Hagerstown Daily Mail, December 12, 1939

Hagerstown Daily Mail

December 12, 1939

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Daily Mail, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1939, Hagerstown, Maryland DAY BY DAY mott marie graat.mlnd It Ita iplrlt of toward dlaaantlng minda. WEATHER Inertatlng cioudintM folldwtd by rain tomorrow and by rain tonlght( rising Publlihcd daily Sundny) by PublUhlnf Co. Mcond-cUM matttr at Hageratown HAGERSTOWN, MD.f TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1939. BREMEN IS SPARED BY BRITISH SUB 4 4 Hear France Ready To Break Off Relations With Russia SOVIETS MAY REJECT PLEA FROM LEAGUE Finland, In Meantime, Turns League Into Place For War Supplies GENEVA, Dec. 12 24- hour deadline for a reply to the League of Nations' offer to mediate Russian-Finnish war passed to- day without a reply from the Soviet Union. GENEVA, Dec. 12 circulated in League of Nations circles today that France would break diplomatic relations with Russia and close the Soviet Em- bassy in Paris if the League ex- pels Russia in condemnation ot her invasion of Finland. The move for expulsion, flrst launched by Latin-American mem- bers, was gaining ground as the Finns, who heretofore have declin- ed to state their views concerning it, swung their support behind it French sources called the Embassy in Paris "the center of a web" of underground French Communist activity. They reported that Premier Daladler. whose government has outlawed the Communist party in France, was determined to close the embassy and would use the League ouster as an opportunity to act. GENEVA, Dec. 12 sources in Geneva today said it was "highly probable" Russia would reject the League of Nations' 25- hour ultimatum calling on her to (Continued on Page 12) Half Finished Heir To Wed Hatcheck Girl Reported buying a trousseau Milly IS, hatcheck girl for a New York night club, pictured with Dave Kellogg, 24, ot Battle Creek, Mich., heir to cereal millions, to whom she became en- gaged six weeks after she flrst checked his hat. Dollars Speak Louder Than Words Headline in today's Troops Capture and Burn Finnish Town. Yesterday, in a dramatic speech before the League of Nations Geneva, Dr. Rudolf Hosti, Finnish delegate, exclaimed, "In the name of humanity, give us help." Will this fall upon deaf ears, or merely elicit an expression of our sympathy, which is meaningless unless backed up by dollars and cents. While we feel safe from invasion from outside, enjoy the lib- erty of a free people and just now are filled with the anticipation of Christmas, Finland, a brave, stout-hearted little nation is at- tempting to check Stalin's Red Communistic hordes and save it- self from annihilation. Finland is like a pigmy fighting a brutal, overpowering giant with little or no hope of success unless the people of other free- dom loving and Christian nations go to her immediate assistance. She needs military supplies, food, clothing, medicine and other necessities. The United States has extended Finland credit to the amount of ten--million dollars. Other nations are helping her, but all of this is only a drop in the bucket. No one knows how long the Finns will have to fight and suffer. They need your sympathy, and more, they need your dollars. The Daily Mail and the Morning Herald are sponsoring a cam- paign for relief for Finland in this community to be forwarded to the Finnish relief committee, headed by former President Hoover, in New York. This committee will not duplicate any Finnish re- lief work being done by the Red Cross. Contributions of any amount will be received at the Herald- Mail office and be properly acknowledged. Heart Attack U Fatal DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, SR. FAIRBANKS, SR, DIES SUDDENLY Sights German Liner; In Range Of Torpedo Ickes Urges Third Term For F.D.R. To Preserve Democracy Of U. S. General Hugh Johnson, Who Debated Issue With Secretary Of The Interior Admits That It Is Possible To Re-Elect President. Progress Being Made On Project In Southwest Work on the Elizabeth Street, tin derpass, ntnrted about, two mouths ago, is moving on schedule and is about half completed .according to information supplied by lives of the contractor. In the meantime, while the work is in pro gress. service of the Wcsten Maryland railroad is being main tained. Because of the increase in business in recent, months the movement, of freight, in that, area where the yards are located, has been unusually heavy. In the meantime the city is en- gaged in negotiations for all of the rights of way for the- boulevard which leads from the underpass to "West, Washington street. One property on West Washington street already been purchased ami several others will likely be bought shortly. The city, under the agreement with the federal govern- ment, must have completed the boulevard within 60 days after completion of the underpass. Grad- ing ot the boulevard will be done by the W. P. A., with the surfacing being done by the city. The underpass project, which is providing employment for a num- ber of local men, will cost approxi- mately It is understood that the under- pass will bear no name, but that the boulevard leading from the un- derpass t.o West Washington street, will be named Klgin boulevard after former Mayer W. Lee Elgin. A re- solution offered by City Council while Mr. Elgin was still mayor, provides for naming it. after Mr. Elgin. This was passed unanimous- ly by tho- Council. BOARD TO MEET. The Board of Education will meet in special session this afternoon to discuss matters ,.ertaining to several WPA contracts in the county. WEATHER U. S. Weatner Bureau Maryland: Increasing cloudiness followed by rain Wednesday am NEWARK, N. .T., Dec. 12 (JP) Secretary Ickcs in an address. last night filled with barbed references t.o Republican aspirants for the Presidential nomination urged a third term for President Roosevelt as the ''preservation of our dem- ocracy against the perils that threaten it." The secretary of the interior told persons at a town hall meet- ing a third term was consistent with true democracy. General Hugh Johnson who spoke with Ickes ou the subject "Is Dem- ocracy in retorted immedi- ately that another term would tend to perpetuate a Roosevelt dynasty in the White House. "It. undoubtedly is possible to re- elect. President Roosevelt." ,lohn- RUSSIANS IN FLANK MOVE Invaders Operate From Dear- ly-Won Footholds In Two Campaigns son replied to the same audience- question asked Ickes. "That, would mean a fourth term perhaps, a fifth and so on until the fifteenth. Finally they'll elect Jim- my Roosevelt (the President's old- est son) and start, all over again." Scores Brlcker Ickes launched his wholesale cri- ticism ot -Republican hopefuls by asserting an "actual starvation crisis" existed in Cleveland "be- cause a Republican governor, Mr. Brlcker. deliberately chose to risk starvation rather than spoil his selfish plan for a budget, balancing record in preparation.for his cam- paign for President, on the Repub- lican ticket." Asserting an attempt; was uncler- (Continucd on Page 12) P. S. C. Requiring Town To Have Two A n J Christmas Irees Assets Records Commission Requiring Utilities To Maintain Property Records. BALTIMORE, Dec. 12 (zp) A scries ot new regulations requiring ill major public utilities in the state to maintain continuing prop- :rty records covering physical as- sets was nnnonunced today by the Public Service Commission. The regulations will require all s, electric, water, telephone and telegraph companies to bring the records up to date not, later than December 31, 10-10. The records must, he available at the request of the commission, but. the companies will not he required to file regular reports. All utilities with property valued in excess of will he af- fected. The commission noted an exception in the case of telegraph and telephone companies, permit ting them to delay submission o the list of units proposed to he used pending completion of an investiga tion of property records by the Fed eral Communications Commission. The regulations defined the con tinning property record as "an in ventory and cost record of utility property, arranged and maintained by snow or rain in west portion late tonight; rising temperature. by continuing property record unit together with the costs associate Chesapeake Ray: Increasing i with such cloudiness followed by rain Wednes- rising temperature; moder-1 NEW CONSTABLE. ate northerly winds becoming varf-; Clever M. this city, ha Mo and shifting to southeast ami a T east Wednesday, i Board of County HELSINKI. Dec. 12, The Red invaders of Finland, operating from dearly-won footholds 40 miles within the border, pressed today two separate campaigns, either one of which if completed might bring Finland to her knees. The newer of these parallel of- fensives took shape along the icy shore ot Lake Ladoga and in the lake-dotted country to the north, where numerically superior Soviet Russian forces were bent on round- ing the northern part of Lake La- doga to outflank the stubborn de- fenders of the Karelian Isthmus. Twenty days of attack by planes, tanks, artillery and infantry had failed to crack the isthmus defenses between Lake Ladoga and the Gulf of Mannerheim line- according to the Finnish command, (Continued on Page 12) Ballooning Joints Hastens Healing WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 "Ballooning" of Infected and brok- en bone joints with oxygen to bring about quick and effective healing was reported today to the Southern Medical Association. The Joints actually are blown up like a toy balloon, said Dr. E. Bennette Henson, ot Charleston, W. Va., after enough fluid has been withdrawn to create an air space. The treatment was designed to seperate the parts ot the bone and tissue which sometimes adhere and cause a stiff joint, and also to aid healing by putting oxygen in direct contact with the bone as it grows back together. This stimulates the repairing process. Early Star Of Screen Victim Of Heart Attack At His California Home SAYS BRITAIN ON DEFENSIVE BERLIN, Dec. 12 many has placed British, sea pow- er distinctly on the defensive, the official German News Agency, DNB, asserted today. DNB argued that in announc- ing that shipping in certain terri- torial waters and river mouths had been placed under jurisdic- tion ot naval authorities the British have admitted pure trade routes to Britain no longer exist. Even neutral shipping, DNB said, has been placed under Brit- ish naval protection. The news agency said that this protection, however, was not proving adequate and that at least six ships had been sunk off the English eastern coast yester- day. On the Western front, DNB re- ported French artillery fire had been directed at Perl, Oberperl, and Schneeberg and also between Metlach and Pirmasens. Williamsport will have two Com- iiunlty Christmas trees this year. This was decided at a meeting of he Firemen's Christmas tree com- nittee held last night following numerous requests that a tree be erected in the public square accord- ng to custom. The other tree, recently planted n Community Park, has been dec- orated and equipped with lights for he holiday season. The commlt- ee announced that the living tree dea is an experiment and was con- ceived before the firemen took charge of the plans. The tree for lie square has been selected and probably will be placed in position next Saturday. Contributions to the Christmas treat, for the children of the community arc being receiv- ed by a soliciting committee. Officers Recently Nomi- nated Will Be Formally Elected At Banquet. The annual banquet of the Wash- ington County Bar Association will he held this evening at o'clock at the Hotel Alexander. At a business, meeting preceding the banquet officers nominated at a committee meeting several weeks ago will he elected. Joseph D. Mish will he elected president, succeeding Charles W. Wolf; Win. H. Bovey will be elect- ed vice-president: D. K. McLaugh- lin. secretary, and Harry Brindle, treasurer. John Fix, 22, Waynei- boro, Accused Of Taking Gun From Auto. Charged Avith being implicated in the theft of a revolver from a parked car here Sunday, John Fix, 22. was taken into custody at his home in Waynesboro this morn- ing by Officer Yourtee of the Way- nesboro police, assisted by Deputy Sheriff Leister Isanogle. Fix and a companion are alleged to have taken the gun from the car of R. A. Conley while parked on Potomac avenue. Officer Isan- ogle went to Waynesboro this morning to investigate the theft of another revolver and discovered the Conley weapon. HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 12, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., who leap- ed to film fame with his spectacu- lar acrobatics, died in. bed of a beart attack. He was 56. The dashing Don Juan, for 15 years the ranking male star of pic- tures, succumbed after a day's ill- ness at his beach home in nearby Sauta Monica. At his bedside were his widow, the former Lady Sylvia Ashley, and his brother, Robert. His son, Doug- las, Jr., was called a few minutes before Fairbanks died at 1 a. m., but had not reached the hous.e. In contrast to his career, his life in recent months has been quiet and retiring. His was seen occasional- ly at Hollywood functions and only last Saturday, in the best of spirits, attended a football game. He did not complain ot illness until Monday morning, but even when he suffered a slight heart at- tack in the afternoon physicians did not consider his condition serious. They ordered him to bed for an in- definite rest. Fairbanks loved travel, and his ocean jaunts after Ne Mary Pickford. the outstanding feminine star of the screen in 1920, carried them frequently to far places. Their marriage was considered idyllic. They formed the chief argument that marriage and screen careers could he simultaneously successful. But six years ago. ru- mors began to circulate that all was not well between them. Final- ly Mary confirmed them, and sued for divorce, charging "grevious mental suffering" and declaring (Continued on Page 12) BRITISH REPULSE GERMAN ATTACK PARIS, Dec. 12 British troops were disclosed today to repulsed an attack by three sec- tions ot Nazi troops in the first re- ported direct engagement on the western front between British and Military dispatches said the Brit- ish threw back the Germans Sun- d'ay in an attack south of Busch- dorf, near the Moselle Valley, in the sector recently taken over Uy British "Tommies." Comparatively heavy German losses were reported. The British reported no dead, wounded or prisoners. British Commander Con- formed To Rule! Of Sea Warfare ON WAYliOME Big Vessel Fled From U. S., Took Refuge In Russian Port. LONDON, Dec. 12 The admiralty announced to- day that a British submarine sighted the German liner Bre- men within torpedo range but refrained from attacking her without warning. This, the announcement laid, was in conformity with "the rules of sea warfare.' The admiralty said that Bra- men, last reported at the Russiam Arctic port of Murmansk, appar- ently was homeward bound. The admiralty gave no hint M to where the submarine encount- ered the Bremen or whether it took any action to capture her. Coat The Bremen, liner of tons and flagship of the Ger- man merchant fleet, sailed from New York only 36 hours before tain declared war on Germany and managed to elude the British navy'i search for her and reached raansk. British" observers pointed but'that the Bremen's speed of 30 knots would make capture by a submarine virtually impossible. A submarine can travel from 15 to 20 knots on the rurface and about ten knots submerged. FUTILITY Injured When He's Thrown From Horse TODAY COLDEST DAY OF WINTER Today was tho coldest, of the winter, D. Paul Oswald, Chewsville weather observer reported. And the low temperature, 15 above zero, came at o'clock this morning. At a. m. the mercury had moved up to 31. The previous cold day was 39 above on the 17th of November. CATCHES THIEF For several weeks chickens have disappearing from the coop of Lester I. Betts. WilHamsport. Find- ins; no evidence that would indicate thief was responsible, the Ralph H. Skilling, 1500 block of Virginia avenue, manager of the W. T. Grant Co. store here, was pain- fully injured yesterday he was thrown from a horse he was riding. Me was with a party of friends when a bull in the field started to- ward them and in trying to get away. Skillings was thrown from the horse across a fence, landing heavily on his side. Several ribs are believed to have been fractured. He is confined to his home. MOTOR CHIEF IS ARRESTED WILMINGTON, Del.. Dec. 12, motor vehicle commis- sioner, Zack W. Wells, of Wilming- ton, was arrested last night on charges of misconduct in office and accepting a bribe. Captain of City Detectives Rob- ert Wallace said the commissioner accepted ?150 in marked money from a Philadelphian recently ar- rested on a charge of driving drunk. Wells, aftpr his release on bail, said he did not intend to in- tercede for the prisoner but "merely agreed to lay the facts of the case before (Attorney General Jam os R.> M or ford, which I would have done." COV1NGTON, Ky., Dec. 12 Penny, president of a mill- work company, figured It might be a good idea to change his safe combination just to be safe. But. he told police, thieves came during the night, opened the box, took carefully locked it again. Calls Grange Program Sound Brookes Says It Would Stimulate Income, Liv- ing Conditions. COLLEGE PARK, Md., Dec. 12 State Grange Master T. Roy Brookes of Bel Air today described the Grange's agricultural program as a "sound, safe and sane" one, which, if put into practice, "would do much to stimulate income and improve the living conditions of all people who are members of our fra- ternity." Addressing 225 members of the Maryland State Grange at the open- ing session of the 67th annual meet- ing. Brooks cited three reasons for the soundness of the Grange pro- Returning BERLIN, Dec. 12 naval authorities uaid that they ex- pected the big luxury liner Bremen to dock at some German port, pre- sumably Bremerhaven, this after- noon or evening. They asserted that German scout- ing planes were hovering over tan Bremen as she neared a home port after an absence of more than months and that these planes com- pelled a British submarine which was encountered to submerge. Swedish Steamer Sinks COPENHAGEN. Dec. 12 .The Swedish steamer Tome struck a mine and Male today in the Oresund 25 mile- south. of Copenhagen. The crew'i fate was not immediately known. FIREMAN HURT Benj. Garrish, a member of the Williamsport Fire Company, is re- covering from injuries sustained Saturday night at the fire in Clear- spring. Garrish was struck on the head LAZY BANDITS WASHINGTON. Dec. 12 pair of hold-up men who were too lazy to get out of their car while "working" robbed Evertte Ward of early today, he told police. They pulled up to the curb and asked Ward a question he didn't understand. He walked over to the car and instead of repeating the question, one made a state- ment: "This is a stick-up." CREAM ON CUFF OMAHA, Xeh., Dec. 12 Sammy, a common alley at, has a charge account for his milk. Each day the milkman leaves a bottle, even "pours" tor Sammy, at a bakery garage where the catj keeps warm. 'The bakery sends in a monthly account to New! with a hriek from a falling I York headquarters and a special LODGE ELECTION Medairy Lodge, of Masons, of Wil- liamsport, last night elected the following officers for the comin; year: Edward L. Shank, Worshipful Master; William H. Fridinger, sen ior warden; W. Wallace Taylor, junior warden; James L. Madison secretary; Harvey M. Bell, treasur- er, and W. J. Bryan Grove, tiler. FILM STAR DIVORCED. 1. It stresses conservation of soil, forests, and resources rath- er than crop control, a stand "ap- plauded by people in all walks of life and especially adapted to farm people in this section." 2. The annual report of the na- tional secretary indicates that more members of the grange are in good standing than ever before. 3. Much has been accomplished in educating farmers to conserve "their soil." Brookes said the Grange would continue to support the national agricultural program so Ions it is "wholly divorced from compul- sory crop control and an increased emphasis is placed on conservation of soil and natural As for legislation, the State Mas- ter said, the Grange and the State Farm Bureau were gratified at Autos Are Inspected Elgin Summons Will Begin Saturday To Uninspected. There have been of state's more than motor hides to date, sioner of Motor Vehicles W. Elgin said today. "Actually, Elgin de- clared, "we think the number of In- spections is greater than that. Soma of the outlying Inspection haven't reported for several daya and I'm confident we'll make an ex- cellent showing by the time 45- day limit expires Friday." Of the inspections reported, PSO were in Baltimore and the re- mainder is. counties. To carry on the is stations have been designated throughout the state. They're lo- cated in garages, filling stations and accessory stores and many are oper- ated 24 hours a day. Under authority granted the commissioner by state law, aum- passagc of the state income tax and hoped to see it made permanent to relieve the burden on real estate. Despite economy moves, he said, appropriations were made for con- trol of Japanese beetles, and Bang's disease and other work. TWO FOUND DEAD ELIZABETH. Pa., Dec. 12, LONDON, Dec. 12 j Former Scoutmaster Daniel Hack- Carroll, British star'of Amer- ett, 29, and 15-year-old Norval Har- chimney and knocked unconscious, check is rr.arte out to the dairy for ican films, today was granted a di-jrison were found fatally He was given treatment by a Clear-1 Sammy's milk. voroe from Captain Philip Astley on j last night at set trap and ranght thief, n fnll-trown weasel. spring physician, not serious. His injury is i On Christmas day he gets ft bol-: of misconduct with ft i of cream, man named Dorothy wo-! Roth died in a i pital. McKeespwt mons-issuing begin Saturday and every motorist whose car lacks an inspection sticker, will dered to have it passed upon at once. There is no immediate penalty for failure to comply the The penalty cornea later, department can to IMM IHf license platea to the owners inspected vehicles. Elgin called the camfftlim thing" and maintained It to simmcnt leading to tn ;