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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS is entitled to the exclusive use of all news stories appearing in The Wilmington Star SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 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. 35-Foot Cape Fear River channel, wid er Turning Basin, with ship lanes into industrial sites along Eastern bank south of 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 tax. Shipyards and Drydock. Negro Health Center for Southeastern I North Carolina, developed around the Community Hospital. Adequate hospital facilities for whites. j Junior High School. Tobacco Warehouse for Export Buyers. Development of native grape growing throughout Southeastern North Carolina. Modern Tuberculosis Sanatorium. TOP O' THE MORNING Unless a man believes he is sick, he will not call a physician, no matter how skillful the physician may be. No matter how great a Saviour we have, men will not call on Him unless they believe themselves morally ill unto death. It pleases God. to use the teach ing of His law to convince them of their need of Him. —QUARTERLY. Airport Improvements The decision to proceed with improvements at Bluethenthal airport is in the interest of preparedness. As that is what the nation and the American people are most concerned with these days, there can be no doubt the decision is a wise one. Especially is the plan to macadamize the runways timely. This will prevent flooding or washouts and form a foundation for perma nent surfacing, whether with tarvia or con crete, if and when the field is taken over for defense training. Were this work still to do then much valu able time would be wasted when time is at a premium. By doing it now the airport will be available for private fliers in large numbers, and only a minor job be necessary for any use in the defense program. With full lighting equipment installed and other improvements started to give Bluethen thal high rating by the Civil Aeronautics Ad ministration, federal authorities will find little more to be done when and if the transfer is made. The county authorities are to be congratu lated for carrying the airport project forward so speedily and so near to completion. Outwitting The Nazis Germans claim that Britain is applying a iew kind of varnish to the under side of war plane wings which render the planes invisible. That, say the Nazis, is why their anti-aircraft guns are unable to blast the British planes to pieces when they fly over Berlin. It probably is true. The British are an in genius people and it is not at all improbable they have concocted a varnish that absorbs the beams of Nazi searchlights. The more credit to them if they have. But even more significant than Germany’s acknowledgment that the British have out witted them in a scientific discovery which they are unable to fathom, is the tacit admis sion that German gunners are not equal to their task. __ _ ,fi| The People Want It When attendance at soft ball games mounts above 2,000, as it frequently does, we may take it for granted that Wilmington is sports minded. The throngs that turn out at Robert Strange playgrounds for the nightly games of this variation on baseball are not only large but enthusiastic, as stay-at-homes a half-mile away well know from the shouting. With this demonstration of the Wilmington attitude before them, the city’s sports pro moters would be justified in undertaking a drive for the athletic arena which the Star News has heartily endorsed. The time is not far distant when outdoor games will be impossible. While it is a fact that Wilmington’s winters usually come un der the head of “open” and little severe cold interrupts most activities, there are long spells of chilly weather when spectators ex perience considerable discomfort at athletic contests out of doors. It would be a fine thing, and a tremendous asset to the city, if there were a hall in which all manner of sports, ex cept golf and baseball, could be enjoyed both by contestants and spectators throughout the winter. Groups promoting the purchase of the Ma rine hospital site for an armory had visioned the possibility of using that great building as an athletic center as well as a militia head quarters, but with that project held up indef initely, the athletic community will have to make other arrangements if there are to be winter sports on a large scale in the city. What those arrangements can be depends up on the initiative and creative talent of those who know that Wilmington wants its sports and will support them. If they can mature a plan for an arena—Manley Memorial arena —they may be sure that a great majority of Wilmington’s citizens will do its part for the project. It is important that such a project be un dertaken now, when thoughts of war and preparations for war are uppermost in most minds, if only as a source of relief, a safety valve, for the masses of our population. Hitler’s Hard Task It must be true that German raids are caus ing heavier damage in Britain than London dispatches reveal. News reels shown at local moving picture theaters are proof of this. Whole blocks of homes and stores in ruins; industries shattered, bomb craters in high ways, and sinking ships tell, not a different, but a more graphic story than the official communiques. And there can be no doubt that Hitler has not struck the peak of his air attack. He is thought to have five divisions of a thousand warplanes each on the continent for raids across the channel and may at any time hurl larger numbers into the battle than at any previous time. But it must not be forgotten that among the chief objectives of the Nazi air battle is to demoralize the British people, to lower their morale, to bring them to so desperate a pass that they will no longer obey their militant government but be ready for submission, since the war began Hitler has depended largely on terror. He has hoped to find it as effective against the British as in other con quered countries. But thus far he has been unable to shake the stern courage of the Brit ish people. They watch their homes crumble, and laugh. They bury their dead, and gird themselves for more fighting. They defend their capital, their important cities and in dustries with amazing zeal and skill, and find time to counter-attack. It is probably true that the Royal Air force is causing as much havoc in Germany and German-held countries as Nazi war birds in England. This valiant flying force has de stroyed essential war materials in Europe, gasoline, munitions, communications, commu nications, and preyed on troop concentrations and airfields. Hitler has suffered severely Erom British bombing raids. To keep the enemy harried at its base, no less than to de fend their own country, is the strategy of the British war command. So, any estimate of the battle now in prog ress would be inaccurate if based solely on British physical losses or loss of civilian lives. It must take into consideration that Hitler has failed to quench the spirit of the British or lower their morale. As long as the British people can laugh at disaster and go on in creasing their air force despite losses, can go on with the manufacture of war needs, ana hold the British navy intact to resist invasion and prevent blockade, Hitler cannot hope for ultimate victory. And every day the British hold out now, with bad flying weather just ahead, brings him nearer to final defeat. Differences Are Slight The position on conscription of the house military committee is not irreconcilable with the bill approved by the senate. As it emerged from the committee for consideration on the floor, the house bill makes men between 21 and 44 eligible for the draft, instead of 21 to 30, as in the senate bill. Action on the senate proposal to draft industries where deemed necessary was postponed for the time being.' Otherwise, the two bills are in approximate agreement, and there is no reason to assume that such differences as exist, including the important question of age limits, cannot be quickly adjusted by compromise in joint con ference or that there will be any hurtful delay in final passage. Leaders in the house expect to have all de bate concluded in a few days and confidently iook for an approving ballot by the end of next week. That, however, does not mean that a draft army can be enrolled at once. Much still remains to be done to perfect the ma \ chinery under which the conscription legisla tion will function. Some observers believe it will be impossible to have a draft force in training before Novem ber. If they are correct, there will be at least two months for eligibles to adjust their private affairs and be ready to answer the call with all necessary personal arrangements perfected without sacrifice. With the advantage of lessons learned from the draft for the last World war before them the officials with the new draft in charge should be able to avoid many blunders of 1916. i ' I Editorial Comments From Other Angles CONVERSATIONS IN CANADA (N. Y.) Herald Tribune Mayor LaGuardia, sitting at Ottawa as the head of the American section of the Joint Per manent Defense Board, has defined its pur poses with his customary Succinctness. “The problem is whether or not strategic points in the Western Hemisphere shall be taken for offensive action by a potential enemy or used as points of defense for the Western Hemi sphere.’ ’ And he has flung himself into this problem with all his customary energy, an energy shared by his military and civilian col leagues from both countries. It is the broadest kind of problem. It is con cerned with specific bases, such as Halifax and (though Canada is only indirectly involved with these) Newfoundland, Bermuda, Jamaica and Trinidad, all of them of critical import ance to any defense system of the Americas. But harbors and forts and airfields are only a beginning. The whole of Canada is itself a base, the nearest, most accessible and fhost powerful base for any European attack on the United States, just as it is the most power ful advance base which the United States could present to Europe. And the mainten ance of Canada against potential attack goes beyond leases on this or that spot. Military collaboration, economic and financial collabo ration, the adjustment of production schedules none of these is excluded, or can be if the job is to be done properly. The identity of interest between the two countries is so obvious, the necessity which would compel the United States to defend Canada—whether there had ever been a Mon roe Doctrine or not, whether the President had ever made his Kingston speech in 1938 or not—is so imperative, that isolationist senti ment, which has caviled at so many other es sential defense measures, has hardly criticized the appointment of the joint board. It is true that Canada is at war. It is true that these are “military conversations’; and that, while they can in no way bind either government, they must concert plans which the pressure of an emergency would almost certainly make operative, since no other plans would be avail able upon which to act. But the facts are so plain, the necessity to have joint plans ready, joint bases prepared, is so urgent that few wish to interpose any obstacle. The very fact that Canada is a nation at war is no argument against this action; it is the overwhelming argument for it. This pa per has made no secret of its belief that American relations with the British Common wealth is the first point for present action in defense of the United States. Because we be lieve Britain to be the last bridgehead of de mocracy in Europe we have urged the dis patch of the World W’ar destroyers and the lending of every other aid which can help to hold it. Because Canada has become the bridge itself over which war may reach this continent, we have urged not simply military conversations but a full treaty of mutual as sistance and any other action that will hold the bridge, and tell the world in time that the bridge will be held. That is the work on which the Joint Board is engaged. It is one of the most important pieces of work being done today. 1 I " ———————————————— WASHINGTON DAYBOOK BY JACK STINNETT WASHINGTON, Aug. 30.—The scene is the Capitol barber shop. The characters, are, of course, your correspondent’s own, but the talk is something very much like what you hear where politicians meet these days: Barber—How-de-do, Senator, How are you these nice cool days? Senator—Hot under the collar. And don’t take off too much. Been running my fingers through it so much lately, hardly got any hair left. Representative (snickering through the suds)—Guess you got defensitis, Senator. It’s an epidemic now, you know. Got every poli tician in the country jittery. Sen.—Young man, if you mention defense again, I’ll go right out in your bailiwick and campaign for your defeat. And, besides, when a man has been in the Senate as long as I have, he’s no longer a politician. * * * Rep.—All right, Senator, I’ll remember. But that reminds me. Don’t you think this presi dential political campaign is really beginning to take on a pattern? Sen.—Certainly it is, young man. Any poli tician with half an eye can see that. Why, I’ve seen it for at least two weeks now, prac tically ever since Mr. Willkie made his ac ceptance speech and Ickes stepped up to an swer him. Rep.—You saw it then? Sen.—Certainly. Why it was as plain as the nose on my ... on your face. Willkie’s idea is to try to smoke “the Champ” as he calls him, into the open. And Roosevelt’s . . or the Democratic party’s strategy (have it your own way) ... is to keep baiting Willkie with the boys who can ask embarrassing questions without upsetting Presidential digni ty or taking the President away from his desk in a time of crisis. * * * Rep.—Then you don’t think there’s going to be any debating? Sen.—Certainly' not. Unless you call Will kie’s rebuttals of the President’s statements a debate. Rep.—And this southern swing of the Presi dent . . . don’t you think Willkie’s demands for debate sort of drove the President out in the open there? Sen.—If you’ll go back in the President’s date book, I'll bet you’ll find the TV A and Smoky Mountain dates listed before Willkie ever said a word about wanting to meet any body. Of course the President could have called them off, and the fact he didn’t may be a hint of something—but you can’t tell what it is yet. No sir, I figure the President is just goiijjg to continue his front-porch-and --f Man About Manhattan Bv Georgs Tucker NEW YORK, Aug, 30.—Is this unpredictable city about to witness another wave of bathtub and lov ers lane murders such as charac terized New York during the mid dle thirties and which reached an all-time high in brutality with the death of Nancy Titterton, pretty young wife of a radio executive, who was slain by a madman in her Beekman place apartment, on East river? Could be. The police have come up with two such cases in recent days which fit right into the pic ture. Up in the Bronx a young wife, barely 22 and the mother of two children, was found slain. Less than twenty-four hours later, in a hidden lovers’ lane in the Dyker Beach section of Brooklyn, the body of a pretty, 19-year-old wait ress was found. The body was mangled and badly burned. This girl was a Norwegian and worked in the children’s ward of the Norwegian Hospital. Her fa ther was an unemployed house painter. Her salary was the fam ily’s only income. * * * In the girl’s pocketbook they did find the clipping of a poem by Philip Freneau, “The Fading Rose, and the photograph of a young man. That was all. There weren’t many clues. But the police ex pressed confidence in a quick so lution. The amazed and grief-strick en people who lived in the girl’s neighborhood said it was the work of a sex maniac. It may be pertinent to mention that just a day before this girl was killed a New York magistrate, in one of the Manhattan courts, expressed the opinion that indecent literature on the public newsstands was contributing heavily to adoles cent and even to adult delinquen cies, and that unless it was curbed the people could expect an up swing in crime. Mayor LaGuardia promptly announced a “black list’’ of magazines, many nationally fa mous and noted for their startling revelations of certified incidents in the lives of anonymous authors. The publishers of these magazines indignantly denied that their pub lications had anything to do with the formation of bad habits and demanded to know why they were being “persecuted” when all of the material in these publications has already passed the postal regula tions of the United States. What is to be done about the matter has not been announced. A famous distributor of these mag-1 azines said he did not intend to ignore the mayor’s warnings, but he did say that, at the moment at least, he had no intention of removing any of the listed maga zines from the company’s news stands. We mention this purely as a co incidence, because the magistrate prophecy was hardly in print be fore the second of the newest atro city murders was being flashed in to the police offices of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Stories of this nature fill many volumes of New York’s history dur ing the last decade. There was Ver onica Gedeon, a beautiful artists’ model, who was slain; there were the famous Dot King and Starr Faithful mysteries, both blunt, and brutal and sordid. Neither has been solved by the police, and there are those who believe they never will be solved. * * * Another personality on Broadway who goes in for the single name like Annabella and Garbo is Yvette, 17-year-old singing star of NBC. Yvette was born and also brought up in New Orleans. 2 APPROVAL GIVEN NEW BERN, Aug. 30.—C5>)—Dr. W. L. Hand announced that H. B. Bosworth, supervisor of Pisgah na tional forest, of which Croatan for est is a unit, had advised him that final approval had been given the Fisher landing site for the proj ected Croatan organization’s camp. The site has been a sub ject of controversy for two months. defense-inspection campaign and for one let the other bigwigs in the party do a little political hod carrying. * * * Rep.—But do you thing that will be effective? Do you think Secre tary Ickes’ speech, for instance really got under Mr. Willkie’s skin’’ Sen.—Young man, evidently you didn’t read Mr. Willkie’s state ment following that speech with any perspicacity. Certainly, it got under his skin. Mr. Willkie may have been the greatest utility man this country ever has seen ... he may be the greatest man this coun try ever has seen. . . but in politics he’s just Little Red Riding Hood If Willkie’s going to come out on the other side of the political woods he is going to have to learn fast ’ •*?e?‘7Kow. am 1 going to know if he s learning? Sen.—Weil, I’m just a Senator, but if I were what they call a prac tical politicians, I’ll tell you that ' you’d know he’s learning when you begin to see some of the old wheel 1 tiorses of the Republican party : blocking on his door. This may be 1 a crusade, but if Willkie wants to ' win it, he better get a little old- 1 Uni+ °' P' halp’ President Roose- ’ veR knows that. What do you 1 thmk he s been cleaning the New 1 Deal house for lately? Why cer- 1 tarnly, young man, to make room ' for the goold old Democratic party! They can talk all they want about the parties being dead, but you Id £ th? Votes are sd. This is a two party nation young man, and if you forget that! 1 you 11 never get to the Senate. * Are You Superstitious ♦ ABOUT WARTS? By RUTH FARRAR NEA Special Correspondent Have you any warts? Then count them and put the same number ol rocks in a sack. Drop the sack in the middle of a crossroads. The first passer-by to pick up the sack will inherit the warts. If this fails, don’t despair. Amer ican folklore in the large collec tion of Dr. B. A. Cartwright of the University of Oklahoma in cludes hundreds of superstitious wart cures. Here are other ways of losing the pesky things: Squeeze juice from a bean leaf on a wart. In three days the wart will disappear. Your wart will go away if you rub it in dirt from a new grave. Wear a copper cent on a string around your neck and your warts will leave. If you steal your neighbor’s dish rag, your warts will disappear. To cause warts to go away, rub them with the juice of a dandelion, with tobacco juice, with milkweed juice, or rub them with a stalk of green mustard. Warts will go away if you sell them to someone and receive mon ey for them. A third son born after his fa ther’s death has magic power to remove warts. Count all your warts and tell your aunt how many you have; if she does not tell anyone, your warts will disappear. Rub your warts with coffee grounds, put the grounds in a bag and bury it. The warts will leave To make your warts leave, wash them at midnight in water found in a hollow tree-stump. Hub poke-root on your warts to make them disappear. Rub your wart with a grain of corn and drop the grain into a well. The wart will leave when Lhe grain rots. Catch a live fish and rub it on your warts to cure them. Hold a hailstone on your wart until it melts. The wart will go in a short time. Put a katydid on your wart. It will remove the wart. Tie as many knots in a twine string as you have warts. Sus pend the string under the eaves of the house where the water can irip on the knots. It will wash all your warts off. If you touch a wart during a :hunderclap, the wart will soon dis ippear. That one can rid himself of varts by going mountain climbing in a thunderstorm is the belief of Leonard C. Chatwin, a young sci entist at the University of British Columbia. Recently, Chatwin, a member of he British Columbia Mountaineer ng Club, described how, with a ellow member, he had been caught in a thunderstorm while icaling an 8000-foot peak. Chat vin’s partner, who had warts, lost hem a week after the mountain hunderstorm and attributed it to he forks of invisible lightning that itruck their axes, setting up a ‘steady buzzing hiss.” 1 NEXT Cure superstitions. North Dakota had the lowest per centage of accidental deaths of all tates ip uiu» WOOD-WORKING SHOP TO OPEN IN ONSLOW Twenty Youths Will Be Assigned To Project Sponsored By Board Of Education JACKSONVILLE, Aug. 30.—An NYA wook-working shop, sponsor ed by the Onslow county board of education, will be opened here Mon day, it was announced today by Mrs. Mary Lily Blake, county su pervisor. Twenty youths will be assigned to the project, of which Hilton Had not will be foremen. Work will con sist chiefly of building school desks and tables and other equipment, as well as mechanical work on school busses. At the same time, Mrs. Blake announced that three youths had left for the Hickory Grove NY£ ;raining center, near Charlotte, rhey were James English, Zollie Pearce and Ronard Pearce, all of Richlands, R. F. D. 1. 2 TO RE-OPEN CREEK JACKSONVILL, Aug. 30.—Blue :reek, choice fishing creek near aere closed to fishermen this ipring and summer for spawning purposes, will be re-opened Sep ember 1, it was announced today sy Fish and Game Protector G. K. Eubanks KILNER FOUND DEAD IN GAS-FILLED ROOM Retired General Has Served As As sistant To Chief Of The Army Air Corps WASHINGTON, Aug. 30.-® Brig. Gen. Walter G. Kilner, « who was decorated for herois® during the World war and law became assistant to the chief of tr. air corps, was found dead today the gas-filled kitchen of the apa-r ment of Col. J. de F. Lamer, friend whom he was visiting. The war department announce Kilner’s death and said that had been living at Buffalo, N. " since his retirement from ac service last Nov. 30. . , President Roosevelt appoim Kilner to succeed Col. Charles Lindbergh on the National Ad' ory commitee for aeronautics December. y Kilner, a native of Shelby. was graduated from West Poin 1912 and served at Maxwell ' Ala., Langley Field, Va., and ington. NAME CHANGED ROCKINGHAM, Aug. 30. - The directors of the Anson -1 corporation have changed name of the agency to the Dee Membership corporation corporation is building ele lines in Montgomery, R'chm Scotland and Union counties, I Hollywood Sights And Sounds - .. j -By Robbin Coons _■ i J BY CLAUDE BINYON Columbia Scenarist (Editor’s Note: Perhaps it was the Arizona heat, which baked Claude Binyon for three months during the filming of Columbia’s “Arizona,” that is responsible for this vacation guest column, which he titled, “Glory for Hunger.” Binyon was asked to write on any sub ject he wished and this was his choice, although the story of the young actor rings very similar to the experiences of William Holden, Binyon’s pal and star of the picture. . . . R. C.) This young punk kept pushing against me at the bar and he was too young to hit either way you figure it. “You say you’re a writer, he said. "I didn’t say a word.” “All right; you say you’re a writer and I got a story.” "My Aunt Minnie’s got a story,” I said. “All she needs is a finish and a beginning and a middle, and it’s about her life. She wants half of what we get for it, and she’ll come to Hollywood to live with me on her half. “That’s like my story,” said the young punk. He drank a Canadian Club highball without breathing. The bartender looked at him thoughtfully. “What time should he be on the set?” the bartender asked. “Five-thirty for makeup,” I said. “A C-C highball,” said the young punk. “Nuts,” the bartender answered. “That’s what I mean,” said the kid. “There’s no place in life for me. No place.” He turned on me. "Do you know who I am?” he asked. “Yes, I know who you are.” “I m a movie star. I get a hun dred and fifty dollars a week and I’m a movie star.” “That’s good money for a guy your age,” I said. “My father makes more than that. My father isn't even in pic tures.” “He’s older than you are." “That’s not the point. I'm what you dream about being, with a big car and a butler, and when I'm not in a picture I don’t draw a penny. Do you know what I made in my first picture?” “You got good notices,” I an swered. “Fifty bucks a week for six weeks. Three hundred bucks, ana I had to buy my own wardrobe. Mr. Cinderella, they called me. I was a star in my first picture. “Do you mind if we quit talk ing?” I asked. “I spent two hundred of that buying clothes,” said the kid. “When the picture was finished I went to New York for personal appearances because they told me it would do me good.” “What did you get for that?" I asked. “Expenses. All the cigars I could smoke, and the dames were mobbing me.” * * * “They tore your coat.” I remem bered. For souvenirs,” said the kid. "A $75 suit for souvenirs.” “This picture we’re doing will make you.” I said. "You can ask for a thousand dollars a week. “I already asked. I have a seven-year contract, and when I am as old as my father I might be doing all right.’’ “Maybe we could let him have a beer,” said the bartender. "No,” I said. “Give me a highball,” said the kid. ”1 got to tell my story." “Nuts,” said the bartender. “See what I mean?" wailed the kid. 1 Hotfoot *c Vl» lu.