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SIX SUNDAY TIMES^CUMBERLAND,\MD, ' SUND AY, MARCH 4, 1945 r s fury AfurnMia (««»pt Bun*»jr) md S'UuU* Morntci, Cambtrimd. Ud. Published t>* Th« Time* A AUmoJin Compaaj. »t 1 »nd 9 Sooth Mtch»»lo Bit Ml, C«mDu- Iftnd, Ud. » ' . . . . • . tat«r«f it th« FcttoMic. u . CUtt , Md-, KI 8««<m<J • _ _ _ _ Uwbtr Ai:dH :B«rr*u of Ufmfrer af Tt« Aitocinttd Pre« Tb* i«Kjci4Ud Prwi U «chu<Tt!y *nl!tUiS to uit tor t«publle»tion ol *J< ntwi . di»p«ieh«» ciet);t«d (o tt or y.btrrlw rrediUrt in lhi» piper, and il» tb« loeU.oi" bm pablitfatji thereto. . . _ • •..-.. Ttl-SPUONE— <*OC Private bnfcch txcb«r>s« coonjoilof _ '• ' • all dtpartxntr.ti. ['•' rot M»ll »Ed Orrior Haiti Bet CUairitd Put. Sunday Morning. March 4j 1945 : Our Nation's Prayer Oh God, from \\'hom proceed all holy desires, all right counsels and just vxtrks, grant unto us, Thy servants, that peace which the world cannot pji« that our hearts may be ' devoted io Thy service and:that, delivered from the {ear of our enemies we may prm oar time in peace under {•..'.-• Thy-protection. -.- ....-}' - MOBILIZATION FOR MERCY ; Special attention. 1* directed to the . cartoon which appears on this page of Thp Sunday Times; : It.Is an editorial in itself, and was designed to be such by its artist, IU to awaken the people of the United '• States 'to, the fact that the Red Cross War Fund : ';drive is starting. The American people, symbolized by Uncle Sam, • will dig down into their pockets to provide the Red Cross with .the money it carry on itk all-out effort in behalf of the men and/women' of the armed forces. What we: p-ould add to what the cartoon eloquently suggests : ts that It Is not only necessary to' die, but to dig deeply. We'are not going to bore you with figures although they, are available for who, being statistically nilnded, take interest in receipts and disbursements. But we do not need figures to prove -what the Red Cross is doing for those who are giving their all for their country. V We have previously suggested that it what you know already, either .through reading or experience, Is not sufficient; If, by chance, you want more proof of the value of the Red Cross to our .fighting men and their sisters of the auxiliary services, just ask any man:—or woman—that wears the uniform. They can tell you exactly what the Red Cross, means at this time and how necessary it ia that this great organization is enabled to continue and to Increase 12-s w;r>rk as this war goes on. Then, too; there are hundreds of families right here in our own community who can testify to what the Red Cross has done for them In connection with their boys in service. We have a .splendid Red Cross chapter here In Allegany County and •cores of devoted women are giving a large portion of their time to its activities, ' It stands ready to serve at any .time and there are many who have benefited by that service. And in this connection, this seems an opportune occasion to pay tribute to those women who, « members of the Allegany County Chapter of the Red Cross, or us members of chapters existing elsewhera within the circulation area, of The Sunday Times, ara producing tons, of supplies which are of aid and comfort to those who are in the camps or on the fighting fronU. A visit to any local Red Cross headquarters should be an inspiration. V7e do not know Just hoTt many thousands of pounds of surgical dressings, made in accordance with the exacting Red Cross standards, have gone forth from Cumberland to the military arid naval hospitals where they have been used to dress the wounds of men who know what it means to bleed for their country, but we do know that the! record J.« magnificent; Please keep in mind that the women who make the surgical supplies, and likewise those who knit the socks^nd (sweaters and the slippers for hospital use; those who pack the boxes or do the bookkeeping—in short, all of those who have shouldered the multitudinous ruit.ias that fall to. the lot of the local: Red Cross chapters, do all this work without pay. For -them it is n labor of patriotic love and devotion. But the number who are doing such practical work is extremely small in proportion. to the population of Allegany County. • There are thousands who cannot do thtx work for various reasons. But they ca.h help the Red Cr^ss Just 1 the same; they can be of service, they can further *very bit of the work that is under way, They can do this by donating generously to the Red Cross War J-'unri. Those who oannot do Red Cross work because they are occupied: with other duties, should feeS it an obligation to don at* a considerable part of their earnings to the Red Cross War Fund. The^ quota set for Allegany County at this, time is high, but it is no higher thsn ;lt should bp. It may mean sacrifice on the part of some to contribute as much ns they should If this quota is to rx> reached, biit.wp do not feel it. out of place to a,sk for sacrifice at this time, -.The men in,service"are .making sacrifice'that are far beyond our comprehension. .Surely we can match their sacrifices'.lo n limited extent by ..making bur 'donation t.o the Red Cross War. Fund as large as possible. So. ngaln we urge you to study the cartoon we publish (oday. Be prepared to dig down Into your pocket 'and to do your part In the Mobilization for Mercy In all this talk about what punishment shall be meted out to Hitler, there l.t a sense of unreality. Many people remember the first part or the recipe for roasting a hare, which 1.?: "First catch your hare." .: : . • . , ARMY..E.nrCATIOXAI, STANDARDS The knowledge that thousands of young men have been rejected for military : «ervJce because of educational deficiencies came as quite a shock .to most of us. . Educators, were aroused, congressmen 'deplored, and -people generally felt a Jlttle less smug about bur progresslvcness. Now comes a : report by Metropolitan. Ufe Insurance Co. starix- ; tirians which reveals that the fight Illiteracy isn't going so badly as one might. ;.:.lhink,-;:< In the years from 1020 to 1040 our ilHternny 'percentage wns reduced ; morn than 75.per cent in the age groups..from 25 to 29, What caused all the concern to connection with the draft, the report states, was the exacting menta! and educational demands of modern warfare. High military standards, not high illiteracy, seem to have been the story behind most of the rejections. This statistical survey is undoubtedly accurate,, and its conclusions seem sound. But two stories that came out of Europe the otner day made us wonder if these high military standards don't occasionally slip. Both stories were about majors. One was the flight leader who bombed th« Bavarian town of Berehtesgaden without being aware that it was the site of Hitler's famous, historic fortified residence, , tht Berghof. 'The other major commanded the railway operating battalion from which two officers and 158 men were convicted on black market charges, His defense was that he had worked some 18 hours a day at what he, as an old railroader, thought was the most Important thing in the world —keeping.the railroads running. t But he admitted that he had felt unequal to his Job and had asked to be reclassified. And he explained further, by way of extenuation, thai he had only an eighth grade education. He was acquitted, as we think he . should have been. • ; ' • .. ;;••:. It is not our purpose to embarrass or ;. belittle these two officers. We <to not question their courage or : their integrity. But we do wonder if these cases are :unique, or, .if they represent typical promotions in the face of deficient general training, as exempted in one instance, and of insufficient educational training, as in the other. The Berehtesgaden incident was something- : of ;a Joke, however incredible it may'seem that a high officer had never happened to hear of Hitler's aerie. - But the black marketing of .the "million dollar battalion" had most serious military consequences. It :; niight have been stopped sooner under an\ pffleer other than one who admittedly felt 1 Incapable of coping with his responsibilities, and victory might be a step nearer today. The Nazis still show a stout front, but the band Is playing a funeral march, TURKEY'S CONTRIBUTION Some hard words have been said about Turkey In this country since her declaration of war against Germany and Japan. Certainly there is nothing very inspiring about her entrance, under Allied pressure, in order to win a seat at the San Francisco conference. But much censure of Turkish policy has been on practical, not idealistic, grounds. However, it Is debatable whether Turkey would have been of more help as a belllgerent.thari as a neutral. The Turks are notoriously good fighters, and they have a sizable army. But they are woefully deficient hi planes and mechanized armament. And we have been able to send them equipment, through lend-lease, valued at less than half what this country spends on the war in one day. These are practical factors that shaped Turk policy. Turkish arms would have been helpful in the Balkan Invasion, but there is no assurance that they would have saved Greece . and the Aegean islands. On the other hand, there was a time when neutral Turkey was about all that stood between the swiftly advancing Germans In Russia arid Rommel's troops in Africa. Had Turkey declared war then, the Nazis might have marched in from Bulgaria and overrun the country. The British in Egypt might have to fight an attack from the east, and there might have been no victory' st El Alamein. ; The Germans, instead, might have taken the Sues Canal, seized the Near Eastern oil fields, and swept on toward a junction with their Japa: =se allies. "Green Armor" _ By W. G. ROGERS ____ Just as: ve get : intp position to send planes by the hundreds over Tokyo, just as Gen. Mac Arthur returns to Manila, along comes a book to remind us sharply that all this silver lining once had a big biack cloud around it. It is called "Green Armor" and iU : author is Osmar White. ."It . now /seems almost certain that the Japanese "would have, won their war," declares White, if they had pushed on to the Invasion of Australia instead of waiting to consolidate their might in New Guinea and nearby, If f.hat sounds pessimistic, White supplies a lot of information to support his views, and beyond any doubt the southwestern Pacific situation was,for months much more desperate than Americans ;In their innocence ever suspected. It was nip-and-tuck whether Aussies and Yanks could hold. White knew the war, in its most discouraging period, at vital Port Moresby, across the Owen'Stanleys and in American advances through the Solomons. Moresby wa,s key to Australia; behind it lay "im- .passable" terrain, jungles, rich fields where 'gra.w s:rew.;10 feef-higry pathless mountains, debilitating heat and practically the entire gamut of exotic, (but abominable) •diseases. '. ' '-T-: "'" '".' White's idp.i lies in the word "impassable." • To the United Nations, jungles had seemed Impassable: that was why. Singapore's guns pointed out to sea: To the Japanese there was no such word; they did not believe jungleland's "green armor" was Impenetrable. . They were mistaken; . they were stumped by the Owen Stanleys. But they went at their warfarlng much more Intelligently than the United Nations did, White charges. He note. 1 ; that they carried a fistful of rice and lived off the teeming - : land. By contrast, the Australians, but particularly the Americans, had with a baggage which simply could not be transported to the spots where the .Japanese . fought. The de/enrJers of democracy were *too rich, too accustomed to luxury, too soft, too little, trained for hardship, ' White. . : . SNAPSHOTS ALONG THE WAY -BY THE WAXDERER- .. We can't keep our gloves on nnd-fin, he claims. /.'You can't flgtit thl.i war without hate. . , ;..Vo ; j can't fight this war without killing—nnd being killed." Hn thinks w» were getting';better, ;learnlng some of the rfecded lemons, us w* attacked Mundn. In a letter received by The Wanderer several weeks ago, -a.' reader of . this column kindly remarked: "We" enjoy ' reading 'Snapshots' every Sunday and always have the feeling that you have enjoyed writing it." That Is Indeed true. The Wanderer does enjoy writing this column week by week and that is why, when he came to The Evening and Sunday Times about four years and four months ago, he aid not let many weeks go by before he revived this feature which for a Ion? time he had-, written under the same tide for another newspaper. ' . ,: "Snapshot* Along the Way" makes no claim to being pretentious. Its /writer carefully avoids the discussion of current topics except as these are set forth in the books he reviews from time to time. He is not ' Hmbitlous to settle the world's problems, to right its wrongs or to criticize those with whoee opinions he may not, in his own mind, agree. The Wanderer is not seeking to rival Walter Lippman, Drew Pearson, David Lawrence or Dorothy Thompson. His only purpose is to present some phases of life as.he has observed it during 35 years of interesting newspaper work; to bring forth persons he has known and whose names, to use a term common among newspaper men, have "news value.' 1 Now and again,he may speak of ^someone who is comparatively obscure. When he does, it, is because such persons often bring the human interest clement into a. story. Newspaper readers, any experienced editor will tell you, like human interest. They will welcome a story about John Jones or Bill Smith, provide^ John or Bill has .done something that strikes a responsive chord in their hearts. •; ..' : Yes, The Wanderer takes great pleasure in this column. He enjoys digging back into his memory file and. producing from it old friends and acquaintances. That many renders enjoy meeting these people there is every rea.son to know. The letters received, the gifts oJ books and other items which come- to The Wanderer's desk, and the favorable comment occasionally heard in various places, all attest that this column hns a place In the affections of its readers. , . COLUMN IDEAS OFTEN DIFFICULT TO FIND ... There ar£ times tv.'ien the weekly chore of writing 'Snapshots" is as easy .as rolling off the proverbial log. The subject, is well in mind and . there is no difficulty in getting It down on paper. There are other times when it. Is not easy, but .a laborious task. : Those who read Charles Driscoll's "New York Day By Day" may have i been surprised when so frequently Its author has confe.wd he finds It : difficult to turn out his: column.- One would think that with his rich background, plus the fact that he is living in New York City where he meeting outstanding persons every day and likewise that he receives .thousands of letters from his loyal "customers" as he calls his readers, he would never lack for subject matter. But evidently this is not the case. ' ••..". : Ernie Pyle, well: known to readers of The EvcnuiR Times, said only recently when he began his new series of nrticlcs about the war, that hn found it almost Impossible to get up stenm afWr a few. months of Joaffng. The Wanderer, o/ten feels . that if all he had to do during the week was to write this column, or a fimilnr one every day for that matter, Jlfc would be one long sweet song. But- doubtless if "Snapshots" was all he had to worry about he would at times have to drive himself to get it written. . Frequently," neither the memory nor (he Imagination will function. One may sit down.find think about everybody he has ever known and everything he has ever seen and still find nothing he believes would have - nppcal If put Into print. Occasionally The Wanderer finds himself right .-up against his dcndllnc nnd almost in despair of producing a column m nil when suddenly, out of a clear Jfcy. material comes to hand which will supply not only one column, but, perhaps two or tHrcc. ( ThU,happened fv few week* ngo. ;. Thr. column of the next Sunday was .. becoming a nightmare when, redrt-. . Ing K>m« of the Drlscoll copy In : ndvanc*, " that writer mentioned something which proved to be the germ of a "Snapshots" idea. Strangely enough, before all the Drlscoll copy had boen read, several more ideas had come, forth. • Two weeks ago today this column was devoted to subjects that something Driscoll had written had suggested, last Sunday, The Wanderer went off on a tangent, inspired by a letter that had reached his desk, but even that grew out of the column that had appeared the week before. And still, a lot of Drlscoll material had not been touched. DON* HEROLI) GETS BOOST FROM Jlivf KELLEY There is, for instance, Don Herold to whom Mr. Driscoll has given prominent mention on several occasions and who evidently holds high place among his friends. . . It is doubtful if there is a. reader of "Snapshots" who has not seen and read Don "* Harold's work and enjoyed it. It has appeared here, there and the other place amon? the magazines—drawings with a decidedly original slant to them and humorous squibs which betray that Herold has a rich sense of humor. Mr. D'riscoll has informed us that Don Herold has now become a big advertising executive, which'" to a mere newspaper writer like The Wanderer Is an awesome tiling. Big advertising executives de many things, no doubt, but what arouses the" envy of the common or garden variety of scribblers Is that they make money. As The Wanderer understands it, Don Herold is connected with a large advertising agency. He is the guide, philosopher, and friend of those who are desirous of attracting the attention of the public to the products they olfer.- and have the money to buy advertisine space in the right places. The advertising counsellor tells them how to spend this money to the best advantage and.'under the terms of his contract, is legally entitled (o retain a considerable portion of it for hlm- - self. At least, ic comes back to him in commissions from the newspapers and magazines ,with which his clients do business. ' : • Well, be that as It may, Don Herold is a big advertising executive and the conclusion Is reached that he is In the money. Back about 1911 he was Just another young Hoosier, fresh from his home town of Bloomfield, Indiana, and was fooling around with, his funny drawings hoping, no . doubt, tha't ..•someday he could sell them. Like most boys who come one of the little towns of Indiana, he went to Indianapolis, the state capital, to make his bid for fame and fortune. At that time The Wanderer was a member of the editorial staff of The Indianapolis Star and among his friends was a former star man named Jim Kcllfy. By then Jim Kclley had become night manager of the Associated Press Bureau in .Indianapolis, but had been tcmpor- 'larlly taken off this'job to cover the current session of the state legislature. This was a task Kelley didn't rcilsh, but it was to mean a lot to him, for sometime during the session he met the daughter of a legislator from Bloomfleld, fell In love with Her nt sight and mar- 'rlcd her within a few weeks. Mrs. • Kelley had known Don HeroJd in Bloornfield. Don was R frequent visitor at the Kelley npart- ment and Jim Kelley.. as a newspaper man, was of assistance In getting some of Don Herojd's drawings Into the Star. . .. SOBEL ESTABLISHES RECORD WITH ZIEGFEUJ ' The Wanderer does not believe for a minute that Jim Kelley gave Don Herold "anything like a firm grip on the fame and fortune he sought in Indianapolis. In fact, Herold found neither of those gifts . In the Hoosfer capital although, If memory does not fail, he did esUb- • lish himself there In a job and his Indianapolis experience must have stood, him In hand when finally he went to New, York. It wa» through Kelley that The Wanderer met and knew Don Herold, but' that acquaintance wns more or less in passing. However, Herold is another of the large number of men—and women—whose paths have crossed hta own and with whom Charlw B. ' DrUicoll Is in close touch. If you rend Mr. Drtecoll's Ncjr .York Sunday T>rtt<rr which appear* 'ion thU page today, you will note New'York Sunday Letter Yes, I Have a Book -87 CHARLES B. DEISCOLL- About this time of year, when the sap is rising In the maples I like to . look around ,at • my books.- They wall me In. but do not fence me in the way Lawrence Tibbett sings it. Books a re'my friends, and they are your friends if you'll just let them sneak in the .front door and .start talking. • •: •• > • • ; •* I write in a large room. It Is underground, .without natural light, but well supplied with light for the mind and spirit. There are two desks at which I work. One in the south end of the room, is so cluttered with unanswered mail that I have abandoned it until a more, favorable season. It has the advantage of a Webster's International Dictionary, which I can reach merely by turning around on a swivel chair. On that table, letters from correspondents are piled half way to the ceil- ' Ing. Neatly piled, I may add. There is 9. complete set of the Oxford English Dictionary, in 13 large volumes, on a table facing the south desk. A bound set of the New Yorker, covering nearly all of its years, is bearing dowri on that same table. Also about 300 other books, including "World's Book of Best Jokes," edited by my friend, Eddie Cantor, which is a book that I could use It only I could get a job in vaudeville. . . .... One has to have maps, to see how the war is-going. Not only Is one whole wall of books hidden by National Geographic maps, but* there is a copy of'that, tremendous tome, "New World Loose Leaf Atlas," published by Hammond, lying on the ' floor. Every once in a while some neat person picks it up and puts it in a neat position. They don't know that the electric fan won't run unless that atlas is lying on top of a certain four-way electric outlet. Don't ask me why. I'm -not smart in electricity. But I know that fan must run in order to circulate the stale air in this room, and it won't run without the atlas. .. . that among his valuable books of reference he mentions "The Theater Handbook and. Digest of Plays" which was compiled and edited by Bernard Sobel. That boob likewise occupies a prominent place on the reference shelf of The Wanderer : who also finds it a valuable tool although it often leaves something to be desired. ..-•:. -. ....: 'II was immediately after the first world war, and in Chicago, that The Wanderer met Bernard .Sobel and this, through a mutual friend, Leo Moriarlty. Sobel, who is not only another Hoosier but whose home town was Lafayette, which was given so much mention in this column last Sunday, had been graduated from Purdue University at Lafayette, had done some work at the University of Chicago and had taken his Master of Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin. From which it may be imagined that-he was something of a highbrow. Also he was greatly interested in the theater. At' Purdtre, which is one of the great engineering schools of the United States, he had done a lot of experimenting with ultramodern theater ligminsr: He was a fine English' and French scholar and a good authority on dramatic . literature. It was only natural that he and The Wanderer—who had gone to Chicago as drama critic of one of the daily newspapers—should have much in common. Bernard Sobel was a fine chap and entertaining company, but if he was doing anything In particular at the time, The Wanderer has forgotten what It was. -•-.•• Then Sobel left Chicago and if : you want to know all that he has done since, you can do no better ... than read his biography as it is set forth In Who's Who in America. He went to New York and ultimately became head of the publicity department for Flo Ziegfeld, whose "Follies" were then in all their glory. He was with Ziegfeld a long time despite the fact that no man in show business v;as harder to work for than the erratic producer, who glorified the American girl. ' .':. •• :•;• ', ..: : - ;.;•,LETTER FROM DRISCOLL WRITTEN ON SCRAP PAPER Sobel served at one time as drama critic of the New York Mirror, was publicity consultant for several of . the leading Nfcw York producing managers and wrote some books including "Burleycue". and the "Theater Handbook," not to mention a list-of one act plays which were produced by various Little Theater 'groups. ; ./,. ,-. '• •• '. : ' The Wanderer had lost sight of Sobel within recent years and it was not until after he had moved . to Cumberland and Sobel had been mentioned by Driscoll, that the whereabouts of this seemingly indefatigable genius again came to light. . Imagine The Wanderer's .surprise when he learned that Bernard Sobel , Is, and has been for a long time, connected with the Celanese Corporation of America. . ''•'•'. , He is on the publicity staff at the New York headquarters of this organization nnd likewise directs the publicity of the radio program, "Great Moments in Music," which Is sponsored by Celnnese and feat- tures Miss -Jeanne Tennyson. Now and again The Wanderer has a letter from Sobol who has promised to visit Cumberland just as soon ' as travel conditions improve. And, after this present column was well under way, along came ft letter from no other than Charles Drlscoll himself. It took up what would be ft full page of standard sized business letterhead, but It wasn't letterhead at all, for on tfte back was a. page of radio script which, if The Wanderer deciphers it correctly, WRS used Feb. 11, 1932, on a program featuring Mr. 1 Drlscoll .who described the origin and meaning of feminine names. Renders of the Drlscoll column may recall that on several occasions •he has said ho doesn't use regular letter pup" " n y more, but is falling back on scraps which hnve accumulated through the yenrs. Thus he is helping to" conserve paper and furthering the war effort. The In- formnl stationery utilized by Mr. Drlscoll did not detract from the enjoyment his ictter brought and In which he gave The Wanderer further Information about Rorr.s "f Ihoaa mentioned In "Snapshots" two week* ago today. ; At the end of the room that is mostly occupied by letters from the customers is a set of Encyclopedia, ' Brittanlca, in the large volumes. I get more misinformation out than from any other work, except lor the Encyclopedia*Americana, in a blue buckram binding, with annual supplements, the whole thing extending for about eight feet. The American Mercury occupies 25 fat volumes, each beautifully bound ir> blue Levant Morocco. It begins with the first volume, January-April, 1924, and carries through, without a break, to some time in . 1932. when I guess I must have stopped writing for that magazine, and so lost interest in it. >. There are about forty fnt calf- bound volumes, looking much lika an old law library, labeled "Bancroft's Works." They are concerned with the history of Western America, and were written or edited by Hubert Howe Bancroft, back in the late ISSO's, .. .': : . It's easy to see that Mr. Burton L. Stevenson, of Chillicothe, Ohio, has cost me a lot of money. I have his "Home Book of Verse." "Home Book of Quotations," and "Home Book of Shakespeare Quotations." every one a tremendous work, and worth the money, plus. stage and - opera, ."They. All Harf Glamour," by Edward B. Marks. "Encyclopedia of the Theater " by George Jean Nathan, doesn't quite live up to its title, but it's i useful book. ••:;; :-.-•: vit^:'.' -- , .. '''From Ragtime to Swlngtime" by Isidore Witmarlc and Isaac Goldberg, Is an Invaluable record of ihe musical life of America over one long lifetime. • .-•-:; The religious section seems a little heavy for a layman's library The' Bible is here in almost every version, and in six languages. Directly on my left is "The Bible Designed to be Read as Living literature" which made a nice bit of money ior its ingenious publishers, Simon f- Schuster. Back of it Is a fourteen^ volume-edition of the King James version. . . Here is the Bible my wife used in Sunday school, and here, too, is ine enormous Family Bible out of which I learned to read—and write, too as far as that's concerned. The New Testament in the oriai- nal Greek, a Christmas present froai my mother, when I was in prep school. On the fly-leaf Is the Lord's Prayer, laboriously done in my halting Greek script, . »: . ; Yes, I find New Testaments in French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish German and Esperanto. I must have taken 'language seriously, judging by the second-hand condition of some of these volumes. Directly in front of my typewriter I see a gigantic volume, perhaps the biggest of all the big ficUtin books, "Bride of Glory," by Bradda Field. It was published In 1942 by Greystone Press, •'which almost immediately went into bankruptcy, to my unspeakable chagrin. The court impounded the property, cluded all unsold copies of my "Life of O. O. Mclntyre," and if the affairs of the company have ever been settled, I haven't heard about it. I wish Miss'Field had held her. typewriter in leash, so as to confine her story to a million words or so. A working library for one wh writes much about people must obtain some information about people. So here are eleven volumes of "Who's Who in America," beginning with 19121 a few missing in between Also "The International Who'.? Who," "Who's Who Among North American Authors," and two volumes of "Who's Who in New York," ater." "Who's Who in New York; and "Who's Who in the East" are less important, but good tools. There . is a -volume called "Who's Who in Journalism," but it is rather out of date. •..-.'. "British Authors of the Nineteenth Century" is a very pleasant help. So is "Living Authors," which is well supplemented by "Authors Today and Yesterday." ". I don't think I could pet p.lor.i without ' .Henry • Mencken's "Tb_* American Language," or Harvey ri' "Tile Oxford Companion to English Literature," published In 1932. "Tne Outline of History," by Wells, 1= occasionally helpful, but Will Duram's "The Story of Civilization" makes Interesting reading on rainy days. , There are several complete sef* of Shakespeare in the room, but by far the best Is 'the Nonesuch Press edition of 1932, beautifully bounri, one of 150 copies printed in this country. . . .. . Here's a volume I couldn't get along without: "The Theater Handbook and Digest -of Plays," edited by Bernard Sobel. And another one that makes good reading about personalities of the Yes, the lighter side of life !• represented also, but today we have merely .scanned the backs of some of the books that may be called t!:e t<jols of the trade. . 'Released by McNuughl Syr.dicaic. l- r .c. Left, Right War Spells Fisticuffs " ' By JACK S'/INNETT ' ' ' ''" ..... • WASHINGTON—Capitol Hill observers are convinced there's much more 'than meets the eye to that exchange of hard words and a few fisticuffs on the house floor the other day between Reps. John E.' Rankin and Frank E. Hooks. There have been fights on the floors of both the House and Senate before. Tempers, nibbed raw by bitter political recriminations have burst out in ink-well throwing and —In earlier days — challenges to duels; : "' ; ; : .... .••• •.• . . • ; .;. • : Depending on your point of view, you may consider this latest ruckus as a regrettably undignified public exhibition, or you may laughingly tuck it away in memory as the day when the "Tupelo Terror" and "Fearless Frank", choose to get rough for benefit of the House'gal- leries. . ',. ... defender of the Political Action Committee of the CIO, renresenw the liberal wing. Rankin, revlviner of the Dies committee and one of the most outspoken opponents of the administration, represents th* southern ultra-conservatives. The dny after the clash on the floor both combatants apologized, but -they weren't "kiss-and-ir.ake- up" apologies. Hook contended hf hadn't used the language he had been accused of using; Rankin ir. : sisted that he had done "only whai any gentleman would do under the circumstances." ( The bitter, stormy days in r Congress aren't over by nr.y means. ... Serious-minded observers on the Hill s*e in it a symbol of the even greater widening of the breach between the conservative and left- wing branches of the Democratic party. The result can only spell greater trouble ahead for the administration. . -.,•. '•: With the defeat in the last election of a number of the uHra 7 con- scrvatives, isolationists, and- organized labor foes, the administration had every reason to believe that the troublesome dnys ahead as we work toward world peace and homefront reconversion would find Congress more cooperative, • But Congress Is in more open rebellion today .than nt any time since the tax rebellion of nearly a year ago, when Majority Leader Sen. Alben Barkley broke with the President over his veto of the 194+ tax bill. That brush was smoothed out. For the first time since Coolidge days, Congress has challenged the Presidential appointment of a cabinet member. The case of the confirmation of Henry A. Wallace as secretary of commerce has forced the administration to compromise. In passing the George BUI, to tfikc great lending agencies out of Commerce, the House had a hand In ; the revolt and it was only by a nar- • row squeajc that the administration In that chamber prevented killing the appointment of Wallace. While the Republicans aren't all of one mind, there are enough .of them generally opposed to the administration to make the added vote of ihc antl-admlnlstratlon (mostly southern) , Democrats n serious mntter for any Bdmlnlstrn- tlon-backcd legislation. Th* Hook-Rnnkm battle wna n clear dcmoriBtrntlori of how far apnrt these fractions In the Democratic party are. Hook, often A gpokesm&n for organized labor and There are many serious, uncnir.- plaining folks here who feel th?.t the greatest complaint against the 12 o'clock curfew is going to come from service men on furlough sr.c from honestly hard-working : wa" workers who need occasional relaxation from. long overtime hours. It's not a point to be overlooked Since the order was issued, I ha« asked 22 service men bnck from j overseas what they thought of It. The consensus, with one exception. was that they would have to ^ shown figures on savings in UK- and manpower before they would t f convinced that the order is Justificrf Most often heard was the remark trrnt "this is taking away the- verr kind of freedom we are flgh'i-"? for." . ; : : . \ .,.. : Along this same line, Huf! Hodges, topnotch radio chair. sportscasler took his mike out W Walter Reed Hospital the other dH- and interviewed 17 war veterans In the amputation ward — a ward w!ic" c the boys have had opportunity 'w do a lot of thinking about tor jj and tomorrow on the home froi./ The question he asked was: "Ho* do you feel about the continuation of sports In wartime?" Fourteen went nil out for continuation « ! sports, mostly arguing that they a« the greatest morale factor ou r fighting men have. Two said that sports should ^ continued, but made reaervaitt'J about specific cases. One asked '"'• t a guy can grip B bat nnd slide in- 11 base, why can't he serve in in* Army?" But Russ said there «"»> no bitterness in even this vetrr.inj voice when he 'said it. All ars» (u , that under proper supervision could and should be kept going. ' The latest alphabetical lion .'in Washington wasn't by executive order or congres^r-"* action, you cnn bet. It's SPUM- '•' composed entirely of harnsscrt W>' rrnment workers. It's the Soo*" for the •Prevention of Useless. M fC '

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