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TWO ACL UNITS , ;,.jrk action on the part of a company baggage clerk and of ,r,.; residents of Castle Haynes v'Cibably saved the Atlantic Coast tV r Railroad several thousand . in fire-losses yesterday and Tuesday. De;pi|e the efforts of volunteer ,p; .. .:;rs with extinguishers, who ilcld fl mes in check until the Wil nll’,-t1 n Fire Department arrived vestcrday, the southern portion of ■pc r tstle Haynes station burned jrC)ni 9 40 a.m. until 11:45, causing dam? ''’ estimated by superintend ent*s office workers at $2,000. The cause of the fire is believ ed to have been a spark ignited by a pain -crew who with blow-torches had been burning old paint from (he budding before applying new. The time-seasoned structure, dis covered by a repair crew yester dav to have been built originally wjth wooden pins in pre-nail days, v,as found afire by the station 3ocnt when he reported for work. Cdy firemen quenched the blaze in slightly more than an hour. Tuesday's fire, of undetermined origin, attacked the trestle over fishing Creek, near the 7-mile post on the A. & Y. road. While still hardly more than a flicker, it was spied by Baggage-Clerk N. M. Richards, of the Wilmington of fice. who was driving home from wm-k in an automobile. Stopping at the nearest tele phone. be reported it to the train dispatcher’s office at 10:15 p.m A roadmaster’s crew, arriving at the scene of the fire, put out the flames and began repairs immedi ately. Freight trains scheduled to pass over the trestle were delayed briefly to allow strengthening and checking of the supports. Your feeling of fatigue may bo due to Con«tipatlon Yes, constipation can steal your energy. Take Nature’s Remedy (NR Tablets). Contains no chemicals, no minerals, no phenol derivatives. NR Tablets are different—act different. Purely vegetable—a combination of 10 vegetable ingredients formulated over 50 years ago. Uncoated or candy coated, their action is dependable, thorough, yet gentle, as millions of NR’s have proved. Get a 25)! box today ... or larger economy size. Caution: Take only as directed. NR TO-NIGHT; TOMORROW ALRIGHT AU-VEGETABIE LAXATIVE. fONEWORD SUGGESTION' FOR ACID INDIGESTION I WITH THE AEF: • ' Touring The Siegfried Line—Part II i By THOBURN WIANT (Substituting for Kenneth L. Dixon) WITH THE U. S. 90TH DIVI SION WEST OF PRUEM, Ger many—''-T'—'Two inches of snow fell the night Pat Mitchell of the Stars and Stripes and I reached the 90th our jeep tour of the front the next our jep tour of the front the next day was more difficult than ever. A few miles from the village where we slept. Sgt. Daniel Mc Carthy of Chicago, tells how his squad cleaned up a pillbox, took three prisoners and then went to sleep in the place themselves. An hour later McCarthy heard loud breathing and thought it was Pfc. Robert Johnson of Jeannette, Pa. “It ain’t, me,” Johnson said. McCarthy investigated and found a German sound asleep on one of the bunks with a butcher knife in his hand. Lt. Col. W. I. Russell of Chevy Chase, Md., a Military Govern ment officer, says most civilians found in the villages inside Ger many are very young or very old, very indifferent toward Americans ( and very anxious for the war to 1 end. They obey orders readily, but not cheerfully. German homes, Russell adds, are filled with re- j ligious emblems featuring pictures i of Christ. At regimental headquarters Lt. William J. Klein of Elizabeth, N. J., just out of a frontline foxhole, describes a head-on collision in pitch darkness betwen 400 Ger mans and 145 Yanks. “They were trying to retake the town while we were trying to reach some high ground overlook ing our next objective,” Klein ex plained. “They were as much sur prised as we were. The fight last ed throughout the morning and well into the afternoon. But we reached the high ground.” Klein says the Germans don't linger in their pillboxes, once 155s start slamming shells against the doors and sides. “They usually come out running with their hands up.” Klein says. Klein introduces Pvt. Harry E. Roberts of Highland Park, Mich., a replacement who arrived at the front just in time to be captured >ut didn't stay captured long. Roberts told this story: “Several Krauts sneaked up be tind us. They all were very young. Dne who spoke excellent English old us to come with them. We vent only a few feet when others n our company began shooting, rhe Krauts fanned out while we Jived into a waterhole. For a vhile though I thought I was hrough fighting before I started.” Capt. Charles W. Ryder, Jr., of Birmingham, Ala., son of Maj. Sen. Charles W. Ryder, invites us :o lunch. “What kind of steaks do pou want?” says the captain. We thought he was fooling. Whoever heard of steaks being served only a few hundred yards from the Germans? But Pfcs. Vird Hill of Fayetteville, Ark., and John Depalma of Paterson, N. J., produced steaks and fixed them the way we liked them. En route out of the Siegfried zone we find a pillbox which looks unusual because it is undamaged. A bronze sign above the entrance says "The Fuehrer visited this in stallation May 15, 1939.” I CITIZENS WARNED OF NEW RACKETS Cafe owners and merchants in the City yesterday were warned by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce to beware of a maroon eyed Negro with an inventive mind, six Social Security cards, a typewriter and an overdevelop ed yen for other people’s U. S. cprrency. This individual, unknown by name to the Federal agents w’ho notified the Chamber of his advent in this general area, apparently makes his living by appearing in beer-parlors and restaurants in working clothes and cashing checks which bear the names of reputable local firms. Claiming usually to be a chauf feur or truck-driver for the com pany whose name is printed on the supposed salary-check, the ma roon-eyed miscreant points out to his victim that the company has thoughtfully typed on the reverse side a suggestion that the casher of the check demand to see the bearer’s Social Security number, which is typed directly underneath. Presenting six different num ber-cards, in cities from Ohio to Virginia, the fraud-artist has col lected approximately $1,500 in a year, Federal agents report. His checks always are neatly typed, drawn on a local bank and inscrib ed on the face with the name of a large local merchantile estab lishment. Often the dark-hued op erator disarms his victim by mak ing a small purchase. Two other currently widespread rackets, against which local resid ents have been warned by Federal Justice and Postoffice Department agents, as well as the Chamber of Commerce, both are operated by “postman-chasers,” it W'as explain ed by Walter J. Cartier, Chamber of Commerce executive secretary. Under one system, the “chaser” simply follow’s a mail-carrier, watching him put Government de pendency and other checks in mail boxes. The racketeer then rings the doorbell, ready w’ith a “cock and-bull” story in case anyone i I should answer. If no one does, he takes time to rifle the mail-box and cashes the check at his leisure.' The second racket-plan functions on the first few days of each month, when charge-account state ments are delivered. The “chaser’ filches a statement and takes it to the store who mailed it- Pre tending to be the real recipient m the bill, he asks to pay it with a check—naturally worthless—larg er than its amount. Needless to s y —he keeps the change. Southern Conference Tourney Group Meets DURHAM Feb. 15.— (JP> —The' basketball tournament committee of the Southern Conference will meet at noon Sunday at the Caro lina hotel in Raleigh to draw pair ings and arrange starting times for the annual conference tourna ment to be staged next week-end. Announcement was made here by Eddie Cameron, head football coach and athletic director at Duke University, who is chairman of the Conference backetball commit tee. -V A flying meteorological station is being used by the Royal Air Forces which flies into the heart of an impending storm, and through the use of its instruments can inform the Air Forces more correctly than any ground station ever could of the conditions of the storm, where it is moving and how it will strike. Enemy-Owned Patents Available To Locally Operated Businesses The availability to Wilming tonians, as well as to other Ameri cans, of 45,000 abstracts of enemy owned patents, seized and now held by the U. S. Alien Property Cus todian. was announced yesterday by Walter J. Cartier, executive secretary of the Chamber of Com merce. These patents, covering all fields of manufacturing from "abrading” to “woodworking,” are being offer ed to American manufacturers on a non-exclusive, non-royalty licens ing basis at fees of $15 each. Licen ses run for the duration of the patents. The abstracts, short descriptions of the patents, are bound in two sets, each of which can be bought for $25. One set includes mechani cal and electrical devices, the other is confined to chemical formulae. One class i£ the former, for in stance, consists of "Baths, closets, sinks, spittoons.” while one in the chemical category includes "Medi cines, poisons, cosmetics.” Sections of the sets can be bought separately. An index listing the contents of each separate class is available for inspection at the Chamber of Commerce office. ■-V-— Toads were imported into Flori da during 1944 to help try to stop a parasitic invasion of Florida’s cane sugar industry. $r You'll See These In THE WOMAN’S HOME COMPANION ****< Women's All Pleated WOOL CREPE SKIRTS 3-98 Soft, and so graceful . in Pacific Mills’ Spring pastels! Knee-Length Skirts.........2.98 Girl*' Pleated Skirt*.. *** ' ' 9*— 1 Women's Matching Wool Blazer - Type Jackets g.90 Beautifully tailored jacket classics smartly piped. Lus cious shades in sizes 12-20. 'Girls' Blazer-Type Jaeket*>M> Under Your Jacket^ SPRING BLOUSES 2*98 Drawstring necklines and cuffs trimmed ’ with eyelet embroidery. Tailored styles. 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Troops of the 19th Indian Divi sion were reported to have made further gains in the Singu bridge head on the east bank of the Irra wady river just north of Manda lay. -V Eastern Indoor Tennis Championships Planned NEW YORK, Feb. 15.—UP)—The Eastern Indoor Tennis Champion ships will start here February 17 and continue for three weeks, it was announced today. Competition will be limited to singles, with play in the men's division scheduled for three successive Saturday’s and Sundays, starting the 17th, and in the women's division for weekdays starting February 19 and continu ing through February 23. Seeded players in the men’s divi sion include William F. Talbert, J. Gilbert Hall, Sidney Wood, Jr., and Frank Broida. Approximately 35 entries have been received for the men’s competition. Norma Bar ber and Helen Germaine are the only seeded women entrants. -V During the Inca regime, mar riage was compulsory in Peru. ■FVELi ! 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Monday, i norder o precede the monthly meeting of he Board of Directors, Wednes lay at the same hour. The executive committee meet ng will hear a report from the :ommittee on memberships rele vant to the forthcoming member ihip drive. Dates for the drive probably will 3e decided as will a date for the ■Icct'on of five new Board mem 3ers. Primary ballots for this Section are scheduled to go out March 21, Mr. Cartier said. Also chosen will be the time and place for the meeting of the whole membership of the Chamber, the sole event ef its kind during the ('ear. -V Australian aborigines delight in eating ants, cicadas’ cacoons, and caterpillars. Men, Women! Old at 40,50,60! Need Pep? Want to Feel Younger, More Vim? Do you blame exhausted, worn-out feelings on your age? Listenl You can feel old, peplegs. low in vi tality, solely because body lacks iron. Ostrex Tonic Tablets supply Iron; prophylactic doses vitamin Bi. 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