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   Daily Mail, The (Newspaper) - July 29, 1939, Hagerstown, Maryland                                DAY BY DAY The California lad who returned the and received a nickle therefor, is really getting a break. Honesty does pay. PXI Nn 177 Published (txcapt Sunday) by the Mail Publishing iiu. J, I I Entered matter at the Hagerstown WEATHER Showers this afternoon and to- night; cloudy and cooler tomorrow; fair Monday. HAGERSTOWN, MD., SATURDAY, JULY 29, 1939. SINGLE COPIES, 3 CENTS Britain Moves To Bring Navy To Peak In "Danger Period" LAND AND AIR FORCES WILL BE PREPARED Nayal Mobilization Marks Step In Show Of Force To Impress Hitler "Miracle Baby" Returns LONDON. July swung into a huge mobilization of naval forces today to bring her vast armaments to full strength for the August and September "danger pe- riod." While regulars and reserves were summoned to duty to place the fleet at the peak of fighting power along with land and air services, sources close to the government said Prime Minister Chamberlain was expected to make a statement Monday on the British-French Soviet talks. Jt was said plans for "immediate" military staff conversations among the three powers would be announc- ed then, along with reallirmations of a desire for a three-power mu- tual aid pact. OUlcers and men of the regular from leaves which had been advanced a nionlh so Hie fleet would be fully manned dur- ing: the period regarded as most likely to produce international ten- about readying ships to go to sea. Some 32.000 reservists packed their kits to report Mon- day. After an inspection by King George August 9, reserve vessels will join regulars in the biggest peacetime war games in Britain's history. Would Impress Hitler Reinforcement of naval power marks another step in the show of force which (he government hopes (Continued on Page 10) Allege Attempt To Wreck Train LEPKE, RACKET CHIEF, SOUGHT DEAD OR ALIVE "Mistake Murder" Sets Off Nation-Wide Hunt For Dan- gerous Racketeer Wandering Co-Ed Goes Home Helen Priscilla. Slam, 5, saved miraculously when Chinese ban- dits killed her parents in [UKU is shown arriving in Vancouver, B.C.. from China with her grandmother, Mrs. C. E. Scott. The child's fath- er, J. C. Stum, a native of Pater- son. N. J., and his wife were slain while doing missionary work. DROUGHT NOW VERY SERIOUS Williamsport Boys Accus- ed Of Placing Iron Cn W. M. Tracks. Three Williamsport youngsters, tvho are alleged to have attempted to wreck a Western Maryland freight, train the afternoon of July 10, were. Arraigned before Justice Harvey M. Miller in Juvenile Court (his morning and My repri- manded on being I. The boys were ordered t.. ..car per- iodically and give accounts of themselves. Lieut. E. J. Chapman of the Western Maryland police, nnd Con- stable Frank Winters. Williams- port, testified in the cases and told of how the boys placed iron across the rails of tho Western Maryland line at Williamsport with the ap- parent intention of wrecking a train. Fortunately (he engineer of a. train passing on another track spied the iron and tossed off a message at Charlton which was im- mediately relayed to Wililamsport and the iron hastily removed. Millions Of Acres Affected, Threatening Heavy Losses To Farmers HELD FOR COURT Mike McDonald, about 55, was jailed in default of bond for No- vember court action when ar- raigned this morning before Justice Harry 10. Snyder on a charge of sodomy. WEATHER U. B. Weather Bureau Maryland: Showers this after- noon and tonight; Sunday mostly cloudy and cooler with showers in east, and central portions Sunday forenoon: Monday fair. Chesapeake Bay: Showers this afternoon and tonight; Sunday mostly cloudy and cooler with showers in (ho forenoon; Monday fair: continued warm tonight: gen- tle to moderate east or southeast winds becoming moderate northerly Sunday. WASHINGTON, July 29 A mid-summer drought gripped mil- lions of acres of American crop and pasture land today threatening in- estimable losses to farmers. In contrast with the severe dry weather of 1H34 and which was almost, nationwide, present drought conditions are confined principally to Middle New England states, the south- western "dust, bowl" and sections of the Rocky Mountains and upper Great Lakes. While losses have been heavy, particularly in the eastern drought belt, .1. B. Kincer, the weather bu- reau's crop specialist, explained that, they were not comparable in seriousness io those of lO.'M and 193fi. "Drought conditions are more lo- calized and developed much later this year than in the severe drought he said. "Consequently damages will not. be nearly so heavy." Federal farm officials reported that a sharp deficiency in moisture and high temperatures this month had dried up pastures, damaged corn, potatoes, commercial truck crops and berries in the northeast- ern states. Scattered rains this week brought a degree of relief. Inasmuch as the nation has boun- tiful supplies of cotton, corn, wheat and most, other agricultural prod- ucts, drought losses are expected to have small effect on prices and sup- plies, officials said. NEW YORK, jruly 29, The 'mistake murder" of a fat, good- natured music firm executive who "never had an enemy in the world" touched off a nation-wide hunt to- du> for Louis Lepke, described by District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey .it> the "most dangerous industrial racketeer in the United States." Cutting short his vacation to take personal charge, Dewey organized the hunt to take Lepke "dead or alive1' and stop what he termed a "war of extermination" blamed for live gangland executions. Two other men have been wound- ed in the racket warfare and two are inexplicably missing. Urges Big Reward The District Attorney said he would ask the Board of Estimates to boost to. its present reward offered for the capture of the big-nosed, thick-lipped fugitive, deposed overlord of the garment and baking industry labor rackets. An additional is offered by the Federal Bureau of Investiga- tion and may be increased. The hunt for Lepke, who skipped bail two years ago while awaiting trial on anti-trust charges, was intensified by the assassination last Tuesday of Isadore Penn, a 240- pound Bronx householder. Four men ambushed the startled victim and shot him live times. Penn, jolly ami widely popular in the music publishing h'eld, died (Continued on Page 10) Carol Woodman, (left) 20-year-old stepdaughter of Dr. James Row- land Angell, president emeritus of Yale, shown witlr her mother, Mrs. Angell, at West Reading, Pa., before leaving for their home at Sea Har- bor, Me. Miss Woodman first disappeared from Smith College, turned up as a waitress near Krumsville. Pa., then vanished again and was located vacationing at a tourist camp. Jap-German Trade Pact Seen As Warning To Western Powers Believe Announcement Timed To Counteract Impres- sion Caused By Abrogation Of Treaty With United States. Wins Hat When Rain Record Maintained WAYNESBURG, Pa., July 29 As advertised, it rained here to- day, just as Attorney John Daily bet his hat it would. Leaden skies began dripping long before noon and heavy rain fell for an hour and a half. For 65 years it has been a tra- dition that it always rains in Wsyncsburg on July 20. Local records confirm that, in that time the tradition has been broken but three times. Daily, who always bets a. hat or upon the de- creasing number of the dubious only two top pieces today. He couldn't get. nny more bets. WEEKLY WEATHER WASHINGTON. July 29 Weather outlook for the period of July North and Middle Atlantic States: fair except showers Tues- day or Wednesday and a sain at end of week. Moderate tempera- ture Monday warmer Tuesday slightly cooler by Wednesday night and wanner by end of week. F. D. R. FISHES FOR MARLIN OCEAN CITY. Md.. July 29 The nation's No. 1 fisherman. Pres- ident Roosevelt" threw out his hook today seeking a catch from the jackpot of marlin spearfish schooling in record numbers at the Jack Spot, a shoal 22 miles off shore. The presidential yacht Potomac, with the President aboard, appear- ed 2i> miles northeast, of Ocean City and messaged ahead for the Coast Guard cutter Cayuga to bring plen- ty of bait and fishing paraphernalia. XVhite marlin, the fish nobody knows much about, were reported so plentiful by old salts that it was JUST a question of dropping in your hook and Taking one home. Jail Fugitives Are Sought Here Three Flee Elkins Jail Last Night And Serious- ly Wound Citizen. Hagerstown police were asked today to be on the lookout for the three prisoners who broke out ot the Randolph County, Va.. jail at Elkins early last night and serious- ly wounded a man who refused them his car to use in their es- cape. The fugitives are: John L. Hones, 45, Clarksburg, W. Va.: Louis A. Pifer, 30. of Allegany county, Md., nnd Fred Iser, of near Ridge- ley, W. Va. The men shot and seriously wounded T. C. McClintoc when he refused to surrender his car to them. McClintoc was standing with his wife in front of their home at the time. He was wounded near iho heart. The trio succeeded in escaping by binding and gagging B. Y. White, a jailor, taking his keys. TOKYO, July'29 to- day made a formal announcement of a new trade treaty with Ger- tnany which observers believed was timed as a warning to France and Great Britain. The new agreement, although only initiated in Berlin yesterday, was announced here with fanfare just two days after denunciation by the United States of its 2S-year-old trade treaty with Japan. Observers believed the announce- ment was made at, this time pur- posely to counteract (.he impres- sion caused by the American ac- tion, and they interpreted it as a warning that unfriendly action by the democracies would drive Japan into closer relationship with the Rome-Berlin axis. Negotiations for the pact have been under way since 1937, the for- eign office announcement said. The statement stressed heavily the significance of the pact as strengthening the auti-comintern front, in which Germany, Italy, Ja- pan and other nations are bound to combat communism. it said, "will be able to get an augmented supply of arti- cles from Germany required in times of peace as well as war. The agreement brings Japan into still closer relationship with her colla- borators against the Comintern. "It is a matter for congratula- tion that through agreements such as-the trade agreements with Man- choukuo and Italy and the present German-Japanese agreement the anti-comintern axis is being stead- ily strengthened in economic and other spheres." SEIZE BANKER FOR LOANS ON STOLEN F.B.I. Accuses Him Of Getting "Kick-Back" For Taking Bonds As Collateral HUNT MISSING FLIER PITTSBURGH. July 29 municipal airport disclosed today police in Maryland. Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia were searching for a pilot who was mi- reported since leaving here yester- day at p. m. (KDT) for Wash- ington. The airport said the pilot's name was Lewis and that he was flying a small plans whoso number was v, n i i i v T.-M 1161 day tifom Detroit. A filigh; to Washington in a small ship normally requires about two and one-half hours. CLOUDBURST FLOODS ROAD Cumberland Reports Flood Conditions As Other Areas Parch. While other sections of the cast still were feeling the effects of a severe drought, rains of cloudburst proportions were reported today in sections of Western Maryland, At Cumberland, a storm of cloud- burst proportions early today, caus- ed water to back up at Dingle Cir- cle, wash through yards in that section and back up nearly a foot on the National Pike at suburban Narrows Park, and to wash earth and stones from hillsides onto the highway. Water poured from Haystack mountain at Narrows Park and turned Route 40 into a river. Traf- fic was forced to move slowly over this main highway. Hundreds of automobiles wore caught in a traffic jam while the water was at its heighth. A gaso- line station at the circle was flood- ed for the first time since it was established, water being about a foot deep inside the building. More than an inch of rain fell during a 20-minute period in Cum- berland. The foundation of a home in the southern section of Cumberland was partially washed out. and wa- ter licked a1, tho door of business houses. The sewers were unable to carry oft' the water as fast as it was accumuhiiug. Water entered the basement of City Hall. The Weather Bureau predicted more rain this afternoon and to- night in this section. The heavy rains in the head- waters of ihe Potomac Rivor arf: expected to keep that stream mud- dy and prevent fishing until next week. The Conococheague creek Is j very muddy. COMBINATION OF LINER'S SAFE LOST HOBOKEN, N. J., July 29, crew and every- body concerned aboard the Italian liner Roma had their financial difficulties solved today but the line will get a new safe. A paper bearing the safe's combination disappeared at sea 32 days ago and since then ef- forts at. the Roma's ports of call had failed to free the ship's funds. Emergency cash had been rushed overland to the ship at Bar Harbor. Me., during a Que- bec-Bermuda cruise to accom- modate passengers. Safe-crackers were summoned when the ship arrived here and, the line said today, finally suc- ceeded in opening the box. NEWARK, N. J.. July 29 Seized by Federal agents in connec- tion with investigation of a six- state stolen bond ring. Robert J. Whitworth, resigned vice-president of the Bergen Trust company of Jersey City, was held for arraign- ment today before a United States commissioner on a charge of conspiracy. Whitworth was accused by the Federal Bureau of Investigation ot getting a "kick-back" from the ring for accepting worthless and stolen bonds with a face value ot as collateral for loans. An official of the bank said 000 worth of of bonds believed stolen had been found in the bank and reported to the F.B.I. Estimating the gang had dealt in worth of securities, the F.B.I, said Whitworth's apprehen- sion yesterday was the most impor- tant of 20 arrests made so far but would not be the' last in the far- flung assault on the ring. F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover was in personal charge of the in- vestigation, the agents said. Theft or in negotiable se- curities from the Union Trust com- pany of Pittsburgh in March, 193S, started the inquiry and a valuable clue was discovered three months later in Holtwood, Pa., where 000 worth of stocks and bonds was stolen from the Holtwood Amuse- ment company. Whitworth's arrest, the agents said, developed from the recent ar- rests of Henry j. Pitney of New York, former stock and bond sales- man for a New York security firm, and Frank Harrigan of Maplewood! N. J., in connection with the Holt- wood theft. Japs Barricade British Zone EMERGENCY CHESTER, Pa7 "Come said a housewife phoning a repairman, "gas is Face British Troops Across Newly Erected Wire Barricades, SHANGHAI, July 29 British and Japanese troops faced each other across newly erected Japan- ese barbed-wire barricades on a Shanghai boundary tonight as re- sult ot an incident which caused Japanese-British fricton here to flare anew. Japanese naval forces ran up the barriers along a mile and a half of the British defense sector after an encounter in Japanese seized and held four British soldiers for two hours and a half. British military commanders pro- tested the barricade, asserting it was on territory inside the British zone. There were strong indica- fur- rehi- pro- LENDING BILL AFTER SLASH WASHINGTON', July 29, Here are the remaining lending authorizations of the Admini- stration's lending bill after the Senate slashed from it last night: Rural electrification, 000. Farm tenancy and rural bilitation, Non-Federal public works jects, Export-Import Bank, 000. Reclamation projects 000. Before adjourning near mid- night, the Senate: Eliminated a provision for leas- ing worth of equip- ment to the railroads. Eliminated funds totaling for toll roads, bridges and, tunnels. Authorized refinancing of farm mortgages when payments due exceed normal farm income avail- able for debt service. Modified relief act requirement that those on W.P.A. rolls 18 months be given furlough. Some Senators said the modification wag so extensive that it virtual- ly eliminated the requirement. SAVAGERIVER DAM APPROVED President Gives O.K. On Huge Project After Visit By Rep. Byron tions that the encounter held ther possibilities of trouble. The friction began when four men of the Seaforth Highlander Regiment in a truck entered the July 20 Japanese defense zone to repair barbed-wire. British officers said the men mistakenly believed they A week after Representative Wil- liam D. Byron made a personal ap- peal in a half hour conference at the White House for the three-mil- lion dollar Savage River Dam pro- ject, President Roosevelt last night announced that he had approved he project. The President's ap- proval insures almost immediate instruction of the huge water-im- pounding project, which will indi- be of great benefit to the city of Hagerstown by providing an even flow of the Potomac River during the dry summer months when the municipal pumping sta- ion above Williamsport is in al- most continuous operation. The project will give employ- ment to more than 1.100 persons over a 30-month period. It will abate pollution in the Potomac Riv- r and also provide a measure of flood control. Plans for the actual start of work on the dam, which will be Mary- and's largest earthen be marie at a conference next week, igures prepared on the project declare that work can begin within ,en days, but it is the opinion that t will bo about 30 days before act- tal operations get under way. I The idea of the riam, briefly, is I to impound water during wet winter (Continued on Page 10) France Moves To COALITION TO PRESS FOR A BIGGER SLASH President's Super Highway Program Out, Also Buying Rail Equipment WASHINGTON, July 29 The Senate's bi-partisan economy bloc, jubilant over victories which, stripped from the Ad- ministration's lending bill" sought today to make addi- tional reductions and send the measure to a doubtful fate in the House. With Republicans working hand-' in-glove with economy-minded Dem- ocrats, the Senate last night threw out President Roosevelt's 000 super-highway program by a vote of 42 to 38 and then turned down a proposal to let the Recon- struction Finance Corporation buy up to worth of railroad equipment and lease it to the rail- roads. The vote on this was 45 to 32. Members of the coalition con- tended they had eliminated the features of the legislation they con- sidered the most objectionable. They planned to press their advan- tage, however, with a drive to knock out a proposed authorization to the Export-Import Bank for financing American ex- ports. There was talk, too, of cut- ting down other lending proposals in the bill. Last night's Senate session, which ended shortly before mid- night, developed a series of angry arguments between Administration lieutenants and their opponents. Debate Turbulent While crowded galleries listened to the turbulent Senate debate, House Democrats met in caucus and sidestepped a showdown on the question of whether they xrould sup- port the lending measure and the Administration's accompanying bill (Continued on Page 10) GUILTY PLEA TO GAMBLING Negress Reported Caught In Act Of Selling "Num- bers" To Bellhops. Allegedly caught in the act of peddling "numbers" to bellhops of a local hotel this morning, Lillian Rideout, colored, entered a plea of guilty to gambling charges -when arraigned before Magistrate Harry E. Snyder at noon and paid a fine of and costs. She was repre- sented by Attorney Charles W. Wolf. County Investigator Wayne Sell- man made the arrest and reported he found slips, etc. in the woman's possession. She admitted on "being questioned to selling Boost Birth Rate! Honesty Bringing Reward After All leaking from my refrigerator and were in the British zone, the house smells awful." j Quickly men of the Japanese The repairman found nothing naval landing perma- WYong wfth the nent Shanghai he chased a skunk out of the cellar. (Continued on Page 10) PARIS, July 29. cabi- net today adopted a lengthy series of decree laws offering cash prizes and other inducements in France's campaign to increase the birth rate and extending the life of the present parliament by two years, to June 1. 19-12. RARE DISEASE CAUSES WORKER'S SKIN TO RESEMBLE ELEPHANT'S fering from what is known as grau- loma fungoides. No cure or treat- ment is known. Dr. G. C. Hill, county health commissioner, said only three such ases are recorded in medical his- ex- suffer- age. OPINION DISCUSSED. An opinion of the Attorney Gen- eral's office on the new state law fixing the tax year of all Maryland counties was discussed by the Board of County Commissioners in special session yesterday. DUCE 56 TODAY R1CCIONK, Italy. July 20. Benito Mussolini, head of the Ita- lian government and Puce of Fas- cism, was 06 years old today. At his birthplace, the hillside j hamlet of Vara.no Di Costa in the T -L- AX- i- T nr. commune of Predappio near here, MOI 1LI.K a.. July 29 ported the physician, but is listed in len thousand farmors galhered from ..-vyear-old mill worker is j the malignant group. Some doctors all parts of Italy to pay him horn- dying slowly of a rare disease that here and at Pittsburgh causes his skin to resemble an ele- have studied the it phant's hide. possibly a form of cancer The victim is Joseph a j Baker knows his fate and has re- county hospital patient who is sut'.-; ceived final rites of the Catholic church. He still is cheerful and is described by attendants as tremely patient despite ing. A boil that developed on the man's eight- months ago MORE FOR CRIPPLES WASHINGTON. July 20. i this result: SANTA ROSA. Calif., July 29 Johnny Curtis, 16-year-old messen- ger boy and Eagle Scout, who was given a nickel reward for returning a wallet containing cash he found in the street, was a puzzled youngster today as letters contain- ing praise and cash for his pocket poured in. Johnny wondered what all the fuss was about. He said he'd mere- ly been honest. But letters continued to arrive commending him for his honesty. A newspaper launched an Pays" fund, to be turned over to Johnny and his widowed mother. A civic club invited him to be its guest of honor at a banquet next Wednesday night. Johnny promised the owner of the who hauled a nickle from his purse and told Johnny "Buy yourself an ice cream not to reveal his identity. But he did name the exclusive residential dis- trict in which the man lived with v< i 111. v j LUC .1 i o WT is certain in j first sign of the ailment. Then j July 28 meeting, approved a tory and that death one To ten years. Not Contagious. j body. Dr. Hill said the skin turn- The malady is not, contagious, re- j (Continued on Page 16) pink boils appeared all over his Security Board at its Residents of the community ap- peared on the streets yesterday with rihhons in their buttonhole supplemental grant to Maryland for crippled children's assistance ing the first quarter. dur- proclaiming; "It wasn't   

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