The Daily Mail from Hagerstown, Maryland on October 27, 1939 · Page 1
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DAY BY DAY Mothers who shudder when they think of the dangers of modern football should be thankful that "Shinny on your own side" is obsolete. WEATHER Showers tonight and tomorrow followed by clearing and colder in late afternoon. VOI PYI W rt 25 <: l Published dally (except Sunday) by the Mail Publishing Co. ^'*- t * V^/V1« HO. £i*JfJ» Entered as second-class matter at the Hajrerstown Postofflce. HAGERSTOWN, MD., FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1939. SINGLE COPIES, 3 CENTS ALLIES PREPARE FOR WINTER WAR U.S. IS UN ABLE TO GET WORD FROM RUSSIA Ambassador Steinhardt Unsuccessful In Attempts To Learn Of A r essel BERLIN, Oct. 27 (/P).~Official advices here tonight said the United States steamer City of Flint was being sailed from Mur- mansk to Germany under command of » prize crew from the German pocket battleship, the Deutschland. MOSCOW, Oct. 27 (#>)—It was reliably learned today that United States Ambassador Laurence A. Steiuhardt had been unsuccessful in repeated attempts to gain an appointment at the foreign office in his quest for information on the United States-owned steamer City of Flint. The Ambassador went to the foreign office last night but failed to' see any high official and his efforts still were unavailing up to 1 p. m. (5 a. m., EST) today. The embassy had no information beyond that appearing in Soviet Rusian newspapers—that the American freighter had been freed at the port of Murmansk where she had been taken, the captive of a German prize crew. Flying American Flag There still was no official word that the~City of Flint actually had departed but well informed quarters snid last night that she had left, flying the American flag. Unofficial British quarters expressed belief that the Russian government was keeping silent to give the German prize crew "a running start" toward a German port. This was predicated on a belief that the German crew, released from internment, was back in control of the freighter. Today German circles expressed (Continued on Page 2) Hope Fades For Reconciliation Jolson And Wife, Ruby Keeler Reach Property Settlement. German Prize Crew Planned To Blow Up Seized Ship If Caught Radio Operator Of City Of Flint, Who Escaped Captors, Says Nazi Crew Planted Explosives In Engine Room; Vessel Flew Danish Flag. BERGEN, Norway, Oct. 27 (ff).— James McConnochie, radio operator of the American freighter Gity of Flint, declared today the ship's prize crew took her through, ice- strewn waters with explosives planted in the engine room while they flew the Danish flag and repainted the ship's name to "Alf." McConnochie, a Scot, gave the German captors the slip when they stopped at Tromsoe, Norway, to unload survivors of the British ship Stonegate, sunk by the raider that took the Flint captive. Mixing with the British sailors he managed to get ashore undetected and came to Bergen with them. His story to the Bergen newspaper Aftenbladet after his arrival here said the City of Flint sighted a foreign warship October 9, which at first was assumed to be British of French but proved to be the German pocket battleship Deutschland. The raider halted the freighter, placed the survivors of the torpedoed British ship aboard and then proceeded to check the cargo, finding "a considerable quantity of oil." Declaring this was serious, the German commander said he would not sink the ship, McConnochie related, but placed IS Germans on board to take possession. The Scottish radio operator, who had been the first man to pick up the distress signals from the ill- fated British liner Athenia, said the (Continued On Page 2) Tomatoes Replace Grains As New Money Crop For County Farmers One Clearspring Farmer Sold $1,880 Worth From Eight Acres; Finest Quality Tomatoes Sold (/ To One Plant Grown In County. HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 27 (zp)—Al .Tolson's expressed hope of patching up his differences with pretty Ruby Keeler ar<* fading. The- "Mammy" singer and his actress-dancer wife disclosed today they have reached a property settlement. "Miss Keeler said she would seek a. divorce in November. Al will bo in Florida to permit a divorce by default. The agreement, gives her $-100 a week for life or until she remarries, when sho will receive a him]', sum of $50,000. Sho will retain custody of their adopted son, Al .lr., -I, for whom .lolson will establish a $100.000 trust fund. .lolson. who disclosed the separation two days ago. said ii resulted from minor differences. Mis= Knelor said, however, there had been difficulties for several years. A temporary separation last summer, when she went to Honolulu, failed to reconcile them. A small group of Washington ounty fanners, who a few years age were confronted with falling wheat and. corn prices, have developed a new money crop. Wheat inrt corn have been looked upon o 1 ' a century as this county's money -•rops. The new money crop is tomatoes, )Ct\vcen SOO and HOO tons of which were purchased during the last summer by a half dozen canneries n the immediate vicinity. Washington County soil has been 'ound to be highly adaptable to growing tomatoes, as *is evidenced jy a report received today from a lationally known tomato products company, which operates one of he largest plants of its kind in the vorld at Chambersburg. Produces Finest Tomatoes A lot.tor today to County Agent Milt D. Moore, who has helped develop this crop in the county, stated that James R. Reese, of Boonsboro, delivered to the Chambersburg plant this summer the highest quality tomatoes of any grower in the C u m b e r 1 a n d Valley. His average was U. S. No. 1ST.2 percent; U. S. No. 2.12.6 percent and culls but -2 percent. These grades gave Mr. Reese $16.08 a ton for Uie tomatoes from his five-acre field. Last March J. Albert Funkhouser, of Clearspring, decided he would grow a lieid oC tomatoes for a cash crop on his farm. He had never farmed tomatoes before and, after some investigation, contracted to grow eight acres for a canner at. Chambersburg. He planted 25.000 locally grown tomato plants, setting them in the (Continued on Page 2) GOD'S DENIAL BROUGHT WAR, STATES POPE Pontiff Issues First Encyclical Of Reign Pleading For Peace CASTEL GANDOLFO, Oct. 27 (£»)— Pope Pius XII, in the first encyclical of his reign, today blamed "the denial of God" for leading the world to war and pleaded for peace. The Pope appealed for peace treaties at the end of this war which would avoid the "sacrifices and sufferings" which failed to bring lasting peace in the past. The war, he said: would fail to impose a decisive change in conditions—unless followed by treaties of peace "animated by justice and by equity toward all." He warned "there is danger lest settlements be born in such conditions" as "sacrifices and sufferings." At the same time, he said, respect for treaties was indispensable to peace. Scores Dictatorships The pontiff criticized dictatorships which assume "absolute autonomy, which belongs exclusively to the Supreme Maker." "As we write these lines," the Pope said, "the terrible news comes to us that the dread tempest ot" war is already raging in spite of all our efforts to avert it." He said "new errors" added to the "doctrinal aberrations of the past" have pushed these "to ex- (Continueu or Page 2) TAKES NO CHANCES AFTER HIS POEM JOHNSON WILL SPEAK HERE NASHYILLK. Tonn., Oct. 27, (7P).—Lonnie Taylor was sentenced, in IflHl, lo 20 year? in the state penitentiary for robbery. Three times he tried to escape. Each time he was caught. Penalties extended his term to 100 years. Heavy-set; and pugnacious, he called himself, the "toughest guy in the place." This week Taylor turned poet, wrote for the prison publication: 1 hear the voice of nature, 1 feel it, in my bone. Like a duck that winters southward. I'll take wins and soon he gone . . . Some there, were who wondered if Taylor was being prophetic as well as poetic. But. not. Warden Tom Gore. Said he: "Lonnie isn't going anywhere. He's been in solitary confinement, since last vear." Louis .lohnson. acting Secretary of War. will address a joint, meeting of the Monarch, Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs on Wednesday. November S, it. was announced. This program will stress National Air Progress, and is being arranged by the special aviation committee of the Chamber of Commerce. Reports Work Is Completed Sharpsbursr Assessors Are First To Wind Up Field Work. WEATHER TI. S WfutiuT Bureau Maryland: Showers tonight with warmer in oast, portion; Saturday showers followed by clearing and colder in Into afternoon. Chesapeake P>ay: Showers and warmer tonight: Saturday shower? followed by clearing and oilder in lato afternoon: fresh to strong southwest wind?. Tax Supervisor Guy G. Gant7 re- portod iliis morning that, tho assessors in District. 1, Sharpshurg, yesterday completed their work of reassessing all the property of the district. They are the first 10 finish. Mr. Ctantz stated that other districts will likely ho completed next week. The work of preparing notices to the taxpayers in the various districts, advising them of their assessment figures, will be the next stop. TO BUY SYSTEM CrMHKRLAM). Oct. «7 (..p ( • Authorities announced they would ask bids on a two-way radio system for eity polico squad cars. The equipmen: will cost an estimated ?1,<VK>. FOG BLANKETS N. Y. HARBOR Radio Operator Of Arriving Liner Tells Of Distress Calls. NEW YORK', Oct.. 27 (/p)~A pea- soup fog blanketed New York harbor today, virtually stalling ship j trafiic and causing immigration and ! customs officials a fruitless hour j and a halt' chase ot' a liner. Visibility was restricted to 150 yards at Sandy Hook. A Coast Guard cutter went down the bay at 7 a. in., whistling noisily, to meet the United States liner American Merchant, from Belfast. But not until the cutter returned to her berth was it discovered that the liner had passed unnoticed through the, fog and was already docked. The American Merchant's radio operator reported hearing distress calls from eight, ships—seven British and one French — in the first! three days out of Belfast, starting Oct. 16. "Most of the vessels in distress said they wore being chased or attacked by submarines, and two reported they wore torpedoed.'" the ; radioman said. i "The French steamer Vermont; radioed on Oct. Ifi that she was being fired on by a submarine. The next day, similar reports came from the Imperial Star, the Yorkshire, the City of Mamlalay, and the Sag- ning. On Oct. IS, the Sagaing again reported a submarine attack, as did the Gnnhrattan. the Citv of Guilford and the Roekponl. "\Ve were too far away from any of the distressed ships to go to their ! assistance." i POPPING FIRE LEE SHIPPER UNDER ARREST Local Man Taken Into Custody On Warrant Charging Breaking. Lee Shipper, 29, who police say is well known in police circles, is in jail awaiting a hearing on a breaking and entering charge, the outgrowth of. an alleged robbery some time last night at the apartment-home of Mrs. Ethel f». Fauver, 121 East Antietam street. Shipper was arrested early this morning by Sergeant Jesse Brown after the officer had traced and recovered some of the stolen loot. The loot consisted of clothing and some cash money taken from a pockethook. Carroll Girl To Wed Barbara Carroll, IS, central figure in a sensational murder trial in South Paris, Maine, that sent her father and her former sweetheart to prison for life, will wed Armand Lacroix, of Rumford, according to her mother. YOUTH HELD IN SHOOTING James R. Neiderhofer, 23, Given Hearing; Girl Companion Testifies * + V V its Way To Germany Nazis Concentrate Tanks, Artillery; Britain Opens Lists To Volunteers Britain Grimly Tunes War Machinery For Winter Campaign EXPECT RAIDS Wrecked German Submarine Filled With Bodies Found. Clouds Will Blot Out Eclipse Here Hagorshnvn will likely not witness one of nature's most spectacular "blackouts'* tonight. Harvard astronomers set for 10:42 (R.S.T.1 the beginning of a "practically total" eclipse of the moon, which will last, live hours and 40 minutes in all its phases. But cloudy weather forecast for this section will blot it out. "Onlv a thin silver of the moon i i will be visible at the time of greatest obscuration when !'0.2 per cent of the moon's surface will be blocked off," said Dr. Fletcher Watson. The time of maximum eclipse — when the moon is in the deepest shadow cast by the earth—will ho between .11:54 p. m. and 1:36 a. in. Tonight's display will be the nearest to a total eclipse that, has been seen in entirety throughout j the United States since iSPo. astro- i nomer Leon (,'amphell said. j James R. Neiderhofer, 23, who was charged with manslaughter in connection with the fatal shooting last week of Harry V. Smith, 61, was given a preliminary hearing before Magistrate M. V. B. Bostetter in city court this morning and held under $1000 bond for the action of the November term of court. Neiderhofer did not testify, but :iis girl companion, Miss Gladys Eichelberger, took the stand for the defense and told Magistrate Bostetter that she did some of the target shooting in the vicinity of the Devonshire Road in the western section of the city at the time Smith was fatally wounded by a upposedly stray bullet. Miss Eichelberger told of firing it, targets on the ground and testified there were two sets of targets, a tin can on the ground and two naper targets in bushes. Former State's Attorney Martin L. Ingram appeared for Neiderhofer. It was brought out that Smith was fatally wounded by a bullet from a .22-calibre rifle, the same calibre as the rifle Neiderhofer and ( Miss Eichelberger had been shoot- j ing. | The incident occurred shortly be- j fore the noon hour. Mr. Smith managed to make his way home and was laier rushed to i the hospital where he underwent i blood transfusion? hut. died the fol ! lowing day. On the afternoon of the shooting Neiderhofer surrendered to police, explaining he had received first knowledge of Smith being wounded ; by an account, in the Daily Mail. He admitted he had been shooting ! mark in the vicinity. • No charge has been placed against Miss Eichelberger. a factory worker, whom Neiderhofer said he drove to work, thus accounting for their sudden disappearance from the scone of the shooting and not hearing Mr. Smith rail for help. Neiderhofer is said by police to he married. LONDON, Oct. 27 (#>).— Great Britain, grimly turning her war machinery for the winter campaign against Germany at sea und at home, opened her lists today for volunteers in the first general call since the war began on September 3. Enlistments only of. specialized classes have been, asked previously. Age limits were set at 22 to 35 in Great Britain and 20 to 35 in Northern Ireland. Those accepted will be ordered to report November 15. Hints in the Nazi press of broadening air attacks, which so far have been confined to warships at anchor or in convoy, and intensification of surface and submarine raids on Allied shipping were regarded by the British, as pointing the direction the winter warfare will take. In the belief that war in the western front would continue stalemated by mud, rain and cold weather, British experts said Germany naturally would be expected to ham(Continued On Page 2) More Gas Masks For Guardsmen REPORT BATTLE OFF ISLAND BALTIMORE, Oct. 27 (#>)—Array officials today pressed their efforts to increase the present allotment of eight gas masks to every 100 National Guard soldiers. Figures on the shortage of masks were given by Maj.-Gen. Albert H. Blandins, chief of the National Guard Bureau, in a speech to the National Guard Association yesterday. He added that this summer's maneuvers showed the army its need of modern weapons and that this seems "to be realized everywhere along the line." He added that "definite measures" were being taken to procure the needed ordnance but that the quantities needed were confidential. INDICT TWO OF BOSS' KEY MEN COPENHAGEN, Oct 27 (jp)~ Reports from Seiero Island that inhabitants there saw a naval battle involving planes and warships were received in Copenhagen thig afternoon but the Ministry O f Marine denied there was any such action in the area. The Ministry said it had telephoned coast guard stations in the vicinity and heard nothing had been seen, but a lone airplane which had passed during the- afternoon. Advices from Seiero Island had said that Inhabitants reported a naval battle had begun off the coast at about 1 P. M. (7 P. M EST.) They said they heard heavy cannonading and saw a number of warships, mostly hidden behind clouds of smoke, and about a dozen warplanes. The battle was reported continuing an hour later. Seiero Island is in the Catte- gat, the narrow bottleneck between Denmark and Sweden linking the North and the Baltic seas. Swedish telegraph agency reports said activity of the German fleet in Baltic waters had increased in the past few days. F.D.R. SCORES USEOFNAMES Calls Publication Of Government Employes In League 'Sordid Procedure' Pendergast's Aides Indicted For Income Tax Evasion. PLANS FOR TELEVISION-OPERATED FLYING TORPEDO ARE STUDIED SPEXCKR. la., Oct. 27, (,?>).- Pop corn which "popped" right in the field whore ii was being burned off was blamed for spreading firo which destroyed a barn on The F. I,. Thompson farm three miles west of Sioux Rapids, la. CHICAGO. Ort. 27 (.-?).—Specifi- • onions for a flying torpodo operated ivmotoly by television and "so explosive it could destroy oven a i largo baitloship" have been sub- iniM"d to the \Var Depart mom by : the- Anu-rican Television Institute, ; r. A. Sanabria, rhi^f of staff, dis- \ closed today. i Sannbria. who with Dr. Lee De Forest, pioneer radio engineer, op- i eraies ;he institute ohie.fly as a training school, said the television torpedo in?-Tested army offu-^rs at a West Point demonstration last t May. At the suggestion of military experts, h«^ added, he turned j over the plans to the \Var Depart- men t. i In design the flying torpedo is a small, strramli -ed, radio-controlled ! airplane, the guiding transmitter being installed in a larger plane. • Resides the radio receiver, Sanabria explained, ihe remote controlled torpedo would carry a load of explosives in th^ fuselage, capped by The ordinary mechanism ' (Continued on Page 2) t KANSAS CITY, Oct. 27 f./Pj—A Federal grand jury concluded a 10- month investigation of Boss Tom Pendergast's Democratic organiza-1 tion with the indictment of two key j men. Matthew S. Murray and Otto P. Higgins. , Murray, former state WPA director and former director of public ', works here, and Higgins, former di-; rector of police, were charged with income tax evasion. ; Similar charges, brought by this grand jury, havo sent Pendergast. R. K. O.'MaUey, former state insurance .superintendent, and Charles V. Carolio to Leavenworth Prison. Carollo testified he collected "campaign money" from Kansas City gamblers and personally delivered all of it. to Pendergast. The indictment against Murray accuses him of failing to report $SO,s:M,}2 of his income from in.vi through 193S. The government claims he owes $t>,f>77.2S taxes. The government charges Higgins owes SS.fiSO.70 in unreported income of ^r.S.li^.b"* from lf»?.S through Higgins resigned as police director last spring in a municipal cleanup. The police department. then under borne rule, is now nnder stare control, Murray rosicned this we^k as state WPA director. WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (£>).— President Roosevelt branded as "sordid procedure" today publication by the Dies committee of the names of. more than 500 government employes on the "membership and mailing list" of the- American League for Peace and Democracy. The committee charged that the league was a "front" for Communist activity. Asked to comment on publication of the list this week, the President told a press conference he had not read enough of the details o£ that! rather "sordid procedure" to com- j ment. i He agreed to a reporter's request, j that direct quotation of the phrase ; be permitted, a departure from the | usual press conference procedure.! The Dies committee linked with \ national defense today its charge > to the Justice department that the American League for Peace and Democracy was guilty of a "flagrant violation" of Federal law. A committee letter to the department, bearing the signature of Chairman Dies (D-Tex), said there was "ample evidence" that the league was an agency of the Com-j munist International in Moscow. Therefore the committee contended, the league was violating the law requiring agents of foreign principals to register with the State department;. Parking Rules For Hallowe'en Captain McCleary Suggests Local Residents Keep Cars At Home. i In making public parking regula- ' tions for next Tuesday evening—j Hallowe'en—Captain of. Police Carl IT. McCIcavy this morning ad-j vance.d the excellent suggestion : that local residents can help mater- j ially to facilitate the flow of traffic and relieve parking congestion by walking down town to view the j parade instead of driving their | cars. Captain McCleary points out ! that thousands of out-of-town visi- j ;ors must drive here for th« parade j and that their cars will h* prob-j (Continued on Page 2) j France Expects Mass Attack Soon On Its Maginot Line FRENCHREADy Believe Only Intense Cold Snap Holds Up Drive Opening. PARIS, Oct 27 (ff).—Th« Germans have moved tanks and rapid-fire artillery into attacking- positions on the Siegfried line, French military observers reported today. French patrol reports indicated that the Germans facing the Maginot fortifications were in "jump-off", spots all along the northern flank, but an intense cold snap proved an ally of the French, "who said they were all set for a German offensive. The cold and flooded regions in some parts of the front caused French observers to doubt that a. German drive would be immediate, but they said they expected it as soon as a rift in the weather appeared. Reconnoitering units skirmished in snow, sleet and icy rain along the 100-mile northern flank last night, getting some artillery support as they wallowed in the ice- crusted mud. The sudden rigid control of German communications with Belgium and the Netherlands also led th« French to suspect that a big German push, was imminent. Troop* Concentrating From villages along the Netherlands-German border came reports- of noticeable troop concentrations at that end of the Siegfried Line. Although German fortifications opposite the Netherlands town of Limburg still are being constructed, with forts and pill-boxes disguised as picturesque village huts, the Netherlands witnesses said they could clearly see many marching men and troops in automobiles coming up to the front. The French have estimated that Germany now has 1.500,000* men either in front-line or supporting positions. French reports also said huge numbers of Nazi bombers and fighting planes were brought up to airdromes just behind the Siegfried Line, but the French were depending on the weather to keep them grounded, at least temporarily. Farm Fugitive Is Recaptured Stanley Livingstone, 31, Walked Off Yesterday; Goes To 'Cut.' Stanley Livingstone. 31, who walked off from the State Penal Farm at Roxbury yesterday afternoon, was recaptured near Ridgeville. Frederick county, this morning by Robert L. Clopper, an official of the institution. Mr. Clopper was enroute to Baltimore when he spotted Livingstone strolling along the highway. He continued on and delivered the prisoner to the House of Correction. Livingstone walked off after being punished for a minor infraction of farm rules. He- showed resentment to the punishment and officials had expressed the opinion That he would likoly return after "cooling off". Lappans Group Names Stouffer S. Walter Stouffer was elected chairman and committeman to represent the Lappans district on the committee that, \vill administer the 1940 Agricultural Conservation program in Washington county at the most largely attended farm meeting ever held in that district, last night. There were approximately SO farm- era present. Norm an V. Shervin was elected vice-chairman and Fred M. Miller a member ot the district committee Alternates nameS werft Roy Hockenberry and William O. COT. iV

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