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FOUR EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND,' MD., MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 1949 Phone 4600 For a WANT AD Taker Evening & SundayvTimes The Timid Soul By H, T. WEBSTER Tris Coffin Attaraoon incept Sunday) nod Bunctij uorntnt. hei! by Th« Tlm«» »od Allecanun Company, t-> South Mechanic Street, Cumberland. Md. . Enttttd »t Uio Postolllco nt Cumuerland. Md.. u Seconil CUis Mutter. Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulation Member of the Associated Pre»» Wt'tlJ subscription rate bj Carrlin: .One week ET«, OB!T 30c; Evenlnj nmes per copy. 5c; Eve, i: Sue. Ttoei. «0« per week: Sunday Tiroes only. 100 per-copy. Mull tubicrtptlon rnc» on application. T»« .Cvenlar Times and Sunday Tlmti anume oo iin»a- ciai responsibility lor typographical errori In advertlie- arati bat will reprint that part ol an advertliement*w •wWeh the typoEraphlca] error occurs. Errors must bo reported • at once. . , Monday Afternoon, January 10,1949 OUR COUHTRY The union o/ AcartJ, t)ii union o/ ono 1 Ifit flay of our Union fortrcr—Morrij. Prospect Not Bright PRESIDENT TRUMAN gave, the coun- try'something to think about when he told. a. Kansas City audience that there are certain Russian leaders "who are exceedingly anxious to have an understanding with us." He made the remark during one of those off-the-cuff speeches that have become something of a specialty with him. It apparently caught the State Department flat-footed. None.of the staff would or could comment officially, since the. President-declined 'to amplify his statement. That didn't stop the speculation, however. Washington correspondents read into Mr., . Truman's words all the meaning they could glean from their background and experience. THEN AMBASSADOR Walter Bedell Smith came home from Russia. • After his first conference with the President reporters asked his views on the statement. He declined direct comment, and also denied a close acquaintance with the Soviet Politburo. But he did make these general remarks: "There are differences of opinion before policy ,1s made and adopted in the Politburo, but not on a .cleavage. ... I Imagine there are in the Soviet Union, just as there-are in the United States, people -who are more sympathetic toward a conciliator}' line than the harshness which we have so far encountered, but it would be difficult for me to say who followed a.par- tlcular line of thought." This might seem to be a polite qualification of the President's words. It also might seem to destroy any hope that Mr. Truman's words aroused. But we would' think,- from external evidence, that General Smith's more temperate, if less hopeful, views come nearer to expressing the present situation. This is not to. say, of course, that Mr. Truman is -wrong. He receives the best intelligence on Russia that can be.provided. He may even'know the names of those who are "exceedingly anxious" ,to reach agreement " with us. THE HISTORY of .recent dictatorships reveals that.there are indeed differences- among..a.,small ruling" group. However tight .a'one-man control may be,' that one man cannot know everything. And since his-henchmen are usually jealous and ambitious as well as loyal, conflicts arise. Perhaps we shall have to wait.until Premier Stalin's death or removal to identify the moderates in the Politburo. H they are strong enough' to assert themselves on this paramount issue, there might well be a top-level free-for-all for possession of Stalin's.mantle. And if they won, the democratic world might- at last reach an understanding with Russia. But it is evident that they are'not running the Politburo today. And so, unhappily, the hope for agreement and a stable peace does not look any brighter than it'did'before Mr. Truman made his 'encouraging statement. Money In Politics , MONEY ISN'T everything, even, in pol-- ittcs: Wealthy Cleveland- Republicans, obeying a praiseworthy impulse to become more .'active -politically, have been giving lavishly to party campaigns, and running them through their own committees, bypassing the regular " organizations. In 1947'they raised $150,000 for an estimable candidate for mayor, only to see him beaten by a record-breaking majority. In 1948 their contributions. came to $165,000, and practically every candidate on their list was "badly defeated. The regular party •workers attributes these fiascos to failure to take, their advice. They say that the rich- .givers had no practical political knowledge, and committed all sorts' of blunders. The business man who was chairman of the special contributors' committee* fras away on election day and. did not leven vote for President, although absentee voting has been permitted for years. "The trouble'with these rich guys,", said one .ward worker, -"is that they think they could elect a mongrel pup if they only spent enough money on his campaign." . That this.'idea is wrong,, anyone with even the slightest political knowledge could . tell them. Americans may esteem money, but not to the extent of selling their elections to the highest bidder. Little Enough To Ask AT THE NEW YEAR only one Paris newspaper devoted an editorial to a pror gress report on European aid. Three others- carried a total of slightly more than, a column on it. The rest, and they are many, had nothing. That is bad, but 5-parently it is not entirely the fault of t' •; press. The European Council for the •rshall Plan has worked in almost total -ecy. Except for American publications :1 broadcasts, press and public know little of ERP's operations beyond what they see. So, on top of all else they must do, it seems vitally necessary that America's ERP' administrators prod their European colleagues into giving full publicity to American aid and their use of it. WE READ THAT a fellow offered to marry any woman in the world for $100,000. It is our considered opinion that he is trossly underestimating the cost of that kind of a marriage. ' WfMDOW- I owe" SAW we Thomas L. Stokes Filibuster Held Key To Civil Rights Plan WASHINGTON.—As far as civil rights- legislation is concerned the Democratic leadership In Congress has adopted- the policy that discretion is the better part of valor. ..Nothing is expected along this front until-well along in the present session of Congress despite ' President Truman's reiterated demand In his message for his civil rights program which he described as "among the highest purposes of government" and added "I stand squarely behind those proposals." Delay is dictated by practical strategical reasons relating to the rest of the President's comprehensive' legislative program and the . matter • of timing to get the .best over-all results., that is, to get as much of the program on the statue books as early as possible. The key to the civil fights program is the filibuster weapon that Southern Democrats hold in the .Senate. The first thing necessary then'is to disarm the Southerners. Numerous proposals to limit, debate to eliminate endless filibustering were submitted in the tarry days of this session. . ' BUT, AS SOUTHERNERS dem-- onstrated in .the last Congress,. it Is possible under present Senate' rules to filibuster even a "motion to take up a proposal to limit debate. The Senate.. Democratic leadership . has decided that it does not. want its victory session to begin with a protracted filibuster on the civil rights Issue which.would not only accentuate the schisms in'par- ty ranks and stir up presently latent bitterness, but. also would hold back othen parts of the • President's . program. So an attack oh the filibuster will be- delayed, .and consequently the civil rights program which is dammed up behind it. Under legislative strategy now devised, it is the administration's objective to get as much, of its social welfare programs ES possible on the statute books as soon as possible. The chief obstacle to this phase of the program was the. veto power of the House Rules Committee and the balance of power lield by southern co'cservative.s' on legislative committees. Both have been corrected. THIS WTT.T, • OPEN the way for ' early action on such, measures as the long-range housing bill and the federal aid to the education bill, 1 both .of which passed the Senate in the last Congress only to be bottled up in the House, and both of which have been re-introduced.. in the Senate in the new Congress and slated for early consideration. The way for repeal of the Taft- Hartley Act and for increase of minimum wages and expansion of Social Security rJso should be 1 eased, by procedural reforms in the House., and increase of administration members on House and Senate committees. The President's proposed health. insurance bill, an important - part of .his social welfare program, is headed for trouble and delay,' but enactment of the other measures will-make an impressive record and PeterEdson Progress Seen In Unification Effort WASHINGTON — (NEA) —What ought to be done by the next Congress to make unification of the armed services work better is revealed In Defense .Secretary James V. Forrestai's first report. It covers 15 months' experience since Army, Navy' and Air Force were legally merged on Sept! 15, 'J947. And it disputes many of the claims that unification isn't work,- iig. ' • Heart of this dispute can. be diagnosed as growing pains-of the Air Force and hardening of the . arteries, plus high blood pressure, in the Navy. • * ' • "The Navy has always been a tightly, organized, self-contained service," writes Forrestal. It had its own ground forces (Marines) and its own Air Force and'supply organization, he points out. It knew little or nothing about the Army, and it still has a lot to. learn. In the meantime, the aircraft carrier has replaced the battleship •as the spearhead of naval power. And the doubling of .underwater speed by submarines, plus the increase of their range by the. "schnorkel"—which permits air in-' take .without surfacing — provides new concepts of warfare and new. threats to American defenses. •• TO THE AMBITIOUS Air Force —now made a separate arm on an. equal basis .with Army .and Navy— these new- developments spell the ultimate decline of naval power. The increased use of strategic bombing, airborne troops and supplies, guided missiles, rockets and . atomic weapons raises many challenging questions for military staff planners. Nobody Knows' the , answers to these questions. They can 1 only be guessed at until, there-is an.•• actual war fought without Navy" or ground, forces. "Where general staff- differences in theories about future warfare lead to scrapping among the three services Is in dividing 'up the limited money available for the entire National Defense Establishment. 'Once again, money Is ..the root of all the evil things the generals have to-say about the •admirals and vice versa. - ' . AS FOR SPECIFIC tilings .which Secretary Forrestal recommends to make his soldiers, sailors and fly- boys merge better, some have been - revealed before and some are similar to recommendations from President Hoover's Reorganization Commission "tasln force." The Hoover Commission • recommended six things: /' 1.' Greater teamwork in planning. •2, Greater central authority over the "armed services. 3. Improved budget procedures. 4. Scientific research on a sounder basis. 5. A greater sense of urgency in planning. 6. Greater planning for civil defense, internal .security ar.d unconventional warfare. Forrestal's ^istory From The Times Files, TEN YEARS 'AGO January 10, 1939 Intruders entered the Woodmen of world club rooms on Bedford Street and stole four slot machines. Edgar M. Lewis, .Walter A. Howser, William Stewart and James E. Morris, named constables-at-l»rge in Peoples Court here. •Deaths Mrs. Catherine C. Snyder, North Centre Street; Mrs. Charles. E. McCormick, 47, Pioneer Place; Charles P. Betz, 77, Frostburg; Mrs. Abe Feldstein, 34, ' North_ Mechanic Street; Reed Smouse, 67," Oakland. TWENTY YEARS AGO January 10, 1929 . An order to have a bill submitted to Legislature to increase the Mayor and City Council's- salaries to $250 and $200, respectively, passed 'the. •council by 4 to 1 vote. •'•'' Deaths Mrs. John W. Ritchie, La Vale; Howard Longerbeam, 55, near Cresaptown; Mrs. Robert. Barclay, Lonaconing; Jasper W. Miller. 50, Hyndman, Pa.; Mrs.' Anna Pugh, 82, Mrs. Mae Hoban Wilson, 45. and Levi GUmartin, 50, all of Frostburg. Wvlie M, Paw named foreman of the' grand jury/ THIRTY YEARS AGO January 10, 1919- Mrs. Norma Pigman, this city, hurt when struck by an-'engine at the Baltimore Street crossing. Deaths James Conway, '78, John Jacob Honing, 57, and Andrew Goodrich, this city. John J. Sheridan' worthy president of Cumberland Aerie No. 245, F. O. Eagles. George D. Landwc-hr grand jury foreman. ' FORTY YEARS AGO January 10, 1909 'Alpine Club formed by women. ' members of SS; Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Chapel Hill Lodge No. 53, I. O. O F., elected Joseph Hansel, noble ' grand. Other officers were Dr. W. R. Ford E. H. Cordry, 'J. W. Smith, J. H. He'adlough and Guy Chadwick. Theodore Thummel named' presi-.. dent of SS. .Peter and Paul Beneficial' Society. Also chosen were Joseph I. Habig, John Wempe, Godfrey •Kotsehenreuther and Martin Rohman. •When some'mechanics try to find out what's the matter with your car, you find out what's the matter with.the mechanic.. Ab Herman, Ex-Ball Playfer, New Miracle Man Of G.O.P. redeem pledges to labor -which was such an Important factor in the election. Measures for the. benefit of farmers, who turned the tide in key Midwestern states, also will be pushed ahead. THERE IS ANOTHER avenue to a partial civil rights program other than elimination of the filibuster. That Is a compromise proposed by some southern Senators to permit passage of anti-poll tax and. anti- lyr.ching bills if the Fair Employment Practices Commission'bin, F.E.P.C., is dropped. But President Truman, has no intention of compromise, and his viewpoint is reflected by Senate leaders. It was perhaps best put by Senator ,J. Howard McGrath, chairman of the Democratic National Committee who directed the' successful election campa^n. When asked about .. compromise recently he replied simply that he- saw no basis for '•ompromise since you can't compromise the Constitution of the United States. President Truman has no obligation whatever to the Southerners •whose position on civil rights was repudiated not only by the'party's national convention but also in the election itself. » He and 'his leaders .are aware' of obligations in other directions, sealed . by pledges In the platform- and in'the campaign, and. realize that no excuses will be accepted if noth- . ing has been, accomplished two years from now when there will be a Congressional election. (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) WASHINGTON,—If the' Republicans are hor.est-to-gosh. looking' for a guide to lead them out of the wilderness, all they have to do is cup their' 'hands around their mouths, and yell, "Hey, Ab!" The miracle man of GOP politics win come down from Capitol Hill in the long and rangy stride ol a pro athlete. He' is Ab Hermann, • ball player, statesman -and right guy. In "fifteen years, Ab has made' the industrialized, heavily organized. New Jersey almost as safe for Re-' publicans as Vermont. Ab has beaten every' kind of a trend to elect a Governor and three Senators. And that isn't all! He helps them stay elected by steering .them over the bumps in public office. Right now, Ab Hermann—onetime wearer of a Boston Braves uniform—is known as "the third Senator from New Jersey." -His official title is Administrative Assistant to Senator Alexander Smith, the scholarly Princeton prof. This year, Ab pitched in and was campaign manager for Robert Hen- dricksbn, the new H. S. Senator. It was a job Ab wanted for himself so bad he could taste 'It ,too. Hermann doesn't give any big talk interviews oa how to win elections. He snaps Is is suspenders caually and says modestly, "You got to find out what the voters want—not what the pollsters think they want. You've got to give them service. And brother, you've gotta work like Old Nick himself." HIS ANALYSIS of the national GOP defeat this year is simple and down-to-earth. Ab says, "The people don't want to go back to the 'good old. days.' The. 80th Congress for the most part didn't understand this. I don't think the party will come back to power across the boards until it gets In step with the man in the street." Whenever a Republican a.sks Ab bluntly how in the heck does he find out what this man-in-the- street wants, he looks up in surprise. "Why," he 'snorts, "you talk • tc him. You don't win elections pounding the table in the Union League Club or interviewing; yourself in 'the mirror." But Ab isn't the kind of fellow who.wants to go out and rip up'the old foundation. He pooh poohs all .the talk of .revolt and privately opposed the clamor to kick out Senator Taft as minority, leader. Ab, did not brood over .it. He jusb said this shout against Taft was unrealistic and wouldn't succeed. (He was right.) Ab Hermann is surprisingly young for the_ record of wins back of him. There isn't a bit of the stuffed shirt about . him. He makes everyone from the bootblack to the-houghty- toughty foreign diplomat feel right a'i home. Maybe that explains why. !he is a miracle man. THE WORRY-WORT of Washington these days Is Mel Hildreth, the chairman of the' Inaugural Committee. Whenever a member of the White House stair hears the telphone ring, or feels a tap on his shoulder, ihis automatic response Is, ,(A11 right, Mel. what is it this time?" . He is trying like sixty' to make this the biggest, bestest, hugest, inaugural ever held, and occasionally it takes the blunt, salty words of Harry 'Vaughan to tumble him out of the stars. The other day, Hildreth. tele-,. phoned 'all around the White House with a brilliant Idea. Mel had been dipping Into history, and he discovered that at 'George Washington's inauguration the Cisy of New. York, held a gigantic fireworks display. "Why can't we get New York, to do it agaJn?", he anxiously inquired.' The boys patiently explained to' Hildreth. that Mr. Truman didn't' want all that whoop-to-do; THE INAUGURAL ^Committee was a life saver for some' Democrat National Committee publicity men who were sitting on their thumbs and waiting for the ax to fall. They are now drawing down stipends of five figures a year bustling 1 around with the Inaugural. Sam Brightman, the Democrat; committee's assistant-publicity genius, and Ken Fry, the radio director, are knocking down $12,500 a year. The National Committee is paying their salaries. Joe Evans, former editor of • The Democrat dipsheet, moved over to' the Inaugural Com- • mlttoe at a nice Increase in dollars. The Inaugural Committee's liaison with the White House is friendly, modest Merle Young, who wouldn't for the world want anyone to know he is Mr. T's nephew. Some of the. states are really going in for fancy floats. Montana will have. Indians in full rcgnJia riding horseback down Pennsylvania Avenue. Thunderbolt Left Hand, the handsome young Crow Indian and Capitol elevator operator, will l?ad the procession. ' The famous matched horses of Annheuser-Busch will pull the Missouri float. THERE'S A BIG tug of war back stage over the appointment to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals'in Chicago. Jake Arvey, the energetic Chicago Democratic boss; Attorney General Tom Clark, Illinois 1 two Senators, and the Chicago Bar Association are all warily circlins one another. Jake Arvey hasn't tipped his. hand, but he has his favorites' for the lifetime job. Tom Clark is boosting.Dave Bazelbn, the Assistant Attorney General. And a group of Chicago liberals are shouting for Edward H. Levi, who won his spurs as a special assistant to Attorney General Francis Biddle. Levi is now at the University of Chicago, is a topflight lawyer, end had a, hand in writing the atomic energy control law. ' The Chicago Bar Association •wants a real legal eagle and not just a dud'politician. Illinois' Senators Scott Lucas and freshman Paul Douglas-haven't decided which way to jump. Another big appointment • still • up In the air is the GOP vacancy on the ^Federal Trade Commission. Tile line forms to the left and includes two ex-Congressmen, Ralph Gwinn of Iowa and'William Stevenson of Wisconsin; Doug Hartman, an • attorney in Senator Owen'Brewster's office, and George Mereditn, the hard-hitting ex-chief of staff for the Senate Small Business Committee. (Olobs SyndJuln) George Dixon The Washington Scene recommendations checfc on points two, four and six. SECRETARY FORRESTAL wants more authority for his own office, He wants the Unification Law of 1947 changed to give him. full responsibility for "direction, authority and control" over the entire National Military Establishment: . . The law now says the' secretary shall have the duty of establishing "general" policies-'and programs, and to exercise "general" direction and control. Forrestal wants that word "general" out of there. Secretary .Forrestal also wants to be the sole representative of the armed services on the National Security Council, kicking off the. secretaries of Air, Navy and Army. He would like to see the joint staff increased above its present limitation to 100 members. He also wants a responsible head named for the joint chiefs of staff, to 1 report to the President and the secretary of defense'. At the some time, he wants the position of chief of staff to, the President abolished. FORRESTAL wants a new undersecretary. He also wants the three secretaries of Army, Navy, and Air, Force made more responsible to him. • He has already exercised a partial control over all defense civilian and military chiefs by requiring, them, to submit to his' office for approval all controversial statements. In the first year of operation under merger, Defense Secretary Forrestal 1ms appointed a, number. o£ boards to study special problems like administration-of military justice, civil defense, pay and allowances for military personnel, organization of the reserves and similar matters. -Reports'of all these groups have resulted in drafts of new legislation which Congress will be asked to pass. It all comes under trie head of perfecting . unification, a job just begun. Cochran's Barbs To allay hunger, a certain jungle tribe chews on pieces of crude rubber. We wonder it they call them steaks? What the world - needs is a thermometer that can read the weatherman's forecast. MEXICO CITY, — The. burning topic in the .Mexican capital today, dwarfing such minor issues as the. fluctuation of the peso and the proposed oil treaty, is Nancy Oakes' ears. Miss Oakes, the former Countess de Marigny, has just had-.her lobes skewered, and Mexican society can. talk of little else. The reason for this is that the heiress daughter of murdered Sir Harry Oakes won't give it a chance. . ' The rich young, lady from Nassau becomes incensed when.' the conver-' sation" wanders away from her ears, and the Mexicans are a very polite people. So they sit around for hours discussing her hollowed-out hearers. Although Miss Oakes cannot be described as one of the most brilliant conversationalists of our time, ' she knows how to command attention. She even does an ancient mariner on visiting • Norteameri- canos. The other evening she gave some of her ear business to Mr. Frank Parrel], the New York columnist. Mr. Farrell wished to see some of the sights of Mexico City and Miss Oakes volunteered to serve as guide. She proved exceedingly versatile in this respect. She took him to see the cathedral, Diego Rivera,, and Dolores Del Rio—In that order. But, no matter how interesting or impressive the spectacle visited Miss Oakes kept coming back to her ears. Finally the scribe broke down and' asked why she had had -them pierced. "Because," replied the heiress, with the simple dignity for which she Is noted, "I lose so bloody many earrings!" up for you? J I regret to. report that international relations have been strained by Mr. Al Santoro, sports editor of the Los Angeles Examiner. Mr. Santoro. was so thoughtless as T to let the pet scorpion, of one of- Mexico's dignitaries .bite him. The pet's owner is perturbed because the scorpion hasn't been the same since. The above -is illustrative of the thoughtlessness of American visitors to Mexico. They go around in-bare feet, heedlessly tramping on -scorpions, and then raise a howl because the poor^llttle things strike back in self-defense. If Santoro wishes to go around kicking- scorpions why can't he pick on those at home? YOU WOULDN'T know about the above if I didn't'sacrifice myself on the altar of devotion, enduring untold hardship to get you the latest on the international situation. I could have stayed in Washington, with its bracing cold, instead of subjecting myself to this'languorous sunshine. But the call of duty comes first with me—and'I hope the Messrs. Jack Lait and Glenn Neville, who are stay-at-home types, appreciate it. For instance, if I hadn't come here, how would you know that Miss Oakes is in ithe throes of. a romance with David Si!va, Mexican movie star? You wouldn't have known it until you woke up some morning and saw in the papers that the divorced missus of Count Alfred de Marigny had become Senora Silva. You probably never would have • heard either that Miss Oakes and Miss Doreen Feng, daughter of tfce Chinese ambassador to Mexico, had dressed up as stewardesses and flown to Nassau on the inaugural flight of an airline. They worked, themselves to the bone posing.for pictures, stewardessing being very' onerous work. A ' mouse can still shorten skirts' , quicker than fashion lengthened, them. ' BY THE WAY, Delores Del Rio still looks as captivating as you may remember her. She is starring in Mexican pictures. Is. there no iimit to the information that Dixon digs WHEN THE AVERAGE well-to- do American family comes down' here to,.l;ve, the lady of the house gets visions of dwelling in splendid ease, surrounded by servants-to do her every bidding. • Frequently she gets, disillusioned " in a hurry. The Mexican labor laws. are very strict; If you fire a servant, no matter how Incompetent, you 'have to give the discharged one three months' wages. / A short time ago, one of our American businessmen became somewhat Irked at a female servitor who vanished for five days and then returned full of tequilla. He said a few well-chosen words in English. The servant, who does not understand a word of our lingo, quit. . ' But, a few days later the American received a visit from her attorney. The lawyer explained that his client had been hurt by the things the American had said, even if she hadn't been able to understand a word. So she was suing him for three months wages—and an extra 50,000 pesos for slander . fKlnff Fenturan, Inc.) So They Say We must show the nation that business is the lifeblood ' of our. country's 'growth,' and business in turn must, prove its interest in the welfare of our workers. —George H. Bender (R), retiring congressman • from.' Ohio. The commandant of peace is a matter of divine Jaw. Its purpose •is the protection of the goods of. humanity inasmuch as they are gifts of the Creator. —Pope Pius xn. It'may be that the present tendencies toward centralization are • too strong to be resisted until they have led to disaster, and that, as" happened in. the Fifth Century, the whole: system must break, down with all the inevitable, results of anarchy and poverty before.human beings can again acquire that- degree of personal freedom without.' which life • loses its savor, —British philosopher Bertrand Russell. Henry McLemore'f The Lighter Side . THERE IS NOTHING, like'having a wif» who .waits on you- hand and foot and whose every thought is about you and your, comfort—I guess. • • • • - . .... . I could hardly call myself an authority on the subject because the older I get the more I realize-that my Jeanie runs this roost- (by, that, • I mean • our vine-clad cottage) and .me -with apparently no effort at' all. • . • •. However, beginning'today things.are going to be very, very different. I am going to, be lord and master In tht good old nineteenth-century way. DO YOU REALIZE the kind" of thing that . has happened to me up until now?.. I've ..hopped, -skipped, dashed an run. for ' one. thing: •' • ' • "Look, honey, just hop.over to the store and. get us-, a loaf of bread." And this, too: ' "Henry', while you aren't doing anythfaf just, sklp...upstairs and get my scissors for me." . "Darling, will you please dash over to th«. Post''Office and get me some stainps?" "Darling, would you mind running down to the garage and turning • -off the washing machine?" - . • * The sucker I've been! .' But no more. • If I ever weaken enough to. go to the stort 'for another loaf of bread, I'm definitely goiiir' to stroll, saunter, .meander or scuff up my shoes by kicking a stone in front'of me the -whole way. ANOTHER THING that I am going to be adamant about.is the kind of food that is'served, around this house. •' .'. . . .. •' ... I know what I like but I don't, of ten get it , To me a nice snack'for lunch is some fried pork chops, hominy grits, sweet potatoes, turnip, greens, hot biscuits and a sliver of pie of som« sort. . . . Instead, what do I Usually Ret? • ' Something "a la" • something 'with * pre«n salnd on the side. ' . And if aot that I get leftovers. I strongly suspect that Jean goe*' out md buys "leftovers."" "Well, now, today we've got to eat up that little leftover beef,, lamb, veal, raccoon, ricunk or white mice." • . Anyway, we live oa leftovers. • -. That is .till today when'I am going to put my foot down. ' . . ' . Jeanie is. still asleep, it's "only seven in the morning, but I can hardly 'wait for her to pet up so that I caa.get this new regime into action. No more hop, skip, run, green salads or jellied consomme, . . . ' Maybe I'll have sweet potatoes, white potatoes, rice, grits and macaroni -with chees* all at the same time for lunch. 'Who knows? "WHEN,! LOOK BACK I think I was pretty silly not to make my stand before noir. Do you know that I, master of this house, have even gone so far as to eat in the kitchen while a ..' bridge-luncheon party -WHS going on in the front part of the house? Why didn't I thinir of ill this before? . •."-.' ' .Jean just came downstairs "and compliment-, ed me on being up v so;early, and.having -written ' v my column. •.'' - ' j,_ She-asked .me- to let-iier cbpyread.it for me, ... but' after she had gone into the kitchen ahe came back with another idear ' '• ' "Henry boy,.why don't you scootover to the j grocery store and. get us some cream." • "" I am now about to scoot. ' I can think of'nothing nicer than-sot to have Jean 1 read this column till Jt appear* In-the paper a few days from. now. . ' , ' . Not that I'm not going to stick to •very- thiug I've said. Me, I'm a man of iron but' Ju»t th» iwne'' I have to go now and get the cream and; also,: I am told, some greens for salad for lunch and- a can of tuna fish so that -we can have tuna fish "a la" something, to po along .-with our salad. (Dljtrlbutcd hy.McKaURht Syndicate, Inc.) HalBoylm't AP Reporter's Notebook" NEW YORK—This is. a great city for homebodies. . . The night -clubs, the' theaters,' the be-bop '. y ea s_these are kept going by.visitors who wane a peek at Manhattan's famed glamor, bares. Tile average New Yorker Is pretty much. a. homebody. He can't afford many sorties » year ' into the plush-covered booby traps that lure the • • eager out-of-town butter-and-egg;man. - • And, anyway, he often can enjoy" a better • • show by staying at home.' It is the show put'on by his neighbors. And neighbors, do it for free., • It is true that in this crowded Island many families may dwell in the same building for years without ever getting on speaking terms. But nowhere in the world are adjoining families , on better listening terms. Tliis is unavoidable, as. the walls that separate-apartments' are sliced, as thin as restaurant ham. * . . . . Here live the most wonderful screwball / neighbors outside of Bedlam. And the most., wonderful neighbors of all ar« those you'll find in Greenwich Village. • .. • Perhaps: that is why one out of every four people who.look for.'an apartment.in.New York. try to rind it in tile'Village. ' IT DOESN'T HAVE the hectic air It had In prohibition 'days, but it Is still the most charm; ing, colorful, easygoing section of the city.'And the neighbors—you can't beat them for.enter- tainment. .'• , " -, f .. Often I get homesick for the Village, where I dwelt for ten happy years. Before I was married they were scratcaing'years, too. Some,, of the scratching was to earn a living 1 . And some of it was-caused.by bedbugs. The bedbugs came .'from the apartment below, inhabited by a*deor old lady.' EverytJme I called in an exterminator to clean out my.. apartment,! also sent him. down to call on the . dear old lady. . But she always refused, to 3et him in. She'had a kindly b'elief that it was . wrong of man.to destroy life of any kind. 'In time I moved—and 1 - left her, victorious -with her tiny crawling friends,. ;. AND THE HORSE-PLAYING janitor took out a $1,000 life insurance policy on the Village's leading unemployed drunk.-' -Is the 'drunk still waxing fatter and the janitor's purse, leaner? That's the way it.'was. when I left; Whatever became of the hungry young poet who played-the zither in. his room and trapped mice in the halls? It really must have been only gossip that he ate the mice.' IT'S. MUCH MORE sedate in..our 14-story brick tenement by the East River. -.. I miss the noisy days in the Village. " But neighbors are usually interesting anywhere here. , . Overhead the prospect Is more promising. Up there is a family'with a pretty, energetic, black-haired girl of seven;'. She's a good friend of mine, and doesn't mind if I sometimes call ' her "little baby thunderbolt," as well 'as "queen •of all the butterflies." • Last year she- studied- ballet dancing. Gu'ess what little "little baby;thunderfoot" Is.'taking up now? Tap dancing! " , It's never dull long in" New York, neighbor. (Associated Press)

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