Way Opened for President to Flay
Selfish Labor, Farm and Business Blocs
By DAVID LAWRENCE.
President Roosevelt has what might be called a “perfect
setup” for his forthcoming message to Congress—he can bang
away at both labor and business and at farm groups, too, and
write perhaps one of the most severe reprimands to each of these
groups that they have ever received. „
For the attitude of the small minority of union leaders who
actually cauea a railroad strike in'
the middle of war and the attitude
of a small mi
nority of busi
have sought to
tiation law by
Sam pay the
taxes on war
fords, in each
case, an oppor
tunity to Mr.
he may be count
ed on to use to
the utmost. »»*« L»wren«
Political personalities do not like
to denounce labor or management,
as the case may be, without seeming
to be equally insistent that both toe
the mark. Hitherto the President
has used generalities, but the time
has come when he can be specific
and ask the American people to join
with him in ridding the Nation of
selfishness when American boys are
shedding their blood overseas to
save the liberties of the Republic.
The labor mess is one that has
been revealed to the public lately in
a dramatic way. A high official—a
nonpolitical official, a man who
has no axes to grind either for or
against labor, but in whose heart
there is deep-seated indignation be
cause of the threat to tie up the
Nation's transportation system in
the midst of war—has been speaking
off the record to newsmen. He had
hoped this would be sufficient. He
didn't want to be anonymous. He
wanted to go on the radio and tell
of the tragic affair to the American
people, but he was restrained from
doing this—at least for a while.
Maybe if the labor leaders insist on
chapter and verse, the anonymity
will disappear and the source will
tell the American people that they
have a right to be indignant and
that the mothers and fathers of
the boys overseas should know that
the strikes have hurt us abroad.
One labor leader has made the
amazing statement that the rail
road strike was never intended to
be a strike, but was to be used to
force the President to make wage
concessions. It would seem in
credible that any such game of de
ception should be countenanced in
the midst of war and that the victim
of the game should be the Com
mander in Chief of the Army and
The United Mine Workers called
a strike and the President didn’t
think they meant it, but he soon
found the Nation without coal be
ing mined. He capitulated. The
Government was beaten, and this in
the midst of war. News of that ig
nominious surrender has traveled
throughout the world not only to
our enemies across the seas, but to
our armed services.
Shall any labor union tie up or
even venture to threaten to tie up
the war-production front or any
small segment of it vital to the suc
cess of the war effort? Congress
will have to provide the answer in
the form of new antistrike laws.
As for the businessman who have
succeeded in persuading members of
Congress to amend the renegotia
tion law, they can hardly be proud
of that part of their achievement
which means that profits are to be
fixed after taxes so as to compare
with normal percentages. Many
contracts, involving billions of dol
lars, have resulted in profits after
taxes that are three and four times
the normal return on prewar capital
invested. This is considered by
some businessmen as a fair return,
but by the boys in the armed serv
ices, who are not getting normal
wages, it would be considered just
as bad as the demands of the la
bor groups for normal returns.
The idea that all groups must
sacrifice has unfortunately not been
accepted in Washington. It is on
that score that President Roosevelt
has now to tell the country the un
pleasant truth, and it will be up to
Congress to offer legislation to
carry out the President's wishes.
Neither labor nor management
should be treated to special privi
leges in wartime and a message on
that theme, if fully supported by
presidential action subsequently,
would tell our enemies that a new
unity, a powerful unity, has replaced
disunity and that democracy is or
ganized at last for victory.
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Q. Are the ears any indication
that a dog is a good watchdog?—
M. C. W.
A. Generally speaking the best
watchdogs are the ones with up
Q. Was the Emperor Constantine
baptized?—E. G. E.
A. Constantine is said not to have
received baptism until shortly before
Q. What is the origin of the world
“spank'’?—O. C. C.
A. The origin is obscure. One
theory is to the effect that it re
flects the sound made by the action.
Q. How large an estate did the
late Edsel Ford leave?—N. O. S.
A. Mr. Ford's estate was valued
Q. What countries spent the most
money during the First World War?
A. Great Britain spent the mo6t.
Next came Germany, followed by
France, the United States, Russia,
Italy and Austria-Hungary.
Q. Why are the Balkan States so
A. They have been so named since
early in the 19th century. It is the
name given to three southern pro
longations of the European conti
nent. The name is Turkish for
mountain and though in modern
usage applies only to a part of a
mountain belt lying south of the
lower Danube, it was formerly re
garded as a general name for a
chain supposed to run from east
to west across the peninsula.
Q. Did Michelangelo sign his
sculpture?—L. C. B.
A. The only piece signed by the
sculptor is his Pieta, which stands
in the Church of St. Peter at Rome.
Q. Is the original copy of Pepys’
diary still in existence?—F. R. B.
A. Six of the original volumes are
owned by Magdalene College, Cam
j bridge, England.
Q. How long was Britain ruled by
Rome?—N. C. L.
A. Britain was occupied by the
Romans for 400 years.
Q. Can a man beat a horse in a
bona fide race?—L. M. G.
A. Several men have beaten horses
in 100-yard dashes from standing
starts. No man has ever beaten a
horse in a longer race.
Q. What is the origin of the but
tonhole in the lapel of men’s coat
collars?—S. C. B.
A. The buttonhole is undoubtedly
due to the fact that originally men’s
coats had collars which were turned
up around the neck in bad weather
and buttoned. Gradually, as outer
clothing became heavier, the need
to button up the collar was no longer
felt, but the buttonhole remained.
All Seats Reported Sold
For Lecture by Grew
Seats for the lecture by Joseph C.
Grew, former Ambassador to Japan,
for District school teachers at 8:15
p.m. tomorrow at the South Interior
Building, are sold out, it was an
nounced yesterday. Admittance is
by ticket enly.
The lecture is sponsored by the
Wilson and Miner Teacher’s Colleges,
the United States Office of Educa
tion, the Educational Association of
the District and the Columbian Edu
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Dr. Kellogg to Offer
First of Six Talks
On Victory Gardening
Dr. C. E. Kellogg of the Agricul
ture Department will speak on “Soil
and Fertiliser” in the first of six
lectures sponsored by the Victory
Garden Committee of Civilian War
Services at 8 p.m. next Tuesday at
the Church of the Pilgrims, Twenty
second and P streets N.W.
The lecture series has been pre
pared for Victory garden leaders in
the subcommittees for the 88 sreas
of the District. Mimeographed copies
of the lectures will be distributed to
the leaders, who will In turn present
the material to the Victory garden
ers in their areas.
The lectures will be held each
Tuesday at 8 pm. through February
15 and will be given at the Church
of the Pilgrims.
The series schedule Includes:
January 18: (Two lectures) "Plan
ning According to Needs,” by W. H.
Youngman, The Star’s Victory gar
den editor, and “Varieties Recom
mended for This Area,” by Dr. V. C.
Boswell of the Agriculture Depart
January 25: "General Care In the
Garden,” by J. Morton Franklin, su
pertntndent et Victory gardens for
February 1: “Diseases and In
sects," by Dr. C. J. Oraham of the
University of Maryland.
February 8: ‘.‘Harvesting and Stor
ing,” by Dr. E. P. Walls of the Uni
versity of Maryland.
February 15: An open forum with
a discussion panel composed of the
speakers at the previous lectures
and special invited guests who will
discuss individual problems in gar
dening and formulate a plan to guide
gardeners throughout the District.
PEP Postwar Term
Political and economic planning
for postwar employment is popularly
known as PEP in Britain.
Two-Day Strike Ends
At Michigan War Plant
By tbs Associated Brass.
MUSKEGON, Mich., Jan. 5.—A
two-day strike that closed the three
plants of the Campbell-Wyant
Cannon foundry Co. here ended last
night with return of the 11 pm.
Leonard Woodcock, international
representative of the United Auto
mobile Workers (CIO), said a dis
pute that led to the strike, involving
wage rates on production operations
In a plant department, would be
negotiated on resumption of work.
Tne company Is engaged in the
production of war material.
RALEIGH IS OPEN
12:30 to 9 P.M.
Blood plasma is urgently needed! Our quota in
1944 is over 3,000 pints weekly! Call Red Cross
Blood Donor Service, Dl. 3300 for an appointment.
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