The Leavenworth Times from Leavenworth, Kansas on September 11, 1952 · Page 14
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The Leavenworth Times from Leavenworth, Kansas · Page 14

Leavenworth, Kansas
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Thursday, September 11, 1952
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Fourteen THE LEAVENWORTH TIMES, Thursday Evening, September 11,1952. The Presidential Handicap Editorial.,. Spots on Adlai's Record You can read a great deal about the good record Gov. Adlai Stevenson has made in his first term in Illinois. But every so often you come across some information'that makes one suspect it hasn't been as good a record as his supporters would like to have you believe. Latest report that Stevenson isn't 'the cure-all the Democrats claim comes. from a Chicago Daily News associate editor visiting in Topeka who commends much of the Stevenson record—"We know Stevenson is not a flawless administrator, but he has greatly improved many of our state institutions"—but who • recalls some of the scandals, too. The first was the horse meat affair which the Office of Price Stabilization uncovered in Illinois. The state food inspection department broke down. Stevenson acted, although a little slow, says A. T. Burch, as reported in The Topeka State Journal. The second was counterfeiting of cigaret stamps. To quote Burch's account as told in the Journal: "While cigaret consumption and sales mounted, state revenue did not. State officials said this was because many people were buying out-of- state shipments personally. "When the theft of stamp machines was reported and the Daily News exposed this racket, Stevenson took action that resulted in raids over the state and indictments returned on 24 individuals. Three state officials were fired when they refused to take lie detector tests and a fourth quit just before he took the test after he had earlier agreed to take it. "Final results, though, are not so good, Burch said. No indictments have been returned against the. state officials and so far the record has been one conviction and seven acquittals of the other 24. "Stevenson now talks about the ruthless manner he will proceed against graft and corruption in the federal government, Burch said, but from evidence in Illinois v he has not been very ruthless." These reports from responsible sources come along too often to be comforting. Those who 'would vote for Stevenson surely want more than just to change a horse-trader's quick quip for wisecracks a la Princeton. Kansas Snapshots From Here and There Present traffic light signals seem to be insufficient There should be four lights. Go, Caution, Stop, and Everybody for Themselves. The Rooks County Record reports a local lady who is thinking of getting a divorce because her husband doesn't match her new living room furniture. Rolla Clymer observes that Kansas can look worse in July and August and then look better and have more in September and October than any other place in the sun. Mr. Motorist; remember it is not your job to reduce congestion in the crowded classrooms of our schools. Collected From Other Typewriters Federal Employes Outnumber Teachers E.A. WatWns, Wichita manufacturer, has put his finger on a curious fact. He says there are 25 per cent more federal em- ployes in. Kansas than public school teachers, indicative of how big government overshadows the work of the essential services of communities. Kansas has 16,150 school teachers as compared with 20,990 federal employes—accord- ing to reliable figures. A breakdown reveals there is one school teacher for every 118 persons of the state's population, as against one federal employee for every 91 persons. "Kansas schools must be expanded to accommodate the ever-increasing number of our pupils seeking to enter them each scholastic year. All of this takes money, and it is apparent in the light of cold fig- Perseverance Pays Our congratulations to the city of Ellsworth, the Good Samaritan society and the state board of social welfare. The signing of a two-year lease for the Mother Bickerdyke home by the Evangelical Lutheran society should be welcome news for all'three groups. The Lutherans will get a plant designed for their needs, which involve the care of more than 100 aged persons. The state will get a tenant upon whom it can depend, and at the same time divest itself of a development that was be- ures that much of the money we need so urgently for this tremendous task is being denied state and local governments because it is being siphoned off in federal taxes to support the growing number o£ federal employes now on the federal payroll,' 1 Mr. Watkins says. The preponderance of federal employes over teachers in one state is somewhat startling, but then it is the natural consequence of a trend that has been in force for almost twenty years. Federal payrolls, too, are growing while the number of teachers remains somewhat stationary because of economical reasons. But the Democrats must have votes, especially in election year, so the mounting hordes of federal hired help may be expected to increase rather than grow less. —El Dorado Times. coming more and more a political football. And Ellsworth will be assured a larger enterprise than when the state operated the home. The lesson of the Mother Bickerdyke home is that perseverance pays. When most of us were willing to write the home off as a useless appendix to the state body, Ellsworth and friends of the home kept plugging. We would never have guessed they would hit such a happy solution, and it is nice to be able to send them felicitations on their success.—Hutchinson News Herald. What They Are Saying He (Col. Robert McCormick) is very much in the minority in the Republican Pariy. Republicans like him are never elected to office.—Sen. Ralph Flanders (R., VtJ. There is no doubt in my mind that if tine Kremlin thought they could win World War HI without too much damage to themselves, ' they would not hesitate to start it.—John R. Steelman, Acting Defense Mobilizer. It is unthinkable mat the. United States, the richest, the most powerful nation on earth, should find itself without enough ammunition to meet its defense needs for combat and for training.—Sen. Edward Martin (R., Pa.). I can't act, but they can't fight.—Ex- heavyweight champion Joe Louis, in training for a movie based on his life. The country today needs a change as never before. It needs more man a reshuffle, it needs a. complete change. If we go broke there will be no Marshall Plan for America. —Sen. Everett Dirksen (R., HI.). THE DAILY TIMES By D. R. Anthony Entered as second-class matter at the post office at Leavenworth. Kansas under the act oi L- digress, jviarcn o, J.H /y. THE TIMES TELLS THE THUTH IT ,,h h .rt«-v P ,u bl j£ he £ evenin 8 s (except Saturday) and Sunday morning. Established m 1857. Consolidated with the Conservative established in 1860. The Bulletin established in 1862, and The Commercial established in t865. . •'<=*>" "="» ebl <" J Circulation of The Evening Standard and The Chronicle-Tribune consolidated with The Times in 1903. Circulation of The Leavenworjh Post absorbed in 1923. THE DA i LY TmES is delivered by carrier to any part of Leavemvorth or suburbs for 85c m * ie * aa ** t through our MAIL In Leavenworth and adjoining counties per year ... jcnn Beyond Leavenworth and adjoining counties, per year ...... "I"""'.I"I"""""1 ...... 19 00 MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to dtepatches° r republlcatlon Ol aU the local news Printed in this newspaper, as well as AP news 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 — Political laboratory tests are showing that several policies outlined by the major parties in Kansas won't stand too much exposure to sunlight. Democrats are 'definitely more susceptible to damage under light rays than are Republicans. That is not unusual for the' minority party seeking to gain control of government. In Kansas the Democrats must win Republican votes — lots of them — to finish the campaign on top. Consequent]}', they are the really daring party. Their extravagance in promising great advancements makes them more vulnerable than Republicans, who already control state offices, patronage, prestige and power. Conversely, the need for care and caution is on the Democrats nationally. Bids to win popular acclaim at the polls caused Kansas Democrats to promise extreme measures — ones which may frighten as many members of their own party as they are likely to lure from the opposition. Danger lurks in at least three promises stressed by the Democrat platform builders. Their party will win credit for far exceeding Republicans in definite and specific statements of principles. Their courage, however, seems certain to compel many party members to seriously ponder the wisdom and soundness of plans for a constitutional convention, a non-partisan judiciary and extravagant homestead exemptions. They could quickly undermine guarantees of protection of liberty, property rights and free enterprise. Should Democrats actually seek to carry out their proposals, they would arouse a distrust in state government that has been unequalled since statehood. A constitutional convention would make subject to review and revision every pledge of protection to property, common freedoms and the safety of contracts. A new constitution could provide for classification of property for taxation at each succeeding session of the legislature. It could empower restrictions on inheritance, change rights of suffrage and shift tax loads to home and private business owners and public service agencies doing business in Kansas. A constitutional convention in socialistic trends and emotional surges, could completely smash every fundamental assurance of personal and property rights. It could permit satewide levies to finance local development whims in every community and send the bill to residents of the 105 counties. It could authorize state ownership and operation of every current private enterprise. It could drive investment from the state thru authority to seize and manage business in such manner as a potential unscrupulous authority might direct. Taxpayers, home owners and investors are in no manner wholly within one political party. Threats of invasion or destruction of present guarantees, consequently, affect ail parties, groups and classes. A second fantastic Democrat platform pJank is the plan for a 52,500 homestead exemption law. Of a certainty the proposal, if made effective, would shift the tax load to industry and threaten bankruptcy to communities not rich in factories, rail, power or pipe line investments. It would quickly place "For Sale" signs in swank homes in the silk stocking area of Johnson county where there are no industries. In adjoining Wyandotte county, packers, millers, wholesalers and jobbers would seek locations in Missouri when forced to carry practically the entire tax load of the community. Then there is a Democrat plank to give each family a $1,000 personal property valuation exemption. That would take most of the automobiles, trucks, TV sets, radios, family jewels, furs and visible assets off the tax rolls. The business property on the corner or the owner of stock in an industry or utility company that could not conceal or remove its assets, would remain to pay the public bills. All of which would assure prompt and thoro bankruptcy thru confiscation of private property. Democrats, as well as Republicans, would be among the wholesale victims. For a third threat to general happiness in the state is the outline for a r non-partisan judiciary. Kansas tried that once — back in the legislative session of 1913 when George Hodges was governor. Hodges, a Democrat, collaborated with the late Chief Justice Johnston who, with his associates, had grown resentful of being called upon by the Republican state committee to help with the campaign work. A non-partisan judicial act, ap- licable only to the supreme court, was enacted by the Democrat legislature. One test provided ample proof that the dignified jurists faced public oblivion under operation of the act. The highly touted reform law was promptly repealed by the 1915 legislature. Democrats did not win all of the 1952 awards for impulsive campaign moves. Republicans showed considerable ability to build a few mountains from their own meager mole hills. They left the state constituency bewildered at the end of the love scene between Governor Arn and Lt. Governor Fred Hall, following their spectacular pre-primary throat cutting. When Fred Hall won renomina- tion over the governor's open and avowed opposition, and an exchange of personal assaults, Republican voters were not immediately prepared for their dramatic reconciliation at the party council. There will be a lot of questions as to whether the July disruption was genuine or the August outburst of affection was rehearsed. Left for Republicans to ponder will be the record of an unprecedented turn-over in party management in counties thruout the state. Party veterans can recall no single campaign .year when so many chairmen and precinct committeemen went out of active service. Some of them stepped out. A good many were shoved. The result, of course, is many new faces. State Chairman Moyer told the party council it was a tremendous demonstration of a virile political organization. His remarks w ere occasioned by the appearance of 41 new county chairmen and 36 new vice-chairmen as members of the state committee. Many of the new county committee heads are members of t h e younger crowd.. Their co-operation is always welcome by a progressive private business or alert political party. Yet some experienced and successful executives hold to an old style notion that it is not always well to hand the office key and the bank book to a junior member of the firm and go fishing. In many of the counties where changes trace to national convention delegate feuds, the Arn-Hall battle and soft spots 'from contests of two years ago, there is occasion for solemn thinking. In instances where old committee members or heads of county groups walk arm- in-arm with new chairmen, there is a wholesome, encouraging atmosphere. There may be occasion to review Mr. Moyer's enthusiastic appraisal of the reorganized state committee. Footprints of a purge have been located in a number of communities. Those are not listed as assets as the paying teller's window when profits and losses are tabulated at the end of a rugged campaign. ACCORDING TO HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (.«—As the national political race nears its mid-campaign peak, more and more thoughtful people are turning to baseball. Ask the man in the street today, "Who do you think'H win?" Chances are he won't say Adlai or Ike. He'll reply: "the Dodgers" or "the Giants." And in more and more homes, it seems, they are tuning out the political broadcasts and tuning in the baseball game. It's quieter that way. The tensest situation of our times is the meeting between a Dodger fan who likes Stevenson and a Giant fan who favors Eisenhower under circumstances in which politeness forces them at least to say "hello." At the start of the political campaign some hostesses thought it cute to poll the guests on whether they thought the Republicans or the Democrats would win. No hostess would do that today unless she wanted (A) to break her apartment lease, or (B) collect accident insurance on her furniture. Some bartenders are^now enforcing a new rule: "Positively no dry martinis served to customers talking politics. If you insist on doing so, you'll have to take a wet martini." As nobody in the history of martini - drinking ever knowingly drank a wet one, this iron threat has kept peace at the bar, or at least a truce. But this is still the year of the great divide, and what it is dividing is many a long and beautiful friendship. A fellow who wants to keep his same circle of friends intact now avoids his usual Saturday night poker game with the boys and plays solitaire. The theory that every man has a right to his own opinion is accepted now only if he keeps it to himself. The candidates will talk on for weeks yet, but for most voters the battle lines are already irrevocably drawn. As late as two weeks ago it was still possible to get agreement by saying, "Well, at least the country is lucky in one way—they're both good men." Anyone who makes that remark today is likely to be regarded as a fence-sitting coward, or an insurance agent. Politics is particularly dangerous as a topic among women, and more women have political opinions this year than ever. No husband can shut them up in public either, unless he wants his wife to give him an ear callous when she gets him alone. As a matter of fact, most political talk at what-are-supposed-to- be-social gatherings now is between women, not men. Men realize pretty well it is too late to argue. Women never realize a thing like that, if they are really partisan. And do the ladies have claws in their vocal chords? They do, indeed! Strong men blanch at See HAL BOYLE, Page IS. Dr. George W. Crone's WORRY CLINIC Wanda's rest cure didn't work. You cannot change faulty habits and wrong emotional attitudes by means 'of drugs or bed rest Wouldn't it be silly to try to correct the faulty timing in your auto, by giving the motor a "rest cure" or changing its "diet" through • shift to a different brand of gasoline. Case E-360: Wanda L., aged 27, is the wife whom I described in Case E-351' as having suffered a nervous breakdown. Perhaps you will recall that she spent some time in a sanitarium where she received shock therapy without any appreciable benefit. Because she seemed so weak and ill, she was advised to sleep a great deal. If she showed any slight nervousness, her dutiful husband urged -her to go to bed and get some more rest. But rest wasn't really what she needed. Her trouble was an unsolved emotional conflict. Sleep and good food cannot slpve emotional conflicts, though they may be desirable in building up physical strength. Suppose your automobile motor isn't firing properly because o f incorrect timing. For example, suppose the wires to a couple of your sparkplugs have accidentally been interchanged. The motor will be weak and backfire. The efficiency oi the car will be greatly reduced. It will be slowed down. In short, the au.omobile will be "sick." But you cannot make it get well by pouring a better grade of gasoline into the tank. Changing of oil will also not correct this trouble. ' Nor will it recover by letting it "rest" in the garage for a fortnight. The only sensibla therapy for your auto will be the straightening out of the wires that have been crossed! By the same token, you folks with emotional conflicts and you who are suffering nervous breakdowns, will not be cured by rest or medicine, diet or change of climate. The latter may help in a general way to divert your attention from your problems and build up your physical body. "I feel like a new person already," Wanda telephoned me th« day following her visit to Chicago. "My husband remarked this morning that I was looking s o rested and refreshed, that he couldn't believe I was the same person. "I smiled to myself, for I knew it was simply the result of having got straightened out in my thinking. "So I told him about my visit with you, and that you had showed me a conflict that had caused all of my trouble. "Moreover, I explained that you said I would never get well by staying in bed, for my trouble was not the sort that sleep would cure. "I know I am well already, for subconsciously I think I realized all along what was wrong with me. "But I wouldn't admit it consciously, and nobody else ever put his finger on the problem, so I just dragged along, never getting any better because I waa never being treated for my basic difficulty. Wanda's case Is is a good example of the need for more psychology in medicine. Don't jump to the conclusion that I believe all ailments are mental, for I am a modern trained physician and surgeon, as well as a psychologist. . There are countlesss times when straight medicine is the best treatment. If you have acut>- appendicitis, it is well to be operated on as soon as possible. And the best preventive of smallpox or diptheria is not psychology, but vaccination or inoculation. Millions of dollars are being wasted each year, however, by patients like Wanda who cannot be cured by medicine', for their ailments are purely psychologicaL Remember, you can't correct- faulty timing of your auto by ethyl gas, or a new carburetor or prolonged "rest" in a garage! (Always write to Dr. Crane In ear* of this newspaper, enclosinf a lon« 3 cent stamped, addressed envelop* .fjd a dime to cover typing and printing costs when you send tor on« of his phychological charts.) (Copyright by the Hopkins Syndicate Inc.) REMINISCENCE 10 YEARS AGO Apparently beaten back in his unprecedented bid for a fourth term as governor of Georgia, Eugene Talmadge today trailed far behind youthful Attorney General Ellis Arnall in nearly complete reports from yesterday's Democratic primary. Kansas tax collections during August indicated people were drinking more beer than a year' ago, smoking more cigarets, but using considerably less gasoline, the chairman of the state revenue and taxation commission reported W. G. Leavel's prize winning horses have added two blue ribbons to their long list of wins at the Trenton, Mo., horse show. 25 YEARS AGO The first meeting of the Eastern Association of Congregational churches will be held at the local church Tuesday afternoon. The Davis Tennis Cup, most prized trophy, passed today^ from Erskine Johnson's America • to France for the first time in its history as Bill Tilden and Bill Johnston went down to defeat. The month just passed was th« wettest and least sunshiny August on record in Kansas since statewide weather observations wer« begun 40 years ago, and was th« coolest August, with the exception of 1915, in that time. 40 YEARS AGO The Kickapoo Indians on theif reservation west of Horton finished a week's celebration and fair today. Indian war dances and baseball and other contests were th« principal attractions: The war dance attracted many white spectators from nearby towns. The warden of the Federal prison moved his office yesterday from the second floor of the prison to a room on the first* floor near the main" stairway. Th» guards will move, to the second floor room. HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD—(NEA) —On the Record: YVONNE DE CARLO giving the word on Aly Khan: "He's a nice man, very interesting and straightforward. A strange aura about being the male equivalent of the femme fatale has been built up around him. Husbands tremble when he comes into a room. They grab their wives and run. He laughs it off. He has more energy than anybody I've ever met. Some day it will kill him. You can't use up all that energy arid live. He admits it himself." Clark Gable, on acting with a Great Dane in "Never Let Me Go": "I made a film with a dog once before. It was 'Call of the Wild.' You wait hours for the dog to start acting—and then the dog steals the scene." Patrice Wymore on her slumber problem: "Errol (Flynn) and I lived aboard our yacht, the Zacca, in Jamaica. I slept in a hammock. Now that I'm back in Hollywood, I don't know how to act in our king-sized bed." ZSA ZSA GABOR, answering the how-old-are-you question: "Every actress should take off two years. In one more year I will be 30. Then I shall be old. I will shoot myself." Broderick Crawford, assuring me his reconciliation w i t h his wife Kay, will stick: "It wasn't a serious separation. We're Irish and we had a fight, that's all. And voices carry in Hollywood when you fight." THATS A BAD WORD Janet Leigh, on her sweet heroine role in "Scaramouche:" "I enjoyed it, but I don't want anybody to call me an ingenue. -* That's a bad word. I was M i s i Bon Bon of 1952 in the picture." Cameron Mitchell, lamenting acting influences: "Young actors in television ar« making a terrible mistake. They're all imitating Marlon Brando. Thera hasn't been as much nose-picking and body-scratching since the theater began. It's about t i m • they stopped doing all those crummy things and get down to acting." Lloyd Nolan, on screams about type-casting: "I think stars are wrong. People want to see Gable and Bogart as they are. This thing about one's self in a beard is hooey. People don't know who you are. Paul Muni techniqued his way out of movies. He came on with a different voice and accent in every picture. People didn't know who he was." Thelma Ritter, pooh-poohing Hollywood fears about TV: "Rex'olutions in show business come as regularly as the milk at the door. Talking pictures put the old stock companies out of business. Now there's talk that TV will kill off movies and radio. Show business survives. It always has. So what'*, the worryt"

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