Action by FDR Averts Streetcar Strike!

July 25, 1943, Streetcar Strike Averted
July 25, 1943, Comics

July 25, 1943: President Roosevelt intervenes in the planned Pacific Electric Railway strike, saying that he did not want to use Army trucks to transport war supplies.

The strike centered on a raise of 13 cents an hour, which has been approved by the company, but the government’s board to stabilize wages and prices had only permitted an increase of 3 cents an hour, The Times said.

Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton are presenting the Mercury Wonder Show, an evening of magic tricks, as a benefit for the  Assistance League.

Kyle Palmer, one of the main forces in the career of Richard Nixon, the columnist who agitated relentlessly for internment of the people of Japanese ancestry, writes a front-page piece criticizing what he calls delays in the U.S. war with Japan.

Palmer writes:

Inevitably, [Gen. Douglas] MacArthur is destined to occupy a place of controversy in history.

By some contemporaries, he is regarded as our greatest military mind; by others this estimate is ridiculed.

As to the latter attitude, there is a similarity of expression and singular unoriginality of view which might lend color to a suspicion that a deliberate effort is being made to belittle the general and his military worth.

Tom Treanor, who was killed covering the liberation of France, flies into Cairo:

Those passengers who succeeded in slipping into a light coma while they sat upright on their bucket seats are waking up now with an earache as the ship is sliding out of altitude fast. They suddenly snap to attention with a puzzled expression on their faces, reach for their ears, smile sheepishly and look out the window.

The five nurses, while everybody regards them fixedly to see if they are going to take out a cigarette which can be lighted by some gallant gentleman, are getting out their vanity cases and preparing to give themselves an early morning refresher course in cosmetics.

While they go through these motions, we look shyly out the windows where the genuine tourist pyramids are now sharp against the white-blue horizon and Cairo, big and sprawling, lies around the Nile.

Longtime columnist and reporter Timothy G. Turner writes an excellent profile of Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz. Be sure to read it.

July 25, 1943, Orson Welles

July 25, 1943, Streetcar Strike

July 25, 1943, Streetcar Strike

July 25, 1943, Streetcar Strike
July 25, 1943, Streetcar STrike

July 25, 1943, Kyle Palmer
July 25, 1943, Kyle Palmer

July 25, 1943, Tom Treanor

July 25, 1943, Eugene Biscailuz

July 25, 1943, Eugene Biscailuz

July 25, 1943, Eugene Biscailuz

July 25, 1943, Eugene Biscailuz

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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5 Responses to Action by FDR Averts Streetcar Strike!

  1. Cal and Lulu says:

    Very interesting story about Kyle Palmer “eminence grise”
    Another person, politician, was Roscoe Dow (ex mayor of Santa Monica) “eminence grise” still had immense power well after his term/s in Santa Monica. At one time he, literally, had all of the keys to the bunkers embedded in the palisade cliffs along the coast of Santa Monica , north. A interesting story in its own right) It would be very interesting to find out what the LA Times wrote about roscoe Dow in the 1930’s and 40’s . Rumor has it that the DA of Los Angeles tried on several occasions to indict him. When Roscoe Dow died, Earl Warren ex governor of CA and later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court called Dow’s house to offer his condolences. Roscoe Dow and his influence, might be a “story” on its own merit.


    • lmharnisch says:

      We try to void rumors at the Daily Mirror because they are apt to be problematic — note the Ted Healy experience. Historically speaking, The Times’ coverage of Santa Monica was sporadic. Sometimes there is quite a bit, other times, very little. Rather like Long Beach.


  2. Mary Mallory says:

    How true! All nature did freeze at the piercing glance of Welles!


  3. Benito says:

    Those all-expense trips to Mexico sound pretty good. I wonder where the planes flew, burning critically important avgas during wartime? Maybe they used tequila instead.


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