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PAGE 4 THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD, BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 1950. Iroumsmllr AN IHUIOtliMUItti'l rounded b Jesse O Whetltr. July 4 1193 Published «»er» afternoon (except tetnrdif *n4 5un«iy aoralat tot The Brownsville Herald Publishing Co. Tirteenia ana Adtms Streets UO t. OWENS DON MORRIS Publlib«r Editor and Associate Publltber Catered u Second-Class Matter at tba cnder the Act of Congress oJ March l. 1879 PostoKlct at ·rovntrille Subscription Rates: By carrier DJ wetjr 30e; By mall in th« Mo Orande ^vaUey (per year' 15.00: By mall op state or out of Teiai ptr yean H.OO. MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PBESS The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to tfie use tor republlc«tOK ot aL* the local news printed in this newspaper as well at all AP news dispatches. Where Do We Stand? Because no contract for construction of Falcon Dam has been signed, a Senate subcommittee has cut funds appropriated for the work. That is the penalty for the numerous delays encountered in this project. Of course, efforts are being made to have the money restored. Whether they will be successful remains to be seen. Let's look at the history of construction predictions : Nov. 8, 1945--Treaty with Mexico signed providing for the dam to be started within two years and completed within eight. June 26, 1946--Congressman West announced that work on the lower dam would start before January, 1947. June 4, 1947--Commissioner Lawson of the International Boundary and Water Commission said he could not even name an approximate date for the start of construction because the matter was no entirely within his hands. Jan. 20, 1948--American and Mexican Commissioners report work on the dam will start this year. July 18, 1948--Commissioner Lawson predicts the dam will be started early in 1949. July 12,1949--A joint report of the principal engineers of the two sections of IBWC on plans for the dam says the construction program is predicated on the work beginning early in the calendar year of 1950. Oct. 7,1949--Joint statement by commissioners of the IBWC: "It is believed that unless unexpected complications develop, Construction contracts can be let before the end of the y e a r . . . Construction of the dam.. .will require three or three and one-half years to complete." March 26, 1950--Commissioner Lav/son says construction will start this year. June 9,1950--Commissioner Lawson: "It is hoped that it will be possible to issue the specifications early in September and that after a 60-day period of advertisement, the contracts will be let in November.. . The dates which I have mentioned are tentative only and are subject to change in the light of subsequent developments." Aug. 4,1950--Senate subcommittee cuts funds for dam because no contracts have been signed. The record speaks for itself. Maybe a joint Mexican-American investigating committee could get at the causes of the delays on both sides of the border. The point would be to remove the causes for any more delays. The Valley wants and needs the dam. Are we ever going to get it? The Doctor Says By EDWIN P. JORDAN, M. D. Some people who suffer from ragweed hay fever plan their vacations during late August and early September with the idea of getting away from the source of their trouble. Several places on the North American continent have no ragweed or so little that the trouble is greatly lessened. There is practically no ragweed in the Pacific northwest and northern California, and very little in southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. The Rocky Mountains themselves have little ragweed, grows well in the plains just east of the mountains. There is practically no ragweed ti southern and eastern Florida and there is a strip of territory in western and northern Maine away from the seacoast which is claimed to have very little ragweed. Northern Minnesota and upper Michigan have less ragweed than farther south. Many victims of hay fever got a great deal of relief in these areas, though when a strong wind is blowing from the south they often have trouble. With the exception of the areas which are known to be free of ragweed pollen or have very small amounts in the air, the amount of relief which hay fever sufferers get from resorts in variable. Some people get almost complete relief, some people are better off than at home but not completely relieved, and others seem to have Just about as much trouble, probably because they are sensitive to very small" quantities of pollen. According to pollen studies Cities with no ragweed in the air or very small amounts Tn- clude Sacramento, Miami, Reno, Portland (Oregon), Seattle, Spokane, Prince Albert Saskatchewan), and Mexico City. Favorable claims are also made for such places as Mack- Inac Island. Marquette and Charlevoix in Michigan; Eeth- lehem, Bretton Woods and Dixville Notch in New Hampshire; Campobello Island in Now Brunswick, Canada, Minnki Lodge. Port Arthur, and Hnli- burton County, Ontario, and Murray Bay, Quebec. Most of these places have their enthusiasts but others who have tried them have not always found relief. It is safe to say, however, that hundreds of thousands of hay fever v ; .c- tims are helped each year by getting out of the worst rig- weed belts. Dr. Jordan will answer questions from his readers In a special column once a week. Wateh for it. So They Say What's the matter with the moral level of our (modeling) profession? Isn't it as high as the moral level of labor leaders ? --Han Kain. professional model, in reply to announced intention of labor leader to organize profession to "clean out objectional individuals." We must never again face a great national crisig with ammunition lacking... few guns to fire and no decisive procedures for procuring vital arms in sufficient quantities. The peacetime army m u s t b e prepared for immediate mobilization to an effective war army. --Gen. George C. Marshall, on retiring as chief of staff five years ago. * * · The guy (Lou Broudreau of Cleveland Indians) plays all positions. He's the manager and his own reserve player strength. He does the job of about eight guys. --Casey Stengel, manager of world champion New York Yankees. * * * The logic of independence is death. Not until we are dead will we cease being independent. The logic of autonomy it anarchy. From the moment there were two people on the earth, self-rule wa s impossible. --Dr. Edwin McNeil Poteat. , * * * If Europe wire thoroughly Christian the problems of the world would be well on the way to a solution. --Dr. Walter O. Lewis of London. W OUR VALLSTI By E. C. OSBOKN Bovine Editor A few yearfe ago you wouldn't have believed-That the Matamoros' farming area would one day produce as much cotton as the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. According to the best estimates made by cotton men, each area will come through with some 325,000 bales. It took more land to produce this amount of cotton in Mexico, 650,000 acres, than it did in the Valley, whose allotment was 413,653 acres. With improved farming methods and the possibility of more water for irrigation, it does not take much of a stretch of imagination to predict that Xorhern Mexico will "ead tie Valley area in cotton production. But of course, the ailottment of acres in the Valley will have a great deal to do* with this production. * · * JTOR one we don't envy the judges who will pi»;k the final winners in the MagJc Valley Debutante contest. Up and down the Valiey, the judges are on the job and when they make their final decisions, three movie stars take over to pick the 12 winners. But at that, looking at pictures of pretty girls is not such a chore. * * * "THE financial drive, of the Valley Chamber of Commerce is just about over anc! it hasn't even started officially. That is not double-talk. With Moulton (Ty) Cobb of "Weslaco, as chairman of the drive, the quota is assured due to the fact that eacn Val:ey city where an "unofficial" drive has teen underaken, has gone over the set quota. Ty said he didn't want to wait for the drive to open so he just went ahead and got the job done. But it may be.that there will be an "official" drive staged or. the "official" dates. This is just to make it proper. * * * DEADING about the "blow" off the coast of Florida, we realize that the "hurricane season" is here again. It is to "oe hoped that Florida and other coastal states escape being hit by thi£ and other hurricanes. { The Valley knows how damaging a hurricane can be. * * * D EMEMBER the old j o k e about the "de ducks" getting you? Well, you might as well get ready to see your paycheck dwindle. Washington speaks of the tax-boosting bill -is just the "first installment." Which could mean most anything. We are fighting a war and it has to be paid for. And as is customary, the little fellow is hit the hardest and taJkes the blow in stride for he has no champion or lobbyist to fight for him in the Hoise and Senate. But a few more tax dollars mean nothing to what our fighting men in Korea are going through. Losing money can't compare with losing your life. * * * PISHING in the Texas Tarpon RodeO and Deep-Sea Roundup at Aransas Pass, which ended Thursday, did not prove to be as good as that enjoyed in the Texas International Fishing Tournament at Port Isabel. Five tarpon and seven sailfish were boated in the three-day event at Aransas Pass. That means that four more s$ils were caught there than at Port Isabel but a great many more tarpon were boated in the Val- lev event. "The "experts"' at Port Aransas have stated they couldn't understand the poor fishing. What fisherman does when he fails to catch fish! McNamara And Anderion District Attorney Morris Fay Gets Rough Grilling From Senate In Washington (Ed. Note--While Drew Pe*non Is OB ft brief vacation, his column will be written by members of bis staff.) WASHINGTON.---It's usually the district attorney who rips into the witness, but* tin* role was reversed the other day for Washington's District Attorney George Morris Fay, He got a rough 30-minute grilling at a closed-door meeting of the Senate "Wire-Tap" investigating committee. At one point, West Virginia's Senator Matt Neely asserted that Fay was "Under suspicion as much as Lieutenant Joe Shimon," the police officer who tapped Howard Hughes' telephones in 1947. Neely was outraged by a statement that Fay had given to the press, claiming the grand jury's- investigation of wire-tapping "Was not a whitewash." Fay also had expressed the opinion the government could nevar make a case against Shimon, "or anyone else." "What motive couid you have for throwing cold water on the investigation the Senate is making here?" demanded the West Virginia senator. "I had no intention of throwing any water on the investigation," stammered Fay. "You could not help knowing that the effect of your statement was to discredit the investigation here," snorted Neely. The uncomfortable D.A. admitted writing a .letter of commendation on Oct. 7, 1847, praising .Shimon for services of "Inestimable Value" to the District of Columbia. At that time, ' Shimon was attached to Fay's office and they became good friends. Yet Fay's office was largely responsible for prosecuting Shimon before the grand jury. Daily Consultations Though Fay didn't handle the wire-tapping case himself, he admitted to the senators that he had consulted "every day" with his assistants and that they actually advised the grand jury they "could lot see where there had been divulgence." Under the law, the grand jury couldn't indict anyone for wiretapping unless the overheard conversations were divulged. "Do you think Lieut Shimon would have tapped these wires, employed all these men to assist him and. use this equipment without disclosing what he had overheard?" demanded Florida' Senator Claude Pepper. "I think it was obvious that there are chances Shimon did divulge, but on the point of criminal indictment, we have to prove beyond reasonable doubt," explained Fay. But it was Neely who gave the district attorney the most scorching tongue-lashing. "I think," Neely bristled, "that instead of your helping this committee to carry out its lawful function, I think you have greatly prejudiced this case. "A man who will Invade the rights of people by setting up wire-tapping devices and obtaining information about conversations that are none of his business, a man of that kind ought to be in jail," the West Virginian stormed. "Anybody who aids or' abets that sort of thing," he added, "ought to be behind bars . . . Before this investigation Is done with, you will find out that we are going to have all the evidence in this case. With the exception of murder and treason, wiretapping is the lowest form of outrage upon the American people." Ups-And-Dowas Such was the confusion in a. recent elosed-door meeting of the Senate banking and currency committee on the question of controlling cotton prices that members literally didn't know up from down. Here's how the transcript of the hush-hush session reads in part (with Ralph S. Trigg, the Agriculture Department's production and marketing chief, testifying): Trigg--"Perhaps it would .help if I refer to it (The price of cotton) as a minimum ceiling and not t. floor. It is a price we cannot go below." Senator Bricker of Ohio--"But it is not a floor on the prices at all." Senator Flanders of Vermont--"It is the floor of a ceiling." Trigg--"Yes, sir." Senator Flanders--"And not the floor?" Trigg--"That is correct." Flanders--"That is all I need to know." Senator Fulbright of Arkansas--"But that is not what he said a moment ago." Senator Burnet Maybank, of South Carolina, the committee chairman--"Well, I do not know what he said a moment ago, but that is what it is. They'll Do It Every Time . . . . . . . B y Jimmy Hallo No Solution In a last-minute appeal to avert a railroad trike. Presidential Assistant John R. Steelman; warned union and management spokesmen that government seizure of the railroads was not a "Solution" of the 17-month-old wage dispute. "A strike is unthinkable in this terribly serious emergency and the government will not permit one," Steelman told the negotiators behind closed doors. "However, I want to remind you that if the government is forced to seize the railroads, we will not accept this as a solution." Steelman added grimly: "It is my business to help you settle your difficulties, but it is not the government's business to run the railroads. Somehow, somewhere, some day you're going to have to settle this yourselves." Note--Steelman, who thinks nothing of working around the clock to prevent a strike, once made a 4: a.m. telephone appointment with a management disputant in a labor dispute. Localized War Presidential advisers say Truman is convinced that the Korean War is "Localized"--in others words, Russia won't provoke an insurrection on any other front and risk; an all-out war with the United States. That is why he is insisting on only "Standby".' economic controls for, the time being. However, while he will be guided solely, by military considerations in shaping our home-front economic policies, Truman isn't overlooking the political impact of the "Controls" issue on the coming elections. "It would be different if we needed permanent controls on everything at home to wage a prolonged war, but until that happens--and I do not foresee it now--standby controls are sufficient," Truman told a recent caller. "If we invoked. full controls and then it developed that they weren't necessary, the people would blame the Democratic administration--not the Republicans." DeWitt Mackenzie Foreign Affairs Yesteryears In The Valley FORTY-YEARS AGO Aug. 20, 1910 -- State Rep. J. T. Canales has returned to Brownsville following the adjournment of the legislature. » * * Col. D. P. Gay of Olmito was in Brownsville today. * * * . Louis Cobclini has returned from a business trip to Corpus Christ?, * * * Captain Johnson of the Rangers returned to Hariingen today and Ranger Carnes left for San Benito. * * * TWEXTY-FIVE TEARS AGO Aug. 20, 1925 -- All Starr County is agog with excitement over the first train scheduled to arrive Saturday, Aug. 23. Miss Lillie Monroe will christen the first train. Miss Lou Davis, first child born in Rio Grande City and daughter of the founder of the town, will be guest of honor. * * * Rin-Tin-Tln in "Tracked in the Snow Country," is an nounced as the attraction at the Dittmann Theatre for tonight and tomorrow. Persistently and methodically Moscow is campaigning to win West Germany away from the Western Allies, join it to Eastern Germany and then incorporate the reunited Reich among the satellites. The great drawing card offered by the Reds is the promise of reunion with Eastern Germany, now pictured by the Russians, but not by other observers, as a land of milk and honey under Soviet occupation. Unity -- that's a goal never absent from the average German mind. There are no more nationalistic folk in all Europe than these of the Reich. » Germany's former powerful position as the military and economic keystone of continental Europe makes this aspect of the cold-war crucially important. It is so important that time may record it as one of the decisive engagements in the conflict of the ideologies. Western Germany Is the defensive barrier between the Soviet lone and the democracies. It wan disclosed in Frankfurt the other day that nearly all Western military men and most officials stationed there agree Europe couldn't be defended against Russia without the arming of West Germany. That's a striking admission-- 1y experts who not long ago swore that a guilty Germany shouldn't be allowed to rearm. It's an admission born out of common sense--and out of the potential dangers of a "cold war" which is "cold" only in the sense that Vesuvius is "cold" it could get mighty hot --and quick. As things stand at the moment, the Soviet campaign to win West Germany is in what may be called the political stage--with the Reds carrying the ball. However, the Eaat Germany politburo also is concentrating on underground work to sabotage economic recovery in the Western zone. This is calculated not only to make the citizens discontented but to embarrass the Western occupation powers. Typical of Red propaganda was an announcement the other day in the Red Army's official newspaper In Berlin, "Taegliche Rundachau." This proclaimed a sweeping program for all Germany, including the "liberation" of West Germany. There was no talk of using arms to achieve this. The Communist! can be discreet. MOMENT'S NOTICE- YOU THIM6 you NEEPf PAJAMAS? EMOUfiM INB'.2" AQQWA HALF- HOUR TC TRAiKTIME- SET/ PON'T A90UT ME/IdOOp X TRAVEL LI6HT WHERE'S MY PRESS SHIRT?WIERE$ KNICKERS? WHAT DIP VOU 00 WITH MV ALPINE H4T? WHERE'S My KILTSf M/ THANX TO JDS. TAPPED, 8 EVERARD ST V REVERE, MASS. Jack Lait On Broadway Monte Carlo is scraping the barrel. Almost all, the Americans, the pet fish who have the increment and the inclination, have evacuated themselves out of the Riviera. The Casino is playing to mostly Italians and Egyptians. A 100-franc bet (about 36 cents) is standard at the. wheels. Anyone hazarding 1,000 francs is a plunger, The crap games are slow and dreary, as the foreigners haven't learned the knack of handling the bounding bones ... There are hundreds of stranded gigolos and they are openly for hire at about $35 a night, swarthy South Europeans who wear evening clothes, dance ·well and make love Latin style. There have been numerous cases of susceptible matrons and widows being robbed by these pro beaux, who make their getaway on the nightly Mediterranean coastwise boats to Cannes and Naples.., There is an eloquent underworld appellation for the act of larceny from a lady's person during romantic dalliance -- "cold-finger work." President Truman is pulling wires to land the New York Democratic gubernatorial nomination for ex-Sen. James Mead, who was beaten for the job by Tom Dewey. The O'Dwyer appointment to Mexico City removed one aspirant. Look for State Chairman Paul Fitzpatrick to be headed off, too, from Washington. New York gang boss, and 'Roberto Rossellini, Ingrid's Roman Romeo . .. Janet Paige may not know, until she reads it in the L. A. Herald Express, that her husband, Frank Martinelli, Jr., bought an estate with a brand new house for her in the San Fernando Valley, a birthday gift. John Hanley, self-styled "Baron of Broadway," has been blitzing 10 Downing Street, offering to buy the six counties of Northern Ireland, to give them back to Eire; says he can raise the dough with no trouble, right in New York. It's new idea and a project that may not be so preposterous. Attlee could jolly well use the money and Eire could jubilantly use the territory. I believe Hanley went to London, tried to get into the Foreign Office Building to present his proposition, and was turned away. bartender, whose name has escaped eternal fame, concocted a new appetizer--of rye whisky, sweet vermouth and bitters. It spread around the world as the Manhattan cocktail. Prank Erickson. doing his time on Riker's Island, has been assigned to the dispensary, where he eats patients', not prisoners', chow, in privacy, and is said to rate special sleeping accommodations. A leading tax-lawyer (married to an ex-chorus beauty) will be asked to explan why he has never--but never--filed a tax report on his own income. One tl. S. agency is checking on the counsel for another U. S. agency, hunting racketeer · connections. Annette Kellerman (Sullivan), the stage and screen immortal who retired years ago and lived on a rocky island off Australia, quietly returned and settled in Pacific Palisades, Cal. She was the star of the early $2 film, "Neptune's Daughter," the world champion diver t inventor of the one-piece swimsuit, rated as having the perfect figure, with as beautiful a face. She created a sensation at the old' White City, in Chicago, went on to conquer the world, and gave it all up at the peak of her popularity. Jeanne Hoffman, editor of the Police Gazette, threw in the sponge... Howard Johnson has been negotiating, and may by now have closed, for the Colonial .Inn, outside Miami. This joint ran the scale from big time to Minsky's, and was a rendezvous for New York, Chicago and Cleveland mobsters ... Did Jimmy Roosevelt slip into Washington and bend the ear of President Truman?... Joan Crawford was safely operated on for appendicitis.. .Joe Schoenfeld is the new editor of Daily Variety. Joe, a former flyweight boxer, was with the weekly for years before he became a crack Hollywood agent... Erdal Inonu, son of the onetime president of Turkey, was pressured out of his plan to marry a Lcs Angeles co-ed. Prince Alexander Hbhenloha turns on the royal charm for Dorothy Spreckels. sugar heiress... Bob Thile, the platter- VIP, is romancing Fran Keegan, who si the best pal of his ex- wife. Monica Lewis... Rod Cameron is buzzing around June Home, ex-Mrs. Jackie Cooper,,, Bentley Ryan, Broad-way attorney, escorting Mary Blanchard, the ingenue . . . And Colleen Townsend, the starlet who quit screening to prepare for preaching will wed Louis Evans, son of a Hollywood pastor, when the young man graduates as ft' clergyman. Very thick in Italy--Charlie .(Lucky) Luciano, the exiled How It Began--On Dec. 29 1874, in the lordly mansion which had been the home of Lady Randolph Churchill mother of Winston Churchill, by then and still the Manhattan Club, a dinner was held to honor Samuel Tilden, Who had cleaned up the nefarious Tweed Ring of Tammany, and was about to be inaugurated Governor of New York. For the occasion a "Quo Vadis," shooting in Rome, has such numerous mob- scene extras and such violent action that a tent hospital holding 40 beds has been set up, and' it has handlel dozens of casualties... The rich Nicky Hilton, and his bride, Elizabeth Taylor, got in as a couple of slaves, for fun. Television Blues: Jimmy Powers is weeping all over his pillow-Who's gonna replace his draw* ing-card, Bill O'? Of Books And Authors A spray uted (n gome or* chards keeps apples from falling. No fair uainr; it on the price! .CATS AND PEOPLE by Frances and Richard Lockridge with drawings by Helen Stone (Lippincott; $3.50) The parents of the sleuthing Norths of fiction turn their analytic talents unexpectedly this time upon felines-and humans for a strictly factual and documentary account of what the two species of mammals do to each other. . The cats of the piece, it should be quickly added, are the domestic varieties which frequent alleys, show rings, parlor chairs and mouseholes; their larger, more violent and tempestuous relations of the . greater cat world only come into the story incidentally to adjust historical events and to bring proper perspective to bear. For that happier (and in the Lockridges' analysis, perhaps weaker) portion of mankind which appreciates the purrer and in general seeks to comprehend the ways and mysteries of felis catus, the book cornea close to required reading. Not that it contains, at least in any important measure, anything new about the history of the four-million year old clan, or th* behavior, feeding, breeding and temperament thereof; but because a pair of cat-admirers have succeeded pretty well in a determination · to write with calmness and detachment about that back* arching subject who usually evokes wild animosity or sentimental emotion and no such thing as neutrality: In a series of essay chapters, the Lockridges bridge from . the origins of the breed through the period when cats were gods, then devils, to discussion of man's efforts to anthropomorphize the poor beast, to. Judge it by human psychological tests, Bjid so on to its mating and dining habits, its care and the distinction! which make ft particular «pe» AUTHORS OF THE WEEK By WILLIAM GLOVER BY SOME slightly inscrutable whim of mentality (which the psychologists could probably explain), most people who go to for reading mystery stories seem also to have an affinity for cats. Here a team that goes in for writing whodunits switches literary effort this time to those same cats. Frances and Richard Lockridge, expert practitioners of the smooth crime, the complicated plot and the competent ending in their Mr. and Mrs. North novels do, a competent Xr^^TJffi*** h S c S y and ma cats. cats and Peole published by Li phobes. cimen a valuable show performer or an even more valuable fireside companion. The Lockridges write, apparently surrounded by cats, but keeping an eye and a phrase ready to teach and explain to (if not persuade) those who currently dislike the feline One question they do not answer: whether their Pam and Jerry of the four-footed world came after or before, as a sort of furry joke, the Pam and Jerry North of the human world? Barbs An archeologlst says the rich have been dodging taxee for 2000 years. Maybe practice doe* make perfect. * · · Smile the sort of emUe that spreads surtshlne if you want folks to warm up to you. » * · A jury awarded a girl $6000 because young man "cast a spell on her." The spell didn't work oa the Jury.

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