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With a GraiR Of Solt Page 24, Wedneidoy, Feb. 12, 1969 Redlandt, Cclif. 'It seems to breothe the very soul of Lincoln' Thirty-seven years ago today the Lincoln Memorial Shrine was presented to the City of Redlands by the Robert Watchoms. Of humble beginnings. Dr. Watchom worked as a coal miner in his native Enz- land. It was the promise of America that caused him to become an immigrant He was not disappointed in his adopted land where he labored, prospered and served in appointed public office. To him. Lincoln was the personification of the American spirit- It was natural that he became imbued with a plan to build a shrine to honor his hero and to show forth Lincoln's character as an ideal to follow. The buildin? which he caused to be designed, and built in Smiley park in back of the A. K. Smiley Public Librar\-. was largely inspired by the magnificent bust of Lincoln car\ed out of marble by George Grey Barnard. "It is not an ordinar>' portrait bust, but one which once seen is never forgotten," it has been aptly said. "It seems to breathe foilh the ver>' soul of Lincoln whom the world acknowledges as immortal. His strength, his patience and his great compassion are all expressed." Oddly, there arc many people in Redlands who have never stood before the Barnard bust. Some are new in town and unaware of the Shrine. Others are long-time residents who will sheepishly admit they have never gotten around to visiting the Shrine. They are the poorer for this neglect. On this anniversar\' of Lincoln's birthday, make a resolution that you will visit, or revisit the Shrine, for the refreshment of your soul. To move the oil The enterprising nature of men who build oil pipe lines became known to Redlanders in the 1890s. Henr>' Fisher, who settled here, invested his wealth in creating an electric street car s\'stem in this town. He financed the daring adventure of building a hydroelectric plant on JliH Creek, above MenJonc, and transmitting the power an unheard-of- distance to Los Angeles. The scheme worked and the Southern California Edison company was bom. A native of PcnnsyK-ania. he had gone into the oil fields as soon as the first well was struck in that state. In company with his two brothers he laid the first pipeline ever put down through the oil-producing district. Today, the building of oil pipelines continues to attract bold and enterprising men. There would seem to be no limit to their courage. Through three major oil companies they have just announced plans for a giant, .S900 million line across Alaska, from north to south. This transmission pipe will receive petroleum from the new field to be built on the shores of the Arctic ocean and carr>- it over the BixMks Range, across the Yukon N-alley and through the Alaskan Range to a port as yet undesignated. Ships will carr\' the oil to the Lower 48 and (o foreign lands. Unless you have stood on the Arctic shore looking out over the ice toward the North Pole, it is hard to imagine the difficulty of this project. Temperatures of 70-beIow will be encountered in winter. For miles the line will be laid on ground that is frozen in winter and thawed on the surface in smnmcr. Most of the distance is presently roadless. Constniction o\-er the permafrost will create endless troubles. The oil men are determined to overcome the ferocious challenge of weather and space in Alaska. They will. Finch spells it out That sdiool de-segregation is a Southern problem, only, persists in the minds of people elsevvhcrc. Roben Finch docs them a service when as Secretarj* of Health, Education and Welfare, he speaks out. "\Ve ha\-e de facto .segregation all over the countr\-." he tells the press. School desegregation guide-lines will be enforced nationwide. WTierc neocssar\* HEW will seek assistance from the Justice Department. The Pasadena school board will need no diagrams to understand what he is talking about Pasadena is already the target of a federal suit, started during the Johnson ad- tninistratjon. The Newsreel Tilly is so craz>- about diets that she is on five of them at the same time. A hxpnotist sa\:s he can cure people of the desire to smoke dgaiettes. One treatment lasts tiro weeks, during wfaidu of course, the patient thinks he is a dtick- en. Astronaut Frank Borman says heights mate him dizzy. Which may be wiiy he is at home in a space capsule witere there is no dif* ferenoe between down and up. One thing that makes fighting crime a dif* ficult buaness is that it is among the few human activities that doesn't seem to be can- edkd on account of the weather. Near Running Sprinss. at the head of the City Creek road, the snow plows had cleared the pavement, (our lines wide. Yet, at the upper«end of this invitins stretch, a Cahfornia Highway Patrolman stood on the road, enforcing the sign wtich said that tire chains were required beyond that point. .Ks we turned to the right to I >art. in a long Une o{ cars, a Tan standing by the road pointed to our wheels. We didn't know what he meant When we came to a halt he stepped up and said: "Do you want >-our chains installed?" He was wearing a great coat — a war sur^us garment that hung below .his knees and was thickly padded. He also wore stout rubber boots. On the front of his coat he had fastened a ver>- large badge — round, white and with red letters: "Permit 1288." It didn 't explain what he was "permitted" to do. but obviously he was in the business of installing tire chains. We faintly remembered a story published in the Facts a year or more ago. It said that on the Donner Summit leading from the Sacramento Valley to the ttamerous ski resorts around Lake Tahoe, chain installing racketeers had become a problem. A quick-buck Johnny would put on chains for a motorist, collect several dollars and move on. When the car drove off the chains banged under the fenders, or came off altogether. Then the motorists complained to the public authorities. So the Division of Highways had tried to bring a little order out of chaos by setting up the permit system. As we recall the storj". the Division didn't guarantee or stand b^nd an>-one with a permit but the ^stcm did establish a way of invoking a little responsibility, of policing the roadside against racketeers, and of giving a way to check out complaints. "So. 1288" said be would put on our chains for $3. That may reem like a high price if yoa have never grap^ried with these inventions of the devil while setting jtwirself wet and cM on a highway, but it seemed fair enough to us. If he had realized that our chains didn't fit and would have to be Uilored to (he size of the wheel, he probably wtNiM have located a quicker job. But he was a conscientious guy and when he saw what needed to be done said the extra work uouki be a dollar more and the bargain was struck. He carried a large pair of heavy cutters, with which he .snipped four links, to make the irngth right. He heaved and pulled until he positioned the chains: then repeated because the job wasn't perfect. With a special snow-chain tool, he spread certain hooks open and bent others in to just the right shape. After booking the chains once, be fastened the ends up with wire and then neatly (rimmed (he loose ends. We were quite astonished to Tmd a man by the read, trying to make money as fast as he could, and yet being F3iisfied with nothmg short of perfection in hit workmanship. After skiing «c returned to the place where the chain men were at woric. A tall man wearin: a yellow rain suit agreed to lake the chains off for $2 — a I:tUe high, we thought. "How many chains can you do in a day?" we asked. "t don't kno»-." be put us off. That seemed to be all be was {Ktin: to say. But as be lay flat cn his back, reaching up under Ihe «el finders be added "One day last Spring I made J33T." Berry's World Atomic bomb will be used by somebody •y MAJ. GKN. PIKRY 1. GRIFFITH USAF (Ret.) Redlands Yesterdays FIVE YEARS ACO Temperatures — Highest 69, lowest 39. N'ew junior high school in southeast Redlands officially named ".Moore junior high school." by School Thistccs. Name is in honor of the Paul W. Moore family. .Mr. Moore was editor and publisher of (he Daily Facts from 1929 until his death in ISC. Faulty light fixture may have caused $1 million fire at toma Linda University that resulted in the destruction of Risley Hall. Fire was still out of control at 1:30 p.m. today. Mrs. LvTin Walker elected president of the Redlands Day Nursery Board, succeeding Mrs. Gordon Witter, during annual meeting of the board. TEN YEARS AGO Temperatures — Highest 55, towest 42. Redlands rainfall still lagging at half of normal despite a two- day storm o( 1.06 inches. But another new slorm is staled this weekend. George .M. Bailey elected prcs- Wcnl. William Kilcy. first vice president and Dr. Gilbert Becker, second vice president, at annual meeting of Family Service association. School Trustees authorize plans for enlarging Yucaipa Jr.- Sr. high locker rooms (o provide 600 lockenc each for the bo>s and the girts. FIFTEEN YEARS ACO Temperatures — Hi:;hcst 63, lowest 36. AU poultry should be banned from a 130-acre section of Cali- mcsa. Counly Planners decide after heated public hearing. City Council nomination period opens and Sluart Power is first to take out papers. Donald Brown and Connie Wall win the cil.v-»ide Vo-Yo championships. One Minute Pulpit Religion that is pure and un- defilcd before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their aCOiction and to keep oneself unsiioed from the wxiril — James 1:27. The smallest actual good is better than the most magnificent prafni.<« of impossibilities. —Thomas B. Macaulcy. Eng- Ush poet and historian. U.S. the key to peace in Mid-East •y RAY CROMLEY W.ASHIXGTON - Too m u c h American official thought has been given to maintaining an arms balance between Israel and the Arab countries, to "boundaries." military patrolling by "neutrals." legal rights and recognition of sovereignty. These problems, real as they are. are s>-mptoms of deep bedrock disturbances that cross national, racial and religious lines in the Middle East. In its approach thus far. as indicated above, the United Slates is making the same mistakes as in Vietnam. In l.he Middle East, as in .Southeast .Asia, the uoderiying problems are not miUtary but sociopolhical. Larsc numbers of people have been exposed indirectly to the rights, ideas, freedoms, wealth and opportunities known by the average man in the West. S!udenl.< of the area agree thai as in other parts of the worid. this knowledge has been untitling. Millions of people compare their own lack of freedom, personal rights, rigidity of their castes. Ihe Weak outlook for change, their lack of voice in government with what they "sec" in America and Europe. The people arc flailing about for sfhitions. Without hope, there vrill be more revolutions and wars (Arab-Jew and Arab- Arab' and an increase in the instabilily that opens the doors for Russian. Red Chinese and uUrarighl agents. The situation is made worse as Mo.'cnu', Peiping and the rightist groups vie for popularity and power, uniting in curious combinations, as for example. Moscow's .sometime backing of ullrarcaclionary groups. There is little communication between Jew and Arab and non- Arab Muslims. Hatred becomes a major force in unifying different groupings within the Middle East Arab.<: living in Palestine do not become cilizcns in the real sense. Jew.s in Arab countries as a whole remain separate and apart, sometimes by choice and sometimes by ncccs- sily. Thb lack of understanding is intensified by the million and a half homeless Arab refugees — accepted nowhere. The Vnited Stales, of all countries, should understand (he depth of these problems. We have been more succc^sful than most in assbnilating millions of immigrants. But at Ihc s a m c time we have not been wholly successful in solving our relationships with some minority groups. But to think of this as wholly an Arab-Jewish problem would be a mistake. The landing of U.S. troops in Lebanon a few years back was to protect the country from an atttmpted take-over by Eg>'pfs Nasser. If the United States moves (diffidently and humbly) to help the majorities in the Middle East set up political-socio-eco­ nomic mstitutions that offer hope to the people of these countries, it will be taking the first step toward an casing of the permanent crisis that area now faces. Trustees may win the battle, lose the war Vr,, hb! Wtmfmt if IJi A^riH am y« fmi? By JOHN W. CILBAUGH Professor of Education San Jet* Slalo Collofla (^mpus peace at any price will be no peace at all. Trustee concessions made now to striking professoi^ and disruptive studeots will serve to compound the problems and make more difficult the obvious and only action which eventually must be taken. That is dismissal of striking professors and expul- sma of .students who have disrupted the instructional programs. • .\nd. furthermore, if the Regents of the University system and Ihc Board of Stale CoUege Trustees do not take appropriate steps to prevent the rehiring of fired professon and the re-enroUmcnt of expelled studeots for at least one full academic year in either system, the state iectilattira ihwiM <k> so. One of the impending threats to the s .vstem of control of Usher education by the people, tfarou^ their elected representatives, is that the Trustees and Regents are likdy to be outmaneuvered by the riis»idHtf, subversive and anareiiist professors who are in the vanciiud of the campus revotalion. There is a good cbanee (hat the Tm- tees may win the cumnt battle with the striking beitUy, but lose it OQ another front The faculty revdulionaries are already regroupiof tb«ir forces in prepantiaa (or another ooslausht in a nmr sector, lias time, the SbrUta ^ be focused on getting (be State College Tnisteet to agree to tbe oamioe d the Statewide Academic Senate as tbe Official BtfgaiHBg Agnt far the benl- ties on salaries, beoefita cad working «.n)iii«i.,ni Ttm Saaate, which is the spurious offspring of dissident faculties and weak college officials, is pressuring the Tru^ees for permission to conduct a statewide referendum among the system's lo.txw faculty members. If the Trustees >ield OB this issue, they will have, in effect, set up a rival eoatxvi group that will exert HKM* influence m management of the State CoUege Sj^tem, than the TVustees themselves. After the Statewide Academic Senate is named as Official Bargaining Agent, there has been discussion of the possibility of contractioe with some existing organization such as ihe AFT of the AFL-OO to do the Senate's bargaining. If this occurs, the faculty strikers, though they may lose the current battle, win win tbe war. In the meantiffle, another faculty group, the Califmikia College and University Faculty As- sociatioa, as a rival of the striking American Federation of Teachers is deftiatiding a meeting with tbe State CoUege Trustees in an effort to assert their own influence. The Trustees, much to .the diagrin of the sileat, subfflissiTe, faculty majority, have peiuiitteJ a subcommittee of its members to meet with a committee of faculty abikers. tt is not surprising that other faculty organixations woold demand equal eopsidera- liOB. Becauae of tbe dgfat-year-old Trustee poUc}- of surrender, comprofflise, and faculty appeasement the revolutioaist professon have oooduded that IVnslee authority b up for gr^. And. with coOege admin- istntors struggling to keep atop the towering waves of faculty caprice, ibe revohitionists may be eocfcot Ever since a certain Biblical character clobbered his brother, the art of warfare has ebbed and flowed defensively and offensively in proportion to efforts directed toward armor and armament, weaponry, protective cover and bang power. There seems to be reason to think the first soldier in histor>- who faced a catapult or s a w a crossbow zing, undoubtedly experienced quite some knee- buckling sensations; in fact waves of massive shock. And today, as the result of some pretty hard hitting propaganda I the reasons for and origins of which are often unclear), the casual .^merican looks on the bomb like he does at the gates of hell. In large measure, this literary barrage has been a disservice to our people too, in that considerable elements of our defensive development have been braked by it more than somewhat Nor has all the excess verbiage kept us out from militarily and internationally — in a position where any staff planner worth his salt endeavors to place his homeland. Regarded in cold perspective, analytically, and from the standpoint of historical extension, it would seem the atom bomb is but another step in the centuries-old development of wcaponrj-. From time to time, the more authoritative international periodicals indicate that low yield atomic weapons exist capable of less destruction even than some of the conventional Russian and Chinese made guns the VC and NVA use to kill South Vietnamese children and .Americans. But horrendous stories about the overkill factor in A bombs have made Americans essentially addicted to otherwise reasonable sanity lapse mto irrational frenzy at even a suggestion of the word. And many individuals hold we should be effectively emasculated — that atom bombs should be enthrely scrapped: thus facing us against the Reds about like Tiny Tim to stay a couple of rounds with Cassius Clay. The dangerous quality in such short range thinldng is that Joe Sincere. American, may feel that way, but Josef Sincere- ski. Russian, and Jo Chin Chir, Red Chinaman, don't. Period. They may say they do, but what worth is their oath, lately? The US went down this sword- into-plowshare road a half^:en- tury ago. In part, it got us World War I. We offer olive branches and the Reds grossly turn up their eoattails to us. Just let us pause in our overtures, however, or announce a weapons breakthrough, and they fall all over their feet pleading for a conference. So, we forget past vulgarities and grab at the chance for dialogue like Howard Hughes finding a Nevada county for sale. We oughtta know better. .And some in government do. Thank goodness. It's fashionable to bad-mouth the military mind, the military caste and the mythical military- industrial complex I whatever these are: sound like sinister appellations concocted by .Agent 007 or Otto Preminger). Such detractors should mind their manners. Show me a man in real military life who seeks a war during peacetime or prolongation of one when fires are lit and I'll show you a guy who's not been signing the payroll very long, a nut. an occasional Bayswater Road Commando or combination of all three. It's mostly fiction. Warfare is man's most costly and wasteful effort. .And military men are stark realists. If they must fight, they want to swing the ring posts, if necessary. Don't tie the fightin* man's hand when elected officials lose control, tell him to grab his flag and go out and be a hero. The atom bomb has been invented. You can't change that In a world of uncatalogued complexities something can be done for America, though: not to panic at wild, irresponsible propaganda — the kind from a fellow who, later on ruefully says, "Gosh, it seemed the right thing to say — at the time." Some day, somewhere, sdme country will use an atomic weapon in warfare agam. I didn't say WB would. I said SOME country would. There's a difference. A shame it would he, however, if the bomb were used on us and we had achieved so puny a state as to be vaporized while .standing with mouths agape and eyes shut. Bridge playing really got to him By NORTON MOCKRIDGE NEW YORK — Commuters, as I'm sure you know, are a most unusual species. There are some people vviho think that commuters aren't intelligent enough to be morons. But there are some people who think they are. I was a commuter myself for a good many years and I don'i know bow we survived the vicissitudes, indignities and mental and physical agony. But things are much worse today what with the general deterioration of railroad commuting lines, strikes, higher fares and the hit- and-miss schedules. You heard, I suppose, about the man wiio wanted to commit suicide and wlw put his head across one of the Long Island Rail Road tracks? WeU, he died from exposiue! An>-way, if commuters are a strange lot, bridge-pU>Tng commuters are infinitely worse. These peo;de who play on their way to the city m the morning and on the return trip at night, vrould rather play bridge than eat, drink or make love. Bfany times I have seen bridge playeiii refuse to get off wiien their tram reached Grand Central Tenmnal in (he monung — because they hadn't completed their rubber. Conductors sometimes dragged Ihem bodily off the train (because it bad to back out of the terminal) and the)- finished the rubber sitting on the station platform. But the cbampkm commuting bridge player of all time bas got­ ta be a guy 111 call Elmer Elkins. Elmer lives in Westpiut Conn., and for many years — 23 at least — be has commoted five times a n«ek to Grand Central Station, and then taken a cab downtown to Wall street Elmer and eigbt or nine other men vio also worked in the financial sectioa used to get to the Westport station anywhere from ^0 to 20 minutes ahead of sdiedule in tbe morning, and start their game right in tbe station. When the train came in, they transferred the game to four seats facing each ctiier. In New York they'd race from the station to a big Cbedcer cab they had waiting for tbem every monang and continue the game •s best UMV could in tbe back seat They used little clips to boU tiw cards to a makeshift folding board that one of the men carried in his advertising display case. As I say. this went on for yem and yean. Occasioaaily. one of the men would die or have to move away, and he was replaced by another equally as loyal and stalwart. But Elmer remained with the group and more or less became its den mother. It was he who brought the cards and the clips, the pencils and tally sheets. During all this time. Elmer worked at a job he disliked and he kept telling ever>-body that he simply couldn 't wait for the day when he'd be ehgible to retire. He had outside income, he said, and so he'd be able to live comfortably in Westport and putter in his garden. Finally, he reached 63 and promptly threw in his papers. He retired to Westport got into his gardening clothes and had a fine time among his roses, azaleas, tulips, rhododendrons, lilacs, dahlias and I don't know what aU. But, after a couple of days, he began to long for the card games on the trams. .After a week he couldn't stand it any longer, and, even though he didn't have to go to the city, he bought a commutation ticket and began making the runs as usual. Once again, he was in the games. He spent the days in the city wandering around, going to parks, seeing movies, eating in cafetMias and having a beer or twx> until it was time for the 3:15 back to die country. In time this way of passing the day became boring, so he took to going in on the 7:40 with bis bridge c(dleagues, letnrinng to V/estport on the 10:15, having hmcfa at home, goiog back to New Yoric co an early afternoon train, and meeting fita gang on the 5:15. Ke was always the first on the train, and he had the cards and thmgs ready. However, this became so exhausting, and expensive, that Elmer did what any sensible man would do. He went bade to his old boss and begged for his job back. Tbe boss said be could have it hut he'd get pad only haU of the salary he'd bad before. Elmer, with tears of gratihide m his O'es, agreed, and now he's back on the grand oU sdiedule. Anyone for bridge? Now You Know By Unitod Freu IntomatioMl The Potomac River is 28T mSes long.

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