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THE COURIER-JOURNAL, LOUISVILLE, I'M DAY MORNING, JANUARY 7, 1938. SECTION t (Enmicr-HJnuntal Coniolidation of The Focus (November 22. 1826). The Louisville Dally Journal (18301. The Morning 'Courier (1837). The Daily Democrat (1843). First lued as The Courier-Journal November 8. 18S8. 2 oundcd by Henry Wattcrson and Walter N. Haldeman. 3 Bafry Bingham, j Publisher. 5 Harrison Robertson, Editor. ? Robert W. Bingham, Publisher, 1018-1037. tntered at the Louisville Postoffice Mail Matter - o the Second Clan. t . ? SUBSCRIPTION RATES BY MAIU 3 DAILY COURIER-JOURNAL. lYr. 6 Mos. 3 Mos. IMo. .!1 of Kentucky. Indiana 7 r,rt t.p SS.00 S3.00 $1.50 $0.50 All other States 7.20 3.60 1.80 .60 DAILY AND SUNDAY COURIER-JOURNAL. 5 1 Yr. 6 Mos. 3 Mos. 1 Mo. "SUl cf Kfmtnrlrv. Indiana 5 and Tennessee $9.00 $4.50 $2.25 $0.75 other States 10.20 5.10 2.53 .85 5 SUNDAY COURIER-JOURNAL. fi 1 Yr. 6 Mos. 3 Mos. 1 Mo. .!! nf Kentuekv. Indiana 5 and Tennessee $3.00 $1.B0 $0.85 $0.40 .iftli other States 3.40 1.80 .83 .40 A single copy of any week-day Issue mailed for 5 cents; Sunday mailed for 10 cents. l,-tt orders not accepted from localities served by p cclsvcry agents. i RATES FOR CARRIER DELIVERY. 3 ln Louisville. New Albany and Jeffersonville: JatfJ- and Sunday Courier-Journal, 20c week; Sunday . cWy. 10c Taty Courier-Journal. Sunday Courier-Journal, Louis- 'i! rimes tor c a ween, ah xo xne same aaaress. i, O rtside of Louisville. New Albany and Jeffersonville: iJiaiV and Sunday Courier-Journal. 25c week. lJa:ry Courier-Journal. Sunday Courier-Journal, Louis-J Lite Times, all to same address. 40c week. f TELEPHONE WAbash 2211. 5 MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. 4 The Associated Press is exclusively entitled to the kje for publication of all news dispatches credited to or not otherwise credited in this paper and also f'jcal news published nerein. 4 All rights of republication of special dispatches It-rrcm also reserved. KIDAY. January 7, 1938 p j Not At All Inconsistent 0 A St. Matthews correspondent in The Point of View who doesn't know County Engineer' "Wood, but admires some of his construction, professes to think The Cpurier-Jocrnal inconsistent lor favoring j ?.r. Wood's retention although the Fiscal Cburt used road employment for political 5 purposes in the 1935 primary campaign, jj The writer evidently didn't read the edi-0 torial closely, else he would have observed thftt The Courier-Journal said, Engineer Wood's "work demonstrates its owti ex-5 ccllence and, as far as he has had a voice 2 in regard to policies, the work has been j systematically progressive and economical." 5 An engineer's character and ability are J not to be judged by one's factional prejudices. If the writer really desires an ex-5 pert, informed and disinterested opinion of County Engineer Wood he can obtain one from the State Highway Engineers or the Federal Engineer who know him, have jj inspected his work and are acquainted with 5 Jefferson County highways. What the wTiter has said only confirms 3 The Courier-Journal's conviction that we should "keep the County Road Engineer in J) and politics out." It must be apparent to J the writer that to put Mr. Wood out be- cause another faction had employed him in the first place would be to keep politics in. H x rax isn i wnai xne ei. jviaitnews criuc 1 vnts, is it? ' g The Fiscal Court doesn't have to emu-J late the practice criticized and an engineer of Mr. Wood's professional reputation isn't $ going to waste the taxpayers money. His j personal interest is to put it all into visible results. In the long run, of course, the vcj-y bcsT kind of politics would be for the $ present County Administration to keep a v first-class, experienced engineer and get t every penny's worth of improvement it can t out of the road fund the next four years. - if? j The Silver Subsidy U President Roosevelt put into effect a fl Government economy when by proclama-il tion he reduced the price of newly mined ' domestic silver from 77.57 cents to 64.64 S cents an ounce, and continued in modified :i form the Silver Purchasing Act of 1934. The action has caused a howl from Sen- a tors and Representatives from the mining . regions of the West, who contend that .. the lower price will increase unemploy-' rr.cnt, but they have little ground for com-plaint. ;I The 1934 legislation has failed dismally 4 in effecting the results promised for it by its champions. Instead of stabilizing the financial structure of China, it drained that 2 country of its currency base. Instead of increasing commerce with Far Eastern 5 countries on a silver standard, it has in- jured such trada. So far as external con-editions are concerned it was as little of a I success as the recently expired London international agreement intended to sta- bilize the world price of silver and pave A the way to possible bimetallism. All that it has accomplished has been to pay a sub-f sidy to domestic producers. g Such a subsidy may have been justified s iry, the depression period as a means of ,. srjHng the mine owners and mine workers from ruin. It has served that purpose and ! now the subsidy is reduced, but the re-f duction is far from disastrous to the g domestic industry. At 64.64 cents an ounce $ newly mined domestic can be sold to the Treasury for 20 cents above the world jjpflce. That should not cause a cessation J of business or an appreciable increase in j? unemployment. 9 The silver problem, however, remains, and the powerful bloc of sliver States con- tinue to exert an influence in Congress. r l Fascist Trend In Quebec Is the French Canadian province of 5 Quebec going Fascist? There are, it is 5 claimed, ' 80,000 members of the so-called S National Christian Socialist Party a Blue Spirted organization in the province jj v.(hose declared aims are to abolish the 5 t i o-parry system, establish a corporative satc and "strip the Jews of all but nega-jjtijve rights." The Government under IYemier Maurice Duplessis is vigorously atti-Communist, anti-radical and accord-Jinj to a member of the Cabinet the aim of JJ". Premier is "corporatism." Fascism fiaurishes unchecked while the little band cf , Communists numbering no more than t 1.5t0 is suppressed without regard to con- s'J.utional rights. ; t Last March the provincial Legislature I passed a measure making it illegal for anybody possessing or occupying any Iruilding "to use it or allow any person to .tigake use of it to propagate Communism or ' s' Bolshevism by any means whatsoever." It also makes it unlawful to print, publish or distribute "any newspaper, periodical, pamphlet, circular, document or writing propagating or tending to propagate Communism or Bolshevism." Recently the Government invoked the law and padlocked the office of a French Leftist newspaper in Montreal, two printing shops and a rooming house where an editorial writer of the newspaper lived. It also seized a quantity of proofs, letters and books. Radicals are not allowed to hold meetings, while meetings and demonstrations of the Blue Shirts are not molested. "Because the Fascist movement is not in conflict with the Church," writes Harold Dincman, staff writer for the Toronto Globe and Mail (the Fascist party swears allegiance to the Church, the King and the Empire), "it is the most serious menace of the extremist movements. The growth of Communism, on the other hand, is a constant struggle with the Church and therefore makes slow progress. A still stronger reason for the growing strength of the Fascists is the fact that the police ignore them except at such times as augmented by the students of the University of Montreal they clash in street brawls with the Communists." The raising of the Red menace and the suppression of any appearance of radical-Ism indicates a trend away from freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly. Mocking "Echoes" From Alabama Alabama Democrats nominated a New Deal candidate for the Senate to succeed Justice Black on the very day The Saturday Evening Post circulated throughout Dixie with a patronizingly "Kind Word for the South" by Stanley High and an editorial couched in the sugary phrases of a missionary encouraging the slightest sign of civilization among the Patagonians. Even the notorious Southern-baiter, The Chicago Tribune, lately discovered the first evidence of statesmanship south of the Ohio since 1860; but The Saturday Evening Post is genuinely inspired to destroy the New Deal and was convinced prior to its last issue that Dixie was a fertile missionary field. So it sent Mr. High to write about it in the vein the title of his article implied. However, honest Mr. High made it clear that he wasn't hunting for child labor or tenant croppers. What he saw was reported, unflatteringly assuming it was always "an exception"; but, unfortunately, he also reported what he heard and Mr. High "heard echoes rolling in from the back country of Tom Heflin's campaign against the wages-and-hours bill." For Mr. Hich found the South "conservative." Obviously, he believed that Hefltn was going to win the Senatorial nomination over President Roosevelt's champion, Representative Lister Hull. "There probably is some truth," Mr. High admitted, "to the story that part of the money for Tom Heflin's campaign is coming from Birmingham industrialists who are opposed to the wages-and-hours bill; but Heflin's votes will come from the backwoods and that's where he is doing most of his campaigning. In a little Western Alabama town I asked a group of farmers what the prospects were that Heflin would carry the county. 'Tom, said one of them, 'will do all right. We ain't Socialists up here.' " Saturday Evening Post subscribers read the "echoes" and the returns the same day, learning that the South is conservative and Alabama not socialistic but almost two to one for the wage-hour bill. Might there not be something for The Post to reflect upon in the coincidence that Massachusetts and Alabama both chose Administration supporters to succeed the authors of the Black-Connery -Bill? The Mysterious "Robinsons" The mystery surrounding the identity of "Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Robinson," presumably American citizens who disappeared in Moscow a few weeks ago, rapidly is being cleared up. The couple used on their passports the names of children long dead. They also obtained passports under the names of "Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Arnold Rubens," which also may be aliases. They sailed for Italy as the "Rubens." They turned up in the Russian capital as the "Robinsons." First one and then the other vanished and the Russian Government offered no explanation. The United States was completely in the -dark as to whether American nationals had been arrested and thrown into prison, perhaps to be "liquidated." The fact that "Mrs. Rubens" gave her maiden name as Ruth Maril Boerger and her former address on Long Island was the lone clue to identification. Her mother was located in Miami, Fla. At least one of the "Robinsons" or "Rubens" was an American citizen, as Americans in Moscow had identified the picture of "Mrs. Rubens" as the "Mrs. Robinson" who had been seen at her hotel. The State Department , now is in position to ask a complete explanation from the Russian Government. Who Rubens is still is a mystery. He declared on'riis passport that his father was Christian Rudewttz, who wSs naturalized in Cook County, Illinois, and that he had changed his name to Rubens. The Rudewttz family deny that any of them had changed their names. Government agents, who are working on the case, now promise a full revelation of all the facts and a surprising story in a short time. Already it has been a surprising story involving mystery, politics and perhaps international intrigue. Fiction offers fewer stranger cases than that of "Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Robinson." The Senate fails to get moving by Southern Congressmen ganging up on the anti-lynching bill. This session apparently is no different from the last regular session and the extraordinary session. It may not be a war thai, Japan is conducting in China. It has all the appearance of a massacre. ' Etcetera Itritonn Hear About Some Southern Funerals (Harriet E. Brown in London Spectator.) In.the Southern Highlands, an area of about 112,000 square miles lying in the southern part of the United State , live a people much as their relatives did in Elizabethan days. Their ancestors, Scutch and Scotch-Irish, brought with them sterling convictions and character, strong likes and dislikes, and a deep emotional spirit. The custom of funeralizing. brought about by their isolation, is peculiar to the Southern Highlanders. Ministers are few and scattered and may visit the rr.ore remote places only . once in a number of years; so it is rarely possible to obtain a preacher when there is a death in a family. When anyone dies, he is buried piomptly with no ceremony whatever. A funeralizing is only a deferred memorial service, delayed, of necessity, unUl a preacher can be procured. Usually the funeralizing takes place as soon as conditions make it convenient. But perhaps, before the meager pittance for paying the preacher is saved up, several members of the family, or near-kin, have died and one service does for all. In the early autumn, when the weather is good, the roads fit to travel and the water in the creeks is at its lowest, it is "norratcd round" that at a certain burying ground there will be a funeralizing. A few years ago I attended a throe-day funeralizing. The services began about 9 in the morning and. with an intermission for dinner, lasted until about two hours before sundown. The preachers, a few of the nearest kin of those for whom the services were held, and several men and women who led the singing sat on the platform. The service began with prayer, during which all knelt. The preacher felt constrained to give the Lord much advice as to whom He should bless, the ground was hard, and it seemed as if the prayer would never end. There were a number of preachers, and each took a text selected by the departed. In case of sudden death the text is chosen by the family. A man may preach as long as he wishes. Long delays sometimes lead to rather embarrassing situations, as, for instance, when a "preaching" is for a wife long dead, and, in the noon intermission, the preacher marries the second wife and baptizes her baby. Such situations cause no mmmrnt for all understand that the couple were ' married soon as they could get a i preaencr. Courting, in the mountains, is a serious affair. When a girl accepts the attentions of a young man, she is practically his "woman," and may not even smile upon another. When she has been married three monihs, she is thereafter his "old woman " though she may be barely 16. There is one thing to be said for funeral-Izings: time has healed the acute pain and the bereaved can listen attentively and gather what crumbs of comfort they may from the words of the preacher. "Mickey Monte" In llelgrntl (Parliamentary Proceedings in London Times.) Mr. Mander asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he would state what .action he proposed to take with reference to the expulsion of Reuter's correspondent, Mr. H. D. Harrison, from Yugoslavia on the ground that he transmitted to foreign countries a statement that a "Mickey Mouse" comic strip in a Belgrade newspaper had been banned because it bore on national politics. Mr. Eden I was informed by the Yugoslav Government on December 7 that, in spite of repeated warnings, they had on many occasions had cause to complain of Mr. Harrison's presentation of news to the British public. The Yugoslav Government further stated that they had been obliged on the occasion of Mr. Harrison's last dispatch, dealing with an act of the censorship, to intimate to him that his continued presence in Belgrade would be undesirable. His Majesty's Minister at Belgrade took the matter up with the Yugoslav authorities, but they informed him that they were unable to alter their decision. It will be realized that the grant or withdrawal of permission to reside in any country is entirely a matter for the Government of that country to decide. Mr. Mander Is it right that a British subject should be expelled from a country for such a ridiculous reason as this? Mr. Eden It is not a question of whether it is right. We have always claimed for ourselves the right of acting as we think fit in relation to foreigners living in this country and as we attach importance to that, clearly I cannot take action which con tradicts it. Mr. Mander Would he consider advising the Prince Regent to try to instill a little sense of humor in the people of his country? Sir J. Nail (Manchester, Hulmc, U.). Would the right hon. gentleman suggest that they should display a comic strip of Mickey Mander? (Laughter.) Pianos and Pianists. (Philadelphia Bulletin.) An interesting trade item of the season is the success of the piano in holding its position as family musical instrument number one, leading accordions and guitars to the tape. The big, heavj', non-portable home favorite is again champion and has staged a notable comeback since it was temporarily shoved aside with the help of phonographs and radio a comeback the more remarkable brcau' there have for long been more pianos than pianists. Hanging from small uprights and the new uptilted small "grands" to concert "grands" there are thousands of pianos in homes where none can play; more thousands in dwellings where playing is all of the hit-and-hope "by ear" sort. How those instruments must long for a pianist to visit the folks! And how, too, the folks yearn to hear them played or played better! In some homes pianos are reminders of waylaid talents; in others joined to memories of children who fingered the keys often until they left home; and in more than a few they are just pieces of furniture attesting to the cultural viewpoint of the owners. Who does not know a player-less piano? And who lacks among acquaintances a play-by-ear devotee one of the sort that listens while a radio band plays the latest tune and then attacks the ivory? Automobiles are popular but drivers outnumber cars; there are more tvpists than typewriters; there may be (hope not) more saxophonists than saxophones; there are more gunners than guns, more yachtsmen than yachts. So is not the piano a very great champion in popularity, since it outnumbers pianists? Compensatory (Detroit News.) In Kansas a car struck a citizen, out for a w-alk, and was hurled into a ditch. Perhaps Nature, in its quiet way, is perfecting the pedestrian. Safe liet (Flotsam.) "There is always a tie between a father and son," says a Rotarian speaker. And if there is you can wager that the son is I wearing it. Noah Had His Critics, Too Ui,"T. r ---P3JC -v"'- &r.'-:,V :-- 5fft The Point of View THE SMALL LOAN LAW. To the Editor of The Courier-Journal. You will recall that on November 20, 1937, I sent you a copy of a rather lengthy communication that dealt largely with a series of letters whjch were then appearing in the Point of View column of your publication and that of The Times. I indicated that I felt these letters were part of a malicious campaign somewhat in the nature of a preliminary build-up to an attack on the small loan law in the Legislature. You will recall that I stated such an attack, when made, would be based on a reduction of the maximum permissive rate. I am not happy about the fact that my predicted fears of an attack have materialized in very definite and concrete form. Representative Fcrd Gnau of Louisville introduced House Bill No. 20 at Frankfort today. Naturally, I have had no opportunity to see the bill yet. but I understand that it calls for a reduction in the maximum rate to l'i per cent per month. The impact of a proposal to reduce the permissive rate to less than half of what it now is can be fully appreciated when it is realized that in 1936 the average return to all companies operating in the State under the law was 5.93 per tent on capital and assets used. The average return for the three years for which figures are available has been 0.66 per cent. The story of the facts and figures of our business in the form of the annual report of operations is an open book written by an unbiased authority, the Commissioner of Banking of the State. With this information readily available, it is difficult to conceive of such an attack upon our business being motivated by a proper purpose. B. J. Lenihan. Paducah, Kv. Commtinications ibly written, preferably typewritten, on one side of the paper. The writers name and address must be signed, not to be published without the consent cf the sicnrr. Publication dors not Imply approval by The posed to have no rights, even to a decent death. True, they have keener senses than tame znimals, or than man, and are therefore capable of keener suffering. They are also, many of them, very intelligent, and highly useful on the land as destroyers of the two farm pests, rodents and insects this being particularly true of the skunk, red fox and weasel. Nothing can take their place when they are gone, as they soon will be at the rate they are now being destroyed. But never mind Kentuckians have always been wasteful of natural resources let the future take care of itself boys can get 5 cents, 25 cents, 40 cents, sometimes as high as a dollar and a half for the skins of these animals what if they do suffer every agony from long nights and days in the steel-trap who cares? We worship Mammon in this country not God, and laugh at the very idea of showing justice or mercy to His defenseless creatures. Lucy Firman. Lexington, Ky. JUDGE ROBERT W. BINGHAM. To the Editor of The Courier-Journal. Life's certainties doth build a span To link God's purpose with His plan. And so Earth finds a lordly man To lead God's sky-ward caravan. Joseph S. Cotter. Louisville. ,THE COUNTY ENGINEER. To the Editor of The Courier-Journal. Permit me to commend the editorial in last Monday's Courier-Journal, urging that no change be made by the new administration in the office of county road engineer. Out here in the county we don't just read about the roads, or travel them only occasionally and incidentally we live with them like we do the elements. Politics or no politics, I think we have been singularly fortunate, up to now, in the thing we wanted, from time to time, in the building of new roads. The engineer is really judged $10,000 A YEAR. To the Editor of The Courier-Journal. Some of us, who have been considering the thought of appealing to Congress to assist the Nation out of its present business recession, have been enlightened as to the futility of such an endeavor. Read the article in January Readers Digest, "We Have No National Government," and then follow this revealing bit of information with another, "Do You Want $10,000 a Year" in the January 1. 1938, issue of the Saturday Evening Post. There is no doubt about it, most politicians are not interested in the Nation as a whole. Most of those in Washington 'justify their appointments ' by sending benefits to a particular district regardless of the burden placed on the entire country. What we need in Washington are men of national leadership, who can act under intelligent initiative, rather than reciprocal accommodation. A Thinking Citizen. Louisville. THE STEELTRAP BARBARISM. To the Editor of The Courier-Journal. There has long been on the statute books of this State a law which reads: "If any person unnecessarily or cruelly beats, tortures, uses, or otherwise mistreats any animal, whether his own or not, he shall be fined not exceeding one hun dred dollars." How does it happen, then, that every year in Kentucky men and boys "cruelly torture" more than half a million defenseless animals, and no one is ever punished for it? The reason is, these cruelly-tortured creatures are wild, not tame, and being wild, are sup- t-r-&r?&J Av (Indianapolis should be brief, leg .- - I by this. My own affiliations are Republican, but I think it only fair to say that Hugh Wood, the present county road engineer, is doing a good job. I know him to be a man of high character and personal integrity and that his conception of the job is not a political one. I say, let Mr. Wood alone, v A County Taxpayer. Anchorage, Ky., R. F. D. Courier-Journal. DEWEY'S COMMISSION OF INQUIRY. To the Editor of The Courier-Journal. Recent publicity in the press given to Frof. John Dewey's report for the Commission of Inquiry as to the guilt of Trotsky of Fascist conspiracy against the Soviet Union, has prompted me to state a few well-known facts concerning this commission. The commission .was first called the "Committee . for the Defense of Leon Trotsky." This title so obviously showed that the "committee" was not of an impartial or inquiring nature, that under fire the committee magically became known as the Commission of Inquiry. The commission is headed by Prof. John Dewey, Philosopher, who was member of the Defense Committee. Dewey was convinced of Trotsky's innocence, before the inquiry was started. Next is John Chamberlain as an author. The commission does not mention that he is an editor of Fortune. Benjamin Stolberg is a classic example of the impartiality of the commission. Stolberg has been for years a bitter foe of the Soviet Union and in 1925 wrote articles in the New York Times exposing the red plots in the U. S. A. Now Mr. Stolberg bitterly attacks Roosevelt and the New Deal. Mauritz Hallgren was one of the first to resign from the Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. He stated that the committee had "becomr; an instrument of the Trotskyists for political intervention against the Soviet Union. Mr. Hallgren'a contentions have been amply proven by Prof. Dewey's report which not only claims the innocence of Trotsky, but bitterly attacks the Soviet Union. At the hearing in Mexico City, Carlton Bcals, eminent author, resigned from the commission BeaLs said: "The hushed adoration of the other members of The Tooncrville Trollev That Meets All the Trains It must be admitted no other trolley company ever gives THIS SORT OF SERVICE 0" M c rw K Answers to I Questions S Headers wishlne answers ey mall ar requested to Inclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with their auetions. Addre The Courier-Journal Information Bureau. Louisville The bureau cannot aner mirations, routing, to commercial (.outfits, five aUvice ill law or medicine, or undertake extensive research. Q Please tell me where I. can get information on the .Big Apple dance, the steps, etc. . . A The Big Apple is a sort of complicated sndjazzed-up Virginia reel, and the figures, which, are called out by someone, are about as varied as there are groups which dance it. There : is r.Q1 fixed, standard set of; steps or figures. Some cmpha-; size the Susie Q. others invent' other figures. In other words,-' the original Big Apple has un-? dergone many transformations in its travels over the. country, from the University of South; Carolina, where it" is said to have, started.. Anyone familiar; with "the art of dancing can get. up his own Big" Apple, which ' should always. allow leeway to-provide for the different states ' of sobriety of the participants. Q What is the value of prop--erty in China that belongs to American citizens or to the: American Government? A Only a guess could be ' made as" answer to this question, at least so far as. the property of American citizens is concerned. There are a number of. American individuals and companies owning properties of various kinds in China, but no' .official estimate has been made as to the value of their holdings,-, which has changed consider-' ably of late on account of destruction- by the war. The Gov- ernment 'owns its embassies and . legations, the value of which is-not known. Q Please let me know the names of the people that came over on the Mayflower, or teUt me-where I can-obtain them. A The Mayflower brought 102 persons to this country, an3" their, names can be obtained from the Society of Mayflower Descendants. ' 420 Lexington Ave., New York. N. Y. Times. Q Can you tell me the addresses of the Colorado Museum of Natural History and of J. Lvn & Co.? A The Museum is in Denver, ! but further information about the firm would be necessary before its address can be given."- ' - , Q-Whcre are any schools of. journalism in Kentucky? A Two of the best are at th University of Kentucky at Lexington and the University cf Louisville at Louisville. the commission "for Mr. Trotsky throughout the hearings has defeated all spirit of honest investigation. The methods thus followed by the commission have been a schoolboy joke and I do not wish further to be a party to something so utterly ridiculous , . . My questions were considered unfortunate because1 Trotsky answered badly, and it should not be publicly stated. ' The hearing aroused such indignation among honest peop! that some have humorously suggested that the commission should be called the Committee for the Defense of John Dewey. What pitiful comparison Trotsky's attitude., is to that of : George ' Dimitroff. - Dimitroff, accused of setting fire to the Reichstag, faced with the terror of Hitler's storm troopers, stood up in the Nazi courts and so courageously defended himself and, so indicted Fascism that Hitler was forced by world opinion to release him. Trotsky's actions are of one who is guilty. Why doesn't he go before the court of the Soviet Union and prove his, claimed innocence? The repre-; sentatives of the world press would be present; he would have a real forum. The answer is, Trotsky has something that he is trying to conceal, but Dimitroff was a Corrununist who had, nothing to conceal or to be afraid o.;. Paul Kellocg, State Secretary , of The Ken-' tucky Communist Party. Louisville. TACK HORSE LIBRARY. To the Elitor of The Courier-JournaL We r ave - recently opened a Pack Harse Library in Johnson County and we are desperately . in need of books.' As you know, this is a mountain county and our carriers take the books to the people in the remote sections of the county where the roads are bad, and whero the people have little opportunity to get reading matter. This circulating library meets a great need. The W.P.A. pays the salaries of the workers, Out we are dependent on donations f cr . books and supplies. We even . -have no fund to pay transportation charges on the books. If you could -end us some books and put this matter be- fore some organiza.ion that would induce individuals or companies to send us books and magazines, we would" greatly 'appreciate it. We thank you very much indeed for ?ny as- , ristance you may give us in this. May F. Stafford, "- ' Supervisor, P. H. L., Johnson : County. Paintsville, Ky. STEPHEN S. JONES. To the Editor pf The Courier-JoumaL . Congratulations to he mem- : bers of the Board of Education for their capable selection of : Stephen S. Jones as pres:dent of that body. It has been the very ' prized, privilege of the .writer to . know Mr. Jones for a number of years. I have found him to be honest, 'sincere, and capable , as well as one whose integrity could be relied upon. His heart ' and mind have always been in t tune with the needs of your. people. To know him in his daily life is to iove and honor him. The members of the '. Board and his co-workers have in Mr. Stephen S. Jones one of the finest Christian character Louisville citizenry has to offer. I Louisville. Silvv M. Ac.

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