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Dedicated To The Progress Of ___
WILMINGTON Served by Leased Wire of lie
And Southeastern North “W* ASSOCIATED PRESS
Carolina With Complete Coverage of
—~___ Slate and National News
VOL. 73—-NO. 145 ___
- n _ __Z 4 4 ESTABLISHED 18fi7
City, County Commissioners
Favor Proposal To Re
Route Clippers
Board May Send Message
To Reynolds, Urging Him
To Push The Proposal
City and county commissioners,
contacted here last night, expressed
favor toward the plan of routing
foreign mail service from Wilming
to the Azores, as proposed in the
senate in Washington yesterday by
Senator Robert R. Reynolds.
Mayor Thomas E. Cooper was out
of the city and could not be reach
ed, but W. Louis Fisher, commis
missioner of finance, and J. E. L.
Wade, city commissioner of public
works, both expressed favor toward
the suggestion and offered all as
sistance possible to the senator.
Offers Aid
Wade said “I am very favorably
impressed by the senator’s efforts
and offer him all aid in the plan."
Fisher added he thought such an
arrangement would be definitely ad
vantageous to Wilmington. He said
the board will probably send a mes
sage to Senator Reynolds at this
morning’s meeting urging him to
push the plan.
The county commissioners, with
the exception of Chairman Addison
Hewlett, who was ill and could not
be reached, voiced much the same
During the discussion, it was
learned the county board plans to
visit Raleigh next week to confer
with officials of the state highway
commission in regard to the use of
equipment in paving runways at
Biuethenthal airport.
The county has been making ef
forts for some time toward the im
provement the air port here and
has already brought about the in
stallation of a drainage system on
the field.
The next step, expected to start
in the early spring, is the laying of
asphalt runways over the field, and
then the board plans to install lights
in order that the airport may be
used in night flying.
NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 15——
Oscar Johnston of Scott, Mass., was
re-elected president of the National
Cotton Council of America at a
meeting here today of the organiza
tion's new board of directors.
Makes Proposal As Meant
Of Avoiding Search Of
Planes By Britain
Clark Wants To Forbid Mail
Subsidies For Flights
Touching Bermuda
Senator Reynolds (D-NC) proposed
today the United States avoid Brit*
ish search of its Clipper ship ait
mail at Bermuda by making trane*
Atlantic flights to Europe fronl
Wilmington, N. C., by way of the
He made the suggestion while
speaking in the senate in favor of
an amendment to the postoffice*
treasury appropriations bill which
would forbid air mail subsidies Tor
trans-Atlantic flights touching Ber*
The amendment, offered by Sen*
ator Clark (D-Mo), was proposed
because of British inspection of
Clipper mail at Bermuda. It was
defeated 46 to 25.
Would Avert Search
Clark, commenting on Reynolds'
suggestion, said trans - Atlantia
flights either from Wilmington,
N. C., or Charleston, S. C, wher*
Clipper planes. Janded recently be*
cause of icy weather at northern v
ports, would avert sekrch of the
mail by British contraband control
agents. 1 ' ,.
Senator Mead (D-NY) also said
flights from southern ports would
be a solution and pointed out
Charleston was nearer the Azores
than either Baltimore, Md„ or New
York, present Clipper taking-off
Reynolds challenged England’s
right to search American mails and
also the right of Britain to take
(Continued on Page Seven; Col. 6)
Private Banking Firm Plan*
To Become Public Bank
And Trust Company
NEW YORK, Feb. 15.—UP)—J. P.
Morgan announced today, that the
30-year-old private banking firm
which hears his father’s name will,
pn April 1, become a corporation
icensed under state banking laws
:o he a public bank and trust com*
It was intimated that the public
night eventually be invited to buy
stock in .the new company.
For the time being, however, the
pwnership interest will be substan*
ially the same as in the unincor*
porated partnership form whichi
vill be abandoned. There will be no
;hange in personnel, and It was as*
sumed that officers and director*
pf the corporation, which will b*
lamed J. P. Morgan & Co., Inc,
will include the present partners;
leaded by J. P. Morgan.
The business handled will cone
inue to be the same, deposit bank)*
(Continued on Page Seven; Col. 4)
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Modern Trading Post,
Offering Most of the
Necessities of Life
For Less!
Those smart, thrifty people wh#
make their money go further
find the Want Ads an invalus
able shopping directory.
The early-American Trading*
Post was the shopping centeg
for most of life’s necessities.
Today, thrifty Wilmingtoniani
rely on Star and News Want
Ads for their modern necessi
ties, like automobiles, houses,
apartments, rooms, household
goods, jobs, building materials,
feeds, seeds, plants, business
services, etc.
Star-News Want Ad shopping
is saving many dollars for
those keen-minded, value-wist
people who watch the Dally;
Classified columns.
Fire Destroys Jacksonville High School
Loss Is Set
At $90,000;
Blaze, Believed Caused By
Defective Wiring And Is
Fanned By High Winds
New Bern Firemen Aid In
Fight Against Flames;
New Building Planned
JACKSONVILLE, Feb. 15.—Fire,
believed to have been caused by
defective wiring and fanned'by gale
like winds, destroyed the Jackson
ville high school building early this
The loss was estimated at $90,000,
with about $50,000 covered by in
The building, containing 19 rooms
ind an auditorium, was a complete
loss, with only parts of the walls
left standing after the flames had
swept through.
Gymnasium Saved
Aided Dy me wind which cjtirieu
the flames away from the remainder
of the town, local and New Bern
firemen kept the blaze from spread
ing further and saved the - high
school gymnasium, located only a
few yards from the building, from
serious damage.
A. H. Hatse'l, Onslow county
superintendent of schools, said th:^
the blaze was first discovered about
2 o'clock this morning by a passing
traveling salesman, who spread the
The fire, which originated on the
second floor of the brick structure,
had already made too much head
way when first detected, to be com
batted successfully.
The Jacksonville volunteer fire
department went into action but
was not able to reach the top of
the building to get enough of a
stream of water to do any good In
halting the flames. The New Bern
fire department soon arrived with
two trucks. The Morehead City fire
•Continued on Page Seven; Col. 5)
v forecast
* ortn Carolina: Increasing cloudi
]jA6,an . "'ariuer, probably occasional
Wirain ,iu west portion Friday;
urtiay, cloudy with occasional rain.
M„eteo,rol°Sical data for the 24 hours
tMl"S 7:31) p. m. yesterday).
. Temperature
* ia'“- 7:30 a. in. 33; 1:30 p.
minimi,m* 4(5 i maximum 61;
turn ut; mean 42; normal 48.
•,.5. Humidity
to ,7.1 “• 32; 7:30 a. m. 54; 1:30 p.
7:30 p. m. 48.
T„„i , „ Precipitation
l.» ,rffr,-4 hours endinS ":30 p. m„
3-90 inches.1 SmCe £lrst °£ the month’
Tides For Today
*^Ston - 10L59Wa
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I —v iuift - u:36a 7:10a
I Sunrise 7.*, 12:53P 7:3°P
■rise 11.01 ‘ -jGa; sunset 5:57a; moon
I u-^a; moonset 0:40a.
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ture and i>,Jr2aH lecords of tempera
ing rainfall for the 24 hours end
Stuwine in lie principal cotton
statiori" dreas and elsewhere:
Alpena, cim, High low Free.
Asheville Jfdy - 24 5 0.00
Atlanta 44 21 0.00
Atlantic pnUdy,- 43 30 0.00
Sir«iiDghaAiy’ S/ " 35 23 0.17
Boston cl! ’, 'l0Udy - 48 29 0.00
Buffalo clear7 - 35 22 1.30
Arlington i ~I- 22 13 0.00
e^'ago clear °Udy - 21 14 0.00
SSiati ,- 39 25 0.00
SCd e,eClear — 38 0 O.Oo
ftOoST - 37 10 0.00
S«, snow - 37 46 B-00
Sit clear - 39 27 0.13
Buluth - 34 10 0.00
r’Paso, clouOv- » 19 °-°°
S«oi, raTn - 2® 49 9-OU
Se, cloudv - 04 47
Sony He Jr- 27 14 0.00
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h Wes tel?°Vdy - 53 38 0.00
S RoSi c‘uudy „ 07 53 0.00
S Angeles 2 '— 5(i 30 0.00
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S"Dbis,’ cS“dy — 37 8 0.00
Spidian, „-?r - 34 39 0.00
Si. dear - 48 33 0.01
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• Mirrors? Reflect Again!
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, ®°^Lf°°?V0U- i00’ fh? Th.at s not a mirror, a nil there are really four different people in this pic
tari‘ i^h6r ^e,tw<! *®ts of amazingly similar twins, whose stage work brought them together in Phil
Jeann®a,,d Jo Reading, of Des Moines, appearing in the musical comedy,
Streets of Pans, and John and Frank Delmar, of Chicago, dancers with the Ted Shawn troupe.
Swann Retains GG Title
With Victory At Atlanta
-------- M. ____
Two Other Wilmingtonians
Scheduled To Fight hi
GG Meet’s Finals
ATLANTA, Ga., Feb. 15. — Jim
mie Swann, 112-pound member of
the Wilmington Star-News Golden
Gloves team, retained his Southeast
ern United States flyweight cham
pionship in the regional tournament
here tonight w'ith a hard-earned de
cision over Martin Roberts, of the
Atlanta Y. M. C. A. team.
Two other members of the Wil
mington team are scheduled to see
action tonight in the championship
Vance “Red” Beard will meet J. P.
Cornelius, of Fort Benning, for the
middleweight title, and Tiny Taylor
will tangle with John Merritt, of Sa
vannah, Ga., for the heavyweight
Swann emerged victor in his battle
with Roberts by the slimmest of
margins and admitted the Atlanta
boy was the toughest boxer he has
ever faced.
Roberts worried the Wilmington
fighter considerably in the first of
(Continued on Page Four; Cot 6)
Foreign Observers Believe
Japan’s Invasion Has
Spent Its Force
SHANGHAI, Feb. 15— <a>> —
China’s defenders reported they were
forcing the Japanese army to re
treat in campaigns at opposite ends
of their far-flung country today
while foreign military observers ex
pressed the belief the Japanese in
vasion had spent its force, still short
of its goal.
The Chinese said the Japanese
forces in Kwangsi province, in south
China, were being driven back
southward over the path of their
onslaught of the past two weeks,
with the Chinese vanguard now only
14 miles north of Nanning, main
Japanese base for this area.
Thirteen hundred miles to the
north, in Inner Mongolia, the Chin
ese said they had recaptured the
town of Wuyuan, forcing the Jap
anese to stage a general retreat
(Continued on Page Four; Col. 7)
t . K. Silent Un Whether
He May Hold Peace Meet
Will Not Say Whether He
Will Meet Envoys Of
Belligerent Countries
OF MEXICO, Feb. 15.—GP)—Presi
dent Roosevelt rode salt water to
night aboard the cruiser Tuscaloosa,
while newsmen could only guess
whether he sought belligerent fish
or belligerents’ envoys.
In response to a direct question,
he neither affirmed nor denied that
he might meet spokesmen of war
ring powers while cruising in south
ern waters.
Food For Speculation
Bouncing along on this convoying
destroyer, reporters found much
food for speculation, few facts in
the chief executive’s cryptic re
marks at a final dryland press con
ference today aboard the train that
brought him from Washington to
Pensacola, Fla., to start a ten-day
to-two week sea trip.
Pursuing picturesque possibility—
but expecting the very idea would
receive an “awful kick in the pants”
—reporters asked if the President
might have a rendezvous at sea or
in some neutral port to discuss
grave neutrality and peace prob
lems with representatives of Brit
ain, France and Italy.
Instead of dealing out one of the
Rooseveltian oral spankings, the
(Continued on Page Four; Col. 6)
Grand Jury Refuses To
Indict *Poor And Weak’
LAFAYETTE, La., Feb. 15.—
(/P)—The Lafayette Parish grand
jury ended a four-month term
today, asserting it hadn’t indict
ed anyone because it was unwill
ing to indict the “poor and weak”
when it could not reach the Tich
and prominent.”
Eleven jurors, in a written
apology to Judge Paul D. lilon
for spending “so much money for
nothing,”’ said:
“We are opposed to indicting a
man for stealing chickens, which
was done, and then fail to act
against prominent parties with
evidence showing great suspicion
of law violations.”
Discusses Plans For Parade
Of Military Units Here
Tuesday Night
Capt. F. O. Fay, chairman of
the committee on arrangements for
the celebration of National De
fense week, outlined the plans set
up by the group at a meeting of
the Reserve Officers’ group school
last night in tile postoffice build
Present plans call for a parade
of all national guard units in the
city, to be staged Tuesday night
in connection with the formal
opening of Front street.
Plans are now being made by the
city commissioners for staging a
gala street dance on the same
night, to be held between Princess
and Chestnut streets on Front.
The New Hanover High school
ROTC will not take part in the
parade, but will stage a dress pa
rade this morning at 8:45 o’clock
at the drill field, Thirteenth and
(Continued on Page Five; Col, 4)
Increasing Cloudiness Is In
cluded In Forecast For
City And Vicinity
Cloudy and slightly warmer tem
peratures feature today’s weather
menu for Wilmington and vicinity,
according to a report by weather
bureau officials last night.
A low temperature of 35 or 36 de
grees wa3 predicted for early this
Increasing cloudiness for this sec
tion was included in the forecast and
weathermen said that northerly
w'inds will diminish, becoming north
Temperatures yesterday ranged
from a low of 32 degrees to a high
of 61, with the mean being six below
the normal of 48 degrees.
No further reports were received
yesterday of damage from the strong
winds of Wednesday and Wednesday
night, which reached a maximum of
10 miles per hour. I
Russia Claims
Many Finnish
Forts Seized
Says 53 Fortifications Are
Taken And That Defend
ers Fleeing To Rear
Helsinki Government Calls
Another Class Of Re
serves To Colors
MOSCOW, Feb. 16.—(Friday)—
UP)—Fifty-three defensive fortifica
tions of the Finnish Mannerheim
line were captured yesterday by
Soviet troops, a Red army com
munique declared today, and "the
enemy is retreating to the rear,
abandoning arms and war mate
rials and suffering grave losses.”
The 53 defensive positions cap
tured, the Russians said, included
21 iron and concrete artillery forts
and brought to 153 the number of
fortifications taken by the Russians
in their 14-day offensive on the
Karelian Isthmus front.
Nearing Kamara
The communique said Soviet
troops were approaching the sta
tion of Kamara.
Kamara is four miles north of
Summa, focal point of the most
serious fighting of the war, and is
Jotted on the Viipuri-Leuingrad
The station is about 15 miles
from Viipuri.
Six enemy airplanes were brought
down in yesterday’s war in the
air, the Russian communique said.
HELSINKI, Feb. 15.—UP)—Rus
sia’s great offensive rumbled to
night over a literal carpet of its
own dead the entire breadth of the
Mannerheim line, behind a murder
ous screen of artillery fire that
dumped 20,000 shells into the bat
(Continued on Page Five; Col. 4)
Proposal Is Given In Reply
To New German Warn
ing To Neutrals
LONDON, Feb. 15— CP>—Briiain
offered to become guardian of all
the world’s shipping today in reply
to a new German warning to neu
trals, whose merchantmen bring in
nearly one-third of this nation’s life
sustaining imports.
Another neutral ship, the Italian
5,994-ton Giorgia (presumably not
in convoy) was reported tonight to
have been sunk off the British east
coast on Wednesday by a mine,
with the fate of her crew of 32 in
doubt. Only a small and empty life
boat had been picked up tonight.
Naval convoys were described by
an authoritative spokesman as open
to any vessel, including United
States craft, which passes through
the Allied contraband control, re
gardless of whether the cargo is
destined for Britain.
Winston Churchill, first lord of
the admiralty, insists the odds are
500 to one against the Germans
sinking a vessel protected by con
The threat of Germany’s “three
limensional blockade”—surface, un
dersea and aerial attacks on ship
(Continued on Page Four; Col. 7)
| Seeks Divorce
Son Of President, Now In
Hollywood, Charges His
Wife With Desertion
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 15.—UP)—
James Roosevelt, the President’s
eldest son, whose career in motion
pictures put , 3,000 miles between
him and his wife, sued for divorce
today. '{ .
’ He charger! the former Betsey
Cushing of Boston and New Haven
with desertion. They had been
separated nearly 18 months, but had
remained silent in the face of fre
quent rumors that their 10-year
marriage was headed for the courts.
Roosevelt preparing to leave to
morrow’ for Philadelphia and- and a
Washington’s birthday banquet
speech, declined comment on the
suit. In New York, her attorney
issued a statement over her sign.v
“I now confirm the fact that
my husband and I have separated
and that he has brought an action
against me in California for di
vorce. In due course I shall answer
his complaint and myself seek a
decree of divorce.
“Under our settlement agreement
I have the custody of the chkdren
(Sara Delano, going on 8, and Kate,
4). I expect to reside in the east.
My husband, I am informed, will
continue to reside in California. All
other matters between us being of
an entirely private nature there is
(Continued on Page Five; Col. 5)
Five Civic Improvement
Suggestions Win Prizes
_* -
ICC Orders Reduction
In Passenger Fares
—In a decision which may be
carried to the supreme court, the
interstate commerce commission
today ordered, effective March
24, a 20 per cent reduction in
maximum basic passenger coach
fares in the east.
By a vote, of 1 to 3, the com
mission denied a petition which
was presented by all major east
ern railroads except the Balti
more & Ohio, and which called
for continuance to Oct. 31 of the
present basic fare of 2.5 cents a
Tlie petitioning railroads have
indicated th'at denial of their plea
might cause them to carry the
case to the courts.
Outstanding Proposals For
Betterment Of Commu
nity Are Published
The first five of the 15 civic de
velopment suggestions to be award
ed prizes of $1 in .the Star-News
contest which was concluded re
cently were announced yesterday by
R. B. Page, publisher.
The winners are: Mrs. Hugh Mac
Rae, M’Kean Maffitt, Mrs. W. G.
James, W. B. Keziah, who is secre
tary of the Brunswick county
chamber of commerce at South
port, and Floyd Cox, Jr., of
Wrightsville Beach.
The $25, $15 and $10 prizes were
announced Monday. Ten more $1
prizes are to be announced and all
other meritorius suggestions will
be published in groups from time
to time.
The complete list of suggested im
provement projects will be studied
by the publisher and the editors
of The Star-News in drafting the
newspapers’ new program for Wil
mington and Southeastern North
Mrs. Hugh MacRae’s suggestion:
‘‘As a project worth working for
that would contribute to Wilming
ton’s growth and prosperity, I sug
gest that the community make ev
ery effort to secure a depth of
thirty-five feet for the river and
harbor and thus put Wilmington in
the class with high grade ports,
and thereby develop its unique ad
(Continued on Page Four; Col. 4)
(By The Associated Press)
More than 65 persons perished
as a result of a howling
no’theaster that left a wide sec
tion of the country—from Maine
to the nation’s capital and west
ward to Ohio—struggling to re
store snowbound transportation
on land, sea and in the air.
Howling out to sea, the storm
and gale disabled the Boston
trawler Flow, which reported to
night she was ‘‘leaking badly”
and in need of assistance about
300 miles east of Cape Sable,
N. S.
As the vessel filled, with
buckets being pressed into serv
ice when the water began to gain
on the pumps, a sister trawler,
the Crest, stood by and the
coast guard cutter Harriet Lane,
300 miles away, bucked moun
tainous seas in an effort to reach
the disabled Flow.
New England, receiving the
full force of the storm on Wed
nesday night just before it moved
out to sea, counted a toll of 19
dead. Twenty-one died in New
York state — eight of them in
New York city; eleven in
Pennsyvania, and fourteen in
New Jersey.
Accompanied by a gale which
in at least one instance reached
80 miles an hour, the snow piled
up in gigantic drifts, which
buried stalled automobiles, (dock
ed rail and bus lines, made flying
fields unusable and delayed ship
ping by many hours.
In Pennsylvania, country roads
were blocked by drifts and as
highway workers struggled to
clear them a new light snow
was predicted.
One Massachusetts fishing ves- _
sel, the Palmers Island of New
Bedford, was known to have
been disabled and remained un
reported since the height of the
storm. As coast guards con
tinued their search, fears were
held for the safety of her crew
of five, under Captain Dan A.
Several other calls for assist
ance from distressed craft were
answered successfully by the
Clogged streets represented an
(Continued on Page Seven; Col. 6)

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