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   Panama City Pilot (Newspaper) - October 31, 1941, Panama City, Florida                                By DeWitt Mackenzie War Analyst of The Associate^ Press Pilot PiuuuiiiCit9:..� Vwi of The Lower South CONSOLIDATED WITH LYNN HAVEN FREE PRESS VOLUME 36 PANAMA CITY, BAY COUNTY, FLORIDA, FRIDAY OCTOBER 31,1941 NUMBER 29^ Concrete Laying Machine Busy At Tyndall Field (This dally feature, cwi-ducted by DeWUt Mackenzie, Is written today \^ Fred Vanderschmldt). '  * '  The drulds thought that Hallowe'en was the vlgll ol Saman, lord of death. On this Hallowe'en, Just before the Inky fingers of the blackout close over their tragedy and despair, Prenclimen are being summoned to five minutes of silent reproach of the new lords Of death for the mass killing of unconvclted hostages. From across the channel In England, the Free French have called upon their cap* tive brothers and sisters to condemn, with the hush of the graveyard, the decrees of Nantes and^ Bordeaux which exacted 100 French lives for two fatal attacks on uniformed  officers  of the German army of occupation.     Ocn. Charles de Oaullesays the French nation will show, by standing silent for five moments beginning at i^p. m-, French time, "that despite insult, torture and treachery, despite her imprisoned youth, her little children who are dyUig France is preparing for vengeance." The French, who know now that their armies never had a chance to nght the Invader, thus arc called upon to prove by national silence that the battle now Is on, even though 1,500 French soldiers are In German prison camps. Unfortunately, the world cannot get anywhere near a true picture of the response. All except subterranean news from the occupied aonc, where the demonstration may be expected to be the most fervent, Is funneied through both the Oerjnan censors and the authorities at Vichy, who have a pistol at their heads.     From the zone which is not actually occupied the Immediate report will likewise be hampered.by the censorship and by difficulties of general observation, for both communications and travel within the-country arc stringently restricted. NO one who knows very much about the French can doubt, however, that within the homes of Prance and even in the open, especially in such places OS Bordeaux, Nantes, Marseille and Lille, there will be a general reply to the call from the radio. Vichy Itaelf has anticipated that much by a decree, published only yesterday, which forbids the French to listen to "antl-na-tlonal" broadcasts, on pain of two years in prison.     It Is no accident that today, flnnl instructions on the silence period are being broadcast from the London radio. The Germans themselves, at ln.st cognizant of the fact that the mass hostage killings had no other effect than cementing French resistance and arousing the abhorrence of the outside world, have found excuses to call a halt to the cxocuiions, although under their original schedule, 100 more hostages would have been led to the wall by early this week In reprisal for the Nantes - Bordeaux ossasshia-tions. One wonders it there was not another reason; The morale of the German reserves who now nre reputed to form the garrisons of the coastal towns of occupied France ano who would, at Bordeaux, Nantes and elsewhere, form the firing squads for this ghostly slaughter of the innocents.  i--- Last ?hance Innoculate Dogs Innoculatlon of dogs wUl be conducteH today and tomorrow by Dr. T. W. Brown, at the city fire station, according to an announcement released late yesterday. Persons owning pets subject to rabies' prevention laws, �re asked to have them In-nooulated today or tomorrow. After ihat date, oUy officers have been given Inatruptlotis to take \ Into custody those dogs rQjpiorted �a no^ HaivlnK nur^ers vDl bo iiwbjeot SOVIET WORKERS FIGHT BY SIDE OF RED TROOPS Germans Step Fury Of 30-Day Drive Against Moscow - Photo bjr D�n Bwlfl Studio* Here is shown one of the big concrete laying machines used In paving runways at Tyndall Field, local U. S. army air base- The machine pictured Is capable of laying a strip of concrete 20 feet wide, six feet thick and 100 feet long In one hour. a larger machine used on the runways is capable of laying 300 feet per hour on the mile long 150 feet wide landing strips at the big air base. The runways are of reenforced structure and capable of accommodating the largest aircraft yet built. HUGE NEW TAX PROGRAM IS NOW BEING PREPARED To Raise Six Billion; Would Siphon Off 'Excess Purchases' By IRVING PF.RLMETER WASHINGTON, Oct. High   administration   officials disclosed today   they  have   in preparation a huge new tax pro-1 on other American vessels. President Sees No Possibility Of Policy Change apitol   HiU   Talk   Says Nation Closer To Ail-Out War WASHINGTON, Oct. 31- President Roosevelt said today ho saw no possibility of sever-ln{T diplomatic relations with Germany and thought there had been no change in American policy a.s a result of the lo.vs of tlic American destroyer Reuben James, and other recent attacks 20 OCCUPANTS OF AIRLINER DIE IN CRASH Yesterday Proves Most Disastrous In U. S. Flying History gram, designed to collect approximately    $6,000,000,000    of TliP Reuben James was torpedoed and .sunk last night west "excess purchasing power" from j of iceliind. Mr, Roosevelt had no the nation's collective pocltet-book. The money would be raised .b^ atlffer regular taxes, increased social security taxes, and other methods, officials said, and the plan may be readly for^resentatlon to con-isress before Christmas. The new program, they asserted, was needed both to prevent inflation and to help finance the country's ever-expanding defense effort. Entire New Plan 'TYeasury Secretary   Morgen-thau said yesterday that higher social security rates  would  be proposed, but other officials followed up this announcement by revealing that a whole new regular tax bill was being rushed for possible presentation months ahead of all previous forecasUs, If all the contemplated new levies are combined in a single omnibus measure, the new tax bill would dwarf   the record-breaking $3,500,000,000 tax law just passed by congress. The   $6,000,000,000 details ti) add to those already announced by the navy. arose from estimates prepared by various   federal  economists SENATORIAL COMMENT WASHINGTON, Oct. The .slnkinR of the U. S. destroyer Reuben James brought congressional expressions today that the incident would lead the nation closer to an all-out war with Germany and would hasten Senate action on legislation revising the neutrality act. One opponent of administration foreign policy, Senator Gillette (D-Iowa) told reporters that America will protect her seamen, no matter what mission they are on." On Convoy Duty Remarking that the navy had pnnounced the Reuben James \va.�; OP "rinv::y duty west of Ice-In :'.d wh"!! a "l^rn^d; .^ent it to tlM> b Horn, Gillclle added that "it does not matter how unwise may have been the day's duty, llie fact remains that the sall-, ors were obeying their day's or-program I jjprs and they thus were justi- that to  prevent  Inflation   thc;^^,,^.. ncd in feeling that America i .should give them every protec- government should immobilize; between $5,000,000,000 and $B,-000.000,000 of new purchasing power-money people arc making now through increased wages or from new jobs as a result of the defense program that they didn't make a year or two ago. The Ilgure of $6,000,000,000 Is an arbitrary guess within the range of these estimates and is being used for convenience by certain officials as a measure of the job ahead of them. Need Six Billion They don't know yet where or how they are going to get the $6,000,000,000, But they arc thinking of getting anywhere from $1,000,000,000 to  $3,000,-000,000 Of it from   Increased social security   taxes.   They hope to gei another  amouitt within about the same range from regular taxes. That may leave a sizeable chunk of money to be "mopped up"-Secretary Morgonthau's term for It -by other methods. There are two current proposals for changing social security taxes being considered by the administration. One would advance by one year the automatic provisions of the existing social security tax law and require employes and employers to pay 2 per cent on payrolls for oM age pensions, instead of 1 per cent as at present. This plan probably would also Involve a small Increase in the present 3 per cent unemployment insurance tax on employers. Another Plan The other plan would be to require employes to pay a 5 per ovnt tax for old age pensions, and make employers pay 2 per oen( (or. pensions plus (he , prevent %W cent for \\neni- Senator Bridges (R-NH), an advocate of outright repeal of the neutrality law, said that "this Is just one more indication that the United States must stand up for ILs rights. We can not afford to be driven from the sea.s." WIFE IS NOT TOLD ST. THOMAS. Ont.. Oct. 31- (/T)-All 20 occupants of an American Airlines transport were killed last night when the big plane plowed Into the earth 14 miles west of here and burst into such fierce flames that no attempt at rescue could be made. The 17 passengers and three members of the crew of the P5 passenger Douglas airliner were  all  from  the  United States, bound through a. drizzling rain on the Buffalo-Detroit leg of a regular flight from New York to ChlcAgo. One Woman Victim TWcnty-seven-year-old  Mary E, Blackley of New York City, the stewardess, was   the  only woman victim. There was no immediate explanation for the disaster, the second within a day to befall an American air transport and the worst air disaster in Canadian history. It was the first crash of an American airlines plane since February, 1936. With 20 dead here and 14 killed early yesterday morning In the crash of a Northwest Airlines plane near Moorhead, Minn., the day was the most dL.sa.strous in loss of life of any In the history of American commercial aviation. By the Associated Press Soviet workers fought alongside Red army troops today In a bloody series of battles around Tula, 100 miles south of Moscow, as the Germans stepped up the fury of their 30day-old drive on the Soviet capital from two directions. Tass, the official Russian news agency, said tank-led Nazi forces were driving hard on Moscow's northwest flank -apparently In the Kalinin sector, 95 miles northwest of the capital-but that heavy artillery fire and repeated Red counter-attacks were checking the German advance. Along Moscow's western and southwestern fronts Gen. Gregory K. Zhukov's forces were said not only to have held their defense positions but In some salients to have improved them. The Raven* Strikes Behind the German lines a Russian guerilla leader, known only as "The Raven,'' wa^ added to the lists of swift-striking raiders whose steadily Increasing operations were described by the Russians a!>   striking terror to  scattered   German garrisons and wrecking supply stations and lines of communication. "The Raven" and his band, Tass reported, swarmed into one German-garrisoned town  near; Kirovgrad, wiped out a German force of 75 men and slipped away U.S. Destroyer Is Victim Of Torpedo Off Iceland 'REUBEN JAMES' SENT TO BOnOM BY SUB ACTION SOLDIERS TAKE OVER PLANT OF AIR ASSOCIATES Troops Move Into Strike-Bound   Plant   On President's Order Housing Bids To Be Opened Monday Annouces P.B.A. BENDIX, N. J., Oct. 30-(i^- {The army took over operation ; of the plant of Air Associates, Inc., today with an estimated 600 soldiers on guard after President Roo.sevelt said a labor dispute threatened to halt production. The trcops were ordered to the plant by Secretary of War Stimson under Instruction of the president who issued, an executive order last night dl-rcrtinj; the army to take over. Air A.s.sociates has $5,000,000 in defense orders for aviation equipment. Workers Clash A clash between returning ClO strikers and non-union workers precipitated the president's action, the third time the federal government has taken over production stopped or threatened by lalwr disputes. Colonel Ralph W. Wilson of Fort Hancock said 2,100 troops were on the scene. The Public Buildings Administration announced in Washington this morning that it had postponed until Nov. 3 the opening of competitive bids on construction of 150 defense housing units in Panama City. The bids were to be opened today and construction on the project started as early as possible, according to previous announcements. The defense housing units will be located on a site south of Fourth street overlooking Watson Bayou. They are to be of concrete and stucco construction, a change from wooden structures originally planned. On Convoy Duty; Navy Reports No News On Loss Of Life I AWAIT BAY'S TAX ROLL REPORT Comptroller Lee Expected To Answer Tomorrow as quickly as they struck, with 1 ^"I'^'^'-^^^^lfl ^"tJ carrying bay-captured German guns and mu-i t�"?y barred all entrances nitions to help in their next at- : 1� set up machine j^gjj *^ crun>; nn nil cirioc On the Southern (Ukraine* ' front, Adolf Hitler's high com- | mand asserted that the Rus-! slans were In full flight under \ the assault of German and Rumanian troops smashing Into the Crimean peninsula. Apparently heading for Russia V big �ilack Sea base of Se-va.stapal, 100 miles across the Crimea, German flame-throwers, tanks and troops supported by strong aerial attacks were reported to have broken through the Crimea's bottleneck gateway two days ago. Soviet dispatches gave no hint of a precipitate retreat, declaring that Red army troops and marines were counterattacking i fiercely, aided by planes of thi-Russian Black Sea fleet. Dispatches  from   Kuibyshev, i auxiliary Soviet capital, said all; Crimean men capable of bearing ' arms were being mustered to stem the Nazi onslaught. guns on all sides. Lieutenant John Austin, act-in public relations officer, announced there would be no work today, but that it would be resumed as soon as details could be settled. Civilian em-^ pluyes- 'wezst. barred jataor: 1 while. PRIVATE LIFE WASHINGTON, Oct, 31-(/I')- John D. Biggers, a key figure In i jje arrived .shortly before the Within the plant officers conferred with executives. Lieutenant Austin said he could not di-scuss thLs. but that F. Leroy Hill, company president and strikers" target, was not among the conferees. Arrived Early The first contingent of soldiers from Fort Jay, Gover-4ior'.s Island. N. Y.. arrived at 3 35 a. m. (EST) but did not move into the plant grounds until 45 minutes later. Three other contingents followed from Fcrts Wadsworth and Hamilton, Brooklyn, N. Y.,and Fort Hancock. Brigadier General Forrest E. WllUford. commander of the .second coast artillery district, was in command of the troops. State Comptroller J. M. Lee yesterday told Bay county officials he would study the 1041 tax roll submitted to him for approval and would probably give his answer on the question tomorrow. A group Of officials Including D- G. McQuagge. tax assessor; Circuit Clerk Albert Pledger, members of the board of county commissioners and County Attorney Joe Bailey conferred with Lee In Tallahassee yesterday. The state .eomptcoUer^^d re- cSl^y^TMl^fooiStendi^ % valuations set tv Uc^mgn did not conform with neighboring counties and urging a higher a&sessment. Because the Bay roXk has not been approved, elections for the purpose of setting the tax mlU-age in school districts of the county have been postponed from Nov. 4 to Dec. 16. NEWPORT. R. I.. Oct. 31-(/T) News of the sinking of the U. 8. destroyer Reuben James was withheld today from Mrs, Al-mcda Edwards, wife of Lieutenant Commander H. L. Edwards, the skipper of the torpedoed ve.s.sel. Mrs, Edwards was at the bedside of her mother, who was seriously ill, and navy friends decided to keep word of the! sinking from her as long as possible, or until it was known whether her husband had been saved. The Edwards moved to Newport last Spring. 20 DIE IN FIRE LONDON. Oct, 31-t-^)-Twen- \ ty persons wore burned to death and ten were unaccounted for in a fire which wrecked a wholesale clothing factory at Hud-dcrstlcld, Yorkshire, today. The roof and floors of the five-story building caved in. Most of the casualties were girl workers who Jumped from flaming upper floors. the nation's defense effort during the past two years, returned to private life today on a leave Of absence, at his own request. OIL RUNNING LOW FORT WORTH. Texas, Oct. 30. (/T)-Earl Petty, an oil expert in the department of interior just back from Moscow, sa.v.s the German oil reserve probably will last another five montlw. Then, without new sources, Hitler's situation win become critical very rapidly, indeed." first continiiont and immediately went into conference with Col. Roy M. Jones, eastern dis- Salvation Army Campaign Draws Near To Close Campaign workers seeking pledges totaling $7,000 today pushed the Salvation Army drive in order that work may be completed as soon as possible, according to Co-Chalrmen A. R. Rogers and E. D. McDanlel. Campaign workers are asked (By The Associated Press) WASHINGTON, Oct. 31.- The Navy announced today the loss of its first warship in the European war, the U. S. destroyer Reuben James, viciim of a torpedoing la$t night west of Icoland. First reports brought no word of possible loss of life. The ship ordinarily carried 6 officers and 114 men. Unlike the destroyer Keamty, which survived a torpedo blow amidship Oct. 17, but lost 11 men, with 10 others being ' wounded, the older Reuben James went to the bottom. The navy said she was convoying in the North Atlantic. Third Fired On The Reuben James was the third American warship fired at, the second to be hit and the first to be sunk since President Roosevelt ordered the navy last month to "shoot on sight" any' Axis warcraft encountered. Congress was stirred by the news. Senator Gillette (D-Ioi^) who ranks among the leading opponents of the admlQistra> tlon's foreign policy, told reporl^ ers that "Amcrca will Drote^ her seamen, no matter w. mission they arft-'on." "sJ^^L app^at . cm clQ!s�*r ta a jAiooti And Sensitor Qumejf dedareti "This argument" for w^ilngj neutrality act. f '*We can eliEpect yftttn our ships are zones."  Senator Mo) commented. Whether the Reubeh ,, any accompany ships were to wreak any damage was undis-qf^ closed. Secretary Of the Navyf Knox said this week that -Ulan* navy probably would not "dte-| close any submarine slnlcings hyi the fleet, following the British! policy of disturbing Axis XQm)�!| by such secrecy.  >| m trlct supervisor for the air corps i to file their reports on the unlt-procuremeni divi.sion. who took ed charity receipts as soon as charge oi the'ilant, ; possible  In order  to  expedite ___       __        'the book-keeplne. Contributors t     r\Pt�* '   Contribution* pleOgcd  during  tint  o( Morale Oiiicer     "Tp�'�" Pays Visit Here millviixe ,J. R, MUler  _ . Orii� White ..... _ ; Klm�r Litllc ;Mr� J  H  tternra ; Mri Annriie Burton PinnGy Antes It's beginning to make one wonder why thoy call those craft destroyers. It loolui miore like they ought to call 'em target boats. They've been out there several weeks patrolling around Iceland and all they've destroyed that we know anything about Is two German torpedoes. Maybe thp next announce ment from Washington will read about like this: The navy de-piartment announced tonight that an American ship sank a Oennai\ torp�idp west of ice-land. The torpedo was convoying a t\9Pi of Nasi submarines. Duck Hunting Season Opens Here Sunday; Weather Warm �� It will be legal for hunters to ened by Federal decree to 42 begin seeking ld. Bids on this proj-: Sff ^ "v Kn.ckoKy.r eel are srhcriuled to be lot inSa. �, or�)-Washington, D. C. today. iMcconnH. p.g'c'S*'** ."Tfoym Colonel BoushiUl was at Egllnj"/ a l l** Field. Fla., Wednesday for 'theiJlJ * * Si^me purixise City visit. �AS his 10-day trip ilcci\se for $10.50 for non-residents. The 1941 Legislature passed a law prohibiting more than three shells In a shotgun. This followed earlier regulations by the Federal Government limiting waterfowl hunters to a three slitU load In their guns, Panama; pig�i� wmiy-nogcr� oro. co. Smpluyr:>:   ilOO'i I I. Mm. H B. Hl�hto��r J Mr H B Hlghiower J O. A r�� �. L. Simmon* ) n   B   tUrt � Mr>.  J   K   Bitiuus to sea. ! raiders. 3.00 i 3 001 Naval offieiuls said they had ?!2!no infoi-iiiution as to when lur-ther details might b9 avaUablt, but It wa.s recalled that in tht case of the torpedoing ol, tbf Kearny several days ^iHiMt jbS* fore the Infurination QlUlM^'iJ|t|.: that the Kearny had tuftevtut loss of II live.w. *>di In that   rase   th�   W^wSS^-.. Kearny Itsetf   was-'-t]3ri|lg''. reach a friendly port. Th�'| procedure might not ap||||; since   presumably sS^'l which Information. lajSpi in about the Beub^en "   " undamaged and ing with future Although the was 5)1 yefti* ii 00 1 M .M .H .40 .J� .3} .n . i.w> I 00 300 1.00 i 00 1 00 I 00 1 00 .   1 00 too .50 .iO n s.oo s.oo 3.00 s.oo 1(00 I 00 S 00 4 00 J oo 3 iO 500 as.oo 5.00 50 00 1000 15.00 11.00 1.00 13.00 10.00 s.oo 3ft.lM IM 10.00 �.oa SOP �.oo I.M lOO   

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