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The Massena observer. (Massena, St. Lawrence County, N.Y.) 1897-1989, December 19, 1968, Image 1

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Temperature Mon., Dec. 16 10 6 .06 Tues., Dec 17 20 10 .02 Wed., Dec, JL8 28 10 .0 Snow on ground 3 to 5 inches. & HOME OP THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY - POWER DEVELOPMENT £ The Massena Observer TOWN DUMP HOURS. 7 a.m. — 4 p.m. Monday to Friday 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. Saturday Only Closed Sundays MASSENA'S OLDEST INDUSTRY ESTABLU .^u Ufct- I, 1891 Vol. 77, 6745 Massena, N. Y., Thursday, December 19, 1968 SINGLE COPY 156 Indians Halt Bridge Traffic, 48 Arrested Photos by Nick J. Podgurski. Ernest Benedict speaks to his people. Hospital Census Above Average Survey Shows J '\\X An increase in the number of persons ill with the flu and up- per respiratory diseases has been noted, Dr. Maurice Eld- er, Massena health officer, said. However, none has been def- initely diagnosed as the Hong Kong flu. Dr. Elder said that specimens had to be sent to the state laboratory to determine which virus is involved, and this takes two or three weeks to get the result. He said that there seems to be more pneumonia in children than usual at this time of year. Census at the hospital is run- ning far alx>ve last year. For the week ending Dec. 14, this year, the patient days in the Massena Memorial Hospital was 697; for the same week last year, there were 571 pa- tient days. At midnight on Dec. 2, t h e census stood at 114 patients. This may have been a record. The census at midnight Mon- day was 95, which included five mothers and five babies, 24 children in pediatrics, and the rest on the medical and surgi- cal floors. Usually, the number of chil- dren 4H the pediatrics ward is in the teens, or even less. The American Red Cross calls the nationwide influenza epidemic a \disaster situa- tion,\ and the health commis- sioner in the hardest-hit city- New York — predicts it will 1 be .even worse there by New Year's Day. Health Commissioner E d - ward O'Rourke estimated Tues- day that 500,000 New Yorkers —one in every 16—had recov- ( ered from the flu in the past two weeks. O'Rourke said 300,000 per- sons were currently in the most critical stage of the di- sease. And he predicted that the city's epidemic would peak during the first week in Janu- ary, probably around the start of the new year. Wore Outbreaks Meanwhile, reports of out- breaks of respiratory illnesses including Hong Kong flu con- tinued fo come from all sec- tions of the country. - The Red Cross asked its chap- ters to provide workers and supplies to hospitals, schoo 1 s and nursing homes. Hospitals throughout the country restrict- ing visits in order to avoid ex- posing patients to the flu vi- rus. Many public schools and colleges were closing aerly be- cause of high incidences of respiratory disease. A Health Department offici- al in Allegheny County Pa., where Pittsburgh is located, said the Hong Kong flue had reached 'epidemic proportions\ in the county. School absentees in some districts were as high as 30 per cent, the official said. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey was still suffer i n g from the flu Tuesday in Phoe- nix, Ariz., and was expected to remain there another day. Schools and businesses in Phoenix reported absenteeism running 20 per cent above nor- mal. More than 8,000 students were absent in the 28,000-stu- dent Phoenix Union high school district. Reported flu cases in N e w York City have been more than 4,400 during the past week compared with 1,800 the week before. One influenza death was re- ported in Milwaukee, Wis. The health commissioner there also said there had been 17 pneu- monia deaths in the first half of December, compared with seven in the same period last year. Unarmed Canadian police hustled 48 Indian men and women, including some leaders, off to Cornwall City jail dur- ing a three hour blockade of the Cornwall-Massena Interna- tional bridge crossing on Corn- wall Island Wednesday morn- ing. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provencial Police joined Cornwall City Police and actually carried most of those arrested to police cars from the intersection just a few feet notrh of the Cana- dian Customs building. The bridge route runs on both sides of the customs building and a road, east and west, crosses this route. It was at the intersection where St. Regis Mohawk Indians chose to park their cars beginning at 9 o'clock in the morning. The ing an effort; later Deputy and plus Chief tjormidas Poirier finally \Chief Allen Clark Inspector R. K. Chalmers of the Ontario Provenicial Police. Sometime after 11 o'clock in the morning, Chief Clark told Ecnest Benedict, \Now that you have made your point, please clear the area.\ Benedict, one of the delegates f the f i h of th group went to see g of Indians who Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, listened attent- ively. He told the Police Chief' would ask his people. \We're not moving, we're not moving,\ the group of about 50 chanted after hearing Bene- dict explain the request of the police in both his native tounge and English. Depfity Chief Poirier told Benedict at one point during the block if you do not move we will have to use force. While one person on'the left resists, another is carri ed to a police car at the International bridge crossing. blockade came off an hourj Among the 48 arrested includ- earlier than hte announced 1 o'clock time. A handful of Cornwall Cit> police appeared on the seen first, conferred with a group oi the Indians who had blocked the roadway. Police said that ine mdwns would have to move as they were obstructing traffic. Police repeated they had or- ders to ciear th road to permit bridge traffic and the Indians held fast. There was some crowding and the first person was hustled off to a police ear, garbed in an Indian blanket and head band. The young woman struggled and resisted. There was no violence of any nature. The only weapon seen was knife in a sheath dropped from the white buckskin jacket worn by Kahn-Tineta Horne Caughnawaga Reserve. Efforts to have the crowd disperse began with Cpl. Jos- eph LaRose and his men mak SHOPPING DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS ed Tom Porter of Rochester and St. Regis, who is allegedly to be the first American Indian to defy the U S. draft. Consistently police in pairs- y p p walked off with one of the 48 person, resisted flanking the arrested At times those who were carried to the car, some lifted from the ground and car- riedi Shouts from a few were heard. One woman kept minding police officers that the entire matter was going to be seen on national television and pictures would be wirephotoed to newspapers across country. The real break in the block- ade came when Chief Angus Mitchell drove his car from the southbound lane across the crossing. He stopped and spoke to several Indians who were in their vehicles. They left their parked posi- tions and then the crowd fol- lowed. A meeting was held in the Long House at Hogansburg all afternoon. More than 70 per- sons attended. The Council asked Benedict to give his views. Benedict is a 1940 graduate of St. Lawrence University. Some fine cut paper was plac- ed in a bundle at the inter- section and fire set to it. Before the smoke could pass head high, police stomped out the fire and made another arrest. A second fire was started on the old bridge road. Shavings and scrap lumber used at the Lacrosse factory was used along with an old tire. No effort was made to put it out. One of the prime issues which caused the bridge blockade was that the Canadian Government failed to pass into legislation sections of the Treaty of 1754. Article three of the Treaty reads: No duty or entry shall ever be ievied by either party on peltries brought by land, or inland navigation into the said territories respectively, nor shall Indians passing or repass- ing with their own proper goods and effects of whatever nature for the same an import or duty whatever. S*«*V*,*WHt*>tfc Groceries Purchased in Massena by Indian Woman. This sign speaks for itself — Notice.. This was the scene Wednesday morning as St. Regis Indians blocked the south bound road from Canada It's Christmas Fun Time Saturday AND A MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS TOO! This band of young Thespians will entertain the young of Massena area for their annual Christmas stage show to be held Saturday. They have presented their productions to capa- city houses in the past. Kneeling: L. Bronchetti, E. Falla, P. Ober, J. Rey- nolds, J. Spadafore, B. Woodward, S. Hall. Standing: M. Sullivan, M. Wood- ward, N. Cornell, B. LaClair, S. Dllla- bough, B. Evans, S. Spadafore, B. Davey. Third row: G. Levine, J. Seguin, P. Weiller, S. DeVoe, P. Poore, C. Cochran, R. LeGoy. With the approach of Christ- mas, the Thespians of Massena Central High School anxiously wait for Saturday, Dec. 21 t at 2 p.m. Thespians wiH present their annual Christmas gift to the . grade school children of the Massena area. This' gift is in the form of a play \The Em- peror's New Clothes\ which will be line on stage at the Massena Central High School •auditorium. There is absolutely nd charge for admission. This stage story takes place in China. The minister of the Emperor's robes has been cheating the weavers. Two wanderers come to town and take sides with the weavers. These two rogues pretend to be weaving new robes for the Emperor. . Listen to this JcidS — they have no cloth. The \cloth\ is supposed to be such that those who are dishonest are not able to see it. And you'll, rea 11 y laugh .—' because of this no one says anything, when the Emper- or parades about the town wear- ing only his underclothes. But —' after the Emperor re- turns to the palace a child tells the weavers that the Emperor had no clothes on. Theit it hap-' pens! The rogues give all the . gold and jewels that they were paid for their work to the weav- ers. And they leave town. Student members of the cast DeVoe, Nancy Cornell, Beth- any Woodward, Jeff Spadafore and Jay Reynolds, Paul Ober, Eric Falja, Beniie LaClair, Sue Hall, Brian Davy, Jamie Se- quin, Sue Spadafore, Paul Wil- lar and Patty Schofield. Each year the Thes-pians . make a point of doing' a play of this type for the children be- cause most of the children of the area have never had the opportunity to see an actual live stage production; especial- ly one for their age level. Some years ago William Cor- nell, Thespian advisor and di- rector of this play, recognized such a need and decided to do something about it. Since that day the Thespian Society has produced such as \The Red Shoes\ \Jack and the Giant\ and \The Clown Who Ran Away\. A stage production of t h I s .type involves the children in the story as no oth e r media can. For this reason the Thespians are certain that each child who sees \The Emperor's New Clothes\ wffl carry a magical memory throughout tot Christmas season.

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