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Nortb Carolina's Oldest Daily Newspajiar
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By The Wilmington Star-News
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Worry produces doubt in a three-fold di
rection': (1) God’s love is doubted. 'Worry
implies that He cares little for His blood
washed children. (2) God’s wisuom is
doubW. Worry indicates that He is not
able t« plan for His own, that He does not
know what is best tor those who belong to
Him. i?) God’s power is doubted. Worry
declares that His grace is not sufficient for
our needs.
Herbert Lockyer
Keep Resorts Open
The appeal of the representative of
a New York newspaper, now in this
vicinity, to keep the beach resorts in
full swing throughout the fall so that
Empire state residents may enjoy their
first postwar vacation there, echoes a
thought that has been in the minds of
many Wilmingtonians during these re
cent years of conflict.
There is no good reason, these pro
gressive citizens contend, why south
. eastern North Carolina’s shore com
munities should not become a favorite
vacation area throughout the year.
When the sea water is too cold for
bathing, there is deep-sea fishing in
abundance, which hordes of tourists
have needlessly overlooked in favor of
There are few days of winter when
the sea is too rough or the weather too
chilly to go out for sail fish, dolphin,
amber jack and other game fish, and
not even Florida is free from high seas
and cold snaps.
Throughout the war, when Camp
Davis and the shipyard were in full
operation, homes at the beaches were
all tenanted. They were of material aid
in reducing the housing shortage in
Wilmington. Naturally there was no
reason then to invite fall and winter
visitors which could not be accommo
dated. But conditions have changed.
The opportunity has now come to ex
ploit the beaches as vacation spots aft
er the regular summer season ends.
With a New York missionary within
our gates ready to spread the news in
his home state, and on his assurance
that throngs of New Yorkers, who have
been unable to make summer reserva
tions elsewhere, anxious to take to the
road when they learn that our beaches
are available later, Wrightsville, Caro
lina, Kure and Wilmington have such
a chance to entertain fall and winter
vacationists as has not existed before.
The missionary deserves the heartiest
support in his efforts.
Give Winter Park Relief
When the Highway Commission and
the County Board of Commissioners
met in joint session some month or
more ago t.o determine what should be
done to relieve recurrent flood condi
tions in the Winter Park area, resi
dents of the affected district breathed
easier than they had in a long time, in
expectation that the deplorable condi
tion would be speedily remedied.
Instead, they have learned that pro
crastination is not only the thief oi
time but of their comfort as well. Noth
ing, apparently, has been done to re
lieve their distress.
Then came this extraordinary rain:
s«ason, which has made most people
as sour as the soil. Water accumulat
ed in ponds and lakes in Winter Park
and thereabouts. James S. Hall who was
instrumental in bringing the Highway
Commission and the County Commis
sion together in the first place, re
ports the Winter Park schoolyard "a
swamp,” and adds “the entire area is
kneedeep in mud.”
He and other residents have wired
an appeal to Governor Cherry for
"quick” relief. As Mr. Cherry ordered
the Highway Commission to examine
the situation and learn what should
be done, it is to be expected he will take
such remedial action as is needed.
A New City Manager
The City Council has taken com
mendable action by electing J. R. Ben
son to the office of City Manager — a
position he has filled on a temporary
basis since the resignation of his pre
decessor, A. C. Nichols. During the
brief period of his service, Mr. Benson
has carried out many undertakings for
the benefit of the community long in
contemplation and given evidence at
numerous times of his managerial
capabilities. His short record is the
more remarkable In that in addition to
the new duties he has continued his
services as City Clerk.
The appointment is eminently time
ly in that the Council is closely examin
ing the new budget which was tenta
tively drafted under his guidance and
supervision and may now have the full
value of his counsel in dealing with the
appropriations necessary for the eco
nomically sound and liberally construc
tive operations of the city’s government
during this fiscal year.
As the Council voted unanimously to
make him city manager—that is to say
business manager of the greatest cor
poration in the city—it is fair to think
that it will give him unanimous sup
port in his new office, and assist him,
as a board of directors, in decisions
affecting the development and wel
fare of the city.
The Star congratulates the Council
on its choice and Mr. Benson on his
selection, at the same time reserving
the right to point out any dereliction
in administration without malice but
in the discharge of its duty to the citi
zens of Wilmington.
In this period of readjustment the
City Council and the City Manager
must face and solve many grave prob
lems which will tax their capabilities
to the utmost. Residents are urged to
familiarize themselves with these prob
lems that they may the better judge
decisions, and when in agreement
therewith bestow a kindly word on the
men who made them. There will be
encouragement for even better per
formance of the public service by this
Get Rid Of Wallace
A new magazine made its bow in
the South in May. It is called “Southern
States Business & Industry.” Its policy,
as stated on its title page, is to “oppose
all movements, inside government or
out, which aim at the restriction of
freedom of opportunity for the exer
cise of individual initiative in the pro
motion of private enterprise.”
The June issue contains an editorial
entitled “Needed—A Secretary of Com
merce.” It cracks down on Henry Wal
lace so effectively, we quote pertinent
excerpts from it in the conviction that
a great majority of Star readers are in
agreement with its position and with
the hope that others who do not under
stand what Mr. Wallace is up to will
gain valuable information from the
In part it says:
“No cabinet officer in recent times
has been less suited for his position
than is the present Secretary of Com
merce. Holder of his job as a result of
a political deal that has few counter
parts in American political history,
Henry Agard Wallace is the least sym
pathetic figure that could have been
named to head the one government de
partment whose main interest should
be in the continuation of the free en
terprise system in the United States.
A cardinal of the Catholic church would
' be as much at home presiding over a
meeting of the Communist party.
“Mr. Wallace’s known, because oft
en-stated, liking for the Communist
r way-of-life; his political connection with
an organized labor movement which, to
give it the benefit of the doubt, is not
antagonistic toward the Communist
ideologies; and his utter lack of bus
iness background all combine to make
him unfit for the position of Secretary
of Commerce, in this country at least.
For those who would point to the busi
ness developed in the sale of hybrid
corn, this magazine is willing to con
cede that Mr. Wallace built a ‘better
mousetrap.’ That does not make him a
businessman. . . .
“Henry A. Wallace knew why he
wanted to be Secretary of Commerce.
His reasons for wanting the job are the
best in the world to support the title
of this editorial. Socialization of busi
ness can start as well in his way as in
the British way. The great difference
is that the British people have voted
for it, Wallace’s way is the tricky, un
derhanded, vicious way of his political
allies and Communist friends. Rejected
by his own political party because it
would not have him on a ballot as a
representative of what that party stood
for, Wallace is using an appointive po
sition to advance social theories which
the Democratic party knew the voters
of this country would reject.
“The business and industry of this
country—this isn’t a matter of inter
est to the South alone—need represen
tative leadership in the President’s
cabinet. Henry A. Wallace can never
give it.”
When Mr. Wallace was first called
into the Cabinet as Secretary of Agri
culture by President Roosevelt it was
freely predicted in Washington that if
the Democratic party should disinte
grate through the machinations of radi
cals it would be largely due to his activi
ties. At that time he was known only
as a “parlor pink.” During the inter
vening years his politics has become
Surely President Truman has dis
charged any hang-over debt to him
from the Roosevelt administration. Mr.
Wallace’s resignation or removal from
the Cabinet is in order.
Fair Enough
(Copyright By King Features Syndicate, Inc)
NEW YURR_ — The career of Murray Gars,
son, the promo'ter who seems to have imposed
upon the sturdy but highly credulous honesty of
Andrew Jack May, of Kentucky, presents a
delightful study, as well pursued in court rec
ords and in the rermniscense of policemen
in New York as in the meager records reveal
ed in Washington, Mr. May, a backwoods con.
gressman and chairman of the Military Af
fairs committee of the House of Representa
tives, knew Murray Garsson for years but
knew nothing questionable about him.
The outline of Garsson s bankruptcies, his
association with eminent New York gangsters
of the prohibition era and his arrests, and data
on his brother, Henry, have been entered in
the Congressional Record.
Mr. May would seem to have been no more
careless, however than others in times past or
the Army officers who dealt with the Garsson
corporat’ons. The F.B.I. had the records of
both and Gov. Tom Dewey, of New York, Ed
Mulrooney, the retired police commissioner
and a number of others here had picked up
their trail particularly Murray’s, now and
again for years.
Mr. newey rememocrea Murray as a ngure
in a bribery case in the federal court when
Garsson was a special assistant to William
Doak, who was Secretary of Labor under Her.
bert Hoover.
The most hteresting detail disclosed in a
day’s search iere was a loan of $130,000 worth
of stock of tie Twentieth Century Fox Cor
poration to Murray Garsson by Joseph
Willie Bioff the old brothel keeper who had
found his soiial level among the aristocracy
of Hollywood, testified on his trial for extor
tion that Joe had loaned Garsson $200,000. A
later witness, Joe Moscowitz, Mr. Schenck’s
book-keeper, vent inlo more detail. He Said
Schenck loanei $202,837.50 to himself and Gars
son which w*s paid for the stocks and that
5,000 shares, vorth then approximately $130,
000 was Garston’s share of the loan. Garsson
endorsed the lock in biank to Schenck. Had it
gone up, Garson, apparently, would have had
a profit. This -joint was rot, developed. It was
later sold for $120,000. Moscowitz said Gars
son got rone >f the proceeds. Nor, said he,
did Schenck tike a tax loss.
Moscov.'itz sad Garsson was a close friend
of Schenck.
This loan wai made in Nov. 1937. At that
time, Garsson vas winaing up a career of
thre years as m investigator for the House
committee invesigating cerporate reorganiza.
tions and bond-holding companies with the
ostensible purpoa of profecting investors from
fraud. There hat been many reorganizations
and receivership*in the motion picture indus
try in which the r0x interests were involved,
and Garsson’s oficial duties as investigator
took him to Hollgvood. He was in a position
to make recomm*idations to the cmmittee,
known as the Sabith Committee, in honor of
its chairman, the H>n. Ad Sabath. of Chicago.
He could favor he companies, including
Schenck'z. or he codd, if, for any reason he
felt prejudiced agaiist the magnates of Holly,
wood, turn thumbs down The nature of his
recommendations as to the Schenck interests
1 d°,n°t *n°w- !ut 1 do know that Mos
X“led that Jur«y Garsson got a loan
of $±30,000 from a mai whose interests he was
in a position to serveor lo harm.
That such a man, with such a record as
Garsson s. would get Vch a job, with its im
plications of great truS and honor hardly vin.
dicates Mr. May’s gullbii'ty Mr. Sabath, how
ever, was equally naiv, if so mild a word Is
Herbert Hoover said he was surprised to
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Have Soft Spot In Heart Of Ye Scribe
I'd like to clear up a matter
of no small importance this morn,
read in the account of the Wash
ington investigation of war profi
teering by Garsson’s companies,
under May’s patronage that Gars
son had held a job as special as
sistant to the Secretary of Labor,
William Doak, in hig administra
In this job, Garsson was placed
in a position to control the cases of
immigrants, including prominent
rnd high-salaried foreign actors in
Hollywood and wealthy sojourners
in the East. A racket had de
veloped in immigration which then
wag admini. ered by the Depart
ment of Labor and Mr. Doak, on
Sept. 12, 1931 went on the air over
the Columbia system, to say: “I
have appointed as a special as
sistant the Hon. Murray W. Gars
son of New York to supervise and
assist the agent we had investiga
ting this racketeering.’ ’
About two months later, the Hon.
Murray W. Garsson took the stand
as a character witness for a rela
tive of Mr. Doak who had been
indicted on a charge of fraud in
the practice of this racket. Ap
parently, the F. B. I. had given
the prosecuting attorney, William
Herlands no report on the Hon.
Murray W. Garsson’s own char
acter, so he was not even chal
lenged as a sponsor of the defend
ant and the jury disagreed.
In the labor department job,
Garsson, had charge of j group of
investigators who were supposed
to round up aliens who had jumped
ship or otherwise entered the
United States illegally, persons
who had made false statements in
their naturalizations papers and
visitors who had overstayed their
permits. Graft had developed and
Garsson was selected as a man
above temptation to deal witl. in
dividuals who were willing to pay
a high price to stay here. In
Hollywood, where he spent much
time, there were alien actors who
could afford to pay heavily for the
privilege of remaining and moving
picture companies with enormous
interests at stake on the recom
mendations of the special assist
Mr. Hoover said Garsson held a
minor position and that he had
never heard of him until a few
days ago when the Mead commit
tee’s revelations were published.
In August 1926, the Rothmere
Corporation, owned by Arnold
Rothstein, the most notorious New
York criminal of the prohibition
era, sued Murray Garsson and
others to foreclose a mortgage on
a midtown office building. Gars
son and his associates had bor
rw $40,000 and Rothstein recover
ed. Rothstein was murdered on
Nov. 6, 1928.
The F. B. T. report suggests that
in 1932, when he was Doak’s as
sistant, Garsson was concerned in
an effort to stop deportation pro
seedings against Owney Madden,
a paroled murderer, and that he
also was associated with Dutch
Schultz, the departed gangster.
If the F. B. I. could turn up so
much by sending a clerk to a file
and a reporter > one day could
produce the additional data on
Garsson here presented, the Army
would seem to have been no less
remiss than Mr. May, Mr. Sabath
and Mr. Doak, in its own failure
-o establish the character of the
Son. Murray W. Garston.
Just because I happen to livi
at Wrightsville Beach I have beer
accused, at one time or another
of favoring it over the othei
beaches of the celebrated Lowei
Cape Fear resort region.
Nothing — honestly, nothing —
could be farther from my mind
Let me state, once and for all
that (1) I dote on Carolina Beach
(2) I love Kure (or is it Kure's?—
I’ve never found out which de
spite many pleasant hours spen'
there) Beach, (3) I adore Wilming.
ton Beach, (6) I fall heavily for
Fort Fisher, (5) I swoon ovei
Caswell Beach, (6) I long for Lonj
Beach, and (7)—seven is a lucky
number—if I've left any others out
McKenney On
America’s Card Authority
One might think that several
years in the service would cause
a bridge player to go stale, but
that does not seem to be the case.
Our former champions returning
from the armed forces and re-en
tering tournament competition are
right out in front in all of the good
The Masters individual world
championship was won this year
by ex-service man Robert Me
Pherran, and three members oi
the winning team in the Vander
bilt Cup Tournament were ex
service men — Oswald Jacoby.
John R. Crawford, George Rapee.
I consider George Rapee one of
the greatest rubber and tourna
ment bridge players in the coun
try today. Let us look at his open
ing lead on the hand shown to
day, which was the only lead that
would defeat the contract. Even
though South dropped the queen,
Rapee continued with the three of
spades. East won and returned a
spade, which Rapee trumped; and
he still had to get a club trick.
At some of the other tables in
the tournament South opened the
bidding on the hand with four
hearts. It might have been a little
more difficult then for West to
open the king of spades.
Rapee’s theory was that South’s
jump to four hearts practically in
dicated a void in diamonds. He
felt that his partner probably held
either the ace of spades or ace of
clubs, to go to three diamonds;
and that South’s bid of four hearts
was in a measure an attempt to
shut out a spade bid. Therefore he
decided to open the spade.
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I want to make my profoundest
apologies right now.
It may be that all these beaches
(including Wrightsville) don’t par
ticularly care for the affections
I bestow upon them.
Maybe, like a young lady I once
knew, they do not reciprocate the
But just the same, like the young
man I once was. I nevertheless
force my affection upon them
whether they want it or not.
Seriously, now, I’m serious about
all this. I would be the last per
son in the world, or the universe,
for that matter, to play a favor
ite in the matter of the Lower
Cape Fear's strands.
Choosing the best one would be
a group composed of Man-O-War,
like choosing the best horse among
Gallant Fox, and Seabiscuit. It
just can’t be done—done justifi
ably, that is.
They all have the same ocean
washing their fine, sandy shores.
And their fine, sandy shores, for
that matter, are all made of one
and the same magic compound
of quartz, seashells, and lovely
girls in scant bathing suits.
The same ocean breeze wafts
its cool elixir over all of them,
and the same sun and the same
stars and the same moon beam
down on them diurnally and noc
And the same rain and the same
hurricanes soak and buffet them.
And the same sort of swell peo
ple, local and out-of-town and out
of-state, throng their swell and
similar hotels, dance pavilions, and
recreation centers.
And you don’t have to go fish
ing but one time at each one of
them to discover that the fish
like the people, and like me, love
one beach just as well as another.
Yet, for all this striking simil
arity of goodness, each beacn has
a special character of its own.
ington, Lincoln, Lee, and neigh
It s just like comparing Wash
borly man who lives next door.
They are all, without exception,
sterling fellows. One is tall one
short, one fat. one thin. One has
attained recognition f0r 0ne
achievement, the others for o*h
But they all have that same fine
Grade-A strain of character that
makes them brothers away down
under the skin.
... W*U) that’s the way I feel about
the beaches of this vicinity, if i
had a hat big enough to hold’them
I d throw them all in it, stir them
around, and then pick one out
And it wouldn’t make a particle
of difference which one my fingers
got hold of.
A True Appraisal
Two men were discussing motor
ing as they sat in the club. ”1 was
once buying a used car from a
garage owner,” said one. “Of
coruse, he praised it, 'and since I
was a novice, I knew nothing about
„ ’ b“l * fou”d a way of finding
out all about its defects.”
■■»?* sounds icredible,” said
the other.
“Well,” continued the first
this is how I did it. I took the
car out on trial and drove it to an
other dealer and asked him to buy
it. —Boys Life
Return to Greece of the Dode
canese islands, as approved by •,
Big Four foreign ministers,” will
transfer from Italy a smV'i
amount of territory which has had
a large place in international si.
Strung along the entrance to the
Aegean sea between Greece an<j
Turkey, this group of inlands
covers a total area of little more
than 1,000. square miles, notes the
National Geographic Society.”
In size tire islands range " from
Rhodes, with an area of "545
square miles, to the four-sqUa'».
mile dot of Castelrosso. They num.
ber 14, a figure out of line with
the old name Dodecanese, derived
from the Greek, which means ’2
Moreover, the name at times has
been applied to islands not r.ow
within the group and has excluded
other present members.
In general, however, the Dode
canese form a unit linked to
Greece by ties of blood and tra
dition. T h e i 1 population, more
than 140,000 before World War n
is overwhelmingly Greek, and
Greek is the predominant lan
The story of the islands goes
back to ancient Greece, and in
eludes chapters involving strug
gles od the modern Greek nation.
Cos, or Coo. for example, contains
a ruined temple to Asclepius,
Greek god of healing, and is re'
puted to have been the birthplace
of Hippocrates, “Father of Medi.
The islanders joined their kins
men in the Greek War of Inde
pendence during the early 1800’s,
although they themselves were
left under Turkish control. Caso
particularly played an important
role through contribution of its
fleet to the struggle.
From the earliest times the
Dodecanese were drawn into in
ternationai conflicts because of
their key position along the routes
of the Mediterranean and adjacent
seas. They fell under the sway of
the Roman Empire, the medieval
city states cf Venice and Genoa,
and the .Knights of St. John.
For four centuries the Turks
held the islands, giving way in
1912 to Italian occupation during
the Italo-Turkish war. At first the
islanders supported the Italians, in
the mistaken belief that occu
pation would be temporary. In
1924, the group finally was formal
ly ceded to Italy, in spite of a
series of agreements that had
gone before, including or.e soon
after World War I providing that
the Dodecanese, ex c e p t for
Rhodes, should be turned over to
The much-contested islands *re
far from rich in an economic way.
Mountainous, often rocky ar.d bar
ren, they must import many ot
their supplies. WTiere soil and
cereals and other crops grow well
in the sunny Mediterranean cli
mate. The ageold occupations of
sailing a nd fishing help support
the population.
The Literary
- i
Wechsberg (Knopf; $1.50).
As you turn the first pages, you
decide this is an amusing little
book. Wechsberg, as American
Army sergeant is going back to
his native city in Czechoslovakia
for the first time since 1938. It's
in the Russian zone, closed to him
as an American, but with Crech
government papers he thumbs
rides on our ally’s train and trucks,
eats and drinks with the robustious
Russians, and talks his way to his
old home town.
But there’s no band out to greet
him. The roof has been blown oft
the bouse in which he was raised,
and he finds none of his own rela
tives. The synagogue where he
worshipped has ben razed. His
wife's father and mother, though
alive, are pathetically Hungry and
afraid. In the city where he had
known 1000 people, he can locale
only nine. There’s “more hatred,
more prejudice, more bitterness
than ever before.’’ he is told.
And as you put the book down,
you realize the author has fooled
you smartly: this is the pleasant
est account ol the most unpleasant
truths that I have read.
70,000 TO 1: THE STORV OF
MANUEL, by Quentin Rey
nolds (Random House; $2.SO
Lore learned in Maine back
woods helped young Gordon l iar -
el to stay alive for nine months on
Japanese - held New Britaa
cording to this story told by him
and written by Reynolds
His bomber came down
flames, but he took to his para
chute and landed in the sea. n?
tooth almost out and cue '-2
broken. The natives, grullib.s
enough to believe his tales
America’s might though
was little to prove it in - -
when we were just stepping
our raids an Rabaul, ■PP‘;r’J j
hideout and food. He spied oi
enemy gun positions failed In a‘- j
tempts to escape by canoe, ev’
ually learned there were sr,rr:* j
Austrians in the jungle ::*pj j
them and was finally ev ;
by submarine.
With its bits about the girl
left behind him. and the rr.P’.ir
of comfort a castaway can vri't
from the 23rc Psalm.’ it’s not a
bad storv, but it is Ini'1
back in the days of World Wa: ■*
and it would have been tbo:>
lovel in 1944, or even ’43

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