Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut on January 24, 1939 · 1
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Local Temperatures Monday, January 23, 1939, Maximum Temp. 24 at 4:15 p. m. Minimum Temp. 4 at 5:30 a. m. Mean Temp, 14. Normal Temp. 25. Full Report, Page 7 U. S. Weather Forecast Connecticut 8 how Tuesday, changing to sleet or rain in afternoon or night; clearing, coldr Wednesday. Full Report, rage 7 ESTABLISHED 1764, VOL. ( ) CIII HARTFORD, CONN., TUESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 24, . 1939. -18 PAGES Member of th Associated Presa PRICE 4 CENTS Tax Of 29 Approved By City Rate Same as in Present Year Voted as 2 Democrats Join 3 Republicans in Opposition Critical Financial Situation Feared Hurley of GOP Advises 'Great Deal of Restraint on Appropriations, Extra or Otherwise' Hartford's tax rate for the fiscal year beginning next April 1 will be 29.25 mills, the same rate as In the present fiscal year. Approving the Finance Board's budget recommendations with sev eral minor amendments, the Board of Aldermen Monday night ended controversy over the city's 1939-40 budget program by adopting a budget of $12,606,350 for the new fiscal year and passing a resolution providing for retention of the current tax rate. The tax rate resolution was adopted by a vote of 13 to 5, two Democratic members joining with the Republican minority In recording themselves as opposed. The Finance Board's proposed budget, as amended in a resolution by Alderman James F. McCourt, was passed by a vote of 13 to one, with four members not voting. Two members. Aldermen McCourt and Michael J.. Shilosky, were absent due to illness. Acting Mayor Charles E. Smith presided. Vote cn Tax Listed. The vote on the 29.25 mill rate resolution: For Aldermen Vincent Ierardi, John G. Dworak, Frank M. Heavey, Robert I. Ellis, Harry H. Kleinman, David F. McGowan, James J. Keenan, Jr., William P. Curtln, John C. Rice, Martin J. Mostyn, Jr., Charles E. Smith, Samuel Lebon, and John M. Fay All are Democrats.: Against Aldermen William J. Mayville and Marco Branciere, Democrats, and Aldermen Benjamin Rabinovitz, John H. Hurley and Joseph H. Johnson, Republicans. The board divided similarly in the vote on the amended budget, but only one member, Alderman Johnson, rose to record his opposition. GOP Plan Rejected. A resolution favoring a 28.25-mill rate, a reduction of one mill, introduced by the Republican minority at the last, meeting, was then taken from the table and rejected in a voice vote. , On the motion of Alderman Martin J. Mostyn, Jr., majority leader, the aldermen first took from the table and by a rising vote of 13 to 3 approved Alderman McCourt's resolution providing for slight changes in the Finance Board's recommended budget to increase some salaries in the Police Department and the Old Age Assistance Bureau. These amendments, while leaving unchanged the Finance Board's budget total add $1500 to the Police Board's recommended budget of $770,000 to increase the annual salaries of 12 detectives from $2500 to $2625, add $700 to the Old Age Assistance Bureau's recommended budget of $4100 to increase the salary of the director from $1700 to $2200 and the salaries of his two assistants from $1200 to $1300, and reduce the contingent fund from (Concluded on Page 7.) Congress Likely To Aid Railways Says Wheeler Senator Makes Statement After White House Conference Washington, Jan. 23. (AP.) Chairman Wheeler, Democrat, Montana, of the Senate committee of Interstate Commerce emerged from a White House conference tonight with word that Congress was "very apt" to enact some railroad legislation at Its present session. The Montanan announced that he soon would introduce a bill to reorganize the Interstate Commerce Commission, that he thought barge lines should be brought under Federal regulation similar to that Imposed upon their rail competitors, and that he opposed repeal of the "long-and-short-haul" clause of the Interstate Commerce Act. This clause forbids a lower rate for a long haul than for a snorter haul over the same route in the same direction. Its repeal has been advocated by President Roosevelt's special committee representing railway management and labor as a means of helping the railroads meet competition. Wheeler, who broke with the President over the court reorganization, bill and has differed with him on some other Issues, said the White House meeting was called to (Concluded on Page 2.) Mills 13 To 5 Aldermen Franco Now In Gun Range Of Barcelona Thrusts Offensive to Within 12 Miles of City; 'Little Resistance on Downhill Road' American Cruiser Speeds To Scene 'Omaha' Ordered to Evacuate U. S. Citizens; Loyalists May Move Capital to Gerpna Hendaye, France, Jan. 23. (AP.) Generalissimo Francisco Franco tonight thrust his month-old Cata-lonian offensive to within 12 miles-heavy artillery range of Barcelona, Spanish Government capital. The advance guard of this column, pressing toward the metropolis along the Mediterranean shore to Barcelona's southeast, messaged that "a downhill road and little resistance" lay ahead. The gravity of Franco's threat to Barcelona was reflected by drastic defense measures but Government supporters contended the Insurgents were far from winning the civil war despite the capital's peril. Civilians Ordered to Leave. The Government ordered Barcelona's civilian population to leave, except men and women engaged in war industries or physically fit for work on a vast system of Innermost fortifications. United Slates raid British authorities arranged tj remove their nationals from the Barcelona zone. A British cruiser and a destroyer wer pruning off Barcelona and the American cruLser "Omaha" was ordered from Villef ranche, on " the French Riviera, to Barcelona to pick up Americans. The Spanish Government imposed a "full state of war," complete martial law, on both parts of Government Spain, the Catalonian and southern segments, transferring all civil authority to the military. (At Madrid, General Jose Miaja, military commander of the southern part of Government territory, said that "barriers raised against the invaders are impregnable in our zone." The Barcelona cabinet declared It would remain in Barcelona although it was reported at the French border that ministerial archives and provincial courts already had been transferred northward, closer to the French frontier. May Move to Gerona. It was expected that actual Insurgent entry into Barcelona would send Government officials northward where the cities of Gerona and Figueras . would offer ample havens and possibly a seat of government until the Insurgents still further narrowed the Government's northeastern corner of Spain. The Government acknowledged steps had been taken "to face any eventuality and to assure the continued work of the administration." Border advices said Gerona had been chosen as the next provisional capital if Barcelona should fall. Walter D. Thurston, American charge d'affaires at Barcelona, summoned the cruiser "Omaha" tonight to remove about 30 Americans from the Barcelona area. About 120 other Americans decided to stay. Cruiser 'Omaha' Sails. Villef ranche. France, Jan. 23. (AP.) The United Slates cruiser "Omaha" steamed under forced draft for northeastern Spain tonight to evacuate American citizens from Barcelona. Spanish government capital menaced by rapidly advancing Insurgent armies. The flagship of the United States Mediterranean squadron left Ville-franche at 10:45 p. m. 5:45 p. m. EST) after a radio appeal from American embassy officials in Barcelona. Today's Index News. Page Washington correspondence 2 Obituaries 4 Radio 6 Steamships ' 7 Society, personal notes .... 9 Sports and sports comment 11, 12, 13 Greater Hartford news .... 14 Finance and business 15, 16, 17 Real Estate 17 Theaters 18 Editorials, People's Forum 8 Features. Whose Silhouette? 2 Paul Mallon 3 Walter Lippmann 5 Woman's page 6 Crossword Puzzle 8 Frederick J. Haskin 6 Feminine Topics 9 Winning Contract 9 Classified advertisements .. 17 Party Backs Job Ban For Legislators GOP State Committee Reaffirms Platform Stand and Includes County Commissioners Thornhill Cites State Constitution Action of Special Meeting Clears Way For Proposed Law and Test in General Assembly BY ROBERT D. BYRNES. The Republican State Central Committee, at a special meeting here Monday noon unanimously "approved and reaffirmed" the party platform stand against any member of the General Assembly being appointed to any administrative or judicial office in the state or county governments during his term of legslative office. A part of the resolution specifically declared county commissioner-ships to be "within the scope and spirit" of the party declaration. About 15 Republican legislators have been named for county com-mlssionerships in resolutions introduced so far this session, Including State Senator John S. Thornhill, of Brookfield, now a member of the Fairfield County Commission, and Representative W. Ellery Allyn of Waterford, a member of both the House and State Central Committee. Allyn's Stand Praised. Representative Allyn, in the committee meeting, promptly took himself out of consideration , for a county commissionershlp, and committee members during the meeting commended him for his loyalty to the party program, which was set forth to the committee by both State Chairman Benjamin TS. Har-wood and Governor Baldwin. Representative Allyn pointed out to the committee that he had not been a candidate for county commissioner at the time he ran for election to the General Assembly. The same was true, lie believed, of many other legislators whose names had been presented for commlssion-enships at the urging of groups in their own counties. Many of them, he said, probably had not realized (Concluded on Page 5.) Hull Refuses ToDiscuss Aid To Japan Inconsistency of Plane Sales Rebuke While Scrap Iron, Oil Shipped is Unexplained BY ARTHUR C. WIMER. Washington, Jan. 23. State Department action last week in citing the United Aircraft Corporation for selling propeller parts to Japan under a contract several months old emphasizes the lopsided nature of the Administration's neutrality program. In the first place, Secretary of State Hull made no mention of the fact the contract between the East Hartford establishment and the Japanese buyers had been negotiated before the State Department requested the airplane sales to Japan be discontinued. In the second place, Mr. Hull flatly declined to discuss this phase of the matter in a press conference. In the third place, Secretary Hull and President Roosevelt both declined to say whether they thought the ban against aircraft shipments should be extended to scrap iron, oil, cotton and other raw materials used in warfare. Some observers here feel Mr. Hull went beyond the realm of fairness when he administered the left- (Concluded on Page 5.) Fears of Europe Bring; .$1 to .$10 Stock Losses New York, Jan. 23 (AP.) Nervous traders flooded the Stock Exchange trading floor with selling orders today and leading Issues last as much as $1 to $5 a share, with a few down by as much as $8 and $10. Fears of a European flareup were assigned as the main reasons for the slump which began with the morning's opening gong and continued throughout the day. So heavy was business that 1.881.120 shares changed hands, the heaviest volume in a single day since December 29. The Bond Market suffered along with the "Big Board" and many important loans lost from $1 to $4 per $100 face value. Business there was likewise fairly heavy. London, Jan. 23. (AP.) An undefined wave "of fear swept European stock markets today, causing what many commentators described as the "blackest day since the September crisis" when it. appeared Germany, France, Britain. Italy, Russia and perhaps others were about to go to war over Czechoslovakia. Eskimo Girl Catches Cold Visiting in State New Britain, Jan. 23. (Special.) Miss Emma Davidivitch, 22, an Eskimo from Katzebue, Alaska, at present visiting in Kensington, has a complaint about the frigid Connecticut weather. She has caught a cold, an illness nearly unknown among the residents of Katzebue. Used to fairly constant temperatures of 60 to 65 below zero in the north, Miss Davidivitch blames her sniffles on the changeable weather here which sent thermometers down 40 degrees. Now staying at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Holmgren, 319 Per-cival Avenue, she expects to shake off her cold by going back to the Arctic Circle. Board Probe On Married GetsTabled Attempts Futile to Bring Vote on Investigation of Status of Women Municipal Workers A resolution proposing an alder-manic investigation of the financial status of all married women employed by the city, with the view of determining whether they should be retained in the city's employ, was tabled by the Board , of Aldermen Monday night, and remained on the table despite persistent efforts of Alderman James J. Keenan, Jr., sponsor of the resolution, to brhig the issue to vote. The decision to table was reached by the Democratic aldermanic majority in party caucus prior to the meeting, and the resolution was tabled immediately on being presented, a motion to table not being debatable. Also tabled was a companion resolution appropriating $250 for expenses of the proposed investigation, including printing of questionnaires. In a preliminary maneuver, Alderman Keenan voted with the majority for tabling and, having done so, was in a position to move for reconsideration of this action. He so moved and. in a speech on his motion, declared that public opinion was oppo.sed to the employment of married women by the municipality. ' Alderman John H. Hurley spoke in favor of "a fair survey," asserting "it certainly will do no harm." He said the question was a simple one. "Are we or aren't we in favor of employing married women." While he saw "many exceptions," he contended that no woman should be employed by the city whose husband was "very gainfully employed." Alderman Keenan's resolution would add two aldermen to the four-man aldermanic committee appointed at a recent meeting to investigate the salaries of city employees in order to eliminate inequalities and establish permanent schedules, as suggested in Mayor Spellacy'a annual statement. The enlarged committee, according to the alderman, would also investigate the employment of married women. 'Confusion' Feared. The chairman of this committee, Alderman Frank M. Heavey, however, objected strenuously to assuming this extra task. It would result in "confusion," he asserted. Alderman Keenan replied that a special committee for the investigation of married women should be named, if Alderman Heavey 's committee was unwilling to carry it out. The motion to reconsider the board's action was finally put to vote, and was defeated without record vote. Alderman Keenan immediately moved for a roll call vote, but this motion was also rejected, the aldermen failing to receive the backing of five members, required by, rules of the board. In a final effort to bring the question to a head. Alderman Keenan offered a resolution providing for appointment of a special committee, to consist of himself, Alderman Hurley and Alderman John M. Fay, to conduct his investigation. He moved for suspension of the rules in order that he might introduce the resolution. Backed only by the three Republican aldermen, this motion also was defeated. Glawackus, Lost Until He Saw Map, Gives Exclusive Interview, Wags' Tale Somewhere In Glastonbury, Jan. 21. (Via Dog Team) Deep in the Glastonbury woods, where the snows of 1934 (boy, there was a winter have not yet melted, a Courant reporter found the Glawackus and got the first interview the animal ever gave to a newspaper. The Glawackus doesn't speak English, nor does the reporter speak Glawackese,- which gives you an idea of what a newspaperman goes through these days. This was anticipated by our wild life and modern dance editor when he assigned M'Bok. a native of Glawackia, to go along as interpreter. The interview was arranged last week but the G'.awackus, it developed, was lost. It wa.s not until Sunday that he learned where he was. A map in The Courant gave him his bearings, he explained, and on Monday, soon after he thawed out, he began moving. Incidentally, nothing moves like a Olw?ck'Js on bearings, either ball or roller. Well, to make a long rtory dull. the three met, Glawackus, reporter ong Of Plane's Survivors In Shark -Infested Waters Guides Lifeboat To 'Cavalier' Is , v Mi ;v. :4v y) ' St i f - ...... J A group of survivors of the wrecked Bermuda flying boat "Cavalier" New York pier Monday off the "Esso Baytown," which rescued five men Hopkins Is Confirmed By Senate 58-27 As Secretary of Commerce FDRSends Health Plan To Congress Each Wage Earner Would Pay $25 Yearly to Cov er . Cost of 'Medical Ser-vice' Insurance Washington, Jan. 23. (AP.) A vast program of federal - state health activities, to cost ultimately $830,000,000 a year, was transmitted to Congress today by President Roosevelt with a recommendation that the legislators study it carefully. Though he did not ask specifically for adoption of any detail of the plan, drawn up by his special committee on health and welfare, he referred to it as a program to reduce "the risks of needless suffering and death." One step recommended by the committee was an Americanized version of our compulsory health insurance as it is now in effect in many European countries. "The health of the people Is a public concern," the President said. "Ill health is a major cause of suffering, economic loss, and dependency; good health is essential to the security and progress of the nation." Linked With Security Act. Linking the committee's proposals with the Social Security Act, the President added that it was recognized five years ago "that a comprehensive health program was required as an essential link in our national defenses against individual and social insecurity." . Such "medical service" insurance (Concluded on Page 4.) and M'Bok. Ground rules were made, including requirements that the interviewer consider as confidential the exact location of the interview and that he not give a description of the animal. At first the reporter refused to accept the terms but the Glawackus clinched the deal as M'Bok. really doing well despite a marked llp, interpreted: "He says 'A newspaperman never betrays a confidence.' " It was agreed that it be a question and answer interview, principally because the Glawackus has become a rabid "ask-me-anoAer" radio fan. He said 'he felt the practice would aid him in the next Uncle Grumpy Scratchy-Watchy Underwear Hour. Thus, without a fireside in miles, they chatted, i Answering a request for a complete background of his life, the Glawackus gave a disheartening - -1- "My first recollections are those (Concluded on Fage 7.) Survivors Reach New York r, If ?- 4 I Washington, Jan. 23. (AP.) Harry V, Hopkins was confirmed as Secretary of Commerce by the Senate today after a three-day attack on his administration of work relief. The vote was 58 to 27. Shortly before the vote, two Administration supporters, Senators Barkley, Democrat, Kentucky, and Schwelienbach, Democrat, Washington, arose to declare that President Roosevelt, not Hopkins, was "the target" of the criticism aimed at Hopkins. Schwelienbach said: "It's an attempt to break down the confidence of the American people in the President and the government of the United States." Most of the previous discussion had been dominated by Republican, and some Democratic, critics of Hopkins. They assailed him principally on the ground that political activity was rife in WPA under his administration. The final vote showed a margin of more than two to one in Hopkins's favor. The Republican membership, voting almost solidly against confirmation, polled a total of 21 votes, and received the assistance of one Fanner Laborite and five Democrats, all of whom have been at odd.s with the Administration from time to time. Fifty-three Democrats were supported by two Republicans and by three minor party senators in confirming the appointment. Of particular interest to the galleries, crowded throughout the day, were the votes of three Democratic senators whose renomination President Roosevelt personally opposed last year. They were evenly divided. Senator Smith of South Carolina voted for confirmation; Senator George of Georgia voted against with an emphatic "no." and Senator Tydings of Maryland asked to be excused from voting. Senator Gillette. Democrat, Iowa, whose renomination Hopkins opposed, voted for confirmation. . Senator Glass, Democrat, Virginia, in a brief address, told the Senate that he "did not lik anything Hopkins had ever said or done" but that he believed in he right of the President to select his own advisers. When the question of confirmation was put. the Virginia senator did not voU Senate Vote. The Senate vote confirming the nomination. Democrats : Adams. Andrews, Ashurst, Bankhead, Barkley, Bilbo, Bone, Bulow, Byrnes, Caraway, Clark of Idaho. Clark of Missouri. Connaliy. Downey, Ellender, Gillette. Green, Guffey, Harrison. HaU-h. Hayden, Herring. HUl, Hughes. Johnson of Colorado, Lee, Lewis, Logan. Lucas, Maloney, Mc-Carran, McKeliar, Mead,- Miller. Minton. Murray. Neely, O'Mahoney, Pepper, Pittman. Radchfle. Reynolds. Russell, Schwann, Schwelienbach, Sheppard. Smathers, Smith, (Concluded on Page 2.) Boy Trying to Charge Flashlight Electrocuted Talladega. Ala.. Jan. 23. AP.) Jimmy Lee Taylor, 16-years-o'd Negro, climbed a 75-foot tower supporting a high-tension wire to "charge his flashlight battery." Investigating officers said the youth's body, badly burned, was found at the foot of the tower after he touched a 110,000 volt electric power line. Associated Press Photos. being brought down the gangway at a and five women from the Atlantic. 14 Crippled Ships Battle DarkAtlantic Winter Tempests Cause Distress on Land and Sea; Cold Grips East; Death Toll Rises London, Jan. 23. (AP.) Wintry gales crippled Atlantic shipping and interfered with continental aviation tonight, with 14 vessels disabled or lost in the storms. Twenty-four lives were feared lost, and all naval vessels lii the English Charmer were instructed to keep a sharp lookout for a missing Royal Air Force bomber with seven men aboard. The trawler "Pioneiro," which left Madeira Saturday on a fishing trip with a crew of 12 aboard, was not found today. The Greek steamer "Risko" reported her sinking yesterday. ' When darkness fell the crippled ships were struggling before great waves, some of which were as high as 50 feet. The gales reached 90 miles an hour. Stormy weather extended across the Mediterranean, forcing down the British Imperial Airways flying boat "Centaurus" at Bastia, Corsica. Eleven vessels were cargo boats, one of which, the British "Daleby," reported she was fighting fire and water in her holds in mid-Atlantic. The two non-cargo vessels were the Chilean motor vessel "Aconcagua," of 7230 tons, with an estimated crew of 200 and an unknown number of passengers, and the former British mine layer "Medea." A British tug went to the aid of the "Aconcagua," helpless since noon yesterday because of a damaged steering gear. Lloyd's received only a single message from the vessel, reporting the trouble and giving a position of about 200 miles west of Ireland. Ship Pounds on Rocks, The "Medea" was pounded onto rocks of the southern coast of England while being towed. Lifeboats rescued three sailors but a fourth drowned. The British freighter "Bramhill." a 1321-ton vessel with a crew of 20, (Concluded on Page 2.) City to Get Warmer, lly Degrees, With Snow The mass of cold air that rushed gustily across Connecticut Sunday and Monday, driving the temperature down to the season's low at 5:30 a. m. Monday with a reading of 4 degrees above zero, will be followed by snow and slowly rising temperatures today, according to the local Weather Bureau. The gusty wind reached an extreme velocity of 41 miles an hour at about 1 a. m. Monday to enter the gale category, but the highest velocity taken for a five-minute period was 34 miles an hour. Although Monday morning was the coldest here so far this winter, it was not a Weather Bureau record. On January 23, 19251 the temperature dropped to 3 degrees below wro, the record low for the date. The other coldest day this winter was November 6 when the thermometer dropped to 7 degrees aboye zero. Rescue 3 Acclaimed As Heroes Of Disaster Woman Saves Unconscious Captain; Two Men Swim Out to Stop Tanker 'Baytown' 10 Hold Together Like Daisy Chain Clothing Shed to Lighten Weight; Sharks Attracted By Bodies of Three Dead Men New York, Jan, 23. (AP.)-The 10 survivors of the sunken Imperial Airways flying boat "Cavalier," who lifted hoarse voices in a desperate, tuneless song to guide the lifeboat which picked them out of the tuneless song to guide the lifeboat which, picked them out of the Atlantic, arrived tonight, and three of their number emerged as heroes of the disaster. They returned on the tanker "Esso Baytown," which rescued them early yesterday and they said that drowning itself seemed no greater peril than a school of sharks which was attracted by the bodies of the three men who perished. They disclosed the three were definitely lost, although a search was conducted for hours after the rescue. - "w,-gong was Religions. Nobody concerned could remember Just what song it was that led the lifeboat to the men and women hanging to their lifebelts In the dark water. "Something religious, it was," said Olaf Anderson, who commanded, tlie boat. "I don't know the name.' As the "Esso Baytown" pulled into sight, the five men and five women had been floating for soma 10 hours in the Gulf Stream, about midway between New York and Bermuda at the point where the great plane was aashed to the sea Saturday. They saw one ship go by and could not endure to see yet another fade from view. Two Swim Out, So Patrick Chapman, the "Cava-Hers" radio officer, left the doubtful refuge of the lifebelts which the 10 had joined together, "like a daisy chain," one man said, and struck out to swim the 200 yards to the tanker. Behind him threshed Nell Richardson, the plane's first officer, to frighten away sharks and give his brother officer at least an even chance to reach the tanker, and so t direct it to the spot where the eight other victims remained. Chapman reached it. "Of course," said Edna Watson of Montreal and Bermuda, "we had three dead people in the area (Donald W. Miller, president of a Lincoln. Nebr., department store, J. Gordon Noakes of New York, and Robert Spence, one of the Cavalier's two stewards.) "They put the wind up she said, (Concluded on Page 4.) x Passenger Lands Alive In Falling 1 -ane, Pilot Plunges t His Death Los Angeles, Jan. 23. (AP.) America's most modern light bomber crashed in flames in a parking lot near the Los Angeles Municipal Airport today, and its pilot, John Cable was killed when his parachute failed to open. A passenger, identified as Paul Chemidlin of Paris, a representative of the French Air Ministry, was dragged from the rear cabin of the all-metal bomber before it burst into flames, and escaped with a broken leg. severe back injuries and minor head wounds. Ten persons, including four worn-n, seated in cars in the parking lot, were injured slightly by flying pieces of wreckage. Nine automobiles were demolished. Cable, a test pilot for the Douglas Aircraft Corporation, fell to his death when his parachute failed to open at 200 feet. He was killed instantly when he struck the earth less than 50 feet from the smashed bomber. Expert witnesses who saw the tricycle geared, high-winged ship go through a series of difficult aerial maneuvers said Cable apparently cut one cf the two engines at 3000 feet preparatory to climbing tts at half-power. A moment later the plane fell, going into a fiat spin. A 500 feet Cable was seen hurtUni from the forward ex k pit hatch. It was not known whether he had Jumped or had b?n thrown oul by i the plane's gyrations.

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