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El Paso Herald Post (Newspaper) - January 17, 1914, El Paso, Texas ìtfv'Z'c;: S: SCRTPPS - HOWARD El U. S. Forecast: Fair tonight and tomorrow; slightly colder tonight. (Details on Page 8.) THREE CIENTS IN EL P/ ”'' FIVE CENTS ra VOL. LXI, NO. 15 EL PASO, TEXAS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 1941 DELIVERED IN EL PASO 15c A WEEK PYLE IN ENGLAND Butter As Important As G uns For England Seems Likely L People To Vote On ‘Lame Charter * By ERNIE PYLE Scripps-Ho ward Roving Reporter ^ ONDON (By Wireless)—Food isn’t a very romantic subject. You’ve never heard of a medal for valor being presented to a war hero because hé lived on one meal a day. The girls don’t flock around the Englisli farmer who makes two potages grow where only one grew before. But believe me, food n this war as in most other wars is only a jump or two behind planes and big guns in importance. And as each month passes the food problem will become increasingly vital to both sides. “Ultimately, perhaps years from now, it may be that food will decide who is to win this war. * It is too early yet for any food j shortage to begin making deep j marks or. t h e j warring popula- ; tions. They s a y j foot Is still plent- j ifnl in Germany, j and I know that j England is inf good shape. That j ¡is obvious to any- J jho^y who just] eats ground. There is ration- ; [lug, of course. | [Priées are high, and some things are so scarce they have almost ceased to exist. But of the basis tilings that are needed to keep body and soul together, the situation in London hasnt reached «y dead seriousness. jIF * « * DISPERSAL BECOMES THEME OF ENGLAND “ pv ISPERSAL” is becoming more L/ aiid more the theme of England in wartime—dispersal of troops.of factories, of children, of food The bombings have brought that about. Scatter every vital thing all ovér England in tiny units and small groups-—that’s the keynote» Today only 18,000 of London’s one million children are left in the city. They are all over England, They tell me that the soldiers, with some exceptions, eat and sleep iii groups no larger than 30. (Continued on Page 5, Col. 5) Ernie Pyle First Of Six Units Roll Info Camp The first contingent of the 206th Coast Artillery (AA) Regiment of the Arkansas National Guard, three gBpcers and 83 men, rolled into Ft. JHss today by truck after an overland journey from the regiment’s home state. With their arrival, all of the five anti-aircraft training center areas in Logan Heights cantonment area-became occupied. A sixth area, not yet built, will be occupied next summer by a new regiment. The 206th is commanded by Col. Elgan C. Robertson of Mariannna. Ark. Officers said that the regiment includes many Arkansas college students. Five other sections of the regiment are enroute to Ft. Bliss. One, consisting of 14 officers and 300 men, was to arrive at 3:20 p. m. today, and the others, composed of 50 officers and 600 men, will arrive in special trains tomorrow. When brought to full strength tey the addition of selectees, the five anti-aircraft regiments will num-Skr nearly 10,000 men. iWother anti-aircraft regiments now at Ft. Bliss: 202nd of the Illinois National Guard; 63rd of the Regular Army, formerly of Ft. McArthur, Calif.; 200th, New Mexico National Guard, and the 120th Observation Squadron of the Colorado National Guard. Would Clip Wings Of Defeated Council; # Forms Are Drafted The City Council has agreed to submit six amendments to the City’s charter and a referendum election on the garbage tax ordinance, Mayor Anderson said today. One amendment is a “lame duck” amendment to restrict the capital expenditure of any administration voted out of office' to $1000 from the time the administration was defeated at the polls until terms of the defeated officers. expired. The amendment provides that any contract in excess of $1000 would be invalid (Continued on Page 10, CoL 4) Pain Easer— Falls From Building L aiids In Police Court George Middleton. 40-year-old Fort Bliss cantonment worker, fell from the top of the building on I which he was working — and ! wound up in Police Court. : After a night in the City Jail, ! Middleton, who lives at 1109 North i Cotton avenue, appeared before Police Judge Langford on a drunk charge. He pleaded guilty. “Sure, I was ‘drunk,” Middleton testified. “Yesterday I fell off a building I was working on. I busted a few ribs, I guess, and the ambulance took me to the emergency hospital to be taped up. “They sent me to a doctor, but he wasn’t in. So I went out and bought a bottle.” Middleton said he didn’t remember much after that. He was arrested the following morning. Judge Langford dismissed the drunk charge and advised Middleton to go back to the doctor’s office before he returned to work. More For Bliss t Construction Chief Goes To Washington To Get Money Lieut. Col. Barlow Winston, constructing q u a r termaster, will leave for Washington. D. C., tomorrow to present to the Government a request for additional defense construction at Ft. Bliss totaling $2,500,000. The new construction, requested by the commanding officer at Ft. Bliss, was termed necessary to round out and complete the current defense projects. If the additional projects are approved. which is probable, the grand total of defense construction at Ft. Bliss will reach $12,687,-000. including the non-Army hous-j ing project for enlisted personnel. : It is presumed the new projects, : if approved, will be added to the | Morgan-Zachry-Hedrick contract. ! Biggest item in the proposed additions is a $725,000 motor transport repair shop. Dozens of other items are listed as needed, including six barracks, 10 more stables, 14 more hay sheds, another veterinary dispensary, and another blacksmith shop. ASKS $61,000,000 Knox Says U. S. Sea Depends On British Navy\ 1 Fugitive From Chain Gang To Be Returned International News Seri'ice Atlanta. Ga., Jan. n.— Robert Elliott Burns, escaped Georgia convict and author of the book, “I Am a Fugitive From a Georgia Chain Gang,” will be returned to this state to serve the remainder of his sentence, Governor Tal-madge announced today. Governor Talmadge said Governor A. Harry Moore of New Jersey has indicated his willingness to deliver Burns to Georgia authorities. Governor Moore, whose term is near expiration, previously had refused extradition of the author-fugitive who was convicted of robbery. A deputy sheriff left Atlanta today to return Burns to Georgia, _ ....... ... French Sink Thailand Warships; R. A. F. Battles Axis Air Forces For Control Of Mediterranean Undeclared War ! British Attack Of Indo-China 'Knows Missing In West Four Ft. Bliss cantonment workers, reported “missing” in the mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico, were at work today, the cantonment timekeeper’s office reported. Lee Ayoub of the Venice cafe in El Paso said the men returned to El Paso three days ago and were “never lost in the first place.” The men, Earl H. Lott, Jack de Palma, William Lavender, and Don Kinnett went fishing last week on Chihuahua lakes, Mr. Ayoub said. “They brought me back some fish,” Mr. Ayoub said. “They got a laugh out-of reports that they were lost. The report probably originated áphen the men were delayed a rn couple of days because mey lost 0 . their outboard motor.” Jury Convicts Man In Cloudcroft Slaying By Associated Press ALAMOGORDO, N. M.. Jan. 17.— A district court jury early today convicted Leo Rogers of second degree murder in connection with the slaying of Herbert (Tex) Nich-in a Cloudcroft cafe last July, onviction carries a sentence ranging up to life imprisonment. Rogers has not yet been sentenced. International News Service M’CHORD FIELD, Wash.. Jan. 17.; —A twin-engined B-18 type Army bomber carrying four officers and three enlisted men was the object of a wide search today from Mc-Chord Field to Southern California and as lar east as the Rockies. The big plane was unreported since taking off in bad weather at 10:20 a. m. yesterday for the Muroc Dry Lake bombing range near Lancaster, Cal. Officially listed aboard the ship were: First Lieut. R. N. Krummes, pilot. Second Lieut. C. T. Nielsen, copilot. Second Lieut. J. F. Geis, navigator. First Lieut. L. E. Mackay. Technical Sgt. H. A. Davis. Sgt. L. H. Neitling. Sgt. P. L. Maas. Ice Storm Brings Deaths In East Traffic Disrupted, Utilities Cut Off Compiled from F. P. and I. N. S. Dispatches The Eastern Seaboard, from Boston, Mass., to Wilmington, Del., and as far jnland as Western Pennsj’l-vania. struggled today to free itself from the effects of a storm of snow, sleet, and rain. j A mounting toll of death and injury accompanied the ice storm : which disrupted motor travel, broke I telephone and power lines and snap-! ped off the branches of thousands ¡of trees. Four were known dead in the storm. Several hundred passengers were marooned for about three hours in the Pilgrim, New Haven Railroad electrical train, in the center of Hell Gate Bridge over the East River near New York City. A steam engine rescued them. Scores of communities were plunged into partial or complete darkness as light and power lines snapped. Thousands of telephones were put out of service. Train and air service through the entire storm section was delayed. Bus service was disrupted. Thunderstorms moved from Texas northeastward up the Mississippi River Valley. A high pressure area move out of Canada and spread southward over the plains region and Minnesota. Mixed rain and snow fell in a wide band that extended from the Rocky Mountain States and Oklahoma eastward. There was rain in Mississippi and Alabama and in the northwest Pacific states. And Siam Flares BY UNITED PRESS The smouldering war between French Indo-China and Thailand flamed up today. Reports from Saigon, French Indo-China, said that French warships sank two Thailand warships in the Gulf of Siam and damaged a third in the first naval battles between the two forces except for river gunboat skirmishes. Advices from the frontier described the battles along the| border of the two countries as “far more serious” than has been realized. Importance of the Far Eastern conflict has beeii repeatedly emphasized in suggestions that Japan might intervene in support of Thailand in order to further her ambitions for pushing into the South Pacific. The reports from Indo-China said that French planes had carried out heavy bombardmelits* tif the Siamese towns of Prachinbari, Aranya and Wadhana. on the railroad leading from the coast to Bangkok while Sicily, Nazis Blast At Malta Compiled from U. P.. A. P. and I. N. S. Dispatches German Junkers bombers, escorted by Italian fighters, have carried out a “v e r y heavy” attack on Malta, it was announced today in London. A Royal Air Force communique at Cairo, Egypt, reported that British planes had carried out heavy raids at Catania, Sicily, and that German planes raided Malta in the spreading battle for air control of the vital Mediterranean. The outbreak of German dive-bombing attacks on British sea-power in the Mediterranean caused London observers to predict a change in Royal Navy tactics in that area to meet the new menace. The Catania attack Was the second by the R. A. F. upon this important base and the communique reported great damage to hangars and larg« fires* In < the first Catania faid ¡Sunday night an estimated 40 to SO planes were destroyed on the ground. The air action at Malta brought Siamese casualties in heaw border! British estimates of German air I engagements in which tanks have ¡losses since the fight for supremacy been employed here placed at 600 |in J£ e M^iterranean hlazed up a ’ u ¡week ago today to between 60 and ¡ men ‘ ¡70 planes. Another Pacific development was _ , , T , <Sir Philip Gibbs, British war \\ id rom London that the British correspondent, writing for the In- l 0 _f_ 0n / ult ; temational News Service, said that the German moves in the Mediterranean were connected with Adolf Hitler’s worry about possible developments in Algeria and Morocco. He said Hitler’s pressure on Marshal (Continued on Page 10, Jol. 2) United States regarding leaks in the blockade through American shipments to Russia, via Vladivostok, which allow the Soviet to release domestic materials for ment to Germanv. To Arms Bill Foes Says Measure Aimed To Protect America By Unite^ Press WASHINGTON. Jan. 17.—President Roosevelt said today that many provisions in the British-aid bill are designed solely to protect America in a world situation that is shifting every 24 hours. He indicated he has no disposition to revise any of those sections. Frank N. Morgan. 45. Fori Blits'intervauo,,a, Neu* seme. As for conjectures that certain , , ATTomTAT T ,1 „ ¡provisions might enable him topur- cantonment worker and the father! AUSTIN, Jan. 17.-Senator Jesse ¡chase Britain’s fleet in the event of nine children, died today from | Martin of Fort Worth today intro-j England falls to the Nazis, he said injuries received while he was at i duced in the Senate a bill propos-!that was “cow jumped over the work on the cantonment. ing creation of an appointive oil moon speculation Injury Fatal To Worker At Camp Oil, Gas Control Bill Introduced Because she declared: "I know my rights" and refused to honor a Dies Committee subpoena, Mrs. Sarah V. Montgomery, secretary-treasurer of the Washington Peace Mobilisation, set up to block conscription, defense measures and aid to Britain, faces a contempt charge. Her husband, Donald counsel in the Agriculture Department. ' Members of the family said that . anc * gas commission to assume pow-he slipped last week while dig-i ers °f control over the oil and gas ging a ditch. He fell on a post. industry now vested in the Railroad He returned to work yesterday., Commission, and went home last night very ill.! It was referred to the Mining, Ir-He collapsed at his home and wasjrigation and Drainage Committee rushed to City-County Hospital, ¡chairmaned by Senator Allen Shiv-Physicians said he died of a ! ers of Port AHhur. hemorrhage of the stomach. , Senator George Moffett of Chilli- The family lives at 1028‘ 2 Texas cothe signed the bill as co-author with Martin. The bill would set up a three-man commission to be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. Members of the commission would have to be 35 years old and conversant by education and experience with modern methods of oil and gas production. They would street. Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Cora Morgan; five sons, Frank Jr.. Howard, Kenneth, George and Donald; and four daughters, Mrs. Lucille Brady and Cora of El Paso; Mrs. Ruby Dutcher of Gracemont, Okla.. and Mrs. Jewel Qualls of Madera. Cal. Funeral services are pending at| s Ç rve f° r six-year terms, one ex- Martin Mortuary. ‘Both Well,' Boys From Sunken Ship Wire Home “Both well, be home soon.’’ These five words, sent by cable from West Africa, mean to Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Dye of 1220 Wyoming street that their two sons, Paul and Everett, will be home as quick as they can get here. The boys were crew members on the Standard Oil Co. tanker which was sunk by a submarine off the coast of Africa on Dec. 21. No letter has arrived from the boys, but the cablegram set two parents’ hearts at ease. Mr. and Mrs. Dye regularly receive word from the company as to their boys’ condition. “We wanted to hear from them,” Mr. Dye said. “It wasn’t much, but it was from the boys.” Paul and Everett are at Sierra Leon, awaiting a company tanker for transportation to the U. S. 18 Inches Of Snow At Cloudcroft! Oh, Boy! There was 18 inches of snow at Cloudcroft today, Weathe r m a n Shaver reported. Conditions were fine for skiing, sledding and skating. There was five inches of snow at Ruidoso. Roads were open though chains; are needed. El Paso had a low temperature of 33 degrees, one degree above freezing. Freezing weather tonight was forecast. Hi, Lieutenant! It’ll be ‘lieutenant’ from now on. Merle L. Shirey, an enlisted man at Ft. D. A. Russell was given the rank of lieutenant and assigned to Ft. Bliss, Col. Shields Warren of the Organized Reserves. pirtng every two years. Dolores Divorces Art Director By United Press HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 17.™Dolores Del Rio. Mexican-born movie star, today divorced Cedric Gibbons, film art director. She said her husband’s “cold and indifferent” attitude broke up their 10-year marriage. Mr. Roosevelt was asked whether he would object to removing from the bill the section which permits the United States to buy equipment from governments which it considers friendly. He replied quickly that in a world that changes every 24 hours, the Administration might Asserts Nazis Will Attack New World If They Beat England International News Service WASHINGTON, Jan. 17. — Secretary of Navy Knox, in a bluntly-worded statement to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today warned that the fall of the British navy would leave this nation’s sea forces outnumbered two-to-one by those of the Axis powers, thus giving them control of the seas and a free hand to attack the Americas. “If Germany becomes free to move across the ocean for conquest of new territories/’ Knox declared, “she most probably will move first into South America, to get hold of that great storehouse of national wealth. “If the United States does not wish to face the consequences of establishment in South America of aggressive military power, we should*prevent Germany now from overturning the British sea power which holds the Nazis in Europe.’* Supports Arms BiU supported President Boose-vzelt’s pending lease-lend legislation unequivocally. He pointed out that the United States i£ vulnerable in the Atlantic so long as the fleet is based in the Pacific; that this nation will continue to be vulnerable until the two-ocean Navy now under construction is completed, but that, he stressed, will be six years hence. In theory and in practice today the United States has a “two-ocean” Navy, he said, so long as Britain is a friendly power and her great Navy survives—that is. the U. S. fleet in the Pacific, the British Navy in the Atlantic. Cites Need For Time “We need time to build ships and to train crews,” Knox said, “We need time to biuld up our outlying bases so that we can operate our fleets as a screen for our continent. “We need time to train our Armies, to accumulate war stores» to gear our industry for defense. “Only Great Britain and its fleet can give us that time. And they need our help to survive. “If we fully organize the mental and material resources of the American people, we can give Britain that help and simultaneously can build a strong military defense for ourselves. The cost to us in money, effort, and sacrifice will be great—but that cost will be far greater, even in the immediate future, should we now stand aside and let Britain fall.” With the operation of the lease- need something quickly and urgently to add to American defense, j lend program and “with our un-The provision is strictly a precau- j stinted help,” Knox said, “I firmly tionary measure, he said. Te bill has no provision prohibiting him from standing on his head, he said, and despite this fact the President of the United States has no intention of standing on his head. That same “cow jumped over the moon” rule applies to talk of his selling the United States Navy, he said. Congress, said the President, might authorize him also to purchase the German navy, indicating his belief that such an authorization would be about as practical as talk of him buying the British navy* (Continued on Page 16, Col. 2) Mexican Gold Deal Case Is Given To Jurors Wîllkie Supports Arms Bill Fully By United Press NEW YORK. Jan. 17,—'Wendell L .Willkie threw his full support to the plan for giving President Roosevelt extraordinary powers under (Continued on Page 8, Col. 3) Double Trouble One night 18 months ago Mrs. Margaret Murray of 1515 North Campbell street parked her automobile in front of the Masonic Temple in the 600 block on North El Paso street. The car was stolen. Last night she parked her new sedan in the same place. It was stolen, too. “I would rather deal w ? ith a man who robbed me of my goods by personal risk to himself than with one who worms his way into the confidence of his victims with glib ! promises.” , With these words William Clay-jton, assistant U. S. district attorney, ¡today closed the mail fraud trial of i Luther Ben Ledgerw r ood, 52-year-old promoter accused of obtaining j S3000 from an aged California physician through letters which told of large profits through the purchase and re-sale of Chihuahua Indian gold and silver. Mr. Clayton reviewed a series of letters which Ledgerwood admitted writing to Dr. J. T. Phillips of Long Beech, Cal. He charged that though the letters told Dr. Phillips that Ledgerwood was in Mexico in the interests of their “Indian gold deal,” actually the promoter never visited Mexico or Chihuahua during his transactions with the physician over a three-year period. In his argument Defense Attorney H. L. McCune Jr., contended that although Ledgerwood’s promised profits in Indian gold and silver had not materialized as soon as he had said they would there was no proof that he intended to defraud Dr. Phillips or his other investors. The attorney contended that Ledgerwood still intended to pay back Dr. Phillips, and that the “deals” in Mexico still are pending and may yet realize the profits promised by his client. Missjng Woman Found Safe At Hot Springs V By Associated Press ALAMOGORDO, N. M.. Jan. 17.— Mrs. Louis Carr, 52, wife of a wealthy Alamogordo lumberman, and her son, Sam Carr, and 17-year-old Ray Osborne were safe today at Hot Springs, N. M. Object of a four-state police alarm when they were unreported since Tuesday on a motor trip to Silver City, the three were located last night by state police who notified Carr here. Carr said state policeman Jim Roach reported the party arrived at Hot Springs after a drive from Mimbres Hot Springs. Switches To 600 Kilocycles, Hikes Power Go to the other end of the dial tomorrow to get the broadcast of Radio Station KROD. Tomorrow at 6 a. m„ KROD will switch from 1500 kilocycles to 600 kilocycles. Power will be increased from 250 watts to 1000 watts, j Merle H, Tucker, general man-; ager, said the increase in power | will permit the station to reach ¡sections of the El Paso Southwest not receiving daytime radio heretofore. Mr. Tticker invited persons in the new KROD territory to inspect the station as well as El Pasoans who have not done so. The night power of the station will be 500 watts. With th kilocycles and power changes, KROD becomes a regional station instead of local. By United Press AUSTIN, Jan. 17 es year were Governor O’Daniel, raise most of means of a 1.6 per tax. The governor, second anniversary of his tion, outlined his the 47th Legislature, tened minute speech when O’Daniel had concluded his address and started from the House f chamber. . Two tax bills were submitted with his message. One would 000,000 a year more from natural re- ? sources and utilities. The other would raise $50,000,000 by means a transactions tax, but would re- i lieve ad valorem taxpayers of an estimated $10,000,000-a-year burden I by abolishing that tax for general \ state purposes. Here’s Proposed Tax Scale The tax scale: 3.75 cents per barrel on oil Cat $1-| a-barrel average 2.75 cents. One-half cent per feet on natural gas, tcinth of a cent. $1.23 per ton on sulphur instead! o:: S1.03. Gross receipts levies on public. utilities ranging from 0.915 of one I per cent to 1.85 per cent; on telephones 1.6 to 2.2 per cent; on amuse- i ment admissions 1.5 per cent. 1.6 per cent on all business trans- ; actions, including those of natural resource producers. World Require Tokens Administration of the transactions t;ix would require use of tokens and stamps, ‘similar to those used for collecting sales taxes in some other states. ; The governor proposed that revenue from the proposed natural resource and utilities tax bill, together with $9,000,000 in liquor taxes diverted from other purposes, should be used as follows: $5,000,000 for eleemosynary institutions. $2,500,000 for institutions of \ higher learning. $5,000,000 for public schools. $7.500.000 to begin retiring the state deficit which now totals over $26,000.000* O’Daniel estimated that social security obligations—old age pensions, teachers* retirement, aid to the blind and to dependent children—would require $35,000,000 to ^¡40,000,000 a year in new revenue. This would, he said, provide a $30-a-month income for 290,000 Texans who are over 65 years of age, when added to private income they already have. The governor, who unsuccessfully (Continued on Page 10, Col. S) More Help For Greeks General Richardson Is Ordered To Washington Major Gen. Robert C. Richardson Jr., First Cavalry Division ‘commander, today was ordered to Washington, D. C., on «temporary duty for a short period” in the office of the Secretary of War, General Richardson is expected to leave immediately for Washington. Brig. Gen. Innis P. Swift, Second Cavalry Brigade commander, will be in temporary command at Ft. Bliss during General Richardson’s absence. A $5 check for the Greek War Relief Fund comes from Wayne Mac V. Wilson of Silver City. Mr. Wilson writes: “If you happen to run across * ‘That Big Bum’ Mussolini* whom Pegler has immortalized, ask him if he doesn’t now subscribe to Virgil’s famous line, ‘Timeo Danaos et donis ferentis.’” No doubt the Big Bum does. -An anonymous correspondent at State College, N. M.» explains how Mussolini got into this trouble, thus: “Pobrecito Benito! He was probably slyly hoping to have a good hunk of Turkey even before Christmas, with plenty of Greece to fry it in. Now he is stewing in his own iuice and vociferously yelling for Adolf to come and help-him out.** . And without comment, John Erickson of El Paso sends in his check for $2.50. In like manner, L of Vado» K. M., sent his At any rate Mussolini isn't the Greeks can do with a Herald-Post w check gets place. lllSlilltt: Imbibì v'PfÉfL
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