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THE BIXGHA3IT0X PRESS, -MONDAY EVENING, MARCH 6, 1939. What if the Camel's Back Is Already Broken? By CARLISLE radio will eventually be made officeholders because of their the preacher of self-perpetuating immense power over it. The Binghamton Press Published every evening, except 8andy. The 1 1 The Once Over By H. I.

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Telephone 2-341L Connecting all departments. Elton at Vis Bliahwum Pattofflot as SmwI-CIm Mittar Howard Carter is dead in London and we're likely to hear a lot of nonsense about the "Curse of the Pharaoh's tomb." For Howard Carter is the man who gave the world that first-hand chapter of Egyptian royal life which was contained in the tomb of Tut-Ank-Amen, uncovered in the Valley of Kings on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor in 1922. When Lord Carnarvon, who financed the Carter expedition, was fatally sticken and died while the experts were still examining the rich loot of that tomb, the superstitiousN ones began to buzz. They told of the curse placed by the pharaoh on any who might disturb his centuries-long sleep. "Swift wings of death" would overtake such vandals, according to their interpretations of the curse.

Lord Carnarvon, they said, OF THE ASSOCIATED PBEBS Press xcltisirely entitled to tit of all news dispatches credited MEMBER binghamton PRESS BLDO. ABSOLUTELY FIHtPROOF to it or not IfrlYr V'. BUU The Associated use for publication UX9V uv iv.ni ucvra published therein. THE BINGHAMTON PBKSS ESTABLISHED BT WILLIS SHARPS! KILMER. APRIL 11.

1W Jut Br Ci UP. THAT'S ALL TO AO OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE MONDAY EVENING, had been a victim because he pharaoh 's grave. Other members of the expedition died, too, in quite natural ways. But Howard Carter, the Egyptologist who had been responsible for the actual discovery and who had done most of the work in that amazing tomb, lived on. AT 5 J.

That was 17 years ago. Howard Carter was 66 years old when he died the other day. Yet we suspect that the old superstition may be dragged out and paraded again. The fact that 1 a he came to within four years according to Biblical standards The superstition mongers will wings of death." Well, the wings of death to live. Those who have lived fully like life.

They'd like to go on living indefinitely because they've learned how. And the chances are that for Howard Carter death came all too swiftly, as it does for the most of us. a But, quite obviously, the pharaoh 's curse had nothing to do with WHAT SAY YOU, GENTLEMEN? It isn't often that members of a city council are given such an opportunity for statewide service of outstanding nature as that which is placed before Binghamton 's City Council tonight A carefully prepared local law which would set up recall as a taxpayers weapon is being introduced in Council this evening. Its sponsors are the members of the Broome County Taxpayers League, Inc. They say frankly that they are more concerned with recall as a state implement than in its particular application to the situation in the city of Binghamton.

But they are asking the Council of Binghamton to raise the banner and carry it for the taxpayers of the state at large. The local law is so drawn that it will have to be acted on by the State Legislature. That will bring the issue of recall as a taxpayers weapon squarely before the Legislature of the state of New York at a time when important decisions are to be made by that Legislature with reference to spending and taxation in state government. So tho more quickly Binghamton City Council takes action on this proposed law, the more quickly will the taxpayers' organizations over the state be able to use it for psychological leverage at Albany. Such the immediate opportunity to do something important, far-reaching and beneficial to' the state's forgotten man, the taxpayer.

The only possible political aspect involved is that such direct action at this time also represents real political oppor IN TODAY'S NEWS THE CURSE had violated the mummified of the normal life of a man probably won't be considered. want to talk about "the are swift enough. People want World's Fair are expected to is nn nf trip thinea that. to the legislators at Albany. to merchants over the state have a passion for American likes to see Americans dance Philippines? We hear of troops Is somebody starting some white man's empire? on the Gandhi situation.

No Empty stomachs have always art, literature and music. They BLAKE NAVAL armament bill is due to go through without Guam, nnrl triprn nfripr Rvmntoms that, f.hn flrlrrnrustrntlnn fit. Washington is feeling the pressure of economy demands. For perhaps the first time in the history of this country since it was born out of a demand for taxpayer representation, the people who do the toiling, the sweating and the worrying are otnerwise creaitea in tnis K't- CITY OF N. Y.

MARCH 6, 1939. taxpayers of all the nation are said in effect that the commis threats resultinc in censorship In Washington Roosevelt Will Prove Own Worst Enemy if He Fails Now to Consolidate Work insisting on what their forefathers did and it begins to look as if they might make themselves heard. VISITORS to the New York Bnpnrl rnllinn rlnllnra makes a sales tax look tempting But it doesn't look so tempting who would be penalized by it. Trna By Raymond Clapper WASHINGTON, March 6 Personal memo on Roosevelt: 'V It's been a long, hard fight, these six years since Mr. Roosevelt stood on the east steps of the Capitol, on a bleak day, and took over guidance of a nation that had suffered a complete nervous breakdown.

I sat in the press section that day, dictating running descrlp-S NOW it's Pittsburgh's Miriam Berne who is attracting the nrtnntinn nf TTnri' TTllur STia rlnpa rlnnep "for him tunity in a period when the and he sends candy and flowers. Herr Hitler doesn't like American raps but he seems to taps. Or is it a case in which he while he prescribes the tune! IIJTIAT'S this going on in the looking for workable formulae and courageous leadership to make the representative in government more responsible to the man whose hard-earned money makes government possible. No well-intentioned public servant has anything to fear f.om recall as an implement of government. Only those who do not want to be responsive and responsible to the voters who have put them into office need be alarmed.

GOVERNMENT CENSORSHIP EXAM FOR AJf ACTO DRIVER (Written examinations lor applicants for licenses to drive automobiles are urged by bead of New York Motor Vehicles Bureau.) 1 What is your understanding of the words "School Zone. Go 1 Fill in the missing word in this sentence: Ofilcer, I am a of the mayor." 3 What's wrong with the following sentences? (a) One of the great satisfactions of motoring is giving the other fellow the best of it. (b) The truck moved over and let tho little fellow pass. (c) As an automob list and a gentleman 1 never toot my horn in a manner to disturb or frighten anybody. How many "i's" are there In the word "driving," and why don't yon use them? 6 Write a two-hnndred-word thesis on the subject "Why la It that a driver at a traffic light can never bear to wait?" 6 What is wrong with thii sentence: The autoist said, "I don't care what auto registration I get as long as It isn't a low 7 Problem: Is a new limousine driven by a liveried chauffeur at SO miles an hour and having the license plate "C2." Is a dilapidated old boiler driven by Its xiwner at 50 miles an hour and having the license plate "XJWCMS." Which will be chased by the motor cycle cop, and how do you explain It? 8 Give the derivation of the word Stop" and state what meaning It has in your language, if any.

0 Which is correct: A sign reading "No Parking" means there is no park- ng. A sign reading "'So Parking" means welcome. A sign reading "No Parking" means wo are going to have an early spring? 10 Check the clause which properly completes the sentence "When about to make a sudden turn the thing to do Is (blow your horn); (light a cigar); (hold out your hand); (whistle through your teeth) (imitato two Halwaiians). 11 When a motorcycle policeman comes abreast and saya "Pull over to the curb," which of the following things do you do? Step on the gas. Tell him your uncle is state motor vehicle commissioner.

Ask him if he has read "With Malice Toward Some." Pull over to the curb. 12 Problem Sou are driving through a crowded street at 55 miles an hour because you are In a hurry to buy a spool of thread; a man riding a bicycle at 10 miles an hour to get home to a sick wife suddenly comes out of a side street and makes you put on your brakes so suddenly that you skid into a lamppost; which of the following remarks will you probably make: (a) What the is the matter with you? (b) Sorry, it was all my fault, (c) Well, what do you think of the general business situation? 18 Is the following statement true or false: I always give pedestrians a break and never start out from a curb without giving the proper signal. 14 Check the phrase which properly completes the sentence "I keep my registration license (on a shelf in the cellar) (in my wallet); (under a stone In the back yard) (in a pocket in my auto); (Inside my wife's hat). The Burred Girls who like to mother men Can work their wiles on other men. Avery Giles, "Jersey Governor Will Cot All Extravagance in Slate Employes' Traveling Bills." Headline.

Wanna bet? Gloria Morgan Vanderbllt, 15-year-old heiress to four million dollars, spent only $52.90 last year. In other words, she ate at home and didn't buy a ticket to "Hellzapoppin." J. Edgar Hoover says that women kill more people with guns than men do. Well, it always seems to us that they have more excuses. (Coprrldht, 1933) Another Wonder From the Pittsburgh Preil Ono of those inventions which marks a milestone in history seems to have been developed in Pittsburgh.

Tests of newsprint made from wastepaper products have within the last week been conducted here 00 successfully that they promise to revolutionize one of the world's big industries. Paper making is an industry of tremendous proportions, involving not only great factories but mil lions ofacres of forests which fur nish the raw material which they consume. For many years the world has been seeking a way to re-use this raw material Just a scrap iron is used over and over again in the making of steel. Dr. F.

W. Hochstetter, Fitts-bursh inventor, has found that way. As. a result, a new Industry is likely to develop in the United States, and thousands of persons may also gain work in the collection of scrap paper, which will have a value that it never before possessed. ur.

woenstetter also has an nounced discovery of a process for making paper of straw, hay, reeds, cornstalks and certain types of dry grasses. In view of the proven success of his first venture with newsprint, there is every reason to believe that his second adventure also will succeed. If so, he has done something which will vitally affect the economy of many nations, will preserve millions of acres of forests, and will rank as one of the outstanding inventions oi History. Desecration Fmm the MlncliMtcr OsardUn Weekly On tho subject of early railways and Sunday traffic a correspondent writes: Marty yearn ago tho East em Counties Railway Company was reported to be on the point of running Sunday excursions from various towns to Cambridge. The rumor aroused the Ire of Dr.

Cor ne, master of Jesus college, who sent a letter to the company coucnea more or less as follows: Sir It has come to the know ledge of the master of Jesus col lego that tho Eastern Counties Hallway Company Intends to run excursion trains to Cambrldao on the Lord's Day. The master of Jesus college wishes to point out that such desecration of the Holy Day Is doubtless as unpleasing to Almighty Uod as it is to the mas ter of Jesus college. FAVORITE BIBLE PASSAGE But to us thee is but one God. the ratner. of whom are all things, and we in Him.

1 Cor. 8:6. assaulting an earthen fortress occupied by 15 outlaws and surmounted by a red flag. thing, by that same indirection which up to now has marked the operations of the totalitarians through the brown and yellow peoples in far parts of DUT let's not get confused external suggestion there except the urge to eat, and against is i I ft I A Reasonable space Bill be given to any person who has comment to make on matters of gen eral interest. Writers will, oi course, be responsible for their utterances.

The name and address of the writer must be signed to the communication a a guarantee of good faith. To avoid the weakness of anonymity we suggest that we be given authority to publish the name of the writer, although this it not necessary. March 4, 1939. To the Editor of The Blrighamtoa Presi: Sir- In your Issue of March I noticed letter signed by "ESG." I am very much interested In what the writer has to say in regard to the preservation of family history and historical records. I would be pleased to get In touch with this person so that would have an opportunity to discuss the matter, hoping that both of us may he benented.

Yours very truly, WM. E. FLO0K, County Clerk. To the Editor ot The BinKhamtoa Presi: Sir: i 1 am writing you in relation to your editorial criticism of my having sup- porreu rne so-called "school nursery bill," Assembly Print No. 844 by Assemblywoman Jane Todd.

Miss Todd has won a very well-deserved reputation as an able legislator, and I am very glad that I could take the blasting on this instead of her having to get any of it. However, my opinion of the Introducer of this Mil was not my reason for having supported it. Your reaction of opposition to (Us proposed new piece of educational and social legislation was similar to my own at the time I first heard of it last year. Yon appear to have based your opposition to it on grounds of economy which, for reasons here inafter stated, I do not think really apply In this particular Instance. My own original antipahty to the bill was caused by its having Impressed me in the first instance as being a kind it reversion to the days of ancient Sparta when the children were taken over completely by the state at very tender age, or the more modern system as exemplified by Mussolini and Hitler.

Without the benefit of the scores of well-reasoned communications from educational organizations and Individuals occupied with educational activities, and others, I never would have considered the bill from all the various angles Involved so as to have changed my original opinion in regard to it. However, due to the reasoning expressed in these communications and other discussions which I have heard. I gradually came to the conclusion that the proposed measure might serve a very useful purpose under certain conditions where local school boariis In certain communities felt there was a sufficient need of setting np this facility for the care of earlv training of children from three to five yen old. This proposition was before the w-islature In its 111.18 session in the of a bill for the same purpose. IM bill was reported out by both Assembly and the Senate commit! on public education.

It was. paswd almost unanimously by both houses. It failed to become a provision the law bv its having been vetoro by Governor Lehman. No attempt pass the bill over Ihe veto was Governor wrote a message in returning the hill to the Legislature: Did he disapprove It for reasons economy? No, he did not. He statM only one reason for his failure to endorse tho bill of ItKIK.

That reason was, in substance, that it did I'-ot contain- a provision relative to qualifies-tlnns or method of determining nf personnel who would be for appointment fo positions in chars' of young children for certain hours of each working dav. That objection was met in the present bill by specific provision that these O.Ml' cations should be formulated and JJ quired by regulations of the fcnr tlon department, the same ss ij of all other teaching positions In public school svsteni. The Kditei department Issued a memorandum support of the bill. The bill In Its present (1039) was reported out by the Assomiy committee on public education. was passed by a majority vote the Assembly.

It came over tlon In the Senate. It was ref" to the Senate committee on pun" education. All members of this mlttee concurred In reporting bill. It was referred to the conini tee of the whole and placed on cnlendac. It came lip for ment to the order of the Ing on Tuesday nf this week.

I one of the members In favor ot advancement of Ihe hill and acted conlingly in presenting points in favor. There was a fairly bale on the bill, some points of wni were briefly referred to in your (Continued nrr Tag Ten) ETTRSTO it the willpower of a man who knows he may be committing slow suicide in this death fast designed to give civic freedom to the under-dog in India. Diet-starved people all over the vi y- -61 capitalist system. Mr. Roosevelt will prove his own worst enemy if he fails to take this last step toward consolidating his monumental work.

I once described Mr. Roosevelt as a living symbol of democracy who Is trying to subdue the ugly facts of society to some, more rational scheme of things, who wants to bring about in his time a world which shall venture some few paces on into the' vistas of hope which science and man's Ingenuity have opened to us. He has the stuff to make the grade, more of it than anybody I have seen in th White House, and I hope he makes it. ICotivrism, 1939) The Music of Your Violin (Triolet) lYithin my heart tounds today The music of your violin. The ionp that woe cannot allay Within my heart ttill sound today.

Last nfffht when you began to play I felt the future closing in Within my heart still sounds today The munic of pour violin. Erma Shepherd Griffith. In One Word From i ipecrh by Rtprticntltlr Tbomtf H. Miriin or lows, delivered tl Albany on Feb-ruiry 13. In Washington I have come to feel much like the Russian peasant who was being shown a powerful radio station.

The guide explained: "The program going Into that microphone can be heard all over Europe and the United States." "Really? How marvelous," exclaimed the visitor. "I would like to speak over that just once." "Oh, no," said the guide. "That would be Impossible." Whereupon the visitor begged to say just a word. "Well," said the guide, "they are about to change the program. Per haps they would allow you to npeak a word.

But mind, now, just one worn." Hereupon the old peasant sieppen to tne microphone and shouted "Help!" Parting A while ago you were ttill coming to see vie. It's liarf our farewell to arms amid the daisies and the slam. U'ffft the dawn's curtains rising as yon sang low's requiem. And still yon retwned. even as snow jcu on the old year And ushered in the new.

But the spring, returning, brought the true finale When at last we were numbed and aquiescent. think yon- wanted me to storm and rejuse to let you go, Even at the last. Erma Shepherd Griffith. SAVING FOR, A PURPOSE E. E.

Brllton to tlu Royil Geotrinhleil Society, reported by the Geotriohlcil JnurniL I must mention the three Somali boys who were with us for the whole six months of our stay. They excellent in every way. i remember one of the boys saying uno aay mat he wanted to save as much of his wages as possible to go back to Somallland and buv a good rifle with which to shoot his uncie. OiOOI) IN TIfKORY From the Inilliniptille Stir Our neutrality is strangely rem iniscent of the securltv nrnviderl by ono of the so-called safety zones. a I For the first time in the history of radio we have a full and publicly recorded recognition of charges that government control over the substance of radio broadcasts is being exercised by the Federal Communications commission.

Commissioner T. A. M. Craven, at the commission's meeting the other day. demanded a chance in procedure and a world make Gandhi top news.

been common denominators in antedated operations in conversation. new commission policy which would "insure freedom of speech netore the microphone." lie sion should eliminate "implied Uncommon Sense By JOHN (Copyrlltat. tlon of that first inaugural. Just a few minutes earlier, I had finished writing the advance lead on the inaugural message. During the six years intervening I have seen the New Deal unfold in its early glory of great promise.

I have reported Its long struggle with powerfully hostile forces, seen and unseen, economic and human. I have seen it severely set back by the sudden recession in the fall of 1937. More recently have seen its morale disintegrate until now even many Democrats themselves foresee repudiation at the next election and are anticipating a Republican president in 1941. Through aft of this time I have seen Mr. Roosevelt, sometimes up, sometimes down, now striking with the daring of genius, and again blundering into appalling errors which needlessly undermined the great work he was trying to do, playing cruelly into the hands of his enemies.

Mr. Roosevelt is the fifth president whoso activities I have reported. None has been perfect, certainly not Mr. Roosevelt. Yet to me he stands as a giant of our time, for the mark of a great man is not an absence of weaknesses but an abundance of strength.

And with it one great gift to the country In these times his buoyant, good-humored confidence that on March 4, 1933, turned national despair Into national courage overnight For that gift alone the nation should be eternally grateful. I em convinced that Mr. Roosevelt's own resilient, inspiring personality has to an Incalculable degree sustained the morale of the American people, and that it has much to do now with the fact that although unemployment and the agricultural problem still present discouraging problems, the American people are not licked but have their tails up over the dashboard. Imagine, if you can, what would be the mood of the American people today with a sour-puss, hand-wringing defeatist in the White House. Mr.

Roosevelt is so closo to winning that it would be a most appalling national tragedy if ho should fall now. Measures which no nas established to improve our democracy would be endangered, perhaps wiped out, on the ground that no reform is worth "keeping If tho country cannot prosper under it and there's sense to that attitude. But he doesn't need to fall. In and out of the government the best-in formed persons are certain that conditions contain all of the makings of real recovery. All that is needed is a push from Mr.

Roosevelt, action that will give to the capitalist and managerial group the same confidence that a large remainder of the population has or certainly did have in what he is trying to do. That is the surest way to save the essential reforms that have oeen introduced. During a remarkably brief period, Mr. Roosevelt's drive has given us Federal protection for collective bargaining, stock market and securities regulation, minimum-wage and maximum-hour protection, social security legislation, and development of hydro-electric power which is working an economic revolution in a backward section of tho country. Now is the time to digest 4hese reforms, to adjust their functioning, and above all to bring back into the American team the private entrepreneur group which in the long run is the most potent economic sparkplug in a private of a variety which may be either official or private." The former, of course, would be at the hands of the agency, and the latter at the hands of the licensees fearful of "punishment from Washington." But the F.

C. C. ignored Mr. Craven. As a matter pf fact, it slapped him down by listing one type of formal complaints under thoheading "Programs Contrary to the Public Interest." Now what happened at that radio commission meeting might not be so important except for the headlong drive which has been directed against newspapers in this country by ticos who would like to bring the American press under some sort of government control.

This radio situation gives us a first class example of what happens when politicians have the opportunity to put the screws on public information. For the Federal Communications commission certainly is in position, directly or indirectly, to enforce a type of government censorship. The life of any broadcasting station in the United States under present F. C. C.

retrulations is not insured beyond a six-month period. For the six months' license policy of F. C. C. gives it a club which it may brandish over the head of any radio station which steps out of line.

In short, the broadcasting business of the individual station continues at the pleasure of public officials. That is bad. And it is particularly bad because of its temptations and its implications. For obviously the commission is appointed and controlled by whatever administration is in charge. The temptation of the broadcasting station may increasingly be to go along with the political philosophy represented by such administration.

It certainly wouldn't be healthy to stand up and violently disagree or to encourage such commentators as might violently disagree. For in such instance the owners of that station with their capital invested might find themselves first confronted with the commission's ruling that their programs were "not in the public interest" and eventually with their refusal to renew their license. In view of the factual situation as it is and as Commissioner Craven has delineated it, Mr. lakes' worry about whether the American press is free from advertiser influence seems rather fatuous and academic. For here is another great but younger medium of public information over which entrenched politicos hold the power of life or death.

That isn't sound. That's dangerous. That raises a natural question in the mind of everyone as to whether or not the YOU CAN'T FOOL THE YOUNGSTERS AN UNUSUAL kind of a vote was taken recently among the school children of New York City. They chose the most hated and the most loved men of world. Hitler and Mussolini were overwhelmingly voted the "most hated," capturing 88 per cent of the boys' votes and 98 per cent of the girls'.

They put "the devil" In third place. Stalin and Franco were "also-rans." To the question, "Who do you think Is the most loved man In the world?" most of the school children voted for Presdient Roosevelt, "closely followed by God." George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Tope rius and Will Rogers had smaller totals. I expect the children have overheard a great many conversations. tt home. Some of them may read the newspapers.

But wherever the Impressions came from they are definite. I can't help preferring tho school boy and school girl vote to a poll which was taken some time ago at Princeton, where the tired young college gentlemen voted Chamberlain and Hitler the outstanding men of our age. "What blase college senior would have tho Imagination to Include either God or the devil In such a poll? But to the youngsters they are realities which represent good and evil, and to youngsters such things are Important. A man learns to outgrow the simple picture of the world which belongs to the school boy. But though many outgrow childish Impressions, only a few manage to keep a vivid picture of the world.

Growing up Is very often the same as slowing up. And unless an adult retains the faculty of absorbing colorful glimpses of reality, his adult thoughts are inclined to be mere borrowed lifeless ideas. One of the most appealing characteristics of children la their vital contact with life. They are easily hurt and easily pleased. Many grown-ups who have learned the fatal mistake of mistrusting their own emotions look back with envy on the days when life used to be exciting and full of color.

A child's life Is painful or It is full of bliss. There is seldom anything in between. Grown-ups are capable of subtler emotions, but they ore capable also of flat boredom, Btale hand-me-down Ideas, and an unprofitable sense of futility. It Is a debatable question whether the adolescent gains anything by exchanging a black or white Impression of the world for a dingy grey outlook. One of the most pathetic sights is a young man tired and bored with existence.

Personally, I should prefer to bo the hero of tho school boy than the hero of the college senior, in so far as jaded collego seniors can have heroes. I think speaks very well for Our school children that they have taken a definite and unquestioned stand against dictators. It Is more than some persons in diplomatic circles have dared to do..

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