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Every afternoon, Monday through Friday
More Cattle Coming
The American Meat Institute reports that consumers
will have the largest supply of beef in our history in 1953,
if producers continue to build up their cattle herds as they
have during the first six months of this year.
The nation’s cattle population is expected to increase
by 4,000,000 or 5,000,000 head and to reach a total of as
much as 93,000,000 by the time the curtain comes down
on 1952. During the first half of this year there was an
eight per cent cut in cow slaughter, as a direct result of the
herd building program, yet producers were able to market
about five per cent more cattle than during the comparable
period last year by offering a larger volume of steers and
This is good news to a nation of hearty meat-eaters.
Our meat consumption has been tending upward and we
eat much more of it, on a per capita basis, than any other
nation with a minor exception or two, such as Australia.
Even so, experts in nutrition believe that our consumption
should be greater still. Science has proven that beef and
the other meats contribute very greatly to our mental and
physical health. They create strength and stamina. They
are of major benefit in aiding recovery from a long list
of diseases—including some for which meatless diets were
once prescribed, until medical discoveries proved the fal
lacy of that.
" From the viewpoint of farmer and rancher, meat is
one of the most vaulable of all crops. It’s good to know
that we’ll have it in abundance.
CUERO, TEX'AS, RECORD: ’American farmers are
better customers for petroleum products than any other
group in the United States, including the armed forces, an
oil industry information group revealed recently. The fact
seems surprising but it helps to illustrate the interdepend
ence of all economic and occupational groups in the United
Hoosier's Beauty
Seen As The Queen
Mai Dodson, the 79 3-16-in-high
press agent for the Miss America
contest - the beast among the
beauties-is aboard again to give
us his “winter book” on the win
Let me say without delay that
across the many years Dodson
weight 235 lbs. hat size 7 1-2 has
an average of 85 per cent of picking
the first 10 in this annual parade
of feminine beauty-even though he
professes never to have seen a
show himself.
From here on for a couple of
paragraphs, we give you the to
bacco chawin’ Mai, and devil take
the hindmost and blame him and
not this humble, inexperienced one
if he’s wrong.
Mai stuck his 17 3-8 inch neck
out with a prediction that Miss
Indiana, Ann Marie Gamier of
Indianapolis, will walk off the ramp
Saturday with the fame and glory
that goes with the Miss A. title.
The others he breaks down, with
out any commitment as to the
order. Ten girls will wind up in
the finals. The big boy likes Gwen
dolyn Harmon. Miss Alabama:
Frederick OTMMAN
McLEAN. Va.—l wouldn't exact
ly say that winter's here, but sum
mer’s almost over: this time with
political implications. Ike's getting
free publicity all over.
In our town, which is in Provi
dence Township. Fairfax County.
Va.. we have a first-class weekly
newspaper called The Providence
Journal and edited by a friend of
mine. Dick Smith. Editor Smith
covers our part of the county like
the dew. which has been extra
heavy lately.
Well, sir, one of his correspon
dents, a Democrat, no doubt, is in
with a piece about the locusts saw
ing their buzzing symphonies night
ly in the tree tons. He says that this
year these insects plav one tune. It
goes like this: Eisenhower E'sen
hower, Eisenhower, hour after hour
and night after night.
They do. too. I have been listen
ing carefully and that’s all I’ve
been getting out of these loudspeak
ers in my own maples —Republican
propaganda. You might lend an ear
to your own locusts in your own
tree's. The mere attention you give
’em. the more distinctly do they
say. Eisenhower. Eisenhower. Eisen
hower, until you’d think they were
on the payroll of the Republican
National Committee.
Tins phenomenon I have, ot
course, taken up with an expert at
the Bureau of Entomogolv. I had
intended to name him here, hut he
points out that lie is in civil ser
vice and this is a ticklish, political
subject. He'd rather be left out of
it. Fan enough.
What I wanted to know wa s
whether all locusts sing the Ei
senhower song or whether they al
so are some Democratic insects.
Bonnie Diane Nicksic: Miss Arkan
sas: Marilyn Delores Reddick, Miss
Canada: Joyce Marlene Yeske.
Miss Conr.ectic 't: Neva Jane Lang
ley, Miss Georgia: Barbara Jene
Graves, Miss Massachusetts: Joan
Elizabeth Kavne, Miss New York
City: Patricia Mary Hunt. Miss
Greater Philadelphia: and Mary
Kemp Griffin. Miss South Carolina.
There you have it.
Today, the girls dressed their
fanciest and were wheeled down
the Boardwalk in the annual
pageant parade, witnessed by
100.000 jammed together like sar
Tomorrow the judging begins.
Each girl must compete for talent,
and appear before the critical
judges almost in the buff in bathing
suits and evening gowns.
The crop this year is the prettiest
I have seen, and I've seen a few.
The winner gets a 55.000 scholar
ship. There will be four other
winners, plus scholarships for
"Miss Congeniality” and “Miss
The rest of the poor kids who
came here expenses paid-j’tst for
the ride-will go back home with
SIOO dollars, which, after all. isn’t
bad for a week’s work these days.
which sing the praises of Adlai
My man, who is an expert on the
warbling of bugs, but who never
before had considered their politics,
said it was impossible for them to
give Stevenson a break. This is
because they make music with their
They saw same togther, kind of.
he explained, and hence produce
a kind of buzz-saw sound. Come to
think of it. he continued (still on
a high-non-political plane* Eisen
hower is a buzzing kind of name in
a somewhat shrill sort of wav.
On really dry nights the locusts
do their stuff in a high pitch and
that’s when their Eisenhower song
is clearest. On wet nights, if they
sing at all. they go at it in a basso
profundo. Then, according to my
expert, their song comes out, walla
walla. or perhaps, zing-zoom-zoom.
All according as to how damp are
the bows of their violins.
M.v specialist said he w as troub
led bv the locusts’ song. too. He
said there was nothing anybody
could do about it. except chop down
his t-ees. This, he pointed out. is
drastic action, even for a Demo
crat. and still is not guaranteed.
A locust without a tree, he con
tinued. is likely to light on a tall
snrig of grass and there advertise
Ike as enthusiastically as if he had
an oak for a podium.
There is only one hone for Demo
crats: rain. This is not likely as a
steady thing until November, or af
ter the electidn. By then it will be
too late. My man wasn't even talk
ine about the balloting.
He meant the locusts in Novem
ber will have folded up their fid
dles for the season, not to sing
These Days
I have always had a profound
respect for small town and coun
try banker who serves a local
American community and is rarely
pressured into the uneconomic
stupidities that are so character
istic of most New York bankers.
The latter live in terror of govern
ment reprisals and usually cover'
up. with sanctimonious press-agent
ed statements, their errors of com
mission which are a product of
government pressure. The coun
try banker, as long as he holds the
respect and confidence of his
neighbors, fears nothing from
One of the most recent efforts
of Mr. Truman’s Administration
was to frighten sections of the
American people into declaring
themselves legal paupers and ac
cepting government bounties be
cause there has been a drought.
The first outstanding reporter of
a drought was Joseph in the Bible;
he adopted New DeaL procedures
and Egypt went broke. A banker
would understand why.
Mr. T. E. Williams, of the Lime
stone County Bank in Athens. Al
abama. is not only a country ban
ker but he must know lots of his
tory. He published a half-page ad
vertisement in the Limestone Dem
ocrat telling his people to stop being
scared by a drought or by the po
liticians. This is his advertisement:
“Mr. Farmer!
“Will it make you money to sell
your cattle and hogs before they
are finished under present con
“We would like for you to con
sider the following factors before
making your decision.
“1. It will take you 5 to 8 years 1
to grow back into the cattle bus
iness to your present level. If you
sell your cattle on the present
market they will bring much less
than the ywould have .brought eight :
weeks ago.
"2. With the recent rains, the
feed situation can be greatly im- 1
proved by planting a large acreage
of winter grazing crops.
“We suggest a very good winter :
grazing combination of oats, or
oats and vetch, in ail row crops
for extra grazing. Clover and rye 1
grass or small grain should be
planted on prepared seed bed. ex- ;
cept when interplanted with estab- j
lished sericea. Permanent pastures '
should commence to afford reason- :
ably good grazing within three
weeks after you get normal rain
“At the present we would sug
gest you cut and feed green cyn
that will not produce at least 15
bushels per acre. If you do not
want to cut this corn, we think it
would pay you to buy hay or con
centrate rather than sell your cat
tle now. If you do not have ample
capital to finance purchasing feed
we suggest you see us.
“We also suggest you discuss
yor feed problem with your County
Agricultural Agent, Soil Conserva
tion Service, and the Agricultural
Agent of this Bank.
That is telling them not to listen
to adversity politics but to be
Americans and to use common
sense. Presidents Roosevelt and
Truman used every condition of
nature or political event to frighten
the American people. The? have
called conditions emergencies which
were normal to any economy. They
have scared the people that way.
They have redistributed the wealth
of the nation and made our free
people increasingly dependent upon
Government bv using wind and
weather as evidences of calamity,
where common sense would have
served the people.
A friend of mine, driving through
Virginia, writes:
“Going through Wytheville, I
heard a radio broadcast that had
considerable to give me pause. The
speaker announced that the ban
kers and farmers of the county
had just met and voted not
to ask for or accept any federal
’aid.’ as it is called, in handling
their drought losses. Said the radio
wise man in objection. ‘They ought
to think it over .again. After all.
Wythe County pays taxes. Here's
our chance to get some of that
back. Let’s not be isolationists. ’ ”
This reminds me of a neiehbnr
who when he died left a sizeable
fortune in monev as well as land,
timber and cattle. I used to see
him working on the road in WPA
days and wondered how a man of
his substance, ancestry, political
affiliation and standing in the com
munity could work on the roads at
50 cents an hour. I once asked him
and his reply was:
“When they’re handing it out,
I'm around to take it."
Apparently. h» never could fig
ure that what thev were handing
out. he paid. Or did he? Perhaps
he had a gimmick for not paying
another peep for Eisenhower until
the late summer of 1953. By then
this may or may not be aonropri
ate. My entomologist said h e
doubted whether the tree-toD chor
us would take it into consideration.
Then, for the first time, he laugh
ed. Said locusts are exceedingly in
teresting critters and when he gets
to talking about ’em, he finds it
hard to stop.
Uopr. 19)2, K*ng Fc*ture* Syndicate, Inc . World rifhtt rejerxed
‘‘l think you should wear your shoulders tonight,
dear.. .. . .
® MERRY- GO- round
Surgeon General
WASHINGTON As a nation,
we Americans are enjoying the best
health in our history. Statistics are
cold things—but they are revealing.
Our death rate last year was
nine and a half persons for every
thousand of our population. In 1900
only 50 years ago—it was a little
over 17 in every, thousand. Twenty
odd years ago—in 1925 —it was 11.7.
Perhaps even more revealing are
the figures on life expectancy. Chil
dren born today have a life ex
pectancy of 68 years. In 1900 life
expectancy was only 49. We have,
in other words, experienced a gain
of nearly 20 years!
How lias this come about?
The principal overriding reason
is the literally tremendous advance
that has been made in medicine
and scientific research in the first
half of the 20th century. At no
time in mar’s long struggle against
disease have comparable gains been
Because of our better under
standing of medical problems, we
have greatly improved the health
care of our children end youth. Dis
eases such as diphtheria, typhoid
fever, whooping cough, and diar
rhea that used to kill tens of thou
sands of babies and young children
every year have fallen under the
attack of medical science and pub
lic-health practice.
Expectant mothers get much bet
ter care during pregnancy and
during the birth of their babies
than did their mothers and grand
mothers. Nearly nine in every ten
American babies are born in hos
pitals. where they have a better
chance to survive those crucial first
few days of life. All the modern
equipment and special care is at
hand to helo many a premature
baby pull through who couldn’t
have made it in earlier vears.
Clean water, safe milk, improved
sanitation, immunization, and bet
ter knowledge of infant feeding
have been in the forefront in re
ducing death rates and increasing
life expectancy. The average Amer
ican today knows much about the
“wonder drugs," penicillin, sulfa,
cortisone—all miracle of modern
research and medical treatment,
but he takes for granted the equal
ly miraculous preventive work of
liis state and local health depart
The public-health physicians,
dentists, nurses, engineers, sani
tarians. and other members of the
health team in our states and com
munities are the heroes—often un
sung—who pla\ such a big part in*
making our homes, communities,
and our very lives safer and more
healthy. They make it possible for
us to drink more milk per capita
than any other people in the world
“ —But that’s what we were doing—settling it OUT of
-■ • -- court’.”
—because they keep it safe.
They guard our water supplies
and make it possible for us to eat
in restaurants, on trains and planes
and other public places without
giving a thought for their safety.
They stand guard against a host
cf communicable diseases that once
afflicted hundreds of thousands,
but today rarely occur.
Every community’s small invest
ment in public-health work pays
enormous dividends. Even the
“chills” of malaria—whigh as re
cently as 1940 cost our southern
states $500,000,000 in sickness, lost
time, and low production—have dis
appeared under the organized pub
lic-health attack on mosquitoes.
Because we have conquered so
many communicable diseases, we
now have more people living to the
ages when they are more likely to
suffer from such chronic diseases
as cancer, arthritis, heart ailment
and we need a great deal more re
search to give us answers to these
grave problems.
Our great American philanthropic
foundations, endowed by indivi
duals or families, and our volun-'
tary health agencies, supported by
generous public subscription, have
leveled large-scale research at
tacks on many of the chief killers
and cripplers of today. The Ameri
can Cancer Society, for example, is
spending over $3,000,000 a year on
research, the National Foundation
for Infantile Paralysis is spending
comparable amounts to conquer
dread poliomyelitis.
The citizens of our country,
through Congress, are tetermined
that their government, too. shall
help soeed up the conquest of dis
ease. In 1930. Congress created the
National Institute of Health in the
public health service, and in 1937,
a National Cancer Institute.
Since 1945. Congress has created
five mo-e national institutes—in
mental health, dental research,
heart disease, arthritis and the
metabolic diseases, and in the neur
ological diseases and blindness. In
these institutes, scientists in many
fields are studying the major health
problems of today. The public
health service also has groups of
research workers at Atlanta. Cin
cinnati. in Montana, Alaska and
other places.
Through the grants-in-aid of our
institutes, the public health ser
vice gives financial assistance to
thousands of research workers in
universities and other institutions
throughout the country.
To cope with the shortage of re
search scientists, large-scale re
search-training programs are un
der way in all of the nation’s major
teaching and research institutions.
Many young scientists receive fel
lowships from the public health
service, the Atomic Energy Com-
Parallel Dep’t: King Farouk (and
his Marriman) and King David (and
his Bathsheha) coveted the wife of
a loyal subject—which led to the
loss of their thrones Camille
Ayuino (of McCall's publications)
weds in two months. lie is Albert
Carlos Hoheb (kin of Dr. Wm. Car
los Williams, the Pulitzer Prize
Poet) John Donnelly (the out
door ad mint) and Texas lovely
Cathy Cain rendezwoo at Trader
Tom's. He just bought a new yacht
(only 15 staterooms) in case of a
sudden honeymoon .. The Jack
F’ryes (Nevada Smith) expect thjir
little Fr.ve-baby in late Nov. or ear
ly Dec. “South Pacific’s Juanita
Hall and Jet mag's Major Robinson
are no minor matter.. Insiders say
the Mayor’s choice to succeed Po
lice Commish Monaghan (when
he’s upped to the bench) is Third
Deputy Aaron Frank Item: “To
bacco Tycoon R. J. Reynolds Ses
tles $2,000,000 on 2nd Wife”.. No
unpleasant aftertaste?
Ambassador O'Dwver's blast at
CP correspondent Robert Prescott
as a “lying b d” was repeated
verbatim by a local newscaster. This
is the first time such profanity was
ever used on a regular broadcast
From the World-Telcgram-Sun:
“The O’Dwyer living in Mexico
City story was a Chicago Tribune
First and confirmed by the United
Press July Ilth" It was a Winch
ell First in the New York Daily
Mirror on June 27th!! The Spe
cial Rackets Grand Jurv in N. Y.
will return income tax indictments
against loading waterfronters in the
Fall.. Conn. Gov. Lodge's actress
wife Francesca will persuade Ita
lians abroad to write their kin in
the IT. S. to vote for Ike. This is
the IT. S. Mail barrage (from Amor
ican-Italos to kin abroad to vote
against Italy’s Reds) in reverse.
Very clever
We hear the saucers are Ameri
can guided missiles “All thev
need is your name and address to
dron one in your pocket” Bing
Crosbv and Bob Hope have at least
20 million $ each Rav O'Connell
(of the Union News Co.) is han
nie’- since discovering Joseoh P.
Kennedy’s dghtr. Je.an Ex-lieht
heavvweight champ Gus Lesnevich’s
estranged wife is being wooed bv
Lex Thompson Paulette Goddard
comes back- from Europe once a
year (says a London paper) to draw
a salary from Paramount for not
working for anybody else in Holly
wood Kreddv MacAvoy. the in
ternational playboy who drowned
in hpavv seas, might have been
slain bv French Intelligence agents
who suspected him of running guns
to French rebs in Africa Query:
“Why hasn’t Russia attacked?
Answer: Oak Ridge. Tennessee. We
are rearming very fast, but Japan
is rearming even faster —with our
help Headline: “Flying Saucers
over D. C.” .Aw. Bess, leave the
crockery for Mamie,
The Washington Ticker: Ilarri-
reward will he Acheson’s job
IX Gen. Nnrstnd our next Air
Force boss? Sudden gasp: If you
pa=d $3.00(1 in taxes (last year.) it
w*'l run the gov’t annroximatelv
ONF. second Washington deh
Louis- Hover and Roger Neuhoff
(of the Defense Dcn’t) merge in
Oct. The Dems will use the GOP
tax proh against a ton Repub nom
inee. Offering headlines linking
him with fixer “Dutchman” Gruen
wald .The next big scandal will
star the Treasury Den’ts Alcoholic
Tax unit The campaign in a line:
It wiU he the Dem. n'atform vs.
the GOP candidate The British
nound is exnected to fall again soon.
The Australian pound is quivering
.. .The gov’s knows those flying
question marks make 90 degrees
turns at an estimated soeed of over
?,.noo miles per hour. If there are
living beings in them —thev could
not be human because a 90-degree
turn explodes the blood vessels. ..
mission, and the National Science
Foundation. Many more personnel
—and much more money—are
needed to develop our great fund
of unexploited research ideas.
To guide the research programs
of the public health service and
recommend worth-while projects
for research grants, the Congress
ve-y wisely created advisory coun
cils composed of distinguished men
and women outside of government.
Scientists, physicians, and citizens
prominent in public life serve on
these councils. Thev are chosen
from all parts of the country.
As Surgeon General of the Pub
lic Health Service. I can award a
research grant only on the recom
mendation of these councils. This
teamwork between citizens and
government officials is one of
America’s great strengths.
For the last four vears. ail of us
in the public health service have
been looking forward to the com
pletion of the new 500-bed Clinical
Research Center on the grounds of
the National Institutes of Health.
Here, next spring, in Bethesda. Md.,
near Washington. D. C. we will add
clinical research—the study of pa
tients- to our laboratory work.
While we speak of achievements
at home and the challenge of the
future, we should remember that
in many parts of the world the sit
uation is vastly different. More
than half the people of the earth
The Worry Clinic
CASE E-357: Nora 8.. aged 58.
is a Wisconsin grandmother.
After my address at Manitowoc
recently, she asked me for one of
the sex bulletins often mentioned
“Dr Crane, I have some very
dear friends who are abnut 32 years
of age,” she said. “They have been
married for 10 years, but have no
“Both the husband and wife are
very desirous of having a family.
She has gone to her physician, who
has told her that nothing is or
ganically wrong.
“One of my neighbors told me of
your bulletin entitled “Facts A
bout Pregnancy.’
“She has become pregnant from
following the advice contained
therein, though she had been sterile
for 18 years of marriage.
“So I wonder if I could get a
copy of that bulletin for this young
couple I have in mind? *
“I don’t want them to know I
sent it. so I'll just give you their
On hundreds of occasions I have
noticed this same type of request.
One individual will ask me to send
a bulletin to some friend or rela
tive. though the sender doesn't
want to be revealed.
Sometimes a wife will ask me to
mail a bulletin to her husband or
yice versa. Parents or grandpa
rents will do the same regarding
their children or grandchildren in
college or in the army.
Since conception is a wonderful
process but has not been well un
derstood until recent years, I shall
devote today's discussion to it.
■ SV By America's Foremost
Persona! Affairs Counselor
been a widow for five years and
have twin daughters nine-years
old; also a beautiful home and a
fiance who wishes us to be married
in the near future. Everything
seemed ideal until his mother be
came a destitute widow two months
ago, and wants to live with Alec
and me, although she has five
daughters and one other son.
We’ve met only once, when Alec
and I motored to a distant town,
to visit his sick father. I was hor
ribly shocked at the filth and lazi
ness of the family, living in a dirty
three-room shanty. Nothing had
been done to make the place tidy
though they knew we were com
ing; and the whole family seemed
in need of soap and water. Alec
is a fastidiously clean person, and
it is difficult to imagine him part
of such an uncouth group.
Now the problem is how to make
Alec understand that I simply
can't burden myself with his moth-:
er. I feel sorry for her, but I’ve
struggled so hard these five years
to get a nice home for my young
sters: and I feel sure that she
would subtract from our happiness,
if we brought her here. She is a
constant complainer, even though
not actually ill; and I just can’t
have my young daughters associat
ed with her nagging and filthy
habits and profane talk,
Alec says my attitude is heart
less, and quarrels about it. I try
to reason with him, to no avail.
He insists that if we marry, his
mother must live with us. Why
can’t other plans be made? Why
can’t she stay with her daughters?
Evidently they don’t want to be
bothered, and the son at home ap
pears to be a degenerate character.
I've always demanded order and
refinement in my household; and
it is a pleasant place in which to
live. But if Mrs. X were here, how
would it be? Am I selfish, as Alec
says, in wanting to keep her out?
C. V.
suffer from disease annually. Large
areas of the earth are educationally,
agriculturally and industrially un
derdeveloped because their popula
tions are ridden with disease.
Man has the knowledge and he
has the world health organization
and the Point 4 and other techni
calassistance programs the frame
work for moving toward a world in
which the released energies of man
kind literally can transform the
face of the globe. We work toward
that goal through the efforts of
world health, in my view one of
the great challenges of this second
half of a notable century.
Some primitive tribes apparently v
never did understand that sexual
relations were the precursor of
In most animals below man, the
conception takes place at the time
of the oestrual or “heat” period,
which roughly corresponds to hu
man menstruation.
But in man and the apes, the
most lilfely day for fertilization to
occur seems NOT to be at the
menstrual periods, but about mid
way between them. ’*
In this scientific column I have
previously mentioned Dr. J. H. El
der’s experiments with ■ chimpan
They conceived about 15 days
before the onset of the next men
strual flow, despite a menstrual
cycle of 35 to 45 days.
With monkeys and human fe
males, the day of ovulation is now
deemed to be probably the 14th or
15th before the next menstrual on-,,
set. Both human and monkey cy-W
cles average about 28 days.
The ovum (egg) is thought to
lose its capacity to be fertilized af
ter 36 to 48 hours, while many in
vestigatiors think 24 hours is the
outside limit.
Similarly, the spermatozoa are
thought to be potent for only 24
to 36 hours, with some scientists
arguing that 12 hours is the maxi
mum period during which they can
fertilize an ovum.
■ Dr. Elder, for example, found no
evidence of motile sperms after 3
hours when he performed routine
vaginal smears, and rarely did he
see an? sign of motility after 60
The vaginal secretions in women
are often much more acid than
normally, which may account for
many cases of sterility.
An alkaline douche before mari
tal relations can often offset this
hazard to conception.
Sometimes a woman's tubes are
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the ovum, or may be absent alto
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DEAR C. V.: How blind to reali
ty can you get? Os course you aren’t
selfish as compared to Alec and
his mother, who consider you a
golden goose, ripe for plucking.
Their ready inclination to move in
on you, like a two-headed “Old
Man of the Sea,” labels them gross
ly presumptuous and exploitative,
as regards your personal resources.
In view of the fact that Mrs. X
has five daughters, reared in her
accustomed mode of living, there's
no righteous reason why you should
bring her into your home—where
she would be a calamitous misfit.
Indeed it is inexcusably nervy of
Alec to talk as if it were your boun
den duty to take her on, if you
marry him. If he feels solely re
sponsible for her upkeep in widow
hood. that's his problem: and he
should stand by her, if his con
science says he must.
But as his fiancee, not his wife,
ters prompts you to rule against
freely, for yourself, whether you
choose to become involved in the
unforseen difficulty. If your sense
of obligation to your young daugh
you are clearly entitled to decide
Mrs. X as a household fixture, that
is a responsible viewpoint, too, an
attitude that deserves respect.
Clearly, your first duty is to safe
guard the children’s welfare, if a
choice must be made between Alec’s
anxious demands and their impli
cit needs.
The really discouraging aspect of
Alec's behavior is his refusal to
see any justice in your defensive
position. Thus he reveals that he
would be a self-centered tyrant in
marriage; and he is probably more
impressed with your substance than
he is in love with your qualities.
Already he seems brashly confident
of his boss-power over you, since
he baldly tells you what you “must"
do as his wife. This attitude on his
part connotes that you are slavish
ly infatuated—foolishly and unfor
tunately, in my opinion, largely due
to loneliness, and hunger for male
adult companionship.
„ I don’t think Alec is good help
meet material, at least not you.
In fact, your references to his un
washed background, as versus your
genteel habits, suggests that a sor
rier mesalliance could hardly be
imagined. Count it a blessing that
conflicts are emerging before you’re
tied down, to give you a warning to
stay in the clear. My advice is to
break the engagement and disasso
ciate yourself from Alec's handicaps.
Mary Haworth counsels through
her column, not by mail or per
sonal interview. Write her in care
of The Daily Record.

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