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G. 0. P. $1 Box Supper
Could Appeal to Big Slice of Electorate May Spread Idea Party, Being Poor Itself, Will Represent the Poor By David Lawrence Strange news comes out of the National Capital these days. The Republicans announce that they will hold a box supper at $1 a box at their next big political gather ing here, but the Democrats in sist on keeping the price up to $100 a plate. Isn’t this something for a new OP A or the Justice pepartment to look into? Aren’t the Repub licans cutting prices in order to monopolize a market in the elec torate which the Democrats have always believed was theirs for eternity? Certainly if the Republicans go after the low-income groups, they will be competing ruthlessly and do irreparable damage to the po litical strategy of the Democrats. For was it not in the very recent campaign of 1948 that President Truman went up and down the country telling everybody he was for the “common man” while the Republican Dewey presumably was just trying to “put the rich back into power”? There must be some code or laws of political monopoly which are thus contravened, and the transgression will not be overcome by a few satirical chuckles such as Mr. Truman bestowed on the problem when some political callers the other day drew his at-, tention to the $1 supper idea. May Have Something. After all, a political party that is held up to derision because it has to lower its prices to attract people to its political suppers may have something when it spreads the thought that, being poor it self, it represents the poor at the 6ame time. Certainly, the “com mon man” looks upon $100 a plate for a banquet, even under a “Fair Deal” regime, as just a bit ex pensive. From one end of the country to the other there must inevitably come discussion as to why the Democrats can crowd so many into their bano.uet halls with $100 a-plate contributions, while the Republicans are so poverty stricken that their national treas-1 urer, resigning recently, said the; Republican campaign funds had dwindled well nigh to the vanish Ing point. Where are the big Republican contributors of yesterday? Are they betting on the winning horse —are they contributing to the party in power which can bestow real favors? One of the troubles the big financial interests had in the old days of Democratic liberalism was that it wasn’t of much help for them to give to the Democratic Party. The Demo crats of true liberalism never yielded to the blandishments of financial patronage. They dis tributed, of course, a few political offices to the “deserving Demo crats” but they kept their hands out of the Federal Treasury as something really sacred. It was Grover Cleveland, a Democratic President, who said “public office is a public trust." It was a Demo cratic President, Woodrow Wilson, who refund campaign contribu tions from special interests. Any Dollars Welcome. Today anybody’s dollars are welcome in the Democratic Party. In a recently published biography. John L. Lewis is quoted as having said his unions paid in campaign contribution $500,000 “cash on the barrel” for passage of the Wagner Labor Relations Act. He adds that the price was fixed by FDR at exactly that sum. They had a “five per center” in quiry in Washington not long ago, but they tackled only 5 per cent of the problem. They never in quired into what benefits of gov ernmental action are bestowed on contributing unions or on the com panies whose officers and direc tors make the big contributions or what happens to those Federal officeholders who fail to put up the $100 a plate when there’s a political dinner. The Democrats today are sitting pretty—they have control of bil lions of dollars of expenditures, where the "wicked Republicans” had only millions of Federal money to spend on rivers and har bors and reclamation. Due to some streak of obstinacy, the Re publicans, even as late as the Hoover Administration, refused to interpret the “general welfare” clause of the Constitution to mean that Federal bounties could be handed out directly to the citizens. The Republicans contented them selves with such indirect bounties as high tariffs, which they argued were for the benefit of the em ployment of the common man— and labor unions agreed to that concept. The Republicans say they are not a “me too” party. So appar ently a decison to forsake the rich and become the champions of the poor could be significant and wholesome. Anyway, the other day a Senate committee report showed there were more than 8,000,000 families and individuals in America with less than $l,000-a year cash income. 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Span- Con.Lntlne Brown. ! ish government sources will put at the disposal of all those who are interested a Wealth of detailed in formation tending to show that the whole thing is nothing but a canard, instigated either by fan atics or by those who wish to serve the interests of the Com munists. Proselyting Opposed. It is true that Spanish Protes tants are handicapped, but not so much in the exercise of their reli gion as in their proselyting activi ties. In plain words, the Spanish ! government does not like Protes tants to convert Catholics. I To understand several incidents [Which have occurred in the last itwo years, it is necessary to re member that Spain is the last country in Europe where Catholi cism is the state religion. Not only is it now, but it has been so for five centuries. The acts of violence committed by the Communists against the Catholic church and its clergy dur ing the civil war were so atrocious that Spaniards today are drawn even closer toward the church than in the years preceding the civil war. No Spanish government dares to go against this deep feel ing of its people. Of the 25,000,000 persons who inhabit this country there are be tween 15,000 and 25,000 Protes tants. Government sources claim the former figure; Protestant sources contend the latter. An Anglican minister with whom I spoke recently in Madrid showed real concern over the “dis torted facts” presented to the world about the persecution of Protestants. “I, for one,” he said “have never j experienced, in the many years I have lived in this country, any thing resembling persecution. I am holding my services regularly. It is true that I live in Madrid and that my congregation is composed almost exclusively of foreigners.” ■, Outrages Over Country A Methodist pastor who travels about the country was more out spoken. There have been a num ber of outrages this year, he said, and youths have attacked chapels and smashed furniture. A number of Protestant chapels, along with the Catholic churches, were clbsed by the Communists during the civil war, according to this Methodist clergyman, and 11 of them did not reopen imme diately. This was because the Catholic hierarchy, whose influ ence with the government is strong, urged those in power to “go slow” in permitting the Prot estants to resume activities. Spanish authorities contend that there are 211 Protestant chapels, of which 138 are Angli can, Evangelical and Presbyterian. The rest represent all other Prot estant denominations. Foreign Protestants according I to several pastors with whom this reporter has spoken were in no way interfered with. Old Threadbare Issue Anti-Fair Deal Movement Launched With Byrnes In Dixiecrat Homestead By Thomas L. Stokes The new anti-Truman, anti Fair Deal movement has been launched formally in the South at the Southern Governors Con ference at Bi loxi, Mississippi. The scheme is to take up the mortgage on the dilapi dated Dixiecrat homestead, re paint the front and the pillars, set out some honeysuckle vines and mag nolia trees, an4 make it an em inently respect able mansion by Thom« t- stoll,‘ installing in residence James F. j Byrnes of South Carolina, whO| enjoys considerable prestige from: a long career as House member, Senator, Supreme Court Justice,) top civilian wartime aid to both) Presidents Roosevelt and Truman and Secretary of State under Mr. Truman. Anti-Fair Deal Forum. The plan presumably is for Mr. Byrnes, a legislative architect of: the early Roosevelt New Deal, to run for Governor of South Caro lina next year to provide a forum from which to direct the anti Fair Deal campaign. Either that, or perhaps to run Donald S. Rus sell, Mr. Byrnes’ law partner and protege, who is being groomed in the Byrnes tradition. The renovated Dixiecrat move ment is directed, first, at strength ening the Southern Democrat Republican coalition in Congress and creating a national bipart isan anti-Fair Deal alliance and, second, with particular reference to the Democratic Party, to try to check the Fair Deal forces at he 1952 Democratic National Conven tion. In what might be called his “keynote speech’’ at Biloxi, the former Truman associate—who broke openly with the President in early summer in his “road to statism” commencement address at Washington and Lee at Lexing ton. Va.—indicated the tactics and strategy of the new move ment. It will be pitched naturally around the old threadbare issue of States’ rights but on a high philosophical plane — Jimmy Byrnes, it is said, sees himself as a sort of modern John C. Calhoun. An effort will be made to play down publicly the racism theme of the Dixiecrat movement which made that abortive affair so odious to most people elsewhere and to many people, also, in the South. Mr. Byrnes avoided the racial issue very carefully in sounding the alarm at Biloxi. . . Oil Interest in Background)' vt An attempt will be made, like- [ wise, it is understood, to keep! in the background the economic * and financial interests, oil. util ities, textiles and banks, which exploited the Dixiecrat movement for their purposes, as they have perennially in other similar “re volts” in the South, as anybody who knows anything about the South knows so well. In this respect, it is perhaps unfortunate for the pretty picture that one of the principal agents of this element turned up at Biloxi. This is Leonard B. Perez, wealthy oil man, attorney general and undisputed political boss of St. Bernard and Plaquemines Par ishes in Louisiana. 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But he chose to go home and run for the Senate while Mr. Brannan fought successfully for Mr. Tru man in the farm States. Senator Anderson's friends think he did not get enough credit for the department’s record. His detractors say he was one of the wrong guessers on Mr. Truman and, hating himself, has made Senator Brannan a scapegoat. Certainly he has been consistently anti-Brannan. There was for ex ample a Krug-Brannan feud in the background of Mr. Krug’s resignation. Senator Anderson lauded Secretary Krug as a per haps too ardent supporter of re clamation as if Secretary Brannan were not also pro-reclamation. Senator Anderson frankly does not believe the Brannan plan is or should be made the test of the Democratic farm record. Demo crats steadily raised farm income through the years, he argues, and last spring cured the farmers’ two complaints against the 80th Congress, which were lack of stor age facilities and the Aiken slid ing scale of price supports. 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I won my varsity apron as a clerk for this chain at an early age. and I never pass one of its stores without feeling as I imagine a Gro ton Or an And- Hcnry McLemore over graduate does when he strolls by one of his old school buildings. I shall never forget the first customer I waited on. I was about fourteen then, and worked Friday and Saturdays. A woman came in and asked for a bottle of ketchup, which was on a shelf out of my reach. I picked up the device with which boxes of cereah and the like are lifted from top! shelves, and grabbed a bottle of ketchup with it. It held onto the ketchup just long enough to get it directly above the woman’s head and then dropped it. Mammoth Shrimp Cocktail. Either the customer’s head was too hard, or the bottle was poorly made, because the bottle broke on contact and the lady suddenly; took on the appearance of a mam- j moth shrimp cocktail. I expected to be fired but I wasn't. But I drew punishment from the man ager. From then on out it would be my job on Saturday nights to dress the windows after closing, and closing time in those days was eleven o'clock. It didn’t, take me long to be come the world’s fastest and worst wmdow dresser. At first I went to a great deal of pains, stocking up canned goods in fancy pyramids, ana decorating them with stream ers of crepe-paper ribbon. But that sort of window dressing was tiresome and took a long time. Within three Saturday nights I had devised a window which, to this day, cannot be excelled for unattractiveness and minimum of labor involved. It consisted of two or three dozen brooms and mops propped up by stacks of boxes of corn flakes. Once in a while, just to show I wasn’t in a rut, I would j scatter bars of laundry soap about. Nearly Broke My Heart. When I was a senior in high school, I still was working for the store, which meant I couldn’t get out on Saturday nights. At the time this nearly broke my heart because I was madly in love with a girl, and I used to cry among my brooms, mops, and com flakes at the thought of her being out at Saturday night dances with my deadly rival. He finally won her for his own. and I saw them a few years ago for the first .time since they had been married. One look at her and I felt like dropping to my knees and thanking Heaven that the A&P had given me a job which disrupted my courtship. She had a face like a Saturday Special, and my former rival looked as down trodden as a Henry Wallace sup porter. It would be nice if I were able to make this a real Horatio Alger tale, with me moving from junior clerk to manager, and finally changing my name to Hartford and owning the whole shebang. But the truth is I was fired. I ate so much of the store’s goods for free that there came a day when my apron would no longer fit me, and I had to go. (Distributed by McNaught Syndicate, Inc.) 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