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FOUR EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1955 Dial PA-2-4600 for a WANT AD Taker Evening & Sunday Times The Unseen Audience A WEBSTER CLASSIC Every (UtornooD <«xcept Sunday! «no ciunaajr Mornln*. Published by 1'he rimes and Andaman Company. T-9 South Mechanic St. Cumberland Md. Entered «> .ecomTcinss mull matter «t GJrnb«rl»iid. Maryland, under Uit act oj M "j^_^_ . Membei of litt Audit Burflu of Circulation Member of The Associated Press Phono PA 2-4600 Weekly subscription rate by Carriers: One week Ev«mns only 3Gc; Gventnc Time, pel copy be; Evening and Sunday Times 46c per wecii bunday Times only. lOc per copy. 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Wednesday Afternoon,, Dec. 7, -1955 OUR COUNTRY The union ol hearts, the union al hand* and the Flog ol our Union forever.—Morn's Responsibility WITH THE NATION'S two great labor organizations, the AFL and CIO, merged into one huge federation, Big Labor is entering a new era in which it faces both a beckoning opportunity and a rising responsibility. Now to be 15,400,000 strong, the united organization obviously will have enhanced power and prestige. It will be able to speak in. more forceful tones in its dealings with the business community, in politics, and in the councils of international labor. Having, this greater power, it may act -as. a stronger magnet than the two separate organizations did to the hundreds -.of independent .unions which have chosen toTemaih outside the AFL or CIO. Likewise, it may exert greater pulling power on millions of unorganized workers. •-.... - , /..... INTERFEDERATJON raiding has been a great source of trouble in the labor movement. Presumably,, this sort of thing will now largely disappear and the com-, bined groups can concentrate on more fruitful objectives. They themselves believe their greater strength gives them an unparalleled chance to work for higher living standards among the nation's workers. This is indeed a worthy goal, and the extent to which the new federation realizes it may be the single best measure of its ultimate effectiveness. But clearly this great power and the opportunity it brings are inseparable .from a higher sense of responsibility. The men who will lead the new organization are taking on burdens the like of which they have never known before. Big as they are, they still represent less than 25 per cent of the country's 65-million-man labor force. They cannot in fairness press the interests oC their workers at the expense of other workers or of the community at large. IF THEY DO, THEY wiil bring down the wrath of other groups on their heads, and cost their workers more than they can get-for them. Moreover, they must at all times be careful not to push their demands beyond the reasonable capacity of the economy to absorb them. The result of excessive pressure can only be to squeeze the economy dry and cripple its ability to serve them and every other segment of the nation. For another thing, labor must cast its political weight with caution. Any attempt to take over a political party or place its stamp unmistakably on a party seems likely to backfire, and again to draw the wrath of others. Labor by now ought to have seen enough of how the public reacts to extremes of political action on its part. If the men at the helm of the new federation can wield their combined strength thus responsibly, they should indeed preside over the winning of fresh rewards for America's wprkingmcn. Gained in that way, those rewards would benefit us all. Germs For War? THE UNITED STATES may not plan to conduct germ warfare, but it will be prepared to do so if necessary. Secretary of the Army Wilbur M. Brucker has recently approved a report, made by a civjl- ian advisory committee, urging that an arsenal of such weapons be formed. The idea is not so much for us to use germs, poison gas or radiological arms ourselves as to be prepared if enemy countries do so. Also, if it were known that we were able to use on a large scale such methods of warfare, our opponents might be less apt to resort to them. The history of poison gas lends some support to this thinking. Used extensively by both sides in the first World War, it was completely laid aside in the second. Presumably gas of a particularly destructive type had been invented, yet neither side used it. As no one would accuse Hitler and the Nazis on the one hand, or Stalin and the Communists on the other, of being scrupulous, the obvious conclusion was that modern gas warfare was thought likely to get out of hand and end in the complete destruction of both sides. No one would wish to see an American army using poison gas or scattering the germs of deadly diseases except as a last resort, but knowledge that we were prepared to do either might prevent war from being declared in the first place. SOMEONE once said something about music soothing the savage beast. Some of the stuff you hear on the radio these days sounds as if the savage beasts aren't being soothed—just imitated. THE SUREST WAY tq prove that you're more intelligent than the person you're arguing with is to refuse to lose your temper. A PERSON easily overheard often finds it difficult to overhear. PAY-AS-YOU-GO plans always sound good—except you never seem to gel there. "OKAV, WHO5 A/eXT?/"lR.3-.K. PIMWm NEVER \fj^eRS^t>u LIV/G OR yt>uR PROFESSION-NO ONE fa sufte :| DON'T: 'we'ftc NOT HAPPY TO HAve You WITH us , ToMK5H~rj AND VJE'RE NOT /WT^ReST<SQ W HOW YOU'LL. f f SPcrMD ALL iHfS MONEY (F 'tbu W/rV Tfte^ 3'ACkPoTT HeftES / -facT C?uesT/(?/vJ— IS TTVe e/^RT-H ROUUO OR FLAT?" tq tt 1-uH-lHirvjK IT'S FLAT." "NO. AND /AI tJfor SOR^Y-NOR SURPRIS6D. WNGM » MOTtCED TH£ A/ARROW SPACE YOUR eves /\MD ^UR CRAMIAL SLAAJT i DOU6H U/AS S/»F£". X^ND .OOAJT BorHC'R STICK/NG GROUND FOR Tft5" BI&, SUPCR 3ACKPOT <?ueST(OAj. YOU wooL-O/vJi" HAve A CHINAMAN'S CHANCE. OKAY, u"oe, LET'S HAVE AUOTHSR INTELLECTUAL &/AMT BEFORE. VJE HAVcTTo UAJLOAD OUf^ IRRITAT/M& MASTER OF C<5R£/<<10AJI£S WHO HAS OUST RESIGNED /2-7- ' K. T. Hlf»l<T Tntiimil-Ine. James Marlotv Politicos Throw English Words Around IF THE ENGLISH language had a mother and father they'd probably cry at what happens when the politicians of both parties 'start throwing their baby around. Secretary of State Dulles, whose handling of foreign policy will be one of the Democrats' targets in the presidential campaign, wants foreign policy criticism—if any— to be "constructive."'. The Democrats and Dulles may run into a little difficulty seeing eye to eye on what is "constructive." And Adlai Stevenson, who thought he was putting his best foot forward in starting his drive for the presidency on a note of "moderation," suddenly discovered that a couple of very prominent Democrats abhor the word. feared the United States "may rashly precipitate atomic war-' . fare." , But Dulles, as secretary, reportedly gave American allies the jitters when he talked of "massive retaliation" against the Reds. IN THE 1952 campaign Dulles may have thought he was "constructive" with his blasts at the Democrats' foreign policy. They didn't seem to think so at the time nnd may even thrr.w some of his 1S52 speeches back at him in 195G. In 1952 he said, "We should create crises for .Russia instead of Russia .creating crises for us." He!s been secretary since 1953 but thfs country has created no crises for Russia. In 1952 he said many nations IN 1952 HE proposed, a plan'to "disintegrate the empire of Soviet Russia"* 1 from within. How? By "passive resistance, slowdowns and noncooperation"»in the satellites. This got such a bad reaction—to some Dulles seemed to be urging •the unarmed satellite people to revolt against their Communist masters—that a few days later he said he meant only there were-"peaceful ways" to do-the job. But in the years since Dulles became secretary, the satellites are just as firmly satellites as before. It was in his Nov. 19 speech, outlining his program :'f elected president, that Stevenson said, "Moderation is the spirit of the times." He added that moderation must not be confused with stagnation. so many speeches lately that some people are unconvinced. : He told a news conference—the day after Stevenson's .speech- there is no such word as "moderate" in the Democratic party. It is not known whether Harriman looked up the word before he used it.. . But the American College Dictionary says of / "moderation": quality of being moderate, restraint; avoidance of extremes; temperance. . TOTS DIDN'T SIT well with New York's Gov. Averell Harriman, who insists he's not actively seeking the Democratic presidential nomination although he has made IF HARRIMAN doesn't want to be considered moderate, he can hardly want to be considered the opposite, which is immoderate. The dictionary says of "immoderation": exceeding just or reasonable limits; excessive; extreme. '. Although Harriman has.i't said anything so far that makes any program he has 'look much different from Stevenson's, he nevertheless got a lot of publicity mileage out of his criticism. Then Michigan's Gov. G. Mcnnen Williams got in on the' act. He said: "It is upsetting now to hear from our side counsels for a pause for breathtaking and moderation But so far he hasn't offered anything very startling either. (Associated Press) Peter Edson No Wanned-Over New Deal Is Adlai's Slogan WASHINGTON (NEA)—In Adlai Stevenson's speech at Duluth, Minn., there was one paragraph that may not have received the emphasis it deserves. "We're serving notice now," said Stevenson, "that there is going to be a change. I don't mean a change back lo a warmed-over New Deal. I mean a forward change—a change that takes up where we loft, off in 1952. that goes ahead again with some of the things that need doing . . ." That phrase, "No warmed-over New Deal" is one that Stevenson seems to have nailed to his masthead. II. expresses better than anything else he lias said so far what he stands for. It is what all the shouting is about in Democrntic circles as Governor Harriman of New York, Governor. Williams of Michigan and other ns yet unannounced candidates scream for more rich red Republican blood and raw elephant meat reform. takes are what helped them lose the '52 election. IF STEVENSON should be elected president, one of his first tests would come in selecting his official family. He might call back to duty a lot of tired old New Dealers who did the Democratic party no honor in past administrations. That would be the signal he was going to serve up a warmed-over New Deal. If he should bring in a brand- new team, it would be the signal he intended to go forward on his own program. In other words, some political observers feel that one of the greatest challenges the Democrats have to overcome is in divorcing themselves from (he past TIew Deal mistakes. For those mis- STEVENSON's later speech in Chicago got considerable billing as a New Deal anlibusiness declaration. It wasn't. This is what Stevenson criticized: "Eight of the ten members of the Cabinet and almost three quarters of the men appointed to high executive office in the past three years have come from the same segment of the community—big business. "Is this a good thing?" asked Stevenson. "I doubt it," lie said in answer to his own question, "and I suspect businessmen by and large doubt it too." Without naming them. Governor Stevenson was criticizing the cases of Ex-Secretary of the Air Force Harold Talbott, Ex-Dixon-Yates Adviser Adolphe H. Wenzell, Ex- Public Buildings Commissioner Peter A. Strobel and Ex-Interstate Commerce Commissioner Hugh W. Cross. The Republican party and the whole business community are vulnerable on the records of these ex-officials who tried to revive "the Old Dead." They may have done nothing legally .wrong. But they did not raise the ethical standards and so had lo be allowed to resign. speeches of GOP .Senators Goldwater and Knowland are for the Republicans. For if the Democrats should win the 1956 elections, they have to depend on business cooperation to maintain full employment, pay taxes and keep the economy booming. No U. S. political party can afford to be "antibusiness." A case can be made that the Democrats' extreme left-wingers may have done Stevenson a great favor by trying to brand him as a middle-of-the-roader. Governor Stevenson is believed to have made a shrewd analysis in declaring that "moderation is the spirit of the times." It should have more of an appeal to the independent voters, who swung victory to the Republicans last election. . For Governor Stevenson, moderation may be a lot better politics than the warmed-over New Deal some of his more radical rivals are trying to cook up. IN HEADLINING Stevenson's speech as antibusiness,-another of his important statements may have been overlooked. "Let us be quite. clear about this." he said. "There 'is no conflict belween the Democratic party and business." Any other kind of.policy statement would be as ridiculous for the Democrats as' the antilabor History From The Times Files TEN YEARS AGO December 7, 19-15 Cumberland servicemen's death toll in World War II totaled 183 and 374 wounded. Triplets, two boys, and girl, born lo Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Metz, Midland; daughter died later. Death of Charles F. Lynch, 70, Arch Street: Charles G. Graham, 60. Htimhird Street. TWENTY YEARS AGO December 7, 1935 Mrs. Elizabeth Chancy elected worthy matron of McKinlcy Chapter 12, Order of Easlcrn Slar. Myers Ligiil named president of B&O Veterans Association. Death of Mrs. Catherine Herpick, 7G, Dccatur Street; Mrs. Vance Goldsworlhy, 58, Lonaconing. . THIRTY YEARS AGO December 7, 1925 Sixth Grade of Cumberland Street School, under Mrs. Upham, principal, issued school paper. "The West Side.Chronicle" with Alice Pierce as editor. B. L. Morcland selected chief patriarch of Cumberland Encampment 23, 100F. Death of Isaac Sleighter, 82, Weslernport; Mrs. William Wilson, 22, Elder Street; Mrs; Mary Wiley, Piedmont. FORTY YEARS AGO December 7. 1915 Joseph Radcliffe elected noble grand of Mountain Lodge, IOOF. H. Harvey Hill named chancellor of Cumberland Lodge 60, Knights of Pythias. William A. Michael appointed forest warden for Allegany County. Automation DR. VANNEVAR BUSH, one of the nation's most distinguished scientists, offered wise counsel about the social problems of automation as the joint congressional sub-committee concluded its hearings on the subject. Dr. Bush, who is president of the Carnegie Instilution of Washington, told the Senators and Representatives that personally he has no great fears that the spread of automation will be harmful to society. But, he added, "it is a different story when it comes to the individual." In making this distinction the scientist has come close to the heart of > the matter. Few informed observers doubt that, in the long run, automation will bring great benefits to society. It will boosl production and at the same time free men for pursuits other than toil. Bui individuals, perhaps large groups of individuals, may suffer as new automatic procedures replace workers. Though they will eventually be absorbed into other jobs, they may experience hardship meanwhile. It is during Ihis Iransilional period that a rcasoanblc amount of planning •> and foresight—by both government and industry- can help ease the shifl for individuals and communities. Dr. Bush put the matter well: "It is incumbent upon us so to guide the change that an absolute minimum of injustice is done to any individual, nnd so that the social benefits far outweigh the distress thai may be caused." Whitney Bolton Looking Si George Solotaire, Esq., , " • New York, New York. Georgie: We were riding in a taxi one night in the fain, coming up to the place where life pulses after a visit to the Phoenix downtown, and you were saying that even men who get around in life without getting their knees kicked or their chins cut often are taken by the most unlikely people alive, and you designated gray old ladies as the. most unlikely people alive. I remember that at the time I thought you were only Tanning the night air, but I am sending this to you by special messenger to say that -you were right, as always. I have been taken by a gray old lady. Two Franklins and a Hamilton. put it in my wallet and ran for the train. You know the old carnival hustle: grab the money and run for the train. I missed the Sea Cliff train, and so raced to Manhasset, where I barely made the express to New York, taking an empty seat in the smoker. Just before relaxing into the business end of a cigarette, I remember patting my inner coat pocket and feeling the wallet safely there. IT IS A LONG story for which (here is not room to cite all the details, but in a way it was the fault of the miniature peach-faced parrot my twins gulled, me out of last July when they turned 11 years old. We all drove down to Washington recently and locked up the house. The parrot was taken to the bird store to board for a few days and when we got back Monday night it was too late to fetch the parrot back into the house. Tuesday turned out to be one of those days and Tuesday night my fulminating bride lit up her red hair and said there were .two things I had to do Wednesday morning before going to work. I had to get the parrot from-, the store and I had to cash a check for $210 which she neede'd for some Christmas shopping.' . . . -' AT GREAT NECK this gray old lady got on the train and although there were many empty seats where she could have had a window view of the Long Island Sound in a grip of ice, she said gently: "Do you 'object if I sit here with you?" What could • say? I said, no, ma'am. I even put out the cigarette, which was silly because if she minded smoke why would this gray old lady take a seat in the, smoker? We'got into Penn Station without mishap. She got off the train and without any undue haste got into the escalator instead of walking the stairs. I thought, I remember, "Poor old soul, the stairs are too much for her." I can now tell you that the electric chair would not be too much for her. Two Franklins and a Madison of mine she took away in her kick. I GOT UP EARLY Wednesday morning and had breakfast with the girls. 1 said, "In five years you girls will have your own driving licenses and- can fetch and carry your own parrots," which is the way most men talk when it is too early in the morning. But at 9:30, when the store opened, I was there to reclaim this sabre-beaked killer with the peach face and I took it home. Then I went up to the bank to get the money for Mrs. McChristmas. By the time I got back to the house with the loot, she had lost patience and had departed for her annual raid on the stores. Having nothing else to do with the loot, I YOU WILL SAY, why didn't I yell copper? To whom and for what? They could not find her in the Christmas crowd because one gray old lady is exactly like another gray old lady and the station was mobbed with gray old ladies, all looking alike and innocent. I could not possibly identify this gray old lady who had handled me for S210 somewhere between Great Neck and Penn Station, and by then I knew why she passed up empty seats to tuck in beside me. All that puzzles me is, day in and day out I commonly run -to about $9 or less in liquid cash on : .my person. How did this gray old \lady know that suddenly and for ;the first time in years I had $210' ' on me in folding - money? They 'must 'have second sight or something. Or was she the gray old lady I dimly remember standing back of me in line at the bank? Anyway, I wanted you to know you were right. (McNaught Syndicate, Inc.) Frederick Othjnan Senate Cops Bar Gun Toters WASHINGTON — Angelo Inciso, the onetime gun-toter, bootlegger, shoplifter, and thief, has discovered that not even his own personal guards can carry shooting irons into the U. S. Senate. " Capitol cops disarmed Angelo's private eyes, one fat and one skinny, before this hoodlum-turneo'- union-chief was allowed to appear before the Senate Labor subcommittee. His defenseless troops then took seats behind him while his attorney explained why I n c i s c o hadn't answered a subpoena earlier. He was afraid somebody might shoot him again, said Counselor Samuel Edes. You may be getting the idea—and you'll be right—that this was quite a day in the old Supreme Court chamber where Sen. Paul Douglas and Co., were worrying about racketeers getting their clutches on union insurance funds. Angelo. They've been on the job ever since and their wages so far have cost the taxpayers of Chicago an estimated ?25,000. Then, said Edes, some more lawless elements bombed union headquarters three weeks ago. Almost simultaneously came that senate subpoena. .So Angelo went to the police commissioner and asked for cops to accompany him tc Washington. The commissioner said, nothing doing. "He said he was interested in protecting Mr. Inciso's life only inside the city limits," Edes said. Angelo had to hire some local detectives, sight unseen. His Chicago police. accompanied him and his 400 pounds of union records to the airport; his hired guards met him at the plane here. THE YOUNGISH, p 1 u m p i s h, baldish and strangely cheerful- looking Angelo sat there playing with his heavy gold key chain, while his lawyer told of his fears for his life. Years 'ago Angelo' was jailed for an assortment of crimes. Then,' somehow, he got control of the United Auto Workers, AFL, Local 286 in Chicago. This has something under 5,000 members and about $500,000 a year passes into its treasury. This money goes into one bank account and nobody but Angelo can write checks on it. What interested the Senators was the checks he wrote to a Chicago insurance company, representing part of the health and accident premiums. They also wondered about this insurance company, of which Angelo himself was chairman of the board. When he didn't show up last week, the Senators cited him for contempt. AND THERE beside Angelo in the Senator's room were seven large packing cases, containing union documents' and cancelled chocks. Sen. Douglas said his accountants would have to study them before he could question Angelo. •Edes said if this took an inordinate time, please could Angelo go back home? Sen. Douglas said,,no. He could stay in Washington until the Senators got around to him. The gentleman from Illinois did rule, however, that Angelo's guards should get their cannons on leaving the' Capitol grounds. Let us hope they preserve Angelo's life. Let us also trust that we get a look inside those boxes. The contents should prove interesting, particularly to Angelo's dues-paying members. (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) NOW HE WAS in the room, with the artillerylcss guards at his elbows, while attorney Edes told how somebody shot Angelo two and a half years ago. "They were bejiev- ed to be lawless elements trying to take over the union.',' Edes added. So the Chicago police commissioner assigned two cops to guard So They Say Teaching a person lo recite the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights by memory is not enough. Teaching him to understand the meaning of liberty is much better. We should also give him a bill of responsibilities to go along with his Bill of Rights and at the same time instill in him a spirit of service, —Adm. Arthur Radford, chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff. Public business is the public's business. Freedom of information is just the heritage of the people. —Harold Cross, counsel for the American Society of Newspaper Editors. My only regret (al retiring from the Marine Corps) is that I won't be present for the next war. —Gen. Lewis B. Puller, winner of many honors (or heroism and gallantry in battle. War Prisons MUCH -HAS BEEN written this year about the hardships inflicted upon American prisoners in Chinese war camps. Unfortunately our own record was not good as far back at the War Between the States. "Civil War Prisons." a book by Prof. William B. Hesseltine of the University of Chattanooga, Tenn., reveals that neither North nor South can be proud of its treatment of war prisoners. For years the names of Andcr- sonville, Ga., and Libby Prison, in Richmond, Va., aroused the same indignation as was provoked in World War II by the concentration camps of Dachau and Buchenwald. Men died by thousands at Andersonville and at Libby, because of bad and insufficient food and almost non-existent sanitation. The North did no better. At Johnson's Island in Lake Erie off Sandusky, Ohio, where Confederates were held, the commandant was told: "So long as a prisoner has clothing on him, however much torn, you must issue nothing to him. It is the dcsjre of the War Department ilo provide as little clothing as possible." There has never been a good excuse for deliberate cruelty. There never will be, "Civil War Prisons" makes obvious that such abuses are inexcusable, just as recent Chinese barbarism has shown that such treatment is indefensible. Hal Boyle AP Reporter's Notebook i ..'••• NEW YORK —Curbstone comments of a pavement Plato: ' .."... '. Can you recall, as a child, how you liked to stretch put on a small grassy hill, and then roll down it? Can you remember how, when you reached the bottom, mind reeling, you had a strange feeling of terror' that you were about to fly off into space—and how you dug small hands into the sweet-smelling earth and hugged it hard to keep this from happening? I have this same feeling on 'reading that ^ the U. S. Government is sponsoring researcn%jf to find a way to counteract gravity. In this battle of science versus gravity I am pretty much on the. side of gravity. Gravity is one of man's oldest and best friends. It may set him down hard occasionally, but at least he knows where it will sel him down. But science? I don't know. If science takes over gravity, it is hard to figure where we'll all be set down eventually. OVER THE CENTURIES gravity has shown a steady and dependable .sense of responsibility. You know what it will do. But who can tell what science'will do next? It is as unpredictable as a flea at a dog show. Gravity was a fact of life long before, as legend has it, an apple dropped on 'Sir Isaac Newton's noggin. All Newton did was to get up and single-handed pass the law of gravity. This law has been more influential than any'statute ever passed by Congress. It has kept the sun and moon and earth in a whirling balance for a time beyond the memory of man. ;• It holds Clark Gable's ears in place, and is a big factor in keeping Marilyn-Monroe in her present pleasant sliape. It pulls down the rain and the snow to water the world. It turns mountain rivulet into rivers that swell the mighty sea.' That's the'big virtue of gravity. You can count on it. If a barber or a symphony conductor stands too long in one position, gravity may give him varicose veins or-.,fallen arches over the years. ' But name me any blessing in this world that doesn't have Its faults if 'it isn't used wisely! • THE REPEAL OF gravity promises certain advantages to commercial aviation and space explorers. : But if science does' come up with a new antigravity force or substance I hope they keep it under laboratory control and don't sell it like cotton candy at' a circus. If they do, I predict chaos. The skies above our streets will be full of lunatic jaywalkers dropping chewed-up apple cores on the heads of us old-fashioned innocent pedestrians. Dastardly Peeping Toms will be leering in the 12th story windows of apartment buildings. Frantic mothers will be bawling up into the air, "Junior, you come down off that cloud right now, and fly to the grocery store for me. I'm sorry I ever bought you those antigravity shoes." • • Frankly speaking, do you feel the s human race is ready to do away with gravity? The thing we need to do most in our troubled era is to keep both feet solidly on the ground. In this, gravity is a big help. (Associated Press) ' George Dixon ^ The Washington Scene WASHINGTON-We have had some very adroit and fast-talking political conjurers put on shows- for us here but none any slicker than Carmine De Sapio. The New York Democratic leader performed such feats of oratorical legerdemain the other day that he left Washington's most sapient political reporters wondering where he had hidden the pickle. He played only a one-afternoon stand but he left us swivel-eyed. We think he put up Gov. W. Averell Harriman, of New York, for President, but there isn't one of us who would take his notes before a notary public and swear to it. I do not know how Ave feels about Carmine, but I can say that if'I had the latter in my corner, I would not feel I was saddled with a dope. De Sapio reminds me of several very wily prizefight managers I have known He is bringing his boy along slowly; determined his boy is not going to be rendered punchy in anv prelims. The Tammany Leader, also New York Secretary of State, caused quite a few of our linguistic purists to adopt superior smiles when he opened the show by saying he appreciated the opportunity to join us but it wasn't long before they were following the sound of his voice with painful concentration. THE NEW YORKER said it may not have occurred to us, but Tammany is really a high- class institution, filled with .men of piety and learning. He said many "weatherbeaten, meaningless, old hat" charges" are made against Tammany which rightfully should be assessed against the Republicans. He declared that the derogatory political expression "smoke-filled room" was coined by James A. Hagerty, father of James C. Hagerty, Ike' secretary, and was not aimed at Democrats but at the group of Republican leaders who got together and rigged the nomination for Warren G. Harding. THE REPUTED kingmaker was introduced to us hilariously as "the man who will give us a translation of what Harriman really means when he says, T'm for Stevenson.' " There is no law that makes us stick to one subject, so we asked him what he thought oi the denial of former President Truman that he had referred to Vice President Nixon as "that " De Sapio gave this the same mouth-is- quicker-than-the-mind conjury he did to Harriman's candidacy. "I've been sick this week," he said. "That's why I can understand this. Maybe Mr. Truman had a cold " If De Sapio was here representing the next Democratic presidential candidate, the Democratic hierarchy didn't seem aware of it. About the only party luminary who showed up Senator John Sparkman, of Alabama w would have become Vice President in 1952 except that his running mate was named Stevenson instead of Eisenhower. SENATOR ESTES Kefauver, who wants to keep Harriman out of the running, sent a long telegram of "regret," but we couldn' sure whether he regretted being absent or be Sapio being alive. Former Attorney i General J. Howard Me- Grath, bounced by Truman, and former Federal Trade Commissioner James M. Mead, bounced by Eisenhower, were at the head table but didn't look particularly as if they thought they were sitting beside the man who would be beside the next President. • It was all so razzle-dazzle I asked McGrath why he thought De Sapio was here. "I think," he replied, "that he is here t« represent the next Governor of New York," Possibly that clears everything up. (King Features, Inc.) • . '•'I

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