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Lawmakers Deserved
Senator Smith's Slap
At Their Shenanigans
Talk Demonstrated
Women's Superiority
In Common Sense
By Dorothy Thompson
The Senator from Maine, Mar
garet Chase Smith, is emerging as
a figure of national importance.
The “declaration of conscience”
which she made in the Senate
June 1 on behalf of seven Re
publican Senators was overdue
and came with particular appro
priateness from the only woman
member of that body. For, if
women have something particular
to contribute to political life, be
yond the gifts of men, it is, I
think, the combination of con
science and common sense.
Men praise women for their
superior intuition. I think they
are wrong. The imaginative and
intuitive sex is the male. Senator
McCarthy, for instance, is just
full of intuition and imagination!
Women are the sex with their feet
on the ground. I hate to admit it,
but there never has been a woman
writer, composer, philosopher,
sculptor or painter, in the five
arts calling for the highest intu
itive imagination, to compare with
the loftiest male creators in these
What superiority women have,
to a superior degree, is the sense
of balance and proportion. They
are less likely than men to indulge
in flights of fancy. Many years
ago the British author, George
Meredith, wrote a delightful “Es
say on Comedy’’ in which he de
fined comedy as that spirit which,
contemplating folly—manifest in
everything pompous, dispropor
tionate, and overblown—throws
an oblique light on it, followed by
volleys of silvery laughter.
Noted German Weakness.
Meredith thought that it was
the peculiar function of civilized
women to bring down to earth the
overblown fantasies of men; and
observed that the chief fault of
Germany was that it was a male
dominated society in which women
seldom laughed at men, or re
buked them, pricking the balloons
of their inflated self-esteem, and
thus civilizing them.
It is this quality of bombarding
nonsense plus an innate sense of
responsibility to the race, rather
than to special interests or parties,
which has made women—if gifted
with logical brains—such aston
ishingly good rulers in the few
cases where they have had oppor
tunity to exercise the art for
which they are best fitted: gov
When, by dynastic laws, they
have become queens, they have
been extraordinarily good at it.
Britain’s greatest eras were the
Elizabethan and Victorian. Byron
called Catherine of Russia “the
greatest of all sovereigns’ —as well
as something else.
Eleanor of Acquitaine has not
disappeared from memory. Maria
Theresa was the most popular
monarch in Austrian history. And
a peasant girl called Joan of Arc
whose chief qualities, despite her
visions, were courage, horse sense
and judgment of people, pulled
Prance out of her doldrums when
a lot of pusillanimous males had
Every Woman Knows.
When to praise and when to slap
are things every normal woman
And Senator Smith did some
stern but kindly slapping, which
the recipients richly deserved. The
goings-on in Congress have been
too much of a muchness, and it
was time some members of both
sides were told to go stand in a
corner. The Democratic adminis
tration has, indeed, been seriously
lacking in candor regarding its
own past errors, which cannot be
covered by whitewash. Neither
can they be countered with mis
cellaneous smears.
When the lady Senator said,
"The American people are sick
and tired of seeing innocent peo
ple smeared and guilty people
whitewashed,” she told the truth.
And when she said, "There are
sufficient reasons to make it clear
that it is time for a change. . . .
But I don’t want to see the Re
publican Party ride to victory on
the four horsemen of calumny—
fear, ignorance, bigotry, and
smear,” she spoke for countless
would-be Republicans who, re
peatedly and disappointedly, find
themselves unable to take what
the Republican Party offers.
The Republican Party, is to be
congratulated on having a Sena
tor who can call a spade a spade.
I am sure she spoke for the con
science and common sense of hun
dreds of thousands of politically
Independent Americans.
(Released by the Bell Syndicate. Ine.l
Publishers Ask Probe
Of Rates on West Rails
ly the Associated Press
The American Newspaper Pub
lishers’ Association has asked the
Government to investigate what it
calls “unjust and unreasonable”
newspaper transportation rates on
Western railroads.
: The organization filed a petition
on behalf of 235 papers published
west of the Mississippi River, ask
ing the Interstate Commerce Com
mission to order a. cut in the fates.
ICC hearings will open in New
York next month on a previous
ANPA petition for a study of rail
way express rates on newspapers
in all parts of the country.
The latest petition applies to
papers handled in Western rail
road passenger service only.
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This Changing World
Handful of Subversives Broke Down
French Resistance in World War II
By Constantine Brown
Only a few thousand subver
sives and saboteurs in key po
sitions succeeded in breaking down
the resistance of French forces in
World War II.
This was re
called strongly
to members of
the Senate Ap
who heard in
April a cold
and factual
statement by
FBI Director J.
Edgar Hoover.
To the aver
age American
the fact that
there are some c»niunti»« Br*wn.
545,000 Communists and fellow
i travelers in this country—that is
J to say about one-third of 1 per
cent of the total population—
would seem inconsequential. It is
for this reason that so many well
meaning persons cry “witch htmt”
when an accusing finger is pointed
at those who are associated with
the various front organizations
which are devised by Moscow’s
agents and which carry some
high-sounding labels.
Men high in the French govern
ment—such as Pierre Cot, former
secretary of aviation who showed
his true Communist colors only
after the war when he became a
Red member of Parliament—did
their utmost to interfere with an
effective armament plan. At the
height of the crisis, between 1938
and 1939, the French aviation in
dustry was actually producing
only three planes a month.
Persons serving Moscow were
placed in responsible posts in the
once highly efficient Surete Gen
erate (French counterpart of the
FBI) where they were able to
watch and counteract the security
•measures taken by that organi
After the war began in earnest
between France and Germany the
Communist fifth column placed its
members at sensitive points, par
ticularly in the communications
system (railways and telephones)
and within the fighting French
units, where their job was to
cause panic at a given signal.
Harm Already Done.
Premier Daladier belatedly or
dered the arrest of the leader of
the Communist Party, Maurice
Thorez. The harm had been done,
however. During the years of the
French Popular Front—inaugu
rated in 1936 by Premier Leon
Blum—only a few thousands of
these dangerous fifth columnists
were placed at their posts. They
were all “good French citizens,”
some of them with backgrounds
of nobility dating back to the days
of the French empire.
Any interference with these
| persons was denounced by the
gullible Liberals and Socialists as
tyranny or a takeoff on Hitler’s
totalitarianism. France collapsed
as much under the blows of the
Nazi military machine as under
the treachery of the fifth column,
which was carefully prepared by
France's erstwhile friend and
These thoughts, based on proved
historical facts, will weigh,*it is
hoped, in the minds of American
officials who in recent years have
been alerted to the dangers of the
fifth column in this country. They
may duly impress the members of
the Tydings subcommittee, which
for the last four months has been
engaged in a vital investigation
not only of Senator McCarthy's
charges but also of the "glossed
over’’ Amerasia case. So far this
committee has been churning
water to make butter.
The fact that some of the cases
are concerned with matters of the
past makes no difference. It is
the pattern of the fifth column in
this country which must be un
raveled if the present heavy sacri
fices being demanded of the
American taxpayer to support the
fight against Russia’s aggressions
here and abroad are to produce
results. By and large we are a
nation of optimists who are loath
to suspect men in public office of
misdeeds, except an occasional
lapse of financial ethics.
Assurances Believed.
When *our top men assure the
country that there are no subver
sives in the Government they nat
urally—and necessarily—are be
lieved. Occasionally we get a
shock, as was the case with Wil
liam W. Remington, who was in
dicted Thursday by a grand jury
for perjury in connection with his
statement that he is not now and
never has been a Communist.
The shock was caused princi
pally by the fact that the Loyalty
Review Board went thoroughly
into his case after he’ was re
moved from his position in the
Commerce Department as a poor
security risk and cleared him.
Mr. Hoover feels duty-bound,
by the nature of his position, to
make understatements, but he has
been emphatic before the Senate
Appropriations subcommittee in
his warning about the seriousness
of the small but highly dangerous
fifth column in this country.
The fact that there are only
half a million such persons in
America means nothing. They
can paralyze this country’s most
vital efforts at a critical time. The
job of unearthing and neutraliz
ing them is not technically diffi
cult. The difficulty comes in mis
guided political thinking among
officials in the executive and legis
lative branches of the Govern
On the Other Hand
Interesting Sidelight on Thinking
Of Folks Supporting Propagandists
By Lowell Mellett
From what sort of folks does an
organization such as the Commit
tee for Constitutional Government
get the money that keeps it going?
For several
years this prop
aganda organi
zation has re
ported annual
receipts of hun
dreds of thou
sands of dollars.
Part of this
comes from the
sale of books
and part of it
from contribu
tions. What
kind of people
buy the books
and make the **"■ *•*"*“•
Representative Andy Biemiller
of Wisconsin has been delving into
the literature distributed by the
Committee for CG and thinks he
has a line on the answer. The
supporters of the elaborate edu
cational operation, he finds, in
clude citizens who do not believe
in the income tax or collective
bargaining or labor’s right to
strike. And some who think the
voters shouldn’t be told how their
congressmen vote.
From a pamphlet written by
Prof. H. L. Lutz of Princeton, tax
qjcpert for the National Associa
tion of Manufacturers, and dis
tributed by the well-heeled CG
committee, Biemiller quotes this
“When a future Edward Gib
bon writes a history of the de
cline and fall of the American
Republic, the date he will use to
mark the beginning of the decline
will be March 1, 1913. On that
date the people sanctioned Fed
eral taxation of incomp.”
Pamphlet Quoted.
From a pamphlet written by
John W. Scoville, this is quoted:
“We must not be defeatists. We
must not say that collective bar
gaining is here to stay and there
is nothing we can do about it. . ”
From “Paul Revere Letter No.
75,” written by Dr. Willford I.
King, the committee’s principal
publicist, the following tidbit is
“Is it not time for thoughtful
Americans to stop talking about
,the right to strike and recognize
the truth that . . . strikes are un
justified in a civilized society?”
The Paul Revere Letters gallop
out of committee headquarters
every other week. An earlier one,
No. 35, contains this paragraph:
“The probabilities are that we
could greatly improve the quality
of our legislation were we to sacri
fice the privilege of knowing how
our Representative votes.”
Edward A. Rumely, executive
secretary of the CG committee,
does not think the House Special
Committee on Lobbying is en
titled to know the names of'his
contributors or book buyers, not
even those who buy in large quan
tities for their own distribution. He
is now seeking a Federal injunc
tion to prevent the House commit
tee from enforcing its demand for
this information. For its part, the
House committee is trying to make
up its mind whether or not to cite
Rumely for contempt of Congress.
Not First* Conflict.
It is not Rumely’s first conflict
with Congress. He was cited by
the House' Investigation Commit
tee in 1944 for withholding infor
mation. The first trial resulted in
a mistrial, the second in acquittal.
Irf the present instance there
seems to be a division of opinion
within the House committee as
to Rumely’s behavior, Represen
tative Clarence Bvown, Ohio Re
publican, being inclined to defend
it to some extent.
In the course of one shouting ex
change with Representative Hen
derson Lar.ham, Georgia Demo
crat, Brown declared the House
committee might be jeopardizing
freedom of the press. Representa
tive Clare Hoffman, Michigan Re
jublican. offered in the House a
resolution to investigate the com
mittee’s investigator-;.
During the first World War
Rumely was charged with buying
and operating the New York Mail
for German owners. Convicted un
der the Trading with the Enemy
Act, he was pardoned after »
short period in prison.
73d Year—Preach. Saanich, Italian. Ger
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,h —erasable enly at the
S3S 17th It. (st Eye) STerltny Nit
Italy's Press Ignores
Benton's Criticisms
Of Use of Dollar Aid
ROME. June 10 (CDN).—Watch
dog Congressmen, viewing Ameri
can aid to Europe, can bark as
loudly as they wish about the
misuse of dollar help by European
j governments. Nobody will get of
fended because nobody will hear
So it seems at least, from the
experience here this week of Sen
ator Benton, Connecticut ex
advertising tycoon, former assist
ant secretary of state for public
affairs and publisher of the En
cyclopedia Britannica.
Senator Benten made a searing
public attack Wednesday on the
Italian government’s “failure to
bring up the land reform law”
and “failure to modernize the
tax system.” He deplored the in
dividualist attitude of Italian big
business and declared that if
communism is a threat in Italy
it is because capitalism is not
working here.
Senator Benton's attack, de
livered before the American
Chamber of Commerce with many
Italians present, was flashed fully
to the United States, doubtless
bringing cheer to reformists of
the aid program.
When the Marshall plan au
thorities distributed Senator Ben
ton's speech to 18 Italian agencies
and newspapers, however, his
flery words were quenched in
The rightist newspapers ignored
his jabs, evidently because they
showed dissatisfaction with the
De Oasperi government’s lagging
reforms. The Communists appar
ently buried Senator Benton’s
remarks because they showed that
Americans were hitting the in
ertias which the Communists often
hammer, thus undermining their
Mute Numbers Writer Here
Wins Consideration of Court
Maybe Willie Wolfe, 60, could
neither read nor write nor speak,
and was further handicapped by a
partially paralyzed right arm.
District Court Judge Alexander
Holtzoff nonetheless was con
vinced these disabilities failed to
stop Willie from following his
numbers—“writing” bent.
The judge had information that
the elderly colored man not only
had been probationed for num
bers activities in 1947, prior to
pleading guilty to a numbers
charge before the court yesterday,
but that Willie had been locked
up only last Thursday on a similar
Judge Holtzoff, however, felt
kindly disposed. He had also been
told lhat Willie was saddled with
the support of eight children.
“And.” reflected the judge, “I
don't like to send a mute to jail.”
He forthwith struck from the rec
ord Willie’s guilty plea to the fel
ony of lottery operation and al
lowed him to plead guilty to the
misdemeanor of numbers posses
sion. Otherwise, under the law,
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the defendant could not be
granted probation a second time.
“But if I give you probation
this time will you go out and op
erate the numbers again?'’ de
manded the judge.
Willie's emphatic affirmative
nod. was quickly interpreted by
his counsel. Clifford Allder.
“What he's trying to say. your
honor, is ‘never again,' ” Mr. All
der interposed.
Once again on probation. Willie,
who lives in the first block of L
street N.W., now has only to worry
about a commissioner s hearing
on June 21 on the charge placed
against him Thursday.
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McVane Named Adviser
To U. S. Mission of U. N.
By AiMcoHd ►ft**
John McVane. radio commenta
tor, was named yesterday as ad
viser on press and radio relations
to the United States mission to
the United Nations.
He is president of the Associa
tion of Radio News Analysts. War
correspondent and broadcaster, ha
has covered U. N meetings since
the war for the National Broad
casting Co. Lately he has served
as a moderator for U N corre
spondents' interview programs on
the American Broadcasting Co.
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Cape Loch Haven offers health
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Crabs and oysters are abundant.
Excellent boat harbors.
Cape Loch Haven invites you to
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how this cape fits your every
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