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August 5: ON THIS DAY in 1949, U.S. bars Soviet aggression beyond the borders of China

August 5, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1884, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Among other interesting events that the weather of today threatens to interfere with is the ceremony of laying the cornerstone of the great Bartholdi statue of Liberty, about which we have heard so much of late, and done so little. This will be the first step toward putting into material form that lively appreciation of a nation’s good will and a great sculptor’s munificence that is graceful in itself, and eloquent of our highly cultivated national morality. It may be added that this step bears to those that are to follow before the expression is perfected the relation that a pint pot hole holds to the Atlantic Ocean, or to put it more accurately and less extravagantly, that the paltry sum already raised to meet the expense of erecting the pedestal bears to the enormous amount of money that will be necessary to the completion of the project.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1897, the Eagle reprinted an editorial from the New Orleans Times-Democrat, which said, “At the last election in New York the people of that state abolished hard labor in its penitentiaries. This was done for the protection of the workingman, who complained at having to compete with convict labor … Half a dozen industries had been tried at Sing Sing so as to cause the least disturbance of the industrial world, but no matter what field the convicts invaded, it was found that their output and labor disturbed prices and wages … As New York is rich and well able to support its convicts in idleness, nothing could be said against the financial part of this position. Unfortunately, another possible effect of idleness was not taken into consideration … the probability that the convicts will go insane from the combination of idleness and confinement. That idleness, combined with solitary confinement, has a tendency to produce insanity has long been known. One of the most distinguished alienists in the country has laid down the following indisputable proposition: ‘The very worst and most hopeless and most pitiable cases that we get are those of the men driven mad by idleness in the state prisons. Their cases present actual brain lesions — the brain lesions that are recognized by all alienists as due solely to continued torture.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1920, the Eagle reported, “BOSTON — Joseph E. Herman and two others, said to represent the Commonwealth Trading and Securities Corporation of 25 W. 43rd St., New York, conferred with Charles Ponzi here today. Ponzi previously had announced that a New York syndicate had made him an offer for his business and that a conference had been arranged. Mr. Herman said he and his associates had made a careful investigation of Ponzi and his business and had satisfied themselves that his methods were sound. Ponzi, he said, was doing the bulk of his business in France and dealing in foreign exchange. The inquiry into the business, Mr. Herman added, originated in Europe.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1942, the Eagle reported, “Coney Island concessionaires and merchants today decided to hold their annual Mardi Gras despite the war. The fete will be held from Sept. 14 to 20, with the annual baby parade scheduled for Sept. 19. The decision was reached by an almost unanimous vote at a meeting of the Coney Island Carnival Company, in Feltman’s.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1949, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — The United States practically conceded today that China is lost to the Communists, but warned Russia and her Chinese puppets not to carry the Red aggression in the Far East beyond China’s borders. The admission and the warning were contained in a State Department ‘white paper’ reviewing American policy in China, tracing the events leading to the collapse of Nationalist China, and revealing hitherto secret documents — including the long-suppressed Wedemeyer report. The government expressed belief that the Chinese people will rise up in revolt and ‘throw off the foreign yoke.’ And it promised to ‘encourage all developments in China which now and in the future work toward the end.’ But nowhere did it get specific about just how it proposes to do this.”


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