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The AssocioteO I rets it entitled exclusively to the use - lor republicatien oF all the local newt printed in this newspape:. os well as all A. P. news dispatches. A—12 * TUESDAYrNovember 9. 19«« No Time fro Lose Only a week has passed since the elec tion. The President has had no opportunity to talk with anybody about details of his Inauguration. But there is a lot of work . to be done in arranging these details. Outside the official ceremonies at the Capitol, a strictly formal affair under official auspices, the major burden of ar rangements falls on Washington citizens. If the President can be persuaded in the next few days to appointment of a chair man and a citizens’ inaugural committee, the work can get under way. Money must be raised to underwrite the expense of erecting stands along Pennsyl vania avenue and in front of the White House. Governors of the States, in accord ance with custom, should be invited and provision made for their entertainment and housing while here. The inaugural parade and other traditional forms of cele bration must be planned. For the first time in its history, Washington has, in the National Guard Armory, a suitable in door assembly place, large enough to accom modate a great inaugural ball. But with leas than three months remaining before the date, the appropriate citizens’ com mittees in charge of such events will have their work cut out for them. No President would ever deliberately choose an “ornate” as compared with a “simple” inaguration. Such adjectives are misleading in any event. The inauguration of a President should combine, with the formal dignity of the event, an oppor tunity for popular celebration, and Wash ington must be prepared to play host to the thousands of citizens who will wish to come to their Capital. The Commis sioners already have "the nucleus of a working organization of citizens which has helped them in the past with comparable problems. As soon as the President appoints a chairman the Commissioners can start the ball rolling with detailed planning within a few days. The preceding inauguration in January of 15)45 was a somber affair, reflecting the atmosphere of war. The President did not leave the White House. Only a few were invited to the mansion to witness his oath of office and to hear the brief words spoken by a man who was already tired and HI. The solemnity of that ceremony foreshadowed the tragedy that was to follow in less than three months. President Truman’s inaguration should mark a return -to the festivities linked by tradition with the occasion, with men and women marching, bands playing flags waving and a happy people on holiday. Russia and Greece In voting 48 to 0 to condemn Albania, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria for aiding the Communist-led guerrillas in Greece, the Political Committee of the United Nations General Assembly has, in effect, voted to condemn the Soviet Union. for the central fact in the Greek situa tion is that for many months past the three satellites have been acting as agents of the Kremlin in helping the guerrillas. They hive been doing so for a single long range purpose—namely, to overthrow the Athens government, replace it with a Moscow-controlled puppet regime, and thus enable the Soviet Union to dominate all of the Balkans and achieve new strategic power in the Eastern Mediterranean. Were it not for that fact, Greece today would have an opportunity to attain polit ical and economic stability. It would not be obliged to spend the greater part of our aid and concentrate most of its* energy on a recovery-blocking military effort to put down the Communist rebels. But Soviet policy is what it is, and as long as it re mains unchanged, the Greeks will lack internal order; they will lack it until the Kremlin gives the nod to the three satel lites to stop supporting the guerrillas in their hit-and-run operations back and forth across the frontier. Short of such Soviet action, Albania, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria are not likely to pay much attention to the U. N. 'Political Committee. The committee—which is rep resentative of the whole Assembly and which has based its vote on the findings of the Russian-boycotted Balkans commis sion—has accused the three satellites of measures threatening the peace and has called upon them to desist forthwith. But they have ignored similar moral judgments and appeals in the past, and they can be counted upon to do so again unless the Kremlin advises them, at long last, to drop the effort to undermine the independence and territorial integrity of Greece. In other words, although specifically ad dressed only to Albania, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria, the U. N.’s latest action on the Balkans is addressed, no matter how in directly, to Russia most of all. The satel lites are not free agents; they are merely tools of the dominance-seeking Moscow dictatorship, and.even Yugoslavia, despite Its rift with the Cominform, has yet to show any evidence of refusing to do that dictatorship’s bidding as regards .the Greek conspiracy and other features of Soviet foreign policy. Accordingly, regardless of any moral pressure exerted by the U. N., Greece’s lot can hardly improve without Russia’s say so. Periodically there are rumors—there »re some right now—that the men of the aU Kremlin are sincerely anxious to reach an understanding with -the West. If so, they can prove it easily enough by leaving the Greeks alone and by proceeding from there to an honest settlement of all the other key issues dividing the world. De Gaulle Portent Hie De Gaullist victory in the election for the Council of the Republic is a por tentous development in the French polit ical situation. Despite certain qualifying considerations, it would seem clearly to indicate a marked trend toward De Gaulle and his movement, known as the Rally of the French People. Under the existing constitution, the Council or upper chamber of Parliament has far less power than the Assembly or lower chamber, its subordinate status being roughly comparable to that of the British House of Lords as against the Commons. Furthermore, the Council is filled by inT direct elections from municipal bodies instead of by direct popular vote. Nevertheless, the Council does have cer tain veto powers on legislation originating in the Assembly. And, in addition, the psychological effect of a politically changed Council upon public opinion can be con siderable, especially under present cir cumstances. That is the background against which should be evaluated the outcome of an election which resulted in a smashing victory for the De Gaullist elements. The significance of the outcome is accentuated by the fact that this is the first time that the De Gaullist party has been able to run openly, since it was not formed in the previous parliamentary elections two years ago. The pervasive strength of the move ment was shown not only by the important showing of party candidates but also by notable gains of avowed De Gaullist sym pathizers in other party groups. In con sequence, what may be termed the De Gaullist bloc in the new Council will run slightly over 40 per cent of the total. That is far and away the biggest political combination in the upper chamber. On the other hand, the former large Com munist representation in the Council has been cut to negligible proportions, while the left-wing clericals known as Popular Re publicans suffered almost as sharp a decline. It is thus almost a foregone con clusion that' the De Gaullist bloc will dominate the new Council of the Republic. The repercussions of this resounding triumph upon the political situation la general and the Assembly situation in par ticular may be profound. It will reinforce De Gaulle’s demand for the dissolution of the present Assembly and his call for new elections to determine the popular will. Should the Assembly persist In re taining office, the task of any moderate cabinet will become even more difficult than it now is, while the Council could block Assembly measures not passed by a clear majority. The net result of all this logically spells a further weakening alike of governmental authority and legislative prestige at a moment when France’s political and eco nomic situation is gravely compromised. Such weakness should logically embolden both the initiative of the De Gaullists and the resistance of the Communists. Out of such a crisis, almost anything could | happen. The President's House Considering that its cornerstone was laid 156 years ago, and that the interven ing decades have not been noted lor extravagant repairs, it comes as no sur prise to learn that the White House is all but falling down. The ceiling of the East Room, where Mrs. John Adams hung the family wash in 1800, is sagging about six inches. Since the ceiling weighs seventy pounds to the square foot, this condition is something more than a minor hazard. It has also been revealed that the grand staircase is considered to be in imminent danger of collapse. In 1880 it was propped up with brick supports. But the bricks were sec ond-hand, doubtless in deference to an economy-minded Congress, and they are now disintegrating. The danger that the White House, like the one-hoss shay, will simply give up the ghost and fall to pieces one of these days, is reason enough for repairs. But there is the additional fact that the structure, especially the third floor nursery, is a fire trap of the worst sort. It is estimated that necessary repairs and fireproofing will cost about $1,000,000 and require the cancellation of the usual winter social events. But not even this combined price is too high. The American people expect a great deal of their Presi dent. They do not expect, however, that he and his family, not to mention their guests, should be required, as Mussqlini used to put it, to live dangerously. The cornerstone of the original White House, a building not unlike a penal instl : tution in general appearance, was laid on October 13, 1792. Evidently it was an event that did not attract much attention, for to this day no one knows which corner contains the cornerstone. After being burned by the British in 1814 the resi dence, then known as the President's House, was restored along lines generally similar to those of today. From time to time since then there have been renova tions and improvements. Yet the White House, despite its lovely surface trappings, remains a dilapidated and dangerous structure. It is high time that the neces sary repairs were made. Children Should Like This It should not be hard to enlist the co operation of the school children in the Federally sponsored dental demonstration just approved by the District Board of Education. Once the pupils learn that the sodium fluoride treatment is expected to immunize them against dental decay—and hence against: the dreaded dentist’s drill— there should be plenty of volunteers. Washington is but one of a number of communities in which the United States Public Health Service will conduct mass demonstrations of the new caries-prevent ing treatment. The program is being undertaken with a million-dollar appro priation granted by the last Congress. The Public Health Service convinced Congress that the sodium fluoride method of pre venting and arresting decay of teeth has evolved from the experimental stage Into a proved technique. The chemical process has the indorsement of the American Dental Association and of public health S r authorities in most of the States. Ex haustive tests by PHS experts has satisfied the Federal Security Agency of the effec tiveness of the treatment. It is sponsoring the widespread demonstrations in order to popularize the use of the decay preventive. The revolutionary dental aid resulted from the discovery some years ago that persons living in certain areas where fluorine exists in the drinking water were less afflicted with tooth cavities than those in nonfluorine sections. A series of tests over five years with thousands of patients confirmed that fluorine did, in fact, help to prevent dental decay to a remarkable degree. One test with a thousand children showed a reduction of about 50 per cent in the number of cavities. Although most of the experiments to date have been with children, the Army is interested in testing the chemical on adult teeth. The best part of it all is that sodium fluoride is a cheap substance and the application of it, in a 2 per cent solution, is a quick and simple process. A lot of grownups will watch the school demonstration with wistful attention. They will be grateful to their dentists for any cavity cure that does not Involve a buzzing burr 6r the admonition: “Now this may hurt a little.” The Thomas Indictment The indictment of J. Parnell Thomas, chairman of the House Committee on Un American Activities, charges that he is a public official who has been faithless to his trust. The parallel between this and the accusation made some months ago by a Thomas subcommittee against Dr. Ed ward U. Condon, director of the Bureau of Standards, will not go unnoticed. But there is also this difference: Dr. Condon, despite hjs repeated requests, has never enjoyed an opportunity to appear before the committee and answer the charge that he was one of the weakest links in our chain of atomic security. Having made the reckless accusation, the committee found one excuse after another to deny him the hearing that he should have had. This will not be true of Mr. Thomas. He is accused of conspiracy to defraud the Government, and of filing false claims for payment of money to people supposed to have been employed by his committee, but who never actually performed any services for it. Mr. Thomas will not be denied a hearing. On the con trary he will be brought vto trial, and he will have every opportunity to offer such defense or explanation as he may have. Meanwhile, public judgment should re main suspended. In our courts, a man is presumed to be innocent until he is found guilty. And this is true notwithstanding any contrary impression which may have been created by the tactics of some congres sional committees, including that headed by Mr. Thomas. A nice guy is the election winner who goes on for a while thereafter, like a candi date, recognizing you on the street out of sheer momentum. In Britain, top prize in the BBC’s most popular quiz is $8, whereas for that money here you couldn’t buy the wrong answer. This and That By Charles t. Tracetoell "K STREET. “Dear Sir: “What can I do to protect a kitten I have recently installed in the house? “In the news columns I see articles from time to time declaring that home is more dangerous for adults than the highways. “I thought home might be worse for a small cat. If there are any general precautions I can take to protect this mite I would appre ciate knowing about them. “Sincerely, M. J. P.” * * * * Cats are queer animals. They give their owners pleasure by the most absurd actions, such as sticking the tongue out. A eat, when it sticks its tongue out, leaves it out. That is where the comedy comes in, and the four-legged one is all unconscious of what it is doing. Therd remains that red tip of a tongue, stuck out for all to aee, while the solemn eyes of green or yellow see nothing absurd at all in the situation. Cats have their own ways of showing pleas ure, in addition to their most famous one of purring. Most of them cease to purr when eating, but now and then there will be a specimen that continues to purr regardless of food intake, proving beyond peradventure tha1 the purr is not done with the throat, but with the nose. * * * * Care of the small kitten begins with remov ing from intake all such articles as coins, pins, needles, pieces of string and wool, broom straws and steel wool. There is a fairly inclusive list. Cats of all ages, but especially kittens, are Just like children in tnis respect. Everything goes down the hatch. It is questionable, however, whether even the smallest baby would eat a piece of string 2 or 3 feet long. Cats will do Just that. Once the string dangled for them gets to going down 1( keeps on going down, and unless the owner has been warned against this he or she will not realize anything out of the ordinary is taking place. Steel wool, the common kitchen article, Is infinitely worse. It seems to appeal to most cats. Perhaps they think it a strange sort of grass. At any rate, they eat it, and once down its sharp ends begin to play havoc with the crea ture’s insides. Unlike fur, which rolls up into balls and “comes up,’’ the steel wool is not so easily handled by the animal. * * * a * Broom straws, from the common household Instrument, are perhaps the worst of ail. These are easily nipped off, and once down, usually stay down. If these do come up, they make the owner think the cat has worms, since they are coated with mucus and resemble the unwanted para sites. Only an animal physician can tell the difference. The common ironing board offers great danger to a kitten. Leaned up against the wall, the heavy board may be toppled over as the *kltten gets be hind it. The board easily kills the small animal. Care should be taken, therefore, to keep all brooms standing on the handle end, with straws high in the air; to keep all ironing boards in closets and to be sure all steel wool is covered. One place steel wool is used is in the outlet of gas stoves. A kitten can easily get up there and nibble steel wool. An inverted bowl is, best kept over it. Care must always be taken not to step on a small kitten, but there is something else, too; do not sit down in a chair, especially in the dark, without first feeling to see if the animal is there! These are some of the precautions that must be taken to protect a kitten in the house. A Election Comment Roundup Readers Get In Last Word Anent Polls, Political Experts, Predictions, Post-Mortems and the Like •Experts’ at It Again. To the »ditor ol The 8t«r: Within barely three or four days after their utter humiliation, they're at it again! The “experts” via air and/or ink are now telling those who have no minds of their own, but mere mush to be molded to the expert heart’s desire, how impossible it will be for president Truman to carry through any essential part of the legislative and administrative program which he advocated in his misguided campaign for a presidential term in his own right. Al ready they are pointing out how terribly the President misled the people. How those boys and gals do bounce back! C. W. An Answer to Mr. Kent. TO the Editor of Ttie Star: Mr. Frank R. Kent just doesn’t seem to know what hit him. It’s all right to be a pessimist; this is a free country, as witness the election results. But to write off all the errors without hits that have been made in “predicting’’ the impossibility of President Truman’s election, and then to say that “the immediate future is none too good’’ Is just a lot of baloney. Mr. Kent seems to be unable to take it on the chin. As one who was not fooled by the acute pollster! tis before the election and who has notarized witnesses that he bet 5 to I for Harry with an electoral vote of 270 to 300, I sort of feel in a position to give Mr. Kent the following answers to his questions: 1. Where are we at? At bat. 2. Where are we going? For a wonderful showing. 3. And how? And how! 4. Will Truman “swell”? He will be swell. Why shouldn’t Mr. Kent, for the benefit of the victorious majority of the American people, take an extended vacation? It will do him and particularly us a lot of good. HARRY ROOTER. _ 4 If Three States Had Shifted. To the Editor of The Star: In scanning the election votes by States, I noted that a shift of approximately 50,000 votes from Truman to Dewey in the States of California, Illinois and Ohio would have re sulted in the election of Dewey. Truman’s margins were 32,000 in California, 50,000 in Illinois and 20,000 in Ohio, a total of roughly 102,000 votes. These three States carried a total electoral vote of 78, which when added to Dewey’s total and deducted from Truman’s, would result in an electoral score of Dewey, 367; Truman, 226. R. E. STURTEVANT. r -- G. O. P. Was Overconfident. To the Editor of The 8t»r: Your editorial, “Bad Day for the Pollsters,’’ is way off base. The failure of the pollsters to forecast the election is the same failure as the newspapers’ failure to do any better. This you admit. But no where do you ask the question “Why?’' And nowhere do you give an adequate answer about the cause for the failure. T7ie answer to the question of why the poll sters and the political writers were all wrong lies in the answer to the question of what happened to 4,000,000 voters who were expected to vote, and did not. Could these people have possibly been Republicans, in a large measure? Is it possible that they did not vote because they, like you, like the pollsters, were so sure of a Dewey victory? I agree with some of your attack on the pollsters, but your basis and your reasoning are all wrong. The polls were bad (just as the newspapers were bad) because they convinced a tremendous number of people that there was no real need for voting. That’s a bad thing to do in a democracy. MARVIN SCHNEIDERMAN. 8ay« Republicans Never Learn. To the Editor of Th« 8t»r: The Republican Party is like the proverbial old nag that never learns anything. They have nothing to offer to the average city worker or farmer, but they do have a lot to offer to a few privileged big interests at the expense of the average voter, so, there you are! Prom McKinley's tithe to Taft, Harding, Coolidge and Hoover they had the chance to put in some real constructive work for the benefit of the average man as a whole. Did they? Of course not. Then came P. D. R. and a ray of hope for the average worker, with guaranteed bank accounts, social security for old age and unemployment benefits, wage apd hour minimum, cheap electric power, etc. Then along came Landon. I can do better, he said, but didn't say what. Came Willkie and he said, “me, too.’’ Then came Dewey, the superior administrator. We do not know what he had in his mind. ROY PETRUCCELLI. Speaking ef Margins.* To th* Editor of T*>« Star: May I answer your Gould Lincoln’s article of last Saturday? The Truman margin of victory in five States that Mr. Lincoln picked out was less than 200,000. Those States had a total of 99 electoral votes which Mr. Dewey could have gained with a mere 100.000 of the 200,000 difference in votes. He then would have had the grand total of 288 electoral votes which would have given him 22 more than he needed (mighty slim margin, I think). I also picked out five States—Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana, Mainland and Mr. Dewey’s own New York. Mr. Dewey won these five States by not less than 200,000 but less than 125,000. These five States would have given our President an additional 95 electoral votes, giving him a grand total of 399 electoral votes. Mr, Dewey would have then had a grand total of 94 votes and it would have only taken about 62,000 votes to do this, not 100,000. SAMUEL MOVITZ. A Voter’s Gratitude. To tho Mltor ot The Star: Thank you, Mr. President: For your never-to-be-forgotten example of courage that will strengthen and sustain me, my. family, many of my neighbors and honest, decent people all over the world. For making It possible for me to say with quiet pride to a watching world, "I am an American.” For fighting for laws that would benefit all of us, not Just a chosen few. For being an honest man—Mr. President, I thank you. A FELLOW AMERICAN. Apples and Politics. To tho Mltor of Tho Star: In regard to the election and its results, it is very discouraging, indeed, to have the same group in power for 30 consecutive years or possibly longer. Perhaps it may be likened to an apple. If the apple remains upon the shelf too long it then becomes spoiled and thus it would be injurious to health. This is likewise true of politics. ROBERT EMMET BURKE. „ About the “Mandate.” To the Editor of The Star: President Truman and the Congress should weigh very carefully the idea that they have received a “mandate” from the people to support farm prices at high levels and repeal the Taft-Hartley Act. Farmers favor high support levels for farm prices; labor unions, businessmen, and non union workers are strongly opposed to the support of farm prices at high levels. Labor leaders favor repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act; 1 businessmen, farmers, nonunion workers, and most union members who understand the law are strongly opposed to its repeal. Since Mr. Truman and the successful can didates for seats in Congress were obviously elected by large numbers of votes from each of these groups, it is difficult to see how any "mandate” can be inferred. ROBIERRE. Notice to Our Capital City. To thePditor of Tht Star: v Those of us who went to the polls—rather than to the pollsters—last Tuesday and voted President Truman back into office had the civil rights issue in mind. We placed that issue on an equal footing with reinstituted price and rent controls, the extension of social se curity benefits, an all-out housing program, Fed eral aid to education, extended rural electri fication and natural resources conservation pro grams, full United States support of the United Nations, and a sound foreign policy. Yes, we voted for civil rights as a high priority, gilt edge, gold star "must” for our Nation’s Capital. So much has been said and written all over the civilized world about the sorry state of race relations in Washington, because of the lack of civil rights, until anything said here would be needless, empty phrasing. But we voters have had our say at the polls. And Washington’s city fathers—many of whom certainly father undemocratic practices and "customs”—had best re-examine their positions in terms of what a majority of voting citizens want and expect of their Capital City. New York City. DUTTON FERGUSON. For Militant Opposition. To the Editor of The Star: It seems to me a lesson can be learned by party leadership from the recent election. If democracy is to work as intended, it is im possible to overestimate the importance of healthy, vigorous opposition. In the recent campaign, such vigorous opposition to New Deal policies just did not exist. Instead, the Republican presidential candidate ran on a platform designed to please only New Deal voters who already had a candidate with whom they were well satisfied. This left millions of American voters who have always opposed the New Deal with no candidate whom they could whole-heartedly support. There is now a lot of discouraged talk about the “inevitable” trend to Socialism. This seems to me just about as fallacious as Mr. Roper's poll. The economic facts of life are just as true today as they have always been and always will be. But there certainly will be a shift to Socialism if those people who know better ab jectly surrender their critical faculties and stop fighting for what they believe is right. It is also imperative that those Americans who op pose New Dealism have militant leaders who are willing to fight the Socialistic trend with the weapons of economic truths and the utmost courage of their convictions. MABEL O. BLISS. The Choice of the “Peepul.” To the Editor of Th« Star: Thank God ‘ for the "common peepul.” Despite your Peglers, your Pearsons, your Winchells, your Fulton Lewis, your 95 per cent commentators, and your 98 per cent pro-Repub lican press, the good old American “peepul” •have rallied to the President and elected him to a full four-year term. This is written by a Virginia Democrat who has no use for the so-called “big wigs” of the Democratic Party in Virginia who did not turn a hand to help their party nominee, but who will expect the real Democrats to rally to their support when another campaign rolls around. A REAL VIRGINIA DEMOCRAT. "Waterloo of the Wiseacres.” To the Editor of The Star: Among several beneficial by-products of the recent Presidential election, one of the most salutary was the wholesale discrediting of the legion of syndicated columnists. President Truman’s unpredicted victory was, indeed, the Waterloo of the wiseacres. The Star has been editorially honest and prompt in acknowledging its share in the gen eral error of judgment. In the opinion of many informed readers—a widely expressed opinion even before the elec tion—President Truman’s victory, with quoted odds of 15 to 1 against him, might serve a genuinely patriotic service, among several others, in making a clean sweep of these merchants of the first-person pronoun and squanderers of redundant words, consigning them to “the limbo of the lost ones and the cohorts of the damned.” GEORGE MARVIN. Trouble Ahead? To th* editor of The Star: * Some people tell lies, but the Stock Market doesn't. The drastic declines of last week look like a prediction of troubled days ahead. It would suggest the payment of a debt con tracted. B. R. More Salt for Our Wounds. * To the Editor of Tht Star: I regret to call to your attention an error, or oversight, on the part of one of your reporters who covered a very recent luncheon meeting of the Junior Board of Commerce. The error, or oversight, of which I refer is ju|t this: There were two speakers on this .program, Mr. Melvin D. Hildreth who repre sented the Chapter of the Democratic Party of the District, and the writer who was sponsored by the Speakers’ Bureau of the National Demo cratic Party, There was no mention of the remarks of either speaker in The Star. True, all the newspapers and distinguished news commentators throughout the country were surprised, because they did not support Harry Truman. You wefe too busy telling the people that Dewey was a sure winner and that the Democratic administration was all through. I personally handed a copy of the inclosed speech to one of your reporters who had asked for it, but no mention was made of it in The Star. I was dead serious in what I said at this meeting and there were many other' similar speeches delivered throughout the country con cerning this all-important topic. The voice of the people as expressed last Tuesday will sub stantiate this, and with this, I am sure you will agree. The Star is a time-honored newspaper and it Is held in high esteem by those who read it. I firmly believe if you return to printing the news and leave the freedom of political de cisions up to the people, you will have re gained dignity, self-respect and the love of your readers. People do like to decide for themselves when such vital issues are involved. This is why Harry Truman received the man date of the American people. I know that you, too, are anxious to help him promote unity which leads us to good government and peace. JAMES E. FITZSIMMONS. (Note: Mr. Fitzsipimons' remarks were reported, but the story was crowded out. What he said on October 38 was this: ••• • • For these reasons alone I sincerely believe that on November 2 the voting people at the polls will prove beyond a doubt that the Gallup PoH, Literary. Digest and news’ ‘analysts’ and other news commentators are sadly incorrect in predicting what the Amer ican people will do at the polls. Harry Truman, beyond question, will be re-elected President of the United States for the next four years.”) • The Political Mill Taft Labor Act Repeal Is Toughest Kind of Job Potential Majority of Senate Could Block Return to Wagner Law Statua By Gould Lincoln Outright repeal of the Taft-Hartley Labor Act, put high on the White House agenda for the new Congress, is going to be the toughest kind of a job—unless a considerable number of the members of the incoming Congress who, in the old Congress, voted for the measure change their minds. They may, if they are afraid of future reprisals by organized labor. However, they weathered the recent storm at the polls and may figure they can weather another. Or they may Just platn believe the act should not be repealed. In the Senate will be 50 Senators who voted to override President Truman’s veto of the Taft-Hartley bill. In addition two new Sena tors, Mrs. Smith of Maine and Senator-elect Mundt of South Dakota, Republicans, both voted for the bill as members of the House. Two other new Republican Senators, Schoeppel of Kansas and Burdick of North Dakota, will have an opportunity to say how they feel to ward outright repeal of the law—which would mean a return to the status existing under the old Wagner Labor Relations Act. Here, at least, is a potential majority of th« Senate against repeal. A majority of tha Senate is 49. In the event of a tie, the new Democratic Vice President, Barkley, of Ken tucky, could vote repeal. Lineup in House. In the House alter January 3 will be 227 members who either voted to override the Pres ident’s veto of the labor bill or were paired for that purpose. A majority of the House mem bership is 218. In the House a very consider able number of new members will be found— and s6me of them may vote as did their prede cessors. The House vote, taken June 20, 1947, on a motion to override Mr. Truman’s veto was 331 to 83. By no means all the new members in the House will be Democrats—for in the Republican primaries a considerable number of new candidates supplanted incumbent mem bers of the House. This lessens the number of members of the Eightieth Congress elected to the new Congress. These new Republicans may vote as did the members whose seats they are taking. The same may be true of some of the Democrats in the Eighty-flrst Congress. The administration may, when the time arrives, reach the conclusion it would be un wise to seek outright repeal of the Taft Hartley law. Indeed, already there is talk of sitting down with the leaders of organized labor and of management and working a measure fair to both, which may be put through as a substitute for the present law. It is doubtful that Mr. Truman would care to face again threats of a Nation-wide tieup of the railroads or a shutdown of the coal mines by John L. Lewis without some law, beyond th* Wagner Act, to deal with a desperate situation. Features Under Attack. So the probabilities are that strong efforts will be made to modify the Taft-Hartley law, rather than repeal it. Two features of the law which will be attacked are those which prohibit the closed-shop contract and which make it necessary for a majority of the employes to giva their assent in an election to have a union shop, a shop in which a man may obtain a job before he Joins a union, but in which he must join the union within 30 days after his employment. Modification of the labor law may be ex pected. But there are many provisions of the Taft-Hartley law which should remain on the statute books. If there is an effort to wipe them all off, the administration may come a cropper. The Taft-Hartley Act, far from making slaves of the workers, has worked well. There has been greater industrial peace, and higher wages, since its enactment. The measure, how ever, has been the object of bitter attack by leaders of organized labor. Now having given the President their support in a big way to bring about his election, and having been in strumental in the victory of a number of new Democratic members of the House and Senate, they are demanding the pay-off. Questions and Answers A reader c*n get the answer to any question of fact by writing The Washington Star Information Bureau. .il« I street N.E., Washington 2, 0. C. Please inclose 3 cents for return postage. By THE HASKIN SERVICE. Q. Is it possible for a tooth to die naturally during one’s lifetime?—E. C. A. The American Dental Association says that the nerve fibers in the pulp of teeth frequently decompose or degenerate because of infection, trauma or age. 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