Charleroi Mail, February 15, 1944

Charleroi Mail

February 15, 1944

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Charleroi Mail, The (Newspaper) - February 15, 1944, Charleroi, Pennsylvania Good Evening A girl says she notices the short- age .of manpower. She spent two dateless nights at home last week. THE CHARLEROI MATT. ESTABLISHED JUNE NINETEEN HUNDRED The Weather Snow windy and colder clearirig preceded by snow flurries and colder tonight. Wed- nesday fait- and continued cold. VOLUME 214 WASHINGTON FEBRUARY 1944 FOUR CENTS Fine In Raid Hearing On Latest 'Visit' Scheduled For This Evening Charleroi Almost Over Top In Fourth War Loan Now Reported Lack Of Meeting State. Coyle Theatres To Give Free Admission Tonight For Extra War Bonds Steve Kerestesi Appears In Pleader's Court Before Judge Gibson And Pays Total Of To Avoid Eight Months In Suspend Sentence For Davis HEARING TONIGHT IS CONTINUANCE REQUEST Aftermath of the first of three raids on the famous panic at 529 Steve- of the- alleg- ed yesterday pleaded guilty before udge Carl E. Gibson in Washington county pleaders' court and was fined This was imposed for thp initial raid made November 27. His two other cases haven't yet come up. Lately the famed spot has twice been raided and Kerestesi faces ''pro- charges in both. The second raid made on the establishment Saturday. Feb. when Kerestesi and 23 playera were arrested. The third raid occurred Feb. 7. and again Kerestesi taken along with seven alleged play- ers. This raid occurred within two hours of Kerestesi's appearance be- fore Justice of the Peace Raymond J. Curley on Monday for the immediate previous raid. Last Tuesday night while Kerestesi was given a hearing on the final County Detective Loon asked for a so that he might make a further investi- gation of this gambling place. Tonight at S o'clock-that continued hearing- comes up in Curley's court Assuring Kerestesi two more appearances before the county courts on counts. Kerestesi entered a plea of guilty to a gambling- place at McKean avenue. The raid was nn his Nov. 27 when the officers stated that they found 19 poker players. Judge Gibson sen- tenced him to pay the and I'.r.e or to eight months in the County Jail. He paid the fine and costs amounting to Enoch of entered plea of guilty to a charge of estab- lishing H gambling place. his pool room nt 517 McKcan avenue was raided Dec. 10 officers alleged they found six patrons engaged in a poker game. Judge Gibson suspended sen- tence for 18 months on condition that he will pay the costs and 5100 ad- ditional. It seems that he had a par- tition nt the back of the pool behind which the game was in pro- and he must do away with this. Alex of McKean also charged with vsta.ilish- ing a gambling entered a ploa of guilty. It seems that on Nov. 1943. officers found nine players gambling in his pool room. He was sentenced 'by Judge Gibson to pay the costs and a fine of or to spent seven months in the County Jail. He paid his fine and amounting to a total of Paul of en- tered a pica of guilty TO charges of failure to render assistance and dis- close identity on Oct. 1043. He was driving nn automobile that struck Michael of near and failed to stop. Judge Gibson suspended sentence for one year on condition that he will pay the costs and in addition at the rate of a month 'beginning March 1944. He is to be on probation during this period and' he must not operate nn automobile. Charged by Anna Kramer with as- sault and J. J. El in ore of entered a pica of guilty and was paroled for one year by Judge Gibson. Children started a quarrel and Elmore took liccamc very quarrelsome himself and finally striking the knocking her down. POSTPONED ROSGOE MEET THERE TONIGHT Roscoe's council wi'fi hold the meet- 'toniglit postponed from last week duo to the fact that a quorum was not present. The borough's new Atty. H. Russell Stahlman. will be present at this meeting and discuss local af- fnirs. SCHOOL BOARD HOLDS MONTHLY MEET1NIMIERE Authorizes Letter To Council Commending Recreation Project Charleroi school directors met in regular monthly session last night in the- Central Office of the Senior High School and routine fol- lowed in their deliberations. All mem- bers prest-m the exception of E. J. Protin. The members passed a resolution authorizing a letter bt sent to the Council of Chasleroi commending them highly for the promotion of the Youth Rocication Center in the audi- torium of the City Building. Superintendent T. L. Pollock report- ed to the board that the contract for the installation of four new furnaces and repair of two others at the Fifth Street school had been completed. This contract was- awarded last sum- he said. Bills amounting to were presented and after approval were ordered paid. It was shown that the average cost to maintain a pupil per year in the State of Pennsylvania during 1M1- 1942 school team -A as and that the cost in Chnrleroi for the same period was or 82 cents below the aveiage. The board passed a resolution au- thorizing ihe secretary to advertise for bids for general school such as pens and paper for the 194-1-1945 school term. tk-orge Hott. appeared with a long list of uncollccted taxes and a lonir time wv.s spent by the di- rectors in going over the list. In fact it was well on to midnight before the work completed. A photographer from the Rchula studios piesent took a pic- ture of the board for publication in thi- year book Courier.1' THINK QUOTA WILL BE PASSED LOCALLY C'harleroi N almo-t -'over the in the Fourth War Loan campaign today. Today'.-1 report shows the commun- ity short S14.00U of meeting its quota of The e'-iaet fig- are in sales with It i.s believed the quota will be met by the time tonight's reports are re- ceived from rhe workers Sales for the various types of bonds to date are.- bonds to individuals for and type bond.- to 82 persons for and other type bonds show- ing 80 sales for S3-J5.404.34. Tonight free admission -will be granted at the Coyle and Stau- thea- tres for special attractions at o'clock. Admission tickets will be is- sued for bond each ticket being good for two admissions. Pre- icltase piemieres have been secured by the management of the two thea- tres for their -'extra patrons. Doors will open ai S o'clock for the premieie. The theatres will conclude their regular peiformances at the close of the afternoon matinee-.s. Only a low licketi arc U-it for the special showing at the two theatres and it is urged that all who wish to take- advantage of the- opportunity of setino- the IVtature to- night 5Uy t-xtia bonds at once. it i.s asked that all persons who have ordered bonds send in their checks at once that the bonds may be counted against the local and River district quotas. The last-minute buying was ex- pected to send the total for Washing-- ton County spiraling upward. No repons were available yester- banks of the district having been closed Saturday in observance of the anniversary of the birthday of Abra- ham Lincoln. Good re expected today and in Monunjt.ihi'l.i Valley hopr txniV'i.'d district .'.ov.hi join the area as the top.'7 con'.mv.r.iiU1 tile- a-_ the end of official close of the campaign are expected to continue- thc-ir efforts and take advan- tage of the off.r to all sales for this rc-nmindtr the month count toward 2 o'clock afternoon it was rc-noru-d that all available ticket- for torvjrht's pt-r- fojmancea the- State and Coyle Theatres e been taken und no more are To fane 3. TRADE COUNCIL INSTALLS ITS HERE Passengers Of Two Busses Escape In Route 51 Mishap Ridicule Report Of Little Inch' Gas Loss Feb. Officials of War Emergency Pipe- lines. Inc.. today ridiculed report that of gasoline had from a bronk in pipeline near Batosville. and paid that fcsver than 10 or -400 had escaped. Excellent Program Is Given At Council Hall Last Night Log-Hauling Truck Unahle To Stop As Busses Unload Newspapers On Road Germans Are Ready For Says General Fob. Marshal Gen. Karl von acknowledged to be one of the ablest German said in an interview with the Gorman overseas news agency that German-occupied France was ready for and pkdged will be no withdrawal in my theater of Officers for the current year were installed last night by the Mononga- hela Valley Trades Council at their Council home in Fallow-field avenue. Paul C. Yohe is the new chairman. Howard Riggle. vice chairman and I. Earl secretary-treasur- er. were installed by Past President Paul Gibson. A testimon- ial had been arranged for Norman C. one of the original charter mem- who was present. He was pre- sented with a token of remembrance and responded with a nice He told the story of the start of the Trades Council. It 'sras organized in September. 1905.' and the first char- members sierned their names on the paper at the corner of Fifth street and McKean avenue. The paper was sent to Samuel Gompers. the president- Mr. Hill is the only living charti-r member of the Coun- cil. A talk in a similar vein was given by Paul and the history of the organization to the present time was pi veil by other members present. They told how the building was how the money was raised through j lean times by various until to- j day the Trades Council is in a thriving condition. Talks were also made by Assem-1 blymen William Lane and Dr. Russell j and by Attorney Russell man. i A SI.000 war bond was also pur-j last bv Coun- cil. Joseph Fiedler was master of cere- I monies. Following the regular meet- ing lunch was enjoyed by all present. Thirty passengers of two Pitts- bnrgh-Uniontown busses escaped with- out a scratch yesterday afternoon at o'clock on Route 51 near Hamil- ton's when a log-hauling truck struck the busses as they stopped to unload newspapers. Charles E. Edgar of 75 E. Maiden St.. was the driver on a White Star bus and Lloyd driver of the truck. The sec- ond bus driver's name was not ob- the bus having left the scene shortly after the mishap. State troopers quoted Sproul as saying that he could not get his truck stopped to avoid hitting the busses. He tried to between the two big carriers but the truck struck tearing off outside equipment and damaging grill-work. Damage of was caused each vehicle for an ag- gregate loss of S600. Passengers escaped injury and were little disturbed by the said troopers. FIRST MUSTERING OUT PAY CHECK HERE AYhat is believed to be the first mustering-out pay check received arrived today for Harry L- Stence. 550 Conrad Avenue. North Charleroi. from the Army Finance Depl.. Pittsburgh. Stence applied for his muster- inp out pay one week ago. I'vt. Stence went into the Army January 27. 1943. and was given an honorable medical discharge September 22. 1943 while at Camp Swift. Texas. The check was for the in- itial discharge and an- other S100 check will be sent him next month. NOTART PUBLIC Elizabeth M. Culler 404-406 Fallowfield Ave. Charleroi Quota Buy An EXTRA BOND And See The Premiere at STATE or COYLE Theatre ANOTHER Big Special Party that proved so popular last week will be held in the Hall tomorrow evening. No Out-Of-Town Ban Against Canteen Hops There is no ban against out-of-town boys and girls registerine to dance at the Age but the idea isn't being encouraged of course. Thij uas explained today by Super- visor Ralph Arrigo after some in- quiries had been made from nearby communities. FOUR HUNDRED AT DANCE LAST NIGHT IN HALL 'Teen Age Canteen' Still Is thusiastically Used By Young Folk En- RUSSIANS IN CONTACT ON PEACEJEELERS Russians Seeking To Learn Just What FinnLs Are Up To In Maneuvers STOCKHOLM. Feb. Finland has established an indirect contact with Russia for preliminary peace unofficial but well-in- formed Finnish sources reported to- day. It was possible that a Russian al- ready has met with a Finn to discuss Helsinki's desire to end the but if neither of them was a gov- ernment official. It -was considered likely that some third such as an American or Swedish act- ed as a messenger in tlw preliminary exchange. The were understood to have sought to learn what the Finns were up to in the current peace man- euvers. The Finns reportedly replied they were ready to terms for an although naturally 710 details of their conditions were men- tioned. London Daily Telegraph dis- To Fnjce SUPPLY ROUTE OF JAP Attack Made From French. Indo China To The China Sea Feb. Maj. Gen. Claire L. 'Chennault's 14th United States Air Force attacked Jap- anese installations and supply routes all the way from French Indo-China tc the China Sea off Foochow it was announced today. Sixty-three tons of bombs were dropped on the railroad yards and re- pair shops at French Indo- China. in a daylight raid without in- terference from Japanese fighter plants. Photographs showed the tar- get was covered Lt. Gen. Joseph Stilwell's communique re- ported. At the same time fighter-bombers attacked Japanese barracks and air- drome installations at Phu Indo- China. blowing up one hangar and starting a number of fires. Three steamrollers were strafed and de- stroved. Reluctant Decision Taken After Germans Turn Religious Shrine Into Air Offensive On Ettrope Pressed SOVIET ARNTY SEALS NAZI REMNANTS DOOM United an-1 .-hells rock an- cient Benedictine monastery of Monte Cassiro Germans had converted into a fortress. Front re- ports indicate massive aerial offen- sive to smash Germans on Fifth Army front. German Eighth Army squeezed into 36 square mile area as Soviet Ukrainian forces set stage for new offensive to com- plete liberation of Southwestern Russia. capture Rooke Island to gain control of 75-mile straits between New Britain and New Guinea. Carrier-based planes blast Eniwetok atoll. air force blasts Japanese installations and supply- lines from China Sea off Foochow to French Indo-China. marauders re- new attacks on invasion coast. establish indirect contact with Russia for preliminary Deace feelers. Rope Catches Around Driller Dies i GREENSBURG. Feb. A 70-year-old well driller from But- ler. John Gilchrist. died instantly to- day when the rope he was using while bailing water from a was well caught around his neck. The accident occurred on the farm of Frank B'eighley. five miles south of New in Franklin Twp.. Westmoreland County. was found by Charles Pat- also engaged in well drilling. shortly after the mishap. FOUR GARS FIGURE IN LOCK FOUR CRASH at North Charleroi this morning as a result of slippery streets. No one was Registration slips today showed that 157 boys and girls had danced and frolicked at the Age Can- in the borough building auditor- ium yesterday afternoon day- light while -100 turned out for the night dance. Supervisor Ralph Arrigo today said the young folk were still enthusias- tically endorsing this council-launch- ed experiment in free recreation. can sec only one change we may have to hours. Yesterday of the dancers at the 4 p. m. to p. m. after-school session were gone j a i.. AI- like to get home on time for supper. Maybe we can move the opening To 1'flfrc MAN TO GET HEARING ON PEEPING CHARGE A hearing has been set before Jus- tice of the Peace Joseph in North Charleroi tonight for Bartley P. of R. D. who been arrested on a charge of in homes in North Char- leroi. local police said. Charleroi police- were called to North Charleroi this morning- to check on the actions of a suspicious I person seen in the vicinity of the Charleroi-Monessen bridge. Connelly was taken to the local police station CBy United Allied air power was- turned loose on the southern Italian front signifying the start of a vigorous ef- fort to break the deadlock both at Cassino and on the Anzio beachhead. The reluctant decision to bombard the ancient Benedictine Monastery on Monte Cassino 'was taken only'-after the Germans tad turned the religious shrine into a stronghold which ef- fectively held up the advance on Rome in that sector. On the Russian the Red Army sealed the doom of the German rem- nants caught in the Cherkasi pocket with the capture of their re- maining strong point. Baltic forces pressed steadily on the rail- way hub at the entrance to Latvia and southern Estonia. The air offensive againsc Western. Europe was pressed uith renewed bomber-fighter sweeps over the French invasion coast. Finnish efforts to get out of the war continued in Stockholm. The war against Japan was inten- sified with a devastating attack on Enuvetok westernmost of tKe Marshall by the occupation of Rooke Island between New Guinea iTurn To Pasc Painful Ailment Blamed As Fairhope Man Shoots Self Stanley Commits Troopers Find After Inquiry Unnble to find relief for an abdom- inal silmrnt. Stanley Jezierski. of Fairhope. ended his life yesterday in the living room of his home by firing .12 gauge shotgun charge into his body. He died instantly and found about 1 p. m. by his wife whom he had sent to a nearby home on an errand. State Trooper Beck who investigat- ed declared ihat attired in his trousers and undershirt either sat or stood in the living placed the muzz'f of the gun against his rtonuich and fired. The trigger was pulled eithei by the victim's toe or a small stick which was lying ne-arby. The charge did not go thru the man's body but apparently was in- stantaneou-. Mrs. Jezieiski said she had ap- prehenciv for jvime months over her nir.dition to aggravated pain which suffered from the ail- oiadder disorder. She had gone so far. she to have hidden the shotgun on several occasions. born in Poland May but had lived m America for many He was a at Fair- until the illness forced him tft retire. he had he admitted boon looking in homes. police that WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS COST REPORT NEW Feb. cost of living in the tT. S. remained unchanged in January over but was 2.-1 per cent higher than a year ago. the National Industrial Con- ference- Board reported today. British Fight To Cut Powerful Japanese Trap NEW DELHI. Feb. Heavy fighting niged in Arakan jungles of Western where- British forces battled to hold open the of a Japanese trap closing around their life line into India. A from Adm. Lord Louis Mountbatten's southeast Asia revealed that Japanese troops captured a position southwest of Taunsr Bazaar early yesterday savage night battle. The Japs suffered i but appeared to have driv- en across the rear of the main British 1'orcos some 10 miles Civilian Population Cut By Four Million Feb. The civilian population of the United States declined by approximately between April Nov. i. 1943. the Census Bureau re- ported today. The decrease from to was mainly due to induc- tions in the armed although migration to war industries in Can- ada was a factor. Sail With Repatriates Exchanged For Americans further i JERSEY Feb. The Swedish motor shin Gripshohn. Seen This Morning Scouts on War Bond errands. going to the gym after then to the French Invasion Land Strip Hit By Bombers LONDON. Feb. tor bombers of the U. S. 8th Air Force led American and Allied planes of all types in a widespread attack on the Pas de Calais strip of the French in- vasion coast today. American and Mitchells and Bostons joined in tho together with RAF Typhoon fighter bombers. The Marauder med- ium bombers were accompanied by Canadian and Allied lisrhU'rs PLEADERTGOlT CUTS COUNTY'S TRIAL LIST appearing before Judge Cnrl F. Gibbon yesterday reduced the trial list for February appreciably. sails today for Lisbon with German French repatriates who will be ex- changed for American newspaper correspondents and others who were trapped in France when the Germans entered. The Gripsholm was expected to ar- rive in Lisbon Feb. 2-1. BIG SUPER PARTY At the Russian 1024 McKean every Tuesday night Something p. TO. FORMER REVENUE COLLECTOR DIES Feb. four days after the death of wife. Daniel Brodhpad Pittsburch collector of internal revc- mii- duiir.g Presidential adminis- died at liit homf GRAND NEW PARTY Wednesday Kl. to 10 p. m. Columbus Club. Admission CAFETERIA DINNER Feb. fo 7 p. m. BENEFIT DANCE Sokol P. m. Buddy OrehM- ;