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tocti 'AKROS- BEACOV .TOIXIiXAL MONT) AY, DECEXIBER 17, 1928 AKRON BEACON JOURNAL Published by THE BEACON JOURNAL CO. East Market Street Corner Summit C. L. KNIGHT Publisher JOHN a KNIGHT Managing Editor J. H. BARRY Business Uuu Akron Brans JooraU t nU pw copy. By anil M er rear ta Miaara. Eire h aostare extra ee;osd rtata st Onie. Mail rden lit aep:e from loca-it.es served r eklier wan , MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED FBESS -Th Associated Press H eiclBBwl? entitles t the km for t. patlxttiOB all mvs d:ptixhs credited u K ee hi therwise credited in true paper, ana aise tea iacal aewa nualltlied hereia. FOREIGN REPRESENTATIVE Story. Brooks Finle? Hew York Cite Persn.r.r Square Blig, Lot Anaelea I in W. Ninth at' esn Praacifira 127 Brant Bide, Kit. Philadelphia F-deUtj-Phiiadelphia Traat 125 ft Broad at. . Chicaee Lwdoa Guarantee at Aedoeat B;df. Butane l pastotftce. Asm. Ohio, aa aeeead-clasa matter MONDAY. DECEMBER 17. 1928. America Or Russia? The press services carried a few days ago a two-paragraph story so remarkable that the Beacon Journal suspected there was more behind it and , sent one of its staff to the scene to get the facts last Saturday. A man by the name of Gustav Ebding filed an , injunction to restrain Herbert Hoover from assuming the presidential office upon the alleged grounds that he was not resident in the United States for fourteen years next preceding his election, as required by Section Two, Article Five of the Con stitution. Upon the filing of this suit the Depart ' ment of Justice caused, to be issued a -warrant charging him with conspiracy and insanity. Under that warrant he was arrested and, in default of a preposterous bond of $7,500 he was thrown into jail, where he now languishes. . , This man is not a criminal. He appears to be something of a student and declares that his only purpose' was to clear up a point of law which was not raised by him, but by hundreds of speakers and newspapers all over the United States both before and after the presidential nomination,. The very fact that he sought the aid of the courts shows the man is not Bolshevist nor anarchist, and that he contemplated no more than wo have been taught is the right of every American citizen. His attempt, we will admit, is altogether, hopeless and useless, ; but it is not apparent by what right any govern-. ment agency has to throw "a citizen of the United States into a cell for seeking the aid of the' courts 1 to settle any question. Insofar as we know, this or : any other man has a right to challenge thequalifi-cations of any official. -It has been done many times since the foundation of the government, and let us hope it will continue to be done. If any official, not. excepting a president-elect, lacks the qualifica-' tions prescribed by the organic law of the land, the right to challenge his title must exist or we might just as well scrap the Constitution on that point.' To make our meaning clearer,; the Constitution requires that a president shall be at least 35 years old, a na-tive born, and that he shall have resided in the United States for 14 years next preceding his election. - . ; Suppose, for the sake of argument, that the Prince cf Wales should decide to become an American citi- $en and should stand for the presidency in 1936V A .(.'situation is.not inconceivable whereby he might be y' elected.; Suppose' the late Senator iNelsonj born -in ; Sweden, had been elected to the presidency. Sup-'pose there should arise among us & seeond Alcibiades who succeeded in getting himself elected at the age of 30. Suppose that-Col. Lindbergh-should have run ' for the presidency. It is not quite inconceivable that he might have been elected! Would it be a jail-able offense for any citizen of the United States to Eeek through the courts to prevent the elevation to - the presidency one of these men who did not have ' the qualifications the, Constitution plainly says he must have? And if' so, what becomes of the Constitution which, if it can be scrapped in that particular, can be frustrated, evaded and broken in every . other section of itf ! The point is so clear it needs no argument to make it. obvious. Then in plain words this arrest of Ebding is nothing less than one of the autocratic, V unauthorized and tyrannical usurpations of ; power which is going on in officialdom.1 The federal government, now constituting a great bureaucracy, is concerned with nothing so much: as preserving its own" power and authority. Under these bureaus the laws they, are supposed to obey are relaxed or ignored where they may affect the welfare of the ordinary citizen,: but let some one attack their power and they are ready to-go to any length to stop him. and whether it is done . legally or illegally is of : small concern to the bureaucrats 'ndio in recent years have become judge, jury, and supreme court i in all ;' matters affecting - sacred - officialdom. We have forgotten that a president is only a servant , of the peqple, and we have come to look upon him ' with such awe and reverence that it becomes a crime .. to question any of his acts. In time we shall prob-i ably invest him with divine honors, and let it go at that. ; ' ', But in the meantime, we should like for the De-' partment of Justice, to tell the American people how it can justify itself in holding this man JCbding in jail? The charge of conspiracy is perfectly ridiculous. The charge of insanity is one with which the federal government has nothing to do. Are we ready to admit that a man must be insane who questions the right of another to hold office, and one is . a conspirator who uses the courts of his country to . determine .that right! Indeed, one wonders why the Department of Justice did not also arrest the court that allowed such a suit "to be filed. .In time we will no doubt get there also. We had hoped that the tyranny of Mitchell Palmer was dead for all time in this republic, but this case is quite as asinine and wholly as tyrannical as anything that illustrious jawsmith and four-flusher . ever did. However low- - ly the man may be, or however mistaken in judgment in bringing his suit, this proceeding against him is one of those things that every citizen who. cares for freedom should resent and protest against. We sincerely hope that Attorney General Sargent may see what a false and dangerous step has been taken and will order the release of this man at once. This is the United States of America, with a constitution which gives only -certain powers to the federal government a country where the citizen in the enjoyment of the rights given him is yet superior (o officialdom and bureaucracy and one of those rights is that any man can at any time appeal to its courts for private or public protection. So unless the government is ready to assume any man necessarily crazy or a very dangerous conspirator who through the courts seeks to question an official's right to hold office the government is in this case abolishing a very sacred right of a citizen. We may in time imitate and even excel Russia in our lofty disregard of the rights of the citizen but the hour has not yet struck when a free people should let such things happen without a vigorous effort to stop them. . J. ; Not "Air-Minded" Henry Ford has ealled off hi plans to fill the skies with airplanes of the flivver type. He does this because the public is riot now what he terms sufficiently "air-minded " to insure its sueeess. This is as nice a compliment as the publie has received for many a day. If it, has the saving grace of common sense in lieu of the air-minded attribute, it is altogether to the publie ' credit. la the first plaee, if airplanes under their present development often eome to grief in the hands of experts, the populace can not be blamed for not rushing in where experts fear to venture. It is then not so much the want of air-mindedness on the part of the multitude as the want of perfection in the safety and general operation of the airplane that is at fault Until these machines simply eannot go wrong in the air, or even in ease of failure aloft are able to be landed with the same facility that a erippled motor is nosed to the eurb, the publie onght to be applauded for its caution in not risking its collective life in them. There are so many other transport hazards, including the flivver, which serve to bring casualty into the every day life of the nation, that there is no real occasion to take on another that might be the most lethal of alL So while Henry was discoursing upon the failure to find a vast market for the flivver airplane he might just as well have told the bald truth in the matter, and have left the illusive factor of "air-mindedness" (jut of it. Theodore Roberts There is not a community in America large enough to support an oldtime opera house or a mod ern motion picture theater which does not sense a personal loss in the death of Theodore Roberts. Here was an actor whose dramatic abilities brought him personal engagements everywhere, from the greatest houses of Broadway to obscure little theaters in county seats. More than a quarter century ago he was playing in Akron theaters in such plays as "Trilby," "The Squaw Man,". "The Kight ol Way," and "The Barrier." He had a publie that was as much his loyal patron and friend when he took his character and star parts in the silent drama as when he had entertained it as a member of companies which had traveled from city to city. To every part, great or obscure, he gave his level best, and always his hard work and undoubted talent carried him to new popularity and successes. .Now that he has been enforced to answer the last curtain call, millions will miss him, but they will never forget him, and the genius for entertainment that was his greatest asset. The Strain Of The Christmas Season Has Begun pi twi-g KEEP OUT MY CLOUT tow! B . 4 7 TH . Hi a - The Deadly Radiator Emblem At last the thing has happened. A radiator cap, one of those emblems of speed and power.which rep resent the figure of a fabled sprite-or deity, static but forever poised as if eager to fly from its base, has gone ahead and finished its journey. A Beacon Journal dispatch reports that one of these emblems on a Davton car took on such enercy from a col lision that it ricocheted through the windshield of the car and crashed into the skull of the driver, .The world of motordom has waited long for this misadventure, and here it is, as rare, and exceptional in its nature as a hole in one in golf, and almost as unbelievable, if a matter-of-fact coroner had not certified it in his report. It is apparent that in the interest of safety the motor industry did not vacate a year too soon its custom of giving undue stress upon the weight, bulk and general cryptic symbolism of these emblems. The present year, variety, models of simplicity and grace, are warranted togo through - skid, side-swipe or collision without" ira perilling the welfare of an innocent bystander even, much less a driver, y . The Gas Hazard Twice within a week Beacon Journal dispatches have told of cases in which passengers in inter-city busses have suffered from carbon monoxide gases generated. by the engines of the cars. Some of these passengers were made so-ill that they had to be hurried to hospitals. It is usually those who remain in busses throughout long journeys who.' are the chief sufferers. But there is hardly a city where thousands of short-haul passengers are not subject to the same risk, especially when the transport equipment is old and defective..-It ought to be a simple matter to guard passengers from this danger. At least twenty million privately owned cars, in all stages of age and condition, are-kept in operation without their waste gases menacing the lives of their passengers, and as much should be done for those who ride in public cars. A Battle Creek Case The most tragic phase of a robbery case disposed of by a Battle Creek court did not appear in the open record of the court. Present in court was a police officer who as a part of his duty had arrested his own s,on for robbery, and who had been the chief witness against him. It was in having to stand by arid note the court's sentence of the youth to from 15 to 25 years in prison that the father had his most dramatic association with the case. He had saved and struggled to give his boy an education and an honest chance in life, yet here he heard the words that made a barren mockery of all his sacrifices. The real blow of punishment fell upon the heart of the father who had dreamed and planned so much, and not upon the wanton son who had heen a .traitor to his best friend. , . . The charred corpse of a young man burned to death near Cincinnati was identified by - a belt buckle. How many things have you got on your person that you could be identified by! Indianapolis has changed the names of . poolrooms to billiard parlors. The ratio of pool and billiard tables will, however, undoubtedly remain about 100 to 1. - j : "Orphan Annie" sweaters are--advertised in downtown stores. - It's only a matter of time until "George Bungle Brand" toothpicks become the best seller.: . " - 7 . vr - Mussolini has contributed the equivalent of $500 to a fund for encouraging larger families. Shucks, that won't even take care of one new daughter! Correct this sentence: "I am merely an instru- ment-of. the law," said the judge, "and my own prejudices do not affect my decisions." v . ',.-; A supply of whisky and mercury submerged in the Missouri1 river 64 years ago is being sought. Mercury must be scarce out there. . ( 'Queen Mary has purchased a bread-slicing ma chine. , Evidently the Prince of Wales is still just an overgrown boy. Maybe there's something in this apple-a-day theory. You never saw a sick worm in an apple. One reason why things are gummed up is be cause the law's teeth come out at night. Ceo OUT POOS WIj , . -" - IS-AY OUT DU r ( - v 'T Pippins And Cheese I will maka an and air tinner; -tntrt't alpalnt aat -ehaaaa ta come. MEEBY WIVES OF WINDSOB. , By JAKE FALSTAFF BALLAD OF A DOMESTIC; OCCURRENCE THERE were three hens in our back yard, . Doodah, doodah, dlddledy umpty dum. they scratched the beets and they scratched them hard Oh, oh doodah I They scratched the radishes, the leeks and chard. Oh, doodah dayi - I got a hoe from the cellar bin. . Doodah, doodah, dlddledy umpty dum. The chickens up and ran. like sin, . Oh, oh tioodahl " - , But I shut the gate and penned 'em In. Oh, doodah dayi I Three young chickens got swift feet. t , Doodah, doodah, dlddledy umpty dum. We ran a race and the hens got beat. . Oh, oh doodah! We got no greens but we got hen meat. Oh, doodah, dayi , . Doodah, doodah! . , , ' .. Diddledy umpty doodah 1 - Oh, oh, doodah! ' ; Oh, doodah, day! "We see things now," says Dr. John Roach Straton, the eminent exponent of hardshell fundamentalism, "which our fathers and grandfathers never saw." Shame on you for looking, reverend. ; ' : If only those go to heaven- who go to church, the tenor section, in the heavenly choir is going to be topheavy. ' 1 ' . If you think two wrongs can never make a right, try eating head lettuce and .French dressing separately. ."- : Angelo Patri says that a silly' grin on the face of a boy is often an expression of fright. If that's a. fact, it's peculiar how scared tome youngsters get when they see a fat man. ' "If you're aooklng for hopeful. signs, Jake,". writes CVV. B., of Wayne county, "you may be Interested in knowing that a family named Nicewlnter lives near Mt. Pleasant." . . - , What of it? They probably lived there in the winter of 1926, too. -,; Among the Akron boys who have' made good is a former bartender who . is opening oysters in the window of a New York seafood restaurant. . He isn't the only local product who has gone in for the shell game. : PERSONALLY, HANK, I'D RATHER WORK , Aw, Judas priest arid gee whiz gosh, Jake, what's this you're, sayin', plain bosh?.'"; . Seems to me that the Spanish flu ' Is a darn good thing for me and you too. . -And right you know it, you sly old fox, . Next you'll be claiming the chicken pox. ' " ' And get away with it too, we right out presume, Lazily lolling up there in your room. 1 : But hop right to it, old Cheese 6s Pippin,;- ' ' ' , '. You and I sure get a good rippin' ' t '. Laugh up our sleeve at our little hoax ..-.' . And laugh we will till one of us chokes. ' ' ' What's a little. chill or a big belly ache Or nasty old pills that we have to take Or the dark brown dope that the doc prescribes Along with his gloomiest diatribes? -What's a little sleeplessness to us v ' . : Or headache and. such we discuss and cuss, Or wobbling weakness at the knees As if we didn't have the pep of two fleas? Yep, you and I Just love this Spanish flu And you, Jake, know darn well you do. -For, when we loll abed and our duties shirk Don't we get our pay without having to work? ' ' . - HENRY GEORGE. "Dear Jake," writes Curiosa. "Why Is a grass widow called a grass widow?'" , '. - " Because the grass widow is looking for another man and, like the grass, she covers the ground thoroughly. . ,v . A correspondent urges me to read a TaUroadlnr story in a popular magazine, "knowing," he writes, "you to be the veteran railroad man that you are." xne oniy ciaim tnat.i nave to Being a veteran railroad man is that I covered school board for a couple of years and a fellow picked up something about steam rollers and railroadinz in watchini that e??f nidation r New York Day By Day .By O. O. McINTYRB Ceprrlf ht, IMS, Br the Akraa Beacaa Jaaraat NEW YORK, Dec. 17. Diary of a modern Pepys: Early out and circled the gravel path of the reservoir and saw a rider flung from a horse, who quivered; then lay as dead,, but later galloped away. And stopped at the Plaza to see Clare and Lorraine Wanville Gould and their new fcaby girl. So walking down the avenue and saw Townsend Netcher, the Chicago merchant, who is to marry a cinema? lady, I hear, also Ernest Hemingway, the novelist. And talked to J. P. McEvoy, author, play wright, greeting card writer and what not. Then to my typewriter. . In the evening to a dinner and Walter Damrosch and George Gershwin sat side by .side at the table and talked of music, the old master and the new, and Jackie Coogan, now in long pantaloons, made a neat speech. ' Then walking home, surprised at the many midnight movies, and to bed. ', . 1 In the Elegant East Eighties is one of the most unique bachelor apartments in all the town There is a private elevator delivering guests to a vestibule of ' mirrors, and the floor is of glass with running water -and goldfish underneath. Door knobs are of crystal and the reception room Is in gold leaf, even to the telephone, and the butlers wear gold uniforms In the master's sleeping room the bed is so arranged mechanically It may be suspended in mid-air and swing to and ' fro. There is a Chinese room, a Japanese room, a Tahaitian room and one done In the modernistic manner. And pardon the cachina tion the owner wears shoes of alligator skin. .. New York Is more fun once you get the hang of it. - A man in New York makes a neat living writing speeches for those suddenly called upon to bore everybody over the radio. He charges $100 for a canned talk on any topic. I still think the most unique job is that of .the fellow who springs up-omelettes and other dishes with parsley in a smart cafe. There la a calling! i . : The profession of ball room dancing 1s blooey blooey. - Until two years ago almost every cafe and mgnt ciuD nad its couple "direct from the Lido ' or some other spa. Couple were paid as high as $2,500 a week, but today there are plenty of takers but no offers of even $260 a week, : Lack of originality had something to do- with the. debacle. ; All followed the accustomed groove a gliding waltz, a tango and one of those whirling numbers where the lady was swung around in the air with a flamboyant flourish. The agile Castles, with their rythmic nuances, ballooned the ball room dances into its amazing popularity. Maurice and Walton and several others sustained the interest, but the formula became so standardized if you saw one, you saw all. And along came sad eyed ladies on piano tops yapping their vo-deo-do and left-all-alone miseries. They were at least a change. ' Kingdom Gum Note: One of America's richest men sat in a stage box at a theater the other evening chewing gum.. . . . Theatrical salaries' are nearly always exaggerated chiefly by producers who slip the buncombe to their mimeograph manipulators. Yet it is reliably reported there are four performers along Broadway this season making in excess of $6,000 a week. They are mostly the boys and girls with --the "It" the personal following. People will go to see them no matter how punk the play. -Among those with feeble plays but "followings" are - Joe Cook, the . Marx Brothers, Katherine Cornell,.Mae West and Gertrude Lawrence. .,'''-;:-::-.!';; . From a clothing store house organ: "O. 6.' Mcln-tyre is one of the widely syndicated newspaper writers in America. We wonder why?" Shh-h-hl It's the love interest.. , Remember The Time In 1903? , W. W. Warner, former Cuyahoga Palls resident, was Interesting Akron capital in the Catawba Development Co., which was to mine monazite . from which minerals for the manufacture of gas mantles was to be extracted. The mine was in North Carolina and it was believed gold would be found at the same time. .; - ,.. ,: , ; , , . . . . '. ,;.. Solicitor Beery told council he did not' believe the bill board nuisance could be abated unless action was taken against the type of advertising. The question was referred to committee for further investigation. Objection , to the N. O. P. unloading street cars on Main St., was the subject of a discussion. The East Akron, Athletic club voted to change its name to the Akron Athletic club. Maurice O. Snyder was elected president; Samuel Crisp, vice president', and George H. Stubbs, secretary and treasurer. LETTERS the EDITOR, fed NO COMFORT STATIONS Editor Beacon Journal: Since Akron's publie comfort stations have bea condemned, has any effort 'been made to remedy that point? They sura were Insanitary. It made me wonder if we had a health board in Akron, O. I believe, bow-ever, that It la a poor dty which cant have a few comfort stations at important placea. Let's have a few stations bera in Akron, which are a real necessity. . JOHN SMITH. . UNMASKED .- " Editor Beacon Journal: , The Glory aa4 Spirit a Christmas Ail karriara break ta the ground; Aaa atreuhinf ear haarta od their tlptaa, Good cheer ninaa a boat, ana 'tla bound Ta turn the heat aidea of our natures Riiht out we a rnaek ceaae to wear. - We compliment friends and va mean it. We ftU: "aeerrte Christmas, Ha. There 1" And lust like the firs and the aprnece That shimmer trith tinsel THAT Biht, . When full at the Spirit af Christmas, We're sincere and show it utrifht. . ARBUTUS ADORES. THE 'RESIDENTS CABINET Editor Beacon Journal: -Within the. last two days high school boys and girls have been seek ing me to Inform them as to who are the present members of the president's cabinet. As I am uncertain as to all the members will you print list in the Beacon Journal. - . A. A. CROSIER,' Copley. EDITOR NOTE The members of the president's cabinet are: Secretary of state, Frank B. Kellogg, Minnesota: secrtary of the treasury, An drew W. Mellon, Pennsylvania; secre tary of war, Dwigbt F. Davis, Missouri: attorney eeneral. John O. Sar gent, Vermont; Postmaster general, Harry S. New, Indiana; secretary of the navy. Curtis D. WUDur, Califor nia; secretary of the interior, Roy O. West, Illinois; secretary or agriculture, William M. Jardine, Kansas; secretary of commerce, William: T. Whiting, Massachussetts; secretary of labor, James John Davis, Pennsylvania. Cabinet members each receive a salary of $15,000. x ONE OF MR. BLINK'S CUSTOMERS Editor Beacon Journal: . Before the N. O. P. gained a monopoly on the transportation system in Akron and vicinity, I was in hearty accord with their sincerity about being for the people at all time. Now the new franchise looms on the horizon. They want all and give as little as possible.- When business doesn't make money they quit ' My advice to the N. O. P. Is If they don't want to give fair and decent service on a fair rate, to quit and get out from under the top. N. O. P. service may be as good as most cities, but I can't see where they could pack humans tighter and closer together, during worsting rusn noun. -1 The North Hill lines were always bad as these periods. A policeman held the crowd at Mill st, worried with long waiting. I understand we were to have the same Gorge loop service over Main st. Try and get a Gorge loop except when It can be crowded to- the doors with nickel pushers.- N. Howard st. busses are in the same condition packed like sardines, during rush hours. - The riders have very little to say. Get the nickel seems to be the slogan of the N. O. P. Their service on North 'Hill varies from two or three minutes, to one-half hour or more. They run a 10-cent bus and customers may take it They sure , would quit over night like the Gorge loop on Howard stif there were a few more nickels, gained by cheese boxes called busses on N. Howard. .'.-:v. -v'. -.?'. Consult" the realgar riders, ' not those who just ride when the weather is bad. Mr, Blinn should not be afraid to put on a few extra cars during working hours and run cars oftener than every 30 minutes without a real effort to straighten out the schedule. Give us real service and a fair rate, and I believe we will all be for you. Turn your cars downtown, give-us regular Gorge loop service as promised, run your cars to Bast Akron, but give us regular service and don't take it from this section to save a few nickels in another. Give the real nickel payer a chance in this franchise and don't consider only big business and overlords of the small man, . , ., ' ; . ... ' WALKER RIDS. OUR "WAR TO END WAR" ' Editor Beacon Journal: To all readers, greetings! . On Nov. 11 last, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of Armistice day. And at 11 o'clock on that memorable occasion as we bowed ' our heads in silent thanksgiving, we prayea lor all of war's victims, excepting none on account of race, color, nativity or religious belief. I like to think that beneath those row upon row of white crosses in France, there slumbers In cold death men of every nationality, creed and color who willingly and gladly surrendered their young lives so that all men, excepting none for any reason, might be -free forever. :. Their lives were yielded to the dream that this war was a war to end all wars. Are we helping to make that dream a realization? -f Not every flag waver is a patriot, nor every reader of the Bible a Christian. If garbed in ghostly robes and shielded by the heavy darkness of the night, you fire a cross on some mm Now that th' election's over, an' everything s cinched, why not tell us where th' prosperity is? 1 don't believe I ever heard any-buddy say they wanted a Christmas card for Christmas. neglected hill and swear to high -heaven your love for every man, excepting Jews, Catholics, and the foreign-born, or anyone, you have a perverted sense of Amerieamsm. Not harms; the price of the robes but sanctioning the actions, you are still guilty. Your flag waving and shouts ofLonr live America" are only empty mockery. And you are breaking-faith. . It is arood, of course, to read the Bible, but useless unless we apply its teachings to our every day life. If we believe certain things we read In the Bud (and It is not for us to choose that which we will believe and that which . we will disregard) we must believe all. And to you readers particularly who like to think that your life is guided by the Bible and -still harbor in your heart petty dis-.' like and hate for any fellow creature, , ' regardless of the reason, I ask you to look therein and find these words: ' "Whosoever hateth his brother Is a murderer. And you know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in himself." And again, "If any man say I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar." You leaders who, for monetary, or political gain. Incite men to hate their fellow creatures for any reason, . are guilty of high treason. Think of the mortality of the body and the immortality of the soul; of the shortness of time and the duration of eternity; of heaven where all is love, and eternal damnation where all is hate, and ask yourself if you can afford to shelter and nourish petty dislikes and hates? The answer la, you cannot Those readers -who nave had the good fortune to view Lula Vollmer's drama,. "Sun-Up," will remember these undeniably truthful words "as long as there Is hate there will be war, and am long as there is war there can be no peace." Because hate breeds indifference, Irreverence and intolerance, and a host of other undesirable things with all their attendant evils. However, it is encouraging to know that every one of us can be an important factor in the great movement of world-wide peace merely by Blowing in our heart only love iai our fellow men. Let us begin immediately to apply this principle to our own life and recommend it whole-heartedly to others. ; Remember the lines of the poem,' "In Flanders Fields." . . . "If ye break faith with ns whs die. We shall not sleep, thouth popples grew la riandera Kelds." - MAIN STREET. THE COMMISSION'S ANSWER Editor Beacon Journal: 1 have read with great, interest your editorial of Dee. 8, oil the subject of the controversy now before ' the court of appeals of the District of Columbia between the General Electric Co. and the federal radio commission. I regret to note, however, that the opinions expressed in the editorial are apparently based on inaccurate information, and am therefore taking the liberty of writing you. In the first place, the assignment which , the commission offered to WGY did not involve any change in the wavelength, and Involved a change in hours of operation only to the point where it would have to cease broadcasting every evening at 10 o'clock. It has, of course, full time during daylight hours. Some evenings in the past it has operated only until just afte-. 10 o'clock, and on others it has operated until midnight The station which has full time on this channel happens to be KGO at Oakland,, California, which Is also owned and operated by the General Electric Co. The General Electric Co. also has full time on a cleared channel for KOA at Denver.t. Stations in which it is vitally interested, through atock ownership, such as WEAF and WJZ of New York City, also have full time on cleared channels. Several of these other stations did not have cleared channels before the new allocation, so that the net result of the commission's rule is that the General Electric Co. stations will now reach a far greater area and give far better service to a greatly increased number of people than before the new allocation. As a-matter of fact, except for the period from November, 19J7, to November, 1923, WGY never did have- full time on the channel in controversy, but had to give up one entire evening a week to another station. The time used , by this other station, corresponds very closely to the net reduction in time. The commission has provided 40 cleared chanelSj giving 8 to' each of the, five zones, To create any additional cleared channels, means removing anywhere from four' to 10 or more stations of 250 to 1,000 watts for each cleared channel, with the result that the 250 to 1,000 watt stations will either have to go out of existence, or accept very undesirable assignments. . The commission has not taken the position that WGY is not entitled to a hearing, nor has it claimed any infallibility for its decisions. It has pro vided a procedure by which any sta tion feeling that it has not been justly treated may have a hearing, but insists that the complaining station specify that frequency (wavelength) it wants, so that the commission can notify the stations - at present as signed to that frequency, and let them be heard in defense. The Gen eral Electric Co. refused to do this.. - In other-words, it is the Gen eral Electric Co. which is trying to get the commission to act without a hearing. , I think you misunderstood my posi tion on the question of constitutional law involved in the case. I made the point that the validity of the radio act of 1927 could not be considered by the court of appeals of the District of Columbia, for reasons which I believe are sound; I did not contend that the validity of any commission decision, from the point of view of constitutional law or otherwise, could not be questioned. . As a matter of fact, ' the commission is encouraging the testing or even the validity of the act in other lawsuits which are now pending In Chicago, believing that both it, congress, and the public are entitled to have a judicial determination of all such points. These cases in Chicago which rightly raise the point are proceeding as rapidly as possible, and should be on their way to the supreme court very soon. There is a lot more that might be said, but I am going to confine myself to the foregoing, and to a request that .you examine a copy of our brief which I am sending under separate cover, so that you may be fully advised as to both questions in the case, and the- problems of the commission that led to its decision. Very truly yours, LOUIS O. CALDWELL, General Counsel, Federal Radio Com mission, X

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