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Monday, October 9, 1944 e tutorial of JSafeerstftelb Caltfornian ALFRED HAHBELL IDI1OI »ltD rOSMIBI* jfeltfarnfem Entered In poet office at BakqrsfleM. California, ns Ff-co mail under ihe act of Congress March 3. 1S7K. class MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press is exclusively eniitlpd to tlio IJPP for ini tiop of all news dispatches credited to H or nnf nth«Mui«i> ci In this paper, and also the local news puMishrd th'M-rin. REPRESENTATIVES \Vppt-HoIiday Co., Inc. New York, f'hirnco, Pan FrHnciF^o, J.os Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Dcruor WASHINGTON, T>. C . KrilKATT The llaskm .Service, Washington. L>. C. By carrier or mail (in ndvanre) in postnl r.nne? one, two. three. per month, fef.r ; six months, i;».U»; one yrn,, J9 "*'. 1-iy mail in postal zones lour to eight, per month, $!.*';">. BRUTAL RECORD OF THE HUNS T in; Huns of an older day never wrote a more cruel history Ilian thai which is recorded through the ai'tivilies of the (ier- mans of now. the horrors of which hecome more and more emphasized as the territories they seized fall again into the hands of the Allies. The record in Poland and Yugoslavia and now in Greece is one of pillage and murder and destruction. It is estimated that in Greece alone 11500 towns were laid low, 2,000,000 people were made homeless and starvation of entire populations followed the occupancy of that unhappy land by its invaders. Nobody can form a proper estimate of the number of civilians, including women and children, who were victims of the era of German control. Nor have such countries as Holland and Belgium escaped the ravages of their conquerors. The latter, it is now threatened, will be largely Hooded before Ihe Germans are forced out of that territory. And so cognizant arc the Nazi leaders of their guilt that they arc even now preparing plans for reprisal if Hitler and others are punished for their crimes. It develops that King Leopold of Belgium and others who once exercised authority in occupied lands are to be taken to Japan with intent to hold them as hostages when the German leaders receive the punishment that must he meted out to them. The history of the wars of over 2000 years ago has been duplicated by the Germans of today. Those responsible must suH'er for their crimes, not as a matter of revenge but as punishment for their own brutalities, brutalities that would again be repeated should the Huns of today or those of tomorrow precipitate a third world war. Nor can it be said that the blame rests upon the leaders alone. No American or English officers, if inconceivably they should be ordered to do so, would carry out such a program as has resulted through German invasion and occupancy. Nor would American soldiers accept and obey orders that would mean death and destruction to thousands, yes millions, of innocent women and children. SENATOR TRUMAN'S HELP C ~ O.MING to the Pacific Coast at an early day is vice-presidential nominee Senator Truman and there is naturally some speculation as to whether his activity in the campaign will be helpful or hurtful to the cause he is trying to further. The Senator from Missouri achieved success through the personal and direct influence of the Pendergasl machine. As a senator he was critical of administration policies but that did not prevent full vice-presidential candidacy support in the Convention by the agencies associated with the Federal regime. Mr. llannagan was all for him and so was Sidney Hillmun although, in the beginning, they were presumed to be for the rcnomination of Vice- President Wallace. But that went out the window following a nod from the national capilol and in the end Truman was the victor. There has been some speculation in view of the subtle machinations at Chicago, and of the political agencies in Missouri responsible for the iirst rise of the nominee, whether or not his campaign now will be effective. That remains to be seen. The radicalism of Vice-Presidenl Wallace, it was alleged, was responsible for the altitude of the managers who directed the Chicago convention and determined its decisions. The same influence refused to consider the candidacy of Justice Byrnes and he was left without followers. The present Vice-President is all out now for Senator Truman and is campaigning in his behalf. Just how much the nominee for second place on the ticket can do to aid his own cause and that of his superior will !»• determined probably by his tour in the Pacific Coast area. But certainly some of the sentiment he has expressed in public speeches and in magazine articles is not calculated to encourage the advocates of a Fourth lerm. At an early duy we shall know more about the effect of his activity on "the cause that needs assistance." POLAND AND WORLD PEACE W ORLD PEACE! World peace through force, if necessary. But we are wondering if j the problems that confront the Allied nations can be solved under the plans that are suggested by some accepted leadership. Take Poland, for instance. Resistance in Warsaw to the Germans was so vigorous as to promise results at an early day. Russia was in striking distance of the beleaguered city but the Polish factions could not agree between themselves and Allied plans for the future of Poland differed. Now the city with its business and residential areas destroyed, with millions of Polish lives sacrificed in the effort of the underground to resist further occupancy by the enemy, is having its future jeopardized by the contrary views of those who, in the interest of world peace, should be acting in unison. 11 seems not to be the kind of government thai Poland wants thai interests some Allied nations hut the kind thai some of them want. That creates problems which may not be solved in the interest of the people most directly interested. Nor is thai the point thai gives the greatest concern to forces that now seek to determine what shall be done with Poland and how it shall be governed, not only when Ihe war is over but while il is still in progress. World peace! We shall have many duplications of the situation that now obtains in Poland. Let us hope they can be solved not, perhaps, by force but by around-lhe-lable conferences. Hut can thev? DONALD NELSON'S SERVICE T in; public will await with interest information that will advise them as to Ihe position Donald Nelson, former chairman of the War Production Board, will now be assigned. It will be recalled that Mr. Nelson was sent to China along with General Hurley on a mission to the authorities there and at the request of the President. When he returned, his place as chairman had been filled but there was assurance that he would be assigned to another "important governmental position." The people hope so. No man has served them more admirably than has Mr. Nelson and there was wide disappointment thai he was to be no longer head of the War Production Board. In that capacity he directed a most important work in connection with the war and he showed unquestioned ability to achieve success in any line of activity in Ibis critical era. He had been asked to remain available- for government service and has indicated his agreement with thai suggestion. Il is nol that the War Production Board has nol an intelligent and effective head through the appointment of J ; A. Krug; it is the consensus that he is rendering excellent service to the country with full understanding of the responsibility that'rests upon him. His expressions both as lo production and reconversion are sensible and timely. Slill, the people are. interested in the future of Mr. Nelson and are glad lo be told that he will continue in their service. RANDOM NOTES The San Bernardino Sun has issued its fiftieth anniversary edition, a half century in journalism devoted to the upbuilding of a vast area in California. During those 50 years the Sun has served the interests of a growing community and Ihe effectiveness of thai service is demonstrated by its own continued advancement, possible Ihrougli the appreciative support of the public. The continued progress of a newspaper in its community over a long period of years tells its own story of its public service. As The Sun editorially expresses it: "San Bernardino must be a belter comhiunity so il must be a greater community. Down through the years the Sun has shared in the leadership of all the great movements to expand opportunity and il enters the next half century with the same spirit of determination thai this city and county shall do I heir full share in the development of California." And again quoting from the anniversary edition: "The occasion is one that calls for reflect ion of the past; it calls for contemplation of Ihe future. It is an occasion for rededication of a newspaper to the ideals of service." The policy indicated has been the basis for the progress of one of the state's fine newspapers. The promise of the continuation of that policy bespeaks the successful future of the publication. • * * If the reader lived in Minnesota his children would not have lo do janitor work at the schoolhouse, bring in wood nor build fires. The Attorney-General there has ruled against all tluU as representing "child labor." Time marches on. Many of us living today can recall thai il was deemed not only a duly to go to the nearest pump for buckets of water or split a little firewood; but it also supplied a reason for a break in the monotony of school life. The youngsters of old were not forced to pump water nor split wood but neither they nor their parents thought of appealing to the Attorney-General about it if and when their services were requisitioned. Tie Wai .' JL <o d <a y EDITOR'S NOTE—Until lucb time aa Ernie Pyle'B column Is resumed following Sla vacation, thia ipac* will b* used lor war feature «forles By WES GALLAGHER ASFOC iateu" Press Staff Correspondent ALSACE LORRAINE, Sept. 26. (Delayed) (JP> —"Bazooka Charlie" used to teach history. Now he is making it on the Western Front. He is Major Charles t'arpenter, former Centre College football player and history teacher in the Muline, III., high school Carpenter is fast becoming a log- end in General Patton's army, where eccentricity is not unknown and bravery is commonplace. His history is made in a tiny muslin and wood cubicle on his Cub plane which he has armed with six bazookas, fired with a trigger from the cockpit. Carpenter's assignment is to fly the commanding general of an armored division and to do reconnaissance, but he wanted something with which he could shoot back when he was shot at—hence the bazookas. Now he has been credited with destroying two tanks, several armored cars and some highly startled Germans who never expected to be bit- tun by such a war rabbit as a Cub. The Carpenter legend started near Avranches when Patton's army made its first big breakthrough. The major was scouting for landing fields when ho came upon a tank ;iml infantry formation stymied by enemy SS fire before a vital town. Carpenter jumped on the lead tank, grubbed a .f>() caliber gun, fired a burst and ordered an attack, yelling. "Let's go." Although ((•clinically he bad no authority, his sheer drive pot the attack under way. The town was taken in a matter of minutes and Carpenter pushed on after the fleeing Nazi tanks. Every time he came to a corner, ho stuck bis head In the turret of bis tank and yelled, "Let her go!"— and the crew cut loose with the .75. driving the Germans to the next corner. Carpenter came to one corner too many, however. He saw a tank ahead and ordered the crew to let fly. They knocked the bulldozer blade off an American tank. As the force which Carpenter bad been using was not in his division, he was placed under arrest and threatened with shooting until rescued by his own general. After that he stuck to his Cub. At Lorient lie put two bazookas on it and gradually Increased their number to six. Snme of his fellow pilots tried it out, but found that driving their frail craft inlo a hail of German small arms fire was extremely unhealthy and returned to their observation duties. Carpenter landed in the middle of a battlefield near Sens once to in- .spect a column of still-burning German tanks and captured six Nazis with German rifles be picked up. He shot up German staff cars ami, in genera!, carried on a one-man war. ilis big day came north of Nancy recently when the Germans launched a tank attack and forced some G. I.'s to bide in a creek. Carpenter dove down through a barrage of German fire in a series of attacks, firing all of his bazookas. During the day he fired l(i shells, returning to the ground only to reload. The ground troops credited him with two tanks. "Some people around here think I'm nuts," Carpenter says, "but I just believe that If we're going to fight a war we have to get on with it CO minutes an hour and 24 hours a duy." By M. S. HANDLER l'nit<-<! J'ri'Htf Staff (^'orrcKiMimlcMt. MOSCOW. (UP.)—The official Communist party newspaper Pravila said that Japan is facing "serious difficulties" in the Pacific war and made it is clear to its Russian reader that nothing can save Japan from complete and crushing defeat. Pravda said Japan's production is hopelessly outclassed by the enormous expansion of American industrial power which, it said, is the determining factor in war. The article paralleled similar theses expounded by American observers and by Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Commons this week, but its message, which will be read irom one end of the Soviet Union to the other, is bound to have tremendous influence in preparing Russian public opinion for events in the Pacific. (Handler's dispatch, passed by Russian censors, did not amplify the reference to "preparing public opinion" for coming developments In the Pacific conflict, in which the Soviet t'ninn thus far has remained neutral.) The article was written by Pravda's military expert, Evgeni Ztihukov, who repeatedly stressed the point that Japan's situation has heroine hopeless as a result of the "unprecedented speed-up in the military development of the I'nited States." Xtihukov, in effect, said Japan's conquests jn the Far East are almost useless to her and that nothing •could halt the inexorable advance of American land, sea and air power to Japanese soil. "Foreseeing the shifting of military operations to the immediate neighborhood of Japanese territory, Japanese propagandists turn to history to raise the people's faith in the invincibility of their country." he wrote: "They remind them that in tbe thirteenth century a typhoon dispersed an armada of r»00 ships and saved- Japan from a Mongolian invasion, but this appeal to a miracle which should occur again can heardly set anyone's mind at ease. "The military situation in the Pa- eific is growing more unfavorable for Japan." Zuhukov said Japan's attempt at "blitz" war lias failed and reviewed the succession of defeats inflicted on the Japanese by Anglo-American forces since Guadalcanal which forced them to oust Premier Tojo and reorganize their government. Holl w ®o d Col limn -(By JOAN DAVIS)- Ever see inside a comic's brain? You haven't? O. K. Tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to show you my brain. Don't laugh. I'm being serious. Comics have brains. Take mine, for instance. Frequently it works like a cluck—first it goes tick, then lock! Pull up u microscope and let's look. As the microscope is slowly adjusted, out of the distant horizon we see that my brain has two parts. One side says a joke is funny. The other side says it's nol funny. 1 hired an umpire to toll me the score. It was 0-0! Seriously, that is how a come- ilian's brain is made. Actually, one side doesn't say a joke is funny. That tide that argues is better judgment. Here's something you didn't know. Before a comedian tells a joke, be has actually (within the space of a few split seconds) pulled from 5 to 10 jokes out of his brain file. His better judgment argues until the right joke fits the situation, then better judgment laughs and releases that joke to the comic's mouth. Let's prove this. Take another look through the microscope. You'll see that the brain is built like a machine and notice my file side closely. Whenever I need a joke (and I sure need one now) a brain messenger presses a button and a joke pops down a chute. Three (Pinch Hitting: lor Ersklne Johnson) wheels start going around and if they stop on two cherries and a lemon, five jokes drop out. A comedian continually cleans out old jokes from his brain. Just like when you clean house. Quite often your better judgment goes on ii vacation. That's when a comic types himself by bis jokes. Every story that comes out of his brain has the same formula. Recently this happened to me. It was when the armed forces were awarding pretty girls special titles. The laugh part of my brain immediately gave me jokes like: "I've been voted Miss Tank Trap of '44'." These jokes get me a lot of laughs. It kept on until suddenly 1 realized they had gone too far on this formula. I hold a housocleaning. Look again at my brain. You'll see jokes there to fit any situation. Win; ever I want a joke about the weather, all I do is tip the brain messenger. Out comes "It's been so hot that when I went home the other day. T saw some ice cubes taking a shower!" All comics' brains work that way. One comedian has toured so many army camps and told so many service stories every one of his jokes has chevrons. Another comic I know has so many jokes in his brain he has no room to think, so his brain moved out. Copyright. 1944. NEA Service, Inc. naesiioiis an< A nswers -(By THE HASKIN SERVICE)Q. When was the first governor of New York state elected?—C. Y. A. George Clinton was declared elected first governor of the state of New York, July 9. 1777. Historical records say that during inauguration he stood on tbe same upturned barrel in front of the Kingston courthouse from which the New York state constitution had been read and proclaimed a few months earlier. Q. What is a double-coconut?—D. E. Q. A. The double coconut or coco-denier is an extremely rare palm and one of the world's most curious plants. It bears tbe largest known nut which takes 10 years to ripen. The tree is a native of the Seychelles islands. Q. Please explain what is meant by an attack transport.— H. M. A. The navy department says that attack transports are relatively high speed vessels designed to carry ground force personnel and a large amount of their military equipment to (heir place of debarkation in amphibious assault operations. Q. In what colors are neon signs produced?—\V. C. 11. A. Electrk advertising, signs containing neun have a reddish-orange glow. Colors other than orange are produced by oilier gases. In popular speech, hnwevo'', the word neon Is used tn refer to all such colored signs. Q. \Vhero is the largest tobacco market?—D. \V. B. A. In 194.') the largest tobacco market in the I'nlteil States was at Lexington, Ivy., and the second largest at Wilson, N. C. Q. What does the name Cutty Sark mean as applied to the famous clipper?—B. P. L. A. Cutty Sark is Scotch for "short shirt." Q. Why is the anchor shown on the stale flag of Rhode Island?— M. L. C. A. The anchor signifies "hope," which is the motto of the state. The u.se of the anchor in this sense goes back to early Christian symbolism in allusion to Hebrews VI:19, which reads: "Hope we have as an anchor of the soul." Q. What is the average yield from an acre of broorncorn?—B. R. K. A. One of the most important broomcorn producing districts is east central Illinois. Under favorable conditions broomcorn yields an aver- ago of (!00 pounds per acre in this area. About 80 to 100 dozen of ordinary brooms can be made from a ton of brush. Q. How many telegraph or telephone poles are there per mile along railway tracks 1 .'—C. G. C. A. The number varies from 26 to (10 or more, depending on the number of wires to be curried, the kind of wood, the number of highway, truck, bridge or other crossings to be made. Q. What city had the first,regular electric street car line?—B. E. Y. A. The first commercially successful electric railway street car line was operated in Richmond, Va., in the year 1888. Prior to this a number of experimental lines were op era ted in different parts of the country. Q. What black?—N. A. The is most nearly flower H. Y. Amorphopliailus conies nearer to black than any flower. It is a large tropical Asiatic herbaceous plant of the Arum family, having immense bulb-like, tuberous roots, and a very disagreeable odor. From tKe Files of The Californian TEX YEARS AGO (The Calitornian, this date.' 1034) Miss Blanche Matheron and Robert Walter Vernon were married in April, according to an announcement made to friends of the couple at a party last night. Sheriff's deputies are launching a war on slot machines, planning to confiscate more than 100 throughout the county. .Salvation Army has launched a drive for $">600. The Garden Club is making a plea for a law to protect city trees. Mrs. George Gurr heads the campaign which is working for an ordinance regulating all planting, trimming and removals. Slim Sunimerville, popular screen funster, was a visitor here yesterday in connection with P'rontier Days. Photographs made in Mexico by Hans and Martha Roemer are now on display in the show window of their studio on Nineteenth street. TWENTY YEARS AGO (The Calirnrnlan. th'.Rdnte. 191M) Wallace Beery, motion picture actor, is here today in connection with a Duck Club visit. George W. Premo is foreman of this year's grand jury. A total of 25.935 is Kern's registration for the November general election. Among Bakersficld people planning to attend Riverside's county fair is D. L. Wlshon. Dr. George 0. Sabichi will be guest of honor at a reception Friday night. Doctor Sabichci is national president of the Exchange clubs. News bulletins: Chinese Wall Shattered by Artillery of the Invaders. King George Hurrying to London, Government Crisis Causing the British Ruler to End His Vacation. A reader ran get the answer to any Question or fin by writ Inn The Ilikersfkld California!! Information Bureau. 31(1 Ky« Strwt, N. K., Washington •!, D. C. Fl2U« woloae three 131 aunts for reply I THIRTY YEARS AGO (The Oilifurnlan. this (Into, 1!I14) James D. Phelan speaks here tonight. Ordena School will open for the fall semester Monday. An excursion of persons interested in mining is planned to the Amalie district. A crowd amounting to a throng was present in front of The Californian today to see Boston win the first of the World Series from Philadelphia by a score of 7 to 1. News bulletins: A storm of shot and shell is being poured on Antwerp, many civilians having been killed and the sky is red with flames. Sixteen hours of big gun fire are reported %t Nethe. Austrian general staff is claiming' victories. FORTY YEARS AGO (The California!!, this (lute. 11*04) Headlines: Japanese Army Retreating. Kuropatkin Advancing in Two Strong Columns on Enemy. Mrs. Lester Seabrook entertained in honor of her daughter, Nellie Grenville, on her birthday anniversary yesterday. Timothy Spellacy returned this morning from San Francisco where the oil men's committee has been in session for several days. C. V. Anderson has been named United States commissioner to fill a vacancy caused by the death of A. C. Maude. Engineer Ptomy and wife have returned from a two-month stay in the east. A movement is on foot to establish a chain gang in Bakersfield, Attorney George Flournoy having prepared the necessary petition for the trustees. FIFTY YEARS AGO (The Californiun, this date. 1894) J. B. Batz came down from Onyx last night. Doctor Bethel is expected home from Los Angeles today. J. McDowell purchased a ticket for Cincinnati today over the Santa Fe. Mrs. Luikini, widow of the lat'e proprietor of Cosmopolitan Laundry, was robbed of $46.50 last night. The sum was that with which she planned to send her children to Los Angeles to a Presbyterian school. Dr. T. W. Helm participated in a debate last night, resolved that: "Protection is Beneficial to American Institutions." SO THEY SAY This town ha.s been the toughest opposition we struck in France. Every house was a little strong point, with the Germans firing out of doors, windows and from the basements. At one house we threw rifle grenades through each window and they still fired back.—An American colonel at Remiremont, France. The plan of demobilization must work not just to release men from the army or navy, but beyond that to the ultimate placing of the man back again with -his family and his job and to insuring his rights and benefits.—Major-General Lewis B. Hershey, Selective Service director. If you don't find what you want, just let me know. And say, if that Shore Patrol gets in your way, just call a city cop He'll help you.— Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardla's Navy-sponsored recording welcoming sailors to Now York. I want you to have this as a souvenir. Take it. It's got some good addresses on it. Really good ones.— Dying marine's last words to navy meilin on Peleliu front. The souvenir: A cigarette case with names and addresses. PEN SHAFTS Ol\io's Cuyahoga county set a fine example for the rest of the country. Its Victory Paper Salvage Drive was a smashing-at-the enemy success. We could mention one Turkey that apparently isn't going to give the Germans any cause for Thanksgiving. You'd be surprised If you knew how milch faster bootleg liquor ages than the legal brand. If there is any touring this year by the home folks In Germany, It's our guess they'll be see sick. Will someone please notify all of the oyster stews that oysters are back? A THOUGHT FOR TODAY And God saw the light, that it was good am' God divided the, light from the darkness. — Genesis /:.{. * * * Now that the sun is gleaming bright, Implore we, bending low, That He, the Uncreated Light, May guide us as we go. —Adam de St. Victor. JiinJ ttke News -(By PAUL MALLOW- WASHINGTON. Oct. 9.—There died with Al Smith a great political legend, a great false legend which now may never be dispelled. Politics is a. funny business. It etches deep characters for public men, nearly all of which are fictitious. Instead of accurate pictures, these popular conceptions of leaders are cartoons. Instead of character studies, they become caricatures. These become so deeply burned into public conscience thought that they live on into permanent history, until perhaps some debunker comes along years or ages hence to re-establish past-personages in their true human elements. There was Hoover. He was a superman when elected. The general impression at the time (1928) was that Mr. Hoover had more superior qualifications than any man who ever had run in politics. But since 1932, he has been the world depressor. Whatever caused that great economic debacle beyond the natural ineptness of man and his natural greed for ever greater and greater profits—on credit, the common understanding of Al Smith has been as overdrawn and distorted as any of the conceptions which make good men inferior and average men great. It leaves him in his grave a rather uncouth East Side New Yorker, unaware of social amenities, a tough- talking street man who did not know how to pronounce radio but called it "rad-dio." That stigma of politics he lacked the strength to destroy In his later years. As a matter of fact, he was not only far above average intelligence, but a brilliant and superior governor who could handle intricate problems of finance in the budgets or taxation or legal legislation as expertly or better than anyone who has held that office before or since. This is attested by the fact he was elected four times, generally in the face of Republican landslides. Al Smith affected what he thought was the language of the common people. It was the tongue of the common people of New York city and no more important in measuring in- telligence than a southern accent measures the Intelligence of the south. With It and a gaily-waving brown derby, he won continuously among the people who knew his real Inner quality, but the country did not understand either his language or his derby. Their hearts did not warm to Smith as the voters of all classes and creeds in New York had done. His tactics Indelibly stamped him to them as someone lacking taste. It was the tragedy of his career from which he fell into an epilogue of bitterness. • How completely popular Illusions were turned on him is illustrated by a cartoon in the New Yorker in the 1928 campaign. It showed rich.dow- agers with lorgnettes sitting around a Long Island estate, saying: "Imagine the Smiths In the White House!" This was intended to sear .with irony the stupidity of high society, but the country strangely came to accept the notion In reverse. Politics is a funny business. Smith and his associates alone repealed the false corruptlve ideal of prohibition. Not even Bryan moved so many people so much In speeches on the stump. No one ever assailed his honesty or integrity. As a product of Tammany machine, he reformed it instead of letting it run him in the corrupt old boss style. I did not know him well personally, but I knew him well publicly as a reporter traveling with and covering him for many years, and I knew the injustice of the abuse heaped upon him. I knew him as a superior and a good man. The lesson of his life and death for the people Is that they should look beneath the surface of political character-contrivances in making their estimates of public men. They should strive to cut through the artifices of whitewash and crimson, not only to do greater justice to their leaders, but to do greater JuaV tlce to themselves In their government. (World copyrlnht, 1944, by Kln« Features Syndicate. Inc. All rlnlils reserved. IteproductloD In full or .la part atrictly prohibited.) a sluing ton Column -(By PETEH EDSON)For almost the first time In the last 12 years, the department of agriculture doesn't seem to be a major issue in the political campaign. Re- :nembering all the commotion that has been raised about triple-A, farm security, plowing under baby pigs and such stuff in past presidential years, this is almost too good to be true to the civil service administrators in the department which has the job of carrying nut the farm policies laid down by Congress. In trying to explain all this political peace on the agricultural front, it won't do to jump the agricultural cow over tbe m/'C.n while holding onto the tail of a conclusion that the Roosevelt administration has at last found tbe perfect farm policy. Nor will it do to assume that farmers are universally happy. Farmers are never without complaints, and the midwestern farm states are generally conceded by the polls as tending toward Dewey. If the polls are right, this will amount to repudiation of the Roosevelt farm policy, even though fann- ers are now making more money than they ever made in their lives and should be singing to beat that lark in the south 40. Political dope- sters, however, explain that farmers are normally Republicans when prosperous. Grateful creatures that they are, they must be fixing to vote out of office the Democrats under whose ministrations they have become prosperous. It's a vicious circle. Farmers having been sold on the benefits of crop rotation, they carry out the theory to political rotation. Another factor which leaves the department of agriculture freer of political criticism than in past campaign years is that there are other government agencies available to catch the blame. Principally, there is OPA with its rationing restrictions on gasoline, Ures, trucks and the other things which fanners buy; Its price ceilings on grains, feeds, livestock and all the other things the farmers sell. This year, OPA is the goat and the whipping boy, rolled into one. War Food Administrator Marvin Jones and Secretary of Agriculture Claude Wickard have been contributing greatly to the department's peace of mind by a studied policy of not leading with the chin and of keeping out of the papers. Judge Jones, In particular, is one of the most adroit nonseekers of publicity in Washington, and his policy of keeping his mouth shut han paid off in keeping WFA and the department of agriculture out of this year's political turmoil. By relaxing controls wherever possible, WFA has, however, contributed Its bit to the administration's need for keeping the voting clients conscious of the fact that things have been worse and «re getting better. WFA's recent orders, releasing rationing controls on milk cans, pressure cookers and all farm machinery except corn pickers, are masterful political strokes. That these orders come just before an election is of course purely coincidental. The new Farm Security administrator, ex-Congressman John M. Hancock, has likewise been shunning the li-.nelight as much as possible. FSA has been able to liquidate some of the worst hangovers from the Tugwell resettlement era, and the congressional criticism of FSA has died down somewhat since the former administrator, C. B. Baldwin, jumped the government fence to range In the greener pastures of the C. I. O. Political Action Committee, which he now serves as assistant chairman under Sidney Hlllman. This trick of being able to operate a government department without having everything and everybody In a continual state of turmoil is something that many administrators never learn. It doesn't necessarily mean that a bureaucrat has to sit back and do nothing to have his agency kept on tht tracks of peace. But it does indicate that government agencies can be run as quietly and as efficiently as a good business organization should be. And in final analysis, the test of perfect government Is to have it functioning so smoothly that the citizenry won't be conscious it's there. like Readers'Viewpoini EDITOR'S NOTE—Letters should be limited to 150 words; miy attack id«s hut not persons; mast not be abusive and should be written lenlbly and <-n on* aide of tb« papar. The Cillfornian la not responsible for the sentiments contained therein tnd resfma tbe right to reject any letters. Letters must hear an authentic address and signature, althouih these will be withheld If desired. "PLAIN JUSTICE" Editor The Californian: As you give your valuable space to BO many different "Viewpoints" I would like to add a few lines that come to me after reading some of the letters sent to this column. When we read such statements as the one in a letter signed by a Mr. Pearson, It seems to me our eyesight must be getting so dim we cannot read aright. He says there is a "lingering smell" of a former administration when things were promised just as the Republicans are again promising. I wonder If he has forgotten the wonderful organization called the WPA? Now there seems to be work and prosperity and 1 wonder If he has figured out at what cost it has come under the present administration? The families who have lost soldier sons, brothers and husbands know, so he will not have to tell them. Another writer said the Hoover depression,' as it is called by the opposition, started even as far back as the Harding and Coolldge administrations, and they also call It a "world depression" and that also seems incredible that two or three men here In the United States could start a "world depression." If some of these writers have come of voting age since the present administration, and that is quite possible, they cannot remember that this country was very peaceful under those very Republican administrations, as the two last terrible wars have been under Democratic administrations, so we can excuse them for such rash statements as so many make about the cause of what is termed the Hoover depression and for which Mr. Hoover was not any more responsible than he is for this war. No Republican has ever wanted 16 years as President for the reason they think there are many capable men In the United States. PLAIN JUHTIOE. Bakersfield, Calif FOR THE DOGS Editor The Californian: To the lady that neither loves nor hates dogs, but, nevertheless, would like to see them exterminated: <• I only hope, for her sake, that some of our soldiers that have trained dogs for overseas duties and grown to love them don't see he» article of September 26 In the Readers' Viewpoint. They can give her a much better answer than I can. My little black Cocker Spaniel often answers to "Honey," and I must say, she obeys better than a few children I've come In contact with. I hope I never get too busy to show admiration for a beautiful thoroughbred dog or sympathy for a poor old mangy mongrel, MRS. O. M. MILLIKEN. 2510 Center street. POLITICAL PHOPHECY Editor The Californian: Forecast: Presidential Candidate Dewey will receive fewer electoral votes In the coming election than the 82 received by Mr. Willkie in the 1940 contest. • Prophesy: Dewey will emulate, In one particular only, the Honorable Williams Jennings Bryan, in as much as being a candidate for tbo> major office, from term to term, but never elected. J. A. (JUST ANOTHER) JONES. 1427 West Drive, Bakersfield. October 1, 1944. IDENTIFICATION Editor The Californian: If the picture of a pinup girl at one end of a New Orleans park bench and a party in uniform at the other end, as printed in a recent army paper, Is a cartoon of a pass- Ing storm the clouds that recently passed over Bakersfield are a reincarnation of the New Orleans storm, indicated by the cartoon. RUSSELL H. PRYOOTT.

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