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PAGE FOUR. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNELLSVILUE, PA. SfONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 193t). iatlg (fottrat THE COURIER COMPANY _._ Publishers James J. Driscoll _ President and General Manager K. A. Donegan Secretary and Treasurer "Walter S . Sfcimmel _ ,, _ _ ,, _ ,, _ ,, _ _ Editor James M . Driscoll . _ . . _ _ _ _ _ _ Associate Editor J. Wylje Driscoll Advertising and Business Manager MEMBEB OF Audit Bureau of Circulations Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association Bureau of 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 S2.50 for six months by mail if paid in advance; 12 cents per week by carrier. Entered as second class matter at the Fostoffice, ConneHsville, Pa. MONDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY e, 1039 rU'JL'TKS'G IDEAS INTO EFFECT David Li. Clark, Pittsburgh, "candy king" whose long business career came to art end while he slept Thursday night, -was' a. remarkable Individual--one -who had progressive ideas and lost no time putting them to work. That outstanding charactistie elevated him from dire poverty to riches beyond the dreams of the most of us. An Irish Immigrant boy, he began his fight up the ladder at the age of eight, carrying market baskets In old Allegheny for what he could get, mostly pennies. When he was 19 he opened a one-room candy factory, having one employe who made the candy, while he drove a one-horse wagon from store to store selling it. In the middle eighties his eye fell on what was then a novelty--^chewing gum. He decided to add that to his line. He. flavored It with our "mountain tea" or wintergreen and named It after^ the fruit o£ that plant. Its popularity was such h'e was compelled to build another factory to make it. Eventually he added candied popcorn and then chocolate bars, and his fortune was made. At one time it was said his chocolate-coated taffy bar was selling at the rate of a million a day. It was carrying out Ideas that came into hia head which led Clark along the road to fortune. He saw to it that his children--there were 13 of them--shared in the business, its management and its success. There was nothing to worry him when.the Grim Reaper stalked into his bedroom In the night and summoned him as he lay sleeping peacefully. · . ' · ' . · AT THE LITTMB FELLOTV There is said to be a growing belief among congressman that the revenue derived from income tux must be increased. Treasury officials are represented to be extremely dubious as to the possibility of raising any substantial additional amount by further "soaking the rich." .Big individual, incomes are already, s.ubject to..surtaxes ranging up to 80 per cent, and the point of diminishing returns has been reached Therefore, it is argued, additional income tax must be raised by increasing the levies on persons in the lower and middle tax brackets--and by dropping:,those~bracln-ts so as to reach income levels which are now exemijjpfroi-vairec't taxation. · '·:."" -v.:v~ . If this comes to pass--and it is obvious, if we continue to spend two dollars for every dollar we take in, that tax revemie must be upped--those citizens who have taken small interest in government fiscal policy, on the theory that the rich must pay bills, will be due for the rudest sort of an awakening. The apparent fact of the matter is that today the rich could pay but a small part of taxes required even if their total incomes were confiscated. The great bulk must be paid by ordinary citizens, through indirect, hidden taxes which constitute part of the cost of everything we buy and use. But relatively few of us seem to realize that--and It is that blindness to fact which has created our almost criminal indifference toward the tax and debt policies of our government. Reducing income tax exemptions and .increasing the levies In the middle and lower brackets would bring Tiome · hard to almost every citizen the tremendous, personal fn-" terest he has in the financial conduct of government. It would show him once and for all that economical, efficient" government means niore dollars in his pocket--]knd teat;-; wasteful, inefficient government means fewer "dollars" in his pocket. DIES TOLL CONTINUE GOOD WORK But one obstacle stands in the way of continuance by the Dies committee of its Investigation of 'un-American activities. That is appropriation of .the necessary funds. The money will.be forthcoming. The only question at issue- is the amount. Dies wants $150,000--says that is necessary to close up the work. It may be the fund will be held to $100,000 · . ' · , . : Nothing the White House can do will interfere with continuance of the investigation. The House gave the committee its okay by a lopsided vote. Since Senate approval is not,required, nor the signature.of the President to the absolution, there remains only providing the cash. Martin Dies will be reappointed head of the committee. The others who survived the election wil! serve with him. A successor will be named to fill the place of Representative Mosier of Oiuo .who failed 'oL reelection. . . Aroused public opinion in favor of .Dies and his associates, despite Administration opposition, is responsible for the overwhelming.vote in the House 344 to 3.5. . " . · - POLL AGAIXST THIKI) , · The Dr: George W. Gallup poll on the question of a ' tKifcl term for" President Roosevelt is heavily against ..the idea. .-Responding to the question, recently, voters in a cross section lined up 69 per cent in the negative, against 31 per cent..who favor another term. The vote,: covered air sections of the country. But on a question as to whether the Senate should go on record against a third term, as to be proposed by Senator Rush Holt of West Virginia,' the" poll revealed a majority against it--51 per cent. The voters took the stand that it's not up to tlie Senate but he people to determine who shall be President, and that it is just as well not to cross a bridge before coming to it. The Gallup polls have keen remarkable for their accuracy. THE TOIE TO ADVERTISE Every bit as optimistic as a month ago as to the business and industrial outlook for 1939, Roger W. Babson passes along this advice to merchants and other, business men: ' "You cannot expect to get your full share of.the 1939 pickup if you do not push your advertising. The time to spend money on your promotions is now." Babson said his chart shows January, 1939, to have been the best in nine years, with the exception of 1937. And "if business men keep their perspective and cio not suddenly get a new 'fear' complex" he sees no reason why business should not continue to improve. "IN GOD WE TRUST, ALL OTHERS, CASH!" STRENGTH FOR YOUR TASK By Earl L,. Douglass, D, D. ________ DON'T DISREGARD There is not a human being to whom the x'oicc of God will not be audible and dearly so, if he will but stop where he is and try to hear, God is speaking through your conscience every moment. I£ you arc unquiet about some course of action, if something in your past life troubles you, il something in your present way of living is done against the protest o£ your better self, then your conscience is speoldng to you and you had bettor listen. You had better hear the voice of God who stands ouf-slde the closed door of the henrt. Many men and women today CONSCIENCE look back upon homes lhat were far different from the homes they are csln 1 lishing. Many a boy in a strange city thinks of the quiet home in some distant village where he grew up, the ideals ot of which now rebuke him in tho way of lite he is beginning to choose. The impulse to do the right tiling is the voice of God speaking to you. He speaks through your conscience, j our experience, through the love of those? who are devoted to you, through the Bible, through the counsel of teacher nnd the message of the pulpit, through everything that is right and good in our natures. Ml rights reserved--Babscn Newspaper Syndicate. As Others Think PARKING METERS (Latrobe Bulletin.) So near to a complete success. The local Business Men's Committee, interested in saving Latrobe from parking meters and regulating ordinances which would be costly to enforce and a niusance to the public, finds that with but about ten exceptions the business and professional people of the town iiavc joined wholeheartedly in the voluntary movement ogainst all-day parking, with the result that the objective-that of providing convenient parking room for shoppers--has been all but achieved. ." Even with the eight or ten persons ·who have failed, thus far, to join in the voluntary movement, parking conveniences have been provided on the business streets for those desiring to visit the stores, oinces and banks, and the value of the plan in avoidance of all-day parking has been proven in a very definite way. However, as long as a few refuse to join In the movement, there will continue to be the temptation to ethers to do likewise, with the result that the whole plan will be endangered. Either they must do as the great majority are doing or they will run the risk of being made 1:0 do it, through parking meters or regulatory ordinance. To the great bulk of the business and professional people it has been demonstrated that they can avoid all-day parking, cither by doing a little walking, or finding places for -their cars, other than on the business streets. · It Is to be hoped that the few v;lio as yet have not joined in a'move- Sidelight* Last week President Roosevelt, in denying he had said the American frontier Js on the Rhine, called the story a "deliberate lie." He blamed legislative agitators and newspaper owners. The latter could hardly be accused. Owners of papers take Washington stories as they get them from the press associations and their own correspondents. The story came from a senator. Read Paul Mallon in today's. Courier, on this page. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas K. McIlvaine have a conservatory built along the side of their house in East Park. Directing a friend how to find the homo, Mrs. Mcllvaine is reported to have told her to look for a greenhouse. The visitor searched the section over for a green house, but could find none of that color. Just a misunderstanding of words. What's What At a Glance NEWS BEHIND THE NEWS By PAUL MALLON WASHINGTON, Feb. 6.--Mr. Roosevelt, a professed devotee of scrambled eggs, has scrambled 'em again with tiie foreign situation. The 'acts have been mixed so thoroughly that everyone involved--Chamberlain, Hitler] congressmen and certainly newiimen--must teel like they are in an omelet. But be it scrambled or mangled, the President's favorite dish has been hurled at his favorite bus boy, the press. A f a u l t is detectable this time. He used the snme eggs he has been using for years. An unsavory fragrance was too obvious to be unnoticed. The President said the stories reporting he thought the American frontier was on the Rhine, were deliberate lies concocted by legislative agitators and newspaper owners. The President knows where the stories came J!rom--a single source, a United States senator. The stories were published not by a single newspaper, or any group of newspapers of a particular political complexion, but b: practically all newspapers, including the non-secetarian press associations. They published it because it came from this source they all considered capable of kno\ving and because of his record lor sanity, sincerity and accuracy. But as it could not be confirmed and was not denied, they reported it as unconfirmed information. Hundreds ol good news developments come every day through such channels. that way, the While House issued an order warning officials not to deny or affirm any press predictions as to what the program would be. By CHARLES P. STEWART Central Press Columnist. WASHINGTON, Feb. 6.--Congress is greatly exercised over the supposed secrecy o£ President Roosevelt's foreign policy. My own impression is that his policy is not ns secret as is being represented. Still, when he summoned the Senate's Military Affairs Committee to the White House to hear the details of his program, it is a fact that he did pledge- its members not to leak what he said to them. I think they have leaked it all. Nevertheless nobody is quite surd about it. Anyway, the President unquestionably discriminated somewhat in favor of the Senatorial Military Affairs Committee membership, implying that he could trust that group, but not the rank and file of senators and representatives. And my!--how sore it made those The point which proves the age of Mr. Roosevelt's egg is that he did not deny the story until two days later, alter it had received a desirable (from his standpoint) reaction in Britain, France, Germany, Italy. He could have stopped it the moment it got out by having his publicity secretary say it was not true, as stories are stopped every day. The truth of this whole matter and other similar ones lately must be evident by now to the public capable of rending truths between lines. Mr. Hooosevelt is using the press for his purposes. He has not quite gotten around to the position of the famous senator who once gave a now'si..an a secret then publicly denounced him from the Senate floor for printing it, but he is near that. His associates say the President enjoys this game with the press "very much. He gets his best laughs, they say, out of the Washington system which permits him, first to have some erroneous information fed to the public through the press either by his agents or his opposition, and then to come along at the best psychological time f^r his own purposes and denounce the press for misrepresenting him--and most ludricous of all he thus makes the press publish his denunciations of it' prominently without explanations, as in this most recent instance. It is the only game ever invented where officials can play both ends against the middle without ever getting caught. (The press protects its sources of confidential information.) It is not a new game. Teddy Roosevelt used to do it occasionally. AH public men have done it to some extent, Republicans and Democrats, but no one ever did it like Mr. Roosevelt, and no one ever enjoyed it more. Perhaps you can see it more plainly in the way he worked his publicity on the rearmament program in the beginning last fall. For two months, he declined to say what ho had in mind or to deny or affirm any stories about his plans. For the same two months, his right hand men were tipping the press first that he would ask for 3,000 more planes, then 6,000, then 10,000, then 13,000 and finally one report, (grasped by a particularly careless reporter) got up to something like 30,000. These figures were not dreamed by reporters.- They were planted in the press by responsible Administration authorities--for a purpose. The purpose was to make Mr. Roosevelt's eventual January ree- not on the Military Affairs Commit- ommendations (which he had decided on in November) look small by comparison with what had been expected, thus tending to soften objections and opposition complaints. It' worked just that way. And to make it work Governor James is not in favor of an income tax for Pennsylvania. Apprised of a bill.introduced in the House to levy a straight five per cent tax on all incomes, the Governor said he was opposed to it and to all other additional-taxes. The. State Supreme Court has ruled that a graduated income tax, in force in many other staies, is unconstitutional. To " balance' the budget for the 1939-41 biennium the State will have to effect savings of $118,000,000 during the next two years, the Governor .revealed. This will provide James ;with a task of the first magnitude and will undoubtedly mean the cur- It made the members of the Sena-1 torial Foreign Affairs Committee especially sore--the representatorial Foreign Affairs Committee likewise-also the Senate and House Naval Affairs Committee. Senators, if anything, are angrier than the representatives. This is because the Senate, in particular, is supposed to indorse or veto any international dickers that the President, through the State Department, may enter into. Not alone are Republicans and anti-Administration D e m o c r a t s miffed. Plenty of good New Dealers arc fretted, too. To say the least, the thing was presidentlally tactless. Openly Arrived At. It is constitutional that the President cannot declare war; it takes Congress to do that. Yet it .furthermore is notorious that the President con take the country so close' to war that Congress cannot avoid declaring it. That is why statesmen like Representative Louis Ludlow of Indiana have tried to require a popular vote to precede a war declaration. But that will take a constitutional amendment. Slow work! Our anti-war folk are afraid o£ war before such an amendment can be adopted. They do not believe that President Roosevelt wants war, to be sure. What they fear is that the President, secret international involve the United Another phase of the Washington game is the constant official din against "inaccuracies" in the press, usually without mentioning any specific inaccuracy, or specifying some inconsequential inaccuracy in a story which is substantially true. There will always be inaccuracies in tlie press, as long as human nature is what it is. No two people see the same thing exactly alike. ·· Accuracy is non-existant outside of mathematics, and lately some doubt has arisen even about that in finance. So public men can always make out a case which they can surround with sufficient suspicion to make human press failings sound like a diabolical plot. The press is generally equally keeji in exposing inaccuracies of public men in their campaign promises, speeches, prophesies. (Mr. Roosevelt's budget and lux promises for example.) While the public men are the only ones who can keen score, because they control the sources of: the news, it would rnpear from a quids glance over recent history that accuracy has' recently been . more nearly attained in the press than in public life. At least it is more seriously sought after. Serious part at it may come if the confidence o£ the people in the press as a whole can be completely broken down. Then the people will believe only what public men choose to announce about themselves, which is all Hitler", Stalin and Mussolini have done. They say their dictatorial press control was instituted only to prevent "inaccuracies. 1 ? When Columnist Arthur Krock was involved in a senatorial pillow- fight over whether. Harry..-'Hopkins : said something or other, a wily senator asked him what defense poor public men had against the press. Krock laughed. The other senators laughed. The other side o£ the question, as Washington long has realized, is what defense the press has against public CRANKMIRE HEARS A WILL A rich man died, a:" ". when his will -was raad "He left his family everything." we said. "Not everything," old Crankmlre then replied. "Ke took with him his wisdom when he died. "He took awy his willingness to earn And all the truths he labored" long to Icani. "That mind, well stored, by which his gains were won 1 Too bad he could not leave It to his son I "That courage and that friendliness he showed! Name mo the heir on whom they were bestowed. e Jeft his Jands and slocks nnd money. Yes! But not the sense which made him 3 success. "Ho left hie family everything, except All things of grace, and those his spirit kcnt." by a series of compacts, will If Congress decides to economize also, it will make the task doubly merit which is so nenr"to"bcing"eom- i difficult. Hundreds o£ millions of - · - · - · - dollars have poured into Pennsyl- tailment of considerable activities the I st ?. le |; '" int eTMational belligerency. State is now engaged in. * ob ' ldv 'TM gl " es lhat Pre sidm Wilson wanted American participation in the World Wnr in the 19UO- ptctoly successful, will realise that the final outcome of the plan depends upon them, and that for the general good they will keep their cars off the business streets during the daytime. Safety Sonnets IFA YOUNGSTER KtEPJ BLOWINS- HIS HOR.N. HE GET.S BETTER., IF A DRIVER KEEPS TOOTING-, HE'.S JUST A SPAT- GETTERY --National Safety Coun vania since the depression began to aid gripped the Slate. During one of his daily press conferences Governor James was asked: "How do you like your job?" "Well, I asked for it," the Governor replied, smiling. .teens. The theory..is that, by confidential tinkering-with the situation, he" finally involved Uncle Samuel--or coi" t not help doing so. His motto was, "Open Covenants, Openly Agreed To." Popular Opinion Lacking. These t.** bargains, between The Governor and his Cabinet w i l l . . . . . . . . .. attend two meetings in a group this ad * cted to^them. month. Oh February 7 they will be " "" " the guests of the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents Association; on February 16, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce. foreign offices and state departments, without public opinion back of. them, don't hold water. Old world cabinets are very much The Legislature, marking time now, will get down to work once the budget is presented. One indication that legislation is about in order is the group of lobbyists who have descended on the Capitol. Former Governor Earle once termed the legislative lobby the "invisible government." A $80,000 check payable Commonwealth saved one to the .Capitol Apparently we are entering into one of them with the democratic powers. All right, we ore on the side of the democracies. It looks like getting into a war. however. Look how the Gorman and Italian governmentally controlled press reacts to President Roosevelt's conference with the Senate's Military Affairs Committee!--which it doesn't know any more about than we do. We had better know about them. I can sympathize with our Military Affairs committcemen, who want publicity. - *.....*.*..*.. ~ u . ^ u vi.*. .*_*»,*.t v . In Guam, one of the Ladrone isitor from a parking ticket. When islands, formerly owned by Spnin but a policeman accosted him he flashed the five-figure check before his eyes. P. S.--He parked double. now a possession of the United Stales, tin cans are planted in the ground lo .furnish iron for growing vegetables. Stray Thought* By S. M. DcHUFF Despite Mrs. George. H, Earle's vehement denial that an oil burner was used in the Harrisburg Executive Mansion, as claimed by Governor James, her husband's meteoric rise to political significance leads one to believe there surely must have been at least an Aladdin's Lamp in use somewhere around the place. If I should ever . start calling myself a columnist, a couple of newspaper editors will have to shoulder 'the responsibility for the false pretense. Only persons who dislike snovf would clear it oil of their sidewalks as early in the mornings as do John Kestner and Ira Beal, Kace street. Another miniature train, addict just came to light--John Ferens, Sixth street, Vf. S. One of the very unfortunate things about unsuccessful marriages is that, as in a lot of law suits, the innocent as well as the guilty, must pay the costs. Since mass production is being employed in everything else-why not in local police raids? Might as well make room on that list ot forgotten folks for n man named Lcmke, who ran for president couple years back. Let's go to press. SALLY'S SALLIES Plenty of people have a good aim in life, but they don't pull the trigger.^ *

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