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iN A GROWS 1939-0$57,000,000.00 zTo, Phoenix, Arizona Salisbury Takes Top ARIZ PUBLIC Today Pages 112 N. CENTRAL AVB. TELEPHONE 3-1111 Monday Morning, February 17, PLOT MENACES Diplomat Says Nazis Are Ruling Rumania Honors! I STANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 16— (UP)—Germany has "taken rt\7OT* /VlTY^T\lo+*%1*i'* !w *Di*Bu«..^:_ *A!_ i . M_ n A _ ^ Record Throng Sees End Of Rodeo (Additional Stories, Page <> over completely" in Rumania with about 350,000 Nazi troops there, Sir Reginald Hoare, recalled British minister, to Bucharest, said today upon his arrival here with his staff' aboard the chartered steamer Ismir. A. C. Kendall, British vice-consul i at Rumania's Black sea port ofi_ . Constanza from which the partyi Bntalns diplomatic break to Ru-! sailed, said that thousands of Ger-| manian premier Gen. Ion Antonescu the latter termed it "unkind" and complained against Britain's decision to break off relations with Rumania while still maintaining diplomatic relations with Hungary. mans were concentrated there and that, during the past four davs, many Bulgarian troops have be'en moved up to the frontier with Ru- 1 boys brought wave on wave of applause from a record-breaking throng yesterday for the last go-round of the Phoenix Junior Chamber of Commerce World Championship Lanky Bud Spilsbury of Bisbee walked off with top all-round honors for the four-day show, winning 1,004 points in the roping and bulldogging events. His closest contenders were Hugh Bennett of Fort, Thomas with 662 points and Andy Jauregui, Newhall, Calif., with 639 points. Mud Add* Thrills It was a thrill-packed performance that ended the 1941 rodeo, made doubly thrilling by a six-inch sea of, mud in the arena that caused animals to slip all over the JoL But the mud did little to slow up the show. Teaming with Lawrence Conley of Phoenix, Spilsbury was in on first money in the finals in team roping, and, teamed with Charles Whitlow of Florence, he also was in on third-place money in the tame event In addition he won second place in tulldogging finals and day money in several events. The finals winners and their (times: - , -• •• Team roping (four steers)—Lawrence Conley and Bud Spilsbury. 894/10 seconds; John dine and Hugh Bennett, 929/10 . seconds; Charles Whitlow and Bud Spilsbury, 94 seconds; and John BOW--I man said Andy Jauregui, 99 1/10 seconds. ' Contest Possible First place in this event may be wmtested. however, by Asbury Schell, Tempe, and Joe Bassett, Payson, who tied their steer yesterday in 183/10 seconds for a total of only 88 4/10 seconds, only to have the judges give them "no ume 1 because a front foot of the steer was caught in the loop. Calf roping <f 0ur calves)—Andy Jauregui, 864/10 seconds; Buck Gooospeed. Wetumka, Okla.. 95 8/10 mania. _ -..«,_.,. The British diplomats, accom- wnlcn also is under Nazi domina- panied by British civilians and 1jon - "It was inevitable that we should break off relations when the Germans have taken over completely," Hoare said. "My last chat with Antonescu several newspaper correspondents, WORLD'S best COW-1 arrived here en route to London i«" ' after Britain's break in diplomatic relations with Rumania last week on the grounds that the Balkan nation has become a "German military base." Effective Saturday. Rumania became "enemy territory" under a ruling of the British Board of trade, which issued an official order intended to shut off the flow of »ny (roods to Rumania which might find their way into Germany's hands. Hoare said that when he delivered the formal notification of i conquest of Poland in 1939. Hopkins Predicts Isles Win American Help Yugoslavia Future 'Secured' Termed Dire Necessity N EW YORK, Feb. (AP)—Harry L. Hopkins, President Roosevelt's! ..... — ,.,.„.. -v,,., rt ,,iu,,wi.u personal erivoy, returned! was of a most friendly nature and|from London today convinced! he seems to by trying to convince i that the British "will win the war" himself that the Germans will win with the help of the United States. B ELGRADE, Yugoslavia, Feb. 16—(AP)—The trip of Premier Dragisa Cvetkovic to Germany for a conference with Adolf Hitler has "secured the future of Yugoslavia." the Minister Without Portfolio Kul- ovec said tonight. In the first official speech mentioning the trip Kulovec said, "The Yugoslav government had done everything necessary to maintain peace and will continue to do so -ic i in order to secure peace for our -"•"i country. "We must brinjr sacrifice!! hut these sacrifices all are made on the altar of peace which we are longing ardently for." Premier Cvetkovic told his cabi- the war. ! Hoare said that, as one of his last official acts in Bucharest, he "I think Hitler can lick net toda - v - in a 30-minute session, M n A.S It it r h.^.^2 of hb talk with Hitler and of G^ these peoplp," he said, as he stepped out of the Yankee Clipper. "They're entered a formal protest against!as tough a crowd as there is. With the Rumanian government's action I our help they'll win." in sending 3,000 Polish refugees to "Will they Ret that help?" Hopkins \vas asked "Yes," he said. In his brief case were confi- concentration camps in Germany. The refugees had • fled to Rumania from the German blitzkrieg Defense May Cause Farm Program Change WASHINGTON. Feb. 16—(UP)—Important changes in the administration's farm program to "meet the emergency of national defense" were forecast tonight by H. R. Tolley, chief of the bureau of agricul- jdential data gathered during a -\ firsthand survey of Britain's war information he said he hand over to President!across Yugoslavia were reliably said to have been unwarranted. o tural economics. Tolley said in a report to Claude R. Wickard, secretary of agriculture, on 1940 activities of the bureau of agricultural economics, that "there is need for attacking the farm problem on all fronts simultaneously." The bureau, he said, is co-operat- wcpnas; John Bowman, Oakdale Caht, &2/10 seconds, and Clay &jt. Visaua, Calif., 987/10 sec- Bidldogging (three steers) Hush Bennett 417/10 seconds; Bud Spilsbury, 432/10 seconds; Dick JJJ* . 30 b «*t all-round cow- n^J" ?* Pn^nix Junior wwnber of Commerce World Championship Rodeo-according nL £? mber nf Points «nd ™»ey (M ,,„ point) -, f 1,004.37; Hugh reBu. Bowman, S466.43; Conley, | 45 9.37; Buck W'l-87; Jackie Coop- john Cline ' ing with the National Defense fhe"street"and V 'tne"sol'die'rs'"is"wpn- i?n°r m , m ,'io S n° I ihn n ,,t SU th Pyl ^ion aS1 ? a rml derful - 1>m confident they'll win." [formation about the nations farm He dec ij ned to discuss provisions The U 8Eency l ^e n n-es ti as the lannirf'!''™ '"« ^nate, "nor 1 would' ^"corn- unit for national agricultural re-i Ff" 1 on ., l j; e e ^ent of the "finane- Search, extension and action pro- ial np JP "j" , sa ' d . 'i"?!?"?,,, 11 grams. and directs studies for the Greeted By LaGuardia location of defense industries in British Take Another Post From Italians Kurmuk Gives Base For Third Drive Eastward CAIRO. Feb. 16— (AP)— British reoccupation of the strategic Ethiopian-Sudanese frontier post of Kurmuk, near the headwaters of the Nile about 200 miles west of Addis Ababa, was announced today by general headquarters. British airmen and their comrades from South Africa continued their smashing aerial preparations for further land advances into I Eritrea and Italian Somaliland. The and rehabilitation for agriculture." effort would Roosevelt in Washington tonight. Xo Stalemate Seen "This war will not be a stalmated war." he added. "My opinions are based on observations I" made during four weeks in England and; Scotland. I saw their military andj naval strength. I watched their] preparations, for the air raids from the hotel and homes I visited. They're tough, these English." He said they were "des- parately in need of help." "We won't have to give them soldiers—what they need is material," the former secretary of commerce added. "They have won-1.-, derful leadership. Churchill is - L great man. The spirit of the men many's wishes in regard to Yugoslavia. Authoritative political circles expressed a feeling of certainty that Germany would march into Bulgaria but felt that Yugoslavia would escape war "unless something unforeseen happens". Fears that Germany might have demanded the right to send troops Two Boys Die As Result Of Car Collision MExhaust Ignites Gas, Explosion Causes Fatal Injuries complemental farm products, such as rubber, in Latin America. The land use planning effort, Tolley said, has a threefold purpose in national defense: (1) effective participation by farmers themselves in action to deal with emergency problems: (2) welding diverse elements of the nation, effort into a single effective whole; and (3) fitting a national effort to local conditions. In outlining objectives of agriculture in defense, Tolley said a broad national effort was needed "to provide a well-rounded program of adjustment, conservation Calif, 44 6/10 sec- Dead- . cham Pion sheriff retamed his champion- Phoenix rodeo Asbur >' said today he I night Saturday whcn ne attack ' He is at I British forces now claim 10.000 square miles of Italian Somaliland. North Front Silent Surprisingly, there was no official report on activities on the North African front where the British last were reported driving toward Tripoli, capital of Libya. Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Italian Somaliland make up Italian East Africa, hundreds of miles from the Libyan front. Unofficially it was reported that the Italians abandoning Kurmuk, were being pursued into Ethiopia. They were said to be only * small force. Kurmuk, which lies in Anglo- Egyptian Sudan, just across the Ethiopian border, was taken by the Italians last summer before the British started their East African campaign to drive the Fascists from the continent. Kurmuk was the last Italian post on Sudanese soil. Details Lacking There were no details of the fighting there but observers regarded it as another potential t starting point in still another | British drive eastward. Earlier drives started at Gallabat towards Gondar, Ethiopia, from Kassala, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, into Eritrea, and from Kenya Colony into Italian Somaliland. The Eritrean drive has already carried the British past Agordat and general headquarters today said troops were still being concentrated around Cheren, next town on the schedule which the British hope will include the port of Massaua and the capital of Asmara which controls the road to the south. It is designed, he said, to attain four objectives: "First, for more effective and economical ways of adapting public agricultural programs to diverse local conditions within states, counties and local areas. "Second, for better co-ordination of the several department action programs as they are carried out in the field. 'Third, for clarifying the working relationships of the department and land-grant colleges in the light of the new responsibilities placed upon the secretary of agriculture for the administration of action programs. "Fourth, for attacking the farm problem on all fronts simultaneously." Administration farm officials anticipate a continued increase in domestic consumption of agricultural products, but said they*saw no hope of early improvement in exports. greeted by Mayor Fiorello H. La- Guardia and Wi Averill Harriman, the financier. He left shortly afterward for a conference in Manhattan with John G. Winant, newly appointed ambassador to the Court of St. Jame's. During the conference, which lasted several hours, Hopkins also talked by long-distance phone with Cordell Hull, secretary' of state. He left for Washington by train at 3:30 p. m. Commenting on his talk with Ambassador Winant, Hopkins said he wanted to tell him "prior to his taking up his post, the things I thought would help him". Harriman Will Go, Too Winant said Hopkins had been "very helpful" and that he would confer with him again in Washington before leaving for London, probably at the end of the week. Winant will be accompanied to England by Harriman. Hopkins left for England on January 6. Four days later, lunching in London with Prime Minister Winston Churchill, he predicted that U. S. war production would reach its peak next year. Then followed receptions by King George »* With Chiang Feb. 16-<AP>- ttn ij mn s-ratve «s- ?»>etoCh£ es ! de!nt Roosevelt who fc * to make an econom- *urvev ft Chian « Kai confer- present rwo days England Mines Singapore Area LONDON. Feb. 16—(AP)— Apparently suspicious of a Japanese thrust in the Far East Britain announced today she had mined the sea approaches to Singapore, her great Oriental naval bastion. A brief government notice to mariners gave no explanation for the mine field at the tip of the Malayan peninsula and officials also were silent. But it came on top of a week of anxietv -in -Britain's .dominion across the Pacific, and the Sunday Times today warned axis-allied Japan that if she took any aggressive step she would find herself cut out of. postwar foreign trade she needs to support herself. "Japan," the newspaper declared, "could not expect that we could trade on the same terms tomorrow with a country which-tried to •tab ui in tht back today." Columbus Needed An Almanac— So Do You! rpHE great navigator carried - 1 - an almanac on his voyages to the New World. In colonial America, the Bible and the almanac furnished the only reading matter in many a home. Since its foundation. Uncle Sam's Almanac has become a national favorite. Designed for modern living, it includes topics in which everyone is interested—Politics, Sports, Movies, Religion, Art, Music, Agricvl- ture. Housekeeping, Health, Weather. In addition there are anecdotes and humor, charts and illustrations. Order your copy today. Ready for mailing now. Only 10 cents postpaid. —^ Use This Coupon Arizona Republic Information Bureau, Frederic J. Haskin, Director, Washington, D. C. I enclose herewith 10 CENTS in coin (carefully wrapped in paper) for a copy of UNCLE SAM'S ALMANAC, 1941. Name Street or Rural Route City State (Mail to Washington, D. C.)A TWO BUCKEYE district boys who were burned from head to „ ,„ uci^,,^- ...uu-,.,,^-, ... A bitterly cold wind whipped'foot Saturday night in an explo- area^ and ^evplonrnVnt of across Flushing bay as the clipper I sion after a collision near Liberty areas .and de\elopment of dropp(?d jnto t | e water at g a m . iSchool died yesterday in a local An hour later she docked and Hop- hospital. kins, who made the trip across the Doyle Collier, 17 years old, son ocean ja lone._ stepped out T tO T be jof M ' r and Mr ^_ R / M Collier ot the Carl Miller Cotton Camp near Buckeye, died early yesterday, about six hours after the accident, and Jesse Tyler, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. VV. O. Tyler, Martin, Ark., died yesterday afternoon. They were the 32nd and 33rd fatalities resulting from motor vehicle accidents in Arizona since January 1. Others May Die Two others. Melvin, 19, and Marvin Harrington, 17, sons of J. C. Harrington of the cotton camp, were in critical condition in St. 1911 33 This Date Feb. 16 1940 31 VI, Queen Netherlands, Wilhelmina of Anthony Eden the and Lord Halifax, now Britain's ambassador at Washington. The clipper, delayed by unfavorable weather, made the first regularly scheduled flight over Pan American Airways' new winter route from Lisbon to New York via Boiama, Portuguese Guinea, Trinidad, and Puerto Rico. Nazi .-Morale Holds Among the 12 other passengers on the clipper was Daniel B. Dyer of Salt Lake City, Utah, secretary to the American consul general at Lisbon, who said that while he was in Germany recently he saw no indication of a break in morale. "There is apparently no reason why their morale should be broken," he said. "They have not lost a battle yet." He added that the Germans were prepared for a long war "although they feel that the sooner it is over the better." Also aboard were Lt. Col. Willis R. Taylor and Ll. Col. James G. Taylor, returning from a four- month mission as U. S. Air Corps observers in Europe. Another passenger, Lt. A. A. McComas of the Irish Guards, a British subject, said he was on a mission to Washington, but that he expected to return shortly "to our little war over there." Explosion Costs Lives Of Three LIVINGSTON, Tex., Feb. 16— (AP)—J. M. Holt, about 40 years old, of Shreveport, died early today, third victim of an explosion at a Pan-American Oil Company pumping station near here. Elmo Lawrence, 20, Kilgore, was killed outright. A. M. Nichols, Tulsa, Okla., died from burns a few hours after the explosion yesterday. E. R. Turner, vice-president of the Pan-American Oil Company, said the explosion was believed to have been caused by a h»at exchanger at the pumping station.' Joseph's Hospital last night, with a physician holding "very little hope" for their lives, as a result of first-, second- and third-degree burns suffered in the accident. Highway patrolmen reported the coupe in which all four boys were riding, driven by Melvin Harrington, was struck from the left rear by a sedan driven by Ural C. Taylor, 47. Cashion, and the impact broke the gasoline tank, spewing the fuel on the hot exhaust and engulfing the coupe in flames. Driver Is Not Held According to the patrolmen, the lights of the coupe had gone out and Harrington was starting to drive off the road when the collision occurred. Taylor was not held. In addition to his parents, the Collier boy is survived by several brothers and sisters. Tyler's only survivors are his parents. Joint funeral services for the victims will be held at 4 p. m. today in- the chapel of the Buckeye Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Lewis B. Hazelton Cemetery, Buckeye. Plane Accidents Kill Three Folk LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16—(AP)— Crashing in his rented cabin monoplane, Leo C. Miller, 38 years old, Los Angeles, was killed today in a barley field near San Juan Capistrano", 60 miles south of here. Witnesses said that just before the crash Miller was flying low with his motor misfiring. He was en route to San Diego. OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 16-(AP) Sheriff's deputies found the bodies of a University of California youth and coed today in the wreckage of their plane near Baldy peak, near The" pair. Kenneth Adams Kennedy and Doris Ann Thomas, both 21 years old, took off from the Oakland airport in a rented plane yesterday for a half-hour flight Kennedy recently received his Pil Fra S nk Ce wnson. sheriff's deputy, said it took nearly two hours for officers to reach the spot afterthe wreckage had been suited from the air. • " ' Santander Ravaged ByBlaze Hurricane Hits Spain; Death Toll Rises M ADRID, Feb. 17—(Monday) — (AP) — More than 200 homes-in the Bay of Biscay port city of Santander were destroyed by fire swepl by a high wind and the flames stil were roaring early today despite a 24-hour effort by fire' fighters to check them. Radio reports from the hurri cane- and fire-stricken town saic the fire started in an explosion aboard an oil tanker in the harbor The winds picked up the blaze ant spread it through a greater pan of the city as fire fighters rushed there from as far away as Madrid Communications with Santander were cut except for the radio calls from a ship in the harbor. Disaster Repetition Feared Fragmentary reports receivec here by radio said fears were felt that the conflagration might be a repetition of the disaster of 50 years ago when half the city was destroyed in the explosion of a shipload of contraband dynamite. Firemen were battling desperately to control the flames, and most inhabitants had been removed from the blazing areas, these reports said. Thus far only three deaths have been reported. Among the buildings reported destroyed or ablaze were the customs house, cathedral, markethouse, and many buildings along the Boulevard de Pereada skirting the waterfront. Train I* Wrecked Another disaster attributed to the storms sweeping Spain occurrec during the night between San Sebastian and Bilbao, where three coaches of a passenger train ilunged into a river with at least !6 persons officially reported killed and 37 injured, some severely. Hurricane winds blew off rooftops, uprooted trees, and disruptec electric service in Burgos, anc other storm damage was reported from such widely separated points as Seville, Pamplona, Cordoba, anc Algeciras. • . In Seville a number of persons was injured and a torrential rain caused fears of a flood. Telegraph poles snapped, trees were blown down, and streetcar service was interrupted. The Ship Has Difficulty American Red Cross ship Cold Harbor, arriving with relief supplies for Spain, had difficulty docking at Cadiz. Shipping through the Gibraltar straits was halted and one freighter anchored at Gibraltar broke its moorings and piled up on the beach at La Linea. BOAT SINKS, 25 DIE LISBON, Portugal, Feb. 16 — (AP)—Twenty-five persons were reported drowned at Alhandra, 10 miles up the Tagus river, when a aoat sank during yesterday's hurricane—the worst in the 87 years of history of the Central Observatory. Nine persons died in Lisbon and 150 were hurt, while property damage was estimated at hundreds of thousands of dollars. Winds which lashed the city and countryside reached a top speed of 125 miles an hour at near-by Sintra. The first survey of damage along the Tagus river indicated 16 lug- gers and smacks, a dredge and scores of small boats were sunk. Telephone and telegraph communications in the rest of Portugal were smashed. • Convoy Loss Is Nine Ships FUNCHAL, Madeira, Feb. 16— (UP)—Nine ships from a British convoy attacked by German raiders in the Atlantic were believed tonight to have escaped, although nine others were reported sunk. Six of the vessels reached this port with many wounded. Three other'merchant ships were believed to have made the Azores. From hospital beds, the wounded British seamen told how a German surace raider ploughed into their midst and sank one ship after another until nine had gone down. Three of them were Greek vessels. (The Germans reported that 14 ships were sunk and one left afloat to pick up survivors.) One of the seamen said that the German raider suddenly came upon the convoy and began firing in all directions. Convoy vessels' returned the fire, but the raider escaped after a 30-minute duel. The Portuguese coastal ship Gaviano left here early today to search for survivors and remaining vessels of the convoy. Quake Shakes Portland PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 16—(AP) Reports of an earthquake that shook houses and rattled dishes were received from scattered sections of the city today. The shock occurred shortly after noon. There were no reports of damage, , New French Crisis Is Forecast Economic A MOTHER critical period /Ain the French government of Philippe Petain, chief of state, which has gone through several crises since it replaced the third republic last summer, appeared a possibility of the near future, last night, with hints that Marshal Petain himself would be involved. A drastically-censored dispatch from the Associated Press staff correspondent in Vichy said that it was believed there that Marshal Petain would step aside in the event a deal projected by political circles between Adm. Jean Darlan, vice-premier, and his predecessor, Pierre Laval, is consummated. The dispatch gave rise to speculation that Marshal Petain might take another—and perhaps less active—role in the Vichy regime in that event. Political circles in Vichy said Admiral Darlan, the current No. 2 man in Vichy, was expected to go to Paris in the near future to interview Laval. These circles said that they be- iieved in an effort to get Laval— who favors full collaboration with GernTany—back into the cabinet, Admiral Darlan would offer him the vice-presidency of the council of ministers—the vice-premiership, in fact. In that case, it was said. Admiral Darlan would advance himself to the presidency of the council—the premier's post. o Two Italian Units Suffer Stiff Losses Greek Forces Halt Counterattacks In Albania ATHENS,. Feb. 16— (UP)—Two Italian Blackshirt battalions on the Albanian front have been virtually wiped out in the past 24 hours, suffering more than 1,000 casualties, by a hard-pounding Greek offensive gaining ground in almost all sectors, a government spokesman said tonight. In addition, the enemy has lost 300 more prisoners and a number of strategic and well-fortified positions, the spokesman said. • Enemy Repulsed Tonight's Greek war communique said that Greek forces in "successful local actions repulsed the enemy an all fronts" today,' taking 250 prisoners and large quantities of materials. Greek bombers and fighter planes engaged in widespread action, the communique safd, and one Italian bomber was shot down. Italian planes raided Preveza, wounding one person, it was stated. (The Athens radio, in a broadcast heard by the National Broadcasting Company, said that the Greek advance had "shattered" the llth Italian Army north of Tepelini on the Southern-Central Front.) The spokesman said that two Blackshirt battalions attempted a counterattack to push the Greeks back from newly won positions and that "of the 1.200 men of these two battalions only 200 survived". Positions Taken The Greeks, attacking at two points, were said officially to have taken Italian fortified positions, prisoners and large amounts of war materials with the Italians covering their retreat with networks of barbed wire. Shortly after nightfall, the spokesman said, the Italians repeatedly counterattacked a 5,000- foot mountain peak but the Fascist! were "decimated" and thrown back. (The Athens radio, heard in New York by the Columbia Broadcasting System, said that "success has crowned the offensive action of the Greek army at all points on the front where it was undertaken" and that Italian detachments attempting desperate counterattacks lost as many as four fifths of their men.) (The Greek radio heard Control Is Sought Sabotage, Spying Activities Are Charged M EXICO, D. F., Feb. 16— (UP)—A sensational re-, port, lacking any official confirmation, of a huge Nazi "fifth column" conspiracy embracing both North and South: America and including plans to sabotage U. S. defense preparations, circulated in usually informed quarters here today. The report, received in some American quarters with a measure of belief, could not be confirmed by the United Press. Headquarters of the conspiracy were- said to be in Philadelphia. (In Washington, the state department said it had no reports of such a plot and therefore would not comment). Mexican sources, describing the alleged conspiracy, said it was a preliminary step in Nazi efforts to gain economic control of the Western Hemisphere. Many Organizations Used , The plot was said to embrace many organizations, including- German Nazis, Communists and Spanish Falangistas. Its threefold technique was described as follows: 1. Blocking United States aid to Great Britain. 2. Sabotaging: defense preparations in the United States. . 3. Antagonizing Latin-American republics against the United States by • fomenting minor rebellions, riots, and strikes. By these means, it was claimed, the Nazis hope to divert the energies of the United States from its avowed purpose of all-out aid to Great Britain against the totalitarian powers. Leaden Not Named The informants insisted that North American headquarters of the conspiracy were in Philadel- ' phia, but they did not reveal the exact location in that city. Nor would they name the leaders of the movement, whom they identified as Germans. "Tributes" were being exacted from Germans in the Americas, it was said. These funds were sent to Philadelphia for redistribution to South American, points, frequently in the form of merchandise or propaganda materials. Diplomatic circles said they were convinced-"beyond a shadow of a doubt" that such an organization is operating in Mexico, and that Its activities have increased recently in direct proportion to the increases in American aid to Britain. Pattern Is Same The Nazi organization in Mexico was described as strikingly related in pattern to Nazi organizations discovered In Uruguay and Argentina. The Mexican sources presented! documents which they said proved the existence of a Nazi-controlled Nationalist party in Mexico. They said the organization, built on the principle of "cell" structure, is know in Mexico as the "Lega de Partidos Nacionalistas Socialistas" (League of National Socialist Parties). It was said that the Japanese have co-operated with the conspiracy recently. A Japanese naval officer reportedly attended a recent ' |: party meeting in Mexico City and addressed the group in Spanish. Blamed For Disturbance Diplomatic quarters blamed the local Nazi party for the disturbances outside the American embassy last November when Henry A. Wallace, then vice-president- elect, visited Mexico City for the inauguration of Pres. Manuel Avila Camacho. German agents were said to be making strenuous efforts to learn the details of an impending agreement between the United States and Mexico for a general settlement of differences between the two countries, including the oH and land expropriations. Persistent reports have circulated that "mysterious submarines" have appeared from time to time off the West coast of Mexico. Foreign quarters believed "it is possible" that such vessels might be landinj? frtl-Ot mi arvnnf.. a Budapest told of the capture . - , 1,000 Italians on the Central; for e'gn agents. Front, presumably in the Tepe-! o lini-Klisura region south of Ber-| _ ati. after the Italians had been Vt***«tAi> (jf drawn into a trap.) Soldier Obtains Citizen Status LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. IB- CAP)—A United States soldier for 19 years. Corp. Michael Ihnat, 42 years old, finally has become a citizen. The oath was Administered by W. r. Beckham, clerk of the federal district court, here yesterday. Until' 1937, the Austrian-born Ihnat thought his induction into :he army when he was 15 was suf- 'icient to make him a naturalized citizen, he explained. Upon learning that it wasn't he applied for his first papers. Transfers from^sne army post to aft- Other delayed his final admission. May Call Willkie WASHINGTON, Feb. 16—(AP)— Wendell L. Willkie Is considering making trip to survey embattled China, it was learned authoritative, ly tonight. Associates of the 1940 Republican presidential nominee said that he wished to follow up his flying survey of conditions In Great Britain with a trip to the sections of China which are not occupied by the Japanese. Questioned about the report thai he would fly across the Pacific to study conditions in China, WilUda laughed and declared: 'There is nothing definite yet. I expect to return to the practice 05 law in the near future."

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