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El Paso Herald Post (Newspaper) - January 21, 1914, El Paso, Texas : ' ■:■ :ü;Mvy ISCRÌPPS -HOWARD El Paso Post TJ. S. Forecast: Partly cloudy and colder tonight and tomorrow; not much change in temperature. (Details on Page S.) VOL. LXI, NO. 18 EL PASO, TEXAS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1941 DELIVERED IN EL PASO 15o A WEEK Home Ei f --- THREE CENTS IN EL PASO -FIVE CENTS Four Survivors Tell Of Horror At Sea , Go Mad—AndDi * United Pres* AN EAST CANADIAN PORT, Jan. 21.—Four men are recovering today from the cold, hunger, thirst and despair of 18 days of drifting in an open lifeboat in the North Atlantic which killed 12 companions. ^ They were from the crew of the - 'm British freighter Carleton, torpedoed by an Italian submarine several hundred miles west of Ireland Dec. 20. They reached here last night, weak, emaciated and frost-bitten, aboard a freighter which had sighted their little boat none too soon. The freighter had had to hoist them aboard in boatswain chairs. They had been too weak to do more than lie in the lifeboat ancl watch. This was their story, as related by John A. Pearson, 24, who be fore the war was a truck driver in London: “The sub wasn’t more than 12 yards away,” Pearson said. “We turned our Hotchkiss (gun) on her but the shells just bounced off her hull like hailstones. .Then she dived and a little later we could see her periscope following us. “We zig-zagged all morning. We potted at her periscope with the Hotchkiss but didn't hit it. About noon she got in the right position, I guess, and let us have it. There was an explosion that seemed to come from under No. 2 hatch and the ship started to settle. She went down with a swish when we were about 50 yards away (in the lifeboat). “A couple of minutes later the sub popped up between the two lifeboats and the crew came on deck. The captain shouted: ‘Where eez ze captain?” We told him to go to hell, that our captain went down with the ship. They they went below and closed the hatch and submerged.” The Carleton crew had taken off in two lifeboats—18 men commanded by Captain Learmont in one boat, which never has been reported, and 16 men in the other boat, commanded by the first officer, Robinson, one of the survivors. Nightfall and the heaving ocean separated the boats in a few hours. The rations were set—two sea biscuits and a pint of water per man per day. The lifeboat was headed for Ireland and the men tugged at the oars throughout the afternoon of Dec. 20. But that night all two oars were lost, along with sea anchor. The next day it turned ci On Dec. 22 heavy seas breaking over the boat and hands were pat to bailing, next day, or the next—Pi wasn’t sure—the cook and 16-year-old hands begin (Continued on Page It, Col. 5) Look, Boys And Girls! Herald-Post To Give Best Grade School Sp eller Free Trip To Washington Cash Prizes Also Will Be Awarded To Top Winners In Big Spelling Bee; Champion Takes Part In National Contest In Capital Look, boys and girls! Here’s a chance to make your spelling pay you cash and a free trip to Washington and New York. The Herald-Post is conducting a spelling bee in which a champion will be selected for this district to participate in a national contest in Washington, D. C. In addition to a grand free trip to the national capital and to New York for the local champion, The Herald-Post will give cash prizes to top spellers. And m Washington The Herald-Post’s champion will have an opportunity to win the national "^championship. British Troops Attack Fascists Holding Tobruk English Move In; Italians Abandon Sudan Border Base By United Press CAIRO, Jan. 21.—The Middle East General Headquarters today reported that the attack against Tobruk, besieged Italian garrison in Libya, began early today. The High Command’s communique indicated that the British, hav KENNEDY SAYS BRITISH SPLIT ON WAR * More War News On Pages 3 and 10 ing placed the Italian base under siege, were now moving in against the Fascist garrison estimated to number between 20,000 and 30,000 troops. To the national champion will go a $500 cash prize and an added two-day trip to New York City. In all, $1800 in cash prizes will be awarded in the national finals in Washington. So, brush up your spelling and prepare to spell down your classmates. It will be worth while, final Bee on May 3 Hie Herald-Post final spelling bee . for the grade school children of El Paso County and neighbor Southwest towns will be held May 3. The pupils through the eighth grade will be eligible. It is for the pupils of city and county .schools, and parochial and private schools. Hie Herald-Post Spelling Bee will be a preliminary to the 17th annual National Spelling Bee in Washing-" ton on May 27. The Herald-Post will give cash \ prizes to top spellers in the El Paso match. * Hie winner of fee finals will be provided with an escort to the capital. He will receive a cash prize of around $40 in addition to the trip. 18 City Schools Join Spellers will go to the capital from the Rockies to the Atlantic, from e Great Lakes to the Far South, and from the modern city Schools and the “little red school house” where the “spell downs” got their start. Eighteen city schools, 15 county schools, eight Catholic grade schools, Radford School for Girls and Lydia Patterson Institute have entered the contest. The private schools of the county and neighbor counties are invited to take part. The public and private schools of The Herald-Post territory are invited to enter their champion spellers in the finals May 3. That territory includes: Hidalgo, Grant, Luna, Sierra, Dona Ana, Otero, Lincoln, Quay, Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties in New Mexico, and Brewster, Presidio, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Culberson, Reeves, Pecos, Loving, Winkler, Ward, Crane, Upton, Midland, Ector and Terrell in West Texas. Other ^ounties interested should write The jpjtterald-Post. Superintendent Hughey of the city schools and Superintendent Hinton of the county schools today endorsed The Herald-Post Spelling Bee with an enthusiastic “Good, I approve of spelling matches!” Cash Frizes Galore Said C. W. Webb, intermediate supervisor of the city schools: “The spelling bee will be a stimulation to interest in spelling which we need.” ^ There will be a $500 cash prize for “ (Continued on Page 7, Col. 1) The Herald-Post’s Spelling Bee Rules 'JTHE rules for The Herald-Post Spelling Bee to he held May 3 are given below. The same rules will be followed in the National Spell- ing Bee to be held in Washington, May 27. * ¥ * THE HERALD-POST Spelling Bee reserves the right to make the finals oral spelling. Any pupil who has not passed beyond the eighth grade at the time of the holding of the bee in his school shall be eligible, except that no child who will reach the age of 16 before the last Tuesday in May, which is May 27, in the current school year shall be eligible. All preliminary matches may select champions, either by written or oral work, or both of these, and daily grades. Word lists will not be supplied by the National Spelling Bee. Contestants may pronounce words before or after spelling them, or not at all. Any speller failing to spell a word shall drop out of the contest and another word shall be given to the next in line. Having started to spell a word, a contestant shall be given no opportunity to change letters once pronounced. A speller, having started to spell a word, may retrace, providing letters and their sequence are not changed in retracing. * * * IF. INADVERTENTLY, no definition of a homonym is given, the cor-1 rect spelling of either word will be accepted. When a speller is given the definition of a homonym, he must spell the word defined. Obsolete spellings will be regarded as errors. No speller shall be disqualified for failing to indicate a capital letter or such punctuation marks as hyphens and apostrophes. A contestant may request that a word be repronounced or defined or used in a sentence. The pronouncer shall grant the request until the officials agree that the word has been made reasonably clear to the contestant Judges may disqualify any contestant who ignores a request to start spelling. The procedure changes when the contestants are reduced to two. As soon as one contestant, in the opinion of the judges, misspells a word, the other contestant immediately shall be given an opportunity to spell it. The judges then halt the match to ascertain whether or not the word can be spelled (as given) by the first speller. If it is found to be a misspelling, the second child, having spelled the word correctly, shall be declared the champion upon spelling the next word on the pronouncers list. * * # IF ONE OF THE last two spellers errs, and the other, after correcting the error, misspells the new word submitted to him, then the misspelled new word shall be referred to the first speller for correction. If the first speller then succeeds in correcting the error and in spelling the next word on the pronouncer’s list, he shall be declared champion. If both misspell the same word, both shall continue in the contest. Though some authorities prefer one spelling and some another of words spelled in two or more ways, the rule of reason dictates that any form acceptable to standard authorities shall be adjudged correct. Spelling, keyed in standard dictionaries with capital “P” or capital “S” or capitals “SS” will not be accepted. To meet the accepted form in many schools, however, the spelling of “through” as “thru,” of “though” as “tho,” or “although” as “altho,” and of “thorough” as “thoro,” shall be adjudged correct,. The judges are in complete control of the spelling bee. Their decision shall be final on all questions. Any question relating to the spelling of a word must be referred to the judges immediately. No protest can be entertained after the contest is terminated. (In Rome, an Italian High Command communique admitted today that considerations of a strategical character had compelled Italian forces to evacuate Kassala, on the Sudan frontier. Newspapers hinted at joint Italian-German action to crush Britain in the Near East. (Italian detachments, supported by chaser airplanes, clashed with British mechanized forces on the Sudan frontier and inflicted heavy losses, the communique asserted). London said British Empire troops are advancing steadily on two fronts in East Africa, threatening Italian Eritrea in the north and the Ethiopian frontier region in the south. ... The Middle East command reported a heavy British air raid last night on Catania, Sicily, base of German dive-bombers which have been attacking British fleet units in the Mediterranean. British Warned To Evacuate Japanese Areas By United Press TOKYO, Jan. 21.—British Embassy and consulate authorities again have circularized their nationals residing in Japan, repeating and emphasizing previous suggestions that they evacuate, it was learned today. The British consul at Yokohama was reported to have sent letters advising some British citizens in his district to leave Japan “before the impending crisis in American-Japanese relations comes to a head.” O’Daniel Takes Oath, Asks More Authority Planes Roar And Guns Boom At Inauguration In Austin By United Press AUSTIN, Jan .21.—In a military setting with Army planes dipping overhead and soldiers from Camp Bowie firing a salute, Governor O’Daniel today began his second term of office pledging the state’s “all out” aid to President Roosevelt in behalf of national defense. He pictured Texas’ vast resources and said: ‘‘All the facilities at our disposal,* the resources at our command, the strength of our bodies, the skill of our minds, the prayers of our hearts must be laid on the altar of Ameri- t.” In devotion to constitutional government, the Governor said, there must be determination to fight for those provisions that “place the protecting arm of the state around the unfortunate with the same vigor that we will stand for those sections of the Constitution which protect the property of the more fortunate. “There is no place in a democracy,” he said, to classify the patriotism or statesmanship of our people (Continued on Page 10, Col. 6) Governor O' Daniel Reds-Japanese Sign Fishing Agreement By Associated Press MOSCOW, Jan. 21.—Tass (official Soviet Russian news agency) said today renewal for another year of an agreement permitting Japanese fishing in Russian waters “doubtlessly constitutes a step forward in the matter of improvement of Soviet-Japanese relations.” The renewed agreement was signed last night. 18 Fishermen Die As Schooner Sinks After Collision Small Craft Split Open Within Sight Of Boston Harbor Japanese Premier Challenges U. S. Story on Page 3. Mother Given Transfusion After Quadruplets Succumb By United Press MICHIGAN CITY, Ind., Jan. 21.— Physicians ordered a blood transfusion today for Mrs. Eva Swanson, 34, who gave birth to quadruplets that died within seven hours of delivery. The 98-pound mother withstood the Caesarian section with aid of a blood transfusion from her brother-in-law, George Segnitz. Her condi-^Ption today was described by St. An-& thony Hospital attaches as “good, with normal weakening.” Because of the unusual birth— which experts say can happen once in 195,000 cases—and the mother’s normal frailty, a second transfusion was ordered. But physicians said Mrs. Swanson was “in no danger.” Funeral services were scheduled for today for the three girls and a boy who were the first children of Mrs. Swanson and her husband, lielbert, a clerk. The boy, second Child delivered, was the last to die. Mrs. Eva Swanson weighing a total of nine pounds, seven ounces, all succumbed from respiratory trouble within seven The infants, three boys and a girlhours of their births. Mrs. Swan- Melbert O. Swanson son, who normally weights but 98 pounds, had been built up to 130 pounds by special feeding to better withstand the operation. Husband Slayer Held For Jury Without Bond Justice of the Peace Crawford today ordered Mrs. Mabel Schneider held to the County Grand Jury without bond for the butcher-knife slaying of her husband, Albert Schneider, Jan. 9. The Grand Jury will hear preliminary testimony on the murder charge against Mrs. Schneider at its next meeting Jan. 31, Assistant District Attorney John Croom said. The hearing was closed without further testimony. Charles Owen, attorney for Mrs. Schneider, who asked that the hearing be held open last week, advised Mr. Crawford that he would have no defense witnesses to offer at present. By Associa ted Press BOSTON, Jan. 21.—Eighteen men drowned today, almost within sight of their homes, as the Boston schooner Mary E. O'Hara, homeward bound from a week on the fishing banks, was split open in a collision as it approached Boston Harbor, and sank. Five half-frozen survivors dragged to safety from the protruding mainmast of the sunken schooner by the crew of the trawler North Star told their rescuers that the O’Hara apparently had struck an anchored barge and that the remainder of the crew of 23 had fallen, from the rigging one by one, as their hands froze. Brought ashore with their own hands and feet frozen, half dead (Continued on Page 10, Col. 6) Congratulations— Choose Maurice E. Hill City's Top Young'Man Junior C. Of C. Head's Work For E. P. Wins Award Presentation of a distinguished service award key to Maurice E. Hill as the “outstanding young man of El Paso for 1940” today climaxed the El Paso Junior Chamber of Commerce celebration of the 21st anniversary of the national organization. The award was presented at a Founders’ Day banquet in Hotel Cortez by E. W. Kayser Jr., chairman of a committee of local citizens which selected the recipient. Rev. Malcolm N. Twiss was guest speaker. Mr. Hill, 30, is president of the El Paso Junior Chamber of Commerce, and has been active in affairs of the organization. “Most outstanding of Maurice’s achievements has been through his Junior Chamber of Commerce activities,” said the committee report CC Charter Member of men in El Paso who felt the desire to serve their community. He was a charter member of the chamber and since that time has been active in developing the organization into an outstanding chapter devoted to the development of our na tion. state and community. “He has served as treasurer, di rector and in 1939 was chairman (Continued on Page 10, Col. 5) Propose More Janitors To Keep Liberty Hall Clean Postpone Strike At Aircraft Factory By United Press SAN DIEGO, Cal., Jan. 21.—The United Automobile Workers of America (CIO) today postponed for 12 hours a scheduled strike at the Ryan Aeronautical Company plant here. Richard Frankensteen, international representative of the union, announced the postponement after a telephone conference with Labor Department officials in Washington. The Commissioners Court may hire extra help to keep Liberty Hall clean /and eliminate complaints against the condition of the auditorium, County Commissioner Scarborough staid today. Mr. Scarborough said he will ask the Court to consider the letter of Mrs. H. N. Cfiristman of 704 Baltimore street to The Herald-Post, and will make an inspection of Liberty Hall to determine what improvements can be made. Mrs. Christman criticized lack of cleanliness in the hall, the condition of the lobby, cigaret butts on the floor, and the condition of the restrooms. She said there is no place to put cigaret butts and suggested attractively painted buckets of sand. “It’s a tough place to clean up, particularly after some of the events down there,” Mr. Scarborough said. “It’s more than one man can do. Perhaps we should have some extra help when there are many functions.” “I expect she (Mrs. Christman) is right,” said Commissioner Hawkins. “I’ve been hollering about it for a long time, but I’ve just about quit fighting about it.” J a n i t o r, elevator, and heating plant jobs at the Court House are filled by commissioners with the jobs prorated among the Court members. There are eight janitors, two elevator operators, four heating plant men in the summer, two in (Continued on Page 2, Col. 3) Maurice E. Hill Draft Board No. 3 Galls 26 Men Mechanics, laborers, unemployed men. a gunsmith, landscape architect and a barber are among the 26 men called for Army duty from Selective Service Board 3 at 8:30 a. m. tomorrow. The 26 men, including seven who volunteered, will fill the January quota of Board 3. The men will report at the central draft office in the basement of Liberty Hall tomorrow, and will be taken to the Ft. Bliss induction center at 9 a. m. to begin a year of military service—if they (Continued on Page 2, Cc*l. 3) A Dog Story— Sandy Is Found, Tied Up, All Dirty, In Lower Valley Warns Against Use Of Convoys To ! Send Aid To England; By Associated Press WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 Retiring Ambassador J< P. Kennedy reported to gress today that some British officials believed United States should go to war their nation against Germany that others disagreed with view. Those who favored United S1 entrance into the war, said tiring envoy to London, did so cause they felt that this nat “should find a way to carry through.” Officials opposed to idea, he said, believed that it cut down the flow of war materi to Britain. Kennedy testified before House Foreign Relations Commit on the Administration pillfor lend aid to Britain. and ? democracies/' Approves Cat on Power He agreed with various tions put forward by coi members for limiting powers whi< would be granted to the Prej by the legislation, approving a others a proposal to keep the ident from using warships for voy duty, unless Congress ed. He warned that convoys woi mean war for the United States, said it would place this nation position where it might “have do something—not Germany.** It seems to me convoying wc lead to war because if* our were destroyed our people w< favor doing something to pi our honor and prestige,’* he Questioned at length on tions in Britain, Kennedy said when war came and Parlh passed a bill in two hours withoiltf debate—presumably the emergent powers bill—“democracy went the window.” But. he added, did not necessarily follow that mocracy “can’t come back.** Counter Invasion Unlikely At another point he said that was “quite unlikely” that might land troops on the Euroi continent and defeat Germany, reiterated his expressed view the United States should keep of the war. On the problem of aiding British the Ambassador exj the belief that Congress should a closely co-ordinated relati< with the President. “If Cf could have some small commit that would function with the Presi* dent, you’d still have CongreM-functioning but it would not through an unwieldly body,” he plained. # At the same time he made $ clear that he favored full aid-^ j “short of war”—to the British. called for ”100 per cent’* suppiij|g for whatever methods of extending*; assistance finally were worked out« ; Cites Need of Ships i Representative Tinkham of Mas«S sachusetts took up with Kennedy: S the question of making public re* ports which the envoy forwarded: to Washington while he was in| London. Kennedy said the matters: involved policy considerations and the matter was one for the state (Continued on Page 2» Col. 2) Mrs. C. I. White of Ft. Bliss has “Sandy” back today. Sandy is an 18-month-old Irish setter, a very beautiful dog, and Mrs. White is very happy to get Sandy back. She was so happy that she wept when she told The Herald-Post dog editor how an article in The Herald-Post telling that Sandy was lost brought Sandy back. After the article appeared in the paper, a woman knocked at the White home door. She acted as if scared and spoke in a low voice. “I can tell you,” she said, “where your dog is. It is down the valley tied up. It’s hidden in a back yard. Go down the North loop road, pass the school house and—-.’* She described the house where Sandy was. Mrs. White thought the woman didn’t know what she was talking about, but she and Mr. White fol lowed instructions. “And there in the back yard described by the mysterious woman was our dog,” said Mrs. White. “He was tied up. All his tags, and the fine collar were gone. He didn’t have any water and he was dirty. Mr. White released him and what do you think he did? He went right to some old dirty wash water and drank it. Our poor dog treated like that.” Mrs. White wept. The family that had the dog said that a little boy gave it to their little boy, but Mr. White said the only way Sandy could have gotten down the valley was in somebody's truck. ^ .. . -«sr* e ... i Draft Britons For War Industry Jobs By United Press LONDON. Jan. 21.—Labor Minister Ernest Bevin today announced a drastic plan for the registration of men and women of working a&tg. and their transfer from non-esseni y tial occupations to war industry.. J -Bevin said that the transfer of workers to war industries will bft mainly voluntarily but he indicated , that compulsion will be used if necessary. Bevin said that Britain’s production of airplanes, ships and war ma- . terials is increasing rapidly "although much has been and be achieved by voluntary means have now reached the stage wh< it will be necessary to hava lftf trial registration.” He said that there would be exception of rank or anyth&g . r- ’ -J'V-t
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