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Tdicaied To The Progress Of I Served by Leased Wire ol tie
And Souiheasiern North Wuh Complete Coverage ol
__Car0 ma__ Slate and National News
Is Confident
Germany Will
Win Conflict
Observes 7th Anniversary
Of Elevation To Chan
cellor With Speech
Says Army Greatest In Thg
World And Nation’s Po
sition Safe From Rear
BERLIN, Jan. 30.— (AO — A doll
Hitler, his voice shrill with emo*
tion and knife-sharp with bitter
irony, predicted ominously tonight
before a vast Sports Palast mast
meeting that England and France
alike will get “the fight” he said
they had asked for, and voiced hie
utmost confidence that Germany
would win the war.
It was the sevenrn anniversary u*
his elevation to chancellor. Ills
speech, the first formal one he had
made since November 8, when h*
barely escaped death in the Munich,
beer hall explosion, was announced
to the world only a few hours be
fore he went to the platform, and
the place in which he was speaking
was known outside Germany only
when the radio broadcast began to
come over loud-speakers.
Says Army Greatest
A wildly enthusiastic throng,
however, was there to hear him
pronounce the determination of the
German people and its leadership
unshalteable; its army the greatest
in the world; its position safe
"from the rear” tjeause of its al
liance with Russia and bulwarked
by unchanged, "close friendship”
with Italy.
"Old Mr. Chamberlain with his
Bible,” Premier Daladier of France
and “French generals” and Win
ston Churchill, British first lord o£
the admiralty, were the personal!
ties upon which Hitler’s scorn fell
"England and France” alike were
charged by the Fuehrer with an
avid desire to break up Germany
into bits, to "pulverize” it, and,
without partiality. Hitler promised
"England and France” retribution.
His voice quivered, then rose to a
high pitch as he told how Ger
many’s enemies at home had gotten
the war which “they wanted.” Then
he threatened:
"In 1939 the western power*
dropped the mask and sent Ger
many a decla»ation ol war despit*
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 3),
Approximately 250 Agents
Will Hold Banquet At
Mira-Mar Tonight
Between 20 Oand 250 agents and
customers of the Johnson Cotton
Oil company and its subsidiary
companies will convene at the Mira
Mar, Wrightsville Beach, tonight fop
their annual banquet, staged by the
The delegates to the meeting araj
scheduled to arrive in Wilmlngto^
about 3:30 o’clock this afternoon.
The principal feature of this after*
noon’s program will be an inspec
tion of the company’s plant at Hil
The banquet session will get un«
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 5),
* I Am A White
I sell thousands of whit«
elephants for Wilmingtonians
in the course of a year'*
time. I am very experienced
in the selling of such whit«
elephants as household goods,
musical instruments, out
grown toys, bicycles, etc. For
as little as 24c a day (30 day f
contract rate). I will get you
cash for all kinds of whit*
I’ll go to work for you to
morrow on a credit basis.
Call me at 2800, just ask fop
Mr. Want Ad.
* A white elephant is some- -
thing which has outlived iti
usefulness to its present ■
owner, but is still useful <•
someone else.
*■ ' ^
Finnish mb Red Port, Troop Quarters
_... — " " ^ A. _: .-X i
Rail Stations
Also Attacked
Little Nation’s Air Force,
Growing Stronger, Strikes
Back At Russians
General Saivo Says 300 So
viet Planes Shot Down,
800 Airmen Killed
HELSINKI, Jan. 30.—UP>— Fin
land’s air force, apparently growing
in power, was officially reported to
day to have struck back at Russia
by bombing “a certain harbor and
vessels lying there, enemy motor
lorry columns, troop quarters and
certain railway stations.”
Informed sources indicated the
harbor was Kronstadt, Russia’s
greatest west coast naval base, near
Leningrad .
(indicating now tne nnnisn air
force is growing, dispatches from
Bergen, Norway, reported that a
shipment of American-made war
planes for the Finns had been land
ed there from two United States
steamers and started by rail for
Defenses Increasing
Finland’s defenses against enemy
air raids also apparently were in
creasing in effectiveness, for the
high command communique an
nounced that 21 Russian planes
had been shot down in the course
of yesterday’s widespread raids on
Finnish cities and towns.
Lieutenant General Salvo, chief
of Finnish civil air defenses, an
nounced that 300 Soviet planes had
been shot down and at least 800
Russian airmen killed since the
beginning of the war.
On the other hand, he said the
Russians had killed 400 civilians
and wounded 930, 330 of them ser
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 6)
Proposal For Reorganiza
tion Calls For Reduction
In Fixed Charges
NORFOLK, Va„ Jan. 30—<iP)—A
plan for reorganization of the Sea
board Air Line Railway company,
providing for sharp reduction of
fixed charges and the funded debts,
was filed in federal court today by
the underlying bondholders’ com
mitee, headed by Edwin G. Baetger
of Baltimore.
Features oi me puut mwuucu.
Reduction of fixed interest and
rent charges from approximately
$9,350,000 to $1,049,702; reduction
of the funded debt from $306,6000,
000, including accrued and unpaid
interest, to $109,576,000 and change
in the capital stock from $86,000,
000 to 957,811 shares of common
stock, taken for the purpose of dis
tribution at $100 a share.
After the reorganization, secur
ities outstanding would be approxi
mately as follows;
Receivers’ equipment trust certi
ficates, $9,576,000; first mortgage
bonds, $60,000,000; general mort
gage 75-year income bonds, $40,
000,000; common stock (shares)
Coast Line Trainmen
Endorse Tom Cooper
30.—\V. R. Anderson, of Lake
land, Fla., chairman of the gen
eral committee of the Atlantic
Coast Line Brotherhood of Rail
way Trainmen, said today that
the committee has endorsed
Mayor Thomas E. Cooper, of
Wilmington, for governor of
North Carolina.
The committee, meeting here
in three-day session, is made
up of 18 representatives from
the Atlantic Coast Line sys
tem. The group will elect of
ficers tomorrow.
The action, moved by Stinson,
of Lodge No. 753, Rocky Mount,
and Puckett, of Lodge 780, Wil
mington, was carried unani
mously, Anderson said.
Says Its Part In Interna
tional Crisis Is To Make
Democracy Work
CHAPEL HILL. Jan. 30. — UP) —
America's role in the international
crisis is to make democracy work,
Norm3 n Thomas, socialist leader, de
clared before a large audience in Me
morial hall at the University of
North Carolina tonight. He spoke
under the auspices of the Carolina
Political union, non-partisan student
organization which brings to the
campus at frequent intervals repre
sentatives of varying shades of poli
tical and economifc opinion.
Twenty-five mRiutes of the address
was broadcast over the southern net
"By making democracy work I
mean we have to conquer unemploy
ment, keep out of war, give constant
attention to little decisions on this
country’s foreign policy, and make
the people not want to go to war,”
Mr. Thomas declared.
"If we don't want to go to war—
and I don’t think any American
does—we must not have any stakes
in it,” he said. “We won’t go in
over any sudden emotional crisis, but
rather because we may become too
involved to get out of it. That is
why we must be so careful to avoid
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 5)
North Carolina: Fair Wednesday
and Thursday, slightly colder east
portion Wednesday, slowly rising tem.
perature west portion Thursday.
(Meteorological data for the 24 hours
ending 7:30 p. m. yesterday).
1:30 a. m. 28; 7:30 a. m. 30; 1:30 «p.
tt>. 43; 7:30 p. m. 39; maximum 46;
minimum 26; mean 36; normal -47.
1:30 a. m. 93; 7:30 a. m. 88; 1:30 p.
44; 7:30 p. m. 60.
iotal for 24 hours ending 7:30 p.
?:» ?one‘. total since first of month,
e-io inches.
Tides For Today
•m, . High Low
Wilmington _ 3:00a 10:l'la
„ , 3:18p 10:41p
«asonboro Inlet_12:55a 7:04a
„ . 1:08p 7:25p
,i 1“Wise 7:10a; sunset 5:42p; moon
(Ise 12:23a; moonset ll:33p.
Cape Fear river stage at Fay
etteville, 10.55 feet.
WliBBli®, January 30. — (ff)—
, bureau records - tempera
lug6 at”!? rainfall for the 24 hours end
■ 3 P- m., in the principal cotton
Sf»t‘ng areas and elsewhere:
, High Low Free.
iK-i’i c ear - 24 ^ 18 0.00
* I e' cloudy _ 31 23 0.00
1 dear - 38 28 0.00
Kn'sClty> Cl<iar " 32 16 0.00
Bo«Sgh^m’ doudy . 40 22 0.00
Buff??’ C ?ar - 31 16 0.00
B?:J?‘°> dear - 23 12 0.00
Cgtoa’ doudy „ 19 -9 0.00
Cinpfm?’i-clondy - 29 23 0.00
cloudy — 39 26 0,04
Dallas d,’ clear - 34 23 0.00
tw: ?ar- 53 34 > oo
Detroit’ c oudy - 47 33 0.00
Dnl,,?K* c ear - 24 22 0.02
& C ?Ud>!- 24 15 °-°°
iahef!?’ do«<iy - 68 33 0.00
IaTr; "■ clear - 68 40 0.00
lacks™ ,?■» 33 20 0.00
He, clear ... 64 44 0.07
ley 1vC'ty- dear — 31 11 0.00
attle n d°udy — 69 47 0.00
clear — 39 28 U.00
-euisvnf? es’. cloudy - «3 56 0.00
Jemph s ’ ?lear - 30 19 0.05
Iwiaian’ - 32 24 (,.00
Uami H ‘; .?ar - 41 24 0.00
Jinn.’st °Pud5; -7- 6U 48 0.00
f«bile ,,Paul’ doudy 28 1 o.OQ
^Orleans -- 58 31 0,00
;ew York cl?ar “ 56 37 0.00
;°rfolk ,i l0Udy — 36 22 0.00
“1‘tsbMgh el - 36 25 °-00
‘ortland • “J- 32 17 0.00
ortland > e oudy 90 45 0.00
Uchniond ,1’ cloudy 30 8 0.00
t. Louis ’ ,?loudy — 3« 0 0.00
*n Antonio °efy 29 12 «-«0
an cloudy . 72 37 0.00
!a'annadhnc‘s.cn0,- cloudy » 53 0.00
ampa, ei?idudy - 57 32 0.01
icksburg - 85 48 O.H
ashingfon IS 7- 41 35 0.00
‘Umington’ ? oudy - 33 10 0.00
Stou. cloudy . 46 2B 0.00.
Services Today
Retired Officer Of Police
Department Dies Sud
denly In Asheboro
Funeral services for Lieutenant
r. J. Moore, 69, retired member of
:he Wilmington police department,
who died suddenly at the home of
lis daughter in Asheboro Monday,
will be held from the Southside
Baptist church this afternoon at 2
The Rev. J. O.. Walton, pastor of
:he church, will conduct the serv
ces. Interment "'will follow in Belle*
rue cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be neph
ews of the deceased.
Honorary pallbearers will be: As
sistant Chief Charles H. Casteen,
Lieutenants J. H. Davis, J. F. Jor
lan, and O .V. Thomison, Sergeants
3. M. Wilson, W. K. Rhodes, and
W. D. Thompson.
Privates J. A. Anderson, E. F.
Bradshaw, J. S. Bryan, E. T. Cook,
Hoy Etheridge, Tate Faircloth, J. H.
3oodin, E. J. Hale, Hubert 1 > yes,
H. B. Hewett, T. B. Hughes, C. T.
Jarrell, W. H. Kermon, W. W.
Lewis, Shelby Russ, J. R. Sellers, I>.
A. Teague, W. R. Zebelin, R. H.
Williams, and E. B. Murray.
Officers that served with him but
now retired: Lieutenants D. VT.
Coleman, T. D. Sanford, and W. T.
Hansley, Sergeant M. C. Munn,
ex-chief, N. J. Williams, and Priv
ates T. M. Hall, S. W. Ketchum, B
W. Jacobs, R. W. Hodges, Ed Pate,
(Continued on Page Five; Col. 6)
George Demands That
F. D. R. State Position
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30. — UP) —
Senator George (D-Ga), demanding
today that President Roosevelt state
his position on a third term, warn
ed that continued silence would be
“disastrous” to the party.
The Georgia senator, who survived
the President’s efforts to "purge”
him in the 1938 elections,, told re
porters :
"The time has arrived when the
people of the United States should
not be required to proceed in dark
ness any further in their selection of
delegates to political conventions.
Both from the standpoint of the con
servatives and the new dealers, his
lelay in making his intentions known
is harmful.”
WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 30.—
TP)—“Safety Row,” a residential
slock almost entirely populated by
:ity policemen, was invaded by a
nurglar last night. He got away
with $1,400 worth of jewelry and
nouhehold furnishings.
Nazi Bombers
Raid Britain’s
Eastern Coast
More Than 20 British And
Neutral Ships Attacked
In Two Days
Royal Air Force Claims One
German Ship Shot Down,
Another Damaged
LONDON, Jan. 30— UP> —Nazi
bombing planes blasted at Britain’s
vital east coast sea lanes from one
end of the island to another today
with punishing attacks on mer
chant shipping for the second suc
cessive day. The two days of aerial
assault have seen more than twenty
British ar.d neutral ships under at
Ijeriliail lituiu Uiuauuaow
cepted here contended a total of 18
ships had been sunk in the two-day
raids, nine yesterday; nine today,
and that three additional vessels
were damaged today. None of this
was confirmed by British eources.
Apparently seeking to establish a
bomb blockade of England in re
taliation for Britain’s relentless sea
blockade of the Reich, the German
war machines braved stormy skies
and British fighting pMkes to
swoop1'low over the coast in their
Seek Ships
At least 20 nazi bombers flew in
towards the coast in search of mer
chant ships today, a statement is
sued in London declared.
“Knowing that Europe was in the
grip of the severest winter for 4G
years the German air staff had no
doubt assumed Great Britain's
fighter force would be immobilized"
the statement said, “but from
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 4)
Says U. S. Is In ‘No Finan
cial Condition’ To Grant
Financial Aid
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30.—(HP)—
Senator Harrison (D-Miss), a pow
erful member of the senate foreign
relations committee, tonight an
nounced that he was opposed to
government loans to Finland ot
other warring nations because the
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 2)
Opposes Slash
Declares U.S. Will Be Tar
get Of Aggression Un
less It Is Strong
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30. — (ff) —
Secretary Edison, pleading with con
gress not to slash the navy’s $1,
300,000,000 fleet expansion program,
warned today that unless the United
States is strong, its interests, lib
erties and wealth are "almost cer
tain to be target” of aggression.
In a bristling defense of the full
program, the. secretary told the
house naval committee that the 1940
international situation had convinc
ed the navy it should begin build
ing "as promptly and as fast and
in as great volume as practicable.’’
It appeared, however, that the
committe was bent on changing the
$1,300,000,000 six-year program to a
two-year plan totaling to less than
Chairman Vinson (D.-Ga.) told
newsmen the committee would be
gin final consideration of the two
year building program tomorrow—
providing for about 21 combatant
ships instead of 77 as originally pro
posed. Vinson asserted, though, that
retriction of the program to two
years actually would not mean a
curtailment. “We’re giving them
all they can build in two years,” he
He had previously said that con
gress can authorize the rest of the
program later if it is considered
Calling for an end to the tendency
to limit the size of warships to
those authorized by defunct naval
treaties, Edison told the committee:
“War is not a sporting even be
tween evenly matched opponents;
its aim is to crush the enemy quick
ly and with the minimum loss to
ourselves. So I believe in providing
crushing weapons with our wealth to
protect our wealth.”
Break In Lengthy Cold
Wave Is Under Way Here
The current cold wave that has
held Wilmington and vicinity in
its icy grip for 10 days is defintely
breakng, local weather bureau of
ficials said last night.
Although a light snow-, followed by
rain, fell in Wilmington early last
night, weathermen said that the
low. temperature for this morning
will be about 33 or 34 degrees.
Today will be mostly cloudy, with
moderate northeast winds shifting
to north and northwest. The city
may expect a visit of light rains
this morning, weathermen said.
Yesterday sSw the mercury climb
to 46 degrees for the first time in
over a week. A low temperature of
26 degrees and a mean of 11 de
grees below the normal of 47 were
Weathermen predicted yesterday
that a break ia the cold wave, which
has held fast here since January 20,
is due and that no cold temperatures
are in prospect for the next few
Below freezing temperatures pre
vailed in this section from January
(Continued on Page Five; Col. 2)
F. D. R. Hopes
For More Aid
For Crippled
Nation’s Chief Speaks To
Hundreds Of Thousands
Dancing At Balls
Says He Likes To View Na
tional Celebration As
‘Wholly Impersonal’
Text of President Roosevelt’s
address is on page five.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30. — VP) —
To the hundreds of thousands danc
ing at birthday balls in his honor to
night President Roosevelt voiced the
hope that proceeds of the annual
celebration could be extended in fu
ture years “to the care of all crippled
children," as well as to infantile
paralysis victims.
That wish was the second proposal
made on his 58th anniversary for im
proved health services. He began
the day’s observance by sending to
congress a birthday message re
questing a federal hospital-building
nmornm fnr nnnr a rone
Then, after a day of relaxation and
an evening among old friends, the
President went to a battery of micro
phones in the White House to broad
cast to an estimated 25,000 birthday
parties “my heartfelt thanks for
what they have done.”
"Thank you, and God bless you,”
he said to those he described as the
largest “volunteer army” ever put
into the field in a single day—an
army four or five times larger than
the 5,000,000 American men under
arms during the World War, he said,
but an army “which has joined the
march to save life and not to take
it,” an army “taking part in the de
fense of American childhood.”
Saying he liked to view the na
tion-wide celebration of his birthday
as "wholly impersonal,” the Presi
dent took for his text a recent news
paper article by Jay Franklin, the
columnist, saying in part:
“It (the celebration) is an expres
sion of our greatest political asset—
(Continued on Page Five; Col. 3)
Final Call Made For Civic
Betterment Suggestions
For Contest
Plans were advanced yesterday
by Aie Star-News to draft Its pro
gram of projects for the develop
ment of Wilmington and southeast
ern North Carolina within the next
few days, and the final call was
issued for the citizens of this sec
tion to submit their proposals for
civic progress in the contest spon
sored by the newspaper.
The deadline for filing your entry
in the contest is only a short time
away and every person in this re
gion is urged to send in a project,
which in his opinion, would fur
ther the general welfare of the
A top prize of $25 will be paid
the person submitting the project
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 5)
Notes Birthday
Suggests That U. S. Build
50 Institutions In Poor
President Roosevelt proposed to
congress today that the government
build 50 hospitals in impoverished
communities throughout the coun
try with an appropriation of $7,
500,000 to $10,000,000.
The President, represented at the
White House as being “very senti
mental” bout it, advanced the plan
on his 58th birthday which found
him in robust health-himself. Dr:
Ross T. Mclntire said he was in
as “perfect condition any man of
his age could be.”
“There is still need for the fed
eral government to participate in
strengthening and increasing the
health security of the nation,” said
Mr. Roosevelt’s message, sent only
to the house since the senate was
in recess.
He said he was “glad to know
that a committee of the congress
has already begun a careful study
of health legislation” but proposed
the immediate hospital building pro
gram “in order that at least a be
ginning may be made.” He de
scribed the plan as experimental.
Senators Wagner (D-NY) and
Mead (D-NY) indicated that legis
lation to carry out the program
would be introduced in congress
this week. Rep. Boren (D-Okla), a
member of the house interstate
commerce commission to which
the President’s message was refer
red, Indicated the plan might en
counter opposition.
“I have not known of an insis
tent call for federal aid in the con
struction of hospitals,” he said. “If
more money is to be spent in a
federal health program this year,
I feel that it should be spent for
venereal disease control and for
further cooperation with stato
neaun uepa.iimeiua.
The President’s plan contemplates
that the federal government bear
the entire cost of the construction
without any participation by local
units such as envisaged in the
pending bill by Senator Wagner
for health activities to cost ulti
mately between $850,000,000 and
$1,000,000,000. The President has
termed the Wagner plan too costly.
Communities receiving the hos
pitals, however, would be required
to maintain and operate them at
standards prescribed by the public
health service. The President sug
gested that the poor areas which
(Continued on Page Five; Col. 4)
The European
War Situation^
(By The Associated Press)
BERLIN—Hitler predicts Al
lies will get “the fight” they
asked for, foresees ultimate vic
tory; German news agency says
Nazi planes destroyed seven
“armed enemy merchantmen”
and 2 patrol boats in second day’s
raids on British coast.
HELSINKI—Finnish air forces
strike back at Russia, bomb
harbor and motor columns;*chief
of civil air defenses reports 800
Soviet planes shot down, 800
Russian airmen killed since war
LONDON—British say 20 Nazi
bombers raided coast but royal
air force fighters ready for
them; authoritative statement
says Hitler finally realizes he
cannot separate Allies.
PARIS—Semi-official quarters
say Hitler speech received with
“calm indifference.”
TOKYO, Jan. 31. (—Wednes
day)—*^—Japan's “power holi
day,” which began Tuesday in
the Osaka region, throwing mil
lions of employes out of work,
threatened today to spread its
industrial paralysis to Tokyo
and Yokohama, second largest
industrial district of the empire.
The shutdown of electricity,
put into effect as a drastic
means of conserving coal and
power, coincided with Japan’s
dispute with Britain over the
British seizure of 21 Germans
from the Japanese liner Maru.
Stiffening their stand, the Jap
anese notified the Bu^sh ambas
y . •
sador that return of the Ger
mans was “essential.”
The press reported that the
power shutdown would be ap
plied in Tokyo and Yokohama,
for one week probably beginning
*These reports said the closure
would be enforced on all large
aud small factories, except those
engaged in urgent war-time
manufacturing and the most nec
essary public utilities and com
munication facilities.
Shipbuilding machinery manu
facturing, automobile, rubber
aud toy factories are expected
to be affected, and possibly
commercial aircraft plants.
Tokyo’s already overcrowded
street cars and subways will fur
ther curtail their service.
The government is understood
to be preparing measures to as
sure industrialists pay a portion
of the salaries of the thousands
of workmen who will be idle for
a full week.
The shutdown for 14 hours to
day in 14 prefectures embrac
ing Japan’s greatest industrial
district affected textiles, paper
plants, iron and steel mills us
| ing large electric furnaces, and
hundreds of smaller metal and
machine plants.
The region accounts for near
ly half of Japan's industrial out
put and includes the great cities
of Osaka, 3,400,000 population,
Kyoto, 1,300,000 and Kobe, 1,000,
Japan’s demand of Britain for
return of the German seamen
was regared as an effort to
show a stiffer attitude to please
nationalistic elements.
Previously Japan merely had
“reserved the right” to demand
their return thus leaving an
(Continued on Page live; Col. 4)

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