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APRIL 5, 1947
The Hartford Chronicle Page Eleven THIS AND THAT What I have to sav this week is of a specific local nature and yet I suspect that more than one city in the state has this problem to some degree. It con cernss the disgraceful and ir responsible behavior of certain types of persons who seem to delight in congregating on street corners in communities and making themselves a gen eral public nuisance. If anybody has ever visited Hartford and passed the cor ner of Canton and Main Sts., when the weather is compara tively pleasant, they have got ten the full s'gnifieance of what I mean. For between the hours of noon-time ami ten thirty at night, all kinds and types of individuals assemble there cursing, laughing and hooting to the top of their Voices. While the constituency of the group varies at different hours, a considerable percent age of them are there all the time. These are individuals who propose to live by their wits, rather than their brain and muscle. While the mere congregation of .such an element on a street corner is disgraceful in itself, there is the additional fact that they r are insulting and offensive in their attitudes to ward all women who pass. Just why decent citizens who are concerned about their fam ilies have to put up with such things is a total mystery. Just why the Law does not crack down on suc-h characters in a positive way is baffling to say the least. But the most that the Police seem inclined to do is shoo them away occasionally by Walter Wendall and then they act very much like a swarm of flies. They scatter temporarily only to re assemble as soon as he Police man has passed. This column has the feeling that the Police need to get af er this problem in a firm con sistent manner. We recom mend that they begin to watch this area rather closely; par ticularly marking those indi viduals who seem never to I'ave anything to do but loiter. They ought to get a little in rrmat;on about the occupa tions of such individuals, as well as their past records. And iccasionally they .ought to take a few of them off to Court to be fined for being public nuis ances and vagrants. The better citizens of the North End cannot do much 'about such characters but the Police can and that is one of the reasons why these citizens help to maintain the police de partment through their taxes. On one occasion a previous Chief of Police indicated the fact that they did not want to crack down on such characters because they did not want to be accused of partiality. But this Chief can be sure that he will get the full support of people in this neighborhood, if he clears up this impossible situation. CANCER'S TOLL FROM THE AMERICAN SCENE 478 Lives Every Day 20 Lives Every Hour One Life Every Three Minutes 2,000 Americans a Tear CONTRIBUTE TO THE 1947 CANCER FUND INAACP Criticizes ! New Housing Bill Washington, D. C. An ex pression of NAACP opinion on ! the National Housing Commis ' sion Act, S-866, now being con ' sidered by the Senate Banking ' and Currency Committee, was filed with that body by Leslie j Perry, Administrative Assist ant of the Washington Bureau NAACP. Perry declares there is an ur gent need to meet the critical housing shortage which Amer icans of all races, creeds and colors face today. The hous ing problem of Negroes, Perry pointed out, is particularly acute. Negroes make up 20 of the population of the city of Baltimore, but they are crowd ed into less than 2(r of the liv ing space. In Chicago, tli populat'on density of the Ne gro district is 90.000 per square mile. A single block in Harlem has 3.781 persons. Perry quoted the Architec tural Forum : "At a compar able concentration, the whole United States could be housed in half-of New York City. "It can be safely said." the Perry report continued, "that in every city in the United States where the Negro consti tutes a s'zable part of the pop ulation, he has been relegated to the slums and tenements. These blighted areas, which have most of the marks of Old World ghettos, in America are known as 'black belts'. "The committee has under consideration S-866. We have studied this measure carefully. It is a source of grave concern t( us that this bill laudable in many, ways wholly fails to in corporate in it any language. Medical Technologist, Ellen B. Pendleton, prepares to set specimen of body tissue through its overnight circuit in auto technician containers, at Middletown Hospital Laboratory. Machine speeds time of placing sample tissue on parafin block, so cell structure can be immediately studied for presence of Cancer. Connecticut Cancer Society Funds aid in securing equipment like autoteehnician above. SPONSORED BY GATTER & HYMAN Radios, Furniture and Appliances 184 Windsor Street, Hartford, Conn. . Noted Priest New Wage Board Chmn. Hartford, Conn. Rev. John J. Loughlin, Director of St. Benedict's Center, Cathoilc settlement house for Negroes here, has been elected Chair man of the wage board ap pointed by Commissioner John J. Egan of the State Labor Department. Choral Group Acts In Negro Benefit New York For the benefit of the Handmaids of Mary, Ne gro Catholic Sisters, the Bless ed Martin Choral Croup pre sented a concert here March 23 at Siena Hall, 420 E. 69th St. Rev. Leo S. Cannon, O.P., Mus. M., professor of music at Prov idence College, Providence. TTlhoinik Yy D O . . . in a very definite form . . . a super-opening special ! L -Si J IHi Com e in t t t Charge it ! ! ! as hundreds have done this first opening week. Bargains galore in Curtains, Sheets, Furniture, Jewelry Stoves, Radios, Washing Machines, Refrigerators ... Silverplated SERVICE FOR 6 SPECIAL PACKAGE Rogers Salt and 9 Pepper Shakers $1.25 weekly Silverplated , Bread Trays MEN'S SUITS ALL WOOL FINELY TAILORED en Abrams Department Store 2 BLOCKS FROM MAIN ST. 158 WINDSOR STREET NEAR PLEASANT ST.