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OSTENTATIOUS VULGARITY? The elegance and glamour of the monarchy dis
played on such occasions as the recent statu visit of the Shah of Iran are under con
stant attack by British leftist critics.
PULLING DOWN THE ROYAL PEDESTAL
While Elizabeth Is
The Socialists Are
By TOM A. CULLEN
NEA Staff Correspondent
While Queen - Elizabeth and
Prince Philip give North Ameri
cans a taste of royal glamour
during their seven-week Canadian
tour, the Socialists at home will be
busy gnawing away at the founda
tions of the British monarchy.
It is an insidious campaign that
goes on year in and year out. The
Socialist aim: to pull the monarchy
down from its pedestal, to make
it drab as part of the inevitable
leveling off process of the Welfare
Jn Socialist eyes, and this in
cludes the majority of the British
Labor party, the Queen is a glori
fied civil servant presiding over a
As 78 year old Lord Esher, a
noted patron of the arts, recently
remarked: "The Queen still has
that quality which is anathema to
the civil service view of life
glamour. "There isn't much left of it in
the modern world, hut what there
is is much prized."
The id of a Civil Service
Queen, however, npp"als to the
Puritan streak in many Britons,
and may ultimately influence the
image the Queen projects as head
of the monarchy.
"Th'- monarchy must always re
tain an element of mystery," ac
cording to Sir Frederick Ponsonby,
one of I he most cxcrienccd cour
tiers in modern times. "If you
bring it down to the p-ople, it will
lose its mystery and influence."
Britons have only to look across
the North Sea for warning exam
ples of what happens when the
royal coinage is debased, accord
ing to those who uphold the old
In the Netherlands, for exam
ple, the monarchy no longer has
an aura of mystery or glamour,
they point out. Queen Juliana is
said to be under the influence of
faith h-alers and cranks.
In Belgium, 29-year-old King
Baudouin has been criticized for
everything from being extrava
gant to remaining single and thus
failing to provide an heir to the
In Britain, the attack upon royal
ty is seldom direct, the leftists
and the laborites preferring the
oblique approach.' The recent
State visit of the Shah of Persia
is a case in point.
In a leading article, the leftist
New Statesman started by criticiz
ing the preparations for the Shah's
visit as "ostentatious vulgarity."
"The gold plalc has been taken
out of the safe, arthritic joints
thrust into rusty knee-breeches,"
the magazine article sneered.
It went on to drag in the Queen.
For Nixon Trip
ican newsmen accompanying Vice
President Kit-hard M Nixon to
Hussia apparently will be allowed
to cover the trip "without censor
ship." This was the interpretation
Nixon late Friday put on assur
Alices from Iho Soviet government
that newsmen would be able to
file stories freely and without
Mrs. Retha Bowman
Heads EOC Class
Mrs. Retha Bowman was elected
president of the l!5f) Summer
Session graduating class at Eas
tern Oregon College in recent
meeting of the group. She will
preside over various commence
ment activities and represent the
graduates in meetings with the
(acuity concerning the class gift
nd end-of-session events.
Mrs. Bowman has taught at the
Ladd Canyon School" and will
leach "this coming year in Union.
"Doubtless the Queen takes no
pleasure in hob-nobbing with this
unsavoury potentate," New States
man conceded, but it questioned
her sincerity. "Today the tarnish
ed phrases of welcome conceal
The danger, as observers here
see it, lies in the Queen bending
over backwards to please her
critics. In this respect, she shows
herself to be much more compliant
than some of her predecessors.
Queen Victoria would have ig
nored with contempt many of the
criticisms directed at her great-great-granddaughter.
beth, with the advice of Prince
Philip, already has gone a long
way to meet the demands of her
more vociferous critics. The re
forms instituted in the seven
years she has been on the throne
are sweeping ones.
In keeping with the times, she
enrolled her son. Prince Charles,
in an ordinary prep school. The
10 year-old Prince of Wales is the
first direct heir to the throne to
receive such a democratic educa
tion. Again, because they were un
popular with many of her subjects,
the Queen abolished presentation
parties in Buckingham Palace last
year, thus putling an end to the
so-called "debutante racket."
The Queen has st-adily broaden
ed her contacts with the outside
world. Today's guest list for an
informal luncheon would have
sounded a few years ago like the
wild dream of a social revolu
tionary. Some recent Palace guests:
Alec Guiness, actor: Charles
Brasher, sprinter: Donald Camp
bell, holder of the world's speed
record on water; Michael Balcon.
film producer; and Billy Wright.
captain of the All-England soccer
All'of thee reforms have met
with popular enthusiasm. But
some Socialist critics apparently
would like to sec Prince Charles
attending a little red brick school-
house somewhere down by the gas
works. They would also like to
see a heavy sprinkling of shop
stewards among the Queen's entourage.
a a hardbitten royalist ex
plained it to me, "Labor would like
to sue Buckingham Palace con-
Unittd Prats International
EL PASO, Tex. Louisiana
Gov. Earl Long describing his
feelings about reporters who have
been dogging his footsteps:
"1 had a pistol last night and
ii uns nil 1 could do to keen from
pulling it out and shooting some
of them. '
News Secretary James llagerty
denying that President Eisenhower
Ini-ked confidence in Charles Boh
len ambassador to Russia, who is
reported slated for a high State
"Nothing could be fiirlher from
ili Inilh I The President I has a
great deal of confidence in Am
SZCZECIN. Poland Soviet
Premier Nikila S. Khrushchev
outlining Russia's Berlin stand to
an audience of 75.HX) Poles:
"We should alxilish the occupa
(ion regime in (West) Berlin and
we will press for this.
CHICAGO Former high school
athletic coach John Francis Tra
cy, 38, known as the Irish
charmer," to FBI agents who ar
rested him on forgery charges:
"I'm not a bad boy. You guys
should be out catching bank rob
hers inslvnd of mo."
verted into a People's Park for
Rest and Culture, where the Queen
might be glimpsed occasionally
riding a bicycle with her shopping
basket over the handle-bars."
'WE ARE ENGLISH SPEAKING PEOPLE'
Each Government Department
Speaks Own Special Dialect
UPI Staff Writer
WASHINGTON U PI I Sen.
Smart Symington D Mo. told the
Senate this week the Army is so
short of dough our loys in Berlin
carry rifles '13 years old and ma
chine guns from the First Wo-d
But Asst. Defense Secretary W.
.1. McNeil, in his reply, said "the
validity of the shortfall" had not
been established, and in the ensu
ing confusion senators beat Sym
ington's amendment to give the
Army more money.
Symington probably figured the
senators just didn't know what
they were doing. And Sen. Thom
as II. Kuchel. iR-Culif.l, the GOP
whip and a key figure in the fight
against the Symington proposal,
now seems to have admitted this
might have been so.
"It may be that 'shortfall' is
government gobblcdygook for
shortage, but I do not know," he
told the Senate, having cautiously
withheld his remarks until after
the vote. "We are English speak
ing people but I suggest that such
phrases are no proof of that
The significance of all this to
the boys in Berlin, and the relics
they may or may not be carry
ing, must still be determined.
Meantime, however, Kuchel has
warned military men, and govern
ment people generally, to start
communicating in the kind of lan
guasc senators understand.
He said their failure to do so
will lead to "unintelligcuce,"
w1ik.Ii unfortunately is the kind of
language senators undui s land
Some ieoplc might have said ig
norance. Among the numerous local dia
lects spoken here in preference
to English, penlagonese. as
above, is generally considered the
most difficult to master.
The Air Force recently came
up with "encrypted," which some
veteran House members were
able to decipher as meaning put
into code. The Army meantime
made a logical advance from
"definitize," which means "final
ize,"' to "undefinitize," which
must mean "unfinalize," whatev
er that means.
Obligate, Subobligate, etc.
The foreign aid people "obli
gate" their money, then "subob
ligate" it, and despite their best
efforts to get it all spent before
the end of the year they owned
up recently to having "unsubobli
gated" some millions of dollars.
I am informed they will explain
this to anybody with a couple of
hours to listen.
Other agencies of course are
always panting to stay in the
race. The Commerce Department,
just Wednesday, told Congress our
Merchant Marine is short 200
"notional" sh'.js. The congress
men had assumed what they
needed was more tankers and
Our lawmakers ulways deplore
these new words, and practically
always adopt them. So when Hep
Craig llosmcr iR - Calif. I had
something sH'cial to say this
week be went out of his way to
make sure he didn't full into the
fie put imo the appendix of the
Congressional Record a sho't
seech above which was duly
printed the headline he wrote:
"Stop flops drop crop props."
"Mr. Speaker." he said in his
eight word undelivered oration
"the above title conveys my message."
To Tighten Policy
PORTLAND L'PI The State
Welfare Commission Friday an
nounced a major tightening policy
in eligibility requirements particu
larly in aid to dependent children.
The Commission said the new
policy would mean closer check
ing on parental responsibility and
on the individual's financial and
Friday's action came at a regu
lar meeting of the Commission
here and followed closely recom
mendations of the Welfare depart
ment staff as made in a study re
port, developed after action of
the 1959 legislature.
Observer, La Grande, Ore., Sat., July IB, l Page
Unknowns Star When
Big Names Disappear
By VERNON SCOTT
UPI Staff Writer
HOLLYWOOD ilTD Ever
heard of Dick Crenna?
Probably not. But you're more
than likely familiar with Walter
Denton and Luke McCoy, the
characters he's played on "Our
Miss Biooks'' a:id "The Real Mc
Coys." Crenna has parlayed the
cracked voiced high school hoy
and the gangling hillbilly role into
a Sioo.ooo-a-year career.
He's a member of the growing
fraternity of very rich supiwrting
players who jump from series to
series on TV when the top stars
conk out. Others in the same cat
egory are Bob Sweeney i.My Fa
vorite Husband and Our Miss
Brooks), Harry Morgan i Decem
ber Bride), Gale Gordon (Our
Miss Brooks and The Brothers)
and Vivian Vance and Bill Fraw
ley (I Love Lucy.)
Make or Break Series
"A good supporting cast can
make or break a series, no mat
ter how big the star may be,"
"Take some of the most suc
cessful shows 'December Bride,'
'Gunsmoke,' "77 Sunset Strip,'
'Lucy' and people like Jackie
Glcason and Sid Caesar. Their
supporting players were as popu
lar as the leads.
"Most stars realize this and
capitalize on it. The star of my
current series, "The Real Mc
Coys,' is Walter Brennan who
spent his movie career as a char
acter actor in supporting roles.
"He's great to all of us. He
knows the problems and tribula
tions of second bananas.
Crenna, a likeable young man
of 32, believes he could waltz into
a third series, and a fourth and
"I have yet to play myself on
television." he explained. "So
evcrytimc I crop up in a new
scries I'm a new fare and per
sonality. It might be different if
I'd played starring roles.
Shortage of Comics
"In the past four years I've
been offered a half dozen series
of my own all comedies. There's
a shortage of young comics
around right now, not the stand
up variety, but character comedi
ans. "Other than Tony Randall. Jack
Lemmon and Wally Cox I can't
think of anybody who can play
youthful character parts for
"It's not an easy thing to do
because you can't strap comedy
on like a pair of six guns. There's
a heck of a future in playing sec
ond bananas, and I plan to stick
Dick began his career on radio
at the age of 11. and credits the
variety of roles he played for his
"It's hard to say how long The
Real McCoys' will run," he con
cluded. "The show is doing so
well I guess it will continue as
long as we in the cast want it to
go on. I signed for five years,
and we're starting our third sea
son. "As far as I'm concerned I
hope it rolls along for years to
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A SPARK CAN BE
A DEADLY MISSILE
' Such a little bit of carelessness can cause such a great amount of '
Loss of life, loss of vacation lands, loss of timber and watersheds
can result from one cigarette thoughtlessly flipped from a car window,
or one burning match dropped beside the toad.
During these fire hazard months, a spark of any kind can be a
deadly missile. And every year, our forest areas become more and
more vital to the nation's welfare.
So be extra careful this year. Use your car ash tray. Douse your
campfires. Be sure all fires are out, dead out. Be sure you don't cause
a shameful forest fire. (Every year, some people do. 9 out of 1,0
forest fires are still man-caused.)
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l& efta Amartcm boifntti flrmt, w battavt the bmtnaii hoi a MtponiTMnry to eenhiliuft to Iht puttie wlfart. 1M , v
cdvartUamanl i therefore ipontoiad la cooperation with Th AdvartUtog Council and U. S. and State Forts! StrvicM byt
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