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( After London’s Worst Air Blitz
After what is believed to be the worst air raid of the entire war on
the capital of the British empire, workers are shown clearing up the
debris in London, while the work of digging the dead and wounded out
of the ruins was still going on. Material damage was terrific, thousands
of high explosive and incendiary bombs having been dropped.
English Lord and Lady Killed
Two of the victims of the great air blitz on London were Lord and
Lady Stamp. Both are shown above as they appeared on their last
visit to America. Lord Stamp, better known as Sir Josiah Stamp, was
Britain’s leading economist. Their sons, Travor and Colin, were mar
f ried to relatives of Gen. Charles G. Dawes.
Mighty Battlewagon for Uncle Sam
Scene on the deck of the V. S. S. North Carolina, as the 35,000-ton
battleship was commissioned six months ahead of schedule. Three of the
battleship's nine 16-inch rifles form an impressive backdrop for the
ceremonies at Brooklyn, N. Y. The North Carolina Is the first of 17
capital ships authorised under the two-ocean navy program.
Capitol Hill Picks a Queen
Eleven girls in a row, and beauties all! From all this pulchritude
pretty Bonnie Patton, sixth from the left, daughter of Rep. Nat Patton of
Texas, was selected as “Miss Capitol Hill” by members of the “Little
Congress.” She is pictured with the runners-ups. The “Little Congress”
in made up of congressional secretaries.
J. M. Schenck, (left) board chair
man of Twentieth-Century Fox film
corporation, leaving the federal
court in New York with his lawyer,
after being found guilty of income
tax evasion. He faces a possible
sentence of 10 years in jail and $20,
Fears ‘He’s Next’
G. Pantaleoni, former head of the
Italian tourist information office in
New York, who says his life has
been threatened three times. All
the threats, he claims, were made
in the same manner as those re
ceived by his friend, John F. Arena,
anti-Fascist newspaper editor who
was slain in Chicago.
Aliyra Peixoto, daughter of the
president of Brazil, arriving in
Miami with her husband, governor
of the state c? Rio, in Brazil. They are
shown on their way to Chester, Pa.,
to attend the launching of a ship,
“The Rio de Janeiro,” for Brazilian
To Leave Italy
Capt. William C. Bentley, assist
ant military attache for air, of the
U. 8. embassy in Rome, whom the
Italian government requested with
drawn from Italy, "immediately."
‘Food Pilgrims’—and Food for France
Nearing Baltimore on their long hike towards the national capital, members of the "food for Europe pil
grimage" (left), trudge along. Their plan was to petition British and German embassies for a partial lifting
of the sea blockade to get food through to starving Europe. Bight: Bags of flour being loaded into the hold
of a French liner, ready to sail for unoccupied France.
Australians Welcome U. S. Good Will Squadron
Above: The U. 8. 8. Clark, leader of the destroyer flotilla In the U. 8. naval squadron that made the "good
will" visit to Australia. At the right, II. 8. service men are shown parading through Brisbane, capital of
Queensland, In Australia, amid blissarda of confetti. Inset: Rear Admiral Newton (left) commander of the
squadron, with Lord Wakehurst (center) and Lord Gowrle, governor-general of Australia.
Testify on Labor Relations
William H. Davis (left) vice chair
man of the National Mediation
board, testifies on the labor situa
tion before the house military affairs
committee investigating the national
defense program. Below: Sidney
Hillman, OPM labor director, before
the committee. L. to R., S. Hillman,
Rep. Harter, Rep. Thomason and Rep.
May (chairman) of the committee.
Forerunner of Mighty U. S. Tank Fleet
Forerunners of mighty tank fleets soon to roll from production lines
roared into the rearmament scene in a demonstration at Aberdeen
Proving Grounds, Maryland. The tanks can travel more than 25 miles
per hour, and mount one cannon and five machine guns. Photo shows
M3 medium tank climbing out of a '‘shell crater” during the tests.
Arrives in U. S.
Gen. Wladlslaw Hikorsltl, prime
minister of the independent Polish
government in England, and com
mander-ln-chief of the free Polish
army, shown on his arrival in Wash
ington, D. C.
Frank Peckinpaugh, 81, (left)
with “home run king” trophy award
ed him by the % Century club in St.
Petersburg, Fla. J. W. Currier
(right), who batted .631 average.
Railroads can handle
freight of coastwise ships
required to aid Britain
. . . New shipyards hold
solution of problem of
replacing freighters sunk
(Bell Syndicate—WNU Service.!
WASHINGTON.—Any day now all
the ships in the coast to coast serv
ice via the Panama canal will be
taken off that run and put into trans
atlantic business, whether under the
British flag or some other. There
are 113 vessels In this trade now,
and the Pacific coast is all in a
dither as to whether they can be
spared. There are a lot of curious
angles to the picture.
One of the funniest would seem to
be that war makes even stranger bed
fellows than politics. Back in 1914,
the question of Panama canal tolls
had the country by the ears.
The Democratic platform on which
Woodrow Wilson had been elected in
1912 pledyed continuance of free
passage through the canal for ships
in the coastwise trade—that is ships
plying between Seattle, or San Fran
cisco, or Los Angeles, on the Pacific
coast, and New York or some other
Atlantic coast port in this country.
Under our law, foreign flag ships
are not allowed to take part in our
President Wilson decided, how
ever, that under the Hay-Pauncefote
treaty this business of exempting
coastwise shipping from tolls was
unethical, so there was a spectacu
SHIPS BADLY NEEDED
Now the fight—if it can be digni
fied by that name—is over whether
we are going to turn all our coastwise
ships over to Britain. Those ships
are needed to carry the supplies we
want to give Britain across the At
lantic, and, as Col. William J. Dono
van says, there is no use making
the guns and shells and planes if we
can’t deliver them.
Next comes the question, what will
happen to that freight that these 113
ships have been carrying? That’s
easy, too. M. J. Gormley, executive
assistant of the Association of Amer
ican Railroads, says the increase in
the railroad business resulting would
be so slight "we would hardly no
The last available figures, if you
are skeptical, are of the year 1937,
but that happens to have been the
best year since Coolidge. In that
period eastbound traffic via the Pan
ama canal amounted to 4.693,541
short tons, or 177,486 carloads, while
westbound traffic amounted to 3,039,
164 short tons, or 109,355 carloads.
The heavier eastbound traffic
would amount, Mr. Gormely point*
out, to one train dally of 70 cars on
each one of the seven transcontinent
al railroad lines, which, he Insist*,
would not complicate the schedule*
of any one of them.
• • •
Cargo Ships Needed
To Defeat Germany
The only risk about final victory
over Germany in this war is
whether enough ships can be pro
vided to supply Britain in spite of
the terrific sinkings of merchant ves
sels by Nazi submarines, planes,
mines and raiders.
For some unexplainable reason
this country has been very slow in
realizing this danger, and in getting
started on ship construction. British
agents are urging that we revive
Hog Island, which toward the end of
the last war. was turning out more
than 20 ships a month. Incidentally,
while they were not the best ships in
the world, they were much better
than generally supposed.
So far this government has in
clined to expanding existing ship
yards rather than to constructing
LABOR SHORTAGE UNLIKELY
The chief objection made to new
shipyards, such as Hog Island, Is
that they would drain workers away
from existing yards. There is, of
course, this danger. But there is
also a lot of bunk to it For example,
the British in peace time, always
made an apprentice work for seven
years before he could be a boiler
maker, but at Hog Island during the
war men who had no more knowl
edge of machinery before going
there than operating a lawn mower
were turned into pretty good
During the first World war also
the ship building facilities of the
Great Lakes were used heavily.
Plenty of the very type of ships need
ed most can be built on the lakes
now and transported to the ocean
through the existing waterway, in
cluding the Welland canal.
Perfectly good freight ships have
always used this route.
There is considerable point to
building smaller ships for running
the submarine blockade. One rea
son is that it is a much simpler
proposition to build a small ship than
a Queen Mary. Another is that it
takes less experienced officers to
navigate her. And finally there is
much less loss when a torpedo sends
her to the bottom.
Most of the transatlantic freight
was always carried in small ships
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