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INDIAN. VALLEY RECORD Thursday, November 14, 1940 ] GENERAL . HUGH S. JOHNSON rmsvn~ Washington, D. C. By LEMUEL F. PARTON (Consolidated Features--WNU Service.) WlLLKIE AND LA GUARDIA Mr. W/llkle, in the campaign now closed, pointing to the mounting debts and deficits of the federal gov- ernment and the trend toward price Inflation if it isn't stopped said: "It's like a person paying premiums into a life insurance company that is becoming bankrupt. The premiums are paid but the principal is never called back from the bankrupt in- NEW YORK.--This reporter was in Washington in June, 1931, when Pierre Laval made his visit to President Hoover in the interest surance company." Whereupon of a debt ad- Mayor LaGuardta Jumped up and In a Small World jtmtment. M. down squeaking,"reckless, irre- It's Only a Short Laval quite aponsible, false." Trip to Hollywood innocen t ] y nansen us a nice little nosegay of a story. The story withered and died because its publication might have been tactless at the time, when with psalter and harp we hymned a new international brotherhood. Today, however, the story seems pertinent to M. Laval's accurate appraisal in the Europe which we "see through a glass darkly." The newspapers were making quite a fuss over M. Laval and his pretty daughter, Josette. When a grand limousine called to take him to the White House. he was done up in a morning suit and an ascot tie. There had been a ~nix-up in the chauffeur's orders and he had arrived far ahead of m~hed. ule. "How much time have we before we are due at the White House?" asked M. Laval. "A little over two hours," re- plied the chauffeur. That is time enough for a drive. Is there any- thing tlmt you would particular- ly Hke to see?" M. Lsval pondered this a too ment and then mat6: "Well, if we have all that time, I eer- talnly would llke to see Helly- wood." The mayor said that, if Mr. Will- kie had made such a statement in New York about an insurance com- pany, he could have been and sent to Jail. He called it an Insult to congress and an attempt to frighten the aged, women, chil- dren and the blind and "our govern- ment has never repudiated a legal obligation. Every one knows, that " I would like to have Mr. LaGuar- dia show me the law that would put a stockholder of an insurance com- pany in New York in Jail for pro- testing a course of waste and extrav- agance inevitably leading to bank- ruptcy and the loss of policyholders' benefits. It was ridiculous. There is no such law except as to false state- ments. We are all stockholders in this government. Mr. Wllikie was completely correct and well within his rights. CAMPAIGN mSTORY At the close of his 1932 campaign the Republicans fired a shot that threw a terrific scare into Mr. Roosevelt's headquarters. I was there and I know. They said in rank violation of the specific platform, Mr. Roosevelt planned to debase the gold content of the dol- lar. Public reaction adverse to Mr Roosevelt was so alarming that something had to be done about it, "right now." Mr. Roosevelt's rec- ord for keeping promises as gover- nor of New York was nothing to write home about. There was how. ever, one man in our camp whose honor was so bright and his knowl- edge so profound that his word would be accepted at absolute par by all the people. His name was Carter Glass. He was ill, but our need .was great enough to drag him from a sick bed. After conference wlth the candi- date, he went on the air and deliv. ered the most devastating blast of the campaign, repudiating the Re- publican charge as an assault on the credit of the United States. Mr. Roosevelt called it a "mag- nificent phillipic" and then proceed. ed to "register gravity, earnestness and sincerity in indignant denial." Words could not have been invented to make his promise clearer or more emphatic, that no such terrible thing would ever be done. Six months after his election, Mr. Roosevelt violated the promise of his platform, the promise of Senator Glass, his own most solemn promise. WILLKIE AND JOE PEW During the campaign Mayor La- Guardla said that Joe Pew dictated the nomination of Mr. Willkie at Philadelphia. What are the facts? I know and like Joe Pew. He is forthright but an EconomYc Royalist with the courage of his conviction. He pays the best wages in indus. try. He takes care of his workers in sickness and in health. His men will tell you that :he is the best employer they know, but he is frank. ly a political reactionary. At Philadelphia he was enthusias- tic for Robert Taft. All the politicos were against Wendell Willkie. Mr. Pew actually did control the Penn- sylvania delegation. When the crit- ical ballot came, he missed the boat. After sticking consistently with Taft --on that last ballot, when Pennsyl- vania's time to vote came, the state passed. If Joe Pew's intention was to push Willkie over and claim cred- it, he certainly missed the bus. Be- fore Pennsylvania could vote, the up- surge of popular opinion for Willkie had been so great that he was nom- inated before Pennsylvania voted. Every newspaper man knows the truth of what I say. Joe Pew never came out for Wilikte until others had nominated him. One reason for the defeat of Al Smith in 1928 was that he went through the Middle West surrounded on the back platform, not by those prairie roughneck neighbors of mine, but by life-long friends--New York and Tammany politicians. They may be all right but they can never click in the great open spaces. AI's answer to criticism was: "I am not ashamed of my friends. Take me as I am or not at all." That is high prineiple, but not good Willkie hadn't been a particular friend or familiar of Joe Pew. But when he went through Pennsylvania during the campaign Joe hopped the train and stayed. That wasn't Wen. dell's fault. It was Just his innate sense of hospitalRy. He couldn't kick an ardent supporter out on the r/abe-of-way. @ MORE HISTORY When you step to review the year and campaign just passed, you can't avoid saying that the Wilikie up- surge Is one of the most remarkable political phenomena in our history. M. Level's ideas of geography may be more important now than they were then. As vice premier of France, he throws his weight with the Axis powers, which he frequent- ly has done, in a general European hegemony under Germany. M. Laval's ideas of geography may have remotely influenced his decision. It's a small world--only a short drive to Hollywood. And, by the grace of Chancellor Hitler, he may be France's next strong man. It will be noted that M, La- val's name is reversible in spell- int. So is his career. His transi- tions from left to right and back again have been easy and fre- quent, but mainly from left to right. The swaxthy, thick4et, one-time butcher's boy and hack driver of the hill country of Au- vergne, always shrewd and ddli. gent, squirreled enough odds and ends of learning, without formal schooling, te send him in in his early twenties as a bel- ligerent Left-Wing union labor lawyer. He entered politics with a "Soak the rich" outcry which advanced him rapidly, planted him In Paris as a wealthy and successful lawyer and made him tbrJee premier and foreign mln. later. He did not serve in the army ~urlng the Worl6 war, then ta~ged as an'radical,'' and Malay, minister of the interior, was accused of pro-Germauism because he failed to have ~aval arrested for criminal syndical. ism. It was in the post-war years that Laval took his sharp swing to the right, moving along with Flandln, Tardieu, Francols-Poncet and oth- ers of the powerful eartellzation and comite des forges groups, which sought financial accommodation with Germany, before and after the advent of Adolf Hitler. D EMETRIOS SICILIANOS, the Greek minister at Washington, takes calmly the news of Italy's as- sault on Greece. This is perhaps un- derstandable; Greek Minister atDuring his 35 WaahingtonLeanayears in the To the Long Viewdlpl matie service of his country he has encountered not only wars, but periods of exile and jail, with everything coming out all right in the end, at least so far as. he was concerned. His occasional Jail and exile trou- bles have been due to being tempo- tartly on the wrong end of argu. meats involving the proper form of government for Greece. He is a staunch royalist and a firm believer in monarchial government, and is skeptical about the working of de- mocracy in the United States, or elsewhere. But he makes it clear that he is not for dictatorship. He thinks freedom thrives best under a king. Siollianoa f8 an optimist. Re- peatedly in intertJews he set fortb the unity and fellow- ship of the Balkana. Rumsm/8, Jugoslavia, Turkey. and Greeee have been to him a solid front ot brotherly inthreni8 "wbiob meg even Adair Hltles will ever be able to bresk.'He has denied ai- leptions that Premier John Me- tazu b a dictator, lui~ that all of the traditional freedoms of the press, speech mad 8msem. binge are stilt sealously guarded Greece, with no invaslen personal iJbertl~ Washington Digest Rising Farm Prices to Follow Defense Program Expenditures Agricultural Department Predicts Record Farm Income; Government Faces Grave Responsi- bilities as First Draftees Are Called. By BAUKHAGE (]Released by Western Newspaper Union.) WASHINGTON D. C.-- Boom ! That sound you hear is not a bomb going off under the Capitol, or even the military music of the big bass drum. It's a cheerful sound heard along the city streets all over the country and its echo will soon be re- verberating in the rural districts, tOO. It's the business boom, already in evidence as a result of the defense program which has started the wheels of industry turning. That it is really on its way is agreed upon even by the economists who usually manage to disagree successfully about almost everything else. In fact the majority of the men whose Job it is to look through the long- distance telescope at the country's economic future are beginning to worry a little for fear the upswing will go too far and they've already figured out ways to check the rise before it becomes a runaway. However, the farmers don't need to worry about that phase of the question yet. Prosperity, like most good things, including a rural de- livery package in a blizzard, usual- ly arrives at the farm a little late. But it's coming. Already fatter pay enevelopes in the communities where armament factories are warming up are spill- lng a little into the farmer's hat. The dairy farmer gets it first. Fig- urea which the department of agri- culture has compiled only go through September but you can see the trend in this category: September 1939--$218,000,000. September 1940--$222,000,000. The meat and animal products show a drop over this same period in the late figures, but the estimators here make eonfidential predictions. This is what they say: "The rise in prices of farm prod- ucts is likely to be most pronounced for commodities which are normally consumed almost entirely in the United States. This applies espe- cially to some fruits and vegetables, and most live stock and live-stock products." Milk, eggs and cheese seem to be the things the city people want "sec- onds" on, first. Then come the meat products and vegetables of course. September figures on vegetables still don't show the increase predicted partly, eXperts say, because the in- come from these products was cut down by the earlier drop in potato prices. $ Experts Predict Outlook Appears Promlsinff Of course we have to look at wheat and cotton and the many oth- er export products in a different light because long payrolls at home don't stop short rations abroad and American export trade today is still flourishing like a school of fishes in the middle of the Sahara, but they always benefit from a good home market, too. England right now isn't hungry for anything but war sup- plies and they are willing to throw a ton of wheat overboard any day for a ton of airplanes. It's the same story with cotton and we already have a reserve of that big enough to provide dresses for most of the world and have enough left over to make a Ziegfeld chorus respectable. As for tobacco, there is a hopeful sign in the sky even if the British did drop out of the market and leave us fiat when she bought up the Turk- ish crop as a good-wiU move and called on such flue-cured as she could use from her own dominions. But the Surplus Commodities cor- poration is now buying up and stor- ing tobacco equivalent to the usual British orders which we expect will come in again when the battle smoke gets out of Europe's eyes and the Englishmen come back to the kind of smoke that Sir Walter Raleigh taught them to enjoy back in the time of Good Queen Bess. They will probably have had just enough Turkish by that time. As to the general outlook, the peo- ple down in the department of ag- riculture, without going too far out on the limb, are pretty optimistic. Here is what they say: "Nineteen forty.one outlook is for improved domestic demand for farm products, smaller exports, higher general average of prices, larger total cash income from marketings. ]~arm income--including govern- ment payments--the total exceeding $9,000,000,000---may be the largest since 1929.' Then comes a warning. "But in- creased costs of commodities and PROSPERITY The national defense program will cause a period of great pros- which will be reflected in rising prices for farm products, according to Baukhage. But he warns that prices which farmers have to pay will also rise. He points out that the nation as- sumes grave responsibilitf~s as the first draftees are inducted into military service, but adds that there need be no fear for their health or safety. services used in farm production will cancel part of the gain in farm Income--1941 over 1940." The net of the situation seems to be that the farmer, like most every- body else, is going to have more money next year--if he can hang on to it. First Draftees Called to Service In a very few days now the boys who held the first numbers in the draft drawing will be on their way to the army camps. And today, as a gloomy rain fell over the capital I took out from my desk drawer a handful of little blue objects. As I looked at them I wondered how Aladdin felt when he rubbed his magic lamp and out of it sprang the powerful genie to do his bidding for good or ill. I am not wondering so much about the good or ill which the genie of these little blue capsules will do. For they will be the boys who, in a few days, will be going off to serve WITH all the busy gossip of pay and proselyting In college foot- ball that now rides in the autumn air, you'd get the general idea from many sources that good students and good football players belong to two different leagues. This happens to be entirely in. correct. On a general average the Grantland Rice Making Your Own Hook Rug Designs By RUTH WYETH SPEARS ANTIQUE hooked rag rugs have a special charm because their designs show so much individu- ality. The women who made them, marked out their own designs on burlap, planned their own color schemes and dyed the rags. To draw a floral design, first make a circle and then a spiral line in- side which becomes a rose. Two ovals with a triangle at the base become morning glories. Real leaves from plants and trees be- come tracing patterns for leaf de- good student still makes the better football player, and in the great major- ity of cases the foot- ball player has to be a better student than the college av- erage to keep on playing football. There are excep. tions, of course. I am now speaking of the leading average per cent. signs. An oval cut from paper makes a pattern for a center me- dallion. When making your own hook rug designs, always leave a hem al- lowance at least two inches wide to be turned under after the rug is hooked, and be sure to overcast the edge of the burlap when cut. Pin flowers and leaves cut out of paper onto the burlap, this way and that. When you get an ar- rangement that pleases, trace it to make your pattern. @ $ 8 NOTE: 1Wrs. Spears' SEWING Book 8, gives more rug hooking designs and fur- ther suggestions about how to draw your own flower designs. Also directions for It hook rug in the old-fashioned shell design. No. 5 contains descriptions of the other numbers in the series. To get your copy, address: "The best team ! ever had at Dartmouth," Jess Hawley writes me, "was practically all Phi Beta Kappa. This 1924 team was quite unusual. They were certainly not noted for their man power, but they their country as Aladdin's spirit I every one a Phi Beta Kappa rating. served his lamp. I have faith that America will see that the mission its servants perform will be an hon- orable one. They won't be sent off on any of the bizarre adventures the slave of the lamp undertook. What I am concerned about Is what will happen to those bo~s them- selves--the boys whose number~ were in the little blue capsules. I'm not worried about their health or wealth or happiness but I feel sort of responsible for them. You see I drew 25 of those capsules from the big bowl myself. At the time it was more of a lark--I was one of many legionnaires who, later on that his- toric day of October 29 was permit- ted for a few minutes to play the part of blind destiny. $ Draft Lottery Was Solemn Ceremony You have read a good deal about the historic drawing of the draft numbers in Washington. Perhaps you listened to the ceremony over the air. But there was one thing couldn't know. And that is that you people back home were repre- sented there--you fathers and moth- ers of the boys whose numbers-were chosen and the rest of the folks who will depend on those boys to bul. wark their liberties if war should ev- er come to America. Most of us who were there, I mean the newsmen, the photographers, the broadcasters and the officials who took part, including President Roosevelt, were just workmen. We were building something for you. We knew that all that was happen- ing was going past us out over the nation. But there were two people pres- ent who, by their spontaneous acts, represented you. One was a man and one was a woman. The man was Clarence Dykstra, director of the selective service sys- tem. His face told a story to me as expressive as any word spoken or anything done in the whole impres- sive ceremony. He stood there just back of Mr. Roosevelt and when the President addressed the boys over the country whose numbers were about to be drawn I watched Dyk- stra's face--the bronzed cheeks, un- wrinkled except for two furrows that drop from the kindly brown eyes to the strong and kindly mouth. Those eyes were filled with tears. I knew he was thinking of the people over the country and the sac- rifice it would mean to them when in a few days from now home ties are broken. And those people of whom Dr. Dykstra must have been thinking were suddenly personalized by a woman's voice in that solemn gath- ering. The woman you probably read about who uttered that exclamation, clearly audible to everyone present and to the listeners to the radio, when the first number, her own son's number, was read out by the Presi- It wasn't a scream she uttered. It was just the vocalization of an emotion that any mother would feel, that many mothers did feel, when that number and the others were drawn. When she came to the micro- phone later on she was calm and quiet, said she was glad. Like ev- erything else that happened that day there was nothing theatrical about her conduct. Just an average under-middle-aged mother talking about her boy. But the moment she spoke, to me she became the most important person in the room be- cause she represented all the moth- ers of the nation. * $ S Do you recall how good a guess Washington newspaper correspond. ents made on the election? Scholarly IVarriors "The varsity team included in the backfield, Dooley, Oberlander, Hall and Leavitt; ends, Bjorkman, Kelly and Sage; line, Whittaker, Hardy, Deal, Parker and Smith. Any sane coach wants a good type of student. Any sane coach knows how much intelligence counts for. Tramp ath. letes are rarely helpful, especially in hard games. I like a hard, fast- running back and also good block- ers and rugged tacklers. But I'd like to see them all Phi Beta Kap- pas. Smartness also counts." Just as the letter from Jess Haw. Icy came in we stepped into the quicksands of this football debate. "Tell me this," writes H. L. F. "why shouldn't a team composed of 15 Carnegie unit men be a better and a smarter team than one com- posed of many who can't pass four Carnegie units. (The Carnegie unit fs a scholastic entrance rating.) "why shouldn't a team that de- mands high scholarship standards be better than one that doesn't both- er abottt that side of the college fence? That's something I can't fig- ure out, if football is supposed to demand brains as well as physical speed or power." Brains and Brawn In the first place, you'll find among many of the leading teams today-- such as Cornell, Michigan, Minne- sota, Pennsylvania, Stanford, Wash- lngton, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and others--that only good students get by. I don't mean Phi Beta Kap- pas. I mean good, average grades. But there Is another side. It Is almost impossible for teams that carry the higher entrance, or class- room units to go in for the proselyt- ing-pay combination. They can't get the men in, and they can't keep them in, either, ff they happen to slip by. Teams that have lighter entrance standards, easier classroom can shoot at the field and get stars For real, quick relief from distress of an aching chest cold and its sough- In,--rub on Musterole, a wonder- fully soothing "CO~DgltlT,tNT", Better than a mustard lJlaster to help break up painful local eong~ tlonl Made in 8 strength-- Difficult Task There is nothing so easy in itself but grows difficult when it is per- formed against one's own will.--- Terence. No child can be sure to escape i~mbe y.o u donjt .r~tllzo how easy it/s to e mrec~ with round wormsl Your child may "catch" the infection from othmy ch~il.dren from a dp~, from uncooked veae- F~tOIeS, rrum In~mr~ea water. others could never hope to get. 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That was six days before election. back on rival teams to beat those colleges. Is that what you call ,a fair field and no favor?" The main trouble in college foot- ball today is the scoht pursuit and the offers made to high school and prep school stars. You might be surprised to know how many of these have told me ef the offers they were made, and I've discovered they usually accepted the best offer-- which is none too good for the kid. You know that. Here is another angle. The chieg trouble comes from the demand of alumni for a winning team, and from the pressure put on coaches to get a winning team or get fired. Not Universal This is not universal. Also you might remember that a big change for the better is under way. Some universities are developing brains. Indiana gave Be McMlllin a I0. year contract, win, lose, draw or' anything else. Texas has given Dana Bible a 10-year contract and Matty Bell has about the same arrange- ment at S. M.U. Bill Alexander of Georgia Tech runs for Ills. Who ever heard of a Latin, Greek er English prof hired on a one-year contract? Make 'am Homers or Vir- gfls or Shelleys--or get fired! I recall the time that Georgia alumni were demanding the scalp of Harry Mehre in the middle of a tough season. Mehre had led Geor- gia to five consecutive victories over Yale, better then than Yale would rate today. I was in the middle of that morass. I know Mal Stevens, Lou Little and other leading coaches rat- ed Mehre among the leaders. So Georgia let him go to Mississippi. then well down in the Hat. Check on the comparative showings of Georgia and Mississippi since Mehre left Athens. The 501st Parachute battalion has been swamped with volunteers but It isn't so easy to get into this outfit even if you have the required "dem- onstrated soldiery qualities" plus "agility, athletic ability, more than average intelllgence, and daring." 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