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THE MORNING AVAtANCHE LuBBOCK MORNING AVALANCHE "Marts The D»y On ine South Plains" 3 every morning except Supd&y ana Mondsy and con- on Bundiy morning only In the Sunday Avalanche- - by the Avalanche-Journ/i.' Publishing Company, inc. Tens Avtnce. ' S0B2CKIFTIO.N HATES KJ '" 35 ' "* CHAS. A. GD? ,.rf<*S5fc_ ESltor and Pdbllsner <^|ge> s •_j__^ _ Cbas. W. Ratmt. Managing Editor n Is not the intention to cast reflection upon the cbsraetw /•» Jfiyonn knowingly, and « through error we EhoWd. the £an- XH Ue m "^ «W>«e;«t« «vin x our attention cai> 0 to tame and gill gladly correct any erroneous statement made, .An independent Democr.-itlc newspaper supportlne in lt»- .t< Ul columns the principles which It ftelfeies to be rlrh ; ci/poslng those questions which It beUe-eVto be W-O "" " MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRFKS ' -- " OUR PUDGE Pledge allegiance to the 'flog o f the United Stores of America, and to the There Is No Blame To it! U li OPE naturally will linger to the last that the miracle of defense surpassing all ° er * ah ' ea 1 y ^ ° rmed if * he h *™* can hold out. But it must HP , act ™ The only sensible view is that it will be a rmracle of defense surpassing all the other s already performed if the firoes of -bataan can hold out much longer. The odds they now face are far more overwhelming than any they have faced before The Japs know from costly exper- •lence che quality of the defenders Thev have prepared as never before. Thev can concentrate on Bataan with a singleness of purpose not possible while the battles for Singapore and the East Indies were in progress. Facing these are Americans reduced m numbers and exhausted by nearly four months of hardships beyond the newer of people at home to imagine. tr,*! 0 « mUSt l e ex 'P ected that the end of the batle may be at hand. If B o, we must ve been dif f«*ent had General "™? ned in *e Philippines. , - CArth . Ur . Would be the f^st to decry this as an injustice to those he left m command on Bataan. _ If the battle does end, we should recognize it as the sort -of defeat that- helps to ™ wars. Certainly Japan could not survive many "victories" at the price it already has paid on Bataan. A Serious Problem In U. S. PEW AMERICANS would object to "com.*• pulsory allocation" of manpower if persuaded it might help in the war effort. - -But, despite talk of some officials, need -for it^has not yet appeared. Australia even now is resorting to something less drastic. ine situation there seems none the worse because of the delay. The first consideration in a matter of such importance as this is to understand clearly what is meant when officials make glib use. of the long words, "compulsory allocation." The law they want would mean far more than universal conscription : It would place every person in the land at the command under penalty of the President or his designated agents. Obviously, Mr. Roosevelt couldn't give his time personally to the matter. This authority would be delegated to a small army of subordinates. Some wuld be competent some not. Under the law some of the officials m Washington are advocating right now, those subordinates would have tremendous actual authority. They would sit m sole judgment as to whether the job you no ware doing is important to the war They would have the authority to yank you out of your job, your home and your community, and to send you where, according to their notion, you might serve more usefully. Of course, appeals could be taken from their decisions. But the person who appealed would have two strikes against him from the start. The disturbance and dissatisfaction destructive to national unity that this might cause are too obvious for comment. Obviously, too, the power it would place in one pair of hands would be almost unlimited. Another consideration is the serious question as to whether such a plan is practical m this nation. The argument that it would work in the United States because it works in England is ridiculous England as small and densely populated. No person is far from any job to which he or she might be assigned. In the United States, the a;stances might run into the many hundreds of miles. Still, if the plan becomes necessary, nothing can or should be done but adopt it. But in such case, the government will forestall much criticism if it starts with the biggest employer, and master, of manpower of them all. That would be the government itself. If it does that, criticism •will be less bitter when, the government disrupts the private lives of individuals. The One Minute Sermon One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth; at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three •witnesses, shall the matter be established. - —Deuteronomy IS; 15. Lubbock, Texai, Tues«?«v f March 24, Oiol 4343 For The Avolanchc-Journo! OfficeQ Believe It Or Not-By Robert. RipSey ^,1 •x^«. c? r THE SONG OFTH6 TRU.E BIRD GAVE THE. COUNTRY op CH/LE ITS NAME/ WHOAREKORt .' CLOSELY RELATED, to A LOCOMOTIVE ! Mtttel'lm, Colombia '' A STOME REPLICA OF THE FIRST EW6IME WAS ERECTED TO COMMEMORATE THE INAUGURATION OF THE MEOQ.UN-PUERTO BERRIOUME FRANK LEIGHT PERFORMED 100 ABDOMINAL RAISED GET-UPS) IN successiOM wnm A 60 LB. WEWHTON HIS SHOULDERS NewYorkCrhj THE NAME OF CHILE EXPLANATION OF CARTOON and bird CAngelaius the By ELEANOR ATTERBURY Chapter 18 Wild Ride Sharon waited until Dennis had gone to bed, until she could hear his deep, regular breathing and knew he %vas asleep. Then she phoned Goodwin. "Yes? What is it?" His voice caroe sharply over the wire. "Something has happened. Something very important," she said, her voice muted. "I must talk with you at once." "Very well. Come here. I have guests—but we csn talk." Sharon stopped only long enough to change into comfortable oxfords, to pull on a warm sport coat. No telling what.the balance of this night might bring and she was so unnerved now she shivered even here in the steam- heated apartment. She phoned for a cab from the corner drug store and tried tc use'the interval of the long drive across town to relax her taut nerves. If she weren't so terribly tired, she thought miserably, perhaps the whole situation wouldn't look so menacing. But it seemed even more dreadful when a little later in the privacy of Good%vin's library, she poured out the details of the day's experiences. Mr. Goodwin listened attentively, interrupting only occasionally to ask questions. When she'd finished, he scowled. "This sounds rather bad," he said, his lips folded into a tight line, his handsome face inscrutable. "You are quite sure you can identify the shipment as one of our-own?" "Absolutely. Besides, we are the only manufacturing, plant making chrome steel valves, aren't \ve? At least in this vicinity." Mr. Goodwin didn't answer her question. Instead, he paced the floor silently for several moments. Finally he turned abruptly toward her. "We must act and act quickly. Before Stafford has time to investigate—assuming that he did notice the shack, and also- assuming that he suspected you were concealing something.'' He smiled dryly. "I'm not even sure but what he may actually have suspected something before you did. Otherwise why would he head for Half Moon Bay?" ' • "He said he wanted to do a little sight seeing while he was here," Sharon suggested. "Tom Stafford isn't wasting any time 'sight-seeing'," Goodwin snapped sharply. "I can't assure you of that. Neither is he going to let any grass erow under his feet now that he's got a splendid windfall of information, either." Sharon winced. "I'm terribly sorry. I had no idea—" "Never mind that" He looked at her, his eyes keen, probing "Could you lead me to that cabin?" "Yes, certainly I could." "Good." Turning, he yanked a bellcord and Pavlo appeared just as if he'd been waiting outside. "Ask the Countess to step in here a moment, ples.-c, Pavlo, and then get- my car." Sharon gasped. "Are We goin" now—tonight!" "Certainly tonight. Tomorrow will be too late!" He pulled open a desk drawer, took out a business-like little automatic, slipped it into his coat pocket. Danger Ahead Sharon clutched the arms of chair. "Why. are ycu taking "Just a precaution." Then he glanced at her sharply. "This is no game, you know, Sharon. The men we are dealing with mean business." "Yes—of course," and' pulled her gloves over her hands to hide their trembling. Goodwin crossed toward her. "Look here, Sharon, are you that frightened?" She met his eyes a long moment. "Yes," she confessed, lips trembling now too. "I guess I am. But I'm not backing out now." A finger under her chin, Gcod- win tipped her face toward him. "That's real courage, Sharon." Then, cryptically, "I wish I deserved it." He kissed her then, a swift, searing kiss that sxvept her completely off her feet. When he released her, she clutched his coat lapel as if trying to keep reason and balance from eluding her completely. He misinterpreted the gesture, drew her back into his arms kissed her eyes, her temples, her lips again in a fury of passion that brought panic flooding through her. A scream rose to her lips and, desperately, she tried to free herself, felt his arms only tightening about her. The scream didn't escape her only because in that instant Countess Edda spoke. In that same instant, Sharon realized that the Countess must have stood there in the doorway for several minutes— quite long enough to have bewi witness to the little drama just enacted. Turing, Sharon was aware that, even more than the sudden passion of Harvey Goodwin's embrace, she feared this woman's knowing of it! And yet, even now she was impressed again with Edda's brilliant beauty. Gowned in gleaming gold lame, her hair like an ebony crown, she smiled at Goodwin exactly as if the last moment had not existed. "You want to see me, Harvey?" He nodded. "We are leaving town on important business immediately. I will explain when I see you again. Will you look after my guests for me, now?" "I would be delighted, Harvey." 'Have you the code for those maps?" he demanded. Code? Maps? Sharon glanced at the huge, pictorial maps decorating the walls. Like the Covarrubias' drawings, Tom had said. And they were too. But what had they to do with the business at hand. 'Since Miss Doyle was kind enough to find it for me," the Countess was saying, "I have never let it out of my sight." _Opening a heavily jewelled evening bag, she withdrew a long blue envelope. The blue envelope. Sharon recognized immediately; 1 ' "Good." Harvey ' thrust it into his pocket "You wr,n't need it tonight and we might" The thought of taking the Countess place in whatever project this was she \va s embarking upon, made Sharon dread the hours just ahead. "Good luck to you — both," Countess Edda smiled graciously as if :<he were only a charming hostess bidding her guests good night Only the resentment glowing now in the depths of her dark blue eyes warned Sharon that any luck she might be wishing her supplanter would be all bad! ;'Wc : ll ned luck, Edda," Goodin muttered, ?.nd opening the door led the way through the hall to the service elevator, The car was waiting in the alley. Almost like counterfeiters, Sharon thought irrelevantly, they slipped out of the obscure side entrance, into the car. There, Goodwin pulled dark glasses, a heavy cap, a well-worn trench coat from the trunk. A moment later, as he buttoned the coat tight across the gelaming bosom of his starched white shirt he looked less like a well-dressed executive about to sit down to dinner than a well-seasoned tourist about to end a long journey. Almost like a disguise, Sharon thought and wondered about it. In another twenty minutes they were speeding across town, out to the west highway and for the second time within twenty-four hours, she was headed for Half Moon Bay. Empty Plaqued by fatigue, by apprehensions she could not put a name to, Sharon felt sure that the.Bay had moved' farther south during the night. They drove, silently, for what seemed hours. Goodwin, intent on his own thoughts, on the road ahead, seemed like a stranger. At that, Sharon was grateful for his silence. And a little embarrassed at the instince that kept her well over on her side of the wide seat. She wanted Harvey Goodwin's attention, his admira tion, his—love. And yet—she didn't. Sometime, when she w'asn't so tired, so distraught, she. would figure it all out. Right now, she could only hope he wouldn't kiss her again. Wearily, she closed her eyes, leaned back against the luxurious seat, tried to relax. Motions of the car lulled .her and she did feel a bit rested when they finally passed the little restaurant \vhere she and Tom had lunched. "Here is .where we turned on the highway," she said, pointing to the sign marking the cross road. Goodwin nodded, turned into the road, stopped the car. "From here on, you drive," he said curtly, and climbed out "Oh, please, I'd rather not, Sharon protested. But he seemed -not to hear her. So, obediently, she slipped under the wheel. The car was new and powerful. It took the rutted road much better than Tom's older one. But as they pushed nearer the coast, the fog rolled in to meet them in a smothering blanket. Sharon drove carefully, inching her way along as she tried to peer through the thick curtain ahead. It was like pushing into a grey void where dimensions vanished and danger seemed imminent. It was after dawn when they passed the gas station at the turn From there on, Sharon knew every stone in the road, of course. Light was just beginning to pierce the fo£ when she brought the car to a stop only a few yards from where Tom had bogged down few hours earlier, "The cabin I mentioned is right below us. We walked up from farther down the beach, yesterday," she explained, "but there must be a quicker \vay down along the cliff.'"' Goodwin nodded, turned his collar up against the fog r s dank chili, helped her out of the car. "We'll sec.' 1 . The trail led them to the edge of the randy beach. Faintly, through the fog, Sharon-detected the white curl of the breakers, saw them lap at the pilings whose tops were buried in ivhite obscurity new. The cabin must lie to {.Continued on Back Page; • The National Whirligig The News Behind The News WASHINGTON By Ray Tucker GENERAL MacARTHUR'S assignment to com- VJ mand of the United Nation's forces in the Southwestern Pacific means more than a mere shift of personnel. It signifies that Uncle Sam has assumed the leadership and the burden of the struggle against the Japs. They will be "our babies" from now on. In the military field our armies and air forces will undertake the mission which our Navy by an unwritten agreement with London, has performed m this region for years. It marks an end to the period in which the United States tried to plug 100 leaks m the democratic dike with only 10 fingers This major, strategic move will enable Great Britain and Russia to handle Germany and establish a new European front, if possible. While all high plans are subjett to change without notice, these are the principal implications. To American homes as well as to vast areas the decision of the Allied General Staff has specific significance. Many millions of our young men will do their battling in the subtropics, providing Australia and New Zealand can be held as bases for an eventual offensive. Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego will take over the great role which Halifax, Boston and Newport News played in the last conflict. And should it be given to this country to save Britain's fragment of empire "down under, the MacArthur rescue act will have diplomatic and international repercussions at the peace table's final liquidation. * * * GLUTTONS: The United States is the world's happy valley with respect to a bountiful cornucopia of food. While millions abroad starve or go to bed a little hungry every night, we are eating more plentifully now than in the midst of the Coolidge 'twenties. But the Josephs at the capital—and they are not alarmists—foresee possible shortages, rationing in many lines and prohibitive prices. The reasons are basic and triplicate. The first' Fierce spending urge of a people climbing out of a king depression is for good things for the table. They satisfy yearning stomachs before they seek other things to buy. Because of increased purchasing power the demand for edibles in 1942 will be at least 14 .per cent higher—1 per cent in the case of meats—than last year. Meanwhile experts doubt that our planting facilities can be expanded more than 19 per cent. Soon we shall have to supply more millions in the armed forces with the finest our fields and orchards can produce—better in many instances than were enjoyed ever before. We have agreed to provide Britain with one-fourth of her animal protein needs. We have guaranteed to export one-tenth of our 1942 yield to our Allies especially meats, dairy products, eggs, fruit and vegetables. These are the very commodities most in request at home because of improved economic conditions. Luckily, our larders and granaries-are bursting and the crop prospect looks sunny-over the hill. But the farmer despite many obvious handicaps must work and break all harvest records. The gluttons should go into training by learning to dine more moderately—now! * * * BEWARE: The sugar industry from cane field to counter constitutes one of the world's most complex enterprises. To the layman its. cost structure is a mystery. For this reason the atmosphere is heavy with charges of gypping and bootlegging. In fairness to the honest traders, and as a shopping guide lor housewives, here is a fairly simple price primer: The average wholesaler in a town or city should be paying, a basic, price of about $5.45 for 100 pounds of the refined product. To that figure must be added freight tarriffs, which vary roughly from 20 to 50 cents depending on the location of the consignee. Thus 100 pounds of the sweet stuff laid down in a wholesale house should cost from §5.65 to $5.95. His normal take should be about 25 cents. Therefore, the middleman should pass it on to the retailer for between $5.90 and $6.20. Allowing for volume purchases and a 2 per cent discount for cash, the intermediate handler might be able to knock off a fraction of a cent to the little fellow. The grocer is entitled to a profit of 75 cents according to the Office of the Price Administrator m Washington. On that basis a fair over-the- counter charge should range from 6% to 7 cents a pound. If the ultimate dispenser wraps the commodity in small packages or has other expenditures due to his peculiar conditions, he might ask as much as 8 cents without running afoul of the federal watchdogs. But if the retail price goes above that, the buyer should beware and begin to pop questions. NEW YORK By Albert N. Leman TyASHlNGTON is. restraining the enthusiasm of i i the country lest we anticipate too much from MacArthur. It warns that even this four-starred paragon must establish bases and 'organize his forces before he can mount the offensive for which the whole Allied grandstand is' yelling. What military men are not saying for publication is that at the moment the Bataan hero has mainly rookies and Australian home guards to hurl against a foe whose entire officer personnel from generals down to corporals is long experienced in fighting. The Japanese may even wait until we pour additional recruits into Sydney before they spring the trap. Our gallant boys—fresh from farms, stores, factories and schools—will be vis-a-vis the only army in the whole war which has never been defeated. American draftees often trained with stove- pipas for cannon and flour "bags for bombs. Since 1931, when the Mikado's men annihilated the Mukden garrison, the Nipponese—with only now and then a lull—have been browbeating foreign traders, dropping TNT on Panays, machine gunning diplomats, bayoneting Chinese and mowing down every defender in their path. Tokyo's staff directors have not puttered with theoretical logistics. They have maneuvered huge field armies in actual combat. Their noncoms did not learn tactics from Thursday night drills. Their manual was the battleground with lessons written m blood. Crab fishermen and rice farmers joined as a sort of militia but now they are seasoned veterans. Our young men-^-brave, resourceful but still green— must be whipped into shape and supplied with every tank, plane and gun in our power before .we can expect decisive action from General MacArthur. * * * SLUMPING: A case of Teutonic finagling has iust been uncovered below the Rio Grande. The head Gauleiter m Mexico City sent heartbreaking letters to. Axis sympathizers there begging them to give warm clothing for shipment to freezing German soldiers on the war front. Garments poured in and aonators assumed their gifts already were on the way to the steppes. Then one of the Fatherland collectors was caught selling some of the materials he had received The complainant was a suspicious German national who did not profess the Nazi political philosophy He squealed to the top mouthpiece who admitted that it had become impossible to transport the goods to the Soviet front In fact none had ever been sent home The bundle campaign was merely a blind, the real object being to resell the contributions and thus raise funds to carry on Axis propaganda work in President Avila Camacho's country. This was necessary because subversive activities were slumping since not a mark had recently been received from Hitler's strong boxes. (Copyright MlcCIure Newspaper Syndicate) A writer points out that the story of creation as recorded in the Bible, consists of less than 700* words.. True, but a lot of the details were omitte'd. As much as it's costing to live now, one has to manage somehow to get a lot out o£ life in order to get one's money's worth. "Man Critical After Being Run Over By Auto." —headline. It's enough to peeve ?nj body. Side Glances—By Galbraith -r* _COPg.1«1 BY KEA SERVICE. IKC. T. H. BEO. Ci. S. PAT. Off. 'Be nice to him—maybe he'll let us use his car when he's drafted." Here And There In Texas By GORDON SHEARER United Press 'Correspondent A USTJN, March 23. (U.PJ—If you •f*- want to own,some land, buying it at. your own price, get in touch with Bascom Giles, State Land commissioner. Giles is going to sell 230,000 acres on April 7. It will go to the persons making the highest offers in sealed bids. A minimum price of $2 an acre is set on most of the land. Some will not be sold at less than $10 an acre, but some has a minimum of $1.50 an acre. One tract in Oldham county of SO acres will not be sold unless somebody offers at least $15 an acre for it. " To buy an 30-acre tract, or a larger one, the purchaser will have to pay one-fifth of 'the total price in cash. After that he will have 40 years to pay out the balance, making equal annual payments on Nov. 1 of each year. Interest on the deferred payments will be.five per cent a year. All cash must be paid on plots of less than 80 acres. The purchasers will get the surface rights and most of the oil, gas, sulphur or • other minerals that may be found. The state will retain a one-sixteenth royalty on oil gas and minerals other than sulphur. It will retain one-eighth on the sulphur. Largest single tract to be sold is a parcel of 733 acres'in Culberson county. It will.not'be sold for less than $1.50 an acre. If you want just a little bit of land there is a six-acre-tract in Hale county that you can get for S3 an acre if somebody else doesn't offer more. £ ^ i> Most Tracks In Sections Most of the big tracts are sections. They should contain 640 acres each but in the days when they were surveyed a little land more or less made no difference, so some aue smaller than 640 acres and some, like the 733 acre tract, run v/ay over 640. The land is what is known as '"school land." Some of it has been sold before and has been forfeited back to the state because the purchaser -failed to meet his annual payments. Most oi the small tracts that have been created when- more recent surveys showed the erea was not included in a former grant. When Texas entered the United States, part of the agreement was that the land it owned as a republic should be retained. Parts of this land were set aside for a "university of the first class." Part was set aside for schools, and and income from it created a a "permanent school fund." Interest on bonds in which the school fund-is invested becomes part o£ an available school fund. HE bids are not opened until - 10 o'clock the morning ot April 8.'Then the School Land board, consisting of the governor, land commissioner and attorney general, will have to accept the best bid for each tract or reject all bids on the particular tract. The land has been classified as "mineral and grazing," as "mineral, grazing and timber." Two tracts in San Augustine are classified as "mineral, grazing and timber," and on these the timber rights will be retained by the state. ' . The lands are listed on a four page circular almost as large as a newspaper. On it the land is classified by counties, and in-tabulated form the data about it can be found. Among other data given is the acreage, classification, minimum price an acre, and the distance and direction from the county seat. + * * Some On South Plains Most tracts are in West Texas. Reeves county has more than any other, though a larger area is offered in Hudspeth and Culberson coun^ • -ties. ••• Other counties in which there are offered tracts are. Andrews, Angelina and Armstrong; Bailey, Bandera, Bastrop, Baylor, Bowie, Brewster, Brazoria, Briscoe and Burnel; Caldwell, Cass, Castro, Cherokee, Childress, Cochran, Coke, Coll i n g s w o r t h, Comanche, Coryell, Crockett and Crosby. D al 1 a m, D a w s o n, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Dimmit, Donley and Duval; Edwards and El Paso; Freestone; Gaines, Garza, Gillespie and Gray; . Hale, Hall, Hamilton, Hansford, Hardeman, Harrison, Har 11 e y, Hays, Hemphill, Hockley, Hopkins, Houston, Howard and Hutchinson; Jack, Jasper and Jeff Davis; Kaufman, Kendall, Kent, Kimble, Kinney and Knox; Lamar, Lamb, Lampasas, La Salle, Leon, Limestone, Loving and Lynn; Martin, Ma-jon, Maverick, Medina, Midland, Milam, Mills and Motley; Newton and Nolan; Oldham; Pecos, Potter and Presidio; Rains, Randall, Reagan, Real, Red River and Romerts; San Augustine, San Pacinto, San Saba, Schleichcr, Scurry, Shelby, Sherman, Stonewall, Sutton and Swisher. Taylor, Terrell, Terry, Titus, Travis and Tyler" Upshur and Upton; Val Verde- Ward, Webb and Wise; Zapata and Zavala. A few of the tracts are sit- » uated in two "counties. Four IB are in Culberson and'Reeves ^ counties; two in Dallam and • Hartley; one in Hays and Travis; one in Kinney and Uvalde, and one in Ward and 1 Loving counties. runny Business f-rr ,, . , i — i . :That s my g ,,I he's with, an' I'zn gonna find -going onl"

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