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WILMINGTOK Served by Leased Wire of the And Southeastern North ASSOCIATED PRESS Carolina With Complete Coverage of 1—-————————J State and National News hSTtsI-NO. 208 ' __ ~ ~~~ " - ^ ESTABLISHED 1867. Strike Allies Or Important Railway Lines British Defending Positions With Machine-Guns And Light Artillery NAZIS OCCUPY KVAM German Unit Is Reported Driving Southward From Trondheim STOCKHOLM, April 29. — OP) — Germany’s lightning legions struck n a five-forked attack—four front die south and one from the north— igainst Allied positions along vital railway lines in central Norway to night. The Allies were described as stra tegically-placed, however, with ma chine-gun nests and light artillery defending' their positions. Up the Gudbrandsdalen, a valley lying northwest-southeast across Norway, the Germans were reported in Norwegian dispatches reaching here to have occupied Kvam, 30 miles southeast of the British-held railway junction of Donnbas. in r i ugrrss Farther east, where the Osterdalen (eastern valley) roughly parallels the Gudbrandsdalen, a German col umn smashed north-westward from the region of Alvdal to the vicinity of Hjerkin, where they came upon strong Allied positions. Fighting was reported in progress there, with the British battling to defend the railway which links their forces at Dombas and Storen to the mainland. Norwegian troops were reported fighting a third German contingent tonight at Kvikne, on the snowy highway about two-thirds of the way from Tynset to Ulsberg. This battle began last night and was re ported still in progress in exceed ingly rough mountain country. (German dispatches said the in vaders had pushed to Inset, a mile or two from Ulsberg and within striking distance of the railway). The fourth German column from, the south sought to push on from Roros, on the Osterdalen railway, to Storen. Nazis Drive Southward From German-occupied Trondheim, a port keenly desired by the Brit ish, a fifth German detachment was driving southward in the hope of connecting with the German units coming up from the south. To escape crippling of the south ern arm of their broad pincer move ment on Trondheim, the British must maintain their positions along the (Continued on Page Three; Col. 3) NAZIS MAKE SIX RAIDS ONN AMSOS Planes Driven Off By Anti Aircraft Guns Set Up To Protect Base N A M S O S SECTOR, Northern Norway, April 29— <® —German warplanes made six attempts today to attack Namsos, scene of some of the most intense German bombing of the Norwegian war, but were driven off by a ring of British anti aircraft fire set up to protect this Allied base. Only once were bombs dropped. On the last trip, one bomber flew over the railway station and power house but was forced to beat a (Continued on Page Three; Col. 6) You Can Find A Tenant At Any Season Through Star-News Want Ads Every week the year 'round Star-News readers continue to search for more suitable liv ing quarters by watching th« Want Ads. This week is no exception and tomorrow many people will turn immediately to the "For Rent’’ ads when the Star News is delivered. Every day your house, room or apartment is vacant mean* lost income, so phone 2800 now and place your rental ad for at least 3 days. (15 word ad 3 days will cost only $1.26). Charge Ad If You Wish Change In Wage-Hour Law Voted] _ if " — ^_ v Hours Section Of Code Made More Flexible House-Approved Change Would Apply To Regular ly-Employed Workers BALLOT IS 74 TO 38 New Deal Forces Do Not Contest Amendment Of fered By Rep. Hoffman WASHINGTON, April 29.—UP)— /p „ ];nu?e, in its first decision on . , , string of suggested changes in i ... wage-hour law, voted 74 to . ■ jay to make the maximum ns p-,vision more flexible as P applies to regularly-employed salaried workers. The amendment provides that time-and-a-half pay shall not be !t. essarv for overtime work per f'lrmed by a person who has work ed at an office or plant for at ; ?t six months on a regular sal ary. provided that in a 26-week i ids- average work week shall no: ex. eed the maximum prescrib ed in the present law. That maxi mum is now 42 a week. Effect Of Amendment The effect of the amendment wmild be that a person might work, say ’ ' hours a week, for a num ber of weeks but would not have to K paid overtime if his working dine during the rest of the half par was do shortened that the average was brought down to 42 a week. At present the law calls for a minimum wage of 30 cents an hour for both salary and wage earners, an' requires time-and-a-half pay for work in excess of the 42 hour maximum work week. Administration forces, who say President Roosevelt wants no amendments to the law this year, did not contest the amendment, offered by a vigorous administra Rep, Hoffman (R-Mich). Chairman Norton (D-NJ), leader ■ the administration fight, did t participate in the decision, which, was taken on a standing vote. Tentative Vote The vote was tentative, in that ft can be upset later. The chamber knocked off work ("t the day without getting to the amendments of Rep. Barden (D id'C) to exempt large groups of workers engaged in processing of farm products from both the (Continued on Page Three; Col. 4) COMPLAINT ON BUS SERVICE OFFERED County Board Receives Pe tition From 365 North Wilmington Residents The county commissioner? received a petition yesterday from 365 resi "“nts of North Wilmington com tfainlng about the discontinuance of e bus service in that section of the county. The petition stated the Tide Water ’oyer company had ended the bus line without notice to its patrons im,l it has seriously inconvenienced he residents of that section. Harry Gardner and Addison Hew 1 ''-'ere appointed to a committee •ake the matter up with the pow pt company officials. 1 WEATHER 1 ^ FORECAST <•, .! i'1 1 f ; inI'na: Showers and thun warmer east portion Tues h flnesday partly cloudy. 'Meteornkigicai (lata for the 24 hours 1 ' ;30 p. in. yesterday). 1.0f Temperature m r-.8"1?' r,0; m- 50; 1:30 p. ' ;o P* n)- 50; maximum 68; nuru 40; mean ,77; normal 66. 1 Humidity In l- a ?'• 83; ~:30 a. m. 62; 1-30 p. • 1 ;30 p. m. 40. , „ Precipitation Hr,up. 24.hours ending 7:30 p. m., " inches s,nce first of the month, Tides For Today Mhnungt„n - 4H’f„h Inlet ...... V& “8gP Runriw . „. 2:44p S:52p r J -fa: sunset 6:54p; moon J , moonset l:01p. if ontinued on Fajje Three; Col. 4) _Norwegian Sold-^ desperate Stand Near Oslo _ ^ . (NEA Radiophoto) Representing the desperate and seemingly hopeless stand the small Norwegian forces are making against the Germans driving north from Oslo, these Norwegian soldiers stand guard over an over turned truck that serves as a barricade. They have been steadily forced back, however, relying on Allied aid that has only recently become effective to aid them in preventing the German occupation ot Norway from becoming complete. Airport Improvement Job Parley Scheduled Today . M INSPECTION IS MADE Engineer Perkins To Dis cuss $200,000 Project With WPA Officials H. Harvey Perkins, of Atlanta, regional airport engineer of the Civil Aeronautics authority, will today confer with Raleigh WPA officials regarding the proposed $200,000 improvement project at Bluethenthal airport. He inspected the field yesterday, and with this, the project moved one step nearer final approval. Promises Assistance After the inspection yesterday, Perkins told Addison Hewlett, chairman of the county board of commissioners, and Lewis Mer ritt, local engineer, he would ren der all assistance possible in se curing final approval of the work program. The state WPA office in Raleigh still has under consideration the ap plication for the proposed improve ments at the airport submitted some time ago by the county commission ers. If the application meets with the approval of the State WPA office in Raleigh, it will be forwarded to the national headquarters office of the Civil Aeronautics Authority in Washington, D. C-, for approval, which in turn will transmit the ap plication for formal approval of Per kins. Proposed improvements at the air port include the construction of three hard surfaced runways, two 3,000 feet long and one 2,500 feet long, installation of lighting and other facilities. Estimated cost of the project is approximately $200,000 and the con tribution of the county will comprise the furnishing of suitable equipment and trucks in removal of material (Continued on Page Three; Col. 6) MALARIA CONTROL PROJECT APPROVED Work At Greenfield Lake Section Scheduled To Be Started May 20 The malaria control WPA project at Greenfield lake, requested by the Taylor-Colquitt Creosoting company several weeks ago, has been ap proved and work will start on May 20, L. J. Jordan, area supervisor, said yesterday. The work will involve the enlarge ment of the stream leading from Greenfield lake to the Cape Fear river and the removal of debris from the banks. The creosoting fir mtold the coun ty commissioners several weeks ago the stream was choked with debris and was too small to handle its flow of water. It was said the resulting overflow ran into the company’s yards ruining large amounts of tim ber stored there. No estimate of the time required for the work was made. Simmons Is Described As ‘Desperately III’ NEW BERN, April 29.—(AP) Former Senator Furnifold M. Simmons (D-NC) was describ ed by liis physician as "des perately ill” tonight. There was doubt that he would live through the night. The 86-year-old ex-senator was brought to his home here Friday from Duke hospital at Durham where he had been undergoing treatment. Out-of-town relatives were notified of his condition. WALSH-HEALEY ACT UPHELD BY COURT Tribunal Confirms Govern ment’s Power To Set Up Labor Standards WASHINGTON, April 29.—CT>— The supreme court today upheld the rights of the executive and legislative branches of the gov ernment to set up any standards they see fit for government pur chasing. Specifically, the court said that the 1936 Walsh-Healey act requir ing government contractors to pay certain minimum wages conferred no litigable rights upon the con tractors—that government offi cials were responsible only to con gress for any mal-administration of it. The court set aside an injunc tion by which the District of Co lumbia court of appeals had re strained Secretary Perkins from prescribing minimum wages for iron and steel workers engaged in filling government contracts. Jus tice Black’s opinion, from which (Continued on Page Four; Col. 5) F. R. AND GARNER HARMONY SOUGHT Move For Better Relations Launched By Congress men Rayburn, Johnson Washington, April 29—m— Apparently with President Roose velt’s sanction, a move for harmony between Roosevelt and Garner forces in Texas was launched here tonight by Rep. Rayburn of Texas, the house majority leader, and Rep. Lyndon B. Johnson (D-Tex). Under the harmony plan, the Tex as delegation would go to the demo cratic national convention instructed to vote for Vice-President Garner for President and. in turn, the Gar ner forces would “acclaim” the ad ministration record and refrain from taking part in any “stop Roosevelt’’ movement. Rayburn and Johnson proposed their program in telegrams to fac tional leaders in Texas. The two legislators had called on President Roosevelt shortly before, and said they showed him the messages, which were released to reporters in the White House lobby. The tele grams said “we cannot, beat ’he re publican party in November if we concentrate on beating each toher now.” Rayburn and Johnson both as serted they felt sure “an understand ing would not be displeasing to the President..’’ Informed legislators interpreted the development as meaning that, in the interests of party harmony, the President was sanctioning aban donment of any attempt to capture the Texas delegation for himself, as opposed to the native son. Garner. Rayburn, besides being high in ad ministration councils, is a close per sonal friend of the Vice-President’s and managed his unsuccessful cam paign for the democratic nomina tion in 1932. The telegrams were sent to Myron G. Blalock, manager of a Texas Garner-for-President movement, and to A. J. Wirtz, un (Continued on Page Three; Col. 2) Norse Vessel Sets New Port Sugar Record Fagerston Starts Unloading About 84,000 Bags From Cuban Port DUTY TOTALS $125,076 Cargo Of Freighter Con signed To Olavarea Com pany, Of New York A new port record for sugar car go shipments was set here yes terday when the Norwegian freighter Fagerston started un loading approximately 84,000 bags of sugar with an import duty pay ment of $125,076, the largest for any cargo ever to be unloaded here. The Fagerston was the vessel that was halted, boarded and searched by a British warship sev eral days ago off the Florida coast. Make Payment Today Longshoremen were busy un loading the cargo last night. The record duty payment will be made to customs officials today. V^UliCUlUi UX. V^USLUXIia UUXilx XJilgm Hill said that he was “inclined to believe” that the shipment was the largest ever to be brought here. However, the fact that it broke all former records for duty payments and size of cargo was established last night by John S. McEachern, broker, who is handling the cargo consigned to Olavarea Company of New York. McEachern also revealed that the Fagerston’s voyage here was one long story of hard luck. The vessel was in Cardenas, Cuba, when the war in Norway broke out. The loading of sugar was halted by authorities for 10 days and then it was resumed after much difficulty before she was finally allowed to sail. On the way across the 1,415-ton freighter was stoped and boarded by a British warship, which, after a thorough inspection, allowed the ship to continue. McEachern pointed out that the shipment of sugar through the Port of Wilmington is becoming more and more a major commodi ty. Imports now are more than double those of two years ago, he said, and indications are that a r.ew high mark for sugar importa tions will be set this year; PRICES OF EARLY BERRIES STRONG New York Quotations Are Considerably Higher Than Those Of Last Year RALEIGH, April 29— Iff) —North Carolina’s first strawberries o£ 1940, sold today on New York markets brought “considerably higher prices” than first offerings of last year, A. B. Harless of the State department of Agriculture said today. Per quart, the Klondyke variety brought 22 to 23 cents and best Mis sionaryes 18 to 20 cents, with some poor qualities at 15 cents, he said. Last season, the first shipment ar (Contimied on Page Three; Col. 2) ---—---— r* British Believe Control Of Air Will Be Decisive Factor In Coming Battle uunuun, April za.—— Damaging atatcks by low-fly ing German bombers on the Allied troop landing bases of Molde and Andalsnes empha sized in Brfitish minds tonight the belief that control of the air will be the decisive factor in the major battle which slowly is developing in neutral Nor way. Aware that German planes also are harrying British lines of communication and protect ing the German columns mov ing swiftly from the south to ward the garrison in Trond heim, London was gloomy aft er a week of indifferent news from the north. Meanwhile, however, Britain appeared determined to plug any possible gaps on the diplo matic and economic fronts. The most welcome item of news in this connection was the disclosure that Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax had in vited Italian Ambassador Giu seppe Bastianini to discuss a resumption of British-Italian trade talks. these were Broken off last February, after Britain's seiz ure of coal being shipped by sea from Germany to Italy. The fact that the foreign secre tary had issued the invitation, however, was hailed by authori tative foreign office sources and by the press as a “good omen” for the improvement of “rather uncertain relations” between the two countries. But the struggle in the north took precedence over this latest British feeler toward re taining the status quo in the Mediterranean. From Norway came reports that Allied forces in the Gud brandsdalen and Osterdalen, the valleys which provide the main lines of communication between Oslo and Trondheim, were facing increased pressure. The British were reported hanging on at Dombas, rail way junction point in the Gud brandsdalen where the line from Oslo branches off to An dalsnes to the west and Trond (Continued on Page Three; Col. 3) British Move To Squeeze Trondheim Unsuccessful CAMPAIGN BACK-FIRES British Troops That Have Landed At Andalsnes May Face Difficulties BY PRESTON OLIVER BERLIN, April 29.—OT—A British attempt to squeeze the German-held port of Trondheim in a 200-mile pincers movement has back-fired into a German push from five directions on Allied forces In central Norway, an authoritative source here indi cated tonight. These sources said the Allied at tempt to clamp twin holds on Trond heim from Andalsnes, 100 miles south of Trondheim, and from Nam sos, an equal distance north of the port, had been con verted into a five ply German movement on Andals nes. May Face Difficulties It was said there is a prospect that the British troops who came ashore at Andalsnes soon will be in difficulties. The strength of the British land ing party at Andalsnes is not known here but has been estimated at about a brigade of 8,000 men. The German air force was active again today off the western coast of Norway and a great number of British transport ships were dam aged, with one set afire, DNB, offi cial German news agency reported. (The British war office said heavy enemy air attacks on Andalsnes and Molde, another port west, of Andals nes has been carried out but mem tioned no damage.) The Germans were said to be driv ing southward from Trondheim to meet another German force pushing up the Osterdalen (eastern valley) from Oslo. The troops were re ported within 25 miles of meeting, al though the point of the expected junction was not designated. Picture In Brief (The picture tonight in brief was: 1. German troops were driving southward from Trondheim toward British-held Storen, 35 miles south of the port. This column apeared to have the best chance of connect ing with a strong German unit which had pushed beyond Roros, 50 miles south of Storen. (2. German troops were reported at Inset, about 15 miles south of (Continued on Page Three; Col. 4) Reds Willing To Make British Trade Accord LONDON, April 29.—(API Diplomatic sources reported that Ivan Maisky, Soviet Rus sian ambassador, after a talk tonight with Lord Halifax, British foreign secretary, de clared Soviet Russia is willing to negotiate a wartime trade agreement with England. He was understood to have outlined these conditions: The Soviet government is willing to agree that Britisli goods supplied to Russia will not be re-exported to Germany, but refuses to consider restrict ing exports of purely Russian goods to Germany regardless of whether the British deem them contraband. SMITH SENTENCED' IN SLAYING CASE Columbus Negro Is Given Five To Seven Years By Judge Frizzelle WHITEVILLE, April 29. — The lone murder case scheduled for trial at the cjrrent term of Columbus county superior court was disposed of this afternoon when R. P. Smith, negro, pleaded guilty to manslaugh ter in connection with the death of Alex McClinton, negro, on March 30. Judge J. Paul Frizzelle sentenced the negro to five to seven years. The two men are said to have had a quarrel just before the shooting, and McClinton is said to have been approaching the home of Smith with a gun at the time Smith fired. The injured negro died in the hospital a week after the shooting. M. B. McLamb drew a two year road sentence w hen he submitted to a charge of larceny and forgery, and Harry Smith received a like sentence of two years when he was tried for assault wdth a deadly wea pon. A false pretense charge against E. Leo Blackman was nol pressed with leave, as were manufacturing whiskey charges against Milton Car roll. A false pretense count against Thomas Parker was also nol pressed. Bill Bruton, on a charge of as sault and public drunkenness, sub mitted to a charge of simple assault, and judgment was suspended upon payment of the court costs. Germany, Italy Exert Pressure On Yugoslavia BELGRADE, Yugoslavia, April 29. —UP)—Germany and Italy are exert ing pressure on Yugoslavia not to get too chummy with Soviet Rus sia, sources close to the govern ment declared today. While the Yugoslav foreign office denied categorically Italian and Ger man allegations that anti-German and anti-Italian leaflets had been distributed in Ljubljana, diplomatic sources expressed the belief the axis powers made a fuss over the alleged incident to warn Yugoslavia of the - danger of pushing her new friend ship with Russia too far. * I CHIEF OF ARMY ENGINEERS APPROVES PLANS FOR SOUTHPORT YACHT BASIN Action of the Town of Southport and other local interests in furnish ing the rights of way and spoil dis posal areas for dredging a yacht basin at Southport was approved yesterday by the chief of the U. S. army engineers corps, Lieutenant Col. George W. Gillette, Wilming ton district army engineer, an nounced. The deeds to the rights of way were furnished by the Town of Southport and the Southport Har bor company and accepted as satis factory by the chief of the U. S army engineers corps. The project was authorized by the rivers and harbors act of June 20, 1938, and provided for the dredg ing of a yacht basin. 230 feet wide, 450 feet long, and 12 feet deep. The yacht basin is to be dredged in a marsh area near the western limits of the Town of Southport and | I is to be connected with the intra coastal waterway by a suitable chan nel of the same depth. In addition to furnishing rights of way, the Wilmington district ar my engineers office said, local in terests hi'te agreed to provide suit able bulkheads, boat-slips, walkways, and other facilities for servicing boats open to the public on equal and reasonable terms to all. Some time ago the Town of South port passed resolutions agreeing to provide these facilities and the may or and city clerk were authorized to proceed immediately. Specifications for the project, which will cost an estimated $23, 000, have been prepared at the of iee of the Wilmington district army engineer which will issue invita tions for dredging work very shortly. The army engineers said one of the large oil companies is contem plating the installation of a. serv ice station there for the purpose of providing suitable facilities for boats using the yacht basin. After the receipt of bids for the work, the army engineers office said, the contract will probably be awarded sometime next month. Before the federal government would dig the proposed yacht basin there, it required that local inter ests acquire the necessary rights of ways, suitable spoil disposal areas, and make provision for bulk heading, piers, walkways, and other facilities which would be made available to the general pub lic. The Town of Southport was not in a position financially to meet these requirements of the federal government and Allen C. Ewing, of Wilmington pud Southport, be came interested in the project. The Town of Southport later au thorized Ewing to go forward with the work and carry on negotiations looking toward the fulfillment of the requirements of the federal government, in order to insure the yacht basin being: built. Ewing then obtained for the Town of Southport a deed in fee simple to the property, where the basin is to be dredged, and also secured the necessary easements to the property surrounding the basin to be used for spoil disposal areas. Ewing is now negotiating with private interests in order to obtain necessary funds with which to meet the other requirements of the fed eral government on the part of lo cal interests. The project is as sured, when all of these federal government requirements are ful filled.