Sterling Daily Gazette from Sterling, Illinois on October 22, 1941 · Page 1
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LOCAL FORECAST Awwrtatwl and and Thursday: cooler toworrmr. STERLING DAILY GAZETTE Outstanding Community Daily for Wfciteside and Adjoining Counties FALLS Official lt*0 U. 8. six mites «j«ar* territory estimated «•?«• EIGHTY-SEVENTH YEAR—No. 96 r^t$ d P«« STERLING, ILLINOIS, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1941 of the Audit Bureau of Circulations PRICE FIVE CENTS Two Utilities Plead Guilty to Allocating Funds to Politicians Jersey Train Collision injures 28 at Rahway Heavy Floods Ravage Eastern Kansas RAHWAY. N .1. — 'AP' -- The Prmvsylvanla railroad launched an invpstlRation today into the cra.sh r>l IL<. crack Washington express the Embassy, and a local train which caused "injuries to 28 persons and overturned two cars. There were no deaths. The crash occurred yesterday at 3.56 p. m. Executives Dismissed;i B °VKU" e er I way Memorial hospital for treatment All the casualties occurred in the local, which carried about 40 passenger?. The express had between 300 and 400 on board. The electric federal locomotive of the express plowed Charges Against 3 Firms Fined $5,000 SPRINGFIELD. ILL - 'AP' — The Illinois-Iowa Powrr company and thr Missouri Powrr and Light company pleaded guilty in ond car. Both coaches overturned, but the three other ears remained the trick*. court todav to distributing into the third car of the live-car tlves were nol-prossed on recommendation of U. 5. District Attorney Howard L. Doyle. Federal Judge Charles G. BriEgle immediately ordered the two utilities companies, subsidiaries of the giant North American Holding company. to pay fines of $5.000 each and cost*. The two utilities companies and three top executives were indicted last December by a federal grand Jury on charges of raising and distributing the slush funds to Illinois mayors and candidates for the state legislature In violation of the 1935 public utility holding company act and the federal conspiracy statutes. The Indicted executives, who did -not appear for arraignment before Judge Brlggle, weresJamea D. Mortimer of Portland. Me., former president of the North American company and lone-time head of Illinois Iowa Power; Henry L. Hanley of -Chicago, Illinois Iowa boartLchalr- man and vice president of the Missouri Power and Light company; and Aura C. Hall of Decatur. HI., vice president of the lUinote Iowa Power company. The fines, also recommended by Doyle after conferences with justice department officials In Wash- ""telngton. were S1.000 on each of. five • counts In the Indictment. The maximum fines possible under the law would have been $10,000 on each count, or $50,000 against each corporation. Doyle said after the arraignment: "I think the disposition of this ease is very satisfactory from the government's standpoint—In fact it's a vBsory." The only statement made t>y the district attorney In court as to the dismissal of the charges against the individual defendants was that the recommendation was made "after discussion with officials of the department of justice and securities and exchange commission." Pleas on behalf -of the companies entered by Attorney Charles C of Decatur, 111., and Frederic Burnham, Chicago, co-eounse wereenu nrorgee i"4lft|t J»tn flrms, • Judge Briggle said in passing sentence that he doubted the constitutionality of the 1*33 holding company act under which the indictments were returne but was con vinced that the United States Supreme court would uphold it. Attorney LePorgee, in an oral i~ statement, told the court the indicted firms have been placed under new administrative control. "Whatever the sins of these cor- poratlons were." LeForgee said, "a new order is now in control. The old order has passed. Your honor knows that charges of this kind can not rightl/be confined to utilities. Other •attons have done the- same. It Governor Indicates He Intends to Back Brooks' Candidacy Hedges on Question Of His Stand Should Others Join Primary By Don Myndman SPRINGFIELD. ILL--(AP)— A broad hint that he Intends to support Senator C. Wayland Brooks for raiommatkm next spring was dropped by Governor Green today Into the uncertain Republican senatorial primary picture. Without definitely committing himself. Mr. Green told reporters in his first ndfs conference hi several weeks that he hadn't changed his mind since he made some complimentary remarks about Brooks at summer political rallies. • The governor was reminded the he Indicated to newsmen severe months ago he would back Brooks tod was asked whether this should be considered an endorsement. "My opinion of Curly (Brooks) Is the same as it always has been,'* he replied. "Interpret it the way you want/Asked what hia stand would be If Brooks is opposed in the primary by State Treasurer Warren Wright or some other candidate, the governor smiled end replied: Tm like the President on tha one—the question la too iffy." He added Wright had talked with him recently but "didn't indicate to me 4het he would M e eendldaje. The OOP treasurer said recently he was considering opposing Brooks. was the system that was wrong." The lengthy Indictment, returned after the grand jury quizzed scores of Illinois politicians under stringent secrecy orders from Judge Briggle, named 14 poUUcel figures- including mayors and state representatives—as having received the Illegal campaign funds. In addition to alleging that the ifunds. were used for political campaigning, the indictment charge* that at least $31.100 had been spent between 1935 and'Wi as -bribes and donations" to municipal officials to obtain favorable regulatory ordinances, franchises and -lighting contracts. The secret fund of at least $77.000 was collected between 1M4 and ItJO by kickbacks on attorney's fees, i eret construction company rebates padded expense accounts of ei ployes end surreptitious salary refunds, the indictment charged. The Illinos-Iowa Power company with assets estimated at $300.000. gOO serves 450 cities and towns in Illinois and has additional facilities _in Iowa. The Missouri company is a 133.000.000 corporation operating in that slat*. THE WEATHER (By The Associated Press) Chicago and vicinity; - In- citfUKlluesi followed by showers and thunderstorms tonight snd Thursday. Continued mild. Outlook for Friday Fair and cooler. Illinois: Mostly cloudy and con United mild showers anc thunderstorms Thursday ant beginning in- north ' __" tonight Iowa: Showers and thunderstorm* Thursday, *"**Hnlni Thtveday night. leir and cooler Thursday afternoon V* night. LOCAL II WWA 1 P.SL I p. m. TgJtPgJUYVftKS M II midnight W 1 4 p. a*. e p. m. -IS it £»£ gg •I to at if 'ft ef U m. m. M M M M M fe M m. el m. gt «... wi le Cal Ceeti BeeUe» It is quite likely. Governor Oreen said, that he would call for the spe clal election of a state supreme court clerk next year to complete the term of the late Adam F. Bloch .Chicago Democrat. Since Bloch death last year Edward F.'Cullinane Havana Democrat, has held th clerkship by appointment of tb court. The chief executive said the so- called purge of civil service em ployes who engaged in political act! vities was taking "a normal course, although fewer than 75 suspensions have resulted since announcemen sixweeks-ttgo that charges were be ing prepared against 4,000 employes In response to another question Mr. Green said he did not intend to reply to letters of W. T. Harmon claiming the administration failed to cooperate with Harmon before his removal in July as managing officer of the Illinois state train ing school for boys near St. Charles Commenting for the first time on protests by President R. Q. Soder strom end Secretary Victor Olander ofx*he Illinois Federation of Labor against his selection of Francis B Murphy of Chicago as state labor director, Governor Oreen said they were "about the only objectors" tc the appointment. He said a num ber of other AFL union leaders hac commended the appointment. Governor Urges Firms With Huge Wor Orders To Sub-Let Portions CHICAGO <AP> —Governor Dwlght H. Oreen today asked Oil nois manufacturers holding nation al defense contracts for "unselfish cooperation carried out In patriotic partneship" in order that work on government orders might be ap to small factories end production speeded up. The governor opened e defense contract clinic at the Stevens note attended by representatives of aev eral thousand manufacturing con In his prepared speech. Mr. Oreen praised a "gigantic gesture of unity' which he said was exhibited by at- of contractors' represen tetives et the meeting, but said the work on defense orders had been de Isyed because of failure by large concerns holding extensive contract to sub-let portions of their projects to smelter manufacturers. "Perhaps it is on the magnitude of the task and the necessary haste with which it is undertaken tha we can blame the faults," he said "But there can be no doubt the in our defense situation today it the subcontractor who U the week link in a neUoael chain which should be qnbreskebie. Rttirfil Jvdfl Dits WA1BBKA, BUU->-<AP)—Franl L. Hooper. n.^UrVftlred a* a or cult .Judge la ilttjkfcer..serving a years m tfes eeuctl Vtal at his home htm la*t sight. He ted been ill Aerial view of Gypsum. Kas, as water eovewrf totfrt town when nearby creek*, swoUen by heavy ™Jn». drs were made homeless here and in other flood ravaged Mctions of east- went out of their banks. Hundreds were made homeless era Kansas, while property damage mounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Strikers Override Attempt to Reopen Detroit Steel Plant Act Despite Warning From Union Leader Army Will! ntervcne (By The Associated Press) Strikers at the Great Lakes Steel corporation at Detroit, wrangling with CIO union chiefs, refused today to return to work despite' a •warning from a union leader that the army would take over the plant in the event it remained shut down. Pickets maintained their lines at the plant, and the morning shift of workers failed to enter the gates. A total of 8.600 men have been idle since the strike began last Wednesday night, stopping high-tensile steel production for defense. The strikers, members of the CIO Steel Workers Organising Committee, voted at a stormy meetingjast night to go back.'to work, only 00 condition that 16 iuiprndrt ^strike leaders be reinstated to.U» .union and e new contract be sought from the company. Union heads later turned down both demands. Leaden Kemain Suspended The vote was taken after John Doherty. 8WOC regional director from Chicago, had warned workers that the army would take over, the Great Lakes plant. Two hours after the workers had presented their terms, 8WOC Regional Director Orval Kincaid announced he would refuse to reinstate the strike leaders* he ousted last week until they had been tried and cleared of charges of violating, the Reds Set to Hold Out, Correspondent Believes By Henry C. Cassldy KUIBYSHEV, RUSSIA — (AP) — With Premier Stalin's government holding the fort behind the red-towered walls of the Kremlin despite he grave danger hanging over Moscow, the Soviet Union is pursuing relentlessly the course of the war against German}'. ; I have seen unmistakable evidenc- Other labor disputes continued (Continued on page seven) Boys Town Marks 20th Anniversary It Still Has Debts but . They've Been Whittled T By Odell Hanson BOYS TOWN. NEB. — (AP) — Born of a humanitarian impulse and nurtured on the faith of an endless string of creditors and the generosity of thousand* of Americans, Father Flanagan's city of lltUe men is 90 years old today—and still courting creditors. From a farm atop a hill 10 miles west of Omaha, to which the young priest moved his boys and belongings just two decades ago. has sprung a dream city—30 buildings on » 7«; acre site. But the men with the mortgage is still hanging around. It's not the uphill battle it once was. Father Flanagan assures, recalling a time when debts of between $350.000 and $400.000 hung over the city like an ominous cloud. "I've always battled with debts and mortgages." lie recounted. "For 15 years I didn't teem to get anywhere. People seemed to regard children as disagreeable annoyances -not as kin.of God." Although Boys Town was first established on this rural acreage in Itat. it bad iU start four years earlier when the young priest borrowed sjo to pay a month's rent on a bouse in Omaha in which he proposed to care for. abandoned children. Father Flanagan had been work ing among what he term* "tost men' and vowed "That if I possibly could. I would do something so that' no boy could say he didn't have chance." In 1M1 he acquired what was then "Overlook farm," a ItO-ecre atte During the summer temporary frame constructed and a year later, the nrst . butidinf. Ottilia use, wee opened. Today the municipality, b its own poeioftfee and its own M set of jnunkit*! officers, wuato a pupuiaitofl of S* An ett of ail naUooeUtlec, tow keen com for, Workers May Pay 5 Pet. Security Tax Employers Would Put Upon Equal Amount WASHINGTON — (AP) — Treasury sources said today the administration wes cnnihlfring a request to congress es of Russian determination to carry on the struggle, come what may. The constant shuffle of reserves westward and civilians' eastward, high morale, unbroken communications end adequate food supplies all are coupled by observers as indications of preparations for a long and continuing war. The vast, virtually trackless hinterland already is in the grip of winter, with streams beginning to freeze and plains coated with snow. While the western red army battled the Germans on the approaches to Moscow, the highest members of the Soviet government remained in with his chief drafted in the Kremlin the series of decrees in which the steadily-stiffening defense of Moscow was organised, including the declaration of a stete of siege. Behind the front lines over a vast territory preparations went forward for prosecution of e Winter Stalemate looms in Russia, Says War Expert Embassies May Go Back to Red Capital Shortly, He Believes 'By The Associated Pre.ss> Adolf Hitler's Invasion armies face the prospect of sitting in winter- bound trenches until spring almost within sight of the two great prizes that failed to fail. Moscow and Leningrad, according to advices reaching London today. Declaring that the 2i-day-o!d German offensive against Moscow has already passed IU peak and bogged down in snow-mired.' all but Impassable roads, a high-ranking reutral military authority In London said the tide of conflict has so turned that embassies which fled Moscow may shortly return. HiUer, he said, has failed to achieve the swift victory promised in a speech Oct. 3 In which the fuehrer announced that the drive on Moscow would be "the last great, decisive battle of this year." The nati onslaught, this source said, has now been dernitely halted, both around Moscow and in the north around siege-girt Leningrad. Soviet dispatches pictured the Germans ax suffering enormous losses on the Moscow front with "literally every metre of ground cover*d with the bodies of fascist soldiers and officers" In tbe.Mcehaisk sector, 57 miles west of the Russian capital. "Undoubtedly HiUer will order and carry out new attacks," the source said, "but he will not again be able to muster anything like the strength he has used up in the pest two weeks." Student Loons Fewer At University of Illinois CHAMPAIGN. IU.. — <AP> — University of Illinois student* are havini? k-.v; trouble with their personal finances. Comptroller Lloyd Morcy. reporting on the status of student loan- 1 ; turKta. said they showed a dfcren-^ 1 in loans made, a decrease )n loans outstanding and an Increase in loans paid. the capital. Premier Stalin the employe's share taxes .ftvsvl qgr cent to 5 per cent of his paycheck. '; Under this plan, if adopted, employers would increase their contribution to old age pensions from 1 to 2 per cent, and would continue paying 3 per cent for unemployment insurance, making their total also 5 per cent. At present, the employes pay no federal unemployment tax; only 1 per cent for old age pensions. Even while this far-reaching proposal was under discussion, however, a possibility developed that the house soon might take an extended recess which would force postponement, until after the first of the year, of not only the projected boost la the social security levies but also a contemplated revision - of administrative provisions of the general tax laws. Speaker Raybum said the leadership was hopeful that the house would be able to recess not later than Thanksgiving, for the balance of the year. He pointed out, though, that such a recess would not block committee study of both measures. Exact details of proposed social security revisions were withheld. The increase in taxes; however. was represented as the principel change. Other recommendations deal with possible- methods of making farm laborers, domestic servants, government employes, self-employed persons and employes of educational and charitable institutions eligible for old age pensions. Another step would federalixe the unemployment compensation systems now operated by the 4$ states. Smoll Fin Discovered In Veterans' Hospital MARION, - ILL. -— (APV-=: Jtt* today caused slight damage at the $1,350,000 U. 8. Veterans' hospital near completion here. A .watchman discovered the fire behind a radiator on the fourth floor end he—summoned—Marion firemen who extinguished the blsse before serious damage resulted. The hospital, started two years ago. may be completed about February 1. ' • Mak<f Reading. The Want-Ads A Daily Habit You will find that reading the Want-Ads saves, you a lot of money. By checking these foimsins daily you are bound to find eamirthing you may UMTS of Want-Ads find them very seey end economtrel in 'UK.Ouiajk results >****>» w*p ts«^»« ^B^SfSW^Mi • w^w^w^w . ^^*«»^gj the main reason why the Went-Ads fc*v* etoemed in*— premium ns ttaey Major to- Phone 42 90* TH* Beth Site Re asserted, however, that the red army, as well as the German, is "exhausted by the gigantic struggle" which may mean that a small factor may Up the scales one way or the other. He said that the German army attack in the Donets basin "appears to lack the power of previous attacks" and that the German army now seemed to be "punching, here and there looking for a weak spot." He said there was no reliable information on the exact distance from Moscow of the German, attackers and said he doubted if it would be known until the front was Official Soviet reports seld ran the All 39 Americans On Lehigh Saved After Nazi Attack U. S. Ship Registered Under Panama FJag Also Sent to Bottom WASHINGTON — (AP) —. The maritime commission said today it had been advised of the rescue of all the 39 Americans of the crew of the torpedoed American freighter Lehigh. Twenty-two men were landed at Bathurst by the British ship Vimy, and 23 at Freetown. Since the crew included only 39, officials expressed the belief that the others were stowaways. The news gave a measure of relief to this capital, perturbed though it still was over the loss of two more American-owned ships to Atlantic raiders. The .sea war's toll of American vessels now stands at 10 and President Roosevelt made plain that he considered the Lehlgh's sinking a particularly flagrant act of piracy. None of the Lehigh survivors landed at Bathurst was Injured, according to the commission's information, while two of those landed at Freetown suffered injuries. The condition of Joseph Brady, jr., third assistant engineer was described as "rather serious." He suffered chest and leg injuries. Anetber Veseel Bunk The latest ships to be lost were the Lehigh, which went down flying the American flag Sunday off the west coast of Africa, and the Bold Venture, American-owned but operating under Panamanian registry, which was sent to the bottom off Iceland last Thursday. Eighteen members of the Bold Venture crew are still missing, on the basis of revised maritime commission figures. The maritime commission said'the Bold Venture crew numbered 35, Instead of 22 as originally announced. Ship Losses Spur Campaign to Kill The Neutrality Ad Remove Ban on U. S. Vessels Entering War Ports, F, D. R. Urges ell other persons hot participating actively in defense. Russian planes plied the air steadily without evidence of unusually- effective interference by the German air force. The military situation at the approaches of Moscow was acknowledged to be dangerous, with bitter lighting raging in the direction of Mozhaisk, west of Moscow, and other sectors northwest and southwest of the'capital. On the southern front also, where the Germans were pushing with Italian, Rumanian and Hungarian support in the direction of Taganrog after the Russians evacuated Odessa, the - Soviet -position -appeared serious. (The. Germans claimed the fall of Taganrog on Sunday.) The third major point of peril was Leningrad, where the Germans' and Finns hammered incessantly at the approaches of Russia's second city. Slate Capital lo Give Parking Meters Trial Starling Tomorrow SPRINGFIELD, ILL. — (AP) — When auto parking meters go into operation on Springfield's prtncipel business streets Thursday, the capital will become the eighth Illinois city to exact nickels and pennies from motorists for parking privileges. For the next six months 800 of the automatic timing devices will be tested for their effectiveness in relieving traffic congestion—end the city treasury. The experiment*! installations were agreed upon by a group of merchants who at first opposed sdopUon of the meters by Mayor John W. Knapp's city administration, Other cities in which the meters now aje In operation are PJttria. Dfc catur. Bioomington. Freeport. Mt, Vernon, Benton and Marion. Galesburg and Canton have executed oan- tracts for their purchase, said a representative of the firm installing the meters here, while Champaign officials were reported considering the step. (The Galesburg city council this week started action to void iU contract for the perking meters.) In Danville, where the coin machine* were tested for a time, their use was discontinued. Under the ordinance adopted bare. the meters will operate daily from I a. m. to S D. m.: except Sundays and holidays, with a penny to b*y U minutes of parking time end a nickel to pay for an hour's rental of pert- Ing space. Penalties for ow perking are to bt fines of tt ft Three bargain days ere I* peel for erring ftpringfleid who receive tickets fir feed the kitty when howUnffltaerii re bed getotbet piled mx onto ell fat liipMaaMe road* on the fiercely defended approaches to Mcecow/ "»*< T-*»wtoTi observers said this probably had much to do with the lack of German movement. Other London advices, however, said the Germans were concentrating great new forces at Smolensk for an all-out frontal attack on the Soviet capital. , Premier Joseph Stalin remained hi the Kremlin to direct the red citadel's defense, with the fiercest action centering around llfithaisk Tas, the official Soviet news agency, said the Germans buried tanks, (Continued on page seven) Vidiy Chiefs Urge Revolts BeHalled Another 50 Hostoges Face Death Thursday VICHY — (AP)—Marshal PhUlipe Petain. chief of state, announced to the French nation today that .50 of their countrymen had been shot by German occupation authorities this morning in retaliation for the susvMnstton of German officers. His announcement followed news thai the second German officer assassinated in 41 noun met death yesterday In Bordeaux. , Admiral Jean Darlan, vice premier, followed hi* chief on the air, during ti» Awt time gg*» of operation will fc* *•* • —the (MSB |o bt utad !• ' ing use af tfce muter t» they appear kefora e i i*trate in answer to perking in a the populace by thoriUes. of ytnffiiftnel apptali to France's highest au- Both the marshal and the admiral accused "foreign powers" of having caused the recent series of-assassin^ There were no details on how the first M hostages were shot at Nantes. Another SO ere scheduled to die if » two men who shot Lieut. CoL Paul Priedrich Hots, M. chitf of the nasi field gendarmerie at NantsS, are not captured by midnight tomorrow. In measured tones Petsln announced to the French: "Against officers of the army of occupation shots have been fired. Two ere dead. Fifty Frenchmen this morning neve paid with the* lives for these un-nesaabte crimes. Fifty othcn will Is* abet if the fcutprtts are aot found The have at Bsyfcje. Navy petrols deployed through the north and south Atlantic in the search for survivors and also for a shooting chance at any raider encountered in the process. President Roosevelt himself announced the torpedoing of the Lehigh to his press conference yesterday—with regret, he said somberly —and he dwelt pointedly on the circumstances of the sinking. There was no doubt he, regarded it as additional argument for putting guns on American merchantmen. , En Beete U British Celeay The Lehigh. he said, had discharged a cargo at Bilbao, Spain, and was proceeding southward empty, without cargo, on a trading voyage to the Gold Coast (a Brittoh colony in West Africa). She was sunk just north of the Equator between South America and Africa, he said, but nearer to the southern end of the bulge of Africs. She was flying the Stars and Stripes. After reporting that one lifeboat had been picked up—it contained 23 survivors, some of them .wounded by the torpedo explosion—end two other lifeboats were still missing, Mr. Roosevelt indicated he thought the facts of the incident were eloquent enough. He took the trouble, however, to stress a second time that the American merchantman carried no cargo, and informed sources said later that this fact was important for it eliminated any question of contraband as an attempted excuse for the torpedoing. One newsman sought to locate the sinking with relation to the western hemisphere. Qaertiea Irks President "On what side was itf" he asked Mr. Roosevelt. The President turned almost sharply to face ^fais questioner.. It was on the ieven seas, he said with noticeable stern***,, as if to make clear that the location made no difference. Another Inquiry: "Was it outside the y*fj r .* L<< e sonet" Whose blockade •one?" the President vented to know. Jled German blockade WASHINGTON — (AP) — Thft White House emphasized today that President Roosevelt wanted early attention by congress to further neutrality act revl5ion to permit American vessels to enter belligerent ports. Stephen Early, presidential secretary, told reporters that the President In his message asking lifting of the bail against arming American merchantmen did not close the door to eliminating another section which bars such vessels from combat zones and belligerent ports. In th« senate, a campaign to scrap the act completely and authorize American ships to go anywhere was 1 given Impetus by the record of six American-owned ships sunk in M many weeks. Early brought up th* subject at his press conference to clarify a, presidential retort yesterday to a reporter's question as to whether he joined Secretary of State Hull in favoring repeal of the belligerent port section. Early said the President replied by saying he had sent a message on that and that if it were re-read it would grow on the reader. He wanted that cleared up for himself. Early continued, so he asked the President about It this morn- Ing. The secretary then read extracts from the President's message of October 0 in which the President asked for repeal of section six (the armed ship prohibition) "with all- speed" and then in the next paragraph expressed the hope that congress would give "earnest and early attention 1 " to another major provi- . slon. Although not mentioning Section two (belligerent port ban) the President's message went on to say "wo are inviting their (aggressors) control of the seas by keeping our ships out of the ports of our own friends. 1 * Early said this had a relationship to Section two. The senate foreign relations committee beard witnesses opposing the administration's armed ship bill today and one of them, former Senator David A. Reed of Pennsylvania, said he had testified that arming American merchantmen would be ineffectual end would Increase the nation's chances of involvement in the Another mend made by Wendell the *e* •Wlllkie on the boutevev* copied snot deed W t»» _ tgrQB* at T:« p. •• lift Ttis Germans ttft biMlBflW to that -Ths wttfeUM erssleUce of June. 91* hftoud is again Ti* _ . We *M» u».r4gU to ._ UHSB up again to strike Uw Q«r- end 100 of the country's leading Republican figures for flat repeal of the entire act. * The big question apparently was no longer senate concurrence in the • house-approved revision which would prmit the arming of ships. but whether the house resolution would be broadened to end all present prohibitions on the movements of American flag ships to belligerent ports or through combat sones. Advocates of outright repeal indicated that they had no doubts about the approval of ship arming, particularly after yesterday's announce* ment of the sinking of the Lehigh and the Bold Venture. > The new sinkings put American- owned ship losses on a «ie a week average for the period since Sept. 5. Other ships sunk in the period were Steel Seafarer, Montanan, Pink Star and I. C. White. Peinto to Unnetrkted Attacks With the foreign relations corn- mittee convening to hear opposition witnesses on the armed ship bill. Chairman Connelly (D-Tex> told reporters it was obvious that "Germany will pay no attention to our combat sones or to her own— she will sink any ships she can any time she can get to them. "But every time Germany sinks a ship It makes it more certain that our vessels will be armed promptly." Prom New York, meanwhile, came notification that Willkie and more than 100 Republicans representing all- sections of the country had Joined in a demand for outright repeal of the neutrality law. "Millions upon millions of Republicans are resolved that the ugly smudge of obstructive isolationism shall be removed, from the face of their party," Willkie said in a statement accompanying a telegram to members of congress. --------- -----------Senator Ourney (R-SD), one of three Republican senators sponsor* Mr. he was told. Roosevelt seld that it was. commenting on the necessity of the phrase "so-called" to describe the A little later, the chief executive, shirt sleeved because of the balmy autumn, afternoon, asserted that Secretary ef Mete Bull wes dead right m calling such action piracy. The rrsiiasntv press conference led acareety dispersed before, the •eld Venture Joined the Lehigh ' day's sinking list. The first originated in New York circles STV) later the st£te oonnroed that this bed gone to the bottom route from Baltimore to England e cargo of cotton, steel, copper general merrhandUr Mews of the two sinkings aroused supporters in and at best one critic. ftawtor Ten (K-ohio> said that Uw • Fiery getutor fewer <O-FU> navy given "ordew, to ing an amtrnlmtnt for out-* right repeal, told reporters that he had acted "from e non-partisan point of view." "I have no desire to teke any partisan approach to this issue, 1 ? Ourney declared. "I don't think it is that kind of en issue." Asked whether the Republican re- group—jomposed of Ourney, Bridges (R-NH) and Austin R-Vt) —would not pliMa the administre.* Uon leadership in an awkward position by demanding complete summation of the meant act, Connelly replied that 'It would be awkward if emejority of Republic^ voied for it, but if e majority would we would get have any difficulty in broadening the house bill." Group Sttks to Keep Rockford Rtntt Down ROOKFC4U>, ILL. — (AP) - A 'fair rent" committee, appointed by Meyer 0. M. Bloom, nett yesterday with Walt* g. Ooadhttf, field rep- resentettv* of the office of supply •emiehtrettott. ip ao eflott to ke«p tstitsh at • tijeMsMs level said that BM*te4 • housing sbortege and •Mt tarn Qaraau'baete to tWcyitltel >Bsrti>(snt MB* tncreste* ***

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