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Drew Pearson LEAK IN THE POWDER BARREL PalmTBeach POSt-TillieS A JOHN H PEHKY NEWSPAPER John H Htrry Jf frt W Alttrbury Jr.. TftM. ( ffil B Kihy. Publisher. Urntrtl Manager H H kirkpitrick, fcdiior (' K Nfuhowr. Kik Rrfitnr H Mtrl EUii. Circulation Dtrtttor Pubhthrd fcich Saturday and Sunday at T5l South U.iw. Wnt Palm Beach. Ha J3402 By Ptrry Publication!. Inc. Member of tht Awocnttd Prraa. Second rlaa pottr pa.d at Wtai Palm Beach. Florida Tha A hoc ia led Prtaa ta eacluaively entitled to tht um tor republication of all newa Member Audit Bureau of Circulation M rWMirTt(lRT-4 NRIfft Distillers, Defense Firms Acquiring Film Companies watch to see whether certain justice officials go to work for the companies iater. Maneuvers by the whiskey cabal to get control of MGM FmI m4 limn I yur US 4(1 S monlht . . 14 TO 3 montht IU.15 I mni I S5 Ttatr A Sn4ay I yur 131 20 6 monthi ...115 60 3 monthi .... 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Warner has already merged with Seven Arts, and is now the subject of a second merger with the Nation.il General Corporation, which owns the former Fox West Coast Theatres. Should the Justice Department Ok this merger, all the work of trust-busting Thurman Arnold would go up in smoke. It was ho who forced motion picture producers to sell their theatres on the sound ground that a guaranteed outlet for films deprecia'.'d 'heir quality. Experience has s'.iown this to be true. Never heloss. Warner-Seven Arts now wants to combine with Nat'on.il Gen oral and its theatre thai- . Behind this dial , e ;'ie First National Baikot Los. n, together with Ch trios Allen of Allen and Company, Eugene Klein and Bert .leino ..f Los Angeles, plus, secretl' , Edgar Bronfman and William For man. Allen is 'he o.vner of "The Pill," subj.'r; oi much birth control controversy, a.id is the third richest man i i th world. Forman, an ex-convir, is a big owner of Cineran :. Bert Klo ner and Eugene Ki.'m are Vest Coast inv"stors h the Fund of Funds h S.vi' viiand, also g'T.erous contrib.ors to Hubert Humphrey - campaign. These contributions appear to be one reason the tS'amer-Seven Arts executive- seem confident that the merger with National General will bo OK'd by the Justice Departm?nt. The position of the Nixon administration regarding these deals is subject to considerable speculation in Hn.lywood and on Wall Street. Nixon wrote a private letter '1 2,000 Wall Stretters in September frowning on government regulation. This, taken with the fact that his Wail Street law firm represent many clients subject to government regulation, would tend to put him on the side of the movie-whiskey -defense contractors. On the other hand Eisenhower's Attorney 'general, William Rogers, close triend of Nixon's, did an excellent lob of trust-busting. WASHINGTON - The American public doesn't know it, but the motion pictures it sees are now being produced largely by whiskey distillers, big defense contractors or giant holding corporations. And more of these big mergers are on the way. Right now, pending before the Justice Department is the proposed Westinghouse ac-quistion of Universal Pictures which has already combined with Decca Records and the Music Corporation of America, world's biggest agency booking actors, musicians and other talent. Also in the offing is the purchase of Twentieth Century-Fox, one of the Big Five picture companies, by the Aluminum Corporation of America, the world's largest aluminum producer. The Glen Alden Corporation which owns Schenley, second biggest liquor company, also owns RKO-Stanley Warner Theatres, a deal put together by David Baird, recently under investigation by the SEC. The American Aviation Company, another defense contractor, owns Embassy, producers of the hi: movie, "Lion in Winter," starring Katherine Hepburn. Transamerica, another big holding company, owns United Artists and is dickering to acquire Metromedia, which owns an important chain of radio and television stations, together with an outdoor advertising company. The most interesting combines, however, are the domination of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, one of the world's largest motion picture companies, by executives of Seagram, the world's largest whiskey distiller; also the proposed merger of Warner Brothers with National General Theatres. Both deals appear to be viewed complacently by the Justice Department, though they would cause vigorous crackdowns in the days when Thurman Arnold was making the Antitrust Law more than a mere scrap of paper. The mergers may present an interesting problem to the Nixon administration, unless Justice Department officials under Johnson bless them first. In this case the public should Art Buchvvald Has Europe Forgotten? Nationalism Rising Again Wrong Treatment The general aura of tolerance for the lawbreaker and of permissiveness toward intolerable public behavior has been an important factor precipitating what is now called a "crisis of law and order." The irony of it is that as government moves to satisfy public demand for rejuvenating the rule of law, the first steps, will in many cases, be toward restrict;-." legislation which will be felt most strongly by fhe law abiding citizen and most likely miss controlling the criminal element since they have no intention of obeying the laws anyway. A case in point can be found in the matter of gun controls. Many new restrictions have been placed on the sale and ownership of firearms and ammunition in this session of Congress. New proposals including the registration and licensing of all firearms will probably be back again in the next session. It is estimated that there may be as many as 100 million guns owned by private citizens in the United States. It would take separate state agencies or another bureau of the federal government to handle the monumental task of registering all these firearms and licensing their owners. Two things would happen, either the whole operation would be allowed to run a major deficit and be supported by other tax revenue, or the cost of licensing to the gun owner would become prohibitive for many sportsmen and gun collectors owning a number of firearms. In any case, the means would be established to restrict or severely limit at any time the ownership of firearms by the private citizens. Meanwhile, the criminal element would be left largely untouched since they would not register firearms they intended to use in the commission of a crime. Reestablishment of a national atmosphere of respect for the law and the society which it protects will not come from restriction of the many millions of law-abiding citizens who own guns and use them for the constructive and healthful sports of hunting and competitive shooting. Unreasonable restrictions only create more disrespect for all law and, indirectly, lead to more criminal activity. were hot last week as Edgar Bronfman, president of Seagram, tried to grease the exit of Robert O'Brien, as head of MGM. O'Brien is a former Roosevelt New Dealer who served on the Securities and Exchange Commission. Bronfman is son of the old bootlegging family which made a killing shipping Canadian whiskey to the French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon off the Canadian Coast from whence it was bootlegged into the United States in the old prohibition days. The U.S. Treasury Department once collected $1,500,000 from Seagram for non-payment of taxes on bootlegged whiskey. Working with his brother-in-law, John L. Loeb, Jr., and Bernard H. Auer of Time magazine, Bronfman proposed Lewis Polk, formerly of General Mills, as new president of the giant movie concern. To get acquainted with Polk, Bronfman invited fellow directors to his home the night before the directors' meeting. Polk, however, failed to show. Next morning he said he had another engagement. The directors next day postponed a decision when chairman George Killion said he had learned Polk was Immature and undependable. Polk is the second man Bronfman has proposed as head of MGM, the first being his pal, Jerry Goldsmith. Goldsmith would appear even less qualified to be a movie executive. He Is an expert shooting in Spain with Bronfman, enjoying Paris night life, building a toll bridge to Paradise Island's new gambling ca "But the difference is that my man won and your man lost, and that means your people are out and my people are in." "So it does," Rumpelmeyer said. "I'll drink to that." "You won't drink to It!" Sharkey sa'id. "I'll drink to it!" "I don't know what's gotten into you, Sharkey. I'm sure Nixon's happier about all this than you are." "What do you know about Nixon?" Sharkey cried. "I voted for him." p J ftfH5J' i (' J N.Y. Tinn's News Service PARIS Europe is still struKRling, 50 years after the end of the first world war, to leam the lessons of that tragic conflict. Essentially it was a civil war within the Western World, in which Russia lost 1,700,000 dead, France, 1,357,-800, the British 908,371, and Italy 650,000, but the spirit of nationalism, which produced this frightful disaster, is rising again five decades later. In the village churchyards of England these past few days, there were solemn ceremonies of remembrance for the dead, but here in Paris Armistice Day was celebrated by jets and helicopter gun platforms flying just above the plane trees along the Champs Elysees, and not far away another "Paris peace conference" was lost in a tangle of nationalistic arguments over another war In Vietnam. Europe now known, Paul Valery, the French poet, wrote after the first world war, that its civilization could vanish as other great civilizations had perished In the past. "Elam, Ninevah, Babylon were but beautiful names and the total ruin of those worlds had as little significance for us as their very existence. But France, England, Russia. . . these too would be beautiful names. . . and we see now that the abyss of history Is deep enough to hold us ail. We are aware that a civilization has the same fragility as a We. The circumstances that could send the works of Keats and Baudelaire to join the works of Menander are no longer inconceivable; they are in the newspapers. . ." Still, the pride of nationalism, and the glorification of military arms go on, and the ideal of a United States of Europe, so bright and hopeful even a few short years ago, has declined under the pressure of General De Gaulle's evangelical chauvenism. David Lawrence The Gloating Republican Only 75 Years Old Jean Monnet, the father of the post-war movement for European political unity, and still at 80 the most optimistic statesman on this continent, is alarmed by the drift of Europe's political leaders back to the old nationalism. What will the new American administration do now? He asks, as he prepares for another trip to Washington and New York. Will Richard Nixon make the effort necessary to reverse the present trend and revive the movement toward European unity and arms control, or will he go back further to the dangerous confrontation of the old cold war? Monnet thinks the Western World is at another critical turning point. He believes the leaders of the Soviet Union are acting again out of weakness and fear. He thinks they are worried about having a hostile China on one flank and a hostile Germany, backed by the United States, on the other. But unlike many other observers in this part of the world, he concludes from this that Moscow realty wants an understanding and an accommodation with Washington. His thesis is that the Soviet leaders Invaded Czechoslovakia in order to protect their western flank, not to threaten Western Europe. As he analyzes their present actions, they are not acting out of ideology but for their own security, and are raising the threat of Soviet Power, not to endanger West really be established in Europe. Just before the armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, the American people had elected on Nov. 5 a Republican majority in both houses of Congress. This was largely due to dissatisfaction over the war. For the United States had never participated In a major war overseas, and many people felt It was a mistake. So when President Wilson In 1919 signed the Versailles peace treaty, which called for the creation of a League of Nations, the opposition in the Senate was so Intense that the treaty was defeated because, of the League. It was argued by the critics that the new International organization would mean farther Involvement of the United States in world affairs and an obligation to maintain peace through military power. Later on, on 1921, the United States formally declared the war terminated, and ratified separate treaties with Germany, Hungary and Austria, but it never accepted membership In the League of Nations. This course was considered then by many disinterested persons as a grave mistake because, without the active participation of the United States, no International organization could make much headway, and the League of Nations foundered. In fact, the disarray in Europe in the 1930's and the Isolationist sentiment In the United Slates encouraged Adolf Hitler ' I 1 f fi f 1 Ngf ern Europe, but to force serious conservations with Europe and the United States to protect their western frontier. Accordingly, he sees the new administration in the United States as an opportunity to open important diplomatic discussions within Europe, and then between Europe and the United States and finally, between the Western allies and Moscow and the other Warsaw Pact nations. He is aware that Nixon has talked a good deal about new diplomatic initiatives both with the NATO allies and the Soviet Union, but thinks it is vital to arrange these talks in the right order and at the right time. For that reason, he will be going to the United States at the beginning of next month in the hope of being able to talk to some of the men around the new presidentelect. "The movement toward economic union is going forward," he says, "much faster than most people realize. The political philosophers and the political leaders of the last generation have made a good start, and the pressure of American business on Europe is forcing Europe to unite economically. But beyond this, the political trends are not good. We have to revive the political consultations that seemed so hopeful a few years ago, and we must not mis-Judge what the Soviets are doing." The vitality of Europe 50 years after the first worjd war encourages Monnet to go on working for the unity of Europe and for new talks between the allies and the Soviets. What is worrying Moscow is not Washington but Peking, as he sees it, and the present trend of Soviet policy is not, as he analyzes it, a menace to the security of the West, but an opportunity to negotiate new security arrangements between Moscow and the western allies. to believe that, if he wanted to conquer other parts of Europe, he would not be blocked by any military force from the United States. It was only when the militaristic government In Tokyo which was working in collusion with Hitler, decided to attack Pearl Harbor, so as to divert American strength from possible help to Western Europe, that the United States In December 1941 got into World War II. Hitler was mistaken when he assumed that America would not eventually Join the battle and aid France and Great Britain to defend themselves on the European front against conquest by the Nazis. The circumstances have changed In 50 years, and the individuals who lead the various nations or who threaten peace are different personalities. But the fundamental principles which affect peace In the international situation are much the same today. This very month the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is reassembling In Brussels In an effort to increase the military strength of Western Europe and to build a potential defense against Soviet aggression. There are threats of war in the Middle East, and Russia is sending a bigger and bigger fleet Into the Mediterranean. All this Is causing apprehension among those who follow carefully the Intricate maneuvers of International affairs, most of whom today would agree that times haven't changed much In 50 years. The planned 41,000-mile Interstate Highway System is almost two-thirds completed. About 20,000 miles, 64 per cent of the system, are open to traffic and construction is underway on an additional 6,000. When the original 41,000 miles is finished the system will be the longest interconnected highway-network in the world. But, while the basic network will soon be completed, it is improbable that the Interstate System will ever be finished. Growing population, increasing numbers of vehicles, both private cars and commercial units, will create ever greater need for express highways and as the years go by additions to the original plan will be made. And then there's the problem of maintenance. Long before all the need for new additions is met parts of the original system will require rebuilding increasing four lanes to six or six to eight. The Interstate System is by far the greatest construction project the world has ever seen; which is all the more remarkable when one considers that the motor vehicle, without which the super highway would never have been dreamed of, is only about 75 years old. Makes one wonder what further changes the automobile will have brought by the time of its 100th birthday which will be somewhere between 1975 and 1992 depending on whose car one accepts as the first successful model. World Changed But Little In The Past Half Century Billy Graham 'Last Days 5 Signs Seen Everywhere "Everyone knows about Nixon," Rumpelmever said. "He'll probably make a fine ' President." I thought Sharkey was going to hit him. "Rump, we may not have agreed politically with each other in the past, and we may have had our differences on the future of this country, but I never thought you'd stoop so low as to steal my one moment of triumph, after I waited eight miserable, lonely years." "You're right, Sharkey. This Is your moment, so let me buy you a drink." Sharkey rose from the table and screamed, "I'll buy my 'own drinks! Can't you got It through your head? I won!" He wheeled around and walked out of the restaurant, leaving his coat behind. Rumpelmeyer shrugged his shoulders and said to me: "The Nixon people are certainly taking their win. awfully hard." He also said, "Iniquity shall abound." Crime Is on the increase, and everywhere there Is violence, prejudice, hatred and war. While wars have been prevalent throughout history, ttie last half century has seen more bloodshed than the previous nineteen centuries. He also said, "Many shall bo otfended. and shall betray one another, and hate one another." Have nerves ever been so taut? Have psychiatrists ever been so busy? Phobias, fears, and deep hatreds abound everywhere. There are many other signs in Matthew 24, and I can find none which are not being fulfilled. Bible Verse Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. Job 28:28 WASHINGTON - The next few weeks are going to be very tough for those people who were rooting for Vice President Humphrey to win the election. After gloating at the Republicans for eight years the Democrats are getting some of their own medicine back and It's not easy for the Dems to accept the loss with good grace. The only Democrat I know who has been able to handle it is my friend Rumpelmeyer. I bumped into him at lunch the other day and he said, "Sharkey's joining me in a few minutes, and he's going to be impossible over the Nixon win. He specifically invited me to lunch so I would eat crow." "Why did you accept?" "I thought I'd have some fun. Hang around and see what happens." I took a seat and a few minutes later Sharkey came In bubbling and bouncing, hardly able to contain himself. "Well, Rump," he said after he ordered a drink. "What did you think of the electlons7" "Who won?" Rumpelmeyer said. "I've been out of town for a week and haven't seen a paper." Sharkey flushed. "Don't give me that, Rumpelmeyer. You know damn well who won." "No, I really don't Sharkey. The last I heard was that Ag-new called the New York Times a fat Jap." Sharkey waved his finger. "You're not going to trick me with that innocent routine, Rump. I've waited eight years for this moment." Rumpelmeyer said, "Good heavens, Sharkey. You're not going to tell me Nixon won the election?" Sharkey yelled, "You're darn tootln' he won and you're eating your heart out." Rumpelmeyer turned to me. "Is it true," "I'm afraid it is," I said. Everyone's conceded It but Mayor Daley. "Well," said Rumpelmeyer, "This calls for a celebration." "I'll do the celebrating," Sharkey yelled. "I rooted for him. You didn't." "I think that's rather selfish of you, Sharkey. After all, Nixon Is my President, too. I believe we should drink to him." Sharkey as getting so mad he gripped the table. "Don't patronize me, Rump. I didn't come here to listen to you toast Nixon." "But Sharkey," Rumpelmeyer said. "I don't know why you should be so upset about me wanting to toast Nixon. After all, it's only a presidential election, and if you've seen one President, you've seen them all." "Yes. Rumpelmeyer," Sharkey said, gritting his teeth. Goals In Life WASHINGTON - Do times really change? There always seems to be either a war going on or talk about peace or the threat of another war. Fifty years ago the armistice that terminated World War I was celebrated on Nov. 11 with enthusiasm, but It was nothing like the tremendous outpouring of joy in parades and demonstrations which had come four days earlier when the people of the United States thought the war was over. Actually, a mistaken report not discovered until many hours later had started the premature rejoicing. The report came in a dispatch by the United Press from Paris, and in many ways the pre-armlstice celebration was far more unrestrained and more people participated In It than when the real armistice was proclaimed four days later. The erroneous report was due entirely to a misunderstanding in Paris, where a U.S. Navy admiral told a representative of the Uniied Press that the armistice had been agreed upon in nearby Compiegne, where the German armistice commission was carrying on truce negotiations with the allies. The admiral a few days later explained that he had misunderstood a telephone message, and took full blame for having unintentionally misled the reporter. The cessation of hostilities turned out to be the beginning of a long negotiation, and was followed by an era of doubt as to whether a firm peace could What information can you give me about the closing days and what wo can expect before the coming of the Lord? B.K. The only reliable source of information, regarding the closing days of history is the Bible. Our Lord, when asked by His disciples, "What shall be the sign of Thy coming and of the end of the world", gave several signs in the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew. He said, "Many shall come In my name saying '1 am Christ' and shall deceive many." He plainly said that there would be a revival of 'religion', but a decrease in real spirituality. There are signs of this As organizations get bigger and jobs more specialized, a sense of purpose for the individual is more easily lost. Commenting on this, T. B. Jefferson, publisher of Welding Engineer, says: "One of the tragedies of our times is the fact that so many people do not have an overriding purpose, a life ambition or a goal in what they are presently doing. Have you noticed how little enthusiasm some people display for their work? 'It's a job.' it's something to do.' it makes me a living.' These seem to be their attitudes. What a terrible approach to a job . . . We are told that five per cent of the people in the U.S. will provide the leadership for the coming generation. Those leaders will come from people who have ambitions and goals in life. Do you?" One of the most worthwhile goals which anyone can have is to excel in whatever job he does. Aside from personal satisfaction and almost inevitable monetary reward, there is another return whose value is virtually incalculable. Doing a job and doing it well can be its own goal, and it can be a vital influence in making effective concerned citizens out of the younger generation.

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