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North Adams, Massachusetts
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TWO transcript Founded 1843 Publithed By The . Transcript Publishing Association A iVauachutetlt 1'ruil Trail.m J.m.. A, hUrdmtn, Jr., Rob.rl Hardmin, Edw»rd N. Gidtby tdifor, James A. Htrdman, Jr. Buiincsi Manager, Robert Hardman ! Managing Editor, Philip A. Ltt Lcliiorial Happy Birthday Moat historians now agree that Herbert Hdover was not to blame for the great depression of the 1930s—and that ;is President he was powerless to end it. Remembering the scorn that was heaped on Hoover's •head as he bowed out of office, it is gratifying that he has lived long enough to know that in history's judgment he was among our abler Presidents, and that the criticism leveled at'him at the time merely reflected the irrational and emotional need of a hurt and frustrated people for a scapegoat. Today, on his 89th birthday, word is that former President Hoover is recuperating nicely from his recent serious illness. His office reports that Mr. Hoover is able to work, though liardly so strenuously as is his wont. In recent years he has directed the activities of a small corps of secretaries and clerical workers and has sent out an annual volume of more than 40,000 letters—a remarkable correspondence for an elder statesman. He recently completed a charming and poetic book on his favorite sport, trout fishing. And he regularly issues pertinent comments on the problems that besot his beloved country. Since he left the presidency 30 years ago, Mr. Hoover has remained unusually active. He has advised Presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy and has been generous with his time and abilities in the interests of better government. Recently he confirmed the report that he had never profited personally from his public service. "In salaried government jobs," Hoover said, "I took my salary and used it for charitable and public service projects. Why should I take pay for what I have done? I was a boy with nothing, and this magnificent country . . . gave me my education and my opportunity. And after I made my competence—fortunately rather early in life—I wanted in turn to do something for my country. It's that simple." No wonder, with such a serene sense of dedication, Mr. Hoover long ago lived down the opprobrium heaped upon him during the depression. Although he has always been a Republican and was placed in the White House by that party, he is today wished well by all good Americans of whatever political faith. At 89 Herbert Hoover can look back on a long, good and productive life, during which he received the highest honors his countrymen can bestow. What man could wish for more? Hasn't Wall Sf. Heard? Somebody ought to tell those people in Wall Street. Profits of U.S. corporations in the second quarter—April, May, June—of 1963 Bet new records. One business letter (Impact) which has compiled'the results of more than 300 of early reporting, large, publicly held corporations for many years reports that the firms sampled showed a 13 per cent increase over the like three months of 1962. "If this is typical of business as a whole, as we firmly believe it to be," the letter continues, "then total corporate profits in April-June soared to more than $57 billion annually, pretax, thoroughly smashing all previous profit records." Headlines on financial pages day after day continue the story, yet the stock market 1 continues to wallow in a dol- drum that stretches back, except for a few stocks, for months. Now, it's never safe to expect the market to react reasonably, or even traditionally, but it is true that since before the beginning of the century securities prices, as measured by the Dow-Jones Industrial Average, have advanced more than twice as often as they have declined during the month 6f July. In the past 10 years only once— in the Presidential election year of 1060—has the average fallen. But as this Is written the market is sluggish, with low volume and depressed prices. This despite the prospect of a nuclear test ban, the postponement of the threatened railroad strike, the hope of a tax cut, and a leap in steel earnings on top of the general earnings breakthrough. So far, at any rate, the summer stock market rally just isn't. Somebody ought to tell those people in Wall Street. Only Yesterday Pinochle Club 25 Years Old; Hescock Place Youth Shot 30 Years Agn A local man's brother whom he had not seen in 42 years, walked into his store and asked, "Do you know who I am?" He didn't. The local man was Thomas Monteath, who ran a clothing store in the Kimbell Building on Main St. The brother was James Mon- tealh of Tilllcoultry, Scotland. * * + William C. Plunkett, secretary and treasurer of W. C. Plunkett & Sons, was chosen a director of the First National Bank in Adams to succeed the late John S. Adams. ' • « t» Years Ago 'A bolt of lightning struck the home of Mr, and Mrs. Joseph J. Richards of 12 Latham St., Williamstown, during the night. Mrs. Richards was spun around in bed aiid thrown against the wall, but was not Injured. The bolt tore a hple in the roof and burned out UK house fusei. i + * » ,'Tbt Rev. Jamet A. Decry, pot- tor of St. Patrick's Church in Williamstown, observed his 25th anniversary in the priesthood. * * * The Park Street Pinochle Club in Adams celebrated its 25th year with an outdoor fry at the home of Gustave A. Smith of A St. Former Sen. Theodore R. Plun- kelt, who had held 1,000 aces nine times in the past quarter century, vas presented a trophy. * * * 10 Years Ago Felix Lescarbeau of Hescock Place was accidentally shot in both hands by a .22-calibre rifle as he walked ahead of a friend in the thick brush of Shultz'i pasture in Clarksburg. * * * Miss Helen T. Quinton of M Marshall St., teacher at the Freeman School, received her master of science degree in ed- ucnlion at commencement exercises of the summer extension school of the North Adams State Teachers Collect in Pittsfield High School, Inside Report Hate Campaign Is Launched Against Barry Goldwater By ROWLAND EVANS and ROBERT NOVAK WASHINGTON - At tht very moment when liberal Republicans are branding him a captive of the radical right, Sen. Barry Coldwater a the target of an anti- Jewish smear campaign by racist reactionaries. It's really nothing new for the lunatic fringe on the far right to revile Goldwater, a life-long Episcopalian who happened to have an immigrant Jewish grandfather. But now that the conservative leader i< running ahead for the Republican presidential notnlna- multlplying. tion, anti-Semitic outburst) art "The Thunderbolt," a hate sheet published in Birmingham, Ala., devoted its July Issue to an anti - Jewish attack describing Goldwater as a "kosher conservative." Neo-fascists last week picketed Goldw»ter-for-Pr*sident headquarters in the senator's home town of Phoenix, Aril, Coldwater volunteer organizations are beginning to receive a scattering of. anti-Semitic mail from rank- and-file bigots. • « « ALL THIS could be dismissed as the ran I ings of crackpots wert It not for the unique character of the Goldwater presidential strategy. It is this strategy that makes the hate campaign potentially damaging. Goldwater's hopes of being elected President require solid support in the conservative heartland: the South, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains. But these sections also comprise the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant heartland. If the hate literature were to take root anywhere, this would be the most fertile soil. It is simply not possible that bigotry could drive so many votes away from Goldwater that h* would lose the hard core Republican states of the plains and the mountains. But the South might be another matter. An immeasurable, unadmitted anti-Semitism could conceivably deprive Goldwater of electoral votes In Dixie. 1 .» * * WHATEVER ITS effectiveness, there is no doubt about the purpose of the hate literature: to drive home Goldwater's cultural background in the harshest terms possible. "National Dump Goldwater" flyers were handed out at ihe National Draft Goldwater rally here in Washington, July 4. Describing Goldwater as a "Jew phoney" (sic) and "the Arizona Israelite," the flyer declared: "Hear Golflwasser" (sic) "tell lie after lie to get your vote." Or look at the Thunderbolt, the publication of the self-styled "national States' Rights Party." "Will white Christian conservatives be fooled into voting for the first open Jew to be President of U.S.A.?" It asks. "A two-faced Jew, of Russian parentage, would be the ... fatal blow to the right wing in America." Obv'ously, no practising politician wants to get w|thn a mile of these semar sheets. But liter* are more subtle ways of spreading the word about Goldwaler's ancestry — word-of-mouth by the Democratic courthouse politicians of the South, for Instance. • * * IN THIS CONNECTION, a recent newsletter to constituents from Rep. Jim Wright of Fort Worth, Texas, is drawing some attention, In an effort to dramatize the equal opportunity offered by America, the newsletter points out that both the Kennedy and Goldwater grandfathers were immigrants. In doing so, Wright refers once to Grandfather Goldwater as "a Jew who was born in Russia" and twice to the senator as "an itinerant Jewish merchant's grandson." The newsletter is In good taste, and Wright's office denies any ulterior motive. Nevertheless, the fact that Wright is a loyal Ken-. nedy supporter has caused some Republicans to ask these questions: Why is Wright suddenly so friendly toward Goldwater? Could it be that he wanted to inform the uninformed in Fort Worth about the Senator's Jewish ancestry? • • * IT MUST BE stressed thai no- hody connected with Goldwater is really worried about the ancestry question. They simply cannot believe that anti-Semitism could significantly eat into the Southern strength of Goldwater, who ia not now and never has been a practising Jew. Yet, professional politician* Kmetimes overestimate the sophistication of the electorate. When polls a few years before the 1960 election showed no religious prejudice against Kennedy, politicians assumed that anti-Catholicism was dead. Actually, a great many voters wen simply unaware then that Kennedy happened to be Catholic, The politician* wer* mistaking ignorance for tolerance, \ THE NORTH ADAMS. MASSACHUSETTS. TRANSCRIPT Boarding House SATURDAY AFTERNOON. AUGUST 10. 1963 fosr Peace Breaks Out Mood of Masses Survivalist, Nof Pacifist PARIS —The news that America and Russia intend to stop testing, except for underground tests, came when most of Europe was streaming toward the mountains and lakes and beaches in a great vacation spree that marks the good life for ordinary people in the new Eruope. I spent my own vacation from this column staying home in our little apartment on the Seine, sampling the July days in Paris and liking them while I started work on a book about this new Europei Now I am about to start off again /or a four-week trip through Italy and Greece by by car and boat to renew my impressions of those countries and their people. I am far from the two centers of world powef, Washington and Moscow, where the initial decisions on the great new events arc being made. But I suspect that the final decisions will depend on the kind of ordinary people whom I shall be seeing and whom you •re seeing. In America there are a group of senators, mainly Republicans and Southern Democrats, who fear that the Russians will use the testing lull to do sneak tests far up in space and develop the "Doomsday Machine" that scientists have been dreaming of. In France there is some suspicion that the Anglo-Saxons and the Russians are negotiating at the expense of Europe and want to sew up their nuclear monopoly ol the big weapons before de Gavjl-' !e can develop them. In West Germany there is Adenauer's fear that to sign the treaty means to recognize East Germany and thus seal Germany's division. In Russia there are men, for the moment silent, who fear (with the Chinese) that co-existence will mean the end of world revolution. . * * * WHAT THESE WORRIES add up to is the fear that peace has In fact broken out and that the price of it is — for each group from its particular viewpoint — too high. But is it too high for the plain people of the world as a whole who have to bear the burdens oi the arms costs and who have been living in the shadow of a war that is bound to destroy the new life they are only now beginning to taste? I don't By MAX LERNER believe it is. For these people what counts is the will to make a start toward what may some day become a world in which the. intolerably destructive wars have been banned. The feeling I speak of, which is rampant in the Europe I know, as it is hi America and Russia, is not so much pacifist as it Is survivalist. I think most people know they will be living with conflict and revolution and tension for decades to come and that arms will be necessary as long as they do. But the one thing they don't want is an atmosphere in which there is some considerable chance that the-missiles will be released. * * * IT WILL BE some time before we can take a measure of the force which Kennedy, Khrushchev and Macmillan have set in motion and give it its true name. Is the end of what we have called the "cold war" — the darker and more rigid and frigid phase of the necessary political war between the Communist and free worlds? Is it an effort of Khrushchev and Kennedy, each of whom is fighting a duel with a great opponent inside his own camp, in one case Mao and in the other de Gaulle, to isolate their opponents and make it harder for them to build nuclear forces of their own? Is it an effort to halt or at least slow down the diffusion of the overkill bomb? It could be any of these things, and it could even be all of them put together. I doubt whether Kennedy and Khrushchev themselves know. I would give a good deal to know what is in the private correspondence they started during the Cuban crisis last October and have maintained since. It would show, I suspect, that each of them ia scared to death of what the bombs can now do, that each had explored the basis of the agreement before the emissaries met at Moscow, that each knows the hurdles he must jump inside his own camp before he can feel himself In the clear, and that each feels he cannot refuse to try for the break-through and still have a clear conscience before history and mankind. TheSKortof It. Although Mayor Florini's dictum that he would permit only one carnival a year in the city haa been badly fractured this week, we doubt if anyone will object — in view of the fact that a carnival operating in the Mayor's very own yard was conducted by Franklin St. youngsters for the benefit of the Jimmy Fund. Also, although the "Lucky" game there bore a strange resemblance to bingo, there was no police crackdown on a carnival in Blackinton last Tuesday, — this one conducted by-playground youngsters for the benefit of Mary Jezyk Sunshine Park for retarded children. In these two cases, we applaud the Hon. Mayor for looking the other way. • » t Mrs. Cora B. Fuller, who is 97 years young today, had Transcript Photographer Randy Trabold puzzled the other day when she told him she could remember paying a dol- "Do I hear right? Sh» want* to mail • nie« birthday prtitnt to torn* popular kid linger who m«k*i 1 or 4 thousand • wwkl" lar a year for The Transcript —until she explained with a twinkle that the newspaper was a weekly in those days. * + » Our recent reference here to Plain Clothes Officer Bill Scully brought a thoughtful note from Miss Ann Scully of New York City, youngest daughter of the city's one-time, one-man detective force. "I could not help but think as I read your column," wrote Miss Scully, "That undoubtedly there were quite a few grown men and women in the town and vicinity also reading it wlx> brushed up against Officer Scully in their youth and have not forgotten tht experience. Some I am certain are the belter for it. I always admired him. He was a .stem father but a loving one, and as for his job — he always tried to give it his very best. Thanks for bringing back the memories." Thank you, Miss Scully. * * * You can add Shoal Ashkar io the list of those who wouldn't object if Gov. Peabody appointed them to the Mt. Greylock Tramway Authority to replnee Dr. Herbert Dobelle. Never heard of so many people interested in a non-paying job. » * * "Can we ever have too much of a good thing?" asked old Dom Miguel de Cervantes. The answer, when it comes to horse racing, seems to be yes. At least, track goers report that attendance at the famous old New York State oval from this area had dropped off sharply, and few familiar faces are seen there. Apparently the meets at Pownal and Hancock exhausted either Uu bettors — or their pocketbooks. North Adam* Skies Saturday, August II Sunset today 8:03 p. m. Sunrise tomorrow 5:54 a. m, The Moon rises 11:19 p. m. tonight and is In Perigee. PROMINENT STAR BetelgeuM, tow io to* east, 4:09 a. ox An Arms Academy young woman, Miss Donna McKinixxi was crowned Queen of the Yankee Doodle Days celebration in Charlemont last night. Selected as ladies in waiting were Miss Janice Taylor of Charlemont High School and Miss Bonnie Ryan o{ Turners Falls High School. Rmuwramp Runn«rs-up in the contest were Miss Sandra Webster of North Adams, a student at Drury High School and Miss Frances Murphy of Adams, a student at Adam* Memorial High School. Announcement ol the selection was made by state Sen. Charles A.-Blsbee of Chesterfield who was a judge, Serving as an honorary judge was David Malcolm, a former long-lime Charlemont resident and author of the column "Our Hilltown Neighbors" which appears in the Sunday Springfield Republican. The 12th annual three-day celebration opened Friday afternoon with the arrival of Yankee Doodle, portrayed by Steven Eldridge. Crown Arms Academy Girl Yankee Doodle Day Queen The proclamation announcing the event was read by Capt. Paul Crank serving hi* fifth year u town crier. Otter Events Other events yesterday included • bazaar sponsored by the Ladies Aid Society of the Federated Church, and * country-style supper «erved in the church parlors. Main event of the evening was a talent show held at the fairgrounds. Today's program opened with an auction at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. a Little League baseball game is slated for the Hawlemont School grounds. Smorgasbord 5-7 A smorgasbord will be served this evening from 5 to 7 at the school gymnasium and there will be a square dance tonight from 8-12 at the fairgrounds. A chicken barbecue at 11.30 at the fairgrounds will open the program on Sunday. The Yankee Doodle parade will be at 1 with the line of march from Mt. Peak Farm to the fairgrounds. First Step Taken To Acquire Land For New Reservoir The first step toward acquiring land along East Main .Street Extension for the proposed one million gallon storage reservoir for the East Side High Service system was taken today by Mayor Francis C. Florini when he notified the City Council that he will present an order at Tuesday night's meeting calling for eminent domain proceedings. The owners, Richard A. and Mary L. Templeton, Mayor Florini said, were given an offer which was not acceptable and the city therefore must move to take the land by eminent domain. A description of the land accompanied the order for the taking. The parcel contains about a fifth of an acre and is on the south side of East Main Street Extension. The owners of the land, under the order, are given 30 days to remove trees, fences, and other structures. Trust Co. Wants Drive-In Window, Curb, Meters Out The Berkshire Bank Jt Trust Co. wants to cut a drive-ln window into the south end of its building al Main and Bank Sts. This was disclosed today when Mayor Francis C. Florini sent a letter to City Council members notifying them that the project would require the removal of 30 feet of curbing and two parking meters to provide a driveway. The mayor's letter also said that the bank intended to use part of the adjoining Linehan & Craven building site for customer parking. The mayor said he believed the necessary curb and parking meter removals could be handled as an administrative matter but indicated that if ths council thought it should act he would submit a •ecommendation. Northeast Airlines Florida Route Hearing Thursday WASHINGTON (AP) - A hearing has been scheduled hursday by the Senate Commerce Aviation subcommittee on a Civil Aeronautics Board decision eliminating Northeast Airlines' New York Florida route. Sens. Leverett Saltonstall, R Mass., and Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass,, who requested the hearing, said the board's decision could adversely affect the jobs of many employes of the Boston based line and could hurt New England's economy. Northeast officials have said the line would be forced into bankruptcy if the lucrative Florida route is eliminated. Hammond Organs' Outing Is Tomorrow Members of the Hammond Organ Society of Berkshire County will hold an outing at Stanley Park, Weslfield, tomorrow with dinner at 2. Those- who received ca/ds and those who have signed up are expected to attend the affair with their guests. The outing will take place regardless of weather. Forecast .Decrease In Tobacco Crop Size WASHINGTON (AP) - A decrease in the sat of this season's flue-cured tobacco crop is fort- cast by the agriculture depart ment, The department predicts a crop of 1,345 million pounds compared to 1,408 million pounds lut year and the fln-ywr averagt of 1,121 ^love to Eliminate Electronics Center In Boston Defeated WASHINGTON (AP)—A move to eliminate a $5 million authorization to erect an electronics center in the-.Boston area has been defeated by the Senate. By a 45 - 21 vote, the Senate voted to reject the attempt by Sen. Carl T. Curtis, R-Neb., to delete the item from a bill authorizing $5.5 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The House cut the $5 million appropriation back to $3.9 million when it passed the bill and also required that both the bill and the Boston location be justified. The center is expected to cost between $35 and $50 million. . Although President Kennedy and NASA officials have said the center will be located in the Boston area, two key senators have indicated this is not certain. Senate Space Committee Chairman Clinton P. Anderson, D - N.M., and Sen. Leverett Saltonstall, R-Mass., pointed out that approval of both the Senate and House Space Committee a needed for the cenier location. Retarded Children Study Bill Signed By Gov. Peabody A bill directing the State Department of Mental Health to study facilities necessary for the care and treatment of emotionally disturbed and retarded children in Berkshire County was signed yesterday by Gov. Endicott Peabody. The Senate bill was filed by Sen. Edmund R. St. John Jr., R- Adams and the Berkshire County members of the slate House of Representatives. The Rev. Malcolm W. Eckel, chairman of the Pittsfield United Community Services study com- millee, said the bill is the "first major step toward establishing a facility for retarded children to meet this important community problem." The facility would provide daycare service, overnight-care services, parental counseling and vocational training, he said. Little League Raises $348 For Jimmy Fund North Adams Little Leaguers collected $348.39 for the Jimmy Fund last week, it was announced yesterday. The young athletes in uniform covered the city in their annual tag day. The money goes to help fight cancer in children. Francis J. Faille of 164 North St. was in charge of the drive. Wilmington Youth Held on Three Counts A Wilmington, VI., youth who wns nabbed in Whitinghnm July 13 pleaded not guilty to three charges in Municipal Court at Brattleboro, Vt., yesterday. Robert Bardwell, 18, was charged with possession of malt beverages, operating a motor vehicle in a careless and negligent manner, and driving without a license. Judge Robert H. Gibson sot bail nt $70 and continued the case for a jury trial. Vermont State Police said the offenses occurred on Rt. 8 in Whitingham. THE NOITH ADAMS TRANSCRIPT Published ercry but Sundays mid halMajn fr*n» TO* Trancrlpi Building, U Bank St., North Ad»m«, MM- •achmetli. Second class po»t- *g» MM it Nortk Adams, MM*. Eight cent! • e*P7> Acltorat »y curler 5» cento • WMfc. Mall rat* $1.71 •

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