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Pottstown Mercury Bad Thf Pottstown News Tli« mm« and tomplft« artdrm of (ha luthm mu if ircoapu) ryrty contribution but on rrqatil will not published. Lattari not exreeding ISO words will receive preference. and K1 Publtabed •▼•ry morning eicept Sunday by the ' wa Daily New« Publtahtng Co.. Hanover ng Street*. DIAL FA 3-3000 WILLIAM M HIES TER PreMdent Readers Say: Silence! Philosopher at Work! Meet You at The Comer Street*. ILLIAM SHANDY HILL. Oeneral Manager SUBSCRIPTION R A I KS ■T CARRIKR—42c per Wwk, »2100 per Tear. •T MAIL STRICTLY IN ADVANCS- Ona Ona Three 81* One Weak Month Montha Mon»ha Ye»i 45c 91.75 15.25 110.50 121.01 Currant Single Copy Rv Mall lOo Back Copy over 30 Days Old 33c Entriad at Pottatown Poetofflce m 2nd rlaaa matter MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Aaaoclated Preaa la entitled eaclualvat? to tHC uae for republlcatlon of all local new* printed In thla newspaper aa well a* all AP new# dls- patehea. All right* of «peri»! dispatches herein ara alao reaerved. _____________ MONDAY, JANUARY 7. 1963 What do we lire for if not to mnke the irorld ten* difficult for each other?—(George Eliot) What Roadblock? IS Congress clears its throat before stepping ** out into the spotlight once again, the premier attraction advertised is a fight to the finish over the rules committee. The President told the nation that unless the committee membership stays permanently at its temporary membership of 15. his program will be “emasculated ” For some years, rules had 12 members, and eight of them were Democrats at this figure when that party has control of Congress. Last year, the Administration managed tn enlarge the committee by three hands to prevent bills from beim* held up by Southern Democrats and Republic* •ns who ordinarily have a majority on the committee and tend to take a hi partisan stance against dreamy projects and prodigal spending. Even packed, this committee last session couldn’t stomach all the hills the Administration hopefully pressed upon it. And the packed committee sent some bills through which met defeat in one or the other House. a a a The Administration had an indifferent ree ord of getting its bills through Congress, once they hit the floors. The margins of the victories were small, and achieved according to the testimony of Congressmen, through virtually unprecedented pressure. Most of the programs the Administration hankers to push through this Congress do not have unquestioned public or Congressional support. If they did, the rules committee would present no problem. There are three separate methods for getting a bill to the floor despite anything the rules committee may do, and bills with strong support can find their way out in those fashions. Rules is no real roadblock. If Congress had passed all the legisla* tion the Administration asked last session, the $8 billion deficit we have would be much larger. If the Rules Committee is packed, and if the Congress is compliant, the upcoming deficit really could soar. Rules has a purpose, and should os allowed to serve it. The Mora] Climate PEASANTS in southern Italy believe all gov* , ernments are bad by nature. Americans, by and large, believe that elected governments are intrinsically good, despite violations of the public trust by occasional dishonest officials. Our confidence in our government, which is essential to the operation of that Government, rests on our impreasion of high moral standards in Washington. Lately, there has been quite a bit of new« to make nsnally-confident Americans nervous. One official, irritated because of criticism of hla advocacy of ‘‘managed news,*' further commented that It waa a government perogative to lie outright when the bureaucrats deemed it In the national interest to do so. Jake "the Barber” Factor, long time associate of the Capone mob and more recently convicted of mail fraud, has been granted a Presidential pardon for no stated persuasive reason, and is revealed as a $22,000 "angel” of Democratic campaign funds. Then came news that Claude A. Taylor, who emerged from prison last August, having served time for defrauding the Federal government of $14,000 while head of the House of Representatives folding room, is back on the public payroll. liie House Clerk gave Taylor a job. Taylor is active in Maryland Democratic politics. Several State Department officials sheepishly admitted telling falsehoods in their campaign to deport Michel Struslens from the country, to prevent his publicizing the Katanga side of the Congo-Katanga dispute. Among the fibs were a "fabrication'* that Struelens' visa was cancelled be* cause the State Department had made a technical error in issuing it, that Struelens had written speeches for members of Congress, that the foreign representative had spent $140,000 *n a year and that the UN Security Council had called for his ouster. Whatever may be right in the Congo dispute, such official lying could not be. These are not instances of individual officials who have strayed and who may expect to be punished, or fired. These are instances of dubious morality carried on by officials while no voice of protest is raised in the Administration. Grampaw Oakley PUNKIN CORNERS, Editor, Hie Mercury, January 6, Dear Sir ’n' Brother: Wal, I see by the papers where the Rus* ■ians claim they’ve devised a new process by which brandy can be distilled in three months instead of three years. That likker truly must be "chain lightning”! Meanwhile, M o • c o w also reports the firing of Nikolai Ignatov, an agriculture expert, because of a crop failure. Plowed under? And say: Most restau­ rante, declares a magazine article, know better how to make good coffee than do most housewives. Wal, if that’s so, why don’t they •erve it? HopiB’ you sir the same, GRAMPAW NED OAKLEY Dscrist Library Noisss To the Editor: To me the symbol of any library is its signs of “Silence” along with its strict librarians hushing little children. The signs and hushing are necessary, for S library is a place of leisure reading and learning which require concentration for most people demand silence. However, I find myself less able to concentrate in our public library than in our kitchen at suppertime. 1 will admit that my current studies of philosophy is thoughtfully deep: but indeed, Whit little progress can be made cannot in our library amidst a clicking typewriter, librarian aides’ loud discussion of all subjects, and unquieted shuffling feet of children? Perhaps a few hushes and “Silence" signs and less loud conversation from the aides would return our library from the noisy office and social center it seems to be today. Perhaps a librarian’s office and social room, apart from the library, might serve well. Pottstown BRUCE M ADA HAS No Essy Walking To the Editor: Downtown merchants squawk about the business that the shopping centers are taking away from them. What can they do? One thing they can do is to clean their sidewalks of snow and ice. Some small High street stores still had snow and ice on their sidewalks two days after the snow stopped, making treading miserable for shoppers. Pottstown SHOPPER When Pscts Ars Broken To the Editor: It is understandable that the Birdsboro union coalition on the Daniel Boone Joint School board should dislike the president of the Amity board for his opposition to their school site. However, to imply that only the existence of a gentlemen’s agreement alloting one high office in the jointure to each component board prevented the Amity president from being the joint board president is dishonest and hypercritical. Three years ago the coalition refused to honor Its gentlemen’s agreement to rotate the presidency among the three boards when the same Amity man. although nominated, vas barred from that office despite the fact that, by agreement, it was Amity’s turn. The coalition's spokesman, a Birdsboro man. at that time offered the feeble explana* tion that they had to do it to save the jointure. In view of this past performance their smug pretense of devotion to gentlemen’s agreements has a pretty hollow ring. Douglassville EYEWITNESS Grsstsr Prsysr Lacking To the Editor: Just before the start of the Sugar Bowl football game at New Orleans New Year’s Day, a beautiful “Prayer for Peace” was uttered for hundreds of thousands of television listeners. It was very impressive Even more impressive from New Orleans uould have been a “Prayer for Integration”. Pottstown M T H. When Theorist Clssh To the Editor: In answer to “No Conflict with Theory,” Readers Say, Dec. 31: The statement was made that believers in God’s word view the evolution theory with disgust. It has been proved to contradict the teaching of the Bible. Mr. Snow says he is a believer of God’s word, yet sees no conflict because he admits he doesn’t know enough about it. The question is Mr. Snow if you did know the difference which one would you believe? One has already been proved just a theory while the account in Genesis has been proved authentic. It is also man’s theory that in the beginning man was given a soul apart from his body. But Genesis says Jehovah breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life and man became the soul. Big difference between having one and being one. When things are pointed out to you so you do know the difference, why not do as the Bible says and let God be found true because men make mistakes? Pottstown, RD 1 NANCY BARTZER The Voice of Broadway By DOROTHY KILC.ALLEN Gossip in Gotham: SINCE THE death 'of Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mayor Wagner’s political status has taken a big nosedive. The former First Lady was his staunch supporter, and most effective in rallying the Democratic “liberals” around him. Ex-Governor Lehman was usually in the same camp, but he is too advanced in years to take much active interest in politics. Gower Champion has definitely decided to direct a Lillian Heilman play, non musical, which leads Broadwayites to wonder when the Richard Rodgers-Alan Jay Lerner collaboration will be put together. "Daisy," as it'a now called, has had many book changes and apparently the two giant talents composing it are unwilling to ge into rehearsal until they’re satisfied that it has a good chance of being a hit. Joe Levine has just bought “Tropic of Cancer” for filming; it’s his latest acquisition in the too hot to handle bracket. He jokingly says he’s willing to make a picture about Cinderella to give her equal time. e e a RUMORS ABOUT Merv Griffin moving to tv's Tonight Show are stronger than ever. One of Broadway’s finest actors is undergoing psychiatric treatment in an attempt to cure his liquor habit, which has become so bad it could cost him his career. Leon Shamroy, who has won three Academy Awards (he just finished “Cleopatra”) has been assigned to do the photography for “The Cardinal.” Too bad he can’t direct it, too. Seven Arts is juggling $20,000,000 more in projected films for their "No Strings" star, Nancy Kwan, even though ahe't expecting a baby and has served notice that she intends to retire from movie­ making in two years. That'f known in Hollywood, and elsewhere, as living dan* gerously. Paul Raffles, owner of P.J.'s In the movie city, has turned producer and plans to make three pictures in 1963. He’d like to get his former mother in law, Debbie Reynolds, for one of them. Raffles was recently divorced from Harry Karl’s daughter. The Worry Clinic By DR. GEORGE W. CRANE JOSEPH AND PETER are brothers, aged 3 and 2. Their mother drives their daddy to the railroad station each morning to catch a train to his office. But recently the boys were sleeping soundly so Mamma decided to leave them, since she would be gone only 10 minutes, Alas, no sooner had she left the driveway with their daddy than the two little boys awakened. Maybe the sound of the car’s motor served as their alarm clock. At any rate, they stumbled downstairs. But daddy was not there: And when they called “mother:” they also got no response. • * • THE BOYS suddenly realized they were all alone in the big house, deserted by their parents: And this scared them. For youngsters become devastated very easily at the thought they are deserted. Emotional insecurity is thus the most disturbing factor in the childhood of any boy or girl. Joseph and Peter were in a panic of hysterical fright and desolation. Almost berserk with terror, they jerked open the cupboard doors of the kitchen cabinet and then dumped the coffee in the middle of the floor. Next, they found the can in which sugar was stored. • a a PRYING OFF the lid, they poured it upon the floor, too. And they were just starting on the flour when Mamma returned. “What are you doing?” she sternly demanded. Actually, the boys were so frightened they didn’t know fully what they were doing. But they were striking back in futile fashion at adults who had tricked and deserted them: Parents, beware, for it is never wise to leave children in your home, unattended by some competent babysitter. For fires can break out and overwhelm youngsters in a matter of minutes. But far greater damage than fire is this psychic “trauma" or mental and emotional injury that will scar the personalities of children when they feel deserted. Write to Dr. Crane at The Mercury for the booklet, "Tests for Good Parents,” enclosing a stamped 5c self-addressed envelope plus 20c. Inside Television By EVE STARR STARR REPORT: A catcher may be a baseball player to most people but to a Hollywood stuntman it’s a simple little device made of cardboard boxes and mattresses. What does it do? It saves his life. Let’s say a scene calls for two men fighting atop a water tower, the hero wins by pushing the villain off. The villain, who is a professional stuntman, does indeed go off, with nothing between him and the ground but 50 feet of air, and his catcher. By the time a body has fallen 50 feet, it has attained a speed of approximately 45 miles per hour. Next time you are doing 45 in your car, visualize what would happen if you hit a stone wall. That will give you a general idea. How to break the stuntman’s fall? A series of ordinary cardboard boxes are laid on the ground and covered with a single layer of mattresses. * a * THE RESULT is roughly akin to a hydraulic cushion. When the stuntman lands (always on his back), the mattresses absorb the initial shock. Then, as the mattresses are pushed down on the boxes, the air in the boxes is pushed to the sides. That’s the hydraulic effect. The stuntman actually is landing on compressed air. By the time the air has been squeezed out, the stuntman ’s speed has been slowed considerably. The mattress finally is pushed down to the ground and the stuntman’s fall ends with a dull but not sickening thud. Hollywood’s stuntmen are a pretty rugged, happy go lucky lot. There are about 60 of them in the Stuntmen’s association, a loosely-knit group which is not a union. a a a ALL ARE MEMBERS of both Screen Actors guild and Screen Extras guild. They average about $150 for a day’s work in tv, $250 in a feature picture. Annual income runs from $20,000 to as high as $70,000, the higher brackets being reserved for the “ramrods,” senior stuntmen hired as straw bosses on pictures calling for groups of stuntmen. The ramrod takes complete charge of all stunts in a picture, planning them, selecting the stuntmen and seeing the stunts are carried out. Although there are some specialists, most stuntmen are proficient in three basic stunts, fights, fails and handling horses. It takes about two years to learn how to handle horses, including falling a horse, saddle falls (the rider goes off) and bulldogging (jumping a man on another horse). A good stuntman will even bulldog a horse from a low flying helicopter. interpreting The /Vetes White Supremacy Ending in Africa By ARTHUR L. GAVSHON AP News Analysis The political skies are lowering over white man's Africa. Moise Tshombe's Katanga is breaking down as a state and as a barrier to ever-thrusting African nationalism. In the south lie four white supremacy states where four million whites, whose ancestors opened up Africa's interior, rule nearly 30 million Africans. Governments of the Central African Federation of the Rhode- sias and Nyasaland, the Portuguese colonies of Angola and Mozambique and the Republic of South Africa today form an informal alliance. Their power rests, as it has done since the Dutch settled the cape 310 years ago. on technique and knowledge, on wealth and armed force. They are unofficially led by Prime Minister Hendrik F. Verwoerd's South Africa with its strong, gold-based economy and modern armed forces. The outcome of Tshombe's 30- month venture in Katangan statehood takes on a very special meaning against this background. * * * The United Nations’ rout of Katangan forces is taken as a victory for the recently independent black states of Africa which backed the world body, and a defeat for the whites who backed Tshombe. •In the second place a major precedent has been set for U.N. intervention by force in the political affairs of a member state. The battle for Katanga, then, may be a grim prelude for the wider, more historic contests that lie ahead between the new states of black Africa and the old ones of-white Africa. If a fight to the finish between north and south is coming how will it be fought? Can the white man hold out in his southern bastion? Will the Africans be able to prevail upon the United Nations to intervene once more by a majority vote in the General Assembly? These are key questions and their answers lie in pages of history yet to be written. • * • But pointers are available in the way white men see the unfolding pattern of events in the north and the way Africans view the southern prospect. To such Rhodesians as the federal prime minister, Sir Roy Welensky, to Portuguese authorities in Lisbon and to such South Africans as Verwoerd it is a first principle that the black man is unfit for government now. To them that means African governments simply cannot be efficient, militarily capable or strong in modem terms. They think poverty, ill-health and an incapacity for 20th century techniques and organization will be inevitable companions of African statehood for another 50 or 100 years. All this suggests to the white man that he need fear no military threat from his northern neighbors in the foreseeable future. In Retrospect 50 Years Ago January 7, 1913 FAMILY REUNION—Four generations gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Warmkes- sell, 161 South Franklin street for a family reunion. The oldest member present was Mrs. Mary Wink. Others present were Mr. and Mrs. John C. Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Graham, Gerald Graham, Maud Graham, Mr. and Mr». George Graham, Donald Graham and James Warmkessel. • a a RECEIVES ORANGES - Mrs. Aaron Malsberger, 243 Beech street, received a crate of oranges from California. Hie oranges were sent by Mrs. MalSberger's cousin, Mrs. Fred Van Lew. 25 Years Ago January 7, 1938 SIXTH GRADERS - The members of the Sixth grade Girl Reserves attended a wiener roast. Those present were Betty Houck, Jane Flickinger. Jean Stauffer, Nancy Sehmearer. LaRue Hoffman. Mary Fleisch, Phyllis Quinter. Shirley Kerr. Virginia Benfield. Theresa Marcbione. Florence Pearlman. Angeline Piazza, Verna Pelinko. Ruth Deitnauer, Doris Drumheller and Lillian Dawe. • a a CHOIR FETED - Members of Christ Episcopal choir were entertained at a party in the social rooms of the parish house. Mrs. Henry fc. Ancona was the winner of a bingo game and Mrs. James Henry won the horse racing contest. Attending were F. L. Lavertu. Mrs. Irma Freed, Arthur Treichler, Betty Weand. David Knowles, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ackerman, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hoyer, Elizabeth Lees, Arnold Watson, the Rev. and Mrs. George A. Lineker, the Rev. Alan Holt, Henry Swain, Eleanor Sands, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ancona, Mrs. Ellen Shelly, Francis Shelly. Isaac Thomas, Lillian Fulmer, Hazel Spang. Raymond Piersol, James Sands, Mrs. James Henry and Charles R. Goahnauer. 10 Years Ago January 7, 1953 GARAGE FIRE—Fire destroyed a 1941 sedan and caused $200 damage in a two-car garage at the rear of 429 Chestnut street. Roy March, 426 Walnut street, owner of the car, said the auto is worth about $300 and is insured. a a a CUTS FINGER—Florence Di- Giosia, 834 East • Vine street, Stowe, suffered two small cuts of her left index finger, when it was caught in a spooling machine while she was working at Gudebrod Brothers Silk company. a a a NEW TEACHERS -Harold Wynne, Boyertown RD 2, and Marjorie Kieffer," Pottstown RD 1, both assumed teaching positions at the North Coventry township consolidated school. Wynne, a fifth grade teacher, replaces Mrs. Flora Burba ns, and Miss Kieffer, a third grade teacher replaced Mrs. Phyllis Ferguson. Pottstown Sketches ALL AROUND TBS TOWN Local Mummers ... Gremlin Invasion ... * if LOCAL MUMMERS - Four local residents were among those who strutted their stuff New Year’s day in the Philadelphia Mummers parade. Robert A. Matthews, 118 North Keim street, marshaled the Hog Island club in a full dress tuxedo. His young son, Lenny, 8, was the “Flame” and was dressed in scarlet velvet with a three feet headpiece. Matthews' other son, Keith, 11, was a “Chinese New Year” with a headpiece four feet high representing a Chinese pagoda. Matthews’ brother- in-law Walter Moore, of the same address, wore a red, white and blue suit with gold crosses and a towering ten feet headpiece. He represented “Peace and Freedom”. Son Lenny won fourth place in his division in the 1960 parade. The four were invited by the Republican State committee to air their regalia at the governor’s inaugural parade, Jan. 15. a a a CAN’T FIGHT IT DEPT - Gremlins have Invaded borough hall! Even though It is said you ean't fight city hall, at least you can make fun of it, someone apparently thinks. A cardboard box in the police dispatcher'i office It filled with civil defense literature. On the box 1« a sign which originally indicated so. But sow the sign, after some tanpeiisg by gremlins, reads: "This Box Contains Civil Defenseless Illiterature and Air Raid Shelter Destruction Plans." Police are at a loss to explain the tampering. If nothing else, it proves Americans ability to laugh at something which may become deadly serious. a a a BROAD OUTLOOK — American men will have 42-inch waistlines and women will be square-shaped by the year 2000 if current rates of growth continue, the “Insider’s Newsletter” reported. The latest measurements compiled by clothing manufacturers show that the American family is dramatically bigger in height, width and circumference. US males grew three inches taller in the last 100 years, gained 25 pounds and expanded four suit sizes. Their wives grew three inches and packed on 22 pounds in the same period. Right now Joe Doakes is 5 feet 10 inches, weights 158 pounds and wears a size 38 belt. If his present rate of development is uninterrupted, he will be 6 feet 2 inches and 178 pounds by the next turn of the century. As for the ladies, statistics released by a foundation manufacturer indicate that the average female waistline is expanding faster than her bust and hips. In the year 1900, there was an average 12 inch difference between hip and waist measurements. Now the variance has slipped to 11' t inches. If the expansion curve is carried further by the year 3000, American women will be 5 feet 10 inches and virtually square­ shaped. • • • NEW YEAR’S PARTY - "They tell me. Jones, that you pushed a wheelbarrow down the street last night after our New Year’s party. Is that right?” the superintendent asked. “Yes, sir. I was pretty drunk, I guess,” admitted the machine operator. “Well, how do you think 1 feel over the possible loss of prestige that your actions have brought upon our business?" the superintendent asked. “Gee, boss, I never thought to ask you. You rode in the wheelbarrow." * • • WARNING — Mail-order “ranchero racketeers.” selling homesites to city people far away, are reaping a golden harvest on nearly worthless land and creating a serious problem for regulatory officials in almost every Western state, Paul Friggens writes in the Reader’s Digest. One San Francisco sub­ divider sold land 28 times its original price. An operator in Beverly Hills had contracts totaling $6 million for land in a Nevada desert — and $2 million cash on hand — when he was hit by a cease-and-desist order. An Arizona real estate official said “I doubt that anyone would buy this land if he could see it. The trouble is, it’s being peddled to people 2000 miles away. Many retired people are sinking their life savings here.” In the article, “Beware the Ranchero Racketeer,” Friggens says that at one site he visited, in Arizona, the advertisement had promised roads, electricity, water and phones. But the roads were bulldozed scars in the desert, already filling with tumbleweed and sand. The nearest water was six miles away, at a metered well which sold 100 gallons for 50 cents. A lake, after which the subdivision was named, was more than 100 miles away. There were neither electricity nor telephones. What D’You Know? By NAN JONES THE ANSWER, QUICK! 1. What are juridical days? 2. Why is the home of Judge John Row«m famous? 3. What city ranks first in production of personal aircraft? 4. What was the Flaminian Way? 5. How ¿visonous is a king snake? IT HAPPENED TODAY On this date in 1789 the first national election in the U. S. was held. WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE RIPARIAN — (ri-PARE-i-en) — adjective; pertaining to the bank of a river or other body of water. Noun; one who owns land on the bank of a body of water. Origin: Latin. HAPPY BIRTHDAY To cartoonist Charles Addams; Orval Faubus of Arkansas, and baseball’s Alvin Dark, John Schofield and Roman Semproch. sit HOW'D YOU MAKE OUT? 1. Days on which the court can lawfully Actually, this is Bob's fsvorits night for watching television,'* 2. It inspired Stephen Foster’s "My Old Kentucky Home." S. Wichita, Kan. 4. An ancient Roman road from Rome to present-day Rimini. 5. It is not harmful to man. Flowers for the living for MRS. MABEL A. McCANN Middle Creek road Gilbertsville RD 1. BECAUSE today she is celebrating her 77th birthday L \ i

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