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J2—-----jf> WILMINGTON, N. C., SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 1940 * * PRICE FIVE CENTS
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tioey Reverses Stand On F. R.
Will Back
Third Term
Resolution
'N. C. For F. D. R.’ Group
Wins Governor’s Back
ing For Move
RESOLUTION DRAFTED
State’s 26 Votes Virtually
Assured For F. R. If
He Wants Them
RALEICH, April 27.—(TP)—A com
won’ise agreement virtually assur
ing President Roosevelt of North
Carolina’s 26 votes in the national
democratic convention — providing
his name is before the convention—
was effected today by Governor
Jioey ate', leaders of the "North Car
olina fa - Roosevelt” movement.
The advisory committee of the
movement, in a meeting here today,
ifiopt'-'i . resolution urging the state
dene', rate' convention to instruct
North Carolina delegates to the na
tional convention to vote for Mr.
Roosevelt, if his name is presented,
"until lie is nominated or until his
name is withdrawn from the ballot
"Meets My Approval”
G' V'! or Hoey, who recently is
sued ■> si; lenient asserting that he
fav"!v-(! -lie candidacy of Cordell
Hul:. Mid tonight the resolution
'meets my approval and I will sup
port its adoption at the state con
vention. ’
Since the combined leadership of
the Hoey administration and the
'North Carolina for Roosevelt”
r rivement represents almost all the
prominent democratic spokesmen in
North Carolina, observers here ex
pressed confidence that the state was
'in the bag” for the President.
T: -■ • North Carolina for Roose
advisorv committee voted
unanimously to establish an organi
zation in every county, and the 72
members present said reports from
all sections of the state indicated
that the people were backing the
movement.
The Governor made it plain that
{Continued on Page Two; Col. 1)
TRACKS TO BEACH
WILL BE REMOVED
TWP Sells 1,800 Tons 01
Scrap Iron To Shapiro;
Starts Monday
Officials of the Tide Water Pow
er company yesterday announced the
•'Me of their old Wrightsville Beach
fai' and tracks to J. Shapiro, agent
Pr the Standard Iron and Metal
company, of Baltimore Md.
The amount of the purchase price
Wa? not disclosed.
Povrr company officials said the
"Me involved about 1,800 tons of
:r‘! ;P iron from the old rails and
n°t including the scrap iron and
mr'tal to be taken from the old beach
cars.
Work of taking up the 16 miles
rails on the single track from
Mip r-ity limits to both ends of
Wiichisviiie Beach will be started
f,n Monday by Shapiro.
Pf\v* r company officials said Sha
M*'o had already started the work
M ’■ recking and removing the scrap
’ron and metal from the six old
beach cars.
WEATHER
„ FORECAST
nrMir!*! r:ir"lina: Fair Sunday and
Monday, slowly rising tem
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j. Carolina: Fair to partly cloudy
and Monday, slowly rising
i nipi-ratures.
«a!.".,^:r,;|o«ie»l data for the 24 hours
!’" 1 ;30 p. m. yesterday).
. , temperature
,!i-rn. 50: 7:30 a. m. 50; 1:30 p.
‘ p. in. 58; maximum 67;
111 49; mean 58; normal 66.
Humidity
a, a m. 81; 7:30 a. m. 81; 1:30 p.
*• *• 7 ::;o p. m. «0.
T.... , Frecipitation
O')?’'nil nr 24 hours endin 7:30 p. m.,
;>i, ": total since first of month,
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Tides For Today
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Mssonboro In,et ...... ^
Sunrise .12:'llP «:55p
rise 0 •1f,7 . ° “■^>a ’ RUnset 6:o7p; moon
■J )a - nioonset 11:11a.
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__ALL ABOARD FOR WAR GAMES!
Under full field packs members of the 8th cavalry at Fort Bliss. Texas, entrain at El Paso for the
Sabine River. There 75,000 troops'are being mobilized for the Army’s 15-day war games which, starting
May 10, will range over a 900-mile front.
Grandi Indicates Italy
May Yet Enter War
NORWAY DENIES
NAZI CHARGES
U. S. Legation Says Nation
Sought Only To Pre
serve Neutrality
WASHINGTON, April 27.—UP)—
The Norwegian legation tonight de
nied Nazi charges that Norway and
Great Britain had an agreement for
the occupation of Norway by Allied
forces prior to the German invasion.
"There has at no time existed any
agreement or understanding between
the Norwegian government and any
other powers,” the legation’s state
ment said, “in regard to cooperation
of any kind having for its object the
use of Norwegian territory, military
or naval forces or other facilities in
the present struggle.
"Since the beginning of the pres
ent war and until the recent inva
sion of her territory by Germans,
Norway has had only one desire,
namely, to maintain her strict neu
trality at all costs. The incidents
involving the City of Flint, the Alt
mark and other casts amply proved
this contention.”
CHICAGO, April 27.— UB —The
Norwegian minister to the United
States, Wilhelm Munthe De Mongen
stierne, said tonight that today’s
German white book contained “th
same alibi which Germany used for
the invasion of neutral Belgium in
1914.”
IL DUCE HEARS HIM
Another Fascist Chieftain
Hints At Involvement
In Days To Come
By RICHARD G. MASSOCK
ROME, April 27.—(£>>—For the
third time in as many days an im
portant Fascist leader today hinted
at Italy’s involvement in the Euro
pean war but failed to indicate if
or when she might abandon her
non-belligerent stand.
Count Dino Grandi, president of
the chamber of fasces and guilds,
told the cheering members of the
chamber that the “Fascist empire
is not and knows it is not on the
edge of this conflict of peoples.”
Mussolini Listens
Listening to Grandi was Premier
Mussolini, who also heard addresses
in a similar vein by two other
Fascists, the veteran leader, Fran
cesco Giunta, and the undersecre
tary of the interior, Guido Buffa
rini-Guidi, Thursday and yesterday.
The Grandi address closing the
chamber session was prominently
displayed by the controlled Italian
press.
At the same time the newspapers
published without comment Ger
man Foreign Minister Joachim von
Ribbentrop’s declaration in Berlin
that Germany had proof that Brit
ain had planned to extend the war
to Norway.
The failure of an airplane bring
ing documents from Berlin to ar
rive on schedule caused the Ger
man ambassador, Hans-Georg von
Mackensen, to call off a press con
ference. He had invited correspond
ents to receive a statement in con
(Continued on Page Eight; Col. 7)
Ford Sees Better World
During Next Ten Years
By DAVID J. WILKIE
DETROIT, April 27.—(S’)—Henry
Ford, one of the world'* most ar
dent advocates of “peace and plen
ty," looked into the future today
and asserted that the next decade
would bring more progress, socially,
economically and industrially than
many past generations. It would
bring also, he said, “a wider under
standing of the avarice and greed
for power on the part of a few in
dividuals that precipitates nations
into war.”
“We are coming upon' a better
civilization based on a broader reali
zation of the benefit* of education,
inventive genius and the develop
ment of a greater common fellow
ship,” Ford said in an interview
today. i
Six months ago the 76-year-old
industrialist asserted there was
something "phoney" about the war
on Europe’s western front. Today
lie said there still is an "artificiality”
about the war that would lead “any
honest thinking man or woman to
‘suspect” its origin.”
“It possesses an ‘artificiality/ ** he
explained, “because in none of the
nations involved do any of the peo
ple who work—or who want to work
for their livelihood—really want any
part of it/*
“You know this as well as I do,”
he went on; “I don’t just think it;
I know it. It is a war of a few
individuals, lustful for profit and
power, who wander about the world,
seeking to control it and its wealth. ’
Ford referred to his famous peace
ship” of 1915, an undertaking which
he said cost him about $400,000, but
gave him a “million dollars worth
of experience.” “The peace ship ex
pedition most certainly was not a
failure as far as I am concerned, <
he said. , _ ,
“I often have been asked, he
went on, "why I left the expedition «
u early as I did. I left it because
I found out what I wanted to know
-that a small group of mdmduals
was promoting the World war. It
is exactly the same story today; the ^
(Continued on Page Eight; Col. 4) 1

BIBLE COURSES
HELD VALUABLE
NHHS Superintendent Says
Special Study Exerts
Wholesome Effect
By THOMAS T. HAMILTON, JR.
Principal, New Hanover High School
The introduction of a course in
Bible at New Hanover High school
this year has met W'ith enthusiastic
response, not only among those en
rolled in the class but also from
those members of the student body
coming under the wholesome influ
ence of its teachings.
Numerous voluntary expressions
have come from the students. In
every instance these expressions
have been in strong support of the
project. Young people in the Bible
classes testify that the study has
been of great value to them in the
development of Christian characters.
These b ys and girls tell us that
they have been taught to love God
more and to appreciate more than
ever the value of prayer.
Thev also claim to nave a.couired
a greater appreciation for the stan
dard of honesty as it should be ap
plied in school and in their respec
tive communities. Many tell us that
they have become more interested
and active in their respective
churches and have become more
conscious of the needs of their fel
low students and more desirous of
lending a helping hand. These Bible
students want the school to assist
in providing for the education of
children in due reverence for God
and faith in God.
The course in Bible study at New
Hanover High school has been en
tirely optional. The teaching of the
course has been absolutely non-sec
tarian. The textbook used has been
the Bible itself, taught with two
definite objectives in mind: the
acquainting of each pupil with the
factual contents of the Bible, and
(Continued on Page Eight; Col. 1)1
NEGRO IS SOUGHT
FOR ATTACK HERE
J. S. Hale, Watchman, Is
Beaten Over Head And
Pockets Looted
Police were searching this morn
ing for an unidentified negro man
ivho brutally attacked J. S. Hale, 57.
light watchman at the J. Herbert
Bate Lumber company, at about 8
/clock last night.
Hale told police he was preparing
;o punch his clock at 8 o’clock
vhen the negro appeared from the
larkness and ordered him to put up
lis hands.
The night watchman said he turn
id and ran and the negro pursued
lim, caught him around the throat,
cnocked him down and beat him on
he head with his pistol while he
rent through his pockets.
Hale suffered severe wounds on
he head as well as bruises on the
egs and arms.
Nazis Claim
New Success
In So a W ar
British Cruiser Put Out Of
Commission, Another
Damaged Badly
TRANSPORTS FIRED
Bombing Planes Active In
Attempt To Halt Land
ing Of Troops
BERLIN, April 27—<iP>— German
bombing planes, in extensive forays
over Norwegian waters today, put
one British cruiser out of commis
sion and damaged another, set
afire two British transports and
sank a third, DNB, the German
news agency, reported tonight.
Earlier, the high command issued
a communique claiming the capture
of some 400 British and Norwegian
officers and men during the past
five days’ campaigning, including
an English staff commander who
was carrying ‘‘politically and mili
tarily important British operations
orders and documents.”
First Official Word
This was the first official word
on recent land operations in Nor
way, kept secret until now for mili
tary reasons.
The cruiser the Germans claimed
to have put out of commission was
attacked off Andalsnes, Allied troop
landing port south of Trondheim.
It was said to be carrying anti-air
craft guns. The other cruiser was
declared hit off Narvik, ore port %
northern Norway which is being
held by a small German force.
One of the transports was said to
be carrying a cargo of 40 tanks.
The high command said the first
encounter between German and
British troops, at Lillehammer April
22-23, resulted in the capture of
nearly 200 prisoners, among them
the staff commander, and dispersal
of the rest of the British force,
which “left arms and equipment
behind.”
In an engagement near Steink
jer April 25, “another English land
ing detachment” was “thrust back”
and two of its officers and SO men
taken captive it declared. North of
Narvik yesterday, German moun
tain troops were reported to have
taken 144 prisoners while routing a
Norwegian battalion.
LONDON, April 27— GP> —The
Netherlands trawler Willy, 147 tons
is believed to have been sunk by a
mine 40 miles north of the Dutch is
(Continued on Page Eight; Col. 2)
DANUBE POLICING
OFFER REJECTED
Rumanians And Yugoslavs
Turn Down Proposal
By Hungarians
BUDAPEST, Hungary, April 27.
—(Aj—A Hungarian proposal for
joint policing of the “iron gate” sec
tion of the Danube by all the Da
nubian countries received a cold re
ception in Bucharest and Belgrade
today.
The scheme for international con
trol of the vulnerable 73-mile
stretch of the Danube, which Ger
many has accused the Al’ies of at
tempting to block by dynamiting,
was sent yesterday to Yugoslavia,
Rumania and Bulgaria.
Yugoslavia and Rumania previous
ly refused German offers to police
the section of the river where it
forms their boundary between Mol
davia and Turnu-Sererin. Hungary
expressed -willingness to permit Nazi
gunboats to patrol the Danube.
Today Rumania and Yugoslavia
were reported to have turned down
the Hungarian suggestion because
they already have given assurances
of their determination to prevent
sabotage or shipping delays in then
replies to the German proposal of
April 15.
Both in Bucharest and Belgrade
it was felt the Budapest scheme
would infringe on Rumanian and
Yugoslavian sovereignty as much as
;he Nazi policing plan, and since
Germany is Danubian country the
proposal would mean participation
>f a belligerent in the international
patrol. :
Declares War On Norway
As His Armies Advance
Toward Main Allied Unit
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NAZI CHARGE SCORNED
Capture Of Brigade Staff
Is Officially Denied
By War Office
SNOW SLOWS~BATTLES
BY ROBERT BUNNELLE
LONDON, April 27. — (/P)
—The Allies, doggedly cling
ing to a foothold in Norway’s
rocky midrift, tonight put
British infantrymen and rug
ged French Alpine “Blue
Devils” with light artillery
and fighting planes to the
tough task of securing bases
and communications lines for
coming reinforcements before
trying to fan out in a south
ward offensive.
Tentative Thrusts
A %eek of tentative thrusts which
saw British and Norwegian com
mands forged to pull back advance
detachments under the deadly
pounding of German mechanized
forces and bombing planes ended
with the situation resolved into a
fighting race for advantage in cen
tra! Norway, in the sector around
German-held Trondheim, west coast
harbor.
With no outward show of pertur
bation, the British admitted, “we
lost the first trick. But the war
office, today, offset continued re
ports of British inability to pierce
the hard German lines around Trond
heim with these announcements:
1. The position around Steinkjer,
50 miles noi-th of Trondheim, where
early in the week British advance
detachments had to retreat, is “un
changed,” and British patrols now
have captured "some” German pris
oners.
2. Far down the Gudbrandsdalen
(valley) more than 100 miles below
Trondheim and some 30 miles south
of the Allied concentration point of
Bombas, the Allies in the Kvam
area have driven off a heavy Ger
man attack “with considerable en
emy loss.” German pressure at this
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 3)
HANCOCK TO BACK
DRAFT F.R. DRIVE
He Lines Up Solidly With
‘N. C. For Roosevelt’
Move In State
REIDSYILLE, April 27— CT) —
Frank "W. Hancock, -Jr., of Oxford,
former U. S. representative, align
ed himself solidly tonight with the
“Draft Roosevelt” forces, by assert
ing that “The people want Roose
velt.”
Speaking here at a rally of Young
Democrats of the fifth congressional
district, Hancock, a member of the
Federal Home Loan Bank board,
said:
"All that his enemies can say
against the President’s return Is
that it has never been done before.
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 4)
Nazis Move
Ahead 50
Miles
STOCKHOLM, April 28. —
(Sunday)—(AP)—Reports receiv
ed here from Oslo early today
said the Fornebu airport had
been badly damaged by British
bombers and that all workers in
the community had been ordered
out to repair and enlarge the
field, which already had been
found too small for heavy Ger
man transport planes.
STOCKHOLM, April 27— UP)
Adolf Hitler’s war machine, ad
vancing steadily along the rocky
roads of central Norway, was
reported tonight to have sped a
mechanized column 50 miles
over steep mountain trails in
an amazing flanking movement
which threatened Allied soldiers
in two sectors of the front be
low important Trondheim.
The fully equipped Nazi mo
tor units, covering the 50 miles
in less than 24 hours, climbed
the mountains from Tynset,
well south of the advance Ger
man column at Roros, and
thrust northwestward to Ivvik
ne and thence to Inset. This
put them about 15 miles south
of Allied concentrations at
Storen. And from Storen it is
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 4)
l, 200 REGISTER
HERE FIRST DAY
Chairman Carney Calls On
Voters To File Early
As Possible
A total of 1,200 persons register
eel as books were opened yesterday
in preparation for balloting which
begins with the first primary on
May 25.
Of the 1,200, 1,153 were Demo
crats 47 were Republicans.
About 10,000 or 12,000 voters are
expected to register before the
books are closed.
The registrars were at their posts
yesterday from 9 a. m. until 6:52 p.
m. and will be there on the two fol
lowing Saturdays, May 4 and May
11.
Yesterday’s registration figure
was considered by officials as being
unusually favorable.
With the exception of the two
following Saturdays, the registrars
will be at their homes and will visit
any home to register voters who
may call upon them.
H. G. Carney, chairman, and
other members of the county elec
tions board asked yesterday that all
voters in the city make arrange
ments for entering their names up
on the books as'early as possible in
order that the registration may be
completed with a minimum of con
fusion.
Jaycee Air Show Opens
At Airport At 3 P. M.
The Junior Chamber of Com
merce’s first project since its or
ganization several weeks ago will
get under way at 3 o’clock this
afternoon when Jimmy Goodwin,
internationally famous “bat wing”
stunt flier and his troupe of air
men take off from Bluethenthal
airport.
Arrangements for the show were
completed last night and the state
highway patrol will be on hand
this afternoon to handle the traf
fic and to prevent parking on the
roads near the airport. The largest
crowd to attend an affair of its
kind in many years is expected to
attend.
Bill Archer, chairman of the
:ommittee on arrangements for the
=how, asked last night that all
members of the Jaycee be at the
iirport at 1 o’clock this afternoon
:o assist in conducting the ticket
sales and other matters.
Goodwin and his troupe have ar
ranged a complete program of var
ous types of parachute jumps and
itunt flights. In his "bat wing”
h
act, Goodwin leaps from a plane
at 12,000 feet supported only by a
set of canvas wings designed after
those of a bat. With these he
soars about in the air, opening a
parachute within a few hundred
feet of the ground to break his 80
mile-an-hour fall.
Tickets to the show were placed
on sale in downtown stores yes
terday afternoon and will be avail
able at the Red Cross sanatorium
railroad crossing and at the inter
section at the east end of the field
this afternoon.
Another feature of the program
never before held in Wilmington
will be a plene-to-ground two-way
broadcast. Through transmitters
and receivers on the ground and
in the plane Goodwin will carry on
a conversation with an announcer
on the field just prior to his bat
wing jump.
The conversation will be carried
to the crowds through a public
address system.
Before and after the show, planes
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 3) '
‘DOCUMENTS’ SHOWN
Nazis Seek To Show In
vasion By British Was
Already Under Way
SAYS STATESMEN LIED
BY LYNN HEINZERLING
BERLIN, April 27.—(/P)—
Adolf Hitler, in a charac
teristic stroke of lightning
diplomacy executed in the
resplendent setting of the
seat of Nazi state, sought
today to justify his Scandi
navian invasion to the world
with alleged secret “war
guilt” documents attributed
to Britain and Norway, de
clared the Reich at war with
the Norse kingdom and ab
solved Sweden of un-neutral
connivance with the Allies.
Within a few hours of pub
lication a sweeping proclama
tion from the Fuehrer, dated
Wednesday, proclaiming a
state of war between Ger
many and Norway, his for
eign minister, Joachim von
Ribbentrop, was telling the
oc<c<Am Vilnrl rl ir»lr\rn *3 tlP PnmS.
German and foreign press
and high German army, navy
and air officials that Great
Britain and France began on
April 6 and 7 to spread the
war to the north and the
German invasion of April 9
merely beat them to the Nor
wegian scene of battle.
From Captured Britons
Producing documents which, iia
said, were taken by the German
army from captured British officers,
from the Oslo foreign office and
from Allied consular and other
sources in Norway, Von Ribbentrop
(Continued on Page Three; Cot. 2),
BKUIMi KtIKtAl
IN DOMBAS AREA
Warplanes Aiding Nazis In
Swift Drive Toward
Trondheim Sector
By GUNNAK KNUTSON
GRONG, Norway, Via Gaddede,
Sweden, April 28.—(Sunday)—'•&>—
British troops attempting- to block
the advance of the Germans up the
Gudbrandsdalen valley south of Dom
bas were retreating early today un
der heavy machine gun and light
artillery fire while attacking air
planes aided the German forc-ee.
A decisive struggle apparently had
not yet been reached, however, and
there were indications that the fast
German advance had slowed tem
porarily for reconnoitering.
North of the Gudbrandsdalen,
fighting in the Trondheim sector
proper virtually has ceased except
for occasional patrol activities. At
Steinkjer, 50 miles northeast of
Trondheim on Trondheim fjord, no
change was reported.
Indications are that German forces
still held P.oros, 55 miles southeast
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 4)
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