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-g—NATIGATPCK. NEWS- (CONN.). FMDAY, OCT. 14, 1949 Every Wenlnc li&uept Sunday) by IHS NAUGATUCK NEWS CORP. NAUGATUCK, CONN. Telephone* 2228 mod 222V All " Entered as Mcond'clara matter at the port of fie* In Naugatuek. Conn. BOB3CRIPTION RATES Payable In Advance 1 Month . ..»1JO 1 Tear fl5.W Member: American Newspaper Putt. ABB*T> N. E. Dally Newspaper Pub. Aarfn Conn. Newapaper. .PublUber* Am'n FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1949 Believe In Witches? A succession of books on the subject shows the Salem witchcraft trials continue to fascinate novelists and psychologists. The hysteria began in the spring of 1692, when young girls accused Tituba, a West Indian slave, of bewitching them. Before the horror passed, four months later, hundreds had been arrested and tried, 19 or 20 men and women had been hanged and one had been pressed to death, all on un- provable charges that they were in conspiracy with the devil to commit harmful acts. Salem thereby won a permanent if unenviable place in history. But Salem had no monopoly on belief in witchcraft. Fear of the alliance between the powers of darkness and selected human .confederates is as old as man, is found in all primitive peoples and in some not so primitive. In England alone it is estimated that over the centuries 30,000 were burned at the stake for witchcraft, the last victim having been executed in Scotland as recently as 1722. Prosecution for witchcraft was not abolished in the United Kingdom until 1736. Even today, belief in the "evil eye," in the power of some to kill by sticking pins in wax images of their enemies, in the ability to cause harm by willing it, is more prevalent than the sophisticated may believe. Belief in the power of the "hex" still causes trouble in the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside. Representative Rudsten, Boston member of the Massachusetts legislature, has introduced a bill which would exonerate the executed victims of Salem's delusion. This attempt to do belated justice may be likened to the late Hendrik Willem van Loon's demand that Rembrandt be discharged from bankruptcy, centuries after his death. The Netherlands authorities ruled that Rembrandt hadn't paid his debts, and even if he was the country's greatest artist, his name would stay on the roA of undischarged bankrupts. The Soviet Union several years ago gave Ivan the Terrible a coat of whitewash, holding that his massacres were prompted by a contemporary fear of witches. It will do no harm to pass Rudsten's bill, and it will do no good, either. Salem repented its folly before 1692 ended, and the victims for more than 250 years have been regarded as innocent martyrs, sacrificed to man's credulity. Egg Do-Gooder Style Several hundred million dozens of eggs are being bought by the federal government, which is storing them in warehouses and caves in order to maintain retail prices at high levels. It is succeeding in its goal. The price of eggs right in egg-producing areas : is between 60 and 70 cents a dozen, retail. AH this has aroused the curiosity of some editors, one of whom wonders what explanation will be offered for the stored eggs when archeologists uncover them hundreds of years from now. One newspaper supposes that people of some distant age will have a theory that ancient Americans of the Twentieth Century were indulging in a form of worship. Because it is an emblem of fertility and reproduction, the egg was regarded with great reverence, and thus preserved instead of eaten. Other archaeologists might decide that these pioneer citizens were often hard pressed for food and stored the eggs against the threat of famine. None will be crazy enough to suggest the real reason for this experiment in national economy. That the government took the eggs off the market because it thought too much cheap food was not good for the people. Meanwhile hundreds of millions of dozens of eggs are growing stale and worthless because some do-gooders saw in the scheme another way of spending taxpayers' money. Judicial Dissents Of the 126 decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States in the last term, 93, or 74 per cent, involved dissents. This compares with 66 per cent in the previous term, 62 per cent in the 1946-47 term and 50 per cent in the 1945-46 term. There were 36 five-to-four divisions the last term as against 24 the previous term. Plainly .the conflicts within the court are steadily increasing. At the American Bar Associa- tion convention Chief Justice Vinson sought to allay uneasiness created by the increasing disagreement among the court members by saying that this was a good thing, that it gave assurance the justices are working, not just tossing off casual opinions. Anyhow, unanimous decisions, he added, would be possible only under fascist or communist systems. That premise will be readily granted, but the important factor in deciding whether dissents are a "good thing" is the question of degree. Before he retired from its bench, Justice Roberts, taking his colleagues to task on one occasion, inferred that the multiplicity of dissents lay mainly with a predilection of certain members to exploit their individual philosophies. But since then the public has been given glimpses of the sharp internal feuds within the court, which have resulted in the overthrow of various established principles and doctrines of decisional law. Before the American Law Institute five years ago, Justice Jackson expressed concern over the "present low estate of the precedent." He was referring particularly to the lower courts and laid the chief fault to the "haste and pressure of the times." But with the Supreme Court so confusedly divided within itself as to shake confidence in the consistency of decision, are the lower courts to be' blamed for their readiness to decide cases contrary to past decisions? A clue as to what 2,000,000 persons on the federal payroll are doing can be found in the disclosure that the government is still hunting for 11 convicts who escaped from the Leavenworth penitentiary in 1902. Do You Remember? One Year Ago Foreman Herbert Cockcroft was named honorary chairman of the committee in charge of the Firemen's Ball. E. T. McGrath was named vice- chairman of the Waterbury In-, dustrial Recreation Association. ' 20 Years Ago John McDonough, a freshman at Holy Cross College, was visiting with his parents. George Goodwin scored two touchdowns as Naugatuek High school defeated Plainville, 33-0. Household Scrapbook Dish Cloths Sometimes in damp weather, dish towels and cloths have a disagreeable odor that cannot be removed ay ordinary washing, "if this is :he case, use a little ammonia in the water when washing and they will soon become fresh and clean. Hems Take a double stitch, every inch or so when hemming a garment. If a few stitches are ripped the hem will be so secure that the rip will not extend for more than an inch. New Brooms An effective treatment for the lew broom that will toughen its bristles is a good scalding in hot suds. Parents may need reminding that they are responsible for the actions of their minor children. ...And many a parent has been hailed into juvenile court to "pay up" for vandalisms that would have been avoided had they not spared the rod and spoiled the child... We have on hand a limited supply of booklets containing the season's schedules of all of the country's top college elevens... They may be hud by calling at The NEWS off ice... Included in the booklet is information about pro leagues, officials' signals and many other interesting bits of information. Although his son is still less than one week old, Atty. Henry Maylor is already talking about his future in the Peter J. Foley Little League...If junior is as enthusiastic about the league as is his pop, he should become a star.. .In seven or eight years, that Is. Parochial school children couldn't have asked for a better day off than they had Wednesday., .Neither too cdld nor too •warm to spoil their fun.. .Jeweler Bill Schpero's novel window displays are really eye-catching... Draw no end of attention from passersby. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. George Zitzman, of Quiiui street, who celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary Thursday. Mrs. Z. is the former Delores Lauer. Newspapers recently carried articles about the number of representatives of foreign papers who covered the World Series games ... Particular emphasis was placed on stories written by British correspondents who quite obviously didn't understand the game they were writing about.. . Too bad that the press accommodation committee saw fit to admit these men when so many qualified American sports writers had ticket requests turned down. A new parking ticket program has been made effective in the Police Department... Each patrolman is now held responsible for every ticket assigned.. .No more re-takes... We acknowledge, with thanks, a nice note of thanks from Nancy L. Anderson, corresponding secretary of the Junior Woman's Club... Always glad to help, Nancy... Capt. James J. Doody, adjutant of the 102nd Inf. Regiment has announced the following promotions in Co. F, "Naugatuck's Own" as recommended by Capt. Paul Elmore: John L. .McCarthy, 29 Orchard street, from private first class to corporal; Ferdinand Gyuricsko, Oakville, to sergeant, first class; Stanley J. Chenkus, Waterbury, to sergeant; Eugene F. Lester, New Haven, to sergeant... Two Fuller street boys, Donald Swanson and Robert Hart, have enrolled at the C.R.L. School of Electronics, Hartford... Clarence A. Thomas, 24, of Union City, has enlisted in the Army, through the Hartford office... Bill Brush tells us the three-day fair of the Beacon Valley Grange is a marvel of entertainment... It opened last night and continues through Friday... The annual masquerade dance will be held Friday night... We hear the children of Central Avenue School, particularly those ol the 6th, 7th and 8th grades, were much impressed by the talk given by Earl Shcdd Wednesday morning at the school us a part of Fire Prevention Week. As they were standing ijn. the burning sun, they wished, however, they might enjoy the comforts of an auditorium, where they might perhaps take notes and reported at a later school session on the important points stressed by Mr. Shedd, who is vitaliy Interested in safety programs. It's a boy, Charles Richard, for Mr. and Mrs. Arthur K. O'Keefe of Columbia Blvd., Waterbury, at St. Mary's Hospital last Saturday...A. K. is an official of the Naugatuek Chemical Co.. .. When the Yankees won the pennant, Russ Weaving was recipient of a handsome loving cup...But for some reason he refuses to put it on display... "Mac" MacDonald, the smiling: Irishman of Church street, is preparing a petition requesting that Kuss, a Red Sox booster, put the cup in a prominent spot for all to see. . .How about that, Russ... An excellent exhibition of landscape paintings was on display recently at the home of Arthur Bennett, Pinesbridge.... Sorry we didn't know about it earlier... The fine works were turned out by Mr. Bennett, who daily commutes to the Risdon Mfg. Co., and his daughter, Mrs. Juanita Bennett Blake...Art critics from Bridgeport, Naugatuek, Shelton and New Haven were among those who viewed and marveled. Tom Lee Is right on the job with stories of activities of the Columbian Squires.. . The Fire Prevention Display In our front window Is a center of attraction. .. .It consists of timely posters by students of the local schools. Charlie Clark is hard at work to line up the annual Halloween parade and masquerade of the local Legion post.. .Local youngsters are looking forward to a couple of nice banquets... One for the coasting derby participants—the other for the Little League... Joe Cotnoir, top-notch Insurance, honored us with a visit the other day, first time in too long. ... Don't be a stranger, Joseph... MR. INSIDE AND MR. OUTSIDE WALTER WINCHELL In New York DIAGRAM FOR SOMKBODY ELSE Love Is a highball or tea at the Rite: A John-Frederics hat or a custom-. built car. Love is the box where a pallid ghost sits: Lore Is the lightning that Mots out a star. Love is the silver you coin for your dreams, Moonlight on water and wings for the heart. Love Is a rowboat that leaks at the seams: * Love Is the red line that goes down the chart. I'm sure of my facts — and I'll swear to all this, I checked on It, sweet, between a kiss—and a kiss. ' —ICleanor Alletta Chuffet. Prof. Geo. P. Baker, the famed drama dean, was approached by a freshman on the campus. He said: "What's your guess on Satdee'a game with Michigan? You don't think we'll do too bad, do you?" "Don't you mean badly ?" corrected the prof. "What's the diff,' 'said the frosh, "you know what I mean." "An 1-y can make quite a difference," persisted the dean, pointing to a shapely co-ed. "It makes a difference, whether or not you look at her sternly—or at her stern!" The war between Moscow and Washington stonily had to wait until w e Settled the one between New York and Brooklyn. It's sure been a tough year for Vaughan. First he was probed by Congress, then he was rapped toy the press and now Dr. Gallup picks Bob Hope as the nation's No. 1 Comedian! thews in the veddy-Briddlsh "Yes, li'Lord" ploy as though he were the 1st payment on our loan. An hextrawdinarifeh amusing , rahtha! Overheard by Chuck Barnett In front of the Palace Theater. "Hey! I'm going to Hoolywood!" "For a picture?" "Nope." "As a writer?" "Guess again!" "A producer?" "Hell, no! As a Communist!" "Ah,. love!" aha M. Braveman. "Samson & Delilah to Simpson and O'Dwyer!" , Some, people are wondering just what a movie producer's job realiy is, "Well," .explained Alfred Drake, "the director is a fellow who worries. The writers spend their time worrying, the actors worry and the producer—well, he's the one who worries that all the others may not be worrying enough." News Item: "Russians Name Mountain After Paul Robeson." Making a Mt. oufof, etc. Reflections of a Fall Guy The snap of the crisp Autumn air in the stands, The" snap of the ball from the quarterback's hands. (Continued On Page_. 10) \ News Item: "General Vaughan said, 'I am, accused of being unethical. The only two people I have to ipttease are Mr. Truman and Mrs. Vaughan!' " Poor Mr. Pcron. He's sure, gon- na feel hurt. MODERN ETIQUETTE Q, Does it show poor taste to use artificial.flpwera around the home? A. No; they are popular and some people even use them, for decoration on the dinner table. Q. Is it all right for a woman to introduce, her husband.'s mother as, "This is my mother-in-law"? A. It would probably be:better to say, "This is Bob's mother." A Broadway showman (known for his picturesque lingo) phoned a commentator 10 say he had some Series seata for him. "If I accept them," he said, "I 3'pose you'll be expecting some h»lp in the pa|pier." "'Who needs help?" screamed .Mike Tod'd with a' shrug in his voice. "I'm calling you from the Station House!" From the Col'm: "The slgnery on the 47th and B'way corner advertising 'Samson and Delilah' is getting giggles: Victor (Sarason) Mature's locks are longer than Yvonne (Delilah) DeCarlo's. Oil, thay, now." "Oh, 'thay yourthelf!" proofreads Alice Hartlett of Trop, N. Y. "Take another look, Walter. Isn't the lovely Delilah Hedy Lamiarr?" Yeth. Thorry. Thankth. Maybe you can't blame Tokyo Rose for complaining. She prob'ly feels she's being jailed for saying the same thingis in Tokyo Paul Robeson says in the U. S, AP quotes Congressman J- 3. Murphy ID. of.N. Y.) after meeting Franco in Spain. "He im(pressed me as a very, very lovely and lovable character. He impressed Hi'tler the same way, Congressman, and we just loved reading- about that Madrid thief swiping your pants which contained $5,000. Sudden Thawt: How can anyone have $5,000 after paying taxes, anyhow? Love Letter: The following letter was sent toy the Kaiser Frazer radio agency to the head of the Hooperatlng: "I gues* you were afraid to give Winchell the 9cor>p on your assistant getting married —because had he aired It, you would have learned just how high his Hooper really is" Cowards! Q. What gifts are appropriate for the fifteenth anniversary? A. This is the crystal wedding. Look And Learn 1. What republic of the Western Hemisphere has the oldest civilization ? 2. What branch of zoology treats of birds? . 3. What in newspaper parlance is a "masthead"? 4. In what city is the world's greatest railroad center? 5. Who wrote "The Canterbury Tales"? Answers 1. Brazil. 2. Ornithology. 3. The material at the head of the first column of the editorial Page, giving ownership, subscription, and advertising rates. 4. Chicago. 8. Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400). Potatoes Can Be Sold By PRANK TRIPP In private business, when there's overproduction prices go down, the effort to sell the product increases and the people profit thereby. Under government's notion of business, overproduction is bought with the taxpayers' money and the people suffer thereby. Prices move higher and the consumer pays not only the higher prices, but he also pays, in hidden taxes, the subsidy which made the prices high. You come face to face with this farm price support phenomenon every time you look a potato in the eye. Let's look the common man's mainstay squarely in the eye. . Of last year's potato crop the government bought 133 million bushels; paid 200 million dollars for them; took them out of the consumer market; then paid for the transportation, handling and storage of 186,000 freight carloads of the spuds. Cattle .ate some, some went to Germany, some became alcohol, most were just plain wasted. Nobody made an intelligent effort to sell them. While the per capita consumption of all food increased 15 per cent from 1909 to 1948, and the per capita consumption of all vegetables and fruit Increased 55 per cent, the per capita consumption of potatoes dropped 40 per cent This couldn't happen naturally to a potato eating nation. There had to be chicanery to bring it about. YOC'IX ASK, how are you going to sell more potatoes? The same way that more of everything is sold.; by encouraging use, establishing; volume, and maintaining reasonable price—through advertising. You'll expect me to say by newspaper advertising, which I do say. There's proof that potatoes can be promoted and sold. Contrast the wasteful vote-luring bait of government subsidies with what happened in. the big potato states of Maine and Idaho. Idaho growers have advertised potatoes since 1937. In the face of a 40 per cent decline in the use of potatoes, their sales increased annually. In 1948, against the government's 200 million dollar potato subsidy, their sales reached a new high, exceeding their previous top by four million dollars, or 10 per cent. This was accomplished at profitable prices, through a modest $75,000 advertising campaign In 47 newspapers. nine mills, less than one cent, per dollar of sales. By 1946 their sales had so increased that their adver- I tising cost was less than one-sixth ;of 3. cent per dollar of sales (one [cent out of $6.25). Let any who think that advertising increases food costs consider that figure. The value of Maine potato land increased, distress sales almost stopped and the farm mortgage was cut in half. MAINE SELLS POTATOES to consumers top. By advertising, Maine growers increased their sales from $10,888,000 to $62,000,000 in nine years. They started with $25,000 spent in three newspapers. This successful New England effort could be one reason why Boston consumes five times as many potatoes per capita as does New York City. Maine growers increased their advertising yearly unti] they were using 137 newspapers in 20 states. Their original advertising cost was OTHERS THAN potato growers have profited likewise. Oranges moved from a Christmas treat to every day fare. In four months the apple growers of the State of Washington sold 50 million dollars worth of perishable fruit through advertising. Faced with a bumper crop of 30 million boxes of apples, they placed advertising in 259 newspapers in January of 1948. By April they were curtailing shipments to avoid a premature sellout. Cranberry growers have advertised their crops for years. In 1948 their sales increased 33 per cent over 1947 and 87,000 women wrote for their booklet on ways to use cranberries. That's a top secret of food advertising—ways to use the product; and there the newspaper shines, for its recipes reach every kitchen. The government doesn't try to encourage the use of potatoes or try to sell them. It just buys them at a price under par—less than you pay takes them off the market, and less and less potatoes are eaten as a result. Great quantities go to waste. As less and less are eaten, more and more have to be bought and more and more growers are bribed not to grow them—some who never grew enough potatoes to put in your eye. EVEN TAKING THE HIGHEST selling cost that Maine growers encountered as a basis, the 133 million bushels which the government bought in 1948 could have been sold at a cost under two million dollars (less than one and one-half cents per bushel). This would have saved the taxpayers 198 million dollars, plus the storage and freight on 180,000 carloads of potatoes. The nation would have eaten more potatoes at the under parity price which government paid. By reason of the miracles that advertising hath wrought it is no wild guess that most of these wasted potatoes could have reached American tables. The growers' income would have been as great and their market expanded, rather than cut nearly in half. But you mustn't expect government to stoop to any of the proven free enterprise methods which created the America which we'love. That wouldn't win the votes of the uninformed—who are propagandized into blaming «.he wrong culprit for the high prices which they pay. (Copyright, 1949, General Feature* IS IT FACT or FICTION? Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, the distinguished- Negro (peacemaker at the. United Nations, was refused a ticket ai Washington's Capitol Theater .He walked half a block to the Palace Theater, put. his coins on the cashier's till, asik- ed for a seat (in .French) and. got it. They thought he was frora some Foreign Legation! "Isn't it a shame," he. told int- timates, "that in the Capital ot my own country, I have to speak in a foreign language to buy a ticket to a movie!" • -The critics embraced A. E. Mat- - «TROLEU« STORAGE BUNKER "0' per gallon F. O. B. Our Terminal Bridgeport, Conn.. Phone 6-35*1 ^Wr. BUCKLEY (.-, BETTFR StRVICL-LOWER FUEL COSTS ,COLUAlBUSiDISCOVERED NORTH'AMERieA? TIP STANDS FOR *To INSURE PROMPTNESS" 1. Fiction. Instead, the explorer sighted the island called Guanohani in the West Indies on Friday, October J 2, 1492. 2. Fiction.' Historians say that "tip" is probably derived from on old English verb to tip meaning "to give." And: here's a.good tip for you. Simply look. Inside the back cover of your telephone book. See how low long distance grates actually are — anywhere. Isn't there someone whose voice you'd love to hear right-now?/ HERES A Tl P :" LOWEST LONG DISTANCE RATES ARE IN EFFECT AFTER 6 RAt. AND ANYTME ON SUNDAY N i W E N G 1 A N O TELEPHONE

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