The small boy and the large man who have for weeks anticipated with much pleasure in the coming of Hargreaves great circus will be on hand early today to see the street parade. The circus is expected to arrive in Lewiston at an early hour this morning, and as soon thereafter as things can be arranged the street parade will take place. While the exact time is not known it will probably be around 9:30 or 10 o’clock. After the street parade which will occupy at least two hours, preparations will be hurried so that everything will be in readiness at 2 o’clock in the afternoon when the first performance is given. The evening performance will begin at 8 o’clock. This promises to be one of the biggest and best circuses of the season.

50 Years Ago, 1955

Washington – Narcotics Commissioner Harry J. Anslinger testified today there are an estimated 60,000 drug addicts in the United States, spending an average of $10 a day on narcotics. Most addicts steal to get money for drugs, he told Senate investigators, and the evil represents an enormous economic loss to the nation. The commissioner said one out of 3,000 Americans is a drug addict. The goal, he said, is to get back to the one in 10,000, a figure achieved between 1938 and 1948 when “addiction had reached an irreducible minimum.”

25 Years Ago, 1980

A 400-foot amusement pier, replacing the one swept to sea in a storm two years ago, will open this weekend in this oceanfront resort community. The wooden structure, which cost an estimated $1 million, will be dedicated Saturday. Sunday’s schedule includes a procession and Mass, concelebrated by the Most Rev. Edward C. O’Leary, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Workmen have been busy throughout the week, putting the finishing touches on the shops and restaurants that line both sides of the pier. The remains of the original 1,900 foot pier were washed away in a fierce coastal storm in February 1978.

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