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wnpw PAGE EIGHT VISALIA TIMES-DELTA, VISALIA, CALIFORNIA, FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 1, 1939. Editorial Page of the Visalia Newspapers TIMES-DELTA MORNING DELTA I K-T-)-' SELLING JOB 111 ii i SHOWDOWN NEARS ONF. D. R.s EERGENCY POWERS Th Visalia (Ltntrs-ih'lfa AND Morning Delta. publish! ry valnc and morning' pt Sunday by tha Visalia Publishing Company, Ino, WASHINGTON, Feb.

28. Before this session of congress ends, there will be a spirited dust-up over the emergency powers held by Presdient Roosevelt. Although he is in the seventh year of his presidency, Mr. Roosevelt still holds most of the extradordinary powers delegated to him by congress. Practically all of these powers either are or were due to expire next June.

A few have aleady been extended for two years; but the vigilant republican minority in the house is preparing to do battle before any more Visalia Uorolng Delta, established 1868 Visalia Evening Times, established 1861 Visalia Times Delta, consolidated 1921 Entered at Postoffice, Visalia, California, as second class mall matter, March 1, 1928 which President Roosevelt is making to get these two great labor groups to compose their differences. Surely he has been labors friend and deserves their fullest consideration of his request. The new purge or drive or whatever you wish to call it, against loafing, laxity, or whatever you wish to call that, is on in Russia. Yearners after a socialist regime may as well put aside any thought that work will be easier under such a regime. They may argue that rewards will be greater, or other conditions better, but the fact remains that you cant duck work.

No country, republican, fascist or socialist, can get along without work. No country can afford to allow its essential services to be boggled up by loafing or slackness. The world is that way, and nobody has even yet discovered any way to get around it. VISALIA PUBLISHING COMPANY, Inc. Chas.

A. Whitmore, President and Editor 1 M. Maddox, Vice-President and Manager TELEPHONE fuslness Office and Job Printing ditorial and News Rooms 1889 fclient of United Press and NBA Service In New York By George Ross U.F. Staff Correspondent SUBSCRIPTION RATES, EACH PAPER One Year 87.88 Three Months 82.19 Six Months 4.00 One Month .78 Advertising Representative KEEP ALL ACCOUNTS CLEAR AND BALANCED: Take ye heed, watch and pray; for ye know not when the time Is. Mark 13:33.

Chris R. Jones, president of the California Real Estate Association, announced that during the last year approximately $240,000,000 was expended in new construction in Calfiornia and that that construction included more than 25,000 small new homes. He also revealed that California is leading the nation in putting new homes and small farms on subdivided land. Visalia has done its full share in producing this Editors Elsewhere A Book A Day BARBS A half century of life insurance records show us that 85 per cent of men who have money will lose It before 65 years of age. In other words of all men living at 65 years of age, three per cent will be self-supporting, and 97 per cent will be dependent upon relatives or charity.

An interesting cxperime: by a life insurance company tells of 100 men starting out, well and healthy, at 25 years of age. Forty years later or when they were 65 years old, 36 were dead, 1 rich, 4 fairly properous, 5 self supporting, and 54 dependent. Great life, Isnt It? Hanford Sentinel. A southern California orange grower once said that windstorms do more damage in the south than does the frost in central California. The gale of last week verifies that statement.

Lindsay Gazette. An Atlanta, widow wants bachelors in the state penalized with a $100 annual tax. Thats still cheaper than a wife. A certain Glass has been somewhat of a pane to Mr. Roosevelt.

Two Nebraska women killed 59 rattlesnakes in a cornfield. Yet they probably scream ai the sight of a mouse. Hjalmar Schact, deposed head of the German Reicnsbank, is going on a long vacation." Hell probably have a fine time, but will he wish Hitler was there. Providence to bar Soviet says headline. Oh, well, the Soviets barred providence, didnt they.

With The Poets SUPREME COURT DECISION OUTLAWS INFAMOUS SIT-DOWN STRIKE TECHNIQUE The supreme court of the United States, as the people knew it would, outlawed the sit-down strike the first time a clear-cut case reached it for a decision, branded it as a high-handed proceeding without a shadow of legal right, and declared that employers could discharge the wrongdoers without violation of the Wagner Laber Relations act. This is good news and clears up a situation that has nettled straight-thinking Americans, opposed to transplanting European labor techniques onto the free soil of the United States. The decision is a blow to the NLRB which has been high-handedly ordering industry to reinstate sit-down strikers with back pay and also puts such officials as former Governor Murphy of Michigan, now unfortunately United States Attorney-General, on the spot for aiding and abetting an illegal and un-American procedure in labor relations. The vote was three to two and in the division is an echo of the court packing bill of the 1937 session of Congress, because the two dissenting opinions were by Justcies Black and Reed comparatively recent appointees to the nations highest tribunal. It is easy to see what might have happened if a majority of the supreme court had been packed with Blacks and Reeds.

As it is, the country has a decision consonant with the spirit of a free government under the law, which protects the rights of property as well as labor. Every advance of this character serves to improve labor relations. The great bulk of American labor is intelligent and patriotic and only asks for a fair deal in its relation to industry, realizing that only to the extent that industry prospers can the men who labor prosper, and that only in a restored and expanding industrial activity can unemployment be cured and honest work substituted for the make-shifts of government dole and WPA projects. Now if a way could be found to end the CIO-AFL jurisdictional disputes we would be in a fair way to labor peace. The country will applaud the efforts extensions are voted.

Congressman Joe Martin Massachusetts, Republican minority leader, recently appointed a committee of 17 Republican rep-lesentatives to study the Presidents emergency powers. This committee has just begun its sessions, under the chairmanship of Congressman Jesse P. Wolcott of Michigan. It will submit to the Republican membership of the House a detailed recommendation on each case. And then the shooting will begin.

TOO MUCH STRENGTH? Says Congressman Wolcott: The extraordinary powers weve directly and indirectly given the President have set up a situation where we virtually have a managed economy. The President can create a depression as he did in 1937. And if his power to distribute the money appropriated by Congress in any manner he sees fit isnt checked, he can also create a period of seeming prosperity by spending government money. Die President in these particulars has nearly as much power as Stalin, Hitler or Mussolini. He controls the velocity of credit, the life-blood of agriculture, business and industry.

We are going to endeavor to recoup those emergency powers, so that the people have have Jurisdiction over all of them, through the Congress. PRESIDENTS POWERHOUSE The list of extraordinary powers is impressive. It includes: The power to revalue the gold dollar. Control of the foreign exchange stabilization fund a matter of 2,000,000,000, whose, operations are secret. The power to issue $3,000,000,000 worth of paper money.

'The power to apportion relief appropriations. Control over FHA home modem-ization loans. Control over the rules under which gold may be imported, exported, bought, sold, or stored. Control over the use of government bonds secured by Federal Reserve notes. The power to put the currency on a bi-metallic standard by ordering the free and unlimited coinage of silver.

The power to raise or lower any tariff duty by 50 per cent. These powers, with the exception of that of raising or lowering tariffs, are due to expire in the spring unless Congress votes an extension. The tariff power does not automatically expire, but ts due to come up for consideration during discussion of the reciprocal trade agreement act. In the case of five other powers, extensions have already been voted. These are: The Import-Export Bank.

The Electric Farm and Home Authority. The Commodity Credit Corporation. The RFC Mortgage Corporation. The lending powers of the RFC. BATTLE ON CURRENCY LIKELY Congressman Martin remarks that six years trial have shown that these emergency powers did not solve the countrys economic or social problems, and suggests that the country wants to start at once toward the restoration of balanced government.

It is likely that some oi the most spirited debate will come when extension of the devaluing power and the power to issue in greenbacks are up for consideration. The latter power has never been used, and there is no Indication that any further use will be made of the former. But to remove the powers permanently appeals to the Republican leaders as an excellent means of notifying the country that the national no longer is faced by an emergency and that currency-manipulation fears can be set at rest. (Copyright, 1938, NEA Service, Inc.) So They Say- TOP-HATTED PICKETS MARCH AND VERBAL HOT-SHOTS FLY IN NEW BATTLE OF PLAYWRIGHT AND NEW YORK CRITICS NEW YORK The embers of that feud between Jack Kirkland, the Kayo Kid among playwrights, and the New York drama critics have blazed up anew. Kirkland wrote Tobacco Road" from fcr-skine Caldwell's novel.

Many critics poohed it. When Kirkland's second play was panned last year, he punched a critic and was punched by the critics friends. Well, Kirklands newest show, I Must Love Someone, is awful and took a beating from the reviewers. So with his usual aversion to ostentation, Kirkland publicly avowed that he wasnt hitting critics anymore. They were below his pugilistic notice.

But he wrote a piece for a paper in which he euphemistically called them all the names he could think of before his steaming typewriter. And the other day he sent twelve elegant pickets, attired in top hats and tails, to march up and down the newspaper offices, with signs calling attention to his latest flop. The pickets came to see me, too, in a chill breeze. I asked a couple of who were all ashiver, in for some coffee. They also thought the stunt was pietty ridiculous.

One of the newspaper staffs, beleaguered by Mr. Kirkland's pickets, joined in the frolic and poured a couple of buckets of ice water over the poor devils. MILLION-DOLLAR NAMES I saw a friend off on a tram the other day and during the long stroll down the platform, aimlessly studied the odd names on the cars. Theyre odds-bodkins in nomenclature. Names like Dahlia, Wal-terina, Water Lily, Zelila, Gertrude, Robina or Ruth.

My friend was assigned to Zelila, I learned, before the train pulled out. It all led to my having a talk on the subject with an official at the station. That worthy told me that there is more to naming a railroad car than a mere at-random christening. A car identified as Zelila must possess a character that does not belie the name. For the life of me, I couldnt detect Zelilas special ieatures about the car had just seen.

Nevertheless, sentiment, nostalgia and appropriateness go into carnaming. Years ago, the task of naming the dining cars, parlor cars and sleepers belonged to Alice Pullman, daughter of the man for whom they all are named. Her salary was $1,000,000 a year, which may or may not have been commensurate with her duties. Since her demise, the N. N.

H. and the Pennsylvania railroads set up a department for the sole purpose of christening new-born trains You would be surprised at the brain fever that goes into this particular phase of railroading. But naming the baby train Is a matter of keeping it the famly. Cars on the lines running to and from Washington, D. for example, are dubbed after promlent congressmen and senators who have departed this earth for a politician's Valhalla.

Parlor cars always are given feminine or botanical names. And sleeping cars invariably bear the names of great men and important ORPHEUS OF THE SUBWAY This is the town in which the native is not supposed to be puzzled or awed by any odd or eccentric sight. I was on the subway, for example, the other day, journeying from the Village to Times Square. He was sitting opposite me. He unpacken a little, brown box.

From it he withdrew a small brass musical instrument. It booked like a clarinet. Probably a beggar, I thought. But nothing of the sort. He remained in his seat, took a sheet of music from his overcoat pocket, attached it to the clarinet clasp and blithely played a few numbers.

At Times Square, he put the instrument back into the case, the music back into his pocket and got off. THE ETERNAL JEETER After four long years at It, James Barton the hoofer has given up the role of Jeeter Lester in Tobacco Road. It HO. FOR LIBRARY VOYAGING You could fill a library with the literature of the sea, so Hanson Baldwin obviously taps a rich and dramatic field in his Admiral Death (Simon and Schuster: But you feel, when you finally come up for air after the last heroic tale, that his selection of twelve outstanding marine adventures has been exceptionally discriminating. He seems to have covered the seven seas from the story of the ice-locked Jeannette finally crushed to bits in the Arctic to the saga of the Saginaw, wrecked on a south Sea coral isle.

In between he has sandwiched the stoiy of the greatest naval battle of modern times, Jutland, and the incredible adventure of the two Italians who defied a whole Austrian fleet in Pola harbor back in 1918. So you hang on with Mr. Baldwin to the bitter end and the salt spray stings your face and tragedy lurks ever over the bow. Certainly there are no more dramatic sea stories in history than the sinking of the Lusitania and the unsinkable Titanic Mr. Baldwin gives you these too.

All in all, a collection to roll away an enviable evening. "Forty Famous Ships" by Henry B. Culver and Gordon Grant (Doubleday: $1.98) might very well capture a lew evenings too, if you like the lore of the sea. Superbly illustrated, many pictures in full color, this collection features episodic accounts of the great historic vessels from St. Pauls ship to the modem luxury liner.

Queen Mary. It seems to have neglected none of importance including the Santa Maria, the Half Moon, Golden Hind. Blighs Bounty, the Flying Cloud, Magellan's Victory, and the U. S. Constitution, to mention only a few.

It is in no respect as technically accurate as Mr. Baldwins book but it is eminently readable. P. G. F.

BESTOW PITY WHERE PITT IS DUE A. H. Stewart Im getting cld Im handicipped My strength is giving way: The busy world goes surging by While I am turning gray. It seems they have no place for me A worn-out worthless tool, And if I dare to speak my mind Im but a gibbering fool." My hands' are tied my spirit cowed I am no longer free; The world roars by in joy and might None stops to pity me. And thus I watch the sun go down The night envelopes me, While I stand here in heplessness Beside lifes roaring sea.

sea be still! must thou roar on Throughout eternity? Wilt thou not cease and pity me In mine infirmity? While storms harass and anger thee Into a foaming wrath Among the slime-glazed rocks there lies My hopeless untrod path. whimpering man! Wouldst thou give up Admitting a defeat? While strutting cocks and noisy curs Are blustering at thy feet? You ruled the world the honors yours The storms youve weathered through: To YOU the honor new belongs To THEM the pitys due. Women In The News By Leone Baxter Brief but furious riot, echoing in mild international complications, attended attempts of non-Nazis to break up a meeting of the Bund of Nazi sympathizers in New York recently. But the constitutional rights of peaceful assemblage and free speech were enforced by the police for the Bund members. It is a little bewildering to see agitators for Naziism, wearing the foreign uniform of Storm Troopers, brazenly flaunting the swastika emblem in the shadow of the stars and stripes, decrying democracy, meeting in a major hsll of Americas largest city under protection of American police.

And in face of that situation it is nothing less than astonishing to find the Daughters of the American Revolution denying a distinguished American citizen the right to appear in the D.A.R. hall in the District of Columbia not because of but because of the color of her skin! For that American citizen, Miss Marian Anderson, had no wish to expound any foreign undemocratic theory nor to condemn any American institution. A great singer, she merely wished to give a concert for music-lovers who enjoy her glorious voice. But Miss Anderson, besides being a great artist, is a negress. It ill behooves the Daughters of the American Revolution oe-scendents of the men who fought to wrest freedom from autocracy and risked their lives to make possible the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States to shut a door in the face of a woman of American birth because of the color of her skin! It would be better If those eastern women would take to heart the counsel of Californias Mrs.

James E. Wales, of Berkeley, who speaking before the D.A.R. convention -at San Francisco it week, urged women to preach tolerance, freedom and liberty, to continue to be worthy of the great heritage of the past." If Americans are to permit enemies of constitutional government to agitate against it publicly, to mingle shouts of Heil Hitler!" with jeers at the president of the United Statese because of our rigid observance of the constitutional rights of free speech and assemblage, and then, in defiance of the entire spirit of that constitution, deny an American girl the privilege of singing in a building called Constitutional Hall," it is high time that public opinion force a revaluation of American principles of liberty in certain quarters. i i I i i i i i 6 I A if I 5 peopie with an overabundance of dignity and an oversupply of power have always, in the end, been targets for laughter. Charlie Chaplin, speaking of his forthcoming film, The Dictators." If we accept It as a simple truth that a world war would settle nothing and would endanger our whole civilization, then we must accept the corollary that peace at almost any price is sound policy.

Floyd S. Chalmers, before the Canadian Club of New York. I thought their whole attitude was that women didnt count. Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, when that Nazi papers resented her writing on foreign affairs.

Recently a more drastic attitude has been advocated, urging a frank proclamation that a of war exists. Foreign Minister Hachita Arita of Japan, commenting on the situation in China. There is to be no more fistraising, no more singing of the Internationale, no demonstrations. Andre Marty, French Communist deputy with the Loyalist troops in Spain, as he ordered his men across the border into France. Visalia 10, 20, And 40 Years Ago io years Ago Facts In Shorts morrow and Saturday.

Mrs. George Tschumy will go to Oakland to join her husband who is employed by the Southern Pacific company. Visalia was selected as the next meeting place of the San Joaquin Valey Methodist Ministers association at the session held in Fresno yesterday. Miss Helen Wallace and Miss Lorene Wilcox, who have been doing government work In Washington, D. since June, will arrive in Los Angeles this evening, enroute to Visalia.

From files of February 28, 1929 Headlines of the day: Hoover Completes His Cabinet Names of Only Two Not Known But Both Have Been Selected; Report cf Tax Commission Is Certain To Be Cause of Row; Not Accident, Just a Mishap Is Lindberghs Crash Version. Col. John R. White, superintendent of the Sequoia and General Grant National parks, is at the present time in Mexico for the benefit of his health. Spring flowers with shades of yellow predominating were effectively arrange about the living rcoms of the Clayton Edwards home on South Court street when Mrs.

Edwards received members of the mid-week club. A group of friends honored Mr. and Mrs. W. P.

Todd on Tuesday evening, the pleasant affair being in the nature of a housewarming given at the new home of the honcrees at the Tagus ranch. L. L. Richard went out to Reedley this morning to see the Drake glider take off for Long Beach. 40 YEARS AGO Average weight of a dozen eggs is pounds.

Nine British baronets are living descendants of the original receivers of the title in 1611. The blackfellows, Australian aborigines, try a criminal suspect by placing him in a marked circle and hurling spears at him; if he successfully wards off and dodges the spears of the jurymen," he is declared innocent. The island of Zanzibar yields the bulk of the world's supply of cloves. The deadly cobra, fortunately, has very short fangs, and a person dressed in ordinary street clothes is protected fairly well from its bite. The great Alexandrian library contained no books.

It consisted of more than 500,000 manuscripts written on rolls of papyrus. It was destroyed by fire during the time of Julius Caesar. Germany is the promised land if you want to work twelve hours a day for the equivalent of $8 a week. Dr. Maria Halberstadt, former Hamburg teacher, to an educational group in Cleveland.

Youth has nothing to do with glamor in Europe. The more mature, the more knowing, then the more charm. Mrs. John Davis Lodge, the former Francesca Bragiotti, returning from several years residence in Europe. The devil, you see was the author of knowledge, and deserves recognition as such.

Lucius Fremont Bailiff, Indiana farmer, who is building a monument to Satan. I observed in this drive of the younger generation a spirit showing they were determined that what was good enough for their fathers was not good enough for them. Anthony Eden, urging American divine discontent on Englands unemployed. Todays Thoughts From files of March 1, 1899 Restaurants at Hanford have advanced the price of meals, owing to the high price ruling for meat. The two-bit restaurants now give smaller cuts of beef.

The rainfall in the northern part of the state yesterday was so light as to prove of little value, except at Eureka, Humboldt county, where they had a rainfall of 3.16 inches. The rainfall at Sacramento was only .04, and only a trace at San Francisco. Two clouds hovering over this city this forenoon each shed a few drops of rain, and then passed away, and this afternoon the sky was bright and clear, and not an indication of rain in sight. Tulare people can get a free ride to Visaila and return on Friday, March 10, by making application to Smith Beville, conductor of the motor road. S.

Sweet and company make this offer and our neighbors should take advantage of the opportunity to visit their big establishment. could have been a lifelong career. But Barton grew bored. You can hardly blame him for that. His successor is Eddie Garr, another ex-variety favorite, who does all right as the unkempt and unwashed Georgia cracker.

The former Jeeter Lester probably will go back to his habitat on Long Island where he is the proprietor of a semi-pro baseball nine which is considered among the best in the sub-bush league. And so another Jeeter has hit the dust. Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7. The greatest attribute of heaven is mercy.

Beaumont and Fletcher. 20 YEARS AGO From Files of February 28, 1919 Headlines of the day: President To Leave For France Shortly; Senator Lodge Indulges In Criticism of League, Says Monroe Doctrine In Peril; To Float Issue of Bonds By Germany; Harmony In Prog Ranks Is Boasted. The Kings County Christian Endeavor Union will bold its annual convention at Hanford, to- i Flying-dragons, of the Far East, have webbed ribs, which they spread to form a parachute. I I.

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