soldier was serving as an
infantryman with the Third Army.
He was a graduate of Wilby high
school and an employe at Water -
bury Mfg. Co., before he went in
to service last June,
Two brothers of the soldier are
also in the service, Cpl. Dominick
Lombardo is now in Waterbury on
an emergency furlough from Dov
er. Field, Md. I*, is a veteran of
33 months in the Pacific area. Pfc.
John Lombardo, also an infantry
man, is with the Fifth Army in
A Memorial Mass will be cele
brated Thursday morning at 8
o'clock in St. Lucy’s church.
Staff Sergt. Harvey West, Wa
tertown, an aerial gunner with the
854th bomber squadron in Eng
land, was recently commended
with other members of the outfit,
for their excellent performarne in
bombing an important oil target,
in northwestern Germany, by Lt. i
Col. A. C. Charles C. armele, com
Staff Sergt. West has been pre
viously awarded the Air Medal
with Three Oak Eeaf Clusters. Pre
vious to going overseas last April,
he trained at various bases In
Utah, New Mexico, California, and
Massachusetts, rcceving his Silver
Wings at Wendover E'ield, Utah.
He was formerly an employe of
the Lux Clock Co. His wife, the
former Emma Lawrence. New
York city, lives with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs Albert West, 141
Waterville street Mr. West is well
known as a football coach of the
West Enderx
Sgt. Matthew D. Byrne, Jr. a 1
former employe of the Chase Metal 1
Works, was graduated this week
from the AAF Training Command’s
flexible gunnery school at Bucking
ham field near Port Myers, Fla.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. D. 1
Byrne, 63 Southwick avenue.
Sgt. Patrick E. Charrette. 17
Judd street has completed more
than pne year overseas and Is now
entitlecl to wear two gold overseas
stripes, it has been learned. A for
mer employee of the Chase Metal
Works before entering the service,
Sgt. Charrtte has served as a re
fueler in a 15th. Air Force B-24
liberator bomber group that hns
completed 140 bombing missions
against the enemy and has been
given the War Department Dis
tinguished unit citation. His wife.
Mrs. Theresa Charrette, and par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Dedine Charret
te, reside on Judd street.
Pfc. H. L. Griggs, 108 Euclid ave
nue, has successfully passed a series
of comprehensive field test on in
fantry training and had been
awarded the expert infantryman
badge. He is stationed at Camp San
Luis Obispo, Calif., with the 86th
“Black Hawk” Infantry division.
Hubert Marches Into GI Hearts
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Favorite Cartoon Character Celebrates Third Anniversary of Laughs
London, Feb. 10.—Without much
doubt the private soldier In the
European Theater of Operation!
who Is best known here and least
known at home
Is Hubert.
Hubert Is a
small, fat, bul
bous -nosed,
buck - toothed
character who
leaks from the
caustic pen of
sergeant - car
toonist Richard
T. Wlngert.
Wingert Hubert’s humor
is, like so many
other things about the war, almost
completely Inexplicable if you
haven’t been in it yourself.
Hubert is celebrating the end
of his third year overseas by
making a )>ersonal appearance in
an anthology of himself just pub
lished in Britain.
Stars As Stripes first introduced
Hubert in the spring of 542. He
differs from most of his comic
rivals in that lie situations in
which he finds himself are seldom
Somewhere in the Pacific (Re
layed).—Marine Sergeant Phillip
E. Letarte, son of Mrs. Edward
Burbcc of Route 4, Wolcott road,
Watcrhury, Conn., has been
awarded the Purple Heart for
wounds received during the battle
for Guam.
Letarte attended Wilby High
School and worked for the Scovill
Manufacturing Company in Wa
terbury before enlisting in June,
1942. He left for overseas In June,
1943, and first fought at Bougain
Cap. Arthur Richmond, attached
to an engineer unit, has returned
to his post at Portland, Ore., after
spending a two-week leave with his
brother, George Richmond, 19 Wil
liams street. He is a former em
ployee of the Waterbury Manu
facturing Co.
Charles F. Harder, 31 Shirley
street, was recently promoted to
private first-class in Southen
France, where he is a file clerk in
the quartermaster section. Delta
Base section. Overseas eight months
Pfc. Harder has served in Africa,
Italy and Prance, and before the
war was a general bookkeeper in
Waterbury. He is the son of Mrs.
Mary Harder, 72 Elk street.
Pfc. Ralph .1. Damelio. son of Mr.
and Mrs. Nicola Damelio, 218
Charles street, is attached to the
157th. Regiment’s service com
pany which has been awarded tlie
Meritorious Service Unit Plague,
according to an announcement from
the 7th Army in Prance. Since
going overseas he has served in
Sicily and Italy.
T-Sgt. Arthur R. Bilancione, 4
Post street, who served as a radio
yperator-gunner in the Asiatic
Pacific theatre for 18 months and
participated in 80 combat missions,
tias 1 reported for duty at the AAF
rraining Command base, Langley
Field, Va.
He holds the Air Medal with
three Oak Leaf Clusters and the
distinguished Plying Cross with
yne Oak Leaf Cluster. He also
years the Good Conduct Medal and
ihe Asiatic-Pacific theatre ribbon
yith two battle stars.
Prior to his entry into the Army,
he sergeant was a tool grinder at
IVaterbury Manufacturing Co
Phillp White, Plymouth, has been
jromoted from private first class to
lergeant. according to a letter re
vived Friday by his wife, Mrs.
Uethea White of West Main street
n Plymouth.
Sgt. White enlisted In the Army,
eaving March 30, 1944, and went
>ver,seus in November. He is the
ion of Mr. and Mrs. Irving L. White
>f vyest Main street, Plymouth.
C. L. Cooke, reclamation bureau
unploye and son-in-law of Mrs.
Margaret C. Smith, 14 Mitchell ave
lue, has been commended for his
leroic action In rescuing Lt. Peter
<. Guillem, 24, pilot, after a Plying
Fortress crashed and went up in
lames. The pilot died 12 hours nf
er Hie crash. Cooke suffered burns
m his hands. "The whole ship was
Blame when Cooke climbed Into
,he burning cabin, Col. Anderson
;aid. Pour other airmen, who were
.raining for night flying, died In
;he crash.
Joseph Marcel Blnette, 19, SC3,
s spending a leave at his homo
19 Ridge street after serving eight
nontlis in the Mediterranean area.
Hie petty ofllccr served on an LCI
In the Invasion of southern Prance
last August. He was an employee of
the Waterbury Steel Ball Co. prior
to entering the eervice January ft.
t '‘Oh-lbefe’s-somrlhia* about a soldier, somethin’ about a
v soldier, somethin' about a soldier that is liar, fisc, fins . # . " ®
77ie Saturday Reviewer
The soundness of instituting at
this time the actual measures pro
posed in the city assessor's bill, now
before the General Assembly, meets
with potential opposition both from
the political and, benign standpoints.
This applies, it would seem, also to
the measures now in force to alter
the police department with the
purpose of epediting its efficiency.
We cannot help but take note of
the fact that many of the employes
of both these departments have
served long and loyally, and now in
the interests of efficiency they must
be supplanted, both In position and
trust, to serve these more ulterior in
terests. That, in part, is what we
mean referring to the arguments
presented in favor of a more benign
and considerate manner of handling
such necessary adjustments.
Politically speaking, it would seem
impractical in the Interest of a
party—mind you we say, ]X>litically
speaking—to institute such radical
changes, so rapidly, and still retain
the hold on all the more steadfast
supporters of such a party. Such 're
forms’ could better stem from a city
manager or citizens committee form
of government, and even then only
during their formative years.
We believe in progress and all its
components of efficiency, change
and tlie like, but never, where the
human element is concerned such
as in the case of employes, have
such changes been effected over
night without, detriment to the vic
tims or the doers or both.
In the case of the assessor's bill
we find tills measure for radical
change including the removal from
office of long-time employes, being
proposed to the General Assembly
for passage and subsequent adop
tion before the public has viewed
the results of the current revalua
tion survey of all property. That
uoes not seem iau.
In defense of these employes it
is only fair to point, out that no di
rect criticism of their past efforts
was cited in the report of the state
tax commissioner when he first re
viewed the situation here. Rather
lie declared that the city was the
victim of an outmoded tax valuation
system which was prevalent in its
establishment “throughout the en
tire state". Should then, these em
ployes be so penalized as to be elim
inated from office by means of a
radical reform of a system which
heretofore had been the accepted
one throughout Connecticut?
It will undoubtedly be a feather,
of some kind of merit, in Water
bury’s cap if the city does become
one of tlie first in the state to in- !
stitute such mechanical changes in |
property valuation methods. Yet ,
questionable is the merit to be
gained as weighed against the wel- j
fare of even just a few loyel em
ployes. To be weighed also is the
question of just how “inadequate”
have been the efforts of these em
ployes, as has been inferred. The lat
ter can only be balanced up after
the current revaluation survey lias
has been completed and then only
py that share of the survey which is
fresh and containing newly furned
tp facts—not merely facts derived
from the present records compiled
jy the present staff during its years
jf service.
Also, by what actual measuring
stick, contained in the tax com
missioner's report or the proposed
pill or even hi the eventual results
if the revaluation survey, are the
ibillties of tlie present stall to suc
cessfully maintain any newly pro
posed system of records and statis
tics to be graded as adequate or in
idequate? That should be consid
ered in fairness to them.
In the case of the Police Depart
ment it seems, on the surface at
east, to be questionable to institute
•eforms, literally overnight, which
result in top officers of the depart
ment and lesser ranked men, many
if whom have served 20-25-30 years,
lelng consigned to a rotating shift
if duty which necessitates their
working for months at a time from
11 p. in. to 7 a. m., just as do men
who are Just entering the service
if this department. Surely these
old-timers’ with loyal service years
lehlnd them deserve some measure
if consideration as they reach tlie
closing years of their membership
with the city.
Here again Is the incapability to
ivernight inject radical changes in
to any functional program which
depends upon the human element of
employes, without doing an injustice
to the fundamentals of considera
tion and benevolence as tha latter
relate to these Individuals.
Only time can institute such
changes as a fair and equitable ad
justment. If supporters of such
methods insist that progress must
be harsh to be practical let us add
that the self-knowledge of closing
years of long-time service because of
the march of time is much harsher.
Harsher certainly to the individuals
who are aware that they are so
ear-marked, by time. There Is no
thing as harsh as nature and its
ways. And nothing, we might add,
as, practical.
Again relative to this department,
what have been the actual results of
these changes, which, as we have
been given to understand, have cre
ated a great deal of ill-feeling
throughout the department? Have
they proven of such value, that they
mast, by the very nature of such
assumed value, be sustained over
and above the Interests of those
employes to whom they have proven
detrimental so far as pride, content
mnt, and perhaps among the older
men, health, arc concerned?
We don't censure the proponents
of these measures for attempting to
benefit the city but perhaps fault
does exist hi the radical haste being
shown in adopting reforms which
apparently discard the presence of
faithful years of service shown by so
many, and in so many instances
shown, too, to be advantageous to
the city.
(By United Press)
Allied headquarters in Algiers
report that bitter lighting is in
progress at ('assino.
Soviet communique reports lit* .
lite change on the Eastern Front; I
Soviet troops advance from Gor
odishche to within six miles of j
Korsun and capture Mlcyev, five I
miles northeast of Gorodishehe. j
Squadrons of American heavy
bombers raid Brunswick, Ger- I
Aunstralian and American jun- ;
tie tigsters join forces near Saidor |
in northern New Guinea, and
win complete control of lluon |
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Thomas McDonald, Jr. I
Gets Football Cup
Watertown, February 10. — Tlie
Taft School held its second Febru
ary Commencement exercises for ac
celerating seniors here this morning
in the Bingham Auditorium. Dr.
William Clyde DeVane, Dean of
Yale College, delivered the com
mencement address, and the an
nouncement of awards and the pre
sentation of diplomas was made by
Dr. Paul Cruikshank, Headmaster of
the school.
This ts the third group of acceler
ating seniors to be graduated as
members of the class of 1945. Nine
boys were awarded diplomas In Sep
tember and December after having
Popular Dramatic Soprano
of Metropolitan Opera Co.
in Role of Lenora
It lias been announced today by
the Connecticut Opera Association
that the role of Lenora In the opera
II Trovatore which comes to Loew’s
Poli theater on February 21 will be
sung by the sensational dramatic
soprano of the Metro))Olitan, Ella
The other leading roles will be
sung by Giovanni Martinelli, Metro
politan tenor and Anna Kaskas,
Metropolitan contralto. A large sym
phony orchestra and brilliant chorus
will provide Waterbury opera lovers
with one of the finest operas ever
presented in this city. Tickets for
the performance are available at
Kay Jewelry store, 15 East Main
Miss Flesch has won her laurels at
the Metropolitan in many operas.
She is considered one of the best
dramatic sopranos in America and
has received the plaudits of critics
wherever she has appeared. In the
role of Lenora Miss Flesch has an
important role and that she will
do justice to Verdi’s intent is the
opinion of opera followers here.
Reports of sales in the first week
since the news of the opera has
been published indicates a sellout
performance. Officials of the Con
necticut Opera Association, who
have presented opera In Bushnell
Memorial in Hartford for the past
four seasons and in Worcester,
Providence, Albany and Richmond
are enthusiastic about the Poli thea
ter In Waterbury for the presenta
tion of opera. After an inspection
of the spacious theater, which seats
close to 3500 the management have
declared “that every seat in this
theater" Is like a front row seat.
Even seats in the so-called second
balcony are far ahead of similar
•seats in other theaters so that per
sons who cannot pay top prices are
assured that they can see and hear
all the action.
attended two rammer sessions to
complete their courses. There are
about sixty-flve members of the
regular senior class that will be
graduated at the 55th Annual Com
mencement Exercises In June.
The following are members of the
graduating class: Benjamin Coe,
son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Coe of
Waterbury, Jack DeWltt, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Relnhold DeWltt, and
Peter Schatzki, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Herbert Schatzki. both of Water
town. Schatzki was awarded the
prize for Excellence in Physics and
Chemistry. • ft
At this time two awards open to
all members of the class of 1945
were announced. The Clinton R.
Black cup, awarded to that member
of the Club Potball squad who by
lits spirit, loyalty, play and good
sportsmanship best typifies football
at Taft, was awarded to Thomas J.
McDonald, Jr., soil of Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas J. McDonald of Waterbury.
The Aurelian Award, offered by the
Aurelian Honor Society of Yale, was
awarded to Thomas E. Murphy, Jr.,
of Glastonbury, Conn. Murphy also
received the prize for Excellence in
Elected to Cum Laude society, a
national scholarship society in sec
ondary schools, were John E. Elder
of Garden City, Long Island, N. Y.,
and John C. Osterstock, Jr., of Dar
ien, Cann.
The Taft school Community Chest
has granted the amount of two hun
dred dollars to the Waterbury
YMCA to be used for sending boys
from the Waterbury-Watertown
area to its summer camp, Camp
Mataucha, it was announced here
Members of the Student Com
munity Chest committee have re
alized the value of the YMCA sum
mer camp program and are anxious
to support it. This Is the first time
such a contribution has been made
from the fund and it is hoped that
its benefit to boys of this vicinity
will warrant continuance of an even
larger contribution. The money is
to be used at the discretion of the
YMCA officials to furnish either
full or part time camp fees for
worthy and needy boys.
The Community Chest, which
went well over the top in Its drive
for $1,000 last fall, is also contrib
uting heavily to the American Red
Cross, The Litchfield Junior Repub
lic and the New Haven Boys’ club.
Other local organizations receiving
aid from the chest include: The
Waterbury Community Chest, the
Visiting Nurse Association of Water
town. and the Connecticut Merit
The committee for 1945-4G in
cludes Jack Hastings, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Vinal Hastings ol Watertown,
and William Dember, son of Mr.
and Mrs. David Dember of Water
Austin. Tex.— (UP>—R"p. Wi l
Smith of Beaumont, Tex., says it i;
an infringement upon the rights of
a citizen to make him pay for park
ing Ills car in a public street. He
offered a bill in the Texas legisla
ture to prohibit parking meters.
“Waterbury’s Friendly Department Store”
Abraham Lincoln
“No man ever got lost
on a straight road ”
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