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Our Ace In The Hole O. K. Bovard Marquis Childs WASHINGTON The things that jrtva a newspaper character and forcefulneas, that make it a power for good in a com AKRON BEACON JOURNAL FOUKCED DECEMEER 7. 1S39 C. L.
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Ne fera. folia Oilrara. Om. Iii Anirlea. Atlanta Saturday, November 10, 1945 Will They Lislrn? The 1 nited States neds 2.000 bombers capable of flying (5,000 mile with 4,000 pounds of bombs.
Future wars will be won by attacking vital center of industry and not on faraway battlefields. The nation's biggest problem is the defense of the Pacific coast. The nation that wins will be the one best eojiipped to strike first and most effertiely at the civilian population, cut off their food supplies, make life uncomfortable and dangrrnus and increase their desire, for renewing peace. That was Rrig. Gen.
William "Billy" Mitchell talking, before the. house military affairs committee in 19.3.1. He preached his gospel of strong aerial attack and defense. He predicted, correctly, the coming war in the air. He saw, perhaps not atomic bombs, but the huge planes that carried them and with them brought Japan to early defeat.
Rut the prophetic voice of "Rilly" Mitchell went unheeded. His warnings hrought him, not the honors they merited, but court-martial and military disgrace. malignant growth which he remove. Bovard directed the investigation which forced the senate to reopen the Teapot Dome scandal. The reporter who did moat of the digging on that story was the lata Paul Y.
Anderson. Anderson received a Pulitaer Prize for hia efforts. THE MAN'S persistence was what made malefactors shake with fear when once Bovard set out on their trail. One of hia rapacities waa in developing men who worked for him with unswerving loyalty. And he never let them down.
O.K.B. had character. That, above all, waa the key to his career aa an editor. Many people, even his associates, found that character highly disagreeable. He could be deliberately difficult.
He frequently presented an exterior as cold and as impenetrable to human warmth aa the Greenland ire cap. But there, whether you liked it or not, was a monolith of character. Hia massive desk stayed in the city room through all of his editorship. Not for him was the seclusion of a private office. The tide of the news surged around him week in and week out through the years.
His distilled calm was rarely broken. Perhaps because it came so sparingly, his praise was an accolade. When you aat beside his desk and he said, "Well done," his handsome face creased with his rare smile, you felt that you had indeed reached the summit of human achievement. His sardonic humor was legendary in the office. After Roosevelt was reelected in 1936, he is supposed to have put a notice on the bulletin board that listed the top-heavy electoral vote for F.D.R.
over Landon as follows: The country, 523; the Country club, 8. Minnesota View the United Nations organization now be strengthened, that it develop and quickly into a real world government with power and means to enforce its decisions. "The world," Captain Stassen said, "needed government on a world level before the atomic bomb. Now it haa become imperative." The two young men also urged the necessity of modifying one old concept and adopting a new one. THE OLD ONE was sovereignty.
Captain Stassen said, "The narrow concept of absolute nationalistic sovereignty belongs in the same historical discard aa the divine right of kings." No longer, he explained, does it serve the people of the world. "It is a barrier that prevents the successful cooperation which every other fart of modern life demands." he added. "It ia a fertile source of those clashes and frictions that lead to war. "And, might I add, that the diplomats' squeamishness about abstract sovereignty, as they refuse to tske steps to prevent war, does not impress the millions of men whf have seen the intimate innards of their pals spread over the landscape by war." Senator Ball urged an international conference to revise the United Nations organization. He frankly faced the fact that the United Nations, if changed as he suggested, would be a "super-state," that our government along with others would, in the field of war and preparations for war, he inferior to and subject to the United Nations.
"So what?" he asked. "Are we going to be frightened by mere words into disregarding the realities of the world in which we live? Which is more precious for us and our children and our grandchildren, complete national sovereignty, or a chance to live in peace?" The new concept each suggested was the participation by scientists in politics of the future. Nai 's Closed Shop per cent nf the roll of officers in the navy during the war. But the decorations, which are controlled by the closed shop of the sdmirals, were awarded to regular navy officers in almost a precisely inverse ratio. It isn't humanly possible that 15 per cent of the officers of our navy who by aome chance were all Annapolis men, performed 85 per cent of the heroic deeds.
The discrimination against reserve officers in the matter of promotions is too well known to be debatable. Vice Adm. Randall Jacobs, who headed the bureau of personnel during the war, actually overdid the act, and since he has been replaced by Vice Adm. Louis Denfield, 17,000 reserve officers received long overdue promotions to lieutenant commander. Reserve) officers in the higher brackets were also promoted.
The belated and wholesale promotions were patently an attempt to allay the resentment of these officers who were on their way back to civilian life, whera they could conceivably have connection with their congressmen. IT IS SILLY to assume that the navy will ever have democratic instincts, or that the closed shop of the admirals will ever he broken up, until a major aurgical operation is done on the Annapolis Naval academy, which is living on a phony tradition, and which would probably have a pretty aorry rating if a committee of disinterested educators ever were called in to make a survey of the school. The navy department in recent months has been trying to take St. John's college grounds in Annapolis by condemnation to provide for expansion of the Naval acad-emy. It would probably be better for the country if they gave the Naval academy up for the expansion of St.
John's, and farmed out the education of our navy officers to a few high grade schools in different parts of the country. Whodunit? There is an old-fashioned Christian no. tion that the dead should be allowed to rest in peace, but the Roosevelt grave-diggerg apparently never heard of this. Even Pilate didn't try to crucify corpses. Any day now I expect the bitter-endera to dig up "proof" that Mr.
Roosevelt was a Japanese spy, and that Stimson and Knox secretly encouraged the Mikado in his plan of aggression. I'm confident, too, that Smear and Smirch will find "evidence" that Frankfurter, Nlles, Morgenthau, Rosenman and Fala were part of this sinister cabal to overthrow America. IT MAKES good copy, especially since the No. 1 plotter can't hit back; he is safely underground. Maybe that's what make's Smear and Smirch so brave the way a buzzard is brave, or a coyote.
Well, politics is politics, I guess and maybe the Democrats would do the same thing if Hoover had been president during Pearl Harbor and Herbie has certainly taken the rap for a lot of things he never did. But nobody ever accused him of near-treason which Is what. some of the Pearl Harbor probers are virtually saying about Mr. Roosevelt. Ht And all the while I thought Tojo was the bralm behind it munity una in me worio, -t; 'a are often inisngiDie.
More often than not, they rest in the character of the men who make the paper. O. K. Bovard died the other day at the age of 73. To moat readers hia name meant little.
But to newspapermen it has a legendary ring. For 30 years, from 1908 to 1938, O.K.B. waa managing editor of the Childs St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Time after time, under his editorship, the Post-Dispatch moved against evildoers, both locally and nationally, to show them up to the light of day.
It would be wrong, however, to speak of Bovard as a crusading editor. There was nothing of the crusader, nothing of the zealot, in his temperament. HE WORKED, in his latter years especially, as a master technician. He was a surgeon of facts, using a sealpel rather than a bludgeon to cut beneath the surface shams and disguises to the truth that lay beneath. Often the truth hurt esteemed citizens, who cried out in their pain and wrath.
O.K.B. cared not at all. He even took a certain sardonic amusement in the anguished yells of his victims. It was not his fault that they had involved themselves in the shady, shabby schemes which now led to their undoing. The.
surgeon can afford no emotion for the Thomas Stokes WASHINGTON An appropriate prelude to the conferences of President Truman and British Prime Minister Attlee, which initially involve the atomic bomb, may be found in the voices of two younger men who were pioneers in campaigning for a United Nations organization. They are Capt. Harold Stassen, former governor of Minnesota, an American delegate to the San Francisco conference which created the United Nations organization, and Sen. Jos Stokes eph H. Ball, also of Minnesota.
Both, in speeches Senator Ball in Cincinnati and Captain Stassen in New York exemplified the courage and vision essential to a world which must adapt political organization to the atomic age if it is to survive. Each advocated, under a slightly different formula, international control by the-United Nations organization both of the atomic bomb and of development of the atomic principle for peacetime use. Their suggestions along this line have been publicized. IT IS THE purpose here to call attention to their emphasis on the need of a changed attitude by nations and people all over the world to fit the atomic age, and the abandonment of some old and cherished ideas and concepts which can only lead to more wars. Senator Ball deplored the rapid descent back into power politics, spheres of influence, and nationalism.
He said it is becoming more and more apparent that Great Britain, Russia and the United States "are planning to rely for security more on national strength and regional arrangements than on a world-wide security organization." Rather than thin tragic step backward, each speaker stressed it is necessary that Edwin A. Lahey SEATTLE Those self-centered stuffed shirts who appear on the public pay roll as admirals cling tenaciously to the one clear (if fallacious) concept that they acquire at Annapolis that the United States navy belongs to them, not to the people of the United States. It is perhaps poor taste for me to make this observation this week, when I am a guest and free loader with the naval air transport service, on a junket to Alaska and the Aleu Lahey tians. But you are most apt to feel the bane-ful school tie influence in the navy when you are around the officers and men who suffer from its effects. The closed shop of admirals who really run the navy baldly practice discrimination against reserve officers (citizen officers) in favor of the regular navy, or Annapolis, officers.
The result is obvious. The navy is discharging thousands of high grade men who have nothing but resentment and contempt for the organization an unhealthy state of affairs to put it mildly. As one reserve officer with a responsible executive position in civilian life put it to me, only a man afraid to face the outside world would remain in the peacetime navy ss an officer, knowing that he faced a lifetime of Jim Crow discrimination at the hands of the Annapolis men. THE DISCRIMINATION against reserve officers tn the matter of decorations is a notoriously open secret in navy circles, snd will probably one day go on the records of congress. Reserve officers constituted about 85 Sydney J.
Harris SAY, WHO attacked "at Pearl Harbor, anyway? I'm getting all mixed up about it. At first I thought the Japs were respon sible, but now I'm not so sure. According to some reports in the papers, President Roosevelt snuck up on Hawaii in the dead of night and planted a bomb on Hick-am Field. It was all part of a wily Democratic plot to get us into the war. Of course, the folks who hold this view (a couple of 1 d-mouth Harris congressmen named Smear and Smirch), are hard put to explain how two atandup Republicans like Stimson and Knox took part in this plot, but logical consistency doesn't bother them.
They'll use any atigma to beat a dogma, If you'll pardon a pun, AS FAR AS I can tell, there are about 270 committees Investigating Pearl Harbor, and another 270 committees are investigating the other committees. It's beginning to resemble a giant rat-race, and I think fa know who the rata are, but politeness seals my ruby llpa. 1 As We See It ir iidp THE addition of 25 traffic policemen to the force will help solve a few of Akron's mounting traffic problems, although the figure is less than one fourth of the number deemed necessary by the Summit County Safety Council. Mayor Charles R. Slusser said yesterday that legislation providing for 25 more traffic patrolmen would be presented to council Tuesday.
How many more men will be added depends upon the ability of the city to pay them, the mayor said. Meanwhile, many of the serious traffi: conditions can be alleviated, if not eliminated, if the motorists themselves will assume a little self-policing. Less speed, less impatience plus more courtesy and more concern for the other fellow and for himself offers the driver a good starting program. The increase in the number of cars on streets and highways has added immensely to traffic problems since the termination of gasoline rationing. But the disregard of safety rules and traffic regulations by drivers has created even more hazards.
Until Akron can afford more traffic police, the motorists will have to help. Roulitir Round the world flights? Routine stuff now. The first Olobesler flight a month ago beginning Sept. 28, to be exact was page one news for a week. Since then, however, five world-circling tripR have been completed, one exactly on the 6'j-day schedule, one six hours late and the others ahead of schedule.
Round the world in six days. Ho-hum. A Limit Of None The new selective service rule against induction of fathers of three children offers an interesting contrast with the law which encourages fathers of eight or more children to join the army as volunteers. If the emergency has lessened to the extent that the army no longer needs to draft fathers of three, why is it necessary to bribe eight-time fathers into the army with a $220 per month family allotment? In its effort to avoid a vote on universal military training by building up the regular army through monetary inducements, congress went too far. These unlimited allotments are not, fair to Ihe taxpayers nor to the families of men, perhaps temporarily in straitened circumstances, who yield to the bait.
There ought to be a limit to the number of children that an army recruit can leave behind. We'd suggest a limit of none. But They Don't A Russian consul, speaking in Cleveland the other day, said his government was grateful for lend-lease aid received from the I'nited States. It's nice to know that the Soviet government appreciates our help. It would be still nicer if it would let the Russian people know about it.
They re A ot Alone According to an El Paso ranch owner, the first atomic bomb blast in New Mexico left several of his cattle with a 12-inch stripe of gray hair down their backs. They're not alone. That explosion and the following two in Japan, are still causing a lot of gray hair among statesmen, scientists and others trying to figure out what to do with atomic power, now that we've liberated it. Message From England Experience is still the best teacher. Imagination and word pictures can convey some idea of the horrors another war may bring to the I'nited States, but the full import of what it means to be under incessant robot-bomb attack ran be understood only by those who have lived through it.
For this reason, the message Roland Sawyer relays from England, in the Christian Science Monitor, is of particular importance. It is a brief but convincing editorial on the necessity of preserving peace "If yoii will take hack to America just one fact," an officer of the Women's Volunteer Service said, "and repeat it to everyone with whom you talk, you will help Americans to realize what hit Ixmdon and what the fly Ing bombs or the rockets portend for jour people if there Is another war. It's a figure that was not released when the V-bombs anil later the rockets started coming because the government did not want the (Herman 1o know how successful they were, at first. "Just tell jour people that when the V-bomb began, they knocked down house In Kngland at the rate of 70 per hour for two weeks." Seven hundred homes destroyed every hour of every day for two weeks. That destruction was caused by V-l bombs.
The V-2 was worse. If another war comes, rocket bombs will carry warheads of atomic explosive. They will span the oceans to fall on United States. Seven hundred homes an hour! The next war'i figure will likely be gloser to 700,000. Merry-G o-Rou ml By DREW PEARSON Pyle and Heywood Rrnun were two great reporters who rhampioned the cause of the under-dog.
After they died two ships were named for them. But those ahips have not been permitted to live up to the tradition of their sponsors. Last month, troop-carrier Ernie Pyle lay in San Francisco harhor absolutely idle for three weeks (Wore sailing out for a new load of returning G.I. 'a. The lay-over was not made necessary by repairs or any other unavoidable factor.
The case nf the S. S. Heywood Broun was worse. Arriving in Naples in September, army representatives came aboard to ask how many men the ship could carry home. The steward, who is the chief man to decide because he has tn feed them, estimated that he could carry 200 men by using only his present dining room facilities.
But by putting field kitchens in the hold and letting men sleep anywhere, he estimated, he could carry between 700 and 800. After receiving this report, however, the army gave the S. S. Heywood Broun exactly 38 soldiers to carry home. NOTE: During the war, troops were necessarily crammed and jammed aboard vessels.
They were even loaded aboard above live ammunition. In at least two cases, ships carrying live ammunition exploded, with about 2,000 killed. Now, with no ammunition, the war department suddenly has become solicitous about crowding men, even into empty ships. BOWLES HOLDS INFLATION FLOOD OPA Administrator Chester Bowles is one of the most abused men in Washington, Everyone is badgering him. Congressmen demand that: their constituents increase the price of this or that.
Farm groups want to raise the price of milk or cattle. Business groups want to abolish all ceiling prices. But when the final history of this era Is written, Chester Bowles like Leon Henderson before him -will be chalked up as a real friend of the common man. Probably the common man doesn't appreciate it, but here are some things which will happen if Chester Bowles loses his battle to stop the inflation flood: 1 Every person putting his money in life insurance does so with the idea of getting his money back 100 cents on the dollar. But if there is inflation, the insurance dollar will be worth 75 cents, 50 cents, or even 30 cents.
2 Every person on a retired pension, whether a railroad employe, a college, a school or a big corporation employe, will see his income shrink if there is inflation. 3 Every widow living on money left by her husband will see that income shrivel. 4 Every school teacher will have great difficulty having her salary move up when the value of the dollar moves down. 5- Every civil servant, whether working for city, state or federal government, will be tn the same boat as the teachers. 6 Every college endowment, every charity or other enterprise with fixed invested capital stands ready to have its Investment evaporate with inflation.
These groups are letting one solitary man, Chester Bowles, fight their battle for them. If they were wise, they'd make their own congressmen do some fighting too. DRAMATIST Mac ARTHUR Col. Jack Harris, who was technician for General Mac-Arthur's radio broadcasts during the war, is a genuine admirer of MacArthur'a military ability. He does not, however, wax quite so enthusiastic over Mac Arthur as an actor.
Colonel Harris confessed to therical friends In New York the other day that in almost every broadcast MacArthur overplayed his part. Result usually was a "ham" performance. For instance, whenever he got to the word "Filipino" when facing the microphone, MacArthur'a voice choked up. He could turn the chokes off and on, according to the setting. However, when it came to the Japanese surrender, Colonel Harria is full of genuine admiration.
It almost seemed that MacArthur had picked his own aids because of their height. They towered above the small Japanese generals who came aboard the U. S. S. Missouri.
Also MacArthur was most informal, put on no folderol, handled himself with easy dignity, giving the impression of white supremacy. "It was the most impressive thing I've ever seen," Colonel Harris told friends. "Every other time MacArthur had overplayed his part. But this time he seemed to realize that the scene was big enough to carry itself." lNTKRCKPTKO LETTERS GEORGE BASS. President-Elect Goodrich Local No.
5, U.R.W.A. Dear George; TELL ME, does your victory indicate that the boy prefer your type of leadership or only that you're a better politician than Saylor? AKRON, JR. The army air forces want a postwar fleet of .5,000 combat planes, ready for instant use. 100,000 officers and men, plus an air national guard as large as the states can stand. I'nited States is vulnerable to attack through the polar regions.
If the next war comes within a few years, it will be fought with the airplane, but if it comes 20 years from now it ill be fought ith pilot less, radio-controlled, radar-directed missiles using atomic energy as an explosive and possibly as a propellant. That was Lieut. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle talking, to the senate military affairs committee yesterday.
The army, the navy and congress refused to listen to Rilly Mitchell. Will they listen to Doolittle? Wo Arc Condemned We have received an unsigned copy of what purports to be a 'resolution by Ward A. Willford Camp 57, United Spanish War Veterans, taking Beacon Journal and Assistant Prosecutor William A. Spencer over the jumps for their "unwarranted attitude in regard to the payment of full-time salaries" to members of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Relief commission. The resolution, said to have been passed unanimously at a meeting of the ramp last Wednesday, recommends continued payment of full-time salaries "for the good job these comrades have been and are doing for the veterans of all wars and for their dependents." The resolution goes on to deplore periodic "scurrilous attacks on the honesty and integrity" of the members of the commission.
If this resolution truly represents the sentiments of a majority of members of the Willford camp, which we strongly doubt, then we submit that somebody has been giving them a phony account of the controversy. So far the only point at issue is whether it is legal and proper for the commission members to keep themselves on the public pay roll as their own employes. Assistant Prosecutor Spencer has held that this practice is illegal and therefore it has been terminated by order of the county commissioners. From Spencer's standpoint and that of the county commissioners, anything which is illegal also is improper. The Beacon Journal would have gone further and questioned the ethics of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Relief commission's self-employment even if its legality had been upheld.
Whether the commission members have, as the Willford camp's resolution maintains, been "doing a good job" for all veterans and their dependents is a question which we have not yet looked into. The excessive amount of money which has been spent for administration would seem to suggest an element of doubt. However, that point is not now under discussion. If Willford camp and other veterans' organizations desire to have the commission members retained as full-time salaried employes, their proper course of action is to seek amendment of the law, not to pass resolutions condemning the Beacon Journal and public officials for insisting that the law be obeyed. That Duke university prof still insists that will powpr will affert the roll of (lice.
A good crap shooter, however, will insist on examining the dice. Tom Dewey Is to address the nation Monday night. There was a time when that announcement would have caused quite a stir. Well, let's see: In this fi.M.-C.I.O. argument, who is rejecting what today? Psychologically speaking, if the guv'mcnt could make the people think that them Victory bonds were hard to get, they are such a sound investment they'd all be bought over night, It will be a long, long time before 'New York ever has a better mayor than Butch La Guardla or more fun.
toe Pg Voice Ot The People DA NCR HAM. FOR C.I.S Editor Beacon Journal: Just where do the Japs get the smart Idea to make a colossal dance hall with 2,000 girls so the American G.I. will help pay Japan's war debt? A three-minute dance for only 14 rents with a girl that might have had a father, brother, sweetheart or husband who helped take life's blood from our own boys. I wonder how many hearts ached and how many silent tears were shed after some soldier's mother or wife read the item written by Hal Boyle in Tuesday's paper. ANNE STEIDEL.
Editor Beacon Journal: After reading the Nov. 6 edition of the paper, I was so disgusted and disturbed that 1 could hardly eat my meal. I am closely following General Wain-wright's story and the episode for that date was exceptionally pitiful. I then read the article on the new $100,000 dance hall which was just built in Tokyo for the entertainment of American boys. There is just one thing I would like to know how can any American soldier who is in his right mind enter such a place without a feeling of the deepest shame and guilt? In Germany, also, this same thing ia happening.
It seems to me that our problem is not whether the American civilian will forget the war too easily, but whether the American soldier will. MARILYN SHOLITON. COMMENTS ON HEADLESS CHICKEN Editor Beacon Journal: What has become of our humane society to allow publicity of the antics of a moron at the expense of a defenseless chicken at the mercy of a senseless butcher, who is incapable of completing the simple task of chopping off a chicken's head? He should never be allowed to raise an ax over a chicken's head again. Would he for one minute entertain the idea of surviving with the front of his face, including his eyes, chopped away? Chickens do have a nervous system and so long as the brain remains there are pain sensations. One should not call himself man who would stoop to such extremes to gain publicity and it is appalling to note that such an action is sanctioned.
R.E.C. Editor Beacon Journal: There ia an organization In these United States that forbids cruelty to animals and you who are at the head of Akron's only newspaper permit a picture of a headless chicken to appear in this paper. It makes me ill just to look at this picture. Have you no sympathy for dumb animals? Both you i the Beacon Journal) and the man in the picture should be arrested for cruelty to animals. Oh, how I wish Akron had another newspaper.
I surely would never pay the Beacon Journal 4 cents for such trash. INDIGNANT. Editor Beacon Journal: Where is the humane society or isn't there any? Headless chickens aren't any more a miracle than some of our soldiers who have had their skulls or faces blown off in the war and are still living and they aren't shown in the paper. I hope there will be a stop put to this he-fore any more roosters or other animals are beheaded and exhibited. DISGUSTED.
DISCIPLINE NEEDED NOW, AS BEFORE Editor Beacon Journal: Your editorial and comment by Nat A. Barrows of the Chicago Dally News was very interesting but your suggestions on how to Improve the behavior and raise the morale of our "G.I. Ambassadors" lacked one thing, in my opinion. That one thing la a little discipline. I have a U.
S. marine son who is fortunately back in this country, but even if he ware still in a foreign country and felt like making a nuisance of himself I'd say it would be very fitting for some hard-boiled M.P. to slap hia ears off. This treatment should also be applied to the civilians of countries affected, who seem to be inclined to cooperate with our servicemen In their lawlessness. Discipline of the type of which I speak was certainly in force during the active days of the war and I see no reason for a letup now, particularly as the need for it ia apparently greater.
So why not improve the method used In punishing offenders of both sides from top to bottom J. B. DAVIS. CORONER HAS PLENTY OF flELP NOW Editor Beacon Journal: As a heavy taxpayer, I resent the fact that Dr. Amos, our coroner, has to place hia wife, Emma, on a salary ot $140 per month at the expense of the taxpayer.
With three assistants to do hia work, what does he do with hia time? I'm sure all the other taxpayers would like to know. INQUISITIVE. Is Joe Stalin really sick oris he being muscled out of his job.
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