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88th YEAR. No. 35,133._ THREE CENTS.
French Give Up
Entire Fleet at
Alexandria
Battleship Richelieu
Blasted by British
In Dakar Harbor
By the Associated Press.
LONDON. July 9.—The battleship
Richelieu. 35.000-ton pride of the
French Navy, has been crippled by
British naval and air action, a
cheering House of Commons was
Informed today as another section
of France’s fleet was taken by the
British.
While A. V. Alexander, First Lord
of the Admiralty, told the House of
the British raids on the Richelieu
at Dakar, French West Africa, yes
terday. announcement was made in
Alexandria, Egypt, that the French
would turn their entire flotilla there
over to Great Britain.
Capitulation of the French war
ships at Alexandria left the British
fleet in the Eastern Mediterranean,
which had been bottling up its for
mer allies, free for action against
Italy. The crews of the French
ships are to be transported to
France.
The French fleet at Alexandria
was described by Prime Minister
Churchill July 4 as one or more bat
tleships. four cruisers ("three of
them modem, eight-gun vessels”)
and a number of smaller ships.
Hit By Aerial Torpedo.
The Riehlieu was struck first by
depth bombs from a motorboat un
der her stern to wreck her propeller
“and steering gear, but the coup de
grace on the new, mighty dread
naught was delivered by aerial tor
pedoes dropped by British planes,
Mr. Alexander disclosed.
He said she is down by the stern,
listing heavily to port and lying in
a heavy pool of oil.
The blow disposed of the seventh
French battleship, the Admiralty
First Lord said, leaving only the
Jean Bart, a sistership of the Riche
Liner lie de France
Reported Seized
At Singapore
By the Associated Press.
LONDON, July 9.—Reuters.
British news agency, quoted
Japanese reports from Singa
pore today that the British had
seized the 43.450-ton French
liner lie de France.
The lie de France, second
largest liner in the French
merchant fleet, left New York
May 1 under Capt. Herbert
Fontaine. She carried a capac
ity shipment of planes, ma
chinery and other war supplies,
bound for Halifax. Novia Scotia,
for transshipment.
She was scheduled to go from
Halifax to Australia.
- I
lieu still so far from completion that
she cannot be ready for action for
months.
France had eight capital ships
When the armistice was signed, he
declared, accounting for them thus:
Three in British control, one sunk,
one badly damaged and immobilized,
one driven ashore at Oran and in
capacitated for months if not per
manently, one which escaped to the
French naval base at Toulon after
being hit by a torpedo and the Jean
Bart.
“Tribute to Sea Power.”
“This is the greatest achievement
of its kind in the history of naval
operations—a remarkable tribute to
the value of our sea power, a power
which we do not intend to lose,”
Mr Alexander told the House.
Running the risk of blowing them
selves out of the sea. British sea
men took a small motorboat through
the outer defenses of Dakar Harbor
and dropped depth charges after the
French had failed to reply to Brit
ish conditions, Mr. Alexander said.
Ail the attackers escaped, he added.
The airplanes attacked a few
minutes later.
The motorboat, Mr. Alexander told
Commons, was a ship's boat under
Lt. Comdr. R. H. Bristowe which
carried out its mission “with great
daring.”
Four Choices Offered.
These choices were offered the
French commander, Mr. Alexander
said:
1. That the Richelieu sail with a
reduced crew under escort to a Brit
ish port.
2. That she sail with a reduced
crew to a French port in the West
Indies, where she could be demili
tarized.
3. That she be demilitarized in
Dakar within 12 hours.
4. That she would be sunk within
E time limit.
No satisfactory reply was received
within the time limit, he declared.
Mr. Alexander disclosed that the
British Navy had engaged in two
further operations since its attack
July 3 on French units at Oran to
(See-FLEETrPage A-5.)
Pavelic, Croat Nationalist,
Reported Suicide in Italy
B, the Associated Press.
SUSAK, Yugoslavia, July 9.—Dr.
Ante Pavelic, Croat Nationalist
leader accused of responsibility for
the assassination of King Alexan
der of Yugoslavia in 1934, has "com
mitted suicide” in Italy, according
to unconfirmed reports received
from Italy by Yugoslav authorities.
The reports said that Dr. Pavelic
ended his life when he was interned
by Fascist authorities under a re
cent agreement between Italy and
Yugoslavia to intern each other's
political exiles.
Dr. Pavelic, three times sentenced
to death in the course of a stormy
career, was a Croat Nationalist
leader whose master-minding for
the notorious Ustachl terrorist band
nearly wrecked the Yugoslav state.
F. B. I. Probes Senator Nye;
He Plans Probe to Learn Why
Withholds Comment
Until He Examines
Agency's Data
By J. A. FOX.
Senator Nye, Republican, of North
Dakota, a leading member of the
Senate isolationist bloc, has been
the subject of a lengthy investiga
tion by the Federal Bureau of In
vestigation, because Of a reputed
pro-Nazi tie-up, it became known
this morning when the North Da
kota Senator said he would call at
the Justice Department sometime
today to examine the dossier the
bureau has compiled.
The fact the investigation had
been conducted was disclosed to the
Senator yesterday in a conversation
with J. Edgar Hoover, head of the
F. B. I. While the North Dakotan
is in the dark as to who ordered it,
he is understood to feel that it must
have had its origin in a quarter
prominent enough to persuade bu
reau officials that the course they
followed was called for.
Disturbed over the development,
Senator Nye declined to go into
any discussion of the matter until he
had had an opportunity to examine
the bureau file. He then proposes
to “have something to say.” The
fact he had an engagement today
with Wendell Willkie prevented
Senator Nye from making an early
call at the department, but he plan
ned to go there later.
SENATOR NYE.
A close friend of the Senator pre
dicted the inquiry would “boom
erang.”
Director Hoover was not available
for comment this morning. He was
reported in an outside conference
and aides looked for him to return
in the early afternoon.
The first news of the inquiry was
spread last night at the Willkie
dinner and brought immediate in
(See NYE, Page A-2.)
Marshal Petain Voted
Free Hand to Draft
New Constitution
Dictatorship Expected
To Be Established on
Totalitarian Lines
By the Associated Press.
VICHY. France, July 9.—The
French Parliament gave the govern
ment of Premier* Marshal Henri
Philippe Petain a free hand today to
write a new, totalitarian constitu
tion.
The swift parliamentary action
virtually sealed the doom of the
Third French Republic.
After the Chamber of Deputies
had voted 395 to 3 for a bill grant
ing the Petain government full pow
ers to write a new constitution, the
Senate concurred with 225 votes to
only 1 against. >
All that is needed now is final,
formal approval of the National As
sembly, composed of the two houses
sitting together. The vote in both
branches today makes the outcome
of the Assembly meeting tomorrow
in the Vichy Casino a certainty.
To Have Own Laws.
Petain s government is expected
to emerge with greater power than
any free government of Republican
France ever held—authority to
frame its own laws and jonstitu
tion and then create its own as
sembly to ratify them.
The measure, however, declared
that the new constitution of Ger
man-mastered France “must guar
antee the rights of labor, family
and country.”
The three Deputies who voted
against the bill were the Radical
Socialist Margawne and the Social
ists Jean Biondi and Leon Roche.
The vote showed that less than
two-thirds of the Chamber's normal
membership of 618 was taking part.
However, these ministers or former,
ministers were present: Camille
Chautemps, Charles Pomaret, Andre
Fevrier, Albert Chichery.
M. Laval, Vice Premier, moved
that there be no debate on the bill
and the motion was accepted. He
promised to answer questions at an
other Chamber session tomorrow.
Both steps by the chamber—
authorization to convoke the As
sembly and the resolution to en
trust Petain’s cabinet with draft
ing the constitution—were com
pleted within an hour.
Only One Article.
The bill contains only one ar
ticle—giving Petain's government
power to draw up the new charter
by degree.
Before the vote, Herriot recalled
France's sufferings in the war and
expressed hope for a better future.
Pierre Laval, former Premier and
Foreign Minister, announced that
the existing Parliament would con
tinue functioning until the new con
stitution had set up a successor.
A dispatch to the Grenoble news
paper Le Petit Dauphinois said that
Deputies going to Vichy from “lib
erated zones”—apparently a refer
ence under consorship to the zones
still occupied by the Germans—were
surrounded by eager crowds asking
(See VICHY, Page A-2.)
Spikes Taken From Tracks
For D. C.-New York Trains
By the Associated Press.
WILMINGTON, Del., July 9.—
Pennsylvania Railroad officials dis
closed today that spikes had been
removed from , tracks for north
bound trains on the main Washing
ton-New York line near Stanton,
Del., in what they described as a
case of “malicious tampering.”
A conference of investigators was
called for today in Baltimore. These
include agents of the Federal Bu
reau of Investigation, Delaware
State detectives and railroad police.
A trackwalker discovered eftrly
yesterday that spikes were missing
from a section of track near the
Delaware Park race track at Stan
ton and that a rail splice had been
disconnected, company officials said.
Investigators suspect that the
tampering was the work of some one
expert in the mechanics of the rail
road signal system. A wire connect
ing sections of the track was un
disturbed. If it had been severed
or damaged, the automatic signal
system would have stopped all Penn
sylvania trains in this area.
U. 5. Marines Jeered,
Japanese Ask Apology
For Police Incident i
Violent Tirade Is
Directed Against
Force in Shanghai
By the Associated Press.
SHANGHAI, July 9 —A violent ti
rade against United States Marines
was spread today across the front
page of the newspaper Tairlku
Shimpo. generally regarded as a
mouthpiece of the Japanese Army
in China, as the aftermath of an
International Settlement incident.
Japanese authorities demanded an
apology for “mistreatment” of Jap
anese plainclothes gendarmes ar
rested by marines in the Settlement
July 7.
The Tairiku Shimpo declared the
marines were “gentlemen with hu
man faces, but w’ith the skins of
animals.”
Indignant patriots, it added, had
posted handbills with such slogans
as “Down With America" and "Re
move the American Hindrance to
Development of East Asia.”
Demands Speedy Settlement.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen, Saburo
Miura. commander of Japanese gen
darmes here, demanding an apology
for the July 7 affair, warned that
"a speedy settlement of the incident
is necessary or the matter is likely
to take a grtfye turn.”
Anti-Brit Jh feeling also increased.
Posters appeared demanding with
drawal of British troops from
Shanghai.
Gen. Miura previously had apol
ogized for presence of the gen
darmes in the American defense
area of the International Settle
ment in violation of an agreement
not to enter without American mil
itary authorities’ consent.
Incident Previously Closed.
Col. De Witt Peck, marine com
mander, replied yesterday. "It's a
lie” in denying the Japanese had
been maltreated. In a letter to Col.
Peck, Gen. Miura said that despite
his previous agreement to con
sider the incident closed, "discovery
of new facts revealing that the
Americans insulted the entire Jap
anese Army" made necessary fur
ther consideration of the case.
A Japanese spokesman said the
gendarmes entered the area to safe
guard Lt. Gen. Toshizo Nishio, com
mander in chief of Japanese forces
in China.
Col. Peck, who indicated in
formally that no apology would be
forthcoming, said today he had
asked the Japanese to explain addi
tional violations of the agreement.
He declared Japanese attempted
to drive two tanks into the zone
(See SHANGHAI, Page A-2.)
*
National Leaglie
Leads, 3-0, in
All-Star Game
West's Home Run
Brings Score in
First Inning
American League.
The batting order:
Travis, Washington, 3b
Williams, Boston, If
Keller, New York, rf
Di Maggio, New York, cf
Foxx. Boston, lb
Appling, Chicago, ss
Dickey, New York, c
Gordon, New York, 2b
Ruffing, New York, p
National League.
Vaughan, Pittsburgh, ss
Herman, Chicago, 2b
West, Boston, rf
Mize, St. Louis, lb
Lombardi, Cincinnati, C
Medwick, Brooklyn, If
Lavagetto, Brooklyn, 3b
T. Moore, St. Louis, cf
Derringer, Cincinnati, p
Umpires (first four and one-half
innings)—Messrs. Reardon, National
League, plate; Basil. American
League, third base; Stewart, Na
tional League, second base; Pipgras,
American League, first base.
(After four and one-half innings
Basil moves behind plate.)
By the Associated Press.
SPORTSMAN'S PARK, St. Louis,
July 1.—The National League was
leading the Americans, 3-0, in the
first inning tif the All-Star game
here today.
Red Ruffing of the New York
Yankees and Paui Derringer of the
Cincinnati Reds were the starting
pitchers.
Manager Joe Cronin,, king for a
day of the American League en
trant in the eighth annual all-star
baseball game, stuck to his Yankee
laden line-up. but dropped Bill
Dickey, New York catcher, to seventh
in the batting order.
Luke Appling. White Sox short
stop, was elevated to sixth in the
transfer.
A mixed salvo of booes and cheers
greeted the appearance of Joe Med
wick, Brooklyn outfielder, as he took
over his familiar left field post in
front of the bleacherites. It was his
first St. Louis appearance since be
ing traded by the Cardinals.
Early arrivals at Sportsman's
Park trekked to their bleacher seats
under a bright sky and with indica
tions the mercury would climb into
the 90s.
FIRST INNING.
AMERICAN—Travis hit the first j
pitch deep to Terry Moore in center.
Williams walked on five pitches.
Keller struck out on three straight
pitches. Derringer threw out Di
Maggio. No runs, no hits, no errors,
one left.
NATIONAL—Vaughan's bounding
grounder hopped over Gordon's head
for a scratch single. Herman
smashed a single through Travis
on a hit-and-run play, sending
Vaughan to third. With the count
one strike and no balls. West lifted
a home run into the right-field pa
vilion 360 feet from home plate,
scoring Vaughan and Herman
ahead of him. Williams came in
short for Mize s high fly. Lombardi
hit the first pitch into short center
for a single and the crowd cheered
as Med wick came to bat. He fouled
to Foxx. Lavagetto popped to Gor
don. Three runs, four hits, no er
rors. one left.
(Earlier Story on Page A-10.)
Chinese Engineer Kidnaped
SHANGHAI, July 9 (/P).—S. T.
Chen, Chinese engineer who attend
ed Technical College at Worcester,
Mass., was kidnaped in the Inter
national Settlement today by Chi
nese gunmen who are believed to
have taken him to the “Badlands'’
just beyond the settlement's borders.
Chen is vice president of the Amer
ican Engineering Corp. (China), in
corporated in Delaware.
_
Yugoslavs Cheer Italy
ZAGREB. Yugoslavia, July 9. (*•).
—Twelve persons were arrested to
day as the result of a demonstration
last night in which a crowd, cheer
ing loudly for Italy, hurled stones
through the windows of the British
consulate.
_...
Summary of Today's Star
Page.
Amusements,
B-18
Comics B-16-17
Editorials .. A-8
Finance_A-13
Lost, Found B-12
Obituary ... A-6
Page.
Radio.-B-16
Society._B-3
Sports,
A-10-11-12
Woman’s Page,
B-10
Foreign
French surrender Alexandria fleet to
British. Page A-l
Petain voted free hand to draft con
stitution. Page A-l
Rumania Arm against Hungarian
demands. Page A-2
Japan threatens Hong Kong in
Burma route incident. Page A-2
Gayda reports axis plan for three
way attack on Britain. Page A-2
French awaiting British attack at
Martinique. Page A-7
National.
Senate debate continues on Stimson
Knox appointments. Page A-2
Nye to examine F. B. I. dossier on
his activities. Page A-l
Senate group may probe source of
pro-Willkie telegrams. Page A-l
Martin named to lead campaign for
Willkie and McNary. Page A-l
Army officials testify on compulsory
military training bill. Page A-2
Oklahoma Democrats vote today in
primary election. Page A-4
Justice officials begin anti-trust
probe of drug business. Page B-7
Washington and Vicinity
Power and telephone company take
steps to protect plants. Page A-l
Wage-Hour Administration blamed
for sand strike. Page A-l
Telephone chief engineer named to
defense post. Page A-5
Workman, children escape as build
ing collapses. Page B-l
Whitehurst defends street widening
after tree criticism. Page B-l
Randolph says no more D. C. bills
are likely to be passed. Page B-l
Editorial and Comment
Answers to Questions. Page A-8
Letters to The Star. Page A-8
David Lawrence. Page A-9
Constantine Brown. Page A-9
G. Gould Lincoln. Page A-9
Alsop and Kintner. Page A-9
Jay Franklin. Page A-9
Sports
Protests may hasten return to fans
of all-star game. PageA-10
Lefty Vaughan rated box rookie of
year by Mack. Page A-10
Greiner choice to keep Mid-Atlantic
junior gold crown. PageA-11
Baltimoreans may dominate District
women’s net events. Page A-12
Kovacs, Gillespie take different
routes for net fame. Page A-12
Miscellany
City News in Brief. Page B-2
Serial Story. PageB-12
Nature's Children. PageB-12
Vital Statistics. PageB-12
Service Orders. PageB-12
Bedtime Story. PageB-16
Letter-Out. Page B-16
Cross-Word Puzzle. Page B-17
Winning Contract. Page B-17
Uncle Ray’s Corner. Page B-17
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Chance Meeting
Carmody Asks Probe
A.s Strike Ties Up
U. S. Jobs Here
Union Blames Wage-Hour
Ruling for Walkout
Affecting 5,500
Shocked by the strike of 250
workers of the Smoot Sand & Gravel
Corp.. which has forced the layoff
of more than 5.500 men and halted
construction of many District and
Federal building projects here. Fed
eral Works Administrator John M.
Carmody today asked the Justice
Department to investigate “the sand
and gravel situation in the District
in connection with its investigation
of monopoly control in building
industries.”
“Failure to deliver sand and gravel
in the District comes as a great
shock to us,” said Mr. Carmody, “be
cause at this moment contractors
are working three shifts, seven Cays
a week to expedite the completion
ox Duixaings max are aDsoxuteiy
necessary to house expanding na
tional defense activities right here
in the District. Special arrange
ments had already been made with
the contractor to finish the Social
Security and Railroad Retirement
Buildings by August 31 instead of
by December 31 as originally
planned. We hope that deliveries
may be resumed promptly.”
Wage-Hour Ruling Blamed.
Meanwhile, John O. Crawford,
financial secretary of the striking
local union, charged that the diffi
culty was due to the ‘‘arbitrary
attitude” of the Wage and Hour
Division of the Labor Department.
Mr. Crawford contended that the
company and the union had agreed
to terms, but that wage-hour offi
cials were delaying important na
tional defense projects by ruling
that employes on marine dredges are
not seamen and, therefore, cannot
work more than 42 hours a week.
This curtailment of hours would
have resulted in drastic reduction of
pay for most of the workers, it was
said, even with the 10 per cent wage
increase offered by the company.
Pointing out that 10,000 building
trades employes were affected by a
sand and gravel workers’ strike last
'August and that this many and pos
sibly more will be thrown out of jobs
if the present strike continues, Mr.
Crawford declared that ‘‘labor will
not take responsibility for this
dangerous delay. The responsibility
must be placed where it belongs—
squarely on the shoulders of the
Wage and Hour Division.
‘‘These men want the work, and
the country needs the work,” Mr.
Crawford asserted.
His union, Sand and Gravel Work
ers, Local 22075, is an A. F. of L.
affiliate.
John Locher, secretary of the
Washington Building Trades Coun
cil, estimated that approximately
5,500 men were laid off today be
cause of the stoppage of sand and
gravel materials for concrete work.
2,000 on Federal Jobs.
Approximately 2.000 of the work
ers affected, he said, were on Fed
eral construction projects, includ
ing the Social Security, War De
partment and Railroad Retirement
Buildings: about 2.000 were em
ployed on private building enter
prizes and 1,500 or more on bridge
and street projects of the District
(See STRIKE, Page aT6.)
Packard Delays Approval
Of Plane Motor Contract
By the Associated Press.
DETROIT, July 9.—The Board of
Directors of the Packard Motor Car
Co. yesterday deferred approval of a
proposed contract to manufacture
9.000 Rolls Royce airplane motors
for the United States and England.
President Max M. Gilman told
newsmen following the meeting that
"the matter of a possible contract”
ben been discussed, but that no
action had been taken because
“there are many matters that re
quire further study.”
Mr. Gilman indicated he would
return to Washington soon for fur
ther conferences with the National
Defense Commission. Of the 9,000
motors, 6.000 are for England and
3.000 for the United States.
Mr. Gilman last week announced
plans for a $30,000,000 expansion
program, contingent upon accept
ance of the contract.
| Reynaud With Deputies
At Constitution Session
By the Associated Press.
VICHY, France. July 9.—Former
Premier Paul Reynaud, his head
wrapped in bandages, made his first
appearance in public today since an
automobile accident in which he was
injured June 28 near Montpelier.
M. Reynaud was among those at
tending the sessions of the Chamber
of Deputies to approve a new con
stitution.
Roosevelt Will Seek
Third Term, McNutt
'Guesses' Alter Call
Social Security Plank
Discussed; Similar
Views Indicated
BULLETIN.
Representative Sabath, Demo
crat, of Illinois said after a visit
to the White House today that he
does not believe President Roose
velt is a candidate for a third
term, but “he cannot refuse the
nomination that will be given
him at Chicago.”
By JOHN C. HENRY.
Federal Security Adminstrator
Paul V. McNutt, who withdrew his
own candidacy for the Democratic
presidential nomination because he
believed President Roosevelt should
and would run again, told reporters
after a White House conference to
day that he still believes he is guess
i ing right on the Chief Executive's
intentions.
| Asked directly if Mr. Roosevelt
| had told him today what these in
| tentions are, Mr. McNutt said he
I had not, but added:
“I have thought for a long time
that I knew what was in the Presi
dent's mind."
Asked then if he had changed his
opinion. Mr. McNutt smiled and
; said, “No.”
security Plank Discussed.
The former Indiana Governor said
he had discussed with the Presfdent
the social security plank to be in
cluded in the Democratic platform.
While he would not discuss the mat
ter in detail, Mr. McNutt indicated
he was in accord with the Presi
dent's views on this matter.
In addition to the pre-convention
conference with Mr. McNutt, Mr.
Roosevelt was to see today Mrs. Dor
othy McAllister, chairman of the
Women's Division, Democratic Na
tional Committee. Both Mr. Mc
Nutt and Mrs. McAllister are plan
ning to leave for Chicago, the con
vention city, in a day or two.
Bishop Hughes Is Called.
Among the President’s other ap
pointments today he met Bishop Ed
win Hughes, retiring head of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, who
came to the White House to present
his successor. Dr. A. W. Leonard.
Another scheduled appointment was
with Count de Saint-Quentin,
French Ambassador.
With so many of his appointments
of recent days dealing with politics
and the forthcoming Chicago con
vention, Mr. Roosevelt yesterday
received a plea from Massachusetts
Democratic delegates to make the
third-term race. Although the Mas
sachusetts delegation is committed
to the candidacy of Postmaster
General Farley, it was explained
by those visiting the White House
yesterday that they believed Mr.
Roosevelt should make the race.
Threat of Sabotage
Leads Pepco to Place
Barbed-Wire Barriers
Plants Also Protected
With Floodlights;
Property Guarded
Following the threat of an em
ploye who said he could "wreck the
plant” if he wanted to and infor- i
mation that a number of persons j
recently have entered power plants
on fraudulent errands, the Potomac
Electric Power Co. has enforced
a strict system of pass control to its
generating stations, is protecting the
! stations with barbed-wire and flood
lights, and is planning to double its
force of armed guards as part of a
thorough program to prevent sabo- j
tage, it was revealed today.
“We are. of course, concerned over j
present events,” Alfred G. Neal, I
president of the company, declared, i
"and we are going to do everything
in our power to insure against any
sort of attack, from without or with- !
in.”
In line with his statement and
measures already taken, it was
learned that the directors of the
company will be asked at the next
board meeting for a blanket per
mission for use of any amount of
funds which might be necessary to
protect the plants.
Phone Company Acts.
The Chesapeake & Potomac Tele
phone Co., it also is known, is go
ing ahead with precautionary
measures on its own score. Man
hole covers are being locked at key
trunk lines, and employes must
identify themselves before entering
them, among other new restrictions.
The two most vital points in
Washington are the generating!
plants at Benning and at Buzzard
Point. If either of these large
powerhouses w'ere put out of com
mission the electric supply to essen
tial governmental buildings would i
be seriously threatened, despite the |
cross-country booster supply line j
which comes into Washington from I
Safe Harbor, Pa.
The vital point in both plants is
I me Anacostia Kiver, on which the 1
; plants are situated. The principal
defense of the stations must be
aimed at the possibility of attack
from the river either by boat or
floating dynamite. In connection
with the latter, special anti-tor
pedo screens to guard the plants’
intake valves are contemplated.
Both the Buzzard Point and Ben
ning plants now are completely cir
cled w’ith fences, on top of which is
barbed wire. From dusk until dawn
powerful, floodlights illuminate the
yard inclosure and coal bunkers, as
well as part of the river frontage.
Guard Force Doubled.
The company is increasing its
guard force from 25 to 50 men to
watch over the two plants and the
warehouse at Tenth street and
Florida avenue N.W. The guards,
it is pointed out, are men who have
served in one of the country's armed
forces.
To supplement this regular force
the entire personnel of the organiza
tion has been requested to be "on
the alert,” presumably against pos
sible "fifth columnists” or callers
who somehow have managed to get
into the buildings without permis
sion.
The employe who threatened he
could put one of the generator sta
tions out of commission disappeared
before he could be apprehended for
questioning, after company officials
had learned of his remarks.
Information concerning those per
(See SABOTAGETPage A-16.)
Senate Unit May Probe Source
Of Pro-Willkie Telegrams
By the Associated Press.
Chairman Gillette announced to
day that “several requests” had
been received by the Senate Cam
paign Expenditures Committee for
an investigation of “the alleged
high-pressure telegram campaign
in behalf of Wendell L. Willkie.”
The chairman of the committee
directed to police this year’s presi
dential and senatorial elections said
he would “lay the complaints be
fore the committee in a few days
for such decision as they direct."
The complaints, Senator Gillette
said, were that delegates to the Re
publican National Convention which
nominated Mr. Willkie were deluged
by telegrams urging support of the
utilities leader.
Senator Gillette said he could not
disclose sources of the complaints,
but that there were several, both
oral and written.
“The committee has been and
will continue to be very careful to
prevent the use of its machinery
for either smearing candidates or
white-washing candidates,” the
chairman said. “We are glad to
make investigations within the pur
view of our authority on matters
which are of public interest to the
voter or might indicate the need
of remedial legislation.”
Martin Heads
G. 0. P. National
Committee
Hamilton Becomes
Director; Davenport
And Root Get Posts
BULLETIN
Wendell L. Willkie, Republican
presidential nominee, left by
plane at 1:45 p.m. today for a
vacation in Colorado.
By J. A. OLEARY.
Representative Joseph W. Martin,
jr., of Massachusetts today was
named chairman of the Republican
National Committee and campaign
manager for the Willkie-McNary
ticket in the impending battle to
displace the New Deal.
He will be the spearhead of a
unique campaign setup that will
place John D. M. Hamilton, former
chairman, in the new role of execu
tive director of the National Com
mittee; Russell W. Davenport, for
mer managing editor of Fortune
Magazine, as Wendell L. Willkie s
personal representative, and Oren
Root, jr., young New York lawyer,
in charge of Willkie clubs and other
independent groups supporting the
Republican nominee.
Mr. Willkie announced selection
of the popular New Englander to
lead his campaign after the joint
recommendation of himself and his
running mate, Senator McNary of
Oregon, had been ratified by a sub
committee of the National Com
mittee at a breakfast meeting at the
Willard Hotel.
Martin Serves Without Pay.
Mr. Martin, who has risen to
prominence by his successful lead
ership of House Republicans, will
serve without pay and is expected
to continue in his House position.
Mr. Hamilton will continue at his
present compensation, $15,000 in
salary and $10,000 for expenses.
With the campaign organization
completed, Mr. and Mrs. Wilikie,
accompanied by a score of news
papermen, prepared to board a
plane early this afternoon for a va
cation in Colorado before the dy
namic Republican candidate takes
to the stump to meet the choice of
the approaching Democratic con
vention. Mr. Wilikie repeatedly has
said he hopes it will be "the
champ”—President Roosevelt.
Mr. Wilikie emphasized again to
day that youthful Gov. Harold E.
Stassen of Minnesota also will play
a prominent part in the campaign
as chairman of his Advisory Com
mittee, to which he .Added the fol
lowing new members today:
Dewey Supporter on Committee.
John E. Jackson of New Orleans,
national committeeman; William
Stem, Fargo, N. Dak., national com
mitteeman; E. J. Bennet, Ogden,
Utah, banker; Howard Lawrence,
Grand Rapids, Mich., manager of
Senator Vandenberg’s pre-conven
tion campaign; Kenneth Simpson,
New York; Miss Sophia M. R.
O'Hara, secretary of the Common
wealth of Pennsylvania; Roger
Straus, New York, a Dewrey sup
porter. Two colored representatives
also were placed on the Advisory
Committee—Thomas G. Nutter,
Charleston, W. Va., and William
King, Chicago.
The original members of the ad
visory group, named in New York
last week, are: Gov. Stassen, chair
man, and David S. Ingalls of Ohio,
wrho was Senator Taft's pre-conven
tion manager: Representative Mar
tin. Gov. Raymond Baldwin of Con
necticut. Mrs. Ruth Hanna McCor
mick Simms, Dewey supporter;
Representative Halleck of Indiana,
Gov. Ralph Carr of Colorado, Mr.
Root, Mrs. Ruth D. Young Kohler
of Wisconsin, Chairman Ditter of
the Congressional Campaign Com
mittee and Chairman Townsend of
the Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Four Vice Chairmen Chosen.
The following four vice chairmen
of the Republican National Com
mittee were announced: Sam G.
Pryor of Connecticut, Walter S.
Hallanan, West Virginia; Mrs. Grace
B. Reynolds, Indiana, and Mrs. Elsie
Fitz Simmons, Rhode Island.
C. B. Goodspeed, Illinois, was
named party treasurer; Harold W.
Mason of Vermont secretary and
Henry P Fletcher, Rhode Island,
general counsel.
The Executive Committee of the
National Committee is to be headed
by Sinclair Weeks of Massachusetts
and includes: J. Russell Sprague.
New York; Robert Burroughs, New
Hampshire: Daniel E. Pomeroy, New
Jersey: Mrs. Worthington Scranton,
Pennsylvania: Mr. Ingalls, Ohio;
former Senator Daniel O. Hastings,
Delaware: Mrs. Bertha Bauer, Illi
nois; Harrison Spangler, Iowa; Mrs.
Horace Sayre, Oklahoma; William
Knowland, California; Mrs. Chris
Carlson, Minnesota; Ezra Whitla,
Idaho; Mrs. Della Urquhart, Wash
ington; Harvey Jewett, South Da
kota, and Harold Reece, Tennessee.
Mr. Willkie said he set out imme
diately after his nomination to get
Mr. Martin for national chairman
because of his "line ability” and
fairness.
Although modified somewhat in
form, the campaign setup follows
(SeeMARTIN, Page A-3.)
French Embassy Staff
Burns Papers in London
By the Associated Press.
LONDON, July 9.—A plume of
dark smoke rising from the chim
ney of the French Embassy this
morning disclosed that the French
were destroying records and papers,
following the severance of diplo
matic relations with England.
Members of the Embassy staff
said they were burning certain
papers which were not important
enough to take back to France, but
which they did not want to fall Into
the hands of waste-paper dealers.

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