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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Is entitled to the exclusive use of all news etories appearing in The Wilmington Star " THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1942 With confidence in our »rmed forces — with the unbounding de terminati«n of our people—we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God. —Reosevelt’n War Message Our Chief Aim To aid in every way the proMeu* tion of the war to complete vie tory._ ___ THOUGHT FOR TODAY “Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves”. Jeremiah 13; 18 -V Takes A Long Time Secretary Knox, discussing offensive plans at his most recent press conference, and an swering a reporter’ question obviously con cerning the date of greater operations in the Pacific, said what applies with equal force to Germany and Japan. ‘‘I can’t tell you,” he said, “except that it takes an awfully long while to get ready for any sizable movement.” We have seen Hitler waste long June days without launching a new major offensive against the Russians. While it is possible that fear of Allied invasions in Europe keep him in a state of indicision, and may account to some extent for his postponement of the anticipated drive in Russia, it is known that he has brought up new powerful tanks and is putting reserves into position for it. But he too has learned, since his first sweep in France, that it takes a long time to prepare for a “sizable movement.” And we have seen the Japanese make a gesture against Chungking which seemed to have all the earmarks of a major offensive, only to peter out under the counter-thrusts of the American Air Force operating with Chiang Kai-shek’s army. Japan may have been inspired with the thought that it could take Chungking with a secondary attack force, or it may be that the whole operation was a feint to distrait attention from a greater of fensive being organized — perhaps against Russia in Siberia. If this last idea is the true explanation of the ineffectual attack on Chung king, it is obvious in the Orient as on the Eastern front that the Japanese also, after their initial drive, are finding that it takes much time to prepare for a major thrust, since the Allies have increased their striking power in the Far East. The “ifs” in all this theorizing are insur mountable. Only Berlin and Tokyo know why summer blows of great magnitude are being delayed. But the Allies are benfited by them in a big way. With American war production hitting on all six and transport on both the Atlantic and the Pacific gaining in security, every day gained for delivery of equipment and the moving of*armed forces to the major battle areas improves the Allies’ chances of short ening the war. The awfully long while mentioned by Sec retary Knox as necessary in organizing any aizable movement is as apparent in enemy camps as in our own, and considering our greater resources and production, will inevit ably place the enemy under a greater handi cap than us. -V--— On Wrong Track The excuse offered by opponents of the National Youth Administration is that it costs too much to operate and that there is great need for economy in governmental expendi tnes. They would do well to weigh the cost against the benefits. The NYA for years has enabled thousands of foot-loose youngsters of both sexes to become earners in useful ccupa tions and particularly during the war period has it equipped young men and young women for exacting tasks in war industries. If ghe members of Congress who are deter-, mined to legislate the NYA out of existence' really wish to effect economies in government and cut off at least a part of the financial waste government is continually guilty of, they will direct their attention to reducing both the number of unnecessary government bureaus and the staffs of others, all of which are tremendously overmanned. The NYA still has a work to do. Let it continue to do it. -V Start Project Now After twenty-three years of negotiations the City of Wilmington at last holds title to the Marine Hospital site, and six months after hostilities cease may convert it, in conjunction with the Robert Strange playground adjoining, into a recreation center such as no other city in the Southeast possesses, if a clear vision of the opportunity guides those with the proj ect in charge. As long as the war continues, and until its readjustments for peace-time activities are made, the War department will have need of the plot. The City Council has done wisely in leasing it to the Army for that period. Meantime, acquisition of the property pro vides incentive to proceed with the master plan of development. Once this is drafted and specifications drawn up, there would seem to be no good reason why work should not start on the northern sector — the Robert Strange playground, so it might become an attractive play center instead of an eyesore. This done, the program could be extended to the hospital property when the Army moved off. By this means, the project would be well advanced when the war is over, with only a part instead of the whole job to be done. The city has broadly and we believe wisely envisioned an armory as the central building of the reservation which will not only house local miiitia organizations but provide an ade quate hall for conventions, concerts, and even indoor competitive athletic contests. The bal ance of the property would be landscaped with courts and diamonds provided for sports events. Such a program could well make Wilmington the recreational and cultural mec ca of the North Carolina seaboard. As a bus iness asset, it could not be topped. Its cultural and athletic advantages would be unrivaled. Whatever can be done now to start upon it ought to be undertaken. -V Message To Congressmen John C. Wessell made an able plea for the Red Cross Sanitorium before the Kiwanis club yesterday, setting forth its present situation as a result of bomber base contruction prac tically at it door, and what seems to offer the most likely means of relief—aid from our congressional delegation. He explained that Senators Bailey and Rey nolds and Representative Clark have been asked to help secure compensation from the government for the site, with which money another location might be bought and with additional financial assistance from the city and the county (this being essentially a joint institution) new buildings erected and the service of the sanitorium continued. He urged the Kiwanis club to send mes sages to these members of congress endorsing the proposal and soliciting their best offices in its behalf. Naturally this action was taken by unanimous vote. But there is something the public can do to supplement the Kiwanis club and all other organizations participating in the effort. It is to send letters to Messers. Bailey, Reynolds and Clark in great volume, so that when they present the sanitorium’s case to the War department they will have such a mass of evidence of public support that the Army must consent to give the sani torium a square deal—something it is not getting now. It had been hoped that the Army would take over the sanitorium as a nucleus for the bomber base hospital, but the proposal was rejected on the score that it was not large enough or adequately equipped. The Army was well within its rights in so deciding. But in view of the fact that the sanitorium has been despoiled by the Army of all that made it a refuge for victims of tuberculosis it is only fair and just to expect the Army to make reparation at least to the extent of paying a fair price for the property. The unfortunates who have contracted tuberculosis and whose only hope of ever returning to normal activ ities lies in the sanitorium and its proved efficiency, deserve this much consideration. --V Tuesday Blackout From a front porch observation post on a well-traveled street the surprise blackout of Tuesday night worked out with smoothness and dispatch, save for one grave and one minor mistake, both obviously due to mis understanding of the regulations. The serious blunder came when a man, possibly a warden, stationed himself at the curb and commanded passing auto drivers to put out their headlights when the blue signal sounded. Under the rules traffic is permitted to move under dimmed light dur ing the blue signal period, and need not stop or turn off lights until the red, or second audible, signal is given. The minor infraction—minor only because the moon was bright—was noted when a public bus continued on its run with all lights out during the red period. The regulations spe cifically state that all traffic must draw up at the nearest vacant curb and remain sta tionary throughout the total blackout period. But neither of these errors compares with the failure to give the all-clear signal as soon as the test blackout ended. It is reported in the press that the radio flash did not come until sixteen minutes after the actual all clear. If the local defense and protection staff needed excuse to set up its own method of announcing the all-clear, this new evidence that the official method is a flop surely pro vides it. A single blast on the sirens, follow ing the second blue signal, would do away with the confusion that has accompanied every blackout since the radio flash was instituted. Other communities have not hesitated to reinstate a siren blast for the radio. Wil mington could do the same with advantage tc its residents. Fair Enough • (Editor's Note.—The Star end the News accepts no responsibility for the personal views of Mr. Peeler and often disagree with them as much as many of his readers. His articles serve the rood purpose of making people think. BY WESTBROOK PEGLER CHICAGO.—Possibly someone will say that I exaggerated or drew on my imagination in writing of the dangerous alliance between the present national government of the United States and the criminal underworld of the union rackets. Is this only my interpretation or can I prove it? I can prove up. Let us take the case of Joseph Newell known as Buck Newell, of St. Louis, a gang ster who was killed in a cheap family shoot ing on June 2. The homicide case needn’t interest us. Newell was just a murderous thug, who abused his own family among others. Newell was the boss of local 513 of the operating engineers, a St. Louis racket and a subsidary of the national racket whose pres ident is William E. Maloney, a dese-dose-and dem gorilla with home and headquarters m Chicago, and an admired friend of William Green. Maloney is a dominant figure in the unspeakably corrupt AFL organization in Chi cago which is a political, moral and financial subsidary of Ud Kelly's Chicago chapter of the party of humanity with which Harold Ickes and Harry Hopkins bargained so ear nestly in 1940 to put over President Roose velt’s nomination for the third term. After Buck Newell’s death it was disclosed that he had been indicted on three counts by the local grand jury at Cape Girardeau, Mo., where recently, work was stopped for five days on the new oil pipe-line that Mr. Ickes is building with public funds, meaning your taxes and mine, to relieve the shortage of fuel oil and gasoline on the eastern seaboard. Many live* are at stake on this project be cause millions of Americans in the east have just lived through one very bad winter with insufficient fuel and are facing a similar shortage next winter. This, incidentally, is not the first time a union racket has tied up work on this vital pipe-line. There was a similar stoppage last spring, occasioned by no disputes between employer and employee but only by the de termination of a racket licensed by President Roosevelt’s government to collect dues from countryside workers who were earning a few dollars on a public project. One of the indictments against Newell we can throw out as being of no interest to us. It charged him with carryin’-on with a girl friend when he took to the road to beat up a few working stiffs. But the other two in dictments charged him, first, with smashing up the dining room of a hotel in Cape Girar deau and throwing crockery all over the place, in assaulting a couple of pipe-line workers with intent to extend to them the benefits of the new deal’s benevolent labor policy, and, second, with starting a riot in the railroad yards at Illmo, Mo., with the same intent. In each case he had a mob of St. Louis underworld bums with him. Work on the pipe-line stopped for five days. This was the third war project that this protege of the new deal party had tied up within two years under the license and priv ilege extended to him by the national gov ernment. But it will be observed that it was not the federal Department of Justice which indicted him for obstructing the pipe-line. The only trouble the federal Department of Jus tice ever gave him was a S500 fine back in 1937 for conspiracy to defraud the govern ment. This conviction did not impair his eligibility to operate as a defender of labor’s gains and thus, in time of war, this bum could stop work on the pipe-line without mo lestation by any federal agency. It is no vio lation of the new deal party’s concept of law and the people’s interest to impede the war effort if you are a licensed racketeer duly accredited by the party’s criminal subsidiary. Brother Newell never was a workman and he always was a bum, a rum-pot, saloonkeep er, gambler, muscle man and thief. Neverthe less, or perhaps we should say for this reason, brother Maloney, of the Chicago chapter od the party of humanity, let him have his head to picket the governor of Missouri, Forrest C. Donnell, at Jefferson City, because Don nell sent a detachment of the state guard to protect the workers and expedite the job. A further fact pertinent to the corrupt re lationship between the party of humanity and the criminal underworld is the recent indict ment in New York City by the county grand jury, not the federal, of Rum-dum Joe Fay of the Jersey City or Frank Hague chaptei of the party of humanity. Jersey City’s rep resentation in the U. S. Congress is Mrs. Mary Norton, a female equivalent of the old fashioned Honest John of precinct politics, who is chairman of the House committee on labor. Because Mrs. Norton is known for her stal wart devotion to the party’s alliance with the umoneers, the other congressmen nowadays invariably send to other committees bills which would place union racketeers under decent legal restraints. Fay is a member of Frank Hague’s muscle, and Hague is the one who elects Mrs. Norton to Congress. Fay was indicted in New York on a charge of extorting more than a million dollars from contractors and workers on the Delaware aque duct. This job was largely financed by fed eral money and if you were naive, you might wonder why the federal Department of Jus tice did not indict him, especially consider ing the facts that the case has reeked for years that that Fay’s operations crossed state lines. But you are not naive so you bow to the fact that Fay runs to fires with the Jersey City auxiliary of the party which governs the United States. Brother Fay is a vice president of brother Maloney’s union, which is by and large the most evil band of extortioners and' gangsters that the U. S. A. has been victim of since the heyday of A1 Capone and, for that mat ter, some of the old Capone mob are hench men of the Maloney-Fay racket today. To be sure, in the bootleg days we did have some rude mobs of killers but not even in Harding’s time could the national govern ment be accused of conniving with the racke teers, much less of flagrant affiliation with them, and of refusing to proceed against them or to let Congress do so. Has it ever occurred to you that almost all of the prosecutions of union criminals, even though they could have been charged with federal offenses, have been state prose cutions? Have you noticed that in all but a very few cases, the new deal’s Department of Justice has let them strictly alone? This alliance between a governing party, indeed a government, of the United States and predatory criminals of the foulest kind is something absolutely new in American his HOW MUCH LONGER CAN HE TAKE IT?_ Raymond Clapper Says: Labor Pa rty Decision Vital To British Life I By RAYMOND CLAPPER LONDON.—(by wireless)—Great Britain’s future course is bound to be influenced to no small degree by decisions to be made at the British Lahcr Party’s conference this week The Labor Party will vote to con tinue the political truce which nas prevailed during the wa»\ But the policies of the Labor Party must be assimihfed partially by Church ills national government, as he in dicated was happening in his radio address on postwar social secu-ity several weeks ago. Churchill is believed to have selected Anthony Eden as his heir, but the Labor Party’s leadership will have a deep influence on British policy. The party is expected this week to select as its treasurer Herbert Morrison, the Home Minister. The treasurer is the party’s most im portant official, controlling enor mous funds and party patronage. In America a counle of years ago people expected that Labor Min ister Ernest Bevin would be the big labor man of the future in Britain. Morrison is now assum ing that prospective status. He is a Socialist who built a strong po litical machine in London some years ago and rode into party leadership and into the government through that. I saw Morrison when I was here two years ago, when he was re organizing home air-raid protection and setting up the fire-watching system. His handling of affairs on the home front has strengthened his position. Now his influence in the government is likely to expand ii the Labor Party elevates him to treasurer. Morrison is inclined to give a stronger flavor of socialization to the party program than some oth ers who are primarily trade-union ists. Yet he is not a doctrinarie intellectual but a hardheaded, working-class Socialist. Morrison insists on placing war and postwar questions ahead of internal questions. He says home affairs have been wrecked twice in the last generation by interna tional explosions. He says Britain’s hme life is at the mercy of great unchained forces in the interna tional sphere which will continue to wreck domestic plans so long as they remain uncontrolled. Only after the Labor Party has faced this, and determined to throw all its weight on the side of sanity and generosity in the world sphere, can the party devote itself usefully to questions of home policy, in his judgment. Morrison is not obsessed by a narrow conception of social securi ty, which some reduce to a for mula of bigger and better doles. He conceives of social security as meaning full employment—secure and productive jobs. He believes Britain must get away from pri vate monopoly restrictions on pro duction and trade, a n d achieve more socialization in industdy— though not complete socialization, aS believes many industries would be better left under the. spur 01 free competition. The Labor Party’s executive committee is reporting to the con ference a program calling for dis j,he Axis> and for mainte ance of peace by the four big they can establish a wonlridp°iutlCal authority” which would be the armed guardian of international peace, also an agency r consultation and decision on great issues arising among nations. „tT^e • r.eport calls f°r numerous other international agencies close iy associated with the central' au thority, including an International Labor Office concerned with stan dards of living, and others con cerned with the supply and price of primary commodities, and the investment of surplus capital to heal social and economic plague spots. These are long-term propositions but for the immediate postwar course the Labor Party executive committee would lean heavily on close teamwork among the four chief Allied powers. It adds this warning: “The British government for its part must turn a deaf ear to vest ed interests whose claim would conflict with the needs of interna tional co-operation.” -V Civilian Defense Timetable BASIC TRAINING COURSES New Hanover High school room 107 at 8 P. M. FIRE DEFENSE A Monday, June 28 and every two weeks thereafter. GENERAL COURSE Tuesday, June 29 and every two weeks thereafter. GAS DEFENSE B Wednesday, June 30 and every two weeks thereafter. FIRST AID—CONTINUED For the benefit of persons who have had 10 hours of First Aid and wish to complete a 20 hour course, a class will begin in room 106 at High school on Tuesday, June 22 and continue on June 24. June 29, July 1 and July 2. v Mrs. Bishop Willis, instructor. NEGRO Fire Defense A At U. S. O. building, 9th and Nixon streets, Thursday night, June 17th, beginning at 8:30 P. M. SPECIAL MEETING A meeting of all personnel war dens Thursday night, June 17 at 8 P. M., in the Control Room. LETTER BOX The editor does not necessarily endorse any article appearing in this department. They represent the views of the individual readers. Correspondents are warned that all communications must contain the correct name and address for our records, though the letter may be signed as the writer sees tft. The Star-News reserves the right to alter any text that for any rea son is objectionable. Letters on controversial subjects will not be published. BUSINESS OPENING To the Editor: Several hundred horses and mules have been purchased in the South Eastern counties in the past two years. Many are becoming useless for lack of shoes. There are only three horse shoers. relicts of bygone days, in New Hanover county. To avoid loss to individuals and a serious economic loss to the community action should be tak en to establish a few farriers here. Any competent horse shoer can earn $10 a day at his trade. This subject is worthy of the attention of the Chamber of Com merce or other agencies, humane or otherwise. Letters from in dividuals to the Departments of Agriculture at Raleigh and Wash ington and to Congressman Clark may help. A Citizen, Wilmington. N. C., June 15, 1943. -V Daily Prayet For An Awareness Of God “Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee.” O Jehovah; yet Thou con descendest to dwell in houses dedi cated to Thy worship, and in the hearts of all who love Thee. Awed by Thy great greatness, and sensi ble of our sinfulness, yet we lift up hands of supplication to Thee, pleading that Thou wilt baptize us with a fresh consciousness of Thy Father nature. We would cast all our care upon Thee, for Thou bar est for us. Make Thy self to us, as we here humbly pray, a living, bright reality; closer to us than breathing, nearer than hands or feet. Our need beyond all other needs, in this time of war and of world travail, is for a more vivid knowledge of Thee, whom to know aright is life eternal. Press Thy self upon us, by day and by night, that behind all events we may The Literary Guidepost By JOHN SELBY “An Autobiography,” by Frank Lloyd Wright (Duell, Solan and Pearce S4.50). The new, amplified, Frank Lloyd Wright “An Autobiography” has been lying about for two or three weeks, unopened. This was be cause the book is heavy and print ed in an out-size that makes read ing it difficult, and also because of a mental attitude on the part of the author. Mr. Wright is al ways right, and this assumption is remarkably wearing. Nobody doubts that Mr. Wright .has contributed much to architec ture, although I and some others have not always liked the look of his contributions, and sometimes have resented the extraordinary darkness of some of his interiors. He told the Soviet architects, not so long ago, that the vertical line was vertigo to humanity; that the line of the future was horizontal. This may be true, but at the same time Mr. Wright switched his host3 about the ankles for their most recent creations, and seems a little surprised when they de ®° riS^- ahead building What basically is disturbing is the peculiarity of a certain type cf genius which blinds him to the outside world. Mr Wright simply ignores the first World War — I cculd find no mention of it at all. Similarly, the depression was to him. so far as his book shows, merely a personal annoyance. He was furious at some of his work men because they demanded cash, and quit him for relief. The broader social aspect of the bad years seems to have escaped him cleanly. An even stranger statement comes later, when Mr. Wright says that Japan always has ador ed the “motherland.” meaning China. His remarks about the mat foundation upon which he built his famous Tokyo hotel do not contain the fact that this construction was already familiar in other parts of the world, incidentally. Mr. Wright makes himself ap pear a prima donna. He is not only the center of his movement, but for practical purposes, he is all of it. For him the work of hundreds of contemporaries does not, on the evidence of his book, exist at all except as something a+ which to lift an evebrow. Interpreting The War By GLENN BABB Premier General Tojo, jn v war review before Parliament ■/ ' ierday, did his best to gi0~S!‘ ;,es' the unsightly patches in recent war record and current ? * look. However, it is doubtful -i ’ er his speech, despite its vhow" distortion of the military s t 3-.? did much to raise the spir”5 ; his compatriots. He had to tell them about r appearance of a new air powf-‘‘" China, partly American, j?.:3 Chinese, and warn them tha?V must expect their homeland - ? raided. He had to admit that ;•?, Allied attacks—counteroffer; •? , he called them—were in the rr-. ing. That is another way 0f ,3*’ ing that Japan has been thrown"^ the defensive. It is interest?’-1 speculate on how that afirri? ? vdll affect a people whose err--? asm for war has been fed 7-? years on promises of world cr. quest. The premier-war minister shed almost no light on the military V*. uation but his selection and en’ phasis of his subject matter gSy» some striking indications of" the current trend of his regime’s thi-v. ing and planning. The speech show ed that a major part of its hopes for victory—or at least a stale, mate that would permit the re'er tion of a considerable share of fte war booty—rests upon the vast up. dertaking which Tojo called "ft, reconstruction of greater East Asia.” This has two phases, the effort to convert the resources of the conquered lands to Japan’s war purposes and the political cam paign to win the support of the populations of those lands for Ja pan’s new Asiatic order Much has been said and written about the former. Tojo said yesterday that ‘‘the vast resources of that region (greater East Asial are rapidly being converted into our fighting ponver."’ Many Allied au thorities have been preaching that one of the greatest perils facing the United Nations is the possibili ty' that Japan, if given time enough will so use the great wealth in rubber, tin, oil, iron and other vi tal materials which she won in the first six months of the Pa cific war to make herself impre? nable. But perhaps that is the less dan gerous half of the Japanese pro gram. There are definite limits to Japan’s capacity to achieve that program. She lacks shipping and all those materials must be car ried back to her homeland indus trial centers for processing. She lacks trained, intelligent techni cians and skilled manpower. Al though it is obvious that she is making Herculean efforts to ex pand war production—the current Diet session is largely concerned with that problem — the chances I are that the economic - industrial phase of the greater East Asia program will fall far short of its goals. The failure of the political pro gram can not be taken ior granted. The Japanese are working mighti ly to line up other Asiatic races in a common front against the Oc cidental peoroies. by terror, com pulsion. persuasion, bribery. Tok yo's propaganda insists that such solidarity is becoming a reality. Tojo ck ‘ oted a great part of is speech to this theme. He promised the Philippines dependence” before the end of tbs year. He repeated a previous pledge of freedom to Burma. He declared that the puppet state of Manchukuo and Nanking CTa ■ were freely and mightily supper -t ! Japan. Similarly he paid h.s re spects to the people of Thailand, ; Indo-China, the Dutch East Indies, i In all these lands, he insisted, a ! pan has been welcomed as ■ liberator. He promised India. MiP in shaking off the yoke of B A few hours after Tojo spoke u Tokyo radio was filling tne a| with alleged messages of super from Filipino. Burmese. Chinese and other leaders. , Now this picture is obvious • blatant propaganda. But we too little of the real situation _ side the conquered lands to as-- - that it is entirely untrue. _ undoubtedly has been some man ure of collaboration with ,:ie 1 nese. There were consider^ groups in each country v, • ^ hated their European ruIeIf •. tlioroughly that they were • to welcome the Japanese. ■ the conquerors have been a 1 enlist corrupt, ambit ricious natives as their age Any success the ; achieve in this program tj to make history in the T - East Asia just that nv.itm ■ •• for the Allies. And one t sisting the Japanese is t.je,... ness of the United Nat mulating and announcing : i , tentions respecting that pn world. __v_ As Others Say ft PERFECTLY SAFE BET , Some Washington repf.’s •... great numbers of letter?. of them anonymous, be::-- ■cl£.,. ed by government office • > Fg ... ing aganst American and , bombings of German cine.-. ,f a safe bet the writers neve .... any letters protesting ^ German bombings of Ei Holland and Poland. — L:,‘ Observed. SHE WANTS TO KNOW A fair Victory Gardener — , carried on alcne. except - . hour of aimless hoeing mate, asks: “Why do they ' farm husbandry?”—Detroit ever find Thee, the living G -‘£._ omnipotent Ruler of events • —W.T.E.