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of Th. I ♦ 4 +. ♦ QL4 I REMEMBER i?s umtmtfmt nrmmj mat ™, vQL- 76-—NQ- 293- _WILMINGTON, N. C., MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1943_FINAL EDITION ESTABLISHED 1867 Steel unions UrgedToKeep Men At Jobs President Makes Appeal To Workers From Hyde Park Home 70,000 ARE IDLE Message Is Addressed To Phillip Murray, Varf-~ ous Concerns PITTSBURGH, Bee. 26— W) j— /^presidential appeal for imme jjate resumption of operations was niUe tonight to steel companies •rid 70.000 workers idle since ex piation of their collective bar gaining agreements. ° president Roosevelt, from his }Ivde Pai'k home, requested both tides to resolve their differences v,im the understanding that if new agreements include wage adjust ments. these shall be computed and applied retroactively. Addressed To Murray The President in his message to Chairman Phillip Murray of the CIO and the concerns affected by walkouts, asked for uninter rupied production of steel and a settlement of the disputes under normal procedure. Increases of 17-cents-an-hour which are sought by the steel workers union would be in excess o' the maximum pay rate allow dole under the little steel formu la, The steel workers now receive 78 cents an hour. Steel producers have expressed the view any in crease in pay rates must be ac companied by hikes in st#ei prices. The War Labor Board at Wash i ington planned immediately to meet and consider the steel situa tion. The War Labor Board’s refusal to sanction a rule requiring re troactive pay apparently had led to the walkouts. Murray, who had requested such a rule whlie collec rtive bargaining negotiations were Bder way, had described the Sard’s action as cheating "a grave situation.” uoe ue\eiupuiem uamc as iui Ther walkouts were feared through out the industry possibly affecting ooO.OOO employes employed by 214 companies whose contracts expir ed last Friday midnight. The President stated that the disputes must be settled under the national no strike agreement by mans of collective bargaining, con ciliation and final determination, if necessary, bv the War Labor Board. His message said: 'i therefore request the com panies and the steel workers to continue the uninterrupted produc tion of steel and steel products under the terms and conditions of their old contracts until the differences that notv separate them are peacefully and finally resolv ed. with the understanding that ;f the new agreements include any ’•'.age adjustments, such adjust ments shall be computed and ap plies retroactively to the date when, the particular contract in Question would have expired by '•I'tue of the notice of termina t on under such contract.” (Continued on Page Two; Col. 3) -V I KAIL WAGE MEET I MAY BEJESUMED i Plans To Continue Confer I enCes Fail To Mater I ialize On Sunday H WASHINGTON Dec. 26—(/Pi—Ten H plans to resume conferences ■ in the railroad wage dispute fail H to materialize today, but HI ‘V-asTien for management and |H !•> non-operating unions will ^| •‘•‘••’me their talks tomorrow. V p-’es:dent Roosevelt is expected ■ Back in ihe capital by that time I§ °,lake a hand in seeking a quick B s°lution of the dispute to avert a M -:f' or ’overnment seizure on ■ Thursday. E ■two of the operating union—pn ■ \'“eers an'i trammer.—who with ■ the carriers accepted the presi H kent s offcr of arbitration, expect ■ ,,lm to make a final ruling in 3 heir case m the next day or two f| -csat'dlers cf the outcome of nego II Nations affecting the other three El °Perating unions ar.d the 15 “non f| ops.” tl t T,hese ia groups are reluctant II i1 -’inci themselves to accept the ■ ‘esident s decision on the merits H Cj rhieir case oecause the govem 1| 's a party r.o the dispute. The | I oagement and the unions prob 1| “oh- would have Uttie difficulty in || eemg if the government’s ap E I al were not necessary. The EM fu|‘riers and the non-operating H Iaons; ‘n fact, have a contract gf| rmviding tor an increase of W "i nis an hour, but Stabiliza H j. '<n Director Frea M. Vinson re Iluses to validate it. , Christmas Means Little In The Italian Struggle 5th Army Troops Assault Two Nazi Hilltop Strongholds On Fringes Of Plain Leading To Rome, Capture One—Fighting Bitter ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Al giers, Dec. 26—(iP!—Neither giving nor receiving Christmas day quar ter, American Fifth Army forces assaulted two Nazi hilltop strong holds on the fringes of the plain leading to Rome and captured one dominating the fortified village of San Vittore, Allied headquarters announced today. The other attack still is con tinuing. On the Adriatic end of the line Eighth Army troops fought fierce ly in the streets for the seventh day for the last remaining corner of the port of Ortona. The Eighth Army also pressed advances be yond the Orton a-Orsongna road, taking a ridge dominating the vil lage of Checchio, about six miles inland, and capturing the town of Ariella, two miles southwest of Ortona. Heavy bombers took the air to blast the Bolzano rail yards in northern Italy, 30 miles south Brenner Pass, and barracks <5^ an airfield at Vicenza 40 r « f est of Venice. Medium bo struck at the i ain station .'v* as well as rail targets ’ V V _£ Nuova, a suburb of Pis ^ The hilltop which tb <4 my took successfully ©* Samucro which comman_ lage of San Vittore, six from Cassino. San Vittore has bt. heavily fortifeid by the Germans, like San Pietro, the capture of which was announced a week ago today. (Previous dispatches from Al lied headquarters had reported the Fifth Army’s capture of Mount Samucro. There was no immediate amplification of today’s report. It possibly could mean Mount Samu cro had been lost to the Germans in an unannounced counter-at tack.) (Continued on Page Two; Col. S) Most Of ’44 Service Vote May Be For Democrats WASHINGTON, Dec. 26.—(/P)—The Admnistration believes that the Democrats will get 70 per cent of the ser vice vote in the 1944 election, and so plans a determined drive in Congress next month for legislation to provide fed eral supervision of the absentee balloting. HOLIDAY DEATHS ARE SET AT 265 Seven Violent Deaths Are Reported In North Carolina jdv ine Ajsutiaicu Holiday traffic accidents took a toll twice as high as all other causes combined as the Nation's two-day Christmas observance ap proached a close last night with at least 265 violent deaths re ported sine;- 6 g. in. Friday. The total included 173 traffic deaths, 34 resulting from fires, and 58 from miscellaneous violent causes, compared with about 330 violent dearhs for the same week end last year and about 430 in 1941. About 200 diet in traffic ac cidents Chi istrnas week end, 1942. Illinois led (he states, reporting 29 violent deatns, followed b_y California with 28, New York 25, Virginia 17, Ohio 13. Pennsylvania and Texas 12 each, and Massachu etts 10. Deaths by states; Alabama 3 traffic. 1 miscel laneous; Arizona 1 traffic; Arkan sas 2 traffic, 2 misc.; California 20 traffic, 1 fire. 7 misc.; Colorado 4 traffic. 2 fire, 1 misc.; Connecti cut 3 traffic, 1 fire, 3 misc.; Flori da 1 traffic. 1 misc ; Georgia 1 traffic; Idaho 1 traffic.: Illinois 14 traffic, 4 fire, 11 misc.; Indiana 2 traffic, 2 fire, 2 misc.; Iowa 2 misc.; Kansas 5 traffic, misc.; Kentucky 2 traffic, 2 misc.; Maine 2 traffic, 2 fire, 1 misc.; Maryland 3 traffic, 1 fire, 1 misc.; Massaenusetts 1 traffic, 6 fire, 3 misc.; Michigan 8 traffic; Minnesota 2 tratf.c, 2 fire, 2 misc.; Mississippi 1 traffic; Missouri 7 trsffi c * Nebraska 1 tiaffic-: New Jersey 3 traffic, 2 fire 1 misc.; New York 15 traffic, 4 fires, 6 misc.; N. C. 6 traffic, 1 misc.; Ohio 10 traffic, 1 fire, 2 misc.; Oklahoma 5 traf fic, 2 misc.; Pennsylvania 9 traf fic’ 3 fire; Tennessee 1 traffic, 1 misc.; Texas 11 traffic, 1 mise.; Utah 2 traffic, 2 fire, 1 misp.; Virginia 17 traffic; Washington 3 traffic, 2 misc.: West Virginia 5 traffic, ) fire; Wisconsin 1 traffic. 1 misc. -V SHOOTING SPREE SPARTA, Dec. 26 — !1B— Welter Maxwell, 54, shot and killed his estranged wife, critically wound ed his mother-in-law and father in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Will Pugh, and then killed himself at the Pugh home at Piney Creek Friday night, Dr. B. O. Choate, coroner, reported today._ said samples of sentiment naa led the party organization to think that the service vote may be the determining factor in the Presi dential race in such pivotal states as New York, Illinois and Califor nia. Republicons disagree. The Democrats are talking less of making the service vote con troversy a campaign issue and more of attempting to get through some sort of compromise which will permit the soldiers’ ’and sail ors’ votes to be counted. The original federal commission setup was rejected by a coalition of Republicans and Southern Dem ocrats in the Senate, which sub stituted State controls. The bill now is before the House. A number of alternatives have been suggested since. Senator O’ Mahony (D-Wyo) submitted the latest, a Constitutional imendment giving Congress power to set the standards for handling the serv ice vote. Opponents of the federal commission idea had insisted that it was unconstitutional to take over State prerogatives in connec tion with election machinery. O'Mahoney said he thought the States could ratify the amendment in time for next fall’s voting. Senator Lucas (D-IU) one of the sponsors of the original plans, has proposed another compromise which would place supervision of the distribution and collection of the ballots in the hands of a fed eral commission but the States would determine finally who is to count the ballots returned to them. Southern Democrats still want the States to retain control over the election machinery, however. Senator Byrd (D-Va) told a re porter that if tne senate-approved bill is voted by the House, he will ask the other 41 Senators who vot ed with him to kill the Admi»ist*a tion’s original bill to join in a round-roDin addiessed to the gov ernors of all of the States. This round-room would call on the governors to summon special sessions of the legislature. wTiere necessary to revise tneir laws to expedite service voting. Bolivia To Respect Pan-American Codes WASHINGTON, Dec. 26— <JP> — The new Bolivian government has pledged, the Embassy here said tonight, to comply with all com mitments and obligations of toe Pen - American Conferences on hemisphere security and continen tal defense. The government, the Embassy said it was advised, has sent a cable to that effect to the com mittee of political security at Montevideo, a group set up by the Pan-American nations._ Wallace Sums Up 1943As A Year Of Many Outstanding Achievements WASHINGTON, Dec. 26.— (£>) — Vice President Henry Wallace to night forecast destruction of Ger many’s war might within “a few months” after the cross-channel invasion of Europe. “Such a drive, coordinated with a full-scale offensive by the Rus sians and an offensive by our own troops in Italy will quickly place the Germans in an impossible pos ition,” the vice president declar ed in a radio interview. Wallace praised the nation’s war effort in 1943 but asserted that a greater civilian sacrifice, would be needed next year. The American people are ready to do what is necessary to pre serve the peace henceforth, Wal lace said, adding with emphasis: “The American people have learned a lot as a result of their Experience during the past 25 years. They have learned the hard way. This time, regardless of party, they will hold the statesmen pf this country accountable for def inite results in laying the founda tions for a long-lasting military and economic peace.” The modern airplane and explo (Continued on T"0: CoL «> f NAZI BA TTLESHIP SCHARNHORST SUNK; RED TROOPS FORGE AHEAD 25 MILES; 71 JAP PLANES DOWNED OVER RABAUL _ .+ ___x - JlLE FRONT g- - s^dOO Crack Nazi .^roops Are Routed By Advancing Reds GREAT COMEBACK Fighting Again Reaches Area Around Zhito mir, Lost Nov. 20 LONDON, Monday, Dec. 27.—(IP)— 3en. Nikolai F. Vatutin’s first Ukraine army in a tremendous military comeback west of Kiev las driven 25 miles through Ger man lines on a 50-mile-wide front, ■outing 150,000 crack Nazi troops md killing 15,000 of them in three lays, Moscow announced today. Soviet troops fighting their way cack over ground they had given ip in six weeks of ferocious Axis counter-attacks are now threaten ing the Korosten-Zhiiomir railway, SO miles from tire old Polish front ier. 159 Towns Overrun The Russian war bulletin, broad cast by Moscow ad recorded by the Soviet Monitor, said the Russias had overrun mete than 150 towns and villages, including Radomysl, 55 miles west of Kiev and 28 miles northeast ol Zhitomir, and Brusi lov, 37 miles east of Zhitomir. Germay’s high command ack nowledged in a broadcast com munique that the fighting again had reached the area of Zhitomir, vital rail junction on the Leningrad Odessa lie which the Russians seized last Nov. 13 and then lost Nov. 20. Korosten, 60 miles above Zhitomir, apparently also was threatened once more by the at tacking Soviet winter veterans. The latter town had been captur ed by the Russians on Nov. 19 andi Lost November 30. Aimed At Poland This new Russian Offensive — Berlin said more than 150,000 So viet troops were involved — was aimed toward the pre-war Polish border while another huge army 350 miles to the north was con verging on Vitebzsk, German an chor in upper White Russia. The Russians were within 18 miles of Vitebsk and closing in. More than 60 localities were swept up during the day by Rus sian columns .smashing through Vitebsk's outposts, the bulletin said. Ten German divisions, four of them armored, were routed in the new battle of the Kiev bulge, Mos cow announced, and in addition to the 150,000 German dead left on the battlefield the communique said this toll of enemy equipment was taken: Equipment Destroyed Destroyed—159 German tanks, 309 machine-guns, 152 armored cars,109 guns of various caliber. Captured—58 tanks, 21 self- pro pelled guns, 20 armored cars, 56 guns of various caliber, 167 mor tars, 160 machine-guns, 4.000 rifles, and 15 stores of ammunition, arms and provisions. On the White Russian front Vit ebsk appeared to be doomed. The first Baltic army under the Soviet Armenian General, Bagramian smashed through 60 localities dur ing the day to reach points with in 15 miles of Vitebsk on the north west, less than that distance on the north, and only eight miles on the east, the Soviet bulletin dis closed. Virtual Rout Late Moscow dispatches said the (Continued on Page Two; Col. 5) --V WEATHER FORECAST NORTH CAROLINA—Fair to partly cloudy Monday, warmer except on the coast: Tuesday increasing cloudiness and continued mild with occasional light rain, west portion in afternoon. (Eastern Standard Time) (By U. S. Weather Bureau) Meteorological data for the 24 hours ending 7:30 pm, yesterday. 'ftmperature 1:30 am, 46; 7:30 am, 63; 1:30 pm, 67; 7:30 pm, 60. Maximum 68; Minimum 45; Mean 56; Normal 47. Humidity 1:30 am, 96; 7:30 am. 94; 1:30 pm, 99; 7:30 pm, 91. Precipitation Total for the 24 hours ending 7:30 pm, 1.16 inches. Total since the first of the month, 3.13 inches. TIDES FOR TODAY (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey). High Low Wilmington _ _ 9:59a 4:30a 10:10p 5:12p Masonboro Inlet_ 8 :32a 2:08a 8:47p 2:54p Sunrise, 7:16 am; Sunset, 5:10 pm. Moonrise, 7:34am; Moonset. 6:00pm. Cape Fear River stare at Fayetteville, 9:65 feet. R (Continued on page Two; Col. 7) NIP SHIPS SUNK — Destroyer And Two Cargo Vessels Are Destroy ed At Kavieng U. S. LOSSES LIGHT Blackened Cape Gloucest er Blasted With 394 Tons Of Bombs BY LEONARD MILLIMAN Associated Press War Editor At least 71, ana possibly 90, Japanese p-anes have been shot 3own over Rabaui ir. a resump' Jon of strong American attacks jn that enemy fortress on New Britain. Other American warplanes sank a Japanese destroyer and two large cargo ships on the supply route Erom Truk to Rabaui. and a small transport in the Mid-Pacific Gil bert islands. Throughout the South Pacific planes and PT boats con tinued to hunt down barges, pri mary means of Japanese supply. 41 Planes Downed In two raids on successive days on Rabao.i's Vunakanau airdrome, American bombers and fighters from the Solomon islands knocked down 41 interceptors for certain and probably 13 others, Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur announced to day. Yesterday Mac Arthur an nounced 30 Japanese planes were shot cthivn and six others proba ably destroyed m a raid by South Pacific forces on Lakunai, another of the five or moie airdromes around Rabaui. Altogether 15 American planes were lost. At the other end of New Britain, MacArthur’s bombers blasted blackened Cape Glouster with 394 tons -' of eripl-Osives. bringing to rearly 3,500 tons the combs dropped on this invasion-vulnerable point in December. bin Army Advance Across the western tip of the is land in the Arawe sector, U. S. Sixth army forces continued to force their way eastward in the general direction of Rabaul against the opposition of enemy patrols. On New Guinea Australians cap tured Wandokai, 20 miles north of Finschliafen on the Huon peninsu la seizing, quantities of artillery and supplies abandoned by the Japanese American naval forces shelled Buka and Banis at the northern tip of the Solomons where Japanese have been withdrawing their forc es from the southern tip of Bou gainville, by-pased by the Ameri can landing on Empress Augusta Bay. On the supply line to Rabaul, (Continued on Page Two; Col. 1) -V SICKNESS FATAL TO COV. JOHNSON Chief Executive Of Missis sippi Dies After Strenu ous Fight HATTIESBURG, Miss., Dec. 2#. —(.pi—Governor Paul B. Johnson. 63-year-old ailing chief executive of Mississippi, died shortly after 5 a. m. today after a strenuous fight of nearly two months against heart attacks. Johnson was succeeded imme diately by Lieutenant Governor Dennis Murphree, his close politi cal friend, who serves as gover nor until January 18 when Gover nor - Elect Thomas L. Bailey of Meridian is inaugurated. The governor passed away quiet ly at his farm residence, just south of Hattiesburg, surrounded by members of his family. He had been under treatment for .heart trouble since first stricken Novem ber 2 when he came home from Jackson to vote in the general election, against the advice of his physician. For months previously he had suffered from high blood pressure and had spent periods now and then away from his office under going treatment. The governor had been uncon scious since Christmas Eve when he lapsed into a coma. He suffer ed a severe sinking spell last Thursday afternoon and his phy sicians expressed amazement over his survival of that attack. Murphree was an unsuccessful candidate for governor in last summer’s democratic primaries when he was endorsed by John son. He served as governor once be fore, advancing from lieutenant (Continued on Page Three; Col. 1) GERMANS DESCRIBE THIS AS A NEW ROCKET GUN IN ACTION The captions of these German pictures describe them as (left) showing a gunner sighting a new rocket gun, while a companion, (lower left) connects one of the six detonators which fire as many rockets, thev sav. in auick succession. French Coast Reported Attacked By Commandos LONDON, Dec. 26.—(lP)—A Christmas Eve British French Commando raid against the German channel de fenses, where Gen. Dwight D. E::senhower one day may strike with the mightiest invasion force in history, was an nounced by the German high command today, at the same DAVIS TRAINING IS RELAXED FOR DAY Birth Of Prince Of Peace Celebrated At Local Military Camp CAMP DAVIS, Dec. 26.—Train ing was relaxed here for Christ mas and thousands of camp-bound anti-aircraft artillerymen and I Fourth Service Command troops celebrated the birth of the Prince of Peace with church services, turkey dinner and trimmin’s and the unwrapping of gifts from loved ones at home. Several thousand soldiers attend ed Protestant and Catholic serv ices here Christmas Eve and chapels were crowded Christmas Day and Sunday with worshippers observing Christmas. Throughout the Christmas period Christmas carols and other music symbolic of the holiday was play ed over the public address system which reaches over the huge sprawling camp. This year was in marked contrast to last Chris^ mas when many soldiers and their relatives were unable to ob tain holiday dinners in nearby Wilmington and field kitchens had to be dispatched to aid the hun gry. In the hundreds of mess halls at Camp Davis this year many wives, mothers and other rela tives of soldiers enjoyed the Army’s bountiful dinner. Military police officials reported the entire holiday as quiet. Protestant services held in huge Farnsworth Hall, Camp Davis gymnasium, were led by Major Robert Hartness, camp chaplain, assisted by other members of the chaplains corps. The solemn midnight mass for members of the Catholic faith but attended by many non-communi cants, was celebrated by Chaplain (Continued on Page Three; Col. 2) time that Nazis nervously predict ed the blow is soon to fall. Indicating that the raiding party got ashore somewhere along the French coast, reported bristling with rocket-gun emplacements, the German communique said the Commandos were detected as they “tried to approach our wire en tanglements” and were “wiped out.” The German announcement, coming on the heels of Gen Eisen hower's designation as the Allied chieftain who will head the su preme blow against Hitler’s Eu rope, aroused considerable specu lation although it was confirmed by no official Allied quarter. It is possible the operation was one of the many swift raids that may be expected as Allied invasion preparations near the zero hour. These specialists in swift and deadly night assaults in all likeli hood will steal out frequently to feel out German defenses and cre ate confusion in the Nazi garrisons until the invasion forces them selves swarm upon the continent. It was noted also tnax xne sup posed Christmas Eve attack was synchronized with Friday’s great est U. S. air assault of the war on the already battered Pas De Calais “rocket gun coast."’ As in previous Nazi announce ments of Commando raids up and down the coast, combined opera tions headquarters had no com ment. The last Allied announcement oi a coastal raid was the Dieppe as sault of Aug. 19. 1942 made main ly by Canadians. Earlier ones dis closed officially included an at tack by parachute troops at Brune val on Feb. 28, 1942. the Com. mando raid at Boulogne on April 4, 1942, and the Commando raids at Boulogne and Le Touquet on June 4, 1942. It is known that the British car ry out many Commando raids without giving news about them. (A British broadcast recorded by CBS said the Germans “are carrying through a far - reaching regrouping of their forces on the Atlantic coast. All rail lines are fully occupied by troop trans ports.”) Local Water Supply In November Was Of High Quality, Germ-Free Despite the high chloride content in the city’s water during the ex tremely dry weather in November the water supply was otherwise of highest quality and free from con tamination according to the month ly report submitted by M’Kean Maffitt, superintendent of the Water and Sewerage department, to City Manager A. C. Nichols. Samples tested by the State Lab oratory of Hygiene showed that the water was free of sediment, odorless, colorless and entirely lacking in turbidity. Local labora tory reports on 263 samples ob tained at various times during the ¥ month showed the water to be ne gative on bacterial examination and normal turbidity, color, alka linity and carbon dioxide. Chlo rides tested 172 PPM. The high chloride content of the water began to recede on the flrsl gradually coming down until bj the 18th of November it had fal len below 100 parts per million. This is well below the testing point. Since the 18th the chloride content ran from a low of 48 or twenty-third to 88 on the, thirtieth, Considerable trouble was en (Continued on Page Two; CoL 7) <V OFF NORTH CAPE Loss Of 26,000 Ton Vessel Is Admitted By Ber lin Radio BRITISH HOME FLEET Germany’s Waning Sea Power Is Dealt Very Drastic Blow LONDON, Dec. 26-W)—1The Ger man battleship Scharnhorst was sunk on the Murmansk route through the Barents Sea off North Cape late today by British Home Fleet units protecting a Russian convoy, the Admiralty announced tonight. It was a fighting end for a ves sel often reported damaged since she, her sister ship the Gneisenau and the cruiser Prinz Eugen ran British channel defenses to Helgo land in February, 1942, from bomb-ravaged berths at Brest. Loss Admitted A German news agency dispatch broadcast by the Berlin radio ad mitted the loss of the 26,000-ton Scharnhorst saving sire went down after expending all her ammuni tion in “a heroic battle' with other Nazi naval forces against superior British formation* guarding the Murmansk-bound convoy. “The engagement lasted a con siderable time.’’ the Nazi an nouncement said. “Considerable damage was inflicted on the con voy and on the British escort units.” The home fleet includes air as well as sea forces. The 26-ton Nazi warship was sunk off North Cape, the extreme northern lip of Norway, this eve ning when engaged by units of the British Home Fleet covering a Russian convoy, it was disclos ed. Brief Communique This blow at Hijler’s waning sea power was announced in a communique which said: “This afternoon Dec. 26 the Ger man battleship Scnarnhorst was brought into action by units of the Home Fleet under command of Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser (KCB, KBE) which was covering a north Russian convoy. The Scharnhorst was sunk this evening off North Cape.” Launched Oct. 3, 1926 as one of the most powerful units in the German fleet, carrying nine 11 inch guns as her main armament, the Scharnhorst was put into service Jan. 7, 1939 She formally carried a crew of 1.461. Often Hunted Often hunted oy' Allied bombers long with her sister ship, the (Continued on Page Two; Col. 2) -V COOLER WEATHER ON COAST IS SEEN Three Persons Die Because Of Cold — Southern Ice Sheet Melting I - By the Associated Press ! Rising temperatures Sunday | melted most of the ice sheet which ' coated much of the South Christ mas day. Three deaths from freezing were reported, however. One death was reported in Tennessee, one in Ar kansas, and one in North Caro lina. The holiday accident count wa» one of the lightest in years, d« spite icy streets Christmas day. Rising temperatures, accom panied by some rain, were report ed all along the Atlantic seaboard. Georgia and the Carolinas were overcast, with abnormally mild weather in the western portions. Last ice vestiges were reported disappearing in northern Virginia, although some points still were near freezing. Baltimore and Philadelphia each reported freezing rain, but at Nor folk, Va., the mercury stood at 52, and at Hattaras it was 59. Ral eigh, N. C., had 56, and Wilming ton 65, while Chattanooga logged its temperature at 43, Knoxville at 44, Atlanta at 42, and Birming ham 43. The weather bureau said rain was expected to cease over most of the area Sunday night and Mon day morning, with North Carolina experiencing some rain in the east portion until afternoon. Slightly cooler weather was forecast along the coast.