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PAGE a—NAUCATUCK NEWS (CONN.), FRIDAY. OCT. 21, 1949 T DREW PEARSON ON he WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Drew Pearson Says: Virginia Contractors' Income-Tax Case Postponed Indefinitely; Truman Will Stand By Brannan Farm Program; Canada Refuses To Lower Newsprint Prices. Washington — You *•*•« ,.^^i«»._ can understand why folks get cynical about good government when you watch the parade of little income-tax evaders who are hauled to court every week, while certain big boys get their cases postponed interminably. For instance, it has now been one year since this column—Oct. 19. 19*8—first reported the shameless manner in "which two road contractors living under the nose of Washington officials, had cheated their government in building the network of macadam roads which wind around the largest building in the world—the Pentagon. The two contractors, W. J. "Doc" Hardy and K. McKenzie Davison had been caught by Treasury agents quick-changing Uncle Sam out of $500,000 by all sorts of devious tricks. Among other thing's they made out checks to two other contractors, W. W. Thomas and S. M. Redd, who later gave T-mcn affidavits that they never received the checks. Instead Hardy and r>a\ison forged the endorsements, cashed the checks, and deducted this as expense. However, when the Treasury and Justice Departments finally causrht up with, them, the tw6 Virginia asphalt kings appealed td powerful Senator Harry Byrd, jrlus other Virginia politicians. A series of conferences followed. The Justice Department listened patiently, but stood pat. Last July the income-tax case of the two men who gypped their government on war-contract taxes was sent to U. S. District Attorncy Humrickhouse in Richmond for criminal prosecution. This writer, querying Humrickhouse in July, was told there would be no delay in prosecuting the Hardy-Davison case. It would come before the first grand jury in the autumn. But when Mr. Humrickhouse was queried this week, he was evasive. The autumn grand jury had been in session for "some time, but he said he had no immediate plans for ipresenting the case. In July he had said he was quite familiar with the case. But on Oct. 17, he talked as if it was something he had never heard of and devoutly hoped would be forgotten. NOTE—Mr. Humrickhouse was appointed to his key job as district attorney through the powerful Byrd machine of Virginia. Truman On Farm Bill President Truman hasn't given up on the Brannan farm program, despite the kicking-around it received from Congress. It will definitely be the farm plank of the Democratic Party's 1950 campaign, Truman recently assured national farmers union boss Jim Patton. "The current battle over farm legislation has had at least one Rood effect." the President told Patton. "It has served to smoke the boys out into the open. We know how they all stand, including £ome we expected to support us." The President named no names but obviously referred to Senator Clint Anderson of New Mexico and Senate Majority Leader Scott SECURITY Does your insurance give ade quate protection today? DO YOU HAVE WT See NAUGATUCK INSURANCE AGENCY INC. Building costs are steadily increasing PHONE 2080 F. W. EATON, Mgr. FLOWERS For AH Occasion* FXOWEBS TKLEGBAPHED else Congress has scuttled," vised Patton. "After all, it's Lucas of Illinois. The latter, though keeping out of the headlines, helped to lead the fight against the Brannan income-subsidy program in the Senate. ''I think it's time we took the whole fair deal program once more to the people—not only the Brannan farm program and the nomination of Federal Power Commissioner Leiand Olds, but everything ad_ the people themselves who have been victimized by this skullduggery." Truman agreed. "The combination that fought the Oids nomination was about the toughest lobby I've ever seen," he remarked. "You're absolutely right. We've got to take it on and I have eveiy intention of doing so." Canadian Gouge While prices of most British and Canadian goods have come down as a result of the pounds devaluation, the Canadian newsprint companies, which uually operate as a cabal, have flatly decided not to reduce prices to American newspapers. This means that the highest newsprint contract prices in history will continue. It also means tfiat the profits of Canadian newsprint companies will continue at their highest peak, while American newspaper profits are off considerably. Between 1945 and 1948 for instancy Canadian newsprint prices zoomed from $58.50 a ton to $100 per ton, with profits almost trebling. Profits of such big companies as Abitibi shot from $10,101,512 in 1945 to 525,237,584 in 1948, while Consolidated's profits increased from $10,539,451 to $25,116,345. Meanwhile the operating profits of a typical cross section of American newspapers dropped 54 per cent. The interesting fact is that when the shoe was on the other foot, the Canadians immediately put it on. In 1946 when the American dollar was pegged at $1.10 as against $1.00 for the Canadian dollar, the same newsprint companies jumped their prices by exactly 10 per cent. But now that the exchange has been reversed, they refuse to drop their prices proportionately. Note—Of coure it was the newspapers which yelled loudest for the end of Chester Bowies' OPA and the price controls which kept newsprint at its low 1945 price. However, it's the small papers representing the backbone of a free press which get hit hardest in the present price gouge. •" SUGAR PROVIDES ENEBGY New Orleans — Sugar provides about 15 per cent of the energy contained in all the food consumed in the U. S. Name Committee To Expand UConn Educational Work Appointment of a committee to expand the Connecticut Agricultural Extension Service's educational work in marketing information is announced by Robert G. Hepburn, Associate Director of Extension, University of Connecticut. Aimed to aid consumers as well as producers and handlers of food, the committee's program will be an integral part of both the University's Extension work with the people of the state and of the New England Extension Education Program in Marketing Information. Mrs. Ruth R. Clark, State Home Demonstration Leader at the University of Connecticut, i.s chairman of the eight - member committee. Other members arc: Henry M. Hansen, County Agent Leader;~Mildred B. Smith, Consumer Education Specialist; Arthur W. Van Dyke, Assistant Extension Economist; Janina M. Czajkowski, Extension Nutritionist; and Owen S. Trask, Assistant Extension Poultryman and Horticulturist—all members of the Extension Service staff at the University of Connecticut. Also named to the committee are Mrs. Ellen D Teller, Hartford County Home Demonstration Agent, and Russell S. Anderson, Hartford County Associate Agricultural Agent. The program will function in all of the New England states, eath state and county Extension staff doing marketing educational work as part of its regular program in agriculture and home economics. The regional program is being- sponsored by the six New England Extension Services, the New England State Departments of Agriculture, and various agencies of the U. S. Department of Agriculture. There will be a ct tral office in Boston. Caskey Participates In N* J. Meeting J. E. Caskey of United States Rubber Co., Naugatuck, a member of (he Powijer and Explosives Committee of the American Ordnance Association, participated in a meeting of the committee at Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, N. J. This and other technical com- mitteas of the American Ordnance Association provide a vital link between the military and industry in the preparation of industrial mobilization studies. American industry, the producer of the world's mightiest arsenal in World War II, is kept aware of the ordnance needs of our National Defense Establishment and the plans for mobilization through the activities of the association's technical committees working in liaison with the armed forces. The association, a non-profit membership society of American citizens, is dedicated to the proposition that the industry-military team is the backbone of our strength. END-TABLE MODEL that features MELBOURNE'S FLOWER SHOP 1M BUBBEB AVENUE TM. KM SCULLY, Florist Flowers for Every Occasion 480 BALDWIN ST. WaterUory LEO T. 8CtnXY, Prop. PHONE WAT. 6-7280 COMBINATION ALUMINUM STOBM WINDOWS ft DOORS NEW ENGLAND SALES CO ALSCO 282 Bank St., Waterbury , Phone 4-9219 BUCKMIL Foneral Home 22 PARK PLACE Telephone 4334 HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: As the lid is lifted the sewing unit automatically rises into position. When lid is folded back, sewing unit automatically lowers. HAS THESE FEATURES • 4 Point feed guides stitching straight with just gentle guiding up to th« needl*. • Hinged Presser Foot enable! you to sew right over pins eliminating bastina time. • Forward and Reverse Sewing makes back talking seomi and reinforcing corners quick and easy. \ • Big set of attachments provides decorative tricks and labor-saving thort cuti. TERMS AS LOW AS $1,75 WEEK CARLSON'S Open Friday Evenings _ Closed Mondays THE SIGN OF BITTIR SEWING Money Talks First U. S. Dollar Minted In Philadelphia, 1794 By TED HAMMER Librarian, Amnrliwn Numininatic Association Did George Washington really throw a dollar across a. river as a boy? This question has boon asked again and again down through the years, and it frequently has caused heated discussions. Once, hiutory ex:pcrts reached thf conclusion that the only question wag whether the dollar was thrown across the Potomac or the FLappa-' hannock. Washington was born February 22, 1732, and probably coultl not have thrown a coin across a river before becamln'-r at lca.sC 10. But the first American dollar wu.i not minted until 1794, two years fir;.i<i- the first mint was established in Philadelphia under the law pro-, viding--it "shall be at the seat of government." So, if Washington as. a boy threw a coin across n. river, it certainly was not an American dollar. When the government was! moved to Washington, D. C.. the 'mint continued in Philadelphia, and it. is still there, although there are branches in Denver and San Francisco. President Washington was keenly interested in the mint, because he desired a strong monetary system. The mint was the first building authorized by the new Congress. Martha Washington, likewise, was interested in the mint and provided 'plate from her household for the first silver coins struck in Philadelphia. These first coins were dismes and half diames (later called dimes and half dimes), and bore the Ilkenes* of Mrs. Washington. Both coins arc quite scarce today, with perhaps not more than 200 of them 'known, and are valued at .$20 to several hundred dollars each, depending upon their state of preservation. The half dime was continued until 1873 .although it was replaced, actually, by the nickel flve cent piece originated in 1866. COMPENSATION Helen J. Gesseck, 14 Diamond street, will receive payments of $22.03 weekly for five weeks for a ncaro on her right thumb resulting from an injury sustained in the employ of the Lewis Engineer- Ing Co. according to an agreement approved yesterday by Workmen's Compensation Commissioner Harry Krasow. 3,000 Church Youth To Hear Congressman Judd Under the direction of the Pilgrim Fellowship Council of Connecticut, Congregational young people, will gather in a statewide rally at Bushnell Memorial Hall, Hartford, on Sunday, Oct. 23, between the hours of 3 and 8 p. ra. This annual event calls out over 3 : 000 young people each year from the local churches, for worship, inspiration and fellowship. The program will open with a ."Singspiration" at 3 o'clock with Mrs. Milton F. Jones of Broadview Community Church at the organ. New officers, elected at the assembly held at Immanuel Church, Hartford, Oct. 1, will be installed by Rev. James F. English, superintendent of the Connecticut Conference of Congregational Christian Churches. Reports of denominational and interdenominational youth work will be made by Miss Jennie Garabedian of New Britain, Mr. Alden Metoard ol Hartford Theological Seminary and Miss Joy Pegler of Glasgow, Scotland. Rev. Announcing The — ELMER WHEELER "WORLD LABORATORY" DEMONSTRATION MONDAY NIGHT ONLY, OCT. 31, 1949 8:00 TO 9:30 HOTEL ELTON ASSEMBLY ROOM Admission liy Ticket Only — Phone or Write Pdst Junior College of Commerce 24 Central Ave., Waterbury Tel. 4-8772 L. Theron French of the Windsor Avenue Congregational Church will present the 18,000 Giving Goal and tell how the money will be used in the service and missionary activities) of the church. Pledges for this funa will be received and an offering taken to help defray the expenses of the rally. The high point of the day will be an address by Hon. Walter H. Judd, congressman from Minnesota, formerly a missionary to China. His subject will be, "Being a Christian In a Time of Ctonfu- sion." ATTRACTS VISITORS Grand Coulee dam in Washington attracted 300,000 visitors in 1948. Anderson Exchange Club Guest Tuesday Welfare Superintendent J. Rudolph Anderson will be £UMt speaker at Tuesday night"* meeting- of the Naugatuck Exchange Club at 6:15 o'clock in Hall's Restaurant, it was announced today 'by Clayton I)ethlef«en, program chairman. Mr. Anderson will dl«- CLV-S "Operations of Local Welfare." The Rev. Harry Ekstam. new pastor of the Hillside Congregational Church will be gue/»t chaplain for the meeting. Mr. Etutam came to Naugatuck last week from Brooklyn, N. Y. FLUSHING NOTICE The water main* on the High Service System will be HI>MWI on Friday, October 21, 1949, and on Saturday, October tt, IMt. The flufthing operation on the cant aide of the Natiffatuck River will be on Friday, Oct. 21, between 3:00 and S:«0 f. M. The water pressure for the entire High Service Systnn win be low beginning at 11:00 o'clock Friday night Mid ending at 2:00 on Saturday morning. The premure will also be Intermittently low between 9:00 and 11:60 a. m. on October M. This work will affect residents on Johnson and May street* and all street* above Johnson Street on. the east side «f tke Borough. On the west side, the service affected will b* all houses north of Highland Avenue, Including Highland Avenue, and west of Hillside Avenue but not Including HTIHhUt Avenue. Galpln and Hoadley Street* will also be affected. The flushing operation will dwcolor the water and It womM be wise for consumers to draw sufficient water for drinking purposes before the flushing operation begins, THE NAUGATUCK WATER OOMPANT 70th ANNIVERSARY of the invention of the incandescent lamp by Thomas A. Edison October 21, 1879 LIGHTED THIS LAMP Seventy years ago Thomas Alva Edison invented the incandescent lamp — and thereby shaped for America a future that grows ever brighter through the years. He shaped a future of opportunity. Today, more than a quarter of a million Americans are making careers in the electric light and power industry. Millions more are employed in industries that owe their very existence to electric power* And he shaped a future of faith. The continuing , miracles of electricity are tributes to the skill and ability ,of free individuals working v and thinking in a free society. * j , . ' 'How right it is that the Statue of Liberty, ' symbol of American freedom, proudly holds on high a symbol of American enterprise — a torch illuminated by electricity! electric light and power companies OP NEW ENGLAND Including The Connecticut Light & Power Co.