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i S' 'I THE ROCK! ISLAND ARGUS SATURDAY, NOV. li 1941. THE ARGUS IMS U. S. and Reich Arc Actually at War AN TNl -EPENDEN1 NEWSPAPER Entered the postoffice at Hock Island, as second class matter 1 under the act of March S.

1879 li BY DOROTHY KIGALLEN. New York, -Nov. 1. -L You Cant i 1 a ti (A compendium pf talcs feat cant be told with names, because theyre too true to print. If you find In them any rest m- blance to actual persons living or dead youre probably guessed right!) Cedric is British millionaire Important in big business, equally impor- Presto another strike.

The army asked feat fee men be reinstated, non-strikers objected, fists flew. Here Is a case in which the strikers had fee law ort their side. Furthermore, fee de moting of men because of their union sympathies tends to justify provisions of the Wagner act. Should a man be demoted or fired just because hej believes in unionism? But the company had hired other employes In good faith and insisted on keeping them. The 1 union men called them but feat term no longer -carriesany' sting because fee A.

F. has scabbed against fee C. I. and vie? versa, in their rivalry to win bargaining rights. In case in Chicago A.

F. L. workers rushed a C. picket line in order to get to work. Presideht Roosevelt and hia army scabbe'id against labor on fee west coast.

If men insist on striking at the drop of a hat, in the midst of defense efforts, a company has a right to hire new. men. But fee Bendix firm could have avoided all this by signing bargaining agreement fee union following fee election at fee plant. It failed to do so! Probably its officials thought public opinion wouldnt tolerate a strike. The public surely doesn't admire -this readiness to strike and it is vey likely that some of union spokesmen high-handed and arrogant But neither can fee public approve the Bendix companys defiance of labors legal rights.

In this case. It. should be noted, it wasnt fee company against labor and fee NLRB. The company was opposed by fee war department jmd OPM and was- condemned by Governor Edison of New Jersey. Fortunately we needn't expect many cases like this.

We thought such bitterness was confined to fee west coast Labor and capital both have reasons for wanting Uncle. Sam to exercise as little control over them as possible. Both stand to lose by government operation of factories. It the government operated either of these plants so as to lead them to think otherwise, it would be making a mistake. SeeWarin aNewLight-r- Leftists in C.

I. O. Deserting Lewis VBY DAVID LAWRENCE. 1. Whether officially proclaimed a such or nqt, fee realistic fact is feat a state of hostilitlesexists today between fee United States' and Germany.

Two separate arid distinct attacks on American warships by naval vessels of Germany have been officially recorded. -In both instances it is-known feat fe? United States ships werf engaged in convoying merchant ships bearing cargoes of war materials destined for enemies of Germany. The question now Is whether congress shall rcc ognlze feat a state of war existand cause formal proclamation of feat action ovM unm 4 to be made throughout fee world. The president has not asked for ratification by congress of fee existence of a state of war. He may be waiting for more incidents i reveal that German naval forces are attacking American war ships, or he my decide feat what has been known in past history as defensive military' and hayal operations shall be conducted -without' any offensive steps feat go beyond fee waters of fee western hemisphere.

The' orders to American, destroyers and warships are to shoot at sight-any Nazlsub-marlnes or surface raiders operating in the waters described as defensive by fe? United States government The Nazi government has been anxious to avoid any action which would force' declaration of a. state of war. But fee Nazi submarine commanders can hardly distinguish at night between American and British warships proceeding together In a convoy. And since fee policy of fee American government today is to protect -our cargoes, yrhether carried in British or American ships, further attacks may be taken for granted. May Protect United States Ships.

As soon as congress, passes fee legislation permitting American; merchant ships to be armed, it is possible that athe United States warships may be concentrated on purely American convoys, but this Is to- expose fee British merchantmen to dangers and feat means fee -possible loss of millions of dollars of lend-lease goods. As things are drifting along now It Is going be increasingly difficult for fee Nazis to avoid becoming engaged In more and more shooting, and If this happens the time may not be far distant when public opinion will insist feat fee issue be met squarely. For when hostilities increase to the extent a general shooting war, it is likely 'that fee American, people will not wish to deliver' glancing blows at their adversaries, but will Jnsist on extensive operations In reprisal for fee attacks. It is a matter of regret feat the administration haa found itself compelled to deal in piecemeal fashion with tha evolution of its. defense Thus fee transfer of overage destroyers in fee summer of 1940 was a step taken without submission of the issue to fee- congress.

All subsequent steps except actual convoying or issuance of shooting orders have been taken by congress, as, for instance, fee passage of fee lend-lease bills. Opinion Not Prepared. The administrations position, of course has been feat American opinion was not prepared a year ago' for shooting operation in defense of this hemisphere Xvas necessary to make a record which would show feat the Nazi submarine warfare was belpg conducted against American1 merchant ships engaged on peaceful voyages in fee Atlantic. Today fee day of shooting war ar? here and fee only question now is whether fee areof hostilities will-be or and whether activity will le or intensified. The debate, on whether ft was wise for tha president to lead up to the present set of circumstances without asking for authority from congress to 6hoot hostile naval craft is Interesting from an academic viewpoint.

Realism, however, makes fe? debate somewhat meaningless. The Concrete question now, pleasant or not, is whether the United States cap now afford to withdraw from fee Atlantic and avoid any mor? shooting war, or whether military and naval power should be used to' the utmost to rid the Atlantic of fee perils of unrestricted submarine attacks on our commerce. THE J. W. POTTER CO.

Publishers 1 Rock llsland Member Associated Press Fall Cessed Wire Report Tlx Awoetsiad fri. i ucliwfili M(M le tM lor NpatiltcMIoa of oil now dUpotcboo on4 IH 10 11 or not oiboMMoo -erodiud liV- Iblo owo 1 boiwr and alto (bo looal oowa published tbonts. United Press Leased Wire Report Member Audit Bureau of Circulation Official Paper City of Rock Island SATURDAY, jNOV. (1 Mr. Hoover TlemincU U.

I Woodrow Wilsons rebuffs When he went to the Versailles peace conference with idealistic intentions are related by Herbert Hoover in his memoirs appearing in the Saturday Evening Post. That Mr. Wilson was given a rough brushing off by the realistic minded gentlemen who dictated the treaty is well known to Americans, but Hoover pictures the greed and sordidness surrounding Versailles in such a way that we are not apt to forget it soon. It is too late; now to do anything about Mrr Wilsons mistakes, but Mr. Hoovef suggests that the president could have over-riddeiT Lloyd George and Clemenceau had he made an ally of Orlando, the Italian delegate.

But the ipain point for-us to. bear in mind Is that if we went over and settled the present War in 'the 'same way we helped to decide the World war, we would run into the same traditional hatreds, jealousies and suspicions. Quite a few persons evidently think that Mr. Roosevelt is bent on making the same mistakes that Mr. Wilson made.

But his ac-f tions to date dont bear this out' He has avoided a post-war issue over war debts by fee lease-lend program. He has gotten bases nearby in return for old destroyers. He seems to have gotten some -assurance from Rrime I Minister Churchill that there are no secret treaties. The seven points are broad enough -and not too idealistic to be carried out We are not in the war with an A. E.

F.We have 5 our oar to i. pull, as fee -president said, but we are pretty cautious in pulling it Mr. Roosevelts political-mindedness! is an advantage. His critics have charged that he never does anything without thinking of fee political effects. He undoubtedly Is performing fee same, way in regard to fee Euiopean war Mr.

Roosevelt, knows fee mistakes our World war president made. Every American knows tftem. Every Important statesman in Europe tried to avoid mistakes made- by his nation in fee -World war. Hitler did the best job. But "the evidence indicates that Roose yett too, has learned some lessons from fee World war.

Reading the Hoover memoirs, howeverr surely would do him no harm. It would refresh his memory, at least! is unfair' for Americans to suppose tha suspicion' and greed are qualities feat thrive in Europe alone. Europe has traditional ani-1 mosities which had their influence "bn the Versailles but writing 1 a treaty 'feat didn't seem vindictive was virtually impossible. France, Serbia, Rumania and other countries had been -overrun and- impoverished by fee enemy, Avhose own land wasnt scarred. Whit should they hav done call it quits and agree that Gerrftany, fee loser militarily, as entitled be the winner economically by off without any penalties? Germany jjad already demonstrated by its treaties with conquered nations that it couldn't make a peace half as.

decent as feat Versailles. Americans rtake another mistake In supposing feat because our aid was the decisive factor in fee World war, it entitled. us to dic-tate'the peace terms. As. one statesman pointed out, we lost fewer men than Australia.

France -was bled white. A naton that deals the decisive blows isnt necessarily entitled to decide the peace terms. In fee present war it might turn" out that Japanese aid is enough to tufai the scales in- Germanys favor would Japan be en-, titled to' remake Asia and Europe? 1 We hdve a stake-in' this war, but 'it is smaller than Britains. Our reward will come In seeing jHitler stopped. We wouldnt try to dictate what form of government is accepted by European countries, even in Germany.

If the Germans want to be ruled by a former corporal, a descendant of "Kaiser Bill or sa pretzel bender, 1 we shouldnt give a whoop, so long as the 'Germans attend to their own business. DortUf SUssUsa. tant in society. Hed lived an uneventful if luxurious life until Just a couple of years ago when he met Pamela, pretty young thing who waa a chorus girl in a second-rate London night club." He went for her like a dive bomber and she, If you could "believe the' look ip her eyes, felt-for him, too. So Cedric divorced his wife and gave up his two children, and brought Pamela to America, to give her her hearts desire a.

career. He bought her furs and jewels and trunksful of clothes, and when she had turned a few heads in fee New York niteries he took her to Hollywood and spent a small fortune taking. her to all fee smart spots every night I to shed be seen." i He did a good job! Pamela became a starlet, and already shes garnered a small amount of fame. 1 Sends Money. Well, Cedrics business keeps him in New York now.

A few days ago he sent Pamela a gigantic engagement ring and an ardent letter asking her to- be his wife. And she wired back that if hed send her $300 for trainl fare and expenses 'shed conje to New York to be married. So Cedric sent the five hundred. And Pamela used it. But not' for train fare.

She used it to hire a press agent to handle the publicity on her engagement to' another fellow! But you cant print that. When Cedrle returns to hts wife and children his friends will think eome to his senses, Tmy wont know he came to the hard way. Andy is a night club impresario who had a meteroric career of about a year and a half, during which nothing he did was. wr6ng. Every time he opened the doo'r of a new bistro, money flowed across fee threshold.

He had places all over fee country. Then, as suddenly as he fiad clicked, just as suddenly did he slip, until at last he was left with only one night club to his name, and that one hia in name only. Now1 this club had one steady and -fabulously rich customer, Mr. Jones a famous stable owmer. He, liked Andy, so it was not strange that one evening hecame in and gave a tip to Andya tip on- one of his own horses that was running fee next day.

Insists on Bet. Mr. Jones' didnt' know Andy was just a front' for feenight club mob and, assuming he owned the opulent boite himself, insisted that Andy split a bet of $5,000 with him. Andy, or course, didnt even have a small portion of that sum. So he told the horse owner hed make his bet.

through his own bookie. And Andy wagered $20 on Jones horse to win. Well, jt won. It came in first at 10 to 1 and Andy won fee magnificent sum of $200, instead of $25,000. And to keep up appearances, Andy had to appear hysterical with Joy, and.

take the horse owner out on the town that night. This cost him fee $200 he won plus another hundred he had tQ borrow from his girl friend! But you cant print that. People are beginning to suspect that Lucky Andy is unlucky. No use giving them proof. Helen has always been in love.

She came to New York to forget a shattered romance, and landed a job singing In one of the small east aide spots. Night after night she sang to the people sitting around at tables for two and then she met -Jack. He was Just what shed been looking fjor, tall and hand-- some, ana a sweetness you dont find often abound the Broadway sector. port of the charge that 'Lewis, is pro-Fascist and an appeaser. 1 l.

Lewis, has made only one statement on foreign and that ny indirection when he signed the recent Landon-Hoover state--ment opposing the Roosevelt for- eign 2 Lewis daughter Katharine is a member, of fee America First .3. In the absence of statements' giving support toffee anti-Fascist elements of the labjor movement, i-Lewis uncustomary silence 4s con-j sidered significant by fee left wingers A Great Issue" Decided. Who first put holes in doughnuts? Seventy-five persons delegates to fee first. Convention of fee National Dunking association met in' solemn conclave at fed Hotel Astor in New York to decide this issue. Fred contended 'that his great-gran JPuwfcle, Captain Hanson Crockett Gregory? Camden, Maine, revolutionized in 1847 by Suggesting feat his mother leave the centes out.

Contesting- this 'view Chief High Eagle pf Mashpee, of -fee Wampanoag tribe. The ehief claimed that a distant ancestor of his wife, chasing a Puritan housewife, shot an arrow feat missed her but put a hole in a fried cake. Thus did fee Indian contribute to the advancement of white civilization, said Chief High Eagle. vote was three to one' in favor of Crockett's version, but fee Indians, being outnumbered more than thre to one, i can claim prejudice. The association made another decision feat will help fee world move, safely on its course.

It revised its rules to eliminate the high-hat technique of pointing' the fingers daintily upward in dunking. Hereafter, with fee thumb and forefinger holding the doug! nut as usual, the other three fingers are to be held together and parallel to fee forefinger. One might ask how the dunkers happened to get into a swank hotel uke fee. Astor. always supposed tht dunking is a social crime.

But Cobina Wright, evidently is an addict, for she was voted gracefully correct tinker. Incidentally, the midwest came in for- some dubious hon'or when Mayor Kelly of 'Chicago was voted firm dunker. Champion of all dunkers was Mayor LaGuardia of New York, Well, it is not" all so foolish as, It sounds. Being interested in trivial things kieps us from going crazy about serious things. We envy the dunkers without commending their manners to you.

BY1 PETER EDSON. Washington, Nov. 1. All- kinds of motives have been ascribed to John L. Lewis for' bringing fee captive coal mine union shop battle to a showdown at this particular-time.

A frequently heard explanation charges Lewis wife stag-y grand stand play to capture thelp. I. O. national convention' in Detroit late I in November, taking the IO. presidency away from Phil Murray.

I jn this strange day and age of universal stuffed shirts and false fronts it's almost impossible to determine anyones SO THEY SA Workers union but his support came from the left wing unions gnd marginal groups among the steel and auto workers. Sidney who had supported Roosevelt all through this period, was a dominant figure' for the conservative group. Phil Murray, taking a middle ground, support-; ing Roosevelt- but not, supporting Hillman, was nominated by Lewis for the C. I. O.

presidency and elected. As the defense effort gained momentum. Lewis continued his support of the left wing unions in key strikes- like those at Vultce and North American -plants. Hillman, now in the government as labor advisor and' Phil Murray, loyal to Roosevelt and as a "good Catholic violently anti-Rod, both criticized the left, wing, Communist inspired strikes. That was the lineup right up to the fine summer day when Germany invaded Russia.

Almost immediately, the .1 wing switched, feeling that the political content of the, United States foreign policy issue had changed and' that this was now a real anti-Fascist war.1 A No Compromise Doctrine. Today, the left Wing labor doctrine pi-eaches no compromise with John L. Lewis, and this doctrine is clearly defined in the Communist Daily Worker. Where previously there had- been a tendency to let Lewis go his own way. on foreign policy, but to work with him on dofnestic issues, now the left wing leaders no longer come to see Ldwis for.

the simple reason- feat they regard 'him as pro-Fascist. They point to three things in sup The fact of 1918 ar? proof that a mighty German army and a tired German people can crumble rapidly and go pieces when faced with successful resistance. President Roosevelt. If revision 'of the neutrality act is successful, this' is the last de- bate on fee war and peace ques- Robert A. Taft of Ohio! i The -war has taught the world that talk of overproduction is fco much nonsense.

Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins. We burn up, as much -properiy in this country accidentally every five years as has been destroyed in Great Britain since the war started. Harry K. Rogers, honorary "chief, Chicago fire What Other Editqrs Say By Galbraith Sidp Glances real motives, but men high in the councils of i labor, men familiar with the strange workings of Internal labor politics-as complicated a set of cross currents as ecr bedeviled any political party these men say Lewis' chances for recapturing. C.T.

O. leadership ire practically nil for the simple lea-son that Lewis has lost the support' of the left wing labor forces. The original alliance between Lewis and the left wingers took form back in 1933, Lewis then believing if the leftists had something to, contribute to. industrial unionism, their talents and resources should be used. Since 1933, Lewis has never indulged, in Red baiting, has never said one" public word against the left wing in fee labor movement.

Other labor leaders have openly blasted at the Reds from time to time, but not Lewis. Sltdowns Started Rift. In the years right after 1933, Lewis and labor generally sold Roosevelt hard. Organization drives under' the wage and hour law were conducted with the slogan, Roosevelt wants you to join a union. The results were phenomenal, but by 1936 Lewis was drifting away from Roosevelt, ahead of fee Rods.

The battle over the sitdowu strikes in Detroit had come along, and Lewis supposedly told the president that if the men were shot out of the auto plants! Lewis -would be in there with them, Lewis would have shot-out, toc Feuding between Roosevelt andxLewis, as in the case of the captive coal mine dispute, is old stuff to both and it goes back more than1 five years. By 1940, Lewis is supposed to have been ready to bargain wfe Roosevelt, trading labor suppprt for certain concessions to, CI. ,0. The deal didn't come off. Lewi then began to be undermihed Ijy his-own unions the auto workers and other great sections of the C.

I. pledging their support i to Roosevelt in spite of the stand taken by Lewis. He then believed the issue was whether -Roosevelt was to head the labor movement in America, 'or whether a man from labor's ranks was to lead. Murray a Mlddle-roader. In the 1940 election, Lewis lost on that issue, but in spite of feat, at the C.

I. O. national convention only.a few weeks later, Lewis was the dominating figure. His basio, strength was his United TURNING BACK THE ARGUS FILES y. NEEDED: A SECRETARY OF LABOR.

(Sft Louis Post-Dispatch.) In fairness to Miss it said that if her charter membership In the New Deal cabinet is her chief now, there was much to commend her appointment in 1933. In fee first place, her nomination looked mighty good in contrast-to fee selections oV preceding Republican I presidents. Second, Miss Perkins own record appeared to qualify her for the- post, for she had devoted her life to a study of labor problems. At fee time of her appointment to the cabinet, she was commissioner of labor for New York state. Much, earlier, shehad seen the tragic Triangle shirtwaist factory fire, in which 148 girls lost their Jives because of the lack of adequate safetyf devices.

She had made herself a specialist on occupational hazards and diseases. But from 1933 on has not been. repetition of Albany before 1933. Almost as soon as she took office, an employe-employer storm broke around her head. It has ever since 'with only slight abatement at times.

-Through all this, Miss Perkins has been utterly She has stirred up business men when they needed to be placated. She' has rubbed labors fur the wrong way. And she has provided many bitter, unreason ing opponents of the 'administration with a club for beating the New DeaL This criticism, leveled at Ma Perkins or Madame' Perkins or some worse nickname, was largely extrava and yet it has- gone on so long feat it has definitely hurt fee administration. Mr. Roosevelts friendship for Miss Perkins should no longer stand in the way of this urgent change.

If it 'is a personal sacrifice the president must make to replace her, it should be made just as-the American, people are making sacrifices on every hand. An able, widely respected, confidence-inspiring secretary of labor would be a notable contribution to national unity. It is a presidential responsibility to find such a man and thus to repair this great rent iq fee executive department of fee government. i Jack and Helen saw each other every night for weeks, and finally he asked her to marry him. Helen wore her engagement ring and a thrilled look everywhere she went, end to her happy friends she confided feat shed be a bride in three months.

Well, fee three months have gone by. They wenCby a long time ago. Jack keeps postponing the marriage hes postponed it four times now and Helen tries to tell herself Its all rights he must have a good reason but shes unhappy and confused. Jack a. good reason, all right.

llie reason is named Joyce. Shes a showgirl, and every night after Jack kisses Helen good-by, he goes around to call for Joyce. Joyce is veryetarry-eyed these nights, too. Because shes in love with Jack and so happy that hes raid he wants to marry her! Capital-Labor Feud. The Air plantat Bendix, N.

has fallen into the hands of the government because of labor difficulties. This makes two plants now under management ot tl government, the other being the Kearny shipyards. The North American Aviation plant on the west coast has been turned back to fee company. Government officials-and not all New Dealers -j. blamed Air Associates, for the trouble- at! this plant.

The workers voted July ll for a d. I. O', union, the United Automobile Workers, but charged feat fee company Wouldn't bargain. Anyway, no agreement was signed. A strike was called Sept.

30 for higher pay and a bargaining agreement, and William S. Knudsen'Of OPM induced the company to reinstate tljie strikers about seventy-five pending negotiations. But the reinstated men said they were given fee most onerous xyorlj. and allowed only 40 hours of work a week so that they were deprived of overtime. Fifty Yean Age, Ed Jens, spokesman for fee Rock Island dairymen, announced a raise of price to 6 Vi cents a quart for milk.

The Trinity Church Improvement guild held a 10-cent tea wafer sale in fee home of Mrs. William Horfman. Twenty-five Yean Ago. Fire losses in Rock Island during October amounted to $2,736.72, according to Fire Chief George Newberry. Mrs.

Henry Hancq was injured when struck By a motorcycle. 'Bill Andersons 38-yard dropkick Eave the Augustana freshmen a 9 to 7 victory over fee Moline high school football team. Ten-Yean Ago. Major Glen E. Edgerton, chief of the Rock Island district.

United States engineers, was advanced to fee rank of-lieutenant colonel. Ray King and, Charles A. Reagan of Rock Island were elected as officers of the Midwest Deep Waterways Labor council. Thomas Murphy of Bowling township won fee Rock Island county corn husking championship for fee sixth consecutive year. Its from the foundry, Tom! They dont care if you are getting old they say youre a skilled Rian and they want you to coine back to work It's Our guess tnpt enough silk stockings will be given for Christ-' mas to keep skirts- Short another.

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