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w yryiiiiiiiri(WFHnrfi m wMm iiy'i Buy a Share of 'County of Kings Bomber; Buy War Bonds This Week! PICTURE OF A ZOOT SUITER mmn Policeman May Die as Result Of Gang Trick Los Angeles, June 9. (UP) A patrolman lay near death today as a result of what he mumbled to officers was a zoot suiter trick. Officer C. D. Medley of Vernon, his back broken and his body crushed, told how he stepped into the street last night to investigate when he saw a man lying in a road of the industrial suburb. As he neared the body, he said, a car parked at the curb and loaded with pachucos zoot -suited Mexican hoodlums roared into action. It was impossible for him to sidestep it. Even the decoy in the street was a pachuco, he mutttered. Medleys injuries climaxed five nights of rioting between service men and young Negro and Mexican hoodlums clad in rakish zoot suits. The disturbances prompted the Mexican consulate to send official reports to the embassy in Washington and the foreign office in Mexico City. Meanwhile, the navy issued a drastic order declaring the entire city of Los Angeles out of bounds to sailors, coastguards- Los Angeles, June 9 (UP) Rioting between service men and zoot-suited juvenile hoodlums, held under control after the Navy designated it a restricted area and scores of extra police patrolled Skidrow districts, spread to suburban communities today in a series of bloody fights. A crowd of nearly 400 sailors roamed the pike, amusement zone in Long Beach, in search for Mexican and Negro youths sporting the reat pleats. Before police and Navy shore patrols dispersed them the sailors had chased one zoot-suiter onto the stage of a theater and ripped off his baggy pants while spectators roared their approval. men and marines in the hope of ending fist fights, knifings and stonings which have raged for five days despite intensified police precautions. The army declared the east side of the city, including the notorious Skidrow district, out of bounds to soldiers. - ' - Mexican Consul Alfredo Calles, son of the former Mexican president, distributed circulars throughout the Mexican district last night advising all Mexican nationals to stay indoors after dark. County supervisors officially deplored the outbreaks, unanimously voting a resolution that . . . a generally cordial relation exists between residents of Anglo and Latin ancestry, many of whom have lived side by side for years . . Three streetcars were stoned late last night. Several passengers were cut when window's of two' inter-urban cars carrying sailors were smashed. A gang of zoot suiters waylaid the cars enroute to the harbor, hurling rocks through the windows as the cars stopped to unload passengers. The gang fled when a police riot squad raced up with screaming sirens. A navy nurse was cut by flying glass. Every available policeman and auxiliary policeman was on duty on the fifth night of battling between service men and the gaudily-garbed youths who frequent dark streets and amusement areas. Sailors and soldiers, beaten and victimized by many of the overdressed gangsters, formed their cwn police squads to clean out the areas. The zoot suiters, ordinarily occupied with gang rivalry', banded together to battle the service men. Nearly all were Mexicans and Negroes. Sailors and soldiers made no attempt to identify their quarry. Anyone in a zoot suit was stripped of it. If he resisted, he was beaten. Los Angeles, June 9. (UP) Los Angeles members of the National Lawyers Guild today requested full investigation of the riots between zoot-suited Mexican hoodlums and service men and attributed the disturbances to discriminatory police policies. Chapter Chairman Carey McWilliams in a message to Attorney General Francis Biddle, requested an immediate probe and asserted that continuance of the "race riots interfered with the war effort, disrupted national unity and jeopardized the good neighbor policy. Washington, June 9 (UP) The Mexican embassy said today it had not yet decided whether it has any reason to make representations to the state department concerning the treatment of youthful zoot suiters of Mexican descent in Los Angeles. A spokesman said a report had been received from the Mexican consulate at Los Angeles, but that embassy officials had not t had an opportunity to study it fully. San Francisco. June 9 (UP) Sheridan Downey. D Cal., warned today that the zoot suit riots in loatuiuii n p age Eight A Los Angeles zoot suiter is shown above after a police roundup. (See story in adjoining column.) Dr. Joseph Catton, noted psychiatrist, says reactions of service men against zoot suiters is perfectly normal, for the service man comes to resent any class which gives a distorted impression of the Americanism which he represents. Dr. Catton (in San Francisco) was asked why there had not been zoot suit riots in other cities. Ilis explanation: Some communities attract more isms, quackery and bizarre expression of all types. Second Teapot Dome? Navy's Deal With For Elk Hills Field By Drew Pearson Assistant proval of the contract, and returned it to the Navy Department in one day. Actually it would have taken him a full day to have read it, and obviously he leaned heavily on his Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox, who signed it as principal. In the Harding oil scandals, it was the Navy Depe,r4rnent which opposed transferring its oil lands to the Interior Department until weak need Secretary of the Navy Denby came into office. The Interior Department, on the other hand, had pressed for transfer of. Elk Hills is the same oil reserve jthe precious oil lands so Fall could i which the late Edward Doheny i lease them to his pals, Doheny and ! Washington, Jan. 9 President James Byrnes has just stepped in, at the instance of the Justice and Interior Departments, to stop a deal that, in its backgrounds, recalls the Teapot Dome oil scandal. The deal is a contract between Standard Oil of .California and the Navy whereby the Navys choicest oil lands, Elk Hills,, Cal., are turned. over to Standard in toto for five years, and after that operated for the Navy on a percentage basis leased from Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall in the Harding days, in return for which Doheny sent him $100,000 in bills in a little black satchel. In this case there is no suggestion of a little blaek satchel. However, Elk Hills, totalling 43,000 acres, is considered by long odds the richest oil reserve in the United States and second richest in the world. Only one other, in Arabia, tops it. It had been held by the Navy for the day when the nations oil reserves should become depleted, and had been jealously guarded by Josephus Daniels and his Assistant Secretary, F. D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt Signed It Despite this, however, Mr. Roosevelt, as President, signed his ap- Harry Sinclair. I But in the current lease of Elk Hills, the situation is reversed. Secretary of the Navy Knox was the one anxious to lease Elk Hills this time, and Secretary of the Interior Ickes knew nothing about the deal except by accident. For some strange reason, furthermore, the Navy took pains to' keep the deal away from the Justice Department, which is supposed to negotiate, or at least approve, contracts dealing with public lands. Three officials of Standard Oil of California happen to hold important positions in the government: Ralph Davies, deputy petroleum administrator for war, and former president of Standard; Howard Marshall, former counsel for Standard, now counsel for the petroleum administrator; and Max Thornburg, oil adviser to the state department. Ed Pauley, who recently resigned as secretary of the Democratic National Committee, but remains as treasurer, also has been close to Standard of California. There Frospccts that the Visalia Junior 'is no evidence, however, that any College plant may be converted to ; 0f the above were involved in the military use for the duration were deal, disclosed by Principal L. J. Wil- Negotiations Secret liams in an address to the student . inside story of what happened is body last week. Under any cir-, tbc javy carried on secret cumstanees, the college will con- i neg0tiati0ns with Standard of Cali-tinue to operate as a separate de-1 lornia during more lhan two partment, possibly using a portion mon(hs, finally sending the agree- of the Visalia High school plant in ease the college campus is tak en over by military unit "If the military does not take over the entire plant, then assured ly we shall plan to open on this campus in the fall, he said. And if the entire plant is taken over by a military unit we shall continue the college on the high school campus. If that is done, the college wilLcontinue to be a separate department, as now. High school and college classes will notjBvrncs. be combined. It was only three years ago that we had over four hundred college students. First Synthetic Tire Sold to Mrs. Warnockj The first synthetic rubber tire sold in Hanford was bought Tuesday by Mrs. A. I). Warnoek, who is delivering rural mail, having taken over the job when her hus- Sheppard band enlisted in the Navy. Scotty" Jones said the' tire is a j Goodyear product. Mrs.. Warnoek made" application through the ra- tioning hoard, which authorized the 'purchase. Major Oil Co. Facing a Prob Q u ment to the White House over Secretary Knox's signature on Nov. 18 The President approved it imme i diately. Two days later, Nov. 20, Standard actually began work on this long-coveted oil preserve. It had owned lands adjacent to the government's in Elk Hills, and for years had wanted to lay hands on the rest. So eager was Standard that eight excellent wells were drilled immediately, even though the' contract is now held up by Mr. Finally, in March, five months after it was signed, Secretary of Interior Iekcs heard about the deal. Until that time it had been a strict 'secret. Why it was kept secret nobody knows. Albert Fall at first denied that Teapot Dome had been leased, but was forced to admit it publicly two weeks after signing the contract. Meanwhile, Congressman Harry TO VETO ROAD BILL Sacramento, June 9. (UP) Gov. Earl Warren today announc of California, on the'ed he will veto senate bill 611. House Appropriations Committee, by Thomas F. Keating, San Ralael, has held up an appropriation of around $2,000,000 which the Navy; had promised to put up as its part j , of the bargain to put the deal , 'into effect. VOL. HO 1 IFTY-SIiVrJNTH Heavier Taxes On Tobacco, Liquor Likely Washington, June 9 (UP) Early congressional consideration of the largest tax bill in history appeared unlikely today despite President Roosevelt's announcement that he will send new revenue-producing proposals to congress before the summer recess, tentatively fixed for July 4. Members of the house ways and means comnutte, which will handle the program first, said there is little likelihood that the general tax bill will be taken ip before early fall. Committee members said that Ways and Means Chairman Robert L. Doughton, I) , N. has insisted that hearings on treasury proposals for raising more money be delayed until after the recess, which is scheduled to end Sept. ti. Dough-ton was not available for comment. Mr. Roosevelt made known his intentions on future revenue proposals in announcing at his press conference yesterday that he will sign the compromise pay-as-you-go tax bill. He reiterated his opposition to a general sales tax, as proposed by some congressional groups, and said the inflationary gap caused by increased national income could be closed through a combination of compulsory savings and taxes. As one method of closing the gap, the president mentioned heavier taxes on cigarettes and liquor. He said the consumption of these commodities apparently hadnt dropped in the British Isles because of high taxes. The present U. S. taxes on popular brands of cigarettes are seven cents a package, compared wilh a tax in Great Britain of 37 cents. The present U- S. taxes on 100 proof liquors are $1.50 a quart, compared with taxes in Great Britain on Scotch whisky, lor example, of $3.70. Nazi Military Prisoners Flee in Texas Camp Hood, Tex., June 9 (UR) Five German military prisoners at tapin ' e tofter their escape from the North Camp Hood internment area. Military authorities enlisted the aid of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, state and local officers in the search for the men, all 21 or 22 years of age, who made their getaway by as yet undisclosed methods. It w'as understood that seven tale; He signed another group of 17 noncontroversial bills making minor changes in the unemployment insurance act, including raising the maximum weekly benefits from $18 to $20. Warren pointed out the system provides security for the families leastern Mediterranean, the Atlan-of two million workers, stabilizes i tie, the south Atlantic, the south prisoners originally escaped but J employment for 58.000 employers, j Pacific, the north Pacific, the Russo-that two were recaptured. and that the fund now has grown j German, and the Chinese fronts. Only official statement from j (0 $300,000, 000. He said a full-time All this adds up to what can Camp Hood was: j commission was needed to study; he described without exaggeration No military' vehicles arc miss- the entire problem and then would not only as the greatest naval war ing. he the time to make lasting changes J in which we ever participated, but Camp officials informed the FBI j jn procedure. i the greatest naval war in the his- that the men were missed during; The governor has until midnight Tory of the world, he said. the regular morning checkup, amlj,onjllt to sign (hc. few-seore re- that they had escaped sometime' ,liainjng bills on his desk. Those he after midnight. ; fails to sign automatically die a The men were wearing either p0Cket veto. The legislature gave blue pants and shirts, or old Gor -him 485 scnatc bllls and 806 as. scmbly measures to handle and political observers agreed seldom has a California governor done a i more systematic job of it. In addi- i lion to signing 20 to 30 bills daily, j Federal Auto Stamps Will Be Sold Here The new federal aulo use stamps will go on sale at the Hanford postoffice on Thursday, it is announced by Assistant Postmaster Glenn Malteson. The $5 stickers, which must he attached to the windshields of all motor vehicles, are yellow in color, with easily read numbers. These numbers, Matteson says, should be noted by the owners, as it will be necessary (0 have them in ease the stamps are lost, stolen or destroyed. The numbers must also be given in making ap plication for new gasoline ration books,. Seven thousand of the stamps are on hand at the postoffice here to (ake care of (he local demand. appropriating $90,000 from the state park fund for the purchase, of the toll road in Marin county known as Mount Tamalpais Ridgecrest boulc - ard. YEAR. HANFORI). KINGS Italians on Pantelleria' Ignore Peace Ultimatum London, June 9 (IT) The Italian high command announced today that the Allies have sent an ultimatum to the Italian garrison on rautcllcria demanding the surrender of (lie stepping stone island on the approaches to Sicily. The ultimatum expired at (i p. in. yesterday and the reply of the commander of the garrison was to prepare "with all means to repulse any landing," Rome radio said. The station reported that the demand for surrender was contained in leaflets signed by Lieut. Gen. Carl A. Spaalz, commander of the northwest African Air forces. The leaflets presumably were dropped during yesterday's continuous air assault on the island. The reported ultimatum coincided with one of the heaviest air and sea bombardments yet directed against Pantelleria yesterday. Allied cruisers and destroyers stood off the coast on the tiny 32-square-mile island in the Sicilian Narrows while Spaatz's air forces stepped up their aerial bombard ment to a new pitch, i Possession of Pantelleria, 62 miles southeast of Tunisia's Cap Bon and 70 miles southwest of Sicily, would give the Allies an advance base for an assault on Sicily and help consolidate Allied control in the Mediterranean. Compensation Boosted in State to $20 Sacramento, June 9 (UP) Gov. F.vl Warren .tedaj '"sited und b? closing hours of the legislative bill signing period to approve the abolition of the part-time administration cf the unemployment insurance program in California and substitute a full-time commission pledged to reorganize the entire setup. At the same time, he announced he will veto a series of seven other bills changing jobless insurance standards to avoid tying the hands of the new commission oven before it has'had the opportunity to study the defects of the system and apply the remedy that experience good management should die- lie issued many veto statements in advance of the final deadline. Ralph Powell Writes Folks t From Tropics 1 Sgt. Ralph Powell has written I his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. j I Powell that he is preparing to take j an examination for warrant officer1 : in photography. Military secrecy prevents him from disclosing his; j whereabouts, but he presumably is1 somewhere in tropics of the south I Atlantic. In his last letter he gives a colorful description of the jungles of jthe region in which he is situated, and describes the contrast in farming methods. He observed modern ; tractors and other mechanized; WI.B ORDER IGNORED j equipment operating on one side; San Francisco, June 9 (UP) of a road while a fanner on the E. F. Dillon, business agent of the j opposite side plugged alon mule drawn plow. with a j Powell said he is "too busy to j get homesick", although he would ; appreciate about a month in the i old home town and a chance to i lock at familiar scenes and faces. COUNTY. CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY EVENING, JUNE Jap Evacuees Used Federal Cars on Trips Los Angeles, June !) (CP) Japanese evacuees in the Poston Ariz., relocation center used gov eminent automobiles to go on pic-j nies and fishing trips, an olficial of the center told a Dies subeom - iniltee investigating the camps to Augustus V. Enijic, chief administrative officer of (lie war relocation project, admitted that division heads at the center had permitted the practice even after orders had been issued forbid ding it. We finally stopped the practice" Empic said, hut it is true that the order was ignored by certain division heads. Were disciplinary measures taken against these heads for not following instructions? asked Congressman Karl Mundt of South Dakota. No, replied Empic. There is very little recreation over there on Arizona, you know. The Japanese liked to go fishing and get what other recreation they could. Powerful U. S. Fleet Guards South Pacific j Annapolis, Md., June 9-(CP)-Secretary of the Navv Frank Knox said today that one of the most powerful U. S. fleets ever assembled is on guard in the South Pacific and preparing for new action. Knox said the Allies were making gratifying progress in the battle of the Atlantic. He warned however, that though each day sees new victories won, that vital sea contest is by no means won. There are now eight fronts, not one, he declared. He listed these eight fronts as the western Mediterranean, the ; Fresno, Cal, June 9 (CP) Superior Judge T. R. Thompson will rule Saturday on the motion for a new trial for John T. S. Clark, convicted last week on double 'charges of arson and the attempted I murder of his wife in gasoline ; flames in their Sanger home. I The motion was taken under ad jvisement late yesterday after De-Tense Attorney David Peckinpah I charged new spaper accounts bo-: fore and during flic trial created hostility toward the white-haired church deacon and civic olAicial, who assertedly wanted to marry another woman, Mrs. Elizabeth B0I1-lcn, Fresno widow. District Attorney James M. Time-son answered the two and a half fense argument in a 15 min tile refutation. Peckinpahs statements accusing him of misconduct were not made at the proper time, Thucsen said, and had no merits in a motion for retrial. International Association of Ma (hinists, lodge 68, today rejected a regional War Labor Board re- quest that 36 machinists return to j their jobs at the Redwood City- plant of the National Motor Bear- C V Hip lirnlj t Advanced Air ISsac, North Africa, June (Delayed) (IT) Allied warships and bombers to-1 day Masted the little Italian fortress island of Pan-! tellcria until it was hidden by smoke clouds and shaken by explosions as if thousands of shovels of dirt" were being thrown into the air. returning American pilots re ported tonight. "The whole island was cloaked in thick smoke and dust," reported (apt. James Pate of Terre Haute, Ind who led a lightning squadron over the island as Allied cruisers and destroyers pounded it front the sea. It scorned as if thousands of men were throwing shovels of dirt up at you. Thousands of pounds of debris flew high into the air. The airmen described the naval as especially ac- bombardment jcurate and damaging to the Italian 1 defenses, as they saw broadside after broadside fired into the island. Many fires wire started. "The warships poured it into the island fortifications and gun positions and then they zigzagged away across the Mediterranean, leaving plumed wakes in the blue waliT," one pilot said. "We couldn't see that the British warships had very much opposition. Eire from the Italian coastal batteries were reported becoming more lcchle every day because of constant aerial and naval pounding. The Allied planes also met little opposition. Allied Headquarters, North Africa. June 9 (DP) Allied planes dropped a demand for the unconditional surrender of Pantelleria on the Italian island yesterday, it. was announced officially today. The demand has not been answered by the Italian garrison of Pantelleria, the announcement said. Rev. F. I. Drexler Will Return To Mill Valley Rev. Fred I. Drexler, who has served as interim pastor of the First Baptist church since last Nov. 1st, today announced that lie will return to his home in Mill Valley at the end of the present month. The local church board has a successor under advisement, he disclosed, hut no formal decision has been reached. Since his arrival here, Drexler has been prominent in affairs of civic importance and has many friends here, old and new. At one time, he wfas publisher of the Riverdale weekly paper. He is the father-in-law of District Attorney Roger Walch. Valley's Milk Surplus (?) to Be Sent South Sacramento, June 9 (UP) The state agriculture department today announced its approval and that of the Office of Price Administration, for a nuik diversion program designed u insure adequate supplies for civilians In Los Angeles and San Hu go marketing areas. Department officials explained that the main effect of the program will he in divert surplus market milk from the lower San Joaquin valley directly to San Diego where the need is greatest. Milk distributors were quoted by the depart incut as saying milk rationing might be necessary in San Diego and Los Angeles this summer or tall unless the plan accomplishes its purpose. A re mi It of the program will be a den ease in the cream supply-in the areas, and a reduction in prodmtion of powdered milk in the lower San Joaquin valley, it was said. Chatteri Named Head Of Insurance Agents R J. Chat ten was elected president of the Kings-Tulare Insurance gents' Association at the annual meeting held Tuesday night in Tuiare. Legrand Ellis of Visalia was elected secretary. Philip Ellithorpe, a director of the State Association of Insurance Agents, was the principal speaker. He outlined the public relations program of the national association and discussed renewals in war damage insurance. 9. 194L No. 74. Coal Argument Hearing Set; Rush Hew Bill Washington. June 9 (UP) The War Labor Board today called a public hearing for tomorrow on the coal mine wage dispute to receive such reports" as any party may care to submit. The board's order came as jockeying in the opcrators-Unit-ed Mine Workers bargaining session indicated that last minute, efforts were being made to rearh an agreement which would cover northern soft eoal mines. Southern mine operators, however, made it clear that they still regarded the negotiations as hopelessly deadlocked and were prepared to submit a detailed report to the War Labor Board on the points still in dispute. Tin1 northern operators were believed to he considering the possibility of agreeing to payment of $1,50 daily portal to-portal pay pending an investigation to determine the average miner's underground travel time. It was believed John L. Lewis and the miners undoubtedly would agree to such a provision. Today's union-operators meeting had been scheduled without hope of agreement. John L. Lewis, who feels that the operators are not bargaining in good faith, described yesterdays session as farcial and the stultification of collective bargaining, and asserted that the operators sullen, morose altitude was an insult to the miners. Washington, June 9. (UP) House and senate conferees today reached virtual agreement on legislation to outlaw strikes in war industries. It was expected they would have final draft of the bill, including fine and imprisonment penalties for strike leaders, ready for passage by both houses of congress before the June 20 deadline in the present coal mine truce. The bill specifically forbids any individual to encourage a strike after government seizure, providing maximum penalty of $5,000 fine and one year imprisonment for violation of that provision. Soviets Thwart Luftwaffe Raid Over Leningrad Moscow, June 9 (UP) Russian fighter planes and antiaircraft gunners were credited today with breaking up an attempt by a big force of German planes to bomb Leningrad, dispersing the fleet and destroying 27 raiders. Junkers and Heinkel bombers escorted by Foeke-Wulf and Messer-schmitt fighters swarmed in strong force against the defenses of the old ezarist capital, only to scatter and flee under the Soviet counterblows. Both the German and Russian air forces maintained widespread strategic attacks against respective offensive-defensive positions constituting the nerve centers of preparations for major operations aground. Two thousand German troops assaulted the Soviet lines near Sevsk, west of Kursk, today but were thrown back in bitter fighting that cost them 400 officers and men, a tank and a plane. The toll boosted to more than 1,500 the number of Germans killed in 24 hours along the front stretching from Leningrad to the Ukraine, including 800 in the Sevsk area alone. Fresno County Flays Jap Farm Items' Pool Fresno, Cal., June 9 (UP) District Attorney James M. Thue-sen left today for Sacramento to support his statement of unalterable opposition to federal pooling of idle farm machinery in conferences with Attorney General Robert Kenny and State War Board Chairman Dave Davidson. Thuesen said he intended to see Fresno county farmers got the use of any machinery requisitioned in the county. "We probably have more such equipment than any other county and, while wc have a need for it here, I am not going to see it sent out of the county. CUMATE High 92. Low 52. Kings River SUgc. 8.23. Discharge. 732J sec. ft.

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