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CKower, toni^t and Thursday, Pithily cooler temperature#. <ith Stmts - Ncuts largest Daily Circulation of Any Newspaper i n North Carolina in Proportion to Population GOOD AFTERNOON These prices for b*tti«»hips would be comical If they weren't iu a«tron»miv•!. HENDERSONVILLE, N. C., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 1938 1 - HOLC it V 3d QUITS UNDER FIRE -- -- a s 3t „ „ „ .V. ff. .*> . . . f -»• .. . rT1 ltl T' T '!• -i- . Charge U.S. Planes Smuggled To Spain by AT LEAST FOUR SHIPPED TO LOYALISTS Ln Across Mexican f Border and Sent to I Spaniards IniCT MEXICAN; [ HE FLEES FROM U. S. L ANC.KLKS. Apr. 20. (IT) I alleged pU't to smuggle ^n,f airplanes to Loyal I spain with the connivance of I spar.-.sh ambassador to Mexico L disclosed yesterday in a fed I jut • indictment charg |\"...lu..,n the neutrality aw. |hr indictment was returned se I'.:; .fVfia! weeks ago against l,. Bu-:«-r. a Mexican citizen of ■rinan extraction. I Aforney Benjamin Har l,.;ho .1 valued the indictment I the first time yesterday. ie |ted that hieler had tied to • least four planes. fc,°3sr^T Ketv thev were shipped to the t . Loyalist government F x • ■ Ordas. Spani>h Lad..: ' Mexico, was ac , . ■. ue-bill of having i-cu^-or*... . .,-ea • m a '• I. a:<l ' 'WN ' tv bv V .ill. A,'! f . kt. pilot, bet..re being taken to Ira Ciuz. .~ TwrUe dtt>s later. '• n lh-C. I i. , . : <• \ ulU e »:.• ar..l t . : - ' w:i to MeXlCO tv bv pilots Bii:> Parker and Sierra, the indictment Ha: - ' vaid according to his f r •• a'. trie deliveries in MeX i City were made to t ol. Ho lt i«. F.< " . Mexican a'.r ace. A. : . . t he indictment, a ir.l plane was brought by Bieler , : a r.'.a'iv-- ot Jacque VI ••ar: .ve! k'.own woman a: ,j Mexico City by I Ma:.', technical advisoi for ie late Amelia Karhart and ■ , ■ >tur.t pilot. ( le\ en r ..a^ -a ! '. have been tlying i> to \ er a Cruz when it l fire. f . A . ight at Union - ; . B : >a:'.k, was said I :.u ■ .■ ' . ■ :. > '• ed to Spain on !r [..a t": :. Vera Cruz. Pilots I ail instances were absolved r 'ii any law violation. te'iera. agents, in discussing the lOrctriient, indicated that their ; .a'. included numerous t:. r ; a:..- •. .a chases for ultimate t . the Barcelona govern or nt. They >a:.l a copy of a $40,000 !> ! .,y Biel«-r through a V. ar k, is being held as e\ ulence. tconomic Plight ta U. S. Spending "Real Crack-up" Is Due Early in 1942, Says Bay State Solon *ASHinctow April 20. (UP> f (Jeoifce Holdeil '•-••lam, H , Mass., whose pride l!) his flowing whiskers is over rily by his bitterness VU! ! administration's for " i v. !u>t ni^ht bobbed up lr- a ik-'.v i. .hi as a prophet of ec «t»reic disaster over the New *U pending program. "Mv opinion is that we are 1 f„r u crack-up early r. .^4'.' ,f:.-.iusc of this spending ^ borruwinif," he said. "My &d [j is t„ a nice little farm . ii i'. time if vou want to swiHethirttf." .Tinkham recalled that in 1912 J* Pt«-«tict*-»i the World war two J^urs lat«-r •n lir.'t; he told the nation that •" conservative trend of jfovern *nt w.mla i„,t last and warned J P«bUc t odraw a "red ring" pound iy:.„ I 1:> I'-'M he forecast a depres lij,"1 u,lJ a "crash" i" j I the 1938 forecast by ► ' 1 because it really i/j:' 1 it- Uiii," he said. "But - LaUdS. Lead China's Embattled Women Watching with proud smiles a demonstration by a group of Chinese women they have banded together to encourage resistance to Jap anese aggression, Madame Chiang Kai-shek and Madame Huang Chi-hsiang, wife of China's assistant political affairs director, are pictured left to right above. In addition to these activities, Ma dame Kai-shek. American-educated and western-appearing daugh ter of one of China's noblest families, is the ri^ht-hand "man" of h«*r general-husband, arid often described as the world's most pow erful woman. Special Hendersonville Catchet Will Be Used Here Air Mail Week 2 FROM HERE HELD IN WHITE SLAVE CHARGE Are in District of Columbia Jail Pending Trial in Virginia WASHINGTON, April 'JO. (UP) Two North Carolina men arc in District of Colunibia jail today, awaiting removal to Virginia for trial on charges of alleged viola tion of the white slave act. Glen Hilliard Hyder and Brown Stepp, both formerly of Ilender sonville, were arrested April 1G by FBI agents, charged with transporting two young Washing ton girls to Fairfax county, Vir ginia, for immoral purposes. Two More Held As Extortionists In Kidnap Case NEW YORK. April 20. (UP) — Murray Levine in despair over the disappearance of his son, Pe ter, 12, almost two months airo," today offered $2" 000 for infor mation leading to the bov's recov ery and $5,000 for information leading to the recovery of his body. It was the first time the lawyer had conceded that his son might be dead. In a brief ten-line communica tion to news services along with i a picture of Peter wearing sweat (Continued on page three) Hendersonville Airport To Be Departure Point if One at Fletcher Used A special Hendersonville cachet will In* used in the cancellation of air mail here during the observ ance of national air-mail week, from May 10 to 21, the commit tee in charge of the observance decided at a meeting this morn ing at the Chamber of Commerce office. This cachet, which will appear on all air mail sent from Hen dersonville, will bear an appro priate design to the mountains, with special reference to the Smoky Mountains National park, and will bear the wording: Hen-i dersonville, Gym City of the Blue Kidge. The Southeastern Gate way to the Great Smoky Moun tains National park. The committee this morning de-' cidtd to request the Chamber of Commerce to support the observ ance, declaring that much adver tising could be obtained through the letters mailed and the special cachet. The Chamber of Commerce will be asked to order a supply of spe cial air mail envelopes which will be distributed to people wishing to send air mail. Postmaster E. W. Ewbank, a member of the committee, report ed that a special pick-up day would probably be designated for Hendersonville. In the event mail is gathered at the Asheville-Hen dersonville airport at Fletcher, it will be sent by plane from the Hendersonville airport, operated by Oscar Meyer, Jr. Mr. Ewbank stated that the goal for the week was one piece of air mail for every citizen per day during the week. The committee will request the co-operation of city and county schools, Blue Ridge school, Fassi fern School for Girls, civic or (Continued on page three) Brazil Issues Sweeping Ban Un I Nazi Or Other Foreign Activities RIE DE .TANFrRO, Brazil, Apr. 20.— (UP)—A sweeping ban on Nazi and other alien political ac tivities in Brazil was decreed yes terday by President Getulio Var gas who ordered disbandnient within .'<0 days of all foreign or ganizations engaged in such ac tivities. President Vargas' action was prompted by recent measures against Nazi organizations in Rio Grande Do Sul and other states and those measures were given ex ecutive sanction in the decree. All activities related to "ideolo gies and programs of political par ties" in foreign countries were prohibited although aliens in this country will be permitted to ob serve their national holidays and form "cultural and benefit aid so cieties" when the latter are gov ernment supervised. The deeree paralleled one is sued shortly after President Var gas proclaimed a now constitution last Nov. 10 and which banned all political activities by Brazilian parties and dissolved such groups. The minister of justice will be in charge of enforcement of the decree and violators will be liable to deportation or punishment. SAY UNKNOWN SUB OFF U. S. ISLAND MANILA, April 20. (UP)—An American resident of Calayan island, between Luzon and For mosa, reported today that he had sighted an unidentified submarine loitering off shore. The same man reported a simi- \ lar occurrence last month and a cusjonis cutter investigated with out result. Philippine officials here con-' tinned silent about investigation of the "mystery fleet" reported off Davao last week. GEIGER QUITS POST ON CITY COMMISSION Resignation Accented With Regret; Lee Osborne Named as Successor R1GGAN MADE NEW CITY TREASURER L. R. Goiter, member of the board of city commisisoners fur about 12 yeans, and city treasur er, tendered his resignation to the commissioners at a special meet ing this morning. Mr. Geiger's resignation was accepted with regret by the board, and individual members also ex pressed regret at his resignation. Mr. Geiger tendered his resig nation in a letter to the mayor and commissioners. The letter stated that his resignation was due to press of private business, and stated that he was sorry to sever u connection which had given him pleasure. After acceptance of the resig nation, T. Lee Osborne, automo bile dealer, was appointed to serve the unexpired term until next May. Mr. Osborne was sworn in as a member of the board this morning. J. Harvey Riggan, member of the board, was elected to serve as city treasurer to fill the vacancy caused by Mr. Geiger's resigna tion. Attending the meeting this morning were Mayor A. V. Ed wards and Commisisoners Walter O. Allen, .1. Harvey Riggan and B. L. Foster. Mr. Geiger was serving his third successive term as a member of the board. He had served on other occasions and in all had been a member of the board for about 15 years. DEATH TAKES I SI HOLDFORD EARLY TODAY Funeral Will Be at Baptist Church 3 O'clock Thurs day Afternoon S. W. Holdford, 41, familiarly; known to his friends as "Shorty," I and proprietor of Shorty's Place, I on the Greenville highway, died, at his home, 1201 Hyman avenue,! this morning at 6:30 o'clock. He! had been ill for several weeks. The funeral services will be I held on Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the First Baptist church - and burial will follow in Oakdale cemetery. Mr. Holdford was a native o£f VVeldon, a son of W. H. and Alice Cullom Holdford. He came here to make his home in 1925, and for the past eight years has been , engaged in business on the Green ville road. In 1922 he was married to Miss, Maude Kilpatriek, of Henderson- i ville. He is survived by his widow, two children, Anne and Sonny, I and the following brothers and sisters: W. R. Holdford, of Hope-1 well, Va., Edward G., of Peters-1 burg, Va., J. H., of Henderson ville, R. R. Holdford, of Wilson, i Miss Anne V. Holdford, of Del- j man, N. Y., Mrs. Milton Abbott! and Miss Mabel Holdford, of Ha-! leigh, and Miss Fannie Holdford,; of Norfolk, Va. Active pallbearers at the fun-1 eral tomorrow will be Claude Kil- j Patrick, Homer West, of Green- j ville, H. Gay Justus, John Shep-, herd, Joe Hollingsworth, Jr., and Lawrence Orr. DR. JOHN WOODCOCK IS REPORTED BETTER | Dr. John Woodcock, well known physician and former health offi- j cer of Henderson county, is re ported as recovering from an at-1 tack of pneumonia nt the Patton 1 Memorial hospital. He has been, in the hospital for some time. SAY TORTOSA ENTERED LONDON, April 20.—(UP)—I The Exchange Telegraph agency's j Lisbon correspondent, quoting in surgent officials there, last night j reported that Generalissimo Fran cisco Franco's troops had entered i "Tortosa at 5 p. m. J | Carnegie Nephew Vanishes in Air Oflicial and private planes criss-crossed Long Island and Connecti cut, while the U. S. Coast Cuard patrolled adjacent waters in a Widespread search fur Andrew Carnegie Whitfield, 28-year-old qpphew of the late Andrew Carnegie, missing in his private plane April 15. The amateur flier, pictured above with the former Klizabeth llalsey at their marriage la:»t June, put his silver mono plane into the air from Roosevelt Field, L. I., for an announced 15-iniliute hop to Mrentwood, L'n miles away—then literally van ished into the air. SUMMER TOURIST BUSINESS PROSPECTS DECLARED GOOD cSS McClure Declares Christians Must Save Civilization Tells Presbyterian Men's Club Christianity, Civili zation at Crossroads Christian people and the Chris tian church must rise up and take possession of this modern civili zation that can be either a bless ing or a curse, J. G. K. McClure, of Asheville, president of the Farmers Federation, told a meet ing of the Men's club of the Pres byterian church last night. The meeting was attended by about 35 members and visitors. An entertainment program, con sisting of musical numbers and readings, was given by students of Fassifern school prior to Mr. McClure's address. In his introductory remarks, the speaker declared that he was glad to address such a body be cause he was really interested in trying to get more religion in business and every day life. In a period of readjustment such as the world has never be fore witnessed, the world is con fused and the old landmarks, the social structure, is questioned, he said. Christianity and civilization are at the cross roads. Human freedom, he declared, got its origin in the Christian church, and this nation was found ed in the desire of applying the principals of Christ to the liber ties of man. The fact that a large part of the world is anti-Christian today is the reason for the neces sity of awakening on the part of Christian people. John Sevier, president of the club, presided at the meeting last night. Maximum—78 degrees. Minimum—44 degrees. Mean—61 degrees. Day's range—34 degrees. Normal temperature for April— 54.8 degrees. Rainfall to date—2.22 inches. Normal rainfall—4.28 inches. Mrs. Wiseman Reports As j surances of Fla. Officials After Contact Trip Prospects for the summer tour ist business here are very good, Mrs. Catherine Wiseman, secre tary of the chamber of commerce,! reported today after returning from the convention of southern commercial secretaries, at Atlan-i ta, (la., and a ten-day tour of the ! state of Florida. Mrs. Wiseman was accompanied by Miss Ruth Hosmer. Mrs. Wiseman visited many Florida cities and towns, among them Tampa, St. Petersburg, Mi ami, Fort Pearce. Ocal- Winter Haven, Orlando, and Jacksonville. In addition, stops were made at other cities. In all of these cities contacts were made with local chambers of commerce and about a thou- j sand pieces of Hendersonville lit-! erature were distributed. Florida secretaries, Mrs. Wise man reported, said the season there started late, but turned out to be very satisfactor** They ex pressed the opinion the tourist business would be good in West ern North Carolina this summer. "In most cases." Mrs. Wiseman said, "we found the Florida sec retaries thoroughly familiar with Western North Carolina and will-1 ing to cooperate. A number indi (Continued on page three) 1 NEW FOREIGN POLICY ROW BY SOLONS LOOMS _ 3 Developments Are Seen as Tending to Stir New Irritations By UNITED PRESS America's role in world peace efforts today threatened to kick up a new congressional contro versy. Three developments, more or less related to Europe's new treaty barricades against the next war brought up the ques tion of United States' foreign policy. 1—President Roosevelt pro vided grounds for the belief that the United States is to avoid any move tending to stir up new irritations abroad; 2—Fears of congressional is* olationists were revived when Chairman David Walsh of the naval affairs committee said that it is "conceivable" that the United States had a secret un derstandi»"» with Britain; 3—The whole question of foreign policy headed toward a debate in the senate, which i< considering the president's bil* lion dollar navy building pro gram. Roosevelt Views British-Italian Pact With Favor Seen as Slap at Effort to Have Treaty Viola tors Branded WASHINGTON, April 20. (UP). President Roosevelt yesterday ap proved the new Anglo-Italian pact, not because of its political implications but, he said, because it proves that nations of the strife-torn world can settle their differences without resort to war. In a formal statement issued at the close of his press conference, the chief executive pointed out that the United States, in prais ing the pact, made no attempt to pass on anything in the treaty which might be in the nature of a political accord, but confined its approval to friendly means of "economic appeasement." He said that the United States "has seen the conclusion of an agreement with sympathetic in terest because It is proof of the value of peaceful negotiations." Some observers saw the pro nouncement as a slap at a resolu tion introduced Monday by Repre sentative Byron Scott, D., Calif., requiring Secretary of State Cor dell Hull to brand Germany, Ja pan and Italy as "treaty viola tors." The measure, which does not name the nations except by inference, is supported by an iso lationists bloc which wants tho neutrality law strengthened to make it more effective against aggresor nations. Germany, Italy and Japan are in this category. Clark, Toomer Go To State Tourney Archie Clark, Henderaonville amateur golfer, and Jack Toomer, j professional, left today for Mon- j roe, where they will play in the North Carolina Open Tournament. I Walsh Says U. S. May Have Secret Naval Agreement With Britain I I WASHINGTON, Apr. 20. (UP) Chairman David I. Walsh, Dem., Mass., of the senate naval affairs committee, admitted cn the senate floor yesterday that "it is possible, it is conceivable," that the United States may have a secret agree ment with Great Britain for naval co-operation. "But I have no reason to think that either the president or the 1 state department has any wider ! standing along the lines suggest ed," he said. Under pressure of hostile ques tioning on President Roosevelt's $1,157,000,000 naval expansion i program, Walsh said no evidence | had been presented to his commit tee during consideration of the super-navy bill indicating such a pact exists. But he aereed that a recent statement in the British parliament that "excellent ar rangements" have been concluded between the two countries might I be correct. Senator William E. Borah, R., i Idaho, demanded to know if the naval affairs committee had any information regarding an allega tion by Winston Churchill in par liament that the United States and Great Britain have an understand-' ing. j "It's very possible that may be true," Walsh replied, "but if so the navy department would not know about it." He said all the committee's in formation on the building pro gram had come from naval offi cials excepting a previous state ment by Secretary of State Cor dell Hull denying that this coun try has any alliance or contem plated understanding with any foreign power. He said navy officials had de nied emphatically that there had been any consultations or coramu (Continued on page four) PROSECUTION FOR RETIRED CHIEF URGED Roosevelt Confers on Re covery as Consideration Begun by Solons HOPKINS TELLS OF RECOVERY PROGRAM WASHINGTON, Apr. 20. (UP) Representative Ralph Church (D., 111.) today demanded that the at torney general's office and post office department prosecute Hor ace Russell, general counsel of the Home Owners Loan Corporation, who resigned yesterday after be ing accused of "soliciting" busi ness for his former associate at the government's expense. "Some action should be taken," said Church after charging that Russell had franked out a "million or more" letters, praising the qua lifications of 0. B. Taylor, former HOLC associate general counsel. Russell's resignation was ac cepted by HOLC Chairman John H. Fahey less than an hour after Church made the charge on the house floor yesterday. Simultaneously, Russell issued a statement denying the more than several hundred letters had be^n franked out but admitted that his action was "subject to serious criticism." He admitted the error of his action and apologized, say ing he had offered his resignation to avoid embarrassing the HOLC board. F. R. MARTIALING FORCES FOR CAUSE WASHINGTON. Apr. 20. (UP) —President Roosevelt today con* ferred with fiscal experts on his four and a half billion dollar re* covery program while chief spend er Harry Hopkins carried to con gress his support for the request of $1,250,000,000 relief fund to initiate a broad drive against the depression. The chief executive actively par ticipated in the move to marshal the full force of the federal ad ministration against the forces which caused the business recea sion and unemployment. The conferences were a prelude to the struggle in congress over the appropriation by which Presi dent Roosevelt hopes to turn the tide toward recovery. The recovery program started on its way through congress when Works Progress Administrator Hopkins appeared before a house deficiency sub-committee in its be half. Chairman Clifton Woodrum (D., Va.) said he expects hearings to last for ten days. All govern ment officials <who will take part in the proposed spending will he questioned. Two of the president's recom mendations got action yesterday at the capitol. The house added $101,000,000 for highway con struction to the agricultural ap propriation bill before sending it to the senate. The senate passed and sent to the White House a measure adding $51,000,000 to the appropriation for the Civilian Conservation Corps. In the house, Rep. Robert L. Bacon (R., N. Y.) sought to sub stitute the Republican program on relief administration for President Roosevelt's plans to spend $1,250, 000,000 during the first seven (Continued on page three.) SENIOR CLASS PLAY APRIL 29 Cast for 3-Act Comedy Drama Is Made Pub lic Today The annual senior class play of the graduating class of the Hon dersonville high school, entitled "The Eyes of Love," will be giv en at the auditorium on Friday, April 29, it was announced today. The play, a comedy-drama in three acts, is by Lillian Mortimer. It is of more serious type than usually attempted by a hi^h school class, but is one of the best ever attempted here. The plot centers around an or phan girl who befriends an escap ed convict The play is under the direction of T. J. Thackston, of the high school faculty. Members of the cast are as follows: Gailya Barry, Frances Ship man; Carolina, negro servant, Martha Hill; Lora, the maid, Frankie Harrell; Mrs. Barry, Dora Milward; Rheeta, a friend, Billie McMurray; Burt, her brother, Sam Rozier; Clark, the butler, Francis Anderson; Judge Barry, Billy Reese; Royal Morton, Bob Johnson; and Trusty Jim, a con* vict. Perry Gianakos.