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Lorna Larson, Editor Carolyn Silva, Business Manager
Before You Mark Your 'X'
Oregon’s Republican primary ballot is doubly confusing
It’s always difficult to cast one’s vote for delegates to the
national convention. The average voter has never heard of two
thirds of the 85 candidates.
But this year—for the first time since 1920—there’s an added
joker on the ballot. Eight of the candidates have filed in such
a manner that, if elected, they will not be bound to support the
choice of the Oregon electorate as determined by the May 16
primary. And there’s no indication on the ballot as to which
candidates these are.
The situation arose because Oregon has two primary laws
which are in essence conflicting, but which are both on the
books. Under the old law of 1905, a candidate may file for con
vention delegate by securing a certain number of names on a
petition in seven counties. Under the 1915 law, passed when
the primary was set up, a candidate signs a pledge to support
the choice of the people as revealed in the primary.
No one has tried the petition method since 1920. One man
tried it then, and his action turned out to be “political suicide.”
Apparently the reason for the attempt this year is that Sen.
Robert A. Taft has refused to enter the Oregon primary, hence
cannot be the choice of the Oregon electorate. The only way a
convention delegate can support Taft is to be elected after
filing by the petition method.
Eight candidates for convention delegate have filed by this
method. They are Lowell C. Paget, Irving Rand, Phil Mets
chan, John R. Latourette Jr., Robert A. Bennett, Ernest Swig
ert, and Mrs. George Gerlinger, all of Portland, and U. S.
Balentine, Klamath Falls.
Now there’s nothing legally wrong with this method of
filing, and we won’t dispute anybody’s right to support the
candidacy of any nominee. What bothers us is that such a
situation is possible in Oregon. The object of a direct primary
is to give the people, through their vote, the power to deter
mine whom their delegates will support for the nomination at
the national party convention. If persons are sent as repre
sentatives of Oregon who are not bound to support the people s
choice as shown in the primary, most of the effect of the pri
mary is nullified.
Governor McKay has said that the failure to repeal the 1905
law was a legislative oversight. It seems to us that the next
legislature should take up the matter of the two laws and
decide what they want: no primary at all or a primary that
means something, as Oregon’s primary has been noted for do
ing in the past. Under the latter system, if a national candidate
wants to get support in Oregon, he’d have to be willing to pre
sent himself openly for the electorate’s approval or dis
Junior Weekend Broadcasts Set
By D*n Collin
Junior Weekend will be filling
the air waves these next few
days. KORE to get the exclusive
broadcast from the Junior Prom
Friday night. Oregon’s own Jim
Magnuson will me the show at
11 p.m. ... Will feature Johnny
Queen candidates will be inter
viewed! tonight at 10:30 p.m. on
KASH’s “Studio Party.”
As a second-rate musical rater,
You’re a first-rate agitator.
So why not confess your fate—
For as a reprobate,
‘Twould be better to abdicate,
Before it becomes too late.
Mr. G. told me that it was my
day to be right.
Now that the presses have
rolled over a few banged com
ments ... back to radio.
An inspiring depiction of the
teaching that love and goodness
can conquer evil will take place
in “Turn the Other Cheek,” on
“Greatest Story” over KTTGN,
Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
is heard every
Sunday in a
over K E R G
at 2:30. Each
week from the
news is most
important, trout Dnngs in tne
Flying Reporter, to give the be
New programs: “Favorites of
the Famous” (HASH, Sunday at
7:30 p.m.) features the request
music Of noted personalities. Last
week Jackie Robinson was guest
... this week H. V. Kaltenborn’s
requests will be aired.
KERG rounds out its daily
local news coverage by adding a
7 :S0 p.m. broadcast to its two
afternoon commentaries at 12
boon and 5:45 p.m.
NBC Symphony back at 3:30
this Saturday (KUGN) . . . Lily
Pons on “Telephone Hour”
(KUGN, Monday at 9 p.m.) .
Dear Jupe: Give UslNo Rain 7 t
(Ed. Note: This is the eleventh time we’ve run the
Jupe Pluvius edit. In 1941 Emerald staffer Aaron
(Buck) Buchwach wrote this plea for good Junior
Weekend weather. It worked. Furthermore, it
your laurels for awhile, and visit someone else.
There is reason to believe that you intend
scare us a bit. In fact, you have. The rain clou
have washed our baseball teams hither and yd
worked each succeeding year, ex
cept last Junior Weekend. So ...
we’re giving it one more chance.
The weather bureau’s pessimis
tic, but here’s hoping!)
When the occasion demands,
and in truth it has on numerous
occasions,- the Portland Oregon
ian and Oregon Journal have re
sorted to their editorial columns
in an attempt to influence weath
Now there is no exact pro
cedure for a journalist to follow
when he is begging for rain for
potor farmers gazing at the sky
with parched throats, for verily,
it takes a combination of subtle
demanding, varied pleading, and
good-natured hoping to achieve
such desired results.
The Emerald, although of
We want this . . .
• • •
our trat’K meets nave Deen nfl
in semi-wintry weather, and o|
golf and tennis teams have bc|!
forced to completely aband4
Blit please, Mr. Pluvius *(^
Jupe, for we know you but tj
well), don’t come around wii
your clouds and your tricks'.
Our Moms will be down here U
the weekend activities, and fo
sooth—they will be attired I
their springiest of spring outfit
and their hats will be Of the kin
to bring male smiles. But w
want to take them to the cam pi
luncheon to see the queen and he
court of beautiful princess/1
crowned, and my goodness hoi
the raindrops do raise havoc wit
even a proud mother’s fin»M
course it adolescently blushes
when compared to such timerhonored organs as the
Oregonian and Journal, is driven to adopt such
tactics, however, by Jupe Pluvius, that old gentle
man Who loves the Oregon country so well and so
much that he delights in spraying it every so often
and thoroughly. .. especially when asked to by the
But now, Mr. Pluvius, the Emerald asks you
politely, but firmly, to shift your schedule in such a
manner so as not to spoil our Junior Weekend...
The farmers have had their misty blessings, and
the Oregonian and the Journal have received their
just due, and the city pavements, too, are washed
clean by the sweet Oregon mist. What the Univer
sity asks now is for you, Mr. Pluvius, to rest on
The Portland papers have moi
important advertisers, and have more influence
perchance, Mr. Jupiter Pluvius, but not even the;
will praise you with much more honest enthusiasm
and open-mouthed admiration if you will but taH
your vacation. v ,
And if you have to take that storm which is
dared by some pessimistic meteorologists to be.
ing from out Of Newport way somewhere, perch; ]
you could deposit it at Stanford, California, or e*|
Just for the weekend, you understand. We v/anj
you as our permanent resident up here in Oregc
Jupe, to freshen our flowers, to clean our street!
and, to keep our soil rich and red.
But not Junior Weekend, PLEASE,
So THiS f 8 Oregon.
My Friend Wouldn't Understand, But Impartiality
Is Necessary and Mr. Hobart Fills the Bill
____— By Jim Haycox -
We have a new editor, another
Greek if you will. Larry Hobart
is a strong fraternity man. You
might, therefore, expect to see
next year’s Emerald hand-in
glove with the powers (barring
no new election) that be on cam
You might expect it, but don’t.
We just don’t work it that way
in this corrugated mousetrap we
call a newspaper office. There's
an invisible hook just outside the
door with a sign above it: “Hang
Your A filiation Here Before En
And that’s the way it has to
be done; the only way it could
I have a friend who thought it -
was great stuff when we carried
news of a young man being de
pledged because he refused to
drop his candidacy in USA. My
friend told me, just after this,
that the Emerald looked better
than it had all year.
A day or so later, an Emerald
editorial came out frankly and
said, of the three AGS candi
dates, one was best. If went
pretty deep into the matter. Said
my friend, I have never seen
Then just before the election,
the editorial came out favoring
Pat Dignan over Helen Jackson.
It’s funny how fast our quality
He wouldn’t exactly disagree
with the editorial; it was just
that he didn’t think a campus
newspaper should have the right
to pick and choose.
His solution, I think, was a
kind of hands-off policy for any
thing that might get touchy. Oh,
you know, politics and stuff like
My friend is like a lot of
people. He makes no distinction
between the news columns on the
front page and the editorials on
two. If an editorial favored tear
ing down the Student Union, and
my friend liked the building, he’d
think he found the same senti
ment on page one.
Well, in truth there would be
no sentiment—no slanted news
stories—on page one about the
Student Union or anything else
unless it was just poor writing
that slipped through. But this
friend can’t disassociate the two
— the editorial and the news
story: what’s fact and what's
If the editor favors something,
my friend thinks perhaps it will
be reflected elsewhere in news
stories and he’ll look until he
finds it—no matter how slim his
And I don’t think anyone
knows just what to tell this guy.
You can’t argue him out of his
conviction. He won’t listen, t
But back to Mr. Hobart, t?
Greek. I don’t think it’s ari
secret that Larry was not cjrsZ
the Pub Board’s choice, but als
I think many of us felt tha
when it comes to picking a guj
who has the ability and the baai
power for the job, it was obvioa:
And beyond that, I think we Jfel
that if there ever was a guy wj
was fair, who would demand uj
biased news coverage—from oi
end to the other and would ui
wise and unbiased judgment*
his editorial page, it
that Mr. Hobart.
Possibility for Hayward Field?
“Mighty nice of ’em to let you use th’ dog track for track practice,
eh coach!” * j
; ! f i - t Jilufi