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Sunday, July 17, 2011

British Helping Japanese Pilots; Jazz Wedding; Babies; Piggly-Wiggly

So Blogger saved this as a draft and didn't publish it! Well, better late than never. Sorry about that! This was meant to go up Friday 7/15.

Still traveling through the Library of Congress website. Unlike some of the other newspapers, Tulsa's seems to have real news.

File this under "a little early but still good." Fascinating--I had no idea that British pilots helped teach the Japanese.

Bolster Up Each Branch of Armed Forces With Struggle as Goal
English Flyers Arrive to Aid Instruction of Cadets for Aviation Service
Disarmament Talk Has No Effect on Military Plans, Says Correspondent

(While the rest of the world is on the verge of disarming, Japan is losing not a second in bolstering evry (sic) branch of her armed preparedness. Duke N. Perry, staff correspondent of the International News Service in Tokio has made a careful investigation of Japan's aviation program. Following is the first of a series of these stories on what he found.)

T. N. S. Staff Correspondent.

TOKIO, June 26--(By special courier to San Francisco, July 15.)--Japan, if she should go to war with the United States within the next ten years, would employ against the American naval section, aviators whose original instruction was received from British naval aviation experts--experts who for the past several months hav (sic) been arriving in Japan. While disarmament talk in the United States runs high, while opponents of preparation measures throughout the United States gain favor for their beliefs, Japan goes "feverishly on" with preparations. Her diplomats and statesmen non-comittally agreeing that disarmament is a measure in which lis much good, her officials in some cases stating that Japan will look with favor upon such a disarmament conference as has been suggested, the imperial Japanese government through its department of the navy is showing what will rank well along in great speed contests for preparation in building and in learning.....

Trainers Picked by Government.

First, British former officers, former experts and commercial designers, with mechanics, to the number of 59 positively, 74 possibly, have arrived in Japan in the last year. While not the representatives of the government of Great Britain, it is stated with authority that they have been chosen for the Japanese government and this claim is borne out by the fact that all are men whose work for Great Britain ould make them the ones who would most likely be chosen as those best able to instruct in naval aviation and construction. Japan informally announced in 1920 that the imperial Japanese navy hoped to have 17 divisions in naval aviation trained and ready for duty in 1923. Fifteen of these divisions were to be the flying divisions whil two were to be training. They are to be located as follows:

Flying: Yokosuka, 5; Sasebo, 5; Kure, 4; Maidura, 1.
Training: Kasumigara, 1; Yokosuka, 1.

Break No Custom.

Great Britain's commercial men, who send their representatives to Japan to teach and build for the Japanese are breaking no international custom by so doing. Calling the "unofficial mission" of Great Britain to Japan, the present group of naval aviation men now in this country is in no wise different from the military mission which trained the Japanese army and which came from France. The present army, which is headed by Lieutenant Colonel Meares (sp?), retired, of the British air forces, represents a business enterprise in Great Britain. Its members are finding employment in Japan far more lucrative than they could find in their own country ; they are if recommended by the British government, receiving some of the good post-war treatment that is due ex-service men and they are yet, in no wise, the official representatives of Great Britain. This does not lessen the fact, or make it less interesting to Americans the fact that, if war were declared any time within the next ten years, American naval aviation men would go up against Japanese aviators whose preliminary instruction was given by American's one-time ally Great Britain.

Japan as far back as 1919, began to realize her weakness in a line of warfare which has only in the past decade come to be included in the service branches of the powers. Before that time, when the peace was being settled, Japan had, to a degree unnoticed, succeeded in getting planes allotted to her which are today being assembled and gone over by the rapidly improving Japanese aviation section. She ordered planes later from Great Britain and figures given subsequently in this account show to what extend her people are being taxed today, that the branch of naval aviation may be built up.

Other Nations are Wise.

Some idea of how much other nations anticipated Japan's intentions along the line of the naval aviation may be had from the fact that it is common belief in Tokio that aviators who flew from Rome to Tokio last summer, flew not alone because of an interest in aviation but to demonstrate to the Japanese people (which, by the way, they did not do) that Italian aviators were quite as capable of teaching the Japanese navy and war department the art of flying and building as were the aviators of any other nation.

It is thought quite probable here in Tokio that the Italian aviators and builders were just as anxious to get contracts and place men in Japan as were those of any other European nations. And there was reason to believe Italy was convinced of Japan's intentions to start upon her plans of naval aviation expansion immediately.

Today there is no branch of warfare in which Japan is more interested than in aviation. British builders are said to be having some success in teaching their Japanese pupils and the program for intense study of the work and final development of a great branch of Japanese naval aviation is well under way...

--The Morning Tulsa Daily World, July 16, 1921

One of the most interesting things is that the Internet cites the Sempill Mission as the point where the British taught the Japanese to fly...and they say that's SEPTEMBER 1921.

Lighter note!

Will Weigh Babies.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., July 15.--Efforts to "humanize" the postal service in accordance with a recent order of Postmaster General Hays received some development here today when Postmaster E. A. Purdy ordered that all parcel post wagon drivers permit mothers to weigh their babies daily, providing the babies are brought to the parcel post wagon scales.

--The Morning Tulsa Daily World, July 16, 1921

And to think I've never been to the Piggly Wiggly. I also didn't know it was such a grand place...


On the face of an apple Newton saw the force that links the stars together and binds us to the myriad suns.

On the movement of a teakettle cover Watt saw mighty moguls climbing mountain sides and titanic liners plowing the deep.

On an electric shock received from a key attached to powerful machinery lifting stone and steel to build our modern pyramids of business.

Vision gave to the world Piggly Wiggly Stores where every housewife can get the best foods at the market's best price--and make her own selections...

(Click to enlarge.)

--The Morning Tulsa Daily World, July 16, 1921

That same page cites a "modern" "Jazz Wedding Ceremony" by Rev. G.W. Hatcher, a "marrying parson". I wonder if he ever went actually performed the following ceremony, or if it's just a poem. Does not reflect well on women. :P

"Wilt thou take her for thy pard, for better or for worse; to have, to hold, to fondly guard, till hauled off in the hearse?

"Wilt thou let her have her way, consult her many wishes, make the fire every day and help her with the dishes?

"Wilt thou sooth her in her woes; keep her spirit bright and gay? Wilt thou turn the wringer, hang the clothes and trust her for the pay?

"Wilt thou give her all the stuff her little purse will pack, buy a monkey board, a muff, a little sealskin sack?

"Wilt thou comfort and support her father and mother, Aunt Jemina, Uncle John, 13 sisters and a brother?

"Wilt thou tell her to her face that she is sweet and kind, that the like of her in all the race would be difficult to find?

"Wilt thou be to her the same and never shirk nor falter, as she shall wear thy name and thou shalt wear the halter?"

To break the monotony of the questionnaire on matrimonial promises, Rev. Dr. Hatcher supplies the result on the groom: "His face grows pale and blinks; it is too late to jilt. As to the floor he sadly sinks, he quickly says: 'I wilt.'"...

Bride Has Questionnaire, Too....

"Wilt thou take him for thy pard, for better or for worse; to have, to hold, to fondly guard his person and his purse?

"Wilt thou make him mind and show him every fault and, then, in spite of groan or whine, make him walk the chalk?

"Wilt thou make him eat the scarps (sic?) that belong to days of yore, so you'll get your mid-day naps and over novels pore?

"Wilt thou be quick to take control of all that's on the place and say to him in language bold: 'You're not my boss in any case'?

"Wilt thou make him sweep the floor, fetch the wood and water, pick up things--or whatever else you order?

"Wilt thou make him darn his socks, sew buttons on his britches and get your fingers in his locks every time he misses?

"Wilt thou make of him a carry-all for bandbox, grip and bundle; make him take the parasol and to the racket tumble?

"Wilt thou be to him his dear beyond all conjecture, and when you get upon your car give him a certain lecture?"

The bride is supposed to smile. In the rhyme of the minister: "Her face is all aglow, her eyes as jet, and she queenly stands upon the floor and loudly says: 'You bet!'"

--The Morning Tulsa Daily World, July 16, 1921

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