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The Sunday Star-News Published Every Sunday By The Wilmington Star-News At The Murchison Building R. B. Page. Owner and Publisher Telephone All Departments 2800 _ Entered as Second Class Matter at Wilming ton. N. C., Postoffice Under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879__ Subscription Rates bt Carrier payable Weekly or in Advane^^ Star News tion 1 Week .* 20 * Von g Months .620 3'9o 7 .so 1 Year h ’ ’.‘..10.40 7 80 15.60 News rates entitle subscriber to Su»day issue of Star-News__ Bp Maie Payable Strictly in Advance Combina Star News tion 1 Month ...* 75 3 50 J 90 3 Months . 2 00 1 60 2.7o 6 Months . 4 00 3-5® (Daily Without Sunday) 1 Month.i .50 6 Months .»3-0'' 3 Months. 1.50 1 Year . 6 ot (Sunday Only) . 1 Month.20c 6 Months .vl 25 3 Months. 65c 12 Months . 2.60 News rates entitle subscriber to Sunday issue of Star-Nevos The Associated Press is entitled to the exclusive use of all news stories appearing in The Sunday Star-News SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 1940 Star-News Program 1. Shipyards. 2. Increase of Port Facilities. S. Adequate Hospital Facilities. 4. Annexation of Suburbs. 5. Development of Fort Caswell as Health Resort. 6. Promotion of Canning Industry. 7. City Expansion Commission. 8. Junior College. ACHIEVEMENTS WE HAVE FAVORED Slum Clearance. Free bridge across the Cape Fear river over Highway 20. Free causeway to Wrightsville Beach. Recreation Centers. Municipal Auditorium.. Preservation of Old City and Thai ian Hall. Civic Centre. Organized industrial services for W1J mington. Adequate school facilities for Wil mington and New Hanover county. Traffic signals on streets of Wilming ton. Thirty-foot channel from Wilmington to Southport bar. Construction of third loch and dam between Wilmington and Fayetteville on the upper Cape Fear river. TOP 0’ THE MORNING We should never leave our prayer closets in the morning without having concentrated our thoughts deeply and intensely on the fact of the actual presence of God there with us, encompassing us, and filling the room where we are. F. B. Meyeb AN AMBITIOUS PROGRAM The Chamber of Commerce, through its ooard of directors, has set six objectives for 1940. They are all of primary importance to Wilmington and southeastern North Carolina. Their accomplishment would mark tremen dous advances in welfare, prosperity and se curiy for the entire district of which Wil mington is the focal point. Listed for earnest promotion are the port, Industry, resorts, agriculture, traffic and high ways and good will. For the port it will support legislation be fore congress to widen the channel from Wil mington to Southport, deepen the channel, widen the northern turning basin and cut a channel from the inland waterway to the Cape Fear river. For industry it pledges definite efforts to bring plants which can operate successfully in the district at fair wage scales. For the four resorts it commits itself to promote improvement in transportation, to enlarge its campaign for conventions and to devote its best endeavors for greater flow of both winter and summer visitors. It will offer sympathetic cooperation with the farmers in promoting agricultural de velopment, with emphasis on truck crops. It proposes to give attention to the further development of highways, with an eye on im proving roads to Fort Caswell and to the Moores Creek battleground, the Negro Head road, and Highway 17, the ocean trafficway from Wilmington to the South Carolina line It proposes to encourage closer relations In the interest of community friendship, with neighboring counties to the end that all per sons in the area may realize Wilmington's deep sense of responsibility for all under takings for mutual betterment. The program commends itself to every for ward-looking citizen. It is a challenge to thi chamber’s leadership. It also involves a yea: of careful planning and strenuous effort. The Union of South Africa will not con duct its annual seal hunt this year becausi the fur coat market has faded. Have th< industry’s salesmen tried Soviet soldiers dc ing duty in Finland? £ THE HIGHWAY RECORD WHILE highway accidents in 1939 were not above the record of 1938, Mr. Ronald Hocutt, North Carolina’s director of highway safety, complains, and with justice, that the safety situation has done nothing better than “stand still.” He shows, in tabulations re leased at Raleigh, that 943 lives were lost and that 7,190 persons were injured last year in highway accidents, an increase of six fatalities and a decrease of 443 in the number injured. The fall in the total since the previous year, he declares, is fully offset by the in crease in traffic. Comparison probably would show that the proportion of accidents to the number of vehicles on the highways is ap proximately the same for the two years, ac counting for his complaint that we are prac tically standing still. But this is not his only reason to take no comfort in the situation. “The tragedy of these figures,” he says, “lies in the fact that virtually all of the fatalities and injuries could have been prevented had the drivers in all cases been alert, careful and courteous. Without hesitancy, he puts the blame on drivers, and supports his indictment by re vealing that 12,485 of the 13,631 vehicles in volved in accidents were in good condition, that 2,631 of the 8,170 accidents were on straight sections of improved highways, that 6,260 were on clear days and 6,470 on dry surfaces. This record clears the vehicles and the highways. It does not clear the greater majority of drivers, among whom only 743 out of a total of 13,173 involved in accidents were not in a normal condition. An illumi nating sidelight on the “abnormals” is shown by the fact that 693 of them were under the influence of intoxicating liquors, that only five had physical defects, and 45 were asleep at the wheel. Another sidelight is that 1.S24 of the drivers in accidents were found to have been driving recklessly—which includes offenses of both omission and commission,. There is no quarreling, in the light of Mr. Hocutt’s report, with the claim that if our highways are to become truly safe we will have to place greater restraint on drivers, not only by more rigid examination of appli cants for drivers’ licenses and the seizure of licenses of drivers blamable for accidents, but by training aspirants for licenses in the many requirements for safe driving over and above a knowledge of feeding gas to the motor and applying the brakes for a stop. They must understand, and be ready to apply, the ordinary rules of caution and courtesy they practice in the home and on the street as pedestrians. They must recognize the equal rights of others to use of the highways and at all times exercise the eternal vigilence a nation needs to escape war. It is a herculean task, this making the highways safe, but no conscientious person can well escape its challenge. COLD COMFORT The Houston Post strives valiantly to con sole its readers with the reflection that se vere cold visitations every decade or two are worth while, if for no other reason than to let Texans know what northern residents en dure every winter. It is a kindly effort, but we seriously doubt its power to stop anyone’s shivering. Nor does it divert attention from the plight of Florida, Texas and north Gulf regions from the tremendous loss in crops which has already mounted into millions and is still climbing. Nor does it put a check to the suffering of unfortunate households where there is lack of proper food, clothing, bedding and fuel, and where pneumonia and influenza are ram pant, with death frequently following. Rural' sections of Georgia, Tennessee, Ala bama and Kentucky are reported to have been particularly hard hit, with thousands of families cut because roads are clogged with snow. The Red Cross has succeeded in reaching many homes with food and fuel. Its reports of conditions in areas isolated by the storms reveal dire want. Wilmington is finding its lot hard to bear, but in light of what is transpiring else where in the state, it is truly fortunate, with no heavy snow to buck and communications open in all directions. MEANEST MEN Effort has frequently been made to locate the “meanest man," but all previous expos ures pale before the operations of counter feiters in foreign countries who have been bilking refugees headed for the United States out of all their good money and giving them in exchange spurious American currency. One case is cited by the secret service in which two brothers who fled from Poland 1 to Berne, Switzerland, with their life sav ings, amounting to more than $7,000, and there surrendered it to a man who offered them counterfeit U. S. currency at a better •than-legal rate of exchange. They received | seventy-seven $100 bills, alleged to be legal ' American tender for their Polish zlotys. II was not until they went to a bank in New t York that they learned they had been de frauded. The secret service bureau of the treasury has confiscated $10,000 in counterfeit bills, said to have been made in Europe, during the last four months. In all cases reported, the victimized refugees had been accosted by swindlers on the streets of European cities, who offered a higher rate of exchange than could have been obtained from legitimate sources. It might be possible for a more despicable trick to be played on credulous persons, but it is hard to conceive of it. And the worst of it is that this country can do nothing to stop it, except to appeal to the governments un der whose flags it is happening. Bruce Catton s 'In Washington' (Star-News Washington Correspondent) WASHINGTON, Jan. 27—It is possible now to get a pretty clear idea of the changes which critics of the Wagner act and the Labor Board will demand at this session on Congress. These changes are apt to be much less "de _struetive” and sweeping than Sias been expected. According :o one of the most promin | ;nt and influential of the J board's foes in Congress, they H A ill probably include: , Creation of a five-man board 1 n place of the present board ,i if three, with some provision for geographical representa m lion in naming members. H ..Requirement that the board « follow established rules of gfj evidence as followed by the Hj federal courts. -- —--- UeillllliUll IU LUUglC38 U1 Bruce Catton ;i,e method of procedure, re moving the board’s power to make its own rules and specifically requiring certain changes such as the right of petition by employers. In other words—present personnel and prac tices of the board will be assailed, but not the basic principles of the Wagner act. * * » VOORHIS DID HIS WORK TOO WELL It’s very odd, but Congressman Jerry Voor his of California is in very bad with New Deal ers these days, although he’s as devoted a New Dealer as there is in Congress. His crime: ton ing down the Dies committee report. Argument is that if he had let the report ride as originally written it would have been so wild and exaggerated that New Dealers could have fought the committee’s appropria tion successfully in Congress. The report as Voorhis fixed it is sane and factual and restrained, no good fighting points were left. As a matter of fact, of course, there never has been a chance of beating the committee's plea for another year of life. What Voorhis did was to put a frequently unrestrained commit tee on record with a liberal and intelligent document which may come in very handy later on. The New Dealers ought to be thanking him for it, and probably will some day. • • * If you know a southern worker named Dum my, the Social Security Board would be glad to hear from you. “Dummy" is the prize sample of faulty re turns that get into the board’s old age insur ance accounts. His boss sent bis name in that way—just Dummy, no first name or initials— and forgot to give his card number. When a board official tried to check up, Dummy had left his job and couldn’t bo found. Meanwhile his card is on file; some day be may have money coming to him which he won't be able to collect. Tile board has between 700,000 and 800,000 similar eases—workers who have paid the old age insurance tax for a while but who can t be found now, or whose account numbers are missing. The number is much smaller than it used to be. When the act was first passed, about 10 per cent of all the returns were in error in one way or another; now the number is under one per cent. Editorial Comments From Other Angles MORE than training needed Greensboro News One of the pertinent points—perhaps the most pertinent in its hope of practical fulfill ment—-developed at last week’s regional confer ence on guidance and personnel at Raleigh had to do with the challenge to education to pre pare the predominating percentage of its pupils, who will never have the opportunity to go to college, for the elemental and necessary busi ness of earning a living. T. A. Wilson, chairman of the state indus trial commission, -told the conference that work ers would benefit, or suffer as a vocational guidance program fell or succeeded. ‘ Labor, he emphasized, "realizes the need for a change in our public school curricula. The curricula of the past have been primarily to train those students who will enter college and engage in some profession or become a business execu tive.” Mr. Wilson advocated a "practical edu cation" for those “who are forced to enter some more or less manual occupation.” While the Daily News is in hearty accord with this declaration, it is obvious that these curricular changes are not as easily made or effectuated as suggested. The schools are going in more and more for vocational training; but the training, in and of itself, does not assure anybody of a job. Labor itself has- in various instances placed restrictions and hindrances between those so trained and employment, there is the question of absorbing apprentices or learners in any given field or industry Equally pertinent and realistic are occupational or employment trends. Here the vocational pro gram calls for continuous study, for closest co operation with labor and industrial leaders, and for all possible understanding of a sec tion’s, state's or nation’s labor needs. For what shall these high school students be trame with the best prospect of landing a job What are labor needs and demands? Is a student to be guided into that field which he wishes to enter, for which he has an aptitude, or that field where a job is more likely to be secured . Establishment of vocational courses is a necessary beginning; but it presupposes a co operative, intelligent and altered follow-through if anything like the desired purpose is to be served. After 25 years, a woman pam nve ttuw for a valentine she pilfered when she was a small girl. Maybe the boy she sent it to finally got around to popping the question. A pirate’s Who's Who was found in Bos ton, Published in 1824. new editions of the volume were probably abandoned because list got too big. The Editor's LETTER BOX The Editor does not necessari ly endorse any article appear ing in this department. They represent the views of the in dividual readers. Correspondents are warned that all communi cations must contain the correct name and address for our rec ords, though the letter may be si^nod as the writer sees fit. The Star-News reserves the right to alter any text that for any reason is objectionable. Letters on controversial sub jects will not be published. IN MEMORIAM Whereas, our friend, Jennie Bunt ing Wilder was called to Eternal Rest on Sunday, December 31, 1939, be it Resolved that in the death of Mrs. Wilder, the Associated Charities has lost a most valuable friend. Her every ready willingness to help the less fortunate was her outstanding characteristic. This was truly exem plified by the fact that each month since this association was organized, 43 years ago, she has contributed to its support. Her beautiful life of unselfishness shall live on as an inspiration; her memory shall remain wuth us as a Benediction. Mrs. Isabel Clark James, Chairman Resolutions Committee, The Associated Charities. 11 >n • r\ c t' iiavai necruu unices Sign Up Five Youths Five additional enlistments from Southeastern North Carolina were reported yesterday at the Wilming ton district office of the naval re cruiting service. First enlistments as apprentice seamen for six years of service in cluded: Adrian D. Sellers, 18. son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Sellers, of South port; Claude E. Meares, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Meares, of Cer ro Gordo; and Quinton V. Leon ard. 22, son of M. B. Leonard, of Bolivia. They were transferred to the naval training station base at Hampton Roads, Va., for prelimi nary training prior to assignment to various ships of the U. S. Fleet. Two re-enlistments for four years of service included: William D Anderson and Carl W. Harris, of Leland, who had previously served for four years with various ships of the U. S. fleet while stationed on the west coast. Will Of Anne Moore Is Filed For Probate The will of Anne Moore, who died here on September 25, 1939, has been filed for probate, records at the office of T. A. Henderson, clerk of court, disclosed yesterday. Personal property of the estate is valued at $8,500 and real prop erty at $1,500. Beneficiaries include: Three brothers. Roger Moore, Parker Quince Moore, Louis T. Moore; two sisters, Mary Ella Mills and Georgie A. Dunning: and four nieces. Alice Borden Moore, Florence Moore, Margaret Moore, and Kidder Moore. Book Highlights William La Varre rolls 15 years of adventuring and prospecting for treasure into “Southward Ho!’’ (Doubleday, Doran: $3), and the result is one of the most tho roughly readable books to grace the travel shelves for a long time. La Varre roamed from Yu catan to Patagonia where he found gold, fugitives, Amazon women, lost cities and a sort of One-Eye Connolly of the Andes. Y'ou will follow him avidly to the last mile. Excerpted briefly here are his reflections on Chichen Itza, the Holy City of a pro-his toric Amoiican civilization in l’u catan. * * * mere uvea American wise men who knew that the world was round—and not flat as Europe's philosophers thought- Here, in a great limestone turret centuries be fore the coining of the Spaniards in 1502, American astronomers and mathematicians worked and studied, with sun dials and stone theodo lites. Watching and recording the semi-annual solstices of the sun, predicting- the rising and setting of Venus, they knew more of the movements of the earth and pla nets than the Egyptians and the Babylonians. They had devised all the essentials of modern arithme tic centuries before modern man be gan using them. They had perfect ed a system of recording time a 3,000-year-old calendar, that was more accurate than the calendars of Europe, Africa or Asia. Here lived Americans, the early Mayans and Toltecs, who played basketball 500 years before the. landing of the Mayflower, who knew how to vulcanize rubber in lay gold with turquoise, ,ctate crops, prepare for famine and drouth. Here, while other people across the sea were still living in medieval superstition, bowing enwn ground of ancient culture arts or science? In Hollywood BY PAUL HARRISON NEA Service Staff Correspondent HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 27.—In ad vance of the whoop-te-do with which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences grants its annual awards and closes the guessing sea son, almost everybody in town — from Mr. Benny’s Rochester to Miss Dietrich’s Sealyham—is making up a list. The ten best pictures, the best direction, best writing—they’re all making the same conventional, categorical selections. But I’m not. If the boys w-ill hang § this leering corre | spondent will nom p inate the Ten Best Bat htub Scenes of 1939: Most Startled Bather: Miss Ann Sheridan in “In dianapolis Speed way,” when John i Payne interrupts i her shower in her S girl friend’s tiny | apartment. (Maybe you didn't mark Blond and elegant Madeleine Car roll in Paramount’s “Safari,” where in she takes three baths: (A) aboard Tullio Carminati’s yacht (hot show er); (B) in the jungle, from a nail perforated bucket (disappointing); (C) in a tin tub on the floor of a hotel room in East Africa (fair.) Merriest Soap-Bubble Queen: Dim pled Ellen Drew in “French With out Tears.” Hums and smiles as she employs the towel technique (a Sally Rand adaptation) to baffle the peeping camera. Best Singer-in-the-Bathtub: Jean nette MacDonald in a century-old tin tub in New Orleans, for “New Moon.” About what you'd expect. Most Contented Bather: Isa Mi randa in “Adventure in Diamonds.” Just paroled frum prison, she revels in the long-anticipated delights of a marble tub. Moth Startlingly-Revealed Bather: Irene Dunne, behind a glass-enclos ed shower, for “My Favorite Wife.” Miss Sheridan’s shower, is that you won’t see the first take. When they got the lights on it. Miss Dunne's protective, intervening door proved much, much too transparent. ram Harrison cially torrid item; but in that case, you didn't see what I saw on the set.) Most Luxuriant Bather: Joan Crawford, swathed by foam in her ornate, translucent crystal tub, in "The Women.” If you recall the pil lowed rests, the bathside telephones and the sliding tray of perfumes and manicure accessories, you can under stand why Cecil DeMille. publicized maestro of intimate ablutions, went home after the preview and cried all night. Most Voluptuous Bather: Brunet Hedwige Feuillere in "Lucrezia Bor gia,” directed by M. Emil Gance, "the DeMille of France.” This was no ordinary tub, but a fancy out door plunge surrounded by (1) the camera, (2) meticulously barbered cypress trees, (3) Lucrezia's maids in-waiting, who tossed in rose pet als while ma’m'selle abandoned her self to the rippling embrace of the waters. Then there was the long shot of Mile. Feuillere stepping out to be dried and clothed. Most Businesslike Bather: Marjo rie Weaver in "The Honeymoon Is Over." A demonstrator for bath salts, she broke down the sales resistance of a department store sales mana ger (male) by doing a discreet peel and entering a tub. Dirtiest Bather: Golden-haired Lu cille Ball in "Beauty for the Ask ing.” She took a mud bath, which actually was more revealing than those of most actresses immersed in foam. THE SOLID SOUTH ^ r//F W/A/T£tzy°* 1 KtA Strrtc*. tot 1,779 Families Served By Associated Charities 1 1 ■" — x. _ Agency’s Receipts For ’39 Totalled $18,822; Outgo $17,085 The Associated Charities served t.779 families during 1939, Mrs. L. 3. Ellis, executive secretary, re ported yesterday. These families represent those physically or mentally unable to work, out of employment or await ing- assignment to work, also those awaiting workman’s compensation, old age assistance, aid for depend ent children, aid to the blind, or first pay checks on WPA or other work. Not For Bread Alone “These families,” Mrs. Ellis said, "come to us not for bread alone, even when poverty is the apparent problem. “There is always some underly ng cause for their condition: ill lealth, mental trouble, personal en vironment, mismanagement, mis 'ortune, and in these latter years i great change of attitude toward relief and a tendency of some to shift the burden of their families m the agencies and community. “We are faced with increasing social problems as employment is still a major problem, and we who are charged with the respon sibility of administering service ind relief for those in distress resi ze our limitations with small staff ind inadequate funds, but striving o render the very best service ossible. “All of us have the desire to nelp the poor fellow -who is down nd out. This would be a pretty joor world if we didn't, especially n hard times like the present. So t is no wonder that when wfe hear }f a family in trouble we want to io something about it. Stop and Think “But did you ever stop to think :hat maybe you are not giving the greatest service you can to these folks when you give money and food direct to them? And did you ?ver stop to think who will furnish :he rest of the money needed to feed, clothe and shelter the fam ily? “After all, a pair of shoes or a basket of food can’t solve the prob lem if a husband and wife quarrel ill of the time or if the father is but of a job. “Sometimes the causes of family difficulties are of long standing and deep rooted and need a patient, understanding, guiding hand to stimulate them to help themselves. If a man has been trudging the streets for months without a job, what he needs is some encourage ment and a tip as to where he may land work. “This is where your family agen cy comes in and although we real ze all cases do not respond to :reatment no more than those who io not respond to medical treat ment, and we are prone to remem ber the chronics more than the Hired cases, although we do see satisfactory results in many cases. “Salaries are not therefore mere y for administering relief, but rep -esent the cost of all types of serv ce rendered these families last fear. “The Associated Charities has ?ntered 1940 with the hope to make possible greater opportunities (or human service. No city can build up a happy, progressive life, un less the welfare of its city is as sured. May we share with others through the Associated Charities until the welfare of every man. woman and child may be better serviced.” Mrs. Ellis said the 1939 achieve ments of the Associated Charities were made possible through the co operation of the board of directors, county and city commissioners, the press, county welfare department, churches, schools, clubs, various or ganizations and individuals, and the many social workers of the city and county. The 1939 financial report of the Associated Charities was announc ed yesterday by Mrs. Ellis as fol lows : Balance in bank, January 1, 1331' $1,693.10; receipts from city aid county, $12,546.61; contributions from individuals, corporations, churches, and business firms, $>-■ 582.54. Disbursements: administrative, car expense, and office supple $3,673.56; special medicines, hos pitalization, milk, rents, clotliiny food, glasses, railroad fares an dental work, $13,412.27. Receipts and Outgo Total receipts, $18,822.25; to disbursements, $17,OSS.S3; outstari ing bills, $572.38; and balance t $1,164.04. Applications for relief. moJicin ■ from county drug room, 1.115: h s pitalization, 1,884; home aids from W.P.A. projects, 71; free wa-et from the City of Wilmington. free wood from the city and coup ty, 153; cases rejected, 355: re':’ red for work or other agency 311; reopened eases, 400; n! 1 cases, 250; total, 4.601. Office interviews, 6,030; h°r-;; visits, 1,285 ; monthly average L $4.72 per family plus fuel. "ate;' and medicine in comparison ":-‘j state average of $6.10 for Sener“ relief. Assistance in kind: glasses. C ! Optical company; merchant" stores; printing, Wilmington a”‘ Carolina Printing companies; c fessional services, physicians. s cialists and dentists. Wood: Taylor-Colquitt. coraPaM; rolling chair, hospital auxi1'8':,' can goods, city and county schc ■ and Royal theatre; clothing. rf‘_, work guild; Thanksgiving Christmas baskets, churches, c-' clubs, and individuals. oix Young Men tnlisi Here For Army SerM1 Six young men from soutlieas--^ North Carolina enlisted >'CE-cr :»c s* for service with infantry : • Camp Jackson, S. C., Sergeant ^ W. D. Bennett, local recruiting cer, reported. , The included: William B. ' ley, 19, son of Ira Stanlv- "j ' , nolia; John H. Simmons,^ - of Mr. and Mrs, Albert I1 ~‘1 ‘1 ^j y of route two, Clarkton. -!--:i1' j Daugherty, 20, son of "... Daugherty, of route one. -1' .■ James C. Bloodworth. 21, 8 . Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Blood"or ^ route one, Atkinson: ' J'* J ^ trell. 27. whose- guardian > ^ Bertie May Stevens, of r0“. 'u«,ber Richlands; and Willie a,.,(f, ty, 18, son of M. B. ’1- U'*1'" of route one. Magnolia.