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Dedicated To The Progress 01 ^ . Served by Leased Wire of the
WILMINGTON ASSOCIATED PRESS
And Southeastern North L | 11 I III I hi I With Complete Coverage of
^ar0^na_ ^ State and National News
__ WILMINGTON, N. C., THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 1940__+ + ESTABLISHED 1867.
BRITAIN POURS TROOPS AND GUNS INTO FRANCE
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Edwards Woman Is Indicted
11STFrom War |
JPPI^ffXWrlHflr £ W, ■
Wife of President Roosevelt’s
special envoy to the Vatican, Mrs.
Mcrmi t. Taylor arrives at New
York aboard the 17. S. liner Man
hattan. which brought almost 2,000
passengers from Europe. Ques
tioned about the war she sanl: “I
am too crushed to say anything. ’
SAIILtW N. 1.
LAUNCHING TODAY
Crowd Of 35,000 Expected
To See Miss Isabel Hoey
Christen Vessel
YEW YORK. June 12.—(-£>>—'War
time restrictions were outlined for
tie launching tomorrow of the $70,
100,000 battleship North Carolina, the
second super-dread naught to hit the
water this month under the navy’s
speeded-up expansion program.
Building since October, 1937, the
tew vessel was the first battleship
laid down since the 1921 Washington
naval conference. She and her sister,
tie Washington, which was launched
June l at Philadelphia, are the first
of six ships of the 35,000-ton class
authorized in 1936 and 1938 and will
be, temporarily, the mightiest ships
of the fleet.
In two yews, they will be sur
passed by four 45,000-ton vessels,
larger than any battleships in the
World. Two of these now are under
construction and the navy announced
today that work had been ordered
started on two more.
Some 35,000 persons were expected
it the Brooklyn navy yard to watch
Isabel Young Hoey, daughter of
(Continued on Page Four; Col. 7)
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L WEATHER
FORECAST
Yorth Carolina, South Carolina and
, -orsia: Partly cloudy, scattered after
!:°?, thundershowers Thursday and
Probably Friday.
(Meteorological data for the 24 hours
lnS 7:30 p. m. yesterday).
.Temperature
to* sj.aVm' 73t 7:30 a- m- 77; 1:30 P
hj-j ' 1:3I) p. m. 79; maximum 87;
"lmnm 72; mean 80: normal 76.
i.,. Humidity
a-m-86; 1:30 p
fn.. | , Precipitation
ton? J.”,24. hours ending 7:30 p. m.,
24° in a s,nce first of the month,
•10 inches.
Tides For Today
^ton _
^iasonhoro Inlet - l'™ia H-ltE
Sunrise 2:02p 8:13p
li$e °,00a * sunset. 7:24p; moon
■°-P; moonset 0:21a.
une 12. — UP) —
and records of temperature
P. j, ■ faJ' for the 24 hours ending 8
W'arH ‘, l|rinc*pal cotton-growing
Static„ d eIse"-hcre:
■^shevillo ,.i„,High Low Free.
Atlanta el? °,.Udy- 85 64 0.04
Sin»i ‘gh^'^ - 87 67 °-00
Boston’e cloudy - 87 6S 0.04
Ohio?";, et<55;-- 70 80 0.00
g«cin*ttitj A-71 51 0.07
Denver ei„, J,ou<Jy — 90 71 0.03
Detroit ?.°u^y - 82 50 ° 00
Galveston'- 89 64 0.50
i«ksoavV °?,d/a- 85 72 °-°°
SsasC v’ U?y - 87 72 °-07
Dttli. jt*;?’ Ll10U(iy - 70 62 0.00
t‘js A”5eles ? oudy - 78 58 0.00
^“tsville ei ?r — 76 56 0.00
»iailli> ?lo, Udy — 87 70 0.36
;v0bi|r. clouriv - 85 72 0.87
vew Orleans 7- 81 70 0.38
vew York ?Udy “ 77 72 0.54
^«0lk. clourt vdy-81 62 G-'f
?eh»ona elmJe- 92 70 0.18
k ■ Lou>S ' c1m,Hdy- 93 69 °-°°
I n •'ntoni„ , y v— 77 66 0.20
fc" F'tan? ,’ c,09dy - 99 60 0.00
r'annah, eini.a ear * 63 52 0.00
k?,ahinSton , - 88 «7 O.0S
Si’- 89 72 0.00
‘ cleat 87 J2 0.00
Charged With
Killing Her
Former Mate
Grand Jury Returns Bill
Following Presentation
Of ‘New Evidence’
IS HELD IN JAIL HERE
Was Released For Want Of
Probable Cause On Same
Charge Last Year
Leona Warlick Allen Edwards,
young wrhite woman, was yesterday
Indicated by the New Hanover
county grand jury on a charge of
killing her former husband, Rich
ard Lloyd Allen, 22, on the night of
April 24, 1939, at his roadhouse on
the Carolina Beach road.
The grand jury returned a true
bill in the case at 5:30 o’clock yes
terday afternoon, following the pre
sentation of purported "new evi
dence” by R. L. Allen, father of the
dead boy.
. Arrested
She was being held in jail last
night under $4,000 bond, following
her arrest at about 8 o’clock.
Distritc Solicitor David Sinclair
said yesterday he does not intend
to try the woman for her life. He
also state that the Judge George
Rountree and William Jones, at
torneys for Allen, will prosecute
the case.
Interviewed in jail last night, the
Mrs. Edwards said, “I’m glad a true
bill was returned.
“Now he case will come to, trial
and I’ll have a chance to prove
once and for all that I’m innocent.”
She declined to make any further
statement.
R. L. Allen said last night he was
happy that, "after spending $5,600 I
have brought justice to w'here it can
show itself."
The woman was arrested in Au
gust, 1939, given preliminary hearing
Continued on Page Four; Col. 6)
f.
Indicted
MRS. LEONA EDWARDS
TAX ON DEFENSE
BONDS PROPOSED
Senate Suggests That Bil
lion-Dollar Tax Measure
Be Doubled Or Tripled
WASHINGTON, June 12— UP) —
Amid senate suggestions that con
gress double or triple the billion
dollar tax bill approved by the
house, Secretary Morgentjiau dig.
closed today that persons who buy
the proposed new federal defense
bonds would have to pay taxes on
them.
Morgenthau advised the senate
finance committee that he would
utilize existing authority to apply
federal taxes to income from these
securities even if congress failed to
heed his recommendaton that pre
sent exemptions be removed from
all future issues of federal, state
and local bonds.
“That will make the bonds harder
to sell, won’t it?” asked Senator
Conn ally (D-Tex). Morgenthau
smiled the question away.
Besides raising $1,004,000,000 in
new taxes, the house revenue bill
would increase the federal debt
limit from $45,000,000,000 to $49,
000,000,000. A special $4,000,000,000
defense security issue would be
sold and retired over a five-year
(Continued on Page Four; Col. 7)
Alien Registration Drive
Is Pushed By Grand Jury
SCOn ADDRESSES
BURGAW FEST1VAI
Tells Bean Fete Crowd N.
C. Must Wage 'Agricul
tural Blitzkrieg’
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BURGAW, June 12. — Agriculture
Commissioner W. Kerr Scott, speak
ing at the annual Burgaw Bean fes
tival today, told his audience, “North
Carolina must wage an agricultural
blitzkrieg” if it is to continue its
reputation as a balanced stati.
Scott said, “farm packed beans are
graded and repacked at many ship
ping points after they are bought
from the producers, and in the termi
nal markets there are a number oi
operators who specialize m regraumg
and repacking for the high class
trade.
“So long as repackers and regrad
ers can make a profitable business
through the extended use of good
marketing methods, North Carolina
farmers must realize that they have
not given the consumer the graded
quality package of beans that is de
manded.”
A parade, the highlight of the an
nual festival, was held this afternoon
following Scott’s talk. The parade
was headed by the Queen of the
Bean festival, who the people of Bur
gaw selected by popular vote.
Floats sponsored by various mer
chants and organizations were en
tered in the parade.
The festival came to a close to
night with the Queen’s ball in the
Burgaw High school. Music was fur
nished by Hal Thurston and his or
chestra.
REPORT IS PRESENTED
Judge Burgwyn Calls Again
For Enforcement Of The
Bolich Act Here
The drive for the enforcement of
the Bolich alien registration act
went a step further yesterday when
the New Hanover county grand
jury ordered that every effort be
made to call to the attention of
aliens in the county the fact that
they must record their names and
other information with the clerk of
the superior court.
Judge W. H. S. Burgwyn, presid
ing at the term of criminal court
which closed yesterday, charged
the grand jury to take steps
(Continued on Page Four; Col. 6)
I
House Passes
Bill For New
Planes, Ships
$1,706,053,908 Measure
Provides For 3,000 Craft
And 68 Warships
OKEHED ON 401-1 VOTE
Senate Approves Training
Of CCC Boys In Non
Combatant Activities
WASHINGTON, June 12—(A7—
By the vote of 401 to 1, the House
stamped quick approval today on
an extraordinary $1,706,053,908 bill
providing funds for 3,000 ny^ w
planes, 68 warships, 95,000 addi
tional men for the army, a* Utr
flung system of naval air pasts
and other defense measures.
Last of a series of big defense
appropriations to start through
congress, the measure passed the
house and went to the senate with ,
only Rep. Marcantonia (AL-NY)
dissenting. It ~f,ai§es the session’s
total "defense program to $3;B21,"'
619,622.
Will Train Pilots
Among other items in the bill
are funds for training for 87,000
civilian air pilots, to be conducted
by the Civil Aeronautics Authority,
and to include primary, secondary
and “refresher” training, the last
for old pilots who may need brush
ing up on combat flying. The bill
also provides funds for an unspeci
fied number of tanks and other
mechanized equipment.
The senate, meanwhile, approv
ed the training of CCC boys in :
non-combatant army activities,
such as cookery, photography and
mechanics. The chamber rejected,
47 to 35, a proposal by Senator '
George (D-Ga) to give military :
(Continued on Page Twelve, Col. 1) ,
MAN, WOMAN HELD
IN ROBBERY CASE>
_ i
Are Jailed In Lumberton In ,
Connection With St.
Pauls Bank Holdup i
LUMBERTON, June 12.—UP)—A
man and woman identified by the '
state highway patrol as Raymond 1
Hancock, about 35, of Richmond, 1
Va., and Margaret Cox, about 23, of
Laurel Hill, were held in jail here
tonight for investigation in connec
tion with the $2,100 robbery of the _
Bank of Rowland at St. Pauls on ‘
May 29.
Patrol Lieut. Arthur P. Moore said |
that patrolmen and Guy Scott, of .
the state bureau of investigation, (
took the couple from a south-bound ]
bus at Mt. Airy. I
A wide search for the couple has ]
been conducted. E. B. Ward, assist- ]
ant cashier of the bank, told officers j
after the robbery that he was alone
when a woman came into the bank j
and asked for change for a $5 bill, t
(Continued on Page welve, Col. 3)
ITAL Y REPLIES TO BRITISH
ATTACKS WITH MALTA RAID;
NAZIS SIGHT EIFFEL TOWER
NAZIS CROSS MARNE
Invading Armies Push To
ward Capital In Three
Main Thrusts
BATTLE IN GARDENS
TOURS, FRANCE, June 12—Ger
nan troops crossed the Marne at
Chateau-1 hierry in a storm of fire
;onight, and other forces struck
iown from the north to within 20
niles of the heart of Paris.
They pushed forward on the
:apital in three main thrusts, and
:ompleted almost half of a ring
about it, swinging from the Seine
to Persan-Beaumont and Senlis
and then down to Chateau-Thierry
—the field where American ma
rines helped break another Ger
man advance of 22 years ago.
Fight In Gardens
In Chantilly, near Semlis and
Persan-Beaumont in the region 20
miles north of Paris, the fighting
:aged over the very gardens of
Jnited States ambassador William
2. Bullitt’s chateau.
(Bullitt is understood still to be
ft P*ris.)
Into a mighty battle to take
Heims, above the Marne, the Nazis
hrew a whole mechanized army
:orps numbering 80,000 men o r
more and about 3,000 tanks, ar
mored cars and shielded machine
;un-bearing motorcycles.
The French did not acknowledge
he loss of Reims. Which the Ger
mand claim, but they did concede
hat some forces had swept past
t and across the Marne at Cha
;eau-Thierry.
Efforts Spectacular
German efforts along the Seine
ikewise were spectacular. They
jut on all possible pressure from
Houen to Vernon in an effort to
nlarge a bridgehead they had es
ablished on the south side of the
iver.
In that area, the French high
:ommand declared the invaders
vere being held in the region of
Hacy Sur Eure and Evreus.
German scouting parties, how
;ver, were acknowledged to have
‘truck off from the main body
lorthwest toward Caudebec, which
s only about 30 miles from the
'ital French port of Havre.
Between the Oise and Ourcq ri
sers Nazi advance units attacked
dolently around Crepy-enValois
ind Betz—a town some 30 miles
lortheast of Paris.
Losses Great
The French declared their “num
irous prisoners” reported enor
nous losses among the Germans
lortheast of Reims.
French aviation was declared to
lave returned five times to the
»attle area during the day.
The region between the Aisne
ind Meuse rivers was reported
[uiet.
The Germans had taken Rouen,
he port of Paris on the Seine,
ind by their own claims had cut
ff and captured some 20,000
Tench troops at St. Valery, 20
niles down the channel coast from
>ieppe. They had captured Sen
is, historic World war town, only
6 miles north of Paris.
From the lower Seine to the Ar
;onne Forest the battle raged. As
he guns roared along the whole ir
(ontinued on Page Four; Col. 6)
t
Germans Tighten Circle
Of Steel Around Paris
BERLIN, June 13 — (Thurs
day) — Tens of thousands of
German troops, who saw the
Eiffel Tower of Paris clearly
just a little way ahead, drew
tighter their circle of fire and
teel about their French capital
today.
The city—doomed in German
eyts—was within easy range of
German guns from three direc
tions.
German artillery opened up
on the long-quiet upper Rhine
front — perhaps as the prelude
to an effort to drive one last
decisive wedge into France —
while divisions of the nazi cen
ter were smashing within 12 1-2
miles of Paris along the Oise.
At the same time the Ger
man west wing claimed to have
knocked out an important
French force on the English
Channel, taking 20,000 prison
ers.
The artillery action on the
far east of the German line was
(Continued on Page Four; Col. It
Turkey Decides To Stay
Out Of War At Present
_:_I_x
Reynolds* Daughter
Caught In Florence
WASHINGTON, June 12.—(/P)
—Frances Reynolds, 2J-year-Old
daughter of Senator Reynolds
(D-NC), was caifght in Florence
with Italy’s entrance into the
war, aides of the senator said to
day. i
They said that the senator was
working through the State de
partment to bring her home. It
was considered likely that ar
rangements could be made for
her to fly back by clipper plane
from Lisbon.
Miss Reynolds has been in
Florence studying sculpture.
SPAIN DECLARES
NON-BELLIGERENCY
Word ‘Neutrality’ Not Used
In Decree Published By
The Government
MADRID, June 13— (Thursday^—
(J5?)—Spain tonight declared her non
belligerency in the European war in
a reiteration of her previous declara
tions.
The government published the fol
lowing decree:
“It is made known to all the fol
lowing decision.
“War having been extended to the
Mediterranean by Italy’s entry into
(Continued on Page weive, Col. 3)
Brees Says Army Needs
2,500,000 Garand Rifles
LAREDO, TEX., June 12—W
Maj. Gen. Herbert J. Brees, eighth
corps area commander, said today
the army needed 2,500,000 garand
automatic rifles but added:
“At present the new army rifle
is made at only one place which
has a regular capacity of 200 ri
fles a day. The present maximum
war capacity is 200 rifles a day.”
The Fort Sam Houston comman
der flew to this border town to de
liver a preparedness address.
WILL BOOST DEFENSE
Nation Is Especially Inter
ested In Attitude Of So
viet Government
ANKARA, June 12— UP) —The
Turish government decided tonight
to stay out of the war at present
but to redouble its defensive pre
parations.
This was the decision of the eabi
net, official sources said. There was
no formal statement, however.
The only communique said the
“Cabinet met under the presidency
of Inonu and discussed the situa
tion."
Interested In Russia
Turkey is especially interested in
the Russian attitude and certainly
will not enter the conflict, despite
her mutual assistance agreement
with the Allies, until she is assured
she will not have a hostile Russia at
her back.
Today's decision, moreover, was
based on the feeling that there is
no reason for Turkey to abandon
her non-belligerency now.
HEAD TOWARD BATTLE
Thirty Civilians Killed And
Many Are Wounded In
Air Raid On Malta
EGYPT JOINS ALLIES
LONDON, June 13—(Thursday)
—(sP)—Grat Britain poured men and
guns across the English Channel
to the aid of her had-pressed
French Ally today, backing up far
ranging air raids pressed against
the enemy from equatorial Africa
to arctic Norway,
“Every gun that could shoot,”
every available soldier and tank
headed for the continental battle
field to fight the Germans, while
Italy replied to British air forays
with deadly attacks on Malta, Brit
ain’s island fortress in the Medi
terranean.
Civilians Killed
The British, counting their suc
cesses from tons of bombs aimed
at the axis powers, also counted
30 of her civilians dead and 30
injured from the eighth Italian air
raid bn Malta. Seven soldiers also
were wounded. The Italians return
ed to the Mediterranean island ear
ly this morning and made two
more raids—the ninth and tenth—
and ran into a blaze of anti-air
craft gunfire.
The Germans feinted at Britain
with a series of flights over the
southern coast during the night
and early morning but no bombs
were dropped and ground defen
ses drove the raiders off.
Egypt, ally or Britain, handeo’
the Italian minister to Cairo his
passport after severing diploma
tic relations with Italy. Reuters,
British news agency, quoted a
well-informed Egyptian source in
Cairo as saying Egypt’s entry into
the war is “only a question o t
days.”
“Every available man, rifle, gun
and tank is being sent to the aid
of France,” the Daily Herald re
ported. ‘ The war office is gather
ing ever .rticle of equipment to
hasten t ir dispatch.
Among the reinforcements were
British ar i Polish soldiers with
(Continued on Page Four; Col. 7)
Italy rlaces Mine Belt
To Divide Mediterranean
WILL BLOCKADE MALTA
Allies Make Raids On Great
Industrial Cities Of Mi
lan And Turin
ROME, June 12—Iff)—Italy mov
ed to cut the Mediterranean in
half tonight with a wide new mine
belt intended to box in completely
the Britiah fortified island of Malta
—Italy’s first announced objective
of the war.
Her other activity against the
allies in this third day of her
participation on the side of Ger
many was largely an unknown
quantity, however.
May Block Allies
(It is less than 100 miles from
Sicily across the Mediterranean to
French African Tunisia. Roughly
half way lies the Italian island
of Pantelleria. Apparently the
mines are intended to keep Allied
naval forces and sea-borne sup
plies from the western Mediter
ranean from reaching the Allied
land and sea forces now in the
middle east.)
Non-enemy ships passing from
one end of the Mediterranean to
the other now must go through
the narrow straits of Messina, be
tween Corsica and the toe of Italy
proper.
It was stated “measures have
been taken to hurry their pas
sage.’
Boxes Malta
The new mined zone, as des
cribed in a government communi
que, boxes Malta — the fortified
British island—completely.
The mine zone extends on the
western side from the Frencn Tu
nisian coast north to a point off
(ontinued on Page Four; Col. 6)
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OFFICERS ELECTED
BY STERN STAR
Mrs. L. M. Byerly, Of Salis
bury, Is Named Worthy
Grand Matron
The 35th annual session of th*
North Carolina Order of Eastern
Star was closed with a memorial
service last night at the Ocean Ter
race hotel, Wrightsville Beach.
The installation of officers, hear
ing of committee reports and the
reading of the minutes for approval
composed the remainder of last
night’s session.
At the afternoon session, the last
32,000 needed to complete payment
for the chapel at the Masonic and
Eastern Star home in Greensboro
was raised.
During the day, Mrs. L. M. Byes
ly, of Salisbury, was elected worthy
grand matron to succeed Mrs. Har
riet L. Powell, of Wilmington.
Other officers elected include:
John L. Orr, of Greensboro, wor
thy grand patron, to succeed the
Rev. N. M. Harrison; Mrs. M. C.
Weatherly, of Rich Square, re
elected grand secretary for the
32nd consecutive year.
Mrs. Nellie B. Stine, re-elected
grand treasurer; Mrs. Bessie Gad
dy, associate grand matron; Mrs.
M. F. Fleet, grand conductor;
Hawley C. Cobb, associate grand
patron; and C. M. Powell, of Wil
mington, most worthy grand guard
to the most worthy grand matron.
The final business session was
opened at 9 o’clock yesterday morning
(Continued on Page Four; CoL 3)
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JAP PLANES DESTROY TWO-THIRDS OF |
CHUNGKING, CAUSE 1,500 CASUALTIES
CHUNKING, June 12.—</W—
In a brief 23-minute raid this
afternoon 124 Japanese planes to
day destroyed two-thirds of old
Chunking City, provisional capi
tal of China, and caused casual
ties probably numbering 1,500.
American missionaries said the
havoc was the worst single de
vastation caused by Japanese
bombers since the start of hos
tilities nearly three years ago,
and probably was one of the
worst ravages of a city in his
tory.
Between 800 and 900 demoli
tion bombs were dropped,
• /
Columns of black smoke pour
ed from the stricken district
after this second big raid in two
days.
A raid yesterday by 117 planes
caused at least 50 casualties. One
bomb fell within 30 yards of the
TJ. S. embassy, two fell in the
garden of tjie British ambassa
dor’s home, and others partially
demolished the Soviet embassy.
Offices of the German trans
ocean news agency were destroy
ed by fire, the building housing
the Havas (French and Tass (So
viet) news agencies was destroy
ed, and the Associated Cress
building was near collapse.
One bomb scored a direct hit
on the air raid shelter in which
Dr. Oliver Lockhart, director ot
the salt administration, was
refuged. He was unhurt.
The hospital was badly shaken
but remained open, and Ameri
can property there was hit.
The total area bombed prob
ably was about a mile square but
because of the density of the
population about 150,000 were
left homeless.
Foreigners escaped. At the
Methodist Union hospital center,
W. A. McCurdy of Glens Falls,
N. Y., F. 0. Stockwell of Dewey,
Okla., and John Mathieson ot
Winnipeg, Canada, left dugouts
to give first-aid to victims.
It was emphasized that the old
city housed no military objec
tives. Some expressed belief that
Japan’s sole aim was systematic
destruction of the Chinese war
time capital.
Embassy officials and other
Americans and foreigners ex
pressed incredulity that such de
vastation could occur in such a
short time. The cathedral of the
French Catholic mission was de
stroyed by bombs, and many
Holy articles lost. j
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