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W*"fr£iw&T®--'"•'•*•' • $&&*F$%fe*--?- ' |i|^f.'%p^' :; •?.?•>•/M *!>/*. THE MORNING AVALANCHE MORNING AVALANCHE : '..';-; : . . ; . "Starts The D»y Oj) The South Wains" . PublUhtd jsvtry mowing txctpt Sunday »nd Monday and con- fcoitdtted on Sunday morntng only In the Sunday Avalanche- JoUrnii by the Avalanche-Journal Publishing Company, Inc., :MH Texas Avenue, • ••• ''•'.-'' ,; SUBSCRIPTION RATES Bjr nj»tl «mljf: Ouc year ts.85, six months $3.75, three months «J.OO'»nd o'f.r. month 70c. ,By carrier only: Per month 15c; Combination Avaianehe and -Journal 6\.!5 per month. ..; CHAB, A, GUY ,-fiS£Sfe.. PARKER P. PROUTY Editor and: Publisher ^sgitV General Manager ' C'nat. W. Ratllff. Managing Ednor It. tsgnot the intention (o cast reflection upon the character at Anyone knot-inzly. and if through error ve should, the man- cKemettt will «pprccj«te haiins our attention called to suni «nd will jlidly correct any erroneous statement made. An Jnrfcptndem Dr.T.ocratlc newspaper supporting in ils editor- Sal loliMnns the principle! which it believe* to be right and pppojlnj (ho>e questions which It believes to he wrong, regard- jess of party politics publishing the news fairly and impartially *t all tlzia. -MEMBER Of THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Th« Associated Press Is exclusively entitled to the use for publication uf sll news dispatches credited to It, or not otherwise credited in this piper, and »!so tht local nev.-s published herein. Entered u Second-Class Mail Matter at the PostoJIice at'Lub- bock. Tesjf, according to provisioni c! the Act of Congress of Mirch 5, 1579. and under the ruling of the Postmaster-General Member of A«od»te<! Press Full Leased Wire Service OUR PUDGE \A/£ pledge cllegiance to the flag of the United States of America, end to the Republic for which it stands; One Nation, indivisible, with Liberty end Justfce for oil. A Cure For A Great Evil PEN. CLYDE M. REED of Kansas has »J supplied The Avalanche-Journal and selected newspapers with copies of a bill he has introduced in Congress which, if passed, should cure a major evil in defence industry. It strikes at the evil which places union labor membership ahead of American citizenship in filling millions of defense jobs. No pretense of denial could be made of the existence of the condition at which the Reed bill is aimed. Millions of jobs paid for out of tax monies can be filled only with people who hold union labor membership. The unions boast of it. They are fighting tooth-and-nail right now, as they have been doing right along, for regulations so tight that no person except a union member could hold a job in any war industry. As the situation stands right now literally in millions of war jobs, the facts that an applicant may be competent and a taxpaying American citizen cannot even be considered unless he pays tribute to some union boss. But, in many cases, those jobs are filled by persons who are union members, but who are not American citizens. This is a situation which goes a good deal further than to place union membership ahead of American citizenship. According to this standard to which millions of working men and women are forced to pay bounty out of every paycheck or pay envelope they receive. They belong to.the union and they pay dues to -the union whether they like it or not. . * * * TT IS NOT to be wondered that great A masses of the American people resent this condition of affairs. It is their notion that since all Americans must help to foot . tne_ bill, then all Americans should be entitled to the same consideration if they apply for jobs. It is-their quaint notion that America is more important than the unions which are possible solely because they happen to be in this nation. The R<5ed bill, or similar legislation, would correct this situation if Congress has the courage to enact it and if the President will sip it. The bill is short. It is easy to understand. The essential sentences are these: "x x x no person should be required to be a member of any religious,.-civic , political., fraternal or labor organization in order to obtain employment in the service of his government or employment resulting from expenditures made by his government. "The provisions of .this section shall apply to any position in the employ of the United States or any agency thereof, and to any position in the employ of any person having a contract with the United States or any agency thereof if the duties of such position consist wholly of work performed in fulfilling such contracts. (Note—The term,, "person," as used in the bill, is made to include any individual, corporation, partnership, association, or any religious, civic, political, fraternal, labor, or other organization). "It shall be unlawful for any person to require membership in a religious, civic, political, fraternal, or labor organization as a condition of employment in any position to which this section applies, or to discriminate against any other person xxx because such other person is not a member of such organization." PENALTY for .violation proposed in 1 the Reed bill is imprisonment up to one year, a fine up to $10,000, or both. As conditions now stand, when union membership completely eclipses American citizenship as a condition for employment, this nation is allowing a very smalf tail to wag a very large dog. The Reed bill, or something similar, would correct that ridiculous condition which is so disturbing to national morale and unity. The One Minute Sermon Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: For I^tell you, that .many prophets and kings have desired to sec those things which y* see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them:—Luke 10: 23 and 24. JLubbock f _Texgts, Saturday, March 28 y 1942 Dial 4343 For The Avalariehe-Jeurnor Believe If Or Not-By Robert Ripley Ht-RWiD-ftXM) A PERFECT CIRCLE OF ICE AND SNOW 140 FEET IN DIAMETER FORMED IN THE CHENANSO RIV£R, GREENE, N-Y. AND SLOWLY REVOLVED 24 HOURS A DAY FOR 10 WEEKS / r\, SILVER HATCHET FISH • *2£u HA5 TELESCOPIC EYES - (^^ WiD ALWAYS LOOKS UP ' ""' FRANZ EMPEROR •JOSEFofMa RECECUEDTHE LARGEST SALARY EVER PAID ^4,412,00025A YEAR HAROLD ANDERSON, 4r$/|e,Mmn PROVE A TRACTORH.OW FOR 110 HOORS CONTINUOUsi.^ THE SM12.000.A.YEAR-KAH ^S^™* OF CARTOON . The largest salary ever received by any one man was {hat drawn by the late Franz Jos P f T mu^not be c^nfuLd^vit 1116 '-^ $4 ' 412 ' 000 or 22,060,000 Kronen annually. This was strictly a By ELEANOR ATTERBURY CHAFER 22 Kidnappers Mr. Goodwin left the office shortly before noon, and Tom didn't appear at all. But Sharon kept her typewirter chattering trying to catch up on the routine work that had gone undone during her absense. So the day passed quickly. Too quickly, Sharon felt, as at five o'clock she locked her desk and realized that, before she opened it again, so much would have happened. How much, she could only wonder! She went directly home. Still no word, from, no sign of Dennis. That worried more than she admitted even to herself Surely, he couldn't be working all twenty- four hours without' stopping! She ate her dinner hurriedly perched on a stool by the kitchen sink. And tried to settle herself to read. But her attention wandered and she couldn't shake off the feeling that she %vas only waiting for time to pass. When the phone rang, she was glad of the break in the silent loneliness. And it might be news from Dennis. Not Dennis, but Mr. Goodwin, his voice so full of genial laughter. Sharon hardly recognized it. "Hello, there," he said. "Doing anything this evening?" "Well—you should know!" she said, stalling while she made sure this really was he. "I found Tom down at the plant this afternoon and dragged him home to dinner with me. Thought maybe I could collect a few friends and we'd make a party of it. Will you come?" Sharon's thoughts raced to catch hold. Tom was there, listening now, of course. That accounted for the careless gaiety in Mr. Godwin's attitude. And something had gone wrong with the plan for tonight Something that had to do with Tom, of course, and his being at the plant this afternoon. Her orders, now, were plain enough. "Why yes, I'd ]ove to." "Good. Don't bother to dress. We'll make it very .informal. And come as soon as you can make it." That meant, Sharon interpreted as she flew into her bedroom, don't wear an evening dress because she must still be prepared to go truck driving! She wore her simple, smartly styled black dress because she had coat and accessories to match, and because with a big clip and her rhinestone bracelet it looked quite partified. Her taxi turned into Pacific Avenue, drew up before the huge apartment building just in time for Sharon fo see Countess Edda dismiss her chauffeur, disappear into the foyer. No party at Harvey Goodwin's would be complete without the lovely Edda, Sharon thought wryly. The evening ahead of her certainly would not be dull! "Hello. Sharon," Goodwin greeted her, reached fo: her with both hands. "Aren't you a good trooper to answer an S.O.S. like ours." Once again. Sharon marvelled at his convincing make-believe. Tom might be a clever sctor himself, but he would have to travel far to beat Harvey Goodwin. "Aren't you nice to have remembered I'd be spending the evening with a good book!" Sharon flipped her answer, smiling. Over Harvey's shoulder she saw Tom towering above a room already half-filled with guests. "It does look like a party!" she said and 'mt>t Goodwin's eyes levelly. "It will be," he promised, cryptically. "Take your wraps to the guest room, will you Sharon?" "Thank you."She met Edda just coming down the hall.. For a moment the two women faced each'other, unsmiling. Sharon, her heart battering at her throat, hoped she looked as calm as Edda did. "Good evening, Miss Doyle." The Countess' beautiful smile came to lige as spontaneously as if it were genuine. "I'm. so glad to see you here, my dear. And how perfectly stunning you look." "Thank you," Sharon murmured, taken off her feet for the moment. "My dear, I owe you an apology." Edda actually drew, close enough to take Sharon's hand, hold, it warmly in both her own. "I've felt—well ashamed of myself—even since I had the\ unpardonable affront to present my mad ideas to you. I was—" she shrugged "—distrait. You will forgive me?" "But—certainly." "You are so 'generous." The Countess again turned on the warm flattery of her smile. "And so very—shall I say—sane, well- balanced. I only wish I could- make my head govern my silly emotions half so well as you. Believe me, my dear, I am glad that you did not take my advice. We need you here too badly." With that, she released Sharon's hand with a little pat, and turning, moved quickly down the hall into the drawing room. Etunned, Sharon stared at herself in the dressing table mirror as she slipped out of her coat. Just what had prompted all that display of sweetness and light? All is forgiven? She shook her head slowly. That was not like Edda! Unless—she took hold of a new idea—unless by apologizing she planned to allay Sharon's suspicions and prepare the way for a new line of attack. Sharon stripped off her gloves, smiled at her own reflection wryly. Make her head govern her heart? Exactly, my dear Countess. Because i£ Countess Edda was glad she was here tonight—then it boded no good for Sharon Doyle! Then, as she walked toward the drawing room, alive now with the sound of voices, of laughter, of tinkling glasses, Sharon drew herself up tall as if to gird the armor of her self-reliance even tighter. "Sharon Doyle," Goodwin announced her generally, taking her arm, "you remember all these people." Smiling, Sharon asknowledged them all—most of them people she had met at the party, was it only last week! Since then, she'd lived so long, so hard it seemed impossible it could be measured fay days! • "What will you have to drink?" Goodwin steered her toward the dining room bar. "I'm my own bar- lender tonight. Didn't know I was having a party and gave Pavlo the day cff. At that," he flipped a white towel over his arm very professionally nntl stepped around behind the bar. "I make a very good highball, miss." Tom, who'd been making h>'s way toward her ever since she stepped into the room, came up beside her. "A very potent highball, miss," he warned gravely. "One drink and you think you could be president. Another—and you think you are!" "And just where are you at the moment?" Sharon asked, laughing. "Me? Keep it off- the record," he winked at her solemnly, "but I'm running for a fourth term right now!" Someone turned on the phono- ^raph then and people started dancing. "Have the first dance, lady?" Tom bowed cavalierly. "Sorry, sir," Goodwin came out from behind the bar. "You are having the next dance. This one's mine." And before Tom could protest, he led Sharon back to the drawing room, bare of rugs now, slipped an arm around her waist. "I had to explain," he said at once, "why I sent for you." His lips close to her ear, he smiled as if he were whispering compliments. Instead, he murmured, "Our- friend got wind of our plan, I think. I am taking no chances. He has not had time to contact his agents. He will be held in our hands until after dawn." After dawn! If, Sharon thought ominously, there ever was an other dawn! "You are to dance with him now, decoy him out onto the terrace as soon as you can. Stand at the parapet, pretend you are admiring the view. Keep his attention away from the door. I will take care of the rest. That's all." "But—why? what—?" Sharon protested, drawing back to look up into Goodwin's face. "Work fast," he muttered as he left her side. "We haven't much time." Attack Tom was still draped on the bar, a glass in one hand, a cigarette in the other. He put them bcth down at once when she called. "Hi, Your Excellency. How about that dance?" He swung her dizzily acroso the floor, executing so many tricky steps and turns, she had all she could do to keep from tripping herself—and him. "Fred Astaire learned this one from me," he said, whipping her into a turn. "Did he — really," Sharon gasped. "Fred's a smart lad—and hardy;" "That," she panted when the number ended and Tom finaily released her. "would be classed as good exercise, anyway! "Let's go out on the terrace to cool off." she suggested. "Good idea," Tcm acceded easily.. This was too easy, she thought as she stepped out into the cool shadows of the terrace. Mr. Good win certainly couldn't ask for bet tcr cooperation this time! "My, the bay is beautiful to nit;ht," Fhc said, and, trembling now, crossed to the parapet. "Is that Richmond we see there?" and pointed to a cluster of lights far up the bay. Tom peered out across the para pet. "Looks like it" A sudden movement out of the deep shadow behind Tom, a brief struggle, and he was pinioned (Continued on Comic Page) The National Whirligig The News Behind The News WASHINGTON By Ray Tucker A CONTROVERSY of literally an incendiary na** ture has flared inside the War department over .the comparative efficacy of magnesium and petroleum bombs. Besides its military importance, the dispute has tremendous postwar implications. The United States has undertaken a vast expansion of facilities for production o£ this light and presumably wondrous metal. On the basis of early surveys from abroad, experts deemed it to be far more advantageous than aluminum in the construction of planes. It is 35 per cent lighter and i« supposed to stand greater stress. Another key 'use is for missiles of ignition. Now, however, Secretary Stimson's research scientists have submitted a report favoring bombs filled with inflammable oil, which we have in plentiful supply. Aircraft builder? have said that magnesium cannot be placed in parts of a ship subject to heavy strain, especially dive bombers. Apparently the government had leaped before it looked into the actual wartime capabilities of this product. No final decision has been handed down, but quick action is necessary because of the bread-and- butter phase of the problem. In 1939, this country turned out only seven million pounds of the ore now under sharp scrutiny. By next December this output will be increased to 525,000,000 pounds, according to WPB's program. Eventually it will reach the outlandish figure of 725,000,000 pounds or enough to supply all the United Nations. Peacetime consumption may not exceed 50,000,000 pounds annually. Thus, if magnesium can be dispensed with in quantity through substitution of Harold L. Ickes' favorite fluid, there-seems to be no reason for erecting costly plants which will have to be torn down later. * + * HERO: The Churchill-Curtin quarrel concerning the transfer of Minister Richard G. Casey from Washington to a seat in the British cabinet is intertwined deeply with fundamental disagreements about Allied strategy. The diplomatic shift simply brought a behind-the-scenes dispute into public view. As leader of the Labor party no\v in power on the continent standing squarely in the Japs' sweep of attack, Curtin has advocated closer alliance with the United States. His slogan of "We look to America" has angered British Tories with investments in that part of the world. He has insisted that the Southwestern Pacific front equals in importance the anti-Nazi battle line in Russia. He knows, however, that Churchill still regards Hitler as the archenemy and favors a mere holding cam- aaign against the Nipponese. The Australian chief;ain also suspects that London has sold this idea to President Boosevelt. So, when the British prime minister demanded that Casey sit in with Downing Street's official family as representative for the Middle East, Curtin became convinced that London and Washington considered the area "down under" as of secondary interest. FDR tried to still Canberra's clamor by sending Douglas A. MaeArthur to take command. of the United Nations' forces in that sector. In this sense the melodramatic move had a political as well as a military connotation. It was designed to ease the tension. But the Anzac leader asks for more than our foremost hero. He wants the Allied General Staff io recognize, that he too, is fighting for civilization and to act accordingly. * * * WHOOP: Selective Service Director Lewis B. Hershey has evidently outsmarted New Deal socialites and Laborites who sought to strip him of control of the nation's manpower. The executive order making Paul V. McNutt or Sidney Hillman the "Stalin" of farms and factories has lain unsigned on FDR's desk for months. The draft boss remained silent when the reformers first attacked on this Iront. But his friend's, including'powerful figures in the 'Army, distributed, effective counterpropaganda against placing the conscription process under the politically-minded McNutt or ClO-er Hillman. Then the general undertook his first extensive speaking tour He made an excellent impression nationally and the White House scans the newspapers with a microscope every morning at breakfast. Meanwhile, McNutt incensed numerous groups by his attempt to steal the unemployment compensation systems from the states. Hillman's foot has been slipping all over the WPB lot for several months. Only a few technical changes in the draft act are necessary to enable Hershey to install a "work or fight" program like that of the first World war. In order to force women into factories, he needs only the authority to grab men without -regard for present exemption of those with single dependents. To move anyone from a non-essential to a key industry, he requires merely the legal power- to take him, if the man does not make the change himself. Tentative amendments along these lines have already been drawn, and in its present choleric mood Congress would accept them with a whoop. * * * GIRLS: America's first experiment in a feminine military organization—the Women's Army Auxiliary corps—will go into near-battle under several definite handicaps. The unchivalrous story can now be told. Congress voted for the Rogers bill with its collective tongue in its cheek and solely because it dared not antagonize the gals. The military is hopeful but skeptical. The ladies must find a field of service and then demonstrate that they can give a worth-while performance. Debutantes who look forward to an assignment of holding soldiers' hands are not wanted. Wives anxious for extra pin money need not apply. The work will be hard and the pay small. In all respects save that they do not have to serve overseas the amazons will be on the same plane as troops. But in the event they decline to sign up with an AEF, they will be discharged. Discipline will be strict. No such quarrels over social procedure as marked the career of the Office of Civilian Defense will be tolerated. The girls will take orders and like it. The generalissimia will be as hard-boiled as Chief of Staff George C. Marshall if FDR listens to his war advisers' recommendations. Side Glances—By Galbraifh By GORDON SHEARER United Press Correspondent A USTIN, March 27. .(U.PJ—Chair- •^ man Claude Williams, of the Texas Unemployment Compensation commission, says . that the states have won an initial battle, temporarily defeating federal at- :empts to take over state compensation systems. But he adds that the fight is not over. "The thing we have to. guard igainst is a six-line amendment :o some appropriation bill in Washington that will have the effect of federalizing the systems," Williams asserts. The young chairman of the Texas commission minces no words and spares no one from President .Roosevelt to the Texas Speaker of the House Sam Ray- aurn in a narration of what he terms federal attempts to "take NEW YORK By Albert N. Leman rpHE AUSTRALIANS are making certain that no •*- fifth column betrayals shall wreck General MacArthur's plans. They are scouring the barren mountains trying to locate a secret radio station and have clamped an 8 P, m. to 5 a. m. curfew on the Italian residents of the Cooktown area acros the Torres Strait. The Diggers are determined tha* the "Black Dragon" spies and their Axis partners shall not snoop for invasion sites as tbey did in the Netherlands East Indies. A lifting of censorship permits the telling of that story: Shortly before the war very polite Japanese scientists on a botanical research expedi tion arrived at New Guinea, where American avia tors now are fighting. The professors-spent greav sums delving in the jungles and around the coast «_.,.... o ._,» v *i v j M"£,*i_j U11VA a I, VU1LU LI Id V.l?d The first inkling that something was cockeyed came when the Dutch authorities discovered tha the floral experts were traveling under .false name: and actually were high ranking naval officers. Hirohito's Hawkshaws sneaked around other spots in the archipelago. On lonely atolls they openly browbeat the natives and warned that te;: rible things would happen if they ever resiste^ Japan. In Java the tourists became polished scholars again and quietly told a local prince that the mikado would make him "King of Java" as soon as the "weak Dutch" were driven out. The handpicked future puppet squealed to the officials— but by that time the Nips had skipped. (Copyright, McClure Newspaper Syndicate) "Life ain't worth living," said the Old Grouch before breakfast thi:; morning, "but T ain't r.evei been able to figger out anything else to do with it' <x>fg. m; BV HE* SERVICE. IKC. T. M. ata. y. s. PAT. ore._ 3-Z7 G It used to be we couldn't sleep, waiting for our daughter to come home—but now that her friends can't have their cars, we can't sleep until they .go home!" Here And There In Texas Bureaucrats "Take Over" The P r e s i d ent, Williams says, was "inveigled into taking px'er state e m p 1 oyment services by swivel chair bureaucrats."-He adds: ''Every governor, and .administrator in this country violated from one to'> half a dozen of its state laws to comply with' the President's request/' = . P r e ssure was brought on the state commission by the federal Social Security board, Williams said. "They made it plain to us that if we do not pay their telephone and telegraph expenses and buy their supplies for v them, there will be no grant for administrative expense in connection with operation of our State Employment Compensation 'commissioners," Williams said. _ "The board was not satisfied with taking over the state employ ment services,- they took over all claim-taking activities and claim-taking personnel, over our vigorous protests. If you give them an inch they will fake a mile." * * a OPEAKER Rayburn "was prel- ^ ty mad • about our interference," Williams said when executive committeemen of the state services complained .that a bill to compensation wartime displacement should be sent to a committee for hearing. "Of course the folks back here in Texas and particularly in Sam's own district found out about him not wanting to transfer the bill and so they did a little telephoning and wiring and Sam changed his mind." "When it got there," .Williams continued, "it was kind of like an illegitimate child at a family reunion—no one would have anv- thing to do with it—it had no sponsor—so it just lay there on tne docket where it died." Williams said the President finally requested the chairman of the Ways and Means committee to introduce a bill and have hearing on it," but to make them brief as possible." • * * * Big Funds Set Up The State Employment service, already taken over, formerly operated, as a division of- the Unemployment Compensation commission. Its duty is to find employment as quickly as possible for unemployed persons and thus keep down the payment of unemployment benefits. Texas alone has a compensation trust fund amounting to 573,841,000 and some of the industrial states like Michigan have, more than $100,000,000. The fund is made up of contributions . by employers of six or more persons. The amount of the contribution is 2.7 per cent state and three- tenths of one per cent federal for thi'ee years. After that, the payment is based on the likelihood of unemployment in the particular employment, ,•> d e t e r m ined by statistics. CM These payments ' vary" froni ^ one-half of one per cent of the pay to a maximum of four per cent. * * * A PREVIEW of the coming po- *"*• litical campaign was given in the press room at the state capitol .this week when Joe Steadham of Fort Worth, railroad brotherhood official and candidate for the U. S. senate, met State Sen.' John Lee Smith of Throckmorton, candidate for lieutenant governor. Smith piloted the anti-violence labor law through the Texas senate in the last legislature. The meeting was accidental. Steadham denied that people were being taken into labor unions and being fired from war construction jobs by the unions when their joining fees had been paid. He said the union does not guarantee fitness of a member to hold a job and that firing is done by the employer or government supervisor. Smith thought it difficult to explain how few or none were found to be capable after going to work at Sheppard Field, near Wichita Falls. Steadham' questioned accuracy of such information and Smith replied he was not at liberty to reveal figures of the Senate investigation committee of which he was a member. Climax came, when Sleadham announced that he had sent a telegram to Jay Taylor of Amarillo, president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers association. Steadham cited cattlemen's recital of high labor prices •"'•*' asked: "Why are we paying; .„ cents a pound for liver we used to get free?" Funny Business "Sergeant, you will tell your girl friend that the c on your sleeve are efficient to denote your ins f--.

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