Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on June 11, 1940 · Page 1
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giver Stages ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH (Established January 15, 1836) 3c Per Copy ALTON, ILL., TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 1940 Member of The Associated Press Weather Forecast ALTON. — Showers tonight and Wednesday morning. Somewhat cooler tonight. LEGIONS 'REACH MARNE ?DR Invokes Neutrality Act; Rips Italy Sentiment for A Community Fund Growing 'Solicitors and Those So ' licked Are Discussing Proposal May Call Conference Some Opposition of the Past Believed Subsiding The succession of drives for funds in Alton year after year has been causing discussion of the subject of making one community drive for all groups now conduct ing independent campaigns for funds. The subject has been talked over informally by some of those who .have participated in the drives as 'workers, and also by those who nave been solicited. Whether anything will come of the informa discussions may be developed in the course of time when, it is being proposed, a conference will be helc 'of all those interested to discuss " the subject and make recommendations. The argument is being made that the people enrolled as solicitors for the various organizations are much • the same persons almost every time. Some of t hose who have been willing to give help lo various organizations are still willing to do so but they would like to have the number of calls on them for siich services reduced, according 1 to information given to the Telegraph. There has been the obstacle in the past that the various organizations have preferred to conduct their own independent drives for funds, but it is said now that there has come about a «hange of opinion among some ot them. Though they are not asking for consolidation of all fund drives by the various local agencies into one drive for money, there would not be as •strong opposition to the community fund drive as there has been in the past. •Ruth Jennings Gets 1-10 Years , EWARDSViLLE, June 11, (Spe- rMi-Ruth Jennings, under in- Jictment in connection with a burglary at the Stahl Slore at josterburg, was sentenced to serve 'ram one to lo years in the Wom- Rcformutory at Dwight by J Joyce in Circuit Court Mon')' afternoon, when she pleaded "Ity to the charge of burglary and larceny, Charles Jennings and Charles wngclton, hoth under the same 5«iargcs, will he sent to Chester "nitenllary within the next few ™.vs as parole violators. Odor of Gas in Downtown Area A number of persons in the flown own area this morning ' ted a strong odor of gas ™ nve.slij.ation by the Union Electric Co., foiled to disclose m m;. j ns in the vicinity. 0(lor disappeared i at er, hf in* l ° " 10 ^"luslon that wilting wmds probably carried ictSn «'""? lhc rofiller y dls ' mct m Wood River Fourteenth Street Opened East Fourteenth, looking west from Alby, has been opened by a WPA crew. How much grading was done is indicated by this staff photograph. Bicths fot First 5 Months Of Year Set New High After falling off somewhat in April from 1940's fast pace, birth rebounded in Alton in May with re gistrations for the month totalin 82. Total of births here for the firs five months of the year, registra tions at the office of City Clerl Linkogle show, is 404. This is thi highest total ever recorded hen up to June 1, and is an increase o 105 over the total at the corres ponding time last year. From January through June birth registrations here have aver aged 81 a month, and the highest registration was 91 in Februai-y- A. has been the case for many years however, births in local hospitals to non-resident parents account to a considerable extent for the high figure. Birth registrations in May included names of parents will homes in Missouri and Indiana ai well as Illinois. Deaths recorded in May also were higher than normal, the total of 4S bringing the figure for five months to 248. This is 68 more than the figure at end of May last year, and high est opening five-month total for a least five years. Included in May deaths were one from pneumonia, two from tuberculosis, two from encephalitis (sleeping sickness), and one from a steptococcus infection—all requiring special reports to the state Department of Health. Thus far this year there have been 29 deaths attributed to pneumonia. This compared to 21 pneumonia deaths to June 1 last year. Juliana, Children Arrive in Canada HALIFAX, June 11, (/PL— Juliana, Crown Princess of the Netherlands, came to the now world today with her two young daughters for refuge from Europe's war. Announcement of the safe arrival of Juliana, heiress apparent to the throne of German-occupied Holland, by Dutch warship from England, was announced by Canadian Prime Minister W. L. Muc- Kenzic King. Party at Onizccl Club Forming Auxiliary of the Owens- Illinois Glass Co., will entertain ts members at u pinochle and bunco party in the Onizcd dull- rooms on East Broadway a I 8 ,,'clock Wednesday evening. Re- 'reshments will be served. Senate Inquiry Finds Vandenberg, Spending Charges Lack Basis Un ncover* 'Vote Buying' in West Virginia, Coercion f WPA Workers to Buy Democrat Excursion Tickets tht June "' excessive it'.-wey or Vandenberg >»i primary campaigns in l"ck foundation, the "i'ttigsi investigating ta , Democrat, last night that In- ;«bruskn, Wisconsin and ,. ^iled to establish ovl- unreasonably largo ex- und Wisconsin w-'fenicd Senator Vunden- winaVk™, ' Knn '" lhe Republican 0 in Maryland Dovvey had on olher inves- follow; West Virginia—evidence of "vote buying" uncovered und turned over lo state authorities for action. New Jersey — Evidence found lhat WPA workers had been "indirectly coerced" into buying tickets for the boat excursion of u Democrat association. Evidence turned over to WPA administrator. Maryland _ Expenditures "too largo for the public interest" found In Senatorial primaries of both major parties. Missouri — Voluminous reports have been filed by Investigators on the Democrat Senatorial primary, but have not yet received committee study. Ohio — Charges of irregularities In the Republican Seii'itoriol campaign lacked basis. RAF Attacking Nazi Groups 10 Times as Large Fascist Troops Occupy Vajleys on Italian ""..-.'. Side of Border Resurfacing Of West Ninth Street Planned Resolution for Asphalt Project Goes to Council No Cost to Residents Expense to Be Defrayed by Motor Fuels Tax Refunds LONDON, June 11 t/P) — Th Air Ministry declared tonight tha British fighter planes had atlacke German formations "10 times thei own strength" in repeated patrol over the French front. It acknowledged loss of 12 plane in raids behind the Nazi lines France, Germany, and Norway ir the past 24 hours in which, it said they had set afire two oil tanker and a refinery, bridges, armorei hitting a railway, bridges, armorei and transport columns behind th western front. Seven of the British planes lost the communique said, were fighter which brought down five German machines despite their opponents superior numbers. President Roosevelt's assurances of material aid from the Unitec States insured an Allied victory in the war against Germany, Clement R. Alt lee told the House of Commons in a war report today. The Union of South Africa "declared war on Italy this afternoon,' the Dominions and Colonial office announced. South Africa is intimately affected by Italy's intervention in the war, its statement noted. Beyond the Union's borders, a belt of British colonies stretches to (he borders of Ethiopia and Italian Somuliland. The colonies t added, have common interests with South Africa and are assured the Union still stand by them in danger. Italian Bridges Mined ROME, June 11. W 5 )—Fascists roops occupied valleys nnd mined iridges on their own side of the French frontier last night as soon us the frontier was closed, an Italian dispatch reported today. August Cardinal Hlond, pri- :nnle of Poland, was one of the asl persons to cross from Italy nlo France before train servic ,vns suspended an hour before Italy's war declaration became iterative. Many Italians from the Nice region of France reached Italy on he last trains the other way. Premier Mussolini, us commun- ler of the Italian army, uppuinl- (I Marshal Pietro Bndoglio chief ,f I lie general staff in an order if the day culling on the armed orccs lo conquer. The oilier chiefs of stuff-Marhul Kodolfo Granziuni for the irniy, Admiral Domenico Cuvug- iari for the navy, und General uu'isco Pricolo for aviation, re- nuin, Dog Complaint* Two more (log complaints were Ued with the police Monday. Hurry luiien of 3i:i Henry street, a car- enter, reported he had been bitten y u dog when In the vicinity of is home early in the evening. Late (he afternoon, Alex Smith, u ;n> hoy of 30 Illinois avenue, re- orU-d being bitten by a dog when East End place. Patrolmen were *n\ tn both instances to truce the oys and order thorn kept rcstrain- d for 15 days. Surfacing of West Ninth stree from Belle to State with Kentucky rock asphalt—a job similar to tha' done last fall on Elm street—is pro vided for under a resolution to be offered in City Council Wednesdaj night, following preliminary 'con sideration of the city finance com' mittee last night. The resolution makes an appro' priation of $20,800 from MFT funds for the work, and will be effective with approval by the Division o: Highways. The job is to be done by contract, and the distance to be resurfaced is 2910 lineal feet. Under the plans outlined, an as- phaltic surface, with suitable binder, would be laid on the old brick pavement, 32 feet wide, any depressions in which would first be filled Since cost is to be taken from motor fuels tax refunds to be credited to the city, no expense will devolve on the owners of abutting property. Alderman Davey of First Ward told those at the finance session that the project conformed to a resolution for "black top" resurfacing both West Ninth and upper State street which he submitted for adoption last fall. Mrypr JJtry ]*• ppint^oufc 'that the West Nintff-Slate'Vesurfacing was included under a resolution of three years ago setting up a general program for use of MFT refunds. Waited for Refunds "We have had to wait for refunds to accumulate to make a start possible," he said, "but feel there will be money available this season to get all of West Ninth finished. We further hope there may be money to get a part of State—perhaps all—constructed also this year." The mayor further explained that it will take time to get plans drawn and approved, but that it is his idea to get the details set up and the job ready to go forward in the summer as funds will permit. The job must be done before cold weather approaches, and, i£, the money situation so dictates, 1 the West Ninth project can be constructed in two installments, the better to take advantage of the hot weather season. Also approved by the finance committee-for council action is a routine arterial street, maintenance appropriation of $5050 for the current calendar year. Eleven aldermen were present at the finance session and considerable time was give to discussion of a project of Martin Oil Co. for erection of a 15,000-gallon oil storage tank just west of the foot of Monument avenue, which was subject of a protest by a group of property owners of the vicinity. J. L. Lamport acted as spokesman and voiced his opposition to the tank as a hazard. II was brought out (hat the Martin Oil Co. has secured a permit for the erection of the tank lo be used for kerosene storage. Amended Ordinance Mayor Struif recalled that the Continued on page 8. Army Recruiting Office Opens at Alton City Hall For the first time in 12 years or more, the United States Army has established a recruiting station in Alton. It is located in City Hall where an office has been made available on the police department floor. Sergeant G. A. Sauder of Peoria, headquarters for this recruiting area, is in charge. He is an air corps sergeant, but recently was transferred from the Scott Field station for a period on recruiting duty. Seargeant Sauder, who opened the recruiting station today after completing arrangements Saturday, said he seeks recruits, 18 to 35 years of age, for all branches of army service. City Hall occupants recalled today that not since the present city hall was occupied in 1928 has there been; an army recruiting station here. The Navy maintained one for an extended period, however, and the Marine Corps recently for a few days sought recruits here. House Presses Arms Tax Bill TowardPassage Pledges Allies Moral, Material Support of U. S. Charges Duce Struck His Neighbor in Back With Dagger Sees Democracy Threat Warns Philosophy of Force Would 'Build Prison' for America GOP Members Object It's Merely 'Drop in Bucket' WASHINGTON, June 11. <#> — House leaders drove the $1,004,000,000 defense tax bill toward passage today to the accompaniment A-* Republican cries that it was not big enough. "This bill is but a mere drop in the bucket," declared Representative Michener (Republican, Michigan). "Personally, I would have liked to have seen the amount of the bill doubled," added Representative Allen (Republican, Illinois). There were less vocal objections from Republicans to the parliamentary procedure adopted to prevent any amendments to the bill except those ordered by the ways and means committee. The House met an hour early in the hope of passing the tax bill by evening. Join Democrats in Crisis Although Republican members of the ways and means committee supported the legislation, they Issued a statement last night explaining they had joined the Democrats "in view of the emergency which confronts the navion." They described the bill as a 'maksshifl measure, hastily drafted." The tax bill imposes a 10 percent "supertax" on all taxable income, broadens the income tax )ase, increases corporation and excise levies, and boosts the surtaxes on $6000 to $100,000 incomes, .t also provides for a $4,000,000 increase in the $45,00,00,000 national debt limit. By the time Congress has enacted the tax bill, it also will have complete authorization for a vast >reparedm'ss system of army and lavy development. O. K.'s Army Increase The House yesterday accepted Senate increases of about $677,00,000 in the army appropiation iill, but (ho Senate still must ap- >rove a few details. The measure otals about $1,500,000,000. The Allies Need Quick Aid, Says Frenchman LONDON, June 11 W?) — A French officer who left' Paris yesterday said here today that help must, come quickly to be useful and that "If we can hold out until September, we have won this war." BULLETIN WASHINGTON, June 11, UP) —President Roosevelt's request that the army be authorized to trade in old guns for new— a transaction which would make thousands of old weapons available immediately for sale by manufacturers to Britain and France—was approved today by the Senate. WASHINGTON, June 11 </P) — Invoking the neutrality act against Italy, President Roosevelt held out to the embattled Allies today an unqualified pledge of material and moral support from the United States.. A series of Presidential proclamations last night which named Italy as a belligerent subject to "cash and carry" neutrality restrictions provided the official postscript of a strongly-worded pronouncement on foreign affairs by the chief executive. The Italian government, Mr. Roosevelt said in -i historic address at Charlottesville, Va., had rejected the opportunity for peaceful negotiations of its differences with France and England. "The hand that held the dagger has struck it in «'•- back of its neighbor," he added sternly, interpolating the sentence into his pro- Sub Stops U.S. Liner; Lets It Go WASHINGTON, June 11 IS?) — The State Department lannounced today that the United States liner Washington with 1020 passengers enroute from Europe was stopped early this morning by an unidentified submarine which ordered abandonment of the ship but later allowed it to proceed. The liner was on its way from Lisbon to Galway, Ireland, to pick up marooned Americans. It was stopped by the submarine at 12 degrees 50 minutes east and 42 degrees 12 minutes north. Misunderstanding; The State Department released the exchange of messages between the Washington and the submarine in which the submarine first ordered "leave ship." The exchange of messages between the Washington and the submarine by blinker signal in the early dawn follows: Submarine: "Stop ship. Ease- to ship. Torpedo ship." Washington: "American ship." Submarine: "Leave ship." Washington: "American ship." Submarine: "10 minutes." Washington: "American ship— American ship." Submarine—No answer from submarine. Washington: "American ship— American ship." Submarine: "Thought you were another ship. Please go oh. Go on." Ordered to Lifeboats The State Department said that French Claim To Be Checking Drive on Left, Along Seine Government Moves to Tours; Paris Deserted Except for Necessaries 2 Armies 'Destroyed?* Berlin Communique Asserts Nearly Half Million Are Involved Continued on page 2. 2 Billion Added jf*-'* • ( For Defense by New House Bill pared manusc The President delivered "his speech lo the graduating class of the University, of Virginia — which included his son, Franklin, Jr.,— but lo his immediate audience he added the nation and most of_ the world by radio. Speaking forcefully and with unwonted emotion, he declared that Hie widening theater of Europe's war imperiled this country's way of life. "Hopeless .Nightmare" "Once more," he exclaimed, "the Continued on page 2. Mass Output of Cuttiss * * * *** *** Cpuld Roll 1000, Daily; Continue Autos *** *** * * * P~40 Simple, Says Fotd WASHINGTON, June 11 UP> Msel Ford said today after a con- crence with William S. Knudsen, member of the National Defense Commission, that his company was >udy lo swing Into ir.uss production if airplanes us soon as fho govern- nent grunted it conirucls. The Ford Company president conferred for 2!-i hours with Knud- ien, production member of the commission. He scheduled another merlins A-ith Knudsen for the uflernoon. Ford told reporters that the u-my's fast pursuit plane, the . J -10, *hlch engineers of his company ex- mined yesterday, was found suit- ble for mast production "dcpond- ng on what you mean by muss pro- uctlon." Ho declined in estiinuti how many >lanes he believed it is company might turn out but Ford sources have indic'ited previously that they believed a production of 1000 pianos a day was feasible. DETROIT. June ]1 (/PI — Muss production of high-speed pursuit planes for the United States army —at least JOOO a day within six months—not only will be a simple task, Henry Ford said today, but I hey'CUM be rolled off his assembly lines without interruption to normal output of automobiles. The 76-your-old Ford made this assertion In an interview after he und his engineers hud inspected thoroughly yeste.-duy I In- typo of plane lhc United .States War Department believes would be "most needed in an emc.goncy." It was u Curling 1 J -'10, slngle-englned mu- •.'hino with a top speed of 367 miles, an hour. . future of the nat-n, the future of the American people is at stake." Mr. Roosevelt summoned the United Stales to intensify its preparedness for "the task of any emergency and every Jefense." An outside world "dominated by the philosophy of force," he said, would mean for the United States '.he "helpless nightmare of n people without freedom, a people lodged in prison, handcuffed, hungry, and fed ihiough the bars from day to day by the contemptuous, unpitying masters of other continents. "It is natural,also that we should ask ourselves how now can we prevent Ui;s building ot that prison and the placing of o"rsc-lves in the midst of it. "Overwhelmingly we, as a nation, and this applies to all the other American nations, we are convinced that military and naval victory for I he gods of force and hate would rnd.'tngcf the Institutions ot democracy in the western world—und thai '.-qually. therefore, the whole of our sympathies ' •. with ihuse nations which are giving their lifeblood in combat against those forces. Aid Others, Defend Ourselves "In our American unity, we will pursue two obvious and simultaneous courses: "We will extend lo the opponents of lorce the material resourced of this nation and, at the sumo time, we will harness und .speed up the use of those resources In order that w<> ourselves in the Americas niuy have equipment uiul training equal to the task of any eir.ergenr; unit every defense." The reaction of official Washington was that President Hoose- vlet had, in effect, served notice on the world that lhc United Slates was .shifting ,. rol <,l neutrality to one of non-belligerency. Two aspirants for the Republican 1're.sidentiul nomination were crit- Contlnued on page 8. Committee Reports as Lower Chamber Approves 10,000 Navy Plane Action WASHINGTON, June 11, MB— The House appropriations committee recommended an additional $1,706,053,908 outlay for national defense today to prepare this country from what the army chief of staff called "all manner of possibilities in the western hemisphere." * The House meanwhile completed Congressional action today on bills permitting the navy to have a total of 10,000 planes and 16,000 pilots and to build 22 new combat vessels. Both pieces of legislation now go to the White House for President Roosevelt's signature. In addition to the fighting ships, the fleet: increase measure would permit construction of a similar number of auxiliary vessels. Specifically, the bill permits a 11 percent increase in the navy's surface tonnage. The huge increase of the newer bill, submitted one day after Italy's entrance into the war, would boost defense appropriations for this session to $5,021,619,622, add 95,000 enlisted .men to the Regular Army, provide ,'iOOO new wurplanes for (he air corps and permit the navy (o start work on 68 additional warships. The measure also carried $3,358,800 to give the Federal Bureau of investigation 500 additional agents Continued on page '2. BULLETIN LONDON, June 11, UP)—The British Broadcasting Corp. announcer said tonight that British planes had bombed Italian bases in Libya. BULLETIN TOURS, France, June 1-1 CD —A Swiss telegraphis agency report tonight said Italian forces had attacked Tunis, Malta, and Corsica. There were no details. ANKARA, June 11, (/P).—Turkey, awaiting a Russian cue before entering Europe's war called large numbers of reservists to the colon today, and pushed the work of anti- air raid defense throughout the nation. (By ASSOCIATED PRESS) Hitler's armies stormed at the gates of Paris tonight. Berlin reported, reaching at one point the Marne river—historic battle field where French poilus stopped the Kaiser's rush in 1914. Dispatches from the western front at the same time told of General Maxime Weygand's poilus firmly checking the German smash farther west, where the deepest Nazi thrust has carried light armored columns across the Seine. Thunderstorms broke violently over the vast heat-parched battlefield, slowing up the advance of German tanks rumbling ahead on the road to Paris. Paris reported the French right was holding firm in the Argonne. Simultaneously, the British War Office announced that hostile aircraft raided Malta, Britain's vital naval base in the Mediterranean near Italy. The Berlin report of Nazi armies smashing through the French Weygand line to the Marne did not say what point they had reached. It was indicated, however, that the thrust knifed down from the Soissons-Rethel sector, in the center of the French defense lines extending from the Maginot Line to the English channel. If so, it was possible that the German onslaught engulfed or passed Reims and penetrated to or beyond the old battlefield of Chateau Thierry, where General Pershing's American Expeditionary Force repulsed the imperial German army in the World War. Ten hostile warplanes carried out the raid on Malta before dawn Ihis morning—a few hours after Italy's declaration of war on the Allies became effective—and a second raid followed several hours later. Little Damage Done IJltle damage was done, the Wat- Office said. Nazis estimated the two French armies reported "destroyed" in Ihe battle of Franco comprised between '100,000 nnd 500,000 men—not 10 times that number as previously reported due to an apparent transmission error from Berlin. Amid a day of swift-breaking Continued on page 2. Three Italian Merchant Ships Are Seized by British Near Gibraltar Allied Crew on Another in Spanish Waters; Fifth Fired and Scuttled by Crew ALGECIRAS. Spain June It —Three Italian merchentmen have been captured by the British <-.t Gibraltar and in Spanish territorial waters. The Libanu, 200 tons, was seized IP. Gibraltar waters. Seventeen were made prisoners while seven others jumped overboard and swam to the Spanish shore. The Pugao, 3600 tons, also was captured al Gibraltar, but her crew of 25 was able to reach Spain. The OK era, 2900 tons, was anchored near Gibraltar. Her crew riled ((< fire lhc ship, but It, was seized by two liritish trawlers nnd taken lo Gibraltar. The Italian ship, t'ollcnsu, which was ;il Gibraltar, look refuge in the Spanish port, but carrying Hi il- ish guard* who Inul been posted on the ship before Holy's entry into the war. The Italian merchantman Ui- voro, -1600 Ions, was anchored in Spanish waters, but her crew, fear- Ing seizure by British patrol boats, fired and .scuttled her. Thirty-two members of the <.-. ew reached Spain, in lifeboats ot by .swimming. I Ships Seized in 8. Africa CAl'KTOW "nulh Africa, June 11 i.Vt — The 5827-ton Italian steamer Sistiuna has been seized in Tiihle Hay by British South African authorities, Keul<-'rs. British News Agency, reported today. The steamer Gerusalumme, 8052 tons, was run aground after Its crew sighted an armed merchant cruiser near Cape Oro. The T.WJ-ton steamer Timavo was beached uftor being sighted by » South African alrforce plane nt Cape Vidlll. Another report Irom Melbourne described the seizure of the 9780- lon itailun motoiship Remo nt Frt- mantle, I i I

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