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PAGE FOUR THE PHAROS-TRIBUNE and LOGANSPORT PRESS, LOGANSPORT, INDIANA SUNDAY, JANUARY 12,1958 Market Street Gets 'Lift' Remodeling of the fronts of the B & B and Foster's Furniture stores will give a new boost to the general renovation movement in downtown Logansport. Those responsible for this program are to be congratulated, and we feel that their far-sighted action will benefit the entire city as well as the stores involved. A number of other firms have accomplished renovation projects, and considerable improvement in the appearance of the downtown sector has been made, but much still needs to be done, particularly on Market street. It is hoped that the owners of the run-down, old- fashioned buildings which have not been touched yet will follow the example set by the growing list of merchants, businessmen, and property owners, who have taken part in Loganspor t's "face-lifting." It has not been too long, less than three years, since the city was rudely awakened by reports that General Motors officials passed up Logansport as a site for a new factory partly because of the appearance of the downtown area. The progress made since then in bringing the appearance of the city "up-to-date" has been remarkable, and represents a tribute to the civic spirit as well as business sense of those making the changes. But the city cannot afford to rest on its laurels yet. An inspection of the business district here will reveal that the job is less than half finished, with at least as many unsightly old buildings as attractive modern structures standing. Those undertaking remodeling and renovation projects now should receive returns in more business for themselves and the city as a whole in the coming years. We hope many more will join the ranks of these civic-minded and far-sighted individuals and firms. On A New Road The prospects of a new critical spirit developing in America seem to be better than at any time in the present decade. It is very likely that by 1960 this will be quite in evidence, and that the 1960s will be more critical and possibly more creative than the 1950s. The critical spirit often feeds on disenchantment. When many lose some of their illusions, the opportunity for both critical and fresh thinking to be considered receptively then becomes a real one. Sputnik has broken walls of illusions. A self- image of America has cracked. Only the first repercussions of this have as yet been felt. The Madison Avenue attitude and the power of the public relations expert aiso will probably be affected. Madison Avenue and publicity men seem to be in for a decline in prestige and power. The current economic recession is also a significant factor in this changing attitude. Added to recession, we must take into account the shifts in the American work force and in the character of skilled labor. Older skilled labor is beginning to suffer, and this will be registered in the national consciousness. A corner has been turned. We are on a new road, and lost in fog. But the road is new, whether it leads upwards or downwards. Many of the old tour conductors do not seem equipped for this road. That is especially true if the road is to lead upwards. QUESTIONS "AND ANSWERS ' Q_What explorer recently returned home from his sixth trip to Antarctica? A—Dr. Paul A. Stipe. The scientist has spent six years there, longer than anyone else on record. * * * Q_:viay the U.S. flag be used to cover a speaker's desk, or draped over the front of a platform? A—Xo. If '.he flag is to be displayed flat, it should be displayed above and behind the speaker. IE on a staff, it should be in the position of honor, at the speaker's right. * * * Q—How old is the famous Hagerstown. Md. F Town and Country Almanack? A—161 years old. Q—Who w-as the first president to be inaugurated in Washington? A—Thomas Jefferson, March 4, 1801. * * * Q—To what plant family does poison hemiock belong? A—The parsely farr.ily. o * * Q—What New World building is An tvy Leaguer Is o college student who can wrire home in Latin for money. CM:A» known as the "House of Ages"? A—La Fortaleza in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which has been the government house for 300 years, and a fort for 100 years before that. * * * Q—Who invented mechanical refrigeration? A—John Gorie, an American, physician. * * * Q—What is meant ;by the millennium? A—In the Christian religion 1 , it Is a period of 1,000 years pre- ceeding the final judgment, dui'- Ing which Christ will rule this earth in person. CARNIVAL "Here's another one of Dudley—taken about the time! fce was starting to attract attention?* I George E. SOKOLSKY These Days SPUTNIK HERE WE COME I received a circular issued by a group in Levittown, New York, an enormous small home community. This circular is an example of the excitement engendered by Sputnik. Most of it deals with education. Sputnik more than all the arguments and propaganda and P.T.A. meetings has .made parents conscious of the education that their children are receiving. They are not conscious of the fact that a school teacher in a city of the size and wealth of New York earns about, as much as a porter who sweeps the platform in the subway. The 'Levittown circular tells the parents this story: "In Russia In Levittown 4th grade—biology 5th grade—foreign languages 6th grade—physics, algebra & geometry None 7th grade—cliemistry "But what is really startling is •the comparasion of the pupil's achievement after only 10 years of study in Russia as compared with 12 years of study in Levittown. "In Russia In Levittown All high school More than graduates have half the taken: graduates half taken: 5 years of physics no physics 5 years of biology no biology 5 years chemistry no chemistry 5 yrs advanced math no Ad. Math 5 yrs. of foreign No foreign: languages languages 1 year of astronomy no astronomy. The psychological effect of Sputnik is not that it scared the American people. They are not scared. They are fighting mad. They Slave spent billions of dollars on schools, on colleges, on teachers and professors and they are beginning to ask what they got for their money. This is a question •that will not subside and neither •the politicians nor the professional educators can rationalize it away because how come we are doing so badiy? It reminds me ol a letter that Mark Twain wrote in 1862 and which I recently read in "American Heritage," a most remark- ab]e publication, in the first paragraph of that letter Mark Twain wrote: "... It appears to me that the very existence of the United States is threatened just now. I am afraid we have been playing the game of brag about as recklessly as I have ever seen it played . . ." AND IN THE SAME publication there is a letter from Walt Whitman, the poet, dated a year later in 1863, in which he speaks of Abraham Lincoln: "... He has a face like a Hoosier Michael Angelo, so awful ugly it becomes beautiful, with its strange mouth, its deep cut, criss-cross lines, and its doughnut complexion. My notion is too, that underneath his outside smutched mannerism, and stories from third class county bar-rooms .. . Mr. Lincoln keeps a fountain of first class practical telling wisdom. I do not dwell on the supposed failures of his government; he has shown, I sometimes- think an almost supernatural fcact in keeping the ship afloat at all, with head steady, not only not going down ,and now certain not to, but with proud and resolute spirit, and Flag flying in sight of the world, menacing and high as ever. I say never yet captain, never ruler, had such a perplexing dangerous task as his, the past two years. I more and more rely upon •his idiomatic western genius, careless of court dress or court de- corums." MARK TWAIN, Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln came up from among the towiest of our people and they left immortal footprints upon our history. The poir.t is that once the people are aroused, a million free minds, from the most unexpected places, go to work on the problem. They will cut through the red-tape that a bureaucracy has woven like a web about the giant. They will sweep away the time-servers and the time-wasters, the sycophants and clock-watchers-, the politicians and private empire-builders like so many fleas on the tail of •a dog. Then we shall get to work and the slogan will be, "Sputr.ik, here we come." and where is it all to begin? Not in Washington; not in the- state capitals or in the great universities with their ivy colored walls. It must start in the first grade of our elementary schools, THE SUNDAY PHAEOS - TRIBUNE and LOGANSPORT PRESS Published each Sunday by the Pharos-Tribune and Press, 517 E. Broadway. Log-anspore, Indiana. Entered as second class mail at the Postoffico at Logan sport, Indiana, under the act of March. 8, 1S79. The Pharos-Tribune-est. 1844 The Press-est. 1921 The Sunday Pharos-Tribune and IjOgansport Press. lOc oer copy. The Pharos-Tribune, evenings and Sunday. 35c per week by carrier. The Logansport Press, mornings and Sunday. 35c per week by carrier. The Pharos-Tribune, the Lo- pansport Press, and the Sunday Pharos-Tribune and Logansport Press. 65c per week by carrier. By mail on rural routes in Cass, Carroll, Pulton, Pulaski, Miami and White counties, each paper $10.00 per year. Outside trading area and within Indiana, §11.00 per year; outside Indiana, $18.00 per year. All mail subscriptions payable In advance. No mail subscriptions so'.d where carrier service Is maintained. 100 114 National Advertising Representatives: Inland Newspaper Representative* A Close Look at the Near Future WALTER WINCHELL On Broadway New Yorkers Are Talking About... The barbershop harmonizing in ly released by film companle* "The Music Man." Glorious corn showing a hefty boost in profits, —every kernel a nugget ... Liz Warner's and 20th Century-Fox Taylor's youngsters, the kids who _ . ,p a ddy Chayefsky's description have everything — including solid O f art fji ms as "dedicated insanity gold hairbrushes. I The Boo-of-theMontli: "Anatomy! of a Murder," al deftly written! tingler . . . Bar-| bara McNair, one of the column's fa-j voriics, who is in] "The Body Beautiful." She willl dazzle first-night-| ers with her sons magic, her beautiful figure and her Very Nice Face. . . .Van Wyck Brooks' "From a Writer's Notebook." Among the quotable observations: "Earnest people are often people who habitually look on the serious side of tilings which have no serious side." The boom in Noise, Inc.: ed $185,000 in one week latest tantrum-tossing by The Maria Callas, the aria-juggler. Hammy s jo n ~i'" city of top-flight W. C. Heinz'novel, enough to dunk m mustard . . \ul Brynner, who eats steak for breakfast . about waonce a Angelo PATRI Adolescents' Fads Often Annoying Parents are often annoyed by the "fads of their adolescent boys and girls. The worst evidence of these vagaries appear in the early teens. It is then than peculiarities of dress and manners are most likely to appear. Some leader of a popular group thinks up an odd item of dress which will mark the members of the group and it is quickly adopted. Maybe it is a new hair-do; maybe a stunt like wearing the coat inside out or borrowing Dad's shirt or wearing outlandish jewelry made of odds and ends. It is certain to be something quite apart from the usual and intended to call attention to its wearer. One of the worst, as far as the school was concerned, was the wearing by girls, of tiny bells on their graters or about their ankles. We know such antics are the ef- ferescence of youth and a phase of growth harmless in itself and satisfying to the emerging personality of the young person. One tolerates them as an accompaniment to the developing mind and body, so long as they do not become the uniform of an unhealthy idea or the symbol of some unworthy purpose. If they do, they cannot be sighed over and ignored. But one must make certain, as far as possible, that the ideas of the leader and his followers, are wholesome. Occasionally a leader whose intelligence is doubtful but whose appeal is strong to those of like grade (those who have not been chosen to hold office; those who have not been invited to join the associations of honor groups, or social societies; those who are failing academically or socially or both), will arise and his group will don some sort of uniform and make demonstrations that are likely to end in no good to anybody concerned and in distress for the teachers and parents responsible for children. This sort of organization and its costume is to be taken seriously. Outlawing them will only make a bad matter worse. These your.g people are hungering for recognition. They could not win it by accepting the required standards so they used what they had of initiative and originality and, as these where our intellectual life begins. That is why in such a small community as Levittown, New York, and in similar communities, such a circular as I have described was issued by a parents' committee. Drew PEARSON Washington Merry-Go-Round Drew Pearson says: Eisenhower impressed GOP l e aders with his buoyant spirits; Ike isn't worried about business recession; He claims we lead Russians in missiles. WASHINGTON.—Since President Eisenhower's health got shaky more than two years ago, he has dispensed with handshaking at the regular Tuesday meetings with the GOP legislators, usually confining himself to a formal "good morning, gentlemen." But as if to emphasize that he was feeling his self again, Ike gave a special greeting to each Republican leader as Congress reconvened. He waved his arm, exclaimed cheerily, "Well, we're back again," then went around the table shaking hands with each caller, beginning with GOP Rep. Leo Allen of Illinois. Eisenhower remained in good spirits all during Uie meeting. He said he had been reading a lot of "nonsense" about the United States lagging far behind Russia; added that he wasn't "worried" about such criticism. It was politically inspired, he said, or came from sources which didn't know the facts. "We are in excellent shape in missiles and all other phases of military science to meet any emergencies that may arise," he insisted. The President also said that he wasn't worried about the slump are likely to lead to error compounded, the school and the parents must take over. This may explain why secondary schools frown on all absurdities of dress and manner and work to make the students conscious of their dignity, of their influence on others, of their personal beauty and grace. That is why teachers strive to make students conscious of their inherent ability to count in any society but just being their better selves. Every parent in the land should wish them good speed. Bedtime troubles usually reflect poor training on the part of parents. Dr. Patri includes help for those who have this problem in his leaflet P-28, "Bedtime Troubles." To obtain a copy, send 10 cents in coin to him, c/o this paper, P. O. Box 99, Station G, New York 19, N. Y. (Released by The Bell Syndicate, Inc.) LAFF-A-DAY ., VuU rljMi rc«™i flunked arithmetic.*" in business and unemployment, and ignored the warning of Ihe U. S. Chamber of Commerce that business conditions will get "much worse" this year. "Business was off during November and December," he said. "The same will hold true during January and February. However, my economic advisers assure me that there is bound to be a seasonal pickup in the spring." He cited the fact that manufactured inventories arc low in many industries and will have to be replaced, also that the government's roadbuilding program will spur spur business activity. Ike's optimism waned a bit when Senate GOP leader William Knowland and House leader Joe Martin predicted that the proposed $74- billion balanced budget would have tough sledding in Congress. "The Democrats are in the majority and if they insist on spending more than you have asked for, it will not be possible to keep a balanced budget," declared Martin. Challenge To Lyndon Johnson The basic problem of the Democratic party, one-man domination of its policies, was raised even before Congress convened, by . a freshman Senator, Pat MoNama- ro of Michigan. He wrote Senate Democratic leader Lyndon Johnson a blunt letter reminding him, in effect, that Democratic Senate caucuses were supposed to be Democratic with a small D, not dictated to by one man. The public doesn't knov, it, but not since January have Democratic Senators held a caucus. Under previous Democratic leaders, caucuses were held every month or so to decide policy. When the late Alben Barkley was Democratic leader, he held caucuses every couple of months. Lyndon Johnson, however, doesn't relish discussion, decides party policy largely on his own. This was the chief reason why ex-President Truman, Adlai Stevenson, Senator Kefauver and chairman Paul Butler set up a Democratic advisory committee. They didn't want the Democratic party being dominated by one man, especially a man who bows to the oil and gas interests of Texas. So when Senator McNamara received Senator Johnson's notice that a Democratic caucus had been called to "brief" the Democrats on the work of Johnson's Senate preparedness committee it raised some hackles on McNamara's neck. No. 1, He figured there were other problems facing the Democrats than being briefed on Johnson's preparedness committee — Among them more than 100,000 men out of work in Michigan. No. 2, he recalled that Johnson had chairmanncd the Unpreparedness Committee for two years without doing anything about missiles; and that it was Symington of Missouri and Jackson of Washington who Jiad been the Senators to warn the nation long ago regarding our missile lag. "Extremely Rare Conference" So the blunt-spoken Senator from Michigan who started life as a pipe-fitter's apprentice in Quincy, Mass., wrote a letter to Lyndon: "The current searching looks at our preparedness progress, or the lack of it, certainly are important," he said. "Without minimizing the importance, however. I am very disappointed that the 'briefing' is the only item listed on the agenda of an extremely rare conference .of Democratic Senators." This was a direct dig at Johnson's failure to call a Democratic caucus for a whole year. Then, referring to Johnson's habit of deciding policy by huddling with a handful of cronies, McNamara continued. "Certainly there are other major issues of concern to the country. I am not naive enough to assume that the Democratic Senators can reach unanimity on every program or policy, but this should not rule out efforts .to form a Demo- Anna Magnani giving off sparks in "Wild Is the Wind." She has a fiery quality no other actress can match . . .Josh Logan's affectionate description of Truman Capote: "He's like a little hooligan out of "Alice in Wonderland' " . . . Disney's "Old Yeller" at the 52nd Street Trans-Lux . -. . Tfie temporary closing of many film temples as a result of the scar- flickers . . . "The Profes- effective, realistic gilism. The author _, .. __ HOO vjnvc a. 11. Y. Sun sports his^ -i T, v Marilyn Monroe to , ian _ _ Debbje Reynolds . con . rno ™ S fv"v F '°°Pf le - fession: "I'm afraid to sleep in Goo-goo! . . . Mickey SpiUane, ,.,,„ j, rV » who hasn't turned out a book in 5 years. His logical explanation: "I don't need the money." A most The man 5 r network and adver- lucky fella . . . The Winchell post- tisin § « xecs who Privately concede card-letter poll on your favorite the y are skeptical about the ac- teevee programs. Will you please curacv of ratings. Nevertheless, say if you buy the products of the tlla >" are influenced by them . . . sponsors. Address Walter Winchell Kim Novak's eccentricity: Re- N. Y. Mirror, 235 E. 45th St., N. fuses to wear hats - girdles-or any y.C. 17. other restraining devices . . .The soon-due treat for hi-fi addicts: The Soviet Union's economic In- Stereophonic records . . .The emot- vasion of Latin-America. An eco- in § b i" Helen Hayes and Susan nomic victory for Russia is a mili- Strasberg in "Time Rerr.ember- tary defeat for the United States ed." *« season's most expensive . . . The stunning climax in "The straight play. Cost $150,000. . . Bridge on the River Kwai." It can Jean Kerr's literary parodies in best be viewed from the edge of "Please Don't Eat the Daisies." your seat . . . The Ladies Home Her Mickey Spillane and Francoise Journal's by-jove news: British no- Sagan spoofs are wordiful. . .The bles are making a fast buck by old horor films on teevee. Most charging admission to their ances- °f them are not as frightening as tral estates . . . The director of a they are funny. . . The new L. I. long-run hit show reportedly drink- movie theatre, The Plainview, ing himself into membership to Al- where they sell hot dawgs . . . coholics Anonymous . . . Fran- Tony Perkins, who played a sen- coise Sagan, the French novelist sitive 17-year-old in his last B'- queen, who is broke. High taxes way play, "Tea and Sympathy," plus high living equal zero . . . and does ditto in "Look Home- Marion Anderson on teevee—beau- ward, Angel." iy, talent and dignity. Thrush Judy Lynn on "The Big The irony of the Gaither Report Payoff" . . .The epidemic of '58 suppression: Many of the facts are forecasts in mags. Most are derived from Congressional com- gloomy. However, the only thing mittee reports anyone can read... certain about tomorrow is i(s un- A new ballad, "The Gift of Love," certainty. . . Sinatra's latest spin- whlch sounds like music . . . This nerj "Witchcraft," A swelody tragic fact: Public indifference is The Saturday Review being Tery forcing manufacturers of polio vac- previous. Editorially discusses cine to destroy hundreds of thou- tlle ]egal pro blems that will arise sands of doses. Imagine so many a[t( , r the f irst Ba ti 0 n reaches the people ignoring a miracle. mooll- . _ . .. Tn - 0 for the Seesaw." starring Henry Fonda, winning The scarcity of horses for West- fondaful no(ic( , s te tryout-lowns. erns as a consequence of the tv And the reascn Broadway Show splurge. Incidentally, the nags earn $10-a-day . . . Shirley Booth's performance in "Miss Isobel." An actress . . . Sylvia Syms' "Songs of Love" album. A torchy beat, especially her version of "Hands Across the Table" ... A mag's historical note: Khrushchev is the biggest tyrant-drunk since Alexander the Great . . . James Garner, who was a 540-a-week actor not long ago. now riding high as the star of the "Maverick" series. Bavkers are called Angels. Because they're in Heaven until the Reviews come out. PostalDept.In Observance Of Civil Service Postmaster Sylvester Kelly an_, T . „ 71 ._ ., ,,„ -_i nounces that Civil Service Week T l lett '- ,?% Ne *?; 1 ™ will be celebrated on January 12- predicting that in '08 an American lg _ ^ celebration wiu signalize will be the :irst to zoom Mto out- lhe ?5th (Diamond) anriversary er-space with a manned-aircraft * Diane Varsi in Peyton Place | • ° who has the Stardust touch. A - ' wholesome beauty who can act... Hundreds of cities throughout Jayne Mansfield's new hobby: the country, including Logansport Studies Shakespeare . . The fact *™ cooperating in the celebration, that not a single actress is among Newspaper articles, radio and tele- the Top Ten movie box office stars, vision programs, window displays Why Gal teenagers represent the and other publicity media will be majority of moviegoers . . . Tina uiiliezd. The primary purpose is Robin's "Believe Me" platter, a to inform every citizen as to what dreamy thing. Welcome relief from the merit system means to him. the rocky rhythms . . . Dinah Postmaster Kelly points out that guesting with Frank and their sun- ip. oneway or another the work of ny-honey dueling. Federal employees touches every American every day—they deliver The earning statements recent- the mail, forecast the weather, conduct scientific research, supu- crat : c legislative program arrived port our fighting forces. Print and at by majority of us anc. not by mint our money, control narcotics, just a handful"" rregulate immigration, collect Johnson promptly phoned Me- taxe f.. J! el P. conserve land, bring Namara in Detroit, assured him -electricity into rural homes, en- other problems, such as unem- fc«e Federal laws, and adminis- ployment and inflation, would be ter social security, up for discussion as the caucus. The merit system established Johnson went further and put them by the Civil Service Act is a on the agenda. Howev-er, they guarantee that a citizen may were never discussed at this ualify for a job on the basis of week's closed-door meeting. It will ability to do the work, without be interesting to see if Johnson discrimination with regard to race, calls another meeting to discuss religion, national origin, or poli- them. tics. HUBERT GET-WELL CARDS ©..'.?.«. King Fealun-i Syndicate Inc, World cighl! reserved "Sorry, sir—we're all out of Asiatic flu cards." L_

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