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Maximum Wednesday 104- Mini mum Thursday 71. 5 p-m. Wednes day 97, humidity 22- 5 a.m. Thurs day 73, humidity 73. Noon Thurs day 96, humidity 44. BANK DEBITS El Centro Business Barometer Wednesday . $606,294.94 Last Year $499,203.34 VOLUME XL, No. 272 AXIS BLASTS BRITISH BACK IN LIBYA PAF pilot stands beside American-built Tomahawk plane he brought home after explosive shell hit tail over African desert. Brewery's Office Building Burns MEXICALI, June 18. Soldiers stood guard today around the smoldering ruins of a building that had been one of Mexicali’s largest. At 6 p.m. Wednesday the four-story sales agency build ing of the Aztec Brewing company ignited and fire com- Rambling eporter Oleanders To You rr has a world of wholesome respect for that great crew of ground observation corps members manning the lookouts throughout the county. This lookout duty is one of the most important phases of national defence but it totally without gla mour and without any fanfare of trumpets. It is t resomc, unexciting work but as necessary to our safety as any army of good fighting men The observers are the first line of defense If they fall down on the job they have failed our fighting men and made their task much more difficult Therefore it is with a great deal of pleasure and deep appreciation that RR votes oleandars to Mrs Don Stephens of the Coyote Wells lookout Mrs. Stephens, my rather unappreciative friends, has served as lookout there for 2,000 since the system was established Go thou and do likewise. A Hot Case— The jury in a superior court mur der case was in a hot spot Wednes day. They listened to the evidence and sweat worse than the prisoner at the bar. Round and around went the fans in the coolers but the room became hotter and hotter. They mopped their brows and fanned with vigor. At a recess they went out into the hall. It was cool out there. In fact, investigation revealed that it was 10 degrees cooler in the hall than in the court room They mutinied And why not? The water feed into the cooler was stopped up and the fan was simply fanning in hot air ' , , And that's awful in a place al ready packed with verbal hot air. What Next?— This scrap rubber collection cam paign is turning up some amazing things. The El Centro city hospital turn ed in 60 pounds of rubber with 37 pounds of tUe total composed of worn out rubber gloves The Sacrifice — A small boy appeared at an El Centro filling station with a pile of scrap rubber “I’m sorry you don't have a few ounces more," the attendant told the boy, “then I could give you a quarter. ’’ He went inside the sta tion to pct the quarter anvway. When the attendant reached the boy again, he was seated on the around rinning the rubber heeles from his shces and throwing them into the pile. IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS Onlu Paper in Imperial Valley Served by Complete United Press Fant News Wire Day and Night, Full NEA, Inc., Features, with Valley News by the Largest Editor ial Staff in Southeastern California. Eight Pages •panics from Mexicali and Calexico rushed to the scene. Small supply of water forced the Calexico firemen to return to the United States side of the international boundary with out lending aid. The building had been used as a storage place and warehouse for brewery equipment The blaze .was believed to have been started by defective wiring. At 11 p.m. Wednesday night the building was still ablaze. Officials of th? company could not estimate the amount of loss but said that it was considerable, for only a small corru gated iron section of the structur' remained standing Thursday morn ing. The loss was partly covered by insurance. A slight wind whipped the fire as Mexican firemen battled to con trol it, causing it to jump the street north of the building and demolish several small houses. The brewery building was con structed in 1925. Although the heat from the fire was intense, no firemen or crowding spectators were burned. Bandmaster Dean Succumbs in East WEST LONG BRANCH. N. J.. June 18. (UP)—Arthur Pryor, 71- year-old dean of American band masters, died today at his home af ter a two day illness. Born in St. Joseph, Mo. on Sept. 22, 1870, Pryor was a musical prod igy. His father founded the band that was to make Arthur famous for more than 40 years. At three he had mastered the drums, at six the piano. He joined bis father's band as a trombone player in his early 'teens became conductor-pianist of the Stanley opera. Calexico Marine Prisoner of War The nam? of John Hamas, Calexico, was added Thurs day to those of other Imperial Valley men missing or pris oners of the Japanese in World War No. 2, according to a war department communique issued at Washington. Hamas, whos? next of kin was listed by the war depart- * ment as Mrs. John Hamas, El Rey hotel, Calexico, is a U. S. Marine machine gunner. He was listed def initely as a prisoner of the Japanese, probably captured when Wake Island fell last Dec. 23. Maj James Patrick Devereaux, Hamas’ commander, was included in the list of prisoners issued at Wash ington. Also included were 133 other marines and sailors who. with Maj Devereaux and Hamas, are held at Shanghai, China. Most of the men. the war de partment said, were 'captured when Wake fell. The list included four officers and 12 enlisted men from the navy, and six officers and 112 (Five Cents Per Copy) Draft Deferment For Farm Labor Gets Boost Here Boards Declare Individual Farmers in Valley Should Make Application for Vital Men; Employment Office Helps Imperial county’s two selective service boards and the Federal Employment service banded together Thursday to help farmers get valuable agricultural labor deferred from military service and kept at home to plant and harvest the crops needed by the United States. “Farmers must make formal ap plication to have their valuable agricultural labor deferred,” said Thomas N Finney of the Federal Employment service, “or the selec tive service board members can do nothing at all about deferring the agricultural laborers. “It is up to the farmers to take the initial step in the case of each individual laborer necessary to them. Tt is impossible to issue a blanket deferrment order as each case must be considered on its own merits.” He declared that farmers should not consider such a step unpatriotic because the armed forces must have food and it is up to the farmers to keep the help they need to raise it. Without food the armed forces are helpless and it is the patriotic duty of the farmer to do everything in his power to see that he carries out that duty, Finney declared. Finney placed the facilities and staff of his office at the disposal of the farmers of the county when it comes to making out the formal application for deferrment of men. He also will study the case and rec ommend deferment of the necessary men as this will be a help to the board members. Farmers seeking deferment for their men must fill out form 42A and submit it to the draft boards. At present 1,055 men are needed in necessary agricultural work and Finney, asked to get them, has been able to supply none at all for the last three days. Army Rules Louis Can't Fight Now WASHINGTON, June 18— (UP) The war department has ruled that heavyweight champion Joe Louis must complete his basic army train ing before it will consider allowing Irm to participate in any furthei public appearances, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimsc.i said today. “Lotlis’ public appearances have m:.de it impossible for him to com plete his army training and this is unfair to both Louis and the army," the secretary said. “This is the reason why we have made this rul ing.' Stimson said he did not know how long it would be before Louis com pletes his training. However, the full basic trailing period takes 13 weeks and Louis already has com pleted part of the required time. Japs Add Sound Effects to Movie SPOKANE, Wah„ June 18. (UP The motion picture “Dive Bomber" played to a capacity audience with “additional sound effects," accord ing to a box office notice from Dutch harbor, Alaska, released to day by the Army's picture service for the ninth corps area and Alaska The picture was being shown sol diers when the Japanese treated the output to the real thing. enlisted men of the marine corps The sailors came from 11 states and the marines from 31 states and Canada. It was the sixth prisoners list issued on the basis of Red Cross reports, and brought the number o'f marines known to be captured to 5’6. Navy men in Japanese hands total 280; soldiers, four, and civil ians 219. Devereaux, whose address was giv en Governors Island, New York, replied to a question of what the Wake Island defenders wanted with the now-famous radio message, “send us more Japs.” THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 1942 OUT OF HAND Rubber Drive Stretches Imperial county's scrap rubber salvage campaign was out of hand and running wild Thursday as junk dealers and secondhand store pro prietors prepared to dump hun dreds of thousands of tens of rub ber into the mountainous pile al ready contributed by the public. In the El Centro, Holtville and Imperial areas the total for .the week thus far was 90,952 pounds, in Calexico it was 17,724 and in Westmorland 10,570 pounds making the incomplete grand total for the county 119.246 pounds. On Wednesday residents of El Centro, Holtville, and Imperial col lected 37,598 pounds and in Ca lexico 8,416 pounds. Sam Danenburg, El Centro junk dealer, was preparing to sell be tween 200,000 and 250,000 pounds, but since the rubber had not been' weighed and checked in it was not possible to include that amount in the totals He prepared to sell his rubber for S2O a ton under the gov ernment set-up for collecting rub ber to prevent gasoline rationing The regulation ceiling on scrap Boy, 10, Drowns In New River, 2 Pals Miss Same Fate This summer’s fifth drowning victim was taken from the waters of New river near Brawley Thurs day morning after being missing since noon Wednesday when he went wading in shallow water be cause he couldn't swim and was swept into the swift, deep water in the center of the stream. Malvin Lewter, 10-year-old son of Mrs. Myrtle Lewter of Brawley, drowned while wading with his brother, Jerry, and Clarence Carr a mile south of highway 99. in the shallow water of New river In some manner all three young sters, none of whom could swim, got into the deeper water. Malvin was swept away but the other boys manager to get out safely. They ran home lor help Imperial Irrigation district crews put a net across the stream and carried it through the water They found the little body at 10:30 a.m. Thursday about 3% miles down stream from the point where the child stepped into the water Breakfast Food Scion Divorced LOS ANGELES, June 18—'UP)— Mrs. Sue Slausen Colver today was granted a divorce from William Kellogg Colver, member cf the wealthy Battle Creek. Mich., break fast food family. Mrs. Slausen charged that her husband had been disloyal to her and had asked her for his freedom “so that he cculd remarry have ch'ldren and evade the draft. ’ Colver is a grandson of Dr. Har very Kellogg, founder of the Battle Creek sanitarium, and a nephew of W. K. Kellogg, the breakfast food magnate. He is at present working for the government as a chemical engineer. She is a member of a picneer southern California family. WAR THREAT REDUCED WASHINGTON, June 18 (UP)— The threat of a Japanese attack against the west coast has been greatly reduced as the result of American victories in the Pacific, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson said today. Stimson said all indications were that the Japanese landings in the Aleutians were small. He was un able to say whether the invaders had made effort to reinforce theS initial landings at Attu and Kiska Phantom Barber Mystifies Town PASCAGOULA, Miss., June 18 (CP) Everybody in town to day was just as mystified over the motive of the "phantom barber" as they were about who he might try to clip next. Without robbing or other wise disturbing his victims, he breaks into homes at night and snips the hair of heavy sleepers. He has given haircuts to three persons in the past week and not one of them even woke up during the process. Police Chief A. W. Ezell said his department has staked a $309 reward for information leading to the “barber s” cap ture- rubber was set at $lB a ton Danen berg, however, agreed to load the rubber himself when the time for shipment came. M. M Dizney of El Centro was made head of a committee to con tact all junk dealers and used car lot proprietors and ask them to turn out their accumulations of scrap rubber Arthur Spring will contact industrial plant, packing shed and wholesale house owners on a similar mission. El Centro Boy Scouts, busily col lecting rubber on the eastside Thursday, asked that residents have their contributions ready as it will be impossible to return to pick up the rubber. They will col lect in the other parts of the city Friday and Saturday. Mrs. Lora McCarty Dies In Valley Mrs. Lora A. McCarty. 74. died Wednesday at her home northeast of El Centro and will be buried in Sunny Slope cemetery in Corona at 3 p m Monday after funeral ser vices at the Lemons chapel in El Centro at 3 pm. Friday. The Rev Mr. Edwin Carter, pastor of the State Street Christian church, will officiate at the rites in El Centro Mrs. McCarty lived in Imperial Valley since 1908 and saw the des ert area grow and develop from waste lands into a rich agricultural area. She was born in Mason City, 111., Feb. 13, 1868. Among her survivors arc her husband, George F. McCarty; her son, Leslie McConnell; a brother. George, of Riverside; and two grandchildren Soldier Honored For Heroic Action SACRAMENTO, June 18— (UP) Private First Class Monroe D. John son, 27. of Nashville, Tenn., today was presented with the soldiers' medal for heroic action in prevent ing a serious fire at Mather Field on January 10. The presentation was made by C>l Leo Walton, chief of staff of the west coast training center at Santa Ana. in a ceremony before the post, headquarters building. The medal was awarded by the war de partment. Johnson was loading a tank truck with gasoline when the liquid burst into flames. Despite the fact his clothing was afire, he remained at his post, turned off the gas line valves, anti saved 2.000 gallons of gasoline from threatened fire and explosion. He said it was difficult to co- ] ordinate a complete picture of what had happened in the Pacific from the multitude of reports received from flying personnel. But he said the general 1 picture was clear namely, that a great fleet of the enemy had been put to flight after the battle of Midway Observation of develop men t s along \he Aleutian Islands was much more complex, he said, be cause of the prevailing fogs through PHONE 3bo Opium Haul Made SIO,OOO Worth of Drug Seized, Two Mexicans Jailed Imperial county’s biggest opium haul, SIO,OOO worth, was marked as evidence in the county jail Thursday and two Mexicans were held on a charge of smuggling the prohibit ed drug into the United States from Mexico. Angel Rico, 27, and R. Rodriguez, 32, were arrested in a truck in the rural area near El Centro late Wednesday with six homemade cop per cans stuffed with the opium which was in a sort of paste form. The two Mexicans were arrested by Deputy Sheriffs Frank Raney, Pete Klyne, and Alfred Lyons, and state narcotic agents Clyde W. Carpen ter and John Fenneil. The opium was sold to an officer by the Mexicans who received mon ey for it, Sheriff Robert W. Ware said. "Opium is illegal anywhere in the United States,” Sheriff Ware said, “so in order to get opium it must be smuggled in. Opium derivatives may be used in medicines by author ized persons but it is illegal for any one to have the opium itself.” The copper cans resembled to bacco cans and the opium paste was formed into small packets, and wrapped’ in tissue paper, and packed into the cans. Council Ponders Property Trade El Centro city councilmen Thurs day were pondering a proposal to trade two pieces of property for one and in so doing close one of the city streets M O. Best and Charles Baker, representing the Shipper’s Ice com pany, appeared before the council Wednesday night with a plan whereby the city would be given a 40-foot strip of land bordering Commercial street in return for the 30-foot wide section of property on which First street Is located be- City Trustees In 3-Hour Meeting It took El Centro's city council only three hours and a half to take care of business past, present and future Wednesday night. Business for the evening was con fined to voting authority for water officials to make an inventory of equipment and manpower in cooper ation with the state council of de fense, voting raises to several city employes, listening to a proposition by officials of an ice company and a flock of lesser items. Police Officer Leslie Conn was given a sls raise and Officer Bill Schofield a $lO increase. Jack Lay. city shop employe, was granted a $lO raise. Fireworks retail permits were giv en the Post-Press and the Quality Food Market. Mrs. Abbie Evans was granted alice'nse to operate a luncn stand and grocery store at Ninth and Brighton. Baseball AMERICAN Philadelphia 000 oO£ 0 Chicago 000 002 1 Knott & Swift* Ross & Tresh New York 100 000 000-1-4-2 Detroit . 012 000 OOx—3-6-0 Chandler & Dickey; Trucks & Tebbetts. Washington* 022 0 Cleveland 000 0 Wynn & Early; Kennedy, Eisen stat & Denning. which fliers could obtain only fleeting glimpses of the enemy. Stimson said he was astonished to fine that many members of the press held the opinion that the war and naval departments were not giving full and adequate accounts of the battles in the Pacific. He said the press and public should consider the limited ability for observation of what occurs in a modem air and sea battle. THE POST-PRESS imperials Fall Back on Tobruk As Germans Gain Russian Gains Partially Offset Nazi Victories in Desert; Reds Hit Back Against Enemy Offensive at Kharkov By UNITED PRESS Axis armed forces pushed the British eighth army hack toward Egypt in hard fighting on the Tobruk sector of the Libyan desert battleront Thursday but on the Russian end of the enemy’s giant middle eastern pincers the Red army struck back with mounting fury. - The important strong points of El Adem and Sidi Rezegh on the Tobruk front were abandoned by the British and seized by Axis troops, which claimed that Nazi Col. Gen. Erwin Rommel had split the eighth army in two, driving part of it back on Tobruk and pushing the remain der eastward toward Bardia, near the Egyptian border. Axis troops also apparently had taken Acroma. in Tobruk’s outer defenses. Both Cairo and London acknowl edged the strong possibility that the British will be forced back to the Egyptian border with Tobruk again under siege or—more likely abandoned. The difficulty of supplying Tobruk by sea. as illustrated in this week’s convoy battles in the Mediterranean, may make it impossible for the British to repeat their courageous stand at that city last year. In ad dition, it was pointed out that there are no good deiense points on the 70-mile coastal road from Tobrux to Bardia and the Egyptian border. Whether Rommel would attempt (Continued on Page 8; Column 1) tween Commercial and a railroad spur south, and also a 20-foot strip between First street and Fair mount Drive on Commercial Best and the ice company own pieces of property on either side of First street and would like to con solidate their holdings and fence them Fencing would close the street to through traffic north of the Myers produce coinpany to Commercial The 40-foot strip of land that would become city property would winden the city right-of-way or. Commercial to 80 feet between Second and Frist. Best said Joining together the two pices of land would enable him to develop the property. He state that before the war broke out, plans for building two new packing sheds on the site had been made. He contended that there is no justification for a through street on Frist and that at any time that it would be deemed necessary to reopen the street it could be done without expense to the city. Fire Chief Corn Reed who was at the meeting denouced the pro posed trade because "it would handicap fire-fighting operations if First street were closed." Access to several nearby sheds and indus trial plants in case of fire would be partially cut off, Reed said City Attorney Dorsey Whitelaw was instructed to prepare an agree ment between the city and Best and the ice company that would assure the possible reopening of the street without cost to the city. After the agreement has been written, the matter is to be brought before the board again for final consideration. Army Ultimatum Served in Strike MICHIGAN CITY, Ind., Standard Car Manufacturing company and 1,000 striking workers today faced an Army ultimatum that work must be resumed by Monday on 1,500 Gondola cars for the gov ernment or the work will be “done elsewhere.” "If work is not resumed at Pull man on Monday," the Army order read, “materials will start to leave the plants on Tuesday morning " Charles Burchfield international representative of the American Fed eration of Labor, said he would take the case to President Roosevelt if the Army goes through with its plan to move materials to other plants. Maj. H. J. Hocker of the Chicago engineer procurement division is sued the order last night after com pany officials rejected the three point proposal for settlement of the labor controversy made by rep resentatives of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen (AFL>. EL CENTRO, CALIF. Czechs Ask Right To Execute Hitler When War is Over ‘Eye for Eye’ Policy Demanded in Commons Against Nazi Terror LONDON, June 18. (UP) The Czech government in ex ile demanded the right today to execute Adolf Hitler, Hein rich Himmler, Hermann Wil helm Goering and other Nazi lead ers after the war for the slaying oi hundreds of innocent Czechs in re prisal for the assassination of Rein hard (The Hangmani Heydrich. In an extraordinary session yes terday, the Nationalist government, under the leadership of Edouard Benes, former Czechoslovak presi dent, adopted a resolution formally requesting the privilege of execut ing the German warlords The min isters of foreign affairs, national defense, interior and justice were instructed to carry out “without delay everything for the early execu tion of this measure.” Demands for “eye for an eye" retribution against Nazi killings of innocent Czechs- were voiced in the house of commons as the German deadline for handing over the as sassins of Heydrich neared. Nazi authorities threatened to burn Czech villages to the ground and execute entire populations un less sabotage and resistance ceases and the killers of “The Hangman" are turned over to authorities to night, according to British reports. The demand in the house was made by Sir Thomas Moore, con servative member, who demanded Britain tell Germany that “in the future an undefended German town or village will be obliterated by the RAF in retribution for every innocent person murdered by the Nazis in an occupied country.” Maj. Clement R. Attlee, deputy prime minister, said: “There would not be enough German villages to go around. You may rest assured that our bombing effort against Germany will be directed against the most effective points.” Netherlands Queen Will Visit FDR OTTAWA. Ont.. .lune 18. <UP> Queen Wilhelmina of the Nether lands arrived in Canada by airplane today from England on her way to visit President and Mrs. Roosevelt. The queen was met at the airport by her daughter Crown Princess Juliana, and two granddaughters. Princess Beatrix and Irene, whom she had not seen for more than two years. Hocker said that at the outset of the strike on Monday, the com pany needed only 30 days to com plete the 1,500-car order and that the strike prevented completion of 27 cars a day. The strikers had offered to go back to work under three conditions that the company rescind it* letter of June 15. abrogating an existing contract that expired in April; that the company agrees that any w«g» shall be made retroactive U> April shall be made retroactive to April 16. expiration date of the old con tract; that the company shall do everything poesible to expedite sign ing of a new contract.