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U. S. WEATHER FORECAST SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY fft SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY CLOUDY WITH OCCASIONAL LIGHT RAINS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY; LITTLE CHANGE IN TEMPERATURE: GENTLE SOUTHWEST WINDS. E70RTY-SIXTH YEAR I V I LD 10 YEAR Var Department Has No Present Intention to Change Draft Ages or Extend Training IENERAL MARSHALL SPEAKS Ipeaker Rayburn Says Law May Be Changed to Allow Youths To Pick Their Own Year (Bv Associated Press) WASHINGTON, April 29. Straight from Gen. George Marshall, chief of staff, i house appropriations sub committee learned that the var department has no pres nit intention of asking con gress to change the 21-35 Iraft ages, or extend the one ear training period for electees. Chairman Snyder, Pennsylvania democrat, of the war department ppropriations subcommittee today iscloscd this testimony which he aid Marshall had given in a brief iiscussion of the operation of the elective service law. Snyder quoted Marshall as testi-ying spaiiiiy that the depart-nent has no plans to ask congress :o order an extension of the one- .-ear training period for any person subjected to a year's training under Jxisting law. Boards May Finish Classification Job Brig.-Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, se- ective service director, said to- light local draft boards had been lermitted to classify all of their egistrants immediately. Gen. Hershey emphasized that the boards had not been ordered to take uch action. The Instructions simply neant, he said, that the boards ould complete all of the classifica-ions if they desired, since suffi-ient copies of draft questionnaires how are available. Previously, national headquarters iad ordered the boards to hold dis- rlbution to 50 per cent or less of he total number of registrants be- 'ause "we wanted to havo enough luestlonnaire blanks to go around ind because the big Immediate job )f the boards was to produce men." Conscription Option Under Consideration 'Now, however, we have enough Manks printed and we're 'over the lump' so far as men is concerned," rlershey continued. "If the boards iave some time on their hands, they can go right down the lists and classify everybody." (By United Press) WASHINGTON. Anril 2!). Rnnnk. tr Sam Rayburn said today that Selective service law revisions now peing considered by the administration and congressional leaders kould permit eligible young men to aKe a years army training any .ime betwen the ages of 18 and 23. Rayburn said the urorfosal. an- harently the one referred to recent ly by President Roosevelt, would equire everv nhvsicallv fit vnunp nan between the ages of 18 and 23 o undergo a year's training. The outh would have the choice as to he year he would fulfill his obliga-ion, Parachute War Cry 'Geronimo' (By Associated Press) FT. BENNING, Ga., April 29.-The lattle cry of the army's new 501st parachute battalion is "Geronimo," i word that puzzled many until it vas explained. On the day of the first iumn. Aubrey Eberhardt. a lumner. and Leo Brown of the ground crew, arranged to test Eberhardt's nerve. He was to shout a certain word unafraid. It was assumed he'd forget it if he were scared. That's right, his yell of "Geronl- tno" made it the battalion's battle ry. former Reporter to H ead Police Force (By Associated Press) PASADENA, April 29.-Robert S. Scares, former reporter-photographer of the Pasadena Post, has been rap LJ El IN ARMY OR OWES llnamed acting chief of police to suc ceed unaries a. Kelley, retired. THIRTY PAGES fo)R1 A W i'i U II I f fi 1 lis. " I & t Stir - W-l-m .iM&Afo Only 75 at Peace Rally Not even Theodore Dreiser, famed author, could draw more than a handful of University of California campus to a peace rally across the the microphone, was heard by 75 the American Student union. White House Pokes Again at Lindbergh Roosevelt Aide Wonders Whether Flier Has Returned Nazi Medal 'to Mr. Hitler' (By Associated Press) WASHINGTON, April 29. The war department accepted Col. Charles A. Lindbergh's resignation from the air corps reserve today and the White House simultaneously took two more thrusts at the famous aviator and critic of administration foreign policy. Stephen Early, the president's sec-.j retary, said the resignation made him wonder whether Lindbergh returned "to Mr. Hitler'' a German decoration conferred upon him several years ago. Early also took the flier to task for issuing his letter of resignation to the press before it had been received by the president. The resignation followed a press conference statement by Mr. Roosevelt grouping Lindbergh with ap-peasers of the Revolutionary war and the Copperheads of the Civil war period. ' Senator Tobey Raps Roosevelt's Attitude This, the flier said, impugned his loyalty, character and motives, and left him "no honorable alternative" except to resign his reserve commission. His announcement was made and his letter given to the press yesterday in New York. The White House attitude toward the flier was criticized on the floor of the senate today by Senator Tobey, New Hampshire Republican, who said President Roosevelt was using his "great office" to interfere with freedom of speech. "When Colonel Lindbergh dares state his views on the war," Tobey said, "word goes out of the White Ell CENTER (By Associated Press) SEATTLE, April 29. The C.I.O. today laid claim to the two-year contract between the Boeing Aircraft Co. and its 10,000 workers through an "assignment" from A.F.L.-Aeronautical Mechanics union officers who had been removed from office by their international president. The legal move came after Police Chief William H. Sears announced he had discovered "subversive elements" planned to throw a picket line around the airplane factory today, and the army corps suddenly cancelled a defense test of the company's three units by the 205th coast artillery (anti-aircraft). No pickets appeared, but police relieved five men of cargo hooks outside the No. 1 plant during the afternoom The men were distributing C.I.O. literature. Major-Gen. Kenyon A. Joyce, corps commander at Fort Lewis, declined to be quoted, but subordinates (Continued on Page 2, Column 3). III P at Los Angeles students from their street. Dreiser, shown speaking at students at the meeting sponsored by House classing him as a Copper head." Early, in commenting on the Lindbergh letter of resignation, said it was the second time a letter from the flier to the White House was made public before it reached the recipient. The first instance, he explained, was several years ago when he protested the president's action in ordering a general cancel lation of air mail contracts following the disclosures of a senate investigating committee. Nazi Medal Awarded Lindbergh by Goering In his reference to a German decoration, Early apparently had in mind the Nazi Order of the German Eagle awarded to the flier by Field Marshal Herman Wilhelm Goering at a reception by the United States ambassador in Berlin in 1938. Goer ing said Hitler had ordered the dec oration bestowed as a token of Germany's esteem for what Lindbergh had done for aviation. Lindbergh did not need congressional approval to receive the medal. Congress had authorized him, soon after his transatlantic flight in 1927, to accept all decorations offered by foreign governments, then and later. Bv Associated Press) CHICAGO, April 29. The National Safety council served notice tonight that the 1941 traffic death toll in the United States would reach an all-time high unless motorists apply the brakes of caution immediately. The organization reported fatalities in the first quarter numbered 8,110, an increase of 16 per cent over the corresponding period of 1940. If the upward trend remained unbroken, it added, the 1941 total would approximate 40,000 the greatest in the nation's history and substantially above the previous record of 39,643 established in 1937. Illustrator to Wed Actress Mary Brian HOLLYWOOD, April 29. Mary Brian, movie actress, and JonWhit-comb, New York magazine illustrator, announced today they would be married next Sunday at the home of her mother, Mrs. Louise Brian, TRAFFIC DEATH TIL SOARING AJfD TH1 UYI SIAIE BUDGET Administration Spokesmen Say Olson, Economy Bloc May Iron Out Differences PARLEYS SCHEDULED TODAY Collier 'Church School' Bill Voted; Religious Teaching Provided by Measure (Bv Assnrintprl Prpaa SACRAMENTO, April 29. Belief that administration and economy bloc forces are near an agreement over major differences that have stalled assembly considera tion of Governor Olson's half-billion dollar budget was expressed by adminis tration assemblymen today. Assemblyman F. Ray Bennett spokesman for the Olson forces, de clared after a conference over the newest compromise proposal that "I believe it Is possible we will get to gether. He said the two groups would nitesd a&ain tomcrrow to ' discuss a proposed modit'.f.viton the bitter ly-opposed "line-item" feature of the budget which sets out the exact amount that individual bureaus and divisions may spend for specific purposes of government. Administration members charged the "line- item" budget Is too inelastic to be workable. Church Instruction Allowed in Measure Continuation of the compromise meetings forced postponement of as sembly consideration of the budget until tomorrow or later. The senate passed the Collier "church school" bill by a vote of 21 to 16 following debate in which communism, the "home circle," the 40-hour week, labor controversies and "Dead End" children figured in the comments of senators. The bill by Senator Randolph Collier of Yreka would give school boards permissive authority to excuse children, on request of parents, for instruction at churches or other places designated by the par ents. Collier declared the education in religious and morals would "fill a need now sadly lacking" and would help to relieve society of juve nile delinquents. Longer Senate Term Proposed by Swing The assembly refused by a vote of 41 to 28 to reconsider the vote by which it passed the Desmond bill which the author, Assemblyman Earl Desmond of Sacramento, said would save approximately $12,000,- 000 through the prevention of abuses of the unemployment insur ance act. The bill now goes to the senate. Governor Olson vetoed assembly bill 243 proposing to transfer the duties and powers of the state fish and game commission to a new commission created under a constitutional amendment approved by the voters last year. He based his veto on an opinion from the attorney-general's office that the legislation would result in a hiatus in the office of the commission. Six-year terms for state senators were proposed in a senate commit tee by Senator Ralph Swing of San Bernardino during consideration of an assembly measure to extend terms of assemblymen from two to four years. Swing said he would prepare such an amendment. Sen ators now are elected for four years. Card Game Skill Makes Mistake (By Associated Press) VALLEJO, April 29. "Come right into the club room, buddy got some swell games back there." Police Chief Earl Dierking was out for a stroll in the evening air, but this unexpected invitation from the man In the doorway interested him. So he went in. He walked down a long hall, peeked in at a dice game, nabbed the doorman and two others in the hall, and took them to the lockup. Then he sent an inspector for the operator of the dice game. Today the operator paid a $250 fine, and each of the others a $25 AGREEMENT I BATTLE NEARS fine for vagrancy BemaM o Comtyr. DAILY ORANOI Bit NEWS Bioff Income Details Given William Bioff, movie labor organ izer, accused of evading $85,000 tax payment on 1936-7 income. (Bv Associated Press) LOS ANGELES, April 29. Fed eral authorities, who last year ob tained indictment of William Bioff, movie labor organizer, charging he evaded payment of $85,000 in taxes on his 1936-37 income, filed a bill of particulars today alleging he re ceived $27,853.25 in 1936 and $169,- 846.98 in 1937. The bill set forth, however, that Bioff had paid $634.70 taxes on his 1937 income. Amounts listed ranged from eight cents from the Oak Park Trust & Savings bank at Oak Park, 111., to $100,000 purportedly received from individuals, including. Joseph M, Schenck. Schenck, head of 20th Century Fox studio, recently was convicted in New York of Income tax evasion. Other major Items include: From Sc'uenck and others, 500 shares of Continental Can, value $24,404; from Schenck and others, 1,000 shares of 20th Century-Fox Corp., stock $22,000, and from Schenck and others, $10,000 in stock from the Holly wood Turf club and 500 shares of Consolidated Oil stock. Additional listings include salary from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, sale of rugs, merchandise and draperies, bank interest and dividends, Bioff is scheduled to be tried June 24 on the two-count indictment. Bioff, Hollywood organizer for the I.A.T.S.E., received $2,448 salary from the union in 1936 and $3,000 in 1937, the bill of particulars sets forth. It also says he sold the union two Chinese rugs, one Sarouk, two fur rugs and two fringe rugs for $1,334. f (Bv Associated Press) TRENTON, N. J., April 29 Representative Joseph W. Martin, Massachusetts Republican, . charged today that Republican investigators "have found waste, corruption, graft, incompetency" in the national defense program. He sailed on the public to "demand the truth'1 about defense pro duction and expenditures, asserting that it was "not getting the facts now." Speaking at a luncheon honoring New Jersey assemblywomen, the G.O.P. national chairman said the public should also demand the national defense "be managed, controlled and produced by the trained and experienced military and naval experts, with the help of honest and experienced managers of industry and leaders of labor." "This is no time," he said, "to turn over to new deal theorists the management and production of our national defense. They totally lack the necessary training, tempera ment and ability to do the job. "x x x The need for an invincible national defense is too great, too vital, too pressing for us to lose a single day In any strike. "Let us demand the work be kept going and let the decisions, through mediation and compromise, be retro active, but let nothing stop the work x x x." Man Accused of Fur Robberies (Bv Associated Press) LOS ANGELES, April 29. Police accused Lloyd Marchus, 38, today of several robberies of Beverly Hills residents, including motion picture actors. Detective Lieut. Charles Brldgman said Marchus admitted the theft of $8,000 worth of furs and jewelry from the home of Roger Pry or 8nd his wife, Ann Sothern, and $1,500 worth of furs from the homo of John Hersholt, son of Actor Jean oj a) MART N S WASTE, CRAFT 05o a month to copy an NAVY PATROLS IT KEPT OUT OF WAR ZONES Roosevelt Emphasizes They Will Go as Far as Necessary to Defend This Hemisphere CIVILIAN PLANES ROUND UP Price Control Legislation Under Consideration but President Uncertain About Action (Bv Associated Press) I 1TTAOUTTnrnnT A Oft vvAonuxuiuii, auih iD. President Roosevelt said umay mau Ainwican navai vessels were not barred from entering corneal; zones ana Strongly reiterated that American patrols would go as iar as may oe necessary for the defense of the west ern hemisphere. He made this statement at a press conference a short time after Admiral Harold R. Stark, the chief of naval operations, had said that at some points the patrols were operating a3 much as 2,000 miles off shore. The president remarked that that depended on where you measured from. ... , Survey of Civilian Airplanes Ordered At the same time, Mr. Roosevelt toiu reporters: That he had reauested Secretarv Jones of the commerce department to institute a survey for the purpose of determining quickly how many civilian airplanes and of what types could be bought for the defense of democracy. He hoped a substantial number could be acquired. The civil aeronautics administration said that 17,351 civil aircraft were registered in the United States on Jan. 1, 1941, of which 358 were transports, That there probably would be an announcement soon concerning the transfer of coast guard vessels to the navy, a step taken usually only in time of war. 'Misinterpretations' Surprise President That he was considering price control legislation but was uncertain as yet whether such action would be recommended to congress. The president expressed surprise at what he considered misinterpretations of his original announce ment concerning the patrols, which are now combing the Atlantic (and the Pacific, too, Stark said) for axis submarines or other axis vessels for the purpose of reporting their pres ence to authorities at Washington and to vessels carrying war sup plies. He had mentioned, he said, that in 1939 the neutrality patrol was operating as far at sea as 1,000 miles from the Maryland coast. This did not mean, he made it clear, that the present patrols would be limited to any such distance, and he said re peatedly that they would go where- ever it was necessary that they (Continued on Page 2, Column 4) Churchill Tests Conduct of War (By Associated Press) LONDON, April 29. Prime Min ister Churchill told a cheering house of commons today that debate would be held next week on the Greek campaign and the conduct of the war, and he demanded a vote of confidence for his government. Suggestions for creation of a small supreme war cabinet and for debate on war and peace aims drew a flat "no." Churchill thus invited his parliamentary critics to find flaws in his war policy and called for a verdict when debate ends. The prime minister maintained his steady silence on details of the war. In reply to Edgar Louis Granville, Laborite, who demanded to know whether the country would get more news of the war situation, Churchill said: "I hope the country will always get all possible news on the war situation, but I hope, in fact I am sure, the country would not wish to re ceive news which would add to the dangers of our troops, whose dan gerous and critical operations are being successfully carried out." Members cheered loudly, taking this as an Intimation that a large part of tha forces in Greece had been saved. WITH 161,108 POPULATION 13 EIGHTH IN CALIFORNIA AND WITH 20,157 SQUARE MILES 13 LARGEST IN AREA IN AMERICA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, APRIL 30, 1941 LfU la PLYMOUTH AGAIN RAIDED HEA VILY; DEATH TOLL HUGE Russian Ban on Shipments of War Material Across Nation May Be of Significance (By Associated Press) German bombers made their fifth heavy attack in eight nights on Plymouth, southwest England port and, naval base, last night and early today while the royal air force raided Mannheim, German industrial and commercial city on the Rhine and Neckar rivers. A British government communique which spoke only of "a town in southwest England" said it was feared casualties would prove heavy, including a large number of fatalities. German reports asserted dnwn hr a ci'no-lo Herman nio - " " "J " .y. we.. no004 - f Vo nrW wow Hpsrrnverl gaid three mvading bombers mention anv British losses. The Germans said a number of civilians were killed or woun(jed in the R.A.F. attack on Germany. . wh. ri-hi. r.:ja nTI T?nc,inT1j follower! a seven-honr hnm, kardment of the Dover area Berlin Warns XL S. Against Convoy Plan fTtv TTnited Press) BERLIN. April 29. Germany warned the United States today that anv attempt to convoy or carry war gunDlies to Britain can result only m the "rapid sinking or American ships." "The blockade of berman weapons is waiting on all routes be- tween America ana ngiana, saia the influential Jjeuuscn Aigememo Zeitung. "Americans would do well to nar- bor no illusions. With or without the use of their own warships, traveling in convoys or alone, all war deliveries fundamentally are 'good for sinking'." A steadily intensifying "nate cam paign against tne unuea oiaiea appeared to be devised to prepare the German people for the possibil ity of American entry into the war and to let Washington and the world know that Germany was w&tching closely and preparing for any eventuality. For a week the controlled JNazi press has displayed prominently the news of efforts to keep the United States out of the war, playing up statements bv Charles A. Lind bergh and Senator Burton K. Wheeler. (By Associated Press) MEXICO CITY, April 29. Foreign Minister Ezequiel Padilla an nounced tonight Italy had seized three 10,000-ton tankers built in Genoa for Mexico in reprisal for Mexico's expropriation of 10 Italian merchant ships harbored at Tampi-co and Vera Cruz. The Italian minister Count Al berto Marchetti notified the foreign office of Italy's action when he formally protested against Presi dent Avila Camacho's expropriation decree. The tankers in Genoa were built by Italy for Mexico In return for $2,500,000 in petroleum. The oil was delivered to Italy but the war prevented delivery of the vessels to Mexico. WEE MEXIGAN SHIPS Plymouth Evacuated After Terrible German Attacks By EDDY GILMORE (Associated Press Writer) PLYMOUTH, April 30. (Wednes day) A large part of this steadily bombed port where Britain bases some of her anti-submarine fleet was declared an evacuation area today and steps were taken to remove Immediately 10,000 school children to the rural areas of Devon and Cornwall. This raid, the fourth in the last seven days, added to the piles of rubble now so great that civilians wear makeshift masks to keep the AS four British, planes were shot hf. Tmrsinr. nlflnp arm that, at r on the crnunri! the Kntish were destroyed, but failed to yesterday by long-range Ger- man cannon. Clear weather over the channel aided the sweeping Nazi tactics which Britons fear some day may prove to be a prelude to invasion. Russia, in a move which may be of great significance! was reported to have decreed that henceforth no war material would be- allowed to cross her territory. Germany is reported to have re ceived considerable war materials from Japan via the Trans-Siberian railway. Britons also have been disturbed by reports that U. S. supplies shipped on order to Russia even tually found their way into Ger many. Munitions, aircraft parts and ac cessories, machine tools for making munitions, explosives and poisons came under the ban. 'Window Dressing' Suspicion in London Foreign observers In London ex pressed the opinion that the reported ban constituted "probably more window dressing than anything else," but nevertheless indicated "it might be Russia's answer to Germany for occupation of Balkan countries." Much of Plymouth already had been declared an evacuation area because of steady Nazi bombings that destroyed whole zones and left hundreds homeless. "Bombs were also dropped at oth er points in the southwest and in southern England, East Anglia and south Wales. Some damage was done, and at one place in south Wales there was a number of cas ualties, and some persons were killed," the Wednesday morning communique concluded. One hospital at Plymouth In which children were reported to ba patients was wrecked by a direct hit and a number of casualties were feared. The whole area was shaken by the thunder of bombs and a terrific anti-aircraft barrage sent up in re ply. R.A.F. Strikes Back And Speedboats Battle Hundreds of flares threw a yellow curtain across the sky as the awesome prelude to the crash of bombs mighty enough to blast a whole block of buildings. Explosives were scattered over an extraordinarily wide area of the residential district and the surrounding countryside. The war's heaviest cross-channel bombardment in the Calais-Dover area began shortly after 8 a.m. yesterday and continued intermittently until some time after 3 p.m. It was the sort of barrage to be expected with any Invasion attempt. R.A.F. bombers struck back at the (Continued on Page 2, Column 7) casualties to a population which only a few hours earlier had finished burying the victims of preceding attacks In a communal grave. The downtown section of the city looks as if it had first been swept by mountainous' flames, then smashed with a monstrous hammer. Dust from wrecked stores, churches, banks, restaurants and movU theaters blows and sifts as In a a American dust bowl storm, througH the twisted steel and wooden frame works of buildings. h dust from blinding them. The raid also caused additional , ' r Hersholt,

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