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Carrolina With Complete Coverage of
___ State and National News
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Governor Has
Lead Of 6,000
Votes In Race
.ong’s Margin Reduced As
Returns Received From
Outside New Orleans
184 Out Of 1703 Precincts
Give Governor 82,421
Votes; Jones, 76,697
NEW ORLEANS ,Feb. 20. —OP)
A 15,000 vote lead gained by Gover
nor Earl K. Long over Sam 1r.
Jones in early returns front the
lemocratic gubernatorial run-off pri
mary, was reduced to less than 6,000
tonight when returns began rolling
in from outside New Orleans, ad
ministration stronghold. The vote
with 184 out of 1703 precit-lR re
ported, gave Long 82.421 -'otes to
16,691 for Jones.
NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 20. — (TB
Early returns in Louisiana’s demo
cratic gubernatorial run-off primary
gave Governor Earl K. Long an 11,•
700 vote lead over "reform ’- candi
date Sam Jones, attorney of Lake
Charles. ' -
Long, brother of the late Huey
P. Long and leader of the 12-year
old political regime founded by Huey,
received 59,887 votes and Jones 48,
171 from 321 of 1,703 precincts in
the state. This included 106 pre
cincts from New Orleans, Long’s
stronghold, which gave Long 50,003
and Jones 35,389.
The governor held the state’s 3,*
500 national guardsmen in readiness
to queli any possible disturbance
during the balloting but little vio
lence was reported.
Two Fistflghts
Only two minor fistfigbts were
reported in New Orleans but anti
administrationists made many com
plaints of voting irregularities.
These were lodged with Assistant U.
S. Attorney General O. John Rogge,
who had promised full investigation
of all charges.
Most of today’s complaints were
on disqualification of commission
(Continued on Page Four; Col. -)
Prospects Of Early Depar
ture Dimmed By Fact Her
Propellers Are Broken
OSLO, Feb. 20.—OT—Norway ap
peared leady tonight to permit the
stranded German prison ship Alt
mark to quit Norwegian territorial
waters, but prospects of an early
departure were dimmed by the dis
closure that her propellers were
Despite a British demand that the
ship be interned, informed Norwe
gian circles indicated the government
would give Capt. Heinrich Dau of
the Altmark the go-ahead signal any
time he wants to lift anchor.
While tension over the three-way
wrangle among Norway, Britain and
Germany over the Altmark persisted,
feelings among Norwegians was stir
red further by reports of two more
blows to her already hard-hit ship
The 2,250-ton steamer Hop was
missing with a crew of 18 while en
route from Norway to England and
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 6)
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Two Men Believed Drowned Off Bald Head Island!
Hilbert And
James Creech
Ire Missing
Search Started After Their
Dory Is Found At Mouth
Of Cedar Creek
all hope abandoned
Men Left Home Early Mon
day Morning To Tend
Shad Nets In River
SOUTHPORT. Feb. 20.—A search
was started here today for James
Creech. 29, ana Gilbert Creech, 19,
brothers, who apparently drowned
off Bald Head island yesterday
while fishing.
Early tonight no trace of their
holies had been found, although
their overturned boat was discov
ered today at the mouth of Cedar
creek, on the north side of Bald
ITir-lo ,■?
Lett Home Monday
Coroner John G. Caison said that
the men left home Monday morn
ing about 6 o'clock to tend their
shad nets in the mouth of the
Cape Fear river. They were due to
return home about 10:30 o’clock
and when they failed to appear
early in the afternoon, members of
their family became alarmed and
called the coast guard station at
Oak Island for help.
The coroner said that although
the coast guard was notified of
the brothers’ disappearance between
! and 2 o'clock it did not start a
search until about 6 o'clock Mon
day afternoon.
The open dory was found bottom
side-up this morning by Captain
H. T. Bowmer.
This afternoon a searching party
rent to Bald Head hoping that the
strong southeast winds would wash
the bodies ashore. Coroner Caison
said that there was a possibility
Continued on Page Four; Col. 4)
H.W. Weatherford Will Be
Principal Speaker At
23rd Annual Session
The annual meeting of the North
Carolina State Beekeepers associa
Hw will be held here Friday in
the customhouse and H. W. Weath
erford, Virginia bee specialist, will
t* the principal speaker.
This will be the 23rd annua!
Meeting of the organization.
Other speakers, announced yes
teriay by C. L. Sams, of N. C.
date college, include H. J. Carey,
“ Norfolk; p. G. Craddock, of the
■ate Department of Agriculture;
F. B. Meacham, of N. C.
date college.
Officers of the association are
,eorp: Curtis, of Graham, presi
, ° L. Huggins, of Wilming
, v‘M-president; and F. B.
■eacham, 0f Raleigh, secretary
M1Ir- Huggins said last night 23 to
p J^gates are expected to attend.
jn„ ®r ^"tails regarding the meet
5 Wll> be announced later.
Korth r- forecast
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lr snow ft ‘?leceded by light rain
Portions n?Ies over west and north
%htlvursday Partly cloudy,
lion. " "armer extreme west por
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■ng 7:30 p. m. yesterday),
1:30 . 1 emperature
* to. 46-' 46: 7:30 a- m. 46; 1:30
“lining Pl m‘ 45; maximum 53;
m 43> mean 48; normal 49.
1:3d n Humidity
a. 73-a,.3?- 8C; 7:30 a. m. 77; 1:30 p.
' P. rn. 67.
Total r P''eeiP>tation
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(t0ntinUed pp Rage Three; Col. C)
Ceremonies participated in by city and WPA officials marked the dedication of- Wilmington’s new Front street last night. The program followed a military parade held in
connection with National Defense week. At left above, C. C. McGinnis, state WPA administrator, is shown cutting the ribbon tied across the street to formally open the
thoroughfare. Left to right, are: John Coddington, Boy Scout, McGinnis, James E. L. Wade, city commissioner of public works, and Bill Wagner, Boy Scout. Above at right, is
a group on the speakers stand as Commissioner Wade presents a gold horseshoe to Mr. McGinnis. Left to right, they are: McGinnis, Lieut. Hamilton Hicks, Commissioner
Wade, Lieut. Sam Sweeney, U. S. naval reserves, Capt. F. 0. Fay, Col. R. H. McCelland and Col. J. deB. Walbach.
Front Street Dedicated
With Parade, Program
Military Units Stage March
And Evening Is Closed
With Street Dancing
With a military parade as an
opener and the strains of "Beer
Barrel Polka” as a recessional, Wil
mington’s new Front street was
formally dedicated last night.
Three thousand persons braved
the low temperatures to witness the
cutting of the ribbon by C. C. Mc
Ginnis, of Raleigh, state WPA ad
ministrator, to officially reopen the
thoroughfare, which was then
thrown open for dancing,
McGinnis was the principal
speaker on the program, which was
combined with the local observance
of National Defense week w'ith a
full parade of Wilmington's mili
tary might.
In praising the efficiency of- the
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 2)
British Mine-Layers
Sunk'By Nazi Planes
BERLIN, Feb. 20. —The
sinking of two British mine
layers and one armed merchant
ship was announced tonight by
D. N. B., the official German
news agency, after a day of
raids off British coasts by Ger
man bombers.
The announcement said the
bombers flew as far as the Shet
land Islands, North of Scotland.
Convoys and “armed ships”
were attacked, D. N. B. stated.
AH the German planes were
reported to have returned home
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 20. — W) — A
secretly developed “flying motor
cycle” plane which can take off in
cramped space with lightning speed
and then hover almost motionless
in the air was tested today for the
United States army.
Expresses Hope U. S. Will
Not Send Army To Par
ticipate In Fight
In a highly dramatic climax of hi;
intensely interesting and informa
tive lecture at the New Hanover;
High school auditorium last night.
.Maurice • Hindus declared that he
hopes no untoward circumstance will
ever lead the United States to send
an army to participate in Europe’s
war "because there is not enough
blood in America to wipe out the
hates now rampant among the races
i there. ”
Mr. Hindus was introduced Iby
superintendent of schools H. M.
Following the question and answer
; period which concluded Mr. Hindus'
part of the program, Rabbi M. M.
Thurman, who presided, announc
ed that after serving the Commun
ity Forum as chairman for three
(Continued on Page Four; Col. 7)
Polish Government Files
Complaint Against Reds
PARIS, Feb. 20.—VP)—The Polish
government in exile tonight deliver
ed a note to the French government
charging that Russia is preparing
to force Poles into military service
in violation of international law.
A similar note is being delivered
in London.
The Poles asserted that the Rus
sians, in ordering a census of ail
males in the Russian-occupied por
tion of Poland between the ages of
IS and 50, are preparing to violate
a long-standing rule against forcing
a vanquished people to serve in the
military forces of the victor.
KANNAPOLIS, Feb. 20.—LP)—Fire
destroyed the Colonial theatre build
ing on North Main street late to
day. Patrons left the place quietly
and no one was hurt. The blaze
apparently started in the boiler
room. Manager Sam Trencher esti
mated the damage at between $50,
000 and $60,000.
Britain Asserts Norway
‘Indifferent’ As Neutral
Defends British Navy’s Raid
Into Norwegian Waters
To Free Prisoners
LONDON, Feb. 20. — <.T> — Great
Britain todaj- accused worried Nor
way of “complete indifference” to her
obligations as a neutral in her fail
ure to free 299 British prisoners from
the German vessel Altmark.
Using a cheering house of com
mons for a sounding board, Prime
Minister Chamberlain §aid that Brit
ain could “in no circumstances ac
cept” the Norwegian view that the
Altmark had. a right to transport
prisoners through Norwegian terri
torial waters. He defended the Brit
ish navy’s raid into Norwegian wa
ters, in which the destroyer Cossack
rescued the prisoners, terming the
action “a very gallant affair.”
Plan Measures
Shortly after Chamberlain spoke a
French government spokesman said
in Paris that the French and British
navies would take "all measures” to
make sure that Norwegian waters
are not used for belligerent purposes.
“The Altmark incident justified the
French and British admiralties in
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 5)
California Woman Tells Po
lice Her Daughter ‘Was
Too Good To Live’
MONTEBELLO, Calif., Feb. 20.—
UP)—Five-year-old Geraldine Hard
aker “was too good to live,’’ her
mother was quoted by Po”«e Chief
Harry Bispham of Palm Springs to
day after the woman’s arrest climax
ed a search spurred by reports the
child’s death may have been a “hu
man sacrifice.”
Mrs. Betty Hardaker, 26, was be
ing returned for further questioning
in the slaying of her daughter, found
yesterday in a cicv park rest room.
I he child’s head was crushed and
her body scratched and bleeding.
Mrs. Ella Karnes had told police
her daughter, Mrs. Hardaker was a
member of a religious cult, which
believed in “human sacrifice."
Chief Bispham arrested Mrs. Hard
aker in an Indian reservation shack
today on a tip from two negro
youths he said told him the woman
had accepted a ride with them to
Palm Springs yesterday, “talking
all kinds of funny gibberish.”
The chief said she first denied her
identity but later told this story:
“We were walking in the Monte
bello park. It was bright and beau
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 4) ,
Another Burned In Blast At
Station At Seventeenth
And Dock Streets
James F. Pope, 20-year-old white
youth, who was critically injured in
a gasoline explosion at the Sinclair
Service Station at 17th and Dock
streets early yesterday afternoon
was reported in an “unsatisfactory'
condition at James Walker Memo
rial hospital last night.
Yesterday afternoon he was given
only a “fair” chance to live.
The blast occurred about 1 o’clock
yesterday afternoon when fumes
from a can of gasoline were ignited.
Cause of the ignition had not been
definitely determined last night, al
though Fire Chief J. Ludie Croom
said that he believed the spark to
have been caused by static electrici
ty or from a liguted match.
Both Chief Croom and L. C.
Williams, Jr., operator of the station,
said there was no fire in a stove at
the place at the time and had not
been for some time.
Chief Croom said that the boys
had been scrubbing the floor of the
station with gasoline, with all doors
and windows to the station closed,
leading to the belief that static elec
tricity was the cause of the ignition.
The entire glass front of the fill
ing station was blown out, throwing
slivers of glass in every direction.
In addition to being severely
burned by the flame from the ex
plosion, Pope was seriously lacer
(Continued on Pane Three;, CoL 1).
Youths Have Narrow Escape In Explosion
Two youths narrowly escaped with their lives early yesterday afternoon when a gasoline explosion
wrecked the Sinclair Service station at 17th and Dock streets. Woodrow' Yow, at left, was'- burned on
jne leg and Leon Robison, at right, escaped injury with only his clothes being burned. James F. Pope
was seriously injured in the blast. The two boys are shown above shortly after the explosion. i
Finnish Defenders Of Line
Scatter Numerous ‘Air
Motor Sleds’
MOSCOW, Feb. 21 (Wednesday).
—(TP)—The Russian army today re
ported its troops had occupied both
the town and fortress of Koivisto,
western anchor citadel of the Man
nerheim line, and had “cleared”
them of the enemy.
The communique issued by the
Leningrad military headqua rt e r s
said large “trophies” were captured
in the mopping up of Koivisto.
The Russians also claimed 47 en
emy airplanes were brought down
in air battles.
The text of the communique:
“February 20. Soviet troops con
tinued developing the offensive on
the Karelian Isthmus and occupied
the town and fortress of Koivisto
(Bjorke), cleared the. enemy from
the Koivisto (Bjoke) peninsula and
captured large trophies.
“In other sectors there was noth
ing of importance.
“Soviet aviation successfully raid
ed enemy troops and military ob
jectives. Forty-seven enemy air
planes were brought down in air
The Koivisto fortress and sur
rounding fortified area, key to the
entire western end of the Manner
heim line, was reported by the Rus
sians to have fallen after 12 solid
weeks of hammering from Soviet
bomb and shell.
HELSINKI, Feb. 20. — VP) — The
Finnish defenders of the battered
Mannerheim line were reported to
night to have scattered a Soviet
swarm of strange, bug-like “air mo
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 3)
Press Says Any Attack On
Countries Will Bring
Nation Into War
ANKARA, Feb. 20.—OT—In the
midst of new military preparations
by the government, the Turkish
press declared flatly tonight that
any attack against the Balkans
would bring Turkey into the Euro
pean war.
“Turkey will enter the war the
day a foreign power marches into
the Balkans.” the newspaper Yeni
Sabah of Istanbul warned.
The supreme war council opened
a week’s emergency session to study
plans for coordinating Turkey’s
armed forces with the huge reser
voir of manpower being assembled
in the Near East by her French
and British Allies.
Significantly, it was announced
that President Ismet Inonu soon
Continued on Page Four; Col. 4)

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