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FOUR EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1955^ Dial PA-2-4600 for • WANT AD Talg| : Eyening& Sunday Times CT8I7 Ancreooo <«xc*pt Sunday! nod Kund«» Morninr. Published by The Tlmei and All«(anl» Company. 7-9 South Mtchinlo St., CumberUnd. Md. Entered as tecond cl»s« mall matter at Cumberland. Maryland, under the act of March 3. 1879 Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulation Member of The Associated preis " Phone PA 2-4600 ' Weekly subscription rate by Carrlen: One wee* Evening only 36c; Evening Times per copy 6c; Evening and Sunday Times 46c per wect: Sunday Times only, ' lOe per copy Mall Subscription Rates Evening Times 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Postal Zones 1125 Montb - J7.00 Six Months.- $14.00 On. 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After .the .President's heart attack, it was widely assumed among the political experts that, whether or not Eisenhower ran 'again, the forces representing him in the party would be strong enough to control the nomination. This' may or may'not be so. But clearly,.many right-wing elements are no longer accepting that assumption. They are in fact' very busy planning to'recapture the party ..heights. ; • -.- •.-.-'•; "••:'. ' I- •• : .' '-•'', '' ••.AT- THE MOMENT their rallying point is Sen. William F: Knowland of California, the GOP Senate leader. It has been reliably..-reported he- would be a candidate if Eisenhower is not. Associates of the senator say they look for him to enter the California primary. There are indications he might also make a run in Oregon and possibly Minnesota. Obviously, even if lie entered and won these and a few other primaries, Knowland would not go, to .the ,San Francisco convention with decisive strength.-i So right wingers are planning,to,Button'(Up a number ;of other states by a variety of maneuvers. In some cases, right-wing leaders would be-asked to stand as favorite sons. A persistent .rumor has it that Senator McCarthy might be a candidate in his home state of Wisconsin and perhaps others. McCarthy's/ denial is something less than flat. : NO .ONE IS SAYING at this lime whether Knowland, who heretofore has shied away from full identification with the right wing, is willing to be cast in the role of right-wing candidate. If he should say,"no" to that, this group would have to . look elsewhere for a man. Plans are.still a bit cloudy, but there is no doubt the' planners are at work. A new weekly conservative magazine edited by William F. Buckley, Jr., McCarthy supporter, outspokenly, announces the right wing's intention to get the nomination. If these plans go forward with gathering energy, the Republican party in 1956 may experience an internal struggle that will match the bruising 1952 contest between Eisenhower and the late Senator Taft. Freedom To Doubt : A THEORETICAL physicist has newly called attention to an important freedom which is sometimes half forgotten. The freedom to doubt, Dr. Richard P. Feynman of the California Institute of Technology calls it. "Our freedom to doubt," the physicist declared at a meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, "was born of a struggle in the early days of science." He referred to the "great battle against authority and certainty" in those times and intimated that scientists of *our day must continue to fight this battle. Whether science alone is responsible for winning the freedom to doubt is debatable. But there is little question that this is one of 'the most precious of our intellectual freedoms, one basic to numerous others. For if men are not free to doubt, to question authority, to seek truth in the face of all contrary opinion, then freedom to speak is an empty mockery. Dr. Feynman, like many another of those who seek to penetrate the misty regions of the unknown, is humble when he speaks of what the human race has learned. Noting that mankind stands, not on a pinnacle of achievement but almost at the beginning of its long ascent, he said: "Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solu-' lions, and pass them on." That is wise guidance, not only for scientists, but for all of us. Friendship THE FRIENDLY LITTLE scene at the town square In Gettysburg, Pa., was pretty typical of the receptions President Eisenhower has been getting' since he walked out of the hospital in Denver a while ago. A local college band struck up "Happy Birthday" for Mamie,''and a girl handed her some roses. Signs by the score welcomed "Ike" to his new home on a farm nearby. In these greetings to the President and his wife one could see the warmth of real fondness. This isn't adulation for;^a military hero or for a rational leader looking down from a lofty pedestal. "Ike" is a friend,'a very comforting friend to have in the presidency— wherever it may be operating. And ho responds like a friend. His public remarks unfailingly voice thanks to all who have remembered him in his illness. At Gettysburg he did not forget to thank,the school children who waved or called to him along his route to town. He never gets mawkish, but his innate decency is always there for all to ice. , • ' A mam CLASSIC WAlTeR,6ETUS ASH TRAY/ WHY OH-6R-I-ER ;0FcouRse. I'LL FIND ONE/ VMAKEIT I SNAPPY/ MR. CASPAR WEARS A DINNER COAT To A BIS HOTEL AFFAIR Whitney Bolton Looking Sideways NEW YORK — People ar j standing up these New York 'lights to see a play about a dead girl. They are standing up because the seats in the Cort Theatre are all sold, and the only way to see the play about Anne Frank, nrvdered by Nazis, is to stand. Anne Frank once lived. Her mother and her sister also once lived, and, toda?, her aging father still lives. His almost totally-erased family was one of thousands of •• such families. If a girl, burgeoning" into adolescence while cooped up in a Dutch attic for more than two years, had not had the wit and courage and sensitivity to write her daily life in this hide-out, we would not today have one of the finest plays of our times. But she did, and after she was killed if a concentration camp her father wen' back to the loft to look one more upon the shambles. There, in the rubbish thrown about by the Nazi troops, he found the scattered pages of his young daughter's diary. Thomas L. Stokes Stevenson's "Yes" Comes At Opportune Time CHICAGO, —.There's never a time to. announce a candidacy for • •a 'Presidential nomination which satisfies all the so-called' political experts. ••' When 'Adlai Stevenson sai4 in early August that he would make' known his "decision" about seek" ing renomination during the month oJ! November, he was criticized 'for his timing. Why didn't he" say right, there and then? That's'what some asked. Among those who were against delay.was former President Tru- Tnan who, indeed, had urged the 1952 Demorratic candidate to declare back in June. •• ' But, it now appears, Adlai Stevenson's * formal announcement ' came . at possibly the very best time strategically for himi For, though lacking the element of surprise, it nevertheless came as the climax to a series of events favorable to. him and on the eve of a three-day Democratic jubilee here sponsored by the Democratic National Committee. The period of delay has been fruitful. it was a gamble to which a lot of work was attached, it "might turn out ail right for-him through one 'or another of the'fortunes of poli- •tics. . . . . . He realized, also, that he already had a big count against him as a defeated candidate. His party might prefer another candidate. The only way to-find out how'the party felt was to open up the whole question and let everybody speak up, which was what he did by setting the time for a decision well in the future. . As this reporter wrote when Stevenson announced the November date at' his press conference here in August during the annual Governors Conference, he .was, in ef- fectjnviting a "draft" if wanted him. * Friends of Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee began again to talk of the traveling salesman of 1952 who went into the_ convention that year with the most-pledged delegates from his primary campaigns all over the country but was dealt out by party leaders, along- with others, in favor of Adlai Stevenson. • • ' : FOR THE REASONS of.why he delayed let us go back to early '•August "when he fixed the November date and recall the situation then. At that time almost, everybody in politics to'ok it for granted that President Eisenhower would .run again. ...-.•.,• That also was Adlai Stevenson's feeling. This would mean, as it seemed almost certain then, that if he were again,, the Democratic candidate he would have to take on "the big one", "the champ", President Eisenhower, who . had defeated-him decisively once. That would be no simple chore and the odds were that he might wind up -/here he did before, on the short end. Running under such conditions entailed sacrifices. Yet Mr. Stevenson was willing to undertake the job for his party. He recognized, of course, that, while IMMEDIATELY he began to get messages from all over the country, from party leaders and from rank and file, urging him to say <l yes." So the referendum decided for him, and a few weeks ago he began to organize a campaign for the nomination by building up a staff in Chicago. Meanwhile something else happened which no one expected or •could foresee — President-Eisenhower's heart attack. With the probability that this would keep the President from running again; the Democratic nomination became much more attractive. All sorts o'f things'•began to happen, chiefly in the minds of ambitious men. Governor Averell Harriman of New York, who had been saying that he was for Adlai Stevenson, began to say it less and less enthusiastically, and finally stopped saying it when Carmine De- Sapio, New York Tammany boss began to put out feelers about a Harriman candidacy.' Ex-President Truman also dropped his stock "I'm-For-Stevenson" verdict and went on a mission to Albany to say a good word also for the New York governor, which confused the picture. FROM DEEP in the heart of Texas, where Democratic Senate leader Yyndon Johnson was recovering from his heart attack, began to come talk of a "moderate" candidate. This did not seem to fit any of the Stevenson-Harriman-Kefauver trio, behind whom the South , should unite. Adlai'Stevenson was clearly having his worst period. Then, suddenly, ; the tide began to turn. Senator Herbert Lehman and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt came out for Mr. Stevenson- and thus ruined Governor . Harrr an's chances of having a solid New York, delegation at the convention. Carmine De Sapio went to California ostensibly" to make a speech, but also to talk up his candidate Harriman. But the day he got- there he read in the newspapers, about top California leaders announcing for Adlai Stevenson. The Harriman boom 'was' beginning to w.ilt obviously. Southern governors meeting at Point Clear, Alabama, showed no' 'enthusiasm for Senator Johnson's all-South project, and no signs of revolt, but appeared ready to accept Mr; Stevenson. In Pennsylvania — which ties with California. for the second largest number of convention votes—Governor George Leader came out for Adlai Stevenson. On the eve of the three-day party jubilee here beginning Thursday, word came that New Jersey also would be for him. So Stevenson's -formal "yes" came as a climax to many favorable developments. CUnitcd Feature Syndicate, Inc.) . PeterEdson Inflation vs. Deflation Current Strain WASHINGTON —(NEA)— Secretary of the Treasury George M, Humphrey has a favorit.e saying to the effect of "Nobody can' tell what's going to happen six months from now." The Cleveland industrialist's reasoning is that if anyone could see that far ahead, he'd end up with all the money. Nobody has ever been that smart, and nobody ever will be. This sage opinion may be appropriate now as the U. S. economy balance on the tight wire of high prosperity. Falling one way means inflation. Falling the other way means deflation. The winds of economic pressure, not incidentally, blow strong in . both directions. An inflationary pressure began last spring. Granting of-wnge increases in the new steel, auto, coal and other ma- jor industry contracts resulted in price increases in their products. THERE IS plenty of opinion that the jumps in:stecl. coal and autos were too great and were not justified if a high prosperity is to be maintained in a balanced economy. On the other hand, it is pointed out that if the steel industry had refused to follow the wage increase pattern set earlier in autos, today's inflation mig... be even worse than it is. A steel strike might have stopped production for as much as three months. A black market might then have developed with even higher steel prices. It is recognized that a continuing scries of. wage and price increases would threaten further inflation. That may be what's ahead, as the big labor unions shape their 1956 contract demands. The business situation today is analyzed in Washington as one in which the great majority of the History From The Times Files TEN YEARS AGO November 21, 1S4? Sharp increase in number of fatal traffic accidents in area noted by authorities. Donald Davidson, 8, of RD 5, hospitalized with injuries suffered when he ran inlo path of automobile while playing near bis home. TWENTY YEARS AGO November 21. 1935 ' John Duke, son of Mrs. Harry K. Duke, LaValc. and a member of .the music faculty at Smith College, presented piano recital in Boston. Major Enoch B. Gnrey, commander of Maryland State Police, inspected LaVale barracks. J. E. Poling store i,( Hendricks, W. Va.i entered for twelfth time within year. THIRTY YEARS AGO November 21, 1925 Grant U. Gordon, 313 South Centre Street, admitted to Allegany Hospital with mysterious gunshot wound. Miss Ellen Murray and Francis McGcady had leading roles in play. "Mary Go Slow," presented al, Carroll, Hall by St. Patrick's Players. . Death of Mrs. Genevicve Kerns, 70, of 12 Virginia Avenue. FORTY YEARS AGO November 21, 1915 Western Maryland Railway ordered 1,000 new steel hopper cars at cost of $1,300,000. Mile. DuPre gave free instruc- lion.ln music to students of Alle- gnny County Academy. Episcopal Bishop John Gardner Murray confirmed classes at Lonaconing and ML Savage. people have more money than they require for the necessities of life. So they are spending more—buying more clothes, bigger cars, color TV, new houses. , IT IS THE competition of goods in the market place that is said to keep prices down. Shoes are in competition with ice boxes or whatever it is the consumer needs, in exchange 'for his surplus dollars! The remedy for inflation is therefore said to be the production of more goods to. compete for dollars. The availability of consumer credit and the cost, or interest rates charged for borrowed rnoiey are recognized to have an important bearing on the situation. The easier it is for consumers to buy on time, the more they'll buy. If credit is too ea'sy, there is too much consumer demand for new goods. This pressure in itself is inflationary. .And this is the economic situation said to exist today. Some corrective adjustments have already begun to be applied. Last August the Federal Reserve Board raised its interest rate on borrowings by member banks. In October New York banks raised their interest rate to the'big borrowers. IN THE NEXT three or four months a further gradual'tighten- ing of credit is expected. Its effect would be to reduce borrowing and buying, thus lessening inflationary threats. If the deflation goes too far, credit restrictions can be eased. Or, taxes might bo cut to put more money in the hands of investors for productive expansion and consumers for spending. Handling the insistent demand from business (or corporate Ux reductions and from politicians for Individual tax reductions will .be the most severe strain the administration fiscal policy will have to face next year. the succession of new versions. He received the first last December 20th in Beverly Hills and began the task of learning to be Otto Frank, Dutch banker, in mood, voice, movement and gesture. You young actors learning your job, would yoi 1 correspond over and over and over with a man in Holland just to learn how he extracts a watch from his vest or knots a tie, carries a cane or buttons a shirt? For nine months, from California to Amsterdam and back, the letters flowed. And in between little revealing phrases: "I have a habit of hooking my- thumbs in my lower vest pockets"; "I have a way of holding a cupped hand over a chessman before mov-. ing it," *ings like that, were more personal revelations. Like: "I, beg you, Mr. Schildkraut, do not for one instant play me as a hero or a man of .unusual ways. We were hundreds of thousands, we all behaved much alike, and what came to my family and me came to many, many others.. Just a man, if you please." Hal Boyl« ; v ^ r AP Reporter's NoteboSlf NEW YORK—The surest.way to lose all faith in human nature is for a' man'to-get* a black eye or" a broken hand in a-smaU household accident. _ . / .:.,;; Nothing turns an optimist into a cyme faster The reason: No matter how simple'or logical your tale of woe is, neither friend -nprj; foe will believe it. , . •• •'•.'; \". In fact, if you do hurt yourself at home;*; you might as well "" " * uu —"'"«' •; .. .,-L.I _ fib I WANTED to know more about Anne Frank than either the book of this play offered; Because Otto Frank, is far away in Amsterdam, there was only one other place to go. Joseph Schildkraut, who is playing Mir. Frank, came for. lunch. For 30 years I have known Pepi Schildkraut, distinguished son of the finest actor the theatres of Europe ever knew, and time has done discernible things to both Pepi and me, but it has not altered one important toing. We can talk • together Easily and freely and without guard. So we sat at lunch and talked about a girl dead more than 10 years and how six nights a week she comes alive on the stage of a New York theatre. It is a fantastic story. Four different persons tried to dramatize' the book, and none of. these four versions pleased any producer enough. Then Frances .Goodrich and Albert Hackett were . assigned by Hermit Bloomgarden to dramatize it. YOU YOUNGSTERS dreaming in colleges • of becoming playwrights: have you the ditch-digging stamina? Never min'd the fantasy and the facility, the ideas and the plots. Can you slave? The Hacketts wrote 14 versions before all concerned were com\ pletely satisfied. And then, during rehearsals and out-of-town try-outs, they wrote'enough more to make it 18 versions. Pepi had the play almost nine months in his possession through IN NINE 'MONTHS, Pepi. was to all uses Otto Frank. And he ,hoped to have.Mr. Frank come *o " New ( York and see tb play. It won't' happen. Nearing 70, Frank confesses he hasn't the strength to .sit in a theatre and watch the reenactment of a bitter, horrifying chapter in his life. Was it true that little Anne Frank had collected movie star pictures and posters? It was and.- the play's director, Garson Kanin, was stunned when in Amsterdam Mr. Frank *ook him to the exact loft where the tragedy of hiding was lived out and showed him the child's room. . .. .. There on the wall was a tattered, water-stained old poster: "'Tom, Dick and Harry,' an RKO Picture, directed by Garson Kanin.". '•••'..What influence, beside that of emotion momentarpy felt, has this long dead giri had on our times? It is pn record in a letter that reading her book caused a would-be suicide in Texas to change his mind. Her courage inspired him. A Japanese girl, born the same year, month and day, offered herself for adoption by Frank after reading the book and consulting her parents. . , The records are filled with hundreds of such cases, all different, all real, all important to one or more human beings whose lives were changed *en year's after a girl was murdered in a concentration camp. (McNaught Syndicate, Inc.) Frederick Othman Distant Pastures Greener WASHINGTON - ' Nobody tells Dr. Linus C. Pauling, one of America's most distinguished scientists, what .to think. Except, of course, Mrs. P. . Sometimes she tells him though, this celebrated chemist confessed (even as any honest husband) to the Senate Constitutional Rights subcommittee. Apart from • this wifely advice. Dr. Pauling does all his own thinking; and when this concerns politics, he said, it comes out more Democrat than Communist. All this was by way of introduction to his harrowing tale of trouble with the State Department, which never could make up its mind whether he was a pinko or a simon-pure American. So there he was being invited to take part in scientific meetings all over- the world. Sometimes the government would give him a passport to travel abroad and sometimes it wouldn't, according as to how the masterminds were thinking about his politics at that particular moment. THEN IN 1954 he won the Nobel Prize for chemistry, and that, apparently, solved his troubles with the .diplomats'. He got a passport like other people get and he's had no trouble since. The Nobel Prize, apparently, had more influence on the government than the Medal of Merit which Harry Truman personally pinned on his chast. "Suppose you read'the citation that went with tha medal," suggested Sen. Thomas Hennings Jr. THE TALL. SLIM, gray-haired scientist, who's had 14 honorary degrees heaped on him and no telling how many other academic honors, smiled. That, he said, would be a real pleasure. He'd never before had the opportunity to read it aloud in' public. He read in a firm voic/e the Presidential words about his brilliant success in helping America win the war with his contributions to the development of-rocket po~- er. So back there in 1952 he w-s invited by the Royal Society in London to deliver a lecture on his research into the physical nature of proteins, a subject qf highest importance to medicine. t MRS. SHIPLEY, .then head of the Passport Bureau, said she was sorry, but his trip wouldn't be in the best interests of the United States. Dr. Pauling said he was stunned. He enclosed his citation from President Truman; that surely would Influence the 'State, De- partmenters. It didn't. . So he wrote Harry, himself, reminding him that he'd done some medal pinning on the Pauling lapel and suggesting that he surely would appreciate a little help in getting * passport. He received a letter from a Presidential secretary, saying this was a matter 'for the State Department. DR. PAULING came here from Insurance THERE IS MUCH talk these days of some kind of federal insurance against disasters such as the floods which recently took such a toll on the east coast. There is more or less general agreement that the idea of protecting individuals, business, concerns and communities against natural disasters is a good one. Making such protection possible is, however, far from easy.' The Senate Banking Committee were suggested. Others may come to the fore by the time Congress is back in session. One proposal is that the federal government 'do the insuring. The other is that private companies write the 'insurance, with the government guaranteeing losses above a fixed amount. Many difficult questions arise. Should there «be a limit on the amount of;insurance an individual or business firm can carry? Should the insurance cover furnishings as well as homes; equipment ai.d merchandise as well as buildings? Should a farmer be allowed to insure his crops? v.'ill not be easily solved. Congress as a liar—DU. —, — -. . ,. being an imaginative liar. ' '' •''•—?•' I'm in a position to know. Recenu>rii received two tiny chip fractures in my-"' board flipper while supposedly safe in refuge of my rented castle. . . The injury was a small one, but 10, two X-rays and three doctors later l-,( myself wearing an aluminum splint—"i? as well be on the 'safe side"—and a u — big enough for a wounded elephant. .,,-. ,,.-: IN MY OFFICE a friend who, I am;sure£ would readily lend me $1,000 if I really needed, it took one look at the bandage and asked ,w,hatt had .happened. • •• . ; ,-),$' "Oh, just a little household accident. £, told him, feeling I shouldn't upset his .da^ with worry. • . -<•;;"You mean a little household argument,. ( , he replied heartlessly. "Maybe that'll teacji: you not to talk back to your wife." ..':" '1'j I made a dignified mental note never -toj borrow $1,000 from him, even if he begged on his knees. ~. 3 rrj- When the second fellow solicitously inquirer about my injury, I murmured somethin|;about "falling off a ladder." •' " . ~~ ~^. "I'll bet you got it falling off the wagonv*- he remarked. . . iV ••.*'» The third man didn't even bother to-aSR.» He felt he already knew. ... • : ,.;;t«\f, ' "Don't tell me you caught it in a door, he said, "unless it was a swinging door.. ~ After a number of others stopped .me,.to, find out the reason for the bandage, I gaye^up, hoping for sympathy.. I realized that people, don't want the real truth in such cases. : .They, are looking for entertainment. •. -ri=±xs — . ..' • • •• •-.• _• :.,!. ,j. I TOLD ONE MAN a fellow stepped oft my hand when I : bent over to retrieve if women's handkerchief, and he nodded his head; and said, "I'll bet \the woman didn't even, thank you." > "1.4.^ I told another inquisitor I had hurt my f . hand merely by sitting down on it, and he- answered, '"You know I heard a guy who did, that and actually broke five bones in his^handr Imagine it—five bones." : ,Still another questioner was satisfied when; I told him my hand wasn't hurt at all—I was- just wearing the bandage to' pay off a bet. •; "How did I break my hand? Why, defend^ ing a lady's honor, but please don't ask me", whose," I crisply informed a middle-aged- secretary. I felt a little guilty when she! patted my shoulder and said: . }; "Bless you, there aren't many men like, .you left in this world." • ' Editor's note: Enough of this quibbling*. Tell us the real truth. How did it happen? i; Boyle's note: Well, if you really must know, I- banged my hand against the wall; deliberately—so I'd have an excuse to get ouf of carving the Thanksgiving turkey this year. Editor's note: Knowing how lazy Boyle is,., we'll accept this story as gospel true. j. • (Associated Press) V his home at Pasadena, Calif.,;-and signed an oath at the State" Department that he was not a member of the Communist party and never had been. He kept on coming to the Department with his passport troubles. "And every time I did go to the Department, I had to sign a new non-Communist oath," he said. "I must have signed half a dozen of them." He never did get that permit to speak in London. Later the same people in the same Department renewed his passport to make four different trips abroad for scientific meetings. Then finally last year he wanted to go to India, where he'd been invited by the government to lecture at the State University. The government said, nothing doing. His views were too Red. .. THEN HE WAS notified that he'd be awarded the Nobel Prize if he could go to Sweden to accept it. He applied again for a passport and this tune he got it. Honors from afar apparently had *more effect en tte Federals than honors at home. Anyhow, said Dr. Pauling, he'd prefer now to forget the whol^ unhappy matter, except that he considered if his duty to tell the Senators the kind of freedom of movement the government accorded him under the Constitution. (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) ball team?" ..,- r I apologized for not being up on symphonic: 'hep talk and asked what he thought were th^ chances of any of the deals going through, r "Good—I hope!" he replied fervently. H«£ thought for a moment, then said: "People 1 would rather'listen to good music than wa£ drums." ... f MR. MITCHELL SAID that if he guest * conducted in Moscow he would play some- of- " American music, but some of the best* •"""- music too. f great conductor said that if the ex 0 _ went through he would co to work o Shostakovich's Fifth. ^ "I suppose you would feel you had to wir loms-up with the Russians," I conceded. "But *•"»—• think a fifth might be" too ' p? s& I George Dixon I ' . . ; ' r The Washingloii Scene j . • ••:. •'->•"•'. '• ' r WASHINGTON—Howard Mitchell, world-:; renowned conductor of our Nation'ail Symphony^. Orchestra, is offering Russia a choice of three; dealsr (1) he will invite Dimitri Shostakovich- to come to Washington and conduct .the Nation-f al Symphony, while Mitchell stands' aside and- applauds; (2) He will go to Moscow and guest- conduct the Russian Symphony; (3) He will make an even exchange. •' Our illustrious batoneer made the offer; through the U. S. State Department. He is anxiously awaiting a reply. i Mr. Mitchell says he is convinced that any'. one of the deals would be a living contribution to betterment of relations with the people of the U.S.S.R He thinks that music represents 1 the greatest common denominator appeal. - I CANNOT CLAIM to be a boon compan-' ion of our head musician because, after all, he^ has to draw the line somewhere, But I'm to- worshipful a fan that he designs to speak to! me on occasion. That is how come he let slip/ the news of his sensational proposition to opeit musical trade relations with the'Russians, j- The subject came up in a rather roundabout' way. I remarked I had read in the papers that another bandleader named Louis Armstrong; had announced in Geneva that he was toying 1 ; with the idea of offering his musical assistance^ to the more-friendliness-with-Russia movement^ "This Mr. Armstrong," I told Mr. Mitchell^ "said he believes if he went to Moscow, her could warm up them cats. Do you figure that£ if. you took 'your band to -Moscow you couldV warm up them cats?" r THE SYMPHONIST looked at me as'If he* might be having trouble with his hearing;'.' He" asked me to repeat. t "It's very simple," I said, raising my-'voicef "Satchmo said he was sure them" cats 'ain't so- cold but what he could bruise them with the happy music. Do you feel you could bruise them, with some solid symphony?" ?• "Are you," asked Mr. Mitchell, "by any- .chance asking, me if r would offer to go to* Moscow? Because, if you are, the answer is that I already have!" •'• £ The man whose, .hand weaves .musical- magic outlined his offers and said that, ,of the; 1 three proposals, he preferred the exchange. £ "Would it me a straight player trade," I,' asked, "or do you figure on mayve Shostakof vich and cash?" ; . £ "Are we still talking about the National- • determination to help develop protection against future disasters! That determination seems to be backed by strong public sentiment. isu they would be astounded the welcome. the warmth =!i • —«^-«Jt4l%i % • jv^ • . y 'We are the least 1 nationalistic country 111 the world when it comes to appreciation of thwarts," he asserted. •-• •; (King feiturw, Inc.) i •

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