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El Paso Herald Post (Newspaper) - January 15, 1914, El Paso, Texas ■>. . SCRÌPPS -HOWARPj U. S. Forecast: Partly cloudy and somewhat colder tonight; tomorrow fair and somewhat colder. (Details on Page 8.) VOL. LXI, NO. 13 EL PASO, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 1941 DELIVERED « EL PASO ISO A WEEK ,:l............. ipifiSSSi J * THREE CENTS IN EL P-FIVE CENTS ELSEWHER] SICILY BECOMES BASE FOR NAZI OPERA TIONS Hitler Takes Job Of Rescuing Duce From War Disaster * * By WILLIAM PHILIP SIMMS Scripps-Howard Foreign Editor WASHINGTON, Jan. 15.—At Mussolini’s specific request, Adolf Hitler has now taken over the job of rescuing Italy—if rescue is still possible—from the disaster which threatens her. Sicily, according to “Foreign Correspondence”—a weekly release of Sir Willmott Lewis and Edward Weintal, whose diplomatic connections are considerable—has become a base of German operations in the Mediterranean and is heavily occupied by Nazi troops and technicians. What is more, Sir Willmott and Mr. Weintal assert, a German cruiser has somehow managed to make its way into the Mediterranean and on up the Adri-* atic to Trieste, where it is standing Artillerymen From N. M. Hike To Cantonment P ■Mi m if by along with several German merchantmen manned by naval crews. * “It is expected,” t h ey add, “that full control of •Trieste will pass to Germany in the near future.” S i r Willmott is Washington correspondent for The London Times; Mr. Weintal is a Polish journalist and former diplo-Simms mat. There is reason to believe that the wily Hitler refused to lift a finger to help his Italian partner until he had received a formal request for aid. f<r the fuehrer this was highly important. It irked the vainglorious German “superman” terribly to be technically obliged to consult the “inferior” Latin every time he planned a new coup, yet until recently there was little he could do about it. Moreover, in the event of a Nazi victory, he foresaw trouble with the Duce when the time game to remake the map of Europe and Africa and apportion zones of influence. So he bided his time to tick the Italian off. And now that time has come. As has been inevitable for some weeks, the Duce has been forced to humble himself and call for help. Hereafter — regardless of window dressing — all semblance of equality between the Axis members may be regarded as having come to an end. Hitler has won his point. He has definitely become the master and Mussolini the henchman. Mussolini’s cry for help, it is known here, was not lightly made. He well knew the price he would h*ve to pay. «But it has become apparent that unless help is forthcoming, the British and the Greeks may invade Italy and put that country out of the war. In addition to the debacle in North Africa, it is evident that Ethiopia is also in grave danger. South Africa is said to have taken the invasion of that part of the Italian empire as its own private chore in the war, and big news is expected from that part of the world between now and mid-June when the rainy season begins—perhaps even before the season of the “little rains” of March. Dies Harry Wiley * * * Harry Wiley, Chief Breakfast In U. S, By United Press LONDON, Jan. 15.—The London Star said tonight that a plane announced as having set a new trans-Atlantic speed record was believed to be one of the new Lockheed Vega Ventura bombers now in delivery to the Royal Air Force. The record, it was announced, was set by Capt. Pat Eves of London in ferrying an American bomber to. Britain. No details were given except that Eves had breakfast before taking off and tea on his arrival in Britain. of V\ FLU HITS THOUSANDS By Associated Press ATLANTA, Jan. 15.—Tens thousands of Southerners were abed today with a mild form of influenza and schools were closed Hemorrhage Of Brain Cause Of Death Chief Deputy Sheriff Harry Wiley died at his home at 1015 Mesita avenue today following a hemorrhage of the brain. He was 53. He left his office yesterday after working all day. First word of his illness was sent to Sheriff Fox when Mds. Wiley telephoned early today that Mr. Wiley had suffered a slight chill last night and would not be down to work today. A short time later she asked Sheriff Fox to send a doctor immediately and asked that someone from the office hurry to the Wiley home. Mr.* Wiley died at 10:50 a. m. As chief deputy under Sheriff Fox since he .took office in January, 1933, Mr. Wiley worked on outstanding cases handled by the Sheriffs Department, including the Frome murder case. Jail Was His Pride His particular pride was the jail department and it was through his efforts that the El Paso County jail received Federal ranking as one of the eight finest in the nation. “Harry Wiley was the mainspring of the Sheriffs Department,” Sheriff Fox said. “He was a father to every man in the organization.” Word of Mr. Wiley’s death was given to the Sheriffs Department personnel when Sheriff Fox walked from his office and said quietly, “Harry has left us.” He had been notified of the death by Mrs. Wiley. He returned to his office and called Mr. Wiley's two sons, Hal Wiley of Tucson, Ariz., and Hayden Wiley of Santa Fe. N. M. Draft Board Chairman They started immediately for El Paso. Mr. Wiley had added to his duties in the Sheriffs Department recently by his work with the El (Continued on Page 12, Col. 4) Slug Driver And Flee To Deming With Automobile Three El Paso cantonment workers were arrested in Deming, N. M., early today, three hours after they slugged Andrew Minarik, 48, of 1008 North Oregon street, threw him from hie automobile, and drove away in it. Mr. Minarik received a deep head cut when one of the men hit him. Mr. Minarik said that one of the captured men, whom he had known for three months in El Paso, had asked him to take him and two friends to Las Cruces and that they would pay for gasoline. The two “friends” carried suitcases. They were leaving their work at the cantonment, they said. A short distance out of El Paso, one of the men, who rode in the front seat, asked Mr. Minarik to stop the car because he was ill. As he started to get out of the car an automobile approached and he remained in the car, telling Mr. Minarik to drive on. Ripis From Trio Mr. Minarik drove on beyond Anthony and again the man asked Mr. Minarik to stop. Mr. Minarik did. He was immediately slugged by one of the men in the back seat. Mr. Minarik jumped from the car and ran to avoid being robbed. One of the men chased him but was unable to catch him, Mr. Minarik said. The three drove on in the car. Bleeding, Mr. Minarik caught a ride to the Port of Efitry at Anthony and called the firm’s Department in El Paso. Broadcast Description Deputy Sheriff Frank A. Escajeda Jr. broadcast the description of the stolen car and of one of the men, known to Mr. Minarik. The three were captured at 12:30 a. m. by New Mexico State Police Officer I. R. Funk and Luna County Deputy Sheriff Edward Haskins in Deming after they had bought gas and were ready to continue their journey. They were held today for El Paso officers. Mr. Minarik, a laboratory technician at City-County Hospital, was under the care of a physician today. IMbfef - ' * •> s » . * ,x ’ Slaps Axis Powers In Testifying For All-Out Arms Bill International News Service WASHINGTON, Jan. 15. Secretary „ of State After their train ride from Albuquerque men of the 200th Coast Artillery (AA) Regiment of the New Mexico National Guard got some exercise early today. They are shown above marching from ah Ft. Bliss rail siding to their new home in the Logan Heights cantonment, about two miles away. * Ernie And His Hat Amaze Londoners IN A recent copy of The London Evening Standard, brought 'back by a Clipper passenger, Ernie Pyle’s headgear comes in for comment, illustrated by a photograph of Ernie wearing same. A columnist in The Evening Standard writes: M I have just encountered the most American hat seen In London since the tourists stopped coming. It is/ a light gray felt. The brim is sometimes turned up all round, sometimes down. The crown has been dented with a lighthearted disregard for convention. This hat is worn by Mr. Ernie Pyle, a journalist who writes a daily column in The New York World-Telegram and 50 other newspapers. “M\r. Pyle expects to travel all over England and Scotland. But the hat is a firm reminder that his heart is in Indiana. ( M A slightly built man of 40, with graying hair, and weighing less than eight stone (A stone is 14 pounds.—Ed.), Mr. Pyle has been writing a thousand words a day for nearly six years. “He has visited every country but two in the Western Hemisphere. He has entered every state of the U. S. A. at least three times. He has traveled 165,000 miles. “When he registered at the Savoy, Mr. Pyle recorded that it was the 804th hotel he had stayed at. He has learned the secret of perpetual motion.” Ernie Pyle’s column is a daily EXCLUSIVE feature in The Herald-Post, Turn to Page 5 for his column today. Money Okayed For Naval Air Defense Millions Due For Guns And Armor Compiled From A. P., U. P., and I. N. S. Dispatches WASHINGTON,* Jan. 15. — The House Naval Affairs committee today favorably reported a bill authorizing expenditure of $300,-000,000 to improve anti-aircraft defenses of U. S. naval vessels, after considering the whole controversy of battleship-vs-airplane. Rear Admiral Samuel Robinson, chief of the Bureau of Ships, explained the $300,000,000 was to be used for armor shields and to replace older guns on vessels of the fleet with batteries of five-inch and three-inch guns and 1.1 caliber “pom poms” (anti-aircraft guns.) The replacements, he said, are deemed necessary by the navy department as a result of developments within the past 12 months, in the art of war. The Navy asked Congress for authority to build 400 small vessels, including sub chasers, mine sweepers and torpedo boats, and asked (Continued on Page 8, Col. 5) Anderson Ticket Is Unopposed Demo Chairman Has Primary Opposition By MURRAY NEAL With the deadline for filing of candidates set for midnight, the City Democratic primary election appeared today to be a tame affair with the only fuss over jobs of city treasurer and Police Court judge. The last of promised opposition to the J. E. Anderson administration, seeking a second term, faded with the announcement by Leo Weiler, veteran petition circulator, that he and his proposed ticket would not get in the race. Mr. Weiler said he doesn’t have enough money .to run.. Louis alderman, fòt out last week. Mayor Anderson, and Aldermen Walthall, Morgan, Travis and Duke filed for re-elec-tion Monday. There was no hint in political circles that any last-minute candidate would announce for their jobs. Opposes Hamilton City Tax Assessor-Collector Joe Graves, also seeking his second term, is unopposed. City Democratic Chairman W. O. Hamilton got some unexpected opposition when J. C. Rodehaver filed his application. Mr. Rodehaver is an insurance man. The job of city chairman pays no salary. H. P. Talley, attorney, filed for city treasurer, and Ben Carroll, present treasurer, filed for re-elec-tion. Eric Munro, former county tax deputy, plans to run and make it a three-way race. In a three-way race with no run-off, the odds would favor Mr. Carroll. May Oppose Langford Police Judge Langford filed for another term, and Stanley Caufield, attorney, said 'he may file for the office before the midnight deadline set by City Democratic Chairman (Continued on Page 8, Col. 5) Major Harris W. WeHman Jr., commander of the 120th Observation Squadron of the Colorado National Guard. Air Obseiiration Refuses Salary By Associated Press SANTA FE, N. M., Jan. 15.— Found: a man who doesn’t want his salary. Frank Light of Silver City, who Is entitled to $100 a month as secretary of the State College Board of Regents, .is going to ask the Legislature to f put him on a pay-less basis, Regent Will Keleher announced here today. Light has been accepting his $100 checks and endorsing them over immediately to the college's student loan fund, because “he feels the work should be done as a matter of public service,” Keleher said. Snow To Cool E. P. El Paso will be colder tomorrow as snow was forecast for New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle. Today’s low temperature was 40. Speech Expert Accused In War Nerves Killing By United Press LONDON, Jan. 15.—Prof. Arthur Lloyd James, internationally famous phonetics expert, was remanded in custody for nine days today on the charge that he stabbed his musician wife to death in Great Britain’s first “war nerves” murder. James and his wife had suffered severely from shock after a narrow escape from death in a pre-Christ mas air raid, and both had been in hospital. Divisional Detective Inspector Ox land quoted James as saying aftei his arrest yesterday: “I thought my powers were fail ing and I could not cope with my work. Rather than expect my wife to face a bleak future I decided she should die. Mrs. James was nationally known under her maiden name, Elsie Owen, as an organist and violinist and as professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music. 116 Men, 19 Officers In Colorado Unit The men and planes that will aid the six anti-aircraft regiments at Ft. Bliss in their target practice arrived today at Biggs Field, Some came by plane and some by train, and all arrived safely. Major Harrison W. Wellman Jr., slender young commanding officer, inspected Biggs Field and the squadron’s tent cantonment, accompanied by Major Guy Kirksey of the Biggs Field Air Corps detachment. Radio and Photo Units Major Wellman said the squadron, the 120th Observation Squadron of Colorado, has complete photo, radio, and engineering equipment. Present strength of the squadron is 116 men and 19 officers and nine planes. The observation planes carry three men, a pilot, an observer, and a rear gunner. The observer can observe from a middle cockpit seat or from a compartment in the belly of the ship. The observation plane is known as the 47-C type. Organized 1923 The squadron was organized in 1923, a descendant of an old overseas aero squadron of World War days. Its base is Denver. It is expected that the squadron planes will be used to pull sleeve targets for anti-aircraft training, and for general maneuvers. A new repair hangar and warming up aprons are being constructed at Biggs Field in connection with expansion of aircraft activities. Top officers of the 200th Coast Artillery of the New Mexico National Guard study the situation after arrival at their headquarters building in the Logan Heights anti-aircraft training center. Left to right: Lieut« Col. J. C. Luikart of Clovis, second battalion commander; Major Yirgil O. McCollum, Carlsbad, second battalion executive officer; Lieut« Col. Harry M. Peck of G. Sa<je - ■ * * • • * * # ' v .»• Negroes To Sing In D. A. R. Hall By Scripps-Howard Newspaper Alliance WASHINGTON, Jan. 15. — The Golden Gate Quartet, a Negro group, will sing at a special inauguration program Sunday night in Constitution Hall. In 1939 the use of this hall was denied to Marian Anderson, Negro concert singer. The Daughters of the American Revolution, who own the hall, were widely criticized. searchlights and other equipment, will arrive at Ft Bliss tomorrow. The New Mexico National Guard régiment is one of six that will train for a year at Ft. Bliss.’ Two others, thé 202d and the 63d, are already in camp, and two more in addition to the 'New Mexico regiment were arriving today or were en • route. By tomorrow the military population of Ft. Bliss will be more than 15,000. The new arrivals were converging on Ft. Bliss by train, airplane, and motor convoy, from three states and the District of , Columbia. Colonel Charles G. Sage, commander of the 200th said his men are in good shape and looking forward to some intensive training. Publisher of weekly newspapers at Deming, Lordsburg and Silver City, Colonel Sage already has been on military duty for a year converting the old 111th Cavalry into the present anti-aircraft regiment. “Most of us feel at home here,” said Colonel Sage. “We know a lot of people in El Paso. During the World War I enlisted in Major Mc-Camant’s field hospital unit at El Paso.” The men of the 200th detrained (Continued on Page 12, Col. 3) Enter Camp At Bliss New Mexico’s 200th Coast Artillery (AA) Regiment, with the exception of 300 men in a motor convoy, rode into Ft. Bliss on three trains today. Today’s arrivals, 537 men and officers, were quartered in Area No. 5 of the new anti-aircraft training center in Logan Heights, adjacent to Ft. Bliss on the El Paso-Alamogordo highway. * • \ ....... ...... 1 1 ■ i - 111 ......; The motor convoy, with • guns, _ ■■ ■ Greek Troops Edge Closer To Valona Planes Bomb Port ' In Albania Heavily By United Press ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 15.—Greek troops edged closer to the vital port of Valona today with the Italians bitterly contesting every yard.* The official Greek radio broadcast reports that non-combatants were evacuating both Valona and Herat, 30 miles northeast of Valona. (Reports at Sturga, on the Jugoslav border, said that six Greek and British planes bombed Valona yesterday, heavily damaging: the port and the northern part of town, killing six and wounding 28 persons. The planes also bombed an Italian military camp at Kstnina, near Valona, killing two officers and 23 soldiers and wounding SO soldiers, it was reported). Tells Of Seeking Fabulous Profit From Mexican Gold Promises of fabulous profits which could be realized within a few days through the purchase and re-sale of gold and silver bullion from Chihuahua Indian tribes were read into testimony today as the mail fraud trial of Luther Bent Ledgerwood, 52, opened before a jury in Federal Judge Boynton’s court. Arrested nearly a year ago in San Diego, Cal., Ledgerwood obtained repeated delays of his trial. He is accused in two counts of a Federal indictment of obtaining approximately $3000 from Dr. J, T. Phillips of Long Beach, Cal., in an alleged gold and silver swindle which extended over a three-year period. Formally he is charged with using the mails to defraud. The 60-year-old, white - haired physician was the second witness called by Assistant U. S. Attorney William Clayton. He identified letters which he testified he received from Ledgerwood from Nov. 22, 1936, to Oct. 9, 1937. In the letters, which later were read to the jury by Mr. Clayton, Ledgerwood promised Dr. Phillips (Continued on Page 8, Col. 1) To Run Blockade By United Press MONTEVIDEO, Jan. 15.—The French steamer Mendoza, with a cargo of Argentine meat and wool for Marseilles, made another attempt to pass through the British blockade today when it sailed from the port of Punta del Este near here. By United Pness LONDON, Jan. 15.—The Ministry of Economic Warfare said today it would refuse to lift the British blockade to permit five French ships to sail with cargoes for France from Montevideo, Uruguay. It asserted that the question of British violation of Uruguayan territorial waters had not arisen in the action of British warships in intercepting the French freighter, Mendoza, off Montevideo. The ministry said that five French ships were at Montevideo apparently preparing for an attempt to run the British blockade. The ministry began an investigation into reports that Russia is contemplating forming a merchant fleet of 200 vessels to carry produce from the United States to the Soviet Union for re-export to European countries. Calling All n r* Dogs r or lend legislation, today warned the Americas that ain loses» Germany “could cross the Atlantic,” and that such a Nazi attack pro! would be directed not at the U? States, but at our neighbors to t south. Hull summoned the nation to voke the law of self-defense befc it is too late,” enactment of lation foi* unlimited supplies materials to Britain and other tions battling a ‘‘world of conquests.” He expressed the j lief that the arms lease-lend was ‘‘absolutely necessary** to:, defense. When Hull finished his stal committee members turned to tioning him and > Repi Luther A. Johnson of Texas, whether a section of the lease-lend bill providing for of belligerent vessels, such as of Britain, in United States violated international law. Urges Realistic View “Nothing but a realistic vil current developments can; gardfed as a sane view/* Hi plied gravely. “The question is whether &! face of an universally movement or force to uniil theinvader dary lines—or whether they recognize that this is a world ment of conquest -and invoke, law of self defense before it isL_ late. * *- , - “That is the question;** Hull clared emphatically. “We can our choice.” Hull castigated the Axis unmercifully, particularly out Japan for its efforts to lessly exploit and subjugate” half of the world’s population w! lives in the Far East. Condemns Nazi Cynicism He condemned Germ a n y*s ¿« frontery and cynicism” in hole that the proposed measure vi< international law. Asked whether he considered pending measure “absolutely sary for the defense of the States,” Hull replied: • jjp* I have been unwillingly dril to the consideration to which refer.” Declaring that a policy of peasement would fail to divert tator nations from their ch< course, Hull cited efforts by government “to persuade the Ji anese government that herbeSt terests lie in the developmc&t^ friendly relations with the States and with other count which believe in orderly and pel ful processes among nations.” “We have at no time made threats,” he added. Not Peace But a Sword Withholding aid to Britain, said, would not bring about but would consolidate the posit of the Axis powers and allow th< to prepare for further conquests. “We are in the presence of which are not restrained by erations of law or principles morality*” he said, “which have fixed limits for their program conquest; which have spread (Continued on Page 12» GoL i el Mrs. H. L. Slack of 2711 Federal street wishes she had had 36 dogs yesterday. That’s how many persons sought the puppy she had to give away after The Herald-Post printed a small item informing the public the dog was available. “Talk about service,” exclaimed Mrs. Slack. “Everybody must read The Herald-Post.’* Former El Paso Man Killed In Accident Word was received here today of the death of Hugh P. Harbert, former El Pasoan, now of BlytheviUe, Ark. Mr. Harbert was killed in an automobile accident, his widow notified Mr. and Mrs. G. J. Casselberry. Mr. Harbert Is survived by his widow and a son, Hugh Harbert Jr. Mr. Harbert formerly was connected with the First Federal Savings and Loan Assn. He was transferred to Lubbock several years ago. He later resigned from the company and moved to Blytheville. STILL AGROUND By Associated Press . 4 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla* r" 15.—Resisting.efforts to bi from a sandbar, the 24,289-ton Manhattan remained hard today while most of her 200 ; gers lolled in the sun at Beach. HUI More Help For Greeks The Greeks were still the Italians have it today two more contributors let Greeks have seme of money to help the good along. * Miss Frances Willox of Hotel Del Norte sent in ‘ Western Grocery Co*, Sing, manager» gave 95. These contribution» turned over to George of the State National secretary of the The goal for the and Southern Nen $10,000 and The Herald continue t* reeehre^ tions from anywhere In ritory and see that the proper place. Ssllll SÄisf
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