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y^j73__NO^H4----- WILMINGTON, N. C., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1940 * * ESTABLISHED 1867 . " " ^ 7< 7< 7* XXX Economy, Naasd Programs Collide House Group Approves Big Fleet Boost Passes $655,000,000 Hike After Another Commit tee Slashes Funds WARSHIPS AUTHORIZED Members From Farm States Intend To Trim Naval Supply Bill Further WASHINGTON, Feb. 14— 15>> — Congressional economy and naval expansion programs collided head on today. The house naval commit tee unanimously approved a two year $655,000,000 fleet increase just one day after another house com mittee had cut $111,699,699 from the navy's funds for the coming fiscal year. Contending that the United States must consider the possibility that ‘‘a number of potential enemies” might join forces against it in the future, the naval committee endorsed a bill to authorize construction within the next two years of 21 additional war ships, 22 auxiliary vessels and about 1.000 more airplanes. The measure carried no appropriation. If It be comes law, congress will be asked later to provide the money. Slashes Estimates Less than 24 hours earlier, the house appropriations committee slashed President Roosevelt’s bud get estimates for the navy for the year starting July 1 from $1,078, 172.000 to $966,772,000 and asserted that the navy’s needs could be "adequately met” with that sum. There were indications that the navy would seek about $19,100,000 additional at this session of congress to start work on the expansion pro gram. Chairman Vinson (D-Ga) of the house naval committee said l.e (Continued on Page Five; Col. 5) GILLETTE PRAISES LATE COL. TAYLOR District Engineer Speaks At Annual Reunion Of Old Brigade Boys’ Club ft is up to us to rededicate our •elves to the principles upon which , E 0,<i Brigade Boys’ club was ounded,” Lt.-Col. George Gillette, ■strict u. S. army engineer, said ast night at the 44th anniversary reunion of that organization held ln^the club armory. . The old Boys’ Brigade is blessed ” a wonderful tradition,” he , "ft was formed in adversity, ounded on bedrock and with a def ™te purpose. We who are members are for unate in that we had a man dur °ur youth who had the vision, e foresight, and the desire to de o e his abilities to those less for tunate. . . results of that work are ■ ont today,” the colonel said. He referred to the late Colonel Mr Taylor, founder of the club. ew officers for the ensuing year We.re e,Mted as follow: James a. Price, president; H. V. (Continued on Page Seven; Col. 5) I LjVgAlHER Korth r. FORECAST Fair .]„„.,roli“ ,an<1 South Carolina: west' nneH 5 .r„lsill£ temperature in WtisinS”1"!' Thursday; Friday in s ttoudiness and warmer. M$neT?J,08ical <lata for the 24 hours o -«U p. ni. yesterday). 1:30 n Temperature 46- 7^; 5h; 7:30 a- m- 52; 1:30 p. "hnimun, a,. Pi ft; maximum 50; um «; mean 48; normal 48. “•tt; 7:30 'p72^. 80 = 1:30 P hone^'totL 2f| houTsteniSlng 7:30 p. m., 390 inches SInce first ot the month, Tides For Today ^Pington - High ioLow S°nb°r° Inlet _» ^ ..Sunrise 6->7„. -- 6:34p ,lse f0;50a;-^nluaaot 5:56p; moon Cape 'tU'tHe, 39,45 ffeet. **** 8t Far' ^ uutinued on page Seven; Co( 2) -1 0** -— War’s Dei «o4am—And A Victim --- pgP*= V'vATvTvfcSxv \ ■'. ... •'• v.; ...... ... ■ '■' .... ■'' . ... i Cause and effect are dramatically- pictured in this photo, taken on Holland s North Sea coast. Washed ashore in the foreground is a mine, saidto be German. It will cause no damage now. But another mine got in its deadly work, sank the Dutch coastwise vessel whose hulk is seen m background. Swann, Beard And Taylor Win Atlanta GG Battles __._ -A. GILLIKEN IS DEFEATED Three Members Of Local Team Advance Into Finals Of Tourney ATLANTA, Ga., Feb. 14.—Three members of the Wilmington Star News Golden Gloves team went into the finals of the Southeastern United States tournament by vir tue of victories scored in tonight’s semi-finals of the annual fistic event. They, the three remaining mem bers of the team of six, will fight for the regional championships to morrow night. Tonight’s results were as fol lows: Tiny Taylor, heavyweight mem ber of the Star-News team, went (Continued on Page Five; Col. 1) GREENFIELD PARK ORDINANCE PASSED Prohibits Fires, Parking, Removal Of Flowers From Certain Areas « ————— The passage of an ordinance mak ing it illegal to build fires, park, or remove flowers from that area be tween Community Drive and Green field Lake was the highlight of a lengthy session by the board of city commissioners yesterday. The ordinance was adopted on the third reading, (Continued on Page Seven; Col. 3) Ship, Caught In Storm, Calls For Assistance NEW YORK, Feb. 14.—(/R— The tanker Aztec, caught in the blizzard whipping the At lantic coast tonight, sent out an SOS from 50 miles south east of Sandy Hook, Mackay radio reported. The call for help said: “Steer ing gear carried away; vessel helpless in full gale; all ships close by please help.” (Loyd’s shipping register lists the Aztec as a 3,262-ton vessel, built in 1916 at Baltimore and owned by the Aztec Petroleum trading corporation. Her home port is Baltimore). COMMITTEE CUTS C. G. PLANE FUND Action Taken After Two Senators Criticize U. S. ‘Neutrality Patrol’ WASHINGTON, Feb. 14— (&) — After two senators had criticized the administration’s "neutrality patrol,” the senate appropriations committee today slashed an appropriation for the purchase of coast guard air planes. Secretary of the Treasury Mor genthau and Rear Admiral R. R. Waesche, coast guard commandant, pleaded for $2,199,000 to acquire 15 powerful planes to augment the patrol, but the committee voted only (Continued on Page Seven; Col. 4) SHEPROSE HOLLAND IS GIVEN REPRIEVE --— 1 RALEIGH, Feb. 14.—<1P)—Sheprose Holland, Duplin county white man sentenced to be executed for the in surance-murder of his three-year-old step-son, was granted a 60-day re prieve today so that further investi gation of the case may be made, ac cording to an announcement by Pa roles Commissioner Edwin Gill. Holland was scheduled to die Fri day. The reprieve set May 3 as the new death date. Two negroes who were involved in the slaying of a guard on death row in December were denied clemency tonight by Governor Hoey and face death in the Central prison gas chamber Friday. The two, Nathaniel Bryant and William Young, were sentenced In (Continued on Page Six; Col. 5) SHEPROSE HOLLAND, at time of trial Finland Calls More Troops, Holds Front President Kallio Declares Nation Has No Choice But To Fight On OUTNUMBERED 50 TO 1 Russian Planes Bomb Vii puri Several Times And Raid Other Cities BY WADE WERNER HELSINKI, Feb. 14.—OT—Finland, calling more men to the colors and still holding an unbroken Manner heim line against the greatest as saults since the World War, has no choice but to fight cn, regardless of how the battle goes, President Kyosti Kallio declared tonight. ‘‘Everyone knows we are outnum bered fifty to one." the veteran chief executive told news correspondents in an informal chat at the presi dential residence. ‘‘But the issues at stake are clear. We appreciate the sympathy shown us by Americans in our struggle to be free—indeed to live at all—but we really hope our cause might stir onlookers abroad to offer us material help. “For after all we are defending the interests common to all civilized peoples, ... . • -■ - Will Continue Fight “If, however, such help does not arrive we cannot change our course. Regardless of the overwhelming odds we would still carry on our fight— if it must be alone. “The alternative is extinction for our nation. “If the world ignores us in our need, we have no choice but to fight to the last man.” Before the president spoke to the newspaper men, Viipuri, Finland’s Karelian city, was bombed repeated ly today by Soviet Russian planes, which also raided other Finnish civil ian centers—Hamir.a, Lapeenranta, among them. Numerous buildings were burned in all three towns. bains Conceded Russian gains in the Karelian snows—tossed up into dirty red by the steady churning of concentrated Russian artillery fire and stained by the blood of thousands of soldiers— were conceded by a Finnish army communique today after 14 days of battle. The communique said "a few fore most positions” had been captured but that ‘‘at all other points enemy attacks were repulsed with heavy losses.” There was no indication that the Russians were letting up in the ter rific pressure they were exerting against the outnumbered Finns. Tonight, when asked how he had managed to remain so vigorous and fit, and apparently In the pink of condition despite the tremendous strain of his office in a national crisis, the white-haired president, re plied with eyes flashing MILLIS IS HELD FOR GRAND JURY Two Negroes Also Detained As Material Witnesses In Hudson Death Case BURGAW, Feb'. 14.—A coroner’s jury conducting an inquest into the death of W. A. (Bill, Hudson. 69 year-old Hampstead recluse, here this afternoon ordered that George Millis, 35-year-old neighbor of Hud son, be held without bond for grand jury investigation in the case. The verdict came after a two and a half hour session during v/hich Millis himself tool: the stand and ' admitted the slaying, Coroner M. O. Pope said. “I must have been crazy,” the coroner quoted him as saying, when . asked why he killed the man he considered his best friend. • Two negroes, Vance Townsend , and Richard Hansley, of Hamp- j stead, wore ordered by the jury to i be held as material witnesses in : the case, after testimony by offi cers tended to show that they were j aware of the slaying after it had i .(Continued on Page Seven; Col, 5) i \ Voice For Taft j Actively campaigning for her hus band, Mrs. Robert A. Taft, wife of the U. S. senator from Ohio, ad dresses a republican “victory through unity” dinner group in New York celebrating Lincoln's birthday. Taft is seeking the re publican presidential nomination. MADDEN REVEALS NLRB-RFC ACCORD Sought To Bar Firms Ac cused Of Unfair Labor Practices From Loans ■*r ' WASHINGTON, Feb. 14. — '(&> — Chairman J. Warren Madden of the labor board disclosed to house inves tigators today details of an under standing with the Reconstruction Fi nance corporation whereby the board sought to bar companies accused of unfair labor practices from obtaining RFC loans. The house committee also examin ed writings of David J. Saposs, the board’s chief economist, which led to an inquiry as to whether he ad vocated revolution. Saposs disclaim ed such extreme views. Madden said the understanding with the RFC had been suggested by that agency last fall and that the board had been glad to cooperate He presented correspondence from board offices setting forth details of the understanding. An exchange of letters between Na than Witt, board secretary, and George Cooksey, secretary of the RFC, confirmed the arrangement. Witt’s communication recited an agreement that the RFC provide the board weekly with a list of companies to which loans had been authorized, ana tnat tne ooara cnecx ineiu against its list of pending unfair la bor practice complaints. "In the event that the board has issued a complaint against the com pany, or will do so, we will request you to withhold disbursements under the loan that has been authorized,” Witt wrote. “Subsequently, after the hearing based on the complaint, we will in form you as to the board’s final de cision in the case. If the board finds that the employer has not engaged In unfair labor practices, we will suggest that you resume disburse ments under the loan. If the board finds that the employer has been guilty of violations of the national labor relations act, we will recom mend that you continue to withhold disbursements under the loan.” Cooksey replied with an ac knowledgment which said that the “context” of Witt’s letter had "been presented to our directors who have authorized me to advise you that it (Continued on Page Six; Col. 4) TWO MORE NAZI SUBMARINES ARE DESTROYED BY BRITAIN LONDON, Feb. 14. — (iP> — De itruction of. two more German U loats, one of which had sunk a )ig, meat-laden freighter half an lour before, was stamped on the tredit side of Britain’s sea war 'are ledger by the admiralty to light. In British eyes such a triumph igainst undersea marauders—mak ng four submarines announced unk within five days—overshadow sd the government’s action in giv ng formal approval to recruitment md enlistment of thousands of 3ritish volunteers for Finland. The British now claim to have :unk more than 40 German subma ■ines since the war started. Three British ships—two tankers ind the 12,306-ton freighter Sultan ..t Star, bringing 6,000 tons of Argen tine chilled beef for British dinner tables, went down along with their two undersea attackers. Bolstering Britain’s defense against Nazi Germany bomb block aders, the government today pledg ed new gun protection for her mer chant mariners against air attack. At the risk of a new strain on Anglo-Russian relations, already bad, the government announcement was placed on record in the house of commons that, in the spirit of December League of Nations reso lutions calling for aid for the Finns, “general license has been granted to British subjects to enlist in the Finnish force and license has been granted to a recruiting organiza tion which has been established in London.” The Finnish legation, which is behind the recruiting organization, reported the flow of volunteers here as totalling between 2,000 and 3,000. Five hundred “blue ribbon” fight ing Englishmen are already receiv ing special training and 300 “deathshead” Hungarians, sworn to kill ten Russians apiece, are await ing transportation to Finland. Most of those accepted will be trained in Finland. A new appeal from the legation, asking “continuation of world-wide sympathy and all possible assist ance” to Finland, coincided with the publication of British news (Continued on Page Seven; Col- 6) MANY DIE ON ROADS; WINDS WRECK LINES; MERCURY FALLS HERE CAUSES MINOR DAMAGE Forty-Mile An Hour Winds Expected To Force Tem perature To 30 Degrees CAUSES MANY BLAZES High Winds Unroof Many Farm Buildings In Robe son; Warnings Hoisted Sweeping the city at a 40-mile per-hour clip, winds of gale pro portions sent the mercury tumb ling here yesterday and . caused wide-spread damage of a minor nature throughout the section. The advent of the high winds brought an end to the balmy weather enjoyed here for the past few days as weathermen predicted freezing temperatures this morn ing, with a low of about 30 de grees. Many Small Fires Most of the damage caused in Wilmington by the strong westerly winds was small fires which kept city firemen on the jump prac tically all day, a number of power lines were also blown down. At nearby Wrightsville Beach, the scene was much like a western dust storm as the swirling sand clouded the sky at times. How ever, the wind from the west kept the tides at a low ebb most of the day, Gale.-like winds continue^ to sweep the beach last night. Reaching a maximum velocity of 40 miles per hour about 1 o’clock and holding its intensity for the next three hours, the winds had begun to diminish early last night and had fallen to 38 miles per hour at 7 o’clock. vveatnermen saia mat me w rometer had halted its downward trend indicating that the strong winds would be back to normal or thereabouts early this morning. Fair and Colder Today will be fair and colder, the weather report stated. The strong gusty blasts which started from the northwest and gradually moved to the west were blamed for considerable damage to buildings in rural areas. In Robe son county yesterday morning roofs from several barns were reported to have been carried away. Farmers in this immediate area expressed the opinion that the damage from the wind and the second cold wave would not be high, although it was doubtful as to what extent the expected cold will damage young crops already in the ground. Storm warnings were hoisted (Continued on Page Five; Col. 4) Fourteen Children Marooned In School Bus In Snow Storm LEWES, Del., Feb. 14.—W>— Fourteen shivering children were marooned tonight in a school bus stuck in virtually impassable snow drifts near Midway and the state highway department reported its rescue trucks unable to reach them through the storm. The bus left the Lewes school at 3:30 p. m. and in two hours could only get through the snow to Midway, five miles away. A short while later it became stuck. John Hitchens, highway de partment engineer in Sussex county, said he learned of the children’s plight early in the evening and immediately or dered a truck to the rescue but it also stalled. Other rescue crews were im mediately ordered out. HIGH WIND, SNOW SWEEP OVER N. C. Roanoke Island Highway Is Threatened By Tide Four Feet Above Normal CHARLOTTE, Feb. It—UP)—Hard wind that reached gale force on the coast swept over North Carolina to day, leaving wreckage, snow and cold. Snow fell on both ends of the state —lightly at coastal Elizabeth City and four inches at mountaniou'. Boone. The Roanoke Island highway was threatened by a tide four feet above normal. Travel over the structure was hazardous. The gale reached fiO miles an hour, an unofficial source said, and was remindful of the hurricane of 1933. The Mann’s Harbor-Fort Raleigh ferry was swept off its course but finally reached safety. The barometer at Morehead City dropped to 29.26, the lowest in seven years, but rose late in the day. Power poles fell and transformers were short circuited in Greensboro. Roofs were ripped off and many houses unshingled; billboards and signs were blown down; plate glasses were smashed, hurting sev eral persons. Ten teachers and about 500 pupils of Elkin Elementary school were given an indefinite holiday after the wind unroofed the school building. (Continued on Page Five; Col. 2) Wade Will Try New Plan To Get Rid Of Pigeons How to get the pigeons off the city hall? That question has been worry ing city officials for many years', but now the problem ap pears headed toward solution. J. E. L. Wade, city commis sioner of public works, an nounced yesterday he plans to try a method found both hu mane and effective by the City of New York in removing ihe pesky birds from public build ings in that city. The plan is simply this: Spread a quantity of whiskey staked corn where the birds will eat it. When they become intoxicated and keel over in their tracks, scoop them up in nets, incarcerate them in the city zoo at Greenfield, and the problem is.solved. Easy, eh? Commissioner Wade asked that it be emphasized that the method is entirely harmless to the pigeons as they soon revive and continue to enjoy life. No provision has been made for caring for any hangovers that may occur, however. MANY STATES SUFFER Freezing Gale Winds Leave Trail Of Wrecked Lines, Harries Shipping HUNDREDS ARE HURT Huge Snowdrifts Stop Traf fic In Parts Of New York, Other States NEW YORK, Feb. 14.—UP)—'The worst blizzard of the year pounded the Atlantic seaboard all day and tonight with a blinding mixture of snow, rain, sleet, wind and fog. The storm, screaming up from the south and tunneling as it spread, reached a 100-mile-an-hour crescendo atop the Empire State building and dropped a burden of deepening snow and ice over a doz en states. The freezing gale winds, strong est since the 1938 hurricane ripped a $500,000,000 path of destruction across Long Island and New Eng land, left a trail of traffic deaths and wrecked power lines and har ried shipping The storm blocked highways with snowdrifts up to 20 feet deep and grounded commercial air traffic from Ohio to Boston. Hundreds Are Hurt Hundreds were hurt in storm ac cidents. In New York city, faced with the possibility of its most serious traffic tieup in years, emer gency police details were kept busy caring for more than 100 injured. A wind gust swept one man to his death from a four floor scaffolding on the Criminal Courts building. A woman, blown against a building in the finanlal district, suffered a fractured skull. Hundreds of highway workers equipped with snow rl,ws fought a losing battle to keep main roads open, but daylong drifts had stop ped traffic in sections of New Jer sey, New York, New England, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Highways still open were so ice-glazed and snow-jammed that cars moved at snail's pace. Buses ran hours behind schedule In mountainous districts, where travel was particularly hazardous, and hundreds of marooned motor (Continued on Page Five; Col. 3) JAPAN CALLS ON CHIANGTO QUIT Invaders Claim They Have Won Enough Chinese Land To Set Up New Order HONGKONG, Feb. 15.—(Thurs day)—^)—Japan’s invading forces have addressed a proclamation to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek urging him to surrender because, they declared, the Japanese now have won “sufficient areas in China for establishment of the new order in East Asia.” As a result of Japanese “vic tories” in Kwangsi province in South China during the past two weeks, “further Chinese resistanco against Japan is futile,” said the (Continued on Page Five; Col. 6) An Old Saying Heard Thousands of Times .. '1 saw it advertised in the Star-News Want Ads .. In homes, offices and on tho street you hear first-hand evi dence which proves that people rely daily upon Star and News Want Ads when they want to buy or rent. 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