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Count five words to line , The Associated Pbess is entitled to the exclusive use of all news stories appearing in The Wilmington Star SATURDAY. JUNE 15, 1940 ; Star-News Program Consolidated City-County Government under Council-Manager Administration. Public Port Terminals. Perfected Truck and Berry Preserving and Marketing Facilities. Arena for Sports and Industrial Shows. Seaside Highway from Wrightsville Beach to Bald Head Island. Extension of City Limits. 33-Foot Cape Fear River channel wid er Turning Basin, with ship lanes into industrial sites along Eastern bank south oj Wilmington. Paved River Road to Southport, via Orton Plantation. Development of Pulp Wood Produc tion through sustained-yield methods throughout Southeastern North Carolina. Unified Industrial and Resort Pro motional Agency, supported by one, county-wide lax. Shipyards and Drydock. Negro Health Center for Southeastern North Carolina, developed around the Community Hospital. Adequate hospital facilities for whites. Junior High School. Tobacco Warehouse for Export Buyers. Development of native grape growing throughout Southeastern North Carolina. Modern Tuberculosis Sanatorium. _______ TOP O' THE MORNING There is a singleness of purpose about the pure in heart that makes many umvorthy and distracting things just drop away as irrele vant. The pure in heart are drawn toward the good as simply and naturally as steel filings are drawn toward the magnet. There is in them a childlike responsiveness and ab sence of ulterior motives. —‘•FORWARD.’’ PARIS TAKEN The German war machine reaches Paris, de spite the stubborn fighting of the French and the steady depletion of its own forces and ma terials. But France gives no indication of sur render. On the contrary, the valiant armies that have contested every foot against superior Nazi armored and motorizd troops continue the battle with the same determination that has characterized their action since General Wey gand was called to the supreme Allied com mand. This is what counts. Not the loss of Paris. Paris is not animate. The armies of France are. They go on and on and on, against a piti less foe, a demoniac dictator whose sole pur pose is to destroy. They don’t stop. They sel dom eat. They know no defeat. Pressed back, always further back, by overwhelming superi ority in men and tanks and planes and the physical things that implement war, they keep doggedly at It because their spirit cannot be conquered. Hitler may eventually capture them, but heTl never kill that spirit. auu /» wuai inspires tne oenei mat no enemy is great enough to slay democracy. The French are fighting for their homeland, to be sure, but more important even than that, they are fighting for an ideal, for a right to live their own lives, unfettered by totalitarianism, in the freedom that can come only in freedom. With German divisions behind the Maginot line and the French defenders unable to turn their guns around, with the government again on the move southward and with Weyganc | forced to give ground, it is difficult to see how victory can come for them. One thing at least is certain. America cannot send the clouds of airplanes Premier Reynaud asks. Even witi our sympathies at fever heat, and our wist to aid, we do not possess them and we coulc not fly them to the battle field, nor coulc Canada man them for the flight. But it is noi , in the French tradition to quit. The will t< fight is still half the victory. - If we were sure the war would not touch us it would hardly be front page news, because w Ihave been growing gradually callous to worli ■uttering.—Dr. Ralph W. Sockman, New Yorl minister. ii THE REYNOLDS BILL QENATOR Robebt R. Reynolds, who has ^ long proclaimed that our laws fail adequate ly to solve the alien problem, has introduced in the senate a bill hopefully aimed at eradi cation of subversive activities. In view of the increasing alarm over fifth column threats, there is reason to believe that at last the senator’s efforts for alien control will receive not only sympathetic hearing but spqedy approval by the august body of which he is a member. The bill provides: Any person who: (a) By word of mouth or writing ad vocates, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, or propriety of overthrowing or overturning existing forms of constitu tional government by force or violence: of disobeying or sabotaging or hindering the carrying out of the laws, orders, or de crees of duly constituted civil, naval, or military authorities; or by the assassina tion of officials of the government of the United States or of the several states or by any unlawful means or under the guid ance of or in collaboration with officials, agents, or representatives of a foreign state or an international revolutionary party or group; or (b) Prints, publishes, edits, issues, or knowingly circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any book, paper, docu ment. or written or printed matter in any form, containing or advocating, advising or teaching the doctrine that constitutional government should be overthrown by force, violence, or any unlawful means; or (c) Openly, wilfully, and deliberately urges, advocates, or justifies by word of mouth or writing the assassination or un lawful killing or assaulting of any official of the government of the United States or of the several states because of his offi cial character or any other crime, with intent to teach, spread, or advocate the propriety of the doctrines of criminal an archy, criminal Communism, criminal Nazi ism, or criminal Fascism; or (d) Organizes or helps to organize or becomes a member of or voluntarily as sembles with any society, group, or as sembly of persons formed to teach or ad vocate such doctrines; or (e) Becomes a member of, associated with, or promotes the interest of any criminal anarchistic, Communistic, Nazi istic, or Fascistic organization, or helps to organize or become a member of or af filiated with any subsidiary organization or associated group or persons who advocates, teaches, or advises the principles of crimi nal anarchy, criminal Communism, or criminal Fascism. Shall be guilty of a felony and upon con viction thereof be subject to imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or a fine of not more than $10,000, or both. By taking favorable action on this measure, the senate, or rather both houses of congress, will have advanced a step nearer national se curity. THE “NORTH CAROLINA” The launching of the battleship North Caro lina marks the second quick step in American security. The first was the battleship Wash ington’s trip down the ways. This is the language, said Governor Hoey as the North Carolina splashed into the East river, "even a dictator can understand.” Thirty-five thousand tons naval power, that even Hitler can recognize as a bar to his pro gress, in combination with other, even more powerful, battleships to come and many lesser craft now building or contracted for, serve notice on ambitious dictators that the United States is in deadly earnest in its purpose to pre serve its right to live in freedom. There may even be a darker day than yes terday, when Paris fell, for the Allies. France may go down before the might of the Nazi armies. Her physical conquest is grimly possi ble, perhaps near. Her spiritual conquest can not come, but France may have to be a puppet state of Hitler. London, all England, may be taken. It is among Hitleb’s fondest dreams. But as long as America exists, he shall not possess its lands. This is the message that the spreading backwash of the East river carried when the hull of the North Carolina started it at its launching. It is significant that the state which has taken its place in the forefront of every mili tary emergency of the nation and of the South should give its name to this the second dread naught sped to completion under the new na tional defense program. North Carolina will be "there,” whenever its men, its resources, its intelligence and integrity are required for America’s protection. RUSSIA From Belgrade come expressions of confi dence that in case of an Italian thrust across the Adriatic the Russians would come to the aid of Yugoslavia. Well based or not, these statements at least call attention to the import ance of Russia’s role in the new situation. To indicate this importance still more clearly it is only necessary to repeat what the Turks are saying—that Moscow holds the key to Tur key’s participation in the war. If the Kremlin uses its weight to keep Italy from extending hostilities to the eastern Mediterranean, Tur key can stay out. Otherwise Turkey will have to fight. The Turks are more than willing to stay at peace, to judge from the arguments the Turk ish press has been citing for the benefit of the Russians. The Turkish case is that Russia can | not be indifferent to trouble in the eastern j Mediterranean because the involvement of the ; states around the Black sea would directly af fect her own interests. Furthermore, it is pointed out that Germany is temporarily stand ing pat in the Balkans because she has all she can do in the west. An Axis victory, the Turks contend, might change the situation over night. So it would seem, but the argument may not be convincing in Moscow. Mussolini did not listen to warnings that by entering the war on Hitleb’s side he would only forge chains for the Italian people. The Russians may be equal ly impervious to logic, for good or bad reasons. True, the signs are that they are taking heed. They have now renewed regular diplo matic relations with the Allies. Mussolini seems determined to keep his war in the west ern Mediterranean. But there is no certainty that this testimony is to be trusted. FATHER'S DA I Perhaps dad doesn't deserve much sympa thy. He sets up rules of conduct in the home which irk us tremendously. He insists on hav ing meals on time and raises the dickens when they are late—or cold. He wants an account ing of household expenditures and wonders why Junior needs so many shoes and Sister must have hair-dos every week or t~o and Mother can’t get along without a servant. He’s a fuss budget, and it’s a mercy he’s out of the house so much of the time. But once a year, on Father’s Day, we take time to appraise his position, and sometimes come to the conclusion that it would be hard to get along without him, especially when first of-the-month bills roll in. In the fulfillment of another year, tomorrow will be Father’s Day. He won’t know it unless Sister and Junior and Mother greet him with a kiss at the breakfast table and perhaps slip a little package beside his plate—some token showing that he is still an important factor in family existence. And even then he may be too "male” to make a fuss over the unusual demonstration but in his heart he’ll feel a deep, comforting thrill. It will be well worth while to do something out of the ordinary for dad tomorrow. For all his crankiness and discipline, he’s a good scout under the surface. Make him know that you know it. Editorial Comments From Other Angles SWORD AND PEN (New York Herald Tribune) To countless minds there is recurring, as it has recurred before in times of great crisis, the passionate belief that somewhere, ultimate ly, there must be a limit to the powers of brute violence. This mighty apparatus of force— these tanks and guns and demolition bombs are frightful instruments. It may oe that for a time mere flesh and blood can find no answer to them. But that they should triumph in the end—that man, who made them, should be for ever or for long enslaved to their senseless ver dicts—seems impossible. Most living Americans have been brought up to believe that in the last analysis “the pen is mightier than the sword,” that men may be slain but that ideas can not be, that govern ments can be overthrown by artillery but not the fundamental moral values of truth and free dom and fair dealing. With every advance of Hitler’s iron legions there surely must be rising up the intangible resistances—the passion, the conviction and the resolve—which will slow and stop and finally rout them, as the forces of ether military conquerors have been routed in the end. Man is not yet the creature of a cannon; there are still forces in this world superior too ex plosives. One must cling to that conviction. Yet one must cling to it with a sense of realities. It is quite true that the pen is mightier than the sword (just as the engine w-hich drives it is mightier than the bombing plane) so long as the pen has a sword to wield. The most colos sal tank or the biggest battleship ever built is or no avail unless manned by men with some Idea or ideal powerful enough to make them fight—as is proved by the history of many sur. rendered fleets and abandoned fortresses. But however powerful the Idea, it is also useless without the weapons. And it is Hitler's instinc tive appreciation of both truths, unfortunately, which is at the bottom of his whole success. Hitler's pen has been just as mighty as his dive bombers. He manufactured the ideal along with the tanks; the first was put Into quantity production like the second, and there are many stories now coming back from Europe of the fanatic fury with which Hitler's young Nazis are marching to the slaughter to prove that the ideal has been as great a practical success upon the battlefield as the tanks and bombers. We cannot, therefore, comfort ourselves with the thought that this is a struggle between free men and machinery, in which the latter ulti mately must lose. It is a struggle between free and machine-made ideals, between pens voicing the ideals, emotions and moral concepts which have grown slowly out of the common experience of Western civilizations, and Dens drafted to cre ate with consummate art and cynicism a con trary and carefully manufactured ideal suitable to the purpose of military conquest. It is a darker struggle, and no one can say how it will end. The Nazi ideal, like every thing else in Hitler Germany, is ersatz, and one may hope it will crumble finally. But so far it has worked; and it can be conquered, if at all, only by a civilized ideal armed with no less powerful material weapons and endowed with an equally blazing vitality for those who hold it. ■ ~ 1 ' 1 , —■■■ . i, QUOTATIONS Let America be strong. Then, if America fights a war, it will be our own war, for our own coun try.—Raymond J. Kelly, National Commander, American Legion. * * * Dazzled by Hitler’s promises of vast French booty, Mussolini has made his fateful decision. In doing so he has demonstrated to the vast ma jority of peace-loving, God-fearing Italians that he has outlived his usefulness.—Goffredo Pan taleoni, who resigned as head of the Italian Tour ist Office. . * * * I should be happy to have the college activity associated with a program for the salvaging of life and hope of youngsters on whom the burden of war has fallen with terrifying force.—Presi dent Mildred McAfee of Welleseley College. » * * More and more people are forgetting how to use their feet. The habit is going to get so bad that human beings will just shuffle along.—Bur nett M. Roscoe, Pittsburgh insurance ad juster. , 0 ♦ JOBS for JUNE GRADUATES Warns Cinderella Path Isn't Road To Movie Career by J. G. MAYER Studio Manager and Director of Personnel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Hopefully turned toward Holly wood are the eyes of thousands of young men and women all over the country as they graduate this June to begin the .task of cutting a niche for them selves in the in dustries of the na tion. Not in the spirit of throwing cold water on young hopes, but with the sincere desire of informing them exactly what con ditions are, I hope 1 may save many of them disan Maver Pointment and Mayer heartaches. In the first place, motion picture production is highly specialized. Every position is held by a person trained and experienced in the par ticular work he or she performs. A college education is valuable. But in practical use it is nothing more or less than a tool, which may be used to advantage only through the experience of the person using it. Many engineering graduates ap ply, for instance, for work in the sound department. Their technical training is only a foundation. The experience in the particular prob lems that go into sound recording is absent. An engineer’s diploma alone does not make them of any use. Sound engineers come from long training, much of it in practical telephone work. The graduate’s local tele phone company should be his at tempted take-off for such work. Girls who have studied design want to design costumes. This, too, is a very specialized calling. Train ing in the theater and in big cos tume houses should be their start ing work. In every department—wardrobe, make-up, set designing, sound, electrical—the work calls for per sons experienced in their lines. Even in the acting field, the Cinderella story is a myth. Aspi rants should try the Little Theater, or some good professional training such as Union College’s Mohawk Drama Festival, for experience first. Every day we receive applicants for work. “Willing to try anything and learn,” is the usual plea. The applicant doesn’t know what he can do in a studio, or what he wants to do. He just wants a job. Kindest advice I can give the average graduate, and the most truthful, is “Stay Away from Hol lywood until your experience in other work fits you for usefulness there.” NEXT: Youth’s Chances for Em ployment. Illinois Republicans Sidetrack Effort To Pledge Votes To Dewey SPRINGFIELD, 111., June 14 —(A1)—The Illinois republican con vention sidetracked an effort today to pledge the state’s 58 delegates to Thomas E. Dewey of New York and adopted a platform declaring: “The republican party stands for Americanism and peace, the democratic party stands for in ternationalism and war.” Backers o fother presidential candidates blocked an endorse ment of Dewey, but the conven tion voted “appreciation and com mendation” for the New York pro secutor’s efforts toward “a revival of interest in the American system of government.” 3 uayton Rubber Company Receives N. C. Contract RALEIGH, June 14— Iff) —The Dayton Rubber and Manufacturing company of Dayton, Ohio, today received a contract to furnish $457,290.23 worth of tires and in nertubes for state-owned automo biles, trucks and buses. Montgomery Aldridge company of Durham was awarded a con tract for $6,579.53 worth of tires. Prices for the tires and tubes were 19-63 per cent higher than last year, officials of the board of awards said. They attributed the increase to shortages of raw rubber, and said they considered rejecting all bids, but were afraid prices might rise even higher. 3 A. C. L. Rosehill Agent Is Sent To Roseboro HOSEHILL, June 14 _ S West, Atlantic Coast Line agent at Rosehill, has been transferred to a similiar position at Roseboro it has been announced. No announcement has been made as to his successor. 3 ITALIAN SEIZED" OTTAWA, June 14_ (a» Francheschini, milionaire pru dent of a shipbuilding company which is constructing four mfne sweepers for the Canadian navy rali/ns "S r"oI I“*'* “2®-^ 3 1941 Staff Problem? Man About j Manhattan By Georqe Tucker NEW YORK, June 14 — Before he hurried off to California with his coin collections, his basifon, his czarist medals, his wife and his accordions Basil Fomeen gave a farewell party for his friends. Fomeen is a cherubic, slightly mad Russian who served with the Whites as an officer and arrived in Manhattan with exactly two cents in his pocket after the ex periment failed. He smokes long, white Russian cigarettes which his mother makes for him and which he presents to his friends on all occasions. This party, held on top of one of Manhattan’s tallest hotels, turned out to be a Carpathian Mardi Gras of smoked sturgeon, caviar, smouldering - eyed girls, vodka, and champagne. The vod ka was plentifully scattered around on tables in water glasses. There were also plenty of water glasses holding water, which pre sented a puzzling problem to late arrivals in as much as vodka and water are identical in appearance. Finally Basil made things easier for those who wished to drink wa ter occasionally by dropping jack straws into the vodka glasses. * * * It was a noisy, tumultuously sentimental evening. Adia Knznet zoff flew in from Hollywood just to lend his Russian baritone to the occasion. There was an ampli fier on the floor, and a recording machine present. Every note, yell, shout, cheer, laugh, wisecrack, plus all the hum and confusion was instantly recorded and played back to this appreciative audience of newspapermen, Russian chan tPllQPQ Hanpprc iiicf aoaaI n Through the evening a gypsy or chestra played unremittingly, and a black-eyed girl from the Ural mountains district in Russia sang passionate laments, all in Russian. Most of the songs were Basil’s own. Indeed, for favors, his guests were presented with richly ornamented albums of his songs —published in Russian but carry ing English translations. Some are melancholy airs, imbued with the traditional melancholy of Moscov ite maidens whose Cossack lovers are off on dangerous forages. Oth ers are light and gay. All are melodious and catchy. And just why was Basil Fo meen pulling out from his slip in Manhattan for California? “I’m tired of New York life. Maybe I will make a great suc cess in California. If not, I will buy me a filling station and write a symphony.’’ » * • He said, “See that lady with'the white hat framed against the win dow? That is my mother. God bless her.” He leaped up and ran across the floor and kissed her cheek. He drank a noisy salute to his friends, introducing first one then another over the amplifier. “Come” shouted Basil, “let there be more sturgeon and champagne. See that lady across this table with the flower in her hair. That is my wife. God bless her.” He leaped across the table and kissed her cheek. There was tumultuous fPP^a,u?e- Just as he was saying, lhat is my wife. God bless her,” his own voice playing back through • 6 a!?Plified recording, was say jug. This is my mother. God bless her.” It was a sort of double talk, with caviar dressing, and in this room the record on the recording machine wasn't the only thing that was whirling. Down stairs, we hailed a pass ing cab, waved a fond adieu to Basil, and, with a prayer for Holy Russia on our lips, climbed in md gave the driver directions for ' jetting us home. 3 Hollywood Sights And Sounds — ' By Robbin Coons ■ —" HOLLYWOOD, June 14 — Cuts from the newsreel: The Ritz Brothers, after squabbles at the U, have setiled on “Argentine Nights,” in which the Andrews Sisters of disc, air and stage note will be their three some. . . . Hollywood is launched on that South American way with this and with “Down Argentine Way,” in which the film insepara bles, Faye and Ameche, co-star... Cast also has Carmen Miranda, the South American Way girl. . . . Few knew it, but Anna Sten doesn’t live in that very modern istic beach house any more. Sold it, built another, a French pro vincial, in Brentwood. . . . The Predric Marches, who built a n elaborate Beverly Hills hovel be fore March got the state yen, like wise have sold, are living in a smaller hut. . . . Makes Broadway commuting simpler, he say , . George Abott, tall, gray, dis tinguished. in town for screen translation of his “Too Many Girls,” in time for final scenes of his “Boys from Syracuse.”. . . . Kay Kyser returned for a five week stint at Catalina Island, talk ing over his next picture with David Butler, director of his first. . . . This time they won’t make a story about an orchestra leader who hasn’t a story for his first picture. . . . Says Butler: “We have a few ideas, but nothing de finite yet.” . . . Says Kay: “We’ve heard we have Dorothy Lamour as the leading lady—and several other leading ladies—but it’s the first we’ve heard of it. . . Will it be Ginny Simms, the Kyser band’s warbler, as it was in the first picture? “That’ right—you're right,” says Kay. With the community full of hon orary majors, fire chiefs and such, Hollywood has a real, bona fide city official. . . . Roy Seawright, the camera genie who mad? the dinosaurs tick in “1.000,000 B, C." and supplied the “Topper1’ a n d “Turnabout” illusions, w»s elected to city council in his home town of Hermosa Beach — on a “re form” platform. . . . Danielle Darrieux is in town but only in a French movie. . . It’s been a long time since a Har old Bell Wright novel was screen ed. .. . Now it’s to be “The Shepherd of the Hills," with Bob Preston and that busier-and-bus ier Betty Field. . . . DeMille finished “Northwest Mounted Police” ahead of sched ule, but it’s doubtful that his next will be “Queen of Queens," the story of the Virgin Mary, as pre viously announced. He would have to have an undivorced star in the title role, and Madeleine Carroll, who for technical beauty would be his first choice, wouldn’t qualify in that respect. Ingrid Bergman, another contender, probably couldn’t be borrowed. ... i * * * D. Lamour and other stars are in for a roasting in the forthcoming > Allan Jones-Susanna Foster music al. .. . Susanna is preparing sever al “imitations” of the Lamour style of song. ... Paulette Goddard is planning an eastern trip— to Dennis, Mass, —to play the lead in a "straw hat” production of “Our Betters It’ll be some time in July- - - - _ Capture Of Paris Is Celebrated In Berlin BERLIN. June 14—Utt—1There was a special demonstration at the state opera house tonight over the fall of Paris. Before the performance of Wag ner's Die Meistersinger, one o f Adolf Hitler’s favorites, the cur tains parted and the entire cast revealed on the stage, arms up raised in the Nazi salute. The audience followed suit—with the exception of a party of Ameri cans in the private box of U. S. Charge D’Affaires Alexander Kirk. They stood. Everyone else sang the twin na tional anthems—the Horst Wessel Lied and Deutschland. REPORTS DENIED MOSCOW, June 14—(#>—The So viet government described as “de void of any foundation” reports abroad that Russia had promised Sweden assistance in event of at tack upon that Scandinavian coun try by a third power. A statement issued by Tass, the official news agency said: “Responsible Soviet quarters point out that the Soviet union generally does not engage in distributing ‘promises’ of assist ance.” Training Of Civilian I Pilots To Start Today ATLANTA, June 14—(2D—Train ing of 2,130 civilian airplane is to start tomorrow in 62 southern schools and colleges, the civil ae. onautics authority announced day. The special 90-day summ« course, officials said, is Pla on a basis of instruction 12 ■ a day, six days a week. The pi are to be drawn from region - eluding North and South CaroM - Florida, Georgia, Tennessee. A bama, Mississippi and ea-> Louisiana. ,„jp. Participating institutions incl North Carolina—Agricultural a Technical college. Gycen5Tiifh Duke university, Elon college Point college, Lenoir-Rhyne ' ° North Carolina State college, jor. byterian junior college. »» h est college, and Universi.j 0 - ^ Carolina. National Guard Camp Resolution U Mop* RALEIGH, June 14"!f^?egguii ors of the North Carolm resolu. of municipalities passed , don today urging city ;o “dock” the pay of mim‘c P uard ployes who attend na 10 r° for encampments this sum' ;hree-week training Pell0f«v.a as October 13 to 15 were • 3] he dates for the league s a ;onvention, to be hela n Charlotte. 'F'lizabeth Mayor J. B. Flora of &«ded jity, league president. P- d jver the meeting here.