Saturday, December 31, 1960 . . . Page 14
Adirondack Trails Seem Empty
-Did Hunters Thin Deer Too Well?
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"Any way you look at it, the
whole thing's a mess.
-Former Superintendent James M.
Spinning, sizing up the Rochester
school board situation.
OLD FORGE-As soon as we passed
Maple Ridge and headed out the South
Shore Road the family began looking for
We drove west from First Lake and
up over the hill. No deer. Past frozen
ponds and snowdrifts and half-covered
summer cottages. Still no deer. We
For years now, we have been going to
a lodge at Little Moose for a few days
between Christmas and New Year's. The
young people roam and ski. The old folks
watch a little, sit around the lodge a lot
-this year I got into a tremendous book,
"The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich."
But everybody had been in the habit
of looking out the frosted front window
for two things early each morning-the
on the big dial hanging from an oak,
and the feeding box
around which deer
of all sizes were
wont to cluster.
Not a deer could
be seen in haunts
where in past years
we could walk among
several almost as if
they had been pets.
Where had they
gone? Had even the
doe with "NO" painted on her flanks
"I can't talk about it," said a lady we
had seen feed deer last winter. "It was
I missed it-didn't you?-but a call
to our Albany office turned up the information which was well known to sportsmen, that in the central Adirondacks
"party permits" were issued this year.
With a party permit, a party of four
hunters might take five deer, and the
extra one could be doe, buck or fawn.
I learned that they had 10 days for
such slaughter in 1959. The deer slain in
1960 have not been determined but the
following kills were recorded by the New
York State Conservation Department last
Adult males 8,526
Male fawns 1,441
Adult females 4,371
Female fawns 1,352
It's all very practical business: Special shooting is decreed when the number
of deer is deemed out of balance with
the range. Starvation results when there
are "too many deer" and they may cause
"extensive crop damage."
Well, there won't be any starving
deer around our favorite bit of the
Adirondacks this season.
That's about all the consolation there
was this week for a family looking in vain
for the deer that used to string down
across the lake and up the path, idly picking their graceful way in the evening;
or rushing with eagerness when someone
beat a pan as a signal for feed.
I explained the conservation facts of
life, though without much conviction, to
the boy who looked in vain this week out
the window at Little Moose. He was unconvinced.
Scornfully, he said: "Some sport."
... Brother Bob
The period between a presidential
election and inauguration usually is one
of comparative quiet. The battle is over.
The defeated have retired to regroup.
There usually is little more than mild
criticism of the stream of cabinet appointments and others, even from the
opposition. A cabinet appointee is apt to
be given the benefit of the doubt. Even
the enemy agrees that, by and large, the
president-elect is entitled to pick just
about anybody he chooses. It is a time
of political wait-and-see.
So it was with the building Kennedy
Administration until the president-elect
appointed his 35-year-old brother Robert
as attorney general of the United States.
It is the only appointment Kennedy
has made on which he will be widely
considered wrong until proved right.
Nobody doubts the young brother's
brains and balance. Many decry his lack
of experience. But it is the forcing of the
relationship, the seeming stooping by the
president-elect amid a host of other
splendid appointments, that has stirred
friend and foe.
Actually, while the deal will bear
watching, there is no reason why Robert
Kennedy cannot be a first-rate attorney
The criticism and concern do not stem
primarily from the shortage of experience and the political aspects. The office
has been a political pay-off before. Herbert Brownell of New York, a top adviser
in Dwight D. Eisenhower's 1952 campaign, was named Eisenhower's first A.G.
For a different decision under circumstances sure to be cited as not wholly
The very week of the brotherly Kennedy appointment, something somewhat
different took place in Virginia.
There Harry F. Byrd, Jr., urged to
run for governor, reluctantly declined because, he explained, he could not appropriately hold that high state office while
his father still has years to go in the U.S.
. . . Get It Here
The subject of higher public education in New York State, and the painful
inadequacy of same, will be before the
Legislature this session with every likelihood that solid steps will be taken to
begin giving the Empire State a system
commensurate with its present and future
The basis for much of the legislation
certain to be proposed will be the so-
called Heald Report. This is a report to
the governor and the Board of Regents
titled "Meeting the Increasing Demand
for Higher Education in New York
State." It was prepared, after long study,
by three men absolutely tops for such an
assignment-Chairman Henry T. Heald,
John W. Gardner and Rochester's Marion
The report was brought out in November. Among other things, it proposes
that one of "two new publicly supported
universities" be established upstate. The
other would be on the site of the State
University's new Long Island Center at
There has been a round of meetings
and conversations among interested Monroe County groups: What would a state
university do, if anything, to existing private colleges-if, by any chance, it should
be located in the Rochester area? Should
an existing institution here be offered as
the base to be taken over by the State
University? Should a community wide
effort be made to get the upstate branch
for Rochester, no matter what?
Unfortunately for effectiveness in
any effort to bag the branch for Rochester, the discussions have continued
so long that valuable time has been
lost. Some cities have been pressing
their arguments upon key legislators
and others for weeks.
Personal judgment: New York State
Is at a crisis in higher public education.
The Heald Committee's recommendations are certain to be implemented in
some form. Rochester has many advantages as a location for a great state university. Such an institution would mean
much in many ways to the entire area,
whether built upon an existing private
institution or started here from scratch.
Rochester should move aggressively and
in unity to get the upstate university
branch. It's already late, but not too late.
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