The Bakersfield Californian from Bakersfield, California on October 23, 1944 · Page 3
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The Bakersfield Californian from Bakersfield, California · Page 3

Bakersfield, California
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Monday, October 23, 1944
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WHAT DO YOU THINK? ^^s^^^^sm^^^^fm -(By BERNICE HARHEL.L, CHIFAIAN) Someone has said, "Constructive criticism is what we say and mud- Rliiiging is what our opponents Bay." It (seems unfortunate at the present time, when Victory seems within hoping-distance that the criticism leveled nt our Allies is often far from constructive. It cannot be called mudslinging, quite —nothing so forthright—but the slurs and innuendos which daily arise, and appear in print, about our blood brothers, would appear peculiarly inopportune. And none of our Allies escape. It is strange to find how much anti-British sentiment there is throughout the country, ready to 'surge up at the slightest provocation, to flame at the most unsubstantiated rumor—and unwise word from a British representative, a mistaken news item that the British are misusing us in lend-iease—and there are thousands who are quick to remember that we fought two wars with England, "and we never liked them anyway." There are fewer who stop to think that it is the British fleet that has ever been our bulwark, making the Atlantic ecean safe for us, that we are natural allies by tradition and language, and that—be our past experience what it may, we are in this war together, and that any rift in our mutual good feeling and respect, retards the dny of victory. Russia Too There have ever been amongst The Japs no longer say"Pooh! I he Japs thought it impossible. "Pooh!" they said —in Japanese, of course—"Nimitz and MacArthur can never push us back across the Pacific!" But for ships from West Coast yards, the Nips would have been right. So we'd like to sing a few praises of West Coast shipyards • —of those who man and manage them. Yet die subject is too big to handle completely. Instead, we propose to consider one tremendous little angle. In this war, the admirals and generals have had to rclearn their trade. Outmoded, Napoleon would crawl back on his bronze horse and resume his peacetime job as an equestrian statue. Every big operation has been a lesson. And each lesson has meant stress, strain, and cyclonic change in die shipyards. It wot a miracle when the shipyards got set to build production-line Liberty ships — with people who scarcely knew keel from scupper. But did that mean they had everything licked? Not by a long shot. Came convoys. Came Midway. Came new knowledge about airpower. Zingo!—and various yards found themselves turning half-finished cargo ships into the first auxiliary carriers. But ' did die situation jell? Hardly. The ships went down in the Solomons. Came the order: "Switch to tankers—but quick!" Tarawa and Saipan—well, you get the idea. It's one thing today and everything different tomorrow. In addition to all else, the shipyard people have shown a talent for elasticity that's tops. Few things have done more damage to die Japs. Nothing has done more to make them forget the Japanese word for "Pooh!" E flog, wlrit 1 ituri, owordtd to our Richmond Rtfliwry STANDARD OF CALIFORNIA RECORDS See HARRY CITRON .«,*BROCKS Eipcrt Owrutecd Watch Repair!!! us Russian haters and fearers, since the Soviet experiment was launched. We can remember those who Biiid the Russians couldn't and wouldn't fight. The superhuman achievements of the Russian forces have proved these people wrong, but they still fasten on any chance rumor, any unau- thentlc tale that shall prove the Soviets mean us no good. For years there were nothing but kind and admiring words for the Chinese, but of late we begin to hear complaints of them, of their leadership, their government, their generals, and their ingratitude for the assistance (meagre at best) that we have given them. There are those who remind us of the Boxer rising and the anti-Occidental trend of Chinese thought. Yet China was fighting our war before we knew it was ours, and has fought it on and on, without guns, without planes, without factories— with men. They are a nation divided, say the carpers. Well —so were we some eighty years ago, which didn't keep us from becoming the greatest and most powerful nation in the world. Are Our Allies The point for us to keep in mind, it would seem, is that China, Russia, and Britain are our Allies, for better or worse. We can't go on with this war without any one of them. Each is a partner in the greatest undertaking in all history, and that undertaking is to beat the Germans and the Japanese. The many ways in which these nations differ from us in manners and codes, the internal organizations of our Allies—these are not the question, certainly not the question for us to pass upon, nor to fulminate against. The present problem is to work with them, and not to begin throwing rocks or scattering doubts while the victory is yet to be won. And it is a truism that when peace shall come, it is only upon a mutual understanding and co-op- oration that it can be maintained. Every word of distrust now will make that co-operation the more difficult. And the same warning might well be sounded in regard to the peace plans now in the making. The Dumbarton Oaks conference certainly is not the last word on international organization. It is evident that such an organization cannot begin to function for some time. There will be, of necessity, a transition period of adjustments and settlements, before a peace plan, as outlined, could come into being. But a start must be made somewhere, and naturally with some status quo which the conference has attempted to define and determine. To begin now, as Dorothy Thompson does, to pull the report apart, finding this wrong, that unworkable, is no contribution to the establishment of a permanent plan. That there will be revisions and changes is to be expected, but it is a hopeful and heartening sign that there were more points of agreement than of disagreement at the conference. Yet it is the disagreements that seem most important to those objectors who can do Toothing but cast aspersions on the great accomplishments of the international meeting. Everyone wants to win the war. But with far too many it is "Let's win the war—but beware of Britian—look out for Russia, distrust China." Everyone wants to establish a form of permanent peace organization—but again—"not this way, some other way, not with these people, with some other people. This plan has faults, flaws; it's not perfect, and because its not perfect, it won't work.." AVe can be sure of one thing, that we shall never have a perfect plan nor perfect collaboration. Perfection doesn't flourish in an imperfect world. But many things far from perfect still manage to do a. good job. We need not wait for perfection—we do not live in the millennium. Let's assume that, of course, other nations have their national faults, as we, too, have not always been faultless, and let us not be angered ahd thrown off by them. As individuals we ha%'e our failings, but we don't expect our friends to hold them against us, and, in turn, we find the flaws in our friends rather endearing, making us better satisfied, with ourselves. And what is a nation other than individuals in aggregate? We are in this war together. We will be in the peace together, if there is to be a peace. Let's try to get along. Let's give our allies the benefit of the doubt, when difficulties arise, and let us not spend our time and our thoughts in tearing them down during the war, nor their effort to find with us a workable peace formula. WANTED Two bedroom, unfurnished house, by responsible permanent party who will take good care of property. Will take lease. Have been with reliable national concern for the past 15 years. See MR. CONNELLY Htw MaMftr Fran tfei list A & P STORE 1«OS KlgfitMnth Str««t Taft Flier Reported Killed in Action TAFT, Oct. 23.—Mrs. Jack Millary received word this week of the death of her husband, Jack Russell Hillary, previously reported missing in action. Piloting a Flying Fortress, Mr. Hillary was shot down over Merseburg, Germany, on August 24, 1944. The young pilol was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on January 1, 1916, and has lived here many years, coming to Taft from McKittrick. He was a graduate of the Taft Union School and Junior College, and before entering the service on December 10, 1942, was in the employ of the Jersey Creamery. He received his basic training at Marianna Field, Tucson, Ariz., his commission in October of 1943 at Roswell, N. M., and further training at Avon Park, Fla. He was sent overseas on June 19, 1944.' Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Hillary of 429 E street, his wife, the former Carol Witte,- who has been making her home with his parents, and a 2-year- old son, Tommy. Delano P. T. A. Hears Panel Discussion at Meeting DELANO, Oct. 2.3.—At the first '• nicetin'-T of tho High School 1'arent-! Teacher Association, which was held at the high school, the theme for the year, "Guiding the Citizen of Tomorrow," was announced. The program was built around a panel discussion given by faculty members and students, entitled "A Preview of the reshman Year for High School Students," directed by Harold R. Olson, superintendent. Student speakers takin part and their subjects were Shirley Myers, "Why I Chose a College Preparatory Course"; Esther Hahn, "Why I Selected a Homemaking Course"; and Vera Kobroff, "Why I Prefer a Business Course." William Campbell, student body president, spoke on "Extra Curricular Activities." Faculty members participating were: Mrs. L>. W. Monroe, Misse.s Evelyn Ecklund and Dorothy Morey, Messrs. Richard Ertzman, A. R. Brooding, L. E. Abbey and Chester Haydcn. Mrs. Harold R. Olson gave the inspiration, calling upon all present to recite in unison the association's Ideals. Harold Marshall, member of an- new ami nil that up- the board nf trustees. s)i»Kc on the ihree amendments which will appear mi the November ballot, which arc of interest t" the .schools. .Mrs. Arthur Fayle. chairman of the membership cnmi nounced that the drive I old members is now cm, ; prnxiinatcly !IU have sign Martha .lean Monism tained with two violii "Memories of Stephen Foster" and "Tango." Refreshments were served by the executive board with Mrs. Scott Ladd as chairman. Mrs. \V. L. Hinrichs, presided. lery enter- numbers, Miss June McLennan Weds Ensign Colfax KKLLOU'S, firt. a:!.—Mr. ami .Mrs. I>. K. .Mrl.i-nntin of Fclloivs ;ire annnuiii'hm the marriage of their daughter. Miss .lime .\Ierritt >lcLen- liali In KnsiKii K;i\ inniiil 10. Coll'nx of the t'nitcd Suites Navy, at the First Methodist Church in Bakersfield. September 1!>. The Revfrrnd Willard Kami, Jr., performed tho ceremony. .Mrs. Cnll'ax attended Taft High Sehoiil. Junior ('"liege and University of i.'ali:'ornia. KiiHign Colfax, son of Mr. anil Mrs. Ray Colfnx of Bakerst'ii'M. formerly of Koihuvs, also attended \Vext Side schools. He served for si HUP timi- as a lieutenant in the merchant marine, later transferring to tho navy. W«st'» Largest Jewefora • 17 Stores to Serve Yeul UKUI1II Sells more DIAMONDS than any firm in the West 1434 Nineteenth Street, Bakersfield L fw^w*' ' fter buying extra war bonds— \ HERMITAGE ••Mft TREAT YOURSELF TO HERMITAGE Kentucky Straight Bourbon'Whiskey' »KAND Attend to important war duties! Then, as a simple way of rewarding yourself, treat yourself to this good Straight Kentucky Whiskey.' Bohemian I.Hytrlliutint; Co., 121 Twenty -j-ixtli Street. r.nUersfieM. fnllf. 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