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^aLn;rr«rde“ V^H *UUi liU 4W4 VOL. 79.—NO. 187.__ WILMINGTON, N. C., MONDAY, MAY 20, 1946. ESTABLISHED 1867 Senators May Get Together On Curb Bill Some Hopes Of Compromis ing Differences Now Seen HOT DEBATE LOOMS Foes Of Restrictive Labor Legislation May Yield Some Points WASHINGTON, May 19— (P — Some hopes of compromising -wide spread Senate differences over new curbs for labor were raised Sun day in the face of prospects for another week or more of debate. Senators fighting what they term restrictive legislation were report ed to have been feeling out the chances of reaching an agreement —and a vote—by yielding some ground. An informant, asking anonymity, said members of this group had intimated they would not object to amendments outlawing secon dary boycotts and eliminating fore men from coverage of the Wagner act if this would head off other proposed changes. He said he saw scant c i^nce, however, that a com promise could be reached. The Labor committee’s bill, for which Chairman Murray (D~Mont) and Senator Pepper (D-Fla) have been leading the fight, would estab lish a Federal conciliation and mediation service under an inde pendent board. Its only other major provision is a ban against unions’ interfering with farmers deliver ing perishable produce to market. Stronger controls quickly were proposed,' however, when the soft coal strike suddenly gave labor legislation new impetus. They have stirred heated debate. Critics of the committee already have charged its friends with fili bustering. But Senator Tunnell (D-Del), a defender of the measure, told re porters that he looked for voting to begin before the week’s end. He also said he would not engage in any filibuster and that- he look ed for the bill to be amended "rather drastically.’’ 17 PEOPLE SAVED IN SHIP COLLISION Four Boats Involved In Marine Wreck Off Jersey Coast NEW YORK, May 19—(/P)—Sev enteen persons were rescued from life boats and the crew of one ves sel was transferred to another aft er two collisions involving four ships oft the New Jersey coast in fog early Sunday, the Coast Guard reported. The four vessels were reported enroute to New York, one under tow and another with a rescue ship alongside, after a PBY search plane, a helicopter and other Coast Guard and Navy craft had been sent to the scene. Lieut. Comdr. R. M. Munroe, dis trict public relations director for the Coast Guard Rescue Control Center, said information received so far indicated no lives were lost. The first collision, about six miles off Earnegat light, involved the 7,000-ton Abranam Baldwin of the Mississippi Steamship company and the 8,000-ton Santa Olivia of See COLLISION on Page Two MBONE’S MEDITATORS By Alley ?Ah$om wuz. LAmEAsT/m’ p)£M SAV'VAf NIGHT RounPelHS YiST.DPY. in 1 MOS' SHOUl £P ''4-MEN" Ti-v/EU. I NoT/dE HIM LOOK/Af* STRAIGHT at me/ •Released by The Bell 8yn *“**«• loc ) Trade Mark ft®*- 9. 8. P«t- pdcfc) _ i ‘T-2o-*U>\ Career’s End BOOTH TARKINGTON DIES IN INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS, 13—UP) —Booth Tarkington, 76, twice winner of the Pulitzer prize for literature, died Sunday night in his Indianapolis home two months after declining health had confined him to his bed. The author of “Seventeen,” “Penrod and Sam,” Wanton Mally” and other novels and plays had been nearly blind for several years but he had been dictating a new novel in his last days and it was near ing completion. The book had not been named but concerned the peopie of a typical Ameri can city. A nephew, Donald Jameson, said Tarkington died at 8 p. m., (central daylight time) and the direct cause of death had not been determined. The funeral will be at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday in the Tarking ton home where he spent the winters. He had a summer home in Kenmebunkport, Maine. Tarkington was a sparkling figure in the Indiana golden literary era which also produc ed James Whitcomb Hiley and George Ade. Only Meredith Nicholson remains. Tarkington first won the Pulitzer prize for literature in ^ 1919 with the novel, “The Ma fg)r nificent Ambersons.” W' ^ ^ “Alice Adams’’ appeared ' A>' years later he receive V V award again. ^ His first published • See TARKINGTON on -5? Booth Tarkington MERGER PLAN HIT Congress To Veto Army-Navy Plans Senate And House Chairmen Of Commit tees Say Solons Will Oppose Single Defense Department WASHINGTON, May 19. — (/P) — Chairmen of the powerful Senate and House Navy committees stepped squarely into the Army-Navy merger argument Sunday with a blunt statement that “Congress will not approve' a single department plan. ^ , In a carefully-drafted six-page letter to secretary ot the Navy James V. Forrestal, Senator Walsh (P.-Mass.) and Representative Vinson (JJ. - Ga.), advised Forestal against entering “any compromise” with Secretary of War Robert P. Pat terson in conflict with their views. Follows Senate Action President Truman recently di rected his War and Navy cabinet members to iron out their de ferences over unification of the armed forces. This action came after the Senate Military com mittee recommended Senate pas sage of a bill that would abolish the present War and Navy de partments and set UP a single new department with land, sea and air branches. Forrestal and all other Navy leaders have continued to blast at the plan during recent hearings by the Senate Naval Affairs com mittee. “Would Not Approve After listing in great detail ei|ht “major defects" of this bill, the congressional Navy leaders told Secretary Forrestal at three places in their joint statement that Con gress would not approve. “We believe the bill (merger) accentuates the differences be tween the services,” the letter said. “Its enactment would not heal the breach which now exists. Instead it would widen the breach since Naval officers are firmly convinced, as a result of their re cent war experiences, that Naval aviation and amphibious operations played a great part in winning the war. They are also convinced that in the forseeable future Naval aviation and amphibious forces will play a major role in prevent ing any potential enemy from bringing war to our shores.” Other Methods Conceding that “some weakness in our defense organization wert revealed during the war,” Walsh and Vinson said these could “be corrected without completely dis organizing the defense structure which was so successful in bringing See MERGER On Page Two ! The Weather FORECAST North Carolina: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms Monday with little change in temperatures. South Carolina: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms Monday, little change in temperature. (Eastern Standard Time) (By U. S. Weather Bureau) Meteorological data for the 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. yesterday. Temperatures 1:30a 71: 7:30a 70; l:30p 82; 7:30p 76. Maximum 83; Minimum 66; Mean —; Normal 54. Humidity 1:30a 90; 7:30a 83; l:30p 53; 7:30p 66. Precipitation Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. 0.00 inch. Total since the first of the month 3.04 inches. Tides for Today (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey). High Low Wilmington _ 12:33a 7:57a 12:44p 7:41p Masonboro Inlet_ 10:11a 4:29a 10:39p 4:16p Sunrise 5:07a; Sunset 7:10p; Moonrise ll;20p; Moonset 8:24a. FREAK ACCIDENT FATAL TO YOUTH Accidentally Dropped Pis tol Ricochets Death Marked Bullet NORFOLK, Va., May 19—(£•)—A nine-year-old boy, struck in the face by a ricocheting bullet, was shot a second time and killed Sun day when a gun accidentally dis charged after it was dropped by a man who rushed to aid the wcund ed lad, a Norfolk county officer said. Norfolk County Officer R. L. Rowe said a charge of manslaught er had been filed againsed C. M. See ACCIDENT on Page Two FACILITIES LOW Colleges Will Be Unable To Accommodate Student^ WASHINGTON, May l9-—< Reconversion Director John W. Sli der reported Sunday night that 2, 080.000, including 970,000 veterans, will want to go to college next fall but that only 1,000,000, including 69,000 veterans, can be accommo dated. The report noted acute shortages not only of housing but of facilities, books, and teachers. It urged President Truman to appoint a “national commission on higher education” to work during the summer on these and other problems and report "in time for their consideration by the adminis tration and the next Congress. Meanwhile it proposed a number of steps to be taken by the institu tions themselves incuding. Raising teachers’ salaries "to competitive levels.’ Making “more effectife use of their present campus facilities.” In this connection Snyder noted that during the war "such facili ties as dining halls and gymnasiums were used in shifts. Laboratories, classrooms and libraries were used for longer hours than in peace time And afternoons, evenings, and Sundays were employed for class room work. See FACILITIES on Page Two GO VERNMENT RENEWS EFFOR T TO SETTLE MINERS’ ROW AS STRIKE SCENE EASES; %L SCHEDULES TO BE RESUMED TODAY A _ iailroad Men Here Expect Accord Soon Five-Hour “Interim” Strike Disrupted Runs Sat urday Night WORK AT SHUTDOWN Road President Appeals To Railroaders To “Heed Truman Plea” Passenger train schedules on Atlantic Coast Line rail road runs will be back to normal today, George L. Cain, assistant to the company’s president, said last night. Schedules remained disrupt ed last night, however following a five-hour shutdown Saturday, when all members of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, and the Brotherhood of Railway Engineers went on an “interim” strike. AU Quiet “All is quite along the lines to day, but it wiU require several hours to get schedules back to normal,” the executive said. Transportation in the Wilmington yards was at a shutdown stage Saturday for nearly six hours, and all up and down the some 5,500 miles of the company’s track, a similar situation was reported. This despite the fact that the operating brotherhoods had agreed earlier that the strike, originally set for May 18 at 4 o’clock, had been called off until May 28. Hope for Agreement Local officials have expressed the hope that the five-day post ponement of the nationwide strike, will result in a workable agree ment between the union officials and the railroads. C. McD. Davis, ACL president, last Friday appealed to the rail road men to “heed President Tru man’s plea,” to keep the trains roll ing. Although local officials of Sea board Air Line railway could not be reached last night, unofficial sources said passenger and freight service was “working again,” and See RAILROAD on Page Two YOSHIDA CABINET EFFORTS FUTILE Premier-Designate Of Ja pan To Abandon Attempt At Government TOKYO, May 19—(A3)—Collapse of Premier-designate Shigeru Yo shida’s efforts to form a conserva tive coalition government was re ported Sunday night after a mam moth but mild-mannered mob mill ed for hours around Emperor Hirohito’s palace, demanding more food and a “Democratic Front” regime. The Jiji news agency said flatly that Yoshida had abandoned his four-day struggle to build a new See YOSHIDA on Page Two They Give Wayfarers Rest GOOD SAMARITANS Welcome Mat Always Out At Parish House Father, Mother Halleck Of St. John’s Church Befriend Hundreds Of Young People Each Week: Work Goes Along LARGE-SCALE WAR ! LOOMING IN CHINA Truce Teams Work Urgent ly To Halt Or Minimize New Clashes NANKING May 19—(JP)—Chi nese government and Communist sources reported Sunday night that fighting ir the North China prov inces of Shangtung, Hopeh and Jehol was merging gradually into a large-scale general conflict. Truce headquarters and field teams with American members were working urgently to try to halt or minimize the clashes. i. government central news agency dispatch said a supple mental agreement had been reach ed in Shangtung, giving hopes that the government could save Tsirn.n. Communist-threatened provincial capital, but its effectiveness was still to be determined. Another form of agreement be tween the bitter antagonists was reported by the Chinese National Relief and Rehabilitation adminis tration, which said the Communists had promised to help repair the Yellow river dikes. This project, under way for some months, is intended to restore to hungry China vast wheat lands which were flooded when the river was diverted in 1938 to try to halt th Japanese. Along The Cape Fear SECRET MISSION — We have been away on a secret mission. Right after our story about Cap tain Harper’s “Steamer Wilming ton” appeared, we heard that the captain once had another vessel. The fact that he did have more than one ship isn’t what intrigued us, however. It would have sur prised us if a salt of Captain Har per’s stature didn’t have more than one boat. No, folks. What sent us off on the mission was a story told to us about the good ship’s fate. * * * SHOUTS AND ALARUMS—Some where around the turn of the cen tury (the' story goes) this ship was docked at Southport. Late one night—we haven’t been able to discover the date—the South Port ers were roused from their beds by the shouting of sailors and the ringing of alarums (as alarms were called in those days). The ship had caught afire at the dock and melted the bottoms out of a number of gasoline cans stacked on the wharf. The gasoline ran out, spilled into the Cape Fear river, and also caught afire. * * * WRECK OF THE BLANK — It was a super-spectacle, the story goes. The ship, flaming from stem to stern, broke away from her moorings and sailed majestically through that river of fire out to sea. Now, the reason we went on the secret mission was to find out all the details of the story—the date it happened, the name of the ship, and so on. From the little we do know about it, it must have been one of the most tremendous and yet most beautiful marine disasters ever to occur along the Cape Fear. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Wreck of the Hesperus” has had top billing long enough. It’s high time Captain Harper’s "The Wreck of the Blank” was given a chance at page one in the anthol ogy By PHIL WRIGHT The welcome mat is always out to the wayfarer at the residence of “Father” and “Mother” Halleck, and the parish house of St, John’s Episcopal church. "Father” Halleck is the Rev. E. W. Halleck, rector of St. Johns, and “Mother” Halleck is his kindly and hospitable wife. The “welcome mat” is out usually through the generosity of the rector and his wife, and the benevolence of the parishoners. Twenty Years The rector and his wife cele brated their 20th anniversary as master of St. Johns, last October, and during their stay in Wilming ton the couple has found fulness through lending their aid to fellow men who are down and often out. People who know them and are familiar with their acts of kindness and benevolence in Wilmington, will tell that few are the needy to i be turned away from their doors, whether the need is spiritual or material. Helping Others Through the cold of winter and the heat of summer, the couple is ever on the alert for a chance to help someone in need. Through channels of local charities or by tips from other friends, but usual ly by their own personal contact, they find a needy soul and lend a helping hand. During the five years of war li terally thousands of servicemen and women, some of them just homesick, have found comfort and peace at the portals of St. Johns parish house. Thousands others have been billeted ,and sent on their way through the kind acts See WELCOME on Page Two Truman Expected To Call New Parley Of Principals Two Weeks Truce In Coal Strike To End Saturday; President May Make Proposal To End Stoppage WASHINGTON, May 19. —(/P)—With the strike pic ture eased by the breathing spell in the railroad crisis, the government this week will renew efforts to settle the soft coal controversy. A two-week truce under which many of the nation’s coal mines resumed operations, ends next Saturday. President Truman, when he returns from his. week DELAY EXPECTED IN APPOINTMENT Truman Probably To Name Man From West To Succeed Stone WASHINGTON, May 19.—m— Presided Truman reportedly is looking around for a vigorous or ganizer, preferably from west of the Mississippi river, for chief justice and may delay a court ap pointment for some time until he finds one. Memoers of Congress who have been keeping in touch with the situation said the selection of a successoi to the late Chief Justice Harlan f\ Stone has been pushed to the back ol the President’s mind by the current strike crisis. Needs “Healer” But there is evidence that Mr. Truman has been going over a list of possiDly a dozen appointees carefully looking for a man he be lieves might be able to heal what has come to be regarded generally as not onx;- a legalistic but a per sonal split among the eight sitting justices. Unless the indications are all wrong, these members of Congress think that Mr. Truman will go out side the court for the chief justice. See DELAY on Page Two PHYSICIANS WARN OF DANGER LINES Streptomycin May Increase, Not Decrease Deaths From Infection WASHINGTON. May 19—MV-A danger area in which the new drug streptomycin increases rather than decreases deaths from infection was reported today by U. S. Food and Drug administration research ers. Penicillin, another war-born drug, may also have this effect, the re port added on the basis of prelimi nary studies. Tested on Mice Carrying out tests on more than 2,000 mice, the scientists found the amount of streptomycin used determined whether the drug kill ed or cured. Disease-fighting con centrations lie relatively close to those that stimulate disease. So far, this theory has not been tried out on humans, but Dr. Henry Welch and his co-workers in the division of penicillin control and immunology, declare it is “entirely logical” that “improper dosage See DANGER on Page Two _ TRY YOUR LUCK? There’s Almost Nothing To Shrimping—Not Much By MEARES HARRISS Yep. there s almost nothing to it—just get a boat and a net and a couple of fellows to help you and go out acu. catch 20 bushels of shrimp, that's about 1,000 pounds, and at tilt present wholesale price of 55 cents per pound headed, you've trade yourself a neat $550 Wait 2 minute before you start putting on your fishing clothes I said ‘here was almost nothing to it. There is the matter of the boat that, with equipment, is an item of around $6,000. Fishing Know How Then there's the fishing know how sained by years of experience in actual fishing operations; the loss of equipment; paying your helpers . . . most fishermen work on the share system: operating expense . . . gas, boat repair and maintenance; and last but not leasr. the fact that you may spend iong hour- of trawling and come in like we dici yesterday morning with a total oi 14 pounds of mixed shrimp and squid and a few fish to show fo’- our effort*. Incidental ly the squid which are good bait, bring the same price as shrimp. When I say we, I mean Ed Clem See SHRIMPING on Page Ten end trip to Missouri Monday aft ernoon, is expected to arrange an other conference with John L. Lewis, United Mine Workers’ presi dent and Charles O'Neill, opera tors’ spokesman, to discuss the deadlocked contract negotiations. Asked To Stand By The President last Friday asked Lewis and 0 Neill to stand by de spite their rejection of his plan for arbitratnig the two-month old dis pute. Lewis’ demand for a seven per cent oayroll cbaige against the operator* to create a union health ai.d welfare fund still is the major stumbling block. Mr Truman, represented by per sons eiose to the situation as favor ing some form of inuustry-support ed fund, independently administer ed, maj make a proposal this week to end the strike in the opinion of some observers. Expect Seizure Most operators and union prin cipals believe the government will seize the mines about mid-week, and that- the administration then will be required to arbitrate the contract with Lewis. In that event, some form cf health and welfare fund is, considered likely, since the operator? themselves are willing to cons’der an independently-ad mmistereo jointly-financed fund for unusua: hardship cases. -n the various mine union dis tricts it was reported that Lewis was calling his 250-man policy committee back to Washington Wednesday, but the union head quarters here would not confirm Assembling of the committee us uall. presages some major develop ment in negotiations. Any agree ment to keep the miners working under government operation after e pi* sent two-weeif truce ends would have to be ratified by (his committee it wa? pointed out. PRESIDENT FLIES TO GREET MOTHER Truman Takes Advantage Of Uneasy Strike Truce To Make Trip KANSAS CITY, May 19_(yP) _ President Truman took advantage 1 an uneasy truce in the coal labor Crisjs fiy here Sunday to visit his aged mother and make a brief speech Monday at William Jewel] college. * Mrs. Martha Truman. 93-year-old mother of the President, who re cently wa. abed for a few days with a cold, was among the group of relatives who met the President a' Grcndview airport. The landing field was closed to the public and only members of tho President’s immediate family, airport attendants, and secret ser vice men were present when the plane landed. When the "residential party took See TRUMAN on Page Two And So To Bed With summer coming in, a lo cal man bought himself a new straw hat. He was proud of it and wore it everywhere he went. One night last week he wore it when he went to dine at a local restaurant. It was only after he returned home late that night that he realized he had left the hat hanging on a hook in the res taurant. After a sleepless night he phoned the restaurant early the next morning. “Yeah,” said the restaurant owner, “your hat is still hang ing on the hook where you left” it. Nobody has even touched it.” Now everywhere the man goes the hat hangs in the closet.