The Bakersfield Californian from Bakersfield, California on August 24, 1936 · Page 18
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MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 1936 CMtortal $age of QDfje Pakcrsttelb Caltforntan ALFRED H A R n E L L ED1TOU AND I'nOPIUETOIl Issued Rvery F.vontnK 1!»o«»pl Sunday In Kern I'ounty. California niies. Wbat is wrong with Ilio people of rjn , ifornlll , J)nl n ,,. y |)rrmi , n S i, nn ii 011 )0 exist yen i 1 after ycnr wherein no cbeek is imposed upon I ho government of n sltilc where miiiiitcninu* rniiliniiiilly moiinls the Act of Cong-reM Man-h .1, IS79 MEMBER OF THR ASSOCIATKI) PHICSS Tlin ApurvclRtoil Press Is exohii'lvply entitled In the use for publication nf all nrwo (llnimlflien credllrrl ID II nr nol otherwlce rredltert In thin paper. and "I"" the loral nt\vn published therein. The RnlmrBfleld t'atlfnrnlRn IH nlfn n Hlont nf tlir> United Vrtff nnd th<« TJnltrd News and rerrlve» tlio lonsrd wlrr sr.rvlre of both. REPRESENTATIVES . Orlfflth A. Hriinwm, Inc. New York, Chlenfto. Detroit, Atlnnln, Hosion W«"Bl-Hf>III<lny-Mo|foniioii Co., Inr. Sa.n I'VaiK'Isco, lx>n AnKelcn, Seattle. 1'ortlnml WASHINGTON', D. C., HURRAH Frederic .1. lla«kln, Director, Wanhlnifton, I>, C. SUBSCRIPTION PRICK Delivered h.v mrrlor or m«l! In pontnl zone* one, two, three, per month, fl6c; 6 month*, $3.fiO: 1 yenr, $7.00. By mall In ponlnl «onen four to eight, per mnnlh. 8t>c. THIS PAPER MADE IN THE U. H. A. COURAGE IS ADMIRABLE R I EADING the .speeches of cumiidiiles for public office, listening to them on the air or noting whut they propose if they should be elected, the thought is emphasized that it should occur to them Ilia! courage is a quality that commends admiration and is likely to obtain support for its possessor. It is rather easy for a candidate lo advance generalities. Usually that docs not offend any class of voters and if it does not win any support it does not forfeit any. But there arc so many specific things that might be stressed it seems strange that seekers for votes do not find it profitable to deal with some of them and to suggest .remedies for uhot is amiss. By way of illustration, take the matter of expenditures in government. It is quite harmless lo declare broadly that the vote- seeker is* in favor of economy. But there enters into the total of expenditures many factors and it would be far more compelling, it would seem, for the aspirant to make a study of municipal, county, stale or national government, and having ascertained how economy can be effected, say so in definite words and make a specific pledge to bring about the needed reform. It has not escaped attention that nationally some of those who are bitterly opposed to the New Deal arc, themselves, junior new dealers. They deplore what the administration has done or lias undertaken to do and immediately declare that they, themselves, are in favor of the objective sought. Yet it would seem that if the existing policy is wrong it cannot be cured by declaring for the same thing in milder form. What has happened generally in the campaign up to now is that the people arc left rather in the dark as to the course candidates will follow if they succeed in their aspirations. Perhaps that is a safe way to avoid losing votes, but it would seem to the average citizen that the better way would be in the direction of a definite, nol an indefinite platform, placing reliance upon the voter to differentiate between the concrete and the abstract. ',. However, there is but little difference bc- ilwecn this and preceding campaigns as far TBS the memory of man runneth. The public 'has vaguely in mind that there arc certain 'things wrong with government which it • would like to sec corrected. The candidate senses the same thing, expresses the popular opinion but fails to assume that leadership which would prove invaluable in administration. ' and Hie public debt .steadily increases? | REASON FOR REVERSAL C ONSISTKNCY is not n jewel, al least not n political jewel. We are reminded of (hat by Hit: regard which is now expressed ! for former Governor Alfred K. Smith by I those who were once his most bitter oppon- i cuts. Time was when Ihe very people who j arc now placing him upon a pedestal in the, j mailer of cili/enship nnd statesmanship were shouting from the housetops thai his candidacy was inimical lo Ihc very life of the nation. This swift change is, of course, wholly due to the fact that Hie former Governor is withholding his support from President Hoosc- velt, and it has behind il Ihe hope thai he will now be induced through the praise thai is being showered upon him lo openly oppose his re-election. It is not likely that Mr. Smith will pursue any such course and if.he does, Ihc effect will be problematical. Possibly his altitude has already had its full influence and il is doubtful if further emphasis of his position would add to the number of those who would follow his leadership. But whether Ibis is true or not we wonder at the consistency, or inconsistency rather, of those who spent years in belittling a distinguished citizen and who now reverse themselves solely for political reasons. Kick and IIF.OIN 1IKHB TfjnAT Mnllr Mllfnrd. rlrh am] popular, hnn r«- rclml prohmalfl of man-lute from ihrrc Hulton, but Ilrrnt Hluart. Mhom >li> Inict, h»» nol aiked brr to marry him. Mnnna, Molly's ntfpmothfr. H only a f*» jfam nlilnr lh>n Moll;. Donna la aiuloua for hrr BtPtxIaiiHlitffr to marry. Itornl nlth a nucc«wRlon of partlM. all allkp, Molly aiki llrml to takt h»r lo "The Itcil Puptiy," a miMtlonafoln night rltll). Ha n- fium. Molly I* drlrrmlnfrl to «o anyway, and rrlt out for "TUB Ilwt I'oj'py" with Wick HUM, another ailmlrpr. NOW OO ON WITH THE 8TOHT ENVY PERHAPS 'OME of the journalistic opponents of Ihc ) administration arc finding a good deal of fault with President Roosevelt for his method of campaigning, they contending that he seeks to appear in the limelight whenever Ihere, is an opposing activity which bids fair to lake him oil' the front page even for a day. One of them is at much pains lo point out that when the Republican convention was in session, the President made a non-political tour throughout the Southwest which kept him very much in the news; the criticism runs also to the. President's recent Irip through the flood area, his projected lour into the drought region, his appearance al Cleveland while the Coughlin- ilcs were in convention, and his speech before the Chauliuiquans after it had been made public that Candidate Landon was lo deliver an address before that society. Well, we wonder whut our neighbors and critics expect. The President is running for rc-clcclion. Do they expect him lo sit in the shade somewhere and let somebody else do the vote getting? We imagine il is not so much the activity of the President in behalf of his candidacy as it is the cleverness with which he 'carries on his campaign that "fusses" Ihc journalistic critics. Maybe there is a bit of envy too. along wilh Ihc wish that their own standard bearer had Hie capacity as a campaigner which is in evidence with every political or non-political move the President makes. CHAPTER II Glittering signs winked familiarly at Molly as sho rolled along In Wick's smart car. They made tho mental visions she had conjured up seem unreal. In the darkness, she Hinlled a little. Brent was probably right when ho called her a child. H had been silly to Inveigle Wick Into this adventure. I(o had been nice to humor her, but "Tho Red Poppy" doubtless wouldn't measure up. Tomorrow sho would have n. headache and wish she had stayed at home. Tomorrow «he would bo a good girl and try to feel grateful for her easy, protected life. Hhc woulf'l golf dutifully with JJad, lunch with Brent if ho asked her, shop with Donna for the Florida trip she was planning. Donna was restless, too. lately. "None of us Is renlly living." Molly was thinking. "We are only being whirled about by events, tossed n round In a rosy cloud that hasn't any reality." Wick's car had long since left fa- mlllnr surroundings. Out here In tho countryside!, tho wind had an eerie sound. H seemed spooky even with Wick beside her. "A perfect place for a holdup," Wick spoko shortly. "I've a funny feeling along my spine," Molly whispered. "As though dozens of people must have passed along this same road tonight." "And some of them," Wick retorted, "aren't the kind of folks I'd like to meet along here." "Don't worry. I left my jewelry at home." "You don't read tho newspapers. Holdups can bo most unpleanant. Particularly If you've left your monoy mid rings at homo. Some- I times you get a nasty bumn on the lend or mnyho a playful dig with a tnlfe. But. luck's with -us so far. That bright glow over there Is the famous 'Red Poppy'." * » • As they came nearer, yellow squares of light from a long, low. clubby type building began to prick tlic darkness with color. Wick drove around the side where Llioy found a motley assemblage of uilomohtlcH. Some were rather swank, Molly noticed. Others looked no I hey they worn on thx'lr last legs. There- was nothing unusual about he place except the dense woodland around It nnd a sense of isolation. A queer place. If yn- wanted crowds. But maybe more thrilling things awaited inside. Frances had said this placo was terrific. It must have points, to be revealed later. "Here's our cheerful choice." AVick muttered. He helped Molly from the car. "Not too lato to turn buck," he added. "Don't be silly." "It has a rotten reputation." "I have a feeling something's going to happen," Jlolly said In a low tone. "Something out of tho ordl- narv." "Don't say I didn't warn you!" "When T wake un behind bars, I'll say, 'Wick nnd Bront wonted me to be a god girl and I wouldn't.' Anyway, what could happen?" "Plenty . . . police." "Police!" Molly spoke with tho dls- dnln of one who has kno^-n only the friendly protection of the guardians of tho peace. They were Inside now and a tall, suave-looking man came toward them, smiling. Molly felt his gazn rest on her for a moment with sudden, sharp Interest. "He knows I'm not a regular customer," she hazarded mentally, "and MEASURING BY MILLS RANDOM NOTES We will nol have the record of the November voting unlil November but if history repeals ilself we shall know the result sometime in October. The Literary Digest whose polls have heretofore disclosed the linal outcome of elections wilh remarkable accuracy, fr ° T 7 u , a K™^ suspects I'm all set. for something exulting." The proprietor signaled to a waiter, who piloted them to a table. Molly curved ber mouth downward to Dignify to Wick her disappointment. Wick had been stuffy, deliberately building UP an atmoHphero which was about to collapKC. There wan absolutely nothing here to thrill or excite one. The big room had the usual polished dance floor. A largo revolving mirrored disc In the center of the celling bathed tho dancing area In a flood of shifting rainbow squares. Mirror panels were set In the walla between other panels decorated with vivid red popples. Tho crowd had not yet come to life. People were sitting at tables In differently, looking at a quite ordinary show with bored eyes. Perhaps after a while that girl with hair like green straw would be crying In her cup and that ugly man with ber would flourish a knife—as Brent's edition would have It. Tho music had begun. Loudly, brasslly and Insistently, but the tune was familiar. Nothing daring or sinister In that! "It's a dumb sort of place," Molly told Wick. "Tho Red Poppy! Don't they get opium from poppies? Tho name suits It. It could put anybody to sleep." "It could put people to sleep In more ways than one," Wick said, persisting In being fltupld. Molly's gaze roamed about and then she stiffened with resentment. The man who had welcomed them at the door was staring at her Intently. Ho spoke to another man at the table who whirled about In his chair and stared at her. too. She wouldn't toll Wick about these obnoxious men. Wick might magnify tho Incident and start something. Sho smiled at the Idea. No. Wick wouldn't, but Brent, If he were hero, would be certain to start smashing things. As though her thoughts had turned Into substance, there—enter Ing the room—was Brent. Of all things! Coming here when he wouldn't bring her. Rut of course Brent was following her, dogging her footsteps, shadowing her, pro tcctlng her when she didn't want or need his protection. "Look who's here! How did this hapnen?" Wick's eyes traveled the direction of Molly's. He laughed. "It might be a coincidence." "But It wasn't." "Tho truth Is, Brent called me and asked what I was doing tonight. I told him we were night clubbing." "t won't have Brent trailing mo like a bodyguard," Molly spoke Indignantly. "I—you shouldn't have told him where we were going." "Now. Molly, how could I know Brent would horn In? He Isn't that kind." "He's exactly that kind!" Her eyes concentrated on the tall blond young man who was studying a menu with such absorbed ntten tlon, KO obviously unconscious of her She was trying not to feel a sudden rush of pleasure, mingled with relief There was mirely no need for feel ing hot and bothered. Tho bold men who had shown such objectionable Interest were now engrossed In con versatlon, evidently having forgotten all about her. The man she had mentally dubbec "the proprietor" was speaking now vlth a newcomer, who hnd Haunt- red by their table. The new man ivas young and very handsome, rlolly marked. His dark hair grew ilcely on a poetic kind of head. He >»a8 evidently a person of Importance udglng by the Interest of the group. All three looked pleased and excited, 'he proprietor was standing deferen- lally, talking In a low tone, while he young man regarded him cooly. Imost with distaste, Molly decided. Once ho smiled and sho saw a flash if whlto teeth. And once he turned, md his eyes met hers steadily for a moment. She flushed a lltfle. There wero ots of staring people In this place. And sho was quite as mannerless, ooklng at others around her as though they were a new species. A significant conversation was aklng place between tho dark- haired young man and tho others at his table. "What's the reason for getting me Into these clothes the minute T ret to town?" the young man asked n a low. level tone. "Tho same reason that brought you to town, that paid your train 'are from Chicago, Nelse." Thorn- ion Black, who was known us 'Steve" to a small group of "special friends," spoke quietly. "Cut tho preliminaries. What wedding reception am I to crash tonight?" (By O. O. MclNTYRE)= "You're wrong this tlmo you start your job right here. What do you think. Noise, the girl walked In tonight! Looks like everything IB playing Into our hands. You could have knocked me over with a feather when she came through that door. You see, Nelse, you're graduating from petty jewel robbery." The young man took out a clgaret and lit It cooly. "You're not talking to me, Steve. The word kidnaping Isn't In my vocabulary, but G-Man "Got a white liver. Nelse? Well, we've a cure for that. It's pretty strong medicine and you might have to spend a stretch Inside some big house after you take It—" Nelson Ferguson's eyes narrowed. 'Somebody else might be keeping me company." "Here, here!" put In one of tho trio, a fat little man with an oily voice. "Is that any way for friends to talk? Nelse wants to be urged. Ho doesn't know what a big piece of pie he'll draw for his share. Only right, too, when he'll bo taking the biggest risk. You could never make me believe Nelse would scare." "Not scared," Nelse said slowly. "But this Is a right pleasant planet I'm living on. A lot of the boys have left It recently." "Those boys didn't have your brains," Bill Patrick put in. "Tell me which one of your absent friends could have engineered that Dawson deal except you and pulled three straight bank jobs without leaving a clew. Or made the polico of four cities sit up and take notice for nothing. You'vo got to hand it to yourself. Those boys weren t as smart as you. That's why we sent for you. That's why we're willing to take a small slice It you pull tho MEW YORK, Aug. 24.—Diary: Some bravely writ notes on Communistic undermining from Roscoo Peacock. Yet few seem awake! So across town to breakfast with tho knobblly-dressed hotelier John Horgan but he away. And called up Arthur Samuels who took me to "No. 21," a desolate bistro at 11 a. m. Homo and ground out my pleco. And my lady and I drove over tho Washington Bridge irito Jersey and by the gloomy Lindbergh estate. In the park on tho way home came upon Lulu and Ed Simpson, whom we love but so rarely see. Then sitting awhile with Maybelle Manning at her gown boutique. Dinner In tho KHz' Gardens and talked to my old landlord, Albert Keller, swapping pretty compliments. And bowed to tho actress lady, Ina Claire, and talked a moment to the critic-bachelor-poet Charles Hanson Towne. To bed early listening to the wireless, so dull and monodlc I soon dozed off. Among celebrity curlosa—like Fannie Brlce's dead pan stooge Roger Davis—that now collects at smart soirees Is Gypsy Lee Rose, queen oC tho strip tease ladles In continuous burlesque. She Is an eyeful In a Bhowy way but not quite the over- carmlned type one might expect. She occupies an apartment, a perfect bijou, on tho north side of Oramercy Park, a rendezvous where people strange to the serenity of tho leafy square drift In and out—a jiggled mosaic of the Broadway pattern. Gypsy Is of nn intelligence belying her calling, quick on the conversational trigger and Inclining to tho Shakespeare line, "full of wise saws and modern Instances." Her big draw is with tho boys in town from out yonder on a bust. One critic called her "the hill billy's Juliet." Miss Rose's constant companion is the lady with the rocking chair name, Nita Naldl, one tlmo a headliner of the silent films and now living in semi-retirement at the fashionable St. Regis. In her day. flhe was a champ movie vamp and today a study In cynicism, with especla: tarty remarks for the species known as male. She, too, la a party attender and cherished for her extramural barbs. The Shuberts have lured Gypsy from burlesque. The storj being sho Is under contract for tho next Follies where sho will do, of all things, "a burlesque of her strip .ease." Personal nomination for "the man Broadway forgot,", one of tho greatest showmen of all—Roxy. The theatrical world In which she has been such a high spirit received tho news of Elsie Janls' poverty vow with varying reactions. Some thought her determination to shuck herself of material goods a publicity plant to sell her famous but long burdensome country estate near Tarrytown. And others thought It a sincere gesture of a lady who has nevor cared much for worldly riches and las been generous to her profession. Her marriage to tho husband so many years her junior Is clicking.. But her life of late has been cloistered—few have seen her at such haunts as the Algonquin and other Jorums she used to frequent. An auto accident made It necessary for her to walk with a cane. She Is no longer "Little Elsie," the Joyous, hoyden with the world genuflecting at her dancing feet. The years go by. Charles B. Drlscoll Is the writing world's modern Joyce Kilmer. It was said of the poet and author of "Trees" ho could keep a dozen literary jobs deftly juggling at the same time. Drlscoll, Kansas born, Is editor of a syndicate, turns In a daily column, writes a pirate book yearly, signs up new syndicate features and shepherds them out of their wobbles, makes at least one trip a year to such far off places as Russia and Yucatan and has time, on tho side, dally, to heckle the banker he in- trusted unwisely with savings. They are fellow commuters and every morning Drlsnoll circles him hawk- like with jeering epithets. It s tho best free act on the commuting circuit. Bagatelles: Willie Howard collects stuffed parrots, of all things. . . . Martha Dcane always registers from from Paris, Missouri, with Missouri in block letters. . . . Achmed Abdullah Is a midnight movie fan. . . . As Is his wife. Jean Wick, literary agent. No one Is hioro amusing than Tho Timid , Soul caught In traffic jaywalking and going Into his dance. One today was doing his jig near St. Thomas's when a taxi driver leaned out to leer—(I'm going to trill that again, leaned out to leer)—: I like Bill Robinson better!" "What job?" Nelse sat down. "Know who that girl Is I pointed out to you?" Black asked. "No." "They call her the Golden Girl." (Continued Tomorrow) =(By PAUL MALLON—Copyright 1936) w TKN YEARS AGO (The California!!, this dale. 1920) Headlines: Man wrecks bank with bomb; Richardson declares efficiency versus political bOHslsm; Millions mourning for Valentino: Death calls Revel-end Kdgur R. Fuller at Big Hear l.ake; Several injured in effort to nee face of Valentino; Funeral services next Wednesday. Annexation of eight blocks of territory to tin) city will be tho subject of nn election September 'JS. Thieves take rings valued at $3500 aunty Farm Bureau us the T HE government of Nebraska has the greatest surplus in its history, and not only that, but it has no income tax and no sales tax. It follows the simple business methods of keeping ils expenditures within I its income and lays aside something every -,l ,1 wltl ' l]w '»»' ou »™ 1 *""> '» grounds Is nearly complete. is planning for another nation-wide vote ami toll »y *?\ )'» '•° llt « p<;r pound ; I r> ... i cotton picking price this year. ten million ballots are being distributed ] _ Leveling work at the^ county fair throughout Ihe that first results September. This year, as in all years pasl, there will * i • 11 i ••til i, i i irau iiiu'n: r.iKin -nuiir tin v. in* be many who will quarrel with the results | creased nvight rate»> railroad plan: as declared by thai publication. The «lis- ASHINGTON, Aug. 24. — Just what Inspired President Roosevelt to plan a North Carolina speech at the start of the campaign Is puzzling. Presidential candidates rarely tire themselves with trips lo territories they consider safe. The official inside on It is that tho President agreed to drop off there on his return home from the west solely out of the goodness of his heart to please Congressman Doughton. But Mr. Doughton seems to be fairly well pleased as matters stand. His re-election is a foregone conclusion and the President's heart, while big. has not been enlarged to the extent that ho does useless things. It is far more likely the President has heard what every well-Informed politician hero has been told, namely that there Is some dissatisfaction in the south, and he Is going down there to do a little fence-mending and pep-talking. » » * PONDERING — Republicans have * been enthusiastically gossiping about carrying Virginia and North Carolina for some time. Colonel Knox, the fighting vice-presidential candidate, announced in Virginia tho other night that ho considered It a doubtful state. What started all this Is something which has not yet broken in the news. Democratic congressmen, returning to their homes, found many of the leading citizens in some of al commissioner. TWKNTY YEARS A(iO (The raUfornlitn. this itale. ItUfl) Headlines: KIght-hour day. In- noui.-hiand .•omp 'noriin'™?n,i.v their communities murmuring KDITOIl'B NOTE The California!! will print letter* from reartcrs. Such intern MUST be confined to 150 words written leelblr «ml on on« »ld« of the paper. The. space limit Is Imperative. No anonjmom communication, will l» prlntf.1. Thli 1« emphatic. The Callfornlan irsrrres the rliiht lo delete or reject any or all manuscripts Mid Is not responslhle fnr sentiments contained therein, loiters of more than 150 words will be rejected. Brevity Is a dealrablo feature. They must tie Ixma, fldely signed by tho writer with complete addrest given, although tho name may not bo published. ngnlnst the latest turn of the new deal. The T,. C.s grumbled about tuxes, Bpi'iullii" Tugwell and—what is It nil coming to. However, most of the niurmurers encountered here (first and secondhand) were nnt wore enough to vote ngaliiHt Mr. Roosevelt. They wero just displeased and thinking. While these undercurrents have caused elation -among the Republicans and slightly disconcerted the Democratic high command, the pollt- Irnl effcrts lire not yet evident. The Richmond Tlmen-UI«pRteh, a newspaper of nationally recognized tin August 2 ( >. tho year lo swell its surplus. In the adjoining i S(Mltn . s w j|| ]„, i], US( . w ln» are shown lo hi' slule of Kansas where they depend upon an ! i osrrSl but Ihev niav remember, if they will, , ildvnlofcin lux tit mi'cl tln> i-fnitv; <if niivorn ' .1 , ii i " i ' i- i i r i < f'" 01 " ISumimla: Mother halts offer of Integrity, is conducting a poll to find acmUOItlll lax IO lUlU lilt IOSIS 01 gOXdll- | ,),„, tnt>rt , | mvo 1 UH .,, t |, ss eillers before and i babe .is sacrifice. ! out what It means In the state of nient, the tax rale is 1-2IHOO mills on each ! mal in ,| u . (>m | ,| u . m .,j, tl/ j m . had been jns- $100 valuation. Imagine a tax rale being lill(>d in its jj n( ij, 1K s. the election following measured in mills! The California taxpayer i | )rov i n « their accuracv. will naturally say it can't be done, but it is done in Kansas, which not only meets the as sacrifice. Klectrle power rates will be the (;IHHH nnd ISyrd. s'llijt'rt for discussion by the Korti reau al Its meeting '\|tmLtiematorn mining engi- nror has licon Investigating Kern ! mining districts and will Issue a re- Straw voles have become somewhat ot a port soon. . i . i i , i I County Clerk Fnink Smith has cost of upkeep but pays the interest on bonus I nuisance; a good many nave been taken completed mailing out i-ieotiun mate- rlul for ""' TIIIKTY YK.UIS ACO ' Tli * *'«"'°nit»n. this dale. lUOOi bonds voted some years ago for Kansas vet- from lime to time under one auspices and rl erans of the \Vorld War. another, but on the face of them the ballol- j , , • i i i- • i I Ihe Kansas levy this year will raise §3,- ing lias been too hunted to secure an accu- Headlines: (suerrcnt Cuban rebel* 27(5,425! When our Sacramento rulers read rate reflection of public opinion. That can i nn l ur >0 nei ui": stV-ike''^^^/^.'^^"! this figure, of governmental cost and com- : hardly be said of Ihe Literary Digest's ef- |V | ' 1ll ' 1< ; f ,;' 1l1; r ^^ ^luUM-ing "siumti.m pare it with the hundreds of millions thev, forts in Ihe past and so it is likely Hint some • very m-uv.-; Kn-e niiiromi pusses win * . . . ' III- 1 III" »• "'' Vl) l'l IK'Xt Wf<>li. themselves, spend every bicinmun, it nuisl , three weeks net ore the polls close on No- } riu- beautiful new st. i.'nmcis give them u thrill of grutiflculion to recall ' vcnibcr a we shall know rather definitely j ^"rvVSmpicu*. 11 "' nml ! " tlw!t " '" that they live and have their being in a slate | what the verdict of some 10,000,000 voters j sr }^ ^ » ,^Vi 1B septomb?"'io nwnt ' > so rich and so generous and so thoughtless will be. Thai is, we shall know it unless the ; -supervisor woody is planning the 14 ,. V , ..... ' construction of a new home north of and so uncomprehending as California. eflorl of the publication in question fails lo i the i-ity. ., . i i ,, i ... ,• i i .. , i ,. i t i 11 r '< iioorge Haberfelde took over tho Nebraska and Kansas have constitutional disclose popular sentiment. And those ef- j O mre of muster workman of the local prohibitions against running in debt; they forls in the past have not only not failed j M *™ n S™£ l "mrtM iy \ n * Hn . cannot spend more (ban Iheir current reve- liul Ihry have proved dependable forecasts. ' ^l}!?,' 011 al a mln ° '" lhr A niallr (llK poll showed 85.8 per cent for Roosevelt. This was just about the President's standing In the same poll last year. The Times-Dispatch, therefore, has concluded: "It Is obvious that there has been no shift In the normally strong Democratic leanings of Virginians." Similarly, In North Carolina, most Democratic authorities agree there Is not much doubt about the state. A rather conservative state ticket has been set up to run with Roosevelt. Unless a lot of ticket splitting is done, the conservative and liberal Democrats, therefore, may be registered In the same column. • * * TJARMLESS—Townsendites appear 11 to be losing their political uting. Their showing in recent primaries proves they are getting more words In tho public prints than votes In the ballot boxes. Incomplete figures from some of the latest primaries: Wyoming — Republican Senator Carey, 21,247: Townsendite, 8290. Idaho—Republican Senator Borah, 30,272; Townsendite, OS85. Arkansas — Democratic Senator Robinson, D1.CC5; Townsendlte, 12.U79. Florida—Democratic Townsendlto candidate for vacant Senate scat, 59.725: opponent. 62,434. They won a few congressional primaries, but not enough to give them nny hopes of formidable strength In either tho House, or Senate. In fuel, the figures In these and earlier primaries, as a whole, Indicate they will not be a major Influence I" the presidential race unless tho vote Is very, very close In a number of states. * * • I |NniTTEN—Father Coughlln said U lust spring that he. personally would see to It that tho wrath of tho voters descended upon Chairman John O'Connor of the House rules committee. Well. Mr. O'Connor has been re- nominated, without opposition. As he eonien from n. heavily Democratic district. Including much of New York's llnst Side, it Is likely he will appear In the next House without a son r. . Similarly, Congressman Bell, the House Investigator who started tho Townsenil organization break-up, wns marked publicly for certnjn slaughter by the Townsendites. He, too. wns renomlnnted without opposition In Missouri the other day. SUPERFICIAL AMATEURS Editor The Callfornlan: Your contributor to tho "Viewpoint of Our Readers" states In the concluding statement of a criticism of my letter on "Amateurs": "Perhaps I havo misunderstood Mr. Svlminoff." , If one Is not so sure of the ground on which ho or sho stands It Is not wise to fly off tho tangent and say a lot of banalities evident to a grammar school pupil. And It certainly Is unethical to accuse one of "haste," "excitement" and "exaggeration," t)f the very evident fallings manifested by such a criticism. It Is not fair to jump at shallow conclusions and Incriminate to me the Ideas which I do not entertain. As to the definition of tho word dilletantism. one may look up the latest Funk & Wagnalls dictionary in which Doctor Vlzitelly interprets the word thusly: "A dllletant Is a superficial amateur"; ergo dilletantism is a superficial amateurism. The so-called "distinguished" amateurs are Ipso facto professionals par excellence, but they are not a rule. Just a rare exception. We are concerned and refer to rank and file of these obnoxious amateurs that Infest our official and unofficial public posts. May I suggest most cordially to Mr., Mrs. or Master J. B. W. a sec ond helping to my humorous letter on Amateurs? By reading it slowly, calmly and In full understanding of the class of writing it belongs to a fair understanding of the contents may be achieved. VICTOR C. SVIMINOFF. P. O. Box 742. Bakorsfleld, August 20, 1030. AMATEURISM Editor The Callfornlan: Victor C. Svlmonoff, thut redoubt able Romanoff who hus been bilious ever since the Bolshevist eoup In 1917, attacks tho political "amateurs' of our age with savage vigor In lasi Tuesday's Cullfornlan. Mr. Svlmo noff Is quite convinced that the world, with the "amateurs" at tho helm. Is headed for h—. It is just as well, however, to re mind him that the mess the world Is in today Is a creation—not of th amateurs, but of tho experts. The corruption of tho czars led to the Uisslan revolution and the czars vere long-ruling experts, indeed. Tho expert diplomats and Imperialists irought on the World War, which lelped to bring on tho, subsequent world depression. Had we left our mtlonal destiny In the hands ot experts like Herbert Clark Hoover, tho Jnlted States might several years ago havo been going through tho fratricide that agitates Spain. But along came a rank amateur named franklin D. Roosevelt, with a lot of amateur braln-trusters like Ickes. • Hopkins, Frankfurter. Perkins and Tugwell and the people got fed anil the banks opened their doors again. Tho Landon coupon-clippers now gather to chant their hymn of hato against tho amateur In the Whlto House and sigh for the old .expert days when nobody had a break except the coupon-clippers. In the eyes of a certain British king, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were amateurs, too. but these inexperienced lads seem to have laid the foundation for a pretty substantial country. "Vep. I'll string along with the upstart amateurs! SESSIONS. Editor Kern County Union Labor Journal. » August 20, 193C. N STAUNCH DEMOCRATS Editor The Callfornlan: Please give an old-fashioned Democrat of Bakersfleld's fifth district permission to answer the "Staunch Democrat" article In Reader's Viewpoint o'f last Saturday. The author of this article was carried Into the Democratic party at his mother's breast some 40 years ago and could never bo anything but a 100 per cent Democrat. He firmly believes that when a man Is delegated by his fellow Democrats as a leader In Democracy, that ir^in Is honor bound to support the Democratic candidates elected by tho party in an overwhelming vote on? primary day. If a leader cannot do this, he is not honest to himself, or to the voters who elevated him to leadership unless ho resigns as leader. Lynch, McMillan and Rachnl stand committed to support clearly chosen Derpocrntlc candidates or to resign leadership. OLD-FASHIONED DEMOCRAT. (By FREDERIC J. HASKIN)= We get along as well as any one- Mnsnnce -Johnny IF MANC1PATION - U ls llltra 8e ' s s£r whc • fre- ^eret. but the war department has Muentlvtea,, s p w, h ' his' wife in Jcclrtod to rid Itself gradually of the ,,,, i,!i i female influence. Precedence now is 1,,-i V ivt MS Hvn ^ tenn ' doubles. , being given to men In selection of 1 approve of throwing money changers out of the temple, but we need most of all to throw the money spenders out of the temple or there will be no change left.—U. S. Sena- ! tor Arthur II. VaiiilenberB of Mk-hf- | Kan. _____ < Youth just passing adolescence should be spared the silgma of be- A THOUGHT FOR TODAY Then spake the chief buffer unto Pharaoh, saying. / uo remember my faults this day. — Genesis }/.'!'• People are commonly so employed Q. Are them any counties in tho United States which have nut received Federal relief?—H. F. U. A. The Works Progress Administration says that Kcnedy county I" Texas Is the only county In tho United States not receiving federal relief In some amount. Tho reason for this is that the county Is entirely privately owned. Q. Has tho Russian government at any tlmo exercised sovereignty over any part of California?— C. H.V. A. In 1812. the Russians formed a post on Bodega bay in California which thoy held until 1841. They traded and hunted for furs from this post. Q. Whut is the Naval Academy's definition of u gadget?—P. N. A. "The appropriate name for any object or article for which you do not happen to recall the exact designation, sir," Is the answer expected when an upper-classman Interrogates a plebe. Q. When were the National and American Baseball leagues formed? C. M. H. A. The National League was formed in 1876 and the American League In 1800. coming a rrlnilnal for the first of- j In pointing out faults in those he- fen»e, just ;is a <los Is allowed OMO fere them, as to forget that some bo- blip. — Judge .1. M. liraude, An- liitul may at the same time bn dew- ; ranting on their own. — Dlhvyn. Q. Could the balloon. Explorer II, ascend higher into the stratosphere than Its lust year's record of 72,39,'i feet?—O. (.;. A. Captain Stevens, who made tho night, believes with slight changed In apparatus carried and using hydrogen as a lifting gas, the same balloon and gondola could ascend to 78.000 feet. He also believes that 95,000 feet could bo reached with a larger balloon with the envelope made of rubberized silk instead of rubberized cotton. Q. What Is buff leather?—J. R. A. It Is olldressed leather usually made from the best parts of South, American .light ox and cow hides. A special process makes the leather pliable and not liable to crack or rot. It is used extensively for army equipment. ' Q. How much money is unclaimed in banks In the United States?—I. L. M. A. Tho aggregate of unclaimed deposits In the United States amounts to about $5,000,000. Q. What l.i n ffiuotir'.'—R. C. A. In .Mohammedan usage, he Is one who does not believe, in Islam, especially, a Christian. A readrr ran Cftt th* amner to an? qUBhtloM of lift In- wrttlnc Th< !!iUr«ri«!'l Calirorolan Information Hurtau, Krederlc J. Haskln, PI- m''or. Waahlnelun. II. II, I'l«s« «K|O«> ihtt'« (31 ranla for rpplT-

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