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With confidence in our armed forces—with
the unbounding determination of our people—
we will gain the inevitable triumph—so help
us God.
Roosevelt’s War Message.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 1945.
TOP O’ THE MORNING
A little while the world shall run
In its old mad way . . .
Rut Truth at last shall reign;
The cradle song of Jesus was never sung
in vain.
—Whittier.
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War Memorials
Last year The American City magazine
made a country-wide survey of war memorial
plans. At that time, says the current issue
of the magazine, the movement was vague
and undeveloped. Ideas for memorials were
generally indefinite. A second poll addressed
to secretaries of chambers of commerce fol
lowing VE-Day brought replies from 366 com
munities.
The substance of these replies is interest
ing. “In 200 of these places,’’ says the maga
zine, “war memorial ideas are reported as
under discussion, and of these, 121 have ten
tatively or definitely decided on the type of
memorial to be built. Of this total, 53 plan
to erect community buildings and auditori
ums, 23 plan a park, playground or athletic
stadium, 7 want a library, 6 a swimming pool,
4 intend to build an airport, and 4 others
would plant trees and beautify their town
roads and drives. Two preferences each are
shown for an American Legion Home, bridges,
and hospitals Cor additions to present struc
tures). One town plans a memorial bell tow
er. one a Salvation Army center, another a
eollege memorial fund, and one a museum
with auditorium.
Community thinking has made a notable
advance since the days when everybody fa
vored monuments. Usable memorials are in
finitely better.
It is a happy circumstance that Wilming
ton plans for one that can serve the entire
population in one way or another. The armory
contemplated for the old Marine Hospital site
will serve not only for the local militia but
as a convention hall, a place for cultural en
tertainment, and combine with the adjoining
Robert Strange playground as a great recre
ation center.
Although the property will not be available
until a year after hostilities have ceased, un
der terms of the lease to the War Depart
ment, we ought to be ready with plans and
money for construction when that blessed day
comes.
In the meantime, as recently suggested by
a correspondent, Wilmington. and New Han
over county would do well to erect a tem
porary “honor roll" on the City Hall or the
Court House grounds, containing the names
of all men who have entered’ the armed serv
ices. with separate space for all wounded and
all leaking the supreme sacrifice.
Speed The Day
T! e Star-News has contended from the start
that many bureaus existing by appointment
were unconstitutional and that their activities
were contrary to the public interest. During
the debate over continuance of the Office of
Price Administration, which Congress finally
gave an extended lease on life for one year,
the Hon. E. H. Moore of Oklahoma made a
stirring speech in the Senate in which he de
clared the OPA (the chief offender among
all tht bureaucratic agencies) is wrong in
principal, contrary to our constitution and re
pugnant to Americanism.
His address offers complete confirmation of
the views the Star-News has voiced time and
again. We regret that space does not permit
use of Mr. Moore’s entire text. A few excerpts
are the best we can do.
Says he: “The Constitution is the supreme
law of the land, in war or in peace. The
guarantees of the Bill of Rights and other
provisions of the Constitution protecting es
sential liberties are not suspended by the ex
istence of a state of war. . . There are con
stitutional boundaries which the Congress, the
ixecutive or the judiciary may not trans
gress.” With this fact laid down, and it is
rrefutable, he continues:
“Our experiment in the field of govemment
il rationing and price control has failed to
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its hoped for by those who were persuaded
o depart from the Constitution, because of
heir fear of the devastating effects of infla
ion and shortages of the necessities of life
or our people. On the contrary, it has be
;ome a monster of oppression, a vehicle for
:rime, the instrumentality of destruction, the
areeder of greed, and the perpetrator oi
shortages and hardships.”
Senator Moore, in further confirmation ol
:he Star-News’ attitude, puts the blame for
DPA’s mismanagement largely upon the type
Df men chosen, obviously for political pur
poses, to direct its activities, saying:
“OPA has failed under the management of
an-American-minded men who have no confi
dence in the principles of the Constitution
Dn the integrity of the American way of life.
It has failed under the management of men
who live in a world of theories, and most of
whom are totally minus the practical experi
ences that make for sound judgment.”
But not all the blame, he holds, is due to
them. “I want to emphasize,” he says “that
OPA was doomed to failure under the most
capable and conservative pejsonnel that could
have been selected for it, because it was
wrong in principle, contrary to our Constitu
tion and the Bill of Rights, and repugnant
to Americanism.” This is so true it justifies
repetition here. He goes on to say: "No sys
tem that usurps the liberties of the people
....can ever succeed in America, so long
as those instruments stand as the charter of
our government.”
rnminp down to soecific cases, he adds:
“The record of OPA is replete with instances
Df destruction and planned shortages. The
meat shortage is directly in point. . . The
result is a shortage in a land of plenty. . .
“Shortages, created by the same method
used to develop a meat shortage, are by no
means confined to foods. The shelves of the
hardware merchant, the clothing store, the
drug store, the department store, and many
other types of merchants and shopkeepers,
are bare or filled with substitutes at tre
mendously inflated prices for greatly inferior
quality.”
In summation, he says: “Today, we have
submitted ourselves to compulsion. We have
saddled ourselves with ration boards and ra
tion cards, elaborate and unintelligible regu
lations over every trade, business, and en
terprise; black markets, gangsterism, and un
told inconvenience to the public by expensive,
complicated and irresponsible administra
tion.”
He voices the opinion, after this arraign
ment, that “if price control were relaxed
through abolishing OPA, in order that our
surplus incomes might be matched with con
sumer goods, the productive power of this
country is such that we would bring supply
and demand in balance in short order.”
There is a growing impression in the coun
try that even though OPA has the cash for
another year, public sentiment is so strong
against it, and the consolidation of many of
its functions with the Department of Agri
culture under Secretary Anderson, who is well
aware of the situation, that it will be closed
out before many months pass.
Speed that day.
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Hitler, Again
6 __.
The last time we had any "definite” in
formation of Hitler’s whereabouts he was a
chunk of charcoal in the Reichchancellery cel
lar. Now we learn h^ and his strumpet are
disporting themselves on a Patagonian estate,
tyext, he’ll be in a Charlie Chaplin comedy.
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Editorial Comment
Tar Heelia And Pickles
The state that used to thank God for South
Carolina on account of keeping it off the
bottom of the stack in this and that is now
put in the position of having to do something
about Michigan and Wisconsin for keeping it
from the top of the pile in another record.
Reference is to the fact that North Carolina
was topped last season by only these two
states in the production of cucumbers for pick
ling.
We don’t know what pickled cucumbers have
to do with the general welfare of humanity
but they must be important or else the de
mand would not be so great. We are edging
jjlip, we are edging up.—Shelby Daily Star.
A
_XJXejJW1LMINGTUN MUKJnINi
Fair Enough
(Editor’s note.—The Star and the News
accept no responsibility for the personal
views of Mr. Pegler, and often disagree
with them as much as many of his read
ers. His articles serve the good purpose
of making people think.)
By.WESTBROK PEGLER
(Copyright, 1945, By King Features Syndicate.)
NEW YORK, — Yesterday, these dispatches
revealed the picturesque effrontery of the
Buchanan Advertising Agency, which employ
ed Harry Hopkins’ son, David, in offering Mrs.
Eleanor Roosevelt to the Pan-American Cof
fee Bureau as a radio attraction at $1,000 a
week and the agency’s unblushing proposal
to make full use of the governmental agencies
created by her husband. The money to pay
Mrs. Roosevelt came from the treasuries of
Brazil and eight other Latin-American nations.
Some collected from their coffee growers an
export tax of five cents a bag for this
purpose. Others took it straight out of their
national treasuries.
In view of Mrs. Roosevelt’s denial, whether
naive or artful, thatshe was thus commer
cializing the White House there shculd be in
terest in the opinion of North American cof
fee men who objected and withdrew from a
sales campaign in which they had collaborate
with the Latin-Americans. One of these men
explained that the Latin-Americans distinctly
believed that because the wife of the President
was thus to be hired, the President, himself,
must be “in on it,” too. In Latin-America
a president’s mistress might be maintained at
public expense, but the status of the wives
of eminent public men in their society was
such that they could not comprehend Mrs.
Roosevelt as an independent personality in
her earning ventures.
The campaign was not a spectacular suc
cess, however, and, when it was over, the
Latin-Americans ana tne national conee Asso
ciation, composed of North American coffee
merchants, resumed their old straight cooper
ation without unusual political involvements.
Mrs. Betty Lindley represented Mrs. Roose
velt in negotiating the radio job. The Dies
Committee obtained some records from a
bank in a small New Jersey town and the
office of this long inquiry into subversive ac
tivities reported that these documents show
ed that Mrs. Lindley received 10 per cent of
Mrs. Roosevelt’s radio checks as her fee and
made disbursement from the account to those
purposes which have been loosely described
as Mrs. Roosevelt’s “charities.” The office
force of the Dies Committee believed that
some of these “charities” were of the type
which Earl Browder had described as “trans
mission belts” and “fronts” for communism.
The Dies Committee further discovered the
name of Mrs. Betty Lindley on public payrolls
of the National Youth Administration and the
Social Security Administration, in which Mrs.
Roosevelt was strongly influential, for varying
periods, part of the time at $3,600 a year and
at other times on a per diem ranging up to
$22. The duties were described as those of
a “research assistant” and “consultant” and
the committee received information indicating
that they did not confine Mrs. Lindley to regu
lar hours at a desk. All this, of course, would
have been above any question of legality.
Robert Stripling, the chief investigator for
the Dies Committee and J. B. Matthews, a
backslid communist who became its chief in
formant on communist organizations and per
sonalities, inquired further and declared this
Mrs. Betty Lindley to be the wife of Ern»st
K. Lindley, a Washington reporter, columnist
and author of occasional books, generally with
a strong sympathy for the Roosevelts and
their political objectives.
After the Dies Committee dissolved, Strip
ling, at the age of 32 and a pre-Pearl Harbor
father, was drafted for the army. He had been
the subject of a savage radio propaganda
campaign depicting him as a protected per
son and a slacker. He declared that he was
entirely willing iu uu ms ^
singled out because he had offended the White
House by his discoveries.
Stripling insisted, too, that the reason for
drafting him was to remove him from Wash
ington and silence him. Matthews, however, is
not subject to the draft and is still, so to
speak, a free man.
While Mrs. Roosevelt was doing her act
for $1,000 a week, Mr. Lindley wrote a col
umn entitled “The Mob Spirit” berating Con
gress for its revolt against the attempt of
Mrs. Roosevelt and others to pack the Office
of Civil Defense with their ideological soul
mates, and personal friends. These included
Mayris Chaney, a dancer and protege of Mrs.
Roosevelt, and Melvyn Douglas, a Hollywood
actor.
To shame Congress and those commentators,
including the late Ray Clapper, who had gagged
at the plot to make politics through the O. C. D.
while, as it were, Rome burned, Mr. Lindley
unfortunately brought in the name of Miss
Carole Lombard, the actress who was killed
in an airplane crash and quoted Henry Mor
genthau as having said that she gave her
life for her country because she was on a bond
selling trip at the time. The fact developed lat
er, however, that Miss Lombard and 15 young
ferry command pilots who were fellow-pass
engers, gave their lives for the Roosevelt poli
itcal alliance with the union movement.
A congressional inquiry elicited evidence
that the pilot had repeatedly violated instruc
tions and was off his course, taking a short
cut for his California home, when He hit a
mountain. The air-line had tried to get rid
of him in the interests of safety but the old la
bor board put him back, holding that he had
been fired for union activity.
Also during the time that Mrs. Roosevelt
was or was; not. as vou prefer, commercializ
ing the White House, the Motion Picture Her
ald published an item of further interest. It
said that Miss Cherry Preisser, the wife of
Harry Hopkins’ son, David, had been engaged
to play in the movies for Paramount Pic
tures, Inc. As has been said, David was em
ployed by the Buchanan agency whose plan
to hire Mrs. Roosevelt had been jammed
through the State department over the ob
jections of Sumner Welles, by orders from the
White House, where Harry Hopkins resided.
And John Hertz, Jr., a commanding figure
in the Buchanan agency is the son of John
Hertz, who dominates Paramount. The Bu
chanan agency figured to collect about $90,000
a year from the coffee account.
The Latin-American coffee combine was very
much like those cartels, organized to rig prices
to American consumers, which the Roosevelt
government, in other cases condemned as
vicious conspiracies.
In actual results the coffee countries were
disappointed. Not all the coffee countries join
ed the cartel and not all Latin-American na
tions grow coffee. Thus a delicate situation
arose. If Mrs. Roosevelt said coffee was very
nice and that Brazil raised coffee, a non-mem
ber coffee country might sulk or a non-coffTe
nation might be offended unless she shm,w
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riANO’S DIARY
With No Triumph In Egypt, Duce
In Rase When Rommel Is Stopped
Mav 4-JuIy 21, 1942.
In an upsurge of optimism after
the German break-through in North
Africa in June, 1942, the Axis drew
up complete plans for the govern
ment of Egypt under Nazi Field
Marshal Rommel and an Italian
civil administrator, according to
the diary of Count Ciano, Musso
lini’s son-in-law.
II Duce flew to Africa to take
part in the triumphal entry into
Cairo. He fussed and fumed for
three weeks after Rommel’s drive
bogged down at El Alamein, then
returned to Rome in a towering
rage that he had again been made
ridiculous. He left his personal bag
gage so he could go back to Africa
quickly if the picture changed.
Aside from the continuing scan
dals surrounding the family of
Mussolini’s mistress, the nome
front was most notable for a pro
posal that honest tax returns should
be filed. Ciano and others were
genuinely horrified at the sugges
tion.
Cano wrote:
MAY 4—“I receive Bose, head
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badly when he learns that the dec
laration in favor of independence
for India has been postponed (on
German insistence). He believes we
are playing the game of Japan,
which will act on its own, without
considering the interests of the
Axis.”
* . *
MAY 5—“The British .have oc
cupied Madagascar (French island
off th«S east coast of Africa). It
was to be expected, since Laval
(French vice-premier) had an
nounced to the four winds that he
hoped the Japanese would arrive
before the Anglo-Saxons.
"I have dissuaded the Holy See
from taking the initiative (for a
compromise peace) that would
surely fail.”
HUNGARIAN
MERRY-GO-ROUND
MAY 11—“Hungarian uneasiness
is expressed by a little story that
circulates in Budapest. The minis
ter of Hungary declares war on
the United States, but the attache
who receives the communication is
not up-to-date on European affairs.
He asks:
“ ‘Is Hungary a republic?’ ’No,
it is a kingdom.’
“ ‘Then do you have a king?’
’No, we have an admiral.’
t‘ ‘Then do you have a fleet?’
’No, we have no sea.’
“ ‘Then do you have any claims?’
’Yes.’
“ ‘Against America?’ ’No;’
“ ‘Against Britain? ’No.’
Against Russia? No.
‘ ‘Against whom, then, do you
have these claims?’ ’Against Ro
mania.’
“ ‘Then will you declare war
against Romania?” No. We are
allies.’ ”
* * *
MAY 12—‘‘Rommel will attack
in Libya at the end of the month
with the aim of crush ng the Brit
ish forces. (The attack began May
26.) If he can, he will take To
bruk, and will go as far as the
old boundaries. If not, he will
limit himself to forestalling an at
tack by the enemy by stricking
first. All the forces will be con
centrated then for an attack on
Malta. The Germans are sending
a parachute division.”
SARDINIA DEFENSES
ARE ’REASSURING’
MAY 16 — "Mussolini returns
(from Sardinia). . . .His visit has
produced some assurrance even
about the island’s defenses. There
are good troops, efficient arma
ments, and malaria in the inva
sion zones sufficient to decimate
British troops within a few days.”
MAY 18—‘‘II Duce telephones me
to tell Edda (Ciano’s wife and
Mussolini’s daughter) not to talk
with anyone, absolutely no one,
about what she saw in Germany.
The explanation: The King told
Mussolini that ‘all Rome knows that
there is an Italian laborer in a
German hospital with his fingers
cut off, and that Edda has protest
ed energetically to Hitler.’ ”
MAY 19—"The British would like
to send some hospital ships to Mal
ta. Our navy agrees in principle,
but the Germans are against it.
li uuce decides against u Decause
’experience shows that many
things may be hidden in hospital
ships. Last winter we were able to
bring some needed supplies of gas
oline to Benghasi by using the white
ships.’ ”
ITALIANS REPORT
ON AMERICA
MAY 21.—“I speak with Colonna
(Italian ambassador to the United
States), and with some attaches
who have returned from Washing
ton. They all agree: First, that
the United States is in no position
today to do much along military
lines; second, that her industrial
production is formidable, and that
within a few months we shall see
production of incalculable propor
tions; third, that war is not popu
lar, but that everyone is determined
to fight for 20 years, if necessary;
and, fourth, that sentiment toward
Italy is not hostile.”
MAY 23— “II Duce telephoned in
dignantly, charging that the Japa
nese ambassador, Shiratori, made
some amazing declarations. The do
minion of the world belongs to Ja
pan, the Mikado is the only god
on earth, and it is necessary that
both Hitler and Mussolini recog
nize this. I remember Shiratori. . .
ganda than the Buchanan agency
had given them to expect.
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He was a fanatic, and above all
yery insulting. ...
“Bismarck (Nazi mmister in
Rome) says that Himmler (Nazi
Gestapo chieftain) is playing a lone
jame, and is trying to become
Germany’s leader.”
* * *
MAY 27—“Sorrentino, on his re
urn from Russia, tells his impres
sions. . . .The brutality of the Ger
mans is told so vividly as to make
one skeptical of the charges. It
las reached the proportions of a
continuous crime. Massacres of en
tire populations, rapings, killing of
children, all a matter of daily oc
currence. Against this there is a
cold Bolshevik decision to resist,
and to fight to the end, certain of
victory.”
JUNE 2—“Mussol'ni has thought
of going to Libya, but he wouldn’t
want a repetition of what happen
ed in Albania when they made him
witness an unfortunate battle.
PETACCI DOINGS
ARE ‘INCREDIBLE’
“Riccardi (minister of trade)
speaks very critically of the Pe
tacci family and of the business
deals of Dr. Marcello Petacci . . .
He showed me an interesting doc
ument. A marshal of the cara
binieri wrote to his superiors that
’a certain gentleman is a crook,
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Petacci, a sister of II Duce’s mis
tress, and therefore can’t be oun
ished.’ This" is incredible!”
JUNE 4—“I see Messe (Italian
commander) on his return from
Russia. . . .Like anyone else who
has had anything to do with the
Germans he detests them and says
the only way to deal with them is
to punch them in the stomach. He
th'nks that the Russian Army still
is strong and well-armed, and that
any idea of its collapse is com
plete Utopia.”
* * *
JUNE 5—“Grandi (minister of
justice) tells me that the oath will
be introduced in the council of
ministers tomorrow as a way of
ascertaining income in connection
with doubling the income tax. . . .
This means that for the first time
in the history of our tax system we
are thinking of punishing tax evad
ers.
‘‘This might be all right in some
countries, but not with us, where
everyone would be compelled to
swear falsely. If we shut out eyes
to this, we would be ridiculous.
If we applied the law, we would
have to enlarge our jails until they
required half of our budget. Revel
(minister of finance), having taken
everything else from the Italians,
wants now to take their honor.”
JUNE 6—‘The tax oath died be
fore it was born. The provision
has been withdrawn.”
* • •
JUNE 9—‘‘Military intelligence
has uncovered an espionage cen
ter in the German embassy. Dr.
Sauer, a cultural attache, has been
arrested and has confessed. He
made clear that he did not act for
money, but out of hatred for Na
zism and Fascism. He gave mil
itary information to the Swiss mil
itary attache. A German colonel,
an aid of Von Rintelen (head of
the Nazi military mission), was
also involved.”
ADVANCE NOTICE
Ofr ALLIED PACT
JUNE 11—‘‘Bismarck telephones
about an eventual alliance be
tween the United States, Britain
and Russia, and about an Ameri
can promise to open a second
front against the Germans. (The
Anglo-Russian 20-year alliance was
announced June 11 in London.) This
is the injection to keep the Rus
sians on their feet.”
JUNE 12.—“I learn that the
steamship Usodimare has been
sunk by one of our own subma
rines by mistake.’’
JUNE 16.—"Luncheon with His
Majesty. . . .Serrano (Suner, Span
ish foreign minister) says that Bri
tain spends 10,000,000 pesetas
(about $925,000) a month through
Sanftuel Hoare (British ambas
sador) in Spain for propaganda.
‘‘The King comments: ’Experi
ence shows that much of these
sums sticks to the hands of the
propagandists, and those who are
propagandized get only the crumbs.
God knows how many revolutions
there would be otherwise.’ ”
* * •
JUNE 20—"Ben. Carboni comes
to talk about the invasion of Malta.
He is convinced we are going to
suffer a terrible disaster. Prepa
rations have been childish. Equip
ment is inadequate or lacking. The
landing troops will never land, or
if they do they are doomed to de
struction. . . .1 am more than ever
of the opinion that the untertaking
un’ll r\r»r*nr ” fTl
PETACCI'S ACCUSED
OF GOLD TRAFFIC
JUNE 21—“Tobruk has fallen,
and the British have left 25,000
prisoners in our hands . . .Ric
cardi (minister of trade) renews
his atacks on the Petacci family.
He charges an illegal traffic in
gold, involving Buffarini (state
councilor, former police official,
now under sentence of death by
an Italina court).”
JUNE 22—“This morning Petac
ci’s sister was married in Rome
and the event was talked about
through the city. There were
rich and fabulous gifts, forests of
flowers. Lucullan banquets. . . .
’It is good from an economic point
of view,’ said II Duce, 'but bad
for the girl’s career. She had
promise in the movies.’ ”
* * *
JUNE 23—'Sedbnd conference
between Serrano and II Duce. Ser
rano says that if Portugal should
be invaded by the Anglo-Saxons,
Spain would not hesitate to enter
the war. An agreement already
sxists between Franco (Spanish dic
tator) and Salazar (Portugal’s dic
tator).
“Intercepted telegrams from the
American observer in Cairo, Fel
lers (U. S. general with British
forces) show that the British have
been beaten, and that Rommel has
a chance to reach the Canal zone
if he continues the action.
“A secret traffic in gold through
the diplomatic pouch to Spain has
created a serious problem I have
confiscated 40 pounds of it and
given it to the police. . . .The per
sons mixed up in it all belong to
the Petacci gang.”
LIBYA GOING WELL,
BUT THAT ROMMEL—
JUNE 26—''Mussolini is happy
about the progress of operations
in Libya, but unhappy that the
battle is identified with Rommel.
.Mussolini makes no forecasts,
but hopes that ’in 15 days we will
be in Alexandria (British naval
base in Egypt) . . . The offices
have prepared declarations of in
dependence for Egypt, changes in
government, etc. We should taiK
about it after Mersa Matruh is
taken.”
JUNE 28.—"Mersa Matruh has
fallen. The way to the (Nile) delta
is open.”
JUNE 29.—“Mussolini has left
for Libya.”
JULY 2 — “Mussolini tele
graphs instructions to confer with
the Germans about the future po
litical government of Egypt. Rom
mel is to be the military com
mander, and an Italian whose name
he asked me to suggest will be
civil governor.”
JULY 3—“Hitler agrees, so far
as Rommel is concerned, but post
pones his answer about the Ital
lian delegate. He does not consider
the question 'urgent.’ ”
* * *
JULY 6—“There is vague con
cern about, the lull at El Alamein
(farthest Ax's advance in Egypt).
It is feared that Rommel cannot
advance farther, and that the force
of the attack is spent. . . .In mili
tary circles there is violent indig
nation about the German actions
in Libya. They have grabbed all
the loot. . . .The only one who suc
ceeded in getting anything for him
self is Cavallero, (Italian comman
der-in-ch:'ef), who sent his to Italy
by plane.”
JULY 7 — “The Germans have
agreed that the civil commissioner
for Egypt should be an Italian.”
JULY 20 — “Mussolini’s return,
and the news from Libya convince
the public that the rosy dreams
about Egypt have faded.”
JULY 21 — “II Duce. . .is satis
fied that we can resume our ad
vance within two or three weeks,
and reach the goals of the delta
and the (Suez) canal. He is so
certain that he has left his per
sonal baggage in L'bya. . , .Bis
marck considers our offensive per
manently postponed. . . .Naturally
Mussolini is angry with Rommel”
(Tomorrow: Nazis Pope to Halt
B-17 Raids.)
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Daily Prayer
For a Lift in Living
Life had been dull and monot
onous and uninspired for most
of us, O Father in Heaven. We
had trudged wearily along the low
er levels of mere existence. We
confess that we had not conducted
ourseives as aavemurers ana con
querors. We had been unresisting
slaves of the commonplace. Then
came this incredible war to shock
us wide awake. Suddenly our hori
zons are lifted and widened. We
are becoming aware of a world
outside the one we know. Daily
come to us tidings of titantic
battles; of armies shuttled to and
fro on the earth’s vast spaces; of
shining heroism by our own young
men. May this visitation of Thy
providence, O inscrutable Ruler of
eternity, lift our lives to higher
levels. Set us afire with the pur
pose to match this great hour by
our own manner of life. Enable us
to despise all mean ends, and to
seek the glory of emancipated and
exalted spirits. Teach us how we
may become comrades of the no
blest, conscious sharers in the des
tiny of our day. Quicken us to con
sistent communion with Thyself,
and to a constant search after Thy
will. Amen.—W.T.E.
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Sub-Committee To Study
Oyster Grading Laws
WASHINGTON, July 17.—(>P)_
Chairman Bland (D-Va.) of the
House Merchant Marine and Fish
eries committee announced today
appointment of a sub-committee
to study oyster grading regulations.
The nine-man group, under a
House resolution, is authorized to
investigate regulations to be
promulgated by the Food Drug Ad
ministration fixing standards of
identity for raw shucked oysters.
Subcommittee members include
Bonner (D.-N.C.).
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OAPTAIN HAS FAMOUS NAME
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 17._
(U.R) — The signal officer at the
Alexandria Army air field is Wash
ington Irving. He is no relations
to the author, is 28, holds the rank
of captain and hails from Irvington
N. Y. * ’
OKINAWA SEEBEE'
HUMAN PINCUSHION
By VERN HOEGLANd
YELLOW BEACH THREE OKI
NAWA-W-There's a Seabee out.
f t here with more than its share
of “characters,” including the f-st
mayor of Winfield, N. J.. and ”Bru.
no, the human pincushion.”
Seabees (Navy construction bat
talions) don't have much occasion
to use pincushions, so "Bruno" for
the duration is serving more use
fully as a portable, ever-ready dart
game.
Bruno is Coxswain James R
Upton, a Wisconsin native and
former millwright who has served
with seabee stevedore gangs on
Guadalcanal and Okinawa. Hs
was a star attraction in freak shows
at the Chicago and New York world
fairs.
"When we want to play darts, \V>
just use Bruno,’’ said his friend,
Navy Lt. Edward Markin. 38, 0f
(9423 40th Dr.) Aimhurst Lons
Island, N. Y. '8
"We paint AA mercurochrom*
target on his back, and then he
lets us stand off and toss darts in
to it. He bleeds a little now and
then because he’s out of trainin'
but when he’s in condition he
doesn’t bleed a bit.
“He eats double-edge razor
blades, chews glass bulbs. ,-«id
every now and then wins a bottle
of whiskey by offering to eat the
bottle’s neck.
"He also will let us sew buttons
onto his skin, anywhere on his body
except his eyes.
"Doctors say he does it all by
rigid self-hypnosis. Funny thing,
though—when he shaves he cuts
himself and bleeds as easily as
you or I.”
When Winfield, N. J., (population
2,100) was incorporated as a town
of defense workers in 1941, James
"Tommy” Thompson was elected
its first mayor.
Upon setting up camp near Oki
nawa’s Yontan airfield, Thompson
dug a little bomb shelter and put
up a sign, "Winfie’d community
foxhole—through these sandbagged
portals dive the fastest democrats
in the world.”
Later Thompson’s unit moved to
this beach, and he and his war
rant-officer roommates, Fred Zim
merling of San Francisco and Fred
Einar of Los Angeles, started dig
ging another foxhole. It got so large
that they floored, walled and paint
ed it, installed bunks, furniture
and indirect electric lighting, and
made such a cool, comfortable and
safe bedroom out of it that they
now spend much of their leisure
iime in it.
Thompson's war-time home
away-from-W:nfield is at 812
Avenue C, Bayonne, N. J.
SHAW boy;s club
SEEKING $25,000
A city-wide drive for $25,000
with whi"h to build a club house
for Negro boys near the Williston
Primary school is being conduct
ed during July by the John H.
Shaw Boys’ club.
The club, with an enrollment of
more than 500 boys, has been given
authorization by the Community
Chest, to conduct the drive. Chair
men of the drive are Dr. L. W
Upperman, Janie W. Wheeler, and
George Norman.
Blue prints for the proposed
building on South Ten'h street,
between Church and Castle streets,
have been drawn and plans for
an enlarged program have been
made.
Temporary club rooms in the old
Gregory Teachers Home, at 6U
Nun street, have been declared
inadequate.
The club, organized late in 1944.
has organized softball teams in
Wilming.on and Maffitt Village
Other outdoor as well as indoor
games have been earned on daily
under the supervision of Directoi
Walter Bess.
Robert Jones is in charge of me
workshop where model airplane;,
shoe shine boxes and other piae
tical articles have been built
club members.
People of Wilmington are being
asked to con.ribute in the *am’
paign for the new building.
A statement given to newspapers
states: “The temporary club rooms
are inadequate and limit the P'0
gram of activities. The need
larger, more adequate sPace ‘
imperative. The citizens of
mington are being given an opP°
tunity to show in a tangible ma
ner their interest in the • |
youth of the community and
rif.izpns nf thp future."
Yank Troops Kill Jap
Guerilla Commander
OKINAWA, July 17.- W
Japanese commander of
guerilla forces on Okinawa •“
been killed by Yanks wr.o tr<“
him to a masterfully camoui-8- (
hideout in the Northern rnoun'2.. •
Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell disc.o
tonight. T_,
The enemy officer, Lt. Co.. -
haru Aoyagi, was shot ana *
as he attempted to flee *£on!,
American patrol organized bv -1 ••
Silas W. Bass of Los Ange.es,
27th Division headquarters *nn
mandant.
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JOINS MARINES
ST. LOUIS. July 17.-Vf'-Hei” 3
Stephens, who set the 1L5 :
for 100 meters at the
Olympic games and was voteo
1936 woman athlete of the _,r ’
was sworn in the Marine ‘
Women’s Reserve today.
Fulfills Early Promise
Wilmington music circles will • remember
William C. Yarborough as a promising young
violinist, Just before he left for Baltimore to
continue his studies at the Peabody Institute,
following graduation at New Hanover High
school, he gave a recital at Thalian Hall,
when it was forecast that with adequate physi
cal development he would go high in his
chosen profession.
Then came the war—and induction. Billie
Yarborough was soon in uniform. The serv
ice obviously took care of his physical de
ficiencies, for we learn by way of a broad
cast over station WITH in Baltimore that he
was one of fifty-two soldiers completing a
tour of entertainment for the armed services
with a combined total of 120,000 miles—
“bringing live entertainment to American
forces so far forward that USO shows could
not reach them.”
The broadcast adds: “Picked at Camp Si
bert, Alabama, late last year because of their
civilian experience, the men arrived overseas
just in time to meet the December Bulge
battle. Since then they have been strafed,
bombed and shelled while playing for audi
ences ranging from two men to seven thou
sand . . . often they performed in open fields
and even on Siefried line pill-boxes.” It is
added that they traveled as “jeep shows,”
in three to eight men groups.
Billie is now a corporal, and is organizing
a GI symphony orchestra in Paris. He is ful
f.lling the promise noted at the Thalian Hall
recital, when he was a stripling.

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