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SIX—THE MORNING AVALANCHE Lubboclc, Texos, Saturday, March 7/1942 LUBBOCK MORNING AVALANCHE ••Start! The Day On The South Plains" Published every morning except Sunday ana Monday and consolidated on Sunday morning only lu the Sunday Avalanche- Joui-nal by the Avalanche-Journal Publishing Company. Inc.. 1211 Texas Avenue. ] SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall only: One year $5.95, c.x months 53.IS, three tnoniht $2.00 and one month 704. By: carrier only: Per rocn'.b 75«; Combination Avalanche and Journal S1.S5 per month. CHAS. A, GUV -jSfi^w.^ PARKER P. PROUTY Editor and Publisher '''iSfi:**^ General Manager Cras. VV. RatlUf.- Managing Editor It Is not the Intention to cast reflection upon the character of anyone knowingly, and U through error we should, the management will appreciate f.avmg our attention called to same and will gladly correct any erroneous statement made.' /.n mcependent Democratic newspaper supporting in Its editorial columns the principles vrhlch tt believes to be tljht and opposing those questions which (t Believes to 6e wrong, regardless of party politics publishing the news fairly and Impartially at a!'. runcE. MEMBER OP THF ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press is exclusively entitled to the use for publication of al' oes-s dispatches credited to It, or not otlurwlte credited la this paper, and also the local ntws published herein. Entered as Second-Class Mall Matter at the Postolflce ac Lub- oock. Texas, according to provisions of the Act of Congress ol March 6. 1679. and under tie ruling ot the Postmaster-General. Member of Assoc'ited Press Full Leased Wire Service OUR PLEDGE pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; One Nation, indivisible, with • Liberty and Justice for all. Three Months Of The War rpHE start today of the fourth month of 1 the war finds most Americans confused if they attempt to analyze past happenings and future prospects. Far more of unfavorable nature has happened than most of them would have dreamed possible three months ago. Nearly all news from the fighting fronts has been bad. Much news from home production 'fronts has been discouraging. Most Americans expect the news to grow worse before it grows better. They are under no delusions as to the tremendous job, the tremendous sacrifices, ahead. All considered, despair would not be hard to understand. . But there is no despair. Not the slightest sign of it. There has been no inkling of discouragement, nor weakening of confidence. There has been no wavering in the determination that the war shall not end until the sources-of present evils and dangers are exterminiated. Perhaps people of this nation' still are too confident for their own good. Perhaps if the average American was able to conceive of,the possibility of eventual defeat, he might exert himself more vigorously. Still, if he still is supremely confident, there are justifications for it. His nation took the hardest blow his enemy was ca• pable of delivering with his guard down before the bsll sounded for the start of the fight. It has taken blow after blow since ; then. They would have knocked most nations out completely. They haven't even staggered Uncle Sam. . " So the start of the fourth month finds that the enemy has piled up a good many points. But this is a .finish fight in which the end must be by knockout—nothing less. The enemy has proved pretty conclusively that he hasn't a knockout punch. That will wait for Uncle Sam—and three months of war have done more to strengthen than to "weaken confidence that he has • exactly the sort of punch that will be required. •• . Believe It Or Not-By Robert Ripley HEIGHT OF A MOUNTAIN BE ASCERTAIMED BY WATER? REMARKABLE ODDITY CREATED NATURE Brazil HOLE-IN-ONE ONfdE V.OW WITH THE MORSE CODE EQUIVALENT ACROSS HER BACK Owned tytfOHN BANDY Bet kwe, Ohio AT 7 P.M. THE 7B DAY . OFTHE 7** MONTH USIN&A IRON HIS MIDDLE NAME IS KRIN6LE AND HE WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS Greerw 111 e, Tex as. EXPLANATION OF CARTOON SELF-EXPLANATORY By ELEANOR ATTERBURY "What in the devil are you do- lighted drawing room. ing out here all by yourself? Dio! 4543 For The Avc.lanche_-Jo_arn<il_OHjce Chapter Seven On The Terrace "What will you have, Stafford?" Mr. Goodwin asked as, a moment later, Tom and the Countess joined them. • • The sturdy man's drink for the sturdy masculine Tom, Sharon found herself thinking. Quite a new angle for an .undercover agent to take. Mr. Goodwin was clever to have penetrated this college - graduate approach so quickly. But Harvey Goodwin could outwit Tom with his eyes blindfolded, she' thought proudly. She'd never known a man so absolutely the master of«any situation. Even here, she glanced around the friends gathered in his drawing room—people who in themselves were a compliment to his good taste, his charming personality—even among this distinguish- we are not overheard. So carefully. Earlier this evening, Mr. Goodwin gave me an important document. A very important document. It contained information so vital that should it fall into enemy hands — we are ruined. Unfortunately, that document has been — shall we say — mislaid. It must be found. I have "reason to believe it was dropped accidentally here on the terrace. You are to search here until you 'find it. Do you understand?" The National Whirligig The News Behind The News WASHINGTON ' By Ray Tucket F EW OFFICIAL, controversies have provoked such angry public debate as the Stimson-Knox clash concerning the identity and purpose of '{he mysterious planes which recently flew above Los Angeles 'and Southern California. The disagreement has been cited as further evidence that the 75-year-old war secretary is jittery and should be retired. I.t has beer, compared to, the unhappy Kimmel-Short feud. The inside story destroys any jasis for these conclusions: Few minutes before he stumbled into a press conference, Mr. Stimspn was handed a message from the highly electric Lieutenant General John L. DeWitt, who commands the coastal area. It described the details of the flight and suggested that the aircraft were of enemy origin. Though the DeWitt communique did not say whether the ships had been launched from a carrier 01- a hidden Uase, our military chieftain assumed that .they had flown from remote terrain in Lower California. He has been deeply concerned over this possibility for some time, despite Mexico City's assurances that no hostile airfields lurked in that area. Mr. Stimson handed out the news as a speculative tidbit, perhaps as a warning to potential invaders that we were wise to their game. Navy Secretary Knox had not been apprised of his fellow-Cabinet member's fears and suspicions. When asked about the episode, the sailor simply expressed his individual opinion—something he is always glad to do because he was a "newspaper man himself once." He declared that there had been no Jap flyers within a thousand miles of the City of the Angels. There is no way of telling who knew his onions—or planes. » * * SERPENTS: Our two agencies charged with conducting the' war—the Army General Staff and the Navy General Board—still cling to the notion that we are waging an oldfashioned, 1917-model skirmish. They refuse to recognize that conquering Japan is a far more difficult task than defeating a race with the same living and fighting standards as ours. Military experts the world over cannot fathom how Tokyo was able to equip, feed, clothe and reinforce armies and navies operating four thousand five hundred miles from home. It is a problem I \vhicH the Unit-' d Nations must master. The J»ps* performance is tht marvel in all annals of conquest. But here are a few simple reasons which we.have not grasped: Every Nipponese soldier carries on his person sufficient rations for five days—rice, fish, sugar, medical lotions—and the amount can be stretched to seven in an emergency. He uses a .25-caliber rifle as against- our .30-caliber, permitting him to tote at least 20 per cent more bullets. His thick, sunburned skin is immune to the insects and thorns of the jungle so he swings into battle with fewer clothes than a dancer in a New York "hot spot." He can wash his garments with water from a cup. Imagine an American Army trying to live and scrap at such a low standard of convenience. • It is impossible to make a mathematical estimate of the difference between the Mikado's and Uncle Sam's men with respect to their needs for food, clothing, laundry, weapons, munitions, etc. But our troops, whether regulars or selectees, require at leasf 10 times the amount of supplies and transportation facilities which our enemy demands. And we must ship our staff over sea lanes 12,000 Side Glances-.By Galbraith W3PR."1MZ~BY KEASERVICE. INC.' T. M. BEG. 0. S.TAr"OFP;» "Where's that diet book? You are all getting so fat that people will soon be giving you unpatriotic looks!" Here And There In Texas By GORDON" K. . United Press Correspondent A USTIN, March 6. — Purchase •"• of'additional land for Big Bend Park .on the Rio Grande should not be. halted because of the war, State Parks Board secretary Frank Quinn- insists. The State Parks board has" been authorized to spend $1,500,000 for the land and after acquiring it turn the whole tract over to the National Park service, for improvement and operation. . The appropriation of $1,300,000 for the purpose has come under fire as the largest single item of expense authorized by the legislature that met before the war. Wisdom of the expenditure when tire rationing and automobile manufacturing restrictions are in effect has been questioned. Chilled Countess'. by the tone of the command, rhe stood numb for a moment, trying to be- ileve her ears weren't deceiving her. Jusi A Case Of "Too Bad" TYEVASTATTNG British bombing raids re\J cently upon industrial areas of Paris, and probably other cities "of occupied France, were horrifying. But if there is to be criticism of the raids, it must be that they were deferred too long. It is tragic that most, if not all, of the victims of these attacks were Frenchmen. The British and the United Nations would have preferred that their bombs fall upon peoples of Axis nationality. The United Nations are aware when they attack industrial plants like those bombed in Paris that most of the workers in them are Frenchmen who hate their task and who" work because their German masters give them no other choice. • Incidentally—and this is a fact that American labor well may ponder — they are'working in plants and at jobs from which French labor struck repeatedly in the days when France was "free" and arrogant behind the fancied security of the "impregnable" Maginot line. When British bombers undertook the Paris air raids, they knew that Frenchmen would be the victims if the attacks succeed in their purpose. But the British had no other choice. The plants they attacked are engaged in the production of airplanes, tanks, motor vehicles and other munitions of war for the Axis. The fact that they are produced by French labor makes. the weapons no less lethal to Britain and to the United Nations. If the French engage willingly or unwillingly in tasks of that kind, they must expect the consequences. If the United Nations fail to exert every possible effort to inflict suitable consequences, it is a dereliction that is criminal. It fails to attempt to blast at the source the planes and other weapons for which the Axis has only one intended use—and all of us know \vhat the intended use is, The . French must realize—and probably they do realize—that if they allow . themselves to be placed where bombs • should : fall, they can have no just complaint when bombs do begin to fall. fie One Minute Sermon For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that.not of yourselves: it is the -gift of God.—Epnesians 2; 6. Goodwin was out- ed company, standing. Glancing at him, she found his eyes on her and flushed, hoping her face hadn't betrayed her thoughts. And then, woman-fashion, wished they had. Surely some day he'd know how much she admired him—if he didn't know it already. Admired and was just a little afraid of him too. Afraid that those dark eyes of his would inexperience. "Harvey, darling," the Countess was saying 'when Sharon's thoughts came back to the. conversation. "Since Mr. Stafford is such an ardent duck hunter, why don't you show- him your gun collection?" "I'd like very much," Goodwin replied eagerly. "It's an old hobby of mine—picking up old firearms. If you'd really be interested—" • "I would, Very much," Tom assured him. "But—" he hesitated, turned toward Sharon and the Countess. "Oh, you're excused," the Countess laughed graciously. "Nothing would bore me more. I'm frightened to death of guns." "I—I am to find—!' "The document is contained in a long blue envelope," the Cqut- ess went on relentlessly. "I must not stay v here lest someone observe and wonder ebout by absence. You will not be missed— at least for the present Harvey will keep your friend occupied. But you must be quick. And the letter must be found!" "I'll—try," Sharon whispered. But the Countess had turned away, was moving serenely back to the drawing room. Sharon's glimpse of her as she stepped intc the room caught the Countess lovely smile, tranquil 'as i£ nothing had happened. Just what, Sharon thought wildly, was it all about? Why should she be held responsible for something the Countess had "mislaid"? And who would notice or care that the Countess lingered on the terrace? More than that— she looked nervously about the deeply shadowed roof garden — where should she begin to look for a long blue envelope? The wind from the bay tugged at Sharon's hair, laid chilly fingers against her cheek. But the shiver that raced, through her body was:less from the cold than from a strange premonition of danger. The terrace, only half-lighted by It was Tom! Holding the fateful envelope behind her she let it slip to the floor, contrived to.push it under a bench with the toe of her slipper. "Just—just hunting for. my bag," she fibbed, praying he hadn't heard, that faint whisper as the envelope hit the .stone floor. Then, leading him farther and farther from the danger point, she :hatrs, the parapet where she and the Countess had stood. 1 had it when I came out—or at least I thought I did—" she chattered on, desperately. Just how long had he been standing there. Had he seen her discovery of that envelope? Was Goodwin smiled. "She is, -at that. Even an old musket that has. to be loaded from a powder horn unnerves her. Take Miss Doyle out onto the terrace, why don't you Edda? She's never seen that view." The Countess turned that lovely smile toward Sharon and once again Sharon was aware of veiled antagonism. "I'd be charmed." Probably she was only being overly sensitive, Sharon told herself as she followed the Countess the open windows, was fringed by deep shadows of the potted trees, the thick shrubs. There were hundreds of places a letter might lie unseen. Surely the Countess couldn't really expect her to find it now—in the dark. And several times, Sharon gave up the search only to try once more. It seemed so' hopeless a task, so much as if the Countess had deliberately imposed it out of some unreasonable motive of her own. Still, if the letter really he too, now, just pretending to believe her excuses? "Little white pearl affair, wasn't it?" he asked and joined the search with such vigorous uprooting of chairs and tables that Sha'r- on could have wept with relief. Obviously he suspected nothing. "Yes. Nothing of any value, though. It really doesn't matter—" "Sure it maters. It was a cute bag. I noticed it'." "Please," she begged. "It really isn't worth all' this bother. Perhaps I left it in the guest room after all. Suppose I just go see to be sure." Tom looked at her sharply..."If you had it when you came out here, you'd remember wouldn't you?" . ' "Well—yes. Maybe. I mean, I don't know," Sharon stammered. "I'm so scatter-brain tonight, I can't remember anything." She tried to- hide her confusion behind a laugh. "I'd lose my head, I guess, if it weren't attached." Tom smiled, pulled her arm through his as they went back into the drawing room. "Just don't go losing your heart around here," he teased. "I'm just warning you." Back on safe ground, Sharon smiled archly. "I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about." "I wish I could believe that. Now go see if your bag's safe," he suggested. Grateful for the ready-made excuse to get away for a moment, miles long and beset by hostile sea serpents. * * ; * HAZARD: Japan will conquer the whole of the Netherlands East Indies but her armed forces will make no attempt to seize Australia,-with the possible exception of Port Darwin. That is the considered judgment of our ablest military experts based on their observation of fighting in the Southwestern Pacific and reports from'the United Nations' intelligence scouts. Once Hirohito's men have captured the wealthy They will probably make an effort to take Port Darwin because, despite its lack of facilities, it has an excellent harbor. But for the invaders to try to seize cities like Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney would be too great a strain on their naval and military lines. Furthermore, the'continent can provide no raw materials which the Japs have not already grabbed. If this theory is correct, it means that Australia and New Zealand will furnish the points from which millions of American, soldiers will leap off in an attempt to roll the enemy back on Tokyo, when the time comes for such a large-scale offensive. | were important, Sharon must do stoned terrave. It was all so new, so terribly exciting. And the ] Countess had been so clever in. ] helping Mr. Goodwin carry Tom: off to his study for a little private interview. Not that Tom would know he was being interviewed! The Countess stood new against a bricked wall, her beautiful dark head thrown back as she gazed out across the bay. Her sleek black hair was pulled back. Madonna fashion, into a smooth knot at the nape of her neck. Outlined by the light behind her, her profile was cameo fine, delicate. She was very beautiful, Sharon thought. Beautiful 3nd clever and —with a little pang—a perfect :.iatch for Harvey Goodwin. Suddenly, Sharon was conscious that the Countess had not spoken. Her heart racing, she tried to put a label on the little fears that rushed at her out of the strange siUnce. When the Countess' voice filially broke that silence, the words came carefully lo\v, steel- cold. "I think \ve were not noticed,' she said, glancing toward the her best to find it. When her fingers finally did close over a bulky paper package, t was sheerly by accident. Stum- Dling in Ihe dark, Sharon had tripped over a low cocktail table, clutched vainly at a shaggy palm, ;one down in a heap. Cursing her own clum;.ini:ss, Sharon sat there a moment, rubbing her bumped knee. Then as she reached up to the heavy jardinere beside her to pull herself up, her hand closed over the envelope. Trembling, Sharon scrambled to her feet, studied the long packet carefully in the half light. There was no doubt. This was the precious envelope. And it had never been '-mislaid" in that jardin-are. You didn't mislay important papers in the most inaccessible place you could find, Sharon decided, and rubbed her shin reminiscently. She must find a way td get this to Harvey Goodwin at once. Turning, she became aware that someone stood just behind her! "Oh!"' the gasp escaped as she whirled to face the' shadowy figvire. Sharon nodded. "All right. Since you're so distressed about it—" Outside the door of the guest room, she hesitated, looked back to be sure Tom could not see her. Satisfied she fled on "down th£ hall trying to guess which door might be the one to Harvey's study. Then, through s. half-opened door, she heard his voice. A lovely book-lined room full of deep, inviting leather chairs, a broad desk, a carved cabinet full of guns. And Harvey, at his desk, speaking into the telephone. He smiled as she came in. motioned to her to sit down. Then, when he'd put down the phone. "Having a good time?" That brought her back to her Nor do our neople believe that the Mikado will hazard a drive into India, whose 400,000,000 population would present almost insoluble problems to victorious hordes. They think he will quit with the conquest of Burma, where the native population seems to be friendly . to. the advancing troops. Tokyo's strategy in this area is directed toward severing our supply lines to. Chiang Kai-shek. NEW YORK By Albert N.'Leman R ANGOON topples and joins prostrate Manila, Hong Kong and Singapore. If the ABCD Powers hold any portion of Burma, they should thank Adoniram Judson. first America missionary to the delta in 1812. He translated the Bible into the local tongue and his followers won over the Kerens, Chins, and Kachins of the North. The 2,000,000 people alone remain loyal to Britain. Elsewhere the Buddhists are in revolt, butchering isolated white planters and wholeheartedly assisting the advancing Japanese. The Burmese loathe the Chinese and have always balked at permitting U. S. supplies going over the famous road. They fear that after the Sino- Japanese war, Chiang's men.will invade the provinces as warriors from across the mountains did once before in the 18th century. They resent the English because arrogant traders and colonial officials have treated' many of them as coolies no matter what their social rank. But whenever any U Saw's aristocracy visited Tokyo, the shrewd Nipponese made much of the tourists. The United Nations lose the best airfield in the Far Ea'st with the collapse of Rangoon. During monsoon weather between June and October over 100 inches of rain fall but now the river basin silt is baked smooth and every field and road js a natural hard-surfaced thoroghfare on which Tojo's mechanized troops are speeding. The doomed city at the mouth of the Irrawaddy—like Singapore— has huge built-in defense guns simed toward the sea. But here too the Japs charged from the opposite direction. » * * WAVE: The government preaches ''Remember Pearl Harbor" but in practice tries to make the public forget the cause of that mortification. Latest evidence is postponement of the Kimmel-Short court-martial, probably until peace when the lessons will concern "none but historians. An un- muzzled trial would have judged far more than the mistakes of two scapegoats. Such is the reaction •Alibis Are Given Gov. Coke R. -Stevenson, said he has been requested to assemble the legislature in special session to repeal' the appropriation and though it would be unwise to do so after the project has been carried through to its present stage. He said some members of the legislature were urging that the officials voluntarily hold up the expenditure. If this were done, the appropriation would lapse automatically on Sept. 1, 1943. Quinn predicted, however, that the State Parks board would go right ahead with the project. He said he would advise the members to do so. He cited as reasons: 1. About one-half of the $1,500,000 expenditure is really taking .the money out of one pocket and placing it in another. The money will come out of the state general revenue fund. About half of it will be spent to buy land now owned by the state school fund. State treasurer Jesse James will honor a parks board warrant on the general fund and deliver it to Land Commissioner Bascom Giles. Giles who will receive the warrant for the permanent school fund will re-deposit it in the treasury to the credit o£ the school fund. 2. Options have been obtained on a major part of the land that is not state school land. If these options should be forfeited, much expense would result in renewing them after the war—perhaps some could not be renewed. 3. .While development of the park may be delayed because of the war, it will go ahead to considerable extent and be that far advanced toward providing an 'attractive tourist point after the war. 4. If the parks board permitted this appropriation to lapse, future legislatures might not reappropriate . the money. * * * DEMOVAL of the slate medical college from C-alveston was not considered seriously by the legislative committee that'investi- gated the college .affairs. One member suggested it, another said removal would be over his dead body, and the other thought so little of it that the committee report ignored it. University of Texas President Homer Rainey did not advocate it. When queried about it he said he thought the medical school should be at Austin with the rest of the university to take advantage of the university laboratories and other facilities. He recognized that Austin lacked clinical material for so large a medical school. Were the removal of the college considered desirable, it would not be practical at this time. Galveston was selected as site for the' medical school by popular vote. .^, To change it would require a con-^ stitutional amendment. Committee Member Arthur Cato of Weatherford who suggested removal, Governor Stevenson and President Rainey all agreed thut it would require such an amendment. A constitutional amendment can be adopted only by a majority popular vote. It cannot be submitted to vote except at a regular session of the legislature. No regular session can be held jantil January, 1943. In that session any 11 senators can block submission, for two-thirds of the senate's 31 members must vote for a submission. If nobody opposed submission a popular election scarcely could be held before mid-summer or fall. * * * Too Many Obstacles Then an even more difficult obstacle would be met. War priorities has cut off the supply of building materials. The state is having difficulty getting authority to make badiy-needed extensions of . state hospitals. No hope is- . held out that priorities would be granted 'for the buildings required in abandoning one plant to set up a new medical school. How soon building could start would depend on how long the war lasted. Today's Chuckles T will I^Irs. Roosevelt do when her husband ceases to be President?" asks a columnist. Oh, she could probably get a job traveling. * * * ' As civilizations go, this one seems to be going. Funny Business errand instantly. "Lislen, please," and pushed away from him a little. "I found the blue envelope. It hadn't bcru mislaid. I'm sure..I couldn't bring it in. Tom found me. I dropped it under the bench. But I know exactly where-it is." Harvey Goodwin's smile vanished. "What arc you talking about?" Startled, she stared at him a- moment. "But—don't you know?" And then swiftly s\vi repeated her conversation with the Countess. ''Good work. Sharon, -> Goodwin congratulated her. (To Be Continued) of New York leaders who regret that the American people will continue to be kept in the dark about the shortcomings of a system which produced the Hawaiian shame and stiH directs our war effort. Absence of teamwork between contractcr, naval district, and the Capital is obvious in the Normandie tragedy. Lack of cooperation in the Army and Navy administration at Washington has gummed things again in the explanation of the air raid over California. Are the Services out west also not on speaking terms? Once the slogan was "business as usual"; must i* be changed to "blunders as usual"? These earnest Manhattanites visualize a tidal wave towering over our unwary nation; a racial conflict smothering a complacent white supremacy; a series of disasvers hanging a gold slar in nearly every window unless America awakes. And all the while 'the truth about our sins, our commitments and our future sacrifices is withheld from grown-p men and women who will never be aroused until they realize their peril. (Copyright, McCIure Newspaper Syndicate) V The egg behind me wa* always asking me the time I"

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