The Leavenworth Times from Leavenworth, Kansas on September 5, 1952 · Page 4
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Leavenworth, Kansas
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Friday, September 5, 1952
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Four THE LEAVENWORTH TIMES, Jxiday Evening, September 5,1951 Editorial... Look Out Coffee Lovers "Ahoy, Adlai!" That morning "break" for a cup of coffee isn't going to be any less expensive for awhile if the latest .news from Brazil is correct. It seems that production will decline before it increases. The financial reports have it that reserves in Brazil which kept coffee prices down for a'few years since the war, if we want to call them down, have been exhausted. A bad crop plus increased demand started a wave of market speculation which has skyrocketed prices to a high of 88 cents a pound this year which is four times the 1940 wholesale price. Technically it seems that new coffee trees must be planted constantly. Planting hasn't kept pace with declining crops. Apparently it takes five years before a coffee tree produces and it only lasts 15 years. Reports from Brazil indicate there are one third less trees in production than there were 10 years ago. Latin-American countries maintain that the United States, which takes two thirds of the coffee production in the world, should be willing to pay the high prices demanded to help them fight Communism and bring stability to their governments. They aren't going to be too anxious to provide a cheaper commodity. So, don't look for an early return to the old nickel cup of coffee at your favorite gathering place. Lovett Loves the Light Touch Peter Edson says that Defense Secretary Kobert A. Lovett is one of the few characters in government who somehow manages never to violate the bureaucrats' rule number one, which is "Don't take yourself too darn seriously." He confessed to a press conference recently that he had one of those little five-cent notebooks in which he wrote down things he was going to do. He is going to burn it, he said, because it called for absolutely impossible accomplishments. But he added that it was a nice stimulant. When he was asked if he would stick around after Nov. 4 to coach his successor, he answered, "I regretfully feel that I should decline. I think it's time for some more youthful fellows to get in here and acquire a coating of scai- tissue." This attitude is certainly a refreshing switch. Kansas Snapshots From Here and There President Truman referred to American Legion leaders in New York as a bunch of boys but he didn't mean it in the brotherly or comradely sense. The Hutchinson News-Herald says some politicians aren't so much interested in the strangeness of their bedfellows as in who is going to provide the bed. Collected From Other Typewriters Get Pay for Voting Under the laws of Kansas any employe is entitled to be off the job, and with pay, for two hours in order to vote on election day. Attorney General Fatzer has just upheld the law, but calls attention to certain factors which must be complied with. It does not mean, he explains, that all employes may be absent for two hours on election day as a short holdiay. Instead they must be qualified voters (registered in other words) and notify their employer of their intentions in advance. The boss, also, has the »ght to designate the hours the worker may be absent The law has been in effect for several years, and is generally observed. Certainly it is only fair to workers that they may ex- EUminating The Jackpots The 4-H club committee of the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce has voted to discontinue the sales of the prize-winning 4-H livestock which it has held for the past eight years in connection with the Kansas State Fair. In lieu of that it will give cash prizes to supplement those awards made by the Fair, itself. This action is a sane one which is worthy of imitation in connection with 4-H club stock shows the country over. In late years the sales have so run away wtih themselves as to defeat their original purpose. In most shows the top animals have been so close together in quality that the judges had just as \vell flipped a coin to determine ercise the right of franchise without financial loss. The democratic form of government can be maintained only through full expression by the majority in the ballot box. It is hardly to the credit of the American people that less than half of the qualified voters take enough interest in their government to vote. In Kansas registration is a necessary preliminary. Those who failed to register to be eligible to vote in next week's primary should do so immediately the books are open later. Kansas has made it possible for all qualified citizens to vote, even to paying them for the time required to go to the polls.—Wichita Eagle. i I the winner. But the boy or girl who had the grand champion has received jackpot enough to turn his head from some commercial interest which thought the incidental advertising was worth it. And the other 4-Hers who had worked as hard and produced as well had tears for their reward. The purpose of the 4-H stock shows is to interest farm youth in livestock and to demonstrate the profit of producing top quality stuff. The auctions have worked against that purpose. They are well done away with. If top market prices aren't sufficient inducement, then there is a weakness somewhere in the entire program. —Hutchinson News-Herald. What They Are Saying One thing I found where football helped me in the Marines was in the ability to make snap decisions. — Eddie LeBaron, former Ail-American. I did not want the nomination and received it without commitments to anyone about anything—including President Truman.—Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson. These young people (the Boy Scouts) are our hope of the future. We cannot permit them to be led astray.—Sen. Pat McCarran (D., Nev.), after it was revealed Communists attempted to take over the Scouts. Now Remington Rand has done all right by General MacArthur and I think it is only right that General Motors take care of General Eisenhower after the presidential campaign, and the Democrats can go on looking after the general public.—Vice President Alben Barkley. THE DAILY TIMES By D. B. Anthony Entered as second-class matter at the post office at Leaverworth Kama* under the act of Congress, March 3. 18/.9 THE TIMES TEL'.S THE TRUTH .^.^AVENWOHTH^TIMES puMstad ev™togs(e_x.ept Saturday) and'Sunda; THE DAILY TIMES is delivered br earner to any part of Leavenworth or suburbs for 85o a month. The paper may be ordered by mall or telephone or through our authorized local agents William A. Dresser and jfloyd Brakey. BY MAIL In Leavenworth and adjoining counties per year |6.00 Beyond Leavenworth and adjoining counties, per year 19.00 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 MM AP news dispatches. National Advertising Representative*: Arthur H. Hagg and Associates, Inc., New York office. 366 Madison Avenue, Chicago office, 360 North Michigan Avenue. THE NATIONAL WHIRLIGIG Ray Tucker Washington — A gaping and perennial leak in the federal government's money dike will be plugged if the next President and Congress act affirmatively on the Senate Preparedness Committee's expose of the most powerful and sacrosanct spending lobby at Washington—the Corps of Army Engineers, which is headed by Lieutenant General Lewis A. Pick. The senatorial investigators, with Lyndon Johnson of Texas as their chairman, committed Capitol Hill heresy with their unprecedented blast against these peddlers of "pork barrel" funds. If the Texan and his courageous colleagues wanted to make themselves unpopular with fellow-members, they took the only and the right way to achieve that end. Pick's organization has developed lobbying and backslapping to a science. By recommending river, harbor and power dam construction in key members' districts and states, they fix it so that Congress never dared to deny them a penny. In defiance of presidential orders and exhortations, they have wangled billions annually for questionable projects. Their authority increased tremendously under Franklin D. Roosevelt and Truman, with whom 'General Pick's proclivity for spending 1 vast sums here and abroad became extremely popular. Because of his genius at this sort of thing, he has retained the post of head of the corps longer than any recent predecessor. The Johnson Committee, h o w- ever, recommends disciplinary action against him because of scandalous waste and maladministra- tion in the construction of air bases in North Africa. Although originally estimated to cost only 5300,000,000, the minimum o v e r- charge to the taxpayers is placed at $120,000,000, with no assurance that the vital landing fields will ^e satisfactory. Pick is also charged with having tried to pretty the picture when questioned by the Senate group. The report says that he did not present "the full, frank and comprehensive statement which Congress and the American people expect from their top officials." The least the committee insists on is removal of Pick from his present agreement. It is the system of military boondoggling rather than Pick himself which is the indirect and hidden target of the Johnsonian critics— ''hidden" in the sense that these projects for the outpouring of money are always described as "vital' 1 to national defense or welfare. Indeed, it is estimated that the annual budget could be whittled down by. from three to five billion dollars if the Army Engineers and their free-wheeling cronies, the Chapman-Straus Bureau of Reclamation, were forced to furnish more detailed justiJicaion of their annual requests for appropriations. With this enforced economy, and with a gradual reduction in defense expenditures here and abroad, the 560,000,000,000 budget and 515,000,000,000 tax cut envisaged by General Eisenhower could easily become more than a campaign promise. General Pick first endeared himself to the planners and spenders in the early 1940's, when he blueprinted a program for a flood control system of dams, reservoirs, hydroelectric plants and other facilities on the Missouri River. When the late Interior Secretary Ickes saw his Army rivals laying their hands on all this money, he protested. Then there evolved the gigantic Pick-Sloan plan, under which Pick would build the great, . down-river dams, while Interior would develop upstream structures to keep excess flood water on the soil. So many rivalries and jealousies flared between the two depart- ments that, despite the outlay of billions of .dollars by Ickes and Pick, last spring's floods along the Missouri and is tributaries were the most disastrous in a hundred years. Nevertheless, Pick has always shown up where there was money to be spent. He supervised construction of the Ledo Road through Burma to China, which was not opened until seven months before the end of hostilities, and never justified the money outlay. His North African venture, with its unhappy consequences, may mark the end of this kind of improvident spending, thanks to the Johnson Committee. W. Averell Harriman's unwillingness to run for U. S. Senator from New York is based on his expectation that he will be named Secretary of State in the event that his close friend, Governor Stevenson, is elected to the presidency next November. Many of Harriman's friends believe that he has been promised the appointment. In fact, "Honest Ave" is acting as if he had the job already, to Dean Acheson's anger and embarrassment. As Mutual Security Administrator, Harriman has authority over funds and personnel in Europe. Where State must rely on MSA for money and services, Acheson has to get Harriman's approval. And they have clashed on many matters of mutual concern. Since Harriman holds the moneybags overseas, foreign diplomats pay him more homage than they do Dean. To add to Acheson- ian woe, Candidate Stevenson has not yet mentioned his name in any of his campaign speeches. Dean is the "forgotten man" of 1952. In this respect Truman and Acheson can organize a mutual mourners' club. Stevenson shows no disposition to eulogize the man in the White House. ACCORDING TO HAL BOYLE NEW YORK tffl—Everybody has been picking on American teenagers so much lately it is a pleasure today to report they have a new defender. She is lovely Diane Bell, 18, the "Miss Teen Age of Australia." Her reward for winning her title in a countrywide competition was a trip to the U. S., and it has been a wonderful surprise. "I was told they would pour chocolate sauce over my roast beef here, and I'd never get a decent cup of tea," she said, laughing. "But it hasn't been that way at all. They also told me I'd meet nothing but bodgies and widgies over here, and I haven't met one." A bodgie, she explained, is a jitterbug-crazy boy "who wears his hair curled and long and a sport coat two sizes too big for him." A widgie is a jitterbug- crazy girl "who wears vaseline in her hair, which is cut very short." Diane said a majority of Australians ''think the American teen-age girl is very sophisticated, goes out every night with boys, drinks, smokes and paints her fingernails. "I have found exactly the opposite. The girls here are sweet and natural. And your teen - age boys are just like the Australian boys except for their crew haircuts. It spoils their looks — reminds me of convicts. "I love a boy to be courteous, and I found the American boys very courteous. I was thrilled." As a matter of fact, she said, American boys are more attentive to a girl on a date than the boys in her homeland. Diane thinks the delinquency of teen - agers everywhere has been over emphasized. "There are a few naughty ones in every country," 'she observed. "Some feel their parents treat them as if they were too young and that may make them act too old." Both Diane and her mother like the American teen-age girl's custom of dating different boys. "I've only dated two boys myself," she said. "In Australia teenage boys and girls are much more keen on going steady. When a girl gets keen on her boy friend, she knits him a fine pale blue polo neck sweater with a white deer on the chest. Then she knits herself one just like it. "They go along the street wearing these twin jumpers, holding hands, and then they are called a gruesome twosome. That means they are going steady — and for everybody else to lay off. "I don't know who invented that gruesome twosome business—probably a boy.' 1 Miss Bell was amazed that teenagers here don't know the popular Australian dance, the powerhouse ' —''which is swaying to and fro, cheek to cheek. After an evening of the powerhouse, the boys take their girls out in canoes and race around the lake." She likes the casual attire here —bobby sox, blue jeans and cotton shirts—but not for street wear. "An Australian girl dresses like that only for housework or a picnic." Australian teen-agers don't care so much about hanging around "milk bars"—soda fountains. They are more sports-minded and like to "push off .for the bush"—a day spent hiking in the country or horseback riding. One of Diane's greatest adventures here was attending a baseball game. . "All the spectators got up, began booing, stomping their feet, and throwing cushions at the umpire," she recalled. "A man stood up and said, 'Now we're going to have a real rhubarb.' "I thought that meant someone was going to bring on a dessert— and it did seem a queer time for dessert." Barbs By HAL COCHRAN A lot of people get their start in life very easily—but in th« wrong direction. An Ohio boy of five cut off the curls of three of his little girl playmates. Just a little snip! Lots of people go on their vaca- x tion in full spirit—but with reservations. The Treasury Department says the average dollar bill lasts nine months. How dumb do they think we are? Fourteen inches of skin were put on an injured aviator's back. The best graft news we've ever heard. Dr. George W. Crane'* WORRY CLINIC Clara was a timid teen-ager. She felt petrified with fear when asked to speak in public. So she organized a psychology "Study Club," using this column as the textbook. See what happened. Case E-355: Clara M., 20, works In a South Carolina textile mill. "Dr. Crane, how can I g a i n confidence in myself?", she asked, after my address in Greenwood, S.C. "I know what I want to say, but I can't express my thoughts. That's why I'd like "to gain a better education. "But I cannot quit work and go to college. So would it be possible for me to study here at home? "I read your psychology column every day and am making a scrapbook of it. But what else can I do?" If you cannot swim and are in a canoe that is tipping dangerously, you will lack self-confidence. Why? Because you know you haven't learned how to keep afloat in the water! The good swimmer who finds himself in that same canoe, has much more confidence. So it is with all the various social situations in life. • If you don't know how to meet them successfully, then you feel shy, timid or fearful. You will lack confidence. To gain social poise and confidence, therefore, simply learn the specific techniques for getting along with people, making speeches, carrying on an interesting conversation, etc. Remember, moreover, you can never learn to swim simply by studying books on that subject. The latter may help you a great deal, but in the final analysis you must get into the water and try out those techniques until you find yourself afloat and progressing toward shore. This daUy psychology column shows you readers the methods to follow in winning friends, overcoming stuttering, learning how to carry on an interesting conversation, or attracting a boy friend. It gives you the specific techniques to follow in closing a sale or even getting your sweetheart to say "Yes." It shows you how to run y*ur home on a budget and thus overcome fear of bill collectors. It demonstrates the proper procedure to follow in solving thousands of other social problems and sexual difficulties. But — you must not stop with reading these techniques: you must get into the water and try them out! You can memorize this column and still be a stutterer or friendless or without a sweetheart, unless you get into the actual situations which you wish to solve, and then try to apply your memorized techniques. The best memorized sales talk will never win you a boy friend until you go where men are to b« found and then apply it. So look on life as a psychology laboratory. Experiment as you go along. Don't make the mistake of thinking that education is restricted to the school room or college. campus. Knowledge is where you find It. This newspaper will be th« daily textbook for the adults in your area during the last 40 years of their lives'. Many readers have already organized "Study Clubs," using this psychology column as the reading assignment. The members then enter upon the various experiments which we recommend, such as the "Compliment Club." They also memorize the "Formula for an Interesting Conversationalist" and rehearse on each other, after which they try it out on Inembers of the opposite sex. In many large cities you can also enroll in evening college classes. And there are many valuable correspondence courses in short story writing, English composition, etc. So take advantage of them and you can thus attain a liberal education, even in your own home. Clara was a changed personality in a few months deter she organized a "Study Club" in practical psychology. Send for the "Study Club" bulletin, enclosing a stamped, return envelope, plus a dime. It's very useful to church groups and personnel classes. (Always wme Co Dr. Crane lit care of The Hopkins Syndicate. Box 3210. Mellott, Ind. Enclose • Jong, three cents stamped, self-ad,dressed envelope and a dime to cover typing and printing cost* when you send for one of hi* psychological charts.) (Copyright by the Hopkioa Syndicate. Inc.) REMINISCENCE 10 TEAKS AGO Nazi Marshal Erwin Rommel's Axis forces fell back slowly toward the west tonight under the sharp blows of British tanks and infantrymen and the bludgeonings of Allied bombers flying almost constantly over the western d e- sert battle field at El Alamein. Lt. Gen. Lesley J. McNair, commanding general of the Army Ground Forces, Washington, D.C., will deliver the graduation addresss to' students of the general staff class at Fort Leavemvorth on Sept. 12, it was announced today. Lead editorial stated: "American working women won a big victory this past week when the War Labor Board ruled that women em- ployes shall receive equal pay on war projects when they 'fully perform all the tasks previously performed by men.'" 25 TEARS AGO The will of J. Ogden Armour of the packing house company, was filed today for probate and disposed of an indicated estate of one million dollars. At one time it was estimated Armour was worth ?200 million dollars. Erskine Johnson's Slow headway is being made by the interurban company in rebuilding its track on South Fourth. It was estimated that 48 days would be required to complete the work of rebuilding, as the crusher used for crushing brick for ballast it too small to meet requirements. 40 TEAKS AGO William Jennings Bryan addre*. sed a crowd at Lincoln, Neb. that filled the vast auditorium to overflowing and for more than two hours held his audience while ha scored Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft unreservedly in his first political speech of the campaign. Aeroplane flights will be held at the fair with a Curtiss biplan* with eight cylinders and a 60 horsepower engine chartered for ,th« trips. The high cost of living was being felt at the State Normal School at Emporia with higher board and room rates for students. Rooms ranged from 55 in houses without furnaces to ?12 for steam heated and electric lighted rooms. Th« average is 58 per month for men and 59 per month for women. Board averaged 53 per month. HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD — (NEA)—Mary As tor, down to her slim self again, has been flooded with movie offers but this time she's holding out for a colorful role. No more dull mother roles for Mary. Economy note: MGM's staff orchestra has been trimmed down from 85 to 55 musicians. . . .Mona Freeman, one of the first short- hair enthusiasts, is letting her tresses grow long again. In anticipation of a new contract with Howard Hughes, who doesn't like short hair? There's a new balloon on t h e market—Jimmy Durante's head with an inflatable nose. . . .The Col. Donald Stephen Nero w h o • was cited by the Korean government for his efforts in rehabilitating water and power plants destroyed by the Reds, is the stepfather of movie actress Jody Lawrence. Frank DeVol's telling about the Hollywood producer and his actress wife who were arguing when the husband snapped: "I'm warning you—you'll bring out the beast in me!" "So, who's afraid of mice? retorted the wife. Director Mitchell Leisen, who does nothing in a small way, is saying of "Tonight We Sing": "It has everything—Ezio Pinza, Met Soprano Roberta Peters, ballerina Toumanova, some 'Boris Godoun- off,' a little 'Faust,' a dash of 'Madame Butterfly' and five elephants." "And the house is practically new," they added in the postscript. "Only 350 years old." A movie fur designer recently received a hush-hush call from a studio executive who told him that a certain blonde starlet would be dropping into his salon for a fur coat. The designer was to give her anything she wanted, the • executive declared, and the bill was t» be sent to him. A few days later the starlet showed up and selected a 512,000 black mist mink coat in which the skins had been manipulated in reverse, with the hairs going upward. Handing her the box containing the coat, the designer said: "This is a very unusual mink coat. The very latest in fur fashions. Would you like to know how I worked it?" The blonde Lorelei smiled sweetly and purred: "No, darling. You keep your secrets and I'll keep mine."

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