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sutler II AS Page ti JScri(tl Page 6 JoVint, Section 4 YOI CLXV1II. NEW SERIES ISO. LOUIS V1LLK, nil DAY SEPTEMHEK 23, 1938. 48 PAGES TODAY FIVE CKMS 'Last Offer9' For Peace Given Hitler Czech Army Listed As Missing Floods, Hunger Stalk In Wake Of Hurricane As Death Count Nears 450; Rivers Are Rising Head Forms New Cabinet Resentment Causes Old Group To Resign 1 Si or in Ijvaws lAttlr of Home Prague, Sept. 22 (7T) Gen.

Jan Chamberlain Meets Dictator Godesbur" 223 Bodies Recovered In Rhode Island I i I '1 t' 4" i I I it 1 I I ft I i i i For 2d Talk At Pair to Confer Copyright, 1938. by the United Press.) Godesbcrg, Germany, Sept. 22. rrime Minister Neville Chamberlain laid the Anglo-French "last offer" of peace before Chancellor Adolf Hitler tonight and it was expected that, if the offer is accepted, German troops will occupy the Sudctenland tomorrow. Even as the tall British Premier and the German dictator met in the little Hotel Drecsen to complete their bargain on which the peace of Europe depends, grcen-shirted "Free Corps" Sudetens and German troops were poised to march across the frontier.

For two and a half hours Chamberlain was closeted with Hitler, with only their interpreters to hear what was said. Then the Prime Minister emerged pleading for "everybody to assist in maintaining i ft 4: jt 1 i I XI fix i. (i state of orderliness. Aids Telephone Prague. Chamberlain returned to his smiling.

His aids immediately convey to the Government there ference. The Chamberlain statement "The Prime Minister had a conversation with the German Fuehrer which began at 4 p.m. and continued until shortly after 7 p.m. It is intended to resume the conversations tomorrow morning. "Meanwhile the first essential, in the opinion of the Prime Minister, is that there should be a determination on the part of all parties concerned to insure that local conditions in Czechoslovakia shall be such as not in any way to interfere with the progress of the (AP Wirephoto.

A hurricane rrfuprc looks toward what was once liis liome at Onset, Ma.t out on Cape Cod, afler the town was hit hy hurricane winds and a tidal wave on dne-day. On the opposite hank searchers are looking for hodies. Again hotel, looking tired and drawn but telephoned Prague, presumably to the preliminary results of the con said: Nazis Report Czechs Kill 16 Sndetens Prague Troops Saul To Have Marched Back Berlin, Sept. 22 UP) Official German News Agency dispatches tonight reported Czechoslovakian troops had fired on celebrating Sudeten Germans of the Eger frontier district, killing sixteen men and women. The dispatches from Eger asserted the outbreak occurred when troops, acting on orders from Prague, reoccupied areas previously evacuated after the Czech Government agreed to cede them to Germany.

An official source in Prague declared there were no ca.jaltie3 from the incident. Reports reaching there said a number of Legionnaires of the Sudeten "Free Corps" crossed the frontier from Germany and attacked a Czech customs house and other public Czech police and customs employes were said to have returned the fire of the Legionnaires, who retreated across the border. Machine-Gunning Told. The news agency, DNB, said troops reappeared at 4 p.m. when village streets of the Eger district were crowded with joyously cele brating citizens.

Machine guns were said by DNB to have rattled from ar mored cars, killing and wounding numerous by-standers. DNB reports accused the Czech troops of firing on crowds in Koenigsberg, Graslitz, Fal-kenau, Joachimsthal, Weipert and other places in the Eger district. German dispatches said the terrified Sudetens, hastily removing flags and garlands, closed their stores in Eger and Asch since they understood Czech troops were planning to take over these Sudeten towns during the night. Communications Lost. The dispatches asserted returned gendarmes were patrolling Eger and Asch streets where shooting and scuffles were said to be continuing.

Telephone communication with the two towns was disrupted. The reporots added to German apprehension that the Czechs might inflict severe damage on Sudetenland before yielding it to Germany, a fear that deadened joy over Adolf Hitler's triumph. This fear was based on reports of extensive mining of bridges, dams, railways, build- (Continued on Page 10, Column 2.) villages of New England's coast, there was suffering. The Federal Government, at President Roosevelt's command, moved up its vast resources for rescue and protection against disease and to expedite the movement of freight for the vast job of reconstruction. Louisville Offers Help.

H. Davis, the National Red Cross chairman, said 10,000 families were in need because of the hurricane, floods, fire and high seas. He authorized local chabters of his organization all over the coun Syrovy, 50, Inspector General of the Czechoslov akian Army, formed a new Cabinet today to cope with the republic's rising in dignation over surrender of its Sudeten area to Germany. The veteran campaigner, who was considered friendly toward Soviet Russia, succeeded Premier Milan Hodza, whose Cabinet quit earlier in the day in the face of resentment against the Govern ment's capitulation to Anglo- French pressure designed to ap pease Adolf Hitler. General Syrovy.

emerging as the republic's strong man in the hour of its greatest crisis, took over the War Ministry Portfolio in addition to the Premiership. Kye Lost In Iiallle. He lost an eye while fighting in the famed Czech Legion with the Russian armies against Germany during the World War. The only hold-over from the Ilodza Cabinet was Foreign Min ister Kami! Krofta, who shared with President Eduard Benes and Ilodza the decision to cede Su detenland to Germany at the insistent prodding of Britain and France. Three Ministers Without Portfolio were named: Hugo Vav-recka.

who has been in charge of the Government propaganda department; Peter Zenkl, Mayor of Prague, and Dr. Stanislaus Ruka-kvsky. Additional appointments included: Jan Fritz, unification of laws; Stanislaus Mendl, public health; Dr. Emile Reich, agriculture; Joseph Horal, social welfare: Dr. Jan Czerny, former Governor of Moravia, interior; Joseph Kalfus, finance; Egbert Shubecl.

education; Vladimir Fajnor, justice; General Franz Nosal, public works; Heindrich Kamcnicky, railways: Dr. Karel Dynovsky, posts; -Rudolf Janackek, com merce. Greater Influence for Army. It appeared certain the army would have greater influence in dictating policies of the new regime, which the aroused Czecho slovakian people called on to resist further sacrifices. Benes described the new Cabinet in a nationwide broadcast as "a government of national soli darity." Before the Cabinet was an nounced, it was said outside Gov ernment offices that selection of General Syrovy would be offen sive to Germany because of his service with the allies during the World War.

By the same token, it was said in these circles that he was con sidered too friendly towards Communism to suit the Nazis. Iatience Is Urged. Benes, in a radio address, hinted that new negotiations on a broad scale might give a new aspect to the gloomy prospect presented by clamoring on all sides for separation of her other minorities as well as the Sudeten Germans. "Wait patiently," he said. "Our people have always been sensible and realistic.

Qur people understand that sometimes it is necessary to negotiate and sometimes to fight. (Continued on Page 10, Column 1.) 8 Thrown In Lake As Section Of Dam Wall Falls Fort Teck, Sept. 22 (U.R) A 100-foot section of the earth-filled wall of Fort Peck collapsed today, throwing at least eight men into the water of Fort Peck Lake. At least one man was killed. The fate of the others was not determined immediately.

The accident occurred on the upstream edge of the dam, the largest of its kind in the world. The dam wall itself remained intact, holding back the water, Army engineers said. An official statement prepared by Maj. Clark Kittrel, in charge of the Army engineers said the cause of the failure has not been determined, but there was no reason to doubt the safety of the main dam. gave Meredith until next Wednesday to file an answer, after which it was expected a date for trial would be set.

The suit was filed at the direction of Gov. A. B. Chandler in the name of two highway patrolmen, S. C.

Payne and Carl Norman. The petition stated they Scholtz Urges Kentucky Cities To Unite In Home Rule Fight fPictures on pli-ture page. List of identified dead on pace 11, section 4.1 (By the Associated Press.) The Nation's' tiniest State, Rhode Island, Thursday night reported the highest death toll in the hurricane which struck seven States and Canada Wednesday night, inflicting millions of dollars in property damage and killing nearly 450 persons. Rescue workers, toiling unceasingly, reported 223 bodies in the little New England State an average of a storrr victim for ever five square miles. Of those recovered, 134 were identified.

Scores still were missing and fears were expressed that the toll might rise with the coming of daylight. Floods Latest Menace. Rhode Island's death list was more than twice that of Massachusetts, where 108 deaths placed it second on the list among States ravaged. Floods, and in some cases hunger, loomed as new threats in the stricken area Amid the widespread destruc- tion brought by the storm the worst to strike that rich and heavily populated section in a century the people fearfully watched ever-rising streams. The menace seemed particularly imminent in New England, as llustrated by the Connecticut River which, at Hartford, already had passed the level it reached in the major flood of 1927.

Elsewhere, river crests aiso rose. Hurricane damage was so vast as to be incalculable. Thousands of Homes Smashed. Thousands of homes and cottages fell into smashed and dreary piles of kindling. Hundreds of palatial yachts and small craft were swamped or destroyed.

Public buildings were damaged; transportation and communications were halted or crippled. Crops were ruined. None could venture a guess as to the number of the homeless, save that it was in the high thousands. From the gilded "Gold Coast" of Long Island's north and south shores, the suburban homes of many of New York City's wqplthy, to the ancient fishing 2 Plaintiffs Disqualified In Barklcy Suit Attorneys Given Time To Amend Petition Frankfort, Sept. 22 Of) A suit by two Newport attorneys to bar the Democratic nominee, United States Senator Alben W.

Barklcy, from the November election ballot, was branded by ju dicial decision today as lacking plaintiffs legally capable of main taining such a suit. The attorneys, Charles E. Lester, and Lawrence Riedinger, however, were allowed until 10 a.m. next Monday to amend their petition. Lester told Circuit Judge William B.

Ardery, who made the ruling, he "expected" to be able to obtain as a plaintiff one of the Democrats defeated by Barkley in the August Democratic primary or "the nominee of an other party. "I am not saying am sure of doing so," Lester added, "but I have been telephoning and I expect to be able to." The petition asked that Bark-ley be declared guilty of corrupt practices, declaring State and Federal employes, citing particularly W.P.A. workers, had been coerced into contributing to Barkley's campaign fund and into voting for him. There were thirteen candidates in the Democratic Senatorial primary Barklcy, Gov. A.

B. Chandler, ten others general fy known as Barkley backers who filed so as to assure the Barkley forces control of the election officers in Jefferson County, and Munnell (Walking Munn) Wilson. The only nominee of any other party is John P. Haswcir, Republican. Democratic votes cast for others than Barkley and Chandler were almost negligible.

When the Les- ter-Riedingcr suit was filed Chan (Continued on Pace 10. Column 4.) Ash Another 1 Of what "House" was Henry VIII of England? 2 What is the Koh-i-noor gem 3 Who was Washington's first Secretary of State? 4 What country is sometimes called the "Emerald 5 Who is Randolph Scott's co-star in "The Answers to today's "Ask Me Another" are on Page 2. Tells League of Muiiicipalilies Thai Stale Has Sabotaged Local Government In Many Places Kaymoml L. Scott River ragged After Motor Left On Bridge Raymond L. Scolt Listetl As Missing While Coast Guardsmen dragged the river, Louisville police Thursday night listed as missing Raymond L.

Scott. 45, of 2233 E. Elm. New Albany, proprietor of a produce sales agency at 603 E. Main, Louisville, whose automobile was found at 8 p.m.

parked in the center of the Municipal Bridge. Mr. Scott, father of Jimmy Scott, Indiana amateur and Falls City golf champion, left his home for his office at 8 a.m. but did not arrive there, associates re ported. Although police had no reason to believe that Mr.

Scott might have drowned, they asked Coast Guardsmen to help search. De tective Sergt. Carl Pittelko said relatives told him Mr. Scott suffered from amnesia and several weeks ago found himself in Indianapolis. Parked for An Hour.

The automobile was towed to the Jcffcrsonville bridge office after passersbv notified Bridge Police Sergt. D. R. Stemler that it had been parked on the bridge for an hour or so. Walter Camentz, 225 E.

Wash ington, who explained Mr. Scott has desk space in the Main Street business house, said he had not seen him in the office for three weeks. Members of the family explained that Mr. Scott, who also is a golfer and past champion of the New Albany Country Club, had been on a vacation and attended the national amateur tournament at Pittsburgh. His son was reported to be in Detroit with a golf team.

'Heat' Withers Over the River Gambling Plants Clark County gambling houses felt the "heal" Thursday night of Gov. M. Clifford Townsend's warning to local law enforcement agencies that he would send Indiana State Police in, if necessary, to stop gambling. Reports were current in Jeffer-sonville that the Greyhound, The Turf Club and the "1-2-3" Club were closing down. It was said Governor Townsend had sent word that he intended, specifically, to see that the lid was clamped down in Clark County.

Townsend's warning came on the heels of the disclosure of a huge shortage, possibly more than $90,000, in the accounts of the office of the Floyd County Treasurer. An official audit is under way to determine the exact amount involved. The shortage was revealed following the pistol bullet suicide of Robert A. Lctst, chief deputy of Floyd Treasurer Frank Hop-penjohn. Leist, who received a salary of $150 a month, was reported to have lost large sums over the gaming table and on horse races.

Louisville Offers Help To Storm-Striekeii Area Residents of Louisville, whose suffering during the 1937 Ohio River flood was relieved by the aid of New England as well as the rest of the country, offered assistance to the storm-stricken New England coast. The proffer of aid was contained in telegram to Norman H. Davis, chairman of the American Red Cross, by Andrew Hroaddua, Mayor pro tempore. It said: "The hearts of Louisville and her people go out to those distressed and suffering persons victims of last night's hurricane in the New England States. We stand ready and willing to do anything within our power in this moment of need.

Please call on us for any assistance that we can render." "The Prime Minister appeals most earnestly, therefore, to everybody to assist in maintaining a state of orderliness and refrain from action of any kind that would be likely to lead to incidents." Germany Won't Wait. The statement was significant in view of reports that after withdrawal of the Czech police and troops from the Sudeten areas, the Germanic "Free Corps" will march in tomorrow and take over police duties. There was no disposition on the part of Germany to wait for consummation of the ''peace deal" with Chamberlain, under which much of the Sudeten area will be ceded to the Reich. Chamberlain was cheered wildly by Germans as he returned to his hotel a striking contrast to the almost silent reception that greeted his arrival this afternoon. The 69-year-old British Prime Minister came to this little town cn the west bank of the Rhine to 5eal a bargain he made with the German dictator a week ago at Berchtesgaden trading the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia to Germany as the price of peace but there were strong reports that this time Chamberlain came ermed with more than offers.

May Seek Assurances. Although no word of what went on in the little room in the hotel Drcesen was permitted to leak out, it was learned on reliable authority that the British Trime Minister was prepared to demand that Hitler furnish assurance he would keep his end of the bargain. These assurances were to be Hitler's consent to an international commission to arrange for the transfer of Sudetenland, as veil as his promise to demobilize his armed forces on the Czech frontier and lend his voice to a joint plea for restraint on the part of all concerned in the Czech deal. The German Fuehrer, on the other hand, was understood to have made up his mind that the partition of Czechoslovakia must be effected immediately with cne week supposedly the deadline and possibly to demand that Hungarian and Polish minorities be accorded The same treatment as the Sudeten Germans. British observers saw behind the conference a quick, clear demarcation of the Anglo-German viewpoints, with both sides definitely committed to the extent of the concessions they would be willing to make.

To End By Friday, Is View. DNB, the official German news seeney, predicted that the conference would end early Friday. In German circles it was believed the conferences would be short and to the point. With Hitler n-ling the high tide of success thus far in the unprecedented diplomatic negotiations virtually able to dictate the issue of peace or war the British attitude had hardened perceptibly over the last twenty-four hours. Many informed British experts believed the whole issue would be settled at the first conferences, and that if Hitler were disposd to reject the agreement or balk st making any concessions of Tis own, the order for German troops (Continued on Page 10, Column 1.) Forecast Kentucky Generally fair and warmer Friday and Saturday.

Indiana Generally fair Friday and Saturday; warmer Friday; continued warm Saturday. try to accept contributions for relief activities. Even before Davis spoke, offers of aid had come from the City of Louisville, itself flooded in 1937, and the Red Cross chapter of Miami, where hurricanes have struck in the past. Sections of five States were threatened by floods in the wake of the hurricane. Hartford, already was feeling the ravage of high water, the third time in eleven years.

With the Connecticut River past the thirty-foot level, fourteen feet above flood 'stage, scores of residents deserted their homes or barricaded them with sandbags. Water ran eight feet deep In come to tell every Kentuckian of the crisis." Dr. L. O. Smith.

Mayor of Harlan, who. as presiding officer, introduced Mayor Scholtz, told the League, "the trend towards centralization of authority is producing a state of affairs in which cities, large and small, are losing out. It is extremely important to all of us for cities to stand together and go after home rule with firmness of purpose and determination to achieve our objectives." Dr. Martin Speaks. In a speech to the League, the State Revenue Commissioner, Dr.

James W. Martin, described himself as a "personal enthusiast for home rule," but said Kentucky cities already have freedom of action in fiscal matters, with liberal tax limits and debt limits. Dr. Martin said he thought "local autonomy with respect to es sential functions is inconsistent with sound government." He explained that he thought the State had the right and duty to set up standards for the conduct of essential functions. Sessions of the ninth annual convention of the League were held in the Mammoth Cave Hotel, and were attended by 130 officials of thirty-two municipalities.

E. Reed Wilson, Mayor of Lexington and president of the League, and Carl B. Wachs, executive secretary, expressed themselves as pleased with the attendance. Mayor Wilson told the membership that the League had failed in several legislative efforts this year to obtain greater consideration for cities by the State government, (Continued on Pafie 10. Column 6.) Hear Yd some Typhoid inoculation clinics were opened.

Hudson On Rampage. Some lowlands in the Western section of Massachusetts also were inundated hy the same river, causing the evacuation of the north and south ends of Springfield. Parts of New Hampshire were under rivers' overspill. In New York the Hudson, swollen by rushing mountain streams, threatened to equal the March, 193(5, level of nineteen feet by Friday morning. This would two and one-half feet under the all-time record set in 1913.

Other (Continued on Tage 10, Column 5.) Jury Hears Governor Was 'Near Death' Chandler Tells Illne At Poison Case Prohe rPirtur on Pi-tur rf I At the conclusion of the firt day of the grand jury's investigation of charges that Gov. A. B. Chandler was poisoned July 21 after drinking water at the Kentucky Hotel, Commonwealth Attorney Merit O'Neal and A5-sistant Attorney General A. E.

Funk declared, in a joint ment, that there is little that the Governor and Finance Commissioner J. state-doubt Stat Dan Talbott were "at the point of death." "Unquestionably Governor Chandler and Mr. Talbott, according to the proof heard so far, were very sick men." Mr. O'Neal and Mr. Funk said.

Undisputed evidence up to this point is that both men were at the point cf death. They believed they were going to die, and said so. We have no hesitancy in stating the grand jury will exonerate Dr. J. W.

Bryan in every respect. Unquestionably he performed his dutic toward the patients without any thought of politics." Adj.uirned to 10 A.M. "Evidence is so we don't believe Mr. Talbott need he heard. Evidence is that he a still in a serious condition whicU might yet prove fatal." they said.

The grand jury adjourned until 10 a.m. Fridav when it hear Dr. C. W. Dowden.

Brown who was too ill to appear before the jurv Thursday; Police Chief John Mallcy; Dctecuva Chief Joseph Stewart, and detectives who traced the pitcher of water from the service department to the Governor's rooms. During Thursday's session, which lasted three hours, the jury heard Governor Chandler. Dr. Bryan, Dr. S.

B. Baughman, Frankfort; B. C. Lee, Erlanger, past State Legion commander, who became ill after drinking water in the Governor rooms; Dr. Arthur T.

McCormack, State Health Commissioner; Dr. Harry Weetcr. and State Tolics Lieut. Jesse Wyatt, who also became ill after drinking the water. The Governor showed no ill ef- (Continued on rage 10, Column By BRYAN R.

I Staff Correspondent The Courier-Journal. Mammoth Cave. Sept. 22. Asserting that the Legislature at Frankfort has sabotaged local government in many Kentucky municipalities.

Mayor Joseph D. Scholtz of Louisville, this afternoon called upon the Kentucky League of Municipalities to "present a united front against further legis lative inroads upon local author ity." Mayor Scholtz asked the league to set in motion a drive for "real home rule" in every city in the State, adding that "the time has come to tell every Kentuckian of the crisis that confronts this State's municipalities." rian Called Unselfish. "We must have," the Mayor de clared, "a greater degree of local self-government and a fair share of certain State-collected taxes. "The plan is unselfish it will benefit the entire State, farming, mining, lumbering and horse breeding areas equally with the municipalities. "Kentucky, like other States, has experienced a great change in rural-urban relations.

There no longer exists a great differ ence between rural and urban life; each is dependent upon the other, and every community in the State is affected by the plight of its neighbors. Situation Termed Crisis. "The prosperity of our beloved Kentucky from Mills Point to Big Sandy is tied up in the prosperity of its municipalities. For good or bad. the welfare of our State is a unitary thing, and the time has Hear Ye! Court of Appeals Test Seen For State Cops' Pay Ruling Frankfort, Sept.

22 0P The future of the now suspended State highway patrol was placed in the hands of the courts today with ultimate decision likely to be made by the Kentucky Court of Appeals. After the filing today of a petition to test Attorney General Hubert Meredith's recent ruling that State highway funds can not be used to finance the patrol, Circuit Judge William B. Ardery overruled Meredith's move to dismiss the case on the grounds no cause of action had been shown, saying: "The court believes the proper patrol of roads is part of their maintenance and therefore I overrule the demurrer and will let the case be tried on Its merits." He Alexander Woollcott, famous as "The Town Crier" on the radio, and as author, playwright, actor, critic and philosopher, will be one of the sparkling personalities on the program of The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times Fall Festival and Woman's Institute. Mr. Woollcott will present "Folklore" in his appearance Friday, October 7, at the Memorial Auditorium.

Appearing at the same time with Mr. Woollcott will be the Louisville Civic Orchestra in concert under the direction of Robert Whitney. Plan today to attend these unusual, free attractions of the Institute, and order your ticket for the popular priced Fall Festival shows. were suing in behalf of all the other patrolmen, whose wages had been stopped when Highway Commissioner Robert Humphreys declined to allow any more highway funds to be diverted to the patrol after Meredith's ruling. The Attorney General declared the highway law prohibited use of its revenue for other than construction, reconstru ction and (Continued on Tage 10, Column 4.) Temperatures.

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