Daily News from New York, New York on February 11, 1943 · 89
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Daily News from New York, New York · 89

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Thursday, February 11, 1943
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Thursday. February 11, 1943 TeL MUrray Hill 2-1231 Publltbt dally nnpi Sundy by Nwi 8jmdIrU Co., Inc.. at B. 43d t.. Borough of Muihtttaa. Mm Tork, N.Y. Dally mill lubseription rales: U.S. $8.0 : Canada, $15.00 a year. For th Daily and Sunday News. V 8. S10 r0 per year; Canada. $-0.00 President, J. M. Patterson; treasurer, B. R. McCormtrk: second ira fresldent and (antral manager. Kay C- Holds. eertary. 9. M. riynn. aUf?2B.4SdSt..KcwTwfc. N. Y. MKMRCB OF TRK ASSOCIATED PBESS The Ansorlatexl Press is exclusively entitled to the dee for republication of all news dispatches credited to It or not otherwise credited in this paper and also the local news vubhnned herein. All riirht of re mi hi cat ion of special dispatches herein also are reserved. GUADALCANAL The Japs admit that they have pulled their troops off Guadalcanal, "after their missions had been fulfilled," and the conquest is hailed in this country as a smashing vic- tory for Americans arms. Story of It all began last Aug. 7, .when the 'A Victory Navy, using Marines, cut loose" with a surprise offensive against Guadalcanal in what Gen. Mac Arthur called "a Navy show." Henderson Airfield was taken next day. That night the Japs dealt us a little Pearl Harbor in the Battle of Savo Island, when they caught our naval forces napping and sank three U S. cruisers and one Australian cruiser and landed 1,000 crack jungle troops on the island. The offensive was badly planned, according to the on-the-spot evidence assembled in Richard Tregaskis' appalling "Guadalcanal Diary" (Random House, New York, 1943, 263 pages, 26 photographs, endpaper maps, $2.50). Our boys were left without air cover for 13 days, among other boners. They acquitted themselves with fierce gallantry throughout the long fight, and scored several notable successes. Biggest of these was the sea-air battle of Nov. 13-15, in which a Jap invasion fleet was hashed up to the tune of 28 Jap ships sunk (including 16 warships) and 10 damaged. Other victories were the battles of Cape Espe-rance (Oct. 11-12) and the Santa Cruz Islands (Oct. 26). Major Gen. Alexander A. Vandegrift's Marines were largely replaced Jan. 21 by Army forces under Major Gen. Alexander M. Patch. Jap casualty claims are specific, ours indefinite up to now. The Japs claim (via Berlin radio) to have wiped out 25,000 American troops, shot down or destroyed more than 240 American planes, and put out of commission more than 30 guns and 25 tanks. The Japs admit losing 16,734 killed and died of wounds and disease, and 139 planes. Our leaders content themselves with saying that our losses were numbered in hundreds, as against thousands for the Japanese. One hopes that is true. The Guadalcanal victory gives us a takeoff point of much value for drives against other Jap strongholds farther up in the Pacific Rabaul, Munda, Kavieng, and points in the Gilbert, Caroline, Marshall Pierce the Heart and Marianas island groups. The Limbs Perish But Jt took us six month3 . to make this modest start. If this is to be our rate of speed in that war area, yie job of rolling the Japs back through New Guinea, Timor, the Dutch East Indies, the Philippines and Malaya will take years. It will also take large numbers of valuable American lives, planes and ships, and cost immense amounts of money. And Germany is still unlicked. It looks to us as if our best hope of beating Japan lies in stabbing at the heart of Japanese, power, not in hacking away at the Japanese Empire's toes. The heart of Japanese power is in the Japanese home islands, and centers around Tokio and Yokohama. Pierce the heart and the limbs perish. We could stab at that heart if we could base ample heavy bombers in Siberia, on airfield sites "lend-leased," so to speak, by Russia, and equipped by us. Given enough bombers so based, we could make Colognes, Turins and Ham-burgs out of Japan's industrial cities. Our Government, we believe, should press this proposition on Russia, and press it now. We cannot see that the plea that Russia has its hands full with Germany and must not be asked to offend Japan holds water. The Japs are not laying off Russia because they love Russia. If they thought they could take Russia's Maritime Provinces now, they would attack now; and Russia .knows it. They will attack as soon as their chances of victory look good to them. It would therefore be no onesided favor to us for Russia to lend-lease us some airfield sites in Siberia. A thousand American bombers based in Siberia could not only strafe Japan but could seriously interfere with any invasion troops the Japs might try to ship across the Sea of Japan into Siberia. The proposal is to Ae joint interest of Russia and the United States. Our Government should be able to make the realistic Mr. Stalin see the point if our Government would argue the point strongly enough at Moscow. "GLOBALONEY" Representative Clare Boothe Luce (R-Conn.), in her maiden speech in the House Tuesday, coined a new word which we expect to play a big part in the 1944 Presidential campaign. The word is "globaloney" ; and Mrs. Luce uses it to describe a lot of the "global thinking" which Henry A. Wallace and assorted stargazers urge us to go in for to the hilt. It's a fine word, we think, and it strikes a responsive chord in one's brain, because globaloney is exactly what a lot of this "global thinking" is, no matter how you slice it. The Inquiring otograpber By JIMMY JEMAIL. The News will pay $S for every timely, interesting question submitted and used in this column. Today's award goes to Norma Coff. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass. THE QUESTION. At what point in your training as a nurse did you most feel like quitting:? THE PLACE." Long; Beach Hospital, Long Beach, L. I. THE ANSWERS. Leoni H. Jackson, superintend ent of nurses: "I never felt like quitting:. I entered the Army School of Nursing; during; the World War. My mother had no son to give to her country, so I went. That's the honest truth. The help I could give others, phis the advantages in a nurse's life, have prompted me to continue in the profession." Alice R. Lake, floor supervisor: "There were days when I felt like quitting, like most others, but the next day presented a new problem, some one else to nurse and help. I just continued along, and the work became more interesting. Here and there a sick person proposes marriage and, before you know it, three years go bv and you are an RN." Emily T. Fedus, assistant floor supervisor: "When I started in s u r g e r y. There was much of the work that I didn't like to see and I often felt like giving up. Once. I al-most did. It was a most difficult operation, but after it was all over, I was so sorry for the patient that I stayed and nursed her back to health." J. Yvonne Dietisheim. Long Beach: "When I was assigned to the labor room. The pain felt by the women, their screaming and the agony on their faces made me want to go far away. I was a young girl and you couldn't blame me. I'd actually leave for a few minutes, but would return to help. Now, it's wonderful helping others." Jessie M. Strickland, private nurse: "I did quit because I became discouraged. The work was difficult and hard, when training with no time off. However, I was de- . termined to be a nurse and returned to complete my train ing. I'm happy that I did, because I've been very successful as a nurse and I believe I have done a lot of good." Frances J. Hofman, Oceanside, L. I.: I am one of thefewnurses in training who have never felt like quitting. I like the work very much. There is no profession in which a girl can do more good. Helping people who are in dis tress and seeing how much they appreciate your help will keep me in the profession." ' i VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Please 'she name ami miirtxs with your letter, We will withhold both u request. HOW INDEED? Bloomfield, N. J.: In your fight for the Ruml plan, News, you have overlooked a good argument in its behalf. How about .the millions of service men who will be called on to pay income taxes after the war? LOOP. VETERAN'S FUNERALS Manhattan: The News recently published a story about a World War No. 1 veteran who was saved by friends from burial in potter's field. Let m state that no veteran of any U. S. war need worry about final services. The Government by law provides $100 or more for burial expenses, a U. S. flag for the nearest of kin, a grave with a suitable stone and a separate grave for the wife, plus burial of unmarried children in either grave. The Army details a firing squad and a bugler daily at these national cemeteries. There are certain public-spirited undertakers who will handle such funerals for no more than the Veterans' Administration allowance. SOL E. SCHIFF. COUPLE OF CREEDS Manhattan: Three cheers for the memory of Abraham Lincoln, and his humanitarian creed of, "Government of the people, . the oeo-ple. and for the people." Three jeers for present day politicians, many of whom follow the creed of buy the people, sell the people, and to hell with the people. WILLIAM MELTZER. WANTS NO THIRD PARTY Manhattan: Why don't you ly off trying to uisrup''. thin;; -, News ? Your latest stunt is an editorial kind word for a possible third party movement down South. Why don't you pull for the U. S A., you Quislings of the first water ? MARGARET GARRISON. SINGLE-MINDED JOE Brooklyn: A group of friends and myself have coined a new word which we wish added to the English language. The word is Stalin-ology, and it means the art or science of acting and thinking for one's own countrv over and above everything else. H. W. HOREIS. LENTEN PETITION Manhattan: Will somebody please ask Mayor LaGuardia to move the meatless day from Tuesday to Wednesday during Lent? Catholics abstain from meats on both Wednesdays and Fridays during the Lenten season. Have a heart. Mr. Mayor. J. J. B. SOME WAR ECONOMIES Manhattan: Like all taxpayers, I view with alarm the rapidly mounting cost of government. Here are two possible economies. Service men should be required to turn in issue uniforms when they obtain commissions, these uniforms to be reconditioned and reissued, or the material otherwise utilized. I think, too, that too little attention is paid in Army messes to leftovers, which, instead of being thrown away, can be turned into attractive dishes bv resourceful cooks. ALEX TAYLOR. BRING IX THE BLOOD Brooklyn: Thank you for the Batchelor cartoon entitled "Vital Statistics." As a Red Cross nurse's aid at the Brooklyn chapter blood bank, I appreciate the need of more blood donors. People from all walks of life are answering this urgent call for blood; but we need many more donors. SALLY DAVIS. NATIVE SON COMPLAINS Manhattan: One cause of the heavy unemployment here is that New York has become a haven for too many uplifting and sobsister-ing crackpots. People who can't make a splash in their native towns come here and soon attach themselves to payrolls, usually at the expense of normal, taxpaving born New Yorkers. G. H. HAVENS. THE STARXES GENIUS New- London. Conn.: Hoi lis Starnes is another writer of News short stories whose work should be published in book form. Katy Kilfeather is a living, breathing, heart-warming creation, who should be preserved between book covers. ISABEL HAWKES. THE GREAT BRUNCH MYSTERY Queens: What the hell ails Sir Basil Boffington-Brunch of the Andy Gump comic strip ? Is he allergic to dogs, or is he just plain nuts? ARTIE HAUSER. - BEG PARDON On Feb. 4, The News credited a Newark judge with opening what was believcJ to be the first war workers' co in the country. Actually Judge John E. Barger of Linden, N. J., has been holding night sessions for war workers for the past year and a half.

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