Daily News from New York, New York on March 11, 1944 · 11
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Daily News from New York, New York · 11

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Saturday, March 11, 1944
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PAILjQ NE.WS Saturday. March 11, 1944 Tel. MUrray Hill 2-1234 The Inquiring Votographer By JIMMY JEMAIL The News will pay $5 for every timely, interesting question submitted and used in this column. Today's award goes to Mrs. Howard J. Anderson, 1165 Pugsley Ave, Bronx. il Vad rthoti&ht " X know tm Wuthirif, but Stud you a little baby." Published Wj nrnn Sunday by Newa Rrndlrata C.. Int.. tie E. 424 St.. Borouch of Mn-karun New Tort. IT. N. I. IM11? nail aubaolptlo-.. cstn: U. 8.. MM: Canada. $15.00 rrr. tor the Datlj aod Sunday Ntn. V. 8.. tl SO on real; Canada. 2a.. President and treasurer. J M PatMraon; aeemarr. R. B. UrCormlrk: teeond ilea G resident and Kenaral manar. RojC. HollUa: aaalitant aeeretarj. t. U. T&ua. all of 12 E. 4ld Sc. New York. 17. H. T. ItttfcoVhwfciWoflHii 5 MEMBER Or THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The AssociatM. Press t exclusively entltled,to the asr for republication of all news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited in this Daner and also the local new published herein. All rurhtaof republication of special dispatches herein are also reserved. 5$ Stalin Russia Firster Churchill Empire Firster AMERICA FIRST The old game of European power politics is going forward even now, in the midst of war, with Russia playing the most aggressive hand at the moment. btalin is evidently determined, not only to add a lot of strategic buffer territory to European Russia proper, but also to force erection of various middle and west Europe governments friendly to Russia. He is willing, as pointed out by Hanson V. Baldwin in the New .York Times the other day, to let Great Britain and the United States have some hand in arranging future controls in western Europe; but he is determined that Russia shall do all of such arranging in eastern Europe. Matters are not simplified, from the point of view of devout believers in the Four Freedoms, the Atlantic Charter, etc., by the position which the British Government is getting around to taking on postwar Germany. The London Times, which often speaks in advance for the British Government, said editorially a few days ago that there must be no dismembering of postwar Germany. This seems agreeable to Stalin, so long as he is left free to foment postwar Communist uprisings in Germany and everywhere else in Europe. What we can look forward to in Europe after the war, then, is an era of civil wars, turning on age-old European hatreds and also on the comparatively new- issue of Communism vs. the old order in each European country. at If all this comes to pass, will it be too much for Americans to ask to be excused after this war from further efforts to preserve or restore European balances of power? jiyf J r Won't we have earned the right to go Minding Our back to a policy of America First? Own Business s taken for granted, and as something to be admired, that Mr. Stalin is for Russia first, and that Mr. Churchill is for the British Empire first. When an American says he is for America first, though, he commits some kind of crime in the eyes of many of our most ponderous American thinkers. Yet from the present shape of things it looks as if we must have an America First policy after this war if we are to go on existing as an independent nation. That is because European and Asiatic power balances are shifting, and will shift still more when the Allies win the war. Russia will be a great, strong Communist nation not the infant Red state which the British and ourselves tried to put down after World War No. 1. We shall have armed the Chinese to beat the Japs, meaning China will be a big, strong power and the Chinese always were as anxious to flood into the United States as were the Japs. With this setup, we think the United States should advise the British to rig up their own diplomatic ties in Europe, while the United States takes to looking out for itself and its own orbit. The British are smart diplomatic engineers, and should be able to negotiate their European relationships without keeping us as a reserve to be thrown in on their side whenever they get into a jam. An America First policy in the world as it promises to look like after this war would hinge on the fact that the North American continent is a geographic unit. . . k That means that its defense problems Essentials are essentially one problem; also, that it Of Defense should be an economic unit, though not necessarily a political unit. Acting on these basic principles and facts, we would logically do everything we could to improve and maintain trade relations among all the nations from Canada south to the Panama Canal. More important than that, we would do our best to integrate the defense mechanisms of all these nations into one connected fighting machine. That would mean, first and foremost, a joint General Staff, with members from every North American nation, every member eligible to become Chief of Staff on merits. If we could extend this system to South America, so much the better. At any rate, we should grapple our South American friends to us by every possible means. At any rate, too, and just in case, we should persistently maintain after this war the world's finest air force, the world's best jiavy, and an adequate, highly trained Army of expert fighting men which could be expanded immediately to great war strength from reserves built up by a system of compulsory universal military training. 3 "tog at THE QUESTION. What experience have you had as a result of falling asleep in the subway ? THE PLACE. Downtown Manhattan. THE ANSWERS. Charles W. Lacey, Hudson St., lock expert: 1 woke up with a start from a sound sleep to see an elderly lady standing in front of me. Sleepy - eyed and sheepishly I offered her my seat, which she took. She got off a few sta tions farther on, and said in a deep male vice, 'You can have your seat back,' It was a man dressed for a masquerade, razzing me." Harry Schaffer, Broadway, jew eler: I woke' up when I felt a hand in my hip pocket, but kept my eyes closed, because I didn't want to get knocked on the head. Later, I peeked out, saw lheman in the end of the car, and as two other men entered, walked up to him and held out my hand for the- wallet, which he meekly handed over Mrs." Mary J. Walker, Greenwich Village, home: 1 1 w Tm almo&t r'0. ashamed to tell one put his hand on my shoulder and I woke up with a start in the gray of the morning. The train was in the yards and a kindly old motorman was smiling at me and saying, 'Mother, you look too sweet to spend a night sleeping in a car.' " Johnny Mikulski, W. 80th St., bar tender: "1 got on the subway at Main St., Flushing, to return home to Manhattan. It was a long ride, so I foil asleep. When the train made the last stop at Times Square, as I thought, I jumped out and find that I was in Hushing again. I had slept through a complete round-trip." Jack Mahoney, Marion Aye., Bronx, song writer: "I can never sleep, so went to a hospital, where I was given a prescription. I took some of it on my way home, but woke up on a bench in Battery Park. I got into the subwav leain and woke up in Kingsbridge. I threw the prescription away, preferring my insomnia, which I've still got." Don Roberts, Broadway produc er: "borne years ago, when I was an actor, I had an appointment with a producer to sign a contract. I fell asleep in the subway and missed the appointment. That little slumber cost me an en tire season's work at $400 a week. The producer signed another act in my place." , & ran upstairs,, to VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Pleas give name and address with your letter. We will withhold both on requeit. JIMMY FOR VICE PRESIDENT f Hazlet, N. J.: Instead of continuing those reactionary editorials against the providentially selected leader of the American people, you should help guarantee the permanency of the New Deal gains by directing your efforts toward nomination of a worthy running mate for F.D.R. The man you should push for Democratic Vice President is none other than Lieut. Col. James Roosevelt. Roosevelt and Roosevelt that's the surest guarantee to the world that the Charter of Chaos will be extended everywhere in our time. OWEN HALES. SAYING IT WITH GOODS Bronx: I think the easiest way to make Pal Joey see our point of view on various matters now in dispute would be to lend-lease a couple of billions' worth of war materials to Hitler. REALIST. CAPTION APPROVED Manhattan: In a recent issue of The News, our Free Press for Democracy organization noticed with great pleasure a picture of a number of Negro and white children with the1 very commendable caption "Americans All." As a group of young readers interested in furthering unity so that we may sooner win the battle against our Axis enemies, we feel that the emphasis you placed on equality is extremelv commendable. GUNTHER GUTENSTEIN. WASHINGTON. HELSINKI Manhattan: I protest the muzzling by our Government of the heroic Finnish Minister to the United States, Hjalmar Procope, and his entire staff. These persons have to stand silent with hands tied while mistatements about Finland fly around and the Finnish cause goes down. The treatment of Finland by the Roosevelt Administration will make a poor page in United States history. J. HENDERSON. WHAT'S ON HER MIND Manhattan: One Mildred McKen-nik writes in the Voice that we teen-age girls should sit home with Mommy and forget about boys. Mildred can do that if she wants to, but I'll be damned if I will. The only girls who don't think about men are girls who are cross-eyed, buck-toothed and bald-headed, and the only reason these girls don't think about men is that they couldn't get a man if they tried. SWEET 1G. NATURE TO THE RESCUE Brooklyn: New Dealers, forecasters and general do-gooders who have been brooding over our declining birthrate should take comfort and hope from the birth of those quads to a British lady and an American soldier. Nature moves in a mysterious way her wonders to perform. By this incident she gives us an indication a sort of straw iti the wind that she is still on the job, and is getting ready to make up for war casualties, late marriages, etc., by multiple births. LOUIS M. GO REN. DECLARES INDEPENDENCE Brooklyn: To all these old crumbs who are applauding the curfew regulations for teen-age girls-listen, crumbs; the curfew isn't going to stop us, and any time .wo want to go out with sailors we'll go out with sailors and you or anybody else won't stop us, see? It's hats off to the Mayor for the curfew, is it? Well, if anybody ever says that to my face. I'll knock the hat off his head or her head if he or she owns a hat. TEEN-AGER. POSTWAR WORLD COPPERS Manhattan: About your recent editorials on Wilson and his denunciation of the "wilful men" who defeated U. S. entry into the League of Nations if those wilful men had been temporarily stricken dumb, you would not have had a World War No. 2 to harp on. A paltry few millions a year spent on a police, force to watch over the feebleminded Europeans would have saved many an American's life today, to say nothing of the present wartime waste of billions' worth of our natural resources. As for Russia every time a Russian, ba he a noble, serf or just plain Red, kills or badly wounds a German, the whole world should rejoice, and especially Americans. Certainly we shall have to help police the world after this war and a job on that world police force will be a manly job with good pay and worth making a man's career. JOHN E. WALSH. BEG PARDON The Associated Press informs us that the two pictures purporting to show the evacuation of wounded from North Ireland by air, published in the center fold of The News yesterday, were made at a reijsal.

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