The Bridgeport Post from Bridgeport, Connecticut on December 9, 1964 · Page 42
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FORTY-TWO JTHE BRIDGEPORT POST. WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 9/1964. This colorful Christmas Cloth is yours WHEN YOU JOIN · NUF's 1965 M*Fs Christmas gift to you will be useful many ways Ibr many years. Perks up any party table or makes a gay, practical drop cloth under your tree..Com* in and getyourr FREE- when you open your MF 1965 cSmtmas Ckib account the easy-saving for easy- giving plan that provides you with lots of handy cash at holiday time. ECHANICS BRANCH OFFICES: ST»ATFO»D * BOSTON AVENUE · TKUMBUU · MMHUD · TO 3. FRIDAYS TO · · OMIVC-UPS AND WAVK-UMTO 4:3B BAILY, PHIDAYI TO a · f*H CUSTOMER fABKINa New Canaan Crusader Fathered AFRICA RECLAIMS Beleaguered Birtk Curb Laws LAND LOST TO FLY By JAMES V. HEAUON NEW CANAAN-(UPl) Few in this town of 17.WO persons know the name- Anthony Comstock today but in America's yesteryear. Ine "Puritan Strong Boy" was a prime mover in passage of Connecticut's disputed ami-birth control l»w. He left the family f a r m with the determination of a born zealot and before his death at 71 in 1915, he was among the most villified men on earlh. Comstock was lampooned in song and story, in newspaper cartoon, books and plays, as "The informer General of the YMCA," but the bluenose label did not late Comstock, a crusader with a- mission. He arrived in New York at the age of 29 in; the same way another crusader would try to tackle Manhattan morality. However, in comparison, Evangelist Billy Sunday was more successful along his sawdust trail than Comstock was with his own brand of reformation. Foxl of BMUUU(' Comstock was fond of boasting that he had destroyed 160 tons of obscene literature, it was his role as top agent for the Committee for the Suppression-of Vice that gave international fame to a little--known painting; He appeared it a West 48th street bookshop and ordered M. Phillipe .Ortiz to remove a picture from'his window. Ortiz refused and the ensuing publicity brought to the public's attention "September Morn," the girl in the brook by Paul Chabas. Comstock considered this obscene as he did other such things but he did uncover vast stores of hard core pornography and. in his bey dcy, he promoted passage of the so-called Comstock laws which prohibited "obscene literature and articles of immoral use"-from interstate commerce." Form New Laws He buttonholed legislators various states and had them pass what was known as "Little Comstock Laws." Such was the case in Connecticut, to wit: "Sec.; 53-32.'Use of drugs or instru merits to prevent conception. Any persons who uses any drug, medicinal article or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception shall be fined not less thari fifty dollars or imprisoned not less than sixty days nor more than one year or be both fined and imprisoned." A companion law stales: "Sec. M-196 Accessories. Any person who assists, abets, couii- sels, causes,' hires or commands another to commit any offense may be prosecuted and punished as if be were the principal offender." ' " The U.S. Supreme' Court on Monday agreed to examine the, law, the constitutIonity ot which has been questioned by Dr. C. Lee Buxton, a Yale Medical school professor, and Mrs; Estelle T. Griswokt, a director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut. CMC t» Hi(k Cmrt Both Dr. Buxton and Mrs. Griswold were arrested and convicted under the Uws when they opened a birth control · center In New Haven in October 1961. Their case h«s shuttled back and forth between various intermediate courts and will apparently be resolved by the Supreme Court. But in the distant Background, more than 100 years before was crusader Comstock. Birth control advocates drew his wrath even then. "Can't everybody, rich or poor, learn to control themselves?" he fumed when the subject was broached once. He was a zealot to the end though the YMCA tried to ease him from its Committee for the Suppression of Vice. There were thousands who believed in Comstock and his life's work but there were thousand* who-did not. Among them, the newspaper cirtooalKs.- Sub}eet of Cartwu One had Comstock Razing at a retouched picture of "September Mara" and a burglar saying to the nymph, "Hands up!" ·Another showed a prelty gin bathing with only her head showing in the water. The caption had Comstock saying: "Don't you suppose I can imag me what is UNDER the water?" To his dying day. he refused to consider himself a prude out rather a crusader against pQroog raphera. . ^7* H was somewhat unusual how ever, that in all -his campaigns Comstock never involved himself m a campaign to rid New York's Tenderloin of ladies of easy vir tue. He said he was just interested m ridding the city of obscene material and "articles of moral use." . · '. . NEW SERVICE NEW YORK- AP) dealing in pets as well as money at a New-York bank which las initiated a new pubKc service program designed to find homes for pets up for adoption. The Dime Savings Bank of Williams burgh, in cooperation with the Humane society, is running ads asking "Is There Room at Your House?", together with picture: of animals needing new families WASHINGTON - On« of the world's large* reclamation ef- brts ij under way in Africa. More than (our million square miles of fertile land are being slowly cleared of the deadly seise fly.- The tsetse Is a parasitic Insect hat 'lives only on blood. The ly becomes a dangerous carrier of disease after it bites an in ected man or animal. It then ransfers trypanosomes, organ- sms responsible for sleeping sickness, into its next victim's iloodstream. The species Trypj. nosom* gambiense mainly causes he malady which can be fata] o mm. Vast swarms of tsetse fljes have urned parts of nations throughout eastern, central, and western Africa into economic waste- ands, National Geographic ciety says. Aided By UN Control programs have Ion- Jen in operation, notably In Northern Rhodesia and Uganda. At present separate reclamation jrogfams have been undertake by a number of'other nations, with the technical assistance ol he United Nations. These include Kenya, the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Ma- lawj (Nyasaland), Mozambique, Southern Rhodesia,'South Africa Nigeria, and Ghana. Because the infested areas are so large, the work is carried oui in sections. Reclamation is hot iedjpuf.'.and dangerous. It ts im ponlbJe for 'workers to escape contact with the dread fly, ye hundreds of Africans volunteer their services each year. . Specialists have found thai tsetse flies frequent woode places, olten along .rivers where people and animals come for wa ter. 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