Daily News from New York, New York on August 20, 1943 · 19
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Daily News from New York, New York · 19

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Friday, August 20, 1943
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DAI LYU NEWS Friday, August 20, 1943 Tel. MUrray Hill 2-1234 Puhlished dally excevi Sunday toy Sn Syndltare C. lot.. 220 E 4?d St.. Borough cf Manhattan. New Tork. 17. N. T. Daily mail subscription ratM: O. S-. $3.00; Canada. $15.00 year. War tha Daily and Sunday Nran, V. 8.. 510.50 per year ; Canada. $20. (H. President and treasurer. J. Bi. Patterson ; seiretary K. R. Mrl'ormlrk second win president oJ general maoaifer. Uoy C fTolltss; assistant secretary. P. M Ffynn. all nf 2?fi E. 4 2d Rt.. New York. 17. N. T. MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press is sciusive!y entitled to the use for reDUblieation of all news dispatches credited to it or not othprwise rredited in this naoer and also the Jrwal news published herein All rishts of rD!blirattmi of spppial disoatcbes herein are also reserved. CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT-WHY REPEAL IT? Let Japs In, Too? Why the Act Was Adopted ful for the Chinese Since Pearl Harbor, there has been considerable agitation for repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, on the ground that it is an insult to our Chinese ally and that its repeal would let only 105 Chinese per year immigrate to this country. Thus, runs the argument, our Chinese ally's feelings would be disruffled and its face saved in the Orient. The first Chinese Exclusion Act was passed in 1882, when Chinese were pouring into our Far West and outworking U. S. laborers for less pay. In its present form, dating from 1924, it puts Japanese and Chinese immigration to the United States on the same footing, by forbidding both, except in the cases of ministers, doctors, teachers or students. Among the recruits to the cause of repeal of the Chinese part of the act (we don't hear anybody suggesting that it be repealed as to Japs) is Representative Clare Eoothe Luce (R-Conn.). Mrs. Luce has tried to please the labor unions centering around Bridgeport, in her district, by opposing the Ruml plan and the Smith-Connally anti-war-strike bill. Smart politics, perhaps; but we'd place a modest bet that Mrs. Luce will not please any responsible labor unions by working for repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act. The Chinese have indeed put up a historic fight against Japan. They are indeed our allies in this war though we are also theirs, and are furnishing them with what help we can in view of our rulers' decision to finish off Hitler first and fight only a holding war ' with Japan meanwhile. Americans are necessarily grate- armies superb hght against Japan though some Americans cannot help reflecting that a nation of 450,000,000 ought to be able to keep a nation of 70,000,000 from grabbing half its territory. China's age-old pacifism and individualism, only recently dented by Sun Yat Sen and the Chiang Kai-sheks, were most likely to blame. All this, though, is beside the point. The point is that the Chinese workman can, or does, work harder and longer and live on less pay and food than does the American workman. Same with the Japanese workman. That was why the original Chinese Exclusion Act was passed, mainly at the insistence of Western workers and farmers ; and that was why it was broadened in 1924 to include the Japanese. Those facts and the danger they represent to American living standards still hold good. Neither China's magnificent fight on our side nor Japan's villainous fight against us has any bearing on those facts. Here are some facts which do bear on this and related questions. The United States has 6 of the world's land area, . and just before we gdJMnto the war it UlVe the had 60 of the world's telephones U. S. Away? and telegraphs, 81 of its motor cars and 53 of its railroads; produced 70 of the world's oil, 60 of its wheat and cotton and 50 of its copper and pig iron; consumed 48 of all the world's coffee, 53 of its sugar, and 72 of its silk. Our living standards have coasted rapidly downhill since Pearl Harbor; but compared with the rest of the world we still have a snap and we live in a paradise whether because of luck, the goodness of God, or the aggressiveness of our ancestors. Official Washington is infested with do-gooders who want us to let the rest of the world in on these riches, with none or lowered immigration and tariff restrictions, and take away as much of our substance, as the rest of the world may want to take away. The argument" is that if we don't thus give away our country the rest of the world will get mad at us and gang up on us. There is no guarantee that the rest of the world won't gang up on us even if we do let it into our preserves. People often do gang up on blindly over-generous fools. There is a way, however, in which we can discourage such ganging up. That way consists in maintaining, after this, war, a powerful and up-to-the-minute air force, a big Navy, and a skeleton Army expandable to huge size in quick time because able to call on a big trained reserve produced by a system of compulsory universal training. Let's just keep the Chinese Exclusion Act, along with some of what common sense we have. This law isn't an insult to our Chinese allies, anyway. It is a compliment to them, in that it freely admits that they are so strong and smart and efficient that they can outwork us and underlive us and therefore run us up the street economically if we give them the chance. .---3 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 Kathleen Clark, 254 W. 25th St. THE QUESTION. New York is called the Wonder City. Do you think it is ? THE PLACE. Various locations. THE ANSWERS. Mary Small, Manhattan, singer: "Yes. New York is the only city in the world where a person can rise to stardom on sheer merit. One moment, a person may be an unknown. The next day the whole town - is singing his or her praises, and Hollywood beckons. New York goez all the way! It makes you or breaks you!" Ellis S. Lowinger, Andrews Ave., Bronx, assistant to sales manager: "Yes, I do, and I arrived at this conclusion after touring all of Europe. New York has so much the best of modern construction, the greatest cul tural activities, the best of amusements, the greatest transportation system in the world, freedom of life, etc.!" Mrs. Leslie A. Davidson, Manhattan, home: "Yes, but with one deplorable exception, which concerns family life in the greatest of all cities. There are few places in this city where children can play and develop into healthy young sters. Parents are in constant fear that their children will be maimed as they play in the streets." Nicholas Pateas, 102d St., Cor ona, tavern manager: "New York is the Wonder City of the world, but I don't like the town. I like Pittsburgh much better. I spent my youth there and the smoke is in my lunes. I c a n't get away from the nostalgic aroma of smoke. There is no place in the world like home!" William F. Behr, W. 51st St., machinist: Yes, New York is undoubtedly the Wonder City. No city offers the variety of e n t e rtainment that can be found here. Also, no matter what other ac-tivity you choose, it is New York than else-no other place in the you find a Rockefeller Center and a Radio City Music Hall." Carl Connata, Eighth Ave., butcher: "I haven't been in many places, but I don't see how any place can be more wonderful than New York. Most of the great cities in Europe have been bombed and thev can't be great today. I know New York is a fine place in which to live and to do business. I wouldn't live in any other place." L J greater in where. In world can - V u y i-miiiiy if- : i " PleVsoTtordkase Aotit tuverne 50 business. i . : ;;;(( tnu ,i .-if fl S 1 It ,4.' Prayer of a rifchteouS man ava'Aetb much. VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Phase give name and address with your letter. We will withhold both on request. WARDEN REACTS Manhattan: Your editorial, "Bossy LaGuatdia," stinks to high heaven, as does the general contents of your rabble-rousin j editorial policy. It is an insult to the thousands of conscientious civilian defense workers, who know possibly better than you do that the possibility of an air raid is remote. They are inconveniencing themselves gladly to prevent panic through the best possible organization, and most of them are neither officious nor dictatorial in any way. Here's to your speedy bankruptcy. NORMAN N. LEON, Deputy Sr. Warden, Post E, 17th Pet. THE BOYS ARE BORED Manhattan: Dear LaGuardia, you have your fire alarms, air raid alerts and other bigtime excitements to help you pass your time away. How about giving us little guys back our burlesque? TRIGGER & STRETCH. SAYS AVE MAKE ENEMIES Brooklyn: By depicting President Roosevelt and Willkie with "globaloney" labels, sneering at our President and bemoaning the New Deal's high taxes in your editorials, you are alienating more and more of your readers. Under Hitler you would not have very much to say about taxes or anything else. Your "Two Ships for One" editorials used to be sensible, in my opinion. There is nothing in the Constitution to prevent a fourth term if the people want one. SIDNEY S. MORRIS. LOVE AND THE CLOCK Bronx: Some life! Once I was financially limited about taking giris out, so we went to local movies and alternated between walk-talks &rA bus rides. Now I'm financially on the beam, being a war plant worker; but I'll be damned if I can get a girl to meet me at midnight when I come off the Cinderella shift. Some life! PIQUED. FIRST FIND THE MEN Bronx: The Japs say they are prepared to lose millions of men in this war. I say that before they can do this they'll have to get some men in their army to lose, instead of prehistoric, uncivilized, savage apes. I also wish to point out that these bandy-legged- bums would have licked us in the Pacific if it weren't for the fighting Marines. HIROHITO'S HEARTIEST HATER. LIKED ALERT EDITORIAL Queens: Thanks for your editorial "Bossy Mr. LaGuardia." You are not the only ones who hava grown tired of this little fellow's showoff antics and the way in which we Americans are beini; pushed around. LaGuardia pattern his actions after those of Mr. Franklin D. Roosevolt, all-America n ham actor; and the childish actions and speeches of these twu are an insult to all Americans. MARIE P. CAVAGNARO. "WOLF. WOLF" Manhattan: Thanks for your editorial "Bossy Mr. LaGuardia," on that goofy rush-hour air raid which inconvenienced millions and only made intelligent people angry. As we all know, there will never be an air raid in New York in this war. Keep up the good work whenever LaGuardia tries to kid th people of New York and insult their intelligence. MARY MURPHY. NORTH AFRICAN MAYS Brooklyn: My son, somewhere in North Africa, writes me in part as follows: "One of the boys received a letter from his girl friend in which she told him how touirh things were in the States. 'Imagine it,' she wrcte, 'we can only get vanilla ice cream now.' Imagine it? We dream of it. At the time tha fellow read the passage I was busy scraping the dirt off my face. A sandstorm had sprung up, and everything was covered with du.. even the food and she couldn't get anything but vanilla! The latest price quoted here for a popular U. S. soft drink is $1 only you can't find a bottle for sale. Every time a hospital ship arrives in the L'nited States, I think it would be a good idea to put the patients on litters and parade them up Fifth Avenue. That would do more to awaken the public to the seriousness of tha present conflict than all the damn speechmaking in the world." MRS. A. LA MA RCA. SHE'LL NEVER DESERT Brooklyn: When I read Voice letters from all those skunks calling down the Dodgers because they are in the dumps and calling themselves ex-Dodger fans, I retch. have often heard about rats deserting a sinking ship, but this is the first time I have seen such a performance in real life. As for me, I am a Dodger fan past, present and future, and that is that. V. B.

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