The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 27, 1951 · Page 9
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f THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1981 (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Civil Defense Head Is Critical of 'Big Shot By VEKN HAUGLA.VD WA8HINOTON, Sept. 27. («?) _ When Millard Caldwell loads his gun <or bear, he's likely to pick out torn* pretty big targets. Gen. of the Army Gtorgt Marshall, for example. Or Secretary of the Air Fore* Finletter. Or the whole TJ. S. Congress. Caldwell Is > tall, rangey former Florid* governor — and former afccongreBgmsn—with heavy, Lincoln- *<lan brows, a detached, dispassionate manner and a finely-honed ra- xor tongue. For the belter part of a year now he ha* been saddled with one of the most frustrating jobs In government—trying to whip up public and congressional Interest In a full- scale atomic-age civil defense program. Caldwell is administrator of the Federal Civil Defense Administration. Recently Caldwell presented the House Appropriations Committee with an estimate of J53S,000,000 as his agency's minimum requirement for the year ending next June M. The figure would have provided $250,000.000 for matching state appropriations In a bomb-shelter construction program, and »200,OOC,OOfl for the^ stockpiling of emergency supplies^and equipment. Program "Unrealistic" The House termed the program unrealistic and slashed it to $65.355,000. The matter now Is before the Senate. Caldwell says the House figure would spell a "lingering death" for his agency. 'Congress doesnt know what civil defense means," he told reporters, not once but on many occasions. Caldwell also took out after Pin- letter and other military officials. He referred to published accounts quoting the military as indicating the danger of attack on the United States is over. On the basis of protests by Caldwell, pinletter explained that in testimony before a Senate subcommittee Aug. 20 he meant to say that the United States now is reasonably safe from direct Invasion, as distinguished from air attack. Elaborating, Finletter explained: "Possible enemies of this country now have a substantial number of atomic weapons and also have the planes to carry these weapons in an attack on this country. A determined bomber assault will get most oi its planes through, even against an alerted and efficient defense. We should ready our civil defense as we are readying our radar, interceptor and aircraft defenses." Marshall Called Upon Caldwell also repeatedly had called upon Marshall, who recently retired as secretary of defense, to come out strongly and publicly for civil defense. At a Senate subcommittee Inquiry Sept. 5, Lovett. then still deputy secretary of defense, read a three- paragraph letter from Marshall to Caldwell dated July 25 and saying, In part: "I am glad to reiterate the posi- tion of this department which has consistently advocated a strong civil defence lor this nation as an urgent ' and ocntinulng necessity. My personal convictions are string that we must have a competent civil defense system in being. "I wish to reassure you of my desire to support your program. 1 consider that the build-up of the civilian capabilities In,this field Is essential, not only from a humanitarian standpoint, but as a military necessity." Utter Assailed Caldwell then assailed the Marshall letter before the committee. He said it lacked force, failed to convey a sense of urgency, and was obviously a response to a request— a solicited testimonial. "It could have been written about education or the religious forces, or the Red Cross," Caldwell said. "This business of getting 15,000,000 to 20,000,000 American citizens to give up their time, money and efforts to become a part of an ac- tive, moving, effective organization Is a tough one, and the motivation requires some pretty strong language at the top leveU. "The only way that I know that will, get this thing moving effectively Is for the Defense Department to get behind it and give It a push In good sharp language." Lovett replied that (A) Marshall does not write a flamboyant letter — that's not his character — but writes a "fairly laconic" document In which each word Is supposed to count; (B) whether the letter was solicited or not was beside the point. What the effect of Caldwell's prodding may be upon Congress remains to be seen. Shark Caught in Net ST. JOHN'S, Nlld. Iff)— A seven- foot i hark weighing BOO pounds was caught by John Lambert, fisherman of Cocholes Cove. He found the monster entangled in a mackerel net and said It was the biggest that had been caught In that way In his district. Do FALSE TEETH Rock, Slide or Slip? FASTEETH, an Improved powder to ba sprinkled on upper or lower platea holds false teelh more (Irmly in place Do not slide, slip or rock No gummy gooey, pasty taste or feeling. 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