The Bakersfield Californian from Bakersfield, California on September 29, 1944 · Page 8
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9atttr«fielb Californian 8 Frida V' September 29, 1944 SHARING /^SHEARS By MAE How an Knplish family has mot the disasters of the past months after several years of tribulation and sorrow of modern war is told with bare simplicity in a letter to ]?akorsfio]tl friends. Through, the letter philips the rfiirane for which th" Knplish people arc noted and which Americans are appr«viat inff fully for the first time as their own casualties nmnnt and their own hoys return home from battle fronts wounded and ill. The letter in part is as follows: "Dead Friends" "I am. by the praeo of God, enabled to send you a letter at last. T am enjoyinp my first leave for 11 months at Milford. a small place r.n the Portsmouth Tload. "My sister has a place here and very kindly accepted the car*- of my wife and our son. Arthur, after a ".interims" bu/.x bomb had am rived one nipht six weeks ago at our London bouse. "In 194ft a bomb dropped in our garden arid wrecked our house, .lust about where we saw Arthur on the bicycle. It knocked two houses down, killing one boy of 10, the only casualty. "Three doors were blown round my mother and a saucepan in the scullery, where she was standing at the time, fell on her head, but we Harrises' are tough. -It only scratched her forehead. Young Arthur was upstairs watching the bombing and was blown down the stairs—no harm done only the shock. "Our next spasm was in October last year, \\hen the windows and frames wore out.. "Then this February, he meant 1t. Four bombs in a. line. 14 killed in our road. My young brother and I were fighting fires all night. Again we were uninjured, but the house was in a sorry state. And now finally the 'jitterbug.' 'buzz- bomb,' 'robot bomb.' whatever you call them, arrived very near us three weeks after we had received the dreaded news of our second (in age) son Cyril being missing, presumed killed in Burma. "He was driver of a tank. Volunteers were called for to cover the Gurkhas, who were lo attack on the night of May 1'J. Cyril and his wireless operator were the two volunteers selected. They covered them with machine guns. "The Japs attacked at the same time and overran them. "His officer said. 'The last T «aw of my two brave lads were, firing their guns.' His gun w;is found aftor the counterattack, without a sign of blood and his fellow soldiers said no trace, of wounds could be found. "This shock, the bombs, plus Koy, the eldest won coming home wounded from North Africa, and four years firewatolling in every raid, for which she has four chevrons, finally took the stuffing out of my wife. "One night T was sent for and T had lo take her to the country the same night with Arthur. "She was all in, but she is much better and stronger now and my fight is starting 1 all over again to keep her away from Ixmdon and home. "Donald, the third son. has been no liga- had IS bombs. SAtNDEKS in the J\oyal Air Force for 18 months. "Kov has recovered from his wound. He is now in Kugland instructing cadets fn the arts of dispatch riding and air formation signals. "Ho shot a German plane down in Tunisia and the plane got him in the arm. Thank God ments were damaged. "Now about myself. I months amongst the through the blitz in London and Coventry. Had one or two near misses, but no injuries. Then I joined the Royal Naval Transport as a driver. When the invasion was about to start, (of France), I was put in charge of an invasion depot, where I still am. the robot bomb, nearly got me last Saturday week, wrecked my depot injuring J-t persons. "That Hob Hope bomb" was the ,'joooth one J have had at, over, and around me in Hi weeks. • "All very exciting, the locals all very poor dock hands call them "Mob Hope" bombs because you Hob and Hope for the best of luck. ri "They are weird things like a fighter plane, only shorter wings, with a huge tongue of flame coming out of the tail. "F have a bit. of the exhaust pipe from Saturday week's one. It is about fi inches in din motor. The tail shell of the bomb is very thin, about \/'.\'2 of an inch. They usually carry liUUO pounds of high explosives. "We have usually, a very good warning at night, of their approach apart from sirens, searchlights: they stand straight tip in the sky until the one that has got through the coast, barrage conies within their range, they cross like scissors and bring the brute into you. "You can soon see whether you are going to get it or some other jmnr devils. "Some cut out and glide for 15 miles or more, some, cut out and 2 to 15 seconds after explode. "Othe.rH drive straight down, engine still roaring. "Their blast is awful, but within 15 feet of the striking place you are fairly safe because the blast goes up. "I return to duty Sunday night and I am not looking forward to it. "1 am no hold hero." Closing with friendly amenities, the letter Is signed by Cyril A. Harris, who JH a veteran of World War J, and who is facing the final days of the European war with one won still in training, one. dead, one wounded, but returned to duty, and a wife, who hopes to go back to her (irewatching duties in London. Most Americans can only salute this kind of a family and wish lor them a happier future. DKMES GUILT James Berryhill pleaded not guilty yesterday In Judge Stewart Magee's Sixth Township Court to charges of battery against his. brother, Walter Berryhill. Bail was set at $500. It was not furnished. Date for the hearing was set for October 11 at •^ m. HOME FRONT SERVICE r .*.• '. Appointed by many women busy %vith Civilian Service duties. Trim styles trained for comfortable active hours. All equipped with the non- ilip heel. \v * m. *.- • WeilFs Basement POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT HEAR Goodwin Knight OF LOS ANGELES Speak on "What to Expect From the Republicans TONIGHT-8 O'CLOCK Emerson School Auditorium Sponsored by Kern County L nit—Pro-America V- Guaranteed like new. at l /2 original cost. Free delivery. Selling now Easy terms. MUSIC COMPANY 1610 Nineteenth Street SCOUT LEADERS OUTLINE PLANS OPERATING COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN HAVE MEET Members of the Bakersfield District Operating Committee Chairmen of the Boy Scouts, convened for their first meeting of the season, Tuesday ni£ht at the scout office to outline the program for the coming year, it was announced today by Theron Mo * 'uen. district chairman. Heguliir monthly hoard of review meeting will be held at the scout office the second Wednesday of each month, the Advancement Committee reported find a meeting of the Organization nnd Extension Committee for the purpose of reviewing applications for troop and pack charters, will be held the third Wednesday of the month, according to Committee < 'bairrnan Mitchell liaison. Ix-slie I'JeJ Tart, district commissioner, announced that 7ieighborhood commissioners have been assigned to most <»f the units in the Hakersfield area ami that the meeting of the Sco liter's I ton ml table, will be held the evening of October 1". District officers for J If-14-45 are Theron McCuen, district chairman; tiny Hurum, vice-chairman; Mitchell Hat son, organization find extension committee chairman; Harlan Mann, advancement eommitee chairman; K. K. McCarthy, camping and activities committee chairman; Robert Moguls, leadership training committee chairman; Arthur Daly, health and safety committee chairman; Kenneth Hamlin, finance committee chairman, and Leslie DeHart, district commissioner. Others present at the meeting included: Harold Taber, council president; Alfred Ames, council camping and activities chairman; C .1». Hartlet t, scout executive, and Clayton Herbert, field executive. Truly j Fashionable Fall With Practical Wardrobe for Teens and Older Young Smart Look in New Millinery 95 to 95 \KK\H;M;I> Joseph BoultiuRhouse was arraigned yesterday in Judge Stewart Ma gee's Sixth Township Court on j charges of threatened offense. His hearing will be this afternoon. Bail, set at $1000, was not furnished. He entered no plea. Be Sure lo Shop TODAY in Weill's Basement Store Men Boys Need Variety Too! Here Are Items to Choose From.. For Work or Leisure Men's Sport Shirts Washable sport shirts for dress or leisure \vnear. Full button front, two pockets and convertible collar which can be worn witJi or without a tie. Colors: Tan, beige, blue, green. Spun-rayon and assorted novelty fabrics. Small, medium and large. $3.95 Others at $4.95 !,;•: m iV.CKV.i -\ »* -i *i A Effective, Stunning SEQUIN-TRIM GOWNS It's new for fall, this dark motif highlighted by glittering sequin trim. There is figure flattering in these slim, slender, dark, "dress-up'* afternoon gowns. One-piece styles in dark crepes ... styles to suit any figure and, best of all, sizes to fit any figure. Sizes 10-52. and others at $5.95 Weill's Basement $8.95 _*:•:«£ •/'I ••f+l t'-.'-1 Cape or Pig Grain Finish BOYS' LEATHER JACKETS •M *.-'. -. •r.-. Plain cape grain finished leather • . • m L*-'- •V.--V f ••-.'-' '- -. IVJ. 1 •. -. jackets . . . fleece or rayon lining. Aviator or straight front styles with zipper pockets. Colors: Black and cocoa. Sizes 4 to 20. '• '-.-.-•, m ^ -'---I • -:• .** rV-V; 8.95 11.95 16.95 Practical, Lovely SKIRTS To wear with your new fall sweaters, blouses and jackets. All-wool crepe and strutters cloth. Pleated and flared styles. In colors: Black, navy, maize, dark green, powder blue, watermelon, rust, brown and fuschia. 24 to 32 waist. -:«&•- * h fW L h ~- f^ . * *j 111 •*:»>- :.:•»;•• Ol'l • t'. /,**' :•:#:!; •kv- • t r I I*:*:-. 1 •$3.45 and $3.98 -.-.'. *.'*•.». m.. :• * .-.*-'. * ' ... ••*>:«:+ * * -.** r .« .v.V • *- • • * •! "•V'M '•.V Their Partners in BLOUSES Every girl's first love for wear with suits, skirts and slacks or under sweaters. In cotton broadcloth, pique and soft twill materials. One pocket, turnback collar ... Fuschia, chartreuse, tomato, aqua, kelly, gold and white. 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Short V Sweet • Little Girls' Coats To please the small girl's heart, let her choose one of these coats styled like her older sister's. We have a great variety in Chesterfields, reversibles, box styles and princess styles. In solid colors, tweeds and plaids. Wool mixtures. Size 3 to 14. $8.95 to $10.95 -.;.", ' *< •'•!-•. • *. mff ••-, '':•':• ••;:-.. 'W:: <::/-':' ® Men's $8.50 Boys' $4.45 Brilliant Beautiful Slipover Sweaters I-E--. •~. & ton ' - gBSEasssasassfitts •M-%S!^S_\ •»•-•. Campus favorites for the teen-age girl are these Sloppy Joe slipover sweaters. They're all wool and come in a wonderful color range: Purple, kelly green, powder blue, brown, pink, turquoise, maize, yellow, black, navy blue. They'll go with any skirt. Sizes 34 to 40 f A A M*"* *•» $3.98 '*£ i «.*L P I \ » A large assortment of candy bars, pound boxes of chocolates and hard candies in jars has just arrived in WeilFs Basement candy department. We ofl'er you burs by the box as long as they last. You'll find these perfect for overseas mailing ... and we urge you to mail overseas packages NOW! \ Weill asement Pretty, Colorful Little Girls' Sweaters For the petite sweater girl, we have Sloppy Joe slipover sweaters and coat styles, with long. sleeves. There's a large color assortment, including maize, pink, green, blue, red and brown. All wool. Sizes 8 to 16 V I Weill x. asement 't *

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