The Daily Mail from Hagerstown, Maryland on October 30, 1939 · Page 1
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DAY BY DAY Promoters of th« Mummer*' Parade scan the weather forecast with apprehension. Mail WEATHER Rain tonight; clo-udy and eold«r tomorrow. VOI PVI TVr» 2*? 1 ? Published daily (except Sunday) by th* Mall Publishing: Co. Entered *• second-das* matter at the Hagerstown Postofflce. HAGERSTOWN, MD., MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1939, SINGLE COPIES, 3 CENTS FINNS TO REJECT SOVIET DEMANDS • ••• •••••••• •••• Germany Must Pay Fifty Million For World War Sabotage FIND GERMANY TO HAVE RESPONSIBLE Responsible For Munitions Disasters At Black Tom, Kingsland Cases ' WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, (/P). — The German - American. Mixed Claims Commission awarded approximately $50,000,000 today to Americans with claims against Germany arising from the Black Tom and Kingsland,- N. J., sabotage cases in 1916 and 1917. The commission, last June 35, found Imperial Germany responsible for the munitions disasters in the New York port area prior to United States entry into the World War. Today's action made the definite award to the claimants. Damages of $21,157.227 plus five per cent interest—estimated to approximate $50,000,000 in all—was ordered paid to the claimants. Germany has a special deposit, account at the United States Treasury of between $23,000,000 and $26,000,000 to meet the award. The Treasury also holds about $500,000.000. "paper value," in German republic bonds. Germany, however, has denied the. jurisdiction of the commission. Dr. Victor Heucking, the German commissioner, walked out on the deliberations prior to the decision last June and the German government has protested against making the award. The German side of the counsel table was vacant today. Simultaneously, Roberts, an Associate Justice of the Supreme »'onrt, disclosed that Hans Thomson. Counsellor oL' the German Embassy, had asked the State Department to quash proceedings of what he called a "rump commission" and bad charged "illegal" acts to Roberts. Secretary Hull, in reply, refused io intervene and referred to Thomsen's criticism as "entirely unwarranted." CARRIERS TO FEED BIRDS Postmaster Simpson Advised U. S. Department Glad To Assist Again. Postmaster Thomas M. Simpson h;is been advised by department heads in "Washington that the rural carriers of this county and elsewhere will be permif.tert this winter. ;is in former years, to distribute grain as food for birds nt. times when the natural food of the birds is covered with snow, or when for some other reason, there is a shortage oC the natural food. The notice received by Post- muster Simpson' states that the Postofiice Department, is glad to have rural carriers assist, in this work whenever they can properly do so and when grain for the purpose is provided by persons or organizations interested. Postmaster Simpson reported that the local rural carriers are wholeheartedly in favor of the cause and suggest that persons and organizations willing to give grain for distribution get. in touch with the local ofiice. NAZI HUNTSMEN ARE MOBILIZED JUMPS CONSUMPTION. FAYKTTKYILLK. W. Ya.. Oct. ."iO (/P).—Winter is coining, so restaurant operator George Toniros has jumper! his consumption of coffee to 30 cups a day. When the \vc;Utier's warm, he cuts down to 20 or 2ii, he said. WEATHER U. S. Weather Bureau Maryland: Rain tonight; Tu^s- day cloudy: colder Tuesday night, Chesapeake Bay: Ovoivasl with rain tonight: Tuesday cloudy; lit- n torn pom turo : fresh winds tonichf shifting ft north wst during Tuesday; colder Tuesday night. BERLIN, Oct. 30 (fi>) —Germany mobilized her huntsmen today in an effort to increase her domestic food supply. Col.-Gen. Hermann Wilhelm Goering, the Reich's hunting master, called on gunners to shoot small game in provinces wrested from Poland and in the vast Tucheler Forest of West Prussia, where wild life is reported plentiful. Hunters are offered their traveling expenses and $2.80 a day, plus two cartridges for every animal or bird they bag for Germany's food reserves. ARE AWAITED Balkans Expect Definite Statement Over Rivalry Between Soviets And Italy BUDAPEST, Oct. 30 (/P)— Anxiety over rivalry between Soviet Russia and Italy for influence in the Balkans sharpened southeastern Europe's -watch today for a clue to Moscow's intentions. Foreign offices of the Balkan countries hope for a definite statement on Russia's aims when, the Supreme Soviet meets tomorrow. Crux of the tense situation was reported as the Russian- support for Bulgaria's territorial claims on Rumanian Dobruja. What course Turkey would follow in case Russia supported Bulgaria against Rumania, was not forthcoming' from Ankara, where ceremonies celebrating the Turkish republic's 16th birthday are being held. Turkey and Rumania are in the Balkan entente. Turkey's political leaders expressed confidence in Ankara that the recent .Ur-concluded mutual assistance pact with France and Great Britain would bring prosperity and safety. Jailing of 44 pro-Nazi iron guard- ists accused of plotting to assassinate General Gabriel Marinescu, Minister of War. only momentarily diverted Rumanian attention from the international situation. Diplomatic circles said Italy was combatting Russian moves with promises of continued neutrality and increased trade. Hungary and Yugoslava were reported in most political circles as favoring Italy. A pro-Soviet demonstration in Belgrade, the. Yugoslav capital, ended with several students and workers being arrested. Heavy Frost Is Reported Today Jack Frost is believed to have polished off any remaining live vegetation this morning with a white blanket almost thick enough to track a. rabbit. The mercury dropped to 31 during the night and again a thin scum of ice formed. Yesterday's low reading was 2" and ice a half-inch thick was reported by D. Paul Oswald, Chewsville observer. Yesterday's maximum reading was 50 while today at 1.1 o'clock the mercury had climbed <o only -12. Indications at noon were that rain will fall sometime lodav. SURVIVORS LANDED. LOX'DOX. Oct. 30 (JP).—Seventy survivors of the British steamer Malabar sunk yesterday with the loss of five lives, landed today in western England. Some survivors attributed the sinking to German submarine action. TIP PRIZES ARE DIVIDED DIVORCE SUIT. | Flora May Wasson, through At- ; torney Harry Hrindle, tilnd suit in ' court, today for a divorce from Frederick T. Wasson. First prize in last, week's news top contest is divided between a North Potomac street resident who phoned in a tip on a j,;iioide and a tip from a local housewife on the iear electrocution of a High School student. Th^ second prize is divided between a West. Washington street resident on two boys who disappeared and a sip from Hancock on tho plan to raze the old Hancock hridsre. Tips aro aoc^pnvl ^;u-h wpek day Mtwron The hours of 7:30 a. m. and 1:30 p. m. French Observers Believe This Week May Be Turning Point As Nation Warned Not To Depend Too Much Upon U. S. For Assistance. PARIS, Oct. 30, (JP)— Both German and French commands were reported to have sent out scouting patrols today as storms over the Western front lifted after more than a week of winds, rain and snow which paralyzed military operations. Skies cleared 'during the night and a dry cold set in at the start of the ninth week of war which some military experts believe may prove to be a turning point. The French morning communique said that several German raids had been repulsed. A German unit detected throwing- up earthworks east o£ the industrial city of Saar- bruecken was reported • dispersed by French mortars. Military dispatches said the Germans were maintaining heavy troop concentrations all along- the front. Military men said several days of dry weather would still be neces- sary, however, to harden the soaked ground and permit large scale operations. Premier Daladier conferred with Air Minister Guy La Chambre on the state of allied defenses against a possible German aerial -offensive. * A French deputy warned France today against depending too heavily on the United States for war supplies and urged that home industries be organized on an increased production basis. Henri De Kerillis, a member of the Chamber of Deputies, said in his newspaper L'Epoque that France should not get the idea that "from the moment she can count on American aid she can dispense with fabricating herself immense material destined to pursue the war." In listing three reasons for not leaning too heavily on United States' aid, even if the American (Continued on Page 12) Britain Fearful Weather Will Handicap Ship's Interception Sees Little Hope Now Of Seizing City Of Flint, En- route To Germany; Germany Maintains Silence About Whereabouts Of Vessel. LONDON, Oct. 30 (jp)—Naval experts said today the British navy would be handicapped by nature in attempting to intercept the American freighter City of Flint in her trip to a German port. In the authorized British view, the German prize crew readily could sail her down the coast of Norway to Germany, thus taking advantage of territorial waters to prevent the British from stepping in. Naval circles disputed German claims oC submarine success against Britain's merchant ships, suggesting the Nazi statements were made to lure the British into trying "some spectacular stunt outside naval strategy." Spokesmen placed total lOvSses of British merchant ships since the start of. the war at 221.000 tons, revising upward the figure of 210,021 tons given Saturday. At that time neutral losses were given as 72,000 tons. A German high command com- munique Saturday asserted 115 merchant ships totaling 475,321 tons had been sunk since the start of the war. Germany Silent BERLIN, Oct. 30 (£>)—The American freighter City of Flint was the quarry today in a grim game of hide-and-seek somewhere in the North Atlantic, according to the best available information here, but German officialdom Avas silent. Unofficial sources said the United States government-owned vessel still was in the hands of a German prize crew and attempting to dodge the British blockade on a run from Murmansk. Russia, to a German part. CALIFORNIA IN PENSION VOTE Penny-A-Day Donations Resorted To In Getting Out Vote. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30. (/P). —An off-year election cnmpaign dominated by a proposal to revise California's economic system with a new and comprehensive "$30 every Thursday" pension plan headed today into its final week. From a dozen radio stations and in large mass meetings, scores of pension plan speakers, backed by penny-a-day donations from 370,000 believers in tho idea, began a "get out the vote" drive for the November 7 balloting. Organized opposition, concentrating nn the argument that the plan would saddle California with a dictatorship and bring it. to financial ruin, likewise urged everybody to cast, ballots. There are S.GOS.JIOT registered voters. The new plan would write into the constitution a provision making the state responsible for the "equitable" distribution of goods and services; paying non-employed Ca!i- fornians of i>0 years or over a weekly pension of :>0 "warrants" of §1 face value; creating a statewide hanking system for handling the warrants; enacting a 3 per cent tax on gross rash incomes and vesting nn "administrator" with extensive powers to operate the new machinery. 'LOST" AIRPLANE, JUMPER, LOCATED B1SHOPVILLE. Md., Oct. 30 (/P) —Spectators at Bishopville's first air show got an extra thrill yesterday when a plane carrying a parachute jumper and a pilot became lost in the darkness 3.000 feet above ground and was rescued by another plane. When the plane carrying Bill Rhode, dare-devil parachute jumper from Paterson, N. J., and Pilot Lee Dewitt of Sumter. S. C., disappeared in the black night, another pilot, "Shorty" Keough of Millsboro, Del., took off and searched the skies. After half an hour, Keough located the lost fliers seeking a. landing ten miles north of here. Keough led the other plane back to the airport and both landed safely in the glare of automobile lights turned on the field. TO DEFY EARLY CLOSING ORDER LONDON, Oct. 30 (£>).—Shopkeepers all over Great Britain, holding out for "business as usual" in this war of waiting, have decided to defy an early closing order which went into force today. The order says stores must close at 6 p. m. week days and 7 p. m., Saturdays, but London has taken advantage of a provision which permits local authorities-to extend the limits one hour. Merchants from, other parts of the country met at Birmingham Sunday and voted to ignore the regulation, designed to clear the streets early. DANCERFACES TRIAL AS SPY Dark-eyed Italian Is Alleged Queen Of Spy Ring, Three Others On Trial GENEVA, Oct. 30 (£>).—A dark- eyed dancer of Italian birth, accused of leading- a spy ring working for several foreign governments, went on trial today with three men. Virginia Capt Rota, 35-year-old performer from the night clubs of Paris and Madrid, has been in jail since last December 19. Swiss counter-espionage operatives charged they caught her and Roger Joel, 35, a draftsman once employed in a Swiss arms factory, as they tried to cross into France carrying plans f-or a new anti-aircraft gun and other military information from Switzerland and other countries. Authorities said the dancer twice went on hunger strikes and once tried suicide by slashing her wrists with, broken glass. Finally sise was placed in a prison hospital under 24-hour guard. A magistrate's report on the case said that Paul Rochat, another of the four and former operator of a private detective agency in Geneva, delivered inform tion concerning Swi;,; national defense to the consul general of Italy. Rochat, whose arrest was due partly to tips from French counter(Continued on Page 12) RS.C.C. BUYING MORE APPLES Fourth Week Government Has Purchased Surplus Fruit. RELEASES MORE BASS IN RIVER Members of the Potomac Fish and Game Club, in line with their restocking plans, last week released a hundred large and small mouthed bass in the Potomac river near Falling Waters. Purchased with a fund particularly allotted for the purpose, the bass weigh from two to four pounds each and were caught in the lower Potomac, Several hundred smaller bass will be ! ,-eleased soon and another consignment of the large ones has been ordered. SUBSTITUTE STKPHKXSVILLK, Tex., Oct. r.rt. i.-P).— Farmer J. W. Maytield's anto wheezed and stood still. So Max-field and his wife hopp*vj '^n their tractor and rode in Bluff, 50 miles away, in good lime. One Thing Or Another AR A PA HOE. Neb.. Oct. SO (/P).— Hunting near Araphoe: Thomas Carter went fishing, bu* took bis gnn, too. He came back with six ducks, no fish. C. Vornon Kvarts started out for pheasants. He came back with a j coyote. SLUR AGAINST MOTHER MADE KILL TO Mild Mannered Farm Hand Tells Of Killing Grandmother And Uncle Continuing its purchase of apples in this area, the Federal Surplus Commodities Corporation has announced for the fourth consecutive week that it will consider the purchase for the week beginning today. The State Apple Growers Committee, cooperating in the buy. ing, will meet at the county agent's office here at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon to make the allotments. There were several changes in the prices to be paid this week, Winesaps having been removed from Classification "A" and given a separate classification, with 75 cents per bushel being paid for U. S. No. 1 and utility, size 2Vi inches minimum and fiS cents for 2'i inch minimum. In a number of cases the committee of apple growers have al- Ipjed some growers half carload lots. The government purchases of ap- j pies have helped to strengthen the; market during The picking season, which is be ins completed this week. Reports generally also indicate that cold storage plants have not been receiving as many apples as in previous years, so that prices later should be on a basis that will save growers from heavy losses. A large crop throughout the United States and the loss of export business placed the apple industry in a serious predicament this year until the government, through the FSCC came into the picture. For every bushel of apples the government buys for use of persons on relief i the grower must divert, a like quantity from fresh fruit channels, such as tor feeding livestock, con-j verting into by-products, «tc. i •si COMANCHE, Tex., Oct. 30 (£>)— Henry P. Haynes, 23, a mild mannered farm hand, said in a statement today his aged grandmother and an uncle had made slurring remarks about his widowed mother so he slugged them and burned them in their home. Sheriff Wid Spivey said Haynes admitted he planned to "get burned up, too, but the smoke got so bad I ran out.*" Haynes was charged with murdering his grandmother, Mrs. Martha McGuire, 79, and her son, J. B. Haynes, 58. Last Sunday night, Haynes said, the nncle and grandmother made the "slurring remarks." Then, he related in his signed statement: The two men went to bed together and the grandmother retired to her room. After his uncle went to sleep the youth got out of bed and walked around outside the house "thinking things over." Returning he picked up a large rock used for a door stop and called to his uncle: "Get up, I want to give you a fair chance. -Yon-have never, given me and my folks one." As the elder Haynes crawled out of bed, the boy hurled the heavy rock. "From then on I was crazy mad. "Something hit me on the neck. I grabbed a shotgun and hit my uncle on the head with the stock. He ran toward Grandma's room and I hit him again at the door. He fell down there." The noise awakened the grandmother and she called: "What's the matter with you two boys?" Haynes grabbed an iron poker (Continued on Page 12) Shipper Held For Grand Jury Action Lee Shipper, 29, arrested last week on a larceny warrant, was arraigned before Magistrate Harry E. Snyder in city court this morning and held under $500 bond for November court action. Shipper is alleged to hav« stolen $20 in cash and a quantity of women's wearing apparel from the apartment of Ethel G. Fauver, 121 East Antietam street. He denies the theft. John Bendetivitis, Security, arrested yesterday by Patrolman Holden on a drunken driving charge forfeited collateral of $100 for his appearance this morning before Magistrate Snyder. Held In Air Slaying Ernest Pletch, 27, signs a confession, in Indianapolis, Ind., police headquarters, to the murder of Carl Bivens, Missouri flight instructor, as they staged a mid-air fight in a tiny monoplane in which they had taken off from Brookfield, Mo., for a lesson. His body was found in a pasture near Cherry Box, Mo. Pletch was arrested after a forced landing near Bloomington, Ind. LONDON HAS RAID SCARE Signals There Sounded By Mistake When Plane Seen Off Coast RUSSIA NEEDS NO AIR BASES ON FINN SOIL Finnish Envoys Leaving Tomorrow For Moscow With "Final Answer" HELSINKI, Oct. 30, (ff).—Authoritative political quarters intimated today the Finnish government, in a "final answer" to Russian demands, had taken the attitude that Russia needed no naval or air bases on. Finnish soil to protect her position on the Baltic and Gulf of Finland. The Finnish delegation to the Moscow conversations planned to leave tomorrow night for the third session at the Kremlin. The actual subject of the negotiations remained the secret of the Kremlin and Finnish leaders. A foreign office spokesman said on]y that the cabinet and leaders of various party groups in the Diet (Parliament)-had reached complete agreement on the Finnish course. Never before, he said, had the government been so united as in the present emergency. The cabinet discussed future steps with party leaders for more than four hours yesterday. A campaign for a defense fund cf 500.000.000 markhha (about §0,400.000) was in full swing. A group ot insurance firms has announced it was taking one-fifth of the total issue of bonds. Voluntary contributions to the fund were said to be close to $1.000,000. LONDON, Oct. 30 (£>).—British fighter planes went up to investigate the presence of unidentified aircraft off the Essex coast today and a German plane was also seen j over the northeast coast, the air ministry announced. Air raid signals were sounded in London by mistake. The ministry issued two com- muniques, the first saying: "An air raid warning sounded j in the east Kent area this morning! was due to the presence of uniden-j tified aircraft off the Essex coast proceeding south. "British fighter aircraft went up to investgate. "As announced, the all-clear signal was sounded ten minutes later.' 1 The second communique said: "An enemy aircraft was observed off the northeast coast of England this morning. British figher aircraft went up to investigate, whereupon the enemy aircraft made off in an easterly direction before contact could be made." Some office workers grumbled about the false alarm and speculated on whether German strategy might be to provoke premature precautions with "finger" flights, (Continued on Page 12} Rep. Byron In Interview Points To U. S. Deficiency In War Materials Sixth District Congressman Joins Experts In Urging Larger And Stronger Army And Better Industrial Mobilization For National Defense Purposes. KILLS WOMAN, SLASHES TRIO Awakened From Dream, Steel Worker Attacks Wife, Others. i CORAPOLIS, Pa.. Oct. 30. (£>).— Awakened by a dream, a steel worker early today hacked his wife with an old army sword, slashed two other persons and shot to death a women. Patrolman Joseph Sear a reported. Seara identified the sword wiekl- er as- Christy Larocco. Seara said Larocco. still carrying the bloody sword and a pistol, surrendered without, resistance a short time after the tragedy. The dead woman was Mrs. Libby Baltempo, mother of two and a neighbor of the Laroccos. The injured were Larocco's wife. Rosie, -S, Mario Baltempo. 45, husband of the dead woman: and his daughter. Mary Baltempo, 14. Seara said Larocco told him: "I dreamed my wife was sleeping beside Baltempo and 1 woke up and there she was beside me." The officer said Larocco got the 36-inch sword, gift of a friend, hacked his wife a dozen times and then rook a pistol and broke in to the Baitempo home after first trying to force his way into the home of another neighbor. PENDERGAST IS AGAIN INDICTED Citing facts and figures in support of his contention. Representative William D. Byron last week joined those experts who for sometime have been expressing apprehension over the possibility the United States Army is deficient in material to an extent which leaves its standard well below that considered adequate for the national defense. In announcing that he intends to take to the radio at regular intervals to call attention of the public at large to the state of the national military establishment. Representative Byron outlined a few days ago what he considers deficiencies in the industrial mobilization set-up. A World War flier and a member of the important House Military Affairs Committee, Representative Byron is reported by colleagues to have made an exhaustive study of the committee objectives and as a consequence has assumed a prominent role In committee activities. Ho recently declared that, he i? not interested in rattling the swords i but that he bad conducted a personal survey which showed that in many of its phases the industrial mobilization plan was ten to twenty years out-of-date. He put the blame for this upon Congress' failure to maintain military appropriations at an even level. Ken H. Miller, of the Washington staff of the Baltimore Sun, recently interviewed the Sixth District Con- gresman and reported him as follows: It Takes a Score ''Our big trouble is that one year \ve give the army and navy virtually nothing; the next, when something happens to scare us a little, we give them more and expect them to be brought immediately up to date," Representative Byron said. In size, Byron said, our army is but seventeenth in the world—comparable to the army of former Poland in regular troops, but far behind even that in trained reserves. The authorized strength of the United States regular army is 2S<V (Continued on Page 13) KANSAS CITY. Oct. 30 (£>)— Tom Pendergast, one-time boss of the Kansas City D e m. o c ratic machine, and R. Emmett O'Malley, former state insurance superintendent, were named today in indictments returned by a county grand jury investigation settlement of the Missouri lire insurance rate case. The county jury indicted Pendergast for bribery in connection with settlement of the $9,000.000 fire insurance case. O'Malley was charged with accepting a bribe- in connection with the compromise. Both now are in Leavenworth penitentiary serving sentences for Federal income tax evasion. OPPOSED TO WAR FREDERICK, Oct. 30, (/P). — It the United States went to war today, more than one-third of ML St. Mary's student body would refus* to bear arras as conscientious objectors, a recent poll disclosed. Only 55 of the 235 polled would volunteer and *7 said they would accept conscription. M " 'i

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