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Fge 4 THE BKOWNSVItJUE HERALD Wednesday, June 4, 1947 Che A N r K f n K I ' R N D R N T N E W S P A V K K Founded by Jn«** O W h n c U r , .July 4, 1B02 · v n r y n f t n r n o n n - f « f t c n n i H R t n r r t a y t am! f i u n r l n j mnrninit The Brownsville H«rnld I'ublishmg Company T h l n r r n t h mid A t U m » tUrectft ^ Publiaher T a HOFKOTKN. JH AISOOUU publisher CURTIS VIKfiON . ' · · . · _ : TM 1 ** E n u r e d H» Se-conrf-CJftRS M a t t e r ftt thft I'ouofflCa at nrownivllle. Texa*. u n d f r th« Act of pon«re.s of March 3. 187B iS^T^tJon R a t « : '"»7"cI"rTtT7T7~W e lc, 2ftr: Hv Mail in lh* Rio arand, . · t - u f i , 110 00; My Mnll up fluto or -ut of Tfxns (per j e f t f j »13.00. ^ ^^ A R H O O f A T E D PRESS I-hf A s t c t U i e a f'rrnn M e n t i t l e d exclusively to thi usn for rcpubllcatlon tl ill in* ;ical news p T t r i f n d In this newspaper, n* veil as nil AP news rtlspatene*. April Sales In Texas y\('K!L sales in Texas were 11 per cent above the t o t a l for the same m o n t h a year ago, a report of t h e University of Texas B u r e a u of Business Res e a r c h , r e c e n t l y released, phows. Most H i R n i f i c a n t R a i n s were registered by prod- u c t s nf t h e h e a v y i n d u s t r i e s , the r e p o r t sets forth. The a u t o m o t i v e 'business scored a g a i n of 77 per c e n t , f a r m i m p l e m e n t t r a d e g a i n e d 51 p e r cent, and l u m b e r , b u i l d i n g and h a r d w a r e business as a w h o l e was u p 3t per c e n t . M a n y k i n d s of business, however, showed a sales s l u m p f r o m the year-ago record. The app a r e l trade was off 10 per cent, d r u g store business 8 per c e n t , g e n e r a l merchandise 2 per cent, and j e w e l r y sales 22 per cent. «· + * * A P R I L r e t a i l t r a d e in Texas stood 180 per cent a b o v e p r e - w a r l e v e l s , a c c o r d i n g t o t h e busi- m . s « r e s e a r c h f i n d i n g s of the B u r e a u . I n d e p e n d e n t r e t a i l stores' a p p a r e l sales rose. 3 per r e n t f r o m M a r c h t o A p r i l , d e p a r t m e n t stores r e g i s t e r e d a 5 per cent g a i n , and g e n e r a l merchandise stores recorded a gain of 7 per cent over M a r c h . M o n t h l y declines were s u f f e r e d by the food business, l' p e r c e n t ; f u r n i t u r e and household stores, f per c e n t ; e a t i n g and d r i n k i n g places, 2 per c e n t ; d r u g stores, o per c e n t ; and country general stores registered a f r a c t i o n a l decrease. Biggest m o n t h l y increases were, i n t e r e s t i n g l y e n o u g h , in the f l o r i s t business, 25 percent'; jewelry t r a d e ! and l u m b e r , b u i l d i n g and h a r d w a r e , all of w h i c h showed 13 per cent gains. E n c o u r a g i n g f e a t u r e of the report is the gain b u i l d i n g a n d hardware indicate a growing 1 con- in sales by t h e l u m b e r , businesses. Such gains s t r u c t i o n of h o u s i n g . It is none too soon, homes is still a c u t e , not the state and nation. for the need for more only here but t h r o u g h o u t Civil Service System JJNPER the provisions of a measure passed by t h e c u r r e n t Legislature and signed yesterday by Governor Beauford H. Jester, cities of more t h a n 5.000 p o p u l a t i o n are r e q u i r e d to hold an e l e c t i o n w i t h i n n i n e t y days after the Legislature a d j o u r n s to d e c i d e on w h e t h e r to set up a civil service system for p o l i c e m e n and f i r e m e n . The ' l e g i s l a t i o n calls for a m i n i m u m wage a l o n g w i t h i n t r o d u c t i o n of the the merit system governing the personnel. W h i l e decision for or against the introduction of civil service for employes of those two depart- m p n t s remains in the h a n d s of the voters, the effect of the legislation is to make it m a n d a t o r y that the question be voted u p o n . U n d e r t h e p o p u l a t i o n provision, Brownsville come« w i t h i n the list of cities directed to hold such an election. * * * * \£/HTLE f u l l details of the measure passed are not at h a n d , the operation of the merit system for city employes is a recognized procedure and has been put into effect with good results in m a n y cities. It is c a l c u l a t e d to do a w n y with i n e f f i c i e n c i e s in t h e b r a n c h e s v.o w h i c h it is a p p l i e d a n d ^ t o put a p r e m i u m on a b i l i t y , loyalty and long service. Famous Fables H A N D I C A P : P. T. Bnrnum, the muster showman, wns n teetotaler *-ho fmiurmlv sounded off on the evils of drink. One of his «r»ntc«t exhibits was the Klant elephant Jumbo, htr«f'M in cfipUvlt.y, which h« purchnsud from the Royal Zoo- Sot-iffy in J,oncion. Returning t.o this country with his prize, B a r n u m nne ' m o r n i r i K saw tho kmper pouring ft bnttle of whlskoy f h f n n i r n n l * t l t r o u t , "Whiii n r r vnu r l o i n K ? " crloci t h f horrlflod Hhowwim. ··Don't w o r r y . " t.ho kwiMT n.s.surod him. "Jumbo lovos whl«ky." "Hut I f will r u i n hU h r n l t h P " I ; ha.Mi t h u i i h i m so d\r," eomnrwHod tho n!.hfir. "He h n s to n p r c r t y Rood »lw\" "Maybe so." Rrimtrri Barnum, "but he would be twice as bitf if hf h f i d n ' t bfrn stunted by alcohol!" * * * « P E N M A N S H I P : Burn. 1 * Mantle, until his retirement the deem of N»»w York's drama critics, wrote his first review out of necessity, n'···?. desire. As R younf? m a n In his twenties, M a n t l e was a type- wu-r on a uT.stfrn newspaper. It was hi« Job to decipher the p r n m a n s h l p of the papor'w oolumnlsts and put their earth- wordH i n t o type. Thr paper's drarna critic wax the worst offender. He usually hrnm-d in hi* ropy at the last moment--a hasty scrawl that was w l l - n m h impossible to u n d e r s t a n d . One n i ^ h t his ropy was such a j u m b l e that M a n t l e could not mitkf heads nor tails of it. He went In search of the reviewer, but f h c l a t t e r had a l r e a d y left. In desperation, Mantle a n t down and wrot* a review of his own. The result was so gratttying, he continued to do so from then on. * » · · I N T R O n i ' C T I O N : W i l l i a m Collier, famed American comedian, ·aa.s in B r e n t demand as n n a f t t - r - c l l n n w speaker. One night, at a b a n a u r t , he was asked to i n t r o d u c e f h e other spfakerw. ·I^cUr-.", and K e n t l e m e n . " announced Collier, "I am not going tn s t a n d up here tonight and bore you with a lot of old jokes. But I ' l l introduce the .speakers who will!" « » » K K I . A T I V E R : Humorist Oliver Herford took nlong a visiting re- l a t i v e to his club. The man had one d r i n k too m a n y , becnme gay and u n s asked to leave. He returned in a few minutes, made another scene and was shown the door a second time. "I h a t e to do this," apologized the club president to tho humorist " but you know our rules. Is it true t h n t he is your relative?" "Yes," winked Herford, "he is a, cousin twice removed!" Flashes From Life (By The Associated Press) HAPPY E N D I N G : WELBORN. Kns.--Hearing that Glenn Master- pnn. 11. had .fallen in a pond, twenty Wellborn volunteer firemen sped to his f a t h e r ' s f a r m with a resuscltator. T h e pond, n i n e feet deep, balked efforts at rescue by wading, F.O r h f rmm feverishly tore a break in the darn with crowbars, and r a i l s to d r a i n the pond, the w a t e r flowed o u t . Olenn came trudging down a road. "Gee," he exclaimed, "you're looking for me?" »· » » B I ' K R I K D TKEASl.TRK: LOS ANGELES--Honsewlfe Vivian West w a s d i g g i n g up a plot for flowers In hor yard when her spade fr'rurk «md old f r u i t jar. Jn it were three small stones, each the of a pea. A jewi'lcr t/ld her they were cultured poarls. "T guess they're mine," wild Mr*. Weat, "but I feel Hlce » »p---sort »f mysterious." IN OUR VALLEY By E. C, O SHORN A / t R . and Mrs. Evan H. Hurst 1V1 of Harlingcn, celebrated thnir 18th wedding anniversary last Monday. It so happened they had a dinner engagement with Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hoidale the sam» day. Paul was a bit embarrnsod when · thoy thanked him for 'remembering' the day but he admitted it was Just a coincid- nece so far as he was concerned. * * * j\/[. U. GAUL, Harllngon oil m a n , was forced to use Bill Nakes, former Harllngeri restaurant owner, name to got a. hotel room in San Antonio recently. Bill was right proud of what hp was able to do for Mac. * * * YVVALKING from the office W over to Elizabeth street yesterday, we counted three automobiles n n d one big truck that boasted but one light. The others were broken. · Do you suppose these vehicles nre driven at n i g h t ? If so they are certainly n men- nco. yvnd no doubt thorn nre m a n y more in the same condition,' * * + pLYDE L. (FINCHER of San Benlto has been re-named chairman of the West Cameron County Chapter of the Red Cross. This means that organization will again have n successful year, * * * LJARLINGEN Is to be oongrnt- 1 * ulnted for Its tree-trimming campaign. Cutting these low hanging branches not only improves the looks of a city but helps in cutting down t r a f f i c accidents. · We could n a m e one other valley city (the largest) which could very well follow the Harlingen idea. + * * . WARIOUS Judges in the Low- V er Rio Grande Valley are certainly 'doing their part to help solve the traffic problem. They are handing out stiff fines 'nnd this should help. The fact that a driver loses his drivers license when found guilty of drunken driving should eliminate many wild drivors-if a careful check is made to see that they DO NOT get behind a wheel during the suspension of their license. * * + DOB BAKER of Harlingen, one D of thu Valley's ace master of ceremonies, was so anxious to get started on a vacation that hn chartered a plane to get he and his wife where they were going, ~ We wonder if he will be in such a rush to get back to work. * * * A strange sight: ^ All those guns in Batsell and Sons store window. II, has been many a year since on* could stand, look and make an choice of the shootin' iron desired. « * * pHOOSY: · v ~' There is one very charming young lady who will sit. on only one of two stools at the foii.ntain at Charley Brooks drug ,-,lore hero. If the seats are occupied, she waits. * * * KJOTE to a radio commentator: 1N Brownsville also stages » big trades day oach Monday. * * * TT looks pood to see that work 1 has been started on thn now building between llth and 12th on Elizabeth, which will be the f u t u r e home of Lane's The f i l l i n g up of the "gap on the main downtown street, w i l l add much l.o the looks of the buatnuHH district of Brownsville. * » + pvNE of the f a v o r i t e downtown ^ conversation subjects is the outlook of the cotton crop in the Valley. Most everyone is agreed that - - - · - fine DREW PEARSON · · · Army Quietly Warns Industry Against Any Surprise Of War · · · IN WASHINGTON WASHINGTON-- One of the most,' secret; meetings since war days was held behind tightly barred doors in Washington's vast Pentagon Building last week. The meeting: was called for the purpose of mobilizing American industry against the possibilty of another war. Plans were laid in detail for the establishment of an industry reserve corps of American workers and employers in major American industries. Purpose of the reserve corps would be to prepare industry for Momentous Decision rapid conversion to wartime production in an eTM training courses for employers and employees will be worked out- if the plan finally is approved. The industrial corps would have units in every major manufacturing plant in the nation. However, the recruitment of these industrial "minutemen would be entirely voluntary. The secret Pentagon meeting, called by Secretary of War Patterson, was attended by a 'number, of prominent industrialist* and labor lenders, including representatives pf the Edison Electric Company, the National Association of Manufacturers, American Federation of Labor, CIO, the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, the fanway inbm- Brotherhoods, the Association of American Railroads, Radio Corporation of America, the airscraft industry, the Petroleum Institute and others. All those present were pledged to secrecy. However, it can be revealed that Secretary of War Patterson and General 'Eisenhower issued a grim, reminder regarding the dancers of another war-- if it should, come. What Patterson and Eisenhower told the leaders was that while we had from twelve to eighteen months to prepare for trie laM war before we were attacked, we wouldn't have one hour to prepare for an attack in the present atomic age. , The "military chief warned that if the United States ever became' involved in another war, the enemy would strike without a moment's notice and that, because of this, American productive machinery must be prepared for any eventuality. nilbo's .Taw Sen Theodore Bilbo of Mississippi is re-entering Ochsners Foundation Hospital for another and probably final operation on hlf * A^iace of bone taken from his hip will be grafted Into Bilbo's lawbone The Mississippi Senator will then have to remain in the hospital from two to four weeks, which means he won't return to ' Washington before the adjournment of Congress in July. Thus the question of unseating him will be deferred until the next Congressional session in January. Meantime, Bilbo will continue to draw his $15,000 a year ($12,500 salary; $2,500 expenses) just as every other member of the Senate, even though he never has taken the oath of office. News Leaks . Tho column which has sometimes accused other* of blocking Congressional iHRlslntion was to blame last woek for briefly delaying the Hartley-Taft bill. At the last, closed -door meeting before the Senate and House joint conferees finally approved the labor bill, linal action was held up while the conferees debuted news "leaks." Genial Democratic Rep. Graham Harden of North Carolina- led the extraneous discussion, demanding to know who among the conferees was the source of a recent Washington Merry-Go-Round column giving a play-by-play account of one of the closed-door labor sessions. , , , . , , *., ·. "Somebody here had to give Drew Pearson that information, angrily declared the usually affable Northe Carolinian. "I thought that these .meetings were supposed to be executive, with everybody pledged to secrecy." Barclen continued his protestations for several minutes, glaring in turn at each of his colleagues. Perhaps he hoped that the culplit Cor culprits) woud give himself away by his facial ex r .pression. But none did, and finally Chairman Bob Taft of Ohio placated the North ^Carolinian. · - . _ "I read the story," observed Taft, "and I wouldn't let it worry you too much.' It wasn't entirely true. Some of it was garbled, according to my recollection. Left's forget it and get back to this labor bill." Government Job* One problem faced by J. Edgar Hoover in keeping the FBI efficient is the relatively low salaries 1 paid to G-men and the raids on the FBI made by private industry. Various corporations constantly are enticing some of Hoover's ablest operators away from him, ' , , To counteract this, legislation has been introduced in Congress liber'alizlng/pensions for G-Men. Whereas most civil service employees can retire on pension only after reaching 62, it 'is proposed that because of the dangerous nature of their work, G-men be permitted to retire at the age of 50 if they have served for 20 years. , f ,, Tile bill came up for discussion in a closed-door meeting of the House Civil Service Committee recently, where Rep. George Miller, Democrat, of Alumeda, California, said he was in sympathy with the bill, but added: "FBI agents aren't the only federal employees with hazardous jobs. You know some of the stories about the border patrols of Customs people. Some of the agents of the Fish and Wildlife, Service are also exposed to disease and danger. There's plenty of hazard to some of the work done by Fish and Wildlife agents in the. snake-infested, malaria-ridden swamps in Florida and Louisiana. "Then you've got the Secret Service and the revenue agents and' lots of others. Many of them risk their lives just RS much as the G-men." ' · Freshman Republican Thruston Ballard Morton of Kentucky supported Miller, "In my country, up in ' t h e hills," he said, "thero are plenty of spots whore thoy Just shoot on sight, when they SCR n suspicious stranger, After they shoot, the ask I he stranger If ho was a revenue man--if he can still talk, First they shoot, then they apologize." Mall Carriers' Hardships Gr«a4 Miller then asked a representative of the Civil Service Commission's retirement division what type -of government, employee Mifi'orod greatest hardship. Committee members wore astonished at his reply. , . "StiitlNtUss of our division show that postal employees apply morn of ton t h a n any other group of omployees for retirement benefits," he. s n l d . "And it's mainly the carriers, who got all sorts of disabilities from the nature of their jobs. They havr to be out tramping' with heavy loads through all sorts of weather. Rheumatism would be' a comparatively mild ailment for some of The committee approved the measure to liberalize the retirement regulations for G-men, but it is now expected that similar prospects are bright for a fine benefits'will be voted for other government employees, production of this farm product. WARTIME MARKET UPS FRUIT LAND VALUES-By Peter EcUon MOSCOW CITES 'DEMOCRACY' IN RUSSIA--By Walter Wmchell USSR Critics Given Siberia, Not Death The Wireless: Moscow's m o u t h pieces babbled as though they had dunked themselves In vodka once too often. The short- wavers crowed obout Russia's "democracy" by pointing to the Kremlin decision -to give its political critics ,a 20-year dose of Siberia, instead of having them face a firing squad. Lilvlng in Russia, we suppose, is a f n le worse than d e a t h . . . T h e Benny-Allen a n n u a l jolly throntcutting picnic was dished out in slick style... Those who tangle with reporter Robert S. Alien (on forums) have our sympathy. Hn never stops swinging, nnd rips into his opponent with a fistful of sinewy wordage. . .Radio has often been rapped for lolling in its gold- lined dut but it 1s reported that ABC plans spending 500G^ to develop new t a l e n t . . . A l l the winners of the music critics' radio award (for musical variety programs) were Hummert produced ...The interview with Willie Earle's mother on George C. Putnam's newscast gripped the emotions . * * * Stag-e Door: Bob Hope's scrip- ters did a routine job for Bob Feller for a .radio show. (Bob is now owner of the Cleveland team) Feller balked at being; the goat of all the simpleton quips Hope relayed the news to the writers, adding that Fellor Rot sore . "So w'ot?" quipped a writer. "Sell h i m ! " . . . A r t Ford, the disk-jockey, and Susan Svetlik of "Carousel" mow on tour) lire making; it n touRh Slimmer for lonit 1 c l i s l n net- oponitor.s Billy Rose figures it will cost h i m a million .smnckers i i n 1fM7- 48) to do hl.s col'm. Ho spurned a chance to buy the Longcnnmps chain (which profited over 2 million last year) and he took a rain-check on an o f f e r of lOGs weekly for a Coca-Cola air pro- g r a m . ' . . T a l u Bankhead, who lives at Bedford V i l l a g e ( a rural .spot near N. Y.1, went "to tho country" (Or the ^ I T ' - - n u t ! . . . D i a n a Adams, ballerina at Ballet. Theatre, and Hush Lainj? ;'star of tho same troupe) were secretly meddled May 2Gth. Will they be 'surprised to read i t ! . . , Thanks to Joe DiMngpfio for don a t i n g his returned $100 fine to the Runyon Cancer Fund. May he hit more Home ' R u n y o n s . . . J. Ellison says It's a shame about all those programs going- off the a i r tor ihe Summer. JolsonMl be left homeless 1 The First Nights: Congreve's 17th Century spoof, "Love for Love," romped out of its mausoleum as though it had been embalmed in the Fountain of Youth. Given n skillful transfusion of greasepaint (by John Gielgud) the majority of reviewers decided the comedy came back to life with all its v i t a m i n s in the right place. Aisleman H. Barnes whooped: "A brillantly ribald revival", . .The ice "show cometh again to tho Center T h i t t i r via "icetime of 1948." Critics tagged it as another colorful display of frosted vaudeville that keeps the entertainment skimming nlong at a rollicky p a c e . . . Variety's box-score of the theatrical year showed the usual ratio of one hit for every five flops ...There's no biz as precarious as show biz: There were about two dozen plays this season which never reached Neon S t r e e t . . . Jolson's nifty retort to an interviewer who said: "What, about all the people who knew you when?". . ."They only know you when," he said, "you're making good." « · » With the Moom-Pitehfcr Critics: An absorbing psychological study called "Possessed" lights it way through the dark corners of the heart via the torch Joan Crawford lugs for Van Heflin, . "Fromed" (starring Glenn Ford) offers a t o u t and tough mellcr. The plot is a jigsaw of broken c o m m a n d m e n t s composed of a chunk of mayhem, a slice of murder and n f r a g - - ment of treachery. . ."The Fabulous Dorseys" fits a juke box better than camera. The elastic notes of t h e . famed horn-tootlers arc stretched into sweet threads of sound but. the script isn't expertly wovon, . ."Web of Danger" unreels a t e p i d talc* packed w i t h nuiRRs-- giving you an opportunity t o KO to sleep counting black sheep . A British import,, "The Patient Vanishes," Is a duller British visitor than Lady Astor. Florida Citrus Acreage Registers Jump In Price nalcl for »rn Res .and g r a p o f r u i t have enabled even the. 10-ac e S?owrr? to gross as high UH $1000 an acre. That caused many to buy addlUon'al land for clearing and planting In ^ ^^' mii This expansion was also dono to boat tax laws, wh ch peimjt InvoHtmonU In cloarlng and developing n new grove ^''° be d ° ] " uctec as business expense. All this points toward bigger citrus surplvu. within next few years. If .surpluses become ^manageable and bottom drops out. of the citrus market, many of the .smaller grove owners may be squeezed with their own juice. President Truman's drive for lower prices has admittedly not made much progress, A second appeal Js being considered, but it may not hove much .better luck unless timings is delayed. Delia- tiori apparently can't be hurried. ' Main trouble is that nobody wants to take a loss on inventory sales. Stocks accumulated at high prices must be sold at high prices. If and when price reduction Is achieved, it must come through lower priced raw materials processed at lower production costs, so that finished goods may be priced lower for sale. Reluctance of all business to take lower profits is attributed in part to uncertainty over when expected 20 per cent tax cuts are to be applied. If July 1, some lower prices might be justified by fall. If made retroactive, price cuts might come sooner. If Trunian vetoes and veto is not overridden, everyone will have to take a new look at his h a n d . Russian Version Of U. S. In Chi II«SH , How the Soviet government, spreads a n t i - A m e r i c a n propaganda abroad Is revealed in copies of two pamphlets printed in Chinese by the Russians for sale In Russian-run bookstores in China. Copies were receiuly sent to the U. S. Titles are, "The Coming Depression in the United States," and "The- Negro Problem in America." Both present the Communist line on 'America in an effort to m a k e the Chinese people mistrust the U. S. because of racial prejudices and the theory that any ties with this country will only load China to exploitation and economic disaster, C'h rt « ;fn r w. NlmUr. m n y sc^n .".?k for rrtirmsnf. It has been generally understood that. Nlmitz would stay at his station as Chief of Naval Operations u n t i l the Army-Navy unification issue was settled. That may or may not be this year. If delayed, Nimit/, may retire a n y w a y , The two officers most prominently mentioned as successors to Nimita nre Aclm. Louis E. Denfield, now commander in chief i n . the Pacific- and Aclm, William H. P. Blandy, commander in chief in the Atlantic. Pacific was formerly conidered top Naval command-. But since the war the A t l a n t i c has been considered more important.' Blandy, of course, had atomic bomb experience at Bikini. Donfield was wartime chief of personnel, » » * * 'If the Senate does not restore a number of the House economy cuts, Washington · may have the makings of a first class unemployment recession by early fall. House appropriation reductions made thus far would mean that about 5 per cent, or 100,000 out of the government's two mollion employes, will lose their jobs. Federal employment in Washington and vicinity, exclusive of the armed services, is a little over 200,000. Firing 5 per cent, or 10,000 of that number, could mean greatly reduced demand for housing, food and services in the capital area. American Influence On Desert Life Experts on the Middle East say that Saudi Arabia today offers the U. S. ono of its greatest opportunities to show that Americans can go into a. foreign country and develop its resources without taking over Its government or ruining its native life. U. S. oil companies' investment in Saudi Arabia in next five years is expected to total $200 million. Saudi Arabian government will spend $100 million on its five-year plan of modernisation. King Ibn Savid recently bought eight surplus Army hospitals, complete from beds to operating rooms. He is interested in electrifying his cities and installing sanitary water supply and sewage systems. A brick kiln and cement plant are in operation. As Bedouins learn trades, they are settling down, abandoning their tents to live in houses. Correction: Tn recent column on lobbying activities in Washington, It wnj* stated tha,t the a m o u n t received by Townscnd Plan lobbyiii John C. Cun«o of Modwto, Oalif,, WM 113,442. The Intelligentsia: Want to discover America? Then obsorb John Gunther's mammoth fascinating X-ray of Yankee Dood- In, "Inside U. S. A." It's a superb reportorial Job that shows what makes the 4R stars twinkle -- without neglecting the political, social and economic clouds d i m m i n g this democracy's sparkle. The tome has everything from the type of soup served in hotels to the nuts in Washington. Rood this book. It will make you a. b e t t e r American by making you betcer acquainted with America... Q u e n t i n Reynolds, speaking before the student, body ( m a i n l y ex- GIs) n t the U. of Ala., spared nobody's feelings, Panned t h e lynch mobs. etc. They cheered him for w h a t seemed, he reports, '"like IS minutes'". . .Tycoon Charles Luckman via Harper's raps businessmen who chisel workers and then toss away millions for exploitation. Luckman observes: "I can't help feeling that a man who makes a product is just as important as the jingle that sells i t " . . . "Home Country" Sloane) is a collection of pieces Ernie Pylc penned prior to the war. These luminous essays prove that Pyle was a big-time scrivener long before he zoomed to f a m e as a war correspondent. Tho Press Box: Dixie's lynch law brigades were pounded into a pulp by colyumist Ralph McGill, one of the South's top crusading newsmen. He pummeled them with the reminder thut hypocrites npposing' the "interference" of Federal l a w - M n d - n r der forces -- would plead for the nid of the FBI if (heir chium-n were kidnaped . . .Closing its eyes (mind nnd conscience) the Un- American Committee blandly threat of fascism here--although newspapers files, mags and tomes nre packed w i t h revelations of fascists .who have never been probed. Tlicse who are chumpy enough to t n k e an optimistic view of tho fascist peril should, be reminded T.hat a white sheet has no .silver lining. Bevin's policies have made him the most u n p o p u l a r Brutisher in America since George III. But the AP revealed last week that Laborue* rapped Bcvin for being too friendly to America! . Tlw Boston Giobe had a pip: "The Duke and Ducho.ss of Windsor t r a - vel wiih a secretary, a valoi. a moid, 85 pieces of luggace and it fortune in cash. The Duke will be remembered as tho monarch who gave up everything for love." · » « Quotation Marksmanship: Angle Bond: The British would be wiser to worry more about WW III than W W . . . J . Smith. His speech was hystereotyped . A. Woolcott. She behaved :ike a sinking ship firing on her res- c u e r s . . . O. Bflttista. Some women have very long tongues by which many a man has been h a n g e d . . . Frances E, Kayo. Northern reporters have been warned to leave Jackson, N. C., where the latest lynch-attempt foiled. Jackson, obviously, is no place for anyone who can read or w r i t e . . . L. Boecher: Eloquence is logic on fire . Bill Berns: Yesterday was shut-In Day. The most b e a u t i f u l sound in the world «'to n shut-im is the turning of a ciooV knob. Yesteryears In The Valley FIFTY Y K A K S AGO June {, 1807 -- Thorp is a bad hole m the s t r r r t juM abovn I hi' Herald o f f i c e which -should be filled by i h r city. » » * Tho ball ^amo nt Fort nrown yesterday, for some reason, was railed n draw. Full pnrticlulars will appear in tomorrow'^ Her- nki.. * » » We hear t h a t a re-hearing in the Fort Brown case recently argued before Judge Maxoy at. San A n t o n i o has been granted unri that the case will be brought up at the next, torm of the federal court, held here, kr » » There is a great deal of sickness amonj? the children of M n t - nmoros. owing to the e a t i n g of watermelon, which is sold by tho piece, FORTY YEARS June -5, 1007 -- Col Sam Fordyce ol St. Louis, chief stockholder in the Si, Louis, Brownsville and Mexico railroad,. . arrived in Brownsville last evening by .special train. Ho lost. not. time in informing The HcrnJd rop- presentative that the story of the company's having lost $2,000,000 recently, through n coup of E. H. Harriman's. by which Mr. Harriman was alleged to have gained control of the railroad, was utterly without foundation. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO June 4, 1922--An offer from the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to help finance the activities of the Valley Chamber of Commerce by paying half the salary of the secretary, who now receives no salary, or to loin Houston in the proposition and split it three way.s was made in the Chamber of Commerce inectinR in Brownsville Friday. The proposition was accepted. The Valley Federation of Women's Clubs affiliated with the chamber at this meeting. McCall-Morrison syndicate of St. Louis. Mo., has acquired control of the Mat a mores Electric Light and Power Company,

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