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iN A GROWS -P$57,000,000.00 ARIZ . NO. 275, Phoenix, Arizona EPUBLIC Pages 112 N. CENTRAL AYR TELEPHONE 3-1111 Monday Morning, February 17, 1941 PLOT MENACES Spilsbury Takes Top Honors! Diplomat Says Nazis Are Ruling Rumania _ i rr-i i Hornrn I h J\CCUIU 1 H Sees End Of Rodeo (Additional Stories, P.Rf 4) STANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 16—(UP)—Germany has "taken 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; at Rumania's Black sea port ofj . Constanza from which the party j Britain s diplomatic break to Ru- sailed, said that thousands of Ger-! manian premier Gen. Ion Antonescu mans were concentrated there andj the latter termed it "unkind" and that, during the past four days.i com P Ialne( l against Britain's deci- many Bulgarian troops have been Slon to break off relations with Ru- moved up to the frontier with Ru- ma nia while still maintaining dip- mania. (Idmatic relations with Hungary, The British diplomats, nccom-i which also is under Nazi domina- panied by British civilians and !tlon ^ newspaper correspondenls . THE WORLD'S best COW- j arrived here en route to London I v u-n.irrVit \vavo nn after Britain's break in diplomatic 1 boys brought wave on,, ations with Rumania ]a ' st week applause from a rec-|on the grounds that the Balkan "It was inevitable that we should break off relations when the Germans have taken over completely," Hoare Raid. Hopkins Predicts Isles Win Yugoslavia Future 'Secured' American Help Termed Dire Necessity N EW YORK, Feb. (AP)—Harry L. Hopkins, President Roosevelt's; "My last chat with Antonescujpersonal envoy, returned! walked off with top ore for the four-day show, winning 1004 points in the roping and bull- hogging events. His closest con- lenriprs were Huch Bennett of Fort J™"™ ... ™s p 0 i nts an( j Andv "oarp said tnat wnen nr denv- mania irom the German hi 1 Calif., with 639! ere d the formal notification of conquest of Poland in 1939. off the flow of any goods to Rumania which might find their way into Germany's hands. the Rumanian government's actioniour help they'll win." in sending 3,000 Polish refugees to "Will they get that help?" concentration camps in Germany. The refugees had fled to Ru- Hoarp said that when hp deliv- mania from the German blitzkrieg Hopkins was asked "Yes," he said. In his brief case were confi- 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," thp Minister Without Portfolio Kul- OVPC 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 country. , "We must bring sacrifices hut these sacrifices all are made on the altar of peace which we. are. longing: ar/lently Cvelkovic told his oahi- a 30-minute session, with Hitler and of Ger- rtshes in regard to Yugo- Authoritative political circles expressed a -feeling of certainty that Germany would march into Bulgaria but felt that Yugoslavia would escape war "unless some- dential data gathered during aching unforeseen happens". Mud Adds Thrills I It was a thrill-packed perform-! ance that ended the 1941 rodeo, j ir,ade doubly thrilling by a six-inch; sea ot mud in the arena that I caused animals to slip all over the lot 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 Defense May Cause Farm Program Change -'firsthand survey of Britain's war| Fears that Germany might have effort — information he said he; demanded the right to send troops would hand over to President across Yugoslavia were reliably said Roosevelt in Washington tonight. ; to have been unwarranted. Xo Stalemate Seen "This war will not be a stalmatPd 1 war," he added. "My opinions are based on observations I made during four weeks in England and .Scotland. I saw their military andj WASHINGTON, Feb. 16—(UP)—Important changes in the admin- naval strength. I watched their istration's farm program to "meet the emergency of national defense" roping, and, teamed with Charles were forecast tonight by H. R. Tolley, chief of the bureau of agricul- Whitlow of Florence, he also wasitural economics. in on third-place money in thei Tolley said in a report to Claude R. Wickard, secretary of agricul- tame event. i — turp, on 1940 activities of the hula addition he won second place reau of agricultural economics. in bulldogginj: finals and day f^ 'I'^L T_l i tnat "there is need for attacking thp farm problem on all fronts simultaneously." day money in "several events. The finals winners and their times: i Team roping 'four steers)—Lawrence Conley and Bud Spilsbury. • 894/10 seconds; John Cline and ' Hugh Bennett, 929/10 seconds; I Diaries Whitlow and Bud Spils- 1 bury, 94 seconds: and John Bow- i man said Andy Jauregui, 99 1/10 seconds. : Contest Possible j First place in this event may b<? British Take Another Post From Italians 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 "" . . who tied their steer yesterday in 183/10 seconds for a total of only SB 4/10 seconds, only to have the judges give them "no time 1 because a front foot of the fleer was caught in the loop. Calf roping (four calves)—Andy Jauregui, 864/10 seconds; Buck Goodspeed, Wetumka, Okla.. 95 8/10 * ec .9 ndE : John Bowman, Oakdale, Calif 982/10 seconds, and Clay Carr, Visalia, Calif., 987/10 seconds. Bulldogging (three steers) — Hugh Bennett, 417/10 seconds; Bud 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 agri- „,„,.,,. „ culture in defense, Tolley said a _ .f. "*-«•,.". «TV.UIIUS, .emu r ades from South Africa continued broad national effort was needed apiisoury, 432/10 seconds; Dick'their smashing aerial preparations; "to provide a well-rounded pro*" Jfor further land advances into'gram of adjustment, conservation 10 best all-round r.ow- in the Phoenix Junior uumber nf Commerce World wumpromhip Rodeo—according 10 the number of points and money ($i per point) „.„„ h Tun. Bud Spilsbury, |1,004.S7; 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 com- Two Boys Die As Result Of Car Collision Exhaust Ignites Gas, Explosion Causes Fatal Injuries TWO BUCKEYE district boys who were burned from head to A bitterly cold wind whipped! foot Saturday night in an explo- across Flushing bav as the clipper sion after a collision near Liberty complemental farm products, such dropped into, the water at 8 a. m.!School died yesterday in a local The bureau, hp said, is co-operating with thp National Defensp Commission in supplying basic information about the nation's farm economy and the adequacy of agricultural commodities for defense. The agency serves as the planning unit for national agricultural research, extension and action pro- .grams, and directs studies for the f^. T-J ilocation of defense industries in VjlVeS DaSC rura ' arpas an ^ development ofj deiful leadership. Churchill i.s a great man. The spirit of the men in the street and thp soldiers is won- dprful. I'm confident they'll win." He declined to discuss provisions of the British aid bill now pending in thp senate, nor would be com- Cireeted By LaGuardia needed , An hour later she docked and Hop-| hospital. kins, who made the trip across the! Collier, 17 vears old. son ' , . ocean alone, stepped out to be iof Mr and Mrs R ' M Collier of greeted by Mayor Fiorello H. La- lthc Car , Mnler Cotton Camp near Guardia and W. Avenll Harriman, R .. rkpv p. riie ri par lv vesterdav. 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. n' »w».so, John Bowman, S46G.4S; J*wrenee Conley. $459.87; Bock £n£2- *r S71 - 87: '•«»« Coop- lS! John a ' mr " SS28.13 Buckeye, died early yesterday, about six hours after the accident, and Jesse Tyler, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. 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. Commenting on his talk with; Harrington of the cotton camp, Eritrea and Italian Somaliland'. The,and rehabilitation for agriculturp." Ambassador Winant. Hopkins saidjwere fn critical condition British forces now claim 10.00°;It is designed, he said, to attain| hp wantpri , n ,„„ him .. nrinr to nis ! square miles of Italian Somaliland. four objectives: in St. North Front Silent Surprisingly, there was no official ~~" "First, for more effective eport on artlvii« on the'agricultural programs to diverse i c-fiui i. "*» +u« Irtr-al r-nnrtii mnc \vilhin s t n t P s_ conditions within states, North African front where thel British last were reported drivingjcounties and local areas. toward Tripoli, capital of Libya. "Second, for better co-ordination Eritrea " Ethiopia, and Italian! of the several department action Somaliland make up Italian East ! programs as they are carried out Africa, hundreds of miles from the | in the field i taking up his post, the things I and thought would help him". j Harriman Will Go, Too I Winant said Hopkins had been; "very helpful" and that he would| confer with him again in Washing-j oiTa"r'."^ U I? I T y ' Calif - 44 6/1 ° sec- Vood \ nd n Mleke y McCrory, Dead- SJL^J 94 ' 1 ? seconds. f Cooper, lf " firs1; Pete Gruob, 1 Frite ' Tr uan. Sa^ thlrd ' and Bur el Mul- Chandler, fourth. , . ;r dan ' champion sheriff r ' mained as the champion- en ^ «>deo with Asbury his f °ur steers perfect but Th,rpT h for his Competitors. '"ta P »Jl n ,° finals in w ild cow l!JS d i buU ridi "S- b "t Maur- Jfycock, Wheatland, Wyo., in milking and -"- Falls, Tex., tWk i Wit twist- Libyan front. Unofficially it was reported tltat the Italians, abandoning Kurmuk, were being pursued into Ethiopia. They were said to be only a small force- "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 thp administration of action ton 1941 33 This Date Feb. 16 3940 31 Santander Ravaged By Blaze 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 swept by a high wind and the flames still were roaring early today despite a 24-hour effort by fire fighters to check them. Radio reports from the hurricane- and fire-stricken town said the fire started in an explosion aboard an oil tanker in the harbor. The winds picked up the blaze and spread it through a greater part 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 r B p o r t s received 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 Is Wrecked Another disaster-attributed to the storms sweeping Spain occurred during the night between San Sebastian and Bilbao, where three coaches of a passenger tram plunged into a river with at least 26 persons officially reported killed, no 37 injured, some severely. Hurricane winds blew off rooftops, uprooted trees, and disrupted electric service in Burgos, and other storm damage was reported from such widely separated points as Seville, Pamplona, Cordoba, and 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 in- New French Crisis Is Forecast Economic terrupted. 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. — before" leaving for London, probably at the end of the week. Joseph's Hospital last night, with VVinant will be accompanied to ! a physician holding "very little England by Harriman. hope" for their lives, as a result ill, he predicted! coupe in w hich all four boys were production would r jdj n g, driven by Melvin Harring...... Kurmuk. which lie? in Anglo-, pro(n - am! Egyptian Sudan, just across he .. Fourth for attacking the farm on al1 fronts simultane - Administration farm officials an- the continent. Kurmuk was the '. Italian post on Sudanese soil. Details Lacking There were no details of thej fighting there but observers re- girded it as another potential, /^ n / T|rn L f ,o ctlTrtinc. noint in still another \^OlUmOUS ^, nued products, but said they saw no hope of early improvement in exports. British point drive in still eastward. Earlier drives started at Gallabat towards Gondar, Ethiopia, from Kassala, Anelo-Egyptian Sudan, into Eritrea! and from Kenya Colony into Italian Somaliland. The Eritrean drive has already carried the British pa'.t Agordat and general headquarters today said Iroops were still being conccn- tiam.H ? eh ' 16-(AP»-Phvsi-lwhich controls »er Wnl end , inE AIf °nso XIII, for- south. ' of Spain, said today he nisht Saturday whpn hp suffer- attack ' He is at the road to the The daughter. Princess arrived from Turin of Alfonso's 73- al 6 p. m. said that showed "slight im- With Chiang -—.^, Feb. 16—(AP)— Uirrie, administrative as, nif residcnt Roosevelt who ma to makp an econom- .. all day ralissimo Chiang Kai*as hi.« longest, confer- hp arrived here. Chiang was present. rts to spend two days •U thi* week. I. England Mines Singapore Area LONDON, Feb. 16—(AP)— Ap- narentlv suspicious of a Japanese thrust in the Far East. Britain announced today she had mined the 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 stab ui in tht back today," An Almanac— So Do You! T HE great navigator carried 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, Agriculture, 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 —i— 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, 194L Name Street or Rural Route City State (Mall to Washington, D. C) Hopkins left for England on Jan- of first-, second- and third-degree uary 6. Four days later, lunching!burns suffered in the accident, in London with ^Prime Minister j Hiqhway patrolmen reported the that U. S. war . t ...... _., - „ reach its peak next year. Then fol- i 0 n',"was"struck''from"the left'rear lowed receptions by King George hv a sedan dr j ven by Ural C. Tay- VI, Queen Wilhelmina of the i)o - r 47 Cashion. and the impact Netherlands, Anthony Eden and| broke the gaso i ine tank, spewing Lojd_Halifax v now Britain sambas-1 the fuel on the hot exhaust and flames. Held According to the patrolmen, the lights of the coupe had gone out .oor at wasmngton. ! engulfing the coupe in The clipper, delayed by unfavor- b * ; )lp WPSthpr mario tho first rpp- Driver Is >ot Hi able weather, made the first reg ularly scheduled flight over Pan American Airways' new winter route from Lisbon to New York via and Harrington was starting to Boiama, Portuguese Guinea, Trini-j drive off the road when the col- dad, and Puerto Rico. Xazi 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 /or a long war "although thpy feel that the sooner it is over the better." j Also aboard were Lt. Col. Willis R. Taylor and Lt. 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." occurred. Taylor was not Explosion Costs Lives Ol 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 or the Pan-American Oil Company, said the explosion was believed to have been caused by a heat exchanger at the pumping station. lision j 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. o—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. 1&-<AP) Sheriffs deputies found the bodies of a University of California youth and coed today in the wreckage of their plane near Baldy peak, near °The n p'air. Kenneth Adams Kennedy and Doris Ann Thomas, both ?1 years old, took off from the Oakland airport in a rented plane vesterdav for a half-hour flight. Kennedy' recently received his Pn Fr'ank CP Wilson. sheriffs deputy, ^aid it took nearly two hours for of fleer, to rpach the spot after-the wreckage had been sighted from the air. 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 boat 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 aflor.t 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. ANOTHER critical period r\m 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 Adni. 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 Darlah, the current Xo. 2 man in Vichy, was expected to go to Paris in the near future to interview Laval. These circles said that they believed in an effort to get Laval— who favors full collaboration with Germany—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. Two Italian Units Suffer Stiff Losses Greek Forces Halt Counterattacks In Albania ATHENS, Feb. 16—(UP)—Two Italian Blackshirt battalions an 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 on all fronts" today, taking 250 prisoners and large quantities of materials. Greek bombers and fighter planes engaged in widespread action, the communique said, 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 in Budapest told of the capture or 1,000 Italians on the Central Front, presumably in the Tepe- lini-Klisura region south of Ber- ati, after the Italians had been drawn into a trap.) o 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. T. Beckham, clerk of the federal district court, here yesterday. Until 1937, the Austrian-born Ihnat thought his induction into the army when he was 15 was sufficient to make him a naturalized citizen, he explained. Upon learning that it wasn't he applied for his first papers. Transfers from one army post to another delayed his final admission. r Control Is Sought Sabotage, Spying Activities Are Charged M EXICO, D. F., Feb. 16— (UP)—A sensational report, 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 West- • ern Hemisphere. ; Many Organizations Used The plot was said to embraca : many organizations, including German Nazis, Communists and Span- ' ish Falangistas. Its threefold tech- : nique was described as follows: 1. Blocking United States aid to Great Britain. 2. Sabotaging: defense preparations in the United States. ; 3. Antagonizing: Latin-Amer- ; ican republics against the United States by fomenting minor rebellions, riots, and i strikes. . ! . By these means, it was claimed, the Nazis hope to divert the energies of tha..United States from its avowed purpose of ail-but aid to Great Britain against the totalitarian powers. Leaders Not Named The informants insisted that North American headquarters of the conspiracy were in Philadelphia, 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 Avil* 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 oil and land expropriations. Persistent reports have circulated :at "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 landinz foreign agents. ! O Survey Of China May Call Willkie WASHINGTON, Feb. 16—(AP)— Wendell L. Willkie is considering making -. trip to survev embattled China, it was learned authoritatively 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 that he would fly across the Pacific to study conditions in China, Willkie laughed and declared: 'There is nothing definite yet I expect to return to the practice of law in the near future.""

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