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Yk wieer Demokrat « m PAGES 9 TO 16 #• FOR DEMOCRAT WANT ADS DIAL 44121 WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT, FRIDAY, MARCH t, 194S PAGE NINE Round Two Coming In Zoning Change Battle Residents of Middlebury Organizing Against U. S. Time Corp. Building Plans; Lively Session Last Evening Residents of Middlebury residing around and nearby the plant of the U. S. Time Corporation will appear as witnesses Monday night in opposition to the proposed request of the company that It be permitted to build a second story addition to its present plant as well as add further facilities for housing explosives and assembling fuses. Attorney Francis McDonald, attorney for the townspeople will examine these witnesses. ENLIVEN MEETING HOWARD T. CARMODY Company Secretary FRANCIS J. MCDONALD ‘‘People’s Connsel* FIRE RAZES HOME NEAR LONG LAKE Family of Chester Morey Made Homeless; 2 Cats Perish in Flames Children playing with matches were blamed for three fires in Wa terbury area yesterday. Most serious was the blaze which destroyed a two-story house' on I/Ong Lake, Mlddlebury, yesterday afternoon. The loss was estimated at $2,000 and two family cals perished in the flames which destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chester A Morey, but all of the couple's six children escaped safely. The Mlddlebury vol unteer fire department could do lit tle to halt the blaze and made an attempt to save the garage which was Blso razed. In Waterbury, a bedroom was burned out at the home of Mrs. Jane Mercier, 151 Falrlawn uvenue. Fire Marshal Lahcy said a match discarded by a high school student was responsable. Matches In the hands of youths were also blamed for starting a mi nor fire in the cellar of the radio store of Raymond Leavenworth at 702 East Main street a few minutes after 6 p. m. and a rubbish fire at tlie rear of 56 Lounsbury street which happened a few minutes prc. vlously, Cupt. Eugene Legge, aide to the fire marshal said. 4 . I a jam-pacxcd town nail wnn spectator-residents seated on auxil iary aaala art on the stage witnessed the testimony of the nine witnesses called for the company at last night’s meeting which was ad journed at 11 o'clock until • o'clock next Monday night. Under examination and cross-ex amination the witnesses testified as to the financial, technical and gen eral production phases of the U. 8. Time Corp., under direct question ing of the company attorney, W. W. Oager and were submitted to point ed questioning by the attorney for the townspeople, a resident of Mid dlebury himself, Francis J. McDon ald. Financial Picture Mr. McDonald, as cross-examiner, endeavored to clarify the company’s financial structure as to stockhold ers and share holdings and had even subpoenaed such records only to have been denied their access by company officials. Both Atty. Edward T. Carmody, secretary of the company, appearing us Its principal witness and John M. Ivory, vice-president and treas urer, testified there were 145 stock holders of the concern with Thomas Olson, chalrmnn of the board con troller of 51 per cent of the stock Percentage of holdings In amounts of 10, 3, 2. and 1 shares were held bv Waterbury residents. However officials declined to name all stock holders. Mr. Ivory testified as to what was termed the company's sound finan cial position stating that there was a working capital at this time of over $2,000,000; the working capital being the margin between liabilities and assets of the concern. No dividends have been paid to common stockholders by the com pany since Its Inception, It was brought out In cross-examination by Atty. McDonald, although divi dends had been paid to the pre ferred holders consistently. Four army representatives were present last night two of whom sub mitted to questioning as witnesses. Major. William H. Bassett, chiel of the ammunition branch of the Springfield Ordnance Department deprecated the alarm of residents of the town relative to the danger from possible explosions In the proposed magazine building the company seeks to build. Col. George Asmp, Frankfort, Ar senal, Pa., a crisp, precise speaker stated he was of the belief tnat only the U. S. Time Corp.. could prop erly bundle such urgently critical work as the combined assembly and loading of the fuses under ques tion. He stated he was of the be lief that no further delay should be permitted in construction of the buildings Inasmuch as "one fuse made today Is more valuable than 2,000 two months from now." Sub-Let Contract The latter statemflct brought forth the question from a town resident If it would not be better under such conditions to let out the contract to a company, compara ble to the U. 8. Time, with facili ties alreudy established so that the two or three months period of con struction here would not have to be mew Residents of StruiU-Turnpike on which the plant is located displayed considerable concern as to the dan gers of housing explosives in that area. John Beckley of the Austin engineering company testified that no more than enough powder which could be contained In a brief-case would be housed In the proposed magazine building which elided the question from Atty. McDonald as to why a building with specifications calling for housing five tons of ex plosives was being requested. The only answer was that the Safety and Security division of the Army had drawn up the specifications. Atty. McDonald brought out that he had subpoenaed Joachim Lehm kuhl of the company, but the papers were not delivered becuuse Mr. Lehmkuhl was on a ‘skiing" trip in Canada at this time. The latter was identified by Mr. Carinody as president of the company, who could be replaced should he leave this country. Mr. Ivory was Identified as second in charge to Mr. Lehinkuhl. The ability of the plant to safely care for any Industrial sewage which might be Incurred was ex plained by John E. Harrigan, plant facility engineer, and Donald A. Hilliard, industrial engineer. Wil liam Vanderhaut, engineer of the Austin Co., Lexington. Mass., tes tified that the fuse loading plant would be non-combustible, and that architectural plans of the present plant show that a second-floor ad dition was intended when the plans were drawn. John Beckley, engi neer of the Austin Co., also bucked the contention that tlie magazines would not create u hazard. Adequate Water Supply The fact that the company has sufficient water supplies to cope with any |>osslble Are was brought out in testimony by Hubert E. Stoddard, engineer of the Stephen B. Church Co.. Seymour. Members of the zoning board of appeals before whom the testimony was given last night were: W. P. Ferguson, chairman; Robert C. Fenn, Charles Delaney, Lawrence Duryee, Mrs. Charles Harper and Charles Delaney. Atty. J. Warren Upson was present us counsel for the board. VERDICT GIVEN IN FARMHAND’S DEATH Johu Stokes. 80, a hired man. found dead on property of tire Charles 8. Anderson farm, Frost Bridge. Watertown, yesterday, died us the result of acute alcoholism. Dr Edwin O. Readc. Watertown medl cnl tgfunjntr yotirdiy. Cincinnati Amusement Park Hit By Flood (Prom NEA Telephoto) Flood water* from the iwollen Ohio river reaeh nearly to the roof* of itructurea In Cincinnati Coney Ii land. Alrvlew show* water itirroundine the River Down* racetrack, grandstand In upper right. Thou sand* of famllle* evacuated their home* a* Ohio river flood water* reached near-record height* between rittsbrugh and Cincinnati. Canvassers Selected In Red Cross Campaign Chairman Ralph D. Clinton Announces List of Workers in Current War Fund Appeal OAKVILLE Correspondent: Allrc Stafstrom—Phone t>88. Oakville, March 0—Ralph D. Clinton, chairman of the Red Cross campaign announces the names of canvnssers as follows: Davis street. Mrs. Mary Mnchokas and Mrs. Fred Krantz; Melrose area, Miss Edith Ney and Anthony Montrose: River side area, Cecil Dejardin.v, Ann Stanco. Ann Pctrock and Alice Montinlio; Main street, Hillside avenue, Ball Farm road aron, Wan da Pazdan. Melvin Freeman, John Dreschcr, Many Lank, Rose Flynn, Walter Hodges and Frank Menc tery; Upper Main street, Marion Manginl. Mrs. Paul Stafstrom and Mrs. Richard Davis; Falls avenue and Shelter Hill. Miss Anna Croft, Mrs. Harold Booth, Mrs. Mary Brandt, Miss Caroline Shaw, Mrs. George Cedarholm, Mrs. Alice Dun can, Mrs. Edmund Schreler, Mrs. Thomas Gibbons, Miss Jeannette Veneau, Miss Druscilla Llttlehales, Carl Booth and Fred Mason, Low r Main street, Buckingham street and Hungerford avenue. Miss Marlon Cromwell and Mrs. Mary Innes. Indies' Aid Society An all day meeting of the Ladles' Aid Society was held Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Stanley Strever, Hungerford avenue. A 1 nclieon, with a lovely birthday cake In i on or of all members who have a birthday within the first six months of the year, was served at noon. In the full another birthday part* will be held for all ladies having a birthday In the last six months of the year. Plans were made for a food sale to be held at Stevens Fruit store, 129 Main strot, March 21st from 10 to 4 o'clock. All those wishing to furnish fod for this sale are asked to have the food at the store by 10 o'clock. The next inf :ing will be held April 4lh at the home of Mrs. 1 ymond Ellis of upper Main street. Those attending were Mrs. Walter Krantz, Mrs. Robert Warner, Mrs. John McLean, Mrs. Raymond Ellis, Mrs. Ernest Wilson, Mrs. Russell Pope, Mrs. Mary Rus sell. Mrs. Fred Jackson, Mrs. Har ris Scott, Mrs. William Ciarms, Mrs. Frank Krantz, Miss Julia Mills Mrs. William German, Mrs. Joseph Hansel, Mrs. William Sexton, Mrs. Charles Andrews, Mrs. Earl Over baugh, Mrs. Ralph Florlan, Miss Eula Skilton, Mrs. David Roger, Mrs. Ralph Clinton, Mrs. Irving Peck and Little Richard Peck. Catholic Ladies’ Meet Tuesday evening, following Devo tions’, the Ladles’ Aid society ot Saint Mury Magdalen's church met for their regular meeting. A short business melting, followed by card playing und refreshments was en joyed by the ladies attending. Mrs. Milton Gardner was hostess. Others attending were Mrs. Morgan Dueli, Mrs. Charles Kelley, Mrs. Louis Pierce and Mrs. John Ennis. Friday evening at 7:30 Stations of the Cross followed by the Ben ediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be held. Saturday morning at B:30 an an niversary high Mass will be held for Nlchola Paternoster. Catechism for the children Sat urday at 10:00 o'clock. All children of the parish are requested to at tend. The total sale of War Bonds und Stamixt at South School Thursday amounted to *718 05. Stamp sales equalled *258.26, und bond sules equaled $400.30. The four rooms who bought the largest amount of stamps this veek wire; Mia; Ann Scanlon's room with a sale of *62.05; Miss Cather ine Scanlon's room—*57.30; Mrs. Helen Flynn's room—*44.15; and Miss Goldie Oordon's room—(22.45. Rooms having 100 per cent par ticipation were: Mrs. Mae Eggletnu, grade 7; Miss C. Scanlon, grade 6; Mrs. Helen Flynn, grade 5; Miss Godle Gordon, grade 3; and Miss Helen Sepples. grade 1. Only one room, Miss Briggs morning Kin dergarten, had to per cent. earning Marriage Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock Miss Nancy Louise Beardsley will become tlie bride of Kenneth Lew is Metcalf, Brunswick, N. J. at the home Of her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis W. Beardsley, Riverside street. Rev. Oscar Locke, of Union Con gregationul church will perform the ceremony. Miss Beardsley will be given in marriage by her father. Her sis ter, Miss Carolyn Beardsley will be maid of honor and Robert, Mrtcall, Mlddlcport, N, Y. will be best man [or his brother. French Morocco has a clothing shortage because 34.000,000 yards ol cloth purchased abroad last year has not arrived. Zoo Mistake Saddens Boy New York. March 9.—<UPi — Peter Edet, 16, was out one Hon cub today because the Central Park Zoo said that a mistake was made when It was sold to him for $25. Peter hud a pet skunk, three dogs, some while mice and an alligator, but when he saw the lion cub was sickly, and heard the Zoo officials talk about killing him, he decided to buy the cub. The head keeper. Fred Sandmunn, said he'd sell the cub for $25, and Peter gave him the money but asked him to take care of the lion until Peter's mother would receive him in their home In Reading, Conn. Then the lion cub began to get well. That changed Sandmann's mind, the Zoo's atttiude, and finally the whole matter became legal, In a 1,400 word brief the Bureau of Law and adjustment of the city decided the Zoo couldn't sell Hons to minors, and ordered the Zoo to return the $25 to Peter. Acting Comptroller Alvin K. Syl- j ROBERT MERKLE TAFT THESPIAN Waterburian Featured To* flight in ‘George Wash ington Slept Here’ Watertown, March 0—The Benefit performance for the American Red Cross Drive of "George Washington Slept Here,” by Moss Hart and George Kaufman wilt bo given this evening at 8:15 in the Bingham au ditorium of the 'iaft School by the Masque and Dagger Society. Mrs. Harold C. Ashworth, in charge of the ticket sales, announces that tickets have scld very well and that a capacity audience is expect ed. Usherettes for the performance will be members of the Red Cross Nurses' Aide under the direction of Mrs. William Starr. Robert Merkle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Merkle of Watcr bury, 1s playing the leading part of Newton Fuller. William Dowd, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Dowd of Watertown is also in the cast and plays the part of Sue Barrington. BUCKINGHAM HALL TO BE RENOVATED A $5,000 renovuting and dedccor aiing program for Buckingham Hall will be completed by May 1, offi cials of the Buckingham realty Corp., announced yesterday. The renovation p ogram includes inproved lighting and new curtain arrangements. The exterior of the building will be steam blasted be fore the hall is re-opened. Plans have been made for con tacting summer stock companies to outline a schedule of summer thea ter presentations. vester then took the legal brief and added a memo to the effect that "red points are scare enough wltn out mama and papa having to worry that the city may permit their offspring to acquire a lion for a household pet.” Sylvester suggested that the lion be named "Peter'' to compensate the boy. A $680,000 children's hospital, ill memory of Cieneral Slkorskl, Is to be prefabricated in England and sent to Poland. Marines Set For Street Fighting Washington, March 9. <UP)—The Murines are •getting set for town fighting In the Pacific,'’ the official Marine magazine Leatherneck said today. • The art of house-to-house fight ing becomes a must' for Marines as the war moves out of the Jungles and coral atoll* and Into populated communities," the magazine said In an article titled "Street righting.” The article listed six pmclples of house-to-house fighting evolved from “fighting techniques of the European war” and the experiences of Marine* on Guam and Saipan. These In cluded such rules ns laying down a heavy artillery barrage or bombing a town before entering but not al ways leveling It because "a town re duced to rubble may provide better defensive positions than structures left standing.” Rules were suggested to attack a town In parallel lines to avoid shooting at one’s own troops, to at tack a house from the rear, to at tack a building from top to bottom, because "men working their way down a building are In a better de fensive position than men fighting their way up." “Surround the town, if possible, so that the enemy will have no avenue of escape," was another rule. Basic Marine strategy, revolving around four men teams, was said to provide for two men armed with M-l’s as searching parties, and a man with a bar and his assistant as the covering )>arty. Marines were advised to learn to fire machine guns from the hip; to avoid using a bay onet—"It is too unwetldy"; to throw hand grenade; Into buildings bo fore entering, and to ahoot out locks and shoot at walls "to rout out any defenders lurking there." "After clearing a building, leave behind a prearranged sign on the structure (like ‘okay)’ so that other Marine outfits coming forward will know that It has been secured," the magazine said. No amplification was given on what towns the Marines expected to Invade. WORLD WAR 0 A YEAR AGO (By United Frees) Soviet troops launch a new drive in the Dneper Bend and break through the German defense lines on a 105-mile front, advancing 11 to 38 miles. If. S. flyers bomb Berlin for sec ond straight day. Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur re ports that V- 8. Marines at Tala sea, on New Britain, have pushed three miles ahead to within two miles of the Japanese airport. 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