Sweetwater Reporter (Sweetwater, Tex.), Vol. 43, No. 211, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 11, 1940 Page: 4 of 8
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Editorials—Sweetwater Reporter —Features
THURSDAY, JAN. II, 1940
Published each afternoon except Saturday,
also Sunday morning and its weekly editior^
on Thursday by The Sweetwater Reporter^
inc. Entered as second class matter at post-
office in Sweetwater, Texas, Peb. 9, 1920.
George Dennitt and Russell Bennitt, Pubs.
WATCH OUT FOR THE
GHOST OF 1915-17
Back in 1915, '16, and '17, when half the world
was fighting, President Woodrow Wilson was hav-
ing a pack of trouble keeping the seas clear for Am-
erican merchantmen. In fact, he had so much trou-
ble that he finally decided on April 6, 1917, to get
into the fight himself.
Today the United States has a neutrality law, the
chief function of which is to keep us out of involve-
ments in the current war. Yet, the State Depart-
ment still finds it necessary from time to time to dis-
patch curt littie notes, particularly to Britain, re-
minding the English that, for all theoretical purposes,
the seas are still free.
* * *
The present session of Congress has its eye on
the situation. According to Washington Columnist
Bruce Catton, Representative Melyin Maas (Rep.
Minn.) will shortly introduce a bill asking Congress
to halt exports of war materials from this coun-
try to any nation which is guilty of seizing Ameri-
can vessels illegally or which holds such vessels
for unreasonable lengths of time.
American vessels have been held for two or three
weeks while allied authorities have searchd the holds
for contraband. It has been delicately hinted that the
British government, loyal ever to its own merchant
fleet, may be co-operating with shipping interests. At
least it is known that British shippers watch cargoes
that are delayed on American vessels and then tell ex-
porters that if they throw their business to the English
fleet, no delays will be incurred.
♦ ♦ *
So far no American lives have been lost through
sinking of American vessels. Refugee Americans
have perished on foreign boats, but this isn't quite
the same thing and hasn't succeeded in arousing
any fiery show of temper on the part of the peo-
Congress and American shippers, nevertheless, are
beginning to feei that the situation had better be clear-
ed up soon. The British are now considering a protest
from Postmaster General Farley sent through the
State Department, concerning delays in mails bound
for Germany. The categorical answer expected will
not satisfy Farley nor Congress unless the British do
something about getting shipments through faster.
♦ * ♦
Freedom of the seas is, of course, a quaint tra-
dition during time of war. The rights of belliger-
ent nations are always bumping into the rights of
neutrals. Belligerents have the right to pursue a
course of action that will help them win the war;
and neutrals should be permitted to stay clear of it.
But everybody uses the same sea, and "rights"
sometimes get badly jumbled up. ,
It is difficult to understand the English point of view
in this dispute. It is no secret that Britain would like to
keep the United States as a "neutral ally" if it cannot
have us as an active one. It is possible that England
feels our sympathies are so strongly anti-Nazi that we
can bear a bit of pushing around.
# * *
At all events, the United States must take great
pains now to handle this delicate matter adroitly.
We don't want to become aroused by "incidents."
It was a collection of such "incidents" that led us
into the war 23 years ago.
GREAT OPERATIC STAR
15 Places in line.
22 To rub out.
23 Fern seeds.
26 Auto device.
28 Wood demon.
30 Fish eggs.
31 To apprehend.
34 Rough lava.
38 Electric term.
40 To absolve.
43 Kimono girdle
47 You and me.
}8 Beast's home.
Answer to Previous Puzzle
58 He had a —
1 Sound of
2 Live stock
4 Small hotels
• 7 Uniform.
I 4 5
If Winter Comes Can Spring Be Far Behind?'
Congress Boils At British
Use Of Shipping Blockade
21 He was the
of his day.
24 was his
27 Sun god.
30 Fence bar.
34 To sanction:
36 Yellow bird.
37 Note in scale.
41 At any time.
42 Swamp rabbit
44 To feel
46 Labor scab.
51 To satiate.
53 Adult male.
55 Giant king of
57 For example.
BY BRUCE CATTON
WASHINGTON — (NEA)
Resentment over Great
Britain's blockade tactics
against, American shipping
is coming to the surface in
Congress, and will boil over
A lot of non-British ves-
sels carrying A m e rican
goods have been taken into
British ports to be examin- j
ed for contraband. Some I
fly the American flag, some
don't. Often they are found 1
free of contraband and al-
lowed to proceed; even so, a
ON THE AIR WITH
7:55—Morning News Flashes.
8:00—Church in the Wil'lwood.
8:30—Morning I evntional.
«):«<)—Reggie ( hilds Orchestra.
9:15-—Jimmy Horsey Orchestra.
!):30—Trent High School.
<): 15—The Old Refrains.
KCOO—Music froir Master < <>m-
10:15—.Ian Savitt Orchestra.
11:00—News of the Day.
11;05—Wal /. Time.
11:13—Thomas L. Thomas, Bar-
11 :;i0—Luncheon Dance Melo-
12:45—On with the. Dance.
1:30—John Seagle, Baritone.
1:45—Robert Hood Bowers
2:00—All Request Honr.
3:00—George Havens and Her-
3:30—Mary Lewis, Soprano.
5:00—United Press News.
5:05—Ted Steele, Novatones.
delay of two or three weeks
takes place, a delay cOstly
to the American shippar.
British shipping interests
keep tabs on Americans ex-
porters who have goods
aboard such vessels, and af-
ter each deiay circularize
them to point out advan-
tages of shipping in Brit-
ish ships—no delay, prompt
clearance, and so on, ac-
cording to Washington re-
Coming on the heels of an
expensive and irritating
hold-up, such sales talk is
apt to be effective.
Propose Export Ban
To Penalize Seizures
Congress m a n M e i v i n
Maas, Minnesota Republi-
can, is about to introduce a
bill which would stop ex-
port of war materials from
the United States to any na-
tion that indulged in ille-
gal Seizure or unreasonable
holding of American ships,
interfered with American
mails or did anything at'all
to American imports.
That, of course, wouldn't
jibe with the administra-
tion's help-the-allies policy,
and the bill will probably
get frowned on. But the tem-
per of congress is such that
it is likely to get. serious
Steps In Lille of Fire
There's a hig mystery in
final disposal of the Harry
Bridges deportation case.
Bridges' case was heard
NEA Ctr-Are Tn*.
by Dean Landis, acting as a
special examiner for the
Labor Department. Landis
handed in a ruling which
cleared Bridges. The ruling
went to Secretary of Labor
Perkins, who is authorized
either to accept the finding
and cancel the warrant
against Bridges, or to over-
rule the finding and order
Assuming that Madam
Secretary was going to
turn Bridges loose, the poli-
tically astute thing would
have been to do it imme-
diately after Landis' find-
ing came to her desk. Brid-
ges is so well equipped
with enemies that there
would have been an uproar,
but Landis would have been
the central figure in it.
But the thing stayed on
Secretary Perkins' desk.
Now, if she accepts the Lan-
dis finding and cancels the
warrant, it is Miss Perkins
who will have to stand
whatever cussing develops.
In Labor Board
Keep your eye on those
reports that the president is
going to appoint J. Warren
Madden of the Labor Board
to a federal judgeship. If
they pan out, the president
will have to name a new
man to the Labor Board. -
If he does, you can safely
bet it will be someone who
thinks along the lines of
Board Member William M.
CO P. IW ■/ UK if'VICt, INC T. M .fCU. i. T. OFF
"But of coursc I've got the lights off, Father—this is a
BY MAJOR AL WILLIAMS
As might be expected, it is
difficult to spot the mechani-
cal news of this var. Each
change, experiment, and result
is guarded. Paradoxically, how-
ever, a rare bit of news pops
out without warning.
Last year In England, I heard
much anxious and technical talk
about, "All England must be
prepared to meet air attack on
10-minute warning." That, like
many other national defense pro-
blems released to the public was
part true and part deliberate ex-
aggeration for a given purpose, j
London hasn't changed Its posi- j
tion with regard to the estuary,
of the River Thames nor alterted
its distance from the coast.
The British knew the speeds
of German warplanes. They
must have because I saw Royal
Air Force officers being escort-
ed through the German aircraft
industry while I was there.
They must have seen what I
saw. They knew that it's only
about ten minutes flying time
from the mouth of the Thames
to London. Hence, all England
must be warned of air raids in
If England's easternmost net
of observers were stationed on
coast, then ten minutes was the
length of the warning period.
But even though the British
have made a lot of mistakes in
this war, they have not been
that foolish. They faced the same
air raid peril in the last World
War and set up a screen of small
wireless equipped trawlers,
fishing vessels and obsolescent
destroyers that stretched far in-
to the North Sea toward Ger-
many. They caught the rumble
of German bombers long before
they were in sight of the coast-
And so, the "All England
must be warned, etc." was for
the purpose of scaring the peo-
ple into supporting the organiza-
tion of a far-flung information
Reduced in 1939
The number of violent deaths
and automobile fatalities in
Sweetwater and Nolan county
for 1939 were sharply reduced,
statistics of the city-county
health unit disclose, only 11
deaths from violence being re-
In 1938 there were 21 violent
deaths in the county and in
1937 there were 31 to meet death
in this manner.
Of the 11 dying by violence,
four succumbed to ear accidents,
three in Sweetwater and one in
Roscoe; one person died of ac-
cidental gunshot wounds, one
accidental drowning, one from
accidental train injury, one from
suicide with firearms, one in a
fall from a horse, and one from
In 1938 there were 17 to die
of car accidents and in 1937 19
persons died of traffic accidents.
The sharp decrease in auto-
mobile fatalities is gratifying to
various civic leaders who have
appealed to motorists to drive
carefully during the year.
A total of 19:3 residents of the
county died in 1938 as compared
with 208 deaths in 1938. For the
same period there were 437
births in 1939 and 121 children
horn in 1938.
Heart disease led the list of
causes, 29 succumbing to condi-
tions of the heart; infant deaths,
stillbirths, and prematurity were
next with 28 deaths; there were
IS deaths of pneumonia, 21 of
coronary occlusion or blood
clots, 10 of cancer, 11 of cere-
bral hemorrhage, six of general
peritonitis, eight of uremia pois-
oning, and only three of tuber-
culosis. Three deaths followed
attacks of meningitis, two para-
lysis, and the remainder of nat-
10-Year-Old 4-H Girl
Has Notable Record
ROBY — Nadine Boyd, poul-
try demonstrator of the New-
man 4-H club, has accomplished
many goals for a child 10 years
Nadine helped her father
build a new brooder house
which faces south. It is' made
of lumber and corrugated sheet
iron. She had four waterers,
three feeders, and roosts for her
chickens. She added 100 white
leghorns and cared for them
with the assistance of her bro-
ther. She fed them a ration of
green feed, dressing -iO of them
in the preparation of foods last
The little member has made
two flresses, a sewing box, pot
holder, three cup towels and
kept a record of her expendi-
Governor Gets a Son, Loses Hat
Wi 'M >V
First child horn to a West Virginia Kovcrnorin office os
his father a good hat, but made Mrs. Homer A. Holt, aim. with
baby the proudest mother in the state. Infant was named Rob-
Byrne Holt after the governor's father. Hat was burned
following old West Virginia custom, based on theory that
father's head swells.
Rat Poisoning to ! Paralysis Fight
Begin January 13 ; Programs Slated
BY WALTER BltEEDLOVE
In connection with the rat con-
trol program to get underway,
it is important that residents of
the county remember the pois-
oning date, Jan. 13, when the
bait will be distributed to start
the campaign to rid Sweetwater
and vicinity of rats.
J. E. Boog-Scott, Jr., of the
U. S. Department of Agricul-
ture, bureau of biological sur-
vey, is to be in charge of the
preparation of the poisoning.
The distribution will be made
at the city-county health unit
and the Rosece Times.
Prices of bait is to be 20 cents
per pound and any person hav-
ing rat problems is urged to
place an order hy Friday, Jan.
12. Only one mixture of poison-
ed bait will be prepared.
There are at least three kinds
of baits to be distributed for
In view of the fact that rats
are infested with the flea that
causes many cases of typhus fev-
er annually, it is especially im-
portant to carry on the cam-
paign. Destruction from rats
amounts to much money annual-
ly, a recent survey shows.
Texas City Banker
Called by Death
TEXAS CITY—Earl I.. No-
ble, 53, Galveston county com-
missioner and president of the
Texas City national bank, died
here yesterday. Funeral services
will be held today. He was trea-
surer of the Texas Bankers as-
sociation and former three-time
mayor of Texas City. A native
of Itasca, he entered the banking
business at Whitney in 1906.
He had lived here since 1920. He
is survived by his widow, two
daughters, a son, three brothers
and a sister.
The National Broadcasting
company is to broadcast two
programs Thursday afternoon
over Blue and Red networks in
keeping w'th the fight on infan-
tile paralvsis an 1 as a part of thf
celebration jf the president's
According to. A. S. Legg, count-
ty chairman of the foundation,
the programs will begin at 3:30
p. m., central standard time,
when "Medicine in the News"
will be subject for discussion.
This broadcast will continue for
15 minutes on blue network.
At 5 p. m., central standariL
time, Connie Boswell will b™
presented for a 15 minute pro-
gram on red network with "June
Hynd's Guest Book."
Sweetwater will join in the
annual celebration with two dan-
ces Jan. 30, and by the sale of
birthday cards to be mailed to
the president and by placing
coin collectors in public places,
50 per cent of the proceeds tj
j be used locally. f
Wins 4-H Contest
ROBY — Thelma Everheart,
clothing demonstrator of the
Sylvester 4-H club, repaired her
clothes closet by adding an elec-
tric: light, making a shoe rack
out of an orange box and a
broomstick and painted it whiUt
inside. Two hat stands wenr
made. She also improved her
bedroom with the addition of
new curtains, painting the floor
and purchasing a new bedspread
anil comfy chair.
She made a blue and white
print dress a slip, apron, house-
coat, pot holder, pillow top,
cup towel, clothing scrapbook,
dresser scarf and kept a record.
She won first place as a Fisht#
county wardrobe demonstrator
at the Rally Day.
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