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Vol. 18. No. 160 l'rice five CenU
(Every Morning Except Monday)
Klamath County
Grand Jurymen
Ousted by Judge
In The
renllallc thinker will at
tempt In deny tliat over the
weekend the war newa ia all
TV Crrte (guessing today from
confuted diapatrhrs) Ihe Gcr
main appear to hnve extended
their liolil on the western part of
the Island.
Home aaya German troopa
have been landed from ahlpa
protected by the Italian navy
unci convoyed through the area
the British navy "had guarded."
The British acknowledge aome
seaborne relnforcementa may
have landed, but contend they
are Insignificant. They concede
air borne Gcrinun tanka have
King George of Greece haa
left Crete and arrived In Cairo.
pnOM the German high com
mand comes the claim that 11
llritish cruisers, eight destroy
ers, one submarine and five tor
pedo boats havo been sunk and
aeveral more cruisers and des
troyers damaged in the eastern
Mediterranean since last Tues
day. German 'spokesmen' In Ber
lin assert the Germans and Ital
ians have virtually wiped out
the cruiser section of the Brit
Mi navy'a eastern Mediterran
ean fleet. Of 12 cruisers based at
Alexandria, they say, eleven
aaJiave been sunk.
THESE, of course, are German
reports, which never under
state German achievements.
They may be wide of the truth,
as often they have been. As these
words are written, the German
claims are undenied by the Brit
ish, but the British may have
military reasons for keeping
It is too early to draw def
inite conclusions. We can only
guess from confusing dispatches
INTEREST in the eastern Med-
ilerranean sen fighting arises
from the NATURE of It. What
wc want to know is how the
British fleet stood up agninst
German nir ntlack.
THE battleship Hood, the pride
of the British navy, was sunk
y a Germnn battleship. That
"" might havo been the result, as
the British Maim, of a lucky
shot. Such things do happen in
naval warfnre.
If the British navy In the
eastern Mediterranean haa been
disastrously battered from the
AIR, It will be something else
TN Berlin, German Grand Ad-
mlral Raeder, speaking of con
voying American supplies to
Britain, says: "I can only echo
the view of President Roosevelt
that convoys mean shooting."
Elaborating, he says:
"Since the nature of cargoes
of convoyed ships, according to
American admissions, would be
established from the very begin
ning as contraband, resort to this
ay type of convoy system would not
te neutral In the sense of Inter
national or American treaties,
but an OPEN WAR ACT and a
bare, unprovoked attack.
"German naval forces would
therefore be Justified in taking
measures against these convoyed
carriers according to the law of
sea warfare and would by exer
cise of these rights hnve to RE
sary any hindrance even
agninst American warships."
ADMIRAL Rneder's bellicose
V statement, It Is interesting
to note. Is contained in an Intcr
(Contlnued on Pago Two)
Looking Backward
By The Associated Preaa
. May 26, 1B40 Germans ro
n 'port fall of Calais; fighting is
violent along river Somme.
May 20, 1016 United States
won't tolerate seizure of mails
nt sea, Secretary of Slate Lan
sing warns allies.
Foreman Warned Of
Remarks In Court;
Group Is Discharged
Circuit Judge David R. Van
dcnberK Monday morning dis
charged the five Klamath coun
ty grand Jurors left after two
resignations, and warned I. A.
Baker, Jury foreman, againat re
marks which he aald might lead
to contempt of court proceed
ings. The sensational Incident oc
curred In an almost empty court
room, when Jurors came In In
response to a call arranged by
Baker." The Jurors first went In
to the Jury room, and were
called into the courtroom by the
bailiff on order of the Judge.
Judge Vandcnbcrg then in
formed the Jurors he had two
resignations, from W. F. Hllyard
and A. E. Wampler, members of
the grand Jury.
"There being only three weeks
left of this term of court, and
two members having resigned,
the court sees no reason to call
In the Jury and to select two
more to take the places of these
members, and to Instruct them,
for so short a period of time. I
am informed by the district at
torney there la nothing in hia of
fice that la very important that
has to come up, and you have
been called for this time by a
summons that is not in accord
ance ;ith any law that I know
of. Therefore, the present Jury
will le discharged."
(Judge Vandcnberg evidently
referred to the fact the summons
to the Jurymen contained the
words "by order of the court"
whereas he had not ordered the
Jury called.)
At this Juncture, Foreman
Baker stood up and said:
"Your honor, I believe that
thia grand jury haa something
very Important to come before
Tlrt-re followed this exchange:
THE COURT: The grand Jury
ia discharged at this time. I
have Just stated that. If there
is anything important it will
come up before the next grand
Jury. The grand Jury is not
here: there aro two lacking right
BAKER: They had their
orders to be in here. May I ask
when their resignations were
turned in?
THE COURT: One was turned
In Saturday and the other was
made Siturday and was received
by me this morning.
BAKER: Was that after they
got their notices?
THE COURT: Apparently af
ter they got their notices. That
is right.
BAKER: Well, there is a case
wc have before the grand Jury
now that the grand jury has
worked on for a year.
THE COURT: I'll tell you
now, Mr. Baker, if this grand
Jury has worked on any case a
year or more. If they have not
brought in an indictment, there
apparently is not any reason for
me to hold the grand jury over
f-r another year or more work
ing on it. There are three weeks
left in this term, and I am not
going to call in a Jury and rein
struct them for three weeks'
work. First of all, your call to
day was not in accordance with
law; I have made ho order, and
summons says I have.
BAKER: Why did you tell
me then the other evening all I
had to do was to call the grand
Jurv myself.
THE COURT: I stated I would
not call them.
BAKER: You said you could
not but I would.
THE COURT: I said I would
not. It was entirely up to you;
If you have got into political
mntters it is up to you but
(Continued on Page Two)
Author Declares Germany's
Gestapo Keeps Tab on U. S.
Richard Krebs, who wrote the
book "Out of the Night" under
the pen name of Jan Valtln, told
the house committee on un-American
activities today that the
German gestapo had a complete
"cord file" designed to provide
Germany with a "constant bar
ometer" of the strength of other
Before the war, he said. New
York was the clearing house of
the gestapo in the United States,
but, ho added, "There is every
indication that the clearing house
has been moved to San Fran
cisco." Krebs attributed the shift to
San Francisco to "undisturbed
Shown hare ia the mighty 42,000-ton draadnaught Hood, which waa blown up by th Bis
marck. Carman battleship. British a-engera ware reported Monday night to be locked in a
deadly battle with the Bismarck after an aerial torpedo from RAF bomber scored direct
hit and reportedly crippled the monster craft.
Dick Maguire Enters
Contest For Post In
City School Group
The third hat was tossed Into
the city schooL board ring early
Monday when Dick Maguire, 31,
filed petition to have his name
placed on the ballot as candidate
for director. Date of election is
June 16.
Maguire, son of J. F. Maguire,
veteran real estate dealer of this
city, returned recently after
spending the past five years in
Honolulu where he was inter
ested in radio work.r Maguire
will now make his home here
and be in business with his
Young Maguire attended local
schools, entering old Central
school and later was graduated
from Klamath Union high school.
He Is married and with wife and
young daughter, Patricia, reside
on Portland street. Maguire said
he had been interested in the
progress of local schools and had
decided to enter the race as he
felt "a younger man would be
an asset to the board."
Others who have filed for the
positions, of which there are two
vacancies, include Howard Barn
hisel and G. C. Blohm.
Millhands Reject
Mediation Formula
OLYMPIA. Wash., May 26
(UP) Four hundred Interna
tional Woodworkers of America
(CIO) delegates tonight rejected
a national defense mediation
board formula for ending the
strike of 12,000 western Wash
ington millhands and loggers.
The union meeting also called
on locals who had acquiesced to
settlements for less than the
original demands to return to
the IWA's stipulations of May 9,
when the strike began.
O. M. Orton, international
president, said today's decision
would bo referred to locals for
The employers negotiating
committee already had approved
the board's formula, announced
last Friday. The plan called for
appointment of a committee to
study northwest lumber dis
putes; for an Immediate return
to work: acceptance of a union'
maintenance agreement offered
by employers; and a basic wage
increase of 7 M cents an hour.
channels from there to Ger
many" and to the fact that Frit.
Wcldmann, German consul there.
Is a "trusted lieutenant" of Adolf
Germany has thought, the wit
ness said, that if the United
States got Into a war, it would
be with Japan, "and therefore
a large part of the German ef
forts have been concentrated on
the west coast."
Krebs testified that he had
gone to Germany from Moscow
In 1933, later broke with the
communist Internationale and
became a gestapo agent. He
learned, he said, that the real
aim of Germany was "world
Hood Avengers Battle Bismarck
' ; ; ' " "T
Barber Shops
To Close at
8 Saturdays
After City Attorney D. E. Van
Vactor in an oral opinion said
he believed the city has the
authority to dictate the hours of
barber shops, city councilmen
last night amended its old bar
ber shop ordinance to change the
closing hour to 8 p. m. on Sat
urday nights.
A week ago, when Van Vactor
was dubious about the enforce
ability of such an ordinance,
a motion to repeal the whole
barber shop hours ordinance,
rather than amend it, was offer
ed and seconded on the couicil
The repeal motion wai with'
drawn however, ,4o .give ynLMr Roosevelf said in a state'
vector wme io prepare m lorma.
opinion. In his ok .x i..'e said
that laws of. various states con
flict on the .jstion. Washington,
he said, had held such a meas
ure definitely unconstitutional.
In Oregon, however, he said he
found the city of Albany once
adopted such an ordinance and
it was upheld by the supreme
court. Therefore, he said, he be
lieved Klamath had the author
ity for such an ordinance.
Barbers' Request
Councilman Cantrall, who had
made the repeal motion, then
moved that the ordinance be
amended as requested by the
barbers. The motion was adopted
Those voting for it Included
Councilman Bussman, who said
last week that if the ordinance
dictated closing time to a man
who operated and worked his
own shop, he would vote against
it. Councilman Keller, who sec
onded the repeal motion last
week, voted for the amendment.
Councilman Martin, a grocer,
asked Van Vactor if by the same
legal token, the city couldn't
regulate the hours of grocery
stores. Van Vactor replied he
had given an opinion on barber
shops only.
Master Barber James Swan
sen, who presented the request
for amendment last week, told
the council the barbers would
rather see the old ordinance
(providing for 9 o'clock closing)
remain as it is than to have it
discontinued entirely. This was
before the council vote.
Begins June IS
The new amendment makesthe
ordinance conform with an
agreement between master and
Journeymen barbers providing
for 8 p. m. closing on Saturday,
beginning June 16. Sixty-five
cent haircuts go into effect at
the same time.
It was explained that it will
be three weeks before the amend
ment becomes effective if it car
ries an emergency clause as plan
ned. The emergency clause will
provide that for the "peace,
health and safety" of Klamath
Falls, barber shops should be
closed by 8 p. m. immediately.
The council at its meeting last
(Continued on Page Two)
Portland Man Dies
On Steps of Hotel
Ray Halfpapp, 55, formerly of
Portland, died suddenly about 9
o'clock Saturday night on the
steps of a Main street hotel.
Death was attributed to heart
Mr. Halfpapp had been In this
section as representative of the
Benefit Association of Railway
Employes of Chicago. The re
mains are at Whitlock's.
President Signs Crop
Loan Measure, Asks
Level Be Maintained
President Roosevelt signed today
legislation providing for loans
on major farm crops of 85 per
cent of parity but declared that
he had done so with the under
standing that farm prices should
not be permitted to go above
the so-called parity level.
The legislation provides for
mandatary loans on cotton, corn.
wheat, rice and tobacco.
; ment that lhe leg'-'-'lo- -fleet
ed the government, objective
for eight years and the fact that
farmers "did not have and ha. .
not as great a share of the na
tional income as other groups."
But he noted that when the
bill becomes law farmers cooper
ating with the government farm
program will be able to receive
85 per cent parity loans, plus
cash parity payments, plus soil
conservation payments in cash.
"Under no circumstances,"
the chief executive declared
"should the sum of these three
exceed parity ... I am approv
ing this joint resolution on the
distinct understanding that par
ity payments will be limited to
the amount necessary to bring
the basic commodities to partly
but not beyond parity.
Sabotage Seen
In Aberdeen
Plant Fire
HOQUIAM. May 26 OFI Sabo
tage was blamed today by a
plant official as the cause of a
$100,000 fire which destroyed
part of the huge, sprawling one
acre Acme Door company plant
here early Sunday.
"It looks like sabotage," Plant
Superintendent Herman Snider
declared in pointing out that
flames, discovered by a watch
man, broke out in a store room
where there were no motors and
no electric wiring except that
carried by conduits.
A block-long building housing
three departments of the plant
was burned to the ground along
with 12,000 finished doors, many
of them ordered by the United
States army for cantonments.
Several nearby small buildings
and a home also were destroyed.
Snider said the plant was cov
ered by insurance.
When the main fire was
brought under control after five
hours of fighting by the com
bined Aberdeen-Hoqulam fire
departments, a second blaze
broke out in a dry kiln nearly
300 feet from the burned build
ing. It was extinguished before
extensive damage, but firemen
expressed doubt it could have
been caused by sparks,
LONDON, Tuesday, May 27
(UP) Max Schmeling, former
world heavyweight boxing cham
pion, was among the first of the
German parachute troops to
alight on the Island of Crete,
radio Berlin said tonight.
11 British Cruisers
Sunk, Germans Say
German Admiral Says
American Convoys
Would Face Attack
Secretary of State Cordell Hull
accused Germany today of seek
ing by threats to Induce the
United States to refrain from
any real efforts at self defense-
Hull made this comment on the
statement yesterday of Grand
Admiral Erich Raeder, comman
der of the German navy, that
the American patrol system was
'aggressive and that American
naval convoys for British ships
would "mean shooting."
Chat Cited
Stephen Early, presidential
secretary, earlier had comment
ed to reporters that he had an
idea that Berlin "is trying to do
anything it can to becloud
President Roosevelt s fireside
chat tomorrow night. Early too
The secretary aid Raeder'a
Hull told his press conference
that Raeder's statement ap
peared to be some sort of threat
to Induce this country and prob
ably other American nations to
refrain from real efforts at self
defense until Adolf Hitler gets
control of the high seas of the
world and other continents.
It is a favorite system which
Hitler has used in the case of
many countries In Europe, Hull
said, either by threats or persua
sion to induce other countries
to refrain any real defense until
Hitler is ready to' seize them.
Part Of Program
The secretary said Raeher's
statement seemed to be an inte
gral part of a program of world
conquest by force.
Early told reporters:
"I've got an idea Berlin today
is trying to do anything it can
to becloud the president's speech
and precipitate something for
you gentlemen between now
and Tuesday night"
He added that he would not be
surprised if reporters were
querying him about other dis
patches from Berlin before the
presidential address.
Preacher Charged
Evader of Draft
COUR D'ALENE. Ida., May 26
(UP) The Rev. Mr. James K.
Allen of Fruitland, Methodist
minister and father of five chil
dren, today pleaded innocent to
a federal charge of draft eva
sion and announced that nmy
counsel will be the Holy Spirit,'
Trial was set for June 2. The
charge was filed after the min
ister announced from the pulpit
that he had not registered under
the selective service act.
If he had registered he prob
ably would have been deferred
indefinitely because of his call
ing and his large number of de
The supreme court held today
that the Taylor Grazing act per
mits the secretary of the interior
to charge a temporary fee from
persons grazing livestock on
public lands, pending the issu
ance of regular permits.
Germans Treated Coldly in
Paris, Says Press Writer
Editor's Note:
Ralph E. Heinzen, United
Press manager in France, re
turned during the weekend to
Paris, his home for 16 years
which he left ahead of the Ger
man blitzkreig 11 months ago.
In the following uncensored dis
patch he describes the Paris of
the nazis in contrast with the
gay city which American travel
lers remember.
PARIS, May 24 (Delayed
via Vichy) (UP) The once-gay
people of Paris are treating the
German conquerors calmly and
coldly and, with a calculating
Second Draft
Slated July 1
President Roosevelt today order
ed a second registration under
the selective service act on
July 1.
He said in a proclamation an
other registration was "required
in the interest of national de
fense." New registrants will include
those men who, on or before
July 1, have attained their 21st
birthday and had not registered
The registration is to take
place in the United States proper
and in Hawaii, Puerto Rico and
Every male citizen and every
male alien residing in these
areas, other than those specifi
cally exempted by the selective
service act, must comply with
the registration order if he has
reached his 21st birthday since
the initial registration.
Selective service officials have
estimated that about 1,000.000
men will be required to register
under the proclamation.
As in the first registration, the
president arranged by proclama
tion for the handling of special
cases. These cover inability ot
an individual to register because
of "circumstances beyond his
control" or because he is not in
the United States, Puerto Rico,
or the two territories.
RAF Missile Scores
On Fleeing Bismarck
In Atlantic Wastes
LONDON, Tuesday, May 27
(UP) Britons waited anxiously
this morning for further news of
the progress ot the "death hunt
by British warships for the Ger
man battleship Bismarck. An ad
miralty announcement said the
vessel which sank the British
battle cruiser Hood had been hit
by an aerial torpedo and a Ger
man high command communique
reported she was engaged late
Monday in a "severe battle with
superior enemy forces."
The new British battleships
King George V and Prince of
Wales, fastest and most powerful
men-o-war in the world and the
only ships capable of battling
the Bismarck on even terms, have
been driving to the "kill" along
the crippled Bismarck's path of
flight, it was said.
Chance to Avenge
The torpedo-hit, which the zig
zagging Bismarck was said to
have eluded several times in the
fog-bound Atlantic wastes, may
give British warships a chance of
catching up with their quarry
and avenging the destruction of
the 42,100-ton Hood off Green
land early Saturday with a great
loss of life.
"Too many things can happen
in thousands of miles of sea and
since we are not sure how close
the British warships are to her
now the Bismarck might easily
be lost in the hours of darkness
or in fog," it was said.
Naval quarters said that the
torpedo hit might well have so
badly crippled the Bismarck that
speeding British warships might
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for everything they get.
eye, are making the nazis pay
There is no laughter in the
beautiful city. It is now Just an
other base behind the German
war front.
Neither are there any clashes
or boiling-over of feelings. But
the Parisians and the Germans
live in worlds apart and the few
die-hard American expatriates
left here are lonesome occupants
of a no-man's-land between the
It was a strange and some
what grim sight I saw in the
tree-lined boulevards swarms
ot German soldiers and a 12-ton
(Continued u,ti Page Two)
Axis Force Controls
Air, Sea in Eastern
Mediterranean Area
BERLIN. Tuesday. May 27
(UP) The British fleet in the
eastern Mediterranean "may be
considered destroyed," nazl
spokesmen proclaimed early to
day in a Jubilant announcement
that 11 of the 12 cruisers based
at Alexandria had been sunk.
Soon after the German army
invading Crete was reported of
ficially to be advancing "every
where, nazi sources loosed a
flood of claims regarding naval
action connected with the east
ern Mediterranean campaign.
They said the successful blow
against the British fleet In the
week-long campaign had given
the axis complete domination of
the seas ot that zone, in addi
tion to the already uncontested
mastery of the air.
New Force
Despite the claims ot sea and
air domination, the informants.
had nothing to say of landing!
in Crete by sea-borne troops. An
authorized military source said
new air-borne reinforcements
had been landed by the German
The new forces were able to
close formations and advance
against British nests ot resist
ance, it was said, thus gaining
ground in the eastern portion ol
the island as soon as they landed,
r-' Informants said German dive
bombers had scored many hits
with heavy bombs on British
aircraft carrier in the eastern
Mediterranean yesterday. A
cruiser in the same formation
also was reported hit.
Official sources had said ear
lier the campaign in the eastern
Mediterranean had claimed 23
British warcrait 11 cruisers,
eight destroyers, one submarine
and five speedboats.
The official news agency said
scout planes had observed near
Crete a heavy cruiser which was
completely burned out amid
ships, with smoke rising from
tne quarterdeck:. A beacned de
stroyer, also burned out amid
ships and showing heavy hits on
the stern, was sighted in the
same area.
The command issued a special
communique announcing the
German battlesnip Bismarck,
wmcn last Saturday sank the
dritisn battle cruiser hood, had
oeen engaged "in a severe battle
by superior enemy forces" since
p. m. Monday.
Xtus action, taking place
"somewhere in the frorth At
lantic," had no direct connec
tion with the Mediterranean
lighting and the high German
did not confirm the sweeping
claims of "destruction" of the
British Mediterranean forces.
The high command in its regu
lar Monday communique said
only that four of the cruisers de
stroyed in the Mediterranean!
were sunk by Italians in air and
naval action.
Many Troops Pass
Here in Trains
Over 1600 soldiers of the 41st
division's all-Oregon 82nd bri
gade, fourth and last serial ot
the big troop movement south
through Klamath Falls, broke
camp early Sunday morning and
began the balance of the long
trip from Fort Lewis, Wash., to
June maneuvers on the Hunter
Liggett reservation in Califor
nia. Train-borne troops continued
to pour steadily through the city
all day Sunday, however. Be
ginning with a four-train group
on Saturday, five more crept
through Sunday, and six on Mon
day. Four more are expected
Tuesday and eight on Wednes
day. Each 17-car train is carry
ing approximately 500 men.
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