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Saturday, September 9, 1944 Cbitorial of IBaticrsfttlb Caltfornian ALFRED H A R R E L L FDBLISHCI Entered in post office at Bakersfleld. California, as second claw mall under the «ct of Congress March 3. 1879. MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 'Th« Awoclated Press Is exclusively entitled tn the me for publka- »ion of all news dispatches credited to It or not otherwise credited In this paper, and also the local news published theieln. The Bakersfleld Callfornian Is alan a client of the United Press and receives its complete wire tervicf. REPRESENTATIVES West-Holiday Co Inc. New York, Chicaen. San Franri»cn. I,o« Anselos. Seattle, Portland. Denver WASHINGTON. D. C.. BUREAU The Haskln Service. Washinston. D. C. By carrier or mail (in advance) in t«n»l zones one, two. three. per month. 85c: six months. JS.ifl: one vear. fa. 00. By mail in Costal cones four to eight, per month. II. (la. HIROHITO SPEAKS A ilDE from the literal significance of his remarks, the impression conveyed by the recent address of Emperor llirohito of Japan, is that like one of his own exotic goldfish, he has been living in a glass world, viewing its realities dimly through the wavering translucencc of water and crystal. Then, suddenly taking a peek, through his myopic eyes, and peering, somewhat after the fashion of one of his short-visioncd goldfish, be has found his world at war. In what is a kind of a ludicrous acumen, he warned that the situation was grave and that Japan must marshal her total strength ,to meet the Allied operations. This remark, for brilliance and originality, must take its place with such time honored saws as: "Food will cure hunger, sink or swim, come in out of the rain, and it never rains but what it pours." Of course the myopic little emperor has been hauled out in his padded uniform and propped up before the Imperial Japanese diet to give emphasis to the fact that the Situation really is grave, insofar as Japan is concerned. The presence of the Emperor during the pronouncements of abler men gave a portent to their words, a solemnity .that was very impressive to the Japanese. The Japanese speakers believed that the Japanese navy could still strike a damaging blow to our fleets, though at this lime our fleets are greater in size than the combined fleets of all the navies in the world, including the British. The Japanese did admit, however, that their losses in the Pacific have been of such a nature as to "prevent minimizing." The Japanese claimed to have sunk more than 100 of our Allied submarines, a claim probably greatly exaggerated. FASTEST PLANE T HE fastest controlled flight of an airplane has now been attained by the Germans tyith their rocket fighters, which have the ugly appearance of bats, though they go so fast that Allied pilots arc unable to give an accurate description of them beyond the report that they are something like our own {experimental "Hying wing." We know that our P-47 Thunderbolt has been dived at a speed of 840 miles an hour, a speed which took the paint oft' the control surfaces, particularly of the elevators. We also know that a P-38 Lightning has been 'dived at a speed approximating that of sound, or at more than 780 miles an hour. But our pilots and those of the British that have seen the new bat-like German planes told intelligence pfficers that they were dived put of sight almost too i'asl to be seen. Yet Allied pilots have shot down two of these planes, but, unfortunately, they were downed over Germany. Our forces would jgive almost anything to knock down one of the planes intact, for then our technicians could study its assembly and engine. The Germans, however, use their new rocket fighter as an interceptor and its employment is restricted to German areas, probably to 'guard against the contingency of a plane being shot down over foreign soil. Lieutenant-Colonel John Murphy, one of our Mustang squadron commanders who shot down a German rocket plane, reports through the Associated Press: "They are ugly things; they look like bats flying around." The machines arc described more dcfi- I niteiy as follows: J "The stubby fuselage, only two-thirds as | long as the broad, tapering wings, has room i for one man under a transparent canopy. ! The short tail is thicker than that of the ! stubby American P-47 and the wings have ! a swept-back appearance. There is a tail fin but no tail plane." The new German rocket plane is one of the most extraordinary aircraft in the world. .When it is not using its rocket propulsion it glides through the air like a sailplane, conserving its gasoline. It can climb and soar with terrific speed and in a dive is just a transient blur. MR. HULL'S DISCOVERY M B. COBDELL HULL, our secretary of stale, is a cautious man, a virtue valuable in one of his pre-eminence, but his announcement this week that Argentina is a hotbed of fascism and a potential source of infection for the rest of the Americas, comes with the kind of surprise that might attend the announcement of some sequestered hermit, who, upon suddenly returning to civilization, announces that the Allies and Germany arc fighting a war. Just about every other person in the country, with the exception of Mr. Hull, has either written a book, thesis, article, or has made political commentary about Argentina being a headquarters for fascism. Now with a piece of investigative supererogation, Mr. Hull, doubtless after due and detailed investigation and careful analysis, announces there is fascism in Argentina. The secretary's recognition of the problem makes it nationally complete. The State Department now knows officially that the Argentine is going to impose difficulties in the not too distant future. One such difficulty which should be of concern to our State Department is the sanctuary which Nazi criminals of Europe will seek when their governments collapse under them. Perhaps more than one Nazi official is even now casting longing eyes on the Argentine—it is farther from Europe of course—than Switzerland, and probably appeals as a better haven. Whether the Argentine will be open to such scoundrels remains to be seen. But in the meantime we have the official commitment of the Secretary of State, that there is bad business afoot—that Argentine has its fascists and that they are certainly not acceptable to the U. S. Government. CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER T in; CAUFOKMAN'S declaration of policy against a fourth term for the President evoked general local comment with many favorable expressions both from Democrats and Republicans alike. Yesterday it was reported that another newspaper made public its opposition to a Fourth term for the President, the Cleveland Plain Dealer which, for the second time in its 103-year-old history declared itself in support of a Republican candidate. In an editorial endorsing Mr. Dewey, the Cleveland newspaper printed the following: "Because it is no use to win the war and lose America that we love, the Plain Dealer supports Thomas E. Dewey for the presi-, dcncy. Give us four more years of Roosevelt and we shall have a totalitarian socialist country." The President's tax program, according to the newspaper, "has been largely devised for penalizing successful enterprise, for redistributing wealth and for promoting social and economic revolution." OPPOSING FOURTH TERM A s- OAKLAND dispatch released today conveyed the information that an organization of several million Democrats opposing a fourth term and a continuance of the bureaucracy of the New Deal has been formed and is planning an intensive campaign on the Pacific coast. The organization has already made formal demand upon the War Department for "equal time on government overseas short wave radio facilities for broadcasting political addresses and information to voters in the armed services." Louis Bromfield, the Pulitzer prize winning novelist, in a Kentucky address this week said that by tradition and conviction he was a Democrat, but that he was about to cast his first vote against his party candidate because the "disasters which overtook Europe will overtake us here" if the Democrats continue in power for four more years. "Government expenditures," he said, "and government debt, can rise to a point where currency, and even government bonds, become worthless. We are at present certainly headed in that direction." V-MAIL U Mi of V-Mail letters to men in the service has facilitated correspondence with soldiers, yet there is a common and recurrent criticism about V-Mail and some of the masterminds now available for government advice should take a few minutes off some lime and solve these problems. One such is the ponderous and involved way in which V-Mail must be addressed. It would take no great ingenuity, it seems, to develop a system in which a letter had to be addressed only once—this is one reason why so many persons use the old style stationery and send it airmail. Another criticism is the difficulty in reading the small letters and this has been satirized by cartoonists and writers. Very frequently, too, the photographic reproduction in V-Mail letters is poor, imposing a further difficulty in reading the missives. However, the virtues of this kind of mail are deemed to outweigh its defects. It has been reported that the Army and Navy postal services since 1942 have transmitted 789,539,390 letters tq and from men on duty. Now a large V-Mail station is being established in France to handle the increasing correspondence being cleared to our troops in that combat zone. Tke."V V <ar T J od ay KDITOR'S NOTE—Until «uch time HB Ernie Pyle'a column Is resumed following his vacation, this space will be used for war feature siories. By ROGER D. GREEN?: (Substituting for Hal Boyle) WITH BRITISH TROOPS IN FRANCE, Aug. 27. (Delayed.) UP)— A red rose tree and !\ thimbleful of 2j-year-old cognac at 50 cents—such is the greeting extended to us at a little wayside inn where we are stopping tonight en route to a new battle theater. In a way, it Is symbolic. The red rose Is the grateful heart of France; the cognac is a luxury amid the nation's near poverty and famine. "The Germans took everything witti them—wines, cognac and champagne," our hostess explains with an eloquent shrug. "Our cellars are empty. France never was so dry." It is the same story in village aft?r village. Hot, dusty and tired, our troops .slake their thirst with lukewarm water from their canteens instead of the good vin rouge of France. The enemy has made a spectacular success of drinking the whole country!. "e dry. On a long jeep ride to the front today, at every stop we found villagers dressed in their Sunday best, ladling out cider from big pewter pitchers and handing it to dry- throated Tommies. They would accept no money for the cider, but they were pathetically grateful if you gave them a bar of chocolate or a few cigarettes in exchange. into my hand in welcome. The explanation, of course, is that In the battle of Normandy our armadas of bombers and our big guns had to smash every crossroads hamlet and village because that was the only way we could drive out the Germans. Here, the wreckage has been far less severe and the German retreat has been so hurried that many villages are unscathed except for «n odd stray shot and i.he inevitable signs of looting. As I have seen today, it is a lot easier to cheer when your home is snug and safe. As we move across the country there is a marked change in the reception extended by the French townspeople. Back in Normandy people were friendly but apathetic. They stared at us with dull and troubled eyes. They almost never cheered or even smiled. Today was the first time since D-Day I have had a flower thrust But in this sector there is no doubt of the rejoicing at every village and town, and along the country roads crowds cheer the truckloads of Tommies. Roses fly through the air to grimy, dusty tankmen, flags of Allied nations, handmade Stars and Stripes, Union Jacks and French Tricolors, make a riot of color along every main road. The only grim touch is the whole festival atmosphere is the presence of stern- looking young Maquis with red, white and blue brassards on their arms and rifles slung over their shoulders. As the hot sun baked the beautiful open farmlands reminiscent of the American midwest, old peasant women and little children toiling in the neatly harvested wheatfields paused as we drove over the smooth, macadamized roads at CO miles an hour. On the right, we passed an airfield where a German fighter plane was captured intact, its fuel tanks dry. 1 also counted at least a dozen Nazi planes abandoned along the higHway for lack of fuel. Hoi lywoocl 4 irtv irnsu*iN!Tr: .inn ^> o 1 u m n* vsnNi He '.ooked like Ernie Pyle. He talked like Ernie Pyle. Same height, weight and build. But his name was Albert Kennedy Rowswell. "Just call me Rosey," he said. He had just stepped out of a plane into Ernie Westmore's make-up chair. AVestmore looked at a photograph of Ernie Pyle and then looked at Rosey. "Hmmm," laid Westmore. "There isn't much to do." He broadened Rosey's nose a little with liquid rubber, high-lighted his cheek bones and fluffed up his hair on the sides. "That's It," Westmore said. Producer Lester Cowan beamed. "The coat—the coat," Cowan said. Somebody handed Cowan an un- dcrsized coat with ragged holes in the elbows.- It was the coat Ernie Pyle had worn to the White House last winter. It has been hanging in the office of Producer Cowan ever since he purchased the film right's to Pyle's book, "Here Is Your War." Whoever played the role or Pyle in the movie had to fit the coat, Cowan said. It was Rosey's turn to beam. The coat fit perfectly. "I feel like Cinderella," he said. Albert Kennedy Rowswell, who flew in from Pittsburgh, was the first to take a screen test for the role of Columnist Ernie Pyle for "G. 1. Joe," the movie version of his book. There will be other tests, probably of Walter Brennan and Jimmy Gleason, of a New York actor named Teddy Newton and, perhaps, of one or two of a thousand "write in" candidates. It's Hollywood's toughest casting problem of the year and Producer Cowan has to be careful. Twelve million readers of Pyle's column stand ready as a jury to push Cowan off the nearest cliff if he doesn't do right by their Ernie. Also, Ernie himself has threatened dire things if he's pictured as a "movie reporter." A couple of Ernie's pals, including United Press Writer Chris Cunningham, still think Burgess Meredith would be the ideal screen Pyle. Burgess doesn't look as much like Pyle as Albert Rowswell or even Walter Brennan, but they figure he could do a better acting job. The army, they believe, would loan him to Cowan. But Producer Cowan, it seems, has different ideas. Kaspar Monahan, drama editor of the Pittsburgh Press, sent Cowan a photograph of Albert Kennedy Rowswell. Cowan immediately invited Rowswell to Hollywood to take a screen test. "Rosey" has no acting experience. He is a "humorist, philosopher and author." Also an after-dinner speaker on such subjects as "The Value of a Laugh" and "From the Heart of the Poet." Also a radio announcer lor the Pittsburgh baseball games. Rosey has been married for 30 years, has two sons, 25 and 17. The former is u lieutenant in the air corps. Albert Kennedy Rowswell hasn't got the role of Ernie Pyle yet. But, naturally, he'll be a little disappointed if he doesn't. He is the spit- tin' image of Pyle and the same kind of a homespun guy. (Copyright, 1944. NEA Service. Inc.) 'Questions and Answers Q. Who invented the robot bomb? D. I. A. Scientists in all countries had buen interested in the robot bomb (pilotless plane) and rocket projectiles for many years before the present war. The Germans -were the first to develop a practical, working sample. In the spring of 1911 the United States Navy built and fired at Bellport, I/. I., five robot plane bombs with four times the range and greater accuracy than the present German robot bombs. Q. Please give some information about the Kerry Blue Terrier— R. E. E. A. The Kerry Blue Terrier originated in Kerry county, Ireland, about 100 years ago, and is the national dog of the Irish Republic. It is used to hunt all manner of small game and makes a good shepherd and cattle dog and is a splendid dog for children. Built much like an air- dale, it is about 33 to 38 pounds in weight and about 21 inches high. Q. AVhat kinds of wood are suitable for wood carving?—H. W. A. The best quality of wood, well seasoned and as far as possible free from cracks, knots, or other irregularities, is the most desirable. Fine white pine is suitable for a beginner, also walnut, beech, elm and oak. Q. Is there any harm in swallowing the seeds of squash and cucumbers?—M. D. L. A. Eating the seeds of squash and cucumbers ordinarily produces no harmful effects in normal individuals. Such seeds frequently pass undigested through the intestinal tract. They are not irritating to the normal digestive tract. CJ. How does Brazil compare with the other South American countries in size and population?—F. T. C. A. The area, as well as the population of Brazil, is almost half that of the entire South American continent. Q. How does one use a watch for a compass?—C. E. E, A. Turn the watch so that the hour hand points to the mm. In the northern hemisphere half way between the hour hand and 12 o'clock is south. Q. When must Christmas mail for our forces overseas be sent?—R. A. A. Christmas parcels ,for all overseas forces should be mailed between September 15 and October 15, 1944. Q. AVhat Is the average life of a mule?—R. C. E. A. The average life span of the mule is approximately 16 years. However, there have been j'ecords o/ them having lived 35 to 40 years. Q. Why are some people more ticklish than others?—R. C. R. A. U depends upon sensitiveness of the nervous system. Susceptibility to tickling Is also partially under the control of the will. Q. AVhat is the most remote and wildest section of Virginia.?—D. AV. A. The Geological Survey says the most remote settlement in the state is that of Ewing, a town of 700 inhabitants in southwestern part of Lee county. This place is about 700 miles southwest of Richmond and is nearer to the capitals of eight states than it is to its own. The "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" section of the Cumberland Mountains of western AVise and Lee counties is believed to be the most remote, rugged and primitive In A 7 irglnia. Q. AVhy were the New York Yankees called the Highlanders?— E. N. A. The team was christened the Highlanders because its park was on one of the highest points of Manhattan Island and 'the club president's name was Gordon. The Gordon Highlanders was one of the best- known regiments in the British Army at the time, and apparently had a special romantic appeal for Americans. Q. AVhat is the speed with which a parachute jumper falls?—S. B. A. In a study of parachute jumpers from heights ranging from 8400 to 29,300 feet, it was found that in falling from maximum heights the body'reaches a velocity of 171 miles per hour. Just before the parachute opens the body may reach a velocity of 229 miles per hour. Q. Where did President Roosevelt accept, his previous nominations for the presidency?—H. B. A. In 1932 and 1936 Roosevelt visited the convention during its closing hours, received notlcg of.hls nomination and accepted It then and there. In 1940 the President accepted his third nomination by radio broadcast from the White House. Q. Does gravity affect birds while they are flying?—T. AV. A. It does. Birds would fall to earth unless they exert themselves against the pull of gravity by flying or taking advantage of upward currents of air. Q. AVhen was Ice cream soda invented?—M. L. G. A. Ice cream soda is supposed to have been invented by Robert Green of Philadelphia. The first demonstration of the beverage which united ice cream with plain soda water was made in 1874 at the Franklin Institute. Philadelphia. Q. What locality has been designated as the typical American city? R. R. A. In the past Mansfield, Ohio, and Zanesvllle, Ohio, have been so named. A reader can let th* insffer lo an.v question ol fact to writing The 11 ktnlttld Calirornlan lururmatlon Bureau Sin Err etrnt, N. E., Waxhlnitcn. ». O. C. Plaut anclut tbra* <3) c«m» fur r*pl). f? From the Files of The Californian TEN YEARS AGO (The Californlan. this date, 1934) Miss Lena Consanl and AV'alter Smith were married at 4 o'clock Sunday at the bride's home on Oleander avenue. Mrs. Andrew Hancock left Sunday for San Francisco to attend a P. T. A. board meeting. Mrs. Helen M. Doyle, author of "A Child Went Forth," her autobiography that has created a stir in the book world, addressed members of Kern County Library staff Saturday. Mrs. J. E. Ketchem has returned from a U. S. W. V. auxtlary national convention In Pittsburgh. Shakespeare Study Club opened its season nt a tea Saturday at the home of Mrs. Agnes Montgomery- Kaar. Mrs. Alan B. Parker and daughter, Peggy Jean, have returned from a vacation in the north. Chancellor Hitler recently told 2000 frantically applauding Nazi women that the Nazi program for women has but one objective: giving birth to and rearing of children. TWENTY YEARS AGO (The Callfornian, this date, 1924) Ramona Leigh, owner of Leigh Beauty Parlor on Chester avenue, will open a second place of business on Wednesday morning in Hotel Tegeler. F. Philip Bertranri hns been named district deputy for the Knights of Columbus. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Packard of San Francisco were week-end guests of Mr. and Mrs. Tod Mosier. Charles Smith, undershoriff at the county jail, has an informal way of dropping in on movie queens. The story is as follows: The officer was given a room in Kernville hotel now in the process of remodeling. In the dark he stepped on a portion of the floor not covered over and fell into the room below occupied by a Hollywood actress who was In Kernville for the rodeo. Dr. Oeorge C. Sabichl, vice-president of National Exchange Club, and probable president for 1925, was guest of honor at a farewell luncheon yesterday prior to his departure for convention in Nashville. THIRTY YEARS AGO (The Californian. this date. 1914) Born to Mr. and Mrs. P. G. Boardman, a daughter, September 8. 1914. L. E. Chenoweth was elected county superintendent over his opponent by a margin of S.'i votes, official baliots revealed today. Two hundred members of the Elks lodge will journey to Modesto October 7 to attend first annual reunion of California Elks Reunion Association. It was the local lodge which suggested the idea of such a convention at a meeting of the antlered herd here. Taft Elka lodge building, though completed for more than a year, will be officially dedicated September 19. In the midst of the European war. Great Britain, France, Spain and China have agreed to peace commission, treaties with the United States. This is expected to exempt the United States from the war. FORTY YEARS AGO (The California!!, this date, 1904) Mrs. James McKamy and her daughter, Frances Dagne, returned yesterday from a two-month trip through the eastern states. Announcement has been made of the marriage of Dorothy Heinlcke of Chicago to Otto Kamprath in Los Angeles Wednesday evening. Mr. Kamprath is employed at Bank of Bakersfield and is well known' in business and club circles of the city. A marriage license was issued yesterday to Peyton Moore and Refilo Btitterbredt. Robbers alleged to have held up Al Armstrong will have their preliminary hearing September 14 at 10 a. m. Mrs. H. P. Bender and family returned this morning from Ocean Park where they have been spending the summer. FIFTY YEARS AGO (The Calirornian. this date, 1S94) H. H. Fish lost four horses in the smashtip last night at Bealeville. Three were killed and one badly crippled. A number of contracts for drying grapes on shares have been among vinyardists and settlers this season. The dryer does all the work and pays all expenses on gathering and curing the fruit and gives the owner half of the product. Republicans held a rousing meeting at Poso Wednesday night. S. J. Rhymes has bought out the Kern Valley Meat Market formerly owned by Chatom & Anderson. D. Matheson left last night over the Santa Fe for Boston. Mrs. Kate Grenville and daughters have returned from the seaside and are at their home on Chester avenue. Billy Knoop has opened "The Budd" on Chester and Eighteenth streets where he will serve the choicest of wet goods. PEN SHAFTS Getting wrong numbers makes you wonder how phone operators ever succeed at their calling. This is a bad year for rugs, what with Hitler chewing and the jitterbugs cutting. General Patton certainly got a break, being handed an army without any Sunday drivers. Let's keep cool over the coal situation. AVhen winter comes it will be time to get hot about it. You wonder if some of these politicians will be on the job as much as they are after it. If the wife wants to run everything, let her start with the lawnmower. The real optimist is the fellow who realizes things can't be as bad as he thinks they are. The question Is raised of what to do with those German generals. Oh, just toss them on the Junker pile! Turkey has won an immortal place in the war—champion shadow-boxer. A THOUGHT FOR TODAY /, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall <Re, and of the son of man which shall be made as grqss. — Isaiah 51:IS. • * * And he that doth the ravens feed, Yea, providently caters for the sparrow, Be comfort to my age! —Shakespeare. as Ling ion Column -(By PETER EDSON)Two years ago a group of business men met in Washington with Secretary of Commerce Jesse Jones, who told them It was going to be up to private business to help solve most of Its own postwar problems. Out of that meeting grew the committee for economic development, chairmaned by Studebaker Motors President Paul Hoffman and now generally recognized as CED, though it Is a strictly business and not a governmental alphabet agency. Realizing the hopelessness of trying to get the answers to all problems, the committee boiled down the list o£ 17 projects on which it would conduct research. Here's an interesting sidelight. CED's research committee was headed by business men, Ralph E. Flanders of Jones & Laughlin and Chester C. Davis, president of the Federal Reserve Bank In St. Louis. But when it came to doing the work, CED had to call In professors and economists—the same kind of experts who took such a beating In Congress when OPA was having its early troubles. Anyway, individual professors of economics from here and there were assigned particular subjects, given complete freedom of action, and told to prepare reports. CED reserved the right to file dissenting footnotes and contradictory conclusions and recommendations, but in the main the experts were given the liberty of doing their stuff in an ivory tower or after heavy consultation with practical business men. All have chosen the latter method, and the two years of study are now showing results in the form of bodks and reports, most of which are too technical and dull to be good sleepy- time reading, but all of which are supposed to be important. Early in September. CED will issue its proposals on "A Postwar Federal Tax plan for High Employment," which comes as a supplement to "Production, Jobs and Taxes," a CED research report prepared under the direction of Harold Groves, University of Wisconsin economist. CED's tax plan will come out In time to have full Impact on Congress, which has not yet begun consideration of postwar taxation. Some of the CED proposals may miss the boat? however, for Congress will have passed legislation on surplus property disposal and reconversion policy before all the economists' research or, the committee's recommendations are off the press. All of the CED research Is shoot- Ing at objectives of providing jobs for over 50,000,000 workers, with a national income of $140,000,000,000— both well above the levels of 1940— to prevent unemployment and depression. Of the 17 principal subjects which CED research Is tack- llngr, 7 are long-range studies and 10 concern problems of the difficult transition period, readjusting from war to peace. In addition to the tax job mentioned above, only other study to be made public is "The Liquidation of War Production" by A. D. H. Kap- » Ian of the University of Denver, with CED's recommendations' of what ought to be done about It. The eight other hot—to business men—transitional topics which (ED research is looking into are on removing wartime economic controls, financing the reconversion and expansion of business, manpower de- mobolizatioa and re-employment, providing for transition unemployment, money and banking policy, ag-^ riculture after the war, international* economic relations, and lessons of World War I. Taken together, these 10 subjects give a good idea of what the country is up against for the next few years. But how much effect all this "planning" by private enterprise has on government policy determinations is something you'll have to wait and see. . \ HPT1 1D> J 1 Jhe Head in .our -<Bv LOUISE I'ARKS BANES)Into each life must fall at least one Mrs. Montgomery-Jones. She is that lady who always has a purple hat, just three months before purple appears in all the shop windows; who is the first to whisper of the tiny rift in the latest cinema lute; and who is invariably a cousin of those enormously wealthy Moores out on Long Island. At fur too many parties, meetings and chance encounters k have I suffered from an Inferiority complex when Mrs. M.-J, smiles so sweetly and wags a roguish finger at me while she gushes. Of course, I could avoid her entirely but, alas, I, too, am human. There must be some good In Mrs. M.-J., for she thinks I am clever, and she saves all her choicest bits for me because she just knows no one else in town is cosmopolitan enough to understand. So I listen while my soul writhes in envy, and feebly hope that in some future life some balance will be struck between our desserts and our receipts. Long have I pondered on some method of balancing for myself. Availing f -• the Last Trump is wearing, and so dull; it would be far better to reward and punish while one is still human and able to enjoy it fully; angels may have qualms about revenge. Yet how to achieve that end has long been a puzzle. On my income, it is impossible to compete In the sartorial field, even if the desire were mine; Hollywood fails to stir my interest; and my relatives, while respectable, do not shine in the upper levels of cafe society. Yet, it suddenly occurred to me, it would be iripossible to check on all • my friends. So a new mode of action has been tried out tentatively on Mrs. M.-J., and so far the results have been amazing. The murmur of a few lines from the letters of a great literary man, carefully chosen, had great effect. Far be it from me to tell anyone that it was the inimitable letters of Charles Lamb that had been pillaged. Again, in a political discussion, It was possible to interpolate a Cew lines from the prime minister; and why disillusion my listeners to explain that I had been reading with keen interest a new biography of the Duke of Wellington? Or, if one must be up-to-date, there are those interesting volumes in which the speeches and letters of Winston Churchill are being preserved for posterity. The game goes merrily on. Even to Mrs. M. J., there must be a limit to the number of great m«/n and women she can meet in one age and lifetime, though from several recent books of memoirs some people seem to do surprisingly well. Esme of Paris, for example, had friends from dozens of reparate worlds. The library, however, affords glimpses of great minds from all countries and all times. So far all has gone well; references to authors, or scientists, or historians have duly impressed the lady, and I feel sure that even If her most famous cousin came to town my" name would be on the luncheon list. Unfortunately, I have recently begun to read some royal memoirs, and it is a bit difficult to explain kings and. queens as close friends. Yet even If all is discovered, I shall be gainer. The shelves of the library contain more memorable talk than today's average dinner table; more inspiring thoughts than a club afternoon; and more dramatic happenings than even the headlines. Xne Readers'Viewpoint "LAST GENERATION" Editor The Callfornian; In response to "Last Generation's" gripe about the stupidity of., this generation. I would like to enlighten him with a few observations. I'm stationed in a naval officers' training unit and have access to firsthand knowledge. Most of the personnel of this station are very young, having just gotten out of high school to enlist. We have been selected for officers' training by a process of elimination. We are required to take certain courses. Ordinarily these courses would require a minimum of three years for a civilian. We complete it in 16 months. It includes all of the higher aspects of mathematics. We start with college algebra and trigonometry, a course designed for eight months: we do it in four. After this we merely breeze through calculus and celestial navigation in eight months. In addition to this accelerated course we learn the rudiments of drill, leadership and naval organization. Yes, "Last Generation," we must Indeed be a nation of mental nincompoops. We only supply the best officers for the best navy afloat. If you were to get out of that conviction you might possibly remember your parents saying that this new generation is mighty weak. You might also remember that the Ignoramuses of this generation are fighting all over the world and definitely doing a good job of it. HARRY LAWRENCE, A/S, V-12, U. S. N. N., Arlington Dorm Range 705 N. T. A. C., Arlington, Texas. CONGRATULATES EDITOR Editor The Californian: Sincere congratulations to you regarding your leading editorial of yesterday. The rule of the present administration at Washington muct come to an abrupt end very soon If the people of our country ore to preserve the liberty that hus been handed down to them by our forefathers. I urn sure that all thinking people heartily agree with you that the continuous interference of the government at Washington will go on at an ever increasing rate should Mr. Roosevelt be again re-elected. It Is not necessary that one must be a close student of history to realize that there must be frequent and thorough housecleanings at Washington If we are to continue to keep our liberty. Yes! History points with a -warning finger to the very same path which has led to the downfall of countless nations in the past. One man, or group of men, have led them to their undoing. Let us hope that the majority of the voting citizens of our country may be brought to realize this situation, before the coming November election and put an end to all of this government monkey business at Washington. MARTIN LEWIS. ON MORALITY Editor The Californian: An attorney quoted here says that "having years of Christianity, Germany could not plead insanity as Japan could for her war acts." Morality should not be confused with religion—as there are thousands of religions—but only one Morality: J. e., doing right. Frederick the Great in his time said, "It seems as though the whole world is going crazy over religion." Why does the lawyer ignore evolution? The writer caught a rat recently and discovered that it had no hind feet—but hands that grasp— and a tail that reminded me of what I was rift of. Sun gods, rain gods and gods of Greeks—Have you never seen them" or any other? There are 500,000 insane population of the United States and more at large. Many with fear phobias and sexual sin accusations?. Are all men created equal, feebleminded, etc., or are we simply born and evolved from lower forms of animal life? FRED BARNES. 927 Tulare, East Bakersfield, Calif. SO THEY SAY They climbed all over our jeeps; they dismounted from their bikes and kissed us. Lord, how they kissed us! I didn't think it was possibly to be kissed by so many people so many times in such a little while.—United Press Correspondent James C. Me- Glincy on American entry into Paris. Pause and imagine what could have hapened if in the wake of their sweeping conquest of Malay and Burma the Japanese had been able to withdraw 20 divisions from China to employ against India.—Dr. H. H. Kung, Chinese minister of finance. Some of the Japanese over Salpan were as smart as any we have seen. The Jap navy pilots were as good as any of the boys have run up> against. — Commander Ernest M. Snowden, back from the Pacific. Events are moving fast and peace may come sooner than some expect* Sir Alexander Cadogan, British Dumbarton Oaks conference chairman. Your people make new roads all over the island. I start for home but can't find a way. I am lost.—Guam native guide. I do not believe any single form of attack will defeat Japan.—Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. J

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