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INDIAN VALLEY RECORD ' Thursday, September 5, 1940 i i i li I i i ii By LEMUEL F. PARTON (Consolidated Features---WNU ~erviee.) NEW YORK.--After 20 years they still tell, in Moscow, how bold Semyon Konstantovich Timoshenko, then a cavalry chief, led a Red regiment of Ruulan Politician horse up to Fixes Up Jobs w a r s a w's For Commluar. very gates. After another 20 years, no doubt, they will still be telling how, in 1940, the same Sea- yon, then commissar of defense, led more than a regiment of his follow- ers back to the payrolls from which they had been briefly booted. When Russia blundered to vic- tory over fallen Finland her srmlea obeyed a double-barreled leadership. Alongslde the or- thodox military comm nders marched as many political eom- mlssars, all with the power of veto. Thousands of dead Elm- slams proved the weakness of this command system, and this week Moscow announced that the commissars were out on their various ears. Overnight, however, they got back --in the army, still. Now they are assistant commanders for political affairs. The old power of veto is gone, but the pay check will be the same. Timoshenko fixed it all up as briskly as any ward boss ever drummed up jobs for the faithful. Tlmoshenko has been fixing things up ever since Lenin got a stranglehold on imperial lttmsla, for himself as well s his party. He is rough and tough, and on the record he has what it takes to get ahead under Communism. His Jaw is wlde and hard. His eyes have a "Sea your" glint. His thin Imlr grows close to a hard poll, offering no puroh se for an enemy's hand. He got his first real boost in 1937 when he was made commander of the North Caucasian Corps area. His last and best, however, came in May of this year. Then he reached his current job, He is pretty high up now. And in Russia, under Stalin, the higher they go the hard- er they fall. So those fellows may not be permanently on the payroll after all. A PLUMP, pleasant 'middle-aged lady, who likes pink dresses and an old.fashioned hair-do, has the Job of seeing that we don't turn too much butter Consumer Adviser into cannons Aulgnedto WatcL--or at any For Profiteering rate that we get the but- ter. As consumer adviser for the national defense advisory commis- sion, Miss Harriet Elllott calls a ha- tlonal conference of retailerst9 lay the foundation of co-operation iN the maintenance of living standard~ as bulwark of defense. 8he has long maintaified that health, housing, recreation, child welfare and general public well- being are bedrock essentials of any defense program. With the nbove appointment she became the fist woman to be "drafted" In the current mobilization of hu- man and material resources. Miss Elliott is a Quaker and col- lege professor--dean of the woman's college of the University of North Carolina, For $I years she has been professor of political science at this college and has achieved unique dis- tinction in her daily classroom take- off from the morning newspaper, rather than a text book. Her theory of education is to pro- ceed from the particular to the gen- eral; she thinks Mill and Adam Smith should be left on the shelf un- til the student can generalize from facts as they come to him /n the news. She is wary about theories. One of her main Jobs as con- sumer adviser is to watch prices. While she has fought profiteers, she is no alarmist about goug- Ing, and believes that all ele- manta in producing and market- ing processes will be co-epera. tire If they are sensibly and fairly mobilized. However, she hM at hand a portfolio of pretty stiff laws, with the department of Justice standing by, if she finds it necessary to Invoke them. Miss Elliott is a native'of Carbon- dale, Ill where her mother and sis- ter still live. She is an alumna of Park college, Parkvflle, Me and Hanover college, Hanover, Ind and holds a master's degree from Co- lumbia university. In the first World war, she was a member of the women's council of national de- lense. It was her work in this post which projected her into her long- continued studies of public well- being as basic requirement fat Co- GENERAL HUGH S. JOHNSON AIR BASES FOR U. S. Getting air and naval bases, from Iceland to the South American ,"bulge"should have the unified support of this country. It is a move in the direction we must go-- which is to make our defense inde- pendent of the strength of any na- tion but our own. The only criti- cism of it is the inexcusable delay and lack of foresight in not having done it long ago. But what we are giving for them is something else again. It has not been revealed. Neither have the de- tails of our defensive deal with Can- ada. Canada is a nation at war. She has gone across the sea to at- tack a European power It puts us in a position of saying to Europe: "American nations can attack you but if you counterattack t.~#~m we will fight you." Perhaps in view of our geographic and strategic problem, that can't be helped. But do our Canadian and British secret understandings go further? There was some im- plication in Mr. Churchill's recent peroration that they do--British and American "co-operation" in war rolling along like Old Man River, which is a symbol for fateful in- evitability--the "flotillas of 1941," which Sounded like a promise of American naval intervention Mr. Roosevelt is reported to have scouted the idea that there is any- thing in the deal for bases about our detaching a part of our insuf- ficient navy--50 destroyers--to fight on the side of Britain. But things that Mr. Roosevelt scouts, like his third term ambition, have a curious and tortuous way of promptly com- ing true. No matter how it may be dis. guised or how warlike lawyers now split hairs, the detachment of those destroyers is so clearly d/reef par- ticipation in this war that two years ago, examining the question coldly, there is not an international lawyer on earth who would not have re- garded a contrary view as prepos- terous. From his Chicago "quarantine" speech to the present moment, there has not been an act of the Presi- dent inconsistent with an inference of*his willingness, if not his inten- tion, to mix this country up in the wars of both Europe and Asia. On the contrary, with increasing tempo and intensity, every act has been completely consistent with p~ecisely that aim. Mr. Ickes, Mr. Wallace and others have emphasized Mr, Wilikie's "en- dorsement" of "our foreign policy." Mr. Ickes has suggested that this is like the God.awful 1936 campaign where there were no issues except "The New Deal is good but I can deal it better." The New Deal boys, hell-bent*for-a-war -c rials-borer e-No- vember, had better look that thought over carefully. Some of Mr. Willkie's Republican and Democratic supporters in New York are also minded to involve us in foreign war. But most of this country isn't. Especially that great stretch of America from the Alle. ghenles west isn't and, as I read his utterances, Mr. Willkie isn't. $ WHAT DO WE DEFEND? Step by step in the rapidly expand- ing policy of intervention every- where, our general staff has been confronted with new and lightning- like changes in policy. There is this difference between the harnessing of Nazi foreign policy with Nazi mili- tary preparation -- that Hitler planned nothing on foreign policy that his geheral staff hadn't been told to prepare in military strength and wasn't given time to prepare. In our case, the whole surprising brainstorm shift in a constantly in- creasing foreign policy of threat and aggression has proceeded with no regard whatever, to our military preparation to make it good and with no sufficient allowance of time and money to do so. General Marshall's talk about an army of 3,000,000 to 4,000,000 men was wholly based on a new diplo- matic theory that we are to police every American country from the North Pole to Cape Horn. That the- ory is utterly fantastic and impos- sible. We can't afford it, couldn't do it and have no business Indulg- ing in any such popular deceits and ludicrous international posturing. It is about time that this govern- ment settled down and decided ex- actly what its foreign policy is go- ing to be and, more precisely, as controlling that, exactly what pol- icy it can enforce, without absurdity and possible disaster, within the realistic and reasonable limits of its present and immediately potential strength of arms and men on land, sea and in the air. In that connection, the immediate controlling n.ubbin is naval and po- litlcal policy in the Pacific. As be- tween our necessary defensive pol- icy of remaining dominant on both American coasts as far as Natal in Brazil and in addition to that of maintaining a threatening attitude in Asia, Indo-China and the East Indies, there is a difference of un. estimated billions of dollars of ex- pense and of comparative safety as contrasted with sprawling all over the map and constantly risking not only our prestige but our peace and our Washington Digest Britain Likely to Get Destroyers; Both Parties Disown Isolationists , Rooseveh-Willkie Debate on Any Issue Improbable; Icke's Speech Ignores Conditions at Time Of Munich Conference. By CARTER FIELD WASHINGTON.--Best opinion in Washington now is that Britain will get those 50 old World war destroy- ers for which Gen. John J. Pershing made a radio appeal recently. The big question is whether Britain will get them in time to do any good. The point is that the Battle of Brit- ain may be decided before delivery. Wendell Willkie properly ignored the destroyer episode in his accept- ance speech. But while he did not mention them, he left no doubt in any administration quarter that there would be no attack by him if the government decided to give this sorely needed aid to Britain. There would have been no point in his mentioning the destroyers, because there is nothing Willkie can do about them. Even if he is elected, the Battle of Britain will have been won or lost before he assumes office. As a matter of fact, it will probably have been won or lost six weeks be- fore election day. September 15, for some reason, has been the German "deadline." It will be recalled that German repre- sentatives, negotiating with U. S. business men, proposed deliveries after that date, though they were unwilling to discuss why this date was picked. They merely said that the military establishment in Berlin informed them that the war would be over by September 15, with Brit- ain conquered. By the time this magical date ar- rives, fall weather will have set in on the English channel, with fogs and storms, which might result in Dan~e Nature saving England again as she did at the time of the Spanish Armada. Of course no one knows what the new "surprise weapon" is that the Nazis have been talking so much about, and about whioh cor- respondents with the German army on the Belgian and French coasts have been hinting. It is possible, of course, that the Germans have figured out a way to land an army in Britain, after pul- verizing by bombing attacks the country right behind the coast on which they propose to land, which would make it possible regardless of weather conditions. This seems highly unlikely, but it is unwise to dismiss any poasibillty. The general picture remains that, at the moment, the odds are slightly against Britain. The picture re- mains, however, that IF she is able to hold out until the fogs and storms come, those 50 old destroyers would be a tremendous help. It also ap- pears to be a fact, if the recent published polls are correct, that a large majority of the American pea. ple are in favor of letting the Brit- lsh have them, on the theory that :the longer Britain is able to fight, the longer America has to get ready. The isolationists, headed by Sen. Burton K. Wheeler of Montana, are fighting this, screaming at William C. Bullitt for his speech urging more aid to Britain promptly, and doing everything they dare to pre- I vent further aid. But politically they have no place to go. Neither Ran e- I velt nor Wfllkie gives them any !chance, since the Willkie accept. ance speech, to play the one against the other. Every indication is that i even the Middle Western states are ! gradually moving, though slowly, to- ward the position taken by both ma- Jor candidates. So it seems more of a certainty that Britain will get the destroyers. It's just a question .ot whether it will be soon enough. $ It is rather strange that none of the comments on the recent speech of Harold Ickes, supposedly replying to Wendell Willkie for President Roosevelt, have taken issue with Ickes' criticisms of former Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Ap- parently it is not fashionable to de- fend Chamberlain for anything he did, though there was plenty of ap- proval at the time. Mr. Ickes said: "Mr. Wilikie criti- cizes the Slum government in France and holds it responsible for the defeat of France. Has he no criti- cism of England's pro-Munich gov- ernment, with its policy of appease. ment?" Let's take a quick look back at the Munich conference, what the sit. uation was then, and what Mr. Ickes' chief, President Roosevelt, for whom he was answering Willkie, had to do with it. The facts are that, up to Munich, and for a short period thereafter, no charge could be made that Adolf Hitler had ever broken a treaty. He had said he was going to do things, and he had done them. So far as the Rhineland is concerned, or so DESTROYERS TO BRITAIN It appears certain to Carter Field, Washington correspondent, that Britain will get the 50 old destroyers. The only question is "will she get them in time?" Con. sidering Ickes' speech attacking 'former Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, Mr. Field finds that he ignored the conditions existing at the time of the Mu- nich conference. He believes that a debate between Roosevelt and -W~II~ ~a high~ imprQbable. i i far as Austria is concerned, he had made no pretense that he had any intention of paying heed to the terms of the Versailles treaty. So when Chamberlain went to Mu- nich, there was no reason to doubt that whatever terms to preserve peace might be obtained would be lived up to. Far more important, Britair, was in no position to fight at the moment. Britain was woefully unprepared. This might have been partly the responsibility of Chamberlain, but obviously it was much more the fault of the preceding administra- tions, headed among others by Stan- ley Baldwin and Ramsay McDonald. So Chamberlain knew he HAD to appease But more important, from the standpoint of Mr. Ickes' slurring at the former premier, is the fact that President Roosevelt appealed to both Hitler and Chamberlain, urging that the differences be adjusted without war. He also appealed to Mussolini to use his good offices to bring about the same result. At least, during the years which preceded Munich, Britain kept up its navy. It was under the delusion, just as were military experts in vir- tually every other government in- cluding our own, that the French had "'the best army in the world " Meanwhile the United States had not completed a new battleship since 1920, and was actually without an adequate supply of ammunition. Nearly two years ago Bernard M. Baruch, on the appeal of Louis John- son, then Roosevelt's assistant sec- retary of war, personally guaran- teed a $3,000,000 contract for pow- der-making machinery for which not only congress had not appropriated, but the need for which had not been revealed to congress "by the admin- istration. $ Franklin Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie on the same platform--at the same time--answering each oth- er! Can you imagine it? Yes, but you don't expect it, and neither does anyone else. But it was a good idea, and would be even better if there were any chance of FDR's tak- ing Willkie up on his challenge. But the facts are that President RooseveR does not want any part of a debate with Willkie on ANY issue. Least of all, curiously enough, on the electric power issue which Roosevelt has made so important, and which he hopes will prove a great handicap to Willkie. The truth is that th~ New Dealers are Just a little bit shell-shocked whenever they think of ANY debate with Willkie since that time the then Commonwealth & Southern president polished off Robert H. Jackson in a debate on the New Deal, before the Town Hall in New York city. To appreciate this, one must know what the New Dealers in general, and Roosevelt in particular, think of Jackson. Even FDR thinks Jackson is the second best statesman in the world today, and there are a good many New Dealers treasonable enough to think that Jackson is real- lyNo. I. So when WiUkie virtually knocked the No. 1 champion (certainly after FDR himself) of the New Dealers into a cocked hat in a public de- bate, and on issues not so dissimilar from those to be argued in this cam- paign, the impression was pretty nearly indelible. Certainly it is still clearly legible. And it says: "Don't let Wfllkie get you into a debate even if you name the judges. He'll steal 'era from you." Remember how timid Dave Lillen- thal was when Willkie offered to let the SEC itself referee his company's dispute with TVA? And there are New Dealers who think Dave was gypped when Willkie virtually let Lillenthal himself referee the nego- tiations 1 But even if FDR were willing to debate with Wilikie on other sub- jects, he would not debate with him on the public ownership thesis. Not this fall! There are several signs that the New Dealers do not want any more referenda on that subject, particularly in politically strategic locations. For instance, there is San Fran- cisco. The city has given a good many indications of getting fed up on the New Deal's public power #ide~as. Back in 1913, congress ap- proved the Hetch Hetchy project, with a proviso that never should this power be distributed by privately owned agencies. San Francisco paid no attention to this. It sold the power to the old private company, took a nice profit on the sale, and let the company sell to its citizens. Honest Harold Ickes has tried again and again to break this up, but every time the San Francisco voters roll up a huge majority against being delivered from the power minions. So--it might be Just a little bit dangerous to have San Francisco think that public owner. ship was the paramount issuel California's 22 electoral votes should be "in the bag" for FDR. All forecasters are so conceding. But stop a minute. Dr. Townsend, the idol of the ham and eggers, had come ovt for Willkie! .And it makes San Francisco importantl OVER 35 years ago Jack Chesbro stepped out and blew himself to 40 Yankee victories. A few years later Ed Walsh moved into the 40- game set, a record which doesn't in- clude 10 or 12 other games he hap- pened to save. Walsh that year worked in 66 ball games. Under changed conditions it may be that Bob Feller will never reach the 40-game mark on the winning side, but with any luck at the age of 21 he will ,:,:~::i:~:~:~ sit in the 30 win- ning-game division this next fall with such all-time per- formers as Christy Mathewson, Grover Alexander, Walter Johnson, Smoky Joe Wood and Lefty Grove. Malty and Grantland Rice Alexander reaChed this mark on three consecutive occasions. But Feller Is headed for the same fertile country at the age of 21. There is no telling what heights he might reach if the draft or war doesn't interfere. The Cleveland star is without any question the greatest young pitcher in baseball. Malty was just getting under headway at 21 and Alexander was 24 when he came to Philadelphia and hung up 28 wins. But at 21 Feller is all ready to join the pick of the flock. If the world ever settles down to something like its old normality there is uo telling how many ball games Blasting Bobby might put away before he checks out. Right From the Start Feller was an amazing kid from the start. Hc came to Cleveland in 1936 at the age of 17--a big, raw- boned kid with a great pair of hands and a great pair of wrists. You can imagine the feelings al- most any 17-year-old player would carry into action, facing his first start under the Big Tent. Not Fel- BOB FELLER ler. He lacked control, but from the Jump he was as cool as a slice of cucumber on ice. After whiffing 17 of the enemy in one of his first games, the Van Meter phenom was a trifle too keen on the strikeout path for some time. This wrecked his control. He was also a bit lopsided at holding runners on base. But he has long since cured both faults. He has added a good curve ball to his speed. Feller has the poise and balance of a much older man. He has shown no sign so far of an enlarged head, no sign of kid freshness with older men. A fellow like Feller will mean a healthy package to Cleveland when the stretch running begins a few weeks later on. And a fellow like Feller can turn a world series up- side down, if he gets the chance. The Reds' Sad Story When I sat on the bench a short while back with Bill McKechnie his Reds had a nine-game lead and they looked to be breezing. It was the first time l had ever seen Uncle Will breathing normally with his pulses in order. You could see that with this lead, plus Derringer, Walters and Thompson, his worries were just about over. But they are not over now. It has been suggested that Wlllard Hershberger's death had a depress- ing effect. But the sliding had start- ed before the young Red catcher ended his life. The shock began when the Giants heat Bucky Walters in the game that Walters had tied up in a true lover's knot in the ninth inning with two out. The Reds have never quite re- covered from that shock. Later on the suicide episode didn't help. They were due for a slump, but no one looked for any such August dip. They still have the call with the pitching they have, but the old easy-going gallop is over As some philosopher has said, "There is also gameness in front running." In fact, there is plenty. What About Foxx? The Met Oft day was a knockout. No ball player had more wild laurel blossoms coming his way. Except possibly one James Emery Foxx of the Red Sex. Here is a great ball playex, and~ a ,great ,guy, ~ ,~ lm,~ Stamps Bought All ktn~s. Even large numbers or mixed lots from ofiqees. Fair prices, DreyfusS, 888 Chestnut, San Francisco, California. 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