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ALTON IVlNtNO TELEOHAMt MONDAY, JANUARY It, IftSO ALTON EVENING TELEGRAM ftf Alton l>*gr*pt> Printing Oump«». fc. oousLtnr. Managing fm*. weekly hte 1 tmef* •urMsiy: by carrier: toy mill, 18. 00 mlt^: »00 Beyond 100 • y«sY fenteretf aft aHMieVcUM matter M the poMoffle*, M Alton. til.. Act af cotigfeea, Mwh «, «MHIM MwhMt«*i> tM ef an UW Meal MWt •*"*»•»•«• M Win M SI! (>••> M«n fftWMMi Atfvertume - MM* MM <mnMti jfrfermatmiea MpUeMton M the felceTifrt) tnitiMu offlM 111 iM lM*ewa>. Alta*. at, Nettenai Ad««rti>iMjiMrMmiMN W«tf HolikU» Ce Mew Tart CtiMw OsMeft Motorists imnt Have to Slow Down for This Curve The city's newly-created traffic commission lias undertaken many useful studies and accomplished much progress toward promoting motoring safety since its establishment during 1949. One problem to which iti attention may be directed by recent events—a serious accident Saturday morning—is the deceptive turn in Washington avenue at Donald street. If motorists observed reasonable speed limits on Washington, the problem would he simple. In fact, there would be no problem at all. But drive 30 miles an hour or more, and you're bound to have trouble on that curve—unless, as so many motorists do habitually, you cut across the center of the street, going north, or swing wide go- ^inf south, thereby usurping too many traffic lanes. To the average motorist, even in the light of day, the curve looks easy. But it isn't, l-'or southbound traffic some of the whip might lie taken out of it by cutting back the curb on the west side. The northbound driver, though, has no "out." It would appear senseless, indeed, to establish i "atop" at the point. Yet that may be just what the city is forced to unless our motorists use their common tense and approach the curve no faster than 25 miles an hour. Remember! It's treacherous! Moving Science Backward 1300 Years About 2700 years ago a Grecian philosopher named Pythagoras worked out the so-called pytlia- gorean theorem which for as many centuries as from then to now has borne his name. It was best known aa the 47th problem of Euclid in which with others Was collected practically all that was then known of mathematics. Now we read with excitement that back 4000 years ago, so long ago that Pythagoras wai t comparative modern, Sumerian school boys studied from fire burned tiles into which geometrical designs and other learning had been scratched before the tile was burned. The fire baked tiles, "pages" on which Sumerian youths read their lesions, have been found in deep holes in the ground on the aite where the village of 4000 years ago atood. The tiles were the forerunners of paper pages in modern text books. No one had ever thought that scientific knowledge went back as far as those baked tiles prove. But it ia like our surprise when we learn that the long-despised Arabs back in the sixth and aeventh centuries were keeping aloft and burning bright the light of science. To such a degree is this true that we can still trace through some of our sciences the hand of the Arab, even to the naming of medical material such as alcohol. Any word, with "al" as its first syllable, is the name of an Arab product. Maybe It Ain't News But — the Sun Shone Days were gray, wet and cold. Then the aun shone Saturday. It's not a stop-the-prcss item. There were no banner headlines'on the facjt. But the aun appeared and warmed the earth. It was pleasant, like a meeting with an old friend. ' The sophisticate may worry about the philosophy of Spinoza. The business man may count his cash. The young girl will admire the newest style, and the baby will bawl until it gets its bottle. Affairs oi the world will barge along at the same old pace, affected in many ways by sunshine, but not stopping to praise the golden god of day. How simple and magnificent is the sun, made all the more beautiful by the space of its absence. It greets all but the blind. It blues the sky and envelops the landscape in an expansive caress. Tho sun will follow our pleasant steps through life. Its radiant face will add to our glad hours while dark winter slips slowly away. Today's headache, the worry and the pain of passing things will fade, never to return—but the sun will be with us again and again to shine away the dull, unnamed fears that a cruel winter may bring. The Oyster Supper Siirvlves at Shlpman The Legion Post and its auxiliary at Sliipman have kept alive an institution of the past — the Oyster supper. This impressed the staff member who writes the Fifty Yean Ago column. The oyster supper once was just the thing in Alton. Church groups, Societies, clubs, promoted oyster suppers. Folks gathered to renew acquaintances, to chat a bit (to "visit," they called it then), and to drink oyster stew, Or to cat esc a Hoped oysters. Other dishes were on the menu, but the name "oyster supper" was common. A half-century or more ago, a refrigerated, fast-freight service came into use, and shipment ot fresh oysters was possiHc in (he months that previously were too warm for shipments. In this modern day, when shipment of oysters is fast, the name has disappeared. But Shipman, which bold* fast to tradition, still uses a name popular a hall-century ago. 25 Years Ago January 16, 1925 i. T. Tidd, former police magistrate of Wood River, had organized whnf was known as the Handy Man Service Bureau of Wood River. The jobs for the Handy Man servirp inrludprl putting glide-easy custom on chairs, making windows and dresser draw- era work eaty, repairing leaks !n wash boilers and hot water bottles, and putting new Fuller balls In leaky water faucets. Mrs. J. H. Zlmmermann, wife of the grocer and alderman, was painfully bruised In a fall from a chair at. the family home, 500 Brown street. An x-ray picture showed that no bones were broken and no serious consequences were expected. Joshua Dlxon, retired stone mason and contractor, was Improving after an Illness of several days, He was able to he up and about his home on State street. He was to celebrate his 84th birthday on Jan. 22. Mrs. A. W. Kortkamp, wife of the Pentecostal minister, was the victim of smallpox and the house was quarantined, George Leverett, cousin of Cyrus W. Leverett and of John Leverett of Alton, died at his home on Central -street, Edwnrdsvllle. The Rev. ,1. N, Morrison had resumed his studies at Washington University and at Xenla Seminary. He wai taking theological work, at one Institution and working for a master's'degree at the other, Miss Amelia Glssal of 1200 Alby street was hostess to the Hope club. Five hundred was played and prizes were given to Mrs. Frieda Gradl, Miss Irene Ruddy, Mrs. Arthur M. Gerber and Miss Mary Hufker. Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Kennedy of East Fourth street entertained members of the Old Timers club. Cards furnished the diversion of the evening and the club prizes went to Mrs. William Klasner, Mrs. John Carr, Albert Mau, John Carr and William Klasner. Mrs. Lucy Noble of DID Royal street entertained a small company of Intimate friends In honor of her sister, Mrs. William Thorp of Cincinnati, O. Guests were Mrs. Cassius McKce, Mrs. Ed Dalton, Mrs. Louis MonfKomery, Mrs. G. Steinbrueck, Mrs. Norman Lowe, Mrs. Thorp and Mrs. Noble. Benevolent Society of the Congregational Church met and elected officers at. the home of Mrs. George Duncan on Twelfth street. The following officers were elected: Mrs. H. L. Dickinson, president; Mrs. Allen Keiser, first vice-president; Mrs. R. H. Levls, second vice-president; Mrs. J. B. Maxfield, secretary and Mrs. VV. J. Boals, treasurer. William J, Streubcr, son of Judge and Mrs, J. P, Slreuber, was to sing nt the Missouri Athletic Association In St. Louis. Mr. Streuber, who traveled on the Pantages circuit, was to be in St. Louis, enroute from Kansas City to Memphis. After his Memphis engagement, Mr. Streuber was to go to Chicago, Miss Thelma Roller was nursing a broken right arm which she suffered in a /all on the city pavement. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Miller had left for New Orleans, where they planned to remain until April. While In the south, Mrs, Miller planned to visit her sister, a member of the Notre Dame Order, in New Orleans. Mrs. J. J. Mooney, who had undergone surgery, was recuperating at her home on Bostwick. Mrs. F. R. Newby of East Broadway had submitted to surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital. NMtaai That We»t Us.k»e4««l Mid-year graduation time is here again. Commencement speeches have been or wilt be delivered flonf the customary lines, something like thii; "You niopli are Icaviag school to go forth into the It is your generation's duty to make this a r, it/sY, more peaceful world in which to live." Thi» if food advice; alto, it has: gained thr aura •f tradition because it hat been repeated down through the years. Because it apparently needs rcpe- titioa •vary year* it must have gone unheeded, st bait by many of the graduates of the past. Which probably il to* reuon why graduates of (he present *Hf| fMlure ftould take the advice, Y«l «M'| MMM the speaker. -•'*- r • SO Years Ago January 16, 1900 Gates In the dam at Lockport on the Illinois wore to be raised within a few days and water from Lake Michigan then would flow unimpeded to the Miss- ssippi. A connection between the main channel of the big drainage canal nnd the Chicago river had just been completed at Western avenue in Chicago, and this was expected to turn the current back towards Lake Michigan until the dam at Lockport was opened. Returning to his office after a few days' absence In close attendance on his wife, who had just passed the crisis of a serious illness^ Mayor Young announced plans for vigorous prosecution of a court action to establish authority of the city oil inspector. The city hod been forced to dismiss a complaint against Frank Brazier, a Standard Oil Co., driver, for delivering uninspected coal oil, when its chief witness, Policeman Green Parker, became ill on the witness stand, apparently from a heart attack. Mayor Young planned to have a new complaint filed. A home talent production of the Cinderella story, styled "Dress Rehearsal," was to be presented In Temple Theater for benefit of Alton Woman's Home. Charles Flagg took a position with Mississippi Valley Trust Co., St. Louis. A marriage license was Issued to James Pylo and Miss Addio Burgess. John Denuilh, after several weeks of Illness, was to undergo surgery In St. Joseph's Hospital. The too field in back of the dike, opposite Alton, moved out under tho softening influence of the mild period of weather, and with it wont the major hope of a good crop of natural Ice, James Lester of Glen Carbon, the county mine Inspector, Inspected coal mines at North Alton In company of Walter Rutledge. While members of the Joshua Frank-ford family of East Alton were attending the John Lawrence funeral there, burglars ransacked their home, taking articles of clothing. Another new locomotive for Illinois Terminal arrived and was being set up at the local roundhouse. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mook of 620 East Eighth mourned the death of their 16-months-old daughter, Frances Catherine, one of twin babies. The Rev. Theodore Olierliollman conducted the funeral of jjohn H. Koehne at the family home on Alby, and burial wus under Masonic rites. Pallbearers were J. II. Raible, Anton Kremer, John Suiter, Lawrence Stoehr, A. Inveon and J. G. Srhorffler, all of Erwin Lodge. The funeral of Mis. John Fitzgerald took place In St, Patrick's Church, where requiem mass was read by the Rev. Father P. J, O'lU-illy. UPPER ALTON.—The village council heard first reading of the ordinance for the paving of Garden, Manning, and College avenues, and arranged for a special meeting, Jan. 19, when the Improvement measure was to be put on passage. Some property owners on College now were urging the pavement should extend to the Cut-off; some on Manning proposed It be extended north as far as Amelia. James C. Mooru, the car line conductor, was ill. Mrs. Charles Castle of Seminary entertained the Woman's Club. Mrs, Murray Trabue-ot Jerseyville was visiting Mrs. Frank Sargent. A. F. Ullrich of Second and Alby, carpet factory employe, fell from the platform of a train as it was crossing the bridge, but escaped with bruises. Robert Curdle, jr., who saw tho elderly man (all, called to the conduclor^vho stopped the train, and had It back up. Ullrich was found on his feet, tittle the worse for his fall, but his hat and cane had fallen Into the river. Charles Temme, 43, of 1123 East Second, succumbed In St. Joseph's Hospital lo a spinal injury incurred in a full at Sims, lad. I GOPon'Wrong Side of Fence' InChinaStancl? WASHINGTON, Jan. 18. —Examined solely as an adventure In politics, the attitude of those Republicans who are proposing that Formosa be used as a means of aiding the Nationalist government in China has caused a considerable amount of bewilderment, Strictly speaking, If political precedents are to be heeded, the Republicans are on the Wrong side of the argument. Instead of urging measures that could conceivably lead to trouble of a military sort, they should be the ones calling for "Hands-off" and non-Involvement. To put it. another way, the Democrats In the Senate and the Tru- j man administration are on the popular side, The "hands-off" and "let • them - stew . in-thelr-own- juice" doctrines are really "isolationist" as they used to be known in the 1920's and this position, politically speaking, was strong enough to influence the Democratic as welt as the Republican parties for a long time prior to the outbreak of World War H. As a matter of fact, Japan might never have gone to war with the United States in 1941 if her militarists had not been so stupid Its to make an attapk on American territory at Pearl Harbor. Had the Japanese stuck to the Far East and South East Asia and let the Philippines alone, they might have succeeded in their aggressive southward march toward Singapore wiihout involving America. As far back as 1915, Count von Bernstorff, the German ambassador in Washington, told this correspondent of a prediction made to him by President Theodore Roosevelt that the United States never would go to war with anybody solely over the problems of China. This attitude of hands-off in a military way persisted through other administrations. What it really meant was that, If America ever intervened, it would be only as a part of an International com- mltment such as the Allies including Germany undertook in the famous Boxer expedition of allied troops sent to rescue Nationals held captive in Peking In 1900. The Japanese, on the other hand, while always considering American occupation of the Philippines a threat to their security, need never have provoked America. The chances are that President Franklin Roosevelt would not have asked Congress in 1941 for a declaration of war on Japan due to events either in China or South East Asia. The Republicans must know this traditional position of the United Slates and how easy it is for the Truman administration to revert to it. So far as arguing that the administration has adopted virtually a military program to stop Communism in Greece and not in China, there is nothing so inconsistent as inconsistency in politics. The Republicans must know, too, that so far as popular issues are concerned, they can make political hay by urging a curtailment of spending for Europe than by urging Involvement in Formosa and the Far East generally. It may well be doubted, moreover, whether the average American cares any more about China today than he did about Europe In the 1920's. If long-range possibilities are taken into account, on the other hand, the Republican anti- Communist position in Far Eastern affairs and fuss over Formosa may pay off dividends a few years Side Glances •§ CtoitrcU* . IMS e? auaBMecm T. * ace. u. a. MM e». "Yes, you certainly.did cut down on our budget, George —but aren't we going to spend something for coal, milk and rent?" Pearson's Merry-Go-Round Courageous Mayor WASHINGTON, Jan. 16.— When Estes Kefauver, hard-hitting new senator from Tennessee, starts his important investigation of interstate gambling rackets, one of his first witnesses ought to be fearless Mayor Gordon Dunn of Fresno, Calif. Another should be Warren Olney, the energetic lawyer whom straight-shooting Gov. Earl Warren placed in charge of the California crime commission. A lot has been written about gambling king hit tailor-made Frankie clothes Costello, and his hence, politically speaking, but it is far from intelligible now to the folks at .the crossroads of Squash Center. (Rtproductlon Rlfhti 218 Pilots, 74 Planes Registered in County SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 16.—(Spe- -A total of 9676 pilots and aircraft owners registered their federal certificates with the state aeronautics department in 1949, it was announced today by Director Joseph K. McLaughlln. The figure represents an increase of 193 pilots and 20 aircraft over 1948. The department also disclosed that 292 women pilots are registered together with 44 helicopter and 161 glider pilots. During the same period the department reported the number of restricted landing areas for private aircraft in (he state Increased from 240 to 335. Airports decreased from 166 to 161 and the number of flight schools dropped from 162 to 143. McLaughlin said the number of registered aircraft Increased despite a loss of 390 planes through transfer or sale to out-of-state- owners, dismantling and destruction In accidents. Cook County led the list of counties with 2574 pilots and 803 aircraft. The list of pilots and aircraft by counties includes: Bond, 16-5; Calhoun, 2-1; Greene, 8-5; Jersey, 8-2; Macoupin, 70-34; Madison, 218-74. lunches at the Waldorf. But the real story of Costello is the way the national gambling network of which he is a part undermines clean government in the smaller cities of the U. S. A. Fresno, Calif., chiefly famous as the "raisin capital of the world," s o long way from New York, Chicago, or Costello's reported friends in Washington. However, there seems to be an invisible but definite link between them just the same. Back in the days before Costello had been glamorized, one of his buddies was the late "Bugsie" Siegel, who later moved out to Hollywood and Las Vegas. However, there is good reason to believe that Costello and Bugsie continued as partners and that California was definitely part of the Costello empire. Not only was Coslello money reported to be invested in the ornate Las Vegas gambling palace, "The Flamingo," but there are other important links between these far-flung dominions of the gambling world, even including the wire-pulling in Washington. Gamblers Escape Taxes About the only way of catching the big gamblers in the past has been through income-tax violation. That was how Al Capone was finally sent to jail, and the Treasury Department in the past has been anxious to cooperate. However, in San Mateo not long ago, gambler Emelio Georgetti, otherwise known as "Gombo," was Investigated by local T-men regarding charges of $400,000 worth of hidden income in the form of cashiers checks in the Bank ot America. But when William Berkett, the local Treasury agent, tried to follow up the case, he was called off by Washington. The same thing happened when Al Glonotti, a slot-machine operator in San Mateo, was caught hiding income from slot-machine rentals. T-men, painstakingly Interviewing drugstores and others renting slot machines, found that lionotti had concealed between $50,000 and $100,000 of Income. The case was considered a sure- shot tax fraud—until Washington got into the picture. Then it was hopped. Protecting Stick-up Men The farflung links of the national gambling empire were further illustrated at Fresno when two Chicago gunmen, Broncotto Tuouervllle Folks Fontaine LOCAL AMUSEMENTS FUN WITH THE DAIRYMAN DURINO THE WATER SHORTAGE and Pedrottl, were caught stick- Ing up a tavern, "The Big Headed Kid," and when Fresno's local gambling czar, Joe Cannon) couldn't raise the bail, he collected it from Los Angeles gambling leader "Mickey" Cohen. How the gangs undermine good government is further illustrated by the fact that Fresno prosecutor Jim Theusen was offered $20,000 to drop the indictments. However, he reported the offer to the judge and, despite political pressure from two state senators, Jack Tenney and Hugh Burns, sent the two gangsters to jail. Fresno's New Mayor Last April, Fresno held an important municipal election, put in as mayor bulky, shot-put star Gordon Dunn, who campaigned on a "closed city" platform. Dunn proposed, to close up the gamblers and run the houses of prostitution out of Fresno. A straight-shooting newcomer to politics, Dunn meant what he said, but apparently certain politicians who helped elect him didn't. For, shortly after he became mayor, pressure was started to make Fresno an "open city". One gambler walked into Dunn's office, laid $35,000 on the mayor's desk, and announced that that was the price he would pay for opening only one bookmaking establishment. Dunn kicked him out of the office. This type of pressure was not difficult to resist. More difficult were the approaches from men who had helped elect him. One of these was Bob Franklin, now under federal indictment on an- fther matter, and one of Dunn's campaign managers. Franklin had also helped handle the campaign of California Attorney-General Fred Howser in that part of the state and has been close to Howser. Meanwhile Joe Cannon, sometimes called the Mickey Cohen of Fresno, proposed that Fresno's chief of police be removed —always the first step when the gamblers and racketeers want to take over—and be replaced by a lieutenant, In whose office gambler Cannon had been a frequent visitor. >< Chinchillas and Slush It also was proposed to set up a .political slush fund for the election of "the right people" in 1950, the fund to be collected from gamblers and houses of prostitution, and the pay-offs to be made through an old woman outside Fresno who operated a chinchilla farm. A neat system was arranged whereby a gambler, making a payoff to the slush fund, would buy a chinchilla, then pay for its board and upkeep. Chinchillas, of course, are frail animals, and can die at a moment's notice. A county official was actually designated to handle the books, as well as the books of gambler Joe Cannon. The deal fell through, however, when the old lady got suspicious, ana when Mayor Dunn put his foot down on opening up Fresno. Bob Franklin, Dunn's campaign manager, also reported that he had arranged to set up a branch narcotics office in Fresruv directly under Franklin's control, which would knock off all narcotics racketeers who were not paying off but give protection to their own racketeers Terrific pressure on Mayor Dunn continued, with certain merchants claiming that Dunn's "closed city" policy hurt business. On the other hand, Chet Carey, secretary of Fresno's A. F. of L. central labor council, backed the mayor to the limit. Mayor Dunn is still standing pat, even though some of his political enemies are talking about a recall petition to remove him from office. He says that he may be • newcomer to politics, but he knows the difference between clean and dirty government. All of which illustrates how the nation-wide gambling ring operates In a medlumsized city in California. College President Turns Senator A modest little man who looks like a small-town hardware merchant has completely won the heart of cynical Capitol Hill In leu than a year. * He is Frank P. Graham, former •! Un University tf Robert S. Allan Power Problem WASHINGTON. Jan. 1«.—President Truman's public power chiefs have a bear by the tail and they don't know whether to hold on or let go. It's a different kind of test than they have faced In the past. Previously, their problem was securing congressional approval for the President's huge public power program. These battles were largely out In the open. This one is behind-the-scenes and an entirely new nature. They must decide whether to accept a proposed far-reaching "compromise agreement" between the Federal Southwestern Power Administration and two big Oklahoma utilities, who have been lead- Ing public power foes. Approval of the deal might set the pattern for the distribution and ale of power for the whole of the President's great program. That's the dilemma the Administration Is up against. It doesn't know whether "to be or not to be." Final decision Is up to newly- named Interior Secretary Oscar Chapman. Compromise Agreement Basic facts In the complex situation are as follows: As part of the President's program, the government built two giant hydro-electric projects at Norfolk Dam on the White river In Arkansas and at Denisom dam on the Red river bordering Texas and Oklahoma. One of the primary purposes of these projects is to supply rural electrification coops with power. After several months' negotiation, Southwestern Power Administrator Douglas Wright made a deal with the Public Service Co. of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co., bitter opponents of the President's program. This agreement does two things: The government—turns over at •the bus bar all power developed at the two dams to the two utilities. The utilities—will sell this power to Rural Electrification ' co-ops throughout the area at the prevailing government rate of slightly more than five mills per kilowatt hour. This price is under the average figure the utilities are now charging co-ops. Also, the utilities will "firm up" the government's power production with power from their plants. Approximately 70 percent of the government-developed power will go to the co-ops. Pro and Con This deal is being enthusiastically hailed as a "good bargain" by a number of congressional sup- norters of the President's power program. They include Speaker North Carolina, now senator from that state. Graham is as friendly and disarming as a puppy, has a lively twinkle in his dark eyes, and has sparse gray hair that looks as though he'd just come in from a windstorm.. When Dr. Graham was appointed to the Senate last March, John Ericker, right-wing Republican, raised the clamor that the newcomer was a "radical". Sen. Forrest C. Donnell of Missouri, a conscientious conservative, asked his GOP colleague, Wayne Morse, "what kind of fellow is Graham? You served with him on the War Labor Board." To the deeply religious Donnell, Senator Morse replied, "Forrest, I have often said you were the most Christian man I know. Frank Graham is the most Christlike man I know." ' Months later, Donnell remarked to Morse: "Remember what you said about Frank Graham being the most Christlike man you know? Well, I share your opinion." Whenever Senator Graham rises from a Senate desk that almost swallows him—he is the shortest man on the 1 floor—senators come back from the cloakrooms to listen. This is a tribute few men in Senate history have won. Frank Graham is not an orator, in the manner of dramatic Arthur Vanden berg. He speaks in a soft drawl, but he is able to put in simple words the great problems of the day, and point the way clearly to their answers. Senatorial Praise After his Senate speech on the Atlantic pact, Republican Sen. Charles Tobey, himself a vivid phvasemaker, remarked in awe: "Frank Graham's speech was the greatest I have ever heard in the Senate. The senator has given UK a pattern, not for my party or his party, but a pattern for America. I commend his state for having given him to us as a senator." After another Graham talk, Sen. Vandenberg said thoughtfully, "I was profoundly impressed by his grasp of the subject." Despite the praise showered on him, Frank Graham is still a modest, unassuming man with a great affection for people. He will spot a friend, a senator, an elevator boy working his way through college, or a reporter, and trot up to him. "Hey, there," he will say, "got something to talk to you about," Sen. Graham is one of the most conscientious men in Washington, and a story Is told of how President Roosevelt exploited this. Dr. Graham's university trustees had asked him to resign from the War Labor Board and give all his time to the university. Graham stayed up all night writing and rewriting hi*, letter of resignation to the President. When he arrived at the White House, Mr. Roosevelt, who had been tipped off, got in the first word. He said, "Frank, what would you think of a man who deserts his nation In time of war? 1 have a businessman here who wants to resign from the War Production Board and go back to his company." Later, when Dr. Graham returned to his hotel, a friend asked, "well, did you resign T" M*«kly, Graham drew from hit pocket the rumpled but still unopened letter of resignation. .^—,- L * — Sam tUybutn (Tex.) and Senators Carl Hayden (D., Ariz.), Robert Kerr (D. Okla.) And Lyndon John* ion (D., Tex.). Equally acclamatory Is Senator Elmer Thomas (D. Okie.) who led the fight last year against the President'* program. In Inner administration circles, the agreement ia admittedly being scrutinized with doubt and suspicion. Among the reasons for this skepticism are the following! 1. Before Rural Electrification Administrator Claude Wickard knew anything about the agreement, he was visited by R. K. Lane, head of the Public Service Co. of Oklahoma. Later, Wickard made this report, "Lane popped up In my office and began praising something I knew nothing about. It turned out to be this agreement. He spent 45 mlnutea talking about, how he and Wright had carried out a mandate of Congress on ths handling of SPA power. He lavishly praised the afreement and kept telling me about all the wonderful things it would do for REA co-ops." 2. At a recent closed-door meeting in Tulsa with Oklahoma REA co-op officials. Wright enjoined strictest secrecy on them saying, "I wan to keep strictly confidential what Is discussed at this meeting. Why in less than 24 hours after I sent a copy of this agreement to Washington,. i columnist had a man in my office asking to see the agreement." The attending co-op officials were split, on the deal. Some voiced acceptance on the ground,' "It's the best we can get." Others objected to any agreement with private utilities. Deep in the background on this issue Is another and far greater project. This is a giant power grid system that would link up TVA and the Southwestern Power Administration. That plan would be blocked If Wright's deal with the two utilities becomes the pattern for distribution of SPA power. Universal Affliction Senator Jim Murray (D-Mont.) is seeking a $10,000 appropriation for a nation-wide study of the effectiveness of voluntary health plans. He is'a militant advocate of the President's compulsory health Insurance program. Senator Wayne Morse (R-Ore.) opposed Murray's proposal. "In the first place," .said Morse, '$10,000 is not enough to make an adequate survey. Secondly, na matter how much money was spent, the survey wouldn't be objective." "What if an organization like Brookings Institute did the job? Wouldn't that be objective?" "On the subject of health insurance," retorted Morse, "nobody's report would be objective. Everybody is prejudiced one way or the other." Social Security CIO President Phil Murrav had an unexpected telephone call. before he left for Florida for a rest- up. It was from President Truman. "Just wanted to wish you a good vacation," he said, "and also to tell you how much your successful fight for pensions for the steel workers la helping on our bill to liberalize social security benefits. Your victory is making a big difference. A lot of big corporations are now lining up for higher federal benefits. They have seen the light, thanks to the grand job you did. We're very grateful to you." Note; Senator Walter George (D., Ga.), chairman of the finance committee which will conduct the hearings on the House-passed social security bill, has been deluged with requests from people who want to testify. He has received more than 500. Main Senate fight on the bill will be over the provision for disability benefits. Insurance companies are vigorously opposed to this. They will be supported by the American Medical Association, in exchange for the insurance companies' backing the AMA against the President's health insurance program. On the Griddle House Rules Committee Chairman Adolph Sabath (D., 111.) has promised to report out the proposal of Representative Usher Burdick (R., N.D.) for an investigation of congressional payroll padding. "I don't believe there will be more than one vote in the committee against your resolution," Sabath told Burdick. "You really have the boys over a barrel. They don't like it, but they are afraid to vote against it." . . . The House armed services committee is considering slashing "flight pay" ot Air Force generals, of which there are 183. This pay amounts to approximately $360 a month per general. The committee has a report that a considerable number of the generals actually no longer pilot planes but merely ride In them. Three of them are over 60, but still draw flight pay. . . . Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter sent to England for precedents to support his recent unprecedented dissent on the tribunal's refusal to take up the case involving a press censorship law in Maryland. The Maryland Court of Appeals held the law invalid and the state attorney general wanted the Supreme Court to pass on this ruling. With the exception of Frankfurter, all the members of the tribunal turned down this request; thus, in effect, upholding the decision of the lower court. (Co»yrlahi, ISM, Post • Hall Syndicate, Inc.) A convention In Massachusetts before the Civil War advocated New England's secession from the Union unlew the law requiring the return of fugitive slaves was repealed, according to the Encyclopedia Brltannlca. "We el Cloves" Zanzibar, an island lying 23 miles oft the east coast of Africa, often Is called "The Isle of Cloves." because It yields the bulk of the world's supply of that spice. Telegraph Want Ada "CUCK" f

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