Rocky Mount Telegram from Rocky Mount, North Carolina on March 14, 1951 · 4
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-AGE lO'JB A t tup rvrwTwn tpt THE SUNDAY TELEGRAM Published Daily and Sunday ROCKY MOUNT PUBLISHING CO. Telegram Building 150-152 Howard St Rock? Mount. North Carolina Tb Associated Press Is exelniiely entitled to ths bm for publication of all news credited to tt or not otherwise credited to this paper and also to local news printed herein. All rights of publication of special dispatches herein are also reserved. Mem her of AJi.F.A, B area a Advertising. 8. N. P. A, N. C Press Association. Entered as null matter of the second class October 17. 1911 at Post Office at Rocky Mount. N. C under Act of March 8. 1897. National Advertising Representative WARD-GRIFFITH COMPANY. Inc. New fork. Boston. Atlanta. Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco. SUBSCRIPTION PRICKS Payable In Advance Rates by Mail In The Carolina and Vlrrinia 1 rear 6 Mo. S Mo. 1 Mo. ' Dally and Sunday . . 116.00 $8.00 $4.00 $1.55 Dally Only . ... 13.00 6.50 3.25 1.15 ' Sunday Only . . . , 7.80 3.90 1.95 .75 Daily and Sunday I Week 35c .Carrier Delivery Payable to Carriers 35c a calendar week daily and Sunday. Subscribers making advance payments in excess of 4 weeks should make payments to office. TELEPHONES Business Office . . Avertising Department Circulation Department Managing Editor City Editor Sports Editor Society Editor P aragraphs "You can breathe too much," says a medico. But it's not as fatal as breathing too little. A doctor says most people weigh more in the winter than in the summer. In the winter most of their exercising is lifting knife and fork. . There's one thing about of the world. You make a for the fellow who wants By keeping America green, more of the long green for No wonder Old Dobbin could last. In the era of the rubber tire buggy, there were no white-wall tires. Flashlight: Something that always has a dead battery when you want to use it. Fable: Once upon a time there was a man who could have played politics for his own selfish ends, but he wouldn't do it. The veneer of civilization sometimes wears mighty thin in spots. Joe Louis is trying to regain his crown. John L. Lewis has never lost his. It took 40 years for Moses to get the boys out of the woods. It was the first government project. . It's a peculiar kind of happiness when It is achieved only by making someone else miserable. The days are getting longer. But it has always seemed a long time between pay days. I DOES ROCKY MOUNT WANT NEW HEAT, IN OATTOPADES? S . & fceverai years ago when " Jtocky Mount's annual Gallopade was announced, the news was greeted by local nd neighboring residents with mixed emotions. : Those who had for years stood on the sidelines and cheered the colorful spectacle hated to see the Gallopade pass on. They wondered at the cause of death but were neither interested nor energetic enough to encourage the continuance of the gala affair. ' Those who had managed the Gallopade during its years of health and then nursed it through those last few years of sickness knew only too well the reasons for the demise. Boiled down to a few words the diagnosis amounted to a verdict of too much outlay and too little income. The original aim of the Gallopade had been defeated. Instead of being a self-supporting spring festival in which all Rocky Mount took part and during which merchants could, if they so desired, get in a bit of inexpensive advertising, the event had turned into just the opposite. The same people took part each year, professional decorators were called in by local businesses in an effort to outdo competitors, donation quotas rose, and the actual cost of staging the affair got out of hand. It reached the point where the only people who thoroughly enjoyed, the Gallopade were those who did nothing but attend. For the most part, the individuals charged with the success of the vent were relieved when the final curtain rnp hm was rung down each year. So the Gallopade died. During its life It had contributed much to this community. For a few hours each year Rocky Mount staged a Mardi Gras of its own and people came from throughout the state to enjoy the occasion. Before it became too commercial the event had been instrumental in creating something of a community pride in the majority of local citizens. For these reasons, if no others, the loss of the Gallopade was a loss to Rocky Mount. So now, at a time when most local residents have reconciled themselves to the fact that no Gallopade will be held each spring, there is a definite move afoot to revive the event, not on the commercial theme that proved the downfall of the late lamented affair, but on a good old fashioned hoe down level that would have everyone in Rocky Mount clicking their heels before the thing was over. The new idea hasn't been given much publicity for the simple reason that those boosting the revival want to tread slowly in order to give the people and the merchants of Rocky Mount what they want and in so doing avoid the expensive over-commercialism that characterized Gallopades of the past. Actually, no definite steps have been taken by the boosters. They want to provide only the impetus. The people of the community are to furnish the suggestions that will eventually materialize into a local spring festival that will be enjoyed by all. A parade, of course, but no more ?300 and $400 floats. Dancing, sure, but something everyone can afford and enjoy. Talent shows, industrial and farm exhibits, competitions between organizations, baby contests all of these could be a part of the event, providing fun for everyone and costing little. The new idea will never come into being unless the people of Rocky Mount want it the current boosters have emphasized this point. The thing needed now is discussion, ' not among the few people who are pushing the idea already, but among the people all over the city who knew nothing of the new effort before today. If you would like to see Rocky Mount stage the "new type" spring festival, speak up and say so. If you think the whole idea is foolish, you are invited to express that opinion also. The question now rests with you. If you want a "new" Gallopade you'll have it. If you don't, that's what the boosters want to know. 5161 5164 5181 5113 5181 5163 511 sitting on top perfect target your seat. it will mean us all. GIRL SCOUT WEEK This is Girl Scout Week. It was on March 12, 1915, that Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop in the United States, and started the nationwide movement which has grown until its membership today totals more than 1,500,000 with units being located in rural, urban and suburban communities in every state in the Union and all its possessions. The achievements of Girl Scouting during the 39 years of its activities have been remarkable. The movement has expanded its program as well as its membership during a period in the nation's history which has been interrupted by three wars and a major economic depression. Generations of girls have received this splendid training in citizenship and democracy. Generations of grownups, too, have been the all-important volunteers who have made Girl Scouting possible. Girl Scouting in Rocky Mount is made possible through the efforts of a large number of adults who have volunteered their services and through the finances made possible by the Community Chest. The city is rightfully proud of its 26 troops and 320 members in addition to the adults who are supervising the work. the death oi MOUNTAIN TRAGEDY m The double-tragedy in the mountains of western North Carolina in which the superintendent of Alexander School and one of the students were reported slain by two students, one of whom was the president of the student body, leaves one all mixed up in trying to arrive at a conclusion concerning just why a thing of that sort should occur. Perhaps the sheriff who said that the two alleged slayers, one age 16, the other 19, had been reading too many murder mysteries hit upon the right track in summing up the case. Certainly a man with the reputation of the school's superintendent should have been well-versed in handling of youths and the blame cannot be attached to him, as is sometimes the case when persons not qualified to handle boys and girls are placed in such responsible positions. Of course, the whole blame very probably may go back to the early training of the youths, since we note in the news account that one's family has been the scene of a slaying some years ago. Orphanage leaders probably have the toughest assignment of any persons who deal with youths because in many, many cases the children the institutions receive come from families which have been strife torn. The Rocky Mount Evening Telegram. IS THE By JAMES MARLOW WASHINGTON, March 14, (JP) Labor leaders are in a running fight with Charles E. Wilson, big boss of the Defense Program, over several things. One of them is the handling of manpower. There's no shortage of workers for defense plants now but there may be In another nine months when defense production really Is rolling. It will mean getting workers for jobs, training them, maybe even shifting them around. If the problem gets serious the government will face this choice: Trying to work it out through the voluntary cooperation of labor and management or slapping on government controls, telling workers and employers what to do. Labor leaders want the voluntary method. In their fight with Wilson they are looking forward to the long-range problem and the steps which the government may take, or want to take, to fill manpower needs. And the labor leaders want some say-so in what's done. But as. time passes this whole squabble tends to get lost in a fog of words. This is a brief attempt to explain what's happened and what the situation is now. The Family BY DR. ERNEST Home-drawn Contracts "It is hereby agreed that Tim othy J. Downs Jr. will dust the books and shelves in the Downs residence. In return he will receive 25 cents per hour. (Signed) Mrs. Timothy J. Downs." Timmy's dad is a lawyer. The youngster often has heard discussion of contracts and other legal matters. One day he said. Looking BY ERICH BRANDEIS On one of her recent television Shows Betty Betz, who writes about teen-agers and probably knows them as well as anybody, had Jacqueline Cochran as be guest. She also had a half dozen or so high school girls who interviewed the famous flier for their school paper. The kids asked their pencil-vie tlm all kinds of questions, among them "what made you so asnbi tlous?" Without a moment's hesita tion Miss Cochran replied: "Poverty and hunRer." Then she told them about her childhood. 8he was an orphan down in tl'f deep South of Georgia. She started to work in a cotton mill when she was seven years old on the night shift, while she-was still going to school. She left school at an early afca, because she had to make enough money to get enough to eat an.-i to have a few shabby clothes. Often she was hungry. S e never had the things many other girls had. That made her mad. She kn?w she had as much brains as those others. She knew that she couH have nice tilings ano a good life if she went after them. So she made up her mind to go after success. Today the success story of Jacqueline Cochran is one of the brightest pages In the book on woman's achievement. A flier who has b.oken all kinds of records. Head of a cos metlcs concern that employs more than 700 ptopls. still an Wednesday, March 14. 1S51 THIS MATCH FIXED ? NATION TODAY On Sept. 9, 1980 President Truman issued a general order to get the Defense Program going. He assigned various jobs to government officials. One of these was Secretary of Labor i Tobin. ! He told Tobin to do what he could to meet manpower needs which would arise, including the making of plans and policies. The word "policies" is important in all this. It really means deciding 1 what shall be done and how. I Tobin's Labor Department has numerous branches or bureaus whose regular job deals with workers anyway so, by shifting gears a bit and enlarging their work, they could be of, help in the defense manpower case. ; And Tobin appointed Robert C. i Goodwin, a Labor Department official, to run the job of setting up a program that would help get men where they were needed in defense plants and all the millions of details connected with such a job. In addition, Tobin did something else which pleased labor very much. He set up an advisory committee composed of representatives of labor and management. Actually, this would amount to a policy committee, i Goodwin, knowing the man- Scrapbook G. OSBORNE "Daddy, why don't we have a contract?" And so developed a practice in the household whereby certain matters were drawn up in contract form. It was fun for Tim and it also seemed to help him take things he had agreed to do in a more serious way. As a regular thing, perhaps, home-drawn contracts are hardly necessary or even desirable But, now and then, such a method may be useful and add to the fun of everyday activity. In another family, contracts a drawn up as birthday or Christmas gifts. Here's one of them: "On or before Maroh 30th, the Smith family, in its entirely assembled, will attend a showing of a moving picture, the aforesaid picture to be chosen by Jo Anne Smith." Perhaps in your family, a home-drawn contract can be used for one purpose or another. Handled in the right way, it can give the children a chance to feel that they are doing things in a grown-up way. At Life ardent flier, ready to establish more records in the near future' Of course, there are thousands of others who have been poor and hungry, too, who wanted to get ahead but are still poor and hun gry. I certainly don't mean to say that poverty and hunger ar? guarantees for success. Ambition does not mean slm ply wanting to get anead. Unless it is coupled with deter minatlon and ability, it will never reach its goal. And no ambition will - evei avail jou anything unless you al so have the character ano strength to stand countless disap polntments. Longfellow certainly hit t h e nail on the head when he wrote. 'Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled by great ambitions." There is an old Latin proverb "Festina lente" make haste slowly. Jacqueline Cochran was ambi tlous. But she was also smar She knew that it is easier to ret to a place step by step than by leaping across chasms and taking a chance of falling into one of them. She got to her eminence first by unconquerable will, second b always looking aheal and never back, third by combining her ta lents with her ambition and fourth by making haste slowly. Poverty and hunger were th"? seeds, which does not necessari ly mean, however, that you have to miss anv meals to become successful. tg power problems everywhere, would decide what steps he thought should be taken to solve these problems. He'd recommend what he thought should be done to the Tobin Labor-Management Committee. It would approve or disapprove and so advise Tobin. Whatever it decided would be pretty much the government policy on manpower since Tobin could be expected to follow the views of his own Labor-Management Committee. But the people in Wilson's office say Tobin could set policy only in so far as the work of his own Labor Department's activities In manpower were con cerned but lacked any authority to determine manpower policies for the whole government and all the country. Why? You'll have to go back for a moment. On Dec. 16 President Truman appointed Wilson as supreme boss of the whole Defense Program. This was a little more than three months after he had told Tobin to handle manpower. In his Dec. 16 order, setting up Wilson's job, Mr. Truman told the latter he would control the whole defense effort, including manpower problems. This clearly made Wilson boss over Tobin where manpower is concerned. So Tobin who was made or seemed to be made manpower boss by one presidential order on Sept. 9 lost the power to Wilson by another presidential order on Dec. 16. But everything rocked along until Feb. 9 when Wilson forcefully stepped into the manpower picture by setting up, inside his own oflice, a manpower committee of his own. There were no labor-management people on It. Instead, its membership was strictly limited to representatives of government departments or agencies which have a deep interest in manpower. This committee included: A representative of the Defense Department, of Selective Service, of the Agriculture Department (farm workers) and the Civil Service Commission (government workers.) And Wilson said a representative of Tobin's Labor Department would be on his committee. This changed the picture around a bit. Under Tobin's arrangement, this is what would happen: Goodwin would make a recommendation to the Labor-Management Committee which in turn would make a recommendation (really a policy) to Tobin who'd put the policy into effect. But under the Wilson arrangement, this would happen: Tobin's outfit could make policy in whatever activities concerned the Labor Department but when the whole country and the government were involved then The big policy decisions would be made by Wilson's committee which, in the end, would mean Wilson since he'd re" f"-as top boss. The labor people complained this made them too remote from a final policy decision. This is why: Goodwin would recommend to them; they'd rec ommend to Tobin; Tobin would have to content himself with ex pressing his views to Wilson's committee through his representative on that committee the Wilson committee could decide ,on a contrary policy; and Wilson could change that. At the same time that it pulled out of all the other Defense agencies, labor walked out of the Labor-Management Committee, too. This committee has actually met only three times, Wilson's committee not at all. Labor isn't deman'i- -' on Wilson's committee. But it complained there is no. t representative on Wilson';. . n personal staff of top labor people. He asked labor to name someone to work with him. Labor hasn't done so yet. And there the whole case stands. Clayton Rand TOOTIN HOPE In the words of lovable Captain Henry, owner of the finest "Show Boat" on the Mississippi, "It's only the beginning, folks." The country Is getting all iteamsd up on its crusads NATIONAL BY RAY TICKER WASHINGTON, Mar. 14 Many prominent members of Congress, as well as civic leaders and editorial writers throughout the nation, share Senator J. William Fulbright's belief that "the level of public and political ethics" at Washington has fallen to its lowest state since the malodorous days of the Harding Administration. The Missouri crowd and , the "Ohio gang" seem to have much in common :t is especially interesting that so many of the individuals associated with these questionable activities, even though not guilty of actual law-breaking,hail from Missouri. The Fulbright revelations disclose that the manipulators of $45,600,000 worth of bad R.F.C. loans came from that state or nearby Arkansas, a Snyder-Steelman bailiwick. FRAUDS The Pendergast faction n"w controlling Missouri politics, especially in Kansas City and St. Louis, stormed to power through ballot - box frauds in which the ring - leaders were never caught or punished. Indeed, evidence of their violations was dynamited at a courthouse only a few blocks from the hotel where President Truman were sleeping. Kefauver disclosures, and so whe i it went out gunning against ed, show that big-time gamblers contributed hiavily to the e-lection of the present state Administration In the expectation that they would have a free hand to plunder the public. An agent for the Chicago Ca-pone mob Charles Binaggio, was murdered in a Democratic clubhouse in Kansas City, presumably because he could not deliver the stolen goods, when the politicians got scared. BOSS Morris Shenker, who represents important criminal elements when the law catches up with them, is now the Democratic boss of St. Louis. He works closely with "Jim" Pendergast, nephew of "old Tom," the President's pal and presidential spoic-ssman in this region. White House Military Aide. Maior General Harry Vaughan, : hobnobbed with "five per cent-j ers," according to the records, j He acted as distributing agent for valuable freezers, the gifts ! of firms he had tried to aid in i getting government contracts. ALLIANCE Democratic pollt-; iclans. police officials, state sheriffs ami their crambline Pals have been indicted and convicted tn such places as New York, Miami. Chicago and California. But ; no expression of . criticism or I indignation has ever come from I the ruler of the party. I On the contrary for politic ally strategic reasons, he yanked ex-Mayor William F. O'Dwy-r out of New York City Hall on ! the eve of last fall's election, makiner him Ambassador to Hardly had the former podes- THE WORRY CLINIC CASE RECORDS OF A PSYCHOLOGIST BY DR. GEO. W. CRANE Notice how Hal Totten's examples illustrate the gradual build up of the proper attitude toward one's readers, as well as auditors. A good speaker, therefore, seldom uses sarcasm, for he knows that what might please one segment of his audience may offend another. Diplomacy develops with such experiences as these cited by Hal Totten.' Case Z-269: Hal Totten, aged about 48. is a famous radio artist who was on the program with me before the Chicago Dental So-cicty. We were at dinner preliminary to our addresses, when the president of .the society asked Mr. Totten if it wasn't difficult for him to imagine the radio audience listening to his sports broadcasts. "It isn't difficult any more, Mr. Totten explained, "for 1 have had so many letters from various people that I can see them in my imagination. "Let me give you an actual case As I was about to start my broadcast of a double header, I against Communism like it was wives. . the depression in 1933 Alphabetical agencies multiply so fast they are already duplicating- initial letters. Borrowing a leaf from -s the NRA and OPA Man-iioic nf prnnomic boondoggling, Price Stabilizer Mike DiSalle has ! flooded the country witn wmay I telegrams to unnamed "Mayors' ' f .nnru.ipss localities with a I sptisp nf the ureency. One went I to the Mayor of Hilton Park, I Va. Hilton Park turned out to be i a children's playground. Another ! to the "Mayor of Brentwood Bo-rougn, Pa." Brentwood, a sub-;irb of Pittsburgh, has no may- j Why the directors of federal agencies have to have a new scareline on the front page oi very newspaper nobody knows Why do they have to have their mucs plastered on the covers of every magazine and find it nec-I essary to bombard the people with directives and profundities? frustrated business big- shot political power and economic authority and he becomes an oracle overnight, bellowing ballyhoo and economic gobbledygook a circus calliope, tootin hope While keeping millions In a state of unstabilized agitation nad commotion. It would be a relief U have one national emergency sometime in which neither politico nor plutocrat had illusions of grandrur. WHIRLIGIG ta finished his diplomatic prep-ping at Washington before a Brooklyn Grand Jury exposed a long - time and lucrative alliance between o uwyer b yu-lifo and the nation's biggest crime syndicates. . h POWER Mr. Truman will not even permit Donald S- Dawson, central figure in the R.F.C. scandals, to try to clear himself before the Fulbright Committee .He retains a wmte nouae ren cmi j whose husband, E. Merle Young-, crave her a 9.5M mink coat on money borrowed from an R.F. C. applicant wnom ne ana mi. Dawson were trying to help. Dawson hangs on as person nel chief at the White House, a position of vast power. Mi . Truman takes the viewpoint that, although a bit of ' honest graft" may have been involved, these activities are not "illegal" in the sense that they are indictable. In threatening to counterattack the Ful-brighters by publishing Congres-siona' letters on behalf of R.F.C. loans, be took the old -fashioned clubhouse attitude that "everybody is doing it!" MORALITY Since a party's sense of ethics is usually fixed by its leaders, It is not surprising that this kind of morality prevails so widely. Senator James E. Murray of Montana, known humorously as the "millionaire scab" because of his e-spousal of so many New Deal and Fair Deal measures for the "underdog," had a hand in the R. F. C. poker game. He intervened on behalf of a loan for a swanky Miami hotel that paid his son a fee of $21,000 in the case. Mr. . Murray contends this was quite all right. He does not add that the borrower was not a Montana man, and would normally seek aid from the Florida Senators or House delegation. BANDWAGON Apparently, there is no hope or plan or chance to remedy these conditions. Whereas Calvin Coolidge cleaned house after the Teapot Dome and Harry Daughtery- investigations in the middle 'twenties, President Truman intends to try to ride out the furore, such as it is. Both the Kefauver and Fulbright committees' lives expire soon. As far as the White House is concerned, the President's everyday associates, advisers and poker friends may accept mink coats, freezers, free loading at $50-a-day hotels In return for DUblic favors without incurring his displeasure. And this in the face of the fact that only two R. F. C. loans thev helped to negotiate . there are many others not yet Investigated cost the taxpayers $45,600,000. It is not surprising that every man listed in these shadowy transactions is. now engaged tn harnessing and promoting the political bandwagon which they expect will carry their benefactor into office next year for another term. looked out of my booth to see a man and a boy sit down in front of me. "As a rule, the ushers try to keep people out of those seats just in front of my radio booth. But these folks were quiet so they didn't obstruct my view of the field. "After the first game was over, they came up to me and introduced themselves. The man was blind. He informed me that he and his son had listened to so many of. my broadcasts that they had decided to visit the ball park and try to meet me. TOTTEN'S BEST BROADCAST "During the second game, I think I gave probably my best broadcast, for I was talking right at the blind man in front of my microphone. Every play that I described was directed toward his ears. "Now for a second example. I received a letter from an old man out in Iowa. It was written clearly but showed the wavering pen of an aged person. In the middle of the letter the pen apparently had slipped and trailed across the page. "The old man had started to tell me how much he had enjoyed my sports broadcasts the last ten years. He was past 90, and had been confined to the house pretty closely for the previous decade. "A second note accompanied this unfinished letter. It was from a doctor. He was the old man's son. He said they had found his father dead in front of the radio with this unfinished letter before him and his head bowed over it. "When you get such glimpses of your radio audience, you ultimately form a mental picture of the various types of people and adapt yourself accordingly." NO PLACE FOR JESTING I can doubly appreciate Hal Totten's remarks, for I have undergone similar experiences literally by the thousands. People who have lost their loved ones cry out in their letters for guidance and succor, as do these with impending divorces. Shy wallflowers want to learn how to become charming conversationalists. Old people past 65 want consolation on many points of doubt. College graduates wish to learn how they should go about the task of seeking a job, and request information on writing a letter of application. Men in prison also write, as do those who are dying of incurable disease Even 9-year-olds have penned requests for counsel in winning friends or earning spending money while I employ humor when I address you on the public platform, I seldom attempt to be facetious in this column. Each day millions of people eagerly scan these paragraphs to see if the case described is sufficiently similar to their own problem to give them some comfort or coun- A sel. I visualize these millions as I sit at my typewriter. Hal Totten has beautifully illustrated the method by which professional performers build up a sixth sense by which they "feel" the mood of their au-dlsnc. r

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