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Lubbock Morning Avalanche from Lubbock, Texas · Page 4

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5 1L PXGE ESGHT-.-THE MORNING AVALANCHE LUBBOCK MORNING AVALANCHE "' "Sti.rt« Tfcs Day On Tht South PlalnV eicept Ounde/ and Mondty aad cor.. morning only in the Sunday Avalanche- SUBSCRIPTION RATES 6lx mooths Chas. w. RailUf. Managmy Editor U Is not lh» Intention to ca« reflection upon the choracter rkn<l and U th ° u * b ««" « should, the " those sellerea to Th« *. < m ? i S m op THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ' Member ot Assscltttd Press Foil Leated Wire Service , OUR PLEDGE p edgs Qllegionce to the Hag of the United They Are The REAL Folks! N 0 ? MUCH can be said in defense of ii those who hoard in the time of their nation's need. But, if Lubbock can be taken as reasonably typical of the nation as a whole, tho.i with inclinations to hoard are rendering a certain service— for which they are due no credit. They are demonstrating that they are the exceptions who prove the rule that most. Americans—nearly all Americans- lean backward in their practice of patri- c.istn. ^.ey aren't seeking medals and they aren t seeking popular acclaim. They fu 6 , I ' Vfng> W1 ' thout fanfare, the course that their patriotic conscience points to them. For example, there is the matter "of sugar which soon is to be on the rationed list, but which is not being rationed officially at the moment. Unquestionably there are people who are trying to accumulate large supplies of sugai'. Other Americans may be required to die, but they aren t going to do without sugar if they can help it. But these people are the exceptions _ the relatively rare exceptions. The authority for this statement is a cross-section of the opinions of the food checkers in «everal representative grocery stores in Lubbock. Those young men know shopping habits. They know those who are the regular customers of their stores and those who aren't If you go into one of the stores to buy sugar, the young man who checks your purchases can make a -pretty good guess whether you are a hoarder or whether you aren't. He may guess wrong frequently. But he'll guess correctly more often than he will guess wrong. These young men, without an exception among them questioned say that most people are rationing themselves more closely in regard to sugar than will be required when rationing officially goes into effect. And they aren't doing it because they are afraid... They are doing it because they think that they may be doing their country a small service. They, thank heaven, are the REAL Mr.. and. Mrs. America — the kind in whom our hopes of eventual victory can be rested with complete confidence. .'t . / .-: •< ' ! • ' J ', <"' ' • Dial 4343 Fc/r The AvalancHc-Journal Offices The Far-Eastern Change THE NATIONAL pride of many American A was bruised a bit several weeks ago when British Sir Archibald Wavell was named supreme commander of Far Eastern land, sea and air forces of the United Nations. It is easy to understand that Americans would have preferred an American. /But Americans voiced almost no criticism of the choice. They saw that unity of command was infinitely more important than the identity of the commander. So American public opinion lined up solidly behind Wavell. Americans accepted the arrangement with far better grace than did the Dutch. The Dutch in the East Indies criticized so frankly and so openly that their complaints were heard in this country. Now Sir Archibald goes out. A Dutchman goes in. And unity of action still overshadows completely importance the identity of the commander. But many fair-minded people have Justification if they question the justice of the badge of failure .that has been pinned on Wavell. They know, of course, that failure has pursued the United Nations in the Far East. But they aren't persuaded that the fault has been Wavell's. There is a question as to whether he would have failed as a leader—if he had been given anything to lead. • Perhaps a Dutch supreme commander may do better. Let's hope so. But the hope will be a faint one, indeed, unless and until he can be provided with the men and materials in numbers and quantity to match more closely those of Japan. With Oar Contemporaries "When government goes into business, production generally suffers," Randall Abernethy notes in the Sudan News. Believe_lf Or Not-By Robert Ripley The One Minute Sermon He that believeth on tbe Son hath everlasting- life: and he that believeth not the Son 'shall not,see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.—John 3; 30. ALEX K. SUN w CANWOT IvW/Tlf lUg LANGUAGE MSPeAKS OR SPEAKiHe LAN&1ASSHE WRITES HE WRITES IN ENGLISH BUT PRONOUNCE51HE WORDS IN FINNISH MED WOMAN MECHANIC MRS. ANNIE GROSS , Va. HAS WORKED AS A . CLASS i\\jTQ MECHANIC FOR 18 Y6ARS CAN YOU SEE - 'A MIRACLE CONNECTED MTU-A$I50,000. FIRE THAT SWEPT THROU6HTHE MASONIC BU/LCMG wLVeffW&x.. WAS A LARGE AMERICAN FLAG THAT KEMMNfD £KECTMD UNSCATHED Qip. l?«!.E=f7uKn.£ rs i< ut lac. Wodi r^lo w-W Q " H ALL "ITEMS By- ELEANOR ATTERBURY YESTERDAY: Sharon's day has been completely upset. She has had to fight off a brash young man named Tom Stafford, who demanded a date two minutes after he met her. She has been invited to lunch by her boss, and now he has offered her a chance to spy on suspected saboteurs in the Sierra Steel plant. Sharon likes Mr. Goodwin, who is her boss, and she is flattered very much by his interest. « * * Chapter Four Afraid—But Game ' "You can do this," Goodwin continued." You can make the person of whom we spoke, your special subject for investigation. Guard against his knowing that you are more than just a secretary. Talk to him, win his confidence, his trust. If possible, make, him believe you would conspire'with him against us." "But, if you suspect him, why are you turning the files over to him, why are you helping him to learn all about the plant?" Sharon demanded. Good\vin smiled. "Lesson number two. The files in your office, the information I've given him is true as far as it goes. The real files are locked safely in a secret vault. You needn't know where. Secrets make dangerous baggage." "Still, you allow him complete freedom to go where he pleases, to observe—" "And thus I know exactly where he is and what he is observing," Goodwin interrupted dryly. "An enemy you know of is better than one hidden in shadows isn't it?" Slowly, Sharon nodded. "I suppose so." "Afraid to tackle this job?" She hesitated. "Why — yes, I guess I am afraid," she admitted honestly. "But I want to tackle it. It's my chance to help—" she fumbled for a word,"—to help my country, I guess. Anyway please let me try." "Good girl. I was sure you would. Just be yourself and you'll have our young man telling you all his -secrets/' Sharon drew a deep breath "I'll do my best." "Just remember," Goodwin pushed back his chair, "that he musn't even suspect you have secrets'. That's where your safety lies. So play dumb and our chances to outwit him are excellent. The responsibility lies with you, you see." Responsibility, danger — and what else; As in a dream Sharon crossed the dining room, stood silent while a doorman called a taxi. Goodwin put her carefully into the cab, handed the driver a bill. "I'll be back al the office about four this afternoon, Sharon." He smiled and Sharon was aware of a new relationship between them— a secret shared, more than that— perhaps a mutual respect, even admiration. "Until then." The cab moved sloxvly through the crush of noon-day traffic. Sharon, conscious of the fragrant lei still draped around her shoulders buried her nose in the soft petals and tried hard to believe that the last two hours had happciitu. And tried to convince herself too that Mr. Goodwin's confidence in her was not misplaced. H was so wonderful an opportunity to prove herself invaluable to him. And— a warning inner voice reminded her—an equal opportunity to fail dangerously. The taxi drew xip before the tall office building. She couldn't fail. She mustn't even think of it. She must only remember to guard their secret. And secrets, Mr. Goodwin had said, are dangerous baggage! Apology- Sharon got back to the office about three o'clock. Tom Stafford was at his desk, folders from the big file piled high before him. In the instant before he glanced up she saw a different Tom. A grave- faced young man whose deep concentration bore little resemblance to the careless ex-collegian who'd open the door for her this morning. Maybe Mr. Goodwin was rignr. Tom's "line" was only clever camoflage. But in the next instant, Tom's gravity disappeared behind a smile so infectious Sharon felt her own lips curving in response. "Hello." His glance snagged on the lovely lei still draped around her shoulders. "Forget your erass skirt this time?" She slipped the lei off over her head, smiled sweetly. "Yes, stupid of me, wasn't it? And my steel guitar, too. Otherwise I'd dance a hula for you." \ Tom shook his head. "Not your type. You should never dance anything but waltzes — to Strauss' music, and soft moonlight." "In a wig and hoop skirt," she added, flushing a little under the directness of his gaze. "You make me sound about as glamorous as smelling salts." "Glamor has never touched you with its nasty palm. Thank your smiling Irish ancestors." Deliberately he pulled a pipe from his coat pocket. Sharon felt her temper, bequeathed her by some of her not- o-smilmg Irish ancestors, arch its back. "Well, really—" "And when those blue eyes snap like that, you're prettier than ever,' he interrupted, teasing. Dont ever be a glamor girl, Sharon. I like you just the way you are." "That's certainly comforting," sne retorted, scathingly. "As long as I have your approval, I suppose I just shouldn't worry—" "Certainly." Then, abruptly, How .long have you worked for Goodwin?" A sharp retort sprang to Sharon s lips but, remembering her new role, she bit it back. "Three months. Why?" "Thought so. You haven't the career woman' look yet. Hope you never get it." "I'm sure I don't know what's wrong with having a career" Sharon answered indignantly. "I^ot a thing—for some girls. But not you," Tom said flatly. "This will spoil you if you stick around here." He swept the whole office into his gesture. "You ought to be married to some deserving guy, raising a couple of cute kids " "And you," Sharon snapped, "should be running an Advice to the Lovelorn column in some daily paper so you'd get paid for your smart advice." Tom's grin crinkled the corners of his eyes. "Are you lovelorn?" "A r o." And promptly flushed scarlet. Despising herself, she turned her back to him, began opening the afternoon mail. A moment later she felt him standing beside her, his hand out- thrust. "I'm sorry." lie apologized. "Forgive me. I didn't mean to be rude." Sharon met his eyes for an instant. Then her smile relented a lutie. 'lour're forgiven." "And you'll have dinner with me as you promised?" Sharon tipped her bead back slowly, looked at him from under long dark lashes. "I don't remember promising/' "But you will? Goodwin's lunch couldn't have been that good. Anyway, it's good technique, you know, to give a little competition." "Mr. Goodwin's lunch was delicious and strictly on business. The only competition he'd- be interested in involves steel." "Uh-huh," Tom dragged on his pipe. "Well that's good news. Goodwin's not the man fo you" "Well—really!" "Now you take a man like me." "No thanks," Sharron "said promptly. -J'Not today." "Earnest-, hard-working—'.' "Yes, you look it," she scoffed, glancing past the unopened folders stacked on his desk. "But I am working hard," he insisted. Sharon couldn't be sure about the chuckle lurking deen in his voice. "Important business" too —this getting a date with you." "Well—suppose you go on with the more important business of getting more steel for Mr. Goodwin,-at least during office hours." "Meaning you'll go?" Sharon hesitated, wanting to refuse, yet realizing she must use every opportunity. "Meaning—I'll think it over." "Congratulations, Stafford." Tom threw an imaginary hat into the air and began shaking his own hand. "Nice going, boy." ~ New Secret Sharon giggled in spite oj herself. How anyone could suspect this smart-aleck of anything more sinister than a plot for a dinner date was really amazing. "Now be still." she scolded. "I really have work to do." "Is it air right if I just look at you?" "No. And please—" The telephone interrupted in^is- tently. A telegram for Mir. Goodwin. In code, Sharon recognized as she noted down the long message. She's just finished translating her shorthand to a typed page when Mr. Goodwan arrived. "Hello, Stafford. All settled, I see," he said smiling. "Yes; indeed," Tom nodded and then glanced at Sharon, "And hard at work." Sharon ignored him. "A message from Los Angeles, Mr. Goodwin." As he read the message,-his smile disappeared. "Step into my office, piease, Sharon. Bring your notebook." Inside hir private office, he paced nervously for several moments his face a grave mask. Then, "Here's secret number two, Sharon. "Yes, Mr. Goodwin?" and her heart picked up momentum. _ Glancing up, she saw him studying her face intently. Then, a hand on each shoulder, he turned her toward the window. "You realize this isn't going to be child's piay? You stiU want to go through with i "I'm not a child, Mr. Goodwin. I m willing to risk the danger." "Good girl. I'll sen to it you're not involved any more than necessary. I shall also see that there is a substantial increase in your <;alary check." "Sharon's eyes sparkled dangerously. "I don't need to be bribed " "You aren't bcjnj bribed," he replied dryly. "You'll earn it.-" He picked up the typed message. "This means trouble." "Trouble?" "That last shipment of tools never reached the Los Angeles plant. It's a week over-due now and no trace of it since it left the dock here in San Francisco."' "Does that mean—" Sharon tried to^read the expression on his face. "It might mean a number of (Continued on Comic Page) The. National Whirligig The News Behind "The News WASHINGTON By 'flay Tucker 3 Ickes-O'Mahoney program for tapping vjide- -^ veloped mineral resources of the West has precipitated another "Klondike "rush." Every owner of property suspected of containing ore is asking for a chunk of the cash which will finance marginal croppings if the scheme survives the cold scrutiny of Congress and Jesse H. Jones ' The bonanza boys and boom-town boosters should not spend or mortgage their anticipated riches too lar m advance, however. Every application for federal assistance will be careful'.y examined 0oth from an engineering and a money angle. It is admitted off the record that the Bureau of Mines,, which must certify the validity of each project, has been lax in making surveys of the' potentialities of chrome, manganese, elunite etc A bureaucratic agency in normal times, it has suffered from starvation treatment at the hands of CapitOi. Hill, its expansion has been blocked by private interests which feared government competition in this field. It has been the Cinderella of the Department of Interior. The time element may cripple the full development proposed by Secretary Ickes ?nd the Wyoming legislator. Probably three or four years will eiapse before any digging" can begin in earnest. Only an extremely long war would warrant the tremendous expenditure involved, the drain on the nations store of machinery and the resulting distortion of mining economy. The power feature alone calls for funds as large as will be needed to build the St. Lawrence Canai. * * * SINKS: The apparent disrepute into which Congress has fallen troubles the more thoughtful members of House and Senate. The far-reaching implications of the problem frequently figure in the corridor conversations of such veteran lawmakers as George W. Norm of Nebraska and Hatton W. Sumners of Texas. The public furor over the Congressional Retirement plan and the farm bloc's demand for still higher prices have focused current attention on the topic. The legislative branch of the government, according to these men, stands as the great safeguard of the people m these, critical times and in the postwar era of restoration. It alone can resist demands for excessive grants of power to the executive and insist that these be returned when the emergency has passed. U is in a position to demand efficient prosecution of the conflict, and when necessary -force changes and shakeups to that end. More than ever before, these solons emphasize, the representative bodies must watch out for then- prestige. Axiomatically whenever Capitol Hill sinks in public estimation, the President's stock rises. And although the members burdened with this self-ex- ammation are FDR's friends and admirers, they do not believe that undue aggrandizement of one agency of the national establishment at the expense of another is wise or beneficial, especially in this period of personal and centralized authority s> * *• BILLS: Denmark has admittedly enjoyed comparatively kind treatment at the hands of Hitler In- contrast with oppressive practives in Poland, Greece, France and the Balkans, Copenhagen has been spared the worst. But one cannot tell that to diplomats in a position to know how their little country has been systematically exploited. When the Germans took over, they promised to increase industrial shipments to their "ally" in return for foodstuffs. The proposal was a straight swap and the Danes anticipated no great boost in Berhn s debt to them. So the authorities recommended that the Danish National bank advice to domestic exporters the sums involved in the agricultural transaction. But outgoing farm and other products, especially ships and fish, have been much larger than expected, while-receipts from the Nazis have fallen far below pledges. Thus the smaller nation is financing this one-way trade The invaders have also saddled on" the .natives unusually heavy charges for the army of "occupation Merc than 60,000 workers have been removed to the -Reich whereas the original figure was placed ?i~,°i?Y 6< ° 00 ' Throu g h another typical device the mlhelmstrasse deceives these migrants. The latter notify their employers how much money they wish to. send home to their families and "the Danish National bank is required to pay these sums, which then are added to the steadily mounting obligations. Local contractors tried to retrieve something by asking excessive prices for work performed for the forces in possession. But the Germans laughed at this ruse. They pay the swollen bills willingly kno%vmg that the underdog eventually ' will' foot them. * * * VALUE: Suggestions that movies be curtailed to conserve materials find no favor with morale builders at the capital. Here as in England people seeking relief from war tension have broken all attendance and box office records. In many great production centers theaters are remaining open almost around the clock for the benefit of workers with unusual hours. The tendency will become more marked as additional plants install three shifts' Hollywood recognizes the popular demand for relaxation by emphasizing comedies, farces and musical extravaganzas. Directors working part time for the Army and Navy prompted the changeover. While, the Selective Service board's exemption ?,, f ,. m Performers has provoked controversy, Washington regards picture-making as an "essential industry," and not solely for its propaganda NEW YORK By Albert N. Leman TUT ANY people in New York and Washington will -"J- be keenly interested in the reports that very heavy government contracts totaling millions have been awarded to the famous Captain Torkild Rie- oer, who in 1940 resigned'as chairman of-one of Americas biggest oil corporations because of Unfavorable publicity over his friendly relations with Hitlers commercial envoy. The former skipper who is recognized everywhere as a very smart executive, is now head of a Charleston, South Carolina, shipyard and drydock company and runs many of the activities connected with one of the nation's vital Navy yards. The tycoon became the storm center of a case which involved Dr. Gerhard Alois Westrick, trade counselor of the German embassy, when the authorities discovered that the Nazi agent possessed .an auto bought with funds supplied by Rieber's company and that the mysterious doctor had given false information on an auto registration "Cap" as his friends have called him since his Norwegian seafaring -days —denied that his association with Westrick had political significance, claiming that the motorcar transaction was "merely a business courtesy to a man with, whom the petroleum corporation once had legal dealings in the Reich. He admitted that his firm had sold fuel to both Germany and Italy prior to the outbreak of the conflict in 1939, but that since it had not delivered a single barrel." He had done a lucrative business with General Franco during the Spanish Civil war and afterwards "with the full knowledge of the U.o. government" Also he had gone to Berlin after September 1939, seen Admiral Rader personally and persuaded the Nazi chief to release a tanker owned by Rieber's concern. The ship had been built in Hamburg in exchange for petroleum sold oefore the war. Later the craft passed safely through both the Axis and Allied blockades. Washington comment in high circles is marked by an inquisitive rathor than a friendly note. * * * HUMID: The United States and Brazil ;,rc fast awakening to the potential value of the Amazon valley from which many products such as rubber nuts, cocoa, cordage fiber, soap oils, drugs and other tropical goods which formerly came from the Far East may now be obtained. The foreign relations branch of the United States Department of Agriculture is cooperating with the Northern Agricultural Institute of Brazil in conducting an experimental station in the heart of the jungle CCopyright McClure Newspaper Syndicate)" Side Glances—By Galbraith — - ^-' At-i-a.- » f»).m mj*Jt.jafc.*m..g»i^. ^ „,,. ^ She looks pretty nice out there in the service of hei* country! Now maybe I'll be able to pay my new income tax with what I'll save in gas, oil and cocktail money, running around"to ah'ow her off!" Here And There In Texas By GORDON K. SHEARER. TTiiltsu jj————. oj.— ££' r*^. ___. — «.*.« j^.M.& AUSTIN, March 3. —°Texas"is •**• experiencing the usual "between sessions" economy flare that flourishes after each legislature has ended and before another begins. • ••Legislators are protesting that state expenditures must be curbed, especially in war time. Some are making lots of campaign thunder out of it. The sad part about the situation is that the appropriations, already have been made by the same legislators, and if there is to be "economy it must come from a legislature that does not meet, until Jan. 12, 1943. The appropriations of that legislature will not take effect until Sept. 1, 1943. Some senators who are making protests against spending do not have to run in the coming summer's election. All members of the House of Representatives and 16 of the 31 senator's must face the voters then if they wish to be members of the 48th legislature. Their opponents may 'be expected to'consult copies of the appropriation' acts of the. 47th legislature to compare economy talk with their votes on spending. Gov. Coke -Stevenson is doing none of the talking but has the State Board of Control starting early on its preparation of the new state budget. Stevenson is not open to political attack on the appropriations, even should he talk about them. As president of the Senate he was not called upon to vote on them, and the veto power was exercised by former Gov Lee O'Daniel, now U. S. senator * * * "Ma" Cut Spending Like all state legislation appropriations . are largely a matter of compromise. Because a member votes for an appropriation bill with some - pork barrel items is not an infallible indication that he favored those items. Maybe he voted that way to keep down opposition to an expenditure which -he considered vital to his district. And after the appropriations pass the House and Senate separately there must be more compromising in a "conference committee." Former .Gov.- Miriam A. Ferguson, in her second administration, hit upon the only way that ever has proved effective to stop state spending. She demaded that a one- fourth blanket reduction be wfi= ™£ Jf he a PP r opnation bills Whether the net result was beneficial or harmful, the Sril-" s P e ndmg tempo- Former Gov. O'Daniel vetoed appropriations for state hospital building that his opponents say merely deferred he spending and made many insane persons remain in jails instead of hospitals. Gov. Stevenson has been economical in approval of "deficiency appropriations" and despite war emergencies has not used all of the 3200,000 provided for that purpose. * * * ' . ' rpHE BIGGEST special appro- -*- priation item of the ; 47th legislature was 51,500,000 to purchase additional land 'to give. to the federal government for Big Bend National park on the Rio Grande. ; -Rep. A. H. King, of Throckmor- .tpn, unable to stop the appropriation as a member of the House, sought an injunction against the expenditures. The State Supreme court recently upheld validity of the appropriation, without passing on whether it was wise spending. Criticism also, has come of a $500,000 item for a cancer research hospital from" those who think that private: research age'n- .cies are accomplishing 'all that can be done along that line, particularly as the University of Texas Medical school, under whose supervision the .hospital" will be, now has its affairs in a contro-^ versial state. Landscaping. along Texas highways has come in for criticism .as an undesirable expenditure -at this time, though federal aid allocations are said to call for proportionate use of the money in such work. ' Texas law provides no way for recalling appropriations between. sessions of the legislature. If the agency to which the appropriation given decides to spend-it all there is nothing anyone can do about it. If there is -any left-over money it lies idle until the end of the fiscal year. Then it goes back into the treasury's general fund and .becomes available for re-appropriation by the next legislature Such turned-back amounts are not large. * * - * Studies For Bar Most men who have held the office of Texas Secretary of State were lawyers, some judges and one of them, Gerald C. Mann, is now the state's attorney general. AH men secretaries of state .have not been lawyers. Two have been women. T f -State J. Lawson is about to reverse the usual order. He is u week Much of his preparation for the bar examination has ^-Wu? hours after h <= has f in shed his day's work as a state employe. Graduated at Texas A. & M Lawson has been newspaper-' ££? 3 S } V3S £ecrctar y. of the fJ^ i f kS fa ° ard anti secre - tary to former Gov.. O'DanieL who appointed him Secretary of State. , Funny Business

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