The Cass County Sun (Linden, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 20, 1940 Page: 2 of 8
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THE CASS COUNTY SUN
UaiMd Fm(wn J *"N\I Scrvwa
Washington, D. C.
Should the President be given the
authority to draft and use the Na-
tional Guard? Yes and something
more. He should be given the
authority to recreate the selective
service system and draft selected
men for either the regular army or
the National Guard.
This doesn't mean that either pow-
er will be used to any important
It isn't to suggest the raising of
a large conscripted army before we
have the equipment for them to use
—if at all.
It isn't a counsel of panic or hys-
teria. It is a means to avoid both
and, above all, to prevent hardship
and unfairness in raising the troops
we need—even if the number be
less than 750,000.
The reasons for these suggestions
are simple. Recruiting by volun-
teering is lagging dangerously.
This is partly due to growing in-
dustrial activity and partly because
there are so many men on relief.
But there is a stronger reason than
any of these. This country was sold
WEEKLY NEWS ANALYSIS BY ROGER SHAW
Italy Joins Germany in War
As French Retreats Continue;
Allies 'Ready' for Mussolini
(EDITOR'S NOTE—When opinions are expressed in these columns, they
are those of the news analyst and not necessarily of this newspaper.)
PpIphrpH by Western Newspaper Union.
Hate That Will Start Next War
in 1917 the idea of raising armies
by selective draft—the idea that
each man should "serve in that
place where it shall best serve the
common good to call him."
* * •
Men, believing this is our national
policy, do not feel the old urge to
volunteer before they are told the
Another reason is that if the Na-
tional Guard is called out in time
of peace, about 200,000 men are go-
ing to lose their wages in industry
to take the very low pay of a soldier
and many of them have depend-
ents. Until there is a stark mili-
tary necessity this should be avoided
The regular army and the Na-
tional Guard at the beginning should
be largely made up of able-bodied
men without dependents, to whom
the loss of a civilian job involves no
* * •
Setting up the selective service
boards, roughly one in every group
of 30,000 inhabitants, is very sim-
ple. We completed the organization,
in 10 days in 1917.
The next step is the registration of
about 13,000,000 men between the
ages of 21 and 30 inclusive. This
is done by means of a fairly simple
questionnaire which gives nil the
facts the board nteds for selections.
Then the order in which regis-
tered men are to be called for ex-
amination is fixed by lot. The
standards for the selection of the
first 500,000 should be very liberal—
such as to impose the very mini-
mum of hardship on the man or his
Having skimmed off that number
of men of this type, that class would
wait to be called—either to the regu-
lar army as fast as it requires men,
or to fill up the National Guard or
replace the guardsmen, whose call
should be deferred because of hard-
ship or other good reason.
This is the swiftest, fairest, most
efficient way to raise armies and it
is by far the cheapest way, so that
the cost per soldier is only a fraction
of the cost of volunteering. In the
interest of both prydence and calm-
ness I think we should proceed
• along these lines at once.
• • •
FORD AND AIRPLANES
Could Henry Ford produce 1,000
planes a day at River Rouge? He
could if all designs were alike,
adapted to present production meth-
ods and there were not constant de-
sign changes. The success of Henry
Ford in producing 10,000 automo-
biles a day was his invention of
uniformity of design and inter-
changeability of parts. Under exist-
ing conditions of flux and uncertain-
ty, Mr. Ford could no more produce
1,000 planes a day than he could
There is another terrible bottle-
neck—impossible military standards
of perfection which take no stock of
our facilities for production. That
stopped us often in the World war.
Henry Ford, in creating the first
Tin Lizzie that put America on
wheels, had the genius to see exact-
ly this fault. He built a car that
would do all that was required of it
in 90 per cent of cases, but which
sacrificed no more to theoretical
perfection than was necessary to do
the work required and meet the re-
quirement of price and production.
Charlie Nash did the same thin*.
After nine months of watching his
ally Hitler carry on the actual war-
fare against France and England,
Benito Mussolini has finally thrust
the armed force of Italy into the
European conflict. In a dramatic
announcement the Italian dictator
told his people and the world that
his country had decided to enter
the war on the side of Germany.
From Berlin came reports that
the first Italian troop movements
had been directed into French Riv-
iera, even as Mussolini was notify-
ing British and French diplomatic
officials that a special train was
ready to take them out of his coun-
try as war against their native lands
was already under way.
Italy's main war aim as outlined
by Mussolini is control of the Medi-
terranean by that country.
This grave development presented
a truly serious military problem for
' BENITO MUSSOLINI
After 9 months—ACTION!
the hard-pressed French armies.
While they have been expecting the
move for some time, they were so
busy fighting off the German ad-
vances in the north that the
spread of battle to the south weighed
heavily upon the high command.
Italy's chief value to Hitler as an
ally lies in the fact that the nation
is geared to strike fast—in the blitz-
krieg manner so well liked by the
Fuehrer. Military experts general-
ly agree that Italy is not in an
economic position to successfully
wage a long and costly war.
Naturally reaction to Italy's en-
trance into the war was varied. Here
is a brief summary of this sentiment
from the various world capitals:
London—An information ministry
communique declared that prepara-
tions of the allies to meet Italy's
war bid were complete and that
Britain and France know how "to
meet sword with sword."
Berlin—Cheering crowds hailed
the reports as being added evidence
that the end of the war for a vic-
torious Germany was at hand. Hit-
ler wired Mussolini that he was glad
Italy had come in "of her own free
declared in a speech made the same
day as Italy entered the war, that
Italy had scorned the "rights and
security of other nations," by this
move. He promised material aid
to the "opponents of force."
Premier Reynaud dropped "ap-
peaser" Daladier from his cabinet,
and it looked as if "appeaser"
Chamberlain was also on the way
out of the Churchill dictatorship.
Churchill and Chamberlain had
been on bad terms from way back,
and this was Churchill's chance to
get even. Furthermore, the British
veterans back from Flanders were
especially bitter with Chamberlain
and his friends because of the lack
of British airplanes to hold back
... in the news
C. Said a Washington official, here
perforce anonymous, to your corre-
spondent: "We must stop Hitler,
and save the British empire. We
simply must! But if we save the
British empire a second time, we
i will have to take it over, lock, stock
C. Peter Gannon, age 18, of Long
Island, joined the regular U. S.
Eighteenth infantry. He was the
! eixth Gannon brother to enlist.
Gannons now have been joining up
with Uncle Sam for just 10 years—
since 1930. This is supposed to con-
stitute a regular army record, and
a sarcastic pacifist spoke of "Gan-
C. Said parliamentary Deputy Sam
Valck of Chile: "Although I myself
am the son of a German, born in
Chile, I firmly believe that our gov-
ernment should investigate the ac-
tivities of Nazi elements here."
Battle of France
With the battle of Flanders at an
end, the follow-up battle of France
began. The so-called battle of
France was primarily a German
drive for Paris, Normandy, and
such additional channel ports as
Havre and Cherbourg, and Seine
port Rouen, where Joan of Arc was
burned by the English in the Fif-
Twenty-four hours after Mussolini
had entered the war, German tanks
were encircling Paris and the city
was under constant bombing by the
Nazi air force.
Whether the Germans could keep
it up or not, depended largely on the
amount of their tanks destroyed by
the allies in the battle of Flanders.
The new Aisne-Somme front was 125
miles long, but probably only two-
thirds of the northern French army
was left to hold it. Meanwhile, the
English army had been driven
back to England, with the loss of all
its mechanized equipment, s
Generalissimo Weygand invented
a new anti-tank strategy, which
consisted of opening "free" lanes
for the German Suhls and A. Y. V.s
and then hammering them from all
sides. These were exactly the anti-
elephant tactics of the old Roman,
Scipio Africanus, with which he
finally beat the great Hannibal, that
master of "tank" warfdte. For
Carthaginian war elephants were
used just like Hitler's battle wagons,
There was a lot of fifth-columnar
talk from Mexico, Uruguay, Ecua-
dor, and Colombia. Many critics
seemed to feel that the Nazis were
at the bottom of anti-Yankee feeling
in these countries, but that was
hardly the whole case. For the
United States has had serious trou-
ble with Mexico, Nicaragua, Colom-
bia, Chile, Haiti, San Domingo, the
Argentine, and others, long before
Hitler was ever heard of. Nearly
a century ago, we annexed half of
Mexico, and Latin Americans have
a curiously unified feeling when it
comes to Anglo-Saxons.
Naturally, tricky Nazi agents
sought to fan these ever-present
flames. But by a curious circum-
stance, the only truly totalitarian
dictatorship in Latin America is our
very best friend of the lot—Brazil,
under Dictator Getulio Vargas.
Most like ourselves in its institu-
tions is the all-white Argentine, and
the Argentine is our stoutest oppo-
nent among the 20 Latin American
Its Pet Names
Warships to South America, anyway.
"republics." Nevertheless, Uncle
Sam sent warships to South Amer-
ica, to save the South Americans
from V columns. Their primary
objective was believed to be Rio.
One Bright Spot
Most beloved of all English wits
today is the famous P. G. Wode-
house, who always depicts his coun-
trymen at their worst—and most
likeable. He and his wife were giv-
ing a gay cocktail party at Le Tou-
quet, an English resort on the
French channel coast. Little did
they care about the war. Then the
butler "Jeeves" knocked and an-
nounced—the Germansl The latter
arrested the comic author, but not
Mrs. Wodehouse. Mr. Wodehouse's
farewell words were strictly Wode-
housian: "Maybe, my dears, this
will give me the material to write
a serious book for once."
U. S. DRAFT:
The N. Y. Times, which some be-
lieve to be in a nervous state these
days, published an editorial advo-
cating U. S. conscription, which
they called "compulsory military
training." It created a stir. Roose-
velt said he found the editorial most
interesting, but declined to com-
ment. War Secretary Woodring
said it was a matter for the populus
americanus to discuss. Secretary
Wallace said that the populus amer-
icanus was waking up.
Somebody just figured out the,
following tags for the present in-
cumbent of the White House at
The President, if one revere.«
F. D. R., if one likes him,
Mr. Roosevelt, if one is objec-
tive about him.
Franklin, if one despises him.
"Comrade" , Roosevelt, or
"Rosie," if one shudders at his
1. Is popular in the South, and
in the N. Y. Times. Also, in wish-
2. Is popular with machine poli-
3. Is popular with this column,
4. Is popular in New England
and the N. Y. Harvard club.
5. Is popular in "ultra-ultra.'1
And Rise Again
Former King Edward of England
—"Bonnie King Eddie"—gave up
his job as British major general and
liaison officer between the London
and Paris war departments in
France. He retired to rest on the
Riviera, so the story went, and
some thought he had been forced
out of office. His successor,
strangely enough, also had an
American wife, though not a War-
field of Baltimore.
There was an inner significance,
some felt. King George has never
had marked social sympathies like
brother Eddie, and if England
should lose the war, Eddie might
regain the kingship. His support
would come from the unemployed,
the hungry and underprivileged, the
Welsh coal miners, and Mosley's
blackshirts, all of whom upheld
him against brother George back in
1936. Strangely enough, Winston
Churchill was also on Eddie's side]
at that time, while Chamberlain
stood for George, as did the dowag-
ers and archbishops.
Eddie, however, is reported as
without any strong personal ambi-
tion, although his wife, reputedly,
had vague fascist sympathies before
the II German war. As for brother
George, phony rumor persists that
his two little princesses are tucked
away in some fool-proof Canadian
hamlet, and that he may soon fol«
Instead of Butter
New York state planned to incor-,
porate three anti-aircraft regiments'
in its National Guard outfit. Two
of these would protect New York'
city, and a third would look out for
the western part of the state. New.
York's historic Seventh (fashion-
able) and Sixty-ninth (Irish) infan-
try regiments would be converted
into anti-aircraft units, according to
the scheme. This would class them
as, officially, "coast artillery."
It was reported from Washington
that some 600,000 old World war ri-
fles and 2,500 W. W. field guns would
be sold to the allies, plus ammuni-
tion. This stuff is not considered
"satisfactory" for U. S. require-
ments, but might help to replace
material lost by the British in Flan-
ders—material which, the Ger-
mans said, would serve to equip no
less than 40 fresh Nazi divisions.
A ruling by Attorney-General Jack-
son appeared to have cleared the
way, legally, for a highly profitable
They Toss It Around
The tax subcommittee of the
house ways and means committee
took on a formula to permanently
broaden the base of the federal in-
come tax. Some 2,000,000 new tax-
payers would be annexed, and $800
"singletons" and $2,000 marrieds
would now be made to hand over.
The house committee also decided
that the legal national debt limit
should be raised by a mere four
Oddses and Endses
Earl Browder, serving a four-year
jail term, was yet again nominated
by the Americo-communists, to run
for red President of the U. S. this
year. The communist convention
was held in New York. Browder
probably will run against such pres-
idential. perennials as Norman
Thomas and Franklin Roosevelt.
The Belgian exhibit at the New
York World's fair took out the hand-
some white marble bust of King
Washington, D. C.
Speaker Bill Bankhead is in a
It's a White House secret, but the
courtly mannered and able Ala-
baman is the President's personal
choice for keynoter at the Demo-
cratic convention—a high honor
much sought after by a number of
big shot party leaders. At least
half a dozen are pulling every pos-
sible wire to land it.
But Bankhead, who can have it on
a silver platter, doesn't know wheth-
er he wants it or not.
Reason for his dilemma is a
virulent case of vice presidentitis.
Bankhead feels he is a strong sec-
ond-place possibility and that the
keynote speech customarily is made
by a dignitary who is not a candi-
date. For him to accept the role,,
therefore, would be an admission
that he was out of the running. And
Bankhead is anything but that. He,
is very much in the vice presiden-
Roosevelt picked Bankhead be-,
cause he liked the speaker's witty
speeches at the last two Jackson]
day banquets. But while flattered,
the speaker is still undecided wheth-
er to accept the President's offer.
Note—Roosevelt's choice for per-
manent chairman of the convention
is Senate Floor Leader Alben Bark-
ley, 1936 keynoter and also a vice
presidential hopeful, though not a
very hot-and-bothered one. The
President's choice for his floor man-1
ager is brainy little Senator Jimmy
Byrnes, assisted by Senators Minton
of Indiana, Pepper of Florida, Lister
Hill of Alabama and Mayor Ed
Kelly of Chicago.
• * •
HOOVER VS. LANDON
Behind the scenes a bitter strug-
gle is shaping up between Herbert
Hoover and Alf Landon at the Phila-
The ex-President is bent on writ-
ing into the platform an "endorse-
ment" of his administration along
the lines of the one in the Glenn
Frank Program committee report.
Landon is not flatly opposed to this,
although he considers it unnecessary
and likely to prove a campaign
But he is prepared to wage a last-
ditch fight for a liberal platform.
He is determined to resist to the end
Hoover's plans for a platform to fit
his conservative views. Landon is
against any blanket denunciation of
the New Deal.
Landon will be in a powerful posi-
tion to wage his battle. In addition
to leading a midwestern bloc of at
least 100 votes, he also will be the
Kansas member on the resolutions
Note—In its original form the ar-
rangement under which Hoover will
speak Tuesday night, the first ses-
sion of the convention, also called
for a speech by Landon. But this
was dropped when it was pointed
out that as a delegate he can get
the floor any time.
Remember the Liberty league
which crusaded against the New
Deal in 1936? And remember Jouett
Shouse, its dapper head, who was a
crony of A1 Smith and the duPonts?
Well, Jouett is now the No. 1 Wash-
ington booster of Wendell Willkie.
"Dewey will lead on the first bal-
lot," he says, "but that will be his
high point. From then on he will
i fade out of the picture. On the sec-
ond ballot, Taft will jump to the
; front. But he, too, won't have the
1 staying power; and on the third bal-
, lot Vandenberg will forge to the fore
j —for a moment. But that will shoot
j his bolt. He won't have what it
I takes to make the grade and the
I leaders will then turn to the one
man who has—Willkie.
"On the fourth ballot Willkie will
lead and after that it will be a stam-
Shouse's explicit forecast should
interest the other candidates—par-
ticularly Senator Taft, who has pub-
licly declared he will lead on the
first ballot. It also is interesting in
view of the fact that Willkie is the
one dark horse who so far hasn't a
single delegate pledged to him.
Thirty years ago, a young man
named James Mead came from
Buffalo to Washington to take a job
as a Capitol policeman. He was
befriended by another policeman,:
James Reilly. Today Mead, a sen-,
ator, is trying to get a raise for'
Reilly, now dean of doorkeepers.
Airplanes have brought a mos-
quito from Africa to Brazil which
is spreading malaria up and down
the Amazon. Public health direc-'
tors agree that if not checked it
might decimate the population of
Ambassador Joe Davies is filling
a job which should have been done
in the state department long ago.
He is contact man with congress.
For years the state department has
depended upon natty young men to
go up and lobby with senators. Re-
sult: Foreign policy lagged on Cap-
itol Hill. But Joe speaks the right
Tourists are pouring in at the
White House at the rate of 8,000 a
day, of whom 1,700 see the private
parlors by congressional letter. The
others see only the East room and
By HAROLD L. LUNDQUIST D D.
Dean of The Moody Bible Institute
(Released by Western Newspaper Union.)
Lesson for June 23
Lesson subjects and Scripture texts se-
lected and copyrighted by International
Council of Religious Education; used by
MALACHI DEMANDS HONESTY
LESSON TEXT—Malachi 3:7-18.
GOLDEN TEXT—Bring ye all the tithes
Into the storehouse, that there may be meat
in mine house, and prove me how herewith,*
saith the Lord of hosts, ii I will not open
you the windows of heaven, and pour you out1
a blessing, that there shall not be room
enough to receive it.—Malachi 3:10.
Spiritually sick—and desperately
so—was Israel in the days of Mal-
achi. The nation had been released
from captivity in Babylon and had
been back in their own land for
almost a century. The outburst ot
religious enthusiasm which charac-
terized their return had resulted in
the rebuilding of the temple (Ezra
1:1-4). In this they were encour-
aged by Haggai, as we recall from
our lesson of last Sunday. They had
later been led by Nehemiah in re-
newed interest in spiritual things
and in the rebuilding of the city
wall, but now again they had turned
away from God. Malachi came
with what one might call God's last
word before judgment upon theiri
sins. The lesson centers around
"Ye have turned aside" (v. 7,
R. V.). This was God's complaint
against His people. In spite of His
blessings upon them, they had inter-
married with the heathen, they had
dealt treacherously with their breth-
ren, and had neglected to worship
God. What was even worse, they
felt no conviction about their sin
and denied that they owed God any-
thing, not even the debt of common
Read the insolent, self-confident
questions and assertions of the
people in verses 7, 8, 13 and 14.
Think how perfectly they fit the atti-
tude of thousands of unbelievers and
backslidden Christians in our day.
One might almost think that Mal-
achi were reading the secret
thoughts of our own people, and pos-
sibly of our own hearts.
Illness commonly has its center of
infection, whether it be physical or
spiritual sickness. Malachi struck
at a very vital point when he re-
vealed that the heart of Israel's dif-
ficulty was dishonesty toward God.
That dishonesty reflected itself in
spiritual things, but, since Malachi
was talking to an arguing genera-
tion (just like ours), he gave them
a concrete illustration of their deceit
—they had withheld from God the
tithes and offerings.
Men who would never cheat the
telephone company out of a nickel
will rob God consistently Sunday
after Sunday by sanctimoniously
slipping a thin dime into the collec-
tion plate. If that is all a man can
and should give, God will bless it
and multiply it for His glory. But
certainly it does not befit one who
lives in luxury to give God's work
the smallest piece of change which
he can decently slip into the plate.
Tithing may be said to be an Old
Testament principle. Doubtless it
is also true that the principle of New
Testament Christianity is that all
we have belongs to God, but often
the one who hides behind that fact
does not give as much as the people
of Old Testament times. Is that
God is love, but that does not
mean that His patience is without
limit nor that He will forever with-
hold judgment. He says, through
Malachi (v. 9), "Ye are cursed with
a curse." The blessing has been
withheld (v. 10). The devourer is
in the land (v. 11). He promised
them release and blessing if they
repented and returned to the right
way, which obviously means that
their failure to do so would bring
judgment. We know that Israel
despised God's warning and to this
day is paying for its sin. Will
America be wise enough to heed
So often the loving God had to
speak through His prophets of im-
pending judgment on sin, but how
gracious He is in that He always
holds out the promise of blessing for
repentance and obedience.
Look at the precious promise in
verse 10. Thousands of Christians 1
join the writer in saying, "That is
true in A. D. 1940 just as it was
Read verses 11 amd
12. Note that our God is not only
a great God, but a good God.
Consider the blessings of spiritual
fellowship—the certainty of victory
revealed in verses 16 and 17. One
marvels that Israel could resist such
a loving plea just as one wonders
also why men of our own day of
A Helpful Heart
. "m® fine thing to do kindlj,
helpful deeds. It is one of the very
finest in the world. But there is
something finer than the helpful
hand; it is the helpful heart.
End Is Death
There is a way that seemeth right
unto a man, but the end thereof are
the ways of death.
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