The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on February 12, 1944 · 19
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THE GAZETTE. MONTREAL? SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12. 1944. ID 250 ALLIED PLANES STRIKE AT RABAUL AWARDED D.F.C. PLASTICS REQUIRE RAIL CLUB SPEAKER PRO-AXIS OFFICIALS LEAVES WPTB 24 PERSONS KILLED IN AIRPLANE CRASH VOL. CLXXIII. No. 37 INTERPRETING THE WAR NEWS By KIRKE L. SIMPSON (AisocUUd Prati Wu Aa&lyft) DEGLAMORIZATION 'RESIGN' IN BOLIVIA 50 Enemy Fighters Rise to Intercept Raiders; 20 Are Shot Down Allied Headquarters, Southwest Pacific. February 12. (Saturday) CJ More than 250 bombers and fighters, the largest raiding force ever assembled from new Allied bases in the Solomons Islands, struck RabauTs Vunakanau and Tobcra airdromes Wednesday in the heavieit raid on that key New Br:tam Japane&e stronghold in months, headquarters announced today. - OX the 50 enemy fighters that rose to intercept the three strikes, 20 were shot down and seven more probably destroyed. The Allies lost two planes. Ninety-eight tons of explosives were dumped on the two airfields and adjacent dispersal areas. Many direct hits were scored on gun positions, runways and buildings. The new aerial blow against Rabaul raised to more than 110 the number f enemy planes probably destroyed over the New Britain base during February. Coordinated with the Rabaul raid was a 200-ton blast against Wewak, main Japanese air and supply base in New Guinea. No enemy interception was reported as the heavy bombers scored bits on the Boram airdrome and supply areas. Wake Island Again Hit Pearl Harbor, TJL. February 11. CP) United States Navy bombers struck Wake Island for the second straight day while warships of the Pacific Fleet and Army planes continued their relentless pounding of Japanese-held Marshall Islands. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. supreme mid-Pacific commander, announced today. Heavy army dive-bombers and fighters dropped more than 100 tons cf explosives on unnamed atolls in the Marshall Thursday without drawing any fighter opposition. There was no mention of dam-ege inflicted at Wake. The announcement merely said "we suffered no loss" at Wake. Elderly German Spy Clever Not Enough London. February 11. An elderly German - employed spy, clever enough to fool two young Netherlands patriots into taking him along when they escaped to England, was later caught in Britain, according to a story told the London Evening Standard by a British 'North Sea minesweeper commander. The commander, Lieut. J. I. Cruickshank, said the three were picked up from a small yacht one morning in the North Sea. They explained they were escaping Nether landers and the elderly man was so happy at being picked lip that fee danced a jig. Af er several weeks the minesweeper crew heard the man had been tried and convicted as a spy. Cruickshank admitted he had been fooled by the man. and added "he must have taken in the other two Dutchmen too because they proved genuine in every way. EMPLOYER LOSES ACTION Sought to Recover Unemployment Insurance Money Judgment of the Circuit Court, rendered yesterday by Mr. Justice Russell T. Stackhouse, ruled that an employer cannot, after an employee has left his service, recover the lattcr's share of the joint contributions to the fund of the Unemployment Insurance Commission. The issue, raised for the first time before the Court centred on a claim by Max Finestone, trading as National Advertising Signs, against H. Vegiard. of Ville St. Pierre, for $20.83 which sum plaintiff paid to the Unemployment Insurance Commission on behalf of Vegiard. It was not discovered until the latter left plaintiffs employ that the contribution for which the workman was liable had not been deducted from his earnings. Thereupon plaintiff paid the debt, but defendant submitted that as no deduction was made from his wages within the terms of the Unemployment Insurance Act, and being no longer in Finestone's employ, the present action was unfounded in fact and in law. "The meaning of the relevant provision of the Act is clear." said Judge Stackhouse. "It limits the time for the recovery by the employer of the employee's contribution to the unemployment insurance fund to the period of his em ployment. To admit argument to the contrary and declare that the statute permits an employer to re cover contributions alter an employee has left his service would m effect, so extend the Act as to Include liabilities other than those designated or fairly within the statutory terms. For these reasons, plaintiffs action is dismissed with costs." Theatre Priority Case Presents New Problem A new problem -was presented to the Superior Court yesterday in relation to the contest between the Kent Theatre and the Snowdon Theatre over priority rights for the exhibition Of photoplays. M. H. Swards, acting on behalf of Kent Theatres. Limited, appeared before Mr. Justice Fabre Surveyer in Practice Court with a motion asking for a rule against the United Amusement Corporation, Limited, Vitagraph. Limited, and three employees, holding them in contempt of court through violation of the judgment of Mr. Justice Louis Cousineau last week ordering the issue of an interim injunction against United Amusement Corporation and Vitagraph, Limited. The writ restrains... respondents from licensing and exhibiting in the Snowdon Theatre any photoplay, except Watch on the Rhine, until its has first been shown at the Kent Theatre. Petitioners allege that the interim writ of injunction has been violated by a display since February 5. of posters at the Snowdon Theatre announcing as its next attraction" exhibition of the photoplay. Princess O'Rourke, which the petitioners declare is one to which they have contract rights of priority of showing. Mr. Justice Surveyer set "February 17 as the date for enquete on tie petition asking for a rule. , ? FLT.-LT. H. F. KERRIGAN, R.C.A.F., attached to R.A.F., son of Mrs. Harold G. Kerrigan, 387 Roslyn avenue, Westmount, who has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross according to an announcement from London. Born in Windsor, Ont, and educated in London, Ont., Flt-Lt Kerrigan enlisted in August, 1940, received his wings and commission in July, 1941. and went overseas in November, 1941, to serve with the ti.A.b . Coastal command. He is 26, and prior to enlistment was in the employ of the Midland Securities Corporation, Toronto. A brother, PO. G. M. Kerrigan, went overseas with the R.C.A.F. shortly after receiving his commission in September, 1941. LANDLORDS BURDEN AIRED AT MEETING Paul Dansereau Addresses Building Owners and Managers Admitting that the property owner should assume his fair share of public expenditures, Paul Dansereau, treasurer of the Union of Property Owners of the Pro vince of Quebec and vice-president of the Building Owners and Man agers Association of Montreal, Inc., declared yesterday that the pro perty owners have the right to ask under which political, social or economical principle tney are ask ed to pay, all alone, the total cost of primary education of the whole community. Addressing a luncheon-meeting of the Building Owners and Man agers Association in the Ritz-cari- ton Hotel, Mr. Dansereau declared that "The most elementary common sense indicates that the responsibil ity is incumbent, first of all on those who benefit directly, next on those who benefit indirectly, name ly, the community as a whole. In what way does the fact of owning wood and brick buildings impose cultural obligations for the com munity upon the landlord?" Reminding his hearers that the property owner has to bear cost of snow removal and street. xnainten ance, Mr. Dansereau stated: It is evident that he derives a benefit from this, in obtaining easier ac cess to his home; however, snow removal is also beneficial to mo torists, to business, to finance, etc., wno maice dux a small contribution. "The property owner bears the whole cost of general public works, funnels, streets, general expropriations, all of which are to be found in the 'special tax", he said. All this results from the fact that real estate is the victim of its virtues; it is the only form of wealth that can not be disguised; that can not move away; real estate is taxed be cause it is easy to impose taxes upon it, ana the taxation is simnle. rapid and accurate. It is known at a glance that a known increase in the real estate tax will nroduee an exactly corresponding amount of increased revenue. "The theory Drevails." he said "that when the landlord Is heavily taxed, he passes the bill on to his tenants and that in reality it is ine latter wno pay, through rents. If that were true, and if the land lord could really spread his burden out in that way at all times, there would not be so much to complain of. but it is still only a theory, and is not true in practice." DRIVER AWARDED $1,097 i i Plaintiff in Cross-action Wins Action in Court A collision between a tractor belonging to the H. Smith Transport Company, Limited, and a like motor vehicle, the property of Maurice Parenteau, trading as the Champlain Express, Limited, on July 29, 1942, near Lavaltrie, brought action and cross-action in damages before the Superior Court. Leslie Weir, driver cf the Smith Transport tractor, sued Parenteau for $5,222.63, to compensate him for injuries he ' received due to the accident, and Parenteau sought to recover from H. Smith Transport. Limited, $2,562 damages caused to the Champlain Express Company's tractor. Delivering judgment yesterday, Mr. Justice Mackinnon said the proof established that the collision was due to the fault of Weir in driving on the wrong side of the road. His action against Parenteau was dismissed, with costs, and the latter's claim against H. Smith Transport. Limited, was maintained to the extent of $1,097, and costs. P. H. Levesque. appeared for Parenteau. ATHERT0N HERE MONDAY U.S. Ambassador to Address Canadian Club The "Hon. Ray Atherton. United States Ambassador to Canada, will address the Canadian Club on Monday at 1 p m., in the Windsor Hotel, on "Our Purposes." On graduating from Harvard University, Mr. Atherton studied architecture in Paris, practising this profession, and later banking, before entering the U.S. diplomatic service in 1917. His consular appointments included Tokyo, Peking, Athens, the Philippines and Ixm-don. He was also minister to Bulgaria, 1937, and to Denmark, 1939, Prior to his Canadian appointment last summer and his subsequent elevation to ambassadorial rank, he was acting chief. European division, U.S. Department of. State. . National Research Head Says They're Here to Stay, But . Picture Is Over-optimistic Plastics have been too highly glamorized by over - Imaginative Journalism. Dr. W. Gallay, head of the National Research Council at Ottawa, said in an interview here last night following a lecture in the Chemistry Building at McGill under the auspices of the Rubber and Plastics Division of the Society of Chemical Engineers, Montreal Section. "Plastics are here to stay as a branch of industrial construction in some lines, thev are firmly estab lished and advancing rapidly, but anyone who has pictures oi an-pias-tic airplanes and even houses has been misled," Dr. Gallay said. To becin with", he said, '"plas tics have not been developed yet to such an extent that tney can carry heavy loads. In many cases they have properties that make them better wan mewu, dux in othT thev are bv far inferior. Following the war many household furnishings formerly made of metal, such as ornaments and plumbing, etc., will be made of plastics, but they will only be component parts - . A? .1 - U oi construction rauner iuu , uwc main materials", he said. Canada may become one of the main producers of the raw materials of the plastic industry, the speaker said. With the use of starches becoming more and more important in the production of plastics, he pictured the Canadian farmer with his vast crops of grain as not merely a food producer but a source of supply for industry. "Starch as -a raw material for plastics shows more promise every month", he said. Dr. Gallay expressed the opinion that a new balance petween industry and agriculture would develop after the war because of the growta of the elastic industry. The belief that airplanes today are being made of plastics is erroneous, Dr. Gallay said. As in the case of the Mosquito bomber. he. said plastics are being used in the glue holding the laminated wood from which the plane is construct ed but "it cannot be said that it is a plastic plane. Plastics cover a wide field. Dr. Gallay said. It includes synthetic rubber, the mouiaea piasucs lamu-iar in containers and household utensils and includes the products of the laminated wood industry, where plastics have made possibls the gluing together of huge blocks made from timbers 14 mcnes square. CAPT. R. 0. JONES DEAD Seaman, Well Known Here, Dies at His Home in Wales Captain Richard O. Jones, well known m maritime iiie ootn nere and in New York for nearly half a century, died about December 15, 1943, at his home in Bodorgan, Anglesey, where he had resided for twenty years, it has been learned here. His first sea voyage was aboard th Dominion Line S.S. Quebec, from which he retained as a souvenir his discharge certificate, issued by Capt. Thurle in the spring of 1875. Joining the Derbyshire, a run-rigged sailing ship, on his return to Liverpool, he served a five- year apprenticeship and later be came chief officer of the same ve' sel. He. returned to the Montreal service in 1884 as fourth officer of the Oregon, remaining with the Dominion Line until World War I broke out. - . Throughout the war Capt. Jones commanded the White Star Line S.S. Belgic, 24,000 tons gross, plying between New York and the United Kingdom with cargoes of about 20,000 tons a record for those days. After the war he became commander of the Celtic in the New York-Liverpool passenger ser vice. A close friend of the late Ritchie ueu, former manager of the Sail ors' Institute here. Capt Jones al ways retained his interest in that institution. Known as one of the most popular and courteous commanders sailing from Montreal to Liverpool, he enjoyed as well the confidence of his employers, having Deen ior id years commodore of the Dominion Line. PIONEER CAMPERS MEET Stories of Early Camping Days Here Are Told Stories of camping in the Montreal area back in the closing years of the last century filled the air when a group of pioneer Canadian campers met under the chairmanship of Dr. Fred. Tees at the Central Y.M.C.A. last night. Camp Kana-wana, Y.M.CLA. camp for boys in the Laurentians, dates its start just 50 years ago when it was the first organized camp in the Dominion and the third on the continent Last night's meeting brought together the nucleus of an old campers' organization, and from the stories these campers can tell of their own personal experiences back in 1892 and thereabouts, it is hoped to piece together the history of one of the first camps in Norm America. It is planned to call another meeting in the spring and in the meantime the group are seeking contact with any old-timers who attended the Y.M.C.A. camps previous to 1920. LAUNCH ANNUAL DRIVE Knights of Pythias Seek Funds for Passover Baskets At a dinner of the club's group captains and canvassers, the Knights of Pythias last night launched its annual campaign for funds to be used for the purchase of Passover Baskets. Distribution of these hampers will be made among the city's needy families, those with neither the cash to buy or relatives to give them the special foods essential to this sacred Jewish holiday season. Men in the armed services will be entertained at a Passover ceremonial dinner. As a starter towards the $10,000 objective, the guests contributed to the extent of $750. Philip Garfinkle was guest speaker. Harry Penser acted as chairman. K Weatherman Escapes Storm Chicago, February 11. CP) O. T. Lay left for Florida two hours before the winter's worst snow storm struck Chicago. Lay is head of the Chicago Weather Bureau. ft 1' '"l T G. L. LONG, historian of the Bell Telephone Company, will give an address at the regular monthly meeting of the Canadian Railway Club, at the Windsor Hotel on Monday. The speaker has been associated with the telephone company for 18 years and has been in charge of the Telephone Museum and Historical Collection for the past seven years. His address on Your Voice as Others Hear It will be enlarged with a demonstration of the Mirrophone, a new development in telephone research. Newfoundland's Views On Home Rule Sought London, February 11. (CP. Cable) The British Government plans to take steps now to ascertain the views of Newfoundland people regarding restoration of self-government, P. V. Emrys-Evans, Dominions Under-Secretary, announced in the House of Commons today. The statement came during a debate on Newfoundland in which government policy toward Britain's oldest colony, where self-government has been replaced by a Commission of Government, was criticized by several members. Financial difficulties forced the Dominion of Newfoundland to seek aid from the British Government in 1933 and the Commission of Government took over administration February 16, 1934. Emyrs-Evans told the House- it was not the Government's view that 10 years should elapse before there is any question of restoring self-government. It was the Government's intention "to take up this question immediately after the war, in fact to take steps now to ascertain the views of the people of Newfoundland so they will be in a Dosi- tion to decide for themselves what sort of government they wish." The Government is taking action on reports prepared by a three-man parliamentary mission under Lord Amnion (then C. G. Amman. Labor) which visited Newfoundland last summer. , New Curtiss Helldiver Used by U.S. Marines New York, February 11. - (P) The Curtiss (A25) Helldivers. a su per 7 V-ton dive bomber already adopted toy the Army and Navy, now is oeing aeuverea to tne Marine Corns also. G. W. Vaushan. nre- sident of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation, announced today. The Royal Australian Air Force also has taken delivery of a num ber af these planes, and a large number of British fliers are being trained in Helldivers in the United States, the announcements said. Helldivers are being produced in the St Louis, Mo, and Columbus, O., warplane manufacturing plants of the. airplane division of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, and by the uanaaian car ana iounary company. Limited, and Fa irchild" Aircraft. Limited, in Canada. The Heldiver is a two-place, all-metal low-mid-wing monoplane powered with a 14-cyJinder wngnt cyclone engine that drives a three-bladed propeller. - It mounts four machine-guns in its wings and has another gun in its rear cockpit turrent. The plane's main bombload is carried wholly within Its fuselage, and it has provisions for carrying additional bombs beneath the wings. SEEK L0NERGAN WITNESS Defence Ask Writ to Summon Man in U.S. Forces New York, February 11. (fl") Counsel for Wayne Lonergan, Toronto-born member of the R.C.A.F. Awaiting trial for the slaying of his wife, today filed in General Sessions a notice of motion to have a special commission appointed to take testimony of a surprise witness now in the United States armed forces in the canal zone. Edward V. Broderick, his lawyer, described the witness in the notice as Tach March, a former "acquaintance and house guest of Lonergan and his wife, Patricia Burton Lonergan Lonergan is charged with first degree murder in the bludgeon killing of his wife. Argument on the motion will be before General Sessions Judge J. Freschl next Tuesday. The trial has been set for Wednesday, February 23. The new motion could delay the proceedings again, court attaches said. Broderick said the testimony of the new witness would be essential to Lonergan's defence. DEATHS ACCIDENTAL Jury Rules on 2 Who Died In Arvida Plant Blast Chlcoutimi. Quebec, February 11 A verdict of accidental death was returned today by a coroner's Jury investigating the deaths of Joseph Dallaire and Emile Arsenault following an explosion in the aluminum powder plant at nearby Arvida. The men died In hospital following the blast which partially wrecked the building, owned by Aluminum Company of Canada, last Tuesday night. McOormick Withdraws Chicago, February 11. JP) Col. Robert R. McCormick, editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, today withdrew his name from the Illinois presidential preference primary. The publisher's office reported a letter containing a signed statement of withdrawal had been sent to the secretary of state at Springfield. Another letter, explaining his declination, was forwarded to William J. Grace, secretary of the Republican Nationalist Revival Committee, ; Three Ministers Removed by New Revolutionary Government Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 11. ) The Bolivian revolutionary regime moved today to- get rid of elements which other American republics have found objectionable because of their known connivance with Axis agents in a plot to establish a number of governments inimical to the United Nations. It was a bid for recognition which thus far has been granted to the December 20 revolution only by Argentina. In La Paz it was announced that Major Alberto Taborga, minister of government (interior) : Augusto Cespedes, secretary general of the government; and Carlos Montenegro, minister of agriculture, had resigned. Taborga, a strong friend of pro-Axis elements, was replaced by Lt.-Col. Alfredo Pacheco, chief of the air force, who spent two years in the United States studying aviation and is regarded as definitely pro-Allied. , Montenegro and Cespedes were members of the Movimiento Na-cionalista Revolucionario, which inspired the December 20 revolution, and Montenegro in particular has long been a bitter foe of "Yankee imperialism," He was largely responsible for expropriation of Stand-dard Oil holdings in Bolivia. Cespedes publishes the, newspaper La Calle, once on the U.S. blacklist. La Paz dispatches denied that the three retiring cabinet members had been arrested or that a coup d'etat had occurred. Young Bolivian army leaders who had joined in the revolution were described as shocked at discovery that thee leaders were regarded with suspicion or distrust by the Allies, and finally concluded that they must be sacrificed in order to obtain diplomatic recognition of the new 'government headed by Maj. Gualberto VillaroeL It was believed possible that the cabinet changes resulted from talks held in La Paz and other American capitals on what action would be necessary to gain recognition. Probs for New Order Broadcast in French New York, February 11. JP) The BBC in a French-language broadcast to Europe presented this "weather forecast for the new order" yesterday: "Sky: Germany heavily clouded with nimbus, cirrus and Lancasters. "Heavy downfalls reported, es-specially in Mannheim and Berlin areas. "Weather disturbances predicted due to heavier pressure from Russia. England and the United States. "France dark sky, brightening. "State of atmosphere, unbreath-able in Germany, upset in France. "Temperature: Sofia and Budapest Temperature will be read later, due to the breaking of all inermometers. "Scientific prediction: there will be a world-wide eclipse of Fascism soon. 'Time: It is exactly th hour 1 minus five. ' The broadcast was reported by tne u.s. roreign Broadcast inter ligence Service. . TO DIRECT RECREATIO N Mrs. O. Smith, Y.M.G.A., Goes to No. 1 Wireless School Mrs. Gabrtielle Smith was recent ly appointed recreational director lor tne women's Division. No. 1 R.C-A.F. Wireless School, while Robert Andrews has replaced George Barker, who left February 1 lor the Pendleton R.C.A.F. Ele mentary Flying School, it was announced yesterday by Y.M.C.A. headquarters. Mrs. Smith, a Mont-realer, is the wife of one of the first air gunners to graduate from the wireless school. Accompanying hdm overseas, she worked in Y.M. C.A. clubs in London' until he was taken prisoner, when she returned to Canada. Mr. Andrews, an experienced "Y" worker and former supervisor at the R.C.A.F. Instrument Flying School at Deseronto, will help the air trainees to get the most out of their spare time, and also direct recreation at No. 9 Pre-Air Crew Training Centre at McGdll University. Johnny Walker, recreational supervisor of the wireless school recently received a letter from 12 graduates now with the R.C.A.F. detachment at Seven Islands, P.Q., asking for hockey equipment and he is appealing to any Montreal citizens with unused skis, hockey pads or other equipment to call him at ATlantic 7642. PROVIDE FOR REFUGEES Jews to Devote Moess Chit-tin to War Victims Relief The traditional Mo'ess Chittin, or charitable provision for the poor at Passover time, will this year be devoted to relief of Jewish refugees and other war victims, who will be thus furnished with matzoh (unleavened bread) and other festival needs, it was announced yesterday. Shipments will be made from the United States, while matzoh bakeries in Palestine will provide for refugees in the Near East and Russia. Sponsoring the work in Canada is the Jewish Refugee and War Relief Agencies, whose United States affiliate, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, will direct arrangements overseas in countries where refugees are to be cared for. A conference of synagogues, labor unions, women's groups and mutual benefits societies is being convened tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, in the vestry rooms of the B'nai Jacob Synagogue,, Fairmount street and Esplanade avenue, lo adopt plans for the campaign. Rabbi H. Cohen, dean of the orthodox rabbinate in this city, A. M. Klein, Israel Rabinovitch and Rabbi C. Denburg will address the conference. Michael Garoer, K.C., chairman of the Canadian Jewish Congress in eastern Canada, will preside. Seats Stolen From Assembly Algiers, February 11. (JV) Members of the French Consultative Assembly will have less comfortable seats at their next session. Robbers entered the assembly building and cut out the leather seats and backs of 12; big armchairs. Leather is scarce in North Africa and brings high prices on the . black market, I P I x f K I ROBERT TURGEON is returning to private law practice after two years with the Rentals Administration of the Wartime Prices and Trade Board, it was announced yesterday. Mr. Turgeon organized the regional rentals office and was, until a year ago, the officer in charge there. He will be associated with Carignan, Gareau and Turgeon upon his return to private law practice. Hospitals Again Hit; 2 More Nurses Killed By REYNOLDS PACKARD (Distributed by The Canadian Press) At the Anzio Beachhead in Italy, February 11 Four German shells landing on a United States field hospital which was carefully marked with Red Cross flags both on the tents and spread on the ground killed two women nurses, wounded four medical officers and wounded three men. This makes a total of five women nurses killed on this beachhead since the landings three weeks ago tomorrow. The other three women nurses were killed during the German air bombing oi a Urjited is taxes evacu ation hospital a few days ago. Four shells landed last evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending" at 5:45 p.m. The iirst one nit tne road in front of the receiving tent, the second shell hit the receiving tent and the last two went through the ward tents. ROOSEVELT MEETS MILITARY CHIEFS President, Prior to Confer ence, Gives View on Italy - Situation By JOHN II. C RIDER. (Special to The New York Times ana Tne Ciazette.j Washington, February 11. Pre sident Roosevelt met with the chiefs-of-staff at noon today short, ly after he had told his press con ference that the Allies were confronted with a very tense, situation in the Italian campaign. Those who met with the Chief Executive were Gen. George C Marshall, Army Chief-of-Staff; Ad-miral Ernest J. King. Chief of Nav- ad ODerations: Admiral William D. Leahy, the President's personal chief-of -staff: and Gen. Henry H Arnold, Chief of the Army Air Forces. There was no announcement regarding the purpose of the conference, but speculation as to its purpose ranged from urgent discussion of the Italian situation to the possibility that the service chiefs had called to discuss the invasion of Western Europe. The President's caller immediately preceding the arrival at the White House of the high ranking army and navy officers was Dr. Winfield Rlefler, economist of the Foreign Economic Administration, who is regarded as well versed on conditions inside of Germany. He was reporting to the President on his return from London. Asked how things were inside of Germany, Dr. Riefler replied: "Very tense." "Will it crack?" he was asked. "It's ripe to crack, he replied, "but we've got to crack it." DEMOCRATIC MEET SET National Convention Fixed for Chicago, July 19 Washington, February 11. The Democratic national convention will open in Chicago July 19. This date, 314 weeks after the Republican convention beginning June 26 in the same city, was announced today fcy Democratic National Chairman Robert E. Hanne-gan. - The committee also announced selection of Paul A. Porter, 39-year-old Kentuckian, to succeed the veteran Charlie Michelson as publicity director. Michelson, one of the best-known figures in American politics, will continue with the committee. as a high-salaried adviser. Fellowship Meet Planned The Inter-School and Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship will hold a conference on Saturday, February 19, in the McGill Union, with C. Stacey Woods, B.A., B.Th., general secretary for Canada and the United States, as the principal speaker. The sessions, at 2.30 and 7.30 p.m., will be open to the public. Leaders of discussion groups include Miss Ruth Young, Miss Margaret MacKinnon, Evan Bogart, Danzill Raymer and Dr. A. M. HUL Cripples to See Follies More than 400 crippled children under the care of the Province of Quebec Society for Crippled Children will be guests of the management at today's matinee of the Ice Follies at the Forum. The children will be taken to and from the Forum in special buses, private automobiles loaned for the occasion by friends of the society and the society's combination bus and ambulance. , The children will arrive at the Forum about two o'clock where they will be greeted by the stars of the fhow. Special favors and candy will be distributed during the intermission. This is one of several auch entertainments provided for the lit- tie cripples each, year, U.S. Civilian Aircraft Plunges Into Mississippi; 12 in Services Aboard Memphis, Tenn., February 11, (JP) A giant American Airlines plane crashed into the choppy Mississippi River last midnight, carry ing 24 persons to their deaths 'in the worst blow to civilian aviation in the United States since 1940. Fifteen hours after the tragedy, the lob of lifting the big transport probably still holding the bodies of its victims was Just getting underway in the 22-foot-deep channel. Parts of the fuselage and a wing, along with smaller pieces, were recovered witn grappung hooks but the major work awaited heavy salvage equipment being provided by U.S. Army engineers. Twelve of the 21 passengers were members of the armed service one of them a member of the Women's Army Corps. In addition, three crew members lost their lives. Airline officials here and those at the crash scene 19 miles south of Memphis were unable to suggest any cause for the accident. The plane was in contact with the airport at 11:31 p.m. - seven minutes before it was scheduled to land. It was completing the Little Rock-Memphis leg of its flight from Los Angeles to New York. The death toll was but one short of the worst civilian plane accident in the country's history the crash of a Pennsylvania Airlines transport near Lovettsviue, va, AUgusi ju, 1940. It was the worst in the history of American Airlines. The spot where the plane went down was hut 40 miles from Goodwin. Ark, where another American Airliner crash killed 17 persons in 1938. Charley Williams, night watchman on an engineer barge, said the plane seemed to be in no trouble before its right wing tipped and it hit the water about one-fourth a mile off shore. "Something exploded. it sounded like when you light a skyrocket," Williams said. A "swishing sound" followed and then "an explosion like a Dig lirecracKer-before it sank. Williams said he noticed the plane because of its low altitude and was certain it was not on fire. He and his foreman, W. R. Wellborn, went to the scene in a boat but were unable to locate any trace of the ship. Airport officials "said the plane had favorable weather conditions with a good ceiling. Among the passengers were an executive and two employees of the Sperry Gyroscope Company on an undisclosed mission which had carried them to New York. Sperry records identified them as James J. Ryan, 27, assistant manager of the Armament Sales Division; Daniel S. Pensyl, 27, and Randel C Matthews, 24, both project engineers in the research laboratory. 'Try and Get Me' Gang Has One 21-year Old A 21-year-old Montreal North man and three juvenile boys were arrested last night and held for arraignment in local police court today on charges of theft ty nreatt-ing and entering as police of the municipality climaxed investigation or a series of burglaries oy a gang which left "Try and get me" as a challenge when they fled damaged or burglarized premises. Detained at first by Chief F. H Bonneville and Const. Armand Des-pres and held for Juvenile Court officers here, the quartet were placed under ordinary arrest last night. Barthelemy Belisle, 21, and a 15-year-old were kept in police cells while the other two. 16 and 17, respectively, were released on parole pending arraignment. The charge against the four arises from the theft of $200 worth of goods from the home of Edouard Masson, lawyer. 5741 Gouin boulevard east. Police had been investigating a series of housebreakings and property damages occurring in Montreal North since late September. CRITICISM UNANSWERED Reply to Fr. Gariepyn Parks Withheld Pending: Report The Department of Public Works, grounds, was still mute yesterday about the criticisms voiced earlier this week by Father W. Garieny, general diocesan cnapiain ior me Plavtrrnnna fminril Fr. Garienv claimed that the playgrounds direction was incom- had fled from the parks, and that the $50,000 budget last year had been spent mostly on salaries. The Public Works Department yesterday declared that the reply to the criticisms awaited a full report from Superintendent Delphis Demers of the Parks and Playgrounds Division. "We will give a full and complete answer at the time the report has been analyzed," said a departmental spokesman. Meanwhile, several councillors, Including J. J. M. Savignac and Camille Cote, as well as Mayor Ad-hemar Raynault, stepped into the discussion. . Councillor Savignac claimed the operation of the City's playgrounds last year was "monstrous", while Councillor Cote claimed that the citizens had not received "their money's worth." ..... Mayor Raynault held that the La-fontaine Park playground, which Fr. Gariepy directed before the City's new system went into effect, "lacked the elan and enthusiasm of children" he had noticed in previous years. . HAGGIS SHOOT PLANNED Black Watch Units Exchange Challenge The Third (R) Battalion. Black Watch of Canada, has Issued a challenge to the Second Battalion for a Haggis Shoot" at a date and time to be decided later, It was announced Thursday. (A Haggis Shoot Is a musketry competition In which the losing team must tender a dinner to the winners.) The Second Battalion will hold full kit inspection next week on regular company parade nights; headquarters, support and B com- Sanies on Monday night; A, C and i companies on Wednesday night Men are expected to report for this Inspection with U equipment and uniforms which they have out on issue, including summer uniform. r. ' xxr Although official uneasiness over the plight of British and American troops holding the Anzio beachhead south of Rome is reflected ia London and .Washington, it falls short of any real apprehension that another Allied JJunKcrque is impending. Bad weather seriously limits the effectiveness of Allied air power. tie weapon chiefly relied upon to expand the surprise landing operations. It does not similarly nullify Allied sea power. Rain or no rain, the guns of the British Mediterranean fleet hold a veto power over Nazi attempts to drive tha beachhead garrison into the sea again. That is meagre comfort to draw from a situation in the Italian campaign so recently bright with possibilities that a German retreat upon the peninsula to abandon Rome mignt result irom tne sea borne flanking attack. There is no authoritative version yet of just what happened other man an iu-omenea in tr.e weather to turn a nromiiin Allied offensive drive from the sea into a defensive siege. The mighty Russian offensive that is assembling German armies in, the east gained new momentum. however. Moscow announced cap ture or bnepetovka junction by troops of the firstUkrainian ansy. Its fall opened new routes for Russian attacks southwestward to cut the Odessa-Warsaw railway and leaves the wnole Nazi soutnem flank in Russia trapped against the Rumanian border. RUSSIANS MOP-UP. Russian mopping-up campaign ia the Dnieper bend are far to the north between the Luga and Volk hov rivers carving ' unfillabie gaps in Nazi ranks. It is in the centre of the long eastern battle line, not on its Baltic or Black Sea flanks, however, that the possibilities of supreme military disaster are stalking the German forces. With fall of Shepetovka. a new-Russian major offensive to sniasii across that railroad on a wide frcnt. take Tamopol and surge on into Northeastern Rumania to outflani every possible Nazi riverbank defence front ia the south may be in progress. Capture of Shepetovka puts ta Russian hands a long stretch cf the Berdlchev - Warsaw railroad. It furnishes means of quick lateral communications between Berdlchev In the southeast and Luck tLutsk) and Rowne (Rivno) in the 'northwest close behind that wide stretch of the Russian front threatenir.2 the Odessa-Warsaw railroad. Connecting lines fan out from Shepetovka to Tamopol and Pros-kuriv, both important points of th Odessa-Warsaw line. There is no point on the 200-mile span of that last direct communication link with Germany for the whole Nazi ring wing in the east between Lwow ard Zmerinka. Just where the final Russian mass blow will come to close the vast trap on the foe in the centre can only be conjectured. Shepetovka is less than 80 air line miles from the Odessa-Warsaw railroad. With the Eerdichev-Luck railroad available for quick cross transportation of troops and equipment Soviet leaders are in a position to mass overwhelming superior forces at any elected point on a 200-mile front for a break-through attack in the centre that .would climax the winter offensive and crack the German eastern front apart. It would set the stage for Russian invasion of Rumania from the northeast down the main road to Bucharest and Floesti. Raynault Defends City On Venereal Incidence Rising to the defence of the metropolis. Mayor Adhemar Rsyr.sult yesterday questioned the conclusions reached by the committee which set a high rate of incidence of venereal diseases in Montreal and whica blamed local conditions. 'There was an understanding tithe meeting on January 13, at which I was present, that the report would not be given publication. Ia vitvr of the conclusions drawn from th report I must say that they are cot definitely justified." Even accepting the incidence for Montreal of 18 per cent, the figures do not "make Montreal a breed-, g-ground for the disease," said the mayor. "In fact, it shows Montreal to have a pretty good record in view of the fact that the number of persons who come here for entertainment represent mere than 14 per cent, of the population.... The mayor declared he was in favor of full cooperation in the campaign to eradicate venereal diseases and that he had conferred with the police department head and urged him to give every assistance to the campaign to rid tfc city of the diseases. AIRMAN LOSES $100 Leaves Wallet in Hotel Phona Booth ' PO. Donald Derbecker, R.C.A T of St Jacob's, Ont, told detectives that his wallet, containing $100 and all his identification papers, had disappeared shortly alter he forgot it in the telephone booth of ait uptown hotel last night "The wallet also contained a return traia ticket for Kitchener, Ont, where Derbecker intended to go on a week's furlough from the La chine Manning Depot Det-Sgts. E. Jette and A. Giroux of the night patrol were able to get the airman's baggage from a local railway station for him, and the airman left for Kitchener and home with money borrowed from a friend. MAN, WIFE, SON HELD I Goods, Believed Stoles, Al legedly Found in Their Home A middle-aged coupl and their 20-year-old ion were held by poiic on theft charges last night shortly after about $400 worth of dry goods, believed stolen, was allegedly found in their home. Identified as Adelard Bernier, 35, 1672 Frontenac street his wife, 52. and their son, Raymond, th trio was taken into custody by Det-Sgts. W. Hachey and S. Laeroix of the city night patrol and investigators L. Bfuteau, A. Dore and P. Lafram-boUe of CP.R. polic. Owners of th dry Roods, including slipper, underwear. rr.n trousers, shirts and children' wear. I were uok&own police said. ,- 'fc iii r i rf A iiuia''ii i

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