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FOUR EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD., MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1955 Dial PA-2-4600 for a WANT AD Taker Evening & Sunday Times e»er» Afternoon (txc*pt SunflW ua iunoij Morning Publlihtd bj> rh« l'(m«» md Aii«»nii» Compinj. ;-» South Meclunlc St Cumb*rUnd Md. Entered tt «rond elm m*!' mittet «t Cumtwrlind. Maryland, undei lh» «ct ol M»rch J. l»7» Memtx? of Ih* Audit Bure«u ol Orcul«t)e» Memtaei ol Th» Associated Prau "phone PA V«bo" A VUSTCft CUMIC WerWy tubscription r»t» bj Carrlera; One Kvi'nlns only 36c. Evening Timei pel cow 6c! Kvcninc and Sundav rimes 46e pet wee*: Sunday Times only, lOc pet copy ~ Mail Subscription Rates Eventnj Ttmep 1st, 2nd, 3rd and <th Poital Zonei ll.M Month J7 CO Sli Months (14.00 Oat V«»r $th 6th, Ith and Oh Costal icwi fl.50 Month *8.5<j Sti Montn» Jli.OO Ont *•*! Mail Subscription Rates Sundaj fimei Only 1st, 2nd. 3rd and «h Postal ionct JO OM Month J3.<X Si> Months (6.00 On< *««» 5th 6th. 7th and 8th Postal lone* .W one Month - S3.60 Si> Months (7.20 .Ont «ai The Evening Times and Sunday rime» a»sum« no financial responsibility (01 typoiraphical errors In •dierllsemeiiU bul will reprint thai part ol an advertisement in which the typographical «rror occurs, errors must be reported at once. Mondav Afternoon, December 5, 1955 OUR COUNTRY The union at htorts, the union ol nontfj and the Flag ol <-Uf Union forever.— Morris Here's Good News IN RECENT MONTHS we have become accustomed to gloomy reports from the Middle East, from. Egypt to Afghanistan. What a satisfaction then to learn there is now something to be cheerful about in that region. Britain, Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan, the five nations of the so-called Baghdad pact, have made a start toward setting up a new military, political and economic organization to- be called the Middle East Treaty Organization (METO). In the most practical terms, this meams these countries'- have agreed to fix a new defense line against Communist Russia —the Zagros mountain -range stretching across .eastern Iraq and western Iran. Thus the strategic perimeter manned by free nations against the spread of Red tyranny has once more been extended. •V THE WESTERN ARM of the great defense arc is, of course, governed by long-established NATO. On the other side of the world, there is SEATO, though this Asian counterpart is not of the same caliber. No solid military organization defending a clearly marked line is In being. Nevertheless, the new METO setup can be regarded as a link in this vital arc which now comes close to encompassing the Communist world, China included, on three sides. The only significant gaps are Afghanistan, India, Burma and Indonesia. Winning the latter three to the Western side seems at this stage an almost impos- • sible task. Afghanistan is something else. But there Russia rather than the West is taking a strong initiative. Yet this is not the moment to bemoan this situation. We ought instead to savor the good news from Baghdad. ONE OF THE BEST aspects of the recent successful meeting is that economic development is included among the goals. This region'is notoriously poverty- ridden and therefore ripe for the phony blandishments of the Communists on the. subject of human betterment. Making —the-organizalion broad enough to embrace economic improvement gives it a healthy, constructive orientation. A common complaint of India and others is that most, collaborative effort by the free nations is dominated by sterile military objectives. Certainly. this is not so in the case of METO. The establishment of METO can rightly be hailed as at least a partial antidote for the steady diet of bad news that has been flowing in from the Middle East for so long. And it is fresh notice to the Soviet Union that the West : has not really been lulled to sleep by the era of Kremlin smiles. Tough On, Typists NEWS THAT THE government is going'to test typewriters with a rearranged keyboard has inspired some grave head-shaking. Stenographers trained to whack out 100 words per minute on the old keyboard become twitchy at thought of how the boss's letters will look while they're learning the new arrangement. Even practitioners of the hunt and peck system worry a bit about it. We're all for progress. We're also for the kind of government economy that might result if typists could—as is claimed—do about 30 per cent more work with the new keyboard . But we feel some sympathy for those, including ourselves, who have been pounding the keys for so long that reeducating their fingers will be a major chore. Consider the newspaperman sweating out a piece of prose. He intends to write, "Police said the driver missed a curve." But what he does write—because, rnder pressure of imminent deadline, he frogets that his machine now has a new keyboard—is "Lrncj. Oace yd. epck.p mcoo.e a jgpk." Our heart goes out to the poor fellow—especially when the editor gets his copy. Citizens And Gambling NOT LONG AGO a man took his life and left a note addressed to the police chief in his city. In it he said that he had lost a large sum of money gambling, and he reached a not uncommon conclusion: "Gambling is a disease." The man also pleaded with law enforcement authorities to "wipe out this insidious ele- ment''—the professional gamblers. Such a note inspire pity anl sympathy for the man who was driven to this extremity. But it also suggests that its writer was himself far 'from guiltless. Here was a man who gambled himself'into disgrace. Doubtless, for him, gambling was a disease. But what the suicide forgot or chose to ignore was his individual obligation to fight against the disease 'with all his strength instead-of yielding to it until he -was hopelessly in debt. Certainly it is the duty of the police to enforce the laws against gambling. Yet it is equally the duty of every citizen to do whalvcr he can—and that is often considerable—to "wipe out this insidious element." DID PReClOU5 UP Nice /MILQUETOAST HAD A HORROR Whitney Bolton Looking Sideways Thomas L. Stokes What Does "Moderation" Mean To Demos? WASHINGTON — Even for an off season, Democrats have got a heap of mileage out of one word— "moderation." Much more, in fact, than President Eisenhower and Republicans a few months back got out of "moderate progressive" or "progressive moderate" before they just chucked the whole thing and got around to something called "dynamic conservation." Governor Avcrcll Harriman of New York chastised "moderation" clear across the country to Portland, Oregon, while Governor Mennen Williams of Michigan whipped it around the bush .from Lansing. Michigan, to Denver. Colorado, and. .back across country to Washington, D. C. The saga of "moderation" is interesting. JT ALL BEGAN some weeks ago —in mid-October, in fact—when Senator Lyndon Johnson of Texas Democratic floor' leader, was beginning to get restless after his recuperation from a heart attack and naturally turned his mind to politics, which is his life. Jn an interview with a couple of newspaper friends from Washington he suggested that the South ought lo use its influence at next year's Democratic convention to make the Democratic party into the image of "moderation", with a moderate platform and a moderate candidate. If you know Senator Johnson, it is easy to get the pitch, though you always have to watch out for the nuances, in baseball known as "curves." He had come to the conclusion that the Eisenhower "moderation" course is popular with the country "and that therefore the Democratic party also ought to adopt a similar course in its campaign to try to recapture the White House next year. His whole objective as Senate party leader last session was to avoid attacks on the popular President and likewise avoid fights among Democrats in the interest of peace, harmony, moderation, etc. WHILE THIS all has a certain logic, Democrats from the liberal or progressive wing of the party began to sniff suspiciously. They habitually suspect Southerners hearing gifts of sweet phrases softly spoken. Some thought that the "curve" in the "moderation" pitch might be lo get Democrats in such a kindly, jolly spirit toward each other that Senator Johnson could sneak through the natural gas bill demanded by Texas oil tycoons who play Democrats and Republicans olf against each other with campaign fund lures? And, in truth, when 'Senator Johnson announced his legislative program for the next session of Congress ;the other day, there, tucked in among '-all sorts of other bills, was the natural gas bill. But to go on with our story: There was the suspicion among some Democrats that the "moderation" device was ~aimcd at jettisoning New Deal-Fair Deal types of candidates for the Democratic Presidential -nomination anc^ substituting a "moderate" which, in this connotation, just means conservative. Among many others who, in the following Indian, summer days, were invited down to visit with Senator Johnson at his ranch was Adlai Stevenson who also got the "moderation" treatment. And, a few days ago,-just before the big Democratic rally in Chicago, Senator Estcs Kefauver was a guest at the Johnson ranch and also heard the story of "moderation." but warned it couldn't mean mediocrity or stagnation. Senator Kefauver also made a speech. In his text he also-had something about moderation, but when he got up to speak he left that out and,' instead, at that point he said he agreed with President Truman, who had preceded him, that the Democratic party must be a liberal and progressive party if it was to win next year. Mr. Truman had also stressed that thesis in private conferences at Chicago with Messrs. Stevenson, Truman. Kefauver and Governor Williams. The ex-President's suspicions had been aroused because of the origin of "moderation"—to wit. Senator Johnson and the South. Obviously Mr. Truman was not concerned about Adlai Stevenson's "moderation" remarks, because afterward he said the Stevenson speech was the finest New Deal speech he ever had heard. IN TIME WE GOT Adlai Stevenson's announcement that he would seek re-nomination—sticking his neck right out, all alone, as the first avowed candidate. Then followed his speech to the 'assembled Democrats at Chicago and, sure enough, he paid lip service to moderation as the spirit of the times, BUT BOTH Governor Harriman and 'Governor Williams hopped on the "moderation" theme and angled their shots at Adlai Stevenson, though in his own speech to the Democratic rally at Chicago-Governor Harriman had, given high praise lo Senator Johnson who had worked up the "moderation" idea in the first place. All this is like a fellow who steps into a group, lets drop something that starts an argument, and then slips quietly away while two of those left behind go after a tln'rd. Senator Johnson has long disappeared out of sight around the corner. But Governors Harriman and Williams are poking Adlai Stevenson. And a crowd of Republicans has gathered to enjoy Ihe fight; The air is filled with "you moderate so-and-so." Only Democrats could get into_ such a brawl about "moderation." Somebody must be running for President. (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) Larseii-Gilinore New Grandchild For Ike At Christmas? WASHINGTON _(NEA>— Latest word from the .doctors is that the most exciting Christmas present Ike and Mamie expect could arrive Dec. 25. It'll be their fourth grandchild. In case you hadn't heard, Barbara, wife of Ike's son John is expecting. Ike, by the way. gets more and more pleasure from his seven- year-old grandson, David. He tells friends that David is a real ."grown-up" companion to him. The girl grandchildren are described ns "more impish" while David is called "quite serious." That's so each course can be served right on time. Warren was honorary guest, and to everyone's horror he didn't arrive until eight. Shuddering at the prospect of overdone turtle soup and^ stale wine, Ihe epicureans rushed the Chief Justice to his place. But even "La Mousseline de Fois Gras an Porto en gclce avec une bonne Salade a la Francaise," tasted great. That's imported goose liver in puree, perfumed with port wine served in jelly. in Philadelphia lo the embassy the other day. The receptionist stands behind a high counter, and the first lad to walk in put a dollar down and asked the blushing Pakistan girl there for a gin and tonic. IF CHIEF JUSTICE Karl Warren ever runs for President, it's a cinch he won't be supported by Lcs Amis d'Escofficr. They're a select group here who make a major project out of eating fancy food. Other night they tackled a six-course feast prepared by the chef at the Sheraton- Carlton. Number one rule is that the banquet starts at ~:30 p. m. sharp. IF SHARING a husband with another wife is a domestic strain, you'd never know it talking to Alya, charming associate wife of Mohammed Ali. the new Ambassador from Pakistan. Nobody at a recent party for the pair asked how the other wife was doing, but Alya. the one on deck at the time, appeared to be in top spirits. She told about the sight-seeing visit of 50 seniors from the exclusive William Penn Charter School ALSO AT THE party for the new Pakistan Ambassador was Mrs. Karim. wife of the assistant military attache, who drew ohs and ahs from all the dames on her exotic gold and white sari. She had it draped around her in typical mid - east fashion. When asked about it Mrs. Karim replied pertly: "I bought it at Hecht's basement for four dollars a yard. I pin it to my slip and just wrap it around." Hecht's is a local department store. History From, The Times Files TEN YEARS AGO December 5, 1945 G. Thompson re-elected chairman of the Cumberland Boy Scout .District. Josh Lee, member of the Civil Aeronautics Board, speaker at dinner meeting of Cumberland Chamber of Commerce, TWENTY YEARS AGO December 5, IMS B'er Chayim Congregation held dinner in honor of seventieth birthday of Isaac Hirsch. W. J. Hughes shot ten-point buck on Backbone Mountain near Swanton. Mrs. Ada McCaulcy elected Most Excellent Chief of -Manhattan Temple 3. Pythian Sisters. THIRTY YEARS AGO December 5, 1925 Mrs. William Claus elected pres- ident of Cumberland Women's Club at organizational meeting. Algonquin Hotel - Apartments Company obtained permit to erect six-story building al Washington and Water streets. Rev. J. Walter Dailey. assistant pastor of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, assigned to St. Peter's Church. Washington, in similar capacity-' FORTY YEARS AGO December 3," 1915 Henry A. Bnchman, John J. Price and Peter Wilson sworn, into office as county commissioners. Dime Savings Bank distributed $80,000 to Christmas Club members. While Way lighting of Baltimore Street dedicated at program feat-, tiring parade led by Frederick N. Zihlman. HAVING trouble getting rid of your guests? Well, you're in the same boat with party givers at the Russian embassy. Except they aren't so subtle about saying it's time to leave. Other evening at a reception they cleared the house in no time flat after drinking went on three hours past the invitation deadline. Simple. An official located the embassy switch box and dimmed the lights. BEFORE BEING dimmed out, however, we got the latest bulletin on Russian culture. Composer Dmitri Shostakovich frequently keeps the neighbors in his Moscow apartment awake with his piano playing. Being a good composer doesn't make him a good .pianist, apparently. And blond Mrs. Shostakovich is better known in Russia than her husband. She's n geologist and frequently away on field trips. When she goes Dmitri gripes In neighbors about having In lake care of (he two tccn-age children. WASHINGTON — Has _ anyone thought to write a few words of thanks to the State of New Jersey and its road contractors for the almost painless job that has been done of adding a third lane on each side of the Turnpike without any serious hampering or slowing of traffic? . ' - ' .-. v The job isn't finished-yet,'-but the lanes are well along, bridges have been widened, trucks, bulldozers, and scrapers snort all over th", place, yet the high speed traffic is . only momentarily slowed— not stopped—and there is a minimum of annoying flag waving by traffic controllers. Ever wonder how those smooth, beautiful crowns and shoulders are achieved on modern highways'' They take a heavy length of steel chain, hook one end to a tractor and the other end to a truck, set the desired shape and both vehicles drag the chain .along in that shape, smoothing, ironing and perfecting a beautiful earthen crown. pass, the City .Fathers have put progressive lights on both routes and huge signs which say: "No stopping, sanding, loading or unloading," and they mean it. You can't even slow down to let a friend out of your car, ,A truck slowed down to put a case of merchandise on the sidewalk the other sun-down—and thrpe. policemen converged out of the shadows, each with a summons pad in his hand. THE FEDERAL Government doesn't carp, much if people can't decipher its directional signs at Aberdeen, Maryland, where the proving 2 p o>.7nds and chemical center are located. The large black and white road signs read-:" "Abdn. Prov. Gd." and "Abdn Cml. Ctr." Which could suggest distress in the abdomen or almost anything else. The motels between the Delaware Memorial Bridge and Baltj- more race to see what foreign items they can resemble, There is a Belgian Village, a Dutch Village, a Spanish hacienda and a French small town square. There is also, in addition to a motel every four inches (or so it seems), an Autel,'a Tourtel, a Convirlilel (for people with convertible cars only, no doubt) and trailer camps which, specialize in one-story or two-story, trailers. In the trailer camp for two- story jobs the branches of the trees are trimmed away high enough to clear these monsler homes on wheels. .- - • Have the boroughs and communities in the Metropolitan Area a law for forbidding motels, or is it an economic matter governed by the high price of land space? CHEVY CHASE has-the most elegant leaf collection program. It has motorized vacuum cleaners •on trucks which slowly cruise up and down the streets sucking up leaves which home owners have raked into the gutters. The driver of the truck and the two men handling the hose nozzles are uniformed, capped and gloved—and have shined their shoes! They frown on burning leaves and prefer to nick up the leaves in the way designated. Chevy Chase is a community where you buy a home for S35.000 to $75,000 and then spend another $35,000 doing it over. No one ever just moves in. One lady, wife of a noted patent atlorney and engineer, spent 59,000 removing an elevalor in. a house she had jusl purchased because she needed Ihe shaft space on Ihe second floor for a sewing room. ' The same s,jace on Ihe first floor became a cloak room for women's wraps only. . The men have a guest closet of their own in the usual place near the front door. The elevator cage is being transformed into an outdoor aviary. Hal Boyle AP Reporter's Notebook NEW YORK—If a columnist didn't read his; morning mail, he might never know- That more than 28. million Americans can play some kind of musical instrument and most of them seem to live in my block! That no responsible scientist today would fly a kite in a thunderstorm as Benjamin Franklin did in 1752 to prove the presence of electricity in clouds. Franklin was lucky to escape with his life. If a real lightning bolt had hit the kite, Ben would be remembered merely as a dead fool. That 45 per cent of the women under 25 years of age usually eat little or no breakfasfA before going to work. No wonder it costs so™ much to take one of them to lunch! That one middle-class American couple out of every seven supports, or helps support, one or more elderly relatives. That Americans now pay about $90 million a day in taxes. This includes holidays, too. , THAT TEUTONIC knights, to prove their drinking capacity in olden times, would toss down a gallon of beer, then thread a needle while standing on one foot like a stork. Can any effete martini quaffer today match this feat? That in ancient Mesopotamia the nobles sipped their beer through gold tubes four feet long. That men with asthma have. a 27.4 per cent higher mortality rate than those unaf- flicted. That one in every 16 Americans is suffering from some form of mental disorder, and there aire 100 different kinds of mental 'ailment. That Lou Nova, the former heavyweight boxer and Yoga scholar, now gives poetry recitals. That the potato chip industry uses 12 per cent of the nation's spud crop. THE MOST strictly policed area in the East: the streets which are Route 40 throng'- Baltimore, east and west. Nettled by criticism for not constructing a Baltimore by- IF HE WEARS a black knit tie and a gold collar' pin in Washing-, ton, you can put the stranger at the party down as a man from the Internal Revenue, Bureau. If he wears a solid color tie in any material except knitted, he's from the Treasury Department, sure as shooting. ;• • Only Senators go in for gaudy ties. Representatives like their tie knots slightly askew. And at the party, if six men haven't had a shoe shine lately you can guess accurately that they are in the Department of Agriculture. The younger men from the State Department are the most elegantly, if conservatively, dressed men in Washington. (McNaughi Syndicate, Inc.) Frederick Othman THAT 50 PER CENT of Americans like their hamburgers cooked medium, 32 per cent prefer them well done, 13 per cent want 'em rare. The remaining 5 per cent apparently are gamblers—they leave the problem up to the cook. That economists say debt is the major cause 'of inflation. That a fortune awaits #ny inventor who will develop a burglar alarm small enough to be attached to your fountain pen, thus safeguarding it from "borrowers." That of nearly, 20 million babies born in the last five years about 80 thousand will live to be 100 years old. A child born today has roughly twice the chance of reaching that age as his grandfather does. That you'll 'get a cooler smoke if you keep a half inch of ash on your cigar. That 30 million Americans-now are taking courses in adult education. That 64 per ' cent of all new and used automobiles are bought on the installment plan. That, judging from the squawks sent in by my readers, my campaign to name the dandelion America's -national flower has flopped dismally. The rose seems to have the most friends. (Associated Press) George Dixon Nice Silver Tray, But No Job The Washington Scene WASHINGTON - The Senators wanted lo see the evidence and-J. Ed Travis Jr., the St. Charles. Mo., auto'dealer, had it in pure sterling form. Travis, who'd spent most of his life until'two months ago selling Buicks, reached into the suitcase at his side and hauled out a large, flat package wrapped in blue. He shucked the wrapper and produced something nestling in white tissue. Carefully he peeled this off and there, glistening under the light . from the chandeliers, was a hand-" some, solid silver platter. "It's got some words engraved on it," said^Travis. Sen. Joseph C. O'Mahoney spelled them out. They said the tray was presented to auto dealer Travis three years ago in commemoration of his 25 years on the proud roster of Buick dealers. LAST YEAR, said Travis, he sold his neighbors 58 new Bujcks. but the factory representatives told him he'd have lo sell 18 cars a 'year more. "I couldn't see myself trying to high pressure my people into buying more cars," said Travis. So his' franchise wasn't renewed and he lost not only his Buick, bul his Ponliac and his General Molors truck dealership as of Oct. 31. last. This, he said, left him with a salesroom, repair shop and used car lot that had cost him more than $225,000. WASHINGTON—People in foreign countries who listen to the Voice of America are doomed to hear some very strange, disconcerting, and discomposing utterances: The United St Information Agency has arranged for its globa broadcasting services" to "pick up things said •at'the National'Press'Club: The U.S.I.A. has installed a direct line from our cultural retreat to the Voice of America broadcasting studios here. This will enable the whole world to "listen in" on us. Many of our idolaters contend that this is the equivalent of putting a tap on a mental institution. But we don't have to worry about being bugged. Wiretap evidence is not admissible in court. THEN LAST OCT. 31 the Buick Motor Company cancelled his franchise. Sen. Alexander Wiley wondered why. "They said I . was a lousy dealer." replied Travis, a portly, sandy-haired citizen in a chocolate- colored suit that exactly matched the rims of his eyeglasses. "Well, are you offering this tray in evidence?" demanded Sen. O'Mahoney, who'd never before received any documents printed on sterling silver. Travis said he wasn't. "You mean you want to keep it?" demanded Sen. Wiley. "HE WANTS IT AS a remembrance of what Buick used to think of him," said Sen ; Thomas C. Hennings Jr. The Senator added that Travis had been associated with his father selling Buicks since 1906 and that he'd opened his own agency in St. Charles in 1920. "Around there, he was known as Mr. Buick." Sen Hennings said. So. said Travis, it came as something of a shock to have the zone manager drop by and fire him. "Why?" asked Sen Wiley. ''He didn't think 1 was selling enough Buicks." Travis replied. He added that St. Charles, 12 miles north of St. Louis, was a special kind of place, where the folks don't go for high pressure auto salesmen. "Many of the citizens are of German or French ancestry," he said, "and they are & thrifty and honest people. They don't believe in long-term installment debts. They refuse lo buy things they feel they cannot afford. "They just don't like these 40 and 48-month terms on automobiles. They just won't buy a car that way." So They Say While the Prcsidenl is on his way to full recovery, I think it would be entirely inappropriate for anyone to comment on lliat, cer- lainly for me. —Attorney General Browncll on a second-term for 1 sidcnt Eisenhower. The kids don't lip over outhouses any more—I suppose because there aren't any to tip over. —Mrs. Francis Brake, Pumpkin Center, S. D,, on Halloween. THE SENATORS, who are investigating the business practices of the world's biggest corporation, promised that General Motors executives would be given the opportunity of explaining what they believed to be wrong with the Buick business in St. Charles. Travis, who was accompanied by two other Missouri auto dealers, a banker, and the Mayor of St. Charles (all of whom testified to his worth as a citizen and businessman) carefully wrapped his silver tray and walked out, looking dejected. (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) Vigilantes ONCE TOO OFTEN a death trap on a main travelled highway, on the outskirts of Detroit, caught its victim. This time it was a popular young school teacher on her way to meet her class. Children had been struck down on the same dangerous crossing. The mothers of the township which controlled the highway at that point had already asked for a traffic light or overpass. Nothing happened. > Now they demanded. The authorities began to think about it. But the mothers couldn't wait. They acted. They formed a placard-carrying battalion and stood shoulder to shoulder across the highway. Traffic piled up for miles. Drivers fumed and police threatened. Finally, hours later, the police broke through the barricade, only to find it renewed next day. Sticks and stones flew but the embattled mothers stood their ground. They swung their cars across the highway and sal it out until the township authorilies promised speedy aclion. Technically Ihe molhers broke the law by blocking traffic, and, worse still, by taking the law into their own hands. Government by vigilantes is not the American way, not a method to be defended. Americans do-not expect to return to the days of stringing up horse thieves without benefit of sheriff. So the mothers were wrong. But what about the crime of indif-' fercncc, the crime of laxity, of inaction when action on behalf oi the community-was needed? What about just sitting back and letting children and teachers be killed? Those mothers, risked jail but they got a wrong righted and did it speedily, spurred by righteous wrath. There is always a wiser method than that of the vigi- Inntes. But this is living proof thai any community can gel what it wants if it wants it hard cnoush and works at it with determination. I DO NOT WANT to appear suspicious, but the reason advanced by the Voice of America for wishing to plant a "bug" on us struck me as bordering on the specious. It said it desired to relay to the world "the many speeches of international importance which ace sponsored by the club." This could be biting sarcasm. Many of the speeches I have heard at the club should not be repeated outside the taproom, much less allowed to sully the ears of the universe. The Voice also seemed to be going out of its way to be provocative when it added that it also has direct lines lo Ihe White House. Constitution'Hall, and U. N. headquarters in Manhattan. Not even the most bemused member has ever confused the Press- Club with Constitution Hall or Ihe Uniled Nations. I FEEL THAT Ihe Voice of America might do well to reconsider. If il picks up our stuff it's apt to get in trouble with the Federal Communications Commission. For instance, last April we had Dr. Rafael Cavestany, Spain's Minister of Agriculture, delivering a speech of "international importance." Dr. Cavestany was asked if the Spanish siesta had anything"to .do with the increase in population? His reply was sound and to the point, bul it would never have passed F.C.C. censorship. We -had Ihe Rev. Billy Graham with us in August. The evangelist, a militant dry, was asked: "In your crusades against liquor, do you dispute universal medical authority that men past 30 years of age, especially men in exciting professions, such as journalism, should improve blood circulation and calm nerves by alcohol intake?" Mr. Graham relumed an answer that brought down the house. The exchange was all right for the privacy of a club but how do you figure it would be received if rebroadcast in in Urdu, Tagalog, Swahili and Singhalese? WE COULD ALSO be accused of sneaking in commercials. When Admiral Earl Mount- batten was here recently he was asked by radio commentator Richard Rendell what had become of his old World War II batman, Sgt. E. H. Watson. "Oh," replied Lord Mounlballen, "he now owns his own tailoring shop in London. We all go to him,—me,—my nephew, the Duke of Edinburgh " Lord Mountbalten supplied the name of the tailoring firm, and the London address. If that had gone over the international airwaves it would have ^iven Sgt. -Watson a million dollars worth of free advertising.' A COUPLE OF MONTHS ago we were addressed by Dean W, V. Lambert of the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture who headed the U. S. farm delegation to the Soviet Union. Speaking of his experiences in Russia, the noted educator said: "Many times we would sit down (o breakfast in the morning and the meal would go on for four hours. Then more food would be brought in. This way we got an 'extry' meal." Supposing that "extry" had been relayed abroad by the Voice of America? How would we like the British to know that our university professors talk like Lum and Abncr? (Anjoclalcd Tress) I'

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