4 JEFFERSON REPORTER, Thursday, April 11, 1SC3
Hypnosis, the strange practice of el.
trancing people, is likely to become more
and more a medical tool as times goes on.
start telling him
how sleepy he is.
Later he'll send him a bill that will wake
him up again.
ment of a "I lypno-tro- n"
almost anyone to
induce a hypnotic
trance in a willing
practical uses of hypnosis in medicine are many. Subjects In a hypnotic
trance will be able to remember when
their symptoms started and how they reThe
is an electronic
device that transmits flickering
current to electrodes attached to
the subjects eyelids. This causes visual
patterns within the brain. Combined with
verbal suggestion, and a second current
that keeps the brain awake the result is
It seems that in the old days a hypnotist
had to combine a touch of bluffing ability
with a sense of timing and a great deal of
showmanship to dispatch his subject to
tranceland. While such a performance
might have gone over well on the vaudeville
'stage, it was hardly what a patient expected
when he visited his friendly neighborhood
doctor. Doctors were reluctant to practice
what so many thoughtwas useless mumbo-jumb- o,
Another reason hypnosis has not gained
wide acceptance as a medical aid is because a hypnotic subject, via the old way,
had to have complete trust and faith in his
physician. After the way the doctors behaved on Medicare, who can trust them?
The Hypnotron has changed all that.
Before long it will be as common in the
office of the family physician as a stethoscope or a tongue depressor. Dentists,
too, will add the device to their collection
of torture tools.
Instead of having a patient stare at a
candle or follow a moving point of light,
the Hypnotron operator will strap himdown
on a table, clamp some wires to his eye lids
acted. Hypnosis can be used as an anesthetic in minor surgery. It is already being
used by some dentists to aid painless tooth
extractions. Psychiatrists use hypnosis as
a diagnostic aid, helping them get past a
subjects poor memory or defense mechanisms.
One thing the Hypnotron will not change
is the necessity for a subject to be willing
to be hypnotized. Itdoesn't matter how good
a hypnotist Is, he just can't put a person
into a trance if they don't want to go. That
isn't the only area under which a subject
maintains control. He can not be made to do
anything he Is deeply opposed to.
The gadget that gave rise to the development of the Hypnotron, developed by the
Russians, causes a person to go to sleep by
transmitting a weak, steady current to the
eyelids. The Soviets claim that plain old
normal sleep will cure many afflictions and
say that they have already cured a number
of ailments by putting sufferers to sleep.
The difference between the method of
ending suffering employed by modern Soviets and those employed during the time of
Joseph Stalin is that today the Russians
wake their patients up again.
Some 300 "sleep stations" throughout
the Soviet Union have, the Russians claim,
helped more than half-million people
afflicted with stuttering, high blood pressure and certain skin diseases.
The Russian device sounds so simple In
theory that its a wonder that someone
doesn't start producing It for home use.
Insomniacs could dispense with the hot
baths and warm milk and just plug in
their eyelids when they go to bed. Three
minutes later they'd be sleeping sounder
than a mattress commercial.
Society Must Cure The Disease
That Killed Martin Luther King
"One nation, indivisible, with
liberty and justice for all . . , "
Do you think Negro children
believe it, as they see a minority leader slain who seeks nonviolent change; (as they watch
the flame and smoke and rioting
in countless American cities?)
Or have they already learned to
be cynical of the professed
"American dream" as early as
in high places like the Louisiana senator who dismissed
King's murder with the words,
"He brought it on humself," or
We have been told many times
And how about
before that America was at the
crossroads, and perhaps each
time we were. Our complex
society, with its many elements
of both strength and weakness,
has faced many crossroads in
history. We're faced today with
one of the biggest.
Last week the United States House of
Representatives passed a ratter unusual
piece of legislation known as the House
Bill. II. R. 1099.
This bill is unusual because it
actually deals with
the Mem be rs of
following are the
five main items
included in the
closure - House
W. O. COWGER
officers and top paid assistants will submit
to the Ethics Committee public reports
listing interests over $5,000, or annual income of $1,000 or more, in companies with
substantial government business or under
federal regulation. Members of the public
who want to inspect these reports, however, will have to give their names and the
reason for their inquiry; members of the
House will be promptly notified.
Sealed portions of the reports giving
tie exact amounts rather tlian Just the
source of the income will be made public
only by vote of the Ethics Committee,
presumably only in connection with a Com-nutt- ee
investigation of a member.
Testimonial Dinners - Funds raised
must be used for campaign expenses, unless advance notice is given that the money
will be used for "other purposes,"
paign funds are to be kept separate from
Honorariums - Payments for speeches
or articles must be limited to "the usual
and customary fees." In other words, said
Mr. Halleck, "Don't get paid a heck of a
lot more money than you're worth."
Gifts - Any gift "of substantial value"
from anyone with a direct interest in legislation before Congress is forbidden.
House members and employees are also
forbidden from taking any compensation
occasioned by "influence improperly ex-
Initiated by the Ethics Committee, which
will become a permanent House panel, on
its own motion or as the result of complaints forwarded to it by a member of the
House. Sanctions, ranging from censure to
expulsion or recommendations for prosecution, could be applied only with approval
of the House.
A similar bill was passed recently by
the United States Senate.
I have been very much in favor of an
Ethics bill since arriving in Washington
and have worked to have such a bill passed.
Shortly after I arrived in Washington a
year ago last January, I voluntarily filed
my financial statement with the Clerk of
the United States House of Representatives.
THURSDAY, APRIL 10,1958
President William Neblett of the Cko-lo- na
Community Council announced plans
for a "Buy a Block" campaign to raise
money for the construction of an Okolona
Jerry Cox and the Cavaliers were billed
as the top teenage band in Reporterland.
Veterans of 75 performances and one record, the group featured students at Southern High School. Along with Cox were Jim
Stodghill, Frank Wilkes, Murray Harral
and Tom Hart.
Sherri Johnson of Okolona was named
"Miss Bullitt County, 1958." She is the
daughter of R, B, Johnson, Preston Highway, It was announced that Sherrie would
appear in a dance recital and variety show
at Okolona Elementary the following week.
Mary Anne Wood, reporter from Southern High School, conducted a survey that
revealed that boys don't like sack dresses.
cans once more riot, loot and
an unattainable goal. While po-
mission will take Miss Furness 's suggestion that consumer education be included in
By including courses in wise
.buying , we would , in a few years , .
liave a drastic decrease in the1
number of young adults who
make serious mistakes in their
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PETER CONN, Editor
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MEMBER: KENTUCK Y PRESS ASSOCIA TION
Affairs Commission in Kentucky and the appearance here
of Betty Furness, the Presi-de- nt
js Special Assistant on ConT j
surner Afiars, mark what may
be a new era for Kentucky con-
which cannot be proven fraudulent, packaging which hides the
quality of meats, and warranties
so garbled they are meaningless
are just a few of the problems
which plague every consumer.
There are even more problems for poor consumers, and
certainly not the least of these
is the department store that
takes advantage of the
customer by adding outrageous charges to credit purchases. Another such problem
is the loan company which exploits poorly educated people
by being dishonest about the
amount of interest charged.
Because of these problems
and all the others , it is encouraging that both the federal and
state governments are doing
something to protect the consumer and we hope Kentucky's
new Consumer Affairs Com
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lice and troops move in, as they
must, to restore order, hopelessness and hate continue to
Consumer Affairs Agency
Should Benefit Kentucky
Viet Nam, we'd win.
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first major purchases.
would also have a group who
would make wise buying a life-
Miss Furness also wants
adult education programs in how
to buy, and she wants to be
careful that the teacher's prejudices are not taught. We hope
Kentucky will begin to do something in this area, and it seems
the adult education classes offered in area high schools at
night are a logical place to start.
Perhaps consumer education
could also be a responsibility of
The Consumes Association
of Kentucky brought Miss Furness to Louisville and it was
this group's initiative which
brought on the creation of Kentucky's Consumer Affairs Commission. Officials and members
of that organization are to be
commended for their efforts.
., . .
Thursday, April 11
Jefferson County Lay Society of Kentucky
Diabetes Association, 7:30 p.m., Norton Infirmary Auditorium.
Friday, April 12
Okolona Homemakers, home of Mrs.
Sunday, April 14
Sunrise service, 6:30 a.m., Durrett High
School, sponsored by Southeast Louisville Ministerial Fellowship.
Schedules of other services appear elsewhere in the Reporter.
Monday, AprH 15
Skating party. Fern Creek
Saturday, AprH 13
Dance, senior high students, at Shryock
School, 2700 Browns Lane, sponsored by Hikes
Point Recreation Committee. Music by the
Decades, Johnny Randolph as emcee. All senior
high students invited.
Easter egg hunt, Shryock School, 10 a.m.,
sponsored by St. Regis Park.
Miss Okolona Pageant, Southern High
School, 7:30 p.m.
The SIapperless Party
BY CHARLES BARTLETT
To assess the political Influence which
Lyndon Johnson will retain and to anticipate how he will use it in the months ahead,
it is Important to examine closely what he
has done to date.
The reasonableness of his withdrawal,
In personal terms, Is unchallenged. His
last two years in the White House have
The dimensions of Mr. Johnson's public
service and the adversities which he
countered and the uncertainty of his health
yield him every right to follow the example
of Harry Truman, who declared his intention to withdraw at almost the same date
But his residual political leverage will
be diminished by the exposed and somewhat
betrayed feeling of those who looked to him
to contain the Democratic party's peace
movement. He appears at first blush to be
relinquishing the party to his critics.
The lofty purpose of reconciling the nation with which he adorned his decision
has not completely obscured Its personal
inconsistency. By his fighting political
stance, he persuaded almost everyone that
he would see the battle through. A host of
politicians, officials, and friends took positions for which they may now be penalized
because he asked for their help.
Mr. Truman decided he would not run
again as soon as he was Inaugurated and
he misled no one. The dignity of the Johnson decision Is undercut by the fact that he
is walking suddenly and surprisingly away
from a situation which looked extremely
difficult. Yet those who were ready to stand
with him in battle do not have the comfort
of believing that the situation was im-
There were some like Robert McNamara
who sensed all along that Mr. Johnson
would step aside if he could do It with honor
and presumably with a clear prospect of
if he did run. But almost
no one suspected that Mr, Johnson would
walk away from shambles.
Unlike Mr. Truman, who made preparations to fill the vacuum before he created it, Mr. Johnson has groomed no
leader to take his place. The curious
process which has ground down the personalities
of his administration has left
no one of commanding suture to argue the
case for his policies. Hubert Humphrey
is widely loved, but the President has neglected to build him up for the succession.
Robert Kennedy's success atforcingthe
President out of contention gives him far
more momentum than any of the contenders
whom Mr. Truman rejected in 1952 in
order to award the nomination to Adlal
Stevenson. Kennedy enjoys an acceptability to the party's mainstream which did
not exist for Estes Kefauver, Averall
Harriman, or Robert Kerr.
Moreover the President's reluctance
to meet Kennedy in head-o- n
does not inspire the party regulars to believe that he will play a strong hand in
organizing the party against Kennedy. His
speech indicated in fact that he wants to
go out as an elder statesman, beyond the
vicissitudes of factional struggles.
If the President does determine to pick
his successor, he will find it difficult to
regather the reins of party leadership
because he has not held them tightly, as
Mr, Truman did. All the loyalties, con- -
Wednesday, AprH 17
Springdale Homemakers, home of Mrs. Ed
Wottier, 1814 Overlook Terrace.
Routt Homemakers, home of Mrs. Donald
Smith, Routt Road.
Card party, sponsored by St Anne Altar Sodality, at St Stephen Martyr Church, Hess Lane
and Pindell Avenue, 8 p.m.
St Bernard School PTA, 7:30 p.m.
been a searing ordeal which the campaign
promised to cap. He faced the fight of his
life to win four more years In a job which
he has, it now appears, never enjoyed.
burn, seeing King's death as
one more sign that equality is
the gunman pulled the
A Sure Sign of Spring
the violence begot by violence is upon us. Black Ameri-
trigger. Behind him were men
Deceptive sales practices
will be some
There is at least the glimmer
of a hope that we can begin to
extricate ourselves from Viet
Nam. We had better do so. If
we have to choose, as well we
might, between wars, the war
for justice in the United Sfates
is more important. And if we
employ half the resources at
home that we've expended in
They will succeed only in cutting
The creation of a Consumer
House Ethics Legislation
Covers Five Main Points
gressmen who will use the
spreading Negro violence as
their excuse to resist change.
freedom and dignity, but who
have never spoken out for public
accomodations, open housing,
aid to the cities or other "gut"
issues? Aren't they in part responsible for the atmosphere
in this country that adds the
name of Martin Luther King to
a tragic list of Americans murdered while working for justice
on their home soil?
are "tolerant" or even in
favor of Negro aspirations for
There is a sickness in our
society, corrosive and destructive. It is eating away at our
vitals and could, in time, destroy us.
Martin Luther Kingwas killed
less by a lone gunman than by
the atmosphere of prejudice that
pervades all levels of society,
One assassin may have fired
the shot, but behind him were
all who willed King dead, for
the Kentucky congressman who
described the murder as "distasteful," but "certainly no
reason to pass human rights
the first grade?
the ground from under moderate
Negro leaders and
thereby deepening racial antagonisms on both sides. The
time left for peaceful change
White America faces a crucial test. Are we prepared,
while there is still yet time,
for the massive task of
the whole fabric of
our social order to defeat poverty and destroy the breeding
ground of racial bigotry? Are
we prepared to recognize our
prejudices for what they are and
submerge them in favor of legislation that will truly make our
nation "indivisible?" Will Congress provide the leadership?
tacts, and courtesies which bind the
to their leader have been diffused
by Mr. Johnson's detachment.
The President's influence may also be
undercut by the Democrats' drift away
from his position on Viet Nam. The temp-tad- on
will be Increasingly strong to nominate a peace candidate on peace platform and leave it to Richard Nixon to uphold the cause of containing communism
in Viet Nam.
If the mood moves In this direction, the
President might pull away from his party
s it pulled away from him. He has made
no secret of his great admiration
Governor Nelson Rockefeller and if the
Republicans should nominate him as their
best hope against Kennedy, Mr. Johnson
would face a temptation to repudiate
insurgents who had snatched the party
from his hands.
The Democrats are left with an intricate situation involving complex men and
animosities. They promise that the road
to the Chicago convention may still be a