The Daily Mail from Hagerstown, Maryland on August 2, 1939 · Page 1
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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Wednesday, August 2, 1939
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DAY BY DAY Sorry, but those people who wanted Fresh Air children and didn't apply will have to wait until another year. WEATHER Fair tonight; showers late tomor- row; little change in temperature. PYI N/> "Iftfi PiiblUhed dillr (except Sunday) by the Mall Publishing Co. . \^yvi. I^U. J.OVS. Entered »• Mccnd-clau -natter at the Hagerstown Postofflce. ' HAGERSTOWN, MD., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1939. SINGLE COPIES, 3 CENTS U. S. PROTESTS ANT1-FOREIGNISM Expect Quick Adjournment To Follow Lending Bill Death F.D.R.DECLARES HARDSHIPS TO Industry, Unemployed And Taxpayer Will Suffer, Says President WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (/p).—The Hidden death of the President's lending bill at the hands of House insurgents sent Congress pell-mell ,nto an adjournment rush today, n-ilh confused administration forc- »s trying to stave off a final thrust it the wage-hour law. As a week-end windup of the seven months' session appeared certain. Rep. Rayburn of Texas, the Democratic floor leader, said he expected "insistence- from some quarters" for a House vote on wage- ion r amendments. The administra- :ioa is lighting most of these proposed changes. While Roosevelt critics hailed * ; House refusal to debate the Senate-approved lending measure yesterday as one ot the biggest New foal defeats since the colla.psc of the Supreme Court bill, the President calmly told reporters that industry, the unemployed and the taxpayer would be damaged by the action. He said taxpayers would have to pay a. good many hundreds oC millions of dollars because industry would not absorb as many relief workers as it would have clone under the lending program. Making it clear that he was not criticizing the House for action it luijd a. right to tako. Mr. Roosevelt said those affected had u right to know .where the responsibility lay. Can't Revive Legislation He agreed [hat there was no way of reviving the legislation at. this congressional session. He said he (Continued on Page 10) Acceptance Of Tracts Voted U. S. Senate Ready To Take Over Four Plots At Battlefield. The United Stales Senate yesterday approved the donation to 1hc United States of four small tracts of land at the Autietam Battlefield, this county. The tracts now are known as the Philadelphia Brigade Park, the Fifty-ninth New York monument: the Lee memorial plot, site oC the headquarters of General Robert. K. Lee. and the Maryland State plot, where some of the hardest, fighting of the battle occurred. A bill by Senators Radoliffe and Tydings authorizing the donations still is subject, to House action. Drivers In Mishap To Face Hearings *_/ Bert B. Lint hurst, of Chambcrs- l)iirg, and Lester Hines. Kccdys- villc, drivers < the >-ar that sideswiped near Boonsboro early Monday, will be given hearings before Magistrate Klmor (.',. Miller at Boonsboro on August, f>. Four companions of Lint hurst wore cut, and bruised in the crash and had their injuries treated by a Boonsboro physician. Hines escaped nil injury. Ready For Adjournment Metropolitan Police Officer Edward Brown is ready to bring the power of liis six foot, nine and one-half inch frame into play and close the famous bronze doors of the Senate chamber in Washington, to mark the end of a long and turbulent session during which the Senate often openly rebelled against administration leadership. (C.P.) NEARLY A BILLION AVAILABLE DESPITE LENDING BILL DEMISE Lending Program Would Have Expanded Existing Authorizations Over Next Seven Years. WASHINGTON. Aug. 2, (/P).—Although' the House killed the Lending bill. Federal ledgers disclosed today the present Congress has authorized at least. $1100.000.000 for the very agencies involved in the program. It was in an attempt, to expand these existing authorizations over the next seven years that the administration sponsored the lending measure. Here are the amounts shown in the budget, as available, for the fiscal year ending next .lune 30 compared with the extra amounts proposed by the president: . Authorized this year proposed increases; For '2 to 7 Years Public Works Loans ..$ $^50.000,000 Highways . inf..000.000 750,000,000 Rural Electrification . -10.000.000 460,000,000 Farm Tenant Loans .. US.000.000 T.00.000,000 Forgn. Loans About .. 50,000.000 500,000,000 Railroad Equipm't 140,000.000 500,000,000 Housing About .. Sr.0.000.000 $00.000.000 If the Lending bill had been enacted, some of the activities might, have been conducted differently, too. For instance, the Reconstruction Finance Corporation now may lend money to railroads to buy-equip- (Continucd on Page 10) 600 MAY_BE FURLOUGHEB Unless 18-Month Rule Is Rescinded, Rolls Here Must Be Cut. COLLECTIONS UP Albert Heard, superintendent of the municipal water department, reported at. the meeting of the Water Commission last, night that roller- lions during .Inly had been greater this year than any previous July, being $3.fiOO in excess of the corresponding period last year. WEATHER U. S. Weather Liu rcau Maryland: Fair tonight; Thursday increasing cloudiness; showers Thursday night, and in extreme wost. portion Thursday afternoon; little c.hango in tomporaturo. rhosapoako Kay: Mostly clear tonight; Thursday incroasing oloudi- noss; showors and possible local Thundorsqufills Thursday night; rnnmiuorl warm; gonilo to moderate variable winds. Drastic, reductions in W. P. A. rolls were feared today unless Con- ress takes favorable action before the scheduled adjournment this week on the rider that would eliminate the IS-momh regulation inserted in the relief appropriation bill. It. was learned here today that approximately 000 W. P. A. work- rs in "Washington County will have to bo. dropped from tho rolls. This number has had iS-months continuous work. Under the new regulation, those workers must he dropped for at least 30 days. After this period these furloughed workers must, again be certified through the Welfare Hoard before they can ho returned to the W. P. A. rolls. Kvon then should they bo certified their recall will bo subject to quota limitations. Tho W. P. A. will have only about two-thirds of the sum of money for the fiscal year beginning July 1, as compared with the money appropriated for the \V. P. A. last. yoar. __ . . RESIGNATION ACCEPTED. Tlio resignation of Charlos K. Scuflin as a county constable was accepted yostorday by the Board of County Commissioners. NO MEETING. As previously announced, thor*- will bo no mooting of tho Democratic Organization < nib on Friday. the regular monthly meeting night. To Inspect Sites To Relocate Camp C.C.C. officials and Army officers, seeking to relocate the Boonsboro Civilian Conservation Corps camp near Bracldock Heights, are scheduled to inspect several proposed now sites today. Four sites near Braddock Heights and at least, two on the outskirts of Frederick have been inspected during the past week, without, a decision being reached. The camp is to be relocated to afford aid to the Catoctin Soil Conservation district in the Middlotown Valley. Accused Trooper Not In Uniform BALT1MORK. Aug. "2 (.^—Superintendent Beverly Obor, of the Maryland "State Police testified today Detective Sergeant William G. Kdrington, suspended for inefficiency and drinking on duty, was not in uniform whon he was found near a tavern at. Golden Ri .g. Md. Attorney Thomas Mason, representing Kdrington, who appealed his suspension at. a hearing before F.mploymont Commissioner Harry C. .lonos, quoted stato police rules which forbid policomon to drink whilo in uniform. Kdrington was .snspondotl July 7 for boing "wantonly caroloss or nog- ligonT in tho performance ot his duty 1 ' and "showing tho, effects of drinking." Ho was also ehargod with )>evn.g "incompetent and inoffi- cior.i." F.drington waivod voiding of tho ohargos arvl onfored a gonornl plea of innocent. 40MINUTES REQUIRED TO EXECUTE™ Electrocutions Of Young Slayers By Mysterious "Mr. X" Bring Condemnation BOSTON, Aug. 2 (IP)—A double electrocution in which a mysterious executioner, known only as "Mr, X,-" required nearly 40 minutes to put two young holdup slayers to death was denounced as an "example of inhumanity" today while state officials explained that the substitute executioner was "not as expert" as the veteran Robert G. Elliot. The criticism came from Herbert C. Parsons, president of the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, after the early morning execution of Wallace Green, 20, and Walter St. Sauveur. in. for the $3.50 holdup slaying of William Phililps, middle-aged Somerville grocer, on May 31, 1038. The name of "Mr. X." who was brought from "out of state" to substitute for the ailing Elliott. Massachusetts official executioner, was kept secret at his own request. Elliott had officiated in approximately 340 electrocutions in Massachusetts and other states. Had Strong Heart Previously, physicians had explained that Green's " strong heart" necessitated the application of five separate shocks to his body during a period of approximately 20 minutes. Dr. William J. Brickley, Suffolk county medical examiner, was quoted J>y State Correction Commis- (Contiuued on Page .10) Government Gets . Local Planes Today Five two-place planes, the first half of a special order of ten which the Fnirchild Aircraft factory is manufacturing for the Civil Air Authority, left Hagerstown today for delivery to various United States government centers. Constructed over the standard Fairchild "M" model, the planes have special equipment to conform with order specifications. DIVORCE SUITS Dorothy A. Gayle. through Attorney Samuel C. Strite, filed suit in court today for a divorce from Tim Gayle, alias Herb Jones, alias Thomas Nardella. Unfaithfulness is alleged. The couple married in February of this year. Marie Ruth Dennis, through Attorney C. Welles Little, filed suit for a divorce from Otho Lee Dennis. GOES TO JAIL Lewis Glen Rowo. M5, of Frederick county, whose car collided with the machine of Charles Ross at Smithsburg early Sunday morning, went to jail for t>5 days in default of a $100 fine and costs imposed by Magistrate K. G. Miller on a charge of driving while drunk. Rowe was arrested by Constable Claude R. Ferguson. WELL PRESERVED John A. Pet re, residing near this I'ity. brought, to the Daily Mail yesterday a York Imperial apple, picked last October and kept in an ordinary cellar, which was well pro- served and edible. Foils Train Bandits An old-fashioned Wild West holdup of an Illinois Central train cai-- rying a $65,615 U. S. Army payroll was thwarted near Anarga, 111., by the sharpshooting of Earl Boothman, railfroad clerk. He shot one of the gang of four in the chest and is believed to have wounded one of the trio who escaped. MEN BE GIVEN WORK Mayor Sweeney Urges W.P.A. Projects, Long: Approved, Be Started In a telegram dispatched this morning to F. W. Springer, area representative of the Works Projects Administration, a copy of which was sent also to 1-1 avoid F. Seibert. local representative of the W. P. A., Mayor Richard H. Sweeney asked that all unemployed citizens of Hagerstown, eligible for the W. P. A. rolls, be given immediate employment on the numerous city projects long approved, which have not yet been started. The Mayor, in commenting upon the telegraphic request, said that some former local W.P.A. employes were still inclined to blame the city administration for their lack of employment. He stated that the city has hncl approved projects consisting of several alleys, nine streets, including the new boulevard which is to connect with the Elizabeth street underpass and numerous grading projects, none of which (Continued on Page 10) Anti-British Demonstrations Must Stop Or Parley Will End British Notify Japan That It Agreed To Seek Solution Of Tientsin Dispute Only On Promise Japan Assumes Responsibility For Order. LONDON, Aug. 2 (/P).—Prime Minister Chamberlain announced today that Sir Robert Leslie Creigie, Ambassador to Japan, had been instructed to make a "further vigorous protest" against the continuation of anti-British agitation in North China. Chamberlain told the House of Commons that Britain was maintaining the closest possible contact with the United States and France on development- in the Far East. The Prime Minister, declaring "the country is now ready for an emergency," formally moved that parliament adjourn Friday for a summer recess until October- 3. LONDON. Aug. 2 (JP).— A British notification to Japan that failure to halt anti-British demonstrations in North China was a violation of the understanding on which the British-Japanese conference at Tokyo was based was disclosed today In official circles. (Tokyo dispatches said British Ambassador Sir Robert Leslie Craigie conferred with Sotomatsu Kato, Japanese ambassador at large in China, who now is in Tokyo.) A British official said the North China demonstrations greatly endangered chances for success in the Tokyo talks in which the two powers are seeking solution of their Tientsin dispute. Evidence of a stiffened British attitude toward Japan coincided with disclosure in official quarters that Britain, with her land, air and naval forces already at a peacetime peak, was planning immediate construction of "a number of smaller type vessels" to augment her seapower further. Officials said that Japan had assumed responsibility for perserving (Continued on Page 10) STRANGE ANIMAL KILLED CHICKENS BLOOMSBURG, Pa., Aug. 2, (JP). —Farmer Rush Fritz caught a. tailless "Whatsit 71 — two feet long and "spotted like a faun"— killing his chickens and offers it free to the first person who can identify it. The critter is ten inches high, with "a head like a rat." webbed feet, brown fur and underslung lower jaw. When it killed the chickens yesterday, Fritz sent two beagle hounds to do battle. Both dogs retreated, one badly injured. Fritz pinned the beast with a pitchfork, caged it and put it on display at a firemen's carnival. He charged a nickel's admission, hoping to compensate for his lost chickens. Carnival crowds marveled, but none could name the "Whatsit." Denies She Kept Many Love Trysts OKLAHOMA CITY. Aug. 2 (/P).— A former Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice pleaded today to have his one-time stenographer's separate maintenance suit thrown out of court after she firmly denied she had kept frequent love trysts with him before their purported marriage. "It's true, isn't it. that you used to pick me up at the capitol and that the byroads of Oklahoma county were as familiar to you as the furniture in your room?" demanded white-haired Fred P, Branson. "No." firmly replied Madeline Braniff Branson, 47. his former sweet heart-secretary. She is demanding ?. r iOO monthly and court, recognition of their 1930 marriage at Tarryiown. N. Y. Governor, Board, On "Business Cruise" ANNAPOLIS, Md.. Aug. 2 (&)— The Board of Public Works fled "from telephones and other interruptions" today and boarded the state yacht Dupont for an all-day "business cruise' 1 down Chesapeake Bay. Gov. Herbert R. O'Conor made it plain the state's No. 1 fiscal supervising agency wasn't making the trip solely to enjoy the cool bay breeze. "We've a mass of important work to get through with," the governor asserted. "Last time, our meeting lasted six hours, but it was continually broken up. "This time, I invited the hoard to meet on the Dupont to get away from telephones and other interruptions. I expect we'll need about six hours to clear up pending business." EM HATCH BILL Regulates Political Activities Of Most Of Federal Job Holders DRIVER FI1IED. Marshall 1 'Spiker, 32, Martinsburg, paid a fine of $10 and costs on a reckless driving charge when ar- ra'.Tined .oro Magistrate Harry E. Snyd • in city court this morning. Spiker was arrested by Sheriff's oflicers on July SO. WASHINGTON, Aug. 2. (/P). — President Roosevelt today signed the Hatch bill regulating political activity of most Federal job holders and told Congress in a special message that if administered "in accord with its spirit" it would serve the purpose intended by Congress. Taking the unusual step of informing Congress why he had approved the measure, the President said questions of constitutionality had been resolved in favor of the bill. Mr. Roosevelt pointed to many of the broad provisions of the measure as involving difficulty of interpretation, but said: "It is because for so many years I have striven in public life and in private life for decency in political campaigns, both on the part of government servants, of candidates, of newspapers, of corporations and of individuals that 1 regard this new legislation as at least a step in the right direction." The act, sought by Senator Hatch (D.-K.M.) for nearly two years, prohibits all Federal job holders except policy-making officials from participating in politics in any way except to vote, on threat of removal from office. This will apply particularly to United States attorneys, marshals, customs and revenue collectors who in the past have been delegates lo Presidential nominating conventions. Among other things, the sweeping measure also forbids solicitation of campaign contributions from persons on relief and prohibits use of relief funds to influence persons in voting. Violators could be fined $1,000 and imprisoned for a year. ASSAULTSUPON AMERICANS IN CHINA DECRIED Japan Interprets Protest As Evidence Britain And U. S. Acting Jointly TOKYO, Aug. 2 (jp)~ The United States was reported today to have protested to the Japanese Foreign Office that the anti-British movement in China evidently had broadened into general anti-foreign agitation. Eugene H. Dooman, U. S. charge d'affaires, was said by reliable sources to have submitted a protest on seven recent assaults on Americans by Japanese in China and to have told Seijiro Yoshizawa, chief of the Foreign Office American section, that it was a "reasonable assumption" anti-British activities had been converted into general anti-foreignism. The seven assaults were said to have involved six missionaries and a naval warrant officer, R. A. Baker, who was manhandled at Hankow on July 24. Conference Threatened British Ambassador Sir Robert Leslie Craigie, meanwhile, was said to have threatened to break up the British - Japanese conference on Tientsin unless Japanese placed the anti-British movement under control. The Foreign Office denied the report and the British Embassy re(Continued on Page 10) REPORT BOARD READYTO ACT Executive Session Likely Friday To Name Batch Of Assessors. The Board of County Commis- i sioners is expected to meet in exe- ! cutive session Friday to name the first batch of assessors who will carry on the field work in connection with the g ..Teral reassessment of real estate in the county this fall. It is understood that approximately sixty will be named all together. Actual work of reassessing will likeh' :ot. " egin for several weeks as considerable office work remains before the men can take the field. Furthermore all the assessors will be thoroughly schooled in the work before sent out. A l?-ge force of men and women have been working for the past month under the str-Tvision of Tax Supervisor Guy Gantz in preparing cards, etc. for the field assessors. Much of this work remains to be done. VACATION TIME STARTS TODAY FOR YOUNG NEW YORK VISITORS STINGAREES APPEAR LKOXARDTOWX. Aug. 2 \3>) — Philip Clark reported a huge school of "stingarecs" invaded the Patuxent. river and nearly five tons were brought up in his nets. He said the fish were inedible but were driving other fish from the vicinity. Seven Hurt When 2 Trucks Collide Twonty-oight youngsters from Now York's tenement section settled down today to two weeks of j real vacation and rest far from the intense heat of a big city. They are planning to spend their tim? enjoying tho comparative quiet of :\ small town and th; v beauty ot" thv surrounding rural landscape. Twenty homes in tho county are being hosts TO thoso children ami aro \ planning to devote the next fortnight TO emortaining them, When the children arrived on rho «>:-tL' train yesterday owning, th<local Pennsylvania station was moro crowded than it has hov-n in years, NO? only wore tho h<>s;? there to welcome their young guests, but there wore also a number of spectators who had a personal or moroly curious interest in the twenty-four girls ami four boys. Ranging in ago from t> TO 12 years, tho children had stood the long train ride with apparent eqnu- iiamity and OMVJH for being dusty and somewhat tiivtl, woiv obviously looking forward to their now surroundings with calm expectancy. I* was tho Friondly Townors who soonr>Nl most oxoitod, and thoy were anxious TO mt-ot thoir children and lako Thorn horn,- to got acquainted. Many of ;h»> y«n;ngsu*rs aro in nood of physic;-.'; building-up and Their soj.Mirn ir. Wa^nin^on ('oun- VContinued on Page 10) KILLS HIMSELF C.oorgr; T. Mohrling, 53. boor gar- don proprietor of near Frederick, yesterday killed himself by tiring a charge from a double-barrel shot- mi n through his chest. A verdict of suicide \vas given. U was reported thai ho took his life because of financial worries. !!•' was a former fok-phono linomaii. Seven persons wore injured yesterday in a collision of two trucks near \Ynynocastle. John j. Roycr. 27. of near Mercersburg was the most seriously hurt, but is expected to recover. Tho truck of the Wholesale Produce company of Houudale, Pa., and another in which the highway workers were traveling, collided. Leroy Rurk- holder. driver of the produce company truck told police he had fallen asleep. The others injured were residents of Chambersburg. VOTES FOR BILL RoprosoTuaTivo William D. Byron voted with Tho Administration foivos on Tho Roosevelt lending bill in Th- House of Reprosematives yesterday. Ho was ono of the 1t>6 that hackod Tho President. Tho moasure was killod t.y a vote of 1^ TO !£<\ Ropr.blicans voting solidly against it. 112 PLANES LAND. Business was good at tho Ha- gorstown Municipal Airport during July. Manager f)ick Honson reporting that 112 pianos landed there during the month. GRANTED DIVORCE. Mary Alma Rider has boon granted an absolute divorce by Judge Frank G. SVagaman from Richard Rid^r. She was represented by Attorney John J. Allen. Youths Assigned [/to Water Plant Three N. Y. A. Youths Will Be Trained In Water Department. The National Youth Administration, will place three youths, recent High school students, in the municipal water pumping station at Wil- Hamsport for an indefinite period. The Board of Water Commissioners at its regular meeting last night, approved the offer of the N. Y. A. to send three youths to the plant, where they will be assigned to the laboratory, under Richard Willson, chemist, and under Chester Brewer, superintendent of the plant. Thoy will receive training in water treatment and various other duties about the plant, each youth serving for eight hours weekly. The project will be without expense to the city. CITY TO ASK BIDS FOR ITS FUEL OIL The Mayor and City Council will shortly advertise for bids for all ot the fuel oil consumed in its various departments. Heretofore, each department has purchased the oil for its own use. It was estimated that all of the departments will use approximately 45,000 gallons Annually and that by making rt single purchase that a more favorable pric« could be obtained.

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