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Newport News, Virginia
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Sunday, November 12, 1950
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DAILY PRESS, Newport New!, Sunday, November 12, 1950 SD , in., n in miiiimhh I n i , ii 1 1 ' m-yf'""-- --'- '"; ' ' ' . ', ' I ' 4,, ' , r " , ' ,f i :y rvi - ; t 7f 1" "vis I r ? 'Tlf' ' c i I A SOCIAL HOUR-BUT NOT A SOUND-AND ALL ENJOY IT These deaf-mutes enjoy a happy evening at the clubrooms of the Louisville, Ky., chapter of the National Association for the Deaf, a nationwide organization for deaf-mutes. The clubroom has a dance floor, lunch counter and bar, the lounge above where men and women can "talk", a card room and tables for leisurely refreshment. 10,000 U. S. Deaf-Mutes Solving nmc In fitirn fliiliwininc UUUCU 1 lUUlClilO 111 WWII V1UU1UU1UO By HORACE B. WARD Louisville, Ky,, Nov. 11 A group of intent ices rings poker table. At the other end of the bift room, middle-aged men and women Sip coffee and soft drinks. As parents will, they discuss their children, once In awhile glancing Into an adjoining room where younger folks dance to Juke box music. Not an unusual group until you 'notice there is no sound of voices. You are watching a social evening of one of 30 local chapters of the National Association for the Deaf, nationwide organization for deaf-mutes. The Association, claims a membership of 10,000, out of an estimated 50,000 deaf-mutes In the United States. Most of these either were born that way or became deafened in early childhood by some disease co early that they had not learned to talk. A few mutes learn to talk, but the, majority do not. ' People who become deaf later in life usually are called the "hard of hearing" to distinguish them from the congenital deaf. There it. league for the hard of hearitiR and its members learn lip reading The person who has been deaf from birth,- or nearly so, depend on signs. At a social affair like that described fingers fly and many a nod or facial expression aids in conveying Ideas. H. B. Lettell, who came to Louisville a few years ago from Ohio, ays he had trouble at first under standing Kentucky mutes because of regional differences in their sign talk. Littell la not a deaf-mute but both of his parents were. OVERCOME DIFFERENCES But sign language differences are overcome quickly, because the deaf are so dependent upon one another lor company, Littell explains. George O. Kannapell, secretary of the Louisville Association for the Deaf and a member of the national association's executive board, savs "social activity is our greatest problem." "Our people can communicate with hearing people satisfactorily enough in business affairs," he explains, "but the obstacle of speech to wj muta iur ciiriirr eiuc w uvri- come in social activity." The chapters of the National Association for the Deaf fill this social need. The association's next convention has been scheduled for 1952 In Austin, Texas. Its 75th or "Diamond Jubilee" convention is to be held in Cincinnati in 195S. The local chapter rooms are hi operation only over week ends, but In some cities they are open every day and night ' There Is a card room where "the boys" can enjoy their poker. There are tables for bridge, canasta or other games. There Is a lounge w here men and women can "talk" with fingers, of course. There is a lunch counter and bar, tables tor leisurely refreshment and a dance floor. Some deaf people dance to an orchestra or a juke box. feeling the rhythm through the floor with their .feet. They tell you they also feel the vmrations against their skins and clothing, especially the sound-waves of drums or other percussion Instru ments and the heavy low tones of the bass viol. Often they dance without music at all, making their own rhythm. Some deaf persons become very proncient ana gracetui tan dancers. Association chapters give frequent movies the older type without a ound track are preferred, of course The members put on plays and there are deaf and dumb lecturers. tIKE TV SPORTS On television, their favorite pro grams are sports events, since these can be understood without sound. The deaf have their own athletic teams. In Summer there is a soft ball team here which belongs to the Central Athletic Association for the Deaf. Teams in this group are In Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Illi nois. The eoftball playing season is climaxed by a tournament. As an ., added attraction there is a beauty contest. In Winter, many of the deaf go m lor bowling. Teams of deaf play. er for miles around exchange games. Again there is a tourna ment at the season s end. Highlights of the entertainment eeason are the occasional chapter "blowouts." These are variety shows, including tap dancers, recitations matlc skits, and perhaps a magician juggler or some acrobats. At a recent party, the Rev. Robert C. Fletcher, a deaf Episcopalian rector, donned a baseball uniform -J fit p - If, . f f:2 I - rl , , f ' f ' ; ' I , fj 1 , v v , f ; ; i f I Banks Plan Open House, As Feature As a part of the observance of Know Your Bank Week," beginning londay and continuing through Saturday, practically every bank on the Peninsula will observe "open house' Wednesday night, 7 to 9. All of the participating banks have announced they will have conducted tours of their facilities. It was explained this would be neces sary to acquaint the average layman ith the duties that "go on behind the ecenes," such as book keeping operations, tabulation of accounts, picturing of checks and other se curities, which are documented in this form for future reference. counting of money by machine, par ticular coin counters, and other methods, which all go to make up Jie modern banking system. Some of the banks will put on extra features, Including music, presentation of favors to adults and children and showing of some type of machine in the lobbies. The First National Bank will have an electrically operated coin counv ing machine and a micro-picture machine in the lobby, operated under actual banking conditions. Music will be on the program. The Bank of Hampton Roads, both the Newport News office and the Wythe Branch, will conduct tours to acquaint visitors with the operation of banking facilities. One of the machines to be shown will be an automatic proof machine , lor checks, providing a permanent record of such documents. Favors will be presented guests. The Citizens Marine Jefferson Bank will have special features in the lobby and a magician, Sherwood Miles, will present features in this form of attraction. Favors will be iven to both adults and children. 'he lobby will be specially decorated for the event. A door prize has been arranged and George Jester will provide organ music. Guided tours of the bank also will be featured. Checks will be paid to Christmas Club savers during the open house. The Bank of Warwick will have guided tours, music and a clown, dressed in the traditional fashion, will give tokens to children. In ad ditlon favors have been provided for adults. The Crown Savings Bank will have music, conducted tours and favors for guests. The Merchants National Bank, Hampton, will have a general open house celebration with favors for guests. Tours of the banks facilities have been arranged. The Bank of Phoebus will have conducted tours as will the Citizens National Bank of Hampton, which will provide favors for adults and children. The Old Point National Bank will hold what it calls an "old time open house" for old friends and new. The Bank of Virginia will have all personnel on hand to conduct guests on guided tours of the bank's facilities. PRESENTING A SERMON IN SIGNS The Rev. Joseph A. Newman of St. Helen's Church, Shlvely, Ky., delivers a sermon to deaf-mutes assembled In Sacred Heart Church, Louisville, He Is indicating with his right hand the sign for "God" while his left hand is In readiness for the sign that will follow. and gave a "reading" of "Casey at the Bat," The audience sat with eyes riveted on the stage as the ministerial "Casey" told witn signs and pantonine of the tragic day in Mudville when "the mighty Casey struck out." All the while, the clubrooms rang with the whoops of small cowboys, Indians, cops and robbers the speaking children of the deaf. Some parents who were born deaf have classes, been known to transmit the hand! cap, but most children of deaf. mutes are normal in every way. Fletcher, one of several clergymen who conduct services for the deaf, ministers to deaf congregations in several states. He is in Louisville usually -once a month, in smaller cities less often. Louisville also has Catholic and Baptist services month ly. Laymen conduct weekly Bibl If You Housewives Think You Have Troubles Now Just Wait Until Jan. 1 ! ! I ! ' ' J i fl Vs ' mKTrr ' " wii f i " 11 - fmiatiM mihiii inn r - ' r ? , 4 ; - t-r . r . , y . : .... , THE OLD AND THE NEW BEFORE AND AFTER IN BRIDGE WORLD The old Tacoma, Wash., Narrows bridge, at left, which fell Nov. 7, 1950, during a 42-mile gale, has been replaced by the new $18,000,000 Narrows bridge, at right. The new bridge, which engineers say is the forebear of a new type suspension structure, will be opened to traffic Oct. 14. . New 'Sturdy Gertie' Over Tacoma Narrows Corrects Bridge Error By ELMER C. VOGEL Tacoma, Wash., Nov. 11 (Jf) A $6,000,000 error In bridge building which lies beneath Puget Sound's waters has been replaced by an $18,-000,000 successor which engineers say is the forebear of a new type suspension structure. The original bridge says Prof. F. Burt Farquharson of the University of Washington Engineering Experi ment Station, was the final compounding of an oversight made by engineers 100 years ago. It fell into the rushing Tacoma Narrows Nov. 7, 1940, during a 42-mile gale.. It fall had been predicted by sev eral engineers. Among those who doubted Its durability , was Prof. Farquharson, who had been on the bridge the morning It fell taking motion pictures of its wild fluttering action. But, he admits ruefully, remedial steps which were about to be taken would not have cured the fault. Wind tunnel tests on a scale model preliminary to building the new "Sturdy Gertie" convinced the engi-j neers the fault lay In the rigid girder construction at the sides; the solid concrete and steel roadway. The new bridge discards the solid I-beam girders which stiffened Its sides but offered an extensive sail surface to buffeting winds. The I-beams, Farquaharson says had the same effect as putting a plank on a hammock. It makes it rigid but it doesn't strengthen It. Replacing the I-beam is a bottom lateral bracing system, a huge steel-lace tube the length of the under side of the mile-long bridge. Steel trusses, 33-feet deep and braced both horizontally and vertically, give tremendous strength and re sist twisting motion. Hydraulic cylinders absorb road bed movement and frictions before they can be transmitted to the 467 foot towers at either end of the 2,800 foot center span. The road bed represents a radical departure from old style bridge con structlon. It consists of four 9-foot wide concrete decks, separated by grating approximately three feet wide. The grating neutralizes the action of the winds which seem never to cease blowing in the nar rows. On either side are sidewalks separated from the road beds by 18-inch grating. The slotting in the roadway was the result of wind tunnel tests on a $100,000 scale model at the uni versity. It was found that the bridge without slots developed dangerous motion at 50 to 60 miles an hour winds. The slots reduced motion to rare "very mild action." The bottom lateral bracing, the slots, the trusswork instead of girders and the hydraulic shock absorbers represent basic changes in suspension bridge construction. The new Narrows bridge is the first suspension bridge engineers have dared build since "Galloping Gertie fell 10 years ago fter but 0 I four months use. The new bridge's $18,000,000 cost Includes about $4,- 000,000 saved by use of old piers and othjr material. It will be opened to traffic Oct 14. Right now,v a British engineer. W. T. P. Austin, is here making a study of the change design for in corporation into a suspension Wioge England is about to build over the Severn River. "The whole of bridge- engineering has profited by the fall of the Narrows bridge " Austin says. "The subsequent research at the Univer sity of Washington is one oi tne most significant steps in bridge design In many, many years." Farquaharson says he is con vinced the new Narrows span won't fall, even in the unlikely event of very severe earthquake or un precedented windstorm. Each one of the changes we have made supplements the other so that we have extended Its durability almost Infinitely. Bridge engineers, the professor and Austin said, are now steering away from girder construction be- cauce even where it is used such as on New York's Bronx-Whitestone Bridge unsightly steel supports are necessary. They point to the bridge at Deer Isle, Me, which moved in vertical waves, .but now is laced up like a tightly girdled woman with all of the known types of bracing to make it safe. The trouble is, the lacing and girdle shows and a bridge should be beautiful the engineers believe. Sturdy Gertie is beautiful, too. To the unpracticed eye it doesn't look much different from Its predecessor. O "But it is." Farquaharson says, "in many important details. And it will pave the way for the building of many more uke it." Stray Slug Misses Q Leader Of Marines Washington, Nov. 11. yP) A bullet almost struck Gen. Clifton B. Cates, commandant of the Marine Corps, and his wife today. It crashed through a window and lodged in a fireplace screen in a second-floor library where the general and Mrs. Cates were awaiting luncheon. The bullet, tentatively identified as of .22 calibre, was believed to have been fired from such a distance that it was almost spent when it hit the window. General and Mrs. Cates reside at the Marine barracks in southeast Washington. Grocery Executives Meet In New York New York, Nov. 11 JP) Scores of executives of the nation's huge food processing industry will gather here Monday to discuss the effects of inflation and defense demands on food distribution. They will attend the three-day 42nd annual meeting of the Grocery Manufacturers of America at the Hotel Waldorf-Astoria. By lOROTHY ROE New York, Nov. 11 W) That big national headache of March 15 will have nothing on the pain in the neck that's going to hit American housewives come January 1, 1951. Uncle Sam now is getting his plans Jelled for payment of the social security tax for domestics, which goes into effect on New Year's Day Those women who have been put ting off that session with the ledger and the adding machine may as well get set. As has been announced, every body who employs domestic heip for as much as 24 days in a three-month period, or who pays as much as $50 salary during that same period, must start sending social security payments. The tax is three per cent of the salary, half to be paid by the employer, half by the maid (or cook or butler or baby sitter),' . , Within the next few weeks the government will get out circulars explaining the details of the new law, together with postcards ad dressed to the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Anyone employing domes tic help is instructed to mail one of the postcards requesting forms for reporting and payment of the social security tax. From the postcards, the government will compile a mailing list, thus avoiding a house-to house canvass to find out who hires a maid. It is pointed out that just because you do not automatically receive i blank in the mall, you are not ex cused from the payments. Each housewife-employer is required to mall the postcard requesting the forms, or to call up her local Internal Revenue office. The form itself will be an envelope of the type by some In surance companies, a size between that of a large business envelope and a small personal one. On It will be space for four entries: the name of the maid, her social security number, the amount paid her in a three-month period and the amount of tax, or three per cent. Then you enclose your check, fold up the paper to form an envelope, put a three-cent stamp on it and mall It to the Bureau of Internal Revenue. An additional headache for the householder is the fact that already many employment agencies are sug gesting that it will be simpler, and pleasanter for all concerned if the housewife simply pays the entire tax from her own pocket. With the scarcity of domestics, this probably will be the case in many Instances. The forms seem as simple as pos sible, but still they are going to be tough on the girls whose financial troubles up to now have been bad enough just keeping a checkbook straight. Modern bouse plans would do well to include a special padded den for the lady of the house, equipped with adding machine, calculators and smelling salts. Va. Chairman Urges Guests To Visit Banks Banks of the Petllnsula and Vir ginia are anxious that everyone "feel at home" to visit banks at all times, more especially during the observance of "Know Your Bank Week," Monday through Saturday, It was said yesterday by B. Glenn Roy, executive vice president of the First National Bank, who is chairman of the Virginia Bankers Association's committee on "Know Your Bank Week." a 'During this week every member bank of the Virginia Bankers Association extends a cordial welqpme 10 ns patrons ana irienas to visit the banks, meets its officers and personnel, watch the machinery of banking in operation and have the various details of banking explained," Roy said. "Most of the member banks of the Virginia Association will hold open house one evening during the week. The bankers of the State are anxious to have friends, neighbors and the general public visit the banking Institutions during these events so that they may become better acquainted and better informed on banking functions. "The banks especially want chil dren to visit the banks, in classes if they desire, during business hours to see and have banking operations ; explained to them. I "Bankers of Virginia hope there I will be thousands of visitors at these ' friendly get-togethers. j Air Reserve Meets A buffet supper will be held by Headquarters Flight of the 9475th Volunteer Air Reserve Training Squadron at 7:30 Wednesday night In the Jewish Community Center, Documentary films of World War I will be shown.- King's Estate ! At 2 Million Stockholm, Sweden, Nov. 11 UP) The late King Gustaf V left an' estate of some 10.000,000 kroner ($1,-935.000), it was announced officially today.-The monarch died Oct. 29 at the age of 92. The value was estimated before deductions for taxes and other costs, the earl marshal, Bireer Ekeberg, said. The estate is 1. bonds, shares, bank savings and other securities. The will was opened at the royal palace In the presence of the principal heirs King Gustaf VI, and his younger brother, Prince Wil-helm. Pour-year-old Crown Prince Carl Gustaf received the Summer resi dence of the late king, Solliden, on the Isle of Land. The palace will re main In the custody of his mother, Princess Sibylla, until he attains his majority. Legacies of 400,000 kroner were left to Princess Sibylla and to Queen Ingrld of Denmark and Prince Ber- tll, both grandchildren of the late king. Prince Wilhelm's son, Lennart Bernadotte, received 300,000 kroner, the returns from which will go toj his mother, the Grand Duche Maria, of Buenos Aires, during her lifetime. Slvgard and Carl Johart Bernadotte, brothers of Lennart, received 200,000 kroner each. They and Lennart are grandsons of the late Monarch, who gave up their royal privileges to marry commoners. KNOW YOUR BANK WEEK November 13 to 18 'In cooperation with the Virginia Bankers Association OPEN HOUSE Wednesday Evening, November 15th 7 to 9 P.M. Everyone Welcome Com on down to our "Open House" party. We know you'll enjoy seeing the inside workings of a modern bank. . Our full staff will be on hand to greet you and make you feel at home. FLOWERS for the Ladies GIFTS for the Men - SUCKERS FOR THE CHILDREN - Guided Tours Show You Every Banking Operation SEE the coin counter wrapping coins faster than the human eye can follow SEE the magic proof machine that sorts, totals, and proves thousands of items a day . SEE the bookkeeping machines in operation , J SEE the photographing machine that photographs 200 checks in one minute on tiny microfilm SEE the machine that portrays your check in actual size in case you lose it SEE your neighbors and friends at Bank of Hampton Roads Open House on Wednesday, November 15th, BANK OF HAMPTON ROADS Washington Avenue ot 33rd Street Keeoughtan Road at Wythe Center "You Are Never a Stranger After Your First Visit" -

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