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$$^&$l ! &*xf>- -J-- :• ^c^'JS'S'-vS' '•'%.* .':'•?'• • fc"""""" '""" '*"""" MORNING AVALANCHE Liibfcocfc, Texas, Friday, March 6, 1942 4343 For The A vWandhc- Journal Of fleet - • . . I LUBBOCK MORNING AVALANCHE :> fj •"''" :'... "Starts Tho Day On The South Plains" ipublvUiea cTtry mornlcg except Sand»y and Mond/iy »nrt con- 'solldated on Sunday morning only In the Sunday Avalanche- Journal by tn» Ayalanche-Journal Publishing Company, Inc.. 1211, Texas Avenue. _______^____ SUBSCRIPTION BATES By m'a'a only: One j:eai SS.fyS, tix months 53.^5, tfares months S2.00 anil ofl« month 70c. , , By carrier only: Per monfa 75c: Combination AveJanch* and Journ»i $1.26 per month. PARKER P. PR OUT* Pblisher General Manager Chas. W. Ratlin. Macaglng Editor • It Is not the Intention to cast reflection upon the character ot anyone knowingly, and II through error are should, the management u-ill appreciate having our attention called to same and will gladly correct any erroneous statement made. An Independent Democratic newspaper supporting In Its tcV.tor- Isl columns the princlpies which It believes to be right aad onnoslne those questions which 1t believes to Oe wrong, regardless of party politics publishing tho news fairly and Impartially 6t all times. MEMBER OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press Is exclusively entitled to the use for publication of £l' news dispatches credited to it. or not otherwise credited In this paper, and aUo the local news published herein. Entered ex Second-Oats Mail Matter at the Postofflcr, at LU'J- bock TUXES, according to pxovislons of the Act of Congress of March 5 1819. and under the ruling of the Postroaster-Oeneial Member of Associated Press Full Leased Wire Service Believe It Or Not-By Robert Ripley The National Whirligig The News Behind The News OUR PLEDGE pledge allegiance to the flog of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; One Nation, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all. Two Additional Worries! A N ALREADY weakened confidence in the leadership of the United Nations would receive another severe blow if either or both of two feared happenings in the war should take place. One would be the surrender by the French of what remains of their fleet and its union with fighting units of the Axis powers. The other would be the seizure by the Axis of such strategic outposts as Iceland, the Canary islands, Dakar or any of several others. If any of those tragic blows should fall upon the United Nations, then all the blame will have to be placed squarely on a continuation of the procrastimationist policies.that have been so helpful to the Axis on so many occasions in the past. . ' The United Nations presumably—according to their own claims—are in position now to take the steps which would • prevent any of these feared occurrences. True, prevention might require drastic steps. It might require the seizure, even the destruction, of the fleet of a France which pretends to be neutral—but which is so completely domineered by Axis "masters that even the pretense of a genuine neutrality is absurd. It might require the seizure by the United Nations of possessions which, according to fears' expressed in London, are in danger of being taken over by our enemies. Those steps might— probably would—bring into the open the antagonism of France. It might alienate Portugal. But peoples of the United Nations have had their fill of the sort of leadership which lock-? th<? barn c? n or after the hor?e is stolen. They aren't likely to be patient if that should happen in the case, of the French fleet or in connection with outposts toward which Axis eyes are directed. Side Glances—By Galbraith IN-me AMERICAS El Hosprfal dela Misencordia deNuesfro SenorJesucirBto IN Quilo, Ecuador OPENED MARCH 9,1565 AND HAS A£M0? CLOSED - tTS DOORS DURING THE LAST 377 YEARS GILL — HAS WORN GLASSES COPIEO PROM THE CURRENT issue OF THE IO-CENTAVO PERUVIAN STAMP LOS CHASQU1S WAIL CARRIERS INCAS BROUGHT FISH -FROM T'-WBES 40OMLESTO THE CITY OFCUZCO 130OO FEET HIGH (U THE ANDES 1N48 HOURS SINCE THE AGE OF Louisvillf, «4- EXPLANATION OF CARTOON THE MAIL RUNNERS OF LONG AGO The Chasquis were the mail carriers of South America both before and after the conquest. They were trained from infancy to run on their appointed routes without tiring, running in relays of about six miles each. This postal service could cover great distances with incredible speed. In the days of Emperor "Atahualpa, the Chasquis would get fresh fish from the sea coast of Tumbes to Cuzco, 400 miles away in 48 hours. By ELEANOR ATTERBURY YESTERDAY: Sharon has plunged with no warning at all inlo the midst of a plol that is causing Sierra Steel io lose shipment after shipment to Jhe enemy. She is private secretary io Harvey Goodwin, and he has asked her to help him solve the mystery. Her first assignment is a dinner date •with Tom Stafford, whom Goodwin-believes is part of the plot. Sharon is sorry, however, thai a discontented brother had to come this particular day. Stretching Social Security ARDINARILY it -would be possible to at- V tach high motive "to 'recommendations by Paul V. McNutt, federal security administrator, that the federal insurance program be expanded so as to protect .against wage losses during illness, and that a start be made toward the provision of adequate medical care for" all persons. Perhaps Mr. McNutt is not entirely without the humanitarian motive in making the proposals. But the recoi'd bears out .the suspician that his humanitarian thoughts run a poor second to his realization a plan such as that proposed would ; make huge additional sums of money avail- v .able for government spending. \ The record in the matter is brief, but conclusive. The government already has borrowed heavily from the available social security! funds. Perhaps it has borrowed :them all. Even the President has men- ;tioned increases in social security levies as a possible means of bringing in more money for immediate use. 'V Mr. McNutt is one of the key figures of the administration—one who would be 'expected to exert himself to the utmost in carrying out the declared policies of the President. There is good reason to suspect that Mr. McNutt, who has admitted presidential ambitions, could be working to establish himself as the heir apparent to the Roosevelt regime. It certainly would not weaken him in the eyes of the administration if he should be instrumental in tapping an enlarged source of revenue at this time. Our course, the proposals may have merit, regardless of the motives that have prompted them. But when the time comes to consider them, they could be considered J for what they are: Another means of dipping into the public pocket for more money to spend. Any. attempt, to sugar-coat the idea will merely spoil the sugar. With Our Contemporaries "The United States must become a nation of fire-fighters and fire-preventers," says Forrest Weimhold in the Hockley County Herald of Levellandd. The One Minute Sermon Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest; in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.—Exodus :S4; 21. Chapter Six A Stranger Calls "Going to a movie," Dennis wrote. "I borrowed a twenty from your grocery money. Pay you back tomorrow. You were in the shower so I couldn't ask. Hope it's okay. Have a good time." Sharon shook her head. She hadn't been in the shower when that phone call came. And you didn't need twenty dollars to go] to a movie. More probably it was a poker game somewhere. Just a "friendly" little game — among people who were anything but friends! Her thoughts still anxiously pursuing him, she unfastened the square white box, folded back the green tissue. Camellias! Lovely waxy pink blossoms pressed flat against their own polished green leaves. How exquisite! Her attention 'caught back, she opened the envelope, read Tom's card. "Pink Perfection they call these posies. Which fits the bill—you're Perfection and so I'm in the Pink. Eight o'clock seems a long way off. T.S." Idiot! But, in the watery hall mirror, Sharon caught herself smiling happily. Fingers stumbling, she pinned the lovely flowers against the soft grey fur of her cape, and couldn't help loving the effect. He had nice taste, tha 1 smarty Tom Stafford, even if he hadn't grown up yet. Of course she added fairly, not many boys educated in American colleges had the cultured charm Harvej Goodwin had acquireo. It wasn' really fair to compare them. Per feet manners, dignity, charm sim ply wasn't collegiate. Personallj Sharou smiled into the mirro again, she'd take the charming manners. Promptly at eight, the buzzer rang. Tom, of course. She pressed the door latch. Simultaneously, the phone rang. "Dennis Doyle there?" A strange voice demanded. "No, Is there any message?" "Who's this talking?" "His sister. Who shall I say called?" The strange voice didn't answer her. She heard him speak, instead, to someone at the end of the line. "The kid ain't there now. Some dame. Says she's his sister." Sharon couldn't hear the muttered reply. Then, "Okay, sister. Tell him Ga<es wants to see him. He'll know." "Mr. Gates?" "Yeah, dearie. Mister Gates." His laugh made Sharon recoil "'And tell him to make it snappy.' ''Very well," Sharon replied masking the alarm in her voice •Tll-r-" But the strange Mr. Gates had hung up. Alarmed, Sharon replaced vh< _ receiver, stood staring at it help 1 ' lessly. Wno was Mr. Gates ana what could he want of Deuni: demand of him, rather, in that rough, threatening manner? A man like that — his voice — his bullying attitude — surely Dennis couldn't— Tom was tapping a Morse code on the door. Sharon still hesitated. Still, there was nothing she could do now. With Tom waiting, and besides she had no idea where Dennis had gone, when he'd be back. She snatched up a pencil, scrawled the message. She'd leave it by the phone where Dennis would see it when he came in. If .only she could think of someone, some way to send help. Because, some intuition told her, Dennis was in trouble and he would need help and need it desperately. The Music Was Sweet The music was sweet, the lights were soft, and Tom was smiling at her across the table for two just on the fringe of the crowded dance floor.. It had been-perfect, he whole evening. Cocktails at smart Four Seventy Seven first. Then dinner here at the Skyway. Sharon sipped her black coffee, accepted the cigarette Tom proffered. "Having fun?" he asked. Smiling, she nodded. "Perfect fun." It had been, too. Tom was so genial a host, so quick to laugh, his company was comfortable as an old slipper. Right from the moment she'd opened the d o o r, faced the flattery in his instant admiration, she'd felt her responsibilities slipping like weights from her shoulders. "I don't think I've ever had such a good time." And suddenly she realized just how absolutely she'd enjoyed the evening, and h o w completely she'd forgotten her job. She hadn't learned anything about Tom save his preference in music and cocktails and steaks. She'd let the whole evening fill up with silly banter and smooth dancing. And while of course that was a good way to lay the ground work for some future reconnoitering, still she had let a lot of time escape. She loked across the table at the profile Tom turned toward her as he sat, relaxed, smoking, watching the dancing couples. That man, she reminded herself, was a dangerous agent of a dangerous enemy. His job was to betray, to destroy, to defile. Mr. Goodwin knew that And here she sat actually enjoying him as it he were an old friend. No doubt that w a s exactly as Mr. Tom Stafford had intended it should be, too. She drew a long breath. How easily, how nearly she'd come to letting herself bs fooled too by that: deceivingly "open'. 1 countenance Tom wore so convincingly. Tom heard the sigh, turned to her instantly. "Tired?" "Oh, not—"' then she remembered. "Yes — a' little. It's so crowded here." Deliriously crowded with San Francisco's smartest people, with excitement, w i t. h lovely music. Regretting it, Sharon assumed a bored little smile. "Besides I really must drop in on Mr. Goodwins housewarming," she added, carefully casual. Tom's smile disappeared. "That guy again!" "He asked me to come. He's having a few friends in to see his new penthouse." "And you really want to go? Sharon met his eyes. "I think 1 should go. I hate to leave you but — " She watched him, held her breath. "You're not leaving me," he replied, pushing back his chair. "If you must, go to anybody's party you're going under my personal supervision." Sharon could breathe again. That had been almost too easy. "I was hoping you'd say that. I'd rather dreaded going alone." T^ritTrt Innlra*^ of V»ot* cHaT*r\lu g-r»/^ for a minute she thought she had gone too far. Then, "Don't give me that, my sweet," he said, laughing. "You're not pulling any wool over anybody's eyes!" WASHINGTON i By Hay Tucker TTTITASHINGTON'S chief critics of the United Na- VY lions' defensive strategy consist of younger naval officers irnpaUen't at the caution practiced by their seniors here- and abroad. Their plaints cannot be taken too seriously' or translated into action yet for the Allies are still inadequately armed and thinly spread out. But their unofficial condemnation will scon be heard and heeded in high places. . The Axis forces are running afff.inst the "red light," according to this novel theory, whereas the democracies move only when the traffic signals of war flash the paler green. In other words the dictators have resorted to daring and unorthodox tactics from the start. The French for instance maintained publicly that the Germans could not penetrate the bvambled Forest of Ardennes and did not extend the Maginot Line into this region. Therefore the Nazis chose this scene of Shakespearean comedy for their successful break-through. The British boasted that the Japs could not swarm through the massive steaming jungles of Malaya'. Now the "fried egg flag" floats over Singapore and Sumatra. We were assured that no enemy could or would attack Hawaii. As a result Kimmel and Short have been cited to court-mavtial. The youngsters concede that earlier lack o£ preparation forces our side to wage only a delaying battle. But sometimes . they question whether Anglo-American generalship is up to par, noting that there have been more shifts of command among western armies than among the attackers. In short, they are praying for—and demanding— more heads-up leadership on our team. * * « BUCK: Behind the sniashing defeat of the Smith- Cox drive against the 40-hour overtime-pay week lies an amazing and tangled tale, of congressional cowardice, irritability and political poker. Between lunch and teatime the boys reversed their field so swiftly that one could not tell whether they were coming or going. At noon Speaker Rayburn conceded that the amendment would pass. He based his forecast on careful canvasses and foreknowledge of Republican strategy. When word of his off-the-record tip spread, the scene changed as if by magic. Lobbyists for the CIO, AFL and the Railroad Brotherhoods staged p a blitzkrieg. They yanked members from the chamber, seized their lapels and shook •warning fingers. "You vote for this," they said, "and"you s re through here!" Northerners who had intended to support the Southerners' scheme, including Democrats as well as GOP-ers, retreated in panic. Farm representatives who want parity prices lined up with the "city crowd." When the roll was called only 62 shouted "Aye," evenly divided between the two parties. It was the conservative minority's last-minute switch which stalled the- seemingly successful attack on labor. "Joe" Martin was playing a shrewd game. With a chance to capture the lower chamber next fall, he saw no reason to alienate voters in factory districts. Lastly he and many on the Rayburn side of the aisle figured that FDR would be forced to adopt a firmer policy on this question if the Smith-Cox measure were sidetracked. They were passing the buck to the White House. * * * TACTICS: Democratic and Republican politicos are edging slowly but surely toward the brink of the battleground on which the congressional elections will "be fought. They have been pulling or withholding-their punches only because each wanted the other to strike the first blow and thereby be blamed for an exhibition of partisanship in time of national peril. The close-up picture of their Alphonse-and-Gaston behavior presents a revealing study of party infighting: After the Pearl Harbor blow, FDR obtained a pledge from National Chairmen Flynn and Martin that their followers would back the administration in the prosecution of the war. For a while there COW-' 1WZ-BY HE* SERVICE. IKC. T. M. REC. U. S. PAT. OFF "When it comes to income deduct loans to relatives as taxes, you should be able to bad debts after 24 hours!'' U. S. Army Provides Its Soldiers With More Chaplains Than Any Other/ All Faiths Represented was .a truce as the GOP voted almost unanimously For anxious moments, Sharon tried hard to decide whether he was just teasing her about Mr. Goodwin or — but he couldn't suspect her of anything more, really. Tonight's light-hearted raillery surely had put him off that trail. Still, being a Mata Hari to Tom Stafford, she realized, wasn't going to be any steal! Enter The Countess Mr. Goodwin's penthouse was really very special. Built on the tallest apartment building oh Pacific Avenue, the long drawing room opened wide windows to a whole world of light-spattered hills, of dark Bay waters laced by the topaz lights of the bridges. The room was full of beautifully dressed, distinguished-looking guests. . But Mr. Goodwin's smile welcomed Sharon as if he had been really waiting just for her. "You did come," he said, clasping her hands, "I was afraid you'd forgotten." Thrilled so that her breath barricaded her throat, Sharon could only smile, turn politely to include Tom. Goodwin's greeting to him was casual but friendly. "Hello, Stafford. Glad to see you," and shook hands cordially. Then, turning again to Sharon. "I want my friends to meet you, Sharon. You'll like them, I'm sure. And — -'' almost as an after-thought, "you'll like them too, I hope, Stafford." Sharon was instantly aware of Goodwin's consummate ski)! in making it seem as if she were the impfirtant guest and not, as she well know, Tom Stafford himself. Tom would certainly never suspect that all this was planned for his benefit Or rather for Goodwin's benefit! She smiled thoughtfully as Goodwin presented her. Charming people, his guests. Many of them with very foreign- sounding names. One was a Countess. "Countess Cayetuna," Goodwin introduced her. "May I present a good friend, Miss Doyle." The Countess smiled a lovelv, graceful gesture that was. Sharon sensed at^once, completely without sincenty. "Such a pleasure to meet you, Miss Doyle." Her voice wss deep, musical. "Harvey lias spoken of you so often." Then she gave her har.d to Tom.' "How- do you do," and rased lan- gorous dark eyes to his for a long, dj -amatic moment. Sharon saw Tom flush uneasily and with difficulty repressed an exultant giggle. If anyone could upset Tom's nonchalance it looked as if it would be thr; Countess. "You must be ?. stranger, Mr. Stafford."' he smile letting him {Continued on Comic Page) for measures designed to implement the "effort. Then Flynn broke forth with an address appealing i.or rcCiCCvicn Ci. « i^diiccrauc wGngrcao oil ilic ground that anything else would be equal to a "major,military disaster." Through utterances of his spokesmen the President indicates that he subscribes to this theory except for minority members who voted \vith him long before December 7th. Even then however it was not a "clean break." Martin's refusal to accept these challenges openly piqued the Rooseveltians. So Leaders Rayburn and McCormack have placed another chip on their shoulders. They intend to denounce anybody who "snipes at the President," not because he is their man but because he is the Avar leader. Next move is up to Martin. But he will not retaliate until the enemy's tactics appear to have convinced the public that the Democrats fired • the first shot. It is the same sort "of strategy that Lincoln pursued just before Fort Sumter. * * * CANAL: Since the brave buckos backtracked on pensions for. themselves, some members of Congress have made a study of the systems which the government has set up for other types of servants. Their "sour grapes" investigation reveals that Uncle Sam treats his children rather generously. For 1942 the Treasury will pay out $182,034,665 into various retirement funds. For the following beneficiaries who make no contribution of their own, it will dish out approximately $78,000,000: officers of the Army, Navy, Coast and Geodetic Survey, Public Health, federal judges and former Lighthouse service employes. For the following groups' who are required to kick in, there will be disbursed the sum of $104,035,262: Employes of Civil service, the Alaska railroad, the Panama Canal Zone, the Foreign service and Tennessee VaJley authority. By MILTON BRONNER 0 NEA Service Correspondent TT7-ASHINGTON, March 5- — To • ' keep the, American soldier constantly in touch with the ceremonials of the religious faith to which he adheres . . . To maintain the morale o£ the American soldier in the camp, on the march and in the field of battle ... To encourage him in clean living for his own sake, his. family's sake and his country's sake . . . These are some of the high duties of U. S. Army chaplains, as outlined by 'Brigadier General William R. Arnold, Chief of Chap r lains, whom President Roosevelt recently nominated for a second term of four years. • :: i * SERVICE. INCLUDES ALL FAITHS A CATHOLIC priest, he is chief of a service that includes Protestants, Catholics and Jews. He is assisted by Dr. Paul Moody of the Protestants-, -Bishop -John O'Hara for the Catholics and Dr. David de Sola Pool o£ the Jewish Welfare Board. "No army in the world provides so many chaplains for its soldiers —one to about every 1200 men," Dr. Arnold said. "No army in the world excels ours in stimulating the voluntary, unforced religious faith ot the men." Many o£ the duties formerly performed by chaplains are now undertaken properly by laymen. Chaplains now, by army rules, deal with matters strictly religious. Second and as important are pastoral matters. "It's the job of the good chaplain to be a sort of father to the men. Efficiency of a soldier is often affected by little troubles—financial or family matters, things that he is shy about talking over with some of his lay officers. "But he will talk things over with his priest, his pastor or his rabbi. He will get sound advice or sympathy or consolation and he knows that his confidences will be respected and kept secret." Brig. Gen. William R. Arnold. Chief of Chaplains, U. S. A. Today's Chuckles NEW YORK By Albert N. Leman TNDIA is John Bull's exposed nerve which dentist •*- Chiang Kai-shek has just touched with his drill. English liberals are demanding that the sick land of Rajputs and pariahs be cu»ed—not in the vague future—but now. They are determined that inept colonial bunglers shall not throw away this rich slice of empire as they did Malaya. Dominion status or some other form of self-government desired by the Indians themselves must be granted before it is too Jate. • Downing Street is paying for the sins o£ yesterday. Even scared Tories are willing to come to terms. But how? Three-fourths of the nation's 400 million people live in British India, the remainder under subordinate native princes. Forty-five 'races with more than 2.000 castes from mystics down to fakirs are jammed into 700 feudatory states. The rajahs balk at submitting their destiny to an electorate 88 per cent illiterate. The Congress party of Gandhi and Nehru refuses cooperation until political independence is granted. The Moslem League wants to partition the territory into a Hindu section and an entirely separate Pakistan. Most of the country's million volunteer soldiers are Moslems who are fighting for th^ crown in Africa and Asia. If Delhi gives into Gandhi, the followers of Islam may feel b.Hrayed and revolt If the viceroy does not accept the conditions of the Congress, the majority party will have no part in the war effort. If something is not done promptly, Japan may gobble up everything. Here is one of the greatest dilemmas modern statesmen have ever faced. To untangle this Asiatic knot is one of the chief reasons that Sir Stafford Cripps has been brought into the new Churchill cabinet: He was successful with Stalin, an Oricntaljike the generalissimo and the pandit. (Copyright, McCIure Newspaper Syndicate) CHAPLAINS NOW STAY WITH THEIR "FLOCKS" /CHAPLAINS used to be assigned ^-' to army posts. Now they are assigned to army units. This means that when the outfit is moved to a new place, the chaplain the men knew and liked and trusted is not left behind. He is part of the outfit and he goes along. If he knows his job, he knows most of the men by name. He is one with them. Nearly $13,000,000 has been appropriated for construction of 603 camp chapels. The army has also ordered the printing of iviore than "~T\O YOU always know'what to -L' do with your hands?" asks an authority on etiquet. Well, no, but we have finally learned to quit drawing to 'em for an inside straight. * * • "There is little difference between .a man and a monkey," says an anthropologist. It's something neither of them can be proud of. * * * 00 THE WOLF is at your door, O eh? Well, console yourself, fellow: console yourself. If the wolf wasn't, there, the tax collector would be. * * » "Hell is full of dictators," says a writer. We regret to hear this. We had been hoping there was room down there lor ..t '.-r-'jist one more. * * Th'e fair author U -i...^- Alone and Like It" has teen married for some time, and .ve're anticipating another V'jok from her titled, "Live with a Man and Like it Better." m 100,000 new type hymnals, the fir oi their kind so adapted for field use that even a layman can conduct services. Funny Business "Poets must live, even during war," says a London poet But he. doesn't attempt the impossible and try to explain why. The first thing a human being learns is that he can get something by yelling his head nearly off. And those who never mature mentally u?e this method of acquiring things throughout lite. /PROFESSOR CUCK / WORLD'S GREATEST MAGICIAN -it's getting so the public expects too mu=h!"

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