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Kingsport Times (Newspaper) - March 17, 1939, Kingsport, Tennessee rf J... VOL. 67 MEMBER A. B. C. KINGSPORT. TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 1939 EIGHT PAGES TODAY FDR CITES NEED OF NEUTRALITY ACT REVISION PRICE THREE CENTS Invading Germans Jeered By Czechs New European Developments Demand Greater Need for Flexible Embargoes WASHINGTON, March 17. 17. S. government expressed today its "condemna- tion" of Germany's "wanton lawlessness" and "arbitrary force" in occupying Czecho- slovakia. WASHINGTON, March 17. President Roosevelt said today that European developments dem- onstrated the need for a revision of the American neutrality act at this session of congress. The president's assertion was made at a press conference in re- sponse to a question. He told another inquirer that there was need for revision during this session, but he believed it would be worked out in confer- ences instead of his recommenda- tions for changes being put in the form of a message to Capitol Hill. Mr. Roosevelt would not go into detail. Heretofore, there have been reports that the administration would prefer greater freedom of flexibility in imposing arms em- bargoes in event of foreign wars. Cash and Carry Asked if his recommendations go beyond the act's provi- sion requiring that belligerents pay cash and carry in their own sliips materials purchased in this coun- try, the chief executive suggested that his message of January 4 be read. Another inquiry was whether the United States would recognize General Franco's government in Spain. The president replied that the loyalist government still had i an ambassador in Washington. He also noted that the United States had a diplomatic represen- tative to what remained of the loyalist government, which, he said still controlled many miles of I.er- ritory. The president would not answer a question whether he thought de- velopments in Europe might pre- vent the king and queen of Eng- land "carrying out their proposed trin to this country in June. France Bolsters Forces SYSTEM GAINS NEW DEVOTEES Installation of "By Turn" System Considered for the Coming Fiscal Year German troops are pictured in this radiophoto us they invaded the Czech provinces near Pil- sen, Bohemia. They were greeted with jeers by resentful Czech patriots. HEAVY DOCKET SET FOR MARCH COURT Judge Ferguson Faces Total of 88 Cases Set for Trial In Law Court One of the heaviest dockets dur- i ing the past year has been listed The president went over the Eu- for' trial before Judge Shelburne ropean situation before his press Ferguson when the March term of conference with Undersecretary Kingsport law court convenes here Welles of the state department. Monday: He said Welles probably would A. N. Hawk, clerk of tne court. Pless said today that a total of 88 ra.sc. conference later in the day. NO CHANCE FOR IRISH were docketed for trial. Of the number, 31 cases have been listed on the jury docket which has been PATRIOTISM ON SQUAD set the first thr" days of the and 57 cases are included on the non-jury docket. Only six divorce suits are scheduled for trial. KANSAS CITY, March 17. Patrolman John McGonigle greet- Most important of the cases will i __ ed St. Patrick's day with somewhat be the suit filed by Attorney O. W. i ffod Thee" over his grave in less of a smile than could be ex- Huddle against the Kingsport Pub- Musician Keeps His St. Patrick Date With Dead READING, Pa., March 17. A church cornetist's half-century- old promise to a saloon keeper iakes 73-year-old Alvin Schaeffer rack to Nevorsink Mountain again .'onight for another rendezvous with melody among the dead. As a clock in a nearby church cower tolls the hour of midnight, in Irish on a pierce the stillness of the dark, damp slopes and Schaeffer will have- fulfilled again his pact with Tom Hannahoe. one- time proprietor of the Stars and Stripes 'saloon. Under the agreement, if Hanna- hoe died first Schaeffer was to play O'Galaway" and "Nearer My RAIL HEAD WOULD STOP PAYING TAX President of C. and St. L. Railway Says Transporta- tion Needs Equalization NASHVILLE, March 17. State officials pondered today a railroad president's threat "to stop paying taxes .on our locomotives until-our comoetitors-'are taxed." The assertion was made by Fitz- gerald Hall, president of the Nash- ville, Chattanooga St. Lsuis Rail- way, in a speech criticizing Gover- nor Cooper and the legislature be- fore a "safety rally" of employes last night. Hall specifically scored the "'as- sembly because it passed a. meas- WASHINGTON, March 17. The WPA and congressmen han- dling relief appropriations are giv- ing serious consideration to a plan for replacing persons who have been on relief rolls longest with individuals on the waiting list. WPA Administrator Harrington and members of a house appro priations subcommittee were de scribed today as favoring such an arrangement. This "rotation" system, it was disclosed, has received consider- able attention at hearings before the subcommittee on President Roosevelt's request for a supple- mentary relief fund of to finance WPA until June 30. Interested legislators said a pro- vision for a rotation system prob- ably would not be written into this appropriation bill, but that some- :hing might be done about it when :unds are voted for WPA activi- ties in the year beginning July 1. Recall Harrington The subcommittee, as yet uncon- vinced that more is necessary, recalled Harrington for 'urther questioning today. Some sentiment for a compro- mise appropriation already has de- veloped. A majority of the subcom- mittee appeared, to believe that additional funds must be provided, but they disagreed on the amount. (President Roosevelt said 000 persons would be removed from the rolls by early June un- For Immediate Conflict; Britain Recalls Henderson less the coming.) were 'forth- Subcommittee members said they WILD CHEERING GREETS HITLER IN GERMAN CITY Slovakia's New Foreign Ministe Police and Soldiers Follow In Wake of Hitler Tour to 'Clean-Up' Areas BERLIN, March 17. "German Island" city of Brunn alive with swastikas and a heilinj population, greeted the triumphan Adolf Hitler today in his heavily- guarded sweep through the Mora- vian section of his new protecto- rate of Bohemia and Moravia. The newly made citizens of Ger- many who form 30 per cent of the icy 3 .population chtqred wild'y.as :he fuehrer arrived from Prague 'iy train en rout? to Vienna. Behind him Hitler left secret police engaged in a clean up of 'undesirable arresting 3zech leaders, social welfare groups and others in the proud old city which, until Tuesday, was the capi- of the Czecho-Siovak republic. Complete Trust Dr. Emil Hacha, president of the last night with "complete rust.V in Hitler, took the respon- ibility for placing "the destiny of bad been told that reductions Czech nation and Czech state would be made by eliminating tne in tnc hands of the fuehrer of the least necessary projects and not' German nation." by weeding out employes least in need. The latter course was repre- sented as involving too great an administrative problem. Rep. Woodrum leading ihc fight against the fund, said in a radio address late yesterday that previous hearings and those now in progress "will disclose that hundreds of millions of dollars appropriated by the con- American pected from an Irishman who lishing Company, publishers of The fought the black and tan in the Kingsport Times, in which he seeks Easter rebellion of 1916. judgment amounting to for He reported for duty wearing a alleged libel as a result of a news green tie and a green shirt. article carried several weeks ago "I can appreciate how you by the paper. said his lieutenant. And John went home to change to regulation blue shirt and black tie. NEGRO GIVES UP The case is listed on the jury- docket and has been set for trial Tuesday. The other case is a damage suit filed by R. W. Fuller against the Western Union Telegraph Com- pany in which the plaintiff seeks KNOXVILLE. March 17. i alleging that the local office A 35-year-old negro man walked of tne company failed to deposit a into city jail. j money order in the local bank "I guess you're looking for me." within a reasonable length time he told the jailer. "I just shot my after being received. The clerk pointed out that all non-jury cases transferred to the minutes of each St. Pat- rick's Schaeffer has kept the pact 42 years- CENSURED HOOSIER JUDGE RETALIATES weight limits for trucks from to 24.000 pounds, asserting the bill would have been defeated "if the governor had not used the whole power of that political office to get it passed over our protest." "If there is any justice in the courts of this land.'.' he said, "I am going to stop paying taxes on our locomotives until our competitors are taxed." To Continue Battle He did not elaborate on the state- (Sec CONGRESS-W'PA, Page 8) TAX COLLECTIONS BELOW LAST YEAR Twenty-Five Per Cent crease Shown In Treasury Report of First 15 Days Gary Jurist Has Editors Ar- wife." Officers investigated and found the woman critically wounded. WEATHER COLDER TENNESSEE: Mostly cloudy with light snow jury docket will be tried Monday, the first day of court. JURY DOCKET Monday Parlee Huffman Hammond Post of the American Legion, clam- age; Lawrence Duff vs. James Elsea and Woodrow Webb, dam- ages; Ida Noe, next friend for Edith Larkins vs. Bill Miller the Yellow Cab Company, dam rested for Criticism Handling of Case of GARY, Ind., March 17. Judge William Fletcher said today J. R. Snyder. Gary Post-Tribune publisher, v.-ould be arrested after he returns from Miami. Fla., next week on a warrant similar to those on which his brother. H. B. Snyder, the newspaper's editor, and A. Myron Harris, managing editor, j were arrested yesterday. levles Fletcher said the newspaper's Wednesday editorial which criti quit this fight until some form of legislation is passed that will put ail forms of transportation under the same control and taxation." "There'll be another day he continued, and asked, many of you will go with me and WASHINGTON. March 17. The treasury disclosed today in- come tax collections in the first 15 days of Marsh were about 25 per cent below the same days last year. If this percentage held up, the treasury's March income tax Jpss would be much less than the indicated by the President'? January budget. However, treasury officials said taxpayers paid up a little earlier this year than they did last, and no estimate of the month can be made until the actual returns are .in. Deadline Fast Although March la was the dead- Under the! Nazi anti-Semitic restrictions, Jewish-owned stores were being taken over by admin- istrators pending the time when they could be sold to non-Jews. In Berlin, meanwhile, Wilhelm- strass circles said Hitler and his advisers were planning an entirely different kind of protection for Slovakia than they have establish- ed in the protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. Vital Difference Hitler assumed protection over Slovakia yesterday but while not giving any details, said there was a vital difference be- tween -the........ Ferdinand Durcansky, .for- mer communications minister, became foreign minister in newly independent Slovakia's first cabinet. MYSTERY CLOUDS SLAYING OF PAIR Two Men, Tied Together, .Found Dead on Alabama Roadside; Car Nearby MELTON, March 17.' .The- bodies, .of. two'- gether, face to face, with a cotton rope and shot through the. heads n. f I Beasts and the protection the fuehrer found today near a highway lead- TncnnVi I___ "j BRITISH ACTION CALLED REBUFF TO HITLER COUP France to Rebuild De- fense Lost In Annexation of Czecho-SIovakia agreed to give Dr. Joseph Tiso, iremier of Slovakia, and the pro- 'ectorate he invoked for the Czechs. Orthodox characteristics of a irotectorate, such as the taking over of foreign affairs and military lefense, were visible in the case if Bohemia and Moravia. Hungary's occupation of Caipa- the third element of the Czecho-Siovak republic, wa.j re- jarded as accomplished. Hitler WHS expected in Vienna (See HITLER TOUR, page 8) BELIEVES MEDICAL AIDS ARE COMPLEX cized his hnr.dlins of gambling in extreme south- j ages: Davis as next friend for west portion this j Edgar Davis vs. Robert Shipp, and cases "fH'sc- slanderous and and ackled, "1 won't afternoon or to- night, colder with hard freeze to- lonight, Saturday generally fair and continued cold, rising tempera- ____ tore Sunday. "VIRGINIA: Ge- nerally fair and damages; Joe Cookenhour vs. Mrs. Thelma Holcomb et al, (3 damage; Miles Ratlin" vs. Guy Con- kin and Charles Conkin, damage; Personal Finance Company aland for it." Released on Bond H. B. Snydcr ami Harris gained quick release on realty bonds signed by Allen Naive, blind re- porter for the paper. Harris .said in'a statement, "like fight this thing out at the ballot line for filing returns and making first installment payments on 1938 income, it will be several days be- fore the receipts of collectors throughout the country pass through banking channels and ac tually are deposited in the treasury President Roosevelt reiterated at his press conference today that any revision of corporation taxes must maintain the present level of reve- nue obtained from such levies. He said he and the treasury still were working on the question, but complaints against that no policy would be formulated The railroad interests opposed the increased truck weight limit law but the truckers coupled their re- quest for the boost with an agree- ment to a higher tax. The new tax were estimated to increase revenue from this source from to S700.000 annually. Flays New Law Hall attacked also a law giving the state railroad and public utili- ties commission wider powers in Robert W. Odum and Sally Odum editors, I believe that debt; Mrs. Blanche Holtzr.echt vs! of fundamental duties of N. D. Bridwell. damage; William Holtznecht vs..N. D. Bridwell, dam- age; R. W. Fuller Western it A_ i JT u iiui ft vv CSLGrn colder tomRht, Saturday fair and i Union Telegraph Company, dam" continued cold, rising temperature age; Ruby Frazier vs. T G SeaTs ,.______ SJ .Taxi Company and Charlie' c< Su KENTUCKY: Generally fair ami colder tonight, Saturday fair and continued cold, rising Sunday. Smith, damage; Dcnzil Moody, by next friend, J. D. Moody vs. L. V. Slaughter, damage; Charles J. Hall the press is (o act as a check on government. I can see no differ- ence between criticism of a mayor, a judge or a president. "A judge out of court has the same right as r.ny citizen, and no more. His person is no more sacred than that of the corner investigating railroads. "This is the most injurious law ever passed affecting said Hall. "We never got a hearing on the bill in cither the house or tiic senate." He also scored the federal gov- (Sce KA1MVAYS, 1'nRC 8) for several weeks. Mr. Roosevelt added he was about to send to Chairman Harri- son of the senate finance commit- tee information Harrison had re- quested. He said this" data was pre- dicated on a statement bv Harrison (See TAX COLLECTIONS, P. 8) Southern Physician Says No Single Plan Will Solve Na- tion's Problem NASHVILLE, March 17. (fP} 3r. Felix J. Underwood, executive officer of the Mississippi State Soard of Health, declared today rthat "no one plan will meet the diverse needs of the states" in car- ing for what he called the nation's "medically needy." "Considerable latitude must be allowed in the details of state and local he said in an ad- prepared for delivery before the southern regional conference of ing from this northwest Florida city to Brewton, Ala. Sheriff Joseph T. Allen said Tur- pen Williams, who lives near the spot, found the bodies about 200 yards off the highway when he in- vestigated the presence of an auto- mobile there. The sheriff said the car carried a 1939 Alabama license tag. Identification He said one of the men had busi- cards in his pocket reading: "Clifford T. Mann, Playtorions Life Insurance Company, 9035 Bel Building. Montgomery, The other man, Allen said, had no identification marks except i belt buckle with the initial "W and a fountain pen with the initials The sheriff said the men blonds, well dressed and about 30 to 35 years old. He said they lookec like brothers. They had watches and a small amount of money in their pockets, but no billfolds. Sheriff Allen said the man who found bodies declared he hearc a series of shots about a.m Central Standard Time, but did not investigate because he thought il was an automobile backfire. Williams, went to the spot about a.m. after lie had noticed the car parked there. He found the bodies not far from the car. The sheriff said the men apparently were shot there rather than killed elsewhere and brought there. County Judge A. L. Johnson took the Child Welfare League of ja coroner's jury to the scene to bootblack. 1 (See LAW COUUT: 1 b When lie lias, disposed to Irish, Gaily Up 5th Avenue To Honor St. Patrick Ky -JOHN FEK1IS naa parade of a case, his action is subjec criticism." "No Contempt" "There has beer, .no contempt of court and will be none." The editorial in question referred to the release of Henry W. Brooks and 25 other men found in Brooks' home. Police filed gambling charges against them. i Tile editorial contended the judge learning silk toppers the like ordered the return of "some ;iaw jn ;r gambling equipment" after Last Minute News Flashes COTTON SITUATION SERIOUS WASHINGTON, March Roosevelt said to- day the administration was trying to solve the cotton surplus sit- uation bankrupting the treasury. --------------------o-------------------- America, which opened today. "But." Dr. Underwood continued, "the problems of executing the pro- gram must not be permitted to ob- scure the need for federal aid in iccuring to these needy citizens their rights to health. Evolutionary Process "The solution of the medical care problem has been and will continue to be an evolutionary process "and the time of our arrival at this goal will depend upon the kind of a job we are able to do in health edu- cation." Dr. Underwood said there was "incontrovertible evidence that the level of health has been raised for whole communities by the applica- tion of simple, accepted methods to provide public health services and insure facilities for medical care." After pointing to the lack of fa- view the bodies and then recessed the inquest until the sheriff made further investigation. The bodies were 'brought here. The spot where they were found is about six miles north of here on state highway No. 37. .H, that cornea macnoise and Glinting in the t niiu 111 Illy I Trill- Futh Avenue this St. pings of the bands. And the brasses Patrick's Day with ihe ones from Ireland and the young of them lively as angels and every man's heart among them tender with dreams of Katlilcoin Ni Houl- J. Sheahan. the parade ihan. John chairman, estimated at the I vicar number marching under the crash and the trumpets bray with a strength to lift the weight off the tongue of any old Shaiuchie in Connacht and set her telling of Murchadh Mear Mac Suibhno's mighty conquests. Monaignor Michael J. Lavellc. general of the Archdiocese of aus-'New York and rei-tor of St. Pat Pices of he ancien- Order of Hi-; rick's Cathedral, leads the procos- bermans: the Cian-Na-Gwcl. Friends Ision in an Irish Freedom. Cuinann Na Brooks insisted a cage V.-HS used for keeping canaries and not, for drawing policy numbers. Brooks insisted no gambling took place in his house. The judge grounds tlie place without a search warrant. The police maintained they went into the place on a warrant for u man they arrested later. ACCUSED ROBBER-SLAYER CAPTURED CHICAGO, March Bruco, indicted with his brO' ihei- for slaying a mail messenger in a robbery at Guthrie, 3'lities in many communities, the Ky., was captured today in :i rooming house in Normal, 111., the Mississippi physician said that "in the emergency of sickness, some 20 million persons in the marginal in- come class above relief level, other- wise self-sustaining, become de- pendent on public aid for the pro- vision of medical care." Income Too Small post office department announced. CZECH MINISTER DEFIES ORDER WASHINGTON, March Czechoslovakia's defiant minis- ter rejected today orders from Prague to surrender the Czech le- gation and consulates to German representatives. freed the men on police entered the i of mBan and kindred Irish societies. The sun should be shilling Hiitomolxle as bctit.-i the; Chim: leads the world in ponu- grand marshal. with 4.JO.OOO.OOD inhabitants. followed by India with If you've a mind to it you can _______ (See EEGOHKA, THE 1K1SH, p. 3) and Rastia v.-ith HITLER ARMIES IN VIENNA VIENNA, March Adolf Hitler arrived at Vienna at 5 p. m. ill a. m. E.S.T.) today after a two-day journey through his new protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. A 'special train brought him from Brunn. Moravia. U. S. SEEKS 1TALL4N REACTION ROME. March S. Ambassador William Phillips sought today an indication of official Italian reaction to German seizure of most of Czechoslovakia and Italy's intentions. 'Phillips made his inquiries iu a call on Count Galeazzo Ciano, Italian for- eign diuister.. 'DIES OF INJURIES LOUISVILLE, Ky.', March 17. (ff) suffered in an automo- bile accident near Wilsonville, Ky., caused the death of Robert Smith, 20, Normandy, Ky., in a Louis- ville hospital yesterday. The motor, car in which the youth was riding struck a highway guard rail. _ (By The Associated Pret.) Both France and Britain mani- 'ested their concern today over and disapproval of Germany's advance n central Europe as the Nazi state clamped its hold on the bloodlessly conquered former Czecho-Siovak republic. Britain called home her ambas- ador to Berlin, Sir Nevile Hende'r- on, to report on Germany's new astward expansion. The French cabinet approved a ill to give Premier Daladier vir- ual dictatorial decree powers for more than eight months to-make France ready to fight at a mo- ment's notice. Daladier's government hoped to aye-both chambers of parliament dopt the brief measure this week- nd.. London and Paris consulted on joipt French-British protest to Germany.. A movement also was launched i send a special mission to Cen- and Eastern Europe to restore "Vcndi prestige in Rumania, So- let Russia and other nations once formed part of France's ollective security structure. British Protrot In London, Sir John Simon, hancellor of the Exchequer, in- ormed- parliament that Freneh- ritish protests against German bsorption "of Slovakia and Bohe- ia-Moravia were un- urgent consideration." British Prime Minister. Chamber- tft.r.eflect a hard- ened British" attitude wlien" "he speaks tonight in a broadcast ad- dress at Birmingham. He has ack- nowledged bitter regret of Ger- many's emergence in -an imperial role with almost new Slav subjects. Among possibilities of British action were recall of her ambas- sador from Berlin "to report" on Germany's eastward drive; some form of universal conscription of manpower; accelerated rearma- ment; military and diplomatic'con- saltations with France; closer rela- tions with the'United States and Soviet Russia, regarded by Britain as strong anti-Fascist nations. New Problems These were some of the German acquisitions which'the democracies must face: Full equipment for 40 divisions, including tanks and some of the best artillery in the vast stores of munitions and about first line warplanes for his'air fleet In a nutshell, Germany has wip- ed out most French and British efforts since last September to match German rearmament on land and in the air. Reports of arrests and suicides among anti-Nazis and Jews in dis- solved Czecho-SIovakia increased, meanwhile, as Reichsfuehrer Hitler reviewed German troops in Brunn, a Czecho-Siovak city until Tues- day. Secret Nazi Clean-up police in Prague making a systematic clean-up of "undesirable elements." The Nazi administration began taking over Jewish-owned stores and placing the city's life under control of the German protectorate. One estimate said 600 persons had been jailed. The Fuehrer's movements from town to town were shielded in sec- recy by armored ears and a corps of blackshirt elite guards. He was expected to go from Brunn to Vi- enna, and perhaps then to Bratis- lava, capital of Slovakia, which yesterday threw itself under his protection. Swiss Speak In Sofia, Bulgaria, several thou- sand university students were chased by mounted police .after they had demonstrated noisily against dissolution of Czecho- slovakia. HITLER PROTEST, Page 8) Direction Of Hitler's Next Jump Is Big Question In World Today "When it is realized that 100 of the children under 15 years of age in the United States ire In families with incomes of less than a year or on he isserted, "it becomes apparent that such families are able to pay but little toward the medical care neccssqry to meet their children's needs and t.hal the problem of pro- viding sufficient care must be the concern of government through health aud welfare authorities." Kj MACKENZIE fAF Foreign Affairs Writer) NEW YORK. March Hitlerian program of drives and annexations has become so much a part of Europe's swiftly moving life that other countries have ceased to be violent in their pro- testations and have more 01 less resigned themselves to trying to where the fuehrer will strike attempting to pick next. That's ____r___o the winner of a hoVse-'race at. a country-fair. You know it will be 3ne of say six runners, but you ion't know which. la Hitler's next move after his fresh triumph in Czecho-SIovakia, many experts feel that the possible loca- tions can be named with a fair degree of certainty, although the specific event isn't so'easy. Undoubtedly the Nazi chieftain will be governed by .circumstances, for he is an opportunist of the first order. The next sensation may ,come shortly, and many believe it will" affect those Baltic powderrkegs Mcmel and Danzig.- both stronaly Nazi and, so far as 'concerns file "ermans, eager to get back to the Reich from which they were sepa- to seJest Chancellor (Sea EITLEE'S PLANS, pass 8)
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