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FOUR EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 1952 Phone 4600 for a WANT AD Taker Evening & Sunday Times The Thrill That Comes Once In A Lifetime By w. T. WEBSTER Whitney Bolton Altemooa (except Sunday) »ca 8uoo»y uornini ruWlihed by The TJm«§ *n<j Alleganlan Company. 1-8 South Mechanic Street. Cumberland ua. Entered »» tecona das« oi»ll matter »t Maryland under the act ol March 3. 181S Member oj the Audit Bureau of Clrculition Member at The Associated Frew TtSechorie 4600 WeeWy roljKrtptlon rate o> Carriers; Ctoe «ek Eve. only 30c; Evening Times per copy. Sc; Eve & Sun. Timei. toe per »ee*: Sunday Ttmei only. IQc per copy. aS £ r .? tag .Kn l ,? ei ana BunU&y Time, axame no Jinan": clal responslbWty for tynogrnphtei) error* In advertuo- * retn-lo th " part °* " adWlKment lo " 1Br Friday Afternoon, February 29, 1952 ^^^=== == OUR COUNTRY The union erf hearts, the union ot hand* and the Flag of our Union forever. - Morm A Possible Snag A EUROPEAN ARMY with German . units participating is not yet a reality. ;: But it has advanced a significant step closer ; to that stage with the formal endorsement of the plan by the North Atlantic Treaty * Organization in LLsbond. The idea of a six-nation army that would include Western . Germany was born in France. Negotiations looking.toward its creation began last summer, and proceeded fairly smoothly for several months. But then serious snags developed in both Germany and France. In Germany, the difficulty is that the Bonn government demonds conditions which add up to political equality and greater independence. The Germans, vanquished though they were In World War U, see the paradox in their being asked to contribute to the defense of free Europe without sharing equally in its privileges. There may be audacity, even arrogance, in a defeated nation's boldly calling lor equal status a mere six and a half years since it fell in the dust. But there Is also an inexorable logic in it. How can we convince the Germans that they should be our "partners" in military matters only? AS FOE FRANCE, the problem Is simply fear of a rearmed Germany. Torn by this fear and the counter-balancing necessity to , have German strength thrown into the scales against communism, the French devised the Pleven plan for a European army. On its face, this appears a far-seeing gesture aimed at the ultimate -unity of Europe. But from the French viewpoint it is primarily a compromise between fear and reality. It is a way of gaining the German strength for the free nations without exposing France to the dangers of an Independent German military force operating under its own general staff. This inherent contradiction in the French attitude has become increasingly apparent in recent months. The French National Assembly now has approved the European army with German elements, but not without conditions that would gravely slow down the program. Nothing yet done by NATO at Lisbon, nothing yet on the European horizon anywhere indicates an easy solution to these German and French puzzles. Deft and delicate use of the arts of statesmanship will be needed to win Germany's support without yielding more than seems wise to offer a nation still unproved as a member of the democratic family. By that same token, much must still be done to outweigh French fears of the German in uniform. There is a feeling in many circles that France will continue to pose new obstacles as present ones are cleared away. The main purpose of French politicians appears to be to put off the hard day of reckoning when Germans actually must be allowed to shoulder guns again. NEVERTHELESS, it is hardly possible that France can now reverse itself and turn away from a European army with German representation. As a member of NATO it has given its official stamp to the project. Henceforth the seal thus placed upon the plan by France and the other NATO powers cannot help but serve as a pressure upon them to execute their commitments — to make the army a reality. If this action in Lisbon is indeed to be seen by the world as more than a hollow gesture, the NATO countries most directly concerned must now proceed with promptitude to demolish the French and German barriers standing in the way. The European army plan was conceived in fear. But it cannot be translated Into life with so negative a handicap. Having embraced the program, the free nation of NATO must now Infuse it with tough substance and endow it with all the high and positive purpose it merits as a contribution toward the unity of Europe. A Matter Of Taste ON THE LIST OF more than three hundred flavors in which ice cream has been manufactured there appears the name of the sweet potato. With no disrepect to the sweet potato, a nourishing and pleasant item of diet in its common forms, one may wonder whether it would have wide appeal as an ice cream flavoring. A sweet potato baked and served with a large lump of golden butter should tempt the most jaded appetite. A cook who serves candied sweet potatoes wit.h a .savory baked ham can expect to receive an accolade for his culinary artistry. One who chooses to serve sweet potato pie or sweet potatoes roasted, fried or even plain boiled would be regarded with approval. But flavoring ice cream with the essence of sweet potato is a radical move which will probably be regarded with suspicion by conservative eaters. Growers of sweet, potatoes, like other fann- ers, have a respected place in our society. New ways of preparing the product they raise are a boon to I hem and generally lo the consumer a-s well. But the dignity both of ice cream and of .sweet potatoes might suffer if they were mixed. Thi.s is democracy, however, and if someone wishes to make and eat sweet potato ice cream no one should prevent him from doing so. Those who disapprove or disagree with what, he eat.s must never'helrs,=, be ready to defend his right, lo eat it. HOLD ST/LL.,AJOW.T/V/S IS.TFl'v/4Y OVM CORBETT COM&S HIS HAIR- STRAIGHT UP V/HEN HIM WAS HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 2-29- *Thomas L. Stokes Dixiecrats Cast Eyes At Senator Russell WASHINGTON—The threatened split-off of the South, in the event President Truman should choose to run again, is taking form in a rather portentous fashion and much earlier than might have been expected. This is manifest in the serious consideration Senator Richard B. Russell of Georgia is giving to appeals from all over the South that he run for President. Officially and specifically, he has pleas from his own state's Democratic Executive Committee and from friends in Florida that he enter the Democratic preferential primary in Florida. Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee already is entered. This Russell maneuver is important politically for several reasons. He is one of the party's outstanding leaders in the Senate, widely recognized for his ability, and has won general acclaim as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, which handles defense matters. duties in the Senate, Which are demanding, and'he could not conduct any such stumping campaign as have Senator Taft and Senator Kefauver. He might accept a few of the hundred or more speaking Invitations he has received, including some to address Southern legislatures; but that would depend upon his legislative duties, which he puts first. FURTHERMORE, Senator Russell hitherto has remained regular. He refused, for example, to join the Dlxiecrat movement in 1948 even though the South gave him its votes in the 1948 convention in a protest against President Truman's re- nomination. He was influential in holding his own state in the Tru-. man-Barkley column against tha bolt that carried four other Southern states for the Disiecrat ticket. It can be reported that Senator Russell appears in a receptive attitude, though he is withholding his formal decision until the delegation from his state's Democratic Executive Committee visits him, which is scheduled for Friday of this week. His campaign for the nomination would be necessarily limited by his SENATOR Russell would assume the role of rallying point for the South for whatever eventuates; for, realistically, no one thinks that he could win his party's nomination in the regular Democratic convention. If President Truman s'-iould run again, the Georgia Senator could become the candidate of an independent Southern movement, breaking the Democratic party into North and South segments as in pre-Civil War days. Such a Southern movement would carry far more weight than the Dixiecrat campaign of 1948. Tills is so not only because of the character and standing of the Senator, himself, but because direction of the movement this year is otherwise in the hands of recognized Southern leaders of distinction, Including Senator Harry F. Byrd of Virginia and Governor James F. Byrnes of South Carolina. Neither of them affiliated himself with the 1948 Dixie- crat crusade. While the South no longer .has the veto power once provided by the two-thirds nominating rule, which was repealed in 1936, in a convention where there was a scramble for the nomination—as there would be with President Truman out — it could throw its votes effectively here or there both on candidates and platform. If it won .concessions, there probably would be no Southern revolt. Through importuned for some time, Senator Russell has withheld his decision about being a candidate, awaiting President Truman's decision as to his own intentions. He now feels forced to make his own decision because of the official appeal from his own state, and he will make it regardless of what the President decides to do, as did Senator Kefauver. IF PRESIDENT Truman docs not run. then the South, behind Senator Russell, who is a skillful political operator, could use its . bargaining power in the July, convention in a way that it has not been able to do during the Roosevelt-Truman regimes. SENATOR Russell is assured the support of most regular party leaders in the South, which Senator Kefauver does., not have. That is one of the chief obstacles to the Kefauver candidacy, another being opposition among big-city Democratic machines which he offended with his crime inquiry. Senator Russell's chief difficulty, of course, is beyond the Mason and Dixon Line, including the great urban Democratic strongholds where he is known chiefly as the director of filibusters in the Senate against the President's civil rights program. He is. in short, in the category of a sectional candidate. Were it not for his attitude on civil rights he would command the .serious attention of the Democratic convention; for he is highly regarded among his colleagues of both parties for his ability and energy. (United Feature Syndicate. Inc.) Peter Edson Korean War Step-Up Seen As Political Issue WASHINGTON — (NBA) — Demands for a step-up of the war against Communist China have been causing a great deal of strategic soul-searching in the Pentagon. These demands have been made by such leaders as Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio and Gov. James F. Byrnes of South Carolina. Both prefaced their remarks with an expression of hope that, peace can be concluded in Korea. If it can't, they want a hotter war. "Our Air Force should be directed tc seek out enemy (Chinese) bases and destroy them. Our Navy should blockade the ports of Communist China," declared Governor Byrnes at \VilliainsburR. And he added, "We should accept the aid of 50,000 fighting men of Nationalist China." Senator Taft in his Seattle speech declared that a Chinese Nationalist invasion of the mainland was the only chance of stopping a Communist assault on Southeast Asia. Earlier he declared in Wa.shinRton. "If the Korean peace talks break down completely, unfortunately I don't see any choice except to fiijht an all-out war against Red China." low up on General Douglas MacArthur's advocacy of bombing Chinese bases north of the Yalu River, in Manchuria. These proposals have drawn sharp counter-charges from such Democratic politicians as Senator Kerr of Oklahoma, Ellcnder of Louisiana, Sparkman of Alabama, Marnuson of Washington and Moody of Michigan. They charge the Republicans, principally, with wan tin i to start a "Taft was" against Red China. What therefore should be considered as a purely military and foreign policy question has become s, political campaign issue. Today it is about 1700 planes, of which 900 are jets. The point is made that if the IT. S. Seventh fleet were withdrawn, Formosa would be a "sitting duck'' target for Communist aircraft. The Chinese Nationalist air force would be no match. The only alternative would be to protect the island by American air power. The question of where this extra American air power would come from merits some consideration. The U. S. Air Force expansion program has now been cut down—or rather stretched out. ONE PROPOSAL has been to change President Truman's order which placed the U. S. Seventh fleet in the straits between Formosa and the Chinese mainland, to neutralize the Nationalist Chinese-held island base. All such sentiments, however, fol- NO HIGH military authority approached by this writer has been willing to discuss these things on the record. All want to stay away from any political fight. For background, however, they point out, sonic of the military factors in this argument: Assume the II. S. Seventh fleet is withdrawn from the 80-mile wide Formosa straits and an attack on • China mainland is launched by Chinese Nationalist troops. They will have to be carried across the water in American ships. They will have to be supplied with American weapons, ammunition and rations. The growth of Chinese Communist air power must be considered. It was estimated at about 1000 planes last June. It was zero a year before. History Front The Times Files TEN YEARS AGO February 29, 1942 There was no February 29 as 1942 was not a leap year. nouncement from the Philadelphia Athletics camp that all is well, as "Lefty" Grove has signed. TWENTY YEARS AGO February 29. 1932 Today's the natal anniversary of that select company, the leap year babie?. Charles McCumt.sky, Baltimore, oldest Marylander. celebrates 24th birthday, as he turns 100 years old. Representatives of the Chinese and Japanese commands at Shangai accepted a proposal for armistice by the League of Nations. From Port Myers. Fla., comes an- THIRTY YEARS AGO February 29, 1922 There was no February 29. as 1922 was not a leap year. FORTY YEARS AGO February 29, 1912 Major Robert Alexander, U. S. Army, arrived here to inspect Company G, First Infantry, M.N.G. Death of Mrs. Elizabeth Wiebre- cht, Frostburc:. ' Zion Reformed church steeple North Liberty Street, was toppled. ITS PRESENT goal is to have a 143-wing air force on hand by 1954. or maybe 1955. This is considered sufficient to provide a counteroffensive striking force in case of enemy attack, plus an adequate U. S. air defense. No reserves are provided for. If U. S. air power is dissipated in other wars, this build-up of air strcncth will be destroyed. The alternative here is a much bicger U. S. Air Force, In a hurry, at multibillion dollar cost. If U. S. bombing of Manchuria and Red China does become necessary and is ordered, considerable damage can be inflicted. Air basis, ports, railroads and other strategic targets could be attacked. The Communists' main production centers would not, however be reached by these attacks. These factories are not in Manchuria, nor in Red China. They are in Russia. It might, therefore, take a. bombing attack on the Soviet to destroy Red China's war potential. Finally, there is widespread belief thai, if any attack is made on Red China. Soviet Russia would automatically be bronchi, into the Korean War as a full-scale partiri- pant. This mutual aid and full military assistance is provided in Uv Mao-Stalin pact of 1950. This v oulri mean the start of World War III. Barbs Looking Sideways THE LONGER *t live the more difficult I find it to understand the didoes of the comely young women of drama, ^screen and'or .television, a restless collection of babes with a soaring ambition to exhibit the worst possible taste in public behavior. Currently in the news are Miss Elizabeth Taylor, who may or may not be married by the time this gets into print, and Miss Shelly Winters, who scratches up a fine acting talent with the manners of a zebra. Miss Taylor is the exceedingly handsome young actress who whisked into and out of a marriage to a hotel heir with the speed of a woman bound through a revolving door to a fire sale. I have no quarrel with Miss Taylor because her marriage to this young man didn't work, since any number of marriages don't work. What I find frightening is the fact that 'very time Miss Taylor opens her mouth another gaffe pops out. WHEN SHE arrived in London the other day, for example, bound for marriage to an actor, she took a stance for the microphones and said: "I shall wear a gray suit. We are going to be very happy." I haven't giver any serious study to the non sequitui; department of English speech recently, but is my perhaps unjust opinion that what she will wear to her wedding and her chances of happiness after the 'wedding are not creatures from the same basket. It's like a-man saying: "I got a haircut today. I may break 80 at golf." ( , •• It also reminds me of a cherished, If slightly addled, friend I once had, a man with si divine gift for mangling thought. He was the one I saw coming out of a movie theater one afternoon who told me breathlessly: "I Just saw this picture. Don't miss it if you can." Apart from Miss Taylor's unhappy jousts with her native language. however, there is-the fact that she has a mighty way . of doing the 'wrong thing at the wrong time. we can overlook such capers as being late for work, wearing dungarees to New York cafes and pounding on tables for service. These are not the ways of the graduates of Miss Whozis School for Young Ladies, but, then, of course. Miss Winters never went to that school so maybe she doesn't know. What I grumble about, in the sere and yellow leaf of a Hftime of grumbling, is that in even some of the remotest sections of human society you do not' fly to Italy to grab up a fellow who isn't even divorced yet and fly him back for the folks to look at, emitting interviews every mile of the round trip as to how you are going to marry him when his wife lets loose of the ties that bind. Many a couple has come to an understanding of a delicate and sentimental nature while one or the other was still fettered by a ritual called marriage, but few rush to Page One with the breathless news. And fewer still pose for news photographs showing the about-to-be- wed pair snuggled up like a pair of wintering bear cubs. IN THE CASE of Miss Winters, who has outgrown the championship of enfant terrible and become, let us say. the ingenue terrible with chances of championship there, too. THERE ARE enough gaffes in anyone's life, including, you can be dead sure, mine, to prevent quick- on-the-trigger finger pointing and I don't want to sit on any seat of the pure and fieckless while throwing a rock at some poor doll's head, but I think if Miss Winters fell head over heels in love with this Italian gent she should have kept it as a lovely thing between herself and the fellow until Mrs. Fellow turned him out for the next belle to grab. It is considered good cricket to do this and only a rebellion-hellion like Miss Winters would have overlooked it. Miss' Winters can be, and has been, fairly amusing with some of her explosions on and off a studio sound stage but I would chalk it up this time as a bad try. In any case, I do hope both Miss Taylor and M4ss Winters are going to be very happy in their marriages. Happy enough to stay at home and keep off Page One. Things are tough enough on Page One these days without the likes of them gooking up the premises. (McNaught Syndicate, Inc.) Marquis Chttds Hear Washington Calling WASHINGTON—Within the Taft camp the confident sense of victory is like a heady wine. This is more than just professional optimism whipped up to convice the doubters. It represents a conviction that the prize of the nomination is now within the grasp of the determined men who make up the Taft high command. But with this mounting confidence there has developed an attitude Uiat some Republicans find deeply disquieting. And this is true not only among those working actively for the draft of General Dwight D. ' Elsenhower. Included are lifelong Republicans who have declined thus far to take sides, hoping above all to find a winning candidate on whom most of the party could agree. The attitude in the Taft organization is increasingly thus: "You're either for us or you're against us. And if you're against us, it's just too bad for you." many who cannot be expected to subscribe 100 percent to the Taft line. Nor are the differences confined to the Eastern seaboard. One of the party's best vote-getters and most conspicious assets. Governor Earl Waren of- Califonia. is opposed to Taft on a number of issues. So is Senator Wayne Morse of Oregon who also proved in 1950 to have outstanding vote appeal. . What seems pretty clear is that there are just not enough fundamentalist Republicans to win an election for a nominee who won't have anyone but fundamentalists Jn his camp. It is a fine, exclusive club. But the vital statistics show that it has been growing smaller year by year. IN THE FLOOD of dubious oratory traditionally marking Lincoln's Birthday pro-Taft men were everywhere conspicuous. Unless you were pro-Taft, some Senators are saying, you were not eligible to speak at a party rally. Representation from the Eastern seaboard states at these political pep meetings was negligible. Tentative invitations were extended to two Eastern Senators — one pro-Eisenhower and one neutral — to speak in Michigan. A little later these invitations were withdrawn. This same attitude was reflected in the cold shoulder given Arthur Vandenberg Jr., son of the late Senator and organizer of Eisenhower clubs throughout the country, when he canvassed the possibility of running for the Senate in his home state. THE GROWING exclusiveness of this approach is what worries loyal party men who are fearful of a split in the ranks that could do great harm in the fall campaign. The danger, as they see it. is that the Taft crowd will draw an even more rigid line. On one side will be fundamentalist Republicans. On the other side will be the outcasts who have dared to vary even by a hair's breadth from the old-time Republican religion. Discussing this prospect, a. Senator in the neutral carnp put it as follows: "Both in the Republican National Committee and in the Taft organization a palace guard is closing in. They're determined to read out anybody who doesn't jump to their orders. "That's exactly what the palace guard around Tom Dewey did in 1.948. You couldn't get to see him. You nuldn';, ert a r,"\v idea i'l '<"> him. But, now it's begun six months earlier. "That palace guard was one of the rea.'-on? Dcwcy lost in 1948. They were so aU-fired sure they were going to win that they didn't need anyone'. 1 ; help, not even the help of the voters. Now with that same 'him beeinning six months before it beean the other time. vc've aot a good chance of throwine away wha;. should be ?. certainty. It's a pretty sari business when you find that attitude taking hold of people so early." SENATOR Tart has several times spoken with scarcely concerned scorn of the independent, vote. He seems to think he can win in November without it. He may be right. But., surely, no Republican can win without the united support of his own party. Increasingly, it looks as though the pressure of events would result in a Taft-Truman contest. That would present many voters with a highly distasteful choice. Doubtful of Taft's stand on foreign policy, they are at the same time fed up • with what has been going on in Washington. Faced with this choice, the independent* and even many nominal Democrats might go fishing on Election Day. in that event regular Republicans turning out in full numbers might elect their man. And it, could be that this Is the very circumstance on which the Taft carnp is counting in their growing optimism. 'United Ffntnrr Syndicate. Tncl So They Say It is the Yalu River that .has forced ... an air war that is predominantly tactical. Less than 3 per cent of the entire Far East Air Forces' effort (was) required to paralyze North Korean industry by neutralizing 18 stratccic forgets. —Maj.-Gcn. Roger Ramey, U. S. A. F, We (Republicans) have our problems because we have extremists of the right—-those who would freeze our nation into the Mains kuo with whatever inequalities that go with it. —Gov. Earl Warren. There is not an ounce of mc- tooism in Bob Taft. —David Ingalls, Tafi's campaign manager. I'm .sincerely opposed to Dxvizht's runnins. I question whether Christ, himself could do t,'ie job that has to be done. ... I'd hate to sec Dwight. get in a wringer. —Edgar Eisenhower, on his brother My belief is that hef Stalini has no intention of indulging Russia in a p'.obal Tar. — W. Averell Harriman. No country fan dream of procrey; if it necrlem the rsusp of its womenfolk. — Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minisier of India. Women are sair! to no longer be touchy about the questir.n concerning their age. Nor truthful, either. THOSE WHO ARE concerned about the rigidity of this approach to the '52 contest are not thinkir.e about the so-called independent vote. They are aware that within the Republican party itself are I think that we should always remember that the line between baldness and foolhardine.-.s if. a thin one -Gordon Dean, chairman of Atomic Enercv Hal Boyle AP Reporter's Notebook NEW YORK—Millions of lovelorn single girls are moping this Leap Year day because they aren't among the harried married. ."What does it really take to win a husband?" they wonder. The answer to this has stumped soothsayers and psychiatrists. Scientists have been unable to come up with a test tube solution. Now business is trying to solve the problem. For the creation of new families is becoming more and more important to industry. Ij people quit getting married, the nation would soon smotHer with unsold refrigerators, washing machines, and layettes. I have at hand the results of a little business research into the matrimonial field. It is a survey made by Shadow Wave, a Lever Brothers hcme permanent. ' This firm polled about 100 guys and 100 gals on this question: "What are the five most important weapons in a girl's arsenal needed to get her man and make 1952 a successful leap year? The returns are in and, I must say, very distressing.' The disturbing truth is that there are dramatic and fundamental differences of opinion between the sexes on just what qualities a man looks for in a mate. EVEN WHERE THERE were'areas of agreement, the emphasis differed. Both sexes agreed the girl ought to be well-groomed and attractive in appearance. But the girls themselves stressed neatness, while the bachelors voted heavily for more definite feminine allure. "Pleasing personality" was high on the men's list; the women voted for "charm," and just what that covers remains a mystery. The ability to cook rated near the top with the lads, but the lassies hardly even mentioned the kitchen art, perhaps because of a growing womanly conviction that cooking is something done only in the back rooms of restaurants. Many men put down "a, sense of humor." The girls worded it more often "the ability and w jji- C5 tn i-,, mn ,. him," in general the bachelor girls pictured the prospective bride as a nice clean girl—it was amazing how many mentioned cleanliness—in love with hearth and home, conversationally gifted and so informed about her husband's business affairs she could even help him figure out his income'tax. . THIS IDEAL BRIDE, seen through the men's eyes, however, could best be portrayed aa Rita Hay-worth with her vocal chords removed, standing in a boudoir with a frying pan in her hand. The difference between the sexes showed up most clearly in the matter of conversation. Most women were dreamily sure men yearn for a wife to "be able to discuss many subjects intelligently," be "a good conversationalist," or "a lively talker." The fellows themselves, on the other hand, showed a morbid dread of wifely loquacity, or, as they put it, "nagging." One said flatly: . "She should remember that the less she has 'to say. the less she will have to explain." Only one male traitor listed "interesting conversationalist" as.desirable. Oddly enough, he was a dentist. Many, many girls in the survey wrote down "common sense" as a husband-winning trait. The men were unanimously silent on this subject, either through sheer male gallantry or because 'of the feeling that, after all, a girl can't have everything. (Associated Press) George Dixon Washington Scene WASHINGTON—I am not what anybody, including ole man Mose, would call a callow youth, but President Truman pulled a line at a White House press conference which was before my time. He said, "There's no bug under the chip." I had never heard It before, but some of my creakier associates said it is very old. They averred their grandpop used to say it when they were kids, which must have been quite a long time back, if not longer. Mr. Truman employed it in answering a question as to whether the Newbold Morri.i investigation of corruption in the Administration Is going to be on the up-and-up. It may seem strange that a President of the United States is asked such questions, but ws always get around it by circumlocution, pretending we are only repeating something that somebody else has said somewhere or other some time. It Is a pleasant game and we play by pretty well-defined rules. The questioner always pretends that he did not personally think up the stinker, and the 'President always pretends that we are accepting his reply as gospel truth. THE PRESIDENT sometimes gets a bit snappish, but we don't. After all, there are certain prerogatives that go with the presidency, I think it should also be stated that there is nothing political about these weekly presidential get-togethers with the press. The fact that Charlie Van Devander, head press agent of the Democratic National Committee, is always present with his top ballyhoo men U probably sheer coincidence. Moreover. Mr. Van Devander was recruited for his job from t.he New York Post, which l.i double assurance that he i.s a,s non-partisan as a cat chasing a canary. Mr. Van Devander looked a bit quizzical when the President, said "There's no bug under the chip." Maybe Mr. Van Devander is not familiar with bug.s under things, although I will say he had a good editorial training for it. Tt was evident from the context, that, Mr. Truman meant there was to be no covering up in the investii?af,ion of chicanery In his admmislr.'i.'ion. In my time there -.-. ,i.s a more commonly used cxpre,'-Mon for thi*. ha vine to do \vit.h something hidden in a woodpile. But I zuex.s Mr. Tinman feels it. i.s not politic tr> use that expression in an election year. Our second thought. I have no idea whether Mr. Truman did it, consciously or not. I maka this clear because there are too many people professing to rcaxl his mind as jt. i.s. He must pet awful .sick of it. .COMING OUT OF the prc.<;>. rniifprrnre T a.«kfr! a iirinh"r of colleagues if they were familiar wKh "ThrTf.':- no bur; under the chip.* The youngcr mnb :-nifi they hadn't; but. everybody p:-i\.-ent. American, or foreigner, declared they knew expressions meaning the .--amn. "It means 'there's no gimmick."" said one. "No gaff," .said another. "No pickle." ?aid a third, who went to a school of journalism. Mr. Robert, Wailhman, of the I/MI don News Chronicle, ,snid they were <-tili u.sir.s t.he fellow in the woodpile one in England without arousin? racial prnte.M. M. Maurice Ferro. of !h» Paris L« Mon-ie. .-.aid that, In France they .^.ic! "dc derriere lr.« fasor.v" I did not pre ; < b,m for a literal translation, believing in leirinq well enough alone. iKir.z Ffaturfs. tr.c > PLAYWRIGHTS in Russia are under strong rritici. c .m there the.se days. Their plays apparently are not, goori enough. Inspiration cannot be acquired when little inspire.'.

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