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Vol. 18. No. 139 Price Kivo ConU
(Every Morning Except Monday),
F.D.R. Demands
Air Supremacy
Of Democracies
In The
1 DayV
TN his aurpriaa apcoch on Sun-
day, Hitler mutt have been
- gunning for Churchill, who goe
on the pan before the houae of
commons thli week.
Otherwlae It la a little hard
to understand why he went to
the trouble to summon the relch
atag which la merely window
dressing In the German govern
mental scheme.
The speech seems a bit too
mild to have been worth the
-ffort. unless der fuehrer lust
isd one In his system and had
to get It out which sometimes
happens in the case of orators.
TF ha was gunning for Church-
ill. the heart of his speech was
tha sutement that only 1151
German officers and men lost
their Uvea In tha Balkan bllU
krlrg. That Is either a colossal He or
colossal achievement. If the
latter, it brlnga out startltngly
the superiority of German arms
and military skill and empha
sizes the unwisdom of the Brit
ish effort in Greece.
Churchill is responsible for
that effort, and It may bo that
Hitler was speaking to tha Brit
ish house of commons rather
than to the German rolchstag.
.-rrHIS ihotuthTruiiurally arises:
if he wants to get rid of
Churchill, he must FEAR him.
If the British Balkan campaign
were as bad as Hitler says, he
would want to keep Churchill
in power to make other mis
takes. So ha may have been talking
to Russia and Turkey, conveying
to them the thought that he can
lick them with, one hand tied
behind his back if they get ob
CROM London today comei a
r report that Turkey has of
fered, or will offer, to mediate
the British-Iraq war. It Is
thought in London that Britain
will accept if the offer is made.
Turkey is Moslem, and is also
friendly to the British. If she
could head off the Moslem Arabs
from making too much trouble
Q)r the British she would have
proved her friendship In a useful
TT Is dangerous to draw con
elusions from rigidly censored
news, but it does look as if the
British have been extremely
mild In their fighting In Iraq.
That Is understandable, for they
have troubles enough on their
hands without getting tho Mos
lems In their hair. India has a
heavy Moslem population.
Britain doesn't want the "holy
war" the Germans have been
trying to stir up and naturally
' wants to go as easy as possible
on the Arabs.
A NOTHER hint today:
Spain Is said to have assumed
control of customs at Tangier,
Q the former internationalized
one on the African side of the
narrow strait of Gibraltar. Spain
has to dance when Hitler fiddles.
With long-range coastal guns
at Tangier the Germans could
close the Gibraltar strait.
ALSO the Germans ire re
ported today to be bombing
Crete, the new seat of the Greek
government and only 73 miles
from the Greek mainland. Crete
has been heavily fortified by
the British navy.
The news today Is generally
quiet. Don't expect this quiet to
continue. Hitler won't let much
grass grow under his feet this
spring and summer.
Looking Backward
By The Associated Press
May 8. 1940 Norwegian
fortress of Hcgra falls after; two
weeks German siege.
May 5, 1916 Lord French
becomes Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
Stimson Called Upon
To Increase Output
Of Heavy Bombers
United Press Correspondent
President Roosevelt tonight de
manded aerial supremacy for the
democracies and called upon Sec
retary of War Henry L. Stimson
to Increase production of heavy
bombers "with all possible
". . . Command of the air by
me acmocracics must and can
be achieved." Mr. Roosevelt
said In a letter to Stimson.
"Every month the democracies
are gaining in the relative
strength of their air forces. We
must sea to it that the process
is hastened and that the demo
cratic superiority In the air be
made absolute.
The president did not specify
by what ratio he was ordering
heavy bomber production speed'
ed up. But he left no doubt that
the objective he has fixed will
strain this country's production
facilities to their utmost.
Authority Granted
He gave Stimson virtual carte
blanche authority to take what
ever steps necessary to achieve
the goal.
One source said the chief
executive was demanding peak
production of 300 bombers a
month, or 6000 a year. Com'
bined with tha British output
this would give the United
States and Britain superiority
over axis production, it was said.
Mr. Roosevelt, who is in al
most constant touch with Slim
son. apparently made the letter
public so as to impress upon the
public the gravity of the British
position and to re-emphasize his
frequent warnings that. United
States must gq on ao.3-"Ut de
fense production Uaaia.
It was also seen as a real! Lr ma
tlon of his determination to pro
vide Britain with "the tools" to
Insure a German defeat
OPM Gets Orders
The president told Stimson he
was ordering the office of pro
duction management to provido
"appropriate" priority ratings to
cleer the way for all-out produc
tion. . .
His letter left no doubt that
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Bodies of Two
Canal Victims
Found Sunday
The bodies of Thomas G.
Smith and Theodore McKlnley
Walker, Beatty Indians, who lost
their lives with three others
when the car In which they
were riding plunged into the
government canal at Main street
Wednesday morning, were re
covered early Sunday afternoon
a short distance from the scene
of the tragedy.
Special Indian Officers John
Arkell and Jack Hope found
the bodies on the fifth day of
the search. Smith's body was
recovered at 2 p. m. some 400
yards from the canal bridge,
and Walker's body SO , yards
further down the stream one
hour later.
Smith, 48 years of age, was
life long resident of Beatty. He
Is survived by three sons, El
win, Raymond and Clifton, and
two daughters, Thomasine and
Phyllis, all of Beatty.
Walker also lived his entire
(Continued on Page Seven)
Hitler Declares Germany
Can Withstand All Enemies
BERLIN, May 8 (VP) Ger
many and her allies form a
mightier combination than .any
other possible coalition in the
World today, Adolf Hitler de
clared Sunday,- and "neither
force nor . time will make us
yield, let alone break us."
What Germany has won. he
cried, cannot be wrested from
her "by any power in the
Better Weapona
"If already the German soldier
possesses the best weapons in the
world- he will receive still bet
ter ones this year and next." the
fuehrer shouted to a cheering
relchstag. ' ' A
WUhelmstrasse Bourccs said
today that Hitler's reference to
"next year" was made in answer
to "English and American propa
Above, a section otb Step Forest Fires parade held at noes Mondaf to . direct attention
to the need for public vlgflance against fire in the corning dry' Mason. Selew. a striking view
oi a susmatn tiro the great
the background of Saddle mountain.
Mediators Announce
Truces in Defense
Industry Disputes
The government's defense me
diation board ended a month-old
strike of 300 CIO workers at the
Arcadia Knitting Mills. Allen
town, Pa., Monday and obtained
a temporary truce in a threat
ened strike of 1200 CIO em
ployes of the Allis-Chalmers
company's plant at Pittsburgh,
The Arcadia mills has orders
for army mosquito netting and
the Allts-Chalmers plant is pro-
continued on Pago Seven)
Man Suffers Neck
Fracture in Crash
Joseph Farley, 91, 1021 V, Main
street, is In Klamath Valley hos
pital suffering from a fractured
neck. His condition Is said to be
Farley was unable to give hos
pital authorities details of the
automobile accident In which he
was Involved Sunday morning.
He was admitted to Klamath Val
ley at 4:20 a. m. Farley is -un
ganda that Germany would col
lapse if the war was not ended
this year" and should not be
taken as Implying any predic
tion as to when the war would
be over.
"Secondary Question"
.These sources said Hitler had
never set a date for tho end of
the war, although he asserted
and reasserted last night that
1941 would be a "historic year"
of the nazl revolution.
(Hitler said in a New Years
message to his troops: "The
year 1941 will bring comple
tion of the greatest victory of
our history.")
A spokesman said Hitler's ref
erence last night to "next year"
was made "entirely independ
ent of the war." When the war
(Continued on Pago Seven)
They Marched
9 t
To Stop This
Indian resorvanoa blase of 1138.
Borrow Pit
For Airport
Job Okayed
Discussion of a proposed bor
row pit at one corner of the air
port expansion site brought the
city council's approval last
night of a small additional pur
chase of land for the 6254,000
Ordinances for Instituting con
demnation proceedings to ac
quire certain lands for the air
port also were introduced at the
weekly meeting.
The city fathers were dubious
when City Engineer E. A.
Thomas told them the borrow
pit would be about IS feet deep
and possibly 20 acres in area,
five acres of which lies outside
the land now being bought for
the airport, but approval for the
purchase of the five acres was
given when Thomas asserted that
this land contained the only suit
able gravel for the airport run
ways and that the government
had already been forced to pare
its estimates to fit the $254,000
Small Hasard
Use of material located on the
site would help cut costs, Thomas
said, but admitted he didn't
know who would be required to
fill up the hole which in his
opinion wouldn't constitute much
of a hazard anyway.
"The council should have free
use of the place for a duck
pond," Councilman R. H. Buss
man remarked, and Councllmen
John Keller and Rollin Cantrall
chimed in that the mayor could
have it for a swimming pool, or
a skating rink.
Beside attending to thick
sheaf of property sale ordi
nances, the council referred to
the city attorney a protest
against the city's ban on auction
sales. Attorney Fred O. Small
(Continued on i uge Seven)
Relief Fund Asked
For California
Governor Culbert Olson tonight
asked the state legislature to ap
propriate $2,575,000 to continue
the SRA until July 1, and
warned if funds were not allo
cated immediately state unem
ployment relief operations would
cease Saturday, May 10.
In addition to the SRA funds,
Olson asked the legislature to
set-up a revolving fund to re
lease $650,000 appropriated for
the federal stamp plan.
6 .wits ut
with smoke billowing up against
Truck Jack-Knifes On
Pollock Bridge, Kills
Driver, B. W. Lees
Benjamin Wesley Lee, . 46,
Klamath Falls trucking opera
tor, was instantly killed about
2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at
Pollock, 20 miles north of Red
ding, as .his truck plunged
through the guard rails of an
elevated roadway above the Sac
ramento river. -
Mr. Lee was driving a semi
trailer truck loaded with empty
beer cases and had left Klamath
Falls at 8:30 a. m. Sunday en
route to San Francisco. The
trailer jack-knifed when Mr. Lee
applied the brakes as he neared
the end of the bridge, and the
truck catapulted through the
railing to the ground 60 feet be
low. The trailer was thrown 75
feet from the truck cab in which
Mr. Lee was pinned. Death was
attributed to a crushed skull.
Mr. Lee was driving alone at
the time of the crash. He held
a trucking contract with a num
ber of Klamath Falls firms in
cluding Lost River Dairy and
the M & S Bag company. He is
survived by his widow. Hazel,
who resides on Manzanlta
The remains were to be
brought late Monday afternoon
to Klamath Falls by Ward's
Klamath Funeral home. A num
ber of local residents, en route
home after a visit to Shasta dam,
came upon the accident.
Coastguards Board
Yugoslav Vessels
NEW YORK. May 8 mV. S.
coast guardsmen today boarded
Yugoslav ships In New York har
bor as a "precautionary meas
ure," coast guard officers said,
after having received "certain
rumors." .
Two ships were boarded, the
Sreca and Netl, in Brooklyn, and
a third, the Predesednik KopaJ
pic, was said to have been board
ed off Stapleton, Staten Island.
The coast guard several times
denied that the ships were
seized," but indicated that they
either were placed in protective
custody or were being watched
Britain Threatens
To Bomb Baghdad
Speech Inte rpreted
As Aid Boost Not
Declaration Of War
President Roosevelt's declara
tion that the American people
'are ever ready to fight again
for democracy was interpreted
in high administration quarters
today as carrying a new. prom
ise of virtually unlimited assist
ance to nations resisting re
gression. . ,
This view was taken by some
members of the party which ac
companied the president to
Staunton, Va, where he made
the statement yesterday in ded
icating the birthplace of Wood
row Wilson as a national shrine.
Intent Argued
In Washington. Senator Nye
(R-N.D.) commented that "if the
president is making a feeler for
a declaration of war he will be
quickly surprised to see that
the people of America do not
want to be involved.
Officials In the presidential
party noted, on the other hand,
that he did not say Americans
were ready to go to war and
drew a distinction between that
and , bis actual words. In the
present instance, they said,
"fight" ww a broad term cov
ering' strong material support
of 'demeonfje' nation rather
than military Javolyment in
Aid Pressure
While the president spoke On
ly of , principles,' development
in . Washington. Indicated ' a
growing pressure -" for ' further
specific action on the problem
of delivering war supplies to
Britain, and the whole subject'
apparently was due for an early
and thorough airing in the sen
"We are meeting-here today
to dedicate . a new shrine of
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Judge Denies
Dismissal of
Bridges Case
(UP) Harry Bridges' defense at
torneys asked for dismissal of
deportation charges against the
California CIO director today on
grounds the government "delib
erately" discriminated against
him. but Judge Charles B. Sears
rejected the motion and ordered
the defense to proceed with its
Judge Sears said he had no
power to quash . the warrant
against Bridges which charged
him with affiliation and co-operation
with organizations seek
ing overthrow of the govern
ment (communist party) and ad
vocating property damage and
sabotage (Industrial Workers of
the World) during his 21-year
residence . in the United States.
The government seeks to deport
Bridges to his native Australia..
Double Jeopardy
Miss Carol King oi New York,
(Continued on Page Seven)
National Defense Talked As
JCC Convention Ends Here
National defense keynoted the
closing sessions Sunday of the
state junior chamber of com
merce convention, ' with the
draft-age delegates stirred by an
inspirational and patriotic ad
dress by Mark Matthews, na
tional junior chamber president.
Resolutions adopted by the
convention favored ' total na
tional defense, unity in "our in
dustrial defenses" and confine
ment of U. S. military action
to the western hemisphere.
Defense Committee
On a proposal from John Har
ris of Klamath Falls, the con
vention voted to set up national
defense committees in each
junior chamber community in
the state.
Other convention business
Sunday -included tbe acceptance
Nazi Warships
Given Heavy
British Raid
LONDON, May 8 W Heavy
armor - piercing bombs scored
direct hits on the 26,000-ton
German battleships Scharnhorst
and Gneisenau last night, the air
ministry reported today It was
the fifteenth RAF assault on the
surface, raiders at Brest, France.
"Sticks of the heaviest bombs
also fell repeatedly across the
drydock in which one of the
vessels is berthed," the' min
istry's news service account said.
"Many bursts accompanied by
flames and smoke were observed
on and about the jetty where the
other is tied up."
It added that the two battle
ships sought shelter In Brest to
refuel and take on ammunition
after their last Atlantic raids in
That is 24-hour job. the min
istry said and the presence of
the big warships- "after five
weeks suggests either that by
coincidence they each develop
ed some grave defect while at
sea or. what is far more prob
able, Brest proved a very poor
shelter from persistent bombing
by the RAF. -
"If of late there has been a
sense of monotony In the report
of attacks on Brest it may safely
be said the monotony is fully
shared by the Germans," the re
port concluded. - -
Raids Oyer;. Ireland
Considered Lighter
"Than Sunday Night's
. : BELFAST, Tuesday," May '6
(UP) A small force of German
bombers early today subjected
Belfast and other districts of
northern Ireland to a short at
tack. It was much lighter than
the three-hour aerial bombard
ment of Sunday night.
"It is believed that casualties
were comparatively light, al
though some unfortunately were
fatal," a communique, issued
jointly by the ministry of public
security and the royal air force.
One raider was reported shot
down by British night fighters,
bursting into flames and plung
ing into the sea. -
More Intense
The Sunday night attack had
been described as more intense
than that of last month when
about 500 persons were killed.
Casualties and damage were re
ported lighter, however.
Eirean fire brigades forgot
their neutrality and rushed
across the border to help fight
fires which turned parts of Bel
fast into a sea of flames. Dublin
appeared to be rushing all pos
sible aid to stricken Belfast.
Hundreds of those made home
less by the raid left for Eire as
well as the northern Ireland
The Germans dropped many
delayed action- bombs which
rocked the city through the
plane of unidentified nationality
(Continued on Page Seven)
of Portland's bid for the 1942
convention. Warm praise was ac
corded the Klamath junior cham
ber men for their successful en
tertainment of the 1941 state
meeting, and Truman Runyan,
convention committee chair
man, reported that despite the
heavy expenses involved,, the
committee had come, through
with the books very near bal
ance. Matthew delivered ' his. con
vention address at a public
breakfast at the Willard hotel,
attended by the entire conven
tion registration and a number
of townspeople.
. ' Right To Question
Pointing out that the junior
chamber of commerce age quali
fications are exactly the same
(Continued on Page Threef
Moslem Indignation
Over Fighting Shows
Possible War Spread
LONDON, Tuesday, May 6
(UP) Great Britain today
threatened to bomb ancient
Baghdad and destroy Iraq's
rich flow of oil unless Iraqut
forces cease their four-day siege
of Habbaniya air base as an "es
sential prerequisite" to peace
negotiations proposed by Turkey
and Egypt.
British reinforcements landed
at Basra on the Persian gulf ,
have reached Habbaniya, 78
miles west of Baghdad on the
Euprhates, to relieve the im
perial garrison hammered by
Iraqui artillery fire since Thurs
day night, Cairo dispatches said.
Relief of the air base. Dresum-
ably by a mechanized column
speeding 370 miles up the Eu
phrates valley, came as both
Turkey and Egypt threw their
moslem influence into urgent ef
forts to mediate a settlement be
tween Great Britain and the pro
German Baghdad government of
Premier Rashid All Beg Gailani.
Siege Must Step '
The British government said
the siege of Habbaniya air base
must be lifted before there can
be any consideration of negotia
tions. "
- . Thousands of "pamphlets .have
been dropped, ob ntbled-Ba.hdad .
by RAF planes, warning Rashid
AH Beg's regime will be blasted
out of its government buildings
there unless fighting ceases.
Britain studied means to pre
vent Iraq's annual 4,000,000-
ton flow of oil from falling into
Adolf Hitler's hands if it is de
nied to Britain because of the
Iraqi resistance.
Either the oil wells will be
sabotaged if they cannot be held
for Britain or, as is more likely.
the Mosul pipeline to Haifa on
the Palestine coast will be
wrecked to choke off the flow
of the Iraq oil, it was said.
The British government last
night formally announced Tur
key's offer to mediate the Anglo
Iraq hostilities but there was
considerable pessimism about
the chances of any real settle
ment with the pro-nazi Rashid
Ali Beg.
Britain's miniat'.u-e war with
Iraq appeared Monday night to
be growing in both scope and In
tensity. Skimpy communications and
profusion of propaganda cloud
ed the situation in Iraq and the
whole near east. Moslem indig
nation over the fighting seemed
to be spreading and already was
said to have worked up to a vio
lent pitch in some places. "
British sources said reinforce
ments landed at Basra had
reached Habbaniya to relieve the
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Man Draws Three
Years for Forgery
Antonio Martinez Alientos,
21, was sentenced Monday in
Klamath county circuit court to
serve three years In the Oregon
state penitentiary for forgery.
Alientos signed the name W. E.
Janette to a check in the amount
of $14.70 which he attempted to
pass in Merrill.
Klamath Legion
Post Gets Mention
National headquarters of tho
American Legion announced to
day that Euclid post 343 of Euc
lid, Ohio, had won the 8100 first
prize in the 1941 post history
A certificate of honorable
mention was awarded to Klamath
post 8, Klamath Falls, Ore.,
among others.
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