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WILMINGTON Served by Leased Wire of the
And Southeastern North < ASSOCIATED PRESS
Carolina * With Complete Coverage of
j i Slate and National News
I TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 1940_ + + ESTABLISHED 1867
TELLS PARTY IT MUST
KEEP THEIR SUPPOR T
TO TRIUMPH AT POLLS
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SPEAKS AT BANQUET]
Also Givos His Prescription
For Democrats' Presi
dential Nominee
IS PLEASANT SPEECH
Chides G. 0. P. Leaders
For Declining To Attend
Jackson Day Dinner
By RICHARD L. TURNER
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8.—UP)—
Delivering a philosophical “plate
side chat,'1 President Roosevelt
Text of President Roosevelt’s
address is on page five.
warned the democratic party to
night that it must retain the sup
port of Independent voters to win
this year—and then added what
some interpreted as his prescrip
tion for the party's presidential
nominee.
“Motive in the long run Is what
counts — motive accompanied by
good manners,” he told the party's
glittering Jackson Day dinner. “If
leaders have good motives and
good manners and—at the same
time, knowledge of the different
parts of the country and plenty of
experience, you can be fairly safe
in assuming that they won’t wreck
your government.’'
Uintl vfuamics
Then, lasping into a vein of
pleasantry which ran throughout
the address, he said that other
qualities were needed, among them;
“The willingness to pay $100 for
a $10.00 dinner, the fortitude to
eat the whole of it, and the cour
age to make a half-hour plate-chat
at the end of it.”
One hundred dollars a plate was
what the party’s top ranking lead
ers paid for the privilege of eating
the Mayflower hotel’s best banquet
fare, drinking two wine courses,
and listening to the President and
others.
Meanwhile, in 44 states, similar
but less expensive repasts were
served to mark the party’s ob
servance of the anniversary of An
drew Jackson’s victory at the Bat
tle of New Orleans. When the
checks all are in, the party leaders
hope the campaign chest will be
$700,000 the richer, with $219,000
of that amount going to pay off
the party deficit.
Chides Republicans
The President, who good-natured
ly twitted republican leaders for
declining an invitation to attend
in the interest of “national unity,”
also spoke in glowing terms of the
accomplishments of the adminis
tration and of the President’s con
fidence that they are approved by
the people as a whole.
"The enormous task which the
democratic party has already per
formed in this generation has been
to provide the energy and con
fidence to steer government in the
interest and under the direction of
those of our people who do not
want to be selfish and whi do not
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Ministers Ask B^er Joint Cleanup
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Relation
requests Law
Enforcement
Points To ‘Bad Moral Con
ditions’ Existing Around
Establishments Here
STATEMENT ADOPTED
Calls On Officials To ‘Have
Courage To Revoke
These Licenses’
Taking up the cudgel wielded a
few days ago by Judge Alton A. Len
non in a denunciation of “bad moral
conditions” existin garound “beer
joints,” the Wilmington Ministerial
association yesterday called upon the
cit yand county officials to enforce
the law and “have the courage to
revoke these licenses.”
The communication was unani
mously adopted at a meeting of the
association at the Y. M. C. A. yes
terday morning.
Renew Statements
After reviewing statements made
by Judge Lennon in court and re
minding the officials “of all that we
and other like minded people fore
cast when we were seeking to pre
vent the setting up of licensed liquor
places in our city and county,” the
ministers concluded their statement
with the following:
"The citizens of Wilmington ought
not to submit to such conditions and
ought to demand that instead oi
squabbling (the ministers had previ
ously referred to the controversy be
tween Judge Lennon and Mayor
Thomas E. Cooper) among them
selves as to where responsibility
lies, the officials of Wilmington and
New Hanover county ought to make
a clean-up that will count, and let
the people know definitely what they
hav ' done. We await their action.”
Communication
The communication in full, which
was signed by Dr. Arthur J. Barton,
president, and J. B. Huntington, sec
retary, read as follows:
ciation would address a very respect
ful but very earnest communication
to our city and county officials, anc
to our citizens at large.
“We have no thought of entering
into the controversy which has aris
en between Judge Alton A. Lennon
and Mayor Thomas E. Cooper as tc
the exact provisions of the liquoi
laws and as to who has the greater
responsibility for revoking beer li
censes, whether the judge or the city
commissioners. Concerning the law
we are only laymen and must leave
the interpretation of the law to the
lawyers and to the courts.
“But we would remind the judge
and the mayor and all other officials,
and New Hanover county, that ac
cording to the statement sof Judge
Lennon very bad mora lconditions
have grown up around the “beei
joints,” to use Judge Lennon's
phrase, which is exactly descriptive.
We would also remind the officers
and our fellow citizens that accord
ing to the statements of the judge
certainly some persons who hold li
censes for the sale of beer conduct
their places in utter disregard of the
law and indulge in wanton viola
tions. In this respect these “joints”
are running true to form. The very
nature of the liquor traffic is law
less. We would not affirm that no
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‘Show Ze Legs—Like Zis!’ 1
The shapely legs of screen actress Lupe Velez enlivened the Los
Angeles police "show-up” where Lupe viewed gypsy women suspected
of duping her out of §2500 in a ‘‘money blessing” hoax and stealing
several pairs of the actress’ seamless hose. Lupe demonstrated—like
this—when she ordered the suspects to lift their skirts, so she could
see if they were wearing stolen stockings.
Deep bnow blows 1 rathe
In Many Parts Of Nation
55 STATES AFFECTED
Sixty-One Deaths Are At
tributed To Broad Wave
Of Low Temperatures
(By the Associated Press)
The most widespread snow of the
'inter slowed traffic in many sec
ions of the nation yesterday.
The fan, ranging from light traces
o two feet in depth, whitened the,
andscape in at least 35 states.
Weather observers reported that
he snow cover war “the most ex
ensive in recent years.’’ Only the
streme south and the Pacific coast,
hey added, escaped the snow
torms which have swept across the
ountry since Friday.
Heaviest Fall
The heaviest burden was 24 inches
n Clinton, .Mo. Fort Smith, Ark.,
lad an lS-inche deposit. While the
emperature drifted to two above
ero in Fayetteville ,the lowest in
our years, Arkansans enjoyed sled
tog parties throughout the state. -
The snow measured 16 inches on
he east«n shore of Maryland, and
“ Rome, N. y,
More than a foot piled up on
'"stern Kansas and more snow was
"recast.
There '.fere one to three inches of
-'e'v Jersey, three inches in
‘"aukee and nine inches in
'Pringfield, m,
Pnirl -
■ -'ir-j remained in many
minimum in
(O-below-zero in
ial W‘ "'eD' rhere were unoffi
Bee't'en<t rcadingai however, of
~ m Great Valley, N. Y., and
• ' ®einiont and Salamanca. N.
■ unday’s —-yj jn Watertown,
^ ’’ hioke a 45-year record.
;;-‘-n days of almost contin
mra„reezins weather coated the
iarh CeS °f several New England
ori "'tn ice- Coast guard
rah °Penei1 channels for small
!°ldcst siege since 1936 pene
't.xas p tde ’n southeastern
' Port Arthur was chilled by
bove a! c'0,Kiitions. It was 15
he th huiias while Paris, where
erfnometer registered seven
0,1 Fage Three)
HeatherI
o'
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General Gort Receives
High Military Honors
WITH THE BRITISH EX
PEDITIONARY FORCE IN
FRANCE, Jan. 8.—(AP)— In
the presence of Winston
Churchill, first lord of the
British admiralty, France con
ferred high military honors to
day upon General Lord Gort,
commander of the British
forces in France, and Gen.
Sir Edmund Ironside, chief of
the imperial general staff.
Complying with an official
decree of Dec. 25, General
Maurice Gustave Gamelin, su
preme commander of the Al
lied armies, decorated each of
the British generals with the
Grand Cross of the Legion of
Honor.
FLEET EXPANSION
PROGRAM OFFERED
Naval Leaders Call On Con
gress To Approve $1,
300,000,000 Plan
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8—<A>)—The
navy’s high command asked congress
today to approve a new $1,300,000,
000 fleet expansion program to meet
the "threat of world conflagration,”
but kept a cloak of unusual secrecy
around its details.
Secretary Edison and Admiral
Harold G. Stark, chief of naval
operations, urged approval of the
Lnn-n innrnocn of f Vi o nnnn l'no’ nf
public hearings before the house
naval committee, asserting that the
gravity of international conditions
necessitated it.
"The situation is rife with pos
sibilities of a general European
war,” Stark declared, "and, in con
junction with the far eastern condi
tions, presents a threat of world
conflagration.’’
While details of the program were
not divulged. Stark created the im
pression among committee members
that the navy had decided upon
larger ships in certain categories,
possibly in the cruiser class, when
he disclosed that the program now
calls for 77 new combatant ships
and 30 auxiliary vessels, in addition
to 2,395 airplanes and 36 lighter
than-air craft.
When Chairman Vinson (D-Ga)
announced last November that a
new expansion program was con
templated, he said that it called for
95 warships and 31 auxiliaries, or
19 more ships than Stark’s total.
The admiral made it plain that
no battleships were involved in
either the old or new plans, spiking
the possibility that the navy had de
cided to go in for super-battleships
of 65,000-tons each, or bigger,
SOLDIERS KILLED
PARIS, Jan. 8.—tat—Seven sol
diers on leave were killed and 19
others injured Saturday near Orly
in a collision of two troop trains,
it was announced tonight. ___
Former Chief Dies
Joseph S. Lane, 66, former Wil
mington chief of police, died in a
local hospital last night at 10:45
o’clock after a short illness. He
was a Spanish-American war vet
eran and is survived by his wife
and nine children.
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SLIGHTLY WARMER
WEATHER SLATED
No Sleet Or Rain Expected
In This Section In The
Next Several Days
The mercury continued to hover in
the freezing zone alst night, but the
weatherman predicted that today’s
weather menu will be marked by
slightly rising temperatures.
One comforting message for Wil
mingtonians was contained in the
forecast yesterday when the weath
erman said that there will be ho
more rain or sleet in the next sever
al hours and said that today would
be fair or partly cloudy.
Yesterday morning the mercury
fell from a high of 45 degrees to 32,
the drop coming in the early morn
ing hours after a rainfall of .49 inch
had descended on the city and sec
tion. The mean temperature yes
terday was nine degrees below the
47 degree normal mark.
A slight sleet came with the rain
yesterday but not to any great ex
tent in this section, the weather
bureau reported.
ANTI-LYNCH BILL
VOTE IS PLANNED
House Places Controversial
Legislation At Top Of
Its Calendar
WASHINGTON, Jan, 8. — <£>) —
While the senate dodged an immedi
ate test on a proposal for a special
congressional budget study, the
house put controversial anti-lynch
ing legislation at the top of its calen
dar today, and arranged to vote on it
by mid-week.
On a roll call vote of 256 to 114,
the house decided to take up tomor
row a bill to make lynching a feder
al crime. A special rule will permit
six hours of debate on the measure.
An immediate. decision in the
senate on a proposal by Chairman
Harrison (D-Miss.) of the finance
committee to set up a special 24
man congressional committee to
study President Roosevelt's budget
and then draft its own fiscal
recommendations was blocked by
Minority Leader Me Nary (R-Ore.)
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Finns Destroy
Red Division,
Take Supplies
44th Division Is Reported
Wiped Out By Defenders
Near Soumussalmi
MANY RUSSIANS SLAIN
Rout Believed To Mean End
Of Soviet Attempts To
Cut ‘Waistline’
By LYNN HEINZERLING
HELSINKI. Jan. 8.—ta>>—De
struction of the 44th Russian divi
sion southeast of Suomussalmi was
announced today in a special com
munique which said that Finnish
forces, mopping up in the wake of
the battle, were gathering large
quantities of war materials abond
oned by the enemy along the snow
packed Raate highway.
Thousands of Russians were kill
ed and more than 1,000 captured,
military sources indicated, in the
rout of the 44th—the second Soviet
division reportedto have met its
end in this wild, icy region in mid
dle Finland.
Also Smashed 163rd
Only 10 days ago at lake Klanta,
north of Suomussalmi, the 163rd
Russian division was—according to
the innish high command—‘‘cut up
and for the most part destroyed.”
The survivors of the 163rd were
reported after this defeat to be
fleeing toward Juntusranta at the
northeastern tip of lake Kianta,
about five miles from the Soviet
border, with the Finns in hot pur
suit..
The reported rout of the 44th
was believed here to mean the end
of Russian attempts to drive across
Finland’s "waistline” and cut the
country In two—at least for the
winter.
For weeks the Russians have be
sieged Suomussalmi as the first
objective in this drive. Finnish de
scriptions of the fighting indicated
that the 163rd had attempted to
close n from the northeast and
the 44th from the southeast.
(Neutral militar yexperts have
estimated the strength of a Rus
sian ' division at 15,000 to 17,000
men.)
Booty
Bootyw hich the Finns reported
capturing in the two victories in
cluded 129 guns of various cali
bres, 54 tanks, 12 armored cars, one
airplane, 75 submachine guns, 428
motor trucks, 59 field kitchens. 1.
420 horses and large quantities of
rifles and munitions.
A large percentage of this plun
der wa scaptured during the retreat
of the 44th, the Finnish high com
mand said, indicating that the re
treat was precipitate.
Among the equipment Tvere 16
anti-aircraft cars, each mounting
four anti-aircraft guns each.
The . Finnish communique said
that "clearing up operations and
the colection of spoils continues.”
On other fronts the Finns report
ed little activity, except for "cus
tomary skirmishes and artillery ex
changes.”
The air forces of both sides ap
parently remained inactive as in
tense cold, with temperatures rang
ing dow nto 40 degrees below zero,
continued to grip the front.
PERKINS APPROVES FINDING
THAT BRIDGES IS NOT RED
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8.—
(AP)—Secretary of Labor Per
kins today approved an exam
iners’ finding that Harry
Bridges, west coast CIO lead
er, was neither a member of
nor affiliate with the com
I inunist party, and cancelled a
deportation warrant Issued
against him in 1938.
“I have examined and revis
ed the report and the testi
mony,” Miss Perkins said in a
statement. “I find no error in
the findings and conclusion of
the trial examiner and there
fore approve the report.”
The examiner was James M.
Landis, dean of the Harvard
law school. Landis made his
report after a 10 weeks’ hear
ing.
The government instituted de
portation proceedings against
the CIO leader in 1938 to send
him back to his native Austra
lia on the grounds he was a
member of the communist par
ty and that the party allegedly
advocated the overthrow of gov
ernment by force and violence.
Landis’ voluminous report
challenged the ' credibility of
many of the witnesses produc
ed by the federal immigration
authorities in an effort to link
Bridges with membership in
the communist party.
Bridges denied the charge,
and his counsel contended that
the deportation action was the
result of a conspiracy on the
part of persons w-io wanted to
oust the labor leader.
“The report contains a com
plete analysis of issues involv
ed and of the testimony pre
sented at the hearings,” Miss
Perkins said.
“There was a conflict of tes
timony between several of the
government witnesses and the
witnesses offered by the de
fense.
“The trial examiner’s analy
sis of the testimony given by
these witnesses and his evalu
ation of it is clear and com
prehensive.
“He had opportunity person
ally to observe the witnesses,
conduct some of the question
ing himself, and therefore was
in a position to appraise their
veracity and the relative value
and weight of their state
ments.’’
The secretary’s approval com
pletes the labor department’s
formal action on the Bridges
case, although the findings met.
with disfavor in some quarters, j
McNutt Lauds Roosevelt
In Address At Raleigh
RALEIGH, Jan. 8. — <« —
More than 400 North Carolina
democrats who paid 025 apiece
to eat steals, at a Jackson Day
dinner here cheered white-haired
Paul V. McNutt tonight when
he asserted that millions of
Americans “a r e reluctant t o
have President Roosevelt re
linquish his high office.”
The democrats applauded ev
ery mention of the President’s
name, and cheered when the
security administrator described
Governor Hoey as ‘‘one of the
outstanding chief executives in
America.”
McNutt was introduced by
Judge Henry L. Stevens, Jr., of
Warsaw, as: “A man who is
great enough, a man who is ex
perienced enough, a man who is
liberal enough, a man who is
conservative enough to be the
President of the United States.”
(Continued on Page Three)
PAUL V McNUTT
WP A F unds Are Provided
For Delgado School Work
_ X
START ON JANUARY 20
Total Of $31,113 Made
Available For New Class
rooms And Auditorium
Funds for improvements at the
Delgado school building, the project
to cost $31,113 and provide work for
4S persons, were made available by
the Works Progress administration
in Raleigh yesterday.
Work on the project is scheduled
to be started January 20, H. M. Ro
land, New Hanover superintendent
of schools, said last night.
The improvements will include
several additional classrooms and an
auditorium. Mr. Roland said that
the materials for the project have
already been ordered.
Construction Held Up
The Delgado project was approved
some time ago, but actual construc
tion work had been held up due to
the shortage of WPA labor.
However, an improvements pro
ject at the William Hooper, costing
about $35,000 which was approved
by the WPA on or about the same
time, is already well under way. The
current cold weather has held ui
work on the project to some extent,
however, Mr. Roland stated.
The William Hooper project in
cludes the construction of an audi
torium, two additional classrooms
and a general renovation of the en
tire building.
The definite announcement that
work will be started on the Delgado
school culminates efforts of the New
Hanover school board for the past
five years to secure the improve
ments at the school.
Among the other 26 projects for
which $835,884 was turned loose,
was a project for the construction
of a school building at Salemburg,
in Sampson county, to cost $98,471
and provide work for 77 persons.
Other projects for which money was
(Continued on Page Three)
Upholds Landis
SECRETARY PERKINS j
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Glass Loses, Finds
Ticket To Banquet
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8.—
(AF)—Senator Carter Glass
found liis $100 ticket and at
tended the Jackson day dinner
rally of democrats tonight.
Earlier in the day the 82
year-old senator told reporters
gloomily that the ticket was
lost and he wouldn’t go to the
dinner unless it was found.
Glass was at the banquet
board tonight, but his aides
gave no immediate explanation
of where the ticket was found.
HANES PREDICTS
BUSINESS GAINS
Forecasts Long And Sustained
Period Of Prosperity For
United States
DALLAS, Jan. 8.—<2P>—A reason
ably long and sustained period of
good business appears ahead for
the United States, John W. Hanes,
until recently undersecretary of the
treasury, said tonight.
Speaking at a $25-a-plate Jackson
day dinner, the New Yorker as
serted the European war “carries
the greatest threat to our pres
ent security and safety,’’ but add
ed: “If I understand the Ameri
can iriiiiu a,L an, lxus uxiilgu cmieo
is not going to become involved.”
■ Of the New Deal Hanes declared
“the last seven years of the dec
ade have been devoted to the most
remarkable political, social and eco
nomic upheaval that has occurred
since the inauguration of Abraham
Lincoln.
The voiced approval of Vice
President Garner’s “conception of
government," termed economic re
covery the paramount issue of the
day, then offered his suggestions
for “encouraging investment in en
terprises which will promote em
ployment."
These he listed as:
1. Restore confidence in the
business man.
2. A sane, honest approach to
our tax problems.
3. An honest effort at getting
our. federal outgo and income more
nearly balanced.
“For some time the country has
been making substantial progress
toward recovery,’’ Hanes said.
“There are signs that, if the ab
normal circumstances and condi
tions abroad do not prevent, we
have begun to enjoy what should
be a reasonably long and sustain
ed period of good business, in
creased industrial production and
higher employment . .
TOO COLD
MCKINNEY, Tex., Jan. 8— UP) —
It was so cold today the weather
man couldn’t tell how cold it w'as.
He couldn’t get at his thermometer
because its housing was sheated in
ice. Amateur observers said it was
8 to 10 degrees above zero.
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