Bedlands Daily Facts Wed., April 15, 1964 - 15 WESTERN BOOK SHELF By DONALD B. THACKREY United Press International MENLO PARK, Calil (UPI) —The only concession the high balling "Spirit of St Louis' makes to Vandalia, 111., is a blaring bugling bellow, usually timed to interrupt Rev, Ralph Smith's Sunday sermon. The Illinois Central is more considerate. It stops outside town every now and then to, pick up some freight cars from local factories. The railroads' indifference to the midwestem town doesn't bother its inhabitants. "We don't pay any attention to the railroads any more," said Judge James G. Bumside. "They're just passing acquaintances." Many things pass by Vandalia. But not Joseph P. Lyford. Vandalia does not support the American myth that a rural town today is a land-locked island inhabited by people who share an abiding complacency wth each other." ^Vhat is Vandalia and what is becoming of Vandalia seems, in part, to answer what we Ameri cans are and what we are be coming. JfENLO PARK, Calif. (UPI) —Walking along the shores of the Pacific Ocean can be ex hilarating, informational, health ful—and moist. But the minor inconvenience of a bit of salt water is not likely to reduce the popularity of the practice. The sea and all its forms of He dropped in one day on the j life have always held fascma town of 5,500 on the banks of alion for humans and beach' the Kaskaskia River armed with a few notebooks and a tape recorder. Seeking "authentic - unknown citizens—people who were not celebrities or major figures but were undergoing the stresss and strains of the 1960's," Ly ford sought to help cxplam the complexities of the American character. Lyford's latter-day "Middletown" has just been published by McNally and Loflin, Santa Barbara, Calif., as "The Talk in Vandalia" and distributed by| Lane Book Co., Menlo Park, Calif. After all the talk, it appears that the people of Vandalia hardly fit into the main street folklore which has been built up around the rural midwestem town. After listenmg for 132 pages, Lyford concludes "the taUc in combing ranks high both as an activity and as a setting for daydreams. McNally & Loftin, Santa Bar-, bara, CaUf., has just published a helpful booklet on the subject for amateurs at strolling along the ocean. Distributed by Lane Book Company, Menlo Park, Calif., it is entitled "Beachwalker's Guide" and sub-titled "A Pic torial Introduction to Marine Life on the Pacific Coast." Authors Dick Smith and Frank Van Schaick discourse on various forms of life to be found on the ocean's edge and include appropriate black and white photographs and line drawings depicting Pacific marine life. Used as a companion on a hike along the beach, the book should provide much informa' tion—including possibly whether or not it is waterproof. Message over door reminds all of goal By PHIL NEWSOM UPI Foreign News Analyst PALAIS DES NATIONS, Gen eva — Cut in the marble above the doorway to the room through which the delgates to the 17-nation disarmament conference must pass to sit around the rectangle of their green felt- covered desks is a slogan which says: "Here is a great work for peace in which all can partici pate... the nations must disarm or perish. Be just and fear not." The message over the door re minds the delegates of the goal they seek. And around the walls nmning up to the conference! room's 40-foot ceiling are sym bolic paintings reminding them of man's long history of inhumanity to man. This is the setting. Less im pressive has been the tortoise like progress of the conference itself whose members have been at work with various intcrnip- tio'ns since March 14, 1962. Yet there has been progress. Hot Line Was Surprise Chief Soviet Delegate Scmyon K. Tsarapkin ended a diatribe against Germany to make the surprise announcement that Russia was ready to negotiate a "hot line" between Moscow and Washington as a measure to prevent war by mistake. On Aug. 5, 1963, the United States, Britain and Russia signed the limited test ban agreement in Moscow after months of spadework done in Geneva. In addition, there is the agree-j ment against the placing of •weapons In outer space. ' That was the end of ^^sible progress in disarmament efforts which since 1945 have con sumed so many millions of words and the time of some of the world's top diplomats. In this nuclear era conditions also have changed. It no long er simply is a matter of total and complete disarmament, There also are what are called her "collateral" conditions which deal with the questions of war by mistake, of sneak attack and step-by-step measures which, while not actual disarmament, might contribute to lessessing of tensions. In the twice-weekly meetings which the conference holds, one is devoted to total disarmament and the other to the "collaterals." Taking over from U. S. disarmament chief William C. Foster at the conference March 2 was Adrian S. Fisher, a bluff hearty man with a successful record both as a lawyer and in the State Department, who declares himself not discouraged by the slow pace of progress. Of Enormous Importance "These are issues of enormous importance," he says, "and we must expect them to take time." If, at the moment, the chief issues of the disarmament talks can be boiled down to two. they are: The U. S. proposal for three-stage disarmament begin ning with an across-the-board cut to begin with of 30 per cent, and a Russian proposal for the destruction —without inspection —of all nuclear weapons immediately except for a "nuclear umbrella" of perhaps I per cent of the total which would be left in U. S. and U.S.S.R. hands until the third and final stage of total disarmament. 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