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Berkshire Evening Eagle, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1949, Pittsfield, MassachusettsBerkshire evening Eagle saturday aug. 6, 1949 the Berkshire evening Eagle published every uck Day accept by Eagle publishing company 33 Bath Strett. Pitt my . Item Iii tack try it huh met a Moidni Ingemi Ottoiii t. Uter bar Kauri Star Wec kit i Stock Boldn in pm. Motlon u Lei on in mib it teat the Berkshire Star u4 t e Erse Star u4 cd my . After Iti in Ami knows u journal. Craton Ditont la not. Rear walk the Arfus. Bleb re but i Irum it tiflis the unix Boom uni Thui be Jernal ant argue u pm the name changed the the Munch Notti Carle and in 1842 the Piper mond u flt Tadeu. In 1853 it became the Berk Ahin count which continued until when Keevam a Dally in adm Iti pruent Telephone 7311 editorial and Mineu Telephone 7317 circulation department Broi Nesi office Honarc 8 am to 5 pm except saturday and Bandars the associated presi is entitled Telha us for Republic Atlon of All news to it or not otherwise credited la thu Man Aai to Eek aet of or Tia published Hanela. Mam me per per tear by Abr form four Portal zoom one year. Tun six month i b three Montoni. T s month Laeh Noe Enato about in film religion in politics in common we believe with a vast majority of citizens of All persuasions we Welcome the latest statements of Cardi Nal Spellman and mrs. Roosevelt. The Cardinal s statement is a Welcome clarification of the official position of the Catholic Church. Hitherto opposition to bus and health services for parochial schools on the part of Many non catholics was based less on of arguments for these services than on the suspicion that they were merely entering wedges for a drive for full Public support. The Cardinal while insisting on the fringe services specifically disclaims any desire or intention of his Church to seek direct Aid for its schools and emphasizes that such Aid is unconstitutional. He also endorses the principle of free speech and the right of All to discuss questions of Public policy. The frankness of the car Dinal s statement and the spirit of mrs. Roosevelt s comment should do much to smooth the troubled Waters and to bring about a More conciliatory attitude to both sides of the dispute. Whatever satisfaction can be derived from the alleviation of the question on a nationwide scale is seriously reduced by the apparent attempt to raise it in Massachusetts Paul Foster in his column to Day reiterates the charge implied yester Day by w. E. Mullins of the Boston her Ald that the state democrats Are deliberately trying to make the school bus ques Tion a political matter. The action of the promoters of the initiative petition apparently with one striking exception can be justified on the ground that bigoted or not it is reflective of sincerity and ignorance. The action of the democratic higher in preventing the petition from being killed at its inception reflects neither. It is palpably a piece of super smart skullduggery that is based on two facts and an obvious Hope. The facts Are that a majority of the residents of Massachusetts Are roman catholics and that the vast preponderance of them Are democrats. The Hope is that the Republican party will be held responsible for the initiative petition As it was for the birth control amendment and injured thereby. Perhaps this is smart. But perhaps also it is a Little too smart. Such tricks involve risks they May not work or they May achieve a temporary advantage at the Cost of a permanent disadvantage. Deliberately raising the religious Issue for political purposes is playing with fire when a fire starts it is sometimes hard to Stop. A Battle based on the religious question which would presumably Benefit the democrats in Massachusetts would be a serious Handicap if it became nationwide in a country which is nearly five sixths non Catholic. Everyone who Hopes for greater tolerance and brother Hood Between americans of All faiths will deplore any unnecessary aggravation of religious differences and will exert his efforts to keep religion out of politics. Secretary Acheson s View of the chinese situation while we do not pretend to speak from any first hand knowledge and while we know our opinions Are at variance with Large Section of sincere and intelligent opinion we Are in thorough agreement with the position of Secretary Acheson on the subject of China. No doubt the United states government has made mis takes in its chinese policies Over the years no one claims infallibility for our state department. But in general it did the Best it could in the circumstances. It supported Chiang Kai Shek against Japan and did what it could to strengthen his regime when the War ended. The Rea son that it was unsuccessful was that Chiang has proved As incompetent As corrupt As pig headed As dictatorial and incapable either of developing a sound strategy against the communists As of holding the loyalty and affection of his people. The testimony of practically All disinterested and informed observers is that Chiang has wasted the help Given him has rejected the Best advice has retained All the old abuses and refused to make reforms obviously needed. Ai a result has alienated the respect which the chinese once Felt for him. To continue to support him after the record he has compiled would be merely to continue to Back a spa ined horse and to throw Good Money after bad. The evidence is Over whelming that the reason for the communist Triumph has not been inferior numbers or equipment on the part of the nationalist armies but disaffection defeatism and bad morale. The indications All Are that practically All of the Materiel now being used by the communists has been captured from Chiang s armies. The United states therefore faces the probability of a communist China. Such a Prospect is unpleasant but no cause whatever for alarm. The idea that China now become a powerful and danger Ous accessory of russian aggression is believe sheer fantasy. Its sole Mili tary asset is its inexhaustible manpower. On the other hand the country is industrially primitive even compared with the Balkans poverty stricken wasted by nearly 40 years of civil and foreign War without transportation and beset by enormous economic and political problems. The communists when and if they get control can no longer profit by popular discontent the problems then become theirs to solve the discontent becomes a liability instead of an asset. The idea that a communist dictator can quickly Weld China into an efficient instrument of his will is As unrealistic As the idea that he will be the pliant puppet of the Kremlin. In the past China has always absorbed its conquerors the chances Are it will continue to absorb they Are human or ideological. A nation rather a imbued with the customs of 30 centuries have considerable Powers of resistance and absorption. As a speaker in Pitts Field declared China is not a Spring Board it is a morass. Our guess is that it will take years if not decades for it to be made into firm ground for communism. An admirable commission for an important Job mayor Capeless and the City of Pitts Field Are indeed fortunate that Franz Brugger would accept the chairmanship of school construction commission. He has the task stature Community Confidence fairness and com Mon sense. We can think of no other person better equipped by temperament training and past performance to take Over this difficult Job. That he was will ing to do so is a High tribute to his citizenship. The six other members of the commis Sion likewise Are admirable in the requisites which each brings to this extremely important project. Happily both mrs. Goerlach and mrs. Vickery Are members of the official group. Each has demonstrated Fine qualities of unselfish Leader ship and having two women on the com Mission brings a much better balance than if Only one woman had been appointed. The Parent teacher association likewise is strongly represented in or. Wilkinson As is Only Justice for an organization which has had so much to do in convincing Pittsfield that sound Educa Tion must be a partnership. The school department school com Mittee and the planning Board Are like Wise represented in or. Russell or. Han non and or. Marchand respectively. Each brings essential qualifications or professional training to As important a Job As May Ever face a citizens commis Sion in Pittsfield. The commission has a balance and a competence which augurs Well for the future of the City. In Brief we can Only Tell our annoyed and impatient musical pilgrims that next year the Tanglewood traffic situation will improve the Lenox by pass will then Siphon off through traffic on route 20. If there was Ever a reason for starting work immediately this is it with Rankin Furey calling in Eddery to be his Aid in the Community Chest special gift organization it s obvious the Chest Campaign this year is taking nothing for granted and speaking of the Community Chest Jane Rice who is posing for the Agency pictures makes an enchanting Model Jascha Heifetz s gesture of awarding his s3000 fee to the Berkshire music Center s scholarship fund is in Harmony with his Genius mrs. Charles h. Wilson is remembered As one of the most Beautiful and Viva Cious women in Pittsfield 40 years ago. A smart and efficient manager of a Large farm which she inherited from her first husband she also found time to serve on innumerable committees and boards everyone was hoping against Hope that polio would pass Berkshire by this year Bocci As played by our newer Citi Zens in the City s Parks is also a whale of a lot of fun to watch guess it was just too hot before this for anyone to complain to chief Calnan about the scan to dress on North Street destructive criticism the kind which is always offered by the other Worcester Telegram. Looking backward 50 tears ago Burr Chamberlain will leave his Dalton Home aug. 8 for Palo Alto Cal. Where he will Start his duties As football coach at Leland Stanford University sept. 1. Rev. John d. Waldron who has been named pastor of Lanesboro congregational Church and the Berkshire and Windsor chapels starts his new duties. Thomas Malumphy has taken a position As clerk with the Berkshire grocery company. The old engine House on Bridge Street great barring ton has been sold to f. H. Wright for 25 years ago mrs. Sarah wait for 12 years a member of the w. W. Rock Well woman s Relief corps is Given a Farewell party by corps at Gar Hall. She is soon to move to Waterbury where her husband has a Posi Tion. So Many motorists Are using Pine Grove Park Dalton As a place to learn to drive and As a Short Cut that the select men Are to enforce the Rule against driving cars on the fled except for parking near its Edge. Ernest Peterson a world War Veteran and for three employed at film Stona farm Dalton is named War Den for the City farm. The Lee tax rate for 1924 is s27 and the fire District rate last year s combined rates were 536.50. 10 years arc mis Ruth Kollman Robbins Avenue and Joseph Schechter Brooklyn x.y., Are married at the love of peace synagogue by rabbi Morris fur Man and Rev. M. D. Hillman. Myopia noses out the Pitts Field Polo team 11-10, in the final minute at z. Marshall Crane Field when Pete Fox drives Home a goal. Or. Joseph j. Lankin son of or. And mrs. Joseph k. Lankin Charles Street will open an office aug. 15 in Hartford Conn. Voiding . Rights to the Eduora of the Frank e. Holman president of the american bar association has convincingly presented on several occasions the great dangers to the american people which would Fol Low the acceptance of the proposed International Bill of in spite of this extraordinary and revolutionary i. a Mitten the press and Public and even the bar seem largely oblivious to the program and How far a certain particulars it is at variance with our Funda mental concept of individual rights and freedoms and How far in other particulars it is a proposal for world wide socialism to be imposed through the United nations on the United states and on every other member or. Holman suggested that this Bill would not contribute to world peace on the contrary it would work just the opposite is it would through in Erst nation in Domestic affairs of nations by the United nations cause International irritations and he further stated a Bill of rights has nothing to do directly with the relations Between govern ments it exists primarily to de Fine the relations Between a government or state and the individual citizens thereof basically it relates to internal affairs and not to International matters. In order to enforce the provisions of a Bill of rights the United nations will hive to continually and m Nutels in to internal Affa re of member nations. It have

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