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SIX u. s ^SUNDAY TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1915 iCRIZO! ,6 Depict inslgne S. Arm: Dl I Oleum < Uncomn ! Ever (c I Like > Indian > ! Mor« x I Cloth m N,U ' J:<-AUrrn»n >tuff. A-auStfi artd 8!im!«y Morning. I j. Md'. "" ' . - -' tfeti «'. tli« Poiiot'.icf »t Cumbtriind. Hd , »> Second . • CUM \!»tl«r. . • . Me-jitTi- Audit H'.ntaa o( Circulation! '* Altec:*!*! Pltu Is Mrluilvtly -ntll>d to u<« for •usjllcasl-in o: HI r.f»i tUsi»icl!»« crtdlud to 1C or ^CJ*!AC_ crMicod in [!>:* p*rtfr, »nd tlsa.ih* Ipcal newi e p-.iMJAhefi. shere:rv . .-; " ..: Prfvdia branch exchange ' nil <i*rBitni«nu. . . .:'. , w*Utll III 11 JH ) Redact .ME?.,.**". N .'*" >ml c ' fl! ._ ______ ________ See ClauUled Puto. H, I tfnoccuj Hl -^ - - ICaterpi] W. ' Sunday Morning, February 18, 19-15 hairs *lbu -- ----- : - ; - : > Finished ma>;' v ; •• .'"•' r Slight cu,, Our Nation's Prayer (Czar**" thn "oK'God, ' from Whom proceed all j i Symbol pos>'' lo ' ? ', .^*' s ''' e -'i (1 " riff/U counsel!, and j sodium clpi•-fusi ! .iiW *j. grant 'unto .us. Thy s'er- j lExclama ttw. vanti,'that: piiace u-hlch the world I Having are cannot (/lie that our hearts may be devoted, to Thy service and that, de- frnm the fear af our enemies a.wottr time in peace protection. I Gaze : amorous 5 Monk . r* 1 r Move- - met turtivelj Rtn ) Mineral e| K>' > Edible T rootstoci olr ' lExistenc ?/ u 1' BOV IS OVER THERE" .. men were .studying the gigantic. . ! Iniquity tlie ap which aUmcts a lot of attention on I Boxlike Vitre Street. .. One of them raised his '. fodder ! Cravat (Symbol thoron I Narrow ml >ago Theat not make the peace. The President alone cannot make it, nor can Congress nor our military leaders. This is a Job for the American people—all of them. And the people,'if they are to make this peace for which we long, must, shake oft their apathy and begin to think. They must inform themselves as to what is going on and what effect every proposal made will have on the future of America,; We must think of our own countfy first and of how it will be affected by world events. Today, we point with pride to the'fact that "my boy is over there." But we must be determined to bring that boy over here : And when we think of that boy who is over there, we- must think likewise of his children and his Children's children. The whole future of this country is in the hands oi the American people of today.. New Army jet planes are undergoing winter tests in Alaska. Why send them so far? They can get all the winter they need right here. vessel to th( Aiid and pointed. "My boy is'over there," holding • ', ^d » 0 his companion, with fatherly 4r\*tf*fLV~ . -• • ' •• * it l.ide in his voice. And the thought came 'ii us: How rn;iny fathers and mothers alb irqiighcnit this bi« country oi ouri; how p^any. right here in AHegany County, say Jmportar st ^!mes without, numtapr- during the course 'JU:_ .'i~~ Wf Sh R day or. the week: "My boy Is over : . Ixnere." it gives us the feeling, as.nothing.. .. ' HT s- T».se oan, thai':tiiis is our war. Every man;',., ','- Sj^'t-ry wpman, : yes, every child in the United:. P Eili-ates, has a direct share in it. Of course, Eiis ""• 1<;!re tlLt -' son i e of us who cannot say, "My New York Pn >y is ove-r there," or even. "My boy is in act Nazi- *j|Jie arnip.d forces and Is likely to be over ilied troop ,/^ieve one of these days." But there is ord that'll frmie boy over there that we know. He •e !ln ope. Cr tny be fi reiativt 1 and a near one, or he eas in no: ^jay belong to some family with whom we * 'in 10 I Tl re on c ' ose terms of friendship. All of md satlsfs n " 1 ' : -' ;c ^come "our boys" once they don the The' roiny .-Mnlfcvrm of this country, and go forth to 3 and 4-^- 'fyht \!a battles. .They are fighting for us, iberaiion . ^j )t - (_)-[(, pi-eservatlon of the country we •i the^Jur I «r ave loved from the time we were old uropean t «vtu>u.gh to know the meaning of patriotism, ime of th< K 'hi-y are fighting for those ideals which i6bue unit £ ru p al - t and..paicel of our'American life.: f ^ ns ' dr «('hey are the. personal representatives of '•.Miiry ; of Wiose of us .who cannot go "over there 1 ' news biillf Ourselves, but who have a duty to perform ping mpc Nevertheless. >e fake st gy ^j s ^ me ij le country should be l ihe cred! j^ordusjhly war conscious, but ail too often I Ardennej zriere is tangible evidence to, indicate that Jhis is not tlie cu.50. The sale of war bonds, "*")r instance, has been gratifying. That —Gaslight" L : ' mof ' r ' 'plnceis, like AHegany County, hava toiwequcn'c* :I.i'in«ipt!d—s/ter a lot of hard work—lo 'his; 10:30 fiiise their quotas. But this does not ^leaa by any means that all those who jre able to buy war bonds, are buying <;hem. This applies particularly to the {jay'J; 10r4i (smaller bonds. .How many could, in a <>wer.'... . J^hoi't linto. .save enough to purchase one ^(TBostmi <' f ! ^ lese smaller bonds if they would. But riirRi.Wood <nsteRtl of that they spend their surplus lussetl Sh< money on needless luxuries, never stopping C. . . MB£ IQ realize that, if they would only set aside * single dollar every week for the purpose vf buying war bonds, they could take one SFmdy Valle if the S18.75 bonds every nineteen weeks. That would be approximately three bonds Revi'wP' t '"" t year ' ''^ ls i from t!le millions who could arv Conscr £i<ik e these purchases if they were so inclin- ?i5l. raries. ;d, would' help tiie war fund immensely. The dollar Worii amo j s true or contributions to the War DicM'' s'ui ':'shcxt. to the Red Cross, to all the agencies Clinchy oc >'hich must have public support if our MBS 5 Le^-.'tRhllng men are to have those aids and Labor XJnl^..:omforts they so rightly deserve. JT BS hi If any summary, however brief, o! the niuionai Se ; ' u ^' " lc nvcrnge American : ciUzeri owes his bi.her prc'.Country at this time, rationing restrictions Chits. Thot me! the biarik market cannot be ov'er- from ^' t:Ide r'-''o < '}kedi We believe that most Americans McSiTUiy-* :<lrive ucceptcd rationing hi trie proper spirit , ..CBS— 3 . ;ven though they lose no opportunity to Patric M«ni;^Toiich''about it. Bufc the selfish we have Hour; 8:30.Always . with us. Those'whose lives are jo^o* ci, cc -1 : -.Tififivated by greed can never understand 1:30 Samra/i'why thj'y slioxild do anything as a means Ethel Bnrr-of helping their neigl^bor. Of such stuff Hall of Faj; a re the hoarders made, and in the same Vvstery^M Doat with- them are those who are so avid 4'Your'Arr"lx> grab what their fellow citizens cannoi- —'^obtain that they are willing to patronize •the black, market. The black marketeers themselves are, of course, the most selfish, the mc>st unpatriotic Individuals to be "'found in this country today, and It is olir T' firm opinion that the penalties for the. u violation of the rfiiioninv: laws are not .nearly severe enough to punish those who JAY V; offer ''sp'mi>thing choice" 1p those foolish enoush to pay above the celling price, and especially to tho.^e who counterfeit rationing coupons of any kind. About every city, in the United States has been called upon to deal with' criminal:; who are., willing .to 133 N knife their country in the back if they can' -— •••—'••- gain n profit for themselves by" so doliifr. "•' Ml ' So. those who are war conscious will do all they cari to obey the regulations set'. ' dowh and 10 bring to Justice those who , violate these regulations. A;s1Ill larger outlook has to do with ;: . I the peace of. the future, of the position 1 this country will occupy in world affairs 1 ; Coeitothtonce the war Is brought, to an end and the of the tro< atrr'mpt is made to bring the world back : to ,1 cortdil'on of normalcy find to .preserve the peace for all limn to come. Have the : CumtH peopie of Amerirn a sufficient faith In Cfton clrrnocra °y or have they lost faith in the rUKU possibility of a lasting peace? Those are burning questions rieht now whirh must not "nly be asked, but answered. The great trouble i.s ihnt our people do 'not believe It matters what they think about .TRANSITION U is well for Americans to think and :p!an for our economic future, as many of our experts are dolng. : There should be plans and methods provided so that the transition from the processes of war to those of peace will be as simple and logical as possible. . ' . Large numbers of American service men will probably have to remain abroad for some time after the nominal restoration of peace. There will be much still to do, of a peaceful and reconstructive nature, in Europe and Asia.:• Most of the world will need to oe straightened but,.got back on its feet and into civilian operation again. The task of restoring wrecked cities and their normal functions will be immense and of long, duration. We shall have to help there with our hands and brains as well as our money. The American Federation of Labor is .working on a program to provide jobs for 19.000;000 workers and 15,000,000 new homes .within ten years after the war ends. That Is not an unreasonable plan, and the men and money can be provided. There may be a natural slump if peace comes more quickly than Is expected, but it could hardly last so long as did the transition period after the last war. We know belter how to handle that job now. and government and industry will be ready. When Luzon is mastered militarily, there will remain the more difficult problem of learning how to pronounce it. :ARMY ENTERTAINMENT William McDermott of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a few weeks ago, devoted a column to soldier protests concerning U.S.O. shows in the Pacific and CBI theaters, and now has printed an answer from a Navy chaplain in the former area. This chaplain, a man of long experience, takes up the counts In order. First, for the dress and persona] behavior of the performers, he has nothing but praise that'they do so well under difficulties. A criticism that they dine with officers, rather than enlisted groups, he explains by saying that they are sent out with temporary officers' rank, and all arrangements for their living are made by officers. Then he discusses the question of smut in the programs. He wishes there were less, but says that it often results from changes by performers after official approval of the original script. And he maintains that the general American home standard of entertainment must be raised before this can be eliminated. He finishes with a wholehearted tribute: "My hat is off to these entertainers. By and large they ar,J doing a good job. Of course, some of us would like to see the level of taste raised, but the Jungles of New Guinea are not the place for an educational program. A varied program must be presented, good theater and corn, good 'music and jive." Agriculture By W. G. ROGERS. Bound and jacketed symbolically in green. "Two Billloh Acre Farm'' by Robert West Howard is a provocative and often fascinating history 'of American agriculture. Howard writes vigorously, marshals an amazing array of diversified fact-s, covers the history "not merely of our land but : also of oilr entire country in expert summary. It's as informative as nn encyclopedia, as interesting as fiction. Here are recalled the first county fair, the cotton gin. Wood's plow and Deere's,. the McCoimick reaper, canned corn and tomatoes antedating the Civil War. sc CREO If this book holds your attention by its emphasis on the large sweep'of events, it also rlelltrht'.s you with detalU. Did you know, for. instance, that "stogie" is derived from Cohestoga;; wagon, that johnnycake is a perversion'of; journey cake, that tin canisters were shortened to tin can's and ultimately • to tin cans, that the navel orange is so called because ; one puckered end makes it look like an orange with a navel? The author castigates what he defines as the evil sway of the' city, finds little or nothing to prai.se In our Department of Agriculture In the !ast half-century, condemns Wallace in particular, thinks'that farmers need no helping hand from anyone, thank you. A 13 government and they don't feel ! that gpv- T g eminent cares what they IhlhkL. Tn other J.I! v. words, the "average American prefers, if we W» Ltnd may resort'' to a bit 1 of eloquent slang, to N - A let George do It. Now surely every Amer- ./"Vlfian worthy of t.?ie name believe.? that we T /" have the power to win the war. And in A - J *~vln.w of thls.lt. I.s highly . necessary that ••*". every American shall believe that we llke- / >" wise ; have the power to win the pence. Abandon They cannot 'win the pence unlcs.i 1 firmly : C convinced they ran do .so >nd :then Lhey rtntst lake steps ^ bring about this much to be desired restift.- A treaty alone will He places unbounded reliance on the co-operative system. He acts'as if, In his opinion, there! were really nothing and nobody in the world .but the American farmer. 'Return! the American! farmer to noble individualism, he says, and all our trouble 1 ; win vanish. ; He would revert to "the seasonal work program of the medieval manors." . Thnt would be ideal, : . If the manors could be isolated from the rest of the world.'-Establishing co-ops and driving "city slickers" off. the grnss-wouldn't solve all farm problems, ; Some are so vast that, ether observers believe/ they cn\\ be .solved only'-fay government._ Interference, n. sort'of centralization which Howard detesU. : ;:.i Washington's Legacy to America's Fighting Men ^v^SS^yp^. m^&mm ' : "George Washington became first in war. not so much by reason of victories over the enemy, though he had won such, or of success in strategy, though that had been his, as to the triumphs of a constancy which no reverse, no hardship, no incompetency, no treachery could shake or overcome.", — CHIEF JUSTICE MELVILLE IF FULLER. SNAPSHOTS ALONG THE WAY -BY THE WANDERER- Ou several occasions tills column has owed Us inspiration to cluirles B. DrLscoIl. whose "New York Dny By Day" in The Evening Times, and "New York Sunrtny Letter" in The Sunday Times, are widely read features of this newspaper! This does not mean i.hat The Wanderer has found it nece-ssar.y to steal Mr. Driscoll's ideas, but it so happens, thnt Mr. Driscoll and The Wanaerer have scores of mutual friends, have visited the same places- and have haci many experiences thsvt were co-incidentally similar. Yet. they have never lived In the same towns, except New York, have never worked for the same newspapers and have never . met personally, although during the last three years ihey have, 1 from time to time, exchanged pleasant letters. ' . • ; : • .• For a considerable period after "New York Day By Day" was added to Che list of features appearing in The Evening Times. The Wanderer experienced a glow of satisfaction whenever Mr. DrLscoIl mentioned the name of some mutual friend or acquaintance. He still has that thrill but does' not. as he once did, drop Mr. Driscoll a note about it. Such notes became too frequent and those who read C, B. D.'s Account of his housecleaning sometime after • Christmas, during which he found a lot of mail thnt had bcnn mislaid, know that ha Is a busy man. Therefore. The Wanderer has restrained himself and throttled the impulse to write an "I know him, too" note about several old friends the New York columnist has recently brought to mind. Among these Is Lionel Moi.se, a newspaper man who used to belpng- to what is called the "wiki man" school of journalism and with whom The Wanderer worked on the Chicago Evening Post. In his hilarious book, "Such Interesting People." Bob Casev Depicts a newspaper man of the irresponsible sort with whom he once worked in Chlcneo. Casey dors not mention this, man by name but invents a name for him. Those who knew Lionel Moise do not need any footnotes to reveal the identity of the reporter about whom Casey was JOHNSON'S 'STORY OF CASEVS PIIOXE CALL Bob Casey has been mentioned in this column so often that he must seem like an old and valued friend to many of its reader.s. These 'tvill. ho doubt, regret to learn that Bob's wife. Marie briscoll Ca.sey, died recently in Chicago just a few weeks after Bob had returned home after months abroad as a war correspondent for the .Chicngo Daily News, during which he covered the Allied liberation of France and went with the troops to Luxembourg. It is not likely that Mrs. Casey, although her maiden name was • Driscoll, was related to Charles B. Driscoll. The latter has frequently mentioned other Driscolls in his column but nlwny.s 'With the explanation that they were not related although, of cour.se, all of them came out of the famous old Clan OT>riscoll n-hio)i holds a prominent place in tlw pages of Irish history. But Charles B. Dri.scoll and Marie Driscoll Cnsey did. in a broad manner of speaking come from the i-ame part of the country;- Marie was born and reared nt Rapid City, South Dakota, and only the state of Nebraska separates South Da 7 kotn from Charles Oriscoll's native Kansas. That, in the boundless(and bounding) '.west, is only a step. Bob Casey was born at Beresford,-. South Dakota,' nnd he nnrt Marie knew tach other as children. They'!. were Httlc more than thnt wheiv: .they were married. That is. Bob had jtist been graduated from SI. ' Mary's. College, Kansas, and was on his first newspaper jnb when he Irci Marie to the altar. The rtovntlpn of this cnuple during the 35 years of fheir married life wn.i a source of edification to • hundreds of newspaper workers that knew them. Albin E. Johnson, famous European correspondent who :vUited The Wanderer here In Cumberland something less than Iwo years ago. told; a story about Bob whlch-ls typical. : •-... .!-.. It .seems that Casey. Johnson and acme other' correspondents .were with the French forces In the days twfore Dunqucrtnx?. •• Bob ' was driving a ramshackle cur which, his companions always feared, would ' meet with nr. accident and perhaps enure Bob's death. One evening they woro expecting him at ii -'.cer- tnln pin re. but he failed to show up:.:. A search party wns organized but thrio wn.i ni slgni of Cnscy, Finally, ilred. rtiscounmcd' and alarmed, tliry ontrrrd a hot<M In a nenrby cilv. : ; Svuidonly hero came Bob from .the direction of where the telephones were located. A broad smile illumined his jovial Irish face. "I've just talked to Marie by telephone." he shouted across the room. "It took hours to get a trans- Ailmitic call through lo Chicago, but I finally succeeded. And was it good to hear her voice again!" Well, poor Bob will never hear her voice again In this world .and The Wanderer well knows the burden of sadness that must weigh him down at present. ; : WANDERER DREADS GREENVILLE HOTEL ' In a recent column Mr. Driscoll referred to Greenville, South Carolina, us a place where, evidently, he had once eat«u a steak thai has lingered in his memory. This reminds The Wanderer of an experience he had in Greenville in 1910 and which nicely illustrates what he meant earlier in this column when he said that often he derived inspiration for "Snapshots" from some of Mr. DrLscoll's observations. At that time The Wanderer was a young press agent on the staff of Ringling Brothers' circus. As a rule he travelled in advance of the show nnd was, therefore, dependent on hotels for board and lodging. On a never-to-be-forgotten Sunday he wns in Greensboro. North Carolina, where he met several friends who were with the circus which was to show in Greeiuboro the next day. "What's your next town?" somebody asked the youthful press agent. "Greenville,"' he replied, at which a wail went up. "Will you be there overnight?" "Yes, I am leaving this afternoon and will get there early tonight." "Poor boy," said a sympathetic soul. "I feel sorry for you." "Why, what's wrong with Greenville?" "Nothing," wns the reply, except that it has the worst hotel to be found in the United States. It is upstairs over a livery stable and the accommodations are worse than those of a third rate logging camp." This was not pleasant news. The Wanderer loathed bad hotels and Casual Glances Isn't it time for somebody to write another Gettysburg Address? Lincoln's inspired masterpiece still stands, and the principles it represents are still valid. The great Issue today, viewed on a world-wide scale, is whether "government of the people, for the people, by the people" shnll perish from the earth. But now it is more than that. There arc hundreds of millions of people in this world who have never known the blessings of liberty and the responsibilities of self-control through which men may grow great. The idea of a "World Bill of Rights", urged by Sumner Welles and others, is a noble concept. It can fit nicely with the famous Bill of Rights connected with our own Constitution, raising free American doctrine to the dignity of world principles. Perhnps even our own Constitution has not said^ the last word with regard to human liberty and International .cooperation. There may be other principles, no less "vital, needed for the task of joining the nations more: closely in basic essentials, so that .they may be. in the noble words of St. Paul, "bond and yet free". '• Forces flighting poll tax laws are rejoicing that Georgia, under the leadership of Its active governor, Ellis : Arnall, has abolished hers'. Only a few states still have similar laws, and they nrc reported:as be- Klnnlng to wnver. The north and west need to realize that the formerly tinprogres-sive south Is disappearing. : Molorlst.s are asked to use special care at this season. Some will take special care not to be seen by the cop* when they arc violating some rule. : Simiiy ScfJiibs ; Wlien some tribes of Esquimaux hold dances, the two sexes arc not allowed to dance together. If thnt was tried out in this country, the dancers might be nble to get home earlier. :.'.'.: Perhaps one reason why children object to having their faces washed, I* that the kids may slvc thorn n llrklng for putting on st.yie. Some deep thinkers plve the impression that ihey are in over their depth. : • :: knew from what he was told that he had never experienced one as bad as this one seemed to be. .:-._ But work is work and. towns must be visited, and The Wanderer :was intcd to spend not one, but two nights, in Greenville. It was about 9 o'clock and dark as pitch when The Wanderer's train drew into the station at Greenville. The only vehicle in sight was an old fashioned square topped surrey, drawn by one horse which was driven by a venerable Negro who must have well along in middle life, during the Civil War. Evidently he was the cab man. • . "Will you take me to the hotel?'' The Wanderer asked. "Yes suh. cap'n. Ah'll be proud to 'commodat; yuh. Jes step into my ca'ige suh." Once in the back seat of the surrey, The Wanderer was anxious to know the worst. : "I hear the hotel is not so good," he remarked to the old driver. : "No suh. no suh, you is misinformed suh. We's got a mighty fine hotel in Greenville." "But," The Wanderer insisted, almost afraid to believe his ears. "I was told it wns over a livery stable." "Dnt was the old hotel," said the Negro. "We's got n new hotel now just opened last yeah. It's a mighty fine hotel, suh, as you will see." The Wanderer sank back against the seat cushion, too much relieved for further words. And old Uncle wns right. It was a mighty fine hotel. Not large, but with pleasant, comfortable rooms each with private bath, and a cafe in which excellent food w-as served a la carte.' There was a broad veranda around the building which, The Wanderer discovered next day, was a lovely place to sit. And now he is wondering whether this is the place where Charles Driscoll ate that steak. Those of us who are old enough to remember previous wars in which this country hn.? participated are constantly recalling events in connection with them as they read the news of the present conflict. Just the other day Mr. Driscoll had something to say about the Battleship Maine which Was either blown up or exploded in the harbor at Havana on February 15, 1808, thus precipitating the Spanish- American war. As Mr. Driscoll and The Wanderer are just about of an age. they must share many memories of those stirring days. RECALLS VETERANS OF BATTLESHIP MAINE Veterans of the Civil War—and they were plentiful in 1808—didn't think the Spanish-American fracas was much of a war, but those younger Americans who had never lived in a war period, thought it was momentous. . • ... It seems only yesterday when The Wanderer, as a small boy, learned of the destruction of the Battleship Maine from the Chicago Record. There .was no local morning newspaper in Marion, Indiana, where The Wanderer lived, but the Chicago papers' were delivered about mid-morning nnd it wns from these that the people of Marion learned that one of the finest U. S. battleships had been blown to bits in Cuban waters. . The Chicago papers covered this event thoroughly.!-. Its staff artists supplied many pictures and its cartoons were all aimed at Spain. The entire : country was fairly begging for war. :..:• Cap!. Charles D. Sigsbec was the commander of the Maine. He had been a naval officer during the Civil War, but a young one of course, as he wns not graduated from Annapolis until 18G3. Capt. Slgsbee became a national hero overnight after the sinking of the Maine. Another officer of that ship who stood out prominently because of his heroism and his work in rescuing rr.en was the chaplain Father John Chlrtwick. When the Spanish-American war was over a great peace Jubilee was held in Chicago at which President William McKinley was the guest of honor. Capt; Slgsbee was likewise; among those who attended this event and The Wanderer, who stood for hours on State Street watching the jubilee parade pnss by, well remembers that Capt. Sigsbce wns greeted with Just as much applause ns was the President. • •: In later yearn, it was The Wanderer's good fortune to know Father Chidwick personally, to serve with him on the executive committee of a national organization and to he on (erms of cordiRi friendship with him. This wns after Father Chidwick had retired .-from the Navy and had become rector of St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, New York, which Is near Charles Driscoll's present home. : ; : Doubtless : here is another old friend-whose''memory Mr. Driscoll and The Wanderer can share. New York Sunday Letter Loose Ends UIM! Looser Talk — By CHARLES B. DRISCOLL— Market research, as I understand It, is the science of finding out what the customers want, what they can have, and how they like it wrapped. Mr. J. George Frederick, whom 1 met «t a recent party on Park avenue, says he founded the idea and the enterprise of market research. He grew up in Reading', Pa., and is as proud of Sgt. Gerber Schafer; the cheerful philosopher of that town, as is every Readlngite. Lincoln StefTens, that unique radical genius, found Frederick working as a reporter on a Reading newspaper, and brought him to New York, 25 years ago. The market researcher's most memorable experience in New York was meeting the late O. O. Mclntyre; although he did once know a steel man named Driscoll. Thus one hears both the important rind the unimportant tilings of life at some parties. I must share with the customers » paragraph I've just run across In a heavy Memorial History of Boston, published in 1881. The ladies. 1 am sure, will appreciate it: "Sumptuary laws have been abandoned, but there have been earnest attempts to reform the dress of women, so as to secure greater simplicity and healthfulncss. While no great revolution in costume has been affected, and fashion still dictates absurdities, a woman in Boston may now.dress simply and reasonably without attracting unpleasant attention by her short dress or thick boots." : M. E. Bacon, Wichita, sends me a paragraph from a local paper which describes a rancher who has a spread in Oklahoma. A spread is what we- might call a layout, or a setup. Houses, land, barns, corrals, and so son. No, I had never heard of that use of the word, and Friend Henry Mencken does not list it in his comprehensive "American Language." Also. I lived many years in the Southwest, and never heard it, or saw it in print. H must be something of recent origin. . To us a spread may mean some-, thing to lake the pJace of butter on your bread. It may moan an informal lunch, or a cover for the bed. But never did we hear it used to denote a farm or ranch. "I'm fixing to go over to Indianapolis next month." ••' . " Ever'hear such an expression? Or it might be. "Are you fixing to spend Easter at home?" : Mrs. A. R. Buffat. Lafayette, Ind., submits the expression as one that was common in Maryville, Tenn., her former home. Yes, I used to hear It in Kansas, but mostly among the people who came from Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky. ; The late Manuel Quezon, long president of the Philippines, died, If I am correctly informed, of a disease that has nothing to do with germs. Yet. ironically enough, he spent most of his life- worrying about germs. He had a phobia that is fairly well known to psychiatrists, as abnormal fear of germs. I have a friend in the advertising business who wears cotton gloves, washed, daily, when he turns a door knob, and will never use a pencil or pe % n that has been used by anybody "else. If a dog comes close to him, without touching him, he rushes to a basin to wash with hot water and suds. ? Such fears are afflictions, and shouldn't be laughed at. . There is an automatic storm warning device in the control rooms of all the big electric plants in New York. : : This complicated instrument indicates, well in advance, trie approach of any storm that might cause darkness or an added demand for eiectric light or power. There are also telephone and teletype storm and weather services connected with La Gimrdia Field, Albany, Philadelphia, and other points. :When a storm is coming, additional units are put into production to take care of the load. In. New York it is not unusual for a mid- afternoon storm to turn the town almost as dark as night. This happens suddenly. Millions of lights go on within a period of ten to twenty minutes. • , No matter how sudden the emergency. New York always has plenty of light and power. It still happens, once In a long time, that the last performance of a Broadway play means a road trip. But the general rule is that the last night on Broadway is the last, night. And there have been many of them this winter. '. In the case of a brief flop, the last night, a foregone fatality, is simply a sad time backstage, with goodbyes often said amid tears. But when a play has been successful, and simply can't run any longer, the last night often is celebrated by an after-performance supper, speeches, and champagne. I hope there'll never be a Inst night for "Life With Father." But if there is, I'd like to be there. If all the people who have played in the cast during nil the years of this play's existence should turn up at the last night's supper. Toots Shor would have to run over to Washington to we about getting some more beefsteak. Rockefeller Center gardens are to blossom out in April with thousands of daffodils. This may be the most studendous floral display ever attempted in the well-kept gardens of the Center. And that reminds me that the worst display ever made in the plaza of the Rockefeller town was one of cacti, a few years ago. Cactus is, beautiful in its native desert, especially in Arizona. In the center of a block bordered by skyscrapers, it is the most out-of-p!ace plant you ever saw. And besides, special insurance had to be taken out to protect. Mr. Rockefeller against damage suits resulting from acts of children who plucked at the cacti or waded into the beds. I don't know whether Ivan Dmitri (Levon West), the photographer, waxes his moustache. But the lip decoration has such a bold flip to it that Ivan could pose without too much embarassment, for an advertisement for any standard mustache wax. Released by McNuught Syndicate, Ino. Luzon Strategy One For Books 3y JACK STINNETT WASHINGTON—Some arm-chair strategists here already are writing off the Philippine (Luzon) campaign as a bit of military luck. Others chalk it up as wholesale dunderheading on the part of the Japanese generals. Over at the War Department, the experts think differently. There are a few who give their opinions grudgingly, but all of them agree that Gen. Douglas MacArthur has pulled out of his cap one of the great strategies of this global war. Soon after he piled into Leyte, it was determined that there were between 170,000 and 225,000 Japanese on Luzon. Part of these were in the north of the island, part in the south. With MacArthur's forces striking through Lcyt«, Samar, Mindora and Marinduque, they concentrated on preventing a landing from the south. From n military standpoint, there was good reason for this conclusion. In the first place all operations and hence all concentrations of force were in the south. In the second place, it was almost inconceivable that MacArthur would approach through the hazardous narrows up the west coast.: Rep. Walter G. Andrews, GOP delegate from Buffalo, N. Y., has introduced a bill to give Selective Service medals to all uncompensated civilian workers who have served on local and appeal boards. If the proposal becomes law, and it's hard to imagine why it won't, the volunteer Selective Service officials will get a lapel medal and certificate commending them [or one of the reaily great voluntary jobs in this war. For years, S.S. board members have had a thankless, task. When they were right in their decisions, everything was fine. When they were wrong, tinci some have been because instructions often were confusing and obscure, they have had to take it on the chin. On the Hil! I'm told there is little possibility that Congressman Andrews' measure won't come through. The enemy was wrong on both counts. They should hnve, but they didn't know MacArthur! The land- Ings on Leyte and other islands to the south were actually a diversion. The Navy had a big hand in making it a successful one. .vlacArthur, according to the War Department experts here, didn't need to know any more. Sneaking up the west coast, he put his forces in the Lingayen Gulf almost exactly half way between the Japanese concentrations. Army strategists here are positive that the recapture of the Philippines will go down In military history as one of the better military strategies of nil time. The battles above Baguio in the mountains to the north, and below Manila to the south may be almost ns fierce as the American retreat down Bataan. The Battle of the Philippines isn't won yet by any means. But there is no longer any question about its outcome. The importance of clearing : the Japanese out of the Philippines shouldn't be underestimated. It's far more than a token victory. It's the bridge to China and it closes off the whole of the Japanese conquests to the south. Without the Philippines, Japan's lifeline below Formosa is a dead line. The Navy can take Its share of glory In this campaign. It knocked out the Nipponese fleet in the original landings on Leyte. It prevented the foe from landing reinforcements on Luzon. • But credit for the real surprise strategy must go to MacArthur. Already they arc saying here that it Is enough to place him alongside Ccasar, Napoleon, Lee, Stonewall Jackson and several others in the military, history books. ' Recognition: : of services rendered . Is fin ally coming to the thousands of... men and women on Selective Service boards throughout the country, ' '/•• There's so much news these days about the wrong disposal of surplus war materials, it's apt to be overlooked that government, agencies aren't all doing a bad job. . For example, there's that case of the surplus life rafts. These metal gimmicks belonged to the Navy and had become obsolete. The Navy decided to dispose of them at salvage price—approximately 50 cents a raft. Over in the Maritime Commission, through which disposal was to be made, a sales-minded executive got other idea*. . . He ordered a. drawing (cost S4) of a bathing beauty on one of the rafts. He had these photostated and sent out to prospective buyers RC beaches and seashore clubs. The result: sixty already have been sold for a total ,of $3,000—just S2.300 more than the navy wanted to !=crap them for—and there still arc more than 1.300 for sale. This isn't the only instance in which the Maritime Commission has done a sales job on surplus property. Not long ago they were, swamped with a surplus of ship running lights—port, starboard and tnffrail lanterns. One bright lad hit on the idea of advertising these lights for sale this way: "Wouldn't, you like a nnutlcal effect. In your den or bar?" That nd disposed of hundreds of lights at the same price the government paid for them. At the moment, the Maritime Commission is disposing of thousands of little assault boats. Approximately 13 feet long and six feet wide, these boats have been made obsolete by the big sea-going LSTs and LSI'.s thai, now ore hitting the beaches. Fisherman, hunters and trappers are discovering they are a bargain at (50 and disposing of them at that price leaves the taxpayer very few shekles out of pocket. Speaking of the disposal of surplus war materials, one result of the recent Investigations has been the Mtabllshment in Treasury, which handles a large part of the sales, : of nn Investigation department 10 check nil complalnt.s. Treasury : Secretary Morgcnlhau ordered Assistant Secretary John Perllc lo srt : up n division In Treasury procurement to establish n staff to check on nil surplus property disposals.

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