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Increasing cloudiness and slight ly warmer tonight; Wednesday „o»tly cloudy, posiihly scattered ight rains and colder. (Llir (Ltutrs Largest Daily Circulation of Any Newspaper in North Carolina in Proportion to Population GOOD AFTERNOON t By new Mr. Chamborlain musk hav# roallcod ho was ^patachocT* around pretty badly at Muuiek. ■OL 57—No. 303 HENDERSONVILLE, N. C., TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1938 SINGLE COPIES, FIVE CENTS E1CHS LEADER 'UZZLES OVER OVIET POWER bility to Resist Nazi In cursions Is His Big Problem Now fOULD CREATE STATE JIG AS TEXAS, KANSAS (UNITED PRESS) i;ta\>fuehrer Adolf Hitler to i) Ltd cautiously toward a i..: if the world's most per ttur... post-war mystery — the r :::: of the Soviet Union. Tho Gorman fuehrer is break t c'-nd for a test in the fer » rie! is of the Ukraine, where u:: v-.eouraged agitation was irea.:.:i< for the creation of a ration, to be called Greater L'amc. Po!a::d. Rumania. Czechoslova & and Russia would lose sover ity over an area as big as Kan s arH Texas combined and with pou.ation as large as France if r a^tation is successful. Meantime, in Budapest the Hun :.ar. government denounced as "rendencious lie" a statement of e Slovak autonomous govern or::.; Hungary frontier viola Hb>. The- Hungarian charge Hmd the increasing seriousness ^4e Har sarian-Slovak relations. Lovak-hungary kRLEY BREAKS OFF BRATISLAVA. Czechoslovakia. tc. 20. (CP)—The government 1 autonomous Slovakia province 5: ni^ht broke off frontier nego lt: :is with Hungary after a post ection e!a»h in which two Czech Iftoras officials allegedly were in in a fight with Hungarian ir rulars. It was understood that the Slo i government had decided to l-.al to Premier Benito Musso iand Chancellor Adolf Hitler— i- ir October satisfied Hungary's r:.torial demands against the :ccii> for protection against the ^tcarian terrorist acts. : :ar: soldiers said the cus ■?.* nv.-:: resisted an attack by a Br.jrarian detachment, which in tied soi-jiers. The cia>n occurred as returns lor. Sunday's first elections for * > i .a:, parliament showed *'■ !-•; cent of all votes were for the government party of tar. Tiso. Onlv govern I- ' : Slovak Union Party can •-1' ••••:•• permitted on the bal il ■" - e t.<wns near the Hunga tier, however, the gov ftau-nt Vote was only 30 per cent ^ - sentiment favoring c •' >vith Hungary. — lotarians And Kiwanians Will Meet Thursday H-nd?rsonville Rotariana will *"old their meeting at the refc ■f time this week but will meet P the K:\vnnis club Thursday. *c*ers of the two clubs will ex J?ifts. which later will be jj^buted to underprivileged chil The Kiwanis club will pre tt: the program. pANE BLOWS DP-FOUR DIE J°£RXE. Tex., Dec. 20. (UP) . f,uf members of the United •es armed services were killed , night when a coast guard exploded over this town * crashed. ■ .* victims were Lieutenant F. ' y°na and Rupert Germaine of euard: Ensisrn C. H. of th«- navy, and George ^•rn- stated army man. 4 a. Tes SH'd *^e plane explod *,tYl Passed over the town, i to rtatnes, and then crash m 4 Pasture. BiRTH ANNOUNCED ^ and Mr*. Alvin Jackson bounced the birth of a er- Dixie Lee, at their *• Ln°, on Saturday. Mn. ^Was formerly Miss Edna SANTA CLAUS WILL RETURN ON THURSDAY In an effort to secure informa tion on desired gifts as early as possible, Santa Clan*, will return | to Hendersonville Thursday to meet all boys and girl§ in Hender sonville's trade area,'it was learn ed today. Officers of the merchants divi sion of the chamber of commerce said Santa had sent this word from another North Carolina city, and as an added inducement to all who haven't let him know their gift wishes he promised to have with him a large quantity of candy to be distributed Thursday when he meets the children and asks them what they want him to leave in their stockings. The veteran suint will spend Friday elsewhere but will be here for part of Saturday at least, and will attend the Christmas tree cel ebration at Church street and 5th avenue Saturday night. CHAMBERLAIN FACES REVOLT ON REARMING Wins Confidence Vote on Foreign Affairs But New Crisis Looms LONDON, Dcc. 20. (UP)—Po litical quarters today reported Prime Minister Chamberlain is threatened with a cabinet revolt in a dispute, not involving * the government's foreign policy but its rearmament program. According to political gossip a number of men of junior minis terial rank remanded the resigna tion of four key cabinet members because the British rearmament program was not speeded up in the lull after the Czechoslovakian crisis. The Evening Standard report ed that a "serious revolt" has broken out within the cabinet be cause of a continued lag in the government's rearmament pro gram. The three under - secretaries threatening to resign were identi fied as A. U. M. Hudson of the ministry of transport, Marquess of Dufferin and Ava of the col onial offiee and Lord Stratcona and Mount Royal of the war of fice. They were said to have insist ed that Waj Minister Leslie Hore Belisha, Minister of Defense Co ordinator Sir Thomas Inskip and Earl Winterton, assistant to Home Secretary Sir John Simon, be re moved from the cabinet. The criticism of the "rebels" was said by the Evening Stand ard to be directed chiefly against Hore-Belisha, although they charged that all three ministers involved in home defense failed , to take advantage of a "breath ing space" afforded by the Mu nich four-power pact to push na tional rearmament to the limit. CHAMBERLAIN SEES POUCY AS RIGHT ! LONDON, Dec. 20.—(UP) — Prime Minister Neville Chamber lain last night won a strong vote (Continued on page three) | School Teachers' Retirement Fund | Act Considered RALEIGH, Dee. 20.—Sponsor? of a olan for retirement of public school teachers and other state of ficers, which proposal will be sub mitted to the general assembly, conferred yesterday with Gover nor Hoey. No definite plans were formu lated, but it was the opinion o 1 the conference that all retiremenl plans would be consolidated into s single measure. Under tentative , plans, employes would contribute 5 per cent of earnings, the state would match this sum, and retire' ment would come at age 65 aftei , 35 years of service. Governor Hoey did not oppose the plan, but questioned sponsors as to raising the funds to be con tributed by the state. Retiremenl of teachers under the plan woulc cost the state $1,000,000 annual 1 ly, it was estipated. Washington Bull-etin I laSSSm Flower-loving "Ferdinand the Bull" was bitten by the "presidential I bee" and "Justice Hughes" gave the matter judicial thought as wives of Gridiron Club members masqueraded at Mrs. Franklin | D. Roosevelt's annual Washington party for "Gridiron Widows." | MUSICA AS BRILLIANT AND ! AUTOCRATIC EXECUTIVE NOT QUESTIONED BY HIS BOARQj ■ „ Chiang Turned Down His Effort to Market Out moded Rifles NEW YORK, Dec. 20. (UP)— Federal authorities today turned up evidence that McKesson and Robbim was involved in a deal to sell two million outmoded army rifles to the Chinese army but was turned down by Generalise simo Chiang Kaishek. NEW YORK, Dec. 20. (UP)— Philip Musica, as F. Donald Cos- I | ter, president of McKesson and Robbins, Inc., was described to day as a brilliant and autocratic executive whose decisions, even when shrouded with secrecy, nev er were questioned by other di rectors and officers of the firm. William J. Murray, Jr., Colum bia, S. C., first vice-president and director of McKesson and Rob bins, testified at the hearing con ducted by Assistant State Attor ney General Ambrose V. McCall 1 that not until last November did any other executive attempt to obtain a breakdown of the crude drug department which Musica operated as a huge swindling pre serve. WONDER WHERE ALL I THE MONEY WENT By MARTIN KANE United Pres» Staff Correspondent NEW YORK, Dec. 20. (UP) — The monstrous chicaneries of Philip Musica, alias F. Donald | Coster, last night were described by independent investigators for 1 New York State and the federal | government as involving gigantic ' bootlegging operations before and ) after prohibition and gun-running J operations which may have been ' accomplished in violation of the 1 neutrality act. , business, in which Coster at least Magnitude of the gun-running contemplted engaging, was shown by the preliminary draft of a contract by which the president of McKesson and Robbins, old and respected drug firm, was em powered to obtain for shipment | to a "British port" no less than 2,000,000 Lee-Enfield rifles. Brien McMahon, ace govern ment prosecutor who came to | New York from Washington yes terday to coordinate the investi gation by seven government de 1 partments.t rated Coster's illici liquor transactions as among the j mightiest of the prohibition and ! early repeal eras. | The preliminary contract, a ' a portion of which was released • by the State Attorney General's office, specified that the rifles and 1000,000,000 or more .30 calibre cartridges were to be "removed from arsenals to convenient ship ping ports on the Atlantic sea . j board, thence to be loaded and : shipped to British ports to be I designated." : j The agreement had at least the i appearance of legality, in that it . j contained assurance that the Mc ; Kesson and Robbins official would ; "use your best efforts as herein . after set forth to secure all nee (Continued on page three) Edneyville 1939 And '38 Squads -Will Battle , j Boys' and Girls' Teams to Clash in New Gym nasium There EDNEYVILLE, Dec. 20. (UP) j (Special)—One of the high spots of the current Henderson county; basketball season will be the clash between the team for Edneyville high and the great aggregation which made such an admirable record over Western North Caro lina for the school during the sea son of last year. All members of the 1938 team graduated last spring, and it will be a new squad which goes out on the floor for EHS in the game this Tuesday evening at 7:30 o'clock. For their part of the twin bill the girls' team will meet an con gregation from Hendersonville which js composed largely of EHS graduates. The feature attraction will take place in the new Edney ville p-ymnasium. Line-ups for the boys game are as follows: 1938 SQUAD 1939 SQUAD Ed Shytle ... F... Glenn Flynn Odsll Griffin . F. T. B. Freeman Murgel Pittillo C... Neal Rogers W. Pryor ... G.... Frank Hill Delmar Pryor G. Guy Lancaster ELKS LODGE WILL CONVENE TONIGHT The Hendersonville lodge of the Elks will meet tonight at 7:30 o'clock at the Woodman of the World hall. All members are urg ed to attend. RANKING OFFICIALS ADVISE F.K. GOVERNMENT MUST SPONSOR AIR DEFENSE PILOT TRAINING By MACK JOHNSON Copyright 1938 By United Press WASHINGTON, Dec. 20. (UP) —High-ranking administration of ficials informed President Roose velt yesterday that the govern ment must sponsor a training program for thousands of civilian airplane pilots to avert a short age which jeopardizes an efficient national defense program. Gravity of the problem was em phasized at an hour-long confer ence between the chief executive, Chairman Edward J. Noble of the Civil Aeronautics Authority, Ro bert Hinckley, member of the CAA, Assistant Secretary of War Louis Johnson, and National Youth Administrator Aubrey Williams. The United Press was informed reliably that the conferees stressed the aerial expansion programs of other powers, including Germany, Italy, Soviet Russia, France and Great Britain, and urged that there be an adequate civilian "pi lot backlog" established in this country. It was understood that plans dis cussed envisage use of vocational training facilities of the NYA and other agencies, which are financed from relief appropriations. Mr. Roosevelt was repersented as "deeply interested" but not yet ready to announce a decesion. Noble said recently that he be lieved the United States should have a minimum of 250,000 pri vate planes, 25 times the current supply, and that 20,000 pilots should be trained annually during (Continued on page three) JAP REPRISALS IN U. S. AID TO CHINA HINTED But Diplomats See Britain As Bearing Brunt of Tokyo's Ire MAY BAR TRADERS IN CHINA HINTERLAND H. O. THOMPSON United Pres* Staff Correspondent TOKYO, Dec. 20. (UP)—Diplo mats suggested today that Japan might retaleate against the Unit ed States for granting China a "war credit" of $25,000,000 by further tightening restrictions against Americans in the Japan ese occupied areas of China. It was believed, however, that Japanese wrath still would be di rected chiefly against Great Brit ain as the Japanese insist that the American credits were British-in spired and that Britain has done far more than the United States in encouraging nationalist China to continue fighting the Japan ese. The section of Foreign Minis ter Hachiro Arita's statement of last night which aroused the greatest interest' was that in which he said that the Anglo American credits would have re sults opposite from those antici ■pjtvdmaid would prolong the "em barrassments and inconveniences of third powers in the occupied areas of China." In plain language it was believ ed the foreign minister meant that British and American trad ers, missionaries and others wish ing to visit the interior of China, will be barred by Japan so long as London and Washington con tinue their policies of supporting Chinese Nationalist Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. The foreign minister, who had been asked by foreign corre spondents for comment on the Anglo-American credits, said he considered the granting of these loans as "regrettable acts" which will not prevent the Japanese peo ple from creating the "new or der" they are determined to set up in eastern Asia. U. S. AGAIN AIDS CHINA'S FINANCES WASHINGTON, Dec. 20. (UP) The United States government moved for a second time within a week last night to ease the fi nancial stress in China created by Japan's undeclared war. Following a $25,000,000 credit extended to Chinese commercial interests by the Export-Import bank, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr., announc ed that a fiscal arrangement as suring the Chinese government adequate dollar exchange facili ties had been continued by this country beyond December 31, 1938. The arrangement was negotiat ed in July, 1937. It enables the Central Bank of China, under con ditions which safeguard the inter ests of both countries, to obtain dollar exchange for stabilization purposes against gold which Chi na has in federal reserve banks here earmarked for that nation's monetary reserves. The treasury declined to reveal the size of this gold hoard, or how it was acquired. It is known, how ever, that some of it represents (Continued on page five) DISTRICT BOY SCOUT OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE NAMED; LAY FURTHER EXPANSION PLANS « Chairman Patla, Other Of ficers Re-elected; Will Hold Dinner Conference on January 5 Nathan Patla, chairman of the Hendersonvile district Boy Scouts committee for the past year, Mayor A. V. Edwards, vice-chair man, and J. H. Lampley, treasur er were all re-elected at a meet ing of the committee at the city hall yesterday afternoon. Mr. Lampley has served for five years as treasurer of the organization. Members of the district com mittee, lecter yesterday after the report of the nominating commit tee, were as follows: H. E. Buch anan, A. V. Edwards, Steve Por ter, L. Y. Biggerstaff, J. T. Fain, Jr., R. C. Gibbs, E. A. Smyth, III, E. R. Sutherland, F. M. Waters, F. B. Gardner, Nathan Patla, Rev. L. T. Wilds, A. P. Cox, Rev. James P. Burke, J. H. Lampley, Dr. R. H. Brown, J. C. Coston, John Farmer, and 0. B. Crowell. In addition, all chairmen of troops committees in the county are automatically members of the district committee. After the election, Chairman Patla announced the committees and committee heads for the cora ; ing year as follows: Rev. Wilds, j chairman of the committee on ad , vanct-ment; health and safety committees, Dr. Brown, Mar. Smyth and Mr. Buchanan; organ I ization,. Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Farmer, and Rev. Burke; camping and ac j tivities, Messrs. Biggerstaff, Cox and Sutherland; training, Messrs. j Waters, Gardner and Porter; fL | nance, Messrs. Lampley, Coston and Crowell; and publicity, Mr. i Fain. I A lull report was maae yester day afternoon by Mr. • Gibbs, i chairman of a committee recently • name to make a survey of pos | sible locations for new torops and sponsoring agencies. The report covered the scout ' ing sit "tion in various communi ties in the county, including Tux edo, Blue Ridge school, East Flat Rock, Fletcher, Balfour, Flat Rock, Valley Hill, Dana, Edney ville, Bat Cave, Etowah, and Mills River. Prospects are good for early establishment of scout troops in some of these commun ities, Gibbs reported. The committee on organization will continue its efforts in this work during the year, and is shortly expected to outline plans for the extension and consolida tion of scouting in the entire county over a five-year period. As a part of the program of extending scouting into the com munities of the county, a dinner meeting will be held on January 5, at which time representatives of various communities will be in vited to attend for a discussion of plans and procedures in setting up new troops. Mr. Patla announced yesterday that registration for members of Troop 13 were now in the hands of Scout Executive Allen, of Asheville. Attending the meeting yester day were Chairman Patla, Execu I tive Allen, and committee mem bers, Messrs. Edwards, Wilds, ' Waters, Fain, Gibbs, Lampley and I Farmer. CHRISTMAS MUSIC PLAY IS PLANNED AT FLETCHER TONIGHT FLETCHER, Dec. 20.—The : primary grades of the Fletcher school will present an operetta in two acts, "A Trip to Santa Land" on Tuesday evening, Dec. 20, at ! 7:30 o'clock. i The Little Girl (played by : Mary Ann Davis) who does not : believe in Santa Claus, fairies or brownies, but by the help of the Story Book friends, the little girl is induced to believe in them. About fifty children are taking part. Old Santa will be present. The operetta is under the direc tion of Miss Bonita Bruce, Mrs. W. N. Lane and Miss J. Wolfe. A small admission will be charg ed. The parents of the children taking part in the operetta will be admitted free. Money obtained will be used to buy school library books. POPE'S ANNIVERSARY VATICAN CITY, Dec. 20. (UP) Pope Pius XI observed the 59th anniversary of his ordination of the priesthood today with a busy schedule, attesting to his vigor in his 82nd year of life. Tenderfoot Scout Rank Conferred On Eight Boys Two Are Made Scout First Class; Merit Badges Awarded Sixteen Boy Scouts received promotions or awards of merit at the Court of Honor, held at the city hall last night. Rev. L. T. Wilds, pastor of the Presbyterian church, and chair man of the court, presided, and the court was opened with the ad vance of the colors. The tenderfoot investure was conducted by A. W. Allen, scout executive of Daniel Boone Coun cil, and this rank was conferred on the follbwing Scouts: David Satterfield, Morris Dermid, Cedric Reid, Paul Smith, John Corbih, and Francis Ray, all of Troop 13; Ted FitzSimons, Troop 1, and Bil ly Donnahue, Jr., Troop 1. Second class rank was oonfer red on Eugene Kelly, Glen Row land, Jack Featherstone, and Ed win Dixon, all of Troop 1, by J. T. Fain, Jr. First class rank was conferred on Kenneth end'Bobb? Hinsdale, both of Troop 1, by F. M. Waters. Merit badges were presented by Nathan Patla, chairman of the district committee , as follows: Gordon Stepp, Troop 1, handi craft; and George Wilkins, Troop 1, first aid, public health, and safety. The banner, presented to the troop having the most candidates for advancement, was presented to Troop 1. Lima Declaration Draft Is Victory For Argentinans By HOBART C. MONTEE Copyright 1930 By United Pre«« LIMA, Peru, Dec. 20. (UP)— A compromise proposal on a dec laration of continental solidarity designed to end a deadlock be tween the United States and Ar gentine delegations, was circulat ed today among delegates to the eighth Pan-American conference. The compromise, drawn up by Carlos Concha and Afranio De Mello Franco, chief delegates of Peru and Brazil, would bind the 21 Pan-American republics to present a united front against ag gression by either an American or a non-American nation. Not only armed aggression but any other activity, such as political pene tration, which might impair the national institutions of an Ameri can republic would call for united action. . There were indications that the compromise draft might be fur ther revised after conferences among chief delegates. As it stands, the compromise represents a victory for Argentina in that it includes aggression by an Ameri can nation against another Amer ican nation. Balfour P.-T. A. to Meet This Week The regular monthly meeting of the Balfour Parent-Teacher as sociation will be held in the school auditorium on Wednesday night, December 21, at 7:30 o'clock. The meeting will be featured by a play, "On Christmas Hill," priven by members of the first, fifth, and sixth grades. JOHN PAUL LUCAS SAID CONVALESCING Hendersonville friends of John Paul Lucas, vice president of the Duke Power company of Charlotte have been grieved to learn of his serious illness during the past sev eral weeks. Mr. Lucas is in Duke University hospital in Durham, where he .is now thought to be re covering from a ' surgical opera tion. Latest reports of his condi tion are favorable, COOPERATIVE MEDICAL AID FOILED, SAID Farm Union Man Says Fann Help Cut Would Start Revolt WALLACESAYS CROP CONTROL FAVORED WASHINGTON, Dec. 20. <LT> A federal grand jury today re turned criminal indictments charg ing violation of anti-trust laws against the American Medical As sociation. three affiliated medical groups, and 21 individuals. One of the indicted officials was Dr. Morris Fishbein, editor of the American Medical Association Journal and outstanding spokes man for conservative elements of the medical professional The indictments are based on the charge that the defendants combined to block co-operative medical moves. < ■ • - THATCHERWARNS OF FARM AID CUTS WASHINGTON, D«c. 20. (UP) M. W. Thatcher, national legisla tive representative of the Tanner* Union* said today after a confer en , with President Roosevelt that any effort to balance the budget Bymttn* 1^*00.000.000 to *3, 000,000*000 from federal appro priations "would be certain to cause a revolution." Thatcher urged President Roose velt to provide a farm benefit pro Eam of at least $800,000,000 dur I the next fiscal year. He pro posed to finance the program with increased income and estaiu taxes. WALLACE WOULD EXPAND AAA WORK WASHINGTON, Dm. 29. (UP) —Secretary • of Agricultre Henry C. Wallace, asserting that the na tion's farmers overwhelmingly fa vor New Deal crop controF&gis lation, pr*4icted ytstefd# that the measure will be strengthened and improved next year in order to be of greater bsnt®t all gg gricultural workers. v<- - Wallace based his conelusoins on the results ef crop referenda : held among growers of cotton, rice, and three types of tobacco. Although only the cotton growers gave the two-thirds majority nec essary to begin operations of marketing quotas, he said the referenda "constitute remarkable endorsement" of AAA programs. The secretary's statment was made shortly after the crop re porting board in Its final report of the year, estimated 1938 wheat productoin at 930,801,000 bushr els—the fourth largest crop in American history—and com at 2,542,238,000 bushels, slighly lower than last year's harvest. The board's estimates, both above average, presaged bumper crops for the second sueceaiive year. The general appearance of abundance, the report said, is due "in part to the relatively small numbers of livestock on the farms to consume grain and to a lowor level of domestic and foregn de mand that was considered normal a few years ago." 4 Shopping Days Till Christmas T OMONG BACK TO CHRIST. L MAS FOUft TIAKI AOO~~ Dionne quints . enjoying Arit Christmas. . . . Legion <( De cency launching campaign •gainst film filth. . . . Fleming - ton, N. becoming overnight boom town on eve of Haujrt raann trial. . . . Best toll*: "So Red the Hose" ,. Charred bulk of Monro Castle being re moved from Hew Jersey beach. ."It wip merry season lor Hew Desi, Just upheld In mkh tan election*. * .'rtsra?* .