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FOOT THE LEAVENWORTH TIMES, WEDNESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 27,1952. Editorial... It's Hard to Tell Which Is More Frightening Legalizing Murder In at least one state automobile drivers are now being issued lifetime operator's permits which don't even need renewing. This sort of thing could encourage a person so incapacitated by age, infirmity, or alcohol that he can hardly walk on his own two legs to simply get in his oar and drive where he's going. Also, of the 48 states and the District of Columbia, only 17 have compulsory motor vehicle inspection. Twenty-six have no compulsory inspection at all, five leave the matter up to the individual towns and cities, and one authorizes spot inspection by police. " Partly as the result of such hit-or- miss regulations, deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents last year hit an all-time high of 37,300. And the toll of injured rose to 1,300,000. In a grimly fascinating booklet entitled Accident Facts, the National Safety Council goes into some of the causes and circumstances of these . accidents, which last year killed twice as many Americans as have lost their lives in more than two years of Korean war fighting. For instance, regarding the faulty mechanical condition of vehicles, which could be greatly improved by periodic compulsory inspection, reports from .25 states indicate that about 6 per cent of the vehicles involved in fatal accidents had one or more unsafe conditions. About one- third of the defects were unsafe brakes, a sixth were blowouts or other tire defects, and another sixth were Improperly adjusted or burned- out lights. Speeding was the most important driver violation in fatal accidents. Approximately 28 per cent of the fatal-accident drivers were going too fast for safety under the prevailing conditions—traffic, weather, type of road. In cities, right-of-way violations were second in importance. In the country, it was failure to keep to the right of the center line. Others were being under the influence of alcohol, improper passing, and ignoring the signals of a policeman or traffic control device, such as a stop sign or red light. A special study carried out by the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nebraska and Wisconsin showed that young people are by far the most dangerous drivers. More traffic deaths occur in October than in any other month, with September, November and December also bad. This is despite the fact the peak motor vehicle traffic load occurs in August. The fewest traffic deaths occur in February. Reports from 21 states indicated that 80 per cent of the fatal accidents occurred on straight roads, 13 per cent on sharp turns and 7 per cent on curves. On the basis of motor vehicle deaths per 100 million vehicle miles, Rhode Island was safest last year, with 3.0. Massachusetts and Connecticut each has 3.9 and South Dakota 4.5. At the bottom of the safety list were Arizona and New Mexico with 12.9 each and Nevada and South Carolina with 12.0. If further proof is needed that driving is a hazardous business, witness rising auto insurance rates. Both hazards and rates could be reduced, however, by stiffer and more uniform state regulations governing the condition of both the driver and his car.—Wade Jones. Collected From Other Typewriters Town House A Winner Kansas City, Kansas, fought like a flock of wildcat* for ite hotel. The promotional program to insure it for that town lasted over several years, and was waged against such a set of discouragements' as civic- minded groups seldom face, But the progressive folk of Kansas City persisted—and finally their Town House came into being. . What has been the result? Well, it is pleasing to report that at a meeting of stockholders this week 'the revelation was made that the hotel grossed more than a million dollars during the first ten months of Its operation, and returned a profit to management as well as stockholders. This excellent showing strongly supports A Long Way To Comfort Kansas is spending an unprecedented $22% million on its highway system this year. Not all of the money will go for grades, bridges, and surface. A bit of it will be well spent on right-of-way landscaping and roadside parks. The highway department has been engaged in this auxiliary program for a number of years. The parks that have been created have proved themselves boons in such a wide-open state as this. They have been as well used by the Kansan wanting to What They Are Saying Some day the American people will insist upon a new foreign policy that strips aside- the defensive posture in which we have stood too long.—Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D., Tex.). I firmly believe that the (Democratic) Party is united 100 per cent for the first time in 12 years.—Former Democratic National Chairman Frank McKinney. the claim made for years that Kansai City needed a first-class hotel, and that such an ' institution would prove to be a prosperous going concern. But a lot of fine civic spirit and hard-headed business sense had to be applied before the assertion came true. Thus, the beneficial outcome did not just happen—as is true of most all worth-while projects in this vale of tears. Today—after that scrumptious report to the stockholders—the smile that won't come off must be illuminating the stern, rockbound features o£ Maurice Breidenthal and all the merry men of his crackerjack home town who helped to make this achievement possible.—El Dorado Times. take his family out in the country for a picnic as by the tourist taking a break in a long day's drive. As of the present writing, there are 5 of these roadside parks strewn over the more than 6,000 miles of the Kansas highway system. Their collective facilities are 138 picnic tables, 75 fireplaces, 16 toilets, 11 water taps, 5 wells, and 2 shelter houses. That is a good start, but it still is a terribly long way between comfort stations.— Ottawa Herald. We do not have enough engineers hi incubation to carry on a nation's work.— Former President Herbert Hoover. I am particularly concerned about the present inadequacies in the social security law and feel, strongly that the law ought to be extended to presently uncovered persons. —POP presidential nominee Dwight Eisenhower. THE DAILY TIMES By D. R. Acthony ** *"" ° mC " Kansas under the act of THE TIMES TEL'-S THE TRUTH THE DAILY TIMES Is delivered br carrier to any part of Le agents *•*"«-— * *---- - - - — ' or suburb, for BY MAH. In Leavenworth and adjoining counties per year ., 1600 Beyond Leavenworth and adjoining counties, per year ...........".".""'."".".".'.'."""."*""'." $900 MEMBEB OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. The Associated Press Is entitled exclusively to Hie use for republlcaUon of all the local news printed In this newspaper, as well as AP news dispatches. National Advertising Representatives: Arthur H. Hagg and Associates, IM, New York office. 386 Madison Avenue. Chicago office, 360 North Michigan Avenue. THE NATIONAL WHIRLIGIG \VASHINGTON,—General Eisenhower plans to absolve himself of all blame for the Roosevelt-Truman Administration's p o s t w a r "blunders" by arguing that h e was only the military agent for his presidential superiors. It is the tack already taken by John Foster Dulles, the Republican nominee's principal adviser on foreign policy. This strategy may placate the vast body of Republicans, especially the disappointed Taft faction, who maintain that there can be no searching review of these problems in an Eisenhower-Stevenson contest. It will enable Ike, despite h i s prominent role in Europe during and after the conflict, to conduct a positive and frontal attack o n diplomatic defeat in Europe, the Balkans and the Far East. Possibly looking forward to his present political predicament, Eisenhower has kept copies of all directives issued to him by Presidents Roosevelt and Churchill. These documents, in his adviser's opinion, free him of ' partisan charges that he was even indirectly responsible for Russia's penetration into the heartland of Europe and her eventual absorption of the satellite area. Ike may reveal certain personal details not hitherto known, if the Democrats defend these postwar and wartime decisions—Yalta and Teheran—by charging that the G. O.P. candidate was a party to them. He may tell how frustrated he, General Omar N. Bradley and General George Patton felt when ordered to halt their advance into Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. In fact, it is understood the frio were so furious that there was talk of public protests and possible resignations. But these possibilities were dismissed b e- cause of the extremely critical nature of the crisis. Moreover, at that time it was not expected by our military commanders that Truman would confirm all these unwise concessions to Stalin at Potsdam. As for Korea, Ike was never consulted on that issue. His only connection with that "police action" was his discovery that it deprived him of men, weapons and supplies which had been promised to his anti-Russian defense in Europe. Ironically, General Bradley's memoir's, "A Soldier's Story," confirms this Eisenhower version although it does not give the whole story. Now head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, it was Ike's companion-in-arms who was to brief both the nominees on military matters under Truman's original proposal. Bradley, on page 535, tells how Ike radioed Stalin about his plans for a cleanup. Eisenhower wanted to send Marshal Montgomery to seize Denmark and capture German ports on the North Sea. General JDevers was to push into Austria. Bradley's forces were to advance to Berlin. Although the Russians were nearer the capital, the Germans intended to hold them off while they tried to surrender to the western allies. Captured documents make that clear. "When Eisenhowers asked me," writes Bradley, "what I thought it might cost to break through from the Elbe to Berlin, I estimated 100,000 casualties. "A pretty stiff price to pay for a prestige objective," I said, "Especially when we've got to fall back and let the other fellow (the Russians—Ed. note) take over." On page 537, Bradley furnishes another reason for not grabbing German and Danish territory before the Red got there and established the toehold which has since been transformed into an "iron curtain.". "Had the occupation zones not yet been established (by Roosevelt, by Roy Tucker Churchill and Stalin— Ed. note)." continues Bradley, "I might have agreed that the attack would b e politically worth while. But I could see no justification for taking casualties in the capture of a city we would promptly hand over to the Russians. Even prestige could not compensate for those additional heavy losses." Thus it was Truman's present military expert, not Ike, who advised against heading off the Russians. And, as our top ground commander in Europe, Bradley was accepted as an authority on questions of tactics and s'trategy. Truman's military aide has some harsh words to say about the Roosevelt-Truman-Churchill-Stalin arrangement for occupation zones in defeated Germany. These zones had been drawn by the European Advisory Commission in London, which was headed by the late Governor Winant of New Hampshire, who later committed suicide. Says Bradley: "They were haggled over at Quebec, approved at Yalta and finally forwarded for compliance to us in the field. . . But we were to have no corridor, no assurance, no specific guarantee of passage through the Russian zone. Instead, Berlin was to be constituted in trust as a symbol of unity among the allies. "This isolation of Berlin offended me p'rimarily because it violated one of the fundamental tenets of logistics. In fighting a battle, I would never have assumed responsibility for a sector unless I was certain I could have supplied it. i "In the supply of Berlin we were to be totally dependent upon the good will of the Soviets. And dependence, I learned as a boy in Missouri, does not make for the best neighbors." Bradley might have added that another Missourian did not learn that lesson, as Ike may note if he is held responsible for presidential gullibility. ACCORDING TO HAL BOYLE NEW YORK Iff) — "Do you remember in Paris when—" That is a phrase that crops up often among veterans attending the American Legion convention here. Gay Paree? The very mention of her name brings a glint to the eyes of every man who knew her in wartime. For Paris was the silver foxhole of two world wars —the greatest leave tity in history. She had a bit of happiness for every visitor in uniform. "I was there on a pass in 1918," says the grey-haired veteran with a paunch. "I sat down at a table at a sidewalk cafe, and this girl came over to talk to me, and— honest to God—her name really was Charmaine, and—" "You think Charmaine was something," breaks in the younger vet. "You oughta seen her daughter in 1945. It must have been her daughter, because I mot her at a sidewalk cafe, too. She was like a double martini in skirts, and—" And others pitch in, and the lie-swapping goes on four hours. Every soldier is sure he saw Paris at her peak, and the things that happened to him never happen to anybody else in quite the same way. I feel that way, too. But the first time I saw Paris she was no lovely lady in a summer frock. She was a fierce fighting lass, with her gown torn from one shoulder, a gun slung over tha other, and her hair streaming defiantly in the wind. It was the (Jay the Allied liberators marched into Paris. . . eight years ago this week. For days the undergrou n d French patriots had been building street barricades at night and fighting running gun battles in the streets with a panicky German garrison. The Nazis began to fire indiscriminately. . . They pulled a half dozen Frenchmen into a courtyard, tried them and shot them . on the spot. . . the rioting only spread. . . A home-made bomb— a bottle of gasoline—was tossed into a passing Nazi troop ti-uck, and the enemy soldiers rolled off onto the pavement and died in flaming, screaming agony. French cheers echoed from nearby windows, A great Allied force was dispatched by Gen. Omar N. Bradley. It was spearheaded by a French armored divison so that Frenchmen could have- the honor of liberating their own capital. But the Gallic tanks lumbered slowly. Every few hundred yards they stopped to be garlanded with flowers, and the tankmen crawled out to get a kiss and a bottle of wine from the suburban Char- maines. Finally, the French general was bluntly told to fight his way on into the city or the American fourth infantry division would march in ahead of him. That got him moving. On the morning of Aug. 25 the French tanks and American doughboys engulfed Paris like a resistless tide. German resistance crumbled quickly, but the city was loud with singing bullets. Every Frenchman seemed to have seized his grandfather's horse pistol or rifle and begun firing it wildly at everyone he suspected, including probably his landlord. Mortar chips fell throughout the city, and no place was safe. A line of sweating German prisoners was marched through a taunting mob, and one Frenchman stepped up and smashed a German in the mouth and called him "pig!" The blood ran from the German's mouth, and I will never forget the hate and fear in his eyes. A disciplined soldier always hates and fears a mob. Oh, but then all Paris erupted with joy. The patriots and suspected collaborationists still fired at each other from the rooftops, but on the streets the crowds danced. . . and there was champagne. . . and flowers. . . and kisses everywhere. "Any guy that didn't get kissed today/' said one soldier, "is an exhibitionist." Ah, Paris, Paris! No one who missed her on the day she drank the wine of freedom ever knew Paris at her peak. Dr. George W. Crane's WORRY CLINIC Are men more afraid of pain than are women? Here is a man who always calls his wife's attention to my Case Records when I criticize the fair sex, but he seems to ignore this column when I point out the shortcomings of the male. Since hundreds of wives have asked me to pick on the men, for a change, here goes! As a result of this greater sett- interest, they consequently magnify pain more than do women. The average man win browbeat his wife by means o£ his various symptioms, real or imagined, and want her to coddle him as if he were in danger of dying, though he may have only a minor sinus headache. Men are thus far bigger babies than are women as regards suffering pain. Some of the surgeons moreover, who try to minimize a woman's protests over lack of adequate anesthesia, wiU yen like an Indian on the war path, if they have even a wart removed without total anesthesia! Yet men like to think they are stoical and brave. So they may belittle their children for crying. "Put up your dukes' and fight like a man," they win boldly advise their six-year-old son. But at that same age, papa may have been a shy little molly- coodle, tied to mamma's apron strings. Apparently, we men easily forget the things that don't "flatter our vanity. That's why male readers affect disinterest in this column when the shoe pinches. When army recruits are lined up awaiting their turn to receive inoculation, it isn't unusual to find to find many of them fainting before they reach the doctor. Afraid of a needle? And howl You might profitably tell your youngsters of this fact as a means of inflating their ego when they, too, are to be vaccinated or inoculated against diptheria. Ask any dentist which sex can stand pain more stoically? Hell say it is the fair sex. Before a husband belittle's his pregnant wife's complaints, it is better to have the physician's advice, for many pregnaant women do have honest symptopms. This doesn't mean, however, that they may not try to get 150 per cent worth of sympathy out of 100 per cent of real aches, especially if- they've been the spoiled darlings of doting parents. (Always wnu to Or. Crane la care of The Hopkins Syndicate, Box 3210, Mellott. Ind. Endow • long, three cent* stamped, aelf-ad- dressed envelope and a dime to cover typing and printing coat* when you send for on* of hie psychological charts.) (Copyright by th« ~ Inc.) Case E-347: Paul B., 28, has been married for three years. ''Dr. Crane, we are expecting a baby in.a couple of months," his wife told me. ' "I am reasonable healthy and active. I do my own housework. But I get tired more easily and have severe backache at' times. "Then my husband will reach in his pocket and get out a copy of one of your former Case Records. He urges me to read it again. "It was the one in which you described a temper tantrum wife who tried to make her husband wait upon her during her pregnancy. "Paul acts as if he thinks I am purposely manufacturing my aches and pains as means of getting him to coddle me. "So won't you please write a Case Record for the husbands of girls who are soon to have babies?" Paul's wife isn't the first one who has told me just such a story. Apparently hundreds of husbands clip out these Case Records whenever I describe some of the foibles of femininity. But when I mention the faults of the male, then they quickly turn the page and affect" disinterest in this column, at least on that particular day. "I didn't know my husband read your column so faithfully," a wife reported to me. But every time you pick on us wives, he alwaysf lays the newspaper on my lap and asks me to be sure to read your Case Record. "Apparently he follows everything you write, but he won't admit it except when you pick on us women. So why don't you pick on the men, Dr. Crane? So we shall pick on the men, They are much more egotistical than women. REMINISCENCE 10 TEAKS AGO Mrs. Woodrow Logan and daughters, Nancy Jo, Janice, and Judy left Wednesday for Iowa City, la., to join her husband who is junior physical trainer in the -Navy Pre- Flight school. The inspection tour o* the Howard Wilson school, formerly the Maplewood school, under the supervision of the Parent-Teachers Association, will be held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 30, from two to four o'clock. August 31 is the last day for Leavenworth County farmers to apply for all-hazard crop insurance to protect their 1943 wheat crop. They are advised by the AAA committee to make applications this week, if they can arrange to do so. 25 TEARS AGO In the spring of 1827 General Henry Leavenworth led the Third Infantry from Camp Miller, Mo., to a peaceful spot on the other side of the Big Muddy, and founded Fort Leavenworth. And just a month ago, 100 years later, a detachment from the same Third infantry came to Fort Leavenworth Ertkine Johnson's to aid in fitting of 1,600 youth* to their duties, as American citizens. The open season on squirrels to here, and the rush for new hunting licenses is on at the office of the county clerk. To date 175 Hc- enses have been issued. The thirtieth annual Sparks pie- nic began yesterday and continues four days. This is the oldest picnic in Kansas, it is said, not having missed a year since the first one was held in 1897. 40 TEARS AGO The Methodist Church win realize $52.25 from the four druggists, Putnam & Searcy, Fritsche, Mehl & Scott and Putnam, who donated the receipts from their soda fountains yesterday to the church fund. The campaign of weed cutting which has been waged lately by those unfortunate enough to fall into the toils of the law has transformed dozens of vacant lots front weed wildernesses into respectable looking parkings. Lazarus Loeb returned Sunday from a trip to Colorado. HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD — (NEA) —Exclusively Yours, It's Percy Kilbride's frail health—not Marjorie Main's unhappiness with the series—that's temporarily halted the "Ma and Pa Kettle" pictures at U-I. With two years of his studio contract to go, Percy old his U-I bosses that film work was too exhausting for him. And Marjorie's reason for stepping out of the cast of "Dangerous When Wet", at MGM is just what the title implies. Her medics warned her against doing a swimming scene vital to the script because of surgery that removed her sinus membranes four years ago. Staff members of a movie fan magazine with an upcoming feature predicting that Lana Turner and Fernando Lamas will never wed ara quietly chewing their nails to shreds. Jack LaRue, the heavy who hasn't been in flickers lately, doesn't like it that a pianist named Jack Larue is thumping the ivories at a night spot right across the street from MGM. English Producer Michael Balcon has writers working on a new Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy comedy feature, to be made in England. Richard Burton, the British ac- tor who plays young Philip Ashley in "My Cousin Rachel," draws England's top movie project when he leaves HoHywood. He wiU star in "The Last Enemy", life story of war hero Richard Hillary, who was shot down as a fighter pilot and horribly burned. Plastic surgery gave hint a new face and hands, then he rejoined the R. A. F., and was killed at the age of 23. Rory Calhoun insisted so Lita Baron called off all her night club stints to await the stork in December. The Calhouns had a 1949 date cancelled and aren't taking any chances this time. Two major studios are cooking up ideas for all-sepia musicals on the order of "Stormy Weather" as a starring vehicle for Billy Daniels, who is equalling Martin and Lewis, Josephine Baker arid Joe E. Lewis as a Sunset Strip money attraction. Fox's "Man on the Tightrope," to be fumed in Europe, is the studio's big anti-Communist blast for the year. . . . Helen Mack, for former film star who became a radio producer, and hubby Tom Mac- Avity, TV executive, are denying the separation rumors. It's just that Helen's plans to retire and live in New York didn't work out.

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