Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on November 2, 1950 · Page 16
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Tucson, Arizona
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'16 Thursday Evening, November 2, 1950 (Eituen WILLI . SMALL. PTCTMtnt WILLIAM H. JOHNSON. PublllHiP ect«reJ M teeond clan matter under ttw «" ol March «. 11T» Entered M «cond class matter Posl OfO« riiocm Ar1«w». PuhlUhea Dmlv Btcecl gundmy - · MEMBER Or THE. ASSOCIATED PRESS U» Awociited Press Li entltrtd «xcluslvelj to rhe use fot ripublleitlou of all.the local news orrnted m Ih1)» npw^ u well u all AP nrwj dttrjalclw MEMBER OF THE UNITED PRESS ASSOCIATION MEMBER OF THE AUDIT BirREA" OF C Riles: Home Delivered In Tucson SOc Per W«rt Home Delivered Outside of Tucson SOe By M«0 tl4.HO Per Year «l..io Per Month-Payable l DIAL 1-mia FOB ALL DEPARTMENTS The Red Masquerade Elect Eyman And Morrison · Shortly after the primary elections, a longtime and earnest Republican leader said, "You know, there's not much: the minority party can do when the mcumbent majority cleans house and offers. ; a reform-ticket." The county attorney-sheriff combination of Bob Morrison and Frank Eyman falls neatly into the mould the Republican leader described. Morrison and Eyman are the people's answer to Bryce Wilson and Jerome Martin. The nomination of Morrison and Eynian was a public rebuke directed against'the present officeholders. It was confirmation of the oft-made charges of inefficiency and haphazard administration, not to mention greater and lesser evils. There is no question in anybody's mind that there was and is a need for change, drastic, iop- -to-bottom change, in the offices of the county attorney and sheriff. And, in our opinion, the men best fitted to effect those changes and restore peace, decency, law and order are Bob Morrison and Frank Eyman. .The Democratic candidates for sheriff and county '-attorney have the professional qualifications to satisfy what is clearly a popular mandate for a cleanup. It was shown during-the primary election campaigns that they had bipartisan support. In fact, we know of more than one case of Republican-minded citizens who registered Democratic for the primaries for the single purpose of being able to vote for Morrison and Eyman. With the utmost confidence that they will discharge their duties in the best tradition of good public service, the Citizen enthusiastically urges the election of Bob Morrison for county attorney and Frank Eyman for sheriff. Whole Law Needs Revision Two years ago, the .voters of Arizona were confronted with and approved an initiative measure that carried and set up a $1,000 monthly wage as the upper limit for computing workmen's compensation awards. Today," Arizona voters are being asked to reduce the $1,000 base .to $300. Supporters of the issue two years ago said, in paid advertisements, "A vote of 'Yes' will bring many more dollars 1 into .the state .-·'. .Nor is there any reason'for supposing that it heralds further limitations on compensation. On the contrary, the measure protects the present fund from possible depletion and thus-safeguards the class of worker for whom compensation laws exist." :·-" ' Something seems to have gone wrong between the-faH of 1948 and the fall of 1950. We- were told two years ago that imposition of a $1,000 monthly wage .ceiling for computing compensation-.damages would bring the motion picture industry backto Arizona in droves.-'Instead of droves, we've had trickles. The big companies continue to avoid us like the plague. The answer is not to be found exclusively in.a single paragraph of our compensation laws: It lies in the total law and also the administrative handling of "the.fund. This year, another argument has been injected, too. The private insurance carriers contend that if,a $300 wage limit were established, they would be able to compete with the industrial commission and that the state's premium payers would benefit from this competitive insurance business. If that were the only argument, we'd say "Amen" and take to the stump for the passage, of proposition 308. But that's not the case. And we don't endorse the proposition: We recommend you vote 309 'NO. ·- However, we believe it would be .well for the legislature' to study California statutes covering workmen's compensation. It .appears that California law. satisfies the motion picture industry, private insurance carriers and labor, the three principals, involved in Arizona's recurring attempts to stabilize the law. ·_ _ We would suggest that our -entire law be redrafted, patterned after existing law that is known to satisfy the majority interests. Then, the legislature could refer the new law to the people, a step made necessary because of the 1948 initiative. If such a procedure were adopted, we believe Arizona would come out with a good, modern, acceptable compensation law, and a vexing problem would be solved. By George S. So' I went to a party of Red-baiters-- not the Johnny-Come-Latelies who swear that they were never Pinkoes and hate Stalin's very pancreas-but men and women who over the years and at great sacrifice fought Stalin's stooges. There is always a spirit of camaraderie among those who were unafraid when it was more popular to sign petitions 'and sponsor front organizations, and now when the opportunists beg ^to be forgotten if not forgiven, there is some pardonable elation. Among those present was Angela Calomiris. I had' never seen her before and it was hard enough now. A tiny mite, weighing somewhere near a hundred' pounds, sharp-eyed, with a gay humor, she was the guest of honor. A few days earlier, her" first book,. "Red Masquerade," had appeared and she was now a literary personage. · Angela Calomiris had been an FBI undercover girl for seven dangerous years and it was exciting to see her in the company of other former FBI agents at this party. They were bound together by the ordeal through which they had passed. But the next morning -- it was Sunday -- I looked in the book sections of the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Times,, two. newspapers that have practically monopolized book reviewing in the United States. Not one word appeared about this important book. They did not even say that it was bad; they ignored it. It is the more amazing that both should simultaneously reject this book. What is this, a cartel? So, I pushed aside a day's work and read, with more excitement and fascination every moment, "Red Masquerade," by Angela Calomiris. Here is an American girl of Greek origin who : is recruited by the FBI in wartime to do 'dangerous work for her country, with no ..protection, with no compensation, with only her expenses paid. She is told -at the start that should she be involved in difficulties, the FBI would not acknowledge her for obvious reasons. This work she did so well that she reached an important place in the Communist movement and thus laid the basis for the indictment and conviction of the 11 Communist leaders in New York. It is a heroic tale not only of Angie herself but of the hard-working, painstaking FBI agents who. are on the job day and night working for the American people. "Red. Masquerade" is the best-written, the most literate, and- by far the most accurate description of the methods of the Communist party and 'their associate organizations in the "United States. It is\the only book that I know that gives | a close-up view of the function of -cells and district j organizations. · Quite apart from the absorbing story of Angela Calomiris, this is an invaluable sociological and political 'study which should be in 'every library in the country. . Yet, the two big Sunday book review magazines ignored it; completely. They gave loads of space to Owen Lattimore's self-serving defense, but not one word to a carefully written,, competently documented account of the methods by which the FBI actually succeeded in gaining, convictions^ .of Communists in our courts. It is impossible to. believe otherwise than' that the editors of the "Herald Tribune" and "Times" book review magazines desire that, this important, book should not be read. Many libraries make their purchases on the basis of reviews -in these publications and when a book is not noticed even unfavorably, when it is not even mentioned, its sale becomes extremely difficult. Therefore, I am appealing to readers to buy .this- book,. "Red Masquerade," by Angela Calomiris, to read it, and if they like it to recommend it to their .local library committees. ''··- 'It. is worthwhile that in this era when we- produced an Alger Hiss and' a Judith Coplon, we also produced an Angela Calomiris. Although she never moved among the great in Washington, she. served this country as valiantly and as dangerously as any soldier at the front in the worst of battle. , And to this she has added 'a book that even the most perfectionistic of reviewers cannot regard as a journalistic makeshift. Hers is a literary gift -of high order and her book carries the reader from cover to cover. (© 1950, King Features) Safety At Home Yesterday's.-abortive attempt to assassinate the President of the United States must bring to sharp focus in the American mind the hellish temper o f o u r tunes. . ' . : · ' · - . · Puerto Rico's political passions have recently been fanned into flames by an intensive nationalist movement. Yet it was.the Communist catalyst that intensified the abortive revolution-set into motion by Pedro Albizu Campos, leader of the totalitarian Nationalist party, and led to the attempt on Mr. Truman's life. The Blair''House shooting as well as other less dramatic expressions of ideological strife must now make it 'absolutely clear to all Americans that we are no longer safe even at home: 1 Our continental l^ts.-have..been..injil Memoirs And Vodka 'Theme' By Wettbrook Peqler NEW YORK, Nov. 2.--Never before have I agreed with the WCTU but I echo its sentiments on a recent occasion ·when a Methodist minister, the Rev. Caradine R. Hooton, told the national convention that the Soviet representatives drank ours under the table at Yalta. That is inexact but we needn't quibble. The important fact is that we sent over a lot of .bumpkins who labored under a juvenile impression that it would be impolite and unmanly, to turn down vodka by the tumbler and a discredit to the United States. Consequently, many, of them got stumbling drunk and we lost the war to Russia. . - General Deane, of the Moscow military mission, tells us that Donald Nelson got reeking and flapped away home in a daze. The General frankly admits that he, himself, drew a blank at one routine binge.- The same-theme runsr through many other memoirs of Teheran, Yalta and the Moscow conference. , Roosevelt had no reputation as a rummy: He is known to have drooped a. lip over a crock of this or that-on occasion but if he was a real boozer, the inner circle kept his secret The only time when he seemed to be drunk in public was the night after his parade of bravado in' New York when he'lisped and muttered noticeably.. Three explanations were guessed at later. First, he took on an overload of brandy to fend off pneumonia. Second, his dentist was doing him over. Third, he had already had a little cerebral hemorrhage. So we don't know how drunk, if any, he was at any of the fateful pow-wows which delivered the 16 million slaves to Russia and thus far has given us the Roosevelt memorial war in Korea. But the books tell,us beyond question that many of the Americans who were sent over to deal with a brutal j and absolutely -cynical team of plug-uglies acted like a j lot of freshmen at a beer bust. | I am afraid we didn't take Elliott as seriously as we should have when he told us of the' carousing at Teheran. After all, Elliott is Elliott and you tell yourself the guy was .just trying- to make a buck. But maybe he wasn't laying it on to make the story better when he said that, as he poured his old man a snort in their quarters just before Stalin's colossal brawl, F.D.R. told him to "remember allfthose toasts coming up" and "go easy. That indicates that the commander-in-chief was fixing to tie a bag on, too. Otherwise, why should he have said that? EUiott had not been invited but he planted himself where a Russian secret service man could see him, wistfully sucking his thumb. The Russian fiy-cop whispered to Stalin. Elliott "started to beat a hjisty and embarrassed retreat" but Stalin insisted. So they put in a chair between Anthony Eden and that American genius, Averell Harriman, who kept on giving ti'.e enemy post-war industrial plants because he figured Russia would be our friend and he wanted her to be strong. Elliott's account of the lushing would be unbelievable if it hadn't been confirmed from many other quarters. He says "Stalin stuck to vodka and it wasn't water, .either" because he had his own private bottle before him. Other wizards of diplomacy seem, to have been equally silly. But General Mark Clark called the turn on'Marshal Konev, the Russian commissioner- in Vienna, and "made him pour our drinks from the same bottle." . General Clark seems, to have been a very tough character In dealing with the enemy, but it took even him a little while to-get next. At Koriev's first party, beginning in the afternoon, they were "plied with vodka" and there was more liquor when they went to Konev's house for dinner at five. Clark soon decided that the goons were determined to get his people "plastered." He saw that Konev was getting white wine, which, looked like vodka, so he said: "I'll go drink for drink with you but'we'll have to drink from the same bottle.'' Just havp him (the waiter) put the bottle on the table in,front of us so we will be sure to get the same." ' ' Admiral Leahy wrote that Litvinoff'mafie him down a a. glass of panther in a toast to the Russian army. It nearly burned out his plumbing but-he added that "it was good training for the conference dinners that were to come at Teheran, Yalta and Potsdam." - At Stalin's formal dinner at Yalta there were 38 stand- Ing toasts. Leahy thought such celebrations were an "unwarranted waste of time." He was pretty naive, too. The Russians have wasted almost six years so far. In fact, Eleanor tells us that Leahy was completely taken in by Anna Boettiger's cute trick of substituting ginger ale for vodka and worried about her. Ginger ale^ and vodka are no more alike in color and octane than Scotch and branch-' water.. But Anna told Mama she drank ginger ale so that Is official. " Robert Sherwood wrote that, there were, vodka and five kinds of wine at Roosevelt's own dinner at Yalta. The next day at a conference of the foreign secretaries there were 13 toasts that Sherwood recalls. What sort of work would you' tufn in after 13 shocks of vodka? Jimmy Byrnes, at Yalta, noticed that Vishinsky watered his gasoline. Accordingly, he did the same. · "I do not know what took, place at the dinner," he wrote. "Because of some.of the reports in the United States about Soviet officials getting.intoxicated, it is only fair to say that all those with whom I · have come in contact have been most temperate." He never saw any Russian tight. - · But does he say the same about the Americans? He does not. . * ' (© 1950, King Features) COUNTING THEIR CHICKENS -By Carlisle; What Others Are Saying · Hoarders have been much in the news of late. They have been vigorously denounced by the majority of citizens, who are keeping their heads and buying only what they need. . . . The real, cold-blooded hoarder . . . is a "me- firster" and is always with us, in peace and in war.'The me-firster is incurably selfish. His sole motivation is to take care of No. 1, and'nuts to everybody else. The me-firster crashes box.office lines, chisels on traffic lights, ignores "rio. smoking" signs in hospitals, dumps trash along, country roads and keeps',a vicious dog which runs loose and bites children, . . . Occasionally the me-firster is a noisy, p'rovoc- ative type who demands that his country drop A bombs on potential enemies. 'But when/the shooting starts and the going .gets rough for our side he is first to whine, "We should, not have got ourselves mixed up in this thing in the first place." ' » In wartime th'e me-firster displays an uncanny talent -for,evading military service.; All in all, me-firsters are most unsavory characters. ... Fortunately, they're a small minority of this, grand nation's population., But they do harm far out of proportion to their number. --Indianapolis News, ' , Try And Stop Me By Bennett Cerf Sixty years ago, the classified ad section of a Chicago newspaper contained a three-line insertion stating that a watchmaker with proper references--and his own tools- could find a job waiting for him. The- man who placed the ad was named Richard Sears. Themanw.io answered it first was named A. S. Roebuck. It was an association that did not lack results. The heirs of the business Sears-Roebuck built up sold a billion, and a half- dollars' worth .of mer (f. chandise in 'the past 6; twelve months! Bernard M. Baruch, our femous ''elder statesman," likes his^secretaries to be smart ,?s a whip. He also insists that they be good looking. He's admired lots of ladies'in his day--and every one of them could have been a cover girl with no effort whatever. .Recently, a friend of Herbert Bayard Swope brought a young woman 1 down 1 to Long Island in the hope that Swope might persuade Mr. Baruch to give her a job. She was a remarkable market analyst, a mathematical wizard, and an accomplished linguist--but she was also ugly as v mud fence. Swope gave her a quick once-over and sighed, '.'All, no! .The lady's not.forEernie," , ' (© 1950, by Bennett Cerf, Dist. by King Features) A. member of congress announces that forthcoming taxes really will be "tough." The taxpayers; however, have been pretty well hardened for the ordeal.--Kansas City Star, · Tops In Television By Robert C. Ruark CHICAGO, Nov. 2.--It is more than passing odd that this roughhewn hamlet which Mr. Carl Sandburg once described ai hog- butcher to .the world, or some such, should pioneer in subtlety an industry .that may yet be forced to fall back on talent to avoid extinction. I mean television. After a steady diet of New York potboilers, which seem to ·have depended largely on flaunted bosoms, ancient vaudeville and cowboy movies, it is almost' embarrassing to sit in on the construction of two of Chicago's star products, "Kukla, Fran and Ollie," and "Garroway at Large." One is a puppet show. The other is a variety show. More, sins have' been 'committed in tbe name of both than I care to re- .member. Kukla and Garroway commit-few sins. The Kukla show is about four years old now, and is the- product of , a young genius named Burr Tiilstrom, who has brought to' television the captivating charm of the early Walt Disneys. On even an average night Tillstrom's puppets are as provocative as the seven dwarfs. The only thing is that Tillstrom and his human foil, a pleasant gal named Fran Allison, shoot off the cuff five nights a week, one \Jialf-hour per night'. The big TV mountains labor mightily for a week to produce one half-hour mouse--Tillstrom and Frannie run over two songs, talk for ten minutes about the general motif, ' and deliver a polished period ,of charm -and humor that has nearly deserted the kiddies to captivate the. adults. Tillstrom provides all voices for his hand-manipulated stars--Headman Kukla, Ollie, the Dragon, Madame Oglepuss, Beu- lah.Witch, and Fletcher Rabbit. Tillstrom has long since become Svengalied by his Trilbies. The creatures of his mind have moved in, so .that Kukla, the bulb - nosed impresario of the Kuklapolitan players, is truly the boss of the show, and I am certain that Tillstrom has no faint idea of what he will say. Tillstrom is dominated as much or more by his kids as Bergen has been dominated by Master Charles McCarthy. ' ' Miss Allison, too,- has finally given in to the personalities of her inanimate associates, and finds herself helpless to direct them one way or the other. It is an eerie thing to see two human beings so smoothly and thoroughly manipulated by a few rags,, bones and'hanks of hair, but it-is. completely true. Even the technicians no longer consult Tillstrom on mechanical details. They holler at Kuk, and · Kuk's voice answers. . . ,' , ' Kukla, Fran and Ollie provide the encompassing answer to the unceliearsed end of-the .business no more surely than the Garroway show has spelt out the gos-. pel to the frantic exploiters- of variety performers. Ted Mills and- Bill Hobin, producer and director, have discovered the TV camera as a friend and ally, rather than as an enemy. , The show, blended and steered by Garroway, can -hardly .be called a variety act, since it. is as carefully constructed for casualness and dramatic effect .as an outstanding musical of the caliber of "Oklahoma"--and this happens once a week. It comprises a careful and well-oiled merger of non-corny comedy, sly humor, music and dance, with an adult charm that is as distant from the accustomed TV mishmash as is "South Pacific" f r o m "Peep Show." - - 1 This could be the fault of a' collection of comparative youngsters, largely crew cuts, who have tackled television as a fresh and difficult medium rather than as . extension of creaky vaudeville or a negation of the films. I'd 'say Director Hobin employs' more new techniques of sound and camera than is generally used in the production of an "A" moving picture today. . I may have become overenthusiastic about both shows, but I doubt it. From what I've seen of the New York efforts. They're a. good two years behind Chicago, Archie's Return By George Dixon WASHINGTON, Nov. 2.--Well, wall, well. I see where that strange and aging sprite, the Bald Bard of Balderdash, is trying to raise money to defeat proponents of the McCarran Communist Control Act. The Bald Bard of Balderdash, for the benefit of non-denizens of Cuclcoomania, is Archibald MacLeish. He is the dithyrambic dilly,. or self-confessed poet, who headed up a big hate and disharmony operation, ineptly named the office of facts and figures, during the Second World War. He tried his level best to be sinister and a high-class smear artist but he was so ludicrous he soon began to share honors with old Harold McBurp Ickes as my dull day guy whom I could al-' ways use for a laugh when every' thing else was too grim and serious for light treatment. With Ickes, then secretary of the interior, there were hitches because the Old Curmudgeon would sometimes cross me up by doing something rational. But never the Bald Bard of Balder- 'dash. All I had to do to ( send readers into conniptions "A'as to reprint one of his-"inspirational" poems. * · · · ' * · I wondered what had become of Archie after his -.f artless office of facts and figures was suppressed and he betook himself out of Washington. But I should have guessed. He became a professor at Harvard.. But instead of sticking 'to his mission of confusing-the adolescent he' now pops up as a leading spirit--spirit is right, rny little Hamadryad! -- of a thing called "The 1950 Civil Liberties Appeal." You could almost, guess, from the name what it is. Moreover, the Hairless pixie wouldn't be in any other kind..But wait until I give you the names of his princi- p a l accomplices. - . - . - · Also listed as "initial contributors" are Zechariah Chafee Jr., Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Mrs. J. Borden Harriman, Joseph D. Keenan, and Jack Kroll. * * * * . Chafee is another Harvard professor. All we will say about him is what lie says about himself. Two years ago he got off this bit of crypticism: "In the American press I am- accused of being a Communist and all I want is to have everybody given a fair chance because I bslieve that we can trust the people to tell what is good and what is bad and only in that way can they tell what is good and what is'bad." Schlesinger is another Harvard teacher and the son of one. He is an ardent advocate of- that fantastic political maverick, the Americans for Democratic Action. He worked for Truman's rover boy, W. Averell Ha.rriman, and published an' "authoritative" analysis of communism'. - Mrs. Harriman, distant cousin of Averell, is the weird and wonderful "Daisy," m o s f aptly named. Used to be New,.Deal ambassador to Norway. Was a big worker for Russian relief: This is about the best we can say for her. ' Keenan, -of course, is the AFL boss who is fighting Taft with every known dirty tactic in Ohio, -and Kroll is.tile PAC head Missing Tlie Local By 'BUGS'BAEB t Toledo allocated.- five million, buttons for -its-new-railroad- de-'" pot. For many years" the municipal shibboleth of r Toledo was/ "DbnJc, judge, our town 'by the Union Station." ·-..·._ :'.-' That's a reminder locals have t evaporated with. vaudeville. The *town' station was-" almost always ~ good-for- a yak-yak. The'biggest- laugh I ever got. on a local was-.in-.Kansas-City in 1926.,Theugag- r - erob was, ."I went down to look at the new .Union Station--and- fell Into the hole." \: ·'·. ,* I never had any doubts about .the gag scoring.. Just, 1 sixteen years before I had sold ; it to Lew.t bockstader. in -Washington. Then -, It ran,'"I went down to look -at the .new Arlington , liotel--and; fell into the hole." · - -v-- r -That"was a real"-belly roar,/ Dockstader said it was the; best$ local he ever Jiad. Including t Brookl} r n. jWhich, for some rea-C' son, seems to be .the clown town',, of radio and television. I moved * to Brooklyn from''Washington;. In } 1915, went into-the' army and^ . came back to Brooklyn again 1n _ 1919;. It's the city' without a rail- i road-station, unless'you include-* the potato terminus for the Long ~j -Island spuds. ; · The - story of- trouping · Is the 7 chronicle of depots. They sure can .look as gay as the insides of a rubber boot in the-cold dawn. * I have-been, on the road ten ? weeks'-without ever having had' my coat-collar at half-mast. A newspaperman could pick up some old-fashioned bills supply--^ ing- locals for visiting moholoR-1 Ists. It was Dockstader-who en-/ abled me .to go to New York. ,' The locals were good for- an ex- ; press. -..."-" ..'.'" ',. I have never figured why. Brooklyn is so funny : ear-wise. ^ It looks like any other town "un--. der the same conditions,. The lo- i cal type of gag was never high-- er than a crouch. And-it was al-, 'ways hinged to a public utility., Its value to the ; performer was ( that it hooked, him to-the immediate scene and made-him one " · of- the neighbor's children. The * audience figured he- must be a f .townie to know so much local ' dirt. A gag good for one town can : be transplanted as easily as a- crop of weeds. All; you. can do is change names, dates',', places and . let 'er'slide. But I figures the Toledo depot snapper is. one with · Nineveh and Tyre., Nobody laughs . at five million dollars. ' ;, Don't wait for. the local'.anymore. It'has" departed-on Track 1950. · T (© 1950. King Features) j ·who is doing the same thing for the CIO. » * « · In its appeal for funds to beat those who want subversives con- ·= trolled, this eerie company says t its "priority project" is to elect 'Helen Gahagan'bouglasriffCali- 'fornia; John Carroll, in Colorado. ' and Herbert .Lehman,-., in New- York. '· '··"··.-.:·- - ~ ' I would guess that-the/Call-J fornia . e n t r y , .would -.:be , in ·close spiritual affinity with the Harvard - Harriman -hatchetmeni strange' political be'dfellowshlp.. But I'd think the. Colorado and , New-York contestants would b« · knocking themselves out disavowing such backing. , I wonder if Senator Lehman ever read any of MacLeish's poetry? Here is one the 58-year-old leprechaun in cap and gown him-, self picked as "my best": s "The gears turnr Twitter: are ; Still now.- The sound dies. \ From the east with the sun's £ rising Dally are fewer-whistles: Many mornings listening ? One less or:two." ' ( * *· * · i ; That one alone drove me to drink, causing me to hiccup poet · Jcally: , _ ,, . Oh, west Is west, J «n" easli is .cash An' so is Archibald MacLeish. i (© 1850, King Features)' i

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