The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 23, 1949 · Page 3
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MONDAY, MAY 23,1949 BLYTHEVTLLE (AUK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THJtEl THE NATION TODAY Forrestal's Joking Phrase Became Prophecy of Death; He Saw Himself as 'Victim' '•tff By Janws Mar low WASHINGTON, May 23. «•)— A phrase he used In kidding became, In the end, James V. Forretal's prophecy of his own death: "I expect lo be a victim or the Washington scene." That's what he was when he*-; killed himself yesterday in a Jump from a lt>lh story window in the Naval Hospital. He had cracked under the strain of nine years in Washington, most of them In tremendously important Jobs. There have been other victims who died or went to hosifttals or' withdrew. He was the first who sought escape through an open window. Ever since President Truman's election last November this place had been full of rumors that Por- restal, who took no part In Mr. Truman's campaign, would lose his job as secretary of defense. On Jan. 11, newsmen asked Forrestal about the rumors. Would he resign? No, he said, he expected, and wanted, to stay on. Of course, he would submit his resignation to Mr. Truman who was going to be inaugurated on Jan. 20. Just "Routine" It's traditional for cabinet members to submit • their resignations WH a new president, just in case... Forrestal explained he \vas doing just a routine thins;. The newsmen asked: Did he think the resignation would be accepted? "No," he said. "I expec to be a victim of the Washington scene." The newsmen took this as kidding. They understood him to mean: Once a man gets a big Jol In Washington, he likes to keep il But the resignation must hav been accepted pretty promptly. To late in January his successor, Loui A. Johnson, began working will Forrestal very quietly to learn th ropes. (On March 23, Johnson said h had been working with Forrcsta 54 days.) But the announcement that th resignation had been accepted was n'l made until March 3. Mr. Truman explained (hat For restal had been trying to resign fo a year. Forrestal stepped out on Marc 28. Johnson stepped In. On April Porrestal, suffering a breakdowr went into the hospital. » I!c never left it until he jumpe iirougli the window yesterday. .In his job as secretary of dc ferisc he had been attacked ar criticized. Even his motives we challenged by outside critics. ,i ' Felt He Lacked Power 'As secretary of defense, he was supposed to unify the armed forces but he felt congress hadn't given him enough authority for the job. When he stepped out, they were far from being truly unified. So as time went on and the rumors, criticisms and attacks increased he must have felt a deep frustration, perhaps even failure. for before his death he had been reading a Greek poem: "The deeds that he hath done seem hostile all to hostile eyes.... better to die, and sleep the never waking sleep, than linger on, and dare to live, when the soul's life gone." Anyone who has worked any time Washington knows the strain on ost of the top men. Here are Just few examples: President Roosevelt died: so die s right-hand man, Harry Hoj>ns; so did Secretary of the Navy nox. Admiral Ernest J. King had be hospitalized for a while. Sec etary of Stale Hull quit and wen ito a hospital years ago and ha een there mostly since. Genera ^isenhower recently had to resl ecrelary of State Marshall re Rned, underwent an operation, an etired to private life. Cash Funds Suit Is Appealed to Supreme Court LITTLE ROCK, May 23. M>|— lep. James A, Otixson of Benton to- ay asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to prohibit the use of cash unds by stale Institutions. Glpson filed » r llh the high court his morning an appeal from a ruing of Pulaski County Chancellor Frank Dodge upholding use of such 'unds. The Saline County representative 'iled suit In the lower court, ehurg- IIK that various state Institutions, agencies anrt departments hnve cash funds which are derived from other than tax sources and spend these funds without specific legislative aporonrlatlons. Ills complaint charges that such expenditures are prohibited by the state constitution. Chancellor nodpte. saying cash funds had been used without question for more than 75 ;.'ears, declined to disturb the svstcm pvlor to a supreme court ruling. Suspected Slayer Of Farmer Is Held HARRISBURQ, Ark.. May 23—(fl'j —Sheriff J. Lee Wright said Casey South, 30, of Lunsford, is being held here on R murder charge In connection with the fatal slabbing of a young Trumami fanner yesterday. Wright said the slain man WHS 19-year-old Archie Owens. South will KO before Justice of Ihc Peace Elmer Roberts hi Tni- mnnn Tuesday tor a preliminary hearing, the sheriff said. rORRESTAL Continued irom P«BB 1 lines tell- >ai7as Newspaper Prints '42-Page Special Edition DALLAS. May 23. m—The Dalas Morning News yesterday pub- ished a 442-pnge edition, "telling he world the story of Texas." The News said the "Texas Un- imited" edition will be the second argest ever printed in this country. The six pounds of reading matter has more than 5.000,000 words. The edition sold for 50 cents a copy. Little Pock Man Named Labor Commissioner LITTLE ROCK. May 33. f/T)— Arkansas' new labor commissioner- is C. Kclton Call, linotype operator for the Llltle Rock Arkansas Democrat. Ills appointment to succeed M, E. oss was announced by Governor IcMath Saturday. A member of the International Typographical Union for 27 years. Call has been an official In his lo- al and state typographical unions lid a member of the Arkansas Pcd- rntion of Labor Legislative Com- nlttee. of th« poem, occurred Ing of one who: "Wanders as now, hi darkness and disgrace . "When reason's day "Sets rnyless-joylcss-qucnchcd h cold decay, "Boiler to die. and sleep "The never waking sleep, thai linger on "And dare .-to live when the soul 1 life is gone." Tlie man who found solace 1 the poem and then In never wakln sleep was exhausted by work °ine Bluff Man Given Pulitzer fellowship NEW YORK, May 23—(A 1 )—Mortimer P. Stern of Pine' Bluff. Ark. is one of three Columbia University students who received a Pulitzer traveling fellowship. A member of the Columbia grad uate school. Stern will spend nex year traveling mid working abroad The fellowship Is valued at $1,500 He is a graduate of the Unlversit; of Arkansas. worried by brought to critics. When he wa the hospital, a doc.lo lere said his condition was directly ic result of excessive work Unrig the war and postwar years. At lat time, Ihe ctoctoi 1 Mild "the tily psychiatric symptoms present re those- associated with a stale f excessive fatigue." ('outturn lafor Crltlrl/eil The same day, Rep. Rankln (D- 1iss) nietilioniHl rmTOSlal's condlt- on In a House speech. Rankln suld hat radio commenliilor Orev. IVur- on had made "a vicious aluick" in the ox-seeretary by broadcasting . report on Forrc.slul'.s vcportt'd nenltil condition, ttankln said he \'as golnu lo ask llu 1 Conuuuntni Ions Commission to "pi-event such nhuiuan abuses." Rankln also lold Ihe House llnil Forrcstal was a "very sli'k man ami >robably delirious at times," Others beside President Tnunsu 1 viewed Ihe (niRcdy of Forreslnl's suicide as caused by his work foi Ills country. Said General Dwtfihl D. Flsen- hower "He dedlcaled all his strength and all his talpnl.s lo om country under Ihe heaviest driilui on the mind tin body, he strove onl to fulfill Ills obligations as a clll zen." The courl of Inquiry In the case was ordered by Reiir Admiral M. !> Wlllculls, fommnndant of the Nuval Medlenl Center. Just exactly what 11 might examine was not certain In advance. Prom statements of officials of the hospital, this story WHK reconstructed: In ihe weeks lhat followed l''or- estal's entry for treatment, he ccmed to lie on Ihc road to eom- ilele recovery. He received visitors, moiiB them President Truman, uncle phone calls, read the paper. Declined Sedative Hut when Ihe patient's bedtime •nine Saturday night he declined o inko the usual sedullve. Choos- ni! n lime when attendants were elsewhere on II!N 10th floor, Poires- all left his room (carefully avolrt- UK going -Uiroutth nnoUicr room of .Us suite In which i\ doctor was .Heated), walked diagonally across a corridor to a diet kitchen. There lie window, unlike tlml of his own room, had no tightly secured wire croon. A nurse on thp seventh floor heard tlio Iliud of Ills body us It lnu'k mi offset of the building ibovo the third floor. He was dead '.vhcn attendants rushed to the pot. Curiously, his wrlslwalch wit* 1111 runniiiK. He wore his pajamas and his bathrobe. The robe's belt cord was twisted llsluly around hit neck. I'lans for tlio funeral—Including whether there will be a military buri.1 for the World War I' •lid former cabinet left to Mrs. ForrwUl. . . * She Hew In from Pair* today aboard the presidential plane, the Independence, with her ton MMttet, an employe of the Economic O»- operatlon Administration in Paria. WOMEN NERVOUS ensH by hKtJMal MMt-if tl Do you uifTer (mm Iwt fluhn.wMk iirrvouii lrriUI)U< cUmmy ta>Unj(B— <l"o to tlio functional 'mliMlu-HKa' |ifrl;xl iKxnillur lo women (3»-ij X'-» )7'llirnwlryLy.ll«r lliikh.rn't \ rKntnhla Cimi]x>unrf to rtillnve nuch nyiLititoniMl It ulAO ]mi wlmt I)i>otota cull H Rlomnclilc [onto «ITootl 1YDIA L PINKHAM'S Horse Wrecks Auto And Walks Off Unhurt GRAND RAPIDS. Mich., Muy 23. l—A horse with plenty of horsepower cnine out on top In a elfish ith an nutomobllc here Sumlny. 'Hie iinlirmi, frightened by un- other horse, threw Its rider nnd crashed into the parked car, roll- Ing over the hood, smashing windshields and denting the auto's roof, fender sand radio grill. Then the horse picked Itself up and saimtercd off. But Cecil Soules, owner of the car, had to liave his vehicle towed away. In parts of upi>er Kgypt rain tolls only about once In every five years. 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