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Coney Island, the playground of New York’s millions, was visited by a disastrous fire early today and seven blocks in the amusement section were destroyed. Tilyon’s steeple chase park, and nearly a score of small hotels were wiped out and for a time the flames threatened destruction to Luna Park and Dreamland, two of the largest homes of amusement and the scores of smaller places which fringe the water’s edge for a while. A lucky shift of the wind to seaward aided the firemen and probably saved the whole picturesque area, but not until a million dollars damage had been done.

50 years ago, 1957

MEXICO – Police Chief Maurice Cray announced Sunday that he and his wife, a police matron, have sent in their resignations to Town Manager Ronald Clifford to be effective Aug. 17. Cray stated the reason for his resignation was the long hours required to fulfill his duties. They have held their respective positions since 1951. Cray, a former Auburn police officer, has been instrumental in starting the school patrol and the playground for the children of Mexico.

ALLAGASH – Three persons, including a man and his wife, were killed today when their light plane crashed while landing at a small airstrip in this remote community in northern Maine.

25 years ago, 1982

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• The Black Raiders Drum and Bell Corps of Lewiston won the massive Aldermen’s Trophy in Sunday’s Franco-American Festival Parade as the best non-paid marching unit in the Lewiston parade. Second place in this event went to the Knights of Columbus while third place was won by the Capt. Frank W. Hulett Post of Auburn.

• The dogged conservationists who fought to “save the whales” are celebrating the new worldwide ban on whaling as a historic victory. But in a few coastal villages from Norway’s fjords to Japan’s Pacific harbors, the news hit like a tidal wave. The key question is whether the major whaling nations will defy the commission ban and continue the age-old hunt after 1985.

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