The News Tribune from Tacoma, Washington on July 2, 1940 · 1
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Readers Give a Their Views in Letter Box (Turn to Kdltorinl Pact) Cheering Thousands Nazis Win Soil In Britain Capture Channel Islands Hitler Backs Hungary to Check Reds in Balkans Bt'DAPKST July 1— A-Hungary went mi I complete war footing tonight and the peace of the Ralkana became gravely flimteiud A Hungarian march nlo Rumania appearcl probable 'Hy Anetntri 7'rr German troops held British soil today for the first time in the war — capturing the English owned Channel islands of Guernsey and Jersey about 90 miles from Plymouth— to gain still another base for the projected assault on the island Kingdom itself The channel lalanda virtually emptied of Inhabitant! a week or more ago lie southwest of German occupied Cherbourg The Germans said the occupation long since discounted because the islands were left defenseless was carried out by a "coup de main of the German air force"— apparently meaning the troops were landed by plane or parachute The seizure places Hitler's forces In no closer position for an Invasion of Britain than they were already at Calais and other points Hungary Mobilises Troops In the war fevered Balkans Hungary mobilized troops on the Rumanian frontier and called for reservists throughout the nation while ah official Hungarian news & At a Glance RERUN— Germans seise tint British soil in war ocoupy Eng-fVrJkh owned channel islands gain Hssw bases for projected assault 'on Britain Hitler inspects conquered Maginot line BUDAPEST— War fevered Daikons stirred anew aa Hungary mobilises on Rumanian frontier move seen as (bin veiled German counter to Russian invasion of Rumania Hupgary claims Ger-man-Italian support to "stop Russia" BUCHAREST — Trainloads of wounded Rumanian troops arrive from fierce clashes with Russia's armies Soviet planes land tanka in Rumanian Invasion Germany's vital Danube supply line Imperiled by Red army HONGKONG — Liner President Coolidge returns to Hongkong against necessity of removing American women and children British exodus starts LONDON — Nasis bomb England Scotland Wales in small-scale raids Chamberlain fore-easts invasion attempt "any moment" scotches peace talk ROME — Italian command claims rapture of British positions along Ubyan-Egyptlan frontier agency declared "the general impression that Rumania is on the point of collapse” The Hungarian mobilization was seen as a thinly veiled German counter to Russia's invasion of Rumania a vital source of supplies for Germany This Interpret at ion of the Hun-rian move — in direct contract to theory that Hungary wants nly to regain territory lost to Rumania in the World war— found support in a Hungarian foreign of-fire communique The communique stressed that Hungary's "historic mission" is to defend "western civilization against any attacks coming from the east" —such for example as an attack from Russia Hungary claims the full support of both Germany and Italy for any march into Rumania in the event Soviet Russia's armies overrun the limits of ceded territory— Bessarabia and Northern Bucovina-established in the agreement he-( Continued ra Page I Column SI ATTENTION! In The News Tribune for today duly 1st you will find a special section devoted to stories data and pictures of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and Media rd Field You will ao doubt want to mall some copies to friends outside of Tkcoma and Washington To accommodate our readers The News Tribune will address wrsp and mall copies ts any address In the United States at no Increase in the regular price of The News tribune plus 4 rents postage tr"- total of 1 cents per ropy V malted Blank coupons for making out Iht appears an an Inside page today Mall this with proper remittance direct to News Tribune of flee nnd your order will reeel ve Immediate attention 9 — W57TII YEAR NO 283 It’s Ready for You! —Here it is that Narrows bridge officially opened this Monday at impressive ceremonies Tacoma and the rich peninsula country are linked more closely the prmjr and navy are nearer each other and the dream of countless thousands for many years b now an accomplished foot Theta's a bridge across the Narrows! Injured In Plane Crash Anderson Island Lad Badly Hurt in Take- off Accident Russell Cannon 18 ypar old Anderson island aviator was injured critically Sunday night when his small plane crashed from an altitude of but 50 feet He had Just taken off from his Island airfield for a short flight when the accident occurred Motor trouble was believed responsible Removed to a Tacoma hospital he was found to be suffering from a fractured skull and internal injuries Attendants said his condition was “poor" Two Fliers Are Hurt at Randle By Bluff Connpouilnit RANDLE July 1-Irving Card-! ner Randle aviator nnd Clyde j Keher pupil of Randle high school a passenger miraculously escaped serious Injury Sunday afternoon when their airplane crashed on the farm of County Commissioner George Literal eight miles east of here Gardner had Just made a practice emergency landing on a field at the Literal farm iL was rpporled and in taking off again attempted to hank steeply to miss some trees and went into a tail spin The plane was completely demolished hut Gardner escaped with n broken jaw broken wrist and bruises while Koher suffered only severe cuts and bruises The I wo men were rushed to the Morton hospital by Mr Literal Mose Barnett Out On Parole After 8 Months OLMPIA July 1— JP— Mow Barnett sentenced in Tacoma to a minimum of one year in prion for attempted burglary has been paroled the slate parole hoard said today Chairman W I Dailey said the court fixed hiN minimum term nnd that with time off earned hy good behavior Barnet I was released after serving eight months One-third lime off may he earned hy pi Ison and reformalory Inmnles hy good hchnvlnr Barnett was extradited from Minnesota about a year ago lie waa convicted of attempting tu crack the safe of n Tacoma department store on Christmas eve of 1927 The War Today Any Attempt by V S to Relieve Famine in Warring Europe Likely to Run Counter to England’s Vital Blockade Plans By DEWITT MACKENZIE The United States shortly may have on its hands two new dilemmas growing out of the European war and both involving indirect hut nevertheless powerful aid to Ihe Berlin-Rome entente in its conflict with Britain They are the questions of (1) dealing with the famine which al-i ready is threatening Europe and j (2) what we are to do if and when I Herr Hitler has cracked the British blockade and demands American food and war supplies on the rash and carry basis That Ihe old world and especially the many countries which have suffered invasion is heading straight into a terrible food shortage is the consensus of observers on both sides of the Atlantic In-I Continued on Page A Column 1) Diplomats Must Leave Embassies Closed in Conquered Nations by Nazis BERLIN July 1— P-The German foreign office advised the United States embassy and presumably all other embassies today to discontinue all diplomatic missions in Norway Belgium Luxembourg and The Netherlands The missions must be discontinued by July 15 The foreign office informed the U S embassy that all political questions affecting these countries must be taken up through the mission In Berlin Consulates will he permitted to remain France is not included in this group It was noted Denmark eonllnued to have a different status with both diplomatic missions and consulates remaining Poland's case In turn was more severe for here even the consulates ns well ns the diplomatic missions were required to close 70 Drown TOKYO July 1— -Seventy persons were drowned and 10 others are missing from a motor boat which rapsized In the high sphs off Okinawa Dnmei Japanese news agency reported today TACOMA WASH TUK8F New Chief At Fort Brig Gen Thompson Takes Command at Lewis Brig Gen Charles F Thompson took over command of the Third division of the Army and Fort Lewis Monday relieving MaJ Gen Waller C Sweeney who is going on leave pending his retirement August 1 He will live in Salt Lake City The new fort commander has served as executive officer for reserve affairs with the chief of staff at Washington D C for two years Bom in Jamestown N D on Dec 11 1882 Gen Thompson was graduated from West Point in 1904 nnd joined the 13th infantry at Fort McDowell Calif He had two assignments with infantry troops in the Philippine islands and was detailed as professor of militRry science at Cornell university In World War Gen Thompson sailed for France I in December 1917 and served until September 1919 at A E F headquarters at Chaumont and with the First American army on military intelligence duties In September 1918 he wa detailed ns assistant chief of staff for military Intelligence for the Second American army He participated in the Aisne-Marne and Saint Mihicl offensives and in the occupation of the Toul Defensive sector In April-May 1919 he was a member of the American Relief mission to Rou-mnnia Returning to the United States In May 1919 Gen Thompson commanded a battalion of the corps of cadets U S Military academy to August 1920 and after serving a short tour of temporary duly in the military Intelligence division war department general staff was ordered to Fort Benjamin Harrison Indiana where he served on the Fifth corps area general staff (UoattaMd on Page B Column 1) Gets Damages PHOENIX Ariz July 1-JP-The Arizona supreme court upheld today a $1000 damage award to Mrs John Daly of Tucson against two Tucson bartenders for selling liquor to her hushnnd after she had warned them to stop Fires Checked SEATTLE July 1—-Firefighters today reported rherking Ihe 2000 acre fire near Alpha Lewis county and Ihe 1500 acre blaze on the edge of the Cedar rivpr watershed between Ilflhnrt and Taylor In King county Many smaller blazes several blamed In firecrackers were reported under control In Western Washington $ JLY 2 1940 e Martin Open Bridge 45 Naval Vessels Ordered F I) Asks for Steep Excess Profits Tax in Second Move to Speed Up Defense WASHINGTON July 1— JP — Steps to build up national defense were speeded today by action of President Roosevelt and the navy department These Important developments occurred: 1 the navy ordered construction of 45 more warships to cost about $500000000 2 President Roosevelt asked Congress to enact a "steeply graduated excess profits tax” to raise more money for defense and to reduce war profits 3 President Roosevelt signed legislation to speed work In navy yards Record Contract The contract for 45 more naval vessels was the largest In naval history It was announced within two hours after the White House had announced that President Roosevelt had signed legislation to speed up the defense program Official estimates that this legislation enabling the navy to negotiate contracts without competitive bidding would result In savings of $16000000 to $17000— the cost of a cruiser Included in the construction ordered were 11 cruisers 20 destroyers 13 submarines and one large seaplane tender These will total 193000 Irons Cost of the 45 vessels not Including armament and propelling machinery for submarines was estimated at $414000-000 Officials estimated that armament and the submarine propelling machinery would bring this to more than half a billion One of the provisions of the speedup law permits advance payment to contractors of 30 per cent of the contract total All the contracts went to private plants on the east coast Roosevelt's Message In asking Congress to pass an excess profits tax the President said in his message "We are engaged In a great national effort to build up our national defenses to meet any and every potential attack "We are asking even our humblest citizens to contribute their mite It is our duty to see that the burden is equitably distributed according to ability to pay so that a few do not gain from the sacrifices of many "I therefore recommend to the Congress the enactment of a steeply graduated excess profits tax to be applied to all individuals and all corporate organizations without discrimination" Mr Roosevelt did not estimate how much revenue an excess profits levy might yield House Majority Leader Rayburn who attended the White House conference which preceded the issuance of the President's message said however that the tax would he along the lines of one levied in World war days May Speed Work Under the speed-up law signed by Mr Roosevelt which is to remain in effect three years the President in times of national emergency may increase weekly working hours In shipyards above 48 employes to receive not less than time and one-half for overtime and thereby cut the completion time of ships hy an anticipated 20 ppr cent Also the secretary of the navy (Continued on Pago I Column 11 Many British Refugees Fleeing From Hongkong Canadian Pacific Liner Takes First Conting- ent Being Removed as Precaution Against Japanese Action in Burma Dispute HONGKONG July 1 — JP— A gray coated Canadian Pacific liner carrying the vanguard of some 4500 British women and children being removed from this colony nosed out of Hongkong harbor this afternoon Other outgoing ships also were jammed Among their passengers was a sprinkling of Americans although the majority preferred to remain until definitely ordered to leave The American liner President Coolidge remained here on order from Washington and Americans were prepared for the possible necessity of removing their women and children The exodus authoritative sources said Is a precaution against possible Japanese enforcement of a land and sea blockade of the colony to enforce demands for (he closing of the Burma route lo the emhattlrd Chinese government The unidentified Canadian Pacific liner bound for Manila with a naval esrnrt carried 1000 families of British military and naval personnel She was expected to rcavh Manila July 3 and return Tired Willkie Tells Plans-Attmd m a red dressing gown Wendell Willkie the Republican party’s nominee for President told reporters In Philadelphia he would delay his formal acceptance ef the nomination until after the Democratic national convention in duly French Loss Is Set At Million and Half Downfall of Army Caused by Lack of Equipment of Manpower and of Determination By TAYLOR HENRY SAN SEBASTIAN Spain July 1 — JP — French casual' ties in the disastrous final month of the war with Germany were estimated unofficially today at 1500000 men most of them listed as dead or missing It took Adolf Hitler's mechanized-army approximately one month to destroy what 60 days ago still was described as the most efficient military machine in the world— the French army— and to over-run and occupy in Its blitzkrieg more than half of France When France decided on June 12 to plead for an armistice the situation was so desperate it is reliably reported that General Wey-ganrt told the historic midnight meeting of the French cabinet in a chateau near Tours that the French army had only cartridges enough to last three more days French ministers who had watched the army melt away along the line of the Somme and Aisne rivers wept as the generalissimo described how the Germans advanced "slaughtering men who no longer have the means to defend themselves" The full collapse of France as a military power is just beginning to be realized in France Itself The immediately for further refugees Meanwhile all boats bound for Macao Portuguese colony on the Chinese mainland were crammed with Chinese leaving on advice— not compulsion— and at their own expense Hongkong banks had an unusually large number of withdrawals To conserve foodstuffs the government banned exports of flour soya beans nnd soya bean products It also prohibited export of motor vehicle Norwegian French and Dutch consular authorities ordered their nationals— a enmhined total of about 370— lo prrpare to leave A government spokesman hinted strongly (hat the British feared the possibility of action hy the Japanese army without Toko's approval PRICE THREE CENTS destruction of the army left the nation stunned Three Main Causes French leaders including aged Marshal Henri Petain whose tragic task It was to sue for peace now admit that the collapse of the army was due to three causes: 1 Lack of equipment 2 Lack of man-power - 3 Lack of determination The lack of equipment which is emphasized as the outstanding rea son for France's defeat centered in aviation and tanks Germany's main weapons In a radio speech to the nation Petain admitted German air superiority was 6 to 1 Time and again I saw three or four French pursuit ships rise to attack massed squadrons of 60 to 80 German bombers protected by 40 to 60 chasers The Germans organized their at' tack aviation as to make simultaneous use of dive bombers and machine gunning hedge-hoppers They were able to hurl 300 and 400 planes against a five mile sector of the French front When the blitzkrieg started with (Continued on Page 3 Column 5) g j)ea(j jn m ri 1 1 CX3S I lOOU Toll Rises as Rescuers Dig Through Mud Debris HALLETTSVILLE Tex July 1— JP— The death toll in Texas floods mounted to eight today as rescue workers In southern and central Texas dug through the mud smeared debris of river bank homes seeking additional victims Mayor J G Traxler estimated damage here would total $1000000 He said Red Cross relief workers were assisting several hundred homeless and that fears of epidemic dwindled aa the city water supply cleared up Flood waters of cloudburst swnl lrn streams were watched apprehensively at La Grange Columbus and Victoria LaGrange and Columbus are on the Colorado river Victoria on the Guadalupe both on a ram pace following week end rains that reached a cumulative total of as much as 20 inches The Weather Tartly cloudy tonight nnd tomorrow and cooler tomorrow Detailed wpurt Ildw on mu I Dream Of Years Is Realized Throngs See Narrows Bridge Opened Big Parade Monday Night Many Here There's a bridge across the Narrows — NOW! Joyous cheering thousands in colorful garb and festive mood were in Tacoma Monday to see notables from all over the state from the army and navy open the Narrows bridge Across the Narrows was another vast throng Peninsula folk likewise gathered to see the culmination of a dream almost as old as the first pioneers who settled across the Sound from Old Tacoma so many years ago— a bridge across the Narrows The bridge was proclaimed officially open at 11 o'clock by Gov Clarence D Martin Ceremony on Schedule The dedication ceremony was carried out with clock like precision Music was provided by the 10th Field Artillery and the Puget Sound Navy yard bands A 19 gun salute waa fired by three companies of the 148th Field artillery Washington National Guard under the command of Major W E Patrick Additional military color was provided by a blue jacket platoon from the U S S California under the command of Ensign J N Renfro and men from the 15th Infantry under the comand of Lieut D R Pepke Speakers included Ted W Brown of Tacoma H H Batchelor of Gig harbor E W Clark of Washing- ton D C acting for John M Car-mody federal works administrator E L Warner of Tacoma Clark Eldridge resident engineer for the Hate toll bridge authority Norton ClPP general chairman of the Ta-eonf celebration committee Mayor Harry P Cain of Tacoma May-or Homer Jones of Bremerton L V Murrow state highway director Two Ribbons Cut The ribbon at the Tacoma end of th ebridge was cut by Col Kenneth S Perkins acting for Brig Gen Charles F Thompson new commandant at Fort Lewis and the one at the Peninsula was cut by Rear Admiral E B Fenner of Bremerton A special guest of the occasion was George D Ms ining of Mid-lahd 102 year old-Civil war veteran who was an'rded rounds of accamation by thf 7000 or more celebrants assembled on the adjoining hillsides and who received particular attention from Gov Martin and other dignitaries Following the ceremonies at the bridge the official party was tendered a luncheon at the Hotel Win-throp Governor Martin's Remarks In his dedicatory remarks Gov Martin said in part: i “Every individual com munity every state— all have had dreams that failed to come true "But some dreams do come tr especially in this energetic and progressive state of ours "And today we are assembled lo see the realization of a challenging vision — a vision that has grown and spurred many of our pioneers and other citizens for more than a third of a century "For 35 years men of Tacoma Gig Harbor and other neighboring communities have dreamed and talked of a bridge over this narrow neck of Puget Sound Today the reality of this dream is before us— the towering and magnificent Tacoma Narrows bridge “So I am proud both as governor and as a native son who always has faith in our great state of Washington to join with you my fellow citizens in the dedication and the opening of this bridge and utility I know that all of you too must be proud of this structure as well ss being proud of its background and its future Praises Vision of Builders "Therefore I ask all of you tn turn for a moment and Join me in a hearty demonstration of approval and tribute to those pioneers and builders who are wit'i us — those men of Tacoma nnd Gig Harbor and other nearby communities who had this splendid vision the courage to tell of it and the spirit to never give ip the fight "The Narrows bridge will be useful and serviceable In many ways It will be of Increasing commercial importance by establishing short cut transportation between the Olympic country Kitsap peninsula Tacoma and the mainland Likewise It Mill he helpful for military and defense purposes Incoming an Integral part of nur defense system hy providing more direct transportation between Fort Lewis McChord field Bremerton navy yard and other military posts of Western Washington "But shove all the Tacoma Narrows bridge stands as a tribute lo the cooperative spirit of these years The federal government our slate administration Pierre county the city of Tacoma rlvtr groups our engineers - all enmhined and Marked together to start and finish the mighty task of const ruction of the Tacoma NairoMs (Continued on t'aga 3 Column I) I

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