The Brownsville Herald from Brownsville, Texas on June 5, 1947 · Page 22
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fftfa V THE nilOWNBVIMMB HERALD Thursday, June R, 1047 Juvenile Delinquency: Tonawandas' Children Are Too Busy Having Fun To Get Into Trouble Time for Delinquency , In New York'8 Hell's Kitchen, a neighborhood that breeds more than its share of y o u n j criminals, these youngsters arc too busy having a good time to get into mischief. The Children's Aid Society playground keeps them off the streets. Experts find organized recreation a iop preventa tive for juvenile crime. already had court records, got through the yenr with 'onlyi 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 Is, at best, a stopgap. Keeping a youngster off the streets, enforcing him to slink around dodging cops, does not take his mind off mischief, It is, they aay, much better to provide him with a good place to go, in good company, where ! h e can do things that will be fun. i Pittsburgh, about a year ago', j started a determined attack upon j Juvenile delinquency. Volunteer ! firemen's organization have been. .enlisted. Several communities in Alleghany County have established teen-age "night clubs," which have made a hit with the "jive set." OHhiCH 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 parents, will split $8000 --raised by. a baseball game between the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati National League clubs--among the 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 a, certain measure of success. Survey Of Snow May Aid India CALCUTTA --f Dr. Church, president of the International Commission on Snow, says that India has great wealth stored in the snow fields of' thn Himalayas. . Water from thnse snows would be an important factor in the development, of the country if they were properly used, he says. The 78-year-old American has completed a two-months survey of snows in Nepal and 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-i'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. From India, Dr. Church is go- [Tall Fish Stories Grow In Australia SYDNEY, Australia--/n-- When , a fisherman cu.me homo recently ', wil.h a beer glass he told his \vi'; j h e hnd naught it while fishinii. ' A small octopus hnd its head '\vedfjcd into it, he said, nnd JIR | c n u g h t " the octopus. 1 His story recalled one told some iyenrs ago by professional fisher| men who said they found a full i bottle of beer in, the stomach of a shark. It was not claimed that the shark, used the glass in consuming the beer. Bear At The Wheel Is No Road Hog BBLTON, Mont -- (/P)~ It wasn't so bad when a big, black bear climbed into Art Anderson's empty automobile while Anderson was «nmv from * N a t i o n a l Park highway. Thr trouble «Urted when the nnimiU tried l.p got out. The door en tcli from the inside was too much for the bruin so he literally tore his way out, destroying Iho upholstery and considerable , glass. _ Chicago SB XT its first locomotive .Tuicy Steaks. Fried Chicken, Chilled Beers, Nice Dancing. ing to the Andes to make a survey for Argentina. MAtfANA Claude Kennedy, Mgr. K ml. o» San Beiiita Ifiway WALGREEN COUPON lOc BOBBY EDITOR'S NOTE: Juvenile delinquency, which multiplied in war, remain* a shameful blot on Anifrloa's peacetime wuy of life Is euro, or prevention, the answer? Th'v Is the last of three dispatches that show you, from a nation - wide perspective, the background of Juvenile crime and what sympathetic authorities we doing to combiU It, II.v S. H U H TON I I K A T H NE-\ SUiff Correspondent NF.W YORK. (NEA).--The Tona- wandas--twin Industrial cities on the Nlatjarn frontier near Buffalo-- T h i r s t y or not · ought to hnvc a tragically high record for Juvenile delinquency. They arc located in the center of a major war-boom area. Their combined population shot", up 10.5 per cent during the war. Most of the immigrants came from abandoned Pennsylvania coal towns. HouBlnfr was "/ero-zoro," which If? to any Mint over-crowding wus very bad. Ono worker out of five, evon todny, Is n woman. Easy money, big money, flowed like water during the war. Trie Tonawanclns had the lowest number of doctors, according to population, in the state; only one visiting nur^o for each city; police forces far below the .danger point. As a heritage from the old canal-lumbering days (when they had the biggest, red light district in the East) the Tonawnndas still have tho greatest concentration of drinking natabllflirmnts in the Eaiit --three times as many, according to population--as very wet Buffalo. Delinquency Low 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 Niagara county cities and towns around them--1.7 per thousand, last year, for tho twin cities, contrasted with 0.7 per thousand for tho two counties as a whole, v Why? Tonawandas believe thnir children are ao well-behaved because tho two oitles are sports and recreation-mud. They are convinced that rio other community can boast a higher ratio of mass sports participation. · Tonawandas' children tvrc so busy having a good time In a clean way th,ut they don't have to got Into mischief to occupy their minds, their parents say. Tho two cities have a combined population i of 38,000. They have a boys' club that last year had 703 members, of whom 230 were on 14 basketball and eight softball teams. The Eldridge Bicycle Club, with 1800 members, supports teams in most sports from adolescents to adults. (It put 1200 members into uniform during the war.) Flvo bnseball diamonds had an i average of 103 players a day during the season. Seven softball dia- j monds averaged 126 participants ; a day. An average of 235 a day used nn Indoor swimming pool, An average of COO a day used five skating rinks. There were 1750 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 night 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 bo some additional oxplnna- tlon 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 Tonawanda sports and rec reatlonal development mostly grew up, of itself over tho 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 Cortland, upstate, used to have several gangs of boys hanging around street corners, ripe for mischief. 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