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*<J*»-*i{i ; PAGE TWENTY- THE MORNING AVALANCHE , Texcs, Fridoy, Morch 27, 1942 -- -'- •• MORNING AVALANCHE StttU Th« Daj On rh» Soutb Plains" ever; morning except Sundij end Moridnj «oo con- on Sunday morning onlj ID the Suadny Avalunche- t.••• •< -'i , »vmu»i- u» the Av»l»ncbe.Journa) Publishing Company, Inc.. "..•••All :.UU Te»a» Avenue t;''' ' : '' ! <•'::. -. 60BSCHIPTION RATES ~~ •"'.--••• jjPy'raatl onVy: One /(eat 55.95. six months S3.1S. three months .-'; -• -ylS.UO and on« monEli TOc. -By'.carrier only: Per month iSc: Combination Avalanche ted . $li5 per montb - CHAS. A. 00X o^SS-rUto PACKER F. PROUTST • Editor »nd Publisher ^-JSgifcJ 6 ' Genera! Manager Cbif. W. RatJUi'. Managing Editor ?t lu not tho lutentioo to cast reflection upon [lie cheracter oJ anyone tr.osingl)/. and li through error we should, tfte management will appreciate daving our »ttemion calico to same tad will gladin correct «ny erroneous statement tciii. An independent Democratic oewspapur supporting in Its Editor, lal common t.'ie princlp!« which it fcejleve; to Da right «nd opposing tbos<( questions which tt Relieves to be wrong reetrd. less ot party politics puhllshlrj the news fairly and Imnar tlaJly at «JI tait'j n<vtr- UEMBER OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tbe ^JSOcJiied P«;« Is wclusirely entitled tfl the u:a lor jjutj. sredlted to thla piper, and also iho "ciu "ns"' "ifb'h'he'd Member ot As5»rl»te<S Press FUH LfAsfd Wire Serrice OUR PLEDGE pledge allegiance to the flog of the United 5tct« of America, end to the Republic for lndivisible ' MacArthur Hits The Target A SSURANCE by Gen. Douglas MacArthur p. that the American people are* going- to be told the truth about the war in the Southwest Pacific was another bit of evidence of the true greatness of the man. He has the ability to perceive one of the major weaknesses in the war effort, and one of his first important actions after assuming the supreme command in that sphere of war was to do something about it. It is to be concluded from his assurances that he has recognized that the American people have not been taken into confidence as much as they should have been and • could have been. General MacArthur's attitude is all the more appreciated because it contrasts so sharply with that of some of the pigmies in_ Washington. The dominating consideration in the national capital seems to be to tell just as little as possible about the war. When anything has been revealed, too frequently it has been coated with sugar or garnished with self-serving propaganda. The inclination -has been to treat the American people like children from whom ugly facts had to be hidden. The American .people haven't like it. It has caused distrust. The American people are smart enough to appreciate that the official who withholds information which should be made public might be motivated less by concern for the people than by the fear that his own inefficiency or misdeeds may be exposed. . General MacArthur has recognized that the American people are adult. They want to know what is happening. They are not asking for information which, by any stretch of possibility, might help the enemy. But they want facts. They want information in which they can place re„ liance. If the news is bad, they can take it. If convinced of the complete honesty of bad news, it will cause them to bend.to their jobs all the harder. If the news is good, they want to believe it. The new .supreme commander has given .evidence that he knows the quality of the people he is leading. He has the good sense not to try to do their thinking for them, not to try to make their minds up for them. Obviously he trusts them. Perhaps that feeling' on his part-does much to explain why they place such complete trust in him. The Sugar Ration Bungle rpHE SETTING of dares for sugar ration- ling registrations has emphasized that this whole thing has been a nightmare of bungling. The rationing is to be started more than three months later than the dates origi- inally announced. The fact that the job of preparing has been much larger than rationing officials anticipated does not excuse them. Really competent men would have anticipated the difficulties and would have made allowance for them when making statements about dates for putting rationing into effect. However, the unfortunate prospect of • the moment is that the bunglings of the past have been less.serious and less dangerous than those in prospect for the future. This statement applies particularly to that portion of the rationing plan under which individuals with surplus quantities of sugar will be permitted to return them to the grocer. Fortunately, this phase of the problem won't be as bad as it could be. If those with suhplus quantities desire, they will be privileged to keep the sugar they have on hand, but they won't be allowed to buy any more until they have used up their supplies at the rationed rate. But, if they prefer to return the sugar, they will be privileged to do so, and manv doubtless will. That is going- to present a problem of possible danger. There inevitably will arise the: question .as to where that sugar was kept while it was not in the grocery store. It may have been, in a home with sickness. And there is this to be considered too: What is to keep fifth columnists or enemy agents from mixing' deadly poisons \rit.h sugar they return? This possibility may seem fantastic. But so seemed Pearl Harbor. However, the whole thing may workout all right. If so, it iv-iil be in spite of the bungling in Washington. - ••>','•. " • • , • . .. - . . i ' - • , • -.}> •"• --' Ofql 4343'For the AyoJanche-Joiirnal Office* Believe If Or Not—By Robert Ripley fN A "MOPERN MA (?00SE"CiJNTESV CONDUCTED ByTHES,F. CAU-SULLETfN THE PRIZE WjmMfr CONTRIBUTION Ytos B/MRS.M/IRV BRONST. EVER OROWM 4FOONDSEACH Raised by ERNEST A. KAHLE i *>**^^^^^^^ he-National Whirligig The News Behind The News WASHINGTON By Ray Tucker DRITISH Intelligence has informed Washington J-* that Hitler is expectd to launch his win-or-lose offensive against the Middle East within the next *ew months. In their opinion, he will hurl his In- jions against this vast oil-bearing area as far south as Iran, and Iiay. 0/W.y BOAT THAT HAS 2. PORT SIDES; AND 2. STARBOARD SIDES FATHEH OF THE CENT as th centimes of Europe. EXPLANATION OF CARTOON financier, is the father of the cent. After America adopted uV cent it P , followed suit. Hence the centavos, the centessirnos, centos. By ELEANOR ATTERBURY Chapter 2l' Truck Driver Sharon was just setting the table for dinner when the phone rang. What now? she wondered anxiously as she went to answer. "Hello, sis." Dennis' voice was so low she could scarcely recognize it 'Yes, 'Dennis. Anything the matter?" "No. But I won't be home for dinner." ... Oh, too bad. I made you a lemon pie too," she said, chattily .'What's up? More over-lime to—" "Listen!" he interrupted almost crossly. "I'm in a hurry. Can't talk. I won't be home tonight. Maybe for a couple of days." "A couple of days! What's the matter?" -Alarmed at once "Are you hurt? In trouble?" "Neither. Don't worry. See you later." He hung up then before she could answer. Troubled by fears she could not- name; Sharon stood at the phone a 'few minutes, 'tempted 'to call Mr. Goodwin, ask him to investigate lor her. Then, slowly she shook her 1 head. That wasn't fair to Dennis. After all, he was no -longer •• a baby.- She mustn't bind him with apron strings .Mechanically, she rescued the pie, browning its meringue in the oven, turned the baking potatoes Too bad to .waste a perfectly good dinner, she.mourned. But it wasn't wasted. Tom Stafford dropped in on his wav home from the office. "Just thought I'd see how the ankle was," he said, easily, "besides, I missed you at the office today. Not sick are you?" She shook vher head.'"Oh, no. But— she accepted the excuse Tom suggested, "my ankle bothered me so much during the night. I didn t get much sleep. So' I just decided to take the day off." "Smart girl." He glanced over "• shoulder toward the' kitchen ere's Dennis?" "Oj]. working some more over- --'ne, she tried to say casuallv He just phoned." Tom sniffed. "That wouldn't— by any chance—be a home-made pic A SGG. "Yes and not by any chance!" Sharon touched "I don't suppose you d like some." Tom dropped bis hat, his brief case onto the sofa, pulled a chair "" ^-nnis' place at the the napkin. "If c, a little, I'< " -•„ -ie said meekly. Yes, __ Sharon laughed, "you look as if you needed coaxing!" And she dropped the thick sirloin f,.£1i .I" 10 the broi! er to sputter while they ate fh« salad. Little Party And under the alchemy of Tom's infectious gn<vi cheer, the little dinner became a party. Some of the tautness went out of Sharon's -'"'led nerves as she laughed .. him. Life just couldn't stay arS and monacmK with Tom vou ,motion to delay or dcs- " , it a , no ''""Pies about it. No man who could stow away the dinner he had with al] the enthusiastic gusto of a sma i boy baa any regrets. Either he had bcon utterly dupe.1 by S ome super- «wi, h ? T' s com P'°tely ruthless. . j v h, a t happened at r.hr office today?" she asked finally He shook his head, reached for anc.ner biscuit "It was a madhouse. Los Angeles called three times on the' telephone. Some more orders came in. Mr. Good got the plant again." ' . , ~ "Oh, good." Sharon, watching him covertly, began'to-clear the table. "Just what did happen to make the whole plant go out?" Tom looked up at her steadily. "Somebody monkeyed with the circuit breaker." For the hundredth time, Sharon marvelled at his self-control. Not. by the faintest twitch of a muscle did he betray his guilt "But who would do a thing like that?" she demanded. He shrugged. "Don't ask me. Somebody who knows his electricity. Somebody who wanted to slow things up." "You mean—sabotage?" "What else could it be?" Sharon rattled the coffee cups to hide her own agitation. "A mistake, maybe?" He laughed, a short, abrupt ature. "That was no mistake, whoever switched those wires knew exactly what he was about " No doubt, Sharon agreed silently. And no mistake about his cleverness right now either Tom knew well .that if he could convince her- of his innocence—and what better way then to lav the cards out on the table boldly she would be his chief defense. 'How much real damage did it do? . " PIent y- We had to replace all the wires throughout. And new switches—the works! The boys worked steadily, twenty-four hours a day, since it happened. The stuff promised for Saturday 'won't get out until tomorrow Means that just that many planes are held, up at the'other end of the line And, delays are costly no matterMvhat way you-look at it" Then changing the subject so adroitly it seemed perfectly spontaneous, he said, "Man alive, this is thejnost wonderful pie I ever Sharon smiled, helped him to a second piece. "Better than mother used to make?" "My mother couldn't have made a pie to save her life. She was—" he grimaced, "a career woman I grew up on canned prk and beans and delicatessen potato salad." So that's why you arc such an advocate of woman's-nlace-is-in- the-home," she challenged. Hell no. Some women—like my mother—make more successful careers than most men." He smiled at her slyly. "But pretty girls \yith shiny black hair and blue eyes and dimples in their chins should stay home snd make lemon pies and keep out of offices where they don't bc-ione." "Is that so!" She knew he was baiting her and, for once, refused to bite "Wcli, perhaps you are ngnt. . " r ;) know darned well. I'm Jlwl*'" - h< : 5aid> ha'f-Eeriouslv. Why aont you get out of it, Sharon?' ' "Get out?" ''Quit this job. I'll get you another job if you must have one " he offered, and there was no mistaking his oarnestncss. "Not out here maybe, but I've got lost of friends in Pitt.cburgh." Sharon just looked at him TWO suggestions that she leave town and both in the same day! The Countess suggested New YoVk and now Tom wanting to send her to Pittsburgh! "Are you back on that topic =F)l n ' - chc ' au £! h ed at him. and at the apprehension adding pound? to the weight of fear within her Tom grinned. "Just a sinele- i.raCK minrl VinV. T>,,<. :e ,...,.-j - . >. jou ct just "I'd be out of a 0 «^ .,„„, Ollc finished dryly. "So, forget it. When you have'something really sensible to advise, maybe I'll listen." Tom's lips went on smiling but his eyes held deep shadows. 'Have it your way, my sweet. I hope you know what you're doing." "I do,"—with confidence that smashed all to pieces inside. Tom- insisted on washing the dishes, his coat off, an apron around his middle. When they'c finished, he picked up his hat "Thanks for a wonderful dinner I'm going to beat it now so you can get to bed early. You look tired." She was tired. Goodwin had said secrets were 'dangerous bag gage.' Dangerous, maybe, and terribly heavy. New Job But in the morning her burden of responsibilities seemed bearable, anyway. And, after the strain of the exciting week-end, the familiar routine of the office was reassuring. Even her concern for Dennis seemed out of proportion Then Mr. Goodwin arrived, callec her into his private office at once Should she tell him of the Countess 1 visit, her strange prop osition, her implied threat? Un doubtedly, she would insure pro tection for herself against the vitriol of Edda's jealousy. Still what could the Countess do. foi all her jealous fury? Mr. Good win xvould demand the reason fo the guarrel—and then laugh when he heard it No man took a wo man's jealousy that seriously! I did seem didiciilous—now. Sharon closed the door quietly, faced him across the brond, polished desk. r 'Any developments?" "Tom called last evening. Ht insists he knows nothing of ho\\ the accident at the plant hap pened." Goodwin brushed that asidt with a shrug. "Of course." Then unsmiling, he fixed her with eyes cold as grey steel. "The next load of valves is ready to go. Twice as many as we sent last time—and lost! These must not be lost!" Sharon nodded, waited for him to go on, "I am going to send them bj boat this time." "Oil, but why! There's mon danger .of a boat's being sunk of the coast here than—" "In this case, there is less dan ger of the shipment's arriving a the wrons destination," Goodwin said curtly. And the set of hi tight lips didn't encourage ani questions. "Yes, Mr. Goodwin." "A boat wif! be in this evening If we get the stuff down there just before midnight, it can b , n londed at once, moved out nf harbor beore dawn break.?-" th I see. she murmured automatically. She didn't set iu<=t jvbv be was telling her all this hmv ever. "There are two trucks loaded now and waiting at the plant' r.e went on. his eyes never leavin" her face. "I intend to drive one a them to the dock myself. ~toni.eht i want you to drive the- other! Sharon gasped "Mo?" "Why not? That lost truck dis >p'>ared I've since learned, be fore it left the city limits. Be sides the drivers themselves, even Macdonald believe those truck are not leaving until tomorrow rnornmg That's what Stafford thinks Thp.t is what I want him to think. I cf.n trust vou to keep tne .secret, I avn not sure that (Continued on Comic Page) The try Side Glances---By Galbraith h The understanding in London is that Hitler will -„ to strengthen and stabilize his 5ine in Russia and merely hold off the Red armies with a minimum force. Then, with his Balkan allies and possibly Turkey which he hopes to win over by diplo- natic or military means, he will attempt to crush lis enemy in the Caucasus, roll the troops back on ^.gypt and press on to a junction with the Japanese i a grand pincer movement. Success will give lim needed petroleum supplies and it will block the Jnited Kingdom from access to these resources. With the Japs in control of the fuel fields in Mn- laya and Java, the United States and Venezuela would remain as the only remote sources of the product which propels tanks, planes and ships. • Downing Street has suggested that this country forward the main body of its overseas contingent and weapons to this vital battlefield Without powerful reinforcements Churchill fears that he may not be able to repulse the Nazi attack, indeed there are increasing signs that tha prime minister s conditioning his people for another major loss. HOPES: Military strategists are shaking their ^ ea °A fu ^ e hlgh ex P e ctau-°ns which DoU gi as A MacArthur's arrival in Australia has aroused throughout the Allied world. The general himself, possibly on a tip from Washington, has issued a subdued statement warning that he must have more soldiers and more fighting equipment The Jap* will not attempt an all-out conquest of the continent or come to grips with the United Nations forces there, according to our observers Thev do not need to seize the mainland in order to iso"- late that area from relief or reinforcement Bv taking New Zealand and New Caledonia, which lie to the east they will sever the supply line which we had established in advance of the historic flicht from Bataan. The defender of the Philippines will be compelled to rely on the material-which an industrialized Australia can provide. But that will not be enough for the promised "offensive." Despite earlier hopes that these islands might be made the base for an eventual leap-off; it appears that the heroic fighter will perform the same sort of lone wolf mission he carried out on Luzon. He will constitute a threat—a thorn—in the enemy's flank. He will keep at bay a powerful army and air. armada which might be employed in other sectors were it not for his stand. * * * HANDS: Capitol Hill Democrats, including Senate and House leaders, have executed an oblique attack on the administration's war labor program. The unpublicized implications "ot ihe move suggest that they share the Army-Navy distaste for the attempt to mobilize industry on a part time and overtime basis. Some weeks ago, when a few weary statesmen proposed a 10-day Easter vacation, the parliamentary bosses flared up angrily. They warned that the voters would resent a holiday exodus at this critical moment. Then ensued the struggle over measures lengthening the working hours and eliminating extra pay after a 40-hour week performance. When letters demanding the change poured in to members, Donald M. Nelson and Sam Rayburn branded the mail as the work of "fifth columnists." The recipients replied that the messages were the McCoy and challenged the bigwigs on the issue of authenticity. They urged that Congress knock off for a while and permit the boys to return to their distncts for clinical consultation with the home folks. The speaker complied after a squint at the communications which the two Texas -Senators, Connally and O'Daniel, had dumped into the Congressional record—protests signed by. names well known to Sam. He agreed to a cracker barrel showdown which, unless all political handwriting signs fail will convince a majority of the legislators that the citizenry is howling mad. Rayburn himself indicated that he is sick of taking the rap. Talking to reporters, he pointed out that Congress has given the President every dollar and every law he requested. Sounds as if Sam were passing the buck or at least washing his hands. . ' HEW YORK By Albert. N. Leman T1HE WEST COAST is so positive of invasion that - 1 - it has set the date: The second week in April or at the latest in May. This exact timing may appear fantastic to Americans in other parts of our ocean-girt continent but not Californians. Army officers, officials in the state legislature, and hardheaded businessmen speak freely of the "coming attack." Outsiders cannot argue away this conviction of people who have watched mysterious flares m the Santa Monica, mountains or heard the gunfire from snipers along the reservoirs. - The certainty that a landing will be attempted is the feeling of those who have studied some of the now no longer secret statements made by Japanese leaders prior to the war. Such words as the<=e -by General Sato: "America is our open and immediate enemy." Or those of Baron Tanaka- "We must first crush the United States." Profe^ors explain that the Japs believe their emperor is~the physical descendant of the Sun Goddess. A cult of tribalism exalts the Yamato blood as superior to that of any other nationality. nhlf "hi! ^' en ^ h . e3n jing pride was slung immeasurably by the Oriental exclusion laws of Australia « fh 01 £ y e(s ' er " nlost states. There is no spot on earth that the haughty Shintoists would rather trample underfoot that California. The thirst for revenge for racial slights is so strong amon" the reigning clans of Tokyo that they might risk tilti- rvo.1 de .£ ea . t l£ the y could only punish the hated Golden Caters. Their generals are convinced that pnri e t£1 * ? he 7u C0uld hold the m °untain passes and thus control both sides of f.he Pacific. . - They're the school aristocrats—^each happened to ov , one good t*re when the rationing order went into effect: Here And There In Texas T,;;, V"Y Pe - ace or u " ar to the - death be- ii, ---. Jonn L - Lewis and Philin Murray may be the outcome of the labor legislative conference just thl ^,M a l hln2tOI V. according tc union leaders on ^?JS3»^A.*^gi 1 f? u -^ Sffiss^srw iss? ss £35 as £s?*i E ssz SS.-S sz ss^a^ir^' "« "™ «~»«<»»°^ John L. stands like Horaliiu at the brid"« %ffi By GORDON SHEARER United Press Correspondent AUSTIN,-Mar. 26. (U.R> — If a •**• movement started In Austin' gains the momentum . expected, the'48th'Texas Legislature will be adjourning' its 1943 session just about this time next year, instead of dragging on into May or June, as some sessions have done. The legislature .will meet Jan. 12, 1943, and can finish by mid- March or soon afterward, if the members make up their minds in advance to. do so. "It was "not until recently tha.t the- -legislature switched from a GO-day session to one of 120 days, and it is argued that it can well return to a 60-day session in wartime. The high praise won • by the j legislators for meeting, acting promptly and going home after settling the road bond matter last year in a short special session has' stimulated hopes that the legislators will show a similar spirit at the regular session. Two Chances For Reduction The 120-session has been written into the state constitution, but there are two ways in which the session can legally be reduced to 60 days or so. The constitutional provision for. the 120.-day session contains an authorization for the legislators to'vary the session time, by vote of four-fifths of the members. If a stubborn • one-fifth plus 'one hold out for. a longer session, the result can be accomplished in a round about way by a mere majority vote. The session can be recessed by majority vote and the pay ot the members can be cut off during the recessed portion of the 120-days, also by ^ majority vote. # * ^ "DOOR lawyers occasion much - 1 - trouble to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Ordinarily, the board makes no attempt to review the trial of a clemency seeker, considering that to be the duty of the Court of Criminal. Appeals. But sometimes there is a plea about the conduct of the trial which the board finds it hard to ignore. For instance, relatives of a man given a death verdict said his lawyer had induced the defendant to withdraw from an agreement to plead guilty if the state would not ask for the death penalty. The lawyer, relatives said, painted such a bright picture of what could be done in his defense that the man changed his mind, pleaded not guilty and found himself facing a sentence of electrocution. There are cases also in which inexperienced attorneys, named by the courts to defend prisoners who cannot hire counsel, have made trial mistakes that an older lawyer would have avoided. him. Daughter Kathryn^asU^SSihelefS-So'' from the masthead of District 50V Mm-spap the world. "There are no automobiles in heaven." say? mimster. Wonder how they managea lo oave all those streets with gold without a gasoline "tax. Governor's Power'Limited The usual plea for clemency presented to the board where two-men are. tried as participants together . in a • crime and receive different sentences is that their' punishment should" be the'same. Of course, -it is relatives of the man .who was given the most severe punishment who ask for clemency. This sort of plea to the board has been made frequently in murder cases, "where one defendant gets a . life sentence and the other is sent to the electric chair. These cases give the board much trouble. In - most of them, it has been found that jurors gave the death, penalty to the one they;conclude to have' been the actual killer. • But, • as a - board member pointed out, it might be that the real instigator of the crime maneuvered his companion into the spot where he .was the actual killer and .by turning states evidence help to save himself from the chair. It is no secret ' that the board re commendations to Gov. Coke R. Stevenson'? are not all unanimous, parficu-. larly in cases involving r/7 .... death penalty., _ *;§.' So far, the governor has 7 " . granted a 30-day stay of execution to every condemned man. After that he can.grant an additional stay or- commute the death sentence only ' if two members of the three- member board of pardons make such a recommendation. He cannot grant clemency that tho board has failed to recommend, but he need not grant clemency the t«arcl' recommends i£ 'he does not feel it is justified. e * * rpEXAS Rationing Officer Mark - 1 - McGee has brought the wrath of both church and school upon his head. Ministerial wrath was aroused by McGee's quotation of the Second Book of Samuel to a minister who complained he could not get tires. The passage quoted was: •I will saddle me an ass that-I may ride thereon." There Rev. William D. Wyatt, pastor of College Avenue Baptist church, Fort Worth, has taken up the .cudgels with a letter to McGee saying: "I sen" ously question your moral right to hold the ministers of your state up to public ridicule." He complained too that McGee had withheld the .name of the minister who also had quoted scripture in asking for. tires. That, Dr. Wyatt said, : casts an aspersion on all preachers, "guilty or innocent." ... . ,i», v.L. New Zealand's shortage of alarm clocks is becoming acute. Funny Business It's his substitute for a spare tire I"

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