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MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AND ALSO SERVED BY THE UNITED PRESS FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 1048 TOP O’ THE MORNING Four things, I think, make life worth while: To love—to hope—to help—to smuel Proper Procedure Prevails There were two issues at stake in the long-drawn-out dispute over the purchase of fire alarm boxes. The first was settled when the specifications were broadened to permit any company to bid. The second was disposed of at the Council meeting on Wednesday when the low bid was approved. In both instances it was Mayor Lane’s vote that broke a tie in the Council. The Star holds no brief for either of the manufacturing companies of fering bids. But it is gratified that the proper procedure, that is open bidding, was successful. Wilmington taxpayers . also will be grateful, as the box ac cepted represents a saving of at least $25 per box—no inconsiderable amount taken off their tax bills. There is further reason to be pleas . i Jll. it.. IimaI m In cu YY llil vvwi*wi d ****** | that the contract will be performed by a Wilmington firm with the payroll going to Wilmington workers. As for City Electrician Garren’s resignation, when the company he favored lost the contract, it can only be said that if he plays favorites there can be no regret at his going. It is too bad he quit as he did, be cause he has given excellent service, particularly in synchronizing the city's traffic lights, which were in a sad state before his arrival, and by taking a broader vieiy of his position there is no reason to think his record would not continue above par. But there are other men equally capable and avail able. His departure need cause the city no loss. The Real Losers Although General Motors workers gained a wage increase of eighteen and one-half cents an hour, they are the chief losers by striking. To be sure, auto production in Gen eral Motors plants has been long in terrupted, but it is'in much better posi tion to stand the cost of idleness than the men, many of whose families have been reduced to actual want. It will be years before the workers make up their sacrifice in pay from the additional wages they are to receive I UUUVi. HIV liVIT OXXailgCUlCllti Their experience ought to convince them that whatever relief they gain by walking off the job is transitory, and that the blame rests- squarely upon the shoulders of their leaders. • Pauley Withdrawn Washington prophets who fore cast that Edwin W. Pauley’s nomina tion for undersecretary of the Navy would be withdrawn by midweek knew whereof they spoke. Thus ends one of the most trouble some cases faced by the administra tion since the war’s end. If the nominee had been properly considerate of the President he would * * have stepped aside long ago, Instead of continuing to embarrass Mr. Tru man> While the President says he with drew the nomination regretfully, it must be as great a relief to him as to the senate and the bulk of the Ameri can people to have Pauley out of the picture. School For Veterans The problem of education has been a difficult one for veterans home from military service, especially the younger group whose high school training was interrupted by the draft or voluntary enlistment. They have found it partic ularly difficult to sit in classes with younger boys who, besides the differ on^o in a (TP nrdinarilv lack the vefaron’. war-acquired power of concentration. Although there are twenty-five vet erans in New Hanover High school, catching up on the education they miss ed while in the armed services, it is conceivable they are secretly dissatis fied with conditions, probably most dis satisfied with the slow progress of regular high school routine. Naturally, they are impatient to get through with school training so that they may take their position in the business world or advance to college. Recognizing the situation and ever alert to give greater and broader ser vice, the New Hanover County High school, with the green light from the Veterans’ Administration and North Carolina education authorities, the school is to institute on April 1 a special four-year high school course for vet terans in which ex-servicemen may at tend classes exclusively their own and move from grade to grade as their work and the proof of their progress is demonstrated by adequate examina tion. Classes will be held in the afternoon and evening, after regular high school pupils have gone home. By arrange ment with the Veterans’ Administra tion, enrollees will receive the regular government allowance. If the veteran completes the high school course in two terms and has the necessary credits, le may attend college or university of lifi rliniV.fl fnr fwn m/M*A area■**« 4-V.sx same financial assistance set up in the SI Bill of Rights. Special courses will be given for boys ntending to take up some professions >r, as the case may be, commercial or vocational careers. Since the County Administration turned down the proposal for a junior college, this arrangement at the high school becomes an efficient substitute. Wilmington and New Hanover county veterans will have the advantage of attending school, offering many junior college advantages, at home. Electric Rate Cut Wilmington has long hoped for re duction in the rates of electric power and progressive citizens had put forth such strenuous effort for them for some time without avail, that yester day’s announcement by the Tide Water company of a lowering of cost to con sumers, both domestic and commercial, comes as pleasantly and surprisingly as a Christmas present from an un expected source. The saving will amount to $108,000 a year. The individual share in this will depend upon the consumer. An interesting and noteworthy as pect of the announcement is that the -uu applies not only to Wilming tomans on and after April 1, but by the first of next year will be extended to the company’s transmission area, far beyond Wilmington’s new boundaries. Rural territory served by the com pany will benefit. And what helps the back country helps Wilmington, THIS, TOO, WILL PASS preslntWtroubl«n<lU!y l0W “ mind about our present troubles, let us refer to pace 434 of the public papers of Franklin D Roosevelt covering the year 1933 -Koosevelt, Deflation was raging' then. Want amidst s* a™ S-SSi'jts ixrsris wo will do it another. Do it, we will ” Now it’s the reverse. Prices too'high and stipf wther‘ Scarcitles- Under-production. Steei butter meat, sugar on the way up. Chester Bowles losing ground in his battle with the stubborn old law of supply and de mand. Quite a fliptop in 13 years. But don’t conclude that today’s trend is permanent. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction; the only thing that’s consistant is change. Not all change is pro gress, and we’ll have other, different worries. Worries we have with us always.—Pittsburgh Press Fair Enough ~ The following column by Westbrook Peg* ler will be his last for four weeks, during which time he will be on vacation.—The Editor. By WESTBROOK PEGLER (Copyright, 1946 by King Features Syndicate) With a peculiar satisfaction I have watched the growth of Jimmy Petrillo, the president cf the Musicians’ Union, from the size of a local eccentric, or character, around Chicago to that of a high-octane menace to the sacred heritage bequeathed us by the embattled farm ers of Bunker Hill and the chilblained heroes of Valley Forge. , I have talked shop with Jimmy many s the time and realize that he is constantly amazed, and amused, like me, that a little Chicago guttersnipe, just on native cunning and nerve by the accidental surge of a socio-political wave and without reasoned intent on his own part should become the subject of a. personal bill of restraint in the Congress of the U.S.A. and one of the most fearsome figures of our time. j. . When 1 speak of James as an old time gut tersnipe I use the term merely as the most ■appropriate description tnat i imow. was, a downtown and West Side newsboy in the gas light and horse truck days, closer to the frontier than we realized in our childish famil iarity with gambling rooms and flops and bar rel houses, and * guttersnipe hopped many a street car to sell enough sheets for a cent apiece and a profit -of one-third to amass a nickel’s worth of take-home. The streets in the brutal winters were dirty with cold, deep slop when they weren’t up to your brisket in snow and the odds against a boy of Jimmy’s social and economic level becoming a power in the land with or without resort to the machine gun were something fabulous, his old man be ing a white wing at something like $15 a week. James has told me that he qualified for a card in the Chicago Federation of Musicians because he had learned to blow a trumpet in a newsboys band, which I earnestly disbelieve. It is unimportant, however, for to hold that a boss unioneer should be able to pass an exami nation in the craft of his organization would be to depose the ruling dictators over about half our union membership. Will Green, the president of the A. F. of L., for example, was a miner by trade way back in his youth but was ejected from the mine workers by his old president, John Lewis, when John formed the C.I.O. and broke away from the A. F. of L. but a union president and, especially the president of the Federation of Labor, surely must hold a member’s card In some union, so our Jimmy Fetrlllo gave Green a ticket in the musician’s racket on the pre text that old Will at some time in his life had been heard to strike some chords on a parlor organ. Phil Murray, now president of the C. I. O., was, like Green, a coal digger in his boyhood and also was cast out of the mine workers by his old friend, John. So Phil became a member of the Steel Workers Un ion, whose trade he was a stranger to. And somewhat among my old snake-rattles, sou venir badges, birdeggs and speakeasy cards I treasure a writ of membership in an old time Union of Steam-Boat Men, so, as I say, we need not believe that James could plunk, scrape or blow a note. Our James would like you to believe that he is one of those who "made it the hard wav’’ but most men who go on in that vein are braggart faker* who had it very easy as Jimmy did. He was a natural born peddler who could act the foci to a judicious extent and close a deal with a shrewd laugh and by this trait he wiggled his way into the soft racket of Chicago’s local politics which blank ets both the nether and the upper worlds. At one point, if you take his word for it, he was borrowed for a spell by lawless persons unknown, and his union, of which he had taken strong command by this time, had to spend $50,000 to get him back. There were those who thought $90,000 a flagrant violation of the ceiling and some would have let him go at any price, reasoning that if they couldn’t get another like him their luck could be worse but the matter was not put to a> formal referendum. They bailed Jimmy out, never knowing who got the money, and for appreciation, James let them buy him a $50,000 home on which, of a sudden, the dirty, low-down Internal Reve nue clipped him for $26,000 on the pround that the value represented income and was taxable as such. This ruling seriously impugn ed Jimmy’s method of acquiring the house from his loyal subjects and strongly suggested coercion or a rigged resolution and vote be cause if it had been a genuine gift it would have been non-taxable. But James has a high capacity for disdain so he spurned the foul implication and paid the tax. A few years ago, our James, having clipped the Chicago tax-payers for the cultural boon of public concerts paid for out of taxes and received as wages by his people, invaded New York, a very audacious foray, I assure you, tossed out old Joe Webber, the aged national president, and took over the job himself. Soon afterward he changed lawyers, hiring the in effable Joe Padway, whose knowledge of the union law and the tricks of demagogues ifc ex ceeded only by his gall and it has been since these two combined that Jimmy has been recognized as a really impressive menace. But neither individual nor the two of them in concert constitutes a real menace. The real menance is found in the laws. under which they operate with perfect security and statu tory right. Congress gave .them these privi leges, predatory as the rights of the robber barons of old, and Congress, alone, can re vise and restrict them. Jimmy just happened along with his impudence and nerve plus Pad way’s enormous effrontery in time to take his tide at the flood and now he is soaring high with Padway steering his surf board. The act recently passed by the House and Senate to curb Jimmy’s union alone and ig nore the fundamental evils of ™ broader la bor laws is one of pathetic cowardice mis taken for bravado. Congress singled out one wave in a hammering surf and of course, the fourflush. will bo former -rWJnmny and Joe will enjoy tneir Yu " “ Congress finally shall fmd the court ge to make a real law. I cam"l J f e that day for If I had to name offhand the yellowest and most contemptible mass of mountebanks in n. r history with the least to lose for a little show of’ character and courage, how -a QUOTATIONS . , Who is preparing for war? The 107,000°npoles of the Second Corps or the miUions of Ru®®^nj^ders, commander Polish sSS EST MUCH ADO ABOUT AN END __ And well there might be much ado about this end. The above picture shows reporters gathered around Federal Conciliator James F. Dewey as he announced that settlement of the General Mot ors strike had been agreed upon. The strike was the longest and costliest on record. Agreement between the company and the CIO United Automobile Workers union was reach ed after 14 consecutive hours of unbroken session, 4one of scores of sessions that have been held dur ing the 110-day strike. It provided an increase of 18 1-2 cents-an-hour for 175,000 General Motors workers who walked out on strike last November 21. There’s A Lady In Show Business Here Wh o Does The Work Of Couple Of Met By JOHN SIKES Sime Silverman is a gent 1 should like to have taiown. There are probably only a few of you around here who knew him. Most of you probably never even heard of him. But he was the long time editor of Variety, sometime called the Bible of the Show Busi ness. It was Sime who filled the show business language with so many colorful and picturesque words. His paper, Variety, was widely read by people in and out of show business because of the many new and fresh words that Sime coined. Well; * you probably wonder what’s my idea in bringing up show business here. The days of vaudeville hereabouts have just about passed. Only ever so often is there what is known as a “road show” at one of the local theatres. It’s probably been a long time since one of the companies of the so-called legitimate theatre has played here. The reason is this: A day or so ago I received a letter from Charles H. West who, after mak ing with a compliment which made me blush prettily, went on to say: “I enclose herewith a clipping from Billboard which might give you a subject for your column some day. The lady in question is our next door neighbor, and posts bills for the local theatres. . , . Anything pertaining to the show world is always good copy to the average reader, so if you care to you might use it.” . Mr. West, he tells me in his letter incidentally, is a forme: newspaper man. With his letter h( sends along a page from Bill board. Now, I started talking abou' Sime Silverman and Variety. Bu there are plenty of those who’l tell you—and right quickly, too— that Billboard is the real Bible ol the show world. Billboard has a service that probably is unique, just in case you haven’t heard about it. It’s this way: If you are in show business you’ll travel a lot, ah over the world. Therefore, you’ll go to so many places nobody’11 ever know where to address you. But you certainly want to hear from the folks back home while you’re doing all this traveling. Well, all you have to do is regis ter your name with Billbqard. I think its address is Cincinnati. Then your folks just write you in care of Billboard and wherever you might happen to be Billboard will see that you get. the mail.. But about this clipping from Billboard and this neighbor of Mr. West. I’ll just give you herewith the whole thing. Here’s the heading: "Handle No Object, She Flips a Neat Brush on any Loc” And the stbry: "WILMINGTON, N. C. — Ad vance men on the various tented attractions to play here this year have lifted a proverbial eye in sur prise and later emitted a smile of approval after discovering that the bo£s of the local daub plant is a WOMAN, Mrs. Pearl Littleton, who ■ took over the duties upon the r< tirement of her husband about fiv years ago. “Mrs. Littleton does weekl posting for the four theatres her in addition to assisting travelin attractions to locate spots. As on advance man said recently: ‘Sh can throw up just as much pape in as fast a time as any othe billposter I’ve ever seen. She rea] ly knows her stuff.’ "Mr. Littleton established th business about 12 years ago, bu was forced by illness to retire.’ You catch that snappy way thi show people, even in their papers have of talking? All. of which leads me to thi aside that I have the idea that i newspapers, the regular ones would snap a little more out o the traditional way of telling thi news the readers would be a lo more interesting. Anyway, I’m happy to lean about Mrs. Littleton, Mr. West And when I get around to it, I’l delve more closely into the shov business and see what we can dij up. Incidentally, only a year or tw< ago a carnival press agent prom ised me what would be, I am sure the most enjoyable vacation could take. He told me I could join up witl the carnival he represented an< “play” the various towns on thi circuit. I’m still hoping he’ll ge back around. Imagine going around with thi lions. Not to mention, of course, thi bearded lady. Religion Day By Day By WILLIAM T. ELLIS THE GREAT ALLEGIANCE "Patriotism is not enough," said Edith Cavell at her martyrdom. Itiese troubled times invite us to consider the inadequacy of many Df our old goals and standards of life. Prosperity is not enough: the sages of the ages have declared that happiness may not be found in wealth. Money is a frail reed upon which to learn. Health is not enough, for real living is a spiritual experience. Worldly pleasures are not snough; they do not last through. Well does the Good Book desrriVie the pleasures of sin as “for a sea son.” Only in one supreme allegiance is there found adequacy for two worlds. A poet, L. M. Watt, has beautifully expressed the truth: “I bind my heart this tide To the Galilean’s side, To the wounds of Calvary, To the Christ who died for me. “I bind my soul this day To the brother far away, And the brother near at hand. In this town, and in this land. “I bind my heart in thrall To the God, the Lord of all, To the God, the poor man’s Friend And the Christ whom He did send. “I bind myself to peace, To make strife and envy cease: God, knit Thou sure the cord Of my thraUdom to my Lord.” / r Thou art our Lord and King, O God; and to Thee we pledge the full devotion of our lives. Amen. Your Gi Rights Questions and Answers On Servicemen's Problems By DOUGLAS LARSEN NEA Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON, March 15—(N —Veterans interested in guar anteed loans have sent in the fol lowing questions: Q—Is it possible to get the total cost of a house financed by the government? A—Yes. With a combination FHA loan and a veteran loan you can do it, in some cases. Q—I am interested in getting a government loan undef the GI Bill of Rights. I was told by the local office of Veterans’ Adminis tration that I could get a loan only for 15 years and at 20 per cent of my salary. I understand that I can get a loan for 20 years. Which is right? A— unaer me latest in um you can get a loan to buy a home up to 50 per cent of $4,000 guaran teed for 25 years. Your salary has nothing to do with the size of the loan you get, except that a lender usually wants to be pretty sure you are able to pay back the money you borrow. Q—My son was in the Army three years. I want to know if he can borrow $2,500 to buy a house and lot. They tell me he has to have $2,500 in the bank be fore he can borrow that much. If he had that much in the bank he woudn’t need to borrow at all. what about this? A—There is nothing in the law which says a veteran has to have any money in the bank to get a C4n bo"ow up to $4,000, and the government will guaran baH of it. it is up St0 the “ or a?e!lcy making the loan to judge whether or not the vet eran is a good risk. Q-I have a place to live but 1?/ out haSn’-‘- He expe<=ts t0 DO out of service in a count. of months. I have found a smaU house I can buy if I get a guaTam McKenney On BRIDGE By WILLIAM E. McKENNEY America’s Card Authority ROBERT M’PHERRAN, one ol the Life Masters of the Americar Contract Bridge League, has jusi returned to civilian life after sever al vears in the Army. Bobbie rar into an odd hand the other day, He elected to make the norma' opening bid of one diamond, bui when his partner jumped to four nc trump, using Blackwood and ask ing for aces, Bobbie decided to pul the brakes on the hand. He denied holding any aces with a response of five clubs. When his partner passed, Bob bie nearly started a war of his own. A contract of five clubs withoui a club in,his hand! ' He changed his mind, however, when the dummy went down. CM course, West quickly cashed his two aces and held the contract tc HVC UIUD.5. ♦ J ¥10 ♦ A K Q 10 9 8 7 4 3 2 4AK73 4 1086 54 ¥ A Q 4 2 ♦ 10764 2 ¥9732 4 5 ♦ J 4J6 MePherraa 4 Q 9 ¥ K J 8 6 5 ♦ AKQ8 53 4 None Duplicate—Neither vul. South West North Ea^t 1 ♦ Pass 4 N. T. Pass 5 4 Pass Pass Pass ___U teed loan. Can I get a loan on my veteran’s rights and have It ready for my brother when he gets out? A —It is very doubtful whether or not you can swing this kind of a deal. The law is specific about the fact that the veteran getting a loan to buy a house must live in it himself. (Questions will be answered only in this space—not by mail. Doctor Says— BODY MAINTAINS alkaline state By WttLlAM~Xr<VBRjEy M The body maintains a L' ' state of miid alJtalinit7 over the possibility 0f'the turning acid is groundless ,71' never happens until after ltt;' The term “acidosis," as physicians, refers to >hP *P led °? the body is less alkSinJVa? and not that it has turned ^ Many people are confused what are referred to a s u k? alkaline foods and their Jl* to stomach acids. Stomach always contains hvd<-ochlorlJ<! to aid in the. digertj If this acid is absent it necessary to give some to Z ' up for the deficiency. '!s|1 Fruit juices normally ,r, but they are changed over to ,£* bne when they reach the tiw Other acid foods may have a lar fate. e 8 *^4. After digestion foods produr,, ash which is either acid or alk? ’ Contributions to the acid side of?' body come from meat, eggs fish, while fruits and vegetal are alkaline producers. A J? ■ balanced diet supplies foods produce both acid and alkali ashes, and the body handies t? | mixture in such a way that it ways comes out on the alb? side, ' Advertisers of certain foods h drugs have sold the public onI term “acidosis.” Most people,? not aware that acidosis is a serin, condition which develops in 2 . betes after there is an accmr.4 tion of acids in the body or 1 A. crease in alkali. Promoters d alkaline products are rather vara about the disease “acidosis" y 1 they intimate that in som! war * 11 is related to lowered resistant! to infections (colds and influenza), There’s no evidence that ea’ing b citrus fruits (oranges, lemons and grapefruit) will in any way crease the resistance to cold! m) ’ infections. a , Acidosis is recognized by the l characteristic odor of the breath . shallow rapid respiration, and ' dehydration. Treatment usuallv ii r injection of salt water by vein, 1 which restores water and minerai balance. • Mild forms of acidosis devels - ZU _ _ .s .r.ii . . . , *** va UlCUUg iUl WBijlK . reduction. This is not a serious variety and does not require any ' special treatment if a proper diet ’ is being followed. Persons go.:; without breakfast may suffer from s foul breath and mild headaches t from the same cause. , Acidosis also develops In Mar.. [ mation of the kidneys because of : failure to excrete certain adds t which ten accumulate in the tis sues. Usually they are the in , organic type, and alkaline Mil lions are used to combat the con* [ dition, but it has nothing to do with , diet. The Literary Guidepost l By W. G. ROGERS Treasury For The Free World, edited by Ben Raeburn, intro i duction by Ernest Hemingway, (Arco; $3.50). • We have now entered “feat more difficult time when it is a mar1 duty to understand his world rather than simply fight for it," Hesning* way declares in his introduction to this admirable volume in whicn various aspects of a better woo are sharply defined and our pi® pects of achieving it soberly » sessed. One end all, the 60 or «o *~ tributors, leaders in *ie;; and, as the publisher Poin,s influential in shaping the " take firmly a liberal position. * oppose cartels, urge a basic derstanding with Russia, ayv' ; full employment, cry out ew . ly against race prejudice or P 1 in the words of AP's exe' director, Kent Cooper, f°r|( |News; First Step in Peace. Two writers, Louis D°^ “Planning Jor the JiLU UXi , 1W* Fight to Live,” deal with. w subjects at some length ,J ^ of the others hold their > down crisply to 5,000 words Among the names are O. Douglas, Frederick U a man, Jerry Voorhis, Orson ^ Darryl F. Zanuck, Walter F . ger, Bertrand Russ®. ’ b Sheean, Max Lerner, I °flexaa4e( gell, Sumner Welles, dai > Meiklejohn, Gunnar Guardia, Wallace, Leh^ye f;' 3enes, Masaryk, de Gaul stein, and eVen a f yjt* Benet, Coffin, Gregory, Leish. • Newspaper readers ccSj terested in Kent Cooper ^ p of his unceasing hght rjjjf| news monopoly abroa , j,e«» the progress already m < eludes with emphasis: , “The elemental. esse „ «* any lasting comity o ^ i? the assurance of the f ee atfj; trammeled flow o* n » formation between nation All this first-rate *^nof ^ printed iron* the M World magazine. “ ore*! have served its purp0 raI puh^ isfactorily for the ge1 -dentifiei if contributors had bee ■ - ej. The Aircraft Annual » Mc, ited by David C. Cooke, Bride; $3) . Well organized, * photographs, this is ' nual adition.