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TIDE water bus
driver released
Recorder H. Winfield Smith re
.e(l a verdict of not guilty yes
‘“day in the case of James Har
1 who was accused of reckless
?!eration of the Tide Water Pow
W Co. bus involved in a collision
*rth a converted war worker trans
portation bus at the intersection
i P fourth and Princess street on
y-red 13. Twenty-eight persons
“ re injured in the accident.
in delivering his verdict, Judge
Smith declared that “this court is
jjjg opinion that the shipyard
* had the better opportunity to
avoid the collision. It’s a civil suit
* d can gc to Superior court for
* v settlement of damages.
• There was no testimony given
* diis court to indicate reckless
operation of the Tide Water bus.
I therefore return a verdict of not
*UA tJTide Water Co., bus drlv
er f0r nine months, Harper testi
hed he was traveling between 8
and 10 miles per hour in the cen
ter of the block before the ap
proach to the intersection. He ad
mitted there was no speedometer
on the bus.
In connection with his applica
tion of brakes, Harper asserted
that "tho^e buses will roll a little
bit after applying the brakes. You
can't stop a big bus like that im
mediately.”
Before tendering his verdict,
Judge Smith, declaring he had a
"clear” memory of the various tes
timonies, recalled that the driver
of the converted bus, James Tomp
kins. 33. of Rocky Point, had said
he "put up his speed to 10 miles
an hour to get across the inter
section.”
Judge Smith likewise recalled
that the truck owner, J. E. Hale
of Rocky Point, had testified he
saw the Tide Water bus 150 feet
east on Princess street, and that
his bus was traveling about 7 miles
an hour when he saw the approach
ing bus.
It was also pointed out that Po
liceman W. J. Millis had declar
ed that the Tide Water bus “left
no skid marks.”
T T
Woman, Freed In Death
Of Man’s Wife, Loses
Suit For Part Of Will
TULSA, Okla.t March 20.—W—
Mrs. Ella Howard, Fort Worth,
iTex ), divorcee, lost her $19,380
suit against the estate of the late
T. Karl Simmons today when a
defense demurrer was sustained
by District Judge S. J. Clendin
r.ing,
Mrs. Howard filed the suit after
she was acquitted of a manslaugh
ter charge here two years ago in
connection with the slaying of
Simmons’ wife.
She alleged that Simmons con
cealed certain facts during the
trial which would have helped her
case and promised to make it up
to her by paying her $19,380 to
finance the defense. Included in
the oral contract, she said, was
an agreement that they would
marry.
Before the alleged agreement
could be carried out, Simmons
died.
-V
Hitler Reported Absent
From Zossen During Air
Raid By American Units
ON THE GERMAN FRONTIER
NEAR BUCHS, Switzerland, March
20.—(Jt— Hitler and the most im
portant members of his staff were
absent during the recent Ameri
can bombing of the German
army’s Zossen headquarters. They
were conferring at Berchtesgaden
on last-minute drafts of defenses,
It was reported here today.
Von Rundstedt was said to have
attended the conference, indicating
to sources here that he probably
had been removed from command
on the Western Front but still was
« factor in military strategy.
Several high Nazi party officials
reportedly were trying to per
suade Hitler to appoint them to
command in the west but dissen
sion among them made a decision
impossible.
-V
John Dutton of Pennsylvania pat
ented a compression machine for
hiking ice in 1846.
S. S. AMERICAN FARMER CHRISTENED HERE
^—1 —■ 1 —i __
building Co.! wTseriaCunchead^ecentl^mdpreltv,t0 near COI?Pletion at the yard of the North Carolina Ship
News, Va., wife of the1 vice president'amfSp°n3orshlp <* Mrs. J- B. Woodward, Jr., of Newport
Dock Co. Members of the launrhinl tP,iUgeneral ?lanager of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry
manager of the North Carolina Pm?/ F. Halsey, vice president and general
Roger Williams president of tha Sufc' Gord°n Adkins, of Newport News, matron of honor; Capt.
News concern; Mrs. Woodward arM Mr.Svoodw^rd.'mpany and executive vice President of the Newport
Writer bays Germans Wait
For Revenge Against Nazis
(Continued from Page One)
scale. Nonetheless the Germans
seem convinced that what they
have already suffered is , only a
foretaste of what lies ahead.
Before the war, Germany had
250 large towns. The majority of
them now are rubble heaps. The
transport system has been large
ly destroyed. Practically all the
simplest necessities of normal life
have been exhausted.
The Nazi structure still holds to
gether, but after the loss of the
industries of Upper Silesia, which
were Germany’s principal food
reservoirs, the end is approach
ing with giant strides.
Why does the Nazi structure
still stand? Millions of Germans
would heave a sigh of relief on
being liberated from Nazi rule, not
to mention the joy they would ex
perience when the mass killing
comes to an end.
But terror of the Gestapo and
concentration camps holds these
elements in checks just as stern
discipline holds a great part of
the German army that otherwise
would long ago have been scat
tered.
Commanding the Eastern Front
from Frankfurt on the Oder
through Saxony and Silesia, Col.
Gen. Schoerner has the reputation
of being more ruthless in demand
ing discipline than Heinrich
Himmler. It is commonly said
Schoerner conducts war by court
martial. Any soldier who fails to
stand fast simply is shot.
Hatred of the Nazi party al
ready is so open and so wide
spread that one can expect the
final settlement to be bloody and
terrible. Even in top circle- peo
ple are not asking today what will
happen to Hitler, but ‘what will
happen to us?”
There are various explanations
why Germany is still fighting.
Hitler fights, one might say, be
cause he is ashamed.
He does not wish to stand be
fore history with the disgrace of
a lost war. His advisers under
stand that they have reached dead
end. They have their backs to the
wall and seem determined to throw
the whole nation into the jaws of
the Allied offensives.
Since the tide turned at Stalin
grad, Nazi propaganda has not
loosened its grip on the German
people. Today it provides the main
explanation of why the Germans
still fight, although they know the
war is xost.
Day after day millions of Ger
mans listen to Allied radio broad
casts urging them to surrender in
time. They understand the mean
ing of these broadcasts, but never
theless they fight and work on.
The German people know they
must pay for a lost war and much
besides.
But with what are they to pay?
Most of Germany’s cities have
been laid in ruins until it is im
possible to estimate in figures all
that has been destroyed.
What is the use of saving insig
nificant assets which are left? The
population is asking.
The sufferings under German
occupation of countries such as
Norway and Greece, of the thou
sands of Greeks who have starved
to death, and the misery which
has befallen the Poles and Rus
sians during the German offen
sives left the Germans who wit
nessed them unmoved.
And the Germans at home nev
er learned much about them. But
now, when the same misery is
threatening them, they are begin
ning to remember—and they feel
that what Germany must undergo
will be ten times as hard.
For years the Germans have
considered conscription of millions
of foreign workers as slave labor
are terrified at the thought they
are terrified at the though they
may themselves be deported.
During the last few hard years
the German people have not had
many opportunities—nor any great
desire-to pause and think. There
were few Germans who understood
in the time of good fortune that
if Germany won the war the whole
of Europe would have to work for
her but if she lost the situation
would be reversed.
Now every German is aware of
this fact. Now millions of German
workers are wondering: “Will we
be deported? Where will the line
be drawn?”
Certainly, they argue, it would
not be worthwhile to put some
fat, unskilled Nazi party men to
work to rebuild the ruined cities.
Leaders of the July revolt
against Hitler foresaw all this
and many others with them.
But, owing to bad luck and
clumsiness, they have ruined the
prospects for all their successors.
Today the Germans are fight
ing on becaue they feel they are
postponing a situation which ap
pears to them even more terrify
ing than war itself.
CARRIER^ MIDWAY
IS CHRISTENED
(Continued from Page One)
Navy pilot killed in a Pacific
crash.
Gates, in a brief address, wish
ed the ship good hunting. He said
that when the Midway goe® to
sea her flight decks will be cover
ed with planes of a “newer de
sign and type—planes now being
produced but not as yet flown in
combat against our enemies.”
He disclosed that the carrier’s
skipper will be Capt. J. F. Bolger,
a native of Adams, Mass., who
once commanded an Essex class
carrier in the Pacific.
Among the thousands who wit
nessed the ceremony was Lt.
George H. Gay of Waco, Tex.,
only survivor of Torpedo Squad
ron Eight which helped smash the
Japanese invasion attempt at Mid
way in June, 1942.
The Midway is the first of five
carriers of her class. She was
built at the Newport News Ship
building and Drydock Co., yards.
A sister ship, the Coral Sea, will
be launched next month at the
New York Navy Yard. A third,
not yet named, is under construc
tion here. Two more are on sched
ule.
The Navy withheld details of the
ship’s armaments and dimensions
for security reasons. But the Mid
way will be the fastest, biggest and
most powerful in the U. S. Fleet.
This means her speed will top the
34 knots of the Enterprise, fastest
carrier afloat. Her overall length
is about 1,000 feet. She will carry
about 3,000 men.
--V
Thomas Kensett opened the first
canning plant in America in 1817.
-V-—
BUY WAR BONDS AND STAMPS
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Germans In Ruhr Warned
To Leave Before Yanks
Begin Aerial Poundings
LONDON, March 20.—{IP)—Gen.
Eisenhower's radio warnings to
German civilians and foreign
workers to flee certain areas be
cause the localities would become
‘deathtraps” from Allied bom
bardment was directed today to
Ruhr cities.
The broadcasts today were
beamed to residents of Essen,
Muehleim, Dortmund and 14 other
major Ruhr cities and Gen. Isen
hower’s radio spokesman said:
‘‘These districts now are combat
areas. Every inhabitant is warned
to remove himseij and his family
to a safe place outside of the Ruhr.
From now on, no shelter or refuge
within these districts can be con
sidered safe. Your life depends
upon immediate execution of these
orders.
-V
BUY WAR BONDS AND STAMPS
BRITISH FORCES
SEIZE MAND .AY
(Continued from Page One)
yesterday when they counter-at
tacked desperately but ineffective
ly.
Mandalay was occupied by the
Japanese on May 1. 1942 as they
drove up from Malaya and over
ran all of Burma, driving British
and Imperial troops to the Indian
border. The city itself is burned
out and ravaged by bombs. On
March 8, bearded Sikhs in a light
ning drive from bridgeheads to
the north swept into its northeas
1 tern outskirts.
U. S. medium bombers led by
Capt. Walter Keating, Chattanooga,
Tenn., and Col. Lloyd Dalton, Kan
sas City, ripped open the walls of
Fort Dufferin yesterday with 500
pound and 1.000-pound bombs when
it became apparent the Japanese
were burning the palace. Bombing
of the fort had been held up to
spare the palace.
Capture of Mandalay oversha
dowed other developments in Bur
ma, but it was revealed that Bri
tish 36th Division troops yesterday
captured Mogok, site of the
world’s largest ruby mines and
an important communications cen
ter 65 miles northeast of Manda
lay.
The 36th occupied the town with
out opposition after out-maneuver
ing a small enemy force which
was pushed back into the hills
six miles from Mogok and was
unable to regroup.
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