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Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - November 26, 1934, Oakland, California Home Owned Controlled and Edited lEMtortal of tljr Daklmtb Qfriinm Oakland California November 26 1934 Borah Charges Stimulate New Plans to Stop Waste of Federal Relief Administration Money In the elaborate Federal relief system with its many ramifications and its hastily insli tuted agencies there must be many wastes Such wastes of course tend to divert public money from the purposes which the adminis tration and all interested in human welfare have in mind How to coordinate the relief and increase its efficiency is a problem which the Presi dent indicates will be placed before the next Congress Relief Administrator Hopkinshas spoken on the same subject declaring that some rather drastic reorganization is in order The only protest may come from political jobholders who are connected with the vast machinery of investigation and distribution not so much as the actual field workers but as district heads Just how large these wastes are remains a question It has been asserted that relief costs average a fraction over 8 per cent and that at the highest peak reached 12 per cent Considering the territory covered and the field to be organized this would not seem extravagantly high Senator Borah is among those who believe the nation has opportunity to save large sums and cites specific instances where relief funds have not readied those for whom they were intended He makes the charge that the costs of distribution in a single county was while only was given out Again in an other county he says it cost to distribute To the list of allegations he adds figures from other counties which arc comparable That there should be a public and adminis trative interest in correcting these conditions is obvious Those who pay for the relief pro gram knowing it to be necessary would like to be assured that the largest part of their dollar or even a considerable part of it is not being diverted from the needy The private inquiry which Senator Borah has been making should prove of service to the Relief Administration the taxpaying public and the men and women on the rolls The Senators charges are sufficiently defi nite to Call for investigation They may not represent the national relief situation as a whole but they do indicate an opportunity to plug holes through which the peoples money is running JOINS THE ARMS RACE A billion yen are voted for the new Japa nese military program France jumps its appropriations Britain increases its air pro around the vicious circle nations increase their war expenditures Excessive spending by one nation causes excessive spending by its neighbors Even the peaceful small nations of Europe have been drawn into the business of preparation A latest example is Czechoslovakia which has had a standing army of modest size and a comfortable military budget The demo cratic state has been content hitherto to sit on the sidelines and watch the others pile money into military investment It announces now it is to enter the race Border towns are to befortified the nations youth will be given extensive training the period of com pulsory service is to be increased from 14 months to two years The greater arms pro gram has been reluctantly approved by For eign Minister Benes who has been a leader in European peace efforts CzechoSlovakia feels that if the surrounding world is going mad there is but one course to follow KING FOOTBALL Did anyone make remark that football was losing in favor In the stands and over the air the millions followed the progress of the annualclassic on Saturday the radio taking it even across the Atlantic Loyal sons of California and Stanford in distant places heard the announcer spelling off the gains and losses the music and the cheers and natives of other lands may have stared in amazement as the OskiWowWow echoed on their streets The Big Game packed in its accustomed enthusiasm despite the fact that in the pre liminaries one team won all the advantages It afforded the traditional spectacle of rip pling color and bursting noise and contributed those tremendously exciting moments of high hope and despair Into the books it goes Back to their homes and businesses move the graduates nnd into the classrooms are the heroes We know the score and the reasons and the theories and most of all that football has lost none of its hold upon a California public WINTER TOURISTS California is on the threshold of what promises to be one of its greatest Winter tourist seasons It offers the visitors a greater variety of scenery and climate than may be found in any other area The comparative mild weather of the Coast may be deserted for a few hours by those who would revel in Win ter sports We make preparations for the guests and set before them programs for their enjoy ment At the same time wo urge others not to come Those who move westward in the vain effort to improve their conditions and must be taken care of in the transient camp are discovering they would be better off back in their home surroundings It is for that reason that Frank Jordan Secretary of State has forwarded a request to President Roosevelt asking him to urge the people with limited funds throughout the nationnot to migrate from the localities in which they are known Renewed interest in dirigibles with recom mendations from the Navy Board for the con struction of a second ship of the kind about half the size of the Macon has brought a prediction that another hangar will be erected at nearby Sunnyvale That there is a strong likelihood of this iji the opinion of Congress McGrath of the district of theNaval Affairs Committee II ITCHHIKERS Back in Virginia the man who slicks up a thumb as a hitchhiker may ride to jail Pennsylvania New Jersey and Connecticut make him pay fines for the practice Is it hardhearted to punish n wayfarer who asks for a ride Perhaps it is but the sorry records show a long list of crimes com mitted by the hitchhikers and a number of accidents occasioned by their habit of stand ing in the roadway Warnings against pick ing up strangers having proved of little avail the law steps in Many who would have been given a lift must now walk because in the army of hitchhikers there are too many gun men and thugs BETTER THAN SEASONAL Throughout a Summer when certain of the optimistic agencies were pointing to encour aging signs the National Industrial Confer ence Board stuck by its figures and in its weekly bulletins noted declines There is perhaps added significance in the fact the latest report of this organization says Business improved a little more than seasonally in October Declines in produc tion were more than balanced by gains in building and engineering construction Gen eral distribution and retail trade advanced in October by seasonal amounts over Sep tember levels What will appear to many as the best sign is that the most noticeable change in the busi ness picture in October was the upturn in residential construction While I am not committed to the Idea of an annual stipend for poets says one man I am willing to go so far as suggest their poetic license be revoked So far there has been organized no club of those who foel sorry because King Carol was not invited to that royal British wedding One section of the State comes forward with a proposal to sell a half interest In the latest million dollar rain With the Big Game over we may turn our attention seriously to something as who js going to win next year STIRRINGS OF THE NOISE DEMON A few cheers rousing but carefully modulated of course nnd In no case within 250 tcct of n hospital or similar institution should greet our Mayors sud den assault upon the loudspeaker evil Tl is a matter which has been needing attention of late The cam paign loudspeaker trucks niny have railed it back into Ihc Mayors mind nnd they are but R transient minor trial among Ihe multitudinous tribu lations ot election time But here nnd there other of these fiendish devices unconnected with the demo cratic process and flic inalienable right of candidates to make nuisances of themselves have crept back upon Ihe si reels while worse than this one has noticed the radioshop loudspeaker successfully nuited in Ihc great crusade years ago ngiin emitling enlative blares on lesser streets as if trying il oul again with the law and Ihe police Tl was time thai Ihe noise question should bo looked into once more The New York City Abatement Commission np poinlcd in Iho Fall of 1S120 by Commissioner Wynne of Ihc hoallh department was one of Hie better achievements of the Tammany years With courage conviction and a decibel measuring machine it ad ranred against liie Demon Noise nnd what Is more il gol rcsnlls II naturally iwoimod thai the demon hnnstlf if inorulirnblp from New York Oily but il aroused public sentiment il focused attention nnd il lid manage to trim his claws and restrain his worst levillrios At one time il even had lie radio stations advising heir listeners nt every evening that other people might enjoy a chance to sleep It re strained police traffic whistles 71 was instrumental in deadening Ihe once nervewracking I R T turn stiles it probably diminished automobile hornlooting its agitation helped to defend us from such new and terrible inventions as the airplane giant voice and it secured the passage of the ordinance against the street loudspeakers which the Mayor is now citing Its work was real but the Noise Demon though he may be momentarily restrained can never be exor cised and wiln him as with of our freedom eternal vigilance Is the price of liberty New York HeraldTribune THE OTHER FELLOV By Ad Schuster He came from the composing room A turnip in his hand The kind you wind and hock some A understand The Monday Other Fellow Stuff Is due on Satdy noon Youll find your column empty if You dont get busy soon Why canf you write a twoway song It often has been done Just type n lot of daddeda And end The best team won Hes back in the composing room And here we sit and type A ticket in our waistcoat And a ribbon on our pipe Hooray hooray for Golden Bear Hooray for Stanford Red H was a very lovely game When is done and said But even that wont stop us from chipping in with one or two words on Tuesday Of course we knew how the game was going to come out Not because we are the foremost football au thority in our oneman office but because we were let in on a secret In a way with the assistance ot Mr we determined the out come Reading between the lines and in large letters talcing the testimony of the many sports writers rep resentative graduates in gardenias and perspiring coaches we discov ered Hint psychology was going to win the game Some folks would have let the matter drop right there but not Mr Parfinklc He went directly to the dictionary to find out what this psy chology was all about Then was horn the plot which turned the trick Perhaps in all the noise of the Stadium Saturday you did not no tice two groups ot silent and elderly men two rooting sections made up largely of whiskers and gray mat ter There Ihcy sat opposite each other the Departments ot Psychol ogy of Stanford and the University of California No cheer leader was needed for those sections simply n code of to begin the heavy thinking until the whistle blew Then they concentrated They sum moned oul of the ether thought waves stubborn and sharp and sent them catapulting across the field into Ihe bearded bulwarks of the enemy You who were watching other things could not know of this bat lle of brains When a halfback slipped willi a clear path ahead it was because n little professor in a brown fedora slipped oul of the huddle a devastating idea A long was not so much a sensation as a fine thought propelled effectively jy an associate who is in line lor nil professorship Y e s s i r it was psychology that won and instead of firing coaches osing colleges ot the future will ct a complete new set ot professors n that department Another Onr Said Iibcrdorfcr Don to Munahan Bill Theres a Jot ot siller in the till Onehalf the world dont know iiow the other half dont Couranl And o n eh a 1 f the world says dont when the other half says doesnt Of ill potential causes for Eu trouble the Snar is a shining example Twinkle twinkle little Sanr And ofcourse you could be sure lhal some fellow would hear Come Toln the Band nnd try to do H Its a high society stunt for mine Said little nephew Bill So Just look close and watch me shine Im up on Tightwad Hill Gnrpoylci How grolesque and out of place Gargoyles on a parapet With each weird nnd ugly face Not n handsome one Ive met How distorted nnd mobile Gargoyles on n parapet Oh how lonely each must feel And so weary they must get Grim of and stern of mien Gargoyles on a parapet Arc they wailing for their Queen Or is there one a cronies pet Ive not found a Saint among Gargoyles on a parapet Of their many traits unsung They have never gossiped yet T NARBETT About Temper Didnt you claim when you sold ne this ear that you would replace anything that broke or was miss nc Yes sir What is it Well T want front fecth ind a collar Two Dollars More A fnrlnight ago you gave me a plasfer lo get rid of my rhcuma ism Yes Now T want something to get of the II nstrato Progress Noted Mrs your son started l his hnircutting job yet Mrs Evans Mrs he started yes erday an when hed finished he first gentlemans head he gentle nan said Good sons Tin Works Fnr II Hes very active in financial matters I know He owes me a pound and every lime he sees ive he dodges THE ZONE OP QUIET MIJL DAILY HEALTH liULLEfiN THE FORUM CAT AND THE CANARY To Tribune To use a wellknown homely simile il is now hereby affirmed that Mr Chester ttowell in effect asserts that the Republican cat has swallowed Ihc Democratic canary and therefore the canary the Dem ocratic parly is dead This despite the fact that that parly is now more alive nnd virile than it has been for many decades Wilncss Ihc latest sweeping tri umph of lhal parly at the polls sus taining Ihe Now Deal Wherefore to use he same simile by reversal it is quite conclusive lhal the Democratic cat has swal lowed the Republican canary ex cept its wing and tail feathers the Old and Ihc canary is inside the cat Senator Borah rccogni7es this fact so to speak and is desirous ot restoring to life H possible the Republican parly by constituting it progressive in contradistinction In its being stnndpat or reaction ary If this be not done nil who think and feel as he does about the matter would be impelled to unite in lie movement to organize a new national party it the Demo cratic parly swung too far toward what would be deemed extreme radicalism JONES Oakland Nov 2Ii Thn editor The Tribtina dis claims responsibility for opinions nnd sttttctiiiiili expressed in tliis column Contributions should held to one hundred ami words No contributions will be ncccptubla nnlrsi accompanied thn nantn find nddrrff of tlin writer which il desired ivill ba witlilirld jrfim MacPhorson for a running male he might have run strongei If they had consulted me I would have told them all this before election CITAS SULLIVAN Berkeley Nov 21 ON THE TKENDS To Editor Tribune I like the letter ot S T S Thai great pioneer spirit upon which America was founded has perme ated every part ot these United Slates In California we have just fold he world that this spirit of do and dare shall not die We however have gone n long way from home Everything the New Deal has accomplished so far has had a tendency to kill ambition and initiative and make us more de pendent upon the power and pro tection vested in government Tf we go from one evil to another will wo find happiness or content ment Wealth has hcon concen trated in Ihe hands of he few and now we find power concentrated in the hands of the few I like to give the New Deal credit for some splendid work in the way of reform but recovery Well I wonder In fact capital has cooperated with Ihe genera trend because il decided it could retain its power by holding back Keeking safety venturing no where and in he end getting no where But Ihe New Deal goes on a mixture of Old World ex periments which T believe were not needed in this country We arc starving in a land ot plenty Now we are proposing repimcn lalion or production for use Will it be temporary or will we go all the way Do we want to go nil the way or do we want to chock sub versive forces now and with he iood old pioneer spirit build back our democracy Regimental ion means serfdom if not physical il will at least be mental serfdom A constructive measures which I believe in arc Pass ho bill for the Townscnd OldAge Pension Plan start n na tional thirtyhour week and let government subsidize business le capital go back to its proper chan nels let the strictest government economy make the tax burden grow less from year to year let credit be extended on longterm loans for city homes farms and property of all kinds for permanent and prof itable investment Oakland Nov 23 UNDERGROUND WIRING In Editor TrilniiiF Money will be spent again this Winter for relief as it lias been spout in Winters pasl Is there any reason why this money should not be to the advantage ot the fin tire community by replacing the overhead wiring in the city with underground wiring Why should the outlying districts be forced to put up with unsightly polos when the business district and beller class residential districts in Oakland and Piedmont have their wiring underground This letter i intended to pro mole agitation tor a change from unsightly overhead wiring to under ground wiring How can we go about il to achieve this result s D Oakland November 24 SIIOTUJ IIAVI coNsuiTicn HIM To Editor Tribune The Townsend Old Age Pension is certainly the most wonderful thing that ever happened The most wonderful thing about it Is thit it never happened I refuse to sign the petition unless they will pay one thousand dollars a month pen sion I would not be bolhcrcd with two hundred dollars a month When it is so easy o get money why not gel plenty 1C they would have the Old ARC Pension slarl at birth people would not have to wait n life time for it Townsenrl is rtoina n groat service lo humanity If Sinclair had jot n million more votes he would have been elected It lie had had Aimcc A GUEST I KNOW NOTHING OF AT5T I keep my mouth shut when the sages slart To voice opinions of some painters art For mastery is mystery Ive found I cannot view a square nnd think it round I lack that sublle something which can feel More Ihan the painted canvases re veal Mine is a simple mind nor vast nor deep My shepherds must be guarding honest sheep At blurs of green and gray I can not stare And find enchantment though it may be there I like to look at ships and hills and trees Not something which the artist only sees I wan I my pictures pretty Thats enough To prove Hint I like ordinary stuff Im very apt to think a daub is grand If it is something I can understand Or sneer atvsome old master if it seems To me the product of unhappy dreams So when the conversation turns to art I keep my mouth I think is smart Copyright 1934 for The Tribune filVINO PEDESTRIAN A CHANCE To Editor Tribune Be pedestrian right of way and man who is still bouncing Some few years ago we were driving from L A lo Santa Monica and we passed through a town which had the same idea only this difference At corners from curb lo Curb were white lines lanes and about 100 feet from these lines was while line curb to center ot street If motorist passed said line be fore pedestrian started across the street he motorist had right of way If pedestrian stepped off before motorist reached line he had right of wny K Oakland Nov 24 WRITE ON ONE SIT1IJ OP PAPER ONLY To Kdilnr Tribune Dr Townsends American 60year old pension plnn is what thin coun try needs and we want it Yes old people need more than jus enough lo subsist on Many a pool thing is cold and hungry right now The plan will help the young people also who have to supporl their aged parenls Some aged peo ple are in ill health and hardlv able to go to their jobs rain or shine Just think of the jobs thai will he opened for the unemployed the Townsend plan would be the best thing that ever could happen AMERICAN Oakland Nov 24 AXOTIIFlt HAS ins VIEWS To Editor Tribune If relief and employment were commensurate with the proposer Townsend plan our economic ill would disappear No one woult doubt that the objective is worthy Rut we Americans are practical anc demand a sound w e 1 Ih a 1 n n c e program The dreamer talks of the sublime the poet and the philoso pher seek the ideal If the bard bu furnished nn inspiration which re suits only in moderate gains he been a valuable stimulus lo sociely J T N concedes that demagogues may be conscientious So is the dreamer Yet somehow the poe and the Utopian reformer have It conform flieir lives to realities It anyone arose and clamored foi a minimum of 510000 in savins for everyone few would doubl lhat il is good to have StOOflO bill think ing people would want to know about the rest of our economic structure Two hundred dollars n month is an enormous pension Thn fact if lhat our working population on the average earn less than half thai sum during Ihe most productive pcrioc of their lives Lawyers in averaged about fifty dollars a month Should not labor now en gaged in gainful enterprises first be served with adequate remunera tion Are we goin to hold retire ment in eafc as a reward for living his with all due respect to old must one earn his com forl in retirement paying in nrt vanco wilh study and hard work and thrift Its high time to remove some o the governmental crutches Keep politics in government and business will prosper After all if labor were adequately served there would be savings aqo J N Hayward Nov 24 WASHINGTON C PLUMMEJV TFfASHINGTON Nov 28 T h e most convincing visible evi dence of the Democratic sweep Inj the elections of November 6 to be found in Washington is the United States Senate chamber Col Ed Halsey secretary of tha Senate and Chesley Jurney ser jeantatarms have been amusing themselves in their spare time since the elections in shifting Senatorial desks from the left Republican side of the chamber to the right Democratic side The result is striking when one down from the vantage point of the piess gallery and sees just to what extent the Republican side of the dividing political aisle lias been stripped One whole row of desks formerly occupied by Republicans had to be shifted over to make room newlyelected Democrats To fill up Ihe gaping space the remaining 27 desks left have been scattered lib erally around A Cherokee Strip T EPUBIJCAN senators of the 74th J Congress will have no cause to complain of being crowded A square dance almost could be executed in the yawning space between their desks Halsey and Jurney admit the pres ent setup may be only temporary It may be necessary after the Senate is convened to form a Cherokee strip on the Republican side to take caro of the Democratic overflow It was necessary once before to do this to provide seats for Republicans Back in inn nine Republicans took up their abode on the Democratic side Hucy Long may force a Cherokee strip all by himself The Louisiana kingfish has a habit of roaming all over he chamber while making a speech After Huey has tread on a few Senatorial toes on the crowded Democratic side therell probably be a howl for more space Already Sen ator Byrcl of Virginia who sits im mediately behind Long has served notice that cither he or Huey must move in the next Congress A Difficult Assignment OROBABLY the toughest assign inent ot them all on the Senate side of the capitol in the next Con gress will be that of young Leslie Biffle secretary to the majority Its Bifftos job to keep track of all ho Democratic Senators He must know where they are at all limes or else see that they are paired for important votes He is responsible to Senator Robinson the majority leader for the where abouts of all Democratic Sennlors With 5 on his hands in the next Congress Biffle is in for a hard time Often in the past it has beeru a question of bow fast Biffles he flew around the capilol whether the Democrats won or lost on a roil call Hell be forced to move fasler than ever from now on ABOUT NEW YORK GEORGP TUCKfA YORK Nov patrols of Broadway one occasionally runs afoul of that obnoxious bird the Doubting Thomas He is a pestiferous sort and to ba avoided like the plague but now and the great glee of he strays from the main path and finds himself in a land of sand and thorns This account of such an awaken ing I attest to be true and will if called upon produce any number of guys to prove it Turning the Tables jTORNING in on a weekly lunch non of magazines the obnoxious one lost no time in incurring the ire of all When a member of the craft destroyed the knave of hearts and restored nonbeliever yelled Fake When another passed a coin through the tablecover without leaving a rent Ihe pest yelled A trick coin Finally one sleightofhand artist drew a i20 note from his fold la this fake he inquired I wouldnt doubt it screamed he gadabout Have you a note of your own this Gladly paid the artist make sure T dont trick take this pencil and write your ini tials nn it When ihis hat been done he ma gician took the bill Ill begin by telling you a little rather the origin of the trick Years ngn a Hindu wizard came to his country and I snw him perform it It was unbelievable Now fold lhat note twice Have 1 you folded il Then tear it through j Ihe ccnlcr For a moment the nonbeliever was nonplused but he was certain j the magician had swapped notes with him and so he ripped Ihe note in twain Now fold and tear it again bade Iho magician When finally the note had been reduced to eight tattered little squares the in them neatly on the table Clue rnO HIS chagrin he saw that had turned to talk to someone if the matter were at an end Hey he cried suspiciously what about Ihose torn pieces But they belong to you To me cried the other aghast There are your initials to prove il But my the gag There isnt any gag said the magician bluntly But Ill tell you what It that Oriental wizard ever does come back to Americs Ill get I him to show me how to put them back together
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