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The Hartford Chronicle NOVEMBER 23, 1946 AM SICKENS NATIVES FLEE Many things happened the other night at Bushnell at the opera performance of Aida, some obvious and others not quite so obvious. The obvious was that Stella Roman became ill and was unable to sing the role of Aida. Everybody knew that prior to the performance and therefore was ready for the substitute. The less obvious was the fact that a whole group of prospec tive African natives appeared at Bushnell prior to the per formance and left the scene post haste. The secret being that these individuals were seeming ly lured into a position that they knew nothing about and when they were informed, re treated in a blaze of indigna tion. It seems that someone made some telephone calls for the Connecticut Opera , Association and asked that ten Negro boys be secured for ushers. But in the interim they had the happy idea that these ushers could easily be transformed into Af rican natives. Only they reck oned without the temperament of individuals who have noth ing in common with the African natives but similiarity of com plexion. Hence the objection of the prospective natives and Aida had to sail along without this additional atmosphere. Now some "of the disillusioned ushers want to ..know why it is possible for producers to con tort leads so that you find y6ur self with an Italian or Slav singing the role of a character of color and yet the same peo ple feel it is preposterous to have white boys playing the role of African natives. CITIZEN'S HOUSING GRCOP PROTESTS Dick Stimson, chairman of the Citizen's Housing Commit tee, spoke out against the lack of cooperation of city officials and the general apathy of the veteran at a recent meeting of the committee. Mr. Stimson pointed out the fact that he had written a letter to Mayor Moylan over a month ago suggesting that the City make some effort to ascertain how much third floor space could be used in houses. This letter has remained unanswered by the Mayor's office. The committee suggested that something be done about the conversion of unused space in private dwellings, as well as the renovation of empty buildings into apartments for veterans. A canvasing committee under the chairmanship of Mrs. Henry P. Ludorf was set up to secure the information on unused space desired. CHARTER VOTE YES-NO, BASIS The Common Council at its last meeting voted unanimously to limit the voting on the Char ter to a Yes-No basis on Decem ber 3rd election. The meeting's phase that had to do with the Charter was ex ceedingly peaceful except for a single interjection that was made by Alderman "Wilbert I. Tarbox, who submitted a re quest of Thomas Reardon an employee of the Board of Edu cation. Mr. Reardon recom mended that the Charter pro posal be amended in three in stances. '.First to change the proposed Charter so that it would feature a strong Mayor. Second, a re ferendum of voters that would force the abandonment of the managerial charter. Third, that candidates seeking city offices be required to file with the city clerk a copy of the rules of his political party. ( These recommendations were referred , to the Aledermanic Legislature Committee from whence there is little likelyhood that they will ever reappear. OURTO, DELTJCCO ON WAY OUT Members of the Veterans Ser vice Commission were fighting mad the other night at their session because of two acts of ommission that they claim are" interfering with their efficiency of operation. Their first complaint was the fact that the two aldermanic representatives appointed by Mayor Moylan had never been of any service or consequence to the Commission, because they do not attend meetings. These rep resentatives are Rocco Curto and Dominic DeLucco. They allege that Mr. Curto has at tended one meeting of the Com mission and that Mr. DeLucco has never put in an appearance. The other complaint had to do with the long windedness of the capital expenditures com mittee's delay in authorizing three existing openings. JAMAICANS HOLD THANKSGIVING SERVICE The Jamaican Workers of the Imperial Agricultural Corpora tion are to give their annual special Thanksgiving service at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Sunday, November 24, at 3:30 P.M. The Glee Club will furnish the music for the occasion. The Thanksgiving sermon will be preached by Rev Reverdy C. Ransom, III, Director of Pro gram Activities for the workers. Rev. Ransom was formerly a member of the faculty of Wil berforce University and the lat ter part of the war period was director of the Service Canteen at the Arsenal School. TRAFFIC LIGHT PROBLEM HEATED There is considerable dis agreement in the Board of Al dermen about the wisdom in having taken the traffic light away from the corner of Main and Florence Streets, supposed ly because a Police Board sur vey showed that there was no need for such. ' Some people are of the opin ion that having no stop light between the Tunnel and Mai ther Street indues hundreds of motorists to turn that stretch into a speedway. That this is an area in which a great many women and small children are using the crossings plus the fact there is a Fire Engine sta tion in the very middle of the stretch. Alderman Dominick DeLucco sponsored the request along with Democratic Minority Lead er Joseph J. Fauliso. Alderman Rocco Curto made the' state ment that his committee had turned' the proposal down be cause ff the findings of the survey. Mr. Curto is the owner of a gas station within this specific area where he ean observe the many dangers that are involved in this traffic problem for pedestrians. EDITOR REFUSES ' CITIZENS' PROTEST Los Angeles, Nov. Special When the Daily News, self styled 'liberal' white paper an nounced its opposition only a few days before election to the bill that would set up in Cali fornia a state FEPC, a commit tee of distinguished citizens called on the editor and asked him to reverse his stand. Although he admitted the News had erred "tactically on one instance and factually in another", the editor refused to change his decision, preferring to believe that the objectives of FEPC legislation could "best be served by education and by efforts to bring about greater cooperation of the community for that purpose". Among those who called on the editor were Daniel G. Marshall, president of the Catholic Interracial Council ; Dr. H. C. Hudson, NAACP; Assemblyman Augustus F. Hawking; and John T. McTer nan, of the National Lawyers Guild. OUTER CIRCLE MEETS New York, Nov. Frank Sheed, noted Catholic publish er, led the discussion on "The Formation of a Catholic Mind" at the first Fall meeting of the Friendship House Outer Circle here. The Outer Circle is a group of young Catholic intel lectuals, staff members and workers at Harlem's Friendship House, who meet regularly to discuss Catholic theology and social teaching. FOSTER MOTHERS HONORED Thursday evening, November 14th, the Mothers and Home Makers Club honored three fos ter mothers with a banquet at the North End Community Cen ter. The mothers honored were Mrs. Julius Blanton, Mrs. Ar mond Green and Mrs. Oscar Butler. There were about a hundred guests in attendance and Mrs. John Chafin, president of the club, presided at the dinner. The speakers were Mrs. Robert Swain, public relations secre tary of the Connecticut Chil dren's Aid Society and Dr J. Elmer Dixon, Mrs. McKean, head worker District Child Wel fare and Mrs. Hutchinson, Case Supervisor. In a Good Neighbor observ ance Mrs. Alfred Powers, Mrs. Sydney Carroll and Mrs. Beebe, neigbhors of the mothers who were honored, extolled the high character and diligent service that had been exhibited by these mothers from day to day.' There was also the presenta tion of orchids to the mothers by Mr. Charles Jones, Exalted Ruler of New Nutmeg Lodge, No. 67, IBPOE of W. ! The committee that was re sponsible for this most signifi cant gathering was Mrs. Eugene Shaw, Chairman, Mrs Dorothy Hodges, Mrs. Cornelia Peteway, Mrs. Pearl Spivey and Mrs. Marshall Wood. A great many individuals, organizations and business concerns helped to make this venture more than a passing success and the Mothers and Home Makers Club are deeply indebted to them for their services. MUSIC CLUB , PRESENTS ARTISTS The Musical Club of Hartford presented a most unique pro gram at the Bushnell Colonial Room the past week in which they featured outstanding local Negro artists. The caption of the musical presentation was "The Negro and His Influence on American Music." Among the local artists ap pearing were Esther De Loach Watson, soprano ; Sarah Powers contralto ; Russell Moore, tenor ; and Don Watson, bass. This quartet sang the follow ing numbers: Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray, Lord I Want To Be A Christian, Walk Together Children. NEGRO PRIEST CONDUCTS MISSION Augusta, Ga. Nov. Rev. John Walter Bowman, S.V.D., former U. S. Army chaplain re cently conducted a week's spi ritual mission at Immaculate Conception Church here. The Negro priest served with the nation's Armed Forces in World War II. VETERANS LOSE SUBSISTENCE It is a little difficult! to under stand why as many as 4000 GIs in Connecticut could be neg ligent enough not to have sub mitted a report of their earn ings to the Veterans Admini stration, prior to having their subsistence allowance cut off. These reports were due on Nov. 5th and the deadline was Nov. 12th. In the state there are approximately 6000 vet erans who are taking advantage of the G.I. Bill so that they might continue their educations. Of this group only 75 filed their reports on earnings. While this group of 25 de linquents now find themselves faced with suspended allow ances, they have the additional opportunity to file within the next four months. But if in the face of this allowance a veteran still fails to file, his training under the G.I. Bill will be suspended. HERE WE GO AGAIN PRACTICE With the recent announce ment that because the incoming jstate legislature will bring so many new members that there will be a repetition of the prac tice Assembly to familiarize many with the procedure, some wits are saying, Here we go again." 1 For it will be recalled that some such procedure was fol lowed prior to the meeting of' the last legislature and from that point on it performed in a most incorrigible fashion. 160 members of this incoming legislature will be individuals who were not members in the last session. Not all of. these new incumbents are without any legislature experience but ,'a good number of them have had vacations that have extended from 2-10 years. JAMES LEE THANKSGIVING SPECIAL Family Portraits of Holiday Re-Unions Special Prices on 8 x 10 Sepia Toneprinta that Every Member of the Family will Love and Cherish for Years to Come Only a Limited Number of Appointments Can Be Handled MAKE YOURS EARLY!