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ifouNCIE EVENING PRESS, TUESDAY. MARCH 6, 1962 PACE FOUR By John Farrell Hoosier Detours Spoils of War Luck Runs Thin MUNCIE EVENING PRESS EitiblUhed In IMS Published Weekday Evenings in Muncie, Ind. MUNCIE NEWSPAPERS, Inc. Willard C. Worcester, Publisher Walter A. Letzler, Gen, Mgr. Whr lb Spirit h. Lord Ii, Thtn tibertj" Cor. t.ll "Everything comes if a man will only wait." Benjamin Disraeli. The weather Is bad, spring is still far away and things are tough all over, what with floods down around Madison, snowdrifts near Crown Point and icy roads every where. Jnf in nrftva It nvor. I parking on a meter cost William Wallace of Cen-terville $51 at Richmond. Police said William had collected no less than 17 tickets over a period of several weeks. Ronnie Hammonds paid $42 for 13 tickets and 10 tickets i cost Donald Williams $30. Thomas is a St Joseph County deputy prosecutor. Fussy rustlers visited the herd belonging to Raymond Lowder near Martinsville last week. They looked over an extensive herd, then backed up their truck and loaded in a choice Hereford bull valued at $300 and a 3-year-old cow worth' $150. They left some 30 other cheaper cows behind. The rustlers are still missing, having headed for the hills. An absent-minded burglar with thirst raided Deacon's Tavern at Bicknell one night last week, and made off with three pints and three half -pints of whiskey and a six-pack of beer. He never had an opportunity to slake his thirst. A short time after the burglary officers nabbed him at his home. The careless burglar had left his suitcase in the tavern and that was that. The name and address of Charles Overbay were in the suitcase along with other personal belongings. More grief for burglars was noted at Anderson where John Yost, 50, was arrested after somebody had stolen coins from a juke box at the Talk of the Town Tavern. Police said Yost had paid some bills with coins from the juke box. The coins had been painted with red nail polish by the management of the tavern in a business stimulating gimmick. Yost had requested the operator of another tavern to hold $98 in silver, police Seems like the Richmond police department adopted a "get tough" policy on parking meter violators. Another "get tough" motif was observed at Mishawaka where William Hahn, a Notre Dame student was jolted $16 for standing in the roadway near South Bend trying to hitch a ride back to Notre Dame. Hitchhikers are a dime a dozen everywhere but in Mishawaka it seems, there they come at $16 each. A South Bend man picked the wrong window to peep in. Al Carter said he has "an uncontrollable urge" to look in windows. One peep cost him $65 and 60 days in jail Al had the "uncontrollable urge" as he passed a house on South Olive Street in South Bend. He peeped and but was nabbed by a couple of patrolmen. He had elected to peep into the house of John Glenn's Faith Most men are usually hesitant about expressing their religious convictions in public, at least, in any great detail. If it is an honest modesty, it does not spring from any sense of shame or fear of ridicule, but from the feeling that a man's deeply held religious or philosophical beliefs are, in the last analysis, uniquely his own. Such a man undoubtedly Is John Glenn. But satronaut Glenn, now that he has rocketed into history as one of this country's most celebrated heroes, has found he may no longer indulge this' prerogative of a private citizen. To some, statements of Glenn's personal beliefs are as important as the scientific information he brought back with him from space. Even a Senate committee showed great interest in the spiritual aspects of his adventure. To many, the temptation would be great to "put in a good word for God," for that is what the public expects and wants. But with plain honesty, Glenn spoke on a level far above that of an athlete endorsing a particular brand of cereal or cigarettes or shaving cream. "There have been people in the past," he said, "who have tried to put words in my mouth that at a certain time I suddenly lapsed into a prayerful state, or something like that, and this just isn't the case." He went on to say that his religion is not a "fire-engine" type, used only for emergencies. He had made his peace with his Maker a long time ago and he tried to live every day as best he could. He was busy with controls and instruments while in orbit, not prayers. Unspoken, but obvious, however, was the fact that Glenn's whole life is imbued with a prayerful attitude a reverence toward his country, his family, his job and his purpose on earth. John Glenn spoke for himself. This is all he could do or should be asked to do. But his moral example lends powerful influence to his words. Getting acquainted with this courageous man as we have and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with him in his moment of supreme trial as the rocket ignited and soared has been a tremendous emotional and spiritual experience for all of us in this country. Holmes Alexander A Profile in Skepticism Letters To The Editor 1 and125 Years Ago WASHINGTON, D.C.-Do the American people accept John F. Kennedy as their political leader and Commander in Chief? No more portentous question hangs In doubt. If the Gallup Poll is right, Editor welcomes letters, especially brief expressions on general subjects. The name and address of the sender must be given, but the name will not be used If the writer so requests. JFK stands very high in TV the hearts and confidence of his countrymen. dence of j-4 1 nea! i I 'C I judge by the treatment ins legislative piupuaais, V'j me rresiaeni rates no hicher. and mavbe lower I 1 1 1 1... wun xne people man nis below-50 per cent election win. Another criterion, on which I have a mounting Ml new frontier approach taken by Alexander. After carefully following his daily articles, I feel that he is undeserving of the conservative label. In light of this, might it not be worthwhile to reappraise the unquestionable support of his opinions in (your) publications." A lady from Virginia: "I feel that you have done a great disservice to the many Americans, our Senators and Representatives included, who have been fighting to maintain Constitutional gpvernmeht. On page two of the same issue in which appeared your panegyric calling Kennedy the 'very best man to be President' was a frightening paragraph announcing the delay of oiir promised aid to Laos. Shades of the disastrous policy when our government eliminated Chiang Kai-shek and produced Red China. No, Kennedy is not the very best man. I am not a member of any organization of either the Right or the Left." A lady from Arizona: "I sincerely wish I could agree with your column, 'Kennedy Stiffens Stand on As a Catholic, I have a great desire to have him become a great President. Disarmament, Co-existence, the U.N. and One World Government are a few of my disagreements with the Administration." A businessman from Texas: "This worries me. Several right-wing columnists were banished from the editorial page. Now Holmes Alexander shares the spotlight with McGill, Reston, Sulzberger and others from the New York Times stable. I get the impression that you are now trying to drive down the middle of the road. Plutarch points out the law of Solon which declares the man infamous who stands neuter in the time of sedition." A public relationist from California: "Your piece on Kennedy floors me. I think this bird has as his Number One criterion: What Is Good for Jack's Career? I can see why you should pat him on the back to encourage brave, decisive actions. But I wonder if this isn't exactly what he's fishing for. I wonder if your words might soften some toward Kennedy now and ultimately help more Liberal Democrats get office." Except for pleading Not Guilty to charges of singing for my supper, of turning Middle Road, of betraying my profession, I present the Profile of the President as a public service without comment. stack of evidence, would be reader reaction to pro-Kennedy comments. On February I7th, after much soul-searching and four-hour talk with a sapient Republican figure, who himself may someday be President, I wrote: President Kennedy has crossed his personal Rubicon and is poised to join the battle with World Communism, the enemy of his country and of mankind the very best man in the United States to be President of the United States." A cross-section of voluntary comment, via phone calls and "fan" letters, gives this Kennedy profile: A political writer from New Jersey: "Often, when you startle us, we find ourselves saying a few days later: 'Well, the old boy right But not this time. I talked with some of the men at one of your big papers and the consensus was that the President has been wining and dining you." A housewife from Arkansas: "What do you mean 'JFK is best man for when he is continuing the sacrifice of free people to the Red tyranny. May. our beloved God save us from the stupidity or treachery or whatever it is of our Public Servants." A clergyman from Louisiana: more often than not I disagree with you thoroughly. It is because I disagree with you and respect you that I write to tell you how much I admire you for being fais. concerning the President of the United States. Though I have a feeling that your sentiments are Republican and right of center, you have given credit when credit was deserved to "men and programs which did not fit your philosophy. More than this no one can ask, and I congratulate you A physician from Louisiana (A letter to the editor): am disturbed by the liberal, auction, I am not aware of the changes. In all fairness, I believe Councilman Brown should either produce the facts and evidence to support his published statement, or he should withdraw that statement. Mayor H. Arthur Tuhey Questions and Answers What three men wrote "The A This series of 85 letters to newspapers were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay. What new type of bridge was developed during World War II? A The Bailey bridge. This comes in sections small enough to be carried in ordinary trucks and can be assembled swiftly by six men using only hand tools. In legend what animals symbolize Satan? A The dragon, serpent and swine symbolize Satan and his crew. Good Evening OHATCHEE, U.S.A. My wife, Agnes, put some soiled clothes in the washing machine. She had some left over. "I'll wash the others later," she said to me, and then she took off for town to do some necessary shopping. I listened to the chug, chug, chug, chugging, as the machine steadily chugged on and on and on and on. Finally, at long last, it stopped chugging. On the spur of the moment I opened the door and took out the washed clothes. Then I took a notion to put in those that were left. Adding a cupful of soap powder, I turned the machine. It started chug, chug, chug and chugging away once more. After a long while it quit again. Since we don't have any dryer, I took all the clothes down to a coin operated drying place. When Agnes came home and saw the finished washing she was pleasantly surprised. "I didn't know you could do it," she said. After almost 17 years of marriage I am learning to be helpful. Tom Sims INDIVIDUALISM To The Editor: I wonder, when there are so many serious crimes here in Muncie, some of them as yet unsolved, and law-breakers go scot free, why a gypsy woman is arrested for fortune telling. The most she would get would be 25 cents or 50 cents for telling a fortune. I understand she has small children that she has to buy milk, food and shoes for. It is getting so one is afraid to cross the street and walk on a straight line to the green light. The pedestrian has but very few minutes and has to run sometimes. If you once get off the line to the green light you might be arrested for jay walking. Oh hum, it is getting pretty bad. But about the gypsy, as the poet wrote, "the quality of mercy is not strained, it droppeth as the gentle dew from Heaven upon the ones beneath. It is twice blessed, it blesses him that gives and him that takes. It becomes the throned monarch better than his crown." Mrs. W. I. THE MAYOR WRITES To The Editor: Councilman Thomas J. Brown, in a letter to the Editor, published Feb. 21, in the Evening Press, stated that Muncie-owned lots, sold at public auction, "came into possession of a city official." Councilman Brown, I believe, should produce the evidence and facts to support that statement. The lots along White River Boulevard, which were owned by the city, were sold at public auction at City Hall. Full notice had been given of that public auction. These lots, appraised at $25,000, were sold at that auction for more than $29,000. There were four successful bidders, as the record will show. They were William J. Hofherr, Myron C. Richman, James Godwin, and Robert D. Barnes, Jr. Records at the Courthouse how show that James W. Godwin has since sold the lots he bought at auction to the White River Boulevard Realty Corp. Harry McCord and Harold Bavender, of New Castle, are the owners of this corporation, and they recently announced a 98-apartment building would be erected on their property. If there have been any other changes in ownership of these lots, sold by the city at public SIDE GLANCES Jeopardizing Railroad Jobs Railroad union leaders already have denounced the report of a presidential commission which recommends overhauling railroad labor practices and modernization of working policies and conditions. The report was made after an exhaustive study lasting 15 months by a 15-member panel including five representatives of the public. The commission said that never before have railroad labor problems been more thoroughly examined. The outstanding issue between management and labor was whether 35,000 firemen on freight diesels and diesel yard engines are needed. Management said this is an example of "featherbedding" and they are not necessary. The report agreed with the management position and recommended the jobs be gradually eliminated. Unions contend that diesel firemen are needed for safety's sake. It seems highly unlikely that the commission would ignore such an important point as safety in making its recommendations. This issue illustrates the great difficulty confronting the sick railroad industry in its effort to survive. New developments in equipment and operation methods have long since rendered obsolete many work practices and regulations still in effect. The following quote from the report is directly to the point: "Neither the national welfare nor the welfare of the railroad operating employes nor the welfare of the carriers will be served by a stubborn refusal to yield the status quo or to accept a new idea in the belief that some cherished privilege or practice will be endangered." Union leaders, confronted with the frightening prospect of elimination of some jobs, refuse to see the far greater dangers which lie ahead. Railroad employment has been declining at a rapid rate. If the status quo is maintained, both in work practice and in oppressive government regulation, it is probable the railroad industry is headed for virtual extinction and all railroad jobs will be in jeopardy. By Leon Parkinson Editor's CORNER MARCH 6, 1912 "No gas" was the cheerful thought which flitted through the minds of hundreds of housewives in Muncie shortly before noon Tuesday. For the gas pressure failed suddenly about 10 a.m. and there was not even a flicker with which to get the noon meal. The gas commenced going down about 9 a.m. and within an hour it would not light. As a result many families had cold lunches at noon Tuesday and the prospect is that the evening meal may be equally devoid of heat unless the ingenious housewife turns up the bottom of the electric iron and uses it as a miniature hot plate to boil the coffee. It was not only the women who had the trouble, however. The failure of the gas put a big crimp in the appearance of the Evening Press. The metal jn the linotype machines of the Press is heated with gas and when the supply of fluid failed it was impossible to operate the machines. For this reason good news stories had to be curtailed and trimmed to the limit. The failure was caused by the breaking of the pumps at the Marion plant. The local plant, which is only temporary, does not make enough gas to supply Muncie and the fluid is pumped here, from Marion. There was only about three feet of gas in the container in Marion this morning which makes Muncie's prospect look a trifle glum. The naturaJL gas field is practically exhausted and cannot be relied on in a crisis. The local management of the gas company are doing everything in their power to relieve the situation and furnish Muncie patrons with gas. MARCH 6, 1937 The end of a week of momentous developments in the field of industrial unionization saw a quickening today of the struggle for control of labor. In the steel industry the leaders of so-called "company unions" joined the battle whose major contending forces heretofore have been the American Federation of Labor and John L. Lewis' Committee for Industrial Organization. Recognition of the CIO as sole bargaining agent for its members in the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corp. gave Lewis' supporters an early advantage but their forces quickly mapped a counterof-fensive. At Pittsburgh leaders of the corporation's employe representatives drafted plans for combating the CIO intentions to enroll the nation's 550,000 steel workers. A committee was authorized to reorganize the "com- pany union" structure. BREAD OF LIFE By REV. A. PURNELL BAILEY Little Johnny looked up from his homework and said to his mother, "Mommie how do wars begin?" She replied, "Well dear, World War I began because Germany overran Belgium." Her husband, who had fought In that war, thought the explanation inadequate so he interrupted and said, "That wasn't the beginning of it." His wife, angered by the interruption, said, "Willie didn't ask you. He asked me." 'Well, replied her husband, equally nettled, "or goodness sake tell him the facts and not fairy tales." To which his wife retorted, "Why do you want to interrupt? Nobody asked for your opinion." General disagreement ensued and husband and wife went for one another hammer and tongs, until at last Willie looked up again and said, "It's all right, Mommie. I think I know how wars begin." The tongue can no man tame. (James III: 8) Washington Briefs By Lou Hiner Kennedy Paying His Debt By Galbraith organized and each member of Congress will have callers from post offices in his district urging wage boosts. Some critics of the President's executive order admit a nationwide strike of government workers is unlikely but at the some time they point to "slowdowns" staged by organized government workers in great Britain and Japan. Labor leaders answer the fear by pointing out that the postal workers union in this country never has attempted a slowdown in its dealings with the government. Potomac Patter: Historians at the Folger Shakespeare Library here say Col. John Glenn's space orbit is about 300 years late. They have a 1638 book, "The Man in the Moone," which tells a story of a space traveler, Domingo Gonsales. He trained a variety of wild swans and hitched them to a moon-carriage for his space flight The trip in the imaginary account took 12 days. Cost of printing the Congressional Record for the first two days of this session ran $19,805. Printing for the entire session is budgeted at $2,500,000. Twenty-eight ministers have completed a course here on "Income Tax for the Clergy." The two-day program was sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. One minister suggested the text for the course A Lvv WASHINGTON President Kennedy apparently is a man who believes in paying his election debts. He recently handed organized labor all but an engraved invitation to step into a rich area of potential unionists at a time when membership in the AFL-CIO is declining. Labor was credited with supplying Mr. Kennedy his razor-thin margin in 1960 over Richard M. Nixon. As might be expected, the AFL-CIO has responded warmly to Mr. Kennedy's executive order which "encourages" government workers to join unions. President Kennedy also has indicated he'll ask for a law to provide for an automatic check-off of union dues for such members. As it Is now, about 800,000 of the government's work force belong to some union, mostly associated with the AFL-CIO. Some $1,700,000 potential dues payers are getting the hot eye from the organizers. The exact relationship of government workers and their unions is somewhat confusing, because management in this case is the Congress. Congress sets the rates of pay, retirement benefits, length of work week, etc. The most unions can offer the government worker is to argue with his superiors on such matters as grievances, and basically this is something the Civil Service Commission is supposed to do without collecting any dues from the worker. In the past, the white collar workers in government haven't exactly warmed up to the idea of joining a union. The President's order, however, may cause many to reconsider the bids of labor. While it's unlikely a government workers' union might strike over wage demands, there is no question that the AFL-CIO could be one of the most potent lobbies on capitol hill when pay raises are being considered by Congress. A clear example of this is the "Pay March" on Washington this week by members of the various postal, unions. It's well way of life with the Russian way of life the Senator said: "We have hearts. We have consciences." Perhaps that statement by Barry Goldwater will go down into the books of famous American quotations. It should be so. Knowing the Senator as I know him those eix words represent the philosophy of this man who, next to President Kennedy, probably is the greatest voice in American public life today. Naturally, I am very happy about the Senator from Arizona. After all, in looking for his wife and his life's companion, he came to Muncie and married Peg Johnson. Also, he proposed marriage to her in a telephone booth at the Roberts Hotel, now named the Van Orman-Roberts Hotel. Mrs. Goldwater once told me that the telephone booth was so crowded she couldn't reject the proposal. I do not think she was telling me the truth and I know very well the senator is so happy that she didn't reject him. Good Evening. My corner was missing from Monday's Muncie Evening Press. I doubt, very much, that many readers missed that omission. It resulted because of a great personal adjustment, one that is to my own great personal advancement and to my own personal security, shall write something more about that in the future. Last night, by television, I heard and watched Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona, in a political address from Indianapolis. Knowing politicians, tors, congressmen, and all the rest down the line, I know that most of their talks are written by "ghost writers." In our own state "ghost writers like Charlie White and Herb Hill." In including these two names I am also excluding a gTeat many others who are serving in other capacities. But last night in that long speech Sen. Goldwater made, I am very sure that six words were his own words. Ia contrasting the American niigrii dc ime; -Kenaer tnereiore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's." Another observed: "The Lord Giveth, and the Internal Revenue Service Taketh Awayi" The National Park Service in one of those useless information tidbits comes up With the fact that 451,222 persons last year walked instead of riding the elevator up or down the Washington Monument. Rep. Hugh L. Carey has introduced legislation abolishing the dime elevator fee on the grounds that it is "a miserly way" t6 treat tourists. Note to pay your taxes by: The federal government has launched a new leasing spree in Washington to find office space for 5,500 new workers. Uncle Sam expects to sign contracts by mid-April for four new buildings. "Sure it's strenuous, but I'm not getting any younger, you know!"

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