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September 16: ON THIS DAY in 1952, Mayor pledges more cops

September 16, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1906, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “MILAN — The fifteenth Universal Peace Congress was inaugurated this afternoon in the large hall of the Villa Reale, which was crowded with delegates from all parts of the world … After the inaugural address, Consul Dunning read the following message from President [Theodore] Roosevelt: ‘To the Members of the Peace Conference, Milan: Giving utterance to the aspirations of the American people that the great cause of peace among nations shall prevail, and sharing the hopeful desire of my countrymen that the labors of the present International Peace Conference, at Milan, will mark a further advance towards realizing the aims of the advocates of universal peace, I congratulate the conference upon its auspicious meeting.’ … The reading of President Roosevelt’s message was greeted with tremendous enthusiasm. All the delegates rose and many of them shouted: ‘Long live Roosevelt and America.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1921, the Eagle reported, “Franklin D. Roosevelt, former assistant secretary of the Navy, who was taken to the Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan, yesterday, suffering from a mild attack of infantile paralysis, was said at the hospital this morning already to be improving. His condition is not regarded as serious. Mr. Roosevelt was brought to New York on a special car from his summer home on Campobello Island, Bay of Fundy, and met at Grand Central by an ambulance from the hospital. He has been suffering for the past month from the ailment and lost the use of both legs below the knees. Dr. George Draper, of 116 E. 63rd St., Manhattan, Mr. Roosevelt’s physician, said the patient shows signs of improvement and that his stay in the hospital will probably be brief. ‘You can say definitely that he will not be a cripple,’ he said. Mr. Roosevelt sent word to reporters this morning that he spent a comfortable night.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1939, the Eagle reported, “Ceremonies celebrating the 152nd anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution begin today with the reading of Governor [Herbert] Lehman’s Constitution Day proclamation by Frederick A. Cone, past president of the New York Chapter, sons of the American Revolution, on the site of the old Federal Hall, Wall and Nassau Sts., Manhattan. Members of nine organizations tracing their origin to revolutionary days will hear Laurens Morgan Hamilton speak at the exercises. The annual Brooklyn Constitution Day celebration will be held in the Music Grove in Prospect Park tomorrow afternoon. The anniversary also will be observed at the World’s Fair at ceremonies in the Court of Peace at 3 p.m.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1952, the Eagle reported, “Mayor [Vincent] Impellitteri today promised more cops — and more of them ‘back on the beat’ — in an effort to cope with the rising tide of crime in the city. Heeding the pleas of Brooklynites for additional foot patrolmen throughout the borough, the Mayor reported that ‘wherever possible’ only one cop will ride a prowl car instead of the usual two. The other will be released for foot patrol duty, he indicated. Impellitteri promised that 400 policemen will be added to the force Oct. 1. He said a greater number were needed but that he is doing ‘all he could’ under budget limitations. ‘The more cops we have, the safer the streets will be,’ the Mayor asserted. He has been gravely concerned with crime problems in the city, he said, and has held several conferences with department heads and other city aides on the question. In these conferences, he declared, particular attention has been paid to the problem of protecting women against assaults. Even while the Mayor was discussing the crime situation, a brazen bandit team staged a daylight bank robbery in the busy Hub section of the Bronx, fleeing with $15,000 from a Manufacturers Trust Company branch.”


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