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FOUR EVENING CUMBERLAND, MD., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1955 Sunday Times , How to Torture lour CLASSIC • rvrr» Alternoon i«xc*pl Sund«.»' «»o Suncuj Morning Publlihrd bv rh« rimes «nd Ct>mp*n.T. t-9 South Mcchintr St Cumberland Entered as ifcnrt clam -nail matter «t <himbrrl»n<J, M»rvland. unde; In* «ct n! March 3 1879 ~ Mirnhei~of Thr Audi* Bureau al Clrculatlor Member of Thf Associated Prtif Phone PA 2.4600 Weekly subscription rate by Carriers: On« "ft* Fvnins °nl> 36C- Evening Times pel copj 6ci Evening and Sunday rimes «6c pel week: Sunday Times only. I0c £ei copy "~ MaiTsubsrription Rates Evening Times Ut, Ind, 3rd and <th Postal Zones II -5 Month tl 00 Sb Months $34.00 On- Vear 5th 6th. 7th and >i<h Postal Zones II 50 Month 58.50 Sis Months 11?.00 One real Mail Subscription Rates Sunday lime> only 1st 2nd 3rd and «h Postal tonct SO One Month H.Oi Sl» Months Jb.Ul' On* "ear Sth 6th. /th and 8th Postal ^on« .6U One Month J3.60 S'a Months fTM I Out tea: The Evening rimes and Sunda.% rimes assume no financial responsibility foi typographical error> In advertisements bul will reprint thai part of an advertisement in which the typosraphlcai «rror 1 occurs, errors must be reported at once Thursday Afternoon, December 1, 1955 OUR COUNTRY The union of hearts, the union ot hands and the Flag al i.ur Union tower.—Mortis, Peace The Issue THE APPEAL TO KEEP foreign > policy out of politics is a pretty hardy perennial but it isn't likely to do very well ' in the developing presidential campaign. As everyone knows, the ''outs" have got _'lo have an issue unless they have an over. whelming advantage in the matter of can- '-'didatc personalities. The Democrats, cur- r.ently the "outs," have been searching -rfor the issue that would tell. Their early •luck wasn't too good, but now the public opinion polls have come atong to give ! them a cue. They show that by a ratio l..ojE about 5 to 1'the American people re- '•'.'•gard peace and related foreign policy ...questions as the overriding issue before .-.-.this country. They may, of course, change •-: their minds before the 1956 campaign waxes hot. But right now peace, not farm '""problems or taxes or anything else, is : - what interests the average voter. THE DEMOCRATS obviously are only too happy to take up the subject. Many still smart from the heavy attacks Republicans delivered against them on foreign policy in former years. Others genuinely believe the GOP has done a very bad job in the field yet has managed to put a good face on it all. The Democratic task is not easy. They must begin by acknowledging that there is an absence of shooting, a condition many people equate quite simply with the word "peace." But they must try to suggest that this condition is in peril, that it stands on a shaky foundation. This effort the leading Democrats have now undertaken. Adlai Stevenson, avowed 1956 candidate for the presidency. Senator Kefauver of Tennessee and Governor Harriman of New York have all plunged in. They charge the Republicans with generating confusion, with "bungling" our diplomacy, with putting up a false front that must surely crumble and expose our danger. FORMER PRESIDENT Truman even *'"goes so far as to say we don't have a .'^Friend left in the world because of what *the Republicans have done. If we accept "the indications that peace is uppermost •.'in people's minds., then it seems fair -enough that foreign policy issues be deflated—though not in terms which suggest to foreigners that a sort of political civil war is under way. Certainly the Re- .publicans have made their share of mis- • lakes during President Eisenhower's ten- •-.••ure in office. But the historical evidence Vindicates the Democrats made some mistakes in the years before 1953. So fair- n;inded voters are not likely to be swayed by arguments which seek to convey that all the sinning was on one side. Foreign policy is a very tricky field, and no party has a mortgage on the programs • and practices which will most effectively . serve this nation. Versatile MARIA. MENEGHINI Callas is an . American-born, European-trained opera singer who in the past two seasons has ' taken Chicago by storm. Recently some process servers tried to take Miss Callas by storm, and they came out on the short end of a hurricane. Somebody had tried with dismal results to serve a summons on her at her Chicago hotel. The authorities • called for reinforcements, and eight servers marched to the opera house to do the job. They reckoned without the lady's versatility in combat. And she had reinforcements of her own. First she treated ~the servers to a verbal lashing in four or .-five different languages. Then her riends, admirers and professional assod- -ales' gave the visitors a kind of high- '-'Igrade bums' rush and the diva escaped to ^hcr dressing room. Her comments came «4Lrough the door with operatic volume. "They should have known better than to tangle with an opera heroine. On stage she sees more violence in a week than most people know in a lifetime. Fisldng A 7 o/ So Good IN THE DAYS WHEN Senator McCarthy was digging for Communists, it was often charged that he allowed his inquiries to go far afield of his slated purpose. At times his probes looked like punitive forays against persons who had dared to criticize him. A court of law has now come along to take just that view of one McCarthy inquiry. While studying Communists in New England defense plants, the senator asked a Harvard research assistant who had confessed five years of Communist membership to name present or former Reds at Harvard. The man refused. Some saw (he effort as a thrust at Harvard President Puscy. a persistent McCarthy critic. Since then the researcher, Leon Kamin, has been indicted Cor contempt for refusal to answer (hat and other questions. The court has now thrown out the counts relating lo Harvard on the ground they wcra a "fishing expedition." You u uviwc& ' <- i 5 ' MV- -<° OLD " C/ 1 V JL se A LOT Ot- irtc A LOT ASour' /AJT£KIOFS. RW.OM. *s tsee.tr- Ajeeos A AViSCuuA/e: ° F <2"v/AJO THAT P/A/S/O IN + POO CHAINS AMD CAU B<E RACK UP tlrrTLE rVMT HAAJGS Thomas L. Stokes Foreign Policy Likely To Figure In '56 Race WASHINGTON—Once again, in regular order, comes the question: Should foreign policy be removed from the 1956 Presidential campaign? Both President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon were quick to endorse a statement by Senator George, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, which they interpreted as answering that question in the affirmative. What the Senator actually said was: "We must assure the world that we are capable of having a nonpartisan foreign policy and that regardless of who wins or loses in J956 our foreign program will go on substantially as it is." If the Senator meant by this that there should be no debate or discussion of our foreign policy in the Presidential campaign, which is doubtful that he did, lie cannot count, on other Democratic leaders to go along with him. There is no disposition among Democrats to keep silent. no more " ian Republicans in 1952 would hcl vc consented lo exclusion of forci" 11 P^icy from lhal campaign. It facl il was their chief • • 1Q=;9 issue in y ^~' If t | lc rest of the world, and parlicula r| y our allics - « et misled about caP lpa 'S n Ol '^ or y m *- ne ' lea *of our Presidential campaigns— which tl lc y should know better than to ('° ' 3 - v now—what did they llihik of 1 ' 1C l ^- campaign? Then / mi NV '" r . cca "- t ' ic Republican C 3 ml ' cla '- c ' a distinguished commander of our Europ- i of Staff undcr Prcsiclent Truman. attacked I' 1 ' conduct of foreign policv bf President Truman, especially I" lhe Korcan War and ln China. ONLY THOSE on the campaign train will 1 President Truman on his trki 5 lhe cmmll 'y in October ' 1952 can " understand his bitter clis- FOR THIS THERE arc two reasons: Many Democrats charged wilh responsibility in Congress for foreign policy, as well as Democratic Presidential aspirants, honestly be- • lieve definite weaknesses have de- : vcloped in the Republican conduct. of our foreign affairs which are the concern of everybody as citizens, regardless of party. . They feel it incumbent 'upon them to point them out. In our two-party system that is the way we correct our national and international policy as we go along. On the political side. Democrats do not intend to foreclose an issue which Republicans would naturally like to exclude from the campaign. onm cllL in General Eiscn- oer wV'» thc Republican Presi- ripniial r andidale. whom Mr. Truman IhflUBhl should have stood shouUlcr> shouIdc . r wilh l him . °" the Korc an War lssllCl lurnecl on his Ibrnu' 1 ' Commander-ln-Chicf. N()1 - you will remember, did the Presif lcnl s P arc llle g cncral in his rctali alion - antl for " ial our present resident never has forgiven i!aF v S - Truman If our / rcc worlc) a " ics sli " mis " underslai) d our political campaigns. h«V VC fi ° 'Vn T hammer alld OI1 S S a , nd ' hen unilc afterward. tllcir disillusionment would hi/™ bet;n complete a ter that IflTJ campaign. For the Korean stt' nd a g aillst Communist a"Crcssio n was lllcir war - to0 ' in which* thf'y -i 0 ' 11 " 1 us in thc Unilcd Nations P nd in thc cam P ai K" tllc y BUT THERE will be .'reasoned criticism, such as that of Adlai 'Stevenson, or more vigorous criti: cism, such as that of Governor Averell Harriman of New York, of the Eisenhower Administration for what both regard as a gradual deterioration of our position in various parts of the world. They regard il their duty lo try lo awake our people from what they look upon as complacency for which they blame the "peace and prosperity" theme constantly being reiterated by the Republicans. Both these men are thoroughly informed in foreign policy from long experience in positions of responsibility, from continued sludy and observalion, and both are very articulate. They do not intend to be silenced, nor do party leaders in Congress, whatever course may be chosen by Senator George. Il will be remembered that the Georgia Senator had somewhat of a stake, in thc Big Four Geneva conference which in retrospect has lost some of lhc glitter it gave off because of failure of the follow-up conference of foreign ministers. For it was Senator George who originally suggested the "meeting al the summit.'' (linilcrl Kcalure Syndicate. Inc.) Peter Ed-son Everyone 'Good Guy' I" Tllis Military Drama WASHINGTON — (i\EA) - The Middle East shooting has been moved right from thc Guza to the Washington strip. Within one re- ccni week, thc Washington press corps has had il from bolli barrels. First it was Egypt's Ambassador, Dr. Ahmed Hussein, giving his country's side of the dispute. Then Israel's Foreign -Minister Moshe Sharctl moved in. And to say lhat confusion is rampant is to put il mildly, • To begin, both sides claim to be peace-loving stales. "Thc policy of Israel is. never to start a war or launch an offensive." says Sharctl. "Thc Egyptians have ho aggressive plans, and it is nol in their interest to attack anyone," says Hussein. THAT BEING the case, who started the fighting? Each accuses the other of breaking thc 1949 annislicc. "We were given to understand by the Western powers thai Israel had no intention of attacking us." says the Egyptian Ambassador. "Bul ihis hope was soon dashed when Israel launched its unprovoked assault on lhe Gaza strip on /cb. 23." "Egypt has systematically violated thc armistice agreement by armed incursions into .Israel." says the Israeli Foreign Minister. Each side claims the other is militarily stronger. This is some- of a novclt y- In most wars ' e-ich side; claims il can knock lhe spots off ils enemies. This is " 1C way l?orc 'Sn Minister Shnrrtl u ll ^ s ''• "Even Before the Czech deal to furnish hP r wilh anns ' Esypt llad cniovcd d (lcfinile superiority over Israel in ?" classcs of llcav >' arms oil 'land. »» se;1 antj '" lh ? air -" .^ n j lh is is how Ambassador Hussein Analyzes it: "Fvcn '" tllc A " ici ' lcan P'' ess * Isnel is credited with having a miiitarv Superiority far in excess of the co/ 11 ' 3 ' 110 ' 1 Arab forccs - wllh bcin" in a P°- sition to inoDi 1 '" 1 a)1 'icr ""Wcc* within -18 hours, and to capturP casil >' lhe lhrcc Ilci8h " boriiv \r al) capitals in six weeks." This 'be'"g lllc siuiation - b ° l11 sides"clai m they must have more -n-me '(V> r self-defense and lo tli 1IIo •"*" It' maintain P cac ^ of coursc - •\ND \*|'HAT DO you suppose .1,1' ,.., lt ,estcd solution for this stalemalc *• We " cadl sidc wants th(- L!llltecl statcs to SIC P in and rr/ akc tllc otlicr bcllavc Israel \»' ants a ncw treaty wil11 this counM- v - "•\d(litic' ni1 ' arms anc ' a sccllrlt y "Uii'nntee al "° l301 ' 1 sou shl by fsrael as '"'Iwarks againsl aggression iii"i lle absence of a peace .settlement." sa - vs foreign Minister Sharetl. - F"ypt's Ambassador Hussein, on The oil 1 "- liand - W* tllat ? u , c . h a lni-"c sc( -' lion of Arab public opinion believes Israel so dependent on the United States that, "Israel would not dare disobey her." Every Israel act of aggression, says Hussein, convinces the Arabs thai the United Stales is "indifferent" lo lhe welfare of Ihcir 45 million people. These final arguments seem to reduce thc whole business to the ultimate absurdity. Both Arabs and Israelis, themselves innocent, blame their troubles on lhe Uniled States for not furnishing them bolh wilh more arms — lo keep them from fighting cach other. So They Say The question is not whether to worry or nol to worry, but whether (he worry has a realistic basis. If the soldier on the front does not fear, and hence worry, he suffers a lack of healthy ego defense mechanism He either has holes in his head or will get them. —Psychiatrist. Dr. Judd Marmor. I was able to save a competence (as an engineer), and I fell that I owed my country a debt that was unpayable and I had no right lo ask her to pay me. so that was my practice righl up unlil this year. —Ex-President Hoover reveals he never accepted one cent from Uncle Sam. not even the $75,000 salary as Chief Executive. i History From. The Times Files TEN YEARS AGO December 1, IH-l.) Army Pvt. Carl P. Slakcm. 35, Lonaconing. declared dead in Germany by War Department. Death of Charles Met/.ger. 70, Hanover Street: Mis.s Annie C. Weber, Carnegie, Pa., former resident. Mr. and Mrs. .!. W. Hcndrickson, Ridgcway Terrace, hurl in auto ac- cidcnl near Uniontown. TWENTY YKARS AGO December I, 1935 Richard E. VanHoni, Oldtown Road, killed 22-pound turkey on Green Ridge. Fire damaged home of Harry Wagclcy. Virginia Avenue. Death of Thomas S. Malcolm, Washington, former resident. THI UT / Y YEARS AGO December 1, 1025 David l'- M I|IT ' C ' c ' lv ' elected exchange cdit01 ' °f Vir fi inia Recl - niacazi'nc of University of Virginia. Mr an/ 1 - Mrs - R °bci'l Huston. Froslburg.- observed silver wedding amm' crsal 'y- Men's Whlc Clnss of Mdvin Methodist Chapel built basement for churcl'' 1 FO jlrrY YEARS AGO jjlfccmber 1, 1915 Evening 'l'' nics offered $10 for besi dccof alcd Christmas window here City issi :u ' d (lcCTCC lnat a " n H d ' wives rep/"' 1 hirllis Chosen J 1 ' 1 '' 011 '' 8 Lodjjc 3-1. IOOF, planned lo organize lodge at Bloomingl' 6 "- This (tattooing everyone with their blood iypc> may sound radical, but it is tiic simplest and only sure method of making available what may prove to be life-saving informalion. —Dr. Frank D. Berry, assistant secretary of defense. Must a nation that is now the strongest in the world demand for its own further strength and sccur- vity a sacrifice by its own citizens of their ancient liberlics? This problem liaunls lhe work of all our courls these days.— Chief .Justice Earl Warren warns lhe nation must fight lhe use of totalitarian security measures. •„ .Everywhere I go there is a hand out for something or other. What makes il hard is thai most of it is r.cal need. They think I am a millionaire. All I won was $32,000. —TV winner Gino Prato in .Italy. Whitney Bolton Looking Sideways Dial PA-2-4600 for a WANT AD Taker Hal Boyle AP Reporter's Notebook NEW YORK — it was sunny, dry, and warm, with only a trace of southeast wind the other Saturday morning, so 1 put on a pair of salt-stiff dungarees and a black turtle-neck sweater out of Newfoundland, since it is always well to dress to the nubs for these idle occasions, and wandered down by the boat yards lo watch the summer sailors put their craft away. One fellow was working on a ' 24-foot launch and humming a few bars of Scarpia's role from "Tosca," and it was better than average humming. Later, when he got things tidied up. he evexi broke into actual singing of some of the role. If you have curiosity lhe way small hills have ants, you can't let things go at lhat. You ask plain, rude questions and you get an answer — and it's seldom rude. saw us divided oh the issue. Thus far there is nothing so out- slanding or dramatic as the Korean War or China that will become an issue in the current campaign. And Democrats are showing no inclination to resorl to the abusive personal attacks against cither the President or members of his Cabinet such as the Republican campaigners indulged in. so freely in 1952. AS IT TURNED out, the singer had a perfect right to sing Scarpia since he is going to sing it at the Metropolilan Opear this season, his first joust with the role in 17 years at lhe Met. / The stranger was Leonard Warren and he isn't sure, just to show you what opera people are like, which is the_most important thing ' in his life: opera or the launch. He's daffy about that launch, .which is a specially-designed job by the noted marine architect, John Scott Payne. "II has a tunneled stern.' 1 said Warren, "and Lean go into walers only 18 inches deep as a result."' Well, you know the one about the idiot at the fair grounds. So all I wanted to know was what was so desirable about being able to go into waters 18 inches deep. He told me. Cerlain kinds of fish are only lo be found in Ihese shallow, shore waters. If you want that kind of fish, thai is where you go. The probabilities are, in water lhat shallow, that a man can scoop them up with his hands, but I didn't ask. Idiotic, ignorance can only go so far before it gels iiil in lhe teelh. plex character roles in opera, begin? Warren began as a furrier, but he hated it. His father had a fur business and Warren was welcome to come in and help put mink coats together. He finally wangled a job in the chorus at the Radio City Music Hall and left mink to women and other furriers. He recalls that he was intensely and broodingly jealous of Jan Peerce and the solo spots Peerce did on the programs. His jealousy became evident and a frosty barrier set up between the two. Not long ago, however, it melted. Pie- cenlly, they even did a concert tour together. While at the Music Hall. Warren received a chance lo audilion for the Met. The Music Hall .management refused to give him time off to attend the event. In a fury, he quit. The gamble paid off. He won the audition and was laken on the Met payroll. He still thinks they shouldn't have been that tough about it at lhe Music Hall, and believes that young singers should be encouraged ralhcr than yelled at. WHERE DOES a man about to sing Scarpia, one of the most com- LAST SUMMER he gave up the launch for awhile to go to Ilaly to record "Aida" for RCA. While there he received notice lhat Ihis season he would s'ing Scarpia. He knew that Riccardo Picozzi was flaly's best coach for lhe difficult role. He found Picozzi in a hospi- lal recovering from an .operation. "I'll come to your hospital room and 'walk' the role," Warren told the coach. "I have to learn it." For one week Warren walked up and down a narrow hospital room .striving for the patrician elegance and hauteur of Scarpia, while Picozzi tapped out lhe beat on .the bedside, corrected errors and discussed motivation of the involved facets of Sparpia's character. And now he's back, the boat is on sticks for the winter and Warren has learned a role both as to music and character. Odd things happen when you sling on a pair of old pants and wander around a boat yard on' a November day. (McNaucht Syndicate, Inc.) Frederick Othman Safe Place For Angelo WASHINGTON — The Senators wondered where Local 286 of the United Automobile Workers left off and the American Continental Insurance Co. began. So they called in Angelo Inciso, president of • the local, which bought insurance from Angelo Inciso. chairman of lhe Insurance »Co. The Senalors wanted to know where the money went. They slapped a subpoena on Angelo in- Chicago. • • He said the Chicago police department had -supplied him with a pair of armed guards, ever since somebody' threatened to shoot him three years ago. These cops, he explained, couldn't very well be assigned to travel with him to the capital. surancc company for $5.50 for each member, less four percent for ad- minislralion. This leaves a dollar and some odd cents left over each month for each member. ANGELO SAID he wouldn't budge unless Sen. Paul Douglas and the oilier members of the Labor subcommittee provided him with two sure-shot guards lo watch over him as soon as he left Chicago's brders. The Senators said he'd have to rely on whatever bluecoats happened to be guarding the peace here. Angelo said he didn't trust 'em. He didn't show up. Senator Douglas sent a local gendarme, as per ancient custom, into the hall of the U.S. Capitol to call his name. There was no answer. The Senator announced thai lie would call for an immediale vote putting Angelo in contempt. So it does look as though this union sachem and, or. insurance mogul, may be heading to one of lhe safest places of all—wilh bars al lhe windows lo keep assassins outside. WHAT happened to this nobody seemed to know: the only man who did know was Angelo. back there in Chicago, between his two guards. It turned out that the American .Continenlal Insurance Co., had one part-time employee, who was Angelo's son. This firm's only full-lime worker was Mrs. Evelyn Kline, a slim and pretty lady in a red and black dress. She knew the insurance business inside-out and she did her best to keep chairman Angelo from fracluring lhe laws. She said he had a tendency to be a little informal about business matters. COMMITTEE counsel Paul Cotter and his investigalors provided some information about Angelo's operations. His union lias 5,000 members, working for a variety of Chicago manufacturing firms. Each one of these concerns sends lo lhe union once a month a che^k' for $6.50 lo cover insurance premiums for each member. This goes into thc union bank account, on which only Angelo is empowered to write checks. He writes a monthly check to his Jr.- Barbs By HAL COCHRAN A prisoner escaped from a Kentucky town jail disguised as a barber. Maybe he talked his way oul. Now is the time to return to the . original 'ol swimming hole — the bathtub. WHEN THE Senator's sleuths arrived to check inlo the business, Mrs. Kline welcomed them. Her books were in such fine order that when they wanted to look over them, she stayed overtime to explain her entries. She had no records with her here of course, because she no longer was with the company. "I was fired." she said. "Why?" asked Cotlcr. "Angelo Inciso fired me because I worked overtime with your agents," she said. "It never entered my head Uiat I'd be fired for working overtime. Bul he said il was against union rules to work overtime without extra pay. I said yes. bul this was an insurance company. He said maybe so, but he was running it and I was through." Sen. Douglas said he did hope she gets a new and better job. I hope, myself, thai the Senator breaks down and gives Angelo some life preservers. I'd. like lo hear what he has to say about those SI deductions, multiplied 5,000 limes, monthly. (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) Some folks are praying they won't gel a wintertime cold while others already have one. A season of prayer and medicalion. An ex-prize fighter was arrested on a worthless-check charge. Maybe he prefers bouncing to diving. The world is slowing down, according to an astrologer. Doctors will smile if people are really learning to take it easy. A Michigan man complained to police when a woman robbed him. If he's married that should be old stuff. One of the irritations of life is any lax on restaurant meals. It's a blow below the belt. A true sportsman won't kill more Kamc than the law allows any more than the amateur hunters. Traffic Jams THE MORNING rush hours see more persons entering large cities than the roads can handlf and the same sight in lhe opposile direction is witnessed in lhe late after. noons. Everyone knows Ihis, ycl nothing is done about it. A remedial suggestion, often advanced previously, is made anew by President Patrick B. McGinnis of the New York. Mew Haven and Hartford Railroad, speaking at a traffic forum arranged by lhe New York City Board of Trade. He would like lo sec business adopl a stagger system of employment, so thai the morning rush period could be spread from seven to ten, and the evening jam from three to six. In that way, he said, mass transportation could give almost everyone a scat, and incidentally get enough additional revenue to buy new equipment. This has been suggested many limes before, but never greeted with enthusiasm on the part of business. They do not sec their workers accepting cheerfully a work day that begins al 7 A. M.. even if it "means getting out correspondingly early. Jusl as sensible fundamentally but jusl ns impractical, is another McGinnis suggestion, providing a penalty for commuters entering the city by car. Cities may have lo conic to this rule ultimately, but drivers will endure vastly more discomfort bcfora they will accept this cure. NEW YORK - Curbstone reflections of a pavement Plato: The world has always been a mcriygo- round. LooSg'at the present m^MJJJj' what do we find? Let us go around the woiW, darting with the American. doesn't feel the need of war • He hopes he'll never have t bul he'll fight. And he'll fight on. THE ENGLISH, following their modern oattern concede in advance that then situation 'hopeless militarily. They are reconciled to a fight in which they will never ever , individual as ever, Jakes pride in his empire overseas but refuses to be drafted to defend it. u,,;nHio As his hired soldiers from abroad dwindle, his empire will dwindle.' Meanwhile, he 11 claim a hold on the world's culture. The Germ£.i. having learned his lesson, is as always ready to fill the nearest gap of power, then fall to pondering whether, after all, he couldn't really win a world-if he could fight in only one direction at a time. The Russian is trying to do everything. -He is trying to be, above all; militarily self contained. , ... He wants to keep a foot on Germany, build housing for his masses, create and maintain the world's largest war machine, and pat Red China on the back at the same time he feels for a weak spot he may use later. THE CHINESE are riding the peak of their wave. In their land revolution climbs a red throne, and reaches from yesterday toward today. Crowded India yearns to be the fulcrum, the balance point, between the East and West, . but vast China holds out the crimson hand of bargaining. Industrious, market-hungry Japan, bounding back fast, reaches toward China, meanwhile sells in America. • In America a vast war machine is maintained and eternally refurbished, and new atomic power reactors are steadily built. Everywhere in the world people are building in hopes of peace and worrying about war. This is the merry-go-round. So it' has usually been before. So it will probably be as long as one people or one country fears another. (Associated Press) George Dixon The Washington Scene WASHINGTON — Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson is a Mormon elder and may look askance at the suggestion, but I know a way he can prevent agricultural surpluses: induce bartenders to stick a hunk of excess farm produce in every drink. You don't hear of any surpluses of olives and pearl onions, do you? Martinis and Gibsons take care of any possible oversupply. Hardened old topers, who don't give a fig for vitamin deficiencies, may throw the olives and onions away, bul at least these products of the soil and man's labor have been bought and paid for at non-support prices. ' And Ez isn't having to pay millions of dollars a month in warehouse charges to store surplus'olives, pearl onions, maraschino cherries, twists of lemon peel, or pineapple sticks. There are many ways in which the distinguished Secretary of Agriculture, a carefree, merry, madcap if there ever was one, can . curb surpluses by the simple expedient of encouraging delirium tremens. For instance, with Christmas coming on, he could try to popularize the dehydrated egg nog. He could offer prizes, such as an all- expenses sojourn in a government sanitorium or a brand new convertible straitjacket, to bartenders who thought up new surplus-reducing drinks. An inspired mixologist might come up with something that would sweep the nation— maybe an oldfashioncd garnished with an ear of corn, a handful of soybeans, a twist of potato peel, and a couple of pearl rutabagas. FOR HOLIDAY wassail, a barkecp of vision might come up with something gay and seasonal—say a roast suckling pig with a bottle of apple brandy in its mouth. . For the dainty and discerning woman he might concoct a sweet potato frappe. Men of distinction undoubtedly would go for something masculine like an aged, radish- type anisette, or rhubarb jack. For many uninspired and stick-in-the-mud years, people have made potables from wheat, rye, barley, corn, potatoes, hops, grapes and rice. Why can't they get out of the rut and come up with a palatable cheese whisky or pigs foot punch? WE HAVE MANY surpluses. Just the other day Henry Suydam, spokesman for the State Department, opened his regular daily briefing of the press with an announcement about the forthcoming conference the \J. S. will have with Russia. Japan and Canada on ways to protect the Pacific seal herds. In what I can only consider a manner verging on the risque, the usually impeccable Mr'. Suydam said: "During the last 40 years more than 1.850,000 skins have been taken on the Pribiloff Islands from male animals surplus to the breeding requirements of this highly-polvgamous species." I do not take kindly to dooming animals as excessive just because they are males even in seal circles. This sort of reasoning is becoming too prevalent. A couple of days ago a woman arose, uninvited, at a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and said she had a plan to reduce poultry surpluses-kill the roosters. There are less alarming ways to reduce surpluses. For a pick-me-up, bartenders might shake up three parts brandy and one part ciemc de garlic a,nd call it a stinker Wr!^ POtS r h f vc - lons co °P cr ated with (he sun h 17 Th Ag . ricullurc in rcd " ci "g "lion morning m ° UthS fU " ° f il evc €> I wish my readers would picture some of these possibilities in their minds. I mi™ „" reduce surpluses but it ought to reduce drink- * THE GONDOLIER and his craft, beloved of romantic tourists and honcymooncrs are on then- way o,,l. A motorized gondola has already made Us appearance on Venice's Grand Canal, and 30 more are expected to be in use by next spring. What they will do to the individual boatman is easy to see This is only (he latest chapter in a 'ion? tendency to find a substitute for the old-imc gondoher As late as the 18th century lK were tO,0"00 Rondolas for hire in Venice Now there are only m. and m Rondolici .f' £™ cipal steamers have driven out the rcsl u" t as street cars drove horsedrnwn carriage from our streets. (King Kcaiurcs, Inc.)

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