The Daily Mail from Hagerstown, Maryland on August 7, 1939 · Page 1
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DAY BY DAY The Police and Herald-Mail baseball teams are prepping for the big annual August sports classic. WEATHER Increasing cloudiness tonight; cloudy with scattered showers late tomorrow; little change in temperature. VAI PYI IMn 1AJ. Pukllnhed <Uily (»o«pt Sunday) by the Mail Publishing, Co. » \JL» WV1. l^O. AO 1 *. Entered M Mccnd-cliM matter at th« Harerstown Postofflc*. HAGERSTOWN, MD., MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 1939. SINGLE COPIES, 3 CENTS Britain Charges Jap Air Raids On Ships Premeditated FOUR KILLED WHEN BOMBS HIT VESSELS Japan Presses Blockade Of China Coast; Nationals Must Leave SHANGHAI. Aug. 7. (/P).—British accused the Japanese today of making a premediated attack on British interests in air raids yesterday at Ichang in Avhich two British river steamers were destroyed with the death of: four crewmen and injury of five and property of the Asiatic Petroleum Company was damaged. All the victims were Chinese except H. J. Denver, a Canadian, who was reported in a grave condition from bomb fragment injuries. There were two separate attacks. Ichang is more than 1,000 miles up the Yangtze river from Shanghai. A strong British protest w;is lodged with Admiral Koshiro Oikawa. commander, of the Japanese naval forces in China Avaters, who said he was referring it to army authorities because "no navy planes attacked Ichang yesterday." "Regrettable Mistake" A Japanese army spokesman said "we have no in formal ion. If it hap po.nccl, it is a regrettable mistake." Furthering their drive to blockade the China coast. Japanese naval authorities announced they would close at 11 :i. m., tomorrow (he port of Haimen in Chekinng province, 250 miles south oC Shanghai. Foreign consuls here were notified and requested that their shipping (Continued on Page 10) W.P.A. Cutoff List Is Ready Local Headquarters Is Awaiting Orders From Frederick Office Local Work Projects Administration officials today aAvaitod orders to cut off a. number of men, following an announcement that, the W. P. A. in Washington is ordering administrators tn resume the dismissal of persons Avho have been on Iho Work Relief rolls continuously for IS mouths or more. A cutoff list. Avhich included th* 5 names of IDS men in \Yashingtou County, already has been received Rt local headquarters, and only awaits word from area headquarters in Frederick before notices will be issued to the men. There are. approximately -100 others who have had continuous employment in the county for a period of IS months or more. When those men are dropped, they will not. be eligible for reinstatement for :>0 days. Thoir places Avill be filled from a Availing list of employables who are now Avilh out Avork but who are eligible to be put to work. This new stagger system of employment is aimed at spreading work among more who arc eligible for W. P. A. rolls. Call Public Meet On Boonsboro CCC Seeking to induce C.C.C. officials to select a site other than one on the outskirts of Frederick for relocating the Boonshoro camp, Fred- crick officials, following numerous protests, called a public meeting for Wednesday night. The attitude of the objectors to the site near Frederick, has been represented as being favorable to the C.C.C. work, but apprehensive that misconduct or disturbances might result from a. camp being set up at the city's edge. Held In Slaying Pictured in New York Felony court. Leonard Nugent. 20, was held in the hold-up slaying of Isadore Cohen. Police say Nugent, «. printer's devil, tired of his job and tried to get rich quickly by robbery. Jnst before he Avas caught, he shot his sweetheart. Betty Collins, in the face, accidentally, she says. (C.P.) IS INDICTED .Leche. Weiss Charged With Violating Connally "Hoi Oil" Act NK\Y ORLEANS. Aug. 7 (/p)— Former Governor Richard Leclie was indicted by a Federal grand jury today along with Seymour Weiss, hotel owner and powerful political figure, on charges of A'iola- lion of (he Connally "hot oil" act. Named with Leche and Weiss, in the indictifient which Attorney General FranlrMurphy had studied yes- lerday in Washington, was Frcman Rurford, Avealthy, independent Dallas, Tex., oil operator, and (he East Texas Refining Company. Weiss also was charged in another indictment, Avith evading payment of income taxes for 3036. and he and Louis 0. Lesage. suspended assistant to the president of the Standard Oil Company of Louisiana, were named in a third indictment as conspiring together to violate the income tax laws. Weiss and Lesage had been previously indicted on mail fraud charges. Grange Sponsors Hancock Meeting The Orange of the Hancock section swung behind the movement to organize a Soil Conservation District in Washington County, when a mooting was railed for S o'clock tonight, at the- Hancock High School building by Hayes Kx- line. The meeting, Avhich is sponsored by the Grange. Avill have- a discussion of the objectives of such a district by Robert Haas, of the Soil Conservation Service, and County Agent Milt D. Moore. The, damage caused by soil erosion iu Washington and adjacent, counties will be shown bv slides. TIP PRIZES ARE DIVIDED F. D. R. COUNTING ON PUBLIC OPINION TO FORCE PROGRAM Believes 1940 Congress Will Enact Holdover Measures; May Have Something To Say Later; G. O. P. Leaders See New Deal Halted. WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (£>).—A new struggle to swing popular opinion for or against the unfinished items on the Roosevelt program \vas in the making today as members of the first $13,000,000,000 Cori- gress laid their record before the "home folks." From President Roosevelt down, administration leaders took the attitude that public reaction Avould force the 1940 Congress to adopt most of the New Deal measures shelved during the session which ended Saturday night. Republican legislators, on the other hand, argued that next year the Senate and the House would show even greater independence and that there Avas a distinct drift iiAvay from administration policies. Indications pointed to a record amount of political and legislative debate throughout the country be- fore the final Congress of Mr. Roosevelt's second term meets in January. The President, who will leave tonight for Hyde Park, N. Y., to study the last batch of congressional bills, may discuss the situation Avhen he goes to the west coast in October. He Avas represented by Senate Leader Barkley (D-Ky) as believing that when opposition congressmen have sounded out their constituents, they will modify their A r ieAvs on such measures as the neutrality and lending programs. The former was held over until next year, and the latter Avas killed by a bi-partisan coalition in the House. . Won't Abandon Program After a Sunday luncheon conference at the White House, Barkley (Continued on Page 16) German-Italian Maneuvers Along Border Watched By Great Britain Sends Land, Sea And Air Forces Into Unprecedented Peace-Time Maneuvers; Recall What Happened To Czechoslovakia. LONDON. Aug. 7, (/P). — Great Britain kept: an alert eye on German and Italian military operations today as she sent her own land, sea. and air forces into two months of unprecedented peace-time war maneuvers. London circles displayed particular interest in German army movements in Pomernnia, Silesia and Moravia which border on the frontiers of Poland. Although they drevr no parallel, they recalled that the Germans held extensive maneuvers near the border of Czecho-Slovakia. last, August and September, just before that nation Avas dissolved. There Avas considerable interest, also in Italian army exercises in Piedmont and Lombardy, along the French and Swiss frontiers. At. the same time, six nations of southeastern Europe advanced their preparedness with plans for vast military maneuvers which, foreign military attaches in Belgrade said, may put more than 2,000,000 men under arms by the beginning of next month. Reservists in Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Rumania, Hungary, Greece and Turkey converged on army and air corps centers. In some of those- countries frontier fortifications were being built at top speed and armament factories were running on 24-hour schedules. Before leaving for a vacation in Scotland, Prime Minister Chamberlain made arrangements to keep in daily touch with London. War Minister Leslie Hore-Belisha made a "purely personal" flight to Paris Avhich. nevertheless, gave him an opportunity to confer with French military authorities. The London press. .meaiiAvhile, hailed as "commendably restrained but firm" the speech yesterday by Marshal Edward Sraigly-Ri'dz, commander of Poland's armed forces, in which he told a tumultuous crowd at Krakow, Poland, that, "violence inflicted by force must be resisted bv force." JUDGE HUSTER STILL IN BED Cumberland Jurist Was Stricken Here During May Term Of Court. Associate, Judge William A. Huster, Avho was stricken with a heart attack during the May term of Circuit.-Court here, continues confined to his bed in Cumberland, it was learned here today. Judge Huster Avas presiding in the Sweigert manslaughter trial here the latter part of May when he complained of feeling ill. The day following he was driven to his Cumberland residence and has since been in bed. Friends of the jurist weiv pleased to also learn today that, he is showing improvement, and that his full recovery is expected. REPORTS SNAKE TOOK FISH BAIT Something new in fish stories is being told by Merle Potter, popular Deputy Register of Wills. Potter in all seriousness claims that Avhile fishing above Kemp's Saturday with his good friend, Clarence Leo. he felt a tug and looking down saw a Avater snake heading for shore with his bait in its mouth. Reaching the hank the snake played with the bait for some time, gnawing a piece off here and there but never attempting to swallow it as a whole. Potter said ho permitted the reptile to play awhile and then drew in his line. The snake wig- glod awav in the bushes. WEATHER O. S. Weather Bureau Maryland: Increasing cloudiness tonight; Tuesday mostly cloudy; scattered showers by Tuesday afternoon or night; little change in temperature.. Chesapeake, P.ay: Increasing cloudiness tonight; Tuesday mostly cloudy and continued warm with moderately high humidity followed by scattered shmvers Tuesday afternoon or Tuesday night; gentle to moderate southriy winds. A tip nn the scheduled beginning of the large underpass project hero, which came from a West Washington street resident, and a tip on an accident in which a \Vil- liamsport couple was hurt, phoned in by a \Yilliamsport resident, split last week's tirst pri/.e iu the news tip contest. The second pri/.e is divided between a View street motorist, who reported the break in the approach to the new James Rmnsey hridgV', and a tip from an Kast Lee street girl on the prowler being an o'possum. Tips are accepted by the Daily Mail between The hours of 7:"0 a. m. and 10; 30 p. m. each week day. Local Men Quizzed In $2500 Holdup Three Hagersto\vn men were questioned at length here last, evening by Baltimore detectives investigating the $2500 holdup of the wjt'e of a Baltimore tavern keeper early Saturday. Lieutenant of Detectives Howard Barlmurn and two of his .staff did the quesiioning and later ordered the release of the men. It is understood that the local men had visited the tavern and that they an! swered the description of the three j armed bandits. i Mrs. Mary Vyskocil, the holdup ; victim, said the three men fled In ; an automobile under pistol fire, j her husband doing the shooting. BIKE STOLEN Richard Poffenberger, Fourth street, reported to police, today the theft of his bicycle from near the swimming pool. 'Unwanted' Child Sings Shirley Boese, (above) 16 and pretty, neither of whose divorced parents Avanted her, turned up as songstress in a suburban Chicago dance palace. She's shown rehearsing. In directing her to live with, her mother, a judge recently ordered her to keep "old fashioned" hours. VESSEL ITS AN ICEBERG Radio Message Says British Steamship Not In Any Immediate Danger BOSTON, Aug. S (/P) — Coast Guard headquarters reported today receipt of a radio message from the ice patrol cutter Champlain saying the S. S. Beaverhill had struck an iceberg but was in 710 immediate danger. The Beaverhill was not immediately identified. The Champlain said she was proceeding to her aid, but making slow speed because of dense fog. She added the Ausonia. was standing by and the S S. Montclair was 10 miles away and also proceeding to the scene. 58 EXECUTED FOR SLAYING 1 OF 3 PERSONS Spanish Government Pushes Clean-up Of Criminal, Subversive Elements Fights Price Fixing MADRID, August 7 (/p) — The Spanish government pushed a clean-up of criminal and subversive elements today after putting to death 58 men and two women for a triple killing. Execution of seven more persona for the assassination of Isaac Gabaldon, Inspector of Military Police, his 17-year-old daughter and a civic j guard, Jose Luis Diez, was announced. It raised to 60 the number of alleged "Red conspirators" sent before firing squads for the slayings. Officials slid virtually all those executed were former soldiers of the vanquished Republican Army or persons identified with communistic or subversive elements. They said they had established that the ring planned not only the death of Gabaldon but also of other officials in, law enforcement agencies. Gabaldon, his daughter and the guardsman were slain July 29 and among the seven who were put to death within tht past 24 hours (Continued on Page 10) LEONA DRAPER SAYS HE HAD BEATENHER Walks Mile To Home Of Neighbor After She Kills Husband In Yard STRANGLER IS SOUGHT STRASBOURG, France. Aug. (#>). The silk stocking strangling of Jeane Graziani started a new hunt today for the phantom "Strasbourg strangler" blamed by police for eight other slayings since 1932. The girl was found dead in her room yesterday. Police said neighbors gaA-e a description of a man seen lea\-ing the house and that it corresponded Avith other descriptions of the strangler suspect they have never caught. The first murder attributed to the phantom was in February, 1932, Avhen the body of a nude girl, strangled with a sock, Avas found by a rag-picker. Four more murders by strangulation followed over a period of four years. TAVO others were reported at intervals of several months and Lloyd's register of shipping lists j the last previous slaying was un- coA-ered in March. 1937. Strasbourg authorities have arrested dozens of suspects hut all established ironclad alibis. the Beaverhill as a 10.041-ton Canadian Pacific steamer built in 192S. The position given in the Champlain's mesage would, place the Beaverhill in the vicinity of Notre Dame Bay and Cape St. John on the northeast coast of NeAvfoundland. approximately 150 miles offshore. Radiomarine Corporation at Chatham, Mass., said the A'essel apparently had sent no distress signal because no message had been picked up there. Shotgun under her arm, Mrs. Verlan Juliana loads the tank of a customer's car with IG-cent gasoline at her Pittsburgh filling station. When a delegation of gasoline dealers called on her and attempted to persuade her to charge IS cents, a fight resulted and Frank Kline, one of the delegates, Avas wounded. Free in? 2,000 bail, Mrs. Juliana continues to sell gas—at 1G cents a gallon. (C.P.) Fine Imposed As Accident Result Mrs. Leona Draper, eighteen-year- old Avife and mother, of near Wolfsville, early today shot and killed her 41-year-old husband, Dewey Draper, in the yard of their home, located on the Smithsburg-Wolfsville road near Spruce Run, Frederick county. Rushed to the jail in Frederick an hour or two after the shooting, Mrs. Draper told officers that she tired of repeated beatings and that after her husband beat her more severely than usual this morning she got his shotgun and shot him in the breast as he was returning to the house from, feeding the hogs. Draper is belieA-ed to have- died instantly. His body was found sprawled in the yard of the home by officers and neighbors. The shooting took place about 6:30 o'clock, according to Mrs. Draper, who married at 15 and is the mother of a 20-month-old sou,. John. Walks To Neighbor's Home. She said she walked about a mile to the Claude Stottlemyer home, the nearest telephone, only to find that the Stottlemyer phone was out (Continued on Page 10) Richard B. Reese, 22, Frostburg, was fined $10 and costs by Magistrate M. V. B. Bostetter in city court this morning for passing a car when the Avay was not clear. It is alleged by investigating officers that Reese's car in passing another machine on the Western Pike near Hopewell last Friday night so obstructed the view of an oncoming machine that a collision resulted. However, Reese's car was not in the crash. The two machines in the collision Avere those of Thomas Guest, 2G, Pittsburgh, and Lester B. Fair, 27. Hagerstown Route 2. Fair was injured as were Mrs. Edna M. Guest, Avife of the driver, and Shirley May Guest, aged 4. and Thomas Arnold Guest, aged 2. The children are still in the Washington county hos- I'itai, the oldest child having suffered a severe throat gash. Guilty Verdict In Godman Case Judge Huster Imposes $25 Fine In Pinball Case Tried During May A verdict oi! guilty Avas returned She's Mother Of A Real Live Doll MAIL CARRIER IS MISSING Local Man Being Held In Illinois PEXNSBORO. W. Va., Aug. 7 (7P)—A 14-year-old mother cuddled her new-born second child today at her hill cabin home near here, but sighed Aviptfully for a doll because she has never had one. The blonde, blue-eyed wife of 23- vear-old John Stackhouse gave Clark E. Shaff, Avno operates the Frederick-Point of Rocks star mail route, is missing and it is feared he was droAvned yesterday in the Potomac river below SaAvbuck Falls, Frederick county. The rowboat Avas found moving aimlessly in the river, unoccupied save for a shotgun and a dead squirrel. The mail carrier had attended a birth to an eight-pound daughter , ba]1 gftme at Lander and as he lefl Edgar C?. Harshman, alias E. L. Harshman, alias Edgar G. Harsh, .".:>. formerly of tliis city, is under arrest on forgery charges in Dixon. 111., according to word received here today by the Sheriff's oflice. llarshmau is wanted here on check charges and Sheriff Raker announced at noon that he Avill lodge de- tainers against him. Harshman is said to have left, here early in June. j last Thursday, with ! mother attending her. onlv her POTENTIALLY RICH WIDOW, ONCE A WAITRESS, HUNTS FOR JOB Her first child, a hoy was born in July, 1038, but died a month later. i She and her husband live in a | three-room shack on her father's farm, where she spent all her life except for a trip into Pennsboro to marry Stackhouse when she was 13. She proudly exhibited her daughter to visitors but expressed hope •hat someday she might have a doll. too. the field he is said to have remarked that he intended to try his mark- manship along the river with his shotgun. A fisherman late in the evening noticed the rowboat moving Avith the current. Shaff was to have left last night with his wife to attend the New York World's Fair. Shaff Avas said to haA'e been complaining of ill health recentlv. in circuit court this morning in the pinball machine case of Ray Godman, this city, Avhich Avas tried during the May term before- Judge William A. Huster. Judge Frank G. Wagaman announced the verdict for Judge Huster and imposed a fine of $25. Judge Wagaman said that Judge Huster requested him. to announce that the fine was nominal because he considered the case somewhat of a test case and that the low fine should not be considered as a precedent in future cases, and further that the court warns operators that stiffer fines await future violat- Godman Avas indicted by the May Grand Jury. The machine in question was the non-payoff type but gave free games for purported skill on the part of players. He was was represented by Attorney M. L. Ingram and Attorney D. K. McLaughlin. The verdict in the case has beeu awaited locally with some eagerness as owners of machines of the kind have been anxious to rainstall them about the- city and county. The verdict of guilty automatically outlaws them. August Court Is Brief Session TWO HURT IN PLANE CRASH J. Alfred Cutsail and James E. Doub, Jr., both of Frederick, passengers in a plane owned by the Frederick Flying Club, were injured yesterday \vhen the plane crashed on the outskirts of Frederick while attempting to make an emergency landing in. a clover field. The plane was ftown by Frank Rogers, veteran flier, who had rented the plane from the Frederick club. The passengers, who had neglected to fasten the safety belt, were thrown against the front part of the A drum coi^afcmT'o pound. o : cockpit. Doub received a broken facial lacerations and a slight REPORTS THEFT OF DRUM OF NKNV YORK. Aug. 7 (.-P)—A girl j who potentially, at least, is worth j Sl.fiOO a day was around town look- i ing for a joh today. j I'ntil she married the laU- V*olter I d'Orsay Palmer, once heir to a j multi-mil'.ion-doUar fortune and scion of a socially impeccable Chi- j cagoans, she was a waitress. j "And as I have said before, I am | still a good waitress," declared | Plunui Louise Palmer. Since the death of ht-r husband , she has received several of:>rs of ! jobs, one from a Broadway night ! club impresario, bur-I "I don't want that kind of a job. j 1 don't Avant to cash in on the I Palmer name." ; Nevertheless, she needs a job of ; some kind, she insisted. Her potential inlr.-ritanee is frozen in the : courts HI the moment, and "I : haven't got a ren!." .she said. i Two d;iys ago, \\<-r a'torney in Sarasota, Via., instituted suit for | 3">0t),000 damages against her ; father - iu - law. Honors Palmer. I charging that he had "sought to bring her into public scandal" by • his attempt to have her removed as administratrix of his son's estate. Before her husband's death, she (Continued on Page 10) cottonseed oil was stolen sometime j nose, chest injury and is in the Frederick hospital. Cutsail has lacera- according to a police report. ' < ion * ^out the face. The plane Entrance was gained by cutting through a screen door. i Saturday night or Sunday from the J Do-Nut Shop, East Franklin street. tions about the face. was damaged beyond repair. The oil was valued at $4.50. The August term of Circuit Court i lasted about an hour this morning, j convening at 10 o'clock and adjourning shortly before 11. A number of judgments were entered up and the verdict in ihe Godman pin-j NEW NOTARY j Lloyd Burgen, 35, Brenner ave- ball case announced by Judge j Mrs _ Jes . sie 0. Habercom has j nue> f " rac tureU an elbow this morn- j Wagaman in behalf of Judge Wil-! heen commissioned a notary public j jng w ^ en he fell from the Burgess INJURED IN FALL FROM COAL TRUCK liam Huster. by Governor O'Conor. AUTO STOLEN Karl Stickler. Boonsboro, report- DIVORCE SUIT Catherine R. Howard, through <-d 10 police today the theft of his j Attorney Frederick Beachley, filed Ford car from the East. Baltimore j suit, in court today for a divorce \ street lot of the Hughes Motor Co. j from James C. Howard. truck while he was preparing to unload coal in the rear of the second block of West Franklin street. He fell when an end-gate gave way, it was stated. He was taken to th« Washington County have the fracture Hospital to 1

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