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VCI179-~NO- 19°- ~ WILMINGTON, N. C., THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1946 ' ESTABLISHED 1867 Aftermath Of Army Plane*s Death Plunge A fireman secures the shattered tail of the Army plane which crashed into the 58th story of the 10-storv Bank of Manhattan building, in Wall St.. New York, killing its five occupants. The tail structure fell to the 11th floor ledge when the terrific force of the collision tore the transport plane apart. (International) POINT TO FUTURE Propellor Club Hears Admiral At Meeting Assistant Chief Of Naval Personnel Tells Group America Must Keep Strong Merchant Marine “With victory ■won, we must look to the future,” Rear Admiral Felix Leslie Johnson, USN, assistant chief of Naval personnel said, as he addressed about 75 members and euests of the Propellor Club of the United States, Port of Wilmington, at a banquet at the Cape Fear Country club last night in celebration ol nation al Maritime Day. Admiral Johnson was introduced io the gathering by Col. John Bright Hill, district collector of customs and fraternity brother of the high rank Naval officer. •‘Look To Future” Speaking briefly but to the point on the Merchant Marine training program set up by the U. S. Maritime commission, Admiral Johnson said: "With victory won, we must look to the future. We must maintain a strong merchant fleet—the finest and fastest in the world.” "There is no question of our being able to turn out the very fi test of ship construction as we did during the war. And there is no question of our being able to turn out the finest of merchant seamen as we also did during the war. Postwar Fleet “America may look forward to a postwar merchant fleet of 12, 003.000 tons—manned by 15,000 of ficers and 93,000 men.” Admiral Johnson then touched on the three training groups—the UT S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps, the State Merchant Marine Aca demies, and the Maritime Service. “These training schools,” he ta d. “have turned out 270,000 of fcers and men since the train ing program began.” He then en tered into a short detailed discus S! ;:l of the technical aspects of the program. ’With the mutual respect and fri: cooperation which exists be Te:n the Navy and the Merchant ^orme," he concluded, “America’s position in the post-war maritime See MARINE on Page Two "'"BONE’S MEDITATIONS By Alley Tom, 5 AY h£ HOMTim' Fuh A Job WH«jT iALL fdH BRAlM'WU’K '-CM I MOT/C£S SPEMDiN' COH5\V'A$l-Z t/me up at pat 'Aft OM-gMPLoYM!AJT OFFICE (Released by The Bell 8yn dicate. Inc.) Trade Mark Reg. u g. p.t Office) The Weather FORECAST North Carolina and South Carolina: Thursday partly cloudy and rather warm. (Eastern Standard Time) (By U. S. Weather Bureau) Meteorological data for the 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m., yesterday. TEMPERATURE 1:30 am, 67; 7:30 am, 66; 1:30 pm, 74; 7:30 pm, 70. Maximum 75; Minimum 65; Mean 70; Normal 72. HUMIDITY 1:30 am, 91; 7:30 am, 77; 1:30 pm, 50; 7:30 pm, 64. PRECIPITATION Total for the 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m., 0.17 inches. Total since the first of the month, 3.21 inches. TIDES FOR TODAY (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey) High Low Wilmington -2:53a 10:19a 3:15p l0:32p Masonboro Inlet _12:18a 6:54a 12:49p 6:57p Sunrise, 5:05a: Sunset 7:I2p; Moonrise 12:43a, Moonset 11:20a. River Stage at Fayetteville. N. C., at 8 a.m., Wednesday—19.2 feet. COUNCIL REFUSES TO END IRAN CASE Delegates Not Satisfied All Soviet Troops Have Withdrawn NEW YORK, May 22. — UP) — The United Nations Security Coun cil refused to drop the Iranian case Wednesday after hearing Iranian Ambassador Hussein Ala express doubt that all Soviet troops had left the country. Ala. called to the Council table in a move to clarify the confused situation, told the delegates he did not feel that a message received Tuesday night from Premier Ah med Quavam was a “categorical statement” that the withdrawal had been completed. He also declared that he believed Soviet elements continued to inter See COUNCIL On Page Two NUMBER OF IDLE MINERS GROWING Only Conditional Hope That Complete Shutdown May Be Averted WASHINGTON, May 22 — (/P) — With the number of idle soft coal miners growing rapidly despite government seiezure of the pits, Secretary of Interior J. A. Krug could express Thursday night only a conditional “hope” that a com plete shutdown next week would' be averted. Striving for a bargain with John L. Lewis to keep coal flowing, Krug, the government mine boss, said he still had no assurance from the United Mine Workers chieftain that a full-scale work stoppage would not occur. Contract Difficult “It is very possible,” Krug told a news conference, “that the government's position on all the principles (involved in a new con tract) Can be decided before Sat urday night. The execution of a contract within that time would be very difficult. ‘T hope that if an accord on the things that make a contract ap pear certain, the workers can be kept on the job.” See MINERS on Page Two CLINTON HIGH GYM DESTROYED BY FIRE Tobacco State Loop Club Loses Pniforms, Equip ment To Blaze CLINTON. May 22 — Fanned by a strong wind, fire which was said to have started from a hot water heater, this morning totally de stroyed the Clinton High school gymnasium building and back grand stands of the athletic field, home of the Clinton Blues of the Tobacco State league. Discovered at 9:45 o’clock while classes were in progress in the high school less than 100 yards away, the flames spread rapdily but members of the Clinton volun teer fire department were able to prevent any damage to the school building. The firemen experienced considerable difficulty in fighting the fire as hundreds of feet of hose had to be strung from hydrants on College street while the tin roof on the gymnasium building ad ded to the difficulty. H. L. Swain, superintendent of city schools estimated the loss at See CLINTON On Page Two Today and Tomorrow By WALTER LIPPMAN Since the death of Roosevelt j and the fall of Churchill the relatiops of the Big Three have been conducted by their for eign ministers. This has had great consequences. Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt were heads of gov ernments, exerting authority not only over the foreign offices but over all other departments and over the armed forces as well. When the peace-making was reduced to the level of the foreign ministers, the subjects which they could discuss became seriously re stricted. This was bound to hap ! pen. Mr. Bevin, Mr. Molotov and 1 Mr. Byrnes are at best eaual col leagues with, not superiors of, the military chiefs and the political leaders at home. They are unable, therefore, to negotiate with full power, or even to explore thor oughly the real issues in which their governments are most deeply interested. * * * As a result the relations of the great powers are conducted at two levels. One is more or less visible: here we see the series of confer ences which for many months have been working on treaties of peace j with the European satellites of ! See LIPPMANN Page Nine i HOPES OF A VERTING RAIL STRIKE LOW AS UNIONS BALK A T TRUMAN’S TERMS; GROUP CONTINUES BID FOR AIR ROUTE CAB Refuses Application For Permit Wilmington-Charleston To Bermuda Clipper Sche dule Under Issue COOPERATION PLEDGED Airport Authority Here Gets Support Of Clark And Hooey The Wilmington-New Han over Airport authority will continue to support Colonial Airlines' bid to establish a clipper service from Wilming ton and Charleston to Ber muda and the Caribbean de spite the fact that the Civil Aero nautics Board denied Colonial its application for the route yesterday afternoon. “We will go all out in support of Colonial when it files a new ap plication for the route,” Hamilton Hicks, secretary of the authority, said yesterday. To Keep Fighting Immediately after the adverse ruling was handed down, Colonial officials said the airline would keep fighting for the rountine by filing for a new application. Colonial will also have the sup port 61 Congressman J. Bayard Clark and Senator Clyde R. Hoey, of North Carolina, and Senator Olin D. Johnston, of South Caro lina. Congressman Clark, speaking from Fayetteville last night, de plored the CAB’s action yesterdaj "depriving North Carolina of this See AIRLINES On Page Two DECISIONREVERSED IN DAMAGE CHARGE State Supreme Court Re opens Suit Against Diamond Company The State Highway and Public Works commission was given ano ther chance by the State Supreme court in Raleigh yesterday to collect from the Dimond Steam ship Transportation corporation for damage done to Cape Fear river bridge by 1he S. S. Severance, it was learned from an Associated : Press dispatch. The ship rammed the bridge, and the commission sued the company for $9,950, alleging negligence. Now Suited When the case was tried in New Hanover county Superior court last December, Judge Claw son Williams non-suited the action. The Commission then appealed to the Supreme court. In reversing Judge Williams’ ruling, Supreme court associate Justice W. A Devin said: “We think there was competent evi dence to support the plaintiff’s allegations of negligence on the part of the defendant and that the plaintiff was entitled to have its case submitted to the jury under appropriate instructions.” The President Receives An Honorary Degree President of William Jewell college, Dr. Wal ter Pope Binns( right) holds the diploma as Presi dent Harry S. Truman receives an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Maurice Winger (left) vice president of the board of trustees. Later, the President told the graduating class pf the college in Liberty, Mo., that America needed fewer “Monday morning quarterbacks’’ and more workers in the ranks. (International) ADMIRAL RELATES WAR EXPERIENCES Johnson Summarizes Views Of War For Kiwanians Summarizing his impressions of the recent war in the Pacific, gain ed during two months of action be fore and during the Okinawa cam paign, Rear Admiral Felix L. John son, assistant chief of Navy per sonnel, told members of the Ki wanis club yesterday that with such United States ships, such stout-hearted men and such able fliers, the Japs never could have licked our country. Coming to Wilmington to be guest speaker at the Propeller club ob servance of Maritime Day at the Cape Fear Country club last night, Rear Admiral Johnson delighted Kiwanians with a unique address on his experiences in the South Pacific, as featured speaker of the regular weekly luncheon meeting at the Friendly Cafeteria clubroom. Pays Tribute After paying tribute to the men of the Merchant Marine Service for their magnificent contribution to victory in World War II, Rear Admiral Johnson told the service club members of the stirring inci dent which occurred during the months he spent in the Pacific as a part of Task Force 58. He was in command of the cruiser USS Springfield, which sailed with the Fifth fleet under Admiral Marc Mitscher, whom he took occasion to praise as a grand officer and a brave man. Recalling his participation in strikes against Okinawa and Japan, the speaker said that all concerned feared the Jap kamikaze suicide planes, one of which hit the carrier Franklin some 50 miles from Ja pan. Describing this incident as the worst thing he had witnessed dur ing his tour of duty in the Pacific, Rear Admiral Johnson reviewed with pride, the great recovery dash made by that badly crippled ship after being towed for some 20 hours. See ADMIRAL On Page Two Along The Cape F ear SUSPENDED ANIMATION — While we Were having a very hot time deciphering our volumes of phone-notes about the “Shco-Fly Sand-Fiddler” and the "Lily-Lilly Lillie-Sylvan Grove” yesterday, we came across something which froze us to our chair. It so numbed us that we decided the only way to break out of our state of frigid suspended anima tion was to set it down on paper. So we set aside our information on the much-disputed train and steamboat temporarily and pound ed out the following story on our typewriter with frozen fingers. * « * CAPE FEAR FREEZE—Back in 1893 (the story says) the Cape Fear river froze solid all the way to Southport. . Somehow we just can t picture the old Cape Fear in such an inert condition—and for such a cause. It is, in one word, incredible. But that’s what the story says. The ice spread from shore to shore and measured some two to three inches thick. The Cape Fearians, unused to such contraptions as ice skates, bought them in great quan tities and had a great time falling all over one another on the hard surface of the usually soft and ami able Cape Fear. * * * WINTER FREAK — The fish house owners took advantage of the Cape Fear winter freak. When the ice finally broke up they gath ered the drifting chunks and used them to ice the fish they sent to inland cities. It wasn’t just the Cape Fear which froze, however. All the ponds and lakes around Wilmington solidified. And hundreds of birds and water-fowl were laid out stiff and cold as icicles. See CAPE FEAR on Page Two ROTARIANS GATHER 250 At Wrightsville In Annual Meeting Fellowship Banquet Opens Three - Day Conference Of 188th District Of Rotary International An estimated 250 persons last night crowded the din ing room of the Ocean Terrace hotel in Wrightsville Beach for a fellowship banquet which marked the opening of the First Annual conference of the 188th district of Rotary International. DADS INTERESTED IN COMING DERBY Proud Parents Call For Rules, Entry Blanks For Soap Box Races Here Soap Box Derby stock went up several points here yesterday as interest in the forthcoming race for 11 to 15 year-old boys began to soar. During the day scores of boys called at The Star-News of fice, Raney Chevrolet company showrooms and Brigade Boys’ club seeking information on rules for the event. Most of them were furnished with copies of the rifles and an additional supply of printed rules will be available at the Raney showrooms and Boys’ club today. And interest in the great sport ing event to be held in Wilmington during the last week of July and first week of August was not con fined to prospective race drivers for several sport-minded daddies called at The Star-News yesterday and walked out with copies of the rules and entry blanks for their sons. All plan to complete the entry blanks today and forwarded them back to Derby headquarters for official entry. Race representatives addressed See DADS on Page Two The banquet, organized by H. A. Marks, chairman of the Hotel and Banquet committee, was the initial feature of the convention which is to continue through Friday under the auspices of President Tom Lilly’s Wilmington club. Henry Presides Presiding over the long tables was Ozmer Henry of Lumberton, district governor of the 36 clubs represented at the affair. He asked for silence as invoca tions were recited in Hindustani by Ralph Wellens; in Portugese, by Mrs. Carroll Tinsley; in Dutch, by John Nuckton; and in Scots dia lect, by Walter Cartier. In the intervals between food courses, members of the entertain ment committee led the banquet ers in club anthems and old song book favorites. At the conclusion of the meal the program was continued under the direction of Entertainment Committee Chairman J. B. Kit terell, Greenville, who introduced Miss Patsy Harper, Washington, D. C., pianist, and Thomas R. Hood, Dunn, magician. Long Registration Registration for the conference commenced at 5:30 p.m. and con tinued until the banquet hour at 7:30 p.m. In the hotel lobby, which was hung with Rotary emblems and orange and blue pennants, two stenographers took names and is sued conference passes to Rota ians for a wide area of eastern North Carolina. See ROTARY on Page Two NAVY IN CAMP Davis May Be Grounds Fjyr Ordnance Secrets Wilmington Star Washington Bureau WASHINGTON, D. C„ May 22. — Camp Davis and the sur rounding land and water the Navy proposes to use will be come the department’s number one proving ground for ord nance experiments of top mili tary secrecy, when the camp is taken over next month, it was revealed here today. The huge former Army Apti Aircraft base will be taken over entirely, as will the coast is land near the base and the sound and ocean waters adjoin ing, the latter to be used in tests which are expected to in volve radar-directed weapons that helped greatly in destroy ing Japanese sea and air power during the recent war, it was learned from reliable sources. Changed For Navy The main area of the camp will be changed generally to meet the needs of the Navy, and the Navy department has notified the War Department that its requirements will be such that a few of the hundreds See CAMP DAVIS on Page Two - 1 Labor Heads Bitter Over Compromise President Offers Raise Of I8V2 Cents Per Hour In Last Appeal CARRIERS ACCEPT Brotherhood Leaders De mand Rule Changes In Settlement WASHINGTON, May 22 — (UP)—Hope of averting the railroad strike set for Thurs day afternoon flickered low Wednesday night when lead ers of two holdout unions balked at President’s Tru man's llth-hour settlement offer. Only White House Intervention kept the angry union chiefs from returning to their headquarters in Cleveland. The two labor heads, A. F. Whitney of the Trainmen’s union and Alvanley Johnston of the Locomotive Engineers, bitterly de nounced the President’s comprom ise proposal of a wage of 18 1-2 cents an hour. They said it was conditioned on their waiver of other demands for changes in operating rules and that as a whole it wa8 worse than the recommen dations of Mr. Truman’s fact finding board—which they rejected more than a month ago. Leave Washington Hinting strongly that they would permit the once-postponed strike to go ahead on schedule at 4 p. m. (local stand time) Thursday, they checked out of their Washington hotel and raced for the 8:30 p. m. train to Cleveland. They were intercepted at the station by a telephone call from the White House and agreed re See RAILS On Page Two AIRPLANE FREIGHT SERVICE TO START Schedule To Link Wilming ton With Major North ern Cities Daily scheduled airplane freight service linking Wilmington to Balti more, Washington, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston will be in augurated at Bluethenthal airport on Monday by the Meteor Air Transport of New York, John H. Farrell, city industrial agent, an nounced yesterday. Farrell immediately began con tacting local merchants notifying them of the new regular market by air. "Intensely Interested” "Although the announcement took them by surprise,” Farrell said, ‘‘most of them seemed in tensely interested in the possibili ties of shipping material out of Wilmington to the northern cities and having material shipped to them from the northern cities.” “By Saturday, I hope, many of the local merchants and industrial ists will have lined up their busi ness to start off the air marketing in a fairly big way. In due time the business should grow into a pretty large thing.” Large-Scale Users According to Paul Franklin Bell, assistant secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, the Castle Hayne See FREIGHT On Page Two And So To Bed An elderly local lady was very happy over a communica tion she received in the mall yesterday afternoon. The communication was a greeting card accompained by a dividend check amounting to a tidy sum of money. The sum of money was, of course, the cause for happiness, And the cause for the up roarious laughter was the fact that the envelope was dated December, 1945, and that the sentiment of the greeting card expressed itself in two words: “Merry Christmas.