The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on June 5, 1969 · Page 5
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 5

Baytown, Texas
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Thursday, June 5, 1969
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Thursday, June 5, 1969 9t;r frun Sec. I Puerto Rican City Retains Quaint Identity And Charm By R. GREGORY NOKES Associated Press Writer PONCE, Puerto Rico (AP) — In Puerto Rico's second largest city, people still like to tell the story of ZZE1 Chivo Pepezz a goat that lived in a tavern -drank rum with the boys and hated women. They laugh at the recollection of those Sunday mornings when "El Chivo Pepe," meaning "Joe the Goat," could be found in great distress because of his overindulgence on Saturday night. After several years of such degenerate living, "El Chivo Pepe" was stubbed to death by an irate tavern patron. There was a public funeral for the goat, a trial was held and the assailant received a month in jail. Such stories seem to have special significance in Ponce, if for no other reason than they demonstrate that the city has been able to retain its identity in an increasingly industrialized and Impersonal Puerto Rican society. 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There are few buildings over three and four stories, and the downtown area of yellow and beige stucco buildings and narrow streets seems little changed from what it must have been like at the turn of the century when Puerto Rico was still a Spanish colony. Spanish Traditions Like the rest of the island outside of San Juan, Spanish- tradition lives on in Ponce, despite American influence. Girls from nice homes are chaperoned on first dates, and all but a few stores close for a two-hour siesta at midday. If Poncenos respect tradition, so do they also delight in tweaking the nose of their big-city neighbor to the north. And they have been doing a lot of this in recent months. One of Ponce's most distinguished residents, Luis A Kerre, was elected governor; the island's first three kidne> transplants were performed a Ponce District Hospital, and the Ponce Lions won the Winter League baseball championship in a four-game playoff sweep over the San Juan Senators. Ponce also is something of an stand cultural center. It boasts the Ponce Museum of Fine Arts, designed by famed architect Edward Durell Stone and which was financed by the Ferre Foundation to house the collection of Luis A. Ferre. The city's Catholic University has 3,500 students and is the 10th largest in Latin America and the 15th largest in the United States. One Ponce native explains the competition with San Juan as resulting from frustration that San Juan always seems to get the better break on government expenditures. For example, Poncenos felt slighted when a four-lane highway was built in the less populated east-central section of the island, and nothing substantial was done to ease their serious traffic problems. Industry Moves lu However, Ponce is now undergoing considerable change, and not everybody is certain the city, as they know it, can survive. Puerto Rico's south coast with Ponce at Us hub, is in the midst of major industrial development. Three major petrochemical complexes located in the area employ thousands of people and are creating numerous satellite industry. Plans are advancing for a new international airport mid way between Ponce and Maya Misgivings Reported For Pope Paul Visit GENEVA (AP) — This city once known as the Protestant Rome is preparing to welcome Pope Paul VI Tuesday in the spirit of ecumenism, but there GIGANTIC Abe Rosenzweiq's Shoe Depi COMPLETE STOCK STRIDE LADIES MEN'S DRESS RITES KEDETTES & CASUAL FOOTWEAR Except white nigh tops and cor- MOW ON REDUCED! SALE PRICED PRICES CUT EVERY PAIR CLINIC 11 DUTY SAVE NOW ON MEN'S HOUSE SUPPERS LARGE GROUP OF BOYS' AND MEN'S CANVAS FOOTWEAR ALL SALES FINAL REDUCED guez, the island's third city on the west coast, and work has started on a new expressway between San Juan and Ponce to replace the torturous two-lane highway that now winds alarmingly through the island's mountainous interior. Mayor Juan H. 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The U.S. Interior Department has warned that even a slight increase in pollution or water temperature could upset the delicate ecological balance that sustains tiny phosphorescent animals that light up the waters on the south coast's two phosphorescent bays. are some misgivings about the ecclesiastical trappings that go with a papal visit. Highlights of the Pope's 11- iiour stay include an address to the 5Uth anniversary conference of the International Labor Organization and a meeting with leaders of the World Council of Churches to emphasize efforts toward Christian unity. But the biggest public event will be an outdoor pontifical Mass, attended by four cardinals and about 15 bishops, at which 50,000 persons are expected. Some Protestants express concern at this Roman Catholic display in a center ol the Reformation, the city that was home to John Calvin. The Journal de Geneva commented: "The splendor surrounding the brief stay of the Pope on our soil and above all the open-air Mass does not agree, in our view, with the social and ecumenical significance of his visit." A letter from a reader published in one newspaper called on the city's government to prevent the Mass by invoking a 1875 law that forbids religious ceremonies "on public roads." The militant Union for the Defense of Protestantism, in a telegram to Swiss President Ludwig Von Moos, charged that the Pope was coming to Geneva to "destroy the freedom of those who prefer the authority of Christ to that of Rome." Students of Geneva's reformist Calvin College staged a little noticed protest march through the city carrying banners which called for a "halt to the Pope, halt to obscurantism." Another small group, the Evangelical Alliance, plans a demonstration Sunday before the big Reformation Monument. Organizers said it was not directed against the papal visit but was to emphasize the role of Geneva as a cradle of the Reformation. •'The Protestants dispersed abroad and the suppressed minorities would not understand if we did not do anything to affirm our faith," the organizers said in a statement. The National Protestant Church, which comprises the majority of the Protestant community, hailed the visit in a statement but added that "at the eve of this visit it seems essential to us to affirm our desire to be faithful to the Gospel in the line traced by the Reformers." "We are aware that different trends are apparent inside the Catholic Church as they are in all other Christian churches," the statement continued. 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