Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California on March 27, 1942 · Page 1
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Santa Cruz, California
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Business Office Hours of the Sentinel-News 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. Customers who wish to transact advertising, job printing or subscription business are asked to do so between those hours. ianta j(gnfiini(BBN(grjfjB Call Before 6:30 P. M. Evening Edition subscriber within th city limits are requested to telephone 3600 before 6:30 p. m., if they do not receive their paper. Service cannot be guaranteed after that time. CONTINUATION OF THE SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL AND THE SANTA CRUZ EVENING NEWS Founded June 2, 1855 SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA, FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1942 EIGHT PAGES 87th Year No. 62 "Make 'Em Last" flu Follow These Simple Tips To Save Precious Tires LnJ WW U t i M MR. SANTA CRUZ: Hard driving, and improper care blitzkrieg auto tires into premature uselessness, a calamity most Santa Cruz motorists must avert if they want to drive their cars. Here are a few simple precautions for making the tires last infinitely longer: Make sure all tires are properly inflated. A tire that is under-inflated only five pounds loses 32 per cent of its normal mileage. Over inflation causes' similar damage. Reduce your driving speed 25 per cent and you can increase your tires' mileage up to 83 per cent. High speeds cause more slippage, abrasion, scuffing and use of brakes. They all have a "grindstone" effect on tires. Tires wear out three times as fast at 45 as at 25. DON'T BUMP THE CURB Make sure front wheels are not "pigeon toed." To equalize normal wear, put tires on different wheels every 5000 miles. Avoid swerving around curves and driving with bent rims. It is important to make sure your brakes are equalized in 1 order to insure even tire wear. Painting tires will not add to their lives, but avoiding quick starts and stops can give thousands of additional trouble-free miles. Because Wanted: Operators For Jap-Abandoned Farms By United Press San Francisco, March 27 The movements of enemy aliens and Japanese-Americans were restricted further at dawn today when a curfew established by Lieut. Gen. John L. DeWitt, commanding the western defense command and fourth army, became effective. A proclamation signed by DeWitt forbade the movement of all enemy aliens and Japanese-Americans between the hours of 8 p. m. and 6 a. m. Failure of Japanese and Japanese-Americans working agricultural land in the county to continue operations until the time they must evacuate will be considered sabotage, except in those instances where sale or lease of the Blast Rocks Laboratory, 5 Are Hurt By United Preu Pasadena, March 27 An explosion rocked a chemical laboratory at the California Institute of Technology today, injuring five persons, one critically. Nature of the explosion was not announced. II . D. Rovy, Taft, received third degree burns on almost his entire body and was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Four other persons, teaching fellow student, Stanley Snowden, and employes, Eleanor Speers, Charles Cummins and Albert I. Harris, were taken to a hospital with less serious injuries. Police and institute officials said they could not furnish additional . details. Cummins, who received a possible fractured knee, carried Rovy outside, then collapsed. Several persons outside the building were knocked down but received only scratches and bruises. All of Rovy's clothing except his shoes was blown from his body. Seek Cause Of Explosion By United Press Easton, Pa., March 27. Investigators swarmed over a limestone quarry of the Lehigh Portland Cement company today, looking for the cause of an explosion of 20 tons of dynamite which tore 31 men into shreds, hurled debris seven miles and was heard for 100 miles around. It appeared that their quest was hopeless, that all evidence was destroyed. The Lehigh company, or the Hercules Powder company, which furnished the dynamite, was expected, however, to make a statement. Enough parts were collected to identify 13 bodies. Identification of the other 18 was considered impossible, but a separate coffin was bought for each. POSTPONED The gigantic civilian defense mass meeting slated for April has been indefinitely postponed, local civilian defense headquarters advised today. Reason for the postponement is the fact that the motion picture which was to have been shown could not be obtained. "MAKE 'EM LAST" "A tire that is under-inflated only five pounds loses 32 per cent of its normal mileage." Look inside your tires for damage from too little pressure. It's not always visible on outside. heat damages tires, only about 50 per cent as much mileages can be expected in summer driving as compared to winter driving. Avoid bumping into curbs. This is one of several causes of damaged tires which prevents retreading. land is previously arranged. That warning came Friday from Myron C. Frane, farm security field agent for the army's wartime civilian control administra-tion service center in this county. Concurrently, all enemy aliens and Japanese citizens in the county at 6 a.m. Friday went under the most rigid curfew rule ever placed on citizens or aliens in the nation. They may no longer be more than five miles from their homes except in traveling to or from jobs or an official alien control office, or for evacuation under army permits. Beginning tonight, aliens and the Japanese-Americans must be in their homes every night between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. There are no exceptions to this order. Frane announced the sabotage warning Friday when he was in Santa Cruz to receive listings of evacuees and applications of farmers to take over the land, at the U. S. employment office on Front street. ' Scarcity of qualified farmers to take over operations of agricultural land in the county which must be evacuated was reported by him. More than 40 Japanese and Japanese-American farmers who must evacuate from this county have listed their farming operations with Frane. Less than half that number of qualified farmers wishing to take over operations have filed with his office. Japanese and Japanese-American land listed for sale or lease constitutes 342 acres of land, of which 242 acres are planted chiefly to strawberries, bushberries, garlic and seed crops. The farms range from one acre to 30 acres. A farm-to-farm canvass was conducted that revealed majority of the larger operators already have made satisfactory arrangements. Frane urges farmers wishing to operate this land to report to him at the U. S. employment service office in Watsonville as soon as possible so that this land may be kept in production. Financial assistance may be arranged for qualified applicants. Frane declared that all arrangements being made on the outside should be cleared through his office. China Gains At Toungoo By United Press New Delhi, India, March 27. Veteran Chinese troops have opened a gallant counter-attack against Japanese forces who had surrounded them at Toungoo, after a fierce and unremitting 48-hour battle, it was reported today. Java! i AUXILIARY UNIT IS DUE AT AIRPORT Property of the Watsonville Airport company has been leased by the U. S. navy as an auxiliary field to the U. S. naval air station at Sunnyvale. Approximately $25,000 will be spent in immediate improvements and mooring installation for patrol airships, according to the twelfth naval district headquarters in San Francisco. CREWS Regular crews will be maintained at the new auxiliary station to aid in landings and take-offs of the navy blimps. Operations details are of a military nature and cannot be revealed, the navy said, except that administration of the field will continue from Sunnyvale. Construction of the project has been assigned to the Dinwiddie Construction company, now building the Monterey section base. The navy recently resumed its base at Sunnyvale after it had been operated for several years as Moffett Field, army air corps base. Two Valley Localities Top Quotas Oversubscription by $200 of its Red Cross war relief fund drive in Boulder Creek and Brookdale was disclosed Friday by R. A. Liv-ermore, chairman, as the valley sector's campaign came to a close. Assigned $650 as its share of the Santa Cruz $18,200 quota, residents of that area contributed a total of $850. Success of the drive was attributed by Livermore to the "splendid work of the committees and the generous response of the community." He made specific. mention of the services of Mrs. Ann West, W. E. Stiles, W. D. Alexander, Mrs. J. H. Licbenberg, Mrs. F. C. Camp, W. S. Rodgers, Albert Everest, Lewis E. Hayes, George Cress, the Boulder Creek fire department, Boulder Creek schools and the Boulder Creek Community club. Navy Given Right To Go After Subs Washington, March 27. The navy has been given full command over all army and navy anti-submarine activities on both coasts, the navy and war departments an nounced today. Army defense commanders already have allocated army air units to the naval commanders of the sea frontiers charged with the protection of shipping and operations against enemy sea-borne activities off the coasts. Littlest Guy The littlest guy ever to hit the county "clink" was hauled into Sheriff J. R. Devitt's office Friday morning, the first-belief he was a tipsy 12 year-old boy. Just topping the office counter with his four feet length, and almost tripping over the cigarette he smoked, he was tough In reverse proportion to his 70 pound weight size. "From Los Angeles. What's it to yuh? What's it to yuh?" he answered the question of his address. "Bill Crawford is my name." Immigration a u t h o ritles were checking his case. He was born in Scotland and went from there to Halifax, Nova Scotia. He told officers he was traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco. limp Base Aw, Too Bad Evening wiener roasts and barbecues are out for the duration for Santa Cruz picnickers. No longer will recreation seekers be able to loll on the beaches to listen after sunset to their favorite dance band coming from their portable radio sets. Under proclamation of Governor Culbert L. Olson, received Thursday by Sheriff J. R. 136 Requests $20,000 From ounfy Amount Is Four Times Figure of '41 Santa Cruz, just drawing a deep sigh of relief as it prepares to wind up its Red Cross war fund drive this week-end, caught its breath midway Friday with announcement it has been called on to contribute for a $20,000 county-wide U. S. O. goal. The quota, assigned Thursday at a conference in San Francisco, drew an immediate protest from members of the Santa Cruz U. S. O. committee at the conference, according to Captain Fritz Hammerstrom, Salvation Army, one of the local delegation. Officials were informed that this' county could not raise that sum because of a lack of defense work in this area and the exodus of many wage earners into defense industries in metropolitan centers. TRIPLE - The protest is to be taken under advisement that assurance was given. The $20,000 quota represents triple the amount the county was asked to raise in last summer's first U. S. O. drive to provide financing of leisure time activities for men in the service. Last year Santa Cruz raised $3227.50 and Watsonville $2585.43. What the community quotas will be under the $20,000 total was not set, but the local delegation was advised Thursday to call a county conference to adjust the allocations and map campaigns. They were advised to get the committee together and a representative from San Francisco was promised to meet with them for a discussion of problems. On a tentative basis. May 11 has been set for the drive opening. Assurance also was given that a campaign manager would be assigned to direct the local drive. DIFFICULT "We had a hard time to raise our quota last year," Hammerstrom commented. "Our campaign was lagging and we had to call a campaign director to take over. In view of the fact so many workers have left Santa Cruz, we informed the conference the budget would have to be cut. "The size of the quota was a blow and today we don't know just where we are going." Watsonville did not have a representative at the session. Henry Sibley of Rochester, N. Y., president of the United Service Organizations, was guest of honor at a luncheon in the Palace hotel, which preceded the business conference. He disclosed a national goal of $32,000,000. The state quota is $1,329,000, compared to $390,-000 last year. Attending from here besides Hammerstrom were Mrs. Harry Trost, local chairman; Dr. Pearl Ol-iphant, Dr. E. C. Poulsen, Mrs. Cecil Ball and Mrs. Rose Phillips. Searching Planes, Also In Crash Bakersfield, Cal., March 27 The crash of a two-seated training plane on a searching mission from Minter field was reported by army officials here this morning, but both men in the ship escaped without injury. Phoenix, Ariz., March 27 A light Southwest Airways training plane crashed three mile3 south of here today, killing the pilot, t.i-gene J. Black, 26, Longvicw, Wash. Scheduled For Datsomville . . .No More Fireside Picnics Devitt, camp or other outdoor fires burning after nightfall are to be subject to control "because ' of existing circumstances and the possibility that such fires might easily be used as signals to the enemy and to guide enemy aircraft." The ban falls also on carrying and "unrestricted" use of flashlights, flares, firearms and other weapons, radio re- , ceiving or sending sets on the beaches. Final Red Cross Appeal By C. D.JIINKLE (Director, Red Cross Funds Drive) On the eve of the huge Red I Cross musical pageant benefit Saturday night which has united 45 organizations of our city - in a fine spirit of patriotism and union, this city will cap three long months of work with success merited by the untiring work of our citizens in that period. The fact we're coming to a successful close in our drive for $18,200 is gratifying beyond any other event in the community. I don't know just what the final figures will be after the , fund receives proceeds from . the musical pageant and tonight's lecture by Mrs. Ruth Bryan Rohde, but the total will surprise many people. The performance, end of our Train De-Railment Hampers Mrs. Rohde De-railment of a Southern Pacific freight train has delayed arrival in Santa Cruz of Mrs. Ruth Bryan Rohde, noted diplomat, until just a short time before her lecture Second Place ROBERTA MACE, Santa Cruz high school girl, won second place honors in a Lions club public speaking contest at Salinas Tuesday. Miss Mace won first place in the local elimination contest. Roberta Mace Places 2nd In Lions Contest After winning first place in the Santa Cruz Lions' club public speaking contest on "Our Nation's Security," Roberta Mace of Santa Cruz high school Tuesday copped second place honors in the district elimination contest at Salinas. Miss Mace, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. C. O. Mace, 302 Seabright avenue, defeated Bill Swasey of Santa Cruz high school for first place honors in city competition. Lions' club members from Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Watsonville and Santa Cruz were present. President C. M. Aldrich and Secretary Mack Fisher, both of the local Lions' club, accompanied Miss Mace. 2 APS., ; Provisions of the proclamation are applicable only during the hours between sunset and sunrise. In the case of fires the provisions do not apply to persons who have obtained permits from the state division of forestry, state council of defense or other appropriate state agency and to those within Santa Cruz who have written authority from the city officials to build fires in con campaign, will take us clear over the top, of that I'm certain. But the cancellation of our 1942 membership roll call makes imperative a margin of funds for our local chapter to me e t the ever-increasing emergency demands they will be called on to fulfill. I do want to express my appreciation to all workers during this long-drawn-out campaign. It was marvelous the way they responded. We received no refusals for voluntary help or donors. The areas outside Santa Cruz in the valley, coast area, Ap-tos, Soquel and Capitola all have done better than was expected possible. Putting everything together, we are on the threshold of a very successful closing of what seemed at the start a hopeless cause. tonight in civic auditorium. The forced change in schedule left a special luncheon of the P. E. O. Sisterhood at Rio del Mar Friday noon without a guest of honor. SALINAS Derailment of the train late last night near Santa Margarita, necessitated rerouting of all passenger trains between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Mrs. Rohde will arrive in Salinas at 5 p.m. and will be met there for the drive to Santa Cruz. She originally was due to reach San Jose at 11 a.m. to motor to Rio del Mar with Mrs. -Jean Johnson and Mrs. Theodore Hopping of Santa Cruz, friends of long standing. A dinner at Ideal Fish restaurant on the beach was planned to precede the address on ."New Horizons for America." BULLETINS Br United Press Vichy, March 27 Vice-Premier Francois Darlan today conferred with Pierre Laval at his castle near here for two hours on the question of Laval's return to the government. Rane De Chambrun conferred with Fernand De Brinon, the Vichy government delegate, at Paris on the same proposal. A decision on Laval's return to power was expected shortly, possibly within 48 hours. Hollywood, March 27 Charles (Buddy) Rogers, film artor and orchestra leader, was accepted by the navy today for training as a volunteer flying instructor. New Delhi, India, March 27 Great Britain is offering India immediate home rule and a form of dominion status after the war in return for a pledge to fight to the finish against Japan, the United Press was informed today by a usually trustworthy authority. On The Beach formance with city regulations. The ban hits the coastal area of California and areas designated by the army as prohibited and restricted. Local sheriffs and police authorities, requested to take "cognizance of the cited danger to the public welfare from such acts," are empowered to act under the vagrancy and public nuisance sections of the penal rode to prosecute violators. Standard Oil Is Blasted In Arnold Probe Br United Press Washington, March 27. Assistant Attorney General Thurman W. Arnold said today the German subsidiary of Standard Oil company of New Jersey developed plans in 1938 for an aviation gasoline plant which it said would be a "definite contribution" to the Nazi program of German self stiff iciency. Resuming his testimony before the senate committee investigating the war program, Arnold also charged Standard Oil was considering "closer relations" with a large Japanese trust in 1939 to assure re establishment of trade after any U. S.-Japanese break. Arnold explained Standard's cartel' arrangement with German firms an agreement which committee chairman, Harry S. Truman, D., Mo., described as "treason" on the part of Standard. NO SHORTAGE Arnold had charged that the cartel agreement with a German chemical trust had blocked proper development of synthetic rubber production in the United States. Truman said that the agreement represented an effort by Standard, "even after we were in the war," to protect Germany's control over synthetic rubber. Because of that agreement, Truman said, "Germany has no rubber shortage," while the United States has to pinch to supply its armed forces. Meantime, Elliot E. Simpson, executive of a New York rubber concern, told the house interstate commerce committee that there is no rubber shortage in the United States today. Assailing officials of the rubber division of the war production board, Simpson said that there is sufficient scrap and other rubber now in this country "to take care of every public and defense need." Smash Nazi Spy Group In Brazil By Untied Press Rio De Janeiro, March 27 The Brazilian government, having thrown almost 200 Axis agents into prison and seized four powerful radio transmitters, believed today that it had smashed the heart of a spy ring operating throughout the western hemisphere. One agent was a German admiral, who, police charged, was entrusted by Adolf Hitler with planning an attack on South America from Dakar, French West Africa. In a convent of the German Franciscans, a raiding party found insignia of the Brazilian army and uniforms, as well as Nazi propaganda. They broke into the residence of Friodrieh Kroener, a German physician, and found maps of the Brazilian coastline and 474 German propaganda books. Niels Christiensen, a Dane, was accused of being the ring's leader. Authorities said they had seized documents proving that he was a counselor of the German navy's radio service and coordinator of espionage communications for Brazil, the United States and the British Isles. JAPS ALSO STRIKE AT TITO AREAS London, March 27. Britain's biggest bombing planes, fully launched on, a merciless 24-hour-a-day offensive, darkened the skies over the Ruhr, heart of German war industry, during the night in their second mass attack in two nights. The air ministry announced that it was an attack in force and it was indicated that hundreds of the biggest, newest bombing planes took part. Other planes of the bomber command, escorted by fighters, attacked German airdromes in Holland, oil refineries near Ghent, Belgium and docks near Le Havre. It was admitted that 13 British bombing planes had failed to return. BOMBER HIT Fighter planes destroyed one German bomber in combat, the communique said. It announced that in a daring low level attack off the German North Sea Frisian Islands yesterday, coastal command planes had scored a direct hit on a medium-sized supply ship. The air ministry said that in the Ruhr raid, industrial objectives were heavily bombed. JAPAN Japan's war machine went all- out today in an attempt to break American defenses in the Philip pines and Allied lines in Burma. At last reports, the enemy had made no important progress. In the Philippines, there were sharp clashes on land and steady, relentless Japanese bomber and dive-bomber attacks cn the UniUd States positions. A communique issued at Washington said several enemy planes were hit and that most of the Japanese bombs (ell in Manila Bay, while on Bataan American patrols "successfully" raided enemy strong points. A dispatch from United Press Correspondent Frank Hewlett at the Bataan front reported morale high and said American troops were fighting to hold out until relieved by General Douglas MacArthur. . The size of the British attack was indicated by Berlin's claim that 18 of the RAF night raiders were shot down. The air war was spreading alt along the European front. A big battle was reported on the northern Russian front where the Nazi air force apparently had launched heavy attacks in an attempt to smash reception facilities for the increasing stream of U. S. and British aid to Russia which is arriving at Murmansk. The Russians said the Nazi raids had been smashed. Russia used new type subma rines and said they sank 10 German transports in the past few days. Over bombbattered Malta the biggest air battles of the whole front appeared to be in progress. Malta suffered its 1600th air raid since start of the war. The reinforced British fighter squadrons took a heavy toll of Junkers dive bombers and their protective escort of Messerschmitt fighters. PLANES What was believed to be a flight of German planes was detected over the British southeast coast today, the first time in months that any considerable force of German aircraft had appeared over Britain in daylight. RAF fighters roared into the air and listeners on the ground heard the sounds of an air battle so high that it was out of sight. In the southwest Pacific a comparative lull continued. Axis and Axis dominated radio stations issued a sprinkling of rumors about Japanese landings. The Saigon station said that Japanese occupied Port Moresby. Paris said the Japanese had captured Toungoo. Vichy suggested that the Japanese had captured the Santa Cruz islands, midway between the Solomons and the Fijis and right on the U. S. -Australian supply route. There was no confirmation of these reports, all coming from usually unreliable quarters. On the Australian front, Australian planes raided Koepang on the island of Timor and the Japanese attacked Port Moresby lightly. Australian expeditionary troops , returned to their homeland from (Sec RAF RAID, pg. 8, col. 3)

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