The news-review. (Roseburg, Or.) 1948-1994, October 12, 1949, Page 9, Image 9

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    American Legion's New Chief Seen
As Young Man Bound To Go Places
NEA Stall Correspondent
WASHINGTON' (NEA) Back In his home town In Brazil,
Ind.. (pop. 4000) they predict big things for their No. 1 hero.
George N. Craig. Hit becoming the first World War II veteran
to win the high post of national commander of the American Legion
is Just the first step, they think, governor next, United States
senator along there somewhere. After that who knows? Supreme
Court? Maybe even President.
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ytag , There s good precedent for
: sucn nope. Being national corn
mander of the Legion has always
been big time. And since the war,
with all the World War II mem
bers, it's even bigger. The post
launched the career of Paul V.
McN'utt (incidentally he nominat
ed Craig for the commandership
at the convention), who comes
from Craig's congressional dis
trict, and who was Craig's law
teacher at Indiana University.
Other past national comman
ders who first achieved national
fame through the Legion includo
Secretary of Defense Louis John
son, former Sen. Bennet C. Clark,
now U. S. judee, and a host of
top business executives, such
Franklin D'Oiler, chairman of
the board of Prudential Life In
surance company.
Served Under Gen. Patten
I If fate has willed that all this
Is in store for George N. Craig.
George Craig will be the last
man to try to Interfere with the
decision of the gods. With all of
the influence that the job carries
and the chance to make impor
tant contacts a good man could
hardly fail to make a lot of hay
for himself. And George Craig
shows every evidence of being a
DOVER. Eng., Oct. 12.
Pierre Cilion, a California sea
lion with a sense of humor, has
shown the human race that it
still has a lot to learn about swim
ming. In the most casual sort of wav
Pierre swam the English channel
Sunday in just over five hour
That is approximately half the
best time ever set by a human.
Pierre spurred on by snacks
of herring made his ' bid for
fame and radio, television and
movie contracts on just about the
worst possible day for a channel
swim. The crossing was so rough
that half the 20 news correspond
ents and photographers who went
along In two motorboats became
verv seasick.
The correspondents themselves
established some sort ol recoia
for stunts of this sort. Many of
them made the crossing without
any pants because the surf was
so heavy thev had taken off their
trousers and waded out to the
boats. Then water splashed Into
the boats and made the garments
too wet to wear.
Pierre's swim was part of a
stunt for 'Truth or Conse
quences." a radio program famil
iar to listeners in the United
States. Burt Kennedy, who miss
ed a question in a quiz, was re
quired to assist In managing the
School of Ballet
Final Registration
on Oct. 15.
For 1949.1950 Season
Register by phone
1398-J or 1433-J
Graded classes for students of all ages.
Ballet, Character and Toe.
good man. He loves to refer to
himself as a "plain old country
lawyer." At the age of 41, It's
a safe bet that Craig's plain old
country law days are over.
They say that Craig is secoid
only to McN'utt as being the hand
somest national command
er. He's got a clean -cut, all -American
look, a firm grip and
hearty voice. Added to that is a
lot of black curly hair graying
at the temples. His smile is
warm and friendly.
One of the reasons for his suc
cessful campaign for the com
mandership is his great energy.
In 10 months he traveled 108,0-K)
miles, visiting local posts in 38
states without once fagging out.
The going was made tougher be
cause he doesn't like to fly. I i
the service he survived the
toughest action with Patton's
Third army.
As to what change his being
the first World War II vet to
hold the reins will have on the
Legion's direction, Craig says
flatly there will be none. "I am
bound by mandates of the con
vention and will do my best to
carry them out." He adds that
he sees no need for changing
"any of the Legion's traditional
programs, aims or activities."
Citizenship Emphasized
The one big thing which he
considers the first duty of the
Legion is "to awaken all Amer
icans to their responsibilities as
citizens." He says, "It is a shock
ing fact, for Instancp, that 10 per
cent less people voted in 1948
than In 1944 and that loss than
half of the qualified voters in the
U. S. bother to go to the polls."
Although Craig doesn't think
that the Legion should waver
from Its traditionally non-partisan
stand in national politics, ho
thinks that local posts have the
responsibility to fight any indi
vidual candidate "who does not
have the best Interests of the
country as his first goal."
But he doesn't hesitate to tell
you his own politics. He's a Re
publican and willing to elaborate.
One of his best personal frien!s
and former college classmate is
Republican Senator from Indiana
William Jenner. They share close
political views. Craig says:
"A look at the laws which Con
gress has passed In the last few
years shows you the direction in
which we have been going. We
have always celebrated an inde
pendence day. If we don't change
that direction we'll soon be cele
brating a 'dependence day.' We
want a healthy state of welfare,
not a welfare state."
Assn. Opposes Further
Federal Land Grabbing
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.. Oct. 12.
P The Interest association of
Public Land counties elected W.
H. Jpnsen. Pocatello, Idaho, pre
sident at its closing convention
session here.
The Executive Secretary, F. L.
Phipps. The Dalles. Ore., and
Counsel. Forrest E. Cooper,
Lakeview, Ore., were reelected.
Delegates were told by William
A. Brow n, Helena. Mont., to woik
for State laws prohibiting fur
ther land acquisitions by the Fed
eral government without express
consent of the legislatures. He is
General counsel of the Montana
Association of County commissioners.
QulcMy Relieves Distress of
A few drops of Vicks
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tress, make breath
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sneeze. Va-tro-nol
helps to prnt many colds
developing! Try It. Follow
directions in the package.
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