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MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AND ALSO SERVED BY THE UNITED PRESS With confidence in our armed forces—with the unbounding determination of our people— we will gain the inevitable triumph—so help us God. Roosevelt’s War Message. WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 1945. TOP O’ THE MORNING A little while the world shall run In its old mad way . . . Rut Truth at last shall reign; The cradle song of Jesus was never sung in vain. —Whittier. -V War Memorials Last year The American City magazine made a country-wide survey of war memorial plans. At that time, says the current issue of the magazine, the movement was vague and undeveloped. Ideas for memorials were generally indefinite. A second poll addressed to secretaries of chambers of commerce fol lowing VE-Day brought replies from 366 com munities. The substance of these replies is interest ing. “In 200 of these places,’’ says the maga zine, “war memorial ideas are reported as under discussion, and of these, 121 have ten tatively or definitely decided on the type of memorial to be built. Of this total, 53 plan to erect community buildings and auditori ums, 23 plan a park, playground or athletic stadium, 7 want a library, 6 a swimming pool, 4 intend to build an airport, and 4 others would plant trees and beautify their town roads and drives. Two preferences each are shown for an American Legion Home, bridges, and hospitals Cor additions to present struc tures). One town plans a memorial bell tow er. one a Salvation Army center, another a eollege memorial fund, and one a museum with auditorium. Community thinking has made a notable advance since the days when everybody fa vored monuments. Usable memorials are in finitely better. It is a happy circumstance that Wilming ton plans for one that can serve the entire population in one way or another. The armory contemplated for the old Marine Hospital site will serve not only for the local militia but as a convention hall, a place for cultural en tertainment, and combine with the adjoining Robert Strange playground as a great recre ation center. Although the property will not be available until a year after hostilities have ceased, un der terms of the lease to the War Depart ment, we ought to be ready with plans and money for construction when that blessed day comes. In the meantime, as recently suggested by a correspondent, Wilmington. and New Han over county would do well to erect a tem porary “honor roll" on the City Hall or the Court House grounds, containing the names of all men who have entered’ the armed serv ices. with separate space for all wounded and all leaking the supreme sacrifice. Speed The Day T! e Star-News has contended from the start that many bureaus existing by appointment were unconstitutional and that their activities were contrary to the public interest. During the debate over continuance of the Office of Price Administration, which Congress finally gave an extended lease on life for one year, the Hon. E. H. Moore of Oklahoma made a stirring speech in the Senate in which he de clared the OPA (the chief offender among all tht bureaucratic agencies) is wrong in principal, contrary to our constitution and re pugnant to Americanism. His address offers complete confirmation of the views the Star-News has voiced time and again. We regret that space does not permit use of Mr. Moore’s entire text. A few excerpts are the best we can do. Says he: “The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, in war or in peace. The guarantees of the Bill of Rights and other provisions of the Constitution protecting es sential liberties are not suspended by the ex istence of a state of war. . . There are con stitutional boundaries which the Congress, the ixecutive or the judiciary may not trans gress.” With this fact laid down, and it is rrefutable, he continues: “Our experiment in the field of govemment il rationing and price control has failed to ___ - JKano. its hoped for by those who were persuaded o depart from the Constitution, because of heir fear of the devastating effects of infla ion and shortages of the necessities of life or our people. On the contrary, it has be ;ome a monster of oppression, a vehicle for :rime, the instrumentality of destruction, the areeder of greed, and the perpetrator oi shortages and hardships.” Senator Moore, in further confirmation ol :he Star-News’ attitude, puts the blame for DPA’s mismanagement largely upon the type Df men chosen, obviously for political pur poses, to direct its activities, saying: “OPA has failed under the management of an-American-minded men who have no confi dence in the principles of the Constitution Dn the integrity of the American way of life. It has failed under the management of men who live in a world of theories, and most of whom are totally minus the practical experi ences that make for sound judgment.” But not all the blame, he holds, is due to them. “I want to emphasize,” he says “that OPA was doomed to failure under the most capable and conservative pejsonnel that could have been selected for it, because it was wrong in principle, contrary to our Constitu tion and the Bill of Rights, and repugnant to Americanism.” This is so true it justifies repetition here. He goes on to say: "No sys tem that usurps the liberties of the people ....can ever succeed in America, so long as those instruments stand as the charter of our government.” rnminp down to soecific cases, he adds: “The record of OPA is replete with instances Df destruction and planned shortages. The meat shortage is directly in point. . . The result is a shortage in a land of plenty. . . “Shortages, created by the same method used to develop a meat shortage, are by no means confined to foods. The shelves of the hardware merchant, the clothing store, the drug store, the department store, and many other types of merchants and shopkeepers, are bare or filled with substitutes at tre mendously inflated prices for greatly inferior quality.” In summation, he says: “Today, we have submitted ourselves to compulsion. We have saddled ourselves with ration boards and ra tion cards, elaborate and unintelligible regu lations over every trade, business, and en terprise; black markets, gangsterism, and un told inconvenience to the public by expensive, complicated and irresponsible administra tion.” He voices the opinion, after this arraign ment, that “if price control were relaxed through abolishing OPA, in order that our surplus incomes might be matched with con sumer goods, the productive power of this country is such that we would bring supply and demand in balance in short order.” There is a growing impression in the coun try that even though OPA has the cash for another year, public sentiment is so strong against it, and the consolidation of many of its functions with the Department of Agri culture under Secretary Anderson, who is well aware of the situation, that it will be closed out before many months pass. Speed that day. -•-v Hitler, Again 6 __. The last time we had any "definite” in formation of Hitler’s whereabouts he was a chunk of charcoal in the Reichchancellery cel lar. Now we learn h^ and his strumpet are disporting themselves on a Patagonian estate, tyext, he’ll be in a Charlie Chaplin comedy. -V Editorial Comment Tar Heelia And Pickles The state that used to thank God for South Carolina on account of keeping it off the bottom of the stack in this and that is now put in the position of having to do something about Michigan and Wisconsin for keeping it from the top of the pile in another record. Reference is to the fact that North Carolina was topped last season by only these two states in the production of cucumbers for pick ling. We don’t know what pickled cucumbers have to do with the general welfare of humanity but they must be important or else the de mand would not be so great. We are edging jjlip, we are edging up.—Shelby Daily Star. A _XJXejJW1LMINGTUN MUKJnINi Fair Enough (Editor’s note.—The Star and the News accept no responsibility for the personal views of Mr. Pegler, and often disagree with them as much as many of his read ers. His articles serve the good purpose of making people think.) By.WESTBROK PEGLER (Copyright, 1945, By King Features Syndicate.) NEW YORK, — Yesterday, these dispatches revealed the picturesque effrontery of the Buchanan Advertising Agency, which employ ed Harry Hopkins’ son, David, in offering Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt to the Pan-American Cof fee Bureau as a radio attraction at $1,000 a week and the agency’s unblushing proposal to make full use of the governmental agencies created by her husband. The money to pay Mrs. Roosevelt came from the treasuries of Brazil and eight other Latin-American nations. Some collected from their coffee growers an export tax of five cents a bag for this purpose. Others took it straight out of their national treasuries. In view of Mrs. Roosevelt’s denial, whether naive or artful, thatshe was thus commer cializing the White House there shculd be in terest in the opinion of North American cof fee men who objected and withdrew from a sales campaign in which they had collaborate with the Latin-Americans. One of these men explained that the Latin-Americans distinctly believed that because the wife of the President was thus to be hired, the President, himself, must be “in on it,” too. In Latin-America a president’s mistress might be maintained at public expense, but the status of the wives of eminent public men in their society was such that they could not comprehend Mrs. Roosevelt as an independent personality in her earning ventures. The campaign was not a spectacular suc cess, however, and, when it was over, the Latin-Americans ana tne national conee Asso ciation, composed of North American coffee merchants, resumed their old straight cooper ation without unusual political involvements. Mrs. Betty Lindley represented Mrs. Roose velt in negotiating the radio job. The Dies Committee obtained some records from a bank in a small New Jersey town and the office of this long inquiry into subversive ac tivities reported that these documents show ed that Mrs. Lindley received 10 per cent of Mrs. Roosevelt’s radio checks as her fee and made disbursement from the account to those purposes which have been loosely described as Mrs. Roosevelt’s “charities.” The office force of the Dies Committee believed that some of these “charities” were of the type which Earl Browder had described as “trans mission belts” and “fronts” for communism. The Dies Committee further discovered the name of Mrs. Betty Lindley on public payrolls of the National Youth Administration and the Social Security Administration, in which Mrs. Roosevelt was strongly influential, for varying periods, part of the time at $3,600 a year and at other times on a per diem ranging up to $22. The duties were described as those of a “research assistant” and “consultant” and the committee received information indicating that they did not confine Mrs. Lindley to regu lar hours at a desk. All this, of course, would have been above any question of legality. Robert Stripling, the chief investigator for the Dies Committee and J. B. Matthews, a backslid communist who became its chief in formant on communist organizations and per sonalities, inquired further and declared this Mrs. Betty Lindley to be the wife of Ern»st K. Lindley, a Washington reporter, columnist and author of occasional books, generally with a strong sympathy for the Roosevelts and their political objectives. After the Dies Committee dissolved, Strip ling, at the age of 32 and a pre-Pearl Harbor father, was drafted for the army. He had been the subject of a savage radio propaganda campaign depicting him as a protected per son and a slacker. He declared that he was entirely willing iu uu ms ^ singled out because he had offended the White House by his discoveries. Stripling insisted, too, that the reason for drafting him was to remove him from Wash ington and silence him. Matthews, however, is not subject to the draft and is still, so to speak, a free man. While Mrs. Roosevelt was doing her act for $1,000 a week, Mr. Lindley wrote a col umn entitled “The Mob Spirit” berating Con gress for its revolt against the attempt of Mrs. Roosevelt and others to pack the Office of Civil Defense with their ideological soul mates, and personal friends. These included Mayris Chaney, a dancer and protege of Mrs. Roosevelt, and Melvyn Douglas, a Hollywood actor. To shame Congress and those commentators, including the late Ray Clapper, who had gagged at the plot to make politics through the O. C. D. while, as it were, Rome burned, Mr. Lindley unfortunately brought in the name of Miss Carole Lombard, the actress who was killed in an airplane crash and quoted Henry Mor genthau as having said that she gave her life for her country because she was on a bond selling trip at the time. The fact developed lat er, however, that Miss Lombard and 15 young ferry command pilots who were fellow-pass engers, gave their lives for the Roosevelt poli itcal alliance with the union movement. A congressional inquiry elicited evidence that the pilot had repeatedly violated instruc tions and was off his course, taking a short cut for his California home, when He hit a mountain. The air-line had tried to get rid of him in the interests of safety but the old la bor board put him back, holding that he had been fired for union activity. Also during the time that Mrs. Roosevelt was or was; not. as vou prefer, commercializ ing the White House, the Motion Picture Her ald published an item of further interest. It said that Miss Cherry Preisser, the wife of Harry Hopkins’ son, David, had been engaged to play in the movies for Paramount Pic tures, Inc. As has been said, David was em ployed by the Buchanan agency whose plan to hire Mrs. Roosevelt had been jammed through the State department over the ob jections of Sumner Welles, by orders from the White House, where Harry Hopkins resided. And John Hertz, Jr., a commanding figure in the Buchanan agency is the son of John Hertz, who dominates Paramount. The Bu chanan agency figured to collect about $90,000 a year from the coffee account. The Latin-American coffee combine was very much like those cartels, organized to rig prices to American consumers, which the Roosevelt government, in other cases condemned as vicious conspiracies. In actual results the coffee countries were disappointed. Not all the coffee countries join ed the cartel and not all Latin-American na tions grow coffee. Thus a delicate situation arose. If Mrs. Roosevelt said coffee was very nice and that Brazil raised coffee, a non-mem ber coffee country might sulk or a non-coffTe nation might be offended unless she shm,w “» “»< U". 1=110... Si S ,00' 7'd "m' >h' Producer c”„ - E&JSXSi PZ m riANO’S DIARY With No Triumph In Egypt, Duce In Rase When Rommel Is Stopped Mav 4-JuIy 21, 1942. In an upsurge of optimism after the German break-through in North Africa in June, 1942, the Axis drew up complete plans for the govern ment of Egypt under Nazi Field Marshal Rommel and an Italian civil administrator, according to the diary of Count Ciano, Musso lini’s son-in-law. II Duce flew to Africa to take part in the triumphal entry into Cairo. He fussed and fumed for three weeks after Rommel’s drive bogged down at El Alamein, then returned to Rome in a towering rage that he had again been made ridiculous. He left his personal bag gage so he could go back to Africa quickly if the picture changed. Aside from the continuing scan dals surrounding the family of Mussolini’s mistress, the nome front was most notable for a pro posal that honest tax returns should be filed. Ciano and others were genuinely horrified at the sugges tion. Cano wrote: MAY 4—“I receive Bose, head » l l : i lie4c fAA1c Ui U1C v.w.. — -- — — - badly when he learns that the dec laration in favor of independence for India has been postponed (on German insistence). He believes we are playing the game of Japan, which will act on its own, without considering the interests of the Axis.” * . * MAY 5—“The British .have oc cupied Madagascar (French island off th«S east coast of Africa). It was to be expected, since Laval (French vice-premier) had an nounced to the four winds that he hoped the Japanese would arrive before the Anglo-Saxons. "I have dissuaded the Holy See from taking the initiative (for a compromise peace) that would surely fail.” HUNGARIAN MERRY-GO-ROUND MAY 11—“Hungarian uneasiness is expressed by a little story that circulates in Budapest. The minis ter of Hungary declares war on the United States, but the attache who receives the communication is not up-to-date on European affairs. He asks: “ ‘Is Hungary a republic?’ ’No, it is a kingdom.’ “ ‘Then do you have a king?’ ’No, we have an admiral.’ t‘ ‘Then do you have a fleet?’ ’No, we have no sea.’ “ ‘Then do you have any claims?’ ’Yes.’ “ ‘Against America?’ ’No;’ “ ‘Against Britain? ’No.’ Against Russia? No. ‘ ‘Against whom, then, do you have these claims?’ ’Against Ro mania.’ “ ‘Then will you declare war against Romania?” No. We are allies.’ ” * * * MAY 12—‘‘Rommel will attack in Libya at the end of the month with the aim of crush ng the Brit ish forces. (The attack began May 26.) If he can, he will take To bruk, and will go as far as the old boundaries. If not, he will limit himself to forestalling an at tack by the enemy by stricking first. All the forces will be con centrated then for an attack on Malta. The Germans are sending a parachute division.” SARDINIA DEFENSES ARE ’REASSURING’ MAY 16 — "Mussolini returns (from Sardinia). . . .His visit has produced some assurrance even about the island’s defenses. There are good troops, efficient arma ments, and malaria in the inva sion zones sufficient to decimate British troops within a few days.” MAY 18—‘‘II Duce telephones me to tell Edda (Ciano’s wife and Mussolini’s daughter) not to talk with anyone, absolutely no one, about what she saw in Germany. The explanation: The King told Mussolini that ‘all Rome knows that there is an Italian laborer in a German hospital with his fingers cut off, and that Edda has protest ed energetically to Hitler.’ ” MAY 19—"The British would like to send some hospital ships to Mal ta. Our navy agrees in principle, but the Germans are against it. li uuce decides against u Decause ’experience shows that many things may be hidden in hospital ships. Last winter we were able to bring some needed supplies of gas oline to Benghasi by using the white ships.’ ” ITALIANS REPORT ON AMERICA MAY 21.—“I speak with Colonna (Italian ambassador to the United States), and with some attaches who have returned from Washing ton. They all agree: First, that the United States is in no position today to do much along military lines; second, that her industrial production is formidable, and that within a few months we shall see production of incalculable propor tions; third, that war is not popu lar, but that everyone is determined to fight for 20 years, if necessary; and, fourth, that sentiment toward Italy is not hostile.” MAY 23— “II Duce telephoned in dignantly, charging that the Japa nese ambassador, Shiratori, made some amazing declarations. The do minion of the world belongs to Ja pan, the Mikado is the only god on earth, and it is necessary that both Hitler and Mussolini recog nize this. I remember Shiratori. . . ganda than the Buchanan agency had given them to expect. V He was a fanatic, and above all yery insulting. ... “Bismarck (Nazi mmister in Rome) says that Himmler (Nazi Gestapo chieftain) is playing a lone jame, and is trying to become Germany’s leader.” * * * MAY 27—“Sorrentino, on his re urn from Russia, tells his impres sions. . . .The brutality of the Ger mans is told so vividly as to make one skeptical of the charges. It las reached the proportions of a continuous crime. Massacres of en tire populations, rapings, killing of children, all a matter of daily oc currence. Against this there is a cold Bolshevik decision to resist, and to fight to the end, certain of victory.” JUNE 2—“Mussol'ni has thought of going to Libya, but he wouldn’t want a repetition of what happen ed in Albania when they made him witness an unfortunate battle. PETACCI DOINGS ARE ‘INCREDIBLE’ “Riccardi (minister of trade) speaks very critically of the Pe tacci family and of the business deals of Dr. Marcello Petacci . . . He showed me an interesting doc ument. A marshal of the cara binieri wrote to his superiors that ’a certain gentleman is a crook, L.U olr-n 4Vin 1 fvra r\f q oortait) Petacci, a sister of II Duce’s mis tress, and therefore can’t be oun ished.’ This" is incredible!” JUNE 4—“I see Messe (Italian commander) on his return from Russia. . . .Like anyone else who has had anything to do with the Germans he detests them and says the only way to deal with them is to punch them in the stomach. He th'nks that the Russian Army still is strong and well-armed, and that any idea of its collapse is com plete Utopia.” * * * JUNE 5—“Grandi (minister of justice) tells me that the oath will be introduced in the council of ministers tomorrow as a way of ascertaining income in connection with doubling the income tax. . . . This means that for the first time in the history of our tax system we are thinking of punishing tax evad ers. ‘‘This might be all right in some countries, but not with us, where everyone would be compelled to swear falsely. If we shut out eyes to this, we would be ridiculous. If we applied the law, we would have to enlarge our jails until they required half of our budget. Revel (minister of finance), having taken everything else from the Italians, wants now to take their honor.” JUNE 6—‘The tax oath died be fore it was born. The provision has been withdrawn.” * • • JUNE 9—‘‘Military intelligence has uncovered an espionage cen ter in the German embassy. Dr. Sauer, a cultural attache, has been arrested and has confessed. He made clear that he did not act for money, but out of hatred for Na zism and Fascism. He gave mil itary information to the Swiss mil itary attache. A German colonel, an aid of Von Rintelen (head of the Nazi military mission), was also involved.” ADVANCE NOTICE Ofr ALLIED PACT JUNE 11—‘‘Bismarck telephones about an eventual alliance be tween the United States, Britain and Russia, and about an Ameri can promise to open a second front against the Germans. (The Anglo-Russian 20-year alliance was announced June 11 in London.) This is the injection to keep the Rus sians on their feet.” JUNE 12.—“I learn that the steamship Usodimare has been sunk by one of our own subma rines by mistake.’’ JUNE 16.—"Luncheon with His Majesty. . . .Serrano (Suner, Span ish foreign minister) says that Bri tain spends 10,000,000 pesetas (about $925,000) a month through Sanftuel Hoare (British ambas sador) in Spain for propaganda. ‘‘The King comments: ’Experi ence shows that much of these sums sticks to the hands of the propagandists, and those who are propagandized get only the crumbs. God knows how many revolutions there would be otherwise.’ ” * * • JUNE 20—"Ben. Carboni comes to talk about the invasion of Malta. He is convinced we are going to suffer a terrible disaster. Prepa rations have been childish. Equip ment is inadequate or lacking. The landing troops will never land, or if they do they are doomed to de struction. . . .1 am more than ever of the opinion that the untertaking un’ll r\r»r*nr ” fTl PETACCI'S ACCUSED OF GOLD TRAFFIC JUNE 21—“Tobruk has fallen, and the British have left 25,000 prisoners in our hands . . .Ric cardi (minister of trade) renews his atacks on the Petacci family. He charges an illegal traffic in gold, involving Buffarini (state councilor, former police official, now under sentence of death by an Italina court).” JUNE 22—“This morning Petac ci’s sister was married in Rome and the event was talked about through the city. There were rich and fabulous gifts, forests of flowers. Lucullan banquets. . . . ’It is good from an economic point of view,’ said II Duce, 'but bad for the girl’s career. She had promise in the movies.’ ” * * * JUNE 23—'Sedbnd conference between Serrano and II Duce. Ser rano says that if Portugal should be invaded by the Anglo-Saxons, Spain would not hesitate to enter the war. An agreement already sxists between Franco (Spanish dic tator) and Salazar (Portugal’s dic tator). “Intercepted telegrams from the American observer in Cairo, Fel lers (U. S. general with British forces) show that the British have been beaten, and that Rommel has a chance to reach the Canal zone if he continues the action. “A secret traffic in gold through the diplomatic pouch to Spain has created a serious problem I have confiscated 40 pounds of it and given it to the police. . . .The per sons mixed up in it all belong to the Petacci gang.” LIBYA GOING WELL, BUT THAT ROMMEL— JUNE 26—''Mussolini is happy about the progress of operations in Libya, but unhappy that the battle is identified with Rommel. .Mussolini makes no forecasts, but hopes that ’in 15 days we will be in Alexandria (British naval base in Egypt) . . . The offices have prepared declarations of in dependence for Egypt, changes in government, etc. We should taiK about it after Mersa Matruh is taken.” JUNE 28.—"Mersa Matruh has fallen. The way to the (Nile) delta is open.” JUNE 29.—“Mussolini has left for Libya.” JULY 2 — “Mussolini tele graphs instructions to confer with the Germans about the future po litical government of Egypt. Rom mel is to be the military com mander, and an Italian whose name he asked me to suggest will be civil governor.” JULY 3—“Hitler agrees, so far as Rommel is concerned, but post pones his answer about the Ital lian delegate. He does not consider the question 'urgent.’ ” * * * JULY 6—“There is vague con cern about, the lull at El Alamein (farthest Ax's advance in Egypt). It is feared that Rommel cannot advance farther, and that the force of the attack is spent. . . .In mili tary circles there is violent indig nation about the German actions in Libya. They have grabbed all the loot. . . .The only one who suc ceeded in getting anything for him self is Cavallero, (Italian comman der-in-ch:'ef), who sent his to Italy by plane.” JULY 7 — “The Germans have agreed that the civil commissioner for Egypt should be an Italian.” JULY 20 — “Mussolini’s return, and the news from Libya convince the public that the rosy dreams about Egypt have faded.” JULY 21 — “II Duce. . .is satis fied that we can resume our ad vance within two or three weeks, and reach the goals of the delta and the (Suez) canal. He is so certain that he has left his per sonal baggage in L'bya. . , .Bis marck considers our offensive per manently postponed. . . .Naturally Mussolini is angry with Rommel” (Tomorrow: Nazis Pope to Halt B-17 Raids.) -V Daily Prayer For a Lift in Living Life had been dull and monot onous and uninspired for most of us, O Father in Heaven. We had trudged wearily along the low er levels of mere existence. We confess that we had not conducted ourseives as aavemurers ana con querors. We had been unresisting slaves of the commonplace. Then came this incredible war to shock us wide awake. Suddenly our hori zons are lifted and widened. We are becoming aware of a world outside the one we know. Daily come to us tidings of titantic battles; of armies shuttled to and fro on the earth’s vast spaces; of shining heroism by our own young men. May this visitation of Thy providence, O inscrutable Ruler of eternity, lift our lives to higher levels. Set us afire with the pur pose to match this great hour by our own manner of life. Enable us to despise all mean ends, and to seek the glory of emancipated and exalted spirits. Teach us how we may become comrades of the no blest, conscious sharers in the des tiny of our day. Quicken us to con sistent communion with Thyself, and to a constant search after Thy will. Amen.—W.T.E. -v Sub-Committee To Study Oyster Grading Laws WASHINGTON, July 17.—(>P)_ Chairman Bland (D-Va.) of the House Merchant Marine and Fish eries committee announced today appointment of a sub-committee to study oyster grading regulations. The nine-man group, under a House resolution, is authorized to investigate regulations to be promulgated by the Food Drug Ad ministration fixing standards of identity for raw shucked oysters. Subcommittee members include Bonner (D.-N.C.). -V OAPTAIN HAS FAMOUS NAME ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 17._ (U.R) — The signal officer at the Alexandria Army air field is Wash ington Irving. He is no relations to the author, is 28, holds the rank of captain and hails from Irvington N. Y. * ’ OKINAWA SEEBEE' HUMAN PINCUSHION By VERN HOEGLANd YELLOW BEACH THREE OKI NAWA-W-There's a Seabee out. f t here with more than its share of “characters,” including the f-st mayor of Winfield, N. J.. and ”Bru. no, the human pincushion.” Seabees (Navy construction bat talions) don't have much occasion to use pincushions, so "Bruno" for the duration is serving more use fully as a portable, ever-ready dart game. Bruno is Coxswain James R Upton, a Wisconsin native and former millwright who has served with seabee stevedore gangs on Guadalcanal and Okinawa. Hs was a star attraction in freak shows at the Chicago and New York world fairs. "When we want to play darts, \V> just use Bruno,’’ said his friend, Navy Lt. Edward Markin. 38, 0f (9423 40th Dr.) Aimhurst Lons Island, N. Y. '8 "We paint AA mercurochrom* target on his back, and then he lets us stand off and toss darts in to it. He bleeds a little now and then because he’s out of trainin' but when he’s in condition he doesn’t bleed a bit. “He eats double-edge razor blades, chews glass bulbs. ,-«id every now and then wins a bottle of whiskey by offering to eat the bottle’s neck. "He also will let us sew buttons onto his skin, anywhere on his body except his eyes. "Doctors say he does it all by rigid self-hypnosis. Funny thing, though—when he shaves he cuts himself and bleeds as easily as you or I.” When Winfield, N. J., (population 2,100) was incorporated as a town of defense workers in 1941, James "Tommy” Thompson was elected its first mayor. Upon setting up camp near Oki nawa’s Yontan airfield, Thompson dug a little bomb shelter and put up a sign, "Winfie’d community foxhole—through these sandbagged portals dive the fastest democrats in the world.” Later Thompson’s unit moved to this beach, and he and his war rant-officer roommates, Fred Zim merling of San Francisco and Fred Einar of Los Angeles, started dig ging another foxhole. It got so large that they floored, walled and paint ed it, installed bunks, furniture and indirect electric lighting, and made such a cool, comfortable and safe bedroom out of it that they now spend much of their leisure iime in it. Thompson's war-time home away-from-W:nfield is at 812 Avenue C, Bayonne, N. J. SHAW boy;s club SEEKING $25,000 A city-wide drive for $25,000 with whi"h to build a club house for Negro boys near the Williston Primary school is being conduct ed during July by the John H. Shaw Boys’ club. The club, with an enrollment of more than 500 boys, has been given authorization by the Community Chest, to conduct the drive. Chair men of the drive are Dr. L. W Upperman, Janie W. Wheeler, and George Norman. Blue prints for the proposed building on South Ten'h street, between Church and Castle streets, have been drawn and plans for an enlarged program have been made. Temporary club rooms in the old Gregory Teachers Home, at 6U Nun street, have been declared inadequate. The club, organized late in 1944. has organized softball teams in Wilming.on and Maffitt Village Other outdoor as well as indoor games have been earned on daily under the supervision of Directoi Walter Bess. Robert Jones is in charge of me workshop where model airplane;, shoe shine boxes and other piae tical articles have been built club members. People of Wilmington are being asked to con.ribute in the *am’ paign for the new building. A statement given to newspapers states: “The temporary club rooms are inadequate and limit the P'0 gram of activities. The need larger, more adequate sPace ‘ imperative. The citizens of mington are being given an opP° tunity to show in a tangible ma ner their interest in the • | youth of the community and rif.izpns nf thp future." Yank Troops Kill Jap Guerilla Commander OKINAWA, July 17.- W Japanese commander of guerilla forces on Okinawa •“ been killed by Yanks wr.o tr<“ him to a masterfully camoui-8- ( hideout in the Northern rnoun'2.. • Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell disc.o tonight. T_, The enemy officer, Lt. Co.. - haru Aoyagi, was shot ana * as he attempted to flee *£on!, American patrol organized bv -1 •• Silas W. Bass of Los Ange.es, 27th Division headquarters *nn mandant. -V-— JOINS MARINES ST. LOUIS. July 17.-Vf'-Hei” 3 Stephens, who set the 1L5 : for 100 meters at the Olympic games and was voteo 1936 woman athlete of the _,r ’ was sworn in the Marine ‘ Women’s Reserve today. Fulfills Early Promise Wilmington music circles will • remember William C. Yarborough as a promising young violinist, Just before he left for Baltimore to continue his studies at the Peabody Institute, following graduation at New Hanover High school, he gave a recital at Thalian Hall, when it was forecast that with adequate physi cal development he would go high in his chosen profession. Then came the war—and induction. Billie Yarborough was soon in uniform. The serv ice obviously took care of his physical de ficiencies, for we learn by way of a broad cast over station WITH in Baltimore that he was one of fifty-two soldiers completing a tour of entertainment for the armed services with a combined total of 120,000 miles— “bringing live entertainment to American forces so far forward that USO shows could not reach them.” The broadcast adds: “Picked at Camp Si bert, Alabama, late last year because of their civilian experience, the men arrived overseas just in time to meet the December Bulge battle. Since then they have been strafed, bombed and shelled while playing for audi ences ranging from two men to seven thou sand . . . often they performed in open fields and even on Siefried line pill-boxes.” It is added that they traveled as “jeep shows,” in three to eight men groups. Billie is now a corporal, and is organizing a GI symphony orchestra in Paris. He is ful f.lling the promise noted at the Thalian Hall recital, when he was a stripling.