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Established 1881 Published Every Evening Except Sundays ,jk and Holidays by J£ THE WATERBURY DEMOCRAT, INC. Democrat Building. Waterbury, Conn. Subscription Rates Payable In Advance One Year .$10.00 Six months _ $5.20 Three Months ... $ 2.60 One Month. 90c Member of Audit Bureau of Circulation. The Democrat will not return manuscript sent in for publication unless accompanied by postage. No attention paid anonymous communications. Dial 4-2121 , Dial 4-2121 All Departments ‘ All Departments TUESDAY, MAY 1, 1945 A Thought for Today For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.—Ecclesiastes 9:4. To the sick, while there is life there is hope. —Sicero. No Prayer For Peace The blundering of opening the San Francisco conference without formal prayer and the substitution instead of a moment’s “meditation” has only added to the doubts already cloaking the actual basis of the conference. In this nation, more than any other, Freedom of religion has been permitted to be expressed as a doctrine. By freedom of religion, in part, has been meant the recognition of the universality of prayer. It is regrettable that America, on whose soil the first in ternational conference of this kind is now being held, is represented by individ uals who apparently are “sunshine” ad herents of such a doctrine. A prayer to an Almighty Being was the proper procedure and not a moment's meditation. Prayer in itself is an actual means of not only worshipping God be fittingly but of open acknowledgment of nilr* n.vivcViirv orw^ onnool I’hot wra clmnlH see fit to withdraw that acknowledgment for the sake of those who profess to know no God makes questionable all future similar manifestations and renders them susceptible to the onus of being ‘‘lip serv ice”, and no more. All through this war the leaders of this country and other Allied nations have declared the intent of such a war to be a moral one; thereby declaring it to be in the name of God. At a time when the European fury is drawing to a close and the leaders of the nations of the world gather to discuss the future of the world we subordinate the moral plane in defer ence to people who, in the not too far post, have ridiculed as indications of our “mental weakness” the fact that we profess our belief. We have acted like the moralist who appeals to God only when he lies in the throes of the agony of sickness and its fears and who forgets God and His nature when health has been restored. Are we to abandon all nationalism in our search toward an international plane? It would appear so from this recent blunder. Religion has been a dominant factor in the history of our government. It has been the foundation for our laws and creeds of government. Now in a striving toward an international plane, which is expected to see us among the leaders, we divorce the element of religion from our pursuits toward inter national government and law. Again the end justifies the means — the philosophy of the naturalists and opportunists. We will evolve an equation of international ism in which at some more convenient date perhaps, it will be suitable to inject the element of religion, Christianity, moral order or whatever term may be given it. In our more immediate plan ning it has no place because it is in tangible and because, as indicated by this recent blunder, it can be embarrassing, at times. we are nor carping on a smau insigni ficant blunder now termed by m^ny as water under the bridge. It is not a small matter. We have vivid proof in the chaos of the world today of what happens when religion is subordinated as a small mat ter to make room for material oppor tunism. If we are to turn away our eyes from this proof — such as the hor rible death camps of the Nazis — then no amount of planning will ever bring peace to the people of the earth. More than any economic program ever de vised the universality of religion offers more opportunity to arrive at a common understanding of the people of the world. We hope that in the minds of many of the delegates present on the opening day of the conference their moment of medita tion was spent in an intense probing of this condition and its results, and not in Idle lip service. The Empty Conference Chair We cannot balance against each other the dead of the various nations who were slaughtered in the death camps of the Nazis — and say this one suffered worse than the other. The dead do not care now but when tortorous death was ap proaching each, the suffering must not have known any proportion but that of terror. We are attempting, by means of the San Francisco conference, to trans late that suffering into the tangible memorial of world peace for the nations of these victims. Yet who among the peoples of Europe suffered more than the Jews of Europe? They suffered not only final death but years of tortorous persecution which must have seemed death a thousand times over. These people are not repre sented at San Francisco as a nation or a people. What will be their memorial? They are a wandering people these Jews of Europe without nation or home. They have been denied nationality throughout their history by all the na tions of the world except America. The few who were recognized as nationalists by some nations were given that recogni tion only after generations had lived within the boundaries of those nations. They have never been permitted, in most instances, to call a nation their own. These people have contributed to the doctrines of freedom this- world cherishes. They have produced great scientists, moralists and patriots. They have con tributed their intellect and spirit to the cause of freedom for the people. Per haps if this world some day attains a balanced international plane the Jews will have found their ‘home’. Truly they are the most international of people sim ply because of their forced wanderings they have never been exposed to the in sularity of nationalism. Certainly the heroic dead among the Jews of Europe deserve the recognition of representation at the peace conference. They were the earliest victims of the Nazi brutality whose sacrifices eventually reaveled to the freedom loving nations the ruthless direction of Hitler and his stone-age cohorts. Holding the Line Speaking of that well-known line against inflation, it would appear that the people as well as the government are holding it. Figures show that Americans had an income of $93 billions in 1941 and spent $74.6 billions, or 80 per cent of it. In 1944 our income was $157 billions, of which $97.6 billions was spent. That’s only 62 per cent of the national income. Of course, there were fewer things to buy, but what there wrere cost consider ably more. Not only did we spend 18 per cent less of our income last year than in ’41. We also saved 9 per cent more of it and paid 8 per cent more in taxes. After putting $18 billions into war bonds, savings accounts and insurance, we still had $17 billions in “loose money”. If v/e had started throwing it around, or liquidating most of our bonds and sav mgs, tnere migni nave ueen a sian to ward real and dangerous inflation. Fortunately, we didn’t. And while we may still hold our breath a bit, we’re still holding the line. We need to keep doing it. And there still doesn’t seem to be a better specific for inflation than put ting that loose money in war bonds—and keeping it there. No doubt when visiting dignitaries to the San Francisco conference get around to it some of them are bound to ask how the city got its narpe. We hope this won’t embarrass the Americans who are acting as guides and accompanists. But after reading how the conference opened with out the benefit of prayer, we wonder if a hesitant answer on the name derivation mayn’t be forthcoming. Latin visitors won’t need any explanation of the mean ing of “San” and “Francisco”, but how many others will realize that the Pacific Coast city was named for a saint? Maybe our facetiousness is far-fetched, but that’s the way we feel after dwelling on Secretary of State Edward Stettinius’ rea sons for not having the conference, the world’s most important, open with a re quest that the Almighty bless and guide it. Republicans are not too sure that they like the manner in which Gov. Raymond E. Baldwin has handled the major ap pointments to date. The list fails to show that any of his companions on the GOP ticket last fall have landed jobs. Almost everyone of them was a candi date for some appointment. Down in Fairfield County, however, they are hail ing the governor as a second Wilbur L. Cross, who in the matter of major ap pointments usually could be counted on to assign the office to someone whom he felt would reflect credit on both himself and the governor. One of the Legislative proposals to limit the Federal Income Tax rate is a joint resolution before Congress propos ing an Amendment to the Constitution to limit the maximum income tax rate to 25 per cent. There is no end of sugges tions in Congress that some sort of ceil ing should be placed on these income tax rates. But when a newspaper man looks them all over, he is unable to find any answer to this great question of the future. False peace rumors failed to upset Waterbury. The reaction last Saturday was not that of a rabble-loving people. There were those who were willing to celebrate, but the majority of people ac cepted the news calmly and soberly. When you still have loved ones in the thick of fighting, you don’t go in much for shouting or reveling. Selected Poem THE BARN AGAINST THE SKY (Helen Eckert in The Christian Science Monitor) The barn against the sky was strong and sturdy. It had buffeted many a wind. Its tin roof shone there in the sun and the silver cock spun jauntily on the vane. The barn stood on the land, it gazed proudly over the land; the land’s acres and seasons brought wealth to its mows and bins. The clouds rolled above it, the blue sky was a bank above it; A moon splattered silver on its roof. Daily Almanac Moon rises 11:57 p. m. (war time) Sun rises 5:50 a. m.; sets 7:48 p. m. iwar time > All vehicles must be lighted thirty min utes after sunset. Moon's phases—last quarter, May 5, 1:54 a. m.; new moon, May 11, 4:13 p. m.; first quarter, May 18. 6:04 p m.; full moon, May 26. 9:41 p. m. (war time) • NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT Press Conference Screwballs By PETER EDSON Waterbury Democrat-NEA Wash ington Correspondent San Francisco, May 1 — At nearly every press conference held thus far in connection with this United Nations love feast, some screwball has popped up with a trick question that darn near wrecked the pro ceedings. Of course these press conferences aren’t like any press conferences that were ever held before. In addition to a couple hundred honest - to - gosh working news people, an equal number of lobby ists and the idle curious drift in, making the whole affair a fantastic mob scene from some bad dream. At Foreign Sec r e t a r y V. M. Molotov’s first in terview in San Francisco, one of the few he has ever given, a smart aleck Broadway columnist bobbed up to ask the dis tinguished leader of the Soviet Russian delegation whether he pro nounced it “vodka” or “wodka.” Now this would undobtedly rate as a cute trick in a night club in New? York or Hollywood. But at a United Nations Conference the gag fell flat as one of the corniest cracks ever uttered. Obviously annoyed. Molotov broke off the interview with a number of other more im portant questions still unasked. This kind of monkey business gives the American press an awful black eye, but some of the hacks in this business never seem to learn. With the press corps accredited to the conference now numbering 1875, while the delegates and ad visers number only 1,320, there is now one and forty-two one-hun dredths of a newshound present Rjlrton publicity delegation itself something worth covering. A CANADIAN ASKS A SILLY ONE Fortunately, not all the silly ques tions come from this country. It was a Canadian, an ex-member of Parliament named G J. Carriek, of Ottawa, who threw tire monkey wrench at the British Deputy Prime Minister, Clement Attlee, at Attlee's press conference earlier in the week. Noting a line in a biographical sketch put out by the British Min istry of Information, saying that Attlee had been influenced by the views of John Ruskin. this Carriek got up and asked Attlee his present opinion of a quote from Ruskin which began, ‘'When I tell you that war is the foundation of all the arts, I mean also it is the foundation of all the high virtues.” Tire reporters tried to howl Car rick down, but he went on undaunt ed: "The common notion that peace and tire virtues of civil life flourish ed together, I found to be wholly untenable ... I found that all great nations learned their truth of thought in war.” And so on. Imagine this at a con ference to end wars! SEATING OF THE GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS Never was there such a press gal lery as this. Gallery is right! First, second, and third gallery. Only a few of the photographers are al lowed on the delegates' floor. Wire services, spot radio men and news reels are in the boxes. Special cor respondents are in the tier above them, and up under the roof is an assortment of legitimate but dis grunatled foreign correspondents, string correspondents from every shopping news throwaway on the west coast, contributors to unheard of labor weeklies in the east, liter arily inclined ladies with social backgrounds who wheedled some publisher to send them out here, and — no kidding — even a girl reporter from the magazine of the Junior League. Well, it all adds to the merriment and they’re all welcome in this free country, with a free press. A bird isn’t supped to foul his OWn n6St. and P.ast'.inP' flsnprcinnc nn some of the colleagues isn’t a nice thing to do. But the U. S. press is on exhibition at this conference and a lot of the showoffs in the business aren't doing it any good. The wild predictions about what’s going to happen and the utterly irresponsible experting by amateurs and coocoos pouring millirns of words out on this conference, seemingly with in tent to put it in the worst possible light in order to make it fail, cer tainly don’t reflect any credit on the once-proud fourth estate. Current Comment The war cannot last much longer ni myl opinion. We have sunk very low. —Goebbels. » » * We cannot build the world of to morrow on hate, however much apparent ground there may be for hate. —Dr. J. E. Morgan, editor The Journal, National Education As sociation. • * * • • * We cannot have prosperity in the United States if the rest of the world is sunk in depression and poverty. —Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. The only way we can win the peace is to promote economic secur ity throughout the world. —Rep. Helen Gahagan Douglas of California. Whatever the views of others may be, I feel certain there will be much hard fighting before the Ger mans are forced to lay down their arms. —Undersecretary of War Robert P. Patterson. When the war is over we shall face a task almost as great in mag nitude, though happily different in kind, from the war effort itself. We shall be short of almost every kind of thing that people need to use and wear. —John Wilmot, parliamentary sec retary British Ministry of Sup ply. The Fly In The Loving Cup c V Washington Merry-Go-Round — BY — DREW PEARSON Drew Pearson Says: New 'Chutes Not Yet Issued to Combat Pilots; Solon's Aid Held for FDR Post Mortem Attack; Marshall Aims War visiting Crack at La Luce. oV* i rr a t m 1_XJ5 ivicty i. - vvcrrw uuo lujuuiu l - -..o phere of San Francisco, the manner in which it had built itself up from the ashes of earthquake defeat; how its perseverence could serve as an example to peace-striv mg, war-weary nations. This is now vigorously denied by the folks in Los Angeles. Then city, say my friends of the Angels, has accomplished much more in spiring miracles. If the United Nations had held their Conference in Los Angeles instead of San Francisco, I am informed, they would have wrapped up the peac of the world in a neat bundle decorated with Hollywood stv.s and been ready to go home long ago. Such conflicting views, with ar dent arguments on both sides, constituted a tough dilemma for a columnist. Anyway, thii much is definite: It did pour rain in San Francisco the day the Conference opened. CORRECTION — Last month this column stated that the Army was supplying quick-release para chutes to pilots flying in active combat, though it had not been able to supply them for training puiposes in the U. S. A. This statement was based on the of ficial assurance of the War De partment in Washington. However, a letter received from the pilot of a B-29, whose job it is to bomb Tokyo, states: *T did not know that there were quick release types being issued. Ours is a triple-release type and unsafe if it becomes necessary to release oneself quickly.” The pilot added that he wanted tc get some of the quick-release parachute harness described in this column. NOTE: It has now been two years minus two months since Brig. Gen. Newton Longfellow’ of the Eighth Air Force in London, first asked the War Department to supply the quick release para chute. The War Department waited three months before order ing even one, and nine months before ordering any quanity. Ap parently it is still moving at a snail's pace. The old triple-re lease harness unbuckles with cum difficult for a man in the water, in a tree or being dragged ovei the ground by a high wind to get loose from his parachute. CORRECTION—After tne death of Franklin Roosevelt, phis column published an intimate story of the late President’s first column pub lished an intimate story of the late President’s first politica lvic tory as told by him to this writer —namely, his defeat of ‘‘Blue Eyed Billy” Sheehan, nominated ior the U. S. Senate by Tammanj Hall and the Ryan Traction in terests. Mr. John F. Klileen, former editor of the New York Democrat, now writes that the name of Albany’s political boss who opposed F D. R., was not •'Pinkie” McCabe, as published by me, but "Packy” McCabe. Mr. Killeen also supplies the follow ing additional interesting infor mation regarding F. D. R.’s first big politcial victory: “Charlie Murphy (whom Roose velt indirectly defeated in the Sheehan senatorial fight) was then at the zenith of his power as leader of Tammany Hall. So Murphy tried to clip the wings of this new F. D. R. leadership which had given Tammany its first de feat in the state-wide control of the Democratic party. “Hence the grapevine in Tam many clubhouses began gossip ing that young Roosevelt was anti Irish, anti-Catholic, etc., and there was much Tammany jeering when Leader Murphy substituted James Aloyisious O’Gorman instead ol Sheehan for senator. The 'Dude from Hyde Park wouldn't take Sheehan' sneered the Tammany boys, ‘so Murphly gave him O’ Gorman to swallow. Now he’s on spot and done for.’ “But immediately, F. D. R. an nounced that O’Gorman s selec tion was ‘great’ and lined up his followers for O Gorman, who thus became U. S. Senator. “Since that time, ’ concluded Mr. Killeen, “no one ever questioned Roosevelt as to his tolerance o> race, color or creed, and Murpny took occasion to emphasize tnat he never believed Roosevelt was ever prejudiced against the Irish. So Franklin Roosevelt, as always, turned his first political crisis to his first political crisis to iris own advantage.” WATCHING WASHINGTON FROM THE WEST The two key spots to keep your eye on in the Truman ajmir.is tration are the Justice and Ir. terior Departments. They are the two big potentialities for plunder bund. One. Interior, has charge of the public d mam, the big oil lands, the grazing rights, the tremendous power leas es of Boonevflle Dam, etc. The Interior Department was where Warren Harding came a cropper, and that is where the big mo guls of the West already are angling to get their man adroit ly placed. Justice is even more important—especially to the city bosses who put Boss Tom Pender gast of Kansas City in jail, which has already convicted Gambling Boss Johnson of Chicago, once a part of the Kelly-Nash machine. INCOME TAXES—Tile decision whether ot prosecute or not tc prosecute means life or death to the big city political machines, and more than anything else they would like to have a close pal in the driver’s seat as attor ney general . . . Another key spot in Justice is the anti-trust division. Scores of big corpora tions, some of them operating closely with Germany beiore the war, would like to have a "nice’' attorney general in control. The anti-trust division is a vital ke* to the whole American business layout after the war. Watch it closely. Before John Sr.yder of St. Louis was appointed Federal Loan Ad ministrator, While House friends went around to get Jesse Jones reaction on various appointees, in cluding Cliff Durr. Snyder and Emil Schram. Jesse gave a sour recommendation to Snyder who previously worked under him. Ac cording to Jones he was not com petent enough for the job. But now that Snyder has the job, Jesse has been telling friends that he put him across .... Con gressman Pat Drewery of Virginia has finally “dropped” Miss Ed ith Holloway as his secretary fo - lowing her a rest in Tulsa, Okla., for slurring President Roosevel* after his death. Miss Halloway caused an uproar in a Tulsa drug store the day after Roosevelt dice by announcing that it was a good thing for the country, and tha. she was on her way to see Lew Wentz, Republican National Com mitteeman for Oklahoma. Miss Holloway, asked for comment, said —‘‘The whole police force and cil> administration of Tulsa should have been cleaned up long ago.” What the secretary of a Democra tic Congresman was doing en route to see one of the leading Midwest Republicans remains a mystery . . . General Marshall's crack against lone congressmen visiting the war front was inter preted on Capitol Hiil as being aimed at lovely Clare Luce, con gresswoman from Connecticut who had been sojourning on the Italian front since early March. Last win ter also, la belle Luce visited the Italian front for more than a month. Mystery of how she gor airplane transportation now seems to have been solved — her frienu General Lucian Truscott, com manding General of the Fifth Army in Italy. Latest front line wisecrack; The people of liberated Europe should declare war against the United States. Then they could all surrender and eat like our German war prisoners. The J. A. Jones Construction company, building ships at Pan ama City, Fla., refused a work pause of three minutes in tri bute to Franklin Roosevelt on the day of his funeral in Wash ington. A silent tribute had been arranged but was cancelled by top Jones executives . . . Though the Russians suspected a deal be tween the Nazis and U. S. to let American troops get to Berlin first, real facts are these: Hitiej and Nazi leaders had sent their most fanatical party members o the Eastern Front to block thg Russians. Regular German of ficers, frequently at odds with Nazi fanatics, were on the west ern front facing U. S. and British troops. The Nazi leaders had refused to let the German High Command capitulate several months before. So with the Hit lerites busy in the East, German regulars had no objection to sur rendering in droves in the West. (Copyright, 1945, by The Bell Syndicate, Inc.) Views Of The Press AFTER THE NIGHT OF DEATH iManchester Herald) More than one person to whom we talked had this same thought yesterday morning, so perhaps thousands actually shared it. You had spent the preceding evening and night in close and so ber contact with the finality of death, as applied to a notable and famous career. You had noted how quickly, how summarily, the living of even the greatest among us could be snuffed out. Per ha tvs. with a thought to the tortured is sues of the day, you had spent part of the night wondering how things could go on. Then, yesterday morning, you stepped outside your door, yourself on the way to pick up the routine of living. And you noticed, after the dim thoughts of tragedy and death which may have filled your night, that the sun was climbing its heaven in a more than seasonal splendor. Perhaps you thought that never before had it seemed more gloriously full of life. Then you onticed that, overnight the tree which had been in bud yesterday had unfolded tender green leaves, to grow and expand into summer shade and then fall in some sudden autumn swirl of death. You noticed that there was a new fragrance on the air, and you turned to find an apple tree whose buds had burst between sun set and sunrise. Perhaps you found these signs of continuing, expanding, newly-born life painfully poignant at first, al most a sacrilege against the mood of the night just past. And then, perhaps, you b*gan to know again which was mightier, death or life, mortality or immortality. All about you, it was life, incredibly and contrastingly beautiful life, which owned the world. After the night of death, the morning was life. GREEN LIGHT FOR REPLANNING (New' York Herald-Tribune Governor Dewey’s memorandum on signing the Desmond-Mitchell bill to facilitate slum clearance Kal more REYMOND $ Mre«nl Your Health By Dr. William Brady Signed letters pertaining to per sonal health and hygiene, not to disease, diagnosis of treatment, will be answered by Ur. Brady If a stamped gelf-addressed envelop* is enclose . Letters should be brief and written in ink. No reply can be made to queries not conform ing to instructions. Address Ur. William Brady, National News paper Service, 320 West Madison Street, Chicago. 111. NOW SEE HERE, STUPID We were going along happilj with no serious rows for the none* and not more than a few doze matters put over to be attended t tomorrow and tomorrow seems ai tho there are more tomorrows m my program than should clutter up a well ordered life—when this re buke from a graduate nurse bob bed up: ‘‘You are very unfair and un kind in your attitude toward Graduate nurses. You said that less than ten percent of gradu ate nurses can write a letter that reflects better education than that of a person with one year of high school. I had four years of high school and one year of college — but we don’t spend three years learning how to write letters—the things we learn In nurse training school are nursing procedures, how to follow doctors' roders, how to make the patient comfortable. . . . Incidentally I detest letter writing . . .” But you write a mean letter, lady Darned if I can find a wee little fault in it. Except, of course, your unfair and unkind attitude toward health column conductors. My purpose in commenting upon the poor spelling, punctuation and form of letters I have received from graduate or registered nurses — is to show that, after all. more than two years of highschool work does not necessarily make a young wo man fitter to study nursi"~ than is a giil wiiyj lido iiav* um.v wj > * years of highschool education. I’d selecty the 17 or 18 or 20 year old girl who could write a good letter, in preference to the college girl who couldn't, no matter how little high school work the girl may have had, as a girl fit to study nursing. I have the highest regard for nurses—I married one once, and I’d do It again if I could find one as lively—what am I saying—T was trying to explain that the hospital racketeers play a ‘scurvy trick on pupil nurses, keeping them a full year in bondage to the hospital after they have really become per fectly qualified to practice nursing —if a girl a good nurse after two years of hospital training she never will be a good nurse. A Rare Treat We visited your city three months ago and we stopped to watch a lot of men playing lawn bowls. One of them pointed you out to us. We 11 have to revise the picture of ‘‘Ol’* Doctor Brady which you have man aged to fix in our minds. Here after we’ll think of you as a cheer ful young man who gets from his bowling more fun than a barrel of monkeys. <L. H i Answer—Yes, sir. on the bowling green I talk a fine game. Save Your Hands My hands itch terribly, and crack open and bleed, mostly in the palms. (Mrs. L. L.) Answer—For the hands of per sons whose work involves handling solvents, strong soap, alkalis, etc., a few drops of a mixture of equal parts of fresh caster oil and lanolin should be applied to the well washed and dry hands just before beginning work, again just after finishing wTork. The itching and the fact htat the trouble is on the palms would suggest that yours may be a type of ringworm or fungis infection (foot itch). For pamph let about foot itch (which some times affects other areas of skin) send stamped envelope bearing your address. Do NOT send a clipping. Copyright 1945 by John F. Dille Co. gives a terse analysis of the prob lem of blighted areas that every city dweller, every New Yorker In par I tieular, should read. The bill re moves constitutional doubts as to the rights of the cities to acquire land for purposes of clearing and replanning substandard districts. The Governor holds that "munici palities should have the right to replan and reconstruct their own blighted areas," and that they should have it free from narrow re strictions. His memorandum touches briefly on the social evils which make slum reclamation imperative. It makes clear that the economic I grounds for eliminating blight are as compelling. "The existence of these areas,” the Governor writes, “speeds the movement of popuia ' tions out of the city, leaving the I developed sewers and public util ities, streets, schools, police and fire houses a waste behind them." The bill was no doubt occasioned by Comptroller Joseph D. McGold risk’s proposal that the city acquire and rezone blighted areas adjacent to Brooklyn’s replanned civic center. However, it is addressed to the far broader issue of municipal re sponsibility, and specifies no par ticular project. It very properly leaves the choice of areas to be acquired and the uses to which they are to be put with local author ities. “It must be assumed." the Governor says, “that the njunicipal authorities will use the power (of condemnation! responsibly and in the public interest." Mr. McGold rick also has the broader issue in mind. The City Planning Commis sion, he suggests, is equipped and in a position to designate for re development slum areas In many parts cf the city. It is the prospect of such wide-scale redvelopment that makes this purely permissive bill both salutary and timely.