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JIVE—THE MORNING AVALANCHE LUBBOCK MORNING AVALANCHE "Starts The D»y On The South Plains' Piioiuiiea every ntorn.-ng except Sundnj ana Monday «ra consolidated or. Sunday mousing onlj m the Sunday 'Avalancht- - Joiunai by Hie AvsUncbe-J'-urna] Punllshing Company inc • i 12/1 Texas Avenue. '* SUBSCRIPTION RATES CHAS A :tor «nd PARKER F.. PRODTY _ General Manager w. Rfc'.Mf. Manarii'.g Editor * ' . : , •'{ " LuhbVck, Texda, Thursday, Mqrc.K 12, T942 Believe It Or Nol»-By.Robert Ripley THE TEMPERATURE OF lce WILLVARVIMACCORRANCE '-VITHTHE TEMPERATURE PREVAILING AROUND fT. A-WBtMOMEKRFKWEN M THE CENTER OF A CAKE OF ICE VARIED FROtj 10 'BELQVJltRo TO 32< ABOVE ZERO 100 Believe It or/Jot Books .D c~" rJ^^cS^^Uufo"?.V t'h ' /° £tomce " L " b ^chJ^^M^ of Assoc'tud Pri-ss . , /r . . PLEDGE \A/fc Pledge alegiance to the flag o { the U No Patriotism In Racing 1 ' alized h °«e race bettinp t back into this state in alnc ev disguise that mi g ht appeal to ° P opufar Without exception, the disguising cloak for the attempts has been the taxes, that legalized race betting would produce It has been argued that those taxes would hasten the end of the depression, would aid schools, would assist crippled children, would help pay old age pensions, etc., etc So it was inevitable that the war emergency would suggest the design for a new disguise. Now it is argued that race betting taxes would help the war effort. This argument insults people of Texas by tellin- them it would be patriotic to re-legalize such betting, unpatriotic not to. It is true that race track betting has produced large revenues in states where it .« . legal. But this isn't an argument n favor of such betting. It is a damning argument against it. fr a t X rev ^ nues collected from race tracks represent, at most, only a small percentage of the money actually "S Thus at most, the war effort gets onlv a small portion of the total. This isn't enough—not by a great deal. Anyone who has money to risk at a race track'certainly could spare that same money as easily for the sure thing that defense bonds resent. rep- Of course, everyone knows that most of the people who bet at race tracks can't spare the money they risk. As Texas and many other states, have discovered from costly experience, most track followers bet with money that should be applied on bills or to provide their families, not with comforts, but with necessities. In Texas, as in many other states, .the racket was drievn out not so much by the moralists as by the business men in the cities which were the racing centers and which, as such, would siiare most generously in whatever "benefits might be derived from this alleged sport. The agitation, for a return of racing to Texas is sure to increase with the passing of months in line with the design to reach a climax around the time of the regular session of the Legislature next January. It is not .to be presumed for an instant, however, that people of Texas will be deceived by the patriotic cloak in which the blood-sucking vampire will be cealed. con- An Intriguing Possibility DEW undertakings in the entire history A of_this nation have held the possibilities of being of such tremendous importance as the present effort to make the United States self-sufficient in rubber. No one can predict with pretense of assurance what the result of the effort will be. But the effort is being made, and it is proceeding in many directions.- Attempts are being made in many places to exploit the Mexican guayule plant. Thousands of scientists are studying the possibility that satisfactory synthetic rubber can be produced in desired quantities. Knowing the American record for achievement, no surprise will be justified if complete success should crown the effort being made. _ If so, the possible benefits are bevond imagining. This statement is made without consideration of the conti-ibution that success of this kind would make to the war effort. But it does consider the employment that would be given to unnumbered thousands of men if the entirely new industry of producing its own rubber can be created in this nation. It considers the possibilities that the industry of rubber production might become a major bulwark against revolt-laden depression after the war. The effort has the possibility of making important history—and Lubb.ock and the South Plains ai-e especially interested because Texas Technological college is having 1 an active part in the endeavor. The One Minufe Sermon For what nation is there so great, who hath God so ni^h unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?.—Deuteronomy 4; 7. HAS THE FOLLOWING CONFUSING RELATIONSHIPS Wft PARENTS ARE LIVING ->#Sr!E IS AN ORPHAN ' SHE IS 7UE DAUGHTER, GRANDDAUGHTER AND GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER OF HER PARENTS. HER FATHER IS HER BROTHER AND HER NEPHEW. HER MOTHER IS HER.S(Sf£R-. •1N-LAW AND HER NIECE. HER <aRfrAT-GRxWPiV|OT£/ER WAS HER LEGAL MOTHER. WAS H6R LEGAL FATHER. SHE HAS 3 KINDS OF S1ST&2S- S-fEP, HALF ANDAVOpTED. YSfSHEisAtt ofjLY CHILD! New York Citu HAS NOT FAILED TO PLAY *ANNIE LAUR/E* A-SINSLE DAY IN THE PAST 2O YEARS / fbre Hefte •Pies PBSPIRE THRU THEIRFEET POKES 3 •<•• ALL ITEMS By ELEANOR ATTERBUR.Y Chapter Ten . 440 Volis Sharon scarcely had time - to thrust the strange warning under her desk blotter belore Tom came back to his desk. Fighting for time to regain her composure, she pretended to study a letter lying open on her desk. Eyes blind to the actual print, her thoughts flew helter. skelter. Had .Tom planted that warning? Who else would have? And why should he so persistently try to get her out ot her job? Was he aware that she suspected him? Suddenly she was aware that Tom stood just behind her, looking over her shoulder. Glancing up, she saw a smile tripping up the corners of his mouth. •"Look, my sweet, if you'd turn ihat right side up, maybe you could read it better," and calmly taking the letter out of her hand tie righted it, held it in front of led. "See?" and grinned maddeningly. "Day-dreaming and during office hours too! Tsk! Tsk! What would the Colonel say?" Exasperated, Sharon snatched the letter. "Oh, mind your own business. I was thinking." Tom shook his head. "That's a dangerous pastime." "How do you know? Ever try it?" She hid her uneasiness behind a saucy smile. "Sure. .Since daylight this morning I've been thinking about a certain pretty Irish girl I know and " "You're paid to think about iCz-ra Steel." "I do that, too. Look." He picked up a blueprint Irom his desk, laid it before her. "Here's my latest brain storm. New wiring for the plant. More machinery- More production. See—two new furnaces where only one grew before. Smart, aren't I?" "That's what you think. What does Mr. Goodwin say?" "He says I'm a white hope of Sierra Steel. Aren't you glad you tnow me?" "I'll be glad when I know you're back in Pittsburgh," she said archly. Then she hazarded a iong shot. "Then, maybe we'll settle down to business instead of school-boy pranks." But Tom's expression didn't change by a fleeting flicker. If he planted that note, he certainly didn't intend she should know it. "Now was that kind? Here I've brought the only ray of sunshine nto this dank hole and that's all .he thanks I get" Slapping his hat on the back of his head, he >:cked up his brief case, thrust he blue prints into it, grinning at ler. "Since you don't love me any more, I'll go on down .to the plant and flirt with the elec- rodes." "That's my plucky sweetheart," and patted her shoulder. "You can just count the hours until I get back. Then I'll t.-jke you to dinner." "Thanks too much. But I have certainly ^ for tonight." "That g-jy Goodwin gefs around, doesn't lie? Sharon raised dark archie br.jws at him. "I'm having dinner with my brother." "Oh, well, why didn't you say so. I vc been wanting to meet hat boy. Have him join us at Joes on the Wharf. You like clam chowder?" Sharon just looked at him lands on her hips. "I suppose it does sound fantastic to you, but do nofcare to have dinner with •ou at .loc's or anywhere else Jnderstand?'' "No Eabe,'' Tom shook his head. speakem 'Merican. See'm byembye." And hands thrust up his sleeves like a Chinese mandarin, he bowed himself out. "Fool!" Sharon laughed aloud and then,, remembering the mysterious note, waited until she heard the elevator door clang shut. Then she fled to Mr. Goodwin's office. He glanced up, frowning, found this note in my typewriter just now." She laid the note oh his desk. For a moment his face remained inscrutable. Then, he smiled slowly, "Somebody's idea of practical joke?" "Probably." "Any idea who?" "Tom, of course." He nodded. "He'd like to see you out of here." "Has he told you that too?" "Several times. "Mr. Goodwin shrougged contemptuously. "I've an idea he wants to put an associate in your place. I told him I'd tninlr if r»*.Ar- " think it over. •Sharon held her breath. "Do you, too, think I am too inexperienced for the job?" "Certainly not. But neither do I think Stafford believes I find you indispensible. That makes your position a little less hazardous." "But why would he write this anonymously? It's so melodramatic, so silly to think I could be frightened out this way!" "He underestimates "your courage. Sharon." He picked up the note, tore it into fragments. "Just ignore it. You are in no immediate danger.. I assure you of that." "But if he is working right now to put an accomplice right here in the office, isn't it time for you to put a stop—" Goodwin's face hardened. "I think/ I'm perfectly capable of acting without your advice. And the less you know about the situation, the less you would have to tell under pressure." Sharon flared. "You don't trust "I do. But secrets are dangerous baggage. I thought you understood that." "Yes," Sharon flushed. I'm sorry." "Very good, then. You just concern yourself with doing your part of the job." Wincing under his rehuke, Sharon escaped to her own office. There she dropped into her chair, buried her face on her arm until she could control the tears that threatened. All the ground she'd gained in the last several weeks, seemed lost now. She'd presumed on Goodwin's kindness and encouragement and forgotten her place so completely that he'd had to put her back into it just as if she were any impudent un- me? her de- derling! Why couldn't j:he keep thoughts to herself! She'd served that rebuke. But — she straightened, wiped her tears, attacked the mail stacked on her desk—she'd never earn another! She would prove herself indispensable.' And, as her fingers flew over the keyboard, she'd think o!i a new approach to Tom. There must be some way to win his confidence. If he still thought her just a misguided sub-deb, then she could capitalize on that She'd begin the moment he f.-ame back But Tom didn't show up all ciay. At quarter to five she locked the files, cleared her dcs'.c, stalled for time m the hope that Tom would appear. She gave up. finally, nulled on her hat. Maybe he'd call her at, home. It wouldn't be like him to have, taken her "No" for an answer. The phone rang just as she was closing the door. It was Macdonald, the plant foreman. "Mr. Goodwin there?" "He's gone for the day. Any message?" "Yeah. There's been a bad accident at the. plant. The engineer ff/i£ Vii;;-i** "" " -. gOi iiUr "You mean — Tom 9 ford?" Mr. Staf"That's right. We're taking him to Good Samaritan Hospital nowl Can you get word to Mr. Goodwin?" "Yes. Yes, I'll call him." When she hung up, Sharon sat staring at the phone. Tom dead, maybe! She couldn't believe it! Not Tom Stafford. That big grin that generous, good-natured laugh that spilled out from some depth within him—silenced! Impossible. And yet—slowly implications unfolded — had it really been an accident or, she shuddered, one of Tom's own detestable plans that backfiredl For a precious half hour, Sharon tride vainly-to locate Harvey Goodwin. Pavlo, the houseboy, told her he had left word he would not be in for dinner. He was not at his club. He was at none of his favorite cocktail lounges. Even Countess Cayetnna couldn't guess where he might be Sharon finally called a taxi' went out to the Good Samaritan herself. Macdonald, the grizzled Scots^ man who ran the plant, met her in the corridor outside- Tom's room. "We don't just know how it happened, Miss Doyle," he said In answer to her instant question "Stafford had started work on his re-wiring job in the plant. Peterson, the lad we had helping him, come up behind him with a coil of wire. He sees a Jive wire lying there and yells to Stafford to know what to do with it." The old Scot stopped, drew on his short briar pipe reflectively a moment. "Yes. Go on, please," Sharon prompted him. "Stafford's upon a ladder and don't hear him of course. When them furnaces is roaring, you couldn't hear a bomb burst. So Peterson reaches up to touch Stafford's arm, attract his attention. Stafford's working with his shirt off, you know. Pretty hot next to a furnace that's up to about 3000 degress." "But—what happened," Sharon begged fantically. "Why, Stafford turns, rrees him just in time to jerk out of reach," the garrulaus old man went on. "And that's all that saved Peterson's life." "That wire Stafford was mon- keying with carried about 440 volts. Being up on the ladder, Stafford was properly insulated from the ground. The kid was standing square in a puddle of water dripped from a leakv faucet I been meaning to get fixed." "Please go on." "Well, if the kid had touched Stafford he'd a made a circut, see? He'd been dead before he •mew what hit him." He shook lis head. "D-jmb kid. Stafford had warned him, too." "But what about Mr. Stafford, low did he get hurt?" * "Lost his balance when he erked out of Peterson'-; way, grounded himself by grabbing at i Pipe. Hr mu-jt of cot the full oaii of {hem 440 voltf.'' "Ch—noV {To Be ConJinued) The, National Whirligig The News Behind The News WASHINGTON By Ray Tucker State of Ohio has a rather unique governor loin it may present as a presidential candi date in 1944. Honorable John W. B~-icker is unique because he is probably the only public executive-federal, state or municipal ~ who ha< spent less money than he took into the treasury In three years he has accumulated a surplus of 13 million dollars. Such an accomplishment makes a man a White House possibility in these days of high, wide and handsome spending, especially if the performer hails from a key section like the Buckeye state. Let 'Honest John" be re-elected to a third term next fall—and there seems to be no serious obstacle or objection—and he hsould be a good 1944 bet He does not discuss the prospect—though he will' talk for hours about that reserve—but his f-iends have already entered him in the race. Senator Taft's backers are cool to the Bricker boom, but the feeling m Ohio political circles is that "Bob" had his chance in 1940 and muffed it Moreover the Cincinnati man has no such talking point as the governor has with his economy record. That "nest egg," oddly, is causing "Honest John' some embarrassment. Democratic mayors throughout the state have marched on Columbus with demands that he distribute the official dough. There are suspicions that these suggestions are Washington-inspired. A notable New Deal writer recently denounced Ohio's hopeful because he had managed to save a few dollars for the taxpayer. It raised a laugh in '(Bricker-for-President" headquarters. * * * HEART: FDR may not know it but his appointment of Archibald MacLeish struck a responsive ch&rc among up-and-coming young voters. The Congressional librarian and Facts and Figures coordinator is popular with the juvenile and intellectual elite. The dusty, elderly group which composes the cabinet and the White House family makes small appeal to the more youthful element of the electorate, a group which has been strong for the President in his three campaigns. They feel in a vague and confused way that they are not properly represented in the presidential company. Mr. Roosevelt's preoccupation with war troubles and his forgetfulness of reforms serve to accentuate this attitude. His friends are deeply concerned over this defection. MacLeish's appointment and steady progress to prominence checked this desertion, according to all reports reaching the capitol. The dashing poetic ex-Yale halfback seems to be popular with the' youngsters, especially with the liberal or radical set. From reading his poems and speeches, they feel that he is more than slightly "pinko," so they figure that his growing importance at Washington amounts to assurance that the President's heart is still in the right—or left—place. * * « CLEAN: The demand for the resignations of Secretaries Knox and Stimson has assumed the proportions of a popular movement. It is doubtful if President Roosevelt can pass off these protests much -longer, although he naturally resents proposals that he make a change in two such important posts in his war-mpking establishment. The general indignation which has been boilin< up since Pearl Harbor has been directed against the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of War for obvious reasons. Although it is generally appreciated that they are simply presidential errand boys, they are the men on the spot because they can be removed, whereas FDR is in for .another three years and there will be no chance to get a whack at Congress until next fall. The folks want "action now," and Frank and Henry are the people they want to act upon. Ohter factors behind the insistence that they quit are their age and their aptitude for uttering inept statements and speeches Probably the President eventually will recognize the existence of this anti-Knox and anti-Stimson -attitude. He does not like criticism and is slow to admit mistakes but, his political adroitness may move him to clean his naval and military houses. Likely bets as successors are Representative James W. Wadsworth, one of the ablest chairmen of the Senate Military Affairs committee in that body's history, and Admiral William D Leahv now our ambassador at Vichy. .. " : * •*. *•' " PLACARDS: The plight of Sweden—one of Europe s two really neutral nations, the other beine .Switzerland—worries our State department and the diplomatic corps at Washington There are fears that the Scandinavians cannot remain out of the war's orbit much longer. Hitler has treated the country rather decently so far. He has kept most o£ his economic and trade Pledges with her and has respected her soverei-mty He has, of course, tried to persuade or force Stockholm to line up on his side, but he has not cracked down militarily or ruthlessly. He even permits .bweden to carry on a certain amount of trada with South America—an arrangement in which both Berlin and Condon concur. But if the Axis leader intends to resume an all-out offensive against Russia in the spring, he may insist that the smaller state permit him to base his troops there or allow him to parade through its territory The impression here is that the Swedes will resist any.«uch demands. The modern Vikings are definitely pro-Ally although it might be more correct to characterize them as pro-United States. They are fiercely nationalistic, dislike the Germans and have had plenty of first-hand opportunity to- note and ponder on the practices of the Quislings across the border in Norway. In fact, they are so strong'for Uncle Sam that anti-Nazi placards shipped abroad by William v. .Donovans Propaganda bureau, are displayed m public places with the tacit consent o£ the ernment. gov- NEW YORK . By Albert N. Leman A LTHOUGH the Maritime commission is boasting **• that its building campaign has reached actual ™ ^v 1 P a , day ' snags £tiu retar <* ^^ program. Yards are stripped of all functions except ?±^"f^ Ct l 0 ^rA:i- ta ' la ^"-. . Engine^e lion man-hour ~ e a r ° r 1313 an d equipment delays of vessels. During 1941 over five mil- the equivalent of 10 Liberty type We must complete 18 million deadwoi»ht tons by the end of 1943. Now we have only 11 mTl- Hon tons; the British have 20 million; and Uro million more can be gleaned from' other sources if German ' wolf-pack" subs are held at bay. The fleet available is just a bit larger than that which the Allies used in the first World war to transport and supply General Peking's men in France 3 000 SnT pport several Crates have been piling up on New York wharves and often vessels have sailed with i usual , , -- ----- -•" «•«»*- ^auc.u wiiil J11COITI- plete cargoes Boozing longstoremen have delayed shipments. Greedy operators with "business-as- minds .iavc given well-paying customers ~ matcrials A bitter row de- to send barrel shooks to Cape- h A - liuerests - much to ^e displeasure of the n African purchasing mission At last the gov- ent is to control clearance cr. in other words * l ° {akehat > when and , the ernment * CCcpyi ight, McClurc Newspaper Syndicate) "Young woman from far side of the moon finds -™\ e mrssmg in Manhattan. Is the whole world tired? —Classified ad. Tired is no word for it, young woman— it's ineffably weary. "Women's stockii-.gs are lower than they were several months ago/' says the editor of a trade magazine, \oure experiencing an optical illusion mister— their skirts are higher. higher li's .<=(» unusual for business to be H has never happened. usual that Side Glances-By Galbraifh CQj-R. 1M2 BY KEA S«VICE. INC. T. H. SEC. U. S 'If you're in doubt call him Admiral if he's a Navy man, __ and General if he's Army." Here And There In Texas By BRACK CURRY Associated Press Staff Writer TN AMERICA'S gigantic war ef- - 1 - fort Texas forests are doing their full share. So fast are trees falling that forest products-make the second biggest manufacturing industry in the state. But trees are fallin" faster than they are growing. Texas ranks" sixth among the lumber- producing states. Texans know their oil, cattle, citrus and farm products, but forests also rank in the list of Lone Star resources. = The swath cut through Texas forests. last year was greater than any similar period since World War No. 1 and the song of the cutting saw and the gray smoke of the mills continue to. mark swift development of the industry as the logs roll in astronomical numbers. * *' * Liitle Fear Of Shortage Stimulated by heavy war orders, total wood production reached almost ZV-i billion board feet, according to an estimate made by E. O. Siecke director of the State' Forest service. This was a 20 per cent increase over 1_94Q and the highest' timber cut since' Although the forests are being overcut, Siecke did not express fscr of an immediate timber . shortage. Texas forests were in one of the best positions in the South before the war for an expanded tim- - ber use program, and.so far the supply of trees of commercial »izes has not been exhausted. The 1941 lumber cut lor the Nation was estimated at 14 per cent above last year, but the state production was above the nation's average. More than 500 sawmills and 100 other wood using plants were in operation in the East Texas pineywood belt. Employment in these industries and in the woods cutting timber totaled 30,000 persons. taxes and value of products made the forest industry almost a $100,000,000 business in Texas in 1941, the Texas forest Service estimated. At least 35 per cent of last year's timber cut went into products for national defense, with lumber used in defense housing and training barracks heading the list, most Texas sawmills started producing at capacity late in 1940 and .continued at unbroken pace all last year. Authorities in Washington have stated that 22 items on the "crucial list" are made of wood or wood products. Wood is being ased m battleships, cargo vessels, torpedo boats and for boxes and crates. Sections of training planes also are being made of wood. Every cargo vessel that slides Funny Business down the ways to form a link in the '-bridge of ships" has required half a million feet of timber in the building. * * * Pulp Turned Ini.o Paper Lumber led the list of forest products cut in East Texas Jast year. Total production was placed at 1,700,000,000 board feet, more than two-thirds of the combined cut for all other wood, products. Forest industrial plants other : than the lumber - producing sawmills, included pulp and paper mills, wood preserving plants, veneer mills, handle and furniture factories and planing mills. Slightly less than 375,000 cords of- wood were estimated cut for . pulpwood in East Texas in 1941. This was used, in making newsprint, magazine paper, kraft paper, bond paper and sellulose for explosives and plastics. * * * OOME paper was also used for U shell wrappings. The amoun of fuel wood cut, 1,750,000 was computed to be five times pulpwood production. The pulp and paper industry has been classified by authorities as one of vital importance in view of paper shortages caused by the stoppage of European impprts. Production of . about 3,500,000 railroad tics last -year accounted for 10 per. cent of the East Texas forest products cut. Manufacture of veneer wood into baskets, crates, boxes, tomato lugs, and Venetian blinds used almost 47 500,000 board feet of wood. Other forest products cut in the pineywaods region during 1941 included 375,000 poles arid piling 10,000,000 fence posts, and about 2.1,000 cords for staves and barrels, shingles, excelsior and mine props. To offset any changes of a timber shortage in the future, Siecke said now is the time for timberland owners to pay particular attention to selection cutlirjcr or t o a high diameter limit cutting so that successive crops can be coming along for the post-war periods. * * * Cabbage On The Move Cabbage is. moving out oC the Rio Grande Valley at a . huge increase over last year's production. Through Feb. 20 a total of 2,078 cars had been shipped, compared with 1.041 for the same period of 1941. Today's. Chuckles f, goody! At last Dorothy Thompson has run into something she doesn't understand She confessed in a recent speech that sne docs not understand this country's foreign noli "They played together at Notre Dame!'

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