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ASSOCIATED PRESS WILMINGTON With Complete Coverage of And Soulheaslern North State and National News Carolina U-__- -- ---- ✓_ " vOL^74—NO. 125___WILMINGTON, N. C., SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 1941 _FINAL EDITION_J_ESTABLISHED 1867 RAF FORCES GRAZIANI TO 4 ★ ★ ★ 44 4 4 4 444 444 4 4 4 * Dema Next Goal Of British Push Crack Roman! Regiment Beaten . i— (By The Associated Press) ATHENS, Jan. 24—The fam ous Italian “Wolves of Tus cany” division has suffered such heavy losses on the cen tral Albanian battlefield north of Klisura it has been with drawn and a new commander appointed to re-organize it, Greek reports from the front said tonight. Other Italian troops also were reported withdrawing in taht sector to freshly prepared forti fications. A government spokes man said this withdrawal re sulted from Greek occupation of new heights overlooking the Fascist lines. “We have taken 530 prisoners in two days,” a spokesman said. Tried To Stem Advance The Tuscany division was thrown into battle recently after a hurried trip from Italy in an attempt to stem the Greek advance, it was said. Information gained from Italian prisoners said that at' least seven Italians divisions have had to be withdrawn for re-organization be cause “extremely heavy losses,’’ the Greek said. The Greeks also re-counted pris oners’ stories that they had gone for days in some cases without food because of shattered supply lines. A growing number of officers among those captured by the Greeks was noted. In one group 25 prisoners there were eight offi cers it was said. “New heights taken by ouf troops resulted in the capture of more prisoners and Italian war mate rial,*’ the spokesman said. “At one (Continued on Page Three; Col. 4) PETAIN SELECTS ‘SUPER-COUNCIL’ France’s Chief of State Picks 188 Men to Help Him at Vichy VICHY, France, Jan. 24.— UR — Chief of State Philippe Petain personally selected a super-council help him govern France but left the body without legislative pow ers. The council, which includes 69 senators and deputies, will meet solely at his call to discuss only those matters he determines, but he is not obligated to follow its de cret, are to be published, rests Whether even the minutes of the group’s meetings, which will be se ccret, are to be publisheeed solely with the elderly marshal who created the group to "give advice and assure usefpl contact with the people.” The decree promulgating the council tonight said each member would be paid 100,000 francs (about $2,300) per year. The council was said to contain “no measured mixture, no concern about balance or compromise.” “Doubtless it will be possible to (Continued on Page Three; Col. 5) SICILY BASES RAIDED New Blows Also Struck at Italians in Ethiopia; Selassie Active PRISONERS COUNTED CAIRO, Jan. 24.—(A>>— Marshal Rodolfo Graziani, commander of Italy’s army in Libya, was report ed tonight to have abandoned his headquarters at Circne, 50 miles west of Derna, apparently under heavy bombardment by British airmen. With two-thirds of his effectives and the considerably greater pro portion of his equipment lost in the Egyptian-Libyan campaign to date, Marshal Graziani quit Cirene for a spot more difficult for RAE bombers to find, the British said. (This was the first indication of the exact whereabouts of Graziani since the British began their Afri can offensive.) 90 Miles Westward British motorized units and air men have been ranging about and beyond Derna, 95 miles west of captured Tobruk, since the fall of the latter port two days ago. With their strong aviation sup port the British land forces pushed steadily westward toward Derna, which is now said to be almost an undefended town. It was heavily bombed yesterday as were the Italian airbases of Apollonia and Maraua, west of Derna. (British airmen also were active in the north Mediterranean sector, where they heavily attacked Sici lian bases of German and Italian planes. The glare of fires there was said to have been visible from the British naval base of Malta, 60 miles from Sicily.) Meanwhile in East Africa, said reports reaching Cairo, the Brit ish have pushed more than 80 miles into the Italian colony of Eritrea, where they were said to have resumed pursuit of nearly two full Italian divisions routed from Kassala a week ago. Military observers looked for this eastern offensive to continue , while in the north the British were believed likly to cut across the Cirenaican hump of Libya directly toward Bengasi, 150 miles west of Derna. With Tobruk captured and up ward of 20,000 Italians from that (Continued on Page Two; Col. 6) LUMBERTON MAN FOUND SLASHED J. W. Priddy, Jr., Attacked By Negro, Apparently, In Re-Drying Plant ■ LUMBERTON, Jan. 24. — J. W. Priddy, Jr., about 50, prominent Lumberton tobacconist, was in a serious condition at Baker sana torium here tonight, suffering from deep throat slashes and loss of blood apparently received in a struggle with an unknown assail ant at the Lumberton Re-Drying company’s plant, of which he was vice-president and general manager. Chief of Police J. T. McRainey said that he broke open the door to the plant office and fo’ind Priddy lying on the floor in - ool of blood. He had gone to the .nt at a telephone call. Priddy repeated the one word, "nigger”, over and over, the i • lice chief said. U ter ' Dr. H. M. Baker, chief surgeon at the sanatorium, said that al (Continued on Page Three; Col. 5) LONDON RAIDLESS FOR FIFTH NIGHT Bad Flying Weather May Be Responsible (or Nazi Inactivity LONDON, Jan. 25—(Saturday-— UP)—London’s millions gained rest for the fifth straight raidless last night and early today. There were no reports of German planes over any part of the Isles. Bad flying weather apparently was responsible. The English Channel was shrouded with dense fog and there were occasional showers. The sea was calm, ^ H New Battleship Brings Halifax To U. S. --- • *--*--r*_ F. R. Greets Him On Own Yacht precedent broken Yew Ambassador Believes Britain Can Win With U. S. Assistance IS NEEDED QUICKLY WASHINGTON, Jan. 24. — <£>» — cr(i Halifax, the new British am issador expressing confidence that rltain can "win through” if the nited States speeds the help she Beds, arrived here with President oosevelt tonight after a precedent ■eaking peiEOnal meeting in lesapeake bay. Lord and Lady Halifax drove back Washington with the chief ex utive in a downpour. The Presi .nt dropped them at the British i.bassv shortly after 9:15 p. m„ in said goodnight to them on the nbassy steps, closing one of the ost dramatic scenes of internation friendship in American history. New Battleship The President had motored ear r in the afternoon to Annapolis, d„ and embarked on the yacht it'jmac at 3 p. m. to go out to eet the new British battleship ing George V which brought Lord alilax secretly across the Atlantic. he> met shortly after nightfall lout six miles below the United ates Naval academy dock. Lord and Lady Halifax and the nbassador’s immediate staff trans ited to the Potomac in a drench g rain and while that craft was turning to shore they had dinner ith the President in the latter’s .bin. Also at the table were Secre ry of the Navy Knox, and Har d R. Stark, chief of naval opera or.s. Before coming ashore at 7:30 m., Lord Halifax received report - s on the Potomac’s main deck id read excerpts from a formal atement which said: "The more quickly your generous elp can be made effective, the loner shall we be able to break lis Nazi power that is trying to nslave Europe and the world.” Charles Peake, privatae secretary i the new British envoy, was the rst to walk ashore from the Po imac. Smiling despite the cold, driving lit), Peake had slung over his left houlder an old World war trench elmet and a more modern gas Continued on Page Three; Col. 6) WEATHER FORECAST North Carolina—Partly cloudy, colder 1 east and central portions Saturday; unday increasing cloudiness, followed ►y rain in west portion. South Carolina—Generally fair, slight \ c°lder Saturday; Sunday increasing loudiness, slightly warmer in west, ollowed by rain in northwest portion. (Fy l. S. Weather Bureau) (Meteorological data for fhe 24 hours D('ing 7:30 p. m. yesterday). Temperature 1:30 a._m. 55; 7:30 a. m. 53; 1:30 p. J: p6; 7:30 p. ni. 60: maximum 66; minimum 48; mean 57; normal 46. 1.9a Humidity 1-30 a. m. 92; 7:30 a. m. 98; 1:30 p. m. 2: 7:30 r. m, 94. Precipitation ictal for 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m. •w inches: total since first of the nonth 1.17 inches. Tides For Today (from Tide Tables published by U. • toast and Geodetic Survey). iTT.. . High Low "ilming-ton _ 8:11a 2:44a Who. , 8:26p 3:17p “asonboro Inlet_6:10a -— W - 6:22p 12:2°P ounns0 , ;i4a • SUnset 5:35p ; moonrise •"8a- moonset. 4:10p. C8pe iear river stage at Fayette ville. .ii.8 feet * January 24. — (^) — snd roinf 'n1’^11 recor(-s of temperature p. m ' in J for the 24 hours ending 8 areas'on/, Principal cotton growing Station eIse'vhere; isheviiio , High Low Free. Atlanfi ’ , louUy-«0 50 O.ll Atlant ,* &ar - 63 51 0.06 Hostel Clty' rain-48 30 0.07 CStt, T -29 17 0.30 ChicL, •„,clo’!<ly-6« 50 0.04 Ci"'innitf °fi“ly.29 23 0.00 ?e“yer cloBdv 5'- 34 32 °-85 0»lvestm, , 1 - 35 15 0.00 Hatkseuvi'ii °U,Uy-65 61 0.00 Kansas C ?•’ C oudy — 73 57 0.30 Ksy West " °j dy — 29 28 0.01 ■»s An.4 ’1“,udy - 77 71 0.02 Sisvifit 2, clo,udy — «4 48 1.17 J'otphia m ?jdy-37 33 0.80 - 45 44 °-94 Vew Orlean! - r.77 70 0.11 ve'vyork sj"ear-68 63 0.09 b'folk, clon/v - 32 36 0.25 fttUburgh “V V- 61 40 0.00 j,clo“dy 37 26 0.S4 Jutland ().; t,01udy - 52 39 0.17 aiojk-:. doud!’ 21 02 0.00 S ' U"is, do«Av-90 40 0-00 s ’ K^ncisio ^ -3— 33 30 0.16 ■'•’Wnali 5;cl°udy 0° 48 L42 Cloudy - 71 59 0.00 <t, Him, ,a „,--7- 75 02 0.11 7t;u !?d5y — 36 34 0.92 toady. 66 50 0.00 Halifax Highlights ANNAPOLIS, Md., Jan. 4.—OP)— England’s new battleship, the 35, 000-ton King George V, a mystery since her launching, was the first naval vessel of a belligerent na tion to arrive in this country since the war started. Under international law, the mighty craft must leave within 24 hours unless her officers can prove that she lacks fuel or provisions to reach the nearest British port in this case Bermuda—or, that she needs repairs to make her sea worthy. Naval men watched the case with inteerst and one remarked: ‘I think she will leave immedi ately so she won’t embarrass us by staying here.” Launched In 1939 .... Launched Feb. 21. 1939, the 30 knot King George V is one of five ships of her class constructed to raise Britains capital ship strength to 19. The vessel—like her sister ships, the Prince of Wale$ Duke of York, Jellicoe, and Beatty —were built in secrecy because of the war. Nothing was heard of her until last April 23 when it was announced that the five ships were undergoing trials. Rumors said all were in service but the British kept mum. The King George cost $28,000000, carries ten 14-inch guns, six for ward and four aft, and the gunners are protected from :hrapnel by steel enclosed turrets. Sixteen 5.25 - inch guns are mounted on her sides and she car ries special armor for protection against air bombs. Her normal crew calls for 1,500 officers and men. Unofficial sources estimated that it cost $21,360 for fuel to bring the King George to Annapolis. BY JOHN F. CHANDLER ANNAPOLIS, Md., Jan. 24.—(jP)— Cheers of British tars aboard the King George V rolled over the dis mal waters of Annapolis roads to day—not for President Roosevelt, (Continued on Page Two; Col. /. BRITAIN EXPECTS INVASION ‘SOON’ Gas, Landings and Bombing On Unimagined Scale Believed in Offing BY DREW MIDDLETON ... LONDON, Jan. 24.—(#)—Inform ed military and diplomatic circles in London seriously expect the mightiest onslaught in history, with bombing on an unimagined scale and the use of every modern weapon including flame-throwers and gas, to be launched upon the British Isles within three months. This is the sober although unof ficial opinion of scores of military men, from army privates and ordi nary seamen to officers, and Brit ish. allied and neutral diplomatic and political observers who agree that: “Germany will try to break Brit ain and win the war before May.” Britain, these informants be lieve, will beat off the German in vasion attempt, but only after sac (Continued on Page Three; Col. 6) LORD HALIFAX F.D.R. POINTS OUT STRIKES VERY FEW Labor Situation On Whole ‘Very Good/ He Says; More Plants Close WASHINGTON, Jan. 24.— (JFI — President Roosevelt said today that strikes in defence industries had been very few and that the labor situation on the whole was very good. That was his reply when asked at his press conference for com ment on the CIO-United Automo bile Workers strike at the Milwau kee plant of the A1 lis-Chalmers manufacturing company, which has about $26,000,000 in defense or ders, chiefly for naval equipment. Asked what was the general poli cy of the government regarding strikes in defense industries, the Chief Executive said each case stood by itself. MILWAUKEE, Jan. 24.— (£> — Shut down of the $2,000,000 power plant at the Allis-Chalmers manu facturing company where produc tion activities have been paralyzed by a C.I.O. strike, was threatened tonight as a result of a dispute between A. F. of L. and C.I.O. leaders.. The day also was marked by a noisy demonstration tf C.I.O. strik ers at a meeting called by the A. F. of L. Milwaukee federated trades council. Previous to the meeting the Wisconsin state feder ation of labor sent out about 1,500 letters inviting company employes to join the A.F. of L., which main tains some unions at the plant. Plant production activities, in cluding $26,000,000 in defense or ders, continued at a standstill for the third day. BETHLEHEM, Pa„ Jan. 24.—UP) —A Bethlehem Steel company of ficial reported late today that 300 men had quit work in three de partments. He described the situa tion as a sit-down strike. No comment was available im mediately from the employes in volved. The official said the de partments affected were the bil let yard, bridge shops and tool steel department. He said the men stopped work about 1 p. m. E.S.T. Bethlehem Steel has been the object of a unionization drive by the CIO steel workers organizing committee. WASHINGTON, Jan. 24.— <JP) — In response to an appeal from the army, the conciliation service ar ranged today for release from the strike-bound Allis-Chalmers plant in Milwaukee of a power generator needed by the Hercules Powder (Continued on Page Three; Col. 4) Highway Commissioners Hand In Resignations RALEIGH, Jan. 24. —W) —Gov ernor Broughton announced today that all members of the state high way and public works commission, including Chairman Frank L. Dun lap, had tendered their resignations to him. Action of the commissioners, he said, was not “instigated or re quested by me.” He added that he had asked the commissioners to continue to serve for 60 or 90 days, and that they had agreed to do this. Broughton’s announcement, made a few moments after he had con ferred in executive session with the commission here, did not state specifically whether the commis sioners would or would not be re appointed by biro, Simultaneously with Broughton’s announcement, Chairman Dunlap told newsmen that he had been advised by his physician to take a rest, and that the governor and members of the commission had consented to allow him to take sick leave of 90 days, starting Feb ruary 1. In his long service as a state of ficial, Dunlap has accumulated more’ than 100 days of sick leave, and so will continue to receive his salary while taking a rest cure. Governor Broughton, asked di rectly whether Dunlap’s leave meant that the chairman “is out for good,” replied: “It may or it may not.” ^Continued fin Page^Threei Col, 1) Rebellion Continuing InRumania Sima and Followers Who Continue to Resist to Be Shot on Sight MANY JEWS SLAIN Nazi and Antonescu Armies Patrol Streets; Revolt ‘Officially’ Ended By The Associated Press SOFIA, Bulgaria, Jan. 24.— Horia Sima, leader of the rebel lion in Rumania against the Anto nescu government, and a strong band of followers are believed hid ing in Brasov, in the Transylvan ian Alps, 75 miles north of Buch arest, it was reported here tonight. The report was brought into Bul garia from Rumania by a reliable informant while the Bucharest radio broadcast a declaration by the Antonescu regime that Sima followers who continued to resist would be killed on sight. Warning To All Others knowing where the rebels who terrorized Rumania for four days are hiding but refused to tell are to be treated just as sum marily, -Jbe broadcast added. The informant reaching Bulgaria from Rumania said that while the government established the upper hand in Rumania, exchanges of shots continued in the capital to night. Rebel units still are holding out at Brasov, Ploesti, Arad and Con stanta, it was said. Travelers leaving Bucharest said they counted 200 dead, most of them believed to be Jews, lying on the highway. BY ROBERT ST. JOHN BUCHAREST, Rumania, Jan. 24.—iff)—(Passed by military cen sor)—Rumanian troops were sent out tonight to hunt for Horia Sima, the powerful leader of the Iron Guard, and "every last cutthroat’’ involved with him in the guard’s bloody four-day rebellion. A communique blaming Sima for the outbreak likewise announced that any Rumanian withholding knowledge of his hiding place and those of other “originators and ex (Continued on Page 2; Col. i) HEALTH UrHlEKS CONFER AT CAMP New Fire Engine Arrives; Erection of Asphalt Plant is Begun HOLLY RIDGE, Jan. 24.—State Board of Health officials today conferred with cons' uction of ficers relative to compliance with public health regulations in and near Camp Davis. Similtaneouely Lieut. Alden E. Spees, executive officer of the quartermaster corps, announced the arrival of a new 750-gallon capacity fire engine, the first piece (Continued on Page Two; Col. 7) War Interpretive BY KIRKE Ii. SIMPSON Whatever its true causes, t h e bloody insurrection in Rumania seems to have ended -ny possibili ty of a German winter offensive in the Eaet. Coupled with Italian defeats in Africa and Albania, the Rumanian blow-off shackles the Nazi army there against early ag gressive action. It could not use a bullet-scarred Rumania, still seething with unrest and factionalsim, as a jump-off base for a march to Italy’s aid or against Turkey. To do so now would be to leave the most vital German war resource, Rumanian oil, doubly exposed. Ploesti, transportation and pro duction nerve center of the Ru manian oil fields, is listed as among cities and towns swept by .(Continue^ on Page Threes CoL 2) Dodges Draft, Then Arrest Ernest Raymond Eisele, 22-year-old Pontiac, III., farm boy, objected to the draft and wouldn’t register. When police came to arrest him, he and his father resisted. Father ami son were shot, II. S. marshal and deputy stabbed in melee. Above, young Eisele is pictured on stretcher, en route to hospital. House Approves Funds To Build 200 Ships 24 TO BE BUILT HERE Measure Now Must be Act ed On by Senate; Pass age Seems Certainty WASHINGTON, Jan. 24.— <5>) — The house approved a $350,000,000 emergency merchant ship construc tion program today after stormy de bate over a proposal to prevent “closed shop’’ agreements with work ers employed on the project. 24 Ships Here (Officials of the recently organ ized North Carolina subsidiary of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry dock company, which is to build 24 of the 20 ships at a shipyard to be constructed on a 70-acre tract at Sunset Park, were expected to come to Wilmington today to begin prep arations for the start of the pro ject.) The proposal was offered by Rep. Smith (D-Va) as an amendment to the bill appropriating funds for the measure, but it was defeated through substitution of a prohibition against employment of ship workers who advocate overthrow of the govern ment by force. The Smith amend ment had also included such a pro hibition. As it was sent to the senate the bill would appropriate $313,500,000 to construct new shipbuilding facili ties and 200 steel cargo vessels. In addition, $36,500,000 would be made available from other sources. The ships would be in addition to the reg ular merchant fleet program of the maritime commission and there has been speculation that some of them may go to Britain. The measure won support from both republican and democratic sides of the house, but some member'- pro tested the proposed construction of new building facilities when ship yards in other areas were idle. Rep. Fish (R-NY) told the house that President Roosevelt had gained (Continued on Page Three; Col. 2) BROUGHTON SEES DANGERS AHEAD ‘Grave Crises’ Are Likely In Days to Come, He Says at Raleigh RALEIGH, Jan. 24— <£>>—'Gover nor J. M. Broughton and former Governors Cameron Morrison and J. C. B. Eringhaus were among speak ers tonight at a banquet of the Ra leigh chamber of commerce. Broughton warned that there would undoubtedly be "harder days ahead for North Carolina,” and add ed: “We were advised in a confer ence of governors in Washington Sunday of some of the grave crises which may lie ahead.” He did not explain the phrase "grave crises,” except to say that with affairs so unsettled it .was im possible to tell when some happen ing menacing the public welfare might take place. “It might be this week, or it might be next week,” he said, NEW CONGRESS DISTRICT FORMED House Passes Senate Bill To Expedite Work on Camp Area Roads RALEIGH, Jan. 24.—(A»)— Reap portionment of North Carolina to conform with 1940 census figures— a constitutional mandate packed with political dynamite—was one third completed today, when both houses of the general assembly passed identical bills establishing a new congressional district. Working in high gear in their busiest day of the 1941 session, the law-makers shot 24 new bills into the hopper and took action on 10 old bills. Only local bills will be consid ered tomorrow, and the legislators will convene after the week-end at 7:30 o’clock Monday night. The identical reapportionment bills were approved without a word of protest. One of them will become law as soon as the house goes through the formality of pass ing the senate bill, or the senate goes through formality of passing the house bill. The new congressional district wil' be known as the 10th, and will be composed of Avery, Burke, Ca tawba, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Mitchell counties. Legislative lead ers here have predicted that cre ation of the new district will as sure Charlotte, largest city in the state, of sending a representative to congress. The other two-thirds of the reap portionment task involves adjust ments of the membership of the two legislative houses. Consider able opposition has been expressed to a measure already introduced which would reapportion the house, and so many complications have arisen regarding a new districting for the senate that democratic leaders have been unable to agree on a bill. The appropriations committee, this afternoon, continued considera (Continued on Page Three; Col. !>) Lease-Lend Bill Hit By Hoover’s Secretary WASHINGTON, Jan. 24.— iff! — William R. Castle, who was Presi dent Hoover’s undersecretary of state, told the house foreign affairs committee today that the pending lend-lease bill would make Presi dent Roosevelt a dictator over Britain as well as the United States. “Through his control of the sup plies flowing out from what he pleases to call this ‘arsenal of democracy,’ he would become su preme in all military matters, British as well as American,” Cas tle said. Thus, he asserted, Mr. Roosevelt could dominate Britain as long as the war lasted. “At home, congress would be im potent and in Britain, fear, rather than gratitude, would bring the British government to the feet of the American president.” Castle testified after the demo crats and republicans on the com mittee had engaged in a hot dis pute about proposals to take testi mony from army and navy heads. While republicans charged “gag rule,” the democratic majority de cided to hear the officers in pri vate next Monday. The action was taken after Rep resentative Fish (R-NY) had in vited them to testify publicly so that, he asserted, the nation could learn whether Col. Charles A. Lindbergh “was correct when he i (Continued on Page Tiuiee ; Col. 1).