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INDIAN VAI,LEY RECORD Thursday, April 25, 1940 By LEMUEL F. PARTON (ConsoUdated ~eatures--WNU Servlce.P NEW YORK.--One bright, sunny day in July, 1920, King Chris- tian X of Denmark, mounted on a beautiful white horse, led his troops across a Military Force boundary line Im New Problem to reclaim the northern part For Dani h King of Schleswtg, lost to the Germans in 1864. Den- mark had been crippled in the World war, suffering much more than Nor- way and Sweden, but somehow she had managed to save her tittle king- dom. The king, addressing a cheer- lag throng, hailed the organization of international law and order, tm. der which small nations could live in peace. The king, who is six feet, six inches tall, the tallest man in his kingdom, recruited a guard of the tallest and handsomest young men he could find, but none so tall as he. They were gorgeously uniformed and the ceremony of the changing of the guard might have been read- ied by Fraflz Lehar. But many times, the king reminded his people that all this was merely appropri- ate ceremonial, and that Denmark's safety lay in keeping in the van. guard of civilization, and not in armed forces. Last summer, under great nerv- ous tension, he seemed to feel that the pozers of darkness were clos- ing in, and suffered a serious ill. ness. Today, with the fat~ of Den- mark resolved in far-ranging and desperate issues, the old king, near- ing 70, yields to the inevitable. The New world structure of law and or- der has fallen and Denmark is one of many casualties. At the age of 28, Christian mar- ried Alexandrine. princess of Meek- lenburg-Schwerin. When be was crowned in May, 1912, the Danish populace was prepared to dislike him, descendant of an alien dynasty as he was, and there were some overt demonstrations against him, But he won his people with his fur- therance of a liberal, constitutional government. Although he was trained as an army officer, and had a liking for military pomp, he fre- quently denounced militarism and opposed efforts to get his tiny coun. try goose-stepping and arming. While he was proud of hpving the tallest and most resplendent guard in Europe, he slipped away from his bodyguards at every opportunity and enjoyed tremendously bicycling around Copenhagen. unattended. Into the ruck with Denmark's gains of two decades goes what probably has been the world's most suttee. ful state-sponsored industrial and agricultural eqroperation. . EMIL HURJA. big. Babe Ruthlan political statistician 'and pratt. sionist, who greatly aided the ear|y New Deal by charting the public drift, Is now Political Field an a~ly of Is 'Gold Mine" the Garner To Emll Hurja forces. Fa- miliarity with assaying in the gold fields inspired his system of getting the mill-run of public sentiment. He once told this reporter about his interesting career. Taking a start from the wilds of the Michigan peninsula, when he was 18. notes from his di- ary might be something like this: Rode the rods on the way to Seat. tie. Found more comfort in the cattle car. Landed in Yakima. did thls and that. and finally got to Seattle. Since I had learned to set type at the age of nine, I convinced the Post-Intel. Ugencer ! was a newspaper man. Managed to get by, but realized an education might help, so started grabbing one off the side at the Uni- versity of Washington. Found Dr. Henry Suzallo. the president, was the greatest man I ever met. Dr. Suzallo said Henry Ford want- ed him to send somebody on his peace ship and it might as well b me. Went on the peace ship; came home and rammed around the Texas oil fields and then got to Alaska, Fell in with Ben Smith, who had real gold mine. Came back home and got Into Wall Street and poll- tics. Began assaying political mother lodes; got so I could tell whether I would get a string of color, and found ! was assistant to Mr. James Farley, chairman of the national Democratic committee. Like Mr. Garner. 1 O EIGHTEEN years ago, Manu~ Quezon, president of the Pinhp- pine commonwealth, said to group of American business men, "I would rather live under s government tun like hell by Filipinos than under a government run like heaven by Americans." Now. with the shadow of Nippon reaching out into the Pa- cific. he isn't so sure. Word from Washington Is that while he still thinks 1946 may be all right for casting off, but he is dickering for re-examination of the Phllipp/nu problem. GENERAL HUGH S. JOHNSON Unl~ F4sI~ It~U Slt~la THE NEW WAR It is too early to begin drawing either military or political conclu- sions from the sudden outburst of action in Scandinavia. It was not anticipated in the writings of the military experts that I saw, but that the action taken by both sides had been carefully planned and pre- pared for is obvious. You can't block up the territorial waters of "a neutral by mine fields in three separate areas, the extreme two of which are 500 miles apart, without plenty of preparation--or do it in a day. You can't launch such an assault as has been made on Den- mark and Norway any more rapidly. It is curious that the allies would have so clearly invaded Norway's neutrality on the exterioi" route when the disappearance of ice on the in. terior route will so soon make that IN OSLO AIR RAID SHEL. TER---"The rights of neutrals are only what they have the strength to make them." mine-sowing activity superfluous. There must have been another rea- son. In other words, while both prepa- ratior~s were kept secret from the world, they were not kept secret from either belligerent to prevent the other from knowing and acting instantly upon their revelation. It is too early to blame Denmark for not resisting Hitler's "protec- tive" invasion. On the face of cur- rent reports, she could only have crucified her country--as Finland and Poland did. 'AMERICANISTS' The most cockeyed reaction to the outburst in Scandinavia is that it sets the "isolationists" back on their heels. It doesn't even bear on the question. I hate sloganeering labels, yet I would rather be called an "Ameri- canter" than an "isolationist"--al- though I sincerely believe that they are the same thing and, if they are, "what's in a name?" My suggestion is addressed to the amateur military kibitzers who in. mist in our taking partners in this dance of death and who call people of my opinion "isolationists" be- cause they believe in arming our own dugout to whatever extent is necessary and staying in it. My suggestion is that these people proudly label themselves "interven- tlonists"--and, since they glory in their opinions, be proud of the de- scriptive title which far more aptly disfinguishes them than the word "isolationist" describes our train of thought. It is absolutely fair to label them as "interventionists," but maybe it isn't fair without distinguishing be- tween two clear classes of them. One group presses for American inter- vention on purely idealistic grounds. They are the do.gooders. They want to send other people or other moth er's sons or other people's money into this bloody shambles to main- tain "decency" on earth. Even that statement might, on the surface, seem to carry an element of unfairness. Some of them are willing to embark themselves and their own sons on such a crusade. But whatever unfairness springs from this is only superficial. There is ample opportunity for this kind to do this right now. All they have to do is to go across the Cana.dian border and enlist. But most do-gooders and "great liberals" are not considering per- sonal sacrifice. They get, if they do not seek, the crown of public ap- proval of their bleeding hearts with- out bearing any cross or personal sacrifice to achieve it. They want to make "government" do It--whlch means to make everybody do it wether agreeable or not. " Seizing Denmark doesn't get the Germans any closer by air to ob- Jectives in Britain than she Is al- ready but a seizure of Bergen in Norway would. If this push had been toward Holland. its object would have been much clearer. Air bases in Holland would threaten the whole west coast of England. But this move to the north does.not of itself threaten Holland. Germany with a superior land and air force can probably afford a Scandinavian expeditionary force better than the allies can. I RAN across Oscar Pitt the other night and we stopped to talk about Bob Feller. Based on his natural ability, his gain in experi- ence and the way he has been round- ing into shape, ev- erybody expects the Van Meter fire- ball pitcher to have a great year. So, I discovered, d o e s Vitt. "Itc can't miss," the manager of the Indians said. "This will be his best year Grantland Rice up to how--another step on his way to being perhaps the greatest pitcher we have ever looked at. "Let me tell you about this kid. You hear all about his fast ball and his curve ball--you'll find the ball players will talk more about his curve ball than his fast ball because that's what he strikes them out with in the clutch--but you don't hear much about how hard he works to improve himself. And that, if you ask me, is the greatest asset he has--or that any ball player has. He Practices Bunting "Here's one detail: I rounded all the pitchers up one day and talked to them about bunting. I don't mean fielding bunts, i mean doing the bunting themselveS. " 'When I send you up there to sacrifice,' I said, 'what do you do? Most of the time you bunt the ball right back to the pitcher for a force play or you pop the ball in the air. Anybody can learn to bunt if he'll only give a little time to it. And remember this: You're working for yourself when you'ru at the plate just as much as you are when you BOB FELLER are in the box. You can help your- sel~--or you can wreck your ball game. Do you reallz, that by learn- ing to bunt, $o that you can move runners along when you're up there trying to sacrifice, you might win two more games a year? Two more games won might make a difference in your record for a season and might make a difference in the standing of the club.' " 'They all agreed with me. They had to, because I was right. But you know who has done most about it, don't you? Sure. You guessed It. Feller. He came to me after practice that day, when everybody else was heading fa,r the club house, and asked me if ! could get a couple of fellows to throw to him. " 'Throw to you?' I asked him. 'What do ~ou want them to throw to you for?' " 'So I can practice bunting,' he said. " 'You bet your life I'll get some- body to throw to you,' I said, "I got a couple of strong-armed young fellows out to throw to him and he practiced bunting for an hour. He's been at it every day ever since. The other pitchers have been practicing, 9)o. But not llke this kid. All He Had to Say "You see, I told him ff he could bunt, it might win tw mare ball games a year for him. That's all I had to say. He'd do anything to win two more games year. He'd stand on his head in the box if he thought it would help hhn that much. "It's the same way with pitching with men on the bases. That was his big weakness--but it isn't any more. They might steal on him once in while, just like they will steal on any pitcher once in awhile. But if they .think they are going to run on him this year like they used to, they,re crazy. I hope some of them try it. He was a sucker for them once--but he's laying for them nOW. "It'S a great thing to see in a kid like that. The average kid breaking in as young as he did--why, I was looking at him the other day and thinking to myself he still looks like baby--and getting all that pub- licity--the average kid would have got a swelled head and you wouldn't have been able to tell him any- thing, But this kid just hangs around waiting for you to tell him something or asking questions of me or some of the older players on the club-and he is a cinch to wind up as one of the greate,t pitchers we over had--maybe the greatest." Kathleen Norris Says: Every Woman Should Make Some Plan to Avoid Dullness (Bell Syndtcate---WNU bervlee.) i Sometimes a dreadful dullness comes into married life, for the woman. She remembers other days, eager joyous days of girlhood. Now comes a pause. By KATHLEEN NORRIS SOMETIMES a dreadful dullness comes into married life, for the woman. Not illness, not trou- ble, not money worry, but just in- sufferable dullness. Life for Betty goes on without ex- citement, without thrill. The kitch- en routine proceeds placidly; the children go to Pchool; Ed comes home and has his dinner and goes out to his lodge meeting. Betty helps the boy and girl with home- work, turns on the radio, yawns, mends a sweater and then decides to go to bed. Sometimes this even flow of un- eventful days frightens an intelli- gent woman. Earthquake, flood or fire might horrify her, but at least they would find her active, ade- quate, swept off her feet in the sud- den new demand. But monotony scares her. She remembers other days, eager joyous days of girlhood, dances, laughter, the glory of her engagement and marriage, the fun of showing off the new house, of telling her friends that she and Ed were expecting a baby. The baby's coming, too, was an occasion never to be forgotten; the flurry of getting him started; the happy, wearying absorption in his needs, and the needs of the second baby. All this might have been tiring, anxious, re- sponsible, but it was satisfying and triumphant, too. Ten Years Later. But now, lO years married, with the thirties beginning to slide by, with Ed taking everything quietly for granted, and only articulate when dinner isn't satisfactory or little Ned sleeps too late in the mornings---now comes a pause. And somehow the wife and mother knows that it is a dangerous pause, and that something must be done about it or it may have lasting and serious results. "Floyd leaves the house at eight- thirty," writes a Kansas wife. "I go to the door with him and kiss him good-by, Then I get the two boys off for school, and turn back into my quiet house for morning dust, planning of meals. At noon I have a cup of soup or malted milk and a sandwich, and afterward lie down and, rest for awhile. Then perhaps shopping, a movie, a club meeting, a hospital call. "At five, I am occupied in the kitchen, with the table to set. Floyd is home, and there is quiet talk of what he did all day and what I did, not either interesting or important to either hearer, and then we settle down to evening paper and radio, or, on rare occasions, have guests for dinner and bridge--very poor bridge aH 'round, with nobody sure of the scoring-or Floyd goes out and I am alone. Goes On--No Change. "Everything pleasant, friendly, Just a~s it was last year and will be next year, Our income is small, but enough, we all have good health, questions of budget and allowance were long ago adjusted. My hus- band Is a trusted employee in rubber finn; his salary is $38.50 a week. Recently be asked for weekly raise of $7.50 and was re- fused. It would have made some difference to us, but not an impor- tant one. "What can I do to make our lives more exciting and glamorous? I am home woman; I know I @muld be more than satisfied with what I have, But I'm not. I'm restless and bored. Floyd's people are straight American. My grand- father was a general in the Spanish army 30 years ago; my mother Swedish, Is it the mixed blood that makes me at once shy and eager? I did not speak English until I was eight years old." The obvious answer to Loin is that she has more now than nine-tenths of the women of the world have, and that ninety-nIne hundredths of them would feel themselves rich with a steady husband, a steady income, two small sons, home, gar- den, car, perfect health, and that security from aerial bombardment that is becoming luxury in the world. Suggestion for Lola. But that isn't fair. For she ad- mits herself that she OUGHT to be content, and really wants to cure herself if it is her fault that she is not. So instead of reproaching her, I am going to make to her several suggestions that may help her ex- tricate herself from the rut into which she has fallen. To begin with, there is an inner spirit or subliminal consciousness or soul or entity in every woman. It is a correspondence with ele- ments that are supernatural. Call this thing whatever you like---Kar- ma, Yogi, mental healing, the ir~ finite, Oneness--it means that you recognize some influence higher than a merely earthly influence, and your values in life are formed on something higher than a purely earthly scale. Most of us call this imponderable, infinite, intangible but very real presence, God. We don't attempt to analyze Hirh, work Him out on charts and graphs; we merely go into that stillness called prayer now and then, and await with perfect confidence a renewal of life within us; a new sense of potentiality, trust, and above all delight and eagerness in the outwardly dull rou- tine of every day. The Happiest People. The happiest persons in this be-' wildered world, in fact the only happy ones, are those who have found this secret for themselves, and revel in that unbounded glory of living which the orientals call "bliss." You can live in three rooms in a crowded tenement, and possess it. You can be the wealthi- est woman in the world and miss it completely. Yet it's open enough to find, and it costs nothing. Ask, and, you shall receive it, and to re. peat, it costs you nothing. It can be yours. Once this is achieved, a thousand interests and indeed fevers possess you. You want to live forever, so that you may have time to read thousand books; accomplish a thou. sand prison reforms and live to see them work; establish a Spanish class at 25 cents a lesson and watch it grow until you are besieged with class and radio engagements; plan a garden, and glory in its beauty; build a backyard grill and enter. tain the boys and their friends there; find an old country place and move into it, and have chickens and a cow; raise fine-bred Persian kit. tens; gather a circle of their friends about your boys and be sure that the group ,in which they grow to young manhood is a safe group; study beekeeping, astronomy, book- bindi~ng; put up fancy preserves and sell them. Or, under state super- vision, take three or four small chll. dren to board. The state pays much more than they cost and the work of bulldirig little citizens is valuable one. Or go into politics, by the simple process o~ attending meeting or two, accepting a posi- tion on some committee, and con- tributlng your mite toward better and wiser administration of your local affairs, The country would be better off if more women did this. A Plan Is Necessary. Some months ago I was walking through a dark Boston slu~ with a young professional man. It was broiling summer, and the high tene- ment rooms were like so many little hot boxes glaring into the crowded night. To my exclamation of pity and concern, the young doctor said, "It all depends upon whether you have PLAN or not. People with- out plans are to be pitied, no mat. tar where they are." DIPLOMATIC TWIST WASHINGTON.--Fate has a way of playing pranks with the most carefully laid plans of diplomacy, and it has given two queer twists to Roosevelt's diplomatic appoint- ments. One was when he thought he was putting 70-year-old Wilbur J. Carr on the shelf by making him min- ister to the then secluded country of Czecho Slovakia, but found in- stead that he had sent Carr to the hottest hot spot in Europe. The other was when he sent Mrs. J. Borden Harriman to the peaceful and obscure capital of Norway, where a lady diplomat could make few mistakes, but recent events find Daisy in the middle of the war zone --and enjoying it. Furthermore, and according to a state department which is definitely MRS. J. BORDEN HARRIMAN A 'quiet' post in Norway? prejudiced against lady diplomats, Mrs. Harriman is doing an excellent job--in fact, a much better job than some of our other ministers pleni- potentiary. Mrs. Harriman also is 70 years old, though few people who have ever watched her tireless energY would ever guess it. In those 70 years she has seen more riders come and go on the Washington mer- ry-go-round than almost any other dowager of capital society. i 0 / Scrambled Dinner Parties. "Daisy," whose real name is Flor- ence Jaffray Harriman, became fa- mous during the Harding, Coolidge and Hoover administrations as a lone Democrat who lived only for the pleasure of baiting the reigning Republicans. She made them like it. Her deliciously scrambled dinner parties became legendary. She in- vited naive and unsuspecting Repub- licans, placed them beside such ra- pier debaters as Sen. Tom Walsh, Sen. Burton Wheeler and Charley , Michelson, then after dinner, pushed back the chairs and made them go to it. She Fought Roosevelt. It was a political paradox that having kept Democratic enthusiasm flaming during the lean and hungry years from Harding to Hoover, Mrs. Harriman at first should have been unrewarded by the RooseVelt ad- mtnistra~on. There was an interesting reason for this. Daisy had been an ardent opponent of Franklin D. Roosevelt before the1932 convention. She had worked vigorously for Newton D. Baker, and led a faction of the Dis- trict of Columbia delegation in vot- ing against Roosevelt at Chicago. So when Roosevelt adopted the policy of awarding his "B. C." (Be-' fore Chicago) friends, Daisy was out of luck. She remained out of luck for five years, despite many efforts by powerful friends to win her an appointment in the Roosevelt fold. Finally, thanks to the persuasive influence of Sumner Welles, Roose- velt relented. Daisy Harriman was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Norway ---a quiet and unimportant post to which it was considered safe to send a woman. I t Will Rogers. Will Rogers has been demoted. His statue no longer stands in the rotunda of the Capitol. A few days ago the statue was moved out of the rotunda, and was not even given space in the adja- cent Statuary hail, In this hall, where only one figure l~ admitted from each state, Rog- ers was second comer to Oklaho- ma's famous Indian, Sequoia, in- renter of the Cherokee alphabet. Rogers was placed in a corner in the narrow hallway leading to the house wing, He has not lost his, smile and his slouch, but he bas lost the center of the stage, POLITICAL CHAFF. New England, New York and New Jersey G. O. P. leaders are receiv- ing le':ters from Midwestern col- leagw s warning that to win the farm vote the party platform must con- lain a farm plank similar to that proposed in the recent Glenn Frank report. The Iowa state central Re publican committee thought so high- ly of the Frank plank that it is cir- cularizing a speech by A. M. Piper, of the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, lauding the suggestions in it ):