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editorial; THE RACINE JOURNAL-TIMES, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, OCTOBER 194T Automobiles Reading a Columnist's Mail A Week to Promote Better Understanding So That American Press May Remain Free ing like those of Uncle Sam's Niece." based on the usual fallacy of, I'm right and you're all wrong. I have rea4 several very widely read books on the Eurppean situation, but so far the authors have laid down their views in a calm, logical manner. TAe reader can take it or.Jeave it; thesjs writers have, as a rule, lived abroad for years; they have witnessed the growth of Hitlerism, its underground work, its appeal to the spirit of war and ruthless crushing of any divergent opinions. Npw that Lindbergh, Nye and Wheeler have slurred Britain, the administration and about all pis nation is trying to do despite enor-mpus difficulties, mistakes, and showing jan aggressive attitude towards "those who aim" to' spread the "new order" over the world, it would be quite and I believe impartial, to devote a speech or two; to Germany's ruthlessness the past year in enslaving millions of innocent people who only wanted peace. There are plenty of facts for these prominent speakers to use in portraying the execrable acts of a war mad dictator.

But will they do it? No, their arguments will continue along the same old line of trying to keep -this country out of war. If we want tq give them credit, for sincerity in this, let them be equally frank in their denunciation of the European hell-hole and who is to blame. 1 JUST AS GOOD AN AMERICAN. WHATEVER THE PROPOCTIOM WHATEVER Trt6V MAPE OF WHMVTEVeR THEV COST igr f--s It Happened Here if PRIYE IT'S STILL IMPORTANT TO RFHEMgER THIS. on.

They expect that space will be provided for free and open discussion of vital matters. If they don't like the way one newspaper handles a situation, they may buy another. They would be shocked into hot anger if they suddenly found someone telling the press just what it could or couldn't print about the things in which they're interested; if they discovered that some one person or political party had gained absolute control and was allowing only one-sided propaganda to be published, as in the dictator-ruled countries of today. This could happen in the United States. And if it did, then Americans would realize what a free press has meant to them.

That's the way it is with freedom. We take it for granted. We really appreciate it only when it's too late to regret its loss. And let no one deny that human liberty and a free press are inseparable twins of modern society. Without one, the other cannot possibly survive.

But just what IS a newspaper? We want to be frank in answering that question, because it is the vital key to understanding between the press and its readers. A newspaper is, in the final analysis, just an organization of human beings. True, they must have buildings and, in these days, much complicated and expensive equipment. But the minds, of men and women are what produce the news, editorials, advertising and features. These people are especially trained for newspaper work.

Most of them have chosen it as their life career. But that is the only thing that makes them different from anyone else. They are average people, living in average homes, with average faults, virtues, joys and sorrows. The one thing they have in common with most of their readers is a natural desire to see their community prosper (so they, in turn, may prosper), and a strong love for their country. This, then, is the kind of group that IS the newspaper.

Though accuracy is a "gospel" preached daily, from the first day they start on their job, they are liable to mistakes, just the same as the man at a factory machine, the doctor at his diagnosis chart, or the accountant in an office. The arguments presented in editorials are sometimes valid targets for criticism. We'll go farther and say that the motives of some publishers are sometimes open to suspicion. We would, be the last to claim that the American press is infallible, or "lily white" in its entirety. And we have been in the business too long to harbor any thought that any newspaper can please every one all the time, no matter what stand it may take or how it is conducted.

But here's the point we're trying to make: With all of its faults conceded (and we of the Journal-Times don't disclaim our share, the press of this country is still doing the world's best job of keeping people informed. It can continue to do so only so long as it remains free. And maintaining that freedom is as important to the readers as it is to the newspaper organization itself. If that freedom is lost, we'll all suffer. Personal Health Service Why Befuddle the People? Dear Tex: A letter in your column Monday evening signed, "Uncle Sam's Niece," was to my mind is an argument just about what you'd expect from iU "American Firster." Now I imagine the author' of the original article signed, "Uncle Sam's Nephew Speaks Up," can -well take care of himself if he cares to answer Monday's contribution, but I just want to butt in, as it and add my two cents worth.

My first impression was the same old story, a reply more replete with sarcasm than logic, especially the last paragraph which consigned the "Nephew'' to the class of quadrupeds with long ears. Now isn't that a-fihe argument: where do we go from there? If the discussion continued, the gutter wouldn't be far off, as name calling soon gets to a situation where the vituperative adjectives, dominate. My contention is the same as "Nephew's" as respects Lindbergh. Give him all the credit you care to all that he may deserve as an aviator and a prophet (although there were a number of others who tried to warn the world of Hitler's plans) but that still does not make him an authority on' international affairs, a statesman, or in any way qualified to fill the role of an advisor to this nation's course. Through as Public The fact is, Lindbergh is all; through as a public speaker, at least as regards his usefulness to the American First group or in the capacity of a prominent American figure endowed with leadership.

This is true because no man ever retained the confidence of the American people after he once appealed to religiousprejudice.s It has come to my attention more than once that Linobergh, not receiving any particular notice from the English people, decided to return to the United States. As to the truth of this, each person can make his own decision. Just why are boos at America First meetings directed practically entirely at Britain, Churchill and Roosevelt? Why 'doesn't Lindbergh hold up to public scorn the name of Hitler the man who has plunged a whole continent into-blood, who has enslaved millions now starving, shot down innocent hostages, taken away the blankets needed by the Norwegians the coming winter? One could go on arid on, but oh, Lindbergh has no word of strong criticism for all this. In his cold, calculating manner he talks of a negotiated peace (what irony for the miserable millions -of he says' Britain may some dy turn against the United States. Well, possibly so, but in the meantime the slaughter goes bn and will likely continue until Germany learns that she can't at will, plunge the world into chaos.

Of all "the nonsensical arguments, to declare the American people are eighty per cent against war. They're all of that and more, but anyone who follows Gallup polls knows that the majority are absolutely behind all aid to Britain, sixty per cent favor support of the administration, a majority again approve convoys if necessary to. get lease-lend goods to Britain. It may seem incongruous, but that's the way the American people feel. If the American Firsters do not control any votes, then why all the ado in holding meetings, unless to mold public opinion in which turn will be reflected in congress and in the next elections? -T Religion in Russia and Germany.

Oh, my, oh, my, will we ever hear the end of the argument about the "big internationalists' holdings being in, danger that therefore they want to see this nation engulfed in war. No' profits are' made any longer in England and mounting taxes will Jake (away the surpluses in this country. Ljurge' fortunes were swept away after 1929 and a post-war depression-will do the same thing Sgain. Congressman-elect Smith strongly emphasized the godlessness of Russia--now I know he declared he was not affiliated with the American First group; I'll take his word for it, but for the life of me I can't see any great difference between the Russian and German treatment of the Christian church. We may believe everything published or said of the Russian effort to stamp out the worship of God, shutting of churches, persecution, etc.

Grant it all as utterly repellant to Christians the world over, but is Hitler's record to date much better? He has made millions of German youth believe he is more, of a God to them than the Divine figure; he has openly stated the church must be subservient to his wishes; he has revised the Bible in accordance with his ideas'. If he emerges triumphant, is there any question but that the church will be relegated to the status of "a hewer of wood and carrier of water?" Time and again Catholic and Protestant bishops have protested against Hitler's persecution of the church. Along this line I'd like to quote from a recent article by Dr. George N. vShuster, historian, president of Hunter college and chairman of th board of Loyal Americans of German Descent, as follows: If "The nazis have slain and tortured our priests and our pastors, theyl have desecrated our churches, they have left the innocent children of innocent victims to They have driven our nuns out of their convents; they have exiled our poets and thinkers; they have made Germany a living hell.

I know, because I have gone from one end of Hitler's reich to the other, hearing the sound of the lash and wailing of women." One can still point to Russia's war on the church, but Hitler at least, is running a close second, and in my estimation there is little to choose between them. A recent cable dispatch on the situation of the church in Germany reveals that all the member of the central governing group of the so-called Confessional Synod (Protestant Dr. Martin Niemoeller) have either been jailed or drafted into military service along with 86 per cent.of the confessional pastors with the activities of the church paralyzed. The nazi party is now in conflict with Bishop von Galen of Muenster (Catholic). The Norwegian bishops of Trondheim and Agder were retired to make way for nazi appointees.

Attacks on so-called ''political Catholicismbe-gan in Holland months ago. In France the policy is veering from that of Admiral Dar-lan's to collaboration with Berlin. But why go Isn't there ample proof to show that Hitler aims to put the church under his thumb? i It might possibly survive compared to Russia's so-called program of Godlessness, but in the end there won't be a great deal of difference But as to Mr. Smith's election, he won by approximately the same figures as the late Congressman Bolles, in a strong republican district. I have heard many who voted for Smith because theV couldn't stomach Amlie's radical ideas, so explain their action.

However, I guess there's little use of answer Today marks the beginning of National Newspaper week. "So some may say. "It's just another of those 'weeks' designed to promote something or But wai! There's more to it than that. In die thought that lies behind this specialfoservance is something of direct and vital concern to every reader; yes, to every man. woman and child in these United States.

So let's dig under the surf ace to see just what it "means. National Newspaper week is observed by virtually every newspaper in this broad Together, they serve some 130,000,000 readers. But the bigness of the thing isn't what we want to discus The purpose IS the important item. And it's two-fold: to make newspapers more conscious ofUheir job, and their duty to this country in one of the most dangerous hours of its history; to help readers realize what their newspaper means to them, not only for enlightenment and entertainment, but as an agency to help preserve their liberty and the American way of life. Newspapers are pretty much taken for granted in this country.

That is, the American people generally assume that their press ill tell them what's going The Landing at Spitxbergen While the joint landing at Spitzber-gen of Canadian, Norwegian, and British troops is not a matter of great immediate military importance, it is important in another way. For the first two ears of World war 2, Germany had the offensive. The British, for lack of full understanding of what was going on, and handicapped by scruples, let Norway, Holland, and other opportunities go by. Now they Ire first in Iraq, in Syria, in Iran, and first in Spitzbergen. It is a welcome change.

It shows alertness. Spitzbergen is nothing in itself. But as an island base at the top of the world above Norway and northern Russia it opens the way to either if opportunity offers. In a war, as in a boxing match, much goes to him who gets in the first punch. It is a delight to see, after so many de-i fensive counters, a few cases where the forces of freedom have at last gotten in that first punch.

Humorous Interlude In the midst of many serious matters Americans have not been able to suppress a smiirfc at the demand of Japan that we stoplshipping war materials to Russia via Vladivostok. The protest is especially afuist' delivery of airplane gasoline to tjae Russians. It isn't onf that we have a complete right to sell gasoline, or anything else, to Russia, and make delivery in our own ships. International law covers that. The humor is in the fact that the Japanese government itself has a friendly alliance with Russia, made voluntarily and with much rejoicing in Japan only three or four months ago.

Technically at least that bond is still in effect and contributes its share in driving Tokio war lords to distraction. It is no less entertaining to be told by Japanese spokesmen that we are "disturbing the peace of eastern Asia," after a prolonged "period of Japanese marching and fulminating. What we want is peace, with Japan and all nations, on an honest basis. Studying the Papers Study used to be regarded as merely, an academic matter. Young people "got an education" in the high schools and colleges.

And the sequel was only too often, in later life, the mournful-remark that "I once had a good education." The modern idea of education, while not scorning the "academic" studies, is to. supplement school work with living facts and neyr let the college and the outer world get far apart. So we ine colleges here and there giving practical courses in the art of "studying intelligently" and doing it in co-operation with the newspapers. In this process they study the papers along with their books, or even without books. And there are suitable rewards for apt students in the form of free courses in college work of a more academic kind.

Here is a fine way to combine college with life tod make the hop-off easier when commencement day arrives. More and more of our heroes are feminine. When a boy was drowning in 27 feet of water at Welland, it was a woman who, fully clothed, dived in and saved him. Southern Ontario, which is a very practical reon, sustains English morale by sendift? over peach butter bv the ton. ft? RT tS siasrmrE fzopcrrs By William Brady.

M. D. R. T. has emphysema (ballooning of air spaces of the lungs) or bronchiectasis (dilation of some of" the smaller bronchial tubes), either of which condition would cause more or less constant difficulty in breathing, with or less wheezing such as laymen regard as "asthma." No reason why one subject to either condition may not also have hay, fever.

QUESTION'S AND ANSWERS Become a Cheese Iloiind. I have received tremendous benefit from "boopmg my calcium intake," as you sug-gested, and now my chronic sinusitis gives me very 'little trouble. I tried to take at least a pint of milk a day for the same but haven't been 'able to keep it up, because I'd rather take castor oil than milk. (Mrs. A.

A. Answer Never mind the milk, then, for cheese is eve richer in calcium. Investigate the cheese situation. Everybody should eat more cheese, and especially those who do not cfcre for milk. Advantages of Quinine may not affect normal ears when taken as prophylactic against the 'cri but it increased my' deafness enough so that I failed to hear command to "Stick 'em up" and almost got On the other hand I failed to hear the command to "Drive on" and so my gal and I escaped being kidnaped.

(D. O. Answer It is convenient, isn't it? I'm 50 per cent deaf, and I give many a pest the bad ear, when with two good ears I'd have to listen. Hernia Cured. At your suggestion my husband consulted Dr for treatment of hernia.

After sixteen injections over a period of one year the hernia has entirely disappeared and my husband feels very grateful. (Mrs. R. Answer Thank you. On request I am glad to send monograph on hernia inclose stamped envelope bearing your address.

If your physician is not prepared to give the injection treatment (most good physicians use this method now) I'll be glad to name one is, if I know of one in your vicinity. (Protected by John F. Dtllo Co.) 8)gne3 letter pertaining to personal beatth and hyjiena, not to dieae diSKiioain or treatment will be answered by Dr. Brady. II a stamped elf-addressed envelope is enclosed.

Loiters should be brief and written in ink. Owing to the large number of letters received only a few can be' answered here. No reply can be made to queries not con. forming to instructions. Address Dr.

William Brady, in cars of The Journal-Time. An otolith is a growth known as an "ear stone," found in the ears of fishes." Lots of strikes are carried on. without violence prices being the only thing shot up. By Williams LOCKER. I 1 40 YEARS AGO Tuesday, Oct.

1901. Miss Eliza J. Christie, principal of the Second ward school and member of the Racine teaching staff -for 30 years, has resigned because of ill health. The Raymond Concrete Pile company, Chicago, is driving piles for foundation of a large new building being erected for the J. Ij Case Plow company on Mead Owners of the schooner Fearless have billed the city for $217 for damages said to have been inflicted 4wo weeks ago when wind blew Main street bridge into the craft as it was sailing through the draw.

A -survey shows 60,241 tons coal; in Racine yards compared to 41,617 tons at this time in 1900. -r 30 YEARS AGO Sunday, Oct. 1911. I (No paper issued.) 20 YEARS AGO Saturday, ct 1, 1921. The Made-in-Racine show, in progress ail this week under sponsorship of the Advertising club, will end tonight when dpwntown strets will be converted into a white way.

Thirteen garage permits were issued here this week. It is said that many home owners are helping pay off their mortgages by renting garages, which bring $7 a month. Policemen donned their winter caps today, and are getting their overcoats ready for the first wintry blast. The city's electric code will be' effective Oct, 1, and Mayor Lunt' soon will name a commission to administer it What Noted People Say Man may be extinguished altogether, or he may undergo modifications into a new species. There Is no question of his remaining as he is.

Wells, British novelist You can well Imagine the social catastrophe and economic dislocation which might follow if these small enterprises are put out of business. Floyd B. Odium, director, contract distribution, OPM. To insist that demorracy is not to be defended in terms of the status quo', to show that democracy is not a fact but a prograin, not a gift but a process, is to challenge the spirit of America. Arthur Upham Pope, urging a national morale program.

i If we believe we have seen agitation by enemies of our form of government by the fascists and communists, let me say thkt we haven't seen anything yet. Representative Joseph Martin Massachusetts The additional levies imposed by the reve' nue act of 1941 will bring the tax burden; it the. United States above that in U. S. Chamber of Commerce bulletin.

Kurd tribesmen are reported revolting in Iran. They probably just want to knock the whey out of somebody. i Beaches, are closed, but persons who still wish to drown can be accommodated in the football pools. v. The more defense savings stamps are licked, the sooner Hitler will be.

Fall leaves are so beautiful they seem almost as wonderful as those we colore'd in kindergarten. Now is the time when your small son 'would rather be right tackle than president Retail merchants suggest that pretty girls carp sell more defense stamps than men. That may depend somewhat on the figures, There's sure, to be gold at the end of the rainbow if you save it while on your way there. Uneasy lies the head at night hat lies thii-day. The firt, board of education we can remember vs three feet long.

Marshall' Field III, who Inherited one of the.nation's greatest fortunes, says he doesn't care wha? becomes 'of it. The line forms on the right i Wonder." how many June bridegrooms already have forgotten how to drive with: one hand? Automatic toy music boxes can be fixed with an ax. Some farmers would rather let rabbits ruin crops than run the risk of amateur hunters. Fur coats probably will be guoted at about a hlf-hour more crying than last year. Barbs HAY FEVER AND ASTHMA I am delighted to report the results I have obtained from the treatment; of allergy suggested in your pamphlet "Relief for Allergy." writes" R.

K. T. (Pamphlet sent on request if you inclose stamped: envelope bearing your address.) I have had benefits beyond my hopes. My trouble is spasmodic asthma, and ill addition, in July and August, even before ragweed pollen season. I am! subject to two or three days a week of violent sneezing continuing all day.

I started the treatment outlined in the pamphlet at the close of one such day, and, have not been bothered since, except for a sneeze or two. The treatment has' not yet I eased the asth- ma, which bothers me in the night. However, doesn't I'm still it may yet do. -so, and if it ahead, since the sneezing landicappcd me greatly during the day, whereas the asthma merely deprives, me of somej sleep. Anyway I haven't in years had any expectation of curing the asthma.

I am deeply grateful to yo.p and have passed the suggestion on to others suffering with hay fever and asthma. I (K. R. Perhaps it is not made cleifr enough in the pamphlet "Relief for Allergy," but to the best of my knowledge soluble potassium chloride is not a cure for-any of the manifestations of allergy, but merely symptomatic relief. It may relieve the mbre distressing symptoms of the attack, somewhat as adrenin (adrenalin) does indeed it probably supplements or complements the action of the adrenin secreted by the patient's own ductless glands.

So if I had allergy, say hay fever, hives, or asthma, I'd keep some soluble potassium chloride in my pocket and take a dose whenever a reaction occurred a dose or if necessary several doses in the course of several hours, or a day or so. That is, if I had found any relief from it before. I would not continue taking the potassium chloride after the symptoms subsided. Instead, I'd take a good daily ration of calcium and vitamin right along for several months, or for the duration of the season if the trouble were hay fever. Instructions for following a high calcium diet, and for taking calcium and vitamin are given in "The Calcium Shortage," mailed on request if you provide a stamped envelope bearing your address.

From K. R. letter it would seem that he has some difficulty of breathing other than spasmodic asthma. Spasmodic asthma occurs in paroxysms or attacks, lasting hours, days or weeks, but after an attack subsides or passes there is no difficulty in breathing in the interval between attacks. Perhaps K.

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DAW JONES WStr-: TO ME, AKIN' ri! ni survivors I I 1 WITH THEIR i 1 I I Sv wk X- Our Neighbors THEN THE SENATORS DODGE Milwaukee Journal: The best evidence on the question of war propaganda in motion pictures is the films themselves. The subcommittee created by Senator Wheeler, chairman of the interstate commerce committee, but never authorized by congress, is hearing charges that the picture industry has been used to glorify war and create support for intervention. But most of the senators seem never to have seen the pictures themselves. Snator Nye named eight pictures as containing propaganda eight out of over 1,000 produced in a given period but he says he has seen only two on his list. Then who gave Nye that list? Wendell Willkie, counsel for the picture industry, proposed that the committee "discontinue the bunk" and see the pictures.

Could he get the senators to agree to Not at all. Senator Clark of, Idaho, chairman of this Wheeler created subcommittee, said it would be impossible to view all the pictures named by Nye. So he would not look at any of them. Viewing a few, it sterns to us, would give Chairman 91ark an impression. And the -subcommittee could certainly see all eight in less time than it is taking to hear Nye, Clark of Missouri, John T.

Flynn and other America Firsters make their charges and assertions. That would not suit the subcommittee managers, of course. Th esubcommittee was set up to get certain propaganda before the American people and a view of the pictures might interfere. There is only one possible conclusionthe senators are afraid to see them, and not having seen them, they do not know what they are talking about. This dodge will not fool people.

Too many of us do go to see motion pictures. One of the type these senators, no doubt would condemn as glorifying war has been shown in a downtown Milwaukee theater and will be shown in many neighborhood houses. It is "Dive Bomber," a very good film. View it to see whether it contains war propaganda. We think most people will get the impression, rather, that it leans over backward to avoid war "propaganda.

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