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British Using Application
That Renders Planes
Hard To See
BERLIN, Aug. 30.—UR—Some
thing ‘‘resembling rough black
soot,” which is smeared on som«
British planes and makes them
difficult to see at night is giving
German chemists something t«
analyze, informed sources said to
This new "war paint” absorbs
he rays of German searchlights
io that on clear night these Brit
ish planes paying nocturnal visits
; to Germany are hard to detect, it
was said.
The planes are shown up against
1 clouds however, and German mili
tary authorities say the problem
therefore is not so big as might be
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30.—tah
Development of a paint which 10
reduced the visibility of an air
plane that it was able to run a
gauntlet of searchlights without
being detected was reported by
army air corps officers today.
Commenting on reports from
f Berlin that the British were using
a sooty coating to black out their
bombers, the officers disclosed
that the United States army had
been experimenting for years with
various so-called “invisible”
a In contrast to the reported Brit
- ish method, the army had been
using a special buff paint which
absorbs light so that when sub
jected to the glare of a search
. light it reflects few rays that can
be seen by observers.
For daytime use, a two-tone
•.;> -coating is employed, with light blue
. hues on the underside of t h e
plane to blend with the sky and
iarker colors on the top side to
-olend with the ground. By that
nethod, the plane’s visibility is
reduced both to observers above
- ind below.
This system of camouflage is
reported to have replaced the
World war method of using a
' patchwork of various colors to
. break up the normal outlines of
an object and make it more diffi
cult to identify.
CHARLOTTE, Aug 30.—Iff)—Let
these items take your mind off the
war news—
Mittens, a cat aboard the yacht
Virginia Dare at Elizabeth City,
gave birth to five kitens two of
which had six toes on their fore
paw and the ordinary five behind.
Two more have four toes behind
and hive in front. And the fifth
has six toes on one forepaw and
five on her other feet. Mittens her
self has six toes on her front feet.
Crabs literally filled a street in
New Bern when a delivery boy
overturned a load of them.
When Spartanburg election man
agers found an absentee voted had
scratched the name of the sheriff
who was unopposed for democra
tic nomination they figured that
perhaps his absence was reason
enough why the voter did not want
the sheriff.
One man who recently appear
ed before the Spartanburg city
council advocated “more revenue
and less taxes.”
~ And a Spartanburg woman who
"enrolled for the recent democratic
.primary filled in the occupation
"blank space with one word—
Speaking of mothers, a Texas
woman wrote Asheville police to
please make an effort to locate
her mother, who, she said, she
hadn’t seen in 20 years.
Officer Fred S. Reynolds of
Columbia can give E. N. Patillo
a parking ticket anytime and he
won’t hear a complaint now. In
fact he gave Patillo three last
week. But when the officer turned
up just when Patillo was grap
pling with a safe' robber Patillo
said "that was one time I was
really glad to see that man
around” and vowed he never
would complain again about Rey
nolds’ parking tickets.
German And Italian
Interned At Bermuda
HAMILTON, Bermuda, Aug. 30.
—tffl—One German and two Italian
men of military age were remov
ed from the American export lin
er Exochorda and interned here
yesterday. They were passengers
aboard the ship, which is due in
New York from Lisbon tomor
Rubbing sticks to make fire is an old story to these North Carolina Boy Scouts but their visit to the re
search display at General Motors World's Fair exhibit showed them some new developments of the, princi
ple behind the fire-making. Above, GM’s science commentator Alfred Ogden explains how science makes
use of friction to (1. to r.) Scouts: Robert Bastian, James Pearsall, James Thompson, Thomas Hunter, Nor
wood Micbie, John Pearsall, Jasper Needman, James Gillespie, Ned Herring, Arial Creed Jim Daughtery,
Jen Casey, Howard Singletary and Lon -Fonvielle, all of Fayetteville and Wilmington. The demonstration
was one of a series given for the Scouts on the occasion of their visit to Highways and Horizons, ail point
ing out that new products and new employment opportunities are the direct result of progress in industrial
‘A Glorious Start’ Roose
velt Says Of Mate’s
Campaign Opener
HYDE PARK, N. Y., Aug. 30.
Uf)—President Roosevelt acclaimed
Henry A. Wallace’s acceptance ad
dress today as a “grand speech,
splendidly given before an appre
ciative nation,” in which his run
ning mate had made "a glorious
The President and Mrs. Roose
velt and their son, Franklin, Jr.,
sat beside a radio in the library
of their home last night and listen
ed to the address in which Secre
tary Wallace formally accepted his
nomination as the democratic
vice-presidential candidate.
•Then the chief executive dis
patched this telegram, made pub
lic today at the temporary White
House, to his political teammate:
Henry Wallace,
Des Moines, Iowa.
A grand speech anu splendidly
given before an appreciative na
tion. We have been siting at the
radio and only wish that all of us
Roosevelts could have been with
the Wallaces in Des Moines to
night. You have made a glorious
start. All good luck and my af
fectionate regards.
Franklin D. Roosevelt.
While Wallace was getting off to
the “glorious start,’ the Presi
dent showed no signs of altering
his position that world conditions
and the defense program would
make it impossible for him to cam
paign for a third term.
He was buckling down to work,
however, on two labor day speech
es. One will be made Monday
morning when he dedicates Chick
amauga Dam on the Tennessee
River near Chattanooga. The oth
er will be given Monday afternoon
at the dedication of the Great
Smoky mountains National Park
at New Found Gap, on the North
Carolina-Tennessee boundary.
While nation-wide radio hookups
are being arranged for the ad
dresses, presidential aides said
they definitely would not be cam
paign speeches. 3
Book Highlights
Along the Delaware the Ameri
can nation was born, and along
the Delaware the United States
was saved. So it is a richly re
warding addition to the Rivers ol
America series you get in Harry
Emerson Wildes’ newest book,
“The Delaware” (Farmer and
Rinehart: $2.50). And certainly you
can imagine no more pertinent
volume, at a time when Ameri
cans are beginning to evacuate
anew their nation. Just a lot of
Wildes’ lively history is excerpted
here, the story of Caesar Rodney,
who rode with death so that the
vote in the Continental Congress
might be unanimous:
Though he has past middle age
and already suffering from the
painful cancer which was to cause
his death, he rode without unnec
essary halt. Up the King’s road
fertile fields of Delaware, splash
ing across the shallow creeks, and
riding after dark in the 10-mile
stretch of Blackbird Forest, he
pressed on toward Philadelphia. .
. . McKean, meanwhile, was ex
hausting every possible device of
parliamentary tactics to delay vot
ing on the resolution. . . .
By late afternoon of the hot,
muggy day the delegates were
grown impatient. . . . Charles
Thompson, the pious, scholarly
secretary of the Continental Con
gress and one of the warmest par
tisans for liberty, rose to his fee:
to call the roll. . . .
Scarcely had he uttered his first
words, however, before commo
tion broke out in the chamber
Behind McKean, a door burst
open, and a slender, breathless
figure, with a face pale as ashes,
rushed upon the floor. Half a
In Hollywood
NEA Service Staff Correspondent
A group of movie people dropped
into a penny arcade on the Venice
amusement pier and were having
some laughs at the printed slips
delivered by a fortune-telling ma
chine. Then a self-centered actor
put in a coin and drew this warn
ing: “You are very egotistical. If
you do not change, you may lose
both your friends and your ca
This was so true it wasn’t very
funny. The actor hastily dropped
another penny, and the second slip
read: "You are very egotiscal.
If you do not change, you may lose
both your friends and your ca
Red-faced and mad, the fellow
muttered something about the
machine being stuck. He hammer
ed on it and put in a third coin,
and the next slip read: “Maybe
you think I’m kidding.”
* * *
It was Cliff Edwards, I believe,
who went to one of the Riverside
stables, hired an elderly but still
handsome nag, and went for a trot
in the park. They got along fine
and were almost back to the barn
when the horse suddenly stopped
and looked around. Do you know
Gene Autry?” he asked.
“Sure,” said the starteled Ed
wards, who really doesn’t know
Autry except by sight.
"Well,” pleaded the horse, “next
time you see him, put in a word
for me, will you? I used to be a
movie star myself in the silent
days, but nobody’ll give me a
chance in talkies.”
* * *
And then there’s the yarn about
the two men on the train coming
to Hollywood. In the club car, the
yiung, handsome one asked the
elder, prosperous-looking gent
what time it was. And the latter
curtly refused to tell him.
There was no more conversation
until the train neared Los Angeles,
alone, and I like to talk. If I hadn't
insulted you we would have gol
into conversation, and pretty soon
we would have had a drink, and
then some more drinks, and we’d
have got pretty chummy.
“I’d have invited you out to my
house in Beverly Hills for dinner,
and my wife would practically
have adopted you, and my daugh
ter would have fallen for you and
first thing I’d know you’d be
member of the family. And I don't
want a son-in-law who can’t afford
a watch!”
* * *
Another director, Ray McCarey,
has a different sort of panhandler
yarn. This is about the time he
was stopped on a dark Hollywood
side street by a man who said,
“Please, mister, could you let an
cld vaudeville actor have 20 bucks
for a cuppa coffee? I ain’t had
anything all week except two
doughnuts and this little old loaded
* * •
Director Eddie Buzzell tells an
other slot-machine story; says a
wistful-looking little panhandler
tugged at his sleeve the other day
and asked for a cent, declaring
that he hadn’t eaten in three days.
“But what good will that do you
if you haven’t eaten in such a long
time?” Buzzell asked.
“I want to get weighed,” said
the moocher.
• * *
A drunk hung on the bar in a
little hideaway near Metro and al
ternately shook his head and mut
tered. After a few hours of this
the bartender reported that all th«
guy said was, "No—no—absolute
ly not! A thousand times no!’
Other customers seemed a little
afraid of him, and the proprietoi
was trying to coax him out of the
place when a friend from the
studio came in, "It’s all right,’1
said the friend. "He’s a yes-mar
on vacation.” 4
hundred startled statesmen, takei
by surprise, swung suddenly
about, some clapping their hand!
to their sword hilts, some raisin;
their arms to shield their faces
against attack, still others shrout
ing a protest against the violatiot
of the council hall.
It was Caesar Rodney, who
after 80 miles of hasty riding, hac
arrived at last. Delaware was
safe for freedom; McKean coulr
add his state to those which stooc
for independence <
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$25,1:3 PAYROLL
Trenton Plant Is Entered
Boldly; Trio Makes
Quick Getaway
TRENTON, N. J., Aug. 30.—UF>
Bandits In a daring daylight hold
up today at the t,rescent Insu
lated Wire and Cable company
plant made off with bags of cash
which police estimated contained
about $25,000.
The money had been delivered
by an armored car crew a few
minutes before the robbers stalked
into the plant, which is in the
heart of an .ndustrial section in
the eastern end of the city.
The Trenton detective bureau re
ported three bandits entered the
company office on Olden avenue,
intimidated Miss Viola Elmer, a
telephone operator, with revolvers,
and grabbed the cash from Charles
Pearce, who was taking the money
into the cashier’s office to be
made up into the plant payroll.
100,000 To Hear F. R.
Speak At Chattanooga
—(JP)—A four-day 'festival honoring
the giant Tennessee Valley Author
ity development opens here today.
It will be climaxed Monday when
President Roosevelt comes to Chat
tanooga to dedicate the'TVA’s Chick
amauga Dam on the Tennessee
Sponsors said more than 100,000
persons were expected to hear the
Governors or their representatives
from eight states will attend the
celebration. Gov. E. D. Rivers of
Georgia and Lieut. Gov. J. D. Mur
phree of Mississippi are scheduled
to take part in today’s opening cere
monies along with Gov. Prentice
Cooper of Tennessee.
Governors Burnet Maybank of
South Carolina and Keen Johnson
of Kentucky also are expected.
Features Sunday will include sail
boat races and the national hydro
electric races on Chickamauga lake.
Highway Commissioners
To Study Flood Report
RALEIGH, Aug. 30.—W—The
state highway and public works
commission will meet in Asheville
Tuesday and likely will receive a
report of a three-man committee
on whether the flood-damaged
Caledonia prison farm in Halifax
county should be converted into
pasture for livestock.
The commission will attend the
dedication of the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park Monday.
Policeman’s Pockets
Looted As He Sleeps
ROCKY MOUNT, Aug. 30.—(^)—
Policeman Ralph Rogers recalled to
day that he was rather sleepy when
he placed his trousers on a chair
in the bedroom and that he was
soon in the land of dreams.
But sometime during the night
someone crept up on the porch, re
moved a flower pot from the win
dow, went into the bedroom and
took a .32 caliber pistol from the
dresser and $24 from Rogers’ trous
British Police Renew
Drive On Fifth Column
LONDON, Aug. 30.—(jP>—British
police have started a new drive
against suspected fifth column ac
, tivity during Nazi night air raids,
it was reported today,
i On recent nights, there have
: been spotted fires which police be
lieve were set by fifth columnists
to guide German bombers to their
The fatal accident rate for
trucks, per 10,000 vehicles register
ed, has dropped 29 per cent during
the last 12 years .while the pas
senger car fate has increased 18
per cent.
. I
WPA Workers, Guardsmen
Exempt From Double
Office Holding Ban
RALEIGH, Aug. JO.— UR' —At
torney General Harry McMullan is
of the opinion that National Guard
officers and WPA workers are ex
empt from a constitutional pro
vision against double office hold
In opinions issued yesterday he
held that a nominee for coroner
could remain on a party's ticket
although he was an officer in the
guard; and that a WPA worker
could serve as a member of a
county school board because relief
employes were not subject to the
constitution’s ban.
McMullan said the superior court
clerk could appoint an acting coro
ner in the absence of the coroner.
Other opinions:
For inheritance tax purposes,
workmen’s compensation benefits
are not to be Included in the
taaxble estates of deceased em
The owner of a slot operating
machine as well as the proprietor
of the place of business in which
it is operated are jointly liable
for the tax on the machines and
either or both may be prosecuted
for non-payment.
A tax collector is not entitled to
commissions on prepaid taxes
which do not pass through his
When costs are assessed against
a person given a prison term, he
remains liable for them even
though paroled before beginning
his sentence.
Firms operating more than one
tobacco warehouse are subject "un
der proper ordinance,” to the $50
license tax for each warehouse
they operate whether or not the
warehouses are owned and con
trolled by one person, firm or
German Embassy Protests
Action Of Dies Probers
The Dies committee made public
today a protest from the German
embassy accusing the committee
of having “unjustifiably” brand
ed Dr. Colin Ross, German writ
er and lecturer, as a Nazi spy.
The protest was transmitted to
the committee by the state de
partment altogether with a detail
ed statement from Ross denying
the committee’s allegaions.
Committee attaches said a re
ply was being drafted, based on
evidence in the committee’s hands.
In Washington
WASHINGTON - The sole Unit
ed States producer of magnesium
is launching a nation-wide adver
tising and publicity campaign de
fending its business practices in
anticipation of the results of an
inquiry by the anti-trust division
of the Department of Justice.
Government investigators are
delving into the affairs of the
Dow Chemical Cojnpany, suspect
ing they may find another patent
pool monopoly which will cause
as much excitement as the Bausch
& Lomb case.
Bausch Lomb and a German
firm were charged with using their
patents to control military and
commercial supplies. Their con
tract allededly kept American
made optical instruments from
British and French buyers.
It has been hinted there is a
similar tie-up between Dow Chemi
cal and Farbenindustrie, a Ger
man firm. It doesn’t seem likely,
though,, that Dow will be arraign
ed for withholding magnesium
from the allies: the greater part
of its 1939 output of 5000 tons went
to Great Britain.
The ingot price of magnesium
was 2 a pound in 1917. This year
Dow reduced the price from 30 to
27 cents a pound. So if there has
been monkey business, it doesn't
appear to have kept prices up.
Magnesium, lightest metal
known, has been used for some
time in Europe for auto and plane
parts. It was introduced into
American autos this year, and it
is also used here for airplane en
gine parts which are grease coat
Its sources are as unlimited as
the ocean. It is made from mag
nesium chloride, which can be
taken from sea brine. Hence, mili
tary procurement officials place it
far down the list of critical war
Dow has expanded its plant at
Midland, Mich., and is building an
other at Freeport, Tex. Later this
year the combined production is
expected to be boosted to a rate
oi 13,000,000 pounds annually.
Fabricated magnesium is made
by 30 companies licensed by the
Magnesium Development Crop.,
whose members hold patents on
fabricating techniques. Aluminum
Company and General Aniline &
Film Corp., two-thirds of which
is owned by Swiss interests, joint
ly control both this patent pool
and its licensee, American Magne
sium Corp.
If the government discloses
there is a conspiracy to fix prices
and restrain production, it will
have to show Dow has entered into
cross agreements with the patent
holders who control fabrication.
Senator Bennet Clark of Mis
souri reports progress—very good
Lack Of Vitamins Will Wreak
More Havoc Than Hitler's Bomb
RALEIGH, Aug. 30.—(#-To
some, death will come quickly and
perhaps with but a flash of pain.
A bullet between the eye-; a direct
hit by a bomb; a crumpled air
plane whinning toward the earth.
But the victims of the battle
fields—even the soldiers who die
lingeringly—may be the lucky ones
an outstanding biochemist said to
ji'ot victims—or rather the lack
of them—will doom thousands of
the survivors of Europe’s war to
blindness, stunted growth, respira
tory infection, and slow and
agonized death, he added.
Thus, ironically, the slacker ol
this war may have more to fear
from living than from a hero's
The biochemist, Prof. G. Howard
Satterfield of N. C. State college,
has made a survey of the mal
nutrition '-/hich tags at the heels
of war, and is convinced that the
lack of vitamins will take an un
precedentedly heavy toll in Eu
So much manpower has been
engaged in the present war, he
said, that gardening and farming
have been neglected, and a Short
age of fruits, leafy vegetables, and
milk products is certain to re
Even nations whirk k
food concentrations ‘lnav* larg»
will suffer from lack of
he continued, because
; foods are the mos* perishaSm'rick
sor Satterfiled ll’ Pr<afes.
examples of nurtitional drfir t*1Ci|
in other wars: deflciancie,
Neutral Denmark was ct ■
of its butter and much of k‘Pw
during the World war Th ' 3
were forced to use skill
and butter substitutes
vitamins, and as a resi,u hoat
health of the nation was i £* k'
An epidemic of zeorphthahl 81
eye disease, claimed £ ' 55
tims particularly childrenV''
affected were fed vitabiJ1*"'
which brought temporary JL *
In the World war, a ga 5
Kel-El-Amara in Mesopffil“ *
rapidly being cut down
But the men saved their livo'
eating two ounces of grass ? ?'
Some vitamins can be
synthetically, but the cost is 81
hibitive for use on a large J?
he said. Vitamin A is n0t J
able in a pure state: Vital,
is priced at $800 a pounder
expensive than gold; Vital
costs $40 a pound, he added j
progress—in the drive to procure
new defense program plants for
the area between the Allegheny
and Rocky Mountains.
Clark is one of 15 or 20 senators
who have been urging William
Knudsen of the National Defense
Advsory Commission to locate
munitions, aircraft, tank and
artillery plants in the midwest.
Senator Clark cites these reasons
why this should be done:
1. The midwest is less liable to
air and sea atack than the coastal
2. The midwest deserves a fair
return on its share of taxes.
3. Government aid to firms pro
ducing defense materials will
leave them with a substantial ad
vantage when the crisis has
passed; why handicap midwest in
dustry by aiding only coastal
firms? 4
Negro Dies, Another Hurt
In Cave-In At Quarry
RALEIGH, Aug. 10.—(IP)—A cave
in which followed an explosion at
a quarry near here resulted in the
death of one negro worker and se
rious injury to another.
Coroner Roy M. Banks listed the
dead man as Frank Miller, 55, and
the injured workman as Tom Clegg.
Both are of Raleigh.
The accident occurred yesterday
Street News Hawker
Leaves Big Estate
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug, 30
(Ar*)—Ike Hirsch, who sold new!
papers on the streets for more than
20 years, left an estate of $25 823
probate court records disclosed t0l
The will of the newsboy, v,-E0
died in April, 1938, bequeathed the
estate equally to a sister, Mrs
Rachel Woods of New York City
and a neice, Mrs. Mamie Wintooi
Hirsch sold papers in Nashville
Chicago, Cincinnati and othtr
Paish Ordered Home
To Explain Statement
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30.-*
The British embassy said today
that Sir George Paish, British
economist, had been advised to re
turn to England as «jon as poss
ible as a result of charges by Sen
ator Wheeler of Montana that he
was a propagandist seeking to get
the United States into war.
An embassy spokesman said
Paish had been told by Lord Loth
ian, British ambassador, that it
would be in the interest of better
Anglo-American relations for him
to leave the country. 3
The air will soon be filled with cheers, pennants,
and prophecies about the football season.
This paper will feature news about quarterbacks,
fullbacks and wingbacks. But there’s one person
who has a greater responsibility than any of these!
And that’s the lady who does the family buying
and capably directs the affairs of the home—the
kitchen quarterback.
If she’s a wise lady, she studies the advertising
pages of this newspaper carefully. A little scouting
through the advertisements makes her job much
easier. For here is accurate information on how to
run a home efficiently and economically . . . Daily
“skull practice” with the advertising pages makes
All-American kitchen quarterback.
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