("Number one statesman?" yelps Bo. "But that doesn't outrank Number One Hero Dog! Does it?")
The first-degree murder trial of the zoot suit killers of a Williamsburg mathematics teacher will begin on November 16th in Kings County Court. The start of the trial of sixteen-year-old Neil Simonelli and 19 year old Joseph Annunziata for the murder of Erwin Goodman at the William J. Gaynor Junior High School, 233 Graham Avenue, on October 2nd was announced today by Judge John J. Fitzgerald. Simonelli and Annunziata, former students of Mr. Goodman at the school, are accused of shooting him in reprisal for a previous incident in which he reprimanded the youths for smoking in a school restroom. The boys were dressed in zoot suits at the time of the killing. A motion for a blue-ribbon jury submitted by Assistant District Attorney James A. McGough was granted. The court has appointed former Kings County District Attorney William F. X. Geoghan and former Assistant District Attorney Henry G. Anderson to represent Simonelli, and they have requested that the youth undergo a psychiatric examination before the trial. Judge Fitzgerald reserved a decision on that request.
American forces on Guadalcanal were on the alert today for further Japanese "feeler " attacks which may be mere feints intended to screen the start of a widespread offensive elsewhere. They repulsed a second attack by an enemy force against the western flank of the American defense lines on October 21st, but the Navy did not reveal further details.
Supporters of Thomas E. Dewey, Republican candidate for Governor, are predicting a GOP victory in the city, traditional Democratic stronghold, after Mr. Dewey successfully carried his campaign into Queens today with a pledge to work, if elected, for a plan of legislative reapportionment. Dewey's drive into Ridgewood and Jamaica last night was greeted with such enthusiasm that party leaders predicted an upset victory over Attorney General John Bennett, despite President Roosevelt's re-endorsement of the Democratic candidate.
Liquor stores thruout Brooklyn today are reporting a rush of business which threatens to clear shelves of nearly all types of liquor before a new 50 cent per quart tax takes effect on November 1st. Although extra sales clerks have been added at the larger stores, and many of the smaller stores are jammed with customers, most retailers appear certain that "the real rush" will come next Thursday and last till Saturday. Most wholesalers are already rationing deliveries, and retailers have expressed concern as to what will happen when present stocks are exhausted. At the liquor department of Loeser's Department Store, the day's sales were triple the usual rate of $400 a day, and a store spokesman reported that stocks are already running low. The tax increase will also increase the price of most individual drinks served across the bar by five cents, with the exception of beer, where the increase amounts to less than half a cent per glass.
A claim that left-wing members of the American Labor Party are distributing circulars charging that Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Bennett and Alfred Lama, Democratic assembly candidate in the 23rd A. D. are "the favorite candidates of the Christian Front and defeatists" was made in Brownsville last night by former Assemblyman Albert Martin Cohen. Speaking at a political rally at P. S. 156, Mr. Cohen read from a throw-away flyer making such statements, and from a second circular charging that Lama is aligned with the "clique who sold Brownsville down the river at the Farleycratic convention where the Christian Front got the go-ahead signal for the Hooliganism now sweeping Brooklyn and the Bronx."
(Doc isn't promoting the booklets as heavily as he used to. The paper shortage must be hitting hard.)
The Eage Editorialist again insists that Dean Alfange must drop out of the Gubernatorial race, following President Roosevelt's telegram reiterating his support for Attorney General John Bennett, and repudiating a "whispering campaign" claiming that the President's support of Bennett is not sincere. "New Yorkers who want a liberal governor," insists the EE, "a governor with experience in Albany, and one who would cooperate fully with the President on all war issues, should vote for Bennett."
(The wee lad is quoting his price for going away. He is not making implications about his sister. RIGHT, KID? THAT *IS* WHAT YOU"RE SAYING, RIGHT?)
The former manager of the restaurant in the New York State Building at Flushing Meadow Park will serve 2 1/2 to 5 years in Sing Sing after being convicted on attempted grand larceny charges. Francisco Jeni of Corona was found guilty of misappropriating a total of $169 in restaurant funds last September, and was sentenced to prison as a second offender.
National observance of a sabbath in memorial to the victims of the Lidice massacre will be held by members of all religious faiths on a date to be announced, according to former Ambassador to the Soviet Union Joseph Davies, chairman of the Lidice Lives Committee. The sabbath will memorialize the murdered or exiled residents of the Czechoslovakian village, where hundreds were slaughtered by Nazis in June. Among the bodies to participate in the sabbath will be member organizations the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the World Council of Churches of Christ, the Federal Council of Churches of Christ, the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America, and the Free Synagogue. The event will, according to Ambassador Davies, emphazise the "inhumanity and anti-religious philosophy of those who uphold the 'master race' teaching."
(Beating the Football Giants four straight? I suppose that counts for something. Sigh.)
("I ast Ma if she'd come oveh an' watch Leonoreh while I wen' down an' rolled a game," huffs Sally, "an' ya know what she said? It's her league night! I ASK YA!" "Poor Fitz," murmurs Joe. "What?" "Nut'n.")
(That Canada Lee will never play Bigger Thomas on film is one of the twentieth century's great cultural losses.)
(I'm surprised, given wartime priorities, that they were able to get the magnesium flares for her sunray.)
(Gee, what a catch.)
("Municipal Trailer Camp?" Does the FHA know about this?)
(AND I DON'T EVEN USE A STUNT DOG!)