The Brownsville Herald from Brownsville, Texas on June 5, 1947 · Page 6
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The Brownsville Herald from Brownsville, Texas · Page 6

Brownsville, Texas
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Thursday, June 5, 1947
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THE IWOWN8VILLE Thursday, ,Tun« ft, 1017 Juvenile Delinquency: Tonawandas' Children Are Too No 77m* for Delinquency In New York's Hell's Kitchen, a neighborhood that breeds more than its share of voting criminals, these youngsters are too busy having: a good time to pet into mischief. The Children's Alt! Society playground keeps them off the streets, Experts ilnd organized recreation a top preventative for juvenile crime, already had court records, got through the year with only one boy in trouble. Of 420 players on the baseball teams--mostly delinquents or on the verge--only two were arrested in 1936. · . ' Atlantic City has a curfew. No child can be out in the evening with out a permit from his parents. New Haven Is starting to check upon each youngster who is out after curfew time. But experts say that this approach \s t at boat, a stopgap. Keeping n youngster off the streets, or forcing him to slink around dodging cops, does not take his mind off mischief. It IB, they nay better to provide him with a good place 'to go, in good company, where he can do things that will be fun. Pitssburgh, about a year ago-, started a determined attack upon Juvenile delinquency. Volunteer firemen's organization have been enlisted. Severn! communities in AlleghAiiy County have established teen-age "night clubs," which have made a hit with the "Jive set." Clinics have been scheduled for educators and parent-teachers' groups at five colleges and universities. Five essay contests for different, age groups, from fourth grade to pjirents, will split $8000 --raised by a baseball game between the Pittsburgh and' Cincinnati' National League clubs-among t h e winners. Nobody has any idea that any of these approaches is a complete answer to preventing · children from going wrong. They do illustrate methods that are being tried with n certain measure of success. Tall Fish Stories Australia Survey Of Snow May Aid CALCUTTA -- (/P)-- Dr. Church, president of the national Commission on says that India has groat wealth J A small octopus had its head | glass, stored In the snow fields of tho : wedged into it, he said, and he M t ,, animal tried to get out. The door catch from the inside was too much for the bruin so he liter- with n beer Rlass he t.old his w i f e i n l l y tore his way o u t . destroying bnow. he n n r i caught it while fishing. I the upholstery and considerable j, E. « SYDNEY, Australia--/l 5 )--Whcn Inter- n fisherman came home recently H i m a l a y a s . - Water from those the octopus. would bo an i m p o r t a n t . His "story recalled one told some j n in the development of t h e * y o u r s ago by professional fisher- Chicncro sn\v il-s first locomotive snows fn ctor country If they were used, he says. The 78-year-old properly j men who said they found a full i bottle of beer in the stomach of American has a shark. It was not claimed that completed a two-months survey of snows in Nepal a-nd Sikkim for the Indian government. It marked the 50th" year of such surveys for Dr. Church. He was a professor of classics at Nevada University when he made his first snow survey on Mount Rose. Himalayas snows start at 10,000 feet rather than at about 6,000 feet as they do in much of the United States, he says, because the -Himalayas are nearer the equator. Prom India, Dr. Church is go- the shrink used the glass in consuming the beer. Bear At The Wheel Is No Road Hog BELTON, Mont --(/P)~ It wasn't so bad when a big, black bear climbed into Art Anderson's empty ; automobile while Anderson was i Jule.v Steaks. Fried Chicken, Chilled Beers, Nice Dancinj. - Also - Curb Serrice ing to the Andes to make a survey for Argentina. MARIANA Claude Kennedy, mt. o» San Benito Hi way WALGREEN COUPON | lOc BOBBY | · \0ff*i PINS KDITOK'S NOTK: Juvenile delinquency, which multiplied In wi\r, remains a shiimeful blot on America's peacetime wuy of life Is cure, or prevention, the an- *\vcr? This Is the hwU of three dispatches that s'upw you, from n nation - wide jxrspectlve, 'the background of Juvunlle crime and w h a t nympftthctlc niithorltlca arc doing to combat It. By S. BUKTON HEATH NE-\ SUvff Correspondent NEW VORK. (NEA).---The Tonft- rnndas--twin industrial cities on thr N l a f t n r n f r o n t i e r nonr Buffalo-- T h i r s t y or r i o t · , , ought to have a tragically high record for juvonilo delinquency, They arc located In the center of a major war-boom area. Their combined population shot up 16.5 per cent during the war. Most of tho immigrants came from abandoned Pennsylvania coal towns Housing was "ssoro-zoro," which is to say that over-crowding was very bad. One worker out of five, even today, Is a woman. Easy money, big money, flowed like water during the war. The Tonawandas had the lowo«t number of doctors, according to population, In the state; only one visiting mwo for each city; police forcon far be-low the danger point- As a heritage from the old canal-lumbering days (when they had the biggest red light district in the Enat) tho Tormwandnfi still have the greatest concentration of drinking o«tabU«mentK in the East --three timos RB many, Recording to population--n« very wot Buffalo. Delinquency I/ow Yet the records show that less that one-fourth as many Tonawanda boys and girls are getting into trouble as their neigbors in :Erie and Niagnrn, county cities nnd towns around them--1,7 per thousand, last year, for tho twin cities, contrasted with 6/7 per thousand for the two countlea as A whole. Why? Tonawandas believe their children are so well-behaved because the two cities are sports and recreation-mad. Thoy are convinced a higher ratio of mass sports participation. Tonawandas' children are so busy hiving a good time in a clean way that they don't have to get into mischief to occupy their mindo, their parents say. population of 38,000. They have a boys' club that last year had 783 members, of whom 236 were on 14 basketball and eight softball teams, The Eldrldge Bicycle Club, *wlth 1800 members, supports teams in rno/it sport* from adolescents to adults. (It put 1200 members into uniform during tho war.) Five baseball diamonds had an average of 193 players a day during the season.. Seven softball diamonds averaged 126 participants a day. An average of 235 a day used an Indoor swimming pool. An average of 000 a day used five skating rinks. There wore 1760 entries in 44 bowling leagues, Ton thousand persons from the twin cities--more than one out of four of every ago--went to Buffalo one njght to see the North Tonawanda high school football team play for the "frontier" championship. Social workers to whom this situation is described say that there must be some additional explanation for tho low delinquency rate. But they concede that the mass Interest and participation in games is a very important way of keeping ahead of Satan who finds work for idle hands to do. The Tonawarida sports and rcc reatlonal development mostly grew up, .of itself over the years. But New York State, through a new Youth Commission program, Is trying to promote similar programs for all of its communities. Thus far the state has helped to establish and finance facilities in 210 cities and towns, more than half of which had no organized recreation up to then. The little city of Oortland, upstate, used to have several gangs of boys hanging around street corners, ripe for mischief. Now they've all been merged into one big community gang at the YMOA, The Youth Bureau arranged to have a room set aside f o r , t h e boys. 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