The Daily Mail from Hagerstown, Maryland on October 2, 1939 · Page 1
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DAY BY DAY I The age of discretion it, when-. bver you get over the idea that one [id* is all good and one all bad. WEATHER Cloudy tonight with ra-ln and slightly cooler; fair and not *» cool tomorrow. VOL. CXI. JNfo. 231. Putoliihtd dally <«««pt Sunday) by tht Mall Fubiuttln* Co. VnUrad M Mcond-cltM matt«r at th« H*s«ritown Poitofflct. HAGERSTOWN, MD., MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1939. SINGLE COPIES, 3 CENTS IDER SINKS BRITISH SHIP Pittman Says Existing Arms Embargo Favors Germany BILL'S REPEAL DESIGNED TO KEEP US OUT jCommittee Chairman Open What Promises To Be Mo- I mentous Debate WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (£»).—Sen •ior Pittman (D-Nev) began a mo. inentous Senate debate over the nation's neutrality policies today by asserting the existing arms embar go was "a discrimination in favor of Germany." Speaking as chairman of the For jeign Relations committee, Pittman offered the administration's neutra' jty bill to repeal the arms embargo as "the most important legislation that has ever been proposed into Congress" and said it was designed ''for the purpose of keeping us .But of a European war." Long before the Nevada senator opened debate for proponents of new neutrality legislation, crowds had ignored a cold rain to throng the Capitol and overflow the Senate galleries. They were drawn by prospects of a debate expected to rank high among historic Senate 'discussions. Borah To Follow After Pittmau concluded, Senator Borah (R-Ida), dean of the Senate find leader of forces opposed to repeal of the embargo on the sale of- arms to warring nations, was scheduled to make tbe first address for his side of the tense neutrality controversy. Pittman told his colleagues that "no such grave situation has threatened the world in all it's history" as the current conflict abroad had .said these developments abroad had arotised'-a feeling "of fear and distrust in the minds of all people," but added: "There would seem to be, fortunately, no sufficient grounds for fear of being drawn into this war as we were forced into the World war, so long as c conform to the admitted precepts of international law and prevent our citizens from subjecting themselves to destruction in the mart war raging in Europe." The Nevada senator said opponents of the legislation had contended rcpenl of the arms embargo would favor France and Great Britain, because they presumably would control sea commerce with the United Slates. "We might put. it the other way, PiUman argued, "and say that the maintenance of the embargo is a (Continued on Page 12) Dies Suddenly CARDINAL MUNDELEIN PRELATE DIES IN HIS SLEEP Cardinal Mundelein Regarded In Perfect Health As Late As Yesterday OVER 3 INCHES OF RAIN HERE Nearly As Much Precipitation As During Normal Month, Says Miller. Nearly a normal month's rain has fallen in Washington county since Friday night, most of it l,o be absorbed by (.be dry gronmlA according to J. A. Millsr, government weather observed at Kecdys'villc. Mr. Miller estimated that over 3 inches of rain had fallen since Friday night. At 7 o'clock this morning his measurements showed a total of 2.65 inches and he- estimated that since that hour from one half to three-fourths of an inch had fallen there. | All of the streams are ii: their banks. The Potomac river i\s still clear. Some of the mountain streams apparently have not been appreciably affected by the heavy showers. The Raven Rock and Warner Hollow streams which feed the Kdgemont Reservoir are not much above normal, said Albert Heard, superintendent of the. water T>?partmcnt after a check this morn in sr. CHICAGO, Oct .2 (#).—George ardinal Mundelein, 67, Archibishop of Chicago, died suddenly today. He was found dead in his bed at lis residence in Mundelein, 111., by Vlsgr. Patrick Hayes..Father Hayes lad gene to the.cardinal's room to all him when the prelate did not .ppear for his customary morning .evotions. The cardinal who won wide no- ice for building the Chicago dio- ese into one of the largest and vealthicst in the world, was regarded as in "perfect health" as late as yesterday. The diocesan office said he had worked at his duties Saturday and said mass yesterday, as was his custom, at the seminary in Mundelein. One of the best known' of the Catholic clergy • in the United Slates, Cardinal Mundelein was mentioned as a papal candidate on the death of Pope Pius XI this year. The cardinal attracted world- attention in 1937 when he referred to Adolf Hitler, in a public address, as "an Austrian paper-hanger and a poor one at that." Friend Of Roosevelt He was a close friend of President Roosevelt, whom he visited in the White House on several occasion?. The President, on a tour of the nation in 1936, was a guest of the cardinal at a luncheon in the prelate's Chicago residence. In 1916. at a banquet honoring the Cardinal, hundreds of civic leaders and Catholic laity were stricken ill in a poison plot which shocked the nation. Several died. Poison was found in the soup, Forecast Mediator's Role For Mussolini Ciano Returns Home Af ter Conferring With Hitler. By LOUIS P. LOCHNER BERLIN, Oct. 2 (jp)—Italian For eign Minister Count Galeazzp Cian left Berlin today to return toTlome concluding the first conversation between the Rome-Berlin axis part ners since the outbreak of the war in Europe. Although there was no officia comment on the result of Ciano's conversations with Fuehrer Hitlei and German Foreign Minister Joa chim von Ribbentrop, the speed with which they were concluded indicated to observers that both countries were in complete agree ment on future moves. Ciano arrived here only last eve niug. Italian circles said they believed the- conversations had resulted in full clarification of questions aris ing from the present European situ ation, especially the new relations between Germany and Soviet Russia. Some observers saAv in Ciano's visit new reason for believing that Premier Mussolini may assume the role of mediator in a "final peace offensive" by the Reich. Observers speculating on Mussolini's possible assumption of the role of mediator noted that semiofficial comment in Berlin stressed the "European mission" of II Duce. Well-informed sources, when asked to comment on the outcome of Ciano's visit, said: "Tne visit speaks for itself—no interpretation is necessary. There will, however, be a final com- munique later." Speculation on the outcome of the conversations between Hitler and Ciano was accompanied by indications that the Fuehrer is preparing concrete proposals for presentation to the Reichstag this week. Member* Conferring With State Roads Commission About Equipment. Members of the Board of County Jommissioners, accompanied by Road Engineer C. William Hetzer and Clerk J. R. Ray Black, arc in Baltimore today confering with the tate Roads Commissioners regard- ng the purchase of some state- vned road equipment. It is the hope of the Commission- rs to induce the State Roads Com- nission to part with some of their urplus equipment at a. substantial iscount to the county. Washington County formally took ver its lateral road system at mid- ight Saturday. Sometime in the ear future a number of workers vill be- hired for the purpose of arrying on the making of needed epairs, etc.. to lateral roads. Some quipment has already been pur- hased for use this winter in clean- ig roads of snow, etc. AS previously reported, it is the im of the Board of County Com- lissioners to'actually take Wash- ngton County farmers living along ateral roads out of the mud and 0 supply the best possible service 1 the making of repairs, etc. It is he firm belief of the Board, after aving made a thorough study of onditions, etc., that the county an do a far better job on lateral oads than the state with all its red ipe, and at much less outlay. WEATHER U. S. We nth or Bureau Maryland: Cloudy tonight rain and slightly cooler in centrMl and east portions and not so cool. Chesapeake Bay: rain And slightly cooler A tip on a big theft of silverware, turned in by a West Washington street resident, won the first prize in the news tip contest last week. The second prize is divided, half going to a West End. resident who phoned in a tip on a railroad men's Tuosday f.ijt hotel being established- {here and a I j trip from a South Potomac street vnTfH housewifi- on tho escape of two Tuesday partly cloudy and;not cool; fresh north *<* no$.h«f' night] not Inmates Tips a hours of om the state pevl farm. accepted heTwe< <> a. m, and l:30m m. EXPENSIVE NAP INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 2 (JP)~ Harry Ferger fell asleep at his steering wheel—and broke his nose, wrecked three cars and partly demolished a filling station. He woke up, he told police, when his motor car struck the rear of another vehicle, driving it into a parked car which crashed through a large tavern window. Ferger's car careened into a filling station, knocking over two pximps and a brick support Station operator Rnssell Dtikes chained Ferger "a car to the station and said he wonld keep FRENCH CLEAR OUT MINES • PARIS, Oct. 2 (£>) — French military reports said today French forces had consolidated their positions and removed thousands of small mines left behind by Germans on the western front. They said the French had taken advantage of the absence of heavy fighting and that only numerous, localized encounters continued. Unusual aerial activity marked the past few days, it was asserted, with Nazi fliers making stiffer efforts to turn back allied reconnaisance flights. An account of a., battle fought Saturday over Gez-man territory disclosed today, said three French and five German planes were shot down. The account said that two French reconnaisance planes and nine protecting fighters were attacked by 15 German planes. After a-f'long" fight, eight of the French ships returned, it was said, bringing "valuable" photographic information concerning German positions. Army reports said the crew of one of the French planes shot down was observed descending in parachutes. ->*•*» l^i^*-'** 1 ****'.-**^^^^-^.^ V**'-* 11 i-« ' Officers estimated the French exploded 6,000 mines in one area, asserting that one shell alone set off a string of 1,000 meters (3,2SO feet) long. NEGRO HELD IN SLAYING NORR1STOWN, Pa., Oct. 2, (JP). —After a night of incessant gril- ing, a young negro handyman was held today as a material witness in the slaying of Mrs. Clara Buchanan. "He's still the number one suspect." declared District Attorney rederick S. Smillie after Edward . Robinson, 29, was held without jail by Magistrate Isaac Kehoe. Detective James V. Gleason testified Robinson had "important infor- nation" concerning the murder of he youthful matron who was found strangled in the dining room of her lome a week ago. Smiiiie, who asserted last night hat a "break"' in the case was im- ninent, disclosed he was awaiting he return of a detective from Washington with a Federal Bureau of Investigation report on the chemical analysis of evidence. The evidence, he said, consisted >n clothing worn by Robinson and he rug on which the body was bund in seeking to determine vhethcr fibres from the rug can be bund on the clothing. SWEDISH SHIP IS TORPEDOED STOCKHOLM, Oct, 2. (£>).—The Swedish steamer Gun, 1,19S tons, •as torpedoed today off Hanstholm, utland, and her crew of IS rescued. The vessel, built in 3S!H, was 'Ound for Antwerp. Her home port k'as Gothenburg. Ex-Red Testifies Joseph Zack tells the Dies com mittee in Washington that the Com munists control 11 of the C. I. O.'s 44 international unions. He said he was a charter member of the Communist party in the.IT. S., and that his wife and son were held nine years in Russia to guarantee his good behavior. (C.P.) WHS CAUSE MUCH DAMAGE Section South Of Keedysville Hard Hit; Hancock Apple Area Suffers Belated reports from two sections of Washington county today told of heavy .damage caused Saturday af- ernoon and evening by a wind storm that accompanied thunder showers. After first striking at Hancock about 2 o'clock, where the damage s most severe, the wind, apparently skipped over the many miles of the Potomac River Valley and dipped into a small settlement <nown as Srnoketown, about a mile south o[ Eakles Crossroads. In one 20 acre field on the Edward Line farm -there, only seven shocks of orn remained after the wind had passed, while a number of large trees were uprooted and several small buildings unroofed on the former Otho Miller farm in the same area. Vt Hancock, the late apple crop was blown from hundreds of trees. (Continued on Page 12) TWOCHARTERS ARE / RECEIVED HERE (/ The charters of the Hagerstown ce Company Employees' Associa- ion and the Potomac View Tavern, nc., were received by Clerk of ]ourt Edward Oswald from the state Tax Commission today. Ralph Long, Joseph A. Kellet and 4.1 vey Stottlemyer are the incorpor- Uors of the Employees' Associa- ion, the purpose being to organize or mutual benefit. Albert L. Xoose, Knoxville; ames B. Grimes, Brunswick, and Bruce Kepler, Middletown, are the ncorporators of the Tavern. RUSSIA COMMUNfZES POLAND AS FAST AS ARMY ADVANCES By MELV1N K. WHITELEATHER BREST-LITOVSK, Russia, Oct. 2. »).—Soviet Russia is communizing "astern Poland as fast as the Red rmy advances into the partitioned 'olish state. Supported by truck loads of Communist literature and large pictures f Joseph Stalin, Communism is bens: brought nearer Central Europe. One of N'azi Germany's favorite >icces of strategy is to send soup kitchens behind the army in an effort to win over the population in occupied territories—but the Communists send propaganda trucks with the army and start right in converting the populace. Local governing committees are being set up, militias an each factory committee. Smaller workshops, however, have not been touched. To Partition Estates The partition of large estates, of which there are many belonging to Polish noblemen, is expected to start soon./ The trucks carrying Communist, literature and Stalin's pictures halt at the towns and villages to preach the Bolshevist gospel. I saw several of them during two and one-half days as the guest in this section of the Red army. During that visit, I got a sidelight on its strength. Russia appeared to be en with ISLAND AGAIN SETTING FOR TWIN SLAYING Mother Of Two And Neighbor Found Murdered On "Jersey Island" TRENTON, N. J., Oct. 2 (£>) Desolate "Duck Island," a. stretch of land along the Delaware river once used by a novelist as a setting for a murder mystery story, was combed today by police seeking clues to the perpetrator of the second double slaying there in less than a year. Pemberton Wenner, a Trenton junk collector, who found an artificial limb while scouring the 'island' a few days ago, saw a woman's leg protruding from a heap of paper yesterday and thinking he had made a similar discovery, pulled aside the paper. What he saw was the body of Mrs. Katherine Warner, 36, mother of two children, her head crushed and her body peppered with, shotgun wounds. He told police he saw next an old sedan parked nearby and in the rear seat discovered the body of Frank Casper, 28, father of a five-year-old boy. Young Couple Slain Not far from where the" bodies were found a 16-year-old girl and her young married escort were murdered lasT -NW:"?*^""' a~" shotgun wielder. Police conceded there was a possibility the same slayer was responsible for both double tragedies. The first has not been solved. Chief of Hamilton Township Police Richard P. Brettell said he had no lead to follow. He said his de(Continued on Page 12) WEATHER PROPHET SAYS MILD WINTER Hanins Porter, famed veteran weather prognosticator of the mountain section near Martinsburg, announced Saturday that his observations this fall of bird, animal and plant life lead him to forecast a mild winter. Hornets' nests point north; ant hills are about an inch higher than a year ago; the coloring of caterpillars—a solid color this year against variations when there are to be variable degrees of cold weather—are among the signs he reads this year. Boonsboro CCC Camp Is Moved Last Of Enrollees Move Into Camp In Frederick County. The CCC camp at Boonsboro has pulled up its last stakes and has Deen moved over the week-end to ts new location, about three miles west of Frederick. Members of the corps, numbering about 200, were getting settled today in their new barracks. Although no official comment was available today, it is believed that :he corps will work about the camp jetting it in shape for winter be:ore starting soil conservation work n the Middletown valley. A number of other buildings are to be reeled. Lieut. Gilbert Payne is in charge of the camp, which while at Boonsboro has carried on soil conserva- ion projects in this county. Raider May Be German "Pocket Battleship" BRITISH PLANES OVER BERLIN LONDON, Oct. 2, (#>).—The Air Ministry announced today that British planes have made a night reconnaissance flight over Berlin. In making the announcement of the first British flight over the German capital, the Air Ministry said: "Successful air reconnaissances by day and by night have again been carried out over Germany by the Royal Air Force. "The night reconnaissances included Berlin and Potsdam." Potsdam is the site of Ex-Kaiser Wilhelm's palace. Meanwhile, the government assured the House of Commons today that any enemy planes which try to raid London "will get the reception they deserve." R. A. Butler, foreign undersecretary, made the statement in replying to questions from Labo- .rite Joslah .Wedgwood, who sought detailed reports from British officials formerly in Poland on the effects of German bombings there. SOVIETS SEEK LATVIAN PACT Wants Military-Naval Concessions Similar To Those Estonia Yielded 3 COEDS KILLED. XOGALES, Ariz.. Oct 2 (JP).— Three University of Arizona coeds and three unidentified Mexicans were killed yesterday in one of the most disastrous headon automobile collisions in state history. Harriet Manchester, IS, St. •ouis, driving the coeds automobile, escaped serious injury. Killed in her car were Mary Steele, 20, St. Louis; Jane Stopen- bach, 17, Menominee, Mich, and Paricia Brian, 19, Hinsdale. 111. TWO VOTES FOR HITLER PHILADELPHIA, Oct, 2 (£ Vdolf Hitler received two voles In MOSCOW, Oct. 2 (£>) — Soviet Russia summoned Latvia's foreign minister to Moscow today for the purpose, informed quarters said, of negotiating a "non-aggression" pact giving Russia military and naval concessions similar to those she recently obtained from Estonia. The Latvian minister, William Munters, was expected to arrive here by airplane about 5:30 p. m. (9:30 a. m., EST.) The Latvian legation said merely that Munters was coming "to clear up the situation created in the Baltic by the Soviet-German and Soviet-Estonian pacts." Latvia, which has excellent harbors—some of which are fortified— on the Gulf of Riga and on the Baltic, provides a natural trade outlet for Russian shipments to the west. An agreement with Latvia similar to the one Russia already has made with Estonia would strengthen further the Soviet position in the Baltic. Unofficial reports from abroad said that Russia had shifted 20 divisions of troops from the Estonian border to the Latvian frontier, but there was no confirmation of these rumors here. Would Bolster Position Announcement of the Latvian minister's impending visit was coupled with indications that Russia is seeking to bolster her position in the southeast by formulating a plan to keep the Balkans neutral under the leadership of the (Continued on Page 12) Dr. Rowe, Educator, Dies At Baltimore BALTIMORE, Oct. 2 (£>) — Dr. Joseph Eugene Rowe, 56, prominent educator and a member cf the Veterans' Board of Appeals since 1034, died at a hospital early today after a heart attack. Dr. Rowe became ill at his office in Washington last week and was brought to his home here. He was taken to the hospital yesterday when his condition became grave, A native of Emmitsburg, Md., Dr. Rowe was educated at Gettysburg, Pa., College and the University of Virginia. He taught math-1 ematics at the Johns Hopki versity, Goucher Coll Attack Take* Place In South Atlantic, London Reports 31 SHIPS SUNK;: Raider May Be One Of; Half Dozen German Merchantmen. LONDON, Oct. 2 (£>).—The Ministry of Information announced today that an armed raider had attacked and sunk; the 5,051-ton British ship Cle- " ment of the Booth line in the South Atlantic- The five-year-old Clement" had called at New York August 29. "The raider has not jret-- been identified, but the correct steps are being taken," the ministry said. It said it was "believed the raider ; was either a cruiser or a "pockety battleship." /Britain's preoccupation hereto* , fore has heen chiefly submarine* and only last night "Winston Churca- ill, first lord of the Admiralty, said, that "a week has passed sine* m British.--ship,...alone or in conyoy, V has been sunk or even molested by "~ a U-boat on the nigh seas." Churchill added that "it would 7 seem that the TJ-boat attacks upon the life of the British Isles has not" so far proved successful." Up to the announcement of the sinking of the Clement, at least 31" British ships had been sent to the bottom since the beginning of the war. Largest was the 13,581-ton passenger liner Athenia, sunk September 3, with the death list set at 128 of -which 28 were American citizens. The last previous report of the sinking of a British ship was on September 24, when the 4,64$-ton freighter Hazelside was shelled and torpedoed near the Irish coast The Clement a freighter, is owned by the Booth-American line and (Continued on Page 12) CULBERT CASE BEFORE BOARD Appeal To Revocation Of Beer License Being Heard This Afternoon. : The appeal of Graham Culbert from the action some- weeks ago of the Board of License Commissioners in revoking his beer license for selling- during the prohibited hours of Sunday, will be heard at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon by members of the State Board of License Commissioners in the Juvenile courtroom of the Courthouse. Culbert, proprietor of Honey's Tavern, near Boonsboro, is alleged to have sold several bottles of beer on a Sunday morning. His arrest on a warrant followed and at a trial before Magistrate E. G. Miller, Boonsboro he was fined $250..Later the local Board of License .Coi missioners revoked his license* appealed both actions. A BETTER REASON • *«*'"' LOS AXGELES, Oct, 2 (,fp)—Nine husky sheriff's deputies "felt pretty bad about their low scores on the pistol range. Banished to "the "crying room," reserved for poor marksmen, they shed tears. , But that was because State Highway Patrolman Arthur Fessler, who also had a poor score, accidentally dropped a tear gas "bomb. MANY DRUNKS', Judgments ranging from' dismissal to five days InHail were entered in the cases of abkmt IS drunks wfco lined the i^^^Mte cmnt

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