The Daily Mail from Hagerstown, Maryland on October 14, 1939 · Page 1
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DAY BY DAY The Y. M. C, A. needs $5,000 over the week-end to reach their goal cf $15,000. If you have not given, do to now. The "Y" is necessary. VOL. CXI. No. 242. WEATHER Fair and much colder tonight and Sunday with heavy to klllina fro*t tomorrow. 4*Uy (MM* ivftdfty) by tk« tcm rubinum, Co, •nt*r*d M Mc*B«-cUM tn»tt»r at th« Ha B «r«town HAGERSTOWN, MD,. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1939. SINGLE COPIES, 3 CENTS BRITISH DREADNOUGHT IS SUNK French Are Alert As Germans Mass Believe Big Offensive May Start Any Moment Have Tanks And Heavy Artillery Along: 100- Mile Front. PARIS, Oct. 14 (/P).—French sources reported today the Germans had massed sufficient tanks and heavy artillery between the Moselle river and the Rhine to launch a large scale offensive at any moment. The Nazi troops manning this 100-mile front, the French said, are veterans of the Polish campaign. These facts, coupled with a sudden lull in persistent activity of German patrols, kept French outposts on the alert as rain and fog settled over the lines after a day of clear, crisp weather. / French military men said that a brief period of inactivity after several days of intense skirmishes frequently presages a heavy offensive. Two Million On Front The German strength along the entire western front was estimated at approximately two million men, most of whom were said to be concentrated in the Saar and Lauter river sectors in position for a frontal assault. The morning communique of the general staff said the night was "calm," hut mentioned artillery, activity on both sides in the region east of the Moselle. The unfavorable weather, it was indicated, sharply curtained aerial activity. Tn the south, along the Rhine, where French yesterday blew up three railway bridges, the Germans were reported installing anti-aircraft guns on the great granite pil- (Continued on Page 12) Americans In O.G.P.U. Service BLASTED SPANS AS PRECAUTION PARIS, Oct. 14 (#>)—French military advices -said today the destruction by the French of three big railway bridges over the Rhine river was to forestall any attempted German surprise offensive into French Alsace. This action (which was announced by the Berlin high command yesterday) was taken after heavy German troop concentrations Avere reported along the frontier from Lauterbourg to Switzerland, heretofore a relatively quiet area. The bridges destroyed were those connecting Haguenau and Rastadt, Colmar and Fribourg- en-Brisgau and Mulhouse and Mulheim. Only two bridges remain across this portion of the historic river, both at Stras- bourgh, where they are incorporated in the Magnot and Siegfried lines. It was indicated at least one of these would'be spared for the time being. FEAR GIRL IS A VICTIM OF HADBUTCHER Headless And Nude Body Of Young Girl, Dead Two Weeks, Found May Recreate "Death Ray" If Witness Says They Are Enrolled In Secret Police. WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (ff)—A former official of the Soviet trading corporation in the United States told the House committee investigating un-American activities today that some Americans were members of the OGPU, Russian secret police. The witness, Robert Pitcoff, now a. New York electrician, gave the information during testimony on the operations of Amt.org, the Soviet trading organization, and the extent to which it cooperated with the Communist party of the United States. He said he had been transport control manager for the agency for four years. "The Ogpu agents are not all Russians," Pitcoff said. "Some of them are Americans." DENTAL PLAN IS APPROVED Local Society Told Of U. S. Public Health Service Aid For Program The dental program for school children in Hagerstown and Washington county had the hearty approval of the Washington County Dental Society, and the Society likewise received national praise for its efforts in showing the need NEW CASTLE, Pa., Oct. 14 (£>)— Finding of the headless and nude body of a young girl in a dreary "murder swamp" developed the possibility today that Cleveland's "mad butcher" had claimed another victim. Coroner Charles Byers said the girl had been slain probably two weeks ago and then partially burned in attempt to conceal her identity. A single stocking found nearby offered investigators their only clue. The head, severed clearly with either a sharp knife or ax, was not located in a hurried search of the desolate marshlands along the Pennsylvania-Ohio state line. A detail of state police was asked to aid in the hunt. Six Similar Crime* The scene was the setting of six similar glayings of men and women, one of them decapitated, in the past decade. All of these crimes remain unsolved. The swamp is 100 miles from Cleveland where a cruel slayer's headless victims have turned up in (Continued on Page 2) Canada's First Army Ready In Two Months OTTAWA Oct. 14 (#>)— (Canadian Press)—Informed sources reported today that Canada's first overseas division probably would proceed 1o Kngland within two months to complete training and receive- service equipment. It was said that, like the first contingent in the World War, it was probable the division of about 36,000 men would spend the winter- or-a large part of it—in England. for such a program as has been inaugurated here. The praise came in an editorial in this week's American Dental Society Joprnal, which pointed to the voluntary work done here by the members of the Dental Society, which was instrumental in revealing.the need for a full-time dental clinic, which now has been established here with the financial support of the city and county. This clinic, it was. announced today, has been augmented by the U. S. Public Health Service, which, seeing the energetic program launched here to keep children's teeth in No. 1 condition, has announced it is sending to Hagerstown a member of its department to assist Dr. H. L. Cody, in charge of the clinic. The "U. S. Department is also equipping two permanent (Continued en Page 12) Fireman Rescues Would-Be Suicide NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (/p)—A 16- year-old runaway New Jersey girl who had threatened to leap from a window ledge three floors above a concrete hotel courtyard was saved early today by a daring fireman. The girl, who police said identified herself as Helen Kawsley of Bayonne, N. J., had poised for "half an hour on a rear window ledge of the Hotel Martini on West 47th street while police and firemen sought to dissuade her from jumping. Finally, Fireman Richard Oliver dropped suddenly from the floor above by a rope, seized the hysterical girl and lowered her into a life net. German Torpedo Blamed; 370 Of 1,200 Men Saved CLAIMITIS THIRD ONE Having destroyed his "death ray" machine, Dr. Antonio Longoria, wealthy retired Cleveland, Ohio, scientist, says he would recreate the device and give it to the United States if this nation was ever attacked. Dr. Longoria said he destroyed the device because its deadly effectiveness dismayed him. Dr. Lougoria is pictured above with part of the apparatus which made up his "death ray" contrivance. May Overhaul Credit Provisions To Hasten Vote On Arms Embargo George Suggests Cash For Arms Purchased And Six Months To Pay For Other Purchases Made By Belligerents In U. S. BERLIN, Oct. 14 (#>)—Sinking of the 29,150-ton British battleship Royal Oak was announced to the German people today by special editions of newspapers with big headlines reading "Battleship Royal Oak Sunk by German U-Boat." The supreme command's announcement of the sinking did not disclose where the ship went down. DNB, official news agency, commenting 1 on the British announcement that the Royal Oak was the "second heavy loss," asked Winston Churchill, British First Lord of the Admiralty, whether he had "forgotten the sinking of a second British airplane carrier." The British have admitted the' loss by submarine action of the 22,500-ton airplane carrier Courageous. The Nazis assert that the 22,000-ton carrier Ark Royal also has been "destroyed," but the British have refused to admit this. (The American naval attache in London reported last week— after the German claim was made —that he had been aboard the Ark Royal and that she was unharmed.) WEATHER U. \ Weather Bureau Maryland: Fair and much colder tonight with light frost in cential portion and heavy to killing frost in extreme west portion; Sunday fair and colder. Chesapeake Bay: Fair and much colder tonight; Sunday fair and colder; fresh to strong northwest winds. Killing Frost Is Due Tonight Wind Must Die Down, However, Weather Man Reports. The first killing frost of the Fall season, provided the wind dies down, can be expected tonight, according to the weather man, who predicts a temperature reading in the 20"s by early Sunday morning. The light frost of Friday morning did little damage here although Allegany county reported much vegetation killed. WEEKLY WEATHER Weather outlook for the week beginning Monday: North and Middle Atlantic States —Rain in poufh and central and rain or snow in extreme north portion about Tuesday and again Thursday night or Friday. Moderate temperature early part; colder middle, warmer about colder at end of week. Friday; STORM WARNINGS JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct 14 (/p) —Warnings that, a "moderate" tropical storm in moving slowly northwestward through the Atlantic Ocean north northwest of Puerto Rico were issued today by the Weather Bureau ROAD WORK IS PROGRESSING Six New Construction Project* Started Under County Supervision. County Road Engineer C. William Hetzer advised the Board of County Commissioners today that work on six new road projects launched October 3 under county supervision is proceeding with dispatch. Fifteen county owned trucks, tw 0 graders and three crushers are "in operation on the jobs on which are employed WPA labor as well as county road employes. The projects under way are the Wilson-Pinesburg, G a r i s Shop, Rockhal], Pleasant Valley, Monroe Church and Millpoint roads. Engineer Hetzer also advised the Board that he has opened a temporary office for use of. self and accountant in the Second National Bank building. WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (#>).— Administration leaders called the Senate into an unusual Saturday session today in an effort to hasten action on President Roosevelt's pro-* posal to repeal the arms embargo. Before the chamber met for its tenth day of debate on this issue, Senator George (D-Ga), a supporter of the bill to repeal the embargo and .make other changes in the neutrality law, suggested that the pending measure's credit provisions be overhauled. George proposed that belligerent nations purchasing arms in this country be required to make pay- ments in cash but that they be allowed six months to.pay for other purchases. As the bill now stands, warring nations could obtain credits of up to 30 days on all purchases if the President authorized them. Opponents of the Administration bill, which would wipe out the existing ban on arms shipments to belligerents, have demanded that countries at war be required to pay cash for everything they buy in the United States. George told reporters he thought his proposal would command more (Continued On Page 2) FAIR HAS HALF MILLION CASH RESCUES SURVIVORS. NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (#).— The American freighter Black Hawk reported today it had rescued T>9 survivors of the French tanker Emile Miquet, destroyed by fire off the Irish coast Thursday. ported dead. One was re- VET COMEDIAN DEAD HOLLYWOOD, Oct. H (#>)—Ford Sterling, police chief of the old Keystone Cops, is dead. Sterling died late yesterday of a heart attack. He had been in a hospital since: Jnno, IMS, for treatment of thrombosis. Historical Spot To Be Restored N. Y. A. Has Jobs Available For Several Hundred This Year. Restoration of the old Spong farm, scene of some of the bitterest fighting during the Battle of Antietam, to as near its original condition as possible, is one of numerous projects announced by the Xa- tional Youth Administration in Washington county for the fiscal year. The farm was recently purchased by the Washington County Historical Society. Tn connection with the ambitions program of the N*. Y. A. here, it was announced that between 300 and 500 additional yonng men and (Continued on Pag« 12) NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (/P)—Officials of the New York World's Fair, the most costly iu history, estimate the $155,000,000 exposition will <ftose its first season Oct. 31 with §500,000 cash on hand but with $23,9S2,SOS in bonds outstanding. Harvey D. Gibson, chairman of the board said it would take $3,300,000 to maintain the Fair during the winter and reopen it next spring. Gibson said that an economy drive by the management had reduced daily operating expenses from $60,650 to $41.000. He announced that Grover Whalen, whose executive and fiscal duties he has taken over, would remain as President of the exposition next year. RABBITS KILLED BY SLY REYNARD Jefferson street organized a fox hunt this morning after a raid by a sly reynard on the rabbit house of Isaiah Myers, 300 block of Jefferson street. The fox, seen slinking away by Mr. Myers, gnawed the buttons from the box in which two rabbits were quartered and finally broke open the door and killed the rabbits. DIVORCE SUIT D. Milton McElroy filed suit in court today through Attorney John J. Allen for a divorce from Mary E. M-cKlroy. . TO OPEN OFFICE * Williamsport's new magistrate, Alvey K. Barber, will open offices Monday morning in the basement of the Wolf building. THIS WAS ONE MIDNIGHT PHONE CALL THAT WAS WELCOMED Sinking Gives U. S. Navy Lead This Nation Takes Lead In Tonnage Of Capital Ships. (Br The Annoclfiteil Pre**) Sinking of the British warship Royal Oak today by a German submarine gave the United States the lead over the world in the number of tonnage of capital ships (battleships, heavy cruisers and pocket battleships.) Britain, however, still retains a five-f»ld superiority over Germany in this category and also led the United States in total naval strength including all types of craft. The authoritative Janes fighting ships registry lists Britain's strength in capital ships at 15 totaling 473.700 tons—counting the Royal Oak, whose tonnage is listed at 29,150. United States strength is reported at 15 capital ships totaling 466,- S90 tons. Loss of the Royal Oak brings British strength down to 14 ships and 444,550 tons. However, most of the British battleships and heavy cruisers are of recent construction compared to many of the American ships. Germany trails far behind the allies in naval construction with only five capital ships, totaling 82,000 tons including three- "pocket battleships" of 10,000 tons each. France also leads Germany with seven battleships, totaling 164,945 tons. Altogether, '-,e allies can muster 21 capital ships or 606,495 tons. Heavily-Armored Royal Oak, Which Cost Ten Million, Second Major Naval Loss Since War Started; Courageous Was First. First Survivors Are Brought Ashore Armored Air Spaces Designed To Explode Torpedoes That Might Strike Sides Of Vessel, Fail To Save Her. LONDON, Oct. 14 (AP).-The Admiralty announced this afternoon that approximately 370 men thus far had been saved from the sunken battleship Royal Oak. The warship's complement, it said, was approximately 1,200 men. This left 830 missing, far in excess of the loss of 515 men September 17, when the aircraft carrier Courageous was torpedoed by a German submarine. LONDON, Oct. 14 (AP).-Great Britain announced today that the battleship Royal Oak, with 1,000 men aboard, has been sunk. The sinking of the ?10,000,000, heavily-armored warship was .Britain s second major naval loss of the war • A German submarine was blamed for the sinking iust as a submarine sent down the aircraft carrier Courageous September 17 with 515 officers and men, including her captam An Admiralty announcement said TRAIN WRECKED IN BLACKOUT LONDON, Oct. 14 (ff) — The first serious train wreck during Britain's war time "blackout" sent steel-helmeted air raid precaution forces into action today. At least four persons were killed and 24 others Injured in the accident last night when the second section of the Scottish express from London ran into the first at Bletchley station, 45 miles north of here, in "blackout" darkness deepened by a heavy rain. Rescuers worked in the rain, smoke and steam, aided only by dim blue lights, until authorities lifted the blackout restrictions in the vicinity of the wreck. TWO ARE HELD FOR HEARINGS Youth Accused Of Larceny And Dealer Of Receiving Stolen Goods. A Liberty street youth and a local junk dealer were arrested this morning, the youth on a charge of larceny and the junk dealer for receiving stolen goods and failing to properly keep records as required by law. Harry Henson, IS, is accused by police of ransacking the former Roulette knitting plant of a number of brasfe valves, pipe and an iron wheelbarrow. The junk dealer, who was released on his own recognizance, is charged with receiving stolen goods, allegedly having bought the materials from Henson for $1.20, according to police. He is also charged with failing to properly keep records of purchases as the law re- lists of survivors would he as rapidly as possible but, beyond this, gave no hint of how heavy the casualty toll might be aboard the 29,150-ton dreadnought, veteran of the World war and its battle of Jutland. A first list of Royal Oak survivors contained 15 names, including a lieutenant and three lower grade officers. All already had been taken ashore. None were gravely injured. Additional lists were expected to be issued during the day but it was indicated that several days may elapse before a complete list is compiled. The Royal Oak's defensive armament included deep bulges extending almost to the gun batteries. (Bulges are armored air spaces designed to explode torpedoes without fatal damage.) Vessels of her class were fitted with special internafprotection and, with th© protective bulges, their defense against under-water attack had been considered strong. Acknowledge Loss With acknowledgement of the loss, responsible British, naval sources amplified the government's 'Friday the- 13th" announcement :hat three German submarines- had been sunk yesterday. They described two of the three as of the enemy's largest, ocean-jo- "ng type. The August. 1939, naval list showed that the Royal Oak was (Continued on Page 12) Chamber Agency Granted Papers New Organization To Aid Agriculture, Industry, Commerce. The agency of the Chamber ot quires for the expressed purpose of i Commerce to aid the agricultural. PITTSBURGH, OcU 14, (/P). -[he applied for his old Time ticked back 13 years for Mrs. James E. Shannon when she answered a midnight telephone call and heard the voice of her 65-year- old husband coining from across the continent. She hadn't heard from him since the morning in 1926 when he kissed her goodbye and started on his daily search for a job. The grey- haired grandmother of 11 little boys thought her husband dead but she never married again. Shannon was seized with amnesia aft^r his son Ttert died and he couldn't set back the,foundry job he h^ld for J<> years before qurtins: to go To his boy at, Cleveland, There was r.o trace of him until age pension in Oakland, Cal. A social worker who helped him found there was a long period in his life for which he could not account. Then through Federal records bis past was traced to Pittsburgh. Now Shannon is coming home. Mrs. Shannon made all the arrangements, sent him a bus ticket and money then discovered she had been so happy and excited that she hadn't even remembered to ask if be needed if. "We cried away most of that long distance frail," she said. The ironic part of the whole thing was that in the first week after Shannon disappeared the. foundry called four times for him to return to work. CHINESE RAID HANKOW SHANGHAI. Oct. 14 (£>)—Domei. Japanese news agency, reported that 20 Chinese planes flying from the west raided Hankow today releasing at least 40 bombs and" killing 50 Chinese. The agency said there were no Japanese casualties. VAGRANT GIVEN, TERM IN "CUT" Jacob H. Bailey, 55, a Virginian, was given four months in the Maryland House of Correction on a vagrancy charge when arraigned j allowing police to check for stolen j industrial, and commercial develop- before .Magistrate Harry E. Snyder in city court this morning. Bailey appeared in city court earlier in the week and was told to get across the river when he begged to be permitted to go back home. Instead, <*e remained In the county and yesterday suffered a fall on a farm in the Williamsport section and his arrest followed. property. Both will be given hearings in city court on Tuesday, October 17. MUCH COLLECTED ,/ IN COURT FINES Magistrates M. V. B. Bostetter and Harry E. Snyder reported today that their records show that for the first five months they have been in office they have collected fines totaling over $8000, which amount is about the total for any one year of their predecessors in office. SHOULD TELL HITLER OMAHA, Xeb., Oct. 14 (ZP)— William M. Jeffers, president of the Union Pacific railroad, said in an interview today the United States should "tell Mr. Hitler, if necessary. he's not going to win that war and we're going to see to It that he i doesn't" i * i VILLAGE DESTROYED THE HAGUE, Oct. 14 (.-?)—The village of Timbang on the island of Java, Dutch East Indies, was reported today to have been destroyed by a volcanic eruption and earthquake. Advices said 20 villagers were missing. The rest of the population of 200 and residents of nearby fled to safety. ment of the community has taken definite form, in that the Maryland State Tax Commission has issued a certificate of incorporation. The incorporators are: Fred C. Wright Edwin S. Guth, Herman L. Mills, Maxwell Greenwald. Chas. F. Strole, and Henry H. Startzman. The Hagerstown Progress Corporation has been incorporated for the primary purpose of aiding industry both ducing new new and old—in in- industries to locate here and by rendering aid, particularly financial aid, to existing industries. At the same time, the support of all individuals and groups interested in achieving this objective is being sought Hagerstown Progress Corporation has an authorized capital up to $100,000.00, the shares are $10.00 each and are non-assessable. Fund* resulting from the sale of stock will only be nsed as a direct aid to Industry. Funds for advertising and other expenses incurred as a result of negotiating prospect* will b* (CoattatiM ov Paf* II)

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