April 1965

Visit to the Soviet Embassy

A Times article covering an embassy briefing:

"Last Thursday afternoon after a 'Briefing' session at the Department of State, covering the Far East, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, we were taken to the Soviet Embassy on 16th Street where we were to participate in a 'press conference' with the Soviet representatives.

"The room where the press conference was held  is rococo in decor with gold-leaf lavishly used around the ceiling and the doors and windows. Rows of chairs had been set up to accommodate the editors and publishers of weekly and small daily newspapers from more than 30 states.

"A. Szinchik, assigned to parry questions with us, is an attractive man with a nervous tic on the right side of his face which became more pronounced the deeper the question probed. ... Each questioner had to stand, give his name and address and the name of the paper he represented. Even though Mr. Szinchik never used the individual's name, several were asked to repeat the information. There was no one present keeping notes on the proceedings and we (having a suspicious mind by nature) are convinced that the room was taped and at some future time and place, this information will be used. One of the editors present had found to his amazement, that the Masthead of his paper had been reproduced in either 'Izvestia' or 'Pravda.'

"Mr. Szinchik tripped over his own answer at one point when he was asked if the editor of a small town newspaper could criticize the local government and he replied 'Yes, that is his duty.'  Later questioning brought forth the statement that 'No papers in the Soviet Union are owned individually — this (the newspaper) is the responsibility of the local governments or the factory or institution (both state controlled) in the area.

"A touch of levity was provided by a questioner who asked if the Russians had a counterpart to James Bond. Mr. Szinchik smiled and said that in this, as in many other art forms, the Russians were still old-fashioned — they were satisfied with Sherlock Holmes."

April 1924

Verbal combat

"Debate at Savage Mill School

"The question of whether or not the soldiers of the world war should receive a cash bonus, was fully discussed by a debate held by the students of the Savage High School, last week. The youthful orators entered into the full details of both sides of the argument with a zeal that could be hardly surpassed by the pro and con side of the question in the United States Senate.

After fighting the question to a finish in a verbal combat, the judges were forced to concede to the negative side of the question, and the poor veterans of the war will have to go without their long looked for 'unearned money.' "

Eight years after these students had their debate, some of them may have witnessed firsthand the subjects of their debate marching through their town of Savage to D.C.

The World War I veterans were promised a bonus by the government in 1945. But by 1932, the Depression-weary vets wanted their bonuses early. So in the spring of 1932, about 17,000 veterans participated in a Bonus March coming en masse into Washington. Many veterans traveled through Howard County, down Route 1 to D.C., where they set up campsites on government property. But by July they were forcibly removed from the property. They did get their bonuses early.

April 1890

A great deal of merriment

  "Lisbon Letters: A surprise Party Easter Monday Evening, Local Laconics:

 "A masquerade surprise party was tendered Miss Sophia Webb of Morgan's Monday Evening. The affair proved to be very enjoyable. The costumes were gotten up in regular masquerade style. Among the characters worthy of note were Mrs. Joseph Shipley as Queen Elizabeth; Miss Mattie Owings as Phantom; Mrs. Davis Barnes as Mrs. Spindle Shanks, who created a great deal of merriment with her darning and who, being able to perfectly disguise he voice, was the life of the party."

"All enjoyed games until about 12 o'clock when they were invited out to the dining room where the table groaned under the weight of the good things. Afterward dancing and games were again engaged in until about 1 o'clock, when the merry party dispersed for home, all hoping to meet on a similar occasion in the near future."