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U. S. WEATHER BUREAU Test. Tr. ago jfaximum temp., F. 4 71 u.nimum temp., F. 58 29 Humidity, 8 a. m., pet SI 43 Humidity, S p. m.. pet 77 22 Bainall. inches Tr. .00 VOL. 100 NO. 318 , V -:. f4 kT "If i-lf f V1T-T" BILLOWING CLOUDS of smoke presaged the total destruction of the Woolworth building, landmark of Tucson's business section (upper left) as flames repel best efforts of fire department to bring Tucson's worst blaze in years under prompt control. Homer L. Shantz Jr., Neutrality Changes Pushed To Final Passage By PROMISE TO CONTROL LABOR SITUATION MAY BE FACTOR IN ACTION Slender Majority, of 212 to 194 Sends Measure To White House and Permits American Boats to Sail Seas Freely WASHINGTON, Nov. 13.-r) Responding to a dramatic last-minute appeal from President Roosevelt, the house voted 212 to 194 today to let armed American merchant ships carry cargoes through zones of battle directly into the harbors of belligerent nations. By that 18-vote margin, it sent to the White House legislation repealing the remaining major provisions of the neutrality law, and saved the administration from a disastrous and prestige-shattering defeat. But slender though the majority was, it was more than wrpe enough to surprise and do-lipht the administration leadership in the house. For two days, it had fu:cht to avert what looked at times like eertain defeat. Strikes Crucial La reel y because of displeasure at the strike situation and dissatisfaction with President Roosevelt's fiandiinp of it. a large segment, of the southern Democratic member-ship hitherto solidly behind the government's foreign policy was threatening to oppose the legislation. Personal persuasion proved Inefficient. Speaker Ray burn and Rep. McCormack of Massachusetts, the majority floor leader, asked Roosevelt to tell the membership 'hat effect, in his opinion, an adverse vote would have upon the foreign and domestic situations. Roosevelt complied in a letter which Rayburn read to a tense, stilled and packed chamber, a moment before the vote was taken. The failure of Congress to repeal the sections of the "neutrality act in question, he said, "would be definitely discouraging" to Great B''itain, "to China, and to Russia, all (Continued to Page 8, Column. 1.) Fa OSTle Toooo. cm ... i The War At A Glance By TIIK ASSOCIATED TRESS ... Hons? passes neutrality amendments by lS-rote margin: V. S. merchant ship can now be armed and enter bellifcercnt ports; British appear relieved but some London quarters are disappointed at close vote. Showdown Is approaching for the Crimea and Caucasian bridgeheads; Germans claim to be storming Kerch's outer fortifications but admit a more effective Russian resistance before Sevastopol; Russians declare that defenses are holding before both cities and picture Black sea fleet as in effective action. Germans before Moscow-are feeling for soft snots in apparent preparation for another major offensive. Laborite accuses Churchill gov ernment of niissing opportunity to open a secona iron in .Sirica. Tr iff os J -iv'vKV :;v.S 4 TfV' : Arizoc rWV. - vr? " n .. c if Firemen Lynn Bierbaum and Rudolf Black and Paul Cella, police judge (lower left), gaze upward as the firemen train their stream into a window of Shantz' law office suite. Flames burst through after 11 a. m. sending forth CRACK DOWN IN LABOR DISPUTE Presidential Letter Hint That New Policy Is To Be Adopted WASHINGTON, Nov. 13. (VP) P resident Roosevelt, with a labor crisis obviously at hand, expressed belief today that the government had the backing of an overwhelm ing majority of the public, including workers, and declared: "The government pro poses to see this thing through." The chief executive's assertion was made in a letter to the house where. In the midst of a bitter debate over foreign policy, some members were bluntly expressing unwillingness to vote far-reaching amendments of the Neutrality Act until the government took stronger measures against strikes. To many, the communication seemed to carry a broadly-staed promise, although the only specific assurance it contained was that Roosevelt did not propose to permit a shut-down of the captive coal mines which supply fuel for steel mills. Action ITinted This Impression was strengthened when, in response to demands in the house that a date be set for considering labor legislation. Democratic Majority Leader McCormack said: "If the gentlemen will wait until Monday, there may be something I can say." j In his letter. President Roos?-1 velt noted that he had a confer- ence scheduled for tomorrow with John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers (CIO), other miners' executives, and representatives of steel companies. This (Continued to Page 6, Column 3) TUCSON, ARIZONA, FRIDAY .... , v " - 4 1' '- the roof (upper center) shortly greatly increased volumes of Arizona Copper Mines Announce Wage Boost 11,000 Men Affected by Third Increase in Year As Phelps Dodge Leads Way When It Hikes Non-Union Categories at Camps By THE ASSOCIATED TRESS Approximately 11,000 Arizona copper miners will receive 25 cents a day wage increases, retroactive to November 7, it was disclosed yesterday. About 8,000 employes of Phelps Dodge Corporation were affected by the boost. A contract relating to the increase 4,000 REGISTER IN LOCAL DRIVE Civilian Defense Census Surprises Officials With Turn-Out By CHARLES DARNELL Tucsonans and residents of Pima Count-, 4.000 strong, marched to their regular polling places vester-day. to register for civilian defense, indicating thereby an absolute determination that no matter what the rest of the state might do, they were to inaugurate a comprehensive porgram of home defense. They couldn't wait until th scheduled opening of the polls, set for 10 a. m. but as earlv as 8 began calling county city official and Elks club members for additional information of all kinds They were still at it as the polls closed at 6 p. m., with total registration estimated at around 4.O00 and which may exceed this figure with an exact count. Phoenix Estimate D. Kelly Turner, secretary of the Arizona Coordinating Council of Defense, assigned Tucson a total of 600 registration cards, thinking perhaps this might be the total of interested persons in this area. (Continued to Page 6, Column 1.) MORNING, NOVEMBER 14, 1941 si smoke which permeated the downtown area. From 1,500 feet (lower center) Tucson's spotless roofs surround the area which beckoned to thousands yesterday as firemen doggedly fought a failing battle with flames. Crowds (upper right) were kept from for .1.400 of them was signed Tues- day by Denison Kltchel, counsel, representing the company, and C. P. Flynn, secretary of the state federation of labor. Scales I'pped The wage scales for the other 4 .BOO were upped yesterday upon orders of Harrison M. lt vender, general manager of Phelps Dodge, and affect emploves not participating in the bargaining, whether union or non-union. The Miami Copper and Inspiration Consolidated Copper Companies joined with Phelps Dodge in raising the pay of their 2.00 workers. They fere reported to have posted the wage increases Tuesday, but company announcements were not made until yesterday. The contract between Phelps Dodge and the 3,400 workers, employed at the Morenci and Ajo mines, In the Clarkdale smelter and in four craft unions of the Douglas smelter, runs for one year from November 11. However, negotiations may be reopened on the wage issue either by the company or by the unions at "the end of GO days. Bae Pay Kitchel said miners bae pay, for a six day week including time and one-half for overtime for eizht hours, amounts to $7-11 per day. Time and one-half must be paid for eight hours of the 4S hour week, under federal wage-hour regulations. The increase is the third granted (Continued to Page S, Column 6.) Star -1 MI If 1 . !iy ; 1 the immediate front of the KERCH ATTACKS ARE PUSHED BY FORCES New Assault on Moscow Expected by Reds In Short Time BERLIN, Nov. 13. (JT) German armies storming the outer fortifications of the eastern Crimean port of Kerch were described by a spokesman tonight as "knocking at the gates to the Caucasus" while swastika-marked bombers carried the war on to Prussia's prized oil fields. German news dispatches said Anapa on the Black Fa coast of the Caucasus 50 miles southeast of Kerch already was under aerial bombardment. (Anapa is more than half way between Kerch and Novorosslk, one of the last remaining bases for Russia's Black Pea fleet. Krasnodar, center of the oil fields in the northwestern Caucasus, is only 120 miles east of Kerch. The rest of the important Caucasus oil deposits are in the Baku region more than GOO miles to the southeast) German troops concentrating on a quick clean-up in the eastern Crimea were reported by the high command to have reached the coast south of Kerch after engagements In which several key fortifications were taken. The city still was under aerial bombardment, but dispatches "did not indicate whether the German advance had brought the city Into artillery range. Reports reaching here pictured the defenses of the southwestern Crimean port of Sevastopol as withstanding attack more successfully than those at Kerch. German bombers were said to be still peppering the Sevastopol harbor to (Continued to Page 2, Column 3.) 1 TWENTY PAGES jv building by police, M. P.'s from the Tucson Air Base and members of the Tucson Vigilantes. Every ounce of pressure (lower right), every available foot of hose poured millions of gallons of water into the burning building. (Air photo by John Merino; all other Roosevelt's Plea DOWNTOWN LANDMARK GUTTED; LOSS FIXED AT $150,080 BY IHSilHORS Entire Christmas Stock of Woolworth Storo Destroyed; Terrific Heat Stymies Fire Department Effort to Quell IJIazc Fire gutted the Woolworth building, landmark of th downtown business district, yesterday with an estimated damage of almost $150,000. Originating in stacks of merchandise stored in the basement against the approaching Christmas rush, the blaze apparently had been smouldering for several hours before its discovery by Jack Pioss, city police patrolman, shortly before 6 a. m. Before firemen, under the direction of Henry L. Hilles, fire chief, brought the flames under control, the blaze ha l Fire Sidelights One of Tucson's landmarks, In the business district, was destroyed yesterday when the present-named "Wool worth building burned with an estimated loss of $1.70.000. Constructed in 191. the building formerly was known as the Central building. Present, owner is the Anson Voorhees estate. First occupant of the building was the Ancient Order of United Workmen, followed by the Wheeler and Ferry Grocery Company, and later the Arizona Southwest Dank. The two-story structure also served as a substitute federal courtroom during the Judgeship of William II. Sawtelle. It was remodeled and renamed several years ago when the Wool-worth five and 10-cent store enterprises lea the first floor. Office tpace was on the second floor. Along with the Ivancovlch building across the street, the building, with its false front, depicted an (Continued to Page 9, Column 3 ) An Independent NEWSpaper Printing the News Impartially PRICE FTVE CENTS V. ? - mP.l;..;:!'- :zr ' m ' . photos by J. Robert Burns). wrecked th interior or trie tssii- lr,g and made Its way to the roof at the rear. Almost 1. 000.000 gallons of water from 13 hose lines had ln poured into the building when Uls announced that the fre was under control at 12:80 p. m., and firemen still had many hours work bfor them to extinguish It completely. I'M t mated 1x14 Los on the building was sti mat'd at STO.OOO, and rnerchandiJ in the basement and on the business floor of the Woolworth Btor added to the loss another $00,000, of which $20,000 worth had been delivered only two days ago. Added to this was the dams re to the offices on the second floor, which could not be calculated until it is possible to determine to what ex tent valuable records were destroyed. The offices were those cf tht Aetna Life Insurance company, R. D. Pike, insurance adjuster; Washington National Insurance company; Victor Verity, attorney. Paul J. Cella, attorney and city Judge; Fire Companies' Adiustment bur-(Coo tinned to Page 9, Column 1.) N . it. Ml r

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