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THE EVENING STAR Washington, D. C. TCTSPAT. rEBKt'AKT I. MSS Lutheran Leader Sees Churches as Defenders of Liberty By Caspar Nannes Star Staff Correspondent ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., Feb. I—The churches may prove to be the main bastion for freedom in our country, a leading Lu theran minister declared today. Dr. Oscar A. Benson of Minne apolis, president of the National Lutheran Council, asserted that “in a time when freedom of speech and even freedom of thought are jeopardized by those who have the power to intimi date and to apply social and economic pressures, it may be that the church remains as the staunchest defender of our American liberties.” Dr. Benson, also president of the Augustana Lutheran Church, made the statement in his re port at the opening session of the council’s 37th annual meet ing. 8 Churches Represented. Delegates representing eight Lutheran church bodies, totaling 4.5 million members, are attend ing the meeting at Colton Manor Hotel. Denominations in the council, organized in 1918, are the United Lutheran Church in America, 2,142.000 members; Evangelical Lutheran Church, 920,000; American Lutheran Church, 825,000; Augustana Lu theran Church, 500,000; Luther an Free ChuVch. 66,000; United Evangelical Lutheran Church, 54.000; Finnish Evangelical Lu theran Church, 31,000, and American Evangelical Lutheran Church, 21,000. Dr. Benson asserted that ‘‘the perpetuation of our freedoms will ultimately depend not so much on patriotic oratory in and out of Congress as on the atti tudes we develop in the hearts of our youth, whether those young people are in uniform or In classrooms.” Elections Today. Dr. Benson probably will be re-elected to his third consecu tive one-year term as council president today. Dr. Henry F. Schuh of Columbus. Ohio, presi dent of\he American Lutheran Church, probably will be chosen for his third consecutive term as vice president. Both Dr. F. Eppling Reinartz of New York, secretary of the United Lutheran Church, and Fred C Eggerstedt of Richmond Hill, Long Island, N. Y„ are ex pected to be returned as secre tary and treasurer, respectively. The 1954 Lutheran World Ac tion fund appeal for emergency needs overseas and in the United States went over its $2.6 million goal by $235,218. Dr. Paul C. Empie, executive director of the co-operative agency, an nounced. Fund Goal Set. The 1955 Lutheran world ac tion goal has been set at $2.- 962.000, Dr. Empie announced. The fund committee also has recommended goals of 53,172,- 000 for 1956 and $250,000 for 1957 to the council for its ap proval. Funds raised last year will be used for inter-church aid In Europe, refugee resettlement In the United States and aid to them throughout the world, ministry to the armed forces, and other urgent needs. Among the items of interest to be taken up this week by the council will be its policy on resettlement of refugees in the United States; consideration of a proposal to start a radio and television department, and a study of its service to mili tary personnel and hospitalized veterans. Stanton Ends 36 Years In Rehabilitation Work Homer L. Stanton, regional representative of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in the Health. Education and Welfare D e p a rtment, * retired yester- v Mr. Stanton § |9B spent 36 years H tion of the disabled. He .M began his yJ Gov ernment SB service in 1919. This was nipted a time he or ganized a ci vilian rehabil- Mr.su.t™. itation program for North Caro lina. He is a past president of the National Rehabilitation Associa tion. He and his wife live at 5353 Twenty-ninth street N.W. Child Prodigy Given Julliard Scholarship By th« Associated Pre** KEARNY, N. J.—Karan Helen ZdanofT, 12, who was consid ered a child prodigy at 4, has been awarded a scholarship to study piano at the Julliard 1 School of Music. Mark Nevin i ot Maplewood, the teacher who tested her eight years ago. said; ‘ From the very beginning she j had demonstrated the unique traits of a child prodigy. She j had an ear for music, and could, at once, reproduce tunes. A youngster with such a flair for playing piano comes along once in a great many years.” _ __ ADVERTISEMENT. | Acid Stomach «•» You Eflt? •peed relief from gas, heartburn, •dd indigestion. TUMS TUMS FOR THf TUMM* McKeldin Included Among 15 Guests at Eisenhower Dinner Gov. Theodore R. McKeldin of Maryland was among 15 guests of President Eisenhower at a stag dinner in the White House last night. It was one of the series of dinners that have included sev eral Republican State leaders among the guests at which Mr. Eisenhower has urged support of his efforts to make the Re publican Party known as the party of progressive moderates. Besides Gov. McKeldin, the guests last night included two other Republican National com mitteemen—Robert H. Richards, jr., Wilmington. Del., lawyer, and John Minor Wisdom, New Orleans, La., lawyer. Republican National Commit tee Chairman Leonard W. Hall • • How the 1955 Mercury makes sense out of high horsepower NEW 1955 MERCURY PUTS HIGH HORSEPOWER TO WORK AT NORMAL DRIVING SPEEDS WITH NEW SUPER-TORQUE V-8 ENGINE, DUAL EXHAUST, 4-BARREL CARBURETOR Mercury gives you high horsepower you can use in And thore are Mercur * #xclusives||ke: all performance ranges-not just brag about. *• A 4 ' barrel . vacuum carburetor for instant response. 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Everything about Mercury’s new engine is designed to increase They all add up to a new kind of high-horsepower performance FOR FUTURE STYLING, SUPER POWER this thrust—to give you super pickup m every speed range. b Mercury—the car that’s always used V-8 engines—built OVCr Don t mi»* the big television hit, Ed Sullivan * * TOAST OF THE TOWN.” It’s a short-stroke, low-friction design, with high-turbulence 2,000,000 of them. We invite you to come in and try the new Al|# b> tuf# , o .. PIODUCCiS . showcase • m Monday combustion chambers, full-vacuum automatic spark control—all 198-horsepower Montclairs, the 188-horsepower Montereys and *:00 to *:io, stotion w«c tv, chonnoi 4 specially engineered to squeeze more power out of every drop of gas. Customs. Just stop in at our showrooms. MOORE-GREAR MOTORS, INC. BENNING AUTO SALES, INC. 4400 Connecticut Avenue, N. W., WASHINGTON, D C. SHIRLINGTON MOTOR COMPANY, INC. 1600 Benning Road, N. E., WASHINGTON, D. C. GRADY MOTORS, INC. 2790 South Arlinflton Mill Drive ' ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA ' MAYFLOWER MOTORS, INC. 7809 Wisconsin Avenue, BETHESDA, MARYLAND < KLOPFER MOTORS 1125 15th street, N. W., WASHINGTON, D. C. MONTGOMERY-STUBBS MOTORS, INC. Fairfax Circle ' FAIRFAX ' VIRGINIA 1200 East-West Highway, SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND and Samuel L. Bodlne. New Jer- | sey Republican State chairman, also were among the guests last night. Other guests were: Richard S. Boutelle, president of the Fairchild Engine and Air plane Corp., Hagerstown, Md.; Harry D. Collier, director, Ara bian Oil Co., San Francisco; John L. Collyer, chairman of the board, B. F. Goodrich Co., ; Akron: Charles D. Gelatt, presi dent, Northern Engraving and Manufacturing Co., LaCrosse, Wis.; Jake L. Hamon, Dallas oil executive. Also Maj. Gen. Leonard D. Heaton, commanding general, Walter Reed Army Medical Cen ter; Harlan S. Hobbs, sales pro motion manager, Kimble Glass Co., Toledo; Kevin McCann, special assistant to the Presi dent; Maj. Gen. Wilton B. Per sons. deputy assistant to the President, and Sidney J. Wein berg, New York investment banker. I It's Your Money Reserve Funds Earn Three Times the Operating Costs By D. B. Gallagher Our only interest in giving certain facts about the social security program is: As more people better understand how things are being handled, the more efficient will be the service The Trust Fund: The law reads—‘‘The reserve portion of the trust fund—that is, the part not required for current dis bursement—is invested in inter est-bearing United States Gov ernment securities." So long as our Govermhent Is in debt to the extent of the amount of this reserve, no hard ship will be inflicted upon the taxpayers; in fact, under the i present arrangement, about 95 per cent of the people are bene-1 flted, as all Interest earned by this reserve Is added to the re serve for future payment of social security claims. It would be poor business for billions of dollars in the reserve to lay Idle and, in turn, the Government pay taxes on a like amount borrowed from private sources. As of July 1, the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Division of the social security program has an Interest-bearing reserve of nearly *2O billion. The strength of any Insurance company Is based on its financial reserve. So long as OASI has on hand sufficient funds to meet future i claims, so long will its operations be for the betterment of the I people. Since the beginning of our social security, operating costs have been $729 million. During this same period, interest on the reserve has been $2,984,000,000 which means that the earned interest has been four times the operating cost. Had this reserve been idle during these years, the OASI ! division would not only have j lost this $3 billion in interest, | but the cost of operations | amounting to nearly three quarters of a billion dollars would have had to be taken from the reserve, and the taxpayers of our Government wouldn’t have ; saved one penny in interest. (Copyright, 1955.) i—MOTORISTS— | FOR PHOftSSIONAL MOTOR TUNINB SERVICE •V SOCIALISTS | Butll’t Carburetor b Ignition Scrvicn I I 811 10th St. N.W, ME. 8-5777 | [ More Diesel Locomotive* ' CHICAGO —Number of diesel locomotives used by railroads in the United States increased from | 3,800 in 1945 to a new high of i about 23,000 in 1953. 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