Lynn Landrum is the highly original
columnist—'"columntator" is his word
—of the Dallas Morning News. He customarily prefaces his racy prose with a
slug of verse. Without anticipating the
judgment of posterity it is a safe observation that Columntalor Landrum lives
up to his column tide-, which is "Thinking Out Loud." Poems from selected
ON MARTIN DIES
I like a man who's not
Afraid of anything.
Whose hack is spined wilh hone
And not ei piece of siring.
I like ei man who speaks
His mind out plain and loud
And stands his ground instead
Of trailing with the crowd.
I like a man who dares
Refuse to go along
To get along a while
With compromise' and wrong.
I like a man who spikes
His colors to the mast
In weather fair or foul.
A captain to the last.
ON THE LATTIMORE CASK
Who is partly loyal
And yet is partly not
Seems to pose the problem
Which building men have go!:
Partly solid timber
That still is partly rot.
Skillet and rifle.
Powder and shot—
These were sufficient.
Down from above
Now is the ticket
Out where they browse.
Borrow lhe mone-y
Paid lo the farm
Did any harm.
Pile on the taxes,
Skillet and rifle.
Powder and shot
Could be returning
Sooner than thought.
(See also Matusow Story oil Pa.ze 31)
Harvey Matusow has said vou musl
believe t 1 I thai he is a liar. (2) that he
is now telling the truth. (3) lhal ho
particular statement of his is a lie. If
this is confusing it is no doubt intended
to be. Matusow adds, dialceticallv. that
since he cannot be trusted neither can
Elizabeth Bentley, Louis linden/. Manning Johnson, nor Paul Crouch.
In contrast with this fey approach,
Paul Crouch is in process of defending
his own veracity by flatly charging
Drew Pearson with 'unmitigated falsehood."
On the ABC network February 20
Pearson declared: "Paul Crouch has
been found to have lied twenty-eight
Ex-Communisl Crouch, formerly a
Consultant of the I'.S. Immigration and
Naturalization Sen ice issued the following statement from Volcano, Hawaii:
"Drew Pearson's statement on the
ABC network lhal I lied Iwcntv-eight
limes is a complete and unmitigated
falsehood. He- knows thai I was the
government's first witness in five Smith
Act trials and a major witness in a
sixth, and also in lhe perjury trial of
Harry Bridges. On all of these occasions the Communists made frenzied
attacks on my testimony. And in all of
these ceiscs. after evaluation of my testimony on direct and cross-examinations,
the juries brought in verdicts of guilty.
Drew Pearson thinks he- can succeed
when' the Communist party failed. He
thinks he can make lhe most fantastic
and false charges with audacity and
impunity because he has unlimited publicity channels, and he- is confident I
cannot get a forum to present lhe facts
lo ihe country.
"I do nol believe Pearson would have
the courage to face me on television.
repeal his lies and give details, then
permit me to reply in full and show the
country lhe documented refutation of
his fabricated and completely false
"Pearson, of course, failed lo mention
the facl lhat a libel suit for $500.00(1
was filed in New York Slate Supreme
Court many months ago againsl lhe
\eit York Herald-Tribune for publishing and distributing attacks on me written hy Joseph anil Stewart Alsop. In
December, a libel suit was filed in New
York against the Communisl parly anil
lhe Daily Worker. The December 1 I
issue- eef the Communist daily carried a
large headline: STOOLPIGF.ON PAIL
CROICH Sl'KS DAILY WORKF.K
SMOOT REVEALS HIS
TRIE SENTIMENTS IN
EL DORADO SPEECH
The following editorial is reprinted
from the Eldorado, Arkansas, Daily
Dan Smool made himself perfectl)
clear and plain in his address at th*'
annual Chamber of Commerce banquel
lasl Tuesday nigh I.
Speaking on the' subject "Americas
Responsibility in lhe World Today,
Smoot gave siemc definite ways in which
Americans can carry out ibis responsibility.
In doing so he also made clear how
he stands and how Fails Forum stand*
on American principles and American
He departed in part al least from hi*
practice on lhe radio and TV of discussing bolh sides of issues. Those wh"
have heard him know lhat he does sue"
a good job on each side lhal il is difficult lo decide jusl how he feels.
Tuesday night there could he ""
eloulit lhal he stands for all of the thing'
lhal have helped lo make America th*
greatest land in the world.
He made a greal plea for America to
fight for freedom.
In speaking of lhe greal responsibility, Smoot declared:
"We need to re\i\e anil keep alive tl"
philosophy of governmenl which h*8
made this nation great."
He called lhe ielea of collectivism l'1''
greatest villain of the 20th century, an<>
"America can and will discharge h1'1
responsibility in the world today if "'
do nol remove the ancient landman"
which our fathers have set."
In his freedom plea, Smoot seiid:
"The black shadow of total slaver)
covers half the earth and is inehi"?
relentlessly, like an ice cap. over l'"
rest of lhe world if we permit freed""'
to go out in America, the darkness W"
We think these remarks.give plent)
of food for thought for all American*
and at the same lime serve to clear l'"
atmosphere as to the aims ami purpose
of the organization which he represent8'
FOR $150,000. The nexl day. Dccctnl'1''
15. I was Ih,- largel of Drew PearsOjl
in his syndicated 'Merry-go-Rounil ' "
umn, with libelous eiud completely ""'
true statements about me.
"I have written to Drew IV
to the American Broadcasting Comp""1.
demanding a complete retraction j
Pearson's false' statement aboul me °".
the' network Sunday. I have advis*
them lhat if such ei retraction is not "'-''
thai libel suits will be filed against th'".'
for nol less than one million dollar8'
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