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PAGE 14 THE SUN. BALTIMORE, THURSDAY MORNING. OCTOBER 31. 19fi3 cover the success of the policies he de The Year the Spring Went Dry Political Halloween 11 Ml i I Letters to the Editor pourings of less worthy material spewed forth hour after hour it seems strange indeed that no time can be alloted to these outstanding offerings. case a wavering member of the faith ful happens to be Included? Or forbid members of the proletariat to obtain visas? Or stipulate that no one from a country as delightful as Italy be allowed to cross the frontier? It's enough to make a propaganda expert long for the grand old days under Stalin when tourists were kept in their place. Notes and Comment A young Texas oil millionaire is, reported to be "the only real boy friend" Le Thuy, daughter of Mme. Nhu, has acquired in three weeks in this country. If a girl can acquire any boy friend at all when she is traveling several hundred, or a couple of thousand, miles a day, is picketed everywhere she appears, is always under the eye of battalions of policemen and has a mother who never stops talking, she deserves to be voted Miss Universe without further contest. Writing about Mme. Nhu in the current National Review, Mme. Clare Boothe Luce sees her subject as a picneer type, and adds: "It seems she has heard about our foremothers who helped their men conquer the oceans and the and who were as quick on the draw as their menfolk when scalping parties suddenly put in an appearance." With unsuddeu scalping parties, you can take time to finish doing your fingernails before reaching for the old sixshooter. Eeneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree's shadeWhere heaves the turf on many a moldering heap, Each in her narrow cell forever rude foremothers of the hamlet sleep. Thomas Gruy (1716-177). If we were a statuesque, raven-haired German beauty, like that lady who left Washington recently, we might feel just a bit out of context on the outskirts of Wuppertal, where the lady currently languishes. Wuppertal can fairly be said to provide for raven-haired beauties a more limited scope than Washington does, or for that matter Boise, Idaho. For all Wupper-tal's virtues (its street cars hang down fiom rails) it is not even the Paris of the Ruhr. Maybe the lady went to Wuppertal to get the beauty of the cabbages, now at their autumnal best. With more professional football games just down the slope of the week from here, we suppose it is too much to ask of announcers on the tell and vision that they refrain from saying their favorite team has been "victim ized" when it draws a clipping pen alty. Increasingly, we detect in pro fessional football a strong streak of bad-loserism. Go to the Ruhr in cabbage-time, in cabbage-time, in cabbage-time: Go to the Ruhr in cabbage-time (it isn't far from Essen! )And you shall wander cheek by jowl with factories that chug and growl: Go to the Ruhr in cabbage-time (it isn't far from Essen! VThe cabbage plots are full of coke and smudgy smoke and gritty cabbage plots are full of coke (and oh, so near to Essen VAnd there they say, when dawn is up and all the world's a pall of KruppThe cuckoo, though it makes him gu'p, will say "Cuckoo" for Essen. In the new soft drinks containing only one calorie, where does that one calorie lurk? Does it skitter among the bubbles at the top, or slink at the bottom? When two members of the same household split a bottle, it becomes a matter of domestic importance to determine which one is getting the calorie. The manufacturers could help by staining the calorie some conspicuous color. There must be a proper note to sound upon the departure of (not from) Pennsylvania Station (the big one in New York that the wreckers are after) but it eludes us. The reason is that Penn Station was many things to many people, not only to us. It was a train place, the first piece of big city that most people saw, and a sad place when it came to leaving. Penn Station was alive, and for those of us who have seen rail stations in Paris and London and Rome and Wuppertal, it will remain the best of them all. We long lo know the name and nationality of the United Nations inv estimator in Saigon who. on hearing that another Buddhist monk had committed suicide, commented: "What a dramatic country this is!" A store window containing (among other things) Halloween favors, turkey platters and Christmas gifts suggests that we are heading toward a new, streamlined, all-purpose holiday geared to the jet age. It will be called Hallowthanksmas and last without pause from Labor Day to Twelfth Night. While it is on children will get doles of candy at stated intervals, cards will be sent without respite and everybody will buy everybody else presents. There will be no other holidays or gift-giving during the rest of the year, which will be devoted to paying and saving up for Hallowthanksmas. Perhaps the left-over day which poses such a problem for the universal calendar fans can be fitted usefully into this celebration. scribed to the National Assembly, he would do well to study Fulbright. He will not get it straighter than that from any American diplomat. The kind of plain talk now required of France's allies is not covered in the diplomatic manuals, but its urgency is none the less pressing. Atomic Quebec Even though he is running a minority Government, Prime Minister Pearson finds challenges to his authority increasingly easy to surmount. For the ninth time he has won a confidence test in Parliament, and on the latest occasion he coasted through with a vote of 210 to 27. The issue was almost identical with the one that swept John Diefenbaker out of office last winter, and brought in Pearson, for it again involved atomic armament. A splinter political group sought to cen: ure the Government for "slavishly" permitting the storage of nuclear warheads on the soil of Quebec. The storing program is part of Canada's new policy of accepting atomic weapons for its own forces and permitting American planes to be maintained at instant readiness. Diefen baker is still an anti-atom man, and had the confidence issue been based on weapons alone the vote might have been closer. But in addition to bombs there was Quebec which is an explosive of another kind. There is a very vocal separatist movement in that province; it is French, and it is agitating for an identity of its own. The ques tion Parliament faced was not simply a vote on nuclear weapons, but whether there should be a separate defense policy for Quebec. Although the outcome may be inter preted as a vote against secession, there is inherent in it an admission that nuclear armament is national policy. Pearson has that working for him; he has Quebec; he has the Canadian reluc tance to go through another winter election campaign. The combination promises him easier breathing if more confidence votes are called for. Iiig in Howard The mystery of who has been buying up so much land in Howard county has been cleared up in a climactic way. The local man who has become a national symbol of urban imagination and enterprise, James W. Rouse, turns out to have been thinking even bigger than his previous ventures have indicated. By buying an eighth of How. ard county, some 14,000 acres, for development of a full-scale community from scratch he has undertaken a project of monumental proportions even in this age of huge suburbias. So extensive is the Rouse parcel that even with a density no greater than two families per acre, it would mean a community of more than 100,000 persons. When this is measured against Howard's 1960 population of 36,000 and the planners' projection of 70,000 by 1980, it can be realized that Mr. Rouse's company has plans for the county that far exceed anything hitherto imagined. So big is the undertaking that it is bound to have an impact on the whole Baltimore area, and to some extent on the Washington region as well. Since Mr. Rouse has been a foremost advocate of Baltimore regional planning, it can be anticipated that he will give substantial support to the Baltimore Regional Council's concept of "metrotowns" and will also tie his plans closely in with the goals of metropolitan transportation, regional parks and various other metropolitan services. Altogether, this will be an exciting development to watch, in terms of its own growth and of its effect on the rest of Howard county and the metropolitan region. Iiound Trip An Italian business man, bored with Communist propaganda about the workers' paradise, got the happy idea of sending some workers to Russia on a round trip, all expenses paid. His only stipulation is that on their return they should make an honest report of their findings. So far the plan has resulted in several torn up party cards, a good deal of local disillusion and a decision by the local Communist boss that no more of the faithful must accept this deceptive hospitality. Had the Russians known what was going on, they might have taken the visitors in hand, wafting them along the champagne circuit reserved for official delegations instead of treating them to the transparent solution of soft soap that the regular Intourist customers get. Now the Russians are put (if they care) in a horrible dilemma. Should they increase the standard of living of all tourists in THE SUN Published Every Weekday By THE A. S. ABELL COMPANY WlLLIAlC F. ECU MICK, Jl PlEStDINT Intend tt the Post Office at Baltimore eecond-elaai matter Ratet by Mail Outside Baltimore Morn In Evening Sunday 1 month i 65 $165 ioo 6 monthe 8 90 8,0 til lyear $15.80 115.80 110.30 Editorial Offices Baltimore, Calvert Street Washington, 4 Press Building London. E.C. 4 85 Fleet Street Bonn 270 Koblenzerstrasse Moscow Pamotechnava. 12'24 Rome Via del Plebiscite 112 New Delhi 145 Golf Links Rio de Janeiro Rub Do Carmo 37 Baltimore Telephone 539-7744 Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press la entitled excln stvelv to the use for republication of all the local news printed In this newspaper as well as all AP news dispatches BALTIMORE, THURSDAY. OCT. 31, 1963 Froslburg The situation at Frostburg State Col' lege has gone beyond the stage where it can be left alone in the hope that it will work itself out. Since earlier this year, when four faculty members were dismissed for reasons which President Hardesty, in his recent letter of near-apology, admitted were not academic, the state of the campus has been one of constant unrest. Charge and countercharge, demonstration and manifesto, have succeeded each other, culminating in the resignation of the president of student government and the reply of Mr. Hardesty to the resig ration, which boils down to a shock ingly undignified, "you're another." Without any of the events which preceded it, Mr. Hardesty's statement this week would be enough to convince anyone concerned in higher education that something odd was going on at Frostburg: its sentiments and manner of expression were altogether unsuited to the decorum ordinarily associated with a college presidency. The unrest at Frostburg coincided with a period of transition in Maryland higher education: it erupted just as the new board of State College Trustees was taking over. Now the board is functioning, and it has the plain duty, as Delegate Dillon of Washington county says, to look into the turmoil, and without waiting for a formal complaint. When present and former members of the faculty, who can neither be accused of immaturity nor of professional soreheadedness, believe that the college's accreditation may be endangered by the strife, the board has a mandate to step in: Not to try to spread oil on the waters, not formally to examine and dismiss a fcrmal complaint, but to get to the bottom of the difficulties, and make a public accounting of their findings. Otherwise the new State college system, and the machinery which is supposed to control it, will be off to the worst sort of start. Ally Twice Told At about the same hour the other day the Foreign Minister of France was addressing the National Assembly and the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee was addressing the United States Senate. They were concerned with the same subject, the relations between the United States and France, and although the two countries are allies the speeches did not sound much alike. Senator Fulbright does not speak for the American Government, although on this occasion he was undoubtedly giving expression to Administration thinking; M. Couve de Murville does not always speak for President de Gaulle only de Gaulle does that but his policy review must be taken as official. In essence, the Foreign Minister said that France had embarked upon its own defense program, exclusive of NATO, because the other European members of NATO had been so sluggish in their own military precautions. They had tended to rely wholly on American power, whereas France had made its own private atomic arrangements. By eo doing, he said, France had "shown herself as having a national will, and as a result is a real ally." Viewing the same developments an ocean away, Fulbright said that as an ally France "has been deeply disappointing." De Gaulle, he said, had been quick to offer agreement in principle while withholding cooperation in fact. France is on its way toward wrecking the Atlantic alliance and may even drive the United States out of Europe, Fulbright warned. The Western union, he said, -depends upon political consultation, tiie proper disposal of military forces, economic cooperation and the lowering of trade barriers. The Senator saw de Gaulle blocking each cf these goals. If Couve de MurviL'e wishes to dis- Apartment House Zoning Sir: I have read with great interest your October 15 news item on the report of the Howard County Citizens Association in which "Apartment Zoning Is Hit." As a resident of Roland Park and a very vocal opponent of several actual and attempted high rise high density apartment encroachments in that area I find many points made by the report which make sense and which could be applicable here. In the first place, I fully agree that "there is an air of unreality in much of the work of our current planners" and "as it relates to apartments does not adequately consider wishes of the resi dents." This applies very well to the work of our city planners, for instance the most unrealistic preliminary report of Mr. RadclifTe's Zoning Commission zoning for high rise high density apartments in the Roland Park area hy the proposed city wide zoning ordinance. It is sincerely hoped that the now expanded commission will correct the deficiencies in that report which would have promoted and indorsed the wrecking of Roland Park by blatant speculators. Secondly, it would he a great relief to Roland Parkers if the recommendations of the county association would be followed in that "all existing apartment house zoning be cancelled" and to limit such future projects to "13 per cent of estimated population in 1080." On that basis with the completion in 1065 of one project alone now under construction the Roland Park area will have paid its debt to "progress'?) for the next 50 years or so. This project in one fell swoop will add I By ISAAC B. REIIERT Port Deposit. In recent weeks, I have become a familiar figure at the local volunteer fire department, where I have been getting water for our household, our dogs and our poultry. The high school boys, who make up the bulk of the fire company and use the firehouse as an informal social club, have come to expect me and to take my daily visit for granted. One of them usually helps me run the long hose off its reel, and it is seldom that there is not someone standing alongside my car to engage me in conversation while my old milk cans are filling. My daily trip to town social as it has come to be is the result of the drought. In normal times, my contact with the fire department is my annual check mailed on "Tag Day," and my gratitude at not having needed the department's services during the previous twelve months. But this year is putting me in their debt. For our spring, that has supplied us and at least five generations before us with clear cool water, has, after the driest season in 30 years, stopped running. It is a picturesque spring whose reservoir is located in the basement, just under the living room fireplace. The old log house was built immediately over the spring so that it would not be necessary for the farm women to go outdoors in unpleasant winter weather to fetch water. In the vears that we have lived here, the flow of the SDrinff has fre quently slowed down during the lata summer months of July and August. We don't expect much rain then; and what rain comes is immediately absorbed and used by the quickly growing plants, so that it cannot reach down to improve the stored subsoil moisture supplies. But we can usually depend on the spring to pick up in October after the coming of the heavy equinoctial storms. This year, thoueh. there have been no storms and the water from the spring has gradually dropped off from a steady gurgling flow lo a trickle, and finally it has stopped altogether. This morning, looking for a miracle, I took a flashlight and examined the big collecting hole in the basement, hoping to find water running into it again. The brown earth bottom was still damp, but deep broad fissures have split it as the dirt has begun to dry out. When the spring first went dry, and the Weather Bureau reported no end in sight for the drought, I asked a drill ing contractor to drill me an artesian well. He told me he was busy at the time, but that he would bring his rig to my place as soon as he had fulfilled his other commitments. It would take about four -weeks, he predicted. Last Saturday, the four weeks were up and. as I had not heard from him, I phoned him. "I'm sorry," he said. "My neighbors right around me are in deep trouble. Every time I drive in to a place to drill, people see the rig and bes me not to leave the area until I have drilled them a new well. I just haven't been able to get away." He suggested that I try someone else, and named one of his competitors. But just last nieht. a neighbor told me he had been trying for six weeks to get this competitor to deepen his well, but that the man savs he is too rushed by harassed farmers to come. We are fortunate that we live anita near a town that has the limitless Susquehanna for a water source. From the road to our bank, the river looks so low that one could almost walk across on the protruding stones. Yet it continues to flow, and what water I don't use would just continue onward into the sea. A large dairy farm near town has also lust felt the cinch of drying wells. They are acquiring a tank of several thousand gallon capac ity winch they will be filling each day in town, as I do my cans. I don't know how some of our colleagues are faring whose wells have gone dry and whose nearest town has not a mighty river but a sinking well for its water supply. Ihere are of course some advantaces that even those of us suffering the water pinch can appreciate. Farmers have been harvesting corn without the obstacles of wet or muddy fields. Wheat and barley are being drilled without holdups from the usual autumn storms. The woods are more corceous than ever. The leaves have turned, but there have not been the harsh cold winds that accompany rainstorms to blow them away before thev have adequately shown themselves in all their gold and scarlet dress. The drought has even taught some of us to sympathize with those less fortunate than we are. When I first started hauling water at the fire house, one of the boys there, enjoying the spectacle of my adversity, jibed me about my "scrabble" farm, suggested that I sell it to the local quarry as a rock pile. As week after week of the clear sunny weather continued, and I made my daily trip to the fire house, I saw the boy from time to time, but the jibes seemed to be subsiding. Re-cently, the boy has taken to helping me with the hose and the milk cans. Yesterday I learned from him why his attitude had changed. His family, like me, lives in the country. Their own well has now gone dry. -if fairs Domestic and Foreign 4,000 residents to the area, doubling the population. Already in the past three years completed apartment projects have brought in close to 2,000 new resi dents to the detriment of the nearby single family home dwellers. If Roland Park (which incidentally pays the highest taxes of any residential area both by assessed value and volume) is to survive as the finest resi dential area in Baltimore something drastic has to be done immediately by city planners and zoners. If more encroachments come, panic selling will surely result. With the help of City Council they should "freeze" the situation now by drawing a firm line around the boundaries of Roland Park and ad jacent areas within which no more apartment projects will be allowed. This would be similar to the line of demarcation recently set for Charles street north of Highfield road. Short shrift should then be given to "zone-busters" and "quick-buck" artists who have little regard for stability of fine neighborhoods. Arthur deRoalcles Remanjon. Baltimore, Oct. 2fi. Public Air Sir: If it is true as reported that performances of the Metropolitan Opera Company and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra are no longer to be broadcast in Baltimore it would be most regrettable. That such rare musical treats will be withheld from music lovers here because the broadcasters will not afford time for their presentation presents a situation calling for immediate action. When one considers the endless out- W. OWENS his job has a sense of inner comfort if the welfare society is near him. This is a state of mind which cannot be brushed away by epigrams from Senator Goldwater or anybody else. Now and again the thing called public opinion does appear. When it appears and settles itself argument quiets down and soon is dropped. In this day and time, all such internal movements are complicated by foreign affairs. Who knows what Russia and China will do in the next six months? Should their bickering lead to outright rupture, what next? Statesmen must ask and they do not know the answer. Will some new alignment pf nations result? Will internal conditions change important nations? Will the United States be compelled to reshape its policies at home and abroad? Every man in a responsible public position must proceed with certain extra caution because he has no absolutes in his mind. The uncertainties go far and deeper than that of Senator Goldwater as he measures his strength in the West and his problems in the East. The Goldwater position tells a lot about the thought of the nation as it tries to settle its own inner course a world where Russia and China could unsettle things in many nations. Senator Goldwater is not alone by any means as he tries to find his bearings. The man in the White House has not much in common with the Senator, but they have in common the need each morning to find their bearings. Something may have happened in Europe or Asia that must be weighed and balanced. Mr. Goldwater, no more than Mr. Kennedy, can think alone of strength in the western states and of problems in the East. We have been led to believe that the air belongs to all; that assignments of wave lengths are conditioned upon their use for the total community rather than to enhance the profits of broadcasters or advertisers. Is it not therefore incumbent to make the Federal Communications Commission aware of the refusal of the broadcasting stations here to fulfill their obligation? And will not The Sun use its influence to see that the threatened deprivation does not occur? Sidney Hollander. Baltimore, Oct. 24. Against an Incinerator Sir: The news item in The Sun concerning the establishment of a joint metropolitan incinerator in Baltimore county would be beyond belief, but for a similar attempt by Baltimore city approximately a year ago, when the aroused people of Hampden effectively protested and defeated it. The proponents of this scheme have not given up, however, and still insist that the residents of northern Baltimore, both city and county, become neighbors to a large, repugnant area of about 300 acres in which garbage and other refuse will be dumped and processed. The purpose of this letter is to arouse all of the inhabitants within 5 miles of Old Pimlico road and Falls road to this impending desecration. The loss in property values that will result cannot be estimated. The destruction of the beautiful countryside near the Jones Falls expressway will depreciate esthetic values. This refuse plant must inevitably, by its mere location and by means of the northern winds, spread the most unlovely odors to its environs. The residents of these areas have no idea of the attack on their respective olefactory receptors when the incinerator is in full blast. Any interested citizen may visit Cherry Hill with its incinerators and dumps close to Brooklyn in order to acquire a first-hand knowledge of what is in store for them in the near future. It is unlikely that the proponents of this measure live near the expressway or Pimlico road. Indeed, it is inconsistent for Baltimore city to advocate this degrading proposal and, at the same time, advocate a beautiful parkway from Baltimore to the Pennsylvania Stale line, since right in the middle wnnld be the incinerator at Falls and Pimlico roads. Apathy and indifference on the part of any resident of Mount Washington and nearby Baltimore county will inevitably ruin the homes which they now enjoy and cherish. Louis J. Glass. Baltimore, Oct. 23. correspondent refers to the recommendation of the Metropolitan Refuse Disposal Study Committee that several hundred acres of undeveloped land in the Bare Hills area become the site of a new incinerator. The Editor. Jaycre Support Sir: After reading in The Sun of the Junior Chamber of Commerce project to present "a seal of approval" to drugstores which rid their shelves of pornography acting as their own censorsand the Chamber's other very worthy objectives, my only regret is that I am too old to join the Jaycees. Maurice C. Sturm, Sr. Owings Mills, Oct 28. Rv JOHN News reports tell us that Senator Goldwater is strong in the West, but has a problem in the, East. This is equivalent to saying that the Senator has a problem in the part of the coun try which has huge concentrations of voters. No wonder! As yet, no reliable evi dence has been given that the working people in great industrial cities have moved in massive numbers into conservatism. Senator Goldwater is still the ultra-conservative in the minds of many people. Recently, he said the nation has more to fear from the radical Left than from the radical Right. Well, the nation is not likely to he thrown off its base by Communists in New York or by the Birch people around the country. But the statement did nothing to erase the impression of Senator Goldwater as an ultra-conservative. In a way, Senator Goldwater reflects conditions in the country. Some resurgence of conservatism has occurred. Conservatives no longer sit passively in the corner, as many of them have done for most of a genera tion. Whether their votes nave increased significantly probably will not be known until there is a counting in exact fashion, but their voices certainly are louder. They are in no mood to be pushed around. Politicians of all parties pay attention to people who will not be pushed around. Conservatives apparently have uphill work, nevertheless, because the working classes in big industrial cities have become mentally adjusted to a welfare society. Once that adjustment has been made, the men and women who have made it do not return to the old order easily, if at all. The man who cannot buy groceries if he loses

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