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SECTION TWO- WE RECOMMEND Albert E. Wiggam says Increased use of machinery and "'gadgets' lowers a nation's population. Read his reasons for this statement on Iage 18 today. Anr'tl Suaar K.na smarts fl Intramural overture but Hotshot bows out. See page 1 1 113TH YEAR ROCHESTER. -N. Y., THURSDAY, MAY 31, 1915 PAGE FIFTEEN) hw uide -Seen and Heard- lour malingering Nazi prisoners In th teeth. Patterson's action restored McGee to active duty. It is possible, of course, that there is more behind the case of McGee than is visible to the nrikfd eye, and he may have been mullisariish, scrappy and un-Frrmingly testy, but the soldier had been shot by the Germans Ton Such MisconoucT 1 Woolo ttonspyiH! if 1 HAD A Mosie c ILJI HARDLY CONSISTENT T TXTIL Undersecretary of War Robert P. Patterson re- voked the sentence, a drumhead court sitting in France was determined to cool off in the can for a couple of years a private soldier named Joe McGee, out of "Worcester, Mass., because he had slapped three or letoff many obviously guilty felons have received from criminal courts in the United States. 'JODAY in America, and even in our own city, it seems no great trick virtually to get away with murder, and for a long time following World War I we had tfce sorry spectacle of crooks, thugs, racketeers and hatchet-men, often organized into elaborate crime syndicates, plying their various trades in impertinent disdain of the law. It was a period of license inspired I suppose by the moral deterioration society Invariably suffers at the close of a great war, and what went on in the 20's and early 30's left a stain on the American judiciary that has never entirely been erased. The sale of spirits was declared constitutionally illegal, and in protest of this charged violation of the personal rights of American men and women, many ordinarily law-abiding people deliberately entered into traffic with men who, rather than purveying to the public, should have been fitted to the hangman's noose or lodged for long periods in jail. Mobster murders. in the great cities were conrived at, the agencies of law and order appeared to have no effective apparatus to bring the murderers to trial, and occasionally when one was stood at the bar of justice, prosecutors found either that their hands were tied by legal technicalities or that the complaining witnesses had been frightened from the stand. Men like AI Capone were rarely tried for crimes of violence, but, if the law did put its hand upon them, it did so under the authority of some such circumspect charge as falsifying income tax returns, and then only after years of slow and tortuous investigation. So, perhaps following the precedent of our criminal courts, the 45,000 BRAVE CHILL WINDS FOR PARADE at the time of the Christmas bulge, decorated and his service points total up to 120. If he lost h.s temper when, as he say3 the Kraut prisoners refused to perform their mandated chores and slugged them with his duke3 he violated the military code, while displaying the sort of spirit that had been inculcated in him during the many months that he was trained to bring the severest physical harm to all Germans in uniform. The sentence originally imposed upon McGee seems o the surface sufficiently absurd to demand an inquiry into the court that pronounced it. What sort of business is this, anyway, that the brass hats in Europe are shout when they can commit to stir for two years a hard boots private of a coibat unit, who has been through the fighting mill, merely because he holds a lingering grudge against his erstwhile enemies? And what about the democracy of this great army of ours? Why are they picking on private soldiers? Didn't Patton, a general, slap an Amer.can hospital patient, get away with it without courtmar-tial, hold his command, in time to get another star on hie helmet, and become a front page hero? When they train an American kid to kill, and kill, and kill Germans, and expect him to do that job right up lo the hilt until the last gun is fired they ere. expecting too much, I should think, to think that the day or week after the peace is signed he should begin some of this Al-fonse and Gaston stuff with the Heinies who may be put in hi3 charge as war prisoners. IT some German has pinked him in the chest or leg with a bullet during the fighting, and made a wound that still troubles him, it would seem quite human and natural f he fetched one up from his boot-tops and let a Heinie prisoner have it on the button if the Heinie didn't give a good heave-ho, and promptly, when ordered to dr so. Somehow I can't blame McGee. v '- 'plE original sentence imposed upon Private Joe McGee seems particularly absurd in the light of the manner in which the Allied command has treated some of the bigshots of Nazidom, who have not yet been called up for trial, and who, one sometimes fears, will manage to sluice through the toils of justice, and live out their infamous lives as immune from punishment as most captains in history who have been unfortunate enough to lose a war. I am thinking specifically at this moment of fat Hermann Goering, Number 2 man in Hitler's Murder Inc., who, giving himself up, appears to have received much more consideration than a fellow would get who walked into a police station with the announcement that he had robbed a bank of $100,000. Goering was favored with a sort of informal luncheon party, with headquarters' dogrobbers handing about roast chicken, side dishes and numerous slugs of cognac, which he ate and drank with relish, and during which he continued to wear across the cheat of his gaudy uniform many of the medals and citations that had "honored" his nefarious career. Later he granted the press an interview, in which he sweat a little in the hot sun and yipped about the ooublecioss he felt his boy friend, Adolf, had given tiim. But he (teemed quite confident ha would be given the sportsmanlike treatment his Anglo-Saxon adversaries might be expected to accord a gallant rival in defeat. Later his captors denied serving him roast chicken or shaking hands with him. To be sure, there may have been some subtle scheming behind the open-handed manner in which the cognac was served to the bedizened, bemedaled hero of the Luftwaffe, and under the stimulus of several ponies of the same, Goering's tongue may have wagged out secrets that less hospitable inquisitors would never have learned, but this speculation has not been confirmed in press reports. Yet, as time cools the hot urge for retribution, one wonders if these Nazi pigstickers who were responsible for the black crimes that have been spread on the record of six long years of the moat terrible ordeal the world has ever suffered, will enjoy, from military courts, the easy Civil War Vet, 103, Leads, Memorial Day March Undaunted by bitterly chill winds that swept the city, an estimated 4."),000 Kochesterians lined three miles of curbs yesterday to walch the hour-long Memorial Day Parade. Solynnly, quietly the crowd watched as the heros of four wars marched or rode In the somber units that interspersed the brilliantly uniformed bands and ma."ed colors. With no remaining buddies to share his glory, 103-year-old Wil liam A. Hard of the Grand Army of the Republic rode in an open car at the head of the parade, straight, smiling and alert. Oldest soldier in the state to partici pate in Memorial Day, he was the grand marshal of the parade and he played his role like a great general, nodding right and left as his car rolled slowly down Broad Street to the reviewing stand at City Hall, where he left the procession. Eyes of the crowd turned to gaze as long as possible at 'Monroe County's last living soldier of the Civil War who wore his broad-brimmed hat with the gold braid and the uniform of the Boys in Blue, jauntilly set off by a bright red necktie. His lap was loaded with flowers. With him rode his khaki-uniformed great - grandson, Sgt. James Ecksten,, recently discharged from service; his. granddaughter, Mrs. Lola Ecksten, and Henry C. Godette, commander 'of the memorial and executive committee, and veteran of World War I. Veterans of the Spanish-American War and World Wars I and II, smartly turned-out young men of military units stationed in Roches ter, New York Guardsmen, Red extraterritorial tribunals set up 1 Cross units, a sprinkling of WACS, in Europe will find excuses, ex- jWAVES and SPARS, a small army tenuating circumstances, or be- of school children and Boy Scouts come so tangled in legal red tape and a dozen bands with their that the Goerings and the rest of sparkling majorettes formed the their despicable kind will be let body of the procession that off with nothing more harmful Wreamed through the downtown to them than a carpet lecture 'section along a line of march ex-and a stern admonition not "to tending from East Avenue and do it again." I hope that this j Continued on Page Sixteen is not so. The recent appoint- I ment of Robert H. Jackson, associate justice of the Supreme Court, as the United States representative on an international military court to try war criminals, may help to make it not so. But so far, so far as the public knows, the only punishment to war criminals has been self-inflicted by the act of suicide, and only a very few have "dismissed" their cases in this manner. JEFORE the military command begins threatening good corn-hat soldiers like Pvt. Joe McGee with disgrace and imprisonment for socking a few Kraut prisoners, it would seem the better part of justice to get on with the trials of the Nazi high shots who were responsible for bringing this war down about the cats of a long suffering humanity. The Army would have done no good for itself in impounding McGee. The Allied tribunals for the trial of .war criminals will break faith with the world if they fail promptly to get their prisoners into the dock and, if convicted, fail to give them, in the patois of the underworld, "the book." IJksiv sf-H Mm mm m isHfwt Mir "Asfet" -""ktTT-TMT-Tim N,"A-"-ttXllWIIMMMIIlMCTl I I ' 'ill' ' A A WARRIORS 80 YEARS APART: A MAN OF '65 AND MEN OF '45 Oldest soldier in New York State to participate in Memorial Day rites, Grand Marshal of the Parade William A. Hard, veteran of the Civil War, is shown at the left as he rode with great-grandson, Sgt. James Ecksten, who has betn honorably discharged from service in present war. At right, World War II veterans in their first Memorial Day parade. Gannett Workers to Get New Benefits BRAZIL HONORS LOCAL OFFICER The last provides for those who Ail o t tt inla.V lose their position through no All Oil 2 Papers Here fault of their own as in case of a severe business setback. A welcome innovation for employes paid by the day is payment fc. holidays, whether worked or not. Those who do work on a holi- Will Share Under Program Regular emnlovps of Tie Roch ester riemnrrar and Hhronirle nnd day are to be paid an extra regu The Rochester Times-Union are toi,al uy r"'Kms Pav- " 111 a receive additional employe bene-jnum?er 01 employes on tne comfits as a result of a policy adopted jpanya payroll, this means a siza-by Gannett Co., Inc. announced yes-!bl ."Uav' t ... terday by Frank Gannett, presi-l -ck pay is to be computed at the (jen jrate of two-thirds of an employe s rpcnilnr rlnilv nr u'ppl-lu Aarni o-a This expanded program which ;Such sick Jeave paV( which begins will become effective July 1, mustj of course first be approved by the Treasury Department and the National War Labor Board. The program has been recommended to and untloubtedly will be adopted by all the affiliated newspapers and radio stations in the Gannett organization. The company's voluntary program goes far beyond any now established by contract with the various unions. ' Henceforth, all regular employes will be given sick leave, hospitaliza tion insurance, group life insurance on the employe's sixth regular working day, will be granted on the basis of one week for each year of continuous employment, up to 20 years. After six months of continuous employment with the company, each regular employe will be given hospitalization insurance under the local Blue Cross plan. A life insurance polio.- of $1,000 also will be given each regular employe after six months of contigu ous service. Provision is made for increasing both hospital and life insurance coverage if an employe pay for holidays and severance pay.lCares for it and contributes the obligation." additional premium. "Announcement of this policy means the realization of a long- cherished hope," said Gannett. "It has been my belief that the employe is a co-worker and entitled to his share in a company's earnings. "As soon as Gannett Co., Inc., had established itself, a system of profit-sharing was introduced as proof of my sincerity. Right now the company's employes share in 15 per cent of its profits. Since the profit-sharing plan was adopted more than $1,500,000 lias been distributed to the company employes. This new liberalized program of benefits still is further proof of the company's desire to better working and living conditions for all its regular employes. "Many of the benefits announced today have been in effect, partly or wholly. Some of them are entirely new. "The company is happy to inaug urate this program. It is a great satisfaction to me personally and to the company's officers that the organization has grown so soundly, through the efforts of all, that we are able to adopt this extensive MENDON FIRE KILLS GIRL AND MOTHER Maj. Jack Bartash of 5 Dudley St., and 20 other officers of the U. S. Fifth Army were decorated yesterday with the Brazilian War Medal in Rome, Italy, for their assistance in training and equipping the Brazilian Expeditionary Forces in Italy, according to an Associated Press dispatch. Major Bartash, a graduate of the University of Rochester in 1936, speaks five languages. In 1943 he and Col. Arthur E. Sutherland Jr. of Pittsford were .aides to Gen. Mark Clark, commanding officer of the Fifth Army. Major Bartash attended military intelligence school in the United States before being sent to North Africa to participate in the initial landings. His first foreign assignment was as combination liason officer, inter-preter and aide to the general. Victims. Trapped By Flames in Farm Home Trapped in their small farm home on Boughton Hill Road, Men-don, ns windswept flames raced through it yesterday afternoon, a mother and her 16-ycar-old daughter were burned to death. "Victims were Mrs. Myrtle Cuth-bcrtson, 41, mother of seven, and Juno Cuthbrrtson, 16. Origin of the fire, whkh started about 3 p. m. in the kitchen C the two-story frame house about two miles south of Honeoye Falls, was undetermined. Investigators believed, however, that explosion of an oil burner in the kitchen range was responsible. Another daughter, Helen, 13, was in the kitchen at the time and managed to escape by leaping from a window. She told deputies there was a sudden blast and the room filled with, flames. Mrs. Cuthbertson and June wers engaged in cleaning operations on the second floor when the fire started. The daughter managed to get out of the house, but when ehs found the mother had been trapped by the rapidly spreading flames ran back in, in an attempt to sava her, only to be trapped herself. The entire structure, located on a hillside where it caught the full sweep of brisk winds, was in flames within seconds after the fire started. The father, Joseph Cuthbert-son, was plowing In a distant field when the fire started. Two other children, Violet, 18, and Edward. 5, were outside the house. A son, John, 15, who was in the henhouse, ran to the home of a neighbor, Mrs. Ann Schaefli, who called the Mendon Fire Department. Firemen under Chief George Schuth used water from a well on the farm and ran more than 1,000 feet of hoseline to a creek, but there was little they could do except pour water on the ruins. It was more than two hours before the ruins were cooled down sufficiently to permit search for and recovery ef the bodies. Continued on Pa Re Seventeen SOLDIER HURT, FAMILY HEARS Staff Sgt. Joseph Walker, 29, formerly reported missing in action Apr. 27, was wounded on that day and is now hosspitalized in Europe, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Weber, Manitou Road, Spen-cerport, learned yesterday. Weber, whose wife and three- year-old daughter, Carolyn Ann, re side in Albuquerque, N. M., la a veteran of nine years service in the Army. Before he went over seas with an infantry unit a year ago, he was an instructor in a Reserve Officers' Training Corps Unit at St. Joseph, Mo. A brother. Staff Sgt. Peter Weber, reported missing in action last year, la now stationed at Stewart Field, Newburgh, N. Y. Sgt. Clarence Becker Freed in Europe Staff Sgt. Clarence J. Becker, 30, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Becker, husband of Mrs. Agnes Becker and 360 Wilkens St., a prisoner of the Germans since July, has been liberated from S t a 1 a g IV-B, according to word received by his family from the Red Cross. The paratroop er was employed by Timely Clothes before entering the service in July, 10-12. 1943, R !1,A It KN C'K J. I1K( KKK He went overseas in April and fought in Africa and Italy before the D-Day invasion of h ranee. He is the father of three children, Donald, 8, Allen, 6, and Isancy Ann, 4. 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