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PAGE FOUR. LIAII..X .,UUR1ER, CONNlfiLLSVLLLJS, PA. FRIDAY, JANUARY S, 1339. (Sound: James 3. Drlscoll _ R. A. Donegan Walter S. Stimmel . James II. Driscoll . J. Wylie DriscoU _ President and General Manager Secretary and Treasurer Editor Associate Editor .Advertising and Business Manager MEMBER OF Audit Bureau of Circulations Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association Bureau ot Advertising, A. N. P. A. Served by United Press and International News Service SUBSCRIPTION RATES Two cents per copy; 50 cents per month; $5 per year, or $2.50 for six months by mail il paid in advance; 12 cents per week by carrier. Entered as second class matter at the Postofflcc, Connellsville, Pa. FRIDAY EVENING. JANUARY 6, 1939 GEIUIAX PRESS TJXFAIR Quite naturally the Nazi-controlled German press takes offense at a verbal attack by the head of another nation-the President of the United States. But it gets our ChleE Executive wrong when it says: "His speech seta a new high mark of that organized campaign against authoritarian states which in Washington is being passed oft as the newest policy of the United States, and which is based on the sole principle of preaching blind hate a n d . unscrupulous alienation amongst nations." The President hasn't been preaching hate. He has been speaking against that very thing and against influences which contribute to the breaking down of friendly relations among wen--disregard of treaties, religious persecution, undeclared wars based on greed, disrespect for the rights of othersT'suhversive propaganda, policies In general that make it necessary for democratic nations to arm for defense against covetous dictators. . The United States is free from the accusation ot spreading antagonistic propaganda under the very noses of Hitler and his associates.- On the other hand we have in our midst a German organization with that sole purpose. In Germany such would lose their heads. Here, under our form of government, disseminators of. Hitler ideals may speak without-fear of punishment other than that which veterans' organizations occasionally inflict by taking things In their own hands. If every other nation on earth were as peace loving as the United States; if every one was as free from covetousness of the possessions of others; if every one were as solicitous in the matter of living up to agreements of whatever character; if they were equally respectful of the rights of others;, if every nation were as filled with the spirit of brotherhood among the members of the human family, there would be no unpleasantness such as now hangs over the relations between this Nation and the governments of the totalitarian states. If every nation could be induced to reduce its military and naval establishments, under the leadership of the United States, and live in accord, it would not he long until armies and navies would be for police protection alone, and the haunting fear of another cataclysm would be dissipated. KEW TEKEOES FB03I THE SKIES Havoc caused by high explosive shells in the -World War was terrible enough, as many Connellsville boys have good reason to recall, hut their death dealing capacity is not to be compared with the engines of destruction aviators are enabled to drop from modern airplanes into thickly populated areas to break the morale of a people. Weldon James, United Press correspondent who spent 10 months in the Par Eastern war area, relates the story of a Japanese bomb striking the entrance of the Cathay Hotel · at Shanghai, scattering the maimed bodies of hundreds. A short distance away, In Great World Square, a similar bomb snuffed out the lives of one thousand, one hundred seventy- one men, women and children. More recently, at Barcelona, Spain, German airmen dropped bombs believed to have been charged with liquid air. One killed everybody within a city square, including passengers in trolley cars and buses. It was a test raid, the stories said, to determine juht how great would be the demoraliaztion of the people. American brains developed the device, according to the claim o' G. A. Sauer and Edwin Hall in a recent issue of Liberty. They call It an aerial torpedo. "This we offered to the United States Army which didn't want it." Then it was suggested they sell their secret to the Germans, which, they say, they did. * Maybe the United States Army has something more deadly. Else why refuse to investigate the claims of inventors? SHOULD HAVE PUBLIC SUPPORT Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the United Spanish War Veterans know by experience whereof they speak when they become concerned about flouting of American principles. They actually fought for them, risked their lives on and endured the hardships of the battlefield. They should be given respectful hearing when they warn against subversive activities of whatever nature affecting the welfare of the people. Walter E. Brown. Post of tne Veterans of Foreign Wars has placed Itself positively, unreservedly on record as opposing and discouraging "to the fullest extent the distribution, sale or dissemination of leaflets, literature or other matter of an inflammable nature, depicting or intending to convey to the youthful mind suggestive, pro-Communistic and other un-American activities." With the V. F. W. its crusade must be one of education and encouragement of loyalty until such time as there is placed on the statute books legislation that will make the purveyors liable to punishment as criminals. In this the veterans should have the backing of the peopde. They are not radicals. They are patriots. STRENGTH FOR YOUR TASK By Earl L. Douglass, D. D. DO PEOPLE REALLY DISBELIEVE IN GOD? Mazzini was once said to have remarked tha,t atheism is not possible in the Alps. Ho meant, of course, thnt when one looks upon those glorious snow-capped peaks he must, if he has any logic in his mind, see the connection between creation and Creator. And not only is atheism impossible in the Alps; it is im- posible in all high places. Down in the depths we con believe that there is no God, but at life's high altitudes we catch a glimpse of Him and the Celestial City. In the valley of sin man can scorn the righteousness of God, but not on the mountain peaks of elevated and restrained living. A good man knows that there is a good God in the universe because something tells him that the goodness in his own heart is of the nature of an infinite goodness which abides in the heart of God.- Most people who claim to disbelieve in God really do not dis-- belicvc in Him at all. If there be no God in the universe, then their selfish, sinful, and cynical way of life might find some justification, but if there be a God they stand condemned before Him. So because they prefer to live in the valleys of darkness and evil and doubt, they profess entire unbelief in a God of whom they would become uncomfortably conscious if they ..moved up onto the heights of unselfishness and love, of sacriace, goodness, and self-restraint. Upon these high places as upon the Alps, atheism .is impossible. AU rlcbu reserved--Babion .Newspaper Syndicate. What's What At a Glance By CHARLES P. STEWART Central Press Columnist. WASHINGTON, Jan. 6--No invcs- igation was required to let folks enow that certain countries arc doing heir utmost to insure America's par- icipatlo'n in the next world war if one breaks out presently. So when Representative Martin Dies, whose congressional committee has been inquiring into un-American activities in our midst, warns us that such is the case, his utterance is as sound as a dollar--merely superfluous. We literally are being "deluged with propaganda," Dies says. As to propaganda, I doubt (despite ;estimony before the Dies committee) that it amounts to anything. Britain and France naturally are the two powers which most especially want to enlist Uncle Sam on their side, but preponderantly we are on their side anyway, insofar as our sympathiss go. They do not need to propagandize us. Germany seems to have tried it to some extent, through its bunds"--but no sensible person takes them very seriously. Italian : boring from within" surely has not been done with anything more formidable than an extremely · smal] gimlet. And imagine Japan producing the slightest favorable effect on us In favor of the Miloido! But Russia, Dies Informs us, "is working tirelessly in the United States to make Russia's fight our fight." Russia may be working tirelessly, but is it accomplishing anything? Hooey! Worrying About Nothlne. Propaganda may be worth worrying about if it gives promise of scoring on appreciable number of converts, but if it is SO per cent abortive: --let 'cm propagandize and get whai fun they can out of it. The only pro-Russian propaganda I have seen that had n modicum of sense in it came from ex-Premier Leon Blum of France, who wants to line up Britain, France and Russia against Germany, Italy and Japan Now, I would not want to be suspected of the least fellowship with Soviet ideas. Nevertheless, as a las choice, I should prefer Russia to present-day Germany or Italy. The Soviets started with a perfectly abominable czarisl government, nnt if they have not improved it, at leas it is no worse than it used to be Possibly there has been n trifling improvement. I can refer readers to the writings, of a generation ago, bj George Kcnnan, of the inhumanities of the czarist regime. Yes, I fancy there has been a little betterment. On the opposite hand, Heir Hltlei and Signer Mussolini started with relatively decent governments anc degraded them. Japan also, though not as bad as Germiuiy and Italy is worse than it was. I was there in 1912, or thereabouts, and rovei around with a camcia unintcrferet with. Try it now!--aiid risk a firing squad. (For that "natter, we, too, are going dotty on the subject of espionage.) It Makes No Difference. The nub of it Is, the whole sltua tlon makes no difference in thi U. S. A. Rival foreif.'nere can propagandize here until they arc black In the fad and they wOa not make an impression. We arc (in sympathy) with the democratic or near-democratic nations. We are more with them than we wore in 1914--because then the die tinction between them was not so clear. At that time we were not K sure that Britain and France were more democratic than Germany anc Italy. Today's Russia?--problematic But a little bit to the democratic ward. Of course the new world'* game is to keep out of whatever'! coming Congressman Dies Is o. k. on tha all right. Stray Thoughts By S. M. DeHtTfT Having met the new member o our police force (through the courtesy of George Yothers) I'm convinced h won't arrest me without due and sufficient cause. Several million Job less people won't get much of a kick out of reading about Brenda (No. 1 Glamor Girl) Frazier's $50,000 com ing out party, tossed by her parents in New York very recently. Dr Gocbbels' hatred for the Czechs can' be quite as ardent as Hitler's. Only five more shopping days till Januar; 11--my birthday. John Garner i proving that the office of Vice Presi. dent of the United States--like one' married life--is just what you rnaki It. That local meter reader who re marked that he always reads thi funnys first, then this space, probably wants to get all the joy he pos sibly can outa life before he turns to drab things. It's a toss-up as to which of the two the country's mos fed up with--Fireside Chats, o Father Coughlin's "sermons." A loca lad, possessor of an excellent singing voice, will be auditioned in Pitts burgh on January 17 for one o Major Bowes' Amateur Hours, so I'm told. I hope there's something to what that fellow Babson sees in th 1839 crystal ball. Let's go to press Factographs Entries from all over the Nation are said to be pouring in for the hon,c shoiv which will be presented in th new state farm show arena Januar 1 20-21. "A newly developed plastic materia may be used in airplane manufacture enabling the quick production o thousands of planes In case of need. Louis Antoinc Godey started pub llcntlon of his famous Godey' "Lady's Book" of fashion, in 1830 when he was o"'- "1 years old. In Switzerlanu. Mjy, not June, it the favorite month in which to be married. NEWS BEHIN . ByBajJLMALLOR, Seeing is believing, or at least it ontributcs strongly to belief. Miss Eleanor Roland, teacher of English in Connellsvillo High School, observed many things during o lour of Eurape ast summer. She recalled some of hem at the luncheon of the Rotary Club Thursday, at which she was guest speaker. WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.-- Mr. tooscvelt may have pushed himself through the wrong dior with the story he told Congress tlbout National ncome. The President said, you remember, his is just a C-blllion dollar couti- ry now, and he wants to make it nto an 80-billion dollar country very soon, if Congress will only continue spending as he says. But he forgot :o mention what price level this country was valued on, if any. Had he mentioned the level his economists generally use he might have reached i conclusion that economy now may be more advisable than spending. He is more than halfway to his gonl right now if his economists know figures. He was talking about National income, of course. In 1929 It was 80 billions. Last year it was 80 billions. Today It Is running nt a rate of 6-1 billions. But if this figure is adjusted for the lower prices since 1829 (the period the President spoke of) current income Is equivalent to 72 billions in 3929 purchnsing power--the only thing that matters to those receiving the income. In fact, Mr. Roosevelt passed his goal in 1037 by what seems to be his own evaluation. Prices then were 10 to 15 per cent lower than 1929 On that basis this was an 81-billion dollars country year before last. I was even greater than that on a per capita-basK The population had Increased six per cent since 1929. So even if you do not count priccj, nn just count the population Increase this was a 73-bolllon dollar country then. If Mr. Roosevelt's dream of 80 billions came true at current prices this would be a 90 to 95-blll!on dollar country. This would mean pushing industrial production (now JOS) up to 130 Highest RUCK! so far made for this year is 120 for the coining fall, although many business «c.-. consider 130 quite possible in 1940 if al goes well. But there Is another thing: Gov ernmcnt spending contributed only fix per cent directly to National income, the last lime it was counted officially, in 1937. Of this nmoun only 2.6 per cent was work relief (All state, city and Federal cxpcndl hires for all causes including educa tlon, etc., amounted to 13.5 per cent. These figures count only dlrec expenditures and do not include th further generating force of Govern ment outlays. But even so, thtsj seem to fall short of justifying Mr Roosevelt's opposition to economy which was the point of his Naliona Income story. The flgures seem to say this Is a 70-blllion dollar country and rLsin now; that direct Federal expend! turcs are probably only a small part of its value. The general Imprcssison among thi economists here Is Mr. Roosc vclt took the Ecclcs spending thcorj for the basis of his argument bu oversimplified it in the telling. The President's message kept hi defense program in smooth rouni generalities which did not uncove the silent opposition In Congress The message was milder than ex peetcd which may explain the scar city of critical comment. From private observations, droppca by certain non-New Deal Democrats It was evident, however, that th While House is facing trouble even on this Issue. Some of the remark were: "Good speech for the munt tlons makers"; "guess he had nothln to do with getting us into this sltua tion with the dictators--oh no 'he's just using the internatlona situation to Justify a spending pollcj and the whole New Deal." Some of these cutting comment may reflect personal animosity, bu not all. Resistance to the defense program will develop the first minute that concrete suggestion is laid down. Nature of the opposition is hard i define fully, as it has not yet con gealcd in words or action, but on senator analyzes it this way: Dictators can control popular opinion with a stick. They can change their national will between editions of their afternoon news papers simply by revising their edi torials. Democratic opinion Is a re suit of growing reasoning and con viction, which can swell swiftly ink a national passion under too cnergcti leadership. But it cannot be turnc off In,a moment as the dictators turn oil their spigots of what they face tiously call popular will. It must !x handled us carefully as the Prcsiden handled it in the measured words his message. Congress will centainly not take a exciting attitude either in voting ap propriatlons or fixing policies, al though some individual member may. For a further instance vcn few votes will be cast to open IT. S doors to any foieign refugees, as Ion as Americans need jobs. Safety Sonnets BBTHf HtAUY HA* N«TklHt ON UHO AM*UU |tf{ tiff F0* A Sidelights From her observations, American newspapers are giving a fair account of what is going on in Germany, Miss Roland said. Of Hitler the icrmans see little. His picture is ever before them. Likenesses of Der 'uehrer in store and office windows remind them constantly of him. It vould be unwise not to have them displayed conspicuously. Then, when a telephone conversation is carried on it must be preceded by "Hell Hitler!" It is unsafe for a German to be ·seen reading a foreign newspaper or laving one in his possession. There- 'orc few Germans, outside the newspaper offtccs, buy or read them. (And the German newspapers do not publish anything American unless permitted to do so.) Miss Roland mentioned a weekly American magazine that Is permitted circulation, but anything offensive to the Nazi regime is first deleted. Swastikas are everywhere, some of enormous size. In places they are so large they darken the streets. A Nazi primer pictures the Jewish child in school as a laggard and guilty of numerous wrongdoings, while the Aryan child is depicted as 'a little angel." Persecution of Jews and Christians docs not meet with universal approval. The older people arc opposed to the program. Tag days a~e numerous. You buy. There is no way out--not if the Nazis learn about it. People speak the name of Hitler in a loud tone--to emphasize their loyalty. Pictures showing strike troubles and "breadlines" in America are conspicuous. There Is no doubt. Miss Roland said, the Nuzi movement appeals to the youth. Hitler is doing u grea work for them. They like it. He provides camps and hostels, where living costs have been cut to a minimum. They take also to his ndvicc to indulge in hikes--for their health The fatherland may have emergency need for the husky type. Depression in the tourist trade is noticeable. Miss Roland told of one hotel having cancellations of 23 parties of travelers. Crossing the Swiss border to Italj Miss Roland found the countrj "ready" if Italy should suddenly decide on invasion. The border is strongly fortified. Mussolini may (some time cay "good mornlnij" In a rough wny, they fear. Foreigners traveling on trains in Italy arc under constant watch ol guards. They note every movement At once attracting the attention o the tourist arc quotations from th rayings of Mussolini on walls o homes, in letters a foot high. Along the road from Florence to Rome were seen numerous signs of welcome to Hitler and boosting the Rome-Berlin axis. Like Hitler, Mussolini Is doing much for the youth in providin; recreation and camps uherc th young may spend their vacations a no cost to them. There were seen numerous rccon struction projects. One was thi railroad station at Milan, a mag nlflcent building of white marble. Al most all cities' and towns have nc\v stations. Much is being accomplished in the excavation of ruins. The viev, of the great cathedral at Milan ha been enhanced by the removal o nearby structures. Turning to Ireland Miss Rolani spoke of the wonderful hospitality o the Irish people; of the strides being made in culture. Smuggling ha been elevated to the status of a bus ness--In the eyes of the people Chief articles are livestock, buttc and greyhounds. Butter Is chcape in North Ireland. Therefore it i smuggled acros sthe Free State bor dor--and back again. Cattle's nose arc rubbed with saltpetre so the, won't moo. The squeal is rcmovei from pigs--during the smugglin process--by making them drunk There is resort to lake funeral par tics, with 'the casket, llllcd with con traband, strapped to the top of th car, as is customary. Miss Roland said she even heard cattle are flttet with slippers, to deaden the sound o travel, but she was not prepared t confirm this. The speaker's regret was she coul not spend more time in travel and that "life is so short and we are dcac so long;." She devoted two month; to touring the British Isles and flvi countries on the Continent. PEN AND INK It is a curious thing I thin.. How far apart stay pen and ink ThollRh born to dwell with one another The one seems never with the other, And both tn some mystcrioui way From letter paper always stray. When 1 am prompted to indite The letter uhlch I ought to write It may be at the kitchen sink At U«t I'll nnd the pen ar.d Ink. But paper, pen and ink will not Be setucd on one common *pot. Sometimes the ink will be upstairs' Where Janet reckons her affairs. But that discovered, there and then Search must be started for the pen. And when that mystery Is cleared Tile writing paper's disappeared. Though ham and eggs and toaht and tea Together happy bcem to be. And ever}where on life's Brim round Together always can be found. The worst mlsmatcd pair. I Ullnk, To be the family'* pen and Ink . DAVIDSON'S "Meet Me at Davidson's" A tremendous clearance of Fashion-Right garments at amazing reductions! Coats, Suits, Hats OFF OFF OFF Gowns, Pajamas, Slips ' Lovely underthings that were soiled and mussed 1 / ,, during t h e Christmas -«-/O off rush. / £ Bradley Marinette Knits Choice of entire stock. f*. ~. ~^ Regularly priced from X \\{\ 10.95 to 39.75. O \J \J Children's COATS and I/, off SNOW SUITS /4

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