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SHAMOK1N NEWS-DISPATCH, SHAMOK1N, PA., TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 1941 PAGE FOUR Turkey E. V. Durling "On the Side" . Peter Edson "Behind the Scenes" Shamokin News-Dispatch .""' ComblnlDg 8ptmht IS 1933 IHAMOKIN OA1I.V NLWt - SHAMOKIN PISPATC1 lEetabllehed ISM) irnu.dd 18S8) PuDiunrd tverj Evening Except bundej oy ' HWS Pl'Bl.lSHINO AND PRINTING COMPANY, Ini ' Oor Rcirk and Commerce Street Shamnlcin Pa Robert E Mallca. Preeident end Miniflni editor I AIMT MAO AT NOBODY WASHINGTON Some time within the next couple of weeks, Senator Harry S. Truman of Independence, Mo., will have,to rise on the floor of the Senate snd make a request for more money to w w,., finance work of his special committee VS I Investigating contracts under the na- tlonal defense program. Starting In April with an initial $13,000, the committee of seven senators, Truman, Connally, Hatch, Mead, Wallgren, Ball and Brewster, has run two months on a staff of chief counsel Hugh Fulton, his associate, Charles Patrick Clark, half a dozen investigators and a few stenographers. With that outlay, the committee has Just Edson scratched the surface of the huge 142,000,000,000 defense program. The committee has not decided how much It will ask for to carry on its work, but it has a very definite pro gram in mind and that program promises fireworks. Just a couple of the lines It wants to Investigate will give the idea. e Spotlights Labor and Profits The committee would like to have a look at profits of corporations with defense contracts. Labor is now clamoring for wage increases, largely on the basis of reported increased employer earnings. Are those claims justified? Truman believes there is no difference between a labor racketeer and a corporation profiteer and he would like to go after both. Immediately ahead of the committee Is a look at the shipbuilding program. Most of the hullabaloo that has been raised so far has been with the Army, but the Navy and the Maritime Commission have been spending a few billions and one or two shipbuilding companies have published earnings statements which might bear checking. How does the Navy let its contracts? Is there a concentration of expenditure here? And what about all these defense millions RFC has been letting in contracts? What Senator Truman would like to have Is a special staff of investigators, with men to follow the ordnance program, the shipping program, labor relations, financing and all other phases of national defense. Then let these investigative staffs bring out their material as it develops. Sometimes, the committee has found, it takes three weeks of digging to uncover the evidence presented in one three-hour session of hearings. The problems are intricate, the facts hard to dig out. That's what takes the money, and considering that billions of dollars are involved, the committee may ask the Senate for maybe as much as $100,000, if you please. Measuring accomplishments of the committee thus far, Truman admits, Is a matter of surveying intangibles. They've been able to put on the brakes in a few instances, most important of which was the manner in which contracts were let for camp construction. How anyone with common sense could have let contracts involving millions of dollars in as sloppy a way as some of the early papers were signed is something the committee chairman has yet to understand. So a few government officials feel that IX nothing else has been done, the committee's hearings have perhaps saved a couple hundred million dollars by making the contract signers be a little more careful. Locks Barn Door Before, Etc. Bringing to a head the boils which were the coal strike and the San Francisco machinists strike, by public hearings which put leaders of both disturbances on record, were psychological victories rather than exposures, but in these instances Truman has gone on the theory that it's better to keep a man out of jail than it is to send him there after he has committed a crime. Focus attention on what a man, a business or a union is about to do wrong and it can usually be prevented. There have been numerous loose-end hearings, probing to a limited extent operations of the Office of Production Management, sub-contracting, shortages of strategic materials. The committee stuck its finger into an extremely sore spot by its feelers into the aluminum situation, but there's more work to be done on all these subjects, to say nothing of all the subjects as yet untouched. Rightly or wrongly, Truman believes the committee will have a job to do right through the defense effort, just in checking up on what is done with the billions Congress appropriates. To Senator Truman's credit, it can be said, he is trying to do this without chasing witches. He confesses frankly he was never cut out to be an investigator, but he stuck his chin out last February, making a magnificent speech that opened up the whole question of bad procedure in government contracting and svib-contracting in his own state of Missouri. As a result, he wished on himself the job of looking into these matters for the whole country, and he'll see it through. Looking Backward Twenty-five Years Ago 191 Francis Duttrey, Mount Carmel, Philadelphia it Reading Railroad employe, was injured when he fell from the top of a box car at Mount Carmel Junction. Frank Witt was elected Democratic chairman of Coal Township. Fifteen Years Ago 1921! Edward Shawda, Jr., and Marlin Shawda, brothers, escaped with minor injuries when an automobile in which they were riding plunged over a bank and landed in a creek near Newberry. Five Years Ago 1936 Joseph M. Klutz was appointed assistant maintain-ance superintendent of the State Highway Department in Northumberland County. The Southern Alps are in South Island, New Zealand. Their highest peak. Mount Cook, has en altitude of 12.349 :eet. Quail roost in star formation with their heads pointing out, and, hen flushed, they take off in all directions. Mount Everest, in the Himalaya. i. the world s highest mountain. By clock time, the earth completes a turn on its axis in four minutes less than a day. The United Stales imported 149,"fi8,OO0 pounds of pice in 1938 with a total value of $15,100,000. 1 I O let the solid ground Not fail beneath my feet, Before my life has found What some have found so sweet. Tennyson (In the above Mr. Tennyson was speaking of love. Seems he came out all right in that respect for later on he wrote: "Oh, blessings on the falling out that all the more endears; When we quarrel with those we love and kiss again with tears." EVD) e e e For making notes I carry a wad of copy paper in my coat pocket. The bulge this makes in my elegant new suit has inspired strong objections from my girl friend. "If you love me you'll use a note book," said she. Do you think love should be introduced into a discussion about a bulge in a suit? Anyway I got the note book. But I still use the copy paper for notes; carrying it in my panta pocket. Yet I have chances to use the note book. For instance Jeanette MacDonald, listed here as one of the. three most ticklish actresses in Hollywood, wires; "I am a rtd-head who is not ticklish. You can ask my husband." So I made a note in my book: "Don't forget to ask Jeanette MacDonald's husband if she is ticklish." e ALMOST CONFIDENTIAL Ever know a girl named Birdie? One of Manhattan best looking brunets is so named. And she's a judge of the municipal court. Judge Birdie Amsterdam is in her thirties, wasunce a co-leader of Tammany Hall, is not married and her annual salary Is $10,840 . , . Agatha Christie has written 35 novels in 20 years. I think Agatha Is the best of the modern mystery yarn writers . . . Why don't they have motors for the life boats of ocean liners? And why not a portable radio broadcasting set for each one? . . . Not many girls have nicknames but when they do have them they are usually eye-stoppers in print. As for instance: "Honeychile" Wilder and "Bubbles" Schinasl. e e PASSING BY Ethel Merman. In 1929 she was a stenographer in & Long Island auto appliance plant and made $23 a week. Then she discovered she had rhythm. Now she is America's musical comedy queen No. 1 and earns $3,500 a week and up. Ethel's hobby is writing essays. Right now she ia writing one titled: "On Kissing a Man With a Beard" . . . Sammy Fain. Song writer. Wrote "That Old Feeling" which is number four on my personal hit parade . . . Katherlne Garrison Chapin. Responsible for the sensationally successful symphonic poem: "They Lynched Him On a Tree." Says Katherine: "I'd probably be a very dull little poet if I hadn't married. The experience of marriage is so essential to anyone who deals in human emotions." PLEASE NOTE For many June brides the honeymoon is over and they are now struggling with the intricacies of buying for and preparing their first meals. How did the cooking go at your house during the first couple of months, sir? ... In past few years there have been 9,489 "test tube" babies born ,in the United States. So states the American Medical Association Journal ... "I picture you as being more Edwin, Arnoldish than Gary Cooper-ish," writes a Milwaukee client. Thanks for picturing me at all, lady. But could you use a golf professional for your picturing, instead of a film star? If so I can say I am Just about the same size as Olin Dutra who is around six feet two inches tall and weighs about 190 pounds. ASIDES Nazi sympathizers here are lying low now. Their time is probably spent studying sabotage method and making out lists of people, they hate, to turn in when the Ges- lapo iai.es over in uie uiutca oiaica . . . miu t. . in Rome in June, 1939, the buses were using wood for fuel in order to conserve gasoline. Yes, sir, wood burning buses, but don't ask me how it is done ... A sit-down strike against relatives who had stayed too long is what a Justly indignant Ft. Wayne, Ind., man staged. A California. tribe of Indians has a written law that no visit of a relative may last more than two weeks . . . e SIDELIGHTS In Germany now it is a capital offense for a man to have an affair with the wife of a soldier who is at the front ... A new book of the Predictions of Nostradamus has been published. Among the predictions are those of the rise of Hitler, fall of France, Dunkirk, Communism, gold at Fort Knox and the devastation of London. As previously stated here Nostradamus also predicted Hitler would end up in an iron cage ... Is said introduction of canned apple sauce saved the financial life of the apple industry . . . Most popular card games with women in order named are contract bridge, pinochle, rummy, five hundred, poker and solitaire. Pinochle, poker and twenty-one are my favorite card games. So They Say I am sure that you in the United States know something of the exuberances of party politics. Prime Minister Menzies of Australia, visiting in the United States, i Words create emotional fervor. But they leave emotional hangovers. Edward L. Bernays, publicist, in the Infantry Journal. I think a Hitler is terrible in Germany. I think a Hitler is terrible anywhere. I do not want to have a Hitler in the United States. Senator Bennett Clark, Missouri. If the day of business as usual is over, so is the day of living as usual Donald M. Nelson, OPM purchasing chief. Unfortunately, our present knowledge of human genetics is altogether inadequate ... to unerringly enable us to take surgical measures against the birth of a Hitler or a Mussolini. Professor Ernest A. Hooton, Harvard anthropologist. I have absolute faith in the ultimate triumph of the principles of humanity, translated into law and order, by which freedom and justice and security will again prevail. Secretary of State Cordell Hull. It becomes a Christian Duty for the Church to show that the airplane can be a vehicle for spreadirg the constructive forces of mankind. Rev. Dr. Samuel Trexler, Lutheran missionary, off on an air tour of South America. First things must come first in this call for act.OB now. C. T. Palmer defense housing coordinator. Phone-l-lOS; 1206: 1207 . Served oy rull Wd Wire t the United Prtea Uembei Penna Kewpapei Publirhers Association Membei American Newepaper PuBllanere Association ' Served b Pull Service Newspaper Enterprise Association The HKmiikin New-I)iptcb is on sle tt newsstands nd delivered b resuUr earner in Shamnkin end adjacent .. terrttnrj for three cenu e cup? ni is cent t week Delivered bf mail to ell point m 'he United 8tetee end Causae, M 17.20 e veer trlcll in edvance Entered a second tumnkln P close mall matur al the Poet Office at National Advertitini Representatives UfLISSER-BOVD, INC. 10 Rorkeii-llef 'lata New Vork ISO N. Mi'thin-n Ave. ihlcann 1421 Chestnut St.. rhna. "Office in PituourgU. Pa.. Buetoa Ma s Los Angeles. Caltl.. San PrHticlrcn dllf.; rVnvei Col.i Omaha Neb i Seattle Waari ! Portland Ore . Rochester N T A THU LIGHT FOR TODAY For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16. Let all live as they would die. Herbert. DEBUNKING DEFUNCT FUNK BUNK To do to the world what German)' is trying to do to it requires many kinds of men. " "It requires street brawlers like Rudolf Hess to overawe physical opposition and beat helpless minority people into a bloody pulp. It requires wily intriguers like Von Papen to beguile diplomats. It requires traitors to 'their countries, like Quisling. It requires masters of manipulation of the mass-mind, like ' Goebbels. It also requires at least one oily but respectable voice to assure everyone that all this is being done for their own good and for the good of all the world. Such a voice is that of Dr. Walther Funk, the shrewd "economic brain" of the Reich. His mission is to appeal to business men throughout the world In an effort to assure them that all Germany wants is prosperity for all, and that dealing with the economic colossus she is trying to set up will be pleasant and profitable for the rest of the world. . So the plausible Dr. Funk is out with an- 'other of his frequent efforts to reassure an alarmed world. As usual, there is just enough -truth in what he says to make it persuasive. And as usual the basis and the conclusions - are as false as a shot-glass in a clip-joint. .Excessive nationalism, extreme autarchy, border trade barriers, says Dr. Funk, were 'part of the cause of economic collapse before ,the war. Right. No use trying to reconstruct the world on principles that led to collapse, he; insinuates. Right. ,.: The real aim of German policy, purrs Dr. Funk, is long-range cooperation of equal -partners to eliminate depressions and make I everybody in the world happy, happy, happy. I ' What "cooperation"? What "equal partners"? The kind of "cooperation" that 'France and Italy and Bulgaria and Hungary and Rumania are now giving Germany at gun point? The kind of "equal partners" that Mussolini and Hirohito and Quisling and Darlan and Franco and Michael 5 and Boris and Pu Yi and Wang are to Hitler? No, thank you. It may be, and it probably Us necessary to remake the international economic mold of the world. But it is not going :,to be done at gun point, against the world's will," and exclusively according to the design of Adolf Hitler, or even that of Dr. Funk. The eminently respectable Dr. Funk probably never clubbed a Jew in his life, probably never shot down a single man or woman standing in defense of their homes. But the economic blueprint extended in his immaculately-gloved hand is hard to read, somehow, smudged and smeared Great Heavens, man, look out there! That's blood! Crime Wholesale and Retail : A little exchange of pleasantries has. been fgoing on between the Atlantian, the excel-;1!?1Dllaazine Published by the inmates of .Atlanta Penitentiary, and Hitlers Voelkische iBeobachter. rThe Atlanta prisoners make certain articles 'useful in national defense. Three months ago ;they posted up an uncomplimentary cartoon of Hitler in their shops. Production jumped .more than 25 per cent. News of this went to Germany, whose Voclkische Beobachtcr railed at the Atlantians, saying, "In the name :of culture and civilization, Negroes and immigrants, deserters and Palestine Jews have jbeeOTcalled in against us. But the mobiliza-UloiCof penitentiary inmates against Hitler rremained for the American President to discover." ... The Atlantian replied in its current issue: "Imagine THEM calling US thieves and murderers! ... No wonder they look upon us through the slightly biased squint with w hich ithejbig-timer naturally views the small-timer. . . . For once we're on the right side of the fence, even if it doe. enclose us." For our money, the Atlanta prisoners win that round. Glad to hear that piano sales are 20 per ccntbove last year. We're for anything that teeaS more harmony. ytvewAK, l Raymond Clapper "In the News" WASHINGTON The best thing for Americans to do is to ignore Hitler's involved explanation of why he is attacking Russia. Let's keep our eyes on the ball. Don't be confused by what Hitler says or by what Lindbergh says. The wordy alibis out of Berlin conceal the real fact, which is that Hitler sees a long war ahead and is trying to make secure for himself sources of food and minerals which lie within vps I Russian territory. V'Sj I This is a strategic retreat by which Yii 1 Hitler hopes to get himself on a more solid footing? before luntrincr westward Clapper again. It is a grim tribute,, an unintended but sincere mark of respect for the growing military strength of the United States. If Hitler were confident of being able to give England the knockout blow now he wouldn't waste time on Russia, which is in no position to attack him. No, he must have Russian food and Russian oil and other minerals to withstand the long war of attrition which has set in. The basic facts are these: First, if Hitler succeeds in wresting these sources of supply from Moscow, he will become even more firmly entrenched on the continent and more immune to the ravages of a long war. With success in Russia, Hitler will be enormously strengthened in war resources. Second, no matter how strong Hitler becomes on the continent, he will never be content, end from his point of view should not be content until he has defeated Eng-, land and has captured or eliminated British sea power and gained free access to the sea. Third, the primary interest of the United States lies in preventing the Axis from gaining sea power which would close ocean highways to us and turn them into pathways for Axis penetration of the Western Hemisphere. Fourth, this primary objective requires first that Britain keep up her resistance and .second that Hitler and his regime ultimately be eliminated, as there can be no peace or eecurity while he remains a threat. The four freedoms, the rights of small nations, and that sort of thing are desirable by-products but we shouldn't confuse ourselves by worrying about them. The main point is the defense of the Western Hemisphere, the establishment of .a peaceful world, relieved of the threat that the Nazi regime means. Britain is the key outpost in the resistance. We constitute the main production center behind the line. How much 'production should go to Britain and how much should be held here is a matter of military judgment, not a subject which a cracker-barrel debate can settle intelligently. It is essential that Britain stay in the war. Churchill's Sunday speech leaves no doubt that he intends to stay in that England will die on her feet before she goes to her knees. Whether she dies on her feet or lives througM it will depend largely upon us. As to Russia, we shall now be treated to a confusing amount of shrieking about how this is a war to make the world safe for Bolshevism or what not, or how we ought to help Hitler lick the communists. Don't be confused by the label of this kind of talk. The objective which the safety of this country calls for is the defeat of Hitler, however long it may take. Neither the United States nor Great Britain is In a position to do very much for Russia. It is not likely that we will divert any real material, no matter if we do make some cooperative gestures'. The Russians will be encouraged to give every resistance, and to make it as hard as possible for Hitler. But win or lose in Russia, Hitler will still remain the threat to the western world. The survival of British sea power and of Britain as a base of resistance for air attack are essential. Nothing should interfere with that. The fundamental situation is Just as it was. The Russian adventure may leave Hitler stronger or weaker than before. But either way it will leave him the threat to the Western Hemisphere in the ways so completely described, with telling detail, in the new book by Douglai Miller, "You Can't Do Business With Hitler." PTWHET L Leonard Lyons "Broadway Medley" Darryl Zanuck: You should put this scene into a picture: It happened Friday afternoon, when Tony and Renee de Marco went to the office of their lawyer, Louis Nizer, to make the final arrangements for their divorce. The alimony and the terms of the settlement were agreed . upon, amicably, and then Renee de Marco started to leave to catch the train for Reno. . . . "Just a minute," Tony called to her to the girl he had met when she was 16, and with whom he formed a partnership which made them the greatest of modern dance teams. "I'd like just one more dance." . . . And so Tony de Marco took Renee into his arms, and danced her to the door the final dance of the de Marcos, in a lawyer's office, high above the Broadway streets whose roars of applause had been theirs for many years. He danced her to the door, blew a kiss to her and off she went to Reno. A. G. Vanderbilt: Some of the foremost Jockeys here received their draft questionaires within the past week. Jackie Westrope, I. Anderson and Don Meade are three of the possible draftees. The eligible jockeys have abandoned all hope of being assigned to the cavalry ever since Coucci, who was drafted, was rejected by the cavalry because, the officers insisted, he didn't know how to handle an army horse. . . . Bing Crosby: Bob Hope is beginning to write his autobiography, which will be published in Chicago. It will be called "They've Got Me Covered," and the first printing will be the largest of any autobiography ever published. Harry Hopkins: Before Daniel Arnsteln left for the Orient last week, on an assignment to keep the Burma road open, he disposed of many of his business associations. One of the enterprises he helped finance was the Madison Square Garden venture of Monte Proser's Dance Carnival. Arnstein held a final conference with Proser, and presented to Monte his entire interest in that enterprise. Proser accepted, and that "present" will cost him' much dough because the Dance Carnival Is losing money. Saturday night there were 5000 customers the largest New York assemblage under one roof but it wasn't enough to make money. Proser will recoup his losses by touring his Dance Carnival for 12 weeks, in the big cities, with a commercial sponsor. Mayor LaGuardia: Thursday afternoon Hoot Gibson, the veteran cowboy star, drove his horse into the lobby of the Hotel Forrest and asked for a double room. He cited an old tavern law, which provided that an innkeeper must put up a man and his horse. . . A. S. P. C. A.: Tirza, the World's Fair dancer who now operates with four doves, will picket your offices because of a summons she received for having placed the birds In a cage' which was too small . . .Warren Wright: Eddie Arcaro, the jockey who rode your Whirlaway to its triple crown, will appear for examination before trial this week, in a suit brought by his one-time intimate friend Sammy Renick. The latter is suing Arcaro for $2700 which Arcaro borrowed from him in a gambling place. Florence Reed: The fight in Equity will break out anew because of a ridiculous bylaw which is being introduced. . . Major Bowes: Morton Gould, the composer-conductor, who was recommended by you to be a substitute on your program a recommendation which stressed his ability as a composer can't broadcast his own tunes. They're all A. S. C. A. P. . . . Will Hayes: The movie junket which will end all movie junkets will take place in the early fall. A studio will transport all film critics from here to Hawaii. Colonel Frank Knox: Your recruiting office here is doing an amazing job. The naval men are so efficient and convincing that many of the Western Union mes-. senger boys who bring wires to the office here listened to the recruiting and enlisted in the U. S. Navy. . . .This has somewhat disrupted the messenger service. And so, henceforth, all wires delivered to the Navy Department in New York will be sent by Western Union messengers who are older men above the acceptable age limit. During the last 2,500 years, there have been more than 900 wars in the world. GarLc belongs to the came plant order ai the lily.