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FOUR EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1955 Dial PA-2-4600 for a WANT AD T«k» Evening & Sunday Times _ ^^ ^ r»»r» Afternoon ««e«pt <Sun«i7» »»o MMt> ________• C4*Vr7. . ****** i«vy>' _ ™i — "Ttl - —.. . _ . AH__»*»_ ^^^^^^^^ hrf|MM>ta ^ M|||MM|| ^_i^^ | ^ a _^ lal «*ie*pt $un«§7' «»o MMt> ltolu.«l- by Th» TUMI •«« • AlltiMM •\c5>mp»By. M South Meclunlf St. .Cumb«rl«nd MC ' ' JEBttred ti lecond el«» m»H mitter under th» ici of March 1. <«7» Htmber of Die Audi) Bure«i> of Ctrculitl«» M«mb*r of Tht A'ioclitta fnu •-., " Phone PA 1-4600 -Weekly lUbicriptlOD 7it« by C*rritr«: Oit «ttk Ev«n£* only 36c; Evenlni finiei per cog* «e> -•E.e3n« »nd Susdu Time. «c ptr *••*! Sun<U» QEly. MX P" ^ Hall Subscription Rates Evenlnf Time* 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Postal Zonei ;' : |1 a Month - J7 00 SJT Months IH.OO OB. Vt«» 5th 6th. 7th and 8th Po.UI Zonei 11.50 Month - *8.50 Sta Month. - «17.00 On. *«•! 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There were 51 .deaths, only.a moderate drop from the 60 re-: corded on the same date in 1953. This year the President's Committee for Traffic Safety is .putting stress on driving rules.. ' ... THE MOTORIST is 'advised first to check his car. to see if: it's fit to use. Brakes, tires, windshield wipers,,; lights, steering mechanism all should be inspect- .id. .The driver who takes their condition f«r granted may be sealing his death warrant. Once he's behind the wheel and roiling, the driver should conscientiously ' obey all traffic regulations and give the other fellow a sportsmanlike break. Particularly, he is cautioned to stay within prescribed traffic lanes, to avoid passing on hills or curves or 'in any other circumstances where there isn't enough room. He should-keep ample stopping space between his car and the one ahead, and be very watchful at all intersections. ~l THESE'ADMONITIONS simply highlight some of the worst trouble spots the motorist encounters. They add .up,to two major points: Anyone sitting behind the wheel of a car must maintain continuous, unflagging alertness to the driving situation he finds himself in. He must observe ' tjie condition of his car, of the road, the •\yeather, the traffic flowing about him. All of these he must adjust to, according to the rules, according to common sense, and according to the code of conduct that dictates consideration for the other fellow. Second, he must so manage; his 'other liVing habits that'they do not compromise his driving performance. Thus he should not drink if he intends to drive. And he should start out early enough so he can reach his .destination without speeding or getting reckless. If the driver can remember to govern himself and his car properly on Safe-Driving Day, let's hope that's a big start toward doing the same on the other. 364. Iiitellectual Smog § FOR YEARS IT WAS almost one of the cliches of our democracy that many people were woefully ignorant about the simplest aspects of national and world affairs. Recently, however, there have been signs that the general level of information among the American citizenry is fjfcing. If this is actually so, perhaps one of the scientific foundations ought to undertake a study to see where people are getting their information. There is . some doubt they get it in school. Professor Preston Albright, a Miami (Ohio) University history teacher, writes in the current issue of the magazine School and Society . that most college freshmen are foggy on their American history. He made a check and got some astonishing results. Some students misplaced the Civil War by a couple of centuries. Some thought World War I was fought in the 1930's. A few said Grover Cleveland was president at the time. Nearly all knew George Washington was the- nation's first president, but less than a fourth could tell when he took office. All knew that the head .of this government today is President Eisenhower, but many came up with weird spellings of his name. We don't know how widespread these youthful blank spots are. But they suggest glaring weakness in our vaunted system of education. Exiles Return THE END OF THE post-World War 11 governments-in-exile movement was signaled when Hugon Hanke, Premier of the Polish exile government in London, and Adam Szczypierski, a subsidiary leader of the same group, returned to Warsaw recently. Those modern exiles who dreamed of counter-revolutions calling them home are today beginning to realize that last summer's Geneva conference spelled a renunciation of war, which they had vjsuaiized as, the instrument that would astore them to power in their homelands. As a consequence, General Chiang Kai- shek has lost some of his top Formosa generals, including those who had broadcast daily appeals from Peking for his tormer friends to join him in exile. Many refugees in Europe are returning to their nomelands in satellite countries. The Austrian; government is forcing some to return. This return is not easy for the individuals involved. Yet in exile they lose'contact with reality and lose the ability to govern successfully'even were they restored to power. Freedom must :cme to captive countries peacefully. That f hope accompanies the exiles on their sad ' journey homeward. ft READS THE STANDING TJiomas L. Stokes Trouble Brews Over Texas Oil Measure WASHINGTON —-There's something for everybody in the comprehensive Democratic legislative program for the second, pre-election session of the 84th Congress as announced in Texas by Senator Lyndon Johnson^ the .party's Senate leader/ ';',.'; And that includes one powerful business interest which is a ready source of campaign contributions for both Democratic and Republican parties. * That is oil. Over the protests of of a group of both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate from natural gas consuming states, the Texas .Sfcnate leader included in his catalogue the bill" to exempt producers of natural gas from .regulation by the Federal Power Commission., It needs only Senate approval and the signature of the President, which its sponsors expect, to become law. Last session it was shoved through the House, but won only a slim victory. That was attributed .chiefly'to the influence of another • Texan, Speaker Sam Rayburn, who was very energetic on the bill's behalf. be evidently.does. That would split the Democratic party in the Senate wide open, as well''as .'subjecting its leadership to assault from Rev publican .Senators from consumer states. It likewise would be the end of the spirit of "moderation" which Senator Johnson professes himself so anxious to create. is called, as well as a Federal anti- lynching law. Senator : Johnson is ' trying to avert a public split in his party over civil rights .in advance of the party's Chicago convention next year. THE : 'MEASURE would nullify a U.S. Supreme Court decision which :held that the FPC is required to regulate producers under the 1938 Natural Gas Act that a Democratic Congress put on the statute books. Consumers in the Middle West, the East and New England are aroused because of their fear of increased natural gas costs which experts say are inevitable if the measure is approved. A roar from consumer representatives in 'the Senate, and perhaps a prolonged filibuster, will greet the bill if Senator Johnson insists on pushing it to the floor, as THE NATURAL gas bill was inserted -half-way do w: Senator Johnson's list, seventh in the 13 items. It. was surrounded, in effect by important legislative aims that have wide-voter appeal which may divert attention from this "measure once killed by President Truman with his veto: But that is doubtful. The consuming public ,.seems to have been'alerted. In- pursuance of his ''moderation" policy the Senate Democratic . leader included a long familiar civil rights compromise measure. That is an effort to head off a more complete civil rights ^ program which some non-South" Senators plan to push. The Johnson compromise • is a proposed Constitutional amendment to abolish the poll tax which still is a requisite for voting in six Southern states: A Constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds favorable vote in each branch of Congress and ratification by three-fourths of the states. Southern Senators have been advancing this compromise for several years, but it never has been enough to satisfy some Senators from other parts of the country. They also want a Federal law to prevent discrimination in employment on account of race, color or national origin, a Federal Employment Practices Act, FEPC, as it .IN ADDITION to natural gas, Johnson's .program for the Senate . includes subjects: covered in measures that passed the House last session. Among -these is the measure to restore 90 percent of parity price supports on basic commodities, and add also a soil rental program. ." .' . As for tax. relief, the .Texas Senator supports an Increase of ex- en-ptions as the best means of lightening- the burden of the small taxpayer, instead of the $20-across"the-board reduction for everybody passed by ^the House-last'session. In the field of Social. Security, his aim is. to pass the House bill . wh'ch would reduce the eligibility age for old age pensions for women from 65 to 62, and in addition,-a measure to expand coverage of Social Security to most self-employed groups, ..Other measures on the Johnson program would provide for a health program, with special em- • phasis on increased funds for •medical research and hospital con- .slruction; for school construction: for highway construction on the pay-as-you-go principle instead of the bond-financed scheme proposed by .the. administration; housing; water resources development; relief for unemployed in distressed areas, chiefly ir coal mining 'and textiles: improvement of .our immigration laws by amending the Walter-McCarran Act, and disaster insurance against "ravages .of nature," including floods. (United Feature Syndicate,' Inc.) Peter Edson Red Newsmen Silent About Good Will Tour WASHINGTON (NEA) — How much good it did to bring the seven Russian journalists to the United States for a grand, transcontinental tour is going to remain something of a mystery. They are a pretty inscrutable bunch. After their arrival in Washington at the end of their tour, there was on unscheduled and unofficial event where the Russians might have let their hair down. But they didn't reveal a thing. The group had been taken to see Mount Vernon. Frank Kluck- holn — the.U. S. newsman who conducted the tour for the State Department—suggested they stop in for a visit with one of his friends John B. Adams. A former newspaper, wire service, magazine and radio correspondent, Adams lives across the Potomac in Alexandria, Va., in one of the first all-steel, prefabricated houses built in the Washington area. a Russilan-made rifle taken from • the Hukbalahap rebels in the Philippines—on which the Russians had no comment. But they liked this-informal call. They were interested in everything. How much the house cost. How it was paid for by, savings bonds cashed in when the war was over. How the Adams' three-days- a-week maid, married to a chauffeur, is building an even bigger house, of brick. One of the Russians proposed taking Adams' young daughter back home with him and sending his own daughter here in exchange. The deal didn't go'through. But the atmosphere was one of complete friendliness and human understanding. Kluckholn told the Russians that Adams "could shoot out a burning cigarette, held in a smoker's mouth. Boris Izakov, of the Russian magazine International Affairs, immediately lit up a cigarette and asked for a demonstration. merely nicked and knocked over the cigarette on his first two shots. On the third he clipped it in two. Then to show the Russians he wasn't. fooling, he took a calling- card and stuck it in the bark of a tree edgewise. Facing the edge, he cut the card in two on his first shot. They all went back to the Adarris house for the rest of the afternoon and over a bottle of Scotch everyone relaxed. Here was the Russians' chance to unburden. But aside from expressing annoyance at a Senator who had tried to lecture them that morning, they didn't give. On the other hand, their questions—though friendly—showed that little understanding of American democracy had sunk in. ADAMS IS ALSO a champion pistol and rifle shot He won the 50-meter prone competition in the 1952 Olympics at Helsinki.' He has an extensive collection of trophies and guns in his home. This includes THEY COULDN'T have that right in town. But "Adams took them a few miles away, where they could do a little shooting. Being out of practice "Adams History From The Times Files TEN YEARS 'GO November 28, 1945 B40 announced plans to expend $375,000 on improvements on Cumberland Division. Lt. L. Stabley Whitson, 323 City View Terrace, on terminal leave from -the Air Force, enrolled at Gettysburg, Pa., Theological Seminary. .-...•'. Dorothy A. Brinker, Oldtown Road, auditioned as vocalist for Phil Spitalny Orchestra, TWENTY YEARS AGO November 28, IMS , Noah Carder elected president of Oldlown Parent-Teacher Association. William A. Miller resigned presidency of Allegnny Trades Council. Patrick J. Conwny, LaSallc High coach, given farewell by faculty and student body prior *o accepting position as coach of West Philadelphia Catholic High School. THIRTY YEARS AGO November 28, 1925. Lazarus Company purchased three-story brick building on Baltimore Street. John C. Harris, 53, Grahamtown, died of injuries suffered when hit by car. -..-.Roy Abe, Oldtown, suffered serious injury when end gate of B&O gondola fell on .foot at company's Ue plant at Green Spring, , FORTY YEARS AGO November 28, 1S15 Cumberland Choral Club presented concert at Maryland Theatre under direction of Frederick F. Snow. Rev. Dr. James E. Moffatt and daughter, Miss Ethel Moffatt, nearly overcome by fumes from furnace ffi basement of home, Washington Street. THEY HOPE their newspaper articles will be published in book form in this country. The annual prize which Izakov proposed for the American writer making the greatest contribution to understanding between the two countries was a well-meant gesture. Tn the present state of world affairs, however, this is a prize which no American writer could afford to win. And while a reciprocal American prize award for Russians was suggested by the Soviet newsmen, it is doubtful if any of them could survive an American award. . Coming just at the time when the Geneva conference of foreign ministers has gone bust, there doesn't seem to be any form of cultural exchange which can improve understanding, even though this would seem to be needed more than anything else. . Barbs By HAL COCHRAN Creamed salmon filling in a ring of spinach is said to be very nutritious, but some kids don't like salmon, either. Whitney.Bolton Looking Sideways NEW YORK-A fellow came by the office the other day in tow of a friend named Bill Doll. What v/as on their minds was that they wanted to invite me to go, in January, to a foreign city where Connie Hilton didn't hav a hotel. The place they named was Moscow in the USSR. Now, these days a. fellow isn't invited to Moscow at the drop of a hat. Maybe at the drop of a bomb, but not of a hat. The occasion they said was the opening there of the touring company of "Porgy and Bess," and since it was to be the first American theatrical company to get'into Moscow since the revolution, they thought maybe a few Americans with typewriters ought to be along just to note the occasion in a few thousand well-chosen words. IT WAS NOT .MY memory that any American touring company had played Moscow even before the revolution, but that could be an error. There wasn't vaudeville, and that's 'certain. And I : . doubt that any of several hundred road companies of "Blossom Time" ever got that far, although they did play Loew's Addis Ababa and Poli's Samarkand, 'they say. I know that Frank Bacon didn't take "Lightin 1 " to Moscow or even Minsk, and if "Abie's Irish Rose" got to Moscow, it isn't on'the records. • ANYWAY, she brightened .up in a moment and said: "Moscow in Russia?" •-. And' I said, "where else?" And she said: "Maybe I can get another fur coat. All the winter pictures I see in the papers about Russia show the most unpromising looking people dressed in the most beautiful sables from head to toe. They can't be very expensive there. ' I saw a picture of one woman with cloths wrapped around her feet but she was wearing a divine sable coat." Women use the phrase "an• other fur coat" the way Indians used to say they'd wear another feather or shoot another buffalo. I once knew the wife of a film magnate who.had a special closet in her home just for fur coats. She had eleven of them and the closet had its own special burglar alarm which, once, the wife of a celebrated magazine publisher inadvertently set off because she sneaked a peek at the coats with- outknowing about the alarm. But that's another story. The story that fits here is that in New "York one day this lady called me, this lady with the eleven fur coats, and said: "Do you know a furrier where I can go whole^ sale? .I'm desperatelv in need of a fur coat. I feel awkward at parties." Awkward n what? A mink three, months old, sables five months old or ermine a year old? NATURALLY,'when a free trip of this extensive nature is mentioned a man's first thought is of his wife. The boys said, yes, they thought wives could go if approved by the proper departments on both .sides. That evening, over a crust of bread, I casually-mentioned that if everything went right we might go to Moscow in January. "I've never been in Idaho," she said, "and I think that would be interesting." . ' That got straightened out after awhile, and then the sulks set in. You could offer a daim a trip to the moon and she'd sulk and say: "But I haven't any clothes." How would she know what to wear on the moon? The way women talk when these little voyages come up, you'd think all the women in America sat around naked. I HAD TO LET. my bride sadly down and explain that (a) -prices were reputedly high in Russia for, anything and presumably that meant sables, too, and (b) how did- she expect to get a $14,000 sable coat which she had bought for S3.45 in Moscow past the customs here in^New York. .'•-. • . ;."Oh, I think I could wear it in with, an air," she said. -.; \ Frederick Othman *••.' Nice Work If You Can Get It PHOENIX, Ariz. - As a press association reporter in the long ago, I wondered why Arizona newspapers always insisted on such lengthy weather stories. So I used to pound out pieces about blizzards in Chicago, snow drifts' in Denver and sheaths of ice stalling traffic in Washington. These dispatches included all the horrid details and I discovered that they couldn't be written too long to suit the Arizona press, " Now I know why.' The subscribers liked to read about the frigidity Back home. I'M'LOLLING now on the front porch of my bungalow at John Quarty's San Marcos Hotel and Country Club, sniffing the flowers, admiring the oranges on the trees, and taking an occasional glance at the long-stemmed beauties on their way _to the pool. The Phoenix Republican at my side, with a lengthy page one dispatch about winter's cruel grasp on practically everywhere else, makes this pastime doubly delightful. . . -. I rolled in her from Tucson via an air-conditioned bus and next thing you know I was talking to i man with a problem: Bob Gosnell, who runs a : restaurant called the Green Gables. .-. ' FOR 17 YEARS now he's been having trouble with neighbors. When the customers drive-up to his place, four knights in shining armor ride up oh white chargers to show 'them the entrance gate. Prettiest horses and oddest-looking knights (in yellow wigs) I ever saw. ' '...," The clients then disembark and boys in Sherwood Forest costumes whisk their cars away. Descendants of Robin Hood take over with flaming torches to light the diners to the front door. Here the hungry ones stop while a quartette of medieval trumpeters tootle' news of their arrival. ALL CLIENTS have been getting the complete treatment all these years, except for the tootling. That's only available part time. "The neighbors .kicked so hard we had to go easy on the horns," said mine host Now he's reached an uneasy 'truce with".the folks next door and across the' street. Three nights a week they put up with 'the horns. The other four Gosnell maintains silence. I might add that the food was good, too. NEXT STOP was 'Bud Brown's Barn. Bud turned out to be a wild westerner in high-heeled boots, tight gray pants, and a flaming red shirt. He used to have a problem, too, but he's solved it. v SoTJieySay Love is one-half the score of-poetry. Religion is the other half..'', philosophy means to see anything in Urge pcrsptctive. If you do that you're liable not to fall in love. —Will Durant, philosopher and historian. ..,..: Hal Boy/* AP Reporter's Notebook NEW YORK -Things a columnist would never know if he didn't open his morning mail: That American women are using less perfume now than they did eight years^ago. That on the other hand, deodorant sales climbed 93 ^er cent between 1947 and 1953. That acids in even the fairest skin ar« harmful to a Pearl necklace. It should be sent To a jeweler once a year to be cleaned. That during some fall and winter months as many as 15 million Americans may catch tenor Kurt Baum. In any.case,- sables or not, I may go to Moscow in January and I've got the clothes for it. A-beat-up six-year-old Burberry overcoat and that suit of charcoal flannel which bags at the knees even when walking on' Madison Avenue. Furthermore, I can laugh just as loud as Khruschev can. . Louder, maybe. After all, I live here. •; (McNausht Syndicate, Inc.) Bud turned out to be a graduate of Dartmouth, class of 1925. He came to Phoenix to be a schoolteacher and then he got interested in square dancing, like all the other Arizonahs. He and his friends rented a : barn for week-end fun and one thing led to another, and now Bud's abandoned the scholars 'for his Wild West dance hall. . , It looks like such an establishment in the^movies, but there's- never any shooting because the customers haven't .enough breath left after their bucolic exertions. The only things' they -wrecked were Bud's musical chairs. Consult your wife early, men, on what she want* for Christmas, so she cnn change her mind in Una for you to make the swap. In a game . . . like football, you aren't going to win forever. It comes to every coach sooner or later—unless you're (Cleveland!*) Paul Brown, that is, —Buddy Parker, coach of the luckless Detroit Lions. "THEY KEPT smashing the seats," he said. "When four men and six girls try to sit on the-same chair, something's got to give. So I imported some solid mahogany . chairs with rawhide seats and I've had no further trouble." One other thing: Bud only labors four nights a week. It's too danged much trouble to call the dances.the other three. Fact is, the only, man I've met here who labors all the time is hotelier Quarty.. He's : always on the job, mostly with a golf club in his hand, trying out his own course. This, says he' with a glance; at the blizzard headlines : in my paper, is the kind of work- he's always wanted. (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) Religion CLIFFORD E. Clinton, restaurant owner in Los Angeles, gives the world an example of religion in action In the first place, he believes in feeding people. His restaurant has sections in .which people may get nourishing food according to their means. There's a room where you may eat for a quarter. In the big one, prices are stated, but you pay as you think fair - or possible. You may pay less. If you wish to pay more, you do so. Most people, judged by the total intake, pay more. Clinton has made.a modest endowment to the California Institute of Technology, where the Department of Biochemistry, under Henry Borsook, ; s trying to find. formulae .for protein foods at low. prices. It now has a "three-cent- meal." •'."•• A" Meals-For-Millions has been established, helped by many Amer- icar churches, women's clubs and civic groups. The • foods ' so far worked out have been sent, with no strings, to India, Iraq, the Philippines. There, too, they are not only using these foods to advantage, but . are trying ,to • help. the cause by working out more. The protein used here is mostly corr.ing from soy beans. In its quiet way) this Foundation" may have instituted a revolution in the use'of food. It has already introduced ^protein diets in countries '; where none existed, which could mean the difference between life and death for impoverished peoples. If this isn't religion, what ts? "I was hungry and you gave me to eat," said the great Teacher.. Arid an American poet, Lowell,-later put this profound truth "in a few words, easy to remember: "Who gives himself with his alms feeds three: Himself, his hungry neighbor and Me." broken nose in a practice bout with Max . SCh Kurt 1S clainis the removal of a nasal; bone as the result of the injury made his high notes more resonant. .... That some 30 herbs are used in making a top«rade vermouth, including the flowers of "wormwood," and such other fancy-hamed plants as sweet marjoram, -angelica and blessed thistle. That the National Dog Welfare League believes one way to keep your boy from run- nin ff with a wolfpack of juvenile delinquents is to. give him a pooch to care for. THAT WHILE WOMEN still buy 55 to 60 per cent of all men's wear the percentage is dropping steadily. Papa is getting, more interested' in his clothing every -year, insists on picking it out himself. -. - ' • • ' .-• That despite modern safety and Health measures a recent survey showed there are 334,000 blind persons in the United States, the highest number in our history. . _ That singer Ella Logan has been' entertaining audiences since she was a lass of two in Scotland. . . . ...,.:...< - . That the human ear is faster than ' the human eye. Tests have shown the . average person .reacts more' quickly to .a .signal he hears than one he 'sees. .'-. • , That approximately 15 million Americans have some hearing impairment, and the leading cause of deafness is probably heredity. That when Emperor Hirohito ascended the Japanese throne in 1926 his .reign was'desig-' nated as -"Showa," meaning "The Era -of Radiant Peace." ' . THAT IF YOU'RE a man 20 years old you .have better ' than a two-out-of three chance 'of. living-to be sixty-five. But'more than four out of five girls of 20 will hit th'e 65 mark.,.: ; That every 8.8 minutes in America:somis . merchant is threatened with a blackjack, ;a knife, a gun or some other-type Weapon. This figure doesn't include lady, customers demanding refunds at the point of an old-fashioned hatpin. • ' - -v-'.. • ' That some entertainers dip their hands in a bowl of ice cubes to halt nervous perspiration before*' starting a performance. : That Margaret Firth, author of "It's-fun to reduce," says: "White is a fattening color- black makes you look thinner. -Why do overweight women always wear white .in the summer?"- '.. : - '-' -•'• r - .'--" • That Conrad Nagel gives this- as his definition of middle age: "When a toupee is man's best friend." . . . •That one expert estimates, the present-IS million- population of the New York metro-" . politan area will climb to 20 million by 1975. . The correct figure, however, will be 19,999,999. I plan to move away and become a hermit before 1975. . That no one yet has invented a charcoal white shirt to wear with all those charcoal gray suits. - . • - "•'-(Associated-Press) f -r • George Dixon : " /I ; Tlie Washington Scene WASHINGTON-Chief Justice Earl Warrea and 69 of us other gourmets gorged ourselves the other evening in memory of Escoffier. But at the dinner .honoring le maitre supreme du 19th sciecle was a gentleman who once got so annoyed at Escoffier for snooping in the kitchen that he hauled off. and., kicked la maitre in le derriere. -.-..-'..-. .. • -.The annual dinner of Les Amis D'Escoffier was limited, as always, to 70 diners and winers, because the great chef laid down the principle that anything over that number was not a dinner, but a banquet—and that banquet food could not be controlled. The world's great cooks are friends of Escoffier now that he is defunct, but there are still a few of them who felt no friendliness • toward the irascible little master when he was . alive. AMONG THOSE who used to be aggravated beyond endurance at the perfectionist is Harry Kopel, owner of Hammel's- restaurant here. The Vienna-born Mr. Kopel used to be a kitchen apprentice in the Garlton Hotel in London in 1904 when the great'iEscoffier, who lived to be 87 was directeu'r de cuisine. Escoffier always arrived" iri the kitchen resplendent in-gleaming: high silk, hat and Prince Albert coat. He was a skinny, little man, barely 5 feet 6, but a tyrant if there ever was one. He would always make a tour of the kitchen before removing topper or'coat. An aide de cuisine would reverently lay a napkin over the master's arm. Escoffier would dip an elegant finger into everything cooking, taste the preparation, and then wipe his finger on the napkin.: But when:any dish "dissatisfied him he'd wipe both his hands in shrill rage, and ordered the offending concoction rectified. It was the 16-year-old Kopel's job to collect leftover food and put it in the rechoud or hot .box. Escoffier'was' forever prying into the rechoud to see what had not been used. "One day," recalled Kopel, "something snapped in me. Escoffier had his head buried in the rechoud. I gave him a swift kick and dodged aside. By the time he^got his head out of the rechoud-he couldn't tell who had done it. . FREDERIC GISLER, the food man at Sibley Memorial Hospital, also worked with Escoffier. Hex.told how.the master had once vented his irascibility on-a "titled"English lady^ • The.peerless wished Escpffier to put on a "very special'? dinner for her. 'She'asked him to suggest the main course. '"., . : . !'Canard^sauvagc," replied le'maitre uncompromisingly; •'->;-; , ••• > "What on earth is'that?" inquired the lady; Escoffier flew'into'a'rage at this abyssmal ignorance of his native tongue. He jumped up and .down, flapping his skinny arms. -"Canard sauvage, Madame," he screamed, 'is a.wild bird which goes 'quack! quack!' in .water!" . ; . . . • ; .. •:••• THIS YEAR'S DINNER, in honor of Auguste Escoftier's 106th birthday, was hosted by George Johnson, general manager of the Sheratoh-Carltori hotel. Many of the country'! leading chefs attended. The' only outsiders were the Chief Justice and a couple of grateful gluttons, including me. After all this, the. .Chief Justice got up and said he had never ingested anything lik« it in his life. How many people have? (Klin r«iturti, lae.)

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