ON THIS DAY IN 1918
Friday, Aug. 30, 1918. Max Yonz of Lansingburgh will remain in jail at least until October, when a federal grand jury will decide whether to indict him for sedition.
Yonz, also called Youz by Record reporters, was arrested earlier this month for desecrating the American flag after he threw one that had been planted on his car, apparently as a joke, to the ground. He has since been accused of insulting the American uniform. His main accusers are two young Cohoes women who cohabitated with Yonz until he accused them of stealing his furniture.
U.S. Commissioner Clark Cipperly orders Yonz held for the grand jury today despite numerous witnesses vouching for his character at a hearing earlier this week. Should the grand jury, which meets in Auburn, choose not to indict him, Yonz may still be liable to internment as an “alien enemy,” an unnaturalized immigrant from Germany.
Garfield Appeals to People’s Patriotism
Federal fuel administrator Harry A Garfield assures Americans today that new restrictions on the use of gaspowered vehicles on Sundays shouldn’t interfere with anyone’s plans for the Labor Day weekend.
What was announced as a complete ban on the use of gasoline for cars, boats and other vehicles applies only to “pleasure riding.” The wartime fuel conservation measure is “not intended to prohibit reasonable use of gasoline by motor driven vehicles for necessary means of transportation.” Does Labor Day weekend travel count as “pleasure riding?” The fuel administration says no, but while the government won’t crack down on tourists this weekend, it does expect drivers to abide by a patriotic honor system. “Persons desiring to use pleasure cars on Labor Day should look into their own consciences to determine whether they should use gasoline on that day,” The Record notes. After the holiday, “Mr. Garfield believes that the public will construe the request wisely and intelligently and will not use their automobiles for other than most necessary purposes.”
Playgrounds Had Successful Year
As summer programs at Troy’s five municipal playgrounds close tomorrow, city playground supervisor Sara Holbrook tells The Record that “this year is the best one we have ever had. “We have had greater amusements for the children and a larger number have taken part in the games than ever before. The program of athletics has been more complete this year and the playgrounds have been conducted on a schedule.” Holbrook believes that “the future of the city is in the heart of the playgrounds. The idea that after school closes in June the children should be turned out to play in the streets or go where they may is obsolete.”