The Bakersfield Californian from Bakersfield, California on October 12, 1944 · Page 9
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Bakersfield, California
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Thursday, October 12, 1944
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PIPEFULS (ThurMlny, October 12. 1044) Lieutenant Edward Chat field Lieutenant Edward Chatfleld, first pilot of a C-47, who attended junior college here, had the dangerous experience of being forced down with his crew in the Atlantic during a projected transoceanic crossing. Mechanical difficulties made it necessary to abandon the plane and Lieutenant Chatfield gave the order to "ditch." The five men inflated a rubber boat and with "k" rations, water, and "Gibson girl" emergency radio kit abandoned their plane which sank. Every hour they ground out an "SOS" on theii- portable emergency transmitter. The radio equipment, in the plane had not functioned since early in the start of their ill-fated trip and was worthless for distress signals. The airmen floated in the rubber boat all night. Next morning the only flare they had left was fired and attracted the attention of a plane's crew. A ship was notified and finally picked them up 340 miles northwest of Ascension island. What might have hud a tragic end was concluded happily for the five men. Paul Woollomes Captain Paul Woollomes. who Used to play hookey about this time of the year when he was in school here, to go deer hunting, is in a beautiful French chateau, with tiled floors, museum- piece furniture, great halls and rooms, but plumbing as primitive as that of the middle ages. Paul, who went to junior college here, commands a petroleum distribution company in France—he's in the engineers—and his job is to supply gas and oil to the front lines. He has a 100-mile area as his responsibility. Serving under Captain Woollomes are 400 men and 12 officers. Neither he nor his men are under heavy fire but they run into Germans now and then, both living and dead. Has Private Car Recently Paul's outfit captured a French Renault used by the Germans. Now Paul has a pretty neat sedan for his own use. Another time they captured a German van. Paul had a trailer hitch fastened to it; had it wired for lighting and now it's his traveling office when he's away from his chateau. After Trout, Too While Captain Woollomes works, and he's on the job from 5 a. m. to midnight, he is also on the lookout for trout streams and sometime when he gets a day off he will wet a fly or two. So far, he says, outside of the hard work, his trip through France has been a glorified camping trip. Paul is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Woollomes, of Delano. His father has been a county supervisor for many years. James Venable Four battle stars, two presidential citations and one letter of commendation and memories of Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian as well as 15 attacks of malaria are brought home by James W. Venable, son of Mrs. A. M. Tilley, of 1108 Dobrusky Square. Jim Venable is home for a month's fu^ough after 33 months of service in the Pacific. He is a West 'Bakersfield High School graduate. Helene Bing,, now returned to Kern 'county after foreign service with the Red Cross, wonders why her copy of the Stars and Stripes has been withheld from delivery to her. Carlton McBeath Sergeant Carlton William McBeath is now organizing a band in New Guinea. He is remembered here as an excellent musician. Though he has lost weight In the service, he reports feeling fine. In New Guinea where he is stationed they have electric lights, floors in the tents, candy, cookies and cokes and go swimming every day, he reports. Mrs. R. McBeath, his mother, whose address is Route 1, Box 709, Bakersfield, is tiying to obtain a f&w reasonably priced folding cameras which servicemen have asked her to buy for them, preferably kodaks that take film in the 120, •20 or 618 size. She may be fWched by telephone during the day at 2-7484. Don Durum Don Burum, who did an excellent job of teaching journalism at East Bakersfield High and who is now with the Star-Bulletin in Honolulu, reports that Honolulu Is a "rat race" but that his job is a fine one and he Is acquiring a coat of tan at Waikiki. He sends hello to his friends here. Yeon Appeals to Election Officials County Clerk R. J. Veon appealed to£ty to all election board officials appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve in the capacity to which they have been named. Notifications are going out now to inspectors and other notifications for judges and clerks are being prepared. "Everyone must help get the work out. It is not an unreasonable re- guest, and is part of one's duty as a citizen," .Mr. Veon said. "It will be an easy ballot to tally, with only 12 propositions.' 1 Personnel at the county clerk's office has be>. n working in two shifts from 7 a. m. to 10 p. m. daily on registration tabulation. It is expected that by thr. end of the week sample ballots -vill be in the mail, giving voters over three weeks to •tudy the propositions. After that, election supplies for each precinct will '^« prepared. Cotton Picking Wage Set Ceilings Announced by WFA Woge Board Kern cotton specific wage ceiling order in respect to picking and snapping cotton for 1944 will remain at $2.25 per 100 pounds of seed cotton for picking and fl.50 per 100 for snapping, Bruce Burchell, field representative in Fresno of the California War Food Administration wage board, announced today. "These rates ore the highest that cnn be paid except when adjustments are granted by the California WFA wage board to relieve hardships in individual cases where unusual crop or field conditions justify modification of the general rule. All requests for increases above these specified maximums must be asked for and granted prior to putting the adjusted rate into effect," Mr. Burchell explained. Local Committees In order that advice may be given the wage board in regard to appropriate action on individual adjustment cases, local county committees consisting of growers, labor representatives and neutral representatives from the public are being formed, it was announced. Field Representative Burchell said that application forms for individual adjustment cases may be obtained at 2215 V street, the local Farm Labor office, or from the California WFA wage board field office at 2109 Inyo street, Fresno. Lower-than-celling wages may be paid if workers are willing to work at lower figures, Burchell 'declared. He also added that the rates specified govern wage payments to workers engaged In actual picking operations and are exclusive of any payments made to labor contractors of field supervisors. Possible Violations "However," the representative pointed out, "any excessive payments to labor contractors or crew bosses will be viewed by the wage board as a possible violation. Cotton growers at recent meetings, held throughout the valley, have agreed that 15 cents per 100 pounds will be considered a fair rate as a payment to field supervisors in charge of weighing cotton and other related duties and that 25 cents per 100 will be considered as fair in cases where contractors transport and furnish workers to the growers, in addition to weighing." "Contractors or foremen receiving service fees in excess of the foregoing figures will be subject to investigation by the wage board to determine whether pickers are receiving rates in excess of the $2.25 per 100 maximum picking rate," he explained. Mr. Burchell added that WFA regulations prohibit the use of bonuses, gifts, or any other device to increase workers wages. Board Must Okay Increases It was declared that without the approval of the War Food Administration, no increase may be made above the maximum picking rate to cover such items as housing, transportation, or weighing of cotton. "Violations of farm wage ceiling regulations are punishable by imprisonment not exceeding one year, a fine not exceeding $1000, or both fine and imprisonment for anyone convicted of paying or accepting an illegal wage. An employer, in addition to the foregoing penalties, may be disallowed deduction for income tax purposes of all wages paid at an unauthorized rate," Mr. Burchell concluded. Other counties included in the order are Kings. Tulare, Fresno, Madera and Merced. STATIONED IN FRANCE Sergeant Herb Queen, who has been stationed In England, is now with the engineers in France. His brother, Private First Class Robert Queen, is now stationed on Saipan. He was formerly with the coast artillery in the Hawaiian islands for two years. They are sons of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Queen, 210 Wilson avenue, Oildale. LOCAL SECTION BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1944 PAGES 9 TO 20 BAKERSFIELD VISITORS—Here to meet Bakersfield residents on a campaign trip, Lieutenant-Governor Frederick Houser and his charming wife visited with friends last night at a reception held in his honor. Houser is Republican candidate for United States Senator in the November election. COMMITTEE LAUNCHED TO BRING PROJECT WATER INTO VALLEY REPRESENTATIVES FROM WATER ASSOCIATION AND CHAMBER GROUP OUTLINE PLANS IN PROJECT First steps toward agreement of various irrigation districts and agricultural areas concerned with obtaining water from the Central Valley Project through the construction of the Kern-Friant canal were taken last night with the formation of a committee whose sole purpose will be to bring water into the valley. The meeting, sponsored by the Kern County Chamber of Commerce at Hotel El Tc'jon, was representative of the former Kern County Water Association and the chamber of commerce water committee. Compositon of the new committee took up the greater part of the evening with the representatives present finally agreeing that each irrigation and agricultural district that is now organized send an official representative to the next meeting. The committee membership will include an elected representative from Jasmine, Panama and other agricultural areas which may propose to become water districts. The membership voted to include representatives of the chambers of commerce of incorporated cities of the county for the purpose of promoting tho obtaining of water from the Kern-Friant canal. Grange Representatives It was also voted to include representatives from the grange and Farm Bureaus, the agricultural commissioner and the farm adviser. Formal notices of meetings will be sent to the representatives of the United States Reclamation Bureau locally and to Roland Curran, member of the Central Valley Project Association. The membership of the committee was hotly debated throughout the evening with the final understanding being reached that thfs larger committee will be responsible for promoting water for this area and that social issues and financial issues of the Central Valley Project be settled later. "Serve All Impartially" Frank Stockton, chairman of the committee, presided with impartiality and carried through the agenda that Emory Gay Hoffman, secretary of the chamber , Marc Lindsay, Kern farm adviser, and the chairman had prepared. Mr. Hoffman declared that the board of directors had asked him to announce that the chamber will serve "impartially all groups." Mr. Lindsay emphasized the necessity of "going after the water and for the Kern interests to reach areas of agreement so that a solid front might be presented on this one issue of the Central Valley Project." "More surveys are unnecessary— vhat we need is water," said the farm adviser who pointed out that in addition to the danger of the falling water level was the expense of adding gypsum of which 300,000 tons Gayn Sees Philippine Attack by MacArthur in 4 Weeks By MARY KATHERINE JAYNES An invasion of the Philippines within the next four weeks by Gereral Douglas MacArthur is anticipated by Mark Gayn, war news editor for Time Magazine and speaker at the first in a series of fall forums at 8 p. m. Wednesday at Standard School. Mr. Gayn predicted the attack on Pearl Harbor almost to the month in one of his publications, "Fight for the Pacific," which came off the press in May, 1941. During the discussion, which was attended by a large crowd, the correspondent pointed out that once the Philippines are in our possession, the Dutch East Indies are useless to the Japanese because of the cut supply line. The question of "Victory in the Pacific—When and How," which was the topic of Mr. Gayn's discussion, was answered by him in an explanation of the obstacles to be conquered and points from which attack must come. An indication of the fierceness of Nipponese resistance to be expected as the United States troops draw closer to the enemy's home waters was noted in a resume of the attitude of the Jap soldier. The correspondent pointed out. dominant Japanese trait of the disregard of life. A Chinese collapse was predicted by the speaker to take place almost anytime. He explained the complete disunity of the Chinese Army and lack of supplies throughout the troops. He said the Chinese soldier is suffering from malnutrition. Mr. Gayn said that attack on Nippon must come from the area of China, the Philippines and the Aleutians. He pointed out that the raids on the Jap islands by B-29 Super- fortresses must be maintained as a constant operation and not as the psychological blows now in effect. Weaknesses that will doom Japan will be starvation, a break in morale, lack of oil, rubber and water, and the inability to maintain production of planes and ships to meet the mass output of the United States, the speaker predicts. He said that although the Japs now own some of the richest oil and rubber-producing territories in the world, lack of ships prevents the establishment of a. constant supply line. "As to exactly when the war in Japan will end all depends upon the war in Europe," he pointed out. Even though Stalin has promised Russia will help the United States in the Pacific battle, the forum speaker is of the opinion that this nation will not hold to its conviction. He said that the country is suffering from a lack of population and is deeply scarred by the European war. "Russia could not take the wounds that would no doubt be inflicted if she engaged herself In the Pacific battle upon the completion of the European war," was Mr. Gayn's belief. The question pf what to do with Japan, once the United States has won the war, was answered by the correspondent with the suggestion that the emperor be dethroned and his small son put in his place. He feels that occupation by United States forces would not solve the problem because of the total difference of beliefs and customs of the Oriental and American worlds. Mr. Gayn was introduced by Thomas Nelson superintendent of the Kern County Union High School district. The series of forums is being sponsored by the Bakersfield Evening High School and Junior College. The next of the series of speakers will be G. A. Borgese, who will speak on "Common Cause and Common Man." This event will take place Thursday in the Standard School auditorium. were used in the county last year at $4 a ton to obtain "hard water" from the deepened wells for the agricultural purposes. He urged unaniminity on every resolution to emanate from a water committee upon its formation so that a unified front might be presented on obtaining water for this area. Adverse Reports Mr. Curran, representing Central Valley Project Association, who addressed the group, said there were activities inimical to obtaining water for Kern county at work and that adverse reports had been filed from time to time on the need for water here and also derogatory to the soil to be serviced by valley water. He named reports by Doctor Packard and others who filed statements and called attention also to the congressional representatives from the east who were demanding proper repayment to the federal government for the project. "Their viewpoint is 'why should we help pay for a Central Valley Water Project that is also a power project so that you can get cheap power on the Pacific coast to remove manufacturing and other business from us.' They have a point," said Mr. Curran, who urged the water district to "pull together." Delays Traced Mr. Curran also traced the delays to the building of the Kern-Friant canal that was approved with the Friant dam in 1939, the interruption Of the war, the use of central valley water that is now being made in the Sacramento valley at a great saving to the farmers. He sketched the organization effected there that worked for the solution of the water problem. Mr. Curran suggested that the bureau of reclamation's suggestion that the question of water rights be put aside for the time being for agreement upon 11 points, established in the Sacramento valley river use that will aid in solution of the water problem and outlined the points as follows: 1. The entitlement could be based upon the actual measured diversions during the past five years, 1939-1943 inclusive. 2. The entitlement for each month could be the largest use during that month for the five-year period 19391943 inclusive. 3. The source of information as to quantity diverted is the annual reports of water supervision as published by the state department of public works division of water resources. Area Covered 4. The area covered under the entitlement should be the area under the present distribution system. 5. No record will be made of the water diverted prior to March 1, nor after October 31; it will be considered as natural flow. 6. The entitlement will be carried on a monthly basis. 7. The water will be measured at the point of diversion and the measurements will usually be based upon the power input, static head plant and efficiency basis. 8. The amounts diverted can be verified by the state engineer and it is hoped that the diverters themselves will participate In the record keeping. 9. The water diverted must be put to a beneficial use and not wasted. 10. During years when not enough water is in storage to satisfy the maximum entitlements, each will be reduced proportionately. 11. Any water diverted in excess of the monthly entitlement will be considered as stored water and will be charged for on an acre-foot basis. Public Sentiment Only Weapon Mr. Curran in concluding declared that the water committee should be a promotion committee and "public sentiment is the only weapon we've got to get something established." He pointed out the difficulties surrounding the constructing of the Kern-Friant canal, and with the change from Donald Nelson as chairman of the War Production Board, "there is now a jockeying for position going on inside the board. We must work for solidarity on water and not fight about the power question until we get the water." The districts represented in the new committee formed last night include the Arvin-Edison-Weed Patch irrigation district, Buena Vista, Northern Kern Water Storage District, Southern San Joaquin Valley Utilities District, Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District, Delano-Earlimart Flood Control Levy District. Voting power was granted to the entire committee, so, well as to the Continued on F«*» Nineteen Houser in Warning Candidate Sees Grave Jap Menace The danger from an undefeated Japan in case of a negotiated peace formed the keynote of an address by Lieutenant-Governor Frederick F. Houser at Jefferson Park last night. The rally climaxed a campaign tour of Kern county by the candidate for the office of United States senator. Following the address, a reception was held in honor of the candidate at Bakersfield Inn. Co-chairmnn for the affair, held under the auspices of the Bakers- flcld Houser campaign committee, were Assemblyman Thomas Werdel and Mrs. Albert S. Goode. On the reception committee were ,T. E. Cardwell, John Ward, Mrs. Emma Dris- den, Josh Clarke, II. E. Westbay, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Buerkle, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Mclntyre and Philip Wagy. Mr. Houser stressed the dangers of ignorance on the part of easterners and midwesterners of the menace of Japan. He said that it was the duty of congressmen from the Pacific coast to combat the tendency in Washington to underestimate the Japanese enemy. No Representation He complained of the lack of representation of California and the west in the present federal administration. As example, he cited a recent conference of farm leaders called by Chester Bowles at which only 3 of the 28 representatives called were from west of the Mississippi, and 2 of those from Minneapolis. "I have reason to believe that high government officials are planning the immediate return of Japanese to California." Mr. Houser said. "This is proof that the administra tion has no understanding of the Japanese problem here in California. "A great many persons in other parts of the country think that when the war in Europe is over the whole war will be over," he said. "They think of Japan as a sideshow." Take Problem Seriously Mr. Houser pointed out that he had been a member of the California War Council for the past two years and said that he knew from contacts with high military officers that they took the problem of Japan seriously. "Japan is hoping to drag out the war in the Pac;Cic," he said, "and thus pave the way for a movement in this country for a negotiated peace." "If we make a negotiated peace with Japan, in 26 years she will consolidate her possessions in the Pacific, and the next war will be fought along the Pacific coast from Panama to Alaska, with California forming the focal point for attack," he said. Mr. Houser said that Senator Sheridan Downey, his opponent, was not qualified to represent the people of California in Washington since he had missed 52 per cent of the roll calls in the Senate in 1942 and 1943. The candidate's address, at Jefferson Park climaxed a day of campaigning during which he visited Taft, Arvin, Delano, Shatter and Wasco. Most of his speeches during the day were relative to farming, dairying, cattle and petroleum problems. Upon completion of his Kern county tour. Mr. Houser will journey to Alhambra. Club Organized by X-Ray Technicians Bakersfield X-ray technicians convened this week at the office of Dr. Robert E. Scherb to organize a local technicians' club, which will meet the second Tuesday of each month, according to Miss Ferris Murphy, hostess for the evening. Election of officers will be held at the next meeting. Members formerly belonged to an organization which meets in Los Angeles, but now due to transportation difficulties, it Is felt that a local club would be more convenient, Miss Murphy said. Present at the gathering were August Friberg, F. O. McCluskey, Mrs. Ruth Holland, Mrs. Eleanor Ring, Mrs. Hazel G. Ivy, Miss Clara S. Lehmberg and Miss Murphy. Civitan Club Slates Contest for Students Bakersfield and East Bakersfield High School students will be encouraged to express themselves on the subjects "Why Americans Should Vote at Elections" when the Civitan Club sponsors an essay contest with first prize, a $50 war bond, and second prize, a $25 bond, It was announced at the Civitan Club meeting Tuesday at noon at Hotel Padre. Date of the contest has not been set, according to Hal Williams, president of the group. Guest speaker at the meeting was Captain Hugo K. List, Mlnter Field chaplain, recently returned from the south Pacific. Fred Payne was named chairman for the November 11 Ladies Night to be held In the palm room of Bakersfield Inn. McFarland Soldier Home From Enaland Staff Sergeant Charles E. Christopher, who has been stationed in England, recently passed through an air service command station en route to a rest after 66 missions as a tall gunner on a B-26 Marauder. Before his return to the states. Sergeant Christopher was awarded the Air Medal, 12 Oak Leaf Clusters to the Air Medal and two Bronze Stars. He Is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Christopher of McFarland. Warren to Speak for Gov. Dewey EX-LEGION HEAD, STATE OFFICIAL WILL BROADCAST TONIGHT A special broadcast, which will be of particular interest to war veterans, will be heard at 7 o'clock this evening over Station KPMC, when Governor Karl Warren of California and Warren Atherton, past national commander Of the American Legion, speak in behalf of Governor Thomas K. Dewey, Republican candidate for president of the United States and Governor John Brlcker, vice-presidential candidate. Announcement of the special broadcast was made today by Mrs. John Oznnich, executive secretary of Republican headquarters 1709 Chester avenue. This evening's broadcast will be one of the feature programs of the campaign, according to G. O. P. leaders. PROBE CONTINUES IN GUN SLAYING WITNESSES GATHERED FOR SHOOTING STORIES Investigations continued today of events leading up to the fatal shooting of Lenon Morris, Stockton labor contractor, in a card room back of Jack Craig's establishment on Lakeview Road Monday night. Filing of a murder charge against Ed Me- Daniels, local laborer arrested that night by deputies of the sheriff's office, is pending completion of investigations by the district attorney's office. Three witnesses told their stories yesterday to Deputy District Attorney Roland Woodruff. A man and woman, Callie Glass and George Thompson, present in the card room until just before the shooting started, insisted that there had been no argument between Morris and McDaniels over the way the cards were dealt, Mr. Woodruff said. Mr. Woodruff said that this contradicted a story told him by the defendant who claimed Morris had misdealt the last hand to win a pot of about $80. The witnesses told Mr. Woodruff that, as the game ended with Morris winning, McDaniels stood up pulled fi gun. Both witnesses ran out. The witnesses heard shots fired, and Mrs. Glass said she heard Morris pleading for his life. William F. Cousins who spent the evening in a room adjoining the card room told the deputy district attorney that just before the shooting started he heard the victim tell the defendant to take all the money. The district attorney's office disclosed today that Morris' wife has arrived here from Stockton. The dead man was a labor contractor who was in Bakersfield to recruit cotton picking gangs, Mr. Woodruff said. High School Youth Killed in Accident Kenneth Reed Simpson, 17-year- old Bakersfield High School student of 215 Warren avenue, was fatally injured today at 1:15 a. m. when the car he was driving on Highway 99 ten miles north of Bakersfield overturned in a non-collision accident, according to the California Highway Patrol. He was rushed to Kern General Hospital by Mlnter Field ambulance and died there of a skull fracture at 4:05 a. m. WITH US TODAY Mart A. Iliclis, Stockton. Business. Hotel El Tejon. Mr. and Mrs. 11. C. Arnold, Tulsa, Okla. Visiting. Bakersfield Inn. \V. A. Stevens, Arcadia. Business. Traveler's motel. Mr. anil Mrs. C. F. Kobhin, Pheonix, Ariz. Visiting. Padre hotel. Mr. anil Mrs. T. II. Griffith, Seattle, Wash. Visiting. I'adre hotel. CHEST SPKAKKR—The Reverend James Brnugher, Jr., pastor of the Olenrlale Baptist Church and popular Los Angclco Breakfast Club speaker, will talk at thp second IT- port luncheon of tho Bakersfleld Community War Chest on Friday at Motel El Tejon. CHESTlRKERS MASS FOR; DRIVE $44,176 GATHERED TO DATE IN CAMPAIGN Bakersfield Community War Chest workers bad their bases filled with more than 250 men and women yesterday, when the first strike was made toward the $120,000 quota for Bakersfield when $4-1,176 was dropped into the chest as preliminary reports were filed. The reports from all areas indicated that workers had formed flying wedges in every section of the city and at the luncheon held yesterday at Hotel El Tejon they were spurred on to greater ef- fors through the address of the Very Reverend James Mallocb, dean of St. James Episcopal Cathedral, of Fresno, who declared "nothing Is more important at the present time than the Community Chest." Run of Funds Another big run of funds into the War Chest is anticipated on Friday when the second report luncheon is held again at noon with the Reverend James Brougher, Jr., pastor of the Glendale Baptist Church and popular as a speaker throughout the state, will address the workers. Dean Malloch in his address said that the national goal for the War Chest was $250,000,000 with 10,000 community War Chest organizations participating. He stressed the fact that 29 agencies are participating and declared: "We still have quite a long war to fight and this is not the time to lose enthusiasm for the tasks to be done." He pointed to the 3000 USO units in the United States with 1.000,000 volunteers who bring pleasure to the servicemen and women away from home. 7,000,000 Prisoners He emphasized that there are now 7,000,000 war prisoners of allied nations that rely upon the services of the prisoners' aid of the war chest of which 2,000,000 are Poles, 1,000,000 French and 30,000 are United States boys. "These services keep the boys from getting barbed wire nerves and going crazy," said the dea n. "During the last year 12 per cent of the Greek citizens died from starvation, and there are 50.000,000 Chinese that are homeless and two or three million Poles who have been left devastated by the war," the speaker declared in urging that in the broader aspects, "Nations of the world are looking with respeqt and trust to America for world leadership" because of its friendliness, and impartial viewpoint. He also stressed the importance of war chest donations as an Instrument of private gifts and the importance of the chest funds to carry on the home front welfare activities and character building work. He said there were 2,000,000 more married couples in the United States and that the^e war marriages must bo adjusted into a stabilized home. 'The war chest Is something that will help us eventually to get rid of the war system," said the dean, "through the building of good will." Tom Cox, president of the Lions Club was host at the luncheon, William Elgar presided during the chest meeting and the team reports were called for by Ray Dempsey, chairman of the team organization. Mrs. Lucilo Moses called upon tho hostesses who assisted in. building the attendance at the meeting. Salvos of applause greeted tho reports of the various chairman. Steve Strelich with more than $800 as a donation for the chest was hailed as the best "one-man team" and the Oil division headed by S. F. Bowlby made the biggest return with $4355. The chest still has $75,924 to reach. FAMED BASSO HERE—Bzlo Plnzo, handsome basso of the Metropolitan Opera. Company, arrived in Bukcrsfield lute last night and is scheduled to .sing at 8:30 p. m. at the Foj^Thekter, opening the Kern County Musical Association 1944-1945 concert series. A capacity house will greet the singer and seats \vt*re being sold today In the orchestra pit and on the stage. He Is accompanied by Gibner King, his accpm- panint. The program tonight will range from classical arias of uperu to folk Bogs and modern art songs. Kern Rent Control He Id Void Ordinance Termed Unconstitutional in Decision by Lambert The rent control ordinance established by the Board of Supervisors last December was declared void in a decision filed by Judge Robert B. j Lambert, Superior Court, De- jpartment 1, yesterday. j The judgment was reached ias a result of a test case brought to court by Riley and Shad Combs against the county of Kern to prove the unconstitutionality of the ordinance. Judge Lambert's jtidfjment rend as follows : "This ordinance is in direct conflict with the state law which defines and regulates the rights and duties of landlords and tenants. If it is necessary that rents be controlled in this district, then it is the duty of the federal rent administrator to proceed under the proper authority, but this is no argument at all in favor of the power of the Board of Supervisors. "This ordinance is void because it is in conflict with the stnte law The injunction is granted," OPA Control Set Norbert Baumgarten, county counsel, said that Office of Price Administration officials in Fresno have indicated to him that the OPA will set up a rent control administration in Kern county if the local rent control ordinance is repealed. He added that it is now up to the Board of Supervisors whether the ordinance will be repealed or the decision of the court appealed. The plaintiffs in the action, proprietors of the Paradise Motor Court, brought action as the result of denial by the Bakersfield rent control board of an appeal last March for increase of rent at the motor court, Mr Baumgarten said. They asked for a court injunction against the board, and a judgment declaring the rent control ordinance unconstitutional, he added. Provision of Ordinance Mr. Baumgarten said that the rent control ordinance, designated as No G 22, provided that no one charge a higher rent than the highest charged between June 1, 1942, and June 1, 1943; that a tenant might tile a complaint to have a rent reduced: that a landlord might petition to have rents raised, and that no landlord could evict a tenant without just cause. Kendall, Howell & Deadrich were attorneys for the plaintiff. Security Market Sells for $95,000 OWNER WILL MOVE BASKET DRUG STORE TO NEW LOCATION For $95,000, B. E. Walter, owner of the Basket drug store, has completed the purchase of the Security Market building property, at 2005 Chester avenue, it was announced today. It is the plan of Mr. Walter to move the drug store from its present location to the newly purchased building, after re-decorating has taken place. Later, when building restrictions are eased, the buyer is planning to completely reconstruct the building, making the premises desirable rental offices on the second and third floors. State Civil Service Employes Sought The California Department of Employment is soliciting applications for postwar civil service jobs. The department offers opportunity for permanent civil service positions and new employes will be required to take a civil service examination within six months of their date of appointment. Jobs will be available in over 80 different locations in California, as Junior Claims Examiners and Claims Examiners. To qualify an applicant must have completed the twelfth grade, and have had three years of full-time, paid exnerience in a professional or other responsible capacity in such fields as labor or industrial relations, governmental or private insurance claims adjustment, public or business administration involving employer and employe relations. Experience of this type may be substituted for less than twelfth grade education on the basis of ono additional year of experience being required for each year lacing in the educational requirement. Other positions which will be available will be key punch operators (Alpha Duplicating) and tabulating machine operators (IBM). For further information contact the local representative of the California Department of Employment at 13HO Seventeenth street. Union Cemetery NON-PROFIT CORPORATION PERPETUAL CARE View Its Lovely Landscaped Grounds Gardens and Flowers' and Gem like Lakes See Our Monument Near the Office Phone 7-7185

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