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@AGE SIX "'SO HELP ME GOD'" By RAY L. DUDLEY (Mr. Ray L Dudley, publisher of the OIL WEEKLY, Hous- ton, Texas, has lost two of his three sons in this war. Below isI what he wrote in the October 9th, 194'} issue. Read every word. You will never forget it.) I stood in the blazing sun at Ellington Field, in Texas. last Monday and watched the cadets file by, fine manly chaps, watched them come into the hall in which they were to receive their wings as commissioned officers in the United States Army Air Force. My third and last boy, a lad of 19, was among them. Two years ago his mother and I had seen a similar group file into the chapel at Ellington to receive their wings, and our second boy was among them. Today he and his elder brother, who had chosen Navy Air, are memories, preci6us memories, it is true, but boys to be spoken of in hushed tones as boys who would have made good citizens, two boys whose memories will never be dimmed in the eyes of their father and mother. They, with thousands of others, have made the supreme sacrifice for America as they knew it and loved it. Then Monday as we heard again the prospective officers take the oath necessary to their commissions: "'1 do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution o[ the United "States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without airy mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that l will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter: SO HELP ME GOD.'" For a moment my thought drifted from the son whose burned body lies somewhere in France and from the other son who lies in native soil .... Our forefathers who wrote the Constitution knew that they were giving to future generations a document so precious that it would be worth the loss of American lives to preserve .... and they knew that there would arise enemies to it. domestic as well as for- eign. Then my mind went back to a time nearly three years ago, when my first two boys volunteered, and the pledge I made them then: "To the best of my meagre ability I shall do all I can to defend against foes at home the institutions you boys have enlisted to uphold . . and I shall do that without fear of sacrifice if it costs me everything I have. including my life. so help me God." It was not necessary that I pledge therh my fullest efforts to help prosecute the war . . . they could have expected no less of me as an American and a father. The casualty lists over the country name thousands of parents whose boys have been lost and whose sons are as precious to them as mine were to me. I claim no distinction as the parent of bo csf who have died in the service. I can only claim to be among those to whom this wai is a deadly serious thing, and I wish my claim to be listed among those who resent with every atom of their being, the efforts which are being made by the Hillmans, the Browders, the Murrays and others, including our President, to nullify the sac- rifices of thousands of American boys. As I heard the oath to defend the Constitution repeated by the young men at Ellington, I could not but remember the remarks which have been made about it by Americans of foreign birth who would seek to destroy it . . . "a scrap of paper . . , an outmoded document . . . a bill of property rights rather than a bill of human rights." And these are the men who are asking that we trust our country to them, The situation under which the Communist Front in America is trying to wield control over our country through the capture of one of our great political parties, is so preposterous as to be almost in- credible. But make no mistake -- the threat is a real one. That a Russian-born radical, with all of the class hate of his native land should aspire to control this country is so fantastic that many cannot believe it. But it is true. That he and his fellows have openly boasted that their organi- zation, the CIO, is raising millions as a war chest to help keep Roose- velt in power, indicates a blatant confidence in their victory. That this money should be extracted from hundreds of thousands of members whose membership was forced on them, is a disgrace. That they get away with it is a shameful tribute to the close asso- ciation they have with our Department of Justice. Who was it who climbed the stairs, hat in hand, to Hillman's suite in a Chicago hotel to learn the wishes of the boss as to who would be Democratic candidate for the vice presidency? It was our Llnited States Department of Justice head -- the man sworn to uphold our laws (including the Smith-Connally act which makes it a felony for a labor party, or a corporation,s to contribute to a politi-, cal party.) Yes, it was Attorney General Biddle, and the man with him was the person who later was named by Hillman as the Democratic vice presidential nominee, Harry Truman. With Hillman and Browder and their ilk as arrogant as they aie now, what Will their attitude be if they succeed in re-electing Franklin D. Roosevelt? V here will their end? What will power happen to the rights guaranteed under our Constitution? If our in- terests should ultimately clash with those of Russia at wh" p- nt will these men make up their minds as to where their first loyalty shall lie? If England's interests should clash with those of Russia, will our country's armed forces be thro against a nation whose kinship to us derives from a common parenthood? This is a long way from the ceremony at Ellington last Mon- day. The field has widened until the lives of a large group of fine .... boys seem but a drop in a great ocean. But it is not a long way from the pledge I made my boys. (~ ~ MELT I~.IDAY The regular meeting of the Vicks- l~lower Club has been planned ~"riday afterrLoon, October 27 at t:30 o'clock. The meeting will be in the ~forrrr of a masquerade party and all the members are asked to come masked, After the masquerade, a program will be given by Mrs. Frank Ituhl who will s~ow moving pictures: of general interest. The ~Mifflinburg Telegraph, Mifflinburg, Penna., Thursday; October We are ,~roud to announce a series of articles by Rev. Thee- dove Schei'fele, who is vitally in- terested in present-day problems, especially those effecting the lives of American youth. Rev. Scheifele invites criticism of his articles and is very desir- ous that readers suggest things they would like discussed in his articles. ---Editor. MIS-DI~EC~ED SUPERMEN Into the thinking of the world has come aJ new word---Superman. To the juvenile reader of comic books Supe~nan is the embodiment of all the physical and mental powers ne- cessary to overcome any situation. This mythical character very read- ily overpowers, either by super- strength or sttper~mentality, any combination o~ evil forces pitted against him. In the realm of adult individuals an Austrian paperhanger interjected the idea that some peo- ple, one race especially, were endow- ed with more privileges than all the rest of humanity put together. In- to the ears of an eager people Adolf dinned this exciting philoso~phy tha,t they were, as Aryans, the mosl use- ful "critters" under the blue sky. Seeking "lebensraum" ~for their ex- panding notions of their own im- portance these Aryans soon embroil- ed the world in war. This war has not escaped ,the attention of a single one of us whether we are at home or on the front line. We might write several theses on verse is a patent impossibility. Since we had nothing to do with creation With the let us then have our share in that which falls within our province, namely, to foster attitudes and dis- Continued from Page Three positions which shall enable all men ~ 3/C NOONS to live together. This is a too-torn HOME ON LEAVE world now in which we live. Let us William Keens, Quarter not perpetuate division by any act Third Class. U. S. Navy, is or attitude of our own after .peace his parents, Mr. and Mrs. has come. Keens of "this place. Petty The ans,wer to unity between us Keens is on 30 days leave and our fellows, of any nation, presses very emphatically creed or color, lies not in establish- certainly glad to be back in ing artificial definitions of what home town. constitutes an acceptable member of "Bill" has been serving heavy cruiser, U. S. S. society. We can only know peace and fellowship as all men have equal for 20 months and saw action _opportunity and equal privilege in invasions of Normandy and a democratic society. If we do not ern France. His ship cart understand any section Of society let flag of Rear Admiral Alan , us strive to be informed. If their who was Naval Commander customs are strange think of how Western Task Force in the strange ours must appear to them. of ~lormandy and she also ~he flag of Rear Admiral L. It is suggested finally that the vidson who was "supermen", herein enumerated, arethe assault grouos in the wron,g because with the one hand Southern France. they demand equality and freedom At the completion of his for themselves and with the other "Bill" will report to the U. S. hand they deny that same freedom Training Station, Newport; 1%. and equality to other sections of so- assignment to a new vessel. ciety. Chrsltians it is our duty to sabo- VISITS FAMILY lage this pernicious philosophy of Machinist Mate Third human relationships in the name of ]:)aye, who is attached ,to a Him who urged that the soul of pair unit at ~3oston, Mass., every creature of the Father's hand week-end with his wife and was of eternal value in the Father's ter Sandra of East Chestnut sight. This is not only our civic duty but also our moral obligation. - - BIRTH RECORD ----Rev. Theodore Scheifele ..... - ........ Mr. and Mrs. Randall C. of Compton. Calif.. birth of a son, John Reber the title "Mis-directed Supermen" ~ born Saturday, October : 1 and fit the current ,m~blic enemies arrival, who was named in of the world into the 0icture. It~T G. VON&TT& Ernest G. Vonatta. 17. of Millmont. his great uncle, weighed 7 is not however with the Aryan Ger- man superman that we are here died Wednesday morning, October ounces. He is the third concerned but rather with the Amer- 18 at 1 o'clock in the Geisinger Hos- Chambers family. Mr. ( the son of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. ican superman who is singln,g "Der pital, Danville. Death was caused by bers. Fuehrer's" hymn of hate in this land of the free. This man pretends to be very pa- trioetic. He insists that he is vitally interested in the future security of this land for himself and for his children. He would be mortally of- fended i~f we were to label him un- patriotic for his attitude and his actions. It is this superman who is begin- ning to spread the insidious doctrines of class distinctions. Preaching the idea that certain grou~s of 9eople, and certain colors, are not desire- able citizens of a democracy. The more rabid of these sttpermen would even be willing to suggest extermin- ation as the only possfole cure for this cancer on the body polRic. Several months ago we witnessed 1927, a son of Harry and Rosella Vonatta. As a child he developed scarlet fever, which left him in ill health, necessitating attendance at school be discontinued following his sophomore year in Lewis Township High School, Millmorlt. He had been failing steadily for the past ten weeks, Surviving~ besides his parents, are the following brothers and sisters: Paul Vonatta, Seaman 1/C, some- where in the Atlantic; Irene, Russel and Harold, at home. Services were held S, aturday morn- ing, October 22 from the late resi- dence with key. J. P. Sheesley, pas- a kidney ailment. Dr and Mrs. Samuel ,B. He ,was born in Millmont July 16, Bellefonte announce the tor " of the Millmont Evangelical Church and Rev. Greene Shively, pastor of the Brethren Church, offi- ciating. Interment was made in the Hartleton cemetery. a public demonstration of the ex- tent to which this kind of racial dis- crimina~ion has already gone. Be- cause a number of colored employee~ of the Philadeh3hia Transit system MI{8. LYDIA A. IKII~T'ZFAI~ were bein`g rewarded, by their era-, Funeral services were held on Sat- ployers, for satiafactory service their [ urday afternoon, October 21, for Mrs. fellow err~ployees went on strike and ] Lydia A. Kratzer, 73, wife of John tied up all the public transportation F. Kra,tzer, who died Wednesday, of that grea~ city. War-~workers could not get to work; necessary goods ~for our ,boys "over there" was held up. The army was obliged to come in and break the strike. De- troit, ann* several other cities of the nation, witnessed violent outbreaks against the colored citizens of those places. Along with these attacks against October 18 at her home in Lewis- town after an illness of two years with diabetes. Mrs. Kratzer was born ,November 2. 1871, near Laurelton, a daughter of the late Joel and Louise Hoo,~er Matter. Surviving in addition to her hus- band are three sons and five dau,gh- !ters, all residing in the vicinity of Lewistown; 19 grandchildren and' ~our great-grandchildren. Interment was made in the Luth- :era~ Cemetery, Lewistown. MRS. EI.IZ B I $. IE[,OS :Mrs. Elizabeth Jane K_lose, 83, wi- dow of J'acob Klose died at her home, 638 Walnut Street, Mifflinburg, Thursday morning, October 19, fol- lc~ing a stroke suffered during the early morning hours. She had been in excellent health trp to that th'ne. Mrs. Klose ~,vas bO~ in Limestone Township, Union, County, August 20, 1861, a daughter of the late Henry and Mary Mitchell. Her husband died ten vears ago. She was a mem- ber of the ~First Lutheran Church, Mifflinburg. Surviving are the following chil- dren: Mrs. Daniel Smith, Bm'falo Township; Harry W., J. Fred, A.' Blaine and Stewart J. Klose, and Mrs. John Throssel of Mifflinburg; Mrs. Lester Shirey and Samuel Klose of Lewistown: 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; five brothers and sisters: Mrs. Reno Sparrgler, of New Berlin; Mrs. Charles Miller, of Cleveland, Ohio; Reno and Samuel O. Crossgrove, of Lewishurg, and Mrs. Jacob Bulick of Selinsgrove. Services were held from the late residence Sunday afternoon, October 22 at 2 o'clock with her 9astor, Rev. W. ~I. Rearick, D. D., officiating, as_ sisted by Rev. N. J. D~bs, retired EVangelical minister. Interment was made in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Mifflinburg. ---Mr. and fMrs. FYed Fisher and son Scott of ~Ior~trose visited friends in this place pnroute to State Col- lege where their son is enrolled as a student. ?Cir. Fisher was formerly Game Protector o4' Union County. son, David Allen, at, the Hospital on Saturday, The new arrival weighed and 7 ounces. Mrs. Guss is er Jean Ruth Benner, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Vicksburg. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Millmont, R. D., announce of a son, Steward ,Nevin, on day, October 17. Mr. and ~Vlrs. Chester of 522 Chestnut Street b~rth of a daughter day, October 17. A daughter was born to Mrs. Melvin Marks of R. D. 2, Saturday, October (Mr. and Mrs. Roland hnburg, tt .I). 2, are the rents of a son born, 22. A dau,.~ter, Keitha born Sunday, October 22 tc :Mrs. Raymond It. Berlin. Pv~. and Mrs. John W. Lewi~ourg announce the son, Sunday, October 22 aS angelical Hospital, Stevens is the former daughter of Mr. and M~s, Grove of ~fiffllnburg. Pet. is with the F~eld ArtillerY: where in Germany. Pvt. and Mrs. James West Chestnut Street are rents of a girl born tober 19. Mrs. Ketster Is the er Fay Pontius of COMING , TmY~DAY ~G, 26 the Ladies Bible Class their class meeting at Mrs. Ray Taylor. FR~DAYI ,~HNING, the Woman s Missionat the Evaz~gellcai Church at the home of Miss Mary Green Street. "West of Line" is the subject of the discussion. TU'f~DAY E~,~G, the Athenaeum Clt~b will Mifflinburg Hotel with Mrs. l~ua Steese and Mrs. ,~ph hostesses. ~frs. John ~dith Striclder and Mrs. Vleet will be in charge of gram, the subject of which the colored man, must be listed the increasing abtacks directed ~gainst the Jew, Hc~w often do we hear statements to the effect that we !must rid ourselves of the Jews to in- sure permanently decent relation- ships between the members of our society? The Jew grabs off all the good business. The Jew controls too much money. The Jew has too much tnfluence in high 91aces. We have read in .the 43t~blic press of the at- tacks on the $ewish synagogues which were desecrated with paint, windows broken, worshi~ services disrupted. We" could multiply our list of sins chargeable ~o these supermen al- most endlessly. Many times they would add dignity to their depreda- tions by using the church as the agency behind which they mask their operations, I wonder if these "patriots?" ever stop to think of the heroic colored men in the armed forces of our country? Does it ever occur to them that in the ~oxholes of Guadalcanal and o~ the beaches of Normandy Jewish boys ,gave ulp their lives that we might have freedom? Did they read the accounts in the tpublic press o the valiant service being render- ed by American-Japanese soldiers in the Allied, cause in Europe? If then these men are good enough to fight and die for us, by the same logic they ought to be equally capable of enjoying the fruits of freedom and liberty or~ a par with all of us. But there is more to this than po- l'tical eqpality. God made all men and he dignifies us all equaly with the tite of "My children". He saw no dlffererme in color, creed, or po- litical and sociat distinction. :Re- move these persons from the uni- ry~,. T tmSDAY VZN G, her 9 at 7:45 Buffalo 2 ,PTA will meet in the Sc~-oolhouse. 9 the BB Class of the day School ~will meet at the~ Mrs. AlcOa Ellio~t, Fi2th NO~ I, 8 School of M]issions will the Methodist Church burg.