Daily News from New York, New York on August 16, 1945 · 64
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Daily News from New York, New York · 64

New York, New York
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Thursday, August 16, 1945
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City Starts Mew Victory Binge Thousands of victory hangovers which seemed incurable began to mend late .yesterday, and by 8 P. M. a crowd estimated at more than 100,000 had rolled into Times Square to start off on a new-binge emotional or otherwise. Trainloads of out-of-town visitors came to 1 I wn.i wwfsM nBaawwiiiniiiia in i!' i . r . jjp y i4mvaiaii 11 CO t3 O C3 c J I . the and The shouting has ceased morning after victory . as eager reinforcements for frenzied crowd of 2,000,000 York's history. And last night was only the end I of the first half of the two-1ay holiday proclaimed by President Truman. Millions will have another holiday today. Not until tomorrow will most -Americans go back to work. As Times Square filled up, police at 5 P. M. closed to traffic the area between Broadway and Seventh Ave. and 38th and 53d Sts. Cross streets between Sixth and Eighth Aves. also were closed. Nearly 1,500 uniformed men and detectives were again on duty in the area. Confetti showered from upper windows, horns tooted in the crowd and celebrating sailors and soldiers kissed undaunted damsels. Death Toll Is Four. A police checkup at 4 P. M. yesterday showed that the city's victory celebration had brought death to four and had caused 890 persons to be hospitalized or treated for injuries or alcoholism. The dead: James Mack, 34, a Negro soldier, of 655 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn, who fell from a window at 374 Tompkins Ave., Brookyn; Eugene H a r d r i c k, 32-year-old Negro, of 231 W. 141s; St., stabbed to death in a Harlem hallway; Lawrence Arico, 12, of 592 Sixth Ave., Brooklyn, who fell from a truck; and Thomas MeClintock, a 38-year-old motorman, of 4755 Columbia Ave., Mount Vernon, struck by an auto at 228th St. and White Plains Ave., Bronx. Two women were injured when roistering sailors tossed them up in the air and neglected to c&tch them during festivities in , the Times Square are. Mrs. Catherine Kenhy, 38, of 1305 Third Ave., was teken to Fiench Hospital with a fractured hip. Adrian Humphryes, 28, of Great Neck, L. I., suffered a lacerated back. Churches Offer Thanks. As after the victory in Europe, thousands flocked to the churches. Steady streams of worshippers visited the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, where hourly services of thanksgiving were held from 11 A. M. until 5 P. M. ves-terday. Six thousand crowded St. Patrick's Cathedral at a Solemn Pon-tificial Mass at which Auxiliary 4 Cling Ail m Four residents of the Bronx discovered for the first time yesterday that World War II was over, a morsel of news not immediately available to them in view of the fact that they were too busy clinging to an overturned canoe to buy a newspaper. The four, who spent most of Tuesday night clinging to the boat in mid-stream off Croton-on-Hud-son until one swam to shore and the others were rescued yesterday morning, were twins, Edward and Jack Kilgallen, 15, of 1212 University Ave.; Helen Turner, 27. same address, and Charlotte Fell-erraan, 25, of 2578 Briggs Ave. At the moment they are summer residents at Croton Point. street is cleaned . . . the crowd is two men who have cleaned up the the second celebration in the area where, the previous, night, a marked the end of World War II with the biggest party in New - , . 6 rrw- : life V -Hf E V J Y 7 s 4 sn if "s Special victory services observed Bishop J. Francis Mclntyre officiated. Msgr. Joseph F. Flannelly, who preached the sermon, noted the happy coincidence of the celebration of peace and the celebration of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. "Victory is not granted that our nation and our allies may dominate other peoples, but that the next thousand years may belong to God," Canon Edward West told nearly 1,000 persons at a noontime victory service in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Magistrates courts were open as usual, and Manhattan Felony Court had 25 defendants one an over-ardent Times Square celeb-ranL He was Seaman Lemar Hunt, 22, accused of kicking Patrolman James Lee when the latter told him to move on. Lee was taken to Roosevelt Hospital. The Navy man was held without bail for hearing tomorrow on an assault charge. Service Cops Everywhere. The Navy, had 1,300 SPs on duty on what Comdr. Ray Klen-berger, their chief, called "the Navy's biggest liberty night in 1 ight to Capsized Canoe In bathii:g suits, the four set out in a borrowed canoe at 1:30 P. M. Tuesday, and paddled to the river's west shore. Two hours later they started back. But a strong east wind made the Hudson cioppy, so choppy that the caioe "3 led with water and then turned ovsr. Three ships passed and the four waved, but weren't seen.. So they clung and clung, anJ at day rONFflT (SEWS folo by Hoff ' subdued: It's Times Square the mess take a few minutes rest. MCA 4. N , siv-CV"-vt 1 1 - LIT (NEWS foto by Wallyi in St. John the Divine yesterday. history in New York City." The Army had 214 MPs out. Many retail food stores were closed yesterday, but the New York State Food Merchants Association announced that about 5,000 such shops will open today "for at least a good part of the morning." Four thousand shops belonging to the Retail Meat Dealers' Association were shut yesterday, but Albert VVendel, president, declared they will be open today to sell what meat stocks they have on hand. Subways ran on weekday schedules- yesterday, with shortened trains, while bus lines were hit by an acute manpower shortage. Sanitation men struggled yester day with an all-time record shower of waste paper which totaled 4,863 tons for the first 24 hours nearly double the 2,500 tons tossed out of windows during the 1937 American Legion convention here. But by 10 A. M. a large crowd was moving through Times Square again. Horns blared here and there. Pedestrains had to detour to avoid a sailor sleeping by a side entrance of the Hotel Astor. (Other picture in center fold) break Edward, a strong swimmer, got fed up with clinging and swam to the Croton shore. He staggered up to a house, but the occupant, believing him drunk, slammed the door, he found help near by, however, and finally reached the cottage of his parents, who had meanwhile broadcast an alarm. A Westchester County Parkway cop in a launch finally caught np with the other three, still clinging to the canoe, at 9:30 A. M. They had been in the water 1? hours. f J. By JOHN Washington, D. C, Aug. an old sourpuss, blue-nosed sport, we insist in all honesty of the United States of America staged a victory celebration (and still stages one) which passes anything we have ever seen and equals anything of which we have read. Now it's been 15 years- since this reporter has dared to use the word "orgy" in any piece pounded out for publication. But "orgy" was the word for Washington. The brilliant Harvey Deuell, one of the greatest managing editors of this century, once in tones ofcold, restrained fury brought back a piece we had written of some casual dalliance as embalmed in the divorce court records of the sovereign State of New York, and announced : "If you don't know what an orgy is look it up in the dictionary. But whether you know or not, I don't want to see that word again in any copy you turn in." Washington Followed Dictionary to Letter. Well, after that, we learned what the dictionary says an orgy is. It means "ceremonial -rites in honor of Dionysus or Bacchus, characterized by ecstatic or frenzied singing and dancing and often by dissolute revelry. Hence any rites or ceremonial performance regarded of like character." And, as a secondary meaning, "drunken revelry; carousal." Well, the boys and girls of Washinton certainly went in for the second meaning after the proclamation of peace. We've talked to cops and members of the clergy to check on our own eyes and these old eyes saw World War I armistice, Bastille Days in Paris and dancing in the streets at Montparnasse and Raspail and up in the Place Blanche and Place Pigalle, and the Quatres Arts Ball and Harlem dives when Harlem hot spots were at '25-'30 high temperature. But we've never seen anything that quite touched Washington three hours after President Truman announced at the White House that the war is over. Always in our human history the god or war, Mars, and goddess of all the stories from overseas of rape, Celebrating victory in a decorous or modest (perhaps born of a fear or concern for public opinion, now shaken off in the convulsions of war) attitude toward public exhibitions. Well, Washington certainly got an eyeful and we're not talking about necking for the cameras, or "gob grabs girl" or anything like that. We mean business. Down at the foot of the hill which is 14th St., N. W., and around the corner of Pennsylvania Ave. is the publishing site of Mr. Eugene Meyer's serious, solemn and sedate Washington Post. We didn't see this little episode ourselves, but we quote from the reporter who did see it and who wrote this account: "Police answering a call in the 1300 block of E St., N. W., arrived too late to prevent a double strip-tease performed by a soldier and his attractive woman companion. "The couple stepped from an automobile near the corner of 14th St. and, while a mob cheered, proceeded with their act. The soldier took off his trousers, shirt, underwear and well everything standing completely nude before the populace as he handed his clothing to the woman. "The lady smiled, thanked him and disrobed herself, handing her companion, in the order in which they were removed, a dress, a slip, and a brassiere. When the soldier had donned the woman's clothing and she had attired herself in his, they waved to their admiring audience and drove off." Just an Incident for the Historic Record These were high spots but not isolated cases, reported to indicate the characteristic trend of the celebration. We are not embarking on any moralizing sermon on this. Merely tossing it off as a possible entry as a footnote to a five-century hence volume entitled "The Decline and Fall of the United States of America." Something short and snappy, in frequency modulation. Technicolor, with a slight touch of atomic radar. Army, Navy, State Department and the Foreign Economic Administration are secretly but heavily putting pressure on Great Britain to revise the bookkeeping charges which she is marking up to her credit for transporting American soldiers from Europe to the United States. They urge figures should be cut down before final lend-lease figures are made public. Current bookkeeping charge by Britain is from $70 to $100 a head for each American GI. Officers are marked down at a higher rate. U. S. has told London bluntly that this is exorbitant. All in all, this runs up into big money, and the facts, now that the old stall of security cannot be invoked, will soon become public. O'DONNELL 15. At the risk of being called reformer and nasty old spoil on reporting that this capital there has been a close tie-up between love, Venus. But hitherto, despite fraternization, etc., there has been front of the White House.

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