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FIGHT TO RETAIN MOVIE CENSORSHIP GAINING STRENGTH (Continued From Page. 1.) fears nf the people with a statement to the effect that he and Chairman M?Uinnis of the Ways arid Mr-nnf Committee have nlrenrly secured enritigh votes to assure the retention of the censorship law. Ahtl-nctct I oeiins (irons. Even this assurance, however, has not satisfied the people and it is exported that delegations from every county will he on hand when the teceal hill is reported out of com. tnitlee. The plea, fur Hi.. iaw grows slrntiger each week. Although it is; safe to make the positive prod let lon that the House v. Ill kill the repeal hill, it is not in favor of retaining Ihe present Commission. The demand for a new hody to regulate the picture Industry is growing, and the commission Is being charged with itierllcietley and failure to show cause for Its existence. The commissioners who appeared at the Senate hearing made a very oor showing for themwlves. being able to offer only a few arguments In refutation of the statements made by the opposition. The church organizations and the women's societies that appeared at Ihe hearing carried a great deal more weight than the commissioners themselves, who made but a weak light to retain their Ji.hWU lobs. The fact that (iovernor Smith lias heen assured by the Republican leaders that his consolidation plan will pass, has sounded the death knell of the present Commission. The only thing that the Republicans asked in the eonsnlldallon compromise was that the State Architect's office lie left intact. They said nothing about the tlovernor'K proposition to abolish the Motion Picture Commission and the exeunt of Messrs. C'obh and T.ev-enson and Mrs. Helen M. Hosmer is I'ow only a matter of days. There have been several suggestions made relative to a new agency to enforce the censorship law. One proposition is to have the various localities appoint and pav their own censors, and another is to have the work turned over to another State Department. I'resenl Commission Inellii lent. All during the fight for its life, the present Commission lias "been backward about coming forward" wilh any real evidence of its ellleiency or cause for Its existence. It ha.s failed repeatedly to supply the press with requested material, nnd the commis sioners made the mistake of their lives when they revoked on the nlan to show the legislators deleted por tions ot censored turns. It is believed at Albany that, if these deletions had been thrown on the screen at public hearings, or in private to tne .senators, not one of them would have dared to stand up and vote for I lie repeal or the law. P.iit for some unknown reason the Commission devilled not to conduct the show. Verhal descriptions of a number of immoral and indecent nlms were given ut the hearing, but these W'ere ineffectual. In spite of the best efforts of the men and women who ap. pearcd in behalf of the censorship law, only one Itemocratlc Schator, I)r. William I.. Love, of the Slh District, lirooklyn. bad the nerve to defy the party leaders and vote "No" on the repeal. Denes Senate licailcrs. Dr. l.ove was put through ihe "third degree" in a conference of the Senators. He said afterward that the most powerful leaders had tried bv every means to get him to change his mind, hut he stuck to Ins guns and said: "Gentlemen, no earthly influence can move me. I don't care whether I am elected again or not. I shall vote against Ihe repeal." The effect of the "third degree" that Dr. l.ove was put through ; howed on him two days iiforwanl. lie was nervous and betrayed the' fact that he bad been under a great strain. lie is being hailed both here and at Albany as the one man who had the sand to tell the old war dogs nf the Senate where they got nTf. The Semite passed the Repeal Bill 27 to 22 after one of the most colorful public hearings ever held at Albany. The Itev. Dr. .Newell Dwight iiilTls spoke against censorship, hut according to Senator Clayton I! I.u'-k, be did more harm than good to bis cause,' k declared tliiit he was so much impressed by Dr. Hillts' statement' that he took the trouble to check them up, onlv to find that most of them were erroneous. Dr. Midi was criticised by many others. Including rather Bclford, for his speech in behalf of censorship repeal. (Iovernor Smith in his llrst message to the Legislature said: "I believe that the enactment of a Rtatute providing for censorship of moving pictures was a step away front that liberty which the Constitution guaranteed, and It should be repealed. Love Alone Among Democrats. Acting on tblt, the Democratic Senators, one and nil with the exception of Dr. l.ove, lugged along behind Majority Leader James J.' Walker and voted for the repeal, one other Brooklyn Senator, who spoke conll-dentttilly with The Kagle correspondent, declared on the morning before the vote was taken that he would stand with Dr. Lo e, but tne conference and the third degree mils! have got him, for he turned completely around and voted "Aye.'' It. Is expected lhat the' Assembly will take up the repeal hill this week. It will probably l.e billed In conference. Speaker Machold is understood to have given absolute assurance to n number of Brooklyn people that he will not permit the bill to pass. As the demand for a new personnel on the Commission has been nearly ns loud as the ery for the retention of the censorship law. (i new bill will probably he introduced. Aa soon as Ihe tiovernor's consolidation plan has passed, the present commission will automatically be abolished, and when the repeal law is killed, there will be need for the creation of a l ew agency to carry out the provisions of the taw. H. A. S. BANDITSlCTfVE AS POLICE MOYE TO CHECK CRIME Continued From Pago, i.l Cookie patrolmen increased the patrol force last, night to 6fio. loach's Statement. Acting Commissioner Peach issued the following statement: "While the crime conditions in the Cily of New Y'ork have kept well below normal during the first months of the year of lfliS, it now appears, from police reports received within the last few days, that the criminal element of the countrv are paying Mtecial attention to this city. "The last outbreak of this kind occurred in the second week of April, 1922. and the ?-ame drastic measures that were adopted by ihe Police Commissioner to meet the situation at that time will again be put In full effect." The following orders have been issued by Peach: "To commanding officers, inspection districts: "It is necessary that every available member of the uniformed force be placed upon the streets In uniform, and that every man in plain clothes he upon the streets for the sreatest amount of service that can be expected from them. "The regular day off of Inspectors, eeput y inspectors and captains wtti be discontinued until further orders. They will he required to patrol their districts and precincts in tin form as mu.'h as possible, particularly in the night time. "Wither the inspector or deputy Inspector should be on duty during the most important hours of the night when crime is most prevalent. "Captain will be required to sleep at their precinct station until further rtrders. "Members of t'ie uniformed force tn nst travel to and from duty in uniform. Will f.uard Hank. Tlilizo the extra men for special patrol in front of the most important hanks or upon the blocks where such banks are located. "Suspend vacations until further orders. This does no' mean that we WW lrecall those now on vacations. "Pool and billierd parlors, saloons. lunchrooms, offer houses, garages anifothcr places which are used as rendezvous by t he ntsorderly or criminal element should be carefully investigated vnn appropriate action taken. "Ilecruits Pttached t" the training school should be required to do at least four hou s extra duly belween t p.m. and 12 midnight With proper instruction they ought trt be able to do some effective detective work along genera! police lines. Some of them might lie used lo advantage pairolinglbe wnterfront and prevent the tmpfH-tnihm of liquor in violation of the State prohibit ion Paw. TRIP TO FRANCE A eon if) it n of ltrtKkln RirU will ft to F-iir-e tjp vole- of Brooklyn people. Are o KninK to help? For full part Iru lam and flatly report of Ihe eontrwt see Thr Kaglr.

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  1. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
  2. 01 Apr 1923, Sun,
  3. Page 4

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