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An intelligent, well-informed woman intensely interested in public affairs, she has worked on Capitol Hill (as secretary to Representative Helen Gahagan Douglas) and has been very active here and in Portland, Oreg., in groups like the League of Women Voters. She has spent much of her time during the past two years in a small study room in the Library of Congress, doing research on the justice’s last three books, “An Almanac of Liberty,” "North From Ma laya” and “Beyond the High Himalayas.” Library information “I don’t know how anybody writes a book who is not near the Library of Congress,” she says. “They have so much marvelous information.” Week ends she and Justice Douglas take to the outdoors. Almost every Sunday, rain, shine, snow or sleet, the jurist takes his familiar trek along the C & O Canal towpath. Most Sundays Mrs. Douglas goes with him. “I can do up to 15 miles Diplomatically Speaking 'lndividual's Role Vital': Caffrey By Selwa Roosevelt "The role of the individual diplomat in the conduct of foreign relations is even more important now than in the jjj mm past,” says former Am bass a d o r- Jeffer son Caffrey, who is retiring this week after 44 years in the foreign service. “Up to 25 years ago,” he added, "diploma c y was paro- chial; now 8,lw » *•«««»• it is universal: We have moved from the age of the stage coach to the era of the jet plane." The'statement is sometimes made, however, that this new era is so complex, diplomacy no longer depends on the in dividual. For example, an em bassy today is staffed with experts on such things as * By Isabelle Shelton now without too much discom fort,” she says proudly. “It’s all in getting the prop ter thing on your feet. I have regular hiking boots from Abercrombie & Fitch low ones, just a little over the ankle. They look better with skirts than the big high boots. I wear shirts once in a while. My regular hiking costume is blue jeans, a sweater and a light-weight windproof jacket. We each carry a sandwich, and eat along the way.” She doesn’t hike 15 miles every Sunday, she hastened to add. “My regular average is about 5. We start out to gether, usually walking north from Seneca. When I’ve had enough I start back to the car by myself. Then lie can go along as far as he likes. Walking is his regular rec reation, and if he gets all he wants of it on Sunday then he feels fine and fit for the next week.” “I’ve gotten to really like hiking. You can feel the bulges roll off. Actually, I enjoy doing everything he does, though I’m not as good at any of them. We’ve done a little mountain climbing too —though he goes much higher than I do. “I’m used to an outdoor life. I grew up on a farm and I have spent several summers on a ranch north of Spokane. I adore horseback riding. He does. too. I think he likes it as well as hiking. But it’s hard economics, trade, political, mil itary, and cultural affairs. But Ambassador Caffrey does not agree. “In fact, this increased com plexity makeis the personal ele ment even more important,” he said. “Today each man in an embassy is busy with his ow r n responsibility. But the degree of skill shown by an ambassador in tying these problems together frequently determines the effectiveness of his mission.” Ambassador - Caffrey knows whereof he speaks. His per sonal diplomacy was a big fac tor in the settlement of the Suez Canal dispute when he was Ambassador to Egypt. Other observations on the art of diplomacy and how it has changed during the past half-century? The Ambassador thinks to day’s diplomacy is less formal. “That’s good,” he believes. "Too much formality can be a waste of time.” However, he thinks the discipline implicit in formality is Important and necessary. His advice to would-be dip % —Star Stall Photo by Arnold Taylor. are those the two worked on together.- There also is a small sculptured head of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The polar bear rug is a memento of one of the justice's hunting expeditions. to do much western-style rid ing here. You have to drive so far to get out in the open. We. s did a lot of horseback riding i in Arizona during our honey r moon.” > The couple also shares an i interest in*bopular music and . comedy plays. Justice Douglas will make i his usual journey to the Far , East during the long summer court recess, and Mrs. Douglas hopes to go with him this year. He will give a series of lectures at the University of Calcutta, India, and hopes to get to several other countries as well. Establishing Apartment The Douglases just returned a few weeks ago from their honeymoon, and are now get ting established in a larger apartment in the Wiltshire- Parkway, where he lived be fore their marriage. Mrs. Douglas is busy paint ing, hanging pictures and try ing to fit together their two sets of furniture. The big painting project is in the bed room shared by her two chil dren by her previous mar riage, Michael and Joanie Davidson, 13 and 11. She has devised an ingeni ous room divider of bamboo blinds, which hang from the ceiling to a row of chests— some facing one half of the room, some the other. She is painting the blinds the color of the wall, and will paint the chests also. The living room will be done lomats: "First acquire a good general knowledge of all as pects of foreign relations and then specialize.” A Trip to Bangkok Johnny Hanes and Rod O’Connor, the two special as sistants to Secretary, of State Dulles, had everything worked out fine. While Johnny, who is mar ried and has two children, stayed in Washington and at tended to problems in the Sec retary’s office. Rod, a well known bachelor around town, accompanied our peripatetic Secretary of State on all his trips abroad. That is, until just before Christmas, when Rod aban doned the bachelor’s ranks. This change of status, plus the fact that Rod’s bride is just convalescing from a recent op eration, were among the rea sons why Rod stayed home this time and Johnny finds himself in Bangkok at the SEATO par ley with Dulles. Incidentally, the latest con versational gambit at the State (See ROOSEVELT. Pg. D-X7.) P i D in tones—chiefly gold—picked up from a lovely Oriental rug, a memento of one of the Justice's many Far Eastern journeys. Another Persian rug—the gift of the Shah of Iran, will set the blue, red and white color scheme in the big bed room-study. A water color the justice bought last summer in Persia, showing the big black tents of the Arab nomads, hangs over the head of the bed, and Indian water colors are wait ing to be hung in the living room. Already hung in the dining alcove is a still life—a vase with gift to Justice Douglas from the late Mrs. Hugo Black. Memento of Trips The apartment is studded with other reminders of the justice’s summer journeys. There is a polar bear rug on the bedroom floor, memento of an Alaskan hunting trip. ("We have a rug from a lion he shot, too, but it’s in stor age,” she says. “He gave it to my daughter, and we had it on the piano for a while, but it didn’t look right. There isn’t a place for it here. I think you really need a trophy room.”) There are a water jug from Turkey, a big red enameled wooden salad bowl from Kash mir, a brass and silver ham mered plate with the inscrip tion in Arabic “Equal Justice Under Law” (the same as is chiseled in marble over the entrance to the Supreme Court Building). ‘ There is a minia ture head of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, presented the jus tice by Roosevelt College. Chi cago, in 1949, “for distin guished service to the prin ciples of American democ racy.” There is a large framed photograph of Prime Minister Nehru of India, "whom my husband admires very much.” When she completes the apartment Mrs. Douglas says, she would like to get a job. “I’m not used to sitting home all day. I’ve been working most of the time since I grad uated from college. I’m glad to be here for a while, until we get settled. Then I want to go to work. Would Like a Job "I hope my husband writes another book. Then that will keep me busy. Otherwise I think I’d like to do research for some other author. It may be hard to find, though. There aren’t many jobs that allow you to take a three-month va cation each summer.” “Then again,” she mused, “you can’t say whgt my life is gging to be like, except that it is going to be a very excit ing life of keeping up with a very energetic man, doing as much traveling with him as I can, helping him with his books.” TCptf | Exclusively Yours (Romantic Prospects Here Improved; 'Brides of N Street' Chief Topic • By Betty Beale Bom, bred and fed day in and day out on politics, there is nothing Washington likes so well as romance. And ./« I iilraSSfi there’s nothing like having two big ro mances go ing on at the same time. We haven't had so much hearts and flowers talk in the Capi tal’s higher circles as we're having now for a Betty Beale, good two whole years since Senators McCarthy and Ken nedy and Baron Silvercruys took brides. The two romances that have given Washington society a shot in the arm are, of course, the one that's being rumored between Ambassador-designate to India John Sherman Cooper and Mrs. Rowan Shevlin, and the one that’s been confirmed between Undersecretary of the Treasury W. Randolph Burgess and Mrs. Arthur Woods. Marriages of 20-year-olds here is not news. But mar riages of people in the prime of life puts a whole new face on “Life in W a s h i ng ton.” Maybe the pros pects in this much ma ligned town are be 11 e r than any one realized. You can tell this thought is sinking in by a general brightenin g on the faces bS H'ltn we«ds. „f all Wash ington widows. Some one re cently said that widows kept moving here because the life was so interesting—“ln Wash ington big talk is little talk.’’ That may be true, but there.’s nothing so interesting as soft talk. The “Brides of N Street” are curious about each other. Each lives in One of George town’s choice houses and they are only JIMP* i \f i one block apart. But Loraine Shevlin hadn’t the sligh t e st s u s p i c ion that Helen Woods was about to take the le r ap, and Hejen is waiting to hear Loral ne’S Shevlin. plans. She, like the rest of us, will have to continue to wait. Neither the exquisitely groomed Loraine nor the handsome ex-Senator Cooper is confirming anything. But r mmmm L Fashion Notebook | By Eleni Ensembles, ensembles, ensembles. They're all over the jj fashion map for spring. Whether you choose a cotton print ' dress with a wool coat lined in the same fabric, a skirt to team with a three-quarter or full-length style, or return to the classic three-piece costume, you’ll look right for spring. * * * * Leave it to the French! The latest from Paris is that they are going to vote as to whether the Paris subway is to be "Scent-sensational” in either rose or lilac fragrance. Not only are the boulevards to be lovers’ lanes but even the subways will do all they can to make Paris romantic. * * * * A Paris report also says that makeup worn by the models In the couture houses stresses a light pink foundation, no rouge on the cheekbones but plenty of mascaraed eyes in the Oriental "Sultana” manner. * * * * To emphasize your long torso fashions, Jedn Desses suggests wearing costume jewelry on your left hipline. . . . The Dior-belman shoe design tie-up has Dior concocting an 5 amusing country shoe that’s a double for a Ei«m. • french peasant’s version. Os course, it's somewhat smaller, lighter (made of leather rather than wood) and is a Marie Antoinette interpretation of what the court ladies may have worn on their bucolic holidays spent at the Petit Trianon. * * * * How’s this for gilding the lily? Revlllon shows a new mink coat with diamond cuff links. . . . Hubert de Givenchy has short sleeves on his three-quarter length mink coat design. If it is f bought it’ll prove that a woman doesn’t mind freezing even in mink if she looks chic. ** * * The house of Jacques Fath is asking whether you want to carry your lipstick and powder puff on the beach and out to sea with you. If you do, they suggest wearing a black jersey | bathing cap that obens up on top of the head and holds the beauty items. A handy idea, we think, if you’re also planning a shipwreck. This might be a tip, too, for manu facturers wanting to help out ladies who want to carry their cigarettes out to the raft and not get them wet. ** * * Miss America 1955, Lee Ann Meriwether, will be the guest commentator for the spectacular Cherry Blossom Festival Fashion Show on Wednesday, March 30. This will be the third year that the Cherry Blossom Show has been staged by the California Fashion Creators who are flying in the latest West coast designs. Honorary Chairman for the event is Mrs. Richard M. Nixon wife of the Vice President. At the head table will be Mrs. Earl Warren. Mrs. Charles E. Wilson, Mrs. Herbert Brownell, jr., and Mrs. Arthur E. Summerfleld. C During the fashion show luncheon at the Btatler Hotel the v 53 Cherry Blossom Festival Princesses will be presented to the audience. C there’s no doubt that they will be married, and that soon the American Embassy in New' Delhi will be run with more immaculate chic than it ever dreamed of. Their close friends believe the wedding will take place just before John must leave for India, which might not be for a whole month. As for Randy Burgess and Helen, they will not be mar ried here after all. They won’t say where, but it seems likely that the wedding scheduled for the sth will take place in New York ‘or possibly in Helen’s home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Only members of their families will be present. Afterwards they will live in “The Coach House," her fascinating and historic home on the comer of Thirtieth and N streets. ** * * THE SECRET SERVICE is peeved with Representative Frank (“Everything is Made for Love”) Boykin. The Ala baman big-game, small-game and all-game hunter recently sent a turkey he shot on his own game preserve to Presi dent Eisenhower. Though the S. S. saw nothing foul about the fowl, when Ike bit into the savory succulence, the presi dential molars came down on some buckshot. The gumshoe elite are therefore taking a dim view of Mr. Boykin, who protests he has to kill his game before he can catch it. The Secret Service has to worry about everything having to do with the Chief Execu tive, even the possibility of a damaged denture. Since every time Ike opens his mouth at a party he is in danger of saying something that might have a worldwide repercussion, his conversation has to be awfully limited. That’s probably the reason he sticks to cooking, though he can’t give that recipe for grilled steak anymore ’cause it’s been printed from one end of the land to the other. What did he talk about at the sec ond of the Republican Wom en’s breakfasts for Ike? “Sau sage,” answered Women’s Bu reau Director Alice Leopold who sat next to him. ** * * PARTY OF THE MONTH: This month’s plume will have to go to the Arthur Hills. When you take the whole Sul grave Club, put less than 200 people in it and give them a Meyer Davis 11-piece orches tra to dance to, you’ve got something. . . And honorable mention should go to the Woman’s National Democratic Club’s party for Margaret Truman. I never expected to see the day when I’d rave about a party where the ratio of women to men was some thing like 100 to 1. But any party that unexpectedly pro duces a man who causes 600 women to act like bobby soxers—well, that party had something, too. 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