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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1943. fr NOW! More Than 375,000 Circulation! DES MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER. fr NOW! More Than 375,000 Circulation! COMMERCIAL NINE 9 BOOKS Edited by Elizabeth Clarkson Zwart The letters on this page are from readers of The Des Moines Register and Tribune. The views expressed may differ widely from The Register's or Tribune's own views. Short letters are the most interesting. THEY WILL. BE SHORTENED FURTHER if lack of space requires it. You must give, for use with your letter. YOUR COMPLETE NAME AND ADDRESS. STREET NUMBER, POST-OFFICE BOX OR RURAL ROUTE. Letters must be lejgible. Write only on one side of the paper. A second letter cannot be used if received within 30 days of publication of a communication. There are times when in order to permit less frequent contributors to express their opinions, a second letter cannot be used this soon. Poems and verse are not acceptable for the page. Letters and their contents become the property of the newspaper and CANNOT BE RETURNED. The People's Open Forum Challenge to the United Nations About the Jews in Palestine Juvenile Delinquency Linked to Treatment To th Opn Forum Editor: Although far away from my home in Iowa, I still read The Des Moines Sunday Register with interest. In the Oct. 24 issue. Judge W. W. Scott, of Scott county, deplores the increasing juvenile delinquency as a sign of decadence of our civilization. Certainly juvenile delinquency of today is deplorable, but I believe, the good judge is a little pessimistic about the future of our civilization. More important, however, is the fact that in the same section of the same paper Is the story of the enforcement of Iowa liquor laws In the various cities of Iowa. In referring to Davenport, "They sell liquor by the drink out of bottles bearing Illinois seals here with the aplomb of a grocer merchandising soap powder or potatoes." And further on, "Mayor Ed Frick says, Anti-Nazis and To tfe Opn Forum Editor: Among the many suggestions which are being made by advocates of leniency towards Germany is one to the effect, that after Germany's defeat her heavy industries in general and her war industries in particular should be kept intact for two reasons: 1. Preventing unemployment and instability in Germany. 2. Continue the manufacture of armaments which the Allies may use in order to defeat Japan. This plan of letting Germany win the war economically is advanced by quite a number of Pan-Germans who have penetrated Washington, D. C. and are active in several government offices such as the Office of Strategic Services and the Office of War Information. And it is most interesting to ;ce that those who advocate Pan-Germanism in disguised form very often find open doors, while those true anti-Nazi elements, these liberal and democratic-minded Germans are not consulted &t all. WINNING THE PEACE. These men, supported further by some columnists and lecturers who are playing upon American sentimentality, are working within the frame lie who is for forcibly stopping the mouth of his opponent ... is under the dominion of a spirit of ruffianism or cowardice. TUSKEGEE AGAIN ASKS HELP WITH CHRISTMAS GIFTS To the Optn Forum Editor: For many years, Tuskegee Institute has serv ed as a medium throygh which friends in all sections of the country have, at the Christmas season, gladdened the hearts of children of low Income rural families. Without these gifts many such homes would have nothing to remind them of Christmas except the absence of gay-colored packages due to their destitution or disappointment over expected return from crops. Trained workers at Tuskegee Institute who serve in these areas report this year many examples of real sacrifice among the children of such homes to help with the war effort. Children, frequently ill-clad, have gathered scrap and otherwise earned a few pennies here and there with which to purchase war stamps. It is to encourage such children that we again appeal to the public for discarded clothing, shoes and other material such as books and toys which may be re-packaged into gifts for distribution in homes and community assemblies. Some friends prefer to send money which we use to purchase fruit, candy and such other things as may be needed to complete the individual packages. In ' a few exceptional instances, we have paid for urgently needed and long deferred hospital treatment of a deserving child or an adult as a very special Christmas gift. Thanks to Victory gardens and the food preservation program there is less danger this winter of outright hunger, but the need for wearing apparel is urgent and each such gift releases a few more pennies for further purchases or war stamps and at the same time reduces health hazards from exposure. Packages and letters may be addressed to me. F. I. Patterson, pres -dent, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. BLAME AND CREDIT. To the Open Forum Editor: The general public gets blamed for about everything that is not regular and the gang ir Washington claims all the credit for everything. They would not get sc much credit If the people were to stop and sum up the situation. A. C. Allen, Nevada, la. Takes a Nisei To the Open Forum Editor: I want to tell you I certainly enjoy reading the articles and letters about the Nisei. I would like to tell your readers my experience. On Aug. 27 we took a Nisei Into our dome as a foster daughter. She is 14 and a freshman in high school. She is clean, attractive and very intelligent. Many have asked about her English and my answer is that it is perfect. Before her arrival several warned-1 would have trouble, that people would be unkind. We have had nothing but kindness shown her ever since her arrival. She attends Creston of the Liquor Laws, 'Our people like things a little easier. We are liberal, but we insist on decency. We don't tell the taverns they can sell liquor by the drink. If we were to get a complaint, we would check on it and, if the facts warranted, make an arrest'." If parents aren't conforming to our code of morals, which certainly includes law enforcement, and "like things a little easier," cah Scott county expect the young people to be of high morality? Can Scott county "have its cake and eat it too"? As a county district judge, maybe Judge Scott can do something about conditions in Scott county. Better yet, maybe he can get some help from other Scott county officials. Let's hope so maybe our civilization will not become decadent. Pvt. Nell E. Clifton, Fort Jackson, S. C. Pan - Germanism work of. the German General Haus-hofer's "geopolitics." Among other things, German geopolitics happens to be also the science of how to win the peace while losing the war. The remarkable thing about these men's activities is that they have not found their work any too difficult. The fear of a revolution in Germany seems to haunt certain quarters when persons have an obsession for "law and order" in the postwar world. ' SENSELESSNESS. While there is some vague talk about punishment of war criminals (which would leave out those who have committed crimes not directly connected with the war), no mention whatsoever is made of some punishment to be meted out to the Ger man business leaders who connived with the Nazis even long before Hitler took over the "government" and conspired with them to bring about the present war. Are we still to learn our lesson? If we have not learned the lesson by now this would give the terrible suffering on the battlefield a new horror, terrible and unbearable: that of utter senselessness. Eric Mann, teacher of history, A.S.T.P., Grinncll college, Grinnell, la. WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON. How to Worry Our Soldiers. s TVT V I'l V? ' Knott In Dallas News. On Fighting in Italy And Striking in U. S. To tha Open Forum Editor A news dispatch relates that the Allies are making headway in Italy, and the story of how the American soldiers crossed a vital river makes dramatic reading. The price was high on that crossing, and naked bodies of our boys lay on the ground at the foot of the bridge, victims of merciless German gunfire To celebrate or to emphasize this victory in Italy, some of our greatest war industries are silent and still tied up in labor difficulties. While boys die to gain a river crossing, men walk off their jobs to gain some material favor. Isn't there something terribly and tragically wrong with this picture? Irene M. Gogerty, Zearing, la. NEWS OF NEGROES. To the Open Forum Editor: After scrutinizing your paper thor oughly day after day I have never been able to find out anything about my group of soldiers. It can't be that they are isolated in some obscure place that your writers never see. They are certainly doing something for this great cause. I speak of the colored troops. B. Hammond, Oakdale, la. Into Hey Home High school, where both the teachers and students are very triendly. She attends the Congregational church and sings in the choir. There, too, everyone is friendly. I Save three children of my own and to them she is a big sister. Her quiet and always polite manner have done much to help my own children to grow up better. I am sure our home will always be better because we have taken this little Nisei girl into our home. I am sure we love her as much as If she were one of our very own. Mrs. W. D. Perry, R.F.D. No. 1, Creston, la, On. ON HOW TO MAKE TWO-THIRDS RULE WORKABLE THING To the Open Forum Editor: In making treaties it seems to me that there has been as much fault with the executive branch of our gov ernment as with the senate. The Constitu tion plainly states that the president is to advise with the senate when making treaties; viz. "The president shall have power by and with the advice and consent of the senate to make treaties, pro vided two-thirds of lv the senators present concur." Now, when the Con- hill. stitution was adopted, a great fear of presidential power obsessed the people, and the two-third3 rule was to guard against any treaty that would embroil the country in foreign affairs. It was not so unworkable with but 26 senators. but now with 96 it needs co-operation between the president and senate to make it i function efficiently. Take the mission of Secretary Hull to Russia. No one knows better than Stalin that he can make no binding agreement; but if the senate had been asked to choose one of their number to represent them as Secretary Hull does the president, there would be trust and eden, confidence established where doubt now prevails. In other words, either repeal the two-thirds rule or make it work so our delegates will have the same respect and. confidence in their right to deal for the United States that Eden has to deal for Great Britain. D. N. Luse, Emmetsburg, la. IS SORRY TO SEE SCHULTZ DEPART To the Open Forum Editor: It was with real regret that I read of Dr. T. W. Schultz leaving Iowa State college. The prestige of the col lege has most certainly suffered from his resignation and the much pub licized butter-oleo controversy. The department of economics has been of great help to farmers and to other groups. Personally, I was in terested in it because of a son, now a lieutenant (J.g.) in the navy who was an agricultural economics student when he enlisted. I am wondering if he and others like him will want to re turn to I.S.C. after the war. We are sending fine young people out to fight and die for principles which we should at least strive to keep alive while they are gone. Farmers are entitled to fair prices but they should also be fair minded enough to welcome and accept the findings of science and to adjust them selves to changes. I also think that the extension de partment could be of greater service to a larger number of people if it were not connected with any farm organization. I say this in all honesty although we have been members of the Farm Bureau for more than 20 years. Mrs. K. W. Kneen, Mount Un Ion, la. WILLKIE OPPOSED AS A CANDIDATE To the Open Forum Editor: Some of the serious minded people are becoming alarmed as they note the apparent grooming of Willkie for the presidency on the Republican ticket. Briefly, his choice would be one tre mendous mistake, because: 1. He is too vacillating a Demo crat a few years ago, a Republican now, a New Dealer more recently, but something else now. Who knows what he'll be even six months hence? In these extremely precarious times we need a president firmly established and settled in his mind regarding the almost unsurmountable problems ahead. . 2. Willkie fooled us once, which means never again for most of us. 3. The third objection to Willkie is the fact that Roosevelt, according to recent utterances, is not at all opposed to him as an occupant of the White House, which suggests, at least, that there might be identical trains in their political thinking, which is most as suredly the thing we Americans and our country need to get away from. now and for all time. 4. Willkie would not have sufficient universal appeal to bring the Repub lican party back into power, which must be done in order to restore political and economic, not to mention social, sanity in the country. Alice M. Heinz, 920 XV. Seventh st., Daven port, la. Artist Denies Effort To Make 'Uncle Sam' Look Like Roosevelt To the Open Forum Editor: In the Oct. 24 issue of your paper you reproduce a poster of Uncle Sam the original of which was made by us Above the reproduction the caption appears, "Uncle Sam ... or Roose velt,'' the text accompanying it implies that my drawing was made with the thought of making Uncle Sam resem ble our president. 'Please be advised that no such idea influenced me in making this draw ing, neither subconsciously or other wise, and the model used most defi nitely was not selected because of any likeness to President Roosevelt. A copy of this letter is being sen to the Office of War Information. Leon Helguera, Flsher-McKenzle, Inc. 531 Fifth ave., New York, N. Y. Equitable World To Be the Only But Difficulties in the Way Are Declared Enormous. To the Open Forum Editor: The challenge of the present world crisis can be met only by a world order based upon liberty and equality. The present crisis is not the result of the disorder of one continent Europe nor the affair of one race the white race. Europe and the white race do not occupy any longer the central position of former centuries. The American frontier is not only on the Rhine; but it is also on the Mekong, the Dnieper, and the Niger. A TOTAL CRISIS. For the first time in history we are involved in a total crisis, deciding in a total way the fate of our world. This war is neither in its origin nor in its consequences a European war. It is a world war. But it Is not a world war between continents or races. Nor is it what some American fascists would have welcomed, a war of the white or Nordic race against inferior races, against Asiatic Russia or the Yellow Peril. It is a war in which on both sides all races are involved, a war the outcome of which will determine the fu ture of all races on earth. who wnx WIN. The opponents of Germany and Japan will win the war, overcome the crisis and establish the peace only if Defends Iowa Wonders If Critics Are Jealous of Prestige Of the School. To the Open Forum Editor: I am both disgusted and wondering why this smear and criticizing cam paign has been launched against Iowa State college! Are these carping critics jealous of the prestige of Iowa State, or have they hidden motives up their sleeves to undermine the people's faith in this great and noble school ? It is an institution that has sent forth 50,000 or more splendid young men and women into the streams of our national life to enrich it by their achievements in the curriculums taught in this school. Anyone acquainted with Iowa State college knows it is a workhouse and not a playground, for if a student won't apply himself to his work he is politely told he had better go some where else and not take up the time of his instructors who can better apply it to those who are eager and willing to work. I have known many of these professors and teachers personally for the last 25 years and have found them efficient teachers and fine Christian men and women whoso object in life is to help the ambitious youth of Iowa and other states and lands who wanted an education that would open to them the doors of industry home economics, veterinary medicine, engineering, and agriculture, knowing that a diploma from Iowa State was a magic wand giving them the first chance. Why? Because educators and business men knew that Iowa State college produced the product they wanted, namely, expertly and scientifically trained young men and women. So this tempest in a teapot about a pamphlet is not going to hurt Iowa State in the estimation of people who know the real facts. (The Rev.) Paul J. Gramness, 3927 University ave., Des Moines. She Asks Question . About Social Gains To the JDpen Forum Editor: Henry Wallace says that powerful interests are out to destroy the social gains of the last 10 years. What social gains? Taking power from the people and establishing it in the executive at Washington by vast bureaucratic setups, bribing the people with handouts, doles and subsidies to maintain power-s"principles of totall tarianism all obtained by sky-rocket ing the national debt, did not solve one of our major problems and perma nently benefited no -one, only the "big financiers who create money out of nothing and therefore will reap this great windfall that the masses will have to pay back, with interest, be sides by hard labor and deprivation because Article I, Section 8, Clause 5 of our Constitution that delegates this power to congress (all the people) is not enforced. Goldya V. Dougall, Everly, la. Opposition Voiced to Socialized Medicine To the Open Forum Editor: If the new medical bill passes, our whole medical system, including hospitals, physicians, private charitable institutions, will be overthrown, and taxation on every Individual will be doubled, and a dictator under title of "surgeon general" will have complete charge. He will appoint all doctors and hospitals; he will dictate who is to be your family physician. He might be a colored doctor or a Japanese. If this bill passes, it is effective Jan. 1, 1944. Every individual, every hospital, pharmacist, and physician should write his congressman at once, deploring this plan to socialize medicine. Mrs. J. II. Savage, Humboldt, la. Order Is Said Peace Solution they disenthrall themselves from their parochial and sectional views, from their racial preoccupations, from national isolationism and continental provincialism. It is a unique and distinguishing character of this greatest crisis in recorded human history that the survival and the victory of all free peoples depend upon their becoming and remaining United Nations. ALL OR NONE. The free peoples of the earth are today in a situation in which there is no survival for them except as United Nations. Although the forces of democracy, industrial technology and nationalism in mutual support and conflict have shared the background out of which the present crisis grew, yet they point toward harmonization in the United Nations. The difficulties in the way of the realization of this new situation are tremendous. It has always been easier for men to sacrifice their lives and even their fortunes than to abandon their habitual ways of thought and feeling, their prejudices and traditions. Today it demands great wisdom and courage to see that in the present crisis nationalism is not enough. The greatest obstacle to a permanent asso ciation of nations by which the secur ity of each shall be made to rest upon the strength of the whole are disbelief in its feasibility "and our subjection to the traditions of national sover eignty and independence. Dr. Herman Hausheer, Blockton, la. State College ' you would be pungent, be brief, for it is with words as with sunbeams the more they .are condensed, the deeper they burn." Robert Southey. SUBMITS SIDE OF UNION MUSICIANS To the Open Forum Editor: When in your Sunday (Oct. 31) edi torial under the caption "No Defense for Czars and Rackets," you incor porated therein the phrase "the sue cessful use of point-of-the-gun tactics by Caesar Petrillo, et al," are you sure your automatic blunderbus did not miss the target at which you aimed? Caesar Petrillo is an orcnestra leader in Chicago who has no official connec tlon with the American Federation of Musicians. James C. Petrillo, a brother of Caesar, is the president, to whom the poisoned arrows of the national press, by common consent, have applied the cognomen of "Caesar" because of its denotation of power. And now that you have brought the subject into local notice we wish to point out a few facts which are unani mously ignored in one of the most dis creditable campaigns known to the history of modern journalism. NEGOTIATIONS SOUGHT. "James C. Petrillo," backed by the 638 delegates composing the national convention, held at Dallas, Texas, in 1942, was directed to undertake ne gotiations with the recording and tran scription companies for employment failure in which would result in with drawal from the paltry service then in vogue. No unlawful threats have been made no sabotage has been employed; no guns have been brought into play. UPHELD IN COURT. We have been dragged into federal court twice. In each instance our de fense has been sustained. Our initial court appearance was before Judge Barnes in the U. S. District Court in Chicago. From his decision the opposi tlon took an appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The latter tri bunal affirmed Judge Barnes in memorandum citation even refusing: to go to the trouble of writing an opin ion on the merits. After commencing the second suit the government aban doned the same on its own motion. The War Labor Board that Kanga roo Court with its assumed tripartite powers of prosecutor, trier, and ad judicator has also thundered vocifer ously in the index, but has thus far been unable to accomplish anything, and with calmness we are awaiting its next move. The. organization seeks its objective only through the medium of con tract relationship. Farther than that it has not the slightest inclination to go PART IN WAR. The A. F. of M. is nearly a half century old. It has nearly 135,000 members. Thirty-three thousand are In the present war. On Oct. 1 it had $375,000 invested in U. S. war bonds $275,000 in Canadian war bonds (Dominion musicians being affiliated herewith) and on Oct. 20 the execu tive board of which we have had the honor to be a member for 29 years directed the secretary-treasurer to in vest another one hundred thousand. These facts are not set forth in any spirit of boastfulness; but an organiza tion which is featured day after day as bent upon wholesale brigandage, is en titled to its day for hearing before the high court of public opinion after which it will not be afraid to submit to any decree of "due process of law Chauncey A. Weaver, Insurance Ex change bldg., Des Moines. EDITOR'S NOTE: Tht Sunday Reg Uitcr gladly gives Mr. Weaver thi opportunity to present the musicia I union's side of the case. THE FORGOTTEN ALLY: By Pierre van Paassen. Dial. $2.75. Reviewed by Rcece Stuart, jr. THE title character of Mr. van Paassen's book is the Zionist Jew of Palestine, and behind him the Jews of the world who support him, spiritually and financially, and look with racial nostalgia to the national homeland he has sought since Biblical times and which, until recently, he thought he had found at the eastern end of the Mediterranean. Mr. van Paassen has encountered that nostalgia in the stinking ghettoes of Central Europe, has been aware of it though not himself Jewish in many other parts of the world, and has witnessed the heart-breaking disappointment in Palestine itself as pledges gave way to imperialistic politics. BLAMES BRITISH He does not support the charge, widely believed, that Britain promised Palestine, plus Trans-Jordan, first to the Jews in the Balfour Declaration, and then promised it again to the Arabs, as reward for their assistance in defeat of the Turk in World War I. He insists, and convincingly cites the record, that the pledge to the Jews was an honest one and the ONLY one. He insists and goes even to Colonel Lawrence own writings to prove that the famed "Revolt in the Desert" simply never occurred, that the Arabs, indeed, contributed very little to British success against the Turk, hence that Britain is riot in the Arabs' debt. The very incidence of violent antag onisms between Jew and Arab in Palestine he lays at the door of anti- Semite British civil servants charged with the administration of the man date which was to culminate in an in dependent Palestine. Jew and 1 Arab, he declares, have lived amicably together all over the Arab world for centuries, until British imperialists took alarm at the prospect of the growth of a love of independence which would have radiated from an "Island of freedom" in Palestine through the colonial-mmded peoples of the Levant. SECRET Inspired by this fear, van Paassen charges, Britain not only has cast fcar- Each of the Two Thought Her Sister Was Mad THE WALSH GIRLS: By Elizabeth Janeway. Doubleday, Doran. $2.50. Reviewed by Ogden G. Dwlght. THERE is one main thing wrong with this book Miss Janeway takes too long to get to the point. Which is: that each of the Walsh girls Reviewer Fears The Author May Kill the Umpire THE PEOPLE FROM HEAVEN: By John Sanford. Harcourt, Brace. $2.50. JOHN SANFORD is on the side of the angels but I am not sure that they are going to like it. He may kill the umpire as well as the enemy. The enemy is Intolerance, Bigotry, Meanness, personified in the people from heaven. They are sons and daughters of the village of Jamestown, all good American stock. The angels are a doctor, a preacher, a prostitute and a persecuted Negress and, of course, Mr. Sanford himself. Battle is joined, literally, where Tobacco Road crosses Spoon River. No holds are barred and the war-cries are unrestrained. Relief from stridency- is provided by mordant humor and extravagant, figures of speech. Heroic figures, not figurines. I don't know when I enjoyed a third rate book more. I wish Mr. Sanford would rewrite the Paul Bunyan stories. John Bunyan's too. W. L. Hassett. U. S. Forest Fires BURNING AN EMPIRE: By Stewart H. Holbrook. Macmillan. $2.50. This unusual book tells the horrible stories of the great American forest fires in Minnesota, Wyoming, Michigan and the Northwest since 1871. Many, of those fires have cremated whole towns, and the lucky few fleeing a tornado of flame in timely trains have had their hair burst into flame as they sat In railroad cars. Mr. Holbrook's book is a plea for greater fire control and for reforestation, of course, and his, breath-taking stories of being burned alive may help. This Is the First-Novel The Knopf Fellowship BRIGHT IS THE MORNING: By Robert Gibbons. Knopf. $2.50. THIS first novel, winner of the Knopf fellowship award in fiction, is the story of a southern farm family, the Gaels. John, the wise father; Nolie, a jealous and fiercely possessive mother; Joe Tom, the son who bears the mark of the Gael "wild blood", and Jesse, target of his mother's possess! vencss, unwitting and unwilling victim of hr plots and suspicions: that is the family. riers in the path of Zionists but actually has financed the cause of Arab nationalism in Syria to the north, as well as in Palestine proper, to demonstrate failure of the French as colonial it " - , ' ' Vv. " ,' , " i Pierre van Paassen. His Facts Cannot Be Ignored. administrators and to bring both Syria and Palestine back under Arab and hence, British domination. Mr. van Paassen charges also that the "best kept secret of the war" Is the contribution made by Palestine Jews to the success of the British war effort In the Near East, In Egypt and across Africa, a contribution made gratuitously when it Is considered that Palestine Is officially neutral in this war. He charges formally that the United Nations are coldly permitting the extermination of thousands of European Jews whom they could save. NOT TO BE IGNORED "I make no emotional appeal," tha author wrote in his preface. "My language Is not violent; the facts are." Thry are. The facts, names, places, dates which he arrays cannot bo Ignored. The United Nations cannot Ignore them. Certainly Britain cannot Ignore them even until the end of this war. Here, on a national, a racial, scope, is the nearest thing to a modern Zola's "J'accuse." It clamors for aa answer. Walsh Girls -Miss Lydla Walsh and Mrs. George Peterson thinks the other is mad. Lydia is the victim of terrible repression. Mrs. Peterson Helen is the victim of a marriage which the Nazis have torn asunder, and her sec ond venture is tainted by those fumes. BOTH WANT GEORGE The spinster, Lydia, and the wife, Helen, pregnant and distraught each is in love with the same man, George. That a logical solution comes out of this domestic mess is a tribute to Miss Janeway's skill as a novelist. That she has been able to carry the book through to such a conclusion, however, is something that happened In spite of, not because f the author. Miss Janeway has laid so much groundwork in "The Walsh Girls" that by the time the reader grasps the main theme he is too tired to care. HOME LD7E Meantime he has absorbed a great deal of life in the "average" middle class American home: going to work every morning; cooking meals; having people in for drinks; small talk over the bridge table; vicarious romance; mortgage foreclosures; petty and inconsequential mental aberrations. And so when the climax comes, it it high time. The Thrilling Story Of Flying Marine Hero JOE FOSS, FLYING MARINE: By Walter Simmons. Dutton. $2.50. EDDIE RICKENB ACKER, outstanding ace of World War I, brought down 26 planes in 1913. Maj. Joe Foss, practically the prototype of the Flying Marines, has 26 Jap planes to his credit already and there are those who say that the war in the Pacific is yet young. Joe didn't leave off because he'd tied a record. Malaria sent him home a thing the Japs had been unable to do. But he opens this story with the expression of a hope "to get some more cracks at the fellows who started this mess." His story, a thrilling account of 63 days in the skies over the Southwest Pacific when our toe-hold there was precarious, would be a horror-tale to Tojo. It makes the award of the Congressional Medal to Major Foss seem a gesture almost as modest aa the major himself. R. S., jr. Which Won Award The invader is Chloe, a girl something like a sprite. To Jesse, her husband, she Is love, beauty and satisfaction; to Joe Tom she Is a figure of passion he cannot put aside. The book is done with a fine sense of mood: trampled happiness and jealousies are blended into a mustard pot of emotion; and through it all runs the warp of the thought: that a family Is like a river, for although there may be tributaries and bayous, . the main stream still slides on. O.G.D.

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