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By CHARLES V. STANTON
Americans use many exaggerated and odd statements
in their everyday language.
"I laughed until I split my sides," says one.
"It tickled me to death," his companion might answer.
And during the busy, bustling days of the holiday sea
son, we frequently hear someone remark: "Christmas will
be the death of me."
But this latter statement too often is not an exaggera
tion. The National Safety council already is making forecasts
of holiday deaths. .
Those forecasts do not make pleasant reading at a time
of the year when our minds are concerned with the pleasures
of the Christmas season. But all too many people who
exclaim, "Christmas will be the death of me !" are speaking
The National Safety council
holiday toll will break all previous records.
Last Labor Day saw 550 persons killed in needless acci
dents more than ever before.
the year-end holiday season
of the year and that traffic
mas Eve and Christmas Day
the annual daily average.
Heavier travel and the festive spirit of the holiday season
add to the normal winter hazards of bad weather, slippery
roads and added hours of darkness, the council warns.
Many factors are Involved in the holiday death toll.
Casualty lists include the
Absorbed in the rush of
with crowds, loaded with bundles, many people are killed
as they step into the path of
against stop-and-go signals, stumble over obstacles, or vio
late other safety rules.
. Hundreds will be killed in home accidents, especially
fires, resulting from carelessness. Falls will result in serious
injuries. Overexertion and overindulgence are common ene
mies during holiday seasons.
Only in one way can we hope to keep the holiday death
toll low and that is by using more than ordinary caution.
It is not easy to do, because we have so many other things
on our mind. We are crowded for time. We hurry. We
become impatient. And, in so doing, we become careless.
"Every family in America should put one extra gift under
its Christmas tree this year," asserts a bulletin from the
National Safety council. "That gift is life. It could be the
life of some member of the household, or of a stranger.
But it will be saved because someone has used just a little
extra caution, common sense and courtesy to meet holiday
"Remember a safe Christmas celebration, free from ac
cidents that mar family happiness at that joyous time of
the year, is the very best present anybody can give or re
ceive. Don't let death take your holiday!"
We'll be a monkey's uncle if that ain't sound logic!
From The Oregon Press
THE VANI8H1NG SCENERY
"What did you enjoy moat dur
ing vour visit to Oregon?"
That was the gist ol the In
quiry directed by the Bend chum
Iwr ot commerce to all the tour
ists who had registered at Its of
fice one summer two or three
years ago. "The scenery," was
the answer given by the majority
of those who replied and It sur
prised Just about everybody.
Kor the most part chamber of
commerce publicity emphasizes
almost everything but scenery.
The adjective "scenic" may be
used and there may be a picture
nf a waterfall or a mountain but
the text usually has most to say
about fishing and recreation. And
so It came as a surprise when It
was discovered that our greatest
tourist attraction was scenery.
When the discovery was made
we had hopes that something
would be done in recognition of
the fact and for the purpose of
preserving this scenery that gave
the largest number of tourists
their greatest pleasure In our le
gion. Nothing lias been done but
on the contrary there have been
developments of a nature that
are offensive to many tourists
and that do real harm to our
We are thinking In particular
of the roadside signs, bill boards
and painted panels wnose nunv
ber is increasing on every major
road in this vicinity. Where once
one had a fine view of the Three
Sisters and the other peaks of
our western sky line he is now,
more than likely, to find a rau
cous board advertising a Reno
night club, some distant hotel or
tourist court or a commercial
product. These things, If they
must be, should be in locations
where no harm is done to the
Let's make the most of our
scenery because that Is what the
tourist is most interested In. Let's
keep it for our own aesthetic and
spiritual enjoyment, too. Let's re
member what Mr. Hoover said
the other day when addressing
the Advertising club of New York
is fearful that the year-end
Yet experience shows that
is the most dangerous period
accident deaths on both Christ
run about twice as many as
names of numerous Christmas
Christmas buying, struggling
traffic, attempt to cross streets
on receiving from It Its plaque
ot achievement lor nis inspiring
leadership and unselfish devotion
to the public weal. "Sometimes,"
he said to these advertising men.
"I have a dreamy hope you will
cease using the scenery to urge
pills on me when l am seekinu
those solitudes where fish alone
OREGON'S FIVE MILLION
ACRES OF PLOW LAND
(Orecnn Cltv Enternrise)
There will be critical Interest
In the statement before the Ore
gon Reclamation Congress by the
able Arthur S. King, soil special-
slst of Oregon Stale College, that
there are now 5.000.000 acres In
Oregon being "farmed," and that
until water It carried to other
acres, that Is about the limit of
plow land to expect.
Perhaps another 200,000 acres
could be added to the 5.000.000.
he thinks, but the Idea of adding
greatly to the acreage through
removing stumps and brush off
ers nttie nope, nut, fc. k. jbck
man, crop specialist for the Col
lege, figures that if water could
be raised to even a part of an
other 10.000.000 available acres,
the farming acreage could be In
With the completion of the Wil
lamette valley project water will
be available to a considerable
acreage, but the likelihood Is that
Mr. King was looking at the state
as a whole, and particularly
Eastern Oregon where the wide
stretches would require tremen
dous expenditures to get water.
The College experts nave done
much, through county agents to
Improve Oregon farming prac
tices, but the fact remains, as a
writer pointed out even half a
century ago, farming practices
li. the Western section of Oregon
are generally quite "slovenly."
Hetter farming on the s.ixxi.mw
acres now tillable is the first
step, and It Is well to understand
that there can be uneconomic
and Inefficient farming Just as
there can be inefficient and
therefore uneconomic Industry.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS:
"Christmas Will Be The Death Of Me"
Neatly placed small logs In the
fire-basket were not burning as
they should. "If you will put one
piece of the wood to form a
cross . . ." said mother, smiling at
E. J.'s skepticism, "the fire will
burn better. The homes we had
In England had only fire-place
heat. It was a custom perhaps
you think a superstition. But, it
I asked mother to fix the wood
the way she meant. She tipped
one small log so It slanted at
right angles on top of the others.
The fire leaped up almost instant
ly and the fire burned merrily.
It worked all right, the quaint
notion of placing the wood "In
the form of a cross," but why?
I have done It many a time
since. It dawned on me one day:
that crosswise piece makes a tiny
chimney-draft all its own, doesn't
It? Not superstition just sound
common sense that had acquired
through long custom a fancy re
lated to the church In a country
where the church is so closely
Interwoven with the lives of the
people. I enjoy quaint sayings
to the Editor
Cooperation Of Copco
In Conservation Praised
ROSERURG It was my pleas
ant privilege to attend the Toke-tee-North
ceremony. Despite many well cho
sen words praising the aims and
accomplishments of the Califor
nia Oregon Power company, there
was at least one matter which did
not receive the comment merited
by company officials.
The effort made by those men
to protect fish life In the North
Umpqua river by proper designs
and construction practices should
be recognized and appreciated by
all conservationists. If some are
inclined to the feeling that an
even greater effort could have
been made in this direction, it
should be remembered that in
other areas having problems of a
similar nature the opposite out
look on the part of constructing
agencies has too frequently pre
vailed. If the biological needs of all
streams now under consideration
for power and ririgation dams are
met with the cooperative attitude
shown by COPCO. we can still
have our fishery cake and eat it
H. R. NEWCOMR,
Ildltnr'f Not Mr. Newcomb it
th tute name drpurtment mi
dtnt biologist In charge of tha
ttudy ot tit Vmpqtu river fiiheryi.
Rural School Board
Target In Tax Criticism
OAKLAND The recently pub
lished griping, grousing and plain
old bellyaching articles relative
to our increased property taxes
really presents an encouraging
picture of American democracy
starting to work. Incidentally,
may 1 add another complaint?
Why, oh why, do we get our tax
By Viahnttt S. Martin
The other day the man who
collects for the oil, stopped In at
the office. He walked directly to
the heater, lifted the removable
piece In the top, nodded his head
in a satisfied way. "I thought so
no pan of water in here. Folks
complain of being dizzy, having
headaches, feeling queer, of feel
ing cold when the room is warm . .
but they don't keep a pan of
water here to replace the mois
ture in the air.
"They complain because a
thriving house-plant shrivels up
in a week and they blame the
oil. When all they need is a pan
of water. . . ."
E. J. came in, pounced on the
heater-lid, "Ah, ha! No pan of
water In here ..." and repeated
all the oil man had said.
I pointed to a pair of gay ar
gyles drying on stretchers behind
the heater. "I took It out. Don't
need it when the socks are dry
ing, do I?"
The kettle singing on the
hearth which I remember so well
was one more quaint idea with
sound common sense behind it,
statements on the eve of Christ
mas? They don't rhvme at all
with "The Night Before Christ
mas." You Roseburg folk haven't
really seen anything yet. You
should live under the benevolent
jurisdiction of our rural county
school hoard. We farmers, who
have little else than lame hacks
and tired spirits to show for our
season's labor, miyht very bene
ficially enlighten you.
However, starting from the
proposition that our property tax
structure Is faulty, which I be
lieve is quite well established,
why not invite constructive sug
gestions as to how it might be
remedied? I would offer two
Ideas which may have some mer
it and are, at least, worthy of
First, the repeal of our county
rural school district law. This law
was originally designed to bene
fit the underprivileged students
and poorer districts. Has not this
necessity been met by increas
ing consolidation of our rural
schools? Does starry-eyed philan
thropy make a congenial bedfel
low of realistic taxation? Does
not the very much increased levy
show a general padding of local
school budgets? Will not this
trend ultimately result In such a
chaotic condition that it will re
quire state control, or. In other
words, socialism? Can't local peo
ple still solve local probems?
Second, a sales tax on consum
er goods ony. excluding taxation
on all production goods used ag
riculturally, industrially and in
wholesale sales, thus insuring no
pyramiding of taxes. This mon
ey to he prlmariy used for prop
erty tax relief. Would not such a
tax structure invite outside In
dustrial capital? Is It not about
time the many people who. hv
their voting majority populate
our school, but who pay no ap
preciable property tax people
who Impose upon the voting mi
nority, not directly benefittinb
from our schools. 90 percent of
the property school tax become
tax conscious also?
Again may I say that a griper
who gripes for gripe's sake
should take a ggod look at him
self and then cio something con
structive, even though it be such
a little thing as going to our
HERMAN R. LARSEN
Neighborly Love On
All-Yeaar Basis Urged
ROSEBURG Merry Christmas
and a heart full of gratitude, to
those with whom I have come in
contact this past year on our
community project, Douglas
Community Hospital, Inc.
At this time of year neighborly
love and friendship seem to tri
umph over misery and distress.
What a pity that this gift is so
poorly used all year.
This ability we have to love, to
capture the spirit of love, which
is the spirit of unselfishness, of
brotherly kindness, of forbear
ance of tolerance, and of re
straint of personal feelings,
brings with it the gift of under
standing. The Saviour said to
love God and love our fellowmen.
This is the law, simple and di
rect. All lesser laws lead to this
great central commandment, and
love grows when used most. If
we could only keep our commu
nity love polished brightly and
efficiently, have it for a shining
light at the doorway of our
homes, so that others might 'en
ter and share in its blessing
then happiness would abound
with us here in Roseburg.
MRS. FRANK ASHLEY.
1003 N. Jackson St.
Reid Fellowships Won '
By Four U. S. Scribes
NEW YORK .! Three
American newspapermen and a
woman reporter have won $5,000
Reid fellowsihps for a year of
travel and study overseas in 1950.
The awards are made by thei
Reid foundation.' set up by the
late Ogden Reid. editor of the
New York Herald Tribune.
The grants will take two of the
winners to Europe, a third to the
Far East and the fourth to Paki
stan. Afghanistan and Iran.
The fellowships went to Wil
liam G. Dildine. 38. copy reader
of the Cleveland Plain Dealer;
Miss Ellen Gibson, 30, reporter
for the Milwaukee Journal; Wal
ter J. Johnson. 30, reporter for
the Minneapolis Star, and Rich
ard K. Pryne. 31, telegraph edi
tor of the Seattle Times.
BERLIN, (.P Bock beer
has returned to Berlin after a
The dark brew was placed on
sale In various taprooms for the
equivalent of about 20 cents a
Hitler stopped the manufacture
of bock beer because it required
to much grain needed for his
Germans started the bock sea
son at Christmas time about 30
years ago for commercial rea
sons. In the I'nited States bock
season is In the spring.
between 6 15 and 7
p. m., if you have not
received your News
Review. Ask for Harold Mobley
Democrats Count On Flow
Of-Political Profits After
Showdown In Next Session
By JACK BELL
WASHINGTON UP) Administration Democrats are counting on
swift political profits to flow from plans for a civil rights show
down in the next session of Congress.
The session will begin Jan. 3.
Senator Lucas of Illinois, the
Democratic leader, says that
showdown will come In rhe Sen
ate on a bill to set up a perma
nent Fair Employment Practices
commission tFEPC). The agency
would have power to enforce Its
orders against race and creed
discrimination in jobs.
The FEPC bill will offer the
most serious affront to south
ern Democrats and widen the
breach that already splits that
party. At the same time, som
administration leaden hope it
will prove politically embarras
sing to Senator Robert A. Taft
Taft, dubbed by some of his
friends as "Mr. Republican," is
against the bill now on the Sen
ate calendar. He plans to offer,
instead, a measure to set up a
federal FEPC to obtain voluntary
compliance with anti-discrimina-tion
Board Power Feared
Taft has said that the adminis
tration bill would create a board
that In the long run "will tell
every employer how he must
make up his labor force."
The National Association for
the advancement of Colored Peo
ple and other groups interested
in the civil rights Issue have
made their stand clear: They
are more interested in the FEPC
bill than companion measures to
abolish state poll taxes and to
make lynching a' federal crime.
By the same token, FEPC is
a red flag to the southern Dem
ocrats. They will throw every
effort Into the attempt to pre
vent action on -It by the Sen
ate. In the House a similar bill has
cleared the House labor commit
tee and Is tied up in the Rules
committee. Chairman Lesinski
(D-Mich) of the labor group his
announced he will try to by pass
the rules blockade.
Even if the bill Is blocked In
each house, administration Dem
ocrats think they can harvest po-
In the Day's News
(Continued from Page One)
ing before the British houses of
parliament (the house of com
mons and the house of lords) pre
sumably assembled in joint ses
sion In the lovely and impressive
parliament buildings (once a
royal palace) that sit by the river
In our mind's eye, we see him
standing in the speaker's rostrum,
erect, his face grave and kindly,
as his pictures show it to be, while
he addresses the members of the
commons and the peers of the
realm on the subjects of great
moment that confront the nation.
Below him, on the floor of the
hall, the lords and the common
ers listen raptly as he pours out
upon them his words of wisdom,
closing with a prayer.
That is the picture we see.
'ELL, It wasn't that way.
The dispatch telline of it ear.
ries this inconspicuous sentence:
"His (the king's) speech was
WRITTEN BY THE, GOVERN
MENT, in accordance with tradi
tional practice ... It was READ
FOR HIM in the house of com
mons and the house of lords."
THAT is to say:
The king didn't write the
speech. It was written for him by
He didn't even read It.
It was read for him by a
IN this country, we do It maybe
a trifle better. Most of the
speeches of most of our bigger
shots are written for them, of
course, by ghost writers, whom
we the public never see and sel
dom hear about. But at least our
heroes do READ their speeches
ANYWAY, I think It's all sadden
ing and disillusionine and even
a little disgusting. I have the an
cient and hoary notion that if Dub-
lie men are to address their con
stituents they should be required
to write their own speeches. I
think that migh well go for he
king of England, also.
MRS. L. L. POWERS
Licensed Lady Assistant
litical profit out of the resulting
The Senate has a new rule,
adopted last year, under which
the "yes" votes of 64 senators
are required to halt the filibuster
that southern Democrats always
begin when any move is made to
take up civil rights legislation.
Senator Wherry of Nebraska,
the GOP floor leader, has iden
tified himself with the adoption
of that rule by calling it the
Previously, two-thirds of the
senators voting could end debate
on a bill. But this rule didn't ap
ply on motions to take up a meas
ure. The new debate limitation
applies to a motion as well as a
Lucas has predicted publicly
that the new rule won't work
that 64 senators won't be on
hand to vote when the debate
gag question comes up.
If it doesn't work, administra
tion Democrats will blame the
"Wherry rule"and say the Re
publicans have made It impossi
ble to pass civil rights legislation.
Can Claim Credit
If the rule works, the adminis
tration will claim credit for hav
ing put through the first piece
of civil rights legislation, citing
failure of the previous Republi
can Congress to pass such a bill.
Republicans say they don't In
tend to let the Democrats sell the
people any such idea. Wherry
A New Year's
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A Home Owned, Home Operated Institution
Member, Federal Deposit Insurance
Betlou Doiit Know
And that's only half the story. Advertising
lowers your cost two ways:
Cuts the selling costs. And by helping
make mass production possible, lowers
the production costs, too.
So advertising saves you many times that
110 per box.
The Chapel of the Roses
Roseburg Funeral Home
Dak and Sts.
Britain Producing Jet
Bomber In Quantity
LONDON UP) Britain's first
jet bomber, the sleek medium
range "Canberra," Is now In
quantity production, its makers
The English Electric company,
which flew the first Canberra
May 19, said a second and third
prototype made flight tests in No
vember. The number ordered for
the Roval Air force has not been
Performance and load-carrying
details of the fast twin-set bomb
er are still secret. With a crew of
two it is believed to be in the
600-mile-an hour class.
dared Lucas in the last session
to force a vote on the rule, as
serting that Republicans would
furnish 35 votes more than half
to end debate.
Ti.r..A am A rwmnerats nn "rhflV
Senate rolls, but Lucas may have
trouble in corralling me a oi
ham that unnlrl hp needed tn
make the 64 assuming the Re
publicans deliver &r lor voie lim
itation. If Lucas can't deliver enough
Democratic votes, the Republi.
cans will say that the Democrats
were the ones who didn't want
the bill passed.
Rose and Oak
How much does it cost
to advertise a 10 box
of America's biggest
selling crackers? Is it
W? 2t1 3(1?
costs lees than 110.
L. L. POWERS