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“ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 1946.
The sun and every vassal.
All space, beyond the soar of angel a
Wait on His word: and yet He stays His
ear A .
For every sigh a contrite suppliant brings.
Metts Favors Bluethenthal
When the National Guard was call
ed to active service this city along with
others in the state was left without
militia protection. It was shortly after
this that the State Guard was organiz
ed. Membership .reached 2,500.
This organization has functioned
ever since, drilling regularly, on call at
any time, and holding regular training
Now that the war is ended the pro
posal is to restore the National Guard
on a broader program, with an air unit
added. Adjutant General J. Van B.
Metts, head of the State Guard and the
North Carolina National Guard, is es
pecially interested in this project, and
happily for Wilmington, favors Blue
thenthal airfield for its headquarters.
The plan has the endorsement, we
might well say the acclaim, of the new
airfield authority, as it would help with
the costs of maintaining Bluethenthal,
without interrupting its use by com
mercial airlines and private fliers, and
barracks and other facilities are al
ready available.
A congressional appropriation must
be obtained before the arrangement
can be carried out, but General Metts
is so enthused by the proposal he may
be relied upon to bring the full power
of his position and influence to bear
for its approval.
Nevertheless, it would be unfair to
leave the whole job to him. Wilming
ton would reap direct benefits. Wil
mington’s people therefore are to be
expected to give him all the aid they
can muster, as are Senators Bailey
and Hoey and Representative Bayard
Meanwhile the State Guard, which
is expected to hold its annual encamp
ment at Bluethenthal in July, will find
a cordial welcome awaiting its ar
School Improvement
New Hanover County’s public school
system is to gain much needed expan
sion through the County Commission’s
action in making $50,000 remaining in
the school building bond fund available
for improvements at three schools. The
action hinged upon County Attorney
Bellamy’s favorable legal ruling.
Wrightsboro is to have an agricul
tural building and athletic field. Hooper
school grounds are tp occupy a whole
block except four lots. Heminway’e
campus, so long inadequate, is to be
Certainly the money thus made avail
able for improvements is to be muct
better employed than if it remainec
idle in an inactive fund. The Commis
sion is to be congratulated for takinf
this forward step.
Orrell To Retire
John A. Orrell, who has served New
Hanover county as auditor for thirty
four years, well deserves the retirement
to private life which he has announced,
effective at the close of business on
December 31 next.
No other man in the Court House
has so long a record for continuous
service in an executive position. Court
Clerk A. L. Mayland was a clerk in the
registrar’s office when Mr. Orrell first
took up his duties as auditor. His
nearest competitor among executives
is Addison Hewlett, chairman of the
Board of County Commissioners, whose
service is four years shorter.
Mr. Orrell will take with him the
best wishes of the entire community
when he closes his ledgers for the last
time, and the close friendship of all
who have had more than a passing ac
quaintance with him throughout the
three decades and more that he has
been a faithful steward of the county’s
accounting office.
Hope For The Best
Optimism is among President Tru
man’s most outstanding attributes. The
most recent example of it is his declara
tion that Russia will cooperate with the
United Nations Organization despite
the present bickering and heckling and
controversies particularly between Mos
cow and Washington.
Just how Mr. Truman figures it out
is not clear, unless we attribute it to
intuition. Certainly there is nothing in
existing conditions, nor in Russia’s
course during the formative period of
UNO or since,'to justify his prophecy.
From the start, Russia has given
indisputable evidence that she intends
to go it alone, where Russian interest
or ambition is concerned, and that Mos
cow trusts no nation even among her
allies whose contributions to the Rus
sian war effort made Russian victories
In such cases as Russia has con
ceded points at issue to the other lead
ing powers in UNO, the concession has
invariably been made with bad grace
and obviously only because she could
not enforce her will upon her associates.
The blame undoubtedly rests in
large measure upon Russia’s allies; for
giving in so often in the interest of
harmony but against their better judg
Unused to the power she has ac
quired since Germany’s collapse, it is
perhaps natural that Russia should as
sume the bully’s role. The question that
worries most observers is whether her
allies have waited too long to stand up to
her. The habit of having her own way
may have become too well rooted to be
changed how.
We hope that Mr. Truman’s opti
mism is justified, but there is little
reason to place complete reliance in it.
The Rev. Walter R. Noe
The Rev. Walter R. Noe, whose death
has shocked Wilmington, by all counts
and in the opinion of everyone who
knew him, was a gentleman of the
first rank.
Quiet, retiring, efficient above the
average, Mr. Noe had served the diocese
of Eastern Carolina as executive secre
tary and treasurer for thirty-five years,
taking up his arduous duties shortly af
ter Bishop Darst was consecrated.
Earlier he had served congregations
in South Carolina and Virginia.
Through his wide acquaintanceship
and devotion to his work he both en
deared himself to the diocese and a
host of persons not in the church, and
kept the business affairs of the area he
served in the orderly manner charac
teristic of competent executives.
Well done, thou good and faithful
servant, is peculiarly appropriate for
this .gentleman upon whom the shadows
closed all too soon.
Atomic Display
The 1946 Exposition of Chemical
Industries, held at the Grand Central
Palace in New York, displayed the first
comprehensive exhibit of atomic energy.
Sponsored by the American Chemical
Society, with permission from, the
Army, the display shows what alomic
energy is, how it works, what it has
done and what it can reasonably be
expected to do in the future.
Following the New York exposition
it is intended to carry the display from
city to city so that a large percentage
of the people may have a visual picture
of the thing that has brought greater
disturbance into the world than any
previous discovery.
Probably the only phase not revealed
is the lenow-how of atomic bombs. But
so much of the atom’s power is there
it makes one wonder why Russia should
have atomic spy rings, as recently un
covered in Canada and now alleged to
exist in this country. Of course they
are after the know-how, but a shrewd
guess based on what is being exhibited
might solve that riddle.
Fair Enough
(Copyright, 1946, by King Features Syndicate)
Randolph Paul, of New York, was general
counsel of the Treasury Department for some
time under the Roosevelt government. He sat
at Elliott Roosevelt’s elbow to guide him
through the Treasury’s inquiry into the notori
ous Hartford loan case. Elliott’s original state
ment, denouncing as a deliberate, infamous
lie, any statement that the late President
Roosevelt ever “promoted or assisted’' his
personal business affairs, was issued from
Paul’s law office in Washington so it is fair
to assume that Paul wrote the document for
his client and in defense of the historic repu
tation of his late chief.
Mr. Paul is a new dealer who surely would
not resent being described as an admirer and
friend of the late President.
The issue of the deliberate, infamous lie
has been disposed of by Elliott’s own testi
mony and that of Jesse Jones and Elliott’s
former wife.
You may be of one mind or another on
the question whether the President intended
to promote the Hartford loan in the first place
when Hartford consulted him on the phone.
But unless you throw out the testimony of
Elliott, himself, of Jones and of the former
Mrs. Elliott Roosevelt you are bound to de
cide that the President did ask Jones to pick
up the loans for trifling amounts and recap
ture the collateral as well. You must decide
that, after watching the progress of the ne
gotiations and receiving the stock at the White
House he, personally sent it to Mrs. Elliott
Roosevelt to defray Elliott’s impending obli
gations in alimony and provide for the main
tenance of the children of that marriage.
Waiving the matter of an apology from Mr.
Paul upon this proof that it was not a de
liberate, infamous lie to implicate President
Roosevelt in this shady deal but an important,
historic disclosure bearing on the character
and honor of one of the most powerful men
in world history, I now refer to the closing
words of the statement from his office. This
sentence asked that "no further attempt be
made to smear a man who can’t talk back.”
Mr. Paul is not only a lawyer of consider
able ability, as his success indicates, but an
expert in tax matters. He is as well qualified
as anyone else to “talk back” for the late
President and remove the stain from his of
ficial and personal honor. It is possible that
he did not know all the facts of the case
when the statement was issued. But he does
know them now. and he knows that, any
analysis or interpretation that he might offer
the press In mitigation of Mr. Roosevelt’s
guilt would be published in full, within practi
cal limitations, by our press and faithfully
The Iniquity of President Roosevelt’s con
duct in this matter has not yet been fully
revealed. His immorality is in two parts.
First, there is the offense of itself. This would
tiave been dishonesty in any man wherever
placed. In addition, however, all persons who
faithfully undertake to judge Mr. ,Ro<f>evelt
must bear in mind that he occupied the po
sition of a leader and exemplar and contrast
bis behavior with his professed: morals. His
offense was the more grievous because of his
own scornful denunciations of "money
changers” and persons who dodged their tax
es by resort to "clever little schemes” hav
ing "the color of legality.”
The fact has never before been brought out
‘hat the President revealed extraordinary
cleverness or cunning in contriving that after
Tones had recaptured the collateral it should
oe kept out of Elliott’s own hands and passed
direct to Mrs. Roosevelt. Already he had
discounted for $4,500, provided by Jones, debts
cf $240,000 to John Hartford and David Baird.
Mot content with his bargain, which left his
son even with the board, he wanted the col
ateral back and got it back through Jones
cy representations that it was worthless.
The minority of the House Committee on
Ways and Means discredited these represents,
‘ions as "self-serving.” Elliott, himself, has
said that the company concerned began to
show a profit in the same year in which it
was represented as "worthless.” He also said
that he mentioned the stock certificates sev
eral times at the White House, where they
were being held by Miss Grace Tully, one of
;he President’s secretaries, but that through
‘some mistake or mixup” was unable to learn
lust who had them. Why was he interested
n worthless stock? But it was a simple mat
:er for the President to put his hands on
hem when he decided tr> send them to Mrs.
Ruth Roosevelt in settlement of his son’s
’uture *inincial obligations to her and their
children. There was no "mistake or mix up”
hen. The/ were no longer worthless.
The President was an expert in "clever lit
tle schemes.” Mr. Paul, by reason of his laiy
practice and his duties at the Treasury is an
exnert. too.
The President knew that if he had turned
the collateral over to Elliott and Elliott, in
turn, had transferred it to his wife in the
divorce settlement, at least half of it would
lave been a fund of official interest to the
Treasury. They were residents of a communi
ty-property state, Texas, so Elliott’s wife was
entitled to half of his wealth. His own half
however, which he then might have used in
the settlement, would have been new wealth
in nis hands. It was the President s obvious
deal so that there could be no possibility that
his son would have to pay any tax on any
forethought and intention to manipulate the
part of the new value of the collateral.
This is no issue of personal or political
This is an issue for history.
Unless EUiott or Mr. ^aul or some other
comes forward to talk back honestly, factu
ally, logically and convincingly Mr_ R00se.
velt must stand condemned in history as a
man who abused his great office, and the
idealistic trust of millions a n d deliberated
practiced the very methods that he had Jo
You Know It's Getting To Be Spring
When The Shad Start In To Running
You can always tell when it is
just before spring because this is
when the shad begins running in
sufficient quantities for you to be
able to eat them without feeling
you are fracturing your budget.
* Naturally, there are other signs
to show that spring is practically
upon us, such as peach and pear
trees full of blossoms and jonquils
blooming all about the premises.
Not to mention, of course, the
thoughts that turn lightly to love,
But the running of the shad is
the surest harbinger. And it is a
harbinger all the way up the East
Coast from the Edisto river below
Charleston to the Hudson in New
And, of course, you know the
rivers hereabouts, including the
Cape Fear, Black, and So on, are
literally full of shad this time of
the year.
Just in case you are interested
in a few statistics, probably the
greatest point of concentration for
them—the shad—in North Carolina
is Stumpy Point in Dare county.
From now until perhaps the first
of May hundreds of Stumpy Point
fishermen will catch thousands of
pounds of shad.
Most of the Stumpy Point shad
are shipped on consignment to
Baltimore, Philadelphia and New
York. In case you’re in the dark
about this method of sales, here’s
the way it works: The fisherman,
bringing in his catch, goes to a
communal fish house where ice
and boxes are available. He then
packs his shad into a wooden box,
usually about 100 pounds to the box
and ices the package. He then
Day By Day
Religion sticks its nose into
Fifty one nations gather for a
U.N.O. assembly — and, lo! Reli
gion perches at every man’s ear.
Labor and management as
semble for conferences, and above
the rancor of their debates the
voice of Religion says, “Listen to
Educators meet to discuss many
diverse aims; but all the while Re '
ligion keeps intruding with the ad 1
monition, “It is really Me whom ■
you are needing.”
Pleasure lovers crowd the 1
movies and the night clubs and the
taprooms and the dance halls, butu
always, in deep undertones, sounds
the Inner Voice “I'alone can give
you satisfaction.”
Youth casts off restraints and
rampages at will hedless of the
word, “In finding Me, you find full.!
ness of life.”
Wherever human beings think
and aspire and struggle, there be
side them, speaking in tones laden
with the accent of the ages, stands
Religion, admonishing them, "I am
the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
"Apart from M eyou can d onoth
Because Thou has made us Thy
children, O Eternal Father, we
:annot escap efrom our birthright,
and from our need of Thy counsel
»nd care. Amen.
puts several tags on the box ad
dressed to one of the dealers in one
of the thrae cities mentioned.
Let us say that the fish are ship
ped to Baltimore on a Thursday
afternoon. They will be in Balti
more for the Saturday morning
market. The shad will be sold to
buyers, much in the manner tobac
co is sold in the tobacco markets,
to the highest bidder. Rather, the
high bidders usually set the price
for the sha^. of equal quality.
When the day’s sales are com
plete the dealer will then remit
to the North Carolina fisherman
his money, which represents the
price the f!sh sold for in Balti
more less 12 1-2 per cent dealer’s
commission less freight charges
to Baltimore.
Strangely enough, most North
Carolina fishermen, shad fisher
men, that is, would rather ship
their shad on consignment than
to sell them outright at the fish
house. This is because hope springs
ever eternal in the fisherman’s
breast. He always thinks some
thing will happen during the time
it takes his shad to get to the
market that will cause 1|ie price
to go up. In such a case he would
get the advantage of the price
boost. Therefore, he likes to take
his chances on the consignment
Of course, it is quite possible
McKenney On
America’s Card Authority
Jack Kushner of Springfield,
Mass., brings out a beautiful point
in todaj's hand. First of all, he
points out that at rubber bridge
seven spades would be the accept
ed contr- ct, but at duplicate it is
lecessary to try for the maximum.
Jack further points out that after
winning the first trick with the ace
if hearts, most North players
would run off the long spade suit
md then try for the diamond break.
[f the diamonds do not break, they
ire not in a position either to take
he club finesse or to establish a
The correct way to play the
land is to cash the ace, king and
jueen of diamonds, discarding a
:lub from dummy on the third dia
nond. When that suit does not
ireak, then the spades should be
■un. Declarer thus will end up in
lummy with the valuable ten of ■
learts and ten-nine of clubs, and ■
Hast cannot hold the queen and 1
he two other clubs and the king i
if hearts.
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that the bottom may drop out ol
the market before the fisherman’s
shad gets to Baltimore. But he
doesn’t figure this so much. He’s
a good gambler. Otherwise, he
probably wouldn’t be a fisherman
in which business he mi^t gamble
against the wind, the tide, the moon,
the sun, and any other meteoro
logical data that might effect the
fish, or his catching of them.
Getting back to shad itself,
though. One of the main arguments
most folks have against shad is
their boniness. Although sb»d is,
or are, probably one of the most
delicate of fish, many people won’t
eat them because of their plethora
of bones.
Well, did you know that you can
buy shad fillets that are as near
boneless as it is probably possible
to get fish? It’s true. The price
is pretty prohibitive. Right on up
around $1.25 per pound, and even
more. Even so, making the shad
boneless is a very expensive pro
cess. This is done by women with
a high sense of adroitness and it
involves taking an instrument
similar to tweezers and picking the
bones out one by one.
Another important thing about
shad to the fishermen: Prices here
abouts will hold up very nicely
until, all of a sudden, they will
do a nose-dive. The prices, not the
shad or fishermen.
That is when the fishermen
around here get pretty angry. They
feel they are being gypped "by the
dealers in the three cities already
This may not be the case. As
has happened nearly every spring,
all of a sudden shad start running
in tremendous quantities in the
Hudson river. And in the rivers
and streams around Philadelphia
and Baltimore. In such cases, the
shad are practically on the door
steps of the dealers and they will
eive preference t0 these over the
North Carolina shad.
And, incidentally, although you
see shad on menus around here
mainly as fried shad, the indisput
ab e best way to cook them is to
bake them.
ro the Editor:
“How long do I have to wait?”
8he receptionist in the United
States Employment Service office
s asked this question constantly
luring the day by applicants who
:ome in.
In spite of the fact that while
he traffic was around 200 a day in
)ecember in the white office it is
tow running close to 400 a day and
■et applicants are receiving service
md getting out of the office much
aster than they were before.
On Tuesday, March 5, we had
andled 300 applicants up to 12:30
loon, whereas 80 days ago the
ame crowd would not have been
andled before 5 in the afternoon
t at all.
Most applicants are in and out
f the office inside of an hour,
specially those that are filing a
ontinued claim for unemployment :
ompensation or simply looking i
or work; however, new appli- '
ants have to wait longer.
The law requires that a veteran <
eeking a job must be registered s
(Contniued on Page 5) I <
Doctor Says
By WILLIAM A o roit
Chickenpox .varied - M, D,
most prevalent in the ;Jhich «
spring months, mav k “er M
with smallpox, especi^
persons. The beginning - .ta
of chickenpox are "~ u®5!tS|
slight headache, ,*d <
Pams: in smallpox the Svm ^
are usually severe ' Lympt°b,
backache is present, ^ !r‘a‘>i
Incubation period f0, ,s.,
Pox is 14 to 21 davs- ciV^ei
ceptibility is pract-'eaiiv an* ^
*»”* the, wh„CCiwtS*
disease; one attack confer,* *
manent immunity Wjth *'1 Pb.
ceptions. rare t*
Eruption in chickenpox ■
of flat red blotches,
few hours change to JL*1
which in a lew more b„P ple*'
come blisters. Within >
days the blisters dry >
crusted and heal rapidly t
a slight pit on tie skm whkh?
appears unless it has become
ondarily infected. e *«•
In chickennov *1. ..
Pears in different stage, T *
same time, while in smaUp S*
eruption is fairly uniform r?
tion m chickenpox tends t* ?
centrate on the trunk Zt*
contrast to smallpox, where?
eruption is more abundant one!
palms soles and extremities *
Chickenpox is caused bv „
cific virus which is present i„t
eruption of the skin and in if
eruption of the membrance, ol Z
respiratory tract. As in other £
tagious diseases, spread mavI
velop from the breaking ou“hl
respiratory tract before the skb
is involved, as it may be 2
sidered just an ordinary cold
Chickenpox is ®ntagious dura,
the first week of the eruption t'
!f, °ne ,of, easily sp:eil
of the infectious diseases of chili,
hood and is most contagious in th»
early stages. Nearly three-fourth
of all adults have had the diseas,
before they were 15 years of art’
and it may develop in young h
A patient with chickenpox
should remain in bed during the
early stages of the illness, and be.
cause of the possibility of second
ary infection of the blisters t;
should refrain from scratching
avoid scarring. Soothing ointments
may be applied to relieve irrita,
Chickenpox is not a serious dis.
ease. Chief public health impor.
tance are cases of chickenpox ia
which the patients are over la
years old or those developing dur.
ing an epidemic of smallpox, is
they should be visited by someone
skilled in the recognition of small
Some communities exclude chib
dren from school who have been
exposed to chickenpox. This is not
wise, as exclusion should be limit,
ed to the time the child ha( the
illness. No attempt is made to
treat chickenpox except to keep
the patient comfortable.
The Literary’
de Poinary (creative Age;
Half their parentage a mystery
Mary Edmett dead, and her ador
ing brother, William, alive, domi
nate with a strange force this ®
usually adept novel. j
Their half . brother Derek, who
unlike them can identify his r®
father, has invited William to live
on his shep ranch in wild com
try more than 1,000 kilometres
below Buenos Aires. That’s about
as far as a man can get from
London where he had been
brought up arid the Paris whe
Mary was married and he, to t
near her, worked for a time.
Death, which could not sunder
the almost pathological bond
tween William and Mary, prtv
less potent than greneyed A»
tilde. Derek’s native wife. Shea
a novelist’s find, a seductive wo
and who hasn’t heard about
20th century yet; and where se
men can’t give their girls *
thing but love baby, William .
offer also hairdresser man.ca
dres srnakew, even London
i i u:.. /•hi.c*
william nas exu nu™ «
hood nearly to middle age
brother Derek, a cool PleC '
there ever was one, (iep,orf*
obsession, then curses his n ■
for independence means no
if you can’t prove it in ‘ * J
of the one who had denied > ^
William with one gesture ^ ,
lates two decades, lavs - 8 ■ o,
rest in her grave and c
A couple of minor c'iar.^eJj
rascally Achaval and PromI. "
Marguerita, are worth me ■■■:
De Polnay sort of sidesreps
his story, guides it subtly,
it as if he, like you, were re»
it. It’s an intelligent novel,
not a great one but the on
is as rare these days as the "
HEART, by Nancy Bruff
ton; $2). 0
Forty-two poems compos*^
rolume by the author o ,(
Vfanatee.” which, though ^
•ead, was one of the s £
lovels of 1945, Three of
‘The Lonely Reply.” “Two
‘Haunted House,” are creoi ,;
efforts; two more may ^
cribed as not negligible '
isms. The other 37 are
uccessors to the novel.

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