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'On the Other Hand’ Suggests Congress Take a Look at Its Powers Versus Supreme Court’s Some good could possibly result from the present ruckus in the United States Supreme Court. It coultf if Congress were moved to look into its power to regulate the court. As I read the United States Constitution, Congress has this power. Of course, the way I read the Constitution is not terribly important, but I imagine I could hire some pretty high-priced McLemore— Picks at a Harp Instead of Working By Henry McLemore NEW YORK.—Am I alive? Before any of you readers can answer with a ringing "No, a thou sand times no,” let me say that I am not at all sure that I am. In fact, this may toe a most historic article— the very first one from the spirit world. Up until a few hours ago I thought I was altye, and very much so. I would have bet that when my 40th birthday rolled lawyers to read It the same way. Observe this language, just as it appears In the Constitution, includ ing the odd use of capital letters: between 1920 and 1930 it set aside 19. In the three years after October, 1933, the court repudiated the con stitutional lawmaking authority of Congress 12 times. It is surely time for Congress to take a look at its hole card—its own constitutional power. In all cases affecting A m bassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the- supreme Court shall have original Juris diction. In all the other Cases before men tioned, the su preme Court Answers to Questions A reader can get th* gnawer te any Question of fact by writing The Evening Star Information Bureau. 31A I street NE.. Washington 2, D. C. Pleas* in close 3 cents lor return postace. By THE HASKIN SERVICE. Q. Please give some- information about the 58th Signal Battalion in World War II.—P. H. P. A. After maneuvers in California, the unit shipped to Australia in Oc tober of 1942. The battalion served with distinction in several of the Pacific campaigns, including those of New Guinea and Luzon. It is still in service in the Western Pacific. It has neither returned to this coun try nor been inactivated. However, individual members have been re turned and released from the Army. Q. Is a yearly period of military training compulsory for men who join the Enlisted Reserve Corps?— L. E. A. A. The War Department says that an Enlisted Reservist normally signs up for a definite term in the Re serves, and during that time may, if he desires, take advantage of military training and special school ing which the Army plans to offer,' but he will not be forced to undergo this training. He has the option, at the end of his Reserve “hitch,” of re-enlisting or of severing his connection with the Reserve. The same conditions apply to Reserve officers, except that their commis sions are limited to five-year terms. Q. How many American-born Japanese were in the Army of the United States in World War n?— G. D. C. A. The'information is not avail able, according to the War Depart ment. However, a statement re leased in 1944 was to the effect that the 442d Combat Infantry Team, of which the 100th Infantry Battalion was a part, was made up entirely of Americans of Japanese descent. around next De- — cember I WOUld Henry McLemorr. be able to celebrate It with 40 shove-ups. 40 skin-the-cats, and a gay little waltz around the room on my hands. But that was before I read the findings of the medical men who examined Joe Louis and Billy Conn,' who will fight for the world’s heavy weight championship in the Yan kee Stadium tomorrow night. If the passing of four or five years had done what it has to Joe and Billy, what in the world must have happened to me and the likes of me? If four years or so in the Army slowed them down as much as the medicos reported after their ! thumpings and tappings and listen ing, then I haven’t any right to be alive. I must be dead and gone right now, and be picking at a harp instead of a typewriter. shall have ap pellate Jurisdic- L«w*ll Mell«t». tion, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.” Only Words on Question. That is the way the founding fathers wrote the only paragraph in the Constitution dealing with the question of which branch of the Government could or should regu late the other. The fact that the roles have become reversed in the course of our history, with the Su preme Court, in effect, regulating the Congress, doesn't alter the orig inal and basic fact that the Con gress has a constitutional power in this respect and the Supreme Court does not. The court regulates the Congress through its veto power over legisla tion. It works like this: Congress enacts a law, presumably in response to the public need or demand. The Supreme Court says, "Sorry; it's not constitutional.” Congress meekly submits and the new law ceases to be a law. So the court has the power, all right, but it is not a constitutional power. It was obtained simply by doing what it does—and getting away with it. Our brightest legal luminaries do not deny this; they merely explain it in more elegant and obfuscating language. Exercise of this power has brought Vthe court into more than one bitter oattle with the White House, al though, curiously enough, not many with the Congress. Jefferson, Lin coln, Theodore Roosevelt and Frank lin D. Roosevelt fought the court, without notable results, save in the case of the last named. He took a licking —from Congress — when he attempted to follow Grant’s success ful example and “pack” the court with men of his own philosophy. But he did, as a result of the storm stirred up, cause the court to stop declaring New Deal legislation un constitutional. Now, through death and retire ment, there's a new personnel in the high court, one with a New Deal tinge. At the same time we have an Increasingly conservative, not to say reactionary Congress; the next elections may make it even more so. If history adheres to Its! habit of repeating itself, presently that conservative Congress will find itself upset again and again by the Supreme Court declaring important legislation “unconstitutional.” Sluggish at 32. Louis is only 32, but the doctors found that his reflexes aren’t up to their old standards, that his blood pressure wasn’t quite as at tractive as it used to be, that he is sluggish, and that he tires easily. Having seen Louis worlc-out for the fight, this report was triply dismaying to me. He was light on his feet, he worked eight rounds without drawing a deep breath at the finish, and his reflexes looked right out of a Tiffany window as he slipped away from punches, and drove his fists through split-second openings. Now what do you sup pose the doctors would say about me, and any of you who are around my age, if we had undergone the same workout Louis did, and had then been examined? Something like this, I suppose: "This man has no reflexes. Even after being tapped lightly on the head and knees with a hot poker, he showed no signs of life. His blood pressure was 700 over 350 when he entered the ring, and 200 over 1000 when carried out. His eyes are rheumy, he displays pronounced deafness in both ears, and couldn't double for a scarecrow. Pit him for a blue suit, fold his arms and take him away.” Q. What are the requirements for becoming a pilot on the Air National Guard?—C. A. K. A. The War Department says that it is not possible to join the Air Na tional Guard to be trained as a pilot. It will be necessary for you to apply to the Office of the Ad jutant General, War Department, Washington 25, D. C., for entrance into one of the Government flying schools. If accepted, and when space is available, you will be trained as a pilot for one year. If the course is successfully completed, a commission as a second lieutenant in the Reserve will be granted. Then, you may join the Air National Guard as a pilot. Q. How many American Service women married foreign men while overseas?—I. D. D, A. No exact figure is available. However, the number is probably small because comparatively few servicewomen were sent overseas in proportion to the number of men and they were stationed in only a few countries. Q. Are all the men who enter the Army fingerprinted?—L. S. A. All persons entering the armed forces are fingerprinted. Q. Can I arrange to take my mother when I go overseas to join my husband?—C. G. A. The question of whether your mother will be permitted to accom pany you when you join your hus band overseas depends on whether she is a dependent of the soldier, and is so named by him on his ap plication for dependents to join him overseas. Chest Like Beer Barrel. Conn, too, was reprirted to have showed signs of advancing age, and Billy, mind you. is only 27 going on 28. He is said to have slipped quite a bit since the time he first fought Louis. Heaven help us, men, if Conn is in bad shape! He has a waist like a Confederate belle, a chest like a barrel of beer, a full head of hair, all his teeth, eyes that sparkle like Jewels, arid a skin that glows with debutante-like radiancy. He runs eight and ten miles without puffing even, much less collapsing, and he bounces around on his feet as if they were of prewar rubber. I wouldn’t dare let the doctor who examined Conn take even so much as a peek at me. Not from as far away as 100 yards. He wouldn’t even bother to feel my pulse, or hold a mirror over my mouth, before pronouncing me filled with rigor mortis. Well, thank goodness my insur ance is paid for this month, and that I was sensible enough to make a will a few months ago, and that all of my affairs are in order. If I am not with you any more, I am grateful I departed in an orderly manner. Plink! Plank! Plunk! Nice in strument, the harp. Or am I strumming a well-tuned pitchfork? Don’t tell me. ! (Distributed by McNaujht Syndicate, Ine ) l~ . Time for Congress Search. This would seem therefore to be the ideal time for Congress to look into this devastating court power and set up some wholesome re straint on it. The members of the Supreme Court won’t be greatly surprised. At least, they shouldn’t be. Hardly a one among them that hasn’t at one time or another expressed, usually in a dissenting opinion, his own mis givings concerning the power the court exercises. None has said it better than the late Justice Holmes: “I do not think that the United States would come to an end if we lost our power to declare an act of; Congress void.” Holmes was aware that the tend ency to exercise this power had rapidly Increased in his own time During the first 70 years of the re public the court set aside only two acts of Congress. In the second 70 years it set aside 58. In the 10 years """ ! SPOT CASIs! DIAMONDS OLD GOLD AND JEWELRY UCXNBED DIAUM THE JEWEL MART SM l«tt N.W. .,>■ WUUrt a.Ui Q. How many former members of the Army remained general prison ers on January 1, 1946? Have any provisions been made for their even tual pardon?—H. L. W. A. The number of general prison ers in confinement on January 1, 1946, was 32,155. Commencing No vember, 1945, the War Department Clemency Boards have been review ing the cases of all general court martial prisoners. The review is ex pected to be completed in June or July. 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N.W., Washington, D. C. • Feirlington ~ ' • Parkfairfa* . _ ___ _ DEcatur 8878 sani-soft DIAPER SERVICE (A com pi atm and amaratm division of Elito Laundry) After Dark News and Comment of the Night Clubs. Trad* Mark Returned o. 8. Patent Office By Harry MacArthur It is not often that this depart ment is in a position to pass along some advice on curing civilization’s ills. But we were talking to Pete Macias, the Lounge Riveria’s pian ist-orchestra leader, the other night and we feel that the suggestion he brought forth after a lengthy dis cussion of the general unrest is worthy of some circulation. We give you Mr. Macias: “I think the world ought to take two weeks off and go fishing.” * * * * Hands-across-the-sea note: It is Eddie Chase, another pianist and conductor of the Sidney orchestra at the Mayflower Lounge, who comes up now with the informa tion that Lounge patrons may any moment be hearing the tune called "Matelot,” from Noel Coward’s London hit, “Sigh No More.” Many British guests of the Mayflower (paying guests, that is) have been requesting the tune, according to Mr. Chase, but there wasn’t much he could do about it until one of the requesters obligingly turned up with the sheet music. The ditty is supposed to be the “current hit of London.” It may well be, but at the risk of being unfair to Mr. Coward and the key of C, it is our duty to report that Variety’s com pilation of British sheet music sales shows "Chickery - Chick,” “Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe” and “Ashby de la Zooch” far ahead of “Matelot,” which hasn’t even made the list yet. ' It may further interest you to learn that “The Gypsy” is no longer listed among the sheet music leaders in Great Britain. Maybe they sent it over here to get rid of it. * * * * Speaking of conductors, as we seem to have been up to now, we GENTLEMEN rA* 4ft. Tax ft...;.OxC LADIES 2ft,- Tax ft....... Only 40 Minattu fram D. C. fy Strutt Car. 20 Minmlut Amtu. If It i* Paints and Painters' Accessories • Garden Supplies Household Hoods • moke one trip for all of them—to any one of our Stores—there's one near you. You'll find them completely stocked with the QUALITY Brands. Chevy Chase Paint & Hdw. Co. Silver Spring Paint fir Hdw. Co. Bethesda Paint & Hdw. Co. Takoma Paint & Hdw. Co. Becker Paint & Glass Co., Geo'town Local Point & Hdw. Co., Hyattsville W. R. WINSLOW CO. Paint Headquarters 922 N.Y. Ave. (1) NA. 8610 Real Estate Loans Residence, business, in* vestment properties in the District, nearby Virginia, Maryland. Low interest rates. Monthly payments. Long term. FHA. Existing loans refinanced. THE WASHINGTON LOAN AND TRUST COMPANY r«*fcSt..N ir. • i7tk.tGiuN.ir. can tell you today that the 9-year old boy who conducted at the Rome Royal Opera House the other night is a little old for that sort of thing, judging by local standards. Nep tune Room patrons were startled, for example, on a recent afternoon when a three-year-old tot marched to the middle of the floor, took his stance before the Diplomats and proceeded to conduct them through several numbers. Ray Johnson, guitarist and regular leader of the Diplomats, reported that the lad did a perfect job, marked by pro fessional skill. Employment note: There are two jobs open that the right girl singers can have for the asking—one with Lee Castle’s Orchestra, now at the Victory Room of the Hotel Roose velt, and the other with Johnny Robb's orchestra at the Madrillon. The right girl for Mr. Castle will be tall, blond and glamorous and the right one for Mr. Robb will be tall or not so tall, blond, brunet or redhead, and “different.” Both will be able to sing, since Mr. Robb nor Mr. Castle is a man who likes to listen to caterwauling. * * * * The Showbill: Jerri Blanchard is being held over at the Duet, as is right and proper. Miss Blanchard and those songs of hers should be kept around for some time. Two newcomers Join the show Thursday. Also held over are Carmen de Rivera and her partner, Belmonte, at the Trade Winds, which also is right «nd proper. Miss de Rivera ' i Restaurant COCKTAIL LOUNGE 2649 Conn. Av«. Near Wartma* Park ant the Skorekam Fashionable Music ANN ARLEN ' and Her Violin PEGGY HURDLE at the Piano I KEYHOLE I CAFE I 724 iSth St. N.W. I •T»AN«-*ro«" I ■■urtata—‘ «“ th* ** I LUMCHlON-n:J0».2:O0 I COCKTAIL5-4:00 t. 6:00 I DIHNIA—*• 1:10 I D»nr n w ** •” 1 *M J AN APPETIZING MENU ■ /or ■ Luncheon I 11:30 till 2:30. 65c 1 Finaat Coektaih 1 DELICIOUS DINNERS | NO COVER—NO MINIMUM I Mott Windsor's ■ roHsing entertainment b 9 p.m. till closing ■ EBB SATURDAY! PLEASANTRIES in malody that anrieh th# paitima of oating and drinking. . THE HEPTUHAIRES. 3 Man - 5 Koyboarda I Afternoons— Svenings I Held Over ' NEIL NEILSON "10 Bute Fingers" Malic from 3 P. M. Dolly 9 to 19 Sandoyo Is one of the ablest Flamenco danc ers ever around these parts and their routines are both exciting and authentic. Newcomers to the show tomorrow night will be Elaine Boyd, mistress of ceremonies and comedi enne, and Arnold Bennett, singer. Venus Ramey makes her last ap pearance tonight. The Btatler’s Embassy Room turns to a straight musical program, with no floor shows, for the summer months. There will, however, be no lack of showmanship there, for the Evalyn Tyner Trio arrived last night to alternate the musical chore with George Duffy’s Orchestra, also new last night. Miss Tyner is a master not only of showmanship, but of good, solid musical technique and her piano pyrotechnics are some thing you shouldn't miss. The above-mentioned Lee ‘‘Mr. Trumpet” Castle will be around town a week or so before deserting the Victory Room for the Lincoln Hotel in New York, where he prob ably is destined to be something of a sensation. His New York opening was delayed somewhat by redeco ration of the room where he will be playing at the Lincoln, the re decorators discovering to their cha grin that some posts they intended to remove in the interests of visa billty were essential to the support of the hotel. Slowed the redecorat ing while plans were changed. * * * * According to a report we have here, none too dependable, we as sure you, Jack Shafer tried out an original composition of his lor an For an Evening that? a m different Come and listen to Michel and His Gypsy Ensambla Havar • Tax • Opan Sunday» VCSIC BEGINS AT «:4S '%>Ui 1921 Vsnasnt Avs. N.W. M. ISM tilt CONDITIONED DINE OUT TONITE Enjoy a delicious seafood dinner at Cy Ellis . . . wide variety fresh seafood in season. ‘OfSttin. * Sea Food Restaarant Beer Wine Drink* 1011 E St. N.W. ME. 6547 Also Manlelaal Fi*h Market NO COVER 1 No f NO MINIMUM j Tax - L'-F—^-t ; Opmn Fr»m 8 AM. tm lli30 AM. wuammrs host mm COCKTAIL s. loom noun TIME 4 to 7 I MIXED DRINKS FROM J3^ I TdUMaffltam AIR COHDITIONID Praaanta ARTHUR MURRAY DAHCE INTERLUDE Ni|htly Befinnlni at 11 PJK. ■EOT BERNOTN and kit dad Mad Orckaatra Daily from ■ P. M, Saturday! from 1:30 P. M. 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