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WILMINGTON Served by Leased Wire of the And Southeastern North ASSOCIATED PIESS Carolina $ With ComPlete Coverage of __ —- State and National News yOk-73 NO. 143-----WILMINGTON, N. C., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1940_ ^ ESTABLISHED 1867 Project Contest Winners Are Announced Sports Arena ProposalTops lengthy List Suggestion To Develop City As Industrial Area Is Awarded Second Prize MANY IDEAS OFFERED Star-News To Prepare New Program For Develop ment Of City And Area Heading the list of projects sug gested in the Star-News civic prog ress contest was a sports arena, seating 7,000 persons and suitable for industrial displays and conven tion sessions. The other two leading suggestions were: Development of Wilmington’s natural and acquired suitabilities as an industrial area. Creation of a Southeastern North Carolina health center for negroes, with the recently-completed Com munity hospital as a basis. The Winners These three civic development suggestions, submitted in order listed by Father J. A. Manley, E. H. Allen, of Masonboro Sound, and the Rev, J. J. Howze and E. W, Butler, president of the Negro Ministerial Alliance and Colored Citizens’ League, were announced^ yesterday by R. B. Page,' publisher, as winners of the first, second, and third prizes in The Star-News com munity improvements suggestions contest. Fifteen additional $1 prizes Will also be awarded, the publisher said. Announcement of these winning suggestions will be made in groups of five. Other meritorious suggestions of the more than 200 submitted will be printed from time to time. All suggestions received during the contest period will be studied (Continued on Page Five; Col. 4) BROWN AND FIVE OTHERS PAROLED Local Negro Was Serving Long Term For Second Degree Murder A. (Alfred) Brown, negro, sen tenced to from 20 to 30 years on a second degree murder charge in h'ew Hanover superior court in Jnly, of 1936_ was one of six pris oners paroled in Raleigh yesterday by Governor Hoey. Brown, who at the time of the slaying- was an operator of a res taurant on Campbell street, was charged with shooting George James, negro, on June 21, 1936. Brown claimed at his trial that owes came into his cafe and tried 0 hold him up arid that he shot “lm >n self-defense. ^erif( C. David Jones said last /Sht that the negro had been an 0rade prisoner for the past two or , rEe years and had served as a o° both at state’s prison and at lnE Prison farm. Dither prisoners paroled were ey Potter, sent up from Hay (Continued on Page Four, Col. 6) ^WEATHER X'orth p TORECAST ast and "!a: Occasional rain in bow in ”"tral and rain changing to r|lat rnlaotrenn. west Portion, some l°wallT tan. v'1e,anea<]ay; Thursday ■ fmr, colder on the coast. .lu data for the 24 hours b '-no p. m. yesteiday). 1:30 , Temperature >: 08; T-Si ‘ :3° a m- 47; 1:3» «• llnimum dr. p- m- 54; maximum 67; to, mean 06; normal 48. **■•'*> > Total for e.P;ecipitation «»e; total i±0nil ending 7:30 p. m„ ®0 inches. SlnCe f'rst 07 the month, Tides For Today >0. - l?&h aS°nb0-tniet_ASa IS Sunrise R-^Rq. c. ll:42p 5:46p !eI°43a^^fA4fP; m0°“ dtnmeATJo feA' St“Se “* Fay 'Continued on Page Four, Col. 6) AM^-'A^#WKWARD SQUAD’ IN FINLAND ....z-zzi- — , ™- ‘awkard squad’’ of ski tyros is part of the first contingent of army volunteers from Canada and the United States to arrive in Fin land. fhey are being instructed by a I'mnish expert. Photo taken by Eric Caleraft, NEA Staff photographer in Finland. PUP OPERATORS’ MEETING SLATED Conference For Firemen To Be Conducted Here On March 20 And 21 An initial pump operators’ con ference, to be staged by an exten sion of the North Carolina Fire College and Drill school working in conjunction with the recently es tablished bureau of education of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, will be staged here March 26 and 21 for pump operators of fire departments all over North Carolina. Sherwood Brockweli, state fire marshal, announced the conference here yesterday after completing plans in a meeting with Chief J. Ludie Croom, of the Wilmington Fire department. Chief w. H- Palmer, of Charlotte, first vice-president of the Interna tional association, will be present for the conference and will explain a manual recently published by the International association of fire pump operation, care and main tenance> as well as explaining the objectives of the educational activ ities of the International associa tion. Chief Croom, Second Assistant Chief J. M. Grimsley and Brock well will also be on the faculty of the conference which will also be attended by W. G. Allen, of At (Continued on Page Two; Col. 5) TAMMANY DISTRICT LEADER ARRESTED G. 0. P. Leader Also Charg ed With Extorting $34, 833 In State Contracts NEW YORK, Feb. 13.—(50—Wil liam Solomon, an influential Tam many district leader, and Charles H. Mullins, a republican assistant deputy state comptroller, were ar rested today on an indictment ac cusing them of having extorted $34,833 for negotiating $750,000 in state contracts for the Burland Printing Company, Inc. They were taken into custody in the office of District Attorney Thom is E. Dewey when they arrived there, with counsel, at the prose cution’s request. Both pleaded in (Continued on Page Four, Col. 5) Observance Of Fire Laws Is Requested By Cooper _X - A. C. L. Porter Saves Child At Crossing DOTHAN, Ala., Feb. 13.—f/P) Fellow employes of the Atlantic Coast Line ra/.road today hailed Will Gibson, negro porter, for his heroism in saving the life of four-year-old Crawford Ken nedy. Gibson wgs flagging at a crossing when the child ran past him into the path of a passen ger train. The negro dived across the tracks just infrunt of the engine, sweeping the child wit hhim. Both tumbled to safety by inches. The porter got up, dusted off his overalls and handed the lad to a conductor, who returned him to his home nearby. • HUDSON INQUEST SCHEDULED TODAY Several Witneses Are Sum moned To Testify At Bur gaw This Afternoon BURGAW, Feb. 13—An inquest into the death of W. A. (Bill) Hud son, 69-year-old Hampstead recluse who was found shot to death near his home last Tuesday, will be held in the Pender county courthouse here Wednesday afternoon at 2 I’clock. George Millis, 35-year-old white man of Hampstead and neighbor of Hudson, is being held in jail here :or the slaying. Officers of Pender county and the 3BI have announced that Millis signed a confession last Saturday admitting that he struck Hudson with an axe, shot him with a shot run and robbed his pockets of $11. Millis, they said, implicated three legroes who are being held in jail is witnesses, in the slaying. Coroner M. O. Pope said that he :hought the negroes “know some king about it.” He said that evi lence showed that even if they were not present at the time of the rilling that they knew about it af erwards. All three of the negroes lave denied any knowledge of the :ase. The coroner said that seven or light witnesses have been summon !Continued on Page Three; Col. 4) ARRESTS THREATENED Conglomerations Of Trash Are Termed Dangerous Jo Life, Property Mayor Thomas E. Cooper issued a statement yesterday afternoon de manding that property owners, par ticularly in the downtown sectior abide by the city fire ordinances. The mayor’s action followed the discovery by firemen Monday night that they were hindered in fighting the blaze in the Dixie cafe by the large amounts of trash and refuse collected on the upper floors of ad joining buildings. “Must Be Enforced’’ “These laws must be enforced,” the mayor said, “and they are going to be enforced if it takes arrests to do it.” He called attention to the fact that the stairway leading to the upper floor in the building occupied by the Prinedss Billiard parlor and Melton’s barbecue establishment was almost completely blocked by a collection of empty bottles, boxes, trash and re fuse. Fire Chief J. I.udie Croorn, com menting on the violations last night, said such conglomerations -of trash as this are dangerous to life as well as property. The fire chief also brought out that the firemen were hindered in (Continued on Page Two; Col. 7) STEADY PROGRESS MADE ON CENSUS Jeter Says 60 Per Cent Of Business Firms Have Been Visited Here Harold H. Jeter, census enumera tor for New Hanover county, said last night steady progress is being made in the business tabulation now under way and stated that about 6ft pgr cent of the business firms in New Hanover county have been vis ited. All business reports must be in Washington by April 1, Jeter said, and from that time they will be tabulated and compiled into compo site facts and figures. He said no information regarding the census and the information gain ed therefrom can be released locally. None of the facts will be released to the public until late summer or fall. The census of population will begin on April 1. The county, divided into 12 districts, will be canvassed by 12 enumerators and the count must be completed within two weeks. This information also will be re leased only from the bureau head quarters in Washington. Jeter said more than 250 applica tions for these 12 jobs have been received. They will be awarded through the district office in Lum berton following an examination of the applicants and will be given out on merit only. Swann Wins And Barnhill Loses In Atlanta Fights ATLANTA, Ga-, Feb. 13.—Jimmie Swann, Wilmington "buzz-saw” tighter and defending Southeastern U. S. flyweight champion, knocked out Richard Kelley, of Fort Ben ning, Ga., in one minute and IS sec onds of the first round here to night in the second night Of the re gional Golden Gloves tournament. Harry Barnhiil, light-heavy mem ber of the Wilmington, N. C., Star News team, was knocked out ir. the second round tonight in his match with Earl Dixon, of Atlanta. Three other Wilmington fighters are scheduled to see action tonight. They are: Henry Gilliken vs. Willie Hall, of Fort Benning: Vance “Red” Beard vs. Dewitt Bell, of Macon, Ga.; and Tiny Taylor vs. Scrapper Donoho, of Fort Benning. In the Swann-Kelley battle, Kel ley came out ot his corner and tried to carry the fight to the Wilming ton boy and for a few brief seconds held his own. Then Swann started belting the Soldier lad about the body with rights and lefts and Kel ley finally went down under a stiff right to the jaw. He was counted out while stretched on the canvas. Swann will meet Earl Godbee. of Savannah, tomorrow night. Barnhill and Dixon battled the first few seconds of the opening round on fairly even terms, but Dixon began to pile up an edge with a steady barrage of punches. In the second round, Dixon let loose a flurry of rights and lefts to Barnhill’s jaw and the Wilming ton boy went down for the count about midway the round. BRITAIN CALLS FUR 10,000 FISHERMEN VOLUNTEERS TO FIGHT GERMAN RAIDS LONDON, Feb. 13. — OP) — Britain sent more planes to scout vulnerable spots in German ter ritory today and called for 10, 000 fishermen volunteers to com bat Nazi Germany’s three-dimen sional sea warfare which daily claims new victims. A venturesome Heinkel bomb er was chased from the mouth of the Thames rive* in a 14,000 "oot dive attack by three Brit ish Spitfire fighters, the air min istry reported. Its communique said the Spitfires made “effec tive hits” on the Nazi bomber and it last was seen heading eastward into the darkness. The house of commons defeat ed, 186 to 119, a labor motion rec ommending government owner ship and operation of British railways in place of the exist, ig plan under which the govern ment uses and controls the trans port lines and guarantees a standard income. Prime Minister Neville Cham berlain, before the house of com mons. told a questioning member that thj government, in welcom ing United States Undersecretary of State Sumner Wells, would •“take him fully into their con fidence” so that President Roose velt can get s> clear estimate of the British side of the war. Wel'es is leaving for Europe on Feb. 17, to visit I.omlon, Ber lin, Rome and Paris, on an in i-n formation-gathering tour for Mr. Roosevelt. From French bases British scouting planes droned deep into Northwest Germany despite frig id flying weather and the oppo sition of Nazi pursuit planes. All the British aircraft were report ed to have returned safely. The admiralty’s call ‘for 10, 000 fisherman volunteers was tied in with Britain’s naval ex pansion program. Since the war started 10,000 fishermen already have entered the navy to help fight the German campaign against British shipping. Latest British marine casualty listed was the 290-ton British trawler Togimo, whose 11 3urvi vors reached the Irish coast after 28 hours in an open boat and re ported a German submarine sank their ship with more than a score of shells. Ore man was killed and three were wounded. Another of the fishing fleet on which the British rely to sup plement their imported meat sup plies—the 226-ton trawler Gurth —was wrecked on the east coast. Her crew of nine was saved. Other victims of German at tempts to isolate Britain by un dersea boats and mines, surface raiders and aerial bombings were: The Norwegian motorship Sne (Continued on Page Five; Col, 6) Finns Claim' Reds’ Drives Unsuccessful Report Mannerheim Battle Surpasses Those Of The World War In Intensity FORTS ARE RETAKEN Soviet Bombers Make Sav age Attacks On Several Cities Behind Lines By WADE WERNER HELSINKI, Feb. 13.— UP) — Fin land’s supreme command late to night declared that the 13-day struggle in the red-brown snows of the Mannerheim line "surpasses in intensity even the most strenuous battles of the World war” and pro claimed Finnish resistance still un broken, but called on the "civilized nations of the world" for quick help. The statement of the military headquarters climaxed announce ment of Finnish counter-attacks which, it was stated, had resulted in the capture of all strategic forts occupied by the Russians during the furious struggle. With it, too, came the news of new and savage attacks by Russian bombers on cities behind the lines. Porvoo Burns The center or Porvoo, pleasant little seat of Finnish culture near Helsinki, was gutted by flames from incendiary and explosive bombs. Tonight I saw 28 buildings burning in the town’s business dis trict. Up to midnight two dead were reported in the day’s bombing over southern Finland. These, besides Porvoo, hit Laati, Heinola, Sortav ala and Viipuri, the latter two in the war zone. (Russia’s nightly communique announced that 23 more Finnish forts were captured on Tuesday, for a total of 84 of these positions taken in the last five days. The same communique insisted the Finnish counter-attacks, although conducted by large forces, had been thrown back with heavy losses.) Other cities, too, were raided, but the casualty list was not known at midnight. Detailing the tremendous scope of the fighting on the Karelian isthmus for the first time, the high command said; “The series of battles may be called something like the ‘Summa miracle,’ comparable to the Somme and Verdun, but nevertheless, de spite the fact that the Soviet men (Continued on Page Three; Col. 5) FRANCE WATCHES SOVIET EMBASSY Step Taken Because Of Its Connection With Outlaw ed Communist Party PARIS, Feb. 13.—OT—A special French police' detachment began a watch over the Soviet Russian em bassy tonight, disregarding the im munity which diplomatic representa tives of one country enjoy in another. The foreign ministry said the watch had been set because of the embassy’s connection with the out lawed communist party in France. Authorities declared placing the guard at the embassy building in the Rue De Grenelle was an action which was no more severe than regu lations imposed by the Russians on the French embassy in Moscow, where visitors sometimes are ques tioned, searched and even photo graphed. But it was noted by observers that the French took action coincidentally with a closer drawing together of Germany and Russia, and a corres ponding cooling of relations between Russia and France. The Soviet Union protested last week against a police raid on the Soviet trade office here. France re jected the protest. Yesterday the Germans and Rus sians announced completion of a new trade agreement intended to swell the exchange of Russian raw products and German manufactured goods. French officials were inclined to see political as well as economic im portance in the Russian-GermaD pact. OFFERS TOTAL OF $20,000,000 TO REDS’ FOES k — ' ■ mm ■■■ p Finn Minister Happy Over Passage Of New Loan Bill By Senate WASHINGTON, Feb. 13.—<fl>> —Hjalmar Procope, the Finnish minister, was perhaps the hap piest man in the chamber today when the senate passed the bill making possible a $30,000,000 loan to his country. Procope, leaning over the rail of the diplomatic gallery, was an intent listener throughout most of the afternoon’s debate. During the roll call he kept an informal tally. ' “I am very gratified at the vote in the senate,” he said afterward. "My country will highly appreciate this renewed sign of the sympathy of a great nation.” NEGRO PRISONERS SOUGHT BY CROWD Maryland Jail Surrounded And Mob Threatens To ‘Tear Building Down’ SNOW HILL, Md., Feb. 13.—(iP) A crowd surrounded the Snow Hill jail tonight demanding surrender of two negro prisoners held in con nection with the slaying Sunday of an elderly Eastern Shore farmer. The mob smashed a five-foot fence behind the jail, tore out a rear window grating and smashed the glass, meanwhile shouting threats to ‘‘tear the building down brick by brick.” Sheriff J. William Hall, of Wor cester county, stood at the door of the jail with two guns showing in his hip pockets and warned the crowd off, shouting that "We’ve only got two women in here that are being held for questioning in the case.” A third negro, picked up by au thorities after a widespread two day manhunt, was being held at an undisclosed place. Sheriff Hall curtly told the crowd it was “none of your business” where the man had been jailed. iuui m negro was reported wounded by a posseman after of ficers and civilians surrounded a swamp 15 miles south of here to day. A negro charged with raping an elderly white woman was lynched by a mob at nearby Princess Anne in 1933. Earlier, state police called an air plane into service to sweep over the marsh area in an effort to lo cate the quarry, sought in connec tion with the Sunday night slaying of Harvey Pilchard, 61-year-old Stockton farmer and the wounding of his wife. A. W. Brittingham, Pocomoke City police chief, reported one of three negro men accused in the slaying was seen by a posse in( Dunn swamp, south of Pocomoke City, and was shot and wounded by Joe Hill, a posseman. ALSO ASSISTS CHINESE Measure, Passed By 49-27 Vote, Also Provides For Loan To China BILL SENTlo HOUSE Two Amendments By Taft And Danaher Are Beaten Down During Debate WASHINGTON, Feb. 13— (S’) — Voting 43 to 27, the senate today approved legislation to make pos sible additional loans of $20,000,000 each to Finland and China. The bill, passed over the protest of a group which heatedly contend ed that the action was an “entering wedge” for later loans to Great Britain and France, now goes to the house. Without naming either Finland or China, the legislation would in crease the lending authority of the Export-Import bank by $100,000,000 and permit it to extend future credit grants to a maximum of $20,000,000 for any one country. The money would be Used for the purchase of non-military supplies in this country. nonenuiuems nrjti'itu In the course of the debate, the senate rejected two amendments— one by Senator Taft (R-Ohio) to cut the proposed increase in lend ing authority to $50,000,000 and a second by Senator Danaher (R Conn) to forbid the bank to make loans to governments. Meanwhile, the senate foreign relations committee received from Secretary Hull a letter opposing the application of the Neutrality Act to the undeclared war between China and Japan. Although the letter’s contents were not made public, the administration is known to feel that invoking the act would help Japan and hurt China. At the same time, the senate banking committee postponed ac tion on a proposal that the treasury abandon its program and policy of purchasing foreign silver. A sub committee had approved the pro posal, but many committeemen felt that the views of the State and Treasury departments should be studied before action was taken. George Leads Opposition Senator George (D-Ga) took a leading part in the opposition to the Finnish proposal. Pending was a measure to increase the lending authority of the Export-Import bank by $100,000,000, with author ization to lend up to $30,000,000 to any one country. Finland already has borrowed $10,000,000 from the bank. China is also expected to seek additional credit if the bank’* lending authority is increased. "There is already a feeling grow ing up that we may be drawn into the European war," George said. For this reason, he contended, the United States should take extreme care about any step that could be interpreted abroad as unneutral. Senator McCarran (D-Nev) de nounced the proposition as an "en (Continued on Page Three; Col. 2), Joseph Kennedy Refuses To Run For Presidency ‘ ——— . Ambassador Says Energies Should Not Be Diverted From Present Post WASHINGTON, Feb. 13— (H>) — Joseph P. Kennedy flatly refused tonight to enter the presidential race, declaring that his job of am bassador to England in these times of strife “involves matt rs so pre vious to the American people” that his energies should not be diverted. Only a short time before, friends of the Bostonian had announced that a slate of delegates pledged to him would be entered in the Massa chusetts democratic presidential primary April 30. Papers Obtained Nomination papers for such pledged delegates were taken out by John F. McCarthy, Boston attorney, who said Kennedy would file the authorization necessary under Mas sachusetts law. But Kennedy, financier and busi ness man who long has been prominently identified with the i (Continued on Page Four, CoL 7) U< THE MOST IN E X P E N SIVE FORM OF AD VERTISING IS THE KIND THAT BRINGS RESULTS; YOU CAN SELL OR RENT. AL MOST ANY THING THRU LOW COST WANT ADS. PHONE 2800 TO START YOUR WANT AD.