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88th YEAR. No. 34,993._ WASHINGTON, D. C., TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1940—THIRTY-FOUR PAGES. *** ~K THREE CENTS.
Chamberlain Charges Norway
Failed in Her Duties as Neutral,
Lauds Navy's Altmark Action
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Sees Stand Permitting
Neutral Waters' Use
By German Fleet
By J. C. STARK,
Associated Press Foreign Correspondent.
LONDON, Feb. 20.—Norway was
Accused today by Prime Minister
Chamberlain of failing in her du
ties as a neutral and of displaying
"complete indiflerence” to the use
which the German fleet might make
of her waters.
Mr. Chamberlain told the House
Of Commons that Norwegian au
thorities three or four times failed
to make the proper inspection of
the prison ship Altmark, from which
299 British prisoners were rescued
by the British destroyer Cossack
last Friday.
Norway’s view that the Altmark
was a warship and thus not subject
to search, would legalize the Ger
man fleet’s use of neutral waters, he
said, creating a precedent Britain
"could in no circumstances accept.”
Churchill Cheered.
The Cossack’s bold move against
the Altmark, in which a boarding
party killed seven Germans and set
the British prisoners free, was given
vociferous approval by the House
of Commons.
Mr. Chamberlain's speech was
punctuated by frequent cheers and
all sections of the House staged a
demonstration when Winston
Churchill, first lord of the admi
ralty, entered the chamber.
Mr. Chamberlain described the
seizure of the British prisoners as
‘‘a very gallant affair” and ex
pressed confidence that the House
of Commons would "want to con
gratulate the Royal Navy.”
Stand TOost Surprising.’
He termed the statement of Nor
wegian Foreign Minister Halvdan
Allied Navies to See
Nazi Fleet Doesn't
Use Norse Waters
PARIS. Feb. 20 OP).—The
French and British navies will
take “all measures” to make
sure that Norwegian waters are
not used for belligerent pur
poses. a French government
spokesman stated tonight.
The spokesman said that a
stop would have to be put to
“acts of war’’ being carried on
by the German navy in Nor
wegian waters.
He maintained that the Ger
man navy was “abusing” Nor
wegian neutrality and has
been using Norwegian waters as
a base for operations in the
North Sea.
Koht that the Norwegian authori
ties did not know British prisoners
were aboard the Altmark “most sur
prising,” since reports to that ef
fect were published weeks ago.
Not only once but three or four
times, Mr. Chamberlain said, Nor
way failed to carry out a proper in
vestigation of the Altmark.
The Norwegian view appeared to
be that the Altmark was a warship
and that no request to search her
could be made, Mr. Chamberlain
continued.
According to Koht, he said, Nor
way saw no objection to a German
warship using her territorial waters
to convey British prisoners to a Ger
man prison camp.
The House cheered as Mr. Cham
berlain said that even if Norway’s
“indifference was due to German
pressure it is nevertheless in the view
of His Majesty’s government incon
sistent with the active and impartial
exercise of the duty of a neutral to
ward ourselves as belligerents.”
Joint Search Proposed.
“Before his majesty's ships took
any action against the Altmark,”
said Mr. Chamberlain, “the com
manding officer, acting on instruc
tions from his majesty’s govern
ment, proposed to the Norwegian
naval officer on the spot that the
Altmark should be taken to Bergen
under a Joint British and Nor
wegian guard in order that the
matter might be properly investi
gated there by the Norwegian au
thorities.
“This ofTer was refused. The
British commanding officer then
invited the Norwegian officer to ac
company the British boarding party
on board the Altmark, but he de
clined to do so.”
Then, said the prime minister,
the British navy took action.
Italian Ship Not Hindered.
Ronald Cross, minister of eco
nomic warfare, told the House that
16 Italian vessels which loaded Ger
man coal at Rotterdam were “liable
to search for enemy exports.”
He acknowledged that Italian
ships have not been hindered from
taking German coal to Italy since
the British blockade was imposed.
But said a period of grace allowed
for “the Italians to obtain their coal
supplies elsewhere * • * is draw
ing to conclusion.”
Mr. Cross declined to answer a
question whether the recent British
French-Belgian trade agreement
authorised Belgium to maintain
re-exports to Germany at the pre
war level.
Laborite Emanuel Shinwell asked
whether Mr. Cross was “not aware
that for some time Italian vessels
have been loading German coal for
Italy and have not been subjected
to contraband examination?
"Why is there this consideration
for Italian vessels?”
Mr. cross replied that “when the
reprisals of the order-in-council
(the blockade) were introduced it
was the declared intention of his
majesty’s government to introduce
them with a minimum of inconven
ience to neutrals. t
“In this particular case a period
has been allotted in which negotia
tions might take place to enable
Italians to obtain their coal sup
plies from alternative sources.
"That period Is now drawing to a
Conclusion.”
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Nazi Bombers Renew Attacks
On British Channel Shipping
Air Raid Warning Sounded in Essex
As Warplanes Strafe Steamers
BULLETIN.
LONDON, Feb. 20 OP).—Anti-air
craft fire was heard and air-raid
alarms were sounded in the Lon
don area today'as reports came
in of widespread German war
plane attacks on shipping off
Britain’s east coasts.
By the Associated Press.
LONDON, Feb. 20.—Widespread
German warplane attacks on ship
ping off Britain’s East Coast were
reported today.
Radio operators said they heard
the SOS of at least one vessel.
A lifeboat was put out on receipt
of word that Nazi bombing planes
were blasting at steamers about 30
miles out to sea.
Attack on ships were reported off
trfe coasts of Northumberland, Lin
coln and Suffolk.
Machine-gun fire was heard in
Essex and residents of that section
scurried to shelter as an air raid
warning sounded. The all clear
signal was given 50 minutes later.
British authorities asserted that last
week’s British and neutral shipping
losses were the heaviest of the war,
but said that four German subma
rines “were definitely sunk” and
two others were believed destroyed
by the British Navy or air force.
The successful attacks on the six
U-boats were said to have occurred
within a space of six days last week,
which British naval sources said
was marked by the return of the
(See SHIPS, Page A-4J
Viipuri in Battle Zone,
Finns Admit as
Reds Advance
Soviet Artillery Blasting
City Now Evacuated
By All Civilians
BULLETIN.
HELSINKI. Feb. 20 OP).—The
smashing of a Russian attempt
to advance across the ice of Lake
Suvanto on the Karelian Isthmus
and the repulse of other attacks
in the Verdun-like battle below
Viipuri were reported today by
the Finnish high command.
By the Associated Press.
HELSINKI, Feb. 20.—As Soviet
artillery sent shells screaming amid
ruined buildings of Viipuri today,
the Finns classed that embattled
ghost city as a definite section of
the fighting front.
The city, which once vied with
Tampere for title as Finland’s sec
ond largest, Is not necessarily in
immediate danger of capture, an in
formant said, but the Red Army
penetration of Mannerheim Line de
fenses has subjected it to regular
shell fire and aerial bombings have
been redoubled.
Last Civilians Evacuated.
Most of the 74,000 population was
removed before the Russian invasion
began November 30. Last week the
remaining handful departed, leaving
only those persons necessary to mil
itary operations.
(The Russians, reporting they
were within 6 miles of Viipuri,
said in a communique today
they had taken islands south of
the city on the Gulf of Finland
and held two stations on the
Maritime Railway which links it
with the coastal fortress at Koi
vista.
A Finnish spokesman said new
Karelian Isthmus defense positions
to which the Finns were forced to
withdraw were "sound,” and that
Russian attacks on them had been
repulsed. The line was described as
running from somewhere west of
Summa toward Muolaa.
War Implements Captured.
The Finns gave supporting details
on the destruction of the 18th Rus
sian Division, which they reported
yesterday 10 miles north of Lake
Ladoga and some 55 miles from the
Mannerheim Line struggle.
In reporting the wiping out of this
infantry force of 18,000 men—the
third such victory they have claimed
—the Finns said captured war im
plements included 100 tanks, 75
motor vehicles, 23 tractors, 58 guns
of various types, 12 anti-tank guns,
more than 60 machine-guns and 44
field kitchens.
“Our losses were very small,” a
press bureau announcement said in
describing the “piece by piece”
destruction of the Russian force be
tween Uomas and Syskiparvi, 15
miles in from the border.
A press spokesman said the divi
sion apparently was from the City
of Yaroslavl, northeast of Moscow.
Reds Expect to Smash
Isthmus Line by Friday
MOSCOW, Peb. 20 (^.—Soviet
forces expressed confidence today
that Russian troops would smash
completely through Finland’s Man
nerheim Line in time for the Red
Army’s 22d anniversary celebration
next Friday.
Indications that the Russians
would intensify their efforts to
crush the Finns were seen in Soviet
press reports and public lecture
declarations that the army anni
versary would witness an announce
ment of a break in the Finnish maze
of forts and pillboxes on the Kare
lian Isthmus.
The regular Russian communique
from Leningrad said the Red Army
was busy mopping up areas 6 miles
south of Viipuri, where the Soviet
troops were reported to have iso
lated the Finnish coast-defense
fort at Koivisto, western terminus of
the front.
Russian and foreign observers saw
no hope lor peace' between Russia
and the Helsinki government.
The Red Army reported its Ka
relian Isthmus offense was “devel
oping successfully.”
In discussing mopping up opera
tions yesterday south of Viipuri, the
communique said:
“Soviet troops continued clearing
the Bjorke fortified area of the en
emy and occupied Revonsaari
Island, 3 miles southwest of Jo
hannes, the station of Lahteenmaki
and the station of HumoUoki on the
Maritime Railway.”
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Swedes Press Efforts
For Further Aid
To Finland
King's Stand Against
Direct Help Averts
Political Crisis
By the Associated Press.
STOCKHOLM, Feb. 20—Swedish
activists—advocates of more help
for Finland—presented a resolution
to Premier Per Albln Hansson to
day declaring that “the Finnish
front must be held and helped by
Swedish assistance.”
With the Swedish press giving
unanimous support to the declara
tion of King Gustaf yesterday rul
ing out direct military aid to Fin
land. the activists continued their
efforts to encourage as much as
sistance as possible to the war-torn
neighbor.
King Gustaf pointed out that
Sweden could continue to give Fin
land “the not Inconsiderable assist
ance” which she “now gets from us
and greatly needs.”
The activists in their resolution
today, presented through the so
called “Northern Freedom Confer
ence.” did not urge direct inter
vention.
It declared:
“Finland’s case is ours. The Fin
nish front must be held and helped
by Swedish assistance. Intervention
from states outside the North would
threaten to make our country a war
theater. •
We maintain that freedom and
peace are best, though giving our
own help so vigorously that any
other help is unnecessary.”
“We appeal to Swedish youth that
they flh the gaps in the Finnish
army, thus serving the North Coun
tries’ freedom and future.
“The deciding hour has come. The
Swedish people expect that their
government, in unshaken confidence
to people who love their country, will
maintain Sweden’s and Finland’s
inseparable life interests.”
Political circles agreed that a po
litical crisis had, for the time being
at least, been averted. Rumors that
certain Swedish military circles
might force the issue are given no
support
(The chief editor of the Norwe
gian newspaper Tidens Tegn in
Oslo reported from Stockholm
that Swedish military leaders
might precipitate a political cri
sis, perhaps leading to the ab
dication of King Gustaf, on the
matter of direct aid to Finland.)
Dissatisfaction Abated.
\
With Premier Hansson's statement
Friday that Sweden had rejected a
Finnish request for direct military
aid, there was dissatisfaction in
some Swedish quarters. This was
regarded as abated, however, as a
result of the King’s message show
ing Sweden’s great sympathy for
Finland. With the statement, sup
port for a move to give direct mili
tary aid to Finland faded.
The term activists is applied in
Sweden to a section of public opin
ion, including both organized and
unafflliated groups, which desires
military intervention in the Finnish
struggle and at the same time is
pushing for all help possible under
the present political framework.
Leaders of a group which has fa
vored direct aid for Finland and
(See SWEDES, Page A-4.)
Hoover Collecting Funds
For Finnish Military Aid
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK, Feb. 20.—A new
service which makes it possible for
Americans to contribute to Fin
land’s military support is in effect
today.
Herbert Hoover, head of the Finn
ish Relief Fund, said a remit
tance division” had been established
to send special donations to public
Institutions of Finland, including
“the Finnish government for its own
unrestricted use.”
He said the service was set up in
response to “a great multitude of
applications to this fund from per
sons who wish to specify the spe
cific purpose to which their contri
butions should be placed.”
Another fund recruiting organi
sation, Fighting Funds for Finland,
sends money to the Finnish govern
ment for use in any manner it de
sires. This agency is headed by
Qen. John J. O’Ryan, World War
commands.
Madden Asked
Blacklist, Says
i
Treasury Aide
Procurement Agency
Took No Actidn on
Request He Adds
BACKGROUND—
Special House investigating
committee heard Labor Board
Chariman J. Warren Madden
testify last week there had been
understanding between board
and R. F. C. whereby it was
sought ,to withhold R. F. C. loans
from companies accused of unfair
labor practices. Federal Loan
Administrator Jesse Jones told
reporters Thursday that a lew
small loans had been held up for
short periods at N. L. R. B. re
quests. *
By CARTER BROOKE JONES.
Chairman J. Warren Madden of
the National Labor Relations Board,
and not the Procurement Division of
the Treasury, took the initiative in
seeking to bar alleged Wagner Act
violators from receiving Govern
ment contracts, Frank Healy, spe
cial assistant to the director of pro
curement, testified today before the
House committee investigating the
N. L. R. B.
Mr. Madden said last week he was
invited to write letters to the Pro
curement Division asking such ac
tion.
"We did tell them to put their
case in writing,” said Mr. Healy.
He identified a letter from Chair
man Madden suggesting that firms
involved in alleged unfair labor
practices be deprived of Federal
contracts.
The procurement division never
did anything about it, however, Mr.
Healy indicated, because of an opin
ion from the late Herman Oliphant,
then general counsel of the Treas
ury. The opinion, placed in evi
dence, held that the diviison was
without authority to withhold such
contracts where they otherwise
complied with the law.
uoor Action.
At about the same time Mr. Mad
den wrote the division, Mr. Healy
said, a labor delegation called on
Admiral Christian J. Peeples, then
director of procurement, and asked
him to hold up a contract about
to be awarded to Remington-Rand
because there was a strike at the
plant and “the company was fight
ing the Labor Board."
A third inquiry about the Rem
ington-Rand case came from Ed
ward E. McGrady, then Assistant
Secretary of Labor, Mr. Healy testi
fied. Mr. McGrady apparently was
seeking information.
Mr. Healy said he was asked to
call at the Labor Board, and talked
to Miss Estelle Frankfurter, assist
ant secretary, about the Remington
Rand and similar cases.
“I said,” Mr. Healy recalled, “that
it was a fundamental belief at Pro
curement that there could be no
specifications or contracts that
might restrain competition or in
crease the cost without express ap
proval of Congress.”
Later the general counsel deliv
ered a similar opinion.
R. F. C. Head Testifies.
Mr. Healy followed Emil Schram,
chairman of the Reconstruction
Finance Corp., who denied there was
any policy of withholding loans from
employers charged with Wagner Act
violations, but explained the prac
tice was to investigate such cases,
and the lending agency reserved the
right to use its own judgment.
These witnesses were called as
Committee Counsel Edmund M. To
land started an extensive probe of
records of the Treasury, Navy, In
terior and Labor Departments—and
of two agencies, the R. F. C. and
the Securities and Exchange Com
mission—to determine the extent of
an alleged Federal "blacklist” of
firms facing Labor Board charges.
The four cabinet officers in
volved, or their executive assistants,
were served with subpoenas, but it
was not expected that Secretaries
Morgenthau, Edison, Perkins or
Ickes would appear in person.
Mr. Schram said the R. F. c.
(See LABOR BOARD, Page A-5.)
Police Guard Britannic
After Bombing Tip
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK, Feb. 20.—The report
of an anonymous tipster that the
armed British liner Britannic was
to be bombed resulted today In 18
police being sent to the Forty
seventh street pier, where the ship
docked yesterday.
No bomb was found but police
planned to guard her until she de
parts.
Summary of Today's Star
Page.
Amusements,
B-16
Comics —B-14-15
Editorials ...A-S
Finance_A-15
Lost, Found, B-ll
Page.
Obituary ...A-10
Radio.A-ll
Sports ..A-12-14
Society .B-3
Woman’s Page,
B-19
Foreign
Chamberlain charges Norway failed
duty as neutral. Page A-l
Swedes press for greater aid to Fin
land. Page A-l
Viipuri in battle zone, Finns admit
as Reds advance. Page A-l
Nazi planes renew attacks on Brit
ish shipping. Page A-l
Altroark free to sail at any time,
Norway indicates. Page A-4
National
Procurement official says Madden
sought contract ban. Page A-l
Sales of commercial aircraft to Eu
rope suggested. Page A-l
Pate of Long regime being decided
In Louisiana poll. Page A-l
Free-for-all expected in Ohio Demo
cratic primary. Page A-l
Washington and Vicinity
Unidentified man is ninth traffic vic
tim for year. . Page A-l
I
Proffered “aid” Ip getting liquor
license reported. Page A-l
Prompt aid for D. C. institutions
held possible. Page, A-l
Editorial and Comment
This and That. Page A-g
Answers to Questions. Page A-l
Letters to The Star. Page A-l
David Lawrence. Page A-8
Alaop and Kintner. Page A-l
G. Gould Lincoln. Page A-l
Lemuel Parton. Page A-l
Constantine Brown. Page A-l
Sports
Baseball’s problems near solution,
Prick believes. Page A-U
Colonial quint now slender choice
over Maryland U. Page A-13
Simons, super-dud victor, now eyea
near-star ’stakes. Page A-lt
Miscellany
City News in Brief. Page A-l
Vital Statistics. Page B-f
Nature’s Children. Page A-U
Of Hearts and Song. Page B-ll
Service Orders. Page B-ll
Bedtime Story. Page B-14
Crossword Pussle. Page B-14
Letter-Out. Page B-14
Winning Contract Page B-ll
Uncle Rasr’s Corner. Page B-ll
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A House Committee Proposes to Investigate D. C. Clairvoyants!
Long May Call Out
Louisiana Troops
In Election Today
Hits 'Jackson Brigade'
Of Rival Candidate as
'Intimidating' Voters
BULLETIN.
NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 20 (iT»).—
National Guardsmen remained in
barracks today as only scattered
cases of violence were reported
in the primary to decide the fu
ture of the 12-year-old dynasty
established by Huey P. Long.
Gov. Earl K. Long mobilized
the militia to “preserve order” but
by noon the Guardsmen were still
amusing themselves by playing
games in the barracks. Reports
of minor poll disturbances were
numerous.
Bt the Auociated Preu.
NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 20.—Louis
iana’s National Guard was held
ready today to preserve order in the
second gubernatorial primary, which
will decide the fate of the 12-year
old political regime established by
the late Huey P. Long.
Approximately 500,000 persons
were expected to vote either for Gov.
Earl K. Long. Huey’s brother, or At
torney Sam Jones of Lake Charles.
Gov. Long ordered all the State's
military forces, about 3,500 militia
men, including infantry, cavalry,
artillery and motorized units, to
stand ready for duty.
During the past few weeks State
Senator James A. Noe, defeated in
the first gubernatorial primary Jan
uary 16 and now supporting Jones,
has been mustering a “Jackson bri
gade” of 20,000 ex-service men,
which, he said, would preserve order
and prevent vote irregularities at
the polls.
Long! commenting on Noe’s bri
gade, said they would not be per
mitted "to intimidate and browbeat
the people.” He asserted he would
not use the militia if Noe demobil
ized his brigade.
Long asserted that his soldiers
would be armed with machine guns
and gas equipment. Noe said his
would be equipped with cameras to
record any suspected voting frauds.
In addition, the New Orleans Elec
tion Arbitration Committee, charged
with settling poll disputes, appointed
1.600 armed special police.
The Federal Government, whose
political scandal investigations
helped smash the former dictator
ship, kept an eye on the election.
Assistant United States Attorney
General O. John Rogge, who di
rected the scandal inquiries, said
any reported irregularities involving
Federal laws would be Investigated
in this primary as in the first.
$4,000,000 War Gift
SINGAPORE, Feb. 20 (/P).—The
Council of the Federated Malay
States voted a war gift of £1,000,000
(about $4,000,000) to Great Britain
today.
Receiving Home'Evils' Curable
Without Funds, Chairman Says
Hearing Interrupted by D'Alesandro's
Views on Steps Possible at Once
BACKGROUND—
Mrs. Roosevelt's unannounced
visit to the Blue Plains Home for
the Aged and subsequent visit to
Receiving Home prompted her to
remark adversely on District wel
fare institutions. Her views
prompted congressional investi
gation. Last week testimony was
heard on the Blue Plains home.
By MIRIAM OTTENBERG.
Chairman D'Aleaandro interrupt
ed hearings of the Public Health
Subcommittee of the House District
Committee today to tell two District
Commissioners in tne audience that
some evils could be remedied at
District Institutions without addi
tional funds.
Robert E. Bondy, director of the
Board of Public Welfare, who had
taken the witness chair and was
ready to testify, was halted by Mr.
D'Alesandro’s address to the Com
missloners, and the hearing was ad
journed immediately afterward
without him being given a chance to
testify. *
Mr. Bondy's only remark came
when Mr. D’Alesandro declared some
of the inmates who served food at
Blue Plains were diseased.
Before the Representative could
go on, Mr. Bondy declared, "That
was not in my testimony or in the
superintendent’s."
me cnairman, oniy memoer oi me
subcommittee to attend the hearing,
which was scheduled to be on the
Children’s Receiving Home, started
to search the record for testimony
on* diseased inmates but gave it up.
He asked Commissioners Allen
and McCoach if there were a con
tingent fund, but when informed
that there was no such fund, he de
clared:
"Of course, I know the question of
(See INSTITUTIONS, Page A-5.)
Ninth Traffic Victim
Of Year Identified
By Fingerprints
Man, 73, Was Struck
Sunday Night; Dies
Early This Morning
The District’s ninth traffic victim
of the year—a 73-year-old man who
died this morning in Casualty Hos
pital—was identified this afternoon
as William F. Stetson, of no fixed
address.
The identification was made by
police through fingerprints on file at
headquarters. An attempt was
made to reach a brother of the
dead man who lives in the ciy.
Mr. Setson was brought to the
hospital Sunday night with head
and internal injuries. No papers
of Identification were found on
him, and he died at 4 am. today
without his name being learned.
He was knocked down during the
heavy rain on Sunday as he crossed
G street near Sixth N.W. Police
said he was struck by a taxicab.
A few hours later on the same
street and only three blocks away—
at Third and G streets N.W.—James
Ritter, 70, of 210 F street N.W., was
struck by a street car. He died
early yesterday, this year’s eighth
traffic victim. Last year at this
time 17 persons had been killed.
Arlington County Fatality.
Another fatality occurred in Ar
lington County last night when J.
J. Kelly, about 40 years old, of
Greensboro, N. O., was struck by
an automobile on the Washington
Alexandria highway at Twentieth
street, near Virginia Highlands.
Irving Gordon, 25, of the 200 block
East Linden avenue, Alexandria,
said by police to be the driver of
(See TRAFFIC, Page A-5.)
Income Tax Law Validity
Contested in Maryland
By the Associated Press.
BALTIMORE, Feb. 20.—Legal ac
tion to have the new State Income
tax law declared unconstitutional
was brought today before Circuit
Court Judge Eugene O’Dunne.
The complaint, attacking the law
especially in connection with the 6
per cent impost on unearned income,
requested that State Controller J.
Millard Tawes be ordered to file an
answer.
George V. Parkhurst, attorney,
filed the complaint on behalf of
Robert C. Hazard, trustee under a
deed of trust created by Charles
Hull Ewing.
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Prof. Philip H. David Dies
By the Associated Press.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y„ Feb. 20.—
Prof. Philip H. David, 40, chairman
of the Department of Greek at Vas
ear College and husband of Prof.
Hallle Flanagan, former national
director of the Federal Theater, died
today.
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Commercial Airplane
Sales to Europe Urged
At House Hearing
Backers Hold Such
Craft Is Not Easily
Changed Into War Ships
BACKGROUND—
Senate last week approved bill
to enable Finland to obtain fur
ther non-military credit of $20,
000,000 out of $100,000,000 new
authorization for Export-Import
Bank. Previously Senate passed
resolution urging Securities Com
mission to expedite registration
of any application Finland may
make to float private bond issue
in United States.
By J. A. O'LEARY.
A suggestion that the United
States should exempt commercial
planes from its neutrality ban
against shipment of any aircraft to
Europe was made to the House
Banking Committee today, on the
ground such planes are not easily
convertible into fighting ships.
As the committee went on with
hearings on the bill to add $100,
000,000 to the capital of the Export
Import Bank, with authority to lend
Finland $20,000,000 of that amount
for non-military purposes, two com
mittee members raised the question
of whether it is necessary to include
commercial planes along with mili
tary craft in the neutrality list of
equipment which cannot be shipped
to a belligerent.
During nearly two hours of testi
timony Green H. Hack worth, legal
adviser to the State Department,
adhered to the President's view
(See FINNISH LOAN, Page A-4.)
Clouds May Obscure
Venus and Jupiter Tonight
Though the Weather Bureau fore
casts no change in the overcast skies,
the Naval Observatory will be on
guard tonight for a break which
would permit astronomers here to
view the rare celestial treat of Venus
and Jupiter, two of the brightest
planets, shining close together.
Capt. J. F. Hellweg, observatory
superintendent, said early today that
his observers “saw nothing last
night,” and then expressed the fear
the same condition would prevail to
night. He added that the two plan
ets will be close to the zero mark on
the western horizon after sundown.
Capt. Hellweg doubted if any one in
this vicinity would see them.
Tne two pianeis win oe one de
gree apart, a distance comparable to
the diameter of the moon. This
show, if seen, would be a prelude to
another which begins Friday and
occurs not more than once a cen
tury, the Associated Press reported
from New York.
Three days hence the five planets
will stand out like a string of Jap
anese lanterns in the western sky.
These planets, all bright, will trail
upward above the final glow of the
setting sun. * In order, they will be
Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and
Mars.
Liquor Dealer
Reveals 'Offer'
Of License Aid
Three or Four Persons
'Approached' Him, Lee
Tells House Probers
BACKGROUND—
Largely because the Alcoholic
Beverage Control Board faded
recently to issue two liquor
licenses, the House District Com
mittee two weeks ago ordered a
subcommittee to investigate the
liquor situation in Washington.
Behind closed doors for last week
the subcommittee has been gath
ering a mass of so-called "con
fidential Information."
By JAMES E. CHINN.
Ralph A. Lee, whose license
to sell liquor by the drink at
a restaurant near the River
side Stadium was Issued yesterday
by the Alcoholic Beverage Control
Board after having once beep re
fused, admitted today to a special in
vestigating subcommittee of the
House District Committee that he
had been “approached” by three or
four persons who told him they
could help him procure a license.
He said, however, he did not believe
any of them were connected with the
liquor business.
Mr. Lee did not identify those
who he said had "approached” him,
nor was he asked to do so.
Representative Shafer, Republican,
of Michigan, asked the witness if
he was satisfied with the way the
A. B. C. Board had worked out his
problem.
Would Get Him Involved.
"That question will get me in
volved,” he answered. "Too many
people had their hands in working
this thing out.”
"This idea of coming up here and
whitewashing this thing before this
subcommittee should not be per
mitted,” Mr. Shafer said.
Decision was reached by the sub
committee in executive session to
go ahead with its original program
for two more public hearings this
week—one tomorrow and the other
Friday—after which it will review
the testimony and map the future
course of the inquiry. Indications
are the House will be asked to make
an appropriation out of its contin
gent fund to finance the investiga
tion if it is decided to dig deeper
into the liquor situation.
The House last year appropriated
$10,000 out of its contingent fund to
finance the milk investigation, but
nearly half of this amount was re
turned.
Objections Overruled.
Before Mr. Lee took the witness
stand A. E. Demaray, associate di
rector of the National Park Service,
told the subcommittee his agency's
objections to granting the license
had been overruled by Undersecre
tary of the Interior Wirtz. He said,
however, none of the original objec
tions had been removed prior to
granting the license.
The National Park Service, accord
ing to George E. Clark, protested
issuance of the license on the ground
that the restaurant, located at 2622
E street N.W., is too close to Po
tomac Park and "unsightly” neon
signs might be used.
W E. Reynolds, commissioner of
public buildings, testified he opposed
granting of the permit because the
restaurant is located on the pro
posed site of the new Navy Depart
ment Building and he wanted to pro
tect the interests of the Federal Gov
emmeftt.
Mr. Lee admitted that prior to the
action of Mr. Wirtz, he had confer
red with the undersecretary and that
perhaps soma of his representatives
may have had telephone conversa
tions with him.
“I have always contended we were
right and now since the A. B. C.
Board had granted the license,” said
Mr. Lee, "I feel that the board t.hink«
we were right.”
Agreement With Owner.
Chairman Eberharter of the sub
committee asked the witness the
conditions attending the granting of
the license.
“None other than we adhere to
the rules and regulations of the
board,” he replied.
Mr. Lee, however, added he had
an agreement with the owner of the
property that he would vacate on
a 30-day notice by the Federal Gov
ernment and that the Government
would be released from any claims
for improvements after February 1.
Mr. Lee also declared he did not
believe the Interior Department’s
original objection to granting of the
license was "valid.”
Asked if he is satisfied now, he
replied:
“Yes.”
Representative Schulte, Demo
crat, of Indiana drew from Mr. Lee
the admission he had been "ap
proached.”
When the witnes first said he
"imagined” he had been, Mr. Schulte
warned:
“I don’t want you to be evasive."
Finally, Mr. Lee said he had been
approached by the three or four
persons “who told me they could
get me a liquor license.”
As Mr. Lee was excused from the
(See LIQUOR, Page A-5.)
Detective Shovels
For $1,100 on Ash Barge
Br the Associated Press.
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 30.—De
tective William Malz, clad in over
alls and wielding a shovel, began a
$1,100 treasure hunt today aboard
th* ash barge Winifred.
Somewhere in the Winifred’s 250
wagon load of ashes and rubbish,
Mrs. Mary EftimofI believes, is a
cardboard box containing her life
savings.
8he hid the box in her cellar yes
terday Her nephew, Leon Burdy,
thought it was trash and gave it to
an ash collector.
When Mrs. Eftlmoff discovered
her loss she reported it to Mr. Malz,
who traced the box to the ash barge.
City workers helped him shovel.
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