Clipped From The Salt Lake Tribune
£alt ^akc ftribime A 7 Sunday Morning, March 14, 1943 H6roic Yank Airmen! A ™y T» n i General for Become Pals Of Maharaja Poker, Billiards Ease Ennui In Cooch Bahar By Preston G rover COOCH BEHAR. India (Delayed) fPi—In Oils quaint land where no white man ever has taken prolonged root, a group of American aviators have found a spo.t as remote from the feel of war as towering Mount Everest. They play around as if they owned the place, and the maharaja of Cooch Eehar, his highness Jagaddipendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, one of the youngest maharajaa in India, has accepted . them as casually as in a college club. Coocli Behar is one of the smaller princely states in India, and the present maharaja, r.ow 27 and educated at Harrow and Cambridge, can trace his ancestry back to 700 A. D. The state, southeast of Mount Everest, is about the size of Connecticut but the maharaja is by all odds the most popular Indian Jn India with the American air force. The pilots who know him best simply call him "chief," and he calls them by their first names. The lads 'know every cranny, of the palace and are frequently there nights on end for lunch, to play billiards or, perhaps equally often, to play poker. Lots of Fun And that's where lots of the fun comes in. because the maharaja's mother, the maharani Indira Devi, loves a good game of poker and is not doing so badly against Yankee opponents. She is a lively person who, like her son, has traveled to every corner of Europe, •peaks English as fluently as Bengali, and knows enough palace lore about the maharajas of India to fill 10 volumes. And just to add that^extra dash, the place is alive with* princesses, each so pretty you wonder why Hollywood hasn't grabbed her. Indian girls marry young and all but one are married. She, Begum Kamalunissa, daughter of the war minister of Hydera- bad, biggest and wealthiest state in India, is called baby and is cute as a twinkle. CAMP ADAIR. Ore., March 13 Wl—Brigadier General Bryant E. Moore, a native of Ellsworth, Me., received the silver star Saturday for gallantry on Guadalcanal in an infantry engagement against the Japanese last November 23. Moore, promoted to brigadier i general last month and assigned here as assistant commander of the Timber Wolf division, was presented the medal by Major General Gilbert R. Cook, divisional commander. It was pinned on by Moore's wife while their two daughters watched from the reviewing stand. Russians Laud Performance OfU.S.P-39s Exclusive; N. Y. Times- Salt Lake Tribune SAN'FRANCISCO. -Cal., March 13—Russian airmen are enthusiastic over American fighter planes, particularly the P-39, and are "performing- great feats with them," it was stated here Saturday. Captain James M. Ingham of the United States army air corps, who has been attached to a P-39 squadron operating in the Aleutians, told of meeting, during his absence from the states, a group of Russians who likewise flew this type of single-seater fighter monoplane. An immediate camaraderie developed between the Americans and Russians because of the plane they used. 'When they found out that I was a P-39 pilot they thought that was very fine and I must be all right," Captain Ingham said in an interview. "They got out a little dictionary and managed to get across to us, with its help, an idea of the relative performances of the P-39 and the Messerschmitt, They said with enthusiasm that the P-39 was superior. "One of these pilots had 37 German planes to his credit. His father and mother had been taken as hostages and hanged, his sister had been raped and put in a house of ill repute. He told us that he would get more Germans if it was the last thing he did. It was he of elephants beats the tigers out of the jungle. In most spots in India, guest hunters are simply led out to where a tiger has eaten so much meat from a freshly killed ox that he feels stupid, and it is a slow pot shot to bring him down. Not so THERE IS NO RATIONING of Business Training, hut there is a serious shortage of trained office workers. Time Is short. Prepare now for permanent, pleasant employment with a future. NEW CLASSES START MARCH 15TH (Day or Night) Cell or Write for Information HENAGER BUSINESS East Broadway COLLEGE Salt Lake Phone 4-7791 City '•39 fighter planes." Copyright by N. Y. Times •» .. j.v -.. ..- u- i. i- • i wno told of great feats being ac But the invitations wh.ch bring comp i ished b y soviet pilots with American officers to the palace as P . 39Ffiehter D -, ane s." guests axe only the frosbng on the cake. The real sport comes from hunting,. There are not many tiger* in Cooch.Behar; it's the method of hunting'them that makes such an Invitation a big prize. 'It is one of the remaining two or three places in India where the hunts still are in the style of the old moguls. The hunters are mounted on elephants while another string in Cooch Behar. The tiger comes roaring out of the thick grass and brush, scattering panicked elephants in every direction. The maharaja invited three American officers and myself to one of these tiger hunts. The officers were Captain Lloyd Hubbard of Nokomis, 111.; Lieutenant Herbert Ross of New York, and Lieutenant Herbert T. Pickering of Rupert, Idaho. A dozen enlisted men, on leave, also were mounted on elephants in the line of beaters. Things Get Hot On one "beat" three tigers were herded into one small patch of jungle. For a half -hour stretch, tigers were roaring and elephants were hooting and squawling in their excitement and nervousness. The soldiers, who had come out armed to a man with box cameras to film the fun, soon were clutching like death to'the pads on the backs of the elephants as the tigers charged so close the boys could have hit them with sticks. Scared elephants'spun around like tops and tootled off into the high grass, soldiers hanging on tighter than leeches. But it 'was a wonder hunt such as could be found only in India. Guests were housed in individual two-room tents, and warm water was brought in each evening for baths. The Americans who thought a hunt was a hunt and no fancy pants affair sent frantically back to town for dress uniforms. Meals were served by liveried servants.