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Four Boothbay Superintendent Refuses To Ban Bible Reading In Boothbay Harbor, May 2. (AP) -- School Superintendent Harold B Clifford said today he intends to take no action on a formal request request that he halt reading of the Bible and recitation of the Lord's Prayer In the town schools. The request, preparatory to pos- sib'.e court action seeking a writ oj mandamus, was served on Clifford Clifford and school board members. It was signed by Prank C Hughes of Southport Probate Judge John W BrackeH and several others Sen ice was through the sheriff's office. To accede to the request. Superintendent Superintendent Clifford .said, would be to act contrary to the law of Maine " Hughes, a former Glendlve, Mont, municipal court judge, demanded demanded last Autumn that devotions devotions cease In Boothbay schools He claimed then the practice was contrary to the U S Constitution The school board sought a rul- la" from Maine Attorney General Ralph W Farns. who replied last Sept 30 that Bible reading and tne Lord s Prayer might legally continue Hugh»s contended a U. S Supreme Supreme Court decision in a Champaign. Champaign. Ill case held school devotional devotional exercises unconstitutional He wrote the board that he intended intended to bring legal action unless It discontinued the exercises. The attorney general ruled that the Supreme Court's Champaign decision "does not apply to Bible reading and recitation of the Lord s Prayer x x x " In the Champaign case the court said certian religious teaching teaching was unconstitutional use of the schools to spread denominational denominational faith Hughes Is a retired engineer and ran unsuccessfully in 1948 for Republican nomination for slate representative. Damariscotta Farm Bureau Have Exhibits Damariscotta, May 2. Damariscotta Farm Bureau o b s e r v e Home Week with exhibits in the stores. In Senter's will articles of clothing, with William Clark in charge. Gilbert Gay's Miss Alma Hall arrange a display of the basic foods, materials Mrs. Mabel Gay. In Sproul's Furniture Store across the there will- be examples and rush seating for event of the week will be demonstration of one-bowl making at 11 a. m. at Store. A different member demonstrate each day.'with Marion Parsons in chafge. George S. Hulen is general chairman Mrs Edward B. Denny, entertained her legislative at a tea at the Augusta Thursday afternoon. Her in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth a guest of honor, and Mrs. Harrington of Damariscotta poured. The Mr. and Mrs. Club Baptist Church will meet Mr. and Mrs. George Sheepscot Road. Newcastle, Tuesday evening. Mr. and Mrs. S. A. (Barbara Shattuck) are the birth of a daughter at Richardson House, Boston Ing-In Hospital. Mrs. Bianco the daughter of Mr. and Joseph ShattucU of North comb. Mr. and Mrs. Llewellyn

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  1. Portland Press Herald,
  2. 03 May 1949, Tue,
  3. Page 20

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