Herald and Review from Decatur, Illinois on June 19, 1945 · Page 4
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Herald and Review from Decatur, Illinois · Page 4

Decatur, Illinois
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Tuesday, June 19, 1945
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INTERPRETATION DECATUR HERALD Editorial! Sunshine is the thin stuff between thick slices of showers in the sandwich we call the weather. Even though you can't be in New York on E-Day to welcome General Eisenhower, you can show your appreciation by buying an E-Bond. Bread, Meat and Potatoes Bread, meat and potatoes are hard to get The bread shortage results from a local strike called by bakery workers and there will be plenty of bread when the differences of the employers and employes have been ironed out. But labor relations do not enter into the meat supply situation and the same goes for potatoes. Civilians manning the home front in the war years have been confronted with a succession of shortages and scarcities of food items, but for the most part they have been compelled to get along without luxuries, without the frills and flavors. Now they face the prospect of getting along without the Big Three of the average American home menu: Bread, meat and potatoes. Nobody is gravely concerned. Most Americans are confident that they live in a land of plenty. There may be a temporary shortage but it is local and results from faulty distribution, not from an adequate supply at the source. The average citizen is convinced that stocks are sufficient to our needs and that in the event of a crisis "somebody" in authority will do "something." Comparatively, the American people are living in the lap of luxury. Meat and potatoes are scarce, sugar rations have been reduced and housewives go from store to store in search of the substitutes which have become standard fare. Meanwhile nobody goes hungry and the doctors are overworked because so many people insist on over-eating. When the Big Three meet in Berlin will President Truman, acting in self defense of course, unsling and light up a Missouri Meerschaum? The bride-elect did practically no campaigning since, so she explained, only one vote is enough. Eisenhower Washington acted in behalf of the entire nation, in giving a hero's welcome to General Eisenhower. The complete military history of the battle for Europe will not be known for perhaps 20 years. What is certainly known already is quite enough to mark Eisenhower as one of the greatest commanders of all history. The stupendous, the decisive fact of victory is certificate enough by itself, for the present. No other American ever commanded so many fighting men. No other American ever commanded so many foreign armies, of diverse nationality, welding them all into a smooth-working, effective team. Older wars waged by coalition forces always have been characterized by frictions between national groups and imperfect cooperation. Eisenhower united Britons and Yanks, Canadians, Poles, South Africans, Italians, Indians, Canadians and half a dozen other national units, supplying a leadership that inspired so great a confidence among them all, they fought side by side without any important difference until the victory was won. No other American general was ever burdened with such dreadful responsibility as was Eisenhower, when he was called upon to plan and carry out the invasion of France. There was no precedent to guide him. Never before in six thousand years of warfare had any commander been asked to land two millions of men upon a strongly defended, hostile coast, and supply them there, without harbors. The risks that had to be accepted were awful; the demands .for detailed planning almost beyond human imagination. No other American general ever had so many opportunities to make fatal mistakes political as well as military and made so few. He had to deal with conflicting French parties, Italian parties, and a dozen other forces in delicate balance. Eisenhower's success is proved by the result. It is attested also by the enthusiastic acclaim of London and Paris, before his return to his native land. The United States until this time has shown little tendency to glorify any leader. Our hero in this war has been GI Joe. There is every reason to believe that Eisenhower likes it that way. We would demean ourselves, however, if we failed to recognize now, with pride, that America has given the world a man who deserves to be named with Napoleon, with Grant and Lee. department and represented the United States with credit at both Dumbarton Oaks and yat San Francisco. 3ut considerations of practical politics demand that he be replaced in the No. 1 cabinet post. No more than a dozen years ago Stet-tinius was a Wall Street industrialist and a Republican. In the event of the death of President Harry S. Truman, Secretary of State Stettinius would succeed to the Presidency of the United States. 'That possibility, however remote, haunts Postmaster General Robert E. Hannegan who is chairman of the Democratic national committee. It is reasonably to be expected that the successor to Stettinius will be a man qualified to be President, not only by executive and administrative ability, by personal integrity and experience in government, but also by proper political party affiliation. Secretary Stettinius will not be tossed out of the Truman administration. He should be admirably qualified for the post of United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London. His experience in foreign affairs and his frequent contacts with Prime Minister ' Churchill and Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden qualify him for the top post in our diplomatic service. He has one other qualification for the job he has private means sufficient to afford to accept the appointment. Clothes, !t has been said, make the man, and in the case of the sailor in his bell-bottom trousers and coat of navy blue, clothes make him mad. Latest development in the news about Nazi war criminals is a note of correction, the Intelligence that when Von Rib-bentrop was captured he was wearing pink pajamas, and not pajamas of flowered material as was stated in the first bulletin. General George S. (Old B 4 G) Pat-ton Jr., returns, with regret, to Europe, The Pacific is vast, indeed, but it isn't big enough to contain both Patton and MacArthur. Status of Stettinius It seems to be taken for granted by political commentators that Secretary of State Edward Stettinius will be replaced shortly after adjournment of the United Nations conference at San Francisco. Stettinius has done a good job in the State Most home accidents happen in the kitchen, says a safety engineer, and many of those accidents we eat. Father's Day Story Few tears are shed for pater familias on Father's Day. The Old Boy himself realizes the humorous overtones in the observance of his day, a logical consequence of the commercial success of Mother's Day. Newspaper promotion of Father's Day usually is restrained, possibly because most news editors are men and, frequently, fathers. They frown on sentimental feature treatment of the day and are quite likely to go to the other extreme and print stories in wryly humorous commentary on the day and the honoree. The Sunday newspapers printed one Father's Day story which was not the inspiration of a press agent. It was the report of the death and burial on Okinawa of Pfc. Mike Fenton, scout-sniper. Kneeling at the grave while the chaplain intoned the final prayer was Mike's father, Col. Francis I. Felton, regimental commander. When Mike Fenton's body had been committed tq the grave the colonel stood up and looked around at the bodies of his son's comrades in arms who had died in the day's fighting. "The poor soulsk" said the colonel. "They didn't have their fathers here." Then the colonel returned to his headquarters to write a letter to Mike's mother. The Old Paragrapher didn't plant potatoes in his modest garden this year but he didn't realize his decision would cause a nationwide shortage. On Father's Day the children generously laid aside their books and magazines long enough to help the Old Man with the dishes. Herald 25 Years Ago Today Miss Daisy Daggett and Miss Mollie Gru-bel have leased the former home of the Standard Life Insurance company at William and Edward streets, and on Sept 1 will open their kindergarten and dancing schools there. The memorial stone for Chief C. W. De-vore was placed i the new firehouse. When the builing is finished there will be a public reception. Oakley township soon will have oiled roads, the first highways to be so treated in that township. Hitler Myth Lives On The Detroit News Our Soviet chums, after half-inclining to the belief that a charred body found in a sub-sub-cellar of the Eeichschancellery was that of Adolf Hitler, now have their doubhts. A newer theory is that Adolf married the girl friend, Eva, and that the two took off to foreign parts, presumably Spain. The world in general will hope the Russian comrade was right the first time. Never, theless the conception of a Hitler who survives half-myth, half-man will be eagerly embraced by devout followers of the more lurid Sunday supplements, as well as by those speculative writers who roam the fer-tile expanse between fact and fiction, and caption their ambiguous theses with questions: "Did Princess Anastasia die with the rest of the Romanoffs?" "D'd Amelia Ear-hart survive, a prisoner of the Japs?" Or, in an older day, "The Lost Dauphin was he lost?" Despite the horrid possibility that a Hitler still alive could become the rallying point of a new conspiracy against mankind, the true romantic would prefer that about his death , some shred of doubt persist. Monsters like Hitler are, to some, too fascinating to consign to anything as conclusive as the grave. Time, the Great Healer If she is 17 and considered pretty, by the time she gets a response to her tearful query, from the lovelorn editor, she is going around with a new boy. H. V. Wade, In Detroit News Second Thoughts By David V. Felts THEN there's the Pittsburgh version of the Enoch Arden story. Fifteen months ago the newspaper headlines told of the birth of quadruplets to an unmarried English girl who said the babies' father was a U. S. Army sergeant stationed in England. The sergeant readily admitted fatherhood and expressed a desire to marry the girl. But his wife, back home- in Pittsburgh, refused to give him a divorce. So the sergeant was left in the position of the fellow who sang in a song popular several years ago: I can't get away to marry you today My wife won't let me. One of the four babies died and the story faded torn the headlines. Now the sergeant is slated to return to the United States and he wants to bring home his three babies and their mother. But the sergeant's wife and she has many to sympathize with her is in no mood to resolve' the domestic tangle. To a Pittsburgh newspaper interviewer she quoted with new and amusing implications the trite comment "He made his bed; now let him lie in it." Willard Van Meter of the Orpheum company at Rockford told The Herald he had closed a deal for purchase of the Avon theater and his company will take possession July 26. The Avon manager, R. J. LaVoise, denied that the deal had been closed. OF THIS Oh Yes AND THAT: The garden doesn't look bad at all when you consider what it has been through during the last two weeks. The tin cans which we buried in the middle of the canteloupe hills now stand out like smokestacks ". . . But the ' row of beets is six inches wide and we may plead poor eyesight in the effort to skip the weeding chore .... And be reproached on the next windy day .... In the old locker game of Put & Take there is a new accent on the "Put." But can we survive on asparagus and cherries? .... Mother's latest budget of family news includes the report that Cousin David Sanders of the marines is on Okinawa. Before he joined up Cousin David was life guard at the public beach on Crab Orchard Lake, as many a damsel will remember .... Yes, he's a first cousir .... Among the good things we had for dinner on Father's Day was a dish of out-size radishes from the garden, cooked as if they were turnips and tasting much the same. .... Felipe Jiminez Rubio, Mexican army man at Lowry Field, can typewrite 120 words in English per minute, but he can't read English. Says Felipe: "The English she have too many verbs, and I had too much K. P." .... Further statistic on poker, from the Encyclopedia Britannica: There are 2,598,960 possible combinations in a poker hand and only 40 of them are straight flushes .... Publisher William Randolph Hearst has been awarded the gold medal of honor of the Army and Navy Union of the United States for "distinguished service" to the country. The letter of presentation said "For your zeal and . . . your standards for unity and tolerance." .... Sober reflection on a Monday morning: Men of our age should not climb up in the cherry tree .... ONCE upon a time there was a musical show called "The Time, the Place and the Girl." Mae West must have been thinking of that title when she assured American women, in the June issue of Town & Country magazine, that while the Parisian girls haven't got anything that the American women haven't got, they have the advantage of having it there. And hasn't the same idea been aired by Bob Hope? ON THE COVER of the June 9 number of Saturday Review of Literature is this definition by Frank L. McVey, president emeritus of the University of Kentucky: "A University is a place; it is a spirit; it is men of learning, a collection of books; it is the source of the teaching of the beauties of literature and the arts. It protects the traditions, honors the new and tests its value. It believes in truth, protests against error, and leads men by reason rather than by force." BUT who won the homecoming game? SAYS CARTOONIST Bill Mauldin: "I've seen too much of the Army to be funny about first sergeants and corporals, and I've seen too much of the war to be cute and ill it with funny characters." Mr. Billopp "CAN'T JlISS IT" When persons give directions to their friends how to reach their home in the suburbs they generally close with the reassuring . statement, "You can't miss it" And probably you couldn't if the main highway they, otld you to take were not barricaded and marked "Closed for Repair," so that you have to seek out a parallel highway and cover half the county before regaining the unrepaired portion of the highway designated. It is too bad also that, when you reach what you think they told you was the turn to the right, the letters on the street sign are undecipherable; and, when you inquire directions of what appear to be old inhabitants, they inform you they are strangers to the neighborhood, like yourself. And wBhen at last you have solved this problem and look for the next turn a quarter of a mile down the road yGou will conclude that your conception of a quarter of a mile is very differen tfrom that of your friends. That is, if you haven' tpassed the turn. When you have got that far you may as well give up trying to follow the directions given you and just count on being stopped by road-ends and turning baak whenever you come to sinister-looking neighborhoods, distinguished by shacks and dumps which you don't quite associate with your friends. If you try long enough and turn back often enough you should eventually find the home of your friends, with their sign neatly concealed from view by climbing roses or lying on the road where somebody knocked it down. Well, they told you you couldn't miss it didn't they? And here you are. And since you have arrived there is no use telling them how many extra miles you covered or reciting all the strange adventures you metalong the way. CHRISTOPHER BILLOPP Missionaries From China f fiey Might Teach Us Many Things By HOWARD VINCENT O'BRIEN SYMBOL of the erratic and undecided course which the human species taHes through existence, was the scene I saw yesterday in a railroad station. A soldier was kissing his girl goodbye or vice versa. After each kiss, the soldier carefully wiped the lipstick from his lips and the girl, as carefully, put a fresh application on hers! I am still pondering this curious manifestation of indecision. It makes me wonder, in a sad sort of way, if we can ever make up our minds whether we want peace or war. My pocket having reached its capacity of envelopes with notes scribbled on their backs. I have taken out the collection for inventory. Among these notes is the single word, "chopsticks." For a time, this baffled me. Then I remem- War Interpretation: Japanese Hear The Bad News By KIRKE L. SIMPSON Associated Press News Analyst INSIGNIFICANT as are the over- all figures for Japanese surrenders in comparison with battle deaths or suicides, they are on the increase even on Okinawa. While this tendency to accept ultimate Japanese defeat as inevitable carries with it as yet no promise of a general morale collapse in enemy ranks, it seems clear that American tactics in pressing the air campaign against the Japanese home islands do not depend on bombing alone for effect. That was brought out by Colonel Albert Warner of the War department in a week-end broadcast. He said that during May alone raiding Superforts oyer Japan had dropped 9,000,000 leaflets and 48,000 "newspapers." "The latter," Colonel Warner added, "are abbreviated news sheets telling of the actual battle developments and the position of the Japanese forces in the Pacific." bered that it had to do with a Chinese dinner I attenaea iasi month. t had nlwavn been under the im pression that the reason the Chinese can use chopsticks so satis-fof-;ii fnr th transfer of food from plate to mouth, is that the rice upon which tney so larger subsist, is served in a glutinous condition. I was wrong about this. Chinese rice is dry and flaky; and just to hnt it doesn't have to come in sticky balls to be handled with chopsticks, one of my L-ninese friends used his sticks to pick up the rice, gram by grain. This astonished me almost as much as my Chinese friend's ex-rOanntinnc of whv he wanted to return to China. Despite all China has been through, he said, there is no juvenile delinquency in China. Loyalty to family remains a potent force. Some of the things he told me ahnnt China made me think it would be a good thing if the Chi nese could send us some mission- It is a reasonable guess that these paper attacks on Japanese war nerves interspersed with the bombs and incendiaries also dwelt upon such predictions as those of General Arnold, air force commander-in-chief, that twice the bomb tonnage dropped on Germany in the last 12 months of operations in Europe would fall upon Japan in the next year. To that General Arnold has since added the announcement that the number of Superfortresses available for long distance blows at the foe in both Japan and Manchuria soon will double. The American air chief also pointed out that the history of strategic air attack on Germany is due to repeat itself against Japan. What actually rendered the Nazi luftwaffe all but impotent in the final phases of the war in Europe was lack of plane fuel rather than lack of planes, he said. Obviously Japanese stores of natural or synthetic gasoline are far more limited than were Germany's, and more vulnerable. As air enthusiasts foresee the situation in Japan in due course, it will be as roofless as was Germany. The other night I dined at the home of Horace ("Tod") Horton, with George Taylor, head of the War Labor board. And until far into the evening, I listened to talk about "differentials." and the many other mysterious words which have crept into the language I of labor-management relations. One thing seemed clear. We would never have made such a record in war-production if labor, management and government had not, on the whole, pulled so well together. Next morning, I visited my host's bridge and iron works where, so far as T could tell, no bridges were built and no iron was worked. On the side, it is turning out ships. But its principal business is storage tanks for liquids. Storage tanks aren't what they were. Gone is the old cylindrical tank, supported by structural steel legs. The new tank is a spheroid the shape asumed by a drop of mercury; and it is mounted on graceful tubes. These tanks would look well on the Acropolis. You would swear they had been designed by Phidias himself. But their virtue is not in their beauty. They are, it seems, much more (efficient than the old tanks. The tank-maker has had to contend with new problems, such as the storage of gasoline and the necessity of controlling evaporation. The natural form, such as the flattened raindrop, handles these problems much better than did the man-made cylinder. And now I must look into the matter of getting tickets to Atlantic City. There is another factor involved in the strategic bombing pattern, however, that is likely to prove even more decisive than failure of plane fuel supplies. Captured German high commanders have agreed since their surrender that air disruption of German communications, of railroads and highways, made continuation of the fight impossible. Japan's communications both at home, at sea and in Manchuria are far more limited and vulnerable than were Germany's. There is no doubt that when first American landings in Japan's home islands are made the manpower odds against the invaders would be great. But making effective use of that numerical superiority, getting troops to the right place at the right time, would be another matter with enemy communications even more paralyzed by air in preparation for the landings than was the case in Normandy. And that is just what the ever increasing air attack on Japan is calculated to achieve. Gas Coupons Stolen Ration coupons for 150 gallons of gasoline and one carton of ciearpts were reported stolen Sunday night irom tne Conoco filling station at East Wood street and Nelson Park boulevard. Entrance was made through a window. Crosstown Tuesday, June 19, 1945. By Rojand Coe 9 -7n? "Thinking it over I guess I'll just carve her initials on a TREE!" driver said, "I'd like to pull it the next time you fire. The Japs have been shooting at me for two weeks now, and I'd like to give them something in return." The gun crew nodded in approval, says USMC Combat Correspondent Bill Ross, and the driver grasped the lanyard in both hands. 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