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The Star-News can not be responsible for currency sent through the mails. _____ MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AND ALSO SERVED BY THE UNITED PRESS FRIDAY, MAY 24, 1946 Welcome At Camp Davis While the war was at highest pitch, the Army’s subsidiary post at h ort Fisher, ostensibly operating as a firing station for anti-aircraft forces in train ing, was secretly used for the technical development of devices for shortening the war but never made known to the public. What went on in this direction at the reservation was as closely guard ed as the walls of a castle in by-gone years of warfare. It is now the purpose of the Navy, in taking over Camp Davis, to pursue parallel experiments of which only the vaguest ideas are revealed. That they will involve grave danger to the popu lation in certain areas is indicated by plans for purchase of Topsail and neighboring islands, with the intent of; moving all inhabitants, and also that the plant will be operated for the Navy by the company which played such an important part in the activities at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in connection with the development of atomic bombs. The creation of new ordnance is contemplated, according to the little information available. A new type of projectile to be guided from land and traveling faster and farther than any thing of the kind in naval warfare is1 hinted. What else the Navy plans in its new Camp Davis project is probably not known to Navy men, save the few of top rank with technical experience, which is as it should be. Wilmington’s gratification is that the camp is not to Nbe abandoned, as seem ied probable so long, and that the work to be done there is intended to fit the Navy for any type of war it may be called on to wage. Colonial Airlines’ Case From the time Colonial Airlines first sought a certificate for - operating planes in the South, CAB has been antagonistic, for reasons not easily ex plainable to the public. It was Colonial which asked to send its ships to Wilmington, when no other commercial air line could be interested and while the city had no air service. This application, though supported by Wilmington’s progressive citizenship, was turned down cold. ilmington has been grateful to National Airlines for giving the city air service along the coast, by which passengers, freight and mail may con nect with other planes reaching out to all sections of the country. But the people here cannot understand why CAB forbids Colonial to enter the South, not only in the first place but now when it seeks to offer service to Bermuda and Carribbean destinations via Wilmington and Charleston. The board’s action denying Colonial’s application for this service but snecifv mg it may fly its planes to these desti nations from New York and/or Wash ington is in line with its previous at titude, and, as viewed here, quite as unreasonable.' It is heartening to learn that Repre sentative J. Bayard Clark, Senator Clyde R. Hoey and Senator Olin U. Johnston, of South Carolina, are ready to carry Colonial’s case to CAB with the full power of their united influ ence. Colonial will file a new application. When this is done these three men, if supported by their constituencies, may hope to secure a favorable ruling upon it. A Serious Warning Despite federal seizure and opera tion, fully 2,100 of the 4,500 bituminous mines are idle. Neither John L. Lewis, the miners union satrap, who ordered the men back to the pits for two weeks, nor the government which is supposed to ha\e the supreme power in the nation,, is able to get fully one-third of the 400, 000 miners back to work even duiing the two-week Lewis truce. The soft coal fuel shortage has all but tied up the country’s principal in dustries. Plant after plant has either closed down or curtailed production to a minimum. Private consumers are told they may have to go without coal next winter or receive the smallest supply since before the war cut so sharply into civilian distribution. Yet a third of the miners refuse to work, exen on an order from their union boss. Could this indicate that Lewis lacks the power he is credited with posses sing?. It might be, to a limited extent. But the main reason, as the econo mists explain, is that throughout the war miners received such high wages and saved so much money they are intent upon enjoying a long vacation, union and government to the contrary notwithstanding. If the economists are right, there is a very serious warning to the non union American people in their explana tion of the situation. Even if the sit uation in other major unions is similar only to a limited extent, it must be apparent that peace in the labor world, though anti-strike legislation were to 'oe adopted by Congress, cannot be re stored until “Vacation” is spent. Enlist Now With the United States military es tablishment running behind the need for troops, because of the precipitate demobilization following V-J Day, and because the selective service law has had its teeth extracted except a couple of incisors, and these filed down, it is good to know that the Wilmington area is leading the Durham district in volun tary enlistments. May the record not only remain unchanged, but the num ber of recruits be substantially increas ed. That the total has not mounted more rapidly is surprising, in view of the jobs situation, the housing shortage and the rising cost of living. For the young man who is experienc ing difficulty in finding satisfactory employment, the Army obviously of fers the best out. Once mustered in there is no further worry over rent, the next square meal or, for that mat ter, for the younger men especially, the difficulty of carrying on educational pursuits. Every physical requirement for the recruit is taken care of and special courses of study are provided for the studious during enlistment. After doing a trick in the Army the youths otherwise unable to attend col lege or university are offered a full course at the school of their choice without cost to themselves and a liberal cash allowance is made by the govern ment for living expenses. Furthermore, and of even greater importance, is service to the country in an emergency that threatens a crisis. If there ever wal a time, out side of actual warfare, when it was essential to carry arms in defense and for the protection of the cardinal princi ples which are at the foundation of our national life, it is now. Let the recruits increase. Good health is a national asset and we I must not permit it to be jeopardized any longer through sheer failure to organize and make available to every American the sci entific skills of modern science.—Labor Sec retary I.ewis B. Schwellenbach. The nation which supports the most efficient and the least restricted program of scientific research will lead the world in the develop ment of arms and the other accoutrements of war.—General Eisenhower. Fair Enough By WESTBROOK PEGLER (Copyright By King Features Syndicate, Inc.) The only serious error on Tom Dewey’s rec ord occurred in a speech in Portland, Ore., in the 1944 campaign when he endorsed the Wagner Labor Relations law without reserva tion. He did this as a bid for the support of the union movement and I thought he was dis honest because as a lawyer and a 'public of ficial of long experience, including encounters with some of the worst rogues in unionism, he knew that this was a bad law. He couldn’t win over the C.I.O. or the American Federa tion of Labor, so his sacrifice of dignity and self-respect got him nothing and cost him the confidence of some adherents who would have preferred that he dare to be right. However, Roosevelt, in his first campaign, promised economy and abused the Republi cans and especially Herbert Hoover for ex travagance and bureaucracy, so Mr. Dewey now might plausibly say that further experi ence under the Wagner Act had brought im perfections to light which must be corrected in the interests of “labor” itself and the crea tion of a sound prosperity. But, that wouldn’t be my way. My way would have been to damn the Wag ner Act. in 1944, realizing, if I had been Dewey, that the oldds were against me, anyway, and trusting that the events of the next four years would uphold my condemnation as, in fact, they have in less than two years since he de clared himself in Portland. In his present cir cumstances he may gracefully ignore the sub ject because in his next campaign he will be running for re-election as governor of New York and may confine himself to state ques tions, ignoring national problems, internal and external, as he did in 1942, when he was elect ed goveror. But, again, that would nt be my way. I would come out, fighting in this guber natorial campaign and dramatize the crimes ; of unionism under the Wagner Act and : promise not to quit throwing facts and naming ! names until it had been stripped down to its j original stated purpose to permit workers tc ! organize and deal collectively with employers but not compel them to. My line would be about like this: The professed purpose of the Wagner Act is to let workers bargain with their employers through agents of their own choice. It defeats this purpose by forcing millions of them to accept bargaining agents chosen by the Labor Relations Board, and Roosevelt and Wagner so intended all the time. Henry Kaiser signed a blanket contract with ! the boilermakers’ union when he had only a nuclear crew, which was binding on a multi tude who came along as his ship-yards ex panded. Every man and woman of them had to buy life insurance and pay a royalty to the 1 son of the union's president and the Wagner Act was responsible for this extortion. I would rub Mr. Truman’s nose in this because the home of this racket is Kansas City, Kan. The Wagner Act forbids an American who happens to be an employer or a plant execu tive to express to an employe this deiinite knowledge, that the union president is a com munist or underworld racketeer and the un ion, itself, just a racket. It compels him to negotiate and sign contracts with communists and gangsters. It makes the employer negotiate or bargain but, as the nation saw in the Lewis case, it doesn’t require the union, itself, to bargain. Franklin D. Roosevelt, a few weeks before Pearl Harbor, said the American government . wouldn’t compel 5.000 coal miners to join I Lewis under a closed shop contract because “that would be Hitler’s way.” The day after Pearl Harbor, by a crooked device, he gave Lewis his closed shop, adopting “Hitler’s way.” Frances Perkins, as Secretary of La bor, admitted that the closed shop was a denial of an inalienable human right but the govern ment has forced thousands of employers to sign closed shop contracts and million of American workers to join unions under these contracts. The eastern communists and Eleanor Roose velt's fascist friends have been campaigning against Senator Bilbo of Mississippi because Mississippi is a poll-tax state. But Bilbo is a Roosevelt senator and moreover he has never been responsible for any damage to the na tional welfare comparable to the sabotage, rioting, vandalism, political corruption, hatred and disruption of industry that Robert Wag ner. of New York, set off with his vicious law. Workers have absolutely no guaranteed rights in unions. Wagner makes them join but doesn’t provide that they shall be allowed to vote in union elections, provides no control over their money, and throws them on the mercy ot ignorant brutes or cunning manip ulators m kangaroo courts who can fine them without limit, shakfc them down for personal graft and expel them for life even for the most trivial and malicious reasons. An em ployer can’t fire a man for impudence but a union can blackball him forever and starve his family for talking back to some overbear ing steward or local union official. Wagner knows all this and I would horsewhip him thro gh the street with facts that he couldn’t deny. The Wagner Act permits unions to extort political slush funds from workers in com plete frustration of their political freedom. Employers have to abide by their contracts. Unions don’t and millions of workers have had to strike and go without pay because the union bosses called them ouU> Some unions collect income taxes as high as 10 per cent of the worker’s gross wages. Some make the employers pay a percentage of- the gross payroll in the guise of a welfare and vacation fund. The workers never get more tnan a quarter of their respective "va cation” contributions and the union bosses de cide what “welfare” is. Sometimes it is the welfare of their own racial, religious and na tional countrymen in Europe and the Ameri can worker must feed and clothe them failing which he can’t work to feed and clothe his own family. Then I would carefully call the rolls of the crooks in the A. F. of L., not all of whom have yet been sent to prison, and hammer home the fact that William Green and Joe Padway, the general counsel of the A.F. of L., were bosom friends of the foulest of them. I think a good republican presidential nomi nee in 1948 could win with such a campaign, with due regard, of course, for foreign policy and national defense. But 1 would rather go down beaten worse than Alf Landon in 1936 than stultify myself and betray those who had faith in me by pretending to regard the Wag ner Act as good law. An ounce of example in doing, set by parents and teachers, is worth a pound of lectures, courses and surdy groups. The home and1 school must plan e shared community action to demonstrate the meaning of democratic citizenship. — Burton p Fowler, Germantown Friends School of Philadelphia, pa STOP, LOOK, AND LOOSEN ^ 1 ^ " ^ftYBE YOU GUY5 OWT KNOW IT NOW, BUT YOU MAY BB rT^RGE^w&BjJ There Are Still Echoes From Bataan In The Ears Of These Bolton Parents By JOHN SIKES | Mr. O. A. Croom of Bolton came in to see me yesterday. Naturally, it isn’t anything un usual for somebody like Mr. Croom to drop in to see me. But Mr. j Croom had a son I should like to have met. Suppose I tell you about j him, and let some of those who ■ knew him fill in some more in-1 formation. His name was Capt. Clifton A. | Croom. He went through those ; famous sieges on Bataan and Cor regidor. He survived the Death ■ March before he was captured in , the Philippines by the Japs. Here’re excrpts from a letter written to Mrs. Croom, Captain1 Croom’s mother, by Major Calvin E. Chunn: “I was a close personal buddy of your son before the war and during it . . we were both in the gallant 45th Infantry (Philippine Scouts); we were together in Ca banatu'n risen camp No. 1 for a long time. Ciiff was a barracks leader for a great part of the time and he was very popular with his men and officers. “This letter shows only one typi cal instance of Cliff's absolute bravery. I never saw anyone so unafraid and so ready to fight hard. He disregarded the enemy like a Hollywood star does the In dians in a frontier fight. Cliff pour-, ed it on the Japs and was always ready to give them more. Only one man ever came close to Cliff in swashbuckling deeds of derring do and that was his battalion com mander and very close friend, j Religion Day By Day By WILLIAM T. ELLIS THE LIGHTED CROSS Out of my window in Winter Park, Florida, I see nightly the lighted cross of the Methodist church. It is a constant thought starter. No mortal may measure the influence of this shining white symbol upon the minds of observ ers—the reminders it imparts, the aspirations it quickens and the meditations it arouses. Night after night, the lighted cross proclaims the essential message of Christi anity, with no man knowing the extent of its influence. Every Christian church should display the cross in its archi tecture, for symbols speak in ways no mortal can measure. They are the silent messengers of God. Many wayfarers see, in imagi nation, the figure of One hanging upon the cross, in supreme sig nificance of salvation. Forgiveness and comfort shine from the sym bol, and the call to the sacrificial life. George Matheson’s words are recalled to many: “O Cross that liftest up my head, I would not seek to fly from thee; I lay in dust life’s'glory dead’ And from the ground there blos soms red, Life that shall endless be.” Ever before our spirit’s vi sion, O Christ, we would hold Thy cross, with all its remind ers of love’s greatness and of sin’s hideousness; and of sacri fice, salvation and service. Amen. iMaj. Dudley G. Strickler. Unfor tunately, Striekjer’s luck failed to hold and he was killed by a Jap sniper right at the front line in the Agloloma Bay battle. Cliff, be ing next senior, took over the com mand of the battalion and pushed it on to victory, completely an nihilating the Jap regiment which had landed behind our lines and was trying to cut our road of sup ply “During Cabanatuan, Cliff grew a garden and was able to piece out the meagre fare. He was in good shape and optimistic when he left for Japan, he departed with en couraging words to his comrades. “Recently I received a letter from Miss Helen Grieve in Eng land. Cliff went with Helen before the war and we frequently double dated. In fact, we went on a picnic together the day before the war started — on Sunday to Pagsanjan falls southeast of Manila. I w'as involved in the underground mail service and occasionally could get notes to her in Santo Tomas. My friend sent food to me w'hich I al ways shared with Clifton." Thus, a simple, but eloquent, note to the folks back home. But, where Ma.ior Strickler’s luck ran out in front of a Jap McKenney On BRIDGE By WILLIAM E. McKENNEY America’s Card Authority When a player holds nine trumps in the combined hands and the adverse trumps break three-one. he will usually complain of hard luck. Occasionally, however, the loss of a trump trick may be util ized to declarer’s advantage. I saw a fine player go down on today's hand, not through hard luck but through carelessness. He lost a diamond, a heart and two spades, but the fact that the hearts broke badly could have saved him a trick. The opening club lead should be won in dummy with the queen and the king and ace of hearts cashed, which leaves West with the good queen of hearts. Declarer then should lead a dia mond towards his king-queen. West will win with the ace and exit with either a club or a dia mond. If he plays back a diamond. South wins with the king, cashes the ace of clubs, goes over to dummy with another club and trumps the ten of diamonds. Then he leads a small heart. West must win and can lead nothing but a spade. Thus declarer loses only one spade trick. K 9 4 A 9 4 3 10 6 4 KQ5 i A J 5 3 >QJ5 ' A J 7 .10 9 8 N W E S Daaler 10 8 7 8 9 8 5 3 2 J632 AQ62 VK 10 7 6 2 ♦ KQ ♦ A 7 4 Duplicate—Neither vul. South West North East 1 V Pass 3 V Pass 4 ▼ Pass Pass Pass Opening—* io 24 i bullet in the Philippines, Captain Croom carried on through those miserable prison days. Then he was put on a Jap ship to be sent to a prison in Japan. Off the China coast, in the China sea, a U. S. submarine stalked the prison ship and finally torpedoed and sank it. Captain Croom lost his life when the Jap ship sank. And now Captain Croom is in line for the award, posthumously, of the Distinguished Service Cross. Excerpts from the recommenda *'on f-r the "ward, as sent to Gen. Jonathan Wainwright by Major Chunn: "About 7:30 p.m. 24 Jan. 1942 the 45th Infantry combat team, deployed on the left of the Abucay Hacienda line was ordered to with draw in compliance with Gen. Dou glas MacArthur’s directive to estab 'ish a new line of resistence along the Pilar-Bagac road. Just as Cap tain Croom issued his orders, his company was attacked by the ene my in force. He quickly met the situation and organized a delaying action in order to get his men out with the regiment. In the fire fight, one of his platoon sergeants, a very valuable man. was seriously wound ed and unable to crawl back to the line. Captain Croom voluntarily crept out into "No-Man's Land", took hold of his sergeant and pull ed him back to safety . . . "Just as the company re-organ ized on the road the enemy again attacked in force. Captain Croomi quickly dep’oyed his men and anni-l hilated the pressing Japanese. Then he moved down the road a few hundred yards nearer his regiment. He was attacked again. ; He again anmhilated the enemy. : He did this a total of five times, each time personally leading the action, exposing himself frequent ly. His total disregard for his own life, his fearless bravery fired his soldiers with tremendous courage.” STAR Dust tiignei Help When the prankish scholar and wit C. S. Calverley, attended Ox ford he as a sore trial to the proc tors, but they were never able to ormg him to justice for any of his numerous escapades. In most of .ns violations of the university rules he was faithfully albeit unwitting ly, assisted by a certain good-nat ured but dull-witted young Lord One night Calverley determined to gei out 01 college at night and got nis frieno to give him a shoul der tc help him climb over the wall. When tie was called before the proctor the next day, he w&s asked how he managed to get out of the codege, and he replied “Bry tne help of the Lord I leapt over the wail.” , The proctor, who could appre- i ciate a good joke when he met one I ser.s-d the ti utb of the matter, and was so tickled that he could not find it in his heart tj> punish the 1 win>- prankster.—Clipped. iTiunesi i-raise ^ pious man and an elder of the church, was McTavish, and not without an eye for beauty and a huneex for it. Nevertheless he mar ried Jearii because he knew shj possessed the true attributes of a good wife. At market the following week end, be met his cousin, Angus who had nevei seen the bride, and Doctor Says— SOME TATTOOING CAN BE REMOVED By WILLIAM A. O'BRIEN. M n Questions received from reader this week included the following QUESTION: Can tattoo marks b* removed? ANSWER: Tattoo marks are made by inserting pigment icar bon) in the skin, where it remains as a foreign body. If the coloring matter is in the outer layers of the skin, the skin can be removed and clear skin can be grafted in its place. Although chemicals have been applied to tattoo marks in the hope of causing a slough, thii method is not satisfactory.' QUESTION: Where may a vic tim of poliomyelitis obtain aid :o go to college? ANSWER: Apply for infor mation to your State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. You v ■ be given a medical examination >o determine the extent of your dis ability and to determine whether or not further improvement is pos sible in your case. A vocational counselor will analyze with vnu your special interests and incli nations. If you can profit from a college education, financial as sistance will be provided you to facilitate your attendance. QUESTION: Is it possible for a woman to have more than two breasts? ANSWER: Extra breast tis.-.c is found in the axilla of many women, just outside the normal breast. When milk comes into the breast after childbirth, these tis sues also swell. Extra breast tis sue may exist at any point along the milk line extending from the axilla over the breast, along the abdominal wall, into the groin, and up the thigh. Occasionally, ai extra nipple is also found there. There is no support for the idea that these extra breasts are espe cially liable to become cancerous. QUESTION: My daughter has asthma. Is there any remedy for it? ANSWER: The treatment of asthma is an individual problem. Certain individuals have a tenden cy toward asthma, having inherit ed an allergic constitution. The cause is some substance to which I the patient is hypersensitive (dust, I food, pollen, molds, dandruff, bac Jteria, etc.). In addition, there is i a nervous factor which may make matters worse. Not everyone who wheezes, coughs, and is short of breath has asthma. The Literary Guidepost By BOB PRICE ROBERT E. LEE IN TEXAS, by Carl Coke Rister (University of Oklahoma) Press; $2.50.) Press; $2.50). When Lieut. Col. Robert E. Lie was assigned to frontier duty in j Texas in 1846, he had some douhs i about his future; He was fea’ful ■ that his military career might Jave ! come to a dead end. ; Border duty, overseeing a "hu ! manizing” experiment wit) the - Comanche Indians, promSed a j desolate comparison with tie life of superintendent at West Point, the post Lee was forsaking Wash ington had a way of overlooking men in the nation’s far places : when promotions were distributed. : The transfer meant separation ! from his family. Lee .patient as always, did no protest. He went to Texai and the 25 months he spent there are the i basis of this interesting book, by : a research professor of r.iitor; a ‘ the ITniversity of Oklahoma anc author of other noteworthy books ; on the Southwest. It is an illuminating stsry, no only because of its insight inte ■ the character of the man who be came the military leadei of the Confederacy, but because of it: description of soldier life on th« border. Lee could not have found a better training ground for the ! rigors of 1861-65. MARGARET, by Caroline Slade (Vanguard; $3). No matter how much you’ve read about juvenile delinquency, it’s hard to realize that a civilization called modern could produce a girl like Margaret. Completely con scienceless, without trust or affec tion for anyone — or anything ex cept money — she has depths oi depravity beyond anything eve. seen in public prints. And the sober, devastating con clusion is that she is beyond re demption, the pattern of her life has been set beyond chance of change. The reader would like to regard the book as fiction; it’s too terrible to be truth. But Caroline blade presents the story in unvarnished case history style, and it is convincing to be entirely disbe lieved. who remarked. ‘‘I ken ye've *ot good taste, Sandy. Your Jean.e must bo a fail lassie.” “Aweel,” observed the bride groom cautiously, “she's the Lord s handiwork. Angus, but I'm no p -• parea to say she is His niaste. piece.”—Wall Street Journal. Bad Pun Department t> He: “Do you believe in Buddha. She ‘Of course; but I think o.eo naigarire is just as good.