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Friday, October 20, 1944 ^tutorial |Dage of Cijc JSafeersfiefo Caltfonuan ALFRED H A H R E L L • DITOB AND FOBLIIHEI $ata$fiett gtaltfar nfeta VMt office at Bakarsfleld, California, as second class under the act of Congress March 3. 1S7S. MEMBER OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press Is exclusively entitled to the use for publication of all new* dispatches credited to It or not otherwise credited la tall paper, and also the local news published therein. The Bakertfleld Callfornlan Is also a client nf the United Press and receives Its complete wire service. REPRESENTATIVES West-Holloay Co.. Inc. New York, Chicago. San Francisco. Ijos Angeles. Seattl-, Portland. Denvor WASHINGTON, D. C.. UUKKAU The Haskin Service, WnshlnRlon. D. C. By carrier or mail (in advance) in postal zones nne, two. throe, per month, 85c; six months. J'».10; one yonr, Jit.Ou. By mail in postal zones four to eight, per month. 11.05. THE RECORD OF EXPENDITURES Continued From Pac^ One again under Franklin Roosevelt, eight peacetime years witnessed an expenditure, as stated, of 67 and a half billion dollars, with a grand total for 12 years of roundly -^$70,000,000,000, all figures based upon a compilation by the New York Sun. These figures represent the water that has passed under the bridge in America's historic past. What, though, will be the cost of the four years that will ensue should President Roosevelt be re-elected? And in reaching a conclusion as to that we must take into consideration that the government's total debt at the end of Mr. Roosevelt's third term will be in excess of $300,000,000,000. How shall we pay? Every taxpayer from the wage-earner who receives .% r >0 a month to the well-to-do business man who will pay 90 per cent of his profits in taxes, has a deep concern in the figures covering what has been, in the spending history of the nation, and in what will be in the future unless administrative policy seeks a reduction in the enormous and ever mounting costs for maintenance. Reviewing the figures, the same Taxpayer should know that the Franklin Roosevelt administration spent $6,000,000,000 in the first year of its first term, $7,000,000,000 in the second year, $8,500,000,000 in the third year, $8,000,000,000 in the fourth year, $7,000,000,000 in the fifth year, $8,700,000,000 in the sixth year, $9,000,000,000 in the seventh year and $12,000,000,000 in the eighth. And all in peacetime. With the President re-elected, it will be pcactime again in the thirteenth year and the fourteenth year and the fifteenth year and the sixteenth year. Shall expenditures continue lo increase as in the peacetime years from 1933 to 1910 or will the country vote for a policy which pledges economy in administration rather than one which we have every reason to assume will favor ever mounting costs? JAPAN ON THE RADIO I T HAS not been long since we were advised by Tokyo radio that Japan had scored a great naval victory at Formosa but developments since then have disclosed that from the opening of hostilities there to their close the Japs were consistently defeated, that 53 of their ships, including 11 carriers, were sunk, over a hundred planes destroyed, and that the fleet which was to have taken part in the battle retreated to safety. Now the Japs are going to win another great victory, this time in the Philippines. Our own record is, of course, that with the encirclement of Japan, with the closing of the water lanes, with the certainty of direct attack upon the mainland at a lime not too far distant, the position of the Tokyo government is not unlike thai which confronts Hitler. The end will not come as soon but it is in the offing and there is no room to doubt thai the Japanese face ultimate defeat. And the world likes the conclusions that have been reached by the Allied nations that occupancy must follow victory Lw^tli in Japan and in Germany. As to the latter country, the time for that occupancy is close at hand and no policy thai does not provide for control of that land will be satisfactory to the American people and lo the Allied countries everywhere. What is true of Germany is equally true of Japan. We may not expect permanent peace, if thai can be made certain in the future, without rendering helpless both Germany and Japan thus making impossible a repetition of years of preparation with a view to again resuming hostilities. Meantime we shall await further reports from the Philippines if it be true lhal our forces are planning the all-out assault which Japan appears to fear and which seems now in the ofl'ing. INVITED DESTRUCTION rriHE house lo house battle in the streets of X Aachen calling for Ihe sacrifice of many lives and which can end only in an Allied victory, discloses the lack of military judgment and the brutality of the high command of the German army, a command which has more and more the backing of the Gestapo and a lessening support among a population which sees only defeat ahead. True, not all the German troops contributed to resistance of the invading army at Aachen, many small blocks raising the while flag and surrendering, but the population of an almost completely destroyed city and the remainder of the army are possible victims of the intuition of Hitler who now, in desperation, calls for a fight to the last ditch. Just what the German leadership expects lo gain by a course which means the destruc- lion of Iheir own cilies, the loss of many soldiers and which bears so hardly upon the civil population, it is not easy lo understand. The continued resistance will not have any value in the consideration of the peace program that will follow. There will be no association between the conquering Allies and the former Nazi soldiers nor the peaceful population. General Eisenhower has declared that to be the policy that will prevail and the German armies and the masses of the people, despite any plans to the contrary, may be sure that punishment will overtake those who are guilty of activities which have no part even in a bloody war. At Aachen the loss of life and property was avoidable; opportunity was given to the officer in charge to surrender, he being plainly told what would be the fate of the city if resistance continued. If the people could have been polled, doubtless they would have accepted the surrender order, but not now nor at any former time have they had voice in the conduct of their affairs. Perhaps they look forward to the day when governmental authority will be vested in them but that can be only after years of occupancy and enforcement of regulations which will prohibit any preparations for war thereafter lo the end lhal we shall have peace insofar as lhal war-creating government is concerned. NEWSPRINT SHORTAGE Tke War Tol •(By HAL UOYLK) • T HOUGH newspapers are confronted wilh a serious problem of paper shortage—tic- spile the fact that they have been one of the chief publicity mediums in raising millions of dollars for the various war efforts—the paper shortage seems to be no particular worry of Mr. Ickes who not long ago directed a news release on the preparation of "coots Hassenfeffcr," or a new method of cooking mudhcns. His oflicc, neither short of paper nor manpower for literary efforts, also issued information on the high mortality rate among albino skunks and data concerning trumpeter swans. Perhaps it is carping unnecessarily to quarrel with a man who knows how to cook a "coot," even if he docs use good paper in telling the public how to do so. But the incidence of mortality among albino skunks and the biographical vignette of the swan seem a bit remote from the ordinary practicality of dailv life. RANDOM NOTES In the ten days' drive for the Bakcrsfield National War Fund the sum of $112,f>63 was subscribed, leaving approximately $8000 still to be contributed in order that this community may reach its goal. The sum collected emphasi/cs the sentiment and the spirit of the people of the city and environs. A very considerable part of the total was subscribed through local captains whose workers, as far as possible, appealed to the residents of the areas they cover. But the $8000 is yet to come and in that connection the suggestion of the chairman of the Bakersfield National War Fund, William Elgar, is timely. Mr. Elgar says: "If they (the solicitors) have inadvertently missed you or you have not given to the limit of your ability, please get your pledge into the War Chest office or take it to any of the local banks. Cash is not important. You have a year to pay and arrangements can be made for statements from the War Chest office." A glance at the lists turned in by captains discloses the large number of people who have contributed to this cause. The fund still to be raised will mean the participation of others who have not been solicited or who have not made contributions in aid of what is a most essential movement in behalf of the war cll'ort. In responding to the call for funds, the public has it in mind, of course, that the money so collected will not only be utilized to meet the needs of charity through active agencies in this city and county, but of great importance is the fact that goodly sums will go to the support of the USD, to care for our soldiers abroad and for those who return home. We buy bonds and the money goes to the govern men I to meet the expenses of the war. What the National War Fund is doing is to create revenue that will be utilized by responsible agencies, that will eliminate the numerous drives we have known in the years gone by and thus aid both our men in the armed forces and our civilian population. So, with the time limit here, it is essential that the difference between the sum collected and the goal established be supplied by those who have not yet subscribed or been solicited and who unquestionably will co-operate at an early hour to strengthen the movement. WITH AMERICAN TROOPS IN GERMANY, Oct. 11. (Delayed) UP)— In two years with the troops overseas I have read many stirring letters from wives who lost their husbands in foreign combat but none more moving than one written by Kath Irvin, whose husband, Bode Irvin, was killed \vhen an American bomb fell short in the break- thorugh near St. Lo last July. Bode, an Associated Press war photographer, now lies buried in France. He was the envy of every soldier and correspondent who knew him because the mailman never passed him by. He was gone from home a year and three months and every day his wife sent him a gay, gnssippy letter invariably well-written and cheerful. Like thousands of other American women whose husbands have died in action, Kath has found it difficult to adjust herself lo the finality of death. She expressed this lost feeling in a letter to Danny Orossi. another Associated Press photographer, thanking him for telling her the details of Bede's death. (Mrs. Irvin, who was living in IMS Angeles with her mother when her husband was killed in France, has returned to Detroit, where she lived while Bede was a photographer in the Associated Press bureau there.) Because 1 knew Bedo and Kath well Danny showed me this letter and J should like to share it with you for the picture it gives of a perfect marriage broken by war. I know Kalh will understand my reason and therefore won't mind. ". . . nothing is very real even now." she wrote. "And 1 find myself putting away little chit-chat In my mind for future letters 1 will be writing to Bede—and then I remember there can be no more letters to write to him, can be no more mail coming from him, can be no homo leave, no home coming at all. -so far as my Bede is concerned. But it is the impossibility of everything which makes it hard for me to believe that it is true and makes me think that ho will some day be returning home like millions of other men will some day be doing. . . . "There is so little comfort in the fact that Bede was a good soldier and died a good soldier's death. . . . Bede held no ideas of ever being heroic. He would say how little he did over there compared to what so many other men were contributing. Yet he had a certain amount of satisfaction in knowing that he was doing whatever ho had to do to the best of his ability. I know Bede was happy this past year and three months—as happy as any man can be so far away from his family and j home. j ". . . There an; so many things I want to thank you for—the pictures you sent—Bede's campaign ribbon—and the mass you asked your uncle to say for Bede. That was a beautiful thing to do, Danny. ... 1 know of no lovelier thing than one man sharing his religion with another. . . . "I don't know if you are married, Danny, but there are so many hopes and plans between a husband and wife. Plans that won't for Bede and myself come true. Nothing we ever dreamed of together can ever come true now. Little sounds of shattering hopes and dreams are big nobies now—nothing to hope for —and no understanding. ". . . Not seeing Bede around the house isn't an unusual thing for me —it has been a long time since we were together in our own apartment. For you boys in London it is different. You have seen Bede more recently than I. You have eaten with him. talked with him, been around him—and now that he is gone it is hard in another way for .all of you, too. ... I know how heavy your hearts will be. . . . And how carefully dry your eyes will be as you carefully try to avoid mention of Bede's name. "I, too, have things to face. There will be no more dinners for us together, no more future to dream of and plan on together. But most of all there will be no more Bede. No more Bede to ever meet again. No Bede ever coming home again. I do have memories—memories of Bede and memories of happiness we have found together in some eight years of being married. I have memories and pictures and letters. They're good to have—good to lean on—but there is never to be Bede himself again. "No, Danny, there is nothing more you can do. You've already done so much and there is nothing more I could ask of you. The one thing I want cannot be acquired—Bede. "Maybe someday, if ever we meet again, perhaps you can talk to me about Bede—tell me something I might not know—tell me of Bede the soldier, for the only one I know is the Bede that was with mo for all too short a time, the Bede who listened to the sound of taps on his thirty-fourth birthday, the Bede who now lies asleep on French soil where ho once picked two red poppies and sent them to mo in one of his last letters." Kath kept Bede happy by her letters to the day of his untimely death. Through her letters she was with him—part of his life—every day for the 15 months he was away. And the moral—if you want one —is Write that letter to your man in service. Many a soldier will die on German battlefields still sweating out that letter from home that never comes. Many will faro into bloody darkness unhappy because some wife or sweetheart is less faithful and understanding than Kath. From the Files of The Californian TEN YEARS AGO (The Californian. this date. 11)34) The government has purchased 2942 sheep in this county paying the owners $5884, according to II. T. Strong, assistant farm adviser. Edwin J. Symmes is flying to Washington as a representative of Kern County Chamber of Commerce to a mooting of housing officials. Two hundred persons attended a meeting at which Jefferson School addition wns dedicated last night. Congressman Henry E. Stubbs reported today that he would introduce a bill at the next session of Congress to begin development of Central Valley Water Project in California. A man was sentenced to serve six months in the county jail today by Judge Irwin W. Owen after being convicted of the charges of wielding a pair of pruning shears on two Delano fellow ranch workers. on Col -(By PETER EUSON)If the labor vote is going to cut any ice at all In this coming election, one of the important factors may be th<> shirts of people who have gone from one state In another to take war jobs since the 1!)40 election. United States Bureau of the Census. In making its estimates that the total number of potential voters in 1IU4 will he SS.fino.OOO—an increase of more than S.000,000 over 1!>40— came to the statistical conclusion that It would be impossible to measure the effect of migration on this year's vote, for three reasons: First, because part nf this migration has hpon within the states and note across state lines; second, because many of the moves were too late to permit re-registration at new addresses; third, because many of the migrating workers may vote by mail in the states and precincts of their 1940 residence. In estimating the potential number of voters at 88,000,000 the Census Bureau was not of course predicting how many of this number of voting age would actually register and vote. If the same percentage—(>2.4 per cent of the eligible voters—goes to the polls in 19-14 as in HMO. then the total vote would bo 55,000,000, which would be a record. While Census Bureau makes no estimates of the number of actual votes that will be cast in each state this year, figures compiled by three Bureau of Labor Statistics researchers are being studied with considerable interest by political dopsters. The three labor department researchers—Emile Benoit-Smullyan, Bettina G. Conant and Mnxine Anderson—were not primarily interested in voting strength. AVhat they were after was a preliminary survey of postwar employment problems and the economic impact of the end of the war on the nation as well as various states. Their figures, however, have an incidental political interest in showing where the. migration of potential voters has been heaviest. Kighteen states have experienced a net gain in population during the war years, says the BLS study, as reported In the Monthly Labor Review, while 'M states had a loss. These figures are on total population, by the way, and not just on adults of voting age. California has had the biggest gain, 1.300.000. If California labor goes for Roosevelt, as is generally expected, that gain would give the Democrats an advantage. Washington, Ohio, and Michigan each gained more than a quarter of a million, the movement being largely in industrial workers and their families, thus throwing a potential labor vote advantage in stntes which both Democrats and Republicans have been claiming. The states which show a net migration population gain between 100,000 and 250,000 are Connecticut 127,000, Florida 186,000, Maryland 235,000, New Jersey 184,000, Oregon 138.000, Virginia 155,000. The gains in Florida, Maryland and Virginia, normally Democratic, would make no difference in the end result. The question is whether this gain is enough to swing the election in Connecticut, New Jersey and Oregon. The other side of the political strategy map is to see what states lost population, and what effect that might have on the election. The big net population losers through migration of labor are: Alabama llfi.OOO, Arkansas 225.000, Georgia 130,000, Iowa 192,000, Kentucky 262,000, Minnesota 191.000, Mississippi 194.000. Missouri 11(1,000, New York 222,000, North Carolina 2(12,000, North Dakota 100,000. Oklahoma 303,000. Pennsyvania 112.000, South Carolina 137,000, West Virginia 139,000. Wisconsin 102,000. In the southern states an out-migration would not be expected to make much difference in an election result. In the border states it would. In the northern states a loss of industrial labor vote would be expected to make that state more Republican. . The whole problem makes a nice jigsaw political map puzzle for your next rainy evening at home. A THOUGHT FOR TODAY TWENTY YEARS AGO (The Culifnrnian. this date. 1924) Miss Emily Wible entertained at | her home yesterday In honor of Miss ' Bertha Combs. Concluding Jewish religious holidays, the festival of joy was held Tuesday at local B'nai Jacob temple. Hope of finding a convict escaped from the prison road camp in Kern canyon revived Saturday when it became known that he had hidden two days a few hundred yards from the camp. County Coroner Norman C. Houze was the speaker before Bakersfield j Business and Professional Women's Club at Druid's hall. Taft is to have a war veterans homo for legionnaires and veterans of all wars. The United States has opened a suit against Doheny to cancel the Elk Hills oil lease. THIRTY YEARS AGO (Tho Califnrnian. this date. 1914) Headlines: Japanese Take Possession of Important island. Joluit in Marshall Group Occupied by Fleet October 11. German Vessel Sinks Herself: Another Taken With Entire Crew; Kaiser's Torpedo Boat Destroyed. A fire of unknown origin destroyed Good Fellow grill and Fellows bar in Fellows early this morning, causing a total loss of $13.000. Mr. and Mrs. Sid Walser entertained at a dinner at Southern Grill last evening. "A Pair of Sixes" will be the next dramatic show at Reich's opera house. At a joint meeting of Kern River Oil Fields. Limited, and St. Helen's Petroleum in London it was disclosed that oil will be shipped to Europe via the Panama Canal after the war. FORTY YEARS AGO (The Californian. this date. 1904) The President has instructed Secretary of War Taft to proceed at an early day to Panama to confer with the president of that Republic with a view to composing differences which have arisen between the two countries. The United States is about to confer on the people of Panama a great benefit by the expenditure of millions of dollars in the construction of the canal. C. B. Rogers, mining man from White River district, is here to find the cost and possibility of purchasing fuel oil to use in his mines. Mrs. M. L. Green and Miss Elsie Dickerson have opened a dressmaking parlor in the Neiderauer building. Coffee Club will establish a gymnasium. lUescd are they which do hunger and thinst after righteousness: for they Khali lie filled. — Matthew 5:6'. * * * I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.—Psalms 37:25. Q vi ' '' 1 Ttaestioms amci -(Uy THE HASKIX SERVICE)Q. What month of the year had the highest birthrate, in the United States as a whole, and in the District of Columbia?—K. G. B. A. The highest birth rate In the United States in the past few years was in September, 1943, when the rate was 23.2 per 1000 population. The highest in the District of Columbia was for September and October, 1942, when the rate was 19.» for both months. Q. How much oil is England producing —T. T. H. A. The oil field in England is producing nt the rate of 100,000 tons a year. There are 238 wells but no derricks. Q. Are blue flowers rarer than those of other colors?—\V. R. A. Blue is the rarest of flower colors. There lire only about 150 species that have blue flowers as compared with 800 species of yellow. Q. How long do thoroughbreds usually race?—T. M. D. A. The term of racing usefulness is usually between five and eight years. Q. How many kinds of spiders are there?—M. L. B. A. There are more than 10,000 known sp«?clcs of spiders, 1300 uf which are found in the United States. Q. What was the inscription over the tomb of Tutankhamen which predicted the death of those who opened it?—H. L. S. A. MacDougal in his book on hoaxes says that there was no inscription over the tomb. The, words are said to have been as follows: Death shall come on swift wings to him that touches the tomb of Pharaoh. Q. What is the specific use of the L. C. S. or landing craft support?— M. R. H. A It is used in the van of other landing craft in an invasion. Its job is that of fire support. It may be equipped with machine guns or with rocket launchers. Q. Who was emperor of Rome during Christ's^ifetime?— B. B. K. A. Tiberius was emperor of Rome from 14-37 A. D. The ministry and death of Christ occurred during his reign. He Is mentioned in Luke 3:1. Q. Do animals live longer than human beings?—L. E. F. A. Man probably has a higher life expectancy than any 'animal known, except, possibly, the tortoise. FIFTY YEARS AGO 'The Califnrnian. this date. 1894) Dr. C. A. Rogers is visiting in Los Angeles where his family resides. Work on the county hospital has been commenced. The first load of brick was hauled out to the grounds today. Land Company has a force of men filling in the hollow east of Chester avenue and north of Twenty-second street. A Sunday school institute will be held at Methodist Episcopal Church, October 21. An accident was narrowly averted yesterday when George Borgwardt was driving his hack at the crossing of Nineteenth street and the slough. His team became frightened and lunged into a wash, almost upsetting the vehicle in which he was riding with Mrs. Robertson who is convalescing from a severe illness. N ews ike Ne -(By PAUL MALLON)WASHINGTON, Oct. 20.—The feed box of inner politics contains both oats and thistles for each side, towit: A Democratic congressman from a large city long-distanced his wife this week he had abandoned hope of re-election In his normally Democratic district. The churches, he said, are frightened at their chance of ultimately surviving the mesalliance of Communism and this government, and have turned too many people against him. . . . A Republican senator from the mid-west is saying off the record to newsmen Mr. Roosevelt will win "easily," and that a large number of Willkie people (of which he is one) will not vote. . . . The Democratic campaign command tried to get Senator O'Mahoney to make a few speeches, but he replied he was so scared of his home state, Wyoming (conceded to Roosevelt safely by polls) he is .hastening back there to campaign even though he is not up for re-election. . . . You would not know an election Is on in Virginia. Not a political meeting of importance has been held. The prevailing Byrd organization is doing nothing, either for or against Roosevelt. One prominent newspaper recently announced editorially that, of course, it had to be for the fourth term, but recognized a large number of its readers were not, so it would thereafter print each day on its editorial page an anti-Roosevelt editorial taken from an anti-Roosevelt paper. The first one it printed was a scorcher from the New York Herald-Tribune. A press association political man made a trip from Florida as far north of Maryland and avows Mr. Roosevelt will not get a substantial part of the registered Decocratic votes in that section. The Chicago convention turned the normal party appetite, he says, predicting a surprising and unexpected sweep for Dewey. He thinks a great many people flhrough fear are saying they are for Roosevelt but will vote for Dewey when they get inside the secret booth (business men relying on the government for contracts, etc.). Worst news for Dewey is the closeness of the usually excellent New York Dally News poll in New York state, giving him only a wisp of a shadow of a lead. Without New York Dewey cannot win. The best of the polls is probably fortune's, judging from the past. It showed Pennsylvania 53 per cent for Roosevelt the last week of September. These faptors account for the 3 to 1 odds which professional gamblers are now giving on Roosevelt, with little or no money in sight. Technical inner Republican criticism of Dewey speeches Is that they are too reasonable for rousing popular sentiment, that he does not drive his attacks fully to their limit (for instance barely mentioning the corruption of city machines in jailed boss Pendergast's home state). Mr. Roosevelt Is being scared out before the microphones by the« reports of his state campaign leaders. One state leader told a luncheon bluntly this week that unless the Democratic organization got busy and Mr. Roosevelt awakened * public interest by talking, Dewey would win. The Democratic theory still is that a sleeping vote is a Roosevelt vote A tremendous Roosevelt vote-organizing job by C. I. O. can be detected in some spots, but is being kept quiet because it evades, if It does not violate, the law. Colorado is an Instance. No such activity as C. I. O. conducted there in getting votes registered has ever been seen before by one competitive political judge. Colorado, however, is still surely Republican. Flurry of press* prognostications that Dewey would carry Truman's homo state of Missouri was inspired by Democratic political reporters in Missouri who thought, at the Chicago convention, only a few weeks ago, Truman would unquestionably carry his home state. The information therefore carries exceptional weight here, the Truman denials being written off as a routine political response. The financial reports of both parties on campaign expenses are so thoroughly muddled this year, no newsman could get a story out of statements filed with the House. Democrats are concealing their expenditures In affiliate 1 ! organizations (C. I. O., etc.), while Republicans are doing it by having state organizations carry the bulk of the money load. (World couyilnht. 1914. by Klnc Features Syndicate, Inc. Alt rights reserved. Iteproilui'tiun In full or m part strictly prohibited.) Hollywooa Column -(By ERSKINB JOHNSON)- Worklng in the movies annoys him. Fred Allen groaned. If it wasn't for those green hermans, he would rush right back to New York and make with the jokes on the radio. That's fun, he says. Working in the movies isn't. So today we give you Fred Allen's primer of minor Hollywood annoyances, titled, "What the Heck Am I Doing in the Movies?" There is, for example, Hollywood's quaint little habit of saying everything is great. That annoys Allen. "They shoot a scene," Fred said, "and the cameraman says 'Great!' The sound man says 'Great." The director says 'Great!' The assistant director says 'Great." "And then what happens? They put the picture together and it stinks." Fred was talking into a telephone the other day for a scene in his new flicker, "It's in the Bag." It was a very intimate scene. "So I look up for a second and I'm looking right into the face of a sailor who is visiting the set. We both get a shock and I forgot all my dialog. "You can't move around in front of the camera," Fred moaned. "You have to stay in focus and you can't spoil the lighting. The perfect actor in Hollywood is one with rigor mortis in his body and a neon head." An airplane flew over the sound stage. The soundman yelled, "Airplane!" and Director Richard Wallace stopped Allen in the middle of a scene." That annoyed him. "The roof of this sound stage is so thin," he said, "that we have to stop shooting every time a sparrow walks across it." Rushes annoy Allen. "There's no use seeing them," he said. "Everybody says 'Great. 1 I like to wait until the picture is finished and get the full Impact all at once." Getting up at 6 o'clock in the morning annoys Allen. "Today I got up at 6 o'clock to crawl through a window. They shot the scene of me crawling through the window at 2 p. m. I lost eight hours sleep. And will the scene be in the picture? No. They'll cut it out after the first preview because my fanny was out of focus." Matching up scenes shot several weeks apart annoy Allen. "Two weeks ago," he said, "we filmed a scene outside an opera house. I was mad about something. Next week we're going to film the rest of the scene—where I rush into the joint —and I'll have to remember how mad I was three weeks ago so it will match." Fred plays the owner of a flea circus who thinks he is about to inherit $12,000,000 from his favorite uncle. Instead,- he is willed five antique chairs and a phonograph record. He sells the chairs, then plays the record. His dead uncle speaks to him from the record, saying he was murdered and revealing that $300,000 Is hidden in one of the chairs. Allen's problems In retrieving the chairs from their new owners is the film's plot. Gangster Bill Bendix has pur. chased one of the chairs. Jack , Benny has another one. The Benny sequence has promise of being the year's funniest film scene. Allen poses as the president of a Jack Benny fan club, saying he ( wants the chair as a memento for their club house. Although flattered, Benny refuses to sell the chair but * finally agrees, for a handsome fee. There are plenty of ribs. When Allen asks for a cigarette, Benny points to a 15-cent cigarette machine » in his living room. When Allen has to use he telephone, Benny asks him if he has a nickel and leads him to a telephone booth in the hall. Copyright. 1944. NEA Service, Inc. 1 lie Readers' Jroint ©it View A i«adrr oan net (he answer tu any qiiMtkm or laci by writing The lU^Taridrt Callfninlao Info.ill. lion Uur«au. Sill Ky« Kliwt. N. K.. Washington. 2. U. C. 1'leut wvkwi- tbr<« (3) otuiu I PROPOSITION NO. 11 Editor The Californian: Without entering into any controversy about it. may I point to one. extremely noteworthy clause in Proposition 11 — retirement payments, gross income tax—on the November ballot? Section 6 declares that "there shall be levied, collected and paid monthly a tax of 3 per centum of the gross income of every person, firm, association, copartnership, etc., derived from any and all sources." This tax is not limited to businesses It hits every man, woman or child who earns, collects or in any way receives any money, including every wage and salary earner. If you earn $200 a month, this takes $6 away from you, in addition to all the. present state and federal income taxes and properly taxes It even takes back 3 per cent of the so-called retirement payment that it hands out to persons over 60. They are taxed $ a month, or else the clause does not mean what it says Inasmuch as all gross income is taxed, it means that every dollar Is shaved each and every time it changes hands. If 10 persons receive the same dollar in a month, then together they pay 30 cents tax for doing so. If 34 persons handle it, their combined tax is two cents more than the value of the dollar. One result will inevitably be that money will treeze and we will go back to the barter system as much as possible. A farmer will offer a doctor 10 sacks of potatoes for curing his eczema. A house owner will be requested to take a suit of clothes from his haberdasher tenant in payment for rent. Those who are able and willing to barter the most will get the most business, because all parties to the trade escape the tax. Money will become stagnant. Those who are compelled to use it will pay all the tax. While we are on this subject, how about trading you a couple of dozen photostat copies for two years' subscription to your paper? EARL M. PRICE. WE CAN SURVIVE Editor The Californian: This is in reply to G. I. Alias Warm Logic. I went through three wars and have followed politics for the past 40 years and I don't think this country will go to the dogs if the President is not elected again and I also know that we have lots of men in America that can do just as good a job of running this country as the present President and a a lot less expense to the taxpayer. I don't expect my son back till the job is finished over there but I sure expect him then and don't want him kept in service as it is cheaper to feed them In the service than on relief. Do the people have to go on relief again after the war? President Roosevelt had 12 years and it took a war to put the 10,000,000 back to work. As for promises, I remember and so does "G. I.," that our President promised not once but many times that our boys would not be sent overseas. So your friend does break his promises, doesn't he, "G. I.?" As for Churchill, England will forget about us again after the war Is over the same as last time, and as for Stalin, he is doing a good job of running his country and I never heard or read of relief about his country like ours, and I don't think Roosevelt is doing a lot for China, according to the paper and the radio, Says "G. I.," if Roosevelt died tonight this country would go to the dogs, according to you! well, It didn't after Washington, Lincoln and others. Our ancestors carved this country out of the wilderness and fought Indians, hardship and we are offsprings of those people and don't forget we can give it as Hitler knows and come out of it better men and women than before. JUST AN AMERICAN GRANDMOTHER. ABOUT DOGS Editor The Californian: In September 26 issue of Tlie Californian Mrs. M. K. L. passed her opinion on dog lovers, I am very fond of dogs and animals of all kinds ' and I think every district should have a humane society. A good dog is the most faithful companion one can have. Dogs, as well as children, , can be taught to behave and mind. If her yellow dog howls all night, it is from the lack of care and training. My only.child, a son, is in the service, somewhere on the Pacific, and he has a dog, I am alone just with his dog,. which I have trained to behave, mind and stay home. He is one of the most faithful companions one could have. I call him honey, sugar and many other pet names. I also address myself as Mama to him and I do not feel that I have disgraced myself by doing so, my conscience would hurt me if I neglect or abuse my son's dog Skipper. Mrs. M. K. L. just don't understand why we love dogs, perhaps she has a family and relatives. Some people have neither. I am sure ' there would be more happiness among us, if every one would live their own life and let other people do likewise and forget the criticism and fault finding. BEULAH PATTERSON. Taft, Calif., FOR MAIL CARRIERS Editor The Californian: I" think every other subject pro and con has been thrashed out. \ just want to pull for our mail carriers. It In coming holiday season and more than ever they will be overworked. We who have stars in our windows look for him long before the hour that he is due—and we do appreciate what he is doing. Lets give him a hand; will you? MRS. W. B. BENNETT. ,

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