The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 12, 1940 · Page 8
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PAGE EIGHT Areas Granted To U. S. For Bases BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Axis Penetration Into Latin American Is Led By Franco .. ' President Roosevelt cruises the Caribbean inspecting, new bases'where. Pan American defense is being strengthened. At the same'time a menace to Pan American security is growing in that area. Professor Wenner, of Cleveland College, just returned •from a 10,000-mile Caribbean tour, wvites of the pro-Franco movement. * <> * By THOMAS J. B. WENNER NEA .Service Special Correspondent In the game of totalitarian penetration of South and Centra) America, the ball has been adroitly passed by the Germans and Italians lo the Spaniards, who are now carrying it in an effort to make ; gains 'by a ''sneak through center" j after general failure of German I forward passes , and Italian end runs. .. In other words, the imperial ambitions of Fascist Spain to restore. Spanish predominance in Latin America are now perhaps more menacing to Pan American- Ism than the much-vaunted penetration by Nazis and Blackshirts. Mounting dislike-of Nav,i methods both in Europe and in America and collaose of Italian prestige. have made this "lateral pass" necessary. For Spain -has certain advantages in the Latin countries which make it a natural ball-carrier for the axis. In Cuba, ^Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic,' and also in Mexico and most other Latin 'countries, the Falanpe Espa^nola has redoubled the activities which began as soon .as the Germans and .Italians had helped Franco to vie-, torv in Scain.' The Falange Exterior is the Spanish organization for penetration in foreign countries, and its best-known leader is Ramon Serrano. Suner, Franco's •brother-in-law. "AIM AT POWER"—SUNER .In every Latin country there is a minority of powerful persons: natural conservatives or reactionaries, descendants of the old Soanish aristocracy, business men. .vity : property owners, hacendados, aud youth fed on .dreams of the /•'glorious old days" of Spanish rule in-the Americas. The Franco .triumph in Spain gave them new prestige. The Catholic clergy of the southern countries (that is to say, practically all the clergy) is generally favorable to Franco. Except for Mexico and Chile, most Latin : governments favored Franco. Cultural influences in universities and among those educated in Spain or Europe, lean naturally toward the "spiritual cradle of the -Spanish world." On this natural foundation are .now laid feverish activities of Spanish consuls and cultural missions, :and'a steady drum-fire of pressure on local politics, now open, now underground, but always fglt. Suner has been quite frank about the new Spanish \vill to em- j>ire. In regard to Latin-America he has said "we will aim .it" the unification of culture, of economic interests, and of power." ' In .Cuba, marked progress has been made. Under Consul General Genara Riestra, Spanish in-- lluence has so risen as to be a political foctor. The Falange is registered with the government as •.legal, .-it has an auxiliary,, Auxilio Social, devoted largely to helping Spaniards thrown out of jobs by local, laws which' discriminate aspinst foreigners. During the recent election of Fulgencio Batista as president, Falangist elements opposed him as bitterly as they dared, and called for a leader capable of "saving the old Spanish traditions and culture." REFUGEE REPUBLICANS AS COUN 7 TER-WEIGIIT The shout of "Arriba Espagna" (up Spain) and the party blue shirt with its .raised-arm salute can be seen from Puerto Rico to Buenos Aires. The trick, of course. is to avoid too close contacts with Nazis and Fascists, to stress cultural contacts, and drum unceasingly about the "North American menace." t It is partly to offset these influences that countries like Mexico and Chile, which want no part of the old Spanish domination, have been admitting refugees from the Spanish Republic. In Mexico, for instance, the Falange operates unobtrusively, stressing the cultural, soft-pedaling the political. in Chile it is 'in politics up to the neck. In Cuba the campaign is revealed in fullest flowed At least 8000 of the Cuban population of Spanish extraction (grandparents torn in Spain make one eligible for the Falange) are members. But there is attached also a network of clubs and committees to organize social centers, athletics, amusements and forums for polit- -ical discussion. Publications are not only violently, anti-United States, but anti- democracy. ".What the Comedy of Democracy Has' Given Us" was a recent-typical theme of the Cuban Francoists. And of course anti- Commuhism is stressed, though in Mexico recently both Communists and - Falangists > found common MARIGUANA |. 'f- " - ' 1 '- |Co»tri«t / ' s "\< ^- KEY TO ALL MAPS fidLond Plane lose Sea Plane Best Fleet Anchorage / —Areas granted for O »•* CENTRAL AMERICA I Scale of Mtfes AMERICA Hunter Misreads Sign That Grants His Wish •HASTINGS, Mich. (UPJ—Michi- gan conservation,-'offjeers-found a hunter who, without heed to who m.ight be watching, v/a.s tearing a .sign from a post. •. The officers, seeing that the sign was one they had set up before the .season opened asked the nim- roci if he realized what he was doing. •'Sure, he replied, "I'm tearing flown these signs saying- that you can't hunt on land bought by the conservation department." "Did you read the sign?" one of the officers asked. j "Sure, 1 .; was the reply, "I .' . ." The sign .read, "Hunting ' Permitted." i Exclusive of mechanical traps j and clay pigeons, Americans spend j $75,000,000 annually for sporting, arms and ammunition. O.n the average, the English Channel is calm 20 days of every month. Worry of FALSE TEETH Slipping or Irritating Don't be embarrassed by loose false teeth slipping, dropping or wabbhng when you eat, talk or laugh. Just sprinkle a little FAS- TEETH on your plates. This pleasant- powder gives a remarkable sense of added comfort and security by holding plates more firmly. No gummy, gooey, pasty taste or feeling. It's alkaline (non-acid). Get PASTEETH at any drug store. Adv. 4 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1940 MEAD'S ^^^^^^^= Helps Prevent COLDS from developing at start Put a few drops of Vicks Va-tro-nol up each nostril at the very first sniffle or sneeze. Its stimulating action aids Nature's defenses against colds. VICKS VA-TRO-NOL Read Courier News want ads. Closeup maps .show areas granted to U. 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Juan Al- tnazan. . . ^ PROTESTS ' '*•• . aO UNHEEDED Mexican labor scatters have protested bitterly'^against Falangist activities, but in vain. Bookshops will still press into the hands of even the. uninterested little booklets attacking: democracy, saying, "You really should read 'this. Very reactionary!" Cuba's Senate has petitioned President Batista to get rid of Consul General Riestra, without result. The Madrid-created "Consejo de HispanicJsmo" for reasserting Spanish influence over the one-time colonies has been somewhat coolly received. But it would 'be a mistake to underestimate Franco's bid for the task of "entering: wedge" for to- ' talitarianism. The Spanish influence. low before the Franco putsch in Spain, has mounted with his triumph. Should the Germans and Italians regain Gibraltar, part of Franco's price for helping them would undoubtedly be concessions in the exploitation of the Americas. 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