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Bakersfield, California
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TUESDAY. AUGUST 25. 1936 4 Cbttortal $age of Cfte Pafcerstfielb Califonttau ALFRED H A R R E L L EDITOIl AND PBOPBIBTOn loaned Kvr-ry KvonlnR Kxocpt Hunilay In llnkrmflpld, K<>rn t.'i'tmty. i.'nllfuriilu. Knir-rrd in j*OKt offlrf M Unher^flrM. ("nllf'-rnln, IIP nornnrl rlnBS nutil mutter uniirr the Art of ('nnnf'-'^ Mntrh .X ISTti MKMHKR OK TUI5 ASSOPIATKH I'llKSS Thf AsFAi'intr-il 1'rrsm ti r-xrlMsivi-ly 'TitHI'M tn ihf us* for piihllratlnn of nil m-wrt rjlriinlt IH-M i-r(>flHfil to It or tint ntlirr\v|i,o rifrtltrrl In tills imp<T. "in! »lf<" Hi" lurnl nfWh inihllMirrl thfroln. The !tal<rrMi(>l<i OillfrirnlHn In nlf-o n rlli-nl (if tin- Knlli-rt Prr-KB And thr t'jntril N>vf :inil rrri'lvrn thn rnniplr-tn IsBSrd >vlre scrvlro of l«>th. UKPHKHKNTAT1VKS HryBnl, (irlfflth * Hriinwui. Inr. New Yurie, ("liloiiRo, Dnlrnli, Atlanln, l.lnMnn WrM-llfillldny-Mogf-ncon Co., Inr. ."nn lYnnolKco, lj«w Angclon, Seattle. Portland AVASIIINCTON. 1>. I.'., ntlUKAt! Frederic J. Ilaskln. Director, WnHhliiRtnn, I). C. SUBSCRIPTION PRICK rir-llverod by carrier or innll In puKinl XOIU-K niif, two, Ihrco, per month, G5r; fi inonlhH, l.l.r.fl; 1 year, $7.00. Hy liiull In podtnl Hones four to olRht, per inuntli, Stic. THIS PAPER MADK IN THK II. S. A. ILLY CONSIDERED STATEMENT /""MTIZENS who recognize the existence of V-4 n situation which requires, us never he- i fore, the teaching of loyally and patriotism in our public schools, will he disappointed in Mr. London's considered statement that "In Kansas we insist that no teacher should be required to lake any oath not required of all other citizens." Now a teacher in our common school system is a public official in the best sense of the term. Public officials arc required to take an oath when inducted into office and the lowliest of them is not exempt. They declare their support of the Constitution of the United States and of the state in which they reside. Is there any sound reason why a teacher who has charge of the youth of the land should not take Uie same obligation that is required of the constable and the police judge? Why should Mr. London have made this statement? If it was for political purposes he must know that all of those, "liberals" who arc crying because certain stales require their teachers to take loyalty oaths have no intention of voting for him. Nor will his declaration have the slightest effect in determining their choice. On the oilier hand, unquestionably he has given offense to a large number of citizens who recognize the need for the training of children along lines of patriotism and who insist and rightly that teachers must be patriotic men- and women. There might be justification for a protest against a teachers' oath if il were required of no other official in the public service. But since it is required of all such officials, -why should teachers be exempt and why should Governor Landon have gone out of his way to say that he and the citizens of Kansas are in favor of such exemption? AFFECTS KERN porting foreign wheat. Such importation's will fun into the thousands of bushels between now and the harvesting of the next crop nnd so the money of the American consumers for these cereals will go to the farmers in foreign lands. Which emphasizes again the inadvisahil- ily (if attempting to regulate. Hie output of the farms. If in Hie good year of 10!!.'} a surplus of corn and wheat had been created il would have tided over (lie shortage of 19,'JI. The cll'erl of the drought of this year would have been lessened if a surplus had been carried over from lust year. The taxpayers, through the government, paid millions to prevent that surplus. Now quoting President Roosevelt, "When we try something and il succeeds, do it some more; when il fails, try something else." And so we shall probably try something else hereafter instead of attempting to limit the production of Ibe farmers and destroying (heir surplus of the good years. HAUNTED BY FORMER WAR T HERE is good authority for the statement that when the funds of the Slate Park Commission justify it, the first activity of that body will be in the direction of acquiring the historic Fort Tejon site with its adjacent area. That will be welcome news to the people of Kern County who have long desired to see that section, with its background of history, with its natural beauty, set aside for the use of this and succeeding generations. The future activities of the Pork Commission will depend upon the falc of Proposition No. •! on the November ballot which prohibits surface drilling on tide land property owned by the stale, which will substitute slant drilling instead and which will give the state a one-seventh royalty upon all oil produced from beneath its lands. That royalty will amount to a very considerable sum annually and il will enable Hie Park Commission lo acquire additional and needed areas throughout California and to make such improvements as are essential on parks already belonging to the public. The contention that this amendment is inspired by corporate interests is wholly in error. The truth is that the pools of oil lying beneath the lide lands and belonging lo Ibe public ore :•!•• udy being depleted and the state is receiving nothing in the way of compensation. Certainly it is a strictly business proposition to so arrange that the public will be compensated instead. And the value of the proposal is emphasized by the plan to utilize the funds so created for a purpose as worthy us the extension and perpetuation of our park system. IMPORTING CORN. WHEAT T3KIHND the rivalries of European na•l-J lions lies the specter of the World War. But for the memories of that catastrophe il is possible that Ibe continent would have been plunged into international strife over Hie rcvoll in Spain. In. the present discord there is no question of Ihe subjection of one country lo another as there was at the beginning of the conflict in 1914. Just us in Spain the clash is between the forces thai favor Communism and those thai incline to Fascism, so the partisans of these governmental doctrines in neighboring slates arc aligned againsl one another. With Germany and Italy upholding the Nazi-ism and Fascism they have adopted, and Russia, the protagonist of Communism, with France the foe of Fascism but with a Socialist government, favoring Moscow support, Ibe situation is more serious than what kind of government Spain may eventually have. Outside of these central, Mediterranean and eastern nations in Europe the northern and western democratic constitutional monarchies are neutral, but with their eyes on eventualities lliat might affect their interests. While Ibe Spaniards are supposedly fighting out llii'ir own governmental destiny, they are but the prime movers in a conflict of governmental ideals that involves half Europe. Opponents of either side in the Peninsular struggle are afraid to interfere openly. The World War may now be serving ils only useful purpose as a fearful warning to mankind, and especially lo ambitious European nations. RANDOM NOTES Kick and iS IIKIIK TODAY Molly Mlirnnl. rich nnd potiilltr. has re- celfed r»ro|m«nlfl nt mnrrtafa from three Riilt- nr«, inii Urrnl Hluart. whom alie love*, )IM mil AHkcil IIIT tn msrry him. llnrM with n filli'rmlon of partlca, nil •like. Mnlly n»lui Hrrni to take hrr tn "Tin Jtert Vopin." n r)iie«iinnnlilp night club. Ho refuse*. Mollv, nnnoje'l, pom with Another admirer. Wlrk tlo«§. !»*!rr Rrfnl nrrlti* alonn. "Th* Her! Poppy" »rrm* iltill anil iinlnlRrfl*tlnii. Mnlly iloen not know ihat HI A nrnrliy uhln a group of men, InHiiillrtK hinrlflomK Ntl.yin Kerinnon, aro witrhlnu hrr. Tin other* nt the tahla nplNln to Ferguson tint they IIATC an "Important denl" on And WAnt lili lirlp. NOW (IO OS WITH THK HTOIIV CHAl'TKR Til "The aoldon Girl. NelHC," the fut man mpcatoil. Tho Htnllo nnd the vlr.loim tono tlldn't go together. "Thitl'H what Mho IB, too. Golden wllh money. Her father la old Jay Mllford, who him more millions than ho known whnt to do with. We Itlnd price of corn on some market days J- exceeds the price of wheat, the drought being responsible for the increased quota- lions of these grains. In lO.'il there was a <:orn shortage and the nation was lorced to import foreign corn, just as it is now im- Empbasis is added to the growing demand thai relief work be surrendered into Hie hands of local authorities. An investigation instigated by the bead of WPA in the city of New York discloses that in a single month there were 208-1 men and women on the rolls who were absent from their employment, and in a check-up lo ascertain why, there was developed a situation which could hardly have existed if local authorities bad been in charge. Thirty-live agents are employed by the government to check New York and developments from day to day serve to emphasize the absurdity of conducting such a far flung business as "Relief" through a Washington agency. Here are some typical reports: One worker in jail, bis wife explaining that immediately upon receiving bis pay check he had fallen into his old habit of drinking, leaving his three children uncarcd for. Again, an investigator failed to locale a given absentee who, on the information of the wife, "will not work except when he pleases." Here, also, there is a wife and three children. In a third case the government agent found both husband and wife intoxicated in their apartment, 27 whisky bottles being scattered about the room, the Hour littered witli cigarette stubbs and garbage. On the 2081 cases investigated 17 workers were deceased. Women and children who ar^ suffering because the bead of the household is worthless could be given ready assistance under local supervision. It is next to impossible to ferret out the unworthy with control centered in a distant point, whether that point is Washington or Sacramento. Mr. Hopkins may believe thai it is "taking it out of the bide of workers" to talk of reformation in this particular activity but upstanding men and women who are thankful for employment, and thoughtful people generally, will not be in agreement with the administrator, and particularly will they dissent after reading this New York report. TKN YEARS AGO I The rillfonilnn, 11,1.1 itale. 1020) HoadllnpH: Throe California areas n blaze: HundredH of men making attempt to halt spread; Fires burn at rimniifl and Klamath; Accuse new MeBHlah of improper conduct: Kern man to be executed Friday; Harry Oafford will be lumped for murder; Two perish In mil accident; Valentino leaves small fortune: 50.000 persons attempt to see dead Valentino; Man slays pastor whom ho chnrRCH with breaking "P home. Ono tent of tho five destined for use at the county fair will bo used to house an educational exhibit from the schools. Rod McDonald Is a candidate for JtiHtlc of tho peace. He is a law school graduate. Almost 40 cars of cattle have been shipped from tho county during the last week. First rain of tho season fell here today. The fall did not amount to much. TWI5NTV YKARS AGO (Ilia CnllfomlAn. thin tlAUi, 1910) Headlines: Deadlock In Rumania now as Mnckenscn Is halted In dash In east; Invasion of Transylvania has won for Rumanians 7000 prisoners Is reported: 30,000 armed Cretan revolutionists said to he In control of Island: George .1. Planz. Kern pioneer, dies at Ocean Park: Wilson shows how laws will aid United (.States In world trade struggle: Squawman of South Fork Is killed lit his lonely home, by an Indian. Motion pictures being shown here: Wallace Reid in "The Selfish Woman," and Irene Fcnwick In "Child of Destiny." "Twilight Sleep" in a "sensational" movie being shown here. II. A. J astro is here from San Francisco and J. M. Jameson has | returned from l.os Angeles. [ Rowen and Maurice Hall, Tom Mash, Jr., and Donald Monlhan motored to Frazier mountain for tho week end. THIRTY YKARS AGO (Tim I'aHfornlnn. this lUle, 1000) Headlines: Miner blown to pieces In Amalle district; Man boasts money gets him out of manslaughter charge: Judge orders his arrest and Investigation; Stolypin's life attempted; Revolutionists nearly carry out their .purpose In Russia; Roosevelt favors snelllng reform. Circus is coming to town on September IS. A. G. Jones, leader of the band here. Is preparing another concert program. A young man was killed and two seriously Injured when "heavy copper mats" Jolted out of position by a freight engine fell on them as they were asleep In a freight car here. J. R. Dorscy will preside at an Inquest Into tho death of tho miner killed In the Amalie explosion. of figure he would give half a million to get his girl back." "Too dangerous. He'd have the whole federal outfit after us." "Not dangerous tho way we plan It. We want you to erect a little smoke screen, crack open one of the smaller bunks, and while the attention of the local boys Is divided, tho girl disappears. That's all. A note comes to her parents netx day say- Ing she's tired nnd washed up with everything and has gone away—she won't say where—to rest awhile. And will they please ,not worry. "Then, while, the boys are still fretting themselves sick about that bank business, we get In a little demand note to tho family, with nobody the wiser. That Is, until get- tin' wise Is too late. You'll be back in Chicago with a good alibi and we'll bo running this place, same as we have been doing. Nobody could pin anything on us, because you did the Job." "Jobs," said Nelse slowly. "The bank and the snatch." "Both," Black said, "are right up your alley. And half of a half million for a night's work. You can't say that's not being generous." "And no risk taken!" "I wouldn't say that. Tho Walrus here will help you contact the family. We'll stage a fake raid at Frenchy's place across tho river— some of our boys dreH.sed up in police uniforms—so you can pull your stuff without the girl getting wise. We'll have the hide-out spotted." "Frenchy's p lace. How do you know she'll go there with mo?" "She's here tonight. And that fellow with her Isn't as good looking as you, Nelso. Nor half as smart, I'll bet. I have an Idea you could get thnt girl to go most anywhere!" "Switch out tho lights," Nelse said suddenly, in a calm, professional tone. *. • • Tho orchestra had struck up again and Molly and Wick were dancing. "I must admit," Wick was saying, "that the music Is fair for a place like this. Possibly the reason Is that the respectable butcher, baker and candlestick-maker come here to mingle on terms of gastronomic and terpslcborean equality with the burglars and blackmailers." "You're being fantastic," Molly laughed. Tho lights blurred while she was speaking, and suddenly went out, leaving only a dim, grayish haze through which tho dancers moved like shadows. The music swelled vl- brantlv as though to assure the crowd that everything was quite all right. She was thinking, "Dancing in the dark. Dancing dangerously with all kinds of people dancing around you In a queer sort of Intimacy." A tall shadow—Brent, of course- had come close and was tapping Wick on the shoulder. "Well, all right, Brent," Wick replied, his tone indicating he was reluctantly relinquishing her. Molly was whirled away in the darkness. Brent was really a grand dancer, but tonight ho was holding her too close. Now, without a word, he leaned his head down against her own. Holding her much too close, really. It was sort of thrilling, though, to have Brent holding her like that. The lights flared on and Molly gasped. She was looking Into the deep blue eyes of a stranger—tho good-looking young mnn who had stopped to speak to that group of men near her table a few minutes ago. He said anxiously, eagerly: "Please be a good sport. If you only know how I've wanted to talk with you. I read every line about you in the papers. And when I saw you here, dancing, I—well, I lost my head suddenlv and cut in." Molly said coolly, "It was outrageous." "I know it was," tho stranger admitted in a deep, earnest tone. "But I had to do It. When your escort sees us, he'll probably como over and give mo a punch in tho nose, unless you pretend you know me. You might call mo John Jones. Sam AUL MALLON—Copyright 1936) \\M8HINGTON, Aug. 25.—In poll•• tics, everything depends on I whore you sit. It la not unusual for J two politico*, looking upon tho same j set of facts from opposite vlew- | points, to roach opposite conclusions. But It is MOWS when two officials in the same government department got cross-i'.vcd from the statistics. For example, tho best laugh Agriculture Secretary Wallace enjoys these days comes whenever nnyono suggests the drought Is going to bring a serious food shortage or immediately inereiiHOd prices. He positively shakes, regularly once u week, when tho question is asked at his prt'Hs conferences. He .says such pessimist lo speculations by "amateurs" (meaning, of course, politicians In tho opposing camp) just roll him on the floor. Some alarm has boon felt for his persuiuil condition since, his own bureau of agricultural economics predicted n decided shortage In vegetables for canning and said prices probably 2,000,000 persons will have to be fed or given Job* with tho WPA. • • • A CCELKRATION—Railroad stalls**• ticlans believe car loadings will continue to Increase to a peak of 300,000 In October. Tho figure for the week ending August 15 was 730.•197 curs. Tho prophecy is being made in tho face of the drought. The breakdown on tho August 15 figure .shows tho Increase came In miscellaneous freight—lumber, ore livestock and coal. Grain loading? were off about S per cent and similar small decreases were registered In small lot merchandise and coke. OEART-SKIP — Nothing in tho 1 l Spanish civil war caused as much excitement within tho state department as the published report that Mexico was shipping 30 carloads of American ammunition. „.,„. „..,-.-„, Ulplonmtlsts havo been twisting would lie much higher. Later It also! themselves in knots trying to main- forecast the "smallest domestic sup-I tllln l1 "' K0 " d nun-Intervention front, ply of manufactured dairy products i '"">' kr l" "'" wll ' l '- s to Mexico City In five years." saying milk prodtic- i "'"ling until they received word tlon was li per coin lower than at I'""' tn " munitions wore at least Mexican owned, even though they this time last year. • • • \.MI3WP01NT8-\Vhlle Mr. Wallace jovially brushed aside (without may originally have emanated from this country. Threats 'made by Knglnnd. Germany and Italy, about the same It , .1 ., , , I «•«»••.* *»it*» iitiii , (iirirui Llll* Htllllt. denying) the suggestion that there | t i me , stirred comparatively little inside Interest. may bo Imports of corn and wheat. his B. A. K. officially admitted corn must bo Imported from Argentina — the only nation with :i Hiirplu.s. Ni) amount was mentioned by 11. A. K. American corn production Is ! »ivRii"uii' now estinuued at 1,440.000.000 bush- i £ \] l ", v i ols. as compared with ^.;ii)0.000.000 j . '.. '.\. ' i.,., .......... i... .,.. ,i..i. ,,.,,..._ .. ..... .,.,.. ! iimnj \ot IJADGKS—No official huzzahs lull *-* spread tho news, but America.. I military officers are currently being ive nn hist year, tho deficit being roughly SGo.OOU.dOU bushels. Argentina is support,-.: to havo about UtH,000,000 btibholn available for export. Tho fault of the U. A. 1C. apparently IH that the economists there aro looking at the situation from a rouliKilc rather than ;i political standpoint. Note—-It. A. 1C. announcements come through the official agriculture department publicity bureau, which also bundles Wallace's announcements. Indicating both a lack of cii-ordimitlon or a lack of censorship -••depending on your viewpoint. I-IKI.P—In new deal quarters, il is 1 ' rather gt-norallv ngrecd that this dro'iuhl Is C"liiK to be :i lontr term problem. Relief will hiivo lo bo continued well into next spring. It is ••slimaiod that, during tho winter, , tirs. tributing 117 in ,- .,.,,. . „ i ", . ,i ' £ ,,-u tn' e nt f ,', di-p.iitmont for dopanmorit in dis- tin- navy alono. Naval Thief of Operations Standl. in getting the order of the crown of Italy. For some reason not yet clear. Congress, in an ut'f-muinent, passed u law last session reli-uslng the medals previously denied to officers of tho army and navy. 1C—The Democratic speakers' *"" bureau Is choosing Its Maine stumpers with great care. ,\ f ( . w years ago. a noted Now Yorker was sent into Maine. In the fullness of his dignity, addressing nn audlonco. ho said: "Now. I know you will not understand this, but . . ." He WHN probably correct, because it WHS an Intricate subject, which he did noi fully understand himself, but Maino Democratic arrangers have not forgotten It. Smith or Mike Mahon. Something simple and easy to remember like that." Molly's eyes met the dark blue ones steadily. "T suppose you got paid for this kind of thing?" "What kind of thing?" •"Cutting In on people you don't know, keeping up tho reputation of this place for surprising happenings." Ho laughed.a little. "Does It have such a reputation? I've found if one of tho most stupid, harmless places I know, Molly Mllford." "I'm really not Interested In 'The Red Poppy's 1 reputation, but I would like to know how you know my name." "Do you think I could miss, with all the newspaper clippings and pictures I've cut out and saved?" He was smiling. A nice smile that revealed strong, white teeth. Ho had the assurance of a gentleman, yet some sixth sense of Molly's warned her that she couldn't bo certain. It was something you couldn't put your finger on. He wore tho clothes of tho men of her world. Ills manners, If you could forget that daring dance Interruption, were conventional. Yet. a strange, unfamiliar current had started her thoughts to racing spec- ulatlvely, thrlllingly. Standing against tho wall, watch- Ing her with a frown on his face, was Brent. Coming toward her was Wick. Molly raised a rebellious little flag. "Wick," she said quickly as he came nearer, "this is Sam Smith." Wick bowed, without extending his hand. "We'd better bo start- Ing," he said. "After the next dance." Molly spoke Impulsively. She saw the blue eyes of tho stranger light unexpectedly. As the music began, his arms went around her and they danced away. "I've decided to give you a chance to tell mo why you wanted to moot me." Molly said. "It's too long a story to tell now." His arms tightened a little. "1'vo been dreaming that some day I'd know you. All tho time I knew I couldn't . . . not Molly Mllford." "Why—Just because I'm Molly Milford?" "No. Maybe It was that way at first . . . reading about you, wonder- Ing how it would feel to be a man who could dance with the Golden Girl, take her out to dinner." ."Silly name, isn't it?" Molly laughed a little uncertainly. "No," tho stranger replied. Thero was something exciting in tho way he said it. As though he were leaving much unsaid. "I don't agree," Molly told him. "It's ridiculous. You're right, though, about this placo being stupid. I came here because I was told It was dangerous and exciting. I don't know what I expected. Perhaps that people would be throwing things at each other. Or tho police would come in and round everybody else up but me!" "What a nice, safe feeling." His voice mocked a little. "You could never imagine tho police looking for you!" "No. could you?" "Not yet. But wo never' know what our impulses might lead to. I'm not conventional. And I know somo unconventional night clubs that might give you the sort of thrill you wero looking for." "I've decided it may bo better not to know—" "Nothing over hapcns at Frenchy's—this place I'm talking about. He's Just a broken-down old French aristocrat who feeds a lot of down- and-outs for nothing, and serves the finest French food and wine to rich people at prices high enough to suit them." "Where do you work?" Molly queried. "In a bank." So he was just a nice young man •who worked in a bank and was dreadfully romantic about her. Heading all those newspaper accounts and wanting to meet her. And lie was terribly good-looking. "If," the young man was saying in a soft, urgent tone, "1 had gone to Harvard or Yale or Princeton, you'd have gone out with mo. But l' only attended tho University of the World and was left out of the Social Regis ter—" "That doesn't matter to mo." "You mean It!" • • • Before Molly could answer, there was Brent. A most determined Brent, cutting in with a vehemence that swept her into his arms like a resistless tide. Cutting In could bo done much more courteously than this stand-asido-and-be-darned-to-you attitude that Brent was taking. His voice was like ice. "What do you mean, dancing with strange men, you crazy little idiot?" "Please don't talk to mo as though I wcro still in kindergarten." Molly said. "And what right have you to assume—?" "Don't pretend with mo. I saw your face when tho lights went on I suppose this is a regular feature of tho place, giving somo of the patrons a chance to meet upper class In a democratic sort of way." "You sound like a snob." Moll, replied. "And I hate snobs. I don't know why 1 ever Imagine I am fond of you." "Then you do imagine it sometimes, Molly?" He had pulled her closer in his arms. ."Not when you talk like this." "Well, whether you like me or not, you're not going to see that fellow again." "Who's to prevent me, If I choose'.'" Molly's voice held a dangerous note. "If I thought he'd dura to follow up and anlt for a date, I'd wipe up the floor with him." "You've no right to order me around." "I have a right." There was a strange new note In flrent's voice. Molly's heart fluttered at the sound. "What right—7" "The right of a friend who Isn't going to let you make a fool of yourself." Brent said slowly, after a moment of hesitation. "Oh!" So that was all. Molly said | furiously, "I don't like being told i wh'it not to do." j It hadn't occurred to her before. l Hut now she was certain that if Sam j Smith—or whatever his name was— | Invited her to have dinner with him i she probably would go. (Continued tomorrow) theater building Is known in tho Broadway shabbinoss as both Heartbreak House and Amateurs' Paradise. On the third floor Is tho bevy of offices to which eager-eyed aspirants to various amateur hours IrudKc from all over, hugging the Bier Ambition. This floor Is the clearing house of dreams—tho rose tinted, medium and utterly forlorn. The amateur business Is nothing new to tho agency trade. There have been many since the days of Tony Pastor's. Recruit- Ing brash boys and girls for the hook or a five spot. Of course, since tho Major Bowes and Fred Allen triumphs on the air, along wllh tho veritable army of lesser amateur exploiters, this type of agency flourishes like the fabled cedars of Lebanon. And all amateurs seep up to the Strand's third floor to bivouac for calls. No one knows, of course, how long tho amateur appeal will last. One day it seems on tho wane and the next, booming. But one thing Is certain, thero Is no limit to the nobly rising supply of talent. There's 80 per cent more good stuff available than Is usable even with tho Increased outlet. Thyra Samter Wlnslow, now under long time contract to the movies as a result of a honey of a script she turned In for Claudette Colbert, can't convince strangers she Is from—now laugh, durn you!—Arkansas. Rather docs she suggest something socked to the chin with orchids stepping daintily out of Chanel's to a waiting Mercedes. At a Hollywood hoop-la, as of recent date, they wero fooling with one of those awful word games. The letter Y came to her to name a town beginning with that letter. As quick as that she said. Yollville. Only an up-the-holler Arkansan would know about that. Rae Van Buren Is considered a fashion plate among Illustrators. Even topping at times James Montgomery Flagg and the extravagantly shlrted Russell Patterson. Like most nifty dressers, his ensembles are studies In color contrasts. Somo day the hue Is an autumnal leaf brown and the next a sedate shade of ash gray relieved by touches of salmon pink. > Men who' Illustrate. Incidentally, aro almost invariably smart dressers. Tho Lyendecker brothers full evening spread always suggested two nonchalants stepping out tho clothing ads. Arthur William Brown was first to give cplorlsts the blue shirt with collar and canary yellow tie. In tho Broadway division, Ham Fisher totes the flashy honors. Doan Cornwoll Is considered ono of the bettor dressed In London and New York. Whllo Illustrators are Brummels. painters are usually tho opposite. In fact, they aro Inclined lo stress unkemptness. Bon AH Haggln is an exception. Tho smoker's realm on public conveyances has been vastly enlarged Once: Now: Last two rows for smokers!" "Rear half tor smokers." And seldom observance of restrictions. People smoke In any seat they occupy, other On an avenue bus top, the evening, were nine wom,en smokers to three men. To say noth- • Ing of the expensively furred grimal- kin who came up tho circular stairway near Saks smoking a small-sized cigar. A red-haired-looking Lillian Russell! Tpday I was thinking of those rakish juveniles, with the grins of grivets, who strutted back and forth a la Harry Rlchman before a musical comedy line of cutles. carollnR some man-that-broke-the-bank at Monto Carlo chanson. One such ditty ran: "There must be little Cuples In tho Briny. There must be llttla Cuplesi In the sea. AH I walk along the Prom, Prom, Prom, I wonder where all the pretty girls come from?" Then, the white flanneled lieutenant sauntering down the gangplank with: "So this Is the Isle of Blng Bong. But where are the girls?" And on they swooped— Queenle Vassar In the lead! Those were shows. The new generation has no conception of the thrills of early motoring, the pride of ownership. In our town was a respected citizen who became possessor of the first two- lunged Bulck. At the wheel and with •' Squire Mauck at his side, ho went chug-chugging one fine afternoon up Cemetery Hill. As the machine labored, the driver's face beamed and thus enraptured he turned and said (he lisped): "Squire, thith Ith blith!" What happened immediately afterward Is on the hospital records of the town, after they wero dug out of a ditch. EDITOn'S NOTTS The CAlitornlAn will print letters from r«uder». Such letters MOST be oon- flnrcl to 150 wonts written Imlhly Anil on one Hide or the pAner. Thn npAre limit Is Imperative. No nnonj-mous communications will he printed. This Is emphatic. The rallfonilan rwerres the right to delete or reject any or all manuscripts and is not resprmnlhle for sentiments contained therein, letters of more than 150 words will he rejected. Brevity is a dealrahlo feature. They must he hona fidelr sinned hy the writer with complete address given, although the name mar not be published. MEETING ONE-LIGHT CARS Editor The Callfornlan: One of the most interesting things about driving an automobile Is to figure out various safe driving practices and then see them work. , A person may be prepared for trouble many times, before the trouble actually comes along. Every time you meet two cars coming along toward you close together it is a good Idea to bo be prepared for the second car turning out to pass. It will not happen often, but once is enough. Also when it does come about and you do escape there Is somo satisfaction In knowing that your system, so to speak, is practical. Last Monday evening had an interesting eaxmplo of this on the Kern River canyon road. Somo friends stopped overnight here and since they were from Ohio I undertook to show them some of tho country. Didn't get over to the canyon until nearly dusk, but they saw quite a bit of scenery, which perhaps was better in the dim light. Coming back It was dark enough. Now one thing to watch out for at night Is a single light. It might be a motorcycle, but It Is far more likely to be an automobile with only ono light lit. Safe practice Is to figure that tho blind light is the ono closest to you. If it is not, then you are Just that much safer. Well, we met a car with one light coming around a curve. According to the line in tho road, figuring the car was where It belonged, the light closest to me was lighted. There was a chance, however, and since we had room to turn out, we turned out. Call It luck, or whatever you wish, but we just missed a collision. Tho car was way across tho white lino on the wrong side, my side. It waa the off headlight that was lit. My friends from Ohio said they havo the some sort of drivers' back there. At any rate I am glad we avoided the trouble. Once an actor, always an actor— like an old fire horso, I'm ready for the first sound of the bell.—Maurice Costello. It Is a very good-natured strike and not of great Importance in France.—Jesse Isldor Straus, U. S. ambassador to France, commenting on latest strike In that country. Thero wero no cauldrons for tho cannibal victims . . . tho victims were cooked on hot stones, not In kettles as the American cartoonist bollr-ves. •— Kuta Rngoso, Solomon Island ohleftaln visiting United States. Relief and WPA checks have put the vagrant out of business.—Willlam N. MeNalr, mayor of Pittsburgh. Naturally a person should drive on his own side of tho road. When, however, you are driving with tho left-hand light out, it Is a good precaution to get even further to the right. All cars you meet might not figure it was tho off light. For those of us meeting one-eyed cars at night. Just remember to figure tho safest way you can. Sometimes you can get a reflection out of the dead light, but when you cannot, then take it for granted the one) closest to you Is out. F. B. WILLIAMS. , 2128 Nineteenth Street. Bakersfield, Aug. 21, 1936. i SWIMMING POOLS Editor Tho Callfornlan: Are the proposed swimming pools necessary to tho citizens of Bakersfield who .will vote on the J98.680 bond issue and subsequent upkeep next Tuesday? It is asserted that, counting the canals which run through the city and around It during the swimming season, Bakersfield has more miles of water lino than Santa Monica and that If It were not for the bridges It would be hard to get out of town without getting wet. 4 At Kern County Park is one of the finest places to swim In the state. One of the state's largest private swimming pools lies on Union avenue. At tho junctio.n of R street and Seventeenth, two blocks south of Central Park, is a natural swimming pool with a sand beach right In the city, which can be made available for bathing by spending a few hundred dollars for a spillway of boards or pipe to take the swift current across to the other side. Drowning accidents will happen wherever there is water and the percentage of deaths may be higher in protected pools as people may get careless as they do In driving the straightaway to the Ridge route where more automobile accidents oc/ cur than on tho Grapevine. A. J. MASON. Bakersfelld, August 21, 1930. CANDIDATES AND BUDGETS Editor Tho Caltfornlan: Tho thing that Interests us most In government is the cost of It. Thero have been dozens of statements by local candidates In the paper and over the air about what they think of this and that, but I haven't read or heard ono single analysis of cither county or stato government expenditures and What can be done to reduce them. I wonder how many of tho candidates for supervisor and assemblyman havo read their respective budgets for this year? I wonder if they had read them whether they could hnve refrained from saying Homo- thing about them? 1 wonder, if they haven't taken the, trouble to study tho main object of their office before running, whether they will do HO If elected? JAM 138' It. PARRY. Bakorsfleld, August 22, 1938. (By FREDERIC J. HASKIN)= Q. How large do sponges grow?—• H. D. A. Unusually large ones may measure about six feet in circumference. A THOUGHT FOR TODAY I,et thy garments l>r always white; anil let thy head lack no ointment.-—Ecclcs last ca 9:S. • * « Cleanliness of body was ever esteemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.—Bucop Q. How old is the Epworth League?—J. B. A. This solcety of young people was founded May 15, 18S9. Q. Why is Brlght's disease so called? L. S. A. Dr. Richard Bright, of England, first investigated Its character about 1825. A reidtr can t«t the miner lo an> question of fact b> urlllne The Kakenlleld TaUfonilau Information Rureiu. Frederic J. Haakln. PI rector. Waihlnalon, U. l'. rieaae enclwt l bred iwl cent* for reply. Q. How many persons suffer from hay fever?—T. L. , A. Approximately 4,000,000 Americans are afflicted with this malady. Q. Is Sessue Hayukawa atill In the movies?—T. J. A. He is now playing in motion pictures in Kamakura, Japan. Q. How long has England had national health insurance?—R. T. B. A. Tho scheme of national health Insurance in Great Britain was founded on the National Insurance Act. litlt. which was brought Into operation on July 15, 1912. i Q. Was Columbus ever on llm mainland of North America?—M. K. I A. He did not sot foot on thB i nviinlanU. I

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