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WILMINGTON Served by Leased Wire of the And Southeastern North ASSOCIATED PRESS Carolina With Complete Coverage of Stale and National News WILMINGTON, N. C., SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 1940 ~L ~L ESTABLISHED 1867 w - Senate EnacJj^F. R.-Hull Trade Treaties Bill _ -■ . lx darner Fails In Effort To Limit Period Reciprocal Agreement Pro gram Is Extended For Three Years G 0. P. PUT TO ROUT Hull Is Elated; He Says Act Is For ‘Best Na tional Interest’ By JOHN \V. HENDERSON WASHINGTON, April 5.—UPi— The senate, by a vote of 42 to 37, passed a three-year extension of ,i,e trade agreements program to day, thereby giving President Roose velt a major victory over Vice President Garner, who had striven to limit the bill to one year. The senate's action sent the key administration legislation to the Both North Carolina sena tors, Josiab W. Bailey and Robert R. Reynolds, joined the democratic majority in voting against the one-year extension backed by Vice President Gar ner and supported by the re White House, the house having previously approved an identical I measure. Besides being a triumph for the President in what had been heralded as perhaps this congres sional session's biggest test, the result also elated Secretary of State (Continued on Page Three; Col. S) ‘PROVACATUERS’ BLAMED FOR PLOT Attorney Says Defendants Are Innocent Victims NEW YORK, April 5.—UP)— An accusation that “provacatuers in the employ of the communist government of Russia and the communist party of New Y'ork” had built the govern ment’s case was made by defense counsel today in the trial of 17 men charged with seditious conspiracy to overthrow the United States gov ernment. In his opening statement to the jury, Leo Healy, attorney for 11 of the defendants, declared them to (Continued on Page Three; Col. 8) WEATHER FORECAST 5'orth Carolina: Fair, cooler in southeast portion Saturday; Sunday, increasing cloudiness and somewhat Warmer probably followed by rain. Temperature *®> a. m. 66; 7:30 a. m. 60; 1:30 p. *: p- 7:30 p. m. 60; maximum 81; minimum 58; mean 70; normal 59. Humidity 1;30 a. m. 72; 7:30 a. m. 93; 1:30 p. *'• 21; 7:30 p. m. 30. Precipitation lata! for 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m. 1,1 inches; total since first of the month 0.00 inches. Tides For Today 'from Tide Tables published by U. Coast and Geodetic Survey). High Low "Umington_S:53a 3:49a ,. 9:15p 4:03p 'lasonboro Inlet _ 6:53a 0:43a 7:08p 12:59p ■.unrise 5:52a; sunset 6:36p; moon 5:10a: moonset 5:46p. WASHINGTON, April 5 — (TP) — father bureau records of temperature j rainfall for the 24 hours ending 8 ?' m ■ in the principal cotton growing and elsewhere: ,ta,tion High Low Prec. fsheville, cloudy_ 57 49 0.00 ■Jmnta, cloudy _ 68 59 0.00 nation, cloudy _ 50 35 0.00 ““rlington. clear _ 40 32 0.04 efmago. clear _ 44 35 0.00 -wland, clear _ 44 34 0.00 7 ‘as. rain - 59 57 0.23 », 7>t, clear _ 46 30 0.00 Paso, cloudy_ 56 56 0.00 an-eston, cloudy_ 78 68 0.00 K, 'asonviHe, rain _ 84 63 0.00 T,, . West, cloudy_ 81 74 0.00 &ne, cloudy_ 54 40 0.00 vi"'.1' dear - 83 71 0.00 C'1 /“in - 82 70 0.62 W vr,eans- cloudy _ 87 72 0.00 Pdct.j0rk’ e’enr - 50 41 0.00 s ■ nmonrl cloudy _57 43 o.OO San i“ls' e'ouiJy - 53 36 0.00 S;,,' r „r\neisc°, Clear .. 57 52 0.00 Tarnl h', c'lear -80 63 0.00 "•a.hincfear -84 67 0-°° Viim ?gton. clear _ 54 47 0.00 ——cloudy „ 81 58 0.00 Britons Quiz ^ U. S. Ship —IWI1IIM >5^---"I Besides watching out for prohibited cargoes, Britain’s contraband control otficers exercise “espionage control,’’ investigating suspicious passengers on neutral ships. Above, British officers who boarded the American liner Washington at Gibraltar examine a German refugee bound for the U. S. Forest Fires Raging In Southeastern N. C. k_ MUCH DAMAGE IS DONE Many Outbuildings Are Re ported Burned And Homes Endangered A dozen forest fires were either raging or being brought under control in this section last night and although unestimated, dam ages are expected to run into thous ands of dollars. Strong winds which have pre vailed in this area for the past few days fanned the flames and in sev eral sections fire swept over sev eral miles of timberland, burning everything in its path. A forest fire here last night threatened the Taylor-Colquitt cre osoting plant but was finally ex tinguished by workmen. The fire was started from sparks which were blown from a steam engine in the yards, an engineer said. With the help of a favorable wind the blaze was brought under control after it had crawled within a few inches of the creosoted timbers. Topping the forest fires outside New Hanover county was a blaze, which started Thursday near Wood side in Onslow county, and swept over a timbered tract on the north ern side of U. S. highway 17 down as far as Hampstead. A number of dwelling houses were endangered but none were burned to any great extent. Several farm outbuildings were destroyed. A troop of CCC boys fought the blaze all day yesterday and late last night had almost brought the flames under control, an observer at Hamp stead said. Thursday a forest fire swept over a large area in Bladen and Pender counties, destroying a number of buildings near Kelly and in the Ly on swamp sections. Last night there were four for est fires burning in New Hanover county that were visible from the city. Along the Carolina Beach road a fire has been burning for the past several days. Tuesday afternoon the flames burned a barn belonging to (Continued on Page Three; Col. 7) TWO DIES AGENTS ARE ORDERED HELD Charged With Conspiring [To Deprive Com munist Of Rights PHILADELPHIA, April 5.—(5>)— Two agents for the Dies committee and a Philadelphia police lieutenant were ordered arrested today on charges of conspiring to deprive a communist political candidate of his constitutional rights in a raid on communist headquarters here. Federal District Judge George A. Welsh directed United States Com missioner J. H. Malony to issue war rants for George F. Hurley and Chester Howe, representatives of the congressional committee investi gating un-Americanism, and Police Lieutenant Albert Granitz. At an open hearing, Carle Reeve, communist candidate for the United States senate from Pennsylvania, contended that during the raid Tues day he was refused the right to sum mon a lawyer. Reeve charged the two Dies com mittee investigators, Lieut. Granitz, and David E. Jamieson, state deputy secretary of revenue, were leaders of the raid. Judge Welsh refused to approve a warrant for Jamieson be cause of lack of evidence. The judge declared the ‘‘fundamen tal principle” involved in the way the raid was conducted made it neces sary to send the case to the federal grand jury as the first step toward having the supreme court decide on frow far raiders seeking evidence of ‘‘un-American activities1’ may go. The communist candidate asserted none of the papers and records con fiscated in the party headquarters tvere subversive to the government. Judge Welsh rejected a suggestion from counsel for Reeve that some ac tion be taken against Rep. Martin F. (Continued on Page Three; Col. 4) Interned Graf Spee Men Escape From Argentina BUENOS AIRES, April 5— — The escape of three interned of ficers of the German pocket battle ship Admiral Graf Spee was dis closed tonight and one of them was reported unofficially to have already reached Germany with documents of the scuttled man-o’-war. News of the escape of the officer from their quarters in the naval arsenal followed the disclosure that several of the Graf Spee’s sailors had disappeared from interior prov inces. More than 1,000 officers and men of the Graf Spee took refuge in Argentina after scuttling their ship, loser in a running battle with three British cruisers, in Montevideo har bor last December 17. The Argentine government de creed that the crew be interned in landlocked provinces and that the officers be requested to give their word of honor that they would not attempt to flee the country. Most of the officers refused to do this. The government now is reported to be planning to intern the officers on Martin Garcia island in the Rio De La Plata and keep them under strict military guard. One of the escaped officers is be lieved to have been the third in command of the Graf Spee. The date and manner of their escape was not immediately learned. Two of the seamen who eluded Argentine authorities were seized at , Santos, Brazil, when they disem barked from the Italian steamer . Neptunia. They will be returned ; here. _._ Waterways! At Meeting Gronp Formed Louis T. Moore Is Elected Vice-President Of New Organization HARDING IS PRESIDENT Three Wilmington Repre sentatives Are Heard At Meeting WASHINGTON, N. C., April 5.— [TP)—The North Carolina Waterways Association, whose purpose will be to improve waterways on the coast, navigable streams, control of beach erosion and flood and malaria con trol, was organized here today at a meeting of more than 150 interested persons. Edmund H. Harding, secretary of the Washington chamber of com merce, was elected the association’s first president. Other officers are: Miles L. Clark of Elizabeth City, Dr. D. J. Rose of Goldsboro, Dr. Ben F. Royal of Morehead City and Louis T. Moore of Wilmington, vice presidents, and Aycock Brown of Beaufort, secretary and treasurer. W. O. Huske of Fayetteville, May or J. H. McMullan of Edenton, O. L. Williams of Swan Quarter, Josh L. Horne ef Rocky Mount and R. Bruce Etheridge of Raleigh, direc tor of the North Carolina depart ment of conservation and develop ment, were named to the board of directors. Ill ail auuicao, avcjj. — Barden of the third district stressed the cooperative efforts of army en gineers in waterway development; the importance to the state and na tion of the fish and shell fish in dustry of North Carolina and said that waterway development was di rectly connected with the prosperity of the state. A letter was read from Hep Lind say C. Warren of the First district asserting that no concerted effort had ever been made in North Caro lina to push waterways legislation and that he heartily approved of such an organization as the North Carolina Waterways Association. Other speakers included Paul A. Grady, a candidate for governor; Dr. D. J. Rose of Goldsboro, who em phasized the importance of the eradi cation of malaria in eastern North Carolina; Dr. Ben F. Royal, chair man of the Morehead City port com mission; R. Bruce Etheridge, direc tor, and T. S. Johnson, chief engi neer, of the state department of con servation and development; Captain John A. Nelson, state commissioner of fisheries; State Senator D. B. Fearing of Manteo; H. E. Boyd, traf fic manager of the Port of Wilming ton; W. O. Huske of Fayetteville; R. B. Page, publisher of the Wil mington Star-News, and Col. Earl I. Brown, retired U. S. engineer at Wilmington. The movement for the organiza tion of the association was launched i few weeks ago by Aycock Brown, Beaufort newspaper correspondent. ITALIANS BOOST DEFENSE WORK Regulations Published For Military, Civilian Mobilization ROME, April 5.—W—Italian de fense preparations received a fur ther boost tonight with publication 3f regulations for complete or par tial military and civilian mobiliza tion of the entire nation. A new law adopted by the council )f ministers last Tuesday placed the nobilization in charge of the reor ganized supreme defense commis sion headed by Premier Mussolini md including members of the cab net and the heads of all branches jf the armed forces. Twenty-one articles of mobiliza-i tion, published and broadcast by the Italian radio system, dealt main y with technical aspects and work >f the supreme defense commission. One salient provision made women md children over 13 years of age subject to mobilization for work in inti-aircraft defense, factory work md other enterprises essential to the prosecution of war. _' -.. tw Elections Chief H. G. CARNEY, Chairman, New Hanover County Board of Elections LErKE IS GIVEN ADDITIONAL TIME Is Given From 30 Years fTo Life In Sing Sing For Extortion By WILLIAM S. WHITE NEW YORK, April 5—(A>)—Louis (Lepke) Buehalter, a young-old man of 43 whose career symbolized and paralleled the rise and fall of Amer ican industrial gangsterism, today drew another in a series of sen tences almost certain to mean that he will never again be a free man in this life. Already under a 14-year federal term for heading a $10,000,000-a year narcotics syndicate—a sideline to his older vocation as a racketeer —he was sentenced in state court to from 30 years to life in Sing Sing for extortion in the bakery and trucking industries. This penalty will become operative only after Leavenworth has done with him. For more than two hours he lean ed against the courtroom rail, his eyes shining at first and then going cold and still, as the sentencing pro ceedings went forward and while General Judge John Freschi read the probation department’s report. It was a strange biography — a sort of anatomy of crime as em bodied in one man to whom various prosecuting officials over the years had attributed an almost incredible catalogue of villanies:— It showed a five-time loser—the jail-bird phrase for conviction — a series of many arrests, a life spent in violence and in an aura of sud den death for 28 successive years. And it was filled, too, with the acrid nonmenelature of the underworld of (Continued on Page Three; Col. 6) BRYDEN NAMED TO HIGH ARMY POST Fort Bragg Commandant Jo Be Deputy Chief Of Staff Of Army WASHINGTON, April 5. — (jT) — Secretary Woodring announced to day selection of Brigadier General William Bryden as deputy chief of staff of the army, effective June 1. Bryden .commander of Fort Bragg, N. C., will succeed Brigadier Gener al Lorenzo Gasser, who retires May 31 on reaching the stautory age limit of 64. Precincts l Re-Aligned For Primary More Equitable Distribu tion Of Voters Will Be Achieved BOOKS OPEN APRIL 27 New Registration Will Be [Taken For Balloting On May 25 H. G. Carney, chairman of the New Hanover county board of elections, yesterday announced the realigning of wards and precincts in preparation for the May 25 pri maries and subsequent general elections. As provided by law, the elections board will meet this morning at the county courthouse to appoint registrars and judges, and to make other necessary arrangements for the conduct of the primaries. New Registration Under the new registration al ready ordered by the elections board, all voters must visit the polling place in their ward or pre cinct and register. The books will open at 9 a. m., Saturday, April 27, and will close at sunset, Sat urday, May 11. The registrars will be at their polling places each Saturday be tween the hours of 9 a. m. and sunset, during the entire period of the registration. All other days, Sundays excepted, within the dates given, the registrars will register all eligible voters who may apply to them. On Saturday, May 18, the regis trars will again be found at their respective polling places for the purpose of hearing any challenges of registrations that may be of fered. On election day, Saturday, May 25, the polls will be open from 7 a. m. to 7 p. m., provided, however, that no poll shall remain open after sunset.’ The changes in pre’cincts and wards, designed to bring about a more equitable distribution of voters and to make voting as con venient as possible, are officially described in the formal election notices on page five of this issue of The Morning Star. The changes were made by the board of elections, composed of Chairman Carney, Robert Strange, secretary, J. H. Niggel, the repub lican member, during a session also attended by Aaron Goldberg, chairman of the New Hanover democratic executive committee. Sheriff C- David Jones and John Marshall. No changes were made (Continued on Page Three; Col. 6) Sunday Dress Parades Cancelled At Academy WEST POINT, N. Y., April 5.—(IP) Dress parades at the U. S. Military Academy which have attracted thousands of persons each Sunday afternoon will be discontinued. Brig. General Jay L. Benedict, academy superintendent said spec tators have shown "a thoughtless or malicious regard of public property,' and also he felt the cadets should ob serve Sunday as a day of worship and rest. Father Denies Child Guilty Of Slayings LOS ANGELES, April 5.—(#)— A.n autopsy surgeon’s finding that Mrs. Lolita Davis, a woman “who oelieved in the power of demons,” oled to death from slashed wrists :ast doubt today on 11-year-old Uhloe’s fantastic account of how her pother, two young sisters and baby orother died violently. Chloe, described by a police mat ron as having “the face of an angel” md by a psychiatrist as "the cruel ist-blooded, coolest individual I ever net,” had said she beat her 36-year >ld mother to death with a claw lammer. She told police in matter >f-fact voice her mother had asked ter to do it after having killed the wo little girls and beaten the boy into unconsciousness. Chloe said she not only obeyed but also carried out her mother’s suggestion to fininsh . killing the boy. Late today blue-eyed Chloe start- • led police officials and a psychiatrist with this volunteered statement: “Oh, yes, there is something I for got to tell you yesterday—while mother was begging me to hit her with the hammer she asked me for a razor blade. I got one and gave it to her and watched her slash her wrists.’’ She had not been shown the autopsy report at the time. Dr. Frank RrWebb said he found (Continued on Page Three; Col. 5) Freed ZELDA PBLORIS MORRISON ARMY PRODUCING ‘DEATH JEWELS’ ‘Envy Of Foreign Powers' Held ‘Guarantee Of Peace’ PHILADELPHIA, April 5.—<JP> Philadelphia’s historic army arsena is turning out new type "jewels oi death”—precision-built anti-aircrafl shells termed the “envy of foreigr powers”—with production speeded tc the fastest pace since the World war. Col. Walter P. Boatwright, com manding officer of the Frankford irsenal which has produced muni tions for the army since the Revolu tionary war, patted one of the 15 pound burnished brass and steel shells on display in his office to day and said: “Here is a very potent guarantee Df peace—for the United States.” He said of the new-type three inch shell: “No other army has any thing to compare with it. They wish they had.” Built into the nose of the shell s its secret, a new mechanical fuse jf tiny gears and cams as delicately made as watchwork. “Anything comparable to it in delicacy and accuracy,” said Colonel Boatwright, “would be prohibitive :o most foreign armies because of :he cost.” Work at the arsenal has boomed mder America’s peacetime prepared (Continued on Page Three; Col. 6) MURDERERS SAVED BY JAIL, HIGH BAIL Mobsters Who Had Been ‘Fingered’ Are Placed Safely In Jail NEW YORK, April 5 — (IP) — Brooklyn’s barking guns were si enced and the lives o£ at least five nembers of the borough’s crime lyndicate, Murder, Inc., were saved >y jail and high bail, the district ittorney’s office disclosed tonight. District Attorney William O’Ddwy ;r, tipped off that the mobsters had seen “fingered” for extinction, pick id them up shortly before the time .he underworld had set for their ixecution, Burton Turkus, O’Dwy >r’s assistant, disclosed. “And it’s my guess,” Turkus add id, “that none of these five would yant to be anywhere but in jail it this moment. If we lowered bail o a dollar apiece, they’d prefer the iomforts of jail to the hazards of (Continued on Page Three; Col. 5) Patricide Is Ruled To Be Justifiable’ Girl, 13, Says She Shot Father As He Threat ened Her Mother SHOWS NO EMOTION Widow Of Wealthy Cana dian Testifies He Was Choking Her At Time Zelda Deloris Morrison becams entirely free yesterday afternoon as a verdict of justifiable homicide was returned as her trial on a charge of killing her father came to a close in New Hanover county, juvenile court. “In this and all previous presen tations of the evidence," Juvenile Judge Thomas A. Henderson said, “I have found that Zelda has ad mitted freely and readily that she shot her father. Orders Her Acquittal “I find the homicide justifiable and hereby order her acquittal.” Highlight of the trial was when Zelda took the stand and told the court she shot her father when he treatened to cut her mother's tongue out. “I don’t know whether I loved him or not. I haven't the slightest idea whether I love'd him or not,” said the 13-year-old girl. The child displayed little emo tion, while she was seated next to her sister Grace, and while she was testifying on the stand. Grace took the stand in the late afternoon and said she was asleep when the shooting took place. She said Zelda walked into her room, replaced the rifle in the corner, and stated: “I think I hit him." Mrs. Morrison told the court she was on her knees before her hus band’s chair when he attempted to choke her and threatened to cut her tongue out if she revealed that he was in the United States under illegal circumstances. Believed Him Spy She has contended throughout the investigation of the shooting that her husband was an interna tional spy. However, investigations by federal authorities revealed no basis for the statement. Other witnesses introduced in cluded Zelda’s school teachers and several of her young classmates. They all told the court she was a “nice girl.” Report cards were pre sented showing that Zelda’s grades at th4 Sunset Park school ar» above average. The trial was concluded at about 4:45 o’clock. RUSSELL SQUABBLE IN ANTI ■ CLIMAX Mayor La Guardia’s 1940 41 Budget Made No Ap propriation For Job NEW YORK, April 5.—<iP)—The controversy over the seating—and unseating—of Bertrand Russell as a professor at City college ran into an anti-climax today when it de veloped that Mayor LaGuardia'i (Continued on Page Three; Col. 7) Easy Chair Apartment Hunters Find The Best Locations Those prospective tenants who watch Star and News For Rent Want Ads find out about the best vacancies FIRST. Rental agents and property owners offer de scriptions of their choice, listings regularly in the For Rent columns of this news paper. What desirable property do you now have vacant and for which you wish a ten ant? The quickest and most economical means of rent ing is to list your vacancies in the For Rent columns to day. Discount for 3 and 7 time insertions. Ads appear la both the Star and News for single price. 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