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Put Above Party President's View Corrects Flynn's G. O. P. Innuendo By DAVID LAWRENCE. President Roosevelt is to be com mended for repudiating that part of the radio address by Chairman Flynn of the Democratic National Commit tee which im plied that a Re publican Con gress should not be elected next autumn because It supposedly would be "hostile to the Presi dent." Mr. Roosevelt gave the impres sion to the press conference yes terday that he was not familiar David Lawrence. with the text of the Flynn speech and also stated tlfat he thought members loyal to the war program, irrespective of party, should be elected. In fairness to Mr. Flynn, it is im portant to reproduce verbatim that part of his speech which dealt with this phase of the coming campaign. He said: "I naturally feel that no misfor tune except a major military defeat could befall this country to the ex tent involved in the election of a Congress hostile to the President. I do not mean by this that the Re publican candidates for congres sional seats have any lack of patri otism, but I think we will all agree that vast confusion would inevitably result if we had a President of one party and a House of Representa tives, for example, of the opposition party while we are carrying on the worst war in history’-” Both Parties Co-operating. What the foregoing implies, of course, is that Republicans would put opposition to the President above the voting of measures and funds with which to win the war. Such an Innuendo is unworthy of any one who holds the position of chairman of the Democratic National Commit tee. It is an accusation that while men are dying, the Republicans would play politics. This has not been true for a single minute since Pearl Harbor happened. Both par ties in Congress have co-operated. If the people elected a Republican Congress, they might have the added advantage of a disinterested check on the Executive on domestic policy, which they cannot have through a Democratic party that has gotten so in the habit of rubber stamping administration requests these past eight years that it has not ventured to act objectively. There is no particular confusion in having one party in control of Con gress and another In charge of the executive branch of the Government. The only confusion might be suf fered by the vast army of parasites brought here under the New Deal who are clogging the machinery of Government In wartime. There might be confusion in the ranks of the radicals and the left wingers who have made up their minds to use the war emergency to build a system of state socialism in America. There might be confusion among those who believe the Government should always own everything and operate everything and that the pri vate enterprise system should be strangled. But all this is something the American people will hear about when tiie campaign starts. Mr. Flynn's premise that a Republican Congress should not be elected be cause the legislative branch would be of one political party while the executive would be of another Is equivalent to saying that no elec tion should be held and that America should go totalitarian on the one-party idea, as have Ger many and Italy. For if the Re publicans are not to be given a chance to exercise the powers of a majority because change is not to be welcomed In war time, it means that the United States is not to have the benefit of the only check available to the American demo cracy in time of war. Slower Check Than Britain. Prime Minister Churchill told the United States Senate recently that he can be removed the moment a hostile majority appears In Parlia ment. Under the American sys tem of rigid tenure for the Execu tive, the President as commander in-chief of the United States Army and Navy might be wholly well in tentioned and conscientious and yet might make a dozen major blunders between now and January, 1945, and there would be no way to re move him and put somebody else in the executive power. In answer to this, students of government have said that the Constitution pro vides a check at least every two years through the congressional elections and that since Congress possesses the purse strings and since two-thirds of both houses can repeal any law on the statute books and put any new law there over the objection of the Executive, the American democracy possesses an ample check. But now Chairman Plynn of the Democratic National Committee argues that no such check would be proper in war time and that the Executive must be permitted to operate as he pleases without check of any kind through the constitu tionally prescribed method of bien nial elections. This Is neither demo cracy nor representative govem fovemment. (Reproduction Right* Re»erved.) Card Party Scheduled A card party will be given at the Oxon Hill (Md.) High School at 8:30 •'dock tonight i 1 The Political Mill 0. C. D. Salary Issue Dramatizes Public's Growing Demand That Defense Funds Be Effectively Spent By GOULD LINCOLN. Just to say that money—public money, out of the pockets of the taxpayers or their savings—is being expended for national de fense is no longer enough. The American people are going to de mand the details. They are going to demand an accounting. All the more because of the revelations in recent days of the fantastic use of money by the Civilian Defense setup, of the staggering profits made on some war contracts by those fortunate enough to have them and of the extravagant gains made by some labor unions. With March 15 and heavy in come taxes staring them in the face and every prospect of addi tional taxes soon to be levied, the men and women of this coun try, who are perfectly willing to put up their all to win this war, are showing that they are not willing to have their dollars wasted or taken by profiteers, whether the profiteers be man agement and owners or labor. No more money down the rat hole is the slogan. With a drive on to convince the people that they should make every possible sacrifice to win the *"-v *oy I * HM M1' war, including the purchase of Defense stamps and bonds, the publication of the fact that sal aries ranging up to *8.000 are being paid by the Office of Civil ian Defense to moving picture actors, dancers and others en gaged in promotional programs ■that not by the widest stretch of the imagination have to do with gas masks, bombproof shelters and Are fighting to protect the civilian population in case of attack by the enemy, is not going to help. The people are begin ning to feel that there is too much attempt on the part of the administration to stress the movies, to spend money to Jazz up the situation and to spend money lavishly in so doing. Resentment Grows. A feeling of bewilderment—and resentment — against such a course is growing—not confined to any particular group, nor to Republicans or Democrats. The people want to win this war. They have sons, brothers, hus bands engaged in it, or in the armed forces ready to engage. They are willing to go the limit in their aid to the Government to win the war. But they want to know that the administration is acting effectively. This feeling is reflected In the debate in the House yesterday on the *100,000.000 appropriation for the Civilian Defense office. There was condemnation on both sides of the chamber for the employ ment of dancers, movie actors and others in the “Volunteer Participation" division of the O. C. D„ headed by Mrs. Roose velt, at considerable salaries. The charge was made that this divi sion was being used to pay polit ical and social debts. It was charged, too, that the kind of work that was being done was not for national defense against enemy attack, but that it was just another social experiment by the New Dealers. It was not only to the personnel that objection was made, but to the character of work which was being undertaken —all In the name of national defense. These charges did not come from only one side of the cham ber. They were voiced both pub licly and privately by Democratic members. It is true that the Office of Civilian Defense has been under Are for months, In the House as well as outside, which may have been responsible for the wholehearted way in which the speakers yesterday attacked tne conduct of the„ agency, or at least the volunteer part of It under the direction of Mrs. Roosevelt. It has been urged for a long time that both Mayor La Guardia of New York and Mrs. Roosevelt should disassociate themselves from the organization —the first Is its head and the other, the second in command. The Mayor has stated he would resign from the O. C. D. within a few days and give his whole attention to running the affairs of New York City—a consider able job, for which he was re elected last November. In the House yesterday it was frankly stated that Mr. La Guardia had been unable to cope with his assistant, Mrs. Roosevelt; that she had made appointments to her division and paid salaries to persons the Mayor would not have had on the rolls. Indeed, it was declared that it was for such reasons that the Mayor was really taking himself out of the O. C. D. Representative Marcantonio of New York, who Is an affiliate of the American Labor party, as Is the Mayor, asserted on the floor yesterday that the Mayor was in no way responsible for the employ ment of the dancer, Mayris Chaney; the movie actor, Melvyn Douglas, and others whose Jobs with O. C. D. have brought so much criticism. Tribute Lacks Defense. From a political point of view, the Democrats felt that these revelations have done them no good. But entirely aside from the political angle, the Demo crats have resented the conduct of affairs, just as everyday American citizens. Representative Cannon, Demo crat, of Missouri, chairman of the House Appropriations Com mittee, paid Mrs. Roosevelt a splendid tribute, for her cour age, ability and devotion, and spoke of her as one of the most remarkable figures of these re markable times. He did say, however, that covering as much territory as she does, interested in a great variety of activities, it was only natural she should oc casionally do something that would bring criticism. He made no effort to defend the employment of the persons criticized and said that when another appropriation bill comes before his committee, the appro priation for the Office of Emer gency Management, out of which these salaries are now paid, the whole matter will be given most careful scrutiny. Furthermore, he offered and had adopted an amendment which would prevent the payment of these salaries out of the appropriation carried in the deficiency bill. All of which speaks for Itself. Sullivan Is Ousted As Tammany Chief By Only One Vote Abandonment of Name And Removal From Hall May Be Outcome Bj the Auociated Preu. NEW YORK, Peb. 7.—Tammany Hall has lost its No. 1 tiger, Chris topher D. Sullivan, who guided the city’s famous Democratic Commit tee since 1937. He was ousted last night by slightly less than a full vote after a bitter battle. The 72-year-old chieftain fought his foes to the end. Then, when the 121/12-to-ll% vote by the 25 member Executive Committee was announced, he walked out with the simple statement: “It’s all right with me.” Mr. Sullivan was the second lead er to feel the ax since the Repub lican-Pusion organization headed by Mayor P. H. La Guardia swept the once-mighty Tammany forces from power eight years ago. John F. Curry was the first. Name May Be Abandoned. Failure of the machine In recent elections, plus Mr. Sullivan's In ability to get patronage in Wash ington or Albany, was blamed for his downfall. His ouster probably will mean abandonment of the 150 year-old name and removal of Man hattan Democratic headquarters from Tammany Hall. Charles H. Hussey, chairman of the Executive Committee, spill serve as leader pending a meeting Febru ary 27, If the attempt to remove Mr. Sul livan had failed, the Hussey faction was expected to start an anti-Tam many movement which would have split the Democratic party in New York—always a potent power in city, State and national politics. Walker Case Recalled. Tammany Hall, for many years the one and only controlling factor in New York City politics, reached the heights of power many times during its long career. The most recent peak came during the mayor alty of James J. Walker, who re signed while the then Governor of New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt, CHRISTOPHER D. SULLIVAN. —A. P. Photo. was considering evidence produced by Special Investigator Samuel Sea bury. Mr. Sullivan, bom in New York, now is 72. He first held public of fice in 1906 when he was elected to the State Senate, where he served until 1916, at which time he went to Washington as a representative of the Lower Manhattan district. Mr. Hussey, who is in his late 50s, hag been an assistant clerk of the City Court for a number of years. Be Sure ★ ★ THAT YOU ABE ADEQUATELY Rising costs make your present possessions, whether a house, furniture, or an automobile, more valuable. It would cost more now to replace any loss than it would a year ago. Today, your INSURANCE is important! TYLER & RUTHERFORD INCORPORATED Established 1872 1726 H St. N.W. RE. 5245 (THE opinions of the writers on this page are their own, not 1 necessarily The Star’s. Such opinions are presented in The Star’s effort to give all sides of questions of interest to its readers, although such opinions may be contradictory among themselves and directly opposed to The Star’s. I • Australia Is Pacific Verdun Observer Sees 'Down Under' Country as Main Base for Offensive Against Far East By COL. FREDERICK PALMER. Two month* after the beginning of the Pacific War, I review the re sults and look to what we may ex pect and what we shall have to do, after counsel with experts of B sound opinion. Jr Primarily, Ja- - pan has fully f,j disclosed her ** plan and objec- Y tives. Attention * centers on A us-1| trails for the B long pull against ■ Japan, and Rus- ■ sla in turnB against the Eu- B ropean Axis ™ powers. In ourcsi. Frederick Palmer. outlook, we do hot want to fool our selves, as we have had a weakness for doing In our military policy in the past. In this connection, I revert to a talk which I had with Gen. Doug las Mac Arthur in 1935, when he was Army Chief of Staff. In answer to a question, he said that he had not 30,000 men ready with ships avail able for them for an overseas ex pedition. He agreed with me that we should fight overseas again if and when we went to war. Feared Arousing Congress. When I suggested I was about to advocate a cessation of plans for hugging trenches in home defense and actually preparing for an over seas expedition, he said: "Such talk will arouse congres sional reaction that we aim at for eign conquest. Just now I am workt ing to get two divisions motorized with enough tanks and planes to be up to modern standards. The only argument which will win ap proval is that they are strictly to repel invasion." In February, 1942, some elements inside and outside of Congress are stiU subject to this tradition. After the talk with Gen. Mae Arthur I sought the view of some key naval officers in war plans as to the advisability of fortifying Guam while we could and while Japan was not ready for war. All agreed that this would be invalu able if the country expected the Navy to carry the offensive beyond the Hawaiian defense line. But all also agreed that at the time such a proposal would be re jected by Congress as a threat to Japan and just as prejudicial to strengthening the Navy as preparing for the eventuality of an overseas expedition would be to strengthen ing the Army. I go further back to Lt. Gen. Arthur MacArthur. the father of Douglas, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor and led his Mich igan regiment in battle in the Civil War before he was of age. I have a youthful memory of his saying: "Here we soldiers are fighting in the Philippines to suppress a native rebellion. We go where the country sends us, and it is bound to send us somewhere overseas. In peace we are in defensive mood and remain so for a period in war. Then, after a setback, we settle down to business to win the war with offensive blows." Defensive Mood Clings. After the Pearl Harbor setback, too many of us have still held to the de fensive mood. I don't think the peo ple of the Pacific Coast are of the scary kind. Left to themselves, they would have accepted President Roosevelt’s word that there might be some suicidal bombing, but we could take it. Agitators, recruiting their cohorts from the sons of gloom, pictured the Pacific Coast as at the mercy of a terrific Jap Luftwaffe. We rushed troops to the Pacific Coast for local defense, throwing war industrial transport out of gear. We rushed planes to the Pacific Coast and Ha waii—planes which had better been ftm the way to the Far East. Mean while, the Jap aircraft carriers were 5,000, 6,000 or 7,000 miles away. A few of our fighting planes, which had to go by ship, have now Joined our bombers In the Malayan area. But are there enough, with Gen. MacArthur's little army al ready “contained” to prevent Singa pore being contained in an equally tight siege? Enough to prevent the loss of the Dutch East Indies by sinking Jap transports? For among the huge native population, few are armed and trained as an auxiliary to the meager Dutch garrison. Once the Japanese can begin landing in large numbers the little defensive force will be overwhelmed. China, whether the Burma road is cut or not, is too short of arms to immobilize more than a portion of the whole Japanese Army. Support China, defend to the limit the Ma layan bases we still hold, but in the long view Australia must be the main base for future offensive op erations in the Far East. Its part will be that of “They shall not pass” of Verdun, which held this rampart as an aid for Allied drives of 1918, which ended in the capitulation of the German armies. A Fighting People. Australia has room and facilities for a great base, and is inhabited, 1 not by such unarmed masses as those of Java or Malaya but by a fighting people. And in a glance "down under” do not overlook New Zealand in memory of the fact that In World War I the New Zealand division never failed to take an ob jective. Surely no one doubts that Russia is the mighty European stronghold for our side. The Russian Army has been true to the faith of ‘They shall not pass.” Hopefully, it has prevent- ] ed a huge German offensive across Arabia to the Suez Canal and on west to India. Russia wants to know that we are back of her in more than lip service, or even arms, when she hears that we are worried lest we be bombed at our distance from enemy bases. It is armies, with adequate equip ment, supported by huge naval and air power, which will win this war. Britain has not yet suffered one sixth of the casualties 6he did for the same period in World War I. Her home army should not always be immobilized by threats of invasion. We are making a great army. It is time for all of us to settle down to business, as Gen. Mac Arthur has on Bataan. Smile, since a sense of humor goes with a sense of propor tion, but smile with a glitter in the eye in a fighting offensive spirit back of every one of our soldiers, seamen and airmen. • U. S. Can Lose War, Says Batt; Smugness Called Unjustified Foe's Steady Progress Against Our Outposts Is Emphasized Bf th» Associated Press. NEW YORK. Feb. 7.—William L. Batt, chairman of the combined Inter-Allied Raw Materials Board, declared last night that the United States had a chance of losing the war and should not “kid” itself. “I find all around me a smugness and satisfaction which to my mind are entirely unjustified,” Mr. Batt asserted in an address before the annual advertising award presenta tions banquet here. “America is engaged in a life-and death war. This is nothing new for us. But, not since the days of the Revolution, have we ever had much of a chance to loee a war. “And we have a chance to loee this one.” Cites Foe’s Steady Progress. Mr. Batt, director of the War Pro duction Board’s materials division, asserted that "It seems to me that too much attention Is being paid to minor air engagements in which American flyers down two Jap planes and lose one, and not enough attention Is being paid to the en emy’s steady progress against our Vital outposts." He made these observations: "If Singapore goes down, the whole Far Eastern theater may be lost.” Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur’s forces In the Philippines are “desperately outnumbered" and It will be “ex tremely difficult" to relieve him. “If the Burma road is dosed, it will be next to impossible for us to continue to help the Chineee; the Nazis are on the offensive again In North Africa; and, while Russia has regained some ground, die still has a long way to go.” “Suppose we do lose the whole of the Far East and all the critical sup plies we need from that area," Mr. Batt continued. “Suppose the Ger mans finally succeed in Africa and take Sues, which would be tanta mount to taking the whole Middle East Suppose Hitler does start a new and successful offensive in Rus sia In the spring. • * • “Suppose all of these things hap pen, and all of them can happen. Where would we be? I do not like to think about the answer to that question. But I feel that I must think about It. And so must every other American. We must think about It lest we loss sight of the importance of seeing to it that we □ever get in-that position. “We must think about these things so we don’t kid ourselves. This Is no time for self-hypnotism. We’re strong. We’re tough. Yes, but so Is the other fellow.” Paul West, president of the Asso ciation of National Advertisers, New York City, was awarded a gold medal for distinguished service to advertising at the dinner. Eighteen bronze medals were awarded in seven other claasiflcaitons. lavs paper. Uncle Sam can use It t* make cardboard, in which he wraps explosive bandies for Berlin. Just Received! 2i“«» and tubes in all sizes. Com* in new for inspection and price. ACT QUICK—LIMITED STOCKS Open Sunday Til 2 P.M. AMERICAN TIRE CO. T219 K ST. N.L AT. 1212-1213 This Changing World Allies Reconciled to Loss of Singapore; Burma Held of Greater Strategic Value By CONSTANTINE BROWN. The commander In chief of United Nations forces In the Far East, Oen. Sir Archibald P. Wavell, has far more serious problems now than he had a year ago when he was coping with Italian-German forces In the North African desert. The major Japanese attack, which the British believe will start In the next few days, Is ex pected to take place at two equally vital points: Singapore and Burma. While the assault on the British Far Eastern Gibraltar may be made principally with planes, of which the Japanese continue to have an overwhelm ingly superior number, the drive in Burma will see the deployment of Important Japanese mechan ised and foot forces. The British Army in that region is inferior to the Japanese both in numbers and equipment. A number of military experts regard Burma, which contains the only remaining road linking China with the outside world, as even more Important than Sing apore. The Singapore naval base has floating docks capable of re pairing large ships, but It was rendered useless as far as the Allies are concerned when the Japs conquered the Malay penin sula and began to besiege Sing apore Island. The continued occupation of Singapore by British and Imper ial troops is of consequence only in preventing Japanese use of it as a base for their own battle fleet, which for the time being remains in its home ports, await ing the fall of Singapore. When Singapore falls the Japanese fleet is expected to move into the base and operate from there. Chiang Concerned Over Burma. Singapore also is important for the defense of the Netherlands Indies, but with fighting In the Far East going as it is, the United Nations high command has rec onciled itself to the idea that sooner or later the fortress-island will fall into the hands of the enemy. The Allied command hopes to hold Singapore for a while, but preparations have been made to render Its expensive establish ments completely useless so that during the time the Japs are re pairing its facilities United Na tions forces may attempt to re capture it. Burma 1* of even greater im portance, however, both from the strategic and political point of view. The Chinese government Is firmly determined to play along with its allies and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek has not been unduly worried over Brltish American reverses in the Pacific. He has the Chinese philosophy that time is a great healer and that in the end the forces of the British Empire and United States will get the better of the enemy. He is greatly concerned, however, over the fate of Burma. Gen. Chiang has been worried about China's lifeline ever since the Jap attack on the United States began. The Chinese gen eralissimo, who has the best in telligence service in the Par East (he warned Washington of the German attack on Russia five weeks before it occurred, miss ing the exact time of the attack by wily a day), has known for a long time that the Japanese would make a major effort to cut the lines of China’s com munication with the western world. The very day Gen. Wavell was appointed Allied commander in chief in the Par East Gen. Chiang offered him three Chinese army corps for the defense of Burma. It is true that the equipment of these divisions was not what modern armies consider neces sary, but it was adequate. The Chinese generalissimo, who has been lighting the Japs for so many years, believed numbers would compensate for material deficiency. Moreover, he hoped that much of the material which had reached Rangoon and other points north, but had not yet been delivered to China because of the transportation bottleneck, could be used by his three army corps (about nine divisions) of good fighters. Resolved to Fight Japs. Gen. Chlang’s surprise and chagrin were great, however, when, for undisclosed reasons, Gen. Wavell thanked him for his kind offer, but said he did not need Chinese troops—yet. This refusal, ctmpled with statements in Washington in January that Hitler was the principal enemy to be defeated, created somewhat of a depressing effect at the Chung king headquarters. Gen. Chiang is a determined man, however, and has not been deterred from his resolve to fight the Japs to the bitter end. But there were other other ele ments in China who might have been willing to lend a friendly ear to the "peace and friendship” whispers—official and otherwise— from Tokio and Berlin. These elements have now been elim inated, but they gave some un comfortable moments to British and American diplomats and sol diers stationed in China. The ex planation from Washington that /THAWS-/ Y£3& wSZf _ by “Hitler” was meant the entire Axis gang, coupled with a loan of a half billion dollars, has some what mended the situation. The Chinese generalissimo is still worried by the possibility of the fall of Burma and an upris ing of the Burmese. It seems to be too late now, even if Gen. Wavell accepted the Chinese offer, for the Chinese divisions to reach Burma in time to save the sit uation. Upper Burma might be saved, but Rangoon and its adja cent territory must henceforth be defended by imperial troops alone. And military experts wonder whether there are enough troops there to meet the expected Jap anese onslaught. Wife Sues Capt. Boone For Custody of Children Capt. Daniel F. Boone, U. S. A., stationed in the quartermaster general's office here, was sued in District Court yesterday by his wife, li-i. Martha Lightner Boone, Tryon, N. C., who is seeking custody of their two children. Mrs. Boone told the court in a habeas corpus petition that Capt. Boone was holding their two chil dren contrary to an order by a North Carolina court giving her custody. The two youngsters are Daniel L. Boone, 6, and Martha Penelope Boone, 3. A hearing was set for Thursday. 'Nutrition' to Be Topic Dr. Ernestine Becker, associate professor of biology at Johns Hop kins University, will discuss “Newer Knowledge of Nutrition” at a din ner meeting of the District Home Economics Association at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Admiral Club, 1640 Rhode Island avenue N.W. Repairing ' ' Renovizing * Modernizing Homes Now’s the Time With war conditions what they are, you’ll probably have to continue to live in your present house. You don’t have to deny yourself the convenience of a modern home however—but renovize and modernize so that you’ll be perfectly comfortable. An Eberly Plan Supervisor can work out the details for you—even making the transformation profitable, for if you have surplus room, it can be converted into income-producing apartments—for which there is a growing demand. Don’t think it intricate, or expensive. It won’t be, and being all done by Eberly Plan master craftsmen, there will be only ONE moderate overhead and ONE responsibility—OURS. This is worth serious consideration— RIGHT NOW. Send for an Eberly Plan Supervisor to consult with you. The financing need not be of any concern, for The Eberly Financing Plan will adjust that to your convenience. A. Eberly’s Sons 1108 K N.W. DI. 6557 Before You Invest—Investigate McLemore— F. B. I. Encouroging Better Neighbors LOS ANGET.ES, Calif.—The P. B. I.—and In times like these we can be thankful for every member of It, from Chief J. Edgar Hoover to the lowliest recruit who still wears his false beard crooked —is do ing this country an awfully good turn these days. The F. B. I, with occasional help from the police, Is pro moting the neighborly spirit In America as it has never been promoted before. Henry McLemore. Here is how it works: In their painstaking search for subversive agents, the F. B. I. gum, shoers refuse to overlook a single lead or clue. They Investigate every lead, no matter how remote 1J may seem, track down every clue no mat ter how old the trail may seem. Bloodhounds go to them for lessons in patience and stick-to-itlveness. One of the first steps in an in vestigation of a person who has been mentioned as a possible agent of an enemy country is to visit his next door neighbors. I was visiting a friend here the other afternoon when an F. B. I. agent sent in his card. He was disguised as a broker, I presume, because he had on a’ double-breasted suit, a snappy pair of brogues, and that look of resig nation that brokers have worn for the past few months. He explained that the family which lived next door to my friend had been reported as friendly to the enemy, and he would like to know any and everything about the members of it. * * * ^ Here was a great chance for my friend to lay it on to his neighbor and I fully expected him to, because I happened to know that the two families had not gotten along any too well, and that the fence between the two houses was not so much a property marker as it was a sort of picket-referee that kept the respec tive heads of the households from having at one another. He didn’t disappoint me. He didn’t peg his neighbor as a spy, because, as lie explained to the agent, he didn’t know anything about any such activities, but he gave him the full works along other lines. He said to put his bones anywhere but in the adjoining front yard. He l sald he was a sinister character who not only kept his radio on 20 hours a day. but kept it tuned in so loud that it shook the rafters of houses a block away. He damned him for not returning a rake he had bor rowed three years before, and for parking his car in front of the drive way that wasn't his. He let him have it for everything the poor neighbor had done in the way of petty annoyances for the past six years. He was still letting his neighbor have the works when the agent got up to leave. "And he is the sort of man.” my friend was saying as the agent bounced down the front steps, “he is the sort of man who leaves a light on all night that shines in your bedroom window, and who won't take care of your cat when you go away for the week end.” * * * * That doesn’t sound like a promo tion of the neighborly spirit, does it? But it is. You see, with rumors and counterrumors as thick as they are these days, any man is likely to have his name given the F. B. I. as a suspect of one sort or another, and have an agent question his neighbors about him. So, in order to get a good report, he must work at being a bet ter neighbor. Before this war is over, citizens from Seattle to Savannah will have learned to be better neighbors. There’ll be more cake swapping and coffee and sugar swapping, more “Let me help you clean the snow off your sidewalk, old fellow” stuff than there ever was before. A fellow isn’t going to run the risk of having a neighbor give him a black eye with the F. B. I. Just because he wouldn’t lend his garden hose, or his telephone or a pound of butter or a cupful of sugar. When the neighbor's kid runs over his rose bushes with his bicycle hell curb his temper, resist the tempta tion to whack the brat with a bras sie, and say, "Nice riding, son. I though for a moment you might fall when you hit that first patch of flowers." When the neighbor returns horns late at night and wakes up every one in the block with his slamming of garage doors, his neighbors will forgive being awakened and hope that ol’ Charley had a good time at the poker game and won the money. Speaking for myself, I know that I am going to try to be a better neighbor from now on. I don’t want the finger put on me by the folks next door who are tired of chasing my chickens out of their yard and listening to me practice the ac cordion at midnight. From now on. I’m practicing at 11, not midnight. (DUtrlbuted by McNaught SyncUcat*. Xne.) Seaman Commended For Rescuing Another Kenneth Lee Martin, seaman, first class, who saved a fellow sailor from drowning at Pearl Harbor 13 months ago. was formally com mended yesterday by Secretary Knox. Seaman Martin leaped from a dock to rescue William T. Hess, seaman, second class, who had slip ped from a gangplank and fallen Into the water, striking his leg as he fell. His rescuer supported the injured man in the water and fixed a rope about him so he could be pulled to safety. A native of Nebraska, Seaman Martin is 21 years old. His action. Secretary Knox said, was “In keep tag with the beet traditions of the naval service."