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FORECAST ^ ^ ^ ^ Serred By Leased Wires
MUmttmfott Morning s>tur
_ __ State end National Newt
,Valter J. Cartier, secretary of
,,e Wilmington Chamber of Com
e told a meeting of Wnghts
Beach operators of tourist
! omodations and concession
‘ ds at the Anchorage last night
fat jt was necessary in order to
promote the interest of the
’ ach that a group be formed to
nd,e local problems and improve
““omodations for handling the
tourist trade.
An organization for .his purpose
parned with Relmon Robinson
'' temporary chairman of the
wring committee. A meeting has
•L called for 8 p. m Friday
] 2ht at the Ocean Terrace hotel,
,t which time plans for the future
operation of the whole organiza
tion will be worked out lor pre
sentation to the group.
The next meeting of the organ
ization will be held Monday night
at 8 o’clock at the Anchorage. At
this time ideas about advertising
the resort during the winter will be
discussed along with the idea of
cooperationg with other local
Many of the boarding houses are
going to be kept open until Oct. 1,
an if there is an early demand for
cottage next spring, arrangements
vill be made to meet them, the
owners said.
About 20 operators attended the
Rotarians Hear Contract
let For Neckwear Plant
J. Goodlett Thornton, president
of the Wilmington Savings and
Trust company, addressing Rotar
ians at their regular meeting yes
terday, predicted that Wilmington
could become a site for many num
bers of small industries who desire
to move to the South.
Stressing that only intelligent
planning and the willingness to in
vest local capital could attract
businesses here, Mr. Thornton re
vealed that a contract for a build
ing to house the plant of the France
Neckwear company, of New York,
had been let today by Industrial
properties Inc., a group of Wilming
ton business men who have sub
scribed capital for the construction
of suitable accomodations for in
dustrial plants.
The building, which is to cost a
minimum of $60,000, will be rented
to the company for 5 per cent of cost
per year and the payment of taxes
and insurance.
Although this is a very nominal
rental for ti e type of plant to be
built, Mr. Thornton said that the
object of (the subscribers was not
to get ricl> but to bring industries
to Wilmington so that the commun
ity as a Whole, could prosper.
Also, he stated, other cities and
towns, and he cited several ex
amples, had invested local capital
in providing low-rent sites for fac
tories in order to attract them, and
to get her share in the post-war
era, Wilmington must do the same.
The development of the idea of
post-war planning so as not to lose
gains which have developed during
the war, began about two years ago
with the formation of a group of
men known as Wilmington Associ
ates in order to get local business
men thinking in terms of post-war
planning, he said.
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 5)
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4. —UP)— Su
preme Court Justice Robert H.
Jackson said today he sees no
chance of his being on hand for the
opening of the court next month.
Jackson, serving as Chief United
States counsel for prosecution of the
major European Axis war cr'm-*
inals, told a news conference the
Nuernburg trials probably will not
start before November 1, making
it virtually impossible for him to
complete his work abroad in time
to be in Washington when the Su
preme Court begins its fall term in
October. »
Jackson said preparations for the
war crime trials have not been un
duly delayed and that the proceed
ings will begin as early as he had
expected. He added that it is im
possible at this time to fix an of
ficial date for the start but that it
is unlikely the proceedings will get
under way before November 1.
Jackson returned to Washington J
yesterday for consultation with War
Department officials. He plana to
return to Europe next week.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Sept. 4.
_p_Weird snake-handling rites of
a religious sect were blamed to
day for the death of a Tennessee
man as Virginia officers investi
gated the death of a woman who
“vas bitten in demonstrations Sat
Lewis E. Ford, 32, lay preacher
of the Dolly Pond Church of God
near here, died last night about
an hour after being bitten by a
rattlesnake in a religious service.
His widow, Mrs. Ressie Ford,
promptly announced she would ask
members of the faith to take part
in snake handling rites at his fu
Wise, Va., authorities reported
the wife of the Rev. H. O. Kirk
was bitten on the wrist in a snake
handling demonstration Saturday
afternoon. She gave birth to a
child yesterday. The child died a
few moments later and Mrs. Kirk
died an hour afterward.
John Roberts, commonwealth’s
attorney, ordered samples of Mrs.
Kirk's blood sent to the state lab
oratory to determine whether she
died from a snake bite or from
Virginia authorities said Mrs.
Kirk became ill almost immediate
ly after being bitten but refused
medical aid. She was not attended
by a doctor at the child’s birth
and neighbors said she died singing
Chattanooga officers were in
formed today of the death of Ford
by a resident of the Grasho/per
community. The officers were told
Ford was bitten as he took the
rattler from another preacher.
Before the religious service,
Ford told a Chattanooga News-Free
reporter: "I may be bitten and I
may die. But if I do it will be
because the Lord wants to show
unbelievers the snakes are poison
Although the Interstate Com
merce Commission was reported to
be considering the War Shipping
Administration application request
ing permission to resume coastwise
>nd intercoastal shipping along the
South Atlantic coast, no word was
received of the outcome of the de
cision yesterday.
The application was endorsed by
the South Atlantic and Florida
Ports Conference which met in
Jacksonville, Fla., Monday.
South Atlantic and Florida ports
represented at the conference
adopted a resolution approving the
WSA's application, and appointed
* committee to confer with the
ICC in Washington.
It was understood that the Asso
ciation of American Railroads had
Planned to send representatives to
Washington to oppose the applica
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 3)
(Eastern Standard Time)
. <B>' U. S. Weather Bureau)
wetccroiogicj.! data for the 24 hours
endmg 7^ P.m , yesterday.
•-» a.m. 71; 7:30 a.m. 71; 1:30 p.m. 72;
p.m. 74.
KcTm£im“-m 75, Minimum 691 Mean 72:
, . Humidity
Hi,. " ,a'ra-’ 94i 7:30 a m, 96; 1:30 p.m.
' '-^0 p. m. 00.
Tnial , Precipitation
l.llg j3chf“.r 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m.—
lnIotal fince ihc first of the month—
'Frnm Tides For Today
t; o ’he Tide Tables published by
• '-oast and Geodsdtc Survey).
\Vi> • 2 High Low
•miniton - 8:52 a.m. 3;34 a.m.
Msencu 9:17 P.m. 3:47 p.m.
' boro Met . 6:48 a.m. 12:41 a.m.
- 7:97 P-m. 12.48 p.m.
rise i /,e '1:48: Sunset 6:33 p.m.; Moon
Faveu Moon5et 6:28 p.m.
rayetteville River stage 9.4.
'Continued on Page Three; Col. 2)
Allies Ready To Grant
Peace To Italians
LONDON, Sept. 4—</P)—The
Allies tonight appeared ready
to conclude a peace treaty
with Italy within 60 days.
Foreign office circles pre
dieted, however, that treat' £
with Hungary, Romania, '
land and Bulgaria will b' v *
siderably delayed,” ber
unsettled conditions
The Big Five Foreign K ^
ters’ Council, which will ho.
its first sesson here Monday,
was expected to put the Italian
peace on top of its agenda.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4.- (JP) —
Secretary of State Byrnes today
sharply rapped the Army’s Pearl
Harbor Inquiry Board for its criti
cism of former Secretary Hull as
Republicans made ready to reopen
the sore subject in Congress.
Byrnes told a flews conference
that the Army Board had gone
beyond its jurisdiction in critiz
uig his predecessor’s policy-mak
ing and execution prior to the Jap
anese attack of December 7, 1941.
The board held that at a time
when the Army and Navy were
seeking more time to prepare, Hull
presented the Japanese with a
document w£ich they considered
an ultimatum. Hull denied it was
an ultimatum.
Meanwhile, Senator Ferguson
(R.-Mich.) and Rep. Harness (R.
Ind.), not satisfied by President
Truman's release last week of the
Army and Navy findings, said they
would introduce resolutions calling
for investigations as soon as pos
sible after Congress Reconvenes
So far as he knew, Byrnes said,
this wTas the first time in the his
tory of the United States when a
board of Army officers had under
taken to criticize civilian officials
of the government.
He said he thought any comment
on Secretary Hull’s conduct of
foreign relations should properly
be made by Congress.
Tong War Threat
" Puts Portland Cops
On “Alert” Basis
PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 4—UP)—
Extra police squads patrolled Port
land's Chinese district tonight
after a San Francisco police tip
off that a band of 25 “hatchetmen”
from the bay area was en route
here to settle differences between
two Chinese tongs.
San Francisco Police Chief
Charles Dullea advised Portland
police Chief Harry Niles today his
squad in Chinatown learned of the
brewing trouble. Police said tong
leaders in both cities had promised
to help keep peace.
Chief of Detectives Capt. James
Fleming said there had been trou
ble here before between the two
tongs, whose membership is known
to police, but it is the first time
in 25 years that there has been a
threat of a full-fledged “tong
Capt. Fleming said the tongs
usually send only one hatchetman.
The last such killing here was five
years ago.
CHAPEL HILL, Sept. 4.—(IP)—
More than a hundred new veterans
were among the students who
registered at the University of
North Carolina in Chapel Hill Mon
day and Tuesday for the short
fall term of eight weeks, Chan
cellor R. B. House said tonight.
More tahn 130 were admitted dur
ing the previous term.
NEW YORK, Sept. 4—(/P)—CBS
Correspondent William J. Dunn
said tonight in a broadcast from
Yokohama that American troops
would begin the occupation of
Tokyo Saturday.
Dunn said this information was
announced officially at a confer
ence with Lt. Gen. Robert Eichel
berger, commander of the U. S.
Eighth Army.
Weird Whistle Wakens
Sunset Park Residents
Residents on the southern edge
of Wilmington are suffering from
mass, mechanical insomnia caused
by a whistle.
They say that it blows at an un
reasonable hour every morning;
sometimes at midnight, again at 1
a. m., and yesterday it sounded at
about 3 a. m.
It wouldn’t be so bad, the victims
say, if the whistle blew, and tnen
stopped. But it continues to blow
for at least 30 minutes, and some
times as long as 45 minutes with
out stopping.
Unable to describe the whistle
any other way, they say it blows
shrill, even, persistent—and long.
' Even the police and sheriff’s dep
uties have been unable to locate
the source of the whistle. And res
idents reported that they were un
able to determine whether it came
from within the City or in Sunset
Park. That made it pretty hard for
law enforcement officers, because
the City police can’t operate out
side of the City limits, and the
sheriff’s deputies don’t know
whether it was in their territory or
Some of the residents claim it
wouldn’t be so baa if the whistle
blew at the same time every night,
but they are beginning to lie awake
at night, waiting for the thing to
blow so they can get some sleep.
The anticipation apparantly has be
come worse than the whistle.
MacArthur Tells Japan To Speed
demobilization Of Her Armies;
^Congress To Convene Early Today
- —- p
Both Houses
Face Stiff
Bill Tilts
Members Reported Divid
ed On Compensation, Em
ployment Measures
(Associated Press Staff Writer)
WASHINGTON,. Sept.. 4.—(IP)—
Congress goes back on the job
tomorrow to lend a hand with shift
ing America over from war to
There won’t be any rapid-fire
passing of big bills for a while.
They aren’t ready yet, although
committees already are working
on several.
But plenty of action is stacking
up for later on—action that will
take charge or headlines, under
score the reconversion role of the
first peace-time session in four
years, and test the leadership of
the Truman administration.
President Truman has listed
some of the things on which he
wants an assist from Congress:
1. Jobs.
2. More cash for the unemploy
3. Continued selective service.
4 Tfpmnrielinp the executive
structure of the government.
5. Getting? rid of leftover war
6. Ending wartime controls and
7. Figuring out what ought to
be done about atomic bombs.
Mr. Truman may have some
ether subjects to add—taxes and
lend-lease, for instance—as Con
gress gets into stride. He may
wrap them all up in one package
—an already completed message
for the lawmakers.
Presidential Secretary Charles
G. Ross called it “quite a compre
hensive message. When it will be
presented to Congress and whether
it will be delivered in person will
be decided tomorrow when the
Chief Executive confers with Sen
ate and House leaders.
The Senate and House are talk
ing about putting a few items on
their agenda themselves. A num
ber of members want Congress to
investigate the Pearl Harbor
catastrophe, which sent America
into the war with a limp. Some
want faster discharges from the
armed forces.
And what the legislators do and
say is bound to be governed to
some extent by the fact that most
of them will be tuning up for next
years election.
Oratory will be the order of the
day on capitol hill for a time.
There wont be any major bills
ready for consideration on the
floor before next week.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4.—(U.R)—
The Army tonight removed all
bars against loyal Japanese
Americans returning to the Pacific
coast, and it promised them the
same treatment and privileges
“accorded other lawabiding Ameri
can citizens and residents.
The action, effective at midnight,
Pacific War Time, (3 a. m. EWT.),
formally terminated the mass ex
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sons of Japanese ancestry had
been banned from the coastal
areas of California, Oregon and
Washington since early in the war.
At the same time, the War Ra
location Authority announced that
its eighth relocation centers
will be closed gradually begin
ning next monht, with the last
scheduled to shut down Dec. 15.
Some 33,000 persons remain in
Although all military controls
were ended, the Justice Depart
ment will retain jurisdiction over
some 6,000 internees at the Tule
Lake, Calif., segregation center,
scene of numerous disorders. Jap
anese-Americans who renounced
U. S. citizenship and other disloyal
Nisei are housed there.
The mass exclusion program
initiated in 1942 was ended last
December just one day before the
Supreme Court handed down a de
cision invalidating it. A program
of individual exclusion was sub
Mercy Doctor From Carolina
Capt. William Wellborn (center), U. S. Army officer from Elkin,
N. C„ squats on the ground in a field near Yokohama, Japan, and
gives first aid treatment to an escaped Dutch war prisoner. The
Dutchman was a captive of the Japs for three and a half years.
(AP Wirephoto).
“Dessert Fox” Rommel
Linked In Hitler Plot
(United Press Staff Correspondent)
FRANKFURT, Sept. 4.—Rein
hard Brink, Frankfurt attorney
and banker, told American mili
tary authorities today that Mar
shal Erwin Rommel, the ‘‘Sesert
Fox” who was one of Adolf Hit
lers most trusted Generals, aided
in planning the unsuccessful bomb
attempt on the life of Hitler July
20 a year ago.
Brink, who was a member of
Rommel's staff in France, told
his story in an apparent effort
to save himself from any action
by the Allies who knew he was
a Nazi party member. He made
his statement seemingly to sub
stantiate his claim that he is really
an anti-Nazi.
Brink said that Romrnels partici
pation in the planning occurred
after he quarreled with Hitler
over the dispositions of German
troops in the Normandy fighting.
Rommel helped plan things but
he took no active part in the actual
attempt on Hitlers life, Brink said,
because he was fatally wounded
by a low-flying American strafing
plane three days before the bomb
blast directed at Hitler.
Romrnels agreement to partici
pate in the plot against Hitler
was “of the greatest value both
at the front and at home because
of his popularity in Germany,
Brink said.
A' statement, signed by Friherr
von Teuchert of the War Ministry,
was attached to Brinks account of
the assassination plot. The state
ment described Brink as the first
man on the Western Command
staff to declare Hitler’s death
necessary for the national good
of Germany.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4.—(U.R>—
Secretary of State James F.
Byrnes revealed today that the
United States and Russia reached
an understanding at Yalta — six
months before the Russian dec
laration of war on Japan—to let
the Soviet Union regain the Kur
iles and the southern part of Sak
halin Island.
He also disclosed that he in
tends to appoint a special assis
tant whose task, in effect, will be
to avoid future “Peart Harbors”
by implementing future decisions'
of the Secretaries of War, Navy
and State.
And he made it plain that he
and President Truman have not
yet discussed the possibility of
making the secret of the atomic
bomb available to the World
Security Council, nor has Russia
approached this government on
the subject.
These disclosures were made at
a new conference a few hours be
fore Byrnes left for the Council
of Foreign Ministers in London.
yP)-^The second youthful , victim
of a fire which late last night
destroyed the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Craig King at East Flat Rock
died here early today in a hospital.
The child was 10-months-old
Ralph Craig King, whose brother,
Ronnie, 4, also was burned to
death in the blaze. The latter’s
body was not recovered from ruins
of the house until this morning.
A third child, Nora Ann, 3, re
mained in a “serious” condition
tonight at the Hendersonville hos
pital from burns suffered in the
fire. The father of the children
and a fourth child, Roy, 2, escaped
uninjured from the burning house.
The childrens’ mother was visit
ing relatives at the time of the
ARCADIA ,CaI., Sept. 4.—(U.R)
—The second section of the San
ta Fe Railroad’s California Lim
ited tonight rammed into the
stalled first section, splintering
the observation car and derail
ing seven or eight cars.
First reports said seven or
eight were dead and 30 or 40
- V
Supreme Allied Commander Directs Nippon*
ese To Supply Him With Much
Needed Information
YOKOHAMA, Wednesday, Sept. 5—{FP)—Japan moved today to
ward speedy and complete demobilization of her armed .forces under
a blunt “step on it’’ order from General Mac Arthur, Supreme Allied
In his lengthy directive Nov. 2 of 12 typewritten pages, MaeArthur
yesterday specified the requirements designed to speed prompt instal
lation of American occupation armies in the Japanese home islands,
in the Ryukyus to the South of Nippon and in Korea. The Korean
occupation will be South of the 38th parallel, the Russians being in
control of the area to the North.
The Niponese general headquar
ters must provide MacArthur with
out delay the designation and code
name of each army division, inde
pendent brigade and regiment, and
also designations of Naval units.
In addition, the Japanese must dis
close the specific location of each
headquarters, the commander's
name and home base, and actual
strength of forces.
Other instructions included the
Steps must be taken to mark all
mine fields, mines and other ob
stacles to land, sea or air move
ments. They shall be made safe
and removed as soon as possible.
Directive two further ordered that
cable and radio broadcasting fa
cilities be maintained intact and
continued in operation and that
voicebroadcasts for public infor- -
mation in languages foreign to Jap
anese be discontinued immediately.
Names of towns and cities were
to be posted in English or each side
of highway entrances in letters at
least six inches high.
The directive ordered a detailed
statement on health in the Japa
nese armed forces and on recruiting
and discharge methods,
prisoner camps and the total num
ber of prisoners and civilian in
ternees shall be furnished to the
Supreme Commander within 48
Commanders of Japanese prison
camps are to turn over complete
control to the senior prisoner of
war or internee present, together
with rations equivalent to the best
available locally to the army or
The best medical care, adequate
shelter, clothing and bathing fa
cilities also shall be made avail
Lists showing complete names,
ranks, nationality, next of kin, home
addresses, age sex and physical
condition also are to be provided.
Places of burial of deceased also
must be given.
Selected airfields are to be made
available to the occupation forces
where required, with runways and
dispersal bays cleared of Japanese
aircraft and runways improved if
The Japanese government also
must be prepared to furnish all
office buildings, hospitals, living
quarters, warehouse and storage
shops, transportation and communi
cation installations required, with
specific needs to be submitted later.
(Continued on Page Three; Col. (I)
United Pres* Staff Correspondent
PARIS, Sept. 4.—(U.R)—Spain to
day was bluntly ordered to get
out of the Tangier International
zone, which Generalissimo Fran
cisco Franco’s troops occupied 'in
December, 1940, and the zone will
revert to International adminis
tration with Russia and the Unit
ed States participating.
The order was disclosed by a
communique issued at the close of
conferences here on Tangier by
representatives of Great Britain,
France, Russia and the United
States. It represented another
bojy blow to the precarious Fran,
co government, which has been
denounced by leading United Na
tions spokesmen as a former Axis
In Brusque language, the «om
munique said that "the Spanish
government will have to evacu
ate” the strategic strip of terri
tory in Africa fronting on the
Gibraltar Straits, and that the
sovereignty of the Sultan of
Morocco will be re-established
over the zone. The communique
said the decisions of the confer
ence will be submitted to the four
governments for their approval.
Soviet Russia Leases
Palatial Morgan Home
GLEN COVE, N, Y., Sept. 4
—UP)—The palatial brick, stone
and glass mansion of the late
J. P. Morgan on East Island
has been leased for two years
by the Soviet government as a
headquarters for their govern
ment purchasing commission,
J. J. Kramer, attorney of the
Morgan Island Estates, Inc.,
announced today.
Kramer said the deal was
closed last Friday and that
within two weeks the 73-acre
estate would be dedicated to
its new purposes when the
Russian Ambassador comes
from Washington to take part
in the ceremonies.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4.-0J.R)—
The War Department tonight an
nounced special point and age
standards under which older en
listed men and those with a criti
cal score of 45 points on May 12—
V-E Day—will be exempt from
overseas duty.
The Army will not send over
seas any enlisted man who on
May 12 had 45 points or more;
who was 37 years old, or who wae
34, 35, or 36 years old and had
a minimum of one year honorable
service. These standards govern
(Continued on Page Three; Col. 4)
# ATLANTA, Ga„ Sept. 4. —(U.R)—
The Atlanta Constitution, in a copy
right story by its Washington cor
respondent Gladstone Williams,
said today that President Truman
had notified Gov. Ellis Arnall, of
Georgia, that he wishes to draft
him for the position of Solicitor Gen
eral of the United States.
An “urgent” appeal was made
that Arnall accept the job on the
basis that he has completed his
job in Georgia, the Constitution
Tre article said that Mr. Truman
had sent Postmaster General
Robert Hannegan to Atlanta recent
ly to discuss the proposal and with
the request that Arnall return to
Washington at once.
Arnall could not be reached for
comment immediately but the news
paper said that he would make no
defnate answer until he had had
time to think the matter over
Mayor, Manager Pushing
Dawson Street Project
Following indications several
months ago by the State Highway
Department, that the department
was interested in accepting Daw
son street as part of the State
highway system, City Manager A.
C. Nichols and Mayor Ronald Lane
went to Raleigh yesterday in an ef
fort to determine the delay of such
The City is interested in placing
Dawson street under the Highway
•department as a connecting liilk
between Seventeenth street and
Third ,and construction work would
be paid for from Wilmingtons’ al
location of ' State highway funds.
The City could proceed with the
improvement of Dawson street,
but the cost would make quite a
dent in the current budget, which
has no provisions for such con
struction. If the City were to im
prove Dawson street at its own ex
pense, there would necessarily
have to be funds provided within
the budget ,or else an assessment
on Dawson street property would
be made.
The City Manager and the Mayor
had not returned from Raleigh last
night, and no statements as to their
activities could be obtained. It is
generally known that the City is
interested in carrying out the pro
posed project as soon as possible.
With the improvement of Dawson'
street ,a great amount of traffic
would be diverted from Third
street, south of Market, and a
(Continued ?n Page Three; Col. 6)

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