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The Berkshire Eagle from Pittsfield, Massachusetts · Page 13

Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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Friday, May 16, 1947
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Second Section Editorial*--Features General News The Berkshire Evening Eagle Second Section Classified Ads--Comic* Radio Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Friday, May 16, 1947. City Edition Have You Any Material on Melville? Jay Leyda, Biographer, Can Use It ' Author Starts Search for Local , References Probably few Pittsfield Country Club golfers know that as they play the course, they are covering the same ground which Herman Melville also plowed when he helped ion his uncle's farm, not jnany years before he bought Ar- jrowhead and settled down himself ai a Pittsfield farmer. In fact, according to Jay Leyda, author, who is here to prepare ma- -terial for a biography of Melville, TIttsfield doesn't completely real- -l»e what an extraordinary person was living here at that time. "You ·hear more talk of Longfellow's two vacations here," he said. Seeks Melville Material In a search now for local references to the author of "Moby ·Dick," Mr. Leyda is anxious for a look at the relevant material that must be in some Pittsfield attics. H« has appealed for old family albums and old journals, manuscripts or letters in which Melville might have received mention, however small. Books owned by Melville or given by him to friends, even a ledger entry, showing receipt of a payment by him, would help. Any material uncovered or suggestions as to where material might be found may be brought tomorrow before 1 or next week to the basement of the circulation department of The Eagle, -where Mr. Leyda is doing research among old volumes of the newspaper. He would like to examine any material uncovered, and possibly purchase it, if the owner is willing. The biography, which will be made up entirely of documents, without comment or interpretation, will be published in the fall of 1948 by Reynal Hitchcock. Mr. Leyda, who has been here three weeks, will remain until the end «f June. This week's research through City Hall records turned up information on a school reform commit- Jay Leyda, author, pores over a bound file of The Eagle in search for material on Herman Melville in preparation for a biography scheduled for publication in 1948. The Weather LOCAL WEATHER V. 8. Weather Bureau noon report Tmperatnre 8.30 AM 51 TomjMrBture at 12 noon . . * 60 HJfbwt temperature 24 boon at 8.30 FM yesterday 63 l«west iemperatvHt 24 houro at A AM today K Fnelpltatlon 24 noun a Xnuperatnro range year ago today 61, 47 ALMANAC Snrbeiat S.31 ««n Mb at 8.00 N«w tenon Tuesday oon Jane 3 Hunted at g.39 Five-Day Farm Forecast Berkshire County--Temperature through Wednesday will arerafe G4 decrees. Bis- lu temperatures Sunday and Monday, ·uer Tuesday, rising again Wednesday. Precipitation will total up to two Inches « rain tonight, early tomorrow and «t»ni about Monday. ee which in 1837 came to the conclusion that "our schools are not so good and useful as they ought o be or as they can be." The committee was headed by Thomas Melvill, Herman's uncle. (A minor 'amily crisis developed around the argument whether to have or not ;o have the "e" in the family name, the Pittsfield branch fceep- ng with the Scottish influence and Herman's family assuming the more elegant English ending.) The reform committee said the prime reason was the deficiency of competent teachers, because of which, 'our own offspring lack the bread of knowledge." That was in the spring of the year. By fall, Herman Melville, then 19, was installed as teacher in the Sykes district school here. Vacationed at Meivill Lake Two of his vacations he spent at Me'vill Farm, now the Country Club. Later, at near-by Melvill Lake, now Morewood Lake, Mrs. Sarah Morewood organized fancy- dress picnics, and to one of these Herman Melville's wife came dressed as the "Genius of Greylock." Probably the design of her husband, who was writing about Greylock at this time, her costume was described as "original and unique" by The Berkshire County Eagle of that date: "Her head being shrouded in nests and her dress decorated with leaves, pine cones and other mountain trophies." When he first came to his farm, Arrowhead, on Holmes Road, In 1850, he brought with him the beginning o£ "Moby Dick" and spent the following year working on it here. That book and "Pierre" have many Berkshire references--the old elm at Park Square, Balance Rock, etc. Almost all his short stories and his historical novel, "Israel Potter," were set in Berkshire locales. In 1862 he turned over Arrowhead to his brother and the next year left Pittsfield to take a more lucrative position in the New York Customs House. Active in community life, Melville was a member of the Berkshire Agricultural Society and attended plowing matches; he was a central figure at picnics for five years and attended Fourth of July celebrations at Park Square. One July 4, the speaker of the day noticed him in the crowd and called attention to him as a descendant of a participant in the Boston Tea Party. With other local citizens, he hung out his banners when General Bartlett's regiment returned from the Civil War. The author's nearest relative living here no\v" is a grandniece, Miss Agnes Morewood, 124 Pomeroy Avenue. So far, tax records, militia rolls, and jury duty records at the City Hall, the Berkshire Athenaeum and Lenox and Slockbridge Libraries, but principally issues of The Berkshire Eagle and the Pittsfield Sun have produced material for Mr. Leyda. THE FRIENDLY HOME FOLKS-MS NORTH STREET The Out-of-Town Mortgage Or The Union ? Perhaps you may have a mortgage field £y an out-of-town Bank, Loan Corporation or Insurance Company having many attractive features., !f so, we feel very sure you will be able to secure a more flexible and a more personally designed mortgage from Union Federal Savings WHY NOT TALK .WITH ANY OF OUR OFFICERS? UNION FEDERAL JAVINBS Make Your Institution for Savings in Pittsfield THE UNION FEDERAL SAVINGS Alberti Confident Police Will Do Job in Holyoke HOLYOKE--"Who does Alberti think he's kidding?" was the comment made here by Thomas F,. Rohan, senior probation officer of the Holyoke District Court, just before the district attorney from Pittsfield ordered police to take action on Rohan's charges that this city is "crawling with vice." District Attorney Charles R. Alberti said he was confident the police would clear up the situation, but added that if they did not he would "investigate conditions and prosecute any and all violators of the law revealed by the inquiry." The charges leveled by Rohan prompted a conference attended by Alberti, Mayor Henry J, Toepfert and other officers Wednesday night. , Rohan said the city administration and police were allowing gambling, illegal liquor dealings and vice to exist as a "municipally protected business." ·Enjoyed a Good Laugh' After reading the report of the conference, Rohan said he "enjoyed a good laugh." "Why, the district attorney did not even put on a good act when he came here Wednesday night to probe my charges of flagrant vice and gambling. The props were there and the scenery was handsomely set by the great white father In Room 1, but Alberti missed his cues. "I charged that gambling and vice in Holyoke was an outstanding Issue, and was a business that netted- over $2,000,000- annually, also that it was municipally protected. I Insisted that bookies, craps, poker and one-armed bandits flourished. I further emphasized that cohabitation was rampant and that police winked at all these conditions. "The district attorney prescinded from all these allegations, but drew a red herring when he concentrated solely on cohabitation and ignored all my other charges. What did Mr. Alberti offer in refutation, without citing any figures, without consulting records, without even calling me' to his star chamber session as a witness, he accused me of having acted rashly. What sort of a denunciation is this? If the mayor and Alberti want names and addresses, I'll furnish them. But let's not have Alberti masquerading under a cloak of piety or Toepfert resorting to a thin veneer of sanctity." Legion Poppy Day To Be Held Tomorrow Pittsfield American Legion's annual poppy day will be held tomorrow .starting at 7 AM. In event of rain the sale will be postponed a week. Six hundred dollars of the net receipts will be turned over to the George Vogel fund. High school girls will aid Legion volunteers ,in the sale of the poppies, and prizes will be awarded those turning in the most money. William Fanning is poppy day chairman. Prize Picture To Open British Film Series Fr. Sullivan To Be Speaker On May 30 Memorial Day Observance Plans Are Announced Rev. David C. Sullivan of St. Joseph's Church, formerly a colonel with the Eighth Air Force, will be the principal speaker at Memorial Day exercises at Pittsfield Cemetery, Friday, May 30, parade marshal Bruce Mclntyre announced today. Fr. Sullivan, a native of Worcester, is a former chaplain in the Massachusetts Reserve Officers' Association. The prayer at the cemetery will be given by Rev. Floyd L. Roberts, president of the Pittsfield Council of Churches and chaplain of the Pittsfield American Legion. The parade will form at 9 AM at the corner of East and First Streets and follow a route along East, North and Wahconah Streets and Pecks' Road to St Joseph's Cemetery. After a short ceremony there, marchers will reform to go to Pittsfleld Cemetery, where the program will be held on the mound. They will return to Park Square and disband. The dedication of the city's honor roll at the Berkshire Athenaeum will follow. Celia Johnson "Brief Encounter," the British film which has won awards 'on both sides of the Atlantic, will be brought to the Colonial Theatre May 21 for a week as the first of a series of imported pictures. Under a special arrangement made by Western Massachusetts Theatres a number of British productions will be brought here during the next two months. Scheduled for June are "This Happy Breed" and "Johnny Frenchman." "Brief Encounter," is a J. Arthur Rank production written by Noel Coward. Among its stars is Celia Johnson, who made her first big hit in Coward's "In Which We Serve." Coward is also the author of "This Happy Breed," in which he pays tribute to the courage of Britain's little people ' during the warl Miss Johnson appears in this film as well. It Is hoped that subsequent special bookings will include the James Mason hit, "Odd Man Out," and "The Adventuress," starring the widely publicized Deborah Kerr. Mrs. Cooley Tells of Work Medical Panel To Be Named Mayor James Fallon was ready this morning to announce the med- ica.1 panel which will investigate the retirement petitions of Deputy Fire Chief John W. Keegan and Private James O'Brien but he found he didn't have authority to appoint all three members. He says one member is selected by the state, another by the petitioner and another by the city retirement board. Both men are retiring for disability reasons. 15 Attending Safety Session Berkshire County is being rep-e- sented by about 15 at Governor Bradford's safety conference in Boston today. It is the first Cession of its kind. Among (hose attending are Harry A. Heaphy, the county commissioner's engineer; Police Chiefs William Royal of Williamstown, John Flaherty of North Adams and Henry T. McCarty of Great Barrington, Eugene E. Donnelly of the Berkshire Automobile Club, and William M. Rogers, head of the Berkshire Safety Council. Measures that are developed at today's conference will be brought back to Pittsfleld for discussion on May 27. Of Index One Red Feather agency learned about another when Mrs. Alma Cooley, executive director of the Social Service Index, addressing ;he directors of the Pittsfield Day Nursery Tuesday, reviewed the listory and work of the index. She described its work as a clearing louse for information needed by other agencies to facilitate and itrengthen their services. Mrs. Charlotte Weirum, nursery director, reported 529 days' care in April and an average daily et- ;endanoe of 24. In addition to the 34 enrolled, several others are on ;he waiting list. Mrs. C. A. Henry and Mrs. Edwin W. Holden will arrange the June meeting, a party at theOnota l,ake cottage of Mrs. Stanley F. Clarke. Newburyport Plan Plus Not temporary but permanent 10% reduction on all our bakery goods. Come and save. Maconn Bakery, 814 Tyler St.--Adv. --21 Learn To Dance Llebau Studios, 137 North. 2-5717. --Adv. --19 BLACK MAMA HAS WHITE KIDS: Inlroducing Mrs. Goat and three of her five children--the other two were gold. The goats are owned by Mrs. Anna Penzinelle, right, of Suattf Street. Helping her take care of the kids is Mrs. Thelraa Fox, a neighbor. More.Than 50 Working Today For Smith Benefit More than 50 Smith College alumna^ and their friends are spending today at the Unity Parish House on Wendell Avenue, sorting and marking rummage, white elephants and antiques for the golden opportunity shop that will open tomorrow at 10 for the benefit of the college's 75th anniversary fund. The merchandise varies from handkerchiefs to a sterling silver tea service through kitchen ware, books, costume jewelry,. curtains, toys, skates and skis, music recordings, bicycles and-clothing of all sizes and conditions. Among the treasures are skis, an antique copper chest, a petticoat with real lace edging, a croquet set, and new, hand-made articles. Mrs. Bradford West, chairman of ·the event who is in charge also of sorting and distributing, is assisted ,by Mrs. Fred D. Retallick, Mrs. John Donegan, Mrs. Philip A. Damon, Mrs. Elizabeth K. Dechert, Mrs. Howard S. Babbitt, Mrs. Leland C. Talbot, Mrs. Harrison L. Amber, Mrs. Victor E. Goodwin, Mrs. George P. Hunt Jr., at the miscellaneous table, is aided by Mrs. Harold M. Jalonack, Mrs. Benjamin AI. Harris, Mrs. Gilbert England and Mrs. Roger Prior. Mrs. Richard J. Bridges has been added to Mrs. Bell A. Cogbill's committee on children's clothing. Miss Helene Millett and Miss Dorothy Rhoades are collecting contributions. Girls 9 League Needs a Car Do you have a car you want to i found in one case that a dealer loan, rent or sell to the Girls' 900 orders on hand for new automobiles, another had 600 customers waiting for deliveries, and on top League in Pittsfield? The local organization Is faced with a serious problem because the opening of the Girls' League day camp at Richmond Pond is approaching. · .The vehicle would not be used to of that they learned the prices in some cases were too high. Consequently, today the Girls' League, through Miss Kingsley, appealed to the public for help. It some generous person can't loan transport the campers from here,car for the entire camping season, to Richmond Pond, but rather as I June 23 to Aug. 2, Miss Kingsley an "emergency car" in case any hopes someone may come to the of the girls need medical attention, or if the camp suddenly runs low on provisions. front and offer the car for either five days a week, or just between 8.30 AM and 5 PM during the Miss Betty Kingsley, director of | camping season, the Girls' League, reported today! "We are desperate," said Miss that all efforts to obtain an auto-' Kingsley, "because the health mobile for camp use have failed, [the campers is paramount with When a delegation canvassed Without an automobile, I don't automobile dealers for a car, they know what we'll do " Woodsman Dickie Spares a Tree Pittsfield's woodsman, Works Commissioner Canfield S. Dickie, has spared a tree. He decided yesterday that the elm in front of Nathan Kobritz' -house at 16 Lincoln Street would not be removed. Mr. Kobritz petitioned for the removal so he could make a driveway. Mr. Dickie - says the tree is a good, healthy elm and he doesn't think a driveway would be feasible in the proposed location. He nad a public hearing several weeks ago on the removal and manv neighbors objected. Benefits Paid to 82,147 Veterans Veterans' compensation benefit? were paid last month to 82,147 Massachusetts disabled veterans according to Manager William J. Blake of the Boston 'regional office o£ Veterans' Administration, During the month, an additional 2164 World War II veterans filed claims for compensation. Matters pertaining to compensation cliims and educational benefits continue to be uppermost in the minds o£ veterans, according to' the report of the contact 'division. During April contact r e p r e s e talked to 77,925 veterans about various types of benefits.' Caterers Dial 8651. Morehead Sons. ! Weddings, banquets, picnics, clam-i 1 bakes. 74 North St. Room 405.-- ' Adv. --17 Births St. Luke's Hospital Mr. and Mrs. Alfred'Marian! of tforth Adams, a son last night. Mr. and Mrs. Almasse Bouchard of 4 Pitt Street, a daughter last night. Hillcrest Hospital Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Smith of 538 Lakeway Drive, a son last night. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey E. Fish of 87 First Street, a son this morning. House of Mercy Mr. and Mrs. Bernard T, Kirchner of Lenox, a daughter this morning. Mr. and Mrs. Harold R. Stover of 28 Cole Avenue, a son this morning. Clothe Your Family at the Golden Opportunity Shop tomorrow, 10 to 4. Unity Parish House. Benefit Smith College.-Adv. --17 Vegetable Plants Potted tomato plants, peppers, celery, cabbage, cauliflower and lettuce. Wholesale and Retail. Barosso's Greenhouses, 191 Benedict Rd.--Adv. --June 2 i Trade old ranges. Lightman's.-Adv. --171 Rummage Sale South Congregational Church, Saturday from 9 to 1.--Adv. --17 Deer Hill House Open Sunday dinners $1.50 up. Served! from 12.30 to 2.30 PM. Selective! menu. Route 9, West Gumming-' ton. Robert M. Bamforth, Prop.-Adv. --19 Clothes for Europe at Golden Opportunity Shop, tomorrow 10 to 4. Unity Parish House, Wendell Ave.--Adv. --17 Lost Man's overcoat taken ly mistake at Masonic Temple Wednesday night at Sportsman's banquet. Finder please return to W. Skinner, 43 Chickering St., or dial 2-5352.--Adv. --20 Catch Up on Wedding Presents at the Golden Opportunity Shop tomorrow, 10 to 4. Unity Parish House. Rummage, white elephants, antiques.--Adv. --17 Rosenfeld Quality Weather for Tropicals Coming Up There's four or five glorious months ahead. Enjoy them in clothes of appropriate weight and skeleton construction. Our selections are not yet as complete as we would like but everyone is of a proven, reliable name whose reputation you'll recognize. The pick of the light-weight clothes field-- Haspel Seersuckers ---- 19.50 Soodall Palm Beaches . . 23.50 Palm Springs ......... 25.75 Sunfrost ............. 219.75 Clipper Craft Tropicals, 30.00 and 32.50 Springweaves ......... 37.50 Coronados ........... 45.00 Rosenfeld s T H E M E N ' S S T O R E O F ARROW SHIRTJ KNOX HATS BOSTONIAN SHOES INEWSPAPERif NEWSPAPER!

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