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Bombing halt won't end war WASHINGTON (NBA) - In part. President Johnson hasn't Stopped bombing North Vietnam because his Secretary of State bean Rusk remembers Korea and Panmunjom all too well. At -the time of Korea, Rush was assistant secretary of state for the Far East. He did much of the behind-the-scenes masterminding for the Panmunjom talks. • Rusk and his aides have thought a great deal about those frustrating days. The lessons of Korea are today being applied to Vietnam. As State Department men who were in on Korea see it now, the greatest mistake the United States made at Panmunjom was to make good will concessions to get the talks going. The old-timers believe these concessions caused the war to last a year longer and thus led to the unnecessary loss of many American and Allied lives. These diplomats also believe, in hindsight, the one-sided concessions resulted in an armistice agreement far less favorable than we could otherwise have achieved. As men who were in on these negotiations analyze it, if Western negotiators agreed to a North Korean proposal without insisting on an equal concession, the North Koreans immediately concluded that our position was deteriorating. They became more aggressive and even less conciliatory. They immediately came up with further demands that we must meet before the discussions could move ah°ad. At Panmunjom, for example, the North Koreans insisted the first order of business must be to fix the armistice line. Other wise the talks could not proceed. Washington became impatient with the delays and agreed. Once the line was agreed to, the military pressure was off the North Koreans. There was no inducement for them to agree to anything. They could, in safety, bring in troops, rebuild their airfields and strengthen their positions so firmly that if the talks broke down it would be too expensive for the United States to resume the advance. Had the United States stood firm on insisting that the truce line would be the line of contact at the time the armistice was signed, the United Nations forces could have kept up the pressure. Every day of delay would have cost the North Koreans and their Communist Chinese allies. The experts think this would have shortened the talks by 12 months. By contrast, U.S. negotiators learned that when they dug in and were as hard-nosed as the North Koreans, they got results. They achieved even greater results when the United Nations made the North Koreans pay a price for delays. Hanoi today insists it won't talk until the United States stops the northern bombing "unconditionally." An "unconditional" bombing halt would take the military pressure off the North Vietnamese homeland, but not off the South Vietnamese cities and villages or off the U.S. or South Vietnamese or Allied troops. It would signal to Hanoi that the U.S. position was weak. It would convince Ho Chi Minn that if he stalls longer he wlU get more; it would cause Ho's men to raise their ante. That is, if the Korean example is valid and if President Johnson halts the bombing, this U.S. concession would lead to further demands before talks could successfully proceed. This Ho strategy has already been signaled, as noted in a recent newspaper headline which said, "Bomb Halt Alone Won't End Stalemate, Hanoi Indicates." THE WORRY QINIC Tot will talk if parents do By GEORGE W. CRANE Ph. D., M. D. CASE G-581: Martin F., aged two, Is an only child. "Dr. Crane," his worried mother began, "Martin still doesn't talk, at least more than a few unintelligible sounds. "So we took him to an ear specialist. "The doctor said his hearing Is O.K. in both ears, so what else could be wrong? "Do you suppose he is subnormal In his intelligence?" SPEECH PROBLEMS Sometimes children find that they can get what they want by pointing, so they obstinately refuse to employ spoken language. Our daughter Judy thus refused to talk until she was two years old; then she began using whole sentences. And Kate Smith once mentioned that she didn't speak till she was about four years of age, Martin's mother was wise, however, to see that his hearing was checked, to be sure he wasn't a deaf youngster, But now it would be helpful if she could get Martin into play groups with other kiddies, for speech is largely an imitative thing, If a child has taciturn parents and no siblings, he thus may not be prodded properly into a need for spoken words, That's why it is also wise to have several children, fairly close together in age/ for then they stimulate and educate each other, But even so, a child may develop some quirk that causes It to rely on the less precise - method of pointing, For example, our daughter Judy had two older brothers not yet of school age, yet she refused to talk till the age of two years. In pioneer times, a father was lauded if he was the strong, silent type. Not so nowadays, for such men hamper their children's mental growth, And this is not joke! For we find that kiddies in homes where they hear much conversation, will have up in a silent, non-stimulating environment, he may rate only 95. By contrast, If his parents talk and read stories to him and surround him with stimulating toys or games, hlsl.Q. may be rated at 105. Obviously, you can't take a moron with an I.Q. of 60 and make him a genius, even by the very best cultural home surroundings. But there Is a moderate leeway'In I.Q., depending upon whether a child has a dally opportunity to whet his wits. Dr. RobertH.Gault, pioneer Social Psychologist, in one of his textbooks refers to "feeblemindedness by deprivation." And he means that if a normal child is imprisoned in a clothes closet till he reaches school age, that youngster may react like a feebleminded tot. You can often trick a silent child out of his obstinate refusal to speak by saying; "Go over there and tell Billy it THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS EDITORIAL PAGE Wednesday, September 18, 1958 Section I PAGE 2 •» . Always Room for One More BUS/NESS MIRROR Script for price hike battles easy to follow By JOHN CUNNIFF AP Business Analyst NEW YORK (AP) - A major change in the code of behavior for blgbusiness has been made gradually in recent years. It is enforced not by law but by pressures or sometimes by appeals to t h e corporation conscience. The script Is easy to follow. A company announces a price increase, accompanying it with an appeal for understanding. It explains that the increases are modest and unavoidable. Wages and materials costs have risen, it says. The federal government quickly accuses the company of contributing to inflation. It appeals to the company's competitors to hold the price line. It insinuates that problems could ensue for the company. This Is no idle threat, as UA Steel and several other companies can tell you. Steel's image was badly tarnished by an encounter with President John F. Kennedy over what Kennedy believed was an inflationary price increase. Public anger is soon aroused against the company that announced a price increase. The company measures the discontent it has aroused and begins to match It against possible sales losses. Before it can act to pare its increase, however, a major competitor announces a smaller Increase, Its motives can vary; It might simply be that it wants to pick up the good will lost by the other company. is time for dinner," THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS Founded in 1913 JAMES S. NABORS Editor and Publisher ADMINISTRATIVE DEPT, Noblt Welch, , . , . ,, .Business Manager Nanelle Mallory. . . ,,,,,. Office Manager EDITORIAL DEPT. Glenn Heath , , Managing Editor Roberta Daniby , . ,.. .Asst. Managing Editor Jesse Miller. . , Sports Editor ADVERTISING DEPT. James K, Harkness. , , . , .Retail Advertising Manager Pearl Glover, . , , , , .Classified Advertising Manager CIRCULATION DEPT, Layton (Buddy) Oliver. . , Circulation Manager Jo* Howard, , .Promotion Manager PRODUCTION DEPT. George W, JQbnaoa. ,,.,..,. .Composing Room Foreman Frank Ramirez,,.....,..,..,, .Press Room Foreman Entered as Second Class matter March 21, 1952, at the Freeport, Texas, Post Otftce, under the act of Congress ot March |, l«70. Published dally and Sunday except Saturday at 307 E. Park Ave,, Freeport, Texas, by Review Publishers Inc. Subscription rate*: By carrier, daily and Sunday, |1.95 per month, mil subscription rates are available on request, and are payable In advance. The administration immediately endorses the smaller Increase, praising the company for helping to maintain a balanced expansion. The first company then shaves its Increase to remain competitive. The script is so familiar now that much of the drama has been lost. Spontaneity is missing. The ending is known. The players act out their roles while asking themselves if all this Is necessary. Since such matters are In the ethical area there is no law that says the script must be followed. Chrysler Corp., which is the latest to be Involved, may hold to its price increase. But very likely it won't. This business of an administrated economy, of forcing the parts to merge Into the whole, has been evolving especially fast in this decade of the 1960s, but Its final form can't even be guessed at yet. Especially Important to Its evolution was the Employment Act of 1946. This act established a Council of Economic Advisers to the president and a Joint EconomicCommitteeof Congress, both charged with keeping an eye on the economy. Their main objective was to commit the federal government to follow economic policies that might promote maximum employment, production and purchasing power—an expanding economy with lots of jobs and little Inflation. The guideposts concept of President Kennedy was an attempt to fulfllf this goal, and for a while it did just that. Employers and workers were given a numerical guide to Increase considered nonln/la- tlonary. In general, wage and price increases were not to exceed Increases In productivity. Ironically, the federal government itself helped wreck the guideposts by condoning Increases that clearly vjolated the standards; Government spending** 1 • o contributed to Inflationary pressures on workers and employers. The guideposts collapsed. Since then a workable substitute has been sought with only partial success, although this has not deterred the administration from bringing public pressure and criticism to bear on what It thought were inflationary Increases, The present machinery for pressure is the President's Committee on Price Stability, made up mainly of Cabinet members. Still In its infancy, having been created earlier this year, Us adult form-lf there is to b« one—is not yet clear. When It was set up, President Johnson announced it would investigate structural problem! in Industry that were felt to contribute to economic Imbalances, It was not to become involved in current wage-price matters. However, as officials at Chrysler will tell you, the committee Is indeed Involved In a wage-price matter. It la t h e vehicle for expressing administration displeasure with a price Increase which Chrysler says averages to $84 a car, || § cbUd is thus born with of 100, but if brought EDITORIAL POLICY; New* reporting In this newspaper iball be accurate and fair. Editorial expression *b§Jl be always Independent, outspoken and con- BERRY'S WORLD i IMI by Ml A. l nl . "If you ore willing tg work very hotd and practice, practice, practice—you could be o» good as PINNY* MclAIN!" PEARSON WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Soviets assured US would not intervene WASHINGTON - The facts have been swept under a secrecy label, but President Johnson gave the Kremlin advance assurance that the U.S. would not interfere with any Soviet action against Czechoslovakia. The President's purpose, Ironically, was to forestall a Soviet move Into Czechoslovakia by making clear that the U.S. had no military or political designs on the country. The question came up when the liberal Dub- cek government sounded out the U.S. about economic aid. Cautious word was sent back that the U.S. would consider providing financial help, but that this would not Imply political or military support. To allay Soviet suspicions over our dealings with Czechoslovakia, President Johnson relayed to the Kremlin the gist of what the U.S. had told the Dubcek government. In light of the subsequent Soviet invasion, this may have encouraged the Russians to believe they could move Into Czechoslovakia without risk. The Invasion, Incidentally, caught American military Intelligence completely by surprise despite an elaborate network of electronic listening devices which are supposed lo monitor Soviet military moves. The Pentagon was aware, of course, that Russia had several divisions poised on !)>« Czech border. The Russian military maneuvers had been kept under close surveillance. Out an estimated 330,000 troops, complete with tanks and planes, managed to slip Into Czechoslovakia without Immediate detection by the tnasslve electronic monitoring equipment. The first word of the Invasion came from an Informant Inside the Czech government and reached the White House scarcely two hours before the official Soviet notice. The Pentagon was also shocked over the use of satellite troops In the Invasion. It had been assumed that the Russians considered satellite soldiers too unreliable to use for anything except logistical support. Vet Poles, Hungarians, Bulgarians and East Germans participated In an Invasion of a sister satellite with no apparent hesitation. The whole Soviet operation has caused some agonizing reappraisals inside the Pentagon. -CAMPAIGN STANDARDS- Ttiis column has found much to criticize In the conduct of Congress. It Is only fair, therefore, to report changes for the better. In the past, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has accepted campaign cash under the table from special Interests seeking to Influence legislation. Bagmen for the oil companies, for Instance, would slip money to the committee with instructions that It be passed out to Senators who had agreed to vote for the oil depletion allowance. The records of contributions wore deliberately vague. These practices were abruptly abandoned after Maine's, ruggedly righteous Sen. Ed ' Muskfe look over (he chairmanship. He talked It over with Democratic Senators up for re- ' election, who agreed to take the hlRh road In their campaigns. He asked Washington attorney Berl Bernhard, who has a strong sense of ethics, to help keep the Democratic Incumbents on the right side of the law. Then Muskle laid down .stern ethical standards. He Insisted that every contribution must be Identified ami thai every transaction must be made by check. He made certain even that the Interest on the $050,000 which the committee" } had In the bank was properly recorded. He asked Bernhard whether the Interest was taxable. Back came a iiiumo from (!>«• attorney assuring him: ''Since It Is the Intention of the committee to use all ol Its funds lor political campaigns and related purposes, rendering the contribution non-taxabltt, Income In the form of Interest from these gilts, If applied for campaign purposes, can be con-, sldered non-taxable." -Ml'SKIK'S ETHICS*. Muskle also sought advice on how to handle contributors who Insisted tttat their money Ix* earmarked for their favorite Senators. "Kach contributor," suggested Uurnhard, "should IMS asked to accept the concept thai his contribution Is received with the understanding that the committee recogni/A's the donor's preference, but is under no obligation to disburse the lunds as requested." ,This became I lie rnlu, and It was soon put to the test. The AF1.-CIO submitted, along with a generous contribution, a list of eight Senators who should get the money. Muskle amiably refused to give any guarantee. Another time, Hie Senators seeking reelection decided to spend a quiet weekend on Maryland's eastern shore mapping strategy. Someone offered to gel a corporation lo (ly them to the shore in a private plane. Muskle, flatly rejected the Idea, and they all paid** tlit'lr own expenses. He also decreed that contrary to past practice, oach incumbent win get an equal share of the campaign kitty. It wasMuskle'squlet reputation for integrity, as much as anything else, Hut made him Vice President Humphrey's choice /or a running mate. -TOUGHENFHANCU- Those who thought Spain's dictator Franco"' was mellowing in his old a g u wm have to ro- vlso their opinions. Ho has reactivated the old suppression Uw which gives him (he power to Impose the death' Penalty for any kind of political activity against him. His police haw already arrested dissident priests lo tn« Basque region. JIM BISHOP. REPORTER unerais can I: Pef f cosf pretty penny You can bury a pet canary for $10. There are cemeteries for beloved pets InCallfornla, Missouri, New York Stale, and Florida. There may be others, but $15 for a feathered friend who has uttered his last peep seems to be for the birds. 1 saw a necropolis In L o s Angelas where t h e headstones are carved as statues of t h e deceased. A six-foot stone parakeet standing beside a two-foot German shepherd Is Impressive. Pet lovers—and I'm one- are candidates for the funny farm anyway, We love cats, dogs, birds, monkeys, armadillos, vabblts and not one of them would dream of burying us. Unless, of course, Fldo regarded us as an assortment of bones, in which case we'd be interred all over the neighborhood. DarreH Elland of the Miami Herald discovered t h e pet cemetery to end all pet graveyards. It Is on the edge of a little town called Plantation, Florida, There, an ex-football player, Mitch Steffler, has built the American Pet Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Steffler doesn't just shovel a pussycat Into an excavation. Even the canaries have caskets. Steffler played football for the Detroit Lions in the 1930s and he still looks bigger than anything he buries. Also more formidable. He says, "A pet Is one of God's creatures, Each one ol them h a s a soul and they deserve more than just to be disposed of when they die." He is running head-on into a lot of clerical tacklers who will argue that no animal has a soul. The point is not even moot. Mitch told Darrell Eiland that the price of placing a pet in t h e boneyard tenderly can run up to a very pretty penny. Would you believe $12,000 for a German sliver casket? 1 josh you not. I know a few eve r-lovlng husbands who burled their old ladles with that kind of Insurance and got $11,500 change. The entrance to the American Pet Memorial Cemetery — (keep those letters coming In, folks!)—consists of a big white statue of a Great Dane who once kept Steffler from freezing to death. Touching. A path around the statue Is edged with colorful buds. You ready? Behind It Is an administration building where dear dead Prince Is taken to a room for embalming, when my dog Rocky goes, I want his ears standing up and this Is going to require a little work because he has tired ears. Then there Is a place where you can sit with your dog/cat/ c a n a r y/m o n k a y/s e a- gull/canon/or whatever it Is you are hooked on. This— what else?—is called the Slumber Room, Most slumber rooms you wouldn't be caught dead In, but this Is done tastefully. It has broadloom and softly diffused lighting, so thay your d o g/cat/c a n a r y/monkey/ seagull/capon looks as though he is only faking It. The best thing my dog ever did is to play dead, but I, needed a whole b o x of chocolates to make him do It, Mr, Steffler was a casket maker for a time, so he understands the biz from the ground up. His place Is new. It opened in July and already there are 31 of our dear, departed, feathered, befurred and whiskered friends In permanent repose. The place Is nowhere near complete. Mitch plans to build a Garden of Devotion to the left of the entrance. This is bound to be Impressive because there will be a bronze tablet with this profound inscription: "A pet who has passed from this world dies only when we whom they love forget them," I L'et the message but I'm afraid that when Itocky goes he's going lo get aCboap-Sam sondoff. Anything boyond $5 and I'll put him lit an orange crate moysfll und mall him to the LBJ Hanch. There will be a Garden of Memories too. This wir.j feature an open Bible on a pedestal. Here, Steffler Is missing something. If he Is going to have thu iilbla, he should have a statue of St. Francis of Ass is I holding It, because St. Francis loved dogs, Or, to put It plainly, they full Into the habit ol following him, sniffing. « There Is a lake too. And an Island where me mortal stones may be built and statuary erected. Then there Is the Japanese Garden of Love. This is for cats and birds, the latter of whom spent a lifetime trying to avoid the former, A crematorium, of course. There win be a sort of Pot-<i ter'n Field for rotters such 7 ^ as 1 who will not spring for / the big bundle under any clr- I cumstances, ' The callous may bury their pets in this section for a \ lousy $20, What kind of music goes with if.', , . t QUICK QUIZ Q—What do (he ashe. placed on the forehead o) worshipers, in the form of a cross, on Ash Wednesday symbolize? A—They are regarded as symbolic of sorrow and repentance. The ashes were secured by burning the branches which had been waved on Palm Sunday of thr previous year. Q—When was the bunt introduced into baseball? A—The first deliberate bunt in baseball was laid down by Dickey Pearce of the Brooklyn Atlantic* in 1866. Q—Are tary? A—Yw. freckles heredi-

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