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PUBLISHED BY THE LAGO OIL & TRANSPORT CO., LTD.
Crispiano v. d. Biest
Jacobo de Cuba
Lodewiek v.d. Biezen
Francisco J. Croes
Herman F. Zandwijken
Charles B. Garber
Mark H. Taylor
Acid & Edeleanu
L. O. F.
M. & C. Shops
Receiv. & Shipp.
Passed last week was the third an-
niversary of the invasion of Holland.
May 10, 1940. Before that historic
date the world still had much to
learn of the ways of the Nazis, but
the grim days that followed unmask-
ed them rapidly. The world will not
forget their merciless machine-gun-
ning of civilians, their blind and
meaningless destruction of the heart
Three years later there is still a
long road to follow before they are
brought to account for these and
their other crimes against humanity,
but the free world is firmly advanc-
ing on that road now, and there will
be no turning back.
MAY 14, 1943
Here and There
Specimens of the lowly American
penny that have arrived recently show
it to have become even more lowly, with
a dull zinc color replacing the bright
copper. Even the penny makes sacrifi-
ces for the war effort!
For war at its bitterest, don't
miss the letter on page 5 of this
News travels all over the world these
days, and "Esso" news is no exception.
Half way around the globe and about
Continued on page 4
Proving that you
needn't ever have
seen a circus to
make one, this
three-ring s h o w
made by the third-
grade students has
animals, side shows,
clowns, and every-
thing but noise. It
was part of the ex-
hibits seen by 150
visitors May 1 when
the Lago Communi-
ty School held open
house before the
year's work ends.
Retiring last month after service since August 1, 1930.
when he first arrived in Aruba, Frank Francis, Assistant
Foreman of the Labor department, was given a sendoff
April 19 by fellow employees in the M. & C. department.
He took with him as remembrances a watch and scroll,
which were presented by Division Supt. W.R.C. Miller.
Mr. Francis had been employed by Midwest and S.O.
Co. of Indiana from 1917 to 1927, but had a two-year
break in service in 1928 and 1929, when he operated a
private machine shop and garage business. He saw
service in France during the last war, and his son, Frank
jr., who left Aruba in 1941, is now with the U.S. Army's
tank corps in Africa.
At left below are M. & C. department supervisors who
were present to bid goodbye to Mr. Francis at right.
Aki bao nos ta mira supervisornan di Departamento di
M & C, kendenan a reuni dia 19 di April pa duna despe-
dida na Frank Francis, Sub-Foreman di Departamento di
Labor. Sr. Francis a retire despues di un sirbishi na Aru-
ba fo'i aiia 1930.
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VOL. 4, No. 7
Esso N gWV
An historic moment passed early this month when Charlie Drew began instal-
lation of the engines that will push his big new power boat after any fish that
venture between here and Venezuela. Wth considerable caution he says the
/. craft will be launched "sometime in 1943". The picture above shows him at
S, work (left), assisted by Chico, who can be found wherever there is a boat. The
kibitzer at right is Paul Cramer.
"Better not try to pass. Ed-
niight be a woman driver!"
INM WE" +COUL THE POCK ETBOOK
of KNOWLEDGE TSS
Public markets are the same the world
over, differing only in the language spoken Kf
and the currency passed. This one, with a
chubby child in a fruit-case playpen beside \ \
his threadbare grandmother, is in Bogota,
Colombia. u_ S -
May 14. 1943ARAESONW
A RUBA( N &WS
PUBLISHED AT ARUBA, N.W.I., BY THE
LAGO OIL & TRANSPORT CO., LTD.
The next issue of the ARUBA ESSO NEWS will be distributed
Friday, June 4. All copy must reach the editor in the
Personnel building by Saturday noon, May 29.
Si bo ta cumpra na Comisario den Planta (i various mi-
les di empleadonan, un of otro ora, ta haci nan compra-
nan aki), esaki ta destiny pa bo lesa. E ta worde public
pasobra registronan di Comisario ta mustra cu nopi em-
pleadonan cu ta cumpra na Comisario den Plants no ta
na suficiente haltura di e facilidadnan cu a worde insta-
14 ey especialmente pa nan por haci nan compranan mas
facilmente i mas lige.
Nos ta haci referencia n'e sistema di "pickup-order",
pa medio di cual empleadonan por haci nan pedido, sea
por escrito of verbalmente, i algun ora despues por paga
i haya nan order sin tardanza. Tur esaki por worde haci
sin drenta den Comisario absolutamente.
Fo'i tempo cu e sistema aki a word poni na efecto,
cuatro luna pasa, e cantidad di empleadonan cu a haci
uso di e ventaja aki ta sumamente chiquito. E facilidad-
nan a worde install pa despacha 1,000 order pa dia, pero
te awor e division nobo aki a bin despachando solamente
250 pedido pa dia. Esaki kier meen cu 750 empleado cu
ta cumpra n'e toonbanknan por disminui e montonamen-
to na Comisario i n'e mes tempo evita dificultad pa nan
mes si nan usa e sistema aki di "pickup-order" pa haci
Registronan di Comisario ta indica cu den luna di
Maart e dependientenan a usa 75,000 di e slipnan geel
'riba cual nan ta skirbi e articulonan cu e cumpradornan
ta desea. Cu otro palabra, durante 27 dia di trabao,
75,000 "cumprador" a bishita Comisario, of mas di 2,700
pa dia. Si 750 di esakinan suspended nan compra n'e toon-
banknan i usa e sistema di pone nan order i bai busqu'e
despues, esaki lo result den 25% menos di trabao n'e
toonbanknan, i tur e cumpradornan lo word beneficid.
Ariba n'e pagina aki nos ta mira e seccion especial di
Comisario den Planta unda tur "pickup-orders" ta wor-
de prepare. Provisionnan ta worde poni 'riba e planki-
nan banda robez; e ordernan ta worde huntA 'riba e me-
sa mei-mel, i ta word poni alfab6ticamente den e kasji-
nan banda drechi. (E cahanan bashi ta pa pone e order-
Banda drechi nos ta mira e klerknan cu ta skirbi e
ordernan cu worde duna na Comisario verbalmente. Tam-
be tin un bus unda ordernan cu a worde skirbi caba por
worde tirA. Ordernan cu worde lagi na Comisario entire
8:00 di manita i 12.30 P.M. ta kla pa worde entregA mer-
dia di e siguient6 dia. Esunnan cu worde lagA entire 12:30
P.M. i 8:00 'or di manita di e siguiente dia lo ta kla pa
cuatr'or di atardi. E section di Comisario encargk cu e
entregamento di e ordernan ta keda habri te 6:30 di
For want of some oil, a bearing was lost;
For want of a bearing, an engine was lost;
For want of an engine, a tank was lost;
For want of a tank, a battle was lost;
For want of a battle, a democracy was lost;
.And all for the want of a film of oil!
W1' YOU BUY AT THE PLANT COMMISSARY (and
several thousand employees do, at one time or another)
this is meant for you. It is published in the belief that
many Plant Commissary patrons may not know enough
about the facilities specially installed there to make their
shopping easier and quicker.
This is the "pickup order" system, by which employees
order commissaries, either in writing or verbally, and at
a convenient time some hours later may pay for their
order and carry it away without delay. The transaction
can be completed without entering the Commissary build-
ing at all.
Since the system was put into effect four months ago,
the number taking advantage of its convenience has been
surprisingly small. It was designed to take care of 1,000
orders a day, but up to now has been called on to handle
only 250 orders daily. This puts up to the crowded
counters 750 patrons who could relieve the congestion
and at the same time save trouble for themselves by
using the pickup system.
Records show that 75,000 sales tickets were used at
the Plant Commissary in March. In other words, there
were 75,000 "customers" in 27 business days, or over
2,700 per day. If 750 of those would "take themselves
away" that is, use the convenient pickup system -
there would be 25 per cent less of time-taking counter
business inside the Commissary, and all patrons would
at top of page is
the new special sec.
tion where Plant
orders" are prepar-
ed. Groceries are on
shelves at left; the
orders are assembl-
ed on the tables In
the center, and are
ly in the cabinets at
right. (Empty boxes
on top are for car-
rying the orders
at right are the
clerks who write
down verbal orders.
Also available is a
box in which written
orders can be plac-
ed. Those left be-
tween s a.m. and
2:30 p.m. are ready .
at neon the follow-
Ing day. Those left
between 12:30 pnm.
and 8 a.m. the fol.
lowing day are ready
at 4 p.m. The section. for delivering the groceries to patron is open
unItl a63s p.m.
ARUBA ESSO NEWS
May 14, 1943
HERE AND THERE
From page 1
One of the oldest signs of ..
"Old Aruba", outside of picture- -
writing in caves and the Indian
burial urns that are still found
occasionally, is this small burial '
ground northeast of Oranje-
stad. The oldest grave that can
be identified is 116 years old.
In it rest the remains of a man
who was born before the U.S.
Revolutionary War. The head- .
stones of the dozen other grav-
es have been stolen. It is said
to have been a burial ground
of the Eman, Solognier, van der
Biest, and Croes families; the
last burial there was 30 or 40
At top is a view of the plot, watched
over by a one-way tree and with Mt.
Hoolberg in the distance. This second
photo is a closeup of the old headstone.
A translation of its legend is: "S. Plats,
Major-Commander (governor) of this
island. Born January 9, 1773, Died
August 14, 1827".
E santana chiquito aki pa Noord-Oost
di Oranjestad ta un di e sefialnan mas
bieuw di "Aruba Antiguo". E graf di
mas bieuw cu por worde identifica ta di
116 afia pasi. E piedranan di e diezdos
otro grafnan a worde hortA. Nan ta bi-
sa cu esaki tawata e santana di familia-
nan Eman, Solognier, van der Biest, i
Croes; i e iltimo entierro cu, a tuma
luga ey tawata 30 of 40 afia pasa.
E portret mas grand ta un vista di e
santana; esun mas chiquito, saca fo'i
cerca, ta mustra nos e piedra di e graf
di mas bieuw. E traduccion di e inscrip-
cion ta: "S. Plats, Majoorkommandeur
di e Isla aki. E a nace 9 di Januari, 1773
i a muri 14 di Augustus, 1827."
SCHEDULE OF PAYDAYS
May 1 15 Monday, May 24
May 1 31 Wed., June 9
^ ^ ^-A.A %-
A son, Victor Modesto, to Mr. and
Mrs. Angelina Ramos, April 15.
A son, Cyril Ebenezer, to Mr. and
Mrs. Rimon Richardson, April 15.
A daughter, Olga Josefina, to Mr. and
Mrs. Pedro Marcano, April 15.
A son, Rosario Reymundo, to Mr. and
Mrs. Marcelo Maduro, April 15.
A daughter, Verna Jemima, to Mr.
and Mrs. Lloyd Davidson, April 16.
A daughter, Eleuteria Lucila, to Mr.
and Mrs. Porfilio Everts, April 18.
A son, Marciano Antonio, to Mr. and
Mrs. Jacinto Dubero, April 20.
A son. Oswald Felipe, to Mr. and Mrs.
Anibal Croes, April 20.
A daughter, Sylvestine Viola, to Mr.
and Mrs. Sidney Alleyne, April 26.
A son, Errol J. J., to Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Persaud, May 3.
A daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Cipriano
Croes May 3.
A daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Juan
Hernandez, May 5.
the farthest distance possible from here,
soldiers in the Solomon Islands have
been getting occasional copies of the
Aruba Esso News sent out by their
friend Robert Eula, a draftsman.
Now that all the Japs have been
kicked out of Guadalcanal the soldiers
there probably have little to look at but
jungle and each other, and to believe
their letters, even months-old copies of
refinery newspaper from an unfamiliar
island are interesting to them. Query:
wonder how many of the occasional
"cheesecake" items are now serving as
"pin-ups" in some jungle shack?
S at nHome
The adjacent article tells of a century-
old cemetery. As an interesting side-
light, a member of the van der Biest
family, when cultivating recently a field
about a half mile from this site, un-
covered a grave in which Danish coins
A former Electrical department em-
ployee, Henry Crichton, was guest
preacher at the Methodist church in
San Nicolas April 25. Crichton, who.
was with the Company from May 1939
to August 1941, has been in St. Vincent
since then as a theological student. He
passed through Aruba on his way to at-
tend a Methodist seminary in Jamaica.
SAV MNPWE FO WRPWE
ARUBA ESSO NEWS
MAY 14 1943
MAY 14, 1943 ARUBA ESSO NEWS 5
Niece of Lagoites Writes First-Hand Account of Singapore Tragedy
The endless stream of broadcasted
and printed war news may give reason-
ably accurate accounts ot advances,
retreats, and conquests, but it complete-
r ly fails to communicate the human side
of war, the tragedies that are being
multiplied by millions all over the
A penetrating insight into this "per-
sonal" war has been given by letters
recently received here by the Harmon
(R. & S.) and Ritchie (Marine) families,
from their niece, who lost her R.A.F.
husband the day war was declared, and
who survived the death throes of
Singapore, escaping only a jump ahead
of the Japs.
This niece, whose name is Kathleen
Webb. had surely had enough of war
before December 7, 1941. Her father,
who never saw her, was killed in the
first World War, three months after her
birth and only two months before the
She is now in Johannesburg, South
Africa, putting her life back together
again. She has a job in the missing per-
sons bureau of the Red Cross, and last
t Christmas organized the delivery of
j packages from her home county in
England to that county's soldiers fight-
s ing Rommel in North Africa.
An interesting sidelight of the story
that follows is that it was almost a year
after the fall of Singapore before her
family here knew whether she had been
Skilled, captured, was missing, or was
19 It all started on December 6. Bill
it came home from the hangar at noon,
[e only to be called out again to get his
t- Catalina flying boat refuelled and ready
a- to take off at midnight on a 24-hour
patrol. War between England and Japan
had not been declared, but things looked
black. It was Bill's job to locate the
Japanese fleet, known to be sailing
south, and to report on their movements.
He left at midnight, thrilled to think he
was at last going to do something use-
ful, but that was the last 1 ever saw
At midnight of the 7th their 24 hours
was up, and no word from them. The
C.O. told me Bill had probably forced-
landed up country, and would likely
arrive in the morning. I went home to
bed, but couldn't sleep, and so at 2:30
a.m. heard very clearly explosions and
the wailing of sirens in the distance,
probably in Singapore, ten miles away.
I got up, dressed, and sat on the garden
fence. Not many seconds later three
formations of planes came over, very
plain in the brilliant moonlit night. Sud-
denly they dived on the camp, all letting
go a stick of bombs together; the blast
Shown above is Singapore refugee
Kathleen Webb, niece of two Lago fami-
lies, who wrote the letter on this page.
At left is her R.A.F. husband, who flew
away from Singapore a few hours before
war was declared and was never heard
lifted me off the fence and I fell off
backwards into the garden. Still not
realizing what had happened, I stared
across the airdrome where a red glow
appeared from the canteen, then came
more whistles followed by explosions
which shook the earth. At last I realiz-
ed we were being bombed by the
Japanese; I streaked through the house
to my Chinese amah, pulled her out of
bed, and rushed to our split trench in
the back garden. Not till next morning
did many of the people know that it
was not a mock air raid, when they saw
both canteens in ruins, direct hit on
sick quarters, and dozens of bomb
craters all over the drome. The first
stick of bombs fell 150 yards past the
married quarters. Had thev been releas-
ed a second earlier the whole of the
quarters would have been flattened. We
were the world's luckiest people. Four
hours after the raid, Japan declared
war on 'England.
Nothing more had been heard of Bill,
and time hung heavy, so after the war
had been on for a week I joined the
Auxiliary Driving Corps, driving an
ambulance. The large scale daylight
raiding started, the Japs coming over in
large formations, in numbers always
ending in a seven. They flew high, out
of reach of ack-ack fire, our few
fighter planes made gallant attempts to
bre k the formations, but were hone..
lesslv outnumbered. They went for the
densely populated areas of the city
where the poorer Chinese and Malays
lived, completely erasing homes; men
women and kids would lie in the streets
mutilated beyond recognition. At first
I felt sick, wanted to scream and run
away so I wouldn't see those dreadful
sights, but the dazed pathetic faces of
the survivors made me stay, and from
that day nothing horrified me, sights
like that were all too common.
In another letter Mrs. Webb refers to Japa-
nese atrocities against women in Malaya, and
to their trick there of nailing British prisoners
by their hands to trees and left to die. And she
writes "I think I could slowly and painfully kill
any Japanese man, woman or child without the
One day Jimmy Tan (my Chinese
ambulance mate) and I were in the cold
storage building when 77 bombers came
over. Several people jumped into the
deep street-drain outside while others
went into the shelter at the back. Jim-
my Tan and I dived under the shop's
counter. There was a tremendous crash,
things whizzed through the air, then a
dreadful blue haze filled the place.
Somebody screamed "It's poison gas"
and we dashed outside, where we saw
everybody who had gone into the drain
lying dead. It had been hit further along
and the blast had killed everyone. For
a few seconds we gasped and choked
but the fresh air soon dissolved the
"gas". It turned out to be ammonia
fumes, the C.S. had received a direct
hit destroying the refrigerating plant
and buried all the people in the shelter.
I will never forget that awful moment
when I thought I had taken in poison
gas. I think during that quarter hour
I collected a few gray hairs.
With four raids each day, we went
out to collect those poor wretched
people from the bombed areas, some-
times minus arms and legs.
Finally the Japs got through Malaya
and began to shell the island from
across the mile of water. That night
four large ships came into the docks, to
get as many women and children away
as possible, and I was to go aboard at
midnight, with one suitcase. Bombing
attacks lasted from then till 11 next
morning, though, and it was 2 p.m. be-
fore I headed for the docks. There were
warehouses burning, burnt out cars,
bomb craters, and bodies still lying
around. A crowd of sad-looking hus-
bands stood on the quayside, waving
goodbye to their wives. I felt rather out
of it, Bill was not amongst them, but
I will always remember the looks on
those boys' faces, cheerful and confi-
dent, but nobody knows where they are
The Japs came over again after we
got under way, determined not to let
the ship get away. We had a bomb
explode in the temporary hospital, kill-
ing six American sailors who were in
bed. A fire was controlled, but the dam-
age cut down our speed. After dark we
could see the town lit up by the burst-
ing bombs. And so 1 left Singapore, my
home for three years, with a suitcase
containing a few clothes and some be-
loved treasures I couldn't bear to leave
behind. The financial situation was not
Continued on Page 8
ARUBA ESSO NEWS
In Lago'. -... *
anee in the liloe
League April IS
the refiners wall.
ed until the lai
Inning to uncork
the rall) thal
swung them minl
the win column.
defeating 5 1to 4
the Company C'"
team that waS
runner-up I a s t
year. In a hairline decision at home plate Wes Walker is sliding in
safely with the tying run, while Joe Proterra sprints for second on a field-
er's choice. A few minutes later Bill Eagan came in with the winning run.
CHARLEY MUM, WHO REFUSES TO
SFREAO RUMORS AND DOESN'T REPEAT
WHAT H WARD AT THE PLANT.
Ariba's football honor was more
than upheld last month when R.C.A.,
local champions, went to Curaqao April
24 to 27 for a non-official series. On
the 25th they defeated Independien-
te, Curaqao's 1942 champions, by 4 to 1.
The following day they battled the
S.U.B.T. squad, 1941 champions, to a
scoreless tie. R.C.A. and S.U.B.T. seem
unable to determine which is the better
team, since a previous match, last
August, had to be stopped on account
Of the 15 R.C.A. members who made
the trip, nine were Lagoites. These
included Damian Tromp, Antonio Mora-
les, Angel Chirino, Maiky Fingal, Juan
Ras, and Lorenzo Jansen, and also
three men on military leave, Oscar An-
tonette, Supriano Tromp, and Frans
The Curagao football league plays 45
minute halves, or a game lasting one
and a half hours, while the Aruba
standard is the one-hour game.
On the Lago Heights field, where
play is directly up and down wind, the
victory is often clinched in the first
half on a windy day. The team that
starts down wind has to get a healthy
number of goals in that half to balance
all the goals their opponents will pro-
bablv make when they have the wind
at their backs.
Siman pasa tawata e tercero ani-
versario di e invasion di Holanda, 10
di Mei, 1940. Prome cu e fecha his-
t6rico aki, niunde ainda mester a re-
conoce hopi di e sistema i maneranan
di Nazinan, pero e dianan horrible cu
a sigui a kita rapidamente e masker
fo'i nan cara. Mundo no lo lubida cu
nan a tira cu nan metrailleurnan sin
piedad 'riba ciudadanonan civil, no
lo lubida nan destruction ciego i in-
sensato di e centro di Rotterdam.
Tres afia despues, ainda tin un ca-
minda largo cu mester worde recor-
ri prome cu nan paga p'e crimennan
aki i otronan cometi contra humani-
dad, pero mundo liber ta avanza fir-
memente 'riba e caminda ey, i e no lo
(Including game of May 2)
(At beginning of
M. & C. Office
M. & C. Admin.
M. & C.
S tIC -nfl Jflm Afhl
- S -s AAV ,aunr-
Bayonne-Bayway commissary prices
are compared with Aruba's, why notj
bowling scores too? According to a re-i
cent Esso Refiner, our Jersey brethren1
have us on high team score, with 1,0371
to our 963, but we have them by one
pin on individual score, 278 to their 277.
For an all-time high, though, this
time in stick-to-itiveness, you can mark
up the Bayonne Process Control team,
which in their current league has won
3 and lost 48 and still plugs along.
MAY 14, 1943
MAY 14, 1943
E honor di voetbal Arubiano a w
manteni halto luna pasA, ora cu R
campion di Aruba, durante su es
na Curagao di 24 pa 27 di April, a
a cabo un series di algun matchnan
i. official. Dia 25 nan a bati Indepen
3. te, Campion di Curagao pa 1942,
2, pa 1. E dia siguiente nan a enfr
1 S.U.B.T., Campion di 1941, cual we
Li sali tabla sin goal pa ningun di e
1 teamnan. Ta parce manera R.C
t. S.U.B.T. no por yega na determine
r: t'e miho team, pues un match cu n
hunga na Augustus di ada pasa mo
a worde gestop pa motibo di awacel
51 Di e 15 miembronan di R.C.A. c
51 bai CuraSao, nueve tawata empleadi
51 di Lago.
2: Riba veld di Lago Heights, unda e
I ga ta semjer cu i contra biento, ta
2 sode hopi biaha cu 'riba un dia cu I
S'to fuerte, e victoria ta worde dicidi
e prome mitar diun wega. E team cu
minza hunga cu biento master hince
6 cartidad grand di goal den e prome
7 tar oa por resisti tur e goalnan
4 team oponente probablemente lo
1 ora n cuminza hunga cu, biento
7 nan favor.
SMatchnan di Curagaosche Voe
SBond ta dra un ora i mei, i ta wi
hung den dos mitar di 45 minuut c
un, mientras cu e duracion standard
un match aki na Aruba ta di un or
:i April 18
i( Lago Heights
il M.& C.
S San Lucas
o Army H. & S.
21 San Lucas
tl Army Co. C
Probably no one sil l
argue when ue cal.
oerde this the nairrl,.%ttcl '
.C.A. football li-.ld in IIh
tadia world, %%here ih,.
hiba Dining Hall lil,
gets a still mlrnll.
no- workout beiteeh
dien- their bunklh.u-.i-
cu. 4 As played here thr
enta game bear 1,
ga a certain re.-enblan.
dos to billiard-. lrth -"
.A. i bank sh..Il hII hl
cual side wall hein& r
an a popular nmaneu'er
ester Saves time. r....... ii
ro. that the ball cann. '
u a go out a.1 bound-
onan except 4 c .-i..nall -
when it I- kicki.
clear over the roof. With a minimum of red tape and delay, a ball that lands
we- on the roof and rolls back off it into the "field" is immediately in play. One
so- of the features of a recent game (and a hazard connected with this field) oc-
bien- curred when one player's shoe flew off after a mighty kick, landed on the
den roof, and stayed there.
cu e Shown at right are V r'- .
haci the Warehouse lorobal.- -.
na lers, who, playing uith .
three men missing bhe-
cause of Sunday) tork.
hbal lost by 4---1 April !5
rde to the Lago Club team
ada In front, left to richr
Sdi are Francisco Lampe.
a. Captain, Milo Arend%.
Julio Bonafastio. J wec
Bislick, and Dioni-io.
Paesch. In back are
Emiliano Madur... Hen-
drik Oduber, Pedri.
Trappenburg, Sire Pie-.
2 tersz, and Supriano
0 van der Linden. On the team but not in the picture are Koolman, Phillips,
Jansen, and Hoek.
Shown at right is
the Artraco baseball:
team, Sport Parli,
140 years ago and run
44 ner-up last year I
Left to right ir j .
front are Leonari-
Hazel, Charles Hlel.
11 liger, Harry Legran
4 and Victor Hodge -
Back row, Thonma
9 Pantophlet, Antoni, d
3 Bryson (Captain)
George Alias (Man-
1 ager), Theodore Nadal, Alfonso Wilson, and Bernardo Baptist. After dropping
0 the opening game of the season to the hard-hitting Garage men 20 to 3, Ar-
traco won its next two starts, shutting out San Lucas 2 to 0 and out-hitting
6 the new Independiente outfit to win 8 to 5. The three experienced teams from
0 last year's league are tied up in the lead, but the rookies El Cubano and In-
8 dependiente make up in enthusiasm what they lack in experience, and there's
5 a long schedule ahead in which they can develop the playing skill that wins.
ARUBA ESSO NEWS
ARUBA ESSO NEWS
FIs. 135 in C.Y.I. Awards Won by Ten Employees SINGAPORE
MAY 14, 1943
From page 5
Ten men received
eleven C.Y.I. awards i
April 29, with Jose
Eduardo ringing the
bell twice with two
Fls. 10 ideas. The N
highest award of /
the group, for FIs.
25, went to Felix
Dirksz, for his sug-
gestion to build a
fire line to the
A feature of the
award meeting, at
which F.S. Campbell
presided, was the
assignment of one
of the awards to a
tion. Frank Sarran, ,
who received Fls.
10, asked that the
C. Y. I. Committee
transmit his award
to the British Red -
Cross, and this is .
Desire Marques, who probably
established a frequency-record, was pre-
sent to receive his seventh award under
the C.Y.I. plan.
Details of the various awards follow:
Eduard Juda, Fls. 10, Build walkway
to sample line at Alky Plant; Jose
Eduardo, Fls. 10, Erect wooden plat-
form around valves of fire-water spray
system of C.W.S. and A.T. Plants;
Frank Sarran, Fls. 10, Change location
of foamite connection valves to out-of-
the-way spot; David Vlaun, Fls. 10, Use
of can with spout for taking T.S.D.
samples; Felix Dirksz, Fls. 25, Install
fire line to dump; John Keller, Fls. 10,
Install hinges on two cover plates on
service water strainers at Pitch Stills;
Julio Geerman, Fls. 10, Make provisions
for cutting paper gaskets for screw top
bottles at laboratories; Joseph Fleming,
FIs. 10, Install walkways over lines at
tanks 153 and 395; Jose Eduardo, Fls.
10, Relocate shower at 100% water
column of east treating unit; Desire
Marques, Fls. 10, Relocate the two
lights at east end of the C.R.S.; Joseph
Rosettie, Fls. 20, Use standard wall
pyrex tubing in gauge glasses of spher-
Den e 11 premionan cu- Comite di
"Coin Your Ideas" a present na algun
empleadonan dia 29 di April, esun di
mas halto tawata di Fls. 25.00, cual a
worde entregA na Felix Dirksz di De-
partamento di Labor. Su idea tawata pa
instala un linja di awa pa paga candela
An added feature of the usual Sunday night program at the Esso Club recent-
ly was the appearance of the Military Police Corps band, an organization of
men who are competent musicians in addition to their duties as policemen in
Curagao. The band, which entertained music-lovers with classical and semi-clas-
sical compositions, visited Aruba during the celebration of Princess Juliana's
birthday, and gave many concerts drrinn their stay.
so good, I had 70 cents. All my other
possessions, household goods, car, all
the presents I had been buying for three
years to take home, were left behind.
After sailing for 12 hours the bomb-
ers came over again. The ship put up
a terrific barrage, seemed at times
almost to jump out of the water, but
it kept the planes at a respectful
distance, and their bombs dropped harm-
lessly in the sea 150 yards away. Once
out in the Indian Ocean we didn't fear
aircraft, but two ships had been sunk
ahead of us, and there were two sub-
marines known to be lurking around.
As I jumped into my bunk that night
with life jacket handy I was quite
resigned that it might easily be my last
night. At 3 a.m. that morning a baby
was born on the ship, and as a middle
name he was given the name of the
ship. When I awoke next morning we
were in Ceylon, and never did land lool
so beautiful. After three weeks or s'
we sailed for England, only to be pl.t
off in South Africa. Here I am beg:n-
ning to sit up and take an interest. in
Looking back over the events i am
thankful I didn't know those we're Jap
planes diving over my head as I sat on
the fence December 7th; I thinly. I'd have
died of fright had I known. I am thank-
ful too that I took up the ambulance
driving, because it kept me so occupied
I had no time to think over my own
misfortunes, and because I saw such
terrible sufferings, hardships, so many
broken lives, yet borne so bravely, that
it gave me a completely different out-
look on life. Never again will I grumble
about life, after seeing small children
with arms and legs blown off, complete
families wiped out, men and women
drowned like rats in a trap in their shel-
ters, after a water main had burst.
Sights like these made me realize just
how lucky I am to be alive without in-
Over a thousand other women and
children who left after I did were not
so lucky. Their ship was sunk by dive
bombers and they were then machine-
gunned in the water. There were very
few survivors. Another ship was captur-
ed by a Japanese warship, and accord-
ing to a Malay survivor all the Europe-
an women were transferred to the
cruiser, a horrible fate. The ship was,
then sunk. A few Malays picked up later.
from rafts had no knowledge of the&
whereabouts of the children whose,
mothers had been put on the other
ship. In all there must have been hun-
dreds of European women and children
killed or captured.
I could go on writing about various
experiences for several hours, but hav4
written only the bare outline of whal
happened, and of the incidents thai
stand out most in my memory.