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Lady Astor Believes Woman
May Be Elected President Sv the Assoeleted Press. CLIVEDEN, Taplow, England, Dec. 4 (Delayed).—Viscountess As tor, peppery, strong-willed champion of the underdog, believes the time may not be far off when a woman will be elected President of the United States. And “it is not at all improbable," added the 65-year-old Virginia-born British MP, “that a woman might sit in No. 10 Downing street direct ing the affairs of the British Em pire, or even grace Moscow’s Krem lin. “Perhaps it won’t happen in my lifetime, but it will come, for women have the greatest opportunity in the world. Their future in politics is bright, and there is no post they can’t have if they go out and fight for it." Lady Aster, in her own words, is "heart-broken” because she prom ised her husband not to stand for re-election to the House of Com mons. Bemoans Decision. Sitting before a log fire in the spacious library of the family man sion here, where the “Cliveden set” (which she says was not at all what people said it was) gathered before the war, she bemoaned in her half Virginia accent her decision to end . a 25-year political career. “I feel just like a quitter,” she said. “I would much rather get beaten at the polls. I’m fixing to leave the scene just at a time when women are really coming into their own.” Lady Astor, whose rapierlike tongue made her a feared antago nist in parliamentary fencing, de rided women “who take office only to look pretty and do nothing about building a better world.” “If I had been a sexy type when I went to Commons," she snorted, “why, I wouldn’t have lasted three weeks. Women, if they want to suc ceed in politics, have got to keep their virtues lily-white. “For 25 years I’ve fought for an equal moral standard, not an equal Immoral standard.” She said women are like pioneers. Pierlot Anticipates Desperate Shortages For Belgians Soon By ROBERT EUNSON, Associated Press War Correspondent. BRUSSELS, Dec. 9.—Economic conditions in Belgium are going to get much worse before they possibly can get better, Premier Hubert Pierlot told me today in his private office here. Speaking with occasional aid of an interpreter who was the only other person present, Premier Pierlot said Belgium’s shrinking food and coal supplies could not be supplemented until Antwerp harbor was opened to civil as well as mili tary use. “Importation of foodstuffs is our biggest problem,” said the former iawyer who headed Belgium’s gov ernment-in-exile during the four years of the German occupation. “We realize the military needs of the Allied armies must come first, but in the meantime opposition forces are trying to take advantage of the situation and seize control of the government." situation t ailed serious. Premier Pierlot was referring to the independence movement headed by Fernand Demany, former Brussels newspaper reporter who was one of the leaders of resistance inside Belgium during the occupa tion. “For Belgium the situation is very serious,” the Premier said. “We have a population of 750 inhabitants to the square mile and can produce only enough food during normal times to feed our people for six months of the year. Now it has been almost four months since our coun try was liberated and the harvest they saved from the Germans is al most gone. “In less than a month oil for mak ing margarine will be gone. In two months there probably will be com plete exhaustion of meat and wheat.” Premier pierlot dismissed with a wave of his hand a question regard ing the influence of Great Britain on his country. British Amity Cited. “England and Belgium have al ways been very great friends,” the Premier said, “and common suffer ings of war have brought us even closer. Her only influence on us has been one for friendship.” As I left him alone in the big high ceilinged room, he walked to the door and hesitated before say ing goodbye. “Please tell the people of America for me,” Premier Pierlot said, “that we have profound admiration for American boys and American troops. It is incredible that such enormous armies have been organized so quickly and commanded so skillfully. We owe a great debt to Gen. Eisen hower, his Army and the people of America and their great President.” Father McGinn to Speak In C. D. of A. Program The second of the Share the Faith lectures, sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of America; will feature an address by the Rev. John T. McGinn, Paulist missionary, at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Wil lard Hotel Congressional Room. Father McGinn is a professor of missiology at St. Paul's College here. His message, "Why Men Do Not Believe,” will concern the religious lethargy which he says has en veloped the world. The "Gleanings from the Scrip ture” by the Rev. Edward Peters of St. Paul's College and the religious Information Please feature will be »continued at the December meeting. yourself to tender, young ■ fried chicken—dinner served I till 8:30 p.m. I Sunday Faatura 1 Fritd Younf Chick*n I “A few of us started blazing a trail In politics—a trail in what has been called a man’s world—and In their wake others will follow to hold what we have fought for.” "But,” she said, “I am not one of the pioneers. I was just a bullet of a cannon, shot out on the public. They had to take me.” Perhaps Lady Astor doesn’t be lieve she is a pioneer, but her record certainly contradicts her. These are her distinctions: > 1. First woman to sit in the House of Commons. 2. First mother to sit there with her son. 3. Leader of a parliamentary fam ily of seven, largest in British his tory. 4. Britain’s foremost prohibition ist and advocate of birth control. 5. Founder of the British nursery school movement. 6. Epitome of the British feminist movement. 7. Wittiest woman speaker of her day. 8. Leader among London’s top notch hostesses. 9. Holder of honorary LL. D. de gree from William and Mary Col lege; Williamsburg, Va. (1928), and Birmingham University, England (1930). Feminist Movement Dead. This woman, who has been called "the mother of the mother of Par liaments,” is of the opinion that the feminist movement in Britain, the United States and elsewhere has died. “Women,” she explained, "don’t need a feminist movement any longer, because men are now taking their part in politics. The male politician now considers women's rights, knowing they cast a large vote. Admitting that as a Southerner she is a sentimentalist, Lady Astor said she always has been for the underdog, ‘‘but I don’t want to put him on top—I Just want to help him.” "It’s foolish to say there is eco nomic equality or that there ever will be,” she asserted. “I want to pull the underdog up, but In doing so I don’t want to pull down those who have succeeded.” I Britain probably never has seen! another woman like Lady Astor, and, for all the story and bitter Commons debates in which she has more or less held her own, she has retained sincere respect from her male colleagues. Never Relaxes. Today, at 65, she is a woman of electric energy. Her tongue is never dull. She never relaxes, varying a pithy phrase on any subject under the sun with quick, motherly cor rection or a snappy word of advice to her children. But she is’afraid that when she finally leaves Par liament she will die from Inactivity. "1 like to fight,” she explained. “I don’t like to sit still. 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