SOLDIER ASKS UTICA TO AID KOREAN TOTS
3. Here is a reply printed in the Observer-Dispatch answering
Mr. Ray Butler's comments on Leaf's letter.
Praises Private Leaf
To the Editor:
An open letter to Mr. Ray Butler, 2 Sinclair, Utica.
Dear Mr. Butler:
This is not to be misconstrued as critical but rather to help
you to understand yourself.
Have you, Mr. Butler, known the pinch of hunger in your stomach,
or the pinch of loneliness in your heart? Have you ever felt the
cold finger of despair running down your spine when by an unexpected
twist of fate, against which you couldn't possibly defend yourself,
you had to choose between love for your fellowman or your own
security? I think you have not met such a test or you would not
take such a stand as you have put forth.
I am one of six children, and our mother taught us that when a
person must tear down another to gain a place in the sun, that
person didn't have much to start with. But if and when we might
meet a person whose thoughts differ with us, discussion by way
of reason can and will bring order out of chaos.
Saturday night I listened to a radio program conducted by Steve
Allen, and he used the idea of "People who write to a newspaper
editor are always angry." Somehow I don't believe you're
angry but perhaps you know of some specific case where help should
have been given, here at home, but wasn't. That could be your
particular thorn. I, too, know of such a case, but isn't it better,
if we can't have what we want, to do the best we can with what
Your side has been noted, I have stated mine, now let us both
try to see from the vantage point of Pvt. Leaf. Here is a boy,
taken out of his home, sent across to foreign soil, to do not
as he wishes, as you and all here at home, including myself do
within reason, but to obey commands as one of our armed forces.
What does he do? Gripe? He does not, but like a true American,
he sees not the thorns on his rose bush, but rather that the thorn
bush has brought forth roses.
I, for one, would like to meet the mother of such a son, she has
given proof of her teaching, that home is where the heart is,
and where is he? I quote: "Mr. Editor, I hope you will put
an appeal in the Observer-Dispatch and the Press, along with my
address. I believe that the people will respond. Please do this
for me, I thank you." (O-D, Jan. 2)
Well, Mr. Butler, we are not going to let this boy's faith in
his Country, his people and his city down, are we? Somehow, I
don't think you will, now that you understand him.
Miss Melvina Morse,
130 N. Washington, Herkimer.
FOR THE ORPHANAGE COMMITTEE
George F, Drake
CPL RA 12344689