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THE REPORT ON HAWAII
The Presidents committee which
Investigated the Hawaiian dcbac'e
of December 7th, 1941, made its
report last Saturday and placed
the blame on Admirar Kimmell
and General Short. Apparently
the Army and Navy heads believed
the ocean made the Islands im
mune from attack, just as we have
assumed that the Atlantic ocean
protects bordering American cit
ies from German bombers.
In 1940, President Roosevelt
gave this warning; that New York
Chicago, Omaha and Kansas City
may be bombed. The warning
was received with scorn. We know
now, that such a bombng is quite
feasible. But we are not as wel'
prepared for it as was Hawaii.
The report on the failure of the
Navy and the Army in the Pacific
area should serve as a lesson to
the whole country.
We are very glad the report was
THE REPUBLICS OK THE
Last week the conference of ii.e
Republics of the Western Hemis
phere arrounced agreement on
***t' .•'Li policy, bu- fell snort
an c.m- declaration of h •utility to
Gey. Italy and Japan, A-i;cn
t‘> • ar.d Chile op^cued r>n open
b'.ik with the axis, oven diplom
at :!') Both cocntr ;s are pre
dec mar tly Spanish and Italic a.
with large Ger . ,n po.vla'i.r..
The state religion of the A-j.n
IIaj s Roman Cat i , T-.u fact
o.u 1 c > with c.o . :.Jh influence
which is pro-German may explain
the reluctance of the Argentine to
go ail out against the axis.
Brazil, however, the most pow
erful of all the south American
The unity of the peoples of the
States, led in the movement to
break with the axis powers.
Western hemisphere is a good
THE OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
AND TEACHERS’ PAY
The Omaha Public schools have
been much in the public eye rec
ently, because of a demand on the
part of teachers and other employ
ees for a living wage. The dis
cussion has developed the fact
that Omaha teachers and other
school workers are receiving sr.*al
ler wages than paid by any other
city of its size in the country.
To the neglect the teachers and
other school workers and at the
same time talk about defending
democracy and freedom, is ab
To do justice to these workers
Will not require anything more
than an equitable assessment of
taxes and their collection and pro
. The Omaha Junior Chamber of
Commerce selected the outstand
ing young man of Omaha for 1943
by designating all of them who
are now serving in the armed
AUSTRALIA IN THE NEWS
Mr. George Sokolsky, a nation
ally known writer, was quoted in
Sunday’s Omaha World Herald as
saying: The White race, not the
Japs, must fight to the death in
the Far East “to save face” or we
will find ourselves the whipping
boy of the Asiatics”.
"We should stop our shouting a
bout Japanese treachery, face the
facts—-auit thinking a person has
to be white to do a job well. The
hysterical calling of names won’t
win this war and the sooner we
realize it and say it with bullets
the better off we will be”.
The Phillipines and Singapore
he counts as already lost. Aus
tralia is the place for the allies to
concentrate their power with the
“United States defending it if it
takes ten million men”.
He points out that a Japanese
victory will extend Japan’s influ
ence over three quarters of a mil
lion people; that they will control
all trade in the Far East and will
regard white men as inferior.
At least, Mr. Sokolsky, possess, -
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es the virtue of frankness. He
chooses Australia as a testing
ground for the vindication of
“white domination” all over the
world. In this respect Australia
occupies a curious role. Settled
by white Britishers one hundred
fifty years ago, she has gradual
ly become “a white man’s coun
try", where no non-white races
may reside, save only the fast
disappearing ; black aborigines
who have suffered a worse fate
than the Indians of North Amer
All the great states of the past
had their superiority and inferior
ity complexities^ And the first
to possess them were • the non
white races who came first, in civ
ilization. These distinctions and
standards, .however, were not bas
ed on color. The Romans bestow
ed this hateful thing upon the
world. In the days of their splen
dor and power, however, inferior
-»ces were white, with light hair
and eyes; whereas superior races
were dark of complexion and pos
sessed black haid and eyes.
The Romans declared that “NO
MEN ARE PURE BUT ROM
Mr Sokolsky puts it in another
way by saying "Australia, the
“WHITE MAN’S COUNTRY*?
must be defended at all costs".
Even in Asia, the white man must
And all this while we seek the
support of 500,000, 000 Chniese,
400,000000 Indians of Asia, 300.
000,000 Africans and 41,000,000
dark people in the Western hem
We have been hopeful that we
could prove the case for democ
racy here in the United States
through our treatment of the Col
ored people. Thus far, this has
not been done, and until it is done
America will be in no position to
“talk down” to other nations on
the subject of democracy “at
Perhaps, Australia should be de
fended and saved in order that
she might right some of the
wrongs she has done to the black
natives whose lands she took by
force. She should be defended for
a much better reason; that demo
cratic principles should be the lot
of all men everywhere, minus "su
NEGRO SOLDIERS IN
Long before the attack by Jap
an on Pearl Harbor, Negro soldiers
had been sent to the Phillipines
Islands. Apparently they are
there now and are giving a good
account of themselves, as they al
ways have done in the wars of
their country. They are fortun
ate, too, to have as their general,
Douglas McArthur. Since they
cannot have General Pershing,
they have the next best.
How many of them have been
killed or wounded is not known,
but we may expect to learn later
that a high 'percentage of them
have been battle casualties.
Many of the older men in the
regiments are doubtless familiar
with the Phillipine Islands, having
served there during comparativ
'ely recent years.
LAW SCHOOL GRADUATES
The American Bar Association
has fixed a standard of eligibility
for law schools, the graduates of
which may take examinations for
admission to the bar of the var
ious states. The Nebraska Sup
reme Court adopted the American
Bar Association standard. Under
this standard, the Clerk of the
Supreme Court contends, graduat
es of the Omaha University Law
School are ineligible to take the
Under this standard neither
Justice Byrnes nor Justice Jack
son of the United States Supreme
Court would be eligible to take
the Nebraska Bar Examination,
neither being a graduate of any
Justice Brynes served for many
years in the United States Senate.
Prior to that time he had held pos
itions of public trust. Justice
Jackson was Attorney-General of
the United States before he was
appointed a Justice of the United
States Supreme Court. He had
attended a law school for some
time, but did not graduate.
The State Legislature sought to
correct this anomalous situation
by passing a law making the O
maha University Law School grad
uates eligible candidates for ex
We hope this case will reach the
Supreme Court of the United Stal
es and settle once and for all this
I seems to us that if a man car
take and pass a bar examination
he should be permitted to do so
The fact that he holds a degres
from a school does not of itsel'
make him learned in the law 01
anything else. Indeed, in our life
time we have known many brill
iant men with degrees and many
brilliant men with them. Of
course, all other things being equal
the formally educated man has
advantages, but it does not follow
that some other man possessing
may not be mentally far more pro
ficient than the product of the
academy. If one has an educat
ion, whether acquired in the uni
versity or outside it, whether in a
day school or a night school, he
should be given opportunity and
encouragement to apply it in hu
BY S. HILLMAN
A "layoff wage” program, draft
ed by Sidney Hillman and the
OPM Labor Division, designed to
speed conversion of industry and
transfer of workers to full war
time production, was made almost
certain this week.
Congressional leaders began
drafting a bill approved by the
White House for total State and
Federal payments of up to $24
weekly for workers during the lay
off and training period caused by
The plan provides for payments
made through the State unemploy
ment compensation commissions
upplementing and extending the
It was presented to the White
House and to Congressional lead
ers by Hillman and Federal Sec
urity Administrator Paul V. Mc
Nutt, under whom the U. S. Em
ployment Service and other agenc
ies will administer the program in
Perhaps as much as $500,000,000
will be needed to carry out the
program, supplementing money
now available through State un
employment compensation funds.
OPM labor Division officials est
imate. The Budget Bureau nas
aftproved an initial appropriation
Possibly 4,000,000 workers may
need such assistance to bridge ov
er the gap of unemployment be
tween civilian work and war pro
duction, caused by re-tooling of
plants, completion of new facilit
ies, and re-training that will b
necessary in many instances Tim
layoff wage is expected to prev
ent excessive migration of labor
from conversion areas.
The payments would continue
for a maximum of 26 weeks, and
would be paid only until January
By that date, war industry em
ployment will have been extended
to 15,000,000 persons—an increase
of 10,000,000 during the next 11
months—according to present
The “layoff wage” under the
Hillman plan, which may be revis
ed by the congressional comrr.’t
tees, would be at the rate of 60
percent of the normal weekly wage
up to a $24 a week maximum.
Workers covered by State un
employment compensation laws,
which provides for payment of 50
percent of the normal wage, will
have this payment increased bv
an additional 10 percent from Fed
eral funds. The usual State un
employment compensation laws
Drovide payments for 14 to 16
weeks, so the Federal funds would
be used to extend the larger pay
ment to cover not more than 26
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WHERE WAR BROKE OUT
Pxpage—A closeup of the area
around Pearl Harbor on the Is;and
of Oahu, showing relative location
I IMM I IIW'H IIT
of the city of Honolulu, Hickman
Field and harbor area—where Jap
anese air attacks caused heavy
damage in outbreak of hostilities.
LISTENING TO WORDS OF WAR
Washington. D. C„—Pixpage—
This was the House of Repeesent.
atives, tense and packed, as Pres
ident Roosevelt told Congress and
the nation that “our people, our
territory and our interests are in
grave danger,” and asked a dec
laration of war against Japan.
The same week Congress declared
war against Germany and Italy.
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DIES A HERO
Manila, P. 1 Pixpage—Capt.
Colin P. Kelly Jr., 26, Florida born
West Pointer, whose death was an
nounced with the news that he had
scored three direct bomb hits in
personally sinking the Japanese
battleship Haruna. Kelly was
made a captain in 1940, after train
Ing in various flying schools.
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