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THE PALOUSE REPUBLIC 7 FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 195~ I YOUTHFUL SINGER Chi Y-outh Is Nation's First Television Opera Star A 12-year-old boy from Chiliicothe Ohio, has become one of the na- tion's first television opera stars a personality as well-known to the greats of the musical world as to the folks back home. In Chillicothe (pop. 18,340) Chet Allen developed his first taste for singing, along with cartoon sketch- inS, stamp collecting and football line play. When his family shifted to Columbus several years ago, Chet was already emitting the clear soprano tones that recently moved the great Arturo Toscanini to tears and wrung unrestrained plaudits from the nation's foremost music critics. His father, a chemical engineer, enrolled the curly haired youngster in the Columbus Boychoir at Prince- ton, N.J. Under the careful super- vision of Herbert Hoffman, director of the Boychoir, Chet became a star soloist. He accompanied the choir on a bus barnstorming tour of 32 states. He was, in fact, a veteran musical campaigner by the time that opera composer Glen-Carlo Menotti visited the Boychoir in search of a lead for his television opera, "Amahl And The Night Visitors," commissioned By INEZ GERHARD EILEEN O'FARRELL is the per- fect soloist for the ",Telephone Hour" on St. Patrick's Day, so she is being announced way ahead of time. This broadcast will be a spe- cial event, brpadcast from Carnegie Hall, where she scored a brilliant success with her recital in 1950-~ The daughter of Irish parents formerly billed in vaudeville as "The Sing- tag O'Farrells', she has fulfilled EILEEN O'FARRELL their dreams by becoming one of our outstanding dramatic sopranos. But she is not one of our temperamental prima donnas; she refuses to be glamorized, and will let nothing in- terfere with her home life with her husband, Robert Reagan, and her son, Robert Reagan, Jr. The size of the audience reached by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis on television was proved by the result of an appeal for funds to support research in muscular, dystrophy, which they made recently. The ap- peal brought in more than 7,000 responses. There were scores of letters from dystrophic victims who never knew there was a Muscular Dystrophy association, despite wide publicity. Twelve - year - old Chet Allen, Ohio's gift to television opera, sings with Rosemary Kuhlman in a rehearsal of the Gian-Car- 1o Menotti opera, "Amahl And The Night Visitors." Chef, who was born in Chiilicothe, Ohio, and now lives in Columbus, had the starring role of a crippled boy in the Menotti opera which had its TV premiere over the NBC network. two years ag~b by the National Broadcasting Company. Menotti seized upon the Chillicothe youngster as a natural for the role of the crippled boy whose impover- ished mother was visited by the Three Wise Men. The. youth's im- pulsive gesture in offering his crutch as a present to the new-born King in Bethlehem led to his miraculous recovery. CHET MOVED on New York with all the assurance of a widely trav- eled adult. He became an over- night hit with the opera's cast at rehearsal. His role was an exacting one, requiring a wide variety of emotions, and eminent musical men like Toscanini, who dropped in on rehearsals, were both moved and amazed by his vocal and acting capacities. So, too, were ordinary folks throughout the nation. The opera had its premiere Christmas Eve on a national television hook-up. The next day NBC was deluged with let- ters, telegrams and telephone calls praising the young artist. Chet liked what he saw of the big city, but he still feels that a small town has plenty of advantages. "You can get in touch with folks so much easier," he explains. Chet is now back at the Boyeholr where Directoi" Hoffman reports with pride that all the attention focused on him has not gone to his head "one whir." He makes occa- sional trips to New York to dos- plots a full recording of the opera for :RCA Victor, and the remainder of his time is devoted to his school and to extracurricular activities. Whether Chet will continue as an operatic performer, or whether he will pickuP'%he old life and perhaps specialize as a cartoonist or become an engineer like his father, depends upon nature. Director Hoffman es- timates that in one year, possibly two, CheFs voice will mature. Whether the post-adolescent Chet *ill have the vocal capacity for an operatic career is something that neither Chet, Director Hoffman or anyone else will prophesy. In the past, instances of boy sopranos who successfully bridged the change of voice have been rare. But few have been as successf~ in pro-adoles- cence as young Allen and even few- er have demonstrated his remark- able adaptability for operatic act- ing. [ CROSSWORD PUZZLE ':=7 GRASSROOTS ACROSS DOWN 21. Verse SUMMI T c ~. I. Joke 1. A semi- 22. Discharge, 5. U.S. solid food as a gun president preparation 23. Designated D~~SI.~ 9. Pry 2. Wicked as here 10. Musical 3. God of earth present drama 4. Gift 24. Slag 12,~xcuses 5. Sign of 25. Something (collo%) infinitive shaped EE EILILIAEEEIAISIEEE 14. Appear 6. Projecting like a EEOI~IAIRJEDIYIEIDEE 15. Sick end of a half-moon 16. Infant church 26. Swindler o-L~ 18. Note in the 7, Charge for 28. Bristle-like scale services part 34. A Moham- lg. Railway 8. Shivers 30. Board of sedan priest (abbr.) 9. Den Ordnance 35. Price of 20. To smoke 11. City (abbr.) passage 21. American (N. Fr.) 31. American 37. Old measure writer 13. Identical Indians of length 22. Doom 17, Exist 22. Round of 39. Route 23. Ripped 20. Confront applause 41. Therefore 24. Cut 26. Game of ' 27. French {] 7,/.,~, 10 (I parish priest 12 t~ ~7~ [4 28. To level ///,, pieceWitha [~ ~'~ [7 ~[8 of metal 29. Undivided [9 ~ 20 ~ Zl ~0. Honey- gathering ~" ~Z3 insects 31. Exclamation ~ 2S V/~ ZG 33. Music 34. Particle 35. Friar's title Z~ 7///~, m ~,~/ ]1 36. Newspaper //L paragraph ~ ~,~ ~ 38. In twain (archaic) ~ g7 ~ g8 g9 40. Volume of maps 40 4t ~'~ ~. 42. Having ears 43. Patron saint 7//~ of sailors ~ ~ 44. Cereal grains THE FICTION CORNER DOUBLE MISTAKE By Richard Hill Wilkinson IT was convenient thought Martha Sidney that Larry had money. "You see," she confided to Dorice Merton, who was to be maid of hen- or at the wedding, "Larry could hardly expect me to accompany him on these ex- Mingte wilderness. After Fiction all he has enough money so that this forestry business he's interested in could be classed as a hobby." notice was dubious. "I sometimes wonder, Mart, whether or not you're wise in marrying Larry. Somehow I feel thab he expects you'll be eager to follow him into the woods." "Asburd! How could he expect me to get a thrill out of trees. Besides, there's that little summer home of his jmst outside of town. I'd much prefer to live there where I can en- tertain my friends and make some good use of his money." It was rather an elaborate wed, dins. Martha's mother, who called her daughter extremely fortunate at making such a catch, went the limit. She didn't want Larry to think Martha was hopelessly poor. The couple spent a two weeks' honeymoon on Long Island and re- turned to Larry's summer home in Albany in late September. All dur- ing the boat ride up the Hudson, Larry talked of the woods cad their glory in autumn. That night he said: "Better get your packing done, honey. We're leaving early." Martha arched her brows in surprise. "My packing! Why, Larry,~ dear, you don't expect me to accompany yon into the wilderness!" When Herbert Hoover Talks, All America Listens to Chile, Mexico, Belgium and Italy; William R. Castle, forme~ director European division department of state, under-secretary-of-state, am- bassador to Japan; Hugh Gibson, former ambassador to Belgium; Spruille Braden, former assistant secretary of state an~ ambassador to Argentine, Colombia and Cuba; Joseph A. Kennedy, former ambas- sador to Great Britain; Arthur Bliss Lane, minister to Estonia, Latvia and Poland; Jesse Jones, former secretary of commerce, chairman reconstruction finance corporation. All of the above endorsed Hoover's statements that the nation should concentrate on the construction of more sea and air power rather than on additional ground forces as a de- fense against Russia, and that we must also protect our economy, and not wast~ our resources in Europe. It was the agreement with and the approval of those statements in the 7,000 long hand written letters re- ceived by Mr. Hoover from Amerl- can homes which he so much ap- preciated. It would be well for those of us who are interested only in provable facts that we prepare in advance for the storm of invective, mud, filth and generalities that will be showered upon us by political ora- tors of both parties through the pe- riod of the coming presidential cam. paign of July, August, September and October. The coming one will be such a' mud slinging campaign as has not been known since the days of the 70's and 80's of the last century, and both parties will indulge in the same type of invective. President Truman set the keynote of the campaign in his address be- fore the national Democratic Wom- an's club at Washington in Novem. bet. He was greeted with applause because he was talking to an audi- ence who have voted Democratic because father and grandfather voted that ticket, His generalities did not change any votes, nor will the orators of either party who indulge in the same type of generalities. Those whose votes can ~e changed want provable facts. For example, the president charged the Republicans with the expenditure of vast sums contributed by a small minority for purely self. ish reasons in an effort to attain a result, in which they failed. The fact is the Republicans spent in that campaign a total of $1,444,- 894.77. In the same campaign the Democrats spent $2,066,372.50. The figures are those submitted to con- gress as required by law, by the national chairmen of the two par. ties. In the Ohio senatorial cam- paign, he charged that Senator Taft received vast sums from "special interests" in their attempt to in- fluence legislation for corporate wealth, but he said nothing abput the assessments levied against all members of organized labor, and spent to defeat Taft that organized labor bosses might benefit from leg- islation in behalf of a minority, By Wright A. Patterson WHEN HERBERT HOOVER talks. all of America listens. When the people of the nation have the opportunity of both listening and sealing, they take advantage of both opportunities. They had both on January 27 when the man whom the people recognize as a national lead- er was on both radio and television. Then millions of Americans, re- gardless of political affiliations, both looked and listened. Those letters that Hoover appreciated most were from the homes of the nation, writ- ten in longhand on plain stationery, nearly 7,000 of them. Tlinse letters indicated a willingness to accept the leadership of the former president on so vital a subject as our national defense. For him, those 7,000 let- ters constituted a heart-warming experience, but there were many others coming from those r~cognized as experts in defense lines, and e~- pressing firm approval in what he had said. From the army there were let- ters from Lt. General Albert W. Wedemeyer, It. General Leslie B. Groves. Lt. Gen. Harold L. George, Major General Hugh Knerr and Gen- eral Brice P. Bisque. From the top brass of the navy there were letters of approval and commendations, with the privilege of quoting them, from such officers as Admiral William V. Pratt, Ad- miral William H. Standiey, Admiral Harry E. Yarneil, and Capt. James E. van Zandt, nOw a congressma~ From the realm of diplemacy: Henry P. Fletcher. former under- secretary-of-state and ambassador , i!iii~:::,::!!ii..j!~!il : iiiiiii i ii !i!iiiiiiiii!i!i "Larry, darling," she said, "please let me stay." Larry looked at her in bewilder- ment. He saw the whiteness about her lips, and knew suddenly that she had never intended to go with him. There was a quality in his voice when he replied that frightened her. "So that's how it is? I'm the sea- son's outstanding sucker, oh?" He shrugged. "Tomorrow I'm leaving for the woods and you're going with me--whether you .like it or not." They departed by traln the next morning. At Saranac they shifted to a power boat, and for hours drove steadily in the wilderness. At the head of the last chain of lakes they disembarked. The power boat sung away. Martha and Larry were left alone, standing on a narrow strip of wilderness **hat projected out into the lake. There was a log cabin, a canoe and nothing else. Martha felt afraid and very much alone. Larry had been painfully for, real during the entire trip. The mountains, the stillness, the vast solitude awed and frightened her. She stood quite still until the ~ast faint put-put-put of the power launch had faded. Then she turned and entered the cabin ~hst was to be her home. IN spite of herself Martha could not help enjoying her new exist- ence. For the first time in her life she knew sheer joy at just being alive. The cabin wa~ comfortable and home-like. There were .books. There was work to be done. Larry made no effort to assist her about the cabin. His eyes still held the same cold glint that' had fright- ened her on the night before their departure. He seldom spoke, was away from the cabin a good deal and spent his evenings bent over drawings and reports. It was a month before Larry let down the barrier. He came up from behind Martha as she stood alone on a bluff overlooking the lake. She turned at his step and looked into his eyes. The cold glint was gone. "The power launch is due back tomorrow," he said. "You may go back with the driver it you llke. 1--guess I made a mis- take.',' Martha felt a lump in her throat and swallowed hard. "Larry, darling, please let me stay. I--I've been selfish. Can't you forgive me?" Larry's head Jerked up. For one brief moment he stared. "Martha, Martha, I -- hoped, -- I wanted you to--love the woods as I do. I brought you here for that put. pose, and thought I'd failed." Martha pulled his face down and kissed it, "Let's forget the past, Larry, sweetheart, and start an over again. I really don't feel as if I've had a real honeymoon. Let's begin over again. Nowl HereF' Kremlin Fliers IT ISN'T pleasant to contemplate, but the inescapable fact is that Russia is not only outproducing us in planes, but is building up a res- ervoir of battle-tested pilots to fly them. The blunt fact is that the Kremlin is using Korea as a grad- uate school to train Russian pilots how to fly against American planes. Rotating "classes" of Russian pilots have been manning the MIG's over Korea and learning American combat techniques first hand. The present class showed up in Korea on November 1, is now about ready to graduate. Each class takes the same pre- scribed course. The first month is spent making navigational flights across Korea. The second month is spent observing American forma- tions at a safe distance. During this period, the MIG's will occasionally make a pass at a bomber forma- tion, but it is all in practice. They never fire a shot. The MIG's also take care to keep out of the way of air force F-86 Sabrejets during their breaking-in period. By the third month, however, the Soviet student-pilots begin to tangle with American fighters-- preferably with slower F-80 Shooting Stars and F-84 Thun- der jets. As the Russians gain ex- perience, they mix it up with our crack F-86 squads. The result is that the green Rus- sians are shot out of the skies at the rate of 13 to our one. But the survivors become tough, skillful pilots, baptized by fire and able to hold their own against our best. Note.--In contrast, we send only our crack pilots to Korea, give our new pilots no battle training. Reason is that we are so short of F-86's that we cannot risk letting green- horns fly them in combat. Messages to Moscow A lot of schools all over the coun- try are taking advantage of the ar- rangement whereby the school chil- dren of America can broadcast via the Voice of America to school children behind the Iron Curtain. Many newspapers are also cooper- ating. In Charleston, W. Va., the Gazette is running a four-week contest among high-school children for the best "Messages to Moscow." The winner of each week's contest will 'be announced weekly, and at the end of the month the final winner will be given a trip to New York to visit the United Nations and broad- cast personally over the Voice of America. The Los Angeles News and the Wichita Eagle are cooperating with California and Kansas schools in running similar contests. The messages should not be over 150 words, should tell about condi- tions in American schools, and how the youngsters of this country want peace and resent the artificial barrier to friendship imposed by the Kremlin. Since the youngsters of today will have to carry out the American foreign policy of tomor. row, this is an'opportunity for them to help mould that foreign policy now. Cosfello's Friends For the first time in years, s sen- ate committee will defy the un- written code of congress and ques- tion congressmen. Specifically, Arnold Bauman of the senate D.C. crime committee wants to know why certain congress- men have been so chummy with racketeer Frankie Costello's Wash- ington lobbyist, Murray elf. T-'men have actually traced long- distance phone calls to elf from Costello's partner, Dandy Phil Kas- tel. elf also kept racketeer Joe Adonis overnight in his hotel room while Adonis was hiding out from the senate crime committee, elf himself has a criminal record. Yet this same Off has been living in style at the Congres- sional hotel, has entertained at least 50 congressmen at cock. tail parties. A handful of con- gressmen have been extra close to Oif, and at least one has ac- tually run errands for the rack- eteer. Bauman intends to find.out why. He personally will call on the con- gressmen and take their state- ments. Among those who can expect a visit are Congresman Morrison of Louisiana. Note.--Fear that something like this would.happen,wv, s one reason why the senate crime committee had a hard time getting its work extended. Franco's Successor Secret agreement has been reached among the principal ad- visers and supporters of Spanish Dictator France to make Martin ArtaJo, present foreign min/ster.~ the heir-presumptive to the dictator when the generalissimo retires-- which will probably happen early in 1954. France himself took the initiative in this decision and backed ArtaJo as his official successor. Until re- cently France dreamed of a dynasty. IUOUS[HOLD II II[ TS Hanging Brooms Nail two empty spools to the wall of your kitchen or the inside of your closet so idle brooms won't be f o r e v e r falling over~ Hang the broom upside down os~ the spools. Save Old Seeks Don't throw away old wooles~ socks, Put them over your shoes when you start painting walls o: furniture. If paint spills you ca~ wipe it up with your foot. Pie Dough A good way to handle pie dough is to place it on waxed paper,~ Gather up the paper into a bag anc} manipulate the dough through the paper until it forms a ball and i~ well blended. $ $ $ Waldorf Salad To make a Waldorf salad~ squeeze the juice of a lemon over about two cups diced apples, ad~ a cup of finely cut celery and-s half cup of broken walnut meats,. Mix with enough mayonnaise t~ moisten and sprinkle with paprik~ before serving on salad greens. SPEEDY LONQ-LASTINQ reef for RHEUMA11SM,I ACHES-PAINS i Don't 'dose' yourself. Rub the aching ~ part well with Musterole. Its great pain-relieving medication speeds fresh blood to the painful area, bringing amazing relief. If pain is intense-- buy Extra Strong Musterole. "Miracle Drug" say SURIN Users Pains of Arthritis, Rheumatism, Neuritis, Lumbago, Bursitis*_- Relief Can Start In Minutes T~,o~'s's ~o ~nts~'nat dose.nO w'~th SURIN." Nothing to swallow and wait anxiously :~ :for relief. You simply apply SURIN" right at the point of pain and blessed relief starts as penetration beneath the:: akin gets under way. Of course there'S~ a reason for this wonder-working neW~ external fast pain relief medicine. l~'s me~havhol~ns, a recent chemical~ born of research in'a great laboratory.:! It acts speedily to aid penetration of~ SURIN's pain-quelling ingredients,~ Methaeholine also causes deeper, longer- ~: lasting pain relief and increased speed- :~ np of local blood supply. Tested on chronic rheumatics in large unio ~[ty ~Dltal it brouaht fs~t relief to ~/~ ]patients and in home-for-the~e4ged 77%. To-~ tally different from old-fashioned rubs and liniments, modern SURIN brings faster ]lef, longer without burning or blistering~ without unpleasant odor or grease. Simply i smooth on SURIN at the ~oiut of pain and feel pain ease in minutes. Money-back at your drug store if SURIN doesn't relieve musl~;~ pain faster and better than anything you'v4 ever used. A sonorous iar costs $1.25. *SURLY" Effective Coush , I e Syrup, Mined at Home for Economy No Cooking. No Work. Real Saving. Here's an old home mixture your mother probably used, and is still one el the most effective for coughs due to colds. Once tried, you'll swear by it. Make a syrup with 2 cups granulated sugar and one cup water. No cooking needed. Or you can use corn syrup or liquid honey, instead of sugar syrup, Now put 2~ ounces of P~nex into a plat bottle, and fill up with your syrup. This makes a full pin~ of cough medicine, sad ~ivee you about four times as much for your money. It keeps perfectly sad tastes fin#. And you'll say it's really excellent for quick action. You can feel it take hold swiftly. It loosens phlegm, soothes irritated membranes, helps clear the sir passages. Thus it makes breathing easy and lets yot~ get restful sleep. 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