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^nti-Aircraft Fi ^’ICenter Plans Given Final O.K.
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Says Goering
Got Her Coat
Lady Elizabeth Decies. the former
Elizabeth Drexel of Philadelphia,
pictured arriving in New York after
15 years in Paris. She said Reich
Marshal Hermann Goering entered
Ike Paquin salon in Paris as she
«as about to buy a coat. He liked it
lid tools it. for Frau Goering. Lady
Decies didn’t argue.
Vessels Are Attacked By
U-Boats Lurking In British
Shipping Lanes
NEW YORK, Dec. 18.—(^-Sub
Brines lurking in British shipping
lues of the north Atlantic struck
a: Englands’ oil and food supply to
lly, torpedoing two tankers and a
freighter, an indication that another
envoy was under fire.
At the same time, New York ship
lag circles said that the Belgian
Boer Ville d'Arlon, the former Amen
tia Traveler of the U. S. Lines, was
®re than a month unreported and
Presumed lost. The liner had been
ferrying food and war materials from
•'**' fork to England.
In messages picked up by MacKay
__ £_-t__: „ j
Itee ships reported submarine at
Napier Star, 12,196-ton British re
frigerator ship used in carrying Aus
'r'lian and New Zealand beef to
taain "torpedoed at 1:35 GMT. Po
®on 58.58 north, 23.13 west” (about
®iles west of Scotland),
halfonn, Norwegian motorship
“titer, 9,860 tons ‘attacked by sub
taarine. 58.27 north, 18.11 west, sus
Mtras tanker flying Dutch flag in
Pendreeht, Dutch tanker, 10.746
!®' completed last year, “torpedoed
sub, position 59.05 north, 17.48
Eighteen minutes later the Pend
reported the loss of two life
si-'- said she had only one left and
seefle<5 immediate aid.
Jlte attacks came as American
Sp“Djards were being flooded with
|t>'1 0l'<iers for tankers due to an
shortage of the vessels.
. ‘'ore than 100 tankers — British
■M neutral—have been destroyed in
- var. Tanker charter rates in
l*erican waters have increased
ur-fold in recent months because of
Builders Will
Get Go-Ahead
Signal Today
Survey Work Of Laying Out
Streets And Other Lines
Is Started
Project At Holly Ridge Will
Experience First Pay
Day Saturday
Plans for the Wilminr'on Anti
Aircraft Firing Center at Holly
Ridge, were given final approval
yesterday and the go-ahead signal
for actual construction will be giv
en today to the contractors on the
Lieut. Alden E. Spees, executive
officer, said last night that or
ganizational work is about com
plete and that construction should
get off to a good start next week.
“We have the plans for the camp
on paper now and with equipment
and building material arriving
daily the contractors now have
something to go on,” he said.
Survey Work Started
. Survey work of laying out
streets, sidewalks and other lines
that will make up the $10,000,000
Army cap was started yester
day. Lieut. Spees fe sid that the
lines for such thoroughfares had
already been run and it is only a
matter now of putting up stakes.
The first construction on the
camp proper will prcbably be the
erection of warehouses and stor
age space along the Atlantic Coast
Line railroad. At present, contrac
tors are busy erecting temporary
office buildings, a medical dress
ing station and other buildings nec
essary to the actual construction
of the camp.
Two or three of the buildings
have been completed and in the
neighborhood of 300 workmen are
now engaged at various jobs at
the camp. \
First Pay Day
It was indicated last night that
the camp will experience its first
pay day Saturday. Lieut. Spees
(Continued on Page Three, Col. V
Maintains Constant Vigil
For Approach Of Nazis’
Threatened Armadas
LONDON, Dec. 18. — UP) — Newly
warned today against the danger of
German invasion, Great Britain has
mobilized a million home guardsmen
and thousands of coast defense and
mobile troops in her constant vigil
for the approach of Adolf Hitler’s
threatened armadas.
At the same time, the government
officially admitted that the empire
could not win the war until the Brit
ish army had "struck—and struck
deep—into the Axis countries.”
A ministry of information spokes
man said the British blockade would
weaken Germany and Italy, and the
navy and air force would shake the
confidence of Adolf Hitler and his
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 6)
Logan-Walter Bill Killed
By Roosevelt And House
J^HINGTON, Dec. . 18.—W—
t tagar.-Walter bill, to broaden
|e jurisdiction of the courts over
activities of administrative
. ocies, was killed today when
„ Stdent Roosevelt vetoed it and
'Vith°USe UpheId the veto,
dj , a two-thirds majority need
pro 0 °ver-ride the veto, house
™ents mustered only 153 votes
trlf;r roll-cal] test, 23 less than
(ijjl s.tran2th on original passage,
ten -I Voted to sustain the Pres
ide' tt.e house vote made un
Hifh ar-v any action by the senate,
5 had passed the bill originally
Si 2d
Po? Walter (D-Pa), who had
lie cled the legislation with the
^nator Logan (D-Ky), said
he would introduce the same bill
again at the next session of con
gress starting Jan. 3 but in the
meantime a report is expected
from a special committee which
doubtless will influence further leg
islative efforts.
The committee, headed by Dean
Acheson, Washington attorney, was
appointed by the attorney general
a year ago at President Roose
velt’s direction to review the entire
administrative process and rec
ommend improvements, including
any needed legislation. Mr. Roose
velt said in his veto message that
its report would go to congress
“in a few weeks."
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 3).
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I , _.^hls. anti-aircraft battery of Italy’s African army might have been one of those that held invaded areas
of Egypt. If so, they are there no longer, for after Br itish blitzkrieg hit Marshal Graziani’s army, the
Italians were swept out of Egypt, back into Libya.
Propeller Club Launches
Move To Get Shipyard

Boyd Says Port Has Op
portunity To Get Bids
On Small Vessels
A movement seeking the pro
motion of shipyard facilities here
in connection with national defense
program- needs wae launched by
the Propeller Club of the United
States, Port of Wilmington, in
monthly dinner session last night
at the Cape Fear Country club.
The club approved the appoint
ment of a committee to investi
gate the possibilities of establish
ing a shipyard for small boats
here through formation of a cor
poration with private capital
amounting to at least $100,000.
Committee Named
n V* _ A T _!J 4.
named a committee composed of
Bruce B. Cameron, chairman, Da
vid S. Harries, and George L.
Stearns, to investigate the proposal
and present a full report at the
next monthly meeting of the club.
If a shipyard could be started
in the Port of Wilmington for the
construction of small boats, club
officials pointed out during dis
cussions, enough business could be
assured from the federal govern
ment only to keep the project going
top speed.
Henry E. Boyd, of the Wilming
ton Port-Traffic association, told
the club “the port of Wilmington
now had a fine opportunity to get
bids on small vessels, if shipyard
facilities were available.’’
Plan Patrol Boat
Rountree told the club the U. S.
coast guard had completed plans
for the construction of a large
number of patrol boats, 83 feet in
length, but to date the federal
government had been unable to
secure any bids on the proposal.
The proposal approved last night
by the Propeller club would feature
the taking of the necessary steps
for formation of a corporation
backed by at least $100,000 in pri
vate capital to assure the ade
quate beginning of shipyard fa
cilities for small boats here.
Boyd urged the club to get be
hind the movement for establish
(Continued on Page Three, Col. 4)
North Carolina: Increasing cloudi
ness, somewhat warmer Thursday, fol
lowed by light rain in west portion at
night; Friday cloudy, light rain east
portion, slightly colder west portion.
(By TJ. 8. Weather Bureau)
(Meteorological data for the 24 hours
ending 7:30 p. m. yesterday).
1:30 a. m. 42; 7:30 a. m. 40; 1:30 p. m.
55; 7:30 p. m. 48; maximum 56; mini
mum 39; mean 48; normal 49
1:30 a. m. 75; 7:30 a. m. 82; 1:30 p. m.
53; 7:30 p. m. 53.
Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m.
0.00 inches. Total since first of the
month 0.43 inches.
Tides For Today
(From Tide Tables published by U. S.
Coast and'.Geodetic Survey).
High Low
Wilmington_12:38a 7:34a
1:08p 8:40p
Masonboro Inlet-10:40a 4:37a
11:16p 5:14p
Sunrise 7:13a; sunset 5:06p; moonrise
10:15p; moonset 10:35a.
River stage at Fayetteville, N. C.,
at 8 a. m., Dec. 16, 10.0 feet.
(Continued on Page Five; Col. 3)
Ambassador Phillips
Will Return To Rome
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.— (/B
—In a surprise move possibly
connected with Italy’s military
difficulties, Secretary of State
Hull announced today that Am
bassador William Phillips would
return to his post in Rome im
mediately after the holidays.
Phillips, a veteran diplomat,
has been seriously ill and there
had been indications that he was
not likely to go back to Italy for
many months, if at all.
Hull said the ambassador had
recovered from the illness, how
ever, and wras ready to resume
his duties. He has been in the
United States about three
Total Of $882 Far Short Of
Amount Needed To Meet
3,000 Requests
Faced with the task of providing
a small bit of Christmas cheer to
close to 3,000 boys and girls in this
section, the sponsors of the Star
News Empty Stocking fund yester
day renewed their appeal for more
contributions to help make this task
Holders of recipients’ cards for the
Empty Stocking fund distribution—
scheduled for Tuesday, December
24—are advised that they should call
for their packages at the Cape Fear
Artillery armory, 814 Market street,
and not in the basement of the post
office as previously announced. Cards
may be exchanged for packages at
the armory next Tuesday from 8 a.
m. to 4 p. m.
The fund was swelled to $882.43
yesterday, but this amount still is
far too small to meet all the re
quests that unfortunate parents have
made for some remembrance for
their children. There were several
large group donations, but despite
this the fund contiuned to grow
The sponsors are asking that dona
tions be made immediately so that
purchases can be carried out.
Your contribution will help some
(Continued on Page Five; Col. 3) '
Officials Consider Legisla
tion For F. R.’s New Brit
ish Aid Plan
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18. — (iP) —
While Secretary of State Hull urged
that America’s arms production be
speeded up toward a war-time basis,
administration aides on Capitol Hill
prepared to push for legislation im
plementing President Roosevelt’s
plan to lend war implements to Brit
One expert estimated that this
plan, under which the United States
would take over future British war
orders, pay for the materials itself
and lease them to Britain, might add
about *2,500,000,000 to the $15,000,000
authorized and appropriated by the
present congress for United States
How the additional financing would
be handled was not officially explain
ed, but Secretary of the Treasury
Morgenthau already has asked con
gress to increase the national debt
limit from $45,000,000,000 to $60,000,
000,000 or $65,000,000,000. The last
named figure, financial experts be
lieved, would boost the government’s
borrowing powers enough to cover
British war requirements, at least in
the near future.
Hull, in disclosing at a press con
ference that he had been urging that
the production of arms, planes, ships
and other materials be brought as
nearly as possible to a war basis,
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 1)
Petain Government Confers
New Powers Upon Fern
and de Brinson
VICHY, France, Dec. 18.— <#') —
With Pierre Laval apparently re
stored to an active if unofficial place
in French-German dealings, the Pe- ]
tain government tonight conferred (
lew powers upon Fernand de Brinon, ]
whom Laval had established in Paris .
is "ambassador of France” for pur
poses of collaboration with the con
Official sources indicated they con
sidered the. “affaire Laval” as closed
(Continued on Page Five; Col. 1)
Siamese Air Force Raids
French-Indo China Towns:
BANGKOK, Thiland, Dec. 18.—
#)—The Thai’ (Siamese) air force
was reported by the high com
nand tonight to have carried out
arge-scale “reprisal” raids on Sev
an important towns in French In
The bombed towns include Thak
lek, Savannakhet and Vientiane,
capital of the Laos district, which
;he high command said were at
;acked with great success.
The Bangkok radio said that in
addition to the seven towns named
ay the high command Battambang,
3isophon and Siemriep, in north
western Cambodia, were “bombed
aeyond recognition.”
(These three lie near the tre- 1
mendous ruins of Angkor, some of *
the most famous archaeological ‘
relics of Asia, long buried in the J
jungles, remnants of an entirely
last civilization of nearly 1,000
years ago.) .
The radio urged the people of
Indo-China to look at the newly- j
made ruins if French authorities 1
would permit them to do so. ,
A communique yesterday de- ,
scribed recent French attacks on
Thailand as replies to Bangkok’s
suggestion that a peace delegation
be dispatched to Bangkok. It add- ,
ed that French acts of “aggres- j
sion” prevented peaceful settle
ment of the border fighting. 1
Greeks Fire
On Tepeleni
And Klisura
Action Seen As Prelude To
Major Effort To Drive
Out The Italians
Artillery Pounding 50
Tanks Used By Fascists
To Defend Section
ATHENS, Dec. 18.—Greek
machine - gunners were reported
-aking the Albanian towns of Kli
sura and Tepeleni from surround
ing mountain peaks tonight in an
ipparent prelude to a major effort
to drive out the Italian defenders.
The Greeks declared that in
bringing the two nearby towns tin
ier their guns their troops scored
a “brilliant victory” likely to have
a decisive influence on the Albani
an campaign.
On Mountain Road
Klisura is in middle Albania on
a cross mountain road leading to
Tepeleni, some 12 miles to' the
west. It also provides an impor
tant route to the lower Viousa riv
er valley.
Tell • tale flames such as those
seen before the Italians retreated
from Argirocastro and Porto Edda
were said to be licking skyward at
Klisura, indicating Mussolini’s
forces had fired the city in prepar
ing for withdrawal.
In the valley between Klisura and
Premet, to the southeast, artillery
was reported to be pounding 50
tanks used by the Italians in a
roving defense of their fortifica
On the Adriatic coast the Greeks
were said to have pushed well
within range of the port of Chi
mara. A flanking movement like
Continued on Page Two; Col. 8)
Several Phases Of Reorgan
ization Program Are Dis
. cussed At Meeting
A new chairman was elected,
sub-committees were appointed,
and several phases of the general
program were discussed at a meet
ing yesterday of t h e committee
lamed recently to effect various
ihanges suggested in the proposed
•eorganization of the chamber of
Harriss Newman was elected
ihairman to succeed C. B. Par
nele, resigned. All members of
he committee attended the meet
ng held in the office of Parmele.
Newman announced the appoint
nent of six sub-committees as fol
ows: finance, W. D. McCaig,
hairman; Emsley A. Laney, C. ,
A. Shigley, and J. Holmes Davis,
ir.; constitution and bylaws, New
(Continued on Page Five; Col. 2)
War .
Italy’s, badly shaken attempt to
xtend her empire in Africa seems
!ue for testing on a second front,
lisaster for Mussolini maybe im
lending in East Africa as a follow
ip to Greek successes in Albania !
nd the Italian rout in the Western
African desert.
This is indicated in advices from '
:airo and London. These advices 1
how that ten days rf British bat
ering not only has cleared Egypt [
if Italian invaders apd badly bro
:en Italian offensive powers in the 1
Western desert, but also has stim
ilated a revolt in Ethiopia against ;
talian conquerors.
Aid Pledged
Full British aid for exiled Em
teror Haile Selassie in his effort
o regain his Ethiopian throne was ,
iledged in London. Richard But- 1
(Continued on Page Two; CoL 2)
Peace of Berlin
Disappoints Him
The fact that the R. A. F. was not
conducting an air raid when he ar
rived in Berlin is reported to have
disappointed five-year-old Axel Gorm
Anderson, above. Son of Mr. and
Mrs. Axel Anderson of Woodsidc,
L. I., he is traveling home alone
from Trondheim, Norway, where he
was marooned by the German in
Army Craft Crashes And
Burns In San Bernardino
National Forest
18.—(£)—Six officers and men of
the army’s 93rd bombardment pur
suit squadron, March Field, were
killed today as their 22-ton B-17
four-motored bomber crashed and
burned at the 6,700-foot snow line
of Marion Mountain in San Ber
nardino National forest.
Four bodies were hurled from
the giant craft as it plunged into
the boulder-strewn, heavily wooded
mountain slope, three miles north
east of Idyllwild.
At 10:45 A. M. the plane ap
peared to encounter mechanical
trouble. Ground witnesses at the
Idyllwild Inn and at Pine cove,
nearby, reported that it circled
several times, its engines seem
ingly missing. Clouds closed in on
the bomber at 8,000 feet, and in
a few minutes it roared into the
mountain at full throttle.
A rescue party arrived 20 min
utes later from Pine Cove to find
the plane a mass of red-hot, fused
metal. Two bodies were in the
smashed fuselage. The righ* wing
had sheared a big pine tree.
Residents of the two resort towns
said they heard a loud explosion,
indicating the gas tanks ignited
with the impact. The noise was
beard as far as six miles.
The victims: First Lieut. Harold
J. Turner, pilot, Corning, la.; Co
pilot Donald T. Ward, West Los
Angeles; First Lieut. Vernon Mc
Cauley, Riverside, Calif., Engineer
Staff Sgt. Thomas F. Sweet, River
side; Assistant Engineer C o r p.
frank J. Jirak, Salem, Ore., and
Radioman Private James D. Ses
sions, Bisbee, Ariz. 5
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18. — CP) —
The public contracts board today
recommended to Secretary of Labor
Perkins the establishment of a 40
:ents an hour minimum wage on gov
ernment contract work in the tail
ored or service uniforms industry.
Surround Port
And Its Fall
Fascist Army In General
Retreat Westward Along
Coast To Derna
British Feint Into Italian ?
East Africa Reported
By Headquarters
CAIRO, Egypt, Dec. 18.—UP)—An
Italian retreat westward along the
Libyan coast toward Derna, 150
miles within the colony, was re
ported today by Royal Air force
observers while the British army
closed in on the I.lediterranean
port of Bardia, Libya, the eastern
most bast left to the Fascists in
their disastrous Egyptian cam
Bardia itself appeared surround
ed and doomed to imminent fall to
the British, whose dusty armored
cars were reported to have cut
communications to the west. From
the east, thousands of fresh im
perial troops brought in from
Egyptian desert camps stormed
the other end of a closing pincer
which imperiled several Fascist
Short Description
THa 'Rri+ish mmmnnH hnH Vmt a
single sentence in description:
“Operations in the Bardia area
The reports of British pilots, how
ever, drew a picture of Fascist
flight over a vast area—from Bar
dia to Tobruk, itself 1 ore than 70
miles from the Egyptian frontier
and the strongest Italian base in
Libya and on to the west from
there toward Derna.
The Italian columns were report
ed under machine-gun attack by
British planes.
While the offensive of the west
ern desert thus proceeded, a Brit
ish feint into Italian east Africa
was reported by gercral headquar
British forces operating from the
frontier of the province of Kenya
were declared to have raided the
strongly defended township of El
Wak in the Kenya-Italian Somal
land border region, killing 50 of the
Italian garrison and capturing 120,
along with war material..
Among those declared seized was
an Italian lieutenant-colonel.
This frontier sortie was support
ed by the British South African
Air force, which rep- '.ed it had
(Continued on Page Three, Col. 31
n Alir n a irn a nmr
Says Marshal Graziani’s
Forces Are Seeking To
‘Wear Down’ English
ROME, Dec. 18— (ID —Italians
were told today that Marshall Ro
dolo Graziani’s forces in Libya had
turned to tactics of trying to “wear
down” the pursuing British army
of the Nile.
The final victory, Virginio Gay
da, authoritative editor, assured
his readers, won’t depend on who
occupies the most territory, but on
who inflicts the heaviest losses.
The Italians, he said, are deal
ing out “ruinous punishment” to
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 2)
Comstock Being Changed
Into Army Cargo Vessel
The Comstock, seagoing dredge
>f the U. S. engineer corps here, is
>eing converted into a freight car
der to be used in transporting en
’ineering construction supplies to
mtlying bases in the West Indies
icquired ■ some time ago from
3reat Britain, Col. Earl I. Brown,
ffilmington district army engineer,
;aid last night.
The work of stripping the Com
itock of her dredging apparatus
>egan last w eek, Col. Brown said.
The dredge is expected to be
nade ready by next week to be
aken to the Sun shipyards at
Chester, Pa., near Philadelphia,
le said.
At the shipyards it will be haul
ed out-and put into shape for a car
’o boat, with a number of altera
;ions having to be made.
When the dredge has been con
certed into a freight carrier, CoL
(Continued on Page Three, Col. 6)

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