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British Diplomacy
Battles to Get Japan's
Benevolent Neutrality
'Amazing Concessions'
Hinted in Effort to Plug
Flow of Goods to Reich
Sr the Associated Press.
TOKIO, April 23.—A severe diplo
matic battle is raging behind the
scenes here between Great Britain
and Germany, a reliable source dis
closed today, each side seeking to
enlist Japan’s "benevolent neutral
ity” toward the European war.
This informant said that the
British had "hinted at amazing con
cessions” In an effort to obtain Ja
pan's consent to intensification of
the allied blockade in the Pacific.
The major objective there would be
to prevent war materials—American
oil. copper and tin and rubber from
the East Indies—from reaching
Vladivostok for shipment over the
Trans-Siberian Railway to Ger
Reports reaching Japan said that
Vladivostok is choked with incoming
cargoes consigned to Germany, that
warehouses are overflowing and
docks piled high.
It was said that an average of
1 500 metric tons (1.653 tons) of
carbon daily is licensed for trans
Copper, Oil and Tin Exports Jump.
American copper imports at the
Russian port from the outbreak of
the war until March 31 totaled 70.
000 metric tons (77.140 tonsl,
according to Japanese statis
tics, whereas formerly Vladi
vostok received an average of
only 6.000 metric tons yearly. Im
ports of oil and tin have Increased
similarly, it was said.
The informant disclosed that the
latest British move came in the form
of a proposal to conclude a trade
agreement whereby Japan's already
heavily favorable balance would be
substantially increased through
greater British purchases of Jap
anese foodstuffs.
It was indicated that Britain also j
Is prepared to meet Japanese de
mands for a lowered tariff on cot
ton textiles entering India.
Understanding Seen.
Gradual relaxation of British
French opposition to Japan's policies
are expected with the "probability
that an understanding will soon be
reached” on the following points:
1. Disposition of Chinese govern
ment-claimed silver specie stored in
vaults within the British and French
concessions at Tientsin. A forecast
that an agreement on this point
would be reached soon was published
last week in the Tientsin newspaper
Yung Pao, mouthpiece of the Japan
ese Army there.
Yung Pao said that $100,000 of the
$12,000,000 worth of silver would be ;
allocated to famine relief in North
China and the remainder taken into
custody by a joint committee. Linked
with agreement on this issue was the
prospect of accord on North China
currency questions and a resultant
lifting of the Japanese blockade of
the British and French concessions
at Tientsin.
Closing of China's “Lifeline.”
2. Closing of the Hanoi-Kunming
Railway in Southwestern China to
transportation of supplies from
French Indo-China for the Chung
king government of Generalissimo
Chiang Kai-shek, a step long de
sired by the Japanese forces in
3. Withdrawal of British stabiliza
tion of the Chinese Nationalist cur
4 Co-operation of the British
tommercial interests in China with
the Japanese and the Japanese
sponsored regime of Wang Ching
Neutral military experts asserted
that the Trans-Siberian Railway is
one of the biggest loopholes in Brit
ain's world-wide effort to block the
flow of commodities to and from
Germany. ,
Japan's Consent Necessary.
Japan's consent was said to be
absolutely necessary to plug this
hole. Vladivostok lies on the Sea
of Japan and the Japanese recently
have voiced concern lest the activ
ities of British warships be extended
It was understood British Ambas
sador Sir Robert Leslie Graigie had
advised the Japanese Foreign Office
that Britain would permit Norwe
gian shipping to continue to ply
regularly between Japanese ports
Without interference.
Tokio newspapers, meanwhile,
gave great prominence to the testi
mony given before the Naval Affairs
Committee in Washington by Rear
Admiral Joseph K. Taussig, who was
quoted as saying that war between
the United States and Japan is in
escapable if the present trend of
events continues.
The Japanese Admiralty declined
to comment on Admiral Taussig's
E. C. Edward Ruppert,
Restaurant Man, Dies
E. C. Edward Ruppert, 77, who
operated a restaurant in the 1700
block of Pennsylvania N.W. for
many years, died Sunday in Garfield
Hospital, He had been ill since
his birthday. September 11.
A native of Washington, Mr. Rup
pert was the son of Edward and
Mary Ruppert. He retired in 1917
after 35 years. His place of business
was patronized by many of the
Capital's notables.
Mr. Ruppert was a member of
Lebanon Lodge of Masons and at
tended Concordia German Luther
an Church.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs.
Maggie B. Ruppert; a son, E. C. E.
Ruppert, jr., and two half-brothers,
William Niemeyer of Bethesda, Md.,
and Bernhardt Niemeyer of New
York City.
Funeral services will be held at
9 p.m. tomorrow at the home, 3914
Morrison street N.W., with burial
In Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Condition Remains Serious
Mrs. Margaret Frere, 29, 1124
Tenth street N.W., was still in criti
cal condition today at Emergency
Hospital with injuries she received
In a plunge from the Calvert street
Bridge Sunday morning. she
dropped about 70 feet, her fall being
broken by a tree. Police discovered
bar about dawn.
WINTHROP, MASS.—OLD MAN NEPTUNE GOES ON A RAM- sent/ high seas battering beaches and seawalls, causing thou
PAGE This scene along the water front was typical of the Mas- sands of dollars’ damage to roadways and beach houses. Note
sachusetts and Maine coasts yesterday as a driving northeaster people at left watching storm’s fury.
(Continued From First Page.)
advanced beyond Aamot and Lille
hammer, north of Oslo, and about
60 miles northeast of Trondheim,
cutting connecting roads leading
south from the allied landing point
at Namsos.
Swedish Minister Arvid Richert
called at the Foreign Office today
to discuss Sweden's protest against
German warplanes’ violations of
Swedish territory.
Authorized sources intimated that
Richest was told Sweden had a
strange method of counting—that
every town over which a plane was
seen was reckoned separately and
reported as five different incidents.
In this manner, Germans said, 40
to 60 • invasions of Sweden easily
could be constructed when, as a
matter of fact, only a few planes
flew over the country by error.
(One Swedish newspaper has
charged that the German aerial
incursions were deliberate at
tempts to reconnoiter Sweden’s
Repeated raids on Andalsnes, a
British debarkation point on the
Norwegian west coast, virtually
have paralyzed anti-aircraft de
fenses there and established Ger
man air supremacy in Southern
Norway, according to DNB, official
German news agency.
Debarkation Points Bombed.
So complete was the German
mastery of the air, the news agency
declared, that the Nazi bombers
were able to cruise at leisure over
Andalsnes. Both that port and
Namsos. 200 miles to the north,
which also has been used for allied
debarkation, were reported in
DNB said that Nazi warplanes,
ranging over Southern Norway, had
bombed and machine-gunned other
enemy objectives, including the im
portant railway junction of Dombas,
to facilitate the advance of German
ground troops moving north from
The attack on Dombas, which
was said to have been destroyed,
apparently was aimed at cutting
the railway line by which British
troops have been moving from An
dalsnes to reinforce Norwegian
troops on the Hamar front, 60 miles
north of the capital.
Dombas, situated 60 miles south
of Andalsnes, is doubly important
from a strategic point of view be
cause it also is linked by rail with
the German-occupied west coast
port of Trondheim, key to Central
Other objective which DNB said
had been attacked from the air
were Lillehammer, 75 miles south
east of Dombas on the Andalsnes
Hamar railway; Elverum. 20 miles
east of Hamar, and the Mjosen Lake
The news agency said that the
Norwegians had offered stiff resist
ance in the snow-covered rough
terrain on the Hamar front, but
had paid for their opposition in
“bloody losses.”
DNB denied reports that the Brit
ish had recaptured Hamar and said
that German troops had occupied
Gjovik, 15 miles to the west, after
inflicting heavy losses on the Nor
wegian defenders.
The news agency said German po
sitions at Trondheim and Stavanger,
on Norway's southwest coast had
been strengthened, and that Nazi
communication lines everywhere in
the south were being improved.
<Continued From First Page.)
Annenberg defense counsel, ex
plained the wealthy publisher’s po
sition thus:
“All that Mr. Annenberg cares to
say now is that he was influenced
by the fact that any alternative
would involve years of trying and
expensive litigation. At the same
time, he hopes to dispose of the
civil claims for taxes that have
been and will be made against him
and the companies in which he is
"He further hopes that by taking
responsibility upon himself so far
as he can, this will be taken into
consideration by the Government
and the court in connection with
the charges pending against his as
sociates and employes.
“In the proceedings upon the im
position of sentence we feel confident
that the absence of any serious
charge of moral turpitude will ap
pear and Mr. Annenberg asks that
judgment be reserved on this until
Date for Dispostion Set.
The court set May 23 for the dis
position of all pleas. The defend
ants—13 in all—pleaded innocent to
the various counts of the indictment
until the fifth count was reached.
Then Annenberg and Haffner en
tered their guilty pleas.
The fifth count alleged that An
nenberg's net income for the year
1936 was $2,312,634.47 whereas he
reported it as $731,640.75 and paid
an income tax of $475,552.16. The
Government charged a tax of
$1,692,848.80 was due and that
$1,217,296.73 had been evaded.
Horses cannot be shipped from
Yugoslavia without special permis
sion from the government.
Text of Nazi Communique
Narvik Shelled, but No British Troops
Landed There, High Command Says
By the Associated Press.
BERLIN. April 23.—The text of
today's German high command
communique follows:
The English yesterday attempted
no landing in the Narvik region oc
cupied by German troops. English
naval forces, however, again bom
barded the city and port.
German troops in the Trondheim
region, supported by light naval
forces, pushed forward up to 100
kilometers (about 60 miles) in a
northeastern direction, thrust back
the enemy there and cut connecting
roads leading southward from Nam
One Norwegian patrol boat was
destroyed in Vaksdal Fjord. In re
gions between Bergen and Stavanger
fighting with scattered Norwegian
troops units is continuing in the
further outlying surroundings of
cities. Numerous guns fell into Ger
man hands.
North of Oslo German troops con
tinued to advance beyond Aamot
and Lillehammer despite terrain dif
ficulties and enemy street barricades.
Fighting units of the air force
participated in the fight. One Nor
wegian plane was destroyed. Off the
Norwegian west coast and in the vi
Will of W. P. Metcalf
Provides Medical
Care for Needy
New York Avenue
Presbyterian Church
Named to Handle Work
Medical and nursing care for
needy and deserving persons here
would be supplied, through the New
York Avenue Presbyterian Church,
under the terms of the will of Wil
liam P. Metcalf, lawyer and real
estate broker, who died here January
8 and left an estate valued at about
$250,000, District Court was advised
If the church refuses to accept the
income of the trust fund, the entire
trust, set up under the will, is to
cease and the trustee, the American
Security & Trust Co. is to transfer
the entire trust fund to the Wash
ington Home for Incurables, Wiscon
sin avenue and Tilden street N.W.
A number of bequests are left to
relatives and friends under the will,
dated November 26. 1935, with a
supplement dated May 15, 1936. The
American Security & Trust Co. and
Attorney Stanton C. Peele filed the
petition for the probate of Mr. Met
calf's will, which disclosed that his
personal property aggregated $71,100,
while the assessed value of his real
estate totaled $169,122. The law firm
of Peele, Lesh. Drain & Barnard
signed the papers and filed the peti
tion in the court.
Under the terms of Mr. Metcalf's
will, he leaves $5,000 to the Wom
an’s Missionary Society of the New
York Avenue Presbyterian Church
to erect a memorial in memory of
his mother, to be located in “some
mountainous region of this country
and adapted for work among the
mountaineers”; $2,000 to the Presby
terian Home for the Aged, $1,000 to
the American Bible Society, $1,000 to
Gideons Band, to distribute Bibles;
$5,000 to the Board of National Mis
sions of the Presbyterian Church of
the United States of America, in
memory of his father; in trust, $30,
000 to his cousin, Helen Maynard of
Kansas City, Mo„ of which she is to
get the net income; $250 to his
friend, Eugene W. Weaver of the
Burlington Hotel here, as well as
the testator's books; $5,000 to Mrs.
Frances Rhea of Riverdale, Md.; to
his friend, Dr. Charles C. Marbury
1015 Sixteent hstreet N.W., $10,000;
the income from $10,000 is to go to
his housemaid, Lacy Dixon; $5,000
to the New York Avenue Presby
terian Church, to be added to the
permanent endowment fund, while
a codicil to the will gives $3,000 to
the Episcopal Eye, Ear and Throat
Hospital, 1147 Fifteenth street N.W.
Legionnaires to Hear
Talk on Defense Roads
Military attaches of legations here
have been invited to attend a meet
ing tonight of the National Cathe
dral Post, No. 10, American Legion,
in Reno-Esther Hall, Wisconsin
avenue and Windom place N.W.
An illustrated lecture on national
defense highways in this country
and Europe will be given by Charles
Upham, executive engineer of the
American Road Builders’ Associa
tion. He is expected to describe such
roads in Germany and Pan-American
William A. Van Duzer, District
traffic director, will discuss local
traffic problems.
The meeting is scheduled to begin
at 0 p.m.
cinity of Andalsnes fighting units
again attacked British war vessels
and transports.
Despite the hectic defense, one
British destroyer and one transport
steamer were sunk. Another de
stroyer was struck by a bomb of
medium caliber and one transport
ship of approximately 5,000 tons was
destroyed by fire.
Further bomb raids were directed
against the important railway sta
tions of Dombas and Grong, in Cen
tral Norway, as well as against rail
lines and roads from there. Sta
tions, tracks and roads were de
stroyed, thereby making it impos
sible for the opponent to operate
quickly from Andalsnes and Namsos.
Last night another unsuccessful
British bombing raid on Aalborg was
repulsed. One British plane was
shot down by anti-aircraft guns.
The submarine hunt in the Katte
gat yielded another success. Sup
plies continued reaching Ndtwegian
ports. Off Stadlandet a submarine
torpedoed a supply steamer of 6.000
tons in convoy destined for Norway.
No special developments in the
west. Border patrol and reconnais
sance flights were undertaken. A
single enemy reconnaissance plane
flew into Western Germany under
cover of night.
Divorces Granted,
Two Men Each
Weds Other's Wife
By the Associated Press.
LOS ANGELES, April 23 — In
divorce suits and answers some
months ago, each of two hus
bands charged the other stole
his wife's love—and the wives
similarly accused each other as
to the husbands.
Williams Ingels claimed his
wife, Catherine, left him with
the statement that she planned
to live with Francis C. Farmer
for two weeks to learn whether
they were ‘'properly suited” to
each other.
All charges were modified,
however, and divorces were
granted each couple on mental
cruelty grounds.
On January 20 the former
Mrs. Ingels and Mr. Farmer
were married at Las Vegas, Nev.,
and today friends learned that
Mr. Ingels and the former
Isabella Farmer were wed at
Yuma, Ariz., April 13.
Yugoslavs Press Drive
On Pro-Nazi Activities
By the Associated Press.
BELGRADE, April 23. — Milan
Acimovic, former Yugoslav Minister
of the Interior, today was restricted
to his residence as authorities
pressed a campaign against asso
ciates of former Premier Milan
Stoyadinovic, who has been interned
on charges of pro-Nazi activities in
Acimovic, regarded as a Stoyadi
novic lieutenant, is expected to be
taken under guart^ to a village in
Southeastern Bosnia.
Stoyadinovic’s brother, Dragomir
.Stoyadinovic, an editor, was jailed
on charges of publishing reports
damaging the security of the state.
Authorities, however, said the accu
sations against him were not linked
directly with the plot to overthrow
the government charged against his
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Duff-Cooper Urges
War Against Whole
German People
Nation Is Behind Hitler,
Shares in His Crimes,
British Are Told
By the Associated Press.
LONDON, April 23 (via radio).—
War to the death against the whole
German people and not merely
against the Nazi regime was urged
today by Alfred Duff-Cooper, former
First Lord of the British Admiralty
Mr. Duff-Cooper, speaking before
the Royal Society of St. George in
place of Winston Churchill, First
Lord of the Admiralty, said German
attacks upon Austria, Czecho-Slova
kia, Poland, Denmark and Norway
were “crimes of the whole people."
Reviewing acts of the German
military in the last few years, Mr.
Duff-Cooper spoke of them as a
“series of crimes" which made a
terror of Europe, and declared thev
were not the crimes of one man or
a group of criminals “but the crimes
of a whole people.”
Mr. Duff-Cooper said it was “wish
ful thinking to believe we can drive
a wedge between the German gov
ernment and the German people."
“We must accept no soft words
or specious promises as we did when
they came whining and groveling to
Versailles,” he said, “but must defeat
the German people in battle.”
Takes Hitler at Word.
Mr. Duff-Cooper declared that
“Germany has assumed many ugly
shapes in her past, but never has
the face of Germany assumed so vil
lianous and vile an aspect as under
leadership of this little gang of
blood-stained, money-making mur
“Hitler says the entire German
people is behind him,” Mr. Duff
Cooper said. “I, for one. am prepared
to take him at his word.”
The audience cheered when Mr.
Duff-Cooper said that Britain had
command of the sea to an even
greater extent now than she had
eight months ago and that no na
tion with command of the sea ever
had been defeated in a great war.
“How long it will take to achieve
victory.” he said, “no man can say,
but one thing we do know and that
is that victory is certain in the end.”
N. L. R. B. to Receive
Strike Pay Claims
By thp Associated Press.
CLEVELAND. April 23 —The Na
tional Labor Relations Board an
nounced today it would open offices
Monday in several Ohio cities to re
ceive back pay and reinstatement
claims from Republic Steel Corp.
strikers of 1937.
Oscar S. Smith, regional director,
estimated 9,000 persons are eligible
to fill out such claims and said no
computation of back pay will be
made during preliminary checking
stages because individual cases pre
sent ‘so many variables that an
overall estimate is impossible.”
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Two Manslaughter
Indictments Among
59 Returned Here
Wife Is Accused of4
Mayhem in Dispute .
With Her Husband
Among the 59 indictments handed
up today to Justice F. Dickinson
Letts in District Court were two
manslaughter charges and a woman
was indicted on a charge of may
hem for allegedly throwing lye into
her husband’s face, as the outgrowth
of marital troubles.
Indicted on a charge of man
slaughter was James H. Jones, col
ored, 25 years old, who is charged
with shooting Edward T. Haynes,
colored, 30 years old. George Clark,
colored, 25 years old, was indicted
on a charge of manslaughter in the
shooting of Neal Eason, colored, 25
years old.
Mrs. Evelyn Nelson, 32 years old,
was indicted on a charge of may
hem, causing lye bums on the right
side of the face and back of the
neck of her husband, Carl J. Nelson,
who lives at 720 C street N.E., on
April 11 at Seventh and C streets
N.E. According to police, Mrs. Nel
son complained to her husband
about sending a subpoena to her
landlady, when divorce proceedings
are pending between the couple.
Others indicted and the charges
against them are: Thomas R.
Moore, William B. McMichael,
Douglas Taylor snd Carroll A. Rus
sell, joyriding; Edward F. Powell,
Roland Jones, Alonzo E. Taylor,
James M. Williams, Samuel Artz,
Arthur Kirkorian, Albert F. Dariano,
Francis I. Gray, Henry Glasco, Wal
ter Watson, Henry Small and Neal
Maben, housebreaking and larceny;
Benjamin Belton, housebreaking;
Henry Small and Lewis Thigpen,
robbery; George D. Craig and
George Schaeffer, setting up a gam
ing table; George Schaeffer, James
A. Shaw, Ben R. Goldberg, Herbert
Donald, Harry E. Gaskins, Barney
Berlinsky, Larney S. Pugh. Bernard
Neuyahr, Louis Dutch, Stephen J.
Gauzza, Ruth A. Heffner and Joseph
Price, violation of the numbers law;
Burton M. Burkey and William U.
Boyde. forgery and uttering; Harry
De Pollar, violation of the National
Motor Vehicle Theft Act; Albert C.
Johnson and Bena T. Reeder, pan
dering; George T. Stonestreet, Viola
Simms, Marian R. Robinson, Elton
Brent, violations of the Harrison
Narcotic Act and the Narcotic Drugs
Import and Export Act; Inez M.
Howard, Raleigh L. Morton and
Zony Peterson, assault with danger
ous weapon; Mary E. Meyers, James
Allen, John C. White, Clifton E.
Reed, assault with dangerous weapon
and assault with intent to commit
robbery; John L. Jacobs and Her
man M. Bailey, assault with intent
to commit robbery.
Volunteers Are Sought
For War Relief Work
Mrs. Roger J. Whiteford. chair
man of the Chevy Chase Branch of
the American Red Cross, today
issued a call for volunteers to help
in making articles for war relief.
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Senate Rejects Two
Of 5,488 Nominations
Sent It This Session
By the Associated Press.
The Senate has rejected only
two of 5,488 nominations sent
to it by President Roosevelt so
far this session. Both were
Official figures compiled to
April 15 showed today that the
name of one other postmaster
was withdrawn by the President
and there has been no action
yet on 575 nominations of all
The box score from the time
Mr. Roosevelt took office in 1933
to the opening of the present
session, January 3, showed
57,849 confirmations out of
57,251 nominations. In that
period there were 57 rejections,
105 withdrawals and 240 not
acted upon.
Mrs. Jeffreys Named
To Mount Vernon Board
By the Associated Press.
RICHMOND, Va„ April 23.—Gov.
Price yesterday appointed Mrs. Al
bert L. Jeffreys of Chase City to the
Board of Visitors of Mount Vernon
and reappointed four other members
of the board. Mrs. Jeffreys succeeds
Rosewell Page, jr., of Hanover.
Reappointed were W. A. Smoot of
Alexandria, Norman Call of Rich
mond. Louis Chauvenet of Esmont
and C. Gratton Price of Harrison
Hit-Run Car's Victim
Still in Critical Condition
The condition of John H. Byers,
68, secretary to Representative Leo
E. Allen of Illinois, was said to be
still serious today at Emergency
Hospital where he was taken Friday
night after being struck by a hit
run car at Fourteeth and N streets
Mr. Byers, who lives at 1417 N
street N.W., suffered a concussion,
scalp cuts and a fractured collar
bone. Police were searching for the
driver of the car.
Mr. Byers is a former Illinois State
Senator and for years has been a
congressional secretary.
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Hard Hit by Blockade,
U. S. Tells Japan
Grew's Representations
In Tokio Bring Promise
Of Immediate Inquiry
By the Associated Press.
TOKIO, April 23.—United States
Ambassador Joseph C. Grew today
made representations to Masayukl
Tani, Japanese vice minister of
foreign affairs, charging that Ameri
cans at Tientsin were suffering
hardships as a result of a tightening
of the Japanese blockade on the
British and French concessions.
It was understood that Tani had
promised to investigate immediately
and attempt to remedy the difficulty.
A usually reliable source said that
the situation had recently been
growing steadily worse.
The concessions at Tientsin, with
foreign populations of about 6,500,
including military forces, and about
192,000 Chinese, have been hemmed
in by Japanese troops and barri
cades, with varying degrees of re
striction on travel and supplies,
since last June.
The United States maintains a
detachment of marines at Tientsin.
Recently there have been indica
tions that the blockade soon would
be lifted.
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