The Daily Mail from Hagerstown, Maryland on August 11, 1939 · Page 1
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DAY BY DAY Another pleatant Augu»t thought it that the song of the katydid warm* us frott is due in six weeks. And fro«t means coal—and coal bills. WEATHER Fair tonight, increasing cloudiness tomorrow; little change in temperature. VOL. CXI. No. 188. Pukll*h«d dtllr (««e«pt Sunday) by th« Mall Publishing C«. Entered »• Mcend •«!**• matttr at th« Hagerstowo Poitofflc*. HAGERSTOWN, MD., FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 1939. SINGLE COPIES, 3 CENTS BRITAIN YffiLDS TO JAP DEMANDS Free City Looks To Axis Parley For Clue To Future DANZIGCHIEF SPEECH FAILS TO REVEAL IT Forster, Back From Conference With Hitler, Blasted At Poland Expect Mussolini To Suggest Axis Move With Moderation Foreign Ministers Of Germany And Italy Conferring Today; Ciano Bringing Word From Chief On Danzig, Balkan And Far Eastern Questions. Dies At Hospital DANZIG, Aug. 11 (/p) — Danzig Nazis looked today to the Salzburg conference of Italian and German foreign ministers for the clue to their immediate future which their district leader failed to give in a bristling but unrevealing speech. They felt that talks between Count Galeazzo Ciauo of Italy and Joachim von Ribbentrop oC Germany might produce a key to the situation blocking their often promised "return to the Reich." Nazi District Leader Albert Forster had visited Adolf Hitler only two days before he delivered a 45- minute blast at Poland to thousands of Danzigers in Langer Market Place last night. But he brought not one new word from the Fuehrer. Fails to Set Date Though he'^ippealed to citizens of other nations aligned against Germany to prevent a war and voiced again a belief that the "hour of liberation is coming," the closest he came to setting a date was in a wish that it might be "not far distant."' Many of the "protective police- in en" who have been conscripted here and put into training were in (Continued on Page 12) SALSBURG, Germany, Aug. 11 (/p). — Italian Foreign Minister Count Galeazzo Ciano arrived here today for a three-day conference with German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbenthrop to attune the Rome-Berlin axis to new conditions in Europe. Ciano brought suggestions from Premier Mussolini on what the closely cooperating political and military partners should do about the Free City of Danzig, the Balkans and the Far East. The two ministers began immediately on conversations which, it was acknowledged in every continental capital, may have a profound bearing on the course of events in unsettled eastern. Europe in the next few weeks. Scene of their meeting was Castle Fuschl, Yon Ribbontrop's 16th century summer home about 15 miles south of here. There, after a lunch in the secluded castle overlooking a mountain lake in the Salzkammergut region of the Alps, they delved into their discussions. Beyond this afternoon's talk (Continued on Page 12) 11 Of Maryland Economist Here For Study Of Livestock Auction Paul R. Poffenberger, Native Of Beaver Creek Section, Conducting State-Wide Research Of Community Auctions To Determine Advantage. Mrs. Homer S. Cummiugs,"wife of the former attorney general and one of the capital's most popular hostesses, died in Washington after a long siege of heart disease, complicated by high blood pressure. President Approves $12,840 Street And Alley , Program For Town. (/ Presidential approval of a $12,480 "WPA stroet, alloy and parkway project for William sport was announced today through the ofliec o[ Representative William D. Byron. The project is being sponsored by tho Mayor and Council of \Vil- llamsport and calls for rcgrading, rebuilding and repairs to streets and alleys of the town. The work is expected to supply gome needed WPA employment in the town. Exp ect Orders On W. P. A Jobs St. Paul's Road Project Will Be Resumed; To Recall 45 Men. Following a. conference yesterday between Mrs. Gladys N. McDermott, supervisor of the Division of Employment for the W. P. A., local officials of the W. P. A. said they expect to receive orders to put some men back to work from time to time shortly. Only those who have not been employed continuously for IS months or have been furloughed for 30 days, will be eligible for recall, it was stated. Work on the St. Paul's road will l>e resumed next week, it was stated. This project had been suspended several weks ago because of difficulties in obtaining rights of way. About 45 men will be recalled to this project. Paul R. Poffenberger, assistant agricultural economist of the Agricultural Experiment Station. University of Maryland who for some months has been, engaged in a research study of the marketing of farm products through community auctions, is spending sometime in this locality studying the local and nearby livestock auctions. Mr. Poffenberger, a native of the Besvver Creek section, and a son of Mrs. E. E- Poffenberger, of near Beaver Creek, is a 1935 graduate of the University of Maryland. He obtained his Master's degree with two years of post graduate work and for the past two years has been attached to the Experimental Station of the University as an agricultural economist. Early in the spring of this year Mr. Poffenberger completed an exhaustive economic study of the Hatchery Industry in Maryland, and is the author of Bulletin, NT». 42fi. recently published. A review of thig study will be published in the Daily Mail next week. Co'fnmunity auctions are already well established in the state. On the Eastern Shore there are a number of produce markets while Southern Maryland has its tobacco auctions. Through this section of the state there are several livestock auctions. Chicken or poultry auctions are also well established. To Measure Efficiency It is Mr. Poffenberger's intention to study auction practices with the objectives of determining- the volume of farm produce now handled at auctions and what percent of all farm products in the state are marketed through auctions. He will attempt to measure the relative efficiency of such auction-marketing methods. The results of the research, together with recommendations, will be made available in bulletin form SECURITY ACT LIBERALIZED President Signs Bill Which He Says Will Provide Greater Security OEY LIBERAL CAN WIN, SAYS FIR.OF 1940 Will Take No Active Part In Election Next Year If Conservative Named She Foiled A Jail-Break By D. HAROLD OLIVER PITTSBURGH, Aug. 11 (/P).— Spirited young Democrats, cheering for a "third term" for President Roosevelt, entered the second session of their annual convention, today after hearing a message from the Chief Executive asserting he Avould not support a conservative for President in 1940. They waited with interest a morning addr-ess by Senator Barkley of Kentucky, the Senate Democratic leader, and a night speech by Paul V. McNutt, Federal Security Administrator mentioned as a possible "compromise" candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination. In a carefully worded message to the convention here last night President Roosevelt said: Would Be Suicide. "If we nominate consen r ative candidates, or lip-service candidates, on a straddle-bug platform, I (Continued on Page 12) TO SURRENDER FOUR CHINESE TERRORISTS Refusal To Give Them Up Precipitated Blockade Of : Concessions HYDE PARK, N. Y... Aug. 11 (£>)— President Roosevelt signed today a. bill making broad liberalization in the Social Security Act and cutting hundreds of millions of dollars off the tax burden it imposes. The President said in a formal statement that "these amendments to the act represent another tremendous step forward in providing SPECULATE ON STATEMENT in all probability Spring. sometime next LSU OFFICIAL KILLS HIMSELF MYSTERY EXPLAINED IAWTN, Ta.. Aug. 11 (>T).—Fred Rubs, grain elevator operator, was amazed when he came to work to find the elevator locked up but. the machinery within running full blast. The seared body of a sparrow provided the explanation. Rubs figured the bird lighted on the handle of a switch, threw it with its weight, then was electrocuted when it fell against the electrical contacts. WEATHER u. S. Weather Bureau Maryland: Fair tonight; Saturday increasing cloudiness; not rourh change in temperature. Chesapeake Bay: Mostly clear tonight; Saturday increasing cloudi- BATON ROUGE, La.. Aug. 11 (/P). A vision of flowing, "black gold"— an oil well—today spread over Louisiana State University which at the same time gloomily recorded its first violent death since scandal broke over the school six weeks ago. At about the hour the well Avas being brought in on the campus, George C. Heidelberg, GO, secretary of the LSI! student, employment committee, shot and killed himself yesterday. His wife was secretary to Dr. James Monroe Smith, former school president whose resignation, arrest, and many indictments rocked the huge university sprawled over the low-rolling hills near here. F. L. Echols, a sophomore, told the coroner's jury which called Heidelberg's death a suicide that the man had talked to him "at random" while drinking in a bar room. The oil well, the first on the campus, was brought in by William J. Helis and the Louisiana Crusader Oil Company under a lease granted by the university three years ago. FALL FATAL TO WOMAN TRAINER Miss Irene Ledgc-tt, who will be recalled as the middle-aged woman who appeared in the animal act of the Russell Bros, circus which showed here several weeks ago. died yesterday at. Roanoke, Va., of a broken neck. Miss Ledgett, who JUSTICE TO QUIZ YOUTHS Six Ordered In For Breaking Over 100 Panes Of Glass At School. Six West End youths have been ordered to appear before Magistrate Harvey M. Miller in Juvenile Court, at '2:30 o'clock this afternoon for questioning in connection with the breaking out of more than 100 window panes at the Winter street school. Deputy Sheriff Leister Isanogle summoned the boys after conducting an investigation into the •wholesale glass breaking. Board of Education officials report that deliberate destruction of school property by boys annually costs the taxpayers several hundred dollars. Hunt New Site For C.C.C. Camp Officials Abandon Plan To Locate It Outside Frederick. greater security for the people of this country." "This is especially true," he added, "in the case of the Federal old age insurance system which has now been converted into a system of old age and survivors' insurance providing lifetime family security instead of only individual old age security to the workers in insured occupations. "In addition to the worker himself, millions of widows nnd orphans will now be afforded some degree of protection in the event of his death whether before or after his retirement." The President said the size of benefits to be paid during the early years would be "far more adequate than under the present law." He said he was glad that unemployment insurance benefits have been extended to cover workers in some occupations previously uncovered. LIFE IN TROPICS SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 11 (/p). Take it from G. W. Allsop of New Zealand, here on a world motor tour, the rigors of mountain driving aren't as nerve wracking as the hazards of tlie tropics. Allsop related he parked his car under a tree in p]ast Africa. When he tried to start the wheels wouldn't turn. He applied more | power. Something snapped. Inspection disclosed a python pulled asunder, its front end wrapped around the rear axle, its tail around the tree. WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (#>)— The question of how far President Roosevelt would go in his avowed refusal to participate in electing a, "conservative" or "lip-service" Democrat as his successor intrigued capital politicians today. Did he mean, they speculated, that he would head a third party if an anti-New Deal Democrat were nominated? Or would he merely sit in his White House study or on the- velvety lawtns of his Hyde Park, N. Y., home and remain silent throughout the 1.940 compaign? The Chief Executive himself gave no clue in his message to the Young Democrats' convention at Pittsburgh, limiting his comment to a statement that he would "find it impossible to have any active part in such an unfortunate suicide of the Democratic party." Senator Thomas (D-Okla), who talked wirh the Chief Executive last Sunday, told reporters: "Under no conditions do I believe he would run as an indepen- d*ent." The Oklahoma Senator added the personal opinion, however, that Mr. Roosevelt might walk out of the Democratic convention if Vice President Garner were nominated to succeed him. The President's message generally was viewed here as an attempt to block anti-New Deal candidates well in advance of the 1940 Democratic convention. Jailor Claude McCracken is shown with his wife, Ethel, and the gun she used to foil a jail-break in Pryor, Okla. Three felons overpowered McCrackeu and won freedom from cells by threatening to kill him. The jailers wife shot one convict in the leg, forced a second back to his cell and blazed away at the third until he surrendered to a passerby. (C.P.) Fearing Mob Violence, Police Delay Slayer's Arraignment Confessed Murderer Of Movie-Struck Girl Held In Undisclosed Jail And Undertone Of Anger Heard On Streets Of Florida City. DRIVER FINED John Downs, driver of the car that figured in a collision with the machine of John Renner on the Western Pike last Sunday, was fined $1 and costs on a reckless driving charge when arraigned this morning before Justice M. V. B. Bostetter. Deputy Sheriff Bender investigated the crash. had WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. n, (/?). — Fearing mob violence, police authorities today delayed arraignment of Charles Jefferson on charges of abducting two Miami school girls, slaying one and holding the Qther prisoner three days. A few hours after the tall, 34-year- old Jefferson confessed yesterday to assaulting and fatally stabbing Ruth Frances Dunn, 17-year-old brunette beauty, officers rushed him away under heavy guard to an undisclosed jail. Officials reported there was an undertone of anger in street gatherings here as details of the case became generally known. Jean P.olton, 19-year-old blonde, second abduction victim who was released unharmed late Wednesday night at Boca Raton 25 miles from ' here, was taken by relatives to a secluded resort to recuperate from her harrowing experince. Miss Bolton yesterday told of being kept bound for most of three days and nights in Jefferson's coupe, bogged in a marshy side road 600 feet from the coastal highway near Boca Raton. The body of Miss Dunn was found in palmetto underbrush nearby. Half covered with sand and an old raincoat, it was badly bruised, bore several stab wounds in the side and a bullet hole in the forehead. Many Of Many Aliases Jefferson, a man of many aliases and a checkered nation-wide career which included theatrical, radio and newspaper work as well as-civil and military police record since the age of 15, left Miami early Monday with (Continued on Page 12) P. E. BUILDING POWER LINE Will Give Boonsboro, Sharpsburg, Keedysville Better Service. Waterman Held In Slaying Of Wif< LONDON, Aug. 11 (jpy —.The British government announced today that four Chinese alleged terrorists who had been the center of the British-Japanese dispute at Tientsin would be handed over to Japanese authorities for trial. It was announced that new eyi- dence submitted by the Japanese had established prima facie cases against the four Chinese and that they would be handed over iin- mediately. Japanese authorities in Tientsin accuse the four of complicity in the killing of a Chinese customs official of the Japanese-dominated North China regime. British refusal to turn them over after they were seized in the British concession at Tientsin brought on the Japanese army blockade of the British and French concessions which has been in force since June 14. Official Assassinated Two of the Chinese will he tried on murder charges growing out of the assassination of S. G. Cheng, the customs official, April 9. Tie other two will be charged "~with membership in illegal organizations. A government spokesman said (Continued on Page 12) Hancock Apples Sizing Up Well Commercial Crop In U. S. This Year Larger Than Last Year's. Apples in the Hancock area were reported to be sizing up well and as a whole are clean and relatively free from disease. A crop about the size of that of last year la being forecast. The commercial apple crop in the United States is estimated at 1.02,630,000 bushels by the Crop Reporting Board, which compares with 82,395,000 bushels last year and.a ten year average of 96,469,000 bushels. Larger than average supplies were indicated in all geographical regions except the south central and western states. The crop continued to develop satisfactorily during July in most commercial areas, the Board said. The board also estimated that this year's peach crop would total 61,164,000 bushels, which is IS percent larger than last year's crop f;| and 13 percent larger than th« 10- ear average. Denies Special Session Planned Apparently determined to relocate the Boonsboro CCC camp in Fiederick county, CCC officials today are endeavoring to find a new site after virtually abandoning one trained Elsie and who was a former j tentatively selected on the outskirts of Frederick. Protests from civic groups in Frederick against, the proposed site-so near that city, are said to be responsible for the decision to find another one. One reports said that a site be- icrialist, received the injury which caused her death when she fell four feet from a truck at Roanoke on Tuesday. "Rubber," one of Elsie's fellow performers and a circus attendant were killed Sunday wher. the tractor trailer in which they were en- route from Martinsburg to Roanoke was wrecked near Staunton. freeing Elsie, who was unhurt. For the better pan of two days Elsie BABY BORN WITH EXPOSED HEART HAS DIFFICULTY BREATHING MANILA. Aug. 11 (/P)— The life ; ural position of the organ, which of baby Mary Heart Rafael, born i rests on the child's chest'and is Monday with an exposed heart, was j protected by a thin glass cup. endangered today by suddenly de- j Until this mornings sn^o, veloped respiratory trouble. The administration of oxygen afforded temporary relief but whenever deprived of this the infant's respiration and pulse would again become irregular. Her temperature continued normal, doctors said. Medical experts made individual examinations and planned a con- ntil this morning's sudden adverse development the baby's condition had been satisfactory and doctors yesterday had announced a consultation would be held today to plan treatments to prolong the baby's life. Most of them were opposed to an operation to place the heart in its normal position, fear- Construction of a power line along the top of South Mountain, above Mt. Lena, that will tie in with the Potomac Edison line at Boonsboro, will be completed in about a month, it was stated today. For several weeks workmen have been engaged in cutting a path through the mountain and the erection of polls is now under way. These will carry the 33,000 volt line into Boonsboro. The new line will provide a "loop" that will give the communities of Boonsboro., Sharpsburg and Keedysville a much improved i Johnson. service, it was stated. About 10 miles of high tension wires are being strung in the connecting "loop". PRINCESS ANNE. Md., Aug. 11, (.•3P).—A 50-year-old waterman, Dennis R. Johnson, was held in Somerset county jail today while authorities investigated the slaying last night oC his wife, Martha, 45, and the wounding of. his son, Garrison, 17, at their home at Chance near here. t ! Mrs. Johnson, shot three times in S the back with a revolver, was found ( no reason i in ihe yard of the Johnson home | j by Sheriff Fred Phoebus and depu- j j ties who went there after Johnson j | appeared at the jail and said: "Something's happened." The youth shot in the shoulder, was in a room of the house. He was taken to Peninsula General Hospital in a serious condition. Sheriff Phoebus said he was un- President Say* He Sees No Reason Now For Calling Congress. HYDE PARK, Aug. 11 (^—Seeking to scotch reports that he would. call a special session of "Congress this fall, President Roosevelt said at a press conference today that «o far as he knew at present there wa* for calling Congress But he added that if an actual crisis of war became imminent in Europe or the Far East—in other words, if it became reasonably certain there was going to he a "war- he would probably immediately call a special session. Ke said he would do so in order able to obtain a lucid story from j to insur e American neutrality along tween Myersville and Frederick is ! sultation for this afternoon, being considered. ing fatal results. X-ray examinations revealed the chest cavitv is The doctors unofficially express- underdeveloped. A final selection, it is believed, ed belief the respiratory difficulties , _^ might be caused by gradual closing Suggests Plastic Surgery of the tiny hole in the upper chest BALTIMORE, Aug. II (Jp)—A Through which arteries lead from Baltimore surgeon, who 17 vears SOLOMON'S CHOICE will be made in the near future since the Boonsboro camp has been razed in preparation for removal. SPEXCER, Ind. v Aug. 11 (£>).— Ward M. Hicks, Democratic township trustee incumbent, sued Arlie Kay, Republican who won last November, for a recount of votes. Judge F. M. Martin decided each i received 2SS votes and ordered j $40,000 ESTATE. The will of the late- Dr. C. A. Brown, head of the mathematics department of Mercersburg Academy for many years, was admitted to probate in Franklin county courts yesterday and disposes of an estate of $40,000. The entire estate was bequeathed to his widow, Mrs. Mary B. Brown. the lines of international law. The President said he favored the lines of international law so that this country would not be involved. In general, he said, he favored neutrality legislatio not the type for which the Administration fought unsuccessfully in the last session— legislation making us neutral Instead of nnnentral. KJI.LS COPPERHEADS Clay Shives, of Big Poo), a Bal- Hicks, who held the- office nuring' timore and Ohio railroad engineer. _ . ) • ' " -,,,,.,,.„ -...,,...„ „• v »» , „, i . . »v- *»••, " i.v ;• «. v * «4 iti^ triii v.^.,* tilling ,114111; 1 TSrtlJUWdJlJIAlJl V»rtll tll^i, UlCC-l % ness and ,. creasing humidity; gen-; roamed the woods with a safari of The new camp must, be completed the exposed heart. They said an-. ago assisted at an operation on a ; The- litigation, should serve the first i killed thirty-one coperhead snakes tic to moderate northeast and oast j police and volunteers on her trail winds.. ' before her capture. and occupied by October L officials stated. other cause misrht be general bean baby born wiih heart exposed, said } half of the four-year term and Kay fatigue, resulting from the unnat- (Continued on Page 12) the second half. along the B. and O. tracks at Paw Paw, W, Va.. on Tnesday ASSAULT CASK Jennings Myers paid a fine of fl and costs to Justice M. V, B. for an assault oti T>e Taylor

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