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MPt tumturtim Humtutn Star _., --— e State and National News VOLJ^-*0- 56__WILMINGTON, N. C., THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 1946 ESTABLISHED 186t Chinese War Continuing, Group Hears ARMYWiLLBE CUT United States - Russians Launch Discussions On Korean Future CHUNGKING, Jan. 16— (£>)—Gefl. rhang Chun, government truce negotiator, told China’s unity con ference today that armed clashes ill were reported in the north - the Communists said in seven stra tegic provinces. (ir s Marine planes dumped cease-fire leaflets over three strife torn provinces-today as a special commission in Peiping strove to , .ho Mashes. Associated Iress correspondent Olen Clements ported.) Chou En-lai, the Communist ne gator, said both he and General jang were •‘worried^by reports : continued fighting.” A Communist dispatch alleged ie clashes occurred after Sun ay's midnight deadline in Shansi, ehol, Kiangsu, Honan, Hopeh, uiyuan and Shantung provinces. General Chang also announced at a three-man committee, set ) under a Kuomintang-Commun . agreement Oct. 10, met yester ,y to consider reorganization of lina's army. Under the proposed m Communist divisions would be, me a part of the National armies • the first time. Representatives of the govern ing the Communists and the ^.mocratic League all agreed that armies should be divorced from politics and belong to the state instead of individual parties as now. Gen. Lin Wei, vice Minister of War, said demobilization plans called for cutting the army from 4,830,000 to 1,800,000 within six months. FAVORABLE RATES WILL HELP CITY Wilmington enjoys an excellent position in the matter of favorable freight rates, according to a re port made public yesterday by H. E. Boyd, traffic manager of the Wilmington Port-Traffic associa tion. The report stressed the im portance of the talking point af forded this port in the strongly competitive field of merchandis ing shipments. The report, addressed to direc tors of the association, detailed activities of the organization since Boyd’s return in November from three and one-half years army ser vice. In the case of ICC-Docket. 27418, Boyd faid, it was brought forth that shippers of grain ar.d grain products, from the Ohio and Miss issippi river districts, were enjoy ing proportional and local rates on shipments of those commodities into southern markets. The ICC commission, Boyd point ed out, rendered a decision grant ing Wilmington shippers a rail rate of 85 per cent of the local rate used by those shippers on ship ments of those commodities brought into the local port by ship, ®nd thence by rail. Boyd’s report showed that Wil mington had enjoyed a good move ment of flour through the port dur ing the war and with the resump tion of Pacific water service this traffic should be renewed through the local port from the Pacific northwest, thence by rail to mar kets. ICC-Docket 29390, rates on coal, )'as explained in the report cover ing a formal complaint brought •'the Carolina Coal consumers ''ith offices at Asheville, against he Aberdeen and Rockfish rail n°aQ and subsidiary roads num enn2 some 200, claiming rales °n coal from Virginia, West Vir ginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and . arna to North Carolina are unjust and unreasonable. The. Wilm’ngton Port-Traffic onwnission, Boyd said, has in nvened in the case and that he, °ya, would be in attendance al •Continued on Page Two; Col. S) WEATHER^ (Eastern Standard Time) vt.i ' ,Weather Bureau) ending 7°inglCal data for the 24 houn g (-30 p.m. yesterday. . „ Temperatures 7:30 pamm,35°: 7:30 a>m* 35; 1:30 P-m* 31 ^orniaim^n 31; Mean 36 i Humidity :'M P.mm'937 i 7:30 a'm- 92; 1:30 p'm- 100 Total . „ Precipitation 1.2t, inches 24 h°UiS ending 7:30 P-m 238°4inch^”Ce 41le f’rst 07 month— •From .v for Today 0. S o... Tide Tables published b; oast ar.d Geodetic Survey) Wilminetmi HIGH LOW ™«on -9:45 a m 4;08 am Masonbom \ . 10:00 P-m- 4:44 P-m 0 Inlet 7:32 a.m. 1:06 a.m Sunrise 7-1, „ 7:52 P-m. 1 :50 p.m Moonrisc - ,7 a-m-: Sunset 5:28 p.m. Fiver c3 38 P-m ; Moonset 7:25 a.m atn 8e Et Fayetteville. N. C. at Wednesday 10.4 feet “GOOD SAMARITAN” ASSAULTED, ROBBED BY UNGRATEFUL MAN Continue your good deeds, but watch hitch-hikers. Charles M. Rising, Wilming ton told police yesterday that he picked up an unknown man and started to take him home last night. Instead he fell among thieves. Rising said they had travel ed a short distance from their starting point when the man, who was later identified as James Stocks, hit him over the head with an iron pipe causing painful injuries. From Rising’s pocket, Stocks is said to have taken $22, from his wrist he removed and car ried away a wrist watch valu ed at $100 and from the floor of the car he took a machine hammer. Stocks was later arrested by police after having been iden tified by another of his “philan thropists” who had loaned him $2. COMMISSION MAY GET PRISON CAMP Fireproofing Of Buildings, Remodeling Now Under Consideration The State Highway commission probably will take over the prison ers’ camp near Wrightsboro and fireproof the buildings and oth erwise remodel the camp to accom modate 75 to 100 prisoners some time soon, Addison Hewlett, Sr., chairman of the New Hanover Board of Commissioners, indicated yesterday. State Highway Chairman A. H. Graham was in Wilmington yes' -- day for a conference with the com missioners about the camp. He indicated the highway commission would like to begin work remodel ing the buildings at an early date, but that he did not feel the State could undertake the work unless it had title to the property. The property, belonging to New Hanover county, has been leased to the State since the State took over the highway system about 1931. Prisoners held in the camp have been used to work roads in the county. Last July housing fa cilities at the camp reached such a bad state of repair that most prisoners were removed to the camp in Pender county. At pres ent only a few honor prisoners are kept in the Wrightsboro camp. Hewlett said the commissioners will probably study possible dis posal of the camp property to the State at the regular meeting next Monday. He indicated the com rmssioners will be disposed iavor ably toward such a transfer be cause the prisoners kept in the camp would be used to work the roads in the county. At present, prisoners are hauled back and forth from the Pender camp to work on the roads here. This daily transportation causes a loss of time and therefore cuts the amount of work the prisoners can do on the road system in the coun ty. If the State acquires title to the property, Hewlett indicated, all camp buildings will be fully fire proofed. This would include in stallation of concrete floors and new roofs and other improvements to existing buildings. Authorized Dice Tables Returning $7,000 Weekly HONOLULU, T. H., Jan. 16. — CU.R)—Stars and Stripes charged to day that 15 enlisted men were making an estimated $7,000 weekly profit from authorized dice tables at an Army personnel center on Oahu for GI’s being processed for shipment home. Col. William F. Saffarrans, com manding officer, said authorized tables prevented gambling in the barracks and latrines where sol diers assertedly were damaging property and “running like hell whenever they saw an MP,” ac cording to Stars and Stripes. TRAVELERS SEARCHED FOR ARMS ON HIGHWAY FROM HAIFA, TEL AVIV JERUSALEM, Jar,. 16 — <Jf) — Police halted travelers between Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa to day in a search for hidden arms used in recent terroristic outbreaks between Arabs and Jews. In Tel Aviv leaflets posted on walls of buildings during the night and signed by the Jewish terror ist organization, Irgun Zvai Leurni, proclaimed that the organization was responsible for the wrecking of a railroad train and the theft of a $140,000 payroll last Saturday near Hadera. . Police and soldiers seeking un . licensed weapons stopped buses traveling between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and between Tel Aviv an^ ; Haifa. Baggage was searched and : the passengers’ identity papers were examined. Trumari May Make Steel Wage Proposal; lnt<<0:ational Dispute Faces Council; City Escapes Serious Damage By Storm - ¥.---—+ - 4_ _-. Lettuce Crop In District ThoughtSafe COLD TO CONTINUE — School Schedules Not Ex pected To Be Disrupted By Adverse Weather Jack Frost put the finger on Wilmington and vicinity yester day with more freezing expected last night. Aside from the break ing of some overburdened limbs, the temporary suspension of power service in several sections of the city, and a few minor accidents, the city and county apparently suf fered very little. No damage was expected from the freezing weather and ice to the Castle Haynes farmers, according Castle Hayne farmers, according to R. W. Galphin, county agent. With freezing temperatures pre dicted for last night, Weatherman Paul Hess forecast that tempera tures would remain in the 30’s to day, setting the probable high at 38 degrees. “Continued cold to night’’ was the rest of Meteorolo gist Hess’ verdict. However, showers were predicted for the eastern section of North Carolina during the day, with some sleet, by the state bureau. Con ditions were expected to modify somewhat in this section during the day with gradually improving ceilings. School schedules are not expected to be disrupted, according to of ficials, who last night said that un less the area experiences weather severe enough to make transporta tion dangerous or to cause other facilities to fail to function, classes will continue today. In Brunswick county it was a different story. Leland High school opened its doors for two hours yes terday, Principal Glenn H. Tucker said, and closed for the remainder (Continued on Page Two; Col. 2) CONGRESS RESENTS DELAYS BY TRUMAN WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 —UP)— A Congress accused by President Tru. man of being “distressingly slow” heard mutterings today that he is delaying legislation now. Mr. Truman has postponed from Thursday to Monday his message on the “state of the union” in order to combine it with his budget. Democratic leaders have pointed to a custom of waiting for the message before doing business at a new session. So, said Hep. Clarence J. Brown (R-Ohio) in a House speech, the President is responsible for delay ing action on administration legis lation. And here a couple of weeks ago, he said, Mr. Truman “criti cized Congress and its commit tees” for delay on measures the President has proposed — “parti cularly labor legislation.” The Senate labor committee heard Dr William Leiserson dis cuss Mr. Truman’s plan for hand ling labor disputes through fact finding boards. Leiserson, former government labor mediator who now is a Johns Hopkins University professor, said it was inadequate. The committee asked him to draft a bill that would be adequate. Tlie House Military committee decided to give the House Labor committee a “reasonable time” to act on the fact-finding measure j (Continued on Page Two; Col. 4) Starting Gun In March Of Dimes As bystanders look on In amusement, little Donald Anderson, 6, j model on the March of Dimes campaign poster who recovered com pletely from an attack of infantile paralysis, “holds up” Mayor Bill O’Rwyer at New York’s City Hall. The mayor’s contribution launched the paralysis fund drive in the metropolitan area. (International) Last Of Six Grace Ships* Delivery Set For Summer The last of the six vessels the North Carolina Shipbuilding com pany is building for the Grace Line is scheduled to be delivered this summer, officials of the com pany announced yesterday. In view of the many recent ru mors concerning the future of the shipyard, officials issued the fol lowing requested statement: “The last three vessels being built for the United States Lines have been launched and are now in the outfitting stage, the last one being scheduled for delivery in February. “The first of six vessels being built for the Grace Line will be launched January 24. These are of the C2 type, about 10,000 dead weight tons, but they have been almost completely redesigned for carrying 52 passengers and provid ing refrigerated cargo space. The deck house has been enlarged to provide room for the passenger accommodations. All facilities for the carrying of passengers embody the latest combined ideas of the United States Maritime commis sion, the Grace Line, and our architects, Gibbs and Cox. “At this time, it cannot be esti mated as to the probable employ ment for carrying on the work of preparing and maintaining the Re serve fleet vessels, which will be stored here in the Brunswick river. The Maritime commission is now engaged in extensive tests in con nection with the dehumidification of vessels which will be laid up. Until the specifications for this and other phases of the lay-up job are completed by the commission, not milch of an idea can be ob tained of the extent of the work which will be involved. “Dredging of the basin in the Brunswick river is proceeding sat isfactorily.” Along The Cape Fear RIDING AT ANCHOR — The hoary hand of Winter clutched the wheels of Cape fear harbor craft last night and, if weather forecasts hold true, will clamp that icy grip on throughout today and tonight. Visibility here late yesterday afternoon was less than one mile and steadily diminished as the night wore on. All harbor traffic was paralyzed because weather conditions off the Southport bar prevented ships from coming in. Vessels in port were sheathed in ice. All day long rivermen who were forced to be out reported hearing sharp cracks along the Brunswick county banks—trees breaking un der their heavy ice loads. IT’S N ILL WIND, ETC.—In times of stress the innate kindness of human beings crops out. It was shortly after noon yester day. A crowd had gathered at the Carolina Beach Drug store waiting for a bus to town. One bus already had missed schedule because of the icy conditions of the road. Mrs. Stanley Sidbury, Carolina Beach, had an appointment with the den tist here in Wilmington and ap pointments with dentists being (Continued on Page Two; Col. 4) Iran Asking Protection From Russia POLAND TO PROTEST British Foreign Secretary Bevin To Address UNO Assembly Today LONDON, Jan. 16 — (tf>) — The United Nations Security Council was confronted tonight with an in ternational dispute before it had even taken a first step toward or ganizing for its task of keeping the peace. Iran served notice it would ask the 11-member body, which meets for the first time tomorrow, for protection against what it termod “Russian interference’’ in northern Iran, where a self-government already has been marked by arm ed conflict. Simultaneously, delegates to the six-day-old General Assembly of the United Nations learned of two other international problems they might be called upon to consider. The Hilversum radio said that the premier of the self-proclaimed Indonesian republic planned a di rect appeal to the United Nations to resolve its conflict with the Dutch. The Netherlands Foreign Minister Eelco N. Van Kleffens, said however that such an appeal “would not be considered.” Poland threatened, through its Foreign Minister, to bring before the Security Council a protest against the maintenance of a Pol ish army in Great Britain and Italy, unless the British response to an earlier protest is satisfac tory. All three disputes came to the fore despite pleas of Secretary of State James F. Byrnes and other Assembly leaders not—as one dele gate phrased it—to “put ice skates on the international baby before it has learned to walk.” ' Iran’s grievance brought the middle east nation into direct con flict with Russia, which has de (Continued on Page Two; Col. 2) AIR CARGO EXPERT COMES HERE TODAY M. M. de Brou, traffic manager of Air Cargo Transport corpora tion, originally scheduled to land at Bluethenthal airport yesterday, was forced to cancel plans for the flight in Richmond, Va., due to weather conditions extending over tfc" eastern seaboard. Harriss Newman, prominent lo cal attorney, with whom de Brou plans to confer on arrangements for a daily air cargo service to Wilm;ngton and vicinity, advised the Star last night that de Brou F _nned to continue his trip by train, arriving in Wilmington this morning. Negotiations have been under way for some time by the group which Newman represents to ob tain quick air transportation for flowers, fruits, special seafood and other perishable commodities from Wilmington t points all over the United States, it was explained. Newman said his conference with de Brou would be based on char ter service by means of air cargo planes. The conference will proceed on the assumption the air cargo serv ice can be carried on from run ways at Bluethenthal airport witn permission of the county commis sioners, Newman said. As plans develop, he said, a delegation will go before the board officially to (Continued on Page Two; Col. 3) Fresh Meat Famine Threatens Nation As Union Strike Goes Into Second Day; Meeting Called BULLETIN AUSTIN, MINN., Jan. 16 — («—Jay Hormel, President of the Hormel Meat Packing co., one of the top meat packing companies in the nation, said tonight his company would grant its employes an increase of 15 cents an hour. CHICAGO, Jan. 16 — (J) — The nation tonight faced a fresh meat famine within two to 10 days unless government efforts? centering in Washington tomorrow, succeed in halting a widespread packinghouse workers strike which began this morning. Representatives of the striking unions, the CIO United Packing house Workers and the AFL Amal gamated Meat Cutters and Butcher workmen, and of the four major packers, Armour, Cudahy, Swift and Wilson, agreed to attend a conference in the capital tomorrow with Secretary of Labor Schwellen. bach. One of the most hopeful signs appeared to be an announcement ♦ by AFL union officials, Earl W. Jirnerson, president, and Patrick E. Gorman, secretary treasurer, that the AFL has dropped its de mand for a wage increase, crux of the dispute, to 15 cents an hour and asked the CIO union to go along with that demand. The CIO withheld comment but earlier in the day said it was standing on its demand of a 17 1-2 cents boost immediately, with later negotiations on an additional 7 1-2 =ents. The CIO originally demand ed a 25 rents an hour hike and the AFL the equivalent of that amount. Both said the average hourly straight-time rate in the industry now was 81 1-2 cents. A statement by Jimerson and Gorman said the packers oiler of 10 cents an hour was “very in adequate” but that if the packers offered 15 cents “we shall accept it and normal operations in all plants where our membership is involved will begin on Monday, Jan. 21.” j (Continued on Pasre Two: Col. 5) < Victory Bond Sales Bring Woman Honors ATLANTA, Jan. 16. —(/F)— Atlanta's "Woman Of The Year” is Mrs. Mamie K. Tay lor, who supervised the sal* of victory bonds by 60 women’s organizations and fought for the passage of Georgia’s food enrichment bill.” She was awarded the title over six other nominees at a dinner tonight. Mrs. Taylor was chairman of the legislative committee for the Georgia Home Economics association. As chairman of Victory Loan sales by womt'i’s organizations in the sixteenth district, Mrs. Taylor supervis ed the sale of $1,236,925 worth of bonds. She is a home serv ice supervisor for the Georgia Power company. OPA TAKES STEPS ON BLACKMARKETS Full Force Alerted For Duty In View Of Nation Wide Meat Strike WASHINGTON, Jan. 16. — GP> — OPA, fearing “tremendous pres sure” on meat price ceilings as a result of the packing house workers strike, today promised swift ac tion against any blackmarkets. The agency strengthened its en forcement staff as a retail meat dealers’ spokesman warned that if the stoppage is in effect a week or ten days it will make wartime black markets “look like a Sunday school picnic.” An- OPA official who asked to re main anonymous said the agency’s offices throughout the country had been alerted in advance of the strike, and that the OPA meat price enforcement staff already has been enlarged to cope with any emergency. “We estimate,” the official said, “that the strike may shut off about 80 per cent of the normal meat supply. That means that whatever meat is available will be worth its weight in gold and that many people will be willing to pay away above ceiling prices for it.” He said that actually the strike “will only intensify” an already acute meat price enforcement problem. “For the last several weeks,” the official continued, “pressure on meat ceilings has been increasing greatly. Live cattle, for example, have been selling at top prices for some time. This has made it clear we are heading for trouble. “Now that the striKe is on. there will be a tendency on the part of small slaughterers who are not af fected to bid up prices beyond ceil ings. There will be tremendous pressure all along the line.” OPA, the official said, has ‘‘mus tered every enforcement agent who can be spared from other assign ments, in order to meet this situa tion.” He stressed that violators of ceil ings face stiff penalties and that OPA will not hesitate to invoke them. The prediction that black mar kets of the war period would look tame if the strike goes on was made in Chicago by George Dress ier, secretary of the National Re tail Meat Dealers association. Dressier told a reporter that given a week or ten days the pack ing house tieup would ‘‘create one (Continued on Page Two; Col. 6) ARGENTINA SAILS FOR ENGLAND WITH CARGO OF DIAPERS NEW YORK, Jan. 16. — (/P) — Her grim guns gone end her am munition lockers jammed with baby rattles and diapers, the S. S. Argentina sailed for England to day to bring back 600 British war brides and their babies. In addition to specially rigged diet kitchens, the 20,614-ton former troopship boasted of a nurury re plete with toys, whistles, balloons, cribs, bassinets and stacks of pink and blue baby blankets. Eight stewardesses, four Red Cross workers, seven WAC doctors and seven Army nurses were aboard tc care for the tiny, passengers cn he return trip. The Army said the Argentina vas the first American liner spe lially diverted and that her voy ige was a ‘‘trial run.” "We are going to change our j.nnant to a three-cornered diap >r,” said Harrv G Givnn, the hip’s purser « f J White House Conference Stalemated TWO MEETINGS HELD President Asks Murray, Fairless To Sleep, Pray For Settlement WASHINGTON, Jan. 16. —Ml— President Truman tonight told CIO President Philip Murray and Presi dent of the U. S. Steel Corporation, Benjamin F. Fairless, to settle the r wage dispute by tomorrow afternoon or he will make a pro posal himself “in the public in terest.” Press Secretary Charles G Ross told newsmen, after the principals recessed their conversations until 2 p. m. (Eastern Standard Time) tomorrow that the President asked for an agreement when they return then or within a “reasonable 'time thereafter” during the afternoon. Ross said, in response to ques tions, that seizure of the vital steel industry “has not entered into the discussions” up to now, Murray and Fairless, called to the White House by Mr. Truman in an effort to avoid a strike of 800, 000 CIO steel workers set for Mon day, had no comment on today’s sessions when they left the White House. ivir. iruman urged mem, rvi«» said, to “sleep over it and pray over it and do their utmost to get together and come back at 2 o’ clock tomorrow afternoon. Ross told a news conference that each principal was “very strongly of the opinion that he had the (Continued on Page Two; Col. 3) DOSHErrOHEAD CLOTHING DRIVE Announcement of the acceptance of the general chairmanship of the Victory Clothing Collection drive for the Wilmington area by W. R. Dosher, was made late yesterday by state campaign headquarters and almost immediately, Dosher set the wheels in motion to perfect his organization for a whirlwind two-week drive here on behalf of the overseas relief needs. In announcing his acceptance of the general chairmanship, Dosher said last night that he had done so very reluctantly, feeling that a younger man could perhaps achieve even better results than those accomplished a year ago when he had charge of the drive. “Although I do not have the time to devote to the work necessary to put the drive across, I feel that the fair name of Wilmington is at stake, and therefore, I am willing to do what I can in an effort to again place Wilmington close to the top of North Carolina cities in the final tabulation of the 1948 drive,” Dosher said. (Continued on Page Two; Col. 5) And So To Bed This then is the Sunny South! Recently—during the balmy weather of the first 12 days of January—a Wilmington ex-ser viceman brought his bride t* Wilmington. She Is from Ohio. The Wilmingtonian had fixed up a nice little apartment here. In the furnishings he had includ ed a stove. “Why, the very idea, having a stove here in the Sunny South!” Her husband explained the weather some times gets a bit brisk here and that they’d need the stove. But the bride persisted, said she knew about the Sunny South and wasn’t going to have her living room messed up with an ugly old stove. So, the ex-serviceman had te give in. He took the stcve down. Wednesday, as you no doubt know, the South became any thing but sunny. The ex-service man hastened to the store room for the stove to put it back up. What happened? The stove was dropped in the moving. And the grate was broken. Hie ex-serviceman had to buy another stove.