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AP staff Correspondent
TOKYO, Dec. 16—(AP) — Prince
,,mimaro Konoye, 54, three times
!mier of Japan, committed sui
p, by poison today to escape
American trial as a war criminal.
Joseph B, Keenan, special prose
cutor of the top war crimes cases,
nromptlv issued a statement tell
" the Japanese people there is
nothing to fear from American
justice if they are innocent and
^jr consciences clear.
A written statement in which
Konove rejected the “humiliation”
, fa’cin.g trial was disclosed sev
eral hours after Princess Konoye
ound his body on his bedroom
floor at 6 a.m. The statement ac
cepted responsibility for the China
conflict but defended Konoye’s
part in the tripartite pact and the
preludes to the Pacific war.
Konoye was named as a war
criminal suspect Dec. 6 and was
instructed to surrender at Sugamo
prison by midnight tonight.
Last night he gave a dinner for
dose friends and relatives at his
lavish suburban home, talking
nth them for several hours.
Afterward they reported h i m
“normal” when the party broke
up about 11.30 p.m., although his
secretary later recalled that he
had appeared depressed at inter
Referring directly to tne suiciae,
prosecutor Keenan said. “No per
son confined as a suspect need
fear unless his own conscience in
sists on or emphasizes his own
"It has been made abundantly
clear that no person will be <#>n
victed unless convicted by a judi
cial process which has proved its
outstanding fairness for genera
tions by and among one of the fore
most of civilized nations.
"Consequently, anyone who
takes his life does so either as a
result of an unsound mind or an
unsound and unwarranted estimate
as to the American judicial process
in the sppression of crime.’’
Konoye’s farewell statement was
written during a final conference
with his second son, 22-year-old
Michitaka. He handed the single
sheet of pencilled characters to his
son before bidding him goodnight
at 2 a.m. Three hours later the
Prince swallowed the poison which
apparently gave him a swift and
relatively painless death.
Tomohiko Ushida, family secre
tary and spokesman who appar
ently did not know of the existence
of the note until it was announced
at a news conference by. Lt. Col.
B. E. Sackett, chief investigator
for Keenan, said that at last night’s
dinner “the Prince was greatly
concerned about the future of the
Emperor, particularly in connec
tion with the general policy which
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 5)
Herbert McClammy, 82, well
known in Wilmington and through
cut the state in law circles, died
yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock
>t his residence in Forest Hills
Jher a long illness.
Born October 9, 1863, he was the
!°n of Major C. W. and Magaret
Fennell McClammy.
During his career he was a mem
wr of State Legislature i nd served
''liming ton as City Attorney and
chairman of the Board of Educa
tion. He retired from practice, in
which he specialized in criminal
la"', in July 1943.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs.
Fdeste Leach McClammy: three
daughters, Mrs. Harry Bone, New
rork City, Miss Margaret McClam
<%, and Mrs. Celeste M.
“Sen, Salem, Va.; one son, Her
ert McClammy, Jr., Flushing, N.
•! and one sister, Mrs. Mary
°uise Lodge of this city.
Funeral arrangements will be an
uounce later by Ward Funeral
Hihat, Halsey, Nimitz
h Guide; No Eisenhower
AP Staff Writer
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16-It does
, Wove a thing but Eisenhower,
®les, is strictly not a postoffice,
cn :!,new Postal guide which goes
Snj5?!? tomorrow lists MacArthin
sev ^itz *n West Virginia, Hal
tlarc'r. „ e'Draska and Oregon, and
states^ fourteen assorted
®ut no Eisenhower.
p0.,e p°st Office Department re
pv ,r r,nany an interesting change
, r since its last edition, includ
lnVenTu 'StlaUge goings on “owni
F°r instance:
Fed has become Hihat Hot Spot
has been cooled into Premium,
Omarsville has changed to Kalliopi
and—geographical marvel!—North
ern has turned into Eastern.
Of course, you remember good
old Johnnie Mine, Nev.? It’s now
Pahrump, Nev.
Four Tokyos and 13 Berlins rode
out the war, but Berlin, Ala., was
renamed Sardis.
There are 28 Franklins, 27 Wash
ingtons and 24 Springfields scat
tered between Massachusetts and
The "juide is in red this year in
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 7)
United States Headed For Break With Spain;
Auto Wor’^'% Turns Guns On Kuiser-Frazer;
Seven Kilted, 60 Hurt In Crash On Seaboard
■- *-* - ★___* - • .!■
Crack Train
Plows Into
'Sun Queen
Score Or More Passengers
Reported As Seriously
Injured By Hospitals
KOLLOCK, S. C., Dec. 16—{£>)—
rhe Seaboard Air Line’s Florida
bound “Silver Meteor” streaking
through the freezing darkness, ran
into the northbound “Sun Queen”
near Kollock today and at least
seven persons were killed.
Upwards of 60 persons were in
jured, fifty-odd requiring hospital
ization at towns within a 50 miles
radius of the lonely wreck-scene.
Several were reported critically
hurt. Many others, not hospitalized
received first aid.
A late revision of the casualties
by the Seaboard’s division head
quarters at Norfolk, Va., placed
the dead at seven. Earlier, the
railroad had reported nine killed
and then five.
While the official statement of
the Seaboard listed only seven
dead, Coroner L. R. Redfearn at
Cheraw, near Kollock, said his re
ports indicated at least ten people
lost their lives in the wreck.
•Rie Sun Queen was pulling into
a siding and four cars of the train
had not cleared when the Silver
Meteor ploughed into it. The en
gineer on the Diesel-powered Sil
ver Meteor was one of those killed.
The Seaboard announcement
listed .52 persons hospitalized, but
ihe hospital at Hamlet, N. C., re
ported 38 injured there, compared
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 4)
DETROIT, Dec. 16.—(£>)—Henry
Ford II said today that, through
no fault of his production employes,
the Ford Motor Co. is “limping
instead of galloping along” as a
result of parts shortages.
As president of the company, he
made a public appeal to suppliers
across the nation to speed supplies
to his Detroit factories, subject
only to quality and price levels.
He said “an easy way out”
would be to ask the government to
raise OPA ceiling prices, but that
the company hasn’t time for such
a procedure “even if it were the
right way to get this situation
straightened out.”
Forjd asserted that his company
is “completely cut off by 14 major
suppliers, while from many others
we are getting a mere trickle of
parts and materials.”
He said suppliers have told him
they have cancelled Ford contracts
because price ceilings on their
products result in losses, or be
cause they are losing employes
through inability to raise wages.
The automotive leader revealed
that Ford’s 1946 production sched
ule calls for 120,000 cars and trucks
monthly. He tempered this fore
cast, however, by saying that the
company will turn out only 30,000
of the 80,000 cars it had hoped to
build before Christmas. «
“This situation is not the fault
of our employes,” young Ford
emphasized. “Since V-J day we
have not had a single unauthoriz
ed work stoppage. On the other
hand, we have had to lay off almost
40,000 employes for five weeks on
one occasion and on a second we
had to lay off 20,000 for five days.”
LUMPKIN, Ga., Dec. 16—W
—A posse with bloodhounds
hunted today an unidentified
man who attacked and then set
fire to 70-year-old Postmaster
J. L. Davenport at nearby Julia.
The elderly man died in a
Cuthbert hospital last night
where he was taken after found
aflame in the combination post
office and grocery store.
Police Chief W. L. Maddox
said a Negro passerby, answer
ing calls for “help” identified
the assailant as a Negro. The
attacker ran from the building
with a bushel basket shielding
his face.
State troopers, county police
and postal authorities joined in
the search.
Trooper W. T. Beauchamp
said the attacker was apparent
ly bent on robbery. Davenport
was cut about the face and
struck on the head before his
body was soaked with kerosene
and set afire, the trooper said.
World’s Fastest Bomber
Crashes After One Engine
Fails Over Maryland
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16— (IP) —
The War Department disclosed to
night that the B-42 plane, known as
“The Mixmaster,” which last week
set a transcontinental record, had
crashed at nearby Oxen Hill, Md'.
The War Department reported
that three men aboard the ship had
bailed out and landed safely, near
by. They were identified as:
Lt. Col. E. J. Ascani, the pilot;
Lt. Col. J. M. Laney, and Major
C. L. Hayduk.
The plane had taken off from
Bolling Field, Washington, at 4 p.
m. Eastern Standard time—and
the crash occurred about thirty
minutes later. The War Depart
ment said the mishap was at
tributed by the crew to an engine
The Douglas Army bomber,
propelled by twin propellors in its
tail, flew eastward across the coun
try Dec. 8 in .5 hours, 17 minutes
which the National Aeronautic As
sociation is recognizing as a record
between Long Beach, Calif., and
The plane averaged 432 miles an
hour for 2,295 miles. It was han
dled by two Army pilots who re
ported the trip was without in
cident and smooth.
The experimental Domber has
no counterpart among familial
military types. It has two Allison
12-cylinder in-line engines inside
the fuslage. They transmit pow
er to two Curtiss propellors
through long drive shafts.
The plane was completely
streamlined, having no engine
nacelles or external gunturrets. Its
wingspread was 70 feet, 6 inches;
its length 53 feet, 8 inches, and it
weighed 19,149 pounds empty. It
would carry up to four tons of
bombs as far as 5,000 miles.
Due to the design, the plane was
equipped with special emergency
arrangements for bailing out.
PEIPING, Dec. 16-rW—Gen
eralissimo and Madame Chiang
Kai-shek reviewed a parade of the
U. S. Fifth Marine Regiment near
the Legation quarter today and
presented awards to more than a
score of officers and men.
Several thousand spectators
caught their first glimpse of the
Chlangs as the couple rode to the
parade grounds, but the public was
excluded from the field.
Marine police and Chinese secret
service men guarded the Chiangs
as they watched the Marines pa
rade in full battle kit with tank
destroyers and artillery. Thirty
six Marine Corsair planes flew in
formation overhead.
The north wind was so brisk
that it blew one Marine’s helmet
from his head and sent clouds of
dust whirling. Chiang endured it
but Madame Chiang took refuge
in the car of Maj. Gen. Keller E.
Rocke4 commander of the Third
Amphibious Corps, along with
Misses Prudence Hemingway of
New York, Alma Dums of Green
wich, Conn., aijd Theodora Mor
gan of Brooklyn, all Red Cross
Union Fires
First Wages
Barb Today
Newcomer To Automobile
Field To Press For New
Type Contract
DETROIT, Dec. 16.—UFl—A new
comer to the automotive field,
Kaiser - Frazer Corp., Monday
comes under the big guns of the
CIO United Auto Workers, already
loaded with a 30 per cent wage
demand and leveled at the in
dustry’s big three. .
Negotiating sessions with K-F
will open at the same time the
union resumes conferences with
Ford Motor Co, and strike-bound
General Motors Corp.
Kaiser-Frazer has not made pub
lic its wage policy, but a spokes
man has said the firm will press
the UAW-CIO for a new type com
pany security agreement.
Such an agreement has already
been offered Ford, although the
Union has threatened to withdraw
it unless the company readies a
specific wage increase proposal.
GM unions in Flint, Mich., have
condemned the security plan for
Ford as a “treacherous blow” to
the labor movement, and asked
that it be withdrawn.
. At conferences,- last week JPord
asked a 60 to 90 day delay on
the wage matter, charging that
suppliers’ strikes have made, full
auto production an uncertain mat
General Motor*, whose 200,000
idle employes were made the cen
ter of an international “incident”
Saturday, will take up its negotia
ing burden Monday also.
Walter P. Reuther, UAW-CIO
vice president and leader of the
GM negotiators, will ask the com
pany to admit the press to their
conferences on pain of having the
UAW-CIO release verbatim trans
cripts of the parleys.
Monday’s latest in a long series
of fruitless and often bitter ex
changes is expected to produce
little in advance of government
fact-finding hearings in Washing
ton later in the week.
Trouble brewed over the week
end at Flint where the union order
ed its picket lines “held fast”
against any ' effort by office work
ers to enter the AC sparkplug di
vision Monday morning.
The company, which has gone to
court with the same problem in
other states, has directed clerical
workers to return to work.
The UAW-CIO’s dark, burly presi
dent R. J. Thomas sprang a sur
prise last week with a letter in
Which he asked British Prime
Minister Clement Atlee’s labor gov
ernment to intervene in the 26
day-old GM strike.
British scources in Washington
confirmed Thomas’s statement that
a large block of GM stock is held
by the Atlee government.
Negotiations with Chrysler Corp.,
third member of the Big Three,
have been at a standstill since
the union’s contract expired two
weeks ago.
Pearl Harbor Counselors Resign In Protest
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• Protesting against the course and length which the Pearl Harbor investigating hearings have taken,
William D. Mitchell, chief committee counsel, announced his. resignation along with that of three others
of ,the counsel. Shown above, left to right, after the announcement of their resignations are; Jule Mu,
Hanneford, John E. Masten, Gerhard A. Gesell and Mitchell.
Produce Dealer Killed In Blast
At Wrightsboro Produce Plant
Notables Greet First
National Air Lines Skip
_: :——-—;—.—+ -'—!
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16.— </P> —
Vice Admiral Emory S. Land,
chairman of the Maritime Com
mission, has been offered the
presidency of the Air Transport
Association, employes of the or
ganization were told yesterday by
Stuart G. Tipton, general counsel
and acting president.
Tipton indicated that the final
decision rests with President Tru
man, to whom the Commissioner
must resign. He left the impres
sion that he expects a favorable
decision by Jan. 1.
The presidency at ATA, com
prising 23 airlines, has been vac
ant since the death: of Col. Edgar
S. Gorrell last March 5.
The ATA recently hired Rep.
Robert Ramspeck (D.-Ga.; as exe
cutive vice president, a new posi
tion. Ramspeck will resign from
Congress to join the Association
Jan. 1.
Tipton’s announcement, made at
an ATA staff meeting, was the
first official disclosure of the offer
to Land, though it had been report
ed' with the industry for sometime
that he would take the job.
The position is one of the most
important in the aviation industry.
It has become increasingly import
ant with the entry of domestic car
riers into the international field.
People in the industry have said
the salary probably is Ao less than
$50,000 a year* »Land’|! salary as
Maritime chainfUnis $12,000.
Hi? selection: as top man in the
ATA may ;cause some surprise in
the industry-inasmuch as he sup
ported the proposal that steamship
companies be permitted to operate
Captajn Clyde Andrews "painted”
yesterday's inaugural National Air
Lines flight^ on to the concrete
runways of Bluethenthal Field in a
perfect three-point totich down to
initiate north-south passenger and
mail-express service for Wilming
Flying the southbound. section of
the flight, which came from New
York, Captain Andrews was greet;
ed at the airport by a delegation
composed of Mayor W. Ronald
Lane| Addison Hewlett, chairman
of the county board of commis
sioners, County Commissioner
Harry Gardner, Postmaster Wil
bur R. Dosher, the local repre
sentative ’ of the Railway Express
Agency, A. T. Johnson, and other
Pretty Miss Margaret Watson,
NAL stev/ardess on the inaugural
flight, played host to Wilmington
ians who wished to inspect the ac
commodations of the 14-passenger
Lockheed Lodestar.
B. H. Burnham, publicity repre
sentative for the REA said that
already local shippers are taking
advantage of the air express serv
ice with ten local firms either
receiving or shipping merchandise
on. the inaugural flight.
Shortly before the landing of the
official inaugural flight, Flight
Eight, the northbound flight, clear,
ed the airport with a capacity load
of passengers and cargo after
Captain Andrews brought with
him letters of greeting from may
ors of Miami. Jacksonville, Char
leston, Norfolk and New York
to Mayor W. Ronald Lane.
McDonald Bryan, director of
(Contlnned on Page Two; Col. 7)
. NEW YORK, Dec. 16.—(A*>—
The Air Sea Rescue office,
eastern sea frontier, reported
-tonight that a distress call had
been received from the French
ship, Cap - "'leu, sa. ing it had
run aground near Halifax,
Nova Scotia. The distress cajl
said the ship needed assistance
The Air Sea Rescue office
said Canadian authorities were
cognizant of the Cap Bleu’s dis
tress call and position.
Worst Storm In 34 Years
Paralyzes Buffalo N. Y.
BUFFALO, N. Y., Dec. 16.—(£>)—
A blizzard, described by one city
official as “the worst storm” in
34 years, raged in Buffalo and its
environs today, almost completely
paralyzing traffic and depositing
more than 40 inches of snow at
some points in a 48-hour period.
In downtown Buffalo, where the
fall varied from 24 to 30 inches,
buses, trolleys and automobiles
were stuck in drifts or piled up
behind stalled vehicles.
The New York Central railroad
reported terminal switches and
tracks badly clogged and that no
trains had moved east since late
morning. State police report high
ways closed between Buffalo and
Batavia. Most bus lines were
“hopelessly tied up.”
The heaviest snow was reported
in a belt from Lackawanna and
south Buffalo to Lancaster where
total fall was reported unofficial
ly as 46 inches up to 5 o’clock
tonight. There was two inches
on the ground when the storm be
gan .Friday night.
The Weather Bureau said bliz
zard condition's would' continue into
the-night,with 10 to 12 inches more
show, predicted.
James A. Cleary, assistant di
rector of streets at Buffalo, said
“I'ye beep In the department 34
years and this is the worst storm
I’ve ever experienced.”
Hundreds of persons were un
able to reach their homes and filled
downtown hotels to capacity.
Watertown on Lake Ontario in
northern New York also received
a foot of new snow overnight add
ed to two feet already on the
ground, but the rest of New York
state largely escaped the storm.
* (By the Associated Press)
Frigid weather, direct from the
Artie Circle spread over virtually
all of the states east of the Rockey
Mountains, yesterday recording be
low zero weather in the northern
(C^tinued on Page Two; Col. 3)
An explosion that partially
wrecked the Hanover Mutual Ex
change warehouse, at Wrightsboro
at 5:10 p. -n. yesterday, took the
life of one man instantly and may
have killed another. ,
D. V. Baldwin, prominent Wil
mington produce dealer and owner
arid operator of the Baldwin Pro
duce company, on Dock street, was
killed instantly by the blast which
destroyed a section of the ware
house containing refrigerating
equipment and spread debris over
a large area.
An unidentified Negro man who
persons in the area stated they
saw enter the building with Bald
win, who as a member of the Ex
change was engaged on business,
had not been located at a late hour
last night and authorities thought
that his remains might still be in
the wrecked portion of the build
The scene of the tragedy gave
mute testimony to the violence of
the blast which reduced the rear
portion of the building to match
wood, even throwing open the
large front doors, tearing the hasp
of the lock from the wood.
Produce was scattered through
the building and around it for a
number of yards by the explosion
^Continued on *Page Two; Col. 8)
HEIDELBERB, Germany, Dec.
16—(VP)—Army medical specialists
s:id tonight that Gen. George S.
Patton, Jr., apparently was winning
a battle to throw off the paralysis
which has gripped him since his
neck was broken a week ago in
an automobile accident near Mann
The colorful American general
slowly was regcining feeling in his
numbed limbs and his broken neck
was well on the way to recovery,
the specialists said.
Mrs. Patton spent most of the
day with her husband while prayers
were said for the General in the
chapel of the 130th Station Hospital.
The text of tonight’s medical bulle
“Gen. Patton has had i- comfort
able day. Temperature 98.8 de
grees, pulse 64, respiration 20.
There has been no change in his
general or neurological condition
since the morning report.”
Armour Now
rhree Powers Likely To
Act Jointly U. S. Of
ficials Believe
AP Staff Writer
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.— CD —
rhe United States tonight appear*
id headed definitely toward a
t»reak with the Franco government
if Spain, in the opinion of diplo*
matic officials close to the issue.
Ambassador Norman Armour is
returning from Madrid and State
Department officials say no plans
have been made to replace him.
Armour is retiring from the foreign
service after many years of duty.
His return, by way of Paris,
coincides with a French Foreign
Office announcement that the Unit
ed States and Great Britain have
been asked to consult with Francs
on a diplomatic rupture with Fran*
co. Even before the announcement
of the French action, however.
Armour’s return had been inter*
preted here as signalizing the be*
ginning of the end of dealings with
The French made it clear they
would like to make the break, but
preferred to act jointly with Brit,
ain and the United States.
Juan Negrln, the last Prims Min*
ister of Republics)* Spain, called
on acting Swretafy of State Dean
Acheson yesterday, but a State De*
partment spokesman said later
they had not discussed the French
It was regarded as significant,
however, that Acheson had receiv-,
ed a Spanish republican leader ot
Negrin’s rank.
Advisers of Secretary of Stats
Byrnes and President Truman re*
cently have been pressing for a
clarification of United States policy
toward the Madrid regime and
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 6)
The Navy announced today the Sin
clair Oil corp. strike is settled and
it will release the company’s 11
government-seized properties at
midnight Monday night.
In New York, H. F. Sinclair,
company president, said in «
statement that the settlement pro
vides an 18 per cent pay increase
for a basic 40-hour week to ap.
proximately 8,400 employes.
It contains -a clause barrings
strikes or work stoppages with
provision that the company may
cancel on 10-day notice if the no.
strike agreement is violated, he
said. The pnion may take similar
action in' event of a lockout.
It becomes effective when ap
proved by Vice Admiral Ben More
ell, Navy petroleum seizure officer,
and runs to May 31, 1946, Sinclair
Sinclair said the agreement alsh
provided that any employe accus
ed of violating the no-strike pro
vision shall, upon determination of
guilt, be immediately suspended
by the union and discharged by the
“It is the understanding that the
Navy will immediately terminate
the seizure of Sinclair operations
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 7%
Christmas Now In Midst
Of Annual Yule Deluge
CHRISTMAS, Fla., Dec. 16— (P)
—Christmas is in the midst of its
annual Yuletide deluge.
Postmistress Juanita S. Tucker
and her seasonal helpers are burn
ing the midnight oil trying to handle
; 11 the mail.
Last year the flood of cards and
etters which went out with the
“Christmas, Fla.” postmark topped
;he 100,000 mark.
And from all indications it’ll be
velL over 100,000 this year too.
For years people have sent pack
ages of cards and letters to be for*
warded from here.
Each piece of mail is stamped
with £• tiny green Christmas tree
bearing a Yuletide message.
This year’s message is “Peace on
The story goes that this hamlet
was named “Fort Christmas” by
U. S. soldiers who occupied the
territory during the Seminole wars
one Dec. 25 over a century ago.
The “Fort” was dropped later, j

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