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since the revolution. Regardless
of how one assesses Soviet lead
ers' motivations, the changes
they have introduced have or
ganically affected the lives of
people and the character of in
stitutions, and they couldn't
turn back the clock if they
Anyone who knew the Soviet
Union a few years ago will
agree that a "new line" or, bet
ter still, a new atmosphere ex
But it did not suddenly spring
full bloom from the paragraphs
of Party Chief Nlklta 8. Khrush
chev's speech or the resolutions
of the 20th congress of the
Communist Party last Febru
ary. It belongs in the context
of an uninterrupted historic se
The speech and the congress
were memorable because they
officially formulated things that
had been built up by a. cumula
tive Impact of changes and
moves all tending in the same
direction. Long before the fron
tal attack on Stalin by name
the Soviet leaders had rejected
Stalinism in practice.
For example, the work of re
storing the due process of law
by reinforcing the judiciary,
shearing the security organs of
their arbitrary extralegal ad
ministrative powers, and reha
bilitating persons unjustly pun
ished began the day after Stal
in's funeral. Reinstatement of
collective leadership, as dtstin
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gulshed from one-man rule, '
dates from the same time.
These trends gathered mo
mentum following the removal
of Stalin's fellow Georgian, close
friend, and purported would-be
emulator, secret police boss La
vrentl P. Berla, in the early
summer of 1953.
While Installing more ration
al and humane rule at home,
the new leaders did not neglect
foreign policy. Here the pattern
was far more intricate, and ac
cordingly they proceeded care
fully. They started off by mak
ing careful studies of their re
lations country by country, and
though the familiar Stalin tech
niques- and terminology were
promptly discontinued, many
months elapsed before the
Kremlin came up with new pol
icies and Initiated major moves
on the diplomatic chessboard.
It was President Eisenhower, j
a Kansan and not a Missourian |
like his White House predeces
sor, who in the summer of 1954
asserted that the Soviets should
prove their professed good in
tentions by deeds, not words.
Such skepticism was probab
ly quite justified and even sal
utary at that stage. It is none
theless interesting to recall Mr.
Eisenhower's qomment now In
the light of what has happen
ed. Without attempting to list
all of the Soviet "deeds" since
then, here are some of the high
H The US S R, officially re- ]
nounced Stalin's territorial j
claims on Turkey and frankly !
admitted these had served to
sour Soviet-Turkish relations.
f The U.S.S.R withdrew ob
jections which had blocked con
clusion of the Austrian Peace
Treaty and thereby enabled
Austria to regain its sovereign
H The U.S.S.R. took the initia
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tive to end the quarrel with
Yugoslavia, frankly admitting
that Moscow's past policies were
to blame (or the break.
H At the Geneva summit con
ference the Soviet leaders con
curred with Western leaders
that nuclear weapons tacitly
ruled out war as an instrument
of policy. At the 20th party
congress this was further rein
forced by rejection of the in
evitability of war and violent
H The U.SvS.R. renounced the
Porkhala military base and re
turned the enclave territory to j
H More recently, following the 1
stalemate of the London dis
armament talks, the U-SJBJL.
took the initiative In announc
ing a 1,200,000-man reduction
of its armed forces.
Besides such salient gesture^
Soviet diplomacy has been bas
il y trying to improve relation*
with practically every countiy
of the non-Communist world.
The procession of heads of gov
ernment, including Scandinav
ian, who have visited Moaeo*
in recent months is unpreced
ented in the history of Soviet
relations with the non-Oom
munist world. The Soviet lead
ers themselves have made trips
abroad, and plan more.
By A Brady Called J. P.
I I found myself in one of those
once-in-a-lifetime situations a
couple of weeks back.
I was a beauty contest judge
! i much to my delight) for the
Fourth over in Jackson County.
And even though I'm nearing
the age where a thing like that
loses some of its inherent charm
among graying hair and upper
plates. I took to the Job with the
enthusiasm of one 10 years my
junior. Although the opportunity
presented itself a little late in
life, I didn't plan to let age knock
the gloss off the ol' appreciative
eye, which can still accurately
measure a well-turned ankle to
within a quarter inch and can
separate the bottled blondes from
the natural. Age, we must under
stand, does not dim enthusiasm.
It does, however, hack away at in
centive with almost fiendish
Anyway, with the wife's "look,
but don't touch" advice rattling
around in the back of my head,
I approached the judging job with
a gleam in my eyes and a spring
in my step.
Was I in for a surprise! In the
first place, all the glamour of
judging a beauty contest quickly
disappeared when the other judges
and I faced a bevy of 38 beauties,
20 of them ranking among the
prettiest I've ever seen. Secondly,
I've never worked harder at a job
in my life. It took better than
three hours and three separate
eliminations to narrow the field
and arrive at the top three girls.
By that time I was so tired I
would have had difficulty dis
tinguishing between a well-turned
ankle and a fire hydrant.
Then too, we had to face those
who thought the judges' decisions
I heard one fellow in the crowd
outside suggest to a friend that
we must have "lined up the girls
and thrown darts at 'cm to pick
My Companions in judging
were Dr. Kelly Bennett, of Bryson
City, and Coach Jim Gudger, of
Western Carolina College.
We used a complicated < keeps
the mob from lynching you >
point system to weed out the
field of contestants.
At the outset. Dr. Bennett de
cided. because he's in his 60's and
is by nature a conservative, he
would serve as a counter balance
to our enthusiasm.
However, in the first elmination.
Dr. Bennett was giving double
the number of points for each girl
that the coach and I were hand
After he had scored about a
half dozen girls in this manner.
Dr. Bennett smiled broadly and
"I guess I'm not as old and
conservative as I thought."
A friend of this column, who
prefers to remain anonymous for
obvious reasons, calls attention
to a situation that certainy needs
Mrs. X writes :
"We *ere in Franklin enjoying
God's fresh mountain air and the
Fourth of July parade . . . looking
toward the flag as it passed I
couldn't help but see across the
street ... I felt I couldn't breathe
and like screaming 'TAKE OFF
YOUR HATS. MEN THE FLAG
IS PASSING BY' . . . surely people
know, or do they just forget?
or are they ignoring it?"
The same thnig ? disrespect to
the flag ? was observed during
the Centennial last year, she said.
Of course. I can't give the an
swer to this problem, but I be
lieve the disrespect is unintention
al At least I hope It Is.
"Uncle Bob" Davis says that
"choice" is still " the word" and
that 'supreme" is reserved only
for special occasions.
And while we're on favorite
expressions, how many of you can
identify the man whose vocabu
lary is wrapped up in. 'Footnanny,
take it away'?"
W B. Biggers, the Wayah Valley 1
summer resident with the solar
heating system (July 12 issue),
turns out to be bristling with
His knick for mechanical
things has produced not only the
solar heating system (which heU
be happy co show anyone), but
two unusual water wheels that
j are in operation most of the time
i in front of his home.
He made them from airplane
I aluminum and they're so delicately
balanced a stream of water the
:size of a pencil turns them. So
I far, Mr. Biggers hasn't decided to
put the wheels to work. He just
lets them turn. He's toying with
the idea of hooking up a snail
saw mill to his larger wheel on
the creek. With a full load at
water running in the race, it gives
out better than five horsepower.
A summer resident here for It
years, Mr. Biggers came up m
the world by operating "The Big
gest Little Store in Miami. Fla ?
This was a little grocery store.
Although retired, he still owns
When he started om in the
early 20's, Miami was just a small
place, he says, and nothing like
the modern teeming- city of to
He reveals that he used to at
tract business to his store by ton
ing empty cartons and boxes into
i the street to give the illusion toe
, was doing a thriving business and
, didn't have time to pick them up.
As an advertising scheme, toe
had thousands of postals printed
with a poem he wrote entitled.
"Beautiful Miami." Here it is:
In beautiful Miami, where tkr
There's a Garden of Eden far
the sick and the well.
The flowers bloom here all tkr
A prettier spot rouid never he
The tourists flock here from >1
over the land
To bask in the sunshine and tir
on the sand.
It's a wonderful place ami. tr
tell you the truth.
It's where Ponce de Inn found
the fountain of youth.
You never see ice, you never see
This is the place where oranges
House rents are reasonable, food
prices are low.
You have a good time wherever
Down in Miami, where the oeeaa
Schools of fish are waiting far
Fishing boats will give yon a
Greatest fishing gronnds in d
As a summer resort 'tis the brat
in the land:
A nice cool breeze on the beach
in the sand.
The temperatures of our n?
mers are low.
No need for a parasol, whrrtm
So why stay up north in tkr
cold and the snow.
To torture yourself at twenty
Start for Miami at oner if yaa
It Is heaven on earth for rack
woman and nun.
The hotels are fine, the furn
ishings are good.
The service is excellent, sa i>
Work or play, you will <ta > w
Come to Miami and have a toad
At Scaly Church
Decoration and homecoming
will be observed at the Scaly Bt^
tist Church on Sunday
Lunch will be served at doom
and singing is planned In Um
afternoon. All singers and Ik*
public are invited.