The Berkshire Eagle, 24 August 1949, 15

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The Berkshire Eagle, 24 August 1949, 15  - Trailer Living Presents New Social Problems...
Trailer Living Presents New Social Problems Whether it will permit the operation of a trailer court is something for each town to decide for itself. But perhaps we should distinguish between various types of trailer occupancy. Thousands of trailers are still in use on or near college campuses to house married veteran students, students, but these in time will disappear. Thousands have been used to meet the housing shortage around large industrial plants, and it may be assumed that they, too, will tend to disappear as the housing shortage is met by the erection of more stable abodes. There remain the trailers which are used for vacation trips, and those which are lived in the year around by people of leisure who move South in winter, North in summer. The vacation trailers need not present too much of a problem. State forests and parks can take care of them. The more difficult problem, part of a larger problem, is that of the permanent but unemployed trailer residents--the new nomads of our 20th century. There will be more of them before there are fewer, because life expectancy it still rising in this country and old age assistance is constantly increasing. Once a couple on a small retirement income had to stay at home, in the community to which they had been attached. On $200 a month people didn't do much traveling. But the motor car and trailer have changed all that. Sell your house, and follow the sun! Little space to sweep and dust. If you keep the car rolling on January 1, no taxes to pay. Winter by the blue Caribbean, summer in the Berkshires, Berkshires, a long life and an easy one! But, of course, you do have to find a place to park, with water and other facilities. And the demand for such places is going to increase rather than diminish, from this group of trailer users. The sad part is that these new nomads have no roots in the community where they settle down for a season. They will never be assimilated into the local life. It is less important that they make no tax contribution to the community than that they make no social contribution. They are part of the pattern of a changing society society that gives us all at times a grave concern. treatment of Salem witchcraft is an excellent excellent instance in point. The trials, executions, and the events leading up them are often treated as though belief in witchcraft in the 17th century was superstition peculiar to the Puritans, the executions typical examples of Puritan Puritan bigotry, brutality and cruelty. The real truth is that in the 17th century, belief in witchcraft was practically universal universal and that disbelievers ran the of being considered heretics. It 'should be remembered that the usual punishment punishment was burning at the ttake, and executions for witchcraft occurred in Europe and elsewhere long after they ceased in Massachusetts. Executions for witchcraft lasted in England until'1712, in Scotland until 1722, in Germany and Poland until 1780, in Spain until the 19th century, and in Peru until 1886. treat Salem witchcraft as a typical peculiar manifestation of Puritan superstition superstition and ferocity is proof of either insincerity or ignorance. Those who assail the current drive against subversives as a manifestation of hysteria, and who suffer in consequence consequence from being suspected of sedition, will derive a grim satisfaction from history of the Salem trials. While hundreds of people were accused and jailed, 20 were actually executed--19 hanging, and one by being pressed to death for refusing to plead. Of the 20, six were skeptics who thought the thing was a fraud, and who were indiscreet enough to say so. The result of their common sense was that they themselves were accused of being witches, given preferential treatment by the and the hangman. Which goes to show either the danger of being wise out one's generation, or the value 'of not telling all one knows. This is not all there is to be said. revulsion against the witchcraft hysteria was powerful, effective and permanent. The deaths of the 20 victims were vain; they were indeed, martyrdoms which advanced the cause of common sense against ignorance and superstition, and ended for all time, trials for witchcraft in the American colonies. History and Example In Salem Witchcraft A book reviewed in Sunday's y Y^rk Timrs. "The Devil in Massachusetts." Massachusetts." by Marion L. Starkey. a detailed account of the Salem witchcraft hysteria of 1692, has a double-barrelled impact today. For those who wish to see the founders of Massachusetts in proper perspective and in relation to their contemporaries. contemporaries. Miss Starkey supplies some important myth-destroying facts. For those who deplore the violence of the present fear of Communists and the treatment accorded those who deprpcate it, she furnishes comfort and support in ffif form of an historical parallel. The Puriia:is. in Massachusetts and out. h a \ e ne\er bren popular with non- Puntans.. either contemporaries or historians. historians. In consequence, they have been not only the targets of justified criticism, but the victims of injustice, some of which stemmed from ignoraac*. Tb* In Brief . . . That $106,605 Berkshire boodle from new summer visitors, as tabulated by Conference, is particularly impressive when you realize that they haven't figured the shamed-face income from speeders, failures-to-keep-to-the-right, operators-to-endanger and operators-under-the-influence-of-Berkshire-ozone operators-under-the-influence-of-Berkshire-ozone . . Trooper Thomas H. Keeley's alert pickup pickup of a murder suspect through a Michigan broadcast message should remind prospective lawbreakers that today's telescoping of time and space includes the field of crime . . . The Pittsfield's Junior Legion ballplayers at Union Station last night proved that isn't just winners the city admires . Previously honored Daltonians at the Community Recreation Association's annual celebration are -Harry Brennan and Free! Murray Sr., both friends of this year's nominee . . . Hard lines Harrington's hard-working Dr. Marnell to have his long anticipated vacation flight to Europe upser by the flight pneumonia virus . . . George Nesbit volunteered to perform a valuable service) service) lor iha Berkshire Industrial

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