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J H." Saturday, September 30, 1944 f afcrrsfielb Caltfornian ALFRED HA R R ELL IDltOB AMD PUBUflHIl -l—r^^^^^^^n $*kef$fktft gfalifofniun it*r»d In po»t offtcs at BAkersfWd, California, an second clft mull under the act of CongrftSR March S. 1S79. HER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Th« AMOciated Pr«i )e exclusively «nttt!«-ri to th» uac for public*. lion ot all n«wa dlspatchaa credited to If or nnt otherwise credited In tm» p&p*r, and a.lao tha local news publisher, B*k«r»fi*ld Californian IB ftlno a client of the United Press and receive* UB complete wire service. .-...___- - - | ,_ - , - - - | REPRESENTATIVES AV«»t-Ho)W»y Co.. Inr. New York, Chicago. San Francisco. LOB Angelcn. Seattle. Portland, Denver ."WASHINGTON, D C.. Bl'UEAU The HasXln Service. Wnshinctnn. D C. carrier or mail (in advance) in postal in per month, S5c; six months. $5,10; one ycnr. poftt»l ronea four to eieht. per month. *1.05. one. two. thrfie. $9.00. By mail in AND THE CITY, TOO ONSIDERING the important question of taxation, which most of us arc, \ve are reminded that the Federal ijovennnent is not » the only agency which adds io the burden of the men and women of the counlrv. The * increase in government costs runs clear down the line, including stales, counties, mu- ncpalities and even districts, and the property owner or the businessman finds himself called upon to meet obligations lhat are mounting through the years. The business and professional men and women of Bakersfleld are having such an experience, insofar as city government is concerned. The dealers in merchandise, the doctors and the attorneys and others have Mr received notice that under a new ordinance, No. 665, which becomes effective October 1, they will pay over twice as much taxes the coming year as in the past 12 months. For instance, the merchant who paid a quarterly license of $50 heretofore, will pay in excess of $100, beginning on the date named. The tax is equivalent to $1.50 for each thousand dollars of gross sales and receipts. And he who owns a business is not the, only one interested in this lax. Labor is directly affected because of the new regulation. Nor can the owner of a store pass the added tax along to the consumer, or if he does, he belter look out for the OPA, which cheerfully admits lhat it is in "control" of prices now and which control it assumes will continue hereafter. But in the meantime the taxpayer needs a new source of revenue, lie cannot reach into the atmosphere for the funds to pay the additional tax. What he has to do is to file a new statement of his gross sales and that Will be the basis of a double tax for the quarters hereafter. And we did not have lo have any bureaucrats to bring about this increase. It all stemmed from the Council, the added expense to be utilized in meeting higher costs of city government. We are wondering what the effect of the added tax will have upon business. Will the retailer meet it cheerfully, or trv to avoid *^ *< it? If the latter, perhaps he will locate his store just on the outskirts of the city where a municipal ordinance cannot double his taxes to increase revenue for city spending. And more taxation on business and on enterprise generally cannot make for additional labor opportunities. Maybe the Council did not think about that, but it will not fail to impress the people who seek jobs for a living and the number of which will increase within the next year. HUNGARIAN FEELERS T HE rumor is now current that Hungary, the last satellite nation of any importance to the Reich, is about to sue the Allies for peace and that the lender will be made gh the Turkish ambassador in Budapest. At any rate there is a strong possibility that the Turkish ambassador will sound out the Allies to determine what kind of peace terms Hungary can obtain if she capitulates ahead of what seems to be inevitable defeat and occupancy by the Russians. Hungarians know now that the time is later than they thought, and emphasis to its direful tempo is accentuated by the fact that Marshal Rodion Malinovsky, of the Russian army, with Rumanian reinforcements, has approximately 300,000 men with whom to smash the Hungarian defenses. The Rus- are moving forward along a 100-mile front, with the permission as well of Marshal Tito of the Yugoslav Partisans, to cross Yugoslav territory without hindrance and n against the Germans and Hungarians from the south. It is possible that Hungary may save thing if it deserts Germany, but it can be President knows the liability thai goes \vilb such pronouncements, hut lie must realize too, th.-il iis his candidacy finds favor wilh them it weakens, rather than .strengthens, his cause. Whal was to he, in flu* beginning, a nonpolitical campaign;^ according to the statement of Mr. Hoosevelt, is becoming strictly political. Time was when those seeking high place in our national government would have rejected the support of the Hrowders here in free America. They should, now no matter Avbat Iheir party affiliation or proposed affiliation. As for the people as a whole, they certainly do not desire the kind of government lhat attracts favorable communistic approval or the approval of Communist leaders. GLOOMY PICTURE MOHiu-s are going out of use at the rate of about 1000 cars a day, according to Ihc OHicc of War Information in a dolorous picture of the motor vehicular problem in America today. Replacements are far below the number retired from service, but there lias been little or no cessation in the demand for transportation, which is at peak levels for war production in manufactured munitions and farm products. n It would require about 1,500,000 cars to replace those going out of service through being broken down with use. Actually, not * t fc 7 more than 070,000 cars will be available for replacements, according 1o the OWL The OWI believes also that many good cars are now being held bv non-essential t 9 t, drivers. There is no method of assuring that essential drivers have automobiles. From this official picture we may glean, with reasonable logic, that the planning for our automotive service has not been so good as it might have been, despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of good citizens have served on gas ration boards, giving Iheir time and energy free to the government. These men have certainly done a great task, but the planners behind the automobile control may have failed in some degree to meet the situation. Certainly, with the millions of high-priced employes on government payrolls, people may begin to wonder how these brains in government bureaus are functioning. Use of buses will not solve the problem for 70,000,000 people live in rural areas without transit facilities. Bus systems serve, it is reported by the OWI, Hi per cent of rural areas and Jess than 8 per cent of farm units. In the big cities more than 70 per cent of travelers enter and leave cities by private automobiles. BRAILLE INSTITUTE KKTAINLY an organization which must receive the commendation of every kind person in America is the Braille Institute, a philanthropic nonprofit group which is now commemorating 25 vears of service to the *_ * fc- blind. This week in the nation exhibits of Braille timepieces, playing cards, dominoes and editions of the Bible, dictionary, cook book and "best sellers" are being shown to all persons interested to encourage aid for the Braille Institute. The public has been especially interested in a typewriter for the blind, a machine which enables them to write with a speed and accuracy approximating normal performance with a machine. The Braille Institute gives its service to the public free of charge. It is most worthy of public support. RANDOM NOTES Should Proposition No. 11 on the ballot be adopted, any one of our readers who is a millionaire—and probablv not nianv of V * them are—woula nevertheless be entitled to a pension of 00 a month when he had lived for 00 years. Of course included in the list of beneficiaries of the new pension plan are those who are totally disabled, who comply with certain residence requirements, and who must refrahv*from gainful occupation. The law would impose a .'f per cent gross transaction tax which could be raised to f> per cent if the total required was beyond the original amount provided by statute. It is not that California has not a liberal pension plan at the present lime; many worthy and needy people are aided thereby. Hungary as a belligerent entity in this war ; but that does not mean that we should have is near, and the persistent peace rumor is symtomatic of the enfeebled slate of Hungarian resistance. THE LIABILITY GROWS • i. i. EHTAIKLY able politicians should find a way to prevent the widely announced iupport of such men as Browder, HHlman r.TJ**JP *- f other left wingers. This is a free coun- • - * and all residents have the privilege of themselves upon the issues of the But that being true, it still does not cause of the President to have Com- their enthusiastic support th term. Possibly the another plan so liberal dial it would attract the attention of \vould-he beneficiaries throughout the United States. And particularly not when ^financing the proposed law would establish a tax overshadowing any such impost by state government. That tax would be levied on all personal income and upon every business transaction. It is rightly declared by the State Chamber of Commerce to be class legislation "conferring benefits on 10 per cent of the people and charging the cost to the remaining 90 per cent. A thoughtful majority of that 90 per cent will doubtless vote "No" on the proposal. ... ! T W EDITOR'S NOTE—Until «tich ttm« fl* Ernf« Hyle'» column IB resumed following hla vacation. thi» apace will bt used For war featurt atone*. By HUGH BAIL.LIE Frp?»ident of the United Press Copyright, 1944, by I'mind 7NSIOK Till-: SFKOFUIKD LINK, Sopt. i'S.~TMo (ierniniiH all aloiiR l.h« front, nre making another <los- fffnrt to ost;iblish a stalemate into the winter campaign. Similar- tactics were empioyofl previous to the St. Lo breakthrough. Now, fUfsptto the tremendous IOHNCS they sui'foml getting out of Franco anil Holglum, deteriorating weather and tough niountainouH terrain loom as enormous factors in their favor. However, the Americans, from the highest commanders to the (.!. J.s our. in the .slimy foxholes, retain high morale, confidence and enthusiasm. The army is not pessimistic and expects to give the Germans another shove homeward, but (here is no support up here for the overly optimistic idea which grew so in the United States during the French cleanup that the European war is just about ready for the final curtain. In the last fortnight I have seen r.enerul Dwight D. Kisenhower, JJeutenant-tJeneral Omar .X. Bradley, Lieutenant-* ienoral Carl A. Spaa I/, IJcutcnant-Genenil < leorge S. I'atton and Lieutenant-f Jeneral Courtney I lodges. \Vhifc I am unable to quote from any of these conversations, I can say I got the impression that everything is going well, despite the temporary lull due to weather, hi/ly country, dense, drippy woods, and tiie (ifM-man.*' ability to improvise strong defenses even after they are ousted from the Siegfried Line, which actually consists of a deep belt of positions, not a comparatively narrow line, like the Maginot. The weather improved somewhat in the lust couple of clays, enabling resumption of our air operations. In the past hours hundreds of heavy ami medium bombers were overhead on the way to battle. \ i Yesterday I visited the Americans occupying Siegfried fortifications within you yards of the Germans. (Jiaillie was injured slightly last night in a jeep accident while returning from the front.) A dismal, dank underground dungeon, unsuitable for anybody susceptible to claustrophobia, was dimly illuminated by a single electric bulb which Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Jackson of Bel!, Calif., said was only used occasionally. Otherwise small hand-lamps suffice. The. bunks were in tiers to the low ceiling. EegardloN-.M of the depressing situation, everybody from the colonel down bad broad grins, seemed cheerful, heads-up, and aggressive, and felt fine about having a concrete shelter while outside many soldiers bivouacked under pines from which water dripped continually and sloshed through liquid mud, creating the general atmo- shere of the first World War when the armies stuck face to face for months and years. These fellows are under the constant menace of enemy fire. The Germans love to lob over a few mortar shells when the chow line is forming. Colonel Jackson's crowd considered their quarters AVulclorfian compared to the woods. Illustrating their exuberance despite everything, Jackson and 1 started singing "California Here I Come," as I departed, and nil joined in, the voices ringing hollowly through the black Siegfried caverns. T h ose w ho spent h o u r.s i n m u d holes up to their necks peeking toward the German line, a mere sprinting distance away, also were capable of grinning wisecracks, such as, "When I get out of this I will never want to go camping in the woods again, no, sir." J found a cannon company of in- fan!r.v which was one of the first cannon companies to hit the beaches on D-Dny now shelling the Germans from inside the Siegfried Line. This row of 105 howitzers stood in a field at the edge of the woods. Everywhere there were slit trenches, many camouflaged with Christmas trees and ready for instant occupancy. It looked inviting if you didn't mind squatting in a few inches of watery mud. The cannoneers were in high spirits. Commands were shouted from an old Siegfried fortification near by and relayed from gun to gun, whereupon the men jumped to their tasks like members of a winning football team en route to another touchdown. They jerked the lanyards with enthusiasm and there was a whole series of ear-splitting explosions. The men only fretted when the orders to fire didn't come enough. Occasionally the Germans sent a shell screaming overhead, but they seemed very economical with their stuff. Those Siegfried works we aren't using' have been shattered wide open, and resemble smashed piles of concrete. The celebrated dragon's teeth defenses look singularly futile when you roll past them in a jeep through a path neatly blasted, while useless teeth climb over hill and dale to both the right and left. It must have been a considerable chore to build those installations now already behind us in that particular sector. The front is very ragged, and sometimes we found ourselves at the tip of a projection into the German lines with the enemy to tho right and left and considerably behind us. In one place I went 15 miles inside Germany past Aachen, which the Germans still hold. In fact, wherever we have hit the Siegfried it has failed to fulfill its reputatio'n, but of course in many places \ve are nowhere near the Siegfried yet. Dense woods, thick weather and muddy roads have proved a tougher defense than the Siegfried, just like Normandy's hedgerows. Given a few weeks of good weather, the war may move speedily enough to satisfy the most optimistic tablecloth strategists. Otherwise it looks like a lot of optimistic bets are going to be lost. Meanwhile, has anybody gotta cigarette? They're might scarce around* here. And as for getting your feet wet and sleeping in damp blanket*, it Jooks as if plenty of wamn baths and a nice rundown with a rough towel must perforce wait some time before Germany hollers uncle. Ti e OU1F (By LOUISE PARKS BANES) One of the encouraging signs of our times is the organization of that vtM-y useful group known as "Books Across the Sea," which has sent many hundreds of volumes to London, These books serve the double purpose of interpreting America to the English and supplying information to the many Americana in England. In a recent article, May Lam- 1 iorton Becker, w bo has done HO much for this cause, tells of a recent report made by tho London center. "In view of the increase in the amount of enemy action." it said, "we have drawn up a list of the hundred books most called for in our collection. In case of an emergency, these books will be the first to be removed to a plucc of safety." It Is both surprising and enlightening to discover that on this list, the first as places are taken by American State Guides, and the next 8 by volumes of tho series on the Rivers of America, These books have been in constant demand by writers, teachers, broadcasters, people with children or friends in tho United States, and American soldiers who come in and usk wistfully for something about Peoria or Seattle or Uaton Kongo. Two other books which are included in this valuable hundred are "America's Housekeeping Book." compiled by the New York Herald Tribune, and Carrie Hall's "Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America." One wonders if part of this may come from American soldiers trying to persuade their British brides to learn to cook "just like mother," or to make f4Ullts, "like grandmother used to make." Just after this report reached this side of the Atlantic, the news columns told of a "famous and historical building'* which had been badly damaged by a flying bomb. That building: was later identified as Lincoln's Inn, beloved by every American tourist or reader of Dickens, where the Books Across the Sea has its headquarters. Fortunately, the America Reading- Room only lost a back window in the blast. Many an American boy will come home with better spirits and a new feeling 1 for books after using: this pleasant room amid the associations of old London. A .little publication which now and then comes to this desk has a most interesting idea which should have wider publicity. It tells of the formation of a Readers' Club, the membership being drawn from those who eat alone and devour a hook with their meals. Another suggested club is for people who never read except over other people's shoulders; and then, very slyly, a third club Is also suggested. This would be comprised of the people who do not reud hooks at all, hut follow book columns so faithfully that they can discuss all the latest volumes without ever peeing: even the book jackets. Whatever your tastes may be, and whether you prefer established books or those which have just inserted a foot over the threshhold, you cun find something at the Kern County Library. naesiioms A ers (By The HaslUn Service) Q. Who.1 are tho throe most important and complete copieH of manuscripts of the BibloV— W. E. S. A. T s he Vaticanus (fourth century): SlnultiiMjs (fourth century); and Alexnndrimis (fifth century). The VuticiimiH in in ilio Vatican at Koine, the SinaiticiiH and Aloxan- (Irinus are in the British Museum collections. Q. What is the deepest mine in the United States?—J. C. K. A. The bureau of mines says that it is the Qulnt-y No. t> shaft, of the Qulncy Mining Company, at Hancock, Mich. The vertical depth attained is til00 feel, but, being an inclined shaft, the shaft is about 9100 feet long. Q. What is meant by a statute of limitations?—D. D. A. Statute of limitations designates the period fixed by statute" within \vhlcli suits must be brought for legal redress. After the expiration, suits are forever barred. *the periods vary in the states. Q. What happens if the president- elect dies before inauguration?*—R, O. E. A. The Twentieth Amendment, adopted in 19)13, says that in case of the death of the president-elect the vice-president-elect shall become president. Q. How many countries took part in the first World War?—R, C. G, A. Twenty-eitfht countries pftrtlcl- uatwl in the war, 1014-ms, Q. Are the tiny bones found in smoked herring digestible?—C. M. C. A. The bones in herring are digestible, but if the herring have not been well cooked, the digestion of these bones may be a very slow process. It is not wise to swallow a bone that has not been chewed properly. Q. What proofs of age are generally accepted in applying for an old-age pension?—H. E. J. A. Among proofs of age generally accepted by government agencies 'are census records, baptismal certificates, family records and sworn statements by old family friends or relatives. Q. What is the proper way to care for a fur coat?—JH. R. B. A. Heat, moisture, friction, and moths are the principal enemies. Keep furs away from radiators, do not wear them In the rain very often, and avoid friction from carry- Ing purse in same position or lean- Ing against automobile parts. Put furs in cold'storage for .the summer. Q. Who originated the saying, "All good Americans when they die, go to Parisf ?—R. B. C. A. Ernesl?J^ongfellow in u Random Memories" attributes it to his uncle* Mr. Appleton, famous in Boston for his bons mots. A rfarter can get Hit answer to nor quettton of feet lit writing Ti« BAfcmttffld C«liforflJio Inform* I ion Buc*«u, 31A Kj» Htiwl. N.' £., Washington. 9. Ifc C. !Mt*u •Beta* ibn* <*ot« for t*olj. , A .•; ' . • • • fx\ :...'.- ' ' r - .'- ' ,1.1 y- i rom the Files of The Californian TEN TEARS AGO (Tho Californian. thla date. 1934} •illers defeated Porterville in the opening grid game at Griffith ata- dinrn 1 to 0 last night. Leonard's Spanish Grotto will reopen for business today after having been closed for the summer, J. D. Peterson has been elected president of the Taft Kiwanta Club. Bakersfield women are this week donning tho costumes of the days of 1849 in celebration of Frontier Days to be observed officially Saturday and Sunday, Men of the community are appearing in wild west costume and whiskers. Veterans of Inyo, Tula re and Kern counties will parade through the streets of Bakersfleld this evening in connection with a meeting of fifteenth district, American Legion, here tonight. TWENTY YEARS AGO (The Cullforntan. this dotc 1024) Mrs. L. E. Josesnvill sing for Civic Club Wednesday evening in Delano, Francis Hartwick is editor of the "Renegade," junior college weekly which made its annual bow at the school this week. In honor of Dr. George C. Sabichi, National Exchange Club president, a city-wide reception will be held with the Exchange Club in charge of arrangements. A baby born to Mrs. Ramundo Lamas this morning weighed 13 pounds and had two teeth. Taft business restrict was damaged by a $50,000 fire this morning. High water pressure and quick work confined the blaze to a small area. George Lawson, fingerprint expert, addressed members of Kiwanis Club at a luncheon at Elks clubhouse today. THIRTY YEARS AGO (The Californian. thiu date. 1914) District Attorney Rowen Irwin spoke last night at a mass meeting at which remarks were added by Colonel E. M. Roberts and Charles N. Sears. A private dancing party will be held tomorrow night at the home of W. S. Fowler. Mrs. G. L. Brown presided yesterday when first meeting of "Washington School P. T. A. for the season was held at the school. Redlick's store will present a fashion show this evening in its display windows. Articles of incorporation have been filed with the county clerk for the Baer Brothers Realty Company. Mrs. L. E. Chenovveth will be hostess Thursday afternoon to members of her sewing club. They will plan a chrysanthemum tea for early fall. FORTY YEARS AGO (The Californian. this dale, 1904) Gilbert E. Bailey will journey into Death valley by automobile today in quest of gold and silver deposits. J. Arana will open a meat market in the Bank building at the corner of Baker and H streets. City schools now have their largest enrollment in history, according to Principal Pauly who reports 425 pupils now enrolled. Yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock a burglar entered the residence of E. E. McClure by cutting a screen on the back door. A neighbor, Mrs. A. C. Thalls, notified police and he was caught by Constable Stroble. Mrs. C. A. Nelson's home on H street was entered and $200 worth of jewelry taken yesterday between the hours of 9 a. m. and 3 p. m. FIFTY YEARS AGO (The Californian, this date, 1894) Judge J. S. Robinson will remain for some time in Oakland but will visit Bakersfield in the meantime to attend to legal business here. This city has been decorated in honor of Congressman Bowers who arrived last night on the northbound train, Fred Fickert was down from Bear valley today and reports 3 inches of rain in that vicinity during the last storm. Judge Mahon subscribed a sum to Salvation Army yesterday as did Jeff Packard. Three men held up and robbed an east-bound Southern Pacific train in Arizona yesterday. Twenty thousand dollars was obtained. A passenger^ train ran into an open switch this morning near Delano; 10 people were slightly injured, 2 of them sleepers who were hurled into a ditch. SO THEY SAY In a clipping which just reached me from home, I saw some correspondent had stated that I arrived if Normandy waving a $1000 bill and making bets. I arrived in Normandy incognito. I have never seen a $1000 bill. — tvieutenant-General George S. Patton, Jr. The time to check a new war preparation prog-ram is at its beginning. This requires quick, decisive action — strong: measures in case of continue^ minor infringements. This is the lesson of the 1930s. — Dr. Harold G. Moulton, president of Brookings Institution. Some day the Germans may be able to prove they think a man matters, that we all are members of the same human race, that they are not out to run the world. Until then handshakes and palsy-walsy stuff are out. — Stars and Stripes, army newspaper, on fraternization. I was amazed and pleased to discover that I could not only run, but run like a frightened deer, and I did. War correspondent wounded - by shrapnel. PEN SHAFTS The same men who never know r wnat to order in a restaurant kick about what is served at home. It isn't possible for kids to be too bud for their parents to be proud of them. The $irst of the month is the period when the doorbell calls people to the window, ^ The world do move! We haven't seen a burnt wood necktie holder for ages. Some people need a tfood belt before they'll buckle down. L A THOUGHT FOR TODAY Follow notthat which i* evil, but that which 15 good. Be that doeth good is o/ God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.—/// John 1:11. Who is a good man? He who keepa the decree* of tbe fathers, and both human and divtn* lawi,t-Homc«. 11 (By PETER EDSON) tinually fourth tional. virtually Three cllptintruislied AmerlraiiH have written. cflpcrUilty for NKA Service HIM! Th* Bakerstield Californian. the following "vesL-ifi'-ket «t1horin|»" warning their fellow citizen* affafnat the ppriln uF infljt'f Ion. ARE YOU CHOOSING TO BE POOK? By BOOTH TARKINGTUN "War. death, sickness, poverty. Even here, in the United States .not one of us can keep the war out of his life, nor fend off death, nor con- avert sickness. But the affliction, poverty, is op- That we can ourselves indi- chooHe whether to be poor or not is strangely a secret from many, many people whom the fact stares straight in the face. And all over this country men and women, now richer than they have ever been, are engaged In choosing to become poor—energetically hustling 1 to bring that curse down upon themselves. Only a moron would do such a thing, say you? No. many of the seekers after poverty are otherwise intelligent. They merely don't understand that the most inevitable of all old economic fa<fts IH blazoned in the truest of all old economic fact* is blazoned in the truest of all old economic fables, the story of the grasshopper and the ant. We hear that today's great spenders are the women—not all women but millions of them—who blind themselves to tomorrow. Tomorrow's almost here—with moths in the fur coat, the new furniture sold, the wrist watch pawned, bread 15 cents a loaf and no 15 cents in the stripped house. And yet any woman with willpower enough not to envy her neighbor con -save a-plenty now to save herself and her family tomot- row. Why choose to hurry back to that old cry of pain, "It's hell to be poor"? YOU'IX NEED THAT ^ MONEY LATER By CLIFTON FADIMAN Author and Critic The day the war ends, there'll he shouting in the streets. The day the war ends there'll be happiness in every American heart. The day the war ends every American soldier on a dozen far-flung fronts will turn his eyes in hope and joy toward home. this hope, none of will be a reality if and inflation to ar- Kvery extra dollar But none of this happiness, we allow peace rive together. we spend thoughtlessly makes peace a* a delusion. Every dollar we thoug-htlessly betrays the postwar hopes of an American soldier. Every cellar wft spend thoughtlessly makes it more difficult to build a decent postwar world. There is a lot of loose chai * around now and the temptation is keep It circulating. Resist that i pulse. Put that extra dough Into War Bonds, Into insurance pollcle or into the bank. You're going need it later on and your coun Is going to need the economic t- bility that will come about as a suit of your self-control. Think it over. Every dollar y ^ spend on something which glv<*Sfc you a momentary pleasure now going to hurt you later. Inflati is a dreadful monster who spares one. When he arrives he is unc< troltable. You can prevent him from e\ appearing on the scene by watchir your dollars. Watch them for you sake, for the sake of our soldi* j overseas, for the sake of the dec/ni postwar world we hope to bulltf. INFLATION PREVENTIVE: WAR BONDS By O. C. CARMICHAEIi Chancellor, Vanderbilt University If the average citizen coinpn" bends fully the effect of uncur, trolled inflation, he would, I c .i» sure, exercise those restraints so necessary to the avoidance of Uie catastrophe. To wipe out life insurance values, to reduce to the van is ing 1 point the incomes of salari people, to destroy the Accumulations" of a lifetime, to upset the entire economic life of the nation, are i- >: doubtedly the results to be expeci. if inflation comes. The citizens of this country ca* keep it from happening. The pra« tical methods of doing so are to bu\ war bonds to the limit, to pay on ceiling prices for goods, to buy on1.V what Is needed, to decline to ask It. higher wages or salaries or price^ The attitude of the America people will finally determine ti. outcome. Failure to support t home front in this essential maUt might easily prove to be as dis. trous as failure to support the v; effort. y woo UIBH Behind the screen: Director Peter Godfrey was chiding Dennis Morgan and S. Z. Sakall about being late on the set of "Christinas in Connecticut." Over their shouted objections, he told them a story of a Hollywood extra. After many years working in mob scenes, the extra retired with a fortune of $100,000. When asked how this was possible, the extra replied: "Well, first of all, and most important, I was always prompt and on time when given a call from Central Casting. I was always up on the script—knew exactly what was going to take place. I was always courteous to assistant directors and second assistant directors. My wardrobe was always in perfect order. Furthermore, my uncle died last week and left me $100,000." Jimmy Wakeley, the cowboy star, received a fan letter the other day from a girl In Oklahoma. It read: "I think you're wonderful. You sing better than anyone I know. You're handsome, too. Please send me an autographed picture." Jimmy was glowing until he came to the bottom of the page. The girl had added a P. S. It read: "I'm drunk." There's one sure way for an actor to know whether he's making good in Hollywood. If the electricians, carpenters and other set workers treat him as an equal, he's in. I'll never forget a certain featured player who was burdened with an overabundance of ego. One morning he was thrown from his horse in a bridle path scene. A and a wardrobe assistant the rescue. One calmed and the other checked to see if costume had been damaged. prop man rushed to the horse the There \fas a terrible yell In the lobby of a theater after a preview the other .night. It was diHCovered that the picture's producer had for- gotten he was sunburned and beg' patting himself on the back. Maybe you've wondered how bara Joe Allen, who looks like I Francis, happens to be playing \ u urn-minded Vera Vague in movies and on the radio. It's quit yarn. Barbara was playing in on the Pacific coast and,doing dramas when she went to a lunch one day in San Francisco. The at luncheon speaker, a woman, f bled through a talk on world lite- t ture, a subject with which she ha.' scarcely a nodding acquaintance few nights later at a party Barb did a burlesque of the lecture i phony voice. It was a seneati- She's been talking that way v fessionally ever since. Overheard: "He spent so my dough on the girl he finally hat marry her for HIS money." W^H Bob Mitchell, conductor of tli films Bob Mitchell Boy Choir, now in the navy somewhere In south Pacific. In a letter to a friend the other day, Bob w "Darling, what a setting for the • of us. A sleepy lagoon, a trop moon. Visualize the pair we'd im all alone except for clouds of fl squadrons of mosquitoes, armies mechanized fleas and ants, walk' knee deep in wild orchids and m, Then perhaps a summer sho' would kiss us with two days • two nights of steady downpour. Conductor Werner Jairfisen's 3b gian police dog came home the otl day after serving two years wi the coast guard. Werner went ' to San Francisco to check him o of the service. Instead of a boui ing, yelping puppy he found a n strained, well-behaved dog. "Ju sort oC wagged his tail," Werne told his wife later. "Well," ask* Mrs. Jannsen, "did you at least &ri him affectionately?" "No." repli- Werner, "I didn't want to embarra. him in front of his friends." eaders* Vi newpoin EDITOira NOTE—Lei ten thouJd IN limited to 160 wortU; mij ttUck Idea* but not pwtou; must not be abuilvt and should bt written legibly *nd on one ride tf ttac paper. The Ctiiforntan in not responsible for tbr acotlmenti contained therein and merree the right to reject any fetten. Letter* muat bear an authentic address end signature, although these will be withheld tf body gave me the wrong inform tion." That seems to be a ha. with Mr. Dewey, of making a stat* ment, then yelling: "no when he is "called." If Mr. Dewey 5s going to' de mobilize our army after Germany l ' defeated, what do we.defeat Jap? with—the radios, irons, waahlr machines, etc., which Mr, Dev accuses F. D. R. of not making? Mr. Roosevelt's courage has m: possible the saving of a mill American lives. Just a thought, sir. Watch fo repeat of the 1936 election. Dewill win the election in the polls, F. D. R. will get the real vott> November. Thank you. JOHN G. FITZPATRICfc BOB COUNCIL APPROVES Editor The Californian: Upon proper motion at our regular meeting of Tuesday night, September 26, I was instructed to thank you •officially for your splendid editorial on Proposition No. 12, which appeared in Monday's Issue of your splendid publication. It Is co-operation like this between private enterprise and labor which will go a long way in making the postwar world a better world in which to live. Your publication Is held In high esteem throughout Kern county and your action will go a long way in helping defeat this vicious and uncalled for Initiative measure. With the adding of my personal thanks. I remain, THOMAS J. OTT, Secretary. Kern County Labor Council. September 27. 1944. FOR THE PRESIDENT Editor The Californian: After^ reading all of these antl- Roouevelt letters to the Viewpoint, I would like to ask Home of the HO people where Dewey is going to get 28,000,000 votes to match Mr. Uoose- velt's 28,000,000. After all, the next president of the United States will be elected by the people and not by the editorial writers. In your "Random Notes" you take Mr. Wallace to task for using the gasoline of the mayors of the towns he goes through, but does Mr. Dewey need a 13-car train to travel around the county in, in view of the fact that most of our men in the service have to use their thumbs to get home? / You make the charge that Mr. Roosevelt is responsible for the Jackson Hole monument. That baby belongs to Mr. Hoover and Mr, Coolfdgcv When Mr. Dewey was ^called" on that crack, what happened f S*ys Mr. D*wey: "Bom* ::>,,> \ i. MORE TAXES Editor The Californian: Well, folks, did you get the lai from the city hall? If you haye seen It, here it iH, in part: , "To all professional men and b ness firms doing business in -City of Bakersfleld: Under; the p< i% r 1 f ^H I A — • visions of License Ordinance No..New Series, which becomes effect! October 1, 1944, all city license tee will be determined by the total , sales and gross receipts within City of Bakersfield. This will elude professional groups *nfl classifications formerly covered flat rate fees, as well as thos* r sons or firms delivering mercbsju in the city from a place outside the city. The current rate »ffecf October 1 is H mills <$,OQ15>*0r*/ dollar of gross income durinjr ^ year ending; June 30, 1044* Tfi|e equivalent of |1.BO for eac* « 1 of *ros* sales or receipt Is U not about time authorities begin to dtvM means of reducing taxes tncreaetnr them? How a discussion chat with I I V ' ' • • L . " - rf TF I T'. 1 . 1 ' - ' t - . •' :- — • .! j - ' ''.-V' .' '« . - : - - - ' . i V - '• "tr'f ' 't '- "*• I'.--.1,. r • i' 1'XV i> .• ..I F ^ _* ' • ", % - , tirf&ti

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