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DAY BY DAY August, the month in which vacations, hay fever, "Dog Days", sticky weather, snake bites and drowning accidents hold the spotlight. WEATHER Partly cloudy and not so warm tonight and tomorrow. VOL. CXI. No. 179. Published dally (txeept Sunday) by the Mail Publishing C». Entered »« Mcood-cU** matter at the Hairerstown Postofflc*. HAGERSTOWN, MD., TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1939. SINGLE COPIES, 3 CENTS HOUSE SIDETRACKS HOUSING Non-Strikers Enter Fisher Plant Through A "Riot Zone*' POLICE LIMIT PICKETS WHEN RIOT OCCURS C.I-0. Official Charges Restrictions Are Violation Of Civil Rights CLEVELAND, Aug. 1 (/P).—Non- striking employes entered General Motors' sprawling Fisher body plant today through a cleared and quiet "riot zone" to relieve some of nearly 300 besieged workers who spent the night in the plant. Company officials reported a total of -158 skilled and production workers were working today. A passage of returning- employes through a dwindled crowd of strike sympathizers was without incident. With pickets limited to five at each gate under a police-enforced proclamation prohibiting "riotous assembly or mass formation" within 500 yards of the 40-acre plant, strikers picketed behind the Hues. The restriction, ordered after clashes between police and strikers sent -tO persons to hospitals yesterday, brought a. charge of "violation of civil rights" from an official of the CIO United Automobile Workers sponsoring the strike. After a. closed union meeting at (Continued on Page 10) DAM PROJECT START^SOON Rep. Byron Predicts Bids For Savage River Dam In Six Weeks. Representative William P. Byron predicted today that bids would be asked within six weeks for construction of the Savage river dam and reservoir in Garrett county. The project would provide Hood protection for Cumberland and oilier towns along the Potomac, and nssure How of water during dry periods. Byron said he had been assured by the State, Works Projects Administrator that the project would ho speeded through the state office «nnrt placed quickly on the lists of jobs on which work would be started. It. would be, financed by a $1.800,000 AVPA grant approved SatunVay by President Roosevelt, and a. $1,000,000 bond issue approved by Allogany (Cumberland) county. Byron said jobs for 1,000 persons would be provided by the dam and reservoir construction. DRIVERLESS CAR HITS RESIDENCE Residents of tho Vermont, street sector of Williamsport were rudely awakened from their slumbers one night, last week when a. driverless car crashed into the home of Con stable Frank Winters, knocking over a. porch post and damaging a portion of the house The automobile, belonging to George Herbert, had hct*n parked on n. slight incline several hundred yards from the Winters home. In some manner the brakes released, the car gained momentum as it. proceeded down grade until it reached the intorsot'tion of Vermont and Salisbury streets whore it. swerv- od to the loft, and came to stop in the Winters' front room. Tho noiso of the crash awakened residents within two blocks. Eloped—Went Home POLICEMAN WOUNDED. BALTIMORE. Aug. 1 (/P).—A motorcar traveling at S."> milr«s per hour with a motorcycle policeman clearing the wny brought, an accidentally wounded policeman from tho pistol range at Glen Burnie today. Patrolman Robert Rice, shot by another policeman in tho hand, bled profusely during tho trip despite a tourniquet on his arm. WEATHER U. S. Weather Bureau Maryland: Partly Houdy and not so warm tonight and Wednesday. rh^sapeake Bay: Partly rlomly and not so warm tonight, nml \Y>d- nopflay; moderate wostTly winds becoming moderate to fresh northerly. Veronica Stearns (above), II), socialite (laughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Stearns of Irvington-on- thc-Hiulson, N. Y., eloped to Elkton, Md., with Douglas N. La my, society aviator. Then, worrying about how her parents would feel, she left her brand now groom and went home. FAG BOOTLEGGER SENTENCES SELF NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (/P).—The first man in New York City to plead guilty to cigaret "hootlegging" seeded his own punishment—a 30- lay jail term. Tho alternative penalty offered Joseph Ward, 23, by Magistrate Thomas A. Aurelio last night was i. $250 line. Investigators for the city collector said Ward had Id IS cartons of cigarets here without layment of the onc-cent-a-package city relict tax. State and city taxes have added :.liree cents to the price of a pack- ige of ciCarets here and led to "smuggling" from New Jo--oy which has no lew. 0. K. Extension Of Water Line Smithsburg Project Will Be W. P. A. One; Soon To Start. Extension of the Smithshiirg wa- er line, application for which was made some weeks ago to the Work Projects Administration, has been ipproved and will be started in the very near future. Notification was received at the local W. P. A. office today. The project calls for an 8-inch water line on East Water street under the stream a distance of 300 foot, and the extension of the R-iuch water line along Pennsylvania avenue a distance of l.GOO ^t. Tho extension will provide water from the Smithshurg system for a number of properties along the piko leading to Waynesboro. STOCK SOLD Eleven shares of Williamsport Bridge Company stock sold for $21,50 a share at public sale in front of the Courthouse this morning. Colonel J. C. Snyder was tho auctioneer. Necking, Driving At Same Time Is Banned BOSTON", Aug. 1, (/P). — You can't neck while you drive in Massachusetts. That's ibo rule by Registrar of Motor Vehicles Frank A. Goodwin who yesterday suspended for n week the license of a Springfield woman because ho said an inspector saw her kissing her boy friend whilo driving across a bridge at. -4. r > miles an hour. "Osculation.' he said, "should h<* performed, if nt all, only when the car is stopped." Rumanian - Hungarian Frontier Latest European Danger Spot Rumania Trains Artillery On Hungarian Village Across River After Wounding Of Frontier Guard, Two Other Clashes. BUDAPEST, Aug. 1 (#>).—The official Hungarian news agency said today that Rumanian artillery was drawn up on the left bank of the Tisza river in position to bombard Tecso, Hungarian village on the opposite bank. The agency said the action followed the wounding of a Hungarian frontier guard by a Rumanian guardsman at Tesco, in southeastern Hungary, early today. Two clashes were reported from that section Saturday and Sunday nights. The Hungarian agency said the clashes came after Rmnanian guards had fired on Hungarian raftsmen on the river and shots had struck a Hungarian customs house. Last night, the statement continued, a Hungarian guard patrolling a bridge was shot. Sporadic shooting was reported through the night until 7 a. m. BUCHAREST, Aug. 1 (£>) — The Rumanian government issued a statement today charging Hungary was "entirely responsible" for clashes on the frontier between the two countries. This was the first Rumanian acknowledgement that any trouble had occurred. (In Budapest, the official Hungarian news service said Rumanian artillery was ranged across the Tisza river from the Hungarian border village of Tecsb after several frontier clashes.) STATETROOPS GUARDTOH Fear "Riots And Bloodshed" Because Of Strike At South Barre SOUTH BARRE, Mass.. Aug. 1 (/p)—Steel-helmeted state troopers patrolled the streets of this normally-peaceful town today in an effort to avert "riots and bloodshed" feared by Barre selectmen in connection with a strike at the Barre Wool Combing Company. Twenty-five troopers took over last, night and cleared the streets of a throng they estimated at 3,000 persons, breaking up fist fights outside the gates of the struck plant. More than 2SO workers on a night shift were held inside the building for about an hour -while police dispersed the crowd. Lieutenant Governor Horace T. Cahill, acting in the absence of Governor Leverett Saltonstall, ordered the troopers out and he said in a statement the action was taken because of "phoned and wired appeals from the selectmen of Barre that riots and bloodshed were imminent, in the pending strike unless the state police could come to the rescue of the local police, whose authority had collapsed." The strikers, members of an A. F. of L. union, wore seeking higher wages and reinstatement of four employes, who the employers charged walked out when given a reassignment of work. EMULATES STEVE BRODIE ON A BET One Of Two Fever Cases Proves Fatal BALTIMORE. Aug. 1, (£>).—Two :ases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, one of them fatal, were reported today from widely separated counties. Rosie Thomas, 55-year-old negro mother of 13 children, died at Tuck- ;ihoe Neck, near Dcnton, after five days' illness. On the opposite side of Chesapeake Bay, 14-year-old Bill Bammett, of Bowcn's, Calvert county was reported recovering from a two week bout with the rare disease. NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (£>).—It still is being debated whether Steve Brodie ever actually made his historic leap from the Brooklyn bridge—his enemies said he merely tossed over a dummy— but the dive of Michael Ford is now a recorded fact. To win a wager with a friend, Ford, 33. a very able-bodied seaman, dived from the highest part of the -span last-night-after first stopping at a bar and grill to fortify himself. He made the plunge clad only in underclothing and fought dangerous East river tides for an hour before reaching shore. Informed he had lauded in Brooklyn, he said: "Gee, I wanted to get to New York." Ford was treated at Bellevue hospital for submersion and a lacerated leg. Williamsport Woman Is Hurt Mrs. Howard Himes In Martinsburg Hospital; Shoulder Broken. Mrs. Howard Hiiiics, Williams port, was badly injured and her .husband received slight injuries yesterday evening when their automobile was sideswiped by a truck and upset on the Shepherdstown Martinsburg highway. Mrs. Himes is in the Martinsburg hospital with a fractured shoulder and a badly lacerated knee, while Mr. Himes was treated for minor injuries. His chest may have been injured when he was thrown heavily against the steering wheel. The Himes were enroute to Martinsburg, and were about to pass another automobile when a truck attempted to pass their car and sideswiped it, it was stated. CROATIA MAY SECEDE FROM YUGOSLAVIA Croatian Leader Slates Home Rule Aspirations Threaten, Talks Of War KUPINEC, Yugoslavia, Aug. 1 (IP) —Charging that interference by "the Belgrade clique" threatened home rule aspirations of his people. Dr. Vladko Machek, the Croatian leader, declared today that Croatia Avould secede from Yugoslavia unless his autonomy demands are met. To the question, "Won'i. that mean revolution?" the gray-haired peasant leader answered, "It will mean more—it will probably mean a world war." Asked how he believed an independent Croatia with 5,000,000 inhabitants could live apart from the Serbs. Machek acknowledged there probably would be a protectorate over the Croats. Yugoslavia's total estimated population is 15.630,000. As for Germany, bordering Yugoslavia on tr- northwest since the annexation of Austria, Machek said: "All right—Germany then—let her come and make order. Someone must make order in Yugoslavia. If Belgrade cannot make order in Yugoslavia, Germany can." BOOK DEMAND ON INCREASE Free Library Reports Circulation Increase, More Funds. The semi-annual report of the Board of Trustees of the Washington County Free Library became available to patrons at the library oday. Summing up the events of the past six months at the library, the eport states that $5.4fil books were circulated through all agencies of irculation during that period. This total marks an increase of more than thirteen thousand over the •.orresponding period last year. More than a thousand books were purchased during the six months— 72B for adult circulation and 361 for juvenile; 52 books were acquired through gifts, and 75 were borrowed from other libraries. The local library welcomes requests for books which they do not have that may be secured from the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, the Maryland Public (Continued on Page 10) Fresh Air Children Will Arrive This Evening To Vacation Here Twenty-eight "Fresh Air" children left their homes in the tenement section of New York City this morning and boarded the train which will bring them into this city this evening to be entertained by generous families of Hagerstown and Washington county for the next two weeks. All of the Friendly Towners who have agreed to give these needy children a vacation filled with fresh air and simple pleasures, have been notified to meet their children at the Pennsylvania railroad station, between West Washington and West Antietam streets, at 6:42 o'clock this evening. Selected from homes where a respite from the city heat is considered particularly essential, the group coming to Washington county is only one unit of a large program which has been successfully sponsored by the New York Herald-Tribune for more than sixty years. The Tribune's Fresh Air Fund furnishes transportation for the children and, when necessary, provides clothing for them. The children for whom homes are provided temporarily, range in age from four to twelve. Older children are sent to summer camps which the Fund hos founded. This summer marks the first time in several years that Hagerstown has cooperated in the promotion of the project and the local committee in charge of arrangements is exceedingly grateful to the fam- (Continued on Page 14) WOMAN AGAIN 1SATTACKED Spinster, Who Was Attacked Nine Months Ago, Found Terriblv Beaten BOSTON, Aug. 1 (/P).—For the second time in less than a year, Miss Minnie Vedenocki, 55, was in a Boston hospital today, victim of a vicious, mysterious beating. She was found in her apartment yesterday, .unconscious, terr i b 1 y beaten and naked, tied to her bed with curtains and sheets. Her eyes were blackened and she was taken to City hospital, where her name was placed on the danger list. Police said Miss Vedenicki's landlady, Mrs. Celia Shapiro, reported the beating apparently occurred last Friday, since that was the last time she was seen. Miss Dedenocki, who never had a caller at her apartment in the eight years she lived there, Mrs. Shapiro said, was similarly beaten about nine months ago while walking near her apartment house. Her assailants never were captured. She told police then that two girls beat her but officers today said they saw no connection between that assault and this one. Mrs. Shapiro said the spinster made her living- by doing house work until about a year ago but since then has been unemployed. PROWLER TROUBLES A prowler is giving Frederick police a headache. Over the week- j end one home was entered. The prowler, a young colored boy. was seen entering the house, but made his escape. Last week several other homes were, entered. At another place the prowler wa^- frightened away when a member of the family returned home unexpectedly. DIZZY DRIVER John M. Glassbronuer, 40, Hagerstown Rt. 1. was tiued $100 and costs on a drunken driving charge when arraigned before Justice Harry E. Suyder in city court this morning. Deputy Sheriff Bender made the arrest. BARNS DESTROYED FREDERICK, Aug. L (/P).--Barns on the farms of Charles T. Johnson, r,ermantown, and Bernard Rurdet- tor, Oomus. worn destroyed by fire during a lightning storm. Loss was estimated at $7,500. Five mules burned to death in the Johnson barn. BITTEN BY DOG. ret Carper, Central street, sustained an injured finger when she was bitten by a dog. She was taken to the hospital where tho wound was treated. FRUIT JAR, WELDERS' OXYGEN USED TO SAVE TWINS CLUB TO MEET Fourth Ward Democratic ' Hub will hold its regular monthly meeting tomorrow nisht at its rlub- rooms on North Mulberry street. IDABEL, Okla., Aug. 1. (£»). — Twin boys, -{-months-old, owed their lives today to a quick-thinking, young country doctor who rigged up an oxygen-breathing device, from a fruit, jar, four lengths of rubber tubing and a drum of ordinary welders' oxygen. The infants are Charles and Lar- ric Faulkner, born April S. A few weeks ago they contracted whooping cough. The other day, their respiration nearly failed com- j pletely. The 20-year-old attending physician. Dr. George K. Fisher, sent out a hurry call for oxygen to a nearby welding shop. Meanwhile, he obtained an ordinary fruit-jar from the mother and fotir lengths of rubber tubing from the father, Louis Faulkner. He telephoned his office to send out :x common stomach pump. i By the time the drnm of oxygen— i | W.SO p^r cent pure—arrived. Dr. j I Fisher had most, of his home-made ! j apparatus ready. j i One tube was rnn through the} cover to the bottom of the jar, which had been filled with sterilized water. The others were led just through the top. Two were placed in the nostrils of the twins and the oxygen released through the water, so it could he measured. Once the infants' respiration was improved. Dr. Fisher fashioned a nose mask from the stomach pump and attached it to the remaining tube. "There just wasn't anything else 1 could do," said Dr. Fisher, modestly, today as he discussed the case. Hospitals Far Away "That welders' oxygen was the j nearest of any kind within 75 miles. The closest hospitals are at Texarkana and Paris. Tex., and we certainly didn't have time to take the babies there. "The youngsters (he calls them Red and Black, for no reason at all) will come along all right now. 1 j guess, but even after we had this [ thing rigged up they nearly died. A couple of times wo had to put the tubes clear Through thpir nostrils, directly into their lungs. Buildings Are Completed All New School Projects In County Ready For Opening In September. With the exception of Boonsboro, all the new school building projects in the county have been completed and will be occupied for the first time when schools open for the 1939-40 term on September 5. it was announced today by Superintendent B. J. Grimes. It is hoped that the addition at Boonsboro will also be ready. The new $125.000 Williamsport High school has been completed for several weeks. This building is of twelve rooms and added to the old building will give a plant of 24- room capacity. The addition to Clearspring and the new big auditorium at the South Potomac -Junior High were completed recently as was the new Downsville school. The Board of Education will meet in special session August 10 to award additional bus contracts and possibly fill several teaching vacancies. JUST A LITTLE FORGETFULNESS PAWTUCKET, R- L, Aug. 1. (/P).—A middle-aged woman comfortably sipped a soft drink in a, downtown cafe. As she finished she opened her purse and screamed. "I've been robbed," ,she cried. "I had $24 when I sat down with this drink." Sympathetic bystanders directed her to the nearest police station where she poured out her woe. Police pondered and the woman sat down to wait the result. Then her face brightened and she reached into the top of her stocking and pulled out the 524. "I guess I forgot," she said as she walked out. Total County Collections To Date On Par With Last Year. County Treasurer Harry E. Keedy reported today that his office up until the close of business yesterday has collected 66.5 percent of 1039 county tax levy, which is just one- tenth of a percent more than the percentage of collections for the corresponding period of last year. Total collections in cash this year to date amount to $754,293.34 as compared with total collections of 5674,010.74 for the same period of 193S. The'difference in the totals is due to the increase in this year's tax rate. The County Treasurer during July of this year collected a .total of $70,327.86 as compared with a total of $55,27S.S3 during July, 193S. The county allows a three percent discount on county taxes paid during August. CLEARINGWAY FOR PASSING LENDING BILL Lending- Measure Slashed By Senate, With Coalition j- Working Smoothly WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (£>).— House leaders, stepping- up their legislative machinery to a. fast pre- adjournment pace, sidetracked the administration's housing bill today in a drive for prompt enactment of the Senate-approved lending program. The Senate passed a sharply curtailed version of President Roose-, velt's lending bill by a vote of 52 to 28 late yesterday. A smoothly- working combination of Republicans and anti-New Deal Democrats repeatedly overrode the administration forces to batter down the lending total from $2,800,000,000 to $1, 615,000,000. The House leadership set midnight tomorrow as the deadline for a final vote. There was no certainty that the chamber would approve the legislation, which differs slightly from the Senate bill and authorizes loans of $1,950,000,000. Repeated decisions to delay action on the housing bill, which would double the $800,000,000 borrowing power of the United States Housing Authority, indicated to some congressmen that ifc would be shelved for the session. Although the housing bill already has been approved by the Senate, some administration backers in the House said they were urging its advocates to lay it over until the next (Continued on Page 10) WHEEL "EXPLODES" KILLING FARMER When an emery wheel "exploded" as plow shares were being sharpened against it, Clifford W. Shriver, 27, farmer of near "Emmitsburg, was fatallly hurt yesterday. A piece of the emery wheel struck him in the face when it suddenly went to pieces. 27.02 INCHES OF RAIN THIS YEAR Dentist, Shamed, | Kills Himself ! TKNAFLY, X. J., Aug. 1. (3>).~ i For more than ten years. Dr. Her; bert Schaedel, 43, led an exemplary j life in this little borough. Rather than face the shame of appearing in court on a charge of drunken driving he chose death last night, i His body was found in the patients' chair of his dentistry office, anesthetic flowing through a cone which covered his face. Early yesterday Dr. Schaedel was arrested in nearby Knglewood af- ! ter his car struck a parked automobile. Police Sergeant Robert Baldwin made a charge of drunken driving against him. Dr. Edward Ryan of Bethlehem, Conn., a passenger in Dr. Schaedel's car at the time of the accident, was taken to Kngle- wood hospital with head injuries and shock. COLLECTS BIG ^ SUM IN FINES Sheriff Baker Files Report For First Eight Months In Office. Fines and costs imposed in Circuit Court and totaling over $5000 were collected by Sheriff Joseph D. Baker in the eight months he has been in office, a report to the Board of County Commissioners disclosed today. Fines collected totaled $4696.25 and costs $400.25. Of this total $2,316.8$ was turned over to the Board of Commissioners this morning while S1916.62 was turned over to Clerk of Court Edward Oswald to be applied to the law library fund. Total precipitation for the first seven months of 1939 was 27.02 inches, according to a report mad* 4 to the U. S. Weather Bureau todav from the Potomac River rainfall station at the Hagerstown water plant above Williamsport. The total precipitation for the month of July was 3.4S inches, with 11 days d'iring the month when there was more than 0.01 inches of rainfall. Th<* maximum rainfall in •24 hours was .S5 of an inch and of July IS, Distributing Gas Helmets For Babes LONDON", Aug. 1 (:p)—The government today began distribution of 1,500.000 gas helmets for protection of babies in event of war. The helmets resemble a caver's headgear. Air is pumped in through an accordion-like device on the side. They are tied arour.d the waist. The new devices were not given directly to parents, b\n. will bs held in convenient central depots. Youth Struck In Eye With Bullet Sight Of Ray Flora, 9, Williamsport, May Be Impaired. Ray Flora, nine-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Flora of Kemp's Mill, sustained injuries to his left eye yesterday when a rifle with which he and another boy were playing was accidentally discharged. He was brought to the Washington County Hospital where he will be confined for several weeks. Sight in his left eye may be impaired, the attending physician said. POTOMAC RIVER FLOOD RECEDING The Potomac at Williamsport it only 2.3 feet above normal tnii morning, having been droppim steadily from the 5 feet peak of yesterday. The stream however, t« still very muddy, the Potomac Edf- son Company plant on th* rir« reports.

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