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Italian Planes Raiding
Alexandria Driven
Off by Defense Guns
Nine Civilians Killed
As Bombers Attack
Base at Malta'
By the Associated Press.
ALEXANDRIA, July 8. — Enemy
bombing planes raided Alexandria
for 10 minutes this morning before
they were driven off by anti-aircraft
More hostile planes appeared over
Alexandria shortly after noon, but
met heavy anti-aircraft fire and
veered off to sea without dropping
Italian aircraft attempted to raid
Alexandria harbor last night, but
were driven off. No casualties or
damage were reported.' j
Invader Shot Down.
In a subsequent raid late last
night anti-aircraft guns succeeded
in bringing down one of the in
British and French warships
Joined the coastal defense batteries
in firing on the raiders. The plane
crews dropped their bombs in rapid
fire order, but most of them fell in
the sea.
The raiders came under cover of
heavy, low-lying clouds. One bomb
fell in the harbor, causing no dam
age or casualties, while others fell
in the Dekhela district of the west
Two planes, spotted by search
lights. escaped to sea.
Enemy planes also flew over the
city in mid-morning yesterday, but
no warning was sounded.
Communique Issued.
A British communique said:
"Alexandria was raided between
8:30 and 10 p.m.. July 7. A forma
tion of enemy aircraft took part. ■
Hostile planes were clearly seen over
the city. The bombs caused no
damage and no casualties.”
Nine Civilians Killed
In Malta Air Raids
■ CAIRO. Egypt. July 8 OP).—Nine
civilians were killed and one
wounded in an Italian air raid over
Malta yesterday which was inter
cepted by British fighters, the head
quarters communique of the Royal
Air Force announced today.
The text of the communique:
"During an air raid at Malta yes
terday our fighters intercepted the
enemy and shot down one of their
"Nine civilians were killed and
cne wounded in the course of the
"The previous night the enemy
carried out another raid. Only
slight damage was done. One civil
ian was injured. One enemy air
craft was reported brought down by
anti-aircraft fire.”
Italy Renews Attack
On British Naval Bases
ROME. July 8 i/Pk—Renewed air
raids with "evidently effective re
sults” at British naval bases at
Alexandria and Malta were carried
out yesterday, the Italian high com
mand reported today.
Bombers attacked British motor
ized columns along the frontier be
tween Egypt and Libya, destroying
some tanks and armored cars, the
communique reported.
Other British motorized columns
In the British-Egyptian Sudan near
Kassala were combed, along with
flying fields at Malkal and Perim.
• Continued From First Page.)
pose of the visit was to confer with I
officials "regarding routine policies ;
for the training of the fleet.”
The Department added that the
custom of recalling the commander
in-chief for routine conferences was
being continued. Last December.
Rear Admiral C. C. Bloch, then
commander of the fleet, came to
Washington for such a conference.
It was expected that Admiral
Richardson would discuss with the
Navy's high command the pressing
question of where to base the fleet
in view of the developments in the
European war and the continuing
Unrest in the Orient.
It was also regarded as likely that
Admiral Richardson would confer
with Col. Frank Knox if the latter’s
nomination for Secretary of the
Navy is confirmed.
Added significance was attached !
to the visit of the commander in *
chief in view of the fleet’s myste
rious departure from Hawaii and re
turn during the last fortnight. After
the fleet returned to the Hawaiian
base, Navy officials described its
sudden movement as "routine ma
.lamirai uicnarason s Kequest.
Last April when the fleet as- j
sembled in the Pacific for "Problem i
21" it was generally understood
that the various components would
return to their regular bases on i
completion of the war games.
Shortly thereafter the European
crisis came to a head and it was at
Admiral Richardson's request that
the fleet remained at the mid
Pacific outpost in Hawaii. The fleet
now has been based in full strength
in Hawaii for four months and there
still remains no word as to when
the fleet will be broken up into its
smaller groups and returned to reg
ular bases along the Pacific, in the !
Caribbean and along the Atlantic
Admiral Richardson is expected to
rejoin the fleet immediately after
the conferences here. Navy of
ficials did not disclose how long he
would remain in Washington.
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vealed yesterday that President Roosevelt has made his decision on the third-term issue, but re
fused to comment further. They are shown together as they met at the President’s Hyde Park
k°me- —A. P. Wirephoto.
i Continued From First Page )
Mr. Roosevelt or assumed voluntarily
by Mr. Farley, through which an im
patiently inquisitive band of re
porters were able to make no head
way last night or today. As a mat
ter of fact, according to Mr. Farley,
there will be no interruption of
this silence on his part until Mr.
Roosevelt himself chooses to speak
or the course of events tells the story.
President Keeps Secret.
Mr. Roosevelt returned to Wash
ington today without giving a hint
of what he told Mr. Farley. Nor did
he confide his third-term thoughts
to congressional leaders when they
met him after his return in their
customary weekly conference.
Emerging from the White House
with Vice President Garner and
House Majority Leader Rayburn.
Senate Majority Leader Barkley was
asked by newsmen if he had any
benator Barkley, recognizing that
the question had reference to Mr.
Roosevelt's third-term intentions,
which were given to Postmaster
General Farley in confidence yes
terday, laughed and said:
"Not a one—not a secret."
There was drama in the meeting
yesterday of the President and Mr.
Farley—and a story which has thus
far escaped the reach of the world’s
most inquiring reporters.
Mr. Roosevelt and Mr. Farley
have formed one of the Nation's
most spectacularly successful po
litical teams—their joint effort
dating back mow than a decade
when the former was Governor
of “New York State and the latter
was Democratic State chairman.
Differences in Past.
Their co-ordinated political skill
made Mr. Roosevelt President in
1932 and brought him an unprece
dented indorsement of the Ameri
can people in 1936. But along the
road in the latter four years there
have arisen differences between
these two.
In retrospect it was reported that
Mr. Farley, who is Democratic na
tional chairman as well as cabinet
member, had disapproved and at- j
tempted to dissuade Mr. Roosevelt ;
from two ventures which resulted
in conspicuous failures—the court
“packing” plan and the election
“purges" of 1938.
And when it came time to think
of a Democratic ticket for 1940
there were obvious signs and words
that Mr. Farley was unfriendly to
a third-term candidacy for Mr.
Roosevelt. In fact. Mr. Farley him
self became a candidate and a few
months ago he said without quali
fication that his name would be
placed in nomination before the
convention—regardless of what Mr.
Roosevelt might choose to do.
Visit Announced Suddenly.
But Mr. Roosevelt was not saying
what he proposed to do. Last week,
as time before the Democratic Con
vention began to slip by, Mr. Far
ley went to Chicago to direct ad
vance arrangements. On Wednes
day, Mr. Roosevelt went to Hyde
Park, his family home overlooking
the Hudson. In encounters with the
press through a holiday week end.
he talked of his new library, of th«
objectives of world peace, of West
ern Hemisphere interest in the Mon
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Farley Ears Closed
When Quizzed About
Third-Term 'By-PI ay1
One of the things Postmaster
General Farley said he and
President Roosevelt agreed on
yesterday at their historic con
ference at the President's home
in Hyde Park, N. Y„ was that
"every effort will be made to
conduct a dignified Democratic
convention with no by-plays
or frivolities of any character."
A reporter asked:
"Does the third term come
under the heading of by-plays?"
Mr. Farley, who said he had
been informed during the con
ference of the President's in
tentions toward a third term,
grinned and said he hadn't
heard the question.
roe Doctrine, and of other things—
but not of politics.
Then on Saturday it was an
nounced without advance warning
or amplification that Mr. Farlev
would visit the President on Sunday
for lunch and an afternoon of pri
vate conversation.
Mr. Farley arrived at the sched
uled hour of 1 p.m. Sunday, before
the President had returned from
church services and a meeting of
the vestry to which he belongs.
But at 1:30 they sat down to
lunch with members of the Presi
dent's family and friends. An houi
later they entered the Chief Execu
tive's study, posed for pictures and
closed the door to talk. From there
on, full details are not yet available.
Farley Meets Press.
Escorted by Stephen T. Early,
secretary to the President. Mr.
Farley met the press shortly after
4 o'clock.
In order, the following was drawn
from the party chairman:
That he is not prepared to com
ment at this time on reports he
will resign his cabinet and commit
tee posts to take over the New York
Yankees Baseball Club.
That he talked over with the
President the plans already per
fected for the Chicago convention—
the details essential to any great
That he discussed with the Pres
ident the kind and size of platform
which he (Mr. Farley) hopes will
be adopted by the Democrats at
That there was accord between
them, that every effort will be made
to conduct a dignified convention,
without by-play and frivolity.
Talk Declared Satisfactory.
At this point, Mr. Parley got
closer to the burning question.
"I have had an entirely satis
factory talk with the President on
every phase of the present-day situ
ation and the future of the party,”
he said, twirling his straw hat.
“Further comment must come from
the President. This is my last
word, even after I get to Chicago.”
Asked then if the convention
delegates are doomed to assemble
without a clearing of the third
term uncertainty, Mr. Farley re
“Only the President can answer
that. I have no right to speak for
him and I am not going to presume
to do so.”
At this point Mr. Farley was
asked if his name will be placed
in nomination. He said he would
not answer. He was next asked
if he will stand for re-election as
party chairman. He said he would
discuss his plans in that regard at
the Chicago convention.
Both Extremely Frank.
Pressed again for some hint of
the President's disclosures. Mr. Far
ley answered:
"I have full knowledge of his
thoughts and what he has in mind.
I don’t feel at liberty to discuss
the matter and will not do so with
any individual.
"He fMr. Roosevelt* was extreme
ly frank and I was the same. The
conference was perfectly satisfac- !
tory to me and I think it was to
Asked if some presidential an
nouncement might be expected be
fore convention time, the chairman
"I know the answer, but I can't
tell you.”
As to his platform wishes, Mr.
Farley elaborated to say he thought
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New Defense Request
May Seek Arms for
Second Million Men
President Expected to
Send $5,000,000,000 Plan
To Congress This Week
By the Associated Press.
President Roosevelt’s coming re
quest for a $5,000,000,000 defense ■
fund was reported reliably today to
authorize arms for a second million
The new program also con
templates additional facilities for
making munitions, so that, in an
emergency, full equipment for even
larger land forces could be turned
out in relatively short order.
A message setting forth the Presi
dent’s recommendations is expected
to go to Congress by the middle of
the week.
Talk of the proposed fund, much
the largest of its kind in peace
time, gave impetus to demands for
another billion-dollar-a-year in
crease in taxes to meet defense
costs. Senator George. Democrat, of
Georgia, predicted the tax boost
'would be linked with the request
for $4,000,000,000 for the Army and
$1,000,000,000 for the Navy.*
Sees Defense Heads.
The President had an appointment
today with Louis Johnson, acting
Secretary of War, Lewis Compton,
acting Navy Secretary, and Budget
Director Harold Smith, but White
House Officials said they did not
know, whether the three were bring
ing in complete estimates on the
new' defense fund.
The President had several other
engagements bearing on the defense
program, including one with Secre
tary Morgenthau and Treasury tax
specialists on the program of an
excess profits levy, which Mr. Roose
velt has suggested be steeply grad
With Sidney Hillman of the De
fense Commission, he arranged to
take up housing problems in crowded
areas as they are affected by expan
sion of manufacturing plants for
defense purposes.
Arms for Million.
In regular and supplemental ap
propriations voted since the Euro
pean war explosion in May, Con
gress already has authorized com
plete arms and equipment for 500,- :
000 soldiers, and reserves of “criti
cal” weapons for an additional
500.000 men.
The newest preparedness move is
expected to make ready for a second
million men such arms as rifles,
artillery, ammunition and tanks
which could not be produced quick
t.he “shorter the better,” to encour
age people to read it.
Concluding. Mr. Farley thumped
the drum as follows:
“I have always felt that the
people of this country want to re
tain the Democratic Party in power.
1 still feel so.”
ly In an emergency.
Some of these munitions pre
sumably would be required even in
peace time should compulsory mili
tary training be undertaken. Such
a problem for training millions of
men has been placed on the "mast”
list by Chairman Sheppard of the
Senate Military Committee.
Some lawmakers said a type of
selective draft was needed because
voluntary enlistments had failed to
keep up with increases in the Army,
and Navy already approved by Con
Will Testify Tomorrow.
They suggested that spokesmen
for the War and Navy Departments
may present the President's ideas
on citizen training when they tes
tify tomorrow before Senator Shep
pard's committee.
In the general defense picture
administration quarters already
have made clear that a substantial
speedup in warplane output is con
templated toward the eventual goal
of 50,000 planes annually, but the
place of aviation in the newest de
fense blueprints has not been fully
A billion-dollar string of ’muni
tions plants, chiefly for the manu
facture of guns, ammunition and
planes, figures prominently in the
latest preparedness plans. More
than $244,000,000 already has been
provided for munitions plants, most
of which would be privately op
erated. and further sums are avail
able at the President's discretion.
Parachute Leap injures
Naval Reserve Mechanic
By the Associated Press.
DETROIT, July 8.—Clayton Rie- j
del, 36. Naval Reserve mechanic of
Wyandotte, Mich., was critically in
jured yesterday when he jumped
from an airplane and plunged more
than 4.000 feet before his parachute
opened, about 400 feet above the
Mr. Riedel was buried to his arm-,
pits in- a bog where he landed.
Sheriff's deputies said his parachute
caught in trees of a thickly-wooded
swamp and prevented him from be
ing completely buried.
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plane, circled over the swamp to
guide searchers, who had to return
for shovels to dig out the injured
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