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FOUR EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND, &1D. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1952 Phone 4600 for a WANT AD Taker Evening & Sunday Times The Unseen Audience Ev«ry Afternoon (except Sunday) sod Sunflaj Mominj. Published by The Ttmet and Alleganlaa Company. 7-9 South Mechanic Street. CumbtfUnd. Md. Entered u tecond clui mail matu.-r at Cumberland, Maryland, ggqet the get at March 3. 187g Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulation Member ot The Associated Prcts Telephone WO Weekly «ubecriptlon rate by Carrier*: On e week Eve. only 30c; Evening Tlmei per copy, 6c; Eve iz Sun. Times. 40e per week; Sunday 'Times ocly. lOc per copy. The Evening Tlmea and Sunday Time* assume no rin»a- clal responsibility for typographical errors in advertisement! but will reprint that pan of an advertisement ir- whlch the typographic*) error occur*. Erron must Be reported at once. Wednesday Afternoon, February 6, 1952 OUR COUNTRY The union of fteorfj, the union ot hands and r/ia Flag of our Union forever. — Morns Absent Laiv makers THE QUESTION of allowing Greece and Turkey to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization admittedly has not stirred American imaginations. We favored the idea from the start, and have taken it pretty much for granted. But the issue was a touchy one for the British, who held out many months before finally endorsing the plan. They preferred Greece and.Turkey to be part of a .Middle East Command, closely allied to NATO but still distinct. The Scan-' dinavlans, who feared being dragged into a war on account of action far from home, were even tougher holdouts than the British. But they too finally agreed. This year the Senate Foreign Relations Committee speedily and unanimously approved the Greece-Turkey entry, foreshadowing favorable action by the Senate itself. In the light of this, no one expected, the Senate vote to be anything but routine. Yet, as it turned out, it was just a little too routine. The move was taken by unanimous voice vote, which was fine. But only six senators were on the floor at the time. AND THAT IS a pretty shameful representation under any circumstances, routine or otherwise. Granted it was a formality, it is possible to suspect that our stout Greek and Turkish friends would like to feel that more than a corporal's guard of Senators are interested in formalities affecting their security and welfare. However cheering the actual result, it stands as something of an affront that so many Senators considered it more essential to be elsewhere. And, incidentally, just where were the other ninety? Some are always out of town, of course, especially in election years. But the rest might find it embarrassing to account for their time. Since most committees do not meet during Senate sessions, it must be assumed that the majority of absentees were busy in their offices meeting constituents, handling their correspondence and otherwise attending to their less important duties. WE SAY "LESS Important" advisedly. Whatever may be the Senators' view of the relative priority of their various chores, the fact is they were sent to Washington primarily to make laws. It might be a healthy thing if more of them chose to remember that. One may sympathize fully with the overburdened Senator of 1952, besieged by seekers after favors and information in all his waking hours. But we still have a right to expect that he recognize his elemental duty as a member of a law-making body. He did not come to Washington to write letters, and he should have the courage to tell that to any constituent who thinks otherwise. It is perfectly understandable why Senators and Representatives do not want their sessions televised. They are afraid to let the public observe the empty chambers which symbolize today's lawmaking "in absentia." They never seem to have any trouble remembering: where duty lies when money for local flood control and river-and-harbor projects is being voted. But that's hardly enough to make a man a Senator. Progress In Liberia LIBERIA IS moving ahead. The only independent Negro state besides Haiti, Liberia has had hard going since its founding in 1822. Originally meant as a region to which freed American slaves could be deported, it was long threatened by encroachments from both France and Great Britain. In 1910 President William H. Taft gave notice that the United States disapproved of these bullying tactics, and in late years American capital has flowed in to develop Liberia's great rubber resources. While Liberia lies on the tropical West African coast, its climate is not bad. Its government is stable, and there has been no revolution in Liberia. Recently Liberia granted the vote to native tribesmen. Previously the descendants of former American slaves had been a privileged class who reduced the tribesmen to virtual peonage. The administration of President .William V. S. Tubman, recently inaugurated for his f -:ond term, is pushing legislation for better health conditions, improved schools and prison reform. In foreign affairs Liberia follows closely the lead of the United States. Its air bases helped in the North African war against Germany's Rommel. It has a fine naval base and a deep harbor, built by the American Navy. Liberia's debt, both domestic and foreign, is being steadily reduced. Barring some unexpected calamity, its future seems bright. Reds' Faces Are (Jed IT SEEMS WE put one OVPV on thr celebrated propaganda wizards from Moscow. The U. S. Information Service sot. up a leaflet that contained factual criticism of Russa's peace record. By disguising t.hi.<= with a red cover and the reproduction of the peace dove that is a standard Communist trademark, we inveigled the Reds in Italy into circulating the material as their own. Moscow finally \vok£ up, and fresh orders have gone out to all the comrades: "Lately, fellow workers, some real facts have been seeping through to the people. This was due to a lamentable lapse in our alertness. Hereafter, comrades, be on guard. No more facts must be permitted to rench the people. Facts arc the enemies of the Communist state." SMILE WEN WHAT YOU ALL PO/AJ' DOW You OL X POLECATS You SAY THAT, STWAN6ER! FI6HT/MG WORDS By w. T. WEBSTER Whitney Boltoh Looking Sideways Thomas L. Stokes How Much Do Presidential Primaries Count? WASHINGTON — Senator Estes Kefauver, as a Democratic Presidential candidate, is a monologue looking for a dialogue. Or an actor looking for a play. Or, if you prefer it another way. like Harry Matthews, the West Coast box fighter, looking for a scrap with' Joe Walcott, the champ, though in that man-hunt, Mr. Matthews at least has the Senate working for him, which Battling Kefau- . ver certainly does not, even though a member of that august body. The champ in the Tennessee Senator's branch of sports-Harry Truman—is side-stepping elusively, not even shadow-boxing. And even substitutes seemed cowed after the «*- perience of Atomic Brien McMahon, the Connecticut Senator, who signed papers for a bout with Senator Kefauver in Illinois, but was yanked four days later by the Truman managers. He began, even in that time, to look too much like a set-up. Champ Truman was entered briefly, himself, in New Hampshire by an over-enthusiastic if misguided local supporter, but the champ said "no" and that was that. There were some exciting preliminaries there, however. with a throbbing head. Only to learn two days later that Harry Truman wasn't coming at all. AH he got was the odor of liniment—and no smell. So it seems that Coonskin Kefauver will have to talk himself. Which is too bad. Democrats ought to have fun with their politics, like Republicans. KEFAUVER representatives at' Concord, bent on stalking the champ, waited around until Mr. Truman's name was filed bj his self-appointed manager. Whereupon it was discovered that there weren's enough names on the Kefauver petition and darkness was spreading over New Hampshire's snowy hills. So out dashed a local hero, Hugh Waling, former postmaster, and back lie came, just under the deadline, bearing enough names but also a bruised head and an injured hand. This modern Paul Revc.-e. who clattered along the icy roads shouting "Truman is coming." was so eager that he slipped on the ice and had to drive back four miles THIS COMEDY of sidesteps, setups and slip-ups has had one beneficial result. That is to direct interest anew—as every four years—to our scattered, sparse and hit-and- miss Presidential primaries limited to 16 of our 48 states. President Truman dramatized this inadequacy by calling them "eyewash" which, while political hyperbole of a gross sort, nevertheless served to point up his proposal for a nation-wide Presidential primary, advocated before him by Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Such would be provided by a constitutional amendment sponsored by Senator Smathers and by a simple bill by Senator Douglas and Rep. Bennett, which they offered meanwhile, since a constitutional amendment takes a long time. Nothing, of course; will be done by this Congress. But something ought to be done sooner or later. For the 16 states, which include the first five in population, have nearly a third of the total population over 21 years of age, 31,000,000 out of 97,000,000 by the 1950 census. Seven of the 16 now have statewide preferential votes on Presidential candidates who have been entered, but this has no binding effect on delegates who are elected separately. SOMEWHAT less than half of the delegates at either party, convention are elected in primaries in the 16 states, and only a fraction of those are bound to vote for a specific candidate. The Democratic process is diluted further by a normally poor turn-out of voters—only 25 per cent, for example, in the New Hampshire primary four years ago —which gives local bosses and their machines dominant Influence. Even the limited primaries we have now might'be very helpful to indicate a popular choice if all candidates were entered automatically and people voted in large numbers. THE PRIMARIES can be significant, however, under certain circumstances, chiefly psychological. For instance, it was Governor Dewey's victory over Harold Stassen in the 1948 Oregon primary, which attracted national interest, that gave the New York Governor a psychological fillip for the'Republi- can convention not long afterward. It was the late Wendell Willkie's defeat in the 1944 Wisconsin primary, which he had accepted as a test, that stopped his campaign for renomination in its tracks. Four years before, however. Mr. Willkie had demonstrated how primaries need not count at all by winning the nomination without entering any such tests. And conversely, going way back, the late Senator Hiram T ohnson of California won seven out of the 12 primaries he entered in 1920, but never was a real factor in the Republican convention from which Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio, a dark horse, emerged with the nomination by way of the famous "smoke-filled room" of the bosses after the two leading candidates. General Leonard Wood and Frank O. Lowden were hopelessly deadlocked. President Truman, as he said, can be nominated without entering any primaries. But, whatever happens in the end, there will always be those who will wonder what might have been the outcome had he submitted himself to a test, with Senator Kefauver. (United Ffa'ure? SvnHicatr, Inr.i Bob Thomas Remiie, Once Stand-In, Now Noted Film Star HOLLYWOOD — This week ..the stand-in for Michael Rennie. the English actor, fell ill and the studio scurried around for a substitute. "No hurry," assured Rennie. "I'm an old hand at standing in." He wasn't kidding. Without poring through the records, I would hazard a guess that he is the only stand-in to achieve starring status. Renn:-<?, who has done a number of leading roles for 20th-Fox, Is currently playing Jean Valjean in the remake of "Lcs Miserables." Playing opposite him is Sylvia Sidney. When she reported to work, Rennie said to her, "You don't remember me. do you?" She allowed that she didn't. "I was the stand-in for John Loder in a picture called 'Sabotage' that you and he made in England back in l;he '30s," he said. MISS SIDNEY still didn't remember, but the memory is a vivid one for Rennie. That was his first movie job. "I wanted to be a film acVor," he recalled. "I figured the only way to be one would be to watch how it was done. I thought of being an extra, but that would have meant that I would only work a day or so in every picture. If I were a stand-in. I could watch the whole picture being made." So Rennie took the stand-in job, which consists of standing under the lights until everything is ready and the star steps into the set. "It was physically exhausting to be standing for so lone." he remembered. "But. it wasn't mentally eshaustincr, because I had much to watch and learn." His pay: The tidy equivalent of $10 a week. "But that was .more than I would have made as an extra,'' he said. "I could have made more per day as an extra, but the work was sporadic. If I could hitch myself to a busy star or two, I could be working 52 weeks a year." himself was co-starring with Miss Carroll in "White Cradle Inn." He recalled Young with fondness. Rennie is six feet, four Inches, and Young is a few Inches shorter. Since the primary requirement of a stand-in is to be the same size as the star, Rennie slumped through the picture to approximate Young's height. The American actor obliged by standing on his toes when he entered the scene, thus protecting his stand-in's job. The stand-in phase lasted a year, and then Rennie entered repertory in England. After a wartime hitch with the Royal Air Force, he returned to films and his career started clicking. He did a starring role in "Ships With Wings" for Producer Michael Balcon. Only a few years before. Balson had fired him as a bit player with the remark. "If anyone ever employs this man, I'll sack him." RENNIE ALSO stood in for Robert Young in a picture called "Secret Agent" with Madeleine Carroll. Eight years later, Rennie History From The Times Files TEN YEARS AGO February fi. 1942 Thomas S. Post secures petition papers to become a candidate for mayor for the second time, after bcine defeated bv Mayor Harry Irvine in If140. Ailcciiny County civilian defense stapes Tri-To'.vn> blackout, test despite opposition of West Virginia civilian defense ofTiciais. Fifth annual Christian Endeavor Conference ol. the Cumberland Circuit held at Mar.leside Methodist Church. Death of Samuel H. Albright, 83, Ellerslie. THIRTY YEARS AGO February S, 1!)22 Vatican conclave elects Cardinal Achilles Kat;i. Milan. Italy, as head of Church. New head takes the name of Pope Piuh XI. Dearii of Mrs. Mary Ann (Martini Harmon, of Frostburg. Pnhce arrest eleven and confiscate stores of "dope" in narcotic raids here. TWENTY VF.AKS AGO February f. inr>2 P. K Scott. Washi:ia:.-,rt. named m.inacer of Ale^nc,u:r H,ve'. Employes ot the Taylor Tin Mills petition Mayor Thomas W. Koon to be a candidate 'or re-election. on FORTY YEARS AGO February S. 1312 U. S. Army mobilize? troops the Mexican border. Funeral of Samuel Srr.'.'ii. banker and retire;} lawvrr Fire razes carpenter and ithrr shop buildings in lower B&O yards. RENNIE IS modest about his success in American pictures. He attributes his good fortune to what, he calls the "Mid-Atlantic accent." That is an accent, which i.s neither too British nor too American, thus permitting him to play either nationality. He explained that the accent, is not the clipped speech of Noel Coward nor the "basic Enelish" of Laurence Olivier. II i.- more like the tones of Ronald Colman. "The Mid-Atlantic accent kept me out of work when Eneland was making pictures for the English market alone," Rennie said. "But when England tried for the American market as we'll, actors like myself and Leo Genn were in demand." Rennie manasr-d to develop the .lecer,? while trair.ms 'vif'n the. K A.F. in Canada and Ma cor. and Arr.ericn.s Ga. I DON'T KNOW how it is with the other eleven of you. but I am the one person in each twelve who is felled occasionally by a migraine headache, and now the experts are telling me that the reason for this annoying matter is either that I love someone who doesn't love me or I hate someone beyond edurance. The experts are wrong. This simplification of psychosomatic symptoms seems to me to be going through a daffy era in our country. If a glil happens to get a minor rash just before going out on a date, some learned gent with a set of wire-held glasses clamped on his nose nods sagely and says: "Psychosomatic. Very plain. She doesn't really want this date. She should make engagements with other fellows and discard this one." The probabilities are that the rash came from too much fruit juice in her diet, and not because she was dressing up to go dancing with a bore. If a man develops a minor headache in mid-afternoon, the scientists purse their mouths up in a grin of satisfaction and cry: "Aha, as I thought. He hates his job." ir. one of the world's best and largest hospitals.. We used to talk about these matters and he once gave it to me straight: I didn't like my new job at all. I felt anxieties and pressures that did not exist in the previous job which I only thought I hated. He had it all worked out for me and he made it sound plausible. There was only one thing wrong: he was totally incorrect. I told him this once and he told me I was indulging myself in minor aberrations. Which is a nice way of telling a man that he is crazy, but not very. I ONCE HAD a job I hated. It lasted almost three years, during which I earned, if you'll pardon the expression, $750 a week. It was a nice chunk of money and I relished every buck of it. Most particularly, I relished it because I counted it as a just reward for doing some work I detested. It was my due for getting down there at 9:30 every morning and getting hub-deep in a job I wouldn't wish on an Igorot. In all those three years I never had one migraine headache and I never felt better in my life. A year later I was "doing a job I loved. I was crazy about it. I couldn't wait for day to come so I could get at it. The pay wasn't quite as good, but it was enough. I was so enthusiastic about this job and genuinely loved it so that I even took it home with me. And I had migraine headaches about every six weeks. Vicious ones that for hours would blind me and render me immovable. I would lie in the dark and endure torments beyond description. THE FACT IS that the job for which I had enthusiasm, and a measure of reward, both in money and sufficient kudos to please me, was the job I am now doing. Some days it goes better than others, some days the typewriter runs easiiy and with slickness. Others, it clanks and the results are dire. I know those days and I know the copy which results. I think any man or woman working creatively, however minor the mission, knows exactly what day is golden and what day is lead. I know that some days words come out that could not possibly be of great interest to anyone. And 1 know that some days the material is interesting. I kept a book on it for six months. I put down each column by date, theme and my personal opinion o) it. Invariably the mail matched my opinions. The ones I liked—readers liked. The ones I didn't like—they didn't like and said so in plain terms. And the ones they liked and I liked the most, the ones I thought well of and was not ashamed of, the best ones, were the ones that brought about migraine headaches. I BECAME friends with a psychosomatic Big Chief, a man so learned that he headed this kind of work ABOUT ONCE every six weeks or so anybody working with a typewriter hits a real high. He or she achieves some prose that sparkles and sings. In between they vary from good to dull. But every six veeks the bell rings loud and clear. ; And that's the migraine job. I therefore ask Dr. A. R. Furmanski, of Los Angeles, why he believes that violent frustrations cause migraine when, in a demonstrated case, time after time, achievement is the wellspring of a migraine torment. (McNaught Syndicate. Inc.) Marquis Childs Hear Washington Calling WASHINGTON — From a thoroughly dispassionate source comes a rough estimate of the delegate strength of Senator Robert A. Taft confirming the widely held view that Taft is still the front runner in the Republican race. This is the fact one month after General Eisenhower's announcement that he would accept the nomination for the Presidency If he were drafted by his party at the convention in July. According bo this estimate, Taft now has in his column approximately 150 delegates In the Midwest and 100 in the South. That Is the bulk of his strength. Another 150 pledged delegates are by the same broad estimate to be found divided between the West and the mid-Atlantic and New England states. In Pennsylvania, where Senator James Duff is certainly one- of the most vocal supporters of Eisenhower, Taft is reported to have 20 delegates. In New York State, eight are said to have been nailed down beyond the power of Governor Thomas E. Dewey to wrest them away for Eisenhower. The same source, thoroughly versed in the practicalities of politics, puts the Eisenhower count as of now at 200. The total required for nomination in 602. DESPITE all the state by state and county by county polls, this is probably a.s good a.<; guess as can be obtained at the present- time. It would seem to mean two things. First, the decision has not finally Bud Abbott. "But I get my innings next." The purpose of my inquiry was not to get into the baseball routine of Abbott and Ccstello. but to find out \vhirh one was the boss. That is sometimes as confusing a.s the "Who's On First?" merry-go-round, since the comedy team has perhaps thr most unusual business setup in the entertainment, world. Right, now I.ou Cost-Clio, the rotund funnyman of the pair, is the boss. He and Bud, the straight man. arc finishing up 26 half-hour TV shows which Lou is producing for NBC. Lou will own the rights to this enterprise. But. on Fob. 27, Bud takes over. He is producing a movie called "Abbott and Costdlo Meet Captain Kidd," with Charles Laughton in the role of the famed sea captain. Last summer, A. and C. marie a picture called "Jack and the Beanstalk." Tliat was one of Lou's productions. been taken by the men and women who control the party machinery. Second, and more obviously, the power and attraction exerted by Senator Taft over the party managers has not been noticeably abated by. the Eisenhower declaration. Above all, among these managers in the Taft wing of the party the signs are evident of a growing determination to go it alone; to read out of, the partv.—and, for that matter, out of human society—anyone who does not subscribe not, merely to Taft, but to the whole decalogue of reaction. While Taft himself shows little or no awareness of it, this clearly constitutes a danger to his personal ambition. But It also endangers the chances for Republican victory In November, and that is important not solely for one man's future but for the future of the two-party system in America. Me-tooism may have lost the election of 948. although that is debatable. Me-ism—completely solf- centcrcd concentration on the prejudices and predilections of one limited group of voters—can lose the election of '52. Werdcl, whose obscurity has been all but complete up to this time, threw in some snide remarks about measures that have been repeatedly approved in Republican platforms. "WHO'S ON f:r«.r?" ''Costeilo is right, nov,' replied THE BOYS HAVE fhrec more pictures to make for their home, lot, U-I. (They take 50 per cent of the profits of those films, 30 for Lou. 20 for Bud.) After their studio contract is over, they intend to work only for themselves. "I see no reason why we. shouldn't just make pictures for ourselves," Bud told mr. "It should work out, very well. I do a picture for Lou, and then he does a picture for me. That would make everything even- steven. "The system has worked out fine so far. When we make pictures at U-I. we set a time limit for working—say, four o'clock in the afternoon. When it gets that time, we say 'okay, that's enough for today.' and we KO home. "But, I've been working like ?. dos on Lou's pictures. And I know he'll clo the ^ame for m.ne." (Asscc.ated Prri:-,; IT HAPPENS that Governor Warren is one of the chief assets of the GOP. He has shown over and over again that he can win the independent vote which i.s especially important in California, where political affiliations are lightly held. He has demonstrated his great a.bilities as an administrator in a state beset by problems growing out of a fantastic growth during the past decade. Yet this is the man whom not alone Representative Werdel, but a great many Republicans both in and out of California, would read out of their precious rwrt.y. As Warren said in his speech to GOP committeemen and women meeting in San Francisco, to let these people slam the door on all progress, on tvcry evidence of change, will be to condemn the party to .suicide. The Greeks had a word for it. That word was hubris, which means wanton arrogance, a kind a violent pride arising from pa.ssion or recklessness. In the sreat Greek dramas it is this quality of hubris which leads to tragedy and ultimate downfall. One might arid that no:, just individual-, hut whole peoples can fall victim to this disease of arrogant pride. AT FIRST gluncc. the K. 1 rnhower forces would see.rn t.o have an almo-.t. overwhelmingly difficult, task ahead, of thTil with a candidate who cannot, ta.kf part, actively and openly to Tiir, t.l'e nomination for hinveK. But in another Iit'ht. 'hi- i.- .-em to be a le?s difficult, role. Kisenhower can become a rallying P*"'!!';', '<"' r ' hn considerable force.- in the party re- fnsinz a. rallying point, for the considerable forces in Mm party re- fusins to subscribe to every item of dogma laid riowp by those who sometimes seem to prefer defeat, to any slightest, rreo2r.it.ion that the world has ' har.aerl finer the. days of William McKiniev. To the ereat, bulk of thr deletes at Chicago. w;nr.in; thr. r.r.xt. election may sr.em fairlv importa;-.*.. il/'.-.iied FTJ'.U.-E ayatflcate. inc.) Hal Boyle AP Reporter's Notebook WASHINGTON—Wilbur Peeble. the averaga American citizen, took a few days off to see for himself what really Is going on in this horns base of democracy. Ke tells his first impressions of the nation'* capital in the following letter to his wife: "Dear Trellis Mae: Well, honey, here I am in the arsenal of politics. You can quit worrying right new about us being caught unprepared by another big war. The first thing I noticed was that the Pentagon has an annex. That proves we must be ready for any emergency. •'There is a heartening air of virtue about Washington right now. Billy Graham, the handsome young evangelist, is sternly attacking fin at one end of the city, and Congress is giving it hell at the other end. "No evil-doing can stand up under this kind of cross-fire, and if there is any corruption lefc here it must have gone underground. They say that even the "five percenters" are so ashamed of themselves they have reduced their rates to four-and-one-half per cent. '•I promised to give you the lowdown—the inside straight on what is going on here. But the hardest thing to pin down here is a fact. Facts whisper in Washington, rumors shout. "ALL ANYBODY SEEMS to know for sure is what he overhears. My idea of Washington right now is a bunch of people standing in a circle with their hands to their ears, each trying to hear what the next fellow is whispering. The trouble is nobody seems to really know anything. "The biggest whisper factories are the cocktail parties,.just like back'home. I went to one party. Here is a remark I overheard—and you can take it for what it is worth: " 'President Truman has positively decided to run again] He figured that he couldn't swing the nomination to Governor Stevenson of Illinois or anybody else but himself. Besides, he feels Taft will get the Republican nomination, and he thinks he can beat Taft.' "The rest of the conversation at the party was mostly gossip about what government official would be thrown out next. That is the most popular guessing game in the capital: 'Who's on his way out?' "I TOLD ONE FELLOW at the party that kind of gossip was heartless, and he said: "'No. You see, everybody in this town is always on his way out. It's just a matter of when. They did used to let a guy warm his seat for a month or two before they started screaming he was incompetent or subversive. But now they start talking about throwing him out before he even arrives to take over his office.' "Then this man asked me if I was looking for a post. When I started shuddering, he said: " 'Well, if you ever do, I'll give you a tip. The only sure way to get a job in Washington is to announce you don't want it, and that you double-dog-dare the Senate to confirm you if you are appointed. Well, you know Senators. They never take a dare. 1 "Oh, yes. I forgot to tell you—a wave of dieting is sweeping the capital. Everybody is climbing on a diet on just falling off one. A government employe I met at lunch explained why: " 'It's election year,' he said, 'and we don't want people saying we are living off the fat of the land.' "I told him to go on and have, another calorie—us taxpayers aren't that sensitive. "Well, I must close now as I have just been invited to two more cocktail parties. Somebody must have spread an ugly rumor that I'm going to be appointed to the Supreme Court, "Your loving husband, "Wilbur." (Associated Press! George Dixon Washington Scene WASHINGTON—A young baldheaded lawyer named Roy Leifflcn, with offices in Washington and New York, is Margaret Truman's latest late date. Mr. Leifflcn, who seems like a. friendly young fellow, had quite an experience the other night. He spent the evening in a local night club with Margaret under the appraising staro- of Marvin Braverman, who used to be the first daughter's steady. Margaret's newest swain, a member of the law firm of Bigham, Englar, Jones and Houston, with offices at 89 John St., Manhattan, and in the Shorcliam Building here, picked up mir singing beauty at Blair House, the other night, and escorted her to the Blue Room at tha Shoreham Hotel. They were in the place only a. short time, or about as long as it takes for the Washington social gra.pevine to get working, when in walked Margaret's ex with a very nice-looking young dame on his arm. The latter was recognized us Betty Betz, teen-age editor of the New York Journal-American, who maybe can't sing, but can write almost as good as Margaret's pappy. Miss Truman took one look at Mr. Braverman, which he returned with interest. Then Margaret became excessively busy paying attention to her escort. The latter was obviously flattered all to heck, as they make me say. Mr. Braverman, on the other hand, .shot \ few extra looks at his former date and proceeded to concentrate on Barnee's mu.Mc and Miss Betz. It was wonderful to behold and so Kvied with nostalgia. The President's daughter was acting .m.st .like every other girl with a new boy friend to parade in front of an old. FUNNY THING ABOUT young Lcifllcn. He's been dating Margaret around but. never before got hj.s name in the papers. He's never even made the society page. The prematurely bald young man got to know the President's daughter because he is related by marriage to music. His sister, Agatha, is the wife of Leonard Warren, baritone with the Metropolitan Opera. P.S. He's single. ONE OP OUR MOST popular national pastimes consists in thinking up Mnkins ways of illustrating the immensity nf a bill:on dollars. The latest to come up with a humrlmqer i.s Rep. \Viliiarn Henry Harrison, Republican of Wyoming, a descendant r.f both Pre.'i'->>M Harrisons. Rep. Harri.son has figured it. would take a clock 31 years and eicht mnnr.hs to tick off one billion second*. He add. 5 : "Dunns Ilifi life of the nr>w- defunct Economic Cooperation Administration. whote duties now are rharreri to the Milt.ua: security ARcncv. this country sent about, 12 billion 'W'lr- abroad, "A', the rate of one dollar per second, if. would 'ake 371 years and fix month.', to that 12 billion," A GROUP AT a society shindig were dis- ciu.'ine Presidential aspirants the other »veni.-,c. One dams, who is nowrious for being not too well informed, stated flatly that Senator Kefauver couldn't, be President, because his T>. if<* wasn't born in rh:s cou::!rv. "Sri* 1 .* ScoVh " f,a.id the darr.r 'Well." drawled Sidney Graves, a mar. abo:;', (•vvn. ";t mi?ht r/>; be- roo had to have sorr.e- bvdv 'lint, in t.'r,? White Ho-i=r," (K'.n? 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