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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 27, 1941)
Alaska Enjoys New Boom
Since 1867 when the 11. S. paid Russia $7,200,000 for Alaska,
America has taken the territory for granted, taking from her toil
$500,000,000 worth of gold and enjoying a profitable “export”
market. Bui last summer, with Europe nflnme and with both Japan
and Russia looming menacingly on the far eastern horizon, the
V. S. appropriated $50,000,000 for her defense.
Huge airfields are springing up, roads are penetrating the for
ests, and workmen such as those shmcn above are building bridges
over the rushing streams. Soon 10,000 troops like the soldier at the
right will disembark in Alaska.
Farm product s, as
shown in the above pic
ture, are raised in
abundance, but mostly
for local consumption.
In the first 10 months of 1940 exports to the territory totaled
141,600,000 against $36,400,000 in the same period of 1938. Above
(left), is Theo. C. Wiehe, president of the Schenley International
Co., pointing to Alaska's place on the map, after predicting an
unprecedented boom for the territory which he toured extensively.
Some 25,000 peo
ple are employed in
100 canneries (left)
which pack 7,000,000
cases each year. Seal
fishing is a profit
able enter prise. Alas
from the U. S.
The gold mill at Ju
neau (shown above) is
the world's largest, pro
viding a large part of
last year's $25,000,000
production. Next sum
mer the biggest tourist
influx in Alaska's his
tory will arrive from the
mainland in boats such
as the one a section of
which is shown (right).
Should they venture
north of Nome, they can
almost see a Russian air
base less than 50 miles
away across Bering
Alaskans travel by air. This is the new Pan-American clipper.
Wheeler’s attack on aid
to Britain not considered
likely to make converts
. . . Votes in Congress
on British aid show
very few willing to shut
off mil itary supplies.
(Bell Syndicate—WNU Service.)
WASHINGTON.—The latest con
troversy between President Roose
velt and Sen. Burton K. Wheeler ol
Montana goes to the very nub of the
whole aid-to-Britain issue. Wheeler
attacked the administration for giv
ing virtually all the good fighting
planes and bombing planes to Brit
ain, and thus depriving the United
States national defense of this vital
The President took the position
that this sort of publicity must be
very good news lor
Hitler, though he did
not explain whether
he meant this was
good news because
Hitler then would
know that the vol
ume of plane deliv
eries we were mak
ing to Britain was
tile best we were
able to do at this
time, or whether it
would please Hitler
to know that the
United States was stripping its own
Be that as it may, the point goes
much deeper. The point is that if
one accepts the position so long held
by the President, and by Wendell
L. Willkie, that every blow Britain
strikes is helping the United States
to the extent that it weakens Ger
many, then obviously the sound sen
sible thing for the United States to
do is to give Britain everything pos
sible, not because we like Britain,
but because in a way the British
are fighting our battle.
A considerable proportion of the
people of this country approve this
position, and from the results of re
cent polls, an overwhelming majori
ty want to help Britain all we can.
In view of this obvious position of
the President, it would seem that
Senator Wheeler is guilty of muddy
ing the water when he says that not
most but all the fighting planes we
produce are being sent to Britain.
It seems to be a rather oblique
attack to single out an obvious part
of a policy as being cockeyed if one
hopes to win any converts from the
Of course there is no such hope.
The minds of the great majority of
Americans are pretty well set on
this whole thing. Either they be
lieve in aiding Britain or they do
not. If they believe in aiding Brit
ain. the individual sections or pieces
of the aiding program are not im
portant. If we are going to help
Britain, obviously we had better
make sure that Britain is not beat
en, so the more we can aid the bet
ter for us in the long run.
• • *
On Principle of Aid
Winston Churchill’s reference to
Wendell Willkie as the head of the
"great Republican party” in the re
cent presidential election in the
United States was gall and worm
wood to the Republicans in the
house and senate who took a far dif
ferent attitude on the aid-Britain bill.
But, just as the pro-Nazis had no
place to go in the presidential cam
paign, so those who would leap upon
Churchill's picture of both great par
ties in the United States being as
one to help Britain as a gross mis
representation are again in a very
bad strategic position.
It is rather obvious that if the
Nazi propagandists pick and choose
among the utterances of opponents
of the aid-Britain bill, both in the
house and in the senate, they can
find plenty of comfort. They can
show the German people, rather
convincingly, that America is torn
to pieces over this issue.
VOTES MORE IMPORTANT
But when it comes to the VOTES
taken in the house of representa
tives, that is something else again.
For instance, while a strong minori
ty voted against final passage of
the bill in the house, virtually every
one of those house members had
voteu FOR an amendment which
would nave authorized a loan to
Britain of $2,000,000,000 as a sub
In short, from the record of votes
rather than speeches, it would seem
that the only real issue dividing the
house of representatives, and there
| fore presumably the American peo
! pie, is the METHOD of aiding Brit
Bear in mind that no one who
raised his voice in favor of a loan
of dollars as against lending equip
ment ever suggested the slightest
hope that these dollars would ever
be repaid! The notion of all these
supplies being repaid in kind AFTER
peace has returned is one calculated
to bring Uie strongest of protests
from any international trade expert.
Not to mention anyone worrying
about unemployment in this country
after the war.
By LEMUEL F. PARTON
(Consolidated Features—WNU Service.)
NEW YORK.—Having enjoyed a
ward-room acquaintance of six
or eight weeks with Rear Admiral
Russell Willson, who recently took
over as su
Willaon Can Pilot perintendent
‘Ship’ A nnapolis of the United
Through Any Sea
this writer feels that everything ’vill
be shipshape at Annapolis—come
what may. When the then Com
mander Willson deployed the de
stroyer fleet around Greenland and
Labrador, shepherding home the
army world fliers, in 1924, we were
stalking Capt. Donald Macmillan,
the explorer, in the sub-Arctic, and
found gracious hospitality on the
commander’s destroyer, Lawrence,
at Indian harbor, Labrador.
He’s an alert disciplinarian, with
out being in the least stiiT-necked
about it. When we began issuing the
"Labrador Gumdrop,” the spright
liest piece in it was written by the
commander. He is tall, grave, slen
der, distinguished in appearance,
deliberate in speech, but quick and
precise in action.
The latter became clear when
a black squall socked the Law
rence one day, with almost the
suddenness of an explosion. With
a rock bottom under Indian har
bor, the ship had nothing to get
her hook into. She started slith
ering and spinning like a Japa
nese dancing mouse. The shore
was rocky and the chances for
a crack-up looked fairly good.
The commander’s job was
something like chauiTeuring a
skidding automobile. We aren’t
sufficiently nautical to tell what
happened, but he brought the
ship through top-side up. A
young lieutenant told me later
that it was a brilliant piece of
Under a generous naval lease-lend
plan, we borrowed the commander’s
Oshing tackle and shotguns, to shoot
puffins. We won the war and re
turned the armament He, as one
would have known, moved smoothly
on up through gradestio the post of
He was born in Sardinia, N. Y.,
in 1883, put in two years at the
Massachusetts Institute of Tech
nology and transferred to An
napolis. In the World war, he
commanded the sixth battle
squadron of the grand fleet. He
holds the Navy cross, the Vic
tory medal and the Vera Crus
medal. Unfortunately, there is
no file of the “Labrador Gum
drop,’’ but I remember that the
last issue was a heartfelt tribute
to Commander Willson.
JACK BENNY, radio and screen
comedian, may be rusty on his
calculus and Albert Einstein not so
quick on the gags, but here they are
D.,.. , n . in step on the
Ribbing by Gobs Honor RoU of
Effects Gagging Race Rela
By Jack Benny iions tor 1940’
y ^ cited in Ne
gro History week for their service
to race relations, "in terms of real
democracy.” Mr. Benny is named
for his tact and understanding in
the use of his Negro fellow-comedi
Born In Waukegan, III., the
son of a small merchant, he was
a theater doorman, property
man and then a vaudeville vio
linist for years before he ever
said a word on the stage. In
the navy, playing classical mu
sic for sailors, he was ribbed
and ragged by them, Impulsive
ly talked back and uncorked his
talent for gagging.
He married Sadie Marks, the
Mary Livingston of his radio pro
gram. His new picture, "Love Thy
Neighbor,” in which he is co-starred
with Fred Allen, is right on his tar
get. His friends remark his gen
tility, pressed for further explana
tion one of them said, "He seems
to have an instinctive regard for
other people’s feelings.”
He was born Benny Kubesky,
tfis recreations are bridge and
casino, and he is rarely seen
without a cigar. He meets re
porters thoughtfully and never
does any exhibition gagging for
them—no matter how they prod
— » —
SIXTEEN years ago Grace Moore,
a singer at the Music Box Revue,
said to Italo Montemezzl, "Some
day I will sing your ‘Love of Three
Kings' at the Metropolitan Opera
house.” Many kings have toppled
since then, but the durable three are
still here, and the other night at
the Metropolitan, Miss Moore made
good on her prophecy and Signor
Montemezzi made his debut at the
Metropolitan, conducting his opera
"The Love of Three Kings.” He was
bom in Italy in 1875, and studied mu
sic under famous masters in Rome.
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Jisk Me Jlnother
A General Quiz
\ f ' \\ “ 4 *■■ ■
1. Which of the Great Lakes has
the least elevation above sea
2. In what country was the origi
3. Of the bills vetoed by Presi
dents, does congress generally
pass them over the veto?
4. Nobel prizes are awarded in
how many fields of endeavor?
5. What name is given to a
group of paid applauders?
0. From what language does the
word mile come?
7. Who are the Genro of Japan?
1. Lake Ontario (245 feet above
sea level). Lake Superior is 602
3. During the last 50 years con
gress has passed only 1 out of ev
ery 35 bills that have been vetoed.
4. Five. For distinguished work
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or medicine, literature, and the
cause of international peace.
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Sandy's Blowing Appeared
To Be a Bit Overdone!
He was of a thrifty turn of
mind, having originally come
from Scotland. One day he was
told by a friend that instead of
putting a quarter into the meter,
much the same effect could be
obtained by blowing smartly into
the slot. That night he tried the
experiment with gratifying results.
This went on for some time, and
finally an inspector from the gas
company called to examine the
meter. He was obviously puzzled.
“What’s the matter?” asked the
“Man,” exclaimed the inspec
tor, "I just can’t make it out. Ac
cording to my reading the com
pany owes you three dollars.”
Gold on the Way
The foot of the rainbow is never
where you think it is. Perhaps
there is a pot of gold there, but
there are many more pots of gold
that you will pass on your way to
realize your dreams. Some men
have the vision to see them.
A Bit y FUN
Viwhv. ^ >
“Well, here I am, bright and
“Anyway, you’re early.”
The only business that can make
money without advertising is the
She (coyly)—How old do you
think I am?
He (gallantly)—Whatever it is,
you don’t look it.
Father look his small son to church.
At one stage of the service the clergy
“We shall now sing hymn number two
hundred and twenty-two. ‘Ten thousand
times ten thousand.’ Two hundred and
The puzzled lad nudged his father.
“Dad" he whispered, “do we have to
work this out?"
“He says he was born with a
silver spoon in his mouth.”
“I’ll bet it has someone else’s
initials on it.”
“ff’hat about that notice outside your
shop, ‘Money returned if not satisfied'?”
protested the disgruntled customer.
“Ah,” said the shopkeeper, “I am sat
isfied with your money.”
When a little bird tells yon
something, don’t repeat it until
you find out whether the little bird
is a cuckoo.
As He Heard It
Boogy—Who was more patient
than Job, wiser than Socrates,
braver than Lancelot, more hand
some than Apollo?
Woogy—Oh, so you knew my
wife’s first husband?
PRAISED BY MILLIONS
Angling Like Virtue
Doubt not but angling will prove
to be so pleasant, that it will prove
to be, like virtue, a reward to it
Wisdom in Life
Wisdom does not show itself so
much in precept as in life—a firm
ness of mind and mastery of appe
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Safe to Advise
One can advise comfortably
from a safe port.—Schiller.
The love of pelf increases with
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