The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on August 21, 1939 · 2
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Monday, August 21, 1939
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A MONDAY MORNING. 2os 2lncjclcCrtrimc5 AUGUST 21, 133D Forest Fires BUILDINGS TORN TO BITS BY FURY OF TORNADO WHAT GOES r lEnd in State ON? By Chapin Hall Rising Humidity Brings Close to 11-Day Battle Against 400 Blazes . U MORNING. THOUGHT The end is not yet. Matthew, 24:6. It's not so much whether we giv'e thanks on Nov. 23 or 30 as - 11? having something to give t.r i:s for. ...,-' Tt is country i3 fortunate in belr.-j temperamentally able to lif rocked to the foundations of back teeth by the slight, wholly inconsequential moving ef. a movable feast. Certainly it i:: a lot more fun to get all ex cilii over something unimpor- tr.7'1 than over issues involving v a.' or peace, life or death. The tempest in the national t.r pot is much like the furor created during an exciting ball game when the umpire makes a close decision against the home team. "Robber!" shouts the crowd. Sometimes they throw cushions or even bottles his way, but what they are expressing represents a moderate degree of disagreement while the other side thinks the arbiter has it all over Solomon as a person of perspicacity and good judgment As a matter of fact retailers are strongly in favor of the ear lier date on the theory that the Christmas buying season will be lengthened and stimulated, the rush not usually starting until after Turkey Day.- The argument that the turkeys won't be ready for the sacrifice is vulnerable. Last year Thanks giving fell on the 24th, only one day later than the 1939 t'epochal" change and the turks were as ready then as the condemned ever are. In California the birds are always in season. ; PRESIDENT STIRS ' TEAPOT TEMPEST The football trust . may have to do some schedule readjusting, but when the smoke finally clears away the President's genius for starting a page-one controversy during a. quiet spell will have .been given another demonstration. 5fter all, if an earlier Thanksgiving Day is better for busings, what the heck? There is nothing sacrosanct about the day ofcthe date and its' observance-is j largely individual anyway. We have - gotten rather completely away from the religious phase j which was the original cause ot establishing the feast day. Then it was the custom to attend church and return thanks to the Almighty for blessings bestowed, cjf for a bountiful harvest, -Under current conditions tcre are few blessings from ah-ecoriornie-standpoint and the hiairvest 13 controlled by" Brother Wallace instead of the Almighty, bo" why not let the-Democrats celebrate Nov. 23, or Guy Fawkes Day, cr any other and the Republicans be thankful a week later, or whenever they have a good and sufficient reason. In the meantime it's a harm less battle and keeps the public reminded that Mr, Roosevelt is his own best press agent. MICHIGAN'S CHIEF REMINDS US WHEN Michigan's funny Governor in his outburst against the dangers of a great city is reminiscent of the day when "meller-drammer" flourished throughout the land for 10, 20 and 30 cents. The younger generation may get the idea from revivals like "The Drunkard," ; - Then there was "Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model," "The Farmer's Daughter" and a host of other old favorites. The audiences took the stilted dialogues very much to heart., The villain was always soundly hissed and the hero cheered when the for-j me'r, his teeth grinding the brake on a flat wheel, declaimed, center stage: "Aha, me proud beauty, I have yuh in muh power,", and . the hero, arriving just in time's nick, shcuted, "Unhand that pure maiden, you cur. Know you not that rags are royal raiment when worn for virtue's, sake?" Compare those soul stirring lines with Governor Dickinson's icpon his return from a gubernatorial' conference at Albany, N,Y "Thank God, our girls came home, unsullied and never will know how near the, brink they were." : , V THOSE WERE THE GOOD OLD DAYS His Excellency's obvious sincerity makes his reaction to the adventure outside the chaste borders of Michigan all the more like the "mellers" of the "'Way Down East" era, to say nothing of;, "East Lynn" -and "London Bridge." Many of U3 remember how our blcod boiled when the "crool" father turned his erring daughter out into the raging blizzard Just because some city slicker had done her wrong. , The Governor's good fun, ,but hs la running back in the horse and buggy days when virtue was a shining jewel in the diadem of womanhood and cocktail lounges had not yet graduated from dingy corn rooms with swinging doors and sawdust on th floor. SACRAMENTO, Aug. 20. (JP) A "no fires" report came out of the Division of Forestry today to signal the end of a fiefce 11-day series of blazes on thousands of acres of State-protected brush and timber lands. Chief Dispatcher S. L. Lamer-ton said favorable weather, marked by rising humidity and some moisture, brought a complete cessation of fires. He estimated State crews had battled 400 blazes in the last 11 days. Rain and fog last night helped extinguish 11 new fires in Men-j docino county, while exhausted t fire fighters gained control of four brush fires in Placer County and another in Calaveras. Lamerton reported residents had abandoned plans to evacuate the town of Paradise, Butte County, as an alarmingly close 2500-acre brush-timber fire subsided today. A second Butte County fire which swept over 1000 acres near Richardson Springs also is under control, he said. Cerro Alto Crews Released From Duty SAN LUIS OBISPO, Aug. 20. (Exclusive) With the Cerro Alto Forest fire in this county under control and forest serv ice officials declaring the larger blaze in the Pozo area would be controlled before morning, fur ther dangers from the blazes is averted. At Cerro Alto 300 men were being released from duty this afternoon with 50 being held for the fire lines tonight and 100 to be held in reserve at the fire camp near Santa Margarita. Officials at Ppzo reported grad ual control of the 20,000-acre blaze. Rangers declare the Cerro Alto fire killed more deer than any fire in recent years in California. Chief damage from both blazes was to watersheds, particularly at the head of the Salinas River, with flood damage expected to result during rainy season. Red Cross Aids ' Oregon Homeless PORTLAND Or.) Aug. 20. (U,R) The American Red Cross today rushed disaster units to i aid scores 6f persons left homeless by-a $2,000,000 fire that destroyed the lumber , town, of Pineridge, Or. The fire uas believed started by an incendiarist. It roared through the Forest Lumber Co. plant, destroyed millions of feet of stacked lumber, razed 150 residences, the Pineridge Hotel and mill property, then spread uncontrolled into heavy stands of timber on the Klamath Indian Reservation. I . ' The city of Portland is shroud ed by smoke drifting in from a multitude of fires. The United States Forest Serv ice and the State fire, wardens re cruited more than 1000 men for immediate duty on at least a half-dozen fire fronts in Northwestern Oregon. . ,VV?-.- ii a mi f 1 - ' '-v. r: en i " IW - , y ' 4 i 5J jj-.ik..l.uMA.:irm,t,s.m'- RAZED Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Beal-view all that is left of buildings on their farm near Dameron, Md.7 after tornado swept across section. .''"-'-: ' ;- . ' . . . ' - . (Jft Wlreohoto "'"o,, , . f -f v v -"V? If a T;' .:.r h- -1 4 t V DEBRIS Above is air view of wrecked tobacco warehouse near Fleeton, Va., after being struck by tornado which caused two deaths and $100,000 damage in sweep across sections ot Virginia and Maryland. Maj. Bowes Gives Trees to Fifth Ave.1 Rockefellers Joined in Move for More Rusticity NEW YORK. Aug. 20. Maj. Edward. Bowes joined the Rockefellers today in the tussle with nature to make Fifth. Ave. --the cowpath that became the symbol of urbanity more rustic. The Rockefellers started things last . spring ". by planting eight elms in front of Radio City, and today the major announced he would contribute four more. . They will be planted in the fall directly across the avenue in front; of St. Patrick's Cathedral, along with eight maples the major is giving also for 50th and 51st Sts,- at the sides of the cathedral. Flood Hinders Wreck Crews Passengers on Flyer Treated in Isolated Bogs of New Jersey Two Dead and $100,000 Loss Toll of Tornado in East Rabbit Hunter's Shot Hurts Three on Bus L1VERMORE, Aug. 20 (U.R) Robert V. Phillips, 20, of Living-ston, was critically wounded In the head and two girls were cut by flying glass today when a shot fired by a rabbit hunter crashed through the window of a San Francisco-bound bus.. Phillips was removed to a hospital. Ber-nice Shurtz, 16, Stevenson, and Carol Northrup, 18, Livingston, continued on their journey. Illustrated on Pag B CHATSWORTH (N.J.) Aug. 20. (P) Five hundred men la bored in,the flooded South Jersey pine belt wilderness tonight to clear the wreck of the Blue Comet, modernistic Atlantic City-New York flyer of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, In which P persons were injured. COACHES AT AXGLB Five derailed coaches and the- baggage car of the blue-and-gold : train which carried 49 passengers j rested at crazy angles on the single track between inundated j cranberry bogs. A mile ahead j was the steam locoinotive with its derailed tender. "V At exactly 5:45 p.m. yesterday -Three of those Injured when j afternoon a call came into the Continued from First Tage sections would bring the total to more than $100,000, he said. The Fleeton postoffice, a frame structure, was lifted from its foundation and shattered as the storm cut a swath a half-mile wide through the fishing communities.-' ' . A freighter, docked at the Fleeton wharf, was undamaged when the wharf was hurled through the air and dropped on the opposite side of the vessel. A score or more of small fishing boats and - yachts were blown out into the bay. Several still are missing. At" near-by Reedville chim neys were blown down and telephone and electric power service was disrupted. From Reedville the twister jumped to Mundy Point on the Potomac," smashed two warehouses and toppled smokestacks of a canning factory. Barns, m Wlrfphoto President Cuts Vacation Cruise Pressing Official Work Blamed for About-Face of Pleasure Vessel ABOARD U.S.S. LANG. EN nsn-nouses and homes were dam-jRouTE TO HALIFAX (NS ) injuries were reported. ' The storm then swung north ward into Maryland, sweeping a 40-foot cruiser from its dock at Edgewater and beaching it a mile away at St. Mary's City Paul Crandall, owner, said it seemed like we were blown through the air." Five persons aboard were uninjured. Suspect Caught Two Minutes After Store Holdup Reported the train was derailed in a heavy master switchboard at Central rainstorm late yesterday re mained in a hospita 1. The oth- i Police Station. er injured, some of them car-i ' "I've been held up," a woman's ried two and a half miles through I excited voice exclaimed. the downpour, were treated in The operator catching the call this remote hamlet or at the pressed a button three times to scene Of the wreck. rn!! a hell in thA hnnth nf Police Aug. 20., ()-(By Wireless) President Roosevelt cut short his vacation cruise in Newfoundland waters today and headed back from Bonne Bay to attend to pressing official work mailed from the White House to Hali fax. The work was described as principally authorizations for numerous W.P.A. projects re quiring Presidential approval be fore operations could be started. Mail could not be sent by plane to the Presidential- shin, the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa, because of fog, i ne party is expected to reach Halifax late tomorrow afternoon According to tentative plans. the President will arrive back at F.B;I. Action on Bund Seen Dies Predicts Evidence Unearthed by Committee Enough for Prosecution WASHINGTON, Aug. 20. (U.R) The current inquiry of the House committee on un-American activities into the German-American Bund will give the Justice Department conclusive evidence to proceed against the organization under the Foreign. Propa ganda Registration Act, Chair man Dies (D) Tex., predicted tonight' - . SCHOOLS CITED The prediction came as the committee prepared to call - to the stand tomorrow an unidentified "well-known educator" who is scheduled to relate his personal experience with Nazi efforts to spread propaganda in American schools and colleges. It was understood that the testimony will involve a Nazi offi cial. : :':' Dies reference to the Justice Department followed disclosure that" the department Is investi gating the bund in an attempt to determine whether it falls un der the law requiring registra tion with the State Department of all agents who : disseminate foreign information or propaganda in this country. KUHX QUESTIONED Fritz Kuhn, Fuehrer of the bund, who appeared before the committee last week, disclosed that he recently was questioned by Justice Department investiga- tors. Later the department said that an investigation has been going on for several weeks. Dies said the committee plans to continue its inquiry into Nazi and Fascist groups for some time and then will resume its hearings on Communistic activities in the United States. He emphasized that he will resist any attempts to ' put the ' hearings on a partisan political plane,' BRIDGE WASHED OUT' Shortly after the accident, a swollen tributary from flooded Union" Lake washed out the railroad bridge between here and the wreck, delaying rescue and repair work. British Explorer of Antarctic Dies KLERKSDORP (Transvaal) Aug. 20. (JP) Comdr. Frank Wild, 65, British Antarctic explorer, died today. Wild accompanied Capt. Scott in the "discovery" in 1901, Sir Douglas Mawson in 1911, was on three Antarctic expeditions with Sir Ernest Shac-kleton. Lasky and Lowe Unhurt in Crash Three in Car on Way to Army Officers' Dance SAN ANTONIO (Tex!) Aug. 20. OPJJesse L; Lasky, motion-picture 'producer, and Edmund Lowe, movie actor, escaped in jury here last night in an auto mobile collision. Squadron Leader Arturo Me-neses, Chilean air force pilot here for instruction at Ran dolph JField, who was riding with Lasky and Lowe to an officers dance at the field, received a gash on hi forehead. Radio Announcer Albert McMil lian. ' . BANDIT DESCRIBED McMillian picked up a telephone receiver to listen in on the woman's short but graphic report and her description of the bandit. . " . ; McMillian flashed a call signal on the radio system and quickly announced to All radio-equipped police cars of the holdup report and the bandit's description which had been telephoned by Mrs. Ethel Moad. proprietor of a store at 815 Euclid St. Traffic , Investigation Officers W. H. Hamilton and F. E. Thomas, near the Euclid St. scene, heard the report. TWO MINUTES As the officers hurried toward the robbed store they saw a young man going down an alley. He closely answered the description of the bandit. The officers jumped from the machine with guns drawn and took him Into custody. Officer Hamilton stepped to a nearby telephone and called the , complaint board to report the capture of the suspect. As Announcer McMillian flashed the cancellation over the! Annapolis, Md., Friday. ponce radio nis eiectnc ciock read 5:47 p.m. . ti ' i The complaint had been taken Thaa Arrfiflnrl care of in two minutes! J IIIICC Mlltol CU At the Hollenbeck Heights Sta-1 tion the suspect when booked on !- J f...!JI suspicion of robbery gave his hnnfl 1W llfl P ..u.i.i. u& uuim 4umci, t.ui,i; Euclid Square. Mrs. Moad identi fled him. , Hoover Urges Cut in Sugar Quotas IDAHO FALLS (Ma.) All?. 20. Herbert Hoover today advised Idaho and other Weslsrn States to continue their fight to nave Cuban sugar Import quota reduced and the limitation on domestic sugar beet acreage removed. . The former President declared if the twin steps were taken, not only would beet producers benefit but growers of two other major western commodities, potatoes and onions, would also profit through more stable prices. "It frould open the way toward really getting the western farmer hack on his feet," he said. Mr. Hoover paused here on a flight to West Yellowstone "to get in a little fishing. Two Men and Girl Held in Boston Inquiry BOSTON, Aug. 20. (JP) In what investigators described as a huge bond swindle, two un identified men and a girl were held m custody tonight on suspicion of dealing in counterfeit securities. Boston police and Federal agents questioned the trio in connection with $60,000 worth of forged bond certificates, which they said have been deposited in two banks and an investment house within a week as collateral for loans. Federal agents were reported to nave connscaiea at least 3 on SAN FRANCISCO Ancr 50 the certificates whose purported MU.R) Unable to swim, John Fer- Flood Halts Blockade Region Facing One of Worst Disasters TIENTSIN, Aug. 20. WP) Rao. Idly rising floodwaters. increased by steady rain, today tempo rarily wasned out Japan's nine-week blockade of the British and French concessions and brought one of the worst disasters in this region s, history. Floods from the Hai River and other streams poured almost un impeded across leveled dikes and embankments, put the city's electricity supply out of commission and swept away communication and railroad service. , : Beyond Tientsin and its environs, where there is a large Chinese population, a heavy loss of life and prbperty damage was tearea. ' It was estimated the crest was yet two days away. . Thousands of refugees, both Chinese and foreigners, were swept before the flood into Tientsin, a "city already beset by war conditions and the . Japanese blockade of the two concessions. Milk Supply. Cut in Half New Yorkers Clamor for Dairy Products; Peace Talks Due Today NEW YORK, Aug. 20. () Much of the city's population clamored in vain for milk today as a strike of dairy farmers up-State halved the normal daily supply of 4,400,000 quarts. " The New York Metropolitan Distributors Bargaining Agency estimated the shrinkage will be intensified tomorrow. 4 SUPPLY FIGURES ; : The city , was- short . 2,200,000 quarts today and 1,960,000 Satur day. The 3,200,000 squarts nor mally used for drinking . had shrunk to about 2,000,000, while production of .ice ceam, butter and other milk products was cut considerably. The 22 agency member distrib utors and seven nonmembers who .met today heard reports milk had become available where protection" had been given farmers and where picketing had been relaxed, and they said they hoped the six-day-old strike had passed its peak. : STRIKE LEADER SCORED . The agency charged more lhan $1,250,000 worth of milk had been destroyed in the strike and it attacked Archie Wright, strike leader, as attempting "to ruin the program of the legally constituted milk-producer organ izations," r .... ..'. ' . . The " agency charged Wright has no program," that he "holds a gun at the head of the industry," and that he seeks to destroy the Federal, milk market ing .order. V A survey of mid-Manhattan showed a scarcity, and in some areas an absence, of milk for sale. . , MEETING TODAY Both strikers and distributors assured deliveries to hospitals. Agency reports said 30 more pickets were arrested in Herkimer, N.Y., and that a Gold Medal Farms tank truck was fired upon at Buskirk, N.Y. Mayor LaGuardia called an emergency meeting of distributors and strikers for tomorrow, as J, O. Eastlack, agency secretary, reported seriously diminishing milk supplies. ... LAGUARDIA STATEMENT In calling tomorrow's meeting, Mayor LaGuardia said: "I have no power in this matter, of course the State and Federal governments are proceeding with hearings under the law. But I'm short of milk and that creates a health problem." Wright predicted the controversy would be "over in three or four days," as he arrived from Utica to attend the Mayor's , meeting. ' , . " Reports of clashes between police and pickets . were frequent while hundreds of cans of milk were dumped throughout the milk shed from the St Law- t rence River to Southern Catskill Mountain counties as neighbor prevented neighbor from marketing. - - : . PICKETS INJURED A dozen pickets received head injuries and a deputy ' sheriff was knocked unconscious in a fight in St. Lawrence County. , Greased rails stalled a New York Central train which sought to pick up milk at a Hammond (N.Y.) siding. Kerosene was used in several sections to spoil milk under transport. - . The Congress of Industrial Organizations is giving active aid to the strikers. -BUY GOAT'S MILK As the milk' shortage became acute, Italians on the lower East Side bought goat's milk as a substitute for the usual cow beverage. Delicatessens and dairies throughout Manhattan reported a 50 per cent reduction in their usual allotments of milk. Shopkeepers gave preference to regular customers having children in their families. P. W. A. Orders Action on Slow Projects ; WASHINGTON; Aug. 20. WV- The Public Works ..-Administration -'today ordered sponsors of 67 lagging projects to give evi- dence by Aug. 31 'that they intend to get busy or cancel their contracts. The projects represent $202,176,787 of construction costs. Included in the group are Los Angeles, street improvement projects of $4,923,000 and $3,799,- 302, respectively., Non-Swimmer Dies Trying to Save Three face value was $30,000. Meanwhile, investigators pre pared to question 15 girls whose names were found on papers in possession of one of the men. Police said the forged securities purported to,, be ''Kingdom of Belgium" bonds. nandez, 30-year-old fisherman, was drowned today when he plunged into the surf at Golden Gate Park In an effort to save two girls and a youth who were caught in undertow. The three in distress fought their way to safety. PJIUSIC COUPON i Qrur No. 163

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