The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 8, 1939 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, July 8, 1939
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SATURDAY, JULY/8, 1039 \ American Planes Using Galapagos, Cocos Islands Could Spot Enemy BY THOMAS M. JOHNSON nar Correspondent and-Author (Written for NBA Service) ANCON, Panama Canal Zone, July 8.—"Smash that Canal at any cosll Even It none of you comes l>ack—smash it!" Tliose lire the : orders (grimly realistic American officials 'here told mej that an enemy lender would give to the pilots of his bombing planes in the event of war against the United States. In the present-vulnerable state of the Panama Canal, a hostile powei- would.think nothing of losing a hundred or two hundred planes •in a desperate effort, to sea) this vital waterway. Planes might attack Die Canal either In sinall raiding parties or in vast armadas. 'Whence would they come? 'A - startling, threatening answer is given 1n the words of an American authority: "We know, lhal Germany has three •thousand airplanes thai can fly the South Atlantic." . , Ana how could those airplanes or others • Kienace (lie .Panama Canal? Perhaps' from secret bases or nearby Central and South American coasts. Perhaps from potentially hostile islands like the Spanish Canaries, or undefended Islands like the Portuguese Cape Verdes or Azores; or the many small islands that dot the Caribbean Sea. And perhaps from airplane carriers. Por Instance, avoiding the regular Pacific ship lanes, enemy carriers might slip up and arrive some -nightfall" within 600 miles of the Canal Zone. Steaming all night, they would be close enough by dawn to launch planes. And one bomb — a ; thousand-pound bomb, perhaps—dropped on a lock that was built when airplane bombs were something H, G. Wells wrote about . . . PACIFIC ISLES IMPORTANT TO CANAL And look! About where .that carrier started its final, • thrusting dash, 480 in lies out, is a dot on • the map—Cocos Island, storied treasure-trove of pirate gold. Costa Rica owns it but no one has developed it, and the island Jjes deserted; r Inviting the invader. "Come; ashQr£"<it says. "Establish your 'baSe: T *lyVoviefc'the-Canal. Drop your .boittbs. Come back, for more—and- back—and back—until the Canal. (5, a ditch'full of junk. The Americans didn't want me— now you take me." V "Us,- .top, 1 ' : ;cry ; out" Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, southwest nml 815 • intles "c ut '.from" Panama. 'Those : tiriy'Isles, :: keys to the air defense of the Canal, invite the-burglar's grasp. The Japanese know that. Their -spy fishing boats . have beeii there, taking observations and.. soundings. . • Attention has been called -to the islands'Importance and it Is hoped Congress will vote to lease or .buy either the entire islands or the fight to establish there warning stations whence our planes could patrol in great arcs 500 miles farther cut to sea. " AIR DEFENSE NEEDS .STRENGTHENING" ' "The Canal should be impregnable," said Major General G. V , Strong, Chief of the War Plnhs Division of the General Stall, concurring in the estimate of Major General David L. Stone, commanding here. To make It impregnable will take (Tears at the present rate, depending on the money available. Resources here for air defense need strengthening'until this is «. great aviation base like that just begun at Puerto"Rico. The Canal wants 600 first rate airplanes. It is hoped that by autumn the air force here will at least be in a better position than it is now to put up a good fight. .It may be much longer before there are .fully enough planes. The best here now are equal to the best or Germany and Italy. The planes that recently gave a demonstration off the Fortified Is\lands on the Pacific Ocean side were very good planes. Later ar' rivals will Ire still better as the Army swings from the earlier 2320 airplane program into the 5500 airplane schedule. There is good authority for sajing that Panama will get an ample share. As jumplng-off :, places, U. S. military planes now have two fields: at the Atlantic end, Prance Field; at the Pacific end, Albrook Field, whose runway has recently been concreted at a cost of $500000. And $.1,500,000 has been received to begin an air depot. The Pacific side also will . get two more fields-^-one at a yet unchosen site, the other en 19,000 acres leased from the Republic of Panama at Rio Halo. "If only war doesn't, come this summer!" That is the prayer of everyone here, especially of those in charge of the anti-aircraft defense program. .The rainy season has stopped .construction of roads that lead to a network of recently constructed anti-aircraft stations. Prom these stations bombing airplanes that managed to get near the Canal might be spotted by sound-locators and searchlights and brought down by anti-aircraft PLYTnEVILLE, '('ARK.y-COURIER NEWS ^Aerial Defense Of Tlie Panarna'Canal Zone ,/•- •••- \\>^ Ah- patrols; arc^ effective within a radius of 500 miles The nr« nf ri , , whiclx U. S. battle plains-operating from the Panama Ca, a L « 'r^n ^ ^OUD-Ihies on the map above -show the „,,„* wl.htu eastern tip of Cuba-could fly out to resist the'approach of tawdm T! „ T* H" R|C °' """ ttam ° W taK ° ° n " lc So " th - gimrdcd . . ..On the Pacific'aide the situation ta i iol so good Enem , B *' l ° UlC C "' inl wouw scc ™ lo te ™el) zone without boln, detected and dispatch their bombers ove the CaL ' T " C?UW *"" "" t0 lllc ^ «'• »* WW-mlla patrol Cocos ..and-and the Oalapa.os Tslands, so that ou, U |, "Ilostile wm«s must not appeal ovei the Cam!' 1 U S mihlaiy 111- thouties agree 'Ihen strategy ,uli he to fight an appioaching tnemy at -sea—not over the Isthmus. guns TO help these stations s the General Jbtifr asked Congiess for nearly a half million. Some equipment is coming in now, but little ean be done with it until January, for the st a lions- many out in the jungle—are belli" marooned in.mud. ° ANGEL OF MERCY HORIZONTAL 1 Most famous nurse, Florence . 10 She was the first nurse. 13 Mistake. 1 4 Snaky fish. IS.Slicoplikc antelope. 17 Intention. 18 Sharp pinch. 20 Mineral spring. 21 Asylum inhabitants 23 Those that sort. 25 Cotton machine. 27 Sloth 26 Consequence. SI Eminent, 34 To ventilate. 35 Lixivium. JB Rental contract. 33 Petitioned. •!1 Possesses. •'•3 Compass point. Ansivcr to Previous Puzzle 'A To alarm. 48 Altar cloths. 53 \7eighf, E4 Enthusiasm. 5S Tree. 57 Ardor. 58 To exchange. 59 Brain orifice. CO She served as nurse in Cl She established sanirary conditions. VERTICAL 3 Northeast. •2 Persia. S Fierce. 4 Respect. 5 Transposed. 6 Fresh tidings. 7 Driving command. 8 Sound of sorrow. .9 Electrical term. 10 To polish. 11 Seaweed. 12 Sim god. 1C Stirring. 18 Wigwams. 19 Measure. 21 She is considered the nurse. 22 Twitching. 24 Tatter. 25 Glutted. 29 Sound of disgust. 30 Brother. 32 Deer. . 33 Forever. 37 Flinched. 38 To sup. 39 Onager. 40 Horse fennel. 42 Resembling slate. 44 Let it sbnd. 45 Balsam. 40 Pertaining to wings. 47 To sin. 48 Flightless bird. 49 Native metals. 50 To border on, 51 Zoology term. 52 Ratification. 55 Burmese knife. 'Mercufial" French Arc Cool As Cucumbers [n War Crises FACE f THREE"- 1 ''' V' In the foreground, French soldiers build trenches for possible use against air attack. In the background-In the square dominated by the Imposing Dome of the Invaildcs-civillans of Paris K o about their work-a-day lives, calm amidst the threat of'storm. 11V MI I/CO\ HKONN'KIl N'EA Service Staff Correspondent PARIS, July g— The Vncrvons high-strung, excitable, mercurial" French—faced .by a European situation in which war Is always n grim prssibliity—belie all the adjectives so lightly applied to Hiem. Today the Wench seem as cool as cucumbers and as calm as the tops of their mountains. Many things have changed siuce last September when Chamberlain and Premier Daladier made their famous pilgrimage to Germany to see Hitler and Mussolini. Shortly after that abortive trip, the French saw some more solemn German pledges broken. They saw the end of Czechoslovakia. They saw Hitler, who said he did not want to absorb non-Germanic elements, take 7,000,000 Czechs within his grasp. AJTEASEMENT FAILURE WAS A LESSON A chill fell on France. Daladier and "le brave vieu.x Neville Chamberlain" (good old Neville Chamberlain) had failed In their appeasement plan. So the French suddenly ended their bitter political feuds. They also ceased the latent warfare between capital and labor. Thy desert their ranks behind 13a- laillar. The bulk of the people of France are cither the peasants, who own and till the soil, or the men and women who work In (lie mills and factories. In both classes there Is an ardent love cf liberty. The Bench city workers loathe the very Idea cf Nazi and Fascist ways, The peasants would fight to the death to preserve their beloved 'arms from the heels of the invader. With such feelings In the bulk of the people last May, Premier Da- ladier could say with entire truth; "France is a vast workshop where millions of men arc working without pause or respite to Insure national defense." The Alaglnot line and all other important defense points arc manned night anil day. Recently General Vulltcmln, chief nir commander, declared that France Is turning out warplanes at the rate of two an hour, 20 hours out of 24, V days a week. Guns and munitions In abundance are being pr<-> vidcd. The navy Is being Increased. "BUSINKSS'AS USUAL," WESi'iTE CRISES But the visitor to Paris Is Impressed by the calmness of the people. A poor tourist business, high taxes and danger of war have not dampened the spirit of the Parisians. Nor their enterprise. The Hal Tabarin • has chc.scn precisely this time to put on one of the most brilliant shows of modern times. The boulevard terrace cafes are crowded with French people taking their aperitifs. At night the restaurants arc crowded. Way lip on the heights of Montmartre, the restaurant known as "la Mere Catherine" has Its open air garden Jammed with people. The chatter is gay and lively. The ))cop!o lake an almost childish joy In mere living. For Instance: a youth sits himself down at a table, has a glass of wine and pulls out of his pockets a clever toy based upon the far- famed dog—Pluto. He sings a funny song and makes Pluto do tricks. It turns out he is a salesman. He sells Plutos to the laughing crowd. And that crowd is not animated with the spirit—"oat, drink and bo merry, for tomorrow we die." Nor Is It Tt»ll.shly forgetful of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, Three Oul Of Five Killed h. Cily Si rods Are Pcdestrinns CIllCAao.-The chances O f a [ledcstrlnn; being killed In a. oily runic accident HVC tnnler t , lim Hie motorist's and n,o ockls will not lit- cliniHjKi until walkers be- Bill to obey the li.uvic laws. That s the bhmt warning O f Ihu Nn- llonfil Safely Council. A study by Die cuitiicll showed Lm i i m ',. of m ' ly "™ P° IISO »» Mllwl In city accidents last year were imlcsliliuis, and two thirds of lhew were violating u truffle ordinance or commlltini; »n obviously unsafe act. 'The solution, the Council mil], s n riBld pedestrian control system hat will cut the dwill) MI ,,moiiB •rou > "" P|jll ' <;U ' 11 yi ' 1 IK'Hiliorcd" •Mass Vl>'ii-|icilnt (,'ltril -Leslie J. Seicitsou, chairman of tlia council Pedestrian committee suld: ' The pedestrian lias evolved tlic simple philosophy that hit? jol, j s to got, across Iho street as best ho can. He Joins with oilier pedestrians In mass violation of trnlllc lllihls, blandly hulling imllla' mid creating tix'mi'iiiloiis lutstiutls • to himself.mid motorists," TliR'e-foiirtli of nil pedestrltms' tlcnths occurred after sundown, the Investigators found. A combination of drinking, darknuss, walking In the road, Improper Uclillng, daik clothing'.mid headlight glnro'. wns res]>oii5lblo. in Us indictment of Dm careless walker, the committee pointed out Unit comparatively few pedestrian dciillis occur ninoiiK small children, rive of six iredi'strlnns killed me nt least, high n'ge', and ttn-cc- fotirths iirc past collciso age. Drinking Adds To Toll Thirteen • per cent of the la.fiOO pedestrians killed lust year weru icpoiicd as Imvlug been drlnkhig, while only D per cent of the drivers In all filial accidents were so reporli'd. Soren.son proposed a foiir-plauk platform to Incicnsc the pcdes- Irlnn's chalices of surviving. 1. Give the pedestrian the benefits of modern trnfllo cuBlnccrlng— undoriiass, walk signals and pedestrian islands In the city. Give him walkways, .sidewalks and slmlliu devices In the country. And belter lighting everywhere. 2. Kducale Ihe pedestrian to use mid obey these 'devices. 1 , .; 'J. Make thu . pedestrian subject to the sniiio strict enforcement:of trallic laws as tho motorist. I. Enforce n rule that motorists wishing to make a left' or right turn must wail for pedestrians walking with the green light. Farmer Uses Goggles On Fighting Chickens MANCHESTER, Conn. , (UP)— Goggles mi Yep, mi John Ccrrlna's farm. TJie spcclndes arc made of melal and lilted over llie eyes of pugnacious chickens so they can look only to the ground. Otherwise. . explained Cerrlha. the chickens would kill each other. Ban creel Baby 1 ; This Little . Package Sold for,50 Dqllars foi snle Known only as Tonita thh tiny girl was ptuchascd toi $50 by I'illsbwjjh, I'n, woman who Is "just cra/y nliout hei," Intcmlul lo luloiit hei Chinees have been filed against Mrs. Isabella I'nuel of Cleveland, O, the Infant's mother, tho 'Jl-ycai-old alleged., falhei, and n Medina, O, docloi. Indiana Jail Break Heroine Big Truck Turns Over, Field Mouse to Blame GREEN HAY, WIs. (UP) — Field mice have been known to send ele- phanl.s into hysterics, bill a field mouse was blamed for causing a big motor truck to turn over. Clem Schuh, 33, while driving along tho highway near here no- Thc French have simply, made up (heir minds that they may once more have the Job of "beat- Ing the Bochc" and arc determined to do It. But In the meantime, they arc not going ID moan or pull long /aces about It. ol an nun may be Die pilcc Mis Hull) Jolnei, »bo\e, mint pav for hci pnil in tliwinllng jult break of tluce convicts at Indiana State Pi (son, Michigan City, I ml A social woikei fioln Cia\vrmda- \llle, Ind, and one of piuty of \lsltlng welfilie noikcis, Mil Joiner \vnf Ad/ed by piIsoncn, held us hostage She wns viotmdcd In guauls' on prisoners' Etronjjhold. tlccd • a •'. mouse scampering about hi his cur. "Shoo," said Schuh, But as he looked down to locate, the "rodent Ills cnr ran over Hie center lluu and collided with the truck of Lloyd I'resliiwskl, 2'i, cAti.iliig It to leni'c tlio road liml luoi over. Prcsiawski escaped Injury.- So did Ihe mouse. In Italy, iiedcstrlans arc com- pellc'd to cross roads nl specified liolnls and arc arreslcd and fined for failure to do 50. 'Hie average life oxidation (or the population of the United Stales Is 55.35 (years for mnlcji'nnd 58.01 lor females; India's males have a life expectation of only 22.59 years and females 23.31. ' About 500 classes of products lit 100,000 variations of sizes, shapes I and finishes, nre produced by the ' steel Industry. Read Courier News want ads. "I'm mhjhty particular about lioiv my summer clothes are laundcrcil—and 1'i-e been more Ihan satisfied with HI/VTIIKVHXK STF..IM MUNDBY'S careful work." 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