The Daily Mail from Hagerstown, Maryland on October 16, 1939 · Page 1
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DAY BY DAY All roadt thi» week lead to the Great Hagerttown Fair which, as uiual promiaea to be bigger and better than ever. VOL. CXI. No. 243. *"* v " r "' " Vt *' w » WEATHER Fair and warmer tonight; fair tomorrow, a* MeoM-clAM matttr at th« Hn«ntown Poitofllc*. HAGERSTOWN, MD,» MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1939. SINGLE COPIES, 3 CENTS REPULSE AIRRAID ON SCOTLAND NAZIS SAY BRITISH WARSHIP TORPEDOED CLAIM REPULSE PUT OUT OF COMMISSION Held In 48-Cent Slaying Same Submarine That Sent Battleship To Bottom * NO COMMENT Britain Says It Can't Be Troubled Denying It. BERLIN, Oct. 16 (£>).—The supreme army command said today that the ^ same submarine which sank the British battleship Royal Oak also scored a torpedo hit on the battle-cruiser Repulse, putting her out of commission. (The British Admiralty declined comment on the statement, a spokesman holding that the Admiralty could not go to the trouble of "denying all these reports.") The submarine was said to have reached the safety of, German waters. A report from her commander was expected soon. The Repulse, commissioned in 191.6' and reconstructed in 1936 at a cost of about $5,500,000, displaces 32,000 tons and has a complement of 1,181 to 1,205 men. Heavier than the 29,150-ton Royal Oak which was sunk Saturday, the Repulse carries six 15-inch guns, 20 four-inch guns, including eight (or anti-aircraft, and eight torpedo tubes among lesser armaments. She carries four aircraft with catapults. Awaits Details While awaiting the commander's detailed report, authorized sources said they believed the submarine must have torpedoed the Repulse about the sa.me time or certainly (Continued on Page 12) Roustabout Is Sent To 'Cut' TURKS TAKING NO CHANCES William Cochran, 28, Is Given Four Months For Slashing Man In Neck. William Cochran. 2S. an employee of the Clyde Beatty Shows at the Fair, who is alleged to have slashed a carnival attendant in the neck Saturday night, pleaded guilty when arranged before Magistrate Harry E. Snyder in city court this morning and was sentenced to four months in the Mouse of Correction. Marvin Cramer, the victim of the altercation, was wounded to the extent that seven stitches were required to close the wound on the left side of his neck. Lieut. J. F. Desmond, who made the arrest, reported that Cochr-at had been drinking and when Cramer remonstrated with him for lighting matches in a stable he whipped out a pocket knife and attacked Cramer. ISTANBUL, Oct. 16 (^—Turkey made "feverish" military preparations today on strength of reports that Soviet Russia was massing troops in the Caucasus on the borders of Turkey and Iran (Persia). It was learned on good authority that Foreign Minister Sukru Saracoglu, now engaged in diplomatic discussion in Moscow, had" refused three Major Russian demands—recognition of the partition of Poland, formation of a neutral Balkan block under the aegis of Russia and Germany, and territorial expansion of Russia and Bulgaria at the expense of Rumania. v Saracoglu was said to have pointed out to the Soviet leaders that Turkey could mobilize nearly 2,000,000 men, and to have agreed to maintain Turkish neutrality only if Great Britain and France should fight Russia. If Italy should join Germany against the Allies, Turkey would side with Britain and France, Sara- coglu was said to have told the Russians. : (The Moscow radio station quoted Tass, the official Russian news agency, as denying troop reinforcements in the Caucasus.) FRENfflBLAST MASSING NAZIS ARMSEMBARGO MEASURE MAY DENYOOTS Predict Administration Leaders To Strike Out 90-Day Credit Clause Harrison Howes, Jr., IS, and Helen Hayes, 17, were held without bail,"charged with slaying the caretaker of the Stoiighton, Mass., town dump in a 4S-cent holdup. The victim, Simond Danilovich, 55, was shot in the back. Howes is-from. New Bedford, Mass., the. girl from Orgunquit, Maine. (Central Press) Artillery Fire'Opens On Germans Apparently Preparing For Drive Finns Tense As Envoy Returns With Demands Made By Soviets Contrast Of Departure And Return Of Paasikivi Noted, Indicating Finns See Nation Facing Most Serious Crisis. WASHINGTON, .Oct. 16, (£>).— Informed persons predicted today that administration leaders would agree shortly to amend the arms embargo repeal bill to prohibit all credits to warring governments. They said they expected Senator Pittman (D.-Nev.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to offer an , amendment striking, out of the bill its present provision that belligerent governments may obtain 90-day credit in this country if the President approves. Provision Criticised The 90-day credit provision has been criticized by some Senators on both sides of the controversy over President Roosevelt's request for repeal of the arms embargo. Many of the critics contend it would be an entering wedge for credits that might drag the -United States into the war. « It was predicted that the administration leaders would not make a further change suggested by Senator Taft (R.-Ohio) and some others—that credit to private firms in belligerent nations, as well as to the belligerent governments themselves, be prohibited. Among Democratic senators it WOULD PUT OKAY ON GRAVY SOPPING NEW YORK, Oct. 16 (/P)—A plea that etiquette authorities lift the social ban on sopping—the custom of soaking up gravy and juices with bread—was made today by the American Bakers' Association. Tom Smith, association secretary, said sopping is "nutritition- ally sound" and should be revived. "Most people would like to dip their bread in the gravy," said Smith, "but they don't like to look over their left shoulder to see if anybody is looking, "If some authority on etiquette would authorize some form of 'gravy sopping,' the public would be delighted." S.C.C. TO BUY MOREAPPIES Seventy More Carloads Of Surplus Apples To Be Purchased This Week Attackers Driven Off By British Airforce Royal Air Force Inflicts Heavy Casualties Upon German Invaders As They Attempt To Attack Coastal Objectives. LONDON Oct. 16 (AP).-German airplanes "attempted to attack coastal objectives in Scotland this afternoon, the British air ministry reported, and the Roval Air Force "inflicted heavy casualties on them." The Nazi air raid quickly followed British reports of a successful reconnaissance over northern and central Germany last night. First announcements of the raid did not give its location but observers noted the industrial area surrounding the Firth of Forth lies about 500 miles across the North sea from German bases. Violated Parole; Sentenced To Year Alleged to have violated his parole on a non-support conviction. Ross Bragonier, sign-painter was sentenced to a year in the Maryland House of Correction when arraigned before Judge Frank G. \Yaganian in circuit court, this morn ins;. Bragonier was given a three- your parole at the February, 193!), term of court. PARIS, Oct. 16 (/p) _ French heavy artillery was reported today to have opened fire on German forces massing behind the western front in apparent preparation for a general offensive. Military dispatches said' the French guns were dropping a heavy barrage on German communication lines and troop concentration points along a 100-mile front extending from the Moselle river to the Haardt forest. The sector, on the French extreme left flank, had been reported earlier in the day in a general staff communique as the center of "great activity" within the German lines. Supplementary military advices said a Nazi attack appeared imminent. French sources said that recent reinforcements had increased the German strength opposite the vital northern sector of the Maginot Line to between 700,000 and 800,000 men. • The French said scouting parties, sent into No-Man's Land, had reported that lights gleamed behind the German front throughout the night, apparently indicating that troops, tanks and trucks were mov- in gup to "jump off" points. The rumble of heavy wheels was clearly audible in the French front lines. Artillery Silent German artillery, which previously had been battering the French (Continued on Page 12) HELSINKI, Oct. 16, (/P).—A foreign office spokesman said today a Finnish diplomatic mission would return to Moscow for further talks with Soviet Russian officinls, but added, "I don't know when." The spokesman made his prediction shortly after Dr. Julio Kusti Paasikivi, head of the mission, arrived here bearing secret propos als which Finns feared might menace their neutrality—or even their independence. Paasikivi, greeted expectantly by a city tense with repressed excitement, went into conference with Foreign Minister Elpas Erkko less than an hour after his arrival. It was believed unlikely that Pa- asikivi would return to Moscow until after the conference Wednesday at Stockholm of representatives from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Paasikivi's reception at the Helsinki station contrasted sharply with his departure for Moscow last week, when crowds sang the national anthem and the patriotic hymn, "Our land shall never bend before a foreign tyrant." "•" There was no official indication of the-nature of the proposals which Paasikivi brought, but the lack of street demonstrations indicated Finns regarded the situation as the most serious crisis the republic had faced in the 21 years of its existence. Hasten Preparations • Finland, meanwhile, continued to hasten preparations to -meet any eventuality and back up her expressed determination to resist any pressure threatening her independence. Organization of industrial firms was undertaken today to guarantee corporations compensation up to 75 per cent of losses resulting from war emergency conditions. The compensation would be applicable to property not covered by insurance. All strategic bridges and buildings were guarded heavily, and uniformed men appeared in streets of principal cities in increasing numbers. TRAWLER SEIZED BERGEN, Norway, Oct. 16, (#).— The German trawler Nordland of Cuxhaven was brought into this southwestern Norway port today by a Norwegian patrol - seaplane. Authorities said the trawler had altered her name and was sailing under the Danish flae. WEATHER U. S. Weather Bureau Maryland: Fair and warmer tonight; Tuesday fair. Chesapeake Ray: Mostly clear to- niffht and Tuesday; warmer To- nicht; centle variable winds herom5ns: moderate southwest on Tues- TIP PRIZES ARE DIVIDED A tip on the proposed rural electrification program in the western end of the county, which was turned in by a resident of that area, and a tip from the same a^ea on the purchase of a site for the Hancock Legion home, split the first prize in last week's new;, tip contest. The second prize is divided between a tip about a local store robbery handed in by a West Washington street resident and a tip on a fire at a Broadway home, phoned in by a housewife litinr nearby, Find Diphtheria In Local School Schick Testing All Students In Wayside School Today. Schick testing of all children attending Wayside School was started this morning by the Health Department after three pupils of the fourth grade developed diphtheria over the. week-end, it was announced today. Between 500 and 600 pupils attend the school. Parents of all the children are being notified today of the action to ascertain the susceptibility or immunity of those in the school and it is expected that, in this manner spread of the malady may be checked. HIT-RUN CRASHES ARE REPORTED Two hit-run accidents were reported to the Sheriff and police this morning, From Hancock came the report that a Virginia car in which four colored men were riding hit the machine of a Hancock resident and Vessel Capsizes; Fear Many Lost SHAXfiHAT, Oct. 16, (ff>) .—The ISO-ton Yangtze river vessel Hsin Taiku Maru, carrying 400 to 500 Chinese, capsized 12 miles from \Voosung today with probable heavy loss of life. A Japanese tug, towing two junks, was reported to have picked up GO survivors. The British steamer Hanwo also went to the rescue, but it was not known how many persons she took aboard. The capsized vessel was equipped to carry 200 persons at most. She was seized from the Chinese by the Japanese navy in 1037 and turned over to the Japanese-fostered China Inland Navigation Company to ply ports of the lower Yangtze. First news of the disaster was brought to Shanghai by the ca-p- tain of a German river boat, who said he. saw the Hsin Taiku Maru "suddenly turn over completely, then settle on her side." was reported also today that those members of the Foreign Relations Committee who are interested in relaxing the bills prohibition against American ships visiting (Continued on Page 12) Favors No Name On HallPIaque Mayor Sweeney Says Question Up To City Council, However. / No names would appear on the plaque at the new City Hall if the question would be left up to Mayor Richard H. Sweeney. Commenting on the requirements of the Federal government, which say that where there is Federal assistance for any public building, a suitable plaque must be placed on the building, the Mayor said today that he felt that as the new City Hall was being erected with the money of the people of Hagerstown the plaque should simply state that the new City Hall was erected "by the citizens of Hagerstown with the assistance of the Public Works Administration of the United -States Government." He further stated that the matter of what was to go on the plaque was, of course, in the hands of the City Council and that if members of the Council desire to place the names of any of the city officials on the plaque their wishes will be carried out. The Federal Surplus Commodities Corporation will purchase 70 additional carloads of apples this week from Maryland growers, it was announced today. The corporation bought 70 carloads last week, the majority of which came from the Hancock area. One change was noted in the schedule of purchases this week, Grimes Golden having been included in the Class "A" group, which increases the price for this variety 20 cents a bushel on 2 1-2 inch minimum and 10 cents on 2 1-4 inch minimum. Baldwins also have been added to the list of 2 1-4 inch grade. The State Commission which is Captured Germans Ignorant Of War LONDON, Oct. 16, (IP).— The British war office said today German, troops captured In France did not know a war was on until weeks after it started. A propaganda statement asserted the Germans were "absolutely flabbergasted when they found out by being shot at and surrounded that there was a real war." supervising the sale of apples to the corporation, will meet at '2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the County Agent's office here to allot the apples. It Is understood- that a larger allotment will be given to the Eastern Shore this week, although the bulk of the apples will again come from the Hancock area. The varieties, grades, sizes and prizes for this week's allotment follow: Classification "A"—York, Stayman Winesap, Rore, Black Twig, Jcnathan, Spitz, Baldwin, Delicious, R. I. Greenings, N. Spies, New- towns, Winesap, Cortland and Grimes Golden, U. S. No. 1, size 2 1-2 inch minimum, 75 cents; U. S, Combination Grade, U. S. No. 1 and Utility, size 2 1-2 inch minimum, 60 cents. Classification "B"—Gano, Ben Davis, Bonum, King David and Senator, U. S. No. i Grade ONLY, size 2 1-2 inch minimum, 65 cents. Classification "C"— Jonathan Winesap, Baldwin and Grimes Golden, U. S. No. 1 Grade ONLY, size 2 1-4 inch minimum, 65 cents. Tips are accepted by the Daily Mail *>ach week day between the hour* of 7:30 a.-m, and 1:30 p. m, \ kept Paui Stine. Rellevue avenue. reported to police that at r> o'clock- last niRhi a District of Columbia Ford truck struck his rar on North Jonathan street and continued on its way. Three Negroes Are Sought In Holdup Sheriff Joseph D. Baker was notified by Frederick county authorities this morning to be on the lookout for three armed negroes rid ins in a Plymouth sedan, who nboiu midnight last night held up the attendant at the Brunswick ice j plant and made* off wi-h an un- S known amount of cash'from the i office safe. Court To Pass On Litigation Supreme Court Agrees To Pass On Anti-Trust Cases. WASHINGTON. Oct. Ifi (/p)~The Supreme Court agreed today to pass on anti-trust litigation brought by the government against mid-western oil companies and Chicago milk dealers. Decisions adverse to the government were delivered by lower courts. The tribunal also consented to review a decision denying the Amalgamated Utility Workers, a CIO affiliate, the right to press a charge of contempt against the Consolidated Edison Company of Xew York. Inc., for alleged violation of a National T,abor Relations Board order. Arguments in ihe milk case were set. for November 13 in response to a government, motion to expediate th^ litigation Marylanders Heard On Neutrality Law WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (#>)— Three hundred Marylanders expressed their views on neutrality legislation today to the state's two Senators. A toss of a coin by Senator Tydings (D-Md) gave proponents of repeal of the arms embargo the first opportunity to present their side of the hearing. "The bill recommended by the Senate Foreign Affairs committee," said Arthur 0. Love joy. professor at Johns Hopkins University, "provides the most adequate safeguard against our becoming involved in war, and does so without any of the unnecessary and very grave injuries to our national rights, inter- and security which are inherent in any of the alternative plans." LITTLE HEISKELL CLUB WILL MEET The Little Heiskell Club will meet tomorrow night at Beck's TO.V- j ern, when the annual election of officers will be held. Mayor Richard H. Sweeney will also address j the club. LONDON, Oct. 16 (£>)—British, officials reported today the Royal Air Force made a successful reconnaissance over Germany last night, but declined to comment on, a German announcement a torpedo had "severely" damaged the 32,000-ton battle cruiser Repulse. The Air Ministry said British planes had flown over northern and central Germany. The announcement did not say whether they had encountered any resistance. At the same time, naval observers predicted the new German submarine offensive which sent the Royal Oak to the bottom and destroyed three Allied merchant vessels over the week-end would be quickly brought under control. Reply to Rejection . These sources interpreted the fresh Nazi onslaught as Adolf Hitler's reply to Great Britain's rejection of his peace gestures. They predicted, however, the campaign would be halted more speedily than the one Germany launched at the outbreak of hostilities. la the first four weeks of the war, it was recalled, enemy submarines sank nearly 150,000 tons of British shipping before First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill was able to announce the offensive had been checked. i While Britain's navy concentrat- j ed on German undersea raiders the (Continued on Page 12) A report from Edinburgh, said British, anti-aircraft guns went into action, just after 2 p.m. (8 a-m., E.S.T.) today. The attack stirred speculation that its objective might have been docks where Britain is hastening shipbuilding to strengthen her command of the seas and counter the German naval offensive which "already has destroyed the aircraft carrier Courageous and the battleship Royal Oak. Observers pointed out that today's attack came within three days of the reports on the sinking of the Royal Oak, bringing to mind Hitler's threats in his Reichstag address of a .smashing- offensive against the Allies unless his peace proposals were accepted. Two Drown When Boat Capsizes BALTIMORE, Oct. 16 (£>).—Two' young Baltimoreans drowned in Chesapeake bay when their sailboat capsized, it was disclosed today after the finding of their bodies on the shore near Aberdeen. The victims were George R. Calis, 25, an honor student at the Tohns Hopkins University, and Con- •ey Vann Martindale, sales manager 'or a Philadelphia baking concern. The boat in which they left for a sail Saturday afternoon was discovered stuck in the mud flats • about a mile off Aberdeen. Rela- ives of the men said they assumed the boat capsized and the occupants drowned in an attempt to swim ashore. Young Woman On Trial For Murder Mrs. Leo: A Draper, l!>. < fin shot and killed her husbavd. Dewey Draper, 41-year-old \\~PA worker in the early morning of August 7 in the yard of their mountain home near Wolfsviiie, Frederick county, went on trial in Frederick this morning. A plea of not guilty by reason of insanity was to be entered in her behalf. Mrs. Draper surrendered after the shooting and signed a seven- page confession in which she asserted that, the shooting followed repeated beatings at the hand of her husband. Schools Closing \_7 On Thursday Noon Seize Members Of Outlawed "Death Legion." BUDAPEST, Oct. 16 (£>).—Hungarian Nazis today reported police had arrested 140 members of the outlawed Hungarist "Death, Legion" to head off a coup against the government. Though there was no confirmation from official sources, Nazis said the mass arrest* occurred Saturday with the seizure of large quantities of guns and ammunition. Plans for the coup, Nazis said, included the assassination of 17 members of parliament. One leader of the Legion, a pro- Nazi faction which is at bitter odds with other branches of the Hungarian Nazis, was said to have been captured in a Budapest air raid shelter. Five other leaders were reported to have escaped into Austria, Rifles, hand grenades and machine-sums were said to be included in the war supplies seized by police. Nazis declared the dissident "Death Legion" had plotted to kill several Nazi leaders, among them Kalman Hubay, successor to Ferenc Szalasi. the "Hungarian Hitler" who is serving a three-year prison sentence for "incitment against the constitution." Public schools of the city and j county will close at noon of Thurs day of this week because of the Fair, to remain closed until Monday Superintendent B. J. The anti-mist cases were, among i observed between (Continued on Pag« i» 11 K. m. LIGHTS OBSERVED ^ One of the most vivid displays of morning. Northern Lights was observed in j Grimes announced today. Hagerstown by many persons on! Friday will be school children's Saturday nierht. The displays were ! day at the Fa!r and all of school 10 m, and 1 age will i grounds. be admitted free to the FIRE DAMAGING. Six garages and five automobiles were destroyed by fire early Sunday morning in Frederick. Tha garages were owned by John H. Grove and were located in the third block of West. Patrick street The cars were owned by varkrat

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