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On many sides he has heard it said that he must "make a fight of it." By that is meant that he must show a willingness to take on all comers, both within and without his party. That includes readiness to match strength in various 1956 presidential primaries with any other Democrats who may choose to run. Recently Minnesota leaders endorsed him and urged him to .enter their primary. A day earlier Stevenson had given a Minnesota audience it sample of his fighting talk. He said the Republicans are "creating and encouraging the illusion" that all is well "or at least better" in both the foreign and domestic field. .In his view the illusion is false. ' . WHAT HE APPEARED to be saying Was.that the nation is not so prosperous as the-'GOP claims, nor is it so close to peace as constant emphasis on the new "Geneva spirit" suggests. This sort of talk may or may not sound good to Democratic ears in some future primary test. There is surely a question how well it will be re'ceived by voters generally. In the first place, both before and after the summertime Geneva/meeting "at the summit," many key Republicans in 'government warned against expecting too much from the conference. ; They did not allege •fmiracles" as Stevenson declared. Secondly, outside the farm area, wherever everyone acknowledges the problem of the long price decline, the evidence does not seem to lend much support to Stevenson's contention .that, prosperity is an illusion. Certain it is that there are bad unemployment spots, but so there were in the prosperous years under the Democrats. Some of these have been stubbornly unyielding for years. ' CERTAIN IT IS, too, that there are dangers' in present prosperity — the expansion of credit, renewal of inflation, arid so on. But one needs only to look back to the pre-Eisenhower years to, realize that perils of this sort are bipartisan. The-truth is that if the Democrats were in the saddle today they would be glad to take credit for the present condition of the country. Surely issues exist .or will develop on which Democrats may vigorously and honestly oppose the party in power. The GOP is no more perfect than were the Democrats before them. But Stevenson, seeking out this combat ground, has begun with an artificial effort that is not too. likely to register well with Americans who have their own eyes to see how things are. Warning To States • THE STATES HAVE* lost many functions to the federal government. They will lose more if they do not take a 6 ood look at themselves and cure some of their deficiencies. This message was brought by Meyer Kestnbaum, President Eisenhower's special assistant on federal-state relations, to the American Assembly sponsored by ''Columbia University's School of Business. According to Kestnbaum the.states handle many tasks which they should delegate to. the cities. He said further that the states are not adequately equipped to perform their proper duties. They should give cities more home rule; redistrict their legislatures so that they represent people and not acres; give their governors more power; and modernize their constitutions. This is a large order. Underlying it is the message that serious thinking must be done and some revisions made if states are to maintain their privileges and powers. Their governments must be organized efficiently if they are to run their affairs effectively. State and national governments were created to serve the people. States cannot serve modern communities nor meet modern demands with antiquated administrative methods and out-moded economic and legislative thinking. Weaknesses in service result in the loss of the privilege to serve. Ant to Torture Your Wife , i BOUGHT f?ie ISDAY DOTTED Swiss Tie- BACKS You eve* AMD FOR fH<= KlTCHe=M 1 Go-rifle DGAResr, Lime, eme YOU'LL 0e /ABOUT IT/ WAIT ITU. You see I'M <5£TT(Me THE Whitney Bolton Looking Sideways NEW YORK—One of the joys of operating this kind of a mis-- creance is in the mail arriving daily, most of it from the Middle West and Southwest. Now here is a ".-idy in Waco, Texas, who knows about the theatre but not about the actors—she would like to know about them. "You write about them with obvious affection," she writes. "You like them, yet recognize their charming foibles..Or at least you make them, seem charming. What is an actor?". Thomas L. Stokes Ike Will Make Washington Capital Again WASHINGTON — The return of President Eisenhower to the national capital area this weekend— •his Gettysburg farm is only 70 rhiles away — will tend to restore normality -to government and Re; publican party politics, both of which have been diffused over the map with the latter very much confused. This city for the past several. . weeks has been sort of a way station from which officials took' off by plane for Denver. The government has gone smoothly along its destined routine way, with less ex-. citement here than in many years. In fact, you would have to go back, before the New Deal to'find the national capital so lacking in drama. as to the future and never so frus-. trated because there, is. nothing they can do about it. THIS IS partly because the politicians, the life blood of politics, have been shunted into the background, as distinct from government officials and workers who toil daily in the great bureaucracy here. When Congress is away as now there is always the White House for a stagesetting which the politicians can exploit to publicize themselves and air their . yiews, and thus keep in motion a constant stream of what, in the absence of more solid stuff, goes for news. .. . •.. But the White House has been, in effect, hidden away on a back street with the President away in Denver convalescing, and at a time when Republican politicians were never so much in the dark WITH THE return of the President to the center of government and politics you can count on party political leaders to" try -to get into the act as much as possible — and for sound as well as selfish; rea-. sons. ';; For some time now the stage here has been pre-empted by Vice- President Nixon because he is second in command. But he is, by calling and by choice, a politician as well and one with the usual amount of ambition. _. Jealous rivals have watched anx- • iously as he. became front page news, something that was only natural. But now they expect him to go somewhat into eclipse when the President returns East. ! It is probable that the President will be screened away from party politicians for awhile • yet, aside from such .members of-.his staff and Cabinet with who .he will consult. . Nevertheless the politicians' will gravitate about the national capital with the President on a schedule of rotation between Washington and his farm at Gettysburg. want to see him plunge into such a controversial area until he is fur- ther'along toward recovery. Primary, of course, is whether he would attempt to run "for a .second term. Dr. Paul DuoUey White says that is something for the President to decide. While it : is accepted as a foregone conclu-; sion by the President's intimates that his decision will be in .the negative, the question will not be closed until word comes from' the President. THIS CITY should once more become the capital of Republican na- • tional politics, as well as the capital 1 of the government. Only the -President can make some of the important decisions about the party's future course, as party leaders know, and it is not believed that his doctors would ' ONCE THAT is final, and the'an- nouncement is not expected • until after the first of the year, the President then will be: asked -his advice about a candidate or perhaps a group from which.a candidate might be picked. .It is uncertain whether the Presr iderit will consider himself obligated to designate a nominee,.and this reporter is of the belief that he will not intervene or interfere. It would be more in character for. him to insist that this is a responsibility of the party, but to give assurance, at the same time, that he would be available, so far as his health permits, 'to. participate in the campaign for whatever candidate the party selects at its. San Francisco convention next August, and to help in whatever way he can. Party managers are counting heavily upon television" appearances by the President as a, major factor in the campaign. (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) Peter Edson White House Dull Place When Ike Is Away WASHINGTON — (NEA) •— Government business is expected to pick up around the White House when President Eisenhower comes back east. It has been a forlorn place with the boss away. There have been few callers' hats on the-big round Philippine mahogany table in the west wing executive office reception room. All hands, including the guards, have been relaxed. The usual flea- on-a-griddle activity has been missing. It has been possible to get appointments promptly with top staff men. All but a handful of the White House staff have been on the job here. Those with the'President in Denver were: The Assistant to the President Sherman Adams, Press Secretary James C. Hagerty, Military Aide Col. Robert L. Schulz, Air Force Aide Lt. Col. William G. Draper, the President's personal secretary Ann Whitman and her assistant Helen Weaver. ADAMS REALLY commuted between Washington and Denver. It wasn't painless. He would hold staff conferences and sit in on the cabinet meeting here. Then he would fly back to Denver to collect another batch of problems. He is expected to follow much the same routine while the President recuperates in Gettysburg, Augusta, or wherever he goes. Maj. Gen. Wilton B. Persons, deputy assistant to the President in charge of congressional liaison, was last man to get away on vacation. He hasn't had all of it. Just after a week-end start, he was called out to Denver to go to work on the President's State of the Union message for next January. THE USUAL White House mail load has naturally been split between Washington and Denver. But no temporary White House is equipped to process any great volume of mail. The great bulk has to be flown to Washington for handling. Only the most important letters have been shown the President. Aside from a heavy flow of get well cards and birthday greetings, there has been no unusual volume of public mail trying to pressure the White House to do this or that. Not even the Geneva conference brought any shower of advice. The White House press room is deserted most of the time the President is away, even if the staff stays here. Only a corporal's guard of wire service, broadcasting and picture men are on a dog watch for emergencies. On Thursday and Friday mornings reporters come around for National Security Council and Cabinet meetings presided over by Vice President Nixon. But their secrecy hardly makes it worth while. to Gen. Persons for liaison with the Senate, and Bryce Harlow, liaison man with the House, get a more or less continuous load of 'requests from congressmen. But even their phones haven't been ringing as feverishly or as often. .From the time Congress adjourns to the middle of November, things are normally quiet around the White House. The President's illness and his prolonged stay in Denver have just made them quieter than usual this year. The White House staff is looking for a pick-up any day now. It isn't just that Ike will be back east. The politicians and pressure boys will soon be flocking back to town. MURRAY S n y d e r, assistant press secretary, has held down the Washington news front. With the President away, he has had more time for leisurely talks with magazine writers. Jack Martin, Senator Taft's former assistant who is now assistant History From The Times Files Diet Of Crises IN THE OLD DAYS, a standard joke used to be that Latin American countries were so in turmoil that government overthrow was a regular event. Some wag once faked a dispatch from a South American land which read: "Heavy rains here caused postponement of the usual Monday revolution." It looks as if the locale of that joke should now be shifted to France. Revolution isn't the order of the day, but votes of confidence are. Premier Edgar Faure has had so many in ment timet that he must count it a dull wtek when his fcoyernment isn't hanging by a hair* If he has many more of these ttit« some French manufacturer may to iponwr the pTotfam on TV, TEN YEARS AGO November 10. 1D45 Mrs. Mnry Sylvester and three- year-old daughter rescued from flaming apartment in Kcyscr. Staff Sgt. Clarence R. Stewart, 24, Piedmont, died in Army hospital while serving in Pacific nrca. Death Howard L. Broadwaler, 34, Kcyser. TWENT)' YEARS AGO November 10, 1935 Grace Aldcrton elected president of Intermediate Christian Endeavor Society of Mdvin Chapel. Miss Mnrgaret A. Bobo, Parsons, died as result of burns. Death of Miss Minnie Deffenbaugh, Frostburg. THIRTY YEARS AGO November 10, 1925 Samuel Smith, 51. Gilmorc, badly hurt when struck by Cumberland and Weslcrnport Electric Railway Company bus near Lonaconing. Two school buildings at Dixie, W. Va., across Potomac River from South End. destroyed by fire from overheated stove, City ( Patroman George H. Payne, 49, died of heart attack at Police Headquarters. FORTY YEARS AGO November .10, 1913 RMgeley citizens launched movement for erection of high school. Six-year-old Lawrence Lmiport killed by explosion of mining powder at Weslcrnporl. Death of Joseph F. Thrasher, 22, Rawlings. MRS. HUNTER, the best way to tell you- what is an actor is to tell you a story. This is a story about two actors who went out on a tour through the South in the days before Equity required producers to put up bonds and to guarantee travel fares—away from and most certainly back to—New York. It was in the days when an actor could be stranded, and many were. These two boys were stranded in Memphis, Tenn., when their "show folded as a ;result .of the management absconding with what little money was within reach. The two New Yorkers slipped out of their boarding house one afternoon before the news got around and by nightfall were well up the road toward New York, a discouraging sum of miles away. They were deserted, broke, bewildered and far from home. So They Say America can no longer afford the luxury of war. In an era when one bomb could destroy one city our job is to work and pray and fight for peace. —Val Peterson, Civil Defense administrator. We're (the GOP) going to have the most popular candidate in history at our convention. We've got the climate for victory—peace and prosperity. —Leonard Hall. GOP national chairman. All you arc allowed to see <in Russia) is the past, not the present. You ask to see something practical and they take you to another museum. — Rep. John J. Rhodes (R-Ariz) returns from Russian visit. little trees. They collapsed there in the receptive cool of the thin shade and lay panting. In a few moments they heard-the clatter of hooves and, raising their heads, they watched the approach of a sparkling carriage drawn by two spirited horses. A liveried coachman sat on the box and, in the carriage was a tall, slim," haughty-looking man in his early 40's. A thin cheroot was in his mouth and a whopping big Panama sation his head. The carriage wheeled in at the plantation gate and the two famished, destroyed actors lay there and watched a Southern aristocrat ride up the elm-shaded drive to ah enormous' house with gleaming white pillars and a wide, shaded porch. A beautiful iron light fixture hung from the high ceiling of the porch.. A houseboy came out and helped the plantation owner from the carriage. Another houseboy opened the front 'door for him. The actors got a brief glimpse of a cool, dark hallway with polished, antique furniture. ; NOW, WHEN I; say they were broke, I mean they were stone broke. Not ten cents between them. They not only had to get back to New York, but somehow to eat on the way. In addition, it was August -and almighty hot; That night they slept, in a cotton field and, next day, set out walking again. They had had;no "dinner and no breakfast. They drank water from turbid streams. The sun beat down on the roadway. About noon, faint,-.- weary and sun-addled, they spied two spindling little trees alongside a .wrought-iron'gate to; what obviously was a large and rich plantation. "IF WE'RE GOING- to die, let's die in a little shade, at least," said 'one and they somehow found the strength : to get as far as the two "HOW WOULD you like to be that man?" moaned one of the actors. "A house like that, servants, a glittering carriage and a man to drive the horses. Miles of rich land. He's probably a millionaire without'a care in the world. He'll go in now, take off his hat; sit down in a 'shaded room, and a houseboy will bring'him a fresh, icy julep: . "Just 1 about time when he's ready to have his lunch brought to him on- a tray his beautiful wife, gowned by PaquLn in Paris, will come slowly down the curved stairway and greet him with a devoted kiss. I'd give myself to Satan to be that man. I'd do anything." "You're wrong," said the other famished actor. "All wrong." "Wrong? In heaven's name, mari, 'why wouldn't you want to be that -man?" "He can't act." And that is what an actor is, Mrs. Hunter. They will starve, be humbled, work like slaves, and go long periods without a job. But wren the curtain is up, the lights are glowing and people have paid to see him—he has his reward. ' (McNaugbt Syndicate, Inc.) Frederick Othman Motor Trouble? Ask Boss WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate now is'trying to 'discover; how. General .Motors, the world's /big-. gest business, got that way.. Best answer would seem to be that this firm makes the kind of aulos,- kitchen stoves, and diesel locomotives that a lot of people 'want'to buy. The trouble is that it's _going to take a month and : no telling how many thousands of pages of testimony for the Senators to get this same word. They will.attempt then to decide whether it's good, or bad for a corporation to be so big. I'M. NOT SO much, interested in the size of the firm as I am in the product and I hope to be on hand because nearly all Senators are motorists first and lawgivers second. They're just as much interested in super-dockwal- loper transmissions as the rest of us. The beauty of .it is, insofar as they're concerned, is that they need not bring their questions to any service man in the shop of a Chevvie agency; they can talk to the head man, Harlow M. Curtice, in person. Well do I remember the last time Curtice was in town, under questioning on matters cosmic by .the Senate Banking Committee. In the midst of the discussion involving billions of dollars and millions of motorists, Sen. A. Willis Robertson turned to Curtice and asked: "When are you folks going to put in your autos a clock that will run?" There were some aftermaths to this. A number of people wrote ; inei '(and .the Senator) that they owned. General Motors cars on which the clocks had been ticking perfectly • for years. A leading .manufacturer saw that I got a copy of a telegram to General Motors,' ";which said that he could produce :an everlasting automobile '.timepiece, if- the motor-::.companies : would pay a reasonable price, for it: . '••;'" Came then a leading watch company, with a self-winding, jeweled, •watch designed to fit on the end of the steering wheel column. Steering the car winds the clock and it's said to do the job right. • : ANOTHER time a General Motors executive was being questioned by a Senate Committee, when one of the members interrupted to announce that he had been saddened by the fact the transmission had fallen out of his whoozis eight. The embarrassed motor executive offered to have it fixed instantly, if not quicker, but the Senator said he just mentioned it. He'd bought a new set of gears, he added, and he was mourning the price of them. Then there was the time another Senate Committee got to wondering out loud whether people buying automobiles these days were getting their money's worth. The General Motors moguls came up with what I thought was a superb answer and parked it in front of the Senate Office Building. Hal Boyle ' AP Reporter's Notebook NEW YORK—Everytime an Eskimo .visits Manhattan and opens his mouth to comment, the first thing he says is: '."...'. "Katchoo-o-o-o-o!" This isn't a form of polar greeting. It is just a sign —sure as sneezing!—the fellow, is coming down with a virus. Happens with every touring .Eskimo. - Let him take one look at the subway and before he can even brag they got better looking igloos above ground back home, down he comes with the sniffles. . . . «t The people who come here to admire th skyscrapers in our town remain to enjoy our viruses. • . . As a matter of fact the residents here no longer boast about the skyscrapers. That is taken as rather early century talk. Your real, true-blue New Yorker, full of civic pride, would rather dwell on less well known virtues of our spreading cosmopolitan community. , IN THE SIZE OF ulcers we don't claim we outmatch Hollywood. All we say is that we've got more of them. And we can prove statistically that for every two-ulcer man you see at Hollywood and Vine we can produce four three-ulcer men along Broadway. We have fellows who even go on a diet themselves but continue to feed their ulcers three square meals a day. Other cities now and then call attention to an epidemic virus, but here we've got so many viruses we name them after the month. A showoff right now is a fellow who claims he's got an April virus in November. Take a virus away from a New Yorker this time of year and what have you got left? Only a guy with a lonesome feeling. A virus is more than a form of social prestige here. It's a social necessity. The common cold is highly uncommon in New York. A gent .who isn't-fast-enough to latch on to a virus is expected to stay ^healthy. NOW ABOUT OUR uncivilised;~weathcr. Other cities enjoy a climate:: ;We don't, really have a climate. We have a series -of used up and discarded weathers .from other areas. It is possible to find seven 'different-, kinds of weather in San Francisco on an average day. But what does San Francisco do-with all its weathers :when it is through with theta? II stirs a wind and blows them-here,- •'. ,^ " So does Canada. So does the Middle West, So does Florida'. So does Europe;- This is the world's melting ground of weathers.:-.:.' ; Maybe Tucson, Ariz., can fry ari : egg on the pavement during a heat wave. _We.can't do that. The humidity won't allow it. , But we can bust an egg on the sidewalk and soft boil it. Can any other city/ honestly make this claim? •' • •-.-. -.•''••'• \ Smog? We mail our surplus to Los Angeles. If you come here from out of :town and get homesick for your favorite virus.or favorite weather, don't complain. ... '' . Wet your, finger and hold it up. Good or bad, a wind will blow it this way .soon. Everything blows to New York City.'. '..'•--'• ..'. (Associated Press) •; George Dixon The Washington Scene WASHINGTON —Bowing to the will of a .higher.p'ower ,(my bride), I squirmed into white tie and tails the other night and went to rather capitalist-tainted outing — the Natio 'Symphony. Ball; Prominent among the aris- • tpcracy and '. bourgeoisie was Gwendolyn. A couple of days lateriI.went to an affair for the Russian homebuilders, and' prominent among the proletariat was Gwendolyn's husband. Boy, how things have changed since Ike went to Geneva! Six months ago, if I had seen our biggest private builder, Morris Cafritz, helping to honor exponents of socialized home .building, I would have thought I was suffering hallucinations from having listened too long to one of Gwendolyn Cafritz's "esoteric and strategic" disquisitions. I am all for cultivating better relations with the U.S.S.R., if it will keep us out of a war, either hot, cold or tepid, and I can appreciate that the gentleman who lifts the tab for our society free-feeder feels the same. But I couldn't help a nagging qualnV or two at the sight of our most rugged private enterpriser applauding a prophet of no-profit. I can only pray that Mr. Cafritz is not about to surrender his competitive spirit and know-how to an alien philosophy. CURTICE is a sophisticated citizen, used to the give-and-take of big business, but this one stopped him. He gulped and then he launched into an explanation of the vibrations that wreck clocks on auto dashboards. He also said that his engineers were working hard on a dashboard dock that ' would keep time. One of the difficulties about political women is they are inclined, to be bossy. Don't let us . introduce the bossy element amongst us. —Britain's Lord Llewellyn, on proposal to admit women to the House of Lords. Cy Young If I were in Mr. (GOP chairman) Hall's shoes I would be very unhappy if I didn't think he (Eisenhower) would be a candidate. —Paul Butler, Democratic national chairman. One of Ihc worst tragedies growing out of every flood, aside from the. loss of liv^s, is the discovery by many homeowners that their insurance policies did not cover loss or damage by floods.—Housing Administrator Albert M. Cole. CY YOUNG - who died recently at 88 — was one of the truly great .pitchers. • Indeed many people make the flat statement — with a great deal of justification — that he. was the greatest. The fame of Cy Young survived even though he pitched for the last time more than 40 years ago. A great many of the records he set still stand and it seems unlikely that some of them will ever be broken. Over a twenty-two year span in the major leagues he won 5U games while losing only 315. He pitched three no-hit games — including a perfect game in which no runners reached first base. His record of pitching 23 hitless innings is still a mark for present day pitchers to aim at. Cy Young starred in baseball in the days before players received large salaries, -The most he ever earned in baseball in a single year was $2,500 — a far'cry from the salaries paid unproved players today. He was one of the first players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and justly so. As long as baseball is played the name of Cy Young will be remembered. He was a credit (o the game and a big factor in the popularity it enjoys today. WHAT THEY had gleaming out there in a fresh coat of paint was a 1929 model Buick touring car, which they'd found in a junk yard and on which they'd expended a fabulous sum rebuilding it by hand until it was good as new. This car was smaller by far than the present Chevrolet; it's engine lacked zing, it shook your back teeth when it hit a bump, and while it did have running boards (which I personally consider an advantage), I doubt if anybody today would want to drive it as far as the corner grocery. The Senators took a demonstration and they were convinced. (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) Barbs By HAL COCHRAN A man had his shoes-stolen while working out in a Nebraska police station gym. Moral: keep out of jails! Flood time is when youngsters are warned to keep their clean shoes off the muddy carpets. . '." . Price' of a haircut went up to $1.50 in Union, N. J. Why not. hie to Cleveland. Ohio, where you can get one for '$2? ' ' . A drunken driver wrecked a house trailer by driving his auto into the side of it. Another way for drink to break up a home. A Louisiana woman gave birth to triplets. • Now she'll need a larger home—and there will be other changes made. The Ohio man who was jailed for' swindling his friends strung them along until he reached the end of his string. IN ADDITION TO Gwendolyn's spouse, the head table at the party for the Soviet housing delegation was graced by tycoons of the National Association of Home Builders from all over this cost-plus land. Quite a coterie" of them have accompanied the Russians on most of their 7,000-mile, 13-city study of our housing. Robert Loftus 'and Oliver De Wolfe, of the NAHB, confided that the visitors mastered a number of Americanisms, including Scotch on the rocks and the 'wolf whistle. When the Russians were in Hollywood, exploring the pitiable living conditions' of the movie stars, they would whistle, and yell, "Ochen kravsee!" whenever they spotted a particularly alluring victim of capitalistic -exploitation. "Ochen" is Russian for "very" and "kravsee" for "beautiful." They, would also shout a newfound American expression, "okay!" But then, reported the NAHB representatives, they began merging Russian with'Amerj- can. \\hen they spied a bourgeois starlet they deemed extra enticing, .they would turn thumbs up and scream "ochen'kay!" When they saw one that didn't have it, they'd thumbs down, and kiss her off with, "ochen nokay!':!; AT THE CAPITALIST - Communist love feast here, the head of.the'delegation, minister of city and urban construction I.- K. Kozuilia, answered a number of questions about'Russian- housing, through an interpreter. He was asked how the U.S.S.R. felt about spliWevel housing. He replied that he himself did.not object to split-level housing although he was opposed to beamed ceilings. . "I feel it is somewhat dull-to'lie'in bed and look at beams," he added: :„-' For some reason, this produced-.'snickers. Possibly it sounds better in Russian. Maybe it loses something in translation. .' '•" .On the other hand I am not too sure about the guilelessness of Minister Kozuilia: He waA asked which American city he liked best an<T he said "Seattle." He.was'then asked which city had the prettiest women and he ; replied with a wistful leer": "Unfortunately, we were taken places where there were hardly any women at all." .\ ••-,•• Kozuilia was asked if Russia had yet succeeded in inventing a water faucet that wouldn't leak. He said he Was not qualified to answer and would .leave-it up to an authority, Chief of Sanitary Construction P. A. Spyshnov. The latter confessed he had not personally invented a leaklcss tap and was afraid Russia was- not much ahead of the U.S.A. in this resptct I hate to admit this, but the leaky tap question did not strike any of the Washing- lonians at the housing get-together a* being particularly unique. Actually, it was more or less typical. I have long had a gnawing feeling thai many of the questions we throw at distinguished foreign visitors, are made up by plumberl. J»t.|

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