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   Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - December 24, 1959, Long Beach, California                             PARENTS BLIND AND DEAF, BOY, 4, LIVES IN 2 WORLDS Little Clarence Finds the Sunshine in Life By LEEBERTON Akron Beacon Journal Wrfler AKRON.Ohio boy edged along a fence as he walked to nursery school. He looked as-if he had just bitten a tart apple. Pinned on his sweater was a typed note: "Before any pictures are taken, please comb his hair and see that he looks nice. Due to his cold, we were afraid to put a thin dress shirt on him. Thank you." This boy with sad blue eyes carries a load of respon- sibilities on his 55-pound frame. HE MUST KEEP TRACK of the pump at home, see that it doesn't run too long and raise the electric bill. He must know what to do if the hot' water heater is boiling. He must wake himself on time for nursery school and dress himself. He must be able1 to tell what is in a can at the super- market by the picture on the label. He must take care not to move the furniture or ap- pliances from their places. HE MUST HAVE PATIENCE. Loads and loads of it. And he must have forbearance. He doesn't always have them. No child would. Perhaps this is Why he doesn't smile as often as other youngsters. Or hangs back sometimes. It is hard for Clarence Stephen Hathaway of nearby Stow to talk to seek their help. He doesn't talk to his parents. They are both deaf and blind. He has normal senses. A quiet boy who generally nods or shakes his head to answer, Clarence raised quite a storm when he was born Feb. 17, 1955. A'SHOUT OF INDIGNATION arose all over the na- tion when it was suggested it might be better if he were taken away from his parents. Juvenile Judge Russell W.. Thomas decided no on March 7, 1955. So Clarence shares a dark, silent world of his parents and a bright noisy world of nursery school playmates. Since he was 2, Clarence has attended nursery school. Now he spends five days a week there, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. With about 300 youngsters, he colors with crayons, sings, marvels at TV, builds with blocks (he likes this best) and molds with play dough. HERE HE CAN GET the teacher's attention simply by looking at her. He doesn't have to tug her dress. He can show his feelings on his face or by the sound of his voice. He can smile when a little girl crawls under a table or pushes over a rubber toy. He can scowl ;when he pokes and pushes with the other boys, and tell' them to stop. Clarence enjoys the company of other children. He talks up a storm with other youngsters, but teachers are trying to get him to answer them in words beyond yes and no. He or twice. He doesn't talk as well as his nursery playmates. His voice, like his parents', has a hollow toneless- ness of the deaf. Sometimes another will tease him about it. Such is the way of the way of the" world. i: BUT CLARENCE IS making huge strides, says Mrs. Bessie Taylor, nursery director. He would not even nod or shake his head at a question when he first arrived (Continued Page A-3, Col. 2) CLARENCE HATHAWAY, sits between his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hathaway, who are deaf and blind, as they prepare to celebrate Christmas. Below, Clarence looks up from his art work at nursery school. He's not used to talking with adults, but with youngsters he's gay and f t-.> World Looks to Peace on Earth Again By J. R. TRIPLET Associated Press Slatf Wriler People on both sides of the Iron Curtain looked forwarc this Christmas Eve to the pos sibility that, for the first time since World War II, the work may again know real peace. President Eisenhower am Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev are key figures in the hopes of millions, just as the Unitec States and the Soviet Union have been key nations in the Cold War. Shooting persists in Algeria. Iran and Iraq have moved up troops in a yuletide border spat. Red China, no converl to Khrushchev's call for re- nunciation of force to settle world problems, offers a con- tinuing threat in its claims to Indian frontier lands. PILGRIMS THRONGING by the thousands to Bethle- hem, Jordan-held birthplace of Jesus Christ, were remind- ed by the presence of Arab and Israeli military guard posts along the nearby border that the 1948 Palestine war was ended by an armed truce, never by a peace pact. Any universal peace is a matter of the distant future. But the past year has seen significant steps toward greater international under- standing. Among these have been the Khrushchev visit to the United States and Eisen- hower's agreement to return the visit, the arrangements for a Big Four summit con- ference, Eisenhower's 11-na- tion tour on behalf of friend- (Continued Page A-3, Col. 1) WHERE TO FIND IT The United Steelworkers Union is suing the steel industry for a four-cent hourly cost-of-living pay increase. Page A-2. Beach B-L Hal A-5. A-5. C-3 to 6, A-6. A-4. B-4. Shipping A-6, A-6. TV, Radios-Page B-6. Tides, Vital A-2. B-6. Your World-Page A-2, OF THEM! Green Stamps Buy 2 New School Buses PROVO, Utah St. Francis Catholic School here is using two brand-new buses that it got by collecting trading of them. "It was somewhat was somewhat un admitted an official of :he Sperry and Hutchinson Co. The. marathon stamp trade- n was engineered by the Rev. fr. Colman Colloty, O.F.M., principal of the school, after a front wheel fell off one of the school's old buses. He wrote the trading stamp company asking how many stamps for something that wasn't in the catalog the Juses. .The company wasn't quite sure, but it told the Rev. Fr. Colloty to start col- ecting anyway. Then it de- cided that books was ust about the right stamp; price. OFFICIALS ADMITTED .he figure was somewhat ar-i )itrary. In a six-month campaign, the parish sent letters to the Catholic schools in the nation saying "we don't want your money we just want four trading stamps." The S700 bill for postage stamps was paid by men in the par- ish. The result was a flood of :he tiny preen stamps. "We even received stamps issued as far back as the Rev. Fr. Colloty said, "but the company redeemed them along with the others. "We have gotten as much pleasure out of this inspiring project as you said Earl N. Keate, Utah manager for the company, as he pre- sented the buses and col- lected his stamps. Santa to Visit Crew of Stranded Vessel PRESCOTT, Ont. 35 crew members of the Nor- wegian freighter Vilja will be given a Christmas party to- night aboard their ship stranded in the St. Law- rence River. The town will foot the bill for the fete for the Norwe- gians, whose vessel grounded on a rockshelf on Nov. 28 and got trapped by ice for the winter. Each seaman will get a gift along with a turkey dinner. The Southland's Finest Evening Newspape LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., THURSDAY, DEC. 24, 1959 Vol. No. 279 TELEPHONE HE 5-1161 PRICE 10 CENTS HOME EDITION (Six Editions Daily) 18 PAGES CLASSIFIED HE 2-5959 SOUTHLAND GETS SHOWER PRESENT FOR CHRISTMAS World Needs Open Peace, Ike Declares WASHINGTON 
                            

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