War has an insatiable appetite.
DONALD M. NELSON
I doubt if anyone but a blockhead or a monomaniac can really be satisfied with his convictions of ten years ago.
H. G. WELLS
So far as we know, the best gasoline the Germans have been able to produce from synthetic oil has an octane rating of 85 to 87. Planes should have gasoline with a rating of at least 100 octane. We are turning out a gasoline with a rating of about 110. With a lower octane rating than 100, planes consume more gasoline, have shorter ranges, and can carry less load.
KIRTLEY F. MATHER, Harvard professor
The Dehydrated Future
For breakfast, you sit down and there’ll be a little package — a lamb chop. Another tiny package — an orange. Another — cereal. Then a bowl of water in which you dip each dehydrated food — and wait a minute.
Then you can mix white, odorless, tasteless vitamin powders in jellies or jams, and have a complete diet. It’s already being done to some extent with dehydrated foods shipped to England.
Such a synthetic diet will supply everything we need except — I don’t know what in the world we’ll do for bulk.
DR. LOGAN CI.ENDENING in an AP interview
You might think we had been told we had to go barefooted and naked for the duration, the way many of the women of this nation have behaved. It is a sorry spectacle, and if it isn’t stopped, it may be the very thing that will make more rationing necessary.
EDNA WOODMAN CHASE, Vogue editor
Der Fuhrer’s Face
The Führer is the image of the German people. If it were possible to sketch the face of our people it would show the same changes as in our Führer’a face — a deep, earnest face made by sorrow.
Compare it with Churchill’s face. Look and you will see how he grins and enjoys the war.
When he is not torturing or killing you, the Japanese is very friendly — like any savage.
OTTO D. TOLISCHUS
I cannot understand why man should be capable of so little fantasy. I do not understand why, when I ask for a grilled lobster in a restaurant, I am never served a cooked telephone; I do not understand why champagne is always chilled, and why on the other hand telephones, which are habitually so frightfully warm and disagreeably sticky to the touch, are not also put in silver buckets with crushed ice around them.
Willkie is our secret political weapon against the Republicans.
CONGRESSMAN RANKIN, Mississippi
At present our general program certainly lacks clarity. The sooner the “big boys” among the Allies make up their minds on certain fundamentals, the sooner there will be a change of psychology in Germany.
JAN MASARYK, Czech Foreign Minister
It should not be necessary for Harlem teachers to carry pistols in their classrooms.
MAGISTRATE ABNER SURPLESS, New York City
The Kellogg Peace Pact was a kind of Eighteenth Amendment without a Volstead Act.
THE TIMES, London
For years, fancying myself as a bohemian, I told people I loved to eat in joints. I stopped only after I discovered that my rich friends were always taking me on long subway rides to evil-smelling caves, whereas they took everyone else to Voisin’s or the Ritz.
Louis KRONEN BERG EH in PM
A buffalo is that. North American animal that appears on a nickel. A bison is something Australians wash their faces in.
TOM O’REILLY in PM
Mr. Roosevelt still is the old master at slick politics. He realizes fully that the shocking idea of a fourth term will create disunity when we need unity, and he is starting early to prepare the public for it.
If he succeeds in this terrible plan, it means the end of both political parties in America as we heretofore have known them.
ALFRED M. LANDON
I learned more about combat aviation in the month I spent with General Chennault than I could have learned in ten years in any other way.
COL. MERIAN C. COOPER
Wood in War
Wooden office furniture of oak, walnut, and red gum is now offered for sale in place of the metal articles. Wooden bins will hold the nation’s grain supply to release quantities of hemp burlap sacking. Frozen fish and other foods are now stored in newly designed, watertight, plywood drums, found to be as satisfactory as metal containers. Yellow pine staves are returning in increasing numbers in the naval stores industry. In the next few months fir, birch, and basswood pails and tubs will be substituted for the familiar galvanized article.
Plywood has greatly accelerated shipbuilding. Propeller shaft bearings are commonly made of lignum vitae, a hard and heavy timber admirably suited for this purpose, since the heat of friction causes certain natural oils in the wood to act as lubricants.
Maple, birch, and gum bedsteads are replacing conventional metal-canvas beds in army barracks. Barracks are built of pine and Douglas fir, and their roofs covered with cedar shingles. Water is piped to many such cantonments in wooden pipes of redwood, Douglas fir, and bald Cyprus. Increased use of Port Orford cedar battery separators may be expected. Balsa, a tropical American wood, is able to support about ten times its own weight in water, and balsa preservers have saved many lives.
ARTHUR D. LITTLE, INC.
Germany respects the property of the vanquished.
THE GERMAN LEGATION in Lisbon
Mr. Speaker, after this splendid, patriotic verbal detour into the mysteries of history, when Paul Revere has ridden again, when once more the embattled farmers at Concord have fired the shot heard around the world, and Washington has revisited Newburgh, New York, may I take just a moment or two of your time to explain the pending resolution?
CONGRESSMAN LANHAM, Texas
The only qualification Quisling seemed to possess for the role of dictator and Führer of the Norse race was a doughy face and a complete lack of humor.
THEODORE BROCK, Mayor of Narvik
It seems to me that it is far better to be willing to absorb criticism now rather than to be responsible for the suffering that would follow an inflationary period.
MAYOR FIORELLO LA GUARDIA
On the Fence
The European fence is decorated with many figures, both pious and non-pious, who have loudly declared their neutrality until sure which side is winning.
DR. HENRY WILSON, Bishop of Chelmsford
Republicans, you must give the country something more to gnaw on than just the fact that you don’t like Mr. Roosevelt.
The millions of returning soldiers and sailors will not be satisfied or fooled by the old claptrap concerning “rugged individualism,”“American opportunity,” or “American equality.” With their knowledge of the almost unlimited productive capacity of our industries, as shown during the war, they will demand the opportunity to earn by honest labor a decent amount of that enormous potential product.
They will not be lulled to sleep by commonplaces about the limitations and difficulties of distribution, nor by promises of “prosperity just around the corner.” They will demand jobs here and now. I do not believe that an economy dominated by the philosophy of “free enterprise" will be able to meet that
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RT. REV. JOHN A. RYAN
I’ve never tasted horse meat and wouldn’t like to, but I’m all for muskrat.
CLAUDE R. WICKARD
It’s wonderful what your neighbors know about you. MRS. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT