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fair, some cloudiness, continued cold to- The Evening and Sunday 8tar ia day. with maximum temperature about delivered in the city and suburbs at 47 degrees; tomorrow, fair slightlywarm- 75c ^ month. ^ Nlght nnal er. Temperatures yesterday — Highest, . _, . _ . ,, . _. 41, at 4:30 p.m.; lowest, 28, at 6 a m. - Edition and Sunday Morning Star at From the United State* Weather Bureau reoert. 85c per month. Full detail* on Pate A-2 No. 1,830—No. 35,047. AMoSaJed*press. WASHINGTON, D. C., APRIL 14, 19*40—136 PAGES. ** TEN CENTS British Sink 7 Nazi Destroyers; Germans Occupy 3 Norse Towns; Baltic Is Mined, London Declares Big Naval Battle At Narvik; 1,000 Believed Lost Mi the Associated Press. LONDON, April 13. — Great Britain threw the overwhelming might of her navy today against the Nazi captors of Norway’s ore port of Narvik and announced she had sent seven German de stroyers to the bottom of the rocky bay and narrow inlet there in the second sea assault on that focal point of northern war within four days. Even while King George VI and the British government were assur ing King Haakon of Norway and his people that allied help against the German invaders is coming and coming soon, the great battleship Warspite. rebuilt veteran of Jutland, was leading a powerful flotilla up narrow Narvik Fjord, smashing a German coastal battery and then sinking the Nazi destroyers before and behind the town, killing per haps a thousand German seamen. The Admiralty confidently pre dicted this daring victory would "clarify the situation on this pait of the Norwegian coast.” It did not say whether any British troops were landed, although at least one Stockholm radio report stated this to be a fact. Operations Proceeding. Fleeing men, “possibly German Soldiers.” were seen running over the hills behind Narvik. “Further details are awaited," said the Admiralty. “The Admiralty is not precisely informed of conditions in Narvik town * * * operations are still pro ceeding.” “No estimate can be made at present of German losses in per sonnel. but the seven destroyers sunk must have counted over 1.000 men.” said the announcement. Three of the attacking destroyers were damaged, but not seriously and "British loss of life is believed to have been very small,” it continued. The storming of Narvik was hailed in rejoicing London as a ■ prime achievement in vigorous British sea and air actions to loosen the Nazi hold on Norway prior to a general allied offensive against the invaders. sequel to foray weanesaay. This daring attack was a sequel to Wednesday's dawn foray Into Narvik Fjord when the British re ported one out of six German de stroyers was sunk and three others were set afire. In that battle the British lost two out of five attacking destroyers, the Hunter and the Hardy, and two others were damaged. (The Ger mans say six British destroyers have been sunk at Narvik.) In addition to the Nazi warships, the British reported seven German supply and ammunition ships were sunk in Wednesday’s action, de scribed by First Lord of the Ad miralty Winston Churchill as worthy of any in the proud records of the British navy. Participating in today's expertly maneuvered fight was the British destroyer Cossack, which, with Ad miralty backing, took matters into its own hands and charged into Norway's territorial waters February 16 to rescue 300 British merchant sailors held aboard "the Nazi prison ship Altmark, at one time an auxil iary to the now-scuttled sea raider Admiral Graf Spee. Here is the Admiralty’s calmly worded story of today's battle: “Since the attack upon German destroyers in Narvik on Wednesday by the Second Destroyer Flotilla, this flotilla, with reinforcements, has been blockading the enemy in Nar vik Fjord “This morning at about noon H. (See LONDON, Page A-14.) Brann to Seek Senate Nomination in Maine My tbe Associated Press. AUGUSTA, Me., April 13.—Louis J. Brann, former two-term Demo cratic Governor of Maine, whose 1932 victory presaged the Roosevelt landslide of that year, tonight an nounced his candidacy for his party's United States senatorial nomination. Maine’s primary is June 17. The announcement, made known to colleagues at a Jeffersonian din ner here, followed by a few hours the filing by Gov. Lewis O. Barrows for the Republican nomination. Also seeking the Republican nomination was Representative Brewster. 1 —-i A Milepost in Western Solidarity Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Pan-American Union. The significance of this in stitution as a symbol of the cultural and economic union which binds the nations of the Western Hemisphere is treated in today's Star in articles and pictures. The attention of readers is directed to today's Rotogravure section, where the history of the Pan-American Union is treated pictorially, and to the Editorial Section, contain ing articles on the history and significance of our relations with Latin America, ► --— ♦ Field Extends Off Reich Coast To Lithuania, Admiralty Says Germany's Access to Copenhagen, Except Through Swedish Waters, Reported Cut By the Associated Press. LONDON, April 14 (Sunday).—The Admiralty early today announced British-laid minefields in the Kattegat had been extended southward to cut off German sea access to Copenhagen except through Swedish ter ritorial waters. British minelayers, either submarines or surface craft, penetrated the Baltic to lay the new mine barrage, the Admiralty said. This would mean the British vessels had slipped either through the narrow strait separating Denmark from Sweden or through the wider channel west of Zealand, Denmark's main eastern island. The Admiralty declared that adjacent Swedish territorial waters would be ’.eft free of mines. The new minefield stretches as far east as Lithuanian coastal waters —a distance of about 350 miles—covering the entire German Baltic coast, the Admiralty said. This w'ould be Britain's first penetration of the Baltic in wartime, waters that are closely guarded by Germany as vital to her own defense and her supply routes to Scandinavia. Germany transports vital Swedish ore by way of the Baltic except in winter when the main ore port, Lulea, is icebound. 10.000 Are Homeless After Fire Sweeps Colon, Panama Swath 16 Blocks Wide Cut Through City; Origin Is Unknown ' By the Associated Press. COLON, Panama. April 13.—Cut ; ting a swath 16 blocks wide through Colon, a wind-swept fire tonight de ! stroyed hundreds of frame tene i ment houses and left approximately 10.000 persons homeless before it was controlled by a small army of firefighters. The fire raged for hours in this ! city on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal before United States Army officials announced its spread was stopped. Its origin was not de termined immediately. The Army officials also said it was impossible to estimate immedi ately the property damage. No casualties were reported. Traffic Cut Off. The fire never reached the Amer ican town. New Cristobal, but it did ; cut off traffic between Cristobal, seat i of the port administration, and New Cristobal, where United States em ployes of the Panama Canal reside. It was said unofficially that there was no suspicion of sabotage. The United States Navy rushed sailors and marines and all available naval craft from the Coco Solo base to assist in fighting the fire, and the United States Army and Canal Zone officials placed equipment at the dis posal of Colon officials. Five freight cars loaded with 150 men and six trucks arrived from Panama. The Panama Canal engineering division dynamited buildings in the path of the fire. The Army assembled tents and other relief equipment to aid the victims, many of whom were la borers employed in the Canal Zone. The city’s principal thorough fare, Paseo del Centenario, became a camping ground for thousands of the destitute homeless who lost their belongings. Army and Red Cross Offer Services By the Associated Press. ■Army and Red Cross officials said last night they had offered their services to relieve distress as a re sult of a fire at Colon, Panama, which was reported to have made thousands homeless. War Department officials said that Maj. Gen. Daniel van Voorhis, commanding general of the Panama Canal Department, had telegraphed that he was offering ‘‘all facilities of the Army” to the city of Colon and the President of Panama to help care for refugees. Red Cross officials said that George Smith, representative in the Canal Zone, had been ordered to in spect the burned area and, see what help was needed. Mrs. Roosevelt Rebuffs Heckler During Speech By the Associated Press. CHICAGO, April 13.—Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt told an American Youth Congress peace rally tonight that “the problem of youth unemploy ment is not entirely up to the Gov ernment”—and had a quick answer from an interrupter. “We want jobs, not theories,” shouted a voice from the balcony. “You may boo me If you like, you may question me when I’m through, but while I speak please hear me out,” she answered. The First Lady was greeted with a round of applause at this point and there were no more interrup tions. She advocated a “big housing program” because this work “em ploys more people than anything else.” “I believe that industry, right now, could do a good deal more co-operat ing in giving youth jobs,” she asserted. The American Youth Congress of Chicago sponsored the rally at which Mrs. Roosevelt made her third speech here within a few hours. A Low Countries Alert In Most Critical Period of War Dutch Armed Forces Are Ready; Belgians Guard Public Properties GERMAN RADIO distorts column ! in Star speculating on troop movements. Page A-2. By the Associated Press. THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, April 13—The Netherlands laced tonight its most critical period since the outbreak of the European war—with its armed forces fully alert to strike back at any invasion, new strategic areas under martial law and the government reiterating its vow to maintain a policy of complete independence despite pres sure from the warring powers. Belgium, too, invoked new defen sive measures, posting military guards at all public properties— radio stations, ministries, airdromes. The Netherlands merchant marine suffered another loss in the sinking of the steamer Velocitas, 197 tons, which struck a mine off the English coast last night with the loss ol three lives. The Velocitas was bound from England to Antwerp with coal. Martial Law Extended. Strengthening the hands of elderly Premier Derek jan de Geer's government and the army high command. Queen Wilheimina of The Netherlands tonight issued a royal decree extending the nation's manifold martial law areas. The military was given control over additional zones in the south eastern province of Noord Brabant, where the main first defense lines are located, and in northern and eastern provinces. Since last November’s first “in vasion scare’’ The Netherlands literally has been dotted with these martial law zones, covering points which are component parts of the elaborate Dutch scheme of land, sea and water-line defense. Heretofore, however, the north eastern provinces of Groningen, Drenthe and Overijssei, flanking the broad reaches of the Ijsselmeer (Zuider Zee), had no such zones, and other provinces were not com pletely encased in the state of seige. Concern Felt in Low Countries. Since the war spread to Scandi navia, within easy striking distance of the coasts of Groningen and its off-shore islands, much concern has been manifest in both The Nether lands and Belgium. There have been charges both from Germany and from the allies that “the other side” is threatening a surprise attack on the low coun tries. Netherlands radio programs were interrupted tonight for a special broadcast of a British denial of ru mors that English troop transports are on the way to Holland. The communique said the report apparently had been carried by the German radio and published in the Berlin newspaper Nachtausgabe. The average Hollander seems heartened by the strong defense measures which his government has taken (their exact nature is a mili tary secret) and by the knowledge that well-equipped army and naval forces are fully prepared to resist any surprise attack, either on the eastern frontier or along the North Sea coast. Foreigners Are Uneasy. However, there are signs of un easiness among some foreigners. British nationals, for instance, have been advised to report to their consulates at Amsterdam and Rot terdam the moment any emergency irises. The government press service em phasized the government's deter mination to stick to its policy of independent neutrality (Holland has no defense or non-aggression pacts with any country, not even Bel gium). It said the government would make no advance arrange ments with any belligerent for aid in case of attack. The army guards in Belgium were described officially as precautionary, 'because of the general tension.” Additional army leaves were banned. ft Troops Landed on Skagerrak Fight Way Toward Oslo • 30VIET IS REPORTED protesting Rumanian “incidents” in note; Bucharest’s relations with Ger many grow worse. Page A-7 NAZI INFANTRY DRIVE near Luxembourg repulsed, French say; German attack stopped at barbed wire barrier, high command as serts. Page A-2I NAZI COMMUNICATIONS in Norway are termed biggest prob lem; links between scattered units are held precarious. Page B-4 By the Associated Press. STOCKHOLM, April 14 (Sun day).— Overcoming brief Nor wegian resistance, German troops early today occupied at least three mOTe towns on the south eastern tip of Norway and con tinued their brisk drive north ward toward Oslo. Reports from Norwegian troops and refugees reaching Sweden said the town of Fredrikstad had sur rendered after short fighting, that Sarpsborg was in German hands and that the town of Halden <Fred erikshaldi on the Swedish border had been surrendered by the Nor wegians. Approximately 100 Germans were reported to have arrived in Halden in automobiles and buses. Before their arrival the Norwegians, who said there was no use to waste lives in attempting to hold the line from Sarpsborg to Fredrikstad and Hal den, crossed the border with sup plies. They were disarmed by Swed ish authorities. Repulse of Nazis Reported. Correspondents for Swedish news papers reported that fighting yes terday at Eidsvold. north of Oslo, had resulted in the repulse of the Germans, relieving the pressure on the town of Kongsvinger. 50 miles northeast of Oslo near the Swedish frontier. All civilians had left Kongsvinger in anticipation of a German attack. Newspaper reports from Oslo said the Germans had appealed to the Norwegian royal family to return to Oslo, and had warned the Nor wegian people that the German war power would proceed “without mercy” if the people continue their resistance. The Germans also warned that martial law would be proclaimed and all Norwegians opposing the German occupation wouid be sen tenced to death as well as those responding to the ordei of the Nor wegian government to mobilize. Germany landed new expedition ary forces yesterday in southeast Norway. Refugees Pour Into Sweden. Refugees from the region reaching Stockholm said that throughout large areas in this part of Norway civilians had fled, leaving their homes to be fought over by the op posing armies. Refugees poured into Sweden. The newly-landed Germans, com mandeering buses and motor cars, smashed their way through a has tily formed defense ring w'hich the Norwegians had built around Oslo to prevent the Germans from aug menting the forces which captured the capital Tuesday. The Germans, according to refu gees arriving here, smashed the Norwegian ring between Holen, 25 miles south of Oslo, and Moss, 10 miles farther south, on the east side of Oslo fjord. Bridge Dynamited. The Norwegians fought hard but unsuccessfully to repel them, at one point dynamiting a bridge as the first German bus crossed a stream. _To prevent just such a maneuver i See" STOCKHOLMr Page A^SjT Danish Ship Transfers To Honduran Registry By the Associated Press. SAN FRANCISCO. April 13.— Danish freighter Peter Tassen sailed today for Central America under a new name, flying the flag of Honduras. The vessels departure with new colors was significant since British authorities have declared that Dan ish ships are to be regarded as technical enemies of the allies unless they sail under an allied flag. Brit ish officials here declined to com ment. The 5,383-ton vessel's new name is the Aztec. McNutt Will Take Leave in May for Campaign Tour By the Associated Press. INDIANAPOLIS, April 13.— Frank M. McHale, manager of the presidential nomination campaign of Federal Security Commissioner Paul V. McNutt, said tonight Mr. McNutt would take a three-week leave of ab sence next month to make a campaign tour. Mr. McNutt’s trip, Mr. Mc Hale said, would take the secur ity commissioner into the deep South and the West. Mr. McNutt will be a candi date for the Democratic presi dential nomination if President Roosevelt does not seek a third term. Mr. McHale said an an nouncement of the tour and leave of absence would be is sued Monday In Washington. Ahoy',mow "\ ~WRHwntwrmricT\ /asourcm»nnrr~ f Come. yoovm>kry jo i * (lju go t» the Boo*r- hatch. \ ( Fob PR? I much sour \ - \ JWT Yoon w rot Census \ \ "eJiDwr J MOM ST\ 1 when president ' I ^ .Vyou go To the noose-G©w; / T Feurures of the Spring Dinner of the Gridiron Club Editor's Hote: This cartoon completes Mr. Berryman's 43d year—without a break of illustrating the Gridiron dinner high lights for the first page. He will begin his second 43 years with the dinner next December. 0 Street Fire Laid To Bad Construction, Slipshod Inspection Two Inquiries Ended; No Criminal Negligence, Coroner's Jury Decides Two investigating bodies yester ■ day blamed faulty construction and slipshod inspection methods for the 1 fire which took three lives as it raged through the White Court Apartments, 2131 O street N.W., on ! April 1. A coroner's jury and a commit ; tee appointed by the District Com missioners arrived at the same con clusion in fixing blame for the , blaze. The jury's verdict was reached late in the afternoon, after four days of hearings, simultaneous with the report to the Commission ers. The coroner's jury decided there , had been no criminal negligence. Assistant District Attorney Charles B. Murray, who attended the in 1 quest sessions, said that since the | jury had decided not to hold any ! one for grand jury action, the case was closed. Both investigative bodies conclud ed the fire had been caused by a de i fective chimney, which had been I remodeled in 1937. Both pointed ' out that the building inspector’s of fice. after issuing a permit for the remodeling w'ork, had failed to in spect it and detect obvious faults. And both groups pointed out that the apartment had been erected in 1925 around the framework of an old stable, in direct violation of building regulations then in effect. At that time also, it was held, the building inspectors failed to detect the violations. most neia ttesponsiDie. The coroner’s jury singled out no individuals in its verdict, but the Commissioners’ investigators named four men as responsible for the de fects. Two of them are dead, a third is an aged man who can re member nothing of the building and the fourth is a colored brick layer. The jury's report was extremely brief, stating merely: "We believe that the fire was caused by the defective flue changed in 1937 under plans which were contrary to the requirements of the building code of the District of Columbia. There had been no in spection of the construction during the process of the work nor at the completion. “The extent of the fire was due to improper construction in 1925. We believe, in both cases, these de fects would have been corrected and discovered had there been proper inspection from the building in spector’s office: and from the evi dence presented it is apparent that there is a serious lack of personnel in the inspection staff.” Report to Commissioners. The Commissioners’ investigating committee summarized its findings as follows: 1. The fire was caused by a de fective chimney, the1 defects being (See INQUEST, Page A-18.) Senator Neely to Enter Gubernatorial Race By the Associated Press. FAIRMONT, W. Va., April 13.— Senator M. M. Neely, opponent of the State administration and leader of the “federal” wing of the Demo cratic party in West Virginia, an nounced tonight he would seek the gubernatorial nomination in the May 14 primary. He will oppose Democratic State Chairman R. Carl Andrews, choice of the State administration headed by Gov. Homer A. Holt. Radio Programs, Page F-5 Complete Index, Page A-2 M 7,500 in Heavy Wraps Watch Cherry Blossom Spectacle Queen and Court Escorted to Throne After Crossing Tidal Basin in Swan Boat COOL WEATHER, seen awaiting thousands in city for Cherry Blos som Sunday. Page A-3 PICTURE8 OF FESTIVAL and the cherry blossoms now in bloom at Tidal Basin. Page B-l Spring's frosty reception failed to blight the Cherry Blossom Festival on the Tidal Basin last night. A temperature hovering five points above freesing only served to quick en the tempo of the dancing, pag eantry and music symbolic of na ture in a tenderer mood. Cheeks, fingers, even noses, of the Queen and the charming Princesses of her court were as pink as the blossoms which framed their open air throne arena beside the shim I merlng water of the Tidal Basin. ! A half moon—the "Pale Potomac ! Moon" of the festival's theme song— | 1 turned a chilly face through the : trees on some 7.500 spectators who waited in heavy wraps and blankets to pay homage to the Queen and the beauty of the blossoming grove. i The Queen, Miss Rose Colliflower, j daughter of the vice president of i the Board of Trade, and her court advanced upon the coronation scene across the Tidal Basin in a gaily- j lighted arbor throne mounted on the 1 basin's swan boat. The swan boat was attended by a flotilla of canoes lit by red torches. The aquatic procession circled and j 'See PK8TIVAL, Page A-S.) j Gridiron Club Depicts Roosevelt as Sphinx In Ninth Term 'No Precedents Left To Break/ Diners Learn At Annual Fete (Guest List on Page A-7.) Fifteen presidential “possibilities,” Democratic and Republican, dined last night with the Gridiron Club at the Willard Hotel. Included in the list was President Roosevelt. Before the dinner concluded, 14 of the presidential candidates were treated to a vision of a white beared sphinx—President Roosevelt —winding up his ninth term in the White House. As portrayed by the club, the President was left with nothing to do. “No more precedents to break— he’s broken them all. No more money to spend—he's spent it all. No more appointments to make— everybody working for the Govern ment. He can’t even take a vaca tion any more—there's nothing to take a vacation from.” A well-starched company of statesmen, diplomats, business ex ecutives. college presidents and pro fessional leaders watched the show as the newspapermen’s famous club gave a preview of the national po litical campaign and with song and jest plated public men on the grid iron for a good-natured sizzle. Chief Justice Hughes, just turned 78, broke his no-social-life regimen to attend, and six associate justices of the court joined in the fun. Vice President Garner violated his bed at-9 mle to watch the skits. They saw the G. O. P. (Grand Old Photoplay Co.) trying out actors to play “Scarless O’Nominee” in “On (Continued on Page AMlTColumn”l7) t • D. A. R. Congress, Opening Tomorrow, To Focus on Defense 4,000 Delegates Expected To Center Attention On 'the Home Front' With the conflict abroad direct ing their attention to national de fense and protection of the “home front.” more than 4,000 Daughters of the American Revolution will convene here tomorrow for an in tensive five-day program. The 49th Continental Congress of the D. A. R. will be called to order at Constitution Hall in the evening. The mass meeting spon sored by the D. A. R. National De fense Through Patriotic Education Committee will be held at the May flower Hotel in the afternoon. The delegates will fill Memorial Continental Hall this afternoon for memorial services for members who have died during the last year. Mrs. Robert to Speak. Mrs. Henry M. Robert, jr., presi dent general, will pay tribute to the 2,464 deceased members. Mrs. John Laidlaw Buel will speak for the honorary vice presidents gen eral, Mrs. Val Taylor for the vice presidents general. Miss Janet Rich ards for the charter members, Mrs. Julius Y. Talmadge for the ex national officers and Mrs. Arthur M. McCrillis for the ex-State regents. The tribuate to founders, which follows the memorial service and will be held at the Pounders’ Me morial Monument in the garden of Memorial Continental Hall, will have special significance, because this is the year of the golden jubilee, the 50th annivarsary of the founding of the patriotic organiza tion. Pilgrimages to the Tomb of the (See D. A. R.. PagTX^Sl News of D. A. R. * Full reports of the D. A. R. Convention, April 14 to 21, inclusive— • Mail-—Postaga Prepaid U. S., Mexico and Canada -45c Foreign -$1.00 Leave orders with Star representative at Constitu tion Hall or The Evening Star office, 11th St. and Pa. Ave. N.W. ft. <1 Roosevelt Hits Nazi Invasion Of Scandinavia Military Aggression Seen Menacing Civilization Bv JOHN C. HENRY. In curtly emphatic words, Pr«l ient Roosevelt last night condemned Herman invasion of Denmark and tforway. Survival of civilization itself, he ieclared, is dependent on respect iy the world's powerful nations of •he territorial integrity and inde aendence of their smaller neighbors. Hlearly, he implied that in his opin on this essential respect is lacking n the release of force and military iggressioq against the two Scandi navian neutrals. The Chief Executive’s pronounce nent, a positive and highly signirt :ant expression of foreign policy of :his Government, was contained in i two-paragraph statement. It fol lows in full: "Force and military aggression ire once more on the march against ;mall nations, in this instance through the invasion of Denmark and Norway. These two nations have won and maintained during a period of many generations the respect and regard not only of the American people, but of all peoples, because of their observance of the highest standards of national and international conduct. Repeats Disapprobation. "The Government of the United States has on the occasion of re cent invasions strongly expressed its disapprobation of such unlawful exercise of force. It here reiterates, with undiminished emphasis, its point of view as expressed on those occasions. If civilization is to sur vive, the rights of the smaller na tions to independence, to their ter ritorial integrity and to the unim peded opportunity for self-govern ment must be respected by their more powerful neighbors.” Mr. Roosevelt's reference to pre vious expressions of disapprobation served to emphasize the consistency with which his administration has placed itself on record in disapproval of the aggressive policies of the to talitarian nations. Beginning with his widely publicized suggestion in October, 1937. that "aggressor na tions" be quarantined by the rest of the world, the Chief Executive has directed specific criticisms at poli cies being followed by Japan, Italy, Germany and Russia. Consistently, too. his administra tion has refused recognition of terri torial acquisitions achieved by force, a circumstance which leaves one time envoys from Czecho-Slovakia, Poland, and most recently Denmark without countries but with full dip lomatic recognition here. Other Official Declarations. Leading immediately to last night's pronouncement have been the fol lowing declarations within a period of little more than one year: Condemning German invasion of Czecho-Slovakia, Acting Secretary of State Sumner Welles on March 17. 1939, said: "This Government cannot refrain from making known this country's condemnation of the acts which have resulted in the temporary ex tinguishment of the liberties of a free and independent people." "It is manifest." he added, “that acts of wanton lawlessness and of arbitrary force are threatening world peace and the very structure of mod ern civilization." Secretary 'of State Hull issued a supplementary statement on March 24, following his temporary absence from Washington, declaring that he had been "profoundly shocked" by the developments in Europe and adding, "These new evidences of international lawlessness make it all the more clear that never before has the support of all nations for law and order and sound economic relations been more urgently needed than at present.” Albanian Invasion Scored. A few days later Italy invaded Albania and Secretary Hull declared on April 8, 1939: “The forcible and violent inva sion of Albania is unquestionably an additional threat to the peace of the world. • • • Any threat to peace seriously concerns all nations, and violates the will of all peoples in the world that their governments shall lead them, not toward war, but along paths of peace.” President Roosevelt moved to stave off the gathering war clouds on April 15. 1939, by sending to Hit ler and Mussolini identical com munications, declaring. “It is clear that the leaders of great nations have it in their power to liberate I See ROOSEVELT, Page~A-15.) ‘ Fair Abandons Pageant Because of Wage Dispute By the AssocUted Press. NEW YORK. April 13 —The Ne» York World's Fair today abandoned its $500,000 patriotic pageant, “American Jubilee,” billed as the No. 1 amusement spectacle of the fair’s 1940 run, because of failure to reach an agreement on wages for its 320 performers. Rehearsals had been halted Thursday after Actors’ Equity de manded $45 a week for chorus and ballet compared with the $40 offer of the fair management. Negotia tions were started in an attempt to settle the dispute, but after Equity's Council voted today to stand on its $45 demand, Harvey D. Gibson, board chairman of the fair, said there was "no other course Open to us than to abandon the produc tion." Equity’s wage stand covered all produetions at the fair, indicating further disputes. In announcing the council’s decision, Bert Lytell, acting president, said Equity had assurances of support from other member unions of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America, A. F. L. parent of the actors and stage hands organizations.