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Spanish Consul Addresses Block Managers Assembly Senor F. de Amat, Spanish Consul from San Fran cisco, told members of the block managers' assembly on Friday of last week, that the Japanese government has requested the names and addresses of the nearest of kin in Japan of. persons who have deceased here. This infor mation should be submitted to Mrs. Lucy Adams, assistant project director in charge of community management. The consul, who was accompanied by Erie R. Dick over of the State Department in Washington, was intro duced to the assembly by Project Director Ralph P. Merritt
woo explained inai roe two were working on a report of condi uons in relocation centers re quested by the Japanese Govern ment before further negotiations for exchange of nationals would be considered. Senor de Amat stated that he would like to hear from the block managers; complaints, sugges tions or questions of a general nature. Subjects that were more specific or personal were re ceived by the Consul that after noon. When asked what type of re ception the expatriated nisei re ceived in Japan, the Consul stat ed that the reception was appar ently on the same status as na tionals, judging by the Japanese government's request for some niseis in the past exchanges. He added that the Spanish government has been asked by Tokyo to protect Japanese na tionals in this country; the nisei is recognized as citizens of the (CBtinuad on Tag Two) Merritt Warns On Travel Regulation Project Erector Ralph P. Mer-
I ritt ay.lwared,auen..evacuee
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seaaeaalv or indefinite leave to be; certain that they understand and coaaply with all Department of Justice regulations govern ins enemy aliens. Mr. Merritt cites as an ex ample a recent arrest of four seasonal workers from Heart v Mountain Center in Wyoming. They were apprehended by the FBI in Spokane, Washington for traveling without the required permits and detained for several weeks. He stated that after being given hearings before an Alien Enemy Hearing Board, they were finally released by order of the Attorney General of the United States. REGULATIONS These regulations require that aliens apply to the U. S. District Attorney in the State in which they are living at .the time for permission to travel from one city
or town to anotner. Application for permission must be made at least seven days tfiauius any trips can be made. The Project Director suggest ed that alien evacuees planning to leave the center in the near future see J. Benson Saks, pro ject attorney for further explan ation of these regulations. TO KILL CHICKENS FOR NEW YEAR'S
About 2000 chickens, each av- eraging four pounds will be slaughtered and dressed this week in this center, announced the Farming Division. It dis
closed that these chickens will be stored and used in the New year's feast. This will be the first flock of chickens to be slaughtered with in this center. Another 5000 is scheduled for slaughtering by June, the end of the present fis cal year. Also scheduled for slaughtering during the same period are 200 Heads of cattle and 280 heads of hogs. All these will be consumed within the center but will be distributed according to the point system as is now in effect throughout the country, the an nouncement revealed.
SPECIAL Gifts Arrive For Center Distribution Almost 3000 boys and girls in Manzanar will receive gifts this Christmas, according to the Rev. H. G. Bovenkerk. Packages of gifts, some holding from 30 to 40 in one package, have been received by approximately 264 donors from the outside. These gifts came from many different states in tfte union. To name a few: Pennsylvania, New York, California, New Jer sey. Virginia, wortn uaKota, In diana, Massachusetts, Washing ton D. C, Wisconsin, Kansas, Maryland, etc Most common are puzzles, drawing sets and paper doll books. The gifts will be distrib uted to the children in all blocks, Children's Village and hospital. The Rev. Bovenkerk also stat ed that this year in contrast to last Christmas, there will be very little candy available for the children, in the Center. The Evangelical Church in Pennsylvania, which is a con gregation of German immigrants, is the largest single group to contribute Christmas gifts. An other church that contributes larpplv fs the Unitarian and Un- iversalist church formed of peo ple of old New England stock.

GREETINGS from RALPH MERBITC A very Happy Christmas to everyone in Manzanar! We have had a year of which we may all be proud since peace came to Manzanar a year ago. Throughout the world people of all nations and all faiths are coming to recognize more and more the deep meaning of this day dedicated to peace on earth and good will among men. As little children have toys and decorated trees and young people sing carols and have gifts, so let us older people of every faith and ancestry begin another year in which we work together and pray together for peace and good will among men. In this thought I wish everyone a happy Christ mas season. Ralph P. Merritt Project Director
CHRISTMAS Support Us Tonight O Lord, support us all the night long of this troubled age, until the warfare stops, the tragedy is ended, our sins forgiven and the love of Christ is alive in the hearts of all. Then of thy great mercy, grant us a better world, coop eration among us, one and all, and peace at last, through Jes us Christ our Lord. Amen. Clarence Seidenspinner Explain Revision On Shoe Ration Stamp Effective December 1, 1943, residents need not use their shoe stamps within 30 days of their issuance as was required prev iously, revealed Chief Steward J. R. Winchester. He said that stamps issued here will be dated as previously but will be valid for the same period now being allowed civilians on roe outside. Residents whose occupation makes it necessary to obtain a second stamp, however, will have to use their second stamp with in 30 days of its issuance, he dec lared. The procedure for obtain ing this is to contact their div ision heads for their written con sents and take them to their rat ion boards.
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Provide Benefits For Camp Workers Compensation benefits for dis ability or death of an evacuee worker are provided for by Ad ministrative Instruction where injuries caused by wound, in jury, or shock and for death while in the course of employ ment, stated J. Benson Saks, project attorney. These benefits do not apply to (1) those employed by com munity enterprises or other pri vate employment within the cen ter, (2) a disease, except as a natural result from injury, or (3) an injury or death caused by unlawful misconduct or inten tional injury on the part of the injured worker. TOTAL DISABILITY In the case of total disability, a form of unemployment benefit is granted in the amount of two thirds of the worker's monthly wage as of the date of the acci dent, provided That the compen sation does not exceed $50 a month or a total of more than $4,000 exclusive of medical treat ment and hospital care. In the case of death, burial expenses should not exceed $200. For permanent partial disabil ity resulting from the loss of limbs, eyes, fingers, etc, awards
R. Cozzens Hits 'Race Baiters'
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 24 Major responsibility for jeopar dizing the lives and welfare of thousands of American men, women and children in custody of the Japanese was placed on the shoulders of "agitators of race hatred" by Robert B. Coz zens, regional director of the WRA in San Francisco according to a WRA press release. Cozzens' charge was made in a statement to the press after the State Department revealed that the Japanese government has broken off negotiations for the exchange of nationals until an investigation can be made of conditions under which Japanese nationals are cared for by the United States government. Such an investigation is now being made by representatives of the Spanish government which acts as protecting power for the Jap anese in negotiations with the United States. Cozzens declared that "there can be no doubt that the inter ruption of negotiations for the return of American soldiers and civilians, including women and children now in the hands of the Japanese was caused by the ma licious campaign which has been carried on by agitators of race hatred including public as well as private organizations and in dividuals." The release stated that the "heedless race baiters have hit every American family which has a loved one in the hands of the Japanese. The thought of American women and children and soldiers in the hands of the emeny anxiously awaiting the day when their exchange can be brought about should have a sobering effect on the fanatical super-patriots wno nave been ag- itating -for a. mora restrictive policy on the part of the War Relocation Authority. Remind Evacuees Of Draft Instructions Evacuees subject to the Se lective Service Law were re minded today of their responsi bility for keeping in touch with their draft boards, according to special instructions received from Washington. The bulletin stated that all persons between the ages of 18 and 45 who are required to reg ister must inform their boards at all times of any change of address, dependency, or marital status. Failure to do so will au tomatically make them draft de linquent and subject to possible criminal prosecution. Young men reaching their 18th birthday are required by law to register with the local Selective Service Board. They are-asked to contact Ralph P. Merritt, pro ject director, who will assist them in registering. It was also disclosed that some evacuees have as yet failed to notify their local boards of their project address. Those residents who have so far neglected :o straighten out any of the above regulations are asked to contact J. Benson Saks, project attorney at 1-2-1 immediately. may be granted in accordance with a schedule set forth by the U. S. Employees' Compensation commission, reported Saks. Where medical facilities in the centers are not adequate, an injured worker may be granted such treatment at other U. S. medical establishments without cost to him. A notice of injury and claim for compensation must be filed by the injured employee on Form CAI within 48 hours after the injury occurs. Form Cal is ob tainable from all section heads and should be requested immed iately by an injured person. De pendents of a worker, who dies as a result of injuries sustained, are also provided for under the compensation award regulations, stated Saks.

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Manzanar free press, December 22, 1943
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Free press
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Manzanar, Calif.
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Manzanar, Calif., December 22, 1943
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-  Evacuation and relocation of Japanese Americans (United States : 1942-1945)
-  Japanese Americans--California--Newspapers
-  Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Newspapers
-  Manzanar (Calif.)--Newspapers
-  Inyo County (Calif.)--Newspapers
-  Japanese Americans
-  California
-  California--Inyo County
-  California--Manzanar
-  1942-1945
-  United States--California--Inyo--Manzanar
-  Weekly, Aug. 18, 1945-Oct. 19, 1945
-  Vol. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 11, 1942)-v. 16, no. 7 (Oct. 19, 1945).
-  Published Apr. 11-May 31, 1942 at the Manzanar Assembly Center; June 1, 1942-Sept. 8, 1945 at the Manzanar Relocation Center.
-  Collected in Japanese camp papers.
-  "Internment camp newspaper."
-  Supplements accompany some issues.
-  Available on microfilm from the Library of Congress, Photoduplication Service; also available online.
-  Master negatives are available for duplication from: California Newspaper Microfilm Archive; positive copies may be purchased by the reel; for further information consult the CNMA at: External
-  English and Japanese.
-  "Official publication of the Manzanar Relocation Center Administration and newspaper of Manzanar Community Enterprises."
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