The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 18, 1952 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, March 18, 1952
Page 9
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TUESDAT,' MABCK 18, tWS (AUK.) COUHTEH NBWS Truman's 'Mr. President' Says He Fee/s Li/ce Two-Headed Calf By ED CREAOH 4 WASHINGTON (/P) — Harry 6. Truman, In WK own words, is a tentimental, lon«ly man who sometimes feels the White House has turned him Into "a two-headed calf"— > freak in the eyes of the American people. .Truman believes "there Is no In• dispensable man In a democracy." But is he willing to turn OVET to somebody else the job he regards as the hardest In the world? The President doesn't say, al-though he makes this comment on •plitictans in general—find he is »proud to call himself a politician: "They n*ver K*t out until they die or are kicked out." A taig $5 book lull of these and thousands of other "unrehearsed private thoughts" of the 32nd President went on .sale today. The title "Mr. President." William Hillman, Mutual Broadcasting system commentator is listed as the author. But some 65.- GfiQ ol the ,80.000 words are of Harry Truman himself. The.\ are from his leather-bound diaries his private memoranda, his cor rcspondpnce, his sometimes st:ir- fllngly frank conversations. This unprecedented—if uncritica —look into the mind and activitie of a president still in the Whiti House discloses among other thing that: Twice, at least, since he took of £ice, Truman has feared World Wa . Ill was on the verge of breakini out. "Tired of Babying" As early as January, 19-16, he du clared he was tired of "babying tin •Jfviets"—saying so in a scorch«v ^Yiema that rappee! the knuckles o James F. Byrnes, then secretary o state, for keeping him in the dar on foreign policy developments. Byrnes, now governor of Sout Carolina, issued a statement droll inging this remark. He welcomed the nomination Thomas E. Dewey for President b TIGHT SQUEEZE—Clyde Lazure struggles In vain to free himself After getting caught in an air vent while trying to escape from the Belrriont County jail in St. Clairsville. Ohio. Firemen had to use chisels to free him. Deputy sheriff Knox Alexander (center) and Wilbur Spak are on hand to guard Lazure. <AP \Virephoto) own administration: "But the type of businessman who is a fixer is even lower in my life!" •He speaks often of his enforced separations from his wife and their , . daughter—"our baby, he calls her. the Republicans in 1948 because he Aml ne p ropose ^ t i ia t evcry pu b_ I noting that Margaret doesn't like felt Dewey had nothing to offer the voters except a "warmed-over" platform. And he viewed one of his own Cabinet • members—Henry A. -Wallace, whom he fired—as a "dreamer" more dangerous to the country than the old German, American Bund. Wallace Plans Charge Wallace said at his home in South Salem, N. Y., that if the President ever admits this is a reference to him," I shall charge him with tlie same deliberate character assassination which he finds so despicable In others." The name of the person mentioned by Truman is blacker! out in text and "Mr. X ' is substuut- The context clearly indicates, ibwever, that Wallace is the man referred to. Asked specifically by a received, reporter if "Mr. X" was Wallace, the President replied "No com;- ment." A Campaign Document This 253-pn?e book, a even on the basis of pre-publication order.*;, adds up to a campaign document that the Democrats can use whether Truman seeks re-elec- ticn or not-For nil its wealth of personal information p'nut Truman, before pnd after lv went into politJcs at tiie behest of the Pendcrgast or- F^nizatton in Kansas Cifcy. it is sig- r : ficant for what it lenves out as wr 1 ! as for what it contains. Among the noteworth omissions: There are onlv fleeting nriri non- commital references to Gen. Dwlght D, Eisenhower. I After World War II. Truman pra r :ed Eisenhower to the skies and promised to help him -get anything • b* wanted — including the presi- t lie official — including member of the term. Congress — whose salary is more than $10,000 a year be required to make public "exactly what his outside income is." On Public Figures The Truman-Hillrnan book will be read avidly lor, among other things, the President's frequently uninhibited comments on other public figures and his account. 1 ; of ils dealings with them, lie blasts John L. Lewis as "a demagogue in action" who "cannot subjficl _ hls stu dy of ^history-and J And, wryly, he records that on public appearances the President is stared at as if he were "a two- headed calf" or "Jumbo, the Cardiff giant." Truman says B. President can't afford to be emotional—yet he admits he sometimes "chokes up" with sentiment—and calls himself "an old fool" and "B damned sen timentalist" on one occasion. History la A Favorite Often 'Truman talks of a favorite "ace the music when the tune lot to hLs liking." He makes public the 1948 letter which precipitated his break with financier Bernard Baruch—a tct- .er implying Baruch was ungrateful for favors he and his family Truman records that he" has had to fire some of his top aide* because they got "too big for their breeches," and he gives this account of a 1045 talk President Hoover: "We discussed our with former prima donnas nnd wondered what makes them. Some of my boys who came in with me are having trouble with their dignity and prerogatives. It's r-^ll when a man pels in close association with the President. Some thine happens to him." Something ahppens to the President, too, once the White House gates close behind him. "What A Life" Truman records the dreariness of dining In state alone: "What a lays: "If I couldn't have been pianist (hLs first choice of a career) I think I would have done Detter as a professor of history.'"! discloses that on two ! occasions- in September, 1948, and in December, 1050—he feared B new world war was imminent. The first of these occasions was at'the time of the showdown with the Russians over the blocknd* of Berlin, Again, afier the Chines* Communists entered the Korean Wnr, Truman made the gloomy notation: " . . . It looks like World War ITT la near. I hope not—but we must meet whatever cornea—and we will." Yet in 1949, with the beginning of a North Atlantic Alliance, Tru-; man voiced confidence that the world was "well on the road" 10 peace; TVorld "War Tterwil** And he gave tbis, late in 1931. as the main accomplishment of his See fF not on PM* !*• Similarly, Truman has nothing significant to ?&y about Elsenhow- ^s chief rivaF'Ifor this star's GOP . TBPhiination, Sen- Robert A. Taft of Ohio. ( I No Punches on Pemlergast | Truman makes no bones of the fact that he was sponsored in pol- ltic.5 by the Pendcrgast organize- j tion. A But he says the Kansas City ma- , chine never Influenced him as a \ public official. "There I* nothing "I detest 50 much M • crooked politician or corrupt government official," he say«. And he adds, speaking of the corruption charges made against hLs ALUMINUM AWNINGS CAN STILL BE FOUND! Austin & Wicker can still supply you with Hiwassce Aluminum Awnings. .; it's your best investment in an awning for your home or business. They won't leak, rust, rattle or , sng...give year round protection. See Austin & Wicker today! AUSTIN & WICKER Lay Away Your Faster Suit Today at 'Hudson's! Taste it! You'll agree—silken is the word for Wilkm. You'll be glad you changed to extra-smooth^ country-style flavor—silken Wilken flavor. Try a bottle today. It's low in price! 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