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January 14: ON THIS DAY in 1953, H.S.T sees prosperous 1953

January 14, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1928, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Ruth Brown Snyder’s body has been buried. So has the body of Henry Judd Gray. So about all that can be told about the tragedy has been told now. The $30,000 insurance on the life of Henry Judd Gray was paid last night. The check came from the insurance company in Cincinnati by air mail. Part of the money goes to Gray’s mother and part to his wife. But Mrs. Snyder is said to have left but $19 in cash, together with some trinkets and a small equity in a Queens Village home. All those things will go ultimately to Lorraine, the daughter, who suffered most in all the drama … The only unexplained event is the gruesome picture taken of the execution by a tabloid. Before 20 reporters went into the death chamber as witnesses, they assured the warden on his specific request that no cameras would be taken in. But there was one witness who represented a newspaper who is not a reporter for it. The picture was taken. ‘I trusted reporters last night and I found that one man was unworthy of trust,’ said Warden Lawes. ‘In the future there will be only one man in the death chamber and he will be a man I know. No reporter from that paper will be allowed to represent the paper which printed that picture at an execution in the future.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — President Truman today predicted continued prosperity for most of 1953, but warned that falling farm prices are a bad omen. In his annual economic report to Congress, Mr. Truman and his three-man Council of Economic Advisers forecast ‘reasonably stable’ prices, full employment and increases in personal income, wages and business earnings this year. The President said that if the proper policies are followed, the nation’s output could hit $500,000,000,000 a year in the next 10 years. But the council said a deflationary trend might set in late in 1953 if business adopts a ‘gloomy outlook’ on the future or the new Republican administration makes ‘sharp’ changes in the present government policies.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle published a letter to the editor, which said, “As a Brooklynite who has not been reluctant to discuss his areas of disagreement with [Sen. Joseph] McCarthy, permit me to express my distaste for the anti-McCarthy spectacle at the St. Nicholas Arena. This pro-Communist version of justice demonstrated the totalitarian illness that George Orwell called ‘double-think.’ In this illness, the right lobe of the brain is never fully aware of what the left lobe is doing. [Howard] Fast and company plump for ‘due process’ while performing for a Soviet-style trial where guilt is predetermined. They charge ‘guilt by association’ and proceed to demonstrate this device. For Communists do not believe in civil liberties and are blatantly against equality before the law. In the Communist lexicon, a good law is one that slugs their enemies and a bad law is one that slugs them. Witness the Smith Act. When used against Trotskyites, the Reds applauded. Used against them, it suddenly became undemocratic.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (UPI) — President Kennedy is expected to tell Congress in his State of the Union message today that spending for defense and the U.S. man-on-the-moon project will increase this year. Advance word was that the President, delivering his address before a joint session of the House and Senate, would attach great significance to this country’s effort to put an astronaut on the moon by 1970 at least. The President was said to be keenly aware of the wave of excitement that flashed around the world when Russia demonstrated its space prowess by orbiting its first Sputnik in 1957. He doesn’t want the United States to come in second again.”


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