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\.. fAOS C ' ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH FRIDAY, APRIL 34, lilt Editorial Tim Joh of It n Tough One These arc difficult times for men in public office. In Tuesday's city and village elections, only One mayor was re-elected, and he was unopposed. In two cases incumbents were not candidates, but in all other* the men in office were defeated in theft bids to be returned to their positions In East Alton, * man who formerly held the office was returned to the position when he defeated the incumbent; in Wood River, the incumbent didn't seek rc-clcction, but a man who formerly held the job was defeated. The trend .began on April 7 when Alton's mayor failed of re-election. The job of mayor or village president is a difficult one. The man in office has "many bosses." When elected, lie is besieged by numbers of job applicants. Because the number of jobs is far, far below the number of job-seekers, the mayor must disappoint many of his supporters. Then, in the conduct of the municipal business, the mayor must displease a certain number of the people. If the mayor espouses a public project, however worthy it may be, he antagonizes those opposed to it; and if he opposes another undertaking, he makes political enemies of those who favor that project. People make personal issues of many things that should be decided strictly on their merits—and the man in office is saddled with the biame, Since 1919, only two men have been re-elected mayor of Alton. William Sauvage was elected in 1917 and re-elected in 1919; of the next three men who held the office, two who sought re-election were defeated and the third wasn't a candidate to succeed himself. Then, in 1935, Thomas W. Butler was re-elected. His successor failed of re-election, and Mr. Butler was returned to the office four years later. Since then, only Leo J. Struif was re-elected, as three other mayors failed to win second terms. It is significant, too, that the only two men to be re-elected since 1919 were named to three terms, j but both Mr. Butler and Mr. Struif were named to j third terms after previously having failed of reelection as "three-time" mayors. Mr. Butler came back to win two years after losing his second race for re-election; and Mr. Struif was returned to the 'office eight years after his first bid for a third term had failed. That only two men in Alton, over a period of 34 \ years, could win re-election to the office of mayor, with the fact that ail incumbents running in our area, were defeated this year, points up the difficulty of serving in the office of mayor and keeping the favor of the voting public. Reds Place Little Value on Life Communists evidently value the lives of fellow human beings very little if the talcs of brutality told by the American and South Korean soldiers return- In State Saving* associaiiom in the building and loan association class have been soaring incredibly in the first three months of the current year, The gain wai $900 million in the first quarter of the current year. This gain shew* the increase in saving* of the people who ufo building associations for their investment funds, The reason given for this boom in building associations is the generally higher rates of interest the building association* pay as compared with banki and oiher money depositories. The building associations in the Alton area have been showing growth gains indicative of great confidence on the part of the people in these mutual societies, which have been responsible for financing of a great majority oi the homes bought through the associations. The Alton-Wood River area has made such great use of the building and loan associations as to give the best evidence of the public confidence in them •—a confidence tint been justified by more than a half-century of unvaried solidity of these institutions. All these associations have been able to do their part in the financing of home buying. It is remarkable that even in these days of soaring costs of construction and of old houses the building associations have been able to meet all competitors and have made the way as easy as possible for those needing to finance building of new homes or* buying houses as Investments. It is interesting to note that the activity of building associations may be credited for transforming the Alton-Wood River area into a community of homeowners. The higher the prices of houses went, the more the market for them has been simulated. The local associations have carefu|jy refrained from overloading their customers with too heavy loans beyond their ability to pay. They have also insured their loans in government agencies insuring stability of the associations. In all the history of such ' associations hereabouts there has never been any i financial difficulties involving a single one of them, i The last depression was marked by a comparatively i small number of instances of forfeitures of homes | because of default in payments, and the associations have been known to show great lenience in aiding ' the avoidance of foreclosures. ing from prisoner of war camps in China are true, j and there is no reason to doubt them! j Perhaps more stern tactics and less kid glove diplomacy is needed in the United Nations and • Washington in dealing with the Communists. Their | inhumanity and aggressiveness should be exposed whenever and wherever they appear. Only by this means can the free nations be" made to realize that Communism is not a godsend to the working man, but, rather, is a plague against all men, which can be subdued only by a great desire of the people in | all parts of the world for freedom. Glances wflf "Sayl Gardening is going to be great for you—-1 cm set your figure improving already!" David Lawrence ^ . Queen Bee of Democrats in n «... . ¥ Congress Make Publishers Is Policy Errors Sprightly 82 25 anil 50 Years Ago April 24, 1928 Four memberi of the Wood River-Eart Alton Community Board of Education, at ft meeting In the school building, considered applications ef teachers In which alt applied for reappointment, with the exception of L, G, Os born, Miss Creek, Miss Ward, and Miss. Anderson. W. 1. WH«on was * re-elected superintendent of schools by the board. New mem- ben of the board were Ralph Jones and F. M. Case. Pearson's Merry-Go-Round Embassies Haven for Spies WASHINGTON, April 25 — The other day the Serate Internal Security Committee questioned Gregory Silvermaster, former Treasury official, regarding allegations that he had filmed secret documents for Russia in the basement of his Silver Spring home during the war. The date of this Senate cross- examination was April 16, 1953. On Sept. 7, 1947, however, almost seven years before, this columnist revealed the first inside story about the Silver Spring So- •viet spy ring and gave considerably more farts than the Senators did last week. The column read: "Here is how the Soviet spy ring operated almost under the nose of tho White 1 louse. One Treasury official, formerly with the Agriculture Department, had a photo laboratory in Silver Spring, Md., on the outskirts of Washington. He worked in the Treasury's procurement division, which deals with the purchase of supplies. Two War Department officials—one a major in the Air Corps—who were attached to the Treasury to advise on the purchase of aviation materiel, took blueprints and confidential Army plans out of the Treasury' and War Departments to a friend's laboratory, where they were photographed. v "Then the photographs w c r e turned over to a Soviet auent who earned them to New York and gave them to the head of Russia's top secret police, the NKVD. This took place while the war was in progress. "Although the officials involved held minor positions, two of them handled important aviation secrets and one was an expert in pushing B-1'9 production. "Army olfici-rs, when questioned, admitted pnvaielv that they had known tor some time that the Russians had bct-n able to build U-2'Js. In lact, l.'.S. Inldhycnee reports indicate that several B-29s were finished by the Russians some time ago." Satellite Diplomatic Spies The above column was published as a result ot independent per- is o n a i journalistic investigation without the protection ol senatorial privilege. It incurred the usual risk of libel, inherent in any difficult piece of journalistic digging. It would seem therefore that the Senate Internal Security Committee, with all its power to subpoena witnesses and its protection from libel suits, could fine something more up-to-date to investigate than facts published seven years ago For instance, the committee could well investigate how Uie Kremlin is using satellite legations and embassies lot propaganda and espionage work among forcign- boi* Americans. Most of Uus is done through cert a i n Communist legations right here IB Uie nations capital Alton Evening Telegraph Published by Alton Telegraph Printing Company P. B. COUSLBY. Publlih«r «nd Editor Published Dally Subscription Price 30 cent* weekly by carrier, by mil) 17.00 a year within 100 mile*; •10.00 beyond 100 mile*. Entered at leeond-olM* matter at the poitoKice at Alton, 111. Act of Congress March 3, 1879 MEMBER OF THK ASSOCIATED PIIKSS The Associated PrcH i* exclusively entitled to the uie for publication of «ll news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited to thli paper and to the local news published herein. Local Advertising Rates and contract Information on application at the Telegraph business office, 111 East Broadway, Alton, III. National Advertising Representatives. West Holltday Co., New York. Chicago, Detroit under the nose of the Senate Internal Security Committee among them the Hungarian, Czech, Rumanian and others. The Senate committee did some excellent work regarding this three or four years ago. But latest development is the manner in which the Hungarian Communist legation in Washington collects money from Hungarian-Americans to help poorly fed relatives in Hungary, then uses the money for propaganda j and espionage work in the United Stales. , The system \vorks through the United Slates Relief Parcel Service, which, judging from its high- I sounding name, appears to be run hy the U.S. government. Actually. . however, It's operated under the supervision of the Hungarian Communist government in the lollow- i ing manner: 1 You deposit $10.50 or almost any other amount with USRPS in the United States, and tho Hungarian government in turn delivers the food to your friend or relative In Hungary. The goods are obtained from Hungarian government-owned cooperatives. But the money you deposit remains in the U.S.A. to finance Communist expenses here. In addition, the Hungarian government makes a profit on the transaction in Hungary. Thus 510.50 will buy a food package bearing the code name "Pleasure", which includes only 1.1 Ib. cocoa, 4. 4 Ibs. sugar, two tins of sardines, and 2.2 Ib. of' cookies. Yet this meager package j costs $10.50. No wonder Hungary i i makes money. j : Or you can send your friend in i Hungary a "Blue Wonder" bicycle for $30, men's half shoes for $16; men's hand-stitched half shoes ; . for $30; a five-tube shortwave ra-1 ' dio for $80; or a "Contax" camera j • for $360. i Unfortunately the level of income is so low among many persecuted Hungarians that they could I hardly stay alive without these Rift packages from friends in the United States. On the other hand, it remains a fact that the Hungarian govern- I ment uses this as a lush source of income to finance its operations in this country. ' (Copyright 1953) Secret Cake Eariis SS An old English recipe re-discovered by a Birmingham baker is being used to make aroyal cake to earn dollars in the United States and Canada. The recipe is a secret and the cake will notbe sold m Britain. It weighs fourpounds and will tie packed in "coronation tins" to sell at 55.50 in America. Bakers claim it will keep for 10 years and improve in flavor, TOONERVILLE FOLKS By Fontaine Fox PRECARIOUS OCCUPATION CREAMING UP THE BACK YARD WITH' OAP'« N0. 9 TSU -WASHINGTON, April 24 -The Democrats certainly don't intend to help the Republicans increase their majority in Congress in the 1H54 elections, but that's the effect being produced by various Democrats in the Senate as they have placed obstruction after obstruction in the path of the new administration, thus preventing it from carrying out by legislation .the demand of the country for . a "change". The Republicans will certainly have a good case as they point out that the American,people cannot get the change they voted for in 1952 unless they elect an overwhelming majority of Republicans in the House and Senate. For four weeks now, a large number of Democrats have blocked action on the so-called "tidelands" bill. The big appropriation bills and the many otherpieces of important legislation .will be delayed by the dilatory tactics of the opponents of "tidelands" legislation. What Is difficult to understand is that those who claim to be Democrats are fighting against state's rights. The argument would seem to be that the governments of the 48 states of the union cannot be trusted to take care of the leasing of federal lands on an honest basis but that some one bureaucrat in the federal government can be. As one looks back at the corruption during the Truman administration, when it was possible to bribe officials to get favors done in various departments of the government, and as one recalls that during the Harding administration it was easy to "fix" a cabinet officer and get Teapot Dome oil lands, the question might well be raised whether it isn't safer to leave to the states rather than to the federal government the question of disposing of oil lands. There is safety in numbers anyway — it isn't easy to "fix" all the states. The implication that some sort of scandal is inevitable, rivaling "Teapot Dome," if the states are given full power is a bit of political dernagogue'-y which on the stump will be easy to rebut, especially since it will afford an opportunity to the Republicans to rehash all the Truman adminstration scandals. But, irrespective of the merits of the "tidelands" controversy, the fact that Democrats are blocking the work of the Senate will furnish an excellent campaign text for the Republicans In 1954, because they will contend that important reform* promised the people were blocked by the Democrats. A majority in both houses wants to settle the "tidelands" issue by voting to give the states control over marginal lands up to and including the territorial coastal waters of the states. The President will sign such a bill if the minority permits him to receive it. This should have happened weeks ago. Also, in the executive branch of the government, the Democrats are stirring up fuss after fuss every time a cabinet officer wants to appoint policy-making officials who are in accord with his views rather than keeping—under a phony civil service coverage — officials who should have had political sense enough to step out and let the Republicans accept full responsibility for their acts. The Democratic strategists are certainly not studying the political history of America if they think that they can hamstring in Congress an administration elected by an overwhelming majority. The tactics to date will make votes for Uw Republicans in 1864 -because the Republican wUI plead for a real majority in Congress in order to give,tfa» people tht things they By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK ^P-There is an 82- year-old girl in town from out of town who still can say "no." * Mrs. R. W. Hitchcock is the queen bee of the annual rendezvous of American newspaper, publishers. "Mary Ann, I love you," says many a visiting Romeo, forgetting the problems of rising pulp paper costs as he bends to kiss her. And Mary Ann is a girl who j doesn't see why she should have to say no to anybody today after more than 60 years of living with the same newspaperman. The guy she has spent her life j with is a sprightly 85- - year - old former schoolteacher who puts out newspapers in both Minnesota and South Dakota. And since they are i both Republicans nothing refreshed them so much as the last election. Feminine Mary Ann, however, Isn't even at 82 the kind of a girl you want to mis-spend an evening with talking about politics. She is feminine and attractive, and all the prosperity-worried elderly publish- i er widowers buzz around her as : if she were still a free girl. This tickles her. She has a belly-laugh chuckle at the attentions of men, and it run to romance her. "I taught school in a sodhouse ; in Kansas," she said, "and people lived in sodhouses then. But my mother refused to do it. She told the man who wanted to marry her: that she wouldn't marry him until he built a real house for her." Well, the poor guy finally rustled | up the timber somehow in a pe-1 riod when Kansas wasn't noted for '. its lumber. j "Now Mary Ann," I said, j "Doesn't that only prove you come from proud flesh?" "No," she said, "you just have to stand for something, that's all. Jn Wheel Chair Mary Ann came to town In a wheel chair. Been discommoded for years. Fell and broke a bone. Bones are a real nuisance to a young girl in her eighties. "Now, Mary Ann," I sai.d. "Tell me the truth. A lady in her eighties can certainly afford to. Were you ever a bad girl?" "No," she said spiritedly. "1 wasn't. I know that, and Mr. Hitchcock does, too. I will say, however, that after being married for 60 years to the same man a woman still has something to look forward to." "I asked why Mary Ann had bothered to make the effort at 82 to come all the way from South Dakota to New York, and the said, wryly wrinkling her dimple: "I just want to know about life... I hear there is so much of it here." A game girl on a game leg. "Mary Ann, I love you," born a generation behind you—but with you. • Grcwe To Make »Uwreb A com products factory now building on the edge of Salonika, Northern Greece, will produce glucose syrup and edible and other starches from Macedonian corn. Athens learns. There will be two by-products; The term of the corn kernel will be removed and Bold for oil extraction, and the com cake left after removal of the germ and starch will be used for animal food. The plant is expected to use tons of dry, shelled core « 'day. I aiked for when they voted in 1953 to repudiate the record of tb* Democratic party. (Copyright, 19a3J were being prepared hy the office of Architect James Maupln for remodeling of the second floor of the Commercial Building into office quarters. P. M. Scott, former county superintendent of schools, was reappolnted superintendent of School District 103. » An order was issued by Dr. A. C. Bolle, assistant state veterinarian In charge of rabies control In Illinois, after conference with Mayor Butler and Po> lice Chief Fitzgerald, that all dogs be either "locked up or restrained by leash, or muzzled." The order came as a result of report of at least half a dozen rabid dogs smce Jan. 1, with Jerseyville and East St. Louis both considered as centers of rabies epidemics. Sam Cohen of Wood River wa» ; the high bidder on the stock of the Henley-Alden Store In Alton. Announcement was made of the sale of the home of Floyd W. Dpvis In Falrmount to Spencer T. Olin. The Davis home was considered one of the show places of Falrmount. The Olins had been occupying the Shryer house on Angle St. New officers of Upper Alton Woman's Club were Mrs. George M. Potter, president; Mrs. Stanley Castle, vice president; Mrs. Courtney C. Ellison, recording secretary; Mrs. H. M. Burton, corresponding secretary; Mrs. John J. Beeby, treasurer. The executive committee was composed of Mrs. George M. Potter, Mrs. F. J. Eberlein, and Mrs. Ralph L. Jackson. The wedding of Miss Lillian Westhoff and Leo E. McCauley was announced. Mrs. Louise Johnson of Lawton St. announced the marriage of her daughter, Bessie, to Willard F. Mason of Mayfield, Ky. Cecil H. Smith of Alton and Harriet E. Clark of McLeansboro vtere married April 24. A wedding of much interest took place in St. Louis when Miss Annebelle Faber of St. Louis was married to Robert Muckermann. April 24, 19M Following the opening of bids at the office of 8 St. Louis architect, a eontrtct for the erection ef an administration building and two new barrackt at Western Military Academy was awarded to Southern Illinois Construction Co. ef East St. Louts, which was low at $10,000, In a field of seven contracting firms. The contract called for completion of tht structures by Sept. 1. Academy officials said a contract for a central heating plant would be let later in the spring. Charles Hayden still was missing. Capt. E. H. Webb, In a search along f he Mississippi, had found Hayden's hat and an oar from his missing skiff on the shore of Bayless Island, a mile below the mouth of Alton Slough. A son of Hayden was gravely 111 with an attack of appendicitis. The City Hall office of Comptroller Oossrau had been ransacked by an apparent vandal who destroyed some papers and books of the city, also some personal records of the comptroller, by burning them in the office stove. Gossrau said all important books and papers of the city were safe in the office vault. It was said later all the records lost were those of the current Board of Trade. Contractor Ed Levis began excavating for tht foundation of the Alton Banking ft Trust Co. Building. James S. Johnson, who was superintendent In the erection of the new Stanard mill, was awarded a contract to remodel the Jchlueter block on E. Second St. Work for razing the John Manns Building on E. Second St. was now In progress. Miss Lucile Formhals was chosen In a declamatory contest to represent Alton High School In the county vmeet." The school board announced a full school holiday here, April 30, date of dedication of the World's Fair in St. Louis. R. P. Robblns, Cairo octogenarian, who arrived in Alton on the Steamer Potosl, July, 1843, and remained to become the community's first professional bandmaster, wrote his reminiscences of Alton and Upper Alton's early bands. He was a cousin of Winthrop S. Oilman of the early Alton firm of Godfrey & Gilman, and recalled as members of the Alton City Band A. S. Barry, Truman Beall, W. H. Nail- hache Jr., James D. Brunei^, William A. Holton, John Morrison, J. Wesley Beall, and Z. Guild. Robbins wrote that ho reached Alton by boat 12 hours too late to taie part in an Upper Alton Fourth of July eve concert for which he was billed. But he accompanied two Alton bands to Bunker Hill on the I Fourth for a celebration there. Victor Riesel Says Here's Nice Racket NEW YORK', April 24 — Want to make $50,000—clear, tax free? Just get yourself a few friends to Organize a committee. Have them hire a hall for a testimonial banquet and have one of them solicit advertising for a journal to be dumped on each table along with the petits fours, hearts of celery and mixed salted nuts. On such a journal the profit can run up to $50,000, which can then be turned over to the guest of honor —tax free. And it's all legal—as an increasing number of CIO and AFL officials have learned, much to the embarrassment and fury of their national leaders. In the past three years, some 75 union officials have collected several hundreds of thousands of dollars for their personal use—tax free—through the growing evil of regular testimonial dinners and journals. These "champions of the proletariat"—modestly and reluctantly, of course—have accepted these "tokens of esteem"- from union members "grateful" for their leadership and from "cooperaive'' employers who have "contributed" totals ranging up to $50,000. Our proletarian heroes have pocketed the money under a tax free gimmick which I'll explain. They have accepted $35,000 homes, trips to Europe, high priced cars and other luxuries In return for breaking their manicured fingernails in behalf of their rank-and- file membership who part with $15 a ticket for these dinners. It's a dirty, expanding evil. The money could go to labor's tubercular and cancer hospital in Los Angeles, the City of Hope. It could go for scholarships for the children of members who just can't pay their way through college. Or for the adoption of war orphans of unionists abroad. It could be turned over to the CIO Community Services or the AFL's League for Human Rights. Anywhere but inte the pockets of the labor leaders who are disgracing the movement, like the "honored" guest who swayed up to the microphone, grinned and drunkenly said: "What can I say? All I can say is—I deserve it." \ Apparently that warm feeling pervades one regional CIO Union which soon will be hit hard by Walter Reuther. In that local the committees of "friends" rotate the testimonial ritual of sliced j?rime sirloin and potato rissole. To date the president and three business agents have had such banquets tendered them. The business agents, being lower in the system took home between $16,000 and $22,000. The president hit the jackpot for $32,000. And the next bne is expected to bring $40,000 for the secretary- treasurer. The president of the international organization with which this locaj is affiliated is a decent and, at the moment, sick man who deserves not to be pilloried by the naming of his union. He loathes the practice, but is helpless to stop his locals. It's legal, you see. The U.S. Treasury Department has so ruled. Here's how it's done: A committee of friends arranges the details. It peels off one of its members to solicit advertising from companies which employ members of the local union. The solicitor, who frequently makes a commission, says to the bosses, "Wouldn't you like' to show your appreciation for the great work done by the union chiefs—at $250 a page in the journal?" The boss says yes—quickly. The rank and file are then "permitted" to buy tickets at $30 a pair. Same reasoning. Come to a testimonial for the leader. There usually is no profit on the banquet itself. The journal nets the $35,000. Now, since this sum is made up of donations of less than $3,000 Prayer for Because thou art unchangeable from age to age, we seek in thy will a firm foundation for our life. We depend on thee because we find ourselves so undependable. Grant that in the springtime we may feel within us the stirring of new life as the beauty of thy presence is made known to us in a reawakened I world. Amen. I —Robert Boshen, Fort Worth, jTex., minister, Hemphill Presby- i terian Church. (Copyright, 1953) I Probably the biggest beds ever made were those turned out in England in the 1500s. The Great Bed of Ware is said to have held 24 persons comfortably. from each donor, it is tax free. That's right. It could total $1 million and be tax free under Internal Revenue Form 709 for gifts. To keep the full sum tax free, ! each donation, each testimonial ad- j vertisemtn, must be under $3,000. ' This comes under a technicality j called "exclusion", which it a Treasury Department ruling permitting anyone who donates up tc $3,000 to deduct it from his income tax and anyone to a c c e p t such individual gifts without paying taxes on them. This was discovered for the union chiefs by a labor lawyer who got Treasury permission some years ago. Result is that in the past 24 months, one official got $22,000, another two took homes worth $35,000 apiece and a third $15,000. But now the Treasury Department is becoming nettled' by the practice. The penalty for willful evasion | of this gift law is $10,000 and-or five ! years imprisonment. Now how about testimonial* without profit so that labor can continue the practice of honoring Its real leaders without fear of being misunderstood? (Copyrifht 1953) MIRROR OF YOUR MIND By JOSEPH WHITNEY Consultant than when sober. For example, you may be repressing a natural impulse to "tell off the boss" for fear of the consequences. Under the influence of alcohol this Inhibition is released and your true "self" takes over. This scientific explanation will give you small comfort if you lose your job. Should cousins marry? Answer: Yes, unless there U some physical or mental deficiency in the family. When botn parents belong to the same family the chances of your child's inheriting the dominant traits of that family are very much increased- In some families, intermarriage has produced brilliant offspring; in others it has perpetuated defective traiti. Proposed marriages between relative! should bt eaivfuUy Maty?*} by the two people most concerned. Will psychotherapy cure Juvenile delinquency? Answer: No, but it will aid In its treatment, J»hychotherapy helps the pttieot see himself as he really U and this "sjtf insight" often * straightens out distorted, anti-social eonf-epta. A study of "&) juvtuU* dflinouenti was made in Chicago to determine what factors contributed most to improve* Answer: Yes, but it's not reconv mint. Heredity, physical condi- mended. Under certain diem* tian, intelligence and environment stance* you can "be yourself" (• nj proved important, but " " a greater degree when intoxicated insight" headed thi Hat. • • • tnm leimm VaaiuiM AndlcalA. 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