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Friday, January 8, 1943
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SECTION 1- THE COUK1ER-JOURNAL, LOUISVILLE, KY FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 8, 1943. The Lyons Den By Leonard hyont New York. USIC DEPT.: At a bond rally rehearsal in Mecca Temple Leopold Stokowski conducted a W.P.A. symphony orchestra. He discovered that a clarinet player was missing and asked Morris Rines to play the passage on the bassoon. . . . Rines, an uncle of the Blue Network conductor, Joe Rines, was the bassoon player for the N. Y. Philharmonic for many years. He's 72 and retired, but sometimes plays a few concerts to k&p from being bored. "I'll play the passage," the old man told Stokowski. "Let me have the music." . . . Stokowski glared et him and insisted that a real musician could play the part from memory. "No music, no play," the veteran Rines persisted. . . . "My good man," Stokowski coldly told him, "I can see you have no future in music." JS Y. NEWS: Ambassador Claude G. Bowers will finish his "Life of Adolph Ochs" in 3 months. . . . N. Y. State Controller O'Leary will practice law at Rockefeller Center. . . . Paul Draper and Larry Adler will have a joint concert at Carnegie Hall on January 29, for Russian War Relief. ... Sammy Walsh, at Mon Paree, told Tommy Manville: "You are to the Marriage Mart what Henry J. Kaiser is to shipbuilding." . . . Al Jolson is preparing for a straight dramatic role in a play. . . . Before the movie colony learned the full details of the Errol Flynn case in which Hollywood's sympathies now are with him he was being called "Skinny Arbuckle." "yAR DEPT.: Billy Leeds, the tinplate heir, owned the Moana, one of the largest yachts afloat. He lived on that vessel for many years, sailing around the world. The Moana had a crew of 59, a swimming pool, a hospital and Leeds was master of it all. . . . The Moana now is owned by the U. S. Government. Three members of the crew now are Lieutenant Commanders in the U. S. Navy. And on Monday, at Norfolk, Billy Leeds will become a petty officer in the Coast Guard. Brain Books' Are a Useful Frankfort Institution I SAY WHAT I THINK Frankfort. JHERE has been a growing tendency at Frankfort toward "brain-books." Lyter Donaldson used it for two years to hide the purposes for which he was collecting tolls or bridges after he had collected all the law allowed. He did not enter in any record book any order for the disposition of the funds. When he was called to an accounting he changed his purpose twice in a week, first saying he wanted the money to protect against sabotage of the bridges, then reversing his reasons to say he wanted to pay maintenance and operating expenses out of the collection. If the courts had not stopped Mr. Donaldson, his successor might never have known what to do with the money. There was not a scratch of a pen at Frankfort to indicate the profundity of his decisions, because he was keeping "brain-books." Another instance is Dr. W. A. Frost's order of last March freezing old age benefits. Very little of Dr. Frost's decisions affecting more than 70,000 old persons in Kentucky has been put to record. Dr. Frost thought it sufficient for him to carry his purpose around in his head. When Attorney General Meredith asked in court this week that Mr. Frost be required to file his original ordejj freezing the pension rolls, his mid-December order unfreezing them, his written instructions to Helen C. Beauchamp on how to unfreeze Army Still Fights THE Washington. "yHEN W.P-Boss Donald Nelson stood up in press conference and flatly denied there was any conflict between civilians and the Army over war production, he probably did not know that the Army had just issued a most interesting brochure describing in detail the civilian-military conflict over war production. Donald Nelson, however, was not the only man who didn't know about it. Simultaneously, Secretary of War Stimson was asked at his press conference whether a booklet had been issued telling why the Army should run war production. Mr. Stimson denied there was such a booklet. Moreover, Maj. Gen. 'Alexander Surles, his efficient press chief, leaned over his shoulder and reinforced that denial. Undoubtedly they did not know about the booklet. Nevertheless it does exist. And it is a carefully prepared document of 22 pages, giving a minute analysis as to why the Army should run war production. Why the Army should issue such a treatise without the knowledge of Army Press Relations, or the Secretary of War, or particularly Elmer Davis' Office of War Information, may require some explaining. Under a direct White House ruling, all public statements must clear through Elmer Davis. The excuse in 4his case may be that the Army's booklet is intended for limited circulation though it has found its way into the hands of a limited number of newspapermen. - Chief target of the Army's lobbying booklet is the Tolan-Pepper Bill which would reorganize and revitalize the War Production Board, giving it by law powers over the Army, some of which the W.P.B. now seeks through directives. "Resurgence of proposals to take procurement of weapons away from the armed forces," says the Army's booklet, 'is traceable to the dislocations which war The Vision That Inspired George Washington Carver By Tnrlelon pOR some time before his death at Tuske-gee Institute, in Alabama, Dr. George Washington Carver had been an all but disembodied legend. His health was bad, and during his last months he rarely emerged from his apartment on an upper floor of one of the college buildings. To save his failing strength, Henry Ford, his friend and admirer, had. provided an elevator for his comings and goings, but of late this was not often used. And so, the constant stream of visitors inquiring after this man, who had come to be a representative of human achievement without regard of race, were directed instead into a fascinating store house, the Carver Museum: there to see not the man himself but some tokens of his teeming activity and inquiry. As you enter, your first impression is of a kind of clutter. There are large panels, in row on row, to which are affixed specimens of the things which Dr. Carver had contrived in amazing variety out of the very earth itself from clays, from peanuts, from woods, from grasses, from sweet potatoes. They range from wall boards to medicines. A glass cabinet holds letters that must number hundreds, testifying to the virtues of his peanut oil for repairing the ravages of infantile paralysis. There are foods and fabrics. There are paints and fertilizers. There are building materials and insecticides. 'pHERE is an alcove illuminated by rich colors of paintings which are his work, from the making of the pigments to their painstaking application. Most of them are in still-life, and you are struck by a singular tone. This is the fact of a preoccupation with desert flora yucca plants, cactuses, century flowers. It is as if George Washington Carver had been captivated by symbols of struggle against scantiness and ipoverty; as if, perhaps without his knowing it, he had been drawn in spirit to these outlandish signs By J. Howard the rolls, the order of the Social Security Board which Mr. Frost used as the basis for freezing the rolls, Mr. Frost's attorney, Sam H. Brown, replied that most of the orders were verbal, and not in writing. Under that kind of procedure an official cannot be held to accountability but, like Mr. Donaldson, may skip from one explanation to another as momentarily seems ' advisable. When Frankfort began to get away from bound record books it went whole hog, and decided to let the officials keep "brain-books." )IRECTOR OF BANKING HIRAM WIL-HOIT shortly will send directives to State, and probably national banks in the State, for publication of five-year dormant accounts. Considerable detail work is being done so owners of inactive accounts, who know of the existence of the account, can "acknowledge" the account and avoid publication. Mr. Wilhoit and Leonard Smith, Deputy Banking Director, are working with Attorney General Meredith to perfect the procedure. The Attorney General initiated the move to compel bank compliance with the fifty-year-old law requiring publication of dormant accounts. Under consideration is a plan to have the banks write the owner of every dormant account. If he is living, or his whereabouts known, he can sign an acknowledgment Hard for Production Control MERRY - GO - ROUND By Drew makes inevitable. The hope is that somehow someone other than the Army and Navy could do the job better. Then all businessmen, large and small, efficient and inefficient, would be able to continue undisturbed. In short, the movement for a new control is a phase of 'business as usual,' although we are engaged in unusual war business." This paragraph. is one which particularly irks Senators who have investigated the Army's new booklet. For on Capitol Hill the sponsors of the Tolan-Pepper Bill are accused of being the chief enemies of "business as usual," have proposed going much further than the Army in reshaping industry to war needs. yNOTHER paragraph which interests inquisitive Senators reads: "There is a morale factor in continuing production under the armed forces. The Army and Navy 'E' symbolizes the direct relationship between every working man Great Britain's Halifax , . . doesn't know about the social feud ' fe OH-V ' W Collier of triumph j over a meagerness of natural endowment. And this at last is what becomes revealed in all the display. Close beside the arch of the alcove stands a cabinet in which reposes a common plow-share, dull with age and use. It is presented as the single piece of equipment at disposal of the classes in agriculture of Tuskegee Institute when Booker T. Washington induced Carver to become their instructor, forty-eight years ago. There was nothing else, then, but a man, a plow, a site- that was hardly more than a patch of thin and gullied land in Macon. County, Alabama. From the plow you turn to the relics of Carver's first laboratory. Here is a collection of nicked and ineradicably stained test-tubes and retorts, so few that they barely cover the space of an ordinary table.' They were the beginning, out of which grew the high ventures that resulted in contrivance of some three hundred, usable products from the humble peanut, for one thing. gUT you come to see that these tangible accomplishments are only incidental. You see more plainly, in the ancient plowshare, in, the stained pieces of a makeshift laboratory, the greater revelations of struggle the starkness of early struggle in which vision and faith sustained Booker T. Washington and George W. Carver. At first, you may be depressed by a kind of shabbiness in this littered chamber. Then you are asking yourself: is it shabbiness, or is it simplicity, a simplicity so great that a certain nobleness invests it? Is it naivete, or plain honesty? The total effect is, in short, of primitive-ness, but the primitiveness of walking with God, of wondering at the sweep and riches of His earth, of being driven by a sort of exalted curiosity to find out the extent and variety of them. In a way, it would be a pity if the Carver Museum at Tuskegee is ever formalized and given a whispered and immaculate Henderson i of the account, which will be kept by the bank. His ledger sheet would be marked with the date of his acknowledgment, and publication -of the account withheld. All other dormant accounts would be published. Copies of the newspaper publication are to be, mailed the Division of 'Banking by February 10. The Attorney General has been asked if the State law applies to national banks. The answer probably will be that it does, since it does not interfere with the purposes for which the national banks were created. JT CANNOT happen here, soothed Dr.' A. M. Lyon, Kentucky Director of Hospitals and Mental Hygiene, after 100 inmates of an Oregon hospital died because roach powder was carelessly used in the preparation of food. All poisons in Kentucky institutions are kept under lock and key, Dr. Lyon reassured. That was five weeks ago. Since then two inmates of Kentucky institutions have died from poison that was not under lock and key. You were anxious to get credit for the safety precautions, Dr. Lyon. Now that two people have died, what have you to say? How did it happen? Have you conducted an investigation? What did it reveal? What disciplinary action have you taken? What added precautions have you devised? Where were the keys? Pearson and the fighting forces. No civilian procurement officials could obtain the same measure of support." Congressional probers point out that unfortunately the Army-Navy "E" has now lost some of its distinction since awarded to several companies later indicted by the Justice Department for war frauds. Though the Army's lobbying booklet continues at great length, its arguments have left Capitol Hill cold. Senators who have read it point out that Lieut. Gen. Brehon Somervell has done a magnificent job in handling the thousand and one details of supply and procurement. They pay great tribute to him. But when it comes to such major questions as whether the Army, the Navy, fhe Maritime Commission, the Rubber Reserve shall have steel for battleships, for rubber factories or for escort vessels, they contend that a civilian agency must sit in as referee and make the final decision. Furthermore that decision, unlike some the Army has made, must be based on how much steel is available, not how much we would like to have. pRICTION between some parts of the British Empire and England has its miniature counterpart right here in Washington. Viscount and Lady Halifax don't know it, but -esentment on the part of some Britishers around the Embassy is at white heat against the social clique which has barred a number of British colonials from Embassy parties. Just Defore Christmas the Ambassador and Lady Halifax were "At Home" to a number of the Embassy staff, hut various Canadians, South Africans and other colonials were not invited. This was not an oversight of the Ambassador, who didn't know about it, but was chalked up to his social-climbing counselor, A. D. Marris. The colonials were plenty burnt up. Copyright. fit". 0SfJM Ajf&; fi y4f X Dr. Carver, who order. As it stands, it is a representation of one man's unresting drive to catalogue nature's stores. Carver was too busy with discovery, too busy, you might say, with occupation, to pause for arrangement; and the museum which now is his shrine ought forever to bespeak this fact if it is to be indeed his and not some kind of pretentious racial monument. 'JpHE final appraisal of George Washington Carver doubtless will be a vindication of those who say he was great but great not as a scientist or inventor, rather as a man of faith that everything necessary for sustenance and development of the human breed has been set down in this earth and that it is only for us to find it and to use it. Not only the people of his race but everybody should be delighted that a Carver has existed to show that a man must live in a continuous enchantment with the simple fact of life and its avenues of exploration. Interesting and significant is the large display of Carver's needlework fine crocheting, accurate craftsmanship in point and seam which, set beside his paintings, bear another unique evidence of his knowledge, sharp and clear beyond the knowledge of most men, that these avenues arq unending. 1 .f&& - m,- - ft.. i .... eiw i vr6 : si , , " J - Jtdkr f mv ' - v m Ajt' 1 V ' -V : " V.V '-vv fa - Serve it in your honje-and . . II jf in taverns and restaurants & Vp'VPf AX share it with a mend. f O )0 ) S; walked with God SENATOR SOAPER SAYS What's this fuels paradise that people live in? And do you need coupons for it? Before windshields there were plug hats, to paste things on and in, respectively. A famed surgeon's finding, that the brain of woman is equal to man's, will but add new fuel to the endless war of the sexes. No female of spirit will stand for the insinuation. Another unexpected and impressive sight will be the fellow who is "hungry enough to eat a horse," making good. What is there for a stranger to say to the countless Italians who cry for peace, except that the Lord helps those who help themselves. Bro. Hoover is for waiting awhile before plunging into the horrors of a peace conference. The war will feel so good when it stops, says Herb, we should lie back and enjoy it. 11 a. - St A Greetings! From ALLAN M . TROUT JUDGE H. H. TYE, of Williamsburg, has opened up a great new field of scientific speculation. Judge Tye is the author of Broomsedge Philosophy, which runs in thre papers down-his way. He writes: "I should like to tell my good friend, Mr. -Allan M. Trout, that sixty-five years ago, on almost any Sunday afternoon in this county, you could see many a country boy with his head in his mother's lap. Sha would have a fine-tooth comb, not only -looking for, but actually finding, nits and lice. Yet, those same boys have produced grandsons who can read Greek and who now have lares and penates in their homes." Judge, I. understand what you mean when you say the boys sixty-five years ago had nits and lice on their heads. But I will be dad-blamed if I follow you when you say -their grandsons now have lares and penates. Is lares and penates a new scientific na:e for nits and lice? Is lares and penates a new kind of head varmint? If so, what is the best home remedy for same? Harry K. White, of Louisville, has penned -a right suitable piece for the New Year. Thank you, sir. A New Year is starting and 'most everywhere . The various powers are saying a prayer. . Far over in Europe, and down on his knee. Is Hitler, entreating, and making this pleaz-, "Give me a rest from the big Russian bearr I bit off too much, and now he's in my hair;. I thought I could conquer that son-of-a-gunt But he's fighting back and I'm on the run." Then, Ben Mussolini is saying a prayer "Send me some courage, for I've none to spare; My men start out bravely, but when they arrive They seem to lose all their pep and jive; When foes appear, they start running for home, Proving the old saying, 'All roads lead to -Rome.'" Then, here in our land, we are raring to. fight, A treacherous foe who crept up in the night . And bombed our possessions out there in the sea; That stab in the back made us mad as can be. So, in the Pacific, the treacherous Jap Is praying to Heaven to send him a map That will show him a hole deep as a well. So he can hide for he's gonna catch Hell.'" The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. Wordsworth. f - . . 1 - y'M 0 f t) ; 91

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