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___WILMINGTON, N. C., TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1940 FINAL EDITION ESTABLISHED 1867
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TROOPS ENTER
OUTSKIRTS OF
ARGIROCASTRO
X-_
PASS OVER POGRADETZ
RAF Forces In Greece Re
port Heavy Daylight
Raids Upon Durazzo
CAPTURE EQUIPMENT
Large Number Of Italians
Reported Isolated Be
low Southern Base
SALONIKA, Greece, Nov. 25— OB
—Greek troops continued their ad
vance in three sectors of Albania
today and reported the capture of
more Italian prisoners.
One Greek column, advancing ra
pidly from Koritza, Albanian city
captured last week from the Ital
ians, reported taking several hun
dred Italian prisoners at Pogradeta
and 200 buses and other equipment.
Hospitals in Salonika are less than
half full, indicating, observers said,
that the Italians are not lighting
pitched battles but. are retreating
steadily and engaging only in rear
guard actions.
ENTERING BASE
ATHENS, Nov. 26.—(Tuesday)-'
(2PI—Greek troops advancing in most
places along a 100-mile front in Al
bania have "overshot” Pogradetz, 25
miles north of Keritza. and have en
tered the outskirts of Arigirocastro,
main Italian base in southern Al
bania, it was reported today.
At the same time, Royal Air Force
headquarters in Greece announced
heavy daylight raids were carried
out yesterday by RAF bombers on
Durazzo, described by the RAF as
the “only important port on the Al
banian coast.”
The RAF said direct hits were
scored on shipping, including two
hits on a 10,000-ton ship.
Pursue Italians
The Greek forces pushing the Ital
ians across Albania were reported
in advices from tlie front to be
about to take Argirocastro. The
entry into the southern Italian base,
the last remaining to the Fascists
in that sector, was reported yester
day, just four days following the
capture of Koritza, northern Dase of
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 4)
EXPLOSION OF SHIP
KILLS MANY JEWS
Refugee Steamer, Carrying
1,771 Persons, Capsizes
In Haifa Harbor
HAIFA, Palestine, Nov. 25.——
The refugee steamer Patria, pack
ed to the gunwales with 1,771 wan
dering, homeless Jews, exploded
and capsized in Haifa harbor to
day with an undertermined but
possibly heavy loss of life.
The refugees, who had sought il
legally to settle in Palestine, had
been placed aboard for transpor
tation to some other British colony
for the duration of the war.
Cause of the explosi<*T was not
determined.
• Many of those aboard managed
to swim ashore, but an official
Continued on Page Three; Col. 3)
? a '' ' % A A A AAA ^ «
General Metts AjJj^ves Plans For Armory
j. _ a. jjS- -isV
Advises Wade
Of Action And
Lauds Project
Detailed Plans To Be Taken
Before Local, Raleigh
WPA Officials
WILL COST $200,00 0
Officers Here Are Antici
pating Maximum Allot
ment Of $100,000
The proposed WPA armory-audi
torium project for Wilmington,
costing an estimated $200,000, yes
terday moved a step nearer reality
with the approval of preliminary
plans by Adjutant General J. Van
B. Metts, of Raleigh.
General Metts advised James E.
L. Wade, commissioner of public
works, by telephone, that he would
write a "letter giving his approval
to what he termed “a worthwhile
community project” for Wilming
ton.
“This approval of preliminary
plans by General Metts makes pos
sible our taking detailed project
plans before local and Raleigh of
ficials of the WPA at an early
date,” Commissioner Wade said.
Questions Answered
General Metts called Commis
sioner Wade from Raleigh late yes
terday afternoon relative to the
floor plans for the project, now
being prepared by James B.
Lynch, of Lynch and Foard, archi
tects, and all questions pertaining
to project details were satisfac
torily answered, it was learned.
Project details will first be sub
mitted to the local WPA office, of
which W. Joe Prevette is the dis
trict supervisor, for a check, and
will be taken later to state WPA
officials in Raleigh to work out
details suitable to the WPA.
Addison Hewlett, chairman to
the board of county commission
ers, Commissioner Wade, J. A.
I oughlin. city engineer. James B.
Lynch, architect, accompanied by
local WPA officials, plan to sub
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 5)
GERMAN GUNS HIT
ENGLISH VESSELS
Nazis Claim Direct Blasts
Against Ships Off Brit
ain’s East Coast
BERLIN, Nov. 25.—German long
range batteries on the “invasion
coast” scored hits on severs1 ships
of a convoy off England’s east
coast tonight, authorized sources
said, and forced the convoy to seek
safety in the port of Dover.
The shelling was reported after
German observation fliers brought
back from Bristol reports that an
important port in western England
was “enveloped in smoke between
here and there by glaring flames.
A strong wind, the fliers said,
spread flames from grain eleva
tors to mills and at least ten facto
ry buildings were ablaze as a re
sult of a pounding last night by
German planes.
The southern portion of the port,
which German military authorities
say is a heavy receiver of vital
i (Continued on Page Three; Col. 5)
Japanese Seize
U. S. Newsman
-
Melville Jacoby, above United
-niff correspondent in C rench
iiido-Cliina. ivas recently arrested
fo-ether with l - *• \ ice Consul
Robert Rinden, by Japanese author
hies in Haiphong, charged with
nlu>to;raphing a restricted military
Lf/V. >. Consulate at Hanoi pro
1,,,1,,11 arrest, saying disputed photos
Ivere made at its orders_
ENGLISH UNIONIST
ms FOR PLANES
Says Intense Nazi Bomb
ings Have Affected
England’s Output
NEW ORLEANS. Nov. 25.—
A British labor leader, appealing
|or “planes, planes and more
plane*.*” today said German bomb
ings have become so intense they
are affecting “our output,” and
added that American labor can de
feat Germany “without firing a
shot."
Sir Walter Citrine, executive
secretary of the British trades
union congress, which is a counter
part of the American federation of
labor, told the A. F. L. convention:
i say to you something that no
British statesman has yet said:
bombing is having an affect upon
our output. Speed is of the essence
lit)"' as never before because our
’ innot keep upon full sched
ule because of the bombings.”
The British labor leader, whose
L” - corresponds to that of A.
1- L. President William Green,
spoke as the A. F. L. opened the
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 6)
WEATHER
forecast
1 Carolina; Cloudy occasional
t, w warmer north portion
Wednesday showers, colder
■ portion,
mf v H eather Bureau)
nZ:'-'" *>>-»' for the 24 hours
e ‘ " P- "I. yesterday.)
. . Temperature
6). ®- *‘7 a. in. 57: 1:30 p. m.
kn,|lj maximum 57; mini
lm man 5v normal 03.
, Humidity
71 ■*' "■ 0::: 7::;" a. III. 90: 1:30 p. m.
' « |). m. mi.
Total for . Pm,"'Pitation
0,03 "°urs .•mlins 7:30 p. m„
Month ]*5s inches' f0rSt nt the
Tides for Today
_ S
JI" — - .... VS xi;S
Sunrise . r>‘03p 11:21p
• Ra i • 'il!|V‘1 o:39a: moonrise
nvoonset .*{
wxTnT'T Tnaetteville. N. C..
' N“v. 34, missing.
^1'taurrl o„ Page Two; Col. 3)
ice And Floods Paralyze
Sections Of Southwest
Cl?- N’c'v- 2«-—<5>)—Ice par
mrtSrfAC‘ iexas Panhandle and
Tejjj \ e" Mexico, Oklahoma an"
Soojes°ua‘ at the same time flash
ingE 3''!^’ a"ay homes, farm build
thert-1 *Vestock in other parts of
-'■ale,
Cmnd AmarU1°. a city of 50,000,
by (!,. ,10ut "-ater and was menaced
A brr»>DinSlant threat of fine,
the only CaSt by short wave radio—
tith ti^ means of communication
'0"-er oui‘-ide—reported electrical
■ the eiT 1jestored to some portions
ad hep„ i ate ’oday after all wires
, Debri" °"n :.'Iraost 24 hours.
>tieets raS ottered over the city
iihes Wpt. ®jephone and telegraph
e doWr> over 16 northwest- |
ern Texas counties and in portions
of adjacent states.
Telephone communication was re
stored between Pam pa and Dallas
late today, but Borger and Tulia
still were isolated.
Amateur short wave broadcasts in
tercepted at Albuquerque said that
all highways out of Amarillo were
passable with the exception of U. S.
66, main transcontinental artery be
tween the east, Oklahoma City, Al
buquerque and Los Angeles.
Five Texas rivers, the Sabine,
Trinity, Brazos, Colorado and Guada
lupe, were on rampages.
Whole families sought safety in
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 4)
— > 9* A v
direst
^ice
Purest in conquered France is not
limited to Frenchmen. It is spread
ing so rapidly to the German army
of occupation that an average of two
Nazi soldiers a day are committing
suicide. S.o said Marion Dix Brom
ley, of South Pasadena, Calif., pic
tured above with her pet cat as she
recently arrived in Brooklyn after
four years of writing in Paris.
DIRIGIBLE BASE
EFFORTS PUSHED
__
City And County Join In
Movement To Secure
Station For Section
The city and county commis
sioners yesterday joined in a
movement here to secure a navy
dirigible base for the Wilmington
section.
The movement was initiated by
the Wilmington Industrial commis
sion and the Wilmington chamber
of commerce.
Louis T. Moore, chairman of the
first organization and manager of
the latter, said last night he had
been advised that R. B. Page, pub
lisher of the Star-News would con
tact Admiral A. B. Cook, execu
tive, naval bureau of aeronautics,
in Washington this morning in re
gard to having the survey extend
ed to the southern coast of North
Carolina.
The county commissioners yes
terday approved the sending of the
following wires to Admiral Cook
and Rear Admiral Joseph K. Tus
sig, commandant, Fifth Naval Dis
trict. Norfolk, Va., by Addison
Hewlett, chairman:
Referring to wires irom Wil
mington Chamber of Commerce
and Wilmington Industrial commis
sion, we are glad to join with the
commissioners of the city of Wil
mington, as evidenced by their
wire this date, that this area be
included in survey to determine
location for proposed navy dirigi
ble base.
“We will appreciate if instruc
tions are given Captain C. E. Ros
endahl by your department to visit
this section and to make report
on same. We offer any cooperation
in our power.”
Moore said yesterday he had
sent a wire to Rear Admiral Tus
sig asking that this section be con
sidered for a dirigible base which
is planned for some section of the
North Carolina coast.
He also wired Captain Rosen
dahi, senior officer of the investi
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 3)
Page Trophy To Be
Awarded Here Again
The R. B. Page trophy, donated
by the publisher of the Star-News
will be awarded again this year
to the store decorating the most
attractive show window in the
colors of Davidson college and
The Citadel, whose football teams
play at Legion stadium Saturday
afternoon.
The colors of The Citadel are
blue and white. Davidson colors
are red and black.
The windows will be judged
Saturday and Sunday and all re
tail stores are invited to parti
cipate in the contest for the sil
ver trophy.
Purpose of the decorating con
test is to stimulate interest in
the game and to serve as a wel
come to the thousands of follow
ers of the two teams who will be
in Wilmington for the contest.
Test Of AAA
Is Threatened
By Truckers
Gathering Here Demands
Amendment Of 1941 Pro
gram Or Court Battle
COLLINS, LEWIS TALK
Farmers Say They Are Fac
ing Crisis That May De
prive Them Of Homes
“Amend the 1941 AAA program
as it relates to truck to make it
afford us better treatment or face
a fight on its constitutionality in
federal court.”
That was the ultimatum handed
djwn last night by truck and po
tato growers of Eastern North
Carolina and businessmen of Wil
mington and vicinity last night as
they met with AAAofficials and
congressional representatives in
the courthouse to discuss the AAA
program and provisions in it
which they consider unfair to
I growers of truck and potatoes.
Collins Speaks
The action came after a two
[hour meeting in the superior court
jroom during which the program
!as it relates to truck crops was
discussed and its origin explain
ed by Charles Collins, a member
of the national vegetable cotiter;
ence and chairman of the national
AAA conference which promul
gated the program, and Charles
Lewis, assistant regional director
of the AAA in the east central re
gion.
At the conclusion of the meeting
the following resolution was adopt
ed:
“Whereas the truck and potato
farmers of Eastern North Caro
lina assembled here tonight feel
that the 1941 AAA program as it
relates to truck and potato crops
in the east central region is unfair,
discriminatory and injurious to the
old producers of commercial eg'e
tables in that it allows producers
of other crops to enter the truck
growing feild without penalty to
the detriment of the truck grow- I
ers while penalizing the truck
(Continued on Page Twelve Col. 3)
j --
SEVERANCE SURVEY
TO BE CONTINUED
Inspection Of Damage To
Fender Piling On Bridge
Made By Engineers
A further survey of the sunken
freighter Severance, whose bow is
buried in the mud of the Cape Fear
river at the highway bridge at the
upper part of the harbor, is sche
duled today upon the arrival from
New York of steamship line and in
surance representatives. C. D. Maf
fitt, agent for the ship, said last
night.
Yesterday an inspection of the
damage to the fender piling on the
bridge was made by steamship of- :
ficials and state highway depart
ment engineers.
Maffitt said that it was discovered
that there was small damage to the
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 1) 1
Manager Booked
Sports impresario Hymie Caplin
(left) finds something to laugh about
as he is honked in New York on a
grand larceny charge, in connection
with a 84,000,000 card-swindling
game. Caplin manages Lew Jenkins,
lightweight champ, who defeated
Pete Lello the night his manager
was arrested.
WPA STREET WORK
IS ADVANCED HERE
Petitions For Improvements
On 47 Blocks Approv
ed By City Board
The WPA street improvement
program for the City of Wilming
ton yesterday, moved forward with
the approval of petitions for the
paving of 47 new blocks and an
nouncement that further work
would begin shortly.
James E. L. Wade, commissioner
of public works, said the city com
missioners had approved 47 addi
tional street improvement peti
tions submitted by citizens and
reported work would begin soon in
various sections of the community.
Other petitions are still out,
Commissioner Wade explained,
and those persons handling these
petitions are asked to bring them
in when they are completed.
Blocks in the city, for which pe
titions for improvements have just
oeen approved and on which work
will commence at an early date,
were announced by Commission
sr Wade as follows:
Ann street from Sixth to Eighth,
two blocks; Ann street from Thir
teenth to Fourteenth, one block;
Brunswick street from Fifth to
Sixth one block; Campbell street
trom Sixth to Seventh one block;
Bhurch street from Sixteenth to
Seventeenth one block; Eighth
street from Red Cross to Camp
jell one block; Eleventh street
:rom Market to Orange two blocks;
STorth Fourteenth stret from Plan
less street to Grace two blocks;
STorth Fourteenth street from Prin
Brace to Rankin one block; Har
lett street from Third to Fourth
me block, Harnett street from
fourth to Fifth one block; Harnett
street from Fifth to Sixth one
jlock.
Harnett street from Sixth » to
Seventh one block; Hudson drive
:rom Wrightsville Ave., to Castle
;wo blocks; McRae street from
Bhestnut to Red Cross three
jlocks; McRae street from Camp
jell to Red Cross one block; Mc
Rae street from Campbell to
Brunswick two blocks; Ninth street
:rom Market to Princess one
jlock; Ninth street from Princess
;o Chestnut one block; Nineteenth
street from Market to Woolcott two
jlocks; Nineteenth street from
'Continued on Page Two; Col. 5)
Additional Airport Work
Funds May Be Provided
C. C. McGinnis, state WPA ad
ministrator, is of the opinion that
a substantial fund, possibly $35,
000, will be made available $35,
purchase of materials for the im
provement project at Bluethenthal
airport, Addison Hewlett, chair
man to the board of county com
missioners, was advised yesterday
in a letter from Congressman J.
Bayard Clark.
In a letter discussing the current
status of the airport work here,
Congressman Clark told Chairman
Hewlett that his contacts with the
War department had been much
more satisfactory than formerly.
McGinnis also believes that it
will be necessary to have some
local sponsor funds, Congressman
Clark wrote, in order to push the
project rapidly to completion.
Congressman Clark also express
ed the hope in his letter, which
was read at the weekly meeting
of the county commissioners yes
terday, that present arrangements
will enable the county commission
ers to make substantial progress
in the airport work.
The letter, written by Congress
man Clark to Chairman Hewlett,
follows: “I have had quite a visit
at the War department, followed
by a long talk with Mr. McGinnis,
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 4)
British Make
Two Assaults
On Hamburg
Bombers Drop Many Tons
Of Explosives In Import
ant Nazi Shipyards
FRENCH COAST IS HIT
London Enjoys One Of
Most Peaceful Nights
Since Air War Began
LONDON, Nov. 25.—UP)—British
bombers shuttled over Hambur|
in two attacks last night and early
today, dropping “many tons" of
explosives and nearly 2,000 incen
diaries in a shattering, fiery raid
on shipyards where German naval
vessels are turned out, the a i r
ministry announced tonight.
In the first raid, between 7 and
8 p. m., several British pilots re
ported they emptied their bomb
racks at the same time and ob
served “a good number of fires
and explosions.”
Frequent Target
At 4 a. m. today they were at it
again and this time they said more
bursts were seen in the vast acre
age of the Blohm and Voss ship
building yards, by now a frequent
target.
“The reason for so many raids
on this one objective,” the air
ministry news service explained,
“is that no one raid could destroy
more than part of the shipyards
and it is certain the Germans will
have been making every effort to
repair the widespread damage we
know already has been done.”
Coupled with thi- raid were
others on Harburg, southwest of
Munich, where fires and explosions
were said to have been set off in
the important Nord Deuts
chemical works; Wilheh/ishaven,
where bombs were aim fl at the
frequently-attacked dockyard; and
the Dutch port of Den Helder,
where returning pilots told of
watching a dockside w'arehouse
collapse in the glare of bursting
bombs.
Blast Coast
Still more British formations,
completing, a v>ek-end of trip
hammer blows from Berlin to Tur
in, Italy, blasted the Nazi-h eld
French coast for more than an
hour. The Boulogne area bore the
brunt.
Taking up where the fliers left
off, British coastal batteries threw
a screaming barrage across the
channel this morning and again
tonight and the coast of Boulogne
to Cap Gris Nez was alight with
exploding shells.
The Germans took up the chal
lenge both times and plumped
shells into the Dover area, seek
ing to silence the British guns and
perhaps attempting to hit a British
convoy which passed through the
channel just before dusk.
In another raid yesterday on
Durazzo, Albanian port, by planes
of the RAF command in Africa,
a direct hit was reported on a
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 4)
War
Interpretive
BY KIRKE L. SIMPSON
An informal but apparently au
thorized intimation has come from
Berlin that Italy is to be left for
the present to work out her own
military destiny in her clash with
the Greek British allies.
Just what it means is not clear.
It may represent almost as serious
a hitch in Herr Hitler’s ^diplomatic
political drive eastward in the
Balkans as does the military set
back Mussolini’s armies have sus
tained in Greece.
German failure to extend the
Berlin-Rome-Tokyo alliance to Bul
garia, Yugoslavia or Turkey would
leave the conflict along the Greek
Albanian frontier isolated. It is
only through Bulgaria or Yugo
slavia that Nazi military power
could be thrown quickly and ef
fectively against the Greek flank.
Completes Cycle
Yet the Berlin informant, even
in the face of semi-official Nazi
press mutterings against Greece,
holds that Hitler has completed for
the present his Axis recruitment
^Continued on Page Two; Col. 1)
J1
Italian Planes Make
Machine-Gun Aitack
On Airport At Malta
ROME, Nov. 25.—(/P>—A ma
chine-gun attack by an Italian
pursuit plane squadron on an
airport at Malta, British mid
Mediterranean naval base, was
reported by the high command
today t,o have set fires visible in
Sicily, more than 50 miles away.
Three planes on the field were
set ablaze immediately by the
Fascist gunners, the communi
que said, and the fire spread
quickly, causing several violent
explosions. All the raiding
planes returned, it said.
Besides the three British planes
hit at Malta, the Italians said
they shot down three more in
^scattered air fights.
' Acknowledging British raids at
DuraMjim Albanian port, and
other ^places, the Italians also
reported attacking the naval base
at Alexandria, Egypt, and hit
ting port facilities.
TRIBUNAL DECIDES
RACE-JURY ISSUE
Conviction Of Man Revers
ed Because Negroes Bar
red From Grand Juries
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24— OB —
The conviction of a Houston, Tex
as, negro for assaulting a white
woman was reversed by the su
preme court today on a finding
that negroes had been barred from
grand juries in the county where
he was indicted.
“It is part of the established
tradition in the use of juries as
instruments of public justice that
the jury be a body truly represent
ative of the community,” said the
unanimous decision, delivered by
Justice Black.
The court found that although
negroes constitute more than one
fifth of the population of Harris
county, Texas, and “a minimum
of from three to six thousand of
them measure up” to statutory
qualifications, only five had served
on grand juries from 1931 through
1938, when the defendant was in
dicted, and none had served in 1937
or 1938.
The defendant, Edgar Smith, 18.
had been sentenced to life impris
onment. The decision apparently
had the effect of freeing him com
pletely for George W. Barcus, as
sistant state attorney general, told
the court that the time limit for
obtaining a new indictment had
expired and thus he could not be
retried.
Black, in an opinion last Lin
coln’s birthday upset the convic
tion of a Florida negro who was
subjected to a “third degree.” In
today’s opinion he said tha1
Smith’s conviction could not stan;f
if there had been discrimination,
lowever it was accomplished.
“For racial discrimination to re
sult in the exclusion from jury
service of otherwise qualified
groups not only violates our con- !
stitution and the laws enacted un
ler it but is at war with our basic
loncepts of a democratic society
tnd a representative government,”
te wrote.
Two other decisions today, in
vhich the court split 6 to 3, re
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 3) |
Germans Report Bulgaria
Will Remain Out Of Axis
BERLIN, Nov. 25.—(#)—Bulgaria,
ong viewed as a likely convert to
;he Axis lineup, is staying out, for
he present at least, informed Nazi
sources indicated today.
This disclosure came with the
surprise statement by these in
formants that the signatures of
Hungary, Rumania and Slovakia
ended the present series of addi
tions.
Authorized quarters hintecj,
levertheless, that Adolf Hitler’s
liplomatic maneuvers, which al
-eady have covered most of the
lontinent, will continue.
“When will the next act be
staged?" One official was asked
ind he retorted: “just be patient.”
They added that the fact Bul
garia is not expected to joL up
at this time has nothing to do with
developments in Turkey.
(Official circles in Sofia, Bul
garian capital, expressed belief the
Balkan kingdom had won a
“breathing spell” in its struggle
against being rushed into aligning
with the Axis.
(There was unconcealed relief fn
Sofia, where a high government of
ficial’s reaction was that “it now
appears certain to us Bulgaria wiU
not be involved in war this win
ter.” At the same time it was dis
closed Bulgarian foreign Minister
Ivan Popoff already had packed
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 1)
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