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WILMINGTON Served by Leased Wire ot the And Southeastern North ASSOCIATEBPHESS Carolina Wiih Complete Coverage of Stale and National News WILMINGTON, N. C., MONDAY, APRIL 8, 1940 X X~ ESTABLISHED 1867 U. S. Destroyer Roe To Arrive For Visit Today The British Present; I — ; - ;- ■■■■■■ Min* mu.. ... • •tf.v.-.Yii i- • ,r was with the greatest, delight that the British censor Released this photo of the British aircraft ■arrier A"k Ro>aI. For, this is the ship the Germans have claimed repeatedly was sunk by their bombing planes during a raid on naval units in the North Sea. The ship Is currently in a British naval base bring 'spring cleaned, according to the British caption. LOUISIANA STORM TAKES FOUR LIVES Tornadic Winds Also In jure 27 And Cause Exten sive Property Damage AMITE, La., April 7—(J)—'Torna cic winds ripping across southern Louisiana early today brought death to at least four persons, left one missing, injured 27 and caused ex tensive property damage. Three were killed here and Mrs. Albert Guillie, 21. was drowned in ■the picturesque Ijafitte-Bayou Bar ataria section, 100 miles south, when her houseboat was wrecked. Her husband was still missing late to day. Two children, cousins of Guil lie. were injured. Twenty-five of the injured were hurt in the twister here, two near Lafitte. Mayor Andrew Morris esti mated damage to property here at IT 0.000. The town has a popula tion of 3,000. Twelve persons were killed in a tornado at .Shreveport March 13 and the in another at Pierre Part, La., a week ago last Friday. The dead at Amite were listed as C C. Pittman, superintendent of Tangipahoa Parish county schools, Mrs. Pittman, and a negro, Oliver Enters. The Pittman house, a brick struc ture. was destroyed. The winds struck here at 12:19 find traversed a diagonal course across town, damaging badly some f11 buildings in the business section. Huge trees were uprooted, box cars mown from railway tracks, and tele phone and light wires and poles mown down over a wide area. Scores of automobiles were overturned. I Ambulances from nearby towns ^■'k the injured to the Florida Parishes hospital at Independence, (Continued nn Page Three; Col. 8) Swedish Staff Takes Defense Precautions STOCKHOLM, April 7.—(TP)—The S ’ ‘‘dish defense staff announced to that “a certain stiffening of titiense preparations has been made ,Prause of present conditions," but ?ave no inkling of the specific meas llrr'f of what caused them. Usually informed persons also "tip without definite information. ^ ,r‘v pointed out precautions might tare been taken because of reports fWm abroad, or only because of '"Aden's general determination to defertri her neutrality. [WEATHER FORECAST H.-.n’I"!. <'5ro1 na: Occasional showers y: Tuesday generally fair, cool 1 »> west portion. .;[''"-rMlogicai data for the 24 hours “3 > :-j0 p. m. yesterday), i , Temperature 47; 7:30 a. in. 50; 1:30 p. t,,• ': J(I P- m. 61; maximum 67; m,r“um 45; mean 56; normal 59. i ,,, Humidity m „.a- >“• 96; 7:30 a. m. 91; 1:30 p. " ' 1 p. m. 63. Total r Precipitation Jim,,.. ,r, -4 hours ending 7:30 p. m., tone,’ la since first o£ the month, Tides Eor Today n High Low ngton -10:17a 5:21a ^Htonboro ini * 10:34p 5:29p Jfjr° In*et - 8:05a 2:02a Sunrisf. 8U7p 2:13p kne p..i». J,J0a; sunset 6:3Sp; moon 03 • moonset 7:35p. Continued on Page Three; Col. 7) Columbus Man Arrested On Forest Fire Charges _ a. FIRES UNDER CONTROL Onslow Warden Believes Some Fires In That Area Started Intentionally As a large part of the forest fires sweeping eastern North Carolina for the past several days were reported under control, five wardens through out the section said last night they had reason to believe at least a part of the blazes were started inten tionally. One arrest had been made yester day and others were expected in a short time. Belton Taylor, white man, was being held last night in Chadbourn, Fire Warden Bill Ed monds said. He is charged with purposely set ting afire the woods in that section. He has a record of similar offenses in the past, Edmonds said. Firebugs’ Work Seen Fire Warden W. L- Jessup, of Jacksonville in Onslow county, said no arrests have been made in that vicinity but he said he, too, has reason to believe some of the half dozen blazes in that section were started by firebugs. Some of the fires, it was said, were started far from any normal source of flame and was apparent someone was going about the county and starting them. The Riegel Paper company at Bol ton reported that about 400 acres of its property have been burned off, but added most of the fires were diminishing last night. No reports of arson or arrests were received from Brunswick coun ty, but the fire warden in that coun ty reported all the flames under control last night. Hardest hit in the forest fires seemed to be Onslow county, where Warden Jessup reported that the flames have laid waste between 8, 000 and 10,000 acres of timberland. Two or three tobacco bams were burned in the county, he said, but no dwellings have been destroyed and no injuries have been reported. Two small fires in Onslow had been extinguished last night and two others were still raging. The large (Continued on Page Three, Col. 1) FARM BOY ADMITS MURDER OF WOMAN 15-Year-Old Youth Confes ses Slaying Young Wife Near Fort Worth FORT WORTH, Texas, April 7.— (/P)—Detective O. R- Brown said to night Ernest Joe Butler, 15, farm boy, admitted killing Mrs. Clifton Beck, 20, dairyman’s wife. The young mother, her 14 months old son clasping his arms around her neck and sobbing, was found dying at her Azle community home ^Questioned after the shooting, Butler at first told detectives Mrs. Beck was shot by a negro as she stood in her kitchen preparing Sun day dinner. Detective Brown quoted the boy as saying he killed Mrs. Beck be cause she admonished him for “fast (Continued on Page Three; Col. 5) Five German Planes Shot Down By French PARIS, April 7— (/P) —The French high command reported tonight five German warplanes were brought down during a day of “very considerable activity in the air.” The high command’s regular evening communique: “Some artillery fire in the region west of the Vosges. Very considerable activity in the air. Five enemy planes were brought down, one of them by the Royal Air Force.” In its morning communique it said “nothing to report.” West of the Vosges moun tains, where the French repulsed a German patrol and took a pri soner yesterday, there was ac tive artillery shelling. TWO MEN ADMIT ‘PROFIT MURDERS’ Confessed They Killed De troit Men In Order To Sell Victims’ Auto DETROIT, April 7— UP)—Chief Assistant Prosecutor William E. Dowling announced tonight that John Kurzawa, 21, and John R. Ka sap, 22, had confessed to the second of two "profit murders" perpetrated in order to sell the victims’ automo biles. Shortly after securing a confes sion from Kasap verifying Kurza wa’s admission of the killing of Philip G. Loyst, 24, the assistant pro secutor said that both prisoners also disclosed they had shot Dorsey E. Bowman, 35, to death. Loyst, garage mechanic, was killed to get possession of his automobile and sell it under forged title. Police said Bowman apparently had been slain for the same purpose. "Both boys have confessed both crimes,” Dowling said. “I do not wish to make details of the Bow man killing public at this poiht.” Dowling was reported to be keep ing facts secret in an effort to fore stall the framing of alibis by possi (Continued on Page Three; Col. 7) To Be Greeted By Propeller Club Members Nation’s Newest Destroyer Is Scheduled To Remain Until Thursday WILL BE ENTERTAINED Craft Will Be Open To Pub lic Inspection During Designated Hours The TJ. S. S. Roe, newest de stroyer in the U. S. navy, will ar rive at the customhouse dock here this afternoon at 5 o’clock for a short visit. The ship is scheduled to arrive at the) bar at 2:30 o’clock, where it ■will be met and piloted into Wilmington by Capt. Harold St. George, of the Cape Fear Pilots’ association. Will Greet Craft A group of members of the Wil mington Propeller club will meet the Roe at the bar, board her, and come into the port. Another group of city officials will meet her at the dock. The members of the Propeller club delegation will be: Command er Lorain Anderson, George Roun tree, Jr., David Harriss, R. B. Page, E. C. Snead, and O. F. Cooper. The greetings at the flock will be extended by Louis T. Fisher, commissioner of finance; J. E. L. Wade, commissioner of public works, and Louis T. Moore, mana ger of the chamber of commerce. The Propeller club is responsible for the ship’s visit to Wilmington. She has recently been completed at the Charleston navy yard and Wilmington will be the first port, of call. The roster of officers aboard the destroyer is as follows: Lieut.-Commander R. M. Scruggs is the commanding officer. Others, in order of their ranks, are as follow: Lieut. H. O. Parish, execu tive officer; Lieut. R. L. Nolan, Jr., engineer officer; Lieut. W. C. Norvell, gunnery officer; Lieut. (JG) D. B. Wood, Jr., first lieuten ant; Ensign O. B. Wiseman, com munication officer; and Ensign C. J. King, stores officer. The Roe is of the newest and most modern of navy ships. It will be open for public inspection dur ing designated hours during the visit, to be announced later. A varied entertainment has been planned for both officers and men during the stay here. Tonight the officers will be guests at a dinner-dance sponsored (Continued on Page Three, Col. 2) Nominated _NORMAN THOMAS MILLIONS WITNESS LENGTHY ECLIPSE Moon Passes Between Earth And Sun To Result In Rare Phenomenon JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 7 — UP) — Menacing clouds along the southern ring eclipse path cleared away just in time today to give mil lions of persons their first chance in 75 years to see such a phenome non. The eclipse, caused by the moon coming between the earth and the sun, started at daybreak far out in the Pacific ocean and entered the United States at Big Bend, Tex., at 4:40 p. m. It headed out over the Atlantic ocean after a five-minute performance here at 5:13 p. m. Millions of laymen joined astron omers and other scientists in peer ing at the fiery ring as it covered its 2,000-mile long path in about 30 minutes. What the average man saw was the moon gradually moving over the face of the sun until nothing was left but a thin rim of orange light. The moon did not entirely black out the sun because the sun was comparatively close to the earth, while the moon was farther away than ordinarily. The relative dis tance resulted in the ring phenom enon which will not be seen again in this country until May, 1994. From an airplane 16,200 feet above the ground, there was a pear ly gray cast to billowy clouds be low and a sunset glow on heavy, darker clouds on the horizon. Off to the right appeared a ‘‘sun dog”—a rainbow dot caused by di minished light from the sun being refracted through stringy, light cir rus clouds which really are huge formations of ice crystals. Clouds, which throughout the morning threatened to spoil the (Continued on Page Three; Col. 6) No OppositionTo Census Questions Noted In Area J. H. Barrington, of Wilmington, supervisor of the Seventh census district, of which Wilmington and New Hanover county are a part, said last night that “practically no opposition has been met” by the enumerators as regards answering the census questions. “The people are not listening to Senator Tobey,” he said, “and are cooperating with us to the fullest.’’ About 50,000 names have thus far been tabulated in the district. The total population is estimated at 375, 000. Counts in urban areas must be completed within a few days and rural areas must be tabulated be fore May 1. Barrington said there are 253 dis tricts in this area, being handled by 238 enumerators. In addition to the population cen sus, counts are being made of hous ing and farming. Tonight the census takers will “stop the movement of the transient populace of the nation,’’ as from one end of the country to the other they cease their house-to-house enu meration and concentrate their ef (Continued on Page Three, Col. 1) Thomas Given Nomination \ By Socialists To Run For Presidency On Platform Stressing Non Participation In War KRUEGER TO BE MATE Party Also Plans To Em phasize Socialization Of Essential Industries WASHINGTON, April 7— OP) — the socialist party acclaimed Norman Thomas its 1940 presidential candi date today to run on a platform em phasizing socialization of essential industries and non-participation in the European war. For second place on the ticket, the party chose, also unanimously, May nard C. Krueger, youthful professor of economics at the University of Chicago, who yesterday delivered the convention’s keynote address. Nominated By Felix Thomas name was placed in nomination by David H. Felix of Philadelphia, to the accompaniment of a roar of cheers and applause from the two-hundred odd delegates assembled in the National Press club auditorium. t “Are there other nominations?” askel the chairman. There was laughter and more cheering, for since long before the convention met there had been no thought of nominating anyone else. "Of course, not!—No!—No!” The delegates shouted. The amusement continued, when the chairman appointed a committee to “inform” Thomas of his fourth consecutive nomination and escort him to the hall. His entry aroused more deafening applause. Accepts Nomination *‘I accept the nomination you of fer me,” Thomas said. ‘Why? Be cause in the year of crisis and con fusion, of continuing unemployment and war, for the social party of America to run no ticket would be abdication in the face of the enemy. “Because if we do not proclaim them no party in America will pro claim what our platform says about (Continued on Page Three, Col. 2) GERMAN FREIGHTER STARTS TEST TRIP Seeks To Determine If Ger many Can Set Up Trade Route Through Adriatic DUBROVNIK, Yugoslavia, April 7.—(A*)—The German freighter An kara sailed from here secretly at dawn today for a test trip through Yugoslav territorial waters to see whether Germany might establish a blockade-running trade route through the Adriatic Sea. The Ankara, loaded with 5,000 tons of bauxite, the mineral base of aluminum, headed for Trieste, Ital ian port 350 miles to the north, from where the cargo might be trans shipped to Germany by rail. There have been unconfirmed re ports that four British warships were in the Adriatic ready to inter cept just such a shipment. Germany was reported to have failed to win Yugoslavia’s promise to guard Nazi (Continued on Page Three; Col. 6) ADAMS WANTS CONGRESS TO AUTHORIZE BORROWING TO MEET APPROPRIATIONS WASHINGTON, April 7. — (/P)—Senator Adams (D-Colo) proposed today that congress avoid the question of a general increase in the statutory debt limit by authorizing the treas ury to borrow money to meet specific appropriations. This could be accomplished, he said, by inserting in appro priations bills an amendment authorizing the treasury to borrow money to meet that ap propriation. Although this would be an indirect method of increasing the debt limit, Adams called it preferable to making “decep tive” appropriations, v He explained that by “decep tive” appropriations he had reference to the possibility that congress may make total ap propriations at this session ex ceeding next year’s revenue and the remaining borrowing power of the treasury. The public debt now is only about two and one-half billion dollars short of the $45,000, 000,000 statutory limit. Presi dent Roosevelt’s budget, which proposed $460,000,000 of new taxes, contemplated a deficit next fiscal year which would leave the debt about $60,000, 000 shy of the limit. Congress, however, has shown no dispo- | sition to levy new taxes and appropriations are running at just about budget figures. “No appropriation should pass without there being provision for the money to meet it, aft er the treasury has reached the limit of its borrowing pow er,” Adams declared. “Either taxes ought to be imposed, a general statute enacted lifting the debt limit, or the treasury ought to be given specific au thority to borrow to pay speci fic items.” The Colorado senator said that some action on the ques tion of increasing the debt lim it, or levying new taxes, may become necessary in consider ation of the relief appropria tions, since many congressmen have indicated dissatisfaction with the $935,000,000 WPA ex penditure proposed in the Pres ident’s budget. The President, too, was re ported to be doubtful whether this amount would be enough, and to be leaning toward a proposal that the sum be made available for expenditure in eight months, if necessary, in stead of a full year. - The eight-months plan would avoid an immediate revision of (Continued on Page Three, Col. 2). , Say's Italy Ready MUSSOLINI DUCE SAYS ITALY SET FOR FUTURE Tells Crowd Nation Ready Jo Face Whatever ‘Late Spring Brings’ ORVIETO, Italy, April 7.—VP)— Premier Mussolini told a cheering crowd today that Italy was ready to face whatever “this late spring brings.” II Duce spoke briefly to a mass of blackshirt followers, townspeople and students of an academy for training of fascist women leaders which he inspected. The occasion was the first anni versary of the Italian occupation of Albania. “Events which we are witnessing have great proportions,” Mussolini said. “But we believe we are not inadequate for them, even consider ing their unusual scope. “Whatever may be the happening which this late spring brings us, Italy will face them. It could not be otherwise because the Italy of the fascist emblem of the young and resolute which just a year ago lib erated a people in three days, and previously conquered an African empire in seven months, is the Italy which we have willed and created through 20 years of hard, uninter rupted tests, always crowned by vic tory.” Mussolini’s remarks, the first he has uttered on the war situation in several months, came after a week in which intensified preparations for possible emergencies were an nounced. Among the measures was a civilian mobilization law, permit ting the government to call up wo men and children over 13 years of age for work behind the front lines. His visit to Orvieto was one of those occasionally paid by II Duce to Italian cities. He received the usual enthusiastic welcome, students of the academy entertaining him with gymnastic dancing, choral singing and swim ming performances. PRESSURE BOOSTED ON SCANDINAVIANS Demands ForNorway-Swe den Defense Alliance Re sult From New Moves OSLO, April 7.— (JP) —Increasing Allied and German pressure on Scandinavian neutrality appeared to day to be strengthening internal de mands in Norway and Sweden for a defense alliance backed by arms and bombing planes. Such an alliance was pointed to in informed quarters as the best means of defending the neutrality of the northern countries while a war-jit tery public awaited news of the contents of the latest British notes to Norway and Sweden, delivered Friday. (Talk of a Swedish-Norwegian Finnish defense alliance arose in Scandinavia immediately after the Russiar.-Finnish peace on March 13, but ended abruptly after Tass, the official Soviet news agency, stated on March 20 that such an alliance would be interpreted by Moscow as being “aimed against the U. S. S. R. and would directly contradict the peace treaty” between Russia and Finland.) Indications that Norway and Swe den regard strength as necessary to preserve their neutrality were seen in a Stockholm newspaper report that the two countries had ordered 600 warplanes in the United States for immediate delivery. The paper predicted that Norway and Sweden together would buy at least 1,000 .(Continued on Page Three, Col. 1) / To Seek More Sales To Hike Fund For War May Stop Buying Holly wood Films, Plan Home Ban On Whisky AIR WARNINGS GIVEN Norwegian Steamer Sunk By Submarine Off The Coast Of Ireland UONDON, April 7. — (2P> — Brit ain’s economic "big push” ■ today turned toward a campaign for few er purchases of non-war materials from the United States and more sales in dollar markets so funds would be available for war sup plies. New measure® were reported to include plans to halt the flow of British funds abroad for the pur chase of Hollywood movies and possibly even a domestic ban on Scotch whisky so it could be dumped in America for dollars to buy planes. Ah’ Raid Warning Given On the war front air raid sirens sounded in the Orkney islands but no raid was reported. The Norwegian steamer Navarra, 2,118 tons, was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine off north ern Scotland Saturday focusing at tention even more sharply on the neutrality problems of northern nations. Three officers and nine members of the Navarra’s crew were killed. The Finnish vessel Atlas picked up 14 survivors. The northern neutrals were criti cized in London for standing by while Germany sinks their ships, but permitting German vessels to use their waters and selling ore to German arms plants. Another major source of Ger man supplies, southeastern Europe, came under the microscope of for eign office consideration. A series of conferences with British diplo mats called home from that quar ter starts tomorrow. Ambassador Arrives The British ambassador to Tur key, Sir Hughe Knatchbull-Huges sen, arrived by plane to participate and others were en route or al ready here. Sir William Seeds, Britain’s am bassador to Soviet Russia who has (Continued on Page Three, Col. 3) BRITISH BOMBERS DOWNED BY NAZIS Craft Are Destroyed During Large Engagement 100 Miles North Of Sylt BERLIN, April 7—UP)—'Two Brit ish Wellington bombers were shot down today over the North sea about 100 miles north of the Island «f Sylt, DNB, the official German news agency, reported. The agency said Germany had suf fered no casualties in a battle in volving “a swarm” of German pur suit planes and 24 British aircraft. Tho British planes disappeared in a westerly direction, the agency re ported. (The British air ministry, confirm ing the battle, said two British planes were missing, but that one German fighter was destroyed and another damaged.) (The French high command an nounced five German planes had been shot down on the western front in a day of “very considerable activ ity in the air.”) The German high command charged today that “numerous en& (Continued on Page Three, Col. 3) HOMEMAKERS! Make extra money at homt like hundreds of other Wil> mington women are doing every month. Make enough money to buy a spring outfit' by renting a spare room, oi selling discarded household articles easily through Stat and News Want Ads. You cat sell most anything for cash thru these low-cost ads. Call 2800 To Start Your Want Ad Charge It i