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TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1958
Presidential Agreement
The text of the understanding be
tween Mr. Eisenhower and Mr. Nixon,
now made public, reflects a forthright
and sensible effort to deal with the
problem of succession in event the
President becomes disabled.
It is not an ideal solution of the
problem. It may not even be the best
solution. But it is doubtful that more
could be accomplished through a White
House agreement.
Under the arrangement which has
been adopted, the President, if disabled
but still competent to speak or write,
would inform the Vice President of his
disability, and the latter would take
over as Acting President. If the Presi
dent should be unable to speak or write,
the Vice President, after “such consul
tation as seems to him appropriate,"
would become Acting President while
the presidential disability lasted. The
President, in either event, would decide
when he is able to resume his duties.
One does not need to be a constitu
tional lawyer or to be endowed with
clairvoyant powers to foresee the possi
bility of grave difficulties arising under
this arrangement. Still, it seems to be
the best solution that could be devised
by the Executive. What is really needed,
in all probability, is a constitutional
amendment to bridge this gap in our
fundamental law. If the congressional
critics feel this way, their duty is clearly
Indicated. But Mr. Eisenhower cannot
discharge it for them.
'Businesslike' Reform
In his budget message last January,
President Elsenhower told Congress that
legislation now pending “to place Gov
ernment appropriation requests on an
accrued expenditure basis should be
enacted, in accordance with the recom
mendations of the Hoover Commission.
This is a businesslike approach . . . . ”
The President was referring in that
Instance to budget reform legislation
that had bipartisan sponsorship and won
unanimous Senate approval in the first
session of the 85th Congress. Com
panion legislation, differing only slightly,
is scheduled for House consideration
this week.
In brief, the legislation would re
store to Congress a “power of the purse”
which historically is considered one of
its proper responsibilities. It would do
this by placing appropriations on a
year-to-year basis, although not limiting
the existing powe') of legislative commit
tees and of Congress to authorize long
term programs or projects. Federal
agencies would be required, however, to
submit annual progress reports to justify
additional fund requests. Under current
budgetary procedures, Congress has in
many cases appropriated total funds for
Federal projects and has exercised no
further control or review over the timing
or the effectiveness of actual spending.
One of the results has been the carry
over of huge unexpended balances which
may be disbursed without regard to
sound budgetary considerations in any
year. Some of these carry-overs remain
available for years, through changes in
administrations and in both domestic
and world conditions. Recent attempts
at governmental economy through re
ducing appropriations were nullified by
expenditures from carry-over appropri
ations.
Opposition to the pending legislation
has come principally from the House
Appropriations Committee and from
agencies having a large reservoir of
carry-over funds. Significantly, how
ever, in addition to Senate approval and
indorsement of the President, the pro
posal has the unanimous backing of the
House Committee on Government Op
erations and indorsement of the Director
of the Budget and of the Controller Gen
eral. The House bill specifically pro
poses a trial period until July 1, 1961.
The legislation should be approved.
Logical Appointment
The Board of Education has made
the obvious and logical choice of an
interim head of the school system, pend
ing appointment of a permanent super
intendent of schools to succeed Dr.
Hobart M. Corning on July 1 next.
Dr. Carl H. Hansen, as assistant super
intendent in charge of senior high
schools, has demonstrated his capacity
as a competent school administrator.
Especially noteworthy has been his con
tribution of the four-track system to
the District schools, under which stu
dent abilities are recognized and encour
aged to develop. While this plan cannot
be said to be a perfect answer to the
problem of varying aptitudes, it has
demonstrated the possibilities of intelli
gent channeling of students’ ability to
learn.
Meanwhile the Board of Education
faces the difficult task of choosing a
permanent successor to Dr. Coming,
who has retired. Complicating the de
cision is the question of whether to
select a local educator or one from out
side the District who would be free
from all possibility of local entangle
ments. The final choice is so important
to the future welfare of Washington’s
public schools that extraordinary care
and effort should mark the board’s
handling of the problem.
Hatta and Sukarno
Apart from small and sporadic air
raids on rebel quarters outside Java,
Indonesia’s warring factions seem to be
doing their best to avoid military clashes
of a serious nature. Actually, neither
side has the equipment right now to
engage in full-scale hostilities, and there
is reason to believe that they are both
anxious to arrive at some peaceful set
tlement of their bitter differences.
At any rate, it is worth noting that
Mohammed Hatta, echoing in part sen
timents expressed by President Sukarno,
has warned his countrymen that “no
foreign powfer must be allowed’’ to in
tervene in the situation. As he has put
it, “we must solve the present conflict by
ourselves and among ourselves.” This is
another way of saying that the govern
ment in Jakarta and the rival gov
ernment proclaimed by the anti-Com
munist dissidents on Sumatra must
guard against getting involved with
outside forces and must strive for a
mutually satisfactory reconciliation lest
events go from bad to worse and lead
to all-out civil war.
This is wise counsel, and it suggests
—since Mr. Hatta remains in Jakarta for
periodic talks with Dr. Sukarno—that
ways may be found to bring the two sides
together in an amicable settlement. Mr.
Hatta, in any event, is popular through
out Indonesia, not least of all because he
quit the Sukarno government many
months ago in protest against its policy
of “guided democracy”—a policy that
has enabled the Communists to worm
their way into positions of influence.
The anti-Red rebels like him for this
and many other reasons, and they look
to him to help promote the kind of
agreement they want.
Such an agreement would require
President Sukarno to abandon “guided
democracy,” stop Communist infiltra
tion, give Mr. Hatta an important post,
and institute reforms designed to elimi
nate political and economic Inequities
between Java and islands like Sumatra.
Dr. Sukarno’s reaction to all this htis
been negative so far, but maybe Mr.
Hatta’s advice will yet persuade him to
act affirmatively on the rebel’s legitimate
grievances. Otherwise Indonesia will
keep on drifting toward complete dis
integration as a free and independent
nation. >
Conquest of Antarctica
Britain’s Dr. Vivian Fuchs has per
formed a feat of polar exploration that
well earned him the knighthood which
Queen Elizabeth is preparing to bestow
on him. His 99-day trek across the
entire Antarctic continent, via the South
Pole, adds a brilliant new chapter to the
long and ofttimes tragic story of man’s •
efforts to conquer the bleak and icy land
mass at the bottom of the world.
No person before Dr. Fuchs had
ever attempted the 2,150-mlle passage
across the forbidding heights and hidden
crevasses of Antarctica. Brave men
before him, Including members of the
British Scott Expedition, had perished
in attempting to reach the Pole or to
return safely after reaching it. None
before Dr. Fuchs, however, had dared to
continue past the pole to the other side
of the continent. In recent years, how
ever, the South Pole has become a
veritable crossroads of aerial and land
based exploring parties from the United
State and Great Britain. Sir Edmund
Hillary recently completed a round trip
to the Pole by means of motor-driven
tractors—far superior to the dog sleds
which earlier explorers had used.
Even while Sir Edmund was en route
from the Pole, Dr. Fuchs had begun his
journey from Shackleton Station to
Scott Base, via the Pole. He, too, had
the benefit of powered tractors and
other modern equipment for defeating
the snow, cold and terrain. He was
under pressure all the way to beat the
advent of extremely severe weather, due
in that part of the world about this time
of the year. During the last stages of
the trek he was aided by supply stations
left by Sir Edmund, who met him 700
miles from Scott Base and accompanied
Dr. Fuchs and his group the remainder
of the way. This exploration was an
outstanding contribution to the Inter
national Geophysical Year. And it was
an achievement of which the British
have a right to be proud.
Jazz-Age Historian
John Held, jr., was a chronicler of
one of America’s most uninhibited eras—
the “roaring twenties,” a period in which
life seemed permanently cast rti a mold
of excited sophistication and enduring
prosperity. The mold was broken before
it had lasted a decade, but historians,
present and future, can learn much
about it by making the acquaintance of
the characters which John Held por
trayed in word and picture. His prohibi
tion time, gin-drinking, ungainly flapper
and her steady supply of escorts in kind
were more real than fancied. Indeed,
Held himself best catalogued them when
he once said: “I Just imitated people, and
then they began imitating the people in
my drawings.” John Held had turned to
more serious art in a more serious world
in recent years. But in death he will be
remembered best as a deft draftsman of
the Jazz age.
Star.
Early Spring Thaw
LETTERS TO THE STAR
University Site
The Virginia House of Del
egates’ Education Committee
killed House Bill 678 which
would have established the
George Mason College of the
University of Virginia on the
Bowman site near Herndon,
as approved by the Univer
sity of Virginia Board of Vis
itors. People of this area
should be concerned.
Representatives of various
locales and governing bodies
were there in witness to their
approval of the Bowman site
but Fairfax's own chairman
of County Supervisors was
there to oppose.
It was brought out by the
opposition that the school
would be too distant to serve
the needs of the area, but the
supplemental second National
Airport at Chantilly is even
further than the college site
and I am sure the Federal
Government would not spend
millions on an installation
that is inaccessible.
Seeds of doubt were sown
as to whether the governing
bodies concerned would pay
one-third of the operational
cost if the college were estab
lished on the Bowman free
gift site, a site that will not
be oaid for by the taxpayer.
Mrs. Leone Buchholtz,
member of the Arlington
County Board, and Delegate
Harrison Mann also appeared
in opposition and the people
of this area should know that
we might have had a college
in the planning stage on the
Bowman tract to serve all
Northern Virginia if it had
not been for this group that
appeared to oppose.
Whose judgment should be
followed in establishing the
branch of the University of
Virginia? Harrison Mann’
Anne Wilkins? Mrs. Buch
holtz? Or the governing body
of the University of Virginia?
Shirley G. Hoofnagle.
** * *
Herndon has all it takes
for the University of Virginia
branch, including a proper
sewer with no cost to the
taxpayer. Some folks look a
gift horse in his mouth so
much they can’t tell it from
his tail. Ecila Legan.
** * *
T note in your February 26
issue a letter by John D.
Nurge in regard to the pro
posed site for the Northern
Branch of the University of
Virginia. I wish to set the
record straight, not only in
the interest of truth, but
because such statements
definitely reflect on the
ability of the engineers who
have been retained eis con
sultants in the preparation
of plans for the future de
velopment of this 7,000-acre
Bowman tract. Any state- ,
ment that it is or ever has
been the expectation to serve
“a city of 30,000” with the
proposed SIOO,OOO sewage
disposal plant is absolutely
false.
The sole object of the con
struction of this disposal
plant was to serve the uni
versity and homes of the
faculty. As designed and ap
proved by the Virginia Water
Control Board and the Vir
ginia State Health Depart
ment, it will take care of 3,000
day students and 300 resi
dences. Whenever, and if in
the future, additional resi
dential areas are developed,
entirely new disposal plants
on entirely different water
sheds will be constructed.
To say that the filtered,
chlorinated and aerated ef
fluent from a well designed
disposal plant would pollute
the Potomac water is also
incorrect. The effluent so
treated would be purer than
the natural water flowing
into the Potomac. Neither
the Water Control Board nor
the State Health Department
would have approved the lo
cation and design and load
of the proposed disposal
plant if it would endanger
public health in any way.
The proposed master plan
for the future development
of this 7,000 acre property
has been shown and dis
cussed with the Fairfax
County Planning Commis
sion and other Interested
officials in the Fairfax Coun
ty area. This plan shows
some 1,500 acres of as beau
tifully wooded land as there
!i in Northern Virginia alio-
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names and addresses. All
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shtion.
cated to a public park, recre
ation and wild. life refuge
In addition, 300 acres have
been assigned for a 36-hole
golf course. The areas pro
vided for future residential
use have been planned so
that there would be less
than one residence per acre
of the 7,000 acre property.
I will stake my profes
sional reputation that when
this fine property lying with
in 15 miles of the District
line is developed as shown
on the master plan, it will
be a tremendous asset not
only to Fairfax County but
to all of Northern Virginia.
Seward H. Mott,
Mott and Hayden Asso
ciates, Registered Land Plan
ning Engineers.
** * *
Where is there a better
place in Northern Virginia
for Thomas JeSerson’s uni
versity than on what was
once part of the estate of
George Washington, his com
patriot and fellow Virginian?
Fort Hunt, now owned by
the Federal Government,
consists of approximately
250 acres and is located on
the banks of the Potomac
Just off Mount Vernon
Memorial Highway, only a
short distance north of
Mount Vernon itself. The
price of the land, if any.
should be nominal, and the
site is easily accessible be
cause of the Mount Vernon
Memorial Highway and all of
the other highways leading
to it from Alexandria, Arling
ton, Falls Church, McLean.
Annandale, Springfield and
Prince William County. This
area is also served by public
transportation.
Fort Hunt would afford the
answer to the quandary of
where to locate the Northern
Virginia Branch of the Uni
versity of Virginia, not only
as to price and convenience
but also as the most beauti->
ful and appropriate campus
site anywhere.
J. C. S.
The Dispossessed
Two years ago I spent some
time in the Near East and
had the opportunity of con
ferring with a very able
American who had spent
years there. He suggested
that the solution of the dis
possessed peoples problem
was necessary to peace and
estimated that it would cost
Israel and its friends hun
dreds of millions of dollars
to relocate these people and
establish a really peaceful
• basis for the Jews and their
neighbors in that part of the
world.
I wrote this suggestion to
Senator Lodge at the United
Nations. After so long a time,
he wrote that it belonged to
the State Department. I
wrote the State Department
and received no answer but
several months later some
one there issued a public
statement that the State
Department was considering
this idea. Evidently nothing
was done. In the meantime
the Sites Canal crisis and
war has been followed by
Communist penetration of
the Near Eastern States and
the expense to our Govern
ment alone has been many
times what the cost of set
■ tling this problem would have
been. This dispossessed peo
ple remained dispossessed,
and it would probably cost
more now to solve their prob
lem than it would have cost
under peaceful conditions.
As I feel that there will be
no peace in the Near East
until this problem is properly
solved, I wonder if it is too
late to aid the Jewish State
to raise the money to solve it.
James M. Thomson.
Gaylord, Va.
Sound's Off
The Star's cartoon Febru
ary 26 showed Ike reassuring
; the public about the Na
tion’s economy, saying "Don’t
1 Worry, He's (the economy)
Sound as a Dollar." It is my
i understanding that the dol
lar now is worth around 40
i cents. This is “sound?”
I. V.
I Capitol's East Front'
I read your editorial, “The
Capitol’s East Front,” with
amazement. You imply that
. there has been little “justifi
able force of public opinion”
against the destruction of the
historic walls of the central
portion of the east front of
the United States Capitol. In
the same paragraph you ad
mit that the law which per
mits this horror was adopted
“without public hearings,”
and that the deliberations of
the Commission for the Ex
tension of the Capitol are
“shrouded” with an “undue
degree of secrecy.”
Exactly so. The Architect
of the Capitol, who is not,
in fact, an architect, does sot
want the opinion of the
public. He said so at the
hearings before the Senate
Subcommittee on Public
Buildings on February 17.
“The plans.” he said, “do not
belong to the public.”
But he is mistaken. The
United States Capitol really
does belong to the public. And
public opinion is already
making itself felt in a swell
ing tide of letters and news
paper editorials from all over
the country. For instance, the
directors of 21 of the State
historical societies already
oppose the projected destruc
tion of the historic east front.
Great newspapers in cities
such as Pittsburgh, St. Louis,
New Orleans, Boston and
New York—to mention only a
few—are on record in op
position.
Who wants to tear down
the east front besides the
Architect of the Capitol?
Never mind his talk that
“the Capitol Is neither a
painting nor a museum."
Saying this doesn't alter the
fact that the Capitol really
is a national monument and
a symbol of our history on
a par with the Washington
Monument, the White House
and Mount Vernon. Shall we
shorten the Washington
Monument by 79 feet on the
ground that it is a menace
to. airplane navigation?
The proponents of the east
front alterations would have
a leg to stand on if the space
they would gain for the needs
of Congress amounted to any
thing. Actually Congress will
get 45,000 square feet of
usable space at a cost of
$10,100,000. By the Architect
of the Capitol’s own report
of August, 1957, three times
this much space can be gained
at the west front, along with
other very important advan
tages such as private corridors
for the use of Congress, ample
restaurant space, and so
forth.
As for the “deterioration”
of the stone on the old east
front, what of it? The White
House walls, made of the
same stone, and exactly as
old, were very carefully re
paired and restored in 1949-
51 for “sentimental" reasons.
Let's spend some money to
restore the historic east front
walls of the Capitol, and let's
leave them just where they
have been for 150 years.
Sentiment and patriotism
are facts. The plan of the
Architect of the Capitol is a
tissue of trivialities. The
American public will choose
between them.
Wilbur H. Hunter, Jr.,
Director, The Peale Mu
seum, Baltimore, Md.
Matinee Madness
I am an adult ogre! My
10-year-old son, accustomed
to going to Saturday mat
inees, begged, pleaded and
cajoled to attend a horror
movie —“I Was a Teenage
Frankenstein.” I gave him an
adamant “No." The next
week there was a real goodie
—“The Man Who Turned to
Stone." I let him go. Now
our entire family is thrown
into a flap, with our son be
coming unglued at the seams
at all hours>of the night with
nightmares.
What can we parents do
about Saturday movies? Most
children who attend neigh
borhood theaters are under
teenage. If I am to be a
censor certainly with my
son’s full approval now I
certainly would like to have
movies my child could enjoy.
Lewis* C Holly.
THE POLITICAL MILL
By GOULD LINCOLN
Pressure for Tax Cut Increasing
Senator Paul H. Douglas,
Illinois Democrat with a
reputation as a fighter for
Government economy, partic
ularly in days of prosperity,
has declared for a $4 billion
cut in Federal taxes “im
mediately” as the quickest
and best opportunity for re
versing the “present serious
recession.” In his opinion,
neither an expansion of pub
lic works nor an easier credit
and relaxed monetary policy
will do as much, as quickly,
to revive the country’s econ
omy, although he is not op
posed to either of those pro
grams.
The Illinois Senator’s
statement was made almost
simultaneously with an ad
dress by former President
Hoover who said a tax cut
would be the greatest possible
stimulant to recovery. Mr.
Hoover, however, coupled
with a tax cut an offsetting
reduction in Government ex
penditures, in order to pre
serve a balanced budget and
to avoid big deficit spending.
Senator Douglas, who has a
consistent record in favor of
Government economy and has
in the past broken strongly
with some of his Senate col
leagues on large proposed
appropriations, dods not go
along with the former Presi
dent in his demand f«r cut
ting Government expendi
tures if there is to be a tax
cut. indeed, Senator Douglas
would not cut the Federal
budget now. To do so, he con
tends, would be to take out of
the economy the equivalent of
. what a tax cut would put
' into it. He holds to a theory
that when times are good,
the Government should save
as much as it can—by cut
ting expenditures where pos
sible and by always avoid
ing waste—in order to com
pensate for the bigger ex
penditures the Government
may be compelled to make to
bolster the economy in times
of recession or depression. In
this way, he believes too that
Government revenues in good
times can be used effectively
to reduce the public debt.
Douglas an Economist
Senator Douglas is no
stranger to the subject of
economics. He was a mem
ber of the economics de
partment of the University of
Chicago. In 1947 he was
president of the American
Economic Association. He is
a ranking member of the
Joint Congressional Economic
Committee. His recommenda
tions for immediate tax re
ductions are contained in a
dissenting opinion from the
majority report of the Joint
Committee. Here are his tax
cut proposals: <a) In the
income tax, either raise
the personal exemption from
S6OO to S7OO or tax the first
SI,OOO of taxable income at
15 per cent instead of 20 per
cent as at present, (b) repeal
THIS AND THAT
By CHARLES E. TRACEWELL
Are birds nice?
Mrs. R. W. doesn’t think
so. She writes:
“Perhaps my greatest
pleasure during the winter is
feeding the birds, of which I
have a large variety, and
watching their manners. (?)
“And I am more and more
convinced that birds are
simply not nice people.
“The worst offenders are,
of course, the starlings, who
squabble and gobble, and the
blue jays, with whom nobody
agrees.
“But the mockers are
nearly as bad, hissing and
dive-bombing one and an
other away from the food,
’ “And when replete with
meat, raisins and other de
licacies, they perch all puffed
out like old King Cole and
police the place so nobody
else can get any.
** * *
“I even saw Mrs. Cardinal,
one of my pets, viciously peck
on the head a little sparrow
who tried to feed near her.
“No doubt it is the age-old
law of the survival of the
Attest, but in this instance
there is plenty for all, and
all kinds of food for all kinds
of birds.
“Certainly ‘live and let live’
is not their way of life, and
man’s inhumanity to man is
matched by our feathered
friends’ Inhumanity to each
other.”
** * *
Birds are so much like peo
ple that they furnish an
amusing commentary on our
perplexed lives.
Live and let live may not
be their way of life, as our
correspondent says, especially
if the observer stops at the
daily watching.
If he thinks back over the
history of these oldest of
creatures, he will realize that
“live and let live,” in a very
good sense, has been their
philosophy.
There would not be so
many of them left, after all
these centuries, if they had
not managed, somehow, to
leave each other alone, in the
main.
The facts speak for them
selves.
Only one species, the
hawks, really assails others.
Only one species, the cow
bird. plays a neat little trick
on others by putting her eggs
in other nests to be hatched
out.
The little pecklngs and
chasings away from food are
just trifles, in regard to sur
vival, just as petty quarrels
are among humans.
** * *
As to the starling being
the worst, listen to A. V. of
the excise taxes on consumer
durable goods, such as radios,
television sets, refrigerators,
air-conditioners, gas and oil
appliances, luggage etc., (c)
cut in half the excise taxes
on transportation of property
and persons, and on commu
nications, and (d) reduce by
50 per cent the manufactur
er’s excise tax on automobiles,
if the automobile industry
agrees to pass along such a
cut in lowered prices. Sen
ator Douglas insists the im
mediate need is a tax cut for
lower and middle income
groups in order to increase
demand purchasing power.
He believes, too, that unem
ployment benefits for those
out of work should be in
creased to approximately half
of the average wage, instead
of one-third which is now
the case.
Some Hearings Held
The House Ways and
Means Committee already haa
held five or six weeks of hear
ings on the question of tax
changes. It has taken no ac
tion, preferring to wait and
see what the tax collections
will amount to April 15,
whether there will be some
upturn in the economy in the
next two months and how
much the appropriations are
likely to total. President
Elsenhower has gone so far
as to say a tax reduction may
become necessary to stimu-g
late recovery—but he also has
said he hoped that the em
ployment situation would be
gin to improve in March and
so help the economy along.
There is a definite impres
esion on Capitol Hill, however,
that if things do not pick up
by the end of April, the Ways
and Means Committee will
go ahead with a tax cut bill.
All tax legislation has its
start in that committee. Sev
eral hundred tax cut bills al
ready have been introduced
in the House and are now on
: the committee calendar. Rep
resentative Baker of Tennes
see, a Republican member of
the committee, recently of
fered a bill for a 10 per cent,
across-the-board cut in per
sonal income taxes, and a 20
per cent temporary cut.
One thing which inclines
some of the congressional tax
experts to go slow is the fact
that if a tax cut is now made,
and later it should become
necessary to restore the tax,
it would be a tough job to put
through the necessary legis
lation, even though the
money might be needed for
national defense. Politically,
tax increases are not popular.
HoweVer, it-would be possible
to write a bill providing for a
temporary tax reduction —for
a year, or two or three years.
At the end of the specified
period taxes would go back to
; the higher rate. Pressure for
; tax cuts will mount in this
■ election year unless the econ
-1 omy makes a rebound.
Clifton street, who loves
them.
“Until I learned better
from your column. I did not
have much sympathy for
starlings, but now I have!
Some have been and are
being of much amusement
to us.
“Last summer, in the op
posite wing, we noticed that
some birds had a nest under
the roof in a hole in the
brick wall.
“We noticed the birds
clinging flat to the wall,
which made us think briefly
that they must be chimney
swifts.
“In due time we noticed
young birds, and put crumbs
and water on the balcony.
It took them some time to
And the supply, but Anally
the young birds began to
arrive—the parents seemed
to have left them early.
“These youngsters had
thoroughly spotted breasts;
their bills were black, and
their coloration all sorts of
shines.
“Now I know—they are
starlings.”
** * *
“Now their spots are all
gone, they are almost shiny
black and their bills are yel
low, and they walk! They
have kept coming, and meet
great opposition from the
pigeons. They do not fight
back. Does the mature star
ling fight back?
“During the freezing weath
er they hai* especially en
joyed the water. On one of
the coldest days, it seemed
unbelievable, but one of the
little fellows went into the
pan of water and gave him
self a real bath—not just a
dip, but fluttered around for
some time.
“They have gotten accus
tomed to breakfast, lunch
and supper, and come regu
larly. We wonder where they
are at night. At first they
were completely silent, but
now they twitter and even
give an embryonic whistle.
“You have been a great in
structor about the birds—
wish I could congratulate you
upon Temp Jones, but . . .
“With thanks and all best
wishes,” etc.
Alas, poor Jones, we know
him; • a fellow of infinite
jest . . .
One has to be a bit old to
appreciate Temp Jones. Our
guess is that this correspond
ent is not yet 30 years of age.
Starlings prefer to eat at
8 o’clock In the morning, at
noon, and at 4 o’clock in the
afternoon. This is a peculi
arity of the species, on which
our correspondent has prop
erly put her Anger.

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