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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 8, 1941, Lethbridge, Alberta FIRE RAZES SWEET GRASS B US I NESS AREA FINAL EDITION Weather CHANGE Winnipeg Wheat MAY CLOSE 77ft VOL. 74. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 1941 20 PAGES AND COMICS SEEK END GREEK-ITALIAN DIPLOMACY LossSuffered BorderTown Thompson Hotel, 2 Cafes, Liberty Theatre Among Buildings Destroyed BELIEVED CAUSE (From Our Own Correspondent) SWEET GRASS, Mont., March Grass, twin town to Coutts, Alta., on the Alberta-Montana border, suffered a 000 fire early this mor- ning that razed much of its business district. To- day, as owners of property check their losses, the debris is still smouldering and a close watch is being maintained against a pos- sible further outburst. No one was injured in the blaze. DEFECTIVE WIRING The fire, which appears to have originated from defective wiring in the Club cafe, was no- ticed first by the chef. He was awakened by a scries of explo- sions and sounded the alarm. At that time, shortly after 2 a.m., the fire was well advanced and the town being without fire fighting equipment, little could be done to stem the spread of the blaze. The oil refinery fire equipment LOSS (Continued on Page Three.) Walker Denies Split In Ranks Of Independents March H. Walker, leader of the Independent group in the Al- berta legislature, today denied a statement by Premier Abcrhart in a broadcast last night that several of the opposition M.L.A.'s were willing to cross the floor of the house to the government side. "There is no split in our said Mr. Walker. "We are 100 per cent united." Routine Stuff To Canuck Sailors The Left Hand Corner. Hungarian Partridge Dis- Factory In Ontario City Winter Birds. N a letter to the Winnipeg Free Press J. W. Walker, Hartney, Man., asks if disease has crept into the ranks of the Hungarian partridge, stating that a friend had shown him five dead birds in a hole in the snow and that they "were just bundles of feathers. Holes containing dead Hungarians in twos and threes were also .found. In spite of this discovery, Mr. Walk- er states that there are plenty Huns still around the countryside. The editor of the Chickadee Notes in the Free Press in reply commem- in this way: Following the last great extension of range in Manitoba made by this introduced game bird from 1928 '.o 1933, when they reached north to The Pas and east beyond the Mani- toba-Ontario boundary, there was a precipitous decline in their num- bers and a sharp contractio'n in their range towards the southwest corner of the province through vhich area they had come from Saskatchewan in 1928, Even the central districts where the birds had been planted in 1924-25 registered declines, but whether these were due to starva- tion, disease, parasites, predators or unfavorable nesting eather was never determined. Coincident with the great reduction in Hun lumbers were decreases in numbers of the native grouse, just as we had pre- dicted would happen several years before. Onci again the mystic cycle was at work and no one <-oukl say what caused it. AsksIOCents Bus. At POJM i Of Shipping Hon. MacMillan Gives No- tice of Resolution- Walker to Second It WILL MEAN LARGER RETURN FOR FARMERS I THE LEFI HANU (Continued on Page 13.) EDMONTON. March Minister Mac- Millan gave notice in the Al- berta legislature Friday he will propose a resolution Monday urging the federal government to adopt a policy for the 1941 wheat crop including a guaran- teed minimum price of 70 cents a bushel at shipping points. Mr. MacMillan said the reso- lution will be seconded by 3. H. Walker Independent house lead- er. (The minimum price estab- lished by the Canadian wheat board for 1940 wheat was 75 cents a bushel basis Fort Wil- liam, the resolution's proposal, if implemented, would mean a considerably larger return for western farmers.) TEXT OF RESOLUTION Text of the resolution follows: Whereas the 1941 crop year may well be the most crucial in the whole war period for farmers and govern- ment alike, and Whereas it is apparent to all thinking people that a well-conceiv- ed and far-reaching plan for handl- ing the 1941 crop will have to be put into effect, and Whereas the Alberta government ASKS 70 CENTS (Continued on Page rhree) Opposition Asks Details Of War Costs Hanson Complains Details of Expenditures are Not Submitted Offensive In Balkans Awaits Outcome Of Diplomatic Sparring Some Quarters Intimate Nazis Offer Greece Guar- antee She Can Retain All Territory Held at Out- break of Letter to Hitler in Greek Paper Declares Determination of Tiny Kingdom to Fight to the Death BELGRADE, March 8 (A.P.) Diplomatic sources said tonight they had been informed that Greece had asked Turkey whether she is prepared to fulfill Greek- Turkish mutual assistance treaties should German troops attack Greece from Bulgaria. A statement of Turkey's position with regard to the expected Nazi invasion of Thrace and eastern Macedonia has been sought from the Turkish foreign office by the Greek minister at Ankara, these sources said. Turkey and Greece signed a mutual assistance treaty in September. 1933, which guarantees their frontier in Thrace and pledges use of military force to defend it. They also are bound in mutual defence pledges by the 1934 Balkan entente treaty. INTENSE DIPLOMATIC EFFORT SOFIA, Bulgaria, March Nazi soldiers on the Greek bprder poised for action, Ger- many appeared today to be making an intense effort_to end 'the Greek-Italian war by diplomacy before resorting to force. Some quarters intimated German gone so far as to offer Greece a guarantee she would retain all the territory she held at the outbreak of hostilities last Oct. 28. (There was no immediate reaction from Athens, but previous diplomatic efforts to end the fighting in Albania have fallen flat.) Neutral military observers in Bulgaria predicted last night that German forces would drive into the Greek pro- vinces of Macedonia and vital todav or tomorrow, but any military offensive now ap- pears to hinge on outcome of the diplomatic manoeuvres. f en irl MEN WILLING TO AID ICE STAR CHAMPAIGN, 111., March less than 2500 American men want to help Vera Hruba, Czechoslovakian skating star, avoid marrying her. That many proposals, the pretty 19-year-old skater said, were received after the press publicized her plight. She is threatened with deportation be- cause her passport as an enter- tainer has expired. OPPOSITION LEADER AND ILSLEY CLASH Heaving seas and decks awash make a spectacular picture to a landsman's' this is routine stuff to men of the Canadian fighting ships who cane home this week from 10 months of service in European waters. With them came of them untold, for this is the silent many a daring rescue performed in weather such as shown in the top picture. Those barrel-like objects lashed to the plunging deck are the destroyer's weapon against underseas charges. Multiple machine-guns of the Canadian destroyers (shown below) have brought them through many a hot encounter with Nazi air attackers. THREE GERMAN PLANES DOWNED IN FIGHTS OVER G.B. EAST COAST Nazi Officers In Morocco, Observe Armistice Terms MADRID. Spain, March The Spanish press published a dis- patch from Casablanca today re- porting groups of German officers I believed to number more than 100 had arrived in Casablanca and j Rabat, in French Morocco, "to ob- serve the application of armistice i terms." I The dispatch said these German officers would "control French Mor- occo's administrative life, economy and all matters directly or indirectly related to the war and armistice." There wev no noticeable reper- cussions In thn commercial life of the protectorate, the dispatch ndclrd, staling them are Innreasiivr do nnnrls for articles of nrime necessity for shipment to France. Bomber Clips Mast of Traw- ler and Plunges Into Sea LONDON, March German bombers, were shot down by fighter dogfights high over England's east coast today. One bomber was downed off Lowestoft after raiding an east coast town. Fighters rode the bomber's tail until it crashed into the sea, six miles from shore. Fighting planes chased another blazing bomber until it well into the channel. The third machine wrecked five homes in an east coast town with bombs before it was shot down. A fourth bomber was destroyed last night when a wing hit the most of a trawler. Thfi plane crew drowned. The trawler was damaged by a bomb on her stern. Isolated bombings by individual raiders were reported at several points in East Anglia. BEAT UP STUDENTS SAN FRANCISCO, March 8. veteran police officers, point- ed out in a lineup of 68 policemen, were suspended temporarily from the force today, accused of beating two Stanford University freshmen picked up as "Skid Row" vagrants last Saturday night. A single raider aimed bombs at an east Scottish coast town. They fell on ground and injured some workmen. The plane ran into heavy anti-aircraft lire and made off over the sea. Raiders also were over South Wales in the late afternoon. Other German planes were re- j ported seen over the south coast i and the east Midlands. The raids put the air war back in motion after a quiet night in which a communique declared that "aside from very slight activity by enemy aircraft off our coast dur- ing the darkness there is nothing to report." By FRANK FLAHERTY Press Staff Writer.) OTTAWA, March were the order of the day as the house of commons adjourned for the week-end with the war appropriations .bill still before it in resolution form. Conservative House Leader Han- son protested the government had failed to submit detailed estimates of war expenditures and Jean Fran- cois Pouliot (Lib., Temiscouata) pro- tested employment of uniformed of- ficers of the armed forces in rou- tine office work. Finance Minister Ilsley told Mr. Hanson it was to handle war appropriations as detailed esti- mates because some of them related to secret matters and because at the best they were only guesses. "There are some pilot officers who only pilot files." Mr. Pouliot said, "some flying officers who only fly to the door, and I could continue at great length. "I do not see why a ma.ri should wear a uniform when he is perform- ing duties which were performed yesterday by a young girl in civiMan clothes, duties which may be per- formed tomorrow by the same young girl. This is not the army at all. LOOK TO TURKS FOR AID Greek diplomatic informants here said yesterday Greece "ab- solutely will fight any German invasion" and expressed hope that if the Nazis did invade Greece. Turkey would hit them in the Hank. Germany continued to exert heavy diplomatic pressure on Turkey and Yugoslavia in an effort to swins those two nations into the Axis sphere. Some Axis informants took the position Yugoslavia was more or less a side issue, but others said locomotives, machinery and econ- omic rewards were being offered to Turkey in return for a break with Britain. German-inspired sources claimed British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden had failed to obtain a definite promise from the Greeks to fteht on during his recent visit in Athens, and declared that Turkey was friendly with Germany despite her ties with Britain. OFFENSIVE on page Three.) TURKEY CONTINUES TO BOLSTER HER OFFENCES; PRESS IS STILL DEFIANT ISTANBUL. March 8. <fP) i have been stopped at the Bulgarian Turkey continued defence measures j border, other newspapers reported. OPPOSITION (Continued on Page Three.) Warns Canada Of Possible Attacks By Japan, Russia VANCOUVER. March W. C. Woodward, executive assistant to Munitions Minister Howe, told the Women's Canadian Club Friday that Russia and Japan will never be friends with Great Britain, and predicted that Canadians will feel the hardships of war in the next year. Woodward said he spoke as a private individual and not in his of- ficial capacity with the government. "It is impossible to become war conscious without first he told his luncheon audience, "but mark my words, we Canadians will suffer in the next year." "Russia Is not going to go against Hitler. Both Russia and Jiipan will never be friends with Great Bri- he added. today as her statesmen made ready to state the country's position in the tense situation. Istanbul authorities ordered gaso- line and other inflammables stored underground, and several cities pre- pared for air raid tests. The press continued to express defiance of Germany and to urge Yugoslavia to resist Axis overtures. The newspaper Ikdam declared: "There is only one way to keep Yugoslavia from throwing herself into the arms of her enemies. That is a British force of in Salonika." The newspaper Vatan declared Turkish troops kept sol- diers occupied in the First Great War and asked "Will Germany fall into a trap" by inviting the same kind of opposition. Turkey is stronger militarily than in the last war. the paper said, and in addition now has an aily who has command of the seas. If Germany does fall afoul of Turkey, the paper declared, she will be giving "England the chance she is waiting for." Fifty carloads of goods for Turkey Foreign Minister Sukru Sara- coglu is to give a statement on Turkey's foreign policy Monday be- fore a closed session of the People's party, the only legal political party in the country. Premier Refik Saydam will make a declaration in parliament Wed- nesday. 1941 Wheat Policy To Be Known Soon Announcement of Govern- ment's Plan May Come on Tuesday SUMMERFALTOW BONUS SCHEME IS SUGGESTED By R. K. CARNEGIE (Canadian Press Staff Writer.) OTTAWA, March With a double-barrelled an- nouncement on the government's wheat policy scheduled for next week, possibly Tuesday, by Trade Minister MacKinnon and Agri- culture Minister Gardiner, mes- sages have gone out to agricul- ture ministers of the prairie provinces to come to Ottawa for further discussions. The problem confronting the gov- ernment is to provide a price for wheat that will enable wheat-grow- ers to carry on and at the same time not result in an increased acre- age that would pile up a wheat sur- plus out of all proportion to storage space available. The government has hesitated to insist on limiting wheat acreage, officials said, but it doubtless has the power to take such action under the War Measures Act. Summerfallow Bonus? The cabinet is considering an acreage bonus on land summerfal- lowed or used to grow hay. Normal- ly Manitoba farmers put 17 per cent of their acreage to sumrnerfallow and 10 per cent to hay, or 27 per cent altogether; Saskatchewan 28 per cent to sumrnerfallow and three per 1941 WHEAT (Continued on Page Three.) Italians Report Duce Warship Sunk In Mediterranean ROME. March An Italian warship of "medium tonnage'' was reported by the Italian high command today to have "sunk in the Mediterran- ean from an unascertained cause.'1 The announcement said many of the crew were saved. iNEWSPA'FERr NEWS BULLETINS MANY PLANES REPORTED OVER LONDON DISTRICT LONDON, March air alarm which quickly drew a heavy accompaniment of anti-aircraft fire was sounded in London tonight and "many planes" were reported over one district of the city. Falling bombs shook one district soon after the alarm sounded and it was reported six or seven waves of planes passed overhead. ADVANCE TOWARDS HARAR TO CUT JIBUTI RAILWAY CAIRO, Egypt, March military men said today a South African column which entered Ethiopia from Italian Somali- land after the capture of Fer-Fer was advancing in the direction of Ifarar and Diredawa with the apparent intention of cutting rail communications between Addis Ababa and Jibuti. Jibuti, in French Somaliland, is a Red Sea port and terminus of the railroad from. Addis Ababa. SAYS NAZIS PLANNING BUILD PLANE FACTORIES IN FRANCE NEW YORK, March political representative In the United States of Gen. De Gaulle, leader of the Free French forces fig-hting with Britain, charged today that Germany is preparing to set up aircraft factories in unoccupied France in violation of the German-French armistice terms. REFUSE PROHIBIT TRANSFER MODERN U.S. CRAFT WASHINGTON, March Administration forces, press- ing for senate passage of the British aid bill by nightfall, refund today to prohibit the transfer of modern Unftcd States naval ves- sels and aircraft, except planes under construction which could be replaced in six months. NOT MANY GERMANS LEAVE POLAND ALIVE WHEN WAR OVEB TORONTO, March B. Karski, spokesman of thrae Polish aeronautical technicians recently arrived In Canada, said today he did not believe "many Germans in Poland will leave the country alive when the war Is over." (Karski is an assumed name, taken so that retaliation may not be carried out against relatives in Poland.)