Beckley Post-Herald from Beckley, West Virginia on January 4, 1967 · Page 4
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Beckley, West Virginia
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Page Four January 4. 1907 BECRLEV POST-HERAT B A MPUM.ICAN NEWSPAK* fOt *7 YEAtf rUBLISHED EVERY UJSINISS DAY IY ttCKUY NEWSPAPERS CORPORATION 339-343 Pflnw St., feelcky, W. Va. 25801 TtUphctwi - AJi Department* feckUy 253-3321 S**ond-cJo»i mail privil«g«s auftoriwd ot p«if office crt fc+dUy, W. Va., and Hmten, W. Vq. E.J. LONG-TIME MEMBER MfMKt Of THC ASSOCIATfO MtESS Th» Atiocjatod Pr«« ii enHtkd to the UM for (··publication of all tht Joca! n«w« printed in thii Mwtpopxr, ot well ot o || AP newt dispatches. Notional Advertiiing RepreMntative WARD-GRIFFITH COMPANY, INC. New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, lotion, Chariot*, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Froncuco, Lot Angelei ANY GOVERNMENT that is Mg enoagh U give you everything you want is tlso bi to take everything you've got! Uncle Sam Acts As Raleigh Sits It is a pity that we are so short on local talent and missionary zeal here in Raleigh County that we had to import outsiders to help show us how to tidv up our backyard. Not all the reaction has been favorable. It never is when strangers move in and tell you how to run your business, but that's what usually happens when communities refuse to take care of their own headaches. Uncle Sam is always waiting in the wings for a chance of step onto the stage and play master of ceremonies on such occasions, and the act that he presently is presenting is called Viol A. The audience's reaction to the performance has been mixed, and the hoots and boos have been especially loud from the bastions of our politicians at the courthouse and city hall. Their boats are getting rocked and the waves are making them sick. What's so disconcerting is that a group of young people is taking the time and trouble to tell our underprivileged and backward fellow Americans their version of what their rights are and showing them what to do about it. We will concede that some of the VISTA workers' clothing and ideas about personal cleanliness don't conform with the trend at the Black Knight Country Club, but these people aren't working with the golfing and cocktail set. Although their clothes may be dirty and sometimes they might smell a little, they carry a fresh wind of ideas through our hills and hollows, and if we don't like it, we should rise out of our complacency and take over the task ourselves. Easier Money The Federal Reserve Board has removed anti-inflation restrictions it imposed last September to curb bank loans to business. The board's action means that, for the short run at least, there's little danger the demand for credit will get out of hand. In fact, the board noted that current credit conditions have made "inoperative" the tight policy it instituted last summer. Since September, it said, "expansion of business loans has been reduced to a more moderate rate and banks no longer are unloading securities in unreceptive markets." These circumstances were recognized weeks ago in various sectors of the economy and more recently in the tax-exempt bond field. The shift in Federal Reserve policy does not, however, mean that money has become cheaper or that there is enougn around to finance a large expansion in bank loans. The prospective home-buyer still has to face high interest rates. But even here there are indications of ease. The Home Loan Bank Board in its monthly survey of interest rates showed that the November rise was considerably less than that of the preceding month. Another sign reflecting an easier money market was the drop in the cost of short-term borrowing by the Treasury-from the 6.039 peak on Sept. 19 to under 5 per cent for its latest weekly borrowing. No Changi Fidel Castro's decision to permit American citizens to leave Cuba is not regarded as an indication that Washington is about to escalate appeasement of Havana. It is looked upon as part of his continuing effort to rid himself of potential opponents of his communist dictatorship. Freeing some 800 Americans and their families is simply another phase of the airlift which daily brines Cubans to Miami. Those Americans whose citizenship Castro is at last recognizing were in a sense, hostages. They were a warning to Washington to keep hands off the Kremlin's outpost while Castro solidified his grip. Thanks to an iron-tight security system, careful indoctrination of the young and to the fact that the United States has taken 50.000 dissidents off his hand';, Castro appears firmlv in command. A large measure of' his success also must be attributed to -Moscow. Without the Kremlin's help Cuba today would be a wasteland. Instead, it is a communist beach head in the Western Hemisphere., Top O 9 The Morning The Mighty Guyan Slides To The Sea By SOU WOOD This morning's column was intended to be about women, but after lengthy consultation with several colleagues I decided that it would offend 98 per cent of the ladies between the ages of ejght and eighty. Therefore, it hss been shelved indefinitely. Instead, I'm going to tilt -jvitii Del. J. Paul England down in Wyoming County. England is the fellow who's always picking on the mine operators, garbage-dumpers, home owners and dead cats and dogs about polluting Guyandotte River and various tributaries. About a year ago he even persuaded the Post-Herald to send someone down there to take pictures of open sewers running from homes that were using the river as a septic tank, and there are a number of mine owners who have felt the financial sting of his wrath when they were hauled into court and fined for pouring their refuse into the stream. -0- England apparently thinks pollution is a health hazard, but that just isn't so. I'm living, breathing proof that the Guyan wouldn't hurt anybody. Back in the early 1930's I spent some of the happiest years of my life at Iroquois. Devil's Fork was where I went to school. Somebody got uppity after we moved away and changed it to Stephenson. I still like Devil's Fork better. For two summers the Guyan was my pool. I learned to swim there, mud-crawling through the silt and slime of a place about a half mile down the river from the company store. It was called the Blue Hole. The swimmers gave it that name, I suppose, because every time you stuck your toe in, dark blue coal dust floated to the top. My mother still talks about hosing me down every time I came home. We also used to swim down at Itmann below Mullens, and the company doctor at Amigo was a frequent guest on these outings. He was a man of science and knew what Loui s p as teur had to say about germs, but he usually was the first one to hit the water, and I guess he swallowed his share --O- There weren't many sewer lines running into the stream in those days because most people had outdoor plumbing. I can still see the dark outline of toilets lining the banks of the river at Corinne on a moonlit night. Other than bathing, the river held very little interest for most people. Beachcombing was .not very rewarding and fishing was bad. Prohibition had just ended and the beer can hadn't been invented. Neither had those colorful soap and detergent bottles which rest with such picturesque grace along the banks today, never to decay. Except for an occasional old tire beginning its journey toward the Gulf of Mexico, a rusting auto carcass seldom impeded navigation, which was limited to flat-bottom boats anyway. Most people didn't own a refrigerator because there was a depression on, a lot of the mines weren't working and money was scarce. Refrigerators were somewhat of a novelty and the ones in existence hadn't been around long enough to break down, so there was no reason to dump them. There weren't as many garbage piles because the prepared toods industry hadn't thought up all those goodies that could be put into a container, and nobody had ever seen a plastic bag. Radio was just beginning to boom and most of the sets were new. Television was still a dream in some scientist's mind, so there was nothing to discard there. No, Mr. England, that's not filth you see floating down the Guyan the Tug or the Big Sindy today. That's progress. MY ANSWER Yon will never kmnr what a dilemma I am IB. I have eve* contemplated suicide. None of our family attend cfcurch, and I have bee* brought up to believe that a moral life is sufficient After listening U yow broadcast * spark of b*pe loomed, and 1 believe you may be aMe to ten me what is wrong. 0. R. You, like thousands of others, are members of the "lost generation" You have been brought up in a day of spiritual deemphasization, and secular emphasis. You like many other young people are conscious of the emptiness and futility of the world about you. It is heartening to receive a letter like yours, for it shows that your generation is not going to be content, as were so many of the generation before you, with gadgets, hi- fi sets, color TV, and sports cars. You are discovering, (and the world \rill be better for it) that the spirit of man was made for something higher than sex, pleasure, and the gratifying of our appetites. Science has given us everything to make a heaven on earth but we are making a hell on earth, because we are not putting these things to their proper use. This "spark of hope." which you say came to you while you were listening to m« was the Spirit of God calling you to follow Christ, the Savior. Give* your young, promising life to Him. If "you will dare to lose yourself in His Cause you will find, yourself. ^ thousands of young people have. Christ said: "He that loseth his life for my sake will find it" The Dragon Flies Higher SifiSie^flBSism^ Drew Pearson Powell Fast, Loose WASHINGTON - The amazing manner in which Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, the Harlem globe-trotter, played fast and loose with the taxpayers' money on his junkets has been disclosed in vivid detail behind the closed doors of the House Administration Committee. In some cases fistfuls of airline t i c k e ts were taken out in his subordinates' n a m es but used by Powell. Here is some of the cross examination of Powell's employes: "There's a record that one time I bought about 20 to 30 tickets and gave them all to him (Powell)," testified Chuck Stone, Powell's administrative assistant. "WHOSE NAMES were on the tickets?" Stone was asked. "Swann, Clark, Lewis, mine." He cited members of Powell's staff. "They were for people other than staff people?'! Stone was asked. "No, they were'all for him." "It was necessary to put names in there as to who was going to be traveling?" Stone was asked. "Yes." "Whose names would you put in?" "I put in the person's name who was going to travel, unless I put in whatever name the chairman ordered me to put in." "What names would he order you to put in?" "My name, Lewis, Clark Swann, Warren," Stone replied. "Did the persons whose names appeared on the ticket perform the travel?' "Not very frequently; no they didn't," Stone replied. "Who would be frequently per- forming the travel on those tickets?" "The chairman." "Who else?" "Miss Huff." "Who else?" "That is all." MISS HUFF to whom Stone referred is Miss Corinne Huff, the first Negro to win the Mis Ohio beauty contest and who has been a frequent traveler with the Harlem congressman .to Europe and the British Bahamas. The testimony intrigued Rep. Paul Jones, D-Mo. He asked: "Those 20 tickets you bought at one time -- were they all for the same destination?" "I think they were a variety, sir," replied Stone. "I think it's like Washington to Miami, and New York to Miami. It was a combination -- different combinations, you might say." The subcommittee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Wayne Hays, D-Ohio, had done a thorough job of checking travel accounts. Committee counsel confronted Stone with the fact that nine flights appeared to have been made by Stone and Mrs. Emma T. Swann to the same destination. "We have' a substantial number r of trips between here and New : York allegedly performed by you and Mrs. Swann," Stone was told. "Did you ever travel with Mrs.. Swann on any trip whatsoever?" "A couple of trips I went with her, but not as a rule," "Stone replied. "WHAT EXPLANATION do you have to offer.for the name of Swann being on a ticket which is on the same flight with you in nine instances?" "The explanation is that I don't think I-took those trips," replied Rep. Powell's administrative assistant. Mrs. Swann is the receptionist for the Committee on Education and Labor of which Powell is the chairman. She Yesterday And Today was recorded as having made 40 flights between April 30 1965, through July 31, 1966 -18 between Washington and Miami; 20 between New York and Washington; one from Buffalo to Washington, and one from Buffalo to New York City. "Her duties as receptionist required her to perform no official travel," commented an administration committee member. When put on the witness stand, Mrs. Swann was asked: "Did you take these trips on committee business?" "I have made none on committee business," was her frank reply. "You have made none on committee business?" "None whatsoever." "Were you aware that your name might have been used in connection with travel by others in the office?" "No, I was not." R U S S E L L DERRICKSON, staff director of Powell's Education and Labor Committee, as revealed by Rep. Hays's investigating committee, had taken 26 airplane trips between New York and Washington from June 25, 1965, through Sept. 20, 1966. Derrickson said he "performed none of the travel shown by this audit." Michael Schwartz, counsel on labor management for Powell's committee, gave a deposition in which he said he had received payment of vouchers for subsistence and expenses for a 16-day trip to Miami in June 1966 on committee business, but no record of his transportation turned up. What occupied him in the resort city of Miami in regard to labor management for 16 beautiful sunshine days remained a mystery. Vidal Chacon was paid $530.01 in April 1965 for doing nothing; or. as the investigating committee put it in more eloquent language, "He apparently rendered no service whatsoever." Powell had kept him hanging around Washington unoccupied. Andrew Tully-Gov. Smith Takes Side Against Federal Curbs WASHINGTON -. The revolt by Democratic governors over what they term too rigid federal control of the autipoverty program illustrates tte dilemma facing President Johnson as he seeks to regroup his political forces for the 1968 campaign. It is, quite simply, a case of damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. Johnson himself probably would not deny that it is better politics to let the governors and state and local machines handle the patronage accruing from the _ ._ Ai antipoverty program. Alter thats where the votes are. Unfortunately, however, that is also where the waste and corruption are. Jobnson, a vigorous advocate of economy in government since his Senate days, will- mgly bought tight federal control from Sargent Shriver, his antipoverty chief. Shriver, a crusading type, always resisted attempts by local politicians to make a good personal thing of the antipoverty program, and he convinced Johnson that the country at large would appreciate--in terms of. votes--a federal policy of strict standards. BUT IT HASN'T worked that way. The American voter a most contrary cuss, has decided that failures in the program are due to big government in Washington. That is what the governors have told Johnson, anyway in their bid for more local authority. And yet even in doing so they contradict their own ar°u- ment that it's all Washington's fault. wT * k * Gov - Hulett Smith of TM*t Virginia, for example. He told Johnson he had "detected dissatisfaction" with penalties imposed by the federal government for not meeting federal standards. Smith seems to be saying that the citizens of his state don't want Washington to .--. _ __ Hal Humphrey-- try to save them money. PHILADELPHIA is another glaring example of this curious local attitude. When Shriver's boys hi Washington stepped in several months ago to investigate charges of hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted in the $5 million program, the Philadelphia Antipoverty Action Committee soon was denouncing Shriver and all his works and cronies as "racists." Yet an investigation by the U. S. Office of Economic Opportunity has placed the blame for waste and corruption on elected or appointed local leaders who have "failed to operate the poverty program with explicit goals that could win community support." This is polite bureaucratic language for saying that some politicians and their appointees have been infected with acute larceny. THE PHILADELPHIA committee was appalled when Washington set forth several modest reforms it would insist upon before releasing some $800,000 in U. S. funds to keep neighborhood centers going for another six months. Among these reforms were an upgrading of qualifications for the position of deputy executive director and other posts, and a change in policy which would open neighborhood poverty councils' meetings to the public--neither of which possibly could be interpreted as damaging to the public interest Shriver and Johnson face this kind of situation in scores of communities every day, as the local politicians seek to gain or stregthen control of the antipoverty patronage system. The local ward heelers almost never accuse Washington of wasting money or even of doing things wrong, but merely of not dofng things their self-seeking way. In the end, Lyndon Johnson's political hopes in this field will rest on whether the public is really serious when it screams that it wants efficiency and high standards applied to those employed by Uncle Sam to help the poor He Doesn't Ask Questions, Says Cynical Howard Duff TYJW V Y T W W F « - h A _ By SHIRLEY DONNELLY 'Mrs. Eve Huddleston-Barnett of Beckley, and the step-daughter of the late Rev. Thomas H. Fitzgerald (Nov. 30, 1854-Jan. 16, 1952), has presented me a copy of a book of genealogy entitled "Huddleston Family Tables." This 289-page volume was compiled by George Huddleston of Birmingham, Ala., and published in 1933. It has much information on the births a n d deaths of this numerous clan. It is a monumental work of vital statistics of t h i s -- _._ family of sturdy folks whose surname has been spelled in many ways since it started out as "de Hodelston." This name originated in Yorkshire, England. * The first Huddleston to hit American soil was Valentine Huddleston who came to Maryland about 1563. He married Katherine. a Quakeress, who had been cruelly persecuted in Boston. It was from this union of Valentine and Katherine Huddleston that the Huddlestons in America sprang. OF PARTICULAR interest in this book is the extensive chapter on "The Huddlestons of the Kanawha Valley." About 1785 Daniel and William Huddleston migrated to the Kanawha Valley, coming there from Bedford County, Va. These two brothers had married in Bucks Countv, Pa. and some--maybe all--of their children were "born there. At the time Daniel and William Huddleston came to the Kanawha Valley it seems some of their adult children were married and had families of their own. Some of this latter group came to -the valley about the same time Daniel and William arrived. Census records of Ka- nawh* for 1810, a ad 1830 show numerous Huddlestons in the valley. Shown in the book are the fourth generation of Valen- tine and Katherine Huddleston. Among these is John (Paddy) Huddleston, (Nov. 7, 1771-Nov 9, 18«2), who lived and died at Falls View near Montgomery. Paddy Huddleston married Miriam jarrett (1781-July 15, 1865), This couple lived on the site now covered by the West Virginia National Guard Armory that is used by the State Guard company at Montgomery. Paddy Huddleston and his wife Miriam were the parents of thirteen children. Paddy Huddleston and Daniel Boone were good friends. Boone often visited in the Huddleston home, a big two-story log structure, which stood where the armory is today. Boone was there on his trapping tours. He and Paddy Huddleston trapped the last beavers that were taken on the upper reaches of the Great Kanawha River around Kanawha Falls. AMONG THE Huddlestons in early Kanawha Valley days the name "John" was a favorite. It started out with John (Paddy) Huddleston. Then there was John (Boomer) Huddleston from which naiue the town of Boomer got its name. Also, there was another John (Valley) Hud- dJeston, so named because of his Kanawha Valley origin. One of the sons of John (Paddy) Huddleston became sheriff of Fayette County. He was George P. Huddleston (1806-1859) who served as sheriff during the two-year term of 1850 and 1S51 when Fayette was still a part of Virginia. Sheriff Huddleston was married three times. His wives were Mary Huddleston (1812-1830): Nancy Windsod (born 1830), and Nancy Harvey, who was born iu 1835. After coming to Oak Hill in 1923 I ran into a lot of Huddles- tons, some of whom ' are still around. Those found in this area in 1923 were the children of the seventh generation of Valentine and Katherine Huddleston, founders of ths Kud- dleston families in America. Those I knew in 1923 werr th* children of Jackson B. Huddles' Clan ton, one of the sixth generation. Jackson B. Huddleston (18401916), who married Sarah E. Painter who was born the year after the close of the Civil War Their children whom I knew were Alethia L. Huddleston, who married Joseph H. Thurmond (May 9, 1855-March 19, 1934), son of Capt. W. D. Thurmond and a former speaker of tie West Virginia House of Delegates. Also, there was Lillian C. Huddleston ((March 20. 1869-July 13, 1930) who married P. S. Burkholder (Nov. 26, 1861- Feb. 9, 1940). MRS. BURKHOLDER -vas a teacher in Fayette County. In the course of her years she wrote some poetry of considerable merit. Donald D. Burkholder of Central Avenue, Oak Hill, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Burkholder. Older employes of the New River Co. will remember P. S. (Ped) Burkholder as the company's livestock agent. I also knew Minnie B. Huddleston (March 11, 1879- Jan. 21, 1960), who married Fred 1 Wiseman (1837-May 2, 1933). and Sarah E. Huddleston (born 1850), who became the wife of E. R. Fletcher of Alderson. That "B" in "the name of Jackson B. Huddleston stood for "Burle," the name by which he was commonly addressed-- HOLLYWOOD - If Howard T\ t£ l_ * -"U W at U Duff has formed any kind of philosophy from 32 "years of acting, it is summed up when a cynical grin creases his well- worn face and he says "I don't ask questions any more " Duff is like a combat line sergeant who h a s survived enough patrols to become wise and not too am- b i t i o u s . He knows his craft w e 11 and expects t h o s e around him to know theirs. Duff has learned, too, that asking questions usually nets him nothing but disappointing or confusing answers. When he was first signed for his current role as the cop in ABC-TV's Felony Squad, it was called Men Against Evil and was to be done as an hour show split into two half-hour segments each week. Duff was a lieutenant and had Jeanne Grain as his wife. Dennis Cole Duff's partner, also was married and expecting his first offspring. Ben Alexander, father to Dennis, had a wife at home too. ' BEFORE THE SERIES got on the air it went through another name change (to The Heavy Squad), all of the wives were scrapped and, as Duff describes it, "The show was turned into a regular get-off- your-behind'-and-get-'em cops and robbers story." »thV?h ppos ?,:" he adds ' **' mat the other version, which was kind of like Peyton ^lace with all those wives, looked good on paper. I really don't know what happened to change their minds. As I told you before I don't ask questions any more " . One reason for Duff's passivity in this case was his not knowing for sure if he was to still play Detective Sgt Sam Stone. He already had been knocked down from lieutenant to sergeant, and after ABC sold the series to Liggett Myers Tobacco for half sponsorship, Duff heard he might be out entirely. "I'd done a couple of TV commercials for Old Gold--just Burle Huddleston. Sheriff I George P. Huddleston's son, Lt. ' Thomas Huddleston, a Confederate soldier, was killed in the battle of Scary Bridge in Putnam County on July 17, 1861. He was killed in a tragic mistake by his own men. He was the first West Virginia soldier to give his life in defense of the Lost Cause of 1861-1865. voice-over things, so you didn't see me. But apparently somebody at L M decided my voice would be recognized so I heard they wanted another actor for Sam Stone," said Duff. "IT WAS-FINALLY settled. I gave back some money to -Old Gold,.; and: I"-think ABC made some Mrid of settlement Really, I don't think I want to talk about it now." There is a distinct quality in Duffs voice, just as-there was in the late Humphrey Bogart's. Many Californians recognized the Duff vocal chords when he loaned them to the political committee against Proposition 14 which was on California's 1964 ballot as an initiative to kill open housing laws. Duff was a loser in that case, too, because Proposition 14 passed in spite of the TV announcements he recorded to defeat it. When the TV network schedules were firmed up for this season and Duff discovered Felony Squad was on Monday nights at 9 o'clock he let out an "Oh no!" groan. It put him against CBS' Andy Griffith Show which is exactly where Duff was six years ago in an NBC series called "Dante. The wholesome sheriff of Mayberry was too much for Duffs Dante, who was operating a night club in San Francisco where it was suspect there was gambling in the backroom. Dante lasted just the one season. So far, Felony Squad and Duff are getting licked by Andy, but at least Duff is running second in a three-horse race. NBC's Road West is out- pointed all around. Felony Squad hasn't ranked in the "Top 40" nationally yet, but was No 11 m the 30-city count, and this makes it a fairly safe bet to get a second season run. BETWEEN THE HX-FATED Dante and Duffs job now as Sam Stone, he did two pilot films for a series called The Green Peacock which had him Playing an ex-cop south of the RIG Grande. It didn't sell. There is talk every once in a while of reviving The Adventures of Sam Spade, the radio serial in which Duff had the title role for five years, but nothing ever seems to come of it. Last season he directed several of the episodes in Camp Runamuck, which petered out on NBC. Duff also did aa Italian movie, guest shots on TV, some summer stock and "Some winter stock, too," he adds, with that same cynical gnn. the small society by Brickmtn A RTF-IT'S TOIE- IT MUST AMSTAK6...

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