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^QlTt3—NO. 224 _WILMINGTON, N. C„ SATURDAY, MAY 18, 1940_ + + ESTABLISHED 1867^
n ^ \ ^ a a a
Addition T-f^iotel Planned
$100,000 Job
Is Considered
By Cape Fear!
Plans Studied At Office Of
Concern’s Ownership
In New York
Actual Construction Work
Is Expected To Be Start
ed On July First
Proposals to construct a $100,000
addition to the Cape Fear hotel
here are now under consideration
in the offices of the concern’s own
ership in New York, it was an
nounced yesterday.
Sidney J. Rivenbark, manager,
said he was unable to comment
further on the plans at this time.
It is expected, however, that ac
tual construction work will begin
about July 1.
Plans for the project were said to
contemplate an addition of approxi
vnatelv 50 rooms and baths. The
hotel originally contained 150 rooms
and 35 rooms were added in 1937.
With the contemplated addition,
the hotel will be the largest in east
ern North Carolina.
Other improvements in the build
ing, which was built and opened in
1925, are also planned, it was said.
NEW YORK, May 17. — (2P> —
Heavy explosions have been heard
in Basle, Switzerland, said a Rome
broadcast picked up by NBC tonight.
The announcer said this led to the
belief that the French had blown up
several bridges in France near that
part of the Swiss border.
North Carolina: Partly cloudy:
warmer on the coast Saturday: Sunday
considerable cloudiness, scattered show
ers in west portion.
(Meteorological data for the 24 hours
muling 7:30 p. m. yesterday).
1:39 a. m. 66; 7:30 a. m. 64; 1:30 P
m. 77: 7:30 p. in. 71; maximum So:
minimum 59: mean 70: normal 71.
1:30 a. m. 94: 7:30 a. m. 58; 1:30 p
m. 32 : 7:30 p. m. 47.
Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m.
0 00 inches; total since first of the
month 0.72 inch.
Tides For Today
(From Tide Tables published by TJ
■ Coast and Geodetic Survey).
High Low
Wilmington _ 6:49a 1:32a
7 :27p 2:05p
-'lasonboro Inlpt_4:34a 10:53a
c . 5:18p ll:34p
sunrise 5:08a: sunset 7:08p; moon
rise 4:00p; moon set 3:01a.
WASHINGTON, May 17 — CP) -
eatl.rr bureau records of temperature
■n'l rainfall for the 24 hours ending 8
)' ni-. in the principal cotton growing
' rras and elspwhere *
7,ati|m H'ph Low Free.
•"Pena, clondv 51 42 0.00
Asheville, clondv ... 74 42 O.Of
■O anta, clondv . 81 53 0.01
■Oiantir City, clear __ .. 00 53 1.32
'■mnmghain, clondv _ 85 45 0.0(
I'f'Ston. Cloudy _ 03 58 0.00
""ffnlo. rain 49 42 0.0
“Arlington, cloudy_ 53 49 1.03
lucago. clear _52 4« O.Of
-jnemnati. cloudy_ 75 45 0.00
li.ii iln<T rain_ 52 42 0.00
|allas. rain _ S3 70 0.12
:• rw'"‘T- rain - «1 4(1 0.3?
Dnlnln’ clondy _ 51 48 0.00
ipiinth. clear - 57 34 0.00
- aso. cloudy_ 80 59 O.Of
aneston. cloudy _SO 72 O.Of
■Arl l:-l,n,"Iy _61 41 0.02
Kansas n-?' clo"dy — RS fil 0M
Kcv "tv- . y- ra'11 - 61 53 0.52
Kittle Pi Cloi,r _R4 72 °-nf
To, i?01?’ clol>6y_ 88 50 O.Of
I-'iuiwiif es- cloudy — 68 57 O.Of
iieAiihi'6, ,el"ndy -— 72 « 0.00
Meridian cJ,°udy- 87 55 O.Of
Mian i ;,o ?"dy -no 52 °-or
MinnUt P d,y - 85 74 O.Of
Mohile .1 i' Cloudy - 77 39 O.Of
N"«- OrleanH"7,—J—- 85 fi2 0'0r
Now vn,. s-, l',n"dy — 88 05 0.00
Norfolk „i (:'0"6y -— 04 53 0.74,
WtM„,rou< y - 72 54 0.4?
Portland \t .rt°T]y — 50 41 O.Oi
Portland rV " cloudy - 58 . 50 0.52
Riclimo 'd 0rr- oioudy SI * 55 O.Of
^'S’ran " 48 "-01
Siin Antnnln ,- <?1 51 °-4*"
San Franr j,; cl°,ur1y - 87 65 0.17
Tampa "ci''™- cloudy - 62 52 O.Of
lickshiir., ,L,-,-R9 68 O.Of
R'ashinsf'on ",,dy - 80 04 O.Of
""iinin, ' o oudy .. 07 51 O.Of
* "* cl,,,ldy - 80 59 0.00
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A Billion For Defense
President Franklin L. Roosevelt addresses the joint session of con
gress to ask the sum of $1,181,000,000 for defense of the United States
against European aggression. Vice President Garner is at right. The
President asked for the money to increase and modernize the armed
might of the country.
Gives 26 Votes To F. D. R.
Ramsey Lists Achievements
Of National And State
RALEIGH, May 17.—UP)—North :
Carolina democrats shouted their
praise of President Roosevelt and
Governor Hoey today and instructed
that the governor and other dele
gates to the national convention cast
the state’s 26 votes for a third term
for the President.
There was no audible opposition
to the resolution instructing that the
state’s entire vote be cast f0r Mr.
Roosevelt “if, and when, his name
is presented to the national conven
tion’’ and on every ballot “until he
is nominated or until his name Is
withdrawn.” Earlier a number of
the congressional district conven
tions had voted Roosevelt instruc- -
Harmony Prevails
Harmony prevailed from start to
finish. There wasn’t a record vote ■>
on anything. Dr. Ralph McDonald t
of Forsyth, who engaged in a bitter s
gubernatorial fight with Governor v
Hoey four years ago, illustrated the c
good will when he seconded nomina- t
tions for delegates-at-large to the s
national convention and said:
“I urge you to vote for this dele- 1
gation, for the head of the delegation ^
(Continued on Page Five; Col. 4) o
Derelict Schooner Is
Sighted On West Coast
SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 17.
—I/Pi—-A derelict two-masted
schooner, with no signs of life
aboard, was sighted 25 miles
to the south today. The coast
guard began an immediate in
Information received at the
coast guard air base said the
vessel was sighted about 3 p.
m about 10 miles off the Mexi
can coast.
The hull was reported awash.
A check of local yacht clubs
failed to reveal any missing
schooner, or one overdue. How
ever, there is a 34-foot ketch
reported as overdue from the
Canal Zone—the Idle Hour— in
which Dwight Long is winding
up a voyage around the world.
With him when he left the
Canal Zone were John S. North
Pittsburgh manufacturer, and
Douglas Grlil, of Philadelphia.
BERLIN, May 17—<A>)—German
ews holding emigration visas for
ae United States and other over
eas points were refused transit
isas by Italy beginning today. In
uirers were told that in view of
neertainty of the international
ituation and the possibility of
taly’s entry into the war, it was
ot desirable to have emigrants on
er hands for whom no overseas
ransportation might be available
nee Italy is a belligerent.
Brand, Perrin
Retire From
ACL June 30
Retirement Of Two Offi
cials At Own Request Is
Announced By Davis
Brand Started His Career
In 1889 And Perrin Be
gan Work In 1891
The retirement from active serv
ice of J. N. Brand, assistant vice
president, and J. W. Perrin, freight
traffic manager, both at their re
quest, was announced last night by
C. McD. Davis, executive vice presi
dent of the Atlantic Coast Line
Railroad company.
Both will become effective as ot
June 30. No announcement was
made as to their successors.
Brand has served the railroad foi
more than 50 years and Perrin a
slightly shorter time.
Official notices of the retiremt/fts
have been distributed in the rail
road's offices.
James Neveland Brand, born in
Clarendon county, S. C.. on Decem
ber 16, 1871, entered the employ of
the Charleston, Sumter and North
ern railroad, predecessor to the A.
C. L., as a telegraph operator in
He was then promoted in order
to chief clerk to general manager,
train dispatcher and train master,
chief clerk to superintendent of
t-ansportation, assistant superin
tendent of transportation, general
manager, and was appointed as
sistant vice-president on October
13. 1936.
He was married in 1900 and has
two children, James Neveland, Jr.,
and Herbert Borden.
He now resides at 1603 Chestnut
J. W. Perrin, born in Abbesville,
3. C., on March 22, 1869, entered
the employ of the road's predeces
sors in 1891 as chief rate clerk, be
ing promoted as follows: chief clerk,
assistant general freight agent,
general freight agent, assistant
freight traffic manager and is now
freight traffic manager.
He now resides at 1615 Market
- treet.
Duplin Leaders Attend
Demonstration Meeting
recreational leaders training school
:'or the southeastern district of North
Carolina was held May 13, 14, 15,
and 16, at the Bladen county 4-H
camp at White Lake. About GO rec
reational leaders attended.
Among those attending from Dup
lin county were: Miss Hattie Pearl
Mallard, home demonstration agent;
Lacey F. Weeks, assistant county
farm agent; Mrs. Phoebe Pate, of
the Beulaville home demonstration
club; and Miss Ruth Chase Honey
cutt, of the Duplin service club.
RALEIGH, May 17. — (A>> — Dr.
Howard W. Odum of Chapel Hill will
speak here tomorrow at the first
tnnual livestock day program of stu
dents in the agriculture school at
N. C- State college.
Outlay Of $1,694,877,724 On Army
Approved By Senate Subcommittee
WASHINGTON, May 17—</P)—
Increasing: President Roose
velt’s extraordinary defense
program by $50,000,000, a sen
ate subcommittee tonight ap
proved a $1,694,877 outlay on the
United States army in the next
fiscal year—an expenditure that
would shatter all peace-time
Chairman Thomas (D-Okla.)
said the committee decided to
make funds available so that a
fully equipped force of 280,000
men, about 25,000 more than
the President had suggested,
could be put in the field.
There was no doubt that the
smashing progress of German
arms in Belgium had spurred
the senators not only to approve
Mr. Roosevelt’s program, but
add to it. The committee acted
after a session with General
George C. Marshall, army chief
of staff.
The senators, working with an
army appropriation bill of $784,
999,094, previously approved by
the house, almost doubled it by
adding $674,648,994 to it. First
they added $545,770,364 in new
funds asked by the President
yesterday, then tacked on $50,
000,000 for army personnel.
Moreover, they inserted more
than $51,000,000 in items which
had been approved by the bud
get bureau last January but had
been denied by the house. These
items included $35,415,069 for
the signal corps, ordinance,
transportation, etc.
(Continued on Page Five: Col. 2)
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Gamelin Declares Fate Of
France Depends On Big
Battle Under Way
PARIS, May 17—(AP) —
The French armies, under or
ders from Generalissimo
Maurice Gustave Gamelin to
“die on the spot rather than
give further ground,” battled
a massive German tank drive
into northern France tonight
in a clash described by the
high command as “a verit
able melee.”
Adolf Hitler’s gray-green
fighters carried their week
old offensive on the western
front to a peak during the
day with violent blasts both
in Belgium and France in a
desperate effort to drive
home a decisive victory.
King Leopold Flees
The German thrust through
| Belgium struck straight at
[ Brussels, from which King
Leopold’s government fled to
Ostend, on the North sea.
(The German high com
mand announced its troops
entered Brussels at nightfall
after breaking through Bel
gian and Allied lines defend
the Belgian capital.)
The drive into France was
directed through a pocket
carved out of the battle-scar
red northern plains.
“The fate of the father
land, that of our Allies and
the destiny of the world de
pends on the battle in
course,” General Gamelin,
commander-in-chief of the
Allied forces, said in an order
of the day.
“English, Belgian and Po
lish soldiers and foreign vol
unteers are fighting at our
sides. British aviation is en
gaged to the full like ours.
“Any soldier who can not
(Continued on Page Three)
Men Called For Month’s ;
Training in The Use ’
Of New Weapons’
- ;
ATHENS, Greece, May 18.—(Sat- ■,
urday)—(iP>—The war ministry early ,
today called to the colors the 1935 i
military class.
The class, composed of men 26 '
years old, will report May 25.
It was announced officially that
the class, reported to number 60,000, ■
was called for a month's training "in
the use of new weapons.”
Informed military observers said
most of the class would be sent to
the border of Italian "protected” Al
bania to swell the already large num
ber of Greek troops manning forti
fications facing Italian forces on the
other side.
Simultaneously, Premier-Dictator
John Metaxas held long conferences
with the Yugoslav and Rumanian
ambassadors- Aleksandar Vukcevic,
the Yugoslav envoy, sounded out
Metaxas last Tuesday on what as
sistance Yugoslavia could expect
from Greece in the event of an Ital
ian attack.
Rumania, like Yugoslavia, is an al
ly of Greece and Turkey in the Bal
kan entente.
Where Armies Clash
I. ' " ..
From Antwerp southward, following line of the Meuse, Germans
and Allies lock grips in a crucial battle. Black arrows represent nazi
thrusts. A split German column out of Maastricht sent its northern
fork against Louvain, which was reduced to- ruins. Gembioux is re
ported hard hit by a big tank battle. Nazis claim to have crossed the
Meuse at three points between Namur and Sedan, and to have broken
tha Maginot Line below Sedan (wedge). Column east of Metz is now
making a frontal attack on the Maginot Lice (checked section).
British rorces Withdraw
From Capital Of Belgium
- -
Dutch And French Forces
Abandon Two Vital
Netherlands Islands
LONDON, May 17.—(/P)—British
.roops withdrew tonight to the
vest of Brussels, occupation of
vhich was announced by the Ger
nans, while Dutch and French
orces abandoned the Netherlands
stands of Beveland and Walch
;ren, among the last of the Dutch
ronts of resistance to the Nazi
Disclosure of the withdrawal
rom Brussels was made in a brief
Iritish war office communique fol
owing an appeal by an official
source to Britons to keep “stout
learts and cool heads” in the face
>f German successes in Belgium
ind the deeper drive into northern
Islands Bombed
Abandonment of the Dutch is
ands in Zeeland province was de
eded upon after heavy bombard
nent by German planes and ar
illery, it was reported here.
King George VI, keeping close
y in touch with the great battle in
■'ranee and Belgium, studied maps
it the war office and later receiv
:d Prime Minister Winston
Ihurchill at Buckingham palace.
The war office declared there
vas “no question of a collapse or
>reak-through” in the Brussels sec
(Contiiiued on Page Three)
American Republics
Protest Nazi Drives
MONTEVIDEO, March 17.—
(fP)—All. 21 American republics
tonight approved a joint declara
tion protesting German invasions
of neutral countries.
The declaration, drafted by
Uruguay, was approved after
Chile and Nicaragua communi
cated unreserved approvals.
Consequently, the Panama gov
ernment informed Uruguay the
text of the declaration would
be releasde at Panama tomorrow
Deputy Sheriff Dies In Hos
pital After Suffering
Heart Attack
Joseph A. Sailing, 52, of 611 South
rhird street, a deputy sheriff in the
office of Sheriff C. David Jones,
died at James Walker Memorial
hospital yesterday afternoon at 6
o'clock following a short illness.
He was stricken about a week ago
with a heart attack.
Funeral services will be held
from the late residence Sunday aft
ernoon at 3:30 o’clock, with the
Kev. F. S. Johnston, pastor of Em
(Continued on Page Three)
Fresh Reports Indicate
Allied Front Tottering
(Associated Press Writer)
An ominous admission in London
hat Allied forces are falling back
it undisclosed points all along the
:attle line from Antwerp to Se
ian lends color to German claims
jf complete victory in Flanders in
he first clash with the Franco-Brit
sh foe.
Whether admitted Allied with
drawals mean impending evacua
:ion of all Belgian, or a more limit
ed correction of the front to avert
i German flanking attack north
west from the Sambre river line,
remains to be seen. There can be
no question, however, that the
whole Allied front in Belgium from
a point on the Franco-Belgian bor
der near Maubeuge to Antwerp and
the sea is tottering.
Delaying Action
In the face of the bulge driven in
to French lines from the Mau
beuge region to a point on the
Meuse river, Carignan, southeast
of Sedan. Allied tenure of the front
(Continued on Page Five; Col. 1)
One Report Says Germans
Have Moved Within 76
Miles Of Paris
BERLIN, May 17—(AF) —
Germany’s power in two
great thrusts smashed into
Brussels tonight as Allied re
sistance melted through the
center of Belgium, and to the
south drove “deep in north
ern France” along a 65-mile
front aimed toward Paris.
One report, without official
verification and lacking de
tails, said the German drive
into northern France between
Maubeuge and Montmedy
had carried to within 76
miles of Paris.
The high command an
nounced German troops
marched into the Belgian
capital after sweeping
through Louvain, 16 miles to
the east, and Mecheln (Ma
lines), 14 miles northeast.
Beat Kaiser’s Record
Marking the speed of Adolf
Hitler’s blitzkrieg, Brussels
was entered in the eighth day
of the current campaign
whereas Kaiser Wilhelm’s
troops in 1914 goose-stepped
into the city on the 17th day
of their invasion.
The whirlwind drive also
brought German troops
pounding at the outer forti
fications of Antwerp, 28
miles north of Brussels,
while to the south of the
capital they were reported to
have pierced the Dyle river
position between Brussels and
South and west from the
Namur region, the German
advance on French soil push
ed through sections of the
Little Maginot Line, where
that defense system has been
extended along the Belgian
French frontier, the high
icommand report ed, and
brought claims that nazi
forces had punctured the
main French defenses.
Head For Coast
Dienst Aus Deutschland, authori
tative commentary service, said the
| (Continued on Page Three)
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