Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on February 20, 1941 · Page 28
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Ex - Preacher Heads Navy LONDON — (Cable Correspond ence )_A former prearher wh once publicly denounced Nr>vill Chamberlain and Lord Beaver brook is Britain's first lord of the admiralty. This "Keif-made" man—Albert Victor Alexander, 56 years old- had won public acclaim as a navj boss in the Churchill manner. Hr Is blunt and outspoken and look the part of a chief of senior servici of "the bulldog breed"—bluff and determined. To Nazi invasion threats, he •naps, "They may land hut they will never Ret home again." He considers the navy has "charted the course to victory' With the merchant fleet as the "cornerstone of national defense.' Deeds, not words—the centuries Old tradition of the navy—is now Alexander's motto, but he is fluent on any subject he wants to talK about and is like a naval gun when aroused in debate. Aided By Beaverhrook It is a tribute to his character and ability that Lord Beaverbrook minister of aircraft production and long a foe of Alexander's co-operative marketing movement, supported his induction into the Churchill cabinet. There was no delay in Churchill's choice to succeed himself in the admiralty. Alexander made a name for him•ell as a successful first lord of the •dmiralty in the Ramsay MacDonald go\'ernment of 1929-31. He launched an expanded cruiser pro- rram to meet the German pocket battleship threat, building smaller cruisers with six-inch instead ol eight-inch guns with a double rate of fire and greater maneuverability. Eight years later, he rejoiced In the victor}' of two cruisers of thta type—the Ajax and Achilla*—along with the Exeter, over the German pocket battleship Graf Spee. Alexander also authorized 1he first general equipment of British submarines with the Davis escape apparatus. Enjoys Heavy Duty His work is more strenuous now, but Alexander, trained by a lifetime of hard work, enjoys heavy duty. In addition to his naval responsibility, the ruddy-cheeked, •white-haired first lord serves on the war production executive or- ganisation to speed the output of munitions and on the import executive group to decide what supplies the navy shall convoy through mine fields and U-boat lairs. Often he pokes his head into a trawler under repair and brusquely asks members of the •hip's crew what occurred, where they were in convoy ' when hit, what casualties re- totted, how they were rescued and how long die ship will be laid up. Hi* broad, heavy-jowled face flashes white teeth in a smile when a sailor whispers to his mate, "Who's that bloke who wants toj know everything?" Then the stranger shakes hands and says, Tm the first lord—Alexander. How are you?" Shares love Of Sea He shares Churchill's love for the «ea and ships. He has twice voyaged around the world and he wants to know everything about the navy. "I cant go enough," he says j-egretfoUy. "I want to talk to captains and commanders as muCh as possible. It is from them and men on the drifiters, minesweepers, and little .cor- Greek Invaders Plow Through Snow- Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Thursday Morning, February 20,1941 Snow Surrounds Italians- CHASING ITALIANS: With little more than stronK hands, legs and hearts, the Greeks have driven back the mechanized nu B ht of Italy's Albanian troops. These old-fashioned pack mule, prove more valuable in the mountains than all the modern transports in the world. Troops are shown advancing over stone-strewn terrain in Eastern Albania. vettes that we learn a lot. It is from these frank talks that we get new experience and learn new tactics." Alexander generally is considered the Labor party's greatest expert on ships and trade. He is an ardent free trader and also is a power in he co-operative movement, which IBS been his chief work outside lolitics. Won Opposition This last activity brought him the powerful opposition of Lord Bea- :erbrook's newspapers in an anti- co-operative campaign in the early 30s. "The co-operative movement never made a millionaire but it never made a pauper." Alexander said in a speech in 1934, renewing challenge to Beaverbrook to public debate. He added in that speech, "until Seaverbrook is willing to come out nto the open where he can be met and not shout from a coward's castle, the public will be able to udge the sincerity of this cam- >aign against us." On his desk are five telephones. . high table stands behind the desk "so that after I get tired of working sitting down 1 can stand up and work. It helps keep me fresh during long hours." He seldom goes to bed before 2 <T 3 o'clock in the morning and hen is liable to call when any signal" of importance comes in. Unlike most other cabinet min- sters, he handles all his own personal correspondence. A picture f his daughter and granddaughter on his desk. His wife now is nth the daughter in the country. Likes to Bowl Alexander is fond of bowling iut adds, "that was in peacetime." The only time he ever made an airplane flight was "that memorable one to Bordeaux" when he lew to confer with other Allied eaders on the fate of the French leet after the collapse of France. An expert debater, he has figured n many dramatic moments in the louse of commons, to which he was irst elected as a co-operative mem- jer in 1922. The story is told that, when Alexander and Lord Beaver- brook finally met, the publisher held out a hand, saving, "My finest political Aunty Sally! For years, the controversy about you has increased my newspaper sales." Alexander, it is said, shook hands and retorted, "My best commercial traveler! Every time you attacked me, ytu brought customers to the cooperative." Admiralty House, the nerve center of naval operations, is also Alexander's home. Here, in an atmosphere of old, respected ship duty, an officer finds him having breakfast, never later than 8 a. m., a quick glance at the morning papers and then to tht "first lord's room" and the day's work of controlling ail the ships of His Majesty's Navy across the seas of the world begins. ' The first lord's room overlooks the horse guards on parade. Close by stands Lord Nelson's famous monument. Scores of maps and charts are on the walls and a large globe stands in one corner. There is an oil painting of the battle of Trafalgar over the mantel and over the door a portrait of Samuel Pepys, the great admiralty secretary. Alexander is fond of reading a well-thumbed copy of Pepys' Diary. In a bitter debate in April, 1938, against the government's foreign policy, Alexander pointed a finger at the late Neville Chamberlain, then prime minister, and shouted, "Yon were elected on a lie and you now desire to »tay in office by fraud." He has been the target for blunt words, too. Com. R. T. Bower told the house of commons last November that Alexander was trying to become a "little pinchbeck Himmler with a tin-pot Gestapo." Alexander for many years was a lay Baptist preacher. He served as a soldier in the World War, rising from the ranks to captain. His favorite recreation when opportunity offers is singing, accompanying himself on the piano, which he plays by ear. He likes best to accompany a group. He Browder, Wife Are 'Missing' NEW YORK, Feb. 19—(INS)— Earl R. Browder, the Communist party leader whose four-year sentence for a passport fraud violation was upheld Monday by the United States Supreme Court, and his wife, Irene, ordered deported to Russia, were missing from their usual haunts today. They have not been seen since Monday at their apartment in suburban Yonkers and party officials said they have not been at the Communist headquarters in Manhattan. Their three children failed to return to their school classes after noon yesterday. Both Browder and Mrs. Browder are free on heavy bail and federal authorities expressed belief they will appear when required. However, two plainclothesmen have been watching the Browder home at Yonkrs. knows fairly well all the popular songs of the past 40 years and has a good strong voice. Thinks 23 Is Lucky He considers 23 his lucky number. He began work at the age of 13 on January 23. He took his first oath in commons on November 23, was gazetted as parliamentary secretary of the board of trade on July 23, 1924, and appointed first lord of the admiralty on July 23, 1929. He also was assigned seat 23 in commons. "But the most important and luckiest of all,'" he says, "I was married at 23—when earning less than two pounds a week." Irritated Eyelids? Bathe them with Lavoptlk. Promptly soothes. Uae alto for prompt relief ol inflamed, acre, burning, itching eyes — or to Kothe tired eyes. No harmful irugs. 25 years success. Get Lavoptik today. (Eye-cup included.) All druggist*, ^**''*•*&. \ \ v HOTWT6R CLEANS, CLEAN! There's no substitute for HOT Water in any cleansing task, and there's nothing like an automatic gas water heater to provide 24-hour hot water service at low cost! No fuss... no muss ... no bother at all with an automatic gas water heater! Just turn the faucet and there it is... all the hot water you need, night and day! 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J., base, early this week, Mrs. Espy said, in addition to boxes containing 15,000 surgical dressings which were shipped direct to China. The supplies sent to Newark will be transshipped to England for the exclusive -use of destitute Britishers. Hundreds Are Working; Hundreds of women in Maricopa county are working, she said, in Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, Buckeye and Phoenix, and Red Cross units have been established in almost every church in the valley. "These women," she said, "have worked faithfully, and we are extremely grateful for every hour's work which they have put in. But we are faced with a gigantic task to fill this new quota, and the number of women who are working now is not enough, no matter how much time they give to the cause, to accomplish the work before us.' Work rooms of the Red Cross are open each morning at 1211 North Third avenue, Mondays, Wednes- MAY BE RESCUED? These unfortunates are soldiers front sunny Italy, in the snowy mountains of Albania. If Adolf Hitler strikes toward Greece most observers believe he'll rescue these fellows— and some of Benito Mussolini's battered prestige. days and Fridays for sewing and Tuesdays and Thursdays for surgical dressings. Knitting rooms also have been established at the Christian Church, Central avenue and McKinley street, and are open under the supervision of Mrs. F. C. Jordan on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. surgical dressing work Is under the chairmanship of Mrs. The Fred Blair Townsend. Mrs. Edwin t~ PIMPLES*; | | and similar unsightly, externally " '! caused irritations usually relieved v by daily care with Cuticura Soap 5 and Ointment. Buy BOTH today! CUTICURA SOAP* OINTMENT Hetz is production chairman for the Maricopa chapter. Come Halfor the Best FEEDS SEEDS Fertilizers Telephone; ===-_ Japanese Is OusteJ^ MANAGUA. Nicarag *""> (AP)—A. 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