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INI EASE IN JOBS REPORTED BY AFL Says Army Of Unemployed Reduced By Nearly 800, 000 Throughout Nation WASHINGTON, Jan. 28.— The American Federation of Labor estimated today that 44,335,000 persons had jobs in the United States in December 1939, an in crease of 1,357,000 over the same month a year ago. Describing this as an “important employment gain,” the federation said it had reduced the army of unemployed by nearly 800,000, “that is, enough jobs have been created to provide for more than 550.000 added to the working popu lation, and to give work to nearly 800.000 of the unemployed.” At the same time, the social se curity board issued a statement noting that employment opportuni ties in December 1939, “following the usual seasonal trend,” were be low those of November, 1939. A 5 1-2 per cent decline in Job place ments, the board said, served to in crease claims and payments for unemployment compensation. Despite the 5 1-2 per cent drop, however, the board said the place ment total for the month was the highest for any December In the 6-year history of the public em ployment service. The labor federation said the in crease in jobs had reduced the un employment total to 9,379,000 in December 1939 from 10,166,000 in December 1938. This gain, the re port continued, “is probably being held and employment should con tinue to hold its own in the months just ahead.” Truth Is Discussed In The Lesson-Sermon "Truth” was the subject of the lesson-sermon in all Christian Science churches and societies yes terday. The Golden Text was from Isaiah 25:1. "O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonder ful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” Among the citations which com prised the lesson-sermon were the fc bowing from the Bible, "Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass. Because I will publish the name of the Lord; as cribe ye greatness unto our God. >p. is the Rock, his work is per fect; for all his ways are- judg ment-. a God of truth and without Iniquity, just and right is he.” (1 ion t 32:1-1). „ The lesson-sermon also included ' -the following passage from the Christian Science textbook, "Science aid Health with Key to the Scrip tures,’ by Mary Baker Eddy, "I have set forth Christian Science and its application to the treat ment of disease just as I have dis covered them. I have demonstrated through Mind the effects of truth oil the health, longevity, and morals of men, and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern systems on which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in ‘the straight and narrow way’ of truth.” (Page 126). Aristotle is considered the found er of the science of botany, about 347 B. C. SINGIN' SAM — in songs you know and love PrmnUd by The Coca-Cote Bottling Co. MONDAYS Thru FRIDAYS WMFD 12:30 P. M. | Movie Revues “MIDNIGHT” IS FEATURED AT THE BIJOU HOUSE Claudette Colbert and Don Ame che—those two superb comedy play gj-g_have a story and suppo) ting cast worthy of their talents in their first picture together, “Midnight,” showing today at the Bijou theatre. Written with a smart eye on Miss Colbert’s and Ameche's outstanding abilities as farceurs, “Midnight” tells a gay and light-hearted story of the adventures of an American girl on the loose in France’s glit tering international set, with the emphasis placed on her romance with a hard-boiled taxi driver. Al though in love with the romantic cabby, Miss Colbert is out for bigger game and leaves him to pursue it in the dangerous preserves cf high society. Xvjiss Colbert meets her first suc cess when a puckish Paris business man offers to foot the bills if she will make a play for his wife’s sweetheart- The American golddig ger accepts with pleasure and, pos ing as a wealthy Hungarian count ess, proceeds to sweep society in general, and her quarry in par ticular, off their feet. The latest Paramount News pre cedes the feature on the program. “CAT AND THE CANARY” IS OFFERED AT ROYAL That ever - enlarging legion o f screen and radio fans who look to Bob Hope for the ultra in gag com edy can prepare to laugh—and to be thrilled—when his new starring pic ture, “The Cat and the Canary,” is presented today at the Royal the atre for the first time locally. And, in the bargain, they can make ready to see Bob indulge in plenty of ro mancing with one of the loveliest leading ladies (his gorgeous co-star, Paulette Goddard) ever to evade a menacing hand (the hand of “The Cat” in this case, naturally). Getting down to the story. It starts with Hope, Miss Goddard and four other potential heirs of the deceased Cyrus Norman proceeding to that gentleman's deserted, lonely mansion in the Louisiana bayous. There they are greeted by the de ceased’s housekeeper and by the lawyer who is to read the will. The will is read to the accompani ent of dimming lights, and the mys terious tolling of seven bells, fol owed by a prediction by the house keeper that one person of the eight present will be dead before morning. Miss Goddard is named heiress, with the provision that a second heiress will be named if she is dead or insane w'ithin a month. A Disney cartoon, a Scenic and Movietone News make up the short program. “HIS GIRL FRIDAY” IS FEATURED AT CAROLINA The year’s wildest, wittiest whirl wind of romance, according to ecs tatic advance reports, opens today at the Carolina theatre with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell co starred- The film is Howard Hawks' "His Girl Friday,” a romantic com edy with Ralph Bellamy featured. “His Girl Friday” is said to be a sparklingly racy riot which bril liantly interweaves romance and laughter. Grant is seen as the mad dest man who ever ran a newspaper. Miss Russell is his capricious, cap tivating star reporter, and Bellamy the fuming, fretting insurance agent to whom she is engaged. Against a background of drama and tragedy, this splendid screen triumvirate move through excitingly hilarious events which top and climax each other in breathless fashion. "His Girl Friday” is heralded as a thrilling modern romantic comedy set against the vibrant background of metropolitan life. Suspenseful situations, scintillating dialogue and sparkling comedy are said to form an integral part of the picture. The unusually weII--hosen cast of featured and supporting players in cludes Helen Mack, Ernest Truex, John Qualen, Gene Lockhart, Ros coe Karns, Abner Biberman, Porter Hall, Clarence Kolb, Frank Orth, Isabel Withers, Cliff Edwards, Frank Jenks, Harry Watson and Pat West. Added attractions are an Artie Shaw short, a Pictorial Novelty and World News. The “mother lodges” of the Shrin ers and Elks are in New York city. 1 VATER PLANS NEW SUB-STATION 110,000-Volt Base To Be Built At Clarkton In Imme diate Future ELIZABETHTOWN, Jan. 28.—The Tide Water Power company will erect a 110,000 volt sub-station at Clarkton in the immediate future, H. M. Leaman, manager of the Whiteville branch office of the com pany, has announced. The purchase of the property now paves the way for the construction of the sub-station to begin immedi ately. This new unit will work to the definite advantage of the patrons of the Tide Water Power company in this section, Mr. Leaman said. At the present time, the current which supplies Whiteville and other Colum bus towns goes from the Carolina lines at Abbottsburg to Wilmington, and then is sent back to this area from Wilmington. With this new addition of a sub station, Whiteville and the other Co lumbus towns will get the current di rect from the main power line which goes by Clarkton, eliminating the necessity of transmission of the cur rent all the way to W’ilmington and then tack to Whiteviile. This will eliminate much of the chance of something happening to the more round-about-lines, Mr. Lea man said, emphasizing that the longer lines of transmission a com pany has, the more opportunity there is for something to happen to the lines, interrupting the service. Mrs. Comfort W. Allen Funeral Services Held Funeral services for Mrs. Comfort Walton Allen, 69, wife of Coroner Asa W. Allen, who died at her home, 914 Chestnut street, while asleep Friday night, were held from the Calvary Baptist church yester day afternoon at 3 o'clock. The Rev. Earle E. Bradley, pas tor of the church, conducted the services. Interment followed in Oakdale cemetery. Active pallbearers were: R. J. Holliday, L. L. Wright, George White, E. E. Dye, C. L. Covil, and J. C. Rogers. Honorary: Dr. W. Houston Moore, Dr. W. C. Mebane, Jr., Z. E. Mur rell, J. A. Orrell, R. P. McClammy, C. A Jurgensen, J. A. McDougal, J. H. Niggel, L. T. C. Skipper, J. L. Colley, H. W. Stevens, Eugene Bul lard, Hugh Cox and L. E. Williams. She is survived by her husband and the following other relatives: two daughters: Mrs. Ethel A. Brown, of Wilmington, and Mrs. Emma Murrell, of Cumberland, Md.; one son, Thomas W. Allen, of Wilmington: three sisters, Mrs. R. A. Biddle, Mrs. Dan George, and Mrs. Walter Farrow, all of Wil mington; one brother, A. D. Wal ton, of Naches, Wash., and five grandchildren. RECRUITING PUSHED PARIS, Jan. 28.—W—The Brit ish embassy announced today the opening of recruiting offices for all male Britons in France between ages of 20 and 50 who wish to vol unteer for the fighting services. The announcement also urged all Britons in France who have been exempt from compulsory service in England to register with the re cruiting office whether or not they were yet ready to volunteer. The falls of ancient Alexandria in Egypt were six miles in circuit. Old Age Policy Pays up to $50 a Month! Needed Protection, Agei 65 to 85, Costs Only 1 Cent a Day The Postal Lite & Casualty In surance Co., 1050 Postal Life Building, Kansas City, Mo., has a NEW accident policy for men and women of ages 65 to 85. It pays up to $500 if killed, up to $50 a month for disability, up to $25 a month for hospital care and other benefits that so many older people have wanted. And the cost is only 1 cent a day—$3.65 a year! Postal pays claims promptly; more than one-quarter million people have bought Postal policies. This special policy for older people is proving especially attractive. No medical examination—no agents will call. SEND NO MONET NOW. Just write us your name, address and age—the name, address and rela tionship of your beneficiary _ and we will send a policy for 10 days’ FREE INSPECTION. No obliga tion. This offer limited, so write today. For Fire, Automobile, Marine In. stirance and B )' d:j. Call General Ins. Agency "Win. Clark James Ii-abel .James All Lines of Insurance Masonic Temple Bldg:. Phone 16£ IMr. Business Man The next time you need a Personal Photograph be pre pared. Let us make it now so you’ll have it the moment you need it. Adams Studio Phone 190 for Appointment Rev. Morrison To Move To Kenansville Soon KENANSVILLE, Jan. 28 — The Rev. and Mrs. Joseph C. Morrison, of Old Church, Va., will move to Kenansville this week to make their home, Mr. Morrison having been called to the pastorates of Grove and Hallsville Presbyterian churches. Rev. Mr. Morrison is a graduate of Davidson college and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. For the past four years he has been located at Old Church, Va., where he served the Samuel Davies group of Churches. Mr. Morrison is a native of North Carolina. His father is now farm agent in Lincoln county. Mrs. Morrison is a native of Kannapolis. The new minister will hold his first service at Hallsville Sunday, February 4 and will preach in Kenansville Sunday. February 11. The ancient Egyptians computed time by instruments. SAUNDERS HEARING SCHEDULED TODAY White Man Is Charged With Obtaining Money Under False Pretense Here A preliminary hearing for John Saunders, elderly white man, who svas arrested Saturday on five charges of obtaining money under false pretense and one charge of passing a worthless check, will be held in recorder’s court this morn ing. Saunders operated in Wilmington under the firm name of “The Mine Electrician,’’ and claimed to be the operator of a publishing house. Police stated that his apparent intent was to hire a large number of girls as stenographers, requiring each to put up a cash bond of from $25 to $100, which was to be returned within 90 days, but had not been given back to the persons. He had about 20 young girls and two or three young boys in his employ and he said all were requir ed to furnish cash bonds before they were hired. Saunders was being held in jail last night under bond of $3,000 and police said that bond will be raised $500 for each additional charge lodged against him. James Franklin Hudson Funeral Services Held Funeral rites for James Frank lin Hudson, of 1916 Woolcott ave nue, who died suddenly while seat ed in a chair at his home, were held from the chapel of Andrews mortuary yesterday afternoon at 12:30 o’clock. Services were conducted by the Rev. O. P. Baird. Interment fol lowed in the family cemetery near the home of the deceased at Jack sonville. Mr. Hudson, who Coroner Asa W. Allen said died of natural causes. ,s survived by his wife, two sons, I. G„ and C. F. Hudson, of Wil mington; a daughter, Mrs. J. B. Pales, of Wilmington; two brothers. Luther and Rufus Hudson, both of Onslow county, and two sisters, Mrs. Claude Parker, of Onslow county, and Mrs. William Burton, of Greenville, N. C. DALADIER TO SPEAK PARIS, Jan. 28 — (f) __ P-Lladier'a office .nnounced , r that the premier would hrmJ oiaj the nation at 8 p m n „ adca« to T.) tomorrow. The' * address was not announced, Soviet Russia has a Els coastline °£ well.over 1 000 m-?** NEED A CAROLINA LOAN? If so, we shall be glad to consider your applicatio today. Follow the crowds to the ideal plan of hnm? financing. It pays! e" Two The / Million Dollar Carolina Building & Loan Assn. “Member Federal Home Loan Bank” ' C. M. BUTLER W. A. FONVIELLE \V. D. JONES President Sec.-Treas. Asst. Sec.-Trea« ROGER MOORE. Vice-Pres. J. 0. CARR, AttT' TAX LISTING The Machinery Act provides that Poll and Tangible Property tax returns shall be made to the list-taker during the month of January under the pains and penalties imposed by law. OWNERS OF AUTOMOBILES SHOULD BE PRE PARED TO GIVE TAX LISTERS FULL INFORMA TION AS TO MODEL, YEAR OF MANUFACTURE AND STATE LICENSE NUMBER. Wilmington township tax listers will be on the main 200L°f/c d JC0Urt house dai,y 8:30 A- M., to 5.30 *Sundays excepted, beginning January 2nd, County tax listers will meet their usual appoint ments as advertised. Harnett listers will meet at the court house Jan uary 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th and 31st. | Cape Fear Federal Point and Masonboro listers will meet at the court house January 30th and 31st. | J. A. ORRELL, County Auditor. ’i «»• i A PARTNERSHIP THAT WORKS Just as the news department of The Star-News, with its local and far-flung news gathering agencies, offer thousands of readers in South eastern North Carolina complete coverage of the day’s happenings, so does the advertising department of The Star-News give its advertising clientele full and complete coverage in the form of assistance in every phase of advertising work. Midway between the purchaser and the seller of goods at retail stand The Star-News advertising representatives. Serving as copy writers, layout artists, advertising counsellers, and goodwill ambassadors in addition to fulfilling regular selling duties, i Each of these men are specialists in the advertising and selling of commodities. Each contacts regularly local business establishments and confers with them regarding their advertising and merchandising pro grams. The business houses which derive most from their services are those who take these “men of the press” into their confidence and plan ahead—in some instances for months at a time. Many Wilmington merchants utterly refuse to buy any kind of ad vertising or advertising service until they have talked “with their ad vertising man.” Thus saving for themselves hundreds of dollars each year. You see the advertisements as they appear in The Star-News. They attract your attention, lead you to make a purchase from some local merchant. 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