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Willkie Wins Press
With Humaneness And Sincerity Candid Talk, With No Qualifying Phrases, Impresses Writers By WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE. PHILADELPHIA, June 2!).—The big news in Philadelphia yesterday was not the completion of the ticket nor the almost obvious choice of national committeemen. The big news was a press conference before which Wendell Willkie presided in the ballroom of the Warwick Hotel. Here were gathered 400 or 500 news papermen and cameramen. They had wait almost an hour. They were diverted for a moment or two by a foolish and ill-advised appear ance of young Phillip W'illkie, who was ushered before the mob, scared and pale and doing his best—looking like one about to be hanged. Some one blundered—probably not the W’illkie family—when he was sent in to amuse the waiting reporters. The poor kid was shunted out of the way quickly by the stage managers and after a little time his father appeared. "How he reminds one of Borah,” one heard from every hand from men who had not seen him before— shaggy, large and smiling, full of a friendliness that even the Klieg lights of the cameramen, which bleared his gray and ingratiating eyes for a moment, could not erase. His disarming grin electrified the room. Obviously the reporters fell for him. He is like A1 Smith in this respect—if you are going to be his enemy you must avoid him. Unsophisticated Pleasure. What he said, of course, was said With a Midwestern accent—it was almost a drawl. His "rs” were hard and he called "ahms'’ arms and spoke of his "fahm.” where he will be officially notified as his "farm.’ And he had the Middle Westerner's obvious unsophisticated pleasure in himself, pleasure which is not van ity, but a comradely sense of equal ity. What he said was, of course, can did and not off the record. He used no qualifying phrases, no dead ening qualifications when he made a statement. It was "aye-aye" and "nay-nay.” He said, "Of course, I am for the Hatch bill and shall ask our committee to impose its re strictions on our campaign whether the bill passes or not and I hope it will pass." He spoke the direct Kansas language of the prairies. He said, “I want to limit all contribu tions to my campaign to $5,000. I want lots of small contributors; this is a people's movement. They : should pay for it.” He was not1 hypocritical. He really believed it and made the reporters believe that, he believed it. Muffs No Questions. He W'as not above a wisecrack. President Roosevelt had said early ! yesterday he would like to talk over with Mr. Willkie our defense plans. When the reporters asked the Re publican candidate about the Presi dent's proposed conference, he said, "Sure, I will be glad to see him and talk things over. I have al ways believed a man should be cour teous to his predecessor,” And the laugh of the 500 reporters amused him and he laughed back, Groton and Harvard, Lawrenceville and Princeton. Harkness and Yale would hardly do that. Mr. Willkie muffed no questions. When he didn't want to talk he said so. When he couldn't talk on any subject he said so and explained why. He w>as cordial, frank, human. The bulldog asperity of Thomas E. Dewey and the bird dog seriousness and self-conscious ness of Senator Taft had no coun terpart in the big, Newfoundland, romping, glad-eyed nozzling of this Indiana thoroughbred. It was above everything a Mid western show of a man who knew many answers and was not ashamed to acknowledge it when he didn't know an answer; no vanity, no pompous pride. What a show he will make in this campaign They will flock to see him as to a circus all across the land. It may be curiosity which draws crowds. Curiosity often fools politicians. They think it carries conversion. But in Wendell Willkie’s case his circus crowds really may believe what he says. There can be no doubt that here is a man who can sell soap. He sold his line to these reporters. It was a great job. It was the news of the day. They did not feel kindly +oward him be cause they felt sorry for him, but because he was their kind and they were a bit proud of him. (Released by the North American News paper Alliance, Inc.) Rome-Berlin Rivalry Seen as Aid fo Turkey By the Associated Press. ISTANBUL, June 29. — Turkey looked today to rivalry between the Rome-Berlin axis and Soviet Russia as her chief hope of retaining con trol of the Dardanelles and the Bosporus, gateway from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. Political circles, awaiting some Indication of whether Russia would go further toward the straits after taking Bessarabia from Rumania, expressed hope that the interest of Germany and Italy in the Dar danelles w’ould lead them to curb possible Soviet aspirations in that direction. It is this conflict of interests which has enabled Turkey to hold on to the Dardanelles in the past. Turkish newspapers gave new as surances today of the country’s friendship toward Russia, empha sizing that Turkey had not entered the war against Germany and Italy out of consideration for the Soviet Union. British Group Leaves To Make Film in Canada By tht Associated Press. LONDON, June 29.—Elisabeth Bergner and a group of motion pic ture actors and technicians left to day for Canada to make a British government war film. It was reported here that Charles Boyer, a Frenchman, would go to Canada from Hollywood to play opposite Miss Bergner, Viennese actress. • HOLLYWOOD, June 29 <JP).— Charles Boyer, reported in London as the leading man in a British gov ernment war film to be made soon In Canada, said last night he had not been approached on any such film venture and knew nothing of it. PHILADELPHIA.—WILLKIE GREETS CONVENTION—With a shower of confetti falling over them, Wendell L. Willkie, Republican presidential nominee, and Mrs. Willkie are shown as they greeted a hysterically screaming crowd at the Republican convention yesterday. —A. P. Wirephoto. -- .___ 4 Text of Willkie's Address Nominee Pledged to Continue Fight For Ideals of America By the Associated Press. PHILADELPHIA. June 29 — Following is the text of the ad dress made yesterday afternoon by Wendell Willkie. presidential nominee, before the Republican National Convention: “I doubt if in all history of Ameri can political conventions any con vention has ever been presided over with more impartiality, more fair ness and more ability than this one has been presided over by Joe Mar tin. “I want to say to the members of this convention that as your norm-, nee I stand before you without a single pledge, promise or under standing of any kind except for the • advancement of your cause and the preservation of American demo cracy. “It is a moving and appealing and almost overwhelming thing to be the nominee of a great free conven tion of this kind. “I doubt if any man who has not experienced it could imagine and understand the full import of the emotion it brings to one when such obligations comes to him. Deep Sense of Dedication. “I wanted to come here to you this afternoon, not to discuss poli cies or principles, but merely to thank you. to express my apprecia tion and to tell you of the deep sense of dedication I feel to the cause that you have asked me to lead. “Democracy and our way of life is facing the most crucial test it has ever faced in all its long history; and we here are not Republicans, alone, but Americans, to dedicate ourselves to the democratic way of life in the United States because here stands the last firm, untouched foothold of freedom in all the world. “And as your nominee I expect to conduct a crusading, aggressive, fighting campaign to bring unity to America, to bring the unity of labor and capital, agriculture and manu facturer, farmer and worker, and all classes to this great cause of the preservation of freedom. Common Purpose. “I think as one who has been a member of each of those classes in the course of my brief life, I under stand that in America we all have a common purpose at this time that this way of life shall not pass from this earth. For the rehabilitation of American economy: for the build ing of an adequate defense so that no dictator, however strong, mav seek to strike; for the unity of our people; for calling again America to its great tradition of progress. I pledge myself to you, and I ask each of you to join with me in this great crusade. “Forty-eight days ago. and only 48 days ago. I started out to preach to the American people the. doctrine of unity, the doctrine of the destiny of America, and the fact that I am the nominee of this convention at this time proves conclusively how appealing is this simple doctrine to the American people. “So you Republicans I call upon you to join me. help me. The cause is great. We must win. We can not fail if we stand together in one united fight. I thank you. “Now I am going to sleep for a week!” G. 0. P. I 'Continued From First Page.) I I " " I in his hand and to promise “a crusading, aggressive, fighting cam paign to bring unity to America.” Confetti sifted down from air conditioning vents. It clung to his smiling, perspiring face: was tangled into the wavy locks of his hair, lay in heaps on the platform. But Mr. Willkie paid no attention as he made a short speech. "I understand that in America | we all have a common purpose at, this time that this way of life shall not pass from this earth,” he said. “For the rehabilitation of Ameri can economy, for the building of an adequate defense so that no dictator, i however strong, may seek to strike; ! for the unity of our people; for call ing again America to its great tra- | dition of progress. I pledge myself ! to you and I ask each of you to join with me in this great crusade.” Besieged at Hotel. Through the evening he was be sieged at his hotel by delegates seeking a word with the nominee, by leaders come to discuss campaign plans, by persons hoping to catch a ; glimpse of the man who had per formed a political miracle and by a quick rub of the lamp been trans formed from a big business man into a presidential nominee. His vice presidential running mate was in Washington. From there, Senator McNary had given consent “like a good soldier” to make the race, though he said he much pre ferred to be a member of the Senate than to have to spank it to order with a gavel. Once Senator McNary's consent had been gained, the nomination was achieved quickly in one ballot. Representative Dewey Short of Mis souri got a complimentary vote, but Mr. Short himself came to the plat form to thank the delegates, with drew his name with an explosion of oratory and moved that the McNary nomination be made unanimous. It was. Then a few formalities were com pleted before the 1940 convention was trundled into the history books. Each State presented the names of the man and woman it had selected to represent it on the national committee. The convention em powered the committee to act with full authority for the party until its 1944 convention. A resolution thanked Representative Joseph W Martin of Massachusetts for his work as permanent chairman. Convention Ended. Mr. Willkie. who a few minutes before had been standing on the platform with Mrs. Willkie. left the hall. Chairman John Hamilton stepped forward to move sine die adjournment. The motion carried with a spatter of “ayes.” Delegates already were turning away. The beat of feet against the concrete runways be came a steady, continuing sound. State standards, tipped with ele phants holding American flags in trumpeting trunks, were overturned. Workmen moved in to clear up the Utter of badges, torn paper, confetti and balloons. Two hours later taxicabs without passengers could be found in front of the hall. The 1940 convention was over. Destroyer Survivors Tell Of 'Navigation Miracle' B* the Associated Press. LONDON, June 29.—Survivors of the sinking of the Canadian de stroyer Fraser after a collision off Bordeaux said today the skipper of another Canadian destroyer had per formed a "miracle of navigation” to save them in the inky darkness. Steaming close to the broken Fraser, the rescuing vessel took up wards of 50 officers and men from the section of the Fraser which re mained afloat, the survivors said. Then, risking enemy gunfire, she turned her searchlights on the tum bling seas where men, coated with oil from the Fraser's tanks, tossed in lifebelts. The tragedy cost probably 45 lives. American telephone equipment may be introduced into Arabia. McNary Ballot How States Voted At Convention By the Associated Press. PHILADELPHIA, June 29.—Here is the first ballot which chose Sen- | ator McNary yesterday as Repub- ; lican vice presidential nominee: 13 Alabama—13 McNary. 6 Arizona—6 McNary. 12 Arkansas 5 Short, 7 McNary. 44 California—44 McNary. 12 Colorado—12 McNary. 16 Connecticut—16 McNary. 6 Delaware—4 McNary, 2 Short. 12 Florida—12 McNary. 14 Georgia—14 McNary. 8 Idaho—8 McNary. 58 Illinois—52 McNary. 6 Short. 28 Indiana—28 McNary. 22 Iowa—22 McNary. 18 Kansas—18 McNary. 22 Kentucky—21 McNary, 1 Short.! j 12 Louisiana—10 McNary, 2 Short. 13 Maine—13 McNary. 16 Maryland—16 McNary. 34 Massachusetts—29 McNary, 5 Short. 38 Michigan—33 McNary, 5 Short. 22 Minnesota—20 McNary, 2 Short. 11 Mississippi—11 McNary. 30 Missouri—30 Short. 8 Montana—8 McNary. 14 Nebraska—10 McNary, 4 short. 6 Nevada—6 McNary. 8 New Hampshire—8 McNary. 32 New Jersey—32 McNary. 6 New Mexico—6 McNary. 92 New York—82 McNary, 10 short. 23 North Carolina—15 McNary, 8 short. 8 North Dakota—8 McNary. 52 Ohio—36 McNary 16 short. 22 Oklahoma—22 McNary. 10 Oregon—10 McNary. 72 Pennsylvania—72 McNary. 8 Rhode Island—8 McNary. 10 South Carolina—8 McNary, 2 short. I 8 South Dakota—8 McNary. 18 Tennessee—18 McNary. 26 Texas—2 short. 2 Bridges. 22 McNary. 8 Utah—8 McNary. 9 Vermont—9 McNary. 18 Virginia—12 McNary. 6 short. 16 Washington—16 McNary. 16 West Virginia—16 McNary. 24 Wisconsin—24 McNary. 6 Wyoming—4 McNary, 2 short. 3 Alaska—3 McNary. 3 District of Columbia—3 McNary. 3 Hawaii—3 McNary. 2 Philippines—2 McNary. 2 Puerto Rico—2 McNary. Glass Grinder Needed An examination for optical glass grinder at the Washington Navy Yard is announced by the Civil Serv ice Commission. At least six months' experience is required, and the age limits are 20-48. The pay in $6.91 to $7.87 a day. G. 0. P. Platform Described As Filled With Double Talk By JOHN LARDNER. PHILADELPHIA, June 29.—The troubles of Wendell L. Willkie are just beginning. Outside of his major problem, which is now collecting a salary of $75,000 in Washington, there is the problem of what the Republicans are going to give him to work with. Your correspondent has studied the Republican platform carefully, from above, beneath, left profile and right profile. It looks the same from all sides. It is a strong, silent plat form. It reminds you somewhat of Harpo Marx, in the fact that it doesn't say anything, Now that the party has a nom inee. the leaders including our favorite character, the party whip) will get together and make the plat form a little more specific, by filling in the name of “Wendell Willkie” in all the blank spaces and de nouncing the boll weevil in para graph 7, formerly occupied by the man-eating shark. Party’s Platform. Unless Mr. Willkie puts his foot down with a gentle thump, the plat form will then emerge as standard Republican, containing the follow ing planks: 1. Down with dirty weather. (“Under the New Deal, the weather has been rotten, venal and corrupt. Let us restore a patriotic mean rain fall for Americans!”—Congressman Alabaster Snuffin.) 2. Stay in and/or out of war. 3. Down with dishonesty. 4. Help the Allies by all means short of help. 5. Down with forest fires. 6. America will never perish as long as America never perishes. 7. Down with the boll weevil (formerly the mar.-eating shark). 8. No parking within 10 feet of a fireplug. 9. Down with Democrats. 10. How have you been? Before Mr. Willkie’s nomination, the platform touched lightly on the international situation. In a humor ous mood, the boys decided to nom inate a candidate first and then let him try to figure out what they meant by what they said about the situation. Tries to Find Code Word. This practical joke has everybody in stitches except Mr. Willkie, who is still trying to find the code word. It's a tough one. The leaders figure it will keep him busy while they go out and try to hustle some votes. As nearly as Mr. Willkie and his staff can make it out, the plank argues as follows: Defend America, but not at any body's expense, and have the young people prepared for war, but do not train them, and Hitler is a heel, but do not get him sore, and the situation is perilous, but very satis factory, except February, which has but eight and a score till Leap Year gives it one day more—and not one cent for tribute. This is all as clear as the late stock market edition of a news paper published by the Drui'ds in the year 701. In fact, it is the first international platform to be written in double talk, and Mr. Willkie. as a desperate measure, has called upon Hymie Caplin, the popular fight manager, for advice. Mr. Cap lin can decipher it if any one can. There is some reason to believe he wrote it. Mr. Caplin believes there is no sense in a two-ocean navy. What he wants is a two-navy ocean. That may earn him a place in the cabinet. (Released by the North American Newspaper Alliance. Inc.) Police Team to Compete Authority was given yesterday by the Commissioners for the pistol team of the Metropolitan Police Department to go to Camp Ritchie, Md., to participate in the 19th an nual Eastern small-bore pistol and rifle tournament, to be held there July 3 to 7, inclusive. Members of the team are Acting Sergt. S. R. McKee and Pvts. R. B. McMahill, W. B. Slack, J. B. Layton, C. F. Thompson and G. M. Stewart. WILLING BUT NOT WANTING—Nominated on the first ballot as the Republican candidate for Vice President, Senator McNary said he would accept the nomination, but did not wish it. He’s shown in his office in Washington yesterday. —A. P. Photo. Politics (Continued From First Page.) his personal support would be ac corded Secretary of State Hull. That the President can have the nomination at the wave of his hand is a foregone conclusion with more than 700 convention votes already pledged to him. Looking rested and in his best health and temper, Mr. Roosevelt saw the press yesterday, but de clined to discuss politics .on the ex cuse that he was "too busy.” He joked, however, at a power failure in the White House on the morning after the Republican nom inated a utilities executive and added in response to a question that he will be glad to see Mr. Willkie for a discussion of foreign affairs if j the GOP. nominee requests such a meeting. The President and Mr. Willkie have been in near accord on foreign affairs in the past, judging by their public declarations. Farley will Leave Monday. With the Democratic convention due to get under way at Chicago on j July 15, National Chairman Farley ! planned to leave here for arrival in the Windy City on Monday. Other party workers already are on the scene and the Arrangements Com mittee will convene there on July 8. Meanwhile the Republican vice presidential selection. Senator Mc Nary. received his nomination calmly | and announced his intention to re main here indefinitely to carry on the duties of Senate minority leader. “I wish they’d impose the (vice presidential* chore on somebody else, but I'll be a good soldier and do the best I can,” he told reporters who sought him out in his office to tell him of his top-heavy majority in the first convention ballot. Senator McNary disclosed that he had “never met” Mr. Willkie. Sees Success of Ticket. “I don’t think I have ever even seen him. but he's an excellent can didate and the convention has pre pared a very good platform.” he said. “The ticket should be success ful in November.” Elsewhere these expressions were forthcoming: Senator Norris (independent, of Nebraska*, a third-term advocate— “Willkie is Insull the second. I don't believe there is a ghost of a chance of Willkie being elected.” Democratic Chairman Farley— "What sets of forces, economic and I social, are to conduct our Govern ment? The historic American processes, or some new and some what foreign methods of concen trated control?” Speaker Bankhead—The issue is whether “the voters wish to place the executive in the control of forces which are somewhat foreign to our usual American way of life.” Secretary of Interior Ickes— 'Franklin D. Roosevelt will be re nominated and re-elected.” Potatoes 76% Water White potatoes are approximately 76 per cent water, 20 per cent starch, 1 per cent ash, .5 per cent cellulose, .4 per cent sugar and .1 per cent fat, states Industrial and Engineer ing Chemistry. HENRIETTA TUSCH WILLKIE. r—.... ■ wwww——————— HERMAN FRANCIS WILLKIE. The parents of Wendell Willkie were both practicing lawyers in Elwood, Ind. They are now dead. —A. P. Wirephotos. British Report Japanese Sink Junks in Yangtze By the Associated Press. LONDON, June 29.—A Reuters, British news agency, dispatch from Chungking, said today 80 Japanese bombers sank many junks in the Yangtze River and drowned an un determined number of boatmen in a raid today—the sixth in as many days on the provisional Chinese capital. Bombs also started big fires in a lumber yard along the river. The bombers attacked in three groups. Trade Parley Opens ROME, June 29 (TP).—Delegates of Germany, Italy and Hungary and three Balkan countries, Rumania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia, met here today to settle trade and transporta tion problems arising from the war. NOTICE OF SUMMER CLOSING Beginning today and through out the months of JULY and AUGUST our Business Offices located at 411 10th St. N.W. and at 1339 Wis consin Ave. N.W. will close at 1 P.M. on Saturdays. WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT COMPANY 41110th St. N.W. 1339 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. REpublic 3275 . C .■■■■■-- . I SALEM, OREG.—Mrs. McNary and her 5-year-old daughter, Charlotte, shown in their home yesterday after they received word of the Senator’s nomination. . —A. P. Wirephoto. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Willkie as they sat on the front porch of their Elwood find.) home yesterday and proudly looked over newspaper pictures of their favorite nephew. They live almost within' sight of the house in which the G. O. P. nominee was born. —A. P. Wirephoto. National Gypsum Head Predicts Exoneration By tbe Associated Press. BUFFALO, N. Y„ June 29.—The National Gypsum Co., one of five corporations indicted by a Federal grand jury in Washington on price fixing charges through a patent-' licensing arrangement, “will have no difficulty” in the opinion of Com pany President Melvin Baker. “Our general counsel informs me,” Mr. Baker said, “that we will have no difficulty in defending any claims that the grand jury may find against us. 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