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PAGE 18- THE BAYTOWN SUN, THURSDAY/JANUARY 14, l?54 Editorials .. . Labor Secretary Mitche Expected to do Along With Ike I ' .. ••'•• "•'.' , ••-'': "•' ' '.:'. •• i " - "••' • . «•/ ' ' •.' .'.". • •:.--•'. .- :•-...• : ;' > Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell is credited with having a great deal of influence on President Eisenhower's recent message on the Taft-Hartley act. Mitchell's predecessor, Martin P. Durkin,. resigned on Sept. 10, charging the administration with bad faith in refusing to sponsor 19 amendments, mostly "softening," which Durkin understood had been agreed Other evidence indicated that Durkin had had relatively little influence on the Administration in its labor policies. For one thing, he was a Democrat. For another, he had been earlier on record for outright re-' peal of Taft-Hartley, which the President last week called "basically a sound law." Mitchell seems to have much more than BUSINESS OUTLOOK WASHINGTON, D. C. —'There has been a lot of loose talk about the rise in the cost of living; and the ability of people to buy. Many readers have asked for dependable facts. Here are the official government figures: COST OF LIVING — To a degree, whether people . have money to buy depends on what they spend for their daily .necessities. Living costs, without question, have been flattening out. From January 1, 195' to date consumer prices have risen less than ' per cent. This compares with a rise of 18 per cent in 1946, a 6 per cent jump in 1950, and a 15 per cent push in 1951. •. . , What'• makes these figures even more meaningful fe the fact that, while living costs have risen less than 2 per cent .since .January. 1952, hourly earnings in all Manufacturing industries have risen about 8- per cent during that time. To-have held prices down while wages have gone up is a great achievement on the part of manufacturers and merchants. . • FEWER NOW 'EMPLOYED — If people are to have money to buy, they must have jobs. Although our labo-r force normally increases by about 700,000 persons a year—for whom jobs must be provided— 1953 figures show very little change from those of 1952. This is because new workers (young people) entering the labor market in 1953 just aboutequaled the number of people who left it. • . • _ • What is really happening? Some workers have left the ranks of the employed to retire. Some wives who tiave been holding down full-time jobs have decided to quit working out and to make a real home for their husbands. Many have not been replaced. These people do not swell the ranks of the unemployed; they simply deplete the rank* of the employed to whatever extent they are not replaced. Obviously, in retirement one has less income. Obviously, also, i£ the fact that when a wife ceases to LOOKING AT LIFE ROBERT BURNS certainly knew what he was talking about when he wrote "the best-laid schemes o'mice and men gang aft a-gley, and lea'e ua nought but grief and pain for promised joy. Burns must have owned a dog. Some years ago when our little Deuce, which we had for more than 10 yean, died, my wife and I both firmly resolved never to own another dog. Deuce was the cutest little Sealyham I have ever seen and when he went to dog-heaven, or wherever littte doggies go, it almost broke our hearts. When you have no children I guess a dog sort of acts as a substitute. You give him all the lova that's in you, and it docs not seem to interfere one bit with the love you have for each other. WHEN DEUCE DIED I asked my wife to ^destroy all the things that remind us of him—his ball, his rubber bone, his leash, his collar. She promised me the would—but I don't want to get ahead of my So now we have been without a dog for five or six years, and the hurt in out hearts was almost all gone. . ; : • ••••'•' But—"the best-laid schemes ." . The other day there was a scratching at the door and \vc heard a little whine. I opened the door.and there stood a little Beagle not more than six months Before I could say "scat," he scooted into the house, right out into the kitchen and lay down in front of the refrigerator. My wife came out into the kitchen, and the little fellow jumped up on her, nipped her hand playfully and rolled his big, tro.v-i eyes at her. That did it! The little fellow looked pretty "be- Durkin the kind of personal make-up that would fit him into the "Eisenhower team" and also to carry some weight with Congress. For a number of years the labor relations director for large department stores, Mitchell when "tapped" for the Cabinet was an assistant secretary of the Army specializing in manpower problems. While CIO President Reuther c.alled Mitchell in effect a "square shooter" in dealings with labor, AFL leaders were something less than cordial toward his appointment as secretary of labor, and President Hayes of the Machinists charged: "Now even the Department of Labor has been turned over to business." However, only three of Mitchell's seven predecessors carne to the secretaryship directly from the ranks of labor, (W. B. Wilson in 1913, W. :N. Doak in 1930, and Durkin in .1953). Secretary Mitchell told the CIO annual, convention in Cleveland on Nov. 18 that he favored amendment of Taft-Hartley provisions that were'"unfair" and "dangerous" to labor, but opposed repeal.of the act. In general he was for cutting down on government interference in labor disputes and encouraging labor and management to settle their differences by themselves. New French President The. newly elected President of France, conservative Rene Coty, will be. iriaugu- rated_for his seven-year term on Sunday. Unlike a President of the UnitedStatesi but like a King or Queen of Great Britain, the French President holds ah office that is largely ceremonial. • •.:.••' However, he does have the power to compel, if he wants, the National Assembly to reconsider a bill that it has passed. He alone can'remit a death sentence. He appoints ambassadors, governors of overseas colonies, and other high officials, although in appointments he is expected to work with the premier. '-.'./: Moreover, the President presides over the Cabinet meetings, where his advice can carry much weight. A strong President—like the'outgoing one, Vincent Auriol—is influ- ential in decisions on changing the government. For example, Auriol delayed. brief ly • 'the exit of three premiers, Schuman, Plev- en, and Queuille, by refusing to accept their resignations; and it was he who last June plucked the present premier, Joseph Laniel; frrm relative obscurity. France has had 18 governments since the end of World War n,-but many of these represented only minor shifts within the multi-party coalition in control; the number of different premiers was 13. In this, period since 1945, during which the United States had five different; secretaries of state, France had, except for two months,, only two foreign ministers, Schuman and:. Bidault. :•'..•• By Roger Babson supplement her husband's income, that couple will have less money to spend. ; SAVINGS BEAT ALL RECORDS—There's another angle to our problem: How much money people have hidden away in their socks It may surprise you to learn that the top 50 per cent of our families have readily convertible savings amounting to a staggering $97 billions. The bottom 50 per cent share $1 billion in liquid savings. Our people have built up a |200-billion equity in their homes, with but a $50- billion mortgage debt. 60 per cent of our families own $38 billions' worth of automobiles. And 50 per cent of all families have a net worth greater than, a year's income. When the figures arc all in, I am pretty sure that 1953 will prove to have broken all peacetime, records for savings. People spent much less" than they made in 1953. Cash or readily convertible assets saved in 1953 could have soared to better than $16 billion, compared with about S3 billions in 1949 and about S12 billions in 1951. Perhaps the mad rush to buy is over. This is a healthy sign. A KEY TO PROSPERITY — I like to see tins trend, up to a certain point. However, too much money lying idle is bad for our economy. America, you see. is a country that actually develops its way to prosperity. And the way to keep prosperity is to keep raising our living standards higher and higher by creating more and more wants for more and more goods and services without proportionately increasing what people owe. There are enough Americana who have money to spend in 1954 to hold business high..If, for'example, the top/50 per cent of our families with their $97 billions continue to hold their purchases high, the lower 50 per cent will be kept busy producing. All groups will then have the funds necessary to satisfy their needs. We have "a huge backlog of buying power. It's up to ths sales and advertising brains of the country to get us to spend it. By Erich Brandeis draggled, but showed every evidence of being a thoroughbred. . • She cleaned him up a bit and petted him. I gave him a little milk and some bread and he thanked us by licking our hands. > So, it seems, we have another dog — and our troubles are starting again. But they are nice troubles, I think. Already our new "child" has shown some little traits that forebode trouble. He lies in back of my chair/chewing up the rug. I bawl him out, and he licks my hand as if to say, "I'm sorry, old man, but I am only a puppy." FORTUNATELY THE newcomer seems to be housebroke. We kept him in the downstairs bathroom the first night. My wife put a couple of old throw rugs down for him, and first thing in the morning I went down to see whether he had behaved. He had. ' Then I took.him out for a little run. Beagles being hunting dogs, he shot out of sight and didn't show up again for 15 minutes. When I came back in, I saw an old ball on the floor. The ball looked familiar. "That's Deuce's old ball,"- my wife said. Apparently she had forgotten my instructions of several years ago to destroy everything that reminds us of Deuce. But I didn't . bring up the question. I understood. "BUTCH," (THAT'S WHAT we are going to call him if he stays) sits beside me at the typewriter. The clatter of the keys seem to be something new to'him. He just cocks his head at the strange noises —or because it's just that he doesn't like publicity. I don't know yet whether "Butch" is going to remain. But right now we have a dog again for "grief and pain and promised joy." Washington Merry-Go-Round— Nixon Says Sygrftan Rhee Won't Resume Korean War ELIZA CROSSING-THE ICE Three Dice?— " . ' Pentagon Source For This 'Sporting 1 Story INSIDE WASHINGTON By Central Press Special to The Baytoivn Sun WASHINGTON — Democrats, smarting under the ipy-case attacks made by Atty. Gen. Herbert Brownell, Jr.. and the charges of "blungling" hurled by New York's Gov. Thomas E..Dewey, are preparing a counter-offensive. The fight-back plan is expected to inject a great deal more partisan controversy into the 1954 session of Congress than was the case in 1953 -when President Eisenhower and the Democrats enjoyed amicable relations. L Adiai E. Stevenson, titular head of the Democrats, will guide the counter-attack strategy but probably will refrain from front-line political combat. Ammunition will be supplied to such well-known orators as Sen. Robert S. Kerr, Oklahoma; Sen. Estcs Ke- iauver, Tennessee, and former Vice President Alben Batkley, who is expected to seek a Senate seat next November. • •• •The Democrats also are grooming some able newcomers for forensic battles. These include Rep. Richerd W. Boiling, Missouri; Rep. Harrison Williams, New Jersey, and Rep. Samuel W. : Yorty, California. KSW DISCLOSURES — Meanwhile, Brownell is to continue his pji^ck on the Democrats. He reportedly; has Oitiered his top Justice department aides to dig up new espionage charges to hurl at the opposition party. Sources close to Brownell say that he will bring out the additional cases to fortify his argument that Congress should Approve legislation authorizing use of wire-tap evidence in court and giving immunity to (^-operative witnesses asked about Red activities. Brownell is said to be anxious to show that more »py cases can be prosecuted if his proposals are approved by Congress. He wants to make the need for such laws very clear to the legislators and believes that case histories of unpunished espionage is the only way to do this. FENCE STRADDLER — One powerful . figure in the current farm policy squabble is carefully avoiding being too closely associated with the group demanding the scalp of Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson. This man is the one-most people think will take over as agriculture secretary if Benson goes. He is Rep. Clifford Hope (R-Kans.), chairman of the House agriculture committee. Hope is straddling the fence in all of his public statements. Although his own committee has been the source of much criticism of Benson, Hope himself has been keeping quiet. However, Hope's own position firmly on the side of high rigid price supports—which Benson apparently doesn't like—Is well known among farmers and farm organizations. TITANIUM SHORTAGE — Defense department officials are concerned over the small amount of titanium produced in the United States and are worried that a critical shortage may develop in this country in the near future. Titanium is a metal lighter than alumnium and stronger than steel. It is ideal for use in making parts of jet engines because the metal will withstand extremely high temperatures. Only 2,000 tons were produced in the United States in the past year and this was barely enough to meet top-priority demands. Since more and more jobs need the metal, a shortage is expected to develop rapidly. The Defense department is trying to work out plans for getting several large corporations to boost production of the metal and also to increase the imports from abroad. DATELINE: HOLLYWOOD By Aline Mosby LAS VEGAS has become the night club capital of the world, and now a film historian has suggested it should take over Hollywood'* movie business, too. Seymour Stern, who for years has been laboring over hook^t on motion picture pioneer D, W. Griffith, returned from the gambling city to announce Hollywood should permanently move its cameras to the land of dfce and chorus girls. "It is a bigger gamble for the industry to risk total extinction by remaining behind in the crime- ridden, smog-bound graveyard ludicrously misnamed city of the angels," said Stern. ( . He can think of several advantages-to turning Today's Bible Verse BUT NOW is Christ ?is«n from tha dead, fend become the first fruits of them thtt ifept. J Corinthians 15:20 MGM and Paramount Studios into bowling alleys and transplanting the filmsters to the shadow of roulette tables and neon signs. Las Vegas would DC a perfect location for westerns and musicals, he said. Seven films already have been made In Las VPJJRS, he added, and 'this justifies the" belief', tho industry may be inching its way out of Hollywood." "Hollywood hr>.<! had no monopoly on film production, anyway," he said. "All filmmaking be«an in New York, and Inter moved to New Jersey. Chicago and Long island." ••.''•„ : Stern; who firtt penned his views for a Las Vegas magazine pointed out that the dice town has "wide open spaces that mock Hollywood's overcrowded neighborhoods—and a better climate.' "Already there are more first-class restaurants than in Hollywood," he said. / ; . : --':•• "Also,!!" fnfeHectftal climate of Los Angeles is on * par/with its physical c1imate-sm6j;l>ound. :, r Th« atmosphtfe otLw Veg&s it like tb«t of «an.v Hollywood, 3y HARBIAN W. NICHOLS .WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 —UP— The following is making the rounds at the Pentagon—passed off as. gospel. It seems that at an Armv camp in the South not long ago, a bunch of yardbirds and non-coms werd gathered around a blanket for a five and dime dice game in their barracks. Things were going along fine until a corporal wearing red hair appeared on the scene. This lad obviously was wise to "fever in the South," knew all about "nee- nah," and was aware of the difference between "snake eyes" and "box cars." He rode along on the cheap time until it came his turn to .handle the dice. This character upped the ante. First he rolled a four and a three across the all-wool. TO the unitiatcd that calls for a. grab on everything bet. Then he came up with a six and a five, adding up to 11, also a fast winner. Then he came back to make it the hard way—with a pair of fours. The boy was doing all right. He kept on doing all right. He made a four. Then he made a six. Then a seven for the first time out: and after that another 11. The first thing his fellow GI's knew, their take home was cut to dollar bills, plus a little change. In addition to the sevens and lls—the so-called "naturals"—the lad made nine straight passes, which is considerably more than par. The other players were cettinfr a little unhappy. The stranger had Trv And Stop Me By Bennett Cerf BECAUSE A young streetcar conductor in Boston once decided to was caught by the yard foreman in was caught by theyard foreman in the act of ramming his car clear through the barrier at the end of the track, he had to find a new job in a hurry. So be began to sell brushes from door to door on a commission basis /or a local manufacturer. The young conductor's name was Alfred Fuller. The date was 1903 . . . Twenty-five years later. Fuller was a multimillionaire. "Thank "heaven," said Mr. Fuller, ."that, foreman was on the job the day I became rambunctious in the carbarn!" IT WASN'T a very large motrl find the smartest thing nhout it, apparently, was the liw-wiro hpll- boy. "What part of'the country do you hail from?" a?kod an approving visitor. "Cape Cod, sir," said the bellboy, "I just khowert you was one of those Shrewd Down Rasters," chuckled 1 the visitor. "Only thing that surprises me is that you don't own the motel bv this time.'*. "There's one Wins stoppiTitr me," explained the boll- boy flumiy. "The owner—he's from Cape Cod, too." a stack of their bills, which should have gone for baby milk and a new gingham for GI wives. There was nervous tension. . In fact it was so quiet around the barracks that the drip in the sink could be heard for yards around. ' ... "One more," said the redhead. • He picked up the red dice, blew on them and came out with "bos cars." A pair of sixes That meant that the other fellows could pick us part of their losses, but that the redhead still had the dice. He reached for them and another red cube slipped out of his sleeve. It was another six, making his total 18. . • • (People who Play dice tell me you can Use only two of the cubes at any one time, and that the highest point you can roll Is 10— not 18.) ' But, without batting an eye, our lad picked up all three dice and .said: "Get it up, boys. Gimme room to roll." The best intelligence ia that the game broke up in a hurry. Grab Bag Of Easy Knowledge The Answer, Quick! 1. To .what general order of mammalia do rats, beavers, rabbits, squirrels, mice bftlong? 2. Who was Alfred Charles Harmsworth, Baron Northcliffe? 3. What was the first miracle performed by Jesus, according to St. John? 4. What is the salary of the Fr^idcnt of the. United States? 5. With what art was Duncan Phyfe identified? Happy Birthday John Dos Passos, author and lecturer, and William Bendix, screen and radio comedian, have birthdays today. Watch Your Lang-nape PERSECUTE — (PUR-se-kutc). —verb transitive; to pursue in a manner to injure; specially, to cause to suffer because of belief, especially religious belief; to afflict, harass, or annoy with urgent attacks, pleas, or the like. Oritrin: French — Persecutor, from Late Latin—Persequi, Persecutus, to pursue, prosecute, fr"~v PT ulus sequi, to follow. Your Future An excellent year is foreseen for you. Changes mny be made, travel and study are well signified, and new friendships may cfe- vclop Today's child should be a "live-wire," with intellectual and reflective faculties well developed. Folks ot Fame--Gurss The Name I—This acto* was born in Winfield, Kan.v July 8, 18S9, H^ started his acting career in stock, tour- A Central Press Feature ing in the midwest and south. His early picture." include Fair and Warmer, Parlor, Bedroom and 1 Bath, Fine Feathers, The Three Musketeers, Young Tom Edison, A Little Bit of Heaven, Slightly Dangerous, Laramie Trail, Manhattan Serenade, Heavenly Days, Lake Placid Serenade, The Cheaters, In Old Sacramento, etc. Remember him? What's the name? 2— She was born in St. Paul, Minn., in 1912, and virtually grew up in show business. She appeared in George White's Scandals as a small girl. Her first screen appearance was in Mack Sennett comedies, and she has starred in many movies and rarfio shows. A few of her pictures are Holy Terror, Time Out for Romance, Wnkfc Up and Live, Love and Hisses, My Lucky Star, Two Latins from Manhattan, Two Senoritas from Chicago, . She Gets Her Man, If You Knew Susie, The Groom Wore Spurs, and many others. Her latest medium is television in which she stars in a show titled I M-srricd 1 Joan. What is her name? (Name at bottom of column). It Happened Today 1639— Connecticut adopted own constitution, first colonial constitution framed bv Americans. 1943 —Casablanca Conference begun between Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Primo Minister Winston Churchill in World 1 War II. It's Been Said True wisdom consists not soeing w.hat is immediately our eyes, but in forcsec'ne what • is to come. — Puhlius Torentius A for Trrrncc. .Ilnw'd You Make Out? 1. Rodents. 2. .The owner of many British nowsrvapers, notably "the London Times! 3. Turning water Snto win** nt the marriage at Cans. — John 2:1 R. 4. s'oo.noo. 5. rnrn.'ture r"»kirtt?. l— Sugenf Pall « tie,. 2-r-Jean "bavis, ' By DREW PEARSON WASHINGTON — Right after President Eisenhower finished his State-of-the-Union speech to % the joint session of Congress he was greeted by Mamie, who had watched hin>from the House gallery. "What have you got there?" queried I«e, pointing to some papers in Mamie's hand. "Oh, it's just a copy of your speech. Everyone in the . gallery was given a copy," 'she replied. -"Golly,"-said'the President, "if I'd known that they already had my speech up here on the hill, I wouldn't have bothered to come up here to r ad it.". "BURTON HOLMES" NIXON— Vice President Nixon assured Democratic senators in an off-the-record meeting the other evening that South Korean President Syngman Rhee will not start war again in Korea. "1 am not worried about Rhee using aggressive tactics," the vice president said, commenting upon Rhee's threat to renew the Korean war on Jan. 27. "He will make a lot of fuss, but he will co-operate with the United States." Nixon 1 spoke affectionately of the wrinkled, little South Korean leader with the apple-seed eyes, and pooh-poohed the notion that Rhee isn't strong in his own country. "Syngman Rhee is South Korea," he declared. "Don't think for a moment that Rhee doesn't have those people behind him." The vice president was the only Republican at a private Democratic gathering held at the. home of his neighbor, Sen. Estes Kefauver- The get-together was arranged, explained the Tennessee crimebust- er, as the outgrowth of a neighborly chat about a Christmas motor bike that the Kefauver kids had let the Nixon youngsters ride. "Kefauver is the most popular papa in the neighborhood," acknowledged Nixon, "because he bought his kids a bike with a motor on it." Standing in front of the Kefauver fireplace, Nixon pointed out his travels on a map of Asia and gave a detailed, country-by-country report. He warned in advance, however, that he would pA.sent no conclusions. "If I express any conclusions," he explained, "it is always attributed to the President." STRONG FOR CHIANG — At one point, when he was given a flattering report on another Asiatic strong man, Chiang Kai-shek, the vice president was challenged by Sen. Russ Long of Louisiana. "A miracle has been performed in Formosa," Nixon claimed. "Chiang Kai-shek has 600,000 well- equipped, ready-to-go troops." "Are you' sure of that 600,000 figure?" interrupted Long. "I am a member of the Armed Services committee. At the ]ast briefing I attended, the figure was given as less than 300,000 troops, and some of them didn't even have shoes." "That's the figure that is batted around. I didn't count them," Nixon replied impatiently. He acknowledged that Chiang Kai-shek could not invade the Chinese mainland without U.S. sea and air support. However, he claimed that Formosa has been transformed into a model government, which he described as "sort of a world capital to the millions of Chinese outside of China." Nixon was slightly less flattering in his opinion of India's leader, Pandit Nehru, though the vice president acknowledged he was impressed with Nehru's ability and "satisfied"'-'Nehru is^ anti-Communist. - : ."...-.'•' :•'•'.•••'• '"';' "The trouble," : observed Nixon,"is that Ne'hru isn't realistic in his policy of neutralism." There isn't anything in India that'can, stop Communism, from taking over." ; . , Nixon's most optimistic report . was on Turkey, which he described ; as .the "strongest link" - in our eastern defense chain. . However, .big Ed Johnson of Colorado blurted out:, "Mr. Vice. President; which ones of-all'those countries are potential Turkeys?"' CRUCIAL INTDO-CHINA.— Nixon' replied that the other countries "don't .have the resources," and acknowledged that they are a long • way .from measuring up to Turkey in strength. Probably the biggest drawback, he suggested, was the Jack of native leaders.-For example, he praised,Prime Minister Sastroamidjojo of Indonesia as a "great leader," but complained that he stood alone. . "After my conference with him," reported . Nixon, "I asked, 'Who else should I talk to?' he said, 'Just me.'" Nixon blamed the Dutch and French for not training native leaders in their former colonies. "The British, trained natives for civil leadership, but unfortunately, the Dutch and the French did not," he said. • Of all the Far Eastern countries, the vice president laid most stress on Indo-China and indicated that the Eisenbjjjrer administration considers Iriob-China the key to our Asiatic policy, because of its strategic rubber and tin. This., led West Virginia's Sen. Harley Kilgore to suggest that we bring pressure on the European nations to curb the international cartels 'and fix a fair policy, so. Indo-China will get some of the .profit and benefit from its rubber and tin production. "I am not qualified to go into that,' 1 Nixon brushed asid'e the suggestion. On the whole, the Democrats came away favorably impressed with the vice president's mission. One senator described him as a "mental blotter" who sopped up everything he saw and .heard. WASHINGTON PIPELINE—The most powerful U.S. senator, Democrat Dick Russell of Georgia, tolcf friends last week: "I didn't like Attorney General Brownoll's remarks about President Truman, though I knew he was just playing politics. But Governor Dcwey's speech in Hartford really . got under my skin. Why, that little . isn't even fit to shine the shoes of a. Democrat." . . . Idaho's Republican Senator Herman Welker has never spoken to Montana's Democratic Senator Mike Mansfield since he came to' Washington. From Mansfield's viewpoint the feeling is mutual. . . . Democrat Sam Rayburn's only regret cTuring . his 72nd birthday party was that he couldn't find room for an old-fashioned dance, with his shoes off. Do You Know? Do you know that payment of the poll tax, originally levied as a means of increasing government revenue, was not made a prerequisite for voting until 1902? This was effected by an amendment to, Article VI, Section 2 of the Texas' Constitution. Do you know that the last day of January falls on Sunday? That means poll taxes must be paJd before midnight, Saturday, Jan. 30. WILLIE —by Leonard Sansome in

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