Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida on October 7, 1941 · 1
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Tuesday, October 7, 1941
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Weather FLORIDA Partly cloudy today and Wednesday. Scattered showers today. Details on page 2. Caroline. Chaff icld f turns to The Timet Woman's Fage today. You'll enjoy her answers to many problems of the heart and home. Pare IS. VOL. 58, NO. 75 COMPLETE ASSOCIATKr PfiKHS. UNITED PRES3 AND INTERNATIONAL, NEWS SERVICES ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1941 TWENTY PAGES FIVE CENTS Morthvesfc IPart ... if State Awaits Tropical : Storm BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Storms, heat waves and even a few sub-freezing temperatures dotted yesterday's weather map of the nation. While lower Florida and a suburb of Kansas City were swept by storms, hundreds of troops marching under a brilliant sun in the Carolina maneuver area were prostrated by heat. . Medical detachments followed units passing through Wadesboro, N. C, to pick up those falling out. After first aid some were able to continue, but others had to be removed In ambulances. A windstorm hit, Fairmont, Mo., killing a woman and child, injuring about 25 others and leveling part of a business district and around a half a dozen homes. Across the southeastern heat. belt, a tropical disturbance crossed southern' Florida, leaving in its wake severe property damage. Temperatures in Montana and New Hampshire dropped to below freezing. Southeast records were toppled like duckpins as Indian summer came in with a bang. The Florida Storm MIAMI (vT - A tropical storm that swept, across the lower tip of Florida just ward through the Gulf of northwest part of the stale after curving sharply. . The Jacksonville weather bureausaid the storm, which caused relatively little damage in its first sweep across the state, would move inland near Apalachicola late last night or this morning if it continued its present direction. The 10 p.m. position was given as The bureau said the storm was attended by dangerous gales of 60 to 70 miles an hour and would cause high tides from Cedar Keys to Panama City. The storm maintained a west jkrthweslerly course from the time it struck Nassau, Bahamas capital, with 100-mile winds Sunday night until tit veered In the Gulf yesterday morning, but during the day It veered decidedly to the north to threaten a portion of Florida again. ; . . However, the indicated maximum winds were considerably I -'nw the top velocity recorded at Nassau and the 123 miles an hour during gusts at the Pan-American Airways Dinner Key bae just below Miami. The weather bureau ordered storm warnings continued north of Tarpon Springs to Pensacola in Florida but they were lowered elsewhere. They had extended as far as Grand Isle, La. Meanwhile, preparations against the blow were made along the northwest Florida coast and the naval air station at Pensacola sent 20 big patrol planes to Jacksonville air station because of a shortage of hangar space. Other planes at the Pensacola base were made THE WIND HIT 60 Fringe of Storm Skirts City; No Damage Here See Pictures The fringe of an Intense tropi cal hurricane curved around St. Petersburg in a giant parabola yesterday, leaving the city undamaged in its wake. As the hurricane veered north into the gulf, the only question in the minds of observers was: 'Will it circle and double back nn tha -itw untn rpnpuPfl vin- In 1926 a hurricane of similar origin passed the city in much ih ami mannpr as vesterdav's with rlevastatine furv. At 6 p.m. last night storm warn- . i , r A. A 1 ing nags at me ioox oi vemrai .... - l ,-J ..U avenue were tuemucu jium uuiui- rast to couineasi, ana Deacn resi- neware or BDnormany mien uu tinds. Warnings win be up at least until 8 a.m. If. W. Talbot, Tampa weather ETS1 ' B ti iropiccai S Small craft moored in .the t . - ! ( & ill gale Mfely. Although winds whipped tne narDor water 10 nnrtpH tn tnV' Inral tmall craft. .south of Miami swirled north Mexico last night toward the 90 miles west of Tampa Storm Advisory JACKSONVILLE. The weather bureau issued the following 10 p.m. EST storm advisory last night: 'The tropical storm was central at 8 p.m., about 90 miles west of Tampa, curving to northward. "Present direction of movement will bring the center inland near Apalachicola late tonight or Tuesday morning, attended by dangerous gales of 60-70 miles per hour and high tides from Panama City to Cedar Key. i , "Storm warnings continued north of Tarpon 8prlngs to Pensacola. Down elsewhere." secure In hangars or behind buildings. Plans were made to evacuate residents of low-lying keys along the coast MIAMI DAMAGE SMALL Miarfli was raked by 60-mile winds but damage was negligible because hurricane-wise residents were ready for even worse. Veterans of the 1926 disaster and other storms and threats, they worked all day Sunday boarding up plate glass windows, hanging See HURRICANE, Page 10. Col. 1 on Page 8 observer, issued a special bulletin to beach residents warning them against the high tides which were expected to reach their peak at 2 o'clock this morning. Although the center of the hur ricane passed more than 100 miles to the south, winds of gale proportions hit the city between 4 and 5 p.m. The Coast Guard observatory recorded a barometer reading of only 29.72 at 4 o'clock and a few moments later a 50-mile gale whistled through the city, with gusts reaching 60 miles an hour. Strangely enough, instead of waiting at home until the full force of the storm had spent iv self, many people rushed to the waterfront as the wind mounted. The municipal pier did a land office business, and a crowd of more than 100 people gathered to watch three boys gigging a school of mullet as the height of See STORM. Pare 10, Col. 6. 1 i v.M. VTjxef "yacht basin rode out yesterday Hloiv J. B Whitfield Will Retire From Bench Veteran Florida Jurist Will Not Be Candidate TALLAHASSEE CP) Justice James Bryan Whit fiejd, who has served contiiv uously on the Florida su preme court since Feb. 15, 1904, will retire at the expiration of his present term in January, 1943. He' announced his plans in. a brief statement last night, adding that he is retiring "because I have served long enough." "I will not be a candidate for re-election as justice of the supreme court of Florida, as I contemplate retiring t the end of my present term in January, 1943," his statement read. GRATITUDE TO PEOPLE "In this connection, I desire to express to the people of Florida my gratitude and thanks for their uniform kindness to me throughout the years of my public service." Spry and clear-eyed at CO years of age, the' veteran jurist said that in retirement he would "devote my efforts to the welfare of Florida in any way that I can. The welfare of the state always has been uppermost in my mind." "I am in excellent health, he added. His place on the court will be filled by election of a successor in the general election of 1942, after nomination in the primaries next May. Two other justices Glenn Ter rell' and Alto Adams, whose present terms will expire . in 1943, announced last night they would seek re-election, Terrell in group one - and Adams in group two. Those who seek Justice Whitfield's place will run in group three. The court has seven justices. FORMER CLERK OF COURT Justice Whitfield was appointed to the court after many years of service as clerk of the supreme court, attorney general and state treasurer. He began his public career in 1887. soon after-Rrad- uation f rom the - University of Virginia where Claude A. Swan son, iormer united Mates senator from Virginia, was one of his classmates. - . He has long been regarded by members of the bar as an outstanding authority on constitutional law. He has contributed articles to various legal publica tions, including the Yale Law Review. He lives with his fam ily in a two-story frame house across the street from the east entrance of the state capitol. Justice V hitf leld s record Is longer than any other in the court's history, the second being the 34 years and two months tenure of the late Justice R. Fenwick Taylor of Gainesville. His first public office was county judge of Leon county tiauanassee) where he grew up on his father s Dlantation. when he was clerk or tne court in 1889. he had no stenographer and no typewriter. He received from the court's three justices their rough drafts of opinions, and transcribed them in long hand. The automobile, the radio, the airplane and many other modern improvements have been perfected in his lifetime, and each of these has added new phases of law. 'With each advancement, the justice once said, "constitutional See WHITFIELD, Page 10, Col. 7 Features Pass About St. Petersburg 2 Bridno IS Classifieds 17-19 County 20 Crossword 18 Continued Storv 30 C. Chatfield 13 Kditorials Financial 16 Good Manners 14 J. Fidlor 13 M'ry-Go-R'nd 8 Mwtlnsts 13 National Newt 4 Obituariet 2 Radio IS R. Clapper 6 Society 14-15 Sport U-12 Ptate News 9 Trusters 13 T. Thompson 15 War Newi 7-20 Weather 2 Woman'B 15 Tour Garden 15 altur Winrhell did not writs column fnr f hit issue. rings Plenty of Wind and TV afternoon's 50-mile iroin, no carnage wa Senator Charges Hitler Destroys Catholic Church WASHINGTON (US') A charge in the senate that Adolf Hitler and his gestapo are destroying the Catholic church in Germany shifted the spotlight last night from sharp controversy raging about this government's effort to bring about a greater amount of religious freedom in Soviet Russia. The accusation was made by Senator James M. Mead, New York Democrat, and he submitted "concrete, documentary evidence" to prove It He charged that many priests have been- placed under "house arrest" in a systematic campaign to wreck the church and that the bishop of Munster was seized when he protested to Hitler and his aides. HDIMLER CONDEMNED Mead said he could not disclose the source from which he obtained the documents, but he gave assurance that they were genuine. He related that on July 13, 1941, the bishop of Munster "called to account" Hitler and his leaders for their activities against the church. Subsequently, according to Mead, the - bishop condemned Heinrich Himmler, gestapo head, for the "cold-blooded killing of the demented. The ill and the very old" under a compulsory euthanasia policy adopted by the state. "This means that under pagan rule, Himmler's gestapo can point to any man and say 'he doesn't look well,' and put him to death." Mead said. See SENATOR. Page 10. Col. 2. EXCITING SESSION DUE PARALLEL PARKING SHOWDOWN EXPECTED AT COUNCIL MEETING By EDWARD STEVENS A showdown on proposed drastic changes in regulation of local traffic is expected during a meeting of city coun cil at 9 o'clock this morning when a large delegation of citizens plans to ask council' to rescind its order to City Manager Glenn V. Leland establishing parallel parking and 100 per cent installation of parking meters on Central avenue, First avenue north and the more congested sections of Ninth street north and south. Although members of council yesterday were reluctant to forecast their action in advance, indications are they will not rescind the traffic order. It is expected five of the six members attending today's meeting will refuse to reverse their previous action on the grounds the traffic changes are based on a local traffic survey made by the state highway patrol, which they say they consider is com Prisoner of Devil's Tower Rescued From Lofty Perch SUNDANCE, Wyo. JP) Bewhiskered and tired, but still cheerful, George Hopkins, 30-year-old San Antonio, Tex., daredevil was rescued last night from the Devil's tower that had held him a prisoner for six days and five nights after he parachuted to its top on a $50 bet. , . ' Eight skilled mountain climbers lowered the parachutist on a lacework of ropes and iron rings anchored in the sheer sides of the 1,280-foot volcanic spire Thev started the descent at 4:25 p.m. (MST) anad set Hopkins on level ground at 8:20 p.m. 'I want a shave and a haircut." Hopkins said to the first person to greet him. Then, as he squinted through the glare of hundreds of automobile headlights shining on him and his rescuers, he said to one of the climbers: "I'd rather climb back up than face that crowd." Hopkins was taken first to a ranger station about a half mile from the tower. First to reach the stranded man late' yesterday were Jack Durrance, New Hampshire skier r -,f- "zz,rzn ir S-H.". --UV V.r A-1 lt4-iJ . ikLJ--8 v irp X;r 5X u - OA, , k-"-' , W? 'i ?r -1 Here's part of the crowd on the municipnl pier during the blow. hurricane-conscious, most local residents got right out In the middle of had a big. time bucking the wind. . ' ' s ' ' ". j i" i . ."' . j itdftft.JJj -:nffirifh' - M AtitaJS JAMES M. MEAD TODAY petent to make recommendations for relieving traffic congestion in the downtown areas. Councilman 'George W. Hopkins, who was absent from the informal conference when the traffic order was voted, is expected to lead the . opposition forces. Councilman C. Frank Harrison, who also was absent from the -conference, is on vacation See CITY COUNCIL. Pge. 2. C. 3 who scaled the isolated monument in northeastern Wyoming in 1938, and Paul Petzoldt, Teton national park ranger who has met face to face, some of the highest peaks of the lofty Himalayas and Andes. H. F. Joyner, custodian of the Devil's tower national monument, said, as the climbers reached the too that "my first consideration will be for Mr. Hopkins' comfort my second will be to take steps to prevent any repetition of this sort of thing. The climbers yodcled in best Alpine style each time they crossed a dangerous spot in the ascent, and Hopkins peered See RESCUE. Page 10, Col. S. JSiMill'.'' Girl, Missing Eight Days, Is Found "Where Have You Been," She Asks Father CONWAY, N. H. - (JF) Five-year-old Pamela Hoi- lingworth was found last night alive and well after wandering eight days and nights through mountain wil derness in bitter cold and driving rains, living only on brook water. Her only clothing a tiny sun- suit was tattered when CCC boys and forest rangers found her, smiling and unafraid, on a trail of the White mountain national forest. A faint "Hi. hi" attracted the searchers just as they turned back to their camp at dusk, downhearted after another appar ently futile day, STILL ABLE TO SMILE The voice led them to the little girl who, a twinkle in her eyes, said: "I have been out in the rain and cold since Sunday." "What's your name?" they asked. "Pammy," she replied. "You are In better shape than we are," grinned Bill Matson, one of those scouring the woods tirelessly since Pamela wandered from a family picnic week ago Sunday. Thus came to a happy end New England s greatest mass hunt, and veteran Conservation Officer Lem Baker commented: "A lot of . grownups heavily clothed couldn't have lived more than a couple of nights through it lack of fear saved her." First words with her father Joseph Hollingworth, Lowell Mass., lumber company executive were over a two-way radio. He was on the verge of collapse from exhaustion after a week of seemingly hopeless hunt. To little "Pam," however, it was Dad who was lost. - "Where hate you been?" she asked in wonderment. An Army Jeep car brought him to a reunion with his only daughter on the narrow, winding mountain trail 1,400 feet up on Cho- corua mountain. Tears rolled down his face when they met. "Pam, " smiled. "Were you afraid, Pam?" he asked. - "Oh, no" she replied, "but It was cold." "Are you hungry?" "Not much, I have had nothing but water." WORRIED OVER RIBBONS Her brown hair pig-tailed wherl she became lost-was matted and she expressed concern about losing her blue hair rib bons. Her sneakers sodden by rain and torn by rugged underbrush had to be cut ofl her leei. Rangers, reluctant to question the 45-pound child because of her condition, said It appeared that she was outdoors the entire time she was wandering. , The rescuers had prepared a Boy Scout litter to carry her down the pine tree sloped mountain trail, but when her father arrived he carried her in his arms. Most of the way to the Memorial hospital here, where Pamela's condition was reported "good," they just hugged one another few words were spoken. When she vanished, little Pamela was wearing only a light sunsuit and fears for her safety had increased hourly through sub freezing temperatures and driv ing rain. More than 1.000 soldiers, woods men and volunteers had joined in the search New England's ereatest mass hunt. The region where Pamela was found is a thickly wooden area leading to one of New England's highest peaks. Waves, Strictly n"t the gale and Moscow egiras; Peace: Offer May 'Follow The Times 24-Hour War Roundup Two powerful German columns were reported striking toward distant Moscow along the central front last night and it appeared that Hitler was seeking there that success which had been so long denied him upon the bloody approaches to Leningrad and Odessa. Information received in London indicated that for the time being the Germans had somewhat subordinated their efforts both in the north and in the south, although the Nazi offensive in this latter theater toward the Donets river basin apparently was not entirely halted. There w as speculation ' that Hitler was preparing the ground for a peace offer to be made to Britain and the United States before the end of the year and that as a necessary condition to this offer he Intended to' be able to announce the substantial destruction of the Russian armies. Having achieved such a result or so said an American' informant recently arrived in Egypt from German-held territory the Germans would say in effect to the British: We have destroyed the Soviet Union as a fighting force; we have the continent of Europe, which we now propose to reform in our new order, and we have no wish to go on fighting you. We shall ignore you, with the qualification that we shall bomb you if you bomb us, attack you if you attack us. WILL REJECT OFFER' To this end, Cairo was told, Hitler now intended to concentrate every ounce of his military shock power on the Soviet Union for the next six weeks, paying little attention to Britain. Both American and British diplomatic quarters in Egypt expressed conviction that no Hitler peace would be accepted. The new German offensive at the Red center, which was reported by authoritative persons in London and was only hinted at by Berlin, was understood to be based on Roslavl, about 220 miles southwest of Moscow,' and from the Valdai hills 200 miles northwest of the capital and 180 miles below Leningrad, and was said to be progressing slowly over strong Soviet resistance. Whatever the ultimate motive of these dual thrusts, which seemed to be among the heaviest yet loosed by the Nazis, there were crowing Indications that the time was coming for similar all-out German offensive against the Russian Crimea and Caucasus. Information was received In Turkey that a German naval operation from Bulgarian bases, probably the Black sea harbors of Varna and Burgas, was "ready to be launched. The expressed opinion ot some observers In Ankara was that while the southern Russian Paul Brown New President Of Chamber of Commerce 4 Paul Brown, manager of the Suwannee hotel, was unanimously elected president of the Chamber of Commerce last night as governors and committee chairmen of the organization wound up their fiscal year with a dinner at the Yacht club. Other new officers are wauer Gregory, first vice presiaeni, Bolivar Hyde Jr., second vice president, and Dr. H. C. Bumpous, re-elected treasurer. Burwell Neal was unanimously re-named manager. The retiring president, John Dickinson, who automatically becomes a member ex-officio of the board for the next year, gave his annual address in which he listed as four, "definite recommendations": That a permanent membership secretary be employed. That members paying $15 membership dues be listed as individuals rather than under business classification and that business listing be limited to But No This picture, taken yesterday as 50-mile .w inds piled the water against th seawall on the south mole, shows the force of the storm whtch transformed the usually placid harbor into, a maelstrom : of churning waves. Drive armies were not out they had been badly knocked about and were woefully short in machines. More evidence xnai we uritisn themselves believe that the great struggle of the winter will be that for the Caucasus and the British-dominated Near East came in the disclosure that mock warfare against a yet hypothetical invasion from the west had been opened a day ahead of schedule on India's northwest frontier and in the publication of this message to the Indian national defense council from Prime Minister Churchill: "During 1942 the armies of rades, will be fighting on a long front from the Caspian sea (which lies below and to the east of the Caucasus) to the Nile. "By so doing, they will be barring the eastward progress of the war and thus keeping the horrors of Nazi invasion thousands of miles from the plains of Hindustan." This' was another way of saying plainly that the Germans would meet not only Russian but imperial troops if they broke through the Caucasus and of indicating that the British might in fact go into action even before such an eventuality. Yesterday's specific reports from Berlin and Moscow were not greatly informative as to the progress of the fighting along the existing front. Soviet officials said nothing during the day about the German effort at the center, but th ReH rnmmanri'i rommuniaue for early this morning reported that in one sector of that front Russian tanks and bombers had "struck blows" at German tank columns which penetrated into the Russian lines. Along with this oblique acknowledgement of a Nazi advance it was stated that 34 German tanks had been destroyed in that sector. 22 by bombers and 12 by defending Russian tanks. In the southwest, presumably about Odessa, the Soviet command reported that Red war-planes had smashed an entire German tank unit, destroying 64 See WAR, Page 10, Col. 5. members paying J25 or more. That closer co-operation exist between the Chamber of Commerce governors and the city council. That representatives from the Merchants' association. Hotel Men's association, Automobile Dealers' association. Gulf beaches and similar groups form a liaison group to meet with the governors and carry back to their respective groups their reaction to action taken In the association. Reports of the Chamber of Commerce committee chairman, heard at the beginning of the meeting, listed as some of the See C. of C, Page 2. Col. 6. a image 5 t' J ' 1 r : i

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