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FOUR TIMbS, CUMtttKLAiNlJ. i!Ui».,THUKSDA*, NOVEMBER 17, lS*oo Dial PA-2-46UO tor a WAMT Al> laker Evening & Sunday Times Ertry AtWrnoon (except Sund»y> 'ina Sunaij Mornlo*. Publlihe'd by Th« Tlni«« »nd Alleg»nl«» ,. Compiny. 7-J South Mechanic St., Cumberlind Md. ' Entered at second class mill matter at CumbrrUnd, • • M»n-l»Dd,. onder the act ol March 3^ 1879 " Member of the Audit BuresiTof Circulation ; Mtmber of The Associated Press Phone PA 5-4600 Weekly inscription rate by Carrleri: One wee* Evening only 36c: Evening Times per copy «c; Eveninj and Sunday Times «c pe> *e**i Sunday Times only; lOc per copy Mall Subscription Rates Evening Timei 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Postal Zones »1 25 Month '. 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But instead those hopes are now dashed. They died at the - - second Geneva conference which was to _ begin casting the new spirit into the flesh 1 -"-and blood, of solid agreements between r rhVest and East. They died because the •men in the Kremlin quite plainly never had any intention of making a settlement except on their own totally unacceptable' terms. The only kind of German unity- the Russians favor is a unity that would see West Germany detached from NATO, kept unarmed, and left politically neutral. In that position, the Germans would be prey to the full power of Communist subversive and propaganda forces, backed by the ever-present threat of a Red Army poised not far distant. • 5 THE ONLY KINfi of disarmament the Soviet Union is for is the sort which would. ..offer the phony appearance of enforce- "ment and a misleading token reduction in •.-f" armed strength. Even on so relatively sec-. ondary a matter as improved contact be- ,.-"tween East and West, the Russians show';ed interest only in- those things \ which -"would'benefit them — removal of trade ^restrictions affecting Communist lands ' n and a step-up of technical information flowing from West to East, From all this it is-thoroughly evident that, despite the broad smiles of the Russian leaders, they have not changed one iota. They still press as hard as ever for goals which .have.but one meaning — ultimate world domination by the masters of communism. It may be true, as it seemed at the first Geneva meeting, that the Kremlin leaders .understand thej.-folly of nuclear war: as a means of achieving their end. But it £ is equally true that they have not'for-. *r sworn any other weapon or device in the pursuit of their aims. -They are trapped by the iron dictates of their Communist philosophy. It preaches the final triumph of communism, and in this the men of the Kremlin stoully and publicly proclaim .their faith. BELIEVING THAT, they cannot yield what they firmly hold. To Communists it is good sense to yield only when advantage has passed elsewhere, when cold appraisal indicates a particular strategy no longer serves. But the battle is never really-broken off. It is simply shifted to another front. The 1955 tactic of the high level'"smile was one of the most striking and perhaps most, effective shifts the Russians ever have employed. But in the end it can be seen by all for what it is, even by the most gullible neutralists. It is the . ..same old cold war, dressed incongruously 'in the warm smile. To men who believe • Vi . as the Russians do, there can be m other course than the one tKey follow. And ; every stratagem of deception they use, no matter how artful, is doomed finally to failure. For the rigid logic of their purpose compels them sooner or later to .-, show their true hand. At Geneva we have iseen it once more. The elaborate charade • • is over. The Russians may drop the mask of the smile now, for it can serve them no longer. The real shape of the struggle ••-is seen again, and Communists will be hard put to find a new way to conceal it. Bi-Lingucd Studies AMERICAN citizens traveling abroad discover that taxi drivers,.waiters, hotel attendants in addition to well educated people in Italy, France and other coun- • tries speak English fluently. The v Ameri-. " -can's inability to speak foreign languages contributes to the isolation of the United States in today's world. Educators are ,-v trying to overcome this deficiency by ::' • introducing foreign languages into ele: r mentary grades. The system is already ~ ' in operation in many cities, and now New | Mexico is taking steps to make itself a •" bilingual stale.- Under the New Mexico , .program, instruction in Spanish will start in the first grade for English-speaking children, and English classes will begin •': for Spanish-speaking children. By the • time they reach fifth grade, it is assumed that they will have attained similar levels • of proficiency in both.languages and can ' continue their language classes together V through the rest of Ihcir school years. N This system is designed to help preserve the Spanish cultural background of A'cw •--Mexico. It will also help unite nativc- . ; , born children and those who come from Latin-American homes. Now these two "'groups are separated by a language barrier* .The program, will also give the youngsters a better appreciation of the English language. .Similar programs 'throughout (he'nation could help Amcri- ,.. cans speak to (he rest of the world, to convey philosophy and ideals abroad in : ; terms that can be .understood by cVcry < nation, Tartun Your Huiband CLASSIC Ct-IU-CHU H£K WALK "ToDAY. SHE'S GerriNG / Y r CUFF WILL HEK OUT. You DON'T CHU-CHU 6LOCK DO YOU, ti-n- K. T. JUnld Tn»ua» IBI. Thomas L. Stokes Stevenson Points Out Present Needs Of U. N. WASHINGTON 7 —Defects of the United Nations, long crying out for remedy, are called to our attention periodically, and again dramatically just now. •• . •'.' .-. , •-.--.They serve to remind us—or should—that we can not afford to rely-heavily on such wispy and fragileTintangibles as /'.'the spirit of Geneva" that are created .for : the occasion emotionally and .come and go'like the'mjsts. '. ' ' . ; . If international affairs are to be managed in an orderly manner we need a body of law and instrumentalities of Enforcement to keep the peace among nations, just as we have for so long in our cities. -This is trite in the repeating, but it is nevertheless basic arid -we need-to ponder it every so often. • measures, or "reducing" or "limit- •jn'g" arms or war, itself, .was stressed by Adlai Stevenson in his recent speech at Charlottesville, Virginia, when he said: "What humanity now demands is a great leap obead in our thinking and in our action. "We talk of 'limiting' war. But that is not enough. War in the hydrogen age resists, limitations: one -cannot keep. a chain reacticn. on a leash.. So the ultimate goal is not limita- 'tion, it is not an uneasy balance of weapons, or of terror, but the abolition of the means of war." He conceded the "immense" "difficulties in the way of achieving an -enforceable 'system, of disarma-. tions of soldiers from U. N. members. This project, so vital to an .organization/delegated to keep order, is buried in what is called the Collective Measures Committee. HERE, TEN YEARS after the first atomic blast at Hiroshima.and .ten years after we set up the U. N., our diplomats and those of Russia still are sparring—now at Geneva —over measures to control or outlaw atomic weapons before we all blow ourselves to smithcreeens. They argue about admitted stopgaps that dramatize the wqrld.'s danger but.don't really get at the root of it. Bold in concept and purpose as, for example, is President Eisenhower's- aerial inspection 'project, yet the only final answer will be . in specific law written into the U. N. statutes and enforceable by the U. N. We never have been able to agree on his long-range solution, permanent in character, though the U. N. 'lias had specific proposals before it for years. He also- went into the current crisis in (he Middle ..East, the Israel-Egypt dispute, which now is offering the most serious test of the U. N. .- : THE FUTILITY of half-wav THE 3952 Democratic Presiden- 1 tial candidate suggested that U.N. guards undertake patrol duties "in the areas of tension and collision there" while a settlement is being sought, adding: "Certainly both sides would' respect United Nations patrols where they -do not trust each other." ;• -.;• ' SuclV. a "patrol force from' the U. N. is "possibl^ under authority the U. N. Assembly voted itself in 3949. Now available are between 500 and 600 guards. Such a suggested' .temporary small-scale police action calls up . an outstanding failure of the U.N. This is its lack of an international police force as was specified in the U. N. Charter to .meet aggression. It was to be built up by cbntribu- WITHOUT SUCH a force when the North, Korean Communist aggression broke, the.U. N., you recall, . hurriedly- had to get one together, . with the United States supplying the bulk of it and naying ' most of the cost. The need for a regularly organized and functioning international police force in the "II. N. was so strikingly revealed at .that' time that President Vincent Audol of France urged that -steps be taken immediately by the U. N; to establish one. But nothing was done. We are still without it at a time when, if no other means, are 'of no ' avail, the U.N. may have to use force to bring peace and order in the Israel-Egypt clash. Tacitly the Stale Department has issued threats of armed intervention by the U.N. : which the United States would help to initiate if other means fail. Already .we have warned both parties, and the next step would be economic sanctions b; the U. N. before -the ultimate step of armed intervention. ;;.;,MR. STEVENSON"again made 'an accurate and timely diagnosis when, after saying ! 'A major effort of statesmanship is required if we are to avert a political disaster in this troubled area," he added: "We have shown little initiative', within or outside the United Nations in devising measures to prevent these border incidents'." (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) Peter Edson Veep Candidates Found On Every Corner WASHINGTON -(NBA)-One . year in advance of the 1956 elections, there are 101. dark-horse entrants in the vice-presidential sweepstakes. This large number was one of the big surprises revealed in the poll of Washington newspaper, magazine and radio correspondents just concluded for this column. Fifty-six Republican names and 45 Democratic names were mentioned by newsmen accredited to the Congressional press galleries. The result is taken as indicatives of many things. it's a free country and anybody can run for the vice-presidency who has the ambition, self-esteem or gall. Also, politicians' friends sometimes place them in embarrassing predicaments by suggesting them for jobs they haven't a chance to get. The great number of nominations may show that there is a vast wealth of political talent in democratic America. Or it may mean there are far too many po- . tcnital ThrottlobottorQS standing around, waiting to be struck by political lightning. ing down the field, it's in order to run down the list. • Ten Republican governors were mentioned as possibilities, as against nine Democratic governors were mentioned as possibilities, as against nine Democratic governors. The Republicans—Herter, Mass.; Knight, Calif.: Stratton, 111.; Langlie. Wash.; Craig, Ind.;-Joe Foss (he Marine hero, S. Dak.; Hall, Kans.; McKelclin, Md.: Kohler, Wise.; and Patterson, Ore. The.Democrats — Harriman, N. Y.; Lausche, 0.; Williams," Mich.; Clement, Tenn.; Muskie, Me.; Meyner, N. .L: Leader, Pa.; Freeman, Minn.; and Happy Chandler, the new governor-elect of Kentucky. The Democrats had only one ex- governor suggested — Adlai E. Stevenson of 111., the overwhelming choice of newsmen for the Demo- • cratic nomination. Four Republican ex-governors were offered: Dewey, N. Y.: Thornton, Colo.: Pyle, Ariz., and Adams, Vt., President Eisenhower's assistant. rev of Treasury, Mitchell of Labor and Ally. Gen. Brownell. Two .of Brownell's assistants were also suggested — William P. Rogers and Stanley Barnes of the antitrust division. Also.in the little cabinet rank. Under-Secretary of State Herbert: Hoover, Jr., got a mention. So did the Secretary for Peace, ex-Gpv, Harold Stassen of Minnesota, and the .head of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, ex-Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge, Mass. ' - . • For laughs, some wags suggested Press Secretary Jim Hagerty and the President's dramatic coach, Robert Montgomery. GOP Chairman Len Hall got a couple of votes. • " The Republicans also came up with two women nominees — you guessed 'em — Ambassador Clare Boothe Luce and Sen. Margaret Chase Smith of Maine. No Democratic women showed. ON' SOME OF THE nominations, it was necessary to stop and think for a moment, to identify individuals. But in the interest of narrow- FOURTEEX GOP administration officials were named: In addition to Vice President Nixon and Chief Justice Earl Warren, both of California, fouv' cabinet officers were 1 put forward. They are Dulles of Stale, Humph- History From The Tim>es Files TKX YEARS AGO November .17, 1945 Charles M. Preston, 46. Midland, died of injuries received when crushed under bucket of steam shovel while strip mining near Old Coney Cemetery in Gilmore, Death of William H. Cunning. ham,- G2, Klondykc. Charles House, .- Crcsaptown, elected head of Cumberland Junior Safely Council. TM'KNTY YEARS' AGO November 17, 1935 DcSalcs Maher, Midland, named president of Democratic Cosmopol- ilan Club here, succeeding Patrick D. Harvey. Julius E. Schindler, local magistrate, appointed chairman on laws of Maryland Grand Lodge, Knights of Pylhias. George A. Reed, 43, Mexico Farms, btdly hurt when struck by car on Thomas Street. THIRTY YEARS AGO November 17, 1JI25 First annual reunion of members of Christian Endeavor Society of Salem Reformed Church, Frostburg, held; society formed in 1908. Fire destroyed large storage house on fruit farm of R.S. -Dillon on National Highway, west of Hancock, .entailing loss .of $40,000. Peter V. Fit-lie elected president of newly organized Cumberland Bowling League. FORTY YEARS- AGO November 17, 1S15 Robert Bruce, New York writer on history of National Highway, visited Frostbtirg, Charles W. L. McDcrmolt, formerly of Cumberland Evening Times, lost finger aiu! thumb while feeding press in Hagerslown Mail office. TWENTY-NINE Democratic Senators were named, as against only 18 Republican: senators. Since the total, of 47 is only one less than half the Senate and since all senators really consider themselves timber, the lists can be skipped} The GOP ranks included three generals, MacArthur, Wedemeyer and Gruenther. As Democratic pos- sibles, labor leaders John L. Lewis, • George Meany and Walter Reuthcr were put forward.. .-.• The only businessman suggested was Republican Paul • Hoffman. The only educator'suggested was Milton Eisenliowcr. the President's brother; who got 11 votes. Many of the: correspondents who take their political reporting seriously refused to guess on vice- presidential possibilities 10 months* ahead of the nominating conventions. As Robert Riggs of Louisville Courier Journal piit it, "there ain't no such' animal." Whitney Bolton Looking Sideways NEW YORK — You'wander, you'had brains', that had not yet along slowly in a torrent of gulden curdled, he gave you your first sunshine spicily cooled by the -light professional job in a movie stu- winds of Curly November., Even dio which led, in turn, to the jobs Broadway, which always wears a that led to working for David 0. slightly raffish and distrait look in broad sunshine, has a'spruced appearance and there is a, sparkle to it. Maybe the street sweepers-are doing a better job, now. that the Clean City drive is on, but there is even a polish to the -premises. You run into Walter Slezak, who tells you that he is :dyihg much more comfortably these nights at "Fanny." The management has .bought a new bed for him to die in at the close of the musical. "This bed cost $350," says Walter, "and is so comfortable 1 have to fight against going to sleep in it before my time comes to' die. It's huge, soft and enticing. I used to die on-boards covered with a red velvet throw, but now I die in a kingly fashion. Very good for .the ego." Selznick, the master hand. Lieber now represents Selznick in New York and for an hour. some. of which was over lunch, you'recall old times and when you leave you say something you mean sincerely but which he may not take so. so you'll repeat it: any day or night at any hour that you can. be of use and help to Perry Leiber he has only to pick up a telephone. Be-'what it will. And part of that same sentiment embraces your old and his current boss, Selznick. It is something you never have said to anyone before. HALF A "BLOCK" away you run LEAVING Lieber, you look upon the fabulous Fifth Avenue, including a 550,000 diamond — without any .setting, that is — a $21,000 automobile nnd a $40,000 fur coat for a lady. At least one hopes she will'be "a lady, for no other merits into Johnny Machen and he tells sudl '- a garment. But things being you .-with , breathless excitement .5- hat '. they . are '' luhe lad - v .™ u P™°"about this English dame, Eileen * b & remam at home with a cloth Herlie." -• •• • •- • coat , and some blonde explosion .-"••; Miss Herlie is an actress.- soon will receive the fiir coat. - -'«•*»* -tj^iiiv, t^j MU C*1~IJ. *- JJ, OWJ-1 . _L . *• '• 1~ f i 1 l-t- LI A to; be available to .the ticket buy- Cussing back toward Sixth Ave- ers in a play called "The Match- nue y° u £in , d Bob Condon hunched Hal AP Reporter's Notebook NEW YORK —The'pushbutton ;.era is just dawning in the hotel industry —but what a .glorious'dawn! It promises a golden 'time a-coming -when the weary wayworn traveler will be less depen- : dent on the sometimes frigid hospitality of an officious desk clerk, or the tired; courtesy of an overworked bellhop. , ..:';. In the electronic age. now; coming to flower, a hotel guest will be able to lie in bed and by pushing a series of buttons in a panel accomplish the following things: Summon a valet without, having to go through the switchboard downstairs.. ' Order fresh ice and glasses orthe morning ^-,-newspaper, which will pop into the room via a H..-i pneumatic tube. ! ; .-.-,;"• Lock "or unlock the door. Turn the lights off or on throughout the room. Dictate business letters at night-and find them typed and ready for signature at his bed- side'in the morning. " .- ' . Control the temperature and. humidity in the room—and determine what the weather is like outside. . ; .-'..'.' Open or close the window shades. Get .the latest radio news .or Watch a television program in the'panel of : - one,of the walls. • .'-...-' •..-"'•'•'.." . •• Set a clock that will waken him.,- with soft chimes at any hour he chooses. •'-::,./' .Protect him or any other guest against fire. An. automatic alarm will detect and signal the • location of fire any\vhere in the hotel. •maker." In England Miss Herlie ove [ a .P roble , 1 " and. for. a block you lives in the Hyde Park 'section of exchange mild expressions denot- London. "And the way I.' -heard' it." says. Johnny, as though carry- ing nothing at all except 'ch'at, and wKen-you leave him in front of 'in* the news from GhenL "is-that Rad - i6 City's'Sixth Avenue end he to feel real' at home she has gone to. New Hyde Park 5 on' Long-'Is- has not solved his. problem, whatever it was. • . land. Get it? Two Hyde Parks." Well, it wasn't too hard'to get, •AND THEN YOU see a col- but it posed a puzzler: what possi- lea / ue ' Leo Mishkin, fresh from , . . _ r o rioiYinncfr-arirttt «F o noiTT T-, rvillh- ble common denominator is .there a demonstration of a new 55 milli- between -the Hyde Park area of. m , e . te , r , movie ./ ilm - Development London and New Hyde Park on ^ hich he-.considers mainly of in- Long Island except a similarity in terest as such to 20th Century- Fox, .which developed it, and to Hyde Park to be anything at" all scribing exhibitors, but he like her Hyde Park she, poor visiting actress,-is in for a sad and maiming disillusion. .'. ''..-• , • CROSSING over toward Fifth Avenue, for a free look at the enthralled ballet sequence from the forthcoming screen version of "Carousel," which sequence•"was used .to demonstrate the new width film. "It was only wonderful, purely wonderful," Mishkin tells you. THESE PUSHBUTTON servants on a bedside console are-just a few'of the .revolutionary gimmicks designed by the Minneapolis Honeywell Regulator r Co. and shown here at the recent convention of the American Hotel Association. .... But desk clerks and bellhops need have no fear that the spread of automation to the hotel field will wipe out their .jobs. The completely automatic hotel might be a technical possibility, but it isn't in the cards now. ."Hotel men tell us the personal touch is a big factor in their business, and they don't want to lose it," said W. T. Grove, ah official of the regulator firm who helped pioneer many of the new gadgets. "The guests like the personal touch, too." . : -. •: •-. . . dollar at Christmas, you find Perry Lieber. long beloved and flawlessly skilled Hollywood studio press director, who recently has moved his lares and penates (and wife, Peg) to New York. You owe Lieber a debt you never can repay: once on a whim and because he liked you and thought - enthusiasms, you trudge down Sixth Avenue looking in the hardware store windows and decide that jigsaws and screwdrivers and planes and "hammers are for you what strong 1 drink is to many men, .and if there is an alcoholic lush in 'the world then you are a hardware •lush. •- • • . ' (McN'aught Syndicate, Inc.) Frederick Othman Trusty Rake Fine For Leaves M'LEAN, Va.—For a while there I thought I had the leaf, the beautiful autumnal leaf problem licked. 'I'm talking about the red and golden October beauties^ about which poets write. Eventually all this gorgeousness falls on . the ground and somebody non-poetical like me has got to do something about ; em.. First year we lived on our beaten-up acres I raked leaves into a variety of piles all one Saturday and Sunday and then finally applied a-match to them all. This resulted in some of the blackest smoke since Vesuvius last let loose. the following _ spring was 'great stuff for the begonias. Maybe so, but I figured she didn't really need seven tons of! it. BUT THERE MAY BE fewed opportunities for bellhops to make so many personal touches in the hotel of the future. - A guest often has to cross three palms with silver now just to get into his hotel room —the hotel doorman, who unloads the bag from a cab; the bellhop who carries it to the registration desk; and the bellhop • who ferries it from there to the room. ,.- . -. Grove thinks moving belts will ferry baggage upstairs automatically—and before very long. • . "There were fewer than 100 hotels' built in America—or the whole world, for that matter- between the depression and .the end of the second world war,", he said. "That doesn't include motels, of course. "But a hotel building boom is on the way , now. Many of the pushbutton -improvements already developed will be found in new hotels now on the drawing boards, and a lot:jnore are coming." ...-•' All a veteran traveler • hopes is, they'll improve everything but the Gideon Bible. It's fine as it stands. .--...- (Associated Prtss) By'HAL COCHRAN A woman running for council in an Ohio town actually claims she is one of the plain people. Our hat is off to the average man who can live up to what the average son thinks he is. Women make quilts ami rugs out of old (ics and men make gravy boats. > -. : CAME THEN a tootling and a clanging and there in my front yard was the big red truck of the McLean Volunteer Fire. Department, ready to quench.my house. This cost me $15 in the way of a contribution to the fire eaters. Thereafter in the -fall I raked leaves until I thought my .'back was broken. Then I put 'em in 'load after load on a cart hitched to my tractor and hauled them to a compost pile back of the chicken house. '--• ' .. : This was hard work, though my bride insisted the resultant muck Retirement DOCTOR Dana L .Farnsworth, director of health services at Harvard University, urges life-long 'preparation for retirement. ' But while advising individuals to prepare themselves mentally for retirement, Dr. Farnsworth also recommends an effort by society to utilize the knowledge and skills of older people. He explains that the enormous birthrate of the past several years has produced a "population glacier" which is now at the eighth grade level in the school system. This group, however, .will not be . able to take over major responsibilities until the mid-1960's. Meanwhile certain fields will experience severe shortages of man- powe? w because .those already trained wilHiave to serve a vastly expanded population. He points out that "there are about 8,000' more ' people every morning for breakfast than there: \vere the day before'.'.'-and-;that;' the abilities, skills, and experience of older people will have?to-be harnessed ta serve tin's growing pop-, ulation. • v '..-... ; , To encourage utilization' of : the • older age group he recommends modification of workmen's compensation laws. At present, some companies are discouraged from hiring people over 45 or*50, particularly those who have had some form of disability, for fear of being held liable if they should -suffer illnesses. . .,'•••'' 1 • Advice about "hiring older people 5s being heard more frequently of late. Its wisdom is generally recognized. Yet little is being done about it. Only in a few scattered cases has. the requirement forcing employees to retire at 63 been modified. Even more rarely' do individuals make adequate plans for retiring. Our society is taking real risks $y continuing to ignore such advice. . .CAME : THE spring of 1955 and there i was faced with the annual dilemma of what kind of lawnmower to buy to'replace the one that had expired the year before. This time I settled for a big green rotary job, with power ap- • plied to the front tires by whirling steel nubbins. This was so I wouldn't have f o push the thing. The tires held up fine, but the nubbins soon were smooth and .there toward the middle of the summer I was pushing, as usual. What really sold me on this mechanism was an accessory, $9.75 extra, to be installed in the .autumn. The advertisement said just glide this over the lawn and the leaves would disappear. . SO THE OTHER day I installed my leaf chopper-upper. This involved turning the mower machine on its side.J must have turned it on the wrong side, because I noticed the evil odor of leaking' gasoline.. That was not r all. Laler, after some arm-twisting yanking on the . starter rope, I discovered that most of the oil in the crank case had trickled into the carburetor, 'There was so 'much smoke I feared the fire department would be collecting another $15. The machine finally calmed down and .1 .poured in some more oil. I also ,tied a muslin sack, as per directions, around the air intake, so the dust wouldn't get into the cylinder. And there I was making the 'leaves vanish, it said in the book. Where the leaves were scattered thin; the widget did fine. It sucked : '.them into its innards, chopped •- them into a kind of purse and sprayed this out of a hole on the •left.. - PRETTY SOON chopped leaves •were blending with \ v/hole leaves and the entire mess was piling up in -front of my machine. These piles would get taller and taller until Ihe engine was covered in a mass of leaves and parts of leaves. ^ Then the apparatus would go, whomp and stop. , . •f..;Cause of this turned out time i after time to be a hidden pine cone 'caught in the chopping department that gummed up the works. Mrs. 0.; came-out to watch this opera-, tion and after a while she left,, laughing. .•-Tomorrow''if it doesn't rain. (I can always hope it will) I'll be out there with my trusty rake that cost Sl.49. If anybody needs a late model leaf chopper, -I, know where A pne can be ha'd cheap. (United Feature Syndicate, George Dixon The Washington Scene . WASHINGTON — One of the most torn statesmen in this city of eternal tug<of-war last week was His Excellency Senor Dr. Cesar Gonzales, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from Venezuela. He was torn between El Chama and E.I Ike. The 'envoy was conspicuously not among the 32,450 at Laurel where his countryman , picked up fifty big ones by having his horse win the Washington, D. C. International. The big race was.off at 4:23',2 p. m. and at precisely 3:56 p. m. President Eisenhower landed at the military air transport service terminal. That would have left Ambassador Gonzales only 27',2 minutes to do the 30-odd mile sprint between the airport in Virginia and the racecourse in Maryland. He longed to attempt it, but figured time, distance, age, weight, and running conditions imposed too severe a handicap. It had rained all the night before; track Slow. •'.;--• Dr. Gonzales said that virtually all the Venezuelan diplomals in this country passed up El Chama for El Jefe. The only personage, of consequence in the Venezuelan embassy who put mutuel relations above mutual relations was the butler. . -..--.. . "The butler is the richest man in ; the Embassy today," reported the Envoy wistfully. IT GOES WITHOUT saying that the President of the United States comes before a horse race, but it seems a pity Mr. Eisenhower did> not pick an earlier, or later, time 'for his triumphal return to Washington. He forced so many officeholders to make a difficult decision as to whether they should cultivate International goodwill, or Eisenhowers. "• - For instance, Ike's sister-in-law and brother- in-law. "Mike" and Gordon Moore/ and George Allen, his Gettysburg neighbor, chose the track. They did not look ecstatically happy when I saw them after the $65,000 International, but I was too preoccupied with rrfy own-dark thoughts to ask them whether it was because they; had blown Ike or the race. .:' Senator Joe McCarthy, and'his wife, Jean- me, let themselves be torn away from the President by the lure'of the"• track: •• They arrived just after the fourth race in which a steed named for the Senator's helpmate, "Joe's Jeanme," ran second to last. Breathlessly/Mrs. McCarthy asked me how "Joe's Jeahnie" had fared; .-: .'. . ...._. ... T VShe won by five'lengths' and paid-$86," I replied maliciously. I am happy to report that. I never saw two such unhappy faces as Mrs. McCarthy dragged her husband-off into the crowd, snapping! "I told you we should .have started sooner!" : So They Say I have a great admiration for ( Ohio's ) v " Governor ( Frank ) Lausche. I think he is a middle- of-the-road Democrat and the others are pretty far over to the left. . • ... —Sen. Richard B. Russell (D- Ga) thinks Lausche would make "* strong dark horse candidate" for the Democratic presidential nomination. -.'- THE INTERNATIONAL brought out a strong streak of ancestralism. Folks 'of Irish extraction 'felt it would be treason not to. bet on Panaslipper, German-Americans ; felt .the same about Ataturk: -I bet the Canadian horse, Prefect 11, and felt so let down when the beast •from my birthplace ran third from last that I tore up my ticket and couldn't find the pieces when I suddenly recalled it was coupled in the field with El Chama. That's why-I'.was too preoccupied to grill the Moores and Allen. • Until now I had never particularly'thought of horses as ambassadors of goodwill, but I can't recall offhand any two-footed creatures who have done so much, in so short a time, to enrich our relations with Venezuela. We were all sincerely happy to *ee the trophy bestowed upon our goad neighbor. And when a horseplayer who has blown 12 feel* goodwill—boy, that's goodwill!!! (King Featurti, liic.)

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