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10 Thursday, September 11, 1997 Pahrump Valley, Gazette Lindbergh, still an American hero In 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew solo from Long Island to Le Bourget Field in Paris. He was acclaimed a hero and he was...a role aviation pioneer. In the 1930s, at the height of his popularity Lindy's infant son, by his wife Ann Morrow, was kidnapped and murdered. A German immigrant, Bruno Hauptman, was accused, tried, convicted and executed. The integrity of his trial was sus- pect. President Roosevelt used it to whip up a frenzy of hatred against Germany. After his son's death, Li went to England where he was sely popular. His modesty and his silently borne sorrow touched the hearts of the British public. Lindy also made many friends among British airmen, particularly personnel of the Royal Air Force. The latter were very worried about the news from Germany, where HAiler was carrying out a great rearmament campaign, especially in aviation. No concrete information about it was available to London. Someone in the RAF suggested to Lord Halifax that he ask Lindbergh to visit Germany and have a look-see. It was felt that Air Marshal Hermann Goering, a World War I fighter pilot, an extrovert and a vain man, would be glad to have his picture taken with the American hero. It was also believed that Goering would, in the famed words of a character in Rudyard Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads, "show him all he's got!" Lindbergh, who was most anxious to express his grati- tude for the hospitality he had received in England, readily agreed to undertake the mission. In order not to create any German suspicions about the purpose of the trip, it was arranged that the Berlin visit would be part of a general tour of European capitals. The British Foreign Office made the original soundings and they received an enthusiastic response in Berlin, Paris, Rome and Mos- cow. Everyone was delighted to see the American pilot who had conquered the Atlantic. The U.S. State Depart- ment, belatedly informed, arranged for Lindy to stay at the U,S. embassies in the European capitals and he was so advised. In Berlin, the U.S. ambassador arranged a party in the flyer's honor and invited, amongother dignitaries, Air Marshal Goering. At the first opportunity, the Marshal cornered Lindbergh and pinned on a medal, while the American ambas- sador stood by beaming. The reception was considered a great SUCCESS. IIIII llill The American President Franklin Roosevelt, however, became paranoid. He confided to intimates that Lindy was fast becoming the most popular man in America, if not the world. Hence, he might he a potential challenger to Roosevelt's presidency. Something had m be done about that! Accordingly, Roosevelt mounted a press campaign, accus- ing Lindbergh of being pro-Nazi for accepting a German decoration. This was despite the fact that the American ambas- sador had cooperated fully and that Lindy had behaved,.by international protocol, only as an honored guest. This pro- Nazi label was m haunt him throughout the war and for the rest of his life. In Moscow, Lindbergh received confidential information from some of the personnel at the U.S. embassy who had become alarmed at the extent of FDR's commitment to Stalin. It included a pledge to return to the Soviets any Russian-born defectors from the Red Army. Much earlier, in Geneva, the U.S. had pledged to deliver prisoners-of-war to the country in whose uniform they were fighting when captured. Ithad been ratified by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by then President Calvin Coolidge. Nevertheless, American troops were subsequently ordcred by General Eisenhour to return all Soviet citizens to prison, torture and death at the hands of the Bolsheviks. At the end of Lindbergh's stay in Moscow, a U.S. Army General approached him and tendered a report for him to sign. It was to the effect that he, Lindbergh, had found the Russian Air Force to be the strongest in Europe. The General also informed Lindy that he was to deliver the same informa- tion to the British. Lindy told the general that, as a reserve officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps, not on active duty, he was under no on command and would make his own decisions. Then, moi,. bluntly, he told the general that if the president wanted someone to peddle his lies to the British, he should look elsewhere. Lindbergh subsequently made his honest report to Lord Halifax. It was to the effect that, while the Royal Air Force was the best in quality, the Lufiwaffe was a close second and was so much larger that it would most certainly overwhelm the RAF in an immediate showdown. As to what he saw in Paris, Rome and Moscow, it was a pile of junk! This repo:'t ultimately reached the U.S. and enhanced Roosevelfs fury. Lindy also told Lord Halifax about FDR's secret pact with Stalin and a tentative plan to sacrifice England in a disas- trously premature showdown with Germany, to gain time for Russia. Charles Lindbergh was a true American hero! Author's Note: This column is based on an article by Alex de Montmorency in the Barnes Review. Lock-up against zucchin" It's that time of year again. We've got to start locking the doors on both our houses and cars. Most of us who have lived up here in Goldfield any length of time, soon fall into the habit of leaving our homes and cars un- locked. And we kinda get a kick out of watching visitors from the hinter lands who as soon as they park and get out of their vehicles and lock up tight, They go through the ritual of making sure all the windows are rolled up and the doors locked. I guess back where they come from, they have to if they expect to see their belongings and cars again. When Ditto or I make our rare forays into the more populated areas, we've got to remind ourselves that we are no longer in Goldfield and lock things. One thing we do have going for us is the appearance of our vehicles, mine mostly. In most cases someone intent on ripping stuff off, takes one look and heads for greener pastures or back to their own sleds to make sure we aren't ripping them off. The reason of our locking things up has nothing to do with being ripped off. Quite the contrary. It's what hap- pens when you do leave things unlocked. You end up with a lot more stuff than you started out with. It will probably get worse now that Goldfield and the surrounding areas are being subjected to unfunded mandates that we have a properly regulated dump. Why drive way out there when here's Slim's pickup sitting with an empty bed or he forgot Slim Sez by Slim Sirnes to lock his place up. He will never notice the addition. This particular problem hasn't sur- faced yet, but it probably will. What will be occurring soon is almost as bad. Every year as soon as the weather finally warms up, people plant gardens. Sometimes we are lucky and have a late frost which helps. But most of the time, whatever they planted grows and thrives producing more stuff they anyone can eat. This wouldn't be so bad if there was a variety. What happens is, most if not all of this surplus consists of zucchini. Which.is all right in small batches. But it's just like the Monkey said as it deposited something over a cliffs edge, "a little of that goes a long way." So now, you have swarms of people wandering around trying to give their excess zucchini away. You can't in politeness turn down their offer if they happen to corner you. So now you have more to give away besides your own. So you end up looking for someplace to unload. I've found one good spot is up at the post office as people sometimes leave their doors unlocked when they go in to cheek their mail. I can't claim credit, all though I do practice this idea as I read in"Readers Digest" many years ago. Think I will go up and check the mail. Have a good one.