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Maximum Sunday 107. Minimum Monday 70. 5 p.m. Sunday 96 hu midity 2. 5 am. Monday 78, hu midity 24. Noon Monday 95, hu midity 12- BANK DEBITS El Centro Business Barometer Saturday .. $632,601.36 Last Year $482,382.22 VOLUME XL, No. 269 GERMANS BATTER VITAL RED DEFENSES Rambling eporter No Surprise— RR, for cue, is not at all surprised that Lieut. Leonard Mcore can cut up didoes in a plane that has lost a lot cf its necessary gadgets. Why, many are the times that RR has ridden in Leonard’s car when there was noth,ng holding it to gether but pieces of wire off an old broom. Getting into the car was a gymnastic feat necessitating the unknctting of a lot of rope and a garguantuan struggle with odd ments of rusty tin. He scorned floor boards, forcing RR to sit with feet on the battery. Starting the car was as interest ing as watching the assembly line in an automobile plant. First he punched s'mething and tickled the motor with a bent safety pin. Then he would run cut in front and crank, nil the while jabbing with a cast off corset slay. At the first cough Leonard would hurtle over the hood, land on his spine in the seat, and start twirling the hand throttle. Then cff we would go, scattering parts t’.id bits of tire along with 'n’attering oil and now and then a splash of gasoline from the tank that had no cap. Ah, yes you can’t say the boy hasn’t had good training. A Slight Libation— A Mexican was sentenced in Brawley justice court Monday for being drunk. He was sent to the county jail for 60 days. “Oh. Man!” whistled Deputy Sheriff Bob Parrish as he prepared to drive the Mexican to the coun ty jail. “Sixty days! You certainly must have been most awfully drunk.” "No. No,” said the Mexican. "I wasn’t so drunk. I cnly had two gallons." Normal. By Heck— In a world gone mad with ab normalities, it is a comfort to find something that is normal. The boys are stealing watermelons again. If that ain’t normal, we don’t know what is. The Hens Are Helping— The hens have gone all out for war time production. It’s a fact. A hen belonging to Mrs. Mort Downing of the Mt. Signal district laid an unusually large egg. Inside the etc shell was the usual egg yolk and. bless your soul, also another egg. .Yep, the hens are doubling their production. Perfectly Simple— The reason Minor Simms looks a bit dashed is because he has anoth er job to add to the sizable collec tion he already had Monday. “Let’s make Minor Simms chair man." said Dan Carter happily at a meeting cf oil and service static’n owners Monday. "He can head this rubber salvage campaign. Why, he has practically nothing to do." Amid l°ud guffaws, Simms begged for sympathy but did he get sym pathy? He did not. He got the Job. Earthquake Kills Ocean Going Fish NAHANT, Mass., June 15. (UP)— An earthquake stocked Nahant fish markets with cod and haddock to day. Thousands of them were killed in the ocean off Nahant yesterday when a severe quake shook shore communities. Fishermen put out in boats to cellect the fish. Two boats hauled in more than 600 pounds. Dr. L. Don Leet of the Harvard seismograph station placed the cen ter of the shock at 30 miles east of Boston. Jacob P. Nuffer Succumbs in E. C. Jacob P. Nuffer, 82, who had made his home in Imperial Valley for 30 years, died during the week-end at his home at 572 Olive avenue, El Centro. He had been at the point of death for several woks, all hope of his recovery having been abandoned several weeks — n „ ago. Death came at 6 a.m. Sunday - Funeral services were scheduled at the L°mons funeral chapel in El Centro at 10 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Mr. Hayden Sears, paster of the First Methodist church of El Centro, preaching the funeral sermon. Nuffer will be buried in Evergreen cemetery. Nuffer was born in Beaver Falls. N. Y., Oct. 18. 1859. For many years he was a real estate and insurance 'man in El Centro, first arriving in the valley during the early years IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS Onlu Paper in Imperial Valley Served by Complete United Press Fast News Wire Day and Night, Full NEA, Inc., Features, with J alley News by the Largest Editor ial Staff in Southeastern California. Eight Pages WAR CLAIMS VALLEY MAN “Reported missing in action.” This terse statement Monday brought home the war to relatives in Imperial Valley of Sgt. Edward L. Hargrove, 22, radioman on a flying fortress that failed to return to its Australian base after a bomb ing raid on Japanese territory April 28. Young Hargrove came through the Philippine campaign and the battle cf Java unscathed, getting to Australia after the Japs succeeded in capturing the islands. His grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Flores Acacia, heard from him after his escape to Australia. His wife in Albuquerque New Mex ico, received a letter from him April Shooting Blasts Baptism Ritual Objections to Jitterbug Contest at Solemn Rites Leads Aged Man to Fire Bullets Into Wall; Near-Riot Follows A baptism party which developed into a jitterbug con test and ended in a bloodless shooting affray threw Heber into an uproar late ounoay night and &2nt Joe Grommet, 69, to jail for disturbing the peace of the affair in the ex dance hall. Mr. and Mrs. Pete Abeytia were hosts at the I ,A. —— - ■■ —— - - . ■ . ■ baptism party. Grommet, who had been looking on the wine while it was potent as well as red. watched a Jitterbug contest which develop ed for some reason unknown to In vestigating officers, and didn't like it. Grommet fired three shots at something or another but struck nothing but the wall. Johnny Cot?, grabbed the pistol from Grommet and handed it to Abeytia. The by standers apparently thought Abeytia was doing the promiscuous firing and started toward him. Abeytia, fearing mayhem, ran outside the hall and fired two shots into the air. That brought help but Grom met decided the Japs were after him and took off for home. Deputy sheriffs restored order, traced Grom met to his home, arrested him, and took him to jail. Grommet still thought the Japs were to blame for the ruckus he started himself and objected strenuously to going to jail. While the affair may have been hard on the participants, the big gest headaches were suffered by the deputy sheriffs who tried to straight en everything out and get the party going smoothly again. Peek Withdraws From Campaign SACRAMENTO, June 15—(UP) Secretary of State Paul Peek today announced he would seek re-elec tion instead of entering the race fof attorney general cn the Demo cratic ticket. "After considerable thought and discussion with friends throughout the state, I have been forced to the conclusicn that during these criti cal times the less of political cam paigns and the more strict atten tion to the duties of justly admin istering the business of government the better," Peek said. ‘ With this thought in mind I have decided to offer my candidacy to the voters cf California for re tention of my present office of sec retary of state.” of the city’s existence. Among his survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Cora Maxwell of El Centro and Mrs. Elma Wallace of Augusta, Kansas; three sons. Allen and Lee of El Centro, and Herbert of Seattle, Wash.; six grand children; three great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. John Gress of Medicine Lodge. Kansas, and Mrs. F. C. Dissinger of Lawrence, Kan sas; and one brother, the Rev. Mr. P. G- Nuffer of Naperville, 111. 20. Monday the Flores had received a telegram from Washington, D. C. officially notifying them that their grandson was missing. He had gone cut on a mission and had not re turned. About that time the Americans were battering Rabaul, possible base for an Australian invasion by the Japanese.' Hargrove graduated from Calexico high school in 1937 and two years later went into the air corps. Ronald is Hargrcve’s three month-cld son born after his de parture for the Pacific war zone. Hargrove's mother, Mrs. Ola Dickey is now a resident of Ala mitos. , Boy, 15, Jailed as Killer Following Failure to Escape Youngster Nabbed as He Attempts to Cross Border at Calexico Imperial county’s boy kill er, 15-year-old Carlos Lopez, was held in the county jail Monday after his arrest while attempting to slip across the border into Mexico during the week end. He had been a fugitive since he stabbed and killed Richard Guzman. 15. in an argument over a 14-year old girl a group of Mexican boys had been serenading at her home near the intersection of Eastern avenue and J street in Brawley last Friday night. Lopez was arrested by United States customs officers at Calexico as he attemnted to slip across the border into Mexico. The boy killer weighs 113 pounds and is four feet and 11 inches in height. District Attorney Elmer Heald said the law required that Lopez be taken into juvenile court where he would be referred to Imperial county superior court for trial on a charge of murdering Guzman. Gunman was stabbed once in the chest near the throat and once in the heart. Youthful witnesses of the killing testified at an inquest in Brawley Saturday, explaining how Lopez and Guzman quarreled over the girl. Lopez later was angered again when he was told that Guzman’s little brother had struck one of the Lopez youngsters with a rock. Lopez and Guzman started to fight, the wit nesses said, Guzman saying they should fight with their fists and not with knives. The killing came almost immediately after the boys started to fight. One Family Has 2 Accidents in Day Accidents run in the Kaiser fam ily. At 6:03 p.m. Saturday Karl Kaiser was in involved in an accident at Third and Main with B. S. Mark man. Kaiser suffered a slight back injury and was taken to his home at 830 Brighton. One hour and 47 minutes later his wife collided with a machine driven by H. P. Comlee at 10th and Heil Mis. Kaiser suffered slight injuries and joined her husband at home. Draft Objector Sent to Prison Robert Lee Allen, Imperial Val ley’s conscientious objector No. 1, Monday was sentenced to McNeill island for five years. The government contended that Allen, rancher of the Westworland area, became a conscientious objec tor after he had received his order to report for Induction into the armed forces of the United States. (Five Cents Per Copy) MONDAY, JUNE 15, 1942 Son's Voice Heard Parents Almost Miss Broadcast By Midway Hero To a million Americans, it was a hero’s voice they heard over the radio on Sunday’s army hour broadcast from Australia, but to two El Cen trans, it was something more—it was their sin’s voice. It was a voice they almost missed —the first time. P. L. Moore, El Centro credit as sociation executive and city coun cilman, was working in his yard Sunday. A neighbor, Oscar M. In gersoll, dashed out of his house across the street. P. L. listened to his shout, and in less than half a second he was legging it for his own radio, and calling Mrs. Moore. The thing was off. He switched it on . . . . . . just in time to hear the last two sentences of Lieut. Leonard Moore’s description of the battle of Midway, in which the El Centro youth was the hero of a torpedo plane exploit in sinking a Japanese carrier and driving off a swarm of Jap Zero fighters. “We stayed pretty close to the radio after that,” P. L. recalled Mon day. Some time later a friend, P. L. did not know who, telephoned that there would be a rebroadcast of the program at a later hour. The Moores heard it all, that time. More than that—they were later present ed with a recording of their son's voice in his recital of the battle, made by the Rev. E. L. Carter. Many El Centrans, besides the father and mother, heard Lieut. Moore's description of the battle, which included a matter-of-fact re port on his own activities in man ning a gun at which the ’gunner had been wounded, and driving off enemy fighting planes after the craft on which he was co-pilot had scored a direct aerial torpedo hit on a .lap aircraft carrier of the largest type. Lieut. Moore found a humorous side, looking back at the conflict. ’A cushion caught on fire." he said. “I didn't know it was so hard to throw anything out of an air plane.” The belief was general here, and seemed to be partially confirmed by the fact that Lieut. Moore was chosen for the radio broadcast, that he is in line for award of some such citation for heroism as the Dis tinguished Flying Crass. But his father had a greater desire. "I wish they'd give him a fur lough," P. L. said. “We’d like to see him again.’’ Synthetic Rubber Delay Denounced WASHINGTON. June 15— (UP)— The national scrap rubber salvage campaign began today as three sen ators called upon President Roose velt to "break the war production board bottleneck” which they charged was holding up production of synthetic rubber. The scrap campaign is designed to find out how much scrap rubber there is in the United States. The amount collected is expected to be a majcr factor in determining whether it will be necessary to ex tend gasoline rationing to all 48 slates as a rubber conservation measure. The three senators who denounc- Filipino on Trial In Slaying Case Jacobo Valoria. 33. Filipino who shot and killed Herman Tabile. 34, May 17 for love of blend Gloria Prior, went to trial before a jury in superior court Monday on a charge of murder. The killer was a fugitive for two days before he finally appeared at the Imperial county Jail in El Cen tro and gave himself up. His vic tim died a short time after Valoria emptied his gun at him at. a ranch between Brawley and Imperial. New York 001 100 013 —6-12-0 Pittsburgh 000 000 020-2-7-2 Schumacher and Danning; Butch er. Heintzelman and Phelps. (Only day game, either league). Baseball NATIONAL Second Street Improvement Project Awaits Only WPB Approval Here El Centro had received the green light on the secondary city paving project from the state highway department Monday and needed on ly the approval of the war produc tion board to begin work. Under the setup the state has agreed to finance $23,912.10 of the estimated cost of $31,000 for grad ing. graveling and oiling of 26 blocks of city streets. Prelliminary processes in oiling 24 blocks in the first project are completed but actual oiling, which was to begin last Thursday, was held up by an order prohibiting de livery. Walter Heinecke, public works director, said he had received prom ise that the oil will be here by Here's AHu village, on AHu, island at the western tip of America's Aleutian islands, where U. S. naval forces are attempting to dislodge a Japanese landing party—the first to gain a foothold in the Western Hemisphere. I. V. Joins Nation to Put Scrap Rubber Drive Over Bring on ycur scrap rubber! Every service station in Imperial county, major and independent alike, Monday became a reception center for the accumulation of scrap rubber. Anything of rubber will be accept ed. Anything from rubber tires and tubes to ash trays and jar rings will be received and turned over to the government at the request cf President Roosevelt in his na tion-wide campaign to collect every available scrap of rubber so that it may be used in the war effort. Incidentally, if the scrap rubber backlog piles high, you may still be ed the WPB's handling of the syn thetic rubber program were Ellison D. Smith, D.. S. C.. Hugh A. Butler, D„ Neb., and Burton K. Wheeler, D„ Mont. Smith chargea tnat all the offi cials handling the rubber program are "big shots from the various rub ber companies." “They are doing everything in their power to keep their little play houses from being upset—either now or after the war," Smith said. "I do not believe the President will ever appoint a competent man that the people of this country can trust to head the rubber program." Wheeler called for the appoint ment of a “rubber czar” with no connections with private rubber or petroleum companies. Butler, writing directly to the President, charged that the delay in production of synthetic rubber is “due to the determination of offi cials to depend on the time con suming, experimental petroleum process, rather than on the grain alcohol method." Smalling Capture Report Confirmed The United States war depart ment Monday confirmed the report that Pvt. Hollis Smalling, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Smalling of El Centro, was one of the 153 Ma rines held as prisoners of war by the Japanese at Zentsuji, Shikoku island. Japan. Unofficial news of Smalling's cap ture by the Japanese had been re ceived in El Centro some time ago but was not officially confirmed by the war department until Monday. PHONE 303 Wednesday. Final approval is now necessary by the WPB on any building or paving project over $5,000, Heinecke said, and actual negotiations have not yet been entered into. Heinecke said the plan for the second project differs from the first in that money may be used for any pl.-se o: construction under the latter. The city may either use its own equipment and , labor at cost to the city or may reduce the amount of work done and take funds for it from the state allotment. The 26 blocks affected are. On 12th from Holt to Ross, on Holt from Eighth to 12. on Hamilton (Continued on Page 8; Column 4> ‘able to ride more than three gal lons of gasoline worth a week in the fall, but if it dees not, nation wide gasoline rationing to force conservation of rubber on the American public is a virtual cer tainty. MONEY FOR RELIEF “If ycu want to give the rubber to the war effort," said M. O. Simms, chairman of the Imperial county rubber salvage committee, “do so and the money will go to three organizations for service men, the Navy Relief, the U. S. 0., and the Red Cross. If you don’t wa'nt to give it away, the petroleum in- One-Half of Scrap Rubber Lost When Reclaiming Starts WASHINGTON. June 15—<UP> War production board officials to day estimated that the scrap rub ber collected is the campaign start ing today would be cut approxi mately in half during the process of reclaiming. They said that it ordinarily took two pounds of “good” scrap rub ber to obtain one pound of rubber which could be used. It. requires from five to seven pounds of reclaimed rubber to recap a tire. A few ounces of crude rub ber are needed to cement the re cap to the worn tire. A senate committee has reported that as few as two or three ounces of crude rub ber could be used to do the cement ing, but some WPB officials re ported that more crude rubber than that was required for recapping a tire that could held up under mod erate to high speeds. Supervised Play Program Gets Under Way in E. C. El Centro’s supervised play pro gram planned to bring diversion and entertainment to children and adults this summer was scheduled to begin at 7 p. m. Monday at three different places in the city. The program was to begin at Wil son school under the direction of Mrs. Mary B. Kendall of Holtville and at Douglass and Washington schools under the direction of Ar thur Prince. Recreation will be provided from 7 p. m. to 10 p. m. every night ex- THE POST PRESS Hitler's Summer Drive Under Way On Russian Front Axis Reports Biggest Convoy Of War Under Attack in Mediterranean; Food Riots Reported in Nazi Hamburg By UNITED PRESS Armed forces of the United Nations and the Axis were locked in major battles Monday on three Russian fronts, on the Libyan desert south of Tobruk, in the Mediterranean, and on the air front north of Australia. dustry will pay you a cent a pound for it.” This drive for rubber must be completed by June 30. All service station proprietors and managers in the county instructed their employes that their main job in the next two weeks is to handle the rubber that is brought to them by the patriotic citizens determined to prevent waste of material need ed for the war effort. The Presi dent of the United States must knew by June 30 just how much the citizens salvaged for the war. TAKE IT ANYWHERE Residents take their scrap rub- (Continued on Page 8; Column 1) Congress Seeks Revenge on OP A WASHINGTON, June 15. (UP) —Congressional leaders, disgruntled because their cherished patronage privileges have been disregarded by Price Administrator Leon Hen derson, planned today to exercise control over appoint ments in the Office of Price Administration. Their opportunity will come when the $161,000,000 OPA appropriation for the year beginning July 1 is formally laid before congress. Pres ident Roosevelt has submitted a request for that sum but no legisla tive steps have been taken to grant it. * Congress probably will vote the appropriation—or at least part of it—when it is formally presented, it was said. But leaders planned to add a provision which would re quire senate approval of OPA ap pointees receiving more than S4OOO a year, The battle between OPA and con- cept Sunday. Dates for special events, contests, and tournaments will be announced as arrangements are completed, said Mrs. Angela McNeece. chairman of the city-wide program. Activities will include diversion for everyone. Included in present plans are story telling, ring ten nis, social and folk dancing, skat ing, mixer parties, horseshoe pitch ing, ping pong, dominoes, checkers, badminton, rope jumping, stunts, indoor ball, and harmonica playing. EL CENTRO, CALIF. i The long-awaited and perhaps decisive summer campaigns again appeared to be getting underway on the Russian front, with desperate fighting in progress at Sevastopol, where the Russian Black sea fleet joined in the battle; on the Kharkov front, where the Germans claimed to have smashed across the Donets river; and near Leningrad, where Axis sea and air attacks were re ported on a large scale. Although the Germans had seized the initiative on key Soviet fronts, they were meeting powerful resis tance and frequent counterattacks and had failed to force a decision on any important sector. It appear ed likely, however, that Hitler was throwing massed strength into the eastern front in an effort to start his 1942 offensive along the black sea and toward the desperately needed oil of the Caucasus. On other irones, developments in cluded : MEDITERRANEAN ltalian tor pedo and dive bomber planes claim ed to have sunk two Allied cruisers, a destroyer and four merchant ships and to have damaged a battleship, an aircraft carrier, two cruisers, a destroyer and four cargo ships in an attack—still in progress—against a strong convoy moving from Gibral tar toward Egypt. Twenty Italian and 15 British planes were reported destroyed in the action, which in dicated that one of the greatest Allied maneuvers of the war was in progress in the Mediterranean. The Germans also claimed to have sunk an Allied merchant ship and hit a destroyer and two other ships off the Tobruk coast. LIBYA— A wild tank and air bat tle was in progress southwest of Tobruk, where the Axis forces launched an attack in the Acroma sector in an effort to trap British forces on the coast at El Gazala, west of Tobruk. Tae British counter attacked from the south in an en gagement that still was undecided. GERMANY — Reports from Stock holm indicated unrest in the bomb battered port of Hamburg, where 25 Germans were said to have been shot and hundreds arrested follow ing food riots. AUSTRALIA Port Darwin at tacked by 27 Japanese bombers pro tected by fighters in heaviest bomb ardment of the war. About 200 bombs dropped during third strong enemy (Continued on Page 8; Column 4) gress was said to be an outgrowth ol some recent appointments Hender son has made in his regional offices. These appointments were made without consulting Democratic con gressmen, it was reported, and have offended some including strong New Deal supporters. In three instances, it was said, Republicans were named to head local offices in states where New Deal strength is admittedly slim New Deal senators and representa tives from those states expressed bitterness privately and pointed out that this is an election year. Arrangement.-- arc being made f< 1 14 additional activities but are net complete as yet, Mrs. McNeece said Indoor leagues and play-off tourn aments will be arranged Tourna ments in many competitive games also are planned Local talent will be utilised in the monthly community nrograma, several of which are planned for the summer. One will be held on the Eastside July 3, at Wilscn July 5, and possibly at both places on Aug. 1 and Sept. 5.