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FOUR EVENING TIMES. CUMBERLAND. MD., WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1955 g^M»i^»«»«««"""^^"' M ™"^*"*^**^' B '^* a '^*^*' >> ^*^ M " M ^'*^"^ M *^''*^^^»'*''«*M««»s»E^^ —ill-"" -"'" 'I •^••^•^•••••^^ Dial PA-2-4600 for i WANT AD Taktr Evening* Sunday Times 7^ Vnieen Audkw* A VCnTER CLASSIC " Mornlnt Published b» ID* nm*i tm) .AUtiinuw ;,' Company '•» South Mechanic St CumbeTUnd Md, -" entered •• tcrond elit» mall witter '. Maryland, under th» act o* March ••': .v~' Member of the Audit Bureau 01 Circulation .v Member ol The Associated Press Phone PA W500 Weekly nibscriptloB rate by C«rrt«r»: On* wert . Evening only, 36et Evenlnj flmei P«I cop» Scj Evening «nd Sunday rime*. «e. 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Wednesday Afternoon, Nov. 30, 1955 OUR COUNTRY The union of hearts, tht union ot hand* and the Flag of our Union forever.— Just Makeshift OF THE MANY THINGS politicians have said about the farm problem, perhaps the most curious is that the bulging crop surpluses in government hands are a side issue unrelated to the main difficulty. Surpluses are the very heart of the matter and have been for more than three decades. First in World War I and again in World War II, the American farmer was encouraged to produce far more than had previously been- his custom. When wartime and early postwar demand was over, the farmer's excess output depressed the market. . IN THE 1920s THIS led to an agricultural depression that farmers .never forgot. When this country was on the threshold of World War II, the farmer's friends in Congress acted to prevent -a recurrence. They adopted the price '_ support legislation which would bring 'gov. erhment loans and purchases into the picture if the market sagged. In the last few years that decline has occurred. Farm income has fallen despite price supports, and government warehouses have been filled to overflowing with crops taken off the farmer's hands. All efforts to cut deeply into the surpluses seem to have failed because the farmer produces more and more from less and less acreage in his continuing battle to offset dropping market prices, acreage controls, and so on. BY NOW IT OUGHT to be plain the problem is chronic. The farmer has learned how to produce considerably more than the country Absorbs in .normal times. Neither government regulations nor irysr- ket conditions effectively curb this extra . output. And neither government nor anybody else has found a way to insure that the farmer shall participate according to his numbers and his importance in the general economic gains the nation is steadily making. The. price support program is a crude, costly wartime make. . shift that aggravates the problem rather than solves it. What we need is .an entire new, inventive approach to the farmer's difficulty. It would be both heartening and refreshing if either one of our political parties could conceive such an approach. No Hydrogen Display THOMAS E. MURRAY, a member of the Atomic Energy Commission, recently proposed holding a display of our hydrogen bomb strength, and inviting other, world powers, including the Russians, to observe it. It is his idea that such a move would convince all who witnessed the explosions of the- futility, of war. Four members of the Atomic Energy Commission disagree with Murray. They point out that in atomic tests conducted just after World War II Communist observers saw the might of atomic bombs and yet Soviet Foreign Policy was not influenced for the better. The stand of the four A. E. C. members seems justified. The Russians know the potential of the atomic and hydrogen weapons very well. There would .be little point in asking them to witness new explosions. As a matter of fact the •idea might boomerang — we might appear in the eyes of the world as a great power with a mighty weapon trying to cow our adversaries with threats of atomic destruction. Mr. Murray's suggestion was made in good faith and at first it looked good. Yet the world turns to the United States for leadership. No one wants to follow a leader who seems to be showing --'qff ' his muscles. The idea might result ~ r in more good to Communist propaganda to the cause of peace. Not A Hero THADDEUS STEVENS of Pennsylvania, the congressional leader' who came "within an ace of getting President An- : dre\v Johnson removed from, office by 'impeachment, is the subject of a new biography by a veteran of this type of writ- ,ing, Ralph Korngold. Korngold believes .Stevens was right in most of his 'ideas, a ;. viewpoint which will stir most Southern, ers and not a few in the north. Stevens ,,was the Congressman who insisted that 'the seceding states should not be readmitted until the three war amendments, the ; ' l3th, 14th," and 15th, were put through. He also wanted to break up the great plantations and distribute them among the Negroes and impoverished whites. This type of legislation ,neyer popular here, has been widely practised in Ireland, .notably, and in many parts of Europe. Stevens also fought for free public education in Pennsylvania. In the 1830s education was free only if parents took a pauper's oath, A controversial and. turbulent man, Stevens was admired by few. Though the biography is not calculated to appease those who may become irritated by Stevens' opinions, it is interesting both because of the Stevens influence upon important legislation and because of the extraordinary character of the man. Thomas L. Stokes Will Dixon-Yates Pay For Golden Shovel? WASHINGTON—In the most recent episode in the Dixon-Yates affair, refusal of the Atomic Energy Commission to pay damages for the cancelled contract, the Eisenhower Administration has provided more ammunition for the' political issue which it long ago handed the Democrats. The latter, including Presi'dent- ially-ambitious Senator Estes Kefauver who helped to expose the deal, joyfully look forward to plenty more mileage out of the bizarre Dixon-Yates tale from now until the November elections next year. This most recent episode is ah ironical. denouement to the performance of supposedly responsible' government officials, which included evasion of responsibility .and concealment of facts both from the public and from President Eisenhower. NOW THE AEC uses "conflict of interest"—a phrase of increasing circulation hereabouts—as the basis for denying damages for cancellation of the Dixon-Yates contract. This is on the very proper and valid grounds that Adolphe E. 1 ' Werizell was acting' as' a''paid ''com sultant of the Budget Bureau on financing of the Dixon-Yates deal .which was being handled by his own company. First Boston Corporation, biggest Wall Street utility investment house. I But who invited Mr. Wenzell in to serve the government on the Dixon-Yates deal? .Why, Rowland Huges, Director of the Budget, who was fully aware of his connection with First Boston Corporation. Also Admiral Lewis L. Strauss, AEC chairman. sat in meetings arranging the Dixon-Yates deal at which Mr. Wenzell was present. Recognition of "conflict of interest" on Mr. Wenzell's part now, after successive evading and denying of it for months, seems somewhat belated, to put it mildly. WHO WAS IT,' also, who was instrumental in inducing the two utility men— Messrs, Edgar H. Dixon and Eugene A. Yates—to set up a Southern utility combine to .build a plant at West Memphis to supply power to the TV A system at Memphis to compensate for power taken from TVA to supply AEC installations at Paducah, Kentucky, instead of merely adding to the capacity of 'TVA itself by building another steam plant?. Why, again it was the Budget Bureau, with the acquiescence finally of the AEC, which first had balked, but shifted when it was "packed" by replacement o£ personnel: "This strange circuitous scheme was promptly smelled out by friends of TVA in Congress who saw in it'a means of gradually strangling TVA by moving private utilities into its territory. How right they were began ultimately to come out when the whole story of Adolphe Wenzell's adventures in government behind the scenes was brought out piecemeal in investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and a Senatorial investigation in which Senator Kefauver played anlmportant role. UNKNOWN except to a few, Mr. Wenzell had been in Washington earlier, Before the Dixon-Yates deal, on an interesting mission. He was brought here in May, 1953, soon after the advent of the Eisenhower Administration, by the De-- troit banker who was then Director of the Budget, Joseph M. Dodge. Mr. Wenzell's assignment was to make a survey on financing TVA. He came up eventually with alternative proposals designed to get TVA back into the hands of private utilities, one of them very close to the subsequent Dixon-Yates scheme he helped to work out several months later in ais dual capacity of government employe and officer in the. First Boston Corporation. In his report, never made public, he. called TVA "galloping Socialism," speeding up the tempo of "creeping Socialism" that President Eisenhower had used. . Here in the story of Adolphe Wenzell, from beginning to end, we see the plot to wreck TVA, an inside job carefully kept from the public. The first to expose Mr. Wenzell's dual role was Senator Lister Hill in a Senate speech last February. He revealed something else, wHich was that when the Budget Bureau,' on President Eisenhower's order in August, 1954, to make public the "complete" account of Dixon-Yates, related its documents, there was not a single word '. about Mr. Wenzell's participation. He wasn't mentioned. Somebody in the Budget Bureau had stripped the papers. Peter Edson "For America" Girds For Political Action WASHINGTON - (NEA) - With a new lease on life and a promise of more money support, 'the "For America" committee is coming out in the open now as a political action group. For those who may* not remember, this is the group that the late Col. Robert R. McCormick of the Chicago Tribune and ex-Rep. Hamilton Fish of New York formed more than a year ago to promote their views and policies. Gen. Robert E. Wood of Sears Roebuck was elected national chairman. Brig. Gen Bonner Fellers, who had been Gen. Douglas MacArthur's public relations expert in Japan, was made national director and promised a million and a quarter dollars for the '54 campaign. Today Gen. Fellers admits with a laugh that he may have seen the quarter, but he never got the million. HAM FISH pulled out of the organization because he wanted to make it an' active political group. Col. McCormick wanted to make it merely an educational committee. Since Col. McCormick was paying most of the bills, that's what it remained. .But now Gen. Wood, because of his advancing years, has been made honorary chairman. Dean Clarence Manion of Notre Dame Law School and Dan Smot, the Dallas, Texas, radio commentator formerly with "Facts Forum" have been made co-chairmen. A policy of 70 from 26 states has been named. Included are such names as Lt. Gen. George D. Stratemeyer, Gen. James A. Van Fleet, Gen. Mark Clark, Gen. A. C. Wedemeyer, Eugene Pulliam, Ex-Sen. A. W. Hawkes of New Jersey, Ex. Reps. Howard. Buffett, Neb., and Samuel Pettengill, III. Frank E. Gannett, Sumner Gerard, Adm. Ben Moreell, Richard Lloyd Whitney Bplton Looking Sideways NEW YORK — Ever ready to be of flashing service to the readers, it seems to me that today, with just under four weeks to go, would be a fine, sparkling day to take you- on a tour of New York's Christmas,shops. Bring your own money. ... Are you married to a girl who has everything,' since you are the kind of husband who provides everything your income" allows? Don't falter, old boy. Here is a Fifth Avenue shop with gold shoe buckles for sale. What's so special about gold shoe buckles? These have Swiss watches set in them. The right foot watch shows New York time, the left foot will show time in any city you' may be away in. Say, London. These buckles also have an optical value. If she can't read the time by glancing down — she needs glasses. ARE YOU married to a gentleman who can't think of anything he really wants? Let me lead you, lady, to "a men's shop which,' among other pretties, has batiste shorts with four solid-gold buttons to hold them together. Can't you just picture your husband's face when he opens his Christmas package and finds baT_ tiste shorts with gold closure but-, tons? Any woman can buy a necktie. ' It takes a heroine .to do what I have 'just suggested.' Were you married this fall .and, as newlyweds, individually per- 'plexed about what to give each other, being sensible young people who just don't want a gew-gaw but who would rather pool your money in a cooperative gift helpful to both? Sensible, sensible youth. I have found just what you need in a shop on Madison-Avenue. A gold-plated three-section screen with slotted bins in each screen. One panel holds unpaid bills in its slots. The next holds love notes from you to her and the third holds love notes from her to you. One corner is devoted to a little, gold- crusted, wire-mesh bird's nest in which each of you is supposed to deposit a forgiveness note after a quarrel. Sweet? LONG AFTER the Hill speech, in June of this year in fact, 'the President said at a news conference: "Now as far as the Wenzell report is concerned. Mr. Wenzell was never called in or asked a single thing about the Dixon-Yates contract. ... He was brought in as technical advisor and nothing else, and this b'efore the contract was ever even proposed." The President had been kept in the dark. The story finally came out when Mr. Wenzell, himself, told it to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Administration, you recall, finally got its opening to cancel. the contract when Memphis announced it would build its own steam plant to supply power, so that the Dixon-Yates plant, for "which ground already had been broken in elaborate' ceremonies with a golden shovel, was not needed. Unless the two utility men win their suit against the government for damages, it looks like they are going to have to pay for that golden shovel themselves. (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) ' Jones, Donald R. .Richberg, Spruille Braden, Hugh Roy Cullen, the Texas oil-and-other-business multimillionaire. History From The Times Files TEN YEARS AGO November 30, 1945 . Office employes of Kelly-Springfield Tire Company plant resumed, five-day work week due to postwar adjustment in wages and' salaries to 40-hour basis. Jo Ann Porter. Bedford Street, injured when sfnick by auto. Death of Mrs. Mary M. Harrison, Davidson Street; Victor Richardson. 26, Hill Street; Mrs. Susan Pierce, 91, Barton. TWENTY YEARS AGO November ,10, 1935 Wlllard A'crtz, 24, Cook's Mills,Pa,. killed by hit-run driver on Hyndmnn-Ellerslic Road. Arthur B. Gibson presided at memorinl services 01 Cumberland Lotlsc 63, BPO Elks. Etisvnrd Ingram. 7, Lexington Avenue, suffered leg fraclurcd when hil by car. Death of Edward H, Ravenscroft, -53, Central Avenue. THIRTY YEARS AGO November 30. 1925 Irv V. McKenzie. prominent Al- logany County farmer, won six prizes in International Corn and Livestock Show at Chicago. A. Taylor Smith elected • president of Cumberland Kiwanis Club. James Lnzard appointed basketball coach at Allegany High School. Death of Mrs. J. Bernard Higgins, 30, Louisiana Avenue. FORTY YEARS AGO November 30, 1915 Movement started to have .new bridge constructed over B&O Railroad on Cumberland Street to replace wooden ' structure built in 1872. Roy Welsh, 22, Potomac Street; hurt in fall from Western • Maryland Railway engine at Ridgelcy shops. Frostburg organized Associated Charities; Rev. J. M. Beall named president. THIS LIST in itself will give a fair idea of what "For America" will stand for, and against. But after two months of arguing among themselves, a policy statement has just been issued. This is being mailed out to a big list, with a coupon suggesting contributions of $» to $1000—or more. On the first page is what,the policy committee identifies as The Threat— "International - leadership has : captured both parties. International leadership threatens American independence, leading us into bankruptcy, involving us in foreign, wars and destroying our liberty." . THE "FOR AMERICA" platform then outlines five proposals to overcome this threat. These are the highlights: 1. Protect U. S. independence— by passing the Bricker amendment and reorganizing the United Nations into a group of non-Communist states, or else force U. S. withdrawal. - 2. Protect the solvency of the U. S._by passing the Reed-Dirksen amendment to limit Congressional taxing power, limiting foreign spending and adopting Hoover commission government reorganization proposals. 3. Maintain peace with honor—by creating overwhelming air superiority and abolishing conscription. 4. Safeguard States Rights—by giving complete jnd exclusive control of education ,to local governments. ' 5'. Destroy the Communist Conspiracy—by upholding the McCarran-Walter Immigration act, abolishing the withholding Sax and guaranteeing the right to work and the emancipation of wages from "check-off" dues. splashy and never mind the cost. Get your girl, right 'over here on Park Avenue, a pair of gold wire mesh stockings for evening wear. She probably will have sore feet after. 15 minutes, but think how elegant she will look hosed in pure gold. The mesh 'feels a little coarse for walking on, but who cares? To look that way a" girl would gladly limp. In the matter of such garments as lingerie, old boy, you no longer need to go into that old embarrassed teeter from one foot to the other. The best lingerie shops have ladies hired to help you and these ladies have a cold, impersonal eye and a face enamelled like a $50 watch. No matter what ; stance you take, they'll freeze you down to the marrow. If you come in all giggly and blushing, they give you the look that says: "Come, come, little boy, grow up. This isn't prep school, you know." If you.come in breezy and self- confident, full of male bonhomie and all that, you get the frosty look that says: "Well.-well, old Bull in a China Shop is' here again." Hal Boyl« AP Reporter's Notebook NEW YORK—In the wild and woolly West, it seems, there was nothing wilder than a cowboy's aim. Millions of American kids today take it for granted that the oldtime cowboys were faster than greased lightning on the draw and practically never missed their target in a gunfight. "The plain fact is," says' Herbert .0. Brayer, "that cowboys as a group were generally poor shots. Alas, it is' all too true. They couldn't hit the broad side of a barn!" Brayer, alas, is' no mere killjoy bent c' overturning youthful idols. He is recognized a top authority on the wild West, and spent years going through court records and getting sworn testimony to debunk the legend that the average cowboy was an artist with a six-gun. The result of his researches, proving that cowboys missed 'more often than they hit, are carried in the January issue of the magazine "Guns." THEY TAKE THE point of view that women wear lingerie as casually as you wear a pocket handkerchief, that lingerie is for sale and, presumably, that you are adult and have enough money to pay for it Which is, of course, exactly right as a point \of view. But, brother, the prices! A pair of lacy, filmy, airy and foam-light panties you could pull through the eye of a needle without half trying will knife you for $45, plus tax, and other items of similar negligible durability come even higher. The American lingerie" industry has'come'a long way since the time a flour sack could be cut up into a pair of pants. BEST IGNORE that unpaid bills panel. That's the dangerous one, likely to make'the other two useless and make you want to tear that forgiveness nest to shreds. OR MAYBE YOU are the kind of lad who wants to do something IN SIDE STREET shops you can buy motor horns that sing'a little song, shoe horns crusted with seed pearls, can openers studded with counterfeit gems and even the old- fashioned around-the-knee puffed garters for women in satin with "embroidered mottoes like: "If you can read this, get lost." . . And, late this afternoon, Colonel, I'll show you a shop where you can buy your girl a hat made of solid gold threads with two genuine diamonds as ornaments. (McNaught Syndicate, Inc.) Frederick Othman "Scotch, Rye And Bourbon" WASHINGTON — The big news for lady Christmas shoppers seeking something gaudy for their husbands this season. seems to be pajamas.' One manufacturer now • makes these with girls dancing down the front. Another covers his with goo- goo eyes, both ^anls and coat, while a third has for sale pajamas covered with hundreds of pictures of a lady in her bathtub. • Plain pajamas also are available, if you look for them, and in that connection it is a pleasure to report that for the man who wears tops, only, there are tops available. For the one who sleeps in the pants, the same maker has separate trousers and I suppose that's the biggest economy news Of 1955. colors including black, are $28.95 a pair. A combination Swiss watch and roulette wheel is $22.50. For the lady who wants to scare burglars is a small, gold-colored revolver. It doesn't shoot because inside is a harmonica. YOU GATHER what I've been doing: window shopping. I doubt if ever before has there been such a variety of Christmas widgetry on sale. For $9.95 anybody who needs one can buy a sofa pillow in the shape of an octopus, with 11 green legs and two red eyes. The Plant-of-the-Month Club offers annual memberships for $12, and I'm thinking of joining. As soon as the poinsettia dies in its pot, there will arrive a verbena and so on every 30 days for a year. If your spouse always has wanted a majestic spread eagle to place over the fireplace, one can be had in cast aluminum for $29.50. I read a while back about the advertising man who thought up toothpaste in three flavors, Scotch, rye and bourbon. These tasty dentifrices now are on sale. The ad says "Send $1.50 for each tube and start living." FOR THE MAN .who's always wanted a submachine gun like Al Capone favored, there is a genuine one that actually shoots .22 bullets. Price, $19.95. I also give you my word as an honest man that several firms now sell jeweled mousetraps at $2 each. There also is a new device known as the tandem smoker for $3.95. This uses an arrangement of-rubber tubes so that'two peonle can smoke one cigarette at once. That's economy note t'.o. 2 of the Christmas season; I'll have more in a- few days after I look into "some' more windows. -'." • (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) HERE ARE A FEW of his disclosures: The famous Texas cattleman, Charles Goodnight told Brayer: "I've known hundreds of the best and worst cowpunchers in the business, and the number of real working cowboys who could hit a man at 50 feet with a .44 or .45 you could count on your fingers and toes. But .some of them were pretty fair shots with a rifle—and some were damn good! "The best shots in the cow -country certainly were not the cowboys —they were the ones who usually got shot! . "It was the professional gunslingers who spent their time learning to draw fast and shoot straight while the honest cowpoke was busy branding, driving up the drags, repairing fence, or busting steers out of the bush. "If there was a gunfight in town in which someone was badly hurt or killed, you'could almost bet there was a professional gunman involved, a lawman, gambler, or one of the outlaws who found safety on the frontier." Jim Shaw, a veteran trail rider who became president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Assn., said: "I only 'knew a half dozen real cowboys who were experts with revolvers. My brother could put five out of six bullets into a playing card at 50 feet, but I've seen him miss completely against a live target at 25 feet." MANY COWBOYS preferred rifles or shotguns to revolvers, and as early as the late 1870's many ranchers forbade the carrying of firearms on the range, during roundup or while on the trail. If on rare occasions they needed a'gunman they hired one. They didn't depend on their own cowboys. . . In 1881 two rival groups of cowboys got in a gunfight in a Dodge City, Kan. saloon. More than 100 shots were fired, and the only casualty was a cat. The cowboys could have done better with rocks or beanshooters. In one shooting fracas in New Mexico in 1884 a 19-year-old Mexican boy killed four cowboys and wounded six others, then holed up in an adobe hut and fought 80 besieging cowboys to a draw. , Some 4,000 shots were poured at him, but at the'end of 33 hours the boy surrendered unharmed on his own terms and got off scot free. The truth is that many of the cowboys were teen-agers who wore a six-gun only as a badge . of manhood—and really didn't know quite hov^ to handle it if they tried to use it in a hurrjj Of course, kiddies, you already knew that the Indian was a pretty poor shot, too. Or did you? Any good modern archer today could outshoot the bow-and-arrow Indian of a century ago. Who can a kid believe in? Maybe Buck Rogers. ... Maybe. (Associated Press) Harding A MAIL-ORDER firm located in Tahiti offers sarongs like Dorothy Lamour used to wear while fleeing Paramount Pictures' crocodiles. These cost $9.95 each and are no good for playing in the snow. Available now is the combination cigar lighter and pocket knife for lighter and flashlight, a German import, for $15. For the-busy man there is the shaving brush with built-in lather. The soap's in the handle and the price varies from $4.95 to $15.50, according as ' to .whether he'll take nylon bristles (a little stiff) or insists on badger hair, the softest stuff there is. FOR FORTUNE hunters there are on sale numerous varieties'of Geiger counters,' which buzz when they- sniff uranium, for around $150 per copy. This also seems to be the year for the transistor radio. At least half a dozen of these, with batteries that will play for months, are on sale for around $50 each. I have heard several of these and they sound amazingly good, especially when you consider they're not much bigger ; than a pack of cigarettes. A camel's saddle direct from Egypt can be bought for $69.50. My own feeling is that a camel saddle isn't much use without a camel, but then I could be wrong. Jeweled dog collars for pooches, which did nothing to deserve such' a fate, can be bought for J2.85 and up- Satin sheets, in «H A HISTORICAL museum is plan-' ned to commemorate Preside'nt Warren G. Harding. His home town, Marion, Ohio, already has a handsome architectural memorial in his honor, and his former residence is operated, as a museum. The iprojected enterprise will assume a new and much larger form if the will of the late Dr. Fred Stegel of Marion, an" optometrist, is carried'out. . ' Dr. Stegel collected thousands of items referring to Harding, including not only books but also glasses, furniture and guns...His will would transfer these to the museum and create a Harding Historical Society, perhaps as an added function of the present Harding Memorial Association. The head of the Association, Dr. Carl. Sawyer, possesses extensive correspondence of the president. History has not dealt kindly with Harding's memory.. if continued study proves the record false, this new enterprise may reveal that fact. It will, however, labor under the handicap of the wholesale destruction of Harding's correspondence, . executed by his .widow. Whatever her motive, she undoubtedly did his memory grave harm. The episode in his career which his friends would prefer remembered was his intercession with Judge Elbridge Ht Gary, head of the United States Steel Corporation, to end the 12-hour work day and seven-day week. Gary had refused before, but yielded to Harding's plea. This was a humane act, showing essential kindliness." : So They Say Unify Germany, why, man, we've already unified it. We came through Germany playing this ol' happy music, and if them Germans wasn't unified, then this ain't ol 1 Satchmo talking to you. —Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, hot trumpeter, completes German tour. George Dixon The Washington Scene WASHINGTON—I've had a premonition of calamity and now my worst-forebodings are '. realized. Congress has gone poetic. One hundred and thirty Senators and Representatives, 1 plus Vice -President Nixon, have contributed poems to an anthology released today. The nation is ill-prepared to' withstand the impact. About the only consolation I can hold out ; is that, except in four horrid instances, the poems are not the work of the Congressmen who-submitted them. One of the 102 poems in "The Cpngressional Anthology," 98 are by poets whose claim to renown is non-elective. The works are by such non-legislative craftsmen as Kipling, Tennyson, Whittier, Lowell, and those celebrated Irish bards, Sheets and Kelly. They were submitted by the Congressmen as either their favorite or those that had given them the most inspiration. MOST OF THE SOLONS chose, as the source of their noblest inspiration, R. Kipling's "If", which begins: . • ' .•"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs " Oddly, this is the, choice of my favorita bureaucrat, Federal Trade Commissioner Lowell B. Mason. He got up before a gathering of industrial tycoons in Chicago last week and— with tongue in cheek away out .to here- • prefaced his speech by reciting: "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs — obviously you do not understand the situation." • Vice President. Nixon selected Walt Whitman's "0 Captain! My Captain!" which closes: "Exult, 0 shores, and ring, 0 bells, but I with mournful tread "Walk the deck my Captain lies, fallen cold and dead." This is understood to have no political significance. (PARENTHETIC NOTE: I have just been informed by Gen. Joseph Franklin Battiey, poet laureate of the paint and varnish parnassus, that I made a slight error in the names of two of^ the above-mentioned poet''. He contends their names should be Keats and.Shelley.) While I am a bit depressed to learn that so many of our elected representatives have a."fv. I predilection for the morbid I am nonetheless'^ ' delighted at the disclosure that they have some cultural leanings. It is reassuring to know that all is not dross—and I am not referring to their underpanties. I've gotten just about everything else out of baseball a man could ask. All I'd like to have now is a World Series gams before I call it quits. -Cleveland's Bob Feller IT IS HEARTENING to know, as our representatives blast one another partisanally, that they have poetry in their souls. They have rhyme, if not reason. I wonder if some -of our politicians, who promise ^everything when the campaigning becomes tough, have ever read the immortal lines of Edmund Spenser after he was promised a government pension and didn't get it: "I was promised on a time, to have reason lor my rhyme; "From that time unto this season, I received nor rhyme nor reason." Or Joseph Ashby Stcrry in "The Riparian Philosopher": "It's much too hot for reason, and far too warm f6r rhyme." (KJni Fcitarcs, Inc.)

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