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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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Thursday, November 9, 1939
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'WISCONSIN WEATHER uttft«iif«il tonitht tttd nut e* sft«w *»ftfcifele li Wftfjme* ifl aottifttUt tft4 eettttif fftifiidiffi taftfght; colder Aftd ftMi? fifth*. THE RHINELANDER DAILY NEWS TEN I* AGES Full Leased Wife of the Associated Press fWENT¥*SECOND YEAR—NO. 205 RHtNELANDER, WJS., THURSDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 9, 1939 PRICE FIVE CENtS Dutch and Belgians Prepare Defenses N Netherlands Clears Villages Preparatory to Defensive Flooding, Troops Moved Up Belgium Raises Mobilized Forces; German Invasion Feared, Belief. AMSTERDAM , Nov. 9 (/P)— The Netherlands cleared out villages in new "water line" regions today preparatory to defensive flooding and Belgium raised her mobilization to a near peak figure of about 600,000 men. Passenger service out of Amsterdam was ordered restricted, beginning at 4 p. m., "in view of extraordinary measures taken by the railway company." The order was believed generally to have been due to heavy precautionary movements of troops eastward. The actions of the two nations were interpreted as evidence of a wary determination to be ready for any turn in the European war. Official sources in both insisted, however, that they feared no immediate danger for their respective countries. Military authorities of the Netherlands cleared out several villages in the main flood defense region near Utrecht and also removed the population of -the hamlet of Lent, near Nijmegon on the east frontier. (Utrecht is in central Holland while Lent is about 40 miles southeast.) This is the Netherlands' first line of defense against German invasion. The Belgians sent troops north to the border of the Netherlands and important defenses there were speeded up against the possibility of a German invasion of Netherlands which then would sweep south into Belgium to outflank the French •Maginot line. (Germany has denied any intention of sending troops through Belgium or the Netherlands.) Buses were requisitioned to provide for the removal of the residents of certain unidentified areas. Official circles in The Hague said the; only direct reaction.; of the of- Wilhelmina'' and 'King Leopold so far had come'ffom the Scandinavian sovereigns. ' " • They described Jthe reception by belligerents as cool but said this did not mean they thought the war situation was more unfavorable. ACTIVITY INCREASES ON WESTERN FRONT PARIS, Nov. 9 <#>)—The French war ministry today reported increased activity on the whole western front and sharp encounters with German forces especially between the Moselle and Saar rivers. The French wera watching closely for a sign that Adolf Hi.tler might be contemplating co-ordinated attacks on the western front and against the Allies through the Netherlands and perhaps Belgium. (German officials have denied planning any drive through the neutral lowland countries.) Military experts pointed to a renewal of .German initiative after more than two weeks of stalemate , in most parts of the Saar sector and reported that at the same time mon German troops were massing on the Netherlands frontier. This morning's war communique said there was "increased activity during the night on the front as a whole" and reported local scouting operations and "sharp encounters" on the northern flank, between the Moselle and Saar rivers. Military experts had about concluded that any big German offensive in the west would await the coming of spring. But they professed to see also the possibility of twin 'drives on the Maginot line and against one of the lowland countries in an effort to reach coastal bases from which they might raid England more effectively. Another interpretation of Nazi concentrations along the Netherlands border was that they were intended to coerce the Netherlands into co-operation against the Allied blockade of Germany. Young Girl Kills Angered Father CLARKSVILLE, Tex., Nov. 9 (/P) —Seventeen-year-old Sallie Smith killed her father, T. E. Smith, 41 with two blasts from a shotgun after he threatened her and other members of the family, Sheriff J N. Geer said today. According to the account given Sheriff Geer, Smith went with the family into a pasture yesterday to feed stock. With him was his wife and 14-month-old baby, the 17-year- old daughter, and two other child ren. -Smith suddenly became incensed and started beating bis family with a hickory stick, threatening to shoot the mand Jaurn their house The girl ran to t' : hrys, found a gun, and shot her father as he steeped up on the front port!'. The sheriff said no charges woulc be filed. DIRECTS MILK CONTROL. MADISON, Wis., Nov. 9 (£>>—Ver Jvh F. Sears, 40, of Mazomanie, wa named temporary chief today o the stat,e department of agriculture fluid milk control division. CHAMBERLAIN DOUBTS NAZIS WILL MEDIATE S t i f f-Necked' Germans 'Speak No Language but Force,' He Says. LONDON, Nov. 9 (/P)—Prime Minster Chamberlain declared today the stiff-necked men" who run lermany "speak no language but that of force," and, therefore, "I am not very hopeful of a satisfactory response from the German chancellor" to the peace proposals of Queen Wilhelmina and King Leopold. The prime minister's declaration vas delivered before the lord mayor's luncheon by Chancellor of the ixechequer Sir John Sjmon as Chamberlain was sufferirig from gout. "Everyone will appreciate the ofty motives" of the sovereigns of ,he Netherlands and Belgium in their peace appeal of.last Tuesday and Great Britain will reply after consultation with the dominions and icr Allies, the declaration continued. "We do not want to continue the war a day longer than is necessary f a satisfactory settlement can be obtained in another way," Chamber- ain wrote. But he reiterated: "Since we have been compelled ,o take up arms we shall not lay hem down until we are assured hat Europe has been freed from the hreats which have so long para- yzed the life of her peoples." Observing that "this strangest of wars" must seem to many "no war at all but rather a sort of siege," he continued that at any moment it may be changed "into a violent conflict." "Repeal of the neutrality act in ;he U. S. A.," he said, "reopens for he Allies the doors of the greatest storehouse of supplies in the world." "We know that we cannot fail;" ic concluded..:--and ^cherish the :irm c6rWic"fto*n > -*B^F^e' "sHall live ;o see the foundation laid of a new world in which freedom and humanity will have superseded oppression and the rule of force." Will Ship Billions To Buried Vaults WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (^—Inexperienced postmen need not apply, but the treasury is getting ready to mail five or six billion dollars worth of gold. As soon as congress authorizes the postage—about $1,000,000—the^tfeas- ury wants to shift part of its; huge gold hoards from New York' and Philadelphia to the subterranean vaults built for the purpose at -Fort Knox, Ky. Fort Knox already contains $5,523,000,000 worth of the metal; but hone has been added for a couple of years, while the treasury stocks outside of Fort Knox have grown to exceed $11,600,000,000. Shifting some of the gold would relieve congestion in outside vaults and at the s^ame time increase its safety. Freighter Flint Unloads Cargo BERGEN, Norway, Nov. 9 (/P)— The U. S. freighter City of Flint, which was captured as a vVar prize by Germany and then* released by Norway, started to unload her cargo today in preparation for returning directly .to America. Capt. Joseph Gainard said the vessel would carry only ballast on the return voyage. Thus she would travel from one neutral port to another without cargo in an attempt to avoid entanglement with warships of the belligerents on the lookout for contraband. The City of Flint was bound for England when the German pocket battleship Deutschland seized her Oct. 9 and put a German prize crew aboard. British, Jews Are Blamed for Attempt to Assassinate Hitler Job Racket Quiz To Begin Friday MILWAUKEE, Nov. 9 (^—District Judge Harvey Neelan announced today that witnesses would begin presentation of testimony at 3 p. m. tomorrow in a John Doe investigation of an alleged patronage racket. The inquiry was ordered by Judge Neelan late yesterday at the request of Atty. Gen. John E. Martin and Dist. Atty. Herbert J, Steffes. Martin's department 1 for. several weeks has been investigating reports that numerous Wisconsin residents were cheated out of several thousand dollars on false promises of state jobs. He Asked the John Doe hearing because the victims, hoping for refund of their money, refused to give information. Steffes said the interrogation of witnesses would require about one week. RING MEMBER SEIZED. MILWAUKEE, Nov. 9 (/P)—-Albert Spooler, 34, of Milwaukee, one of 71 men indicted recently at Boston on federal charges of being members of a lottery syndicate, was arrested here today. He said he would waive a removal hearing. YOUTH ADMITS KILLING FRIEND DETROIT, Nov. 9 (/P)—A 14-year- old high school boy was held today after police said he confessed killing a chum in an argument over a dollar watch. Chief Floyd M. Crichton of the suburban Lincoln Park police announced that the boy, George McClelland, had admitted stabbing Howard Rucker, 17-year-old filling station employe, Tuesday night, then arranging it to look as though Rucker had been killed by robbers. Throughout a day of questioning, Chief Crichton said, the boy had given a detailed account of how robbers entered the station, killed Rucker and knocked him unconscious as he tried to defend his fallen chutn. Minute descriptions which he gave of two men set police to watching for them. McClelland said Rucker took from him a new dollar watch, kept it for three days, refusing to return it. When McClelland demanded the watch Tuesday night, a struggle ensued. McClelland said he then seized a hunting knife and stabbed Rucker twice in the back. Later, the boy said, he must have fainted. A neighboring filling station attendant found him unconscious on the floor with Rucker's body nearby. Evans' Hearing Will Be Monday :- WAUKESHA, .W,is> K Nov. 9 - (JP)— Municipal Judge Austin J. Baird postponed today until Monday the scheduled appearance of David M. Evans, former municipal judge, with a brief giving reasons why lie believes he should receive a preliminary hearing on a charge of obstructing justice. • Evans, who has pleaded innocent, is at liberty on $500 bond .on the charge which was filed against him, at the suggestion of Circuit Judge Clayton F. Van Pelt, on the basis of -testimony by Herman R. Salen, former district attorney. Salen pleaded guilty to obstructing justice in connection with a $300 loan made by his law firm to Evans in 937 while the latter was municipal judge. FR TALKS WITH UNION LEADERS WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (/P)—President Roosevelt explored with the leaders of organized labor's warring factions today the prospects of reopening joint AFL-CIO peace negotiations. The president talked separately at the White house with CIO Leader John L. Lewis and AFL President William Green, but when they left there was no indication that the president's latest effort in his two year campaign to restore harmony in the labor movement had succeeded. Lewis had a broad smile but was non-committal about his chat with the president, although he did say that the conference embraced labor peace. "That's all I can do for you toddy," Lewis told newspapermen who pressed him with inquiries as to whether the long postponed peace conferences were soon to ,be resumed. Green was more talkative. "It told him there was no hurdle as far as we were concerned," Green said. "We are ready to resume negp- tiations whenever the peace committee of the CIO is ready to meet us." Green mentioned that the president would see John L. Lewis, head of the Congress of Industrial Organization, later today and sug- .gested that Mr. Roosevelt might "persuade" Lewis to resume • the peace^ conferences broken off last April/ Girl, 17, Admits Three Holdups ALTON, 111.', Nov.-9 <#>)—An attractive 17-year-old girl, who found crime "irresistible," was charged today with armed robbery after admitting, police said, that she participated in three holdups because "it was thrilling to be a bandit." The girl, Mary Jane Watson, was captured by Chiefs of Police Richard Nuse of Wood River and Henry Obermiller of East Alton as she fled from a house where she was employed as a nursemaid. Nuse said the girl, a petite brun- nette, told him she had been reading detective stories and listening to gangster programs on the radio and finally decided to become a "gun moll." LOST WITH 'SLIM' WILLIAMS Airplane search for John Logan, 25, above, believed lost somewhere along the yet unbiased British Columbia-Alaska highway route with Slim Williams, Alaskan guide, has been > a§ked by Dr. A. H. Logan, Mayo , Clinic physician at Rochester. Minn. The pair, who left Fairbanks in May j on motorcycles have been unreported wore than a month Army Is Seeking Arms for Million WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (^—Wai- department estimates being studied by President Roosevelt were reported reliably today to call for equipment, for an army of a million men If Mr. Roosevelt approves, congress 'may be asked at the January session to' appropriate $3,000,000,000 or more for national defense, nearly double the record sum voted thi year for the army and navy. The army high command wants immediately available, authoritative military quarters heard, an "initial protective force" of 600,000 regulars and national guardsmen full war equipment to expand the fo'rce to 730,000 or more in an emergency, and the essential arms foi the remainder of the million. Detailed cost^ figures are confidential, but it was understood the proposal contemplated total appropriations for the war department exceeding $1,700,000,000. Gruszka Called To Court Friday . WAUSAU, Wis., Nov. 9 (#)—Assemblyman Anthony Gruszka (Rep. Mosinee), was subpoenaed today to appear in Dane county superioi court at Madison at 2 p. m. tomor row for a John Doe investigatior into his charge that a lobbyist of fered him $200 for his vote on a bil •to reorganize the public service commission. Sheriff Ralph Gunzel served the subpoena at a Wausau restauran this afternoon after going to Mosinee in a fruitless attempt to find the legislator. Judge Roy Proctor adjourned the hearing indefinitely Monday be cause of failure to serve Gruszka with the subpoena. Gruszka, thei on his honeymoon, announced he had informed the Dane county dis trict attorney's office he would be at his home after Tuesday. ENGLISH SCOFF AT ACCUSATION IN BLAST PLOT French Interpret Bombing as Evidence of Split in Nazi Party. LONDON, Nov. 9 (^P)—British official sources scoffed today at Nazi suggestions that British secret agents were responsible for the blast last night in the Munich hall where Adolf Hitler had been attending a celebration "Doubtless the gentlemen who engineered the Reichstag fire know how to do these things," a spokesman said. Frey Urges State Action to Collect $65,000 Overpayment BLAST INDICATES SPLIT IN PARTY? PARIS, Nov. 9 (fP)— French diplomatic circles today interpreted the attempt to assassinate Chancellor Hitler at Munich as indicating a split in the Nazi party over Germany's alliance with Soviet Russia. One opinion reflected in the French press was that anti-Soviet elements attempted to kill der fuherer to gain control of the party. Diplomatic sources said last night's blast was likely to have widespread) diplomatic and military repercussions and might possibly push Hitler into a sudden move. The newspaper 1'Intransigeant said the incident showed that "the gestapo (secret police), backbone of the regime, has either failed of its duty or itself participated in the plot." • U. S. AWAITING OFFICIAL REPORT WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (/P)—The state department, Secretary Hul' said today, is awaiting official diplomatic reports on the Munich mbing. before deciding whether to "send congratulations to Reichsfueh- rer Hitler on his escape. v At Hull's press conference a reporter said he thought it was customary for a telegram of congratulation to be sent by his government when the head of a foreign state escaped injury or death by assassination, and asked whethei similar action were being taken in this case. Hull replied that the state department was seeking to obtain full statement of the facts surrounding the attempt against Hitler before determining what action to take. The state department received from the American embassy in Ber lin only a brief account, which was said not to be official, of what happened. Man Kills Wife, Ends Own Life MARION, O., Nov. 9 (/P)—An un .employed steel worker, Dallas Bar tram, 45, who knew he had only a short time to live, today killed his wife Ella Mae, 35^ and then him self, Coroner M. F. Axthelm report ed. Bertram's step-daughter, June told Prosecuting Attorney Paul D Michel that he was suffering from silicosis and had been advised b> a physician he would live only a short time. Axthelm returned a verdict o murder and suicide after an inves tigation by himself, Michel anc Police Chief William A. Marks. Marks said the Bartrams had been estranged. 11 BOXCARS DERAILED COCHRANE, Wis., Nov. 9 (ff) — Eleven boxcars were derailed anc 200 feet of double track of the Bur lington railroad main line we r e ripped up near here last night by a dragging arch bar on a freight ca: in an 83-car train. No one was in jured. Wrecking crews were clear ing the wreckage today and train were routed over Milwaukee Roac tracks through Minnesota. Private Phone Service May Be Cut But Bookmaking on Races Continues CHICAGO, Nov. 9 (&}— As long as the horses are running, the bookmakers will book them. That appeared to be the general attitude today of nearly a thousand Chicago bookmakers as they faced loss of direct wire service for the first time in 40 years. The Illinois Bell Telephone company cut jff their service at noon in compliance with a request from U. S. Dist. Atty. William J. Campbell, who is prosecuting M. L. Annenberg, owner of the Nation Wide News Service, for alleged income tax evasion. Nationwide serves the entire country with horse racing information. Chicago reputedly is the biggest betting center in the country, with an estimated $4,000,000 to $5.000,000 being wagered on the "gee-gees" daily. The bookmakers plan to meet the new situation by taking wagers as usual, but will accept no bets later than two or three minutes before the scheduled post time of the race Before they pay off, however, they will wait for the official "off-time' of the race, checking it with the time the wager was made so as to reduce the chances of any bettor "cheating" on them. Nationwide News will continue to disseminate its racing information as usual by telegraph but it will not be relayed by private telephone hookup to all betting establishments simultaneously. The handbook operators plan to station runners at the Nationwide headquarters to obtain race information as it comes in by telegraph and then "telephone it to the books frm public phones. It was the general impression that the amount wagered daily in Chicago probably would be cut in half. [Nazi Police Comb Nation fo* Perpetrators of Munich Bomb Plot. Director of Research Bureau Clashes with Company Representative. MADISON, Wis., Nov. 9 (/P)—August Frey, director of the division of departmental research, said yes- ;erday that he would recommend hat Governor Heil initiate action to collect $65,000 the state purport- idly overpaid for cement for use on lighway construction jobs. Frey did not indicate—in the event a lawsuit would be necessary —who would be named defendants. The division took testimony two weeks ago that the commission paid trom 25 to 65 cents a barrel more than several contractors, and a num- aer of counties and neighboring states did. His announcement was made at Lhe conclusion of a stormy session during which Walter A. Bechthold, vice-president and secretary of the Milwaukee contracting firm of Payne and Dolan, delayed the division's examination of Commission hairman William E. OBrien long enough to demand an opportunity to testify. The Milwaukee firm built the 15- mile stretch of Highway 13 between Friendship and the Wood county line upon which a portion of the division's investigation of the highway commission has been based. Standing directly in front of Frey, Bechthold said: "I have a subpoena to appear here this morning, and I would like to testify. As the contractor in these discussions I have a lot of evidence you (Frey) should be interested in. But you have told me a number of times to go home and get the hell out of here. Could I have the assurance that I can testify today?" "No, not today," Frey answered. "Well, then, can I have the assurance that I can testify later?" Bechthold asked. "I will reserve my answer to that," Frey said. "I have ne'ver heard more misrepresentations- '.in • my life than your attorney (Legal Counsel James S. Fornary) made," Bechthold continued, "and if I don't get a Chance to testify I will make out an affa- davit, present it .to you and to the press. "I built a good road, and I don't want to the middle of a fight." He then strode from the room. Frey said later it was "very indefinite" whether Bechthold would "ever get a chance to testify before the division." In answer to the charge of "misrepresentations," Fornary said he had based all of his questions on the commission's "contracts, specifications, and figures." As in the case of Commissioners F. Davlin and Thomas J. Paltison, Fornary examined O'Brien on a $17,000 supplementary claim, filed by Payne and Dolan, which the commission finally paid. Like Pattison, O'Brien said he thought it was a "good claim," at the time, but "would not approve it today." While admitting that payment of the claim might have been an "error in judgment," O'Brien defended the project saying: "We got a better road with more materials for less money than we would have on an ordinary bid." The probe is expected to be resumed some time next week. Burglar Slays Night Marshal POSTVILLE, la., Nov. 9 (£>)— Elmer Lennon, night marshal here for the last 15 years, was fatally wounded early today in a gun battle with a burglary-suspect. The officer's assailant was wounded in the leg. • The suspect was captured about 5 a. m. at the outskirts of New Albin, la., by Night Marshal Frank Ryan of Lansing, la., who pursued him from the latter town after blocking a toll bridge across the Mississippi river. The slain man was shot three times. Sheriff John P. King of Allamakee county said the assailant and Lennon engaged in the gun battle at a filling station here. The sheriff said the man was stealing gasoline. Seven Lose Lives 63 Others Injured When Explosion Wrecks Nazi Shrine at Celebration. BULLETIN BERLIN, Nov. 9 <ff)— Heinrich Himmler, head of all German police forces, tonight offered 300,000 marks ($120,000) in foreign exchange to anyone abroad providing information leading to the arrest of the persons who tried to kill Adolf Hitler in yesterday's Munich beer cellar explosion. The reward would be paid at any German consulate in the United States, or anywhere else. The reward is in addition to the 600,000 marks ($240,000) already offered for apprehension of the guilty persons inside Germany. BRITISH STEAMER SUNK LONDON, Nov. 9 (/P)—The 961-ton steamer Carmarthen Coast was sunk in the North sea today and two members of her crew were missing. Fourteen men, five of them injured, were rescued. Fights Paralysis With Respirator For Eight Years CHICAGO, Nov. 9 (/P)—The Journal of the American Medical association related today the astonishing medical story of a young man who for eight years has fought infantile paralysis with the aid of a median- j The"blast in the Buergerbrau hall, BERLIN, Nov. 9 (/P)—Adolf. Hitler, safe behind the walls of his new chancellery in Berlin, today viewed photographs of the first officially disclosed serious attempt to kill him since he assumed power in 1933. Meanwhile the reich's tremendous police power combed the nation for perpetrators of last night's explosion in the Munich Buergerbrau cellar which would have buried the fuehrer under nine feet of debris had he not left the "beer hall" putsch anniversary observance earlier than customary. ical respirator. The case history by Dr. Scott Lord Smith of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., said use of a respirator for that long is believed to be a record. It did not give the name of the 21-year-old patient. He was stricken during the poliomyelitis epidemic of 1931 and ever since has required a respirator for breathing, at least during sleep—a span that far exceeds that of the famed "boiler kid," Fred B. Snite, Jr., 29, of''Chicago, who has treveled far EmdryWidc and-"been married while practically living in a respirator since April 1, 1936. PERSONNEL SELECTION METHODS ARE BLAMED FOR ESCAPE AT PRISON JACKSON, Mich., Nov. 9 <#>)— Atty. Gen. Thomas Read charged last night that a "malady" in civil a shrine of Nazidom, came a few minutes after Hitler had left to entrain for Berlin and killed eight of his veteran followers and wounded more than 60, some gravely. The British secret service and Jews were openly charged with an attempt on the fuehrer's life, but officials said so far there was no trace of persons directly responsible for what "must have been a long and carefully planned attempt." The original reward of 500,000 marks ($200,000) for, information leading'to seizure of the : guilty was increased today to 600,000 marks ($240,000) by an anonymous additional offer of 100,000 marks ($40,000). None of the high Nazi officials who accompanied Hitler to Munich for the annual celebration were reported among the killed or injured. Seven of his followers were killed and 63 of the old Nazi fighters were hurt, 29 gravely. None of the high Nazi officials who accompanied Hitler to the traditional party cele- service was responsible for the flight j bration, however, were reported of six prisoners from southern among the killed or injured. Michigan penitentiary Sunday and j A death list announced by the he exonerated Warden Harry Jackson. The escape of the six, who were quickly recaptured but only after Chief Guard Inspector Fred Boucher was killed, was traceable to a "faulty system" of selecting prison personnel, Read said as he pleted an investigation The attorney general charged that under present civil service regulations, a prison warden lacks the proper latitude necessary for selection of subordinates. Read said he would recommend the discharge of Russell Day, guard from whom the six convicts took a shotgun. propaganda ministry disclosed that one of the seven dead was a woman. She was believed to be Frau Maria Henle, cashier of the beer cellar, .but was not definitely identified. Others were Franz Lutz, Wilhelm Kaiser, a radio announcer named Web- HEARING POSTPONED DODGEVILLE, Wis., Nov. 9 A preliminary hearing for Mrs. Emma Steiner, 37, charged wi t h third degree manslaughter in the shooting of Herman Everson, farm hand and escaped inmate of the Vernon county asylum, was postponed today until Dec. 4 because of the absence of a witness. TARGET OF GERMAN ARTILLERY GUNS Saarbruecken IWESTWAU. SarreguerninesfilLauterboura ' MAGINOT LINE SaarbrueckenQ St. Arnaul GERMANY German; isolate French garrison with artillery fire French fear Na*U moy dice off this to relieve Soar industries German guns are barking at the evacuated French town of Forbacb. central defense point of small villages in Lorraine loop, shaded area on map. French believe Nazis hope to seize area in their first major offensive of the war, and resume coal, steel, iron, chemical and glass operations in Saar, now shut down because of the commanding position of the French in the "loop." com-1 er, Leonhard Reindl, Emil Kasfaer-, ger and Eugen Schachta. They'were said to have been killed instantly. With the fuehrer were Propaganda Minister Paul Joseph Goebbels, Deputy Party Leader Rudolf Hess, Labor Leader Robert Ley, Interior Minister Wilhelm Frick, Labor Service Leader Konstantin Hierl, Alfred Rosenberg, head of the Nazi, party's foreign political division; Ritter von Epp, governor of Bavaria; Wilhelm Schaub, Hitler's personal adjutant; and Julius Streicher, governor of Franconia. * Hitler himself was safe aboard a . special at the time, heading toward Berlin after an address which was regarded generally as preparation for his people to face a prolonged conflict. He returned to his Berlin chan-. cellery about 4 a. m. (9 p. m., C. S. T.) Wednesday. Witnesses of the explosion said it was so violent that a hand grenade or amateurish infernal machine could not have caused it. Was Carefully Watched. The beer hall had been one of the most strictly watched spots in Munich for days and no explanation j was offered how a foreigner or con- i spirator could have entered. I Officials charged with the secur* ity of the fuehrer's person had the scare of their lives and the energy with which they plunged into the hunt was shown by the reward offered for information—500,000 marks labout $200,000). A semi-official statement said "clues indicate the plot originated abroad" and it was expected, therefore, that Germany's borders would be watched carefully for evidence j of intrigue. j The clues were not disclosed. But . there were signs that the gestapo, I the Nazi secret police, and the j Schutzstaffel, Hitler's black-shlrted j elite guard, were launching a spy j hunt and a drive to wipe out ene* | mies of the Nazi regime in politics ' and the war. j "The British secret service and j Jews" were responsible, declared j Deutscher Dienst. the cormuentary ; service of DNB, official German I news agency. It charged an attempt was ! on Hitler's life "because H ! thought that through the uct ! many would be struck jp the , "It anything could have ened our will lot victory or us more faithful to the iu*Jw«r, (Continued oo Pa#9

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