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By CHARLES V. STANTON
Many persons have been brought under the searching
inquiry of congressional committees investigating commu
nistic spying, organization and influence! Our ever-alert
radio commentators have uncovered much sensational in
formation to fuel the hunt for Reds and bare their activities.
But for all their astuteness, radio commentators, with their
generals, majors, captains and corporals volunteering as
witnesses, have, we believe, overlooked one of the most ob
vious of all characters for congressional inquiry as to his
Must we be the first with sufficient courage to demand
this investigation? Are our Red seekers so preoccupied they
have overlooked the obvious? Is there malicious intent be
hind failure to pursue the course so clearly indicated?
If we must be the first to make this sensational expose,
then, be it so. . i
Why hasn't Congress investigated Santa Claus? Is he a
Communist, and thus dangerous to the safety of our govern
ment? Have our national leaders closed their eyes because
Santa Claus is so influential
guiding spirit in policy making? Has he been given the Ioy
alty test? Are politicians afraid to do their duty because
Santa Claus has such great popularity and prestige that they
are afraid of reaction from voters?
These questions demand answers.
Santa Claus has long been an honored and revered char
acter. He is beloved by children and adults alike. He is
a giver of gifts, a distributor of happiness. His appeal is
universal. He has for ages been a patron saint of children.
But are these virtues a cover, a "front" if you please for
communist leanings and activities?
Let's consider, briefly, some of the evidence at hand.
In the first place let's take his name Nicholas. Isn't that
a common name in Russia? It seems we can even remember
some Russian rulers by that name. That they have been
replaced by people with much more common names "Joe",
for instance doesn't lessen the implication. And haven't
the Russians been raising "Old Nick" for years?
Then, take the' asserted location of Santa's home. He is
said to live at the North Pole. But did our Admiral Peary
find him there? No mention of Santa Claus is found in the
' report from the intrepid explorer. Is it not significant that
with all our Polar exploration the abode of Santa Claus has
not been found in the area where he is represented to make
his home? It is too, far-fetched to believe that the Russians,
with their penchant for moving people and things, are har
boring Santa Claus behind the Iron Curtain?
Now, let's consider Santa's method of locomotion. Santa
Claus, we are told, travels in a sleigh, drawn by reindeer.
He travels through the air at such incredible speed that he
can cover the entire earth, during his anticipated nocturnal
' visitation, Jn one" 24-hour period.
The Russians not only admit but allege that all major
inventions had their origin in the brains of Russian men of
science. Nothing has ever been invented, designed or made
that some Russian didn't conceive it first and make it better,
the Communists declare.
Certainly our capitalistic American inventors haven't yet
been able to develop a system for putting a sleigh, six rein
deer and thousands of tons of gifts into the air, to travel
at a speed greater than that of light, so quod erat demon
strandum the invention must be Russian in origin. The
Communists probably would admit it. Isn't is possible, there
fore, that the Russians have an horrendous secret weapon,
and that they are permitting Santa Claus to make use of the
principle of this terrible device? Are we to continue ignoring
the possiblity? '
And now to the clincher!
What is the dominant communist color? Red, of course!
And what color is Santa's habitual garb?
Cost Of Eating Is Likely To Become
One Of Most Bitter Disputes In '50
By SAM DAWSON
NEW YORK (P) The cost of living Is likely to become one
of the most bitter disputes of the new year. It Is also likely to
become even more an artificial thing, strictly manipulated.
Since 1950 Is an election year,
there seems little chance of the
year seeing a big break, price
wise, for the eating public. The
anticipated declining farm Income
will disturb both Congress mil
the merchants In the farm belt.
And whatever you may save at
the grocery; chances are you'll
be asked to make it up later at
the tax collection office.
Signs of the big fight ahead
are plentiful today. Farmers and
politicians are choosing up sides
on government subsidy plans.
Cotton growers have Just voted to
accept government control over
how much they can plant in re
turn to? guarantees of how much
they'll get for their crop. Wheat,
corn, peanuts, rice and potatoes
also have moved over Into the
area where the government will
say what Is planted, what price
High Or Low?
But the price of food should It
be high to please the armor, or
low to please the city folk?
isn't the only digestive pain the
government Is going to nave.
There Is the matter of storing
the "growing surpluses of farm
products and of getting rid of,
in our administration and a
them later on. After the war the
rest of the world was eager to got
all it could of American food, but
the world's appetite for midwest
corn and southwest wheat grows
steadily less, as production rises
abroad. And since devaluation j!
foreign currencies, the price tag
on American food is higher in
terms of other money.
There Is also the politically
painful matter of controlling tiic
acreage which farmers will be
permitted to plant. Not only does
It bring up the matter of regi
mentation of that traditionally
rugged individualist, the farmer,
but also It frequently sets neigh
bor against neighbor, when one
feels hurt more than the other.
The current battle of the ion
Texas cotton farmers against
acreage allotments shows how
difficult the matter can be.
Washington has lust reported
that tills vear's total harvest was
second only to last year's record.
The acreage harvested was the
largest since 1033. reflecting the
naiural tendency of farmers to
plant as much as possible when
f ill i yJM
mm By VuUmett S. Martin
I do wish we could have here
In Oregon, in Southern Oregon,
perhaps in Douglas county specifi
cally, a calendar-book similar to
the beautiful book of views, one
for each week, collected into such
a book by the New York State
Junior Chamber of Commerce.
The pictures which have appear
ed in the News-Review would
find a permanent way of dis
play. Some of them are so worthy
of wider distribution!
(I vote right now that the
picture of the little glcl mak
lng Christmas cookies be given
one of the December pages! If
that Isn't an Oregon "scene"
what is? Not landscape, but child
hood-scape! The expression which
Paul Jenkins captured with his
carnera stays in my thought. Al
though I have never seen Kathy
Corkrum, I shall not soon forget
that picture!) -
There is, of course, a North
west Calendar book which in
cludes the Pacific coast states
and Montana and Wyoming and
Idaho. Lovely views, too! We
gave a number of them for gifts
last year to out of state relatives
and friends who wrote enthusi
State Commission Predicts
Winter Unemployment Won't
Reach February, 1 949 Peak
SALEM uW Unemployment
last February's peak of 93,000 jobless.
This prediction came from the State Unemployment Compen
sation commission Tuesday.
The commission said there
were 55,000 jobless In Oregon on
December 1, but that layoffs now
are much fewer than they were
a year ago.
prices are high and guaranteed.
The coi n crop w;is 21 per cent
above average this year. Corn, in
time, Is turned Into moat, and
into dairy and poultry products.
There should be plenty of all for
the eating public. But what will
the price be? , 1
Well, Department of Agricul
ture officials wore meeting Wed
nesday to discuss on? phase of .1
the 1!);0 price summi ts tor eggs.
Currently the government is sup
porting them at 35 cents a dozen
and Is said to have huge quan
lilies stored away In caves. But
the present !H) per cent of parity
support legislation for epgs ex
pires with tile old year. If the
department decides to supiort
prices at 75 per cent of parity,
that would be around 30 cents a
dozen for ungraded eggs.
One Break Seen
However, there mav be a break
for the consumer and a head-
ache for the producer early next
year in one food department.
Poultry In cold storage now
tops 100 million pounds, com
pared with 92 million pounds a
year ago. Tills will neatly take
care of the holiday demand, ami
leave over plenty to be marketed
k.ter in the winter. If the price
breaks sharply, the government
may be asked to help there, too.
There Is also another final
headache in all this "planning of
how much to plant, and where
to got the price. That Is the
Some point out that after sev
eral years of very good growing
weather In most areas of the
country, we shouldn't be too sur
prised If a bad year may not be
It Still Guides
astically about their pleasure in
the views. The ones who had
been here enjoyed 'remembering';
Xhe others wanted to visit them!
I sent one to a New York State
cousin, and back came this N. Y.
book and have I enjoyed the
many, many familiar scenes;
they bring back so many mem
ories! Mary said she hadn't
thought to send one out of state
until the receipt of the North
west Calendar gave her the idea.
They are very subtle adver
tising. Chambers of commerce,
please note! Let's have an ORE
Speaking of pictures of chil
dren: Oh, aren't they precious,
twenty years or so later on! We
took literally hundreds of our
"twins." Now I am matching
each picture that comes of our
grandson with the same-age pic
ture of his daddy, and the uncle
whom he will not see here . . .
I always tried to get story pic
tures. There's one where one
toddler is roaring lustily,' flat
on his back on the grass, his pic
ture book still held in both hands,
while a triumphant brother
stands over him with a "that'll
teach you!" look.
this winter probably won't reach
The commission said that in
most sections of the state, the
number of employed Is about the
same as a year ago.
Most At Portland
Of the 55,000 unemployed as of
December 1. 22,900 were in the
' Figures for other districts hav
ing more than 1,000 out of work
Salem 5,000, Eugene 4.650,
Astoria 2.100, Coos Bay 2,020,
Oregon City 1,950, Roseburg 1,
730, Klamath Falls 1,650, Med
ford 1,400, Lebanon 1,200, Mc
Minnvllle 1,200, Grants Pass 1,
150. Totals for other districts: Tole
do, 950, Corvallis 780, La Grande
750, Pendleton 725, Ontario t!So ;
Albany (i35. Baker 625; Rend,
Kreewalor, Hood River and Tilla
mook. ti(X) each: The Dalles 525,
and Lakeviow 275.
The commission gave the fol
lowing summary of employment
conditions by industries:
Construction The number of
employes has decreased 15 per
cent since summer, and probably
will drop another- 5 percent i'u
the next month or two.
Food Processing Drops
Food Processing Peak employ
ment of 2S.O0O last fall has been
cut by more than 10.000, and will
drop even more in the next four
Textiles and Apparel Employ
ment has been rising gradually,
and a 5 percent increase Is ex
pected this winter.
Lumber and Logging In con
trast to year ago. few mills
and logging operations are
hutting down. Employment It
running about the tamo as In
November, 1949, and is expect
ed to drop only lightly In Jan
uary and February.
Manufacturing Little change
is expected. Employment is in
In the Day's News
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lng place, his name was checked
against a registration list. He was
handed an unsealed envelope
which he carried lnlo the secret
voting booth. There he picked up
his ballot, WHICH CARRIED
ONLY THE FATHERLAND
FRONT CANDIDATES, sealed it
In the envelope and dropped it in
a closed ballot box.
"OPPOSITION COULD BE
REGISTERED ONLY BY HAND
ING IN AN EMPTY ENVELOPE,
OR ENCLOSING AN ODD
SCRAP OF PAPER ON WHICH
NO NAMES COULD BE WRIT
THAT helps to explain the splen
did vote the communists got In
Bulgaria. When there is only
ONE TICKET in the field, and
no write-ins are permitted, and
failure to vote at all is regarded
with great suspicion, the incum
bents can roll up majorities that
are extremely impressive.
THIS is about the only possible
That is what happens when
there Is only one party as in Bul
garia, and in ALL of the coun
tries run by the communists.
It Is another evidence of what
happens when too much power is
placed In too few hands.
I'D like to offer one modest sug
gestion at this point:
In this country, we aren't like
ly to pass a law decreeing that the
party In power shall be the" only
party permitted to have candi
dates on the ballot and that no
write-ins shall be allowed. With
our glorious tradition of freedom
of the individual to choose the
kind of government he prefers,
that couldn't come about short of
say half a dozen generations.
But if the political estate of the
Republican party should iall so
low that NO REPUBLICAN
COULD EVER HOPE TO BE
ELECTED we would drift auto
matically and more or less imper
ceptibly Into the ONE-PARTY
system that now prevails by law
in the behind -the -iron -curtain
countries of Europe and Asia.
PERSONALLY, I'm going to go
on being a Republican PART
LY BECAUSE THE REPUBLI
CAN PARTY IS THE PARTY OF
OPPOSITION and without a par
ty of opposition we could fall In
time into all the evils that are
inherent In one-party govern
ment. SEX SLAYER CONVICTED
FRESNO, Calif., Dec. 22. B
Paul Monies Gutierrez, 25-year-old
cotton picker, was convicted
yesterday of first degree murder
In the rape slaying of 17-months-old
The verdict of Superior Judge
Arthur C. Shepard. who heard
the case without a jury, was with
out recommendation, making
death penalty automatic.
Judge Shepard also ruled that
Gutieircz was sane.
creasing In printing, publishing
and machinery, and is falling in
transportation equipment, paper
and Utilities No upturn In em
ployment is expected before
March, but the 1949 gains will
be held through the winter.
Trade and Service Little
change Is expected.
. BOSTON, Dec. 21 UP) Ad
miral Forrest P. Sherman, chief
of U. S. Naval operations, said
today there is "ample evidence"
of a reawakening of Russian
He added, pointedly, that
America's superior force of air
craft carriers must be maintain
ed to keep open vital sea lanes.
In a speech delivered to the
Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Sherman said that Russia . has
more cruisers in active servica
than this country, nd that Soviet
shipbuilding capacity reportedly
is double its 1940 level. .
"Although Russia is predomi
nately a land power and air pow
er, 'there is ample evidence of a
reawakening of maritime ambi
tion," declared the top-ranking
U.S. Naval officer. "Since 1935,
heavy surface ship construction
has been in progress and within
the past year, the number of
cruisers and new destroyers in
the Russian fleets has increas
ed." Sherman said the modern crui
sers built in Soviet shipyards are
heavy ships of high speed arm
ed with a standardized rapid fir
ing high velocity 7.1 inch triple
He placed the total humbef of
Soviet cruisers at 14. The United
Stqtes now has 13 cruisers In ac
tive service and 60 more in its
"mothball" fleet. Of the laid-up
U. S. vessels, 32 are light cruis
ers. Sherman gave the Soviet fleet's
known strength as three old bat
tleships, 14 cruisers, 110 destroy
er types, and about 270 submarin
es. In addition, he said, It Includ
es a force of motor, torpedo
boats, submarine chasers, and
inshore patrol craft In peacetime
which exceeds the numerical
strength of equivalent types in
all other navies combined in
cluding the United States.
"Our outstanding superiority
over the Russian fleet lies in our
carrier force," . Sherman said.
"The maintenance of our carrier
force is essential to our ' unin
terrupted use of vital sea com
munications. It is also essential
to naval support of the army and
the air force. It is the core of the
offensive power of the fleet. It is
the most mobile tactical air force
At present, the United States
has 15 aircraft carriers in active
service. In addition, it has 87 In
"mothballs", Including 62 smail
escort carriers. According to
available information, Russia has
no aircraft carriers.
The ' annual midnight " Celebra
tion of the Holv Commuhion will
be held in St. George's Episco
pal church Christmas Eve, Satur
day, beginning at 11 p.m. The
change in time should be noted,
the service beginning a half hour
earlier than in former years.
A Christmas sermon will be
preached by the rector, the Rev.
Alfred S. Tyson. Christmas mu
sic will include "Gesu Bambino,"
by Pietro Yon, as the choir an
them, as well as the familiar
hymns and carols.
On Sunday, Christmas day,
there will not be the usual early
celebration of the Holy Commu
nion at 8 o'clock, nor will the
church school meet There will
be a choral communion at 11, at
which the junior choir will join
the adult choir In singing "Re
joice and Be Merry."
unnstmas parties will be held
for the church school and for the
choir- on the Wednesday follow
ing Christmas. The church school
party will be in the Parish hall
from 2 to 4 in the afternoon, and
will be under the direction of
Mrs. Frank Webster, Mrs. S. L.
Groshong, and Mrs. H. H. Tur
ner. The choir party will also be
In the Parish hall, beginning with
a potluck supper for choir mem-
oers ana tneir families at 6:30
4 CHURCHES ON ONE SITE
M ALINES, Belgium UP)
Workmen clearing away the ru
ins left by a wartime V-l bomb
have unearthed the remains of
four churches all built on the
same site. The discovery was
made in what is left of Saint
Lambert church, Mulzen-lez-Ma-lines.
The first church was built on
piles and dates from the 8th Cen
tury. The second seems to be of
far-rtlinnrlan nrinEn awtt U .
u....&iui uuiii aim iiiuai nave I
hppn prprtprt Ahnllt tha miri.Uo f I
the 11th century. The third shows
Gothic characteristics with an ex
tension dating fi-om 1772. The
fourth was the former Saint-Lambert
Several tombs containing skel
etons were also unearthed.
NOTED INVENTOR DIES
BUFFALO, N. Y., Dec.' 21. (tf)
Gcrritt Van Daam, 56, a prom
inent inventor, died Wednesday
after an illness of six months.
A native of Amsterdam, Hol
land, Van Daam came to the Unit
ed States early in the century and
was placed in charge of engineer
ing projects at the Panama canal.
van Daam was credited with In
venting the device used by the
Allies in World War One which
synchronized with an airplane
propeller and discharged bullets
through the revolving blades.
He was the sole patent holder
on a de-icing process for machine
guns fired at high altitudes. He
developed other de-Icing equip
ment for airplanes. In all, he held
more than 100 patents.
GLAMOR FOR DOG TAGS
LAS VEGAS Next year'.
dDg tags in Las Vegas will be In
the shape of fire hydrants, for
males, and hearts, for females.
Dog Catcher Bill Burke savs he
hopes, by "glamorizing" the lic
enses, to triple this year i sale of
America, Allies Agree On
WASHINGTON iP Secre
tary of State Acheson announces
that "substantially complete"
agreement has been reached on
the types of arms the United
States will send to its European
He reviewed at a news confer
ence the status of the program
for $1,000,000,000 of American
military aid to nations joined
Two Suits For Money
Filed In Circuit Court
Veterans Sales Outlet has filed
suit in circuit court demanding
judgment for $937 and costs from
Tom and Charles UHKey, doing
business as Gllkey's Trading
Pos. The plaintiff alleges the
amount is the unpaid balance on
mercnanciise purcnasea Dy uie
Mlnnette M. Bells has filed suit
demanding judgment against
Percy M. Varney for $800, plu.i
interest and costs, for alleged
non-payment on a loan.
ON DESERTION GROUNDS
HOLLYWOOD. Dec. 22. UP)
Clark Gable's fourth wife, the
former Sylvia Hawkes. was di
vorced In London June 15, 1948,
by Lord Stanley of Alderley on
grounds of desertion.
sne aia not oDtain tne aivorce
herself, as stated in a previous
Associated Press dispatch.
112 N. Stephens
Success BWii ll
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Uniform Types Of Arms
with this country' In the North
In summary, these were the
1. There Is a fairly complete
understanding as to the kinds of
weapons wanted and to be sent.
2. Some differences still re
main as to the wording of the
agreements which will govern the
uses of those weapons. Negotia
tions are continuing on this.
3. He expects the North Atlan
tic council to meet early in Janu
ary to approve a statement of the
defense strategy of the Atlantic
Under the arms aid legislation,
the program cannot begin until
agreements covering the use" of
the weapons have been completed
and the statement of grand strat
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