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The Hartford Chronicle NOVEMBER 2, 1946 ELECTION A TOSS-UP DESPITE PARTY CLAIMS DIVISION IN PARTIES Hartford Listening to poli tcians these days in the city is just like listening to a discus sion of the Fourth Dimension. You get the general idea that something pretty important is involved but just how it is put together to make sense, is quite another matter. No one really knows who is going to win or why they will win. Party or ganization is still here in semb- j lance but in spirit it is decidedly divided. ' In fact this division on both sides is sufficiently im portant to have so baffled party leaders that they cannot evince anything but hopeful guesses about what the people are real ly thinking and planning to do. Those individuals who ac cording to party lines have been working hand and glove for years are now either completely ignoring each other or quietly holding separate meetings with the full intention of defeating some of their former running mates. In fact it is almost down to the stage of the small boy who takes his bat home and thus breaks up the neighborhood ball game, because he cannot be lead-off man. j On the Democratic side the loyal supporters of Mr. Spella cy are still steaming about his defeat in the caucus and there fore they are not raising a hand in the cause of the party. Just what this group is quietly plan ning to do on election day is anybody's guess. Add to this 'the intense contest between the failing Zazzaro machine and the newly developing Palloti group and you have major confusion. This ought to be the golden opportunity for the Republican party, if it were as united as some people like to say it' is. Some rather definite indications seem to belie this unity though. For instance ever since the elec tion of Mayor Moylan, some Republican big-wigs have been applying the heat for conformi ty by him in instances where he has objected. This difference was supposedly adjusted in a formal "Party Love Feast" some weeks but it is rumored that the selection of the State ticket did not pleases the Moylan faction. , But irrespective of what fits within this whole con fused picture, the fact remains that the Moylan faction is active in the campaign in only isolated instances. , With this general confusion within the parties, there is little reason to -wonder why at, this point, no prediction that is worth mentioning, can be made about the outcome of the elec tion. In fact there is every reason to believe that this election is going to be decided not on the basis of party ballyhoo but the independent reaction of individ ual citizens. The claim is made in some circles that the reason for the present apathy of the citizens is because no major is- CITIZENS COUNCIL RE-ORGANIZES 16 GROUPS AFFILIATE Hartford The Hartford Negro Citizens Council held a re-organization meeting for post-war planning Thursday evening, Oct. 24th, at the North End Community Center. Six teen different civic, social and fraternal organizations were present. Dr. Isaac W. Cornwall, chair man presided over the meeting and gave a summary of the ac complishments of the Council through the war years Mr. N. P. Dotson of the Coun cil of Social Agencies presented the necessity for re-organization of the program in order to meet the post-war problems. The concensus of opinion was that the Council was an ex jtremely important basis upon which could be fashioned a very potent community force and should therefore be expanded and strengthened. The Council decided to set-up immediately an over-all com mittee that would meet within the next ten days to develop plans that would lead to speci fic objectives. These objectives were in the field of employment, housing, education and com munity attitudes. Those organizations repre sented in this initial meeting were IXL Club, Women's League, ' Literaces, NAACP, Sigma Phi Lambda, Mothers and Homemakers Club Prince Hall, Masons, Inter-cee Club, Trellis Temple, St. Monica's Women's Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Knights of Pythias, Young Women's Mis sionary Society, AMEZ, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Independent .Social Center, Inter-collegiate Club and the North End Com munity Center. sues have . come to the front. This is rather doubtful reason ing. It might be far better guessing to say that the people have been conditioned to meet ing major issues all during the war period and therefore they do not go into the old time fren zy about things that they are very concerned about. If the weather is fair, there is very apt to be a large turn-out for this election as well as a great many party shocks. In fact perhaps the 6th of Novem ber will have a great many of the smart boys more confound ed than they were the morning after the last election for May or. For it would seem that the American public is becoming far. more sophisticated in its political manifestations. When they have but two choices, they will even put the one that they do not particularly want into office, purely as a protest vote. Then what are the possiblities now when they actually have an opportunity to chew the situa tion up into many different parts? Yes, it looks like the joys and sorrows are going to be pretty equally divided. CONN TEACHERS LEGISLATIVE MINDED SUPPORT FIVE BILLS Hartford 1 The Connecticut State Teachers' Association in its one day session here last week went on record in favor of five bills that will be submitted to the General Assembly at its next session. They concerned: 1. Adequate state-aid for school programs. 2. A minimum salary of $2000 with annual minimum incre ments of $100. 3. Clarification of the relative powers of finance and educa tion boards. 4. Election of boards of edu cation on a non-partisan basis. 5. Revision of the continuing contract law to assure greater job security for teachers. All of these matters were pre sented to the group of 1500 teachers at Bushnell Memorial by James A. Smith of Torring ton who additionally pointed out the fact that though Conn, was one of the nation's wealth iest states, it ranks 39th in state aid. In discussing the bill on sala ry proposal Mr. Smith indicated that 30 of Connecticut's teachers received less than $2000 last year and that 50 did not receive more than $2300. CITY CHARTER FORUMS PLANNED BY GROUPS Hartford The North End Branch Library, the Women's League and the North End Community Center representa tives met on Friday evening, October 25th and planned two Forum meetings to inform the citizens of the North End on the pros and cons on the new City Charter. These two meetings are to be held at the Arsenal School as sembly hall the 7th and 14th of November. The following clubs and groups are to cooperate in this community effort: Young Women's Progressive Hour, the Kips, Literaces, Omega Psi Phi, Carpe Diem, Inter-collegiate Club, Congress Club, Sigma Phi Lamda, Tenas Proposito and the F. I. A. UNIV. NORTH CAROLINA AMONG FIRST TEN CHAPEL HTT.T. EXCELS Chapel HilL N. C. Under the leadership of Dr. Frank Gra ham, president, the University of North " Carolina has been gradually moving far in the vanguard of American Univer sities. Chapel Hill now is known nationally as one of the most liberal institutions on the mat ter of race and labor problems. As further evidence of this increasing prestige the Univer sity has recently won the dis tinction of being judged one of the ten best universities in the nation. The poll to determine this status was conducted by Look magazine. OPA CRACKS DOWN ON AUTO CHISLERS TWO ARRAIGNED Manchester The withering OPA descended like a ton of brick on the heads of two Man chester people the other day, who it is alleged they assumed that the OPA was much more prostrate than it turned out to be. . The individuals involved in the charge that they exceeded the OPA ceilings on cars are W. Alexander Cole, of the Cole Motors, Manchester and an em ployee, Miss Helen A. Holbrook. It-is alleged . that this couple exacted a payment of $2650 for a 1946 Pontiac four door sedan. The ceiling price for this same car is $1648.33. v The transaction was made by the buyer, Erwin Surell, in the Cole Co. salesroom. 26 $100 bills and one $50 was paid to Miss Holbrook. At the ,same time that the transaction was made two OPA' investigators were present posing as prospec tive customers. OPA Administrator Stanley Crute in commenting upon this case said, "I think that a good many people have been reluct ant to ask for OPA help on over charges on cars, for. fear they may lose the car. For instance, Mr. Surell will not only recover the overcharge, if it is proven but in any case retains the new car." Both Mr. Cole and Miss Hol brook are under bonds of $500, with Mr. Cole facing a civil suit for $4500. The complaint in such an action is entitled to sue for three times the over eharge and the cost of the suit and other damages. CAPT. CUSTIS ON TERMINAL LEAVE RESIGNS POLICE FORCE Hartford Captain Lemuel Custis, a Hartford boy who se cured a leave of absence from the Hartford Police force early in the War to qualify for the Air-Force, is now on terminal leave and planning to re-enter civilian life. During the War he was at tached to the 12th- Air-Force and campaigned with the 99th Pursuit Squad Division in Afri ca, Sicily and Italy. He was abroad for about a year and a half and was one of the young sters of the group who pio neered in the American Air Force and made an amazing combat record. Mr. Custis is a graduate of the Hartford Public High School and Howard University in Washington, D. C. At the last meeting of the Police Commission Friday, Oct. 25th, Mr. Custis'' resignation from the force was submitted and accepted. This is in line with some specific plans Mr. Custis has for entering another field of work responsibility, which wll be announced in the near future. JOHN NEWELL TO STEP DOWN COACHED 28 YEARS Hartford After 28 years of coaching at the Hartford Public High School, Johnnie Newell is to lay down the reins after the present football season, th&Nre port goes. Newell, who came to HJP.H.S. straight from his college days at Springfield College and Co lumbia University, has built in the course of years, one of the best records in the high school coaching field of anyone in New England. When he first took over up on the Hill, H.P.H.S. was the only high school in the eity. Thus material came from all over the city and the school boasted some of the finest teams in this section. During those times the team play was so ex ceptional that practically the whole football schedule was made up of such preparatory schools as Taft, Kent, Rosen baum Prep., Springfield College Freshman team and others in' that class. Positive proof of the calibre of athlete that Newell turned out is the fact that many of them later excelled at some of the biggest colleges in America ; with one John ''Clipper Smith" captaining the King of them all, Notre Dame. V Then Hartford began to grow very rapidly and the .mainten ance of a single1 city high, school was out of the question. Material was ultimately divided three ways with the general calibre of the team play being reduced all around. But Johnnie Newell has be come an institution in school boy athletic competition in these parts and it will be diffi cult to picture the scene with out him. . s HONESTY IS DULY REWARDED ' AWARDED $840 New York Richard Holmes, while on duty the other day at the Grand Central Station as a Red Cap, was loading passen gers into a cab. As the car that preceded the one he was loading whizzed away, he noted-that the lady who had entered it had dropped a small case. Holmes rushed to the case and called out after the swiftly moving cab but the station din drowned his cries. Holmes then looked in the case and found that there were a number , of pieces . of jewelry and immediately took them to the terminal police oflSice. ' In the course of events, Holmes forgot the whole inci dent until he was called to the offices of the Ocean Guaranty Insurance Company. There he was told that the jewels that he had found had been claimed by the owner and that they were valued at $15,000. The com pany then presented him, with an award-of $840.