Wisconsin State Journal from Madison, Wisconsin on March 12, 1947 · 6
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Wednesday, March 12, 1947
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6 The Wisconsin A Slate Journal Mmbw or l.mm Nqwipjptt Group toterd second class matter at the polofflo at Madison. WU, under the act of March 3. 187B Roy L Motion editor Lawrence H. fltipotrlck. ........... . CHy Editor Harold F McClelland trt Editor Editor-Emerltut Andertee PublUhrt William L Doudno. Newt Editor 'one Canny Circulation Manager A. M. orayfon JhtL TRaiL d3aq. The name and complete addreaa of the author must, accompany every contribution but on re-cjur.it. will not be published I.rtt.em not ex-ceedlni 200 word win receive profrmuce. Home delivered ratee In Madison. Z5 ccnU a week, payable to the carrier weekly; H.10 per month i 25 for three months In advance; $6.50 for six months in advance and U for a year In advance. Mall subscription ratrs in Wisconsin $6 a year $3.23 for sin months. 75 cents a month, payabie lo advance. Special ratea to irn-n In srrvioe $5 a year. Other ratea on reauert. Wednesday, March 12. 1317 The Mote and thcBeam The state senate suddenly calls for "investigation and protection" of Wisconsin 'l fire-trap mental institutions. That's splendid- and it is not to detract from the applnuse if we wonder whether the legislators really realiz ed the size and significance of what they were doing when they did it. Quite a Requirement Editor, The state Journal: 1 have two rooms standing idle by OPA mandate. T will rent them for a reasonable sum to the first party who brings me the OPA administrator's head on a platter. il (with room In burn hut no money to hnv matches) , Madison. It was probably something like public conscience that prompted the upper house to add some attention to its own charges while it was dealing with a measure calling for an inquiry into hotel fire safety. Before approving the hotel probe, it voted to extend it to the state's buildings. Surely it is time for that ronseienre to express itself. For many neglected years, the state and its counties have operated institutions which, had they; been in private hands, would have been j closed by public horror within five minutes. We don't let hotels, private nursing homes, hospitals, or other privately-operated buildings get away with one-one hundredth the perils and inadequacies which the public countenances and perpetuates in its own publicly-operated institutions. e Thus, we rejoice in the senate's action but we wonder. Because, if the legislature investigates, what it will find is a foregone conclusion. And what it finds will force it to do something in the name of the protection thai has been ignored. That will mean money, a great deal of it. That will mean planning, revisions, reorganization -a great deal of each. That's what we nerd We only hope that's what the senate meant when it adopted without much fanfare this slightly-appearing but significantly-looming amendment. Seventeen Slate Senators Wisconsin Capitol Madison, Wis. Rear Hons.: Just, about every time the populace gets concerned about the workings of democracy, some of its servants do something to revive the faith as you did yesterday when you rose up to repeal the lax on natural gas. Yrs. for the answer to your critics, THE STATE JOURNAL.. Welcome to Bishop Richardson Madison welcomes another church dignitary to this religion-conscious and recur rentlv religiously-stirred community. Bishop Ernest G. Richardson, new sp iitual leader of Wisconsin's Methodism, should win a warm reception here, both in his own distinguished ncht. and as successor to the univer-j ly admired late Bishop Schuyler E. flarth. whose plans he pledges to carry i out Bishop Richardson will find Wisconsin no desert of disinterest 111 tin-church nor its churches reluctant to ! encase in community life and govern-! mental debate. If debate is needed and certainly Wisconsin appears to believe it so it eeds in turn temper, tolerance, and h:ch reason. For these elements, Wisconsin will earnestly solicit his contri butions. All $64 Answers Russ Get U. S. Prizes Without Radio Quiz Shows By WALTER WINCH MI. Wlnchellebrites : Margaret Hastings (the Shangri-La WAC'orporal) denying those reports about merging with Staff Sgt. Wally Fleming. He was her first date after the rescue. Margaret is now studying industrial engineering at Syracuse IJ . . . Annabella's daughter (Anne Power) having fun with Gregory .lame before resuming at a New York finishing school . . . John Hudson of "Craig's Wife" and his Mrs. (Mary I ,a ruche), who have decided on one of those friendly marital earthquakes . . . Toshio .lung (Japanese actress seen in the Charlie Chans), who quietly merged with N. Erich on Feb. 17 upstate . . . Fran English (of the girl shows) who has been sealed to songwriter Leo Robins for several months. e Sallies in Our Alley: I7. Elinson says the Russians may listen to our radio, but the quiz programs that hand out gifts and coin will never impress them. Because they've been getting it from us much easier . . . Over at CHS someone wondered what was holding up the divorce of two conceited stars ... "I hear," (pupped Ol Nelson, "they're still fighting over custody of the mirror" . . . Two of the tut it's at the Latin Quarter were discussing available inale-ablcs . . . One gal was going with a rich old-timer ... "I can't see what you like about him," said the other. "He's too old to be fun" . . . "Look, dearie," was the retort, "he's too rich to be too old!" Commendation Editor, The state Journal: I wish to commend the praiseworthy publicity you are giving through the articles and pictures in The State Journal in connection with Ihe effort of the Citizen's Public Welfare assn. to improve the conditions of our institutions for the treatment of the mentally ill. - Mrs. Charles E. Piper, Madison. Calls Board 'Ridiculous' Editor, The state Journal: Convert Lake View sanatorium to an old folks home! How stupid! For years the county board has robbed the old folks of proper attention. Now it expects to "rob Peter to pay Paul." , It's too bad some of them haven't hud the opportunity to spend few months or years in a sanatorium, old folks home, mental Institution, or some other public Institution. This statement may sound cruel, but in my estimation it would do a great deal of good. Methinks Dane county would be wise to trim some of the political parasites off her ridiculous and ancient county board. To be sure, many of its members are no credit. -Fred Kilgust, Ft. Stanton. N. M. The Fight Is On Editor, The State Journal: At last T see the fight is on between the switchyard and the people of Madison. I hear the switching, the rattling of the the dishes, not a picture on the wall hangs straight, the plaster is cracked in every house and in every room in every house, the putty is shaken from the windows and in the hot summer nights the floor is covered with cinders, so is the bed. The curtains are black and you can get up in the morning more tired than you were when you went to bed. If you cough, you can spit out some of the black soot, you got during Hie night. Then they take our money for a smoke inspector! They got three engines that are not smoky, two old ones and a new one. The old ones make more noise and earthquake than the new one. The new one they use out in the country at Oscar Mayers. The hogs like it better. Last week ihey started switching with double headers That is a new one. Now we get the shake and the smoke both at the same time. The city would get twice the amount on the tax roll as what the railroad now pays on the yard. That space would quickly be built up with houses and businesses Everett True. Madison. Nailing the Liars Learning the hard way, Secretary of Labor Schwellenbach has acquired some of the rough facts of life as she's lived in these times. The labor department, he tells congress, has fired six of its employes for bemg Communists or Communist sympathizers. And the secretary would like to bar Communists from running for either ! trade union or political office. But and here comes the great lesson nailing down a Commie is easier decided than done. Says the secretary: 1 "That' the first thing a Communist learns to lie about being a Communist." And that's the difficulty with all proposals to bar the Red lads from any ballot. Who are they? Who's going to pin on the tac.s Some secretary of state? Some county clerk? And how does he do it? By asking, ' Are von a Communist?" and getting the foreronp answer, "No" which may! or may not be a lie. Another witness before the house labor committee probably pointed a better way just last week. The record reveals his testimony like this: "The head of a union local once accused a member of being a Communist and the latter challenged him to prove it. That union head replied. When I see a bird that looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like n duck I know he is a duck. You're a Communist.' And that member he had labeled as a Communis! sat down." That will have to be the way to set them down. The perpetuation of Amer-j ican government and American institu-, tions depends as much upon personal responsibility of the voters as it does' upon written especially u n e n force-able law. Americans' best insurance against the wrecking Reds lies in their recog-' nizing birds that look like Commies, walk like Commies, and quack like Commies and wringing their necks at both union and political polls. Dice Mouse Vignette: Some of the slick-nun and dealers were talking shop. One said the column's recent hue should have read 'The more you bet the less you lose when vim win!" . . . Joe E. Lewis offered: "They say you can't take it with you. The way I'm going, I won't have enough to gel there!" . . . The gambler's "philosophy" during the de-prei Ion: "Sleep all night, so you won't have to eat. Stay up all day, SO you don't have to sleep" . . At the racetracks one proverb is: "Play small and you'll last till Fall!" . . . Another "Horse players don't die broke; they live broke!" . . . Add dice-house similes: "Cut up like a gambling house" . . . "The game of Huckelty-Buck. The more you put down the more you pick up" . . . None of the above is as good as this oldie: "The best throw of the dice is to throw 'em away!" Memos of a Midnighter: Paul Mailt broke the roast-to-coast record with his plane, "Blaze f Noon," a stunt to put Par amount's next film (same name) on the front pages. Bui "Betty-Jo" flew from Hawaii to N. Y., in less than 15 hours. Shucks, some New Yorkers stand in line that long to get into the Music Hall!" . . . Our resoich-expoit had Patrick Henry born in Scotland. Pat's pop was. Pat was born in Virginia, of course . . . When they take page ads to shout that their pens write under water, don't think it is so silly. Under-water pens were expressly made for army fliers who had to write in the rain under battle conditions. He Likes Things the Way They Are Editor, The State Journal: The two Wootl, Wis., nurses have given an intelligent criticism of proposed changes at Mendota 'State hospital. Removal of restraints from patients who become violent, would tend to decrease the number of people willing to serve as attendants because of the danger involved. Many ( the suggestions for Improvement are obviously nothing more than excuses to net more money for more social workers. Why not let these charitable people who are so anxious to obtain more funds contribute some of their time for the care of the mentally ill' C. W.. Madison. New Vork Novelette: She used to walk with a preoccupied air through the downtown East Side streets in Manhattan . . . Not disdainfully, or proudly, but with the fierce determination of the very young . . . She knew these streets and the people, and she hungered to know more . . . After studying dancing many years she became an expert at the art, and when a big Broadway show was being organized she applied for the job of putting on the routines . . . The producers took her on, and the notices singled out "the wonderful dance" which highlights the hit's theme . . . The hit is the musical version of Elmer Rice's "Street Scene" . . . The dance? . . . The thrilling number of two street kids . . . The choreographer? . Little Anna Sokolow, who had all the critics asking: "How could she have SO truly captured the flavor of squalid city streets?" . . . "It's simple," says Anna, "when you've been part of them." Manhattan Morals: The Broadway dance hall which advertises. "Most Exclusive Place in Town Everybody Welcome" . . . Francois, a waiter at the Soho Cafe, who comes to work in immaculate attire plus spats, diamond stickpin, cane, boutonnlere . . . The window-long sign on Ihe canopy of a shuttered, boarded up fruit market at 46th and 6th. It reads: "Never closed!" . . . The bootblack on 49lh Street who keeps a copy of Variety available for struggling actors who can afford a shine but not the two-bit show-bible. Mendota Lack a Lobby? Editor, The State Journal: The people of this community are shocked to learn from The Wisconsin State Journal, through it's able correspondent, Mr. Sullivan, of existing conditions at the State Hospital for the Insane Your paper is to be commended for its frank revelation of these conditions. It is neither the concern or the responsibility of the average citizen to establish the blame for these inhumane conditions, but it is our concern, and responsibility, to insist that such conditions be remedied at once. I think T can speak for the citizens of our community when I say we all assumed that the hospital for the insane at Mendota, was a hospital in every sense of the word for the case and treatment of the mentally ill. We believed that all modern medical aid, skill, and knowledge were being employed in the treatment of these people, and that the environment in which they are placed was conducive to their recovery. And we find God help us if we are not moved to action by such betrayals of our blind trust! We are asking what we, as individuals can do, to help to bring to our broken fellowmen, the- care, love and restoration befitting this modern age. We are wondering if these poor unfortunates might also he suffering for the lack Of an influential lobby. Mrs. O. J. Snodgrass, Richland Center. Yesterdays (25 Years Ago . . . Mar. 12. 10ZZ) Intense- interest taken by women in the coming judicial and municipal elections indicates that a record breaking vote will be cast Apr. 4. Maiiatma Gandhi, arrested by British authorities in India On sedition charges, is reported to have pleaded guilty. (15 Years Ago . . . Mar. 12, 1932) var Kreuger, the Swedish match king and one of the most influential financiers in the world, was found shot to death today in his hotel in Paris. George Arliss Is playing in "The Man Who Played God" at the Capitol theater. Bigtown Smalltalk: 20th Century-Fox won't use the title to the best-seller, "Scudda Hon, Scudda Hay'" Reason: No marquee sales value . . . Natalie Draper and her ex (Merrill Pye) may reconcile, after all Steady again . . . Phil Silvers is free-lancing once more . . Midtowners are thrilled about Han Parker's sizzling attacks on baddies in the fight game . . . Smith and Dale, who stayed comical all these decades, will be sponsored on the air. About time. too. (10 Yeats Ago . . . Mar. Dr. William Snow Miller's "The Lung," has joined the sellers and is being called medical history. Dr. Miller is fessor of anatomy at the University of Wisconsin medical school. John J. O'Brien, assistant football coach at the University of Notre Dame, was killed today in an automobile accident. 12. 1937) monograph on ranks of best a "classic" in emeritus pro- Lewis: Consistent Inconsistency Why Be Surprised Now That He's Contradictory? By WKSTBKOOK PEGLER JOHN L. LEWIS MAY SEEM ERRATIC and contradictory in attacking the national government as an armed policeman for the coal industry ami il would take a hold and graceless interpreter to try to read consistency into his attitudes since the first New Deal At present he condemns the seizure of the mines as a step toward tin1 socialization of private industry, The authority to do the: as a wartime expedient was even more angrily opposed, however, by capitalists, at a lime when Lewis seemed lo approve this legalistic Stratagem. As an emergency measure, Ihe government was authorized to seize and op-jernte any facility necessary to the war effort at which a labor dispute arose. That meant that if any minority of ( ommunists threw a picket line around a newspaper, the government might take it over and send a general and a staff of specialists to edit and publish the paper. Thus we would have an official government press censored and edited by the army. In the Montgomery Ward seizure in Chicago, the war department detailed to the ludicrous little army of occupation as press officer a newspaper reporter, then a lieutenant-colonel, who had been In civil life s member of the American Newspaper Guild and thus a member of the CIO, which bad caused the labor dispute and brought about the seizure. His press releases appear lo have been fair but they could have been political harangues and the company would have been helpless. The objection then was that the government could and did seize properties and operate them because unions had created disputes. There was no such authority to seize a union Any union, theoretically, could cause the seizure of almost any property merely by kicking up a plainly artificial row with the management. Now Lewis repudiates the whole business and puts the mine owners in the position of beneficiaries of a trick that was originally rigged In favor of the unions over the protests of property owners. LEWIS IS A REPUBLICAN, HAVING gone over to Wendell Willkie in the 1940 campaign. Before that, he had been a Roosevelt Democrat. Today, he would write, if he could be persuaded to do his memoirs, a contemptuous opinion of Roosevelt, giving him little credit for any of "labor's gains," Ihe actual validity of which is now being argued so fiercely in committee hearings. Lewis' loyal and obedient subordinates contend that Lewis, not Roosevelt, deserves credit for the advances in the miners' pay. The rank and file would not be unanimous on that Many of them still believe Roosevelt was their great friend. But few of these would deny Lewis a great share of the praise. There has been a legend that Lewis himself donated $500. 000 of the Mine Workers' money to the second Roosevelt campaign in 1!K!6. Lewis then was still a strong, though not necessarily loyal, Roosevelt man. Loyalty would suggest personal devotion, which he would deny. He would put it otherwise He would say that he favored a president who was at that time helpful to unionism foi practical reasons of his own and with no credit to Roosevelt for idealism. Lewis can correctly deny that he made this gift. It was authorized by resolution of the Mine Workers' convention in February, 1936. The resolution said Roosevelt had upheld human rights, called him "the greatest humanitarian of our time," and recommended that the international executive officers, led by Lewis, of course, be authorized to make such contributions as might he necessary to re-elect him. Lewis and oilier-; were authorized to call on Roosevelt and tell him so and, pursuant to this resolution, Ihe Miners did give $500,000 to the campaign fund. Once, during the campaign, Roosevelt sent Harry Hopkins to the union office to make a touch. The miners never got anv of it back. Lewis would insist that this demonstration was that of a great parliamentary body expressing the will of Ihe members, not obedient to orders from the top. Yet John controls by appointment the administration of about two-thirds of the districts of the UMW. Under this system, apparently consistent with the union constitution, John runs the union and permits no impudence. He is a consummate apple-polisher, for he maintains his popularity among the miners by fighting for them He justifies his government of a controlling group of districts of the UMW by pointing to himself as a diligent worker who simply will not tolerate loafing or Incompetence In others, n they shirk, bungle, or steal, out they go. but always in the Interests Of the rank and file. The fact that this method permits him to control the entire union is incidental. During the rise of the CIO with Lewis as chairman, the Mine Workers contributed, one way and another, more than $7,000,000 to pay the expenses of organizing industrial unions. In 1942, after Lewis had quit the CIO. the Miners presented a lull for reimbursement. Almost $4,000,000 of this represented "services of executives, field directors, trained organizers attorneys" and other such costs. One paragraph said, "the chairman of the CIO negotiated each of the several loans wilh the secretary-treasurer of the United Mine Workers." But Lewis was chairman of the CIO, negotiating with his own secretary-treasurer of the UMW and the loans were made by authority of the executive board, which he controlled, approved their own actions, all under their "constitutional powers." It was an interlocking directorate making said loans to a hobby of Pres. Lewis. The public has never seen a detailed ac-counting of the expenses of organizing the CIO. In those riotous davs m Ohio. Pennsyl vania, and Michigan, when Communists appeared on all the fighting fronts. Lewis then was suspected Of Communistic leanings but he has since fought the Communists and in an earlier phase he lluew Ihem out of the Mine Workers. SO IF LEWIS IS INCONSISTEN T. THEN he is consistently John L. Lewis. A few days ago, m repartee with Sen. Taft. he said, "It's a question whether you want to create liberty or security." He pre- fers "liberty" now, re jecting "security" as a I sort of bondage under socialism. But the 1936 resolution authorizing the money for Roosevelt's campaign distinctly said: "The question is whether security and progress shall be the watchwords." sS: bpBbsv Happy Birthday President Truman a Greeting lo ,m' "Mv hearty greeting! ami Kiod wishes to all as you undertake the celebration during 1947 d th. anniversary ol tin- founding of Girl Scouting. "No more timely theme could have hern cIiomm than "Better Citizens Build a Bettor World," empha-sizing as tint theme docs the value of the ni.inv wholesome character huildmg. activities of Scouting m re lation to the world's need for tolerance and undei standing among nations and peoples. "I tt ust thai all who part impair m the anniversary celchration will ! inspired to work with renewed zeal and enthusiasm to uphold the highest ideals ! Scouting through lon years to come " Voters Who Want Rent Control Told to Write Their Legislators Bj REX KAKNUV (Stale Journal Staff Wrltrr) IF FEDERAL RENT CONTROL EX pires June 30, and from present indications) it anneals that it will expire, the touchy is sue of rent regulation will be tossed squarely into the lap of the Wisconsin legislature Here is a suggestion to all voters who are either landlords or renters find nut Hie name of your senator or assembh man and w rite him a letter on the subject. This is especially Important for renters. Landlords Mill write those letters without urging from lids reporter. At the present time there are two rent-control measures before the Wisconsin legislature both of them m the senate. ne is sponsored by Ernest Heden R- ( igema ) The othei 's author is Robert Te-han (D - Milwaukee). In addition, a joint resolut ion authorising a legislative study of the landlord - tenant p r o b 1 e m has been passed by the senate and now languishes in the assembly judiciary c 0 m m ittee, of which Assembly m a n Vernon Thomson (R-Richland Center) is chairman In private eonvcr- ttV.X KAItNKV sat ions, members of this year's legislature express concern over this issue, but many lawmakers say that the only persons who have contacted them on the matter are large property holders, who oppose further rent control. Despite pies lire from landlords, most lawmakers to whom I have talked oppose "taking off the lid" entirely. Rut they probably will go along with those who want controls lifted unless there is an expression ot opinion from renters who also vote. the governor and legislature Tin- would I two lesult It would eliminate r reduce "watered" budgets, and It would brine urn fortuity to Ihe presentation of the I h requests. It is one of the reforms that the legislature should enact and in a hurry nuns These are the notes that accumulate on a political reporters desk: Tavern interests who would like very much to see the state's1 liquor regulations relaxed, this session probably are In for a spanking. Sen. Itiubdpli Xchlalmch (R 1 ,a Crosse), who also was chairman of the Interim committee investigating juvenile delinquency, is chairman of the senate's state and local government committee, which considers the booze bills . . . In addition. Sen. Ernest llcden also had indicated an interest m the delinquency problem, and Heden also is on the state and local government committee . . Tavcrnmen have Introduced a I 1 1 1 in the legislature which would extend to taverns in Ihe rest of tin-state the 2 a m. and It .10 a. m. closing hours now enjoyed by taverns In Milwaukee county. I Before they are through, tavcrnmen may vvi h they nev er had hi ought up the subject, i Many lawmakers ai'e of a mind to erase the special privilege already Hi anted in Milwaukee . . Secretary of State Fred K. Zimmerman, who suffered a stroke last summer, j for the past few weeks has been regaining his health In California . . . Sen. I iIh.miI Milker (R Racine) was set down hard in the senate this week by LiCUt. Gov. Oscar Rennebotun, and justifiably Another senator asked unanimous consent for a certain action, and ihiker. stdl reclining comfortably in his seat, shouted ins objection. Rennebohm refused to recognize the objection until Hilkei rose and formally was recognized by the chair Milker squawked like a roped steer, but the upper house upheld Rcnncbohm's decision to enforce tin' rules . . . For the fust tune m several decades, Capitol reporters have a press room. Eoi many years, Wisconsin had the only state' cap i to) without press facilities . . . Prise Crack Of the legislative season, made by Sen. Bemliard ettclman ( R Milwaukee) durum a night session: "Ninety per rent of the politicians are fakirs, and the other 10 per cent can't be trusted." ... A few weeks j ago this column reported the criticisms that were directed at the state's school system, including the university, by the committee investigating juvenile delinquency The committee emphasized thai schools have failed to j adapt their studies to make them "practical" and to suit the needs of students. To our at tention now has come the extension program ffn of Ihe University ol Wisconsin that is directed for the benefit of high school students. The university has laid out a large number of correspondence courses that can he taken by high school students at a cost to the local school boards of only $11) a semester Through this system, high school students can study subjects not ordinarily included on the high school curriculum. A good example is Eugene Haush, Reedsburg high school senior, who took college chemistry and calculus via the extension route. As a result of his studies he became a finalist in the sixth annual Science Talent Search the only student in the state to qualify tor this honor . . Till' report to the legislature by Budget IHrertnr E, ". Glesael unhide, a recommendation that may help legislative finance committees in the future, die. sol suggested that budget expert from his office sit In with department heads while they prepare then budgets for, 20 Congressmen Hold Pillow Fight There's No Reality in Battle Over Budget, Childs Declares By M IBQ1 is ( llll Dl WASHINGTON - TWENTY MEMBERS of congress are having a pillow fight with imaginary pillows. The contest between 10 members of the house and 10 senators over whether the budget will be cut by $, 000. 000. 000 or by $4,500,000,000 is just about as real as that. The figure that finally comes out ol this pillow f'ght will be wholly arbitrary, having nothing to do with the nbhgatio at home and abroad that this nation must assume It's astrology ! s numerology. It's fortune-telling with a little assistance from the ouija hoard. The District of Columbia in one of the few jurisdictions m the country tint licenses fortune-tellers The fee is $250, and 37 fortune- tellel s hold lie. 11- es ... . nouncmg that he would not vote on the budget ceiling when it was being debated on the floor of the senate. Sen Rnen McM.dion of Connecticut told his colleagues that thry ought to have the decency to take out a license before they voted. EVEN WHILE THE BUSINESS WAR being discussed publicly on the floor, trie whole process was made to look (oolmh. Chairman Arthur Capper of the senate agi i-culture committee brought in a bill with the unanimous approval of his committee providing for U. S. funds to fight the epidemic of hoof -and -mouth disease m Mes Capper said it was imperative the l ;i be passed at once by unanimous consent No one could very well dispute the need for such action The plague in Mexico ceitiiudv will spread to this country unless it is stopped where it is In this respect It's like the political-military plagues that beset certain are. is If they aren't checked, thev will certainly glow and spread You can measure, however, tangibly and concretely the deadly effect of some. thliiK like the hoof - and - mouth disease. BUT NO ONE IN CONGRESS HAS any idea hOW much the attack on Mexico s I .'-and - mouth disease will tost The bill in ed through to available passage Hublic l.iw No H merely says that binds shall he i available to do the Job. One witness estimated there were a million head of cattle in the infected aica in Mexico and the cost of eradicating them would be between $."40,000 -linn and 'st;i 000,000 That is just one item above and beyond the estimates of the experts who drew up Pres. Truman's $37,500,000,000 budget Until congress gets down to cases and decide how extensive our obligations will be in the coming year, the argument over cutting the budget is like the medieval argument about how many angels can stand on a nerille point. TAKF ANOTHER AND MORE FORMID-able example. Thus far this session, 0 bills have been put In, by Republicans and Democrats, coveting veterans. Almost wrh out exception they provide for spending money above and beyond the estimates m the budget. No one cither in the Veterans Administration or in the veterans' committee of the I on e had had the tune and the patience to nt what it might cost the government if even half of these bills become law B It it would undoubtedly run into hundred! of millions of do Ilai s Some of these bills will become law. Certain measures may be essential to correct injustices. The pressure of the pt fc-sional veterans' lobbies is povveitul and unceasing An al lot i at v budget congress at this tune is lured. It will be pure!) ceiling adopted by hound to be pune- a political ceding. TIIK USUAJL There will be only one Friday the 13th in 1047, but there will be the usual number of Sundays for reckless motor ists. Clinton (la.) Herald. How (DidQidiapp&n). Only 21 counties in the state had worse records than Dane county in 104;') on the basis of traffic fatalities per registered motor vehicle. Motor Vehicle Department. Turkey Steaks steaks are newest thing on Texas I in key menus. Thev were served in Ft, Worth by R. E. Janes of Austin, president of the National Turkey federation. Janes uses the thighs and the breast to make his turkey steaks. You cut off nice slabs, put them between waxed paper and hit them a lick with a meat hammer Thi n fry Ihem and have the makings of a fine meal, says Janes. AN IDEA! People coining to who aie always Ihem ought to get wanting what's it. A. A. L. THOSE ENGAGED IN THIS SHAM battle are counting on the fact that people have short memories At Ihe next session at congress, the department of ai:i iciiltui e will ask for a deficit appropriation to cover the cost of eradicating the hoof .md mo ,tn a -ease in Mexico It's a fairly sale bet that no one will remember that this little Item is ignored when congress was contending angrily over a purely fictitious budge' You might be safe In betting that few people would ordinarily remember there ever was such a celling Hut they will be ir- minded, come the next election campaign. The victors in this battle of the windmills cm be counted on to make political capital out ol a wholly empty victory. FROM THK DKMANDS (ill'iWlMI n of the cl I l.' ovci Crecre, von gel ., , i. , of how empty that victory is likely to be. The request for money to sustain Greece was not In the president's' budget because no holt of a ci Vstal -ga.ei oidd have f..i- that the need w ould become so despei .dely (urgent just when it did The longer the contest goes on over a fictitious budget celling, the more foolish -pears, which may be one reason the IV - crats are sitting hack and looking lather sclf-aUsfied these days.

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