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FOUR EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1952 Phone 4600 for a WANT AD Taker Evening & Sunday Times How To Torture Your Husband Every Afternoon (except Sunday) *nd Bunflaj MomlEg, Published by Tbo Times and Albanian Company, 1 -9 South Mechanic Street, Cumberland. Md. Enured aa second class mall matter at Cumberland. Maryland, under the act oJ March 3, 1819 Member of the Audit Bureau at Circulation Member of Toe Associated Preu Telephone 4600 Weekly subscription rate oy Carriers: One weeK. Ev». only 30c; Evening Times per copy. 6c; Eve, & Sun, Times. <0c per weeK; Sunday Times only, lOc per copy. The Evening Times and Suoday Times assume no financial responsibility for typographical errors In sdvertue- roents but will reprint that part of an advertisement In which the typographical error occurs. Errors must be reported at once. Thursday Afternoon, February 14,1952 OUR COUNTRY The union of hearts, the unicn ol and the Flag of our Union forever, — Morris 'Bevarfs Blind Stand PERHAPS IN THE interim caused by the death of King George VI Britain's left- wing Laborites, led by Aneurin Bevan, will indulge in some sober second thoughts about Anglo-American relations. Sevan's first thoughts, voiced in the first phase of the debate in Parliament on Prime Minister Churchill's %'isit to the United States, were strongly anti-American. As usual, he talked as if this nation were the one to be feared and the Russian bear were as meek as a kitten. His apparent terror at the possibility Churchill might have committed Britain to a stern course of cooperative action with the U. S. in the Orient in event the truce talks fail is a demonstration which reflects either gross ignorance or lack of responsibility. How many times does it have to be said that the United States is, as interested as any nation in a satisfactory Korean settlement? After all, which country is it that has suffered 100,000 pasualties in Korea? Certainly not Britain. ONE MIGHT BE tempted to suggest that Bevan visit this side of the Atlantic to learn a few raw facts. But there's no proof that would help. A man with his mind made up docs not look for facts that run counter to his conclusions. Clement Attlee, former Labor prime minister, came over here once to talk things over with President Truman. He had a chance to see and hear Americans, to discover what they really think. But today, long months after his return home, even he believes there is a "war party" in' this country which would like to broaden the conflict in Asia and "have it out" with the Communists. Fortunately, Attlee's moderate -spirit still controls the Labor Party. But Bevan, who appears bent on elevating fantasy and irrationality into the realm of science, Is getting stronger. Soon he may be powerful enough to seize the party's reins. FROM THE standpoint of the solidarity of the free nations, it would be almost as much a calamity to have a Sevan-controlled Labor Party come back to power in Britain aus to have a DeGaulle government in France. Neither man seems to have any grasp of world realities. Churchill, on the other hand, understands the value of a strong Anglo-American bond as a force for peace and order. His reaffirmaUon of that link is, according to the best Information, the only real commitment he made while in Washington. That he must play this down and instead stress repeatedly that he made no specific pledges to join (he U. S. in a possibly enlarged Korean war is a measure of Sevan's low stature as a statesman. If you would believe Sevan, a promise to stand firm with your friends against aggression is virtually a crime against the state. He seeks to humiliate and convict Churchill for advocating a policy that is the very cornerstone of rreo men's security. The great wonder is that fools like Bevan last so long and command so much attention on the political scene. Possibly they would not if the confusion and chaos abroad In the world did not create fears for them to play on. All we can do Is hope that men of this kind do not prevail in the seats of power. Lacy Letters VALENTINE'S DAY I* upon us and the voice of the lovebird is hoard in the land, accompanied by the clanging of the cash register in the stores of those who sell flower.s. greeting card.-;, candy, perfumes and other items suitable for valentine remembrances. Celebration of Valentine's Day is an ancient tradition which predates Christianity. It may be a bit hard to imagine Julius Caesar walking up the Appian way with a heart shaped box of candy under his arm, but the Day. by a different name, was first celebrated by the Romans. The idea of sending sentimental verses on the day may have originated with Charles. Duke, of Orleans, who sent love poetry to his wife in the fifteenth century while he was confined in the Tower of London. If his verses were no belter than .some of those which appear on modern valentines it i.s easy to understand why England, always a country which loved literature, felt it necessary tr> keep the Duke locked up. Yet Valentine's Day can conjure up pleasant recollections for everyone. For the youngsters it may mark the first confession, half in fun. of an attachment of the heart. For the older person it may bring back a memory of days gone by when love's dre;im was young. It Is a. holiday dedicated to young love. There Is .something wonderful about young love— and old love, ion. WHICH SUIT AMD WHICH SWEATER OO you WANT" SPOTTY By w. T. WEBSTER Whitney Eolton Looking Sideways Thojnas L. Stokes Lincoln Would Fight For What South Needs WASHINGTON — In a Lincoln Day luncheon at Birmingham. Ala., Republican National Chairman Guy George Gabrielson said: "And let us remember that Abraham Lincoln was a Southerner." Now. now, Mr. Gabrielson. and fie, fie! Has it come to this, sir? Abe Lincoln was born, of course, in Kentucky, which was torn and divided in the Civil War, with some of its sons joining the Confederacy and some joining the Union Army. It is usually considered a border state, rather than Southern, though it does have many Southern traits. But Abe Lincoln moved with his family "north'' at an early age, while Jefferson Davis, who was born also in Kentucky, about 40 miles from Lincoln's birthplace, went "south" to become a planter, and live in a different environment entirely in Mississippi, and become the President of the Confederacy. Which only demonstrates that environment has lots to do with all of, us. a fact we don't ponder often enough, or long enough. vengers to get what they could, along, of course, with many good people who wanted to help. It was reconstruction tliat gave the Republican party the black eye it still has with many Southerners, wrongly this far distant, of course;, but nevertheless existing. Chairman Gabrielson is smart to talk, about Lincoln rather than that, even if Abe Lincoln wasn't accurately a Southerner. rights program It sucked in many people, enough to split off four states from the regular Truman- Barkley ticket, for prejudice works that way. The circles in which Chairman Gabrielson moves when he goes South are the same circles that promote Dixiecratism. BUT IT DID fall upon' Abe Lincoln, as President, in order to save the Union, to direct, the war 'upon the South. So. he is linrdly considered "Southern." Mr. Gabrielson. however, is right in expressing the same view you cot from your grandmother—if you were raised in the South—that, if Abraham Lincoln had lived, things would have been different. And the South would not have suffered that horrible reconstruction, with armies encamped all around; and freebooters from the North descending like sca- WHILE everybody has his own idea of what Lincoln would do today, this student humbly suggests • that Abe would not have been happy about the coalition in Congress in which present-day members of his party join a large segment of Southerners; nor the effort, as in Chairman Gabrielson's Lincoln Day adventure to promote this alliance widely in the South, if possible, to win an election. The luncheon, he addressed was sponsored by the Alabama Republican State Executive Committee. Lincoln might, remember something about Birmingham. Birmingham was the place where Dixiecrats gathered In convention in 1948 to put an independent ticket into the field in 1948. Present, pulling the strings, were representatives of powerful economic interests whose own .strings, in some cases, were pulled from headquarters of these interests "up North." Anybody familiar with the facts of life in the South recognized the purpose of this movement, which was to stop economic and social reform by exploiting the racial issue offered by President Truman's civil IT IS VENTURED that Abe. Lincoln would see through it all. and would choose to cast his lot with the plain people of the South. They have been through a reconstruction of their own in the last few years, the sort that Abe Lincoln would support—in various measures lilting ancient bonds and shackles and permitting the people of the South, while and black, to help themselves; collective baigain- ing; minimum . wage and shorter hours and better working conditions'; loans to help tenants to buy their own farms and become independent; such multiple - purpose projects as TVA with its flood-preventive, electric power-producing, reclamation qualities. Some Southern Democrats and Republicans sought to block this in Congress, and are_ still active. But Abe Lincoln would be the kind of "Southern" who would fight for these things, as his whole life proves. This is the kind of Abraham Lincoln that Chairman Gabrielson could talk about freely to the people of the South, but that would require a change of attitude among some of those he represents as national chairman and those who join with Democrats in the familiar coalition in Congress. lUllltTi FTiluri". Svnrt;r:i!iv Jnr: i Peter Edson Soldier's Strane Story Baffles Parents WASHINGTON — <NEA) —Brief cable, mention that a.n American ex- Air Force technical sergeant had been seriously -wounded in Hukbala.- liap fighting in the Philippines has unearthed a strance story. It is the tale of a Ol with a brilliant war record who may have turned. Commie and taken to the hills with the bandits. The man is William Joseph Pomeroy. 35-year-old veteran from Waterloo. N. Y. What made him apparently desert his country and join the Filipino Communist, guerillas is something of a mystery. He went, back to the Philippines in 1<M7. a year after he had been given an honorable discharge at Camp Dix. N. ,1. He enrolled in the University of the Philippines for a four-year course in journalism. After two years he quit. In Manila he married a Filipino girl named Celia Mariano, said to be a native beauty. Together they went into the hills, the Sierra Madre mountains and the Tnnay mountains east of Manila, which have been Huk strongholds. Intelligence reports'; of the Philippine anny, chasing the Huks, soon placed Pomcroy and his wife a.s No. VZ and 13 in the Communist hierarchy. The Philhppir.e army has had offers of $50.000 a head on the top Huk Jcaclcrs- — Dr. Jose Lava. Luis Taruc. Guillcrmo Capadocia — dead or alive. But they never put a price on the Pomeroys. They were believed to be active principally as educational leaders. They reportorlly taught in Stalin university, the Huk training school. Captured Huk.s would give Filipino authorities word of their do- itiss from time to time. Their names would appear in communiques of the guerilla fichtine. Pomcroy was not, expected to live. If he is dead, his .story may be dead with him. II. S. Army records piece out the background of the story. He was born at Waterloo. N. Y.. Nov. 2S. inifi. He was drafted a.t. Rochester in October, 194'J, when he was 25 years old. He was shipped out of California for the Pacific theater, and- debarked first at Brisbane in December. 1043. He wa.s assigned to the Fifth Bomber Group a.s an aviation and cncmeering mechanic. But, he had a flair for writing and he was soon assigned to public relations and the lOih Historical iiml,. He moved up through New Guinea and to the Philippines. POMER.OY i.ssue.fi a statement after that. "When I came back to the islands." he said. "I left my parents and my brother in the State*. I look a native wife so I would have no divided interest." MOST RECENT report.; have had Ponicroy a.s leafier nf an armed band. Then at the end of January came 3 report {.hat he was seriously wounded while leading his groun to a Huk conference in central Luzon. History From Tlie Times Files Takes No Chances RUSSIA, FEARING to expose it.s athletes to continuous Western influrnee. will house Its- Olympic team in the harbor oft Helsinki, Finland, this summer. Uncio'.ib'.r-dly thf dormitory vessel will be known as a "peace 5hip." By staying out of the winter games at Oslo they avoided a neat. trap. Tricky capitalist observers surely would have dubbed any Soviet house-boat ther'e as a "fjord prace .ship." in embarrassing recollection of the late Henry's craft, of World \V.ir I lame. TEN YKARS AGO February M. 1942 The Board of Education's application for const ruction of schools at I.onaconine, ML. Savage and Kl- lerslie refused by War Production Board. Board of Alleuany Count;. Commissioners answers VF\V p o s r, charge nf employment of aliens with hst of nil persons employed by '.lift county. Edmund S. B.'irke. Charle.s A. Piper. Somcrville Nicholson, and F. Allan Weatherholt named o;ticers of re-oru'anizatinn committee o' YMCA. Vang Construe!ion. Company paid $72.139 for it.s work on the new Koon Dam. THIRTY YKARS AGO February 14. 102'i Pc.v.h of Michael Andrews, fin, I'iiiontown. Pa., merchaiu. from pun wounris inflicted by a bursiar. "Abraham Lincoln" shows a',' n local theater. "Colonel" Charle, -B.ilriv' Kiiofiv-. Cumberland's olde: t volunteer fireman celebrates, his TSth birthday at Kngine Hou.-e 2. TU'F.NTV YKARS AGO February 14. 1W2 New York Yankees vrpni-ter: "ready, wiliins and able" to b\:y outright Cumberland's franchifc in the Middle Atlantic B.i>eba;i League. Ten firms submit bici? for collection of s.irbase and ashes to Mayor snd Council. FORTY YKARS AGO February II. IIUI Crvnsrc.Erntion of K:. Luke':-- I.:;'!'.- oran Church holds reception :;" honor of Rev. A. \V. Ah!, pastor. Death in BOS: on of Ben.inmifi Yates. 55, former -"r.-.irierit of Frost- b';;-.:. Th;im,5? Frwfr r'-et.cri treasurer of the anr.uai ciiar.tv bazaar. THIS IS another noble day turned into a commercial shambles by the greed of those who make you feel that if you don't spend money with them) you don't really love your girl. What nonsense, except for the people who receive the money in exchange for tricked-up gew-gaws. There was a time when a fellow- could write a bit of home-grown verse, wrap it around the stems of some early violets and make his best girl fee! warm and secure and beloved. Now the poor soul has to go out, and hock his week's take for some piece of frippery which he has been warned he must buy to convince the doll he adores her. I have checked this growing commercializing of sentimental days (vide: Mother's Day) with some cerebral young ladies of Manhattan and they all come up with a fair • answer for Valentine's Day: if you and your fellow love each other you don't need material evidence of it — if you don't love him. you feel silly accepting a gift — and if he doesn't love you, you wouldn't want his gift at all. • SERGEANT Pcmeroy's record siiows thai he took part, in four campaisns. He won a Good Conduct, medal. In the end he had five oilier ribbons on hi.s chest : Asiatic-Pacific Medal with four bronze- stars, American Theater medal, VVarid War If Victory medal, Army of Occupation medal fo:- .Lilian, and Philippine Liberation medal with i.wo bron/e stars. Finally, he wa.- entitled to wear the Philippine Presidential i.inii. rila'ion decoration. Pomeroy was never rourt.tnanialeri and In' 1 was never AWOL. When he. came bark to the UmU'd .Stages in November ol 1!)45. it was to Bol'iini: Field, firs', then to Camp Dix ' OI ' hi.s riischavue on April 11. ID 1 !!'.. Bii! a year of life in the United svair- Mimchow .-o\:reri him and the far-oil Philippines lured him back. NO ONE IS ni">'c baffled by :hp .•-t.>:--.' iliiiii Serp.c.ir.t. Pomeroy' ;i,ii'- enr:-, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Pom- n.-ny. w:io now live in Roche-ter. N. Y ' ;;'•-• like then- wa.- a b;2 blind around my .-on." Mr. Pome-roy 'old a reporter of the Roche.-ter Titne. 1 -- Ur.ion. 'He kepi, iir.itt:- tire" y ir.,i< h 'o himself.'' the, father explained. "But pvrrv once i;: a. whiie h<-.-<•> re)) me that 'the l:r'le people' never ;:*-: - hr b:'<- a :•;•--. ' He -a.ri 'lir- 'AOi'cr. t :;.''T. a i"lu:i;'e TO b 1 ^ ,i::v : hi:;;i lr;' p"-,r. I didn't ,i;rer w ith h:m." i">r.e day lafe ;:; ITi47 ' o ::.'.' I 1 .,!'. Pomeroy told his fair.i;-, he -,v,v i,-.- ir.B hack to the P:'.-.i;pp;np.-. He packed a few thin;- in a bat, p 1 .;; on the station wagon, all of which yell: "Five Gates Have We". Even so, the Eastern variety of household whimsy runs a shads more palatable than the Southern California school which, for so- called ranches running 50 feet oy 110 feet in whole area, they put on their station wagons: Rancho Costa Mucho. Rancho Costa Plenty, Rancho Am Broko and similar prose ipecacs. Another charming little jewel from out there: Rancho Pancho. in which, I'm certain, they use phrases like hankie-pankie. I ALWAYS thought that if my name were Mason I'd try to find a country house made of stone, move in and put up a little gate-sign: The Masonry. It's no more idiotic than some of the country house signs I see daily, passing back, and forth between Long Island and Manhattan. One that gets me is a four-room job. with possibly one bathroom, which hugs the ground about 10 feet from a speed parkway where cars whizz by night and day. _They call it "Five Gates Have We". • Well, I slowed to a crawl one morning and checked; they've got five gates, all right. A front gate, a back gate, a side .gate, a gate to what looks like a rabbit hutch and a gate to dog run. But it turned out that that wasn't what they meant, because what they meant was that their name was Gates' ^nd there were Mr. and Mrs. Gates and three little Gates. If they have a fourth child, which is conceivable, they'll have . to change the sign, order new stationery and have a repaint job done JOHN STEINBECK is beginning to fret around with the theme for his next novel, which will be about neither Mexico nor the West but will have to do with today's East Coast. Congratulations to Dore Schary for setting up that junior talent idea at. MGM. It will not only encourage but. will give film production opportunity to young writers, directors and producers. Which is just another evidence of what a young-thinking executive can do for an industry which, until recently, has been in the grip of too many old men. No truer word was ever said than that what Hollywood needs is not six new ideas but six funerals. My girl once starred in a show called "Liberty Jones," which is still discussed in the theater, even though it didn't make a quarter for author Philip Barry or anyone else. In it was a young man named Paul Bowles, and his function was composer of the score. Mr. Bowles doesn't compose music any more, and he doesn't even live here any more. He lives in Fez, Morocco, writes novels with bizarre, twisted fates in them and the one I like right now is current: "Let It Come Down," a bitter, hard-hitting item about the depravities of a modern gutter called Tangiers. You may have read his book, "The Sheltering Sky" and his short story collection, "The Delicate Prey." If not, do so, and if you have, don't miss his new book. It's not pretty, but it will make you think again about the international black market in currency and what it does to you right here at home. iMcNaught Syndicate, inc.) Hal Boyle AP Reporter's Notebook TAMPA, FJa.—The American fighting man in Korea is the nation's valentine today. But he is pretty much taken for granted. And the 'war he is engaged in Is less on the lip* of his countrymen than the subject of national politics. Traveling about the country now you cannot help being struck about how much talk there is about the coming election, and how little there is about the conflict, in Korea. me weary months of truce negotiations, the long and intricate quibbling over terms for a cease-fire, have more and more eased the Korean stalemate into the background of th« national consciousness. It is truly becoming a "forgotten war," At least for the time being. Many people brine up the subject only as a springboard for a verbal Wast about "what's wrong with Washington." Marquis Childs Hear Washington Calling CHICAGO—The main line 'of. strategy by which Senator Robert A. Tafi hopes to capture the Republican nomination for President are now clear. First and foremost the strategy is aimed at the pros and the semi-pros who control the party machinery throughout the country. Taft himself has a remarkably detailed knowledge of the professionals and how they stand in each of the 48 states. To hear him talk about it is like hearing someone discuss a very intricate jigsaw puzzle. With his skillful managers Taft believes lie can gather the pieces of that, puzzle so firmly in his hands that on July 7 or shortly thereafter they will spell out the nomination. Manager for the Midwest states and some in the West i.s Thomas Colcman, a wealthy Madison, Wis., manufacturer, who has dedicated himself first to removing the La- Follettes and now to making Taft President. As is hi.s candidate. Coleman is almost constantly on thn move. And he says confidently that, of the 241) delegates in his bailiwick Taft. will have 180 when the convention opens. purple passion of the MacArthurian oratory will be in actuality the keynote. . Taft is confident that that speech will point to him as the inevitable candidate and correspondingly dash the expectations of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. In the Taft book the reverse of MacArthur's popularity is the unpopularity of the Korean War. These two themes are twinned in almost everything the candidate says, whether they are part of the written text or not. DAVID Jngalls and Ben Tatc, two Taft. associates of long standing from Ohio, have other areas under their immediate supervision. Taft ' now believes thai, the campaign must be coordinated from headquarters in Washington rather than Cleveland. But whether Ingalls will mnvr with the headquarters is doubtful. At the Republican conclave in San Francisco lie was not a conspicuously successful tactician. Working through skilled man- aser.s under his personal .supervision, Taft. aims to sweep at. least three primary contests, hoping in this way to refute the "Taft can't win" propaganda. Those primaries are in Wisconsin. Illinois and Ohio. T! Nov. Hampshire should come, through with unexpected strength that would be a bonus. Harold Stassen is Hie adversary in the three key slates. Stassen believes liiar. he. had In enter the.se primaries, since tn let them no to Taft. unconlested would be, iiroffcct, to cive Tnfl ihn nomination. But the Taft managers look at. it another way. They say they arc grateful in Kt.assen for comma in. They will have a wet run instead of n dry run, demonstrating thai i'ncir man can heal, another candidate. And it, .should be added that their confidfnr-p of WrillopiriC S;ir:-rn seem:', pre.ity gentim". EVERY politician seeking office lias a pretty broad license to use the facts to suit himself. But it is here, in the view of this reporter that Taft strains his license to the breaking point. He talks about the "unnecessary" Korean War; abo-it how if only American troops had been kept in Korea and the South Koreans trained with planes and tanks furnished by America, the war would never have, happened. This is a dangerous oversimplification, if not. an onl right distortion of why the conflict in Korea occurred. It must be measured ac.iinsl the fact that, if not Taff, himself in each instance, then certainly the Taft wing of the party was all for the economy program of the then Secretary of Defense. Louis Johnson and for bringing American troops home. SIMILARLY when he compares government, spending in 1931 with spending today—six per cent of the national income against, 30 per coin lie conveniently ignores the. brutal facts of the present-day world. He docs no! say what proportion of current .spending goes to build American defenses, in the face of the Communist, threat revealed by the attack on South Korea. Perhaps the mood of Cue country is one of sullen rebellion against, everything in Washington, and Taft.'s appeal :•• right. Certainly they cheer MacAnhur and in Wisconsin they cheer almost as loudly for Joe McCarthy. But, it could be. a.s lias happened to candidates before, i hat Taft !.< reaching onlv » minority of the faithful who think as he does. iI'Mitrrl !•>? n-.f. .- S vi,rl:ra i r. Tnr I ON ; THE ideological .side. thcTa.'t. Mralegy re.-:!s heavily on General Doualn: MacArlhur and the :in- popu'ari'y of the Korean War. T.'ili. and liis in.-inacer.s believe thai r^I.i'.-Al'ihur'.- popularly has. ifrii'.v- Liii:;::. :;rown in the monilv r.re lie '.-.'a' recalled bv President Truman. Prarr tor MacAnhur ;:; Taf;'s ,\peech at. Wisconsin Rapids drew Ih.e loufie.-t applause of the evrnuin Taf' also believes that Mac- Ar'hur will be the chief speaker at the party convention to be held ::i •hr- ritv five months her.i.e. He wil; :;o: •>.-• :i,e official kfv.:o'c:' .-nice '•:.'• will :'KJ- he a deleave. Hi'.' :.e v \\\ he invitcr; ;o aridiT .-- "he fi>':''- c.-"O'-. i-nri what he SRVS w;-h all the So They Say The people of the Pacific area. are tired of taeir,^ shortchanged on national defense and are going to fi-jiit. any c;for;. to weaken the Pa''i!ic, front in any way. — J ri •-; c p h Farrinston, Hawainan rirlctate. If von wan;, airliclci.-.. try to build tiV'tn now, ciunns hostilities. But, kcfj-, vriur eyes open while doinv :-a, for (.he air around them w:il be Ir;ii;::hi, \u;h o'anaer. — Mat.-Gen. Howard Turner, ficlc- i\i:e to 'nice taik.-.. Fverv \i-ibir- symbol of Air.<Yic;c: ah'in'.lalice t.eMifie-.- nTe.f-.it.abiv ;/., :;':i' creative nui'-i.cv <>\ capitalism. ---!/.-Clcr.. A'.ber; Weri<--mrvrr. 1 ,irn f-onviri.-ed 'h:ii 'he on!'i:v.: ;.i2'o the I;-:.-•:,-!!:..• understand fn:' r 'e. Thcye h.ir; 'o be a Kor r Ti --Rep. Oh;', Tc;;ull, : .'!>._ Tev.:. THE FRESH question of "Who do you really think will be in the White House for the next four years?" simply holds more national interest than'the seemingly changeless situation in the faraway rice paddies and hills of Korea. That wry fact must give the American men stationed there a .blue feeling. An officer's wife who recently returned with, her husband from a tour of' duty in the Far East said: "The war seemed very close and real when we were stationed in Japan. We.kept busy working in the hospitals where they brought the wounded from Korea. "When I. first came home I was mad at the lack of interest shown here in the war. But now days go by, and I don't even read about it myself. Isn't that a shameful thing to have to admit?" It Is a terrible thing, but a very normal human reaction. The farther away a war is, the longer it drags on, the less you think about it unless you have someone dear to you involved in it. Among those who do discuss the war there is a growing, bewildered anger. There is a kind of vague / clamor for more drastic action. "I think it's time for us to emit being Russia's puppet," said a manufacturer. "Why don't we march into Manchuria and eiid it?" THIS BOLD attitude is fairly popular among civilian armchair generals, frustrated by tha twilight nature of the Korean action. The American people are still used to old-fashioned wars that had a beginning, a middle and an end —wars waged mightily and won as quickly as possible. They have no appetite for the Asiatic typo of warfare, in which time is of no great concern, and battles flare, up and die inconclusively awa-y. But this is what we have in Korea, and to fight a series of these nibbling, puzzling wars may be our fate for a generation in our slow- grapple to halt the probing thrusts of Communism in arms. Why not march into Manchuria? Many infantry leaders feel it would only mire us more deeply in a. rutted oriental landscape, where we might suffer millions of more casualties without achieving a final military decision. They fear this would only wid.en the area of stalemate and spread our resources more thinly, opening a wound we couldn't close without a tremendous third world war. The American soldier will have a lonely timq this Valentine's Day, holding a nameless hill in a half-forgotten war the folks ba.ck home don't even like to talk about much any more. (Associated Prcssi Ge&rgc Dixon Washington Scene WASHINGTON.—As a. result of testimony before the Communist-investigating McCarran committee, I am being forced to submit to raucous unplea.santries from the Little Woman over my club affiliations. Instead of a smile I get (rrcctrxJ with sneer when I come home from work these nights, "Ha!" snorts the Little Woman, derisively. "The well-known clubman!" She follows this with the most vulgar-sounding Bronx cheer I've ever heard. "You and your exclusive clnbs>!" This is pretty hard to take in the bosom of' one's family, which i.s.an expression w e picked up since Dagmar came on television. But it ha.s been going on relentlessly ever .since my Spanish-American war bride read the latest report of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee investlcating Communist propaganda activities in the. United States. THE REPORT covers the interrogation of a character named Travis K. Hcdrick, who worker! as a. reporter for various newspapers, then with Elmer Davi.s'.s late, nuecrio-sity, the Office nf War Information, and finally with Tass, Soviet news agency. Under .searching; examination by RieharrJ Arcns, staff director of the committee, this Hodrick began to get balky about revcalins hi.s activities in the pay of Russia. He began to take refuge in the old constitutional right.--—"it may incriminate me" — dodcc beloved by 11m vermin who should have no constitutional rights in this country. Hednck took refuge in the dcclinc-to-an>«-er *n often that lie finaJiy backed into a trap. Without a change of expression or inflection, inquisitor Arcns suddenly flung at him: "Were you a member of the National Press Club on January 31, 1946?" Before ho could stop himself. Heririclc replied: "I decline to answer thai, question on the grounds of possible .self-incrimination.' That i.s why tnt Little Woman i.s nov. ;tbla to make life a hell on earth for me in her ever- loving way. ALTHOUGH Harold F. Ambrose. fo:mrr special assistant to the Postmaster General. \n safely behind bars in the federal pen at f-'c-ci- burg. Va. for rookine various "investors." incl'.id- ins Joe Adonis, in a get.-rich-quirk .stamp deal. he i.s .still costing one of my playmates money. The continuing victim b; Mr. Robert, R:d;:c- way RortcnberK, popular cotillion leader and VK-J president of the D.B.'s. one of the capital': mo. t exclusive secret societies. Mr. Rodenbcr^' i ;i shrewd investor, having sunk $20f>.iWt i:-. <\-.n now-defunct Balr.itnore football ctjlt.s park hi.s car inside the grounds. Havmc pa.id the 5200,000 paiku Rori'.-r.bers; looked around for othc work:.-, to cor.fjuer. He ma<je coi,,-:p Ambro;e. nepliew-by-niarriacc of .Sen; P O'Mahor.ev, of Wyoming, who was i,.,:.- :I.T fur:d. fif his latest, "inve. to:'.,' •••> pa- i,if -i.o The scheme had t.o do Wrii . pr--.ia; i' <;r. of pc,.<;l.npe .ttamps which Ambra-e tijjri >;,e ;u-;-;crs would become collector*' iterr,. , v.-or'ii forr'ir.e.^. The K0veri'iino!it po. i:;vf:|-. refii >• to takr; ai'.v of them ba.'k. T!'.'-' Po.-t Oflice i,a. a :-T\rt "I ke<--p hopir.: he'- on ro:v." <~*?y a ,-;•. -er.tiire." ^..v,-.- hi? Dr< ' ;ry:ri= :r> £0'. material fw a book." Cirors" Srn.''',;',crs (D, A IJKT OF v/.v. .'•i'T. H-'iaUy . : er-!ii': :.r» Jravr jy> iity.r- ;n •.•.';'i;;- ; j :••> v',iirk for a ;iv;i,ij Maybe t ho !c!ra '. ••! iU'ip ':'.r uvf-r\\Tfi;ir;ht rw I ir-r.i t.o :,!•<• :ii;,: ;:, is IK/ the prribiftm of earning a livinrr wir.rh weck.^ his hc-;.;'h. but. the fact. Mint hr }r'.s ;lie prroioni take possession of his iif^.

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