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The Hartford Chronicle NOVEMBER 2, 1946 HARTFORD CHRONICLE Covering Connecticut : Published every Saturday in Connecticut Office: 1702 Main Street, Hartford, Conn. Telephone 2-1293 GEORGE W. GOODMAN Editor JOHN STEWART Advertising Manager Subscription Rates One Year $3.00 Six Months 1.50 Second Class Mailing Permit Pending. NOVEMBER 5th YOU VOTE The first Tuesday in November is a very important day. in the lives of the citizens of the state of Connecticut as well as many other states. It is the one day that they have the very positive responsibility to go to the Polls and indicate the men and ideas they want to run their government. This is the gravest responsibility that any man or woman has in a democracy. And yet it is held very lightly at times, by both the citizens and those who seek office. Some individuals com pletely ignore their responsibility to vote and some candidates abuse the privilege and dignity of office seeking. In the midst of this confusion, those who are anxious and conscientious about the franchise and the dignity of position, must make up their minds to the best of their abilities. This is a herculean task . The Hartford Chronicle is not a partisan newspaper. The reason for this is not one of expediency. Our independence in political matters is premised on two factors. First, there never has been a single party in the United States that honestly be lieved and supported all of those things that were for the best interest of the ordinary folk. (Both major parties though, per petually lay claim to this distinction.) Second, for as long as men vary in their ideals and character there is a very small possi bility that anyone party will have a monopoly on all the most competent candidates. Because these are,, fundamental truths, our objective is always to advise people to investigate the records of candidates and specific party principles on given issues that are pertinent. To wade through as nearly as possible the misleading ballyhoo that is set up by party machines. And finally, distribute your vote so that it will elect those men and women that you feel have character and hold the welfare of the people above all other considerations. This invariably means to split your Vote ! WHAT In this issue there is a news story about a youngster 16 years of age at Cape Town, South Africa whose parents found him strung from the fixtures in the bath-room of their home. From the contents of the news story it is quite apparent that here was a youngster who the confusing pressures of color pre judice were too much for sensitive spirit. Despite the fact that he was a legal and biological part'of a family unit, a vicious social practice made him a virtual pariah within the sacredness of his home. What a pity that despite the horrible bloodshed and suffer ing of humanity within the past few years, there are still places on the face of the earth where men are determined to make life unlivable for others. Here was a mere child with all of his life before him and possessing an unusually keen sense of musical appreciation but lacking the ability to grapple with the annihilating experiences of color prejudice. "Who knows but what the world has lost in the unfortunate passing of this youngster a musical genius that could have brought untold joy and happiness to men and women everywhere, irrespective of their race or color. Perhaps someday, in South Africa, in Australia and the United States of America, men and women will become so en lightened that they will appreciate the lack of wisdom and humanness in some of our present barbaric practices. NJLA.CP. DRIVE NETS 10,000 New York, Oct. 24th In a membership campaign con ducted by NAACP, Field Sec retary Daisy E. Lampkin, the Cleveland Branch has enrolled 10,391 members to date. Origi nally, their goal was set at 8,000 new members for 1946, but the magnificent recruiting job this branch has done has 3 A PITY enabled them to surpass this goal by over 2,000 and has netted the NAACP $20,721. This is the largest membership in the history of this branch, and brings the branch into the position of being the sixth largest in the NAACP. Charles Lucas, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland branch, reports ' that member ships are still being received and that the final membership figure promises to be even larg er than it now is. HEALTH FOR ALL FEEDING THE BABY Milk especially breast milk contains almost everything that a young baby needs for nourishment. Very clearly in his life, a newborn baby can be given foods that will supply the other things he needs. When a baby is two weeks old he can be given citrus juices and tomato juice to help him grow and keep well. These juices contain vitamin C, an element necessary for health and normal growth. Freshly squeezed, unsweetened orange or grapefruit juice, which has not been left standing, contains the most vitamin C. Tomato juice is just as good for a baby as orange juice and is some times easier to get.. But re member that it takes twice as much tomato juice as orange juice to get the same amounts of vitamin C. Most doctors recommend a teaspoonful of orange juice ev ery day at two weeks old. A suggested schedule, if your doc tor agrees, is to give one tea spoonful daily at two weeks; two tablespoonsful (one ounce) at four weeks ; two ounces daily at six weeks, and three ounces daily at eight weeks. Another vital food given to the baby at two weeks is some sort of fish liver oil recommend ed by your doctor. Fish liver oils supply vitamins A and D. These vitamins will help your baby to rest well, form hard bones, grow strong and tall, form straight legs and a well developed chest. The amount you give your baby will depend upon your doctor's advice and the kind of oil you are to use. Doctors usually suggest starting with a few drops and working up to the full dosage they prescribe. Sunshine is also a source of vitamin D. Ask your doctor about sun baths for your baby. Fish liver oils should be con tinued through the summer months, even if the baby does take sunbaths under the direc ton of the doctor. It is advis able to give the oil alone, rather than mix it with other foods, so that the baby can learn to like the taste. Milk, plus these two import ant additions, will give the baby the food he needs until the doc tor says to give the baby strained, pureed and chopped solid foods, sometime between the third and fourth months. In the next article, tuberculin testing as an aid in diagnosing TB will be discussed. This column is sponsored, in the interest of better health, by : The Hartford Tuberculosis and Public Health Society, Inc., 65 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford 6, Conn. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Mr. .Editor: May I congratulate you upon the complete renovation of the Hartford Chronicle. . I thing that the tabloid style that you came out with in your issue of October 26th was grand. Not only because it was a tabloid and I like them anway, but it was one of the neatest, newsiest looking jobs that I ever seen come into these parts. Gee! Whizz! It made me think that things are really be ginning to click in these parts after a long time when it seemed that the group was fast asleep. I am sure that your paper and the way that it looks is an indication of a changing spirit. I have no idea where you sell it and how many people know that this kind of thing is happening but I am sure that as soon as they do, you will never have enough copies for the people who want to buy. One thing I liked very much about your paper and that was the fact that you do not sen to tell it as news and let it ationalize your, news. You seem go at that. When I finished reading it . . . and I did read every page, I didn't wind up feeling mad the way I do when I read most of our papers. Please keep on going that way because it isn't enough to just make people mad. In fact get ting mad does not do any good. What we really need is to know the facts and then have some intelligent suggestions made about the ways we are to meet these problems. I am not for just singing the blues, unless you plan to do some thng about it. Where do I send my subscription! Tickled to death, Roger Lewis COLOR CAUSES YOUTHS SUICIDE Capetown, Union South Afri ca The oppressive nature of color discrimination wass too much for the sensitive nature of Joseph William Rapnaar, age sixteen, who was found hanging by his neck in the bathroom of his parent's home. The strange racial pattern here created an anomalous situ ation in the family that the youngster could not. endure. Unfortunately for William the int of his skin is slightly darker than his parents and his broth ers and sisters. All of the lat ter being classified as Euro peans, while he had to carry the designation of colored. This forced him to attend a colored school, while his sisters and brothers attended a European school. At the inquest the mother testified to these facts as well as William having possessed musical genius and an extreme sensitive nature. WORLD PEACE AN IDEAL "There are people who doubt, who mock, who "make jokes and who, in view of all that is diffi cult, complicated and necessari ly imperfect in our work, al ready announce our failure." These are the words that were spoken by President Truman in opening the second session of the General Assembly of the Whatever else people of the United States may be thinking about Mr. Truman, it is the rare one that is of the opinion that he is not a sincere man, where the matter of world peace is concerned. But criticisms of the develop ments to date of the United Na tions or of Mr. Truman as our national executive are beside the point, in comparison with the growing enmity within the nation toward anything Rus sian. For no matter what other considerations the United Na tions work on endlessly, if the peopie ,oi me two greatest na tions involved gradually learh to resent and dislike each other, world peace will continue to be an ideal for a long time to come. It is well and gpod for Mr. Truman or any other individual -within the nation to say, "The United States of America has no wish to make war, now or in the future, upon any people anywhere in the world." How ever, it is well to remember that there is a good deal of substance in the saying that, "What you are speaks so loudly, that I cannot hear what you say." This paper has yet to hear of any nation where the rank and file of people were innately blood thirsty and desired to pre cipitate bloodshed and death that would be bound to claim many of them individually. The fact of the matter is, nations on ly become inclined to such in sane attitudes because they are mislead and conditioned for them. Most thoughtful people know this and therefore they cherish the possibilities of Democracy as a counterbalance against any foolish trends. But unfortun ately the people of the United States who have to suffer and die in times of war, have very little influence in shaping na tional or international policies in times of peaee. There is real danger here, be cause such forces as the radio, the press and the motion pic tures are the great forces in molding public opinion. Right now, there is far too much em phasis in all three fields here in America against any nation that does not believe in exactly the same things we believe in. ' It s hard to understand how that attitude will beget world peace.