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Thursday, August 16, 1945
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The Post-Star , BmnirmVI Bnulri.nt mnA TrMIItrkr LODIS P. BROWN, 6CTtr VJZZnmM VSPrad . General Manager " - EDWARD J. SHERMAN. Managing Editor - ., .- EDWIN & WOPJBTER, Editor!) Director . Ad Independent Democratic Newspaper founded by George &. Finch ud William R. Rice. A oonsolldatiOD at the Morning Stat end Hie Morning Post . - Published every Bonttng except Sunday bj the Glens Palis Post Com pint at to-a? Glen Street, Glens Palls, X- Telephone, all Depart-menta. Dial J-ll'l. ' - bwiQ tui ngou rpuoucwuu w1 - V noiu DRyptAU D ATM l WJVUO KHi-ereo v.. 5 Mir payftbi In ADVERTISING RATB. nonlbint for troosr! typographical error occurred. Compi. tnlnrm.tlon euppiM st Bu omc.. JM""'! ..ESS"?!! Good Morning ' It Is not money, as is sometimes said, but the love of money the excessive, selfish, covetous love of money, that Is the root of all evil. Holiday Before Peace It is perhaps Just as well that V-J Day ia not to be proclaimed until the formalities ot the surrender are carried out, signed and sealed, for while it Is true that the war ended on Tuesday with Hirohito's acceptance of the Allied peace' terms, It is also true that the fighting did not and has not completely ceased. The marvels of modern communication have-not been able to penetrate some of the Jungle fastnesses in which our troops were engaged in rooting out the stubborn foe, and until the last shot has been fired and the last enemy has capitulated there will not be peace. i ; ' The Intervening days before the proclamation of V-J Day-will also provide the home fronts the opportunity to accustom themselves to the forgotten ways of peace, time to gain full release from the tension so abruptly snapped Tuesday evening. It was wise for the President to authorize a two day holiday and to release gasoline for civilian use. These things prove as nothing else could, that the war is over. The Joy of peace must, of course, be tempered by the various crises of reconversion.. AH things .have their price and peae Is no exception. At the moment the spectre of unemployment is of less moment tHan ,the fact that the fighting men are coming home. Today the .emphasis is on the. blessings of peace restored, not upon its hardships, and, in spite, of recent forebodings, the government's quick action in slashing draft quotas, in removing labor restrictions, 111 'wiping : out rationing of fruits and vegetables, gasoline and oil, In cancelling 30 billions of dollars in war contracts, points to plans prepared for Immediate execution. , By the time V-J Day arrives, however, the sheer satisfaction of not having to work, of not having to wrestle with ration points, of not having to restrain one's desire to drive will have evaporated while the stern realities of readjustment will start to make themselves evident. The government has tried to warn us of them. .Especially it has stressed unemployment mounting, perhaps even to 8,000,000 jobless, a figure to Induce sober contempla tlon. As far as the Glens Falls area is concerned, our people should come through reconversion with fewer discomforts than will those of the great war production centers. Our principal products, paint, paper, textiles, cement, lumber are in demand in peace as well in war. Yet even in the national sense, it is to be ' doubted that joblessness will reach predicted proportions. One may remark how the most . competent federal authorities' estimates vary .in the space of a few hours. Tuesday evening President Truman estimated that - 5,500,000 veterans home within 18 months. Yesterday morning, John Snyder, chairman of war mobilization and reconversion, placed this figure at 7,000,000 within 12 months. As for unemployment, we believe that the suggested figure of 8,000,000 will include many ,elderly workers whom patriotism has kept on the production line long after retirement age, wives who will resume homemaking as a career and youths who will enter schools rather than industry. Properly speaking, these will not be unemployed. . But while the nation readies itself between now and V-J Day to meet the domestic problems of peace, temporarily forgetful of the rest of the world, there remains another matter which victory entails, the Japanese. Tuesday night, Japan was prominent In our thoughts, we hanged Hirohito in effigy. Yesterday we had virtually forgotten the Japs. Inclined as we1 are to believe that the past two weeks have been the most momentous, the most nerve-wracking in th history of this land, let us consider what the same two weeks have been for the Japanese. First came the atomic bomb capable of shattering a city. Then followed the Russian declaration of war. The bomb was unprecedented; war with Russia was not but together they served la smash the dream of the East Asia. Co-prosparity Sphere. Finally, there occurred on a single day three events which no Japanese in his wildest fancy ever expected to happen. First, the Japanese people heard, on the air th voice of their emperor, a man on whom they are npt privileged to look and who never before had communicate with less" than royalty. Second, the voice of this emperor was proclaiming Japan's defeat at the hands of a mightier people.' Finally, and what must have exerted an effect equal to that of an atomic bomb, this royal divinity placed himself at the command of a despised white man , ... The shock of .that flay may momentarily numb the Japanese peqple but not for long. Their leaders made no bones of what their intentions are. This defeat, they said, is only temporary, and the mistakes that led to it will be amended. That statement may be interpreted as face saving -but It also contains a warning. . ' Thus we have on two sides of thev world, nations to be policed, to be educated and weened away from aggression. As between Germany and Japan, it Is difficult, to guess which presents the larger problem. The Germans possess the greater talents for war, the science and energy that make aggression possible. But they are close at hand; they can be watched, and unless the Allies are totally forgetful of the past five years, they can be checked. Japan is far awar; her people are of a different race and .religion; her way of life has" never been ours. We will be' dealing with a total, stranger, one whose International acts have always been lnltltaed by treachery. We will have to be missionaries as well as masters in that misled land . Yesterday and today we were on holiday. Tomorrow, or whenvr-V-J Bay Is officially announced, the holiday ends and the task of reconverting the world begins. ' : Complacency On the Highway Yesterday's disclosure that- gasoline rationing has been removed Is a happy piece of news but one 'that brings us face to face with a certain rise In motoring accidents unless immediate repressive steps are taken. Night ' Is the time when most accidents and the most serious ones occur. Since' the gasoline shortage sent many cars Into storage or limited their use to necessary daytime travel, highways after dark have been reasonably empty, a .fact which has contributed much to building up a set of careless driving habits among those motorists who continued to stay out late. . Residents of Glens Falls about the city in the late .hours of the evening can testify to these habits. Speeding On the main thoroughfares is common practice.1 Rushing the change of traffic lights or even ignoring them altogether Is another. A third and possibly the worst is the practice of some motorists of driving in the middle or on the left side of the highway, with or without lights. Speeding Is always against the law as well as against the dictates' of common sense and whether or not a motorist, is familiar with the prescribed speed limits inside and outside the city, he cannot be a good driver with out knowing instinctively when he is going too fast. As for obeying traffic signals he News Behind The News By PAUL MALUM WASHINGTON, .August 15 Behind the whole tricky dealing of the Japanese to obtain a preferred position for their emperor lay rather convincing evidence of the plot to perpetuate beyond our western understanding the Japanese system, which, brought on Pearl Harbor. .--- - .-'-. In fact, the simplest -and'' most easily obtainable facts added verification to certain high congressional suspicions that maintenance of the emperor In any position could well give the Japs a better nucleus upon which to build future world trouble than the Nazis were able to get. ' " n Truman Administration quiet ed these Increasing congressional doubts by passing along the Inside word that Truman looked upon any satisfactory surrender as. In eventual act, unconditional apparently regardless of the standing of the emperor, as long as we held control. To the Japs, however, the emperor Is the top god In a list reputed to run to about 500, no matter where he sits, even If tinder Mr. Truman's chair. - ' Their established religious theory would naturally hold that their god was in temporary difficulties In any subservient position. The national Jap problem then would be, to extricate him. and restore him to his rightful position. Anyone standing in the way. like Mr. Truman or an American doughboy, would be a sort of devU who had kidnapped god. The whole superstition oouio oe proved a fake and delusion to the Japanese if respect for reason could h restored there, by a factual re search into accurate history of their diefied dynasty research by their own people. . Japanese Intellectuals who long sine discovered that the line back to the sun goddess was not only broken but shattered by many historical incidents, have been shushed effectively by the emperor's clan, meaning the ruling classes, who may hange faces from time to time but never have changed their emperor story, which was the excuse for their authority and existence.. Their trumpery, in-turn, would be Just as easy to prove and display. The Japanese people have been required to believe, as a "co-matter of religion and government that the emperor picked his cabinets, controlled the diet and held "complete executive and legislative powers." This pretense that he was a Hitler was difficult to maintain with a straight face at times, as the various ruling Japanese groups controlled and pushed god first one way, then another In fact, wherever they wanted him. The establishment of reason In Japanese will, however, be the most difficult task because reason never existed there. As sart ot emperor government religion, Shlnto-Lm has no moral or ethical code. The emperor, for instance,- is not: required to do what is right or good, because he is a god. The faith of SMntoism ignores both logic and reason, and the people are supposed to be" led by blind Instinct. While the militarists built the Emperor god theory up out of ancient legends to its highest peak, conflicting organized beliefs have gained footholds there including the Christian concepts of reason, right and wrong. A census before ; the war showed v cnristian churches, 106.000 Buddhist Temples and 110,431 Shinto Shrines. There Is no Communism in Japan above ground.1- The foothold of Christianity, therefore, Is quite clearly the one upon which we should build. These are the reasons why the increasing number of Congressmen (including one of the highest administration leaders) were biting their lips during the latest hectic stages of Mr. Truman's negotiations. They were wondering how much of a Job he bad left himself to clean up later, when th final, document Is analyzed' in complete detail. (Distributed by King Features Syndicate,, reproduction in whole or in part strictly prohibited.) Mules Earn Wings By G. M. KELLY (Substituting for Kenneth L. Dixon) CALCUTTA (p) Indian mule drivers and their stubborn, obstln- Won't Peace Be Wonderful? S . 1 Allium ;.. Take My Word for If By FRANK COLBY DO YOU MAKE THESE COMMON ERRORS? Avoid: "After having written the letter, I mailed it special delivery." The locution "after having" Is redundant. Say: Having written the letter; or: After writing the letter. Avoid: "I shall remain In the city for the balance of the year." The word "balance" Is a bookkeeper's term. Better say . , . for the remainder of the year. ' Avoid: "They are both alike Nonsense. Correct: They are alike. Avoid: "He has great capacity as a speaker Capacity is "the power to receive and retain," as the capacity of learning. Better say: He has great ability as a speaker. Avoid: He had no less than three decorations." We should not use "less" in qualifying that which can be numbered (counted). Correct: He had no fewer than three decor ations. Bhe has fewer (not "less ") responsibilities than L Avoid: "It is liable to rain today." Liable expresses a liability, usually of an unpleasant nature. Improved: It is likely to rain today. If you speed, you are liable to arrest. Avoid: "'He liked slk dollars of having enoughs money to buy the bond. Like for lack is dialectal in the extreme. Better say : He lacked six dollars ... Avoid: "Try and see me tomorrow." No. One tries to do something. Correct: Try "to see me tomorrow; try to remember; try to do better. Should English spelling be reformed and simplified? My new pamphlet, offered this week for the first time, explains why movements for phonetic English spelling must always fail, For a free copy, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Frank Colby, In care of this pa-'per. ' Ask for REFORMED SPELLING pamphlet. (Released" by the Bell - Syndicate, Inc.) ' , ate charges rank high amoni the requires neither instinct or special knowledge ! " jV'etiwaDndeV w interpret, uic xueauuiB uj uie iigute. ui the man who drives on the wrong side of the road, the best that can be said of him is that he is crazy. Police officials surely anticipate the importance of strict traffic enforcement now that driving privileges have beenr restored but it remains to be seen whether the public does. In order to nip this prospective traffic hazard In the bud, the police, will necessarily have to give it their most vigorous attention but further than that it will behoove the courts to cooperate by applying penalties of an amount to emphasize the seriousness of the offenses in question. Only by adopting severe measures now can careless drivers be Jostled from their criminal complacency, Little B( WALTER WINCHELL FIGHT MANAGERS' LEXICON y By DAN PARKER ! , Editor and Sports Writer RAPSCALLION An onion plant, i ABOMINABLE-Pertainlng to the ., " stomach. ,i CONSUMATE-A waterv soup. i GLOSSARY A high polish, s, INCINERATE-To drop hints wlth-uiHi.-.- ow coming richt out with it. , CENTENARY-Where the dead are if burled. i SUPERFICIAL Dressed up In eve ning ciotnes. BARNACLE An eye glass worn by Englishmen. BELLI COSE-An inflamed condition of the veins. CONCLUSION An inlury to the brain caused by a heavy blow. , VORTEX What we'll be paying for r the next ten generations. J' JDDICIOUS Knishes, marinated herring and gafllte fish. RATD7Y To "Squeal" or holler i copper, about someone. EPIDEMIC One of the courses you fcefOWiriM at college. " SOLECISM The earth, sun and moon are. parts of the Solecism ESCHEW To sneese. CONVOLUTION Recovering ' from sickness. YAWL A southern expression "How yaTrti".'. , On Broadway VERDIGRIS What the Jury brings back in murder cases. DELIBERATION When you buy anything nowadays the merchant can't guarantee deliberation because shipping conditions are so bad. ARTISAN A well dug deep In the ground. .. :... ACOUSTICS A sort of puzzle with words. ASPEN A little pill you take for a headache. CRANIUM A potted plant found in apartment houses. SYMPATHETIC The kind of rubber our tires are made out of now. RATIONALIZE Where they make you give coupons for. everything you buy. INDIGENOUS very angry.. KAjn vex Boys who are sent up the river. i SHAGREEN When you're burned up over something. OCTOGENARIAN A devil fish. SEXAGENARIAN- -A fellow who is girl crazy. CONFU8ION-When a sick person gets blood from someone else. LASSITUDE Lines running across maps to guide saUors. INDICATIVE Always looking lor revenge. POTENTIAL The name of an in surance company. WRENCH When women wash clothes they wrench them out in cold water. DERELICT A long pole with another one attached to it for lift-'tnff heaw weiffhta. fiASOrAae-tjometnmc to a )wMJ Sunday. . ACRIMONY Married life. BILGE What we do when we eat radish or cabbage. GLADIATOR What the cannibal said after devouring -his wife. ILLUMINATION A tourney held by the boxing commission to find out who's champ. ARTILLERY A large jeln which hardens as we grow old. VACCILATE What the doctor does to you to prevent smallpox. INDIGNANT There's a fund for sged and Indignant boxers. GRAPPLE A breakfast sausage served In Philadelphia. SARDONIC Resembling a small canned fish. BAMBOO A blue-nosed ape found in Africa. OCTOROON A little cake made out of cocoa nut meat. VESTIGE Material vests are made out of. , . (Continued on Page 9, CoL I) Scotland, - is concerned. Take the Indian muleskinner first, says Stewart, a veteran of the British campaign. Fighting is a minor part of his business. About the only fighting he has a chance to do is when he is Jumped by the enemy and has to fight to live. The rest of the time he. is busy with his notional mules. The driver marches afoot, wear-, lng out a. pair of shoes every 100 miles or so. After the day's march, there still is danger to meet and plenty of hard work, to perform. While the fighting men dig their slit trenches and flop down for food and badly needed rest, the driver has to form the. mule line, go out to get grass for feed and bedding, keeping a weather eye out for snipers and ambush, tend the mules and treat any injuries. Only after his "four-footed trucks" are fed and bedded down for the night can he dig his own trench, eat and sleep. Come morning, the driver must have the mules ready to go when the rest of the outfit is prepared W3 move. Stewart says he is convinced that aa-Indiaa jouleMrall Jooitlj wirj 'wmaxuigry neavy loads without seeming effort has no more love for the Japanese than tne troops. - ' "I've seen It myself," he says. The Japanese attacked a ' party and scattered the mules, a number of which were casualties. The of- flcial report was made out. that the mule had been captured or destroyed. ' "But three days later six of them walked placidly back into 'camp, went to their stalls and started to eat. They would have none of the Japs, It seems, and had es caped. I don t know now many miles they Walked back, but they were pretty tired. "Without mules to carry the stuff that "the planes dropped to us on the ground in Burma, we would have lost there. They went where trucks could not go. Men could not have packed it. We had to have the mules.. I wish there were medals for mules. ie Benny By LEE PAPE We were : starting to eat breakfast and ma said to pop. William, I've been thinking aver what you said the other day about th radio causing the death of the art of conversation,' especially at toreakfast, and I've been wondering If we really oughtn't to deprive ourselves of the radio In the morning and devote ourselves to an informal chat on topics of the times. . Good, let's start i this morning, pop said. Shall we start the ball rolling by discussing European pollutes, or shall we lead up to that by a brief discussion of the weather? be said, and ma said,' It would be T comparatively simple matter if the Cutting Family didn't happen to' go on Just at breakfast time every day, but still I feel it's the thing to do, even If it means abandonnlng the Cutting Family after I've stuck to them' so; long through thick and thin. The situation in China seems to be about the leading question of the hour, so If you lead with that, I'll follow, pop said, and ma said, It will be a real test of my will power, because Mr. Cutting still hasn't gone to the hospital for his serious operation, and this Is the morning' of me pig decision. . You might even say the big in. cisiMi, pop said. The future of air travel is an Interesting subject, we micdt.i touch on it in passing, he said, and ma said, The money for the operation is just the money they need to protect the mortgage on their house, but naturally Mrs. Cutting wouldn't let that influence her if she really was convinced the operation was a matter of life and death, or even absolutely necesserry. Ye gods, if the entire art of this conversation is going to be lavished on that confounded hard luck . Cutting . Family., let's give them. tt: Door and the air too, pop said. And he finished his coffee behind hs paper as usual, and ma turned on the Cutting Family' with a happy expression. .,. (Protected by1 the ': George Matthew Adams Service) Never light a gas waterlieater connected to the domestic hot water pipes If pipes are frozen. Leftover crusts can go into puddings or be dried and made into dry crumbs. Capital Cornment By HELEN ESSARY, Central Press Columnist WASHINGTON senator Homer Ferguson (R) of Michigan, has an idea for an idle inventor: It's a ma chine that will go through a pUe of letters and pick out thetones that should be answered. The machine should have a dis cerning mind, a sharp judgment, a bell that rings, a hand that dis cards and a large wastepaper basket attachment. The senator lias mentioned his hopes to several other members of Congrass and1 to -other pubUc- offl " clala whose 'daily mail mounts high and-dlscouragtegly. It would be the greatest invention of tne age say one and all. . Think of the cash and the pub licity and the gilders and automobiles and new ice boxes the inven tion will win you, young fellow, in the postwar world! Speaking of inventions, you seldom hear a syllable about the patent office. Last year its number of patents dropped to 50,000. Because of the war.' . ' .: ..: ' ''i Not too long ago the patent office was one of the most talked-of de partments ot tne government. Ola guide -books gave many full chapters to "The bureau so vast and imposing In all its proportions." The patent office has been nimble, too. It lumped from the guardian ship of -the treasury department to the Interior, and last to the department of commerce. ' When the patent office-was young its receipts were In excess of .its expenditures. Imagine. Just ima gine I Once the building in which the patent office was quartered was regarded as the most completely magnificent collection of stones and mortar in Washington. - Its show cases held relics of the early days oP the republic. Most of these relics are now scattered and anxiously-guarded at the library of Congress, the State Department and the Smithsonian institution. Likewise at Mt. -Vernon. Now that Mr. Truman is back from signing treaties, or papers at Potsdam, he should have a look at the early treaties of the United States with foreign powers. The patent office once housed many of these documents. King George IV of England signed the treaty of peace in 1814 ending the war of 1812. "Bonaparte," in a nervous hand, sealed the 1803 treaty with France. ' . Several French monarchs wrote their names on parchment, making alliances with the struggling young America. King Louis XVI agreed, in oeucate pemnanship, to giving the aid by France to the rebelling colo nies. ... . . , The original draft of the Declaration of Independence used to be in the patent office. So were many George Washington relics, Including his personal Revolutionary War camp equipage, tents and flagpoles. And the bed curtains worked for I him by the faithful Martha. Models-' of all possible patents were formerly required by the pa tent office. Then it was really fun to go to see the patent office ex hibit. Almost everything the in. ventive American mind could think up, from harbor cleaners to hooks nd-eyes, were there In miniature. Abraham Lincoln was an lnven. tor. The patent office was proud of his model of "framework of the hull of a western steamboat with false bottom "beneath the keel, and bellows'and air bags." The ambition of this contraption, "Model for Sinking and Raising Boats by Bellows Below A. Lincoln, May 30, 1849," was to help boats over the sand, bars of western rivers. The contraption did not work. ' ' - The patent office itself hardly knows what has becoif ot-lts-old treasures. For " example, the nat worn by President Lincoln, -the night of his assassination; the coat worn by Andrew Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans, and the razor of dear old Captain Cook. The razor, it is said, was recovered from-the natives of the Island where he was murdered after he had done all the murdering he could manage. . It had never occurred to me that pirates used razors. Maybe they were trying to live up to the Gilbert and Sullivan pattern. -1- About Books By CHARLES HONCE SO FAR SO GOOD, by Charles Hanson Towne (Messner; $2). '.'I wonder what will happen to morrow?. Thus ends the autobiography of Charles Hanson Towne, poet, maga zine editor, writer, discoverer of literary talent, columnist, , radio commentator and actor. Whatever happens, Towne will greet the event with zest; his story shows him a man of great talent for enjoying life and. at 68 he still writes with a boyish enthusiasm for the world and letters. ' As magazine editor and newspa. perman, Towne knew about aU the great writers of his period and he has., many interesting stories to tell of these contacts. Also, as magazine editor, he has seen rewards to writers rise steadily to almost undreamed of heights. For Instance, around the turn of the century when he- was with the Smart Set, the standard payment was one cent a word for prose and two bits a iine for poetry. When an other magazine promised to pay five cents a word for any usable submls. sions; Towne notes that It "sent the literati Into a frenzy of delight and rival editors into confusion." Towne has a lew stories concern lng the suave and polished Edgar Saltus, a popular novelist of the glittering 80s and 90s, now all but forgotten. . Saltus, he says, had small use for the writer who had not mastered bis craft sufficiently to put down his thoughts In order, with few emenda. tions later. 'Plasterers do not re plaster, and bricklayers don't re-lay bricks. Why should weavers of words have to be constantly chang ing their bloclis of sentences? God deliver me from the amateur In any art. . Many editorshave.el&imed to have "discovered" O Henry, but Towne's story is just about as good as any body's. The fact seems to be that several editors pounced on him vir tually simultaneously and without tne slightest Knowieage that others were equally electrified by a new talent. . ' ' .Although Chartes Hanson Towne probably is best known as a poet, his references to his own Pegasian flights are casual Indeed. But he writes much about his poetic en. thusiasms: John Masefield, Richard LeGallienne, Bliss Carman, Edwin Markham among others. Today's Talk - By GEORGE MATTHEW ADAMS SOLITUDE To have genuine and comforting solitude you do not have to wrap yourself up and go to sleep In some deserted spot. Solitude is something you take with you. no matter where you choose to go. Solitude la a spirit It Is to be found in all its richness, however, when you come, to decide that you must get away from yourself to learn about your: self. : .V, Solitude 'u for "meditation, obser vation, thinking, and silent prayer. It is a time for communication with your better half. Thoreau chose it in order. to discover the better hall of all Nature, as many another has done. John Muir, -for example.' Also W. H. Hudson.' - -'.--.. , In the solitude dl Nature are to be discovered dozens of unwritten languages, uncom posed compositions genius -and : understmr(g; - r aria poems as well. In every leaf, tree, change of winds, tolonng of clouds, . and every scene df shrub or flower. Nature is so immense! .And solitude within her arms, so fun of cheer and comfort. I love the dusk of the day with especial appreciation. Tne wted scarcely leaving a flutter, The leaves of the trees so drowsy. Earth motionless to the eye: And the blue sky in lacelike wrappings, now bril liant, now fhllcrln color.,and finally. nothing mare than a taint glow ' across the heavens, giving its final Aloha to every lover of solitude. we feel our littleness In selected solitude, and the bigness of God, Earth, and thi Overplan of Time ana space. No room, for conceit. vainglory, or boast, so overwhelmingly in this created Universe, with man as just one of its Items! One of the most beautiful and poignant poems ever written was that one by Vachel Lindsay, en- -title "Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight." Well, he did just that, in solitude, time and again, praying anxiously for the permanent union of the States: and for a Nation reborn to ,the highest principles of freedom and justice, and for leadership among the nation tf tne eartn. Tomorrow Mr. Adams will talk on the subject: "The Real Values,"- Protected, 1945, by The ' George Matthew Adams Service Contract Bridge . By SHEPARD BARCLAY TO BE USED SPARINGLY r When used with acumen, and then only on the rarest of occa-' sions, the lead-directing double of -3-No Trumps can be of devastating effect. Among the .high-ranking players who employ It, the con vention usually applies only in rub ber bridge or totalpoint duplicate, and then onrf when the bidding has indicated clearly that the dummy has some one particular suit which he considers his mam asset. If the player opposite the open- lng leader has the unusual asset of ' a tenace-type,holding in that; suit, -he can cause th suit to be ted by doubling. That, of course, bars him "from using the double in its natural meaning, though a double by bis partner is norma -. -.y JT482' 4 A 10 2 AAJ10 95 V J 10 9 4 T64 K982 Just Folks By EDGAR A. GUEST " .... VICTORY GARDENER' If It's true, as I am told, Every gardener must be bold And be steadfast In- his purpose If with cabbage he'd succeed, Thendt's possible I can -Spray tomatoes like a man And defend my bed of onion 'Gainst the' swift, encroaching weed. If the boys' do not complain Over fighting in the rain, Surely I can go to battle Where the caterpillars crawl, And with nicotine and water I can hordes of aphis slaughter And believe I'm doing something For my country after all. I may be too old to fight, But where rabbits prowl at night I may guard my garden green things With the handle of a hoe, And I still can spray tomatoes And pick bugs from small potatoes With a little pluck and patience, I may coax the beets to grow... (Copyright, 1945, Edgar A. Guest) You're Telling Me That new army X-ray gadget which -peers Into unopened pack. ages and determines their contents may come in mighty handy at Christmas time. If the machine reveals another Christmas tie you can safely toss the parcel away unopen. .News that a picnic given by Mis souri weatherman was rained ot leaves us, somehow,, strangely un moved. , A motor car manufacturer pre dicts the post-war United States will have more motor cars than we II i vc N io ' W El fT o w-K 9 I J . (Dealer: nerable.) South West 1 - - Pase lNTl PaM 3 NT w Pass 8 7 9? 8 AKS . . ; " 4Q J 863 , Q64 5 -, South. Both side vul-' North East iDbli Here Is a perfect example ot the conventional lead-directing double. If the double were being used in ltss natural meaning, West would make ner mrpr nninn win Hian ik thing game. With the double, how ever, compelling West to lead the -dummy's spade suit, game, became impossible for South. West obediently opened his high est card of the dummy's spade suit, enabling East to run off four tricks there in a trice. ,He returned'- a heart, but really it made no differ ence what he did. The declarer had no chance to take nine tricks with' out getting a couple in diamonds. The moment he tackled that suit; East scored his K for the setting trick; s-....t . . Notice that If West led anything except a spade, South would have made hi cofiSact beyond perad- venture of a doubt. East could have scored no more -than three tricks in the spade suit unless West led it, and the latter could never get the lead except to the opening trick. Tomorrow's Problem ' . ' ' -- K Q J 8 4 AA953 QJ43 410 6 None K J 10 T 5 I 2 None AQJ 8 4 3 f (Dealer: East. Neither side vulner- ile.) - - ,N perfect K97? . rtn 10 T " N 98 WE A 10 6 S 6 a.v&9,.' able. K What Is your Idea of bidding on this freak deal? did before 1940. Does this mean the final extinction of the pedes- trlan? ;. . .. .. y - . ' In Montana a minister paused in the midst of preaching an outdoor sermon to shoot a couple of rattlesnakes which were creeping : by.-Betcha Dollar Dyer wants, to wager the sermon topic was the Garden of Eden..': ...... v 4, , That report that two California cities may Join the major baseball leagues must have many a Florida press agent spending sleepless nights. ' . s ' (

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