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m^m^f ' |^f^!f;v..' •:• ••• •• M'GIE' ; TEN—THE MORNING AVALANCHE Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, February 28, 1942 DicJ 4343 For The Avalanche-Journal Offices LUBBOCK MORNING AVALANCHE' ••'*-., . -sia'li The Uay On 1'ne South Plains' - uji:ii:i-u every morning except Sundij ina Monaay «>ia con- xidalcd 'a Sunr.ay morning only in ihc Sunday Aval»nche- ,..jjrna' os tlie Avalanche-Journal Punlishins Company, Inc.. ' -II rcxas Avenue SUBSCRIPTION RATtS >ij man only: Or,r ycsi S5.95, sis months 53."S, thiee months J3.UO and one month "Oc. By carriui unly: Pi.r month '<5c; Corrtoinition Avilanche »nri Journal $1.75 fct month. CHAS A. GUV USSfl PARKER P. PROUTV editor and PaDliitier ^^sa^" General Manager ChBi. W. EatlUJ, t>San»gjng Editor Believe It Or Not -By Robert Ripley The National Whirligig The News Behind The News It is not the imtnuau to cast reflection upon the cbcracier of anyone knowingly, ana tl through error vt should, the management Kill app:ec:2le naving out attention c&l'ea to tame and will «ladly correct .my erroneous itatement made. An independent Democratic newspaper supporting 1n Us editorial columns the principles which it Believes to be right anil opposing those questions which it believes to ce wrong, regprd- less of party politics pibllshir.g the news (airly anri Impartially al all lunes MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED P'SESS frx Associated Press is exclusively entitled to tht use lor pun- lication of £|i niws dispatches credited to it, or not othervice credited in this paper, and also ih« local neics publisher] herein. £iuertd as Second-C:ia4I Mall Mailer at tht Postoliice at Lub- hock TJXSS, according to provisions o! the Act of Congress of March b. 1879. and under the luMnj of the Postmaster-General. Membtr ci Associated Press Pull Leased Wire UILL CHEEK OUR PLEDGE pledge allegiance to the flog of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; One Notion, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all. A Patriot Writes Home! REPRODUCED recently in The Hamlin It Herald, excellent weekly newspaper published in the capital of Jones county, by Bowen Pope, former legislator, was a letter from a Hamlin boy, now in the Marine corps, to his parents which should inspire every American privileged to read it. The boy is George R. Dean and the parents are Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Dean, Hamlin Route 1. It might have been the letter from any Marine, or any young man in any of the armed services, to his parents. Young Dean found the words to express how most of them seem to feel. The letter was written Jan. 4 from Norfolk, Va., where he was stationed at the time. He had been married on Christinas day. * » * T ET US quote a few sentences from the L letter,'which he started with the salutation, "Dear Folks:" "Mother and Dad, I expect to be called for combat duty any day now. Don't know where I will go, nor when. I want to get into action. I am sure it is what you all think I should do. I am not afraid, nor are any of the other boys. Like -you all said, there are thousands more like me. "Mary (the bride) and I don't talk .about it. If I have to go, there is nothing I can do about it. All that I can say is ihat we are going to give them a licking they will never forget. "If I don't come back, I will have given my life for what I believe in and for the ..country I love. I will die knowing my life has not been given in vain. I love my country and the people in it. More than ever, now that I have seen something of the greatness of our shores and have learned the meaning of freedom, I had rather be dead than to have to live in a captured country, x x x x x "The boys at Wake Islind haven't died in vain. They will be remembered .and the Japs will pay heavily for their sin. They ' already have paid. Those gallant defenders of the tiny; isolated outpost made them pay, and dearly. Those boys knew- they were doomed, that, no help could get to' them, but they would not surrender. "There is no such word as surrender in the Marine Corps. There never was and never will be. So, if'I happen to be caught like those boys were I will fight as long as there is a man or a bullet left. JUST ELECTED FOR A THIRDTERM AS PRESIDENTbPiHe NASHVIUE AUTO/WILE BUTTERFLIES CARRV SACHET BA&S IN THEIR WINGS TO OANDIFV THEMSELVES FOR COURTING •£•:. &{ v- a./1 *4f<iK irg'^ t / ^9fea^^^:- Side Glances—By Galbraifh >* GOUTS A, BHUTAN REMAINS FROZEN SOLID IN ALL US MAJESTIC GRANDEUR/ Gw« 1***. Kinx tuKtu Indicate. IK EXPLANATION OF CARTOON ALL ITEMS SELF-EXPLANATORY WASHINGTON By Hay'Tucker A RMCHAIR strategists crying for immediate re- -tx taliation against Japan betray a criminal neglect of military realities. V/il.h a tew notable exceptions, higherups are striving to check the hysterical clamor that our Army and Navy shoot before they can see the whites of Jap eyes. Here is the official exposition of the United Nations' plight and planning: Should the enemy climax his Southwestern Pacific campaign with the conquest of Java. Australia and New Zealand, the war then will enter a second and vital phase. Tokyo may simply establish a strong defense system from Nippon to the Antipodes and dare us to break her grip. Or in a move to weaken us utterly, she may assault with more powerful forces than recent U-boats our inner life hne in the Pacific which reaches from Alaska to Hawaii and thence back to the Panama Canal. /Those points wilk become desperately critical iri repelling the sttackers or in serving'as eventual bases for a future offensive. To expose or endanger them now by poorly prepared smashes against the island empire would be suicidal. Similar considerations govern ths fighting across the Atlantic. In order to weaken and overwhelm Hitler, the Allies must maintain Britain with food and supplies, keep Russia in the war as their hardest puncher to date and retain possession of the .Middle East and Suez territory. As President Roosevelt hinted in -his latest address, the loss of any of these bastions might be fatal. We must prevent a "break through" these regions by the Axis. * * * GOALS: Rival'economists at Washington are highly skeptical oE Leon Henderson's ability to deal more than a slight check to the rising level of prices. In braving such adverse currents as tremendous government expenditures (estimated at two billions plus a month), forthcoming wage boosts and material shortages, he is li_ke a swimmer battling upstream. The dollar will now buy only 89 cents worth of goods as against 100 pennies in value 12 months ago. It is entirely likely that living costs will mount another 10 or 15 per cent during the next year, reducing the standard money unit's purchasing power to 79 or 74 cents. Behind that comparatively . slow response to economic forces unleashed by the war lies a pressure which eventually will be felt more sharply at retail counters. Wholesale prices have risen 19 per cent since February, 1941. The largest increases have been reflected in foodstuffs, clothing arid house furnishings. Rationing of everyday, domestically grown edibles may not be imposed in 1942, but the action is almost inevitable for 1943. Experts doubt that our farmers can produce the huge quotas assigned to them and which are still being upped. Within a few months the estimated needs have been expanded three times. They must, for instance, raise 54 per cent more soybeans for oil, 155 per cent more peanuts, 34 per cent more flaxseed. Facing a scarcity of labor, a smaller supply of machinery and reduced transportation'facilities, they will have to be supermen to attain new production goals. o * * CRUSH: Our Army-Navy experts will not hazard "There's a bright side to things, .too—much to my surprise, A - f I had no trouble persuading my -wife it would be unpatriotic to buy the new fur coat she's had her eye on!" Here And There In Texas By ELEANOR ATTERBURY YESTERDAY: Sharon is a little flustered. She arrived at the office of Sierra Steel late, and Mr. Goodwin, whose private secretary she is, disapproves of lateness. And then a brash young man helps her find her key and demands & date right away. Sharon frowns him down—and then discovers that he is an expert sent from the eastern offices, and definitely a person of importance. Now Mr. Goodwin has rung for her. I STARTED out to tell you all what you could do; so can-every other mother and father in America. You all are our backbone in these times. We don't mind giving our lives for our country and loved ones, but we want to know that you are backing us and would fight beside us if possible. I know you and Dad would. "But what you all do and say doesn't ourselves but others. Those Chapter Two Date With The Boss Mr. Goodwin smiled at Sharor. across the "polished expanse of his huge mahogany desk. Out o£ the corner of her eye, she was aware that Tom Stafford unfolded him- seU from the armchair as she came in. "Miss Doyle will see that you have everything you need, Stafford," Mr. Goodwin said, apparently continuing a conversation. "Spare us no expense, no service that we can give to assist you." "Thank you, sir. I'll do my best." "Temporarily, you'll share Miss Doyle's office." He turned to Sharon. "Have that vacant desk moved nearer the window and see that another telephone is installed at once." "Yes, Mr. Goodwin." Nearer the window and practically elbowing her own desk. This was going to be just wonderful; "And now I suppose 1 you are anxious to get down to the plant to look things over," Mr. Goodwin said, smiling pleasantly. Tom Stafford didn't look exactly as if he were straining at the leash, • Sharon thought dryly, watching his easy, unhurried departure. "Yes, I'll "You're a good secretary, Sharon. I'm lucky to have found you." First Impression Sharon felt her cheeks go crimson. If only she could master her baby trick of blushing every time Harvey Goodwin looked at her. But this was the first praise she had had from him. "Thank you, Mr. Goodwin. I'm lucky to be here." "I'm not so sure of that." Dropping into his heavily carved chair behind the desk, he leaned toward her. "You don't like our new engineer, do you?" Sharon started. "Why—I— scarcely—" Then meeting Goodwin's grey eyes intent upon her, she added more positively, "I didn't like my first impression. He appears young, inexperienced, and terribly irresponsible. But that is probably as untrue as most first impressions.""Yes, probably. That nonchalance is deliberate camouflage." "Camouflage?" "Look here, Sharon, I really mothers who have boys in the Philippines, in Hawaii and the other places—tell them their sons are not afraid and, as soon as they can, to write them. Not a crying, begging letter, bravery. But one of courage and move along now." Tom reached for the door. car for ••-::•/ "For instance, one boy here got a letter from his parents. She (his mother) is from Syria. His dad said: 'Go over and lick the hell out of those yellow (deleted) ! The mother said: 'Son, it is horrible, but.I am proud of you and know you will do your best, no matter what is required.' The boy was prouder of his parents then than at any other time, I think. He said he didn't mind dying now. We all read the letter and were proud of our parents, too, because we knew they were telling us the sar,ne thing, x x x x x "War is terrible arid if I do go across, I may not come back. But if I don't. I would like more than anything else for my parents to know that I went to my death the way I wanted to die. x x x x x "Keep your chins up and, above all, keep Old Glory flying!" * * * W E REALIZE that as the lily needs no gilding, neither does young George Dcan'f letter require further comment from '.i?. But we should like to opine that as they ::cac down upon their country today, George• Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, Robert E. Lee r William Travis —and all the other Amer.can heroes of an earlier year—look with approval on Jones' ' county's young Marine! Mr. Stafford." Sharon's fingers whirled the dial telephone. Even the boss' own chauffeured car at Mr. Stafford's services, if you please. Young cheer leader makes good! "No need for that, thanks, Mr. Goodwin," Tom declined easily. "I've a jalopy I picked up in a used car lot this morning/' Then, smiling deliberately at Sharon, "It hasn't much class but it'll get me around." "Ignoring the smile, Sharon replaced the receiver. "We'll see you later then." Mr. Goodwin extended his hand. As the door clicked behind Tom, Mr. Goodwin pushed back his chair, crossed to the window. For several minutes he stood, his back to Sharon, his eyes apparently intent on the Bay flung like a brilliant blue carpet at the edge of ;he buildings swarming back from the Err.barcadero. A long white vessel backed away from a pier, headed out toward the Gate, a tug-boat chuffing busily in her wake. The view was gorgeous this morning. The wind had swept the air so clear, the scudding clouds had a new- washed^ look. Even the grimy office bu-'.ldings seemed brighter. meant what I said about your having luncheon with me. Can you make it?" Could she make it! Sharon felt thrilj mushrooming inside. Hadn't she been daydreaming about this moment ever since her first interview .with Harvey Goodwin nearly a year ago! Right then she'd promised herself she wouldn't even wish that some day those dark eyes would see her as something more than a stenographer. Because wishing wouldn't make it so. But .of course she hadn't kept that promise. "Why-yes. Thank you," she managed quietly, and prayed he couldn't hear her heart hammering. "I've got to go uptown this morning but I'll meet you at—" he glanced at the handsome •watch on his wrist, "say about noon at the Trader's Hut." "Good." Ke turned to the sheaf Sharon had passed it dozens of times on the street car and read about it in the society chat columns. Now, trembling, she pushed her way into the crowded foyer, trying hard not to stare at the pretty women, at their rich furs, their expensively ridiculous hats, their good-looking escorts. Mr. Goodwin was waiting—tall, superbly erect, his rather sternly hands'orhe face made him outstanding even in this smart crowd. Sharon was aware of a new thrill as, catching si|;ht of her, he smiled, made his way toward her, obviously eager. "Hello. „ I hoped you wouldn't forget." He caught her hand, pressed it lightly, tucked it under his arm. Forget! Her eyes flared with a smile. "How could I? This is a very special treat." She glanced toward the softly lighted dining room beyond Hawaiian beach scenes and seascapes splashed lavishly on the walls with blue and silver paint. Lush hibiscus blossoms and verdantly green palms like huge bouquets separating the low bamboo tables and chairs. An Hawaiian orchestra strumming romantic Island music. (To Be Continued) Changes Announced In Recreation Posts Mrs. Evelyn Bradley, Lubbock district supervisor of Work Projects administration professional and service projects, said Friday key positions in the operation of most of the recreation plans of the WPA in Lubbock and the vi- cmity have been filled. 'Miss Imogene Douglass has been promoted from superintendent of the city-WPA recreation project to the position of district supervisor of recreation projects. Her headquarters remain in Lubbock. Miss Douglass, who formerly was superintendent of a similar pro- a public, professional guess on the prospective length of the universal conflict. Too many events and factors wholly unpredictable overshadow such a forecast. But they scoff at reports that Wall Street pessimism envisage a decade of syndicated violence—a sort of medieval performance. K all goes well with the United Nations—Japan held to her present gains and Der Fuehrer chained on the continent in spring and summer fighting— they figure that a cease-firing order may, ring across the world late in 1944. But if the" Allies suffer further reverses on the two fronts throughout 1942, they, foresee a hard war lasting into 1945 or 1946. _ Here is the line of their admittedly tentative prophecy: The next year will be devoted to .preparation riod during which this country will be obliged to make and transport the planes, ships, tanks, artillery and munitions which alone will turn the tide. In 1943 our side.must carry the battle to the enemy to obtain landing areas and bases of operations for close infighting. In view of counter-construction of fortifications by the Axis powers, especially Germany, this phase of the effort may easily 'stretch beyond the estimated time. Not until late 1944 or 1945 do our officials ^believe that we shall be in a position to crush the 'foe. * * * MATCH: The war crisis has generated many inventions, new devices and substitutes for peacetime products. One gadget which intrigues officials studying such contrivances is the so-called "hot can," designed for use by troops in the field during blackouts or survivors of torpedoed ships. It consists of a receptacle inside an outer container—a sort of bulkhead construction. The inner arrangement contains food—milk, chocolate, soup, meats, beans, etc. The outer is filled with chemicals. By puncturing holes in the cover and shaking the whole thing, its liquids create a 212 degree heat. Thus the contents are waVmed and the soldier or shipwrecked person has a hot meal under all circumstances. In demonstrating his product to Maritime commission and Navy representatives, the salesman served them steaming cups of excellent By BRACK CUHRY Associated Press Staff Writer «rpHIS is the day of the Amer-"- icas." Shining like a beacon light in a heaving, storm-ravaged sea before the shattered peoples of other continents, is the cooperative mutuality of endeavor of the 21 sovereign republics of the Western Hemisphere, says Licenciado Miguel Alvarez Acosta of the Mexican Foreign Office, personal representative of Foreign Minister Ezequiel Padilla. A new era of amity, friendship and cooperation between the Americas dawned at Rio de Janeiro, Acosta asserted, when the sovereign, states of the - western world, confronted by the salacious, spreading tentacles of axis economic, cultural and political penetration, unanimously agreed upon common measures to maintain I their political and territorial in- \ evidence of the identity of purpose between the two nations. "We all kiiOW that Ivlr. Welles went to Rio de Janeiro to secure severance of relations by American republics with the Axis countries," Acosla said. "Supporting him on every point was our foreign minister — Senior Padilla." The conference adopted more resolutions proposed by Mexico than by any other participating state, including friendly Brazil, the Mexican foreign office official stated. And, he added, Padilla was recognized as one of the three or four key figures at the foreign ministers conference which took measurable steps to eject Axis influence from Argentina to Canada. * 4 * tegrity. » * * Era Comes Tomorrow' This is the day of the Americas. Tomorrow will be the era of the Americas when the nations of the .other continents look to the precedent established at Rio for guidance and inspiration in plac-r "ing their own national houses in order. AnO, '" the in crt ' T ~* n a r*nnr\- erative effort signalized at Rio, the Mexican people — scions of the Conquistadores and the Aztecs—stand side by side with the American people—composite reflections of the representatives of many diverse lands. For, says Acosta, "a threat to any part of the Americas is a threat to all—from Tierra del Fuego to the Canadian • border." coffee. of letters she had laid on his desk. i ect in Plainview, succeeds to the Get a wire off, in code, to the I Position vacated when Ed Strout was called to state headquarters in San Antonio recently to become assistant state supervisor of such projects. Miss Leona Gelin, graduate of Texas Technological college and a former teacher at Lamesa, has been appointed to the position from which Miss Douglass was promoted. She will have charge of the community parks programs, as well as other recreational activities, in Lubbock during the sum- But Mr. Goodwin wasn't seeing the Bay nor the tug boat nor the xvmdswept sky. She knew that from the tense concentration, ihe almost unnoiiceable square of his shoulders under bis pcrfcct-fit- »mg coat. Little signs V>y which she was already learning to interpret his moods. He turned toward her suddenly. Instinctively, Sharon straightened, opened her notebook. Set-Jiig the gesture. Goodwin relaxed suddenly, smiled at her. East saying that Stafford had arrived. And phone the plant foreman to expect him. Take any long distance" message that comes for me. That's all." Deflated a little by the curtness of her dismissal, Sharon went back to her own desk. She stood a moment at the window, pressing her flushed cheek against the cold pane. Today was the day. Her first date with Harvey. Goodwin. If only she could trust herself to be casual but charming, friendly bi;t not presuming. It would be a test to keep her thrilled delight hidden, to keep her mind alert to the challenge of Mr. Goodwin's keen conversation. She must make him see her as a charming woman and companion as xvell as an efficient piece of office machinery. It was hitching her ambitions to a kite, she told herself wryly. But then, she was 20 and it was Spring and there was no tax on ambitions! She went to the wall safe, took out the code book. 'Strange that Mr. Goodwin had wanted this telegram -sent in code. After ali, nothing very -secret about the arrival of someone you'd been told to expect. Still, hers not to reason why. But her? to wonder how she'd hapuened to choose this morning of all the others 10 wear her new suit—the first really good outfit she'd ever had! Maybe she should make ,1 habit of breaking mirrors! Lunch With Glamor The Trader's Hut was one of San Francisco's smart new spots. mer. Mr.-. Alan Strout, graduate of Northwestern university, Evan- slon, III., has been named unit supervisor, and her duties will deal especially with recreational activities for men in the armed services stationed here. Mr?. Strout holds several degree?, but has specialized in dramatics and speech, Mrs. Bradley said. Lubbock Couple Hears From Son In War Area Mr. and .Mr?. Ben Morris of 1320 Twenty-eighth street received the terse word that he "never felt better"' from their son. James Morris, somewhere in the Pacific war zone. The only portion of tho brief letter that had been eliminnied by censors was the cndins of the sentence which began, "My address Young Morris w?,s a national guardsman at the time of his induction into service. The heater is too bulky for standard equipment of lifeboats although a few may be placed aboard for children or individuals suffering from exposure. But the War department has ordered 100,000 for experimental purposes. They should be handy when field forces are maneuvering or billeting on terrain where even a lighted match might expose them to hostile attack. NEW YORK By Albert N. Leman rpHE SHORTAGE most bothersome to housewives' -*- may be eased somewhat by recent steps to increase the country's beet sugar crop. For the first time in history this may prove our largest single source of. the kitchen necessity. Most people have only vague ideas about the plant and still confuse it with the familiar red vegetable." The former is silver colored and a single root often weighs 20 pounds, one-seventh of which is turned into sweetening, the rest feed to livestock. Russia normally produced most of this commodity but with the Ukraine in German hands approximately 70 per cent of the nation's supply is lost. Moscow had planned to purchase the Java harvest but that is threatened by Japan. The Soviet would take 500,000 tons from us were shipoing available. The stuff grows in 19 states. Unlike cam; which requires 13 months to raise, it can be gathered in a single season. The industry formerly was the target of much controversy over its high tariff lobby and employment, of children in certain sections. Field work by little folks had been eliminated but since the war is causing a scarcity of farm labor, the old sociological problem may return for cultivation requires much hand work. Pending legislation attempts to deal with this situation. The vegetable is scheduled to furnish Uvo million oi our five-million-ton sugar quota. Domestic expansion will cause a headling collision of local planters and importers after the conflict. (Copyright, ?,IcClure Newspaper Syndicate) A correspondent asks if & zebra is a while animal with black stripes or -i black animal with white stripes. As we don't have a zebra handy. \vc can't answer. If you know the answer, write'us a letter and throw it in the wastcbaskcl. ACOSTA—Latin expert on in^ ter-American affairs — represented the Mexican Foreign Office at a recent meeting of 'the Institute of Public Affairs in Dallas, at which representatives of the Mexican press and of Mexico's educational system joined with Texas experts on international affairs in round-table discussions of salient aspects of U. S.- Mexican relations. "We all win or lose this war together, and we ' of the republics south of the Rio Grande are not deluding ourselves as to the consequences of defeat," Acosta continued. "Mexico has shown that it recognizes the common danger to all the Americas by opening its ports and air fields to American ships and planes and by many other concrete measures of diplomatic and military cooperation." * » " B Evidence Is Cited He cited the collaboration of Sumner Welles, United States Undersecretary of State who represented this country at the conference of foreign ministers, and Ezequiel Padilla, Mexico's silver-tongued foreign minister, as tangible I Ti/TEXICO today is collaborating -"-L with the United States in other fields than diplomacy. Acosta pointed to the new anti- espionage law—"and it has teeth" — directed against subversive, anti-American elements, to joint military measures undertaken by the United States and Mexico to guard against Japanese incursions in the Pacific coastal zone, and to a wholesome domestic tranquillity in IVToxirn jndiccitivo of a united purpose'fu! people. President Manuel Avila Camacho long ago recognized the intent of. Axis propagandists and agents to use Mexico as a center for cultural infiltration of the Americas and has vigorously combatted German-Italian-Japanese activity. Avila Camacho's predecessor as Mexico's chief executive. General Lazaro Cardenas —- idol of the Mexican masses—is now commander-in-chief of Mexican land, air and naval forces in the strate- gicaly pivotal Pacific coastal region. Cardenas is charged among other duties with eradicating Japanese influence along Mexico's extended Pacific frontage and with preventing possible Japanese naval and air incursions in the isolated, barren Lower California area, long a mecca of. Japanese "fishermen", suspected of fifth column activity. At San Antonio, Mexico has stationed a military liaison officer to confer with U. S. Army officials on joint defense measures. * * • * • Mexico Is Strengthening What of Mexico's military strength? With all possible speed, Mexico's armed forces are being strengthened, reorganized and mechanized to conform with new techniques of war, the Mexican official asserted. Mexico wants to be prepared —prepared to discharge its' obligations as one o£ the sovereign republics of this hemisphere, prepared to defend its interests and integrity against any form of Axis dictation or penetration side by side with the United States." u I ? Funny Business IS. Buy A Detense Bond TODAY! We long fnr the good old days when member? of a brsss band played clear and open notes on their instruments. Now they muffle and choke their brasses and make them whine and bleat, and beat the drum with something like a feather-duster. And if the result is music, we'll take insanity. I <- Tho financial condition of this country is as i solid as bedrock," asserts an economist. We hope I he isn't taking too much for granite. ^'^ i •l 'Hey, Joe, how do you feel when temptation hits you?"

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