The Daily Mail from Hagerstown, Maryland on August 9, 1939 · Page 1
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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Wednesday, August 9, 1939
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DAY BY DAY Another August visitation: The relatives who crowd the house and force Pop to sleep in the back yard with the dog. WEATHER Showers late today followed by fair and cooler weather tonight and tomorrow. PYT Nr> Iftfi Published dally («c«pt 8und»F) by the Mail Publlshinr C». Vx/Vl. 11U. J.OV. Entered *• ••cond-clftM at the Haters town Po«tofllc«. HAGERSTOWN, MD., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 1939. SINGLE COPIES, 3 CENTS JAPAN IS TORN BY INTERNAL STRIFE Air Crashes Mar British War Games HISSING AND 4 FLIERS DIE Fear Bomber Plunged Into Sea; England Prepares For Blackout Tonight LONDON. Aug. 9 (/P).—Britain's big show of air, sea and land power was marred today by aerial casualties—a five-man bomber vanished in the North Sea, four fliers died in a naming crash and four were forced to "bail out" of a third bombing plane. A checkup established that a Wellington bomber disappeared at 2:30 a. m. today and was believed to have plunged into the sea east of Yarmouth. H was near Tollerton, in rural Yorkshire, that the four fliers died In a crash. The four airmen who took to their parchutes over Thetford were slightly bruised. They had been ordered to jump by a flight sergeant who himself stuck to the controls and landed the bomber ^ with damage only to the undercarriage. The aerial exercises—a mythical struggle between "eastland" and "vvestlnnd"—were resumed at dawn today with about l.UOO of P.irtain's best warplanes in action. Waves of "raiders." about 500 planes in all, approached a secret target from the east. Weather conditions which favored the defenders last night turned highly advantageous for the invaders, some of whom found concealment above low clouds. "Invaders'* Spotted. The Air Ministry reported that. despite cloudy weather and poor visibility the "observer system Is working perfectly" and every "east(Continued on Page. 10) Will Conclude Accident Case Final Testimony To Be Taken Tomorrow In Auto Death. Final testimony in the hearing nn the death of Mrs. Naomi White, 28-year-old mother of two children. In an automobile crash near Frederick on .luno 5. will be taken tomorrow morning in Peoples Court, Frederick, Magistrate Manuel M. Weinbcrg has announced. Mrs. White died at. the Frederick- hospital about two hours after the crash. Her husband, driver .of tho car in which she- rode, escaped serious injury as did both of the children. Sewell Creel, -10, public accountant, of Hagerstown, is charger! with driving the other car. State officers testified nt a hearing .lune 29 that nn odor of alcoholic liquor was apparent on Creel's breath some time utter the crash. .1, C. Crice, attorney for Creel, asked a continuance of the hearing until Creel's companion. Miss Louise Bockley. this city, who was injured, would bo able to testify. Pressing for a conclusion of the case, the magistrate has set. tomorrow morning as the final date and has so informed (Trice and Miss Beckley. JEWS ASK HAVEN. ISTANBUL. Turkey, Aug. 0 (/P). Five hundred hungry, exhausted Jews, mostly"from C7.echo-Slov.akia. arrived here today on the crippled steamer Parita. seeking a refuge denied them in several Mediterranean ports. The T:\riia Hies the Panama llag. Turkish authorities imposed a quarantine on the ship ami it was understood they would refuse to allow the -lews to land. WEATHER U. S. Wcathor Hur^au Maryland: Showers this afternoon and probably e.irly tonight followed by fair Thursday; cooler tonight :ni<l Thursday. Chesapeake May: Showers or thunderstorms this afternoon and probably early tonight ; Thursday partly cloudv To <-i- v ar; cooler tonight, and Thursday; moderate southwest winds shifting to westerly. Slain COUNTERFEIT RING IS LINKED TO SLAYING Murder Of Ministers Daughter Recalls Arrest Of Father In 1935 Auburn-haired Wanda Dworecki, 17, (above) daughter of a Polish minister, was found slain in a weed patch along a muddy lane near her Caniden, N. J., home. Police questioned male acquaintances of the girl in an effort to solve the crime. FARM TENANTS SEEKING LOANS About A Dozen Have Applied Under Federal Farm Tenancv Act About a. dozen tenant, farmers in Washington County, who want to purchase farms under the Farm Tenancy Pui-chase Act, have already applied either through the County Farm Agent's office of the committee recently appointed, it was announced. Those do not include those who have made application through the office of Lewis A. Schnebley, farm security supervisor for this arcr>. Mr. Schchley announced today that a school of instruction for farm and home management supervisors and county commit)cemen will be held August I'l and 22 at College Park, Md. This will include the three commit Ieemen named In Washington County to direct the Farm Tenancy program. Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace announced several days ago flint, ho had selected F. C. Ernst and J. i\l. Ankeney, Cleavspring and William 11. Cunningham. Fairplay. as members of the committee. Secretary Wallace's announcement said thai. Mr. ICrnst was named because of his work among 4-11 Club hoys. He is also a past master and executive committee member of St. Paul's Grange and an active member of the County Farm Bureau. Mr. Ankeney is president, of the County Agricultural Conservation (Continued on Page 10) TODAY WARM ANDMLTRY Mercury Near 90 At Noon; Showers Expected To Bring Cooler Weather. Unless predicted showers intervene, the mercury is expected to soar into the middle OO's by mid- afternoon, according to D. Paul Oswald, Chewsville observer, who reported a reading of S9 decrees at. noon, a decree higher than yesterday's maximum temperature. Mr. Oswald reported last night one of the, holiest if not the h<>tt<\si of the summer to date, the mercury never dropping lower than 12 degrees. The weather man in Washington predicts showers late this afternoon or night followed by lower temperatures. CAMDEN, N. J., Aug. 9, (/P).—-A possibility developed today that a counterfeit money ring may be linked to the lovers' lane slaying of Wanda Dworecki, 17-year-old minister's daughter. Detectives, investigating that angle, recalled the auburn-haired girl's father, the Rev. Walter Swo- recki, a Polish Baptist minister, was Arrested in 1935 on charges of passing a bogus $5 bill. He was given asuspended sentence in Federal court. The slaying yesterday occurred a few days a.fter seven men and women were held on charges of complicity in a counterfeit ring's operations in Camden and several nearby communities. Chief of County Detectives Lawrence P. Doran said live young men were questioned last night but failed to shed any light on the identity of the person who beat and strangled Miss Dwcrecki to death and tossed her body from an automobile along a highway, a corsage of roses on her coat. "We also read every letter found In the girl's home and these were of no importance," Doran said. "Her father told us she did not have a steady boy Mend.'' Detectives expressed belief that If they could locate the men who abducted, beat and choked Miss Dworecki last April, then tossed her from an automobile 25 miles from (Continued On Page 10) Doll-Playing Bride Denies Alleys In One Section Each Ward Of City Will Receive Proportionate Number. Taking issue with a statement made at a. meeting'of the Board of Street Commissioners last night by Commissioner Aaron Reecher, that the city's current alley - projects are being confined to the southern section of Hagcrstown, a member of the City Council today said that when the new alley and street program was prepared by the City Engineer, that each of the iive members of the Council was given the same number of new alley projects. "That moans that the same number of feet of new alleys will be built in each of the live wards of the city." this councilman said. This councilman agreed that too many projects in the past, have been confined to one soc.tion of the city and that in preparing 1 the new alley and street program, which will be done with W. P. A. labor, that the Mayor and Council sought to spread the projects. Police jailed Mnrrell Webb, 27, a farmhand, on assault charges following his elopement with Mary Jobes, 14, who still plays with her dolls. The bride returned to her home in Mt. Holly, N. J., declared she would rejoin Webb when he is freed. TWO AVIATORS DIE IN CRASH ROUND LAKE, N. Y., Aug. 9 (£>) —A spectacular collision 2,000 feet in the air sent one of two TJ. S. Army observation planes enroute to forthcoming war maneuvers plumming into a clump of trees near here today, killing two aviators. An army officer at the scene identified one of the victims as Second Lieut. M. E. Thomas, the pilot. The other was identified only as Gcrrity, an enlisted man. Eye-witnesses said the ships were flying in formation with one other when they sideswipcd in midair. They left Mitchel Field. X. Y., this morning for Malone. N". Y., where the Army's planes are bivouacked fo.r the maneuvers scheduled to begin at Plattsburg this week-end. The ship which figured in the col- lission was piloted by Lieut. W. M. Prince, commanding the flight. He landed his disabled plane nt Saratoga. Springs, X. Y., ten miles north. Neither he nor his Co-Pilot Lieut. B. W. Vcatch. was injured. The propcllor of his ship was damaged and a. landing light on a wing smashed. Prince and Yeafch immediately motored to the scene of the crash on the Albany-Saratoga Springs highway. Thinks Picture Was Malformation Cause MANILA, Aug. 9 (ff) — The young Filipino mother of a baby who was born with the heart completely outside the body, today attributed the malformation to her contemplation while bedridden of a picture showing Jesus Christ with his heart exposed. 0 The 24-year-old mother, Mrs. Esperauza Rafael, a devout Catholic, told interviewers that for three months prior to the birth she was unable to leave bed, and that while so confined she gazed constantly at two pictures on the wall, the one of Christ and the other of the Virgin Mary. Meanwhile the baby, which weighed seven pounds at birth Monday in a small maternity hospital in the Tondo slum section, developed a slight temperature of less than two degrees, although doctors said the rise was normal. The added the infant, which was named Maria Carazon. or Mary Heart, was in good condition and apparently normal in all respects except the exposed heart. ROAD CONTROL IS DISCUSSED County Commissioners Believed To Favor Return; Must Decide Soon Cabinet Reported Against Army Plan For Alliance With Axis Decision Since Perry's Arrival While An Alliance With Germany And Italy Might Be Useful In Forcing Britain's Hand Japan Fears Germany's Bid For Chinese Trade. By DEWITT MACHENZIE Associated Press Foreign Affairs Writer NEW YORK, Aug. 9—The wise- men of Japan, in the conclaves now proceeding to determine whether Nippon shall enter a military alliance with the Rome-Berlin axis, are encountering' a problem of such magnitude that they must feel themselves between the Chinese dragon and the sea. True, some observers have been inclined to believe that there has been a certain amount of bluff in the talk of an alliance, the idea being to force England's hand. However that may be, no one has ventured to dispute that the matter is being debated in Tokyo at this moment. It's one of the toughest decisions the sages have had to make since our own Commodore Perry almost a hundred years ago knocked at the shoguivs door and enticed his people to emerge into the world from their centuries of seclusion. The present problem is this: Wants Absolute Control Japan wants absolute political, economic and financial control of China. She signalled her position to the west as long ago as 1934 when, after occupying Manchuria and withdrawing from the League of Nations, she announced what amounted to a Monroe Doctrine for the Far East. Because of this program she is trying to elisiinate western influence from China, especially the powerful British hold—an effort which has produced the current Anglo-Japanese crisis. An alliance with .Germany (and Ttaly) might be useful in forcing (Continued on Page 10) Plan To Petition For A Water Line RURAL ROUNDUP MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. •> (;p).— Mrs. Frank Tlvssen. Kllendal^ farm mother, wrote Police Chief Frank Forest al: "I have six sm.-ill children. It's almost, impossible to call them on a big farm. The official basketball whistle ". asn't enough carrying powe". Could 1 get a discarded, but. far-reaching, police whistle?" The chief sent her throe whistles and said "Take your pick." Residents of Vale street and Fri(linger avenue, in tho eastern section of Hagerstowu, will petition the Mayor and Council at tomorrow night's meeting to authorize the construction of a watorline on those streets. The petitioners will point, out that recently a sanitary sewer line was pnt down on those streets, that some of the property owners have connected with it, but that it is of no use as long as they have no water. Water is being obtained now from cisterns. AH, WILDERNESS KUGKNK. Oi>\. Aug. !». i.-P). — Maybe the day of tho horse is gone but Victor Johnson paid a dollar lino for parking his auto in a /.one reserved for horse-drawn vehicles. The Board of County Commissioners discussed at some length in meeting yesterday whether or not this county should take advantage of an act of the 1939 State Legislature which permits counties to take over the maintenance of their lateral roads. While no action on a definite decision was taken it is believed in court house circles that members of the Board are inclined to resume control of roads again and that in all probability the Board will so A'ote within the next week or two. Definite decision must be reached before September 1. One drawback locally to taking over control is the tremendous expense the county must bear in reequipping itself with the necessary road machinery. When the State (Continued on Page 10) OAKLAND BANS ALL FIREWORKS OAKLAND. Md.; Aug. 9 (ff)— An ordinance prohibiting the sale, storage and shooting of fireworks in Oakland bore the unanimous approval of the mayor and council today. In passing the ordinance, council acceded to petitions of citizens who asked that, fireworks be regulated as a safety measure. The ordinance makes it unlawful for anyone to store or sell firecrackers or fireworks of any kind within the corporate limits of Oakland and forbids shooting of fireworks within the town. Council retained the authority to grant permits for fireworks displays within the town. Requests for such displays must be made in writing to council, which reserved the rigbt to set the time, place and manner ! of the. displays. Violation of the ordinance is punishable by tines ranging from ?2 i to $25 for each offense or "'0 days in jail. Jail Break Frustrated By 2-Gun Jailor's Wife, Who Wounds One Says "I Hated To Shoot One" But Just Had To Do It To Save Her Husband- Threatened By Desperate Trio. PRYOR, Okla., Aug. 9 (#»).—A straight-shooting, two-gun jailer's wife frustrated with accurate pistol fire last night an attempted break from the county jail, of three prisoners who bound her husband ..and threatened his life with a crude steel dirk. She is Mrs. Ethel McCracken, a buxom woman of 40, who has ridden the range and handled guns since her youth. One of the felons, .Take Cook. 24, an ex-convict from the notorious Cookson Hills, former handout of "Pretty Boy" Floyd, and other outlaws, was shot in the leg. Participating in the break with Cook were Willie Murphy, 2fi, whom she forced back into the jail, and George Casey, 22, who was recaptured by two passersby. The trio bid for freedom when Mrs. McCracken's husband, Claud, started to take them from an exercise cell to their regular quarters. McCracken said Cook pressed a crudely made, 5-inch dirk against his abdomen while the others bound him. The trio took his keys but couldn't find the one which opened the outer door. Forced To Call Wife. They brought McCracken to the door, put the dirk to his throat, and made him call Mrs. McCracken. Her story of the affair from then on was this: Cook said he'd kill Claud if she (Continued on Page 10) School Board To Plan Re-Opening Bus Contracts Will Be Awarded And Teaching Vacancies Filled. CONVICT, WHO DEFIED GUARDS FROM ATOP SMOKESTACK, DESCENDS FARMER'S SEED WHEAT STOLEN Twice within a week thieves have visited the barn on the farm of Charles R Taylor on the outskirts of Keedysville. Kach lime they stole three sacks of the best wheat produced on the Taylor farm. It had been set aside as seed wheat in preparation for planting in the fall. APOLOGIZES TO TYDINGS XKW YORK. Auc:. !> (VP)—The National Broadcasting Company broadcast an apology to Senator Millnrd K. Tydings '( D-MJM last night for an assertion made on a program .July 2i> that WPA funds hat! been used to build a private road and a yac'.it basin on his estate. KINGSTON. Ont. Aug. !» (Canadian Press).- -A Kingston penitentiary prisoner's dare-devil sit-down strike atop a 700-foot smokestack ended h,Vor«' dawn today, b',;t officials refused to explain how or when he came down from his precarious perch. When dayliirht broke he was gone. Warden Allen said the prisoner was all right physically, but would give v.o further information. DIVORCE SUIT. Kdna M. Hagent, through Attorney .Tohn .!. Allen, filed suit, in ror.rt tonay for A divorce from Albert H. Rngent, KINGSTON. Ont.. Aug. ;» ( ;p r ~ (Canadian Press» -A daredevil convict clung to a perch atop a 1oO- foo; smokestack at Kingston penitentiary in a driving rain early today, threatening to jump if guards came after him and refusing ro descend unless granted a transfer to another prison. He demanded of the warden that he be transferred hack to St. Yin- cent IV Paul penitentiary, near Montreal, whence he was sent a short lime ago to Kingston, known as flip strides; in the Dominion. Penitentiary officials did not give the name of the convict, serving a 2"-year sentence. The defiant prisoner climbed the smokestack yesterday afternoon while working near the prison powerhouse. He was discovered last night after an alarm was raised. Silhouetted by searchlights, he shouted his demands to guards below. Once, as a guard approached a ladder a!li\'-d to the stack. l>ie prisoner made a motion as ihough he was about to leap and 7he guard (.Continued on Page 16) Final plans for the opening of in:;D-40 public school year on Tuesday, September 5, will be further perfected by the Board of Education in meeting tomorrow afternoon. The Board will award four or five bus contracts to complete this work and fill about a do/.en teaching vacancies scattered over the county. The Board has twice as many applications as vacancies and will select those best, qualified for ihe posts. The work of repairing various school buildings in the city and county is being rushed to completion and all plants will be ready for the opening, the Board has been advised. VALVES INSTALLED ON TWO STREETS So that water line leaks can be repaired without cutting off the water io large sections of the western part, of tlie city, the water department, under the direction ol' Superintendent Albert Heard installed two new valves on Winter and Church streets between 7 and I'.t o'clock last night. Ahum '00 homes were without water during that period, the property occupants having been notified in advance Two additional valves will be in- sialled in thai section of the city in i he near future. The new valves. said Mr. Heard, will also provide better tire protection for that area Woman Leaps Into Sea From Steamer NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 9 (.zpj — A woman listed as Mrs. Irene Morrison, address unknown, was drowned off Ocean City, Md., last night when sTie jumped into the sea from the Old Dominion Line's Xew York- Xorfolk steamer George Washington, Captain G. E. Horsley. master, reported to police today when the steamer docked here. Several persons saw her leap, he said. Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Lloyd, of Richmond, Va., who were leaning over the rail of the boat deck, told Captain Horsley that they first observed Mrs. Morrison seated on the rail of the promenade deck immediately below. "She sat there a moment," Lloyd reported, "and then suddenly put both hands on the rail ar.d pushed herself off, feet first, into the sea. She made no outcry. The steamer was swung about, and. with searchlights stabbing The darkness, circled the area for 70 minutes before resuming the voyage to Norfolk. Spotted Fever Is Fatal To Woman i WASHINGTON". Aug. 9 (.-?,—Mrs. Harry K. Toston. 37, Garrett Park. i Md., died yesterday of Rocky Moun- i tain spotted fever. I: was the fourth drath from the disease this | year in the Washington area. i Mrs. Toston. wife of ;;n assistant 1 inspector in the municipal arch5- j leel's otlice, gave birth to a son 16 days ago. Symptoms of the. fever appeared several days later. The family physician said she had been bitten by a tick before going to the hospital for her haby's birth. GRANTED DIVORCE. SOME VINE Virginia A. Smith has been gnim- John W. Price, well known farmed an absolute divorce by Judge ; er of Bridgeport, is said to have ft ' Frank G, Wagaman from Harry C. i tomato vine in one of his fields on ' Smith. She was represented by I which 242 tomatoes of assorted siz- I Attorney Calvert K. Hartie. ' es were counted. Extreme Nationalists Reported Threatening Opponents SEE SHOWDOWN "Young Officers" Reported Pressing For Axis Hookup. SHANGHAI, Aug. 9 (ff).— A bitter Internal struggle in Japan over whether the empire shall conclude an out- militarj alliance with Ger~ many and Italy which may cause the fall of the Japanese cabinet was described today by an informed traveler from Tokyo. This informant, in close touch with government and diplomatic quarters in Tokyo, said the situation there was extremely tense. Rumors were current that extreme Nationalists had threatened the lives of cabinet members, including Premier Baron Kiicbiro Hirantima, who were believed to be opposing the alliance. Its proponents were described as "young army officers" — majors, lieutenant-colonels, colonels — -who demand an outright alliance with the totalitarian powers. This "open, revolt" was expected to compel a showdown from which results even more startling than the fall of the cabinet may come. (The "young officers" hav e been credited with dictating several major decisions in T apanese policy in recent years, including the conquest of Manchoukuo, the invasion of China and changes in domestic policy to put Japan on a war basis. To See Emperor (A Tokyo dispatch today said (Continued on Page 10) 400 MORE WILL BE SUSPENDED Reductions In W. P. A. Rolls Will Be Made, Says Springer, Four hundred more Washington County W. P. A. workers who have had continuous employment on relief rolls for IS months or more, will be off the rolls by September 1, F. W. Springer, area representative of the Work Projects Administration said today. These will be- in addition to the 198 dropped from the rolls here yesterday. Springer said that the new regulation will apply progressively from then on. Whether the reduction in employment rolls will reflect a reduction in relief needs was doubt| fill, it was stated. j Corn cutting, other farm work j and fruit packing arc counted upon ! to absorb some of the relief work- i ers that have been and will continue to be dropped during the month. The cause of the sweeping WPA reductions, however, is the result of a Congressional act which became effective July 1. The regulation provides for dropping persons who have been employed for IS consecutive months or more. The law permits suspended workers to re-register after a 30 day period o£. idleness, but gives no assurance" that they will be re-employed. Mr. Springer said that further cut-offs will be progressively made until an average cut of about 40 per cent is reached in this area. FEAR BROKER WAS DROWNED SALISBURY. Aug. 9 (£>).—William A. Dally, Salisbury investment broker, was believed drowned in the Atlantic ocean at Ocean City early this morning, and his wife is in Peninsula General Hospital here suffering from severe shock following what authorities termed a double suicide attempt. His wife. Mrs. Irma Dally, was found lying on the beach near the inlet at the resort at 1 a. m. today, semi-conscious and whispering hoarsely "He's in the water." She was rushed to Peninsula General Hospital here, where she refused to talk to hospital ai- taches or physicians. Mrs. Charles Ludlam, a close friend of the couple, spoke to her this morning. { Papers found on th<» end of the I jetty included their passports, marriage certificate.

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