Looking Back


Changes in the present laws regulating child labor in Maine in order to overcome some of the difficulties attending their enforcement were recommended in the annual report, of George M. Morrison of Saco, inspector of factories, mines, workshops and quarries. There is much interest in the subject. Commission Morrison states that in many cases where he has sent children under the age limit of 15 year from the mills and tried to have them attend school, the superintendent of schools has after investigation, given them permission to work or otherwise excused them from school and with these school certificates they have returned to work. This trouble, he says, is not confined to any one place in particular, but to manufacturing towns.

50 Years Ago, 1957

Motorists whose cars develop mechanical trouble on the Maine Turnpike can help themselves to quicker aid by alerting State Police, Lt. Roger Whitemore, commanding officer of the turnpike patrol, said. This can be done very easily, Whitemore said, by raising the hood of the car. The motorist can then get back into his car secure in the knowledge that a State Police officer will notice the signal and come to his assistance. It is extremely dangerous, concluded the lieutenant, for a motorist to get out of his car and start walking for aid. Use of the hood signal is much safer.

25 Years Ago, 1982

Lewiston-Auburn area high schools, unlike some others across the country, may remain relatively uneffected by a recent court decision in the controversial “creationism” case. The case, in which an Arkansas law would have required the teaching of creationism along with the scientific theory of evolution, was found unconstitutional earlier this month.

The coldest day of the 20th century for much of the midwest found travelers stranded in blinding blizzards and thousands left without power in wind chills as low as 90 degrees below zero.