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Wednesday, January 16, 1957
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Fort Myers News-Press Established 1884 Dally Sine 1811 WILLIAM K. SPEAR, Editor CHESLEY F. PERRY, General Manager ROBERT K. PEPPER News Ed. DEWET MURPHY Adv. Dir. TOM MATHESON Clre. Mgr. One Yhman's Opinio! In England; Ignorance Is Bliss 'Spot of Tea, Sam?' By Inez Robb WEDNESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 16, 1957 The U.S. plan for international control of outer space missiles would really cet the United Nations up in the air. A tax assessor's ruling holds, that trailerites can get homestead exemption if they remove their wheels and axles, but they can't get any farther. Bird lovers are protesting a plan to run a power line through the Myakka River State Park. There are always some birds opposed to progress. Chou took in selling that policy to the Foles. The United States agreed Jan.- 5 to sell famine-threatened Poland surplus American farm products at bargain rates. Perhaps this offer should be reconsidered in Washington now that Poland regards us as such a dangerous country and perhaps such reconsideration would prove even more persuasive to the Poles than whatever it was Chou said to them. PERSUADING THE POLES Premier Chou En-lai of Communist China has proved to be a crack salesman for Moscow. He appears to have persuaded the Communist leaders of Poland, who had been talking about nationalism, to forget such foolish notions and recognize that Russia is boss. The Polish Communist leader, Wlady-slaw Gomulka, who rose to power on a wave of anti-Soviet feeling three months ago, welcomed Chou to Warsaw last Friday for a round of conferences after the Chinese leader's visit to Moscow. At that time, in the toasts offered at a reception for Chou, the Polish leader stressed "equality and mutual respect" as the basis for cooperation among the Communist parties. This was in contrast to Chou's line that Soviet primacy must be recognized by the rest of the Communist world. But after talks with Chou extending over several days, Gomulka has taken a new line. In a speech on Monday he declared that Poland must veer back into Moscow's orbit. He says now that Poland must "consolidate our strength with that of our friends, the Socialist countries headed by the Soviet Union" and the key word is "headed." In explanation of this shift, Gomulka tells the Poles that the United States is threatening the use of force to disrupt nationalist movements and achieve domination in the Middle East, and "this obliges us" to line up again behind the leadership of Russia. This was the line NEW STREET NAMES Developers in Wilton, Conn., have aroused the ire of the town's historical society over some of the street names they are using in new subdivisions. Thistle Lane is one name that got the societv members mad; they point out that the thistle "is a most pernicious weed." Pink Cloud Lane is another. The society wrote to the town planning commission: "Of all the many acts and omissions of advanced asininity which are evident all around us in this part of the world today, the Wilton Historical Society feels that the apogee is reached by the developer who buys a dear old. farm and names the road which he builds on it Pink Cloud Lane or something comparable." , So the society is urging the town planning commission to prevail upon developers to use for street names either historical, family, or native botanical name3 and it has compiled a long list of names in these three categories which it feels would be fitting. Developers around here haven't resorted to any Pink Cloud Lanes yet. But at the rate new. subdivisions are being opened they are likely to run out of sensible names before very long, just as the pullman car namers did a long time ago. If any local organization cares 'to compile a list of suggested street names for local developers to guard against any repetition here of the Wilton "asininity," the paper would be glad to publish it and otherwise cooperate in the cru-cade. looking 'Em Om Raff Only Solution to Bringing Bargains Home BERLIN Necessity Is the mother of desperation, as well as invention. If you don't think so, listen to thist Within the next few months, -when the tides are right, Mary and I will start for the United States on a raft. The trip promises to make the voyage of the Kon-Tiki a pleasure ride by comparison, and is almost certain to go down as the greatest adventure ever undertaken by a reasonably sane man and wife. . Neither of us want to make the trip on the raft, especially at this time of the year when even the Queen Elizabeth is being: held up by storms, but we have to. We have no other choice. It is by raft, and raft alone, that we can possibly afford to get home all the stuff that Mary has bought, little by little, in seven months in Europe and the Middle East. TO MOVE IT BY AIRPLANE, with our meager 66 pounds baggage allowance each, would require the chartering of an entire plane. To crate and ship it by boat would make all the bargains she has found no bargains at all. Mary is mad at me about the raft she sulks whenever she thinks about sewing on the sails and making sandwiches for the trip-but it's really all her fault. I told her long ago that we never could afford to get all the stuff home, end not to take anything even if the antique ' dealers gave it to her! Back in September, in Rosenheim, Germany, I distinctly remember telling her not to buy a walnut Victorian sofa even if it was only $5, and had only one leg missing. "We just won't be in Rosenheim often enough for you to get your money's worth out of it. And we don't The Washington t.krry-Go-Round By ITenry McLemore have any friends in Rosenheim whom we can ask to sit on it, and use it up, while we're away." That's what I told her but she bought it anyway! Then there was that camel saddle in Cairo. It would be grand for watching TV, but not when the saddle is in Egypt and our TV set is in America. But she bought itl I CAUTIONED AGAINST the four old chairs in Cologne. Cheap, yes. Cheaper than firewood at home, but Cologne is a long way from home, even as the crow flies. This went on and on, with me losing every battle. I won only once, as I remember. She was all set to buy an 1850 grand piano that must have weighed a ton she had read somewhere how some woman had made a dressing table out of an old piano by removing the keys and a lot of stuff. "It could cost 10 cents, and not $10, and still not be a bargain," I said. This was in Salzburg, and I finally convinced her that' we might just as well buy an old elephant that it would cost a fortune to move it from one room to another, much less across the ocean. Add to the things mentioned soup tureens big enough to bathe in, a hat rack with enough pegs to hold the hats of all the men who work in the Empire State building, a tea cart whose wheels lack several spokes, a bronze tray roughly the size and weight of a manhole cover, and 10,000 little knicks and 5,000 little knacks, and you will understand why a raft is our only solution. 1 am reading up on currents, distress signals, steering by rudder, how to fish while frozen, and a hundred other nautical subjects. I'm sort of glad Mary bought that sofa in Rosenheim, though. It will be the only thing on the raft we'll have to sit on. Ike Won't Accept Nehru's Invitation to Visit By Drew Pearson PRESIDENT EISENHOWER has decided not to accept Prime Minister Nehru's invitation to make a return visit to India. Ike told his staff that he might offend other Asian countries if he visited India alone, and he had neither the time nor energy to tour Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, Nehru's honeymoon with the United States is already over less than two weeks after Ike thought he charmed him into being a friend. Nehru is sizzling mad because Eisenhower did not tell him a single word during their White House conference about the new American Near East policy announced fhortly after he left. The American Embassy has tried to explain that the new policy wasn't drafted until after Nehru left, but Nehru won't accept the explanation. He has seen press reports published before he arrived in Washington that Dulles concocted the idea while he was recuperating in Key West several weeks ago. PENNSYLVANIA CONGRESSMAN Carroll Kearns, Republican, had some breath-taking experiences with Hungarian refugees on the Hungarian border recently. He surprised everyone by appearing with his wife on the Austrian side of the Hungarian border at 4 o'clock in the morning to inspect a refugees camp. "When they heard I was an American congressman, I was literally flooded with people," he recalls. "They all had stars in their eyes." Keams found that 60 per cent of the escapees wanted to come to the U. S. Yet there was no American official on the scene to greet them and keep hopes up, though other countries had responded by rushing consular personnel from Vienna to border camps. Reason was insufficient staff at the U. S. Embassy. Switzerland called off all dances out of respect for the Hungarian freedom fighters, according to Kearns. Some countries, including France, rushed buses to the Hungarian border, then announced: "all refugees who want to go to France, climb aboard." By contrast, the 60 per cent who hoped to enter the U. S. had to sit around for days with out any encouragement from an American official. Some made their way to Vienna to knock on the door of the American Embassy in desperation, then were told to wait. Kearns believes the refugees will be a ferment for good in the U. S. He tells of seeing an International Red Cross convoy of 35 trucks returning to Vienna following a mercy mission to Budapest. "No one tried to pass them on the highway," he reports. "There was more reverence shown to those trucks than to a funeral procession in the United States." The arrival of Hungarian refugees in the U. S., says the congressman, could create a new reverence and appreciation of our own American freedoms. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE Wilson has told friends h will definitely resign from the Eisenhower Cabinet after the defense budget is passed by Congress . . . Congressman John McCormack of Boston has been urging that the United States supply arms to Hungary and to any satellite revolting against Red rule. . . . A confidential study of election returns blames Republican losses in the Middle West on Secretary of Agriculture Benson. Pressure from Republican politicians to oust Benson is growing . . , Congressman Sterling Cole of New York, top Republican on the Atomic Energy Watchdog Committee, has warned the White House that the atomic energy commission's relations with Congress are at an all-time low." He's suggested that Ike fill the next vacancy with an exmember of Congress. TROUBLE OVER TITOEisenhower will send able Deputy Under Secretary of State Robert Murphy, a Catholic, to Yugoslavia to arrange for Marshal Tito's visit to Washington." There'g been a lot of Catholic and Congressional opposition. The visit will take place but not until after Congress adjourns and congressional critics have gone home . . . (It's pure coincidence, but Murphy comes from Wisconsin where GOP Congressman O'Konski is protesting th loudest.) LONDON How to be happy in England, though an American, in these touchy times is easy, always providing Johnny can't read. Thi3 is the moment in Anglo -American relations when ignorance is real bliss. The unfortunate American who can and does read the British press is certain to do one of two things. Either he will (1) pack up and go home on the double or (2) invest in a bullet-proof vest and a body-guard. But happy is the American who cannot read. He will go about the normal business of living in London and elsewhere in England, as I have, and never suspect that the British according to ther ferocious press regard him as a mixture of King Kong, Scrooge, and Caligula, with overtones of Nero and Simon Legree. As far as I can see, the English people, God bless them, ain't mad at nobody. For the first time in 20 years, I came back to London in fear and nervous trepidation. I brought along my long underwear, not so much out of respect of the English climate as in terror of a frigid reception. BUT MY OLD FRIENDS and I am fortunate to have many in every stratum of English society have greeted me with the same warmth, kindness and hospitality as of yore. My flat American accents have produced no unpleasant incidents, but only the usual courtesy and helpfulness from taxi drivers, bus and train conductors, waiters, sales clerks and the great miscellany of persons one meets in any community in the course of a tourist day. I thought a sales girl at Liberty's was cold and supercilious. And I said to myself, "Aha, attest, you are getting a dose of anti-Americanism." But it turned out to be just a dose of indigestion that the poor woman was. trying to hide. There is no doubt that the English people have been deeply hurt, and hurt where it pains the most in their national pride. And it cannot be denied that they will never select John Foster Dulles as Miss America. It is equally foolish to pretend that they do not feel that the United States has, somehow, let them down. But their manners are too good and their tradition of hospitality too ingrained to let them take out their rancor on the stranger in their midst or on an old friend. So. far, no Englishman has tried to harry or harrass me over American policy. So I am happy, because I have stopped reading the British papers. That'a where the United States and we Americans catch it. We are worked over day by day, and not with the sword but with the meat ax. "DON'T LET US BLINK at the facts. America has used Suez to do to us what the Russians did to the Hungarians in Budapest," writes Stanley Evans, a former Socialist member of Parliament, in The Sunday Express, owned by Lord Beaverbrook. Evans is so wrought up over the Suez crisis that he has resigned his Parliamentary seat.' Indeed, Evans is in a swivet. Maybe, even a snit. Because he is just winding up with the above statement. "The American century hag its own philosophy," he continues, tearing his passions to a tatter. "Dollars are its religion. Having split our jugular vein at; Suez, Washington hurries to provide vitamin tablets at four and one-half percent." (Presumably, this is a reference to the $500,000,000 made available to Britain by the Import-Export Bank. Only four and one-half percent? Gosh! I'm paying five at my mean ole bank in New York!) Evans has quite a vocabulary of invective. I shall boil it down to say that he regards us as hypocrites, Philistines, userers, - oppressors, bullies and descendants of Attila, the Hun. Ah, well, it all comes under the heading of free speech, free press and free lip. And it is probably better to harry than to burn. But nowhere in England have I seen any signs saying, "Americans Go Home." No Americans have been thrown to the lions in Trafalgar Square. So far, I am having my usual marvelous time in London and the English are kind and thoughtful as always. And I've" given up reading the papers. There's a moral here, and it's simple: It pays to be ignorant. American Opinion Crisis-Crying Fiddlestick By Holmes Alexander ON THE OPENING DAY of the 85th Congress, Speaker Sam Rayburn, who has held that top legislative position more often than any man in history, gave the official Democratic party line. Mr. Sam said: "The Christian civilization that we know and love, and which is ours without asking, stands in mortal danger today than it has stood in at any time since the lowly Galilean walked these shores and preached peace and good will." Fiddlesticks! Crisis - crying! Emergency-always! The tired old line of gloom-and-doom goes clear back to Tom Paine, pamphleteer of demagogucry, who wrote: "These are (always) times to try men's souls." This is old hat for Democrats, but the "new" Republicans are catching on. Speaker Rayburn and his opposite number, GOP House Leader Joe Martin, are as alike in personality as two bachelor brothers. It is only in political parties that they differ. It's incredible that Rayburn, at 75, believes that times are worse than they've ever been since the coming of Christ. Rayburn himself came up from poverty that no longer exists in America, and he was sitting in Congress when other Democratic Presidents trembled before such antichrists as Kaiser Wilhelm and Adolph Hitler. Rayburn behaves that way, not because he's afraid of anybody in Moscow, but because he's the Democratic party spokesman. If Joe Martin had been born 30 years later or on the ' other side of the Mason-Dixon line, he'd probably be up to the same thing. irS NOT WITHOUT reason that President Harding (R) coined the phrase "normalcy," and that Senator Taft (R) used to ridicule the Democratic dread of the corporal's guard in Germany called Nazis. Old-fashioned Republicans do not view with alarm anything except alarm itself. Only last autumn, during the election campaign, President Eisenhower (R) was talking "peace, prosperity and progress." ! This was not, I believe, either purblindness or political humbug on the President's part. He was in a position to see that perfectly horrible thing3 might possibly happen to the nation and the world. He did not think they would happen. But the managers of Eisenhower's victories are now faced with the proposition of winning next time without him. It is riot unnatural that they should look to the other party for a success formula which, despite Ike's sweep, has kept itg hold on the House, Senate and state governorships. The "new" Republicans take the viewpoint that to compete with Democrats they must behave like Democrats. ARE THE AMERICAN people, then, to have two major political parties which operate in a daily atmosphere of . panic and who view the world always through a veil of tears? From the action thus far in the 85th Congress, this seems to be the case. We had, on opening day, an attempt to scuttle the go-slow rules of the Senate in the name of a racial rights emergency. We had, over the first weekend, an extraordinary Saturday session in which the President called for abnormal powers to resist an unspecified and uncommitted Communist aggression in the Middle East. Since then, Secretary Dulles, in testimony before Congressional committees, has not been able to point out where and what the Communist threat to the Middle East is. Well, if both parties are going to act out these dramatic death scenes every day, it puts still more responsibility upon the extra-partisan people of Capitol Hill I mean the press. Racial rights, surely, are not in worse shape than ever before, unless that means that times are tough on Nordics. Negroes are entering street cars, schools, restaurants and theaters from the District of Columbia to Florida. White folks who get in their way are being jailed and indicted. As to the perpetual military "crisis," somebody must have blundered in choosing the Middle East as the place to worry about in 1957. I have jus! checked the Pentagon for the American order of battle in that area. A navigator there tells me that Cairo is 1,900 statute miles as a plane would fly from Moscow. Cairo is 5,100 statute mileg from Washington. You might say from these figures that we've gone a long way to look for trouble. If so, we've certainly brought our guns along. THE V. S. SIXTH FLEET in the eastern Mediterranean, according to the Navy Department, is there with as many as three aircraft carriers, three cruisers or battleship-cruiser combinations, 24 destroyers and at least a battalion of Marines. The Air Force, according to its official spokesman, has Strategic Air Command, Tactical Air Command and Military Air Transport Service (for airlift) in the Middle East. SAC has two wings or nearly 100 atomic bombers based in England which are 55 minutes from a bomb-drop over Moscow. . There is a SAC complex of half a dozen air bases where B-47s and B-52s can land and refuel from Gibraltar to Saudi Arabia. TAC has two fighter-bomber wings of about 150 F-Sfia which fly in and out of Middle East bases. Not long ago a squadron of F-lOOs flew from North America to Morocco in 4 hours and 15 minutes. In addition to TAC, the USAF in Europe has the 50th wing of fighter bombers within minutes of the Middle East. Airlift in Europe is at divisional strength, approximately the same airlift as we had in the Korean War, going daily in and out of the crisis. ri it i n ' mi mi 'ii ' I 1 '' " ' '- 3 - , 4 tLi -t . f " ilr i - till liNEA In the Mcrilbag The writer's nam and addrcaa moat accompany all letters. The name may be arlven la confidence and a pen Bane used for letters of Renernl dlacuMlon but BO pennamo will be permittee when per-aunnt attacks are Involved. Please keep letters short. BOTH TO BLAME Editor, News-Press Since the law enforcement departments have so drastically publicized the "terrible Williamsons" with their vituperative verbal castigation, some elucidation is definitely in order as between three factors citizens, tourists, police. Incidentally, since the Williamson clan has been operating in Florida over 40 years, we wonder just what our law - enforcement departments have been doing those 40 years. We also wonder on what pretext our holier-thtn-thou attitude has been developed. Naturally we do not want flimflam artists among us, whether tourists or citizens, but let us bear in mind that we are not entirely guiltless. For that reason we might assume that some tourists are adopting a "turn about fair play" policy. If so we must make doubly sure that in our various professions, businesses, social, civic, fraternal and religious organizations all our activities are entirely free from flimflam artistry. Waste no sympathy on gullible citizens for therein lies the cause , of over a million dollar loss to Florida citizens every season by swindlers. Obviously while there are potential gyp victims there also will be gyp artists, both equally to blame. J. A. DINN Punta Gorda. Vkm of Othm JUNIOR'S DESTINY "If you had a sonwould you like him to go into the same busi-ness as yours?" asked the street pollster. There is something inexpressibly touching in a father's notion that he can actually guide his son's hand in choosing a calling. Pop's own ideas about what work he would like Junior to go into may be anchored in deep conviction but, as often as not, the modern youngster will make up his own mind. The vast opportunities offered in a modern public school education actually encourage today's youth to decide for himself. It has been a long, long time since rhip-of-the old-b 1 o c k-days a time when Jack Jr. became a blacksmith merely because Jack Sr. banged the anvil. The exciting fact is the the world is spinning so rapidly and times are changing so that Junior's calling may actually be beyond Top's wildest dreams. Such has often been the case. There was a small denominational college located in a midwestem town during the 1870s. One day; the presiding bishop in the area made a visit to the college president. He expressed to the educator a firm belief that everything that could be invented had been invented. The college president disagreed. "In 50 years," he said, "men will learn how to fly like birds." The bishop was thoroughly shocked. "Flight is reserved for angels," he sputtered, "and you have been guilty of blasphemy." The story is unimportant other than the fact that the name of the bishop was Milton Wright and back home in Dayton he had two small ions whoso names were Or-ville and Wilbur. Charlotte News. looking Sideways What It Takes for an Actress By Whitney Bolton A YOUNG LADY from Barnard College, an institution of learning which has a special department for child geniuses and works upward from that scintillating base, came by the other afternoon, complete with tweed skirt, black sweater and loafers. She said she intended to become an actress and what did I think about that. I said I didn't think anything about it, and if I did, what good would it do since she already was determined. She asked how does an average young actress fare, and I said there was no such thing as an average young actress. If girls were average, they did not become actresses- She asked if I could cite her the life story of a considerably more than average young actress, and I said if she would come back in three days, I would do that for her. Then I telephoned Miss Neva Patterson. I think Miss Neva Patterson makes a good example. She said she was making a pilot film for a proposed TV series in the morning and was doing her matinees of "Speaking of Murder" in the afternoon, but if I didn't mind talking in her dressing room between pats of powder and fixing of eyelashes, she would be happy to talk. So I had a light lunch of misgivings, feeling that it was unfair to impose on her the task of tracing a life which might or might not be helpful to an unknown determinist. IT TURNED OUT, over the course of better than half an hour, that Miss Patterson came from Nevada, Iowa, which municipality in no way induced her mother to name her Neva. She was about 14 when she thought she would like to become an actress, but she neither felt any surging elation nor jut-jawed determination simply a commitment to try. She went all the way through school, put by some money and then, because she had a brother safely employed and on guard in New York, she came here. It soon became apparent that the legitimate theatre had not stood panting and hungry for decades waiting for the appearance of Neva Patterson. Being a girl loath to fall in debt or starve to death, she took Careers a job as a secretary in businesv for three years. These were three years which gave her no time to beat her fists against theatre doors. Nine-to-five daily precludes visiting the men and women who give jobs in the theatre. A circumstance no larger than the axillas of a gnat (axillas are armpits, in case your third grade didn't teach that) made her a singer, forthwith and right like that. One week beating out on a typewriter the dictation she took ,M an office, the next singing at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. She hoped that out of that would come an offer to sing in a musical show. It didn't happen. So she sang in a succession of places with a succession of bands. And then was back in New York, again. She sacked up some savings and met some people. One group planned a series of plays at the little Cherry Lane Theatre. She was cast in the first show. A noted Broadway agent saw the show anfsent her a note: "I'll get you a job someday." Two years later, this agent got Miss Patterson a job. FROM THERE she went on to other jobs a host of them. Now we come down to nubs. What is known as, in bullfighting, circles, the Moment of Truth: Miss Patterson a recognized and habitually extolled young actress, a girl the critics never worry about, a girl directors love to direct, an actress who never in her professional life has received a personal bad notice, has leen in 15 plays, only one of which managed to run for as long as 10 weeks. Some opened on Wednesday and closed on Saturday. Any actor can be in a play which opens on Monday and closeg on Saturday. The Wednesday-Saturday bit is rarer and a little more bitter. She works with pleasant regularity in television and has been in one movie which was made in New York. 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