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-FOUR , L •*• fcvory AMernooa (except Sun<l*yl tad auna.j Moment, CumbtrUnd. Md. PublUhed by Th« Tlraf* & AHejinUn Comp*ny. *| 1 tad 5 South Uechania Street, Cumb»r- 1ml, Md. ^^ I it tilt PoiWfllc* «t fcmtwrliuvd, MS,. M Second J • - . CUM Uttler. . r- .. Member Audit Bureau of CttcuUttoni Member of Th« Miotlittd preu ,. Tin Aitoclttcd Pre»* u «xtlu«l»e!y entitle* to UM tor r«pub)lc»tlon of >U new* dlrpatchu credited to It or otherwlM credited tn IhU paper. »n<J >Ue thi local newt ftere Dobiumd therein. 5 -TELEPHONE—4Mg Prlviti brunch exch»n*t «ran«e«n» -* ill dep«rtment«. yoi "Mall and Carrier Ratei See CUuilled Put. Sunday Mornlnsr. October i, J944 •fl I Our Nation's Prayer Oft God, from Whom proceed all holy desires, all right counsels and, grant unto us, Tny servants, that peace which the world cannot give that our hearts may be devoted to Thy service and that, der enemies we -niay pass our time in peace under Thy .'protection. t A CULTURAL OPPORTUNITY i A splendid cultural opportunity is c ^awaiting the people o£ Cumberland. If < ?they will but respond, ifc will be ours. We t -refer to the possibility of having the Sat- ^urday alternpAn,-broadcasU-of-the-Metro=- ." VpoHtari Opera Company of New York « "brought directly into loca^homes over the J "local radio station, WTBO. It is true that j '^in the past many music lovers in this city i ;have listened to these broadcasts by tuning | ;ln outside stations. But it is well known ] -that this is not always an easy task. Cum| -iberlarid is nob alt that It should be in the i =; matter of radio reception. Nothing is more J -annoying than to be listening to an in' - terestlrig; program and then have it Jade i '. out or become jumbled .with static. Since i .Station :, WTBO has been bringing in so • , many programs of the National Broadcast. ilrig Company, the radio listeners of this •i j community have found much additional J >* pleasure. Nojy if the Saturday afternoon ! opera programs can be added to the present ", .'..list, that, pleasure will be -jusfc-- about ! complete. !; If the National Broadcasting Company - is to add the Cumberland station to the : t list of those already carrying the' opera • ; ^ broadcast It must be assured that there is ^sufficient interest on the part of local ' * radio listeners to make this worth their i 1 while. It is sincerely hoped that all those. - who desire this program will send a written ' s request for It to Station WTBO. A post;' | card will do. Just say that you are in• | terestefl in the Mebropolitan Opera broad- 1 ?! casts and would be glad to have It as a ; I local radio program. We have been as- '7. sured that Station WTBO wUl not profit > ^ coriirnErclally if the opera program is taken • n ; pr^jKr a Saturday afternoon attraction. It ~ is purely a cultural contribution and one '•• tliat will add greatly to the musical life So* Ciitnbrtlnlid. The Sunday Times takes . ^pleasure In giving its support to this pro'. i Ject. We need all the_good music we can i'get; and-thosa-who. are-appreciative of this .. ] I.fciglkj|rfc form know finer musical I •£ program goes, oh' : the air than that of the % ; Saturday afternoon performances, .of the '{ *. Metropolitan Opera ^Company. . ; And this brings to mind the fact that ; radio has performed a'wonderful task in I bringing the American people to an appreciation and understanding of music of the " bebber sort. In thousands of smaller towns : I where It w^uld be utterly impossible for ;" the great opera companies and symphony • orchestras to appear on local stages, *, Americans have learned the value of these ; organizations by hearing them on the radio. • There- was* a time when radio was In its » infancy that operabic and concert managers " feared such broadcasts. The presenb writer -" well remembers that something like 22 ; years ago a concert manager In Pittsburgh : who was sponsoring the local appearance ",; of the Chicago Opera Company, refused permit one of. its artists to appear on a program despite the fact that the -'newsp'a'per backing this program offered front page publicity for the opera Itself. •. But those days have past. It has been ^- learned that the more familiar the public .' Is,with good music, the more they will : ;patronize opera performances and concerts " 35*eneyer they have the opportunity. It ; -will be eminently worth while if the Na>_ tional Broadcasting Company can be in' diiced'to add Cumberland to the list of stations over which Metropolitan Opera is . broadcast. You cnn do your part by writing Station WTBO that you are one ; of. those interested in this possibility. : • A SALUTE TO BRITISH HEROES :. :. Another of the war's great dramatic ; episodes has been enacted and this time, ::' V 1 ?,(9 rtunatel y. without spectacular victory - t S^ h ^. A11 J e . d . . Na ilo05—We raferrof-conrae-,- .• to the brave stand made by the British , alrBorhe troops in the Arnhem corridor ; and !thelr forced withdrawal after an cstl- -' mated 1,500 gallant, men had been killed . and 8,400.wounded or taken prisoner. The division consisted of about 9,000 men of , whom approximately 2,000 managed to -. escape under cover of darkness. These "figures,.for the moat part., are those of the : ei ??? ly .- ^ thls Js written Allied Head. quarters has n'ot confirmed this repoct, , blitthose who are Informed as to the opera; tlon from the time it was undertaken until the survivors, .muffling their footsteps, made their escape through the Nazi'lines are convinced that the Berlin reports are substantially correct, , The British Army, through Its part jn this operation, has won new glory, it has proved again—although no further proof was needed-that the British fighting man Is to be depended upon and 'that bulldog tenacity Jong regarded' as a characteristic of the English people, is indeed'an Integral pnrt of British personality.. Just'.what' percentage^ the force which entered the ' Arnhem corridor were English we do not know. It stands to reason that a con- siderablc portion of them was, although It Is probable that among them were many Scotch. Irish and Welsh. n is difficult to select nny section of Britain's troops and say "these are Ensll.shmon" except as we use that term to mean Britons. Anglo- Saxon, Gael and Cymric are fighting'side by side in this war aa they have /ought in most of the wars in which the British Empire has participated, and blended-together they make a formidable machine always ready to .do and equally ready "to die, when duty calls. We are not among those who may agree with certain members of Parliament that the American press has failed to give credit to British troops, for the splendid part they have played in the Invasion of the continent, but we : do know that there are individual Americans who are inclined, to the belief that the Yankee forces «n Europe are bearing the brunt of the fight,,. This we know to be .an <erroneous idea and .the stand made at Arnhem proves the point. Too much praise cannot be bestowed upon what the British forces have done to help win thlo war, and when we bestow this praise we do not do so at the expense of our own gaiiant men whose success has been phenomenal and whose dauntless courage is unquestioned^ and America standing shoulder to shoulder and each making its unstinted contribution to the great task that confronts the United Nations. The question arises as to whether somebody erred In sending these British airborne •' troops into the Arnhem sector without being sure that conditions warranted such strategy. It js not our place to pass_ ju_d.g-_ - went. - Doubtless it will be settled by the military experts, by those who have full understanding of such matters. But it may not be out of place to cite -the fact that .(these soldiers who, imder orders, undertook this precarious mission were not unlike those immortal troopers of the Light Brigade of whom Tennyson has written: "Their's not to reason why; their's but to do or die." Unfortunately all too often war makes such demands and there are times in war when men die in vain. It is believed, however, that despite the great loss o! life at Arnhem this operation was not In vain. One Allied spokesman haa declared: "The gallant defense of the first airborne division went far to contribute to the exploitation desired. It enabled other elements to the south to hold Nijmegen which"pr'evented enemy forces In the north from moving south." We hope he is corerct and at least we know that in war, one movement always hinges on anr other. But this is not the point of the present editorial. The principal thing is that a gallant body of troops has proved the stuff of which Allied fighting men are made. It has demonstrated to the enemy that we are not afraid. It is another big step toward the winning of, the war. All honor :to the British heroes that made it possible. SUNDAY TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MDt, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 'Better Do It Now, Brother r What's Cooking On the Siminerer CHARLES B. DBISCOIX. The war has so .far'deplete^,our r \with retard to its ability to'produce pu ressryes and IrotiTore'resSFves and effectively use the biggest and that .we, .formerly the greatest-pro-' fastest : 'and~ most -far-flying of ducera of oil and steeJ, may have'to', these--^eapom, ; ,buy those things from our corripetl-''-" J Y <'}' •• .- j , .:. tors when all their wars and; 6urs- : -".'"-: ; As .things shape-'-up-- just now, are L oyer.'.:. ;,:.,>.;., .•:. .--.--£;. / :.,It/would' appear that:* Russia, will Judging by. what our chief coin- ' pccupy the 'best position in such petitor v and-present; aUy^'-Great •.!*=w«r,-fts may be'next in the cards. ^ rl « m i: aid to us. on,theirubber . -'per,-territory Is so vast and her buying, and selling,a; few years"-ago, cities.;:-so-scattered that.Ind enemy ye are Bot going torrid it too e^ -could-hope--to .wipe liar-out with, to buy steel from Manchester--or •; flying explosives, no matter how oil from the great Empire reserves "-carefully aimed. " ''••••''.• in many parts of the world. We : will:•'>''•>'Sh'e has vastly."extended her pe lucky if we get back, as scrap/ :•'frontiers since she- -first marched our. lease-lend tanks, trucks and Against the Finns arid;Poles,-in the ships, for scrap metal.. - •-•;;• early stages of the Second World However, our hope is, as usual, in, She could stand well behind .ourselves, rather than in any gratl- - her frontiers and aim flying death tyde or tp r ev.Rr-frpc one.way supply ;-»t the heart of anycouuliy in Um Jines .that we may be establishing .world, or at all of them, after the during the wars. ' .. : 'flying bomb h'as been built ' big Somebody -in the United States /enough and fast enough to use already has a power-producing fuel "on a global .scale. That will be that puts out four .or-five times as ^almost immediately. much horsepower per gallon as 100- — octane gasoline. . . • - : . \ In such a war, Russia could use We, are not yet'told .whether the -'her armies for defense of her bor- rnaklng of this new',fuel requires ders, which no nation will want to invade for many a 'long year after the defeat of the German Invaders. Then she could proceed to take her .time in demolishing the capitals of ,the nations, at war with her, ' ' "•- - — . -— •> , •*4w* *c;\JUll C-S the processing of vaster -quantities of oil than does gasoline, if it does we may be no farther ahead in the long ruiv.bu't if : it doesn't we MIGHTY FORTRESS ATelsfirfthe last war was adjudged too hard a nut for the American army to crack. The St. Mihlel campaign was originally pointed toward Met?. After it had achieved its first objective, the wiping ouc of the St. Mihiel salient, the Yanks were turned north instead of east. The battle of the Meuse-Argonne was the result. Before that Metz was-one "of'.Europe's mightiest fortresses. Its possession was the real reason _fpr the:..German-anne-xatioir of Alsace-Eb'rraine, after the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71. Now with air attack added to more powerful artillery, fortresses are easier to take. VARFATION IN STYLE Navy censors have noticed an interesting variation in the letters, written by white sailors and those written by their colored mates. .When.a white sailor puts a wisecrack or a rib In his letter he sticks the label "(ha, ha)" on it. The colored sailor has a gentler touch. His label for a wisecrack is "(smile)". Heard on board ship: "I have given the best years of my wife to the Navy." When He Comes Home .By JOHN SELBY The composite veteran of this war will be, says Dixon Wecter in "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," about 28 years old He will have had education through the second year of high school and some technical training; he will have had a year or less of civilian work experience; will want only vocational education such as mechanics or business or mathematics. He will prefer to enter a t.rade or a business, will be unmarried and well traveled. He_ will want to go back to his home town from the Army quickly, get training and a job, and set up a home of his own. These facts are drawn from service statistics, and represent, Mr. Wecter believes, theju>rmj.y2p_n_which-any govern- -Tnent program must be based, sixty dollars and a ticket home is not enough these days. Mr. Wecter believes also that even the conservatives have come to accept most of the social .security benefits of the New Deal, and that those very things are of utmost importance in the cause of the returning serviceman. It is betber that he not be set apart for obvious special benefits, thus establishing a preferred class. Mr. Wecter is sure, and he thinks the social security program (when extended to all) an effective basis for handling the veteran's future. The Gl Bill of Hights'js also a step toward a proper end, thinks Mr. Wecter. It is not possible to go into great detail here, but the author has no such limitation and he has used his space lavishly. Only three of our previous wara have made much of a splaah^-the Revolution, the War Between the States and the first World War, Mr. Wecber has combed the source material for each of these with care, and ..has "learned all the essential facts about the veteron.s treatment after each, iu I.s not always a pretty story—New Jersey's contribution to her returning revolutionaries was the right to beg on the highways. The crudities of the first two wars were hardly bettered by 1010 and 1920, when the abnormalities of "normalcy" struck ex- servicemen In the teeth. We must do better this lime, and Mr. Wecter thinks we will. SNAPSHOTS ALONG THE WAY A little more than a year ago a London firm which deals at retail in old and rare books, advertised in several American periodicals •which reach the eye of book collectors. They pointed out that many fine old books, genuln* collectors' Items, were -on the London market at present and that Americans seeking such volumes •would ---be helping-England irTils-Jiour of need by throwing some of their book business in'that direction. They offered to send a catalogue of such items as they had on hand at the time. The Wanderer, always on the 1 lookout for books' of certain kinds asked for this catalogue. He sent his request by regular malJ and the catalogue came back across the Atlantic as second, class-matter, Fortunately -the ship on which The Wanderers, letter-had -trave-Hed-ns well as that on which the book catalogue came back, escaped the Nazi submarines which were then prowling th& ocean. This catalogue was . well worth having. The only trouble was that it was too tempting for one whose expenditures for rare books must be held within definite bounds. " It was rich in books of many kinds with a vast array of first editions that would arouse the greed of any bibliophile. It was almost Christmas before this catalogue-reached Cumberland and The Wanderer found it extremely difficult picking out the few books he could afford to buy. He changed his 1 mind several times and finally settled on -, some first editions of Qharles Dickens' works which were listed. • These were' described at some length In this column a few weeks ago, These books were ordered and then came the long wait before the package arrived. There was, too, tne anxiety lest these precious books would be consigned to A ship that might become the victim of a Nazi submarine. They were Insured and had they been lost The Wanderer would have been reimbursed for the money he had spent, but this was not the point. If they were lost it would be difficult to replace them. Perhaps they could never be replaced, for first editions of Dickens, and especially those which trere published under the general cnption of "Master Humphrey's Clock" are by no means easy to find. LONDON LISTS RARE GIBBER ITEM But at long last—sometime around Easter—the books arrived. They had been carefully packed in London and were in fine condition. In fact, every volume was in better shape than • are most old books which collectors purchase. They gave the appearance of having rested, virtually undisturbed, on the shelves of some old English library i'or years. It would be worth a lot to know exactly who owned these books and why, In the midst of war, they were sold to a dealer who eventually found a buyer for them in the United States. A good fiction, writer could make an Intriguing story with that as thp start of his plot and by the use of a little imagination he could carry a character—or a set of characters —through all the vlssitsides of. war and dover half the battle fields of Europe. There are times—many ot them—when The Wanderer's . greatest regret is that he was not blessed with the gift of literary invention. The contact made by The Wanderer with the London book dealers In question proved them to be fine people with whom to do business. The Wanderer had made an error In estimating the .shipping costs of these books, but this made no dif- ferenc; in London. The books were sent anyway . nnd • the dealers' memorandum on this.polnt snld that the balance could'be paid at any time or held until the customer desired to order more books. That first catalogue' IJsted an- othnr book The Wanderer, TVM avid to obtnln. " This was a second edition of Coller Clbber'a famous "Apology for HI* Life." A.i wns pointed out In this column sometime ago, B third crtlijon of thi* Cibber work la occasionally offered -BY THE 'WANDERER. for sale in this 'country and The Wanderer 3s fortunate enough to own one. But second editions are rare 'indeed, and any collector of theater books .who possesses one knows he has something well worth while; Strangely enough .the one offered by this London firm was not priced exorbitantly, and many times-after he had sent-his order Jor the Dickens 'books,- The Wanderer wished that he had spent a little more money and included this Cibber item with, his original order. When the Dickens books came and The Wanderer again wrote the London house (this time speeding matters by. using ojr jj. a ij eyen though it doe.? . cost 30 eeuls to fiend a civilian letter .by mail to London) he said'he was' interested in the Cibber item and* guaranteed to take it if it was still on hand and the dealers would reserve It for him, ; FEARS BOOK HOUSE IS ROBOT VICTIM An answer to.' this -letter came in good time, and as happens so often in similar cases,' the Colle^ Cibber second edition had been sold to an earlier • buyer. The dealers said they had searched the,London stores in the effort to locate another Cibber second, but without result. Ifc. Is''customary-.among dealers who specialize In rare.books and Issue "lists' from: time" to time, to send their catalogues as they are published, to all those who have previously manifested interest in them and particularly to customers, The London catalogue The Wanderer had. and .which led to his dealing -with the house that had sent It out was issued early in the summer of 1943. * No other has been received, -which leads to the belief that th'is firm must have been among the many in the same line of business which suffered from the robot bombing of more recent months. » It was situated in'Charing Cross Road, where many of the old book houses are located, and not long ago nn article was published in one of the book trade magazines of this country which said that score's of London book dealers had been bombed out of business. For this The Wanderer is sorry lor the firm and for himself. He would like to see another of those catalogues and perhaps order some more books, . Someone may raise the question as to why one should order books Irom England when there are many book stores in the United States: It Is true that every large American city does have stores that Epeclali7.e in rare books. Likewise, that often enough those who browse among the Jess pretentious establishments .that being other, than second-hand stores, often find priceless rare books. Likely as not in such eases, the dealer himself has no idea of the value of these items. If he did, he would not be offering them for a song. In and around certain parts of Fourth Avenue in New York City, book stores abound. Some of these are only ordinary. Others carry large stocks of rare books and employ buyers and clerks who are experts along this line. The Wanderer receives .at frequent intervals lists from mnny of these stores. It is llkewl-ie true thru rare books—known to be rare by the dealers—are often found In stores located in obscure little towns arid villages. BOOK inJNTERS SERVE COLLECTOHS New England Is full ,of such stores and' many of the New York'• dealers, If they receive a request for a certain book they do not have in stock, will circularize these smaller stores nnd often bring it to light In this way. There are certain persons iri Now York who are known as "book hunters." They do not own stores but devote.themselves to locating books here and there for buyers who do not have the time or opportunity to go . through the market with n fine tooth comb. About three yenrs ago, The Wanderer WBS anxious to add to his llbrnry a book on opera which had been written by a friend who had died sometime before. The book was not, old. Slaving been publisher! In 1.128, but the edition must have been extremely limited. It was not 'the type 'of 'book that would ever become a heavy seller as its appeal was to a. comparatively small group. In for this book The Wanderer -first tried a well known New York firm with which he had dealt in the past'arid whose shelves- are laden with'• hundreds of thou- sands.of books all the time. But this house could not -supply, the title wanted. Then The Wanderer mnde inquiry of two other large houses, but with .equally disappointing results; At last, he turned to a firm of professional book hunters. This firm located the book wanted in about a month. Their inquiry for it went : far beyond the confines ot New York City and it was eventually, located ja New Orleans. What was the biggest surprise of all is • that this book,.originally published at the list price 'of $3, was eventually : obtained by The Wanderer lor $2 which included the price asked by the New. prleans- dealer - lor the copy he had had on his shelves for several years b.ut could not sell, plus $1, the fee asked by the book hunters for their work in locating this title. But to 'come back to the question of buying rare books in England when there are so many facilities for buying them in the United States. First of all, It should be kept in mind that buying books and collecting rare books are two different things. Many of the books that are sought by collectors were originally' published in- England. That is, of course, those which Wo not come under, the heading of Americana. The Wanderer's own speciality is theater books. There have been many theater books published in the United States within the last 60 . years, and there were some published before that time. But the older theater books were published in England.. and. many ol _them re-. mained there. Naturally, American dealers have imported thousands of these English books, but when they sell them they charge much higher prices than would be paid in the . London market. GOOD BARGAINS ARE FOUND IN ENGLAND . : In -The Wanderer's collection of books are some which came to him as a, gift from a friend, a veteran drama 'critic who found it impossible for him to keep his library in the limited living quarters of a big city apartment. Some of the best'.books' this friend gave The Wanderer he had picked up during trips to England. As he explained at the time he made the gift, he'''had purchased most of these books in little London .shops for a pittance; He paid perhaps, a shilling or two, for books which cost from $3 to $10 a volume in New York. One doesn't get any shilling books from the London dealers who were soliciting American business a few months ago, but their prices were'much less than those asked In this country for the same books. London has always been the headquarters for drama in English. Interest in this art form has been far keener among English people than among Americans. Therefore, theater books were in greater demand throughout England than In this . country. Now that so many English families have been compelled-to sacrifice their libraries because, of the war, It is, or nt least It was, fairly easy to pick up rare books In the London market which one would never- find offered for «ale in this country. -. -It is little wonder that American collectors, even those who have- never had the opportunity to visit the London book stores in person or to haunt the little shops where, rare 'old volumes are sometimes sold along with trash for a, few shillings, find It to their* to make contact with the English dealers, They, .do this through the means of printed lists, order -what they, cnn and then hope that the items thus ordered "will not have bfeen grabbed by somebody else. It Is a fascinating game nnd J there must be mnny American collectors who are. greatly disconcerted today because' the London book stores have become tho victims of wnr. It gives, nn additional reason for hoping th«,t Hitler's complete downfall will not be delayed too long. may have one-.of-the-answers. -• Then too, we 'are told'that a'new oil field has been found in Alaska. _ That's- f a r— a wa y-^a n d-incon veni ent- for transport,'but riot more so than -many of the Empire fields, American genius may even now be. on the track of processes and . materials that .will make the widespread use of.steel 'unnecessary in the brave new world. This might prove another way f out of the shortage of iron ore which our liberal expenditures in this war have brought about. There . is not a great deal of hope for the discovery of new sources of ore comparable with the Mesaba Range of Minnesota, which is now pet°ring out. Before this phase of warring., began, we had, apparently, enough oil and iron ore for the : normal needs of this country for a thousand years. If we have used up and given to our allies and to friendly, nations a thousand years' supplies of these important items, our geniuses may, by force of circumstances, plunge "a .thousarid" years ahead and anticipate the discoveries that might normally have been expected in .the year 3000, so that we may continue to exist as a nation. -•-..''• This Is our"hope, and-'we are" almost obliged to'cling to it. The next war, or, more properly,the next phase of the grand series of world wars,-is almost-sure to be fought with flying bombs and similar automatic traveling weapons. Every nation on earth is waiting : for a chance to examine and copy the German blueprints and specifl- cations. Just as soon-'as we get up from our peace : tallies, we're all troinr to rush home and start building bigger and better flying bombs for World War III. The standing of each nation will be rated anew, the' factory "cities,' and • everything else. Surrender-to- Communtsm~wbuld be almost inevitable ' on' the part of any nation thus attacked from ..the .homeland .of Lenin and StalU>. It is remember,, too, in calculating the next war's course, that the nation that starts using. flying gas bombs the very flrst day wfll have such an initial advantage that it may "be"able to force capitulation of any or all enemies within an amazingly short time. If you don't expect to march your-armies into, the _ehemy country, but merely to stand on home soil and send over the automatics, you will simplify the gas problem immensely. While- the enemy is trying to get the rau;;e of Moscow, the Reds could gas him out o£ the war from a thousand well-concealed launching sites, well within the homeland. The country presenting the largest target, with greatest dispersal of weapons and wealth, will be ' almost sure to -win. The small nation won't stand a chance. Canada and the United States, taken together, especially if Iceland and Greenland were included, : would' h'ave- .'An 'advantage second only to Russia's, and for somewhat similar reasons. That's''comforting,' anyway. We can but hope that the nations won;t : go .so...crazy over this new weapon that 'they will" devote all their energies to building for the next- war and making it come as quickly as possible. We need a century to recover from the latest phases of world war. Wo-mtsst have' at Isxxt a fourth of that time, or we'll all have the howling-heebie-jeebies. It's high time to be thinking seriously of,these.things. Released by McNiught syndicate, Inc. The Bees Buzz Busily -; _i- By JACK STINNETT , ^_ WASHINGTON—The head man at the smaller war plants corporation Is giving up his .small business. Of course it was only a side line, but Maury Maverick, SWPC chief, finds keeping a- hive of bees in one's office a little too strenuous. He's quitting. Ke has called up the department of agriculture and told it to come and get 'em. Months ago Maverick, whr ; admits he has been a bee-nut for 40 years, was presented with a hive of Italian bees which It' seems thrives_as well in this country sg Italian prisoners of war. Being fond of the little stingers, Maverick Just parked the' hive in his office where he could beguile his leisurely lunch half-hour by contemplating their antics. Ifc seems,- however, that some complaints came in from riis^stafT and other government workers in the neighborhood. There were-other factors involved. Maverick decided to transfer the bees from the 3WPC bonnet to agriculture, which has experimental Bcree to take care of such things. -In Maverick's 'own words/ here's what happened:^ "Bees are wonderful little animsls. I had my first hive when I was seven years old and have been keeping them ever since. ; "However, alter a flight of several thousand miles, some of them do pet off. the beam a few yards and thr're have been' 1 some mild complaints tiiat the lltfae fellows were buzziijg around offices where they didn't belong. Rather than /cause any further discomfort,- I -"thought I would just get rid of them." - • Maverick explains,- though,' .that the real story qf his office hive Is that they-have been misunderstood by a few hysterical secretaries who don't know bees from nothing. Actually, he says, his. bees were ft wonderful study In'politics, government and the problems of re- conversion. . ' His bets, he claimed, were attacked by aggressive neighbors soon after • they had been settled on their domain In his office. These neighborhood ' aggressors assaulted the hive and tried to make off with the honey. The maverick, according: to Maverick, Immediately placed themselves oh a war footing. They killed off the drones; nose-dived (or is it t»H- dived?) the • aggressors, and made an all-out blitz on-all the flower •beds witHln flying range to bring honey production to-the ultimate. "Now thrit the war'Is over," snys Maverick, "they are face<J with the insurmountabSe problem, of recon- version. The season is ao -late their source of. supply Is. limited. Due to the _ fecundity .of the. queen, who was 'producing on a war bnsls, there is-an insurmountable- problem of unemployment. 1 . • . "All I have. done is to arrange their mass transfer to'a'place where they can all find work: The department of agriculture has such a place. No dele,- but opportunity for al!, that's the slogan," ..: ' For every' Qi.'Joe dreaming away Ir. some rain-sojaked.foxhole or on a hospital cot about that perfect little farm'When he gets out of all this, the Department of Agriculture hns Just issued a pamphlet that'ls nn nfc.solutc miwl. It has th<4 slmptn title: "Shall 1 Bo a Farmer?." "it recognizes the fact that thousands of GI Joes who are fed up with war and muck and blood are dreaming of the day when they can settle down in- a nice little house, with a loving wife, healthy kids, friendly neighbors, a big barn and enough acres to raise whatever they want. Make no mistake about this The •Department of Agriculture isn't out to shatter any GI dreams. Secretary Wickard, in a preface, states unequivocally that the government .-...and his department~a«_out to help - make those dreams come true It's Just that they don't want the boys coming'back arid Jumping off the deep end with their heads full of dreams and nothing-else. "Shall I Be a Farmer?" is about the most, realistic and helpful of the small government publications I have seen. It's only 33 pages and smaller than the pocket-size mag- -' half.- -- - ..... , It emphasizes that that GI dream farm can often be a nightmare; that farming is a darned hard way o£ making a living; that it takes capital— lots of it-;-and experience; that • the cash .'returns are often painfully small. But through ;the whole little' bookie t'-th a re are:'Implications of. compensations that-.'aren't so different from those •'Gr dreams if a man is willing to face the realities and hardships. The authors of the .-pamphlet think about the worst thing a future farmer could do would be to plunk his savings down, for a farm i{ he has no knowledge of farming. To get this experience, they suggest hiring out for a couple of years on the type of farm in mind. For thosa who haven't finished their education, there are agricultural schools. For those "who have, there's the department's extension service. After that, a potential farmer hus to decide what .kind of farming h» do, and-how he's going to pay his way getting started. • The people are . warned against idle dreaming;- but at least while idly dreaming, they, aren't giving us the earache. The danger sign iftost noted by s.ome motorists Is the one on their cars that tells them they are nearly out of gas. ..' '..'•.. : Formerly, people studied out the ways of saving labor. Now many of them simply try to make the job* last longer. .•-•-. Some people -who atep on the gas In crowded city-centers, might well be .invited to step/Into, the polio station. ..'•-.. "••>:--y ; .-... • ^During.:periods of-.quiet business, scme,=pc6ple'-cut,down'their advertising. Some would say'that was just thft.tfme when'more.'.publicity wa« needed.-.- : - ^v— •••;••,•:£• The -bride are givsn ^hbwrr be«- quets of: flowers;*whiler.the old nwa is-apt to', get a-.shower .'of bllli. > It Is ,complained '(.h*t the m*« Jority^of'.people-,dp not use -good ijrammnr, 'but'they 'ftre, understood nil rl&lv. when they show a disposition to buy something. .1

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