The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on June 22, 1947 · 72
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 72

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Sunday, June 22, 1947
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'S IN THE BM CLOSET!" THE by Charles D. Rice Hie UN mil be two years old this week. If ere is an inside story of the laughs and headaches backstage at a great world drama j - "ten . A 66TT. NO, this cannot be!" spluttered a 1 1 foreign voice over the telephone. "This must not be! They have thrown the King into the broom closetl" The frenzied call came into the UN Hotel Section, an agency whose duty it is to scare up hotel rooms for incoming delegates. A harassed UN official grabbed his hat and made for the hotel He found that the rumor was slightly exaggerated, but that the management had indeed assigned the son of an Eastern potentate to a room which, though not literally a broom closet, was small enough to be mistaken for one. This was at a time when hotel rooms were so scarce that guests thought themselves lucky to sleep under a rubber plant in the lobby. But by a special black magic, known only to the UN Hotel Section, the official managed to find a suitable room for. "the King," and thereby averted an international incident. The United Nations will be two years old this Thursday. During its short and stormy life, it has been beset by a host of world problems. But the smaller, inter-organizational headaches seldom see the light of day. This backstage world is a sort of scale model of the great outside world that UN is trying to unite. Its difficulties are often merely amusing, but sometimes they seem just as perplexing as the Palestine Question itself. UN officials need all the diplomacy they can muster and their own household problems give them some good practice. 0 Boema, (9 Delegate 'The Hotel Section and the Housing Division bear the brunt of the headaches. For instance, the Hotel Section gets a cable that 60 delegation members from South America will land in New York on Wednesday. How do you find 60 hotel rooms on a moment's notice? You beg, bargain, threaten and cajole, and finally corral 40, which means you must double up some of the members. The inevitable result is that a lady and gentleman occasionally get assigned to the same room. This calls for a reshuffling all around until propriety reigns. Even when a litt of names is sent along with a request for rooms, it is often hard to decide which is one sex and which the other. First names like Stane, Toufik, Najmuddin, Nusni and Shuhsi are practically no help at all. Recently the sex problem reared its head in an amusing manner. Somehow Dame Rachel Crowdy, an eminent British dowager, got bundled into a room with a young man named Tomlinaon. She phoned the Section and gently complained. She said she realized that they were working under a heavy strain, but her predicament was especially embarrassing because of her official capacity. Dame Rachel, it seemed, headed up the International Bureau for the Suppression of Traffic in Women. The Hotel Section's task is all the harder because few UN people can afford to live in regal splendor. Most are ordinary citizens who must watch their pocketbooks, and New York's steep hotel prices are pretty ditmbiv-ing. One delegate cabled the Section for a LBO aOWHTMAI. HEAD MAN Trygve lie had his housing troubles, was beaten to a home by one of his assistants TW 4-J3-47 4

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