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THE WESTERN STAR, COLDWATER, KANSAS PAGB | WEEKLY NEWS ANALYSIS By Edward C. Wayne 'Communist Plot' Is Charged by Vichy Following Shooting Attack on Laval, British-Russian Forces Occupy Iran; Senate Launches Gas Shortage Probe (EDITOR'S NOTE--When opinions arc expressed in these columns, they are those of the news analyst and not necessarily of this newspaper.) (Released by Western Newspaper Union.) Some of the 11,000 workers in the Kearny, N. J., shipyards are pic- i hired as they went back to work after the U. S. navy had taken over supervision of the plant. Producing defense shipping, the yards had been Closed for 18 days because of a C.I.O. strike. LAVAL: And a Purge In Paris three men were guillo- tined as the first action in a purge of anti-Vichy elements, following the shooting of Pierre Laval and arcel Deat, French leaders advo- cating closer collaboration with Ger- many. Special courts convicted the assailants and it was declared that the attack on Laval was but part of i vast "Communist conspiracy." IRAN: ,4n Occupation That the Russo-British action against Iran would be virtually an rather than a full-fledged was seen almost immedi- after the troop movement things were early indications fact, first the sending by transport planes of small de- of troops far into the in- to protect British industrial second, the fact that points which could been bitterly defended, fell at to the invaders. it was apparent that while government might have Under the Nazi thumb because presence in the country of of fifth columnists, it was ;avily implanted thumb, and government itself was ap- enough friendly strength to an early offer of peace. Russia and Britain would re- this peace offer as accept- if they were given con- key points, was obvious. The of the Iranians to expel the as demanded by Britain was Nazi-inspired, it but the decision to offer to after the invasion wa: way, and the Nazi bluff had Called, was entirely too pat to invaders. at the map was sufficient the tactical importance of any defense of India and East, and collaboration from the great centers supply would demand of land contact. oil establishments on both the Caspian sea demanded and the position of Iran control of that area in or- this. reaction to the Iranian of the Soviet and Britain expressed until the cam- nearly over, and then it "a classical case of attack on a neutral state had done everything to pre- respect the interests . . Probe forecast that Leon Hender- administrator, was con- setting a ceiling price on the East, as reports of by individual filling sta- in as the shortage, real began to be felt. 9ndertook an investS- answer these questions: real or imaginary? an organized effort to 3. Was the coun- in transferring 50 tank- gulf-eastern trade to the tank cars being fullest ability to over- shortage? - Same time the President an order giving the right domain to a company to build by December a peline from the central fields to the southast- i. of Atlanta, Ga., showed there was by administration that told him there was " =| oil and plenty of plenty of transporta- 's needs. He asked: ,re, should Atlanta be l of propaganda?" {USSIA : Still Fighting Despite the loss of Dnieprope- trovsk, with or without the huge power dam, and in spite of repeated German communiques which an- nounced the continued successes of the Nazi arms at the north and south, there was every evidence thai the Soviet was continuing to fight, and to battle with an organized army of sorts. It was one thing for the German- Finnish army to report itself 35 miles from Leningrad and another thing to explain the lack of an- nouncements of airplane damage to the city of any extent. The Germans also reported ad- vances south of the city, yet these were averaging eight to nine miles a day, as against the 30 or 40 miles daily gained in the battles of France and Poland. The Russians reported a fierce battle for the mastery of the skies over Leningrad with the issue in doubt. The city, they said, was still" unhit. Moscow also elicited the breathless praise of the British mis- sion for its defense against German air raiders. There was every indi- cation that the Russian strength and ability had been underestimated both by Hitler and the rest of the world. It was true that the third month of the war found the whole left bank of the Dnieper in German hands but there was evidence that the Ger- mans had planned to conquer what they sought of Russia in one month and then to offer peace to Britain. The peace offer was still in the offing--so was the German drive on Russia, as far as the objectives were concerned. Any serious capitulation on the part of the Soviet seemed as far distant as ever. The Russians had reported a dar- ing adventure on the central front, the sending of a well-equipped army in a southerly direction, to attempt to cut the German lines at Gomel, and to trap the entire advance force. No definite report was forthcom- ing as to the outcome of this effort, but British hints sent out over the wire, after bright hopes had been entertained for nine days, during which some 20 villages were re- taken, finally seemed to show a growing belief that the effort had failed. JAPAN: Again Storm Center The official Japanese pronuncia- mento that it would consider the shipping of oil to Vladivostok by Britain, the United States or the Dutch East Indies an unfriendly act again placed Nippon it the center of a stormi especially as this was con- sidered Japan's official answer to the warnings of Churchill. Russia's answer to Japan was that she would consider it distinctly an unfriendly act if Japan interfered in any way with Russia's commerce through her principal Siberian port. The Russians called to the atten- tion of Japan that the material thus received was not in any way to be used as a reservoir for any attack on the Japanese, but solely to de- fend herself against the invasion of Germany. Any child could see the truth of this statement, but the i more that Russia was on the defensive in the west, the bolder Japan was bound to be. Japan, however much she might be worried by possible British-Amer. Scan-Dutch military and naval action against her, could not be expected to lose much sleep over Russia, which she had whipped in 1904, and which now was embroiled in a war to the death With the Nazis. But if Russia's attitude was to be actively backed up by Britain was another picture, and if the United States was to become active in a British-Japanese war, then the pic- ture was still different again. To most observers, Japan seemed to be feeling her way. M IM pRO VE D 'M'e UNIFORM INTERNATIONAL CHOOL B HAROLD L. LUNDQUIST, D. D. ean of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. (Released by Western Newspaper Union.) Lesson for September 7 Lesson subjects and Scripture texts se- lected and copyrighted by International Council of Rehgious Education; used by permission. REVELATION: A MESSAGE TO PERSECUTED CHURCHES LESSON TEXT--Revelation 1-3. GOLDEN TEXT--Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.- Revelation 2:10. The Revelation is so little known that we need part of our first lesson for an introduction to the book. The fact that this is a "revelation" which God gave to Jesus Christ, "to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass" (1:1), should make us all eager to study it. But it is significant that there is a promise of special blessing to those who do read (1:3), and a solemn warning against tampering with the book (22:18, 19). Quite evidently God places great importance on the reading and study of this book. Can we do less? The book is not easy to interpret, and men have differed greatly as to its meaning. There are four gen- eral schools of interpretation: (1) The preterist, which puts it all in the past. Since many of its pre- dictions have not yet taken place, this view seems untenable: (2) The idealist, which regards the book as being entirely symbolical of spiritual principles. There is truth to this view, but it does not cover the his- torical events mentioned in the  Revelation whichre yet to take place in the world. (3) The histori- cist, which regards the book as mainly an outline of church history. This too fails to account for prophe- cies yet unfulfilled. (4) The (which seems to be the best view); namely, that chapters two three, while relating to actual churches .then in existence, also out- hne the entire history of the church, and that the remainder of the book relates to future events. This is the interpretation which is largely held by conservative Bible teachers. A brief outline of the Revelation is found (1:19) in the book itself: 1. "The things which thou hast seen" (John's vlsion)--chapter 1. 2. "The things which are" (the seven churches)--chapters 2 and 3. 3. "The things which shall be" (the six sevens; namely, seals, trumpets, personages, vials, dooms, and new things)--chapters 4 to 22. Our lesson portion brings before us two of the seven churches of AsiawEphesus and Smyrna--with their lessons for our day. I. The Ephesus Church--Active but Cold, and Facing Judgment (2:1-7). Following the salutation and the glorious vision of the Son of man (do not fail to read it, Rev. 1:9-18), John the apostle, who was the one to whom the vision came, is directed to write to the church at Ephesus, address- ing it through "the angel" of the church. We do not know who he was, but since the word means "messenger," it may refer to a lead- ing officer or elder. The picture of the church at Ephesus was a very beautiful one. It was an active church, not afraid to work, patient under trial, com- mendably impatient with sin and worldliness. It was not afraid to exercise discipline, to discredit false apostles, and to stand against the evil works of the worldly-minded. There would seem that there could be nothing more said for a church, but there was a vital nqte lacking. In activity they were perfect, but they had departed from their first love. What is meant-by leaving their first love? "First love is the aban- donment of all for a love that has abandoned all . . . The church at Ephesus was still a remarkable church, but it lacked the element of that enthusiasm, which in the eyes of the calculating worldling, is im- prudent. There are Some people who imagine that this lack of en- thusiasm i an advantage. May God have mercy on such. I pray the day may never come when the heroisms and enthusiasms of firgt love shall cease" (G. Campbell Morgan). Repentance was called for, or God sal He would extinguish the light  that church. The lesson for us is that Cold orthodoxy will kill a church. II. The Smyrna ChurchmPoor but Faithful, and Facing Persecution (2:8-11). This is one of the two churches of the seven for which there is no word of rebuke, Philadelphia being the other. It was a poverty-stricken church humanly speaking, but rich in the sight of God. Such a church may be more useful to God and more precious to Him than a large church which is cold and indifferent. What does He have to promise this church? Persecution. We who fol- low Him upon whom men Spat, who was so buffeted and despised, yes, even crucified--shall we be sur- prised if a hostile world persecutes us? Note that the Lord knew all about their sufferings, both present and future. He was with them and would continue to be with them, so they had no occasion to fear. Then at the end of their suffering there voul.d be the crown of life. At left a farmer of Middlewest corn belt shoveh corn from one of the bins of the department of agrl. culture's "ever normal granary." The departme took over this surplus corn in payment of loans ts farmers in '38 and '39. Now farmers arc buying U back to feed their stock. Kight: A farmer shoveling corn from "granary" to his hogs. At Commissioning of New Hospital Ship Last Flight for Nazi. Genqrai view of scene on deck of U. S. S. Solace, first hospital ship to be added to U. S. navy since World war, as the craft was commis- sioned in Brooklyn. The new addition to the navy was formerly the Clyde Mallory liner, Iroquois. The ship has 400 beds and will carry 13 medical officers and 3 dental officers. Modern History Made Amid Ancient Ruin According to the Moscow c approved caption for this radtoplm receive in New York from the So- vlet capital, Soviet silors are shewll inspectin the remains of a GermlUlt plane. It was not stated where Mm plane was brought to earth. Meet the Champ Pauline Ic[z of Los Angeles, wit& British troops are shown leaping from their Bren carrier as they take ever the imposing ruins of the ancient Roman colonnade in Palmyra, an historic city in the Syrian desert. This took place before the armistice which ended hostilities between the British and the Axis-dominated French in control of Syria. Lovely Scarf Has Many Uses DD loveliness to your home with this easily crocheted scarf to be made in various sizes. Done in fine cotton, its pineapple design matches that of the lovely doily, Pattern 6821. 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