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Friday, October 13, 1944 Cbttonal $age of Stye JSafeersiftelb Caitforman ALFRED HARRELL IDITOl AMD POILIIHII Bnterad In po«t offic* it Bakenfleld. California, as «ocu:>d clasi , mall ucder <he act nf Congress Mnrch 3, 1879. MEMBER OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press \n exclusively entitled to tho use fnr pulillcji- UOB of all new* dispatches credited to t* or not otherwise credited In thl« paper, and alto th« local new« publlahed therein. Th« B*k»rafleld Callfornlan la also a client of thx United Press and receive! Ita complete wire service. REPRESENTATIVES W«at-Holiday Co., Inc. N«w Tork, Chicago, San Frnncisi-o, Loa Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Denver WASHINGTON, D. C., BURKAU Tbe Haakln Service, Washington, D. C. By carrier or mail (In advanc-e) In postal zone* nne, t«-o. three. per month. SBc; nix months, 15 10; one yenr, JJi.O". l!y mnll In poatal lonea (our to eight, per month, $1.06. BY A NARROW MARGIN, PERHAPS I N LESS than a month, less by several days, we shall know the verdict of the voters of the country in a political campaign as hectic as any in the history of the nation, at least in comparatively recent years. None of us know how much confidence can be placed in the polls that are now being taken but the publicity given them discloses that the election result depends largely upon the independent voters. Estimates along with guesses place the great stales of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania in the doubtful column, so doubtful that the non-partisans may prove the determining factor when the votes art- counted. Certainly we have the right to believe that the verdict will not duplicate those in 1928 .and 1932. Mr. Hoover defeated Mr. Smith in the primary campaign by a popular vote of 21,000,000 to 15,000,000 but in the Roosc- vclt-Hoover campaign four years later the figures were more than reversed. Again in 1940, while Mr. Roosevelt won over Wendell Willkie by an electoral vole of 449 to 82, il is worth noting that 233 electoral votes going to the President were won on the support of only 55 per cent of the voting population. We have also to take into consideration that 4,500,000 ballots have gone to those in the.armed forces and this number will doubtless be considerably increased before the date of distribution is passed. Conceivably that return may be the determining factor in more than one state in the Union where the vote promises to be rather evenly divided. Insofar as the independent voters are concerned, it may be surmised that they are still "independent" for the reason that they have not solved, to their satisfaction, the issues that are being presented to them and to .the Nation by the rival candidates and by those who champion their causes. Just what will be the effect of the administration's view as •te Communists and Communistic support and activities remains to be determined. The effect rival presentations of the tax problem will have on millions of voters will not be made known until the ballots are counted. The solidarity of the labor vote is questioned in some quarters but we may rightly assume that very largely it will be cast for the President. But as against this, millions of Democratic voters who have loyally served their party in the past announce that their views are not in accord with those of the President and that they will give their support to his opponent. So, with all the polls and with all the guessing and with all the opinions of "informed" leaders we may not form an opinion of value until the ballots are counted and the results officially declared. We may guess that the major number of the soldiers' votes will favor re-election of the President, but on the other hand there are not lacking opinions to the contrary. Again we have nothing very definite upon which to predicate the opposing conclusion as to the men in the armed forces. Meantime the plea made by the rival candidates for a full vote, in order that the verdict may represent the popular will, should find favor with the electorate at large, most of whom can join in activities to swell the total number of ballots cast throughout the Nation. Certainly rival figures this year will disclose no such 6,000,000 leads as were recorded in the elections of 1928 and 1932. Whatever the electoral vote, which of course will determine the result, it now appears probable that the difference in the popular vote may not exceed 5 per cent. And with many voters yet in the doubtful column, that 5 per cent may be the determining factor in the campaign. FORMOSA ATTACK big elliptical island of Formosa, Japan's beautiful setting as the home of a 3,000,000 population, was under aerial bombardment this week in attacks which, for number of planes, approximated those against Germany a year ago on the European front. Japan reported that 1000 American planes were engaged in the raid and that .100 of these were shot down. It is believed the attack is another of a series of preliminary moves conceived for the purpose of neutralizing Japanese air and naval bases before a large-scale attack is opened against the Philippines. Base* within the tactical perimeter of the Philippines must be rendered ineffectual if I our transport to the islands is to be effective when we move for their repossession. The fact that an estimated 1000 planes, including bombers and fighters, participated in the attack, the largest ever launched in the Pacific, indicates that our carrier fleets are now moving in great force; the activity of 1000 planes in the area of Japan would be untenable unless we had a great armada in the vicinity. Thus far the Japanese fleet has made no serious challenge to our encroaching units. It will he remembered that Tainan is one of the largest cities in Formosa and that city was the springboard of attack against the Philippines when the Japanese took over the islands. Il is gratifying in a grim, military manner, to learn that Tainan, scene of overwhelming Japanese complacency when the Philippines fell, was on the receiving end of a heavy aerial "pasting" this week from American seaborne forces, probably precursors of heavier raids to come. AACHEN W 11 ION that shrine of British democracy, the House of Commons, was bombed by the German «iir force and the British press fulminated in a forensic rage, the Germans laughed in their own journals. But when the German city of Aachen was given an alternative of surrender, which was disregarded, the Germans refused to accept it, knowing inevitably thai the city would be bombed. Il is true that Aachen is more than 1000 years old as a city and thai il is a shrine of what the Germans call their "culture," cultivated during infrequent periods when German "culture" was not being rammed down the throats of better behaved European peoples. But il is silly for the Germans to use this kind of argument for il becomes a vicious misnomer when they talk of "jewels of Germanic culture." While the Germans were decrying the Allied attack on Aachen they were at the same time instructing (K)00 German demolition experts to blow up more than 10 mile.' of quays and docks in Rotterdam which, a> we all remember earlier in the war, was another manifestation of what German "culture" could do. We all recall the senselessly savage attack on that peaceful city. Aachen, jewel of German culture! The very word becomes a travestv. GOOD SERVANT; HARSH MASTER A FOKCE thai takes a life every hour in the United Stales, a destruction which encompasses the ruin of 38.000 homes a year rendering 200,000 persons temporarily homeless every 12 months and the whole destructive agency depending upon our own individual carelessness—that is a brief biography of fire in America. National fire losses have increased year by year. Now the total national destruction by fire costs us about $1,000,000 a day. More than 10,000 persons are killed yearly by lire and a far greater number injured. A civilian cannot do much about a bombing raid except go to what shelter is available. He can, however, do quite a good deal about the kind of carelessness that causes tire. RANDOM NOTES While interest in Hie election very largely centers in the Presidential contest, we should not lose sight of the fact that in the next four years Congress must necessarily play an important part in the issues that concern the American people. Which means, when we think of an executive for that period, we must also think of the legislative bodies. Happily, the choice of a member of the House of Representatives in this district was settled in the primaries and Congressman Elliott will be found sturdily supporting those matters that concern our people here at home and those, as well, that affect the Nation. As to the Senatorship, Lieutenanl-Governor Fred I louscr completed his campaign in Kern County on Wednesday, speaking at widely separated points, and from the sentiment as expressed we may conclude that he will receive, in this section, a most substantial vote. Thai support is enhanced by the report that his opponent has not proven particularly helpful in the Senate to his slate and therefore to the Nation. A lawmaker cannot render service to his constituency unless he is present to vole, and reported absenteeism will be in the minds of many electors when they cast their ballots on this important office in November. Lieutenanl-Governor Houscr has served admirably in public office here in his own state, both as a legislator and as Lieulenant- Governor. Needless to say, the qualities that have commended him to his own people give assurance that -in a wider field he will continue to understand the duties that are his to perform and that he will be guided by conclusions which are based upon the will to serve the public interest. Tkte War Tol EDITOR'S NOTE— Until inch time a> Krnle Hyle'a column la resumed following hie vacation, thla aoacf will be uaed tnr war feature e'orlee. By WILLIAM SMITH WHITE WITH AMERICAN TROOPS AT THE EDGE OF AACHEN, Oct. 12. CfP>—Its water supply wholly cut off, its food running low, and its people cowering for the second successive clay in basements and sewers, Aachen huddled miserably this afternoon under the First Army's unending air and artillery bombardment. Slowly the city is being drained of all life. Little groups of civilians are creeping out and into our lines. Soldiers—those who can escape the watch placed over them by their officers—arc coming out "in similar .small bodies, tilt hough just a while ago one group numbered about 50. Sonic of these prisoners have told Interrogators today that many civilians Htill in Aachen are hoarding hottlcH of wine and fruit with which they hope to ingratiate themselves with American troops. The sun shone this morning, but now. late in the afternoon, it is mining again, slowly and 'coldly, but 10 more impersonally anil inevitably than the rain of our bombs and shells on the city. In the crown of hills that encircles this lost and tomb-like city the trees are (lark and glistening. They are trees turning beautifully jruwn ttnd reminding you of every >lens;mt picnic spot you ever knew— lust HUe Rock Creek Park in Washington, wooded slopes along the sky- ine drive in Virginia, or any one of i dnxcn wooded ureas along any parkway in Connecticut Jiut just below .in the center of Aachen, i.s a scene like some imaginative painting of th: last judgment. <moke bolls and shifts, but never ifts from the center of the city, mil fires gleam only fitfully and Lhlnly through this almost impenetrable cover. The spire of Aachen Cathedral is still standing, unhit, but nothing of the rest can be seen below its roof. The northeastern factory section :in the outskirts has been cleared by nir infantrymen and they met only iK'it sniper resistance. But this is ill that has yet been attacked anywhere in Aachen by foot soldiers. It is still nn artillery and air attack md the Yanks are taking their time •it it, for certainly time is working for them here. There is no competent evidence of how many civilians are left here, but the best available estimate puts them (it from 5.000 to 10,000. German prisoners say that these people are slipping out of their subterranean hideouts at night and looting such stores as are still stand- Ing. If Aachen fell to the First Army nt this moment, it would get a mere skeleton of a city, for most of the buildings still upright are no more than gutted walls. In the German phrase—"Aachen kaput!" (Aachen finished.) By HAL BOYLE WITH AMERICAN TROOPS IN BELGIUM, Oct. 7.— (Delayed)— UP>— The greatest "booby traps" in Bel- glum were not those left by the Germans. They are those created by Dutch and Belgian tyds to ensnare the candy and chewing gum of American troops. The younger generation in these two smull countries has set out to corral all the sweets and cigarettes in the pockets of the American Army nnd the kids know more ways to levy tribute than Robin Hood and Jesse James put together. In 10 minutes, a gang of these junior highwaymen can strip a whole column of soldiers of every "bonbon" and stray cigarette In their parks. All the while they give the impression of conferring a favor, which certainly Is salesmanship of the highest order. They jire tightly organized and they work together without much bloodshed, although occasionally one may get his nose crimsoned in a qunrrel over division of the spoils. Having been a victim several times, I am completely acquainted with their snares. This Is how they operate against the defenseless troops: Yon are driving along a road wondering how the St. Louis Browns ever got into a World Series when you pass a little girl about 7 years old holding up a basket of ripe tomatoes and shouting "vive les Americans." Yon don't stop—whoever stopped an automobile to consume anything as revolting ns a tomato?—so you pass by politely bellowing "vive les Beiges." About 75 feet farther on you pass ,1 small boy holding up "free" apples. You sweep past him and then come to a little girl holding up a bottle of wine and a glass. Somehow your jeep wobbles over and halts— right in front of the bottle. The little girl pours you a glass and watches closely as you lift it to your lips. The second you drink it she lets out a yell—and the fields become black with scores of small boys and girls rushing in for the kill. You are in debt now and fail- game. "Bonbon! chocolate! shooing gwum! cigarette pour papa!" they chant as the jeep begins to- buckle Under the weight of their swaying bodies. Little hands clutch at your necktie, paw at your jacket, thump your musette bap, pat your pockets. There is no refusal, no escape. You claw frantically through your trousers and your pack, grabbing everything edible to silence the clamor of this sub-teen-age human wolf pack. You fling candy and cigarettes as far as possible and when kids sweep away to retrieve them, you scrape the last little yelling monster off your scalp, heave him overboard and make a break for the open road. W Col limn -(By PETER EUSON)Danger that the United States Is heading into a period of unmanageable farm surpluses is being played down in Washington as the same kind of a scare that didn't materialize buck in the winter of 1942-1943, when some dour prophets were predicting that tho country faced famine. What has surprised a good many farm experts in this war is the ability of the United States to consume farm products. More foods and fibers have been chewed up by human beings, livestock and machines than thu econo-.iiists ever thought possblle. Milk consumption is an example. For years tho nutritionists have been tolling people that milk was the best food in the world. This wasn't wasted effort, but it didn't do nearly as much good towards increasing milk consumption as the increased purchasing power of the country. As soon as the people get more money to spend, they started buying more milk. Demand for farm products has boon greater than the supply, all through the war. Bureau of agricultural economists, in the latest "Demand and Price" report, says tills present high demand is going lo continue, even though there will bo big changes in the general business situation after the end of the ivar in Europe. Ono thing certain is that the farmer himself doesn't have to worry ibout farm surpluses for two calendar years after the declared end of the war. The reason is that the government has assured farmers 90 per cent of parity loans or better m ](>6 farm products considered essential to the war effort. In establishing these support prices, Congress took the line that it AVIS necessary to give the farmers sufficient incentive to produce all :his stuff and to make sure that the jot torn would not drop out of the narkot whfn tho war was over, as t diil in l!Hfl. causing the financial •uin of hundreds of thousands of 'armors. As to what the government will iso for money in making loans to heso support prices for two years il'tfi- the end of the war, there will lave to be additional appropriations when lond-lease and military buying end. But as Congress has already authorized this expenditure, few people have any doubt that there will bo the necessary appropriations when needed, even if the cost goes to a couple of billion dollars a year. What the government does with all the surpluses and stockpiles left over at the end of the war is something else again. The government i.s now authorized to sell surpluses abroad at world market prices, taking a loss if domestic prices are higher. Many war surpluses nre even now being sold back to the trade. But the real solution to the surplus problem is expected to be in Increased home consumption, and that brings you rigbt back to the frequently expressed need for main taining full employment to keep up purchasing power. If surpluses do get out of hand a couple of years after the war, the only solution row known will be some form of marketing or produc tion control and—curiously enough— tills is just where the Roosevelt ad ministration came in 12 years ago ago when there was too much farm production and too little consumption. On the five basic crops—wheat, cotton, corn, rice and tobacco—the framework for marketing controls established in the early days of the New Deal is still on the books. These controls haven't been used during the war—except on tobacco, to keep it from crowding off the land other •more needed farm products. But if, before the May of any year, the secretary of agriculture shall determine that the supply of any of the basic farm crops is greater than the sum of the domestic consumption plus export plus a 30 per cent reserve, he may order a vote among producing farmers on whether to establish crop controls. If more than two-thirds of the farmers voting decide in favor of controls, then they go in effect. Extension of this system of controls to other than the five basic crops is being studied. It is some- tiling like this that is counted on to reduce production, if and when the surpluses get out of hand. And it doesn't make any difference who gets elected—Dewey or Roosevelt—either will have to face this toughest of all farm problems. From the Files of The Californian TEN YEARS AGO (The Callfornlan. thla date, 1934) Headlines: David Lamson Granted New Trial. Court Rules Found Guilty on Suspicion. Mrs. Allan B. Campbell will review Stribling's "The Store," when Woman's Club Book Section meets Monday. Miss Helen Baum and Russel Estep were married Wednesday aft ernoon. Miss Marjory Bridge of Berkeley arrived yesterday in Bakersfield. Miss Bridge is the only woman ever to climb the east side of Mount Whitney. William Thornton will play Pe- truchio in a performance of "Tarn ing of the Shrew," Monday eve nlng. Fourteen bales of cotton, valued at $1000, were damaged by a fire at Rosedale Gin late yesterday. H. T. Strong will speak on the government's agriculture adjustment policies when Rosedale Farm Center meets Thursday. TWENTY YEARS AGO (The Callfornlan, thla date, 1024) Mrs. George B. Crome presided at today's opening meeUng of Bakers^ field Woman's Club. Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Holloway were guests of honor at a party on their fifty-first wedding anniversary. C. A. Barlow will speak at Delano on conservation of California water on October 18. F. M. Powell was installed as top- arch of Pyramid of Sciots. C. O. Coleman was painfully cut last night as the result of a dive through the windshield of an automobile in which he was riding. The accident occured in connection with a collision on N street. A cafe employe was arrested today on the charge of having broken a plate on a man's face. THIRTY YEARS AGO 'The Cullforniun, this date. 1914) Mrs. H. J. Saecker entertained at a party in honor of her sister, Mrs. S. F. Macomber of San Francisco, at her home this afternoon. The Reverend Luther Rice preached his opening sermon Sunday night in Taft. Selig Schulberg of the brewery workers will talk here tomorrow night on prohibition from the standpoint of his organization. The finding of the body of Albert Nord, Norwegian, near Stove Pipe Springs makes the fifth discovery of a body near Death Valley in one week. Dr. J. W. Key completed a delicate operation on the hand of Arthur Huntsman of South Taft yesterday. The physician la attempting to restore the burned hand to its former condition of usefulness. naestions an< (By THE HASKIN SERVICE)- nswers Q. When did hotels begin to have key to each room?—L. R. H. A. Williamson in his History of he American Hotel says that the Yomont hotel In Boston (begun in S^S) ushered in the novelty of a nek on the door of every room, no wo of which could bo opened with lie same key. The Tremont's oom keys were attached to Iron ars nearly six inches long so that r iiests would not be likely to carry hem off. Q. Please give some Information bout the U. H. S. Argonne.—D. R. A. The U. S. S. Argonne, formerly submarine tender, Is now in the luss called miscellaneous fleet auxil- tries, which is composed of special urposo vessels, largely converted rom standard types. Q. Is the velocity of sound the nine in salt water as in fresh?— , M. A. The velocity of sound waves IB lightly greater in suit water than n fresh water. Q. Where is --the driest desert Jn he world?—L, L. S. A. The world's driest desert Is Atncanu, between Peru and Chile. Q. How does the back of a five- dollar bill happen to be printed upside down?—P. P. A. The backs of bills are printed first. It occasionally happens that before the faces are printed a sheet of backs becomes reversed and so the faces are printed in the wrong direction. If detected by examiners such notes are ilstroyed as Imperfect. If not detected, the notes reach circulation with the faces reversed. Q. How many men has Soviet Russia lost in the war?—T. T. L. A. A summary by the Soviet Information Bureau In London announced In June, 1944, that the Russians have lost 5,300,000 men killed, captured, or missing In the first three years of the Russo- German war. Q. What Is the difference between a micro-inch and a micron?—T. L. A. A micro-Inch Is one-millionth of an Inch: a mlcrqn is one-millionth of a meter. A reader on, eet the inswrr to ilu question of f« ( by wrltius The Ilakeraridd CalirornUn Information llureau. 316 Eye Street, N. R., Washington, i U. C. Pleue enclose tbree (3) centi for replj. FORTY YEARS AGO (The CalUnrnian. this date, 1!)04) A young man who arrived in town this morning was arrested by Officer Bert Tibbet on the complaint of Carl Tucker. The plaintiff charged the defendant with having stolen clothes from him and pawned them. Several local firms have contributed to the fair to be held at the Catholic Church soon. Among the stores are American Jewelry Company, Hayden Furniture Company, Wickersham's and Redlick's. J. B. Gunther and J. B. Payne are on the committee of Taches tribe of Red Men for a dance Saturday night. Local No. 183, Brotherhod of Blacksmiths, will impose a $5 fine on any member patronizing an unfair house. FIFTY YEARS AGO (The Californian. thla date. 1894) The circus is here. Bands, cages of elephants and monkeys and gay riders with the usual steam caliope are included in the parade through town. N. R. Packard is off on an electioneering trip. Morgan Eggers was the successful bidder for the Tracy bridge. Lon Davis is putting up a two- story residence near the Hudnut tract. Lord S. S. Douglass, son of the Marquis of Queensbury, is making a week's visit with friends at Rosedale. H. C. Shawver of Kansas will begin work Monday in Downing's candy store. A THOUGHT FOR TODAY But He xaveth the poor from the sword, -from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty. —Job 5:15. * * * Not he that has little, but he that wishes for more, is poor.—Seneca. l • Jl zll fVT enind the IMews -(By PAUL. MALLON)WASHINGTON, Oct. 13.—Continuing a noncritical analysis of the Dumbarton Oaks program for postwar (see column published on October 12:) Nothing In the text designates Washington as the headquarters for the new League of Nations after this war, but the program will start what eventually will be a very large world administration which must be convenient to the centers of all phases of world activity. There Is to be a military staff committee, made up of the chiefs of staff of the United Nations, permanently advising the security, council as to how to meet aggressors. In effect, this International military staff would conduct the future wars, or blockades or military actions against nonco-operative powers. It would be a permanent international war department. Disarmament, diplomatic, economic and other committees unquestionably would be required to maintain sufficient permanent offices to advise the security council about what actions should be recommended to the nations. In these vital matters the security council is to be virtually supreme. On peace or war, the new league is to be controlled by the major United Nations in consultation with a few representatives of the smaller powers on the council. But-in other matters, the second component part in the new peace setup is to have major authority. A general assembly of all the nations (each with a single equal vote and therefore beyond direct control of the big United Nations) will make recommendations concerning "economic, social and other humanitarian problems," although It also will have a hand In drawing recommendations for disarmament and regulation of armaments. In economic and social matters, the assembly, however, will be required to work largely through a committee of 18 (each member one vote). This committee also is to be a permanent, continuous body, whereas the assembly will meet regularly but once a year to receive reports from all the others, make appropriations and devise recommendations. The EAS committee no doubt •will become an enlarged replica of the League of Nations commissions on labor,'health, opium, child welfare,' social conditions. In everything, all these various committees at bottom can only recommend action to other committees, not take any itself. At top of the security council can recommend action to the various nations, but has no military or economic force of Its own. The revolutionary character of these proposals (now being rather generally approved) is not fully evident, because the agreement Is unfinished, but these following conclusions already are inescapable: The theory upon which the League of Nations was built Is to be tried again, but harder now, and undef our leadership. Whether this wth be more successful no one can say. The organizations proposed will have no more value than the use that Is made of them. These texts will be no more Important than actions taken. They constitute only broad charters and contain nothing that is fundamentally new, being merely the league- plus the disarmament treaties, plus the old world court, plus the Kellog- Briand pact (avoiding the Atlantic charter and the four freedoms In the statement of principles although these goals could be within the province of the new United Nations League if leadership pushes the league In that direction. Why the old league failed is historically moot. It collapsed in the face of the Japanese invasion of Manchuria and disintegrated when Mussolini Invaded Ethiopia. My personal opinion Is that It failed to stop these repudiations because no one wanted to go to war over those questions—Britain, France or any major power. If we had been in the league I suspect our leadership would have beerl as evasive and appeasing as Britain's and the French, reflecting the will of their people and ours at that time. Whether a new formula will escape this gravest defect of the old, no one can say. The future of this program, therefore, must rest wholly upon the future intentions of Russia and the United States who will have the bulk of military, economic and political power in Its operations. The whole regime will be no better ,or worse than their intentions at any given time. (World copyright. 1844, by King Futures dlcilo. Inc. All rlBhti reaerred. Reproduction In full or In part utrictiy prohibited.) , Hollywood Col umn -(By AL JOLSON)- (Plnch-Hittlng for Erskine Johnson) I went down to the office armed with a shillalah, three pairs of brass knuckles and a thermos bottle of borscht. I wanted to see my copy where I was asked to spot It. My actor's instinct told me that my pals. Eddie Cantor and George Jessel, would be on hand ready to sabotage my story and slip In pieces which their secretaries wrote for 'em—full of personal plugs which they put in themselves. Well, I wasn't wrong. Eddie and Georgie were there. They were quarreling until I arrived, and then they joined forces and started on me. "Hey, Al," yelled Eddie, "why don't you go back where you came from? Alabamy!" Here he gave with a dirty snicker. Jessel picked up that snicker. "Look here, Eddie, Al is a great producer—he says." This was the moment for the borscht. I opened the thermos, poured drinks and declared a toast, n which the boys joined me. 1 won't say they tried to slip me a Mickey Finn. They won't be able to say anything about my shillalah and arass knuckles—they'll never remember. Who won needn't be mentioned. My story is here under my byline. I've known Eddie and Jessel for years. I originally met Eddie long jefore he made jokes about Ida and lis five daughters—and, brother, that was some time back. In those days Eddie was trying to save up a dollar and a half to buy tda a brass wedding ring. "Gold," IB used to say, "should stay In the Jnlted States Treasury. Ida and I both feel It would be wrong to take t out of circulation by using it for tewelry." No wonder one of Eddie's biggest song hits In later years started with 'Tomatoes are cheaper, potatoes are cheaper, now's the time to fall in ove." I've known Jessel almost as long as I have Eddie. I met Georgie long before he started to sing "My Mother's Eyes," and before he started preparing to produce the film story of "The .Dolly Sisters." And, brother, that's really traveling on a time machine. I don't think that the boys and girls who started in show business with Gus Edwards' great "School Days" act will ever forget the thrill of it all. Cute little Ltla waa billed as "Cuddles." George and Eddie had the nerve to work under their own names, but when they met girls they'd try and pass themselves off as Van and Schenck. On at least one occasion the boys were mistaken for Mclntyre and Heath. Right here and now I'd like to deny a foul rumor that's been making the rounds that when Eddie and Georgie worked for Gus they had to do their turn behind a net, like the Cherry Sisters. Many ancedotes have been told about why Cantor started in show business. All of them are wrong. I happen to know that he first went to work because he was crazy about herring, and it wasn't until Eddie's father stopped his herring allowance that he went out to look for a job as a comic. Jessel, ' on the other hand, was pushed onto the stage. He was working as a propman at Miner's on the Bowery, and he wag shoved on one night by mistake, in place of a prop piano. The star was Sophie Tucker, and when Ted Shapiro sat down to play on Jessel instead of the piano he expected, the audience roared. Ever since, Georgie Is sure that he Is a very funny man. Just between us thousands, I love « Eddie and Georgie. And they love me. Anybody who started In show bust- ness because of a herring fetish and impersonating a piano, and rose to their present prominence, should be congratulated. Coming to think of it, Eddie now smells from caviar. Copyright. 1944. '• EA Service. Inc. T L ID 1 ? ID - j f l[ TO lie JtVeaders ironic pt Vi lew FOR DIOGENES What are you kicking about? Eskimos are taxed, too. And what do you mean, the New Deal depression? If you look up on dates, you will find Roosevelt took over right after Hoover's Republican depression, and straightened out all of the troubles. He put up government jobs to those Hoover left jobless, broken spirited, and unhappy. Sure, Roosevelt was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Did Dewey work for a living? I don't kriow much about Mr. Dewey, but it seems he is making some smart cracks and promises he won't be able to keep. Remember Hoover promised two chickens in a pot and an automobile. Did you ever get it under his term? No! And also, should we change presidents during war? Why get someone in there who doesn't know anything about the present situation? We may even lose the war. Some blame Roosevelt for our boys fighting on foreign soil. What would you do, let the Japs come in and take over? Can't you read of what happens to men, women and children? Could he help what was forced on him? He signed, wouldn't you? And I think Roosevelt knows more about finance and economics than Mr. Dewey. So vote for a man that can pull us through thU war, and help us In the future. Vote for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. A DEMOCRAT, Taft, California. BIBLE STUDY Editor The Callfornlan: Woilld you please put this In your paper. Any one Interested in Bible study, one or two evenings a week, taught by Bible institute graduate teacher, please register with Mrs. McBeath, Bakersfield Bible House, 1628 Nineteenth street WAR DRIVERS Editor The Californian: Looking ahead to traffic conditions, after this war, most persons see a rather hectic time. The servicemen are expected to be wild drivers, but nobody knows exactly why this should be the case. It Is inferred that wartime experiences are not conducive to safety. All such opinion, however, may be wrong and the servicemen turn out to be examples to the rest of us. I was interested, therefore, In a remark made to me by an aviation cadet. We struck up a conversation in the restaurant and I said something about the* effect of aviation training upon their future reactions as motorists. This young man felt that the boys would be better drivers because of that training. He based that assumption on the fact that the cadets were taught to see objects. Sounds simple but "apparently is far from that. It Is highly important that a pilot see everything that it is possible for him to see. This young man said that failure to • develop a keen sense of observation would "wash nut" a flyer quicker than anything else. Then he mentioned a friend of his. also a cadet, who surprised the family, during a furlough, by the way he looked at everything when driving the car. That young chap did not miss anything at the intersections. So it looks as If the servicemen, after winning the war, might come back and help us win more safety on the streets and highways. And in the meantime all of us might improve our seeing ability. **. B. WILLIAMS. SUNDAY. SCHOOL CLASS Editor The Californian: Our paper furthers all good causes, so it seems timely to pass word to our youths in high school and junior college of a "super" Sunday school class for them to attend each Sunday. ... I hope there are many over this vicinity;"here is one. This class is Just starting. It Is held at a little church in Oildale, Community Church, corner of Lincoln and California avenues—it could be held outside if "too many" come. The teacher is the Reverend Charles Wesley Opie. To those who are acquainted with this minister and scholar, you know the class will be as he desires to conduct it, "no cut and dried procedure, but as helpful guidance for the individual, given in the light of Jesus' teachings." Oildale Community Church members are to be commended, and congratulated for having the Reverend Mr. Opie as minister and teacher. Impressed by his messages and delivery over the radio, one might* off hand, imagine his pulpit to be in a large church. On the contrary, It Is not, and astonishment .vanishes as you grasp his sincerity. 'Just as he recommends the llttlo bopk, "In His Steps," he lives that theme, and truly strives to live as Jesus would have him, . . . His is a life of service. Indeed such opportunities' as this class offers are rare. To any timid youth pondering on attending, he should bear in mind this man is "big" only in spirit; graclousness, loving kindness, friendliness emanate as he talks. With a. teacher so human, so -understanding, a youth may be sure he'll not feel ill at ease there, whether it Is his first Sunday school class or he has attended Sunday school all of bin life. . ADMIRER. .

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