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FOUR EVENING TIMES. CUMBERLAND. IMD.. MONDAY. DECEMBER 20, 19-18 Phone -IfiOO For n WANT AD Taker Evening & Sunday Times The Timid Soul tty II. T. WKHSTER Tris Brtry A.tternoon <«tupi Sunday) *na 6und»y Morning. Publiirwd by Tfte Time* und AllftEaninn Company. 7-8 South MecluniD Streti. Cumberland. wd, Entered it the PostoIIIce at Cumberland, Md.. M Second Class Matter. Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulation Mtmber ol the Associated Press Telephone 4600 Henry Wt*JcJv subscription rale tiy Carriers: One week Eve, only.- 10c: Evening Rmw per copy. Jc; Eve. £ Sun, Ttaan. 40c per week; Sunday Times only, loo Per copy, Mali suoscriptton ratei ou application. "Hit Cvenl35 Times and Sunday Times assume- ao rindn- cisu responnlbllitv TOT typographical errors In advertisement* but will reprint that part of an ndvcrtlsemerit in vMeh the typographical error occurs. Errors must b? reported at once, Monday Afternoon, December 20, 1943 OUR COUNTRY The unfan of hearts, the union of hands ond the Floy of our Union tortYtr — Morris. Reds Use Sugar Bait THERE IS AN OLD saying about catch- Ing more flies with sugar than with vinegar. •The Russians in Berlin are taking it literally. They have used one of the cheapest End most curious bribes on record in their latest effort to squeeze their three former allies out of the German capital. A half pound of sugar, absolutely free, goes to those Eerliners who change their food registration from the western to the Soviet zone. It is suspected that the Soviet authorities may then try to bar all Germans from their part of the city who do not hold east-sector food cards. This could mean that the 150,000 or more who live in west Berlin and •work in the east part would be kept from tuelr jobs, thus increasing the general turmoil. A/OW, VJH4T AM I SUPPCS6P DO? A PACKAGE MAS eee/v AT MR,MILQUETOASTS HOUSE Odd Combo Formed To Urge *^s Higher Farm Price Support WSSTERN authorities acknowledge that 60,000 Berliners have already changed their food registration. In exchange they get not only a handful of sugar, but fresh meat and new potatoes. They can't get these from their airlift rations, though they get an equal amount of calories in their daily diet. They also get, with the sugar, the first pinch of Communist dictatorship. Job purges and other discriminations against non-Communists have started, and it is feared they will go on. They get, too, the prospect of widening Communist influence In their city's life, with all that that implies. They are gambling their birthright for a mess of pottage, and their liberty for a little added sweetening in their ersatz coffee. How can it be worth it, even to people who obediently followed the dictatorship of Hitler? To answer that one would probably hare to know what it is like to live for months on a drab diet of mealy potatoes and canned meat and powdered eggs and other monotonous foods whose only virtue Is that they keep body and soul together. The western Berliners know they have the Russian blockade to thank for this unappetizing fare. They know, or at least the more Intelligent do, that by accepting the Russians' petty bribes they are risking the loss of their individual freedom and self- government. Thomas L. Stokes Nations Just Like People, Enjoy Thrillers BUT A RANDOM selection ol thousands from any big city doesn't contain too many who are willing to risk privation or even discomfort for the sake of their ideals. The surprising thing is that more Berliners have not succumbed. There are about 2,000,000 people in the American, British and French districts of Berlin. It is encouraging that no more than 60,000, or even 100,000, have been lured by the Russian sugar bait. And not only have the majority in this section stayed put, but there have been many from -• the east who have escaped to austerity and greater freedom. Even members of the "people's police" are deserting to the west in numbers that reportedly are causing concern among German Communists. Soviet sugar may yet catch more hungry Germans. But from the number who have resisted it seems evident that the Americans, British and French are not the only ones who are determined that the democratic governments shall not be driven out of Berlin. WASHINGTON. —This is purely philosophical, entirely irrelevant, and not at all original—but the thought that keeps nagging at you as you watch the melodrama of the so-called "spy cases" unfold here is the juvenile and cops-and-robbers level at which nations still deal with each other in this stage of the world's civilization and history. It seems to be getting very late for that sort of stuff, but that, of course, is just one man's opinion. Anyhow, with all the trouble the world has got itself into, it is worth pausing a moment to ponder, even if no good comes of it. Governments supposedly represent the people in any country. Yet governments, as such, go in for stealing each other's papers and secrets, and rifling each other's desks and safes, in a way that individuals would, not even think of doing and which individuals have not tolerated among themselves for many, many years. It is still considered perfectly proper, in fact absolutely essential, for government to do those things. It is all right for a government to be a sneak thief, a liar, a cheat— and all do it from time to time— and under the respectable cloak of national honor. In such 'a world, naturally, every government must lock its door against every other government. The society of nations has an entirely different moral code from that of the society of individuals. That code applies to al! nations. One which didn't do it would be considered extremely simple and naive. THERE ARE IN ALL societies, of course, the incorrigible few who break into houses, rifle desks and safes, blackjack innocent persons on dark streets at night, and do other such things, but they are regarded as outlaws and when apprehended. are punished. Individuals within each community and each nation got together cer.turies ago and passed laws against such depredations and set up police forces to catch this criminal minority and courts to try them and jails in which to lock them up. A respectable family man who is kind to his wife and children and friendly with his neighbors becomes an entirely different person when he becomes a secret agent for his government. At home, in his neighborhood, he is the same. But in his job he adopts the entirely different code of nations. He breaks inlo offices of oilier governments, and into homes, and for it becomes a heroic figure to bis own government and people, though a criminal, of course, in the eyes of the nation and, people who are his quarry. It brings back boyhood games—til at always were just primes. It is ironic lime the nation which promotes communism, professedly based 0:1 the brotherhood of maii, is the most flagrant practitioner today. Before that Nazi spies were the most Infamous — Russia then was our rally. British agents have had their day. And we have had our own American agents :o glorify — and make us proud with ihelr exploits. EVERY SO OFTEN, some of these agents get caught at their work, as in the cases of the Canadian spy ring and the spy ring in our own country, and the stories of their operations and the way they enlist dupes are more fantastic than any fiction written about the subject. We all read it avidly and excitedly and find it hard to believe because as Individuals we would never do such things to each other. ONCE STARTED, the revelation of spy antic:, acts like a drug. So here today grown men. members of our Un-American Activities Committee, get so excited in the chase, so anxious to keep the public constantly fed, that they vie with each, other to dig up new stories to make the next edition or the next i-adio broadcast, calling reporters together at odd hours, sometimes in the middle of the night. You arc inclined to believe every story, some of which carry no documentation whatever; For you know that nations still act that way toward each other here well into the twentieth century. When will nations ever grow up and treat each other as individuals do. and adopt the common code of ethics toward each other that individuals have followed for centuries, and pass laws formalizing that one code for all rmtions and establish a police force to catch offenders and courts to enforce the common law? Pardon me a moment. Boy—give rnc that last edition, fUr.hcd Fcnture Sj-ndicnic, Iiic.l WASHINGTON—A stranec alliance—the bis plantation owners of the South and the left-of-center Farmers' Union—is tryinp to break thn bnnk of the r.irm price support program. This tenm is using politico! pressure nnd backstage dear: in get Uncli* s.im to foot the bill for 90 to 100 percent of parity. With huge s'.irnhises of cotton' nnd grain in the oiling, .such, outfit's ns the Delta Staoie Cotton Coop and the Fanners' Union grain terminal at St.. Paul, Minnesota, want a bigger hnndout than they can get wider the Aiken bill. Tills law was steered through Congress by the powerful American. Farm Bureau Federation, :hc Administration, and GOP Senator George Aiken. It offers a sliding scale of 60 to 90 percent of parity payments. Oscar Bledsoe. the why, sharp- tongued prexy of the Delta Coop, caustically refers to the Aiken plan UK the "achhv Aiken scheme". His feeling is shared by Bill Thatcher, the bombastic, iron-handed manager of the huge St. Paul strain terminal, ar.c! Oscar Johnston, who runs the world's largest cotton plantation. TWO SOUTH DAKOTA politicians have been in town trying to scI! Democratic; potentates on the 00 to 100 percent deal. They boomed, "Pnrtner. if you want the Democrats to carry the Dakotas for twenty years, nil you have to do is ditch the Aiken plan." On Capitol Hill, the assault has Important company. Representative Harold Cooley of N, C. and Shephen Pace of Georgia. They are both liigh-rar.king Democratic members of the House Agriculture Committee. On the other side, dour old Elmer Thomas, upcoming chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is listening sympathetically. Unless the Farm Bureau and the Administration can hold the lines, the drive to throw the Aiken formula out the window has a, good chance of succeeding-. The Farm Bureau, a guiding hand behind the scenes of most agricultural legislation over the last 15 years, figures the 90 percent idea, would be killing the goose that lays the golden eggs—the high cost over a lor.g period would turn Congress against farm payments. THIS CONVERSATION between two lame duck Congressmen was overheard n few days ago in the House of Representatives restaurant. Howard Bufl'ett, the bustling Omaha Republican who worked so ir.iohiily to knife OPA. sadly asked bluff, good-natured Ross Rizlcy of Oklahoma, "What arc you going to do now?" Kr.lcy sighed and murmured he reckoned he'd go back home nnd practice law. but what about you, Howard? Bufl'ett's eyes gleamed behind his glasses and he said sharply. "I'm worried immensely about the radical trend shown in this election. 1 think, it would be a wonderful idea if the University of Nebraska would found a chair of economics and give me the job to fight these radical economic plans." There was a brief silence, then Biill'ctt .said hopefully, "Say, Ro.ss, if you know any good oil men in Oklahoma with connections in Nebraska, I'd appreciate it if you'd have them put in a good word for inv idea." MURRAY LINCOLN is n tall, spare man with a heart-warming friendliness. He looks like a Grant Wood painting and talks like a. Yankee farmer. But above all. there is something in his eyes that makes you believe in him. He is one of the nation's most successful businessmen. M u r r a y Lincoln manages the Farm Bureau's profitable insurance and. marketing cooperatives. But in the last few weeks, Murray Lincoln has become —mid this would probably embarrass him—the missionary for a, new world. He has been trying to figure out n. wny for capitalism and socialism to live peaceably together In the world. Iiincoin has talked tirelessly and earnestly to statesman, working fellows, farmers, businesmen. politicians, and even reporters in Europe and the U. S. A.—trying out ideas. He says a little shyly. "I'm just a, country boy out of bounds . . . The. people of the world are a-lookin' for new ideas, and bold or.es." Lincoln wants to try out his program in the troubled Ruhr—the great industrial heart of Europe. The American Military Government's top brass is rushing pell- mell to turn it over to the pre-war cartels and ex-Nazi big shots. The French and the anti-Nazi German leaders are horrified. Murray Lincoln doesn't think it makes sense, either. The Lighter Side ±-f ALL MY CHRISTMAS gifts are mailed, and now there is nothing to do but sit nervously on the edge of a chair and await the results of my investment. I hope to do much better than I did last year when I figured that I cleared only $.G4 in the exchange of presents. That is cutting it much, much too line. Indeed, when you show as little proxlt as that you arc running the risk of only breaking even, which would be enough to .spoil any man"* Christmas. When you figure what Christmas shopping takes out of you, what with those walks down to the basements nnd back, and the crowds in the ten cent stores, it is only right that a man .should show a decent profit, if only to keep Christmas spirit up. • SOMETHING ELSE while I'm around tills subject. Why do people who send you presents insist on removing the price tags That's the one thing that should be left on. With the lags left on a man could figure in i-.o lime at all whether he got the better of the bargain on the exchange of gifts, or was played lor a sucker. Carefully filed away, the tags would be invaluable for reference the following Christmas. A fellow could make up a list like this: From Al, sleevehoidcrs, $1.14; from Gerry, matching tie and handkerchief set, S1.25; from Joe, pair of .socks, $.65: from Aunt Bess, bicycle clips. $.75. and from Cousin Morris, a picture of Cousin Morris, $.45. Tliis would eliminate all guesswork when it came time to send out presents again, and guesswork, makes me mighty nervous this time of year. I don't want to be "taken" by this gang of relatives and dear friends a; Christmas time, and 'neither do I want not to give rjearly as good ns I get. HE FIGURES the answer is to make the Ruhr a giant TVA cooperative-type of development with a, board of trustees selected from farm, labor, business, and cooperative groups in the U. S. and Europe. Lincoln has the promise of top American industrial engineers and management executives that they would drop what they are doing to pitch, in and get this experiment started. Thus far in Washington, the only cold and fishy look Murray Lincoln hss had was from the ax-men for Ur.der Secretary of the Army William Draper, a former Wall Street banker and partner of Defense Secretary Forrestal and Assistant Secretary of State Charles E. Saltzman. But some of President Truman's advisers on whom Lincoln tried out his idea pounded the table with enthusiasm and exclaimed. "By golly, this does look like the answer," 'Globe Syndicate 1 ! IF YOUR PRESENTS are not already mailed by the time you read this, I might be able to give you some good tips on how to cut a few corners at Christmas time. The cardinal rule of getting a little the better of it is never to spare on the wrapping of your gifts. It is often advisable to spend more oa the box and wrapping paper than on the gift. This is particularly true when you are sending a gift you got at a bargain pries because it had. a flaw in it. If you have friends who can read, »lways send, them books for Christmas. The point is, you can buy the book a good month ahead and read it yourself before mailing it, This eliminates that horrid feeling of having to pay the rental library three cents » day. Of course, proper care must be exercised in reading the book you are going to give away. Here at our house we always slip 011 a pair of cotton gloves in order to keep the book ia. its pristine state. George Dixon The Washington Scene Peter Edson Armed Forces Unification Needs Revision WASHINGTON". — Admonitory note, with overtones of crass commercialism, by Mr. G e o r g j c W. Healy. Jr., managing editor of the New Orleans Times Picayune: "Keep ou: of the real estate business. Let Charlie Boss buy a want ad if he needs publicity in hunting a. house." Somid Your A THE TIMES, IT SEEMS, are not only out of joint but out of tune. Nobody is observing the standard pitch of A at 435 cycles a second, says Dr. Herman Zeissl. And, as head of Austria's UNESCO delegation, he wants that UN group to do something about restoring the internationally agreed-on pitch at its general conference in Beirut, Lebanon. We tmder- .stand that a lot of instruments now are tuned to a 440-cycle A, or thereabouts, which to the sensitive ear gives tone a more brilliant, or maybe shriller, quality. There are also a lot of old pianos that are way below the 435 mark. In between are off- iey singers and fiddlers. Maybe they all add to the discord of these high-pitched times. Dr. Zeissl says the tuning fork used to set the standard international pitch In 1885 is still in Vienna, ready to put the •world back on the tontal beam. Maybe it's £ good idea. Most of us wouldn't want to go back to the leisurely tempo of 60 years ago, ever. If we could. But what's wrong Trith trying to restore the mellow pitch of that happy, peaceful era? WASHINGTON— (NEA) — At the end of nearly every working day, Defense Secretary James V. Forrestal sits at his Pentagon desk before a pile of papers nearly a foot high. He has to sign them all. This is one of the faults of the "National Security Act of 1947," commonly known as the Armed Services Unification Act. Tile secretary has no undersecretary to handle all the administrative detail which merger of the Army, Navy and Air Force has thrust upon him. At the other extreme, when the joint chiefs of staff for the three services reach a stalemate in settling their differences of opinion. Defense Secretary Forrestal has no authority under the law to move in on the situation, crack their heads together and make final decisions. Or if the three service secretaries —Royall of the Array, Sullivan for the Navy, Symington for the Air Force—want to appeal some matter to the President, over the head of Secretary Forrestal, they are at liberty to do so under the law. THESE AND OTHER similar situations are the natural results of the first 15 months of operation under unification, when this law was approved in September. 1947, after more than two years of debate in Congress, the great fear was that too much authority might be given the new secretary of defense. The interesting thing to note is that the principal -criticisms row hurled at the secretary are because he hasn't thrown his weight around enough to keep Army, Navy and Air Force from squabbling' among themselves. The obvious moral is that the merger law must be changed by the next Congress, to give him that authority. These are the basic things to keep in mind when considering the changes recommended by Ferdinand Eberstadt's "Task Force" report to ex-President Herbert Hoover's Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. THE EBEKSTADT report is no!', the final word on the subject of armed services reorganization. It must be approved and possibly amended by the Hoover Commission of 12 members. The full Hoover report is due Jar. 13. but may be delayed a month. About Dec. 31, Secretary Forrestal will send to Congress his own report on J-.is first year's administration tinder the merger law. He will probably make his own recommendations for amending the law. Then early in January will come the State of the Union and Budget messages to Congress, which will give the President's views on the subject. Finally. Congress will net on all these proposals in the .spring or summer. THERE HAS BEEN a certain amount of exaggeration in reports about the bickering of the brass this past year. Such in-fighting has been principally between Air Force and Charm Of The Trains ALMOST ALL MALE Americans, young and old, and some of their sisters as well, like to look at railroad trains. This is Droved again by the success of the Chicago "•-ilroad Fair, featuring models from the - J ? beginnings to the diesels of today. - nation's major railroads have lent - treasures, as they did for the similar '•'t at the Chicago World's Fair in the The present showing drew more i 2,500,000 visitors last summer, and all who wanted to see it could not, or -.ild not see it often enough. It is now inounced that it will be repeated in 1949. Why not let other communities see it, too? It might be a smart idea to let it go travel- tog, or at least part of it, like the Freedom Train. History From The Times Files IF CHRISTMAS came more than once & year, probably at least half of us would to broke. Whether it would be worth it depends on how you define "Christmas spirit.' 1 TEN YEARS AGO December 20, 1D38. James F. Hupp, 37, Bowling Green, injured when his car careened from Route 220 on Dingle Hill and struck a pole. Four Curnberlanders, Rial Rose, Edgel Firle, Olive Rice and Edwar Stewart, were members of the Westminster Choir of Princeton, N. J. Deaths John C. Robinson, 40, McCoole; George Evans, 64, Oldtown Road; Miss Margaret H. Wilson, 47, Westernport; Mrs. James C. McNeil, G7, Browning Street; Troy Lee Arbogast, Gienwood Street. TWENTY YEA11S AGO December 20, 1928 City Council criticized by the Rotary Club for its "comic opera" sessions. Frederick A. Puderbaugh named magistrate in Peoples Court. He succeeded Oliver H. Bruce, Jr., resigned. Deaths Harry Little and Mrs. John R, Rickley, 57, this city; Lewis R. Smith. 27. La Vale: Clifford Smith, Frostburg. John Lewis, 15, Williams Road, accidentally wounded while cleaning a gun. TI-HRTY YEARS AGO December 20, 1918 Most of the larger stores decided .not to remain open at night, except on Saturday. Deaths William S. Cook, 28, this city; Miss Cora Rawlings, 21, aiso of Cumberland; George Lanam, 3C, Bedford Valley, Pa. Pending discharge from the Army, Max J, Collon was to return here as health officer. Navy. Army lias been pretty well out of i'.;. stuck in the mud as usual by l,hc glamor boys. Such differences as have arisen come from two principal sources. One is on division of money available for the services. The other is on the concept of fighting 10 or 20 years hence, when all the push-button weapons, round- the-world bombers and super-aircraft carriers now being- planned by the research a n cl development boards come into use. On the question of how the services would function in case war should break out tomorrow, the service chiefs say there is no basic difference. Unification has been effected in the field far more effectively than it has been in the Pentagon planning stall's. SECRETARY FORRESTAL, though without authority to do so, has by grace and tactful persuasion brought the chiefs of staff for Navy and Air into agreement on responsibility for strategic bombing and anti-submarine warfare. This was done first at the Key West conference last March. When the two services begar. to cheat a. little on this agreement, Forrestal again brought them together at Newport in August for a clearer tinders landing. Each service somewhat naturally wants more money to prepare for and carry out the strategic defense missions assigned. But next January, for the first time in American history, the three services will present to Congress n, unified budget nnci a unified legislative program. What's more, the three services have agreed not to lobby for special favors from Congress, over and above the imified program. This is the real progress that has been, made during the first year under unification. A LUGUBRIOUS dissertation on the Irials and tribulations of a chief executive in a large American city was given here the other night by Mayor W. B. Hartsfield of Atlanta, Ga. He had a sympathetic: audience because most of his listeners were mayors themselves. Addressing- the annual conference of the American Municipal Association. Mayor Hartsfield moaned: "As mayors we get roped into the goldarnest tilings. Recently t had to extend an official city welcome to a horse. "Representatives of a motion picture company insisted on bringing a trick horse to City Hali. But I got even. "Addressing the stead and assembled multitude, I said: " 'This is the first time I ever had to welcome a whole horse'." A MOST RADICAL departure from the Washington norm is being atlemplecl by Miss Bertha .Joseph, one of the most beloved women in the capita). The lady is going to come out openly and brand herself a lobbyist. Miss Joseph, who used to be secretary to former Senator George Radcliffe of Maryland, declared she is going to be absolutely brazen about it. "For years and years,'' said the lady. "I have been listening to lobbyists who pretend they are .something else. I have heard so much high-minded slush I practically have to wear galoshes on my ears. "Every lobbyist I ever encountered pretended lo be laboring self- Icssly in a noble cause. But I am going to be different. I am going to call myself a lobbyist. Aijd I am not going lo try to fool anybody wilh lofty drivel. I am going to be working .solely for dough." the whole pub business, what will happen to the genial mine hosts of song and story? Instead of a buxom barmaid behind the pump will they have Sir Stafford Cripps, with black homburg and umbrella, working the slick? All the beloved public house jokes would have lo go by the board as they undoubtedly would be construed as n knock at the government. Like, for instance, the story of the little Cockney on the rubberneck bus. The barker, with megaphone to mouth, bawls: "We are now passing the largest public 'ouse in Lunnon!" And the little Cockney cries: "Wot for?" BDT WHAT IF the idea should leap the oce*an and be adopted here? Can you picture yourself arguing •whether Joe Louis could have beaten Jack Dempsey in a joint run by. say, the Secretary of the Interior? How would you feel about get- ling plastered in a place called "Cap Kr.ig-'s Bar and Grill" or "Barkley's Little Old Kentucky Tavern"? or even "Ye OJde Vandenberg- Chop House"? Do you think Charlie Ross could ever replace Sherman Bill- ingslcy? Take the doleful case of Herbert Blunck, manager of the Stallcr here. One of his guying rooms is known locally as "Herb's Blunck- house." If the government took over we'd have to re-nickname it something shuddery like "Claude's Pepper Pot." Instead of a nice, free-enterprise bouncer yelling: "Beat it. ya bum!" We'd have a bureaucrat reciting- in federal prose. "In view of the nu- gacity of worthwhile characteristics in . yotT corporeal and spiritual makeup, and also paucity of monetary considerations, your immediate departure from these purlieus is mandatory." lKing FeiLUjrrs, Jnc.) So They Say We cannot claim that we are a complete democracy so long as there are any among us who may be ALWAYS PLASTER the outside of your gifts with "Do Not Open Till Christmas" seals. When you are out to make a comfortable littJe profit on the exchange of gifts you must be sure that your dear friends do not open your packages until it is too late for them to do anything about the ones they have sent you. There are certain people you can't trust around Christmas time, and you might as well moke up your mind to that. Tile only Christmas I lost on—that wax three years ago—I am sure was because that brother-in-law of mine took a pre-Christmas peek at the pocket comb I had sent him and came right back at me with a nail file. Yes. sir. we have to- be foxy as all get-out around Christmas, or someone will do you ia *£ sure a.s fate. (Dis'.:;b-tct! by McXaugM SyndlMtp. Inc.) Ual Boyle'* AP Reporter's Notebook NEW YORK—You can grow richer discarding as well as by keeping-. And what the world could well use this time of year is an international "Throwing Away Day." It could become just as important as "Swat the Fly Day," "Send-a-Flower-to-Your-Mother- in-Lnw Day.'' or "Income Tax Day." The best time for "Throwing Away Day" is around Christinas because it is only at that season that man -summons up the courage to be the way he yearns to. For years I have had a kind of informal throwing away day during the week before Santa Claus comes. It consists largely of cleaning my desk. That doesn't seem like much of an. adventure. But to me it is an epic task. For I arn one of those forlorn folk cursed with a lifelong habit of being disorderly. At home my wife complains my clothes closet looks like the scene of a rummage sale. My desk at the office resembles the group love nest of a flock of magpies. We're all finding out that a good, disposition is r.o match I'oi- a, bad winter cold. MEMBERS OF THE Sales Executives Association of Washington are still chuckling fiendishly over the mishap that befell the principal speaker at their dinner the other night. They were addressed by a. memory expert named Robert H. Nutl:. For a good hour the memory wizard held forth on how to overcome for- eci. fulness. Then he went off and forgot his watch. compelled to fight for that democracy, but who may be denied the opportunity to participate in it when it has been preserved. —Vice PrcsicVnt-elect Alben W Barkley. EACH JANUARY the desk starts the new year as clean as the proverbial whistle (although a whistle could really be called clean only in comparison to a well-used tuba). But the daily snow of letters soon begins to l-.ide its green surface. By spring the top no longer can be seen. By summer the stack is knee high, and by fall it is waist deep. A small child, thrown into it accidentally, would suffocate before it could be found, and rescued. Month by month as the pile grows higher it plagues my conscience more and more. But when I finally gather up strength for my annual throwing away "day, what do I find in this self-made hill of debris? Nothing really very important. Only small problems postponed daily until they have become a. great worrisome mound of care. I find that time has made the problems of diminished significance. In half a day I remove this paper tumor that has caused me a year of needless vexation and frustration. The desk is tidy, bare and new again, and I feel like I've had a nice clean shower. I am full of more virtue than the whole calendar of saints. It seems to me that the time has come in the cold war when it muse bo made abundantly clear that, if .1 hot war begins, the free nations will be prepared, equipped and ready to jo, .. .. —Canadian Ambassador Hume " Thl ' owl "S'Away Day?" Instead of merely get- Wrong. " '-' " AND IN THIS MOOD I wonder why the same formula wouldn't .work for mental ills that plague us as well .as for this simple task of cleaning a littered desk. Why shouldn't there be an international FOftTy YEARS AGO December SO. 11)08 Joseph McGovern, Grahamtown, hurt in the mine accident near Frostburg. Potomac Lodge No. 100, A. F. and A.M., elected Joseph W. Footer worshipful master. Other officers were John T. Taylor. Dr. T. R. Palmer, Charles W. Fries, James A. Young and George w. Webster. Deaths James Rir.ehart, Xcyscr, W. Va., in Texas; Robert E. Dungan, 54, tills ciiy; Alexander Stafford, Lonaconing. Men's neckties resemblins silk are made of rubber in France. And the styles are the snappiest. We hear thai. Santa is almost- ready to deliver his collection of toys. I't's in the bas! Despite the prevalence of soap box orators, dirty politics still persists. SINCE BRITAIN'S Food Minister Strachcy cut the bacon ration down lo one ounce a week, the abbreviation-happy Britons have been calling him "the wizard of one oz." A man in Ohio socked a biw driver for asking him t.o lake a back seal. He look affront! The best substitute for being marl js keeping the month shut. SPEAKING OF ENGLAND, I see where a writer is apprehensive that the'country's pubs may be heading toward nationalization. He points out that the saloons of Carlisle, in the north of England, already are operate:! by ihc government, and that eight new towns being planned by the Ministry of Town and Country Planning al! wii; have suite-owned public houses. If the government docs Lake over 1 wouldn't want 10 be the one to knock out (Joe) Louis. Somebody might, but it would make me sad Lo do it. Joe will always be the cliampion to us folks. —Ezzard Charles. Negro heavyweight challenger. The people of the fawn areas are asking for and expecting—and I say they will gei^a long-range, constructive agricultural program. The members of organized labor arc asking for. and have a right to expect, the repeal of the Tart-Hartley Law. —Hubert 1!. Humphrey, Democratic senator-elect from Minnesota. ling rid of an accumulation of unanswered letters, mankind could cleanse itself of all the petty hates and prejudices that set brother against brother, husband against wife, east against west, north against south. Into the wastebaskct with 'cm. Yes, all of thorn—all the useless doubts, fears, grudges, confusions and groundless dislikes that clutter up life ajid keep us from the spirit of loving kindness. And there the world would stretch new and clean and fresh again, fair to the eye and lovely to live in. Yes, the lion would lie down, with the Iamb (with the lamb outside him), and Fort Worth and Dallas—they'd love each. other all year round. So would Minneapolis and St. Fnnl. (Associated PI-CM)

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