Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland on February 8, 1952 · Page 4
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FOUR EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1952 Phone 4600 for a WANT AD Taker Evening & Sunday Times The Thrill That Comes Once In A Lifetime By w. T. WEBSTER Whitney Eolton . n*y tnd 8und»j MornlH|. nblUhed bj Th« Tlmei and AU«»ol»n Comp«J«r, T-» South UeehMle 8tr«et. CumbtrUad, Md. EnUrwl u second elm mall matter »t Combwland, undtr tin icfc oi March 3. It7» Membtr of th« Audit •tuiao oj Circulation at Th» AnocUUd fw» : Tiltpbon. 4MO Wetkly iubKrtptlea nU by C«rrler«: On» w»ik «r«. oj'7 joe: Evtatof Ttm*» per eopj. »e; Evi. & auto. TtoM. «8e per Wt«t; guaday Tlmft oniT. IQc pn copy. Friday Afternoon, February 8,1952 ~~ — OUR COUNTRY fit union of hearts, tht union el Aonrfi thi Flag «.» eur Union fower. — Marri) Primaries Do Help NOT LONG AGO President Truman called for nomination of presidential candidates by direct national primary—In other words, by vote of the people. Now he has assailed the existing system of presidential primaries as eyewash. There's no question .that this system falls short of the ideal. Its limitation to just 16 of the 48 states Is enough alone to handicap it. But more than that, the primary laws of those 16 states are so varied and complex as to confuse the real meaning of the expressions of popular sentiment they elicit. Still, it's hardly fair to dismiss them all as eyewash. An Incumbent President certainly can get another nomination from his party with' out resort to primaries, as Mr. Roosevelt did in 1936, 1940 and 1944 and Mr. Truman. did in 1948. But that is a reflection of the prime political 'fact that a President is the I most powerful man in his party so long as 'he holds office and shows any intention of .keeping it. An opposition candidate, how- iever, is in no such commanding position .except in the rare instances when he stands out in his own party and no serious contest develops against him, ; WHEN THAT IS not the case and a real fight does shape up, the primaries can be strongly influential and even decisive 'in either determining the ultimate nominee ;or ruling out a particular candidate. In 1944 the late Wendell Willkie announced tl at he would base his decision whether to : ieek renomination on the OOP ticket on the results of the Wisconsin primary. When he was roundly beaten, he withdrew from the race. During the spring of 1948, Harold Stassen was riding the crest of primary triumphs in Wisconsin, Nebraska and Pennsylvania and.seemed headed for a victory :in Oregon. It was being widely predicted that such a result would give Stassen an overwhelming edge for the Republican nomination at Philadelphia. At this point Governor Dewey went to Oregon, made a whirlwind tour and then outpointed Stassen in a radio debate broadcast nation-wide. Dewey captured Oregon, and Stassen's star faded. DEWEY'S COMEBACK and winning of the nomination a second time is generally considered to have started with the Oregon primary. The story may well be the same in 1952. General Eisenhower, Senator Taft, .Governor Warren and Stassen are competing, and all but Warren are now entered in two or more primaries. Results could be decisive, especially for Eisenhower, whose backers count most heavily upon the general popular support they claim for him. If, for example, he should lose—or win by a shaky margin—in the March 11 New Hampshire primary, Eisenhower would have an extremely rocky road thereafter. For there the GOP administration is behind him and he is considered to have every advantage. By the same token, a bad showing for other candidates in states where they are rated *trong would put a crimp in their presidential plans. The primaries eyewash? No one who remembers the Republican results of 1944 and 1948 and sees the 1952 outlook clearly can credit Mr. Truman with more than a half-truth. Mail And Passengers OFFICIALS OF THE Post Office have suggested that eventually the airlines may find it profitable to make special flights between major cities with mail as the chief or only cargo. Airmail is now carried as extra baggage on passenger flights, as other mail Is carried on passenger trains. The railroads long ago found the mail load much bigger than the passenger load on many runs, and in such cases passengers now ride incidentally, if at all, on mail trains. The same situation might occur one day in the air. The profit in transportation is not to be found in carrying mall, but in hauling passengers and freight. Better mail service probably boosts freight business, since it stimulates trade, but in the relation of mail to passengers the transportation business does not always make a net gain from improvement.?. In the days when mail traveled at the pace of a horse or a sailing ship, personal travel to transact business was much more satisfactory and often cheaper, .when time was considered, than correspondence. But now that mall moves at train and airplane speed, and is supplemented by telephone, telegraph and radio, it is becoming an increasingly satisfactory substitute for personal travel. Hence railroads and airlines doubtless lose some passenger business because they carry mail so well. Progress benefits all in the end, but it sometimes has surprising immediate results for those who help it along. Years Of Waiting A SURVEY OF THE way people spend their times, made at the University of Wisconsin, produced the estimate that the average person who lives to the age of seventy will have spent three years of hi.s life waiting. What does a person wait, for? Some periods of waiting, such as the margin for error at the bus stop, are unavoidable, but by far the most of the waiting is done because other people are slow-moving or fail to be at a meeting place at the appointed time. If everyone would take pains not to keep someone else waiting needlessly, think of all the years which could be saved in the lives of people who live to be seventy. . »Mtimt no UDM>. tor WpojrapbteaJ errors In adwtlw- 1 UI r *» rtB J'tt»t part ot *n advertUement In H *» 'nwgriphlcw error occuri. Error, murt b. 75 T. T^ JLL , /'At GOING T5 TfeuST *&u wrm /AlPofVTVWr WOKK. T7\Ke THAT BUCKET OV£R THERE BACKoFIF/^S-Ifcve /VJP GO uPTolfie'T&Lee/WH of=Fice AND 0€T f&JRTHOOSANO DOTS AND TWO, ~ % " SOME &G STUFF COMING OV€R~1fte /ygp i CAN'T GET rr WITHOUT PfcTS AND DASHES -THE DAYS WHEN You Thomas L. Stokes Democratic Boss Called Modern Mark Hamia WASHINGTON—When Frank K McKinney, Indianapolis banker and businessman, took over command of the Democratic National Committee several weeks ago he made It plain, in his frank opening speech to the assembled members, that he intended to be boss. In that fashion he moved decisively to his first chore, a needed tidying up of the committee's af- fairs. This he accomplished, not only by some cleanlng-up, but also by bringing business efficiency into the somewhat muddled organization that had moved along leisurely, in. a routine manner, under former Chairman William M. Boyle. Now that done, he is demonstrat- . Ing that he intends to expand and have a real say in directing the course of the party. In short'he is becoming a sort of modernized Mark Hanna to Mr. Truman's William McKinley or, as this role became designated centuries ago, a Warwick. thus far to sty that's what he would like to be, please, sirs. Mr. Mc- Klnney appears ready to take whatever steps are necessary to achieve that one positive purpose that he has revealed up to now;. Even as he did, by Inducing the President, himself, to take on the young man from Tennessee in the New Hampshire primary on March 11, And Mr. Truman had already announced, only a few days ago, he would ask that his name be withdrawn. then out, of the Illinois primary against Senator Kefauver. The New Hamphsire adventure also seems to contradict the "eyewash" term that President Truman used about Presidential primaries. Somebody now thinks that primary Is important for some reason or other. NATURALLY, it is his job to keep the Democrats in power, which means, in the busy and hectic months ahead, to prepare the way for election of a Democratic President and a Democratic Congress. But, showing more than the usual initiative and independence of the traditional national chairman, he also seemingly Intends to try to Influence the national convention itself, and to have something to say about who the candidate should be —or should not be. Prom his operations thus far it is clear that he has decided who the candidate should not be, that being Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, the only individual bold enough HOWEVER it came about and why, it is most fortunate, for it introduces some semblance of democracy among Democrats in picking a candidate. It was an exhibition, too, of the gambling instinct typical of the expert promoter that Mr. McKlnney is. For the New Hampshire adventure conceivably could come off to the President's—and the chairman's—disadvantage. The latter presumably in the state can get out _ the votes to defeat Snator Kefauver in the state-wide preferential primary and also elect Truman delegates over those entered on behalf of the Tennessee Senator. He said, in fact, that he would not have urged the President to remain In the New Hampshire test of strength If he had not thought Mr. Truman could win. This "in-out-ln-agaln" game in New Hampshire indicates again the nervousness in the Democratic high command over the Tennessee Senator, the hex h« hc£ ovsr it, ivhich was exemplified earlier when Senator Bricn McMahon was first in, THOUGH Mr. McKinney, as national party chairman, is the agent of the President, the party leader— always ' the case In the party In power—he has appeared outwardly as the leader and President Truman as the follower in recent maneuvers, including the "holding" operations by entering "favorite son" candidates here and there for whatever disposition President Truman—and the chairman— might want to make later. Furthermore, Mr. McKinney has other plans. He indicated, for instance, that the President's entry In New Hampshire will be followed by his entry in California. This would mean another Truman - Kefauver contest. Chairman McKinney could conceivably stumble badly In the situation that faces his party in which there arc clear evidences of revolt in the party against the President's renomination, chiefly in the South, but also incipient elsewhere. These, of course, would not stop the President's renomination; but they might play havoc in the election which, it is presumed, Me. McKinney naturally wants to win. But. anyhow, he has provided, a way to find out something about all that. (United Ffuliufs Syndicate, Inc.> Peter Edson Armed Services Must Justify Weird Buying WASHINGTON—(NBA)— There's a new "Chamber of Horrors" in the Old House Office Building. The name was given to the room by Rep. F. Edward Hebcrt of Louisiana. He is chairman of a House Armed iServices subcommittee Investigating the buying of supplies by Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. "There ought to be a sign over the door," *ays Rep. Hebert, " 'Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Hers.' " On a dozen exhibit boards in this Chamber of Horrors are examples ot bad buying of standard Items of supply at widely varying prices paid by the four services. Blankets, pillows, nails, light bulbs, shoes, undershirts, duffle bags, chain, trouble lights and cords. into the main House Armed Ser- vicess committee rooms for hearings which the Hebert sub committee will open Feb. 11. ALL ITEMS have been ticketed by Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force procurement offices. Buying specifications for contract bidders are thumb-tacked alongside. Take 60-watt light bulbs, as an example. Hebert's Chamber of Horrors exhibit shows the Army Transportation Corps bought them for seven cents apiece. Army Ordnance bought them for 14 cents. Army Signal Corps for 12 cents. On 25-watt bulbs, Army bought them for 11 cents, Marine Corps for eight. On 40-watt bulbs, Army paid 16 cents apiece while General Services Administration was buying for nine. All these exhibits are to be carted THE HEARING will run as long as the material holds out, says the chairman. This will probably be forever. New exhibits will be put up as they develop. Under-Secretary of Defense William C, Foster will be first witness. He is in general charge of all armed service procurement and production. After him will come the heads of the various procurement services and finally the people who do the buying and^write the specifications for these conflicting contract policies. "We're not charging there's any crookedness in this," says Chairman Hebert. Speaking for himself only, he declares that the number of grafters and crooks in government is small. "But the examples of waste and bad management are without number. By showing them up, we believe we can save government money." Air Force stockpile of these fihoes is 1,750,000 pairs. The -men are issued three pairs of shoes a year. Since this figures to over five million pairs a year, the saving at one dollar a pair, would bfi over five million dollars. This exhibit in the Heberfs Chamber of Horrors shows what .savings can be made by a small price differential. Consider what's involved In almost identical field boots for the men In Korea, bought by the Marines for $16.80 a pair, by the Army for $24.65. "If the Marines can buy boots that much cheaper—and they offered to—why not let 'em buy for both services?" asks Hebert. THE EXAMPLE nf black, low cut, men's shoes is cited. Air Force buys them for $7.19 a pair. Navy buys almost exactly the same shoe for $6.08 a pair. Only difference is that the Navy shoe has a straight seam Rt the back, while the Air Force shoe has a little leather overlap. History From The Times Files TEN YEARS AGO February 8. 1943 Red Cross starts drive for $35,000 in one week's solicitation. As the rest of the nation goes—so ROCS Cumberland on war time, formerly known as day light saving time. Rotary Club stages "China Day" at weekly meeting, featuring an at- tache of the Chinese Embassy us speaker. Funeral services for Dr. William Quail Skilling, Lona coning. THIRTY YEARS AGO February 8, 1922 Hugh A. McMullen resigns a? president of Liberty Trust Company. "Over the Hills to the Poor House" melts audience into tears at Maryland Theater. Over 700 B&O employes reported furloughed at Brunswick. COTTON undershirts which the Marines buy for 45 cents, the Air Force buys for 50 cents and the Army for 72. Navy has a fancy wool undershirt it buys for $2.75 each. Barracks bags range in price from $1.14 to $3.90. Eight types of blankets vary in price from $9.89 Marine issue to $14.15 Air Force and $19.57 Navy. Medical have a special white blanket they pay $21.75 for, but that may be justified as this blanket will take 100 steamings for sterilization. But for .soup bowls, the Air Force pays 18 cents, the Navy 22 cents and the Army 23 cents. You can't tell one from the other. But the Medical services have a job with a red band around the top which costs 46 cents. If the red band adds to the morale of the patients, maybe it's worth the double price. But there are some of the things the armed .service procurement officers will have to explain to the Hebert. committee. Nothing is impossible, says a. writer. He must meet, nothing but nice people. TWEN'TY YEARS AGO February 8, 1932 Robbers loot West Side residence and two downtown business offices. Fort Cumberland Post No. 13, American Legion, starts driv« to get jobs for the unemployed. FORTY YEARS AGO February 8, 1912 Estate of Samuel Smith leaves $5,900 to Presbyterian Church. Teachers' institution held at Greene Street School. The easiest way *o get Into hot water is to step under a shower of criticism. No one sliould object !-r a pen-on disagreeing if 'hey do .(, without being disagreeable. Looking Sideways A MOVIE in which I have had i long-distance interest for .some months was unveiled for me the other afternoon in a projection room, inspired decoratlvely by the fretwork around an Egyptian mummy's tomb, and after I had got used to the stuff on the wall I settled back and had a fine, If somewhat unhistoric, time watching "Viva Zapata!" My personal interest in a movie about a so-called Mexican bandit named Emillano Zapata goes back a good many years to a house on a side -street in Mexico City in which Zapata learned an American card game called stud poker. My father, an American mining engineer dedicated to the conviction that one day Mexico would be free from the hungry hands dipping into its treasuries, was deeply fond of Emiliano and believed that this hearty young man from Morales would one day be a heroic figure in his native land. aware b^ Emillano's little crochet. If rit isn't in the picture, and It Isn't, It is .because somewhere along the route someone lost his courage and began turning pale at what the censors might do. I don't think the censors would have done anything. Because all It amounted to was this: whenever Emiliano had a courtship which ended with him walking away he saw to it that the aggrieved young woman received,' in perpetuity, one acre of land on which she could plant corn and count on something to eat. He was scrupulous about this and where he matches up with Charles II is that when that merry monarch was dying he remembered Nell Gwynne with warm affection. He summoned his brother and said: "Let not poor Nellie starve." Nor did Nellie starve. Nor did any of Zapata's girl friends starve. They had land on which to raise sustenance for themselves.' I WAS ABOUT the size of a whlskbroom at the time, but I can remember Zapata coming in and shaking the dust of conquest off himself. He wore cartridge belts the way most men wear suspenders, and his guns lay easy at his thighs. He used to have a passionate love for .good cigars, a matter I remember because I was allowed to pass a box of them to him. I can't lay a finger on 20th Century-Pox for putting it into the picture that Zapata was a sucker for a good cigar. He smoked plenty of my father's in proof of that. But I can lay a." finger on them, for hooking up an exciting picture with a. one-woman love story in it since that isn't the way it. happened and what did happen was BO much more stirring and colorful. Emiliacno, in common with most of the revolutionary big ones, had a whirling eye for good-looking Mexican girls and they, in turn, were not disgusted by him. He was considerable of a fellow and he had a few notions about el amor. ONE OP HIS notions had an almost Charles II air about it, and I know that John Steinbeck, who wrote the screenplay, was completely ANOTHER item missing from the picture is the historical fact that Emiliano did burn down a series of haughty haciendas, as a token of his contempt for the wealthy landowners, but he Invariably left behind him a company of. his soldiers who were under orders to till and plant the ground of that ranch. He believed in the scorched earth, all right, but also in replenishing it. Apart from these matters, which need not get in the way of your enjoyment of the picture it is a sturdy, sometimes thrilling and always intelligent job of filmmaking. There Is a little teasing of truth now Vnd then, which need not gravel yoy, either. For example, that white stallion which is used In the end to give a symbolic rivet to the fact that Zapata's name will never die. It Wasn't white—It was cream colored, almost a palomino. I know because it used to tie up at our gates on dark nights in Mexico Glty and I would sit there In the window, like a fool kid, and hone for that stallion and dream of being a guy like the querro downstairs, with double strands of bullets over his shoulders and an army at his beck and call. Rbt SyndlcnU. Inc.) Marquis Childs Hear Washington Calling WASHINGTON —Rarely, if ever before in our national life, have the political decisions been so entangled with the military decisions. What is done to the military, field is Dound. to influence what happens In politics and vice versa. That is the most conspicuous fact in this extraordinary Presidential year. It applies to the role of General Dwight D. Eisenhower who spans both departments; to the uncertain status of the war in Korea; and, in the broader view, to control of the military switchboard built up through such instrumentalities as the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which in turn plays an Important part in the making of foreign policy. This and later columns deal with that entanglement which has such fateful meaning. FIRST and foremost, Eisenhower. The North Atlantic Council meeting to be held in Lisbon in «. few days can have a great bearing on his future. As was suggested in this space from Rome in late November, the Lisbon meeting is likely,to be the last in which Eisenhower will have a direct responsibility, since the probability is that the next NATO session will be put off until after June 15. Eisenhower has now been told by one of his closest friends and advisers that he must come home preferably 60 days before the Republican nominating convent.!^ in July and certainly not later than 30 days if he is to have a fair chance for the nomination. While he did not commit himself, this advice seemed to make a deep impression. There is a strong possibility that he will return on May 2 to make an important speech. In connection with the observance of West Point's 150th anniversary. Eisenhower and Prime Minister Winston Churchill have been invitect to speak. Church- ill'to follow Eisenhower on the evening of May 3. Both men are seriously considering the invitations, with the prospect that Ike would lly to London in his plane, pick up the Prime Minister and then head for the airfield near West Point. current year Is bound to seem dwarfed. Here is where the political decisions are vital. Under Internal pressures, both political and economic, the European powers may say at Lisbon that they cannot go through with .the "X" plan nor with the "Y" plan, which would carry rearmament beyond '52, without a pledge of much greater help in dollars and commodities from the United States. At the same time, the Congress in Washington will be considering the 10 billion 500 million of foreign military and economic aid in the President's budget with a strong Impulse to economize. • Under the stress of politics the military decisions tend to get presented In an either/or fashion. Thus, In this Instance, Western Europe either can be defended from Russian planes and troops setting out to reach the channel or it cannot. THE THEME of the West Point anniversary is "Furthering Our National Security," and Ike's speech would deal with that theme in the broadest terms. Nevertheless, it would have political Implications rominR at such a critical moment. Both addresses would, of course, be broadcast on one or more networks and so the audience of 10,000 hearing them in person at the academy would be only a tiny fraction of the nation listening in. But whatever steps Eisenhower may take, he will take them against the background of achievement by NATO—or the lack of such achievement—in building the defenses of Western Europe. That is where the Lisbon meeting enters in. the date coming close to the rnri of lice's first official year as Supreme Commander. At the Rome meeting the conferees considered an "X" plan for speeding up Western rearmament so that 30 divisions wo'ild be in being by the end of '52. The coordinating committee headed by W. Averell Harriman was told to determine whether such a speedup was possible in view of the economic troubles besetting both Britain and France. NATO CANNOT be fairly judged in such black-and-white terms. The list of its accomplishments is long and impressive. The coordination already achieved was not in some instances worked out between allied powers through the four years of World War II. In actual numbers it is substantial, and pressure now being applied may result in removal of NATO security regulation preventing publication of these figures. But no one, and least of all Eisenhower, would contend that Western Europe is today guaranteed safe from invasion. If the defenses of Western Europe are certain to get into the politics of '52, the war in Korea snd the nagging efforts to reach an armistice are already in the middle of the political tug-of-war. What happens in Korea in the next three weeks and months will cast a long shadow across the U.S.A. fUnitcd Features Syndicate. Inc.) So They Say We must first prove that we can, of our own free will, produce a unity and steadfastness of courage to match the fanaticism and enforced unity of Communist dictatorship. —Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. Acting just happens Ui be my profession. I could live very well without it. I have no ambition. I've never had the message. —Marlene Dietrich. I don't think he (President Truman) knows himself (whether he will run again, btiti he Is having the time of his life deluding the reporters. —Sen. Paul Douglas. I wasn't upset about it but I certainly was surprised. —Ted Williams, on being called into the Marine Corps. Racial myths . . . obstruct democracy . . . and give credence to the siren propaganda of those who traffic in hunger, oppression and disillusion. —Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson. SERIOUS doubts now cloud the Lisbon horizon as to whether the "X" plan ran be put .nto effect. If it is beyond the capacities of the NATO powers in Europe, then tho of achievement during the Aggressors will not refrain from an attack because of a word or phrase. —John Maktos, U. S. dilegat* to the U. N. Hal Boyle AP Reporter's Notebook WASHINGTON—What is the real secret of how to be a success in Washington? Wilbur Feeble, the average American citizen, gives the answer in a letter to his wifa about his one-man investigation of the government: "Dear Trellis Mae: Well, Honey, I found out how you get to be a big shot here. "Getting elected or appointed to an important job Is just the first step. The real art is to hold the job. And to do that you got to have ghosts and Indians. "As.I get It, a ghost Is a fellow you get to write all the speeches and public papers you would write yourself if you only had the time. But naturally you are too busy shaking handi and making friends. "An Indian is an information expert. He a the fellow who knows all the things about your job you would learn yourself if you Just had time. . "Let's say, for example, you are appointed Secretary of the Exterior. Three days later Rep. Headstrong decides to investigate' you because: your wife snubbed his wife, or—you forgot to invite him to a cocktail party, or—nobody elss is investigating your department that week, or— he's up for re-election, and he has to get hl« name in the papors some way. "WELL, THE HOUSE votes him $75,000 for the Investigation, and Rep. Headstrong 'hires some ghosts to write speeches denouncing you and rent* some Indians to dig up dirt about tha job you're doing. "When you go into the committee hearing, he says: " 'Let's get down to the real issue. Just why is the Department of the Exterior doing nothing in the matter of exports and imports of brooms to and from Czechoslovakia? Answer—yes or no?' "Well, if you don't have your own battery of ghosts and Indians ready—you are a gone Secretary of the Exterior. "But if you've got your Indian handy, h« whispers the right answer to you, and you say: " 'So long as I am Secretary no red-tainted foreign brooms will be admitted to these shores, and, none of our own fine clean American-mad* brooms will be sent to, politically polluted areas. Besides we need 'em all to sweep out our own defense plants.' "At this the spectators break Into applause. "After a month or two—during which you have collected $10,000 from speeches and magar zine articles written by your ghost—the investi.? gation collapses. .1 "But it has been a big success all around. You have made a name as a patriotic pubjla servant, and Rep. Headstrong has decided, to run for the Senate on his record as a. fighter, for clean government. The ghosts and Indians? They've been paid. "The only thing lost, Trellis Mae, is thi taxpayers' $75,000. "It seems a wasteful system to me, but a. ghost I talked to said it was necessary to keep the statesmen from strangling in their own red tape. " 'AS A MATTER of fact us ghosts are now getting assistant ghosts and the Indians are getting assistant Indians', he said. 'We have t%— things are getting that complicated.' "He said he felt ghosts were performing a public service in making politicians sound educated. He remarked toe ghosting Industry in America dates back to the days when Alexander Hamilton used to hand-plck-adverbs for George Washington, who, he said, couldn't tell a dangling participle from a hangnail. "That made me mad, Trellis Mae, 'Well, I. always thought Thomas Jefferson did a pretty fair job of writing the Declaration of Independence,' I said. 'And how about that little speech Abraham Lincoln scribbled down on an envelope all by himself on the way to Gettysburg?' "Well, he said, he would admit that either of them might have made a pretty fair ghost, and added: ' '"It Is too bad Lincoln didn't have a new electric typewriter at Gettysburg. No telling what he might have written then! 1 "I'm beginning to think, Trellis Mae, that I'll never really understand Washington. "Your loving husband, "Wilbur". George Dixon Washington Scene * WASHINGTON—This shows you how daffy we've gone in Washington over ballyhoo. Elabori ate swearlng-ln ceremonies have just been con* ducted for a press agent. ;; Yes. sir, a publicity was sworn In with all the pomp and circumstance of a Supreme Court Justice or a Cabinet member. Up to now they've been sworn at; not in."" But the full treatment, in awesome solemnity, was given to a fellow named Nils Lennast- son, who has just taken over the top publicity job at the Department of Commerce. You'd havp t.hnught. from tjie big brass in attenriancg, they were commissioning a new battleship except they didn't bust champagne open. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer administered the oath, beaming like a showgirl who thinks she'* going to hit a Broadway, column; or maybe like a Democratic presidential dark horse. Looking on with impressed kisser* were Maj. Gen. Laurence S. Kuter, Air Pores Deputy Chief of Staff; Maj. Gen. Floyd S. Parks. Chief of Army Information, and General Carl "Tooey" Spaatz, former Air Force Chief of Staff. But the rea-son or the panoply remained a mystery. There appeared to be no logical explanation why there should be swearing-in ceremonies for a pros. 1 ! agent. What is he going to swear to uphold—his QOS.V pants? I bcliev; that there is so much agreement now that we arc ?oing to ?st a European continental army. —W. Averfll Harriman. A 7-YEAR-OLD Navajo boy named FrancU Kcc Teller was brought to Washington the other day to publicize a rnovie titled "Navajo" In which the youngster stars. He's a, cute kid, but he speaks no English. Nevertheless he held a press conference. The ladies and gentlemen of uie press, however, never did definitely ascertain how he feels about current political trends or the international monetary .situation because, ignoramuses that they are, they are very weak on, Navajo Intrasitiye verbs. The little Indian boy was taken on the grand tour of the nation's capital and finally to the sanctum of Secretary of the Interior Oscar Chapman, who Is the Great White Father of all our American Indians, on account of being tn« boss of the boss of the Bureau of Indian Affair*. As luck would have it, Secretary Chapman'* 7-year-old son, Jimmy, was in the office. And here's the wonderful switch! The Indian boy had on a Hopalong CassidJ belt. Jimmy Chapman wore a, beaded Indian belt. The kids were introduced. Jimmy Chapman seemed perturbed over f .he Navajo's first name. "Francis?" he exclaimed. "I thought that was a. girl's name." For the remainder of the visit, the Secretary'- heir kept eyeing the young Redskin appraisingly. As the latter departed, Jimmy was heard to mutter: "I'd like to rassle him and sec what h« can do!" (Kir.j Tttlurtt. Ir.c )

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