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EVERYDAY MAGAZINE MONDAY, JULY 23, 194T ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH PAGE 3C My OPINION By MARTHA CARR They Found St. Louis Hospitable Japanese-Americans, Relocated Here, Happy Over Lack of Hate and Suspicion By Dick Terry Dear Martha Carr: MY fiance recently came home after 30 months' overseas. After our third evening together he told me he didn't want to ettle down. He has been drinking heavily and running; around. I know I should be glad I found out but all I do is cry and have leepleBa nights and have lost 20 pounds. I kr-ep thinking of the four years tt my life wasted. The engagement Is broken and I can't hope that he will change. I can't peem to forget him and feel terribly depressed all the time. I fear a nervous breakdown. What hall I do? SUSAN D. Letters intended for this column must be addressed to Martha Carr at the St. Louis Poit-Ditpatch. Mrs. Carr will answer all questions of general interest, but of coune, cannot pive advice on matters of a purely legal or -medical nature. Those who do not care to have their letters published may en-close an addressed and stamped envelope for personal reply. There is no use weeping bitter tears over what is past and tione with. You are fortunate to have discovered before lyar-riage, rather than after, that the man you love is addicted to irink and to chasing about. You have a heartache now, it is true, but whether you believe it or not, that will heal and you will later fall in love again, whereas if you married him he night cause you endless heartache for the rest of your lives. Don't attempt to flee from a situation by indulging in a nervous breakdown. Instead resolve to stop singing the blues, and be out and into the summer sunshine. Girls who swim nd play tennis and are out for all the good times remain healthy minded and manage to overcome their troubles, not Ink mnder them. I ri AXSWER TO "Mrs. XXX": Your boy will have lots i Ivor fun if he remains part of a crowd and dates within the ' arroup, and does not pay attention to any girl exclusively until (tie baa past his teens. Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope trum ''VfaaMillnn Pnnnlaritv" lonflrt ft Ef ANSWER TO "Mrs. II.": I think the ad must refer to p, kaby sitter. Such a one stays with children while the parents are absent, during the evening after the youngster la sfely in bed is the usual time. Exactly what each individual would require of you can be determined only by answering the ad, j Dear Martha Carr: ' I HAVE three girl friends I am very fond of. Every Mon-1 day and Friday I do their hair for them. I ask them in turn to do mine for me just once each week, but no matter what evening I set for them to do it they always have something else to do. Do you think I should refuse to do their hair any more until they start doing a few things for me? Doing their Jialr isn't all I do for them by any means. I press their clothes nd do their mending and other odd jobs for them. They are employed but I am married and at home. I don't ask a thing ef these three girls except the one favor regarding my hair. X would like your opinion. WORRIED. The answer to this, it seems to me, is quite obvious and I wonder that your girl friends haven't thought of it long ago. Eventually the meekest, kindest and most willing little worm will turn, and they can't expect you to keep on forever slaving with no reward whatsoever. I think you would be much emarter to let them know all these little services will be discontinued beginning row. You'll find it simples and cheaper in the long run to have your hair done each week at a beauty hop and let your unco-operative friends get along as best they may. I.V ANSWER TO "Sweet Tooth": You can still have cake, and likewise conserves and Jellies, even though you have very little sugar. Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope for my Sugarless Sweets" leaflet which will give you these recipes nd many others. IS ANSWER TO "Eighteen": If you and your mother think you 'look neat and attractive in the shorts I see no reason why you should worry what the neighbors have to say bout them. Of course there is a time and a place and one Joesn't wear them to church or to stroll around just anywhere. Be sure you have the figure for them, however, and have Ihem well fitting. XX ANSWER TO "Duty Calls": The first requirement is lhat you be graduated from an accredited high school. Some rther job might interest you, and my "Vocations for Girls" leaflet has some suggestions for you. Send me a stamped self-a ddressed envelope and I'll mail it to you, IX ANSWER TO "MRS. R. Take up your problems ith the Red Cross office, 3414 Lindell boulevard. They will e able to advise you. Social Problems ) By Emily Post HE was a small, frightened middle-aged Japanese who had lived more than 35 years in California, but had spent the past three years in a relocation camp in Arkansas. He reported to the War Relocation Authority in the Paul Brown building here and Miss Mary E. Brooks, head of the office, set out to find him a job-one of the first steps in getting a Japanese relocated. He had been a gardener, so she took him to the homes Of several St. Louisans who had openings for gardeners, and before the day was over he had been employed by one of them for $1C0 a month, with room and board thrown in. He was happy about the job, but there was something else that made him even happier. "Those people," he said to Miss Brooks in a tone of surprise and relief, "they were all nice to me." The little gardener's reaction to the kind treatment he received from people whom he thought would look upon him with hate and suspicion was not exceptional. On the contrary, it reflected the fears and apprehensions which beset all the Japanese when they leave the relocation centers to go out and find new lives in strange communities. There were 120,000 persons of Japanese birth or derivation in the relocation centers. Two thirds of them were citizens. These people, except for a mere handful who have maintined their loyalty to Japan, are now in the process of being relocated. So far all but 55,000 of them have been released and relocated. All will have been relocated by Dec. 31 of this year, when funds appropriated by Congress for the relocation centers run out. Of this number, 435 have settled in St. Louis. Before the year is over there will be considerably more, because they have been arriving at the rate of about 25 a month. This isn't high, compared to Chicago, which has received . 14.000 of them, or Cleveland, which has taken in 2500. But it is high compared to pre-war days, when there were exactly 14 Japanese living in St. Louis. This brings up the question of how the relocation in St. Louis is working out. The 435 Japanese have been absorbed into the community with hardly a ripple on the surface." There have been signs of prejudice, but they have been quickly overcome, thanks to the efforts of Miss Brooks, who is not only a diplomat, but who looks after her charges like a shepherd looking after stray lambs. HEN a person leaves the relocation center, after he has been cleared by the FBI, he is allowed to choose where he wants to go, except that he may not go back to the area from which he was evacuated. If he selects St. Louis, the center notifies Miss Brooks that he is coming. He is given his railroad far and $25, provided he has less than $100 of his own. If he has $100 or more, he receives only his railroad fare. He reports to Miss Brooks, who sets out first to find him a place to live, and thpn to find him a job. Until living quarters are found he will be housed in the Y.M.C.A. (or the Y.W.C.A., as the case may be). Several individuals, who have been interested in the relocation work, take them into the homes until they find permanent quarters. ' There has been a surprising lack of prejudice on the part of St. Louisans, Miss Brooks reports, and only in two cases has she run into outright objection. Usually, when she finds a vacant apartment, she goes first to the neighbors, has a chat with them, and leaves them convinced, as she is, that the new tenants will be not only good tenants, but also good neighbors. "They are clean, considerate, and they mind their own business," she points out. In one case a Japanese-American physician purchased a home in St. Louis county. When the w Your Stars By Marion Drew AVHAT TO TOMOR- r-w', TTTT I II ) I rim r inn -n it" h in m mmi n i si '" :. ABOVE, FOUR AMERICANS T v WT --- 7TT2 ' ' ' OF JAPANESE EXTRAC-! J " 1 . , ! kL TI0N AT THE DENTAL' V, , "i I , SCHOOL OF ST. LOUIS , J , " ! y i f ' - ' 'I UNIVERSITY. THEY ARE. tJt' t? tl I - 4f FROM THE LEFT. HIDE 1 ?V 1 ' I , iiili DAKUZAKU, FORMERLY OF it- V V k" t i , ; OAKLAND, CALIF. KEN- . t'i ! H C : ; . NETH CHIKAMOTO AND '&JW $ V WJ H 1 JOHN FUZIAWA, WHO , v " . - 4 .j f, . & WERE IN HONOLULU AT . ' 1 """sl V W i " 1 ON PEARL HARBOR. AND v V Jh i , - WVl F V 4 ; FRANCISCO. AT LEFT. LOIS J ' lL A f3 IrjX ZS ; K.TAZUMI. OF SACRA- DAV i f'A'vU ?K ; MENTO. CALIF. IN TRAIN- . fo , f MXpfx A ING AT DEACONESS HOS- iVU , . s, , ft S M Contract Bridge By Ely Culbertson PARADOXICAL though it may seem, the very lightness of a player's opening bid may obli-"gate him to rebid voluntarily. For example, consider today's deal. South, dealer. Both sides vulnerable. Both sides 40 on score. 4AK1098 J 83 J4 KJ5I A 75 4.Q987 NORTH a SOtTTK E AJ42 K10 4KQ10862 The bidding: South WHt 1 kMrt Ptu Pin Pan PtM Pt 43 JAJ9754 A93 NaHfe 1 IMi tut W. MARI, EMPLOYED AS A GARDENER. EXAMINING FLOWERS WITH MISS MARY E. BROOKS. HEAD OF THE WAR RELOCATION AUTHORITY HERE. MARI S HOME WAS AT SACRAMENTO. TED HATA, PICTURED WHILE VISITING HIS SISTER HERE. WAS WOUNDED BY SHELL FRAGMENTS IN ITALY. HE F ROM a popular writer comes this appeal: "Sometime I wish you would say something about the women's clubs who invite a guest speaker and then keep him cooling his heels while they conduct a business meeting full of trivialities nd detials which easily could be taken care of before the guest of the day arrives. This strikes me as the height of discourtesy, especially when most of the speakers are busy people." To this, I do agree that it can become discourteous if the meeting drags on beyond 15 minutes or so. If a meeting is likely to be of long duration, it should take place before the hour set for the speaker or after the speaker has departed. PEAR MRS. TOST: In the past few years I have noticed several women wearing what looks to be two wedding rings one of plain gold and the other of diamonds or sapphires or rubies. Could you please tell me if this is a new custom and when each is given? Certainly only one is used in the marriage ceremony. Answer: If you mean a complete circle of small stones worn close beside a plain band, the ring is a guard for a wed-ding ring which is purposely bought a larger size than necessary, to allow for the possibility of a thicker finger in later life. The ordinary guard is no thicker than a knife blade. The jeweled one is given whenever her husband can afford to buy it. The wedding ring alone is used in the ceremony. ! PEAR MRS. TOST: When someone explains "the wedding will be formal," what does this mean? Answer: Although the ceremony itself is necessarily formal, the word is meant probably to explain that the bride will he in white with a veil and a bouquet and that there will be bridesmaids, ushers and some floral decorations. KXPECT HOW. General Tendencies This will be the night of a nice full moon, with the added influences of Mars and Neptune to make it dreamy and yet give to impulsive speech and acts. Sounds like a romantic trend to me, but the tinge of Neptune present would caution me to avoid maklne promises which I did not intend to keep. Maybe the other party will feel that way, too, and his or her word is not quite up to par. Keep your emotional side as close to the practical as is possible for the next 24 hours. If Tomorrow In Your Birthday. Make the most of your next year, counting from the present birthdate, not by the calendar. You have chances to improve methods, surroundings or attitude at this time; you may uot have a fortune dumped in your lap. It is by taking the small steps that we all learn how to walk, however, and this is true in your daily work, whether at home or in the office. I'd say that the best period for you would come along after Nov. 1. Tomorrow's Watchword Of course, you have a pretty fair idea of what your own capabilities are and what you want to do in life, but stop to think that this is only a part of reputation, tomorrow's vast subject. "What people say behind your back is your standing in the community," said Ed Howe, the homespun .philosopher, and it's full of common sense. Many a chap who is full of his own importance would be astonished if he heard several of his supposed friends talking him over. neighbors learned of it they objected strenuously. Miss Brooks herself did some missionary work among them, but for once she failed. So she took her problem to a couple of ministers in the community. They paid some calls in the neighborhood, gave the neighbors some talks on the subject of racial1 tolerance, and the doctor was not only accepted, but hns become a popular member of the community. When the relocated person has found a place to live, the next step is a job. In some cases this presents no difficulties, because many types of workers are in demand. Gardeners and cooks, for instance, usually have jobs waiting for them. If there is no job available, they are taken to the United States Employment Service, which as yet hasn't failed to place one of these applicants. While they encounter some prejudice, the employment service reveals, their chief difficulty is not the piejudlce, but the extreme modesty peculiar to Japanese-Americans. They can always do more, and do it better, than they say they can. They have a tendency to play down their own abilities. There was the case of a Japanese-American who had studied radio repair work by correspondence while in a relocation center. There was an opening for a radio repair man. The employer was hesitant about a man who had learned by correspondence and had little or no practical experience. But he gave the Japanese-American the job, and now he has left w-ord with the employment service that if any more come along to send them right over. In case a Japanese-American is unable to find employment, Congress has provided a fund for his upkeep. It is doubtful, however, if any of the fund will ever be used. Miss Brooks says. The Japanese-American would refuse to take it because they look upon it as charity. They would go out and borrow the money first, as one did who, soon after being relocated here, became ill and had to have an operation. He refused government aid, borrowed the money instead. Overcoming their fears is one of Miss Brooks' chief tasks, especially among the Issei, who are those born in Japan. They come out of the relocation centers fearing they will meet with hostility wherever they go. But they soon discover their fears are groundless. Some of this is also encountered among the Nisei the second generation Japanese born in this covintry but like young people everywnere, they have more confidence, less fear. ST. LOUIS has already won a reputation among them for kindliness and tolerance, not only because of the way the new residents have been treated here, hut because of the activities of Miss Brooks, the Nisei Council and several church organizations in meeting the caravans of evacuees from relocation centers which have passed through St. Louis. Eleven such caravans, consisting of 60 to 80 persons, ranging in age from infants to men and women in their nineties, have passed through St. Louis from the Kohwer Relocation Center in Arkansas. The caravan trains have a five-hour wait in St.. Louis. The passengers are met at the station, taken to breakfast, for a tour of the city and usually a trip to the zoo. They are invariably astonished at the kind treatment shown them, and their gratitude is boundless. Many of the youngsters who were horn in the relocation centers, or who entered when they were but a year or two old, are amazed by stairs, for example, which they have never seen before, and overjoyed by such things as ice cream cones. The occupational levels of the Japanese-Americans relocated here extend from doctors and lawyers to gardeners, with many other occupations represented. Many of the girls work as nurses, stenographers and clerks. There are many students at both St. Louis University and Washington University and the kind of work they do is demonstrated by just a few examples. Jiro Yamaguchi, law tudent at Washington University, won second prize this past year in the Samuel Breckenridge Law School awards for second-year students. Ichiro Mori won the Samuel Cupples scholarship award in the school of architecture at Washington University. Ichiro's father, W. Mori ("just plain W." he insists), came to St. Ixjuis in March and is now established as gardener at the home of Mrs. T. M. Sayman at 5593 Lindell boulevard. He has another daughter, Patsi, who attends Soldan High School; a son, Kaz. who is eight years old, and another daughter, Ayako, who had relocated in Chicago, but who came to St. Louis a few days ago to relocate here, bringing the family together for the first time since they were evacuated from the west . coast. Iast month, George Nohukaiu Nishimoto received the degree of bachelor of divinity from Eden Theological Seminary; George Ka-zuto Shimizu received a bachelor of arts degree from Washington University. The same school conferred degrees of bachelor of science on Minoru Iwasaki and Ray Hajime Echigoshima. Harvey Itano and Norio Higano got their M.D. degrees from St. Louis University, and Susan Tamaki earned her degree of associate of arts from Harris Teachers college. Mrs. Mary Hars, who wns relocated here from the Tulie Iike relocation center. Is laboratory technician at Ileaconess Hospital. Both she and her husband. Dr. Maz Hara, are Phi Beta Kappas from the University of California. At St. Ixuis University there are a dozen Japanese dental students. Most of them had started their education in dentistry in universities on the west coast before they were sent to relocation centers. Now they are picking up where they left off. There is not only no prejudice existing between these boys and the other students in the dental college, but, on the contrary, there is a healthy air of camaraderie which indicates that the newcomers are extremely popular. In fact, the other students will go out of their way to tell you, with obvious pride, that the Japanese-American boys have sold more war bonds in the various drives since they have been there than any of the other students in the school. Virtually all the younc people belong to the Nisei Co-ordinating Council of St. Louis, which was organized as both a social and welfare organization. It operates to promote the welfare of both the Nisei and the Issei in St. Louis, and to promote Americanization. For example, they are sponsoring a class in English for those few remaining Issei who have never learned the language. As time passes, Miss Brooks says and believes, people will realize that the Japanese- Americans are like the great majority of Americans everywhere everyday people working at everyday Jobs, and determined to prove their loyalty to the United States. North did not' make his two spade contract he lost two trump tricks, one heart, on diamond and two clubs. This contrasted with the three-odd that could have been mad with hearts as trump. South explained that he had been in great doubt about opening the bidding in the first place, nd therefore he had not felt Justified in rebidding over East's two diamonds and certainly not over North's two spades. Superficially, this was a logical view, but let's go a bit further. South knew (or should have known) that if he passed to two diamonds there was a grave risk that North, with no knowledge of South's singleton in spades or general weakness, would rebid a fair five-card spade suit. The really logical thing, then, was to anticipate this and to guard against it. True, South would be misleading his partner a bit by bidding two hearts voluntarily, but this was a lesser danger than passing and then having to accept the likely two spade rebid from North. If South had had a better all-around hand, he would not have had to fear that rebid, but as it was, he was extremely weak except with hearts as trump. 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