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WILMINGTON ASSOCIATED PSESS And Southeastern North With Complete Coverage of I_Carolma_ State and National News VOLjir^-0' —_- ESTABLISHED 1867 Hull Program Approved On 216-168 Vote Continuation Resolution Is Sent To Senate, Hear ings Planned Monday THREE YEAR EXTENSION Republicans Aided By Scat tering Of Democrats, Battle Legislation By RICHARD L. TURNER WASHINGTON, Feb. 23— (/P) — The house gave the administration its first great victory of the session tonight with a vote extending the reciprocal trade agreements program for a period of three years. The continuation resolution, pass ed 216 to 168, goes next to the sen ate, where the finance committee plans to begin hearings on Monday, with Secretary Hull as its first wit ness. The republican leadership fought the legislation to the end, assisted by a scattering of democratic mem bers from farm and cattle sections particularly. These members have been in rebellion against the pro gram on the ground that tariff re ductions effected under it have in jured the producers of their dis tricts. Triumph For Hull In addition to being a victory for the administration, the vote was in the nature of a personal triumph for Secretary Hull, and one which soma thought might increase his prestige as a potential democratic presi dential nominee. Hull issued a statement tonight saying? “I am, and I am sure the support ers of the program everywhere are, immensely gratified at the vote.” Hull had fought for such a. pro gram for years before he became secretary of state in the Roosevelt cabinet. Arguing that a revival of world trade depended principally on the elimination of such trade bar riers as high tariffs, he obtained congressional approval for a three (Continued on Page Three) NLRB PROBE BODY GIVEN MORE FUNDS House Votes Another $50, 000 To Continue Spe cial Investigation WASHINGTON, Feb. 23.— UP) — Without a word of debate, tha house voted today to give another $50,000 to its special committee investigating the Wagner act and the national labor relations board. Chairman Smith (D-Va) disclosed later that the first $50,000 the house appropriated last year “al ready has run out.” “We will use this new money to complete our inquiry into ac tivities of the labor board and to r the other things the resolu tions which created th< commit tee calls for,” Smith said. He referred particularly to sec tions which instructed the Investi gators to determine what effect the (Continued on Page Three) ; Your Vacant Rooms Can Mean An Increase In Income Your income can be increased by renting that attractive room and bath. This can be accomp lished for only a small addition al outlay of cash on you! part. A permanent tenant can b« found through a Star-News Want Ad . . . Mrs. P. Rhodes of 309 S. 2nd St., found a tenant in one day. Cost? Just 45c. Not only did she rent her rooms but received 24 addi tional calls from prospective tenants. Rooms Rented Two furnished rooms fof light housekeeping. 309 S. 2nd St. Phone 269. Call 2800 today and start your Rental Ad. You can schedule your ad to run 3 or 7 days and cancel when results are obtained. Charge If You Like x * * * " * X ^ x XXX XXX ★★★ ★★★ * County Board To Push Airport Paving Proposal —- * Drainage And Top-SoilWork |$ Completed Chairman Hewlett Says Ap plication Will Be Made Jo WPA From Project QUARRY MAY BE USED Two Paved Runways Would Be 1,000 Feet Long And 100 Feet Wide With a complete drainage system installed and top-soil work com pleted, the New Hanover county board of commissioners is now plan ning to go ahead with its original plans of paving runways at Blue thenthal airport. Addison Hewlett, Sr., chairman of" the board, said yesterday that an application will be made to the Works Progress Administration for the project, although no definite action has been taken as yet. Would Re-open Quarry Under the plan, he said, the county will re-open its old rock quarry, which was used to pave a majority of the roads in the coun ty, and furnish a greater portion of the mterials needed itself. This plan was hit upon this week after the county commissioners had been technically turned down on their request for the use of equip ment by the state highway and public works commission. The highway commission told members of the board in Raleigh earlier in the week that at the present it seems impossible for it to furnish any equipment for use at the airport here. Record snows and ice in the Piedmont and west ern parts of the state have caused considerable damage to the state's roads, tne commission informed (Continued on Page Three) WORK IS STARTED ON SEAPLANE BASE Thirty-Five Negro Youths Engaged In Construc tion Of Base Here Mrs. Julia B. Hussey, NYA super visor fo- New Hanover county, re ported yesterday that work has been started on the NYA seaplane trse Project at the foot of Greenfield street. About 35 colored youths ranging from 18 to 24 years of age are en Psed in the work, the initial phases of which include cabinet shop work. The seaplane float will be 10 feet y 22 £eet with gangplanks. Mrs. ussey expressed the hope todai' At two additional sections, 10 feet ! 22 £eeC could be built at a later Ate, giving the float a total size ..f » feet by 22 feet. About six weeks will be required “r completion of the project, Mis. Ussev expressed the hope yesterday (Continued ou Page Three) IWEATHER | * w. FORECAST Md Caro'*na: Mostly cloudy rain • armer Saturday, followed by noon a 'l'eSt porti&n Saturday after lion. t£5 ,ln east and centl'al por iay< "unday, slightly colder Sun ,°®fsl0git;al data f°r the 24 ndmg 7:30 p. m. yesterday). 1 ,n Temperature P. m, 4j.®’ !7:30 a. m. 32; 1:30 p‘ m- 44; maximum 19, urp 31; mean 40; normal 1-m Humidity a- »■ 88; 1:30 D> * *30 p. m. 60. Mol ^J^cm^ending 7:30 p. £im °f (Prom Tld,es For Today D. 8. Coast'de Tab!es Published by and Geodetic Survey). *'“»« . 1.:$? S ta“»~'*« IS Sunrise c-d7 8:53p 2:41p "°onrisM.rm„ a; su“set 6:03p. '•“Up; moonset 7:23a. feet*16 Fear river stage, 19.72 lt0nti’1Ued Page Two; Col. 6) Speaks Tonight NEWMAN R. THURSTON EXCHANGE LEADER WILL SPEAK HERE Representatives From Caro linas Clubs Will Honor [Thurston Tonight The vanguard of the expected 130 representatives of all Exchange clubs in the Carolinas began arriv ing in Wilmington last night for the meeting today in honor of Newman R. Thurston, of Grand Rapids, Ohio, president of the National Exchange club, who arrive this morning for an official visit to the city. Mr. Thurston will speak tonight at 7:30 o’clock at a banquet in his honor at the Cape Fear hotel, using as his subject, “Tangible Assets of Life.” This will be the first official visit to Wilmington by a national presi dent since the local Exchange club was founded 19 years ago. It will also be Mr. Thurston’s first southern visit in his official capacity. The meeting of the clubs here to day will be the highlight in the his tory of Exchangeites of the Caro linas. An elaborate program has been planned for the meeting, which will open at noon today with regis tration at the Cape Fear hotel. The meeting will close Sunday morning with a visit to places of interest ir. Wilmington and vicinity. He will be introduced tonight by J. H. Fussell, state Exchange presi dent, who will be introduced by C. S. Lowrimore, president of the Wil mington club. Reservations for the affair have been made by Exchange clubs in Burlington, High Point, Raleigh, (Continued on Page Three) N. C. BEEKEEPERS SELECT HUGGINS Wilmington Man Is Named President At Annual Meet Of Association F. D. Huggins, of Wilmington, was elected president of the North Caro lina State Beekeeper’s association at the closing session of its annual meeting in the customhouse yester day afternoon. Other officers elected were: vice president, C. C. Thompson, of Mountain Park; secretary-treasur er, F. B. Meacham, of Raleigh: and executive committee members, C. I. Sams, of Raleigh; and G. E. Curtis, of Graham. Date and place for the next an nual meeting will be decided at a (Continued on Page Three) William Strickland Not Figure In Burgaw Case On January 27 The Wilmington Morning Star published a report from its correspondent in Burgaw stating that William Strickland, of Burgaw, had been committed to jail under $1,000 bond, on a charge of forcibly entering one of the dormi tories of the colored High school in the northern part of the city. The story said that Strickland was alleged to have entered the apart ment of one of the colored teachers. The Star yesterday learned that this report was entirely incorrect and gladly prints this retraction of the entire story, with apologies to Mr. Strickland. Magistrate A. C. Blake, of Bur gaw, said yesterday that another man was arrested on the charge re ferred to and that Mr. Strickland had nothing to do with the case. ---* Soviet Army Makes Gains On Finn Line Thrusts Forward At Sever al Points But Loses 3, 000 Men In Battles DEFENDERS USE FORTS Several Factors Favor Fin land’s Army As It Con tinues Great Resistance By THOMAS F. HAWKINS HELSINKI, Feb. 23.—IIP)—The Russia narmy thrust forward at sev eral points along a jagged 30-mile front in an intensified drive through the western half of the Mannerhein line today, but at tremendous cost, losing nearly 3,00 Okilled in a single day’s bitter combat. The Russian penetration at one point reached to within ten to 12 miles of Viipuri—to the vicinity of Naykki lake, roughly four miles northwest of the amara railway sta tion, where fighting began Thurs day, according to today’s communi que. Costly Advance If this meant that the Soviet ad vance was part of a major offensive to celebrate today’s 22nd anniver sary of the forming of the Red army, it was a costly one, F-nd one which failed to win Viipuri, as the Reds had suggested they might do to celebrate the occasion. The Russian dead, said the com munique, approximated two battal ions -about 2,000 men—in one sector and 8200 in another in the fighting on the isthmus. The widened front and the indica tion of the slight Soviet advance to ward Viipuri, together with the fact this was acknowledged by the Finns, might seem to present a highly serious picture for the defend ers, but there were several additional (Continued on Page Three) PROJECTS CONTEST PRIZES AWARDED Final Five One-Dollar Prize Winners Are Announc ed By R. B. Page The awarding of prizes in the Star-News civic improvements sug gestions contest was concluded yes terday with tHe announcement by R. B. Page, publisher, of five addi tional $1 prizes. Winners are H. F. Newkirk, Jr., Herbert W. Slack, Arthur Xanthos, W. W. Storm and F. D. Weaver. Others To Be Printed Prizes to the $25, $15, $10 and 15 $1 prize winners will be mailed out in a few days. It is planned to print all worthy suggestions not winning prizes in groups from time to time. H. F. Newkirk proposed: Marina Needed “In my opinion, we as a communi ty would fill a "crying” need, if we provided a strong, well lighted municipal dock for the accommoda tion of visiting private yachts. As matters stand now, there are but few responsible captains’ with a private yacht in their command, that will risk their charges and take (Continued on Page Three) Seeks Divorce ALICE FAYE ALICE FAYE FILES SUIT FOR DIVORCE Actress Charges Cruelty, Does Not Make Ali mony Request LOS ANGELES. Feb. 23.—(^*)— Alice Faye, blonde film actress, filed suit for divorce today against Tony Martin, radio crooner. She charged cruelty. Her two-page complaint alleged that for 18 months, Martin “in flicted grevious mental suffering" upon her, causing her “to become physically and mentally ill.” Such treatment, it added, “was without cause or provocation” on her part. It included no request for al^« mony and made no mention ot any property settlement. Filing of the blonde actress’ suit bore out her declaration that “it was inevitable” she and Martin should part, and gave weight to Hollywood’s axiom about long dis tance marriages seldom being suc cessful. XICl UUCi & LdLClllCIi L Ul ltU5C night is so similar to those of Dorothy Lamour and Bette Davis and Binnie Barnes and Madeleine Carroll, some of recent memory, that they might have come from the same stencil. Alice said, “Tony’s a grand per son, but we simply didn’t have a marriage.’’ Tony, who didn’t catch on In the movies the way Alice did, has been away for months at a time for stage and radio engagements. He ha6 been a traveling troubadour almost continuously since he and the blondest of the movie charm ers were married in September, 1937. “We did our best to make a go of it,” added Tony in Miami. “There doesn't appear to be any thing else but a divorce.” And so it always goes—"inevit ably”—with Hollywood wives who are separated from husbands by miles and oceans. Lamour made a similar state ment when she officially broke up with Herbie Kay, musically busy (Continued on Page Three) —-* Hore-Belisha Urges Allies To Fight Reds Ousted British War Minis ter Calls For Real Moves Jo Save Finland CELEBRATION STAGED Crowd Acclaims Men Who Won Rio Plata Victory Over Graf Spee By ROBERT E. BUNNELLE LONDON, Feb. 23.—(5>)—G r e a t Britain and her French ally, feinting cautiously at Germany in western Europe, were exhorted boldly to night by Leslie Hore-Belisha, ousted war minister, to make real war on Soviet Russia on land, air and sea— to save Finland and to shorten their own ordeal by fire. This revealing and vigorous speech was delivered by the forth right, unchastenell Hore-Belisha to his parliamentary constituents at Devonport on a proud day for this island at war. Heroes Hailed The greatest crowd since the cor onation, with scarcely a glance a the inscrutable and dangerous sky, jammed London’s old streets from Westminster t othe Guild Hall to ac claim the men who won the Rio while Winston Churchill, first lord of the admiralty, spoke with mingled sxultation and sober warning of "this hard and novel war” at sea. King George himself came to Horseguards’ parade to review and decorate the men of the cruisers Ajax and Exeter—and widows of the dead. Beneath the morale-building blare of bands and beat of drums, the war went grimly on at Its curious tempo. British warplanes were disclosed to (Continued on Page Three) ROSE ADDRESSES WfflTEVlLLE MEET Members Of Columbus Le gion Post Celebrate Its Tenth Birthday WHITEVILLE, Feb. 23.—White ville’s American Legion post cele brated its 10th anniversary with a turkey dinner here tonight, with Junius K. Rose, of Greenville, com mander of the State Department of the Legion, delivering the principal address of the evening. R. L. Sholar acted as master of ceremonies at the session, which was (Continued on Page Three) WPA Starts Construction Work At Robeson Schools Work of erecting or improving buildings at seven Robeson county schools was started this week by WPA forces, L. J. Jordan, area su pervisor, said last night. At some of the schools, he said, the new construction is to enlarge the present facilities, while at others new buildings are being built. Work on three of the buildings got under way the first of this week and the ground work of the other four has been started. Mr. Jordan also announced that, except for a few minor details, the new armory at Parkton has been completed and will be formally open ed within the next few weeks. Principal work to be done on the project is minor ground construc tion, he said. Pledges Louisiana Clean-Up Turning from his smashing ballot victory over Gov. Earl K. Long, brother of the late Huey Long, Louisiana's next Governor, Sam Hous ton Jones, 42, declares his objectives will be to “restore constitutional, democratic, decent government and to put Louisiana on a sound fi nancial basis.” The Lake Charles attorney is pictured with his wife as he heard of his triumph. Excess Weed Sales Levy Enforcement Demanded ■ ★ _ RESOLUTION ADOPTED Action Taken At Confer ence Of AAA Officials, F armer-Committeemen RALEIGH, Feb. 23.—(iP)—A reso lution calling for strict enforce ment of a 10-cent a pound penalty on tobacco sold in excess of mar keting quotas was passed today at the closing session of a three-day conference of AAA officials and farmer-committeemen. The resolution was endorsed aft er J. B. Hutson, assistant AAA ad ministrator, had "warned that the record-breaking tobacco crop grown last year would affect prices of this year’s crop. Price Outlook “It would appear,” said Hutson, "that prices for the 1940 crop would be somewhere near those for the 1939 crop.” The assistant administrator warn ed that if quotas were exceeded this year, or if the world consumption of tobacco should drop, allotments for 1941 might be smaller than those for 1940. “If growers plant well within or below their 1940 allotments, and if world consumption is maintained at present estimated levels, the acreage allotments for next year probably will be as large as those for this< year,” Hutson said. An increase in the domestic con sumption of tobacco was cited by Hutson as a “favorable factor” in the flue-cured tobacco situation. He said domestic consumption in the last seven years had' been at a record level — approximately five per cent above that of the corre sponding period in 1939. The use of cigarettes has increas ed 5.3 per cent over the same pe riod last year, he added. (Continued on Page Three) EXTENSION OF ALLIES’ BLOCKADE SEEN AS STEP TO HALT GERMAN IRON TRAFFIC By ELMER W. PETERSON COPENHAGEN, Feb. 23.— </P>—Allied action in thrusting an arm of the blockade against Germany into the Arctic off northern Norway, Finland and Soviet Russia was interpreted here tonight as possibly aimed primarily at halting German transport of high grade iron ore from Kirkenes, northern . Norwegian port. Scandinavian commercial cir cles said they believed a sec ondary motive was the block ing of any effort by German vessels which may be taking refuge in Murmansk, Russia’s ice-free port in that region, to get back to Germany. (Authoritative British sources in London declined to discuss Scandinavian advices that Al lied warships had begun a blockade of Arctice waters off Murmansk. The admiralty said any comment might give in formation to the enemy. French officials said they had “no information.’’) Scandinavians shrugged off rumors that the British in tended to land troops and equipment in the Petsamo area —occupied early in the Finnish Russian conflict by Russ.an forces—as an aid to Finland on the grounds that weather if no other factor would be against such a procedure. Likewise there was no sup port for rumors that a clash with thr Soviet Arctic navy already had occurred. Both Norwegian and Swedish iron ore is loaded at Kirkenes, a modern little port with a good harbor. Commercial circles pointed out that as a rule ships must proceed outside territorial waters there, on account of the weather, before gaining the shelter of the numerous islands dotting the Norwegian coast line. They said they believed the British intended to safeguard their own shipments of ore from Kirkenes while trying to I check the flow of supplies to Germany. Meanwhile, with Baltic Sea transport stopped by ice, Ger mans were reported busy ship ping Swedish high grade ore from Narvik, on the west coast of Norway. From Narvik Ger man ships have the protection of Norwegian territorial waters, merging into Swedish and Dan ish waters en route to Ger many. While German imports from Kirkenes are not extensive, Scandinavians said it was rec ognized that all high grade ore (Continued on Page Two; Jol. 6) Hope Short, Alabama Quadruplet, Succumbs JASPER, Ala., Feb. 23.—(/H Hope Short, one of Alabama’s 41-ilay-old quadruplets, died about 7 o’clock tonight. The infant’s death was at tributed to bronchial pneu monia. Hope had been under an oxy gen tent and had been re ceiving g'ucose injections since yesterday. , Condition of the other quads —Faith, Charity and brother Franklin—was reported excel lent. All weigh about four pounds. The babies weighed ap proximately three pounC,. each when they were delivered Jan. 14 in a coal-miner’s shack near Nauvoo, Ala., by the light of a kerosene lamp. MME IS VUlfcD BY LONGSHOREMEN Plan To Walkout Here And Other Ports Unless Pay Demands Met JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 23. (fP>—Longshoremen wroking coast wise boats at eight Atlantic and Gul: ports voted today to strike at mid night Saturday, unless their demand: for a pay increase are met, it wa: learned from James L. Bernard maritime labor board representa five. Bernard, who came here frorr Washington to act as mediator said the longshoremen, member- ol the International Longshoremen’: association (AFL), were seeking t< equalize their pay with that re ceived by deep sea and intercoast al longshoremen. Deep sea and intercoastal whar: workers get from 10 to 15 cent: an hour more, the maritime laboi board representative said. Ports affected by the threatene: strike were listed as Wilmington N. C., Charleston, S. C„ Savan nah, Ga., Jacksonville, Fort Pierce Port Everglades, Miami and Tam pa, Fla. Bernard said he had schedule: a meeting with representatives o: the longshoremen and coastwis shippers tomorrow and hoped t: be able to work out an agreemeni between the two groups to averi the threatened tieup. The longshoremen’s contract ex pired last September and negoti ations for a new one have beer in progress since. Bernard said the maritime la bor board volunteered to mediate the dispute and both sides ha: [accepted the offer