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I FORECAST ^ ^ ^ ^ Served By Leased Wires “ ~ - umumtmt Hormnn §tar S ' i State and National News I ^79LrNQ‘ 156,___WILMINGTON, N. C., SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 1946 ESTABLISHED 1867 jAP WOMEN SCORE Conservatives Triumph In First Free Elections TOKYO. Saturday, April 13—(U.PJ Conservatives won an over "heiming victory in the Japanese L.'c lower house Friday as com K te unofficial returns from Ja P ‘.£ first Democratic election Solved 80 women elected among m candidates. The four conservative parties i;f.d up an impressive majority ac tabulation of the 30,000,000 votes SI among 40.000,000 eligibles Ipnded A source close to Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur said the Su nae commander would compli ant the Japanese people on their hpavy polling. Tne final, semi-official count . the 466 seats in the House of Representatives gave the liberal | party 139, the Social Democrats 92, the Progressives 91, the Co operatives 16. Communists five, Independents 84 and minor parties 38. The total elected was only 463 because Social Democrat Yoshio Domori, although he placed fifth among the five electable in Fukul prefecture, failed by 83 votes to garner Jhe total required by the election law. A re-election will be held in the prefecture for the fifth seat. Of the total elected, 373 members have never been in the house be fore. Many of the candidates up for re-election were earlier barred by order 0f the high command under MacArthur’s orders. TRUMAN TO CARRY OUT FDR’S PUNS President Pledges Support Oi Program At Dedica tion Of Shrine HYDE PARK, N. Y., April 12 _ ,}>, __ president Truman Friday pledged to “carry on in the way of Franklin D. Roosevelt” as he dedi cated the late President’s Kudson river estate as a national monu "ifi'e former President died one year aso. Standing bareheaded on the stone vt-arda o°f the Roosevelt stone and stucco mansion, President Truman said "we shall continue to fight” for his predecessor’s "progressive and humane principles of the New Deal" and "principles of Interna tional cooperation. Saw Clearly The President said "Mr. Roose velt "saw clearly that we cannot continue to live isolated from other nations’ and “recognized, above all, that our hope for the future of civilization, for the future of life itself, lay in the success of the United Nations.” . He added that the former Chief Executive’s foreign policy ‘‘caked for fair, sympathetic and firm dealing with the other members of the family of nations.” Distmguisnett truwu The Preside it spoke before an audience of several thousand, in cluding many government leaders as well as the ambassadors or min isters of 18 foreign countries. _ Millions more heard him via a world-girdling radio hook-up. The President, as he stood before the crowd which assembled on the estate’s graveled driveway and park, wore a dark double-breated overcoat, buttoned against the chill breeze sweeping down the Hudson valley. On Front Porch Behind him on the white-pillared front porch from which Mr. Roose velt customarily had acknowledged with a laugh and a wave the elec tion right cheers of his neighbors, were Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, In terior Secretary J. A. Krug, and many others who had been friends and associates of the late Roose velt. Mrs. Roosevelt was dressed in black. She stepped forward to a post behind a battery of micro phones,and in formally presenting the house, her husband’s rose gar den grave and its surrounding green acres, she said: Spirit Lives ' ‘ My husband’s spirit lives in this house, ir the library, and in the qu;et gaiuen where he wished his body to lie.” She said that after her husband’s death the family found a memor anda which suggested that they waive their lifetime claim to the estate. "He thought we would be happy if we did not iry to live here,” Mrs. See TRUMAN on Page Two DRAFF “HOLIDAY” SWEEPING HOUSE Vinson Amendment Would Prohibit Inductions Until Oct. 15 WASHINGTON, April 12.—(£>)— A strong tide of sentiment for a draft “holiday” swept through the House Friday as it began debate on legislation extending the Se lective Service law beyond May 15. It was whipped up by members of the Military committee and by Chairman Vinson (D-Ga) of the Naval committee. Enthusiastic reception by the membership in dicated strong support Saturday when the actual voting begins. Would Raise Age Sharing popularity with Vinson’s amendment to extend the draft law until Feb. 15, 1947, but to prohibit inductions before Oct. 15, 1946, was a proposal by Chairman May (D Ky) of the Military committee to raise the minimum draft age from 18 to 20. Vinson’s idea is to give voluntary enlistments a trial. As it came to the floor of the House with Military committee approval, the measure calls for a straight nine - months extension, With a service liability of 18 months. A ban against induction of fathers and a ceiling on the strength of the armed forces. Pay Raise Plan Tied in with that, but in a sepa rate measure, is a House commit tee proposal to raise the pay of privates from $50 to $75 a month and give boosts, proportionately smaller as rank increases, to all grades up to colonel. The pay bill is proposed to spur voluntary en listment. On the Senate side of the capitol, the Military committee Thursday reported out a measure for the full year’s draft extension urged by the administration, with limitations similar to those which the House committee approved. Senate Bill Along with the draft extension, the Senate group passed out for consideration on the floor a whole armload of pay raise plans, rang ing from a raise for enlisted men only—$15 a month for privates down to $2 for top sergeants— through an extra $50 a month for everybody serving overseas, to a straight 20 percent increase for all officers and men. With such divergences between the Houses, the guessing in the corridors was that the final version will be written in a Senate-House conference after each branch has passed its own bill. NEWMAN APPOINTS LANEY TREASURER OF HOSPITAL FUND Emsley A. Laney, president of the Morris Plan bank, has been appointed treasurer of the Holy Family hospital fund campaign, Harris Newman, campaign chairman, announced yesterday. Newman also disclosed that the drive, originally scheduled to start April 15, has been put forward to April 22. The reason for the one-week delay, he said, is to give a little more time to perfecting the campaign plans. RUSSIANS WILL DEMAND UNO SANCTIONS AGAINST SPAIN IN SUPPORT OF POLAND; C fd OPERA TORS FEAR LEWIS PROPOSAL _O &_ __ Miners’i/i Seeking Plan For Welfare Firm Positions Of Each Group Slow Chances Of Settlement NO PROGRESS MADE Schwellenbach Seeks Plan To Bring Disputants Together WASHINGTON, April 12. — (UP)—Soft coal operators were revealed Friday night to have informed Secretary of Labor Lewis B. Schwellen back that they fear the grant ing of a tonnage assessment to the United' Mine Workers for a health and welfare fund would establish a precedent which other unions might attempt to follow. But UMW President John L. Lewis has told Schwellenbach, it was reported, that the health and welfare fund must be provided by the operators on a tonnage basis if the present contract deadlock is to be broken. Lewis is demanding that 10 cents a ton coal mined to be paid by the operators into a union administer ed fund for hospitalization and oth See MINERS on Page Two DOCTORS SEEKING HOSPITAL MERGER Consolidation 0 f Baker Sanatorium And Thomp son Memorial Asked LUMBERTON, April 12.—Dr. W. S. Rankin of Charlotte, director of Duke Endowment, and Dr. H. H. Bradshaw, head of the department of surgery of Bowman Gray School of Medicine, heartily recommend ed consolidation of Baker Sanator ium and Thompson Memorial Hos pital—Robeson County’s only hos pitals — in addresses before the Robeson County Medical Society at a dinner meeting at Lorraine Hotel attended also by the boards of trustees and representatives of the auxiliaries of the two institu tions. No action on the proposed mer ger was taken at the meeting, though it was announced that a majority of the trustees of both hospitals favor such consolidation. Advantages Listed The advantages, economic and professional, were pointed out Dy the visiting physicians, Dr. Ran kin told of provisions in the Hill Burton Senate Bill 91, which has already passed the Senate and is now before the House. A goal of 225-250 beds would be possible with a consolidated hospital, he said, as compared with the 155, or 2 per 1, 000 population, now at the two in stitutions, with a record of aver age daily occupancy of 80 per cent. One well-equipped hospital would attract the best-trained men, said Dr. Bradshaw. There could be at least 5 internes, 3 resident physi cians, outpatient service, depart mentalized medicine based on co-. operation rather than competition as at present. Dr. Murray Kinlaw of Pembroke, president of the society, presided. Dr. T. H. Mees, resident at Baker Sanatorium, and Dr. Fred Ford of Maxton were approved as new member of the Medical Society. Wilmington To Lose Outstanding Minister Dr. Sankey Lee Blanton, pastor of the First Baptist church, will leave Wilmington next fall to become Dean of the School of Religion at Wake Forest College.—STAR STAFF PHOTO BY PETE KNIGHT. GOVERNOR CHERRY IN HEALTH PLEAS Executive Advocates Life Of Better Things For More People CHAPEL HILL, April 12.—(/Pi Advocating a future of “more and better things for more people” in North Carolina, Governor R. Gregg Cherry Friday night called for more attention to “the health and physical fitness’ of this generation. To assure progress, he said in a speech prepared for delivery at a dinner for delegates and guests attending the final exercises in the University of North Carolina’s sesquicentennial celebration, “we must join forces and work to the end that North Carolinians live fuller lives, make more money, have more of the things of life, get ahead, and do more and see j more.” Shares Program j I Cherry shared the program with John Walker, chief curator of the National Art Gallery, Washington, who talked on American painting. More than 350 delegates from col leges, universities, learned socie ties, foundations, and from several foreign countries, attended the ban quet. j Declaring that “our young people are our number one asset,’’ the Governor said that by solving the matter of better health and phy sical fitness for young people “we See CHERRY on Page Two MAY SCRAP PLEDGE Separate Treaties Will Be Next Step WILMINGTON CENSUS COUNT MAY BE READY BY WEDNESDAY NEXT The census takers have finish ed knocking on Wilmington’s doors. It is possible, however, that there are still a few people in the city who have not been enumerated. If anyone falls into this clas sification, he is asked to clip out the form on page eight in today’s paper, fill it in, and send it to the census office immediately. BOSTON BUILDING PREY TO FIREBUG BOSTON, April 12—(U.R)—A fire bug’s torch touched off a fourth Back Bay apartment house blaze bringing death to an elderly wom an, Friday, even as police held one suspect and questioned anoth er in connection with incendiary f res that have killed eight persons. When firemen battered their way See BOSTON on Page Two WASHINGTON, April 12—(U.R) — The United Nations may be forced to scrap their wartime pledge and conclude separate peace treaties with Italy, Finland and Germany’s Balkan satellites if they are unable to agree on a mutual pact at the forthcoming Paris conference, it was revealed Friday night on the highest authority. At the same time, it was ■ re vealed that the conference almost certainly would have to be post poned beyond the May 1 deadline fixed by the United States, Russia and Britain at Moscow last year, because of differing treaty views held by the major powers. Split Possible The possibility that the victo rious Allied powers might split over the secondary treaties with Ger many’s satellit.es was raised by a highly-placed informant. He said that if no accord were reached at the preliminary Big Four meeting which opens in Paris on April 25, the Allies might be forced to nego tiate separately or in blocs with Italy, Finland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. The latter course, for example, would mean that if the United States and Britain agreed on a ' treaty with Italy they could con- , elude that pact. But Italy still would have to work out separate treaties with the other United Na- 1 tions which did not join in the . Anglo-American agreement. At Conference A second alternative would be to submit disagreements among the ] See SCRAP on Page Two i Moscow Pointing World Against Franco Regime Three Power Talks Reported To Be Held Soon Against Spain; End For Franco Rule Is Forecast NEW YORK, April 12.— (UP)—Russia will demand that the United Nations Security Council apply the UN charter against Spain when it considers next week the Polish charge that the regime of Generalissimo Francisco menaces world peace, it was indicated Friday. First positive news of Russia’s stand—known to he strongly anti-Franco—came in a Moscow radio broadest, CAROLINA BERRY MARKETS ACTIVE Removal Of OPA Ceilings Yesterday Brings Price Increases Removal of ceiling prices on strawberries brought an immediate hike in prices on southeastern North Carolnia markets with in creases running over $4 in some instances above the previous ceil ing of $10.56 per crate. Effective yesterday, the price removal, approved by the OPA and the Department of Agriculture and oked by Economic Stabilizer Chester Bowles, was immediately reflected in markets contacted by the Star last night in prices, said to be the highest in many years. Roundup A roundup of the strawberry section shows: In Burgaw: T. P. Parker report ed an estimated 500 crates sold yesterday, most of them at a top of $15.25. In Tabor City: Ben Nesmith, cashier of the Waccamaw Bank and Trust company, reported the sale yesterday of 150 crates at comparitively increased prices. Four hundred crates have been sold to date, he said. In Wallace: Joseph H. Bryant, prominent warehouseman, report ed that prices had average $13 to $14 with 416 crates being sold. Other quarters reported a few off erings bought at higher; prices but John Winfield, market newsman for the State Agriculture depart ment, gave figures agreeing with Bryant’s in describing the general market picture. In Chadbourn: Chief of Police J. M. Ezzell set the high price paid on the market at $14.60 with ap proximately 300 crates being sold. Overall Picture The overall picture as reported by the Associated Press, indicates See STRAWBERRIES on Page Two The Weather FORECAST North Carolina and South Carolina *— Saturday and Sunday fair and warmer. (Eastern Standard Time) (By U. S. Weather Bureau) Meteorological data for the 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. yesterday. Temperatures 1:30 a.m. 60; 7:30 a.m. 44; 1:30 p.m. 50; 7:30 p.m. 48 Maximum 54; Minimum 43; Mean 48; Normal 61. Humidity 1:30 am. 89; 7:30 93; 1:30 p.m. 72; 7:30 p.m. 69. Precipitation Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. 0.04 inch. Total since the first of the month 1.07 inches. Tides for Today (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey). Hi*h Low Wilmington - 7:39 a.m. 2:16 a.m. 8:08 p.m. 2:42 p.m.1 Masonboro Inlet _ 5:45 a.m. 11:54 a.m. 6:12 p.m. - p.m. Sunri9e 5:43 a.m.; Sunset 6:42 p.m.; Moonrise 4:15 p.m.: Moonset 4:37 a.m. River Stage at Fayetteville, N. C„ at 8 a.m., Friday, “No report" feet. iicaiw jLrviiuuii, in vviiu.il a com mentator said the time had come to invoke the charter for joint world action against the Spanish regime. Implicitly answering the United States-British position that the situation is one for Spaniards to work out, Moscow said that the “Fascist policies” of Franco “are certainly such that they can not be considered a purely domestic af fair.” Official Policy The Moscow radio is regarded as authoritative and London dis patches took it for granted Fri day’s broadcast reflected official policy. There were indications that Great Britain might try to head off any Security Council action against Franco by proposing a United States-British-French discussion ol the entire situation. If Britain went through with such a move she and the United States, while agreeing to a ful] duscussion of the Spanish situa. tion by the Security Council nexl week, might seek to delay actoin. • Ti, ,te dePartment spokesman m Washington said nothing wai known there of any proposal foi a three-power talk. The London reports, however, indicated thal while Britain had not yet mad. 'hft „frT? *he might be th. point of doing bo. Corespondent* fa London, «jis. See MOSCO’,. on Page Two USO CLUB PUNS FRIDAY SERVICES Demand 0 f Servicemen Makes Full 24-Hour Day Necessary At Present to necessity and demand, the Second and Orange USO olub will remain open 24 hours on Fri rlY i „ Saturday, Director Charles E. Robertson »aid yester days • 'P?® <m® °f the last existing m tne city, went on a 15-hour-day Saturday™"* d8y "■“* ( Open Friday “With the demand of the hut number of servicemen coming into town now, the operating committee has deemed it necessary to open the club on Friday, holding the same hours as are practiced Sat urdays,” the director said. He said that 75 of the elub*» 100 loots, used for servicemen, eould have been used last Friday, and indicated this club facility will be available to the visitors. Closes June 16 USO workers will close the rtub officially June 16, as announced at a meeting with national, region al and local representatives last month. Director Robertson said he had not had definite announcement as to what steps, if any, the city is planning to take regarding the fu ture of the club. The club’s operating committee last month voted to ask the city government to take over the opera tion of the club, after USO move* out. And So To Bed Joe Jarrot tells us this one: Yesterday a man started to walk out of a local store with a package under his arm. “Hey,” said the proprietor, “how about a kiss?” “Are you speaking to me?” asked the man. "I am. How about a hiss, chum?” “Say, what’s the big idea?” said the man, his face, redden ing with anger and embarrass ment. “You haven’t paid me for that package,” answered the proprietor, “and I’d like to have some way of remember ing the transaction.’' y There May Be Light Coat Of Frost On Lawns Today By LARRY HIRSCH Now that you’ve got your morn ing paper ®ff the front porch and the sleep rubbed out of your eyes, you might look out the window for something you haven’t seen for some time—a light spring frost. If it is there, you might now take a look at your outdoor thermo meter. Does it register above freez ing? It does? Confusion Reigns Now you are as confused as we were before we.had a frost talk with Paul Hess, head of the Weath er bureau here. i Yesterday afternoon, you see, Hess said that there might be a light spring frost this morning, provided that the skies cleared and the wind died off to less than a whisper. He also said that the tempera ture might hover around the 40 degree mark. Six-Bit Question “Look here, Mr. Hess,’- we said. “How is it possible for xhe vapor in the air to freeze when the tem perature doesn’t go down to 32 de grees? Or is frost not kin to ice and snow?” See FROST on Page Two l ; Along The Cape Fear MARRIAGE MIRAGE— If the GailuprPolI man ever comes to our house and asks us whether we are pro or con on the subject of love, we’re going to make him chalk a big X in the pro column. And if he should go further and ask us whether we believe that love should be followed up by a trip to the preacher, we shall point out to him the well-beaten paths to the preachers’ house and the churches in Wilmington. We hope, though, that the Gal lup-Poll man doesn’t pay us a visit right soon. Because if he does, he might be led to believe that marriage hereabouts is merely a mirage. * * * DELICATE CARGO—Sad to say, folks, but the S. S. Holy Matri mony has struck a snag along the Cape Fear. And not even love’s highest tide, swollen by floods of lovers’ tears, has been able to un snae it yet. It is, in sooth, a terrible situa tion. The ship, you see, carries a very delicate cargo—prospective brides. They jam the vessel from stem to stern. They huddle in the holds, swarm on the sun-deck, flock over the forecastle—and five are crowded together in the crows nest hatching escape plots. And there’s only one possible escape for them. We must throw them a life-saver. But not the conventional kind. No. The only life-saver that will get them off the grounded vessel is a bridal gown, complete with lace and orange blossoms. * * * BRIDAL GOWN BRUSHOFF — That’s right, folks. The S. S. Holy Matrimony, like the S. S. Meat Larder and the S. S. Sugar Bowl, is stuck on the snag of shortages. There just aren’t any bridal gowns in Wilmington. See CAPE FEAR on Page Two Easter Flower Supplies | Ample, Dealers Indicate Wilmington flower shops t ’1 1 carry ample stocks for the Easter | trade but candy counters will offer shoppers a limited choice, it was revealed yesterday in a survey of local store stocks. Florists expect the best floral Easter since the war. Sugar shortages continue to re strict candy output. 5 Questioned about holiday specialties, city flower dealers said that outside shipments and shop greenhouses would meet the Seasonal demand with a wide variety of corsages, cut and pot ted blooms. a Orchids, roses, carnations, and gardenias will be featured in cor sages. For bouquets and table decora tion the shops offer plenty of cut gladiolas, lillies, snap-dragons, tu lips, iris, gerbera, sweetpeas, and forget-me-nots. Potted plants include Easter lilies, hydranger cineraria, ger aniums, and azelia. Combinations of these flowers have also been prepared. No such bounty exists in the sweets department, however. See FLOWER on Page Two MIBONE’S meditation __ By Alley MEN Don' Yfu'K* F'OM Sun to son no MoL, tow hit's «jes/ f'oni SmiK£ TO 5TAlK£jt (Released by The Syn dicate. Inc.) Trade Mark Baa. V a Amu nan.