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Stage And Screen Actress
Wo Live At Carolina Beach
Star Staff Writer
Looking forward to spending the
next few months at Carolina Beach,
tlna Merkle, veteran of more than
a hundred motion pictures and sev
eral Broadway stage plays, con
fessed yesterday that she still gets
‘atage fright.’
Just recovered from a year’s ill
ness, the blond Una from Kentucky
hopes to live on the Beach with
her father, A. R. Merkle, a busi
ness associate of W. G. Broadfoot
of Wilmington.
•■Her immediate plans?
"Answer my mail, read, and—
don't laugh—even do some cook
Her stage fright?
"When I first went to Holly
wood, I didn’t expect too much.
I realized that I didn’t have the
beauty that a lot of women in the
profession have so I just did the
best I could without any preten
sions. However, as I stayed in the
acting profession, I began to realize
that there were so many things
about the business I didn’t know
about that it began to worry me—
fresto, stage fright.”
The schooner “Caroline,” owned
fcy Mr. Merkle, now en route from
Tampa to Wilmington will be some
thing else to keep Miss Merkle oc
cupied but her first duty, she said,
was to answer her mail.
“It surprised me how many peo
ple took the time to write me
when I was sick. People from all
over the country,—and a lot of
persons in England,—wrote and I
feel they deserve prompt replies.”
Miss Merkle last appeared pro
fessionally in a Broadway play
"Three Is A Family.”
Discussing it she said "I hadn’t
been in a stage play for a long
time and it was a mad rush to
get ready for the part. I worked
on my part for two weeks, had
one rehearsal with the company
and I was on.”
The entertainment world is grow
ing up, Miss Merkle said.
“After the last war, the plays
and pictures treated the first war
as an elaborate cowboy affair
Now with the end of the second
war, it is still so close and so manj
people were directly involved in it
that we can expect a more mature
handling of war themes.”
The first meeting of the year fo
Sunday School officers and lead
ers of the Wilmington Baptist as
sociation will be held tonight a
the home of WT. F. Buck, Nev
Wrightsville Beach road, with i
oyster roast at 6:45 p. m., to be
followed by a business session.
Among the members expected t<
be present include:
The Rev. Lewis Ludlum, Caro
lina Beach, superintendent; Eu
gene Bullard, Wilmington, associ
ate superintendent of training; th<
Rev. H. S. Strickland, Wrights
boro, associate superintendent o:
evangelism; Miss Elsie McMillan
Mt. Holly, secretary; the Rev. W
1. Stephenson, Wilmington, adull
superintendent; tne rtev. ram nix,
Maffit Village, young people’s sup
erintendent; H. A. Allard, Wilming
ton, intermediate superintendent,
W. F. Buck, Wilmington, junior
superintendent; Mrs. L. L. Mills,
Wilmington, primary superintend
ent; Mrs. Lewis Ludlum, Carolina
Beach, cradle roll superintendent;
the Rev. Grady Burgiss, Jackson
ville, extension superintendent;
Miss Clarine Johnson, Wilmington
vacation Bible school superintend
Positions of associate superin
tendent of enlargement, beginners
department superintendent anc
nursery department superintenden
are scheduled to be filled.
BOSTON, Jan. 2. — (U.R)— Bus>
ilerks at William Filene’s Sons Co
department store reported todaj
:hat virtually every kind of Christ
mas gift has appeared on the ex
change counters—with one excep
don. No one has returned any my
on stockings.
The Swedish botanist, Linnaeus
built a floral clock made up o
Elowers which open at varioui
hours of the day.
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COLUMBIA, S. C., Jan. 2—(m—
Tie injured in the wreck of the
^aboard railway’s Silver Meteor
ear Blaney today included the
ollowing, who were treated at hos
pitals here:
Robert L. Hofberg, 50 Lincoln
I boulevard, Brooklyn, N. Y., minor
Mrs. Ray Campbell, 100 Penn
sylvania Ave., New York, minor
I injuries.
1 Mrs. Ethel Kline, 1560 Ocean
parkway, New York, minor inju
All the above were treated and
At another hospital, which would
not immediately give a report on
the condition of the injured, nine
persons were admitted as follows:
Mrs. Elizabeth Cullen and her
three weeks old daughter, who was
: not hurt.
Mrs. Ethel Treegood, 888 Mont
gomery St., Brooklyn, N. Y.
Nathan Levine, Worcester, Mass.
Kenneth Wright, 817 18th St., N.
E., Washington.
Georgia Millner, Route 1, Mar
tinsville, Va.
E. F. Thomas, 69% R st., Wash
ington, chef in the train’s dining
William Walker, 607 Kenyon St.,
J. B. Morrison, 562 W. 148th St.,
New York.
Mrs. Mildred Barron, 1120 Wyatt
St., the Bronx, New York, and her
two children, Eugene and Joyce.
Mrs. Rose Lansky, 100 Willette
St., New York.
Aaron H. Lassiter, 230 Florida
Ave., N. W., Washington.
E. Reese, 305 T St., N. W., Wash
Emma Ruth Smith, 1925 7th Ave.,
New York.
Maria Millner, Azucar, Fla.
At nearby Fort Jackson, the hos.
. pital there reported Edward E.
. Horton, 115 Wool Ave., Portsmouth,
. Va., and Steward’s Mate Edward
t E. Brooks, U. S. Naval Air sta
r tion, Vero Beach, Fla., as admitted
i but said they were not seriously
: hurt.
SEOUL, Korea, Jan. 1.—(U.E)—
Kim Koo, leader of the Korean
“provisional government”, an
nounced tonight he had called off
demonstrations and strikes against
a Big Three agreement on a trus
teeship for. Korea.
The announcement followed a'
two and a half hour conference
with Lt. Gen. John R. Hodge, com
mander of U. S. forces in Korea,
who previously had indicated he
would take a “strong stand”
against any assumption of power
by the “provisional government.”
Earlier in the day Kim Koo’s
government made an unsuccessful
attempt to take over the police
force in what military sources de
scribed as the first move by Kim
Koo’s group to assume role in de
fiance of the American military
Police chiefs refused to heed
Kim Koo’s order to report to his
group. Kim Koo also had ordered
continuation of a “non-coopera
tive movement” until his govern
was recognized.
Some quarters believed the
change in Kim Koo’s attitude re
sulted from U. S. Secretary of
State Byrnes statement that the
trusteeship plan for Korea might
be dropped after a conference be
, tween United States and Russian
Others believed that it stemmed
from Hodges’ reported feeling that
the “provisional government” had
been the leading element in dis
orders of the last few days and
that this group had been doing
much harm to the country.
Hodge repeatedly had pointed
out that trusteeship was not yet
“a fact” in Korea.
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HONOLULU, Jan. 2—{JF)—Vtc.
J. B. Cumbie has learned it is pos
sible to be ineligible for the Army
—and still be in the Army.
With 10 discharge points to his
credit, Cumbie tried to re-enlist
but was rejected for ear trouble,
said the mid-ocean edition of Stars
and Stripes. However, lacking
enough points, Cumbie is ineligi
ble for a discharge.
2—(IP)—About the outcome of the
Oklahoma A. & M.-St. Mary’s
game, Governor Robert S. Kerr
wrote his friend, W. L. Steward,
Fort Worth, Tex., on Dec. 30:
“The ‘game at New Orleans will
have been played before this
reaches you, so I can make my
prediction with the knowledge that
it will not be too dangerous to
either one of us. I am predicting
that A. & M. wins by about 33
Note to non-sports fans: A. & M.
won by 33-13.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 2—<A>) -
Two hilarious Christmas celebra
tions— with a big dinner each day
—were observed by homecoming
troops aboard the transport Star
light as it crossed the Internation
al dateline, the men reported upon
their arrival today.
For the first Chrjstmas the 40
officers and 1,139 soldiers from
Tinian ate roast turkey, and for the
second, ham.
SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 2—(/P)—
Charging that his wife, Mamzel C.
Bradshaw, tossed a water glass at
his commanding officer during a
party, Naval Lt. Harold G. Brad
shaw was awarded a divorce to
TULSA, Okla., Jan. 2—(IP)— A
holiday taste for eggnog in Okla
homa has precipitated shortage of
milk bottles, dairymen said to
Representative firms, declining
use of names, estimated they sold
40,000 quarts of non-alcoholic mix
“And,” they complained, "the
people just don’t seem to wash and
return the mix bottles with their
regular milk bottles.”
BALTIMORE, Jan. 2—(iP)—.Even
raccoons are having a tough time
finding a place to live in Mary
land this year, the state’s chief
game warden reports.
He says lumbermen, destroying
large numbers of ‘‘den trees,” the
hollow trunks of which ordinarily
house the animals, have driven
raccoons into the open marshes.
When they can find them, the
’coons are moving into the upper
stories of doubledecker muskrat
PHILADELPHIA, Jah. 2—{£*)—
Ruby and George Gibbon are the
proud parents of the first 1946 ar
rival at the Philadelphia Zoo.
A keeper discovered the new
born Gibbon (a small monkey)
clinging to its mother’s neck when
he opened the cage this morning.
Roger Conant, zoo director, said
Ruby and George are only the
second pair of Gibbons to produce
a baby in captivity. This was
their fourth offspring, and weigh
ed less than seven ounces, Conant
LYNN. Mass., Jan. 2—{IP)— The
woman groaned to a telephone op
erator today, “I’ve gotta have a
doctor. The gas is terrible.”
The operator notified a physician
and thought it might be a good idea
to tell the police and firemen, too.
So the fire department’s rescue
squad and a detail of police with an
inhalator hurtled over icy roads
for four miles to the woman’s
Police Captain Otis Lyons re
“It was gas. No doubt about
that. She had a stomach ache.”
CARAWAY, Ark., Jan. 2—C/P)—
Constable Paul Tucker reported
that a 23-year-old man forced his
.way into a furniture store the other
night but did not take anything.
Tucker said he found the man
asleep on one of the dealer’s best
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the same amount we’ll save on this year’s income tax
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Storm-Battered Ship In New York
After battling a terrific storm in the Atlantic, the light cruiser
Philadelphia is shown after docking in New York with her decks load
ed with returning veterans from Europe. 7he forecastle deck of the
storm-battered ship was buckled and a five-foot strip of hull plating
was folded on the starboard bow of the cruiser. (International).
New Hanover County Free
From Epidemics In 1945
Dr. A. H. Elliot, health officer
for the city-county health depart
ment disclosed yesterday that
there were no epidemics or un
usual outbreak of diseases in Wil
mington and New Hanover coun
ty during 1945.
When asked about various cases
of disease and illness reported he
said: “We had a moderate amount
of whooping cough during the year
—307 cases in 1945 against 112
cases for the preceding year.”
“Measles cases totaled 41 during
1945 as compared to 987 for the
preceding year. This was to be
expected as measle epidemics oc
cur in cycles of about three or four
Three local cases of infantile
paralysis were reported to the de
partment against eight for the year
just past.
“Social diseases snow a moder
ate decline,” the doctor said.
“This is expected to have a direct 1
bearing on the birth and death
rate. The final figures are not
available,” but apparently the so
cial diseases, births and deaths
will show a decline of about the
same proportions as would be
shown in the total population for
the two years.”
Dr. Elliot said that up to Nov.
30, the department has not had a
report on a case of typhoid fever.
There were two cases reported in
the calendar year, but the onset of
the disease dated a week back of
Jan. 1, 1945.
“If we complete the year with
out a case, it will be the first time
in the history of the health depart
ment according to records dated
as far back as 1916,” he said.
“During the whole interim of
war and the entire defense pro
gram the U. S. Public Health serv
ice has given considerable help in
the form of financial support and
by assigning U. S. Public Health
Service personnel to our depart
ment” Dr. ElliQt said. “This ex
tra help has been greatly appre
ciated, however we regret to re
port that the U. S. Public Health
Service employes (one doctor, one
sanitary engineer and two nurses)
have been withdrawn since V-J
The Health Service has also
terminated its malarial control
work in the county and has ad
vised that this service will not be
available in 1946.
In concluding, Dr. Elliot said.
“The cooperation of the public, es
pecially parents of small children,
in connection with our immuniza
tion program, has been fine and i
we hope that it will be even better
in the future.”
Using the marriage license book
as a barometer and yesterday’s
four marriages as a pace setter,
another banner year of brides and
grooms is forecast.
Marriage license were issued yes
terday to H. R. Johnson, Golds
ooro and Miss Hilda Looney, Wil
mington; William Rankin Bruce,
Columbia, S. C. and Miss Jane
Parsley Emerson, Wilmington;
Lincoln W. Stanley, Gastonia to
Miss Bertha Gannt, Gastonia; Em
manuel Mouganis, Wilmington, to
Miss Helen Isantes, Wilmington.
Although the four marriage li
:ense listed above are by no means
a record for the register of deeds
Dffice for one day, the number is
above the average figure.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., Jan. 2
—{IP)—George J. (Slim) Summer
ville, 54-year-old film comic, was (
reported seriously ill today at his ,
iome here after suffering his sec
ond stroke in recent weeks. His
physician, Dr. Arthur Harris, said
‘Mr. Summerville is a very sick ;
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CHUNGKING, Jan. 2.—W—Chi
nese Cabinet Spokesman P. H.
Hhang said today China’s central
government is taking over Jehol
is “a matter of course” and is
sending administrative personnel
jn the heels of national troops
moving into that inner Mongolian
province. *
He declared the government had
‘every right” to do this, and told
juestioners that there were no
:ommunist troops in Jehol prior to
rapan’s collapse. Chang took issue
vith a communist claim that
‘democratic” rule had been estab
ished by the Chinese Reds in
Even under European or Amer
can standards, that would have
seen impossible in four months,
lhang added.
Meanwhile, China awaited the
:ommunist reply to the govern
ment’s counter proposal for a
ruce in civil strife. It appeared
ikely none would be announced
intil after the counter proposal is
studied by the communist central
executive committee in Yenan.
Detailed arrangements have yet
;o be made for the air transport
jf central government troops to
Jhangchung, Manchurian capital,
and for the Russian withdrawal
Erom the big terrirory—now slated
Eor Feb. 1.
First 1946 Session
Heavy For Recorder
The first 1946 session of New
Sanover county recorders court,
fudge H. Winfield Smith presiding,
yesterday disposed of a heavy
locket. .
Records state that of the 64 case
locket, 50 were heard and the of
fenders either sentenced or freed.
Df the total 14 cases were continued
Eor trial at an early date.
NORFOLK, England, Jan, 2—(iP)
—Mrs. Clara Cooper Knight, 62,
vho had served Queen Elizabeth
Eor 45 years and was nurse to
Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret,
iied today at Sandringham House.
—— - vjuj iugweii, above,
lovernor of Puerto Rico, has
3een appointed political science
professor by the University of
-hicago, starting July l. In ad
ution, he will direct a new pro
>ram of education and research
n co-operation with the Amer
can Institute of Architects and
igencies of the Public Adminis
ration Clearing House.
The News
Associated Press Staff Writer
is Civil War.”
This dramatic accusation by a
Chinese Communist spokesman in
Chungking today need not be tak
en too literally—yet.
He apparently did not care to let
correspondents use his name, and
his statement was used to color a
report that the Central armies of
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek are
about to take over the strategic
province of Jehol, and that the
Communists would fight to hold it.
The Communists have reported
the same thing before, but have not
called it civil war so openly.
Jehol (pronounced ruh-hph) is a
mountainous area lying between
North China, Inner Mongolia and
Manchuria. Chiang Kai-shek’s
armies are trying to get In from
North China and from the Man
churian side, and if they are in
the strength the Communists say
they are, and are well equipped,
thev probably can take it.
The Communists hold Inner
Mongolia, to the west. If Chiang
Kai-shek can get Jehol, he would
be better able to keep the Com
munists out of Manchuria and
even to get them out of Inner Mon
golia eventually.
Recent reliable reports say it
was from Jehol that Communist
troops surged into Inner Mongolia
and established an important new
Communist base at Kalgan, in spite
of a Chungking government state
ment today that there were no
Communist troops in Jehol before
the Japanese surrender. These
troops are commanded by General
Ho Lung, one of the ablest of the
Red field commanders and one of
the keys to the Ch'na puzzle today.
He is described as one of the
radicals who favor action in the
field instead of the negotiating
with Chungking which Communist
political leaders like Mao Tze
lung and Chou En-lai have been
These negotiations now seem to
be going against the Communists.
Some days ago they proposed a
truce arrangement which would
“freeze” both Communists and
government troops in their pres
ent positions. The Central gov
ernment rejected it and made a
counter-proposal which stipulated
that the Communists give up their
independent armies.
At the same time the counter
proposal suggested that General
Marshall, special American envoy
to China, act as mediator in a
peace conference. Chungking
meanwhile feted Marshall to an
extent reminiscent of the cordial
welcome it extended his predeces
sor, General Hurley, more than a
year ago.
Hurley wound up by accusing the
Communists of trying to wreck
CMna by civil war, and
Yesterday Marshall con ^
two hours with Chou En-lai.v
Communist delegate in Chungking
in . meeting that ended 3^
announcement of results, if
Today’s Communist itaterrL
“this is civil war,” is thus £e, $
public Communist reaction ,
the conference. It is attribute
only to an unidentified spoke'msn
however, and isn’t conclusive. ’
In accusing Chiang Kai-shek
waging civil war in Jehol th.
Communists may hope that ’thei*
threat to resist will gain them bet
ter terms eventually.
For as the situation stands th.
Chungking stipulation that ’thev
give up their independent armies
the chief source of their politic^
as well as their military power!,
is a serious threat to their bargain
ing position.
They always have taken th.
stand that.if they give up their
armies they would be defenseless
before Chiang Kai-shek’s troops
and secret police.
At the Community hospital yes.
terday the records showed that
three babies were born Jan. 1 to
the following parents: Baby Mc
Allister, born at 12:40 a.m. to Rosa
and Vander McAllister of Leland;
Baby Shelton, a boy born at 10:45
p.m. to Marie Shelton; and Baby
Laura Matthews, born at 11:45 p.m,
to. Laura Matthews, 807 North
Smith street.
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action of business will be held
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1946, at 8 o’clock. Members
urged to attend. Visitors cor
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W. H. McClain, Sec’y.
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The Machinery Act provides that poll and tangible
property tax returns shall be made to the list-taker
during the month of January under the pains and
penalties imposed by law.
Wilmington township tax listers will be on the main
floor of old court house daily 8:30 a. m., to 5:30
J* ^ (Sundays excepted), beginning January 2nd,
County tax listers will meet their usual appointment*
as advertised.
Cape Fear, Federal Point, Harnett and Masonboro
If J*st"s w,f J"eet at the court house January 26,
Ac, Lvy ou and dl.
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