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Four THE LEAVENWORTH TIMES, THURSDAY EVENING, AUGUST 28, 1952. Editorial... Do You Hear a Familiar Ring to This Business? Dr ' George w ' CrOTtc> * It's Your Hotel Leavenworth's long dreamed of community hotel is rapidly being completed. The walls are up, the windows in place and the interior is in the process of being finished. It's your hotel It doesn't belong to any individual or handful of investors. It belongs to every one of you who contributed and had a part in making this municipal project possible. You're in business now—the hotel business. Like any business there is more to its success than just putting up the money. If you are a stockholder you want to see the new hotel stay in business and make a profit. How can you help? Here's how. Already the chamber of commerce has sent out a letter urging all busir ness and professional men to furnish a list of firms and individuals who call on them during the year. These -lists will be used by the management for direct mail advertising after tht opening date has been announced. It is the visiting public who will mak« those hotel investments worth while. If you are not hi business for yourself you can still help in the sam« way when the time comes. Every stockholder knows at least one friend or acquaintance who will be coming this way during the year. It will be a favor to that friend to know he can get the kind of accomodations he wants and it will help keep the business operating. Remember, it's your hotel. A Smooth Speaker, But— Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois is one. of the'smoothest speakers we have ever heard. His delivery is flawless and his diction is incomparable. The Senator seems to have everything it takes to make him one of the 'greatest speakers or orators of his day. His gestures are eloquent. His personality goes over with a bang. He seems tp have but one fault. He has a knack of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. As a good Republican we would suggest the Senator do one of two things. Have somebody else write his speeches and stick to the script— or shut up until the present campaign is over. Collected From Other Typewriters Vacation* Cost Money But They're Worth It. I'm a believer in vacations, not just for myself but for all who work regularly at the same'job the year around. Sometimes they are a little hard to arrange and a fellow wonders if it's worth the trouble, but I think they are. We get into ruts. Something about human nature that makes a person hate to do something in a different way. One gets so he does it over and over until the job is sort of like a habit—done without thinking. Ruts are bad for people, bad for the work Ihey do. The people get tired and are li- ible to get cranky. The job suffers, not because of intention, Just because it is done with as little thinking as. possible. Vacations are sometimes headaches. Even one person being gone from a small ^organization upsets the routine for \>thers. 3fo»l Frequently Mentioned Congressman Cliff Hope of Kansas is being mentioned in many quarters as the next secretary of agriculture. That gives Cliff * distinction, not only for his own time, but probably also for the entire twentieth century. He is the man -who has been most frequenfly mentioned as the one about to become the farmers' representative in the President's cabinet The mentioning business began back in 1936. There was solid ground for it Deponent-is in a firsthand position to know that had it not been for one small detail, Hope would have been secretary the following year. But Landon wasn't elected. Four years later it was agreed on every hand that he would be in Willkie's cabinet. In 1944 and again four years ago, it was Inflation Based on official averages— Today's inflation dollar buys 43 cents worth of food at 1935-39 prices. What They Are Saying We must provide ourselves with the military, power commensurate with our world responsibility-—Gen. Omar Bradley. The federal government won't let the pigs out of the state (of New Jersey) and the state wants us to get rid of the pigs because the governor doesn't like the smell.— New Jersey pig farmer Henry Krajewski. The men (overseas) are in very good condition. Their morale and physical condition are good and the sick rate is amazingly low. — Assistant Defense Secretary Anna Rosenberg. A substitute may be able to do part of the work well but doesn't have time to catch,, on to all the details. Often the rest of the people in the organization try to pick up and look after these other responsibilities. That's a good thing because they find out that the missing person was covering more territory than they realized. But the pay-off comes when the'folks get back on the job. True, they may be a little tired and worn out and need a few days to get up full speed. But the old job doesn't look quite as drab as it did. They see some things about it that had been blurred by getting too deeply into the rut Vacations are a part of the American system. They cost money, they create problems, but they give a lift that everyone needs.—Stafford Courier. x the consensus that Dewey would pick him for the post And again today the gentleman from Kansas is the favorite for secretary of agriculture on the winter books. It is too bad to see anyone in such an often a bridesmaid but never a bride position. But it has probably been all for the best The best for Hope, for his home district, and for the country at large. Cliff has done more for agriculture through his years in the House than he possibly could have during a briefer period in the cabinet. That is the reason I suspect that, even if Eisenhower is elected, Hope will be found plugging right along in his more important present position, which is that of the House's bipartisanly recognised expert in Farm affairs.—Ottawa 'Herald. Today's inflation dollar buys 45 cent* worth of clothing at 1S35-3S prices.—Topeka State Journal. American women are just too active to wear long dresses.—Beauty queen Joan Kayne. I cannot say who will supply us (wifh military, aid) if America and the Western democracies refuse us their aid. We shall apply to somebody.—Gen. Mohammed Naguib, flew Egyptian "strong man." It is folly of the worst kind to make war against Communism in one part of the world and to allow domestic (Communists unfettered freedom in the United States.— Rep. Donald Jackson (R., Calif.). THE DAILY TIMES By D R. Acthony Entered as second-class matter at the post office at Lraverworth Kansas under the act of Congress, March 3. 1873 THE TIMES TEL'. S THE TRUTH THE LEAVENWORTH TIMES published evenings (ex.ept Saturday) and Sunday morning. Established in 1857. Consolidated with the Conservative established in 1860. The Bulletin established in 1862. aid The Commercial -*'iblished In 1865. Circulation of The Evening Standard an«l Ihe Chronicle-Tribune consolidated with Th« Times in 1903. Circulation of The Leavenworth Post absorb"d 'n 1923. THE DAILY TIMES is delivered b*- earner to any part of Leavenworth or suburbs for 85o i month. The paper may be ordered by mail or telephone or through our authorized local agents William A. Dresser and r'loyd BraKey. BY MAH. In Leavenworth and adjoining counties per year $6.00 Beyond Leavenworth and adjoining counties, per year $9.00 MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for republication of all the local news printed in this newspaper, as well as AP news dispatches. National Advertising Representatives: Arthur H. Hagg and Associates, Inc., New York office. 366 Madison Avenue, Chicago office, 360 North Michigan Avenue KANSAS POLITICAL SCENE By A. L. Schult* Topeka,—Kansans appear suddenly aware that their election laws leak like a sand pile. Because of wide range demands for major patch work in the state's voting formula, places on election committees of the 1953 senate and house may rate among major legislative assignments. The state election laws demand some reconstruction work by experts. Making features of the Kansas voting laws adequate and comprehensive, without becoming complex or subjust to abuses, is far from a practice job by amateurs. Some of the former legislators and state officials with practical experience in the operation of election enactments might gladly provide valuable suggestions. Probably the most versatile election law authority in Kansas is P. G. Reilly, assistant in the office of Paul Shanahan, Secretary of State. It has been the skillful direction and watchful eyes o f Pete Reilly that kept the state safely off the legal rocks on various occasions when public officials bungled their records and reports. Pete Reilly, who frankly knows • more about the state election and voting machinery than any past or existing state official, could become quickly available for suggestions. He knows the sharp i curves, the dark alleys and the short and devious paths of balloting procedure. Reilly has known these these things for years. He has been too modest to hasten into print with his views, insists he receive no personal publicity when less retiring state employes, would have become candidates fpr high office on the basis of his knowledge. In the wake of recent statewide primaries, the Kansas press and many people who help direct election machinery, have protested violently regarding features of the statutes. Many of the complaints could be cured thru simple amendments. In some instances new enactments would probably be required. There are cases where public policy is involved. One criticism has come right from the editorial pages of the Kansas press. It urged that a commendable amendment to the newspaper code of ethics would bar publishers and reporters from holding political jobs. Their exercise of editorial privilege, it is argued, permits too much pressure on voter thinking in keeping with desires of the political party or organization which supplied the job. The rejection of thousands of ballots by election boards during the recent primaries brought widespread criticism of those officials. Much of the compjaint was p r o- bably unjustified. Election boards generally are composed of men and women who are untrained in the interpretation of the statutes and act in honest efforts to provide an accurate ballot count The legislature -can perform a major service thru clear and concise directives. Few election board officials are familiar with legal phrases. In like manner, many sincere citizens are untrained in the procedure for marking ballots. In the primaries this year an unusually large number of ballots were rejected when voters—often because of defective vision—voted in squares at the right of blank lines. Sometimes the boards merely declined to credit a vote for any candidate for that particular office. Frequently the entire ballot was rejected. Legislatures, in their extreme desire to protect against corruption and fraudulent voting, have .in a large measure complicated the work of election boards. This straining at gnats and swallowing of camels has penalized only the candidates. Vote buying in Kansas is so rare as to be almost unknown. But, erroneous interpretation of ballot laws has probably resulted in changing" many nominations and election results. A willful counting borad can do great harm, but there has been slight proof of such groups. Rather the blame appears to rest on shoulders of legislators in writing clear, concise laws. Because of ballot rejections there is sentiment favoring impounding disapproved voter expressions for appeal board study. That would require the creation of an awkward and complicated tribunal which would determine soundness of election board decisions in disputed cases. Yet, it could change results in instances •.vhere boards acted arbitrarily. ' Thousand of Kansans will forever believe that a truly conscientious ballot count in 1930 would have sent goat gland specialist, Dr. John R. Brinkley, to the governor's chair for two years. It was clear that ballots were invalidated in great numbers every where that year. Men and women voted for Brinkley in every blank space on the ballot. He had supporters for every office from governor to township trustee. His name was misspelled, or wrong initials used. Impassioned and emotional citizens produced ballot demonstrations unequalled in this state. Bi-partisan counting boards cooperated wholeheartedly in toss- ing aside expressions favoring the self - proclaimed rejuvenator o£ lost virility. Their combined efforts barely got the hob done. Sound thinking will be necessary to clarify many features of the Kansas election laws. Safeguards must be provided to prevent use of technicalities in instances where abuse of election board discretion may occur. Those instances are rare except in certain large voting areas. Yet slight infractions could readily change results in closely contested races. Sedgwick county rated high in exercise of questionable election board authority. It is reported that 11 percent of the Republican primary ballots and 38 percent of the Democrat ballots were voided. In view of the fact that fewer that 50 percent of the legal voters usually go to the polls on primary day, the Sedgwick report indicates a low percentage of qualified voters or flagrant abuse of election board authority. There is sudden awareness o f the fact that the legislature, leaned far backward in extending ballot privileges to minority parties. This year, as in many former primaries. Prohibitionists and Socialists filed candidates for state offices by petitions. Their vote total was negligible. Yet the law requires a minimum of 100 ballots of each party for all of the 2,850 precincts of the state. In Wyandotte, the second largest county in the state, it cost taxpayers §5,000 to print ballots for each minority party this year. The Socialists polled exactly one vote. Prohibitionists polled 12 ballots, at a cost of slightly more than $400 for each vote. Attention is now being called to a good, old English election statute. It requires each minority party to post a bond to insure a reasonable showing at the polls If the party's vote exceeds 10 percent of the total, they get their money back. If it falls short of that level, they surrender the bond. Among election criticisms to command attention this year was the fact that city dwellers are permitted to vote for county superintendents of public instruction. The county superintendent really manages rural schools exclusively. Next winter the legislature will be asked to prevent city slickers horning in on prerogatives of school patrons in the farm belt That's not a defect of power to city dwellers to dominate an office which does not affect them. The incoming lawmakers will profitably make use of some sound and clear thinking in writing a new set of election laws. ACCORDING TO HAL BOYLE NEW YORK, \S\ — Mankind is divided into two classes: 1. Those with hobbies. 2. People who enjoy life. This is fortunate for the peace of the world. For one of the spiritual requirements of a man with a hobby is the existence of otner people who have no hobby of their own and are therefore free to admire him for him and his. There is a legend that hobbyists are happy in each other's company because they share a mutual enthusiasm—be it collecting old moss or two-headed butterflies. But this is pure fiction. Because two men are married do they like to listen to each other talk about their wives? It is the same way with hobbies. People with the same hobby bore each other to death. How can one stamp col- lector love another stamp collector if the second one has a stamp the first one doesn't? They are not pals but mortal enemies, divided forever by pride and envy of possession. It is the same way with people who hoard first editions or matchbook covers or do needlepoint. That is why folks who are ridden by a hobby horse need someone like me. My hobby' is collecting people who have hobbies themselves, and I can recommend it to you. It works both ways. You give them the praise they yearn for, and in gratitude you reap whatever advantage their hobby has for you. But a word of caution is in order. Don't collect old hobbyists to admire. Limit your circle to friends whose hobbies can be of concrete benefit to you. Here are a few to avoid: l.Speleologists, or cave explorers. 2. People who breed cats, dogs or racehorses. (If they come up with a Rin-Tin-Tin or a Man-'O- War, they won't give him to you.) . 3. Bric-A-Brac collectors. 4. Amateur geneologists. (If they have a fine family tree, do you think they'll let you roost in it?) Hobbyists of this kind are a total loss. They want adulation and respect from you, but they give nothing in return for the time they take. On the other hand, here are See BOYLE, Page 16. WORRY CLINIC Danny put me on the spot in this domestic debate. But children will forget quarrels between their parents if the latter will only show some visible evidence of mutual affection every day. Actions speak louder than words! Our children need to see us parents kiss each day or go on movie dates every week. And they also need soma daily tangible evidence of affection toward themselves. Case E-348: When Danny was seven, he put me on the spot. It was during the winter. I was trying to formulate an outline for an address I was to give at 8 p.m. before a Chicago Parent - Teacher Association. The hour was already 7 p.m. And I hadn't yet shaved or bathed. Thirteen year-old George meanwhile sat on the edge of my desk pestering me with questions about First Aid, for he wanted to undergo a merit badge test thereon that lame evening for the Boy Scouts. So I was growing more nervous •very second. At this hectic in- stant Mrs. Crane rushed, into my study to protest that the pipe on the furnace had come apart when she turned the damper therein. "Why didn't you leave the damper "alone?" I spoke sharply. "You don't need to turn it to damper the fire." "But why have a damper if it isn't to be used?" she came back at. me. » "Just open that iron door on top of the furnace and it will do the same things as the damper," I answered. "Besides, you knew that pipe was about to fall part. Now I must waste another five minutes, and-I'm due at the meeting at 8 o'clock!" "What did you marry her for if you are always going 'to argue with her?" Danny broke into our debate, apparently in all seriousness. "If you don't love her, why did you marry her?" This sudden and unexpected comment broke the tension. Both Mrs. Crane and I had to smile. "Oh, I love her all right," I replied. "Just because I argue with her, doesn't mean I don't 1 o v • her. "You quarrel with David, too. don't you, but that doesn't mean you don't love him, does it?" Danny got my point and went on with his play. His interruption of our debate might have been done just to get me into a dilemma, for he was a foxy boy and on several occasions had tried to trap; me like this. But it to always wise for parents to countermand then: evidences of quarreling by visible signs of affection. Parents should thus kiss each other in front of their children! They should show tangible fondness for each other. A child is more inclined to take his cues from your actions than from your words. H you employ honeyed phrases en your wife, but come home drunk and even blacken her eyes, the sight of this cruelty far outweighs the sweet phrases. Similarly, if you quarrel with your wife, but later let your child see that you are devoted to her, as when you take her in your arms and kiss her goodbye or take her to a movie, then your child again is dominated by the visual, in contrast to the auditory, sensation: As a consequence, he will. be inclined to remember the picture of his parents kissing each other, than their sharp verbal repartee. Parents don't kiss each other enough before their children. And they don't go on enough movia dates. In the St. Louis survey by Miss Peterson, which I cited s o m • months ago, approximately 25 per cent of the children were secretly worried lest their homes become broken up through lack of devotion between their parents. So show your devotion in an obvious manner before your youngsters. They will forget a lot of your sharp words if they see tangible evidences of your lov« for each other. And show some daily fondness for your children, too. (P.S. We now have an automatia heating system!) (Always write to Dr. Crane In care at The Hopkins Syndicate. Box 3210, Mellott. Ind. Enclose a king, three cents stained, self-ad- , dressed envelope and a dime to" cover typing and printing costs when you send lor one at nil psychological charts.) (Copyright by th»' HopWna Syndicate. Inc.) REMINISCENCE KJL.YEARS AGO Leavenworth has done everything possible toward organizing -for civilian defense, Theodore E. Chandler of Manhattan, field representative of the state office of civilian defense, was told this morning at a meeting of the heads" of the local defense council. Chandler' came v to Leavenworth to inspect-the organization, and-make suggestions for betterment * The first United states military expedition to travel the full length of the Oregon Trail from Fort Leavenworth to Vancouver, Wash., has been exploited in a volume recently issued by the Arthur H. Clark press of Glendale, Calif., under the title of "The March of the Mounted Riflemen". 35 TEARS AGO Modern busses will succeed the electric trolley cars in Leavenworth effective Sept. 1. The announcement was made yesterday by the superintendent of the city transportation division of the Kansas City, Leavenworth and Western Railway company. Bonner Springs, Aug. 27—T h e contract for paving the Bonner- Piper Road has been let to Reed & Wheelock'of Clay Center, Kansas. Erskine Johnson's The Orpheum management ait- nounces that everything is in readiness for the opening of the 192728 season of vaudeville next Sunday afternoon. A feature of the " programs will be well liked photo- comedies as "Our Gang", the new "Collegians", Charles Chase and the well known Mack Sennett offerings. 40 TEARS AGO Plans were perfected by Post master General Hitchcock today whereby the administration of the new law prohibiting the delivery of mail'on Sundays will have no serious effect upon the handling of important mail matter. # The Soldiers Home team will take on the Thirteenth Cavalry of Fort Riley this afternoon, at the Home ball lot. This is the champion team of Fort Riley and has not been defeated this season, and the Home will have to put up a real article of baseball. Payday today. After waiting three months the troops of the post will receive two months' pay today. The paymaster will be busy today and tomorrow handing out the $100,000 required to make the payment. HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD (NEA) — Switch: Claire Trevor won an Oscar for her drunk portrayal in "Key Largo." Now she ! s preaching teetotaling in "Stop, You're Killing Me." .... Lita Baron's up and around again on her doctor's okay after being cancelled out in the stork handicap. . . . Jane Russell's busting with joy about the leg publicity she's getting in "Son of Paleface" and the additional gorgeous-gams propaganda she'll reap from "Red Garters. The implication of .gamblers backing a professional woman golfer in the movie "Pat and Mike" caught the golf world off balance and the wails are coming in frorn^ coast to coast. I've just received a copy of one protest letter sent to MGM boss Dore Schary by Walter Keller, a PGA member for 23 years and operator of the Sunset Fields Driving Range in Los Angeles. Keller, was "surprised" and "shocked" by the film's theme and regrets "that Hollywood had to pick on our business, which never has been tainted by gamblers owning a piece of any professional golfer." The golf scenes, says Keller, were "technically satisfactory, but obviously your golf adviser was not consulted when the script was written." Then clear-thinking Keller adds: "Many fine MGM movies have preached Americanism. But %von't won't Russia use "Pat and Mike" as proof that even U. S. sports are corrupted?" Understand there's a clause in Lana Turner's new contract that reads: "Public attention shall not be called to the wearing of sweaters or the pleasures of the voluptuary." Benita Hume is walking again after a session on crutches with her broken foot Contnnce Smith is saying "nonsense" to the rumor that there's more to her separation from Bryan Forbes than the expanse of land and sea between Hollywood and London.

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