The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 13, 1939 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, July 13, 1939
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Naval Blockade and Combined. Air and Sea Attack Potential Menaces BY. THOMAS M. JOHNSON War Coitesponiient anil Author .(Written .'for NBA Sri vice) ANCON, Panama canal Zone, July 13.—Although the Panama ( Cflnnl today Is belter equipped to defend itself against land nnd sea attack than ngalnst air bomb- Jug, It Is not well-equipped enough to satisfy those who must defend •it. TJieS- aie doing their best nnd Congress Is providing funds for a well-considered unbuilding of defenses (hat will do the trick, eventually— IPwe' have peace. But a crisis Hits summer 01, conceivably, later than summer, might catch the garrison 6f this fionlier fort without bullets enough for Old Hess. •Which doesn't necessarily mean an ammunition shoitagc. The great Ifi- and 14-Inch lilies that guard both ends of the Canal have good stacks of shells. The Navy has an ammunition depot In the center of the Zone. But fire-control equipment Is needed, and Gcncia) c'ralg has asked Congress lor it JUNGLE PROTECTS ONLY-SOME PARTS Jungle entirely protects only the land sides of Uie Canal,' which Is lucky, for bordering 'and friendly Panama and Costa nicn have no real armies to help defend It. On the Atlantic side nnd especially on tlie, Pacific, are places where landings might be made. Tlie big guns could almost certainly prevent the Canal or Its locks being shelled to pieces by enemy warships Those guns on slioie shoot farther and btralghtcr than they could fioin a Wdi-shlp; (hey lange 30 miles But 40 miles beyond that lange, Is a spot that Invites an Invader's foot. ' For miles along the Pacific shore stretches a beautiful beach called La Venla. It Is Ideal for landing fioops and supplies under favorable conditions. Much of the country is quite open, and invading tioops would be aided by guuflre from ships. This side-door to the Canal Is nol [oitmed and today has no good, nll-ucaUiei load for moling troops up to defend It. Nor have we enough troops lo make suie of pushing even a single division of enemy troops buck into the ocean, • if we 'could not tish them back —well, plans have ben considered for n sort of glgnnlle hniaklri—a sabotage of Ihe Cnnnl by Its own defender ere it fell into foreign hands MIGHT NOT BEAT OFF INVADERS The mobile force foi the whole Zone Is now 5000 men ff all could be, rushed by (.lucks to this die spot,' they might be enough—depending on how nrany Htlle biown men—or .otheis—Imd landed. The lay of' the ground favors the defense. But In cerlain conceivable conditions Hie;.'mobile force would not be enough o( a foice, nor would it be mobile enough. The 141 hand 33rd Infantry arc gcoj regiments, highly efiicient filter lately rehearsing a war In a hothouse. Under an equatorial sun they have been slogging and slipping their way along nauow tiails, through dense growth. "One damn wai-game nttcr nnr other," . growl the doughboys, and their paitners, the lllh Engineers. Also the 2nd Field Artillery, that unique outfit whose light cannon come apart and go on mule-back. All the troops here are being trained constantly and well. Schools for packmasters are about to open, and the men areas nearly on their toes as men can long remain In this rather, subduing climate. Immediately General Stone came here more than two years ago, he saw the importance of making tlie most of -what he liud. Instead of a mobile force of 5000. he heeds 10,1*0. And to support them, more pack artillery.-'Some people think that some armored cars and tanks would help. KOABS AHE WORST'.WOK 111' Roads! They are the worst headache for .those who must defend this frontier fort. Rain has washed out ail but concrete roads and slowed down work that is absolutely essential to enable the fort's defenders to'get .about. And this ,raln lasts more than half the year! So bad is the situation,that rain or none, work is expected to start on a road along a stretch of the Atlantic coast not fully protected by jungle. 'But In the inviting gap on the Pacific at La Venta, the situation Is different. Not far from' shore runs a road that, after Army tracks have tried it out : a little, looks like the slough o_f despond. The Republic of Panama, in whose leiritory this road runs, lias been unable to do ' better, but now Congress has voted $1,509,000 il Panama will put up $2,500,000." Where-upon President . Arosemeria instructed his new Ambassador in -Washington to try to borrow tlie t money. President Arose- inena'/re'niarked to me that other ^•Latin-American, countries, seemed to be doing pretty well for 'themselves In ' Washington — countries ;that mean less to the United States . than docs'pana'ma. < ,TREATY,NOT'. . . ; KATIFIED • ' ,'- d«K future relations with the BLYTHEVILLB, (ARK.? COUR1TEK NEWS 'Panama Canal Zone and Its' Defenses Mayor Burlon Headed For $2,200,000 1939 Surplus CLEVELAND, O. (UP) — Mayor Harold II. Burton, through an economy campaign during the first, E!X months of 1039, has effected savings in this sixth city of the nation expected to total approximately $2,200,000 if continued through the year, In preparing Ills $16,400,000 iwsi budget, Burton contended that Ills estimates • had been-"cut to .the Ijoiie." But it appears now that Ills cuts In payi-Qils, city supplies and relief costs will show a saving even far below his original plans. City payrolls during, the first live months of 1D33 were cut, $101,110 below the same. 1938 period. Buying of city supplies during thai, time v,'as slashed $400,108 and WPA sponsorship spending was reduced • - on inne-16, the city dismissed us "unnecessary" WPA watchmen to save nearly $100,000. In contrast to former municipal campaign years, city employment ecords-reveal a sharp decrease in «ie number of city work'eis. Jn tlie nrst half of May, there were 11,321 Persons on city payrolls — 1,407 'ewer than Ihe number In the same period of 1938. Called "Good .Politics" The nil-time high for number of city employes was 13,304 for tlie first, half of August, 1937, according to official records. City hall political observers say the payroll cuts have been made on the theory that such action Is "good politics, tegardless of the feelings of those on the payrolls." The payroll reductions, if continued, are cxpected_to save about 5400,000 as compared with 1938. An estimated $1,100,000 Is expected to be saved If buying continues on the present reduced schedule. It is reported that relief costs of $6,600,000 will be slashed 10 per cent, saving $000,000. The evidence gathered In a survey of city costs Is seen us supporting a contention of the Cleve-. land Chamber of Commerce that n-$16,000,000 general budget fund would cover the city's needs. The chamber Is coiislderlng it charter amendment proposal to limit all to 65 per cent vote of the electorate. Under Ihe chamber's plan, not more tlmn $10,000,000 would be drawn from genera?.taxation, and no'surplus from economical operation one -year could be carried over to HIE next year. Annexation of a suburb (Cleveland hns 41) could boost the limit by tlie average cost of the suburb's government. Vacancies Remain Unfilled Burton credits llic 1839 reductions to a policy of not filling vacancies when they occm-. "We hope to be able to make further -reductions," be said, "If the civil service commission will support us In dismissals for Inefficiency." The biggest payroll slice went from the service department where $1GG,CC9 was cut In five months. The safety department saved $28,167; welfare, $19,191; parks and public property, $ll,G38, and nuance, $3,445. These cuts were offset by a- $1,830 Increase in other divisions. HURSDAY, JULY 13,; 1939 Auslrallaiis Physically Fit ' CANBERRA, Australia (UP)—If Australia ever gets Into war -again, few men will lie able to escape on (he grounds of unlilness. The Ministry for Health has just reported that the physical examination of the mllltlu showed only 3,8 pel- cent unfit. Three Toots, SPOKANE, Wash. (UP) — Horn honkers beware in Spokane Police Judge Prank Yuse has a distinct aversion to such practice. He fined C. L. Atkinson $1 for each of three On .the.Caribbean side hehvy -guns are mounted at Fori.f DeLc.sscps, Shcrmmi nnd Randolph. At Fort Davis is the 14l!> Infantry Regiment. At Coco Solo the Navy has a submarine nml air base. At France Field Is the Army Air Field.for'the Atlantic'side. ..'.;. ' :.-; .From Colon to Gatun locks n highway parallels the Rinnina nnlhvny, but from Gatim : Id Gaiii- bon-lwc-nty miles-there Is'no highway - ami .troops could be moved only by rail., or watcr-GaUiii Lake. .Prom Onmboa n highway parallels the railway to the. Bay of Panama at Panama City, passing Pedro Miguel ami Mil-adores Locks.. A road nlso nus from Ciam.boa to Madden Dam. : :','••' Tlic black wnvy lines running southwest and norlhrasl on the Pacific side nrfc the road now (o be improved and built by the U. S, nml Panama together, enabling us to shuttle troops nloiV the const. The rnnlh Pficifio nir field now Is Albi-ook, Field.- At Fort ".Clayton and Coroiail are the Mr,l Infantry; .nnd 2nd Field Artillery. At Port Wninte are more of the con'sl artillery manning heavy sun:; on; the "Fortified Islands" which pvoleel the Pacific entrance to thecnnnl.' The American'civil cntjlfal is'at Balboa-Anton. Republic- art .bound up in a treaty I Hint furthers : the "Good Neighbor" policy 'by renouncing for the United States Its present, light to make use of any Panamalnn territory outside the DOO-smiarc-mlle Canal Hone 1 that we deem essential to I defense, nut what if Pannma for' any reason refuses some concession essential to , the Canal's defense'; I Should" we lake that, chance? Evidently the Senate Foreign Relations Coimnitlec thinks so, for on June ;21 it .recommended that the Senate ratify the treaty as Pnreima 1ms'. 1 : 1 .:'.' ,:'•"'•,•; The some treaty brings up nn- olhcr defense'question. There Is now no road clear across Ihe Istli- imis,'• connecting, the Atlanlic and Pacific'. sides. For almost half the distance ;the. sole connection , Is the U, S. .• Government-controlled Panama Kaili'ond. Were that railroad put out by air bombing or sabotage, troops could be shuttled tack- and forth only by boat on Gatun U>ke. The road .thai 'would change this Pnn- amn, will build—within ten yenrs. So says the treaty, drawn up before Munich shocked us into the present effort to make the Canal Zone impregnable overnight. BLOCKADE IS ['OSSIUMi The Canal's best defense is, of course,, the Fleet, whose shuttle rom ocean to ocean it is, But Ihe Fleet might conceivably be occulted elsewhere, might even be beaten. If one believes the Fleet mpregnable, then why have any soldiers here at all save air-men and anti-airmen? But it In Ihe present situation the Canal must be impregnable, as military opinion agrees It should be, it must be able with Its own resources to hold out asninst two menaces. First, blockade. Suppose that instead of daring ;he guardian big guns, an enemy Hcet should just sit down, beyond their range, and, by planes, try to-prevent food ships from entering the Canal. WHAT IF FASCISTS WIN? The second menace is massed attack by fleet and air power, upon the Canal. That might be the first move in a, drive by victorious Germany, Italy and Japan, from the Atlantic and the Pacific, to shake down the United Stales and Movie Star-. And Mother toots on his car liorn and Atki "^»' s «i«lre to at t a year, except by a t friend's attention was no "excuse. GOOD FOR MALARIA! — And Malaria Chitlt &nd Fever!, Here's what you want forMalarln, rolksl Here's what yo\i want for the awful chills and fever. , It's Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonicl A real Malaria medicine. Made especially for Ihe purpose.- Contains tasteless quinidine and Iron. Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic ac- (ually combats the Malaria infection in the blood.. It-'relieves (ho freezing chills, the burning fever. It helps you feel better fast. Thousands take Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic for Malaria-and swear by it. Pleasant (o take, too. Even children take'it without a whimper. Doti't suffer! At first sign of Malaria, take Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic. At all drugstores. Buy the large size as it gives you imiclj more for your money. Clsuidctte Colbert, movie actress, Is pictured above with her mother, seldom'photographed,, vvalching the races at n race Irnck near Hollywood, is surely less peaceful than at home. At home, they seem to be gnm- bling that war will-not come until, at peace-time speed, we have got the canal all ready. And Ihnt will be n matter of years. The Canal being our lifeline, that Is quite n gamble. Unless some one has read Hitler's mlml. the Western Hemisphere. .What. If the Fiscist navies were augmented by ships of defeated „,... , -; Britain and France? The Army >M'A In Ciuiilc Sen-ice nnd Navy cannot afford, In mafc- SURING, WIs. (UP) — Guides to Ing plans, to dismiss that as Im-! recreational areas cf Onelcta possible, however remote It seems covml J'' s fishing and' hunting ex- to some. Britain and France won the last war only at the last minute by our help. - " . • ,How remote-at the rate things happen today? Remote as, for instance, the date when the Canal actually will be made impregnable ^at the present speed? That speed, which this Congress has set, js good—for peacetime. And of course, there Is no open wnr; Uiougli down here Ihe atmosphere pause are being furnished by the WPA, manning Information booths at Suring, Lakewood nnd Manning under arrangements made between county and WPA cfflchils. Auslralh l.ikcs Home Wool CANBERRA, Australia. (UP) — With Australia's wool production increased from 148.300 bales 11 years ago to 2M.OOO bales now, the country remains Its own third best customer. Only France and Great Brlta.ln purchased more Australian wool lust year than did Australia. FOR SALE Grocery & Market Well established and doing ?25,000 to ?30,000 business per year. Hesl location in one of Iicst small towns in Nortli- east Arkansas, in heart of cotton country. Heu- souablo rent. Reason for selling other business. Will take §2600 to handle. 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