The Charlotte News

Wednesday, June 29, 1955


Site Ed. Note: The front page reports that the President, at his press conference this date, stated that the Congress had left undone a long list of his legislative proposals, some of which he regarded as vital to the nation, suggesting that someone was confused about where the credit or blame for passage or shelving of his proposals properly lay. He made the statement in response to a request for comment on a statement the previous day by Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson, who said that a list of 45 bills passed by the Senate during the current session had disproved the President's contention during the 1954 midterm elections campaign that election of a Democratic Congress would result in a political cold war between the two parties. The President said that he wanted to indicate what he felt would be cooperation by the Democrats on his program, then reading a list of measures in the fields of highways, military reserves, military survivors' insurance, housing, health, school aid, foreign aid, refugee act amendments, water resources projects, customs simplification, minimum-wage revision, atomic ship construction, and Hawaiian statehood, most of which had been either altered or blocked in the current session of Congress, the President saying that he wanted to thank every member who had voted for them. Senator Irving Ives of New York had accused Democrats of "trying to climb on the Eisenhower bandwagon" with claims that they were supporting his legislative program. When asked about the possibility of running again in 1956, the President said with a laugh that he was only kidding when he had dropped some apparent hints during his New England trip recently that he might be thinking about running for a second term. He also said, regarding the Dixon-Yates private utility combine contract controversy with TVA, that the Administration had turned over to Congress every pertinent document on the power project.

In Pittsburgh, United Steelworkers president David McDonald said this date that Clifford Hood, the president of the U.S. Steel Corp., had "falsely charged the union" with forcing an unnecessary strike on the nation, Mr. McDonald indicating that there was still time to arrange a settlement before the threatened strike would occur at midnight on Thursday. Big Steel had begun banking its big blast furnaces during the morning in preparation for the strike. Banking of the blast furnaces was a gradual process of slowing the fires to prevent damage from the cooling. Mr. McDonald said that if Mr. Hood had been participating in negotiations, instead of spending time going over publicity releases at his headquarters, he would know that the Steelworkers union was doing everything within its power to avert a strike, and invited Mr. Hood and other leaders of the industry to participate in working out an agreement which would be fair to the industry and to the public. U.S. Steel employed 150,000 of the union's 600,000 members, and was holding firm on its original offer of slightly more than a dime increase per hour in wages, with average pay currently being $2.33 per hour.

In Tokyo, it was reported by the Navy that a Marine helicopter searching for two downed Marine pilots drifting helplessly in the Pacific for more than 72 hours, had crashed in the sea this date and one of its crew was missing, while three others were rescued. Contact had been lost via the feeble radio of one of the Marine pilots who were originally being sought in the search and rescue operation and they had thus far not been located. A fog, which had hampered rescue operations, had lifted after planes had glimpsed the life rafts of the two downed pilots, but a new wind had caused heavier, more dangerous seas to interrupt rescue operations again. The three rescued helicopter crewmen were not injured. More than 70 Air Force, Navy and Marine planes and nearly a dozen U.S. Navy, plus Japanese and Canadian ships, were involved in the search effort. The two Marine pilots were drifting about 30 miles apart, with one raft having the weak radio. That pilot had radioed that he had spotted a destroyer only three miles away late the previous day, but the destroyer had not seen him before fog had obscured his position.

In Charlotte, the new Coliseum was expected to be dedicated prior to September 13, as the Auditorium-Coliseum Authority had met with civic leaders at the City Club this date to plan an opening program for the new facilities on Independence Boulevard. The first entertainment tentatively scheduled for the Coliseum would be on September 13, set to be either the Arabian Nights Revue, a super spectacle produced by Guy Lombardo, currently playing in New York, featuring opera singer Lauritz Melchior, or Sam Snyder's Water Follies, also a spectacle, with scores of swimmers executing various maneuvers in a huge tank which would be placed on the Coliseum floor. Evangelist Billy Graham was tentatively scheduled to appear at the new Coliseum on September 11, but that would not be regarded as the official opening program. All of the scheduling was contingent on the completion of final construction of the facility.

After the tenth annual postwar Soap Box Derby race, the 130 participating youngsters would head to the General Motors Training Center during the evening for a banquet in their honor, at which awards and prizes would be presented, with the Charlotte champion receiving a $300 defense bond, the Keating Trophy and a trip to Akron, O., to compete in the national finals between August 11 and 14. The story reports only on the trial runs, keeping us in suspense as to who won the race. You are just toying with us. Everyone wants to know—now.

Sandy Grady, News sportswriter, had won the Oil Can Trophy race by several lengths in the first heat of the 1955 Soap Box Derby, with stock-car driver Buck Baker coming in second, after one mishap marred the event.

At the City Council meeting the previous night, member Martha Evans was running late, saying that she had been delayed because it was her birthday, at which point Council member Herbert Baxter congratulated her, bowing from his waist and shaking her hand, prompting Mrs. Evans to indicate that she had done better than Mr. Baxter, as she had made the meeting, when he had missed one on his birthday. Mr. Baxter indicated that they should all sing "Happy Birthday" to her, whereupon all joined in doing so.

A piece indicates that the Charlotte Life Saving & First Aid Crew had visually demonstrated this date that a life-saving device was available in the trunk of every car, consisting of the spare tire, when someone was drowning. They had thrown a heavy, inflated tire into Flowe's Lake and neighborhood boys and girls then piled onto it and were able to float, with the head of the Life Saving crew stating that such a tire would support six adults. It is good advice to remember. Most people think only in terms of inner tubes being able to float on water. Of course, if your car is equipped only with one of those mini-spares, it will be limited in its ability to accommodate very much more than a single person, albeit better than nothing, both as a spare and as a life-saving device. It does beat, in a pinch, walking or drowning.

Emery Wister of The News indicates that Charlotte residents could, beginning Sunday, call friends in Belmont and Mount Holly for free without going through the operator, that long distance over the river was no longer required. How about through the woods and over the plains and mountains? Can we call Los Angeles for free?

In Charleston, W. Va., a bulldozer operator observed a pair of feet protruding from a pile of dirt and debris shoved to one side, called two patrolmen to investigate, who began digging frantically in the dirt, to find a man buried alive on the bank of Elk River, a "repeater" in City Police Court. The story does not tell how he came to be buried beneath the dump heap. It did not necessarily mean that he had done anything wrong. Why reference his "repeater" status? If he had been the mayor, there would have automatically been an innocent explanation provided, that the heap had simply collapsed upon him while he was out for a leisurely stroll, with an investigation due of what had caused the heap to collapse. This is class-based reporting. It neither tells of what might have occurred to his VW Microbus.

In Bowling Green, Ky., a man had alighted from bed the previous night to answer a knock at his door and was promptly slugged on the head with a rock, at which point the assailant took a closer look at the man and his house, offered an immediate apology, saying, "I not only got the wrong man, I even got the wrong house." He offered to take the victim to the hospital, but the man declined, returning to bed and refusing to identify his assailant or to obtain a warrant against him. Everyone knows who it was. He was looking for Charlene.

On the editorial page, "Nothing Funny about Political Ban" indicates that the Board of County Commissioners had quickly killed a proposal by Sam McNinch of the Commission to ban campaign contributions and poll work by employees of the County, treating the proposal as a joke. Mr. McNinch had not provided the detailed reasons for his proposal, but the piece finds that it was good enough to stand on its own in trying to get rid of political patronage as a ground for County employment.

It quickly adds that it was not suggesting that the County was in the middle of a patronage ring or that the employees were not efficient and honest, that the opposite was true in most cases. But any proposal to protect employees from political pressure and the government from political hacks was not the basis for a joke, even on a lazy summer afternoon. The Federal Government had its Hatch Act, which forbade political activity by those holding public office. The County had a Civil Service Board designed to prevent political activity in police work, a system which had worked well, but that Board's authority did not extend beyond the Police Department.

It notes that Mr. McNinch's proposal might have sounded better had he not also sponsored a resolution which attempted to advise the Civil Service Board regarding appointment of the new police chief. But, otherwise, his proposal was sensible in providing that any political campaigning by County employees would be cause for dismissal. The reverse of the situation would be that department heads could be fired if they did not work on the campaigns for incumbent commissioners, as one Commissioner, Herbert Garrison, had said that he would do. To avoid such a prospect, a civil service board might need to be established which would control all County jobs, while the Board of Commissioners would meet only to pass on resolutions.

"Italy in Crisis: No Need for Anxiety" comments on the resignation of the coalition Government of Premier Mario Scelba, and, in consequence, President Giovanni Gronchi seeking a new premier, with the successor possibly to be Antonio Segni, a 64-year old scholar and farm reformer who already had received the blessing of his own Christian Democrats, who had formed the largest segment of the outgoing coalition Government, but factions of which had rejected the leadership of Premier Scelba over various issues, causing the fragile coalition to collapse. Signor Segni, however, was still seeking sufficient support to form a center coalition government.

It indicates that the crisis was not unexpected, as it had been brewing since the elections of June, 1953, when the Christian Democrats had won less than a parliamentary majority, capturing only 262 of the 590 seats in the parliament. The party was split into left, center and right wings, and needed the unity of the Republicans, Social Democrats and Liberals to maintain its small working majority. Serious trouble had begun when the right-wing faction of the party, led by former Premier Giuseppe Pella, had denounced the three splinter parties as useless appendages and had called for an all-Christian Democratic government, bolstered with Monarchist support. About a month earlier, the Republicans had also withdrawn their support for the Government, and dissension within the party increased, leading Premier Scelba to resign for the sake of party harmony.

There was likely to be a long period of government instability as a result, but, the piece finds, it should not produce anxiety in the West as it was probable that any new government would continue supporting the Atlantic community and its gravitation toward the U.S. sphere. It suggests that Americans could be proud of the combination of skilled diplomacy and timely aid which had helped to maintain Italy within the Western camp and out of the clutches of the Communists. Even in the midst of political turmoil, there was no great danger of Italy falling away, as it had demonstrated, through leaders such as Premiers Scelba and Alcide de Gasperi, that it retained warm friendship for the democratic West.

"When a Farmer out Walking...." tells of a Steele Creek farmer named John Thompson who had gone walking in his field recently and, finding a cotton blossom on a green stalk, paused to consider it, eventually informing a county agent who, in turn, told a reporter about it, eventuating in an item in the newspaper about the first cotton bloom of the year.

It wonders why there was a story about it, as there was no such story about the first rose blossom or the first corn tassels or the first blossoms within the hedgerows. The story had indicated that Mr. Thompson had planted only six of his 200 acres in cotton and paid more attention to beef cattle and chickens, as did all of the South, as the new South was more interested in raising factories in fields and covering the "red wounds of the earth with kudzu and lespedeza" than raising cotton any longer. Yet, still, the first love was a long time dying, with a long separation, rather than divorce, from the old crop having been the case.

So, when a farmer walking through his acreage encountered the first cotton bloom of the season, "the cows and the chickens for a moment are forgotten, and there is a fascination and then excitement … and there is an item in the paper."

And now there is an inconsequential editorial about the inconsequential event, to memorialize it inconsequentially through time.

A piece from the Franklin (N.C.) Press, titled "Who Are All Those Others?" indicates that there was not one South, but many Souths, a fact pointed out so many times credibly that it was now being accepted among the more intelligent non-Southerners, as well as in the South, itself. The illusions of the hard-drinking, portico-sitting plantation master sipping mint juleps in the sun or the hard-bitten, moonshine-producing mountain person conquering the frontier with his long gun, in between fiddling, feuding and fighting, was passing from the scene even among the most tenacious myth producers outside the South.

It indicates that with that passing, the South had become less defensive about the stereotypes created about it and was now able to joke about them, as it had begun to lose its own inferiority complex generated by the stereotypes. It finds that Southerners had also been able to see what passed for civilization in many other parts of the country and had found the contrast revealing, finding it humorous that there could be such ignorance about any section of the country as there was about the South. It concludes that it could soon be the case that Southerners might even begin to feel a sense of superiority.

Drew Pearson indicates that Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov at first was not going to listen to former President Truman speak at the San Francisco conference celebrating the tenth anniversary of the founding of the U.N., because, ten years earlier, when Mr. Molotov was en route to San Francisco via Washington, the former President had bawled him out in language worthy of a "Missouri mule driver" for some 45 minutes, with present U.S. Ambassador to Moscow Charles Bohlen having served as interpreter for the meeting, telling James Byrnes afterward that he had never heard a top official receive such a tongue-lashing. Mr. Pearson indicates that the former President would relate of the episode in his forthcoming memoir.

Retired generals and admirals were upset that the Army-Navy Club had been taken over by Warner Brothers for the shooting of "The Trial of Billy Mitchell", starring Gary Cooper as the famed World War I flier and general, court-martialed for insubordination after the war. Despite the fact that they were shooting the film only after midnight, there was still grousing among the brass-hats as the club provided a place for them to go when they could not stay home.

A rumor had been circulating that the President had snubbed Governor Edmund Muskie of Maine, the only Democratic Governor in New England, spread by the fact that the Republican national committeeman from Maine had grumbled that the President was visiting with a Democrat and also the fact that the scheduled trip by the President to Augusta, Me., had been canceled. It turned out, however, that the reason for the cancellation was only because the runways were too short for the President's plane, the Columbine, and he had later met Governor Muskie in Skowhegan.

Mr. Pearson indicates that the real truth behind the recent shooting down of the U.S. Navy plane over the Bering Strait was that it was possible that the plane had strayed into Soviet territory, or at least disputed territory, as the Russians claimed sovereignty to 20 miles from land into the Strait, while the U.S. maintained a three-mile international limit. Boundaries, however, were difficult to determine in that remote part of the world, where, for instance, Little Diomede Island and Big Diomede Island, the former being Russian and the latter American, were so close that Eskimos paddled back and forth between them without worry of encroaching on national boundaries.

He adds that the Russian claim of 20-mile sovereignty to sea was one reason the State Department was opposing Texas and Louisiana claims of ten-mile sovereignty regarding the submerged tidal oil lands off their coasts, with the State Department arguing that if the U.S. were to abandon the three-mile limit for those states, it would provide Russia, Mexico and other nations an opportunity to cite that exception in justification of their claims of sovereignty.

Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson was seeking information regarding military scandals on behalf of the Armed Services Preparedness subcommittee which he chaired, having written 27 letters to the Defense Department, demanding information. He intended to time his hearings to occur just prior to the 1956 political season. One scandal to be investigated was the way in which large bombers were gathered as sitting targets on a few airbases, the Air Force having admitted that its large B-36 and B-52 bombers were not properly dispersed because the Budget Bureau would not approve the necessary funding for dispersal. The investigators for the subcommittee were also examining the Air Force construction scandal in England, wherein it was alleged that 15 million dollars had been wasted constructing buildings which could not be used because they were too small to accommodate the necessary equipment or were built without required utilities, and in some cases, large buildings had been built at taxpayer expense for no specific purpose.

The U.S. had been quietly sending equipment to the Nationalist Chinese-held island of Quemoy, with it appearing that the President was calling the bluff of the Communist Chinese over the disputed islands close to the mainland. The President was not prepared to give up those islands in advance, without some bargaining to achieve a Far Eastern settlement, in which case, it had been reported that he would likely agree that they could be abandoned to the Communists, provided the latter gave up their demands on Formosa and the Pescadores.

A letter writer comments on the recent controversy regarding whether to have ambulances obey traffic laws when responding to an emergency call, prompted by a fatal accident in which an underage ambulance driver had run a stop signal and caused a collision with an automobile, this writer pointing out that in Hartford, Conn., and in Montréal, fire truck drivers on their way to a fire had to halt their vehicles at stop signals before going through an intersection, a plan which he believes would work well for Charlotte, and should be applied to all emergency vehicles. He agrees with the earlier editorial on the subject, advocating the requirement that ambulances obey all normal traffic regulations, but finds that the City Council, as it usually did, was seeking a compromise.

A letter writer addresses the same subject, indicates that he had never seen ambulances driven recklessly, that he had seen police cars driven much faster and more carelessly. He thus wonders why there was such a controversy over the ambulances only, without regard to other emergency vehicles.

A letter writer from Rock Hill, S.C., addresses the same subject, saying that in the wake of the fatal accident, his 73-year old father shared a room at the hospital with the survivor of the fatal accident, the deceased woman's husband, and that his father had been transported to the hospital while profusely hemorrhaging from his stomach, with the ambulance driver stating that he could have saved 15 to 20 minutes had he not been required to observe traffic laws on Wilkinson Boulevard, resulting from the new city ordinance which the writer thinks had been enacted following the fatal accident. He suggests that the Council had acted in the way they thought best for public safety, but indicates that there were two sides to the matter, that his father had nearly lost his life, having arrived at the hospital only just in time to receive a life-saving blood transfusion.

The editors comment that the law requiring ambulances to observe the normal traffic regulations had been discussed, but had not yet been enacted as of the current writing, that there was a law on the books requiring operators of public carriers to be at least 21 years old, whereas the ambulance driver involved in the fatal accident of June 9 had been 19, the letter writer having mistakenly described him as being 18 years old. The writer had also pointed out that he was black, as if that had anything to do with the case.

These incidents, of course, occurred in days when ambulance service was usually provided by private companies, rather than by municipalities, and were not equipped with emergency, life-saving equipment or paramedics aboard.

A letter writer from Myrtle Beach, S.C., comments on the recently concluded contracts between UAW and Ford Motor Co. and G.M., which provided for a modified guaranteed wage for workers when laid off, amounting to, in combination with state unemployment payments, about 65 percent of the annual wage for up to six months. He indicates that wages in the auto industry were not stable, that a worker might put in the maximum time one week and then make much less the next, a condition obtaining throughout the nation, with the worker, uncertain of income in an age where most luxuries were dependent on credit, left in an unstable condition economically, transferring that condition across the entire economy. He indicates that the President, who had started out with certain views, had, because of being insulated from life by his advisers, lost touch with the average citizen, with too much "high living on the hog", leading to an ostrich-like existence, whereby the Administration was not aware of the suffering among the people economically or any other problems experienced by average Americans. The AMA had come out against free shots for the Salk vaccine, when average Americans could not afford them. So, he suggests to firms that they think in terms of no money and no prosperity, when coming to terms with their workers, that labor performing under duress was not good labor, that industries with the best paid labor were the ones least likely to have labor troubles. He concludes that when people knocked labor, they also should think of their own business and employees' welfare, for the employee was also human.

A letter writer from Rock Hill, S.C., comments on the recent visit to Charlotte by Bryant Bowles, NAAWP head, questioning whether he represented a minority problem or a problem experienced by the majority of white Christian Americans, believing, as an anonymous member of a minority, that Mr. Bowles was conducting an "enterprise of bigotry, prejudice and psychopathic hatred", which he believes to be the business and concern of the vast majority of Christian Americans, that the real victims of that enterprise were not the members of the minority groups but the entire American people. He says that the concern over Mr. Bowles was not that he disagreed on segregation, education or politics, that he had the right to his views, but that he held in contempt constitutional protections for everyone except himself, believing that he had the right to smear anyone with whom he disagreed. The writer regards the country as in a state of national emergency, faced with powerful enemies abroad, making domestic hatemongers the more dangerous to all people. "It is the dues-collecting salesman of fear and hate who would create discord and disharmony. They are playing the game of our enemies, setting group against group, sowing suspicion and giving the enemy abroad aid in attempting to divide the free world."

A letter writer comments on a wedding announcement which had appeared in the newspaper, regarding it as the worst piece of reporting he had ever seen, that the reporter apparently knew nothing of Michigan and its schools, that Michigan State University was located in Ann Arbor, not East Lansing, that the latter was the locus of Michigan State College, that the two schools were very proud of their titles and were rivals in sports, especially football, and suggests that the blunder be corrected in the newspaper's next issue.

The editors respond that the universities were proud of their titles, that the University of Michigan, which, as the story on the wedding had correctly stated, was located in Ann Arbor, had protested vigorously during the spring when the Michigan Legislature changed the name of Michigan State College to Michigan State University, which as the story had also stated correctly, was located at East Lansing, indicating that the reporter and the story had been quite correct.

As everyone knows, however, the Spartans are in Chapel Hill and nowhere else. But, now, as completely stupid as this appears geographically, the Trojans are moved to somewhere around Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and otherwise in Big Ten territory within the Midwest, as are the Bruins next door. Will money never cease to have a completely irrational impact on college sports? Why not just have one big conference and call it the N.C.A.A.? Then, perhaps, there might be a return to some semblance of sanity and the realization that trying to reinvent the wheel every other day winds up only in a bumpy ride for everyone, which eventually will send the whole thing sailing into the ditch. When you start to lose your collegiate fan base, you will realize the mistake you are making, all in deference to a tv world, which is only virtual and no better than the next big game, all of which can disappear in an instant without fans. Witness the seasons of 2020-21 during the pandemic crisis.

And to those complete idiots who are now suggesting that UNC might find it convenient to depart the ACC, get a life, stupid. The day that happens, we might turn in our diplomas. We understand that, once upon a time, UNC was a part of the large Southern Conference, before the advent of the ACC in May, 1953. But the very idea of having UNC join, say, the Big Ten or some other super conference with its heart outside the region, is heretical beyond words. The ACC, itself, is already too large, with Louisville and Notre Dame in basketball hardly able to claim Atlantic Coast status, breaking up, in the process, such traditional rivalries as that between Wake Forest and UNC, especially in football, all for the love of money, money and more money, and needs, if anything, to be reduced in size, to set an example of leadership, rather than grasping for dollars, dollars, and a few dollars more, to the point of utter insanity. We know all of your stupid after-the-fact arguments in justification for more, so don't bother. It all, ultimately, devolves to materialism gone berserk in our society. So save your breath, child of the morons. You have lost your way, with one extreme leading to another, to another, and to another, never enough of more, until it all begins to look rather sinister and unscholarly, to say the least, lacking in contemplation, more at gross rationalization of plainly greedy conduct, akin to a bunch of drug dealers vying for territory, with cold, hard cash in the moment becoming the only arbiter between what is "good" and what is "bad" for a given school or the state and region of the country it generally serves to educate. Money does not, cannot buy an education. Only serious, dedicated scholarship may purchase it.

College is about scholarship, good scholarship, nothing else, in the end, not about hypesters selling their product. Learning is why you go there for four years, and, moreover, learning how to learn more effectively, through analytical, comparative, contextual and critical thinking, designed to carry through the rest of one's natural life. If you are looking to extend your adolescence so as to be able to party without the watchful eyes of your parents looking over your shoulders, stay home, grab some job and leave the serious scholars alone, practicing your hypesterisms without bothering with trying to take up space reserved for scholarship. Society does not need any more false diplomas, purchased out of Corn Flakes boxes, circulating in our midst, obviously having become a major problem at UCLA and USC. UNC is made of sterner stuff, knowing of its heritage and place in the geography of the nation. Those who advocate from the fringes otherwise, get lost. Westward, ho! You obviously flunked both geography and history and probably never took a course in sociology, favoring instead marketing. Advocate for moving Arizona to Michigan, and leave North Carolina where it is... For have you thought for one minute what would happen to the traditional Big Four rivalries if UNC departed the ACC, what would happen to UNC athletics in short order?

Has UNC, in 112 seasons of basketball and 134 seasons of football, cultivated a single true rivalry either within the SEC or the Big Ten or in any other conference outside the ACC? Name one. Kentucky? Not really. Indeed, within the ACC, has UNC developed any true rivalry outside the remaining six original member schools in the three-state area? Even with Virginia Tech or Georgia Tech? It would be a cold day in hell to wake up suddenly belonging to a new family after being with an old one for that long. Any rivalries created that way would be superficial at best and hardly endearing to the existing fans or alumni. Travel, moreover, has not changed, for your information, in the last fifty years. There is no teleportation available, Trekkies' dreams and internet virtual reality to the contrary notwithstanding, and it still takes about five hours to fly across the continent, non-stop, without a strong tail-wind. Forget the idea and place your dollar sign dreams back where the moon does not shineth. Witness South Carolina, in the 51 years since it departed the ACC for the neighboring SEC. How many SEC championships in football or basketball has it won in the interim, how much success in either sport? Ditto for Maryland and the Big Ten, though of more recent departure.

Or, we could just simplify the whole system, do away with actual athletics completely and have virtual games played online only? How would that be, brainchild?

A letter from the general chairman of the Charlotte Charity Horse Show and the Spastics Hospital expresses thanks for the newspaper's generous support of its annual event, helping to make it a success for the Hospital.

A letter writer thanks the newspaper for its cooperation in the Mecklenburg Presbyterian Bicentennial celebration, particularly thanking reporter Helen Parks and photographers Tommy Franklin and Jeep Hunter for their coverage. He indicates that "Voice in the Wilderness", the outdoor drama portraying the story of Mecklenburg Presbyterians, had been a success, as they had to turn away spectators on three nights and had to schedule an extra performance, with over 20,000 people having seen it in less than one week. He indicates that the publicity given the event had contributed largely to its success.

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