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THE SUNfSP^ -NEWS ZHZ '____^SHTMtl (^©ffiT (gflTV ©IF g>®@@iaig©g [PlLti&gMlOfr ______ yOL^12. NO. 7.----___-WILMINGTON, N. C., SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1940 ~_PRICE FIVE CENTS Nazi-Held Coast Line Set Ablaze British Planes Drop 100 Missiles A Minute, Say Objectives Reached NAZIS STRIKE BACK Southwest Town Suffers Heavy Raid As London Escapes Attack By The Associated Press LONDON, Dec. 28.—In an evident attempt to smash Germany’s winter preparations for invasion of Eng land, great squadrons of British planes loosed bombs upon Nazi-held offensive bases and blockade ports in France tonight at a rate that reached 100 a minute. A declaration that the British objective apparently had been reached was made by a neutral air observer in close touch with the British air staff. He described the assault as “equalling in inten* sity anything ever delivered by the Germans on any British city or town.” Calais To To Boulogne “The whole coast from Calais to Boulogne is alight,” one ob server reported. It was Boulogne itself, which was at the fiery core of the British bombardment—Bou logne, whose port is deep enough to accomodate heavy cruisers. The port serves, too, as a Ger man submarine base and a haven for the flat bottomed invasion craft assembled by the Nazi?. This mighty attack, which was directed also at Nazi big gun po sitions and reddened the French coast for miles, capped a series of assaults in progress almost con tinuously since Thursday. Late tonight there had been no raider over_ London, but a south west town suffered one of its worst raids of the war. Successive formations of German bombers scattered incendiaries and high explosives over all sections of that city. Two hospitals were hit and many stores and homes de stroyed. The British Press associa tion reported, however, that the number of casualties was believed “comparatively small.” During the day there had been but one reported instance of Ger man bombing in all Britain: at (Continued on Page Three; Col. 5) GERMANY CLAIMS DAMAGE SEVERE DNB Says Huge Fires Set In London, 37,163 Tons Of Shipping Sunk BERLIN, Dec. 28.—CZB—A Are that extended from three to Ave miles northeast of London’s Hyde Park section was started by last night’s bombing attack on the Brit ish capital, DNB, official German news agency, reported tonight. The whole eastern section of the city was particularly hard hit, the agency said. (A line northeast of Hyde Park for three miles would cut across the fashionable West End residential area.) Today’s air activity over Britain, DNB added, was confined largely to reconnaissance and photographing, but ^various attacks were launched ag rust British shipping. A tanker, Continued on Page Two; Col, 7) 62-DEGREE LOW RECORDED HERE Minimum Is Highest Since Dec. 28, 1919; Cooler Weather Seen Winter made its official arrival Dec. 21, but you would never have known it here yesterday. Despite the fact it was the day of December, the thermi refused to drop and stood at 62 degrees for the lowi ture of the day. ✓' # That was a bit of ^ . was the highest n>' ture which had bf ^■‘Sol C on Dec. 28 since/ # j&qM H casion the mere/ ^^tp' ■ ™ (Continued of Stxmr* Greek Sub Sinkso Transports In Roman Convoy New Gains In Albania Are Listed Italian Vessels Carrying Troops And Munitions To Duce’s Forces MORE FORTS SMASHED Prisoners Taken In Drive East Of Viosa River, Athens Reports BY MAX HARRELSON ATHENS, Dec. 29.—(Sunday)— -The daring stab of a Greek sub marine, reported officially to have slipped inside a destroyer guard and sunk three Italian transports carrying troops and equipment, was followed today by Greek claims of new gains ashore. The three ships, a Greek minis trv of marine communique said, were part of a convoy moving re inforcements across the Adriatic from the Italian port of Brindisi io the Albanian port of Valona, an Italian foothold threatened by Greece’s army. All Three Large The communique described the vessels as “large,” totalling be tween 25,000 and 30,000 tons, and said they were protected by “a heavy escort of warships.” “Sinking of the enemy vessels was followed by a chase of several hours by enemy destroyers Which dropped depth charges. ’ it said. As a result of skillful maneuver ing our submarine faced the at tack and then returned safely to port.” „ A two-sentence general staff communique merely said: “There were successful local operations on a reduced scale. Prisoners were taken.” A government spokesman, how ever, said that despite thickening weather “our troops have been able to advance north and north (Continued on Page Three; Col. 5) U. S. AGAIN WARNED BY PUCE’S EDITOR Sending Of U« S. Vessels To Irish Ports ‘Would Spread War’ By The Associated Press ROME, Dec. 28.—Italy’s Virgin lo Gayda topped an Axis press of fensive against the sending of American supply convoys to Brit ain by way of neutral Ireland with the assertion today that this would start the war spreading 0 the western hemisphere and the Pacific ocean. , The editor of II Giornale d lta lia said Japan, tied to Rome and Berlin by an “all for one and one for all” pledge against outside in tervention in eastern or wes war, is “watchful” and with (Continued on Page Two; Col. 2) WEATHER FORECAST North Carolina : Mostly cloudy Sun - flay am.' Monday, lizht to moderate rains and cooler Sunday. South Carolina: Mostly cloudy and cooler with light rain or drizzle sun day; Monday partly cloudy. (By C. S. Weather Bureau) (Meteorological data for the .4 hour enging 7:30 p. in. yesterday.) Temperature 1:30 a. m. 64; 7:30 a. m. .65; 1:30 P-. ™ 65; 7:30 p. m. 64; maximum 69; mini mum 62; mean 60; normal 47. Humidity 1:30 a. in. 92: 7:30 a. m. 92; 1:30 p. m. 7:30 p. m. 91. Precipitation Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m. 0-90 inches. Total since first of the month 2.93 inches. Tide* For Today (irom Tide Tables published by u. 5 Coast and Geodetic Survey.) High Low Wilmington .10:10a 4:45a 10:22p 5:18p Jlasonboro Inlet . 8:02a 1:34a 8:Kp 2:13p , Sunrise 7:17a; sunset 5:12p; moon rlsc 7:38a; moonset 6:23p. . River stage at Fayetteville, 1L2 feet. •Continued on Page Two; Col. 3) __ “SUNK,” SHE SAILS AGAIN Remarkable action photo shows British destroyer flotilla leader H. M. S. Kelly, decks awash and listing aeavlly, shortly after she had been torpedoed by a German motor torpedo boat in the North Sea. German communique listed .her: ‘‘Sunk.” British towed her to port, repaired her. British censor released this photo, taken last May, with the announcement that the Kelly is sailing again, refuting the German communique with guns and bombs. COMMITTEE HITS AT LABOR BOARD NLRB Charged With Defy ing Congress And Harbor ing Enemies Of U. S. WASHINGTON, Dec. 28.—<jW—A majority of a special house inves tigating committee called today for “complete reorganization” of the National Labor Relations board and raised the question of whether board policies might jeopardize na tional defense. In a 70,000-word report, Repre sentatives Smith (D-Va), Halleck (R-Ind), and Routzohn (R. - Ohio) asserted that the board had at tempted to have government con tracts denied to firms it contended were violating the Wagner a c t. They added: “The committee respectfully con cludes that when an administra tive agency of the government so far forgets its proper function as to defy the will of congress, harbor and protect avowed enemies of constitutional government . . . then the time has come when the people of this country must raise their voices in insistent protest lest in dustrial peace and, with it, the en tire program of national defense, be jeopardized.” They also said they considered it a matter of “extreme moment” for the country at this time that “a government agency and its em ployes should, in the exercise of their duties, foster and protect communists.” The committee considers this particularly reprehensible when the same government officials have it within their power to force Ameri can industry to retain those whose sympathies are such as to endan ger the process of production,” they added. The majority said the , appoint ment of Dr. Harry Millis' as a board member to replace former Chairman J. Warren Madden, along with other personnel (Continued on Page Two; Col. 4) J. W. Jackson Beverage Co. Will Construct $125,000 Plant Here AT 19TH AND DAWSON Pepsi-Cola And Budweisei Beer Distribution Cen ter To Be Erected Plans for the erection of a new $125,000 bottling plant and storage warehouse at 19th and Dawsoi street were announced yesterdaj by J. W. Jackson, owner of the J. W. Jackson Beverage company distributors for Budweiser beei throughout southeastern North Carolina, and owner and operatoi of the local Pepsi - Cola Bottling plant. • A contract for the erection ol the plant has been signed with W. A. Simon, local contractor, and work will start Monday morning, Jackson said. On Six-Acre Tract The new building, one of the largest industrial undertakings in the city this year, will be erected on a six-acre tract which Jackson has purchased and which runt from 19th street on Dawson to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad bell line. The plant, Jackson said, will be (Continued on Page Two; Col. 4) J.W. WILLIAMSON RITES ARRANGED « * Funeral To Be Held From 602 Market St. This Afternoon At 4 Funeral services for James Wal ter Williamson, 66-year-old-textile executive of 602 Market Street, who burned to death early Friday night in his automobile at Ham mond’s Creek in Bladen county, 12 miles south of Elizabethtown, will be held at 4 o’clock this after noon from the residence. The body will be at the resi dence until the time for the ser (Continued on Page Two; Col. 6) Rain Fails To Halt Work At Anti-Aircraft Center HOLLY RIDGE, Dec. 28.—Ham pered somewhat by inclement weather the contractors erecting a $10,000,000 anti-aircraft firing cen ter here had 1,400 men working to day and tonight tractors and grad ing machines continued to roar and grind their way about the four square. mile camp site. Throughout the day and night workmen continued to unload cross ties and other material to be used in the construction of the camp, but there was no night-time con struction under way due to the lack of lights. The Tide Water Power company is building an 11,000 volt, three phase line to the camp site. The poles have been placed to and on the camp site but as yet there have been no installations. Poles for the line enter the camp site at the southern boundary in Pender county, but others are be ing erected near the railroad sta tion here, indicating that materials will be unloaded at that point when the work gets in full swing. Representatives of the contrac tors have said material will be un loaded at night when work gets into full swing to allow them to have'the needed materials at each work center when the workmen ar rive for their day’s work each morning. Considerable speed is being made on ditching being done prior to the laying of sewer .lines and street cutting and grading is also proceeding at a rapid pace. Meanwhile service facilities of (Continued on Page Two; Col. 3) RAIDERS ACTIVE IN TWO OCEANS Two Nazi Sea Prowlers Re cently Left Jap Port, Shanghai Hears By The Associated Press SHANGHAI, Dec. 28,—Stories ol intensive German raider activity from the Indian ocean to the South Pacific reached here today, along with reports that two Nazi merchantmen equipped as sea prowlers recently left Kobe Japan. (This comes a day after the Australian government’s report that a sea raider bombarded the British equatorial islet of Naurt in the Pacific south of the Jap anese-mandated Marshall islands yesterday. The ship flew the Jap anese colors at first, but ran up the swastika just before it opened fire, the Melbourne navy ministry announced Saturday.) Small Nazi freighters left Shanghai last week, possibly with supplies for the German raiders. Travelers from Hongkong brought reports that more than twenty Norwegian vessels had been sunk and a number of Brit ish vessels attacked by raiders in the Indian ocean. Between Hongkong and India, it was said, British ship crews are getting wartime bonuses as a re sult of this sort of activity. Passengers on the Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Asia said the ship recently took four instead of the normal two days to get (Continued on Page Two; Col. 1) ATTACKER-SLAYER IS APPREHENDED Clarion, Pa., Man Admits Slaying Men, Denies Attacking Woman CLARION, Pa., Dec. 28.—W— State motor police tonight captured a 43-year-old automobile mechanic accused by Sheriff M. O. McKin ley of slaying a father, his son and criminally attacking the boy’s sis ter. McKinley identified the man as Frank Dearolph and said he would be charged with murdering Reuben Levi Wentling, 58, and his son, 12-year-old Reuben, Jr. Motor Policeman Raymon Malloy said Dearolph was picked up on a highway “after a slight scuffle,” and admitted the killings but de nied he had attacked Wentling’s pretty 22-year-old daughter Eliza beth. Police Privates Harold W. Deane and John Hardy, Jr., made the arrest in adjoining Venango coun ty about 30 miles from the nearby farm house where the crime oc curred last night. They said Dearolph was walking along a highway eight miles from (Continued on Page Two; Col. 4) British Guns Are Pounding Bardia Forts Cairo Reports 38,114 Of Duce’s Captured Troops Have Been Counted MORE GUNS TAKEN Egyptian Leaders Point ■To Part Nation Played In Aiding Drive By the Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt, Dec. 28.—The con centration of British forces about beleaguered Bardia was officially reported proceeding “smoothly” to day, while British artillery thundered steadily at that vital Italian base in Libya. Advanced motorized detachments went on clearing the country to the west, general headquarters an nounced, and four additional Italian guns were captured. 10,000 Non-Italians The number of Fascist prisoners of war in hand and counted was put at 38,114, some 10,000 of them non Italians. To these captives the British at tributed two stories—that the Ital ian defenders of Bardia, ordered by Premier Mussolini himself to “die rather than give up,” would turn that base into a "second Alcazar," and that the Italian command was urgently strengthening the defenses of the port of Tobruk, to the west, in fear of any early British attack here. The reference to Alcazar was to the 10-week defense of Spain’s mili tary academy at Toledo during the civil war by the forces of Francisco Franco. It was disclosed today that many Egyptians apparently feel that Egypt, although not formally at war, has contributed enough to the Ital ian rout—giving the British food, (Continued on Page Three; Col. 3) HAUANS REPORT WINS IN LIBYA Rome Dispatch Says Brit ish Motorized Unit De stroyed, Crew Taken (By The Associated Press) HOME, Dec. 28.—Italy’s high com mand announced today destruction of a British mechanized detachment and capture of its crew in a swift offensive thrust by an Italian motor ized column in the sector of besieged Libyan Bardia. Italian warplanes cooperated, it was stated. Simultaneously an Italian naval unit pounded British armored de tachments along the coast with shell fire, scattering them and “reducing motor-transported artillery to si lence,’’ the communique contended. Effective bomber attacks on Brit ish front line bases (presumably those encircling two Italian divisions (Continued on Page Two; Col. 8) jrSSE JONES SEES DROP IN JOBLESS He Predicts Defense Pro gram Will Send Trade v To New Levels WASHINGTON, Dec. 28.—CA>)— Secretary of Commerce Jesse H. Jones said today that business prospects were so bright that “in 1941, for the first time in a de cade, we may confidently look to substantial progress toward elimi nation of unemployment as 'a major problem in our society.” In a year-end statement, Jones, who is also federal lending ad ministrator, said, “business moves into 1941 operating at record levels. It can look back on the year just past as one of vigorous expansion which in total produced the best (Continued on Page Three; Col, 1) r PICKETS PICKET PICKET Armen and Camig Ajamian, Jr., of New York City, are on Christmas vacation from school. It wasn’t a particularly merry Christmas, because their dad’s drug store isn't doing too well. It’s being picketed by the C. I. O. because Mr. Ajamian can’t afford a union druggist and does the work himselt The C. 1. 0. made the boys mad and they decided to do something. With $3 taken from their savings, they had two signs made. Then they picketed the picket. De Gaulle Urges French Colonies To Fight Nazis SEES QUICK VICTORY Africa, Syria And Fleet Are Invited To Join In War On Hitler By The Associated Press LONDON, Dec. 28—Gen. Charles de Gaulle, leader of French forces still allied with Britain, exhorted all Frenchmen today to keep up the fight against Germany and told them a great triumph might be theirs. As De Gaulle broadcast his ap peal—declaring that if North Africa Syria and the French fleet were fighting for France the Mediter ranean battle would end promptly in victory—reports circulated in Lisbon that French naval forces may be gathering in North Africa. From Toulon Base Travelers from unoccupied France said they, had been in formed reliably that French Chief of State Philippe Petain had au thorized some French naval of ficers to spend “vacations” in North Africa and that several French naval units already have been dispatched there from Toulon. They linked these moves with what they called Petain’s "una bated decision to rule France him self, free from foreign impositions, and his readiness to become a prisoner himself rather than give into demands he considers against the interest of France.” Coincidentally, a broadcast from Nazi-occupied Paris, heard in New York by CBS, said General Auguste Nogues, governor-general (Continued on Page Three; Col. 3) NAZIS CONTINUE RUMANIAN MOVE Reds Showing Evidence Of Concern At Massing Of Hitler’s Forces By CHARLES S. FOLTZ BERN, Switzerland, Dec. 29.— (Sunday)—(IP)—The mass movement of approximately 300,000 German troops across Hungary into Ru mania continued throu^kput the night under the screen of a newly imposed Hungarian censorship. Reports from informed sources in neutral Yugoslavia said today that many fresh German units had moved into Timisoara in the Banat region of Rumania on the Yugoslav frontier—less than 100 miles’ strik ing distance from Belgrade, the Yugoslav capital. This Nazi movement, whatever its ultimate purpose, was being carried out with a thoroughness that ruled out any possibility of bluff in the opinion of Balkan observers. BUDAPEST, Dec. 28—Authorita tive informants reported tonight that the mass of men and materiel which Germany is sending to Ru mania will be sent across Bulgaria to attack Greece only in the event Britain lands a force in Greece and attempts to invade central Europe. These German troops—there are expected to be nearly 500,000 in the Balkans by the end of January— are described as chiefly an insur ance measure. The mass movement of additional troops now is under way in earnest (Continued on Page Three; Col. 7) F. R. To Address Nation On Defense, British Aid BY D. HAROLD OLIVER WASHINGTON, Dec. 28.—(#)— President Roosevelt worked long hours today on the report on de fense and aid to Britain to be given the nation tomorrow night in- a radio address which some officials believed would be his most impor tant - since the European war be gan. As the chief executive revised a rough draft dictated on Christmas Eve, organizations and individuals continued to write and telegraph suggestions for the talk, and a prominent democratic senator— Wheeler of Montant — issued a warning against going too far on the British help question lest the United States become embroiled in the conflict. Mr. Roosevelt took the letters, data and memoranda, and a staff of stenographers to the huge cab inet room so as to have ample working space. He paused only twice during his work— once to receive William Phillips, who is returning to hl's post as ambassador to Italy, and again to hear the latest report on defense production and related sub jects from William S. Knudsen, di rector of the new office of produc tion management. Knudsen was reported officially to be interested in how a new and vast ship construction program would be financed, but he told re porters this was not dis^usse^ and (Continued on Page Two; Col. 1)