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WILMINGTON Served by Leased Wire of the And Southeastern North ASSOCIATED PBESS Carolina With Complete Coverage of ^— --- Slate and National News vnT"73—NO. 179 " " - - . ■ ---- WILMINGTON, N. C., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 1940__+ +_ESTABLISHED 1867 • FRENCH-SOVI LATIONS REACH BREAKING POINT * * ™ ★★★ ...... XXX XXX XXX xxx ★ - Street Paving Project To Be Started In 30 Days $555,977 Job Is Approved By President Undertaking Is Largest Sin gle WPA Program In History of the State WILL EMPLOY 400 MEN Hundred Blocks, With Side walks and Storm Gutters, Will Be Paved Work on the $555,977 WPA street paving project ir. Wilmington, the largest single WPA program in the history of North Carolina, will be started in approximately 30 days, L. J. Jordan, area supervisor, said last night. The approval of the project by President Roosevelt Monday was announced here yesterday by James E. L. Wade, city commissioner of public works, on his return from Washington. Commissioner Wade stated that the project, after approval by the Presi dent, was returned to the WPA of fice in Washington. He assured the public that it will be carried out. Allotment Slated Soon Mr Jordan said last night that the project, which calls for the paving of approximately 100 city blocks, along with sidewalks and storm gut ters, is now being set up and that an allotment will probably be made soon. More than 400 men are already at work on streets in the city and when the new project is finally set up and an order to commence work Is received, the same force will start work on -the new paving proj ect, Mr. Jordan said. The new paving project supersedes and is a contin uation of the old project now under way. Mr. Jordan said that the new work will use the labor of about the same number of men, possibly a few more In switching from the old project to the new project the public will not know the difference, he said. Prior to the approval of the new project the largest WPA project in the state was the $358,000 street paving now under way in the city, (Continued on Page Three) ————» • TRIAL OF MILLIS TO START TODAY Number of Minor Cases Are Cleared In Pender County Superior Court BURGAW, March 26.—The crim inal dockpt. of Pender county su perior court was cleared of all minor cases today and the stage "as set for the opening of the trial of George Millis, 32-year-old Hamp ftead white man, on the charge of flaying w. A. (Bill) Hudson, 69 year-old recluse of Hampstead, to morrow morning at 9:30 o’clock. District Solicitor David Sinclair 1ms announced that he will ask the death penalty. A special venire of 50 men for Jury duty was ordered * Monday by JMge J. Paul Frizzelle, of Snow Hill. Clifton Moore and John Best (Continued on Page Three) r—____ LWEATHER FORECAST Korth Carolina and South Carolina, birtly cloudy and somewhat warmer ''ednesday; Thursday mostly cloudy, Probably occasional light rain. Meteorological data for the 24 hours TOding 7:3o p m_ yesterday). Temperature „1:30 a. m. 31; 7:30 a. m. 28; 1:80 p. 45; 7;3o p. m. 41; maximum 50; “’Milium 26; mean 38; normal 56. i Humidity „1:30 a. m. 46; 7:30 a. m. 66; 1:30 p. *■ 25; 7:30 p. m. 54. ,,, Precipitation -Lotal for 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m., .jje; total since first of the month, inches. Tides For Today Wi. High Low Wilmington _ 0:25a 7:38a ,. 12:46p 7:57p “Ssonboro Inlet_10:34a 4:30a _ 11:09p 4:42p ouniise 6:06a; sunset 6:59p; moon st‘ ll:03p; moonset 8:53a. Cape Fear river stage at Fay ritevilte, 11.31 feet. '•* (Continued on Page Three) I Says Reds Use Roosevelt Name (NEA Telephoto) Admitting he is an active Com munist, James H. Dolsen told the Dies committee on un-American activities that communists frequent ly use pseudonyms on their party membership books and that he owned one made out in the name “Franklin D. Roosevelt.” Dolsen, a teacher on Pittsburgh WPA educa tion projects, is pictured testfying in Washington. POLICE PUSH WAR ON ‘JAYWALKERS’ Chief Says Arrests Will Be Made If Needed To Stop Dangerous Practice The police opened their drive against “jaywalkers” and other traffic ordinance violaters with a wlil yesterday an dChief Joseph C. Rourk said last night the campaign will continue until every citizen of Wilmington realizes that it is up to him to do his part in cutting the toll of injuries and deaths on the streets of the city. No arrests have been made as yet, but Chief Rourk said they will be used if necessary to "stop these flagrant violations of the law.” Not only pedestrians are to be reprimanded, he said, but drivers of automobiles who do not use cau tion while driving on the city streets. “They are both at fault,” he said. “When every- person who walks or drives on the streets of Wil mington fully realizes that every time he breaks a traffic ordinance, he runs the risk of injuring or killing someone, our problem will be at an end,” Chief Rourk stated. Chief Rourk pointed out that there were three minor accidents occurring in the city Monday, all of which could have been prevented by strict observance of the laws. “In most of these accidents in the city, no one is seriously hurt, for which we are thankful. But the total of the minor property damage which occurs in such accidents dur ing the course of a year is much larger than the average motorist would believe,” he said. DR. NORRIS WILL CONDUCT SERVICES Noted Baptist Preacher Is Scheduled To Arrive In Wilmington Today Dr. J. Frank Norris, noted Bap tlst preacher, of Fort Worth, Tex., and Detroit, Mich., will come to Wil mington today for a series of spe cial services here. Dr. Norris is pastor of the First Baptist church of Fort Worth, and also the Temple Baptist church, Detroit, Michigan. Some have asked the question as to how he could be pastor of two churches at the same time. He alternates the Sunday ser vices between these two great churches and uses the airplane in doing this. It has proven satisfac tory and practical. These are the two largest churches in America, and they have the largest Sunday schools in all the world. The mem (Continued From Page One) GOOD EXCUSE GARWOOD, N. J., March 28.—(S’) Police Recorder John Banyasz had a good excuse when he was late to his usual night court session. He had stopped in Cranford, where Re corder Malcolm Warnock fined him 21 for parking overtime in front of the town hall - Formation Of Junior Trade Group Begun Steering Committee Is Ap pointed At Meeting of Interested Persons me next meeting 01 me nieiiiucioniiJ. Edwards Named Foster Edwards was nominated temporary chairman at last night’s meeting, and a permanent chairman or president will probably be selected at the next meeting. The date for the meeting at which officers will be elected and constitu tion and by-laws will be adopted will be selected and announced by the steering committee in the near fu ture. Member* of the steering commit tee are: Bernard Solomon, chairman, Herbert Harrell, secretary, John Schiller, H. L. Walker, Rodney Breece, Leo Sykes, Bill Archer, W. L. Patterson, Jimmie Moore and David Brinkley. Shortly after the openjflg of the meeting, Foster Edwards took over the chair and presented material from the National Chamber of Com merce, most of which was aimed to facilitate the formation of a Jaycee. Will Correspond It is planned for the committee appointed last night to correspond with other Junior Chambers in North Carolina for information relative to organization and for copies of their (Continued on Page Three) U. S. RED LEADERS WARNED BY DIES Will Attempt To Send Them To Jail Unless They Name Party Members WASHINGTON, March 26.—OT— Rep. Bies (B-Tex) warned tonight that he would seek to have every communist leader in the United States sent to jail for contempt un less they furnished his committee on un-American activities with a com plete list of communist party mem bers. He said he had information that members of the party were acting as secret agents for Moscow, and sending American military and in dustrial secrets to Soviet authorities. To halt such activities, he held, it was necessary that the nation know the names of the estimated 100,000 party members in this country. “It’s a mighty strange thing that this government can’t get the infor mation on people within its own boundaries when a foreign govern ment already has it,'* Bies said, j "W’re going to try to get all the (Continued on Page Three) Indicted Charged with “selling” jobs in ihe postoffiee department, Repre sentative B. Frank Whelchel, of Georgia, was indicted by a federal grand jury at Atlanta. He branded :he indictment as “political persecu tion,” BARLOW EXPLOSIVE WITHSTANDS TESTS Eight-Ounce Charge Sends 40-Foot Telephone Pole Flying Skyward BALTIMORE, March 26.—(®— Lester Barlow’s liquid oxygen-car oon explosive, so powerful an eight tnmce charge sent a 40-foot tele phone pole flying skyward, with stood a public trial of shock and Eire today and the inventor an nounced tonight he was ready for government tests. He said he would send his pro posals for official trials to the sen ate military affairs committee to morrow and predicted the first would be held within three weeks. They were ordered after a meet ing last week of congressional war ind naval committees. Before nearly 75 newsmen and photographers, Barlow conducted a series -of tests to prove the stabili ty of this explosive he claims is the deadliest ever devised by man —a crushing power that can wipe put all life within a 1,000-foot radius. mi ___*» 1*1% says are the killing forces that will result from a 1,000-pound charge were not evidenced today. A five pound charge, the largest demon imstrated, was set off in a dugout rimmed with sandbags. With a tremendous roar the bags flew into the air and the force was clearly felt 1,000 feet away. But, Barlow emphasized today’s tests were only to refute some critics’ claims that liquid oxygen bombs are too delicate for military use. He sent a telephone pole 50 feet into the air with the eigh. ounce charge and the pole split asunder, (Continued on Page Three) Liberal King Regime Wins CanadianVote Returned To Office On Ex pressional of Approval Of Its War Conduct DR. MANION DEFEATED Party Makes Inroads Into [Traditionally Conserva tive Ontario Cities OTTAWA, March 26.—(iP)—W. L. MacKenzie King’s liberal govern ment appeared tonight to have won return to office on its plea for a general elections expression of ap proval from Canada on its conduct of the dominion’s share of the war. The Canadian press announced at 9:17 p. m. that the return of the MacKenzie King government was assured and compared the liberal sweep to that of 1935. By that time Dr. R. J. Manion, head of the chief opposition, the national gov ernment party, and leader of the conservative opposition in the last parliament, had been defeated at Fort William, Ont., by a liberal, Don Mclvor, At 10:25 p. m. the party standings were: Liberals elected 138; national governm it, 27; cooperative com monweairn federation, 2; other par ties 6; deferred 1; doubtful 71; to ,t-U Zih „ * Hold Lead The liberals in first returns held firmly to their commanding posi tion in the maritime provinces and in subsequent tabulations the sweep was carried into Quebec and On tario. First returns from the west indicated they were losing no ground there. Eleven cabinet min isters, one from Alberta, had been ro.plppfpH The ballots of some 90,000 sol diers, sailors and airmen, almost a third of them in England, will not be reported for another week; to night’s returns are based on the civilian vote alone. A 9 p. m. tabulation of gains and losses by parties, distributed by the Canadian press, showed liberals had gained six seats from conserva tives (national government) and that the national government party had taken six from the liberals. The liberals won ihree from inde pendent-liberals and lost one to the liberal-progressives. The liberals made inroads into traditionally conservative Ontario cities, capturing two Hamilton con stituencies, and led for two Toron to seats, but in other Toronto con stituencies the national govern ment party was ahead. Program Attacked The government’s war program has been under attack by the op position conservative party and by the dissident liberal, Mitchell Hep burn, premier of the Province of Ontario, as weak and inefficient. Hospitals Here Receive $34,168From Duke Fund The James Walker Memorial hos pital here received an appropria tion of $26,444 and the Community (colored) hospital $7,724 yesterday from the Duke Endowment fund for hospitals and orphanages in North and South Carolina at a meeting of the trustees in New York. The appropriations, which were included in the total of $961,250 for 120 hospitals and 42 orphan homes in the Carolinas, cover activities of the two local hospitals during the year 1939. Hospital officials here stated that the appropriations are usually made in February or March after the re ports submitted by the hospitals for 1939 have been studied. Appropriations for other south eastern North Carolina hospitals were as follows; Columbus County hospital at Whiteville, $2,260; the Dr. J. Ar thur Dosher Memorial hospital at Southport, $1,794; Highsmith hos (Continued on Page Three) _Sign Of (B-r-r-r!) Spring k. ... With the thermometer down to 21 and the contestants in heavy winter wraps, this year’s White House lawn Easter egg-rolling contest was a bit out of character as a Spring fete. Above, contestants crowd about Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt as she examines the basket of eggs brought by two-year-old Marsha Williams. Record Drop In Mercury Will Delay Truck Crops --— a. MILDER WEATHER SEEN Temperature Falls To 26 Degrees To Break 70 Years Mark Here A 26-degree lo wtemperature here Monday night broke a 70-year rec ord for Wilmington and, although the damage to truck crops in this section is unestimated, farm experts feel sure. that the cold wave will delay for some time the maturing of the crops. Weathermen last night forecast the breaking of the current cold wave and predicted a low of 37 de grees early this morning. Today will be increasingly cloudy with slightly rising temperatures. Colder Outside City Paul Hess, meterologist here, said yesterday that the 26-degree low Monday night was the lowest for this time of the year in 70 years. Farmers in outlying sections said that their thermometers recorded low temperatufires of 23 to 26 de grees. “The low of 26 degrees recorded early this morning was the lowest temperature that has ever occurred this late in March since the begin ing of records at the local weather bureau in December 18, 1870," Hess said. J. P. Herring, county agent at large, said last night that he was unable to say just how much dam age the cold weather has done to crops but stated that the “biggest trouble will be the delay in crops.” Crops are already late to a cer tain extent, he said. Some spring crops are not up yet but those that (Continued on Page Three) BRITISH DESTROYERS SEEK TO CLOSE BLOCKADE, LURE NAZIS INTO BATTLE By DREW MIDDLETON LONDON, March 26. —(>P)— Britain’s North Sea destroyers and submarine squadrons con verged in the rockbound Ska gerrak south of Norway today apparently with the dual pur pose of closing the blockade around Germany and luring the German fleet into a naval bat tle. Outward aim of the naval con centration was to halt Swedish iron ore shipments through the bottleneck between Denmark and the Scandinavian coast, but neq tral naval observers believed it might serve a second purpose. Germany might be spurred into sending her cruiser squadrons out attempting to sweep smaller British warships from the rim of the Danish peninsula and this in turn probably would bring the British fleet steaming from a northern rendezvous for the first major engagement between the two fleets. This is “just what the admir alty wants,” neutrals declared, pointing to Britain’s superiority in naval tonnage and numbers. Action of this nature also is what the public wants, judging by newspaper clamor for a more vigorous war policy and similar urgings in parliament. The Skagerrak, arm of the North Sea which connects with the Baltic, is especially vital to Germany in winter since Swed ish ore shipments must come down the Norwegian west coast from Narvik and pass through the Skagerrak to reach Ger many. Later when the Gulf of Bothnia is ice-free ore can be transport c ed direct from Sweden through the Baltic where the British fleet has not yet penetrated. In a drive to choke off ore supplies Britain has sunk two German cargo ships in the past week and London reports said Germany had called all outward bound boats home. Accompanying demands for more action was criticism of the government’s “somnolent” dip lomatic policy which some critics declared was well on the way to (Continued on Page Three) Cromwell To Continue As Envoy To Canada OTTAWA, March 26. — (/P) — Janies H. R. Cromwell, return ing from a brief visit to his New Jersey home, today declar ed he had “no other plans than to continue the duties of my of fice as American minister to Canada.” A statement issued by the United States envoy said "the last word’’ had been said by Sec retary Hull in rebuking Crom well for his Toronto speech ex pressing sympathy for the Allied cause, a speech which aroused a storm of criticism in the Unit ed States. “There isn’t any more and 1 have no further statement to make,” said Cromwell who is a rumored candidate for the New Jersey democratic senatorial nomination. GENERAL SMASHES BOLIVIAN REVOL1 Government Claims Upris ing Aimed At Assassina tion of Quintanilla LA PAZ, Bolivia, March 26.—(iP A hard-fisted army general toda; took two machine guns and a hand ful of loyal officers and smashed i budding military revolt which gov ernment sources said was aimed a the assassination of Provisiona President Carlos Quintanilla ant three other high officials and th< capture of President-Elect Enrlqui Penaranda. Chief of Staff General Anteno Ichazo, almost alone, nipped the dawi uprising when he halted 2,000 o Bolivia's 12,000 soldiers as the; marched on the palace. His bold ac tion was followed quickly by a pro clamation of a state of siege b; Quintanilla, who is to turn th presidency over to Penaranda oi April 16. Not a shot was fired. The general swung into action af ter rejecting an offer tendered be fore dawn to take over the leader ship of the rebellion. Government authorities said tha in addition to Quintanilla, the plot ters had planned to assassinat Colonel Melito Britto, the Presi (Continued on Page Three). Reds Relieve Envoy Surits Of His Duties Say France Claims Soviet Ambassador’s Presence No Longer Desirable PRESS PUSHES DRIVE Premier Reynaud Says New Cabinet Has Single Goal: ‘Beat the Enemy’ By HENRY C. CASSIDY PARIS, March 27— (Wednesday) _ UP) —Strained relations between Russia and France appeared early today to have reached the berak ing point, with semi-official dis patches from Moscow stating that the Soviet ambassador to France, Jakob S'urits, had been “freed from his functions as Soviet ambassador in France.’’ The dispatches said the French government had declared his pre sence in Paris no longer was de sirable. French officials refused to con firm or deny immediately that the government had formally request ed Moscow to recall Surits, who has been in Paris since April of 1937. Campagin Gains Several newspapers in Paris are urging the government to close the Soviet embassy here an dthe cam paign to break off diplomatic rela tions with Russia is gaining head way. The newspapers were prompted by Premier Paul Reynaud’s declara tion in the chamber of deputies last Friday that Germany has been "aided by the treason of the Soviets.” Surits, who has stuck to his post despite the rising French feeling against Russia, is expected to leave quickly for Moscow. Informed sources considered it unlikely that the French govern ment would approve the nomination of any Soviet envoy as successor to the recalled ambassador. Paul Naggiar, the French ambas sador to Russia, already has left his post, having returned to Paris ostensibly on sick leave. (Sir William Seeds, the British ambassador to Moscow, has been in London on 1 =ave for several months. Russia’s envoy to London, Ivan Maisky, still is at his post). Gap Widened Surits’ recall widened the gap be tween France and Russia that has been growing steadily since the (Continued on Page Three) SAILOR MISSING AFTER EXPLOSION Six Others Are Burned In Blast Aboard Destroyer At Newport, R. I. NEWPORT, R. I„ March 26.—(51) —An explosion in an after deck house of the U. S. navy’3 neutrality 1 destroyer King, today left one sail or missing—apparently blown over board—and six others burned, one criticallq. Captain William S. Farber, com mander of the neutrality patrol unit to which the King was assigned, said the blast appeared to have been caused by some form of gas, which ignited in an undetermined manner. The King was at a destroyer mooring in the upper harbor, a half mile off the city’s south end, when the blast occurred shortly after 4 p. m. (EST) with a roar that was (Continued on Page Three) I — 1 ! Would You Like ; To Retire? The first step which th« average family man should take in this direction is to , buy a home. A clear title to , your home will enable you to live happily on much less 1 income. HOME PAYMENTS CAN BE BUDGETED JUST AS EASILY AS YOUR MONTHLY RENT— Look over the daily list of t attractive home values offer ed in the Want Ads until you > find a home which appeals to you; then call the advertising broker. 3 WILL DRAFT BY-LAWS Foster Edwards Is Named [Temporary Chairman; Plan Another Session Organization of a Junior Chamber of Commerce in Wilmington was started last night at a meeting of more than 65 interested persons at the YMCA. A steering committee, the function of which is to make definite ar rangements for organization, was ap pointed. A meeting of this group is to be held on a date to be announced lat er, at which time a constitution and by-laws will be drafted along with other material for presentation at*