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l( 1 — ' _WILMINGTON, N. C., SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 1944 ^ FtNAL EDITION ESTABLISHED 1867 Officers Seek Clues In Murders Police Captain Harry Hanson (left) and Sheriff Jack Stotler ex amine clothing found on the bank of a lake near Camdenton, Mo., which they believe may belong to two women whose headless bod ies were found in the vicinity. After detailed examination of the bod ies, police say one woman was about 26 and the other 45 years old. Hospital Annex Opening A waits Action Of Nurses From a harmonious meeting attended last night by the board of managers, the medical staff, and a committee of private duty nurses who serve in James Walker Memorial hospital, came a plan, to be submitted next Tuesday to the Ninth district of the North Carolina State Nursing Asso - - - ■ ■ - ■ 'it niatinn ■nrnviHincf fnr +hp arlo. PILOTS ARRESTED ON MORALS COUNT SANTA ANA, Calif., April 21— (Ifli—Two Army Air Force pilots with combat records in the Pacific were placed under arrest today at the Santa Ana Army Air Base on what the public relations office said were “charges of rape preferred by a civilian girl.” The Army authorities said the arrests were made at the request of the provost marshal of the south ern security district after Mrs. C. Capron complained to Hollywood police that her daughter, Caprice, 18. a dancer at the Earl Carroll Restaurant, had been raped in the Hollywood hills. Taken into custody were Capt. Morrison Wilkinson, 28, of Wash ington, D. C., stationed at Luke Field. Phoenix, Ariz. and Lt. Dean G. Hall 28, of Tremonton, Utah s: ioned at the Santa Ana Army Air Base. Capt. Wilkinson formerly was with the 14th Pursuit group in China and was an A-V.G. fighter pilot. Lt. Hall served a j%ar in New Guinea as a B-25 bomber pi lot and is credited with a Jap Zero plane. Military authorities said a board nI inquiry would determine whether a court martial was to be ordered. The extreme penalty for criminal assault under court mar tial proceedings is death. -V Mm - _ ftAKS OF A MEAT FAMINE ARE GONE WASHINGTON, April 21.— OB — tear? of g. meat famine have van hhed. the war food administration Sa‘d today—but the average fami have as much table meat ,,e rest of the year as it did dur iiS the winter. "FA said “dire predictions” of * few months ago are giving way in the face of pork and beef sup ines considerably exceeding those a year ago. At the same time the Office of rice Administration boosted the ceiling prices of poultry at all sales (e|r!s in an effort to get more , ; on market counters. OPA said he increase would mean 2-3 cents ivriad more to consumers on a 5ear-round average. -10urn n eat will be available "!0'Jgh June to allow civilians a Ir cap.ta cor.sumptin at the rate 01 “9 pounds a year—13 pounds ?°re than the 1935-39 average, the FA announcement said. However 01 the first quarter of this year onsumption was at the annual ;“e of ]58 pounds per capita, ,:’!^ely because cf special pork ra lor the la3t s;x months of 1944 , ! caPita consumption must be “*tev. WFA said. ,r to'vever. it found a much bet ^ nieat siiuation than existed ? : "! a.ao: Nearly twice as manj more cattle and nearly a: s,leeP and lambs are beinf i r-cted and at least 25 per cen -he meat is in storage. quate nursing facilities that will permit the early opening of the new wing of the hospital — now only partially in use for want of help. Mrs. N. G. Neely, president of the association in this district, assured the board and the medi cal staff that the proposal by which the institution would em ploy private duty nurses for gen eral work during the current crisis would be given full consideration. “It is impossible to open the south wing of the new building without a complete nursing staff,” Dr. J. W. Hooper told the nurses in his report of the conditions that are precipitating drastic change in the nursing system. “The building has got to be opened,” said Dr. Donald Koonce. Dr. Hooper declared that the board and the medical staff had evolved he proposal o draft, with their permission, private duty nurses for general work only after much detailed study. He said the institution had exhausted every effort to obviate the necessity for the change. By virture of the plan, a special hospital staff would be establish ed to determine which cases are of so critical a nature that private duty care is a requisite. Private duty nursing would be on the basis of 12 hours, under the proposal: general duty would be on the basis of eight hours. The scheme is aimed at the abolition of “luxury nursing,” which both doctors and nurses agreed would have to go for the duration of the emergency. It also provides for a rotation of nurses, and impartial selection ol nurses. it is estimated uiat dppiuAi (Continued on Page Five; Col. 4-) 3 OILDRILLING LEASES SIGNED RALEIGH, April 21.— (ffl —The State Department of Education, the Department of Conservation and Development and the Coastal Plains Company of Kinston signed leases today under which pre liminary test drilling for oil and other minerals will be carried ou1 in North Carolina coastal areas, The leases, drawn by Attornej General Harry McMullan with ap proval of the contracting parties ar,e to take effect immediately and extent of the contracts depends up on the success of the operations Under the agreements, the state will receive one-eighth of all min erals recovered. Under the first lease, the Depart ment of Conservation and Devel ment will turn over to the Coasta Plains Company a tract not ex ceeding 20.000 acres under water: of White Oak and Newport River: and Calico Creek. The second lease, by the otatt School Boa?d with approval of th< Department of Conservation ant Development, calls for rights t< drill on one third of the land mak ins up Angeola Bay and Holly Shel ter pecosins. The land comprisinj the one-third is to be selected b; the leasee. The Department of Conservatioi and Development, under terms o the third agreement, will gran rights to 10,000 acres of land ad joining the Holly Shelter sectioi now used as a hunting preserve The Angeola and Holly Shelte (Continued on Page Five; Col. 4 Outlines For World Money FundAreT ^ PROMOTE PROS.. & Russia Gives Her Approval] At Last Minute To Cur rency Stabilization WASHINGTON, April 21,— I® — Treasury technicians of 34 nations announced tonight their agreement on broad outlines for a proposed $8,000,000,000 gold-based stabiliza tion fund designed to restore order to international finance and pro mote world prosperity Soviet Russia dramatically gave its approval at the last minute. Word of Russian concurrence with the money experts of other United Nations was received only a short time before the agreement was made public here and in other Al lied capitals. Secretary Morgenthau earlier had told newsmen that the joint statement represented the views of oil +VlO mrnnr.4 Ulinnin >1 though he added that he was “very hopeful” of Russian adherence. The fund, it was explained, would use such methods as buy ing and selling gold and currencies and- to promote trade. It could provide one country with currency of another in exchange for its own currency or gold. It could also of fer gold to a member country in exchange for its currency, if the country needed gold to maintain confidence in its money. During the day Morgenthau out lined the agreement before Con gressional committees, telling them that .President Roosevelt would name senators and repre sentatives on a committee to rep resent this country at a projected international conference to draft a formal stabilization program. The agreement represents a clear-cut American victory over British proposals to relegate gold to a minor role in postwar cur rency Stabilization Outgrowth of more than a year of planning and discussion, the agreement replaces separate pro posals advanced by this country, Great Britain and Canada. Despite British capitulation to American and Canadian views to ward gold as a stabilization basis, both Morgenthau and Harry D. White, author of the American or so-called “White plan,” empha sized that the present draft pre sents no single nation’s plan. “In England,” said White, “they will find many resemblances to the Keynes plan.” (Lord Keynes, fi nancial advisor to the British ex chequer is the author of a British proposal which would have creat ed a clearing union to achieve (Continued on Page Two; Col. 4) -V HOBBS IS NAMED TO HEAD MASONS RALEIGH. April 21— -Julius C. Hobbs of Wilmington was elect ed Grand Master of the North Car olina Grand Lodge of Masons at the lodge’s annual meeting here this week, Grand Secretary John H. Anderson of Raleigh announced today. Hobbs succeeds James W- Payne of Salisbury. Other officers named included: Clyde H. Jarrett of Andrews, De puty Grand Master; William J. Bundy of Greenville, Senior Grand Warden; L. T. Hartsell, Jr., of Concord, Junior Grand Warden; Herbert C. Alexander of Charlotte, Grand Treasurer; and J. H. Ander son of Raleigh, Grand Secretary. Reports submitted at the meet ing show an increase of 1,652 in membership and indicate that the lodges throughout the state are in excellent condition, Andrews said -V JUDGE RECESSES SEDITION TRIAL WASHINGTON. April 21 — (W>— A defense counsel’s cry that the “court was stopping me at every stage” and new motions to delay procedings climaxed today’s de velopments in the mass trial of 30 persons accused of conspiring to incite insubordination within the U. i S. armed forces. . The protestations of James J. [ Laughlin, attorney for Edward i James Smythe of New York, . brought District Court Justice Ed . ward C. Eicher’s gavel banging to . the bench and admonishing—‘Mr. ' Laughlin!!” Today’s hearing was collaterel [ to the main trial which is, recessed E until Monday, when selection of a t jury will continue. It was, as stated . by the justice, to determine ! whether Smythe was a fugitive from the time he failed to appear ^ for trial on Monday and his arrest in Au Sable Forks. N. Y., by FBI I agents on Tuesday. 1.500 Nazi Troops Are Killed, f/iS Tanks Destroyed By Soviets; ' 1,100 Planes Assault Cologne British Empire Assured Preference Will Be Kept LONDON, April 21—(OT))—Prime Minister Churchill assured the states of the British Empire today that they would emerge from the war with their imperial preference plan of mutually advantageous tar iff rates unhampered by the At lantic Charter or by the 1942 Anglo American lend-lease agreement. He told an approving House of Commons that President Roosevelt had assured him that “we were no more committed to abolition of im perial preference than the Ameri can government was committed to abolition of their protective tariff.” The prime minister said there need be no clash between the unity of the Commonwealth and Empire and their associations with the United States and Russia, and ad ded: “There must be a wholehearted endeavor begun in good time to promote the greatest interchange of goods and services between var ious commumities of the world, and to strive for that process of bet terment of the standards of living in every country without which ex panding markets are impossible and without which world prosperity is a dream which might easily turn into a nightmare.” With a meeting of empire pre miers approaching, Churchill said: “At my first meeting with the President of the United States in Newfoundland at the time of the so-called Atlantic Charter, and be fore the United States had entered the war—a meeting on very anx ious and critical matters—I asked for insertion of the following words in the Atlantic Charter which can be read in that document: ‘“With due respect for their ex isting obligations. . . . “These are the limiting words and they were inserted for the ex press purpose of retaining to this House and to the Dominions the fullest possible rights ancT liberties over the question of imperial pre ference. (Under imperial preference the states belonging to the British Em (Continued on Page Two; Col 3) CONGRESS COLD TO LABOR DRAFT House Military Group Con tinues To Oppose Mea sure After Appeal WASHINGTON, April 21.— UR — The ITtuse Military Committee stuck t5 its guns today in opposi£ tion to labor draft legislation in the face of a renewed drive by the Army, the Navy and the Mari time Commission for a law to con script war plant workers. If anything, the latest plea of the armed services as expressed in a joint statement by Navy Sec retary Knox, War Secretary Stim son and Maritime Chairman Land solidified the oft-voiced position of the committee that national serv ice legislation is not the answer to the manpower problem. “We have spoken and we meant what we said,” declared Repre sentative May (D.-Ky.), chairman of the committee without whose sanction servioo legislation cannot reach the House floor. National service legislation has been stall ed for months in his committee and in the Senate’s Military Com mittee. May referred to a committee re port, issued yesterday five hours before the Army-Navy-maritime statement, asserting there is no need for legislation and pointing out that existing law permits se lective service and other war agen cies to control the job activities of draft-age men, especially 4-F’s. The report mildly criticized the Army for what the committee said was a lack of full cooperation in efficiently using manpower under present laws. Even the relatively few commit tee members who have insisted on consideration of national service legislation conceded there is no (Continued on Page Two; Col. 5) _\r_ RENEGOTIATION PLAN ANNOUNCED WASHINGTON, April 21.— UP> — The Maritime Commission an nounced today that a renegotiation agreement with the Oregan Ship building Corporation, sealing $6, 322,954 in excess profits from the Portland shipyard’s first five con tracts, has been adopted as a "ba sic formula” for renegotiation with all yards in the original Lib ertv ship construction program. The net income of the Henry J. Kaiser yard for building its first 181 Liberty ships, was announced as $4,537,302, after renegotiation and deduction of estimated taxes. This amounts to about $25,000 a ship, or a profit of about one and one half per cent of the cost of each vessel. The following shipbuilding com panies, which received their first Liberty ship contracts in 1941, will be covered by the renegotiation formula set down in the Oregon agreement: California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, Calif.; Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, Calif.; North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, N. C.; Bethlehem - Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore Delta Shipbuilding Corp., New Or leans: Houston Shipbuilding Cor poration. Houston, and New Eng land Shipbuilding Corporation, South Portland, Maine JAPS ENCIRCLING KEY CHINA TOWN Junction City Of Chengh sien Placed In Danger By Nip Troops ._ By LEONARD MILLIMAN Associated Press War Editor More than 50,000 of Japan’s fin est soldiers were rapidly encircling the North China railway junction city of Chenghsien in their newest and most threatening push in Chi na but the Nipponese invasion of India was running into so much trouble that even Tokyo radio ad mitted yesterday the advance was “slowing down’’. Simultaneously a dispatch from Associated Press War Correspon dent Eugene Burns aboard an Al lieu aircrait carrier oft Sumatra indicated that United States sea and air craft participated in Wed nesday’s powerful Allied carrier strike at Sabacg. “Almost 80 per cent of the planes were American - made,” Burns wrote. He listed Hellcats. Daunt less Avengers and Corsairs, all flown from United States aircraft carriers, to which Burns had been assigned in the Pacific. Barracu das were the f*’!y other planes mentioned. The carrier - borne planes, he reported, “pinned down the Japa nese airforce and destroyed mili tary installations at Sabang to their hearts’ content in a furious 15 minute attack.” Three eastern Carolines islands and Wake, about 1.000 miles to the northeast, were hit by Central Pacific bombers. Daily raided Po nape, eastern bulwark of Truk, threw up only weak antiaircraft fire as Army Mitchell bombers attacked. Navy planes hit the near by Ant and Pakin islands. Ujelang atoll and four Marshall island tar gets also were raided The Chinese reported both they and the Japanese had heavy casu alties as Nippon’s armies drove on Chenghsien from three directions. One force from the crack Man churian army was only a few miles northwest of the city. Two columns advanced from the east. Another column 20 miles south of (Continued on Page Five; Col. 6) Shirley s Fatal Action Is Adjudged An Accident By JEAN HARRELSON The fatal shooting of Mrs. W. B. Darnell. 35. of 1103 North Fourth street, by her eight-vear-old daugh ter, Shirley, Thursday afternoon at 2:50 o'clock, was declared ‘purely an accident” by Coroner Asa W. Allen, yesterday. The child, who w’as extremely fond of her mother, is in a near hysterical condition as a result of the tragic happening. Late yester day as Shirley’s young sisters wan dered aimlessly, with eyes empty as statues, in a room crowded with sympathizing' friends, relatives and a grandmother no bigger than a whisper, while sobbing wailes of ‘‘I want my mama” were heard from an a joining room. A neighbor’s small boy saunter ed into the hushed room from the back porch where the stunned father sat and smiled half-know-T ngly turning the pockets of his ioul inside out. Mrs. Darnell, the wife of a re mitted Army sergeant stationed it Fort Dix, N. J., and the mother )f three children, died at 7.25 p.m. rhursday at James Walker Memor al hospital, where she was admit ed for an emergency operation luring which Dr. H. A. Codington, jfficers stated, worked feverishly or two hours to remove the bul et that punctured the abdomen. City Patrolmen G. R. Peterson md W. B. Bradshaw repored that he small .38 caliber pistol had seen removed from its accustom :d place and left on a cabinet in he Darnell home. The child al egedly came from play, hurriedly sicked up the weapon and the shot nas fired. Before death, Mrs. Darnell ab fContinued on Page Three; Col. 1) STRONGEST BLOW ‘Major Attack’ Reported On Bucharest, And Southern Europe LONDON, April 21. —(IP)— The RAF in its strongest blow of the war poured more than 5.000 tons of bombs last night on Cologne and three other key railway centers behind the Nazis’ invasion front, and today American heavy bom bers were reported by Berlin to have carried out a “major attack” on Bucharest and other targets in southeastern Europe. More than 1,100 aircraft, the largest number of planes ever sent out by the British bomber com mand, ripped apart the enemy’s four rail centers, presumably busy with last-minute preparations for strengthening the vaunted Atlan tic Wall against the forthcoming Allied invasion. Sixteen of the bombers were lost. Besides Cologne, described by the Air Ministry as being by far the most important railway cen ter in western Germany, the RAF shattered and burned Lens, in the Pas - de - Calais “invasion coast” area, Ottignies, in Belgium about 15 miles southeast of Brussels, and La Chapelle. on the outskirts of Paris. In addition RAF Mosquitos cap able of carrying two-ton blockbus ters delivered a sharp night at tack on Berlin. From Britain, American light and medium bombers hammered again at the Atlantic Wall targets, Ma rauders and Havocs making re peated flights during the day. Five of the bombers were lost as the Nazis sent up fighters for the first time in more than a month in this area. The American heavyweight blow reported by Germany presumably was from bases in Italy. Bern . said the Rumanian capital of Bu charest was raided at noon and that bombs also were dropped in south Romania and Serbia. Last night was the second time in four days that the giant British bombers had broken the record for the greatest tonnage of bombs dropped on a single operation. In (Continued on Page Five; Col. 5) JAYCEES SELECT STATE 0FF1ERS WINSTON-SALEM. April 21.—CT' —J. Robert Aoerneiny oi nia won the presidency of the North Carolina Junior Chamber of Commerce in balloting in this af ternoon’s session of the annual convention. He defeated Fred Dix on of Raleigh. Clayton Frost of Winston-Salem and Vernon Offut of Kinston were elected national directors. W. A. McCall of Charlotte, was named vice president for the western dis trict: R. Kenner Amos of High Point, central district, and Claude O’Shields of Wilmington, eastern district. The new officers will be install ed at an inaugural banquet at 7:3(1 tomorrow night, which will be fol lowed by a dani»e which will close' the convention. Ray Bandy of Rocky Mount is retiring president. Approximately 175 Jaycees at tended today’s session and a lun cheon meeting addressed by Dr. Ralph W. McDonald, candidate for the Democratic nomination for gov ernor. Gregg Cherry, also a can didate for the gubernatorial nomi nation on the Democratic ticket, will address a morning session. Paul Miller, national vice presi dent of Jaycees, will speak at a luncheon meeting at 1 p. m. m ..... . . * ^ GEN. GEORGE PATTON -V PATTON IS READY FOR ALLIED PUSH ‘SVd And Guts’ Arrives In England To Aid Inva sion Planning LONDON, April 21 — (W> —Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., tough tank specialist whose American Seventh Army swiftly overran most of Sicily, has arrived in Britain to take a place among Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief lieutenants for the invasion of west ern Europe. Out of the public eye since the soldier-slapping incident which al most wrecked his military career last year Patton is known to the Germans as a rough-and-ready foe and veteran soldier. To his troops the general is known variously as “Old Blood and Guts,” “The Gen eral Who Never Lost A Battle,” and “Tlie Man in The Gilded Hel met.” Patton arrived recently in a nat ty uniform, including a new battle jacket, and the censors permitted disclosures of his presence only to night. And the reunion of this salty old campaigner with his victorious umei in me iNurm Aiiiidii dim 01 cilian campaigns, General Eisen hower, was iaken as recognition by the astute Eisenhower of Pat ton’s proven abilities — abilities which even the sharpest, critics of his personal conduct seldom have questioned. Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradly is the senior commander of American ground forces marshaled in Britain for the invasion. During the Sicily campaign Bradley was one of Pat ton’s corps commanders in the Seventh Army. The two men are direct opposites in temperament. Bradley is quiet, unobtrusive, and delivers his or ders in a low voice. Patton on the other hand goes into battle with pearl-handled pistols strpped on each hip, and his high-pitched voice rises to an angry roar. It was disclosed last November that Patton, in a moment of emo tional strain had slapped an Amer ican soldier during a field hospital (Continued on Page Two; Col. 6) NEW WITHHOLDING LEVELS HEALED WASHINGTON. April 21-(Mi Details of new withholding levies against wages and salarie^. which may become effective next Janu ary 1 if Congress approves the tax simplification bill now being shap ed by the House Ways and Means Committe, were disclosed tonight by a dependable tax source. The new withholding levels, higher for most taxpayers, are designed to collect the lull tax liability of persons earning up to I $5,000 and make it unnecessary fori some 30.000,000 persons to file | formal returns after this year. However, any of the 30.000.000 J who desired to claim higher dc| ductions. for other taxes, contri butions and interest paid, than the average allowed for the withhold- j ing machinery, could file formal reurns as usual, and make such I claims. There would be no change in amounts held out of pay envelopes and salary checks this year. The new withholdings would be design-1 ed to take the full tax for most persons, at about the levels of the j hew revenue law recenly approved by Congress. The committee probably will de cide tomorrow whether to accept the withholding tables prepared by ; its staff of experts NEAR STANISLAWOW Germans Believed Trying To Open New Drive In Old Poland LONDON. Saturday, April 22.— IP.—The Soviet high command an nounced early today that Marshal Gregory K. Zhukov's First Ukraine Army killed 1.500 enemy troops and destroyed 8 tanks yesterday in a violent battle spreading through the Carpathian foothills southeast of Stanislawow in old Po land, wherethe Germans apparent ly sought to disrupt a fresh Rus sian offensive timetable. Moscow's midnight bulletin, which again did not mention be sieged Sevastopol, where the ene my has been squeezed into a 50 square-mile tip of the Crimea, said the fighting near Stanislawow was precipitated by renewed German attacksk. One Soviet unit alone re pulsed seven consecutive Nazi as saults in fighting that often was hand-to-hand, the bulletin said. A Berlin broadcast, giving per haps the clue to the current Ger man counterattacks, reported that huge Red army reserves were flowing hrough the Ukraine into a 250-mile sector of the Polish and the Pripyat marshes as a pre lude to fresh Russian assaults along the most direct invasion route to Berlin. It was possible that these Rus sian reserves had been shifted from the Crimea where Sevastopol is the only foothold left to the enemy. Two Russian armies un der Generals Feodor I. Tolbukhin and Andrei I. Yeremenko had all but finished the conquest of Cri mea 10.000-squaremile peninsula in a lightning two-week campaign Dispatches from the Soviet cap ital, however, said that, the bat;le of Sevestopol was in its final phase. Russian troops captured key positions in the Mt. Sapoun valley four miles southeast of the (Continued on Page Five; Col. 4> NATIONAL MUSIC WEEK IS SLATED In preparation for National Mu sic Week May 7-13, a meeting was held yesterday under the sponsor ship of the Municipal Recreation Department to discuss the role Wilmington will play in this event. A central committe was organ ized representing the variou* groups taking part to organize their musical programs: Cecil Lewis, shipyard: Mrs. Louis F. Or mand, Thursday Morning Music Club; W. G. Kelly, U. S. O. 4th and Ann: Miss Glen Willard, USO. 2nd and Orange: Miss Eliza beth Sengel, U. S. O. 3rd and Grace: Mrs. Helen Jones. Girl j Scouts: Mrs. Ethel Powers. Wood ! row Wilson Hut: Mrs. Eloise San derford. Maffitt Village Recreation Club: Ralph Richards, Industrial U. S. O.. Jesse Reynolds and Mrs. Elizabeth May of the Municipal ! Recreation Department are chair man and secretary respectively. It was decided that each group will present its own program of singing, music appreciation lec (Continued on Page Five; Col. 6) NA7ISF0RECAST ALLIED INVASION LONDON. April 21— (UPb—1The in vasion-jittery Nazi radio put out a report today that the Allies were massing soldiers and ships at chan nel and southern England ports in preparation for the invasion of western Europe. 7416 German radio said Allied soldiers were streaming r. om Lon don to the ports while the United States and British navies were massing the greatest concentration on ships since dunkerque. London, said the Nazi broadcast, was becoming 'more and move deserted by British, United Stales and Colonial troops.” The Vichy radio predicted that, the western invasion would be timed with new Allied thrusts in Italy and the Balkans. YESTERDAY'S RESULTS NATIONAL LEAGUE New York 3, Brooklyn 2 Philadelphia - Boston (post poned! Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 2 St. Louis 4, Chicago 0 AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston, Philadelphia ppd. Washington New York ppd. Detroit 4, Cleveland 7 v Chicago 3, St. Louis 5.