The Daily Mail from Hagerstown, Maryland on September 16, 1939 · Page 1
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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Saturday, September 16, 1939
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DAY BY DAY The Asaoicated Press newshawks of the State are being entertained today by the Herald-Mail, feasting and toasting at Fountain Head Club. VOL CXI No 217. PublUhwJ dally («zc«pt Sunday) by th« Mall Fubilsain* Co. Sntertd *• •econd-cliss matter at fh« Ha&erstown Postofflc*. WEATHER Partly cloudy tonight and Sunday. Warmer tonight. Cooler Sunday afternoon and night. HAGERSTOWN, MD., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1939. SINGLE COPIES, 3 CENTS FRENCH AND GERMANS IN TERRIFIC BATTLE Warsaw Defenders Pushing Back Germans NAZIS SUFFER HEAVY LOSSES INFIGHTING Polish Capital And Lwow, However, Facing Ceaseless Hammering MANY PRISONERS Fate Of Bremen Still A Mystery High Nazi Sarcastically Say Britain Got The Large Ship. Germans Confine Aerial Activities To Scouting Of Positions. BUDAPEST, Sept. 16 (/P).— Hungarian diplomatic and press circles today received reports the Polish defenders of Warsaw and Lwow had pushed back their besiegers, inflicting severe losses on the German forces. Although Warsaw and Lwow were lading out against ceaseless hammering of Nazi planes- artillery and tanks, reports from numerous sources said, the Germans had extended lines 110 miles east of the Polish capital to Brest- Litovsk. The newspaper Pesti Hirlap re. ported German forces west of Warsaw had sustained considerable losses from a Polish counter-attack and that skirmishes were continuous on the city's eastern side. French news agency reports said heavy German attacks were repulsed at Vola. a Warsaw suburb, with the loss of some artillery and mechanized equipment. Other foreign sources reported Polish gains but there was not further confirmation of the dispatches. Hungarian reports said there was little aerial raiding over Warsaw and Lwow. They said most German air activity was confined to scouting operations. The Hungarian news agency declared German forces attacking Lwow, Poland's third largest city, had been beaten back with the loss of ten tanks and ten armored cars while Polish aircraft brought down several Nazi planes. The Polish telegraph agency quoted a Polish army major us saying the Germans had not been able to destroy important military objectives around Lwow. The agency declared the poles bad captured 13,000 men and 350 officers, mostly aviators; 4S guns, 215 machine guns. 170 tanks. 3,000 armored cars and 2SO planes. The smashing German drive through southeast Poland to cut off access to Rumania continued while refugees kept on streaming toward the frontier. The Rumanian government worked to establish refugee camps. The Hungarian news agency said Bucharest expected to receive an official Polish appeal to admit refugees. Cannon-Balloon Act Is Booked Another hair-raising, thrill-producing and death-defying circus act was booked today by President A. K. Coffman for the Great Hagcrs- town Fair the week of October 17-21. The act is that of Florence Allen, the 15-year-old wonder girl, who is shot from a cnnnon 3.000 feet in the air. Miss Alien has been thrilling Fairs from Canada to Mexico all during ihe summer and will put on two flights daily during the Fair. She goes up in the air with her cnnnon by balloon and descend? by parachute after being shot from the cnnnon. MOSCOW, Sept. 16 (£>).—The German Ambassador to Soviet Russia, Count Friedrich Von Der Schtileuburg, today intimat-ed that the $20,000,000 German liner Bremen, mysteriously unreported since she sailed from New York Aug. 30, had been captured by Britain. He said questions concerning the German merchant flagship should be referred to Winston Churchill, First Lord of the British Admiralty. "American authorities were so kind as to hold up the Bremen for 22 hours and so far as I know the British have rather fast destroyers," the German diplomat said in response to queries about reports the Bremen had reached Mur- mansk. Soviet Arctic port. ','1 should thing the joint efforts of the two powerful empires—the United States and British—should have been able to trap and take an unarmed German ship." "So, I think it would be more proper to ask Mr. Winston Churchill where the Bremen is," said the Ambassador. (In Berlin a man with connections close to the German navy declared Sept. 15 that the Bremen, Germany's most costly passenger vessel, had arrived at Murmansk after crossing the Atlantic by the most northern route.) COUNTY WILL FINISH WORK State Roads Commission Willing For County To Take Over Oct. 1. The request of Washington county officials that they be permitted to take over on October 1 and complete- any lateral road work in the county now being done by the state was granted by the State Roads Commission at a conference in Baltimore yesterday. About ten projects now under way will be taken over and include the Smithsburg-Foxville road, Garris Shop road, MSllpoint-Roxbury road, Monroe Church road, Antie- tain-Barpers Ferry road, Rockdale road. Showalter and Trovinger Mill roads. The MIDWEST HEAT ME TOLL 27; RELIEFONWAY Cool Winds To Come To Sections Now Curled Up Under Blast CHICAGO, Sept. 16, (J?).— The middlewest counted 27 dead today from its record breaking September heat wave as cooling winds advancing from the northwest promised relief. For the fourth consecutive day the mercui-y yesterday pushed beyond the 100-degree mark over a wide area. Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Arkansas all reported 100 plus temperatures. After smashing midwest records in wholesale quantities, the heat wave slowly rolled eastward. A reading of 93 broke Sept. 15 records at Northfield, Vt, yesterday. Boston's 90 was only three degrees under the season's maximum. Scores of schools were dismissed again yesterday because of the blistering heat. Many high school football games were postponed. Thousands sought relief at beaches. Summer cabins, usually locked after Labor Da}-, were reopened as city dwellers sought to escape from the torrid wave. In Northwest Missouri hot winds (Continued on Page 12) German Troops Take Over Gdynia German troops, shown outside Gdynia in this radiophoto transmitted from Berlin to New York, are firing on the Polish city, which fell before attackers. Poland thus lost its only seaport. The Baltic, however, already had heen blockaded by the German fleet. DALADIER STOPS PRICE-BOOSTING PARIS, Sept. 16 (/p)—A decree by Premier Daladier today prohibited raising wholesale or retail prices on merchandise or foodstuffs during the war without official authorization. The law ARMISTICE IN EFFECT TODAY Russo - Japanese Pact May Lead To Non-Aggression Trcatv provided penalties of from 100 francs ($2.20) to 10,000 francs ($220) for infractions of the wholesale restrictions and from 16 francs (32 cents) to 500 francs ($11.00) for retailers. Requests for price increases must be submitted in advance to the government. Maugansville road project will be completed by the state as little remains to be done. The commission told county ofli- cials that they will be permitted to rent any state road equipment needed which will eliminate the necessity for the county making a huge outlay at one time. Local officials were also advised that their percentage of funds from the 1!'2 cent gas tax would be forwarded about the Sth of every month. ELEPHANT HUNT LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, (/P).— Mrs. J. S. Somerset expressed delight after a friend gave her a tiny ivory elephant. The news got around. Relatives deluged here with pachyderms—pink, red, blue, gold, ivory in the form of paper weights, book ends, even vases. She surrendered to the collecting hobby, now has 307. MOSCOW, Sept. 16 (#>)— An armistice today in far eastern fighting between ' Soviet Russia and Japan was stipulated in an agreement which diplomatic quarters saw as foreshadowing a possible nonaggression pact between those traditional enemies. The official Soviet news Agency, TassT said the armistice, announced last night, would go into effect at 2 P. M. (6 A. M. EST.) today. Military forces of the two powers, who have been fighting intermittently for four months on the frontier of Sovietized Outer Mongolia and Japanese-dominated Man- choukuo. would maintain positions which they held at 1 P. M. yesterday. A patching of the quarrel between the two nations probably would (Continued on Page 12) ROAD WORK State Roads workmen are chipping and oiling along the shoulder on the north side of the Williamsport pike from the city limits through Virginia avenue extended. The work, it is understood, will be carried on to Williamsport Fear Russo Jap Truce To Strengthen Dictator Front Against Democracies Senator Thomas Expresses View Armistice Might Be Retaliatory Move Against U. S. For Terminating Trade Pact With Japan. DIVORCE SUIT. Lona K. Giles, through Attorney J. J. Allen, filed suit in court today for a divorce from Charles C. Giles. WEATHER WASHINGTON", Sept. 16" (;?)— Senator Thomas (D-Utah), a member of the foreign relations committee, expressed the view today that the Soviet-Japanese agreement to suspend fighting on the Manchou- kuo-Outer Mongolia border might be a retaliatory move against the United States for serving notice of intention to terminate the 1011 commercial treaty with Japan. Secretary Hull notified the Japanese government, in July that the CS-year-old treaty would lapse on January 2f>. If) 10. While Washington awaited the full significance of the Russo-Japanese truce. Col. Charles A. Lindbergh appealed to the United States frontiers are enough for that.' 1 Some diplomats in Moscow looked upon the Russo-Japanese armistice as the possible forerunner of a non-aggression pact between the two countries. Noting this, Senator Thomas told reporters: "If it means an unfriendly Japan, the danger would be closer to our shores. If it is a sincere non-aggression pact it. is a peaceful move. If it is a cloak for something else it ia not so good." Rep. Starnes (D-Ala) commented that the truce indicated a "realignment of the world's dictatorial and Two Women Had Perilous Trip Cross Atlantic On British Ship In Zigzag Fashion To Safe Port. GERMANS CLAIM ADVANCES ALONG ENTIRE POLISH FRONT Intense Fighting Reported At Three Points While Peace Talk Heard; Warsaw Encircled But Knockout Blow Postponed. totalitarian governments that would constitute the most, positive threat to every truly democratic I". S. \Veather P.urorui Maryland: Generally fair Tonight and Sunday; somewhat warmer tonight; cooler Sunday afternoon and night. Chesapeake Bay: Clear to partly olo^dy Tonight an<l Sunday; somewhat warmer tonight; somewhat cooler late Sunday afternoon am! night; moderate southwest winds becoming moderate To fresh north;west Sunday afternoon. infrequent public utterances, the famous flyer warned the nation not to be "misguided by this foreign propaganda to the effect that our frontiers He in Europe." "One need only glance at the map to see where our true fromiers lie." he continue.'!. "WhaT more could we ask Than the Atlantic in aradio address to stay out of j government that the world has yet the European war. In one of his! seen." Henry L. Stimson, former Secretary of State, and Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University, made their positions! CUMBERLAND, Md.. Sept. 16 (/P)—Recalled from a European visit by the death of her husband, a Cumberland woman recounted today additional harrowing experiences aboard a British liner, j zig-zagging off its normal course in ' an effort to reach an American port in safety. Mrs. Annie Brennan and her daughter, Eileen, 14, arrived here after a trip aboard the liner Van Dyke. They were recalled by the death of their husband and father, Thomas, 63, an insurance agent. Brennan's funeral services were held this morning. When they sought passage, the Van Dyke and the Athenia, later sunk off the coast of Scotland, were scheduled to leave. Mrs. Brennan had asked for "whatever accomo- dations w» can get," and finally was assigned to the Van Dyke. Several days at sea they heard the radio reports of the German Army's operations in Poland, England's declaration of war and the sinking of the Athenia. In the meantime, their ship had hove to at sea while sailors painted it a battleship gray and blacked By AL.VIN J.'STEINKOPF BERLIN, Sept. 16 (/P).—Utno, Warsaw and Brest-Litovsk (Brzesc Nad Bugiem) were centers of intense fighting in the Polish war zone today as reports of continued German progress shared interest with vague hints of a new peace effort, possibly emanating from Rome. German communiques said Warsaw was encircled but it appeared that the Nazi forces had postponed loosing a knockout blow against the Polish capital until they had disposed of stubborn Polish opposition at Kutno, TO miles to the west. There, in an area approximately 50 miles in diameter, a hard-pressed Polish army was .making a desperate, last ditch stand against encircling German forces. It appeared impossible to German observers that the Kutno garrison could hold out much longer. Germany's air force and swift motorized detachments were concentrating on pushing their drive ar to the southeast. Once the Polish troops at Kutno ire out of the way, there will re- nain no opposition between Berlin md Warsaw except the snipers who still are giving the Germans trouble in hundreds of towns and vil- ages. Germany was fighting actively In other directions in this modern war —the diplomatic, economic and propaganda fronts. In the field of diplomacy informed sources say Germany has scored telling points .by persuading Rumania to remain neutral, by the seeming reluctance of Turkey to become involved in the conflict and by arousing the smaller neutrals to protest against the sweeping character of Britain's blockade. Another diplomatic triumph from the German viewpoint was the apparently increasing friendliness of Soviet Russia. Talk of possible peace efforts by Premier Mussolini was given impetus by the return to Berlin of the Italian ambassador, Bernardo Tt- tolico, who earlier in the week made a flying visit to Rome after conferring with Nazi State Secretary Baron Ernest von Weiz- saecker. While official quarters made no comment, the informed news service, Dienst aus Deutschland. said. "Berlin political circles are noting with interest the fact that the international press is again discussing the possibility of peace." Some diplomats expressed belief "something was in the wind." but saw small hope for success of The Polish campaign appeared to be developing into a chase to the southeast, where the Russian and Rumanian borders came together. I any peace move at the present time. On the economic front, the Reich was taking energetic measures to offset the British blockade. Guns Roaring Over 40-Mile Long Front SIREN'S WARNING WAS ALL A MISTAKE LONDON, Sept. 16 (jp) — Ait- raid sirens shrilled a warning at Aldershot during the night, but an official statement today said it was all a mistake. The warning was sounded in error, it was explained, after receipt of a test message sent to determine 'whether air raid precautions men were on the alert. Hundreds of persons slept through the alarm, which was followed in 10 minutes by the all clear signal. BELGIAN SiP Officially Blame Nazis For The Loss Of Neutral Motorship LONDON, Sept. 16 (ff>) — Great Britain today officially held Germany to blame for the sinking of a Belgian motorship in the English Channel last night, either by mine or torpedo. Within a few hours after the Ministry of Information issued a communique to that effect, news was received of the sinking of a third British vessel within little more than 12 hours. The S,825-ton tanker Cheyenne, owned by the Anglo-American Oil Co., a subsidiary of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, was sunk by a German submarine off the southwest coast of Ireland. News came earlier during the night that two more British vessels and a neutral Belgian steamer had been sunk. These reports followed by a few hours a government announcement that "a number of U-boats" had jeen destroyed by war vessels and planes. The two British vessels sunk ear- ier were the 5,200-ton cargo boat Fanad Head and the 291-ton trawler Davara. They brought to 20 the otal number of British ships sunk since the war started two weeks ago. British naval experts said these osses were not greater than in expected in view of the large number of unprotected British vessels on (Continued on Page 12) Brother's Body Not Recovered Jody Of Robert Thompson, Squalus Victim, Lost At Sea. Hundreds Of Thousands Reported Engaged In Major Battle "OVERTHETOP" French Claim Nazis Being Repulsed At Many Points. PARIS, Sept. 16 (IP).— Hundreds of thousands of French' and German troops were reported engaged in a terrific battle along a 40-mile western front after two weeks of skirmishes. The fighting, including a re-. ported "'over the top" advance by Nazi infantry was said by military observers to be ranging all the way from the Moselle river southeast to the Saarbruecken area—rich industrial prize. Observers estimated at least 15 German divisions and an equal if not larger number of French divisions had Keen drawn into the fighting in the no-man's land between the opposing lines. (Sizes of divisions range between 10.000 and 15,000 men eacTi). Germans were reported to have gone "over the top" toward French lines in the lower Nied river valley under cover of a heavy artillery bombardment. The French general staff said the' attack was "sharply repulsed." The Germans apparently used the World War technique - of sending their infantry in "waves" against French rifle and machine-gun fire. After hours of fighting, the French command reported, the German charge was broken and the attackers were forced to retire to their original positions. • Military observers paid tribute to the morale of the French troops operating from entrenched positions in the face of German infantry crossing the shell-pocked area, a new salient on the western front. They said the troops held their positions against the charge and against blasting fire from German mortars and long-range guns. Northeast of Sierck, in German territory, the French were reported to have captured a small woods Bags 3 Squirrels CI ° Is Claiming With Single Shot! VictoryOverAFL Associated Press dispatches toy reported that the body of Robert P. Thompson, cook on the ill-fated submarine Squalus. had not been recovered from the hull of the vessel and that fear was ex- i Valley last Sunday in which which had been under German fire during a five-day battle that began Sept. 10. French forces were reported today to have driven beyond the tiny German border village of Perl in an attempt to turn the flank of Germany's army in the Moselle Valley near the Luxembourg frontier. Dispatches said the Germans were giving ground slowly, fighting from every hilltop and woods, after having blown up the main railroad line between the French city i of Metz and the German city of Trier. The railway parallels the border of neutral Luxembourg. Perl, a typical old world village a mile and a half within Germany, was the starting point of a German counter-offensive up the Moselle the pressed by naval experts that the French were forced to give up body had been lost forever in the ; some 500 yards of German territory. ; The Germans were said to be George Rhodes Reports Unusual Luck On The First Day Out. Rag limits of squirels were killed by some hunters yesterday, the opening day of the season in the county, while other hunters brought down two or three to show for their day's sport. It remained for George "Red" Rhodes, living in "The Neck," below Williamsport. to top the list of successful hunters with the bag limit of six. three of the squirrels, he said, being killed with a. single shot, an unusual incident. Rhodes said ho fired at four souir- rels in a huddle, killed throe of out portholes. For the remainder of j them and wounded the fourth one, the voyage, the ship zig-zagged far i which escaped, off its course. DETROIT, Sept. 16 UP)—The CIO United Automobile Workers said today its overwhelming victory over the AFL United Automobile workers in an election at the Briggs Manufacturing Company was "a conclusive answer that the UAW- CIO speaks for the auto workers." In seven plants of the company, which makes automobile bodies, the UAW-CIO received 13.301: the UAW-AFL. 1,052, and 97S employes voted for neither union as their sole collective bargaining agent. sea. Tl Nashville, Tenn., was a brother of H. D. Thompson, 1096 South Potomac street, this city, who told the Daily Mail, this morning that he was the last of his immediate family to see his brother, having spent several days with him in Xew York last February. Mr. Thompson said today that he is satisfied his brother's body has been lost at sea. He said that dispatches he has road make it appear that the body was lost through an open hatch during the difficult salvage operation?. Reminds Motorists Of School Bus Law TAME GAME J|NCOLN. Neb.. Sept. 16, known in letters to the New York i Times. Stimson said repeal offered The Nebraska game commission The only sure way for the United would appreciate knowing how to States TO keep out of war. and Butler contended that the neutrality make pheasants wild. A deputy game warden who went ocean on thr> east and the Pacific on act. represented a policy of econom- to The state pheasant farm to re- the west? N<\ our interest in Ku- : ic nationalism which h* 4 said was rope no*vl not he from ihe stand-; ";he chief cause of The world's point of defense, our own n tural i troubles/' £ lease a p^n-full of young birds, found them so attached to The caretaker that They wouldn't leave. Sheriff Joseph I). Baker today again called the attention of motor- Squirrels are reported in locali- j ists to the state law that prohibits ties where there is mast, but scarce j the passing of school buses when the latter are stopped. The Sheriff said he has received complaints of in other sections. DAMAGE SUIT. James II. Simons, through Attorneys Wagaman and Wagaman, Hied suit in court today against numerous violations, particluarly on Virginia avenue, where a little girl, only yesterday, had a narrow escape. The law prohibits cars Cyrus G. Brandenburg. Trading as | passing either way while the bus The Hagcrstown Motor Express, for j j s loading or discharging pupils, damages to- his <-ar. The suit i Officers plan to start patrolins The during The school bus is tftA outgrowth of an accident ; highways near *i.e Airport on April 21, 1039. i hours. WORK ON CLUB Work has been started on remodeling the Potomac Fish and in an attempt to break up French concentration at the •westernmost end of a 40-mile front extending eastward along the German-French border to Saarbniecken. Saarbruecken, industrial ceskter of Germany's rich Saar Valley, was reported being surrounded by French forces. French guns were said to dominate the area, forcing to a standstill mining operations which supply a considerable percentage of the coal, coke and iron needed for the German war mach-" ine. But French dispatches acknowledged the going has been tough. Every conquered position has been taken first by a tank crew, they said, and has had to be widened Game Club property, below Williamsport, which was recently dam- j and protected on all flanks before it aged by fire started by lightning, j has been possible to move men up. The club property will be modernized in some ways. It is expected to have the work well under way for an outing the club will hold next Thursday afternoon and evening. There will be a roast pig supper. GRANTED DIVORCE. Mildred D. Henson bas been granted an absolute divorce by Judge Frank G. Wagaman from Arthur M. Henson. She was represented by Attorney Win. H. Bovey. SLIGHT BLAZE Firemen were called to Clarendon avenue and the Maugansville road TO check a roal oil stove blaze this GETS BIG BASS. Attorney George D. Hicks landed a three-pound three-ounce bass at Falling Waters yesterday whil* fishing with Park W. T. Loy. Mr. , morning. The only damage done \ Ley got two right size*bl* flslU: I 7, a'F to tb& stove. 4

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