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•JFOUR EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD., FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1955 Evening & Sunday Times E»erj Afternoon wxctpt Sundayi a»a •unday Moralfl*. Publlihed by Th» Tlmei and Alltl»nia» Company. T-» South Mechanic St., Cumberland Ma. Entered «i~««cood cla» mall matter at Cumberland. Maryland. - under th« act o( March 3. '"» Member of U>» Audit Bureau of Circulation . Member ol Th« A»ioclated Prtn "~ ~7~- Phone PA 2-4600 '_ That Comu A TOTW cussic W»»klf inscription r»te by Carrier*: One wee* &$0n "lV Me: Evenlni Time, per «ow fc» Eveninf and Sunday Timei 46c per weeks Sunday Times only; IQe per copy.- ' Mill Subscription Rates Evening Tiroes 1st 2nd, 3rd »nd 4th Postal Zones 1115 MOD b " 1700 Six Month. - *14M On. *«« »l.a Momo » 7th ami sth Postal Zones IL50 Monti, - i«.50 Si* Month, - 117.00 One «», Mail Subscription Rate. Sunday rime. Only 1st 2nd. 3rd and 4tb Postal Zone* JO One Month - »3.00 SU Months - S6.00 On* *e« Sth. Sth. 7th and 8th Postal Zones ,<0 One Mgnth - 13.60 Six Months - 17.20 One Jfc« : The Evening Times and Sunday Time. «sum7m> financial, responsibility (or typopaphical error, IB advertisements but will reprint that part of" advertisement in which the typographical error cccurs. errori must b« reported at once. Friday Afternoon, November 25, 1955 OUR-COUNTRY ' T/ie union el hearts, the union ol handi and tht Flag of our Union forever.— Morris IJSane Viewpoint • r' AMERICA'S BOOM goes ; on, and : so ••rdoes'the-talk .from both the experts and ;Ithe amateurs as to where it is leading us. ; -'One expert recently heard from-who offered the country some eminently sound counsel.was Henry C. Alexander, chairman of the board of J. P. Morgan and Company, famed banking house. Alexander spoke .hopefully but:, hard-heartedly iabbut the bright economic future in store %>r Americans if they follow a careful Scourse and avoid .major, mistakes. Said' ^Alexander in. a New York speech: "The -r"3>est way to preserve confidence is to pre' : i ; "veht if from turning into overconfidence. i ^Confidence' is based on; the belief we can : ?make things go right; .overconfidence de''- Sjudes : itself into! believing that'. nothing '-.-;|can possibly go wrong." ,.•; ••'•'.'• ;•, '.•• |~ : .:' HE FEELS 'WE HAVE real ground for : j Confidence : > because i :the ; country both' > produces'Va'iicl consurhes::dynamically. The : i^ponomy--is constantly fueled by demand : I throwing 'out:of;:"our"people's insatiable. - ; '^appetite ibr. better living and technology's.. : inexhaustible cap>city: : td provide it.'?:;But * >he thinks it comes dangerously'close to J ^overconfidence to Vdwell so heavily as i «some do .on our increase in population as .-«%n almost automatic 'Stabilizer in the -". !£years ahead. It takes: money and machines '•'*£as weir as men to produce growth. Nor ; - *must we confuse inflation with growth, "Sn Alexander's; view. It. is risky to; force • .^growth along by satisfying some special •. group or applying a dose of inflation here \ and there. "Such cases);for instance, as .' increased'. government spending, or tax '.-;,' :cuts without a balanced budget, or wage ' increases without increased productivity, • 01 prolonged and expanded government v subsidies."-...,.,.' : ..,''... .-,...:' N , '-'.:..'.-, •' ; -l' : '- "" ON 'THE"OTHER'HAND; Alexander ; would not administer the "shock ,,treat!• ment" to the credit system in'-any^effort• .|--fo;checJc^nflation./'You may.; f dear, but never rnake it'.uriav ; aUable," I he . ; : said.'"There is a difference'..between tighV .; money and no money. And for- the'mo- - : ment money is dear enough and tight ; enough." The banker thinks concern rather than alarm is 'the proper attitude right now .toward the rising level of pri- : . vate debt. He believes it is bound to go still higher 'as the economy expands further. "We must watch carefully the 'rate at which debt grows, especially from here on. That rate-must not outrun increases in productivity and income. In. creased borrowing must be matched by : increased ability to repay. Otherwise we aren't expanding the economy, we're merely puffing it up." One can do no bet- 1 ter- than to pass these words on. They - represent fundamental good'sense. They reflect a spirif; of calm moderation and ought to be read as an antidote either to overoptimism or gloom and panic. Let's _ Jiope the men in Washington can view the " problem as sanely. Achievement WITH UNITED AIR Lines ordering 30 jet transports and thus adding to the growing:swing toward --jet-propelled commercial aircraft,- we might take this time to bow respectfully toward the researchers and industrialists who have made this development possible. Jets, of course,, .came into military use near the close of World War II, and since have become a commonplace in military circles. Because they have ,been around for some time, we perhaps have been a little too casual in appreciating the labor.that has gone into them. Jet engines are remarkable power plants. Adm. DeWitt Ramsey, president of Aircraft Industries Association, points out that it would take 25 steam engines of 3000 horsepower each to match the full power of the six jets on a 600-mile-an- hour bomber. Yet the bomber weighs only ' a hundredth as much as one ileam engine. Only great engineering talent plus large sums of money judiciously invested could produce such results. To the engine makers, all credit. They have given America its chance to lead the world in the newest and possibly the most astonishing phase of aviation history. Socialism Defined THERE IS A difference between Socialism and Communism, whatever many Americans may think. Hugh Gaitskell, treasurer o( the British Labor Parly, has drawn this distinction and is far from the first person to have done so. He objects to "a tendency in America sometimes to think that anybody who isn't absolutely-against Socialism i sa ; Commun-. ist"'He retails that the Labor party has . for 30 years unceasingly fought against the Communists. Strictly speaking, Socialism means government ownership of the means of production and of natural monopolies. Communism adds to this the ownership of all forms of business and all occupations, so that every worker is a servant of the slate. Under Socialism, thc x farmer and the small business man continue to function not as servants of the slate or of anyone but their own interests. L6S see,-ONE- I Lie FouR. iswr THAT RIGHT, CADDY T Np,Slfc,YA L/C SIX /M30UT TWO SHOTS TRE , STRAIGHT FOR .THE ouy YOU FOR . »- Y. Ktnid TniuM IDC. James Mario tv • •_ . . ' f . Attlai AS Mam WASHINGTON—Adlai Stevenson has a problem henceforth that may . not occur to anyone- riot actually, it? the high level and exacting profession of Presidential politics. To • that he- and his auditors now are . giving much thought. v' •It arises from : twin facts that he is the only announced candidate for a Presidential nomination in either major party, and that there are nine, months before the nominating convention in Chicago. It is rare that a candidate announces so far in advance. In politics there is an old rule that a candidate for • President should not get out in the open too early, as that invites a ganging-up process against him, both from rivals within His own party and from the opposition party. He becomes, in .short a target for'all comers. • . This is Adlai Stevenson's position. His problem is that he must conduct himself and his campaign for the nomination during the long, intervening period in • a way to . suffer the least damage from the snipers and to get the mostVad- vantage for himself. ' • . The Senator recently offered the post of pre-convention manager of his campaign to MichaelDiSalle, Ohio political leader who served here during the Truman Administration as Administrator of the Office of Price Stabilization: "Mike" DiSalle, as he is affectionately known in Washington, asked for time first to make his own survey of the outlook for the Senator.- :•'HE;,.'WAS : FULLY aware of the .target -posit/on and its pitfalls be- • fore '.he '"'announced: „ But there Avere .pressures of all sorts upon him, especially from ; friends who wanted to begin to work actively for him to get a headstart. To those he yielded. Among- those urging him to announce early was former President Truman. • The timing of the announcement seems to have been most fortunate. It came at the peak of a steady movement toward him. that was very evident to be, in fact, the front-runner. This was indicated in an interesting way in a situation affecting one of his rivals, Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee. WHAT HE FOUND was not too encouraging, and Kefauver's chances . looked still', less attractive when Mr. DiSalle made soundings' among party, leaders at Chicago. What is of special significance is that he came to the conclusion that it might bc'Tietter strategy for' Senator Kefauver this time to stay out of Presidential preferential primaries, where the Senator was so dramatically successful in 1952. Instead, it might be better for the Senator to advance himself through his activities in the Senate where he is already making issues that will continue to attract attention, - - - • . - .• The • DiSalle counsel means that the .Senator would become an inactive but receptive candidate, after the fashion of :Governor Averell Harrimaii of New York. He would count upon possible breaks at the convention which might materialize in the Vice-Presidential nomination. Mike DiSalle thinks, as do lots of others, that a Stevenson-Kefauver ticket would - be something special or, as he puts it in his whimsical way: "The Senator could go along to explain the Stevenson speeches." ticipate in any of the 1952 primar- . ies, made his own showing of popular support later in 1952 as : 'a Presidential candidate. Polls disclose that, he still is far in front of all of his rivals in popular favor. In his campaign, Adlai Steven- .son lacks, an asset which the Senator has, that is, a public office to provide a continual forum; but this is partly made up by the 1952 candidate's dual role'of party titular leader and the only announced candidate. He is getting lots of advice as to his future course. It includes the suggestion that he'proceed as if he were in fact the Democratic candidate for President and present his case and that of the Democratic party to the people as if the campaign had already begun. WHAT THIS proposed shift of strategy attests to is the 'popular- sentiment for Adlai Stevenson down at the grass roots where the folks flocked so to Senator Kefauver in the spring of 1952. Adlai Stevenson, who did not'par- IT IS POINTED out that the •regular campaigns are to be shorter' next year, and the Democratic party would do well to begin its campaign early through its effective spokesman, Adlai Stevenson. He is to be treated as the Democratic candidate from now on anyhow by the Republicans as is indicated by the attack concentrated on him from that quarter since his announcement. In this they are revealing that they regard him as the most formidable- candidate among the Democrats. Another suggestion is that Adlai Stevenson not make, too many speeches from now until the convention, but to space and scatter them well in time and place so as to get the best effect and not wear out his theme or his welcome. Still another suggestion is that he search out new issues, that he bring forth fresh and bold ideas about how to use and develop our prosperity so that it will reach all everywhere. This is a line Stevenson has sketched already in broad terms. (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) Peter Edson GOP Must Make Effort To Win Labor WASHINGTON—(NEA)—In addition to a new farm policy that will satisfy discontented farmers, the Republican party today could use a new labor policy statement that would make more of an appeal to the rank and file of American workers. Recent statements by two Republican senators could have the effect of kicking the union labor vote out of the window. First Sen. Barry Goldwaler charged that AFL and CIO goon squads were collecting huge slush funds from compulsory union assessments, to take over the Democratic party. Sen. William F. Knowland topped this in a speech at Miami. He charged that labor leaders hoped to take over control of the "U.S. government itself, through a Labor party, by 1960 if not 1956. National labor union leaders and the labor press promptly denied both charges, t and the feud was on. Responsible leaders of the Republican party view this latest development with considerable alarm. centage of the farm vote is ready for defection to the Democrats. It is recognized that the Republicans cannot afford to alienate the union labor .vote too. Several surveys have indicated they carl get only 30 to 40 per cent of the union membership vote. It is pointed but that the two senators were speaking their own opinions. They did not speak for the Eisenhower administration nor for the Republican National Committee. But here the party leaders face a predicament. They have no clear statement of party policy to hold up as a repudiation to those who would like to declare all-out war on labor unions and put the country on an open-shop basis. Middle-'of • the-road Republicans think thqy have several good points to make in an appeal to the labor vote. ing has been held steady. They point to greater peacetime prosperity than the country has ever • had, and fewer and shorter strikes. The Republican trouble is that they can't get this story in the papers or on the air. Vice President Richard M. Nixon and other parly spokesmen have put this line in numerous speeches. It never gets beyond their immediate audiences, and it seldom brings a cheer. This is why a revision of Republican labor policy statements is be- ins called for. What this ne\y statement of principles should say has the party leaders baffled. THEY REALIZE that national elections have to be won by a lot ol minorities, voting together to make.a majority, A sizeable por- WAGE RAISES won by the labor unions under the Republicans have been real increases in earning power and take-home pay. The Republicans argue that the increases of 1941-1952 under the Democrats were largely compensation for increases in the cost of living. Under the GOP. the cost of liv- Hi-story From The Times Files TEN YEARS AGO November 25, 1945 John Bible, 75, Oldtown Road, struck and injured by CJir on Valley Road. Death of Jesse W. Korns, 62, Shrivcr Avenue. Decatur' Street'water line work started. Work resumed at strikebound Kelly-Springfield Tire Company plant. ' . TWENTY YEARS AGO November 25, 1935 Robert Paul Twigg, 21, Patterson Avenue, killed ,in auto-truck collision • near Frederick: Frank Rosenberg, 21, Greene Street, Ed- gnr' 'Ike" Cessna, 23, Fairmont Avenue, and Fred Bernstein, 23 Greene Street, hurt in same crash. Mrs. J. ..Wesley Webb, named president;of newly organized Red Cross unit at Eckhart. THIRTY YEARS AGO November 25.' 19K Contents of barrel factory of William R. E. King,; off North Centre Street, destroyed by fire. John Scott, Lonaconing, judge o( Qrphnns Court, suffered heart attack on localfc street. : .' FORTY YEARS AGO Norembcr 25, 1915 P. D. Gctzendanner Sr. appointed chief judge of Orphans Court. C. H. Little elected president of Local 440. Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. THE-QUESTION was considered •at the Republican campaign school for GOP state chairmen, in Washington last September. The organization of state and local Republican Rank and File Labor Committees was suggested. Extreme positions have to be rejected. Political realists don't hold with the theory that American working, people always vote independent, and there is no such thing- as 'a labor vote. At the opposite pole, there is little, support for the idea labor is going to take over the government. * From the big labor bosses like George Meany and Walter Rcuther, the. Republicans realize that-they will-never get a break. The labor press is likewise consistently. and persistently anti-Republican. f It is this partisanship that gives •the extreme rigluwingers in the Republican party much of their impetus. It makes ,the shaping of a middle-of-the-road labor policy all the more difficult for the GOP. Barbs Bedtime is when most little school kids just happen to think they have home work to do, Whitney Eolton Looking Sideways WANT AD Trtcg NEW YORK—What secret pact exists between the bus drivers of New York, who will h-iddle four buses in one block and for five blocks behind behind them there . won't be a bus in sight? Most "'constant violators of the municipal laws concerning putting many buses into'one block at one time: the Fifth Avenue and the 57th Street Crosstown drivers. Did you know that hundreds of motorists, and some taxi drivers, are-joining in an unorganized but growing society sworn to thwart bus drivers? The motorists agree among themselves to cut buses off, delay buses, hem them to the curb and perform other irritating sunts. Bus drivers are helpless, even though they have larger vehicles: toe many accident reports and a bus driver loses his job. Therefore* .they can't retaliate by slamming inlo cars harassing them. •'. Next victims of the secret drive to.tame road hogs in Manhattan: the taxi drivers. They, too," will lose their jobs and, eventually, their licenses if enough accidents happen to them. The Taxi Bureau . takes a curdled view of. any driver having as many as three accidents 'in one year. And has a tin.ear for excuses, however valid: Even slightly denting a fender of a pri : v?te car is considered a serious offense if a taxi driver is responsible. osmosis, the plays cursed with comatosis." So a third wrote: "Their males may trudge to the dismal shows, but the girls slay home and darn their hose." OVERHEARD between two n'uje- year-old boys at a soda fountain, victims apparently of-psychiatry: "So this guy wi*' the big glasses made me get on the couch and said: 'All right, you little rat. your mother's paying for it, so talk'." "Why," asked, his soda-slurpin? little friend, "didn't you get un and bust him one; belt him good?" "He'd of pinned me for goofy for sure,'doing that." said the patient. "I didn't give him no edge. I just talked about home and mother." HOW DO WIVES of drama critics know when a bad pla£ is opening? Their own husbands don't often know, and could not escape reviewing the play even if they did. But the wives, by 'some weird alchemy and female mafic, seem to sense a bad play and stay home en masse. Twice this season every wife of every critic stayed home or went to a movie, although advance reports on the two new plays in question had not been discouraging. It caused one bewildered aisle-sitter to write on the edge of his program a poem which ended: "How do they know so far in advance, when 'to go and when to' -s stance at home, lonely but happy, away from plays that are only saopy?" Whereupon another critic added: "They seem to know by some ;odd THE NEW' PI.AY that has all New York talking is not a glittering new musical o. a rirawin"-ronm comedy: it is a full-lenTfh r-lay about drug addiction in which the, hero goes throush th". withdrawal process on stase in fi' 1 ' view nf the audience, includ'-n? f ;t s. swcaf^T. diving headlong into f.-n : tni-r> and incoherent talk. And. if rh'at-i'-i't enough, three real .crcoos of the narcotics - selling profession are portrayed in a manner fit to give you the shudders. •The play is a shocker and written by a new young playwright whose "ear" for the argot of the group is fantastic. Br'll'^nt young Ben Gazzara, who left the smash hit "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof to do this, lights up the stage in the role of the addict. HAVE YOU A working observatory near your home, a big one with a good-sized telescope? Ask the chief of it why- photographs of Mars taken-last summer and showing a curious off-.and-on, seemingly, cloud-made gigantic "W" were sunoressed. • The puzzling object or cloud formation or whatever, shows on .plates- made at all the major observatories in this hemisphere. A California scientist, who the strange thing, spilled the-fact" that .all observatories agreed not to give the pictures out for publication. Why not? So it was a cloud formation which happened'' several limes. in an identical way. Or was it? (McNaught Syndicate, Inc.) Frederick Othman Best To Sleep With Boots On TUCSON, Ariz. — There is a-wild westerner here named George A. Masek (he hails from St. Louis), who has turned me into a stuffed moose in French heels and I don't think there's any escape. He and Ronnie Stewart are the : unashamed 'manufacturers of cowboy boots, which they sell to dudes all over America. Most of these latter barely know which end of a horse is front, and they.wouldn't think of climbing on top of such a dangerous beast. '"They wear 'em to square dances," said Masek. "And how do they get out of their boots when they want to go to bed?" I inquired. "That," said he, with an evil leer, "is their problem." HARDLY HAD I arrived''here to sample some of Arizona's celebrated sunshine before I was climbing into a pair of wrangler pants so tight at the knee I hardly could sit down; I also donned a purple, red: and black shirt, with pearl buttons, a 10-gallon hat colored pale green, and a pair of these fancy boots. , It took two men and a.pretty girl, plus steel tools known as boot- hooks to get my feet inside 'em and when I walked, I rolled. So I deposited my eastern gea,r in my room at the 49er's Ranch and wobbled across the moonlit desert to the near Saddleback Ranch where the locals were having a barbecue. THE MAYOR WAS there and editor Bill Mathews of The Arizona Daily Star; so were most of the members, of the Tucson sunshine climate club and Lewis Douglas, the onetime Ambassador to £reat Britain and perhaps the leading citizen of these parts. The guest attracting the most attention, however, was a beauty named Gayle Gamble, wearing a pair of tight pants almost exactly like mine. Only difference -was that hers were made of silver blue mink.. She said her pants cost $3500. but she was just wearing 'em. They belonged to the pants manufacturer. This caused a local automobile dealer to mutter that. he.couldn't, understand how'one pair of pants- would cost as much as one of^his sedans, delivered and fully equipped. , . . ...... have fun. Board -and room, with your private horse thrown in at a de luxe ranch, of which there seem to be dozens, is $12.50 a day and up. No extra except boots at $30 a pair. I'd'advise against these unless you bring your own wheel. THERE ARE numerous ways to get here. I came by airplane, five hours out o£ New York, where an overcoat felt fine. We made one stop at the airport in Fort Worth, Tex., which is by all odds the most de luxe in America and where the lady making the. announcements on the; loud speaker has a voice so beautiful NBC had better grab her quick. At the moment I'm in my fancy shirt sleeves and boots, which don't seem to be growing any looser, pounding out this essay on the terrace beside the 49er's swimming pool. If it sounds disjointed, that's not my fault. Too many distractions in Hollywood-style bathing suits. If I only could get my boots off I'd jump in the pool with 'em. (United Feature Syndicate. Inc.) AP Reporter's Notebook NEW YORK-Astrology has reached its peak at last. : It has gone feline. They now have a book out on how your cat, too, is controlled by the stars. . ..••; The book is called "Horoscopes For Pussy Cats." and the author is Bootsie Campbell. A note about the author says: "At the moment she is stretched, out on a sunny window, tail curled around, contented and delighted with everything and everyone! She is very special.",. \ ™ What makes her so special? A publisher friend of mine says this would describe any author he has ever, known. I am glad to see this book: on astrology for cats published. ' . • ' FOR YEARS I suffered from an allergy to cats, which, happily, I was able 'to conquer. For many more years, however, I have suffered from an allergy to people who believe in astrology. This allergy, fight it though I try. I can do nothing about. Even, the dictionary defines astrology as a "psucdo science." and the dictionary usually has a nice word for everything. . . The idea that people actually believe events on earth are controlled by the position of the stars and planets thoroughly depresses me with the future of the human -race. When I see a man who attends church buying an astrology magazine I can't help wo'ndering who he is trying to make a fool of— his God or himself. • People who believe in astrology I cannot help but classify with those who have a blond confidence that picking up a toad will give them warts and that if they leave a horse's hair in a bottle of water for six weeks it will turn into a snake. . . RECENTLY I PICKED, up a Cleveland paper and was astounded to note it estimated that 50.000 people in the .area .read astrology publications regularly. -. " ',' '. For days I've pondered '; what to do to save them from themselves. Is there no philanthropic society willing to float propaganda balloons into Cleveland and tell these lost 50,000 'souls about how wonderful, life is , in the outside world?. Paganism is ' at least • worth' philosophic consideration, but astrology— never! . For humans, that is. . A cat should not find it too hard to believe in astrology. After all; a cat doesn't believe in people, so it has to believe in something. The volume at hand, "Horoscopes For Pussy Cats," offers this sound warning to , cats born under the sign of Aries, from March 21 to April 19: . . ' ' "You are susceptible to headaches and weakness of the kidneys. Don't eat too much catnip or you may suffer from a hangover. Take more milk." Perhaps this is a hidden warning to tha 50,000 astrology fans in Cleveland. Who knows? Once you believe in astrology what can you be sure of? Ethiopia MISS GAMBLE said she could sit down, but hesitated to do so; her pants were too precious. Neither did she believe she should partake of the steaks like the rest of us westerners, because of the danger of gravy spilling on the mink. So I had another steak and along came this Masek, admiring my boojs. He said he made 'em and how did they feel? Like I was about to fall on my face, I said. He said I'd get used to that. I'd have"plenty of time. Then he asked had I figured how 1 was going to get 'em oH? , , . A bootjack is good, he said, but these are scarce, except at inflated prices in antique shops. The best thing to use, he added, is a wagon wheel. Stick your heel between the. spokes and heave. ETHIOPIA is now closer to democratic government. Emperor Haile Selassie, one of the few remaining absolute monarchs, recently announced that Ethiopia's laws have been codified and that a new Constitution is in effect. The Constitution gives Ethiopians the right to vote, sets up a lower House of Parliament elected by the people and establishes a separate judiciary system.. It also contains a bill of rights. • , . Ethiopia has been a backward country and it still has a long way to go to reach the political enlightenment of the rest of the free world. ' Emperor Haile Selassie has been gradually liberalizing his country's laws, slowly but surely elevating his people to the point where they are now able to assume some of the responsibilities of governing themselves. He still retains the right to veto' legislation, with no provision for overriding that Veto. ,. Within two years Ethiopians will vote for the first time in their history. That in itself is a big step. This period in history is one when many, people who..once had the right to govern their own political destiny have lost it and many who never had such a right • are demanding it. So it is now especially encouraging to see gains for freedom in a country such as Ethiopia. ., Emperor Haile Selassie, who once.prodded the conscience of free men everywhere with his eloquent appeal for help in resisting the aggression of dictator Mussolini, is to be congratulated for making these forward moves. The people of Ethiopia are 'still far from the time when their country can be called a democracy, but some day they may make it. When they do the name of Haile Selassie will be remembered. It's our bet that a poor man knows how to have more good limes thin a wealthy man. THERE SEEMS to be a shortage of wagon wheels in Tucson; everybody rides either a horse, or a hard-top convertible. It looks as though I'll sleep with my boots on. May even die that way. You get the idea. This is an elegant place to soak up sunshine and So They Say It .-may be that the threat of • nuclear : annihilation will alter man's natural state (of war) and force him to live in .peace. —Donald A. Quarlcs; Air Force secretary. ; ' (Associated Press) George Dixon f> The Washington Scene WASHINGTON—A recently-divorced lady named Kathleen Doud. Watson invited three or four hundred of her "dearest friends" to an "intimate little" supper dance in the Hotel 2400 the other evening. When the guests, who included half a dozen ambassadors, streamed in, they almost had conniptions because the hostess was stretched out on a raised platform like the' principal attraction at a wake. The lovely lady gave evidence, however, that she had not yet passed on to her eternal reward by waving a languid hand at the invited as they filed past her "bier." She manifested other signs of life by turning every now and then to purr soothing words at her pet parakeet "Chita," which was enthroned in a sumptuous cage beside her. Mrs. Watson was laid out in funereal white lace, banked by massed floral tributes. ' About the only thing lacking in the way was a wreath with a ribbon, "Christmas in Heaven." THE EFFECT WAS rendered all the more unnerving by a spotlight which played upon her recumbent form. The effect was so lifelike, if I may invent a phrase, t.hat "Several guests caught themselves autonomically arranging their features* in expressions of mourning. As notables, including the Korean Ambassador, and Mme. Chang Yang and Cuban Ambassador Miguel Angel C.ampa, moved dazedly past the dais, several werte so unstrung they assured the hostess she certainly did look natural. The guests never did succeed in inuring themselves to the spectacle, although • Mrs. Watson explained to each that she had sprained her right leg'and could not stand. To make it all the more dramatic she illustrated each explanation by hoisting up yards of frothy white lace to reveal her—ah— nether limb in a tasteful plaster cast. Moreover she insisted that all the notables present autograph the cast. I am optimistic and I do not think optimism is » crime. —John Foster Dulles, U. S. secretary of stale. ONE AND ALL AGREED that the affair was delectable and that Mrs: Watson was a corpus delicious. But the story of the mishap which rendered her hors de canape was equally piquant: The lady of the laig was divorced not long ago from Capt. William Watson, of the U. S. Navy. Shortly after the decree was granted, Capt. Watson remarried. For. some incomprehensible reason the first Mrs. Watson refused to entertain the highest, regard for her successor. ' They managed to avoid each other, even, until a few nights ago when Roy St. Lewis, publisher of the Diplomat Magazine. gave a tea dance in the Mayflower to raise funds for the Home Hospitality 'Committee— a worthy organization^ headed, by Mrs. Lily Vpgel. which entertains -away-from-home service men in our best mansions, v Both Mrs. Watsons attended. ' - •• A "mutual friend," meaning a society matron with a lovable sense of humor, lured the second Mrs. Watson across the crowded grand ballroom and- presented h«r to th« original.. .The latter was so outraged she leaped to her feet and started to stalk from the place. ; , " : •;. , Bui she marred the haughty exit by stalking too violently. She flopped and *pr«ined her foot. (Kl«f PcaturM,

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