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thtttttgta illorttttuj Jyftur VOL. 79.—NO. 230._ WILMINGTON, N. C., TUESDAY, JULY 9, 1946 " ESTABLISHED 1867 Hughes Tries To Keep Busy Injured Flier Wants To Set Up Office In Hospital Bv VIRGINIA MacPHERSON l nited Press Hollywood Correspondent BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 8. — (UP) — Howard Hughes, multi-millionaire air plane builder and movie maker "ho miraculously es cape death Sunday night when his newest plane plowed jr;o a Bel Air mansion, was si ntly improved Monday night— b.:: not enough to turn his hospital room into an office, as he tried to ° Despite a crushed chest, col j.Dred left lung, possible skull f-aeture, eight broken ribs, a broken left shoulder, a smashed nose. and countless ’ ruises and buns-enowi to keep an ordinary man unconscious — the handsome vonne aircraft executive called for jjjS secretary as soon as he re covered consciousness. Horrifies Physician He dictated a sheaf of orders, called in an assistant for a busi es consultation and cancelled an appointment he had in Los Angeles before his horrified physician b-'-st in to break up the session. Dr. Verne R. Mason posted a deputy sheriff at Hughes’ door and v’ered him to keep everybody O'." "I want you to know,” he told , - -st conferee to scurry out of the room, ‘‘that if this man dies, ■' be your fault.” ’’icon said Hughes was still in critical condition after two blood trr'sfusions. See HUGHES on Page Two ('■'OWTOBACCO LOSSES RUN HIGH Crop Is Damaged By Wind And Rain Storms; One-Third Gone __i JACKSONVILLE, July 8.—More than one-third of Onslow county’s: tobacco crop has been lost as the ; result of last week’s wind and rain; i* vas revealed here Monday by 1 C "ty Agent c- c- Clark> Jr" aft_ i er .- survey of rural districts. C'ark reported losses ranging j from five to 100 percent of the ^ p' r.ting in the county. Ordinarily, tobacco represents, from 15 to 80 per cent of Onslow i farm income and the heavy loss,1 es'imated at approximately $2,000,-! MO strikes a crippling blow at the c( rtv's rural economy. Farm experts estimated that the 19 6 crop would have been the best in many years. .he Weather FORECAST North and South Carolina: Rather hot j Tuesday: scattered thundershower* in | the afternoon. (Eastern Standard Time) (By lT. S. Weather Bureau) P°‘eorolr,gical data for the 24 hours j * ~hng /:30 p m. yesterday. Tehmperatures ^ ’ 0 am 74, 7:30 am 77,- 1:30 pm 92, "• ;'n pm 80. Mrximum 95; minimum 72: Mean 78; formal 79. Humidity . 1:20 am 85, 7:30 am 87, 1:30 pm 49, 1 30 pm 79. Precipitation Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m., "0." inches. Total since the first of the month. 8:35 inches. Tides For Today 'From thr Tide Tables published by 1 S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.! v High I.ow "i-mmgton _ 5:53 am 12:51 am k 6:36 pm 1:06 pm **s°nboro Inlet 3:45 am 10:02 am c 4:29 pm 10:46 pm sunrise. 5:08 am; sunset, 7:26 pm. ♦ oor.iise, 3.35 pm; moonset, 1:37 am. • >i\er stage zt Fayetteville at 8 a. m. Monoay. iQ5 feet. Sunday 11.3 feet. HASBONE’S meditations By Alley ---— 01E. RHEUMATli' IS stiul &ax molt o' Me-AlN' NEVUrt TURNT loose tit. but some T|ME I FUR61TS IT I BEAMS FIDDLE [Music.«i < ■ I 7 TiadaMaii i« t.i rat oa<«»_ FBI TO INVESTIGATE CHARGE THAT BIG BUSINESS CONSPIRED IN A TMMPT TO KILL CONTROL MEASURE; CITIZENS TO y/MT TO URGE 3S-F00T CHANNEL HERE Group Hopes To Correlate Rivers Data Parley Probably To Be Held Some Time This Week HEARING SET~JULY 30 Engineers Here To Take Up Matter; Congress men Favor By LARRY HIRSCH The Port City’s first big concentrated effort to secure a 35 - foot deep Cape Fear river channel will be made at a mass meeting of all “in terested parties” in the city hall council chamber some time this week, it was disclosed yesterday by Acting City Manager J. R. Benson and City Industrial Agent John H, Farrell. The purpose of the meeting is to compile and corrolate all the ma terial and data in support of the 35-foot channel movement in order to put up a united city-county-civic commercial front at the tT. S. Army Engineers’ public hearing on the matter in the V. S. Customs house federal courtroom on July 30. Other Top Planners In addition t° Benson and Far rel, the top planners at the meeting will include Chief County commis sioner Addison Hewlett; Mayor W. Ronald Lane; R. B. Page, chair man of the State Ports authority; J. T. Hiers, executive general agent of the Wilmington Port com mission; Henry E. Boyd, traffic | manager of the Wilmington Port Traffic association; E. L. White, president of the Wilmington Cham ber of Commerce; and leaders of other civic and commercial groups. Further, representatives of about a dozen big oil companies are ex pected to attend the meeting to See RIVER on Page Three MRS. WHITE DIES AT SUMMER HOME Death Comes Suddenly From Heart Attack Last Night Mrs. E. L. White, wife of the owner of White’s Ice Cream and Milk company, died suddenly of a heart attack about 8:45 o’clock last night at her summer home at Wrightsville Beach. A native of Wilmington, Mrs. White was the daughter of Mrs. Rosa Lee Mayo Furlong and the late Walter A. Furlong. Married in 1916, the Whites be came a well - known couple not only in Wilmington but throughout Southeastern North Carolina. White was elected president of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce recently. Surviving Mrs. White are: her husband; two daughters, Mrs. J. Chadbourn Bolles, of Charlotte, and Mrs. Isaac B. Grainger, of Wilmington; one son, E. L. White, Jr.; four grandchildren; her mother; and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary White. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Ward Funeral Home. JOBLESS N.C. Disabled Veterans Are Without Employment Over 4,000 disabled veterans of; World War II residing in North Carolina, are today without jobs, a compilation of the number from active files shows. Handicapped in getting a job through “regular channels,” the disabled of the recent war are be ing assisted by the many commit tees of the Veterans administra tion, the United States Employ ment Service, and other federal agencies. Announcing the total unemploy ed yesterday, J. M. Kennedy, Jr., assistant state veterans employ ment representative for disabled - ^ —- 1 - ' - --- Ac. £ taster Invasion Plan Revealed Hr ‘ ii , Dover- Norf'h Foreland , Above is shown the frontispiece of what is believed to be the first reproduction of a German invasion map of the English coast to be made. The strip map, complete with aerial photos shows meticulous work on the part of the Naxi military intelli gence in collecting details of gun emplacements and other British defenses. The map was brought to this country by an Air Trans port Command pilot from Berlin. - -- RECORD THRONGS CROWD CAROLINA More Than 50,000 Jam Local Resort Over Fourth Holiday A crowd of more than 50,000 people, the largest in Carolina Beach’s history, jammed the Lower Cape Fear strapd during the four day Independence Day holiday, ac cording to stimates released yes terday by Mrs. Alice Strickland, Carolina Beach town clerk. The lew record was set despite the weather, nearly the worst in the beach’s history, Mrs. Strick land said. She took special satisfaction in the fact that there were no traffic accidents or beach accidents worth mentioning, desipte the oversize crowd and the poor weather. The prime reason for the lack of beach mishaps was the rein forcement of the regular seven man lifeguard crew with three ex_ tras, she said. The only unfavorable event of the entire four-day holiday spree was the brief cut-off of electric power Friday night during the 45 mile-per-hour windstorm. The pow er failure was quickly remedied with little delay in power service. “It was good to have the busi ness,” Mrs. Strickland said as she revealed the 50,000 . person crowd figure, “but I can’t help feeling a little relieved that the crowd is getting back to its normal size.” veterans, said that this does not mean the disabled will not be even, tually placed in employment suit able to their capacities. Citing some “unfortunate” cases of disabled veterans growing out of injuries received in World War i I, the representative said that every effort is being expended this i time to guarantee there is not a recurrence of many such tragic cases. There was no plan for this proj ect as late as 1923, five years after World War I. See JOBLESS on Page Three Germans Had Plan To Invade England Concrete Evidence Of Nazi Scheme Found In Charts; Now Used In Berlin As Table Mats; Huns Were Burned By MEARES HARRISS Concrete evidence of a master German plan for the invasion of England has been revealed in this country by the disclosure of the existence of remarkably detailed maps of the English Channel coast. Complete Maps The maps, SRid to be the most complete diagrams of VHF RADIO RANGE NEARLY FINISHED A power line to operate Bluethen thall airport’s brand new- almost completed VHF (very high fre quency) radio range will be strung to the site, about five miles north of the field, some time this week, it was announced yesterday by Hamilton E. Hicks, secretary of See RANGE on Page Two the English coastal defenses yet discovered, have only recently been brought to this country by Air Transport Command pilots from Berlin. The particular map which was presented to me is of the south eastern coast of the “right little, tight little, isle’’, and shows bal loon defenses, anti-aircraft posi tions and identifies outstanding landmarks. Invasion Mystery Partial solution to the mystery of the failure of the Nazis to in See MAPS on Page Two Along The Cape Fear ■ SOUR GRAPES—In last Satur day’s column we said we were go_ ing to keep our head inside the Columbus county 1946 year book because we thought it as deletable as a crate of Chadbourn straw berries. This morning, however, our head is no longer inside the book. On the contrary, it is raised up like that of the fox W'ho put his head into a fruit basket only to encoun ter a large bunch of sour grapes. It isn't the Columbus county book which has brought about this change, though. We still think the book a fine publication. No. The change has been wrought by a letter from Whiteville. * * * CLAIMED GAME—"Dear Along the Cape Fear (the letter says): j Now, sir, that you have your back from the wall and your head in a book, we have hopes for you. "Completely shorn of any desire to bite you—your abject apologies stirred our sympathy and emotions —we stand now ready to guide you into a fuller understanding of and appreciation for the excellencies of that part of Southeastern North Carolina to which New Hanover county is suburban.” We won’t give you the writer’s name, folks. We have his name written in blood on our black list, and we have claimed him for our 'own personal game. * * * QUICK METAMORPHOSIS—But before we oil up our long rifle and shine up our bowie knife for the hunting trip to Whiteville, let us point out that never in the his tory of the plant kingdom have strawberries metamorphosed into raspberries — the ones spelled r—a—z—z in such short order. It would make Luther Burbank, the world’s greatest—up till now botanical quick-change artist turn a dark jade green with envy. How did you manage to find time to do it, sir, with your hands See CAPE FEAR On Page Two MINISTERS AGREE TO CALL PARLEY Byrnes Wins Over Molotov On Peace Confer ence State PARIS, July 8.—(U.R)—The “Big Four’’ foreign ministers agreed Monday to issue invitations Tues day for a 21-nation peace confer ence to meet here July 29 and to draft “recommendations” on pro cedure to be considered by the meeting. The agreement came at the end of two critical meetings during the day, with Secretary of State James F. Byrnes fighting doggedly to overcome the resistance of Rus sian Foreign Minister Viacheslav Molotov to issuing the invitations unless hard and fast rules for pro cedure were dictated to the 21 nation conference. Plenary Meeting The forengn ministers ordered their deputies to draft the suggest ed rules of procedure for consid eration at a plenary meeting at 5 p. m. Tuesday. Invitations and recommendations will be sent together to the 21 na tions who, at the peace confer ence, are to prepare treaties for the Axis satellites—Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Finland. Byrnes forced a showdown vote at a meeting Monday morning on issuing the invitations at once. British Foreign Secretary Ernest See PEACE on Page Three Senate Goes Into Final Round On Newest OPA Bill Attorney General Clark Reveals That FBI Agents Attempting To Track Down Charge Of Conspiracy By EULALIE McDOWELL United Press Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON, July 8.—(UP)—A federal investigfc tion to determine whether big business is conspiring to kill OPA was underway Monday as the senate went into the final round of debate on a measure to revive the embattled pricing agency for another year. Attorney General Tom C. Clark revealed that Depart ment of Justice agents are trying to track down reports MAY DISCLAIMS WAR CONSPIRACY Kentuckian Is Given Lie, However, By State Associate By ANN' C. HICKS United Press Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON, July 8.—Repre sentative Andrew J. May’s dra matic denial of association with a Kentucky lumber company linked by senate investigators to an 111 linois “paper empire” of war con tractors was challenged promptly Monday by a white-haired Ken tuckian who said he has known the Democratic congressman for 50 years. May, in an impassioned speech before a crowded, applauding house- denounced the Senat War Investigating committee as an “in quisition” group, denied that he had profited from any connections he had with organizers of the Illi nois industrial chain, and pictured himself as “the victim of a con spiracy of falsehood and malice.” Denies Connections Specifically. the gray-haired, partly bald chairman of the influ ential House Military Affairs com mittee denied any connection with the Cumberland GCy.) Lumber company. That firm’s documents See MAY on Page Two AUDITORIUM PLAN GOES TO COUNCIL To Be Displayed To Public After Preliminary Approval The long-awaited final plans of Wilmington’s proposed $1,000,000 municipal auditorium will be pre sented to the city council in a week or 10 days, J. B. Lynch, city architect, told Acting City Manager J. R. Benson yesterday. In preparation for several months, the final plans will be put on public display for study and comment after the council gives them its preliminary approval, Benson said Meanwhile, Lynch will proceed with the drafting of working draw ings for contractors’ use. Although $28,000 to finance the preparation of plans and specifi cations has been granted by the Federal Works agency, no appro priation has yet been made for actual construction of the $1,000, 000 structure. As soon as federal funds are made available for municipal propects, city officials will go into action for immediate erection of the auditorium at Eights and Nun streets, Benson said. CAMP SITE Carolina Still Seeking Fort Caswell Property BY BILL KEZl Star Correspondent SOUTHPORT, July 8.— Writing from Raleigh this week Director R. Bruce Etheridge of the North Carolina Department of Conserva tion and Development requested the local representative of the Star to keep him informed on all local developments with regard to Fort Caswell. The State of North Carolina hopes to acquire Fort Caswell at South port and developing it as a part of the Mountain-Seashore Park system. At present the only thing delaying the accomplishment is a definite announcement from the 6th Naval District to the effect that; the Navy no longer needs or wants Fort Caswell, it was said. Navy Owned Contrary to some impressions, | the Coast Guard has never held i any interest in Fort Caswell. The Coast Guard has a large and well : equipped station at Oak Island, a 1 short distance below Caswell, j Several weeks ago the Coast j Guard is understood to have made approaches to the Navy for part See CASWELL On Page Two that manufacturers and cattle in terests conspired to hold scarce products off the market in order to stir up public opposition to OPA. Foods Reappear Clark said 'lie department’s suspicious were aroused last week when a flood of hitherto scarce foods appeared on the market im mediately after tne old price con trol law died. He said special attention is be ing given to the cattle industry and that any member of a group en gaged in consp5racy to withhold meat or other goods for the pur pose of discrediting OPA is liable to a $10,000 fine and two years’ imprisonment. President Truman, meanwhile, held an OPA conference with his congressional “Big Four’’ shortly before the start of the senate de bate which administration support ers hope will wind up this week with passage of a bill acceptable to the White House. The president vetoed the earlier OPA extension measure. Hope To Please The four, Senate Democratic Leader Alben W. Barkley, (Ky.), Senate President Kenneth McKel. lar, (D. Term.) House Speaker Sam Rayburn, (D., Tex.), and House See OPA on Page Three STASSEN’S THYE TAKES EARLY LEAD Governor Of Minnesota Holds Two To One Mar gin Over Shipstead MINNEAPOLIS, July 8. —(A>)— Governor Edward J. Thye, who went into the Minnesota Republi can U. S. senatorial race with the blessing of Harold Stassen, took a two to one lead Monday night over Senator Henrik Shipstead, incum bent, in early returns of the pri mary election. Reports from 26 of 3,706 precincts gave Thye 1,929, Shipstead 939. First returns were scattered throughout the state, and all coun ties reported voting extremely light, evidently due to the fact that there were few local county con tests. Date With Stassen Gov. Thye, who voted in his home town of Northfield, was back at his St. Paul suite Monday night and had a date to meet later w'ith Stassen, who can in his home state election gain or lose prestige in his determination to obtain the Repub lican presidential nomination in 1948. Stassen, former governor who was Admiral William Halsey's flag secretary during World Warll, was not a candidate and did not cam paign actively but nevertheless was a major issue himself because he endorsed candidates in the hot contests for U. S. Senator and governor. Stassen’s foes declared he hand picked Governor Edward J. Thye for the senatorial race in opposi tion to Senator Henrik Shipstead. See THYE On Page Two And So To Bed Two out-of-town gentlemen were arguing on a local street corner yesterday afternoon about the merits of their towns. (For sake of security we shall call one Blankville and tHe other Zerotown.) “Listen,” said the gentleman from Blankville. “Your town is so small you hardly know when you drive through it.” “Is that so,” replied the gentleman from Zerotown. “Your town is so small and you can drive through it so fast that you ought to change those ‘You Are Entering Blank ville’ signs to ‘You Left Blank ville Five Minutes Ago '