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EATHER AKRON BEACON JOUENAJL FINAL EDITION Cloudy, warmer tonight. Sunday. Showers. Yesterday's highest temperature hs 84; lowest was 57 degrees. Ohio's Most Complete Newspaper Associated Press Telephotos United Tress LN.S.

JC.IXA. EIGHTEEN PAGES PRICE THREE CENTS 101st YEAR NO. 210 AKROX, OHIO, SATURDAY EVENING, AUGUST 3, 1940 MEDAL FOR PRIISCE DERBY HEAR King Carol Rewards Son RUMORS OF SPY RIMS MS BRITAIN ROUNDS japs EW RE-WIDE DRAGNET SET ei CLAIMS NEW JQGT0 I ES RAILROAD OFFICIALS CONTINUE PROBE INTO CRASH 34 Of Victims In 'Doodlebug' Tragedy Killed By Fire, Coroner Report Shows CORONER R. E. AMOS today exploded the belief held by witnesses that 43 passengers of the Akron-Hudson "Doodlebug" were dead when rescuers arrived to find the train a flaming inferno after its crash with a doubleheader freight train in Cuya- hnsra Falls.

the railroad places responsibility for the holocaust upon the shoul-ders of Murtaugh, the engineer, and Shafer, the conductor, on the grounds that the shuttle train vio 4v pi gillH tl, jSTTit Acme Photo King Carol of Rumania pinned a medal on his son. Crown Prince Mihai, after the latter successfully passed his graduation examinations. The prince worked mathematical problems, provided answers to- new European geography as the tests were conducted in the palace while the king looked on. Senate Bi-P artisan Bloc Seen To Battle Draft Bv The Aoocittrd Pre WASHINGTON. Aug.

3 Opponents of compulsory military training talked today of forming a bi-partisan bloc for a senate floor battle against peacetime conscription advocated by President Roosevelt. USH STARTS Officials Speed Setting Of Stage For Akron District Races Sunday 239 CARS ARE ENTERED Believe More May Compete For Local Soap Box Championship Derby Downs seethed with activity today as workers and Derby officials raced against time to set the stage for the seventh annual running of the Beacon Journal's Soap Box classic tomorrow. from early morning until well sftrr flnsk tonight, there will be a hustle and hustle that only conifs Petby time. Already cars have heen accepted for the rare and there were ptosperts that 15 to 18 more would pass inspection this morning, boosting the field to better than 250. There are two reasons for the rlmpping in the number of entrants.

One is the fact that Por- Klrst round pairings for the Heacnn Journal's annual Snap Rnx Derby will he found on Tage 2. tage rounty held its own race this year for the first time and attracted "5 racers who ordinarily would compete here. The other is the raising of the minimum ago limit for all Derbies from 10 to 11 years. 'Scoopy' Ineligible As it is. nearly 20 cities and communities in the Akron district will he represented in the battle for Derby honors tomorrow to pick a successor to Charles "Scoopy" Tuhbs, 1939 winner.

"Scoopy" is not eligible this summer. Among thotowns who have sent Derby racers are Stow, Cuyahoga Kails, Wadsworth, Orrville, Seville, Mogadore, Hudson, Barberton, Copley, Coventry, Uniontown, Greentown, Greensburg, Newton Canton and Warren. Even with a field well under the record 1939 total, there will he no time to waste once the competition begins. The schedule calls for the racing to he under way by 1:30 p. m.

with one heat every 90 seconds. If things keep moving as scheduled, Derby officials look for the crowning of the district champion around 5 p. m. rian 55 HeaU Already there are 55 heats in the class A section set up and 22 heats in class with others to be added to both groups during the forenoon. This morning the back-breaking task of carting the 239 cars from the stadium storage rooms to the headquarters tent on the hilltop eot under way.

It was estimated that the job would take 11 hours. The little machines will be stored under the "big top" tonight in their heat formations. Tomorrow morning they will be lined up on the track in the order they will rare, so when the starter's flag goes down for the first time there will he several hours of continuous raring. Some idea of the magnitude of handling a Derby can be gained from the fact that 152 men have heen assigned various tasks in conducting the competition. Of this numher, 80 alone will be stationed on the hilltop to direct operations at the starting line.

Traffic Is Problem Handling the traffic in and nut of Derby Downs will be another problem but there will be no lack if officers. City police, deputy sheriffs, and state highway patrolmen will be augmented bv the Fire stone, Goodrich and Goodyear plant nmrers. The Akron Transportation Co. will special car and bus service to the downs. Ten-minute service will be furnished on the K.

Market st. line starting at 11 m. Passengers will transfer at Massillon rd. to special busses operating directly to the grounds. At the conclusion of the races, the special service will be resumed.

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cloudy 114 clear cloudy an "8' UI1 lated orders to take siding at Silver Lake. Publication by the Beacon Murtaugh's Wife Questions Rail Signals Union Complained Of Method, She Says; Road Official Defends Safety System By HF.I.F.N WATF.RHOrSK MRS. THOMAS L. MURTAUGH, wife of the engineer of the Ill-fated "Doodlebug" accommodation train which carried 4.1 to their deaths in a collision Wednesday night at Cuyahoga Falls, declared today that railroad men, through their brotherhood, had complained to Pennsylvania railroad officials about the use of a so-called "un attended block" near th point of the accident. She said she raised this question MRS.

THOMAS MI RTAI OH stands by hiiKband as a possible point of Inquiry from the standpoint of safety Involved. Assistant Division Superintendent Guy Scott said that It was true that an "unattended block" was in use at that point between the regular block stations at Arlington and Hudson. It is not uncommon, however, he said, pointing out that such blocks are used at several places elsewhere on the road. Scott said he was not aware that the brotherhood had placed any complaint about this block system before railroad officials, but that it was possible that the matter had been taken up in the Cleveland office. If such a complaint was made, it would not have involved the point of safety, but rather that of personal convenience to train crews who are obliged to stop it an "unattended block" and call for Instructions from a telephone station.

In a block where signals (Continued On Pe- Twol What, No Brandy? Gosh, Mr. Wright! SHELBYVILLE. Aug. 3. OPi Robert O.

Wright, Shelbyville baker, says he expects to be dead when he's placed in his mauaoleum. But "Just in ease," he has furnished the crypt with a radio, clock, cot, rug. towel, comb, mirror, candles, matches, cigarets, cigars, a corncob pipe, tobacco and two brandy glasses. Two Prominent Nipponese Business Men Among Those Detained RETALIATION IS DENIED Tokio Registers A Strong Protest At Seizure Of Subjects Ht The Atftar.aUd Prti LONDON, Aug. 3.

Britain followed up the arrests many of her prominent subjects in Japan with an empire-wide roundup of Japanese today, including the two London representatives of the powerful Mitsubishi and Mitsui banking in terests, but authoritative sources here insisted the British action was not retaliatory. The arrest here last night of Satoru Maklhara and Shunsukel Tanabe, London managers of Mitsubishi and Mitsui, respectively, and the arrests of Japanese subjects in other parts of the British empire were coupled with unconfirmed rumors of the uncovering of a wide-spread spy ring branch ing from London throughout the empire, notably Canada, Austra lia and Burma. Reports of the alleged spy ring, published here without specific reference to the arrests, said the members of the ring had been allowed to operate in peace "until they were Involved hopelessly." Deny Reprisal! The parallel between these accounts and the Japanese action in arresting Britons in Japan on charges of operating a spy rin were considered significant evea though British authorities stoutly Insisted there was no element of" reprisal In their action. The Japanese embassy registered a "strong protest" with the British government at the arrest of Makihara and Tanabe, the two most prominent Japanese business men in London. The British position was that In a widespread drive against enemy sympathizers and possible spies people of all nationalities have heen detained, among them some Japanese.

To link such arrests with the Incidents In Japan and assert they are retaliatory merely because they followed on the heels of the arrests in Japan, these sources said, was drawing an unwarranted conclusion. Knvoy Files Protest Japanese Ambassador Mamoru Shigemitsu personally went to the British foreign office with the protests against the arrests of the noted businessmen. The two were understood to have been srrested under the aliens order of the defense regulations, which gives the home secretary power to deport aliens or order their detention. The home office, however, refused any comment this morning. A spokesman at the Japanese embassy said: "We are flabbergasted at the action which has been taken." He added that Ambassador Shigemitsu, in addition to lodging a protest, hsd asked full details of and reasons for the arrests.

Japan's arrests of the Britons S't LONDON Page Two Retaliation Move, Jap Papers Say TOKIO, Aug. 3. (U.D Newspapers published extra editions today charging that the arrest of two prominent Japanese business men in London meant that Britain had started a retaliation campaign because of the arrests of Britons in Japan and Korea on suspicion of espionage. Foreign office, army and navy spokesmen refused to comment until a full official report had been received from London. The Mitsubishi company, from which K.

Maklhara, first Japanese arrested in London, is manager, said that it knew only the bare fact of the arrest as reported in news dispatches. Appeal Planned A spokesman for the company Intimated that an appeal would be made at once to Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka to effect Makihara's release. Newspapers asserted that foreign office, army and navy leaders would meet as soon as they received an official report from In-don, to take firm action. They forecast an immediate protest to the British ambassador here, Sir Rohert Cralcle. and a protest to the British foreign office by Ambassador Mamoru Shigemitsu at London.

Yomiurl called Makihara's arrest "a disgraceful retaliatory scheme" and an attempt to ob-struck Japan's European trade. In editorials written before news of Britain's action was known, here, the newspapers had said that anv arrests of Japanese would plainly be retaliatory and would be resented strongly. Journal yesterday of a photograph of the shuttle crew's running or ders found among Shafer a papers at St. Thomas hospital by railroad officials touched off speculation as to the order's meaning. The message on the railroad form, No.

19, handed, according to railroad officials, to Shafer at Hudson, read: "Engine 4454 run extra, Arlington to Hudson, and meet No. 3380 Gas Engine No. 464S at Switch 1 Silver Lake." Engine 44.54 was the lead locomotive of the freight train and No. 3380 was the number assigned to the Doodlebug for the south-hound run to Akron from Hudson. The order found as addressed to and E.

No. 3380" meaning, officials said, the conductor and en-glneman of the shuttle." Two veterans working for other roads today had protested to the coroner's office that a regularly scheduled passenger train takes precedence over a freight on extra ruh and that Murtaugh, rightly, should have believed the freight was to take siding. Spokesmen for the railroad the Cleveland division offices, how- (Continued On Pae Twol Strict Rations Ordered; Nation Dissolves All Secret Societies r) The AMaelated Pren VICHY. Aug. French government issued new decrees to day restricting the tale or food stuffs in another move to against shortage of supplies winter because of transportation difficulties and absence of im ports.

Restaurants were prohibited from serving fish or cheese in the same meal with meats, and from serving any meat, fowl or rabbit after 3 p. m. During August, ration card coupons will be required to purchase specified articles which are par ticularly short and which may be bought only in limited amounts such as: Slightly over 1 pound of sugar less than a pound of spaghetti, macaroni, about 3'j ounces of rice; less than a half pound of soap, and about a half pound of margarine or vegetable oils. The Petaln government also has ordered dissolution of Freemasonry and all other secret societies, it was announced. Accused By Press The press charged Freemasonry with offenses ranging from sap ping the moiale of France to undermining Petain's efforts to re establish the "work, family and fatherland" Idea among the people The newspaper Le Nouvelliste of Lyon declared "our foreign en emies never would have been able to succeed against us if France, had not been literally assassinated by the venom of secret lodges.

The press said Freemasons got their representatives into public office here they wielded their in fluence against the nation's Cath ollc faith and built up a spirit of "hypocrisy, tyranny, defeatism and hate." The German radio yesterday said anti-Jewtsh demonntratlons were reported at Nice, France, quoting the newspaper Eclaireur See PRANCE Pafe Two All Wire Service To France Is Ended NEW YORK, Aug. 3. (INS) The Western Union Cable company today announced temporary suspension of telegraphic communication with Paris and other occupied portions of France. There was no explanation for the stoppage. Montana democrat, led the liberal rally to Johnson.

Crossing party lines. Wheeler endorsed Johnson and praised his liberalism, saying: "Whether one always agrees with him or not, Johnson is the type of independent thinker, who is honest, able and conscientious, that we need In the United States senate. Of course, if to be termed a liberal, one must be 100 per cent for whoever may be in the White House, then Johnson is not a liberal. "The greatest issue before the people today is to keep our coun- iContlnued On Pane Twel RANCE BATTLES HUNGER Devastating Air And Sea Attacks Staged, Says Nazi Communique RAID THAMES ESTUARY One Sub Alone. Sinks Seven British Ships, Report Announces By FREDERICK OECHSNER Inlted Trf Staff Writer BERLIN, Aug.

3. Devastating air and sea attacks upon British merchant and naval fleets were claimed by the German high command today which said tnat yesterday the air force bombed the Thames estuary and the east coast of England. Yesterday alone, it was claimed, one submarine sank seven British merchant ships totaling S6.000 tons, including three tankers. The air force yesterday sank armed British merchant ships totaling 16.000, it was said. The air force sank three of the merchant sl'ps in the Thames estuary.

Bag 350 Planes Reviewing past operations, it was asserted that during July the air force shot down 350 British planes and sank 260,000 tons of merchant shipping and 25,000 tons of warships, including a cruiser, a auxiliary cruis er, two destroyers totaling 2,200 tons and three submarines totaling 2,000 tons. In adidtion it was claimed that during July three patrol boats totaling 1,800 tons were surtk. During July, the communique continued, the air force se verely damaged 350,000 tons of merchant shipping and 55,000 ton of men o' war, including four misers totalling 32,000 tons, ernt destroyers ana otner war- ips totaling 1,800 tons. Additionally, it was claimed that during July German submarines sank 469,000 tons of enemy shipping. Destroyer Sunk The high command said that the submarine which yesterday sank seven armed enemy merchantmen was commended by Lieut.

Comm. Kretschmer. It credited him with having sunk a total of 117.000 tons of shipping on his various cruises in addition to the British destroyer Daring. Describing yesterday's air raids on the British Isles, the high command said that "widespread fires were observed in oil tanks at Thames Haven." It said that in night attacks, the air force bombed anti-aircraft batteries. "Several enemy planes which during the day flew over Holland and northern France everywhere ran up against effective pursuit plane and anti-aircraft gun defense See BERLIN Page Two Joker Worries Physician's Wife And 16 Merchants HEN six automobile dealers and their products, an in sect exterminating company and a truckload of bricks, not to mention Innumerable other articles of merchandise, converged on the home of a prominent West Hill physician within three days last week, the doctor's wife decided enough was enough, and called the Better Business bureau.

Today officials of the bureau warned Akron merchants to be on their guard for the versatile practical joker who calls and orders merchandise in the physician's name. A total of 16 merchants called at the physician's home within the brief period, including also a baggage-hauling company, taxi, laundry, window cleaners, rug cleaners, plumbing and heating company, radio repairmen, a truckload of lumber, and an auto-wrecking concern all with merchandise that had been ordered in the doctor's name. What Page? Here's Where You Will Find What You're, Looking For Page Akron, Jr. 6 Amusements 8 Page Markets 12, 13 My Day Patri Pegler Radio Recipes Schlemmer 18 7 18 5 7 10 Astrology Brady Carter Churches Clapper Clubs Comics Crana Crossword Editorials 7 7 18 4 6 3 15-17 7 17 6 Short Story 17 Society 3 Sports 10, 11 Town Crier 9 Trade Winds 12 Windiell 9 Your Garden 7 Helen-Warren 8 Johnson 18 of Michigan, another critic of the draft if gislation, urged that some systenT of voluntary enlistment for a year's army training be tried along the lines advocated by Wood-ding. The former cabinet member wrote Vandenberg advocating "one year voluntary service st $30 per month." At present the minimum enlistment armed forces is for three yea It, with basic pay of $21 a month.

Woodring suggested that conscription become operative only when the army chief of staff should certify that the voluntary enlistment system had broken down. If that system fails, he declared that he would "join with Listing the causes of death for the victims of the worst train disaster in modern Ohio history, the coroner said that only nine of the passengers were killed by the force of the impact. The remaining 34 were burned to death. There was no indication that any died in the explosion of gas tanks. The coroner, meanwhile, awaited only the receipt of copies of the running orders handed to the en-gineman and conductor of the "Doodlebug at Hudson before returning a formal verdict fixing responsibility for the wreck Wednesday night at the Front at.

crossing of the Pennsylvania rail road. Pennsylvania officials, before completing the railroad's probe, waited for an opportunity to talk with the seriously injured engineer and conductor of the shuttle tram, Thomas L. Murtaugh, of Orrville, and Harry B. Shafer, of Akron, both in Akron hospitals. The investigation thus far by STAB ATENGLAND Churchill Regime Replies In Kind With Attacks On Br The Aaioelalel freaa LONDON, Aug.

'3. German bombing planes stabbed repeatedly at Britain in broad daylight today, continuing a series of scattered raids which had ranged from the southeast coast to Scotland under cover of darkness. Several were injured by bombs dropped in one Welsh town, but damage was said to be small. Nazi planes also appeared over southwestern England during the morning. In pre-dawn raids over Scotland more than 00 incenaiary nomas were dropped.

Other areas visited by the raid ers during the night included the mitflands, southeast England and the Bristol channel sector. Germany Raided Britain has replied to a new German "surrender or die warning with more merciless i.ombing raids on Germany, it was disclosed today. Communiques and reports or pilots said severe damage had been done to synthetic oil plants at Ka-men and Relsholz and the world famous Krupp armament works at Essen. The sudden silencing of the Bremen radio station during the night 1 Continued On Page Twot AMERICA BOLSTERS ALASKAN DEFENSES WASHINGTON, Aug. 3.

OPi The navy took steps today to improve the Alaskan defenses opposite Russian territory by awarding $4,305,000 in contracts for work at naval air stations on Kodiak and Unalaska islands. The action came less than two weeks after a coast guard cutter confirmed reports that a Russian air base was being developed on Soviet-owned Big Diomede island in the Bering Strait, a mile from American owned Little Diomede island. Awards amounting to $4,609,500 also were made yesterday by the navy for air outposts at San Juan in Puerto Rico, Charlotte Amalie in the Virgin islands, and Midway island in the Pacific, It was not announced when any of the work would be completed. 79,605 GET JOBS WASHINGTON, Aug. 3.

UP) Public employment offices placed 79,605 persons in private industrial jobs in Ohio and 1,500.000 throughout the country in the first six months of 1940, the federal security administration report showed today. Elwood, Has A Date Aug. 17 Tomorrow the Beacon Journal brings you face-to-face with the home town folk who will hear Wendell Willkie accept the G.O.P. nomination. Elwood Will Become A 24-Hour Metropolis Of 200,000 In a vivid story, a full page of pictures.

Columnist Anthony Weitzel and Photographer Julius Greenfield show you DAYLIGHT RAIDERS Cheered by a statement of Harry H. Woodring, resigned secretary of war, senators fighting the Burke-Wadsworth bill considered trying to attach a voluntary training system to the measure empowering the president to call out the national guard and reserve officers. Senator Wheeler, democrat of Montana, told reporters that som organization of "both Republicans and Democrats Will be formed to fight conscription with all the vigor we possess." Although scoffing st the possibility that a filibuster was being organized, he said: "This thing will be thoroughly debated, and of course that debate will take considerable time." Senator Vandenberg, republican MERCHANTMAN SEIZED BY JAPANESE SHANGHAI, Aug. 3. (U.D Japanese warships have seized the American merchantman Estelle, owned by the Rohert Lang and are holding it on a small island off the Chekiang province coast below Shanghai, it was disclosed today.

The American consulate general asked the Japanese to "investigate." A Japanese navy spokesman admitted that the ship had been detained "because of military necessity" and said he did not know whether it would be released. The ship, of small tonnage, was bound down the coast for Hong Kong. It was forced to hug the shore because of a typhoon, and it was reported to have entered a Japanese "blockade zone." However, American authorities do not recognize the right of Japan to blockade the Chinese coast. (Continued On Page Two ENVOY OF GERMANY IS ORDERED TO MOVE NEW YORK, Aug. 3.

CEI Dr. Gerhard Alois Westrick, Germany's commercial emissary to the United States, prepared today to leave his rented Westchester county estate, because his landlord was not amused by the "spy stuff in the papers" and had asked him to move. The newspapers had given Dr. Westrick considerable publicity in recent days when it became known that he had established his head quarters at a two-acre estate in Scarsdale and had received a number of American businessmen there. The Nazi envoy had heen highly amused by newspaper inference that he had been connected with "spy stuff," but insisted that "my sole duty in this country is to prepare the way for trade between Germany and the United States after the European war." if the train crew saw our (guns they would think we were shooting at trains, so we climhed up on a box car on a siding to hide." After the train left, Bill's gun (Continued On Pane Twol Wilcox, Actor, Held On Check Complaint BEVERLY HILLS.

Aug. 3. (INS) Robert Wilcox, actor, whose wife, Actress Florence Rice, secured an interlocutory divorce decree July 30, was jailed in Beverly Hills last night on bad check complaints. He was booked on suspicion of writing checks without sufficient funds in the bank, following his arrest at a wank Beverly Hills hotel. Hudson Boy Fatally Shot When Gun Falls Off Car Roosevelt Asks Purge Of Senator 'HF Johnson St International Newi Servtre WASHINGTON, Aug.

3. President Roosevelt's open break with Senator Hiram W. Johnson today resulted in congressional liberals rallying to the Californian's standards. SHOT when his gun fell and accidentally discharged, William Stephens, 14. of College Hudson, died last night while being rushed to Lakeside hospital, Cleveland.

William, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie A. Stephens, was with three other boys climbing on a box car when his gun fell and went off. The four were on a trip to the nearby Hudson dump to snoot un cans and bottles with their .22 caliber rifles.

He was accompanied by Robert Shreiner, 14, of 34 Aurora Donald Collins, 16, of College and Richard Wolfe, 14, of 164 Elm all of Hudson. "We were crossing the Pennsylvania railroad tracks when we a train coming;" young Shreiner said. "We were afraid The president may have touch ed off a new political war when he conceded Johnson had been a liberal and progressive democrat for many years but added he did not think any one in his wildest dreams could regard the Cali-fornian as a liberal or progressive democrat in the year 1940. In effect, the president asked California progressives and democrats to repudiate Johnson, who seeks renomination this year for the senate on the republican, democratic and progressive tickets. Johnson won sll three nominations in 1934, with the president's personal blessings.

Senator Burton Wheeler, Arlt, 10S; low, Reno, 48..

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