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THE KANSAS CITY TIMES. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12. 1953. (THE MonünÁ KANSAS CITY STAB) The Morning Issue of The Star. Established October 19, 1901. William Rockhill Nelson, The Kansas City Star Company. Owner and Publisher. Address All Letters: The Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Avenue, Kansas City 8, Mo. Telephone HA. 1200. (Want Ad Dept. Only, Telephone BA. 5500.) S ubscription R ates : Morning, evening and Sunday (thirteen papers a week) delivered by carrier In Kansas City 40 cents a week $1.74 a month. By mall postage prepaid in Missouri and Kansas 45 cents a week; elsewhere in the United States and the United States possessions. 55 cents a week; In ioreign countries $1.00 a week. Entered as second class matter at the postoffice In Kansas City, Mo., under the Act of March 3, 1879. M embek of the A ssociated P ress . ' All rights of publication of special dispatches are tlso reserved. ‘P ostage for S ingle C opies : 8 to 34 pages, 3 cents; 16 to 24 pages, 4 cents; 26 to 32 pages, 5 cent^; 34 t( 40 pages, 6 cents; 42 to 50 pages, 7 cents; 52 to 58 pages, 8 cents; 60 to 66 pages. 9 cents; 68 to 74 pages. 10 cents; 76 to 84 pages. 11 cents; 86 to 92 pages. 12 cents; 94 to 100 pages. 13 cents; 102 to 108 pages. 14 cents; 110 to 118 pages, 15 cents. During November. 1953, the net paid circulation of The Star was as follows: Evening (daily average) ....................................351,545 Morning (daily average) ....................................343,058 Sunday (average) ...............................................371.128 Weekly Star Farmer (average) .......................473,068 SATURDAY. DECEMBER 12. 1953. THE CHAMBER TO A NEW YEAR. An aggressive program directed to the business and civic building of Greater Kansas City has been presented by Karl R. Koerper, the new Chamber of Commerce president. ,At this stage his proposed master plan Is a symbol of united effort of the whole area. It Is a goal of extending past efforts by close co operation between the interested organizations and governments of Greater Kansas City. On the public side an example is the regional highway plan worked out by the city govern ments and the Bureau of Public Roads. An im portant effort to pull the area together for projects of mutual interest is being made by the Citizens Regional Planning council. One of its projects was stirring the interest of two counties in the great Paseo bridge that will tie them closer together. The Kansas City chamber has recognized the importance of working with the chambers of commerce of adjoining cities on niany projects. But tliere is no question that all these organizations and governments could extend the coordination of their efforts in many fields. As they make progress they can be expected to unite on objectives. Koerper visualizes the end result as a master plan. In his talk at the chamber’s annual di 9 ner, Koerper gave special stress to the kind of activities that have been building this city for many years. It isn’t a case of drumming up something new but rather pushing hard to make the most of demonstrated advantages. This city’s roots in agriculture have grown deep into the last century and agriculture is its basic resource in this year 1953. The chamber has every reason to make all-out efforts for the livestock industry and a greater American Royal. Industrial grov\1h has made the headlines of recent years and the opportunity for continued progress is wide open before us. Aggressive interest in public improvements has characterized the chamber for years. We can expect it to continue at peak tempo. The current effort for a big league baseball team is new but it is in character with the city's tradition of being alert to opportunities. There is nothing new about the Kansas City spirit. In fact, the country heard more about it fifty years ago. Koerper says it is one of the most valuable assets we have inherited from our past. This should be the time of arousing it to all its power. The chamber had one of its best years under the leadership of J. C. Higdon and the prospects are good for another one w'ith Karl Koerper. Only 6 ^ World Wonders?. Mosf people know there were seven ancient wonders of the world. But was it actually that number? A British natural scientist has suggested in the polite and cultured language of his calling that maybe one of them—the Colossus (Df Rhodes—was a fake. Herbert Maryon has completed twelve years of archaeological research causing him to question \he story that the famous statue of the sun -god Helios actually stood with a beacon in its iands and one foot on each side of the harbor tof Rhodes so that ships could pass underneath. tFrom classical inscriptions Maryon has figured Tthat the statue was only 120 feet high and there- 'iore too small to straddle a harbor 600 feet wide. .He also concluded that it was made of thin Tbronze sheets and not solid bronze as advertised. 1 Since the Colossus was tumbled by an earthquake about the year 224 B. C., it’s no longer ’around for measuring. And if Mr. Maryon •doesn’t mind too much, we’d just as soon go !right on believing that the ancient world held 'seven wonders, not six and one-half as he Implies. The 1953 ChnrchilL I Not even during those awful months of the }^econd World war after the fall of France, when Great Britain stood exposed to the full iury of Nazi aggression, did Sir Winston Churchill strike so somber a note as the one he has sounded in his message accepting the 1953 Nobel prize for literature. ♦ .It is not that he painted the present in such ^ark colors. Others have posed the central i^'oblem of our age—the question of whether man is capable of controlling the forces he has so recently released—in terms no less explicit than those employed by the British prime ininlster, although necessarily expressed with- put the majesty of Churchillian language. What this statement of our current dilemma iipart from Churchill’s sternest wartime utterances Is the apparent absence of his sure confidence that in the end man Would master the evils which confront him. “The power of man,’* he declared in his message to the Nobel festival banquet, “has grown In every sphere except over himself. Never in the fieW of action have events seemed so harshly to dwarf personalities. Rarely in history have brutal facts so dominated thought or has such widespread, individual virtue found so dim a collective focus ...” All that is true and strikingly phrased. But a dozen years ago the man who thus diagnosed the existing situation would Have peered into the future, affirming his faith in eventual triumph through blood, sweat and tears. Today he leaves the impression of looking for comfort to the past, specifically to the concepts of Alfred Nobel but by implication to the whole time when great and virtuous personalities could still effectively guide the destiny of the world. To say that Churchill emerges from his Nobel acceptance message as a disillusioned man without real hope would perhaps be to put the matter much too strongly. Yet it appears reasonable to suggest th^t this declaration bears an overtone of disappointment, of fatigue and of a nostalgic turning back to the tremendous achievements of Western civilization, of which Churchill, the historian, is so acutely conscious. It is precisely in the potentialities of what he calls “the field of action” that the Churchill of 1953 seems so changed from the free world leader of 1940. ---------------♦_--------------THEY BE ^0 CODS, Moreover ve see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away -much people, saying that thfy be no gods which are made with hands: so that not only this our craft Is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the w'orld worshlppeth— Acts xix, 26, 27. Ickes, Mismanagement, ^ And the Public Domain B y R aymond M oley . L ast W’cek, at what was called the Mid- Century Conference on Resources for the Future, Judge Robert W. Sawyer and Congressman Wesley A. D’Ewart of Montana staged a most enfightening discussion on the highly controversial question of the control of the public lands. Judge Sawyer, of Bend, Ore., is a former president of "the National Reclamation association, and although he is a strong conservationist, he is nevertheless a potent opponent of the extension through the federal government of public electric power ownership and control. In this discussion, of the control of the public domain, he just as forcefully opposes the current claims of the states and private interests to a part or all of the lands in the public domain. In his address Judge Sawyer defined the public domain lands as the 180 million acres owned by the federal government which are not included in the national forests or other federal holdings. Those lands are under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management of the Department of the Interior. One hundred forty million of the acres are managed under the Taylor grazing ac t of 1931. Gmzing is a major use, but some timber is available. There is also a value for recreation and for the fostering of wild life. The major value of this vast area, however, according to Saw'yer, is the conservation of the scanty water supply of the great West.* In the beginning, says Sawyer, there was no control “except the man standing by the water hole with a Winchester.” There was shameful overgrazing. There was erosion because of the quick runoff. Streams dried up. Brush and noxious weeds succeeded grass. Finally, in 1934 the Taylor grazing act. was passed. But the pressure of private greed combined with bureaucratic incompetence and neglect has been so groat that the Taylor act has never been adequately implemented. When I heard this recital of neglect, my mind ran back to “The Secret Diary of Harold L, Ickes,” which I had just read, for Ickes W'as secretary of the interior w’hen the Taylor act was passed and for years after. He was apparently so busy tending to things that were none of his business and building up the power of his department in the field of electric energy that he seemed to have had no time for the protection of the properties of which his department was already the legitimate custodian. That is very often the way with reforming bureaucrats. Judge Sawyer believes that the control of the federal government over these lands is indispensable, that it should be reasserted, and that more should be done for its conservation. Congressman D’l^wart just as vigorously believes that control should gradually be returned to the states and to private users. He cites the extent to which his own state, Montana, has built up agencies of government to control and regulate public lands. The congressman also cites the message since to Congress in July by President Eisenhower as authority for his position. My own examination of that message leaves me in some doubt as to where the President does stand on the question, beyond his assertion that conservation is good, and that there should be co-operative planning action by state and local interests,. presumably with the federal government as a partner. These are the major points behind a controversy that is bound to develop some heat in the next session of Congress. (Releaiffd hv Àssoriatrd Ketrspapers.) WORDS, WITAND WISDOM. B y W illiam M orris . I ET’S try another spelling bee. The following nonsense paragraph contains ten misspelled words. See how many you can spot. If you get all ten, of course, you have nothing to worry about concerning your spelling. Eight or nine correct is a good score. Six or seven indicates that you need to brush up on your spelling. Fewer than six means that you had better start using your dictionary more frequently. Now here is the test: “The very thought of innoculation was repellent to an old-time medico like Dr. White. This plaguy ailment will never get the better of me,' he avered. ‘It may harrass me for a week or tw^o but I shall acheive relief without resorting to even occasional infections.’ Extraordinary though this solilloquy sounded, he was in essence only paying obeissance to the code of his forbears. A long seiige of illness was unthinkable, maintainance of health being imperative to one of his temperment and upbringing.” Answers. 1. Inoculation (in-ok-yoo-LAY-shun). 2. averred (uh-VURD). 3. harass (HAIRuss, huh-RASS). 4. achieve (uh-CHEEV). 5. soliloquy (suh-LIL-uh-kwee). 6. obeisance (oh-BAY-sunss). 7. forebears (FOR-bairs). 8. siege (SEEJ). 9. maintenance (MAYN-tuh-nunss). 10. temperament (TEM-pruh-m’nt). (Copyripht. 1953, by William Morris.) FOLKS AND FOIBLES. B y C laude C allan . The children usually mind mama when she tells them not to ask the visiting uncle for nickels, but they are so willing to do things for him that he soon discovers what they want. Some men are like Cousin Bob. He wants his wife to be broad-minded about his conduct, but he doesn’t want her to be broadminded about her own. After your family has grown until there are four or five children you find that the people you plan to visit would be glad to have you, but they are not going to be at home. Wife shouldn't forever be accusing Kusband. She may put it into his head to get into meanness. T he S pirit of C hristmas I s E xemplified I n the N ovels and S tories of D ickens Creations of the Mid-Victorian Novelist Reflected the Joy, Hilarity and Good Fellowship of the Holiday Season—The Reading of “A Christmas Carol” Has Become a Traditional Observance. B y W. W. B akkr . (A Member of The Star's Staff.) I T is safe to say that no writer outside the authors of the Gospels themselves has influenced Christmas as much as Charles Dickens. “A Christmas Carol” has become traditional seasonal reading as well as television and radio fare. The Christmas scene in “Pickwick Papers” is a much-beloved and often-copied episode from English life. “The Life of Our Lord,” which w’ill appear in The Star starting tomorrow, is a charming and utterly simple presentation of the true Christmas story. It is exaggeration to say that Christmas is Dickens; but nevertheless, a Dickens Christmas has come to mean a traditional yule celebration abounding in warmth and friendship and festivities. Oddly enough, Dickens lived in an era when many writers were lamenting the passing of the good old-fashioned Christmas. One famous picture of a typical English yule celebration comes from Washington Irving, who was quite distressed, by his modern age: “One of the least pleasing effects of modern refinement is the havoc it has made among the hearty old holiday customs. It has completely taken off the sharp touchings and spirited re liefs of these embellishments of life, and has W’orn down society into a more smooth and polished, but certainly a less characteristic surface. Many of the games and ceremonials of Christmas have entirely disap peared, and, like the sherris sack of old Falstaff, are become matters of speculation and dispute among commentators . . The world has become more worldly. There is more of dissipation and less enjoyment.” The Old Time Christmas. But Irving and Dickens, too— still found something wonderful in Christmas in the England of their day. The American w^nt on to write: “Shorn, however, as it is, of its ancient and festive honors, Christmas is still a period of delightful excitement in England . . . The preparations making on every side for the social board that is again to unite friends and kindred—the presents of good cheer passing and repassing, those tokens of regard and quickeners of kind feelings—the evergreens distributed about houses and churches, emblems of peace and gladness —all these have the most pleasing effect in producing fond associations, and kindling benevolent sympathies.” Christmas was just as delightful to Dickens, who expressed his hearty attitude in an 1846 yuletide letter to John Forster, a frienii: “Many Merry Christmases, many Happy New Years, unbroken friendships, great accumulation of cheerful recollections, affections on earth and heaven at last for all of us.” “It Is Good to Be Children.’» Again, at a Christmas dinner conversation commenting on the happiness of the children: “It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, W'hen its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” Dickens’s grandchildren have recalled how Christmas at Gads-i hill, the Dickens country home, meant a house full of guests in rooms decorated with mistletoe and ivy and holly. The presence of a Christmas tree was problematical. Tinselled and decorated trees had been introduced in England in 1841, when Queen Victoria set one up in Windsor castle. That started something of a fashion, but nevertheless Dickens, as late as 1850, still referred to the evergreen with its baubles as “a new German toy.” On December 24 Dickens always took the children to a toy shop where they selected gifts for themselves and their young friends. The writer himself confined Christmas giving to the family, however, and never sent remembrances of his own outside the household. Dickens liked to recall a favorite gift of his own childhood—a red-and- green alphabet book which began with the familiar “A is for C harles D ickens ... A t the P eak of H is C areer . archer.” For grownups of his day, too, Christmas gifts were not too different from those of 1953. For example, the young Princess Victoria recorded in her diary in 1837 that, among her gifts, were a gold belt buckle, two almanacs and a black satin apron trimmed with red velvet. The princess, no doubt, was that hard-to-buy-for person who has everything, A Typical Christmas. Christmas morning meant church and then a long tramp in the woods with some of the guests. Then the Dickens household would sit down to a Christmas table which featured, above all else, a plum pudding served in a dish used but once a year, decorated with holly and lighted before it was brought in. Dickens would give his favorite Yule toast, not unlike the w’ords he put into the mouth of Tiny Tim: “Here’s to us all! God bless us all!” In tune with the country Christmases of his time, Dickens loved programs of games for the villagers and neighbors. A huge meadow below the garden was staked off for the races, and once he wrote a friend that “the country police predict an immense crowd,” perhaps 2,000 to 3,000 persons. Parties and dances high­ lighted the holidays, too, particularly on Twelfth Night, which was the anniversary of the birth of Dickens’s son, Charles. Then there would be a special party, featuring a magic act by the host w'ho; it is said, loved to conjure. The Dickens pride as an amateur magician shows clearly in this letter to a friend: “The actuary of the national debt couldn’t calculate the number of children who are coming here on Twelfth Night in honor of Charlie’s birthday, for which occasion I have provided a magic lantern and divers other tremendous engines of that nature. But best of it is that Forster and I have purchased between us the entire stock in trade of a conjurer, the practice and display of which is entrusted to me. And if you could see me conjuring the company’s watches into impossible tea caddies, and causing pieces of money to fly... you would never forget it ... ” After the magic act, there would be games—charades and proverbs—and dancing. Dickens’s own favorite was the Sir Roger de Covere, known in America as the Virginia reel. Reading: of “The Carol.*' Christmas, of course, meant reading to Dickens, and answering the Yuletide needs of the reading public. “A Christmas Carol” typifies W'hat Englishmen of the 1840s and 1850s wanted in their Christmas stories: ghosts. For some reason—it’s a custom that never came to America—the English far into the past have loved to sit about the Yule log on Christmas eve or Christmas night, telling ghost stories. Dickens had that in mind in most of his seasonal writings. For example, in 18.59 All the Year Round, the magazine he edited, published a special Christmas issue devoted entirely to ghost stories. But, though Irving and others decried the modernism of the nineteenth century, Christmas in Dickens’s England still meant faith. Irving himself—tongue in cheek, perhaps—presents a fine picture of Christmas morning at a typical English countryside church: “The parson was a little, meager, black-looking man, with a grizzled wig that was too wide, and stood off from each ear, so that his head seemed to have shrunk away within it, like a dried filbert in its shell. He wore a rusty coat, with great skirts, and pockets that would have held the church Bible and prayer book; and his small legs seemed .«¡till smaller, from being planted in large shoes, decorated with enormous buckles. . . . (He) gave us .a most erudite sermon on the rites and ceremonies of Christmas arid the propriety of observing it not merely as a day of thanksgiving, but of rejoicing. ...” Dickens’s ow'n recognition of the true meaning of Christmas is clearest in “The Life of Our Lord.” It was, incidentally, written only for his children and was not made public until after the death of Sir Henry Dickens, the author’s son, in 1933. No doubt “The Life of Our Lord” was a vital part of those wonderful Christmas celebrations at Gadshill. Malenkov’s Hand In Foreign Policy B y T om W hitney . '^EW YORK(AP) — Premier Georgi Malenkov may from now on take a more direct and personal hand in Soviet foreign affairs. Having broken the ice by receiving the British ambassador, Sir William Hayter, he possibly will have interviews with several among the numerous ambassadors from non- Communist countries in Moscow who have asked apT)ointments with him.. It seejns obvious Malenkov in the last eight months has been absorbed in matters of internal policy—including the Beria case and its ramifications, the formulation of his new policy towards the peasants, and his new consumer goods and trade programs. Hayter was the first western envoy to see Malenkov since he became premier last March. Molotov has played a vital role in the formulation and execution of Soviet foreign policy. He has immense experience in this w'ork and there are no signs Malenkov will not want to continue to have his advice and assistance. But the way in which the Soviets handled the question of a 4-pow'er meeting last month suggests possibly Molotov was overruled by a higher authority, perhaps Malenkov himself. The Soviet note of November 3 to the Western Powers was such as to make most difficult the convening of the foreign ministers of the United States, France, Britain and the Soviet Union. The drafting of this communication was probably Molotov’s direct responsibility and, with his knowledge of foreign affairs, it is difficult to suppose he did not foresee the negative reaction it would get in Washington, London, Paris and the western press. Judging by subsequent actions of the Soviet government, however, this negative reaction was not pleasing to the Kremlin. On November 13 Molotov held an unprecedented news conference at which he was obviously trying to present a less uncompromising front. Then on November 26 the Russians sent a new note to the Western powers. This note presented things in a way which made a 4-power meeting niuch more possible. And in reporting the November 26 note to the world, the Soviets used a clever lactic which gave the impression the note constituted agreement to the conditions of the three Vv'esetrn powers for 4-power talks. This impression was apparently the one they wished to make, though the major Moscow concession was to relax Russian conditions. FORTY YEARS AGO IN KANSAS CITY From the Flics o( December 12. 1913. Kansas City, Kansas, officially ushers in W.ilson avenue, named in honor of the President. It is five blocks of Fourteenth street from Ohio to Central avenues. Arguments over a new street railway franchise were punctu ated yesterday by the declaration of R. J. Durham, receiver, that it was impossible to lower the present 5-cent fare, as pro posed. ABANDONED FAAiH. Now at dusk The freezlnj? brook Has a tlle-floor Patterned look. Trees are etchlnp» ) And the gate Stands bleakly cpen, Stands bleakly onen, desolatib Like ragRed Ruarda In rooted rout. The shaRgy cornstalki Stand about. And In the chill Breeze blowing here. Dead leaves make comment On dry year. Virginia Scott Miner in Kaleidograph» NOTES. Rolla Clymer warns In the El Dorado Times that some of the “Young Republicans”—“Young Democrats,” too—who are getting a lot of newspaper play these days should be careful not to get their feet entangled in their long, gray beards. Luman Miller of the Belleville Telescope is convinced there’s an advantage in having the children get old enough to know their numbers, then dad can have a fairly accurate check on how fast mother drives the car when he Isn’t with her. Occasionally persons enter the office of the Linn-Palmer Record and ask Albert Higgins what is the smallest number he would print for them. His reply: A few years ago he printed a job that required just one copy—he has never been able to print less than that. Following mention in his column of apple strudel, one of Tom Kiene's curious and probably hungry colleagues asked the Topeka Journal managing editor what apple strudel is. For W ASmi\CTOIS CALLING. Reds Could Miss Another Train. By Marquis Childs. '^ASHINGTON.-If the first ▼ ▼ propaganda response for the Soviet Union means what it seems to mean, then it is imperative for the Western powers to move as quickly as possible on their own initiative. They must undertake to set up the international atomic energy agency proposed by President Eisenhower in his speech to the United Nations. This might even be done within the framework of the U. N. despite the refusal of Russia to participate. Many o^ the U. N.’s specialized agencies function without Russian participation. Whether the creation of an atomic agency would be subject to the veto is something for the experts to determine. The parallel with the first stage of the Marshall plan is close. So much has happened in the meantime that the circumstances surrounding the start of the plan to bring Western Europe together and at least start it on the road to rehabilitation are forgotten. The invitation to join in the benefits of the Marshall plan went out in 1947 to Soviet Russia and the satellite states as well as to the Western powers. The late Ernest Bevin, ioreign minister of Great Britain in the post-war Labor cabinet, told this reporter the background of the first preliminary meeting in Paris of the countries invited to participate. The Soviet foreign minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, came to Paris with a mission of at least a hundred experts and Vyacheslav Molotov Was Front Man for Russia in a Sudden Reversal of Attitude Toward the Marshall Plan in 1947 . . . Then, as Now, He Was Soviet Foreign Minister. advisers. This was taken as evidence of Russia’s serious intentions to co-operate, since if Molotov’s sole reason for coming was to say the customary no, then he would not have needed the help of a staff of experts. At the opening session, which was closed to reporters and the public, Molotov made a statement that was on the whole favorable to the American plan. To the others at the conference table it seemed evident that the Soyiet Union, and therefore also the satellites, would take part. But toward the end of that first sessionK as Bevin told the story, a sealed dispatch was delivered to Molotov. He read it quickly and then asked for a 4-hour recess. When the meeting was resumed, Molotov sought the floor again and made a second speech denouncing the concept of American aid for war- torn countries. It was assumed that he had received a last- minute order from Stalin reversing a decision previously taken. The other powers then W'ent ahead without Russia and the satellites. There was always a question as to whether Congresg would have approved large grants in aid If the Communist nations had been in on the plan. It is not inconceivable that by going along at that point, Molotov might have killed the whole thing. • That would have been a tragedy for the West, since it was on the base of the Marshall plan that the North Atlantic Treaty organization was projected. And the defense force of NATO has been one of the great deterrents to Communist aggression. As imperfect as the NATO structure is, nevertheless it represents a tremendous advance over 1947 when there W'as an almost complete vacuum of power. . Those who know the W'orld picture on atomic energy both from the viewpoint of production and the resources of raw material believe it is feasible to go ahead without the Soviet Union. The scientific and technical knowledge that might be shared no longer, with minor' exceptions, comes under a security classification. There is everything to be gained from a practical demonstration that the United States means to help other nations move into an atomic age of peace and abundance. (C<ypyri%ht, 19SS, United Feature Syndicate.) A new organ costing $2,250 has been installed in St. John’s Episcopal church, 517 Kensington avenue. Herbert Arnold is organist; the Rev. Carl Reed Taylor, rector. A new box office record was set last night at the Shubert theater with receipts totaling $3,506. Attraction: Gaby Deslys. The figure exceeds by nearly $300 the previous record set by Henry Savage’s “The Girl of the Golden West." his benefit, “as well as for others who may be ignorant,’* Kiene explained strudel is an apple pie that has been dropped on the floor from a height of not less than four feet. Today’s safety suggestion is embodied in the Ernie Briles idea, depicted in the Stafford Courier, that some of these fast drivers would live longer if they would leave it to the state highway department to take some ot the curves out of our roads. Any time a woman decides to reform in any fashion—be it better grooming habits or a program of spiritual development— you can just bet, Violet Leighty declares in the Hill City Times, that she gets her pet project off to a good start by giving the house a thorough cleaning. A naval authority expressed the fear that if we lose our control of the sea our allies will be dead birds. V/hich brings the comment in the Dodge City Globe by Jess Denious, jr., that “until then, we suppose, they will be deadbeats.” This is the season of the year, Jess Napier observes in the Newton Kansan, when thé game of naming Santa’s reindeer supersedes that of finding somebody who can smg the second verse of the national .anthem. Because of the failure of a Paris bank which financed his railroad, William Kenefick’s Missouri, Kansas and Gulf faces a receivership suit brought in St. Louis by a creditor, the Baldwin . Locomotive works. Kenefick has been named receiver. Married December 9 In Syracuse, N. Y.: Martha Ohnstrand and John Hunter Nead of Kansas City. Floyd Ecord’s LeRoy Reporter reports that Grandpa Glick Fockele, former Reporter publisher, and Grandma Mary have been a bit eager to complete a visit at Tucson, Ariz., so they can hasten to Gainesville, Ga., to see their first grandson, who has joined a family of girls—his sister and four cousins. The boy, named Mark Fockele, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Fockele. Louis is business manager of the Gainesville Times . . . Paul Jones surmises that his new book, “Blue Feather,” doubtless is doomed to remain aloof from the best seller list, but the writing-fishing-gardening editor of the Lyons News might be fooled, as he was with “Coronado and Quivira,” his earlier book, which likewise was rejected by several publishers because they thought it, too, would “not arouse sufficient general Interest to justify the costs of publication.” “Quivira” enjoyed a brisk sale, not only in the United States, but in other countries. “Blue Feather” is a story of prehistoric Indian life based on a Navajo legend. Elwood Hobbs. 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