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h-i . \--l- • » Friday In poat office at Bakersfleld, California, an second class tnall under the aci of Congress March 3. 1879. MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press la exclusively entitled tn the use for publication of all news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited In thia paper, and also the local new a published therein. REPRESENTATIVES West-Holiday Co.. Inc. Kaw York. Chicago, San Francteco, Loa Aneelcs, Seattle, f ortland. Denver WASHINGTON, D. C., BUREAU The Haskin Service. Waahlncton. D. C. THAT VEXATIOUS DELAY base destroyed 40 of these huge siiperbomb- crs. Lack of Chinese bases for shuttle bombing over Japan will seriously inconvenience our forces. It would seem that they will be under the necessity of returning to their own bases in the Pacific islands now being captured, one by one, from their Japanese garrisons. W Americans will be pleased to sec the day when our bombing of Japanese industrial centers, instead of being occasional in schedule, will have the routine regularity of the ECEXTLY this paper carried a local story J>«|»Mng of .Horlin and German industrial cities. Japan is an ideal large! in the military sense for bombing because of the flimsy type of much of its domestic construction. Air and anti-aircraft defenses are strong about the manufacturing areas. To date, however, our losses on the few raids we have made have not been heavy nor beyond the accepted ratio for successful missions. This week, by the closing of a gap between Yungming and a place called Waitsap, northwest of Canton, the Japanese will have effected their domination of the entire Chinese coastal areas. If we could have held Chinese coastal bases it would have been much easier to have bombed Japan from the mainland and the Pacific islands, striking from two directions at the same time and using either series of bases interchangeably, but this situation now seems past. HPL 1 Jhe W T J od EDITOR'S NOTE—Until »uch t1m« •• Ernie Pyle'a column U returned following hii vacation. thl« apace will be used for war feature atorier By J. M. ROBERTS, Jr. By Aft ROC ia ted which, among other things, included a statement by Roland Cumin, secretary of the Central Valley Project Association, wherein he expressed his intention of returning at once to Washington to ascertain Avhy a fund appropriated for the construction of the Frianl-Kcrn Canal had not been requisitioned to create that improvement, so essential to tbc welfare of the South San Joaquin Valley. And a good many people beside Mr. Curran would like to sec set forth the reasons for that seeming neglccl. TheFriant Dam was practically completed many months ago but it is without value until such time as a waterway is constructed to enable the farmers to make use of a grail natural resource. But no practical step has been taken. Instead, a vast volume of water has run to waste into the Bay and \vilh the approach of another winter season we recognize that a similar waste will be recorded and that, loo, with funds available for the consummation of this vital project. Obviously it was an error to place control of this important enterprise in the hands of the Federal government. No reason exists why the state could not have bonded itself to finance such work. Yes, even the area directly benefited could have done so with assurance that the obligation over a period of time could have been met and without placing too great a burden upon the properties concerned. But that is water under the bridge now. Ever since the Federal government was given control, and since appropriation was made to consummate the project, the people who are so directly interested in the enterprise—and by people we mean the entire state—must accept the situation as it has been created. But at (he same time they, like the secretary of the Association, wish to know why all this unnecessary and vexatious delay. Two recent developments in official frankness have blown like refreshing rlrafts through a United Nations Atmosphere which rapidly was becoming stultified. They may, In the long run, prove as important as the fighting which overshadowed them. We are beginning to get some light on the situation In China through a partial relaxation of what has been one of the world's tightest censorships, and on our relations with Russia. Clyde Furnsworth of the Associated Press tells us from Kunming that all the fine stories we have heard of the Chinese fighting qualities have been meaningless because of Inadequate military leaders. 1-:rooks Atkinson of the New York M^l Times, in reporting at least partial revival of free speech at Chungking, indirectly confirms what has been widely feared—that governmental practices in China have embodied many of the very things we are fighting against, in Europe. LOCAL OPA OFFICE r, TiiHortiii (he proposed consolidation of the Oflice of Price Administration here, the same service could be offered the public and a saving in administration costs could be effected il would seem to be a good thing. The supervisors are now considering the Almost simultaneously John Hightower In Washington tells how America and Britain have to tip-toe in dealings with Stalin, indicating that liaison is still very insecure and that much remains to be done to assure postwar co-operation; and how we are putting some pressure on China for a reorganization of her poorly handled war effort. Both of these situations, hidden as well as they could be tinder diplomatic top hats, have been worrying observers for months. Not only because of what was inherent in them> but because of the explosion they might cause in public opinion the more they were suppressed. AVe have Just had in Italy an example of too much hush-hush. The Allies are in trouble with Italian public opinion because of a speech by Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia with which they originally had nothing to do. Tito demanded territory Italy nan held since Versailles. The psychological warfare branch eliminated that passage from the version to be published in Italy. The Italians picked it up from broadcasts, and now everybody's in a stew. The revelations about Russia and China—perhaps "clarifications" would be the better word, since the situations have been at least felt, if not generally known—should not be taken as adding to the gloom. The mere fact that the conditions are now out in the open could mean that people will be better informed on relations, and that such progress as is made will not be merely a false front erected by diplomats. It could mean that relationships themselves are better than they were—that there is 11 friendlier, more realistic meeting ground—else the more open. Discussion would not have been permitted. Perhaps it only means that the whispering and tip-toeing no longer could be maintained. But the more hopeful view is that the international negotiators are beginning to realize that ony lasting peace must be made not by diplomats, but by whole peoples, fully informed, so that in the light of events they will not turn away in revulsion from anything they have permitted in ignorance. y woo umn (By ERSK1NE JOHNSON) " With the campaign argument, Where else can you get a guy as proposal suggested by F. B. Cope, of the Iff*. a8 ' am *™ $1 " f °° a y ,rT 11 ™ •' . ,.!.',. M 1 looka llke a ™ m st *r will be rrcsilO district. J. II. Warrior, district direc- elected to make state laws in the tor, is reported to have guaranteed that there Ca »f°™ia Assembly this year. . . . ' ..... . I Tne actor turned politician is £1- would be no curtailment in service. Those favoring the consolidation of the I ±™& d district by an 800 ° three Bakcrsfield niiion boards inlo one central panel urge the move be made here vote majority. No, he didn't get nominated by promising all the ladies screen tests. "But being an actor," he said, "I because most of the business of the bureau I djclr f, 1 "*!" 5 ^ 111 in S ?T Weh 5 sp ° ts> " Like the time a lady in Pasadena JS HOW Conducted by mail, Or {);> per cent of | called him on the telephone and gushed, "We're having a political rally. Please come over, Mr. Dekker, and say something amusing about the rationing, according to the statement HOW TO CELEBRATE made before the supervisors. Congressman Alfred Elliott is reported to favor the consolidation providing there is no curtailment of services to the people, accord- J erotiated this deal myseifT "AH he ing to William S. Elliott. the Constitution." Then there's his agent, who, tongue In cheek, wants 10 per cent of his salary. "I told the guy I ne- A consolidation similar to that proposed gets on this one is 6 per cent." And then there is the "Master of the Flame." The "Master" is driving Dekker crazy. Every time he for this district was accomplished in San speaks at a political meeting a little Hm-iTiivlinrfc (/» Hm *MI ticfn/»ftB^rt ^f »l,^ t -^ « uv wans ior mm ouisiae. we wants IHERE will be wjdc approval of Hie senli- 1Jcindldjno lo tllc * a »"a"ion of *nose up to DckkePi ffrunta meanjnfflefl8lyi • * i I^t* i i _ i* .i *hv v"^ • i • • * 11 *«• .. •* .iji «* meat expressed by the Kern County Post- Planning Council that when the war , according to Mr. Elliott. If the same service can be given the peo- with Germany is concluded, as apparently it I P lc and an <* ono '»y accomplished by the will be at a day not loo far distant, there be consolidation ^ would seem to be a good no nation-wide celebration. It will be difli- move ' Thc " ' cult, of course, to avoid a certain degree of ' under jubilation. Some of us remember the first War and what happened when the 5 building is reported sideration at this time. hands him a card and then disap pea rs. The card reads: "F. J. Bielaky— Master of the Flame." There's a telephone number and that's all. "Somebody told me that he goes to all political rallies and hands out those cards," Dekker whispered, as if fearing the guy would popup any minute. "If I had time I'd call the Perhaps the chief difficulty in the pro- I number and find out what's cookin' posal is finding a site suitable to all persons ' wilh the Flame -" matter their studv. RANDOM NOTES news came that the Armistice was signed. | Denied. The supervisors will give this In the war of today there will be no armistice. Victory in Europe will come with the occupation of Germany, with the capture of Berlin and with the leaders of the Nazis I Aflain rc f err ing to the tour to be made by either m jail and facing trial, or fugitives I Vice-President Wallace in behalf of a fourth from justice. k (ernij lcl us , ]Opc hc (akes ajong wi(h him a ^ But nevertheless there are many more | copy of the ]cl(er wrilten by E M important things to occupy the attention of the people than can be emphasized by a gen- j firossmail ~iK ^Fullmer orSo"utl7caroHni Mr. Diggers directs the attention of the Rep- tween acting, currently in the Hedy Lamarr picture "Experiment Perilous" at RKO and making speeches, Dekker is a very busy Rent. No one writes his speeches either. "If they did," Dekker said, "I would become what actors are—a " puppet. Whatever I say," he laughed, "I'm to blame." At speechmaking Dekker admits he's pretty good. "I can ad lib for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 2 days or until they walk out," he says. He was drafted as a nominee, he says, because of his active interest in the Hollywood Democratic committee and, before that, with Actors Equity in New York. "I've always been sympathetic to labor," he said. If this country can build huge factories overnight and spend billions on a war we can certainly build a better country for the people after the war. It is no longer a question of CAN we take care of the people—the question now is, WILL we take care of the people?" If elected — and it looks as though he will be — Dekker hopes to institute something "better than a dole" for the postwar jobless. "I'm not going to just sit up there in Sacramento and do nothing. I heard a speech the other day. Someone said a Senator back in Washington had made a national reputation for himself as an economist. Whenever a bill is introduced this gent gets up and says, 'It's a good idea — but it will cost too much money.' That's all he ever says. That's not my idea of representing the people." Dekker figures his film career will not suffer when he gets to Sacramento. The California State Assembly meets only three months a year. Hence the $1200-a-year salary. The term is for two years. As a candidate for the Assembly, Albert Dekker is getting more publicity than he ever received as an actor. Hollywood is plastered with signs reading, "Albert Dekker for Assembly." He's really very serious about It all. Even his pals are calling him "Senator." (Copyright, 1944, NEA Service. Inc.) iggers of Houston, Texas, and addressed (o Con- TLe eaders' Vi eral celebration now. In that connection we EDITOR'S NOTE—L*l ten should ta limited to 150 word*; may attack tdeaa but Dot persons; must not be abusive and should be written legibly and oo one side 'of the paper. The Caltfornian U not resitoosiblu for the sentiments contained therein and rwerre* the right to reject any letters, hcttara must bear an authentic address and signature, although the** will be withheld U desired, ^_ fc ^ i ^^ ^^ f^%f^^ ^"^ ^ ~* ^^ * ' *^* ^~"^ * ~^* * m *-* • * *-•• »•»^»* ^»» ^^-f • • like the exprcsswn made by the Council rcsc nlativc to the fact that in Mr. Wallace's wherein it is stated that we should "carry out VDay as a day of rededicalion to the QUEBEC CONFERENCE Editor The Californlan: and postponement of the Pacific war. Enough additional thousands of administration as secretary of agriculture I A te i e p'Uhic report on the Quebec I Amer >can boys will die that the rent B *>00 000 niffs wore slniichftprprl i* \vrro him- conferenc'p- we get for the & round wherein they u,_uu,uuu \n^ >\LIC siau^uiciLU as ^crc nun- |conteience. w|U be buried will about make our F. D. R., the great liberator, the ] empire self-sustaining-, . indispensable one—"Well, "Winnie, dairy cows were not allowed lo survive and | Eleanor and i are he 8000 not even their hides were saved "because "We shall certainly do our share of the job. X will promise to make W. C.—"Yes! Yes! But Jet me do I 12 blistering, blustering speeches, i •*• -j ^— •*-*•*-* j v -^- v • * r*^ •-' " ^^ "' ^* ** * *** *•* n * m * ^^ "• **~ ^* ^-* "* * * ^*^» supreme task of winning the total war, and dmls of |] K)USands of brood sows; all citizens are urged to co-operate wilh the churches in their proposals in favor of a day of Prayer and Ihankscivlnu thai \vr nro ono ]\ < i j i """~~ ". rT~7i ' !T~7 ) the talking as usual. While I could ) and will see that our military and .•J, r,, i»*nKy\infe Ml *C ate OI1C (hal would J owcr Ulc ncc of J eather and at * ins ™ion s . « "aval big 8hots make one every big step nearer to final victory." We will have a problem still to solve when wMnor*ttoril new pair!" Germany is occupied; there is yd the task of placing Japan in position where it never a time when shoes were so high most people | usual, thought it would be a nice gesture to bring them. victory you achieve. And in the ca; again precipilalc a war such as is now meantime I'll work up a nice war But I must between the United States and bo br ef as I have to hurry back to u. Si s< R Natura ]iy, they are next consolidate the territories you are on our jj st 111 the same letter it is pointed OUt that liberating and turning over to our "That will be all for now, Frankle. king. The orders are, in short— | and i hope you have a nice trlp in progr Japan in the Pacific. Germany and exactl the occupy exacy e same postion insofar as the future of the world is concerned; they have demonstrated that thev ^ down in Texas a number of large landhold- "As soon as you have things all home. " AMERICA FIRST. ON SANITATION an ;hr ers arc each paid in excess of $5000 per |' lice a " d cozy in Europe, you win 1 turn a11 vour attention to the Pacific year lor not producing crops. MailV of them where us Allies have been doing i ,. nrpttv irood so far I shall release ' Editor The California: are insurance companies and corporations J or t ^ venture such of your long- ihut never did produce anv crops. Others »' ane:e boml ^ rs and y° ur best 8hi H ?^^^n^»^ l Si^ ^^ 1 J 'as we feel we shall not need to estab- I lar £e trees or be fined $300. There our air and sea commerce while I see by the paper the residents re some very beautiful trees; some that bear fruit such as .mulberry, allowed their lands to lie idle because they made more from government largess than I y ™J>; en £Srop^ i» wonderful for jeJiy and they COUld by working it. The tenants on | furnish 98 per cent of the men, I eatm ^ »ut they claim the falling on these lands went to the cities and got on relief and thousands of rich bottom acres. I ports and landing barges. . . wend a lend-lease destroyer to join Dii grass and weeds, | yo ur arc ruined for all time. means nothing to them. There is hut one way to treat such offenders and that problem concerns decent citizens of decent nations the world over. So we hope that rather than a wild celebration al the conclusion of the war wilh Germany, there will be manifested a realization of the gravity of the situation that still confronts the Allied nations, one lhal calls I mKlucm « motion, some foreign governments ™ for the crushing of Japan as well. money and munitions, most of the th . e . e r . OUI "? ca " ses Pallomyeleteii warships, all of the food, trans- I which is disgusting to talk about. I will I Now if the city dads would do something about Lake street, which grown up with Johnson grass and weeds, I your fleet"witiT"a Lord*Hig'h God"of I serves as a refuffe for tin can! ?' rest the Fleet aboard. You have no such ™oms and dead animals. 1 saw title so that will place him in su- children swimming in the canal and promo command of the fleet. I dead lambs and cats floating in the 1'he same author points OUt that while (might let Sir Ike Eisenljower be inh vater . and so many children have i , II l I - A > • -if .command of the ground forces as he ^ ee " los ^ * believe in taking care of lUIHlholdlTS HI America Were paid lor not hus fu | thfu iiy ke p t his promise, that health But such as trees, unless they HtlBh army would be assigned I are obBlructln ff the view of the in to a sector where the enemy was CHINESE AIR BASES > *f 3 4ER1CAX air bases, built by the backbreaking labor of thousands of Chinese, hiive been lost to our forces as the Japanese hjiye virtually cut China in two parts and taken over the seacoast littoral. The Japanese, with their recent successes in China, now control practically all the area from Manchuria to the South China sea. THeir sovereignty over this large expanse that our bomber bases, presumably for the B-29s, are no longer available. sral Joseph W. Sill well lias refuted the Japanese *iaim that one attack on a 13-29 i-.f ™- ; . l are paying farmers a bounty to produce dangerous. cotton. And the author of the letter says: *'I fear the confusion, turmoil and strife." tersection, why not leave them alone; another question, why don't •Th«r - are your three commit- I the garbage collector* put the cov ments: First you will win buck the ers back on the cans and disinfect? Again it may be said that Mr. Wallace could interest his audiences if lie talked kin.- Burma c.l welU and hUMaJgr „ u- * ' clean. Pray tell me what can be We pay for all of that. They spill the leave it for rubber plantations. keep your armjes in India, Egypt, , w ^ t .^ ,,„„„«!*«,,„ *u n¥1 South African and any place else I ™»" .JL""* y , . .. ... • ,, . t . . iinuv designate, no* to fight the ' smi ine > about these things in the tour he IS going to | enemy but in case the natives of that? And m about the trees that let their overripe fruit fall. I know we would rather clean up liakr* and if ho rlnnc nol nnrp ahnut rlicniicc I those places might think the AUan- , ft th tre«s than thP ffarhair« iidKL, anu u ne dots not caie aUOUt CIISCUSS- tic chartep O r your Four Freedoms I a « e r tne uees man tne garbage c oiiBC tors • ing them, and maybe he won't, what about might apply to them. Third, you c«« 0 * rtl , T«.,. i 4 i AI • I wni see that China IB proitrate so benator Iruman who took the nomination I we w ai have no opposition when we Very truly, A CONSTANT READER, LETTER CARRIERS Wallace had been led to believe would hap- away from him in the Convention at Chi- move back into Hongkong. You will %» /I . i-onvenuon at U,m I ot ^ Jn flny hufry to aocoinp nah 1 Editor The CallCornlan: . cagO/ It was quite contrary to what Mr. | these things as you will need more On behalf of Branch No. 782, Nato develop our empire. You tlonal Association of Letter Carriers, airfields, railroad*, highways I wish to extend sincere thanka to pen before the ballot was taken. And the l a "d machine shops, get other bll- your group for the fine publicity and 4-i | llrtl <* i rp ii i n • lions of dollars worth of equipment comments of the recent convention lact llml Senator Iruman was the beneilCl- (spread over it for eur u«e after H Is of the California State A»8ociation all over. of Letter Carriers. Sincerely, . "At the Hot Springs food confer- H. U STREET, Ot the administration I ence H nd Dumbarton Oalui. money ] SecreMiry, Bakersfield Branch No. conference, J have taken pare of your future with my adroit handling rom Fil es o ary emphasizes the thought that hc might well discuss some phases emphasized by Mr^Biggers The Californian TEN YEARS AGO (The California!!, this date, 1934) Charles Wakefield has been chosen as director of the reorganized Elks chorus. Mrs. W. J. Schultz was re-elected president of Kern County Women's Christian Temperance Union when members met this morning. Mrs. A. Y. Meudell presented a talk on her trip to Hawaii when DeMolay Mother's Club met yesterday. Mrs. Pearl Lane was elected president of Gamma Kappa Phi sorority at the home of Mrs. Clair Marchino last night. Headlines: Net Closing on Llndy Suspect; Bruno Richard Hauptmann, German Carpenter, Under Arrest on Charge of Receiving Lindbergh Ransom Money. Sukkoth feast is being observed by Hebrews here with'Rabbi Benjamin Cohen in charge of the service. Scores of Bakersfield people have formed parties to attend Max Reinhardt's presentation of "Midsummer Night's Dream" at Hollywood Bowl. TWENTY YEARS AGO (The Californlan. tlila date. 19 2O l)r. Suzanne Thropp, Delphian lecturer, will present her first talk of a year's series Friday, October 17. Mrs. J. W. Mahon will preside. Mrs. J. I. "\Vagy entertained wives of a group of county officials at luncheon today. An important land deal was brought to a close today when Los Angeles Athletic Club purchased the 2,000-acre Miller & Lux Maple ranch at Connor station. Construction of a $30,000 clubhouse is planned. A Chinese girl was jailed today on charge of shoplifting. Simpson F. Holstein will be associated with the law trim of Wiley & Harvey. Delano is planning the erection of a $3000 jail. Leigh H. Irvine addressed Boosters Club today on the value of Kern County's Chamber of Commerce to the Community. THIRTY YEARS AGO (The California!!, this date, 1914) The large dining room of Messina hotel is to be converted into a ballroom by the management. Mrs. Frank Hagen has been spending some time at Green Bay, Wis. Joseph Loeb of Lost Hills has taken a short leaae on the Fhotplay theater adjoining Para's, and will show free, for a month, a Lost Hills picture. Glenn Stoker, motorcycle racer, will be in Bakersfield Sunday to arrange for races on an early date. Head of the Red Cross division in Rhirieland today showed American correspondents "dum-dum" bullets, 1000 of which he said had been found on English soldiers taken at Maubeuge. The office of The Bonanza, a newspaper at Tonopah, was damaged this morning by the explosion of three sticks of dynamite. There had been friction between. Western Federation of Miners and Industrial Workers of the World, and the Bonanza had taken an active part favoring the federation miners. FORTY YEARS AGO (The California!!, this date. 1904) i Women of Woodcraft, Sequoia Cir- J cle, celebrated its fourth birthday anniversary last night. It now has a membership of 120. Judge Ben Brundage's house was burglarized at an early hour last night. I In honor of Mrs. J. B. Cowley who Is moving to Fresno, Ladies Auxiliary to Brotherhood of Railway Conductors, entertained at a party last night. Jo P. Carroll resigned as secretary of Eagles Lodge last night. W T illiam Brunswick arrived last night to Investigate circumstances in connection with the death of hie brother, Herman, who died of injuries received when being taken from Midland lodging house during the fire. * -— — FIFTY YEARS AGO (The Californian, this date, 1894) Editorial Note: Kern is the most expensively governed county in the state in proportion to its population. The county clerk receives $6400 per year and the closest to that figure ts San Luis Obispo county with $4000. Population of Kern is 9808 and of San Luis Obispo 16,072. Other public officers are correspondingly highly paid. Officers are stationed north of town on the lookout for the man who shot Marshal Hall at Visalia. Al Moore, who interfered in a fight between a friend and a Mexican Saturday night, received a severe abdominal slash with a knife. He was rushed to the hospital and his assailant escaped. R. D. Harris is planning to open a fruit and general produce store in the American Chop House, SO THEY SAY The war has produced many surprises, but none more important than the discovery that a modern empire does not necessarily disintegrate under the shock of war. The century which has annihilated space has produced a mass longing for . . . keeping together in protective groups.—Miss Silen Wilkinson, chairman British Labor party. I<Yom western Europe, Russia, the Balkans and Italy a grinding pressure on Germany is now steadily mounting in intensity. Whatever time it takes, long or short, the screws will continue to be turned until the enemy cracks.—Secretary of War Henry -L. Stimson. The failure to recognize that, this war Is a world illness and not due solely to German belligerency is the background for some well-meaning but futile suggestions as to a cure.-— Di\ William Seifriz at University of Pennsylvania. 782, National Association of Letter Carriers. PEN SHAFTS The Japs are finding its difficult to "save face." Over here the ladies do it easily with a trip to the drug store. The human tongue has only 11 muscles—all terribly strained by some people. Speaking of beauty contests, have. you noticed the fall leaves? While driving autos or bargains U is safer to keep to the right. A THOUGHT FOR TODAY Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father. —/ Timothy 5:1. * * * Toung men think old men fools, and old men know young men to be so.—Caxnden. N ews N ews (By PAUL MALLON) WASHINGTON, Sept. 22.—The official stories say there will be another bumper crop this year, but Borne of the private experts suggest it will turn out to be much less than last year as a whole. .Decreases will come in soy beans, flax, corn, peanuts, hay, oats and barley. Economic Stabilizer Byrnes IH asking $2,000,000,000 to handle the officially predicted surpluses, but the housewife knows there are obvious further shortages in butter and cheese, and rationing Js still going. Vermont's Senator Atken is promoting a restoration of the food stamp plan to dole out the supposed surpluses, but there are no needy to justify such a dole. • Reports from official quarters suggest the army is overstocked in Europe, and certainly it is true that the jojj of feeding northern Europe, will be less than we expected. Conditions in Germany as well as France seem less drastic on that score than we anticipated. But there are no official figures to show how much overstocking the defenses services have done, or in what lines. Toss all these and other similar news evidences of the food situation into the air, and you will find very little solid fact floating to the ground. About the only visible fact Is that this is an election year and the administration is worried about the polls- showing Dewey leading in the farm regions. Gross panaceas to aid the farmer naturally are in order, and it may be necessary to wait until after the election to get any clear cut absolute picture of the situation. Even so, there seems to be confusion among the managers here of our managed economy, some of whom are political. The stories of surpluses sound good to consumers and processors, but make the farmer shaky. Some of the outsiders (Dewey sympathizers, no doubt) suspect the planners of over-emphasizing surplus prospects in all official bulletins to restore complete postwar acreage control to Washington. The old AAA crowd has not lost its desire for regimentation, even though war necessities have forced an opposite policy to promote u t- most production—and those are the boys who make the official statistics. No doubt they would like to get the* farm situation back in their laps, where they had it. The food stamp plan on the other hand will certainly be killed by Congress. It will no doubt get out of the full agriculture committee to the floor. But the Senate is not likely to approve, and even if U does, the House will not. The measure clearly lacks urgency, as well as justification. The Bunk head idea for govern* ment purchase of the full cotton crop (which along with wheat is good) has better justification but ia running into questions as to where the government could store U and keep It, at what cost and in what condition for protection against deterioration. No doubt the government would further like to take more food off the rationing list before election. But the inner condition of various lines does not encourage such action—a pretty fair indication that surpluses moment are hard to find. , prohibitive increase in point of catsup, fruit and tomato recently was officially at- to "increased army de- ut thfs action also enables at the The values juices tributed mand."' continuance of mechanics of the rationing system by taking in the blue points, earlier lifted from vegetables and a few other items. Yet the vegetable canning outlook for winter is not up. Furthermore, sugar allotments for home canning did not do the job of promoting the, usual amount of that home food supply for the winter. Home canning is definitely down. So anyone who assured facts will of looking behind until after November 7. All I find there now is politics. clarity and save the trouble the food news (World copyright. 1944. by King Feature! Syndicate. Inc. All rights reserved, Reproduction In full or In part strictly prohibited.) umn (By PETER EPSON) Unfortunately for the voter in this or any other political campaign, there are two kinds of honesty. The first is honesty, the second is political honesty. The observation is not new, but it is again timely. The trick of being just politically honest consists of making statements which are true as far as they go but do not tell the whole truth, or are presented in such a way that they lead to false conclusions or place wrong emphasis on any given set of facts. Under the double standard of political morals this is not considered being dishonest. It is merely considered being politically smart. For instance, it is politically honest to say that United States national income is higher today than it has ever been in American history. Farm income is greater, wages of labor are higher, profits before taxes are bigger. But to imply from these statements that the country is now more prosperous and on a sounder financial basis than it has ever been, with the living standard higher than ever before, is politically dishonest. Higher national income is being attained only by greater government borrowing, by increasing the national debt, by increasing government spending for materials of war. The higher national income argument therefore falls of its own weight if it be raised as a reason for continuing the Democratic party in office. No one party or no one candidate, however, has any monopoly on political dishonesty. For years, the critics of President Roosevelt have writhed at what they considered the political dishonesty of many of the New Deal objectives, the Four Freedoms, the Atlantic Charter, the present emphasis upon the President's perfectly constitutional position as Commander-in-chief, the disavowal of there being political significance to so many of his activities. And evidence is piling up that Governor Thomas E. Dewey is just as much of an old master at this sort of thing as anybody else. When the governor busted into the Dumbarton Oaks postwar security planning by attacking rumored pro* posals as domination of smaller na* tions by the Big Four powers, he was being- entirely politically honest. At the time, however, he gave no indication he knew—if he did know —tha t Secretary of State Cordell Hull had Insisted agreement among the Big Four was first requisite to later co-operation with smaller countries. Hull, if he had wanted to, might have shown the governor up as being: not too well informed on what he was trying to talk about. To save the conference from being dragged into politics, Hull refrained from this, and instead invited Dewey to send his foreign policy adviser Foster Dulles to get a fill-in on what went on. Dewey in effect thus became a partner in postwar planning and he can claim part credit for any Dumbarton accomplishments. This is smart politics, but not what you would call hundred per cent cross your heart and hope to die honest. You may reduce to similar absurd* ities the charges by Dewey that Roosevelt did nothing to prepare the American people for^war, and that War Mobilization Director James F. Byrnes'a plans for demobilization are six months too late. Memory seems to whisper with a shout that four years ago the Republicans were lambasting this fellow Roosevelt for being a warmonger, for wanting to build 50,000 airplanes a year, for wanting: to drag this country into another unholy European war. And If,, six months ago, you had asked Dewey or the Republicans for their blueprint of demobilization, all you would have drawn is a vacant stare. There isn't anything morally wrong with this kind of political dishonesty. Roosevelt has been charged with dishing out the same line for years. The intelligent voter, however, won't let either of these big boys fool him for a minute. nesoons an A nswers Q. "What were the Ragged Schools? F, G. A. This was a name given in Great Britain to those institutions supported by voluntary contribu tion» for the education of neglected children and the consequent prevention of juvenile crime. The Idea of forming such schools was due to Portsmouth cobbler, John Pounds, who about 1S19 began to take In the ragged children of the district in which he lived and teach them while he was at work. The success of the plan caused influential persons to become interested. Later, many of these schools were absorbed by the school boards and may be said to be a thing of the past. Q. What native chief sent a whale tooth to the President of the United States?—J. D. B. A. The Royal Whale Tooth, symbol of sovereignty, was sent to Presi dent Grant by King Thakoban of the Fiji Islands, "as an evidence of friendship and a desire to make a treaty of peace with America." It is kept in the Department of State. Q. How is the Republic of Andorra governed?—P. H. A. This small republic of the Pyrenees is governed by a council- general of 24 elected members. The meetings of this body are secret and when the council is in session the members may not leave the captiot building. Q. What colors were used to paint the B-26 for purposes of camouflage? S. G. A. B-26s were painted pink for use in the desert, blue for use over water, or mottled brown, green gray for use Hi rocky terrain. There were no standard colors. Q. Does General Patton carry a brace of pistols?—S. R. D. A. lieutenant-General George S. Patton carries a brace of pearl- handled six-shooters, also a leather- encased, needle-pointed French hand sword. Q. How many vertebrae are there in the neck of a small bird, such as a sparrow?—O. P. Y. A. The neck of an English spar* row has 14 vertebrae whereas a giraffe has only seven. The numerous vertebrae make * bird's neck extremely flexible. Q. What Is the record for runs scored by one club in a single base* ball game?—R. C. G. A. The record for the most runs scored by one club in one game in 36, achieved when the Chicago Nationals defeated Louisville by the score of 36 to 7 on June 29, 1897. On July 6, 1929, the St. Louis Cardinals scored 34 runs in a doubleheader against the Phillies, losing the first game, 10 to 6, and winning the second game by the score of 28 to 6. Q. Please explain what is meant by the various classes of railways.— W. N. D. A. United States railways are classified by the Interstate Commerce Commission as follows: Class I—A railway with annual operating revenues of $1,000,000 or more; Class II—A railway with annual operating revenues from $100,000 to $1,000,000; Class III—A railway with annual operating revenues below $100,000. Q. How old is Elizabeth Goudge, and how is her name pronounced? M. J. E. A. The author was born in 1900, Wells, in Somershtre, England, a Cathedral town which she has described in her book "A City of Bells." Her name is pronounced Ooozh. F Q. What has become of Doctor Wasseil, hero of the film of that title?—W. K. E. A. The navy department says that Commander Corydon M. Wassell is presently attached to the Office of Public Relations, Los Angeles, Calif. Q, Is there such a thing as red hail?—N. W. A. Red hail is not unknown. As in many cases of red rain or red snow; the color is due to fine dust in the atmosphere, generally blown up from deserts. Q. Who administers the oath of office to the vice-president?—T. F. A. Ordinarily, this is done by the retiring vice-president. If there is none, the oath is. administered by the president pro-tempo re of the Senate. ittiter etv «et ibt uunrtr to toy fact by wrlttu Vht BtkmttUd C foffMtiun UUKUU. Me C/t Btrttt, ubiaitoB. D. C. HMM f K. (3) " r ', *4i v^'-v^ """'•'• »lfl&fev;. . •' tofflS5atii'^p4i»^.^> -/"- H T . Hff-f •• ' —m

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