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La Guardia talks about the Polaski Day celebration, and the Polaski Day parade.
Butter shortages: he urges the use of margarine.
The 1944 presidential election and the importance of voting, voter registration requirements, and a presidential panel on WNYC.
New manufacturing facilities, the creation of a co-op office building, available post-war finance for small business. La Guardia attacks the McCarren Committee for wanting to freeze reconstruction housing. Fire problems in New York City, he warns against the use of combustible cleaning fluids, talks about the Fire Prevention Rally. Talks about Alfred E. Smith, who was buried on October 7, 1944 and plays "Sidewalks of New York."
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On the one thousand and thirty six day of American democracy at war against or for the freedom we bring you our mayor the honorable F.H. Lagarde is speaking to you from his desk in City Hall and another talk to the people ladies and gentlemen of his on of the mire patience and fortitude today a large number of our citizens of Polish Anstiss. Are celebrating the last day of many years is today. Was a sort of celebration in appreciation for what our country has done for them and also to commemorate the great contribution of general of tragedy here to last game in our revolutionary wall the last he was one of the great generals of that long deployment in the battle of Brandywine the German town Charleston was mortally wounded in Savannah. But today the parade in New York City in which thousands of our fellow citizens. Punished the saying will participate is different. The sot of a protest and also a message that the American people have full understanding and sympathy with the people of Poland that the walk cannot be over until Poland is liberated they mark just sort of a protest the lack of support given to the Warriors the vendors I want to show off but the fact will be remedied a bright people of Poland and the brave people of Warsaw will not be forgotten Poland again will be free that matter are made again I will smile now it is my privilege to start this great memorable parade of nineteen forty fourth attention forward Mark last week I talked about the shortage of vodka and still seems to be quite a shortage in the retail store I don't think that there is a shortage should last very long. For as I told you two weeks ago I think it was the government set aside order has been greatly reduced commencing October first and it will continue to be reduced up until next spring. Last year the government required four hundred sixty four million pounds of butter to be set aside for government use that the armed forces Lend Lease and this year it will require only two hundred and eighty five million pounds of modest Now last week we received only about two hundred thousand pounds less than we received the previous week. And. And last year this time the supply was much lower than it is now so it ought to let up for long but again I want to warn you all taken advantage of all your margarine you know it's very good and you can tell the difference really is. As you know butter requires twenty points although margarine requires but two points is something at fifty two cents a pound if you can get it only zero selling at seventeen to twenty seven cents a pound so you would always go and I can assure you that it is just as good I gave you the chemical contents of butter and old you know last week. If you use it as a spread and you can get the coloring in the stock or your body all your own you can mix it very easily and for cooking I don't think that the coloring is necessary doesn't add anything to it's nutritious value so you lose all your margarine and you can see that bottled big thought coming real soon well now this is a great year for us in fact I think it's a great hope for the empowerment notwithstanding the fact that we are engaged in the world was. The presidential election and it will be carried all the cotton with provisions of the Constitution as it. Was going it's a great privilege to vote and it's also a duty of every So this isn't about in our state you cannot vote on the issue register and registration commences tomorrow Monday October ninth it starts at five P.M. and you may register up to ten thirty and in the evening. Starts tomorrow Monday nine o'clock to ten thirty and Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday from five o'clock to ten thirty at night and Saturday October fourteenth the last day from seven o'clock in the morning to ten thirty at night now don't put it off to Saturday just because it's a long day and if they might happen Saturday and then the first thing you know you haven't registered and you feel embarrassed and you failed in your duty now here are the qualifications voting in our state must be of the age of twenty one years and a citizen of the United States a resident of the state of New York for one year out the city of New York for months and the residents of the election district last thirty days now the law has changed as to the four one months residents here have fought in the county now it is in the city and as a great many people in New York City move around October time from Manhattan to Queens or from Queens to Brooklyn up of Brooklyn to Queens of the Queens the Bronx you see I must get all these combinations in some county of say hey you left us out people that moving out of our county the moving in so I assume all these combinations Well here's a faux if you did not live in the county of the viral you couldn't prior to election you can vote now that's change if you lived in New York City and that's a whole lot of territory for months just prior to election you are qualified to vote now all citizens who are qualified to be sure and register that means that we want to get out a full registration. It's very important here. Regardless of our own domestic interest don't to see us setting the example to the whole world. Don't you see the people who have been fighting for liberty and people who've been oppressed people who have been told that democracy is decadent that Marjorie doesn't work don't you see that watching what's going to happen and we want to show that the Moxley does what we want to show that men and women in a democracy and in our country do take an interest in the affairs of that government and therefore all people are urged to register and vote it has already been announced that the and the good attorney general of the state doubt the agreement whereby the election fraud bureau out the law the pockets of the state and the police department will cooperate to prevent election fraud detail announcements will be made from time to time we want all people who are entitled to vote to vote but just once you know this once. Now here is something I think will be of interest. W A N Y C commencing at Tobar the fifteenth at nine o'clock every day will have a program on quote keeping the record straight each party all the two presidential the two parties and supporting the two major presidential candidates will enter a panel and will have fifteen minutes each every day at nine o'clock nine. To keep the wreckage right now because I I don't know much about elections but I've been in the few and you know very often things are said the day before that I finished not exactly quite true you know well then you're correct back and you get a little tiny bit of a correction someplace in the third or fourth grade papers out the purpose of this program is to keep the record straight. Distinguished the representatives of the two major party will be on the panel and also each party has the right to select a specialist on any specialized subject that may come unexpectedly for one speaker will represent each side every night and the parties will alternate on going first on the program if so starting October the fifteenth your city station N.Y.C. will present both sides and keeping the right good straight from authoritative source from both sides well notwithstanding some knocks that we get from time to time and efforts to belittle our city I'm awfully happy to report continued progress we are going to have three more lodgment manufacturing plants in our city after the war our city Department of Commerce has informed me that the American tide founder's company as they most suppliers of printing presses and prior to the printing industry now engage in one hundred percent in Ward advisers that they have established three of their manufacturing divisions in New York City as their sole armonica Radio Corporation will return to the production of their high quality radio right after the war and manufacture here in our city. The remote control division and I are now serving the armed forces with electrical control apparatus will continue to make this remote control for industry and peacetime purposes and that will be another planet in the city and the third is what is now the Navy's film recorder and best advice known as the recorder graph will provide will be produced for a variety of peace time users and I am very happy to make bad announcements and we welcome these new activities here in our city and the more coming in all our all of the time to now are you will remember some time ago I told you about the great services of the New York Herald Tribune in a series of editorials at pointing out that New York was the largest management center in the country and the home offices of many of the nation's largest industries are located in our city and well now we have a new one and this new project will be called New York offices incorporated the idea grew out of this concentration of Management in New York City small and medium sized firms located outside of New York which up to now have doubled they could afford maintaining in New York staffs would be unable to have the advantages of. Their only York office with New York addresses and the facilities at a fraction of the cost of an individual office only firms of high standing and only one firm in each segment of competition will be accepted as clients. The New York office Incorporated will be housed in a midtown office building accessible to transportation facilities it will be staffed by experienced counselors in accounting labor relations exploiting and engineer and such a staff as only the largest firms could employ now any outside at all factory who may be interested in a obtain full and complete information by writing to the city Department of Commerce sixty Broadway New York City that's the city Department of Commerce sixty Broadway New York City and if you didn't get the address right here to my office and I'll see that you get the information now here's some very encouraging Here's a bit of encouraging news I haven't all of the details but the details will be announced before all very long a one hundred million dollars bank credit group was organized last week by twenty four banks of New York City to provide an additional source of bank credit for small and medium sized businesses in the reconversion and post-war period formation of the bank known as the bank credit group of New York City was announced by Robert and James chairman of the post war small business credit summation of the American Bankers Association and the former president of the all in the station with a credit to be the first such credit group to be organized under the association's nationwide program now Mr Haynes says in the reconversion and will point very small business will have many new credit problems war industries converting to peacetime production and business generally gearing its activities to new demand for goods and services. While most of the post-war credit demands will be met by individual banks either directly or in cooperation with their correspondent banks there may be instances where some Thanks may be unable to provide all the credit needed the bank credit group and I'm quoting from Mr Robert M. gains the bank credit group of New York City was organized to meet such situations if the banks within the second Federal Reserve districts or in other parts of the country are not in a position either directly or in cooperation with their corresponding banks to meet the full credit requirements of their communities they made then turn to the bank credit group of New York City or similar groups that are being organized throughout the company country as a source of bank credit business men of course will continue to deal directly with their own plans now that is very helpful because the credit situation of small business and small plants may be very difficult after the walk and we're interested and we want to and I want to take this opportunity to expand the congratulations of the city of New York to this new organization and to assure them of our fall and complete cooperation you see why am I interested in new business and small plants Well it means business to New York City and what this business mean to New York City it means jobs it means that people may be employed and will have need for a great deal of employment after the loss and therefore the city administration is cooperate in in every way in any way and any time that we can do anything to a six business in our city. Incidentally. This is just between me and you. I don't want any company to hear this I don't pay any attention to that so called the talent committee nobody else. You know what they said they said that they were going to free the reconversion enliven northeastern states. It doesn't make sense how can that I might as well say to the senator to McCarran that I'm going to freeze some minds are not bad and bring him to New York. That would be silly what and and so it's just as silly to say that Lebanon States reconversion in Levon northeastern states are going to be frozen Well it will not be frozen why. We have the. Second we have something. We have been trained experienced labor here for what we have finances here and they have to have contact with the in power world here in our import and export business ethics we have the transportation facilities here last but not least we're still part of the Union and eleven states are not going to be discriminated against so don't worry about that now I've received many letters since my talk last week about mortgages five percent just like mortgages five five and a half percent in this day and age nine hundred forty four Well now look I haven't replied to your letters. I'll do so in a few days not that something that will take a little time where we want to get all of the information. We want to know all of the facts and then I'm going to start. A drive to get these mortgages reduced at five percent in New York City is too much the five percent is exorbitant six percent is scandalous Now the bank that I was talking about just a moment ago our commercial back there all right it's not that kind of a bank that I'm talking to just now get me I mean the savings backed OK. Talking about New York homes right after this broadcast I'm going to miss the John is part. As a member of the housing authority and Mr Park is an architect an engineer and has considerable experience in the building industry and is now the superintendent of the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center I'm very happy that we were able to induce Mr Parker to take this office as we have a hundred and twenty six million dollars with new low cost housing to start to construct right after the war I've been asked to call your attention and I do want to call your attention that commencing tomorrow October the ninth we have Fire Prevention Week and Commissioner Walsh. Told me that I must call your attention that we had mall fires last year and the year before although we were able. The fire department was able to reduce that the last five several hundred thousand dollars but the last five fire in our city last year was nine million dollars and bad is too much to lose we can reduce that and we can reduce the number of fires now starting now and tomorrow see that rubbish is not accumulating in your homes or in your closets or in the cellar and then he said to me at Paddy's says Say that you just tell your wife that you're going to check whether she's using any comfort combustible cleaning fluid. I'm sorry Patty she isn't and has been using it for a great many years but if you have a combustible cleaning fluid in your home don't use it anymore because you can obtain cleaning fluids that are not compatible and look out for all frayed electric wiring whether. A toaster whatever it may be if you use kerosene do not use it in an ordinary scene but get an approved safety. Now all of this week we have a splendid committee. It will be two. Instructing it sort of an educational way how to prevent fires and Saturday at one o'clock o'clock we want to do that at twelve o'clock we're going to have a grand rally here at city hall when we're little board prices to children who have school children who have written essays on how to prevent fires your state that is very important because we want our homes happy. To hear that. It's the sidewalks of New York. As long as bad tone will be. It has a notion that significance now. It brings to memory. A great New York. One of our city's most distinguished sounds we buried him yesterday Al Smith is part of New York City. As the battery Broadway of the Brooklyn Bridge and he love this city and he was proud of his city he was loved all over the country will feel gives LOS It doesn't seem to be the same without him he could have hide not only our city but he kept outside what was bad in our conference an example of the opportunities in our country applauds the war was a great statesman and rendered great services to his city and to his country and state he knew more about the structure of government than any man in our time he had a liberal education in government for he started very young as a clerk in one of the administrative offices of ours. And went to the assembly as a young man and surely for many years in the assembly and became the speaker that of that body and later on he was elected to the office of sheriff of New York County and that was quite an office and it was sought by many and for it was very lucrative it was at the office but Al Smith when he entered bad office and always bent upon improving government. Soon recommended the appellation of the FI system and he did abolish that the system when he became governor and later on he served as president of the Board of Aldermen and he served there for two years and when he was elected to high office of governor of our state. I succeeded the governor as president of the board of Alderman and finished his unexpired term. After he became governor. He set the machinery of reform in motion for you even years not been discussions and studies and surveys about reforming our state government governess made that the work to do it. And he did he had around him very clever men and women he knew how to assign duties he knew how to gather information he could get and retain every detail of any problem involved in complicated and no one could present it in a more simple understandable way then he is recognized as a statesman and as a great authority on government he was truly presidential timber and it was nominated for the high office of president of the United States now Smith was not defeated something that we hold dear a great principle was defeated that we. Are right to worship God. According to one's own conscience they get for a narrow minded. And Prejudice and in that campaign it must be said in all fairness to his opponent that he had nothing to do with that part of the care it's prying up unfortunately in certain parts of our country that aspect was not to feed our country's not proud of that performance I don't think it will ever happen again it must be said to a Valve's man and he ran for office many times and of course the feet of many opponents. None of his opponents in all of these years ever entertained any bitterness toward our people just naturally love him because he was genuine he was wholesome he was good. I remember children and I told you last week about release time and learning a little religion remember what I told you well Al Smith that that he loved his country your guard is God was an example of a good God fearing American Al Smith will always be remembered by us as an example he lived right he was loved by all and of him it may truly be said so live. That when by summons come to join the numerable cattlemen which Who's to that mysterious round where each shall take. In the silent halls of dance. Now going out like that for a slave at night cards to his dungeon but sustains to that. BY AND ON PHONE RINGS trying to. Approach a grave like one who wraps the great grey of his cock about him and lives down the pleasant green. New York is Saturday heaven is happier Nations hunted. By the best in city hall we have thought you may or a face like Guardian another of his weekly talks to the people this is the municipal Broadcasting System.