The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on August 3, 1943 · 10
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Tuesday, August 3, 1943
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Part I TUESDAY, AUG. 3, 1 943 NEW YORK. Since I have been back any number of people have said to me what a shame it was about Elmer. They referred to Capt. Elmer McTaggart, the lanky P-47 pilot about whom I had written several stories. The first story I wrote about Elmer was how he cooked me some hot chocolate in his bleak little room at a fighter base somewhere in England, and showed me a beautiful letter from his mother, which I reprinted. The second story was about how we swapped lucky charms I giving Elmer a little green porcelain elephant with big ears, and he giving me an old silver dollar. The third story and I'll never forget writing it was when I heard that my green elephant, which was pinned to the firewall of his Thunderbolt, had failed him and he had gone down under a Focke-Wulfs fire. ELMER TURNS UP This is the fourth story about Elm?r, and it's the happiest one. Just about a week before I left London there was a knock on my door and there stood Elmer. All six-feet-something of him, grinning from ear to ear. 1 don't know where he had been, what had happened to him. or how he arrived at my door, because he wasn't at liberty to tell any of those things. All I know is that it was swell to hear him say, That elephant of yours was half-gcod anyhow. Now you cook me some hot chocolate, only don't make it hot chocolate." I only hope that all of the other so-called lucky pieces that I handed out to our flyers work as well. Funny thing about the kids who are flying the bombers and the fighter planes over there they prefer a lucky charm that can be divided in two parts so that they can take half of it. LIKE CUFF LINKS . I only took one new pair of cufflinks to England and I often wished that I had taken dozens of pairs. The boys like to carry one cuff link with them on their missions and tell you as they leave, "I'll bring it back to you. I won't ruin that set for you. The one link you have wouldn't be a bit of good without this one." It seems to give them a tie to the earth and to living to have something that they feel they must return. I.have one garter that has been on 15 missions by now and I hope it will be returned at the end of the war, ragged though it may be. I have a pocket knife without a chain. The chain may be sweeping over the coast of France right now. I have one pipe bowl without a stem, and the stem End of O.W.I. Will Be Asked WASHINGTON, Aug. 2. UP) Renresentative Barry (D.) N.Y., caM tndav he will propose aboli tion of the Office of War Infor mation and transfer of its ac tivities to the State Department, w-hn rvmsress reconvenes next month. Recent" "irresponsible utterances" of the. O.W.I, regarding the Italian King and Jlarsnai rsadoeiio. Earrv asserted in a statement, "might very well have raiisoH the loss of manv thou sands of American lives." Subsidy Payments Top $34,000,000 WASHINGTON, Aug. 2. UP) The Reconstruction Finance Cor poration paid out more than S34.000.000 in meat and butter subsidies since the price roll back program was launched in June, Commerce Secretary Jones announced today. Meat subsidies, placed in effect June 7, aggregated $2o.000,329.60 on 2.017,390.101 pounds, while butter subsidies, effective seven davs earlier, totaled S9.013,-820.98 on 150,367,600 pounds. The figures cover the period to Aug. 1. Los angelcs Cirrus ' DMLJ,., uiy YDiimudy Passes Minus Civic Ceremony .By HENRY McLEMORE Ju$tAScptoth EL morocco ponce o "" tcfi famous b-- has been in more than one dive on enemy ships. These odd personal items I have seen tucked away as Fortresses were having their bomb bays loaded at midnight for a dawn take-off. I have had a pilot or bombardier or tail-gunner call to -me as he clambered in his ship, "I'll hring your stuff back to you. Brother. Don't fret about it while I'm gone." I hadn't been around our air bases in England very long before I ran out of things that could be divided. So I started giving away the darndest things for good luck pieces to boys I lived with on the bases. Billy Medole is flying an old Baseball Writers card that I dug out of my wallet. Willie liegeman has proof that he is a member of the International Club of Chicago's Drake Hotel. FLEW CLARK GABLE Billy Southworth can cash a check at any Knott Hotel he comes across in Europe. Billy Calhoun, the boy who flew Clark Gable on his first flight, can get in any P.G.A. golf tournament free if he happens to run across one up there at 27.000 feet. He has my P.G.A. badge. My membership card to the National Press Club in Washington is tacked in -the cockpit of the Thunderbolt piloted by Tommy Pittman. I hope that the rest of these boys won't give me the jolt that Elmer did. I'm looking forward to the day when all the lucky charms come home to roost and the boys who carried them just come home. Distributed bjr MrNuht 8Tndict. Ine, The 174h anniversary of the naming of the city of Los Angeles passed yesterday without offi cial notice, although candles were burned to Our Lady Queen of the Angels in the little Catholic church of that name at the Plaza. It was on Aug. 2, 1769. that Father Juan Crespi, member of the first party of white men to set foot in this section, gave to the sparkling stream that flowed through the "very spacious val ley well grown with cottonwoods and alders" the name of Porciun- cula. Porciuncula, or "small portion or inheritance," wa3 a privilege granted by the Virgin Mary to St. Francis of Assisi for the remission of punishment due to sins for the faithful who vis ited the chapel of Our Lady Queen of the Angels on Aug. 2 in the Italian village where the Franciscan order was founded. The name La Puebla de Nues- tra Senora ia Reina de Lo, Angeles de Porciuncula bestowed by Father Crespi was not officially adopted until 12 years later when Governor Felipe de Neve founded a settlement on the site where the padre and Don Caspar de Portola's party stopped for refreshment while journeying in search of Monte rey Bay. Chicago Banker Dies CHICAGO, Aug. 2. UP) A. J. Mulroney, 45, vice-president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and former Second Dep uty Comptroller of the Currency, died of heart disease today. Nazi Flyer, Stephan Case Figure, Escapes Again GRAVENHURST (Ont.) Aug. 2. (JP) Peter Krug, German prisoner of war who was befriended by the Detroit restaurant owner Max Stephan and who testified against him later at Stephan's treason trial, was reported tonight to have made another escape from prison camp. Krug, a lieutenant and bomber pilot who has escaped several times before, was swimming with fellow prisoners at an officers' camp in the Gravenhurst district today and did not report at roll call afterward. If he fled the camp,' it probably was in swimming shorts unless he had cached clothes somewhere in anticipation of the break. After fleeing April 17, 1912, and after being aided by Stephan, Krug roamed the United States for weeks, covering 3000 miles and visiting Chicago and New York before his capture at San Antonio, Tex. His testimony against Stephan clinched the government's case and Stephan first was sentenced to be hanged July 2. President Roosevelt later commuted this to life imprisonment. t. Pro-Axis Argentine Paper Suspended BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 2. (JP) The pro-Axis newspaper Bandera Argentina has been ordered suspended for 10 days because of "insulting comment against the chief of state of a friendly nation," the government announced tonight. Under the headline "Insolent Ultimatum," the paper yesterday published comment on President Roosevelt's Friday statement asking neutrals not to give refuge to Axis leaders. FLEEING Peter Krug, Nazi flyer befriended by Detroit man, flees prison again. U.S. Shuts Down Argentine Trade WASHINGTON, Aug. 2. (JP) United States export trade with Argentina was virtually suspended today with a blanket revocation of individual export licenses by the Office of Economic Warfare, which indicated the whole picture of such exports will be reviewed to make certain that shipments to the Argentine go only to "satisfactory consignees." The order, announced last night and made effective this morning, was described as having the approval of interested Argentine authorities. W.M.C. Clamps Down on Cafe Patron Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 2. (JP) The War Manpower Commission told restaurants in labor shortage areas today it would help them hire or retain workers only if they "reduce their services to those of strictest utility." Among other things, the W.M.C. said, restaurants seeking its aid must "eliminate finger bowls, cloth tablecloths and napkins, service plates, separate vegetable dishes and other refinements." They also must "simplify menus, with a la carte and table d'hote choices reduced to a minimum." Night clubs, "luxury restaurants'' and eating places maintained in connection with places of amusement will have to get along on their own, as will any restaurant employing cigarette girls, doormen and other attendants who give personal service. W.M.C. Chairman Paul V. McNutt said "guests, too, will be expected to assume much of the labor wherever possible," such as pouring their own drinking water and serving themselves cold dishes from buffets. Perkins Plans Vacation WASHINGTON, Aug. 2. (JP) Milo R. Perkins, whose job as executive director of the Board of Economic Warfare was yanked from under him when the board was abolished as an aftermath of the Vice-President Wallace-Jesse Jones feud, is leaving with his wife Aug. 15 for a vacation in Mexico. PAPERS GET NEWSPRINT ABOVE REGULAR QUOTAS WASHINGTON. Aug. 2. (U.R) The War Production Board reported today that during the first half of 1943 newspapers were granted 106,879 tons of newsprint above regular quotas, magazines were allotted 7721 additional tons and extra amounts were authorized for book publishers. The increases were authorized on appeals by the paper users. In the first quarter. 57.335 additional tons were allotted 262 newspapers; in the second quar-ter, 227 papers received an additional 49,534 tons. The smallest increase for any newspaper for either quarter was one ton authorized to the Evening Gazette of Xenia, O., Annulment Suit Charges Fraud Wed to a man who represented himself as a prosperous psychiatrist but who turned out to be penniless, according to her complaint, Mrs. Sadie Louise Russell, 32. model, yesterday petitioned the Superior Court for annulment of the union. Mrs. Russell brought the action against Francis Bruce Wellington Russell III, 41, whom she charged with making the represantations on which she says she relied when she was married to him last July 24. On discovering the asserted fraud five days later, Mrs. Russell adds, she left him. Canyon Fire Checked SONORA (Cal.) Aug. 2. (JP) A fire at Duffield Canyon, near Twain Harte where there are several hundred summer homes, was under control today after having burned over about 100 acres of timberland. for the second quarter. Largest additional grant was 4973 ton3 for the Philadelphia (Pa.) Bulletin. The Chicago Sun was er. roneously listed by the W.P.B for "additional" allotments of 9017 tons during the first quarter and 8418 tons in the second, but W.P.B. officials later explained these figures should have been an additional grant. They explained that the allotments are based on paper consumption in 1940 and that there is no basic allotment for the Sun, since it was founded in 1941. . Navy Women Shed Jackets WASHINGTON. Aug. 2. UP) With their boss' permission. Navy enlisted women in tropical Washington shed their jackets today and went to work with at least a hope of a breeze catching up with them if there should be a breeze. Dexter Appoints Lindsay Chief Aide SACRAMENTO, Aug. 2. (JP) Dr. Walter F. Dexter, Superintendent of Public Instruction, appointed Frank Lindsay, who has been assistant chief of the State division of secondard education, to the post of assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction and chief of the division of secondary education today. Lindsay, who has been in State service five years, succeeds Dr. Aubrey Douglas, who resigned to become superintendent of schools at Modesto. n BhmJmj, tithth & Hill . f u . J ' L , I k r ; t t )f 1 ft-- f i ? - -, J - J v - I 1 ; ' r. l h f t, i a Vyf y ft i ' '"I jT -4 I , si V 1 4- if v-.i 'i A coat I can depend on like an insurance policy. Long life ahead of it. So brilliantly styled it creates its own dashing fashion over any suit or dress-yet so classic neither I nor my friends and acquaintances can tire of it as time goes by. Two perfect demonstrations here-both with the ever-beloved Chesterfield collar. Left: pussy-willow grey greatcoat lined with black; top: olive green reefer lined with brown. Each 59.95, coat shop third floor. Also at May Co. Wilsfure. AX IIE

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