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EDITORIALS Who Really 'Lost' His Vote? "Did you lose your vote?" Every time en election is held, there are a number of people who survey the results of a race for an office, and say, "Well, I lost my vote." If their candidate fails to win, these people figure they "lost" that vote. If their candidate wins, they believe they "won" that vote. Nothing could be farther from the truth. If a person casts an honest, conscientious vote, he has not lost it, no matter who wins or loses. If a person voted for the candidate he thought would make the best official, he did his duty, even if that person was defeated. He did not lose by casting that ballot. Neither did the community—or the state—or the nation. No one who cast a vote in Saturday's elections in Calcasieu Parish or in the Seventh Congressional District "lost" his vote. When he carries out his civic responsibilities by weighing carefully the qualifications of the candidates, and then casts his vote, the voter never is the loser. There WERE people who lost their vote in Saturday's election—plenty of them. There are 55,400 qualified voters in Calcasieu Parish. Of those, only 24,829 look the trouble to vote in Saturday's congressional election. That is a poor 44.7 per cent. The 30,461 voters in Calcasieu Par- who did not cast ballots Saturday are the voters who "lost" their votes. They took no part in the election. They had no voice in selecting of a congressman to serve the nation for the next two years. If those 30,461 non-voters disapprove of any policy or action of the federal (.vn-prmnent, they have forfeited ;:-«>ir rii'lit to complaint. They did not • •'' 'I it ill behooves them to corn- pki : n about shortcomings in anyone else. Fringing the Issue a little closer to h'T'if. ihere are 32,688 registered voters in W.'ird Three of Calcasieu Parish. f'-nlv '4,004 of those cast ballots in the • 'H'V'.ssional race. '"! h a is 45.3 per cent of the reg- istered voters of the ward. A total of 17,804 voters did not vote. They, too, have no cause for complaint, no matter what the course of the federal government might be in the future. Candidate Gary Tyler polled 8,569 votes in Ward Three. Candidate T. A, Thompson polled 6.315. Thus Congressman Thompson, who won renomination for the office he now holds, gained the vote of only 19.3 per cent of the vote of the registered voters of the most populous ward in his district. That is really government by a minority. The congressional race has been used here as an example — but it was typical of the entire election. The same figures apply to most of the other races, with orly minor variations in percentage- It was not a proud day for democracy in Southwest Louisiana. In every race, the non-voters could have changed the losers into winners—had they favored the losers, and had they taken the trouble to vote. One of the things that has led to dictatorship in some of the most advanced nations in the world has been the failure of the ordinary citizen to exercise his responsibilities. He has failed to vote. He has made only a half-hearted examination of the candidates, when he does vote. He has played "follow the leader" and been a "sheep voter." These are the type of voters and non-voters who enable smaller, but better organized minorities to exercise effective control of government. This has been true in many nations, and over long periods of time. Americans often scoff at the "elections" held in dictator-ruled nations, with their 00-and 95-per cent voter turnout. "Look at the poor fools," we say. "How unfortunate they are. They have only one candidate to vote for." But who is the greater fool—the voter who votes, even if there is only one candidate, or the voter who fails to vote at all? There is really not much difference, is there? ?ep Thought tor Today A learned and holy man once said: Knowledge is what you learn from others; wisdom is what you teach yourself. IBJ's Two Sore Points By JAMES MARLOW Associated 1'ress News Analyst dent John- •». Irving 11 i '•< .Sen. Ban;. plaints <')•'.'< policy, par-in Sf,re |> .'III ;• Nam. That he >- (API the problem of .- ."-Irani out of • Iwriter's com- prn.-an foreign •'v on t\\o very l n!:a and Viet )!•.•• ,-it it be- K' \\iri. end. Caslr,> Jum- came cloar OUT To l?n»f! Krl bling down, C.ul.iwatcr has proposed various ivim-dics, at various Unit's— from backing an exile invasion of Cuba to shutting off nun-Cuiniminisl trade with it, even ii' it meant blockading with \v;ir:- : bi|.'.-. Sunday ihe American republics, through their foreign ministers, a^ret-d nt<t only on condemning Cuba 'or aggression but on approving strong economic snd diplomatic sanctions aaninst Castro's regime. The action had strong U.S. backing. It was the strongest move by a conference of the ministers .since Castro grabbed hold of Cuba on Jan. 1, 1959. One quick way to step up and perhaps end the Communist guerrilla attacks on South Viet Nam would be to extend the war to North Viet Nam. But that might bring Red China directly into the war. The Johnson administration has been reluctant to take the chance. But Goldwater has said the United States "can and should end the fighting in Viet Nam by taking strong, affirmative action." This is i'lst one of the things he has s?id. He has offered various suggestions on how to do this, too. Sunday night The Associated Press said the United States and Viet Nam reportedly are about ready to announce new measures to step up the war. This story said there has been no indication here as to the exact nature of these new measures. But, the story said, they will emphasize this country's determination to support the freedom and independence of Viet Nam and do not involve spreading the war to the north. In both cases— Viet Nam and the U.S.-backed OAS sanctions against Cuba— the Johnson administration could say the new steps were natural developments without any political implications. But, as Johnson said at his news conference last Friday, 'I'm an old campaigner, I've been at it 30 years." Goldwater will have less to complain about if the clamp-down on Cuba gets tighter and the Vietnamese war tougher. The American states' agreement on Cuba lets them, alone or together, use armed forces against Castro if he continues what the ministers officially described as aggression and subversion agauut other hemisphere republics. It remains to be seen what they'll do since the actual carrying out of the actions approved by the foreign ministers must be the job of the individual governments. Nevertheless Th o m a s C. Mann, assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs, called the conference action a "body blow to Communist pub- version in this hemisphere," Mann's appointment to his present job was one of the first actions taken In the foreign affairs field by Johnson after he became president last November. The mere act of the ministers' agreement won't topple Castro. And at this moment it seems unlikely any of the American states will invade Cuba. It may even be unrealistic to expect the Latin-American countries which still have diplomatic relations with Cuba to break them off or even to break off all trade with Cuba, at least right away. Actually, the Latin-American countries do litile trading with Castro's Communist regime. But the psychological effect will hurt him and so will any drying up of such trade as there is. U.S. officials feel this government's sanctions against trade j with Cuba have already given Castro acute economic pains. Rut now the groundwork has been laid for giving him the miseries. It's a talking point for Johnson, and it may turn out to be a good one. SIDEWALK SAGE Caffy Remarks By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP)-Remarks that single girls get tired of during Leap Year—or any other year: "Well, Esmerelda, you know there's such a thing as being too choosy." "Sorry, Ma'am, but we don't j serve ladies without escorts at '' the bar. Would you like a ta-1 We?" ' "J wouldn't exactly cal! her an old maid. But then, on the other hand, she certainly isn't getting any younger." j "I'll get Esmerelda to baby-! sit for us, Joe. After all, she! doesn't have much to do in the, evenings." i "When she first came to work here, she had the best figure of any girl in the place." ,' "Honey, if you take my ad- i vice, you'll marry any of them. ' All men are bums anyway, and I one's as good as the other. The ' main thing is, does he have a steady job and go to work every i day?" I "At her age you'd think she'd i have outgrown the Cinderella i complex. But you know howj some gals are. They go on all; their lives dreaming that somej Joe in shining armor is going to j gallop up on a white horse and sweep them away from it all." ''The linen in her hope chest is turning yellow." "Good Lord, I almost forgot— it's my wife's birthday. Would you order me a dozen roses for her? And if you have time on your lunch hour, I sure would j appreciate it if you'd stop by' and pick up a couple of theater tickets for tonight. I think I'll surprise the old girl. Gee, thanks, Esmerelda, you're a real doll. I don't know how I'd get along without you." "She's married to her job." "We're taking up an office collection for Tessie. She's marrying Jim—you know, the guy in the shipping department. How do you like that?~she's here only three months, and got a man already. Shall I put you down for a buck? Gee, over the years, Esmerelda, I guess you've put out a lot of dollars for office showers." "The thing I like about you, Esmerelda, is that you know how men really feel. Now you take my wife, for example. She doesn't understand me at all." "Let's go dutch." "Her elbow is worn out from throwing rice at other girls' weddings." "If you want to know how the pension fund operates, Jack, you'd better ask Esmerelda. She knows it backward and forward." "According to the memo from the personnel department, she's been with us 20 years tomorrow. I'll flip you to see which one of us has to take her to lunch." "The thing I like about you is that you're not flighty like most dames. You've really got your feet on the ground." "Gee, Esmerelda, you're a real sport. How come a nice girl like you never got married? I bet you could make any man happy." Meonvvfii/e, back on the ranch DIXON'S DIXIE PEARSON SAYS Why Congressman Bolfed By DREW PEARSON WASHINGTON-THERE WAS a significant backstage development in San Francisco which led to the decision of Rep. Silvio Conte, the Republican liberal, to bolt the Goldwater ticket and run as an independent in Massachusetts. It happened behind the closed doors of the GOP Platform Committee of which Conte was a member. Conte was trying to put the Republican Party on record against extremism, for the United Nations, for presidential control of nuclear weapons and for civil rights. He also urged that the GOP favor the change in immigration quotas previously recommended by the late President Kennedy and by Lyndon Johnson. But objection from Goldwater- lies was overwhelming. "I come from an international district," objected Mrs. Frances Bolton of Cleveland. "We have found that many of these Immigrants are mentally retarded. Our hospitals are crowded with them. We should stop this type of immigration instead of making it easier," "I resent that very much," exploded Conte. "My own mother and father came from Italy, I think my parents are as good as anyone here." When Conte wanted the committee to pay tribute to Eisenhower, a Goldwater delegate from South Carolina shouted: "We had enough of that SOB for eight years." So after Conte returned to Massachusetts, he announced he would not run on (he Goldwater ticket. <4 "i- V WHILE THE PAN-AMERI- ran foreign ministers were voting sanctions against Fidel Cas; tro in Cuba the United States was in the ironic position of supporting with millions of dollars in wheat another dictator who has been even more effective than Castro in opposing U.S. policies—namely Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt. President Nasser has seized all American property in Egypt e!a and other U S. friends In the i which helps pay indirectly for Caribbean. Despite this, American aid to Nasser is more than the Russian contribution to building the Aswan Dam. It totals $418,100,000 since 1955. It was In 1958 that Russia decided to start building the Aswan Dam. Since that time the Soviet has loaned Egypt a little over $250,000,000, all of which is in the form of a credit and must be paid back. The American contribution to Nasser is in the form of grain paid for In Egyptian currency which is left in the country. It amounts to almost a gift. Sixty per cent of all wheat used in Egypt comes from the United States. And his food helps pay for Nasser's propaganda campaign against t h e United States. * * * HERE IS WHAT HE IS DOing: 1.—While the Republican Party was meeting in San Francisco, nobody noticed that the Libyan Foreign Minister, JJus- sayn Maazio, visited Carlo and promised Nasser to throw Americans out of the Wheelus Air Force Base at Tripoli. This Is the biggest bomber base we have outside the USA and our lease does not expire until 1967. However, the Libyan government, as a result of Nasser's prodding, is urging us to get out earlier. 2.—Nasser Is also putting the heat on Emperor Haile Selassie in Ethiopia to cancel the U.S. communications base at Kagnew on the Red Sea. This is the most important foreign commimicagions base we have. It's essential for tracking satellites. So far Halle Selassie has refused to budge, but Nasser Is now accusing him on being a colonialist. arms to Somalia; and then we have to send arms to Ethiopia to combat Nasser's arms. 4.—American wheat is also go- Ing to help pay for 40,000 Egyptian troops kept in Yemen, Tin's is an attempt by Nasser to win control of Saudi Arabia and the American Oil properties there, just as Castro tried to penetrate Venezuela in order to control U.S. oil properties in that country. * * » THE RADIO PROPAGANDA campaign against the U n i t e d Stales in this Red Sea area is vicious—so much so that the Yemen Republic recently apologized to the American embassy. The attacks occurred at the same time the United States was helping Yemen construct new roads, build a water purification plant and supply other economic aid; and Yeman officials made it clear that the Egyptians controlled the press and radio through their 40,000 troops and there was nothing Yemen could do about the Anti-American tirades. 5.—While President Nasser does not want war with Israel now, he Is paying German technicians and scientists to develop modern rockets and, he hopes, nuclear weapons. Am e r i c a n wheat Indirectly is helping to pay for the cost of these ex- Nazis. All this raises a serious question in the minds of our allies. They wonder why the United States continues to subsidize a dictator who follows exactly the same policies as Castro and is more effective in carrying them out. * * » THE FRENCH AND BRIT- ish, for instance, are still smarting over Nasser's seizure of Castro, incidentally, has tried I the Suez Canal and Eisenhow- to get our bases canceled in! er's preemptory demand that Panama and Guantanamo but '• their troops withdraw. has not succeeded. This is one reason the French 3.—Nasser has received arms ; and British consider their policy from Russia just as Castro '' of selling buses and trucks to has—though considerably more, j Castro is no more inconsistent He is now sending surplus arms j than our giving wheat to Nasto Somalia in order to stir up ; ser. guerrilla warfare against our just as Castro did in Cuba. He i good friend, Ethiopia, has socialized industry just as mL! - '- ' ' " ' Castro did. And he has waged a vicious, subversive campaign against American interests all around the Near East. They have been far more successful than Castro's campaign against Venezu- This is what Castro has tried to do by shipping arms to Venezuela and Brazil though he has not succeeded. The United States has had to supply Ethiopia with arms to combat this warfare. Thus, we are supplying wheat to Egypt, — iltal Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words. | URUGA BOML NARF1A YARVOS ^^y^\ vvky ^^^ ^ / / S XtT- X /*"S <, s 1 1 1 tiU,w». 1 Prial to SURPRISE ANSWER hare TEEH-A6E NNORg THEIR HAIR, It's argued that if the United States did cut off American wheat, Nasser would make some drastic moves such as he did in 1956 when he seized the Suez Canal after John Foster Dulles withdrew U.S. promises to help build the Aswan Dam. It's true that Nasser is ruthless and unpredictable. However, at the present moment he cannot buy wheat any place else in the world. Possibly he can next year. The Russian harvest may then be better. Furthermore, he can't attack Israel successfully now. Israel is too well armed. When in Israel I queried Israeli leaders as to whether they were worried over a Nasser attack. They are not—at least not until he develops the modern rockets on which the ex-Nazi scientists are working, which we are helping to pay for. Twister Racing By KENNETH L. DIXON HOPE, Ark. — Did you ever try to outrun a tornado? I have no idea whether It's a wise or foolish tactic. IVa talked to a couple of experts on tornadoes and they say they don't know, either — that it depends on the circumstances. But I know it can be done. Another boy and I just did it, and it seems some others must have been doing it, too, at the same time and place. I was driving from northern Louisiana into Arkansas in mid- afternoon. The temperature was nearly 100 in the shade and the air was oppressive. Black, rolling clouds hovered low above the fields and timber that lined the highway. The wind came up suddenly and blew so hard from right to loft that I had (o fight to keep the car on the road. The temperature dropped swiftly. If you've ever been through an earthquake, you never forget the feel of it. If you've ever heard a rattlesnake, you never forget the sound of It, and you :an laugh if you want to, but I say if you've ever been through a tornado, you never forget the smell In the air that precedes it. I'd been through two, and reported the grim results of others. So I kept looking around ! over the horizon. Finally I spot- j ted that unforgettable funnel- i shaped cloud, off to the right and slightly to the rear. It wasn't touching the earth when I saw it, just sort of fingering Us way down and then pulling back up, but never losing its shape. When I realized it seemed to be standing still, but getting bigger, I almost panicked. That meant it was coming directly toward me. First I started to pull off the road and hit the dirt But was nothing but tall Umber on each side, and I've seen what a twister can do to timber, so I decided I'd be safer making a run for It. For the first time skjce I've owned It, I red-lined my little sports car. Normally I stick close to the speed limits. But this time, both tacb and speedometer needles went all the way to the pins. I now can testify that it will do 120 miles per hour and I think there was still a little under my foot when the needle hit the pin. Even so, just as it was touch- Ing 100, a big standard-type car passed me so swiftly you'd have thought my anchor was dragging. I took after him but didn't catch him. However, we both pulled into the same filling station just outside Texarkana. We had the same credit cards. He was a fellow named Harry Duffy from over near Little Rock. He said he'd been through this same experience two other times and had decided there was no point sitting still and waiting for a twister to hit, as long as you havo wheels under you. "If there was a safe place to go — like a storm cellar —• I'd head for it quick," he said. "But out on a road like that, there's no safe place. So I just floorboard It and get out of there. It worked this time, anyway." Even as he was knocking on wood the radio announcer cut in with a bulletin about two tornadoes hitting the area we had just passed through. Some damage was done but no lives were reported lost. So maybe a lot of drivers decided to outrun the twister, (Copyright, 1964, By United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) LOOKING BACKWARD Years Ago (From ihe American Press of July 28, 1914} VIENNA — Official notifica-, mobile manufacturer, told the tion of a declaration of war was sent to Servia by Austro-Hungary this morning. LONDON — Preparations for war today proceeded all over Europe. Even England's battle squadrons are mobilized for eventualities and the publication of official news of fleet movements have ceased. BERLIN — Germany returned an unfavorable reply to the British proposal for a conference of ambassadors of European powers in an endeavor to settle the Servlan-Austro trouble. JENNINGS -The federal authorities have notified Postmaster Overton Gauthier that the contract for the construction of the new $50,000 government president in a conference yesterday that the depression was largely psychological. Traveling a distance of 1400 miles by automobile In 18 days, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Byrnes and three children, and their sister-in-law, Miss Decow, arrived in Lake Charles a short while ago from Meade, Kan., to make their home in Calcasieu Parish. Mrs. A. Rigmaiden went to DeQuincy this morning to spend the day with Mrs, H. Escoubas. H. A. Avery and Charles P. Martin are visitors at the Edgerly oil field today. Mrs. E. C. Gay of DeRidder, building has just been awarded who with her son Master Earl, to a construction firm in Virginia. A newly invented electric automatic register that records every fare paid on the car and at the office of the auditor of the car company, has been proved perfect after a month's trial on the Cleveland Avenue line in St. Louis. Henry Ford, the Detroit auto- were guests of Mrs. 0. J. Gill for the past week, home this morning. returned Miss Helen Morrison left yesterday for Zwolle, La., where she will visit Miss Bessie Gaul, who made many friends here during the winter while a guest of the Morrison house. Miss Helen will also visit friends in Shreveport before returning home. in By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Tuesday, July 28, the 210th day of 1964. There are 156 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1932, President Herbert Hoover ordered the then Maj. Gen. Douglas MacArthur to disperse an army of some 10,000 veterans camped in old buildings and shacks in Washington, demanding immediate payment of their bonus. MacArthur's troops drove the "Bonus Army" from Pennsylvania Avenue and that night burned the shacks. On this date: In 1868, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution was declared in force. In 1914, Austria declared war on Serbia, the opening of World War I. In 1943, the American 7th Army made a big advance in Sicily. History Ten years ago—A section of Prospect Point, overlooking the U.S. side of Niagara Falls, tumbled into the Niagara River gorge. No one was injured. Five years ago—Adm. Hyman Rickover was given permission to inspect the Soviet nuclear- powered icebreaker Lenin in Leningrad. One year ago—Mrs. John F. Kennedy celebrated her 34th birthday with the President and their family at Hyannis Port, Mass. 4 TUESDAY, JULY &, 1964, Lake Charles American Press Lake Charles American Press Now arrange the curded letter* to form the emprise vuwer, as euggeited by the above cartoon. SIXTY-SEVENTH YEAR Published Week Day and Sunday Mornings IN IT The Associated Press MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS i n "i o 7 .- i~i- ' s en! " : ' : " J tAci'juvei. 1 '.3 ihe use tor reaublicatlon of all the local news printed In fh.s m-.vspaper us W..-M os ail AP nc-v.s disparches Main Office — Biibo St — TELEPHONE — jumblctoGLOVi HONEY DIVftT FEDORA E, Carrier Per Week By Mail m Al Whtu o joite told by a roofer ^ •(*« torfOMftJttUft __ __ ^lll'LL Phone KE 9-2781 — SUBSCRIPTION RATES — ^5c By Per Year .......... J2340 ieu, Cameron end Jeriefson Davis parishes. ri at « yng Cgp Mall QUICK QUIPS "Hunt Arsonist in Cafe Fire." - Headline in a Chicago paper. He must be (or have been) the kind of fellow who throws himself into his work, so to speak. President Johnson may soon be suffering from eye-strain from trying to keep bis eyes both on Indo-China and Atlantic City. But wouldn't it be somewhat risky to eliminate poverty and establish prosperity? It is a well - known truism that the moral fiber of people is much stronger in adversity than in prosperity. "Slain Pilot Bitter About Viet War." - Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) News. It would seem the staff of the News includes a spiritualist

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