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• WEATHER Fair tonight and Thursday; continued cool; frost tonight; light northerly wind. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1940 35TH YEAR, NO. 47 onta Ann Rem 7 CALIFORNIA’S MOST CONSISTENT NEWSPAPER FINAL THREE CENTS FRIGID WAVE GRIPS ENTIRE NATION Report “Heavy Slaughter” As Finns Halt New Red Offensive In Man’s Job LIME HOLDS By WEBB MILLER (United Press Staff Correspondent) HELSINKI, Jan. 24.—A big Russian offensive northeast of Lake Ladoga failed yesterday for the third successive day, with heavy slaughter among the attacking Red army troops, an of­ icial Finnish communique claim- j ed today. All Russian attacks were repulsed, the communique said. Strong Red army drives were made at the center of the Man- nerheim line on the Karelian isthmus and at Kollaanjoki, northeast of Lake Ladoga, the com­ munique said. Another attack broke down, it was reported, on the central front in the vicinity of Aittojoki, former base of Russian operations. Civilians Killed The Finns claimed to have destroyed seven tanks. Twenty-one civilians were killed and 21 were wounded in bombings by raiding Russian planes yesterday. » The Russians used infantry, /tfanks and airplanes, supported by powerful artillery, in their attacks. The fighting northeast of Lake Ladoga was regarded as an attempt to smash the Finnish left wing and make the Mannerheim defense line untenable. Finns reported that the vigor v of the attack seemed to indicate f that the Russians were using some of their best troops, and that a real fight might prove to be impending. Attack Railroad One of the Russian objectives on this front seemed to be to cut a railroad which runs from Sorta­ vala, on the north shore of Lake Ladoga, southwestwards across the Karelian isthmus to Viipuri, n the Finnish gulf. Loss of this road would make difficult and slow any shifting of men and material by the Finns in tho isthmus. The Finns reported that in the»? new attack, as in others, th* Russians were firing thousands of shells. Hospitals Bombed Finnish authorities charged again that the Russians in their air attacks were conducting a deliberate terror campaign, and alleged that yesterday four hospitals, marked with red crosses, were bombed. One surgeon was killed, it was asserted, and four Women wounded. At least 19 civilians were reported killed, mostly women and children, and a number wounded when a Russian air bomb struck an air raid shelter at Nurmes, in mid-Finland yesterday. uSIame Spreckels In $3,256,919 Suit SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 24.— '(UP)—Claus A. Spreckels, financier, has been sued by the Bank of America for $3,256,919, the principal and interests on 11 alleged promissory notes, it was revealed today. The attachment suit was filed some time ago and removed to the open file of the county clerk’s office only after the sheriff had located assets and Spreckles had returned from the French Riviera. R. E. Titis, assistant cashier, brought the action on behalf of the bank, naming Spreckels and J. V. Kuznik, his attorney as well as his son-in-law, as the authors of the alleged notes. The complaint recited the notes were found among assets of City Investments, Ltd., when the bank took over some of the corporation’s properties. The complaint ^alleges City Investments, Ltd., 'was chiefly owned by Rudolph Spreckels, but that Claus holds a one-third interest in the firm. DESIGNER DEAD BOSTON, Jan. 24.—(UP)—A. Jarratt Lewis, 79, designer of the telephone booth and of the blue bell of the Bell Telephone System, died yesterday. • GWYNNE’S SELECTIONS (FOR THURSDAY) 7—Stella Gold, Hover, Valdina Jill. 2—Amy Lee, Middie Blouse, Reveille Lad. 3—Less Time, Pilot Biscuit, Valdine Minx. 4—Deline Bank, Gold Trophy, Sky Pirate. 5 — Seabiscuit, Our Mat, Teddy Kerry. 6—Hyeterical, Joharie, Forsooth. 7—Carvola, No Dice, Rocco. 8—Beau Do, Lovic, Hasten Henry. Sub—Black Highbrow, Prince Bow, Grey Nurse. HawJ«*we: $2 straight on Seabineuit. Fight Looms Over Relief SACRAMENTO, Cal., Jan. 24.— (UP)—County distribution of relief funds may be sought by anti-Olson members of the legislature despite Gov. Culbert Olson’s insistence he will not permit such action to be included in the special session starting Monday, it was declared today by Senator Roy J. Nielsen, Sacramento Republican. Nielsen said the legislative counsel had informed him the legislature indirectly can return relief to the counties by providing that any relief appropriation be sent by the State Relief Ad ministrator through county government units. See Long Session Nielsen acknowledged this would retain top control in the State Relief Administration, in stead of the social welfare department which controls present county relief units, but pointed out the counties would have discretion as to who gets relief. Meanwhile, Governor Olson worked overtime in the executive mansion to complete the formal call for the session for release Friday. He has outlined 53 subjects to be taken up, indicating that an extended session is in prospect. Study Needs State Finance Director John R. Richards and SRA Administrator Walter Chambers will confer tomorrow to determine how much relief money should be asked to finish out the biennium. Richards said suggestions had been made to tighten up requirements and standards to lop off an estimated $12,000,000 from SRA costs. This would include a maximum family budget of $60 to $75 to prevent Mexicans and others from receiving more than $100; (Continued on Page 4, Column 5) The new orphan-aid budget program which the state welfare department has laid upon the counties, effective April 1, increasing the county budget for Mexican recipients from 40 to 60 per cent, and providing such items as cosmetics and $1.77 silk hose for the girls, gloves, top coats, toothpicks, shaving cream and bath robes for the boys, and a varied wardrobe for both, was discussed before the county supervisors late yesterday by Mrs. Helen I. Stebbins, home economist of the state department of social welfare. Mrs. Stebbins, accompanied by Mrs. Gladys Johns, state agent, disclosed to the supervisors that the new budget for orphan aid set up by the state, including its “social allowances,” provides a minimum of from $16 to $22.50 per child, depending on age. With those sums as a starting point, the county would go on upward with supplementary aid, it was indicated. Reveals Increase County Welfare Director Thomas P. Douglas, who was present, made the estimate of 40 to 60 per cent increase in the county budget of the Mexican group. The state and federal governments participate in the program, said Mrs. Stebbins. The federal government contributes $9 for one child in a family, $6 for the second and succeeding children. The state pays two thirds of the balance, the county one third, she said. The $22.50 monthly minimum is for the adolescent boy, who has a bottomless stomach, Mrs. Stebbins said. Older youths and younger children require less than the lad around 13 or 14, she said. Not Enough Fruit Questioned by Supervisor N. E. West regarding what portion of the food budget is set up for fruits and vegetables, she said about 10 per cent, which West thought was far from enough. Milk and dairy products are given the largest place on the food budget, Mrs. Stebbins said. Disadvantages of granting the orphan allowance entirely in cash, which is required by the federal government, were admitted by Mrs. Stebbins, who said she was seeking methods of educating Mexican mothers to wise spending. She conceded, however, that there was no assurance that the money allowed for food for the orphans would be expended, or that the object of the allowance would be accomplished. The Mexican mother has complete say of what she will do with the orphan money, said Mrs. Stebbins. Brawl Leads To Robbery Loot After engaging in a cafe brawl, Arthur Watson (right) ex­ convict, surrendered to pursuing San Francisco police, giving up two pistols. Questioned on other activities, he led police to hotel room where they found money order books and government stamping devices taken in the New Years Day holdup of the postoffice at Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park. Louise Brown (left) in whose room the blanks were found, was held for questioning. ENGLAND GUARANTEES AID FOR BELGIUM IF GERMANY ATTACKS LONDON, Jan. 24.—(UP)—Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain told the House of Commons today that Great Britain was bound by treaties to go to the immediate assistance of Belgium in event of a German attack on that country. The prime minister said that* the government had given “full attention” to the question of “how guarantees of all kinds can be implemented if the need should arise” in connection with the position of Belgium. Attack Rumored Recently there were repeated reports in Allied sources of alleged plans for a German move against Belgium and Holland but these reports were strongly denied in Berlin. The prime minister said that Britain originally guaranteed Belgium under the Locarno treaty of 1925 and that the guarantee was reaffirmed in an arrangement concluded in London in 1936, in the British-French declaration in Belgium in 1937 and in a statement by the British ambassador to King Leopold of the Belgians on August 27, 1939. Dodges Red Issue Earlier Chamberlain dodged questions in the House of Commons as to whether Britain would sever relations with Soviet Russia “in view of her unprovoked aggression in Finland.” “The decision as to whether or not to break off relations with the Soviet government is one requiring most careful consideration in all its aspects,” Chamberlain said. “It is not one to be dealt with satisfactorily by means of question and answer.” Chamberlain said that he was not yet in a position »to give a definite date for publication of the promised government white paper dealing with Anglo-Russian negotiations. U. S. NAVY USES DUTCH WEST INDIES AS OPERATIONS BASE 65-Year-Old S. A. Native Is Dead BY T. F. REYNOLDS United Press Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON, Jan. 24.— (UP)—American Naval maneuvers off the Dutch West Indies suggested today that the navy may be preparing to defend the strategic Caribbean islands if Holland is drawn into the European war. President Roosevelt revealed at his press conference yesterday that 22 naval vessels maneuvering in the Caribbean will operate off and out of the Dutch islands of Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire and St. Eustatius. He insisted that assembly of the Atlantic squadron in the Caribbean was only a routine training maneuver. No Coincidence The navy and state department refused to comment. Diplomatic circles, however, speculated that naval maneuvers near the Dutch islands following recent Dutch mobilization on the German border might be more than coincidence. Last week, George A. Gordon, United States minister to the Netherlands, conferred with Queen Wilhelmina at the Hague. The White House never disclosed the nature of the conference, but it was considered possible now that" it concerned American naval operations in the West Indies. Recall Declaration The incident recalled Mr. Roosevelt’s press conference declaration shortly after the outbreak of the European war that the United States, under the Monroe Doctrine, will not countenance: 1—Transfer of any western hemisphere territory from one European nation to another. 2—Transfer of any western hemisphere territory to a non- Americ n power. YOUTH FACES TRIAL OAKLAND, Cal., Jan. 24.— (UP)—A charge of negligent homicide was on file today against 17-year-old Cecil Defer, Oakland, named as driver of an automobile which turned over on the Eastshore highway, killing Lucy Fifield, 15, Oakland, and injuring three other persons. The complaint was filed by state highway Patrolman B. W, Richardson, Mrs. Sade (Sally) Janies, 65, who was born in Santa Ana and who had spent all of her life in Orange county, passed away in San Bernardino yesterday following a year’s illness. Her home was in Westminster. Mrs. James was the widow of Seth James. She is survived by three sons, Jesse L., Verrill F. and Charles E. James, all of Santa Ana; four daughters, Mrs. Meda Seaberg, of Fontana; Mrs. Nellie Hale, of Tacoma, Wash.; Mrs. Mina Bradley, of Redlands, and Mrs. Maybelle Canell, of Palm City; two brothers, Frank Groom, of Garden Grove, and Felix Bradley, of Santa Ana; 11 grandchildren and three great­ grandchildren. Time of funeral will be announced later by the Winbigler mortuary. The Rev. Calvin E. Holman will officiate and interment will be in Santa Ana cemetery. Aid Sent To Stricken Seaman WASHINGTON, Jan. 24.—(UP) —The navy announced today that the Destroyer J. Fred Talbott had reached the Tuna fishing boat City of San Diego at Galapagos island, with medical aid for an officer who is critically ill with pneumonia. The destroyer was dispatched from the Canal Zone after the 1.16-fooJ fishing craft had asked aid for Carl Handen, its chief engineer. Lieut. Cmdr. C. H. Pike, skipper of the destroyer reported that Handen’s condition is so serious that his removal from the fishing boat is unadvisable now. Four Die In Plane Crash RIVERSIDE, Calif., Jan. 24.— (UP)—A mountain storm and severe icing conditioas were blamed today for the crash of an army bomber and the death of four of its six occupants. The dual-motored ship smashed into a hillside seven miles from the March Field air base here late yesterday, carrying with it four of its young crew trapped in the cabin by the spinning craft’s gyrations. Two of their companions escaped and took to parachutes. Two Reach Safety Lieut. Raymond M. Sumi, Nashwauk. Minn., pilot. Lieut. Benjamin G. Holloway, Columbus, Ohio, co-pilot. Sergt. Gerald D. Wilcox, Bennett, Iowa. Private Leonard E. Riley, Wichita Falls, Tex. Sergeant Cecil Purvis of Glenns- ville, Ga., and Private Frank Carroll of Hyde Park, Mass., jumped to safety. Investigators from March Field withheld a report but army observers believed the crash was caused by the severe icing condition which weighted down the B- 18 type bomber and made its controls inoperative . Sumi knew he was fighting a desperate battle when the ship, on a routine training flight from Sacramento to Riverside, was caught in high winds, sleet, snow and rain over the Tehachapi mountains. He radioed his difficulties to March Field and said he was coming in for a landing. Light and radio beams were directed his way. Then he radioed back that icing conditions were most serious, visibility was poor, and that it might be a good idea to have ambulances standing by. FEAR SUDDEN THAW MAY BRING SERIOUS FLOOD (Continued on Page 4. Column 8) RUM1HZI OIL 01 IRKS BRITISH BY WALLACE CARROLL (United Press Staff Correspondent) LONDON, Jan. 24.—(UP)—An Allied dispute with Rumania over oil shipments to Germany added a new complication today to a serious diplomatic situation which now involved countries, belligerent and neutral, over most of the world. Not only had Rumania, according to reliable reports, insisted that foreign oil companies operating in Rumania provide their share of oil for Germany but it was complained here that Rumania was withholding oil from the Allies, presumably at Germany’s demand. Threaten Action Britain was understood to have made firm representations to Rumania and to have added a clear intimation that permission for Rumania to obtain British products, including airplanes and other war materials, might depend on a solution of the oil question. In this as in other urgent diplomatic problems the basic question was the relation of belligerent nations to neutral ones, primarily in the light of the Allied blockade against Germany. Developments included: Study Protests 1.—Britain was studying an American protest against detention of American merchant ships in the Mediterranean. 2.—Britain was involved in a serious incident with Japan over the seizure of 21 German seamen of military age from a Japanese liner only 35 miles off the Japanese coast. 3.—Neutral countries were showing strong resentment against a speech in w'hich Winston Churchill, first lord of the admiralty, implicitly invited neutral nations to join with the Allies, for their own safety, against Germany. May Aid Finns 4.—The Russian-Finnish war was assuming increased importance daily in connection with the European war. Allied relations with Russia had cooled rapidly and there was some belief here that by spring the Allies might be sending not only war materials but “volunteers” to Finland. 5.—South Africa was torn by a political dispute which arose from a motion in the Union Parliament yesterday by Gen. J. B. M. Hertzog, former prime minister and now opposition leader, that the time had come to make peace with Germany. In a speech on his Only 16 years old, Milton Lamoureaux of Sacramento, Cal.. runs his own classes in aerial navigation, radio, meteorology and civil air regulations. He’s the youngest certified ground instructor in the nation. It’s A Girl! P*~ jSB? Eddie Cantor, film comedian, again heard the familiar “It’s a girl,” when his daughter, Mrs. Edna McHugh, presented him with his newest granddaughter. Nurse Harriet Aleshire holds the tiny tot. Prominent Orange County Dentist Called' By Death Dr. Mark M. Menges, 53, prominent Orange county dentist, whose father w&s the first dentist in Santa Ana, died today at his home at 802 North Spadra, Fullerton, after an illness of nearly two years duration. A heart disease was thought to be the cause of death. Dr. Menges came to Santa Ana with his father, the late Dr. Albert M. Menges, at the age of two years. He attended Santa Ana high school, the University of Southern California, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Northwestern University. He was a member of the Orange County Dental Association of the national association for dentists. In 1912 Mr. Menges married Gladys Harrison, a member of an early Santa Ana family, who proceeded him in death in 1934. Dr. Menges is survived by the widow, Mrs. Gean Menges, Fullerton, a daughter, Mrs. Gertrude McClure, Bell; the mother, Mrs. Stella Menges, Santa Ana; two brothers, Dr. John Menges, Fullerton, and George Menges, Santa Ana; two sisters, Mrs. Mina King. Tustin, and Mrs. Helen McFaddin, Santa Ana; and two grandchildren, Gladys Ann and Mark Allen McClure, both of Bell. Announcement of funeral arrangements will be made later. .(Continued on Page 4, Column 1) LIKES ’EM RAW LONDON, Jan. 24.—(UP)— George E. Bennet, a conscientious objector who protested even against killing vegetables, was excused from military service today and was allowed to register for non-combatant service. Bennet told the conscientious objectors tribunal that he ate vegetables raw' and thus absorbed their life, keeping them from being killed. BY UNITED PRESS Winter held almost the entire country in an icy grip today as heavy snows blanketed the south and east and another sub-zero wave moved down from the Artie circle. From the Texas Panhandle to middle Georgia southerners slipped and skidded to work in one of the most severe cold spells the south has endured in a decade. Mercury Falls In the far east snowfalls up to 12 inches delayed traffic. In the middlewest temperature^ dropped sharply and threatened to go even lower than the near-record depths of last week. An ominous note came from* “ _ " Pittsburgh, where ice gorged riv-1\ f k *-|| |-| i I c ers and conditions paralleled i ^ ■ ■■■ ■ ■ ■ 1.3 those preceding the disastrous 1937 flood. A sudden thaw and rain now might mean repetition of the disaster. Post Warnings A mountain storm at Riverside, Calif., was blamed for the crash County Area Anaheim RAINFALL TABLE Last Storm Season Year ...........1.03 of an army bombing plane and ®rea • ............... the death of four of its occupants. I Campbellar. .*.Yi3 Cold weather and frost moved Fullerton 82 across Northern California and I Vs? , .. • . , ! nuntinton oeacn ... i - d *' a near cloudburst drenched the; irvine ........................... 65 southern part, of the State. I Laguna Beach ........1.19 The weather bureau at Wash- SraX Orange Placentia Richfield ington issued an advisory storm warning for the Atlantic coast from Cape Hatteras to Atlantic City as the capital dug out of its heaviest snow since 1936. Citrus Hard Hit The new cold wave plunged the mercury to 16 below' zero at Spirit Lake, Iowa, Casper, Wyo., reported 11 below' and Kansas City 2. The temperature at St. Louis was 8 above and dropping fast. Zero or below’ was forecast for Chicago Wednesday night and even colder Thursday. Heavy frosts in the citrus fruit belt of Southern Texas threatened severe damage to the $15,000,000 crop. The fire whistle froze at Hillsboro, Tex., and a burglar stole a refrigeration unit at Fort Worth at the peak of the cold snap. Winter vacationists in Florida reached for warm clothing as freezing temperatures struck the northern part of the state and colder weather w'as forecast. Temperatures ranged from 26 at Pensacola to 56 at Key West. . 1.10 12.44 11.50 11.52 8.44 13.42 9.56 8.66 7.99 8.48 7.74 8.31 13.28 .93 10.44 San Clemente ...........1.27 9.50 San Juan Cap................83 10.45 ..........1.07 7.69 Santiago Dam .............90 9.72 Tustin . 81 8.90 Yorba Linda ..........1.03 11.68 Villa Park ...............1.28 9.33 Olive .........................1.47 11.29 McPherson ...............1.00 10.28 Limestone . ................81 10.23 8.55 8.40 10.95 10.06 8.90 8.54 967 7.50 7.85 11.40 9.27 7.89 6.66 5.58 8.75 9.39 9.04 10.03 11.03 9.63 10.01 11.41 A torrential downpour of rain at the rate of eight inches an hour fell in Santa Ana last night. Streets were temporarily flooded. The rain gauge at the flood control engineer's office recorded a precipitation of .43 of an inch of rain in three minutes. A severe electrical storm accompanied the rain which w'ashed earth and rocks onto county highways. For nearly an hour the rain locally was so intense that motorists had difficulty seeing their way in spite of windshield wipers and headlights. Little Damage No serious damage to county highw’ays was reported today by A. A. Beard, county road commissioner, but at Sunset Beach and Seal Beach the pounding of an unusually high tide sent the ocean TEXAS FREEZE BOOSTS PRICES FOR CITRUS itTpfSThCU' i /eX’avpJat?i'irt^the on a ramPa&e and W'ashed sand (UP) The cold ^wave hurt Qver th<j coast highway> The hjgh. citrus crop in gloom that had pervaded the Rio Grande valley was lightened today as optimistic grow'ers and shippers figured that they might make money on the freeze. Because of the short crop, they said, higher prices will be paid for the fruit that survived. Shippers said that the market already had strengthened to such an extent that the loss from (he freeze may easily be offset by increased prices for the remaining fruit. 11-Year Record For the second consecutive night, a heavy frost covered the lower valley last night and the temperature dropped to 24, three degrees higher than Monday night, when a low of 21 degrees set an 11-year record. Losses to the citrus crop W’ere way has been kept open to traffic, but Pacific avenue at Sunset Beach has been closed. Officials of the state highw'ay maintenance department reported that there was no serious damage to state highways in the county although minor washes across the roads were reported. Seas Pound Coast An unusually high tide early this morning sent the rolling waves of the ocean pounding against the Orange county coast line and in several places washed sand and debris over the Pacific Electric railroad between Huntington Beach and Seal Beach. The California highway patrol reported five accidents in w’hich five persons w’ere injured occurred during the downpour. Pickets today continued their difficult to estimate. Some grow- ¡ march at the entrances to Prado ers said it would amount to 20 per cent, while others said 55 per cent. Because of varying conditions in the orchards and the different methods taken to prevent damage, some orchards suffered little damage while others were ruined. Jurors Hear Mills Theft Case The trial of Ed Mills, charged with grand theft of $25,919.81 from Anaheim Community Grow'­ ers, proceeded today before a jury in Superior Judge Franklin G. West’s court with more than 100 exhibits already filed in the case as the prosecution delved into records of the fruit association formerly managed by Mills. Secretary-Manager A. A. McCormack, Mills’ successor, was on Dam, but yesterday’s storm did more to stop work than the strike, officials of the Prado Construction company reported. E. E. Ashlot, superintendent of the construction work said all work on the impervious parts of the project had been closed because of the rain but men w'ere working on the sandy sections. Work Continues “All union men have left the job,” Ashlot said, “but have been replaced by other w’orkers. Work is going forward on schedule.” J. J. Bardwell, spokesman fop the strike committee, declared the strike was working effectively. He added that union officials were, and have been ready to negotiate for a settlement of differences. The storm brought snow to the mountains and sent high tides crashing onto the beaches. It struck Los Angeles in the even', ing just as thousands of commut- the witness stand for the second ^ strpets day, having commencedI hi. test.. ^ ^ mony yesterday as frst witness an{) ■ on in the case. He identified various ^ j a records and accounts, the state . ' claiming that Mills used,comply ¡"^Bakersfield. 37 army planes LIIi ’a ehieflv whh aro.mnU nfiwere forced down and only one of ords deal chiefly with accounts 01 -. . the Mills ranch, and ranches of twTo former directors, John T. Lyon and George Easton. STATE IN “PACT” SACRAMENTO, Jan. 24—(UP) -Director Howard Philbrick sf Hamilton Field reached its destination. Bad weather was the cause of a crash in w'hich four army fliers were killed near March field. the motor vehicle department to*jT 14 H M R D E X day announced a reciprocal agree- j 1 11 ** ment had been reached by Califor- j -------------------------------------■ nia and Idaho permitting the op-j eration of vehicles on the high-1 ways of either state under one li-i cense. Under the agreement Califor-i nia will grant free use of its highways to properly licensed cars of ■ all types while Idaho will give; similar treatment to vehicles reg -\ istered in this state, Philbrick said, i Page Ne. Comics . ............ 15 Editorial ................... Financial . ................... 16 Serial Story ..................... 15 Society . ................... It Sports .................. % Vital Statistics ................. $ Hollywood Gossip ....... Ift

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