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tlmm$tint iiinruttui ^ttu* -siis - you 79.—NO. 218. WILMINGTON, N. C., TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 1946 ___ESTABLISHED 1867^ New Fire Boat GROOM TO INSPECT SURPLUS VESSELS Fire Chief Ludie Croom will go to Charleston, S. C., this morning to inspect a fire-boat for possible purchase by the city, Acting City Manager J. R. Benson disclosed yesterday. The fire-fighting vessel, Ben son said, is a surplus Army craft, and if it passes Chief Croom’s inspection the city will start negotiations for its purchase. Chief To Appraise Full details of the boat’s fire fighting capacity and other pertinent information were not * available in the Army catalog, Benson added, doubly necessi tating Chief Croom’s trip of appraisal. The city’s move to acquire a new fire-boat, a matter of long standing, was accelerated by the recent $40,000 fire on Wilmington’s waterfront. Investigations Started When it. became apparent that a new and adequate fire boat is an immediate necessity. Benson and Chief Croom start ed investigations for a new craft at once. The fire chief has already in spected fire-boats in Southport and elsewhere in this vicinity, but none were found suitable, Benson said. Cleaning Up Benson also disclosed yester day that the city’s “tooth-comb” survey of the waterfront, in See CROOM On Page Two CONSUMER GROUPS SWARM ON CAPITOL Orson Welles Leads Crowd Trying To Save OPA BULLETIN WASHINGTON, June 24—(VP) — Congressional conferees agreed Monday night on a full year's extension of price con trol after eliminating senate provisions which would have ended controls on meat, poul try, dairy products, petroleum and tobacco next Sunday mid night. The bill goes to the house Tuesday for ratification and there is a possibility the senate may act later in the day, WASHINGTON, June 24—(U.R>— Angry consumer groups descend ed on the capital to “save OPA from Congress’’ Monday as House and Senate conferees struggled to patch up wide differences in their price control extension bills before the old law expires six days hence. Senator Glen Taylor, the Demo cratic singing cowboy from Idaho, and Actor Orsen Welles sparked the biggest day’s consumer rallies on the Washington monument grounds. Buyers Strike Taylor called for a "buyers strike" if Congress passes a weak ened OPA bill and he urged all consumers to stop buying over priced goods until prices get down to a “sensible level.” The senator showed up in a somewhat shiny suit and he promis ed the crowd that he wouldn’t buy a new one unless the clothing man ufacturers cut prices. "If, when you see me from the Senate gallery, you think I look a little shabby, I w'ant you to understand this—Glen Taylor is in uniform,” he said. “He is wearing the uniform of the militant con. sumer who refuses to be imposed on.” Delegations Whoop It Up His audience, including consum er delegations from New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, St. Louis, and Baltimore, whooped it up when the senator asked them to “wait with me” and force prices down. "The lid is on for nine more days,’’ said Taylor—actually the existing law is due to expire next Sunday—“nine days of OPA, nine days of butter, eggs, meat, clothes, shoes, gasoline at prices controlled in the interest of the consumer, after that, heaven knows what.’’ Welles an<j Representative Helen Gahagan Douglas (D., Calif.), also took verbal swings at the amend ment-riddled price control bills now being thrashed out by the House and Senate conferees. Globaloncy Dollar Mrs. Douglas said approval of many of the proposed amendments See CONSUMER on Page Two HASBONE’S MEDITATIONS By Alley r- .' MOSESAT HE U5ETER I P^CVH'SY PE W6ATHUH WtN PE LAND WDZ IN CKAH6E UV It, BUT NOT NU MO'.SEHCfi PE auV'MlNT PUNE TUK IT UVUH !!! < . _—1 +J f (Released hr Tbe BeU Bra ✓ . dlcate.- Xne.> Trade Mark m Bee. o. r. Pat. oocti THREE AIRLINES FIGHT CAB RULE Against Recommendation That State Airlines Be Feeder Special To The Star WASHINGTON, June 24.-Three airlines in the southeastern states case are fighting the Civil Aeron autics board examiners recom mendations that State Airlines of Charlotte be certified for “feeder” service between Asheville and Wil mington. These firms, which have filed exceptions to the examiners’ re port, are South East Airlines, of Gastonia, which already serves Wilmington on its existing routes; Seaboard Air Transport, of Lum berton, which proposed service similiar to State’s; and Piedmont Aviation, Inc., of Winston-Salem. Decision In Autumn Virtually every airline-in the case has filed an exception to the ex aminers’ report. After briefs are received in support of these excep tions, the full Civil Aeronautics board will hear oral arguments and then study all the evidence. A decision is expected in the early autumn. Piedmont says the examiners erred in favoring State’s route from Wilmington to Asheville via Fayetteville, Rockingham, Ham let, Charlotte, Statesville and Hic kory; and in recommending against all airmail pickups. South East Protests South East Airlines, whose whole program of feeder routes encoun tered the examiners’ disfavor, takes exception to their statement that South East had failed to show a need for its service, the effect it would have on existing airlines, and the prospect of successful op eration. South East also charges the examiners with failure to de cide that the airline was able to perform its service and that its routes were necessary. Seaboard Lists Counts Seaboard Air Transport, whose suggested feeder hops also were frowned opon by the CAB officials, objected to their report on ten coonts: 1. Denial of its applications to link Wilmington and Lumberton with various cities in North Caro lina and South Carolina. 2. Recommended approval of State’s service to several of the same points. 3. The examiners’ statement that SEA's routes were not adequate. 4. Their recommended approval of State’s Fayeteville-Columbia route instead of SEA’s route 2. along the same lines. 5. Recommended approval of State’s Asheville-Wilmington hop instead of SEA’s route 1. 6. Their failure to recommend one-carrier service between Nor folk and Eastern North Carolina cities. • 7. Their failure to consider “the willingness and desire” of SEA to serve other points in the same area as those applied for. 8. Their failure to “properly ev aluate the integration of service resulting from SEA’s proposed See AIRLINES on Page Two Heat, Smoke Leave Victim Prostrated Manual Artificial Respira tion Administered To Miss Shooter CROWD ON SCENE Patient Is Treated At Local Hospital For Minor Burns On Arms Prompt action by the Wil mington Fire department yes terday resulted in the rescue] of Miss Katherine Shooter from her second story apart ment at 315 Grace street where she had been overcome by smoke from a fire originating on the rear stairway of the build ing. Miss Shooter, who lives with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Shoot er, was the only person present in' the four apartment structure when the fire broke out. Prostrated by the heat and smoke, she collap sed in the kitchen of her rear right upper story flat. Explosion Sounded Discovery of the fire was made and communicated to the Fire de partment at 5:20 p. m., by r and Mrs. J. B. Hales, of 317 Grace. The couple said that they were alerted by the sound of an explo sion in the neighboring building and saw smoke issuing from the upper story. Firemen carried Miss Shooter to the front porch and adminis tered artificial respiration manual ly until the arrival of respirator equipment. A crowd of nearly 200 persons ringed the front yard of the residence to watch rescuers working over the huddled figure. See FIREMEN on Page Two SMALLCH1LDH1T ON ROAD TO BEACH Marylyn Stanfield Suffers Fractured Collar Bone And Hip Marylyn Stanfield, two and one half year old daguhter of Captain and Mrs. Tom Frank Stanfield, was last night admitted to the Babies hospital on Wnghtsville Sound suffering from injuries re ceived when she stepped into the path of an automobile on the Wrightsville causeway. According to the child’s grand father, A. L. Wenberg, of Wilming ton, the accident occurred between 7:30 and 8 p. m., wher the little girl broke away from a group of children to run under the wheels of a car driven 'y Gray Hicks, of Greensboro. T' e Stanfield child was carried to the Babies hospital where she was found to have sustained a fractured collar bone and frac tured right hip. No charges were brought against the Greensboro man as members of the girl’s family, who witnessed the accident, agreed that it was an unavoidable mishap. Marylyn’s father, Captain Stan field, is now serving in Hawaii with the U. S. Army. OLD HOME PAY Fred Vinson Is Sworn In As 13th Chief Justice WASHINGTON, June 24.—(JP) —In the White House backyard, it looked like a church social down home in Kentucky—hot sun, brass band and magnolias. Vinson On Louisa Everybody—from President Truman to the tourists — had come to see Fred Vinson, of bers of the White House staff, In three tiers, they waited for the ceremony to begin. Un der the green, canvas awnings of the porch, the inner circle looked down on the lawn, the fountain, and, far off, the FINAfiPRACTICE DROP PRIOR TO A-DAY TEI ED SUCCESSFUL BY NAVY AT BIKINI; i MEMAN ACT FAST TO SAVE WOMAN’S LIFE Washington and Jefferson mon uments. From the grass below, the crowd peered curiously back. They passed around names of the famous faces they could glimpse—General Eisenhower, Justice Hugo Black, Attorney General Tom Clark, Acting Secretary of State Dean Ache son. The Navy band—magnificent in white uniforms, gold trump ets and red music racks, pour See VINSON On Page Two Girl Swims 13 Miles SUPERHUMAN EFFORTS FAIL TO SAVE FATHER ON YACHT MARINETTE, Wis., June 24— —(U.R) —Wealthy 59-year-old Leathern D. Smith shook hands with his 18-year-old daughter on their capsized and sinking pleasure boat on storm-riled Lake Michigan,-and wished her luck. His wish came true. She swam 13 miles to shore. But he and three other members of their week-end yachting party were drowned. Miss Patsy Smith reached shore early Monday after sev en hours of battling heavy waves. For three hours, she had towed Miss Mary Loomis, 18, Winnetka, 111., who made her debut at a swank party only three days ago. Miss . Loomis lost her hold from ex haustion and was drowned. The other victims were Alvin Wash burn, 44, and Howard Hunt, both executives at Smith's shipyards at Sturgeon Bay, Wis. Suffered Shock Suffering from shock and ex posure, Miss Smith said the party had been aboard Smith’s 33-foot racing sloop, “Half Moon,’’ and were en route across Green Bay from Meno- . minee, Mich., to Sturgeon Bay, Wis., when a tornado-like storm hit suddenly about 6 p. m. Sunday night. The sloop was cutting the wa ter with one auxiliary engine and one jib sail set when the wind veered suddenly from southwest to northeast, and capsized her. As the boat went down, Miss Loomis was given the only life preserver avail able. “I shook hands with my fath er just before I slipped off the Half Moon ” he said'. “We all struck out for lights we could see on the shore. The sloop went down like a rock. Didn’t Have Chance “The men didn’t have a chance. They became exhaust ed and sank.” Miss Smith who is described by friends as one of the best swimmers in Sturgeon Bay, said she seized Miss Loomis and towed her. See SWIM on Page Two ARMY CARAVAN 22 TO SHOW IN CITY Tank Retriever To Be One Of Features Of Sta dium Show Army Caravan 22, scheduled to hold a three day armament display in Legion Stadium beginning July 2, will have considerable difficulty bringing its feature attraction to Wilmington, it was learned yester day from members of the show’s advance unit. 55 Vehicles The exhibit in question is a tank retriever. Designed to pickup damaged tanks from battlefields, the vehicle is 69 feet 6 inches long, 11 feet 5 inches wide and weighs over 51 and one-half tons. It is to travel here from Raleigh as an element of a 55 vehicle cavalcade, and will carry a 20 ton tank. Because of its enormous size and weight, the retriever will have to make extensive detours. It will be rerouted at Wrightsboro around the Wrightsboro road because bridges on the more direct approaches to this city will not suport its great bulk. See CARAVAN on Page Two The Weather forecast North and South CaroUna-Tuesday, little chance In temperature, partly cloudy. (Eastern standard Time) (By U. S. Weather Bureau) Meteorological data for the 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. yesterday. Temperatures 1:30a 87; 7:30a 66; l:30p |2;7;2°P 8tL. Maximum 82; Minimum 61; Mean 73, Normal 78. Humidity 1:30a 79; 7:30a 79; 1:30p 39; 7:30p 62. Precipitation Total for 24 hours ending |:30 p.m. — 0.00 inches. , Total since the first of the month — 4.16 inches. Tides For Today (From the Tide Tables published by U S Coast and Geodetic Survey). * High Low Wilmington - ^ JjJg Masonboro Inlet - 10.07a Sunrise 5:02; Sunset 7:27; Moonrise 2:02 a; Moonset 3:41p. , „ _ , „ River Stage at Fayetteville. N. C. at 8 a.m. Monday, 24.2 feet; and Sunday, 21.1 feet. _ See THE WEATHER on Page Two SPECIAL COURT SESSION OPENS Civil Term To Begin Here Today At 10 O’clock, Gilliam Presides The special civil term of U. S. District court opens in the Customs house courtroom at 10 o'clock this morning, with Judge Don Gilliam presiding. Only one case—a suit for $19, 375.45—has been docketed, J. Douglas Taylor, court clerk, said yesterday. Maffitt Village Case The suit, issued by the United States and H. A. Levenkon, Inc., New York, against the Hardin and Ramsey company, Georgia, cent, ers on the interior building of 400 housing units at Maffitt Village. Levenkon charges that while do ing the interior finishing of the houses as a sub-contractor for Har din and Ramsey, the Georgia firm did not complete its payment for the work. Seeks $19,375.45 With W. B. Campbell and Louis J, Poisson, local attorneys, act ing as counsel for the plaintiff, the New York company seeks a judgment of $19,375.45. Participants in the case said yesterday that they expected it to last about two days.___ Along The Cape Fear FINAL SOLUTION — No sooner did yesterday’s paper go to press than we got the full story on that “mystery” picture. We almost stuck a cigar in our mouth rared back in our chair, and shouted, “Hold the presses! Tear out the front page!” the way newspapermen do in the movies. But we didn’t, and for four very good reasons: 'll We cannot stand to smoke cigars; (2) we cannot af ford to smoke cigars; (3) our chair is not the type to rare back in, con sidering the small amount of life insurance we carry; and (4) no body would hold the presses and tear out the front page anyway. So, much as we deplored it, we had to wait until today to give you the final solution to the celebrated case- . , . CHARLOTTE ARMORY—As we said yesterday, the “mystery” pic ture was taken in front of a build ing in Charlotte, but which build ing we did not know, since Char lotte is as unfamiliar to us as we are unfamiliar to Charlotte. Well, it appears that the building is none other than the Charlotte Armory. Even so, it still looks like the Wilmington Customshouse to PAY BOOST Commissioners Give Salary Supplement $20,739.75 Made Available For New Hanover Teachers; Weights And Measures Super intendent Appears At Meeting i .. . New Hanover county public school teachers were grant ed a federal salary supplement of $20,739.75 yesterday by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. The supplement was approved after H. M. Roland, coun ty schools superintendent, pointed out that of the total us. And if we ever get stranded in Charlotte for one reason or another we’ll just plunk ourself down in front of the Charlotte Armory and make believe like we’re lounging along the Cape Fear to keep from getting homesick. * * * TEN YEARS AGO — We didn’t say yesterday when we thought the picture was taken. But last Thurs day, the day we printed the origin al story on the mystery, we guess ed at the late ’teens or the early twenties of the present century. We now find ourselves blushing like a red neon sign as we tell you that the picture was taken as re cently as 1936. Yes, 1936. That’s only 10 years ago. Our unsubtle asides about cellu loid collars, queerly-cut clothes, and old-fashioned strawhats leave us without a foot to stand on In fact, it’s a wonder that the gentle men in the picture don’t come around and stand on us. * * * NOT MECHANICS — Another shameful thing: In yesterday’s story we said it surprised us that the gentlemen were mechanics, be See CAPE FEAR on Paee Two $82,959 1'ederal fund allocated 10 the school system only $62,219.25 has so far been handed over by the county. Prolonged Discussion After a prolonged discussion on whether or not the teachers were entitled to the supplement, the commissioners finally approved it. County Auditor J. A. Orrell’s statement—“You’ve either got to pay the teachei .. or send the $20,000 back to the government”—was one of the determining factors in the decision of approval. In their meeting yesterday the commissioners also heard two other requests, one from the Wil mington Veterans’ Service Center committee and one from Warren Hood, state superintendent of v-ights and measures. Propose Service Center The veterans’ committee, repre sented by Lloyd Moore, chairman, A. E. Jones, and Donald King, ask ed the co miisioners for $3,000 to help finance the proposed service center. • The committee had prev iously ask d the city for 3,000, making a total of $6,000 needed to finance the entire project. A majority of the commissioners favored the nl-«. but. like the city council, deferred definite action until a later date. Hood, appearing before the com missioners one week after a local man charged that certain weights and scales in the county are not giving true measure, asked that the county set up its own weights and measures department. Such a department, he said, would be per missable under state law provided that it was under state supervi sion. Under Advisement The commissioners took the pro posal under advisement for further consideration. The commissioners also: Repeated a request that the State Highway commission act on a petition from Seagate residents for road improvements. See BOOST on Page Two OLD-TIME HERO GONE William S. Hart Dies In California Hospital HOLLYWOOD, June 24.—(U.R) —Movie fans of two decades ago mourned Monday for Wil liam S. Hart, and buried his bier in flowers. Funeral services for the 75 year-old cowboy actor, whose blazing guns thrilled millions in the silent flicker days will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. He died Sunday night of old' age while asleep. No Mourning Room Flowers from old-time fans were flooding Forest Lawn Memorial park, “If this keeps up for the next two days,” * Dummy Missile Dropped On Ancient Battleship Everything Except Actual Atom Bomb Trifed Out In Dress Rehearsal; Test Slated To Be Held July 1 ABOARD THE U. S. S. MOUNT McKINLEY, June 24. —(/P)—A sheet of orange flame blossomed over the target fleet in Bikini lagoon Monday, signaling the final practice drop before the atom bomb tests scheduled July 1. The full dress rehearsal of A-day was a preview down to the minutest detail—save that the atomic bomb itself was not used. It was pronounced a success. ELEVEN BARELY I ESCAPE TWISTER 10 Children Among Hospit alized In Ontario Town FORT FRANCES, Ont., June 24. —(TP)—lEleven persons, 10 of them children, were taken to a hospital here Monday after a 60-mile an hour “twister” struck this north western Ontario town 180 miles east of Winnipeg. The 19 children were all sons and daughters of Dan Mainville and were injured when his residence, I on an Indian reservation just out side of Fort Frances was bown down by the wind. Houses Lifted Up In the three to four minutes that the storm lasted, houses were lift ed from their foundations, trees uprooted and telephone power and telegraph poles along three blocks of the town’s main street snapped like matchsticks. The storm struck at 3:20 p.m. (CDT). International Falls, just across the Rainy river in Minnesota, also was struck by the twister but first reports indicated damage was not severe. Little Warning There was little warning of the storm. Residents said it had been drizzling periodically when sud See TWISTER on Page Two SUBSCRIBERS GET NEW DIRECTORY 548-Page Volume Deliver ed To Subscribers Here; First Since War Wilmington’s 1946 city directory, a 548-page tome listing 27,552 names and addresses in the city proper and its suburbs, was de liverec to subscribers yesterday by the Hill Directory company, Richmond, Va., publishers. In addition to names and ad dresses the book lists occupations, marital status, heads of house holds, home owners, telephone cau tomers, and other varied useful information. A classified section, printed on yellow paper, compiles 370 distinct business enterprises, ranging from “Accountants” to “Wood Dealers.’’ A “pink” section lists all city streets in alphabetical order. Un der each street are compiled the residents and their house numbers The first city directory issued since the end of the war, it lists hundreds of returned ex-service men and women as well as those now in service who were living here at the time the book was compiled. cemetery . executive said, “there won’t be any room in the church for the mourners.” Hart’s body will be cremat ed following the services, and his ashes taken to his native New York state, where he started his acting career as a matinee idol on Broadway and worked up to such roles as Hamlet and Romeo. Greatest Gun Toter At the height of that career he came to California and be came the greatest of the gun See HART on Page Two Dropped By Forts The practice missile dropped by a Superfortress at 9:15 a.m. (5:15 p.m. Sunday, EST) burst above and between the bullseye target ship— the old battleship Nevada—and the light carrier Independence. “It was swell,” was the report from Vice Adm. William H. P. Blandy, commander of the atomic test force. “I hope the real show goes as well.” Deck Pitted (A broadcast by CBS Correspon dent Don Mozley from Bikini, heard in San Francisco Monday, reported that Blandy visited the Nevada after the rehearsal and found the ship’s deck pitted by the practice bomb and some other mi nor damage. There was similar damage, Mozley said, aboard the Independence. No major installa tions were touched, however, he ad ded, and radar beacons still were operating on the Nevada late in the afternoon.) The final trial bomb, reasonably similar in size and shape to the real A-bomb but of negligible force, was dropped on the third run over the target by the superfortress “Dave’s Dream.” Maj. Woodrow P. Swancutt, pi See ATOM On Page Two KIWAlsWORS BISHOP T.C.DARST Testimonial Dinner To Pay Tribute To Friendship And Esteem In testimony of the friendship and esteem in which he is held among the membership of the Wil mington Kiwanis club, Kiwanians tonight will honor Bishop Thomas C. Darst at a testimonial dinner to be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran parish house. The affair, many months in preparation, will get un derway at 7 o’clock and will be combined with the annual Kiwanis club "Ladies’ Night.” Laney To Preside President Emsley Laney is sched uled to preside over the dinner, while William G. Robertson will act as toastmaster and have charge of a unique musical program which he has prepared especially for the occasion. Flowers and decorations are in the hands of Mrs. J. Henry Gerdes and she promises both will be in keeping with the festive oc casion. Present Testimonial The dinner program will get un derway with an invocation by the Rev. W. J. Stephenson and will be followed by presentation of a testi monial to Bishop Darst. The Bis hop is slated to respond. Brief talks by Bishop Thomas H. Wright of the Diocese of Eastern Carolina, Episcopal church and Kiwanians Ii W. Solomon, Walter B. Freed, Aaron Goldberg and John E. Hope, will bring the evening to a close. Charter Member The honoree of tonight’s dinner See KIWANIS on Page Two And So To Bed One of our Informers swears this is true. Last night a man went into a local restaurant and ordered a $1.50 steak. When the waitress brought the steak to him he was con siderably shocked. From end to end, its longest dimension did not exceed four inches. “Look here,” he said indig nantly. “Do you call this small thing a $1.50 steak?” “It’s small, all right,” ans wered the waitress, “but it’s still equal to a regular-size $1.50 steak.” “How do you figure that?” asked the man. “Wait till you see how long it’s going to take you to eat it,” replied the waitress. '