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A Penny for Your Thoughts Each person U given m penny for hlsarherUioucate. TwUy't Interview! were conducted at local police station*. Tbe vacation asked waa: "WHAT HAS BEEN ONE OF YOUR MORE UNUSUAL. EXPERIENCES AS A POLICEMAN?" Capt. William H e n n e · s jr. Greaham (14th) district: "On a question like that you don't know where to start so I'll tell you an unusual story that happened j u s t the other day. After working on i t [ f i v e y e a r s I [helped locate a CAPT. WILLIAM") a n's f a t h e r HtSNNKSSY w h o m he had never seen. The man, now middle-aged, lived with his mother as his parents separated soon after his birth. In later years he tried to find his father but without success. Finally through the secretary of state of Indiana, I was able to tell the man where his father was living. The first words of the father when he saw him were "You are my son." He, too, had been trying unsuccessfully for many years to locate his son." Joe W i e r s c h e m , Gresham (14th) district; "Less than a year ago we arrested a frllow at 79;h and Halsted sts. who was trying to pass a bogus check for a very s m a l l amount. Following up the case, we wound up by rounding up a $ 1 0 0 , 0 0 0 postal theft gang. Kight now we're working on a similar case where you find one person passing a bad check and you can wind up by getting a lot more." SOUTHTOWN, SUBURBS QET 9 NEW SCHOOLS DETAILS COLUMN 2. »A*I 1 Ctmmumiif N«wi«i»in tt Chiun VOLUME 53--No. 60 f*l. 72t W. Sl.,CUt»t» 4-1400 JOUTHTOWN, CHICAGO, SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 1954 r~.Sc 30 ftgtt Totrr Yo«r Economist papers tar* ft* FIFTH loramt circufofion of ALL pqptrs in til* State of Illinois STATE'S ATTORNEY GUTKNECHT SAYS- 'COMICS' VIOLATE LAW JOE W1ERSCHEM Paul Thompson, G r e s h a m (14th) district: "I had a school crossing at 7filh and Harvard for jabout four years land at Chrisl- Imastime in 1952 [practically every I child who passed I there each day jgave me a little (present. W o r d s couldn't tell you PAUL how happy I was THOMPSON a t t h a t experi . ence. I haven't been at the crossing for a while now but whenever I meet any of the children, even though lots of them are in high school tiow, they- still remember my name." Nine New Schools To Ease Load S o u t h t o w n Gets Five; IN umber Of Elementary Schools On D o u b l e Shift Reduced By Delores Smith Economist Staff Writer * Today's Puzzler When a farmer needed exactly four gallons of water, he found he had containers of only a three and five gallon, size. How did he measure exactly four gallons of water, using the two containers at hand? The solution will be found elsewhere in this column. * Mr. Friendly There's a double feature being offered by Mr. Friendly, Southtown's kindest distributer of gifts, today. One woman, whose twins will soon be three years old, would like to give a twin baby buggy to some other mother with twins. The buggy is still in good condition. Also listed on the double feature are 15 dozen fruit jars which some eager canner can have. For either of the items offered write a separate letter to Mr. Friendly, in care of the Southtown Economist, 728 W. 65th st. * Lions Charity Englewoqd Lions Club's sight conservation committee is looking for children in the neighborhood who need glasses and for blind men and women who could use braille typewriters or white canes. Fred Kloesc, 7007 S. Halsted st., is chairman of the committee. Kloese says the club's fund for this purpose has grown to such an extent that all requests have been filled and the Lions are anxious to find others they can help. Answer to the puzzler: The three-gallon container was filled and emptied into the five gallon container. It was filled again and two gallons poured into the five- gallon container thus filling it since it already contained three. That left one gallon in the three- gallon jar. The five-gallon jug was emptied, the one gal!6n in the three-galloner poured into it, and then three more from the three-galloner were poured in, making exactly four gallons in the big container. Eight new public and Catholic grade schools, nine additions anc a parochial high school for girls will open in and around Southtown this September, providing badly needed space for thousands of Southtown youngsters The added seats are expected lo relieve overcrowding, help meet the record enrollment for- cast in Catholic schools, and reduce the number of public elementary schools on double shifts. The five new public elementary schools in Southtown, which will open Se'ptember 7, or shortly thereafter, are: Charles G. Dawes, 3810 W. 81st pi.; Edward F. Dunne, 10850 ,S. Lowe ave.; Hendricks, 4320 S. Princeton ave.; Julius Roseitwald, 2541 80th.s/t., j^ncLAdlai Ewirif? Steyeni r J ' 1 ' r " " ^ ' MEMORY LANE Frfltoi T«« »elaii«y: "Remember when cable cars were used on Cottage Grove ave. until midnight; then, after midnight, horse cars were used?" -»~ From Ed A«H: "Remember when there were 19 legitimate theaters in the Loop are* with Broadway shows or big time vaudeville in all ol them?" r The ne\v Catholic grammar school buildings, to open September 8, are. Our Lady of the Ridge in Worth and St. Barnabas, W. 101st st. and S. Longwood dr. Southtown public school additions are at Brownell, 6509 S. Perry ave., and Kellogg, W. 93rd st. and S. Leavitt st. . Catholic school additions are at St. Adrian, 7020 S. Washtenaw ave.; St. Cajetan, 2445 W. 112th st.; St. John Fisher, 10201 S. Washtenaw ave.; St. Mary Star of the Sea, 6424 S. Kenneth ave.; St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 3721 W. 62nd st.; St. Thomas More, 2606 W. 82nd st., and St. Catherine of Genoa, 11756 S. Lowe ave. Mother of Sorrows, 13811 S. Western ave.. Blue Island, a new Catholic high school for girls also will begin serving the community in September. Oak Lawn has a new $160,000 school, the Agnes McDonald school, W. 99th stl and S. Brandt ave., being completed in time for the new school year. The one-story school will ac- comodate 350 students in eight grades. It was named for the late Mrs. Agnes McDonald, an active member of the Parent- Teacher association who was killed in an airplane crash a few. years ago. Southtcw'n's public schools and additions represent the major portion of a record $7,322,405 construction accomplishment by the board of education. Of eight new public elementary schools opening throughout the city, five are in Southtown. They will provide quarters for 3,450 pupils in quarters costing $3,321,763. The two public school additions in the area, costing a total of $351,122, will provide seats for 240 more pupils. In all, 14 new school buildings, additions' or remodeled and amplified structures jvill be put into service throughout the city-this Fall by the public school system. The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago reported a total of nine new school buildings and 22 additions. Also, plans are being drawn for new schools in recently-formed parishes of St. Bede Venerable, W. 82nd st. and S. Kilbourn ave., and St. Walter at W. 117th st. and S. Maplewood ave. Suburban schools have set opening dates varying from September 1 through September 9, with Oak Lawn schools having the early opening dates. Freshmen attending the Osk Lawn Community "High school will begin at 8:30 a.m. September 1. Freshmen only will attend for the first two days. Upper classmen will begin September 3, and a full program will be launched with full time I classes on September 7. The school in located at W. (Continued ea Page I). Statistics On Accidents Surprise Just how ironical auto accident statistics can be is shown in the latest monthly report of vehicle accidents on Chicago Park district property. More than twice as many pedestrians were hit by cars while crossing the street with the light than were hit while crossing against it. The largest number hit, however, were crossing without any signal at all. Only two non-intersectional accidents involving vehicles occurred while one car was making a U-turn but 175 happened while one car was stopped in a Two sweeping developments followed in quick order this week-end in campaign to safeguard children from becoming juvenile delinquents as a consequence of reading crime-horror hooks sold under the guise of being comics. They are: 1. State's Attorney John Gutknecht found state laws which make the sale, giving away OP showing of such books to minors a misdemeanor punishable by fine of not exceeding $100 imprisonment in the County jail for not exceeding six months, or both. 2. The Chicago Retail Druggists 4 association urged its 1,600 drug store owners to refuse acceptance of the offensive books from distributors who supply them also with legitimate books and magazines. spot check of druggists in South town and the South suburbs revealed all are complying; TH o of the laws uncovered by State's Attorney Gutknecht were passed by the Legislature in 1889 and have repealed. Both are part of the Illinois Criminal Code. Of them the prosecutor said: "They seem to be ample enough to force these vicious publications off the market. They not only prohibit the Branded as a "fire trap" and!session of accounts of criminal deeds, or pictures and stories of bloodshed, lust or crime with intent to sell them Crack Down On Building As ^Unsafe' Structure At 6357-59 S. Sangamon St. Is Called "Firetrap;" 6 Apartments Become 24. By Sheila Wolfe Economist Staff Writer 'dump" by Col. Jack Reilly, ad- i ministrative assistant to building commissioner Richard Smykal, the building at 6357-59 S. Sangamon St., has been ordered to b^ put in ''good and safe condition." traffic lane. Light posts were Javored 35 to two -over safety islands as fixed objects most hit. Drivers, who had from 10 to Rlle y notified the owner, Harry 30 years of driving experience Vaughn, to make certain correc- Following a sweeping invasion by four inspectors Thursday, had 1,040 accidents while beginners only had 23. Next highest were drivers with 30 years or more experience who had 346. Males involved in accidents outnumbered the weaker sex by a big 2,225 to 219. Three males were killed and 260 injured while there were, no fatalities among females and only 186 in- ,drivers' were- re- mal condition when the accidents occurred: only 12 were asleep drowsy or fatigued, two,,, had physical defects and 76 had taken ntoxicants. In this report, drivers from 25 o 34 years were involved in more accidents than any other age group with those under wenty the lowest. Next highest ;roup of offenders was the 35 to 4 year old group. There were no defects in 2,370 autos involved in accidents and jy far the majority of accidents lappened on clear dry roads in ;ood condition during daylight lours. 'The most dangerous hour in park district boulevards was jetween 4 and 4:59 p.m. On the South Side, the most accidents iccurred on Garfield blvd. and tfarquette rd. And for a final look at the ccident report, only one horse Irawn vehicle was involved in property damage accident. State Legion Reinstates Support Of Girl Scouts Irving Breakstone, I l l i n o i s American Legion commander, nnounced Friday that his de- artment will continue to sup- xrt the Girl Scouts." He said that the Legion has een assured the "un-American nfluences" in the September, 953, revised Girl Scout hand- ook, to which the state Legion onvention strongly objected, are eing corrected in the latest re- ision now on the presses. Stating that he found condi- ions of the resolution have been ulfilled, Breakstone asked Le- ionnaires throughout the state nd others to continue their acking of the Girl Scout movement. The Legion's resolution with- rew support of the Girl Scouts u n t i l un-American influences vere eliminated from the new land book. The Legion's resolution blast- d the predominance of One World and United Nations prop- ganda over American citizen- hip in the 1953 revised hand- ook. It was based on glaring omis- ions of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, United States flag and ational anthem, all of which were substituted by glorification f the UN and its structure. Following the Legion's origi- tal action, the Girl Scouts of iouth Cook county, representing ,000 children and adults, commended the Veterans' group for ts "alert vigilance." According to a statement by he Girl Scout national headquarters in New York, the latest evised handbook will index the 'onstitution, Declaration of In- lependence and contain a full- page replica of the Bill of Rights. Other changes include addition if three stanzas of the "Star ipangled Banner" and condensation of United Nations information. tions or face the prospect of being kept in court "permanently." Riley .told the Southtown Economist: "Inflammable partitions in the corridors and between apartments are such that unfortunate people could burn to death if there were a .fire today. "We are referring the case^ta ' -i* ^~'--'~ ' ', ··".*-T_' T _'' : - -"·" _~*^*~-^-.-'-:..at-*"''* :i '! fi ''*^'-'^ i ^fa v '' the ^corporation" counsel's office and intend to" pursue it relentlessly in court." Harry Vaughn is conductor for the North Shore railroad. Although a man who identified himself as Vaughn's son ordered the inspectors off the premises on grounds they had no warrant, Reilly commented: "We will be back repeatedly until all violations are wiped out." As for the warrant, Reilly said, the city code provides inspectors have the right to carry out their duties without one any place they are assigned. Most of the inspection had been completed at the time of the ejection, however. The Sangamon st. building had been converted from six into 24 apartments, eight .on each of three floors. Among violations Reilly said Vaughn, who was fined $100 and costs on three counts last March, must correct are: Sub-standard partitions in corridors and be- :ween apartments; panel doors to corridors and front stairs; dilapidated rear porch; garage damaged by fire. Vaughn was told to provide one-hour separations (capable of withstanding fire for one hour); solid slab doors; repair posts, oists and flooring on rear porch and otherwise put the building n "good and safe condition." Meanwhile, preliminary reports of another mass inspection n Southtown Friday charge an equally "unsafe" and overcrowded building. On plumbing alone, the four- story structure at 6309-11 S. Yale ave., compares with the worst slum buildings, Reilly said. Held in trust by the Central National bank with Samuel L. Seltzer as trust officer, the brick structure has been converted into 32 one-room apartments, eight on each floor. Sanitation facilities are limited to one separate lavatory per floor for men and women, Reilly aid. Twelve water closets are in need of repair. Also found: Defective plaster, refuse .and debris in the basement' and rear hall; broken and otherwise defective windows; inadequate screening; two abandoned refrigerators in the basement, an invitation to death for youngsters. Steps are being taken to institute proceedings against the owners, Reilly said. Put Parking Work Ahead Of Contract Municipal Paving Com pany- Agrees to Start On Englewood Lots In 10 Days. By Harold Cross Economist Staff Writer late - -y^c^'v-i-^~-**'*" *~~rv r'3p-"*";a~.^r~-*^-.-w,_--«-T; *;-^~v tember or early October for the formal approval of the contract by the~ City council, the. Municipal Paving Co..has agreed to start work-in 10 days-on the final stages of the $1,500,000 Englewood -off-street parking project. · . This was announced by Comm i s s i o h e r of Public Works, George pe Ment Friday following a conference with Aid. P. J.- Cullerton, chairman of the finance committee of the City council. The Englewood-Business Men's Association, stating it was economically essential to have the 1,302 shoppers' parking spaces built and placed in operation before the Christmas season, prevailed upon Commissioner De Ment, the contractor and leaders of the City council to enter into the "start work now" agreement. Following a meeting with Ed Damstra, c h a i r m a n o f t h e EBMA's parking and transportation committee, William Goelitz, vice president of the Municipal Paving Company, told the Economist: "I am ready and willing to go ahead as it is mutually advantageous that work start immediately to get the lots paved before snow flies." Goelitz said the preliminary work of demolishing '15 buildings and leveling the ground can be finished by the time the coUncil has formally approved the contract, a procedure for which three meetings are required. The next meeting of the council at which the contract will be introduced for ratification is scheduled for September 9. Wrecking the buildings and clearing the ground couid be done in three weeks under ordinary circumstances, Goelitz stated, but owing to the fact that eight dwellings are still occupied no definite timetable can be set. Occupancy delayed the work of Russell Brothers, who were awarded the contract to demolish the first 48 buildings, and are now in the last stage of their Wilson City College To Open Registration Wilson Junior college, 6800 S. Stewart avc., will open its Fall registration Wednesday, September 15, for both its accredited day and evening classes. The college is operated by the Chicago Board of Education as part of city Kfewi syrtta. Crime-Horror Books Violate Law Here are the laws uncovered by State's Attorney John Gutknecht and which he believes are strong enough to stop the distribution, sale and display of the crime-horror books accused by him, judges and psychiatrists of being largely responsible for the increase in juvenile delinquency: Chapter 38, Criminal Code; Section 106 -- THAT IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON TO SELL, LEND, GIVE AWAY OR SHOW, OR HAVE IN HIS POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL OR GIVE AWAY, OR TO SHOW OR ADVERTISE, OR OTHERWISE OFFER F, OR LOAN, GIFT OR DISTRIBUTION INE, NEWSPAPER, STORY PAPER OR OtHER~PRINTED PAPER 1DEVOTED i TCFTHE PUB- LIGATION, OR PRINCIPALLY MADE UP OF CRIMINAL NEWS, POLICE REPORTS, OR ACCOUNTS OF CRIMINAL DEEDS, OR PICTURES AND STORIES OF DEEDS OF BLOODSHED, LUST OR CRIME (1889, June 3, Laws 1889, p. 114, sec. 1). Section 107-- IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL TO EXHIBIT UPON ANY STREET OR HIGHWAY, OR IN ANY PLACE WITHIN THE VIEW, OR WHICH MAY BE WITHIN THE VIEW OF ANY MINOR CHILD, ANY BOOK, MAGAZINE, NEWSPAPER, PAMPHLET, STORY PAPER OR OTHER PAPER OR PUBLICATION COMING WITHIN THE DESCRIPTION OF MATTERS MENTIONED IN THE FIRST SECTION OF THIS ACT, OR ANY OF THEM. (1889, June 3, Laws 1889, p. 114, sec. 2). Section 586-- EVERY OTHER OFFENSE IS A MISDEMEANOR. WHERE THE PERFORMANCE OF ANY ACT IS PROHIBITED BY ANY STATUTE, AND NO PENALTY FOR THE VIOLATION OF SUCH STATUTE IS IMPOSED, THE DOING OF SUCH ACT IS A MISDEMEANOR, AND MAY BE PUNISHED BY FINE NOT EXCEEDING $100, OR IMPRISONMENT IN THE COUNTY JAIL NOT EXCEEDING SIX MONTHS, OR BOTH, IN THE DIS. CRETION OF THE COURT. (1874, March 27, R.S. 1874, p. 348, div. 2, sec. 6). _ job. The Municipal Paving Co.'s contract calls for the demolition of buildings at 706, 712 and 718 W. Englewood ave., 727 and 731 W. 62nd st. and 711 and 717 ,W. 63rd pi. Also at 6332, 6334 and 6400 S. Union ave!, 6419 S. Emerald ave., 6336 and 6338 S. Peoria st., and 6337 and 6341 S. Sangamon st. The four lots the Municipal Paving Co. will build are (1.) W. 64th st. to W. 65th St., between S. Emerald ave. and S. Union ave.; (2.) S. Sangamon st. and S. Peoria st. between W. «3rd and W. 64th St.; (3) W. 63rd pi. to W. 64th st., between S. Halsted st. and S. Union ave. and (4.) W. 62nd st. and W. Englewood ave. east of S. Halsted aU Outlaw In Numerous Ways W#r This is another cover of the type of crime-horror books which State's Attorney Gutknecht says violate Illinois laws. Like all that have a monthly sale of 90,000,000 copies, "The Outlaw Kid" portrays extreme violence, fiendish cruelty, cunning trickery, brute fore* and contempt for human life. minors, but the laws also prohibit d i s p l a y i n g such books where minors may see them. "Since these crime-horror books are displayed on store shelves and newsstands, the owners and operators are clearly violating the law and are subject to fine and imprisonment if they continue to display them." Judge Gutknecht said he was continuing his search of tha statutes to_ ascertain whether there exist laws which may be even more stringent than those he already has uncovered. He .^SPtofinethJ, '.'^ V.. -^ ~s ^_,_ "Inasmuch as 90,000,000 copies' of these lessons in crime, and worse, are sold monthly in. Chicago, the suburbs and throughout the nation, it can be expected that the publishers will rush to court in an .effort · to tie our hands once we start prosecutions. "The blood-money profit from causing children to become addicts to these books is so great the publishers will charge we are attempting to invoke censorship and are violating the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech. "Consequently before we proceed I want to make certain hat we are on the most solid egal ground possible and thus je able to resist the moves the publishers can be expected to nake against us and the youth they are despoiling." Judge Gutknecht also revealed le is having a survey made of he handling of such problems in Europe. One of his assistants s spending his vacation abroad, and the state's attorney cabled lim to make the survey. Judge ~utknecht added: "During my recent vacation in Europe I learned they control he sale and distribtuion of pornographic literature much more effectively than is done in this ountry, but I did not have sufficient time to gather all the de- ails of their methods. Out of the survey now going on there we may get some ideas for new egislation." The action against the crime- jorrtr books by druggists came after a committee of the Chicago Retail Druggists Association and 'ohn M. Myers, the executive ecretary, conferred with one of the two leading distributors. The druggists protested that hey did not want crime-horror woks sent to them, but that they lad been compelled to accept whatever assortment of maga- ines and- books the distributor made up. Some druggists said they returned the crime-horror books, but were charged a fee by the distributors which totalled more than the profit they made on sales of legitimate publications. When they protested, the druggists said, the distributor either stopped delivery of all magazines or books or resumed shipping crime - horror books after a few weeks of complying with the druggists' complaint. Here are typical comments from Southtown and South suburban druggists: Edward J. Forbrich, 6500 S. Western ave.: "I intend to cut out all comics and magazines entirely. I've been refusing to display or sell any of the filthy love c-r crime stories. The pocket books are as bad as the comics. I'm flad to see this pressure being raised at last." John J. Starshak, 10400 S. Western ave.: "It's a ticklish »it- tCootinutd oo Fafa ·).

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