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FOUR EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1955 Evening & Sunday Times A WHWTO CLASSIC ttxctpt > Th. _ Ei.U.«<l « •.^odll.M mill millet Miryliad. undei tt« tct o) .. ___ - M*mb«T <rf th« "Audit Burciu ot CtrcuUlloe Member ot Tht A»ocl»_led Pr«t. ~ " Phone PA 2-4600 W«kly •ubicrtptlOD nte by C»rrlerf: One «retk Evrnint only 36c: Evenlnr Urnc. poi «« «« EvSns .nd Sunday Hmt. 46c Pti *ee_: bund.* ' Times only, lOe per copy Mall Subscription^ Rates Evening Time* lit !bd, 3rd «nd tUl P°»l»l *<">« •'llIS Month tfCO Sir Months J14.UO On. V«r . M>J 5th? 6th. 7th and 8th Postal ZOOM •1.50 Month - SS.SO Six Month, - «j.00 One *«« • Mai! Subscription R»tei Sunday rime,Only 1st 2nd. 3rd and Uh Postal ionet - _0 On. Mon?h - .3.00 Si, MOB&. - «£ On. y.« 5th 6th, !tb and 8th Postal Zon« -.«» OB. Month-*3.«Sb Mo_ n ^ J -J7.20_On L »«t -'Tht Eveninx times and~Sunda» Time, aammt no •: financial responsibility for typographical error* .= :-.dvcrtlseme!iti but will reprint that part of «» ••.dvertUement In which the typographical «rrot .- cccurt. erron must b« reported at once. ~. Thursday Afternoon, Dec. 8, 1955 OUR COUNTRY Tht union of, htarts, the union ot hands and tht flog of our Union tower—Morris Most Vital Race ~~ AT LAST SUMMER'S Geneva meet- ~.jng at "the summit," Russia and the West Deemed to confirm what had been jn- rcr'ea'singly evident: that they both regarded nuclear warfare as unthinkable. "But we must realize that this is an attitude which can change as the circum- •-'stances' of power are altered. The sum- '•anertime accord on this vital issue reflected what for all practical purposes is Jan East-West stalemate in the nuclear field That does not mean the Russians match us either in number or quality of A and H-bomb devices. It means they have enough of such weapons to hurt us badly if a war should ever start. _ But stalemates do not necessarily slay fixed. For one thing, the Reds could conceivably close at least part of the gap which now represents our numerical and qualitative advantage. MORE IMPORTANT than this, however, is what they might be able to do in the related, crucial field of intercontinental missiles. Colossal as they are, A and H-bombs are not technically new weapons. They are simply stupendous bombs, which like others must be delivered by'planes to their targets. The Intercontinental missile is a new weapon. In the view of some experts, it is the "ultimate" weapon, since its launching can't be stopped, its interception isn'l yet practical, and adequate protection for targets hasn't been devised. Fortune magazine, in its December issue, says Russia may have working models of such a missile by the 1960's if not before. For the Russians to gain a significant lead in this field would be dangerous for the West in the extreme. The stalemate would be 'ended, and the Reds' resolve not to fight an all- out war might melt away. CONSEQUENTLY, as the magazine reports, the United States now is pressing its own intercontinental missile program with utmost speed. Says Fortune: "At least one company has received the flat order: 'Spend whatever is necessary to save a week, even a day.'" Three years I'jago this country was laying out nothing ! ir£or this program. Next year a quarter bll- Hion dollars will be spent on it. The race r "to perfect an intercontinental missile may - :be the most vital one the United Slates "has, ever joined. Until we are sure we -have won it — and we must win it — we " ought not to take too much comfort from the nuclear stalemate which seems at the moment to make another world war a remote prospect. • Queer Talk Whitney Bolton Looking Sideways Dial PA-2-4600 for « WANT AD Taker Hal Boyif AP Reporter's Notebook .NEW YORK—There vas this new musical show opening the other night and the root from whith it sprang, was a book by John Steinbeck, so my bride and I figured that Miss Tamara Geva, the primaballerina and a friend of the Steinbecks, would rurely be among those present, as the papers used to put it. We knew that her husband was out on tour beating the bushes in a slow called "Anastasia", and it seemed to us to be a good idea to invite Miss Ge. to knife some scoff with us at a restaurant not 42 feet from the theatre door. Now who would think from all that would come a story about the night Miss Geva let, the burglar During one of these gazes I noticed that Miss Geva had a small white scar on the front of her right shoulder, a matter I had never noticed before in 15 years of knowing her. "Where did that, come from?" I asked. "Did the Reds do that to you when they stormed into St. Petersburg during the Revolution?" "After," she said. "After the Revolution. And I don't know if he was a Red or not. We didn't discuss "politics." "An impetuous lover from, the icy sweeps of tlv Steppes?" "Don't be silly." she said. "I got that learning a basic rule for girl children: never open the front door to a'burglar." L. S GOP Has Not Sold Itself To Young Voters WASHINGTON — In recent months the political polls of Dr.' George Gallup have read to the sideline observer like letters of advice and counsel to the Republican party about what to do and what lo avoid to win the 1956 Presidential elections. Somewhat after the manner of Lord Chesterfield's letters to his son, save for the Gallup statistics. The combination of the polls and circumstances generally have'been • bad news, however, but through no fault of Dr. Gallup. Beginning several months ago, in a series of polls, he proved to most everybody's satisfaction that only President Eisenhower could win for the Republicans in 1956, a judgment, it might be said, which others had reached independently by noting the continuous succession of Democratic victories in local, state and national elections since early 1953. This series of letters from Dr. Gallup to the GOP was influential. Republicans took the positive, hopeful view that, with the President at the head of the ticket, they were sure to win, and then began to beat the drums for "Ike in '56" and so insistently that they convinced themselves he would run again and therefore the election.-was virtually in the bag. THE EDITOR of 3 Midwestern newspaper recently received a letter from a reader objecting to the notion that foreign languages should be taught in public schools. "What call do we have," the annoyed reader wanted to know, "to mess around with all that queer talk for?" The implication was plain that if people in other countries want to talk with us they can jolly well learn English. This point of view is regrettably common. To high 'school students struggling with French pronunciation or German's wonderful way with ft verb, that attitude may sometimes seem quite sensible. But the fact that teaching languages is an excellent way to rjielp fit the new generation for a useful and rewarding life. The pleasure and benefit of reading the world's fine literature in the original tongues is enough to justify such study. Even more important, knowledge of languages makes for improved communication between American citizens and citizens of other nations. Communication is basic to mutual understanding. And Americans will have more and more chance to meet and talk with foreigners as the world grows smaller. Languages are important. The New Adlai IT USED TO BE that a man had to be his old self for quite a few years before anyone dared talk of his becoming "new." But the pace of life is swifter now. So, observers commenting on the 1952 Democratic presidential nominee, who only three years ago burst onto the national scene.for the first time, today are talking ,.6f him as the "new Adlai." Seems the '; "old Adlai" troubled some of his political '.".brethren because they felt he was too aloof for the ordinary citizen. A few think he still is, but others happily cite the evidences of change. They say that at the recent Democratic affair in Chicago Stevenson was table-hopping and handshaking in the best approved political style. Once he became so thoroughly engaged with a group of women that he sat down to dine with them, completely forgetling he had a dinner dale elsewhere. Stevenson's problem now would seem to be not to let the "new Adlai" fall so fully into standard political patterns that some of his friends begin wishing they had the "old Adlai" back. THEN CAME the President's heart attack to cast serious doubts over an Eisenhower candidacy. That turned all the demonstrations by Dr. Gallup that nobody else could win into very bad news. Now, with the President recovered. Republican hopes are rising again. Now Dr. Gallup comes along with another letter of advice. This is his latest poll which shows that young voters still prefer the Democratic party over the Republican party, by about 3 to 2: but which points out that President . Eisenhower could shift these percentages to almost a 50-50 split of the young vole if he were the candidate. : This is based on what actually happened in 1952 when the division • among voters between the ages of 21 and 29 was: Eisenhower, 49; Stevenson, 51. About a year before the 1952 election, young voters favored the Democratic party over the Republican party by about the same ratio as now, 3 to 2, but when the election came on many who had denoted Democratic as party preference switched to vote for the man at the head of the Republican ticket, General Eisenhower. That General Eisenhower was popular among young people.was demonstrated in local newspaper polls here and -there which this reporter examined and reported on in a lour across the country during the 1952 campaign. They showed that the usual- bracketing of age groups into party preferences, with young people leaning Democratic, did not hold at all for General Eisenhower who ran about the same way all across the board, regardless of age group ; ings. BUT NOW, a year before the nest Presidential election, the young people go back to the old groupings if the Presidenl is not a factor. Dr. Gallup sixes it up thus: "The figures would indicate that the Republicans, as a party, have not done a good selling job among young voters and that one of the problems facing the Republicans in 1956, if Eisenhower docs not run. will be to find a candidate who is more popular than his party in this group. "Institute pre-election surveys in- 1952 showed that General Eisenhower was the first Republican candidate since the "beginning of ' the New Deal to make a strong appeal to the young voters of the nation." • What Dr. Gallup seems to be advising the Republican party here is that, it must find an Eisenhower type of candidate if it is to win the young vote. None so-far has turned up. In view of that it is suggested to Dr. Gallup, which may be irreverent, that perhaps there is another solution. Would not a possible solution be for the Republican party to make itself into a party which would attract enough votes, young people, independents, and others, because of itself and not because of some glamorous personality grafted on at the top for a one-shot election victory? - THE DINNER part went fine, because Mrs. Louise Beck, the most beautiful theatre owner in the world, was at the next table . and so was Kermit Bloomgarden, a man who has not one but three hits current on Broadway and no man has had that since Jed Harr' used to shave. She also had Louis Lotilo, the eminent theatre manager, with her and between the six of us some words were shuttled back and forth, none of them cosmic. Our table decided on snowballs for dessert, which are large .balls of vanilla ice cream studded with shredded coconut. Bloomgarden lit up like a Miel- ziner set when he saw these jewels and said: "I would like to order one of those, but I don't dare. Too much dessert for my constitution." My bride, who has a certain candor, said: "They are not so much to miss. Just average." "But I love coconut." he said. So we gave him the simple way of doing it: just order a dish of shredded coconut and never mind the ice cream. The profound and learned discourses that go on in these show business restaurants is astonishing. Really astonishing. • DR. GALLUP might make himself more helpful to the Republican party if he would do some polling among Ihe young people, for example, to try to find out what it is about the Republican party that a majority of them don't like, or. to put it the other way, what it is about the Democratic party that attracts them. For the preservation of the two- party system it would seem that it is going to be necessary, for the long-range, to give the presently weaker of the two parlies a broader base. For it is not going to be possible to find a 'succession of Eisen- howers to pull a minority party through by the sheer force of personal magnetism. (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) Peter Edson Farmer Won't Escape In '56 Is Prediction WASHINGTON - (NEA^- The famous "cost-price squeeze" which has been pinching the farmers progressively since the 1951 peak, will continue in 1956 and beyond. This is the official opinion of the Department of Agriculture's Annual Outlook Conference, just concluded in Washington. Farm prices dropped seven per cent November, 1954, to Novem-. her. 1955. In the two previous years the drop was about five per cent. Since 1951, net farm income has dropped an average of a billion dollars a year. The experts predict that the supply of farm products may increase by another 10 per cent over the next five years. This is expected to depress farm prices further. But the drop next year may not be as great as in the two years past. It wasn't the function of the Outlook Conference to come up with any remedies. But nearly everybody else has his pet solution. Even Carmine G. DeSapio, the Tammany Hall farmer from the sidewalks of New York, now criticizes the GOP for not having a good farm program. MOST Congressman are coming back to Washington with pet farm bills. Rep. Phil Weaver for instance, proposes the government subsidize the prices of things farmers buy. so as lo bring the parity ratio up to 100. The parity ratio is now at 81. The National Grange has just met in Cleveland and come up with its plan for larger soil conservation payments. National Farm Bureau Federation meets in Chicago, Dec. 11. It can be counted on to produce voluminous resolutions. But for a really massive assault on this issue, fop prize must go to-a 600-pasc book just put out by Twentieth Century Fund. Its title is "Can We Solve the Farm Problem?" A brief boil-down of its 250,000 words would seem to be "No, we can't." If this book were thrown at a Congressman interested in solving the farm problem, and it hit him, he'd drop dead. of agriculture economics at University of California, was in charge. His work was then reviewed by the Twentieth Century Fund's policy committee, headed by Jesse W. Tapp, board chairman of Bank of America. Some conclusions: "Farmers will eventually find it necessary to adjust their output to amounts the market will absorb at prices they are willing to accept. . . "Government accumulation of stocks . . . cannot be continued very young." The policy committee therefore recommends a lowering ol price support levels. THE RESEARCH report docs turn up the startling statistic that from 1932 through 1955. the U.S. government has spent over ?20 billion on farm aid programs. In the period, American agriculture fed and clothed two wars. But the net result today is S7 billion dollars worth of surpluses and a depressed farm economy. In somewhat general terms. Ihe experts who made this study come up with a few broad recommendations. Murray R. Benedict, professor NOW THIS IS interesting, but maybe not for the reasons >the distinguished panel of economists thought is was. The Twentieth Century Fund was established by the late Edward A. Fi.'ene, Boston merchant and a leading liberal. The Fund's board of trustees today includes such liberals as Adolf A. Berle, Francis Biddle, Bruce Bliven, Ben Cohen, David Lilienthal. Robert Oppenheimer and Charles P. Taft. When men of this stripe can support a research project which concludes there's something wrong with high, rigid price supports- even if they take 600 pages to say it—maybe that's progress. History From The Times Files Barbs TF.N YEARS AGO December S. 19-15 Ali Glian Temple, Nobles of Mystic Shrine, planned fall ceremonial. Death of Charles Brodbcck, 8ft, Lcnaconing: Mrs. Joseph A. Mullen. 71, South Street. Hidgeley opened store of West Virginia Liquor Control Commis-* sion. TWENTY YEARS AGO December 8, 19.15 Mrs. Bessie Lookabaugh elected councilor of Our Flag Council 100, Daughters of America. Harold W. Smith named head of Cumberland Welfare Federation. Mrs. James E. Goldsworlhy so- Icclcd president of Ladies Aid Society of Trinity Lutheran Church. THIRTY YEARS AGO December S, 1925 Cumberland's population, accord- ins to government census bureau estimate, was 33,741 with additional 4,000 in sections adjacent to city. Mrs. Mabel E. Murray named worthy matron of McKinley Chapter 12, Order of Eastern Star. Death of George Wolfe, city. FORTY YEARS .AGO December 8, 1915 Edward and Kelly Weaver, cily, won first honors in Charlie Chaplin contest at Maryland Theatre. Clifford Ranck elected president of William Shakespeare Society. William A. Huslcr selected chancellor commander of Allcgany Lodge 146, Knights of Pythias. B.v HAL COCHKAN All things come to an end and the good or bad end depends on you. Regardless nf how soon Ihe real cold days come, the heat still will he on for the buying of government bonds. A boiler blew up in a Pennsylvania town saloon and we imagine the drinks were on the house. IF YOU THINK a gambit like that can be left untouched, .you don't know Old Curiosity Shopper, himself. The way it was. she raid, was that she was alone in the family house on a cold, bitter Russian night. Do they ever have warm, lovely Russian nights? Her mother, stunned by the forces of Revolution, had decided to go to one final, elegant, ermined, diamonded and champagned ball. Her father was in the hands of the Reds. Her mother assigned two maids to watch over 9-year-old-Tamar- ishka. Her mother had not gone a block from the house when the two maids departed"on the arms of a pair of alcoholized Red. looters, leaving the child alone—except for a dog. A cross between a wolfhound and a bear-hunter dog. NEW YORK-A fable: Once upon a time there was a horribly rich old man. He stacked money in towers and spread it around in.wistful trees. • When the leaves had fallen, he replaced them with $1,000 bills. This horribly rich old man was an heredity prince, whose father had been a king who had had his head lopped off by the common people. Well, naturally, as the horribly rich prince / survived and grew older and older he distrusted the common people more and more* So he withdraw ; nto a castle on a hilltop where he could enjoy his money trees undisturbed. ~ ' But he had a daughter, the beauteous princess, Alva. She became lonely and wept, and the echo of her weeping. floated down and in time disturbed the common people, so that they cried sternly: • "Our princess must have a husband." , THE HORRIBLY RICH old prince, remembering the guillotine fate of his father, figured it was time to throw a fig to popular'demand. He surrounded- his mountain citadel with mirror glass, then announced that any man who climbed it would have his daughter's hand. Well, knights and princes from far lands, came and tried to surmount the hill of glass. But one after the other they only climbed until they were tired, paused to admire their reflection in the mirrored glass, then lost their strength and slid down hill to defeat. They strove and departed, year after year. And year after year Otis, the local milkman, came to the bottom of the hill and sent his wares to the top of the hill in a lowered silver bucket, and never tried to climb the hill at all. , ... AFTER THE theatre, in common with 9,000 others dressed to the teeth, we decided lo go back 42 feet to the restaurant and have a light snack lest we get restless during the night. We spoke with Miss Margaret Truman, admired Miss Vicki Cummings' new Breath o' Spring mink coat, hashed over a job my bride can have in Sydney, Australia, which is about as far as an actress can go in quest of work without meeting herself coming back, and, at last, relaxed into gazing at people. SHE WAS JUST falling asleep when she heard a noise at Ihe front door. A man's face peered through the glass. She lighted a lamp and with the dog alongside, started. down the stairs in her nightgown. s . "You know the human quality of rushing toward a Fate?" she said.. "You know disaster is just ahead and you fling yourself headlong at it. I'opened'the door, the dog lunged at the man, he flung a knife - at the dog, it missed and thudded into my shoulder. I went out. "When they came back, my mother and friends, I was on the floor, the icy wind blew on me through the door, the house was looted. But it didn't matter. It would have been looted by the Reds sooner or late, anyway." You see what a decision to take Miss Geva 'to dinner leads to? (McNauEht Syndicate, Inc.) AND AFTER MANY years, when all the princes had failed, he looked up and saw the fair face o£ Alva, the golden princess, smiling down at him. She was a princess, but she was lonely, and the milkman was there to see. One day Otis slipped a note among his milk bottles in the silver bucket, and the note said: "I love you, dear princess. Slide down the hill to me tomorrow 'night and we will elope." The message went up the hill in the silver bucket. There is some doubt about what happened afterward. Some say the princess slid voluntarily down the hill of glass to her waiting lover. Others say her father pushed-her. But they all lived happily ever- after. Otis put Alva to work and quickly built the country's largest dairy with his slogan — "Princess- delivered milk." And the horribly rich old prince stayed solitary, on the top of the hill, content to tend, his money trees alone. Moral: Happiness has its ups and downs. (Associated Press) Frederick Othman No More Lies About Undies WASHINGTON—It is my considered opinion; that a lady's - shape is strictly her' own affair. If she achieves her' curves by means of applied principles of engineering, plus judicious sections of elastic and perhaps in son;e cases a touch of ironmongery, that is no business of a mere man. With this conclusion the five .^gentlemanly members of the Federal Trade Commission, who have been studying feminine underwear and the marketing thereof, since April 22, 1954, evidently disagree. On that date the Corset and Brassiere Manufacturers, Inc.,— Inc., and the Associated Corset and Brassiere Manufacturer, Inc.,— both composed mostly of mere males—met with representatives or the Commission. The hope of the gentlemen was that a code of trade practices in the girdlle business could be evolved. It has been, too, and it will be effective the first of the year. WELL SIR—and I blush to say it—I have in my hands a copy of this document. It exposes some of the innermost secrets of femininity. For instance: Some plump ladies have been buying underclothing with the understanding that if worn regularly it would reduce the size of their middles. Having studied the evidence (in the form of printed documents, of course), the commissioners ruled that no manufacturer of such a garment could advertise that it would diminish a lady unless it actually did. The government experts took a dim view of this possibility. They also noted reports that some salesladies of such items have represented that they'll cure certain diseases, improve the wearer's health, and make her look beautiful. The salesladies have got to quit saying these things unless they are sure. Lucky the man who counts his blessings as he looks over a flock of fine youngsters. A doctor says numerous neck ills arc traceable, to the mouth. Keep your mouth shut or you may get it in the neck. NEITHER CAN 7 they tell a lady she's being rigged out in silk elastic, when in reality she's squeezed inside some rayon. The saleswomen must tell the truth. So must the advertising writers, and the garment must bear a tag saying exactly what kind of material is used to cover its rubber-thread components. The manufacturers need not, however, label the materials used in garter clasps, corset laces-, linings, paddings, trimmings', facings, zippers or hook-an-eye tapes. 1 mention this list in some awe; it indicates that the commissioners know exactly what they are talking about. These gentlemen discovered early in the game that a piece of stretchy clothing had special appeal to the clientele if it came from Paris. " The French shape turned out to be particularly desirable. So it was that certain unscrupulous ones labeled their merchan- dise with tags that indicated it came from Paree, when actually it was manufactured on Seventh Avenue. This-has got to stop. CERTAIN other entrepeneurs got their merchandise from Japan and they were at some pains to conceal this fact. The commissioners ruled that they, also, had to tell the truth. Neither can anybody in the business tell a customer that a competitor's elastic has lost its snap; in no circumstance can he defame the produce of the other fellow. The rest of the rules have to do with breach of contracts, phony price lists, and selling seconds for first grade items. This, I suppose, is all to the good, but somehow I regret having stumbled on to the facts. They indicate that a mere man cannot be sure always of what he thinks he sees with his own two eyes. (United Feature Syndicate. Inc.) The Big Lie GREAT BRITAIN is rightly indignant about a Soviet accusation that in 1941 Great Britain instigated Hitler's attack on the Soviet Union and started World War II. The remark was as bald a misstatement of fact as has been uttered since the late Adolph Hitler developed the technique of the "big lie." 'To begin with, the facts are the reverse of the way the Soviet now states them. World War II was already well under way when Hitler lurned on Russia. It might never have started had not Russia, after all its pious talk about anti-Fascism, allied itself with Germany and thus, permitted Hitler to embark on aggression. It was only after the two dictators—Stalin and Hitler—came lo the parting of the ways that Russia found herself on the. side of the angels. Meantime Great Britain, now the object of Soviet abuse, was valiantly fighting for its life and holding the bridge for all free men against the advancing barbarians. Men's memories are short. The war started more than 15 years ago and some of the details may have grown hazy in people's minds. Perhaps that is why the Soviet now thinks it can get away with such falsehoods. But some things men never forget—and one such is the stand that Britain marie against Hitler. Now to accuse those people of turning Hitler on Russia is inexcusable. The Russian - accusation was made in a speech in India. Perhaps it was believed that the Indians, who once had their troubles ' with the British, would believe anything. ^ Yet these people must be able lo recognize distortion of the truth when it is done in such a clumsy, blatant fashion. This is just another demonstration of (he Communist idea that truth is not a question of fnct but rather one of what best servos the Communist cause. George Dixon The Washington Scene WASHINGTON—The : old school spirit was so all-pervasive at the White House Conference on Education that Chairman Neil McElroy got caught up in the campus infection, and introduced Vice President Nixon to the 1800 delegates as "Vice Principal" Nixon. The Vice President is not used to being called a pedagogue. In fact partisans are wont to contend he is more dema than peda. Never-() Iheless he smiled tolerantly -at the academic' error and came out fearlessly-.against folks being brung up ignorant. It may take some time to evaluate how much was accomplished at the Conference on Education, but this must be said: If it didn't fulfill expectations it was not because the delegates didn't go ^t it seriously enough. We have probably never had a large convocation in our town which knuckled down with more deadly seriousness. THERE WAS SO little of the usual convention spirit that, although all the-conference rooms were crowded, the bar was empty. The experience of W. Joe Anderson, of Lufkin, Texas, slims it up. Anderson, a brother of Presidential Assistant Dillard Anderson, came out of the Sheraton Park wearing his big conference badge, and climbed into a cab. The driver looked at the badge and inquired eruditely: ' "You one of them education guys?" Mr. Anderson admitted -modestly that he had scholastic leanings, whereupon the taxi jockey exploded: "I bin hacking in this town for twenty years and this is the soberest mob 1 ever seen." EVERYBODY WORKED 'so hard and long that odd hitches developed. Dr. Hope S. Ross, a lady physician from Enid, Oklahoma, took exhaustive notes on a group conference that lasted all day and far into the night. She then turned the notes over to James D. King, superintendent of schools of Brownwood, Texas, a division chairman. Mr. King looked at what he expected to be very scholarly notes and went pop-eyed. In concentrating so fiercely upon the task in hand, the lady doctor had reverted to type and scrawled all her notes in undecipherable prescriptionese. THE CONFERENCE did achieve one specific thing. It gave representative groups and people in every section of the country an opportunity to speak their minds on education. I think this was summed up most effectively by the lady who did the original spade work for the conference. ' I happened to run inlo Oveta Gulp Hobby as she was dashing through the lobby. She said she was here as a delegate, I asked her how it felt to be conferring as an ordinary citizen instead of the big educational boss, which she was until she retired as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. "I am glad you asked me that." said Mrs. Hobby. "There is no difference between the responsibility of an ordinary citizen and a government official when it comes to education." Mrs. Hobby declared that education belongs to ali the people, not just a group in an ivory tower, I asked her what she considere* the conference's greatest achievement. "Just what you hear about you at every session," she replied. "It has achieved the concrete. You can't just go up to people and say 'you ought, to be interested in education.' You've got to tell them why." I CAME AWAY FROM the four-day conference convinced that, if the determination of the average mother, father, and neighborhood school-teacher goes for anything, we will lick this school problem somehow. Even if we have to go to the extreme of electing a national "principal" and "vice principal" the old school spirit will carry us through. 1 only, wish such a conference had been held a couple of generations ago. I would of got enough education to go into iom« other business. (King F««tur«i, Inc.)

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