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Popular Comedy i Slated Early In February As “Cradle Snatchers”, the three-act farce-comedy to be pre sented by the Thalian association, went into the second week of re hearsals, local theatre enthusiasts seemed assured of two evenings cf -side-splitting laughter on the nights of February 8 and 9 when the play is given locally in Thalian Hall. Director Margaret Darst Smith has expressed herself as highly pleased with the progress of the cast, and the play promises to take its place among the most lively and most laughable shows ever presented by the local cast. When “Cradle Snatchers” was originally presented in New York city, where it played for a solid year in the famous Music Box Theatre, it was hailed by critics as one of the funniest shows in town. A typical comment appeared m Graphic, which reported “Unques tionably the funniest play in town. Shames any other comedy stage farce. You’ll see it—if not this "winter—next.” . “Nothing better than ‘Cradle Snatchers’,” commented a critic for the Herald-Tribune. “At last . a hit! It is a riot of laughter,” opinion ed the Sun. \Jritic cieorge jean Iranian wiutt “The funniest show in town,” while ■ the ever-reliable Times reported .“Gales of almost hysterical laugh ter.” The Journal of Commerce jBlso came through with praises of the production, reporting “it is the first real hit of the season.” “Cradle Snatchers” deals with .threewiv-es who learn that their 'husbands, when they say they are .going on a hunting trip, have oth 'er ideas in mind. The wives are ■not long in bringing about coun ter-measures, using three young ; collegians as their weapons. , The play is packed with situa tions that you don’t expect, and the fun mounts to a finish that lifts 'the audience out of its seats. The local cast includes Elizabeth 'Williams, Emma Bellamy William son, Lucy Nash, Elizabeth Hard ■ wicke, Gibbs Holmes, Dorothea Love, Pat Darden, Andy Johnson, Dick Cassidy, Guerard Simkins, Julian Morton, Jimmy Burns, Sgt. G. L. Dixon, Lester Preston, and Hannah Block. -V Betty Compton, Former Movie Actress, Here Betty Compton, who won fame in Hollywood in such movies as “The Miracle Man,” “The Bar ker.” “Weary RivA” and many other hits, is in Wilmington and will appear tonight at the Manor theatre on the stage in person at 9 oclock for a short beauty lec ture. __ Visit Our Store For jj j Quality \ \ * JEWELRY and GIFTS .. | B. GURR, Jeweler •; J 264 N. Front St. J I KEEP HAIR NEAT 'N HAIR TONIC | WOMEN™ 40 s Are You Embarrassed By HOT TUSHES? If you, like so many women, between the ages of 38 and 52—suffer from hot flashes, nervous tension, irri tability, are a bit blue at times—all due to the functional middle age period peculiar to women—try Lydia E. 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Place in casserole. Place shrimps over cauliflower. Meanwhile, melt margarine in saucepan. Take off heat and mix with flour making a smooth paste. Return to heat and add milk, stir ring until thickened. Add salt, pepper and parsley. Pour sauce ov^r cauliflower and shrimps. Top with bread crumbs. Bake at 357 degrees for 30 minutes or until crumbs are brown and cauliflower tender. Twin Mountain Muffins 1 i-2 cups flour l 1-2 teaspoons baking powder 1-2 teaspoon salt 1 egg ! tablespoons sugar 1-4 cups milk 1 tablespoons margarine Mix and sift dry ingredients. Combine milk and well - beaten egg ar.d add to the dry ingredi ents. Add melted margarine and stir only enough to moisten flour. Fill buttered muffin tins 2-3 full and bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. To save sugar, cook raisins or prunes with cereals to sweeten them. -V Mrs. A. T. St. Amand Will Address Women Of St. James’ Parish Mrs. Ashley T. St. Amand of St Paul’s Episcopal church, will ad dress the various branches of the Woman’s auxiliary of St James’ parish Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock in the Great Hall of the parish house. *i¥<ua mucA .<tAiAcdd emu faau7 • The pricing of prescriptions should never be a guessing game. And it isn’t, I here. To the accurate cost of ingre dients, we add the time of a skilled registered pharmacist, plus a deter mined percentage for overhead (small, / because of our large volume). Then L a modest profit. This fair, uniform ^ price assures satisfied patrons. Why not bring your next prescription to this "Reliable Prescriptions” store? _I | ! Luncheon Party Given Honoring Miss Washburn Mrs. William Raney entertain ed yesterday at a iuncheon at St. "John’s Tavern on Orange street honoring Miss Louise Worth Washburn, who is to be married on Saturday evening, January 27. Mrs. Raney’s guests were in vited for 1:30 o’clock and places were laid at a, long table centered with an arrangement of v hite flowers and tapers. Those attending were: Miss Washburn, honoree, Mrs. Peter Gordan Bradley Stillman, Mrs. William Edgar, Mrs. Winston Broadfoot, Mrs. Henry Deas Mrs. Robert C. Cantwell, 3rd, Mrs. W. H. Tillery. Mrs. Charles E. Noell Mrs. Henry R. Watson, Jr., and Miss Jane LeGrand. -V Mrs. L. G. Calhoun Will Address Women Mrs. L. G. Calhoun, returned missionary from Lavras. Brazil, will speak to the auxiliary of Pear sall Memorial Presbyterian church on Sunday morning at 11 o’clock at the conclusion of Sunday school. Mrs. Calhoun will talk on her interesting work in Brazil, and all women and girls of the community are cordially invited to attend the meeting. Mrs. Calhoun will be remember ed by many friends as the former Miss Eliza Whitted, of this city. _V CLUB CLOCK The Past Matrons and Pa trons of Goldenrod chapter. No. 14.2, will meet with Mrs. J. M. Woodward, 315 Walnut street, Friday evening at 8 o’clock. A meeting of the East Wil mington Home Demonstration club will be held this af ernoon at 3 o’clock at the home of Mrs. H. S. Lewis, Lake For est. This will be an anniver sary celebration and a full at tendance of members is desir ed as matters of importance will be brought up at this time. The Myrtle Grove Home Demonstration club will meet this evening at 8 o’clock at the home of Mrs. J. R. Hollis. This is joint meet ing of the men and women of the community and all women are urged to bring their hus bands. The Bradley’s Creek P.-T. A. will meet this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the school at which time Mrs. Earl W. Bergnef will address the group on the topic, Social Hygiene. A meeting of the executive com mittee will be held at 2 o'clock. The monthly meeting of the Woman’s auxiliary of Oak Grove chapel will meet this evening at 7 o’clock at the home of Mrs. Bessie Riven bark. All are cordially invited to attend. 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NANETTE COMES HOME TO CREW BOSTON, Jan. 17. —(UP) —A saucy mongrel mascot named Nanette was returned today to 400 overjoyed French sailors who had taken legal steps to recover her before weighing anchor. Nanette was relinquished by Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Morris of Wel lesley, to whom the small dog al legedly was loaned to board, in an out of court settlement. Making a second appeal, Sheriff Harold S. Hanks of Norfolk county visited the Morris home and was given the mascot, who reputedly understands only French. Previously, Hanks and a seaman from the French warship were re fused by the Morrises who claimed the dog had been given to them, riot loaned. The sailors filed a bill in equity in Superior Court here yesterday, claiming that the family became so enamoured of Nanette that they refused to give her up. Filed by the crews spokesman, Seaman Rene Gautier of Del-de Braetagne, Ile-et-Villaine, France, the bill added that Nanette had been the vessels mascot four four years and the crew would be heartbroken to leave without her. -V PERSONALS' Mr. and Mrs. William Raney left yesterday afternoon for Windsor, Va., where Mrs. Raney will be matron-of-honor in the wedding of Miss Carson and Sidney Cox this evening at 8:30 o'clock. * * * Mrs. R. F. Walker has return ed to her home here after having spent the past two months with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Hazard Reeves in New York City. * * * Lieut. Gwendolyn Blackham, Ar my Nurse Corps, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Blackham of this city, recently notified her family of her arrival in England. Lieut. Blackham is serving with an eva cuation hospital unit. * * * A. E. Straughn is a patient at James Walker Memorial hospital. • • • Dr James H- Smith left Tues day night fot New York City. * * * Major and Mrs. Graham Ed wards arrived- Monday from Vic toria, Texas, for a visist of two weeks with Major Edwards’ par ents. Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Ed wards, at their home, 1512 Market street. . -V LAKE WACCAMAW LAKE WACCAMAW, Jan. 17— W. P. Nye spent the week-end at Proctorville with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Nye. Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Seigler has arrived from Philadelphia, Pa., and will make their home hpre in one of the Brinkley cot tages on the Lake beach. Mrs. Russell Vare of Washing ton. D. C., and Raymond Bell, Jr., of Burgaw, spent Sunday here at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Chauncey and were accompanied home by Mrs. Bell and son, Bob bie. who had been visiting Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Stone for several days. Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Croom of Fayetteville and Fort Bragg, spent the week-end with their sister, Mrs. J. G. Hall and family. Mrs. R. B. Morse, Mrs. J. N. Dawson and H. E. Goodwin visited friends in Southport this week. Miss Patsy Smith of Fayette ville, spent the week-end with Miss Betty Hall at her home on the Lake beach Mrs. Joe Rose of Charleston, S. C., spent several days here with her mother, Mrs. L. L. Dempsey. Mrs. D. S. Neilson has returned home from Los Angeles, Calif., where she spent several weeks with her husband who is in camp there. NATURAL RAW SILK makes this suit with jewel buttons by Emmett Joyce. War's Innocent Victim - --—-——■ (Signal Corps photo jrom NEA) Pvt. James Dun of Brooklyn, a 1st Armored Division medic, dressed the back cf a small Italian boy who was wounded by frag ments of the shell that killed his mother. The boy’s father had been taken away by Germans, to work in a labor battalion His aunt, who holds him, brought him through the German lines to U. S. forces in the San Benedetto area. Ickes Asks Coherence In Colonial Policies WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, —(UP) —Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes tonight called on Congress to adopt a “coherent ‘colonial’ pol icy.” Stating in an interview that the present “colonial” situation is a mess, the man who since 1934 has been charged with the administra tion of outlying territories and pos sessions, suggested a definite con gressional decision on whether we are to “hold on or let go’ of our present holdings. “There has never been a real policy towards our ‘colonies’,” he said. He added that reports of dis satisfaction in Puerto Rico, Alaska and other areas can be largely traced to the simple fact that the United States hasn't “thought through the question whether it should be an “empire.’ “Until we make up our mind about that, there will be dissatis faction in our colonies,’ he said. The Interior Department is charg ed with the civilian administration of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Alaska and the Philip pines. ' Ickes said the fundamental ques tion is whether we are going to create an “empire’ — a word he dislikes—after the fashion of the British, or whether we are going to adopt the policy that, we finally shall have no colonies at all. $1,500,000,000 Navy Work Bill Is Approved WASHINGTON, Jan. 17. —UP)— Legislation authorizing $1,500,000, 000 for Navy construction, two thirds of which will go to build and operate advance bases in com bat zones, was passed today by the House. The bill was sent to the Senate on a voice vote. No details of the advance base building program were made pub lic on the floor because of mili tary security, but an accompany ing report from the Navy indi cated much of the money will be spent in the Pacific. An attempt to exclude all Navy property from provisions of the Surplus Property Act failed when such a provision was kriocked out on a parliamentary objection. The proposal would have exempted from surplus property disposal “ail ships, boats, barges and float ing dry docks of the Navy Depart ment.” In addition to the money for ad vance bases, the bill authorizes the following sums to the Navy: Ship repair $230,222,000; fleet training facilities $12,000,000: avia tion facilities $59,410,500; storage facilities $19,950,000; Marine Corps housing and training $14,190,000: ordnance facilities $65,500,000; per sonnel training and nousing facili ties, $40,022,000; ho;pital facilities $28,519,000; shore radio facilities $3,230,000; Naval research labora tory $224,000; miscellaneous con struction $41,265,000. Joseph Grew Supports Bilateral Agreements NEW YORK, Jan. 17.—tUP)— Undersecretary of Sta'e Joseph C. Grew tonight discounted fears that bi-lateral pacts in Europe signal a return to “balance of power" politics and said unequivocally that they are consistent with prin ciples of the Dumbarton Oaks world security proposals. Without naming them, he ap parently referred to the French Soviet pact, signed during Gen. Charles deGaulle's visit to Moscow last month, the Soviet-Czech pact signed in December, .943, and the Anglo-Soviet pact signed in June, 1942. Americans need not be disturbed that because of those pacts that ‘‘our Allies are falling out of step with us,” he said. "After careful study of those agreements, we are satisfied that they were concluded in the spirit of what we all are trying to achieve through the Dumbarton Oaks proposals," ne said. He appealed to Americans to avoid defeatism in the field of in ter-national relations and urged them to get out into the race and run rather than withdraw at the staring gun and criticize from the sidelines. He warned that proDlems of in ternational relations concerning ~A ■" he United States no longer were heoretical. “We are face to face with them n the liberated countries and else where,” he said. ‘In all probabi ity, they will increase rather than Iecrease. We are out in the real world and the going will be :ough.” -V BUY WAR BONDS AND STAINS gi Looking for I Quality ■ Gifts? ■ Hundreds of Appropriate I GIFTS B For All Occasions H Now is the time to select your ■ VALENTINE CARDS ■ Visit the I (Jewel (Box CJift Shop B Downstairs at the Jewel Box B 109 N. FRONT ST. I iSi'J/RMAM | i&ttssSTrZL,! I anywhere wiftouf , ,"lk °f Boing^ I Personally “ r lf- ' have 3^ I Arrid to |Ll Tended /% , | because I |,|(e if°£ P®°Ple £/f// jjfb Cream Deodorant Safely helps Stop Perspiration ! 1. Does not irritate skin. Does not rot dresses or men’s shirts; 2m Prevents under-arm odor; Helps stop perspiration safely; 3. A pure, white, antiseptic, stain less vanishing cream. 4. No waiting to dry. 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