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Atomic War Could Force
Return to Primitive Life
(' Hews Analyst and Commentator.
Mid-Jane welcomes a gathering to
Washington which will deal with a
luhi^rt mnrp im. - ? -
portant to you
and me than any
thing I can think
The meeting is
described as an
"institute on the
control of atomic
e n e r g y." A t
about the same
time, the United
sion on Atomic
Energy will be
At the "institute" in Washington,
authorities will explain just what
effect atomic energy can have on
your life if you are one of those
who aren't going to be destroyed by
it. I was going to say "one of the
lucky ones," but you won't be lucky,
?if atomic warfare starts, even if you
'are among those whose lives are
We have all heard a lot of dire
prophecies about what the atom
bomb can do, if it once gets on the
loose. Also, what wonders atomic
energy can perform in building a
better world, if it is confined to
peaceful and productive activity.
But by far the most impressive
footnote on the subject came to me
in the repeated words of a scientist
speaking not scientifically, or for
quotation, but very intimately of
his own private thoughts, and his
own personal plans.
He has lectured a great deal on
the subject of atomic energy, and
is one of thpse intimately concerned
with its development. Suddenly, one
day he realized that he bad better
make some personal plans to pre
pare for the future in this atomic
age of which he had spoken so
much. His work is near one of the
several prime targets of any enemy
bombs that would be dropped.
So he began to consider. Should
he try to get transferred to some
smaller institution, located in a lit
tle town? That, he considered,
would not help much. He has a
farm, but he is not a farmer. Should
he move onto the farm immediately,
learn as much as he could about
farming, and plan to live there
where he would be comparatively
TU- 1. #?.
oaiv ; iUC lOitll AS tOi iruill Willy
large city, tucked In the hilla.
Then ha itarted planning. Ba
would have ta learn a lot more
than fanning. He would have
to learn to card wool, for In
itance; hit wife would have to
learn to spin, to weave, to make
eoap, to fabricate aU the thing!
yen buy in sterea.
He would hare to lay In toola,
and enough other supplies to last
him the rest of his lifetime.
Well, perhaps all that could be
done. Then he realized that even
at that, he wouldn't be safe. He
would have to build barbed wire en
tanglements, and obtain machine
guns and other weapons with which
to defend himself . . . for with the
refugees who escaped, starving,
from the cities, the few who had
food would be at the mercy of the
If I had heard those statements
from a lecture platform, or read
them in a magazine, I might have
passed them by as sensationalism.
But the statements weren't in a
magazine, or spoken from a plat
form. They were said over the
luncheon table In the quiet corner
of a club. The speaker wasn't
trying to "sell" his Ideas to any
body. He wasn't trying to persuade
'anybody to do anything, or to get
publicity. He was thinking out loud
, about what he considered an acute
In the end it left him baffled.
(There is no defense.
The only hope la to make the
United Nations work.
I beard this story, and was moved
by it I was already pretty well
stirred up. because I had just
learned of what deep concern this
question Is to more than three thous
and people who wrote me, asking
for a pamphlet I had mentioned in
one of my broadcasts.
That Is an Interesting story, too,
that I want to peas on.
One day, I received a little pam
phlet among the several bushels of
handout material which is the grist
of the publicity mills dumped on
press and radio desks all over the
country every day.
This pamphlet caught my aye
and held It. It was ? reprint
(rem Leek magazine entitled
"Tear Last Chance." Ton may
hare seen it. It moved me
so much that I Just couldn't help
talking about It on the air, and
offering to pay lor the ffrst 5M
pamphlets requested, providing
a stamp was enclosed.
I limited the requests to people
in the following categories: insur
ance men, salesmen, real estate
men, teachers, clergymen, mechan
ics, utilities workers, scientists and
I did this, first, because I wanted
to limit the number of applicants,
and second, because the article con
tained specific instructions as to
what the people In the groups named
could do to help prevent a cataclys
mic war. I blandly overlooked the
fact that somebody had to address
envelopes, insert the pamphlets,
mail them out.
Requests began to arrive, so I
called up the National Committee on
Atomic Information which is near
the Washington office of the West
ern Newspaper Union; ordered the
pamphlets; and had the nerve to
ask the committee to mail them out.
I didn't know it then, but it costs
the committee, which is, of course,
a non-profit organization and skimps
along on t handful of small cash
donations, four cents for the pam
phlet, a cent and a half for the
stamp, two cents to address the en
velope, another cent to insert, seal
and mail! Eight and a half cents,
altogether. My generous gesture
toward preserving civilization had
turned out to be rather lame.
But that was only the beginning.
An avalanche began to descend on
me. At last count the requests
reached over three thousand. The
committee didn't know what to do.
The letters came from such an in
telligent and earnest set of people
who were so anxious to do some
thing that the committee hated to
Twice, I begged the public to hold
off. but the committee te atill fllltne
the requests while its funds hold
out, or more donations come in.
Which is what happens when you
get an atom by the tail.
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Of Rail Nationalisation
Just after the bulletin came In
over the news ticker in my office
announcing that the government in
tended to take over the railroads,
a railroad man happened to call
me up about another matter.
I congratulated him on his new
Job with Uncle Sam. He wasn't
very enthusiastic. He speculated
on whether or not the men would
go back to work if the government
ordered them to do so. The miners,
you recall, refused to obey govern
ment orders when the government
took over the soft coal mines dur
ing the war.
"Everybody ought to go on strike
in the country," he said. "If it gets
bad enough, it may get better."
We mentioned the possibility
of permanent government own
ership at the railroads. My
frtand reminisced a little on the
days when he was an employee
of Uncle Sam once before, In
World War 1, when the govern
ment did (to Its sorrow) take
over the railways.
He said what happened then was
that a man would come up to the
ticket window and demand a draw
ing room. Sorry, there were no
more drawing rooms. Well, do you
know who you're working for, and
who I am? I'm Senator Claghom,
and you'll (something-something)?
well, get the passenger out of that
drawing room, and put me in itl
My friend said he didn't think the
people would like it if the govern
ment took over. Of course, we don't
like the black-berth-market now, ei
ther. Time and again, every Pull
man seat or berth will be reserved
by the blackmarketeers. They hold
them up to the last minute, and If
they can't sell at a premium, they
cancel. Just before the train leaves,
half empty. The Chesapeake and
Ohio ran an advertisement recently,
begging the public to refuse to pay
the premium, and help get a regu
lation through which win provide
for cancellation of reservations with
in a reasonable time.
BARBS . ? . by Baukha g?
As long a* America hat tha heart
-to attend spelling beet and county
"tings," we can't bo quite as badly
off at tome of our neighbors teem
? ? ?
' I never attended enough spelling
beet myself. But a radio commen
tator b<n an advantage hie audi
ence can't tan whothoi he can van
the words be uees or not.
A ~ _
The Twentieth Century fund find*
that to per cent of the fur goods In*
dustry is located in New York. Is
the rest of the country good-fur
? ? ?
There is no one so poor in self re
spect, no one so truly inferior, as be
who feels he must try to prove
someone else is inferior to him
KKK, please note.
BKEAD LINES BEGINNING TO FORM ... Not the depression soap lines, bat bread lines caused by the
rationing of floor to bakeries, has resulted in bread lines in most cities and before the doors of most bak
eries. Photo shows a bread line In Detroit. The baker says be has tM loaves daily, soon to be cut to 450
loaves, bat the iine-ap each morning soon bays ap the entire allotment.
BOW ALLIED AIR FORCE WRECKED FRANKFURT ... Bombs from American and British air forces
rained from the skies caused a vast panorama of rnin at Frankfurt, Germany. Photographs shew Five Fin
ger Place as it appeared at end of war. Insert shows tame location as it appeared on a prewar German post
card. Only the little statue is unmarked. Few cities took a more sustained beating than Frankfurt.
TO BE TOGETHER . . . Cwtit mad dcnUn dominating mac ?f the
trnly great tore stories of modern times. Maj. Hans O. Horn hostel,
8mm Francisco, TCteran at two wars mad the "Batman death march,"
Is exerttaf every effort to eater the Leproeartam at CarriDe, La.,
so that he eaa remaia at the side of his wife, who eoatracted the
ravaging disease while la a Japaaeoe prison eamp. Major Horn
hostel, who is net afflicted with leprosy, Is shown with his wife as they
talk with Dr. 1. C. Gelger, chief of San Francisco health department.
MOON-JUMPING COWS . . . Flying cattle to Sooth America from New
Park City lead* the way to a new modern method of transportation of
high quality breeding stock. Valued at ttt.NI these Ayrshire dairy
cattle are' shewn an plane, converted Into a tying horn. The trip win
take abont M hours, instead af several days as would bo necessary
by^ rail and wmter^Mare exports of cattle will foOow from the Utoted
POSTAL PAT INCREASE . . .
Pro. Harry S. Truman a* he af
txed his signature U the bill |It
Img an postal employees a raise
at $m per year. Postmaster Han
necan witnessed the signing el
new postal pay hOL
FAIRWAY TO FURROW . . .
Passing between tournament* on
bin farm near Denton. Texas, golf
champion Byron Nelson relaxes
behind the wheel at s tractor. Be
raises sweet potatoes, peanuts and
HOOVES AND REPORTERS
WASHINGTON. ? When Herbert
Hoover staged a press conference
after his talk with President Tru
man and Secretary of Agriculture
Anderson, newsmen immediately
asked what President Truman had
The former chief executive?whc
had as rough a time with the press
as any United States President in
this century?replied with deep feel
"There ought to be a law,"
he said, "agaiast anyone re
peating what the President has
said to him."
Hoover also refused to answer
any questions about administration
measures to meet the European
emergency, and would not give any
opinion when asked if U. S. ration
ing might be necessary.
? ? ?
At long last Maj. Gen. Norman
Kirk, who has the reputation for
hoarding more medical manpower
than any other surgeon general in
history, has decided to let a few
more doctors slip through his fin
gers and go back to civilian prac
He has decreed that all medical
corps officers who have served 30
months as of May 1 can be released
from the army before June 30.
However, this does not apply to
army dentists, who are now getting
to be the forgotten men of the U. S.
For some strange reason best
known to General Kirk, general
ooprrion Hnrtnre sin Afli (if
the army after 30 months, bat
I dentist mast remain in 39
months. And today there are
hundreds of patriotic dentists
who cave np good practices to
Join the army, now marking
time at army posts, unable to
Furthermore, the brass hats have
permitted the discharge of many
younger dentists, while older men
have to stay on. Many of the young
sters, educated at army expense,
have been declared "essential to
civilian practice" and discharged,
while older men with families to
support, can't get out. This means
that younger dentists get their civil
ian practice firmly established be
fore older men can even begin to
look for scarce office space.
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HOW TO HANDLE LEWIS
Towering Gov. Bob Kerr of Okla
homa, who packs close to 250 pounds
and a droll wit, tells this story about
a chat with a "prominent Repub
lican" during a recent visit to Wash
"Why doesn't Truman do some
thing about 3ohn L. Lewis," com
plained the GOP-er, "instead of sit
ting around on his hands while Lew
is ties up production in the entire
"Lewis is a tough man to handle,"
said Kerr. "What would you sug
gest that the President do?"
"I could give him plenty of ideas
if I had the chance."
"Okay," said Kerr. "I'm go
ing to give yon the chance. I'm
a close friend of Harry Truman.
In fact, I am going to see him
tomorrow morning. And I hap
pen to know that right now,
more than anything in the
world, he wants the answer to
this coal strike. So you Just sit
down and write out the solution
and I'll give it to him the first
thing in the morning."
The discussion ended right there.
? ? ?
For a long time, bad blood had
existed between the trainmen-engi
neer brotherhoods and the other
three?conductors, switchmen and
firemen. It has been somewhat like
the.CIO-AFL row, but the bitter
ness deepened after the Roosevelt
Whitney, at the time, sent a let
ter to all his trainmen excoriating
the other brotherhoods for refusing
to arbitrate?a letter which doesn't
put him in such a good light today.
Among other things, he made up a
little poem which read:
"Three blind mica?hear how
They an refase to arbitrate?
They're gambling with their
Though the hour is getting
For the three bund mice."
"Were they afraid to trust the
President?" Whitney asked his fel
low trainmen in the round-robin let
ter. "Or is it possible that they
(the other three brotherhoods) were
playing organization politics in the
hope that they may strengthen their
numerical and financial condition?"
? ? ?
Candy made in Fascist Argentina
is now sold in the house of repre
sentatives' restaurant. . . . Senate
Majority Leader A] ben Hartley
grows in stature daily as a result of
his difficult battles in a hard-head
ed senate. . . . John Pellle, just re
signed from the treasury, will go to
work for the French government.
. . . The Soviet government is now
permitting the state department to
up the circulation at its Russian
language magazine Amerika from
10.000 to 10,000 copies a month.
To waterproof the kerchief ymm
wear on rainy days, place it be
tween two layers of waxed papa
and press it with a hot iron.
Hanging a suit on a hanger while
it still retains body heat causes As
wrinkles to fall out much use
To straighten oat curled rug cor
ners, wring a bath towel out Of
cold water and place it on As
curled spot overnight.
To loosen a glass stopper, let a
few drops of glycerin soak be
tween the stopper and neck at the
Before slicing fatty bacon tly
hand, chill it firm, and the bacaw
can be cut in thin even slices.
Attach a small pincnshion to
baby's crib. Then when you're
diapering baby, place the pins in
the pincushion. This way they
can't find their way to the bed
where baby can reach them.
You'll find a corn popper excel
lent for cooking frankfurters over
an open nre. The frankfurter* am
easily be turned so as to bran
on all sides.
Have a Care. If your pressm
cooker cools too suddenly it suy
warp or crack.
If yon paint the inside of yam
linen closet a medium blue, it w9
keep linens from turmrig yellow.
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