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Consolidated City-County Government
under Council-Manager Administration.
Public Port Terminals.
Perfected Truck and Berry Preserving
and Marketing Facilities.
Arena for Sports and Industrial
Seaside Highway from WrightsviUe
Beach to Bald Head Island.
Extension of City Limits.
35-Foot Cape Fear River channel, wid
er Turning Basin, with ship lanes into
industrial sites along Eastern bank
south of Wilmington.
Paved River Road to Southport, via
Orton Plantation.
Development of Pulp Wood Produc
tion through sustained-yield methods
throughout Southeastern North Carolina.
Unified Industrial and Resort Pro
motional Agency, supported by one,
county-wide tax.
Shipyards and Drydock.
Negro Health Center for Southeastern
North Carolina, developed around the
Community Hospital.
Adequate hospital facilities for whites.
Junior High School.
Tobacco Warehouse for Export Buyers.
Development of native grape growing
throughout Southeastern North Carolina.
Modern Tuberculosis Sanatorium.
Thou must be true thyself.
If thou the truth wouldst teach!
Thy soul must overflow, if thou
Another's soul wouldst reach;
It needs the overflow of heart
To give the lips full speech
As the day for opening the democratic na
tional convention at Chicago draws near specu
lation grows on the question of candidates.
Washington just now is ago over a rumor that
President Roosevelt has decided to he a can
didate and has named Secretary of State Hull
as his running mate.
Many party members will immediately ac
cept the rumor as an established fact, and
democrats, with few exceptions, will agree that
such a slate would not only be acceptable to the
convention but to the vast majority of Ameri
can voters as well. But it must be remem
bered that President Roosevelt has given the
rumor no support. He still maintains his
studied silence on the nomination or, when
compelled to answer direct questions on the
subject, skillfully avoids a direct answer. The
matter is as mucn up m ine air now as wnen
first broached. Only when he decides the pro
per time has arrived for a declaration will Mr.
Roosevelt let his views and wishes be known.
There is, however, one point on which we
may base a conclusion. It is that the demo
cratic convention will nominate the ticket, and
only the ticket, which Mr. Roosevelt approves.
His position is unique in American politics.
Never before has the question of the third
term been so prominent Never in our long
national history has the question of national
defense been on a similar basis. Never have
Americans been confronted with the problem
of continuing in office a president whose re
election would set aside a cherished tradition
because his retirement might handicap rearma
ment at a crucial time in our national exist
Because the situation Is what it is, the
present dominant party needs to employ all
its power and judgment at the forthcoming
convention. It has, with few exceptions, com
plete confidence in the President. With few
exceptions, it believes him the one man in the
country fitted to carry on the vast prepared
ness program which must be pressed to a suc
cessful conclusion. It may be sure, whether
his decision is to run again or to propose a
luccessor, that Mr. Roosevelt will be guided
by what he believes will best meet the needs
of the people and the government in the
troubled years ahea<t
'T'HERE can be no further doubt that a defi
"*■ nite and complete break between Great
Britain and the French government headed by
Marshal Petaiit is at hand, and may already
have come as a result of the naval engage
ment between French and British warcraft off
France is broken. It survives at all only
with consent of its conqueror. Naturally the
French, so terribly beaten in the battles which
preceded capitulation, is anxious to avoid fur
ther penalties, heavier burdens, and is doing—
or its appeasement government is doing—all
that it can to save the little that is left of its
once great empire. On the other hand, Britain
is still free, still hopeful of victory, still put
ting up a stiff fight as it awaits the hour of
German onslaught in force.
The London attitude is that as long as any
part of the French navy is afloat it should
rally to Britain’s defense. When sections of
that navy refused this assistance and sought
to comply with the terms of the armistice
Hitleb laid down, the British warships in the
eastern Mediterranean fired upon them and
disabled or sunk most of them. This has so
incensed the fuehrer that he has consented
that French commanders scuttle their craft, if
that is the only means of keeping them out
of British hands.
Whatever semblances of diplomatic relations
existed between the Petain and the Chubchili.
governments have been ended and the two
countries which entered the war together are
now to all intents and purposes enemies. If
it is possible to draw any conclusion from
these circumstances, it is that however the
Battle of France ends, France will remain a
vassal state under German domination for
many years to come. Even if England should
win and force Germany into an unwelcome
peace it is not probable, in light of recent
events, that she will make the restoration of
French independence a part of her peace terms.
For her own protection and security she is
likely to require Hitleb to return channel and
Atlantic ports to France or to a protectorate
she herself will set up there, but this is about
all that she can be expected to do for her for
mer ally. And of course if Hitleb conquers
England France will be reduced to complete
This seems to be the ultimate outcome of the
naval engagement in the Mediterranean. It
gives that battle deeper significance than the
mere sinking of some ships involves.
The situation in Rumania, and all the Bal
kans for that matter, grows more obscure as
the days pass. What will transpire there is
beyond anyone’s power to guess accurately. We
may assume only that the old Rumania and to
a large extent the old Balkan area will be forc
ed into new allegiances by new masters before
peace returns to the world. But whether the
major spoils will go to Germany or Russia is
a matter of speculation. Italy’s part in the
drama just unfolding there is too inconspicuous
to dwell upon. Mussolini will get only what
the other two dictators give him, and that
probably will be the dog’s share of bones after
the feast is finished.
That Rumania is desperate in face of Rus
sian encroachments is manifest in the political
moves made at their capital. A new ministry
of Nazi type has been set up, in the hope that
with its support the German overlord, who
seeks to be the lord of all creation, will heed
its plea and do something to stop Stalin. Si
multaneously, the Moscow government sends
new Red forces into Bessarabia—forces far in
excess of any need to defend the area Stalin
has seized.
In the circumstances, it would appear that
while Hitleb debates within himself whether
to come to Rumania’s aid and possibly weaken
his attack on England thereby, Stalin en
trenches himself firmly for further incursions,
or, if this is not his purpose, then to be pre
pared to meet any later efforts by the Germans
to drive him back and even to take him on in
a separate war. Hitleb, thus far in his career,
has succeeded in outsmarting every govern
ment that opposed him. That he can also out
smart Stalin is still to be proved.
Arrest of the German-Amerlcan bund leader
and two associates by New Jersey sheriff’s
deputies as a bund picnic was getting under
way was made on the authority of a state law
which bans meetings which promote hatred
Bundsmen and other alien sympathizers will
claim that the right of free speech has been
denied their leaders and it is to be expected
that they will make a hard fight to prove this
point when the arrested men are brought to
In answr to this, the state of New Jersey
may well contend that the bund and its spokes
men are chiefly interested in breeding con
tempt for Ameroian democratic institutions,
and that sedition in any form is unlawful. The
burden of the prosecution will be to prove that
it was the Intention of the men under arrest
to promote hatred of these American institu
tions at the picnic which deputies unceremo
niously interrupted and not to defend the
state’s law which is founded on common sense
and good judgment.
All too frequently alien organizations are
able to wriggle out of tight corners on techni
calities and in consequence enjoy unwarranted
liberty to spread their harmful doctrines. Be
cause of American guarantees of free speech
they managed to violate the spirit if not the
letter of our statutes. The constitution, nor
the common law, gives the open seditionist no
immunity. If the bund leaders are proved to
have overstepped the bounds of propriety, de
cency and the respect due the government, they
should be given the punishment prescribed for
their offense, and no technical defense should
be permitted to stand in the way.
WASHINGTON, July 5.—Being appointed to
high office by executives of the Democratic
party is nothing new to Republican Henry
Lewis Stimson. ,
He has been honored by every President
from Roosevelt to Roosevelt. Only in Presi
dent Harding’s administration did he not hold
high office and even then he was mentioned for
cabinet and legal posts.
The appointment of Stimson as Secretary oi
War isn’t even the first time that F. D. R.
has recognized the talents of the man who had
nothing to do with politics until he was 4(
years old. In 1938, Roosevelt named him tc
the Hague Court and, on another occasion, ask
ed him to be one of two men on an importani
treaty mission to South America.
So certain must Stimson have.been that h<
would come back to Washington some day, tha‘
he never relinquished ownership of historic
Woodley, a lovely old house on a 16-acre estate
at 300 Cathedral Avenue. The rambling ole
mansion of pre-Civil war construction wa:
bought by Stimson when he was Secretary o:
State under President Hoover. It used to be
the summer White House of President Cleve
* * *
He Rode Into Politics
It’s only a stone’s throw from the spot ir
Rock Creek park where Stimson actually gal
loped into politics. Elihu Root and Presideni
Teddy Roosevelt were out for an early morn
ing horseback ride. Root saw Stimson riding
across the creek and remarked to the Presi
dent that he probably would be a good man fo;
the post of district attorney in New York
The President said, “Call him over.” Roo
hailed Stimson and the latter, disregarding
the steep bank, dashed into the creek a
breakneck pace, caught up his horse as he
stumbled in midstream and brought him lath
ering and rearing up the near bank.
T. R. cried, “Magnificent horsemanship!
Magnificent!” and without further ceremonj
asked him to take the New York federal pro
secuting job.
Stimson probably is the only Secretary oi
War (he also held the post under Taft) grad
uated from the Army War College.
Before that, however, in the World War, as
colonel, he was appointed to the judge ad
vocates’ division. Then, although over 50, he
was assigned to command in the 31st field ar
tillery where he served for the duration and
got decorations from both Britain and
After he returned he checked in at the war
college and completed the super-super army
courses that are the last word in military tac
ft ft ft
His Parret And Goat
When things calm down, I’m going to take
a run out to Woodley and find out whatever
became of “Old Soak” and “William Hamil
ton Bones.” Probably no man ever had twc
pets who were better known than “Old Soak,”
the parrot who spoke Chinese, English and an
Irish brougue and could swear like a marine
in all three languages; and “Billy Bones,”
the goat who would butt a mile for a package
of any kind of cigarettes.
Stimson brought them back with him from
the Philippines in 1929. “Old Soak” came
through with feathers unruffled, but “Billj
Bones” ran into trouble with immigration au
thorities and it took practically an act of Con
gress to get him through the customs.
“Old Soak” got along all right in the Unitec
States, too, picking up his Irish brogue from
a caretaker on the Stimson’s Long Island es
tate. It was only in the presence of ladies
that “Old Soak” cut up in a fashion to embar
rass his master, interspersing his Chinese anc
Irish with oaths that he never could have
learned at Woodley.
“Billy Bones” didn’t fare so well. His inor
dinate fondness for cigarettes got him down
He fell into the habit of chasing everyone
who carried a package and if he caught them
he ate right through the pocket. At l#st re
port, he had been exiled to a Maryland farm
That was nearly ten years ago and nothin;
has been heard here of parrot or goat since
I’m going to find out about them. Folks like
“Old Soak” and “Billy Bones” shouldn’t be
allowed to drop out of the news like that.
Editorial Comments
From Other Angles
(Raleigh News And Observer)
The News and Observer has always recog
nized the validity of objections to compulsor;
crop control as a permanent policy. At thi
same time it has been apparent for a numbe:
of years that the amount of land suitable fo:
the production of flue cured tobacco is capa
ble of producing a crop so far in excess of thi
demand that the size of the crop must be con
trolled in some manner if farmers are to re
ceive a fair price. That control can be ei
fected through only three methods, voluntar;
reductions, compulsion or starvation prices
so low as to make the production of tobacci
North Carolina growers have learned abou
all three methods through experience. Th
voluntary method, vastly preferable in theor;
to the other two, was last tried in 1939. De
spite the advantage of government subsidie
in the form of soil conservation payments, el
forts to limit the crop to reasonable propoi
tions through that method resulted in disma
failure. The crop was by far the largest o:
record and a surplus which had been held t
reasonable proportions in previous year
through compulsory control was increased t
an unmanageable size in a single year.
On the other hand, control has produce
satisfactory, although not perfect results i
each year in which it has been in operation.
It seems clear that under normal condition
compulsory control for flue cured tobacc
would be desirable so long as cotton an
other cash crops adaptable to the same lan
sell at low prices—unless or until North Care
lina farmers are educated to a general a<
ceptance of the practice of balanced farminj
But North Carolina tobacco growers are nc
now faced by normal conditions. In additio
tu tue uuge auiyius uedicu uy
1 their own acts, they have, through
war conditions, been deprived of
1 a large share of the usual demand
' for flue cured tobacco. In 1939,
’ disaster for flue cured tobacco
‘ growers was averted by the ac
5 tion of the Federal government in
financing the crop at reasonable
" prices. That aid was extended in
1 consideration of a vote by the
1 growers to apply compulsory con
5 trol methods in 1940.
3 On July 20, growers will again
5 vote on control. This time the
question of control for the next
1 three years will be presented.
1 Further extension of Federal aid
hinges upon the result of that
5 vote. Even without the loss of
^ European markets, control would
i be desirable for the next three
1 years because of other considera
J tions.
i- In the face of world conditions
:. tobacco growers will be confront
t ed on July 20 by a simple choice,
i That choice is control or suicide.
Man About
By G«orge Tucker
NEW YORK, July 5.—The little
man with the wistful face and the
baggy pants has not always had
his share of luck from those who
control the destinies of the chil
dren of Broadway. Trooping into
stage doors glowing with hope and
trooping out again with blasted
dreams is not a novel experience
for Jimmy Savo. No one can re
member when the critics have nol
written well of him, but somehow
his luck has been to be assigned
to plays that have seldom "wowed
’em” at the box office. For this
reason one of the greatest, if not
the greatest, pantomime artists in
the whole length and breadth of
the American theater is little
known away from Broadway.
\ But maybe 1940, with its car
nage and wars, its horrors and
famines and political upheavals,
will come through with a new coin
of luck for Jimmy Savo. He is in
Maine now trying out a new musi
cal comedy show that he owns
himself—and he will bring it to
Broadway this summer. Inquire
after this show and he will tell you
“It’s a one-man revue, full length,
and its title is “H/Tnm’s the Word.”
* * *
A suggestive title, this. The Savo
; style is pantomime, not sound.
| Charlie Chaplin calls him the
, “greatest pantomimist in the
world,” and perhaps he is. His ap
peal is pathos. Other comedians
make you laugh. Just as often
Savo makes you want to weep.
Ben Hecht and Charles MacAr
thur once wrote a scenario and
then filmed a picture with Savo
as the star. It was the story of a
little Russian hero hobo who wan
■ dered through France, finding
■ trouble wherever he turned, and
the final fadeout had him trudging
; down a country road in his baggy
; pants and his over-flowing shirt,
; hurt but not down, a wisp of cheer
i shining through eyes that in any
one else would be dimmed in dis
As a finished product it was not
a good picture. There were obvi
ous theatrical flaws. But moments
in it rank, in this observer’s opin
ion, with the best patho-comedy
ever put on film.
You must not imagine, from the
foregoing, that Jimmy has not
made money, and that he is not
able to get jobs, or that he is on
relief. You don’t own Broadway
revues when you are broke. But
only occasionally, since the days
when he was worrying his mother
half to death as a kid praticing
ledgerdemain on her, juggling
soup spoons, or attempting to bal
ance the kitchen stove on his chin,
has he come into the rewaXs he
In Broadway restaurants Savo is
as shy, as Paul Kunasz says, as a
Disney deer. He seems uneasy in
crowds. This isn’t true at all times.
It is only that the gift of panto
mime, which alwhys has reflected
a wistful sort of pathos, makes
him appear that way.
In “Mum’s the Word,” Savo will
sing one song—a special number
written for him by the great mu
sical comedy song writing team of
Rogers and Hart. Otherwise he
will be in pantomime—first as a
Swedish maiden, then, in this or
der, as a hospital orderly, a lonely
hunchback, a character from Mo
liere, a spirited Pocohontas in a
war dance, a Chinese concert sing
er, a sentimental laundress, and
last, as Eve.
I don’t know how long this show
will last, or what Broadway will
think of it, but if there is only one
person I would like^to see get all
the breaks that anybody can get
on a break-queer street like Broad
way, it is this same shy little
Italian - American in the baggy
pants. 1
Hoey Expected To Resume
Law Practice At Shelby
RALEIGH, July 5—W—Governor
Hoey probably will return to his
home-town of Shelby to resume
his law practice after his term
expires in January, 1941.
For the last three and a half
years, the governor had been
shunting aside questions as to his
plans as a private citizen by an
- swering:
, “That’s something I’m not go
ing to think about until the last
: six months of my term as gov
: ernor.”
: His term now has six months tg
. run, and Governor Hoey said to
x day he had “started thinking
about that.” He added that his
' tentative plans were to return to
- Shelby, and to practice there and
. in neighboring cities of Asheville,
r Charlotte and Gastonia. 1
NLA Service, lot
Hollywood Sights And Sounds
1 ■ '1 jj By Robbim Coons m< —
HOLLYWOOD, July 5.—“All
This, and Heaven Too.”
Screenplay by Casey Robinson
from- novel by Rachel Field.
Directed by Anatole Litvak.
Principals: Bette Davis,
Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn,
Barbara O’Neil, Virginia Weid
ler, Helen Westley, Walter
Hampden, Henry Daniell, Har
ry Davenport, George Coulour
is, Montagu Love, Janet Beech
er, June Lockhart, Ann Todd,
Richard Nichols, Fritz Leiber,
Ian Keith.
Miss Field’s best-seller had so
many readers that comment on
the story is needless. The film ver
sion deals in the main with her
heroine’s life in France and mere
ly suggests the latter portion of
the book dealing with her interest
ing but undramatic days in Ameri
This life in France—in 1849 dur
ing the reign of Louis Philippe—
gives Miss Davis as the quiet gov
erness Henrietta Deluzy Desportes
opportunity for a dramatic per
formance totally lacking in the
“tricks” so objectionable to those
outside the Davis cult of worship
pers. Miss Davis seizes the oppor
tunity to deliver her best and in
every way most impressive work.
Although the settings beautifully
recreate the feel of the period,
“All This, and Heaven Too’’ al
ways is a story of human conflict.
From the moment the governess
obtains her position in the house
hold of the Due de Praslin (Boyer)
she is entangled in the ultimate
tragedy incipient there. The jeal
ous, neurotic wife (O’Neil), the
lonely husband, the bright children
to whom Henrietta brings under
standing and kindness, form a
powerful milieu for drama. Out oi
the situation, the denouement—one
of France’s most sensational mur
ders—works logically, inevitably,
climax piling upon climax for a
tense and deeply moving film.
Script, direction and perform
ance go hand in hand in tasteful
and delicate projection of plot and
character. Delicacy is especially
notable in the treatment of the
deep, always platonic love that
grows between Henriette and the
Due. Boyer makes the Due a con
vincing character, but second only
to Miss Davis is Barbara O’Neil,
playing another unbalanced wife
to Boyer (her first was in “When
Tomorrow Comes”). The children
are a remarkable quartette, with
Richard Nichols as Raynald the
most delightful moppet in years.
* * *
“The Mortal Storm.” Mar
garet Sullavan, James Stew
art, Robert Young, Frank Mor
gan, Robert Stack, Bonita
Granville, Irene Rich, William
T. Orr, Maria Ouspenskaya.
Here is a beautifully done, un
embittered picture of what Hitler
ism can do to human relations. The
family in question has a “non
Aryan” father wed to an "Aryan”
mother with two children by a
previous marriage, two (Sullavan
and Gene Reynolds) by the second.
They live in Germany. Under the
impact of Nazi ideology, the fam
ily is wrecked — heartbreakingly,
poignantly, inevitably. Heavy fare
for these days, but heartily rec
ommended for its sheer power, for
its splendid performances notably
by Young, Morgan, Sullavan.
Frank Borzage directed.
* * *
“The New Moon.” Jeanette
MacDonald - Nelson Fddy. Di
rected by Robert Z. Leonard.
Just what the doctor ordered for
relaxation and escape. The tuneful
old operetta keeps all its tunes
(“Lover, Come Back to Me,” “One
Kiss,” “Marianne,” etc.) and
much of its old, stage-y story
about the French aristocrat posing
as a bondsman in the service of
the lovely heroine down New Or
leans way. Slow at times but on
the whole beguiling. 1
LONDON, July 5— UP) —The
portion of the French fleet in
Alexandria harbor is compar
atively small, a usually relia
ble source said today.
The disposition of the French
fleet at the beginning of the
week was reported approxi
mately this:
One third in British ports.
One third at Oran.
One sixth at Casablanca.
One sixth at Alexandria.
Two units of the French navy
now are in Scottish waters, it
was said.
Other authoriiative circles in
London said that some French
vessels under construction in
northern France were towed
to Britain with skilled work
men aboard. 1
Rev. Eubank Returns
To Sunset Park Home
The Rev. W. Hampton Eubank,
of Wilmington, evangelist for the
Presbyterian Synod of North Caro
lina, has returned from Angier,
where he conducted a 10-day evan
gelistic meeting.
He will be at his home, 16 Wash
ington street, in Sunset Park, for
the next few days.
Britain Orders Many
War Materials In U. S.
NEW YORK, July 5—UP)—A
spokesman for the British purchas
ing commission said today the
British government had placed
orders for $100,000,000 of war ma
terials in the United States in the
last week.
The new buying, he said, brought
the total placed here by the Brit
is-, and the French previous to
their surrender, to $1,800,000,000.
Of that amount, it was stated, 60
per cent represented airplanes
"with ordnance next volume.”
Plumbing Contractors
Will Meet At Beach
North Carolina plumbing contrac
tors will meet at Wrightsville Beach
July 26-27 for the annual conven
tion of the North Carolina Asso
ciation of Plumbing and Heating
Contractors, Inc.
BERLIN, July 5—(#)—DNB, the
official German news agency,
stated tonight that in accordance
with the armistice terms the
French government had an
nounced trat no French subject
may enlist in armed forces against
Germany. The penalty is life im
prisonment or death 1
Food Stamp Workers Here
Are To Hold Office
The positions of members of the
board which will administer tlia
FS'CC food stamp plan of distribut
ing surplus commodities, concerning
which there was some discussion
when Reuben B. Roebuck was ap
pointed issuing officer at a joint
meeting of the city and county, be
came somewhat more secure yes
terday morning as the city and
county boards met to sign the con
tract with the FSCC.
At the meeting the question of
bonds was raised and John A. Or
rell, county auditor, said a term of
office should be set for the three
employes so the bonds could be
written for that period.
J. E. Li. Wade, city commissioner
of public works, who seconded the
nomination of Roebuck at the time
he was appointed, moved that the
bonds be secured for a one-year
period but that there be no term of
office set.
The men appointed, he said,
should not have to be re-appointed
each year. Dr. J. M. Hall, county
commissioner who nominated Roe
buck, said he felt the office should
be for an indefinite period "to keep
politics out of it. I don’t think a
man should be made to secure re
election every year,” he said.
The contract between the FSCC.
the city and the county runs for a
period of one year and is subject to
cancellation on ten days notice from
either party.
The bonds are to be $10,000 for
Roebuck, the issuing officer; $5,000
for H. TT. Jeter, cashier, and $5,Out)
for R. C. Platt, Sr., statistician.
They are to be payable half to the
city and half to the county.
Placement Of Refugee
Children Is Planned
The United States Committee for
the Care of European Children, -15
North Fourth street, New York City,
is planning a program for placement
of refugee children, Mrs. Ida B.
Speiden, executive secretary, Wil
mington chapter of the American
Red Cross, was advised yesterday.
Any residents of Wilmington and
vicinity desiring to secure further
information on the placement of ref
ugee children are urged to write the
committee at the New York address
or communicate with Mrs. Speidpn,
Red Cross office, in the custom
Freddy MacMillan Dies
Of Power House Burns
Freddy MacMillan, colored, em
ploye of the Tide Water Power com
pany, died at James Walker Me
morial hospital yesterday afternoon
at 1:15 o’clock of burns received
at the power house Tuesday morn
MacMillan was fatally burned
when ashes he was shovelling fro"'
a boiler at the power house caved
in on him.
The United States has 11,000.
000 homes with telephones, 22.000,
000 with radios and 21,000,000 vviU>
electric lights.

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