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THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, THURSDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY 21, 1952 a 29 Svlvia Porter Washington Background Gossip of the Nation Leonard Lyons Clark's Signals Mixed LiOiiella Parsons fHeZen of Troy Rescripted For 'Nev Film On First Trip NEW YORK, Feb. 20. HUMPHREY BOGART and Lauren Bacall live in a hilltop house. When the floods came to Los Angeles recently, the roads to most of these hilltop homes were washed out and became impassable.

Katharine Hepburn drove across a washed to Court listening for a moment. Chief preparation for the Washington run of "Call Me Madam," Howard Lindsay and Russel Grouse are rewriting portions of the script, adding timely references to some of the Washington politicians Ferenc Molnar's latest book, soon out, will be "Romantic Comedies." It will include eight of his plays two produced here, five produced abroad and one unproduced play. Crown is publishing it Billy Graham, the evangelis? vill leave for Europe next month for a tour Ethel Merman, will fly to Palm Beach for a party in her honor to be given by the Winston Guests. The star will fly down after her Saturday night performance, and fly back Monday noon, in time for her evening performance. By The Inquirer Washington Bureau Staff WASHINGTON, Feb.

201 NO WRIT of certiorari Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark likes to tell about his first appearance before the high tribunal. A frightened young lawyer from Texas, Clark didn't take the trouble of explaining how his case came up to the Supreme Court. He plunged -s rieht into his argument. Walter Lippmann Urges Bid To Russia to Sign Truce TT IS, to say the least, an inter--esting idea which the North Korean delegate put out on Monday, that the Soviet Union be appointed one of the "neutral" nations to inspect the truce. It would be particularly interesting to know what were the considerations, as between the North Koreans, the Chinese and the Russians, which led them to propose that the Soviet Union hitherto in its public position so chastely aloof should now be drawn openly and avowedly into the Korean business.

It is hard to believe that the Russians have been introduced into the affair at this late date just to make us see red once more in a spirit so to speak of pure mis After tJr Justice Charles Evans Hughes interrupted. tjr "How did you get here, counsellor?" RSON WELLES' life in Europe is as full of con 0 out dirt road to her own house each day, because it represented a challenge to her. Bogart. however, decided not to risk it to his house, and stayed below for two days. On the third day he finally drove home, and when he reached the house he knew he was in for trouble from his wife for on the doorstep were the milk bottles indicating that the flood hadn't stopped the milkman.

Ben Hecht returned to Hollywood last week for a screen-writing assignment. For years Hecht has been the highest priced writer in America, sometimes making as much as for a week's work. His main concern these days is the acting trasts as it to do a one-man was here. He went to Scandinavia show, and his performance was Hughes asked kindly. "Oh, I came up on the Clark replied, bewildered.

"That's a new way of getting before the Supreme Court," Hughes remarked with amusement. Rear Adm. Archibald Henderson Scales, who died the other day, was the last naval officer to have commanded a Navy sailing vessel. Eighty-four years old when he died, Admiral Scales was a graduate of the Naval Academy in the class of 1887. He served as a midshipman on the famous sailing vessels Constitution and Constellation then used for training purposes.

Later he commanded the Chesapeake, the last sailing ship used for training by the Navy. From 1919 to 1921, Scales was superintendent of the Naval LAUREN BACALL career of his young daughter, Jenny, who is 9. Mr. and Mrs. Hecht have dedicated themselves to Jenny's career Recently a producer sent a script to Hecht, to interest him in doctoring it.

Hecht's fee for this ordinarily would be a high one. He replied that if the producer would permit him to develop the child's part in the play, and give the role to Jenny, Hecht would rewrite the entire script for nothing. TOM CLARK Academy. I THE new movie, "Pat and Mike," Katharine Hepburn plays a champion athlete who is a high-ranking tennis and golf star. One of the scenes such a thrilling one that when he left to go to Dublin, he was accompanied to the airport by a brass band and the local officials, who presented him with a medal and citation.

Welles said good-by to the cheering throngs, then flew to Ireland, where the closing of a play had been postponed an extra day so that Welles would have a chance to see it When he arrived in Dublin, with Scandinavian plaudits still ringing in his mind, he was greeted by a corps of pickets carrying signs: "We don't want Welles." "Orson Welles keep out." Except for Chaplin, Welles is the only one in the history of movie making to produce, direct and star in his own movie, financed by himself. The movie is "Othello," and Welles still is working on it. Unlike Chaplin, however, Welles had financial problems. He'd hold production until he could raise more money for it, by writing books or taking roles in movies and plays 20th Century-Fox wanted him for a movie made in Africa. He agreed, but said he'd need a private plane, which was supplied.

When the plane landed, from it stepped Welles and his "Othello" cast in costume. Orson wooed the Fox cameramen who, during lulls in their own movie, helped Welles shoot "Othello" scenes behind the dunes. THE 60th anniversary of the founding of the Hebrew Free Loan Society will be celebrated this year. The society gives interest free loans to all who apply without regards to religious affiliation. It loaned $40,000,000 to 750,000 people, never collected a dime in interest and always got its money back The late Jacob H.

Schiff gave several large gifts to the society. "As a banker I've insisted that philanthropies I support run on sound business principles," he said. "The society has proved to be a sound bank that runs successfully for philanthropic purposes." Milton Ager, the songwriter, was in Lindy's yesterday reminiscing of his late friend, Ben Bernie, who would pose as a man of vast experience and whose favorite comment, when receiving compliments for his astuteness, was: "After all, I sold papers when Lincoln was hot." Ager told of seeing a bridge game where Bernie played against George S. Kaufman, made a brilliant play and was complimented for it. "I sold papers when Lincoln was shot," said Bernie Kaufman replied: "Who couldn't?" calls for Miss Hepburn to play a golf match against Babe Didrickson.

The movie star was to be shown missing a 20-foot putt. Miss Hepburn really can play golf. George Cukor, the director, had the cameras close up to the star's attempt at this 20-foot putt. She sank it, and Cukor had to say: "No good. Let's try it again.

You're supposed to miss it." Helen Hayes attended the acting competitions at the Philip Morris Playhouse Sunday night. She watched the college actors who were the finalists in the competitions, and congratulated the winners. When Miss Hayes was ready to leave, an agency man volunteered: "Let me escort you across the stage and show you where to go" "Thank you," replied Miss Hayes, "but it'll be quite all right. I'm sort of used to handling myself on a stage." ARTURO TOSCANINI will be 85 years old next month. One of his admirers was asked whether age has had any effect upon the maestro's genius.

"The maestro is as good as he ever was," he replied, "but once in a while, however, afraid that he's slowing up, he goes a little too fast." The Duke of Windsor will make a brief trip to France before returning to the United States In Whitney Bolton NEW YORK. Feb. 20. saws and glittering A MAN who turns to buzz chisels for therapy when the hattan after sundown gets Fair enough: The Diplomat, a publication devoted to the goings-on in the diplomatic set, quotes this advertisement by a Siamese newspaper: "The news of English we tell the latest, writ in perfect style and most earliest. Do a murder get commit we hear and tell of it.

Do a mighty chief die we publish it in borders of somber. Staff has each one been college and writ like the Kipling and Dickens. We circulate every town and extortionate not for advertisements. Buy it." A Washington wag offers this definition of an alcoholic: "A guy you don't like who drinks as much as you do." Mrs. Nellie Tayloe Ross, director of the mint, who specializes in putting bas-reliefs of former Presidents on some of the United States coins, is now sitting to a sculptor for a bas-relief of herself.

The artist, Paul Vincze, a Hungarian by birth, also would like to do a bas-relief of Winston Churchill "if he will sit still long enough." A group of 10 telephone engineers from Turkey recently completed a six-month study of the Michigan Bell Telephone operations in Detroit. They were greatly impressed by all the devices the company uses for speeding service except one. This was a mechanical wonder for making out the monthly bills to subscribers "We could use some of the devices for speeding up service." said Omer Sevkal, one of the engineers, "but I'm afraid it will be some time before we need to speed up bills. With the machine used by the Michigan company we could get out the bills for all our Turkish subscribers in 20 hours." He got around: A visiting Government official was having luncheon with Austin Flegel. Mutual Security Aid official, in Thailand, in the backyard of the latter's home which borders on one of Bangkok's busiest canals.

Traffic on the canal was heavy and the visitor was flabbergasted to hear Thailanders on the canal craft calling out as they passed, 'IIi, Austin, how yuh doin'?" Mrs. Charles S. Dewey, former Republican member of the House from Illinois, who probably has more decorations from foreign governments than any other woman in Washington, received an honorary membership in the Turkish Red Crescent this week. The Turkish Embassy was unable to confer a decoration, because when the Turkish ReDublic was established all orders of the old Ottoman Empire were abolished. The Red Crescent is the Turkish equivalent of the Red Cross.

Among Mrs. Dewey's foreign decorations is one from the pre-Communist Polish Government and the French Legion of Honor. Edited by John C. O'Brien The next Washington Background will appear in The Inquirer Saturday. Ivan II.

Petcrman OPS Aide Blames Business For Price Control Confusion the other night with a diamond among the zircons of the film industry and this lovely fellow said in passing was a ready hand with a circular could turn out as pretty a table as said with some hauteur that I doubted not because Mr. Atkinson was in my such manual tricks but because it the kind of avocation in which The man from the movies was even he had seen the table. or even when nothing more cosmic than a broken chair at home is thrown at me for repair, I have been conducting a quiet survey among the learned impinging on my life and find that many a scholar is a cabinet maker at heart. I now know a rich and indolent washing machine manufacturer of Impeccable intelligence who has a cellar full of fascinating machinery, and my latest acquisition to the roster is the last man in the world I would have suspected of knowing how to glue a dowel. His name is Brooks Atkinson and he happens to be the drama critic for the New York Times.

first man who ever saw a giraffe must a rough half hour with the rest tribe when he sat down to describe U.S.Figures Misleading on Public Wealth HOW much can we trust the Government's figures on our savings those statistics that recently have been shouting to the world that Americans are now saving at a phenomenal rate and thus we have truckloads of cash we can spend at a moment's notice? I'm not so sure. For the first time I'm not so sure. Consider this: When your social security tax is deducted from your paycheck, the Government says you've saved that much money and a handful of its top financial agencies dutifully record that total as part of the Nation's "liquid savings" during the period. AND I suppose from the narrow viewpoint of the statistician, a socsal security contribution is a "savings." Anyway, you didn't spend the money; it's being put aside in a Government fund. But can you draw on that "savings" to buy a hat? Of course not! Is it accurate then to include social security contributions in the total of "liquid savings" meaning savings you can spend at will? No.

Yet, in its nationally-respected reports on savings, the Securities Exchange Commission does include these contributions. ARE we getting a true picture of the state of the Nation's economic health from the savings figures issued by the SEC, the Commerce Department, the Treasury, the Federal Reserve? Or are we relying on pretty slippery statistics? I wonder. For the first time, I wonder. Consider this: When you pay a premium on your life insurance policy, the Government calls this "savings" and all the official statements so report it. And again, from a strictly technical angle, I suppose this must be considered a logical thing.

But is it "liquid savings" really? Could you draw on that cash to buy a coat? Except in times of emergency, would you even think cf doing so? 1 SPENT a couple of fascinating hours yesterday with Leo Levin, one of the Nation's leading retail store consultants, and listened to him tear apart the supposedly sacred savings statistics. "I've projected the SEC's latest figures on liquid savings, which cover the first nine months of 1951, for the full year and they indicate a total, before deducting repayment of mortgage debt, of $17 billion," Levin said. "Now let's break that down." We did. In currency and bank deposits. 3.2 billion.

That's o. k. Money in the bank or under the mattress can be spent at will. In savings and loan associations. $1.7 billion.

Again o. k. You can draw out those deposits as you wish. In securities U. s.

bonds, other bonds, stocks $3.9 billion. Again o. k. You can always cash in or sell your securities. IN INSURANCE.

$8.2 billion. Definitely not so o. particularly the totals covering payments to the Government for social security and payments into private pension funds. "If you deduct the insurance total from the liquid savings reported for 1951. you get a true liquid and spendable savings fig-tire of $3 3 billion instead of $17 billion.

Quite a difference!" THE implication is we have no definition of liquid savings that is realistic and can be accepted by all of us. The implication Is the precise amount you have saved and are saving the amount you could spend at will is a mystery. The implication is an awful lot of this chatter about how much we have tucked away and what a great backlog this is for the country could very well turn out to be just chatter. Opinions The signed columns of America's leading writers and commentators appearing on this and other pages of The Inquirer are presented so that our readers may have the benefit of a wide variety of viewpoints on important issues of the day. These viewpoints often contradict one another.

They have no connection with the editorial policy of this newspaper and sometimes, in fact, may represent exactly an opposite opinion. The opinions and views expressed belong solely to the writers. route and make all Gel a paper rouic the VaymenU tnytel I. DOUBLE TAKE R. ATKINSON is a man wholly at ease with M1 the English language, a critic and stature.

He has followed after all, he did see it. My man has Atkinson table, so I must accept Atkinson is a silk in the carpenter shop that a man of Mr. Atkinson's quiet ways could get in there among the chipping hammers, I looked into that he is a noted joiner in the illuminates each summer. Farmers unimpressed whether Mr. Atkinson like Robert E.

Sherwood's last play, when it comes to taking a bulk emerging two months later with a chair there is no bucolic around to Times' erudite critic. chief. WOULD not be too surprising if the Russians had decided that their interests in Korea now require that they should be represented openly in all parts of Korea, and that the North Koreans had agreed with them, Indeed encouraged them to come in, in order not to be left too much alone with their Chinese friends. This is, of course, pure speculation. But there must be some reason for this unexpected development.

Inspecting the armistice is hardly a sufficient reason. For Soviet agents can and will inspect the armistice whether or not they are officially designated to inspect it. But they would not have diplomatic standing in Korea. They would not have the right to keep the Koreans aware that the Soviet Union, as well as the United States, is present and concerned with the future of Korea. TN REJECTING this proposal we might, I would suggest, make a counter-proposal.

It would be an invitation to the Soviet Union to become one of the guarantors of the armistice. The logic of our position points directly to such invitation. We say that the Soviet Union is not a neutral in the Korean War. She is. therefore, a participant.

If she is a participant, then she should sign the armistice that is supposed to conclude that war. Indeed we should say that the armistice is incomplete unless she signs it. We are on weak ground if we argue, on the one hand, that Russia is engaged in the war, is in fact a principal in the war, and then, on the other hand, that she must not be permitted to have any part in the armistice and the conference which are to stop the war and to end it. THERE is more to all this, however, than logic. It would be sound policy, and in our best interests, to put an end to the fiction which protects and masks the Soviet Union's own interests in the Far East.

For she too has interests that are in conflict with those of the peoples of Asia. The fiction is no doubt enormously convenient for the Soviet Union. But certainly it adds only to our own difficulties to have the Russians operating always in the background, never on the front cf the stage and in the limelight. Surely, our policy should be to make them present their claims and interests openly, so that the Chinese, the Koreans, the Japanese and all the peoples of Asia may see that Russia has Interests of her own. THERK are many.

I realize, who take a quite different view. They think the best course is to exclude the Soviet Union and Red China as far as possible from the diplomatic arena. They are recommending what is in reality a suspension, even if it is not an open breach, of diplomatic intercourse between the Communist orbit and ourselves. Good diplomacy, if its object is an armistice, will always aim to involve and to bind the principals, not merely their agents. It w3! far prefer the signature of Stalin on any protocol or treaty to the signature of Kim II Sung.

It will not treat Stalin's signature as a victory for Communism, as some great favor and benefit surrendered by us to the great Red Mogul. It will regard his signature as a tie no doubt not made of steel that would bind him more than if he had not engaged himself at all. THEY'LL DO IT EVERY THE AHHZV LIKE TO SEE MR.BI6DOME- HES EXPECTlMS ME- D'U-BERRYS THE M4ME-W7NES4P I MET MR. LAST NlSHT AHO ME TOLD ME TO DROP AROUtiO II OU TELL HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 20.

JOHN ERSKINE'S "Private Life of Helen of Troy," made so many years ago at Warner Brothers, is being rescripted by Hugh Gray. How ever, tnis "Helen of Troy" will bear little esemblance to the satire which was on the screen with Maria Korda years ago. i. win according to Sam Bischoff, the-producer, a real spectacle with all the glory of ELEANOR PARKER the Trojans in those pagan days. Who will be Helen of Troy? Well, now that's a question.

Who do you think has the face that could launch a thousand ships Eleanor Parker, maybe Ava Gardner, perhaps, Lana Turner, Arlene Dahl? Time will tell. Kirk Douglas has met Mona Knox and well, whatever did happen to Elizabeth Threatt? Airs. Johnny Weissmuller, the former Alene Gates, golf champion, enters St. John's Hospital for plastic surgery. It's the seventh operation on her face since her automobile accident.

Talk from London is that John Huston and Sam Spiegel, who made the successful "African Queen" together, have had an amicable parting of the ways. Spiegel is going on his own, and one picture he is planning will be made in Italy with Evelyn Keyes, Huston's ex-wife, as the star. Evelyn, by the way, is remaining in England. She writes to one of her friends that her first picture in 1952 will be "Rough Shoot" with Joel McCrea as her co-star. Isn't this a Huston picture? I asked Arthur Krim, who releases the Spiegel pictures, if it were true that Marlon Brando had been signed for "The Witness." He said Brando had been offered the script but he didn't know the outcome.

When someone asked Ruth Cos-grove if she is engaged to marry Milton Berle she replied, "Oh, Milton hasn't gotten around to discussing an engagement yet." Mort Blumenstock, now in town from New York, is moving to Hollywood. The New York advertising and publicity office of Warners will function largely from the West Coast. When Graham Greene was in town he agreed to do a polish job on "The eart of the Matter" for Zoltan Korda. The picture goes into production in London in April. Marie Mc Donald has been in Cedars of Leb-non Hospital il i Obi.

nigl! w-eeks for physical therapy. a rie it i who has stayed pretty much at home since she parted from Jack Reynolds, at Jack's with Jack marie Mcdonald Haffen. At the Sportsmen's Lodge Yvonne De Carlo and Don Reed at a table for two. Only those who make pictures know how important cutters are to the success of any movie. This group, in more dignified language called the American Cinema ed-.

itors, is giving a banquet at the Beverly Hills Hotel for Academy Award nominees, on March 12th. The acceptances already received sound like a who's who in our industry. Don Hartman, Paramount boss, is the principal speaker and. of course, all favorite actors and actresses of the year will take a bow. Shelley Winters failure to report to her studio Feb.

4 took her off the Universal-International payroll. She's on suspension and she ll stay there until she comes back to work. Her bosses no like Shelley's antics and her complete disregard of all conventions. But. she is box office so Ted Richmond is having Steve Fisher prepare a story with a Hong Kong background to follow "Untamed." She'll still have to do retakes on "Untamed" and all concerned are furious- because she has held op the picture for all this time.

Since she hasn't been paid a penny in two weeks it's my guess she won't linger in New York for that whole week she planned. She'll prob-ably want more time off in April when she marries Vittorio Gass-man in Mexico. An all-out effort is being made by Frank Seltzer to make "The Kansas City Story" for release by August, well in advance of voting time in the National elections. The story has to do with the late Tom Pendergast, who broke his parole to fly from Kansas City to Chicago to the National Democratic convention. I asked Frank if he were being financed by the Republicans.

He said: "I should hope not! We're giving it to the Republicans as well as the Democrats." What he meant by that I don't know. In the 10 years "Mr. and Mrs. North" was a radio program it was among the first "ten" ratings. So it can be said that my friend Buster Collier has picked himself off a goodie, with an already estab lished audience, in getting the rights to the "Norths" for a television series.

Buster's stars will be Richard Denning and Barbara Britton, and he tells me the entire series will be completely 100 percent talent, direction and production recruited from the movie field. fit favors a green apron while his furniture and he also favors a and painstaking method of work. for some years and the most I knew about his private life was that he was a bird watcher. My memory is that he has written one or two profound manuals on the less than crowded art of bird watching, and I know he can be, when the guns start going off, a war correspondent one can read with both pleasure and faith. This alone Is a rare combination in our modern world, since some war correspondents can be read with extreme pleasure and a sense that every line they write is an untruth, while others may be read with fixed and unswerving faith and reading them is like trying to read a roll of baker's dough.

Mr. Atkinson combines honesty and felicity of phrasing and for that I will rise at any assigned hour and call him blessed. ACROSS the years we have not reached any real expressed friendship and anything I write here today is about a man to whom I never offer more of a tumult of words than "Hello, Brooks." This Is not easily to be described as a titanic friendship, so I feel secure in telling about him. No mope is going to get up off the sidewalk and yell coarsely: "Them critics, always rolling logs for each other!" What happened was that I went out after theater of a lattice man in his neck of he is one of the few lattice men I the horizontal lattices to receive perpendicular lattices. Most guys just nail where they meet.

He also is a man for believing that spindly stuff is for be of world-jolting proportions to about Mr. Atkinson, but since I a prime minister, eight surgeons a washing machine manufacturer, workshop escape from reality, I see drama critic shouldn't. pressures of Man beyond endurance, of discernment his profession M' making slow, easy Ed Sullivan right arm, because the target was long and wide. That's why the apprentice was permitted to do it. CREAM puffs also benefited by my handiwork.

They required a bit more finesse than crumcake. You inserted the nozzle of the bag filled with custard into the little cakes, squeezed gently and filled 'em up, and then applied the top lacquer of chocolate or vanilla. Naturally, to test your product, you'd eat some of them before they left the assembly line. My bakeshop apprenticeship was an extra-curricular activity while going to Port Chester, N. High School.

Teammate Joe Butzbach's father owned the Port Chester Bakery, so, on Friday nights, I'd work with Joe and then ride on the wagons Saturday morning, delivering bread, rolls and cakes. This had some drawbacks, which finally forced me out of the bakery field. Our football games were played Saturday afternoons, so, without sleep, you'd hurry from the bakery route to Liberty Square, By Jimmy Hatlo THIS GUY IS ALL SET FOR A JOB OR A HANDOUT- 4 BUT HE DON'T KNCW THE 9 TO 5 OR 'BUSINESS IS HAS A HE BOOM BUSINESS BlGDOME-r HE iFVOOASK THIS FLEA ME, HE LOOKS LIKE A KNOT FROM THE BIQDOM5 R4MILV TELL, ME I ANOTHER RELATIVE IS GOUHA GET4 SOFT JOS HERE- Oettjmg a load of the boss's l4st-mi6mt P4L MUO WAhtTR ITS PPD Uk THE ACQUAIHTANCEi THAXXAtJO ATlPOP TISS MATLO MAT 7D 292 TKCeVtvEMCE I that Mr. Atkinson saw and that he you ever saw. I any such thing, calendar beyond didn't seem exactly I pictured him.

more haughty: ELL, the have had of the the beast, but seen the authentic the fact that Fascinated and scholarly screw-drivers and things and I find farm region he for miles around, did or did not acknowledge that of maple and museum item compare with the ATKINSON He is considerable the woods and know who channel snugly the them together sturdy furniture, the birds. It may not reveal this news know of two kings, and, as I said, who all indulge in no reason why a NEW YORK. Feb. 20. A A former apprentice in a bakery, your reporter is in terest in observing that hot cross buns already are being displayed in bakery shop windows.

When I was a kid, the display date was not Ash Wednesday but Good Friday, and when your mother served them, over the kitchen coffee or cocoa, it meant that Lent was about to end. Eastern bakers later switched to Ash Wednesday, but in many areas of the country they are still served on Good Friday. In my career as a baker apprentice, they didn't permit me to mark the cross on these Lenten specialties. Instead, they assigned me to crumcake. When the spread of cake came out of the oven, the bakers washed it down with brushes dipped in sugar and milk.

Then the apprentice baker was permitted to take over and complete the job. You'd reach Into the shallow boxes loaded with the sweet crumbs and scatter them over the wet cake. All you needed was a good TIME VERY BUSy M4M IS THERE Is no control on such perishable vegetables until they pass parity by 100 percent. That is, until they double in real value. Recently this happened due largely to the quaint disposals as mentioned above.

In Russia, when there are too many potatoes, they make vodka of them. But here, we feed 'em to the fish and pigs, while people are driven to vodka at the price.) "When potatoes reached 105 percent of parity, had a rollback in price." he said. "We estimate the savings to families in the local market area at I didn't ask Burt to prove it. being too grateful that Maine spuds, which on Jan. 21 sold here for 77 cents the could now be obtained for 59 cents.

With the IS cents saving you can make a down payment on a head of lettuce. THE cabbage came in on a canard, as it were. The Commander objected to a recent slur being circulated by person-to-person card which said: "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address contains 266 words. "The 10 Commandments contain 297. "The Declaration of Independence (condensed) 300 words.

"But the OPS order reducing price of cabbage contains 26,911 words." Deputy Hartenstein drew a breath of indignation and let go the full impact: "The OPS has no cabbage regulation, and never, did." The OPS was hurt likewise when a business magazine recently took a kick at Government regulations and picked out the inclusion of "manually operated foghorns" among 23 types of marine equipment which were lumped in the directive that covered 377 items. BURT said the potato thing was a pure grab and should be laid not entirely to the Department of Agriculture which has pampered the potato growers somewhat but to the greedy free enterprisers who hogged them and made potato eaters pay such prices. They over-reached, however, and when they got to 105 percent, Mike DiSalle lowered the boom. As we completed an amiable luncheon, Burt's PRO, John O'Shea, made what seems a point to remember: "We can't get away from one important thing: Any government regulation is a burden on business. The only justification is the fact we stand flush in the middle 'if a national emergency.

We are committed to certain defense projects, and responsible industry recognizes that stabilization regulations protect them against unfair competition and reckless speculation, as it protects all our people against upward spiralling of prices." But couldn't it be simpler, men? THIS concerns the price of potatoes, cabbages, beef, mutton, and the minor hullabaloo over hand-operated foghorns. It emanates from a friendly complaint by our long-time pal. Commander Burt Hartenstine, now Philadelphia District controller in the Office of Price Stabilization. Because the OPS felt our recent rundown on Ceiling Price Regulation 22, and its multiple amendments, was somewhat harsh, we took up the headache of bureaucracy pain by pain the other day. Burt quickly proved that like the Gilbert and Sullivan policeman, his lot was not a happy one.

According to the local office, the. reason for so much confusion and additional regulations is mainly the diversity of American business. CPR-22, said he, would be quite simple if everyone in America was devoted say, only to paint. Making, selling, eating, and wearing paint. Nothing else.

Then CPR-22 could stand on one ukase, state the ceiling, give no qualifications. Paint, it seems, was one of the easiest items to slot. It took a 15 percent markup and that was It. BUT look at beef, mutton, or veal, and then recall the recent Federal court case on the jobber who was asking butchers to buy quantities of meats they couldn't sell in order to get sirloin and choice beef desired. The case was tossed out on a technicality in wording that had nothing to do with beef something about not saying "cuts where it read "products." It caused much shaking of heads, and the OPS people were mortified.

Know how this comes about? Well, everybody goes screaming to Washington, says Burt, demanding a clarification, a special ruling, an amendment and an interpretation. That's why there were so many to CPR-22 too many people earning a living in things besides paint. ANOTHER consideration was the long delay by Congress on the Defense Production Act in June, July and August of 1951. Burt pointed out, however, that between the Korean outbreak (June 1950) and January 1951, the cost of living soared 8.9 percent. This is on Bureau of Labor statistics.

It cost American housewives approximately $16 billion in that short space. "Between January 1951 and January of this year, the living cost has gone up only 2 percent," said the Commander, with a hint of smug satisfaction. He then brought up the matter of potatoes, which has irritated the market-goer some time. Potatoes left to rot, potatoes heaved off docks, potatoes towed out to sea, potatoes dyed and fed to hogs but potatoes to you and me costing twice the price and more. in Port Chester, to join the team for the trip to Mamaroneck, or Mt.

Vernon, or New Rochelle, other New York City suburbs. In the Mamaroneck H. S. game, first play, Dutch Ottman came busting through the line. As I hit him, our helmets collided, flush, and I didn't come to until after the first half.

THE world, as we know it, was the loser through my resignation. I'd just worked out some very interesting patterns for crumcake by scattering the crumbs with BOTH hands simultaneously. This developed some rakish effects, but nobody has carried out the experiment. Crumcakes, in appearance, suffer from lack of originality. When your reporter gave up the bakeshop, on the 40-yard line at Mamaroneck, he went back to caddying at Apawamis, at Rye, N.

Y.t where the hours were better. I had badge No. 98. Badge No. 99 was held by a very quiet Italian kid from Dublin, a hamlet on the outskirts of Harrison, N.

Y. His name was Gene Sarazen, who endorsed my retirement from the, baking industry on the ground there was no future in cream puffs. SARAZEN had no knowledge of bakeshops, apart from an indirect relationship with hot cross buns, having been born on Ash Wednesday, 1901. It seems completely incredible, memory what it is, that Gene will be 51 years old on this coming Ash Wednesday, Feb. 27.

In those days, as kids, we used to go out in the same foursomes during the US. Senior's Tournament at Apawamis. AND now Gene Sarazen, is goto be 51, but there are some qualifying factors. For 36 holes, in any sort of competition, Sarazen always is in the first 10 of any professional assembly of golfers. After the first two rounds his legs start running out of gas and his scores may rise to 75, which isn't bad golf for a kid in his ZO's.

In the intervening years, Sarazen became one of golf's Hall of Fame occupants. He won every title against all sorts of competition. Walter Hagen called him the greatest competitor the game ever produced. The records indicate that Hagen knew what he was talking about. T4KING A HAP OM HIS THE BOSS COUOMND DlLLBERfZy KlIGHT OUT DOESN'T LOOK IN TOO CERTAlWLypJCtfS, ER-G4M ME THE nWTURE OF YOUR GOOD A SHAPE, UP SOME ElTHEf?" COMPANIONS MUST MET Q0YATA CIRCUS- BIGHTS RESERVED jSSg COP.

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