The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on January 5, 1948 · 3
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Monday, January 5, 1948
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SUN RISES 7.34 A.M.; SUN SETS 4.24 P.M., E.S.T. MONTREAL, MONDAY,. JAN. 5, 1948 AROUND OUR TOWN By Gordic Moore Less Snowfall, Less Cold Weather MoreSunshine in '47 Records Show I I . 1 1 t 1 oJ qSVV Beware of the 'Sawdust9 Caesars Crying 'Exploitation T. T.Smyth As in every ace, there are thou-unds of men itching today for a chance that may land them in the addle where they may "ride high, wide and handsome" at the expense of the people. T. Tagcart Smyth, president of the City Improvement League, declared Saturday night in a radio address Riven under the auspires of the League and the Municipal Dureau. He spoke on "This Heritage of Ours." tie warned against allowing would-be reformers who "wish to regiment our lives with a hope of making a handsome profit for themselves out of the bargain. Would-be 'KawduKt Caesars' abound the world over and they are militant In their own favor." Mr. Smyth advised. "Let us not take their word for It; let us usk them for proof. Make them tell us how our overseas cousins are faring under different circumstances. These self-made crusaders, in a selfish cause, are con&tantly telling us that we are being exploited and that we are unharpy as if repetition would make us believe in our unhappi-ncss." He reminded his hearers that only seven out of every hundred people in the world inhabit the North American continent. This privileged seven out of every hundred own 70 out of every 100 automobiles; fU) out of every loo telephones, 5() out of everv JIM) radios in the world. Living stand-arris are the highest anywhere. Answering charges of exploitation he cited figures from the Hank of Canada showing that for the past 17 years every dollar paid to industry haa been shared with labor to the extent of 8fl cents, while industry kept only 11 cents, the other three Roing for rent, interest and royalties. "Other statisticians say the proportion left to industry is much less, some assert it is as low as four cents on the dollar." he declared. "Does that spell exploitation''" "The value of goods produced In Canada more than doubled for the period from 1038 to 1948 yet the profit to the leading 3fi0 companies increased to the extent of only 16 per cent," he added. "On the other hand, the true index of wages paid by the leading industries advanced 62 per cent within the same period. SUPPORT IS ASKED FOR CABLE STRIKE Europe, South America Operators Are Contacted by C.I.O. Union New York, Jan. 4 (TV-International cable and radio operators In Europe and South America htve been asked to "support" th three-day-old strike of some 3,500 overseas communications workers in the United States, a spokesman said tonight. Employees are striking for a SO-ner-cent wage Increase. Charles Silberman. spokesman for the joint strike committee representing the American Communications Association (CIO ) and an independent union, said the requests had been sent to radio and rati workers groups in Britain, Fiance, Italy, Scandinavian countries Kim hi and principal points In South America. Similar requests were sent to countries In trie Southwest Pacific and Asia by San Francisco locals, it was announced earlier. "Hased on the replies that we receive, suggestions will he mude as to what specific action the utiimiN abroad should take to ainl in the fctiike," Silberman said. His statement came on the eve of a negotiation session between the A C.A. and the cables division of Western Union Telegraph Company, one of the four firnu involved in the strike. Other firms Involved are the Mackay HaHio and Telegraph Company, the Commercial Cable Company and All-America Cables. Thus far supervisory employees have Kept cable and radio ciicuitJ operating despite the walkout. Foundation Josephine Aids Greek Freighter Halifax, Jan. 4 . (P The ocean-foiiig salvage tug Foundation Josephine tonight reported that heavy seas will delay her in reaching the distressed 11,230-ton Greek freighter Themistocles 800 miles southeast of Halifax. The Josennine aajd her position t noon today was about 310 miles south of Halifax and that she would be forced to ride out a storm. She expected to beg.n Steaming sometime tomorrow. The freighter reported yesterday ahe had Vost her propeilor and asked Halifax to send a rescue tug to her aid. T If this is exploitation I am sure you will agree with me when I say we should have more of it. Nevertheless there are some of us who may still dream of a change. Let us look before we leap lest we go from the frying pan into the fire from which there is no exit. "The City Improvement League would forfeit its richt to its name I if it did not seek to promote the greatest good or the greaest number. With this in mind it has striven to give us a glimpse at a true inventory of our wealth; that wealth which every citizen of this great country of ours now enjoys. It has given you a synopsis of the good-liness of our assets." HARRY R. LEAVITT, DIES SUDDENLY, 57 Prominent Businessman Was Member of Several Organizations Harry Ttalph Leavitt, well-known Montreal businessman, died suddenly yesterday at his residence, 023 Sydenham avenue, Westmount, In his 58th year. He was president and owner of Canada New Zealand Casings, Limited, owned and controlled Canada Casing Company of Illinois, Chicago, III., and was associated with the Canada Casing Company, Limited, Birkenhead, England. Born in Dexter, Maine, Mr. Leavitt was educated at Portland High School, North Yarmouth Aca- 1 i i II. R. LEAVITT demy and the University of Maine. He began his business career as timekeeper and paymaster with the White Star Dominion Line' and later as purchasing agent for the Wm. Davies Company, Limited. He started in the business which he was eventually to own in 1918 working in many capacities with the firm. In 1932 he purchased the business from the Banque Cana-dienne Nationale. A permanent contributing member of the Shrlner's Crippled Children's Hospital he wiw also a member of A F. & A.M.. Maple Leaf Chapter. Victoria Council, Richard Coeur de Lion Perceptory, Karnak Temple," Royal Order of Jesters, and of Delta Tua Delta. His clubs and othrr associations included: Wrntworth Ftfh and Gmm Club, St George Snowhoe Club. Masonic (Montreal) Club, the Montreal Board of Trade and the Montreal Citizens Committee. He was a member of Dominion Douglas Church. Westmount. He is survived bv two sons. Ralph S. and Harold O. Leavitt of Montreal, and two daughters, Mrs. B. F. Andresen of Oslo, Norway, and Helen Ruth at home. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Leavitt. live in Portland, Maine, as do two sisters. Mrs. H Dunn and Miss Marion Leavitt. His wife, the former Florence Ruth SUnchfield, died in 1945. Funeral arrangements will be announced later, Jamaica Resets Quota On Imports From Here Kingston, Jamaica, Jan. 4. KB Quotas on imports of textiles, footwear and ready-to-wear garments into Jamaica from Canada and the United States were re-established .Ian. 1. the Government announced Saturday. No reason was given. At the same time, it was announced that customs revenue for th first nine months of the current fiscal year had-amounted to $11,800.-ooo. $:i, above the estimate for the period. NEED IN MANPOWER PLAGUING DOMINION N.Y. Herald Tribune Survey of Canadian Conditions Cites Difficulties (Special to The Gazette) New York. Jan. 5 (Monday). The. New York Herald Tribune, in its annual survey of conditions in Canada, this morning declared that Canadian - United States resources were vital to world recovery, but at the same time said that an acute shortage of manpower was plaguing industries of the Dominion. According io the Tribune's Raymond L. Hoadley, democratic Canada and the United Stales are the only two nations with the vitality and resources necessary to restore the world to economic health. They alone among the chief nations, Mr. Hoadley said, produce more than they consume. Canada, Mr. Hoadley's lead article in the Tribune's round-up declared, has almost unlimited natural resources. The United States has a wealth of production and manpower. Together, the article asserted, they are gradually integrating their economies into a North American pattern unmatched in a world of poverty and uggrenalve nationalism. Canada, however, according to the round-up, has an acute labor shortage even though 5,000,000 peo- Ble are working throughout the lominion, against 3,500,000 before the WHTi In nearly all fields of industry and business there is a shortage of workers and there appears no immediate means of alleviating this condition, as practically all able-bodied workers are employed. Because of this Canadian business is closely watching the cost-of-living indices in the uneasy knowledge that Canada's labor forces will demand higher wages later this year if prices continue their upward march. The Tribune's round-up further reports that in addition to the general shortage of labor certain industries are facing difficulties. According to the Department of Labor, primary textiles and agriculture present social rather than purely economic problems. A shift from war work in an urban center to a textile mill in a remote Quebec town, for example, involves considerable readjustments. That is also true of the agricultural worker who is unwilling to return to the farm from the war factories. In the construction industry the lack of skilled labor is a direct result of the breakdown of the apprenticeship system during the war. Gold mining Is the problem of Canadian industry, according to the Tribune's survey. Confronted on the one hand by labor shortage at the mines and sharply higher wage and supply costs, and on the other by a fixed and negotiable price for its product, profits for this formerly major factor in Canadian economy have steadily declined. A review of Northern Quebec's aluminum industry proclaimed that the "world's largest aluminum unit is ready to aid the Marshall plan," while a further article, reviewing the Dominion's manpower problems, says a "cautious start has been made to increase its population to a size in keeping with its area and wealth. The Herald Tribune supplement followed a section devoted to the United Slates economy Jan. 2. To-i morrow, economic trends in Mexico will be reviewed. An article on the development of Iron ore resources on the Quebec-Labrador border said that deposits there "may be several times greater Bnd of composition equal to the richest ore ever found In the Mec-abi range of the Middle Western United States." The Herald Tribune said that the achievement of Canada's newsprint industry in gearing operations to a rate 50 per cent above the prewar scale was something "equalled by few other major industries in the world." Newsprint supoly during 11)43 was seen as coming within five per cent of United States need. Quebec Censors Tracts Noranda Pastor Avers Ottawa, Jan. 4. Rev. Murray Heron, pastor of the First Baptist Church at Noranda, Que., charged in an address to the congregations in Westboro Bapst and Calvary Baptist churches today that religious literature sent to points in Quebec had been censored by Quebec provincial officials. He told the two congregations of attempts made to halt his open-air meetings in Quebec, and of alleged "opposition' to his preaching of the Gospel. He said that hi church group had applied for permission to distribute religious literature in Quebec some four months ago. but so far had received no answer. Grandpappy was right after all. In "the good old days," it was colder, and there was more snow. In fact, 1947's annual mean temperature of 44.1 degrees and 194fi's mark of 44.9 degrees are in keeping with the warming up trend which our climate has been experiencing during the past 60 years. In 1894, the mean annual temperature was 41.7 degrees. In the snowfall department, the past year's 95 inches was a good 30 inches less than it used to be about the turn of the century. These figures were released over the -week-end by the McGill Observatory director, Prof. George H. T. Kimble. A welcome feature of the past year's weather and one that may not be entirely unrelated to the drop in the snowfall rate, was the high sunshine aggregate. At 44 per cent of the possible amount, Montreal basked in approximately 1.800 hours of sunshine, a figure only exceeded once (in 1946; during the past 25 years. Pointing out that almost every new year is a vintage year for the collector of meteorological records. the weather report for 1947 lists the mean annual temperatures for ten-year periods beginning with 1894 and reveals a definite trend to milder weather. In the decade ending 1894, the mean annual temperature was 41.7; 1904, it was 42.4; 1914, 42.5; 1924, 42.8; 1934, 43.5; and in 1944. 43.7. One of the most interesting features of this cyclical change is that the gain in warmth is not evenly distributed. The change! is confined to the late winter, summer and autumn seasons while the figures for spring and early summer have remained fairly steady throughout the cycle. The ten-year means for the past fifty years in the snowfall records show that for the decade ending 1904, the amount of snowfall was 126 inches: in 1914. it was 115 inches; 1924, 104 inches; 1934, 104 inches, and 1944, 102 inches. The mean snowfall for the past ten years is even lower, namely 97 inches. Statistical summary from the McGill Observatory files for 1947 show the mean temperature to be 44.1 degrees against the 73-year mean of 42.7 degrees. The mean maximum temperature of 51.1 is less than a degree off the 73-ycar Montreal Blower Cleans N.Y. Snow Now York, Jan. 4. KP' A touch of Montreal was added to New York over the week-end when a snow-blower sent down from the Canadian city gave New York's hard-pressed snow-removal officials a hand. New York, still harried by Christmas week's record fall were treated to the welcome sight of snow and ice disappearing at the rate of 10 tons a minute. Edouard Simard, president of a comoany which manufactures Montreal's blowers, got in touch with Mayor William O'Dwyer's snow-removal committee,' and they gave him the green light when he offered to have a snow-blower sent down from Montreal. Two drivers and a mechanic, working in eight-hour shifts, made the trip from Montreal iu 24 hours with the blower. French Tongue Asset Western Linguist Says London. Ont, Jan. 4. 'It: H. E. Jenkin, associate professor of modern languages at the University of Western Ontario, told a group of commercial travellers here Saturday that even an elementary knowledge of the French language is a considerable asset for an English-speaking Canadian. Director of the University's summer school in French and English at Trois Pistoles, Que., the professor said he believed French-speaking Canadians in Quebec were generally anti-Communist but said there was danger of incipient fascism, perhaps because of the lack of "a great middle class." He said he had found the Canadian French to be "deeply religious, devout, 'hospitable ana frank . . . there are as many rascals in Ontario as in Quebec." Governor of Bahamas Unveils Oakes Obelisk Nassau, Bahamas, Jan. 4. CP) Governor Sir William Murphy today unveiled a memorial obelisk erected by the citizens of the Bahamas in honor of Sir Harry Oakes. Canadian mining magnate murdered in his home here early-in the war. Sir Harry undertook the development 'here of a seaplane base, first such public venture on the island. The work was unfinished when he was slain, but American engineers later extended the field for major R.A.F. operations during the war. One of the three areas of the base is named Oakes Field and another Windsor Field after the Duke of Windsor, wartime Governor of the ll;ihannis. 0Wv;r.',-.;V.. . i, tuiamumiiii niiHrtmm?.:..-.. ., - . STORM GROUNDS AIRLINERS: The third big snowstorm in a 10-day period grounded these aircraft at Municipal Airport. Boston, over the weekend. French and Canadian (Trans-Canada Air mean of 50.3 degrees, while the mean minimum temperature of 36.9 degrees over two degrees higher than the 73-year mean of 34.6 degrees. 'Total rainfall' for 1947 was inches. The 73-year mean is 30 inches. The 95-inch total snowfall for the year falls short of the 73-year mean of 112 inches. R. NORMAN DAWE SPORTSMAN, DEAD Vice-president of the CAHA to Be Buried Tuesday; Was Verdun Resident R. Norman Dawe, vice-president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and an active figure in Canadian amateur sport for a quarter century, died suddenly from a heart attack in the Royal Victoria Hospital yesterday. Mr. Dawe gave no indication of being in ill health, having attended the major league hockey game at the Forum Saturday evening. He returned home and retired for the night, but at 4 a.m. was stricken. lie was removed immediately to the hospital where he died a few hours later. Mr. Dawe was born in Point St. Charles on Oct. 18. 11198. and with his parents moved into Verdun m ill R. NORMAN DAWE when he was four years of age. In that municipality he took an active part in sports, and about 25 years aso became secretary of the Playgrounds Commission, a post he held throughout the yours. His early interest was centred on junior hockey, baseball and rugby teams and he grew with the organized hockey movement until he became president of the Quebec Amateur Hockey Association, a post he held for upvrn years. Hp aufmr-fluently became Quebec repi ewenta-tive on the C.A.H.A. board and retained this position after relinquishing the Q.A.H.A. presidency last fall. He was a well-known figure in Verdun social life, and was prominent among those who made the Southwestern Y' their athletic headquarters. He entered the employ of the Canadian Car and Foundry Company, Limited, 30 years ago, and rose to the position of assistant director of personnel. This brought him into close contact with large groups of employees. He was being induced by friends in Verdun to enter active political life as a mayoralty candidate aKainst Mayor Edward W. Wilson ne..t April, and on the evening of December 3 last a delegation went to his home at 1050 Brault avenue, and invited him to enter the contest. He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Busby; a son, Norman T. Dawe; a grandson, Norman H. F. Dawe; his father, Robert Dawe: six sisters. Mrs. Shirley Weekes, Mrs. David Dickson. Mrs. Mert McCullough. Mrs. Albert Mor-ley and Miss Joyce Dawe. The funeral service will take place at the Chapel of Jos. C. Wrav & Bro., 1234 Mountain street, at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. J. G. Joyce, of the Verdun United Church, and Rev. C. E. Combe, of St. Judo's Anglican Church, will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Royal Cemetery. Alcide Gagnon, past president of the Q.A.H.A. and a life member of the association, said. "I was shocked to learn the news. His death will be a loss to the sporting world and to hockey in particular. He was a fine man and a victim of hockey, because he worked too hard for it." Azarie Choquette. president of the Quebec Amateur Hockey Association, said last night that the death of Norman Dawe "was a great loss to organized hockey." "This branch of the C.A.H.A. has lost a very fine man, one who paid particular ntteiilion to junior hockey aspirants," he sniil. 5- ? i fc-F WIS hi "f V fi in V ' r i'JH An u M I -, J-"I5kJL L I. urn. in m 1 MMnitiaifcrL ..11 11 if. a; 1-, . , x 72 1: L J FRIENDSHIP TRAIN FOOD: Children at the departmental school at Vitry. a suburb of Paris, eat a warm lunch prepared from food which was English Woman Reported Owner Of Bracelet Found in New York Part of the mystery surrounding a diamond and aquamarine bracelet, said to be valued at $40,000. was cleared up over the week-end when information from England identified the owner as a Mrs. Clark, of Hull, Eng. The news source claimed Mrs. Clark lost the valuable jewelry near a large New York hotel during a visit last summer. Believed at one time to have been part of some jewels stolen last year from the Duchess of Windsor, the bracelet was recovered Nov. 24 by city police when a Farnham, Que., telegraph operator, Gerald Theberge, reported to police that he found the bracelet in a taxi-cab during a visit to New York last August and brought It to Canada. Del. Sgts Leopold Guerin and Adrien Poulin traced the bracelet to the Theberge home and Theberge delivered it to Assistant Director Wilfrid Bourdon, head of the city's detective bureau. The Cartier jewelry firm was able to identify the bracelet as a piece prepared by them for a prominent English woman many years ago. Further investigation revealed the woman was dead and a daugn-ter had fallen heir to the jewel piece, later losing it in New York. While the case from the city police angle nppears to be solved, Ihrrr nrp several nsprcts still to be? considered by custom official. When the police are finished with their investigation, the bracelet will be turned over to a collector of customs, it was learned. Police are preparing to do this shortly. Waiter Is Slugged; Restaurant Looted Two men escaped with $65 in cash after knocking unconscious j the employee of a restaurant at 1499 Dorchetter street west shortly before 10 o"clock last nieht. Injured was Peter Hau. 49. of 1208 Mackay street, alone in the restaur- j ant at the tiry:e of the robbery. He! was taken to the Western Division i of the Montreal General Hospital, treated for head injuries and allowed to return home. He told police he was serving a "customer" a cup of coffee when he heard someone break a pane of glass at the rear of the premises. As he turned to investigate, the "customer" struck him on the head with an unidentified instrument. Police found a broken window and the till rifled. Three Held in Robbery At Claxton Residence Ottawa. Jan. 4. CP Police to-nisht held Robert Riley. 18. of Val Tetrcau, Que., Gayle Mindach, 17, of Ottawa, and a 15-year-old girl in connection with the Saturday night robbery of the home of Defence Minister Claxton. Riley and the sirl were arrested Saturday in a mid-town hoteL room where policp found two suitcases containing articles believed to have been taken from the Claxton home. A third suitcase, containing letters signed and initialled by the minister, was seized when police arrested Mindach at his home. Police, tipped bv a neighbor who saw three people leaving the empty Claxton house each carrying a suitcase, found the house a shambles with furniture overturned and clothing scattered through every room. 3 4 v .v.. j.- -44r. If. . - I "W . i; am v? - Lines) airliners are in foreground. American ones beyond the passenger walk and. in distance, National Guard reconnaissance planes. (AP Wirephoto.) - r 1 ijj X V'' Contacted last night, Isaie Savard, chief of the Inspection and Investigation Service of the Canadian Customs, said that it would probably be Arthur Lang, collector of customs for the Port of Montreal, to whom the bracelet would be given by police. Then Ottawa would be notified and "the final decision on what action will be taken rests with the Honorable Minister of National Revenue." TIRES 720 St. Antoifia (Cor. Cra i9) MA. 9227 II 1. ALL MAKES SAFEGUARD CHECKWRTTERS DICTATING EQUIPMENT TYPEWRITER & APPIX1ACC CO. LTD. 750 $. Pr St. an M. iaaa U, cur? m tFh FN A p i i 5 ;f f.'i ST. CATHERINE ST.W AT THE CUN r L L 1 Lit I . 1 , . . El t K c p 1.11 a paanLShl HARRISON BROTHERS 7A POM bakers pom hall! imontreal REFRESHER COURSES IN STENOGRAPHY Pitman, Gregg, Bilingual no1 TKwnti. Individual attention given to aacti uint. Special dictation classes every evening included in count. GRAHAM'S BUSINESS COLLEGE 3. Philip Page, A. P. A., Principal. 4914 Shcrbrooke St. Weir ACCOUNTANCY New Classes Opening in January Courses include double entry, journal-ledger, closing entries, financial reports, balance sheets, profit and loss, partnership, company and cost accounting. CERTIFIED ACCOUNTANTS AS INSTRUCTORS PAGE SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTANCY J. Philip Poge, A. P. A., Principal. GRAHAM'S BUSINESS COLLEGE 4914 Sherbrooke'Sr. West DE. 2242 4 is S ' part cf the ear'O receixed from the Arr,er;ciia Friendship Trains. This was the Lrst d stnbuUoa of Friendship Tr:n food to French children. $10,000 Jewel Theft Is Reported to Police Jewelry valued at flOfHX) sto'en early Saturday morning from a storage shed at the rear of 543 Montcalm street by thieves who forced the lock on the door. R. Villeneuve. of the Chcrrier Specialty Company, owner cf tha jewelry, told police that the loot consis:ed of 1.009 bracelets, 353 watches and about $500 worth cf necklaces. The investization was made by Del. Sets. Donat Beaupre and Frank Desjordy. 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