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MONDAY. May 20, 1946
There car he no greater blessing to any
one than that man; people shall be better
and happier because of his life.
Hope Of Flood Relief
Governor Cherry’s quick action on
the petition from residents of the
Winter Park Gardens area for flood
relief encourages hope that conditions
which should have been corrected long
ago will not be further neglected.
In a letter to the Highway Com
mission, Mr. Cherry instructs J. A.
Bridger, highway commissioner, to go
over the ground with his chief engineer
and determine where the responsibility
rests. If it is jointly borne by the state
and the county, Mr. Bridger is instruct
ed to confer with the Board of County
The inference is that wherever the
responsibility rests, the state highway
commission will be expected to see that
necessary remedial measures are taken.
There is an impression widely held
that the backing up of waters in the
area is due to failure to install neces
sary drainage ditches or culverts when
the Wrightsville highway was built.
If Mr. Bridger finds this to be the fact,
it will become the state commission’s
duty to correct the fault. If the flood
ing is not due to this cause, it will still
be the commission’s obligation to see
that the county takes whatever steps
are needed.
One thing is certain. The residents
of the area are entitled to relief. The
fact that a two-mile square area is
inundated in every heavy rain is con
trary to all rules of community health
and comfort.
Off The Beam
Fiorello LaGuardia has really pitch
ed in and started things moving since
he took over as director general of
UNRRA. But besides bringing to his
new job the dynamic energy which he
displayed as mayor of New York, he
seems also to have retained some of the
less winning qualities of temperament
which also marked his long term in
For instance, he recently warned a
congressman, during a broadcast, that
this legislator and his colleagues must
appropriate $600,000,000 to UNRRA
“graciously.” He threatened to quit “if
there is any gaggling, any bitterness,
any controversy or bad taste over this
Surely if there is any lack of con
gressional graciousness over this ap
propriation, it will not be directed at
Hr. LaGuardia personally. And even
more surely, Mr. LaGuardia’s rather
petty offer to resign if the tones of con
gressional debate did not please him
will neither frighten Congress nor solve
any difficulties that may be encounter
ed in the UNRRA matter.
Mr. LaGuardia cannot overestimate
the importance of the tremendous and
fateful job which he has tackled, and
which he has seemed to do sc well up
to now. He can vastly overestimate his
personal importance in that job.
Cotton Industry Changes
Southern owners are reported sell
ing their cotton mills to northern buy
ers at a huge profit, with the expecta
tion of buying them back in a few
years, when the anticipated era of
! prosperity passes, for a song or two.
Robert Hanes, president of the
Wachovia Bank and Trust Company of
Winston-Salem, cites one case in which
an owner bought a mill a decade or
more ago for $250,000 and has now
sold it for $4,000,000. This money, Mr.
Hanes adds, has been invested in gov
ernment bonds and the seller “hopes
to get his mill back at half-price in five
This transaction is noted in an arti
cle in the Wall Street Journal of last
Friday, and serves as an example of
what is going on in the cotton mill
industry. It may be that others are not
counting such big profits, but it illus
trates a trend that is spreading rapidly
south of the Mason-Dixon line.
It was not so many years ago that
cotton mills in New England absorbed
the South’s cotton crop—an economic
monstrocity which piled up needless
costs for everybody concerned, down to
the purchaser of spool cotton or piece
goods. Then, with the development of
cheap electric power, the mills began to
find new sites in the South, near the
source of their raw material, which re
sulted in savings for everybody except
the railroads that lost their former long
hauls and large freight revenue.
Gradually southern capital went into
the transplanted mills, so that the tex
tile industry became onu of the South’s
safest and surest sources of income. At
this time, along with industry general
ly, it is not prosperous, as a result of
strikes and OPA ceilings. It is easy
to understand why southern owners
should be willing to take a profit and
trust to the future to make it easy for
them cheaply to reacquire their old
But there is no positive assurance
that northern buyers will be willing to
let go when times are bad. If they
hang on, and they well might do so, the
southern manufacturers will be in a
tough spot, despite their immediate prof
its. The ultimate outcome could well
be that besides moving their mills from
New England to the South, the north
erners would remain to weather any
difficult peroid ahead, and the South
have no part in the cotton industry
except to raise a crop—a condition that
existed for so many costly decades in
the past.
Stalin Says No
The customary Russian “No” to pro
posals by the Western Allies is spoken
again, this time by Joseph Stalin him
self, in reply to President Truman’s
appeal for the Soviet Union to take an
important part in relieving famine
conditions. Stalin says it is too late.
To do Russia justice it is to be noted
that she has sent some relief to Greece
and is pledged to give France 500,000
tons of wheat. The reply to Mr. Tru
man is that these commitments are as
great as Russia can make. It is also
to be noted, however, that communism
is rampant in both these countries.
It is true that Russia was hard hit
during the German attack. But it is
not to be forgotten that Russian forces
occupying freed countries have been
living off the resources of those coun
tries and that there has been much
confiscation by the Russian authorities
in occupied lands.
But what concerns us most is the
invariable “No” Moscow or Moscow’s
agents reply to proposals offered by
Great Britain and the United States.
As days pass it becomes more and
more apparent that the Soviet Union
intends to play a lone hand to the end
in international affairs. Whatever ac
quiescence to Western Allied proposi
tions eminates from Moscow is due
solely to the heavier pressure the so
called Western bloc is able to bring to
It is not so surprising, therefore,
that sentiment is rapidly crystalizing
to give Russia its head, regardless of
the possible bad situation this might
While obviously America’s fat salvage does
not feed starving people, it does lessen both
consumer and industrial demands upon fats
and oils and allows more food fats to be
shipped overseas. — American Fat Salvage
Fair Enough
(Copyright, 1946,
By King Features Syndicate, Inc.)
Actors, those vain and precious dream-world
creatures, having been unionized since just a
little while after the first big war, I do not
doubt that the professional ball-players could
be brought together in some similar bund for
mutual protection against the cruel whims and
rapacity of the soulless corporations which op
erate the industry. They toil under some condi
tions w.iich moan for redress. Squalor is hard
ly the word for iheir state, but their standard
form of contract is unfaii being a 20-year en
listment on the player’s part from the date of
his first agreement but subject to cancellation
on 10 days’ notice by the employers when an
arm goes lame or the eyes grow dim, and al
ways on the boss’s teims.
Two such attempts have been made in the
past, the brotherhood of ancient times, which
started as a players’ fraternity and went into
business as a league, employing its own mem
bers, and a feeble thing that came to life as a
protest against the underpayment of the cor
rupt White Sox of 1919, uttered a few faint
cries and was no more.
The proprietors had the advantage of an
emotional public opinion in ignoring this lat
ter rebellion. For one thing disregarding the
fact that the greatest bal1 club to date had
been paid coolie wages by a rich owner, Char
lie Comiskey, who had bought a wide reputa
tion for generosity at the expense of a few
drinks, the patrons regarded baseball as an
almost sacred public institution and the play
ers as priests of their cult. In fact, the play
ers who threw the 1919 World Series to the
Cincinnati Reds committed no crime for, not
withstanding diligent efforts to send them to
prison, none of ‘hem was convicted. All they
did was conspire in something which may have
been our first industrial slow-down. The parties
to the plot simply played bad ball and let the
Reds win the World Series. They were to have
received bribes from Arnold Rothstein, an il
lustrious and well-connected New York thief,
whose agents, when the players were commit
ted, forgot to pay them off.
After tne expose tne conspirators were brand
ed and banished forever from baseball as
though they had been traitors to their country.
A young Milwaukee lawyer named Cannon
then took up their defense and revealed that
these historic stars had received an average
salary of less than $3,000. It became plain, too,
that any player aware ol the conspiracy who
had gone to the front office to expose the plot
would have been whispered out of the game
by a conspiracy between the owners as a dan
gerous scandal-monger. Mr. Cannon fought
noisily for his clients and sc, while he never
could win amnesty and reinstatement, he did
establish in the mind? cf those who were will
ing to consider the evidence the fact that the
entire management of major league baseball
was cynical and greedy and u'as exploiting
public enthusiasm. He rode to Congress on fee
winds he raised in this case.
Dick Kerr, an undersized and underpaid Tex
an, who won two games for the White Sox with
most of his own club against him, asked for
a raise and was refused. He failed to report
for spring training, but called at the club’s
hotel when the Sox passed through Dallas on
their way nortn. Lou Comiskey, the owner’s
son, who was in command of the team, refus
ed even to see him. Kerr vanished and this
honest man was forgotten in a week.
The public simply refused to consider the
player’s side and presently along came Babe
Ruth, golfing home runs over the walls in a
hilarious deception contrived by alteration of
the ball and restrictions on the pitchers, and
Judge K. M. Landis, hired off the federal
bench to guarantee the honesty of the game
henceforth. The fake World Series faded from
memory although the names of the conspira
tors became actually historic with a taint com
parable to Benedict Arnold’s.
Discussion of fee reserve clause and the 10
day clause in the standard player’s contract,
now heard again, is repetitious. These mat
ters were argued with fury back in the twen
ties not only in print and on the trains but,
in some cases, in court where the corporations
either won or settled on the side so as to keep
adverse precedents off the books.
The mental quality of the players was im
proving meanwhile, and a few young men be
ing sold for high prices now demanded part of
the money and, in some cases, made the own
ers pay. Some others, being scouted in school,
found legal advisers whe made the clubs pay
their clients bonuses fur signing. In effect they
“sold” themselves, but these have been ex
ceptions and the relations between player and
management remain about the same.
The problems of bargaining and conditions
of work are so complex in detail that I cannot
see over them and comprehend a successful
relationship between players and management
dealing through a union, but then, the rela
tions between actors and producers are com
plicated in as many ways and as tempera
mental and touchy and they have worked on
union terms ever since their great Broadway
strike of 1920 which sj outraged George M
Cohan that he quit fee theatre forever or
roughly, for about two years.
If unionism comes to baseball, and wife
whatever consequences. including the slow
down and sabotage in the throwing of games
according to fee now familiar custom of boss
baiting under unionism, the owners will have
some of themselves to blame. Not all, but
enough of them have been harsh and arro
gant, mean in money matters and completely
ruthless in imposing on fee youth of great
p ayers such as Dizzy Dear, who used himself
up long before his time.
Of course, unionism will destroy the artistry
. lciency and enthusiasm of the players and
impair the spectacle for the customers. But
the unionism of tne last 10 years has had these
effects in most industries. The actors, to be
sure, have not let down but then actors are
queer and can’t under-act and, after all, their
trade is not competitive with one troupe play
ing against another. They only try to out-play
one another and usually they do.
Veterans are having a great deal of diffi
culty in getting value. We at VA are afraid
of a catastrophe unless prices are tied to
real value. Unless loans are based on real
value, we could have thousands and thousands
of cheaply built houses turned back by veter
ans after a few years.—Francis X. Pavesick,
Veterans Administration Loan Guarantee Seel
Hollywood is a universal disaster compared
to which Hitler, Himmler and Mussolini were
trivial and fleeting incidents. Films are ruined
by their continued distortion of American life.
—Sir Thomas Beecham, British orchestra con.
The bobby-soxers are ruining the American
tradition of beautiful women.—James Mont
gomery Flagg, artist.
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It’s Hard To Make Black Mean Black
In This Highly Cynical Day And Age
It is obvious that an overwhelm
ing number of subjects create won
derment within me. So many, in
fact, I feel very futile about the
whole business.
But there’s one subject that, on
its face, seems to be so simple that
a two-year-old could fathom. But
I can’t. Make your own conclu
sions there.
I’m really not trying to tantalize
you by withholding for this long
the subject from you, but I just
got to mulling over it and wonder
ing why I couldn’t understand it.
In a conversation with a special
friend of mine who has been con
demned to two weeks longer in
the hospital than he expected to
stay, we brought up the subject
that might naturally come under
the heading of I-Don’t-Believe-A
Now, why is it if I say ”1 like
you” you, or maybe somebody
else, will think just the opposite?
Or if I say “I hate you” you will
think the very opposite?
In the course of a day’s work I
naturally must bat out an item
or so herein. In most cases the
things I write, usually trivial, I
mean. Whether you believe it or
not, some times it requires a good
deal of rambling around and a
good deal of sweat, in these days,
to get up and set down these items.
Which reminds me that an Eng
lish professor who once tried to
make me like or lu: ,p poetry said
this: ’’Poetry is one-tenth inspira
tion and nine-tenths perspira
Therefore, what’s the sense of
me sitting down here and talking
in double-talk to you?
It is just one of my human
frailties to want to be liked. Some
times I sit down here and bat out
a number directed at a particular
group for the sole purpose of try
in. to get that group to like me,
or like something I like.
But I have found—just yester
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Day By Day
Amidst the turmoil and confusion
of these times, a great company
of faith-filled souls are looking for
a breakthrough of new understand
ing and life. They think that God
is readying the world for a new
demonstration of Himself and His
beneficent will. Overshadowing
all of our day’s confusion, broods
the omnipotent Spirit of God.
World-wide understanding and
good will, justice, liberty and
brotherhood, are on the way. The
very bigness of our present prob
lems is turning men’s thoughts
from pettiness and pride and per
sonal profit to the eternal stand
ards revealed in the Bible. If we
really want to have the new world
of which so many millions dream,
it can come only by an acceptance
of the laws of the Eternal.
The great break-through, wherein
the Lord will have His way, is
surely coming. It may be in mass
form, but it will be routed through
individual hearts. That means you
and me.
“How long, O Lord, how long?”
As those who wait for the morn
ing, we look for a new manifesta
tion of Thyself in human hearts.
cray, and I have mentioned it be
fore—that one item I knocked out
some months ago made me per
sona non grata with the group
about whom I was writing. And,
let me emphasize, I sweated cop
iously over the item, put my
whole soul into it.
The item mentioned a stay I
made in the hospital. In it I re
peatedly stated directly—and
even indirectly—how grateful I
was for the attention the nurses,
and the doctors, gave me. My
point was that there’s a lot to
psychological treatment when
you’re sick; I think even more
so than the administering of medi
Everybody likes attention,
whether he’ll admit it or not.
When you’re sick you naturally
want—and need—more attention
than when you’re well. (So ob
vious it sounds like I’m copying
it from a First Grade primer.)
Well, on that trip to the hos
pital I was so grateful for the
attention I had received that, as
soon as I’d slipped out of those
cute pajama tops they give you
to wear in hospitals, dressed and
got down here I went to work to
McKenney On
America’s Card Authority
It is a pleasure to see our boys
getting back into civilian life. Lt.
Col. R. H. Skinner, of Chestnut
Hill, Mass., is back in the organ
business, which is a far cry from
landing with the first American
troops on Leyte. Dick served as
president of the American Contract
Bridge league while he was in the
armed forces, and as a civilian he
is again taking an active part in
I asked him for the most inter
esting hand he played during the
war, and he gave me this one.
Dick won the opening lead with
the ace of spades and three rounds
of diamonds picked up the adverse
trumps. Three rounds of clubs dis
closed that the suit would not
Now how was he going to trump
two spades and a club with two
He led the deuce of hearts and
West split his honors, playing the
jack. Skinner allowed the trick to
hold, and West was in a predica
ment. If he returned a heart,- a
good heart would be established
in dummy for a discard.
West returned the low spade,
upon which Skinner discarded a
heart from dummy, and his jack
of spades took the trick.
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sweat and slave on this typewriter
in a heroic effort to thank the
nice nurses who gave me the at
Well, it just goes to show some
thing or other. When I was talk
ing to this special friend of mine
yesterday in the hospital he had
that artical that was handed him
by one of the nurses. He told me
he’d read it three times and that
doggoned if he could see any es
sence of vitriol in it. So he said
here you read it because you
probably don’t remember it and
see what you can find. (You
English pupils and linotype op
erators and proofreaders: I didn’t
punctuate what he said to me be
cause that’s the way he said it to
me—without punctuation.)
Somebody else had underlined a
lot of sentences and phrases in
the article. Now, it so happened
that most of those sentences and
phrases were favorable to the
group about whom—I never know
whether to say whom or which—
I had written.
It turns out that some of the
girls got the notion that I was
sarcastic when I expressed my
grateful appreciation and thanks
to them for their attenion to me.
My reaction naturally was one
of those "well-I’ll-be-doggoned”
ones. I was really afraid to walk
back down the corridor after my
visit with my friend in the dead
ly fear I’d be ambushed with a
hypodermic needle. When I left
the building it was with the feel
ing of relief that comes when you
get away from something in
which, or whose, clutches you’ve
thought you were in.
I was safe, all right. But I
can tell you this: The very next
time I write "I like you” I’m go
ing to put an editor’s note on it
like this. “Editors Note: He
means exactly what he says.”
Blind Justice
Justice in our early western courts
was willing enough, but frequent
ly abysmally ignorant. In a certain
California trial, the suspect, having
clearly established his innocence of
the charge against him by an
alibi, had the satisfaction of hear
ing the prosecuting attorney re
mark to the court:
“I think your honor, that this
mal had better stop right here
The alibi has been fully establish
“I think so, myself,” replied his
honor, with an approving nod; and
then, summoning the prosecutor to
his side, he said, in a stage whisper
which was only too audible through
out the court-room, ‘‘I say, what is
the penalty for an alibi?” Wall
Street Journal.
Umbrellas are interesting im
pedimenta in the daily business of
living in rainy weather. On the sur
face, they are plebian everyday
gadgets with a definite purpose —.
namely, to keep rain from one’s
head and shoulders. Practically
however, there are some peculiar
things about umbrellas.
In the first place there’s nothing
■ ™an hj>*- with the possible ex
ception of his rubbers, that can dis
appear more easily. If a man has
several erronds on a rainy day and
finally ends up just before time to
catch the 5:20 for home without his
umbrella, he hasn’t the slightest
idee where he left it. Of course a
man can always buy another but
Doctor St ys—
Infected wood ticks spread tu]».
remia, relapsing fever, and Rocky
Mountain spotted fever; they may
also cause tick paralysis, especial
ly in young children. While other
diseases are spread by ticks, these
are the most common ones, in oUr
Rocky Mountain spotted fever
develops in the northern portion 0l
the Rocky Mountain area and in :;h*
southern and eastern portion of
the Alleghenies. The cause is aD
infected dog or wood tick.
_ The disease starts suddenly
with fever, headache, irritation to
light, muscle and joint pains, and
chills. On the third or fourth
day, a rash appears on the ex
tremities which finally involves
the entire body. The incubation
period is eight to ten days.
Persons in infected tick areas
can be protected by a special vac
Tularemia is acquired by th«
bite of a blood-sucking hor5e-fl •.
or that of an infected wood tick, by
contact with an abrasion of the
skin, or by eating insufficiently,
cooked rabbit meat. Sudden onset
pains, and fever are characteristic
and, if the disease follows a bite
the neighboring lymph glands are
enlarged and swollen.
, Relapsing fever may be either
rouse - or tick - borne. Infection is
characterized by two or three at
tacks of feveri with intervals be
tween the attacks of two to 12
days. The disease is caused by ,
spirocete which is spread through
infected wild rodents by the bites
of infected ticks.
Relapsing fever also occurs in
the Rocky Mountain region, ss
well as in a few western and
southern states.
Tick paralysis which is caused
by a poisonous substance se
creted by the salivary glands, de
velops Tine to 16 days after at
tachment. If the ticks are remov
ed, the signs of paralysis disap.
pear. Small children are usually
affected, for they have less resist
ance to die poison than do adult*
Ticks do not spread a disease
unless i* is present in the area,
but bites by non-infected tic!
may cause tick paralysis.
Ticks should be removed from
the human body as promptly as
possible, without crushing them
with protected hands. Ticks should
be removed from dogs and other
animals with the same care.
Only a small percentage of ticks
are infected in nature, and the
number of humans who contract
these diseases is »maU, except in
a few districts.
The Literary
by Lilly Dache, edited by Dorothy
Roe Lewis (Coward-NlcCanji;
Though hats whisk in and out
of these pages, this is mainly
about a person and a career un
usually interesting both humanly
and as Americana. Miss Dache
(two syllables) was born in France,
but New York gave her opportunity
and she grabbed it with both hands
and has had a whirl ever since.
The uninformed outsider asso
ciates her with sequins, big ear
rings, dinky jewelry and leopard
skin. All that glitters is not froth,
however, and this is an engaging
ly frank and witty record of an
early consecration to millinery,
work all day and half the night,
debts that kept piling up, and
whole weeks when there wasn't
much to eat and a beau was extra
welcome as delivery boy and meal
After trying Burlington, N. J,
and Philadelphia, she came to New
York. Her first job was in a
shop at Broadway and 77th. her
next at Macy’s and then back to
the Broadway stand, which she and
a fellow clerk bought. First big
shot client was Marion Davies.
But as a good French girl, she
could own a big and fashionable
shop and still, without a hsuband.
be regarded by her family as a
failure. She married Jean Des
pres. Stories of the courtship, the
cousin who rashly told her when
her English was rudimentary the
“yes” was always a safe answer,
of her date with a grocery debt
make this most entertaining read
ing- . ..
“Being a milliner is sometime:
like being doctor,” she say. and
she prescribes her concoctions,
made out of a dash of this and a
dache of that, for women wh°
want a hsuband, want to keep a
husband, want a lover or. being
down in the dumps, want a Mi.
Dorothy Roe Lewis is AP fast
ion editor.
that doesn’t get him by that
eagle-eyed inspection of the ,
of His Life. There’s a world «•
meaning packed into a ?!n® ;
statement such as “I sec. Henry
that you’ve bought another umbrf
la.” A man can protest that ne
get the other one back toimor o1
and besides an extra umbrella a
ways comes in handy. The m*'1
able “Humph” and smile-witn-a
meaning prevents one from enur?
ing too much on the point. tTmbre
las are essential in a clima o ^ ^
drops moisture. But for some re
sen they are a most elus.ve a- ^
for a man to keep his hands or
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