Naugatuck Daily News from Naugatuck, Connecticut on October 29, 1949 · Page 7
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Naugatuck Daily News from Naugatuck, Connecticut · Page 7

Naugatuck, Connecticut
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Saturday, October 29, 1949
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J'AfiK 2—T.-AUGATUCK NF-WK (CONN.). MONUAY. <H;T. at, 1'ntl PEARSON ON The WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Drew Pearson Says: Warehouse Worker Gets Tax Lien Slapped On His Salary—Mistakenly; While Harry Blackmer Of Teapot Dome Fame Lived In Luxury Abroad; Are Tax Frauds Equitably Prosecuted*? Washington—Last week this column told how various big-shot tax- evaders managed to delay or squirm out of criminal tax-fraud prosecution, sometimes because of leniency on the part of politically minded or easygoing U. S. attorneys. It was pointed out that U. S. attorneys are appointed on the recommendation of senators or congressmen, and sometimes appear to work more for the senators than for the Justice Department. In contrast to the smooth Bailing enjoyed by some big-shot tax- evaders, here is what happened recently to a little fellow who got into a misunderstanding over his taxes. This taxpayer, Francis J. Massey of 220 2nd street, Washington, a displaced government war worker, found a. job after the war as a warehouse worker for Lansburgh and Brothers, a Washington department store. In 1948 Treasury agents checked Mr. Massey's tax returns lor the war years and found proper returns had been filed and taxes paid, then suddenly it was discovered that a Prank J. Massey had received S150 in dividends from, •stock owned in the Washington Gas Light Co., and the Treasury promptly assessed Francis J. Massey additional taxes. ^ax tie,, On $28 Salary Actually, Francis J. Massey never owned the stock and never received any dividends. It belonged to his father, now deceased. Edward T: Stafford,' secretary of the Washington Gas Light Co., certn fied that Francis J. Massey never owned the stock and never received the dividends owed to his father, but this made no difference to the U. S. Treasury. It demanded that he pay just the same. Mr. Maasey's salary was only $28 a week, and he had a wife and two small children to support. But, under protest, he paid in small driblets of $2 a week up to a total of $18.92. This, however, wasn't fast enough for the Treasury and it slapped a tax lien on his salary for the remaining $15.59. This got him into trouble with his employer who did not want to be suspected of harboring a tax dodger and he was fired. Thus, unable to get a recommendation from his last employer —except with a tax-dodging record —Massey was unable to find full- time employment. His youngest child became ill. the family doctor had pot been paid for past services and would not come when •urgently needed. The child .died and was buried in Potter's field at government expense. This burial expense probably about equaled the improper tax assessment of S34.51 wrung from Mr. Massey. So, in the end, the Treasury Department gained nothing. Finally the office of Deputy Col- 'Queen of Queens' October Labor Situation In Connecticut CHOSEN "Queen of Queens" by offi cers of the Fur Institute of Americ: in New York is Terry Thomas o: Bellcrose, N. Y. She is shown wearing the award, a $5,000 mink cpat Terry had won twenty previou beauty contest*. (International SCULLY, Florist Flower* for Every Occasion 480 BALDWIN ST. Waterbory tEO T. SCtJLLY, Prop. PHONE WAT. 5-7280 FLOWERS For All Ooem»Ion» FLOWERS TELEGRAPHED MELBOURNE'S FLOWER SHOP UO BCBBEB AVENUB 1W. StU BUCEMILLER Funeral Home 22 PARK PLACE Telephone 4334 NEW 1949 • P H I L C O REFRIGERATOR $199.50 7 Cu. Ft. — 5 Year Warranty $20 Down ... S3 Weekly lector J. Ellis Bowen apologized for the mistake, which they said was made in Baltimore. "We promise it won't happen again," Massey was told. "If you are assessed again, just ignore it." ' That's the experience of one little taxpayer who had no money to hire lawyers. Echoes Of Teapot Dome On the other hand, here is the experience of a man who had the money to hire lawyers and to live in luxury abroad—one Henry K. Blackmer, multimillionaire oilman who fled to France to escape being questioned in the Teapot Dome scandal. Some of the others who remained in the United States went to jail for their connection with Teapot Dome and the Continental Trading Company. Albert Fall, secretary of the Interior in the Harding cabinet, served his sentence. Harry Sinclair served time for refusing to answer the questions of the Senate committee. But Blackmer ducked for Fiance, later was indicted on six counts for perjury and tax evasion to the tune of $2,000,000. Blackmer, then president of the Midwest Refining Co., together with Sinclair and Robert Stewart of Standard Oil, formed the Continental Trading Co. which purchased about 7,000,000 barrels of oil for $1.50 a barrel and then sold it to their own companies for $1.75. Sinclair used $230,000 5 of the profits from this deal to bribe Secretary Fall. Another $180,000 of profits went to the Republican National Committee in the form of Liberty Bonds, and the committee tried to get high-ranking Republicans to exchange the bonds for cash. Andrew Mellon was sent $50,000 of I the bonds, but he sent them back, accompanied by a gift of $50,000 in cash. Blackmer's share of the boodle was found in the form of $750.000 in Liberty Bonds in a New York strongbox after he had fled to France. The government made various efforts to bring Blackmer home, but the French government refused to extradite him and he remained there, living in the lap of luxury for 25 years, thumbing his nose at the nation which, had made him rich and which he had cheated. Last summer, Danny Sullivan, former GOP Colorado politician who dug up the income-tax evidence against Blackmer, told friends in Washington: ''Henry Blackmer will never come back to :this country while I'm alive." Employment throughout the state continued to move upward in October and both manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries reported gains for the second consecutive month. In August nonagricultural employment in Connecticut reached a level of 693,820 after dropping each month since the start of,the year. In September' employment showed the sharpest rise in 29 months and preliminary reports for October indicate a farther Trade led the advance in non- manufacturing which was attributable mostly to the approaching Christmas season. The gain in factory employment in October was dwarfed by the previous month's •ise Seme industries reported losses in October; machinery is 'still hard hit and still dropping, and ransportation equipment is off rom previous high levels. But over-all throughout the state, manufacturing employment showed a net rise. The Connecticut economy is be- •mning to feel the impact of the ontinuing disputes in coal and eel. Three firms in the state,em- loymg almost 1,400 workers are Hrectly affected, and operations ave been halted. Other firms in- irectly affected are beginning to eel the pinch of shortages. About 50 have been laid off so far be- ause of the developing steel short- ge. There is also some indication nat plans to hire more workers ave been postponed by the dis- utes. There was a further increase in exiles during the .month with ome plants reporting sharp gains m October. In general, cottons showed exceptional strength- woolens edged only slightly higher; and rayons were unchanged. Reports indicate that orders are somewhat improved but most firms' production schedules are running close to orders on hand and backlog orders are virtually non-existent Unemployment dropped in Octn- ber for the third consecutive month down to 64,900 from 86,500 in the middle of September. Many job seekers have been called back to work but the reopening of schools and colleges was also a major factor in the sharp, reduction in unemployment. But even though the number out of work is down sharply, well below the 11- year peak of 106,200 in July, the October level is more than double the 25,500 unemployed one year ago in October, 1948. Proportionately, Bridgeport, Bristol, Meriden Ansonia, Waterbury, Danielson and New London are still the hardest hit areas in the state. Weekly earnings paid to produc-. tion workers in manufacturing industries have been increasing since June, due entirely to an increase, in the length of the work-week, to less under-employment. In September, the work-week averaged 39.9 hours compared to 37.8 in .Tune. Hourly earnngs have shown little change, but weekly earnings rose from $51.72 in June to $54.77 in September. AIR FORCE'S NEW JET IN FLIGHT LEAVING A TRAIL of sm»ke, the Air Force's newest Jet bomber, tht XB-51, takes off at Patuxent, Md., on'its initial flight. The high-speed, three-jet craft remained in the air for thirty-four minutes. The XB-51 has swept-back wings, horizontal stabilizer 'on top of the rudder and carries a crew of two in an air-conditioned cocknit. (International) KULED LEGAL PARENTS OF CHILD 413 N'O. MAIN ST. UNION CITY Phone 6491 15 Church. St. Tel. 6490 Open Friday Till 8 P. M. TO A NF.W IOW. Compare Price and Quality (ff/fldfalfrgj Established 1898 99 NO. MAIN ST. WATERBITBY New & Reconditioned Motors FORD A MERCUBY Bodge* Plan Available The NATJGATTTCE: PUEL.CO. rOBD DEALEB Vho*e 523) New Hearing Device Has No Receiver Button In Ear Chicago 111—Deafened people are hailing a new device that gives them clear hearing without making them wear a receiver button in the ear. They now enjoy songs sermons friendly Companionship and business success with no self-conscious feeling that people are looking at any button hanging on their ear. With the new invisible Phan- tomold you may free yourself not only from deafness but from even the appearance of deafness. The makers of Beltone Dept. 40, 1450 W. 19th St.. Chicago 8, 111., are so proud of their achievement they will gladly send you their free brochure (in plain wrapper) and explain how you can test this amazing invisible device in the privacy of your own home without risking a penny. Write Beltone today.—Adv. Two State Residents Killed In Crashes <By United Tress) Two Connecticut persons were killed this weekend in highway accidents. 4 •"!*•' At Vassalboro, Maine, 17-year- old Eugene Seikierski of New Hav»n died following u. two-car collision which also KilJed another person. Seikierski was with three other New Haven youths who were on a hunting trip. The other three were hospitalized in fair condition. Another accident on a fog- shrouded highway took the life of Louis Navy of New Canaan. He was driving alone when his car failed to make a curve and crashed into a tree. At Richfield Springs, N. Y., a/J3- year-old Ctjorgetown resident "was critically hurt in an accident which took the life of his companion- Elizabeth Cooke of Groose Point Mich. 'Gerard P. Johnson a student at Bridgeport university, is hospitalized with a fractured jaw and internal injuries. A Newcomer Salute LEWIS CARROLL The Dealer on the Sqoarn CESTEB SQUARE — CORNEB PROSPECT * 1TNIOK STREETS Barctaj Tile Board Carom* Trlu Door Framts Window Bash * Frame* PalEti Floor Handera tor R«ol TELEPHONE 1494 PROUD TO BE in the United States, Gerson Pudlo, 8, doffs his cap in respect to the flag of his newly- adopted country. Gerson and his parents arrived in New York aboard the Army transport General Omar Bundy. They'll live with relatives in Brooklyn. N. Y. (International declared Judy's natural mother, Dora R Rouff as ' adequate responsibility" of the .voun es ?er T To Televise UN Assembly Sessions New York, Oct. 31—(UP)—The Columbia Broadcasting system will televise sessions of the United Nations under sponsorship of the Ford Motor company starting Nov. 7 until the end of the General Assembly session in December. The company said the programs would be telecast every weekday for a total of 15 hours a week. It calls the contract the largest time sale in television history. A C-B-S spokesman says there will he no commercials and no effort to "sell a product." Middletown Doctor Elks PER President (By United Press) A IMiddletown man—Dr. Earl R. Ross—is the now president of the Past Exalted Rulers Association of Elks of Connecticut. Ross was elected at the organization's annual meeting: in Tor- ring-ton to succeed John P. Glibert of Danbury. Others named wers Charles J. Poole of Winsted, vice-president; Felix Callahan of Norwich, secretary; and John F. McDonough oC Bridgeport, treasurer.' 5,000 VISIBLE STABS Although there are hundreds of thousands of stars, only about 5,000 are within range of the human eye Evening School Sessions Canceled Due to Halloween activities, Mrs. Gertrude M. Madigan, director of adult education, announces that there will be no evening school sessions tonight. The regularly scheduled classes will be h61d as usual during the remainder of the week. Blue Cross Opens State-Wide Direct Enrollment Program Connecticut Blue Cross has again opened 'membership for a two-week period to those who oar- not join through payroll groulps, Robsrt Parnell, general manager of the non-profit hospital plan, announced today. The state-wide direct enrollment—second in Blue Crass history—will run frorn November 1-15 and will place Blue Cross membership within reach of persons under age 65 who are self-employed, not employed, or working where there are less than five employes. Ordinarily, Blue Cross to available only through employed: groups of five- or more. This^is the first time the hospital plan has relaxed group requirements since early 1948, when 56,000 person* signed up during' similar twoweek dlirect enrollment programs. Blue Cross application blanks will be printed in daily newspapers throughout the enrollment period, Parnall explained. Applicants may enroll themselves by •comptetingr' one of these ItcMTOiy and mailing- it to Blue Cross before the November 15 deadline. There will be no personal solicitation, i •• "Direct enrollment is offered as a public service in keeping with the Blue Cross principle of extending non-profit hospital care to the greatest possible number of people consistent with sound 'operation" iParmtll stated. "While 47 per c*nt of ithe Connecticut population already belong to Blue Cross, thi>re are others who need -and want membership but cannqt join through, a place of employment. Many of them have written us asking for another opportunity to" enroll .oiAfin individual basis. This second direct enrollment is in answer to such requests " Grounded Airliners Fly Out Today (By United Press) Six airliners which were forced down at Bradley Field in Windsor Lo^ks (because of fog may resume their flig-hts today. Their passengers, however, already have reached' their destinations. They made the last leg of their journey by train, and by taxicabs and bus which wow Fh an ™ apCC ' al vennission to use the Merritt Parkway. Assessors' Final Session Tomorrow The final .sessions of the board of assessor-are, being held today and tomdfrbw In the town haH court room. Residents, who have not declared property, are cautioned to attend one of the two remaining sessions to sign property lists t J t, boardjwi » sit until 8 o'clock tonight, and tomorrow from 10 o clock in the morning to 8 o'clock in the evening. Veterans are cautioned to S ig n lists, regardless of whether or not they are eligible for exemptions. «"biDie Fellowcraft Degree To Be Conferred The Fellowcraft degree will be conferred on a class of candidates by Albert J. Hermonat, senior warden, tomorrow night at a regular communication of Shepherd lodge, A. F. & A. M., at 7:30 o'clock in Masonic Temple, Church street. All Master Masons are invited to attend. Former Rockville Official Succumbs (By United Press) Christopher E. Jones, long prominent in Democratic circles, was a member of the City Council for many years and also on the Vernon board of selectmen. He was 71 years old. The funeral will be held Wed- Announcing The — ELMER WHEELER "WORD LABORATORY" DEMONSTRATION TONIGHT ONLY, OCT. 31, 1949 8:00 TO 9:30 HOTEL ELTON ASSEMBLY ROOM Admission by Ticket Only — Phone or Write Pofst Junior College of Commerce 24 Central Ave., Waterbury Tel. 4-8772 DON'T Buy any washing machine until you have seen THIS NEWEST — FINEST — GREATEST 1950 MODEL APEX THIS YEAR'S GREATEST BARGAIN — IT HAS EVERY NEWEST IMPROVEMENT COME IN-SEE IT ITS PKICE ONLY $10995 PAY ONLY $995 DOWN PAY AS LITTLE AS $1.25 A WEEK Biggest Trade-In Allowance On Your Old Washer CLOSED MONDAY Lincoln © Store 61 WEST MAIM 'Nation's Ncvl Truck Driver Ben VCimerbergcr, new (factor-trailer truck-driving champion u pictured above shottly after he defeated 31 other state champions in ;the annual National Truck Roadeo. He represented Missouri in the contest. / BOSTON, MASS. — Maneuvering a huge tractor-trailer combination over a course that would bring nightmares to the average passenger-car driver, 38-year-oid Ben Winterberger of St. Louis thrilled a crowd of 8,000 in Boston Garden and became the nation B . new truck-driving champion. "V -»•* ..»-^-.._-,. * • To do it, Wintcrberger defeated £1 of t;he country's best professional truck drivers in three days of steering around barrel s, between rubber balls, through posts with only an eyelash to spare, and past •other obstacles that simulate the (toughest problems a driyer must overcome in the course of his reg- •lilar work. -•-,* *?-•« . , • . The Roadeo is a highlight of the annual convention of the 'American Trucking Associations. Contestants—ail state champions — also must pass a stiff written examination on safety and rules of the road, an equipment defects test, and a personal appearance check. Drivers must have an ac-' cident-free record for at least a ! year prior to the contest. Winterberger's feat was " remarkable in that, although he has' been a driver for 17 years, he had never entered a truck roadeo prior to this year, when he de- 1 feated the best in his state to win' the Missouri tractor-trailer championship. Drivers in the Roadeo are given a free choice of equipment. Win-' terberger elected to drive a Reo E-22 with the recently-introduced Gold Comet engine — also making its Roadeo debut. "W • In the tractor-trailer' clan — the big jobs most commonly used for over-the-highway hauling — Winterberger scored 368.375 points out of a possible 400. Forrest Garrison, Illinois state cham-' pion, placed second, and Russell LaForge, .Rhode Island, ^titleholder, finished third. Hits Bus Driver, Pays $15 For Nolle George Waite, 33, of 146 Johnson street, charged with breach of the peace and assault, was granted nolles on payment of $15 for each count when he appeared before Judge James R. Lawlor in Waterbury City Court Saturday. According to Prosecuting Atty. Harry F. Spellman, Waite struck a bus driver, Clarence Sherwood, Bridgeport, during an argument on a bus in Exchange Place, Waterbury, Friday night. Waite was arrested by Patrolman Joseph Dacey. FAMILY COMES FIRST The Chinese always write their family names first. BUTKU8 \tlantic Service Station Fern and Chestnut 8t». NOW OPEN: : Atlantic Top Grade OU Second-to-none 30c-35c to relieve such coughing. 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