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j»%GE EiCftiT-THE MORNING AVALANCHE --.:- -•-., • • LUBBOCK '.MORNING AVALANCHE "Starts The D»J On The Soutb Plairs" fflornln 8 except Buna.y »nd Mond.j aud con. y , mo i nll 5 s only ID the Sunday Avalanch" ° 3r0tl Publ!sbjne Company. i ne exs SUBSCRIPTION RATES Chas. W. RatJiff. Massing Editor Fl,^ no l th ° lnwn «°° t° c»*t reflection upon the chstacWr «• anyone Icnosrlnely. «nd If through error ve "iculd -h» Vn,r SSPlm ^""PP"'""* Diving "our »t«ntlon ca fed 4 w«i and fflll gladly correct any srroneous stawmeni made. The ,J^*?* °* "TC ASSOCIATED for puB- otherwljc published I ., „ PLEDGE Pledge aJ.egiance to the flcg of the United That Suggested Tax Bill pUBLIC re-action to tax recommendations 1 by Secretary of the Treasury " Q )1 TT'l 11 V* *"» V*T n 1 1 J 1 - it may have much to do If re-action is slight, it may be interpreted as public acquiescence to? if not approval of, the tax proposals. This like°y would mean a tax bill much like that recommended. It might encourage taxing agencies to hit even harder than they now . propose. If there is re-action, It win be human nature that most of it will come from those opposed. Much will be in the form of letters and cards from plain John Q. Citizen to his congressman. If you don't think congressmen pay a lot of attention to such missives especially in election years, then you don t know your congressmen. .But, regardless of re-action, taxes are . going up. All of us know it. Most of us are reconciled to it. Few will complain merely because of tax increases. But many will complain most vigorously if they stis- -pect that increases proposed .are higher tnan absolutely necessary, or that the \ proposed increases are not distributed equitably. Few can presume to say whether the plan proposed includes such objectionable - features. But it don't be surprising if certain parts of the Treasury recommendations should lead to hot disagreement. * * j? TCOR EXAMPLE, many people won't ac- A cept the explanation that the plan proposes to saddle most of the increases on the lower and middle income brackets because tax rates on the wealthy already are high. Unquestionably they are high. But, unquestionably, most of the wealthy have a good bit left after income taxes are paid. Those who have to scratch for the necessities and. a few comforts of life can't sorrow too much for the individual who has nearly $25,000 left after paying a $25,000 income ,tax. Those who have to scratch now won't be willing to scratch harder so that the wealthy man continue secure in the luxurious ways of life. Then, too, a certain resentment is sure to result from treasury talk about "mopping up'_' the "surplus, earning" of low and middle income groups so as to curb their spending. Doubtless this plan would curb spending by these who spend. But it also would curb saving by those'who are trying to save for rainy days that surely lie ahead. And there are millions in this nation who -._»*. ^.i^j.v* ciiii jmiiiuija in tins nation wno do save, as evidenced by such things as .postal savings, bank deposits, life insurance and the like. * * * ANOTHER stimulus to criticism may be fl the treasury mention of -"surplus earnings." Millions of people in this nation haven't had any such earnings. Yet the Morgenthau recommendation proposes to assure that everyone has had them, and to tax everyone accordingly. Actually, the earnings of huge numbers of people have declined, and will decline, in terms of purchasing power. Doubtless it would be difficult to frame a bill which would make a distinction between those with "surplus earnings" and those without. But, considering the number of people affected, difficulty is no excuse for not framing it or at least, attempting to frame it. The mere proposal of this taxing plan is causing still another question in many rnmds: How are they going to continue buying defense stamps and bonds in th% face of tax recommendations of this kind? Itis not at all improbable that the purchase oi stamps and bonds already has declined —and wi 1 continue low, so lonp as the tax measure hangs fire. * * * HOWEVER, it all is a most difficult profc- 11 Jem. No tax bill that could be designed would be perfect. Perhaps the one recommended may be as good, or better, than any substitute likely to be proposed. . But, if you want to express your feelings in the matter to your congressman or senators, let us offer this suggestion: The sooner it reaches him, the more weight your expression is likely to carry. And you may be .sure that your congressman and senators will appreciate your interest. "There never has been as much unitv as this country has at present." notes •*~ ' Abernathy in the Sudan News. Thursday, March 5, 1942 Believe It Or Not-By Robert Ripley SAILED A JANGADA 1,650 MILES f ORfALEZA TO RlO IN 61 DAYS -1941 A JAN6ADA IS A TtNV SAILIN6 CRAFT ABOUT 20 FT. LONG CONSISTING OFA FEW PLANKS LAID.OW 2 THIMBLES WKRE FIRST USEP ON THE THUMB -AND THUMB BELLS . ATTAIN' WE GREATKTA&E OFANY LIV/N6CREATURE , ALL ITEMS SELF-EXPL AN A10RY XPLANATI ° N ° F CAHT °'° N ' PR. ROBfT.CROISE i Olijmpw. A Fields, WON A GOLF } SCORE 86-J6-70 ANP (6YRS. WON THE SAME AGAIN By fUESftME SCORE By ELEANOR ATTERBURY YESTERDAY: The day is no ended, and Sharon has found he »ife completely changed. Tom Stafford, who barged in early in the morning, has turned out tc be, according io Mr. Goodwin Sharon's boss; an enemy spy Sharon has been asked lo watch Stafford—and rather against 'he: will, has made a date for dinne with him. And still another ship ment from Sierra Steel has been lost to the enemy. Chapter Five Counterplot "We .can wait for the saboteur to strike again—and catch him "^ ^l' -, Goodt - vin said calmly 'Don't let Stafford know you have any suspicions about this matter. I'm keeping my concern even from the plant foreman until I get trace of that shipment I'm simply rushing orders for a duplicate shipment with which I hope to bait our friend the enemy. Here's the story you are to stick to. 'The shipment was mis- sent, is being traced. We are sending a duplicate order immediately.' Wire Los Angeles to that effect and—" A quiet smile curved his finely chiseled lips, "be sure that Stafford overhears tha' message." Sharon felt her knees trembling as she turned to the door. The curtain on her act was going up She'd had her cue for a first entrance. No wonder she felt paralyzed with stage-fright. "Look here," Goodwin called her back, "any luck yet with your part of the campaign?" "I'm having dinner with him tonight." "Fine—splendid. And I'll have a party—call it a housewarming for my new penthouse. Suppose you maneuver him "into bringing you along about eleven. I'Jl arrange to have lots of guests there so it will look casual enough, jive me an opportunity to get Better acquainted with him. Scotch and soda does a lot to further friendships, you know!" Sharon hesitated. It didn't seem quite sporting to—"Of course. I'll —try." "I'll expect you, then. Good ck to you." His handsome face Droke into a real smile as, press- ng her hand lightly, he looked deep into her eyes a moment. "Mata Hari!" Sharon felt her breath jammed in her throat. Mata Hari—most famous woman spy who ever served her country. And also, Sharon remembered uneasily, the most famous ever to be stood against a wall one grim, grey dawn and shot! 'My Sweel' Tom Stafford had already left when Sharon came out of Mr Goodwin's office. But there was a note rolled into her typewriter. "Don't be alarmed but I've gone to the plant to do a little work, f_m not ill. Jus) overly conscientious! I'll be planted on your doorstep tonight at eight. Until then, my sweet. T.S." "My sweet".' Sharon ripped me note to fragments. Smart guy! She really should break the date deflate that colossal ego a notch or two. Then she smiled wryly If he only knew why she was letung that ego have plenty oE rope! She sent the telegram to Los Angeles, careful to leave a copy on the spindle in plain sight on her desk. Tom could hardly miss seeing it. particularly if he were looking for information! There was going to be some advantage after all in their having desks that practically adjoined. Partly because it was late and partly because of the nice warm feeling about her raise, she taxiec home. Dennis was just swinging of the crowded bus when her cab drew up to the curb. "Well, Duchess," he said, hi handsome,- boy face unsmiling a she ran toward him. "Riding soft huh?" "Oh, Dennis, the most wonder ful thing has happened." She hugged his arm, tried to thaw his frosty sarcasm. "Guess what?" "That gold-plated boss of yours is going to keep you in a style to which you aren't yet accustom ed." He drew away from" her al most roughly. '-'Don't be insulting." "That's no insult. That's a compliment on your knowing how to play the game smart. Youll never get rich pounding a typewriter you know." • "Then I'll stay poor," she replied promptly and led the waj across the dingy foyer, buzzed for the creaking elevator. "Hon esty is still the best policy be lieve it or not.' "I don't." Dennis clanged the iron gate. "Most of the chaps tha have real dough in their pants probably haven't been any too fussy how they carried it." "Dennis Doyle! If mother could hear you—" "She'd disown me. I know. Dennis pushed open the door to apartment No. 317, tossed his cap toward the table, flung himself on the sagging davenport. "And don't preach, sis. All I want is a chance to get a little fun out of life before I get to be twenty-one and eligible to break my neck in some army plane crack-up." . "Thousands of army pilots don'. break their necks," Sharon' reminded him sharply. "And thousands of boys your age would be glad to get a job that pays twenty a week for only part time—" "Peanuts!" Dennis rolled over pulled a pillow under his head "What was your wonderful news?' Sharon hesitated. With Dennis in one of his black Irish moods ner news wouldn't help any. "I'm.—that is—Mr. Goodwin's giving me a raise." ' c ' "Yeah?" Dennis' dark brows lifted, his smile gave grudging approval. "Nice going." "Maybe now we'll have enough money for you to enroll in that air school you—" "Keep your money, sis," he interrupted. "I'm no object for your charity yet!" Wincing, Sharon bit back her own anger. Poor Dennis! So terribly young, so intense. If he just would listen to reason instead of his hot-headed pride. "I didn't mean it as charity Dennis," she answered quietiy. "1 could lend you some and if you saved the money you make instead of—" She stopped, arresting the words that sprang to her lips. "Instead of rhooting it in play- ng poker with my low-brow :riends," Dennis finished angrilv. 'Well, why didn't you say ft?"" "I'm sorry- I was only trying to help." Turning, she started towards icr own room. In the next instant. Donnis was behind her, his arms around her." his hug pulling her off her feet. "I know you were, sis," he said, and kissed her soundly. "I'm a lug ar-.d I know it. I won't amount to a row of chestnuts but it won't be your fault, kid. Just you forget about me. I'll get by." Sharon blinked back tears, You re a nice guy. Dennis. I you just wouldn't listen to thi black Irish in you." " l won't," he promised glibly 111 even take you out to din ner tonight to celebrate your raise How's that?" Sharon saw that, his dark eye still smouldered despite his pre tense of gaiety. And of course, to night of all nights that he needei her company, she'd have to re fuse. "I'm sorry, dear. I've a date with Tom Stafford." Dennis' smile faded. "So? And who's Tom Stafford?" The new engineer from East ern. -He arrived this morning End—" s "And dates the little stengo to show her the bright lights, huh?' Dennis shrugged. "Not bad work Doyle. Congratulations, sis. You'r learning." Her temper broke leash. "I'm not learning anything except tha it's impossible to make you sei straight through your prejudices Just because someone invites 'mi to dinner is no reason to supposi I'm going to capitalize on it." "Well, aren't you?" Sharon stopped short. Well— Her conscience spread a qualitj flush over her cheeks. "No- mean—well not the way you think". "Uh-huh. Little sister does jus fine until it comes to practicing what she preaches. Never mind Sharon. We'll be cutting the mus tard with the best of them. Jus leave it to the Irish." "You're—impossible," she blurt ed and ran from the room. Dennis' sarcastic laugh followed her, rang in her ears as she slipped, out of her street clothes hurried through her shower; I: only she were older, wiser, anc better able to influence him. May be then she could make him ap predate reel values and stop chas ing false gold. But she always let her own temper get away. Perhaps tonight,- if she could have gone with him, they could have re newed the old affection they'd always shared. But of course her job had to come first. That was the roof over their heads and the food in the refrigerator. Dennis' job was only part-time and not too secure. Maybe tomorrow K;g siie'd go with him. Dinner and „ good show. Dennis would like that She was just fastening her one really nice rhinestone clip to the deep V of her blue dinner dres: when the phone rang. She hurried to open her door. Maybe that xvas Tom breaking the date. Dennis answered and a moment later she heard him close thi> kitchen door quietly, heard his voice ,ir: brief, muffled re sponses. Wondering, she went back to her dressing table. Why all the secrecy. Dennis' calls, didn't us ualiy involve anything more mysterious than a movie with one of his pals. Although lately he'd grown away from his little-boy frankness and enthusiasms into a new hard-shelled cynicism. She still never knew when to believe 'his new version or when to ex- ject the old, impulsive, lovable boy to return. Surely it was only a phase of his growing up. He iceded his mother and father of iclp with his adjustment to an ndifferent world. She forgot Dennis for a moment when she met herself in her new dress in the full length mirror. Even Dennis had. often to?d ner she was pretty as a dream in (Continued on Comic Page) I fcioI4343JPorThe Avalanche-Journal Offices the National Whirligig The News Behind The Newa WASHINGTON By Ray Tucker ALTHOUGH Java stands imperiled our analysts •rx forecast the stiffest resistance to the enemy which the United Nations have offered sine" thfe Japanese started their southward sweep. The en" gagement should furnish a preview of what will happen when American men and material are mobilized m sufficient volume to redress the present unbalpnce. The Allies have a smoothly operating unity of command for almost the first time. Disputes and misunderstandings which handicapped them in Malay and Singapore have been ironed out Thfv have assembled a fairly strong force of soldiers of all branches, submarines and light craft, planes and nnJUTh' M i? rc l !? an any of their associates the Dutch have been fcresighted in preparing against an Oriental assault. As recent reports indicate most of the tricks of the Imperials are fairly ve) known by now The- Nipponese will not benefi from the elements of surprise to the extent which they have in the past. " •, The invaders will enjoy a slight superiority in manpower, but nothing compared with the ad vantage they formerly possessed In this field. Wit! British, Australian arid American reinforcements the defenders should have almost 200,000 m<=-n a a minimum 150,000. Contrary to the popular'poin of view Tokyo has not used a tremondous horde o fighters m its earlier conquests. The total is esti mated at about 750,000 including the 200,000 bat thng MacArthur. In this respect the contendin armies will meet on almost equal terms * * ti SETUP: Recent speeches of prominent Democratu Readers, including several not reported or ristrib uted at the capital supply the tip that the majority party will enter into no political truce for the con gressional campaign. FDR's recent cryptic pro nouncement left his own crowd in the dark bu subsequent statements by his responsible represen tatives dispel any thought that it might be a nice quiet, patriotic and non-partisan conflict. Perhaps the' most important "interpretation" o the Roosevelt-Flynn attitude was delivered by Osca Ewing m his Washington's Birthday address a Minneapolis. The New York lawyer is vice-chair man of the national committee .but his main assien ment is to persuade the "fat cats' to fork over He has been mentioned as a possible successor should Chairman Flynn resign. Therefore his words ca—— weight. He declared in .unequivpcai'Tane'uaee^tha Republican congressmen would be judged, found wanting or worthy on their votes before Pearl Ha-- bor ' U ". less they, lined up on the right side for fortification of Guam, for Jend-leases enactment ior extension of selective service-and all the other national preparedness measures, they will be as signed to slaughter. The President had created the impression that even anti-New Deal enemies would be immune from attack if they supported the ad ministration after Pearl Harbor The speaker settled that question but he raised another acute problem. In assailing Minnesota House members for not being good boys, hefalled to mention Senator "Joe" Ball. The latter his been an. ardent interventionist all along and has been hoping for Rooseveltian support as a reward In some circles Ewmg's gentle treatment of the ?r?t Se .?, ato . r ls hailed as evidence that the Demo crats will gwe him a setup for an opponent. * * * ROLL: A simple recapitulation of Uncle Sam's war costs, appropriations and authorizations mav help the man who rarely has more than a few bucks in his jeans to measure the financial load the conflic entails on his and future generations. Also it re Mr? A -t extent V which, our economy must b< shifted if we are to keep our pledges Between July and last Sunday the United State' had set aside for whipping the foe the enormous sum of 142 billion dollars of which almost half ha been voted since Pearl Harbor. But up to January 31 of this year the Treasury had actually paid ou th^tnf i - les ? th ? n 17 billion. The balance o the total is scheduled to be transferred into Capons, ships and food by the end of 1943 or early i™ thi lat f. sit - That wili require an average monthly.expenditure of between five and six billion- dollar-s-or more than the annual national income .in the bleak early thirties' Without any desire to be critical or skeptical some senatorial economists cited the United Kina- dom s experience as an indication that it may be impossible to pour out that amount of treasure They noted that Britain and the dominions in more than two years of war had been able to write checks f?at«£ y J D «, bl1 i0nS ' But Jn View ' 0f the diff ^ent stature of the two countries members, who heard progress reports from WPB officials behind closed doors, insisted it would not be too difficult. In the production of ships, tanks, planes, munitions, ordnance, industry is "beginning to roll." * * * NEW YORK , ^.^ B r Albert N. Leman A MERICANS who picture war far from our coast- seeur Pn d e ?n ay r b - 6 ^ Ued b / the follow ing information secured m Lisbon from reliable undergrounc sources: Hitler already is training (550) Gauleiters to rule the United States of America. The college of our "future masters" is a branch of Professor Karl Haushofer's "Geo-Politig Institute" operating m the University of Berlin. The faculty dean is a former Harvard graduate. This select group of ideologists is being taught with Teutonic various 3 sS ^ ^ ^ P eculia »^ of our Another body of "tomorrow's conquerors" is studying how to run the British Isles after the oft postponed Channel crossing is made. Its activitie are centered in the University of Marburg The fi V v a r°riiffIr n f Under c , onsidera «°n is to establish II v e different . departments: England Scotland Wales. Northern Ireland and EirS-afac^t which _' s ^ bm . g fading in Dublin where De tv,«~iT~ j "•* "r^T"^ inside news source claims that the handpicked satraps are being educated in thp va .nous techniques of occupation suchL as dealing with Quislings, subject peoples and 'their n \u r< omnipresent Gestapo. If the graduates'ever haVe use their diplomats Scotland-for somt unknown reason-will be treated better than the rest of the helots. Highlanders will be given a mmistrahve pl llms under Berlin chapcronage an offer wnich is likely to arouse nothing but fury the loyal heart of everyone who xvears a kilt T . ^ *• SHEEP:, Two substitutes easily could native could only smash 180 by hand. But with U-boats off the South Atlantic and cargo space at depend to ° heaJny on c ? mbin * fal* =nd alkalis which f ycerinc - The latte r commodity ' t like i M ' *- able scraps and ^j^' v *t" """ len kcc P four rubbish cans into which they dump carefully sorted paper, kitchen s^,r e ;/ tr f P T 131 ' - and boncs - F " om ^ letter Ts securca giue lor airplane manufacture clvcerinp ind fertilizer. Lawn mowings are chop'ped, dried x ir-u^ ens a £ r °und into meal for poultry GCO. Children are paid to gather wisps of wool left >y sheep on brumbies, hedges and fences. CCopynghl McClure Newspaper Syndicate) i " ^> U C3n ^ * nm k of anything else for which ?ein! thT-ST'i^'ih^ 11 rn ' ght 1? end a few minut es >etii£ cnanjviui that you are hardy enoueh tr> HV-A a a world as tough as this one g Side Glances—By Galbraifh t * • . COP a. m; BV NEA SERVICE. INC. T. M. REG. U. S. PAT. OFF "I certainly ought to have a priority tire rating as a bus for bringing these children to school every day!" Here And There In Texas By GORDON SHEARER United Press Correspondent AUSTIN, Mar. 4 (U.PJ — When -"- Texans take a deep breath and .relax March 16 after having paid federal income taxes, their respite will be short. Behind them they have their poll tax payment, state and county advalorem taxes and', the federal automobile use tax for half the year. Before April 1, (hey must have paid their state automobile license fee, and if they paid their property taxes on the instalment plan, another payment on that tax soon will be due. The poll tax still must be paid when delayed property taxes are paid if the property owners neglected to pay it before Jan. 31. In this case they will not be allowed to vote in this year's election. The a n n ual report of State C o m p t roller George Sheppard, just off the press, shows that Texans pay about 40 taxes. Lest anyone living escape, there is a poll tax for - those between the ages of 21 and 60. Alter 60 an exemption is used for voting. . * * * Horses, Buggies, Exempt The general property supposed to be paid'on the full value of the property. In some counties, property is assessed at less than half value. The valuation varies acc or ding to county revenue needs. It applies on all property except $3,000 of the amount invested in a homestead and a small equipment of household and trade needs. These exemptions include a horse and buggy but not an automobile. After these taxes for living and for owning things, there come_ taxes for transacting business. Some businesses are picked out for special taxes like those on oil, gas and sulphur production. Store keepers pay a graduu- ated tax beginning' with $1 for one store and progressing in proportion to the number of stores under one control or' ownership. Other special taxes are levied on sales of cigarets, automobiles, liquor, wine, beer cosmetics, playing cards and physicians prescriptions if the prescription is for liquor Soft drinks escaped a special tax only after a hard fight and much debate before the last state legislature. A c o r p o r ation chartered elsewhere must pay a franchise tax to do business in Texas. Many home-chartered corporations must also pay a business tax. Railroads and pipelines pay, beside the tax on their physical properties an intangible tax" ,!• Funny Business TTTILITIES. express companies, \-> bridge and ferry companies, telegraph and telephone companies, well-servicing companies,-, collecting agencies and book publishers pay special business taxes. Insurance concerns pay taxes computed on their gross premium receipts. Cement and carbon companies pay manufacturing taxes. The automobile owner has passed on to him in the purchase price a state four-cents-a gallon gasoline dealers' occupation tax. He pays a federal and state use tax for the automobile; a fee for certifying that he owns the automobile and another fee for his license to operate it. Oleomargarine pays an excise tax and there are taxes on admission to amusements, dealing in stocks, operating vending, machines, exhibiting circuses and numerous other activities. If you win a contest prize the state is entitled to 20 .per cent of it. Few occupations, professional or merely skilled, escape a tax in the form of a license fee. Attor-^> neys, architects, barbers, cosme-^f' tologists, doctors, engineers and so on down through the alphabet, people have to pay to work. •. * * . <> Spies Eyes Three Hegenls Three regents of the University of Texas with whom Medtcal College Dean Spies was reported to be dissatisfied have varying periods of time yet to serve on the .board. First to come up for re- 'appointmont if he is* to continue to be a regent is Leslie Waggener of L-allas, chairman o£ the board of regents.- His term will expire next January. H. J. Lutcher Stark - o£ Orange, another of the regents said to .be under Spies' displeasure, has a term that extends until January, 1945, and Fred C. Branson of Gal- yeston is on the board until January, 1947. Branson falls under a spe- .cial objection by Dr. Spies mat there snould be no member of the board who lives at the site of the University Medical school. No regents live in Austin, site of the main university nor at El Paso, site o£ the Scnool.of Mines and. Metallurgy. Both Austin and El Paso have had citizens who were on the board of regents. „ GET MUCH METAL POST—More than 200,000 pounds of scrap metal, for national de- ^ fense, has been accumulated here P'l from all parts of Garza county John L. Wallace, chairman of the county U.S.D.A. war board reports. Persons living outside of Post may deliver their metal to rural gins, it was ^announced ...». •_-^*-_*"J-"T The enemy will think we are retreating!'*

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