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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 69

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Thursday, November 21, 1968
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4-Downtown Section, Thurs., Nov. 21, 1968 IE 'There 'sNoFunln Dying Any More' . I v, Jt'.-- 'fT 'v',; t IE)WOT(fl)WRj FOR ALL OUR CUSTOMERS PARK DUBLIN, (UPD The tradi tlonal custom of "waking ine dead" has virtually died In Ireland, but, here and there, you'll stiU find some shenanigans at the send-off. "There's no fun In dying anymore," grumbled an old timer recently in Connemara, where traces of the old-style wakes still linger on. "In the old days wakes were far merrier than weddings," he added, "but nowadays they'll hardly dance a Jig or a reel or have a worthwhile party." Relentless church opposition down through the centuries has gradually stamped out most of the excesses associated with Irish wakes in rural areas, but old habits die hard. . Wakes were merry, boister-lous affairs, full of good humor and hard liquor. There was .dancing and story-telling, feats ' of strength and contests in agility. The fiddler played his Jigs and reels and now and again the corpse was taken to the floor for a set. The wakes went on for days and, in the end, the relatives didn't have a penny to their name. "In those days," said the old-timer, "everyone used to look forward to the deaths of the old folk in the village when it came they had a night of turf-throwing and frivolity." Clerical hostility apart, changing social patterns, new ideas and new ways of thinking sounded the death knell for the wake. Perhaps the most basic DOWNTOWN PARK-SHOP FREE I . IRISH WAKE DEPICTED - Women wail at an of "waking the dead" has virtually died in Ireland, Irish wake in Dublin, according to the caption but some shenanigans at the sendoff are still from this old Gaelic print. The traditional custom found here and there. just drive into any parking lot Downtown CJon all of these stores give you factor of the lot was the modern custom of bring'ng the remains for an overnight stay in the church. The focal point of the wake was the corpse if it wasn't present the party was Just a shindig and you couldn't claim you were drinking just to keep the dead man company. the Sy mod of Armagh. More than a hundred years later the regulations for the Archdiocese of Dublin declared: "All those who have care of souls are ordered to put an end to misbehavior at wakes and are further to compel those who sing smutty songs or play unchristian games on these occasions to do As far back as 1614 the Irish bishops are on record with their condemnation of wakes. "The pious feelings of devout people are outraged by the singing of lewd songs and playing of obscene games by silly fellows, conduct which would not be per-missable even on occasions of merrymaking," said a statute of FOR HIS CHRISTMAS public penance." DACRON'worsled Dirty Campaigning Didn't Develop free mam SPORT SLACKS ty Cfa2 All the fun and frolics at Irish wakes wasn't intended as any disrespect toward the dead. On the contrary, the longer the wake and the nosier the hijinks at it, meant the greater esteem for the departed. . In fact, in some areas It was considered a poor showing among the local folk if there wasn't a fight or two to celebrate the day. Some families, they say, even hired toughs to start a brawl so no one could claim it had buried its dead without a fist flying. Historians have wrestled with the origin of wakes without producing any satisfactory answer. Some believe they had their origin In the fear of being buried alive that If the person wasn't really dead the wake would give him time to sit up and say so. Others believe wakes were Intended as a defiant gesture toward dealh to show that, unlike the corpse, they were still alive and kicking. STYLKI) FOB FALL Now "Docron" odds remarkable wrinkle resistance, crease retention to America's smartest slacks styles. 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Ironically, it turned out that the color was chosen by the printer, who had an oversupply of that stock. After protests, the language and the color were changed. PLAIN OR PLEATED FRONTS 16"tO$2250 NEW YORK, (NANA) The potential for explosive and vicious dirty campaigning in 1968 seemed to build constantly throughout most of this election year. But the fuse was never lit, and the 1968 campaign was the cleanest in at least 12 years. Experts in campaign tactics who forecast, or at least expected a deluge of unfair electioneering are probing for reasons. Here are some of them. The nation's mood was markedly sobered by the murders of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, and this was probably even truer of politicians than of citizens who are not in public life, and therefore do not face the prospect of public death. Afler unceasing punditry about racial conflict, a retaliatory "backlash" vote, and the political impace of "code word" euphemisms for holding back integration, the Wallace campaign served as a safety value for sentiment that otherwise would have erupted into scurrilous campaigning. The Wallace ticket offered direct political action Instead of frustrated rage to those white Americans who fear that Negro gains are made only at their expense. And frustrated rage, In a political setting, erupts into smear campaigns. To the Incredulity of its staff, the fair campaign practices committee did not re SIZES 28-52, Regular, Long, Short -.BOOK WITH TRAVEL 201 Datura 832-4244 i APPLIANCES Felder Bell L L Humphries BEAUTY SALONS Dennis Hair Fashions CHILDREN'S WEAR Simon's Children's Wear DEPARTMENT STORES Anthony's Belk's Montgomery Ward DRUGS Walgreen's Schmidt's Professional Pharmacy FABRICS Fabric Center Mac Fabrics FINANCING INSTITUTIONS First Federal Savings & Loan Assn. 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