Times Union from Brooklyn, New York on August 23, 1936 · 7
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SUNDAY BROOKLYN TIMES UNION AUGUST 23. 1936 DaOOKLYH'O OVN "WHO'D WHO" i ) V'. I 1 V COUNTY JUDGE MARTIN County Judges Must Defy Critics or Justice By JAMES HARVEY TWO weeks ago County .Tnrlo-p 'Rrnnrnt.n sus pended sentence on a 16-year-old prisoner, guilty of unlawful . entry, because, as he pointed out, he did not want to add to the sorrows of the parents of the defendant, one of whose brothers was then awaiting sentence of death for murder in the first de gree and another brother is serving a long term in Danne-mora Prison for robbery. - It was- a judgment with which only the hardest of heart could, find fault In fact, the statement might very well go unchallenged that .If public opinion In its en tirety could tie canvassed not. one dissenting voice would be heard against this act of leniency' of Judge Brancato. But the countv judges arc sel- dom so secure from criticism In the sentences they impose and the disposition they make of charges. Often they have seen made the targets of caustic attacks because they have imposed sentences or made dispositions of charges that did not suit the Ideas of Borne people. In fact, there have been Instances over the years when blanket condemnation has been made of the county judgesTecause Of the judgment they rendered in cases. And judges of other courts, Including those of Special Sessions and the magistrates' courts, have not been Immune from this criticism. Thev also have come In for verbal blasts at times, IN almost all ruses the critics of f Vi n nitla anil ln,l IvniAnls nt I h n judges have come from those with out a. complete knowledge of all the fw.ctn in a rase, and the criticism is made without effort made to get all the facts In a rase. While the criminal code has sec tions covering every type of crime, at least every typo of major crime, and also Includes the punishment that may be meted out for different classes of crime, still the fact stands out that every case that comes Into a criminal court Is a separate and distinct Issue, and the circumstances surrounding each in dividual defendant are different. even where two or more defend ants are charged together with the same crime. . ! No legislature could ever enact laws that would cover the circum stances in each separate crime. No legislature can do more than male general provision in its enactments against crime, it is the task of the Judges to make proper Judgment In each Individual case, and In performing that task the Judiths have frequently drawn and do draw-severe criticism to themselves at times. '0 co,ln,'" Ba'1 JudRe George " W. Martin, chairman of the board of county judges, In discussing yesterday the problem of the disposition of criminal charges, "a Judge could just open the criminal code, mete out the sentence mentioned for the particular crime of which a defendant has been seemingly guilty, and thus clean his hands of a case. Hut such procedure would be justice neither to a defendant, nor to society. It would be official cowardice on the part of a, Judge In seeking an easy way out, from performing bis duties as a Judge, Kach case is a separate and distinct Issue, and each defendant, is a particular problem. No Judge does his duty who In the disposition of a case fails to strive to reach a Judgment that wilt be for best Interests of the defendant and society as a whole. Criminals may he manufactured through weak and stupid Judgments on the part of the court, Feur of criticisms or desire of approval should never 'control any judge In his disposition of eases." The charge has been heard at times that judges yield to Influence and pressurn In disposing of cases. If by such n fharan is meant that ? fudges deliberately becomo part of a conspiracy to do an injustice, such a charge could never be proved. The charge Is absurd. On the other hand. Judges openly In court Invite a word in behalf of defendants waiting to be sentenced. Tf court almost any day you can hear a county judge say to a defendant who has pleaded guilty before Mm or-who has just been convicted by a jury: "Now, If you have snybody who will say a good word for yon; w ho knows you well, such as your employer, your priest, minister or rabbi, tell him to come and see nin or, w rite to me before thw day of sentence, t want to know all about you before 1 pass Judgment." Two years wko In the ttlul of the alleged 'laundry emus, County Judire McLaughlin, now a Justice of the (Supreme f'ollrt. drew v bin and severe criticism after he had suspended execution of bis sen. tence to (ho penltentlnrv on the defendants who hud pleaded guilty during the trial. As n innltrr of fact never was sounder decision rendered In n nrlmlnsl case, nnd Inter events proved that fact, Judge Mclaughlin felt the defendants were guilty, fcot the developments, at. the trial t iJlrated that they might win an t rHUltfsl. ? The. confusion was such (CtmMuti an ran Nlnt) JOE GOVEMALE has re-. turned from Purling to counsel the various organizations in the 19th A. D. with which he is connected as to their affiliations in the Democratic primary campaign. Torn Vetera, champion press release man at Democratic National Headquarters, advise Picks we knocked the "II" out the first name of Ills efficient setTetary when we Lulled her "Anna." It Is Miss Han- nan JtUDin ana mc young inuy is studying to become an attorney. Thomas Hcnrf Is taking an active part in liemocratlc organization politics in the 13th A. JJ. Taking after hia father, David Senft. special Attorney General In chargo of elections. Remember Fred Hogg. Catherine market man and WiUtamsburghcr. who was an adept at thumblta? When his worthy successor, the genial Bill O'Donnell, a past master broiling 'em over charcoal? Fred Is dead, but Bill Is very much alive. Now along comes another good one Jim Pendleton, from down Sheepshead Bay. A newcomer? Oh, no! Jim has- been broiling the thumb-bits for "40 years ' and still at it. How come Supcriiienedcnt Stculien W. Fonner Is going around these days "smiling 'round the lips hut dreary 'round, tne lasnes; Well, Steve and Nell's only daugh ter, "Marge," is to be married on August 2!t. Cheer up, Steve, that big son Gil Is still In the bachelor class. A number of Brooklynitea prom inent In the Mayor O'Brien organ ization are planning to attend a dinner to be given to the Mayor's former bodyguard, James E. Branl-gan, in the Hotel Astor, Manhattan on Thursday evening, Sept. 10. The affair Is sponsored by McGivney Council, 430, K. of C, of which the genial Jim is past grand knight. Knew there wan nothing to the hints that. Nick Occhlfinto was go ing to enter tho primary against Assemblyman Bill McCreery. Nick, who has been making weekly trips to Albany and Hudson, is one of Leader Pete Carey's good organiza tion boys in the Tenth A. D. Greetings to Picks from Barney Ain from far away Venczia Venice to you. Albuny Heights may look good after al those colorful scenes along the Grand Canal, when you come sailing home, Barney. ilio kingsway Democrats are prepared to go a long way with their popular club member, James J. Heaney. in maklg the next Emerald ball the best ever. Jim is new president of the Kmerald As soeiatlon and Is stilt receiving con gratulattons. John Savaresc. Assistant Clerk of the Second District Municipal Court, and Mrs. Savareso arc very happy these days over the continuing recovery of their son, who has been for some months In the Adir-ondacks. , lolm J. linnnery. president of the Knnnon Democratic Club, says he wouldn't know what to do without that efficient quartet, which is managing the second annual midnight sail of the club, set for August 30, on the steam yacht Sachem, the "foursome" being K. H. DeVho, Charley Mtintyre, Albert Hcnniii and .Mrs. Mary McDonald. State Senator Edward .1. Cough- lin, of the Sixtji District, made a hit with his speech before the re-cent police conference at Saratoga, but It Isn't the applause that keeps ringing In his ears, he says, It Is the reiterated invitations of his inanv friends In tho counties of Albany, Rennsselaor and Saratoga to whoni "Eddie" is the personification of the town-boy who made good. He was. born near Troy and Is still remembered as a ball player and amateur boxer of considerable repute. "Paddy Duffy's Curt" on a summer evening was never more popular than the rendezvous of tho boys of the Joe O'Connor Association. You may find Joe und the "boys," lawyers, doctors, captains of Indus try and statesmen making merry of a Saturday nignt on me roor 01 me Park Inn at Rockaway Park, for that particular evening the O'Connors' exclusive playground. Plenty has been ' written about the "ruin, snow and sleet"' boys of the Post Office but when laurels are being handed out for "them as can take it" don't forget to place-one on the weather beaten brow of one. Tommy Doran. Tommy has been hawking papers In the street outside the Long Island depot for 22 rears. Some time the temperature has been tip near the century iii.iik and other times below zero but in nil that time, Tommy has been away from his stand for only one week in the 22 years and thnt time he surrendered to the "flu." He still mumbles every once and awhile about missing that week. That big smlln which Dock Com-mlssloner John McKcnzle was wearing Inn other day resulted from tho fog over Newark which forced nn American Air Liner from Boston to land at Floyd Bennett Field Instead of tho Jersey airport. Commissioner MrKenzie has never abated his efforts to have air mall landed at the Brooklyn airport. Detective John J. Qulnn, Jr., crack sleuth who broke the Cleven-ger murder case In Ashevllle, N. C, bacsme t ho father of a bouncing baby girl while he was In , the southern resort. Louis nose of the Hoys' Club of the Navy Vurd District. Is consider-Ing n career -ns a yacht designer .since his entry won fut prime in the annual regatta if the club 011 tl lYnspe"! 1'ark lake Ihe other day, Howard Kenneth Weinman of Forest Hills Is receiving the acclaim of his friends for the now-Long Island tercentenary half dol. Irs which he designed. A ship, nient of iHfl.twiO of these coins was received In Brooklyn durlng the week. ( John Philip BrsmeV of Jackson Height was one of the malnr -factor at Hi" convention of the Na-tlonal I'nlon for Hoclnl Justice in Cleveland during the week. He Is a district siiperxlsor of the move, men). Alilerniuil Donald O'Toole. regular Democratic designee for Congress In Ihe Klghth District, will launch a general speaking tour In tho near future. Donald Is one of our better oralnr and where the occasion,' demand ran argue hi rMndldacy In Yiddish as well as Engllsn. - Mel Cooke, former matchmaker of the J06th Infantry Armory in this borouKh. won a sweet little bet the other day from a baseball fan when he recalled that Bob Meuscl, of tho Yankees, was the first to slam a home run over the left field of Kbbet'a Field. It is said the feat has not been repeated since. J. G. Louis Molloy, new legal adviser to Mayor LaGuardia, is a gifted musical composer. , Joe Mullins, clerk of the Compensation Department In the Building Department of the Municipal Building, is on a tour through Europe. This is his sixth. Friends of Mullins Intimated "they wouldn't be a bit surprised to see him return from one of his tours with a wealthy dowager." Frank Dooley, chief plan clerk In the Building Department,-is vacationing with his wife and three children at their summer home at Monroe, N. Y. Jack ("Human Fish") Wall, attendant in the Municipal Building, is training at Coney Island for a marathon swim from Bear Mountain Bridge to the Battery some time next month. Jack, who has a trunkful of medals and trophies for aquatic feats, expects to make the long swim while on his vacation. New vigor and greater speed is what Miss Lillian Koch, secretary to Assistant U. S. Attorney Harold St. L. O'Dougherty, is Injecting into her work. Reason for this increased efficiency, which Bhe hopes to carry on for the remainder of the year. Is that the popular secretary has just returned from a much needed rest at a quiet and beautiful resort, on Long Island. In the. pink of condition and brimful of energy is Charles Reut-ter. equity clem of the Felony Court, who just returned from a delightful motor trip up-State and through the New England States With Mrs. Rcutter. An ardent box. Ing fan, Mrs. Reutter is siad not to have missed filling a ringside seat at a boxing show in the past 1 5 years. Miss Angela Dl Martino. secretary to Conrad Printzlein, Federal Probation Officer, though overburdened with work, is smiling again. For very soon she will leave her work, behind for her annual rest in some picturesque haven. Picks ran across one of Brook lyn's most colorful personages the other afternoon Newell D, Andrus, former athlete and actor whose name decorated - many a theiter program in bold type. Newell is now in the magazine publishing field and he tells us without qualification that the backbone of the depression has been broken. He attributes this to "the big increase in readers in the magazine field." His. trunk all packed with (he latest In summer apparel and sporting outfits and all set for a real vacation, sae the buying of the railroad ticket, is the reason Sidney Fcuer, law clerk In the Federal Court, is wearing that million-buck smile. He's going away all right, lint the destination has jet to be decided. John Trages, proprietor of the Hotel Bay View at Jamesport, L. 1., is reported to be sadder these days than our old friend of gloom. Hani-let. Picks discovered that since Ijarry Cowen, lieutenant of tho U. S. Naval Reser and publicity director for Fox's theaters in Brooklyn, left the summer resort where he and Trages were constant companions, the hotel man has lapsed Into a state of melancholp. Must have been a gay time the two boys enjoyed for several weeks. Leo Poorvin. scTetary, is not the same light-hearted, humorous ier-son he used to lie. At one time his friends said he was "the life of any party" with his grand baritone olce and clever repartee. Friends of I Co confided to licks that the young iiyui has gone in for the study of philosophy at one of the local colleges and that this has "transformed him Into a. dour, gloomy, brow-furrowed old cynic." Better snap out of it. Iieol Life isn't that dramatic, Ooorgc Foley, chief clerk of the certificate of occupancy depart-' ment. of the Huilding Department, is reported to have caught the smallest fish that was ever hauled from the Atlantic Ocean. (Jeoree was in his outboard motorboat with several friends at Long Beach when he made the "grand catch." To lease him. George's friends had the little thing photographed and then enlarged, to put the quietus upon him for his ever boasting about his skill in fishing. . Tho next, timo the clerks of tho Building Department play a gamo of baseball against the WPA clerks in the snmo department, someono is going to get a couple of ambulances on tho sidelines, For In their last ncountcr played on the Parade Grounds in Prospect Park, the WPA boys, being on' the losing end of a 22 to 9 score, a number of casualties were tallied. Tim victims: Johnny Burke, abrasions of shoulder and chin: Bill Mopcrmott, after slumming out n homo run, ripped the seat of- hts trousers In sliding for home plate nnd got hit In Ihe Adam's apple; Harry See-bck. bumps on the skull Inflicted by sn Irate spectator with an empty bottle. The ballerles for Ihe winning clerks was Vincent Cavanaiigh, pitcher and F.dwnrd Klelnert. catcher. , Attorney Mat Bayer, of the John Splo.lo Democratic Club, just turned Into a "kid" ajnln the other afternoon when the cluh look sev em I hundred youngsters up tliejelc.a hero sandwich. It takes a Hudson for n sail. He couldn't hae had a better time had he been In roniiers and sticking lollypoiw all day, said his ninny friends. F.tUlln Mannlx. Is qulln concerned ihesn days over the pirates who are helping themselves to yachts on the North and Mouth Hhores of Long Island. , Kddie, who has a sweet ilttls boat named "Hl-Ho" Is thinking of putting her In dry dock until th pirates atop stealing things tied to anchor nnd buoys, Al Cassaro. of Kew Gardens, bought, himself a flivver of 192'i vintage, paid 3'i for It and says the motor runs like tho movement In a Swiss clock. But already trouble has started for Al since en tering the affluent class his girl friend won't ride "In the old thing" until Al gets a new coat of paint on it.. - Assistant District Attorney Wil liam McCarthy seems to be always looking for the funny things in life. McCarthy, who recently re-read the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, found an episode In the book that kept a group In stitches at his club. The one about Frank lin's wedding gift to his frau. (Look it up). - Sal Leckie. director of dramatics at St. Virgillus R. C. Church at Broad Channel,- is the champion laugh getter at the Broad Channel Bathing Park. Marceline. the immortal clown, would be proud to watch Sal go through his many stunts: diving into the pool with street attire, riding a donkey to first base on the soft ball baseball diamond and other slap stick stuff that la keeping the turnstiles working overtime. The kiddies in particular shriek their heads off over the antics of Sal. Happy as a man who has just won a fortune and motoring through New York State with his comely bride is Harry Steurcr, son of John Steurer, clerk in the Felony Court. The ncwlywcds will visit the home of the parents of the bride in Schenectady and will then motor through several States on their honeymoon. Mr. Steurer wilt soon hang out. his law shingle in this boro. When not on the nir or singing in audrville, (ins Van. of the famous team of Van and Schenk. who makes his home In Glendale, keeps himself in the pink of condition playing handball. Pirks is glad to learn that John W. Hoffman, coach of the swim ming team of the Richmond Hili Hign school, is aoing an ai jod in his first year as aquatic idirector of the Broad Channel Athletic Club. When not in the water. John's next great pleasure 13 playing operatic records in his Ozone Park home. ews has Just reached Mcks that Kuth, the fit e-year-old daughter of Attorney Harry Maslow, is startling the aquatic world at Pitchvllie, Conn., where the Slaslows are spending the summer, with her swimming and diving prowess at the resort. Some of the coaches at the beach hae assured Attorney Maslow that the vesatilc youngster has Olympic championship timber. Miss Helen Glenn, night superintendent at tho Huntington Hospital, is an authority on antiques. It has been a hobby with her since girlhood. She Is also a collector of first editions, and lists umong her rare collections books by Theodore Dreiser, Frank Harris, George Bernard Shaw, Ernest Hemingway and others. From the Pocono Mountains In Pennsylvania writes Miss Anna Bradley, the comely blonde clerk in tho V. S. Alcohol Tax Bureau, "life is just like In Paradise. If it couid only last for a year instead of two weeks." If the stories about his fishing can be tuken literally as true, then Isaak Walton mis Just 11 myth. But Joe Karoo, attendant In the Municipal Building, who is vacationing lit lakc Roiikonknma, L. 1., says he can back up his statements via affidavits. Miss Alice E. Cavanaugh. daughter of a former colonel of the 6Sih Regiment, will preside over the Shamrock Booth, on Irish Free Slate road, in International Towi., at the Catholic Big Sisters Charity Fete, In the Knight of Columbus Club. Oct. 21, 23 and 23, when a set of church vestments, over-1 no years 'old. worn at mass by priests in the White Home. Ireland, during the perilous penal days, will oe exhibited. Returning from vacation spent at Spring lake. N. J.. Miss Gertrude MrKnight, daughter of the Republican co-leader, 22d A. D Mrs. Dorothy A, McKnight, will soon resume her duties as confidential secretary to Fuprrnio Court Justice Grover Mosrowitz. Former presiilent of the Brook, lyn Board of Heal Estate. Stephen A. ISarrcra, who succeeded lewW Pounds, In 1V3U, served two years, remembers as a young Itepublicaii election district captain, when the Second A. D. was only an outaklrt of the 10th A. D. Being a Republican captain In n powerful Democratic district was not the peaceful business It is to-, day. he recalls. The present Kenny Sutherland's uncle, of the same name, was liemocratlc leader then. John y. McKttne was the "Big Boss" and the present Supreme Court Justice Maurice B. Camp-bell was Republican lender. Miss Ida Casaxza, now serving in the Brooklyn Family Court, was ono of the first women to be appointed assistant corporation counsel, in the Law Department of the City of New York. We won't-say how long, because of those age-de-ducter friends. "A hero"-does not always mean the same thing to the initialed and Tony Jordan, elwtton district captain of the lath A. D. Democratic Club. It is sometimes a husky man-slacri sandwich. Recipe: One half loaf or Ihe long French bread, sliced through the middle. Spread one aide irofueljr with juicy meat balls with Jordan sauce anil fried green peppers. tlap uu the Ion half of the lirentl in ru in cm unr nut liill,i aiseim iimii- to cut It In half again, lo go to work on lit busy physician, Dr. lgiiuxlus Byrne finds lime, however, to lead tho Ureenpolnt Chamber of Commerce, as president. In Its civic programs to secure local improvements. Now that Oreenpolnt has Its swimming pool, Dr. Byrne Is continuing the chamber's effort to secure a much needed high school for tht McCarrtn Fark section. Mrs. W. W. Kouwenhoven and her elster. Miss Mary K. Ditmas, descendants of the earlier Dutch families in Flatbush, who settled there in 1630, do not belong to political clubs but are doing their bit for the l,andon-Knox campaign. They keep fresh sunflowers in the windows of their home at 450 East ISth st. The sunflower is the Kansas State flower, adopted as a Lan-don campaign emblem throughout the country. What's in a name? licks recalling his Latin, long since lying dormant, remembers that Bos means cow and, of course, the thought of mlik immediately pom Into mind. All of which brings us lo the Brooklyn Free Milk Fund for Children. Appropriately enough, till worthy organization, which furnishes milk to almost 8,00ft children daily through Its seven stations. Is headed by Mrs. Isabel Boss of Eastern pkw y. "Nicholas Mule, of the Bushwick section, is a member of the bar. Eavesdropping (we all do at times don't we?), Picks was surprised to hear Lawyer Mule explaining to Bill Breltenbach. leader of the 13th A. D. Democratic organization, the Ins and outs of prosthetic dentistry. A. few discreet inquiries and the knowledge was elicited that Lawyer Mule is alffo Dr. Muledoctor of dental surgery. Murray Seaman, the hutliii' clerk in the Hall of Records Itulld-ing. knows his theatre lore. Mur ray has read all of Hill hhakespear's 7 books, and when things are at a lull, he loes to give Imitations of i Hamlet, lago, Shylock, Othello and some of the zanies the great play wright has created. Friends of young Murray say he would make a "great Protean actor." Frank DiMaggio, the "live-wire" of the John Spiezio Democratic Club, has invented a new carburetor that will virtually make a car run on air. But he's wise enough to know that at present he won't bo able to market his invention. Former Kings Commissioner of Itecords . Jacob Bartscherer's fellow-members of the Republican executive committee are mentioning him for Congrepsman-at-large on the Republican State ticket. Mr. Bartscherer is the Republican leader of the 19th A. D. A. H. Goodman, attorney and Republican leader of the 18th A. 11.. made a trip to Washington on Thursday, last, and was glad to get away again because of the intens beat" prevailing in the national capital. t'nder Sheriff Joseph P. Mnrcellc. the Democratic leader of the 19t)i A. V.. likes to spend his week -ends at Atlantic Highlands, N. J, Irwin Steingut, the Afsembly minority leader and Democratic State Committeeman of the 15th A: I)., came down from Saratoga for the recent meeting of the Democratic State Committee at the National Democratic Club. He returned after the meeting to finish his vacation at Saratoga. Assemblyman Bernard J. Moran. of the 18th A. D.. was among the candidates who visited the offices of the Board of Elections to observe the drawing for places on the j primary ballot Picks noticed that! a big smile spread over the As- semblyman's countenance when he drew place No. 1 over his primary opponent Abe Brodsky, the attorney and , No. 1 member of leader Maxwell ' Iloss' brain trust in Brownjille, j appeared ns much surprised as any- j one in the Court Square Restaurant j during the week to hear himself ,' called a future member of Congress. ; Francis D. McHugh, president of the Washington Club, luth A. D.. w ho is vacationing, just left on an automobile tour with his charming -n-lfr. TUa AiinlA vlll vlcit Von- Kngiand and stop tn the Maine 1 chess and write poetry at the early age of six years, is procdeedTo Quelle. Canada Vh'lre (finding inspiration for her verses in the pastoral surround-they win visit the famous shrine I jnps 0f her parents' summer home at Rockv Point. L. I. of St. Anne Dc Beaupre. f r 1 I The child poet celebrated her j ; The Park Slope socialite. Miss seventh birthday several weeks a?o Gertrude Viverito of Third st., hssBt ,om), 0f her r rente. Mr,'" " trip abroad on the S. S. Normandie. j JJ"- Lois R- Elder of Hal-She visited France. Switzerland and ! lock's Landing rd-. Rocky Point. Italy. While in the latter country she had an audience with His If Alt rt ABU TYMS fl ,, ,. VIV is a teacher at the Girl s' Industrial i rrade at P. S. SO In Brooklyn, hav-High School of this borough and j ing completed the work of three will have many tales to tell hr;pra(j. n onc ifrm. Frior to at- pupils, of foreign lands, upon their return from their vacations. Kvcrjbody has a hobby, but there fc. a young attorney, who Is a mem- ber of the Washington Club. 10th A. D., who we think has one that is entirely different. Joseph Minnetti s pastime Is cooking Italian dinners for his friends, ami if one of Uie female star's of the screen partk-l- poted in one of these delicious din- ners she probably would remark "Sar. tall, dark and handsome, why don t jou come up and cookiPrew oiuer. una aiso compowu for me some time.'' Since Arthur Irwin, secretary to Pollco Commissioner Lewis . Valentine, has started giving his precocious youngster lessons in elocution, he has missed several nights' sleep. Because every now j and then Arthur, jr. leaps out of bed in the middle of tho night and starts to declaim. ' Ueorgo Barnes, accountant of Woodhaven, told Picks tho other day ho was surprised to learn that there were "so many great men In Brooklyn." He thinks the series running Sunday In the Tlme Union are "wonderful features," and should prove great Inspirational reading for Brooklyn's young men." Henry Fisher, of I oiot Hills. Is laboring industriously on a series of art hies for a national magaiinc. which have lo do with "Mcklng the depression.' Harry Jus! returned front a country-wide tour, making a survey of working cuodltious. Harry once ran a national news agency In Chkago. but for the past stx years has been a metropolitan booster, : Somo guya get all the breaks in this world, whined Jou Hall, once aco parachuta Junuvr In Hollywood and other sect lens of tho country. A national iiiagazlne ran an article tho other u on parachute jumping and iwvii credit to a man whom Joe taught oil the tricks, Joe gets tho glniy, he maintains, nnd his pupils get the greenbacks, The C.cnnans. ihe Irish, the French, the Jews, mid clher races take pride In their emelne. But you ran take it from tli licks reporter who haa done rtme traveling In this little eld world, that friends of Auatln Ciirrivan. Washington St., travels n.llee when he fCanNnar a rsy Mn " 1HTT1 ; ILUmU' IT' ttlmUilJ .11 mu mm The once beautiful jLefferfs Mansion, which i going to jiieres umUr the noses of officials at Prospect Park. . Leffferts Mansion Falls Into Decay While Park Department Delays By Marshall covert TS the Lefferts Mansion ini 1 Prospect Park destined to; be stripped of its historical j appurtenances and relegated ' r , ... . xo ine nmixi oi lorguneii i things? This query is uppermost in the minds of prominent Brooklyn men and women and the attitude of the park department officials does not serve to clarify the situation or hold any too much promise. "Just write in your query for Information and the matter will be looked up for you" was the answer at the Litchfield Mansion headquarters of j the Brooklyn .Park Department' force. The request for information .was j based upon the statement of officials of the Fort Greene Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution that the historic Dutch Revolutionary homestead, presented to the city by the descendants of Lieut. Pieter Lefferts. moved to its pres-e nt site just inside the park on the Flatbush ave. side of the Wlllnrl; entrance at Empire blvd. and placed in good repair through j fund raisej by public spirited Brooklyn citizens, has reached such a state of disrepair as to be prac-ticslly useless as a museum. The D. A. R. officials served no- i tice last May that unless the roof, i which leaks badly, was repaired, thev would be forced to remove the priceless heirlooms with which the building is furnished and which are on exhibition three afternoons a Week. Mrs. George Hill? Her of 3S3 Clinton ave.. regent of Fort Greene Chapter. P. A. P... ts away on a trip to Mexico City but a spokesman for that group of prominent and his torically minded Brooklyn women declared. "The bad condition of the, roof of the Lefferts Mansion was apparent last spring when our chapter held Its meetine in the I historic building. The Park Depart- Rocky Point Scenery Inspires Child Poet JANET CHAPLINE ELDER, Brooklyn's child prodigy who achieved nation-wide recognition for her ability to play jHer precocitv extends not only to j writing poems. She is in the third tainlng the age of five she could ! ...J --,,, flt,nt1. Ver nrnr- ' ence being books of verse, notably ! cnrjstPrher MorWs "Chlmnev 1 ., j s?rn0KC- Since the family came to Rocky ' Point a month ago for the summer the girl has written four verses, i Her elder sister. Barbara. 13. who i showed similar propensities toward writing verses at an early age hut stopped writing suddenly as she two stanr.i vers" about the nights she spends on the sleeping porch of th Rocky Point home. l,a.t February severe! of the poems composed by Janet were published in "SH's Announcer." n school magazine. The work created an immediate interest and newspapers1 and periodicals throughout the country began to publish selected verses and the child wns later featured In a newsreel. She nlso was heard over .Station WXYC being Interviewed by a news commentator. Mr. Klder is able to handle words with above-the-average ability. Perhaps the trait was Inherited by his two daughters. Formerly Mr. Klder w rote feature articles for the old New York World and later for the Herald Tribune. At present he is writing for radio. A FTER arriving Bt Rocky Point, "the family one day visited the Hallock"s Farm nearby, which impressed Janot deeply. Concerning the visit .she wrote a poem show . ing imagination and ability not encountered In many several times her age. It is entitled "The Farm" and reads: ; t wenl to the farm. And 'way up there. The carrots are ladies With lone green hair. Cabbages are prettr Dancers In a row, Their skirts haie ruffles Thai sway to and fro. The onions are men With heads all bare ' Oh. everything's different 'Way up there. Janet has ols written poems about the beach at Rocky Point and the turbulent Long Island Sound. The one about the Sound Is: The Sea ladies Old. old ladles Live in the sea. Their hair In while Aa white as can he. I sec them wheal 4 'I'M WIS ,iniiumjft Sliiiigles in Cellar 4 ! -k-.J- li'I ! auau urucr n nut Roof ts Leaking ment officials were notified that the exhibits in the three rooms on the second floor were in danger of ruination and that the rain seeping through also threatened to dislodge the plaster and cause havoc in the four rooms on the first floor. ' We were told that something would be done about.the repairs and we decide'd that unless such steps were taken we might be forced to take out the historic furniture, drapes, etc., and store them." W,TH this !i0,lrrc or information f at hand, an inquiry was made j 'at the "Park Tonrtmrnt nffirrv fnl- ,0Vin(f a mTX!V ct 'conditions at the Lefferts Mansion. Nothing has been done. Shingles, delivered early in the summer, have been stored in the cellar. The roof still leaks ani in many other directions ravages of the elements and apparent neglect were plainly apparent. "Could you say if and when the needed repairs will be made to the Iefferts Mansion?" was the question. After some iHay word came back. "Von will have to put your request for information in writing, Then we wiil be able to look the matter up and give you the information desired." 'But isn't it true that the Colo- nial furnishings of this historic mu- sum are being ruined' through this lay?" - r "We know all about that. You can say that the order has been put in but when it will be done It is impossible to say. Park Commissioner Moses is interested to do. ing things for the benefit, of the greater number and. of course, this will have , to take its turn." came the answer. "Suppose the 1. A, H. take out tho museum furnishings? was next asked. eii. there is just as cood a collection in the Brooklyn Museum. Very few people. xcep curiosity The waves arc high. Their lung, white hair Goes floating by. Tho numerous pebbles on the beach Inspired the following verse: Who Is the Sea Man? He's the man who Makes the waves So high and blue, Down beneath The sea he dwells. He keeps yery busy Polishing the shells. He makes the stone So nh-e and round And throws them back Into the Sound. The child has taken a keen interest In nature while vacationing in the country and among her writings is a verso about a family of robins that nest under the eaves of the Klder home. Once a robin yilth a red breast, By IK herself a little nest. In the neat were birdies wee, ' In the nest were birdies three. Mother Itobln Mikl to me: "My babies are hungry as can be." One little Hullo Implied away, To Join the other ones at play. Her older sister's composition l"i entitled "Rocky Point At Nlirhl" and follows: Alone I lie, here on the porch. Alone, the whole night through I watch the firefly with his torch, And hear Ihe bullfrogs' croaking crew. A little fox comes slinking by: A shadow T figure In the dark t He starts 10 ran, he seems to fly Straight as an arrow lo Ha mark, ST " seekers at the menagerie visit It anyway," was the next reply. "But hasn't the 1). A. it. chapter autlioritivcly been placed in charge to care for tho museum and isn't it entitled to some consideration?" was next ventured. "They arc allowed to meet there. It makes a nice meeting place for them, of course," was the illuminating answer. "In fairness to the prominent men and women of Brooklyn who contributed to the fund to have the Lefferts Mansion moved Into the park as a museum, couldn't some funds be used for these repairs. Perhaps some of the money being used to construct some additional bear cages alongside of the museum ?" was asked. t "No one has done more toward the preservation of historic things than Commissioner Moses, but after all this will have to tako its turn. We're interested in swim- ming pools and things now," wa uie rinaie. This, in contrast to the suggestion of Charles Andrew Ditmas, president of the King3 Countv Historical Society, that the Lefferts Mansion museum should be kept open more than the designated three afternoons of the week, Monday. Wednesday and Friday, from 1 to 3 P. M.. so that more people might have an opportunity to visit it. "It Is a very worthwhile collection," Ditmas declared. A CCORDING to framed docu-4 ments on the walls of the main entrance foyer of the building "This Dutch Colonial farmhouse was erected bv Lieut. Pieter Lef-ferts about IT 77 upon timbers and foundations of his old home, de stroyed in the Battle of Long Island, presented to the cttv by hia descendants in 1918 and removed from 563 Flatbush ave. to Prospect Park through the generosity- of a number of public-spirited citizens." The document adds:. "By grant of the Park Department it Is now maintained as a museum of house. ' hold furniture and relics of Colonial end Revolutionary periods by Fort, Greene Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution." Other documents on the walla show that the building was repaired and moved by John Thatcher A- Son at a cost price of $13,501). F, A. M Burrell was chairman of the Old Dutch House Preservation Committee which brought about the removal of tho building from Flatbush ave; to the park. K. P. Mavnard was treasurer of the committee and tho late Aleg C. .Snyder, chairman of the finance committee. Many prominent Brook- : lyn men and women served on the committee. Kor Greene Chapter. D. A. I!., together with Battle Pass Chapter and Women of '7ij hold their meetings in the historic building. Daughters of the 17th Century at off times also gather there. Throughout the year. antique shows, social functions, etc., are staged to raise funds for the pre servation of the relics and purchase ? of others. Only authentic relics of the colonial and Revolutionary periods are allowed to be exhibited and must first be passed upon by an expert of the Brooklyn Museum of Arts and Sciences. Officers of Fort Greene Chapter, D. A. R.. are: Mrs. George Hills Her, regent; Mrs. Oliver Goldsmith Carter, first vice regent: Mrs.. Jefferson R. Edwards, second vice re gent: Mrs. Arthur T. Clark, recording secretary: Mrs. Russell M-Prougher, corresponding secretary! Mrs. Albert Quackenbusb, trcas. urcr: Mrs. Harry' G. Holch, regis trar: Miss Addy R. Welwood, tils torian, and Mrs. William Paine, chaplain. The first meeting of the chapter, scheduled for the museum, will be held In November. It may or may not be held there. Unless some action is taken regarding the repairs the historic building mar be bare by that time. CAMP CITY CLUB PLANS FIELD DAY Twelfth Annual Event Will Ba Held at Ulmer Park. The Camp City BocIhI Club ot timer Park will hold its 12th an ' nual field dsy this Sunday at UU., mer Park, 25th and Cropscy avea. Final preparations have been com plcted and more than J.000 are, eg. peeled to witness the events. . The feature event of the day will ' bo a bathing beauty contest. More than 30 entries have been received to date and all indications reveal at least 20 moro girls ylelng for the honors. Three noted Broad way stugo stars will act as Judgea, Petty rtangold, last year's winner . will present the winner with the prize. An array of track, field and swimming meets have been ar . ranged for. with trophies belnf awarded to the winning contest, ants. A baseball game between the -Red Devils A. C. and the Camp City Hoclal Club 111 be played. Potato races, one-legged races, sack rsces and a tug-of-war contest will also be included In Ike day's activities. The SO-plece boys' band from Ht, John's Orphan Home will provide tho music. Dancing In the ('amp city Ham after the events will bet LICENSES TO HONOR KINO Toronto, Ont., Aug. t2.-OnUii ear license marker for lif wil. bear two crowns, one In each per corner, in nonor of King I ward's coronation year. The mar era nave a military rnmaon pec (round with white lettorlnj.

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