i v ... I ijw wi.a r f and:..,Ler. Being a real
, r i 1 a I rnocrat to boot, la cL4 not have a very high
i of I .... '.i.e. its rock-ribbed I publicans, or its unpredictable
I"e traced met of the nnpVasant characteristics of Mainiacs
id t ;e climate and the geographical location. , - :. ; '
"Trouble with Maine is," he used to say, "that it's stuck way off In
corner of the country and has no through traffic. The people arent
exposed to new ideas often enough for any to take hold. They like to
do things in the hardest way . Just to prove they can. Cut off their
fcose to spite their face. They grow the same crops year after year
on soil that was worn out when their grandfather farmed it, soil
, that's fit only for gray birches and rocks. They raise good crop of
rocks each time they plow. Same way about their politics alii a
Republican has to do to get elected Is to be alive, or breathing, Some
; of them ought to have been buried long ago, but they're so stingy
: they are Just walking around to save their funeral expenses. Can't
. say I blame the critters much though. the climate Is so bad it takes
all the energy a man's got" to stay alive. They ought to five the state
back to the Indians, only the Indians are too smart to take it"
In summer I would (disagree vociferously - Maine is lovely then.
The air is warm enough to breathe deeply without chilling your lungs,
but not so warm that life slows down and becomes an effort as it
tloes in Intense beat Autumn is sparkling, invigorating, incredibly
. beautiful But winter, well some of it is bad, and the rest is worse -1
mi none of it Is good either for man or beast ' ' 1 .
' ; Strangely enough it is not the intense, cold that Is unbearable.
Somehow the very challenge to exist at all in below zero weather
. i . adds a kind of stamina and strength. After a while you develop that
,. state of tension that enables you to rise to meet emergencies. You
.are constantly alert - you have to be to live. If you let down your
guard for an instant you might freeze to death - and people da Life
is hard, and you get toughened. Tour blood even gets thicker, they
r say. You even feel a certain exhilaration in meeting daily the bright
. face of danger. You stay in trim to fight no matter how weary you
may get, You cant relax, you dont dare to relax . and it Is much .
too cold to relax anyway. Then suddenly without warning a warm
. air mass proves stronger than the arctic high pressure area and a
, ' January thaw occurs. That's when people crack up, give up, get im
possible to live with - even, with themselves. 'iXhr-J--ui 1
It may be because you know full well that it is only a brief respite
, , - , in a long winter that the comparatively warm air is such a destruc
. tive thing. It may be that the warmth is a tantaifrtng glimpse of a
spring that wont come for months yet The too sudden release of
- tension brings no peace of mind or body - it is lust bewildering and
' ' unreal , . . .. : v
) . ' t , ' '
' - The snow recedes gradually leaving the landscape drab and dreary.
, '.-Mud and dirt and slush lake the place of the crisp clean snow. The
, 1 ugly things that the snow has hidden stand out starkly "without re
liet Inside your house looks weary, too - the curtains hang limp and
' dusty, the windows look dirty, the furniture looks shabbier than
before. Probably you have been too busy to notice such details and
; ' they loom up around you. It's a time when you feel like screaming,
when you hate everything around you. and most of all yourself. All
1 . the frustrations of the winter come to the surface at once. The things
s you've postponed doing, repairing, fixing until spring show up all at
' once. You are impatient restless, too weary from your long fight
, -with cold to have enough energy left to cope with things. You are
apt to break into tears without apparent provocation if you're a
, -woman, and to swear at nothing if you're a man. You feel like
f - " "kicking any object that gets in your path especially those you have
, , - - iuv awicui; u uiuvt: j &iiiu vi violence
? - fills your heart.
During these January thaws in Maine more neonle rnmmlt miiriHa
than during any other time of the year. It is the final straw added
., ... . -jo a long list of grievances, hardships, misfortunes. The fight up to
.this point has been har( but has been filled with a certain zest
t Steeled to combat you can survive as long as you continue to fight.
1 Now the relentless cold has retreated for a day or so undoubtedly
, t gathering strength for even more bitter blasts. You Just can't take it
It isnt worth the struggle. Even if you know you have less than
half the winter left, that the days" are an hour longer than they
were in December, that the worst is over and you have only a little
way to go, it is still too much.
Even your subconscious mind resents this change. Your undiscip
lined soul makes you prey to every psyschsomatic disease in the book.
, "You welcome illness with open arms - any excuse that will keep you
. . ' irom having to face reality. Your heart acts up - and naturally. You
are pumping enough adrenalin from all your hatred and frustrations
- into your system to make a sound heart beat alarmingly. You get a
"iB4iarirf malfolma lotlrfdnHnn V...; . .1.1. .
- .- - . " h... uui ucuiy uie lu mame your illness
. " 'on the hard life you are forced to lead.
The repulsive cess poll of our minds that we keep well hidden even
fm ourselves overflows and comes to the surface. Men who have
taken their wive's nagging for decades turn like the worm and
commit murder or walk out And women who have put up with their
, " husband's procrastinations and sheer stubborn cussedness all their
i married lives either flare up in righteous anger or take to their beds -
someone else's. Somehow there seems to be a deep need to hurt
-A other people, a need to revenge yourself for all the fight and strength
you have had to exhibit during the intense cold. Every weakness, every
flaw in your character shows clearly - you dont like what you see
' ' .and you are going to blame someone else for it if you can. If you
- ihwmih; up - temporarily at ieasv.
Fortunate are those who have some surrogate object on which
to wreck their too pent up emotions - a woodpile to split for instance.
" V - It Should be a nerfert tlmi tn out kni,h - .,(. u vi ,
. wu cU4 UWH UI LW3 HXQ
.you could rid yourself of some of the poison inside. If you are able
concentrate enough, it ought to be a good tune to work on your
1954 income tax, too. You can always swear at the Government instead
. u -of your wife. But no matter what outlet you find, you must find one.
All the energy bottled up inside you will cause havoc if you dont!
.At such times in Maine everyone is ripe for a change - I wonder if
election held during a January thaw wouldn't produce some
' ( -amazing results - the whole state might go Democratic.
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Home Experiences Help Girls
Excel Bpys in Early Learning
ly USS1 CUVEUNO MTEBS, PkO.
AS most teachers know and as
research, shows, more boys than
girls lag at' learning to read In
the primary and intermediate
trades. In a conference on pre
venting and correcting poor
readers, the cases presented art
usually boys. " '.( , ;
The chief reason la that, while
, children enter school at the same
age, the average boy la from sev
eral months to a year younger In
actual development than the
i averagt prw,, j.ij, ; y-:k
More Learning ait Home -
As a rule, little girls are usually
more docile, mora protected, and
take better to learning home con
fonnltles than do boys of the
tarns chronological age. Boys
usually rove about outdoors more.
Presumably, they are read to less
In their earlier years than their
In the home of a girl and a boy
who Is one or two years her
senior, the girl often overtakes
the brother In reading, and even
In other schoolwork. And when
she tries to help him or "breaks
In" when a parent helps him,
much, harm to his learning prog
ress may ensue.
- Band Coordination
Usually, little girls also do bet
ter at drawing and .writing by
hand than boys of the same
chronological age. In develop
ment and Interest, daring the
early years, girls tend to be ahead
of to boys In on finger and
hand coordinations lots of ex
ceptions, of course. '
klany a teacher of the third or
fourth grade. Is vexed over the
mossy handwriting of soma of
her boys Parents may have com
plaints from a teacher over the
bad handwriting of a son. nine,
ten. or twelve. We had such a
complaint concerning ona of our
boys-when ho was about eleven.
We suggested to him that he work
out a kind of manuscript writing,
and offered him some models. He
was Intrigued with the idea,.
worked at It, and soon learned to -write
neatly and legibly. Now in
his early thirties, he still uses a
similar system. .,
Write fress a Model v
Some other parents have helped
the child who Is very poor at
handwriting by inducing him to
write several lines a day from a
good model . It's a good method
to write the model on a heavy slip
of paper or light cardboard so
that by sliding It down the page, .
the child can always have this
model directly above the line he
Is writing. If you use this plan,
dont bother the child about his
hand .or arm movements or the
way he holds his pencil. Just In
spire him to learn to write neatly
and legibly. -
(Xty bulletin "Parents and the
Child's Homework" may be had
by sending a self-addressed.
stamped envelope to me In car
of this newspaper.)
a . . i-"ivs J - t
i '., ; ! .1. I-S was
ruiJisg t 1 i . t to get back
to open t-.e i -i ..te Session . .
" Miaklug of t .ov' "on, one of the
v.i gressmen is reorted to. have
made a fluff for sure on television
when he got up and proudly stated,
"Hello, ladies and gentlemen, I'm
glad to come into your bedroom
again.". Of course, what he meant
to say was "living room" . , . I
hope those of you who have an
01 i..rt": f v I '
prayers at tl-.i .
ate each day. Ee ia i
dry Metho&sit Cure. 1 ; ; .
lngton and Is Senate CI. . . . . .
Senator Monroney of t :
wants to convert a room i
Capital Into a prayer room i r :
members of Congress to use i
meditation. I think he is to be 1. -ly
complimented for this and i.
should be done, v j
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Vir ir - 1 Li U U U 14
MARCH OF EVENTS
Lolin Americon Trade
Boost Congress Aim?
Cape!iTt end ma?ers
Urge Cusincss Drive
Special to Central Press
WASHINGTON Be on the watch for stepped-up cdngreEsicr-l
action designed to boost United States trade with Latin Anvr
ica. Senator Homer E. Capehart (R), Indiana, chairman of the S.T.a.e
banking committee, has Just returned from an extensive tour of Latin
America and is calling for increased trade with Central and South
Capehart may hold hearings this month on the steps the Export-
Import and the World Banks have taken to make
trading operations south of the border more attrac
tive to buyers and sellers. ,
In another development. Senator George H.
Smathers (D), Florida, says the United States
"must cultivate more trade with Latin America. '
He comments: "We have got to get busy and tracts
more with them, Tax barriers also have to be
Most trade experts agree a substantial market
fqr American goods can be opened up if the gov er-.-ment
moves to provide a 'certain amount of stimu
lation. The whole problem may get a thorough
airing at the hearings Capehart is now planning.
' Senator Homer
Capehart SIT OUT POSSIBILITY Don' t be surprised If
Senate Democrats "sit out" some of the toughest
legislative battles which come up in the new session of Congress.
Despite the fact they are leaving the Republicans in control of the
Senate, they hold a 48 to 47 numerical advantage over the GOP and
the one Independent, Senator Wayne Morse of Oregon, is expected to
side with them op almost every issue.
However, prominent Democratic leaders favor a strategy in which
'they will leave It up to the Republicans to scrap over President Eisen
hower's legislative program. They will sit by as silent observers so
that any quarrels among the GOP will be fully spotlighted. '
This will be particularly true when debate opens on reciprocal
trade, foreign aid, taxation, boosting the debt limit and other measures
where Republicans are divided among themselves. .
These tactics may compel the President to exert his influence for
harmony among the two wings of his party even more than antlcl-.
pated and it may enable the Democrats to point to the GOP as a
divided, undecisive political faction when the 1954 congressional cam
paigns get underway.
MCCARTHY'S ALLY A source dose to Attorney General Herbert
Brownell says the nation's top law enforcement officer
is a keen supporter of Senator Joseph RMcCarthy,
Republican of Wisconsin. ,
I According to this source, Brownell Is willing to go
to bat for the senator If it were -necessary to help
McCarthy investigate the Communist conspiracy in
the United States. ,
f It is not widely-known that Brownell Is considered to be McCarthy's
ataunchest ally in the Cabinet. The reasoning behind this, according
to this source, is that Brownell prefers to have McCarthy's Senate
Investigations subcommittee wage war with subversive elements
rather than have the administration involved In any "witch hunt" for
, Communists or pro-Red sympathisers. ; s4t w. v.v. j,;7t
WASHINGTON I have been lm-
pressed with the appeals from your
letters both foirand against Senate
Joint Resolution 1, commonly re
ferred to as the Bricker Amendment
This is a very involved Constitution
al matter. Since coming to the Sen
ate last July 15, I have discussed
the proposed amendment, and read
just about everything available on
the subject I am sure many of you
have done the same thing. I havent
felt like jumping up on the stump
and telling you that I know all the
answers about a thing so important
and complex. I am still studying
it. At the time this is written, the
debate on the floor of the Senate
is hot and furious. As one of my
friends who was visiting the gal-,
lery during the debatf said, "Alton, I
don't see how a Philadelphia law
yer' could get all the facts for and
against a thing like that in five
years of study - especially with
1267 pages of fine print in the test
imony before the . Judiciary Com
Senator Walter F. George of
Georgia has offered a substitute
amendment. Let me say that I con
sider him probably the most out
standing member of the Senate. He
nas been a member for sz years,
Chairman, of the Foreign Relations
Committee and is now ranking mln
ority member. He is considered one
of the most prominent Constitution
si lawyers in the country. Senator
George's substitute amendment
seems short and simple enough.
After he introduced his amendment
I asked Senator George to brief me
on his thinking. He did, in detail,
and there were other Senators who
joined me in listening to his ex
THE GEORGE SUBSTITUTE
What Senator George said, with
the earnestness and sincerity of a
scholar of the old school, I shall
never forget He said that amend
ing the Constitution Is serious bus
iness, and that no surplus of words
should be used in a proposed amend
ment He feels, and I most certainly
agree, that the Constitution should
be the supreme law of the land and
supreme above everything, 'Includ
ing International ; agreements. Bis
amendment says that treaties or
agreements which conflict with the
Constitution shall not be legal and
that no international . agreement
other, than a, treaty shall . become
effective as. internal . law In . the
United States except by act of Con
gress. Perhaps by the time you read
this, the issue will have been settled
and my vote recorded. I favor .the
George substitute as middle ground.
Many of my colleagues fear that to
insist on the Bricker amendment all
the way would result In a complete
defeat of all of the suggestions and
the George substitute seems to pro
vide, they say, the safeguards nec
essary. It would appear that Senator
George has come to the forefront
to again prove himself the . great
statesman we all know him to be.
I feel, confident that Is the reason
President Eisenhower called hint to
the White House recently tor his
views. At the present time, I hope
and believe that the 'majority of
the Southern Senators, will favor'
the George substitute. . ,;
THIS AND THAT .. .
Senator Hoer has been acclaimed
for his i leadership in helping "to
work out in conference the final
cotton acreage increase bilL . . He
and I were over at the television
studios the other day to make bur
television film when we ran into
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