SAN BERNARDINO DAILY SUN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1940 F.B.I. Joins Hunt for Young German Chemist Missing Since Saturday PAGE FOUR FEAR AIM mm HAD NO FOES Today in Washington No Clues Found and No Sign of Kidnaping Revealed During Search in Area of Lake (Bv United Press) PRINCETON, N. J., Dec. 17. The federal bureau of investigation and police of eight states today sought Dr. Erhard Fernholz, brilliant, 32-year-old German chemist who disappeared Saturday. Carnegie lake, where he was seen the last time, wu vainly dynamited and dragged. Volunteer workers made a painstaking search of surrounding underbrush. Mrs. Mary Fernholz, his wife, his associates he was chief of the division of chemistry in the Squibb Institute for Medical Research and his friends said the quiet, nearsighted chemist had no known enemies. Police said they had no clues and F.B.1 agents said there was no indication he had been kidnaped, although they continued a separate inquiry. ATTACK RUMORED Rumors spread that German agents had done away with him to prevent him from telling chemical secrets he had brought from Germany. He had done outstanding research in vitamins and sex hormones and was experimenting further in these fields when he disappeared. Dr. Fernholz left home Saturday to exercise his two cocker spaniels around the shores of the lake. The dogs returned 45 minutes later, wet, but it was Impossible to tell whether they had been in the lake or through the wet underbrush. Dr. Fernhols was still a German, although he had taken first papers and hoped soon to become a citizen. The natural moisture inside a popcorn kernel Is turned to steam by heat The steam gathers force enough to rupture the hard outer coat of the kernel and turn it inside out By David WASHINGTON, Dec. 17. The sad, sad truth comes out now that the presidential election campaign is over. America's defence program is a floD not altogether, of course. but in terms of substantial help in the year 1941 either to Britain or ourselves. The rosy, optimistic estimates of airplane production namely an average of 1,000 planes per month by this coming January, must now be revised downward by 30 per cent. The authority for this is not some critic of the administration not some defeatist who doesn't want to see America progress, but a member of the president's own national defense advisory commission William S. Knudsen. For weeks and weeks every disinterested person who really knows the defense problem and has had no interest in the politics of it or the need for camouflaging the administration's blunders has realized that the whole defense program is built on the same false bottom that wrecked France and delayed Englandthe theory that everybody can have what he wants and nobody has to sacrifice anything. INDUSTRY BAITED The administration is particularly on the spot because it has baited and tormented industry with propaganda about lack of cooperation and with Russell-Overton amendments to conscript industry, but it has done literally nothing to speed up production on the labor side. Labor was the administration's pricipal ally in the political campaign just closed and labor fought hard for the president because it believed he would protect "labor standards" which is just another way of saying that America's national defense and security must be neglected if a single modification of the demands of the biggest pressure group in America is in any way required. The issue could not slumber long. It has already flared up. Even the army and navy advice are thrust aside. Their recommendations on labor matters are ignored. The drive now is on to force the army and navy to add legislation which congress never passed stipulations that companies may operate only at the mercy of a government inspector who decides whether labor laws are being complied with irrespective of the fact the labor laws require certain procedures through courts. The plea of an admiral in the United States navy; moreover, for longer work hours is met with Lawrence defiance and a new cry that the navy ought to be "democratized." Now comes William S. Knudsen, production director of the defense program, to plead for the elimination of' the Friday to Monday "blackout" and already the long-range guns of the leaders of American labor are turned against him for daring to say that work hours should be lengthened. Yet it was only last week that Herr Hitler, emphasizing the new importance of the work dollar versus the gold dollar, declared that he can beat the world because the Nazi regime can command longer hours of work. The rest of the world, he says, is flabby and easy-going. And unless there is a change of pace at Washington, Herr Hitler may rejoice indeed that the outcome of the election strengthened the hold of pressure groups on our national administration and thus weakened and retarded our defense program, Herr Hitler need not worry much now about America's efforts. Either he will win the war in 1941 before America's production gets going and he can then take care of American unneutrality as he sees fit or else he will lose the war in 1941 and what America has failed to do will not then matter to him. WILLKIE FELL DOWN National defense could have been the pivot which the whole presidential election might have turned, but it was not debated thoroughly. Wendell Willkie and his supporters fell down on this issue. Had the facts been persistently and repeatedly aired, the American people might at least have elected a substantial majority of Republicans to act as a check on an indifferent executive. For most of the talk about aiding Britain is in the headlines and not on the assembly lines of airplane factories or shipyards. As it is congress is asleep at the switch. Only a handful of mem bers in both houses are vocal about the delays and obstructions to our defense program. A serious strike was fomented, for example, at the Vultee aircraft plant The attorney- (Continued on Page 23, Column 6) ffl yf 13 Nothing like a Gensler-ieo ff jj Ltr-J&fe Diamond Ring to bring V " i "!r k?SA Joy and Happiness on JJj n5r Christmas Day! frkS ), rm . I'M iSVx$ lp& are Cordially Invited to use your Credit at Gensler-l.ee Xjfc Gifts of lotting volue en The easiest of credit terms! Give Jewelry, from GefnIer-lee...ond oil next year to pay! 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Newspapers ridiculed reports of British hopes for a general Italian collapse. They said the war would not be won in the Mediterranean and that the British offensive in that zone was designed mainly to afford the British isles some relief from German air raids. "To prevent its own people from realizing the wearing down process (of the Nazi air assaults) the British government is seeking to be fuddle them with local successes in the Mediterranean and carry them through a few more weeks of an otherwise hopeless struggle," the Boersenzeitung said. "One can foresee the moment when all these illusions collapse-all the attempts to shatter the fighting morale of the Italian people and the Italian soldier in their toughness, obstinacy and adaptability. The Italian people know the German nation and its armed forces stand at their side, and vice-versa." The newspaper added that "the decision in any case will not be won in the Mediterranean." The Lokalanzeiger said that "it would be unbelievable stupidity to assume that Italy's fighting strength in anywise is affected." 314 E STREET -SAN BERNARDINO WE, THE PEOPLE By Jay Franklin WASHINGTON, Dec. 17. The untimely death of Lord Lothian, the able British ambassador at Washington, found leaders of the so-called isolationist or non-interventionist bloc in congress seriously impressed by the need for further and more effective aid to the British. This is perhaps the greatest mon-unment to the memory of a skillful and patriotic advocate of the British cause. As the last newspaper man to whom the British envoy had given an exclusive interview, I hastened to make a canvass of the chief spokesmen available in Washington for the powerful groups which support the policy of non-intervention that stood between Lord Lothian's mission and greater economic, naval and financial support. Their general attitude was summed up by one senator who refused to allow himself to be quoted. This gentleman expressed great personal respect and liking for Lord Lothian and preferred not to make any statement for publication on the ground that he would have to make some disqualifications with respect to Lord Lothian's policy for the United States qualifications which would be out of place in a funeral oration. TAFT FOR LOANS However, Senator Robert A. Taft, of Ohio, chief runner-up for the Republican presidential nomination at the Philadelphia convention last June, coupled praise for the late ambassador with recommendations for a large loan to Canada. "Lord Lothian," said Senator Taft, "was a very able man and a very patriotio man. He viewed matters exclusively from the point of view of British interests but, after all, that was his job. He was also a very skillful propagandist for his country's cause but he never drove his propaganda beyond the point where our public opinion might become seriously offended. The British government," Mr. Taft con cluded, "will find it difficult if not impossible to replace him." Turning then to the subject of British necessities and "aid by measures sliort of war," Senator Taft recommended that the treasury make Canada a $500,000,000 loan from the stabilization fund and authorized me to quote him to that effect. "Whether we like it or not," he observed, "we are involved with Canada up to the neck and many of our exports to Canada are for British account. They are feeling the pinch now, their dollar is selling at a discount and individual Canadians are severely restricted in their personal and their business plans by the shortage of exchange. I should oppose loans to England from the stabilization fund, but I believe that a $500,000,000 loan to Canada would enable the Dominion to carry the load for at least two years. Canada does not come under the Johnson act and if we lend money to China from the fund we ought to be able to lend it to Canada as well." Senator Taft was also urgently concerned with the necessity for speeding up production under our defense program, as being the most effective aid we could render to the British cause. I submit that when the gentleman who was the white hope of the Isolationists last June, speaks in such terms it is a tribute not only to his patriotism but also to the diplomatic success of Lord Lothian's mission to the United States. When Lord Lothian came to Washington, we were in the throes of revising the neutrality act. On bis death, year later, we had moved so far that we were considering the use of our stabilization fund to support the war economy of the British em pire. GREAT MAN LOST Of Lord Lothian himself, I shall not speak. I shall not speak of hig kindliness, accessibility or of his lively interest in and knowledge of things American. Death has released me from one llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll OPEN 1:30 Continuous Lata Show i second KARLOFF i HIT A AS CHILLER! 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