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Released by Western Newspaper Union. By VIRGINIA VALE Agnes moorehead, -**■ who’s heard frequently on the CBS “Suspense” se ries she was brought back four times to do the thrilling “Sorry, Wrong Number” has been signed to play “the other woman” in opposition to Laur en Bacall in the forthcoming Aim, “Dark Passage.” As Lionel Barry more’s housekeeper in “Mayor of the Town,” she’s made so many friends that she now gets more fan mail than any other radio actress on the coast. Who’d believe that she began her radio career as a stooge AGNES MOOREHEAD for such comedians as Phil Baker, Fred Allen and Jack Benny? She’s always refused to be typed; after that beginning she switched to dra matic acting; since then she’s alter nated between taut drama and high comedy. —* — Nice going around the Charles Laughton home at present; he’s using a heavy German accent for his role in “Arch of Triumph,” and Elsa Lanchester, his wife, is per fecting an authentic Russian one for her performance as a Russian Bar oness in Republic’s Nelson Eddy- Ilona Massey musical. Their own broad British accents are frequent ly submerged in the interests of their art. —* — Judy Garland’s signed up to stay with M-G-M for a long, long time. Following her next starring role with Gene Kelly in “The Pirate” she’ll join up again with Kelly and Frank Sinatra in “The Good Old Summertime,” a baseball romance, produced by Arthur Freed. —* — “Humoresque,” with John Gar field and Joan Crawford, brings glory to Warner Bros. It was chosen to be shown at the Opera house in Paris for the benefit of the under privileged children of France, the first picture ever shown there. —* — Name it and there’s a movie star who collects it. Jane Withers likes anything made with a heart design, but Ann Doran favors owls, be cause once when she was out of work she found a pin with an owl figure on it, and that afternoon a studio called her. Bette Davis col lects fans; started with one that had belonged to Sarah Bernhardt. Bing Crosby collected horse racing photo graphs, Alan Ladd and William Hol den like rare guns. —* — Eddie Foy Jr., spent eight years in Hollywood and made more than 25 pictures, but was never really appreciated. So he headed for New York, where he made a terrific hit on the stage in “The Red Mill.” At once he was snowed under by of fers from Hollywood. But he isn’t interested. Offers to do an air show also poured in, and on January 2 he’ll start on what used to be the Bing Crosby show. —* — “.tuvenile Jury” has certainly hit its stride; there’s been terrific inter est in the program since its Mutual debut last May, it’s only recently made its debut as a sponsored show. Universal Pictures will soon release the first of a series of short subjects on the program. And ] there’s a tentative arrangement for ! the youngsters to make a week’s l personal appearance at New York’* Winter Garden. —* — Several months ago, in coopera tion with Hollywood’s Actors’ Lab oratory theater, Benedict Bogeaus established a scholarship for a de serving young actor. Winner for 1946-47 is Rusel D. Johnson, former member of the army air corps, holder of four" medals. —* — David O. Selznick has scheduled “Sarah Bernhardt,” budgeted at five million dollars, as one of his most important 1947 productions. Says he hopes to bring Garbo back in it; if unable to pursuade her to do it, he may star his new Italian find, Valli. US ODDS AND ENDS—Juno Morrison, unknown Metro setress, got her big brook in being, set for the ”Hollywood Players” air show, with supporting roles played by Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotton, John Garfield and Gene Kelly. .. . The world premier of the new picture, "The Egg and I," is scheduled over CBS shortly altar lamsary L taith Claudette Colbert and Prod Mac Murray in their original film roles. . . . Attendants at the hospital where Anita Colby recently bad her health checked said that even her X-rays were beautiful.... He doesn't say why— but Harold Huber, star of "Mystery of the Week," each days reads a page of the telephone directory. MIDLAND JOURNAL. RISING SUN. MD. MOPSY by GLADYS PARKER /jWpT^ MARRIAGE I ( pL EASE/j LICENSES HOME-TOWN ECHOES By C. Kessler soapy, lady, but HERib-rray')^,|/# / VE PONT (SET MO CALL STORE. = ) PReSSViG / i LAUGHING STOCK By Frank Adams '_ jy ■' ' *%&:> b- V "That boy friond of yours writes the mushiest darn letters!" SMALL LOSS The new minister was visiting an aged parish member afflicted with deafness. She expressed great re gret that she was unable to hear his sermons. Anxious to seem sympathetic, he shouted into her ear trumpet: “Oh, you don’t miss much, Mrs. Briggs.” “So they tell me,” was her unex pected reply. KEEP IT QUIET A wealthy woman asked an assist ant in the of a big shop for instructions on how to make a dog’s sweater. “How big is the dog?" asked the salesgirl. The woman’s illustra tions were not very successful. “Maybe you’d better bring him in,” suggested the gtrl. “Oh, I can’t do that,” said the woman. “It’s to be a surprise for him.” - I I INI' News/J\ BehindM thb'Nmp by PaulMalumQ^ Released by Western Newspaper Union. LAWS TO CURB UNIONS WILL BE FIRST BUSINESS OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON. - The trend of affairs is worrying men who think about the course of government. They talk it among themselves, not always directly, but sounding out each other as to what each expects. This is not to say any agreement exists on what will happen. Nor should it imply the administration has any plan of action. Many au thorities here merely see unsettling events ahead and at hand domesti cally and internationally, and are not sure how these will all come out. The most common expectation appears to be that the Repub licans soon will assume domes tic leadership in congress. Some legislation like the Case bill, to put the unions in line, is anticipated for passage over any veto (there may not be a veto this time). The legislation certainly will take the line of making the unions responsible for contracts and finances. Almost surely it will open up the exclusive trustlike combines of the unions and seek to restore to men their right to work. One union, for instance, charges SI,OOO initiation fee and otherwise ex cludes anyone from joining or work ing without joining. A great many union people want this reformed, as was advocated by those union workers whose homes were bombed in Hollywood because they wished to work during a jurisdictional dis pute. SWIFT ACTION EXPECTED The legislation might go further and try to protect the public against strikes in public utilities—strikes which' shut off light, heat or pub lic necessities like food distribution and transportation. Whatever reforms are to be enacted may be pushed through swiftly in the new congress—or Republican leaders will try to push them swiftly. The truth is congress is not a good place to entrust leadership. By its very nature it must give full pro tection to minority rights and thus open the way for filibust ers, delays, stalls. Essentially congress is more a balance wheel than an affirmative action body. The union leaders not only are rushing headlong to meet these prospects, but also are actually pro voking an economic struggle. The CIO wage policy committee is ex pected to work out a demand for another wage increase of about 15 per cent. The figure is being based on present prices, which govern j ment economists say will not last 1 I in food but 30 to 60 days more, i I and certainly are tending downward ; for next year. The figure also is ; based on what CIO expects the companies to make next year in “great” profits. Tc meet this CIO campaign for i which Lewis has been fronting in his coal strike, Mr. Truman has fairly good economic advisers (de spite reports to the contrary). If there is one thing Economic Stabili zer Steelman knows, it is labor re lations and unions. Furthermore, the right-hand adviser is supposed to be a seldom-mentioned Missouri lawyer. FIRM LEADERSHIP LACKING The old advisers, Treasury Secre tary Snyder and RFC Adminis trator George Allen, are said to be resting obscurely in a house of canines as far as Mr. Truman is concerned. National Chairman Han negan, whose health is not good, can be led to suffer a relapse, it is said, at any time the names of j Allen and Snyder are currently mentioned. No affirmative leadership is available, however, to take hold of the ravaging economic elements and whittle them down into a stable economy to ward prices and wages which will last more than a few months, although this is what labor needs more urgently than another wage increase. The nation needs it also because strikes are proving to be cost ly weapons to many strikers who lose more in them than is gained, and of course the nation must have production to get back on its feet. We are not “talking ourselves into a depression,” as they try to say here now, but we are drifting into one, im pelled by lack of constructive leadership. i The largest hotel here has rooms I empty for the first time since the 1 war. A certain airline is not carry ing enough passengers to make any profit. The strikers on TWA cannot all get their jobs back. In many key spots the signs of drifting let down are noticeable. Internationally the breaks of so ' cjalism toward the Communists in Britain, France and Itafy particu larly are weakening the coopera tion among politicians who oppose communism. In both lines the fu- I ture will be determined by the out come of events now in the making. HKwrli! It '■2' v mr By JAMES KINSEY “A wonderful party!” Susan Blanke’s eyes were shining as she spoke. “I can’t imagine your Un cle Will giving a party—and on New Year’s Eve, at that! This is one puzzle that has me stumped!” Handsome Douglass Wilson, with whom she was sitting out the dance, nodded agreement. There was am ple reason for Susan’s bewilder ment. Never, until tonight, had his Uncle Will demonstrated anything but complete criticism for the younger generation. Even the most simple pleasures of youth had drawn his frown. But tonight, for no ap parent reason, he had performed a complete about-face and opened his own home to Doug’s friends. The big, gloomy house, silent for years save for the guarded tread of serv ants, rang tonight with gaiety and laughter! Returning from the city, Uncle Will had brought horns, whistles, silly caps and balloons for the party. And most amazing of all, tonight his usually grim face was wreathed in smiles. He seemed to be enjoy ing the evening like a schoolboy. “It’s the most puzzling thing!” Susan repeated. She smiled as Doug pressed her hand, remembering suddenly how much she loved him, yet how dif ficult Uncle Will had made their re lationship. Doug had lived there in the big house since his parents died. Now, grown up, he was managing the estate. “Uncle Will just began making preparations for the perty when he came back from New York,” Doug said. “But he hasn’t told me a word. I’m as much in the dark as you, Sue!” They were silent a moment. “I’m afraid that tomorrow he’ll turn back into Uncle Grouch,” he continued. “I just can’t remember Uncle Will ever smiling before. . . . But let’s talk about you. Darling, I don’t care if he is opposed to young peo ple getting married. I’m going to tell him the truth tomorrow. I don’t care if—” i “So you don’t care, eh?” Uncle i Will was suddenly standing beside ! them, his expression threatening, j “You’re willing to defy me?” In the shadows they were unable to | see the twinkling in his eyes. I “Well, it’s the only thing we can I do,” Doug answered hotly. “You— -1 you’re so hard about everything, we have to defy you, since you put it that way.” “You don’t have to, son!” Uncle j Will had come closer and placed an j arm around each of their shoulders. I “You can marry Susan just as soon as you want to —” j “But, we don’t understand,” Doug 1 gasped. “Why, only a week ago you | said—” “I said those things deliberately, ] children,” Uncle Will interrupted. I “You see, there’s something I haven’t been able to tell you until , tonight, Doug. When your father died, making me your guardian, he stipulated that you were to in i herit his estate only if you remained j single until January 1 this coming I year—that is, until midnight tonight. ! At the same time, for some pecu , liar reason, he stipulated that you weren’t to be told about this provi sion—so if I’d let you get married j sooner, you’d have lost everything. It was a strange provision that he ; made in his will,” he concluded. ■ “But it’s worked out satisfactor- I ily. ...” Doug was gasping. “And that s why you’ve been so opposed to my marrying Sue?” he asked. “That’s right, Doug,” he nodded. “I’ve wanted so badly to tell you these past few months, but you see, I couldn’t—until tonight!” He pulled himself loose from their grasp. “Come along, you young sters!" he shouted gayly. “I’ve thought of something to climax thia party. It’s just two minutes to mid night, and I’m going to announce your engagement! Happy New Year!” : Japan Celebrates New Tear's Fourteen Days At least 14 days are needed in Japan to celebrate the coming of ] the new year. During the festival streets are made lively by stilt walking, top-spinning or ball-playing. While the youths are enjoying the outdoor sports, the order people write New Year's poems or play games. After two weeks of revelry the burning of decorations end the ; celebration.