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WILMINGTON Served by Leased Wire of the And Southeastern North ASSOCIATED PRESS Carolina With Complete Coverage of _ __. State and National News ^i3aT73 ““ - --- '-- * ESTABLISHED 1867 BRITISH STAGE MIGHTY RAID ON NAZI PLANE BASE XXX XXX- i ... ... Hopes For River Projects Here Aroused fjfoine From Finland FIR. CHAMPIONS SALE OF PLANES Says Military Secrets Not Being Divulged Through Sale Of Warcraft WASHINGTON, March 19.—UP)— President Roosevelt, championing the sale of American-made war planes to foreign nations, said today it was sheer bunk to contend that United States military secrets were being divulged through such sales. The plane designs were not secret, be told his press conference. He added that the plane orders have been responsible for an expansion of the aircraft industry — a development which he called the most significant contribution to national defense In tie last year. Speaking as commander-ip-chief of 'he armed forces, the President esti mated that the output of plane and engine plants had tripled as a re mit of the orders placed by Britain, France and other nations. Without identifying them, Mr. Roosevelt said this country possesses three or four military aircraft de wices which experts believe other nations cannot duplicate, and add 'd that they would be kept confi dential as long as possible. '!r- Roosevelt spoke on the event #f an investigation by a house mili tary sub-committee of the adminis ration’s policy on plane sales. The war department’s top offi mals will report to the committee on 6 release of such new model craft ®f the air corps’ 400-mile an hour Urtiss P-40 fighter. Secretary Wring, Assistant Secretary Bouit ,° ”son' General George C. Mar J > chief of staff, and Major Gen chi ^enry FI. Arnold, air corps ttorro"ere summoned to appear to dent's'°ni,> 0t his hearen3- the Presi s outline appeared to support FContuiued on Page Eight; Col. 8) [weather I Norn, ,, recast Vines,],,.':ir'lli'la: Partly cloudy ''truer \v,, an<1, Thursday; slightly followed . "nesday on northeast coast Thlirsday 5 c 0 ^ c r central portion ^SPf p. *,temio. Zo 7m. S‘age a‘ Fay’ ata for the 24 hours P- m. yesterday). 1.30 n Temperature Jj: <0; 60; 7:30 a- m- 55; 1:30 p. Viinun, nn.p- m- 62; maximum 73; '■ mean til: normal 54. 1:30 . Humid to- 56; 7-ao‘ 134 ; 7:30 ' ■ . ' ; 1:30 p. ■d0 P- m. 75. .Total for , Precipitation V inches.'1,\°"rs ending 7:30 p. m., “°nth, im'. total since first of the niches. Tides For Today ‘miington High Low - «:4jfa 1:30a "•'""boro i„,c. 7'10p 2:05p ‘"let-5:24a 10:52a /“"rise 5:00p ll:16p ^ 3%-6m6a: sunset «:23p; moon P' “"onset 3:45a. 0"""UCd on Page Five; Col. 4) Bailey M ’ ^ Plan. 1 '*0 V* Huge Insure Senator Would Limit Bill Jo Urgent, Small Navi gation Projects ACTION IS SCHEDULED Wilmington Is Seeking Im provement Of River At Cost Of $1,300,000 A plan to whittle the huge Rivers and Harbors bill down to a size to assure its approval in congress was instituted in Washington yesterday by Senator Josiah W. Bailey, there by arousing hopes here that Wil mington, after all, will be able to secure Cape Fear river improve ments it is seeking. Senator Bailey, chairman of the senate commerce committee, was instructed to consult engineers and then with the help of Senator Shep pard, (D-Texas3 write a small au thorization bill for action by the committee next Tuesday. V T UU1U XilllUll x x ujtv 10 The bill, which was divulged in a letter yesterday to the Wilmington chamber of commerce, would in clude no flood control, power or multiple-purpose projects and would be in line with Senator Bailey's idea to limit projects to only small navigation improvements work, termed at the present "urgent.” Wilmington is seeking a widening of the turning basin in the harbor here from 600 to 800 feet; a short cut channel connecting the inland waterway with the Cape Fear river, 14 miles below the city; widening of the channel of the Cape Fear from 300 to 400 feet from Wilming ton to the ocean, or a distance of 28 miles; and deepening of the present channel in the Cape Fear from 30 to 32 feet, for a distance of 28 miles to the ocean. The National Rivers and Harbors Congress at its convention in Wash ington last week adopted a. reso lution approving the projects, which will cost an estimated 31,300,000, at the request of the Wilmington Port-Traffic association. Following a meeting of repre sentatives of the chamber of com merce, the Port-Traffic association, and the Wilmington Port commis sion at the chamber of commerce offices yesterday at which time H. E. Boyd, Sr., and Lieut. Col. George Gillette, district army engineer, gave a report on the National Riv ers and Harbors Congress conven tion, the letter from Senator Bailey was received. Both Mr. Boyd and Col. Gillette expressed the opinion that the out look for congressional approval of the rivers and harbors bill has been very gloomy. Col. Gillette said, "There is noth ing more the army engineers can do. We have considered these proj (Continued on Page Five; Col. 5) FAIRCLOTH NAMED CHIEF AT RESORT Carolina Beach Officer Will Succeed George Fick At Wrightsville Charles A. Faircloth, assistant chief of police at Carolina Beach, yesterday was named chief of police at Wrightsville Beach, Mayor Dan J. Herrin announced last night. Faircloth succeeds George whose resignation was "accepted’ by the Wrightsville Beach board of aldermen last week. Mayor Herrin said the new chief of police will assume his duties a,t the beach "not later than April 1.” Faircloth has had police experience in several southeastern North Caro lina towns before he joined the po lice force at Carolina Beach about nine months ago. No successor to Faircloth at Carolina Beach has been named. Mayor R. C. Fergus said last night that he understood Wrightsville Beach was seeking the services of Faircloth but his appointment was the first I have heard of it. The Carolina Beach b°ar^ “ aldermen will meet the first Mon day in April and the appo ntmen of a successor to Faircloth will probably be discussed at that time, be said. '(— -;-:-7-* Friends Again After Hatch Bill Fight Seneate leaders forget their differences after passage by the senate of the new Hatch “clean politics” bill, following a long, bitter fight. Republicans bacced the bill solidly. The vote sending it to the house was 58 to 28. Left to right in this phonephoto are: Senator John H. Bankhead, Senator Carl A. Hatch, author of the bill; Senate Democratic Leader Alben VV. Rarkley, who led democrats supporting the bill; and Senator Sherman Minton, democratic whip, who led the opposition. Evidence Is Completed In John Saunders’ Trial Russo-Finnish Treaty Ratified By Red Body MOSCOW, March 19. — OP) — The presidium of the supreme court tonight ratified the Russo Finnish peace treaty, a Tass, official news agency, announce ment stated. Just before the ratification the Finnish delegates, Juho Paasikivi and Vaino Voionmaa, arrived in Moscow to exchange ratification instruments. The Finnish parliament already has approved the peace. TWO MEN KILLED IN PLANT BLAST Unit Of Ethyl-Dupont At Baton Rouge Damaged By Explosion, Fire BATON ROUGE, La.. March 19. —UP)—An explosion of undetermin ed cause in the Ethyl DuPont gas oline blending plant this afternoon hilled two persons and critically burned three others. Many more persons were treated at the plant and in downtown hos pitals for burns and shock from tho blast, which qecurred at 1:21 p. m. (CST) and was followed by three lesser explosions. Eire, started by the first blast, was brought und^r control about nightfall. The dead were Justin Hughes and Clifton Couey, both of Baton Rouge, who were working near the tank which exploded in the blender build ing. Harry Kinberger, about 29, Plaque mine, and Pat Whitney, 39, negro, both were critically burned. E. K. Aucoin, 26, was less seriously burned. Th.: blast blew out part of the roof and north end of the building, re cently completed at a cost of $2,000, (Continued on Page Four; Col. 7) ARGUMENTS TO OPEN Head Of Purported Pub lishing House Takes The Stand In Own Defense Presentation of evidence by both the defense and the state was com pleted in superior court here yes terday afternoon in the trial of John Saunders, charged with false pre tense in connection with the opera tion of a purported publishing house here. During the day in which a large number of witnesses were presented by both sides, S'aunders, acting as his own counsel, called on Spurgeon Baxley, court reporter, for testi mony in his behalf. Baxley testified and recorded the testimony at the same time. Saunders Takes Stand At the close of the evidence, Saunders himself took the stand, and in a rambling, 45-minute talk, told a story of how he and Charles Cartwright, whom he has been un able to produce, organized a pub lishing business. The arguments of the defense and the state are scheduled to be gin this morning at 9 o’clock and the charges are expected to go to the jury before noon today. Included among the state’s wit nesses yesterday were the investi (Continued on Page Four; Col. 4) ENLARGED LABOR BOARD PROPOSED House Labor Committee Favors Addition Of Two Members To Group WASHINGTON, March 19.—C2P>— By an overwhelming vote of 14 to 3, the house labor committee pro posed today to add two new mem bers to the three-man national la bor relations board and by a mar gin of one vote rejected proposals to abolish the present board. Ironically, it was the proxy vote of Rep. Hoffman (R-Mich)—one of the board’s severest critics—that resulted in a 9 to 8 defeat for a motion to remove the three board members, Chairman J. Warren Mad den, Edwin S. Smith and William M. Leiserson, and create a new, five-man board. Hoffman, called away from the city, gave his proxy to Rep. Smith (R-Me) who surprised the commit tee by . recording Hoffman as against the motion. The Michigan congressman sent word to his of fice that he would ask the commit tee to reconsider its vote at a meet ing tomorrow when he will be present. “I cast Mr. Hoffman’s vote as I thought he would want me to,” Smith said later. "I believe the people of this country want to see changes in the NLRB that would not emasculate the Wagner act, so I voted for both of us to increase the board, which would accomplish (Continued on Page flight; Col. 6) Morrison Girl Indicted On Murder Charge Here Zelda Deloris Morrison, 13-year old white girl, was yesterday indict ■ • . by the New Hanover county grand jury on a charge of murdering her father, William H. Morrison, mem ber of a wealthy Toronto, Canada, brass manufacturing family, <n the night of January 21. Her mother, Grace A. Morrison, who was previously ordered held f' > investigation at a coroner’s inquest, i was not indicted. A not true bill 'was returned in her case. The case of the young girl will he called this afternoon in superior court, but it is expected Judge John J. Burney. will remand it to juve nile court. In that case, T. A. Hen derson, county juvenile judge, will try the case. The maximum sentence that can be imposed in juvenile court, how ever, is incarceration in a reform (Continued on Page Four; Col. 7) Reds Oppose Scandinavian Defense Pact Tass News Agency Says Will Regard Accord As ‘Aimed At U. S. S. R.’ TREATY IS RECALLED Reds Claim Move Contra dictory To Peace Pact With Finland MOSCOW, March 20 — (Wednes day)—lfZP)—The official Tass news agency announced today it was authorized to state that Soviet Rus sia would regard any defensive al liance between Sweden, Norway and Finland as “aimed at the U. S. S. R.” and as directly contradictory to the Russo-Finnish peace treaty. Gives Stand “The foreign press alleges, that negotiations are going on among Finland, Sweden and Norway on conclusion of a so-called ‘defensive alliance’ for the purpose of military protection of the frontiers of Fin land.” said Tass. “It is also alleged that the Soviet Union does not object to such a ‘defensive alliance’ among Finland, Sweden and Norway. “Tass is authorized to state that these reports on the attitude of the Soviet Union do not correspond to the facts.” The agency added that public statements made in the Norwegian parliament made it clear that such an alliance ‘‘would be aimed against the U. S. S. R. and would directly contradict the peace treaty” be tween Finland and Russia. Article Three Article 3 of the treaty of March 12 binds each party not to conclude any alliance or join any coalition against the other. (The governments of both Nor way and Sweden have announced they were considering conclusion of an alliance with Finland since the latter was forced to accept peace at Russian hands. President Kallio of Finland has declared such an al liance a necessity. (Whether Moscow would hold article 3 stood in the way of the proposed alliance, however, has been a subject much discussed in Oslo and Stockholm.) The Finnish-Russian peace treaty was ratified Tuesday by the presi dium of the supreme Soviet. TOBACCO CONCERNS FINED BY MEEK1NS Two Companies Plead Guil ty To Charges Growing Out Of Labor Act FAYETTEVILLE, March 19—LT) —Federal Judge I. M. Meekins fin ed two Henderson tobacco com panies today after they pleaded guilty to charges growing out of the fair labor standards act. The Southern Tobacco company, Inc., James S. Cockfield and Hubert Carter, was charged with failing to pay the minimum wage, failing to pay stipulated overtime wages, keeping false records, failing to keep records and shipping goods in interstate commerce in violation of the act. The company was fined $2,500 cn each of 11 counts but all but one were suspended on con* (Continued on Page Five; Col. 4) WELLES SAYS HE HAS NOT HANDLED ANY PEACE PLANS DURING TOUR OF EUROPE . . ROME, March 19.—</P>—Sum ner Welles finished tonight his swift circuit of war-lashed Eu rope with the firm declaration that he has neither received nor conveyed any peace plan what soever during his 34-day tour; yet he was believed to be in pos session of an inside account of what happened in yesterday’s meeting of dictators in the Bren ner Pass. Welles, breaking the silence which he has maintained throughout the tour which brought him twice to Rome and took him to Berlin, Paris and London, said his task had been solely to gather information “for the President and the secretary of state as to present conditions in Europe.” His statement to the press, is sued shortly before he left Rome for Genoa to sail for home tomor row, said: “In order to allay the flood of rumors about my mission, I wish to state categorically that I have not received any peace plan or proposals from any belli gerent or from any other gov ernment; that I have not con veyed any such proposals to any belligerent, nor to any other gov ernment; nor am I bringing back to the President any such proposal.” Welles’ final fact finding con versation was with the Italian foreign minister, Count Galeazzzo Ciano, who is believed to have given President Roosevelt’s in vestigator information about yes terday’s “parlor car” meeting between Premier Benito Musso lini and Reichs Fuehrer Adolph Hitler at Brennero. Welles declined to disclose how much Ciano had told him at a luncheon arranged by American Ambassador William Phillips shortly before Mussolini left for Brennero. However, he told cor respondents he had talked brief ly with Ciano before the lunch eon and “considerably, after ward-” Welles boarded his train for Genoa at 10:45 p. m. (4:45 p. m. EST) tonight. Ambassador Phil lips and Count Ciano’s secretary, the Marchese Lanza Dayete, and two other Italian officials accompanied him to the station. Smiling broadly, Welles talk (Continued on Page Eight; Col. 5) A TTA CK AFTER CHAMBERLAIN MAKES SPEECH MINISTER GIVES AIMS Chamberlain Tells Crowded House Of Commons ‘We Intend To Fight’ REFERS TO DICTATORS Attack Of Opposition Pales Beside Strong Tone Of Britain’s Chief By DREW MIDDLETON LONDON, March 19.—(-5')—In a harsh metallic voice, beating his hand on the table in the deep well of the old house of commons, Prime Minister Chamberlain today used four words, "We intend to fight,” to stifle peace talk and dwarf opposition counter-attack. To Hitler and Mussolini, he said in effect: "Whatever you have de cided, we are ready to meet it.” In an houT-long statement, the 71-year-old leader of Britain at war pledged the empire to win "such a peace”—a "moral peace”—as was outlined by President Roosevelt last Saturday. His voice rose bitterly as he spoke of the Brennero meet ing of “these gentlemen” (Hitlei and Mussolini) yesterday, and he cried: "We are not likely to be di verted from the purpose for which we entered this war.” Downs Opposition The somewhat cautious attacks of Labor Leader Clement R. Att lee. Liberal Leader Sir Archibalc Sinclair and Leslie Hore-Beiisha ousted war secretary, all of whom urged the government to seize the initiative in the war, paled beside the strong, almost fiery, tone ol Chamberlain’s statement. After he had spoken, it was learned in the commons lobby that peace already had been patched ui amongst the various parties on the basis of a new war cabinet which (Continued on Page Four; Col. 6! ARMADA BOMBS SYLTj Planes Drop Tons Of Bombs In One Of Largest At tacks In History ANSWERS NAZI ATTACK Eighty-Two Bomb Explo sions, Four Earth Jarring Blasts Are Heard LONDON, March 20.—(Wednesday) —(IP)—A British air armada, hurling its might against the Nazis in per haps the biggest raid in history on one fortified point, early today was dumping tons of bombs on the Ger man island seaplane base of Sylt. The raid began last night at 8 p. m. (2 p. m. E. S. T.) and an air min istry communique said it was still in progress with the bombers flying in relays at 3 a. m. (9 p. m. E. S. T.), seven hours later. The first bombers, which lead the wave upon wave of Royal Air Force fliers, already had returned, the min istry said, and reported the ‘‘accurate bombing of objectives” Opposition Encountered ‘‘Some^ searchlights and anti-air craft gun opposition was encounter ed," the ministry said in its terse communique. The raid was Great Britain’s an swer to Germany’s attack Saturday night on her naval base at Sea pa Flow in which the British said only one battleship was slightly damaged. (The Germans reported three of Britain’s mightiest men-o’-war were believed to have been damaged along with two other warships.) To reach the German base at Hor num, on the Isle of Sylt, the armada flew across 350 miles of the North sea. Eyewitnesses on the nearby Dan ish Island of Romoe said 82 bomb (Continued on Page Five; Col. 2) Danish Isles Residents Describe Attack On Sylt MANY BLASTS HEARD One Bomb Is Believed To Have Hit And Exploded Ammunition Depot TONDER, Denmark, March 20. — (Wednesday)— (iP) — an eyewitness on the Danish Island of Romoo re ported early today that one bomb “undoubtedly hit an ammunition de pot” early today during a terrific air battle over the fortified Ger man Island of Sylt. By 11 p. m. last night residents on the Danish Islands had counted 84 bomb explosions and four louder, earth-jarring blasts which came from the center of Sylt itself. The latter wer-e much more tremendous than an ordinary bomb explosion. Come In Relays Apparently the attacking British planes came in many relays of a few at a time to dive from long hanging clouds, drop their bombs and disappear again into the louds. Residents of Romoe were unable to tell whether any of the attacking craft were shot down, although (Continued on Page Five; Col. 4) N. C. WATERWAYS GROUP PROPOSED Formation Of Organization Talked At Meet Of Rep resentatives Here The formation of a North Caro lina Waterways association, for the purpose of unifying various inter ests supporting waterways, flood control and erosion projects, was discussed at a meeting of represent atives of the chamber of commerce, the Port-Traffic association and the Wilmington Port commission at the chamber of commerce offices yes terday. Those participating in the confer ence expressed themselves as "sym pathetic” to the proposal which has (Continued on Page Eight; Col. 7) RAID ANNOUNCED BY CHAMBERLAIN Gives World ‘Flash’ On Royal Air Force’s At tack On The Sylt Base LONDON, March 19.—(JP>—Prime Minister Chamberlain tonight gave the world a ‘‘flash” of the royal air force’s bombing of Sylt while the raid still was going on—probably the first time in the history of warfare that the head of a government has relayed the news of action so swiftly. At 10:25 p. m„ (4:25 p. m. EST) Chamberlain, speaking in the house of commons today made a brief an* nouncement of the-raid and said it still was going on. The message was sent from one of the leading British bombers over Sylt, decoded at the air ministry, and rushed to the houses of parliament, where general debate was proceed* ing. Sold... 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