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yOL. 79 -NO. 242.__ WILMINGTON, N. C., TUESDAY, JULY 23, 1946 " ESTABLISHED 1867
First Baptists Call
Rev. Charles Maddry
The Rev. Charles A. Mad
jrv will become pastor of the
first Baptist church here fol
lowing the last sermon by the
jjev. Sankey Lee Blanton in
September it was announced
' The Rev. Mr. Maddry comes
to Wilmington from the minis
. .. 0f Highland Baptist church,
Louisville, Ky., and will suc
rceo the Rev. Blanton when
tlte latter becomes Dean of the
School of Religion at Wake
Fores' college September 11.
Preaches Next Sunday
Tentative plans, as announc
ed by Dr. J. H. Foster, Pastor
Emeritus of the First Baptist,
a; for Dr. Blanton to preach
the sermon next Sunday after
which he will start his vaca
During his absence, the pulpit
will be filled by Dr. Foster and
Dr. Blanton is expected to
preach the first two Sundays
in September after which he
will take up his duties at Wake
Starts September 11
The Rev. Mr. M a d d r y is
scheduled to move here the
first week in September arid
will officially assume his duties
September 11. The call was ex
tended to him by the church
See BAPTISTS On Page Two
cherry predicts
Governor Points To “Re
markable Progress” On
Carolina Coast
Calling attention to the remarkable
egress made' along the Carolina
Coast during the last ten years,
Governor R. Gregg Cherry in an
address here today at the sum
n-.er meeting of the State Board of
Conservation and Development
predicted that the next decade will
bring even greater opportunities
for advancement.
I.-e Chief .executive, who is
chairman of the board, mentioned
the recent discovery of sneilvock
and the new uses of seaweed; barn
acles. ’iver mud and ocean water
io: the manufacture of various
products as evidence of how these
and other natural resources may
be utilized in modern industry.
stations sougnt
Seafood research and experimen
ts stations were recommended by
Governor Cherry. He praised ef
forts to increase sports, fishing
sad tourist traffic. Within the next
year, ne said, it will likely become
known whether oil exists in com
mercial quanities in the coastal
The governor was introduced by
J. L. Horne, Jr., of Rocky Mount,
v.ce chairman, who presided. The
board members were welcomed
by Alvah Hamilton, Morehead City
Alter the first general session
pooiic hearings were held separate
ly for commercial fishing and for
game and inland fishing. A num
ber oi petitions and local requests
were filed for consideration of the
Bta.d committees during the after
noon. Reports on these ar.d other
matters will be presented to the
foil board tomorrow morning at the
Ocean King hotel headquarters for
he three day gathering.
Protest Made
A score of commercial ne: fish
ermen. for whom Walter Lewis of
Me rehead City acted as chief
spokesman, asked that Menhaden
boats be prohibited from catching
h i fish with purse seines.
Representing the Beaufort Chem
ieJ Company, L. L. Stanfield re
/orted that there was not enough
seaweed available locally for his
company last year in its produc
,;m of agar and they had to move
operations to Florida. He requested
Protection in this state, with the
'to collect seaweed in suffi
e.er.t quantities, as is permitted in
'her states, his company, return,
" Promised, will help enforce
regulations and agree to produce
■My in North Carolina, chiefly in
Me section between Cape Hatteras
ond S.vansboro.
Quick Freezing
At the hearing on commercial
-Meries, W. John Price of the
eaufort Quick Freezing Company,
'fc CHERRY on Page Two
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Over 100 Applicants Ex
pected Before Closing
Of Registration
Wilmington was assured a college
center, a unit of the University of
North Carolina, yesterday with the
filing of 72 applications by local
Thirty applications were neces
sary before a unit of the Greater
University could be started here,
officials of the registration said, as
they announced that ‘‘almost
enough applicants for three class
es,” had been signed yesterday.
At Least 100
Superintendent of Schools H. M.
Roland predicted last night that a
total of ‘‘at least 100 applications
will be signed up before 4:30 this
afternoon, “when the formal reg
istration is closed.
The two days, Monday and Tues
day had been set aside for preli
minary registration of veterans and
The applications will be forward
ed to Chapel Hill offices of Russell
Grumann, a University official, and
chairman of the steering commit
tee for the college center in Wil
mington, and 12 other North Caro
lina cities.
Study Statistics
The statistics as compiled yester
day and today will be studied by
Chapel Hili officials, and results
should be forthcoming soon, accord
ing to Dale K. Spencer, director of
veteran's courses in the local hign
school and for the proposed col
lege center.
Rowland, speaking enthusiastical
ly, said that he knew of “numerous
other applicants who plan to make
their bids for college entry today.”
Majority Vets
Of the 72 applicants registered
yesterday, the majority were vet
erans, Spencer said.
Men and women who served dur
ing World War II, 2C women and
56 men, and 16 non-veterans made
up the group applying for entry in
the local center which will open
during the week of Sept. 23rd.
Action Soon
The applications will be combin
ed and mailed to Grumann Wed
nesday, Spencer said, and the Uni
versity officials are expected to
take action soon.
Only a few of the applicants have
had previous college training, ac
cording to Spencer, and they are
See College on Page Two
Postal Checks
Back pay checks for some 70
Wilmington postal employes, were
issued yesterday, according to an
announcement by Postmaster Wil
bur R. Dosher.
The checks, overdue since July
16 because Congress failed to pass
on an appropriations bill, were is
sued unexpectedly yesterday morn
ing. Postal officials had said Sun
day night that no official word as
to release date on the checks, had
been received from Washington.
Other federal employes were not
so fortunate, however. Draft board
officials and clerks as well as
workers in the various OPA offices
remained on the waiting list last
night, with no definite instructions
about payrolls, some of which have
been forwarded for payment as
much as two weeks.
Today and Tomorrow
Editors Note: While Mr. Lip
pmann is away on his vaca
tion Stewart and Alsop, the
well known co-columneers,
will fill in for him.
* * *
WASHINGTON, July 21. — It
now seems likely that some sort
of price control measure, however
jerry-built, will emerge from the
present mess. Yet even if, as is ex
pected, the President signs a com
promise bill which divides the pric
ing authority between a vestigial
O P A., a decontrol board and
Secretary of Agriculture Clinton
Anderson (whose1 enthusiasm for
i price control it would be difficult
| to underestimate) the danger of in
flation will by no means have end
ed. With the strongest measure the
most enthusiastic price controller
could devise, it would be no easy
task to clamp controls back on
farmers and businessmen who have
tasted the sweet delights of the free
market. It is this which makes so
interesting the conclusions reached
at a recent series of three meet
ings, attended by a special elite of
government economists, who met
to peer into what a future without
price controls, or with ineffective
price controls, might mean.
Shape Of The Future
It does not require the memory
of an elephant to know that the
See ALSOP On Page Two
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Final Onay
Awaited By
Local Group
Plans Move Forward For
Hearing On 35-Foot
Channel July 30
Work May Start On 30
Foot Digging
Sept. 1
Specifications for the mil
lion dollar project of dredging
the Cape Fear river channel
to a depth of 32 feet have
passed under the scrutiny of
the South Atlantic Division
office of the U. S. Army En
gineers, Atlanta, Ga., and now are
awaiting final alteration and ap
proval in Washington, D. C. head
quarters, the Wilmington district
engineers office announced yester
With the final Washington ap
proval expected some time this
week, the local engineers are still
pointing to September as the start
ing date for the million dollar
job which will scoop up a section
of the riverbottom two feet deep
by 100 feet wide by 30 miles long
in one long sweep from the foot
of Castle street to the sea.
Movement Gaining
Meanwhile, the movement for a
35-foot-deep river channel is rapid
ly making headway as local in
terests rush to completion their
briefs for submission to the district
engineers at the July 30 public
hearing in the Customshouse.
John H. Farrell, city industrial
-- See CHANNEL on Page Two
Says County Is Judged By
Type Of Citizen It
Judge Walter J. Bone, Nashville,
returning yesterday to New Han
over county Superior court after
an absence of four years, declar
ed that the county will be judged
in the future not so much by its
commercial growth as by its “law
abiding and peaceable atmos
phere’’ as he charged the grand
jury at the opening of the court’s
criminal term.
Judge Bone, who will hold court
this year in Pender, Columbus,
Brunswick, and New Hanover
counties, singled out “misuse of
probation’’ as one of the outstand
ing threats to the “peaceable at
mosphere’’ of the entire nation.
Too Much Leniency
Cracking down on the philosophy
which treats criminals as mis
guided persons who should be given
“a pat on the back’’ and then re
turned to society, the Nashville
judge warned against a wholesale
leaning towards too much leniency
in the courts.
The judge picked out certain re.
turned war veterans “who think
their war records give them a
right to commit crimes against
society” as a type of criminal
particularly to fce dealt with ac
cording to the “hard letter of the
See COURT on Page Two
Committees Complete Soap Box Derby Details
Meeting at the Y. M. C. A. yesterday morning, mem
bers of tbe Advisory committee and race officials for the
All-American Soap Box Derby to be conducted here Wed
nesday, July 31 under co-sponsorship of The Star-News
and Raney Chevrolet company, completed details for the
big event. Photographed shortly before the meeting
opened, those caught by the camera lens were: left to
right—front row—Hugh C. Hoffsinger, W. A. Stewart,
W. G. Montgomery, F. P. O’Crowley, C. H. Casteen.
Rear row, Adam Smith, George R. Kress, W. A. Raney,
David Harriss and J. C. Lunan.—STAR STAFF PHOTO
_ i--———
City And County Govern
ments Planning Joint
Meeting Wednesday
With the first month of the 1946
47 fiscal year almost over, the City
Council of Wilmington and the New
Hanover County Board of Commis
sioners will meet in special sepa
rate budget sessions today and a
special joint session tomorrow to
rush their budgets nearer to com
The city council is expected to
have a longer and harder time ar
riving at its final budget figure
than the county board, since the
city’s 1945-46 budget of $1,644,842
is slated to be exceeded by at least
$100,000 this year.
No Large Increase
The county, on the other hand,
does not anticipate an overly large
increase on its last year’s figure
of $1,109,415.
Neither of today’s separate ses
sions will bring forth a final bud
get figure from either group, since
both groups must meet jointly to
morrow to decide on allocations
for organizations which both the
city and county helo to finance.
Joint Costs
Among these jointly-operated or
ganizations are the public library,
the consolidated health depart
ment. the identification bureau, the
hospitals, and other public institu
The city and county have also
been asked to share jointly in the
financing of the prooosed Veter
ans’ Service center with a contribu-’
Mon of $3,000 each.
It is possible that a decision on
♦his matter may be reached at to
See BUDGETS on Page Two
Along The Cape Fear
Once in a great while, despite all
its blundering and buffoonery,
somebody a good turn.
As a matter of fact, this happens
so seldom that we don't feel too
boastful in telling you about it when
it does happen.
A small amount of self-congratu
lation never hurt anybody—espe
cially us, who get the chance to
practice the auto - backslapping
method of eulogy so rarely.
However, lest we pat ourself into
a coma, suppose we tell you what
the self-congratulations are about
first and make with the panegyric
Sunday afternoon a man tele
phoned the office of The Star and
asked for the “the gentleman who
“Put on your bullet-proof vest,”
warned the editor who answered
the phone. “Here’s another one of
those folks with a 12-gauge shot
gun aimed through the mouthpiece
of his telephone.”
With a valor born of many months
of dodging number two shot, we
picked up the phone and said, “Yes,
what is it, please?”
“Are you the gentleman who
FEAR” the man repeated.
“Yes,” we answered stoutly.
“Ah,” replied the man. “You’re
just the man I want.”
* * *
Well, we were the man he wanted,
but for a reason entirely different
from what we (and the editor, that
old alarmist) expected.
It turned out that the man on
the other end of the phone was
Mr. Robert N. Murphy, of Rich
mond, Va. Mr. Murphy was a Wil
mingtonian before he. moved to the
Virginia city some 30 years ago.
Just about every year since then
he has come back here for a sum
mer vacation and to renew auld
His motive for calling us up was
simple: He wanted to know where
we got that picture of the old Bijou
we put in last Thursday’s paper.
The picture, j(*u may recall, con
tained two young ladies standing in
the middle of Front street.
One of them was ^he late Effie
Murphy, the sister of Mr. Murphy.
See CAPE FEAR on Page Two f
First Derby Test
SetFor 10:30 A.M.
Class B Eliminations To Be Run Off Over
“Downs” Course In Morning; Class A,
Finals Wednesday Afternoon
To boys of the Class B group (11 to 12 years inclusive)
will go the honor of prying the lid off the Wilmington Soap
Box Derby here on Wednesday, July 31.
Meeting at the Y. M. C. A. yesterday morning, members
of the Advisory committee and race officials ruled that the
The Weather
North and South Carolina—Consider
able cloudiness with scattered thunder
showers and little change in tempera
ture Tuesday.
(By U. S. Weather Bureau)
Meteorological data for the 24 hours
ending 7:30 p.m. yesterday.
1:30 a.m. 78; 7:30 a.m. 72; 1:30 p.m. 77;
7:30 p.m. 79.
Maximum 83; Minimum 71; Mean 76;
Normal 79.
1:30 a.m. 90; 7:30 a.m. 95; 1:30 p.m. 93;
7:30 p.m. 89.
Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m.—
0.90 inches.
Total since the first of the month —
14.77 inches.
Tides For Today
(From the Tide Tables published by
U. S. Coast aund Geodetic Survey).
High Low
Wilmington _ 4:41a 11:54a
5:24p p
Masonboro Inlet _ 2:21a 8:45a
3:09p 9:36p
Sunrise 5:17; Sunset 7:20; Moonrise
12:36a; Moonset 2 :36p.
River Stage at Fayetteville. N. C. at 8
a.m. Monday, 9.7 feet, and Sunday, 9.6
Cape Fear River stage at Fayetteville.
9.7 feet.
big Derby doings win get underway
promptly at 10:30 a.m., at the
Derby Downs course on Rankin
street and that the morning pro
gram will be devoted to the run
ning of comi. jtitive heats in the
Class B group.
Finals In Afternoon
Time out for lunch will be taken
from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m.,
and when racing is resumed fol
lowing lunch, finals in the Class
B division will be decided and
Class A elimination heats started.
After the two winners are finally
decided for Classes A and B, the
two victors will test their driving
skill in a race for the Wilmington
All-American Soap Box Derby
championship and the right to rep
resent the Wilmington Star-News
and Raney Chevrolet company,
co-sponsors of the forthcoming
event, at the National finals in
Akron Ohio.
Members of the Advisory com
mittee and race officials also com
pleted arrangements for a test
run of all cars entered in the Der
by on Friday morning of this week
on the Derby Downs course. Track
Director C. H. Casteen has arrang
ed to close traffic on the Derby
Downs portion of Rankin street
during the hours of 10:00 a.m., to
12:00 noon and the course will be
policed during those hours. All boys
entered, or who expected to file
entries by noon on Saturday of
this week, are urged to take ad
vantage of this opportunity to test
See DERBY On Page Two
May Refuses To Appear
On War Quiz Program
—Representative May (D-Ky)
declared Monday that because
of the “press of constant legis
lative duties" he would be un
able to appear before the Sen
ate War Investigating Com
mittee Tuesday in response to
its subpoena.
Making Arrangements
He said in a statement to
newsmen, however, that “I
feel I will be able to make
this appearance at an early
date.” The statement added
that “arrangements” for the
appearance “are now under
The chairman of t^e House
Military committee, whose
name has figured in numerous
angles of the inquiry, reiterated
that he feels entitled to be rep
resented by counsel and to have
the right to cross-examine wit
nesses and subpoena docu
May’s Statement
May previously had made
this a condition for a volun
tary appearance but the com
See MAY on Page -Iwo
Porter Reports Present
OPA Bill Better Than
One Vetoed
WASHINGTON, July 22. — UP)—
Just after Senate-House conferees
had completed a compromise for
bidding ceilings on major food
items for 30 days, Price Adminis
trator Paul Porter told President
Truman Monday that the new OPA
bill is better than the one he vetoed
in June.
Porter visited the President not
long after the White House itself
had gotten back into the price con
trol fight with a report that prices
have increased rapidly since OPA
died. The report, from the Com
merce department and unaccom
panied by any comment from Mr.
Truman himself, argued that prices
would have risen even more were
it not for efforts by OPA’s foes to
keep increases at a minimum un
til the fate of OPA is determined.
No Recommendation
The price administrator, leaving
the executive offices, told newsmen
he had made no recommendation
on whether Mr. Truman should
sign or veto the new bill if it passes.
See LEADERS On Page Two
Beauty Center
Thirteen of the 20 beauty contest
winners in State Junior Chambers
of Commerce competitions have ac
cepted invitations from the Caro
lina Beach Jaycees to attend their
Charter night banquet August 1,
Ben Mallard, president, said last
fZ the banquet the Carolina Beach
Junior chamber, recently organiz
ed. will be presented its charter.
State and national officials of the
organization will be present.
Miss Mary Jarman, last week
named "Miss Wilmington of 1946”
will be the Carolina Beach Jaycees’
official hostess for the banquet. Fri
day, following the banquet, the
beauties will leave Bluethenthal
field in a specially chartered South
East Air lines plane for Wilson
where, Saturday, August 3, Miss
North Carolina will be selected.
Jew Agency
At Outrage
Police Attribute Latest
Attack To “Jewish
Jewish Reaction One Of
“Unspeakable Horror
And Shock”
JERUSALEM, July 22—</P)
—The Palestine government
announced Monday night that
93 persons, including 14 senior
British and Palestine officers,
were killed outright or are
missing tinder a “huge pile of
debris” in the noon-time bombing
of the palatial King David hotel.
The official announcement of
the casualties was made shortly
after the Jewish agency expressed
horror at the bombing and called
upon the Jewish community in
Palestine "to rise up against these
abominable outrages.”
"Jewish Terrorist#”
Police attributed the attack to
“Jewish Terrorists.”
Known casualties up to 9:30
p. m., the Palestine government
said, were 41 dead, including
eight unidentified bodies, 52 miss
ing in the wreckage and 53 injur
ed. The missing include 12 senior
British officers of the government
secretariat and two senior Pales
tine officers of the attorney gen
eral’s department.
The blast, which ripped through
the secretariat and the headquar
ters of the British army, destroyed
25 rooms on five floors and tore
off a whole comer of the massive
See BOMBING on Page Two
Lieut. Bost Says 10 Offi
cers, 200 Enlisted
Men Needed
Official recruiting of the 10 of
ficers and 200 enlisted men of
Wilmington’s U. S. Naval Organ
ized Reserve unit will begin in
about two weeks, it was announced
yesterday by Lieut. Henry C. Bost,
commanding officer.
Final Plans
Final plans of the nationwide
Naval Reserve program are now
being formulated in Washington,
Lieutenant Bost said, and as soon
as the official green light is giv
en the local unit will swing into
organization action.
Meawhile, Lieutenant Bost add
ed, he will be glad to receive pre
liminary applicants in his tempo
rary office in Room 243 of the
U. S. Customshouse for the pur
pose of “talking over’’ the details
of the reserve training program.
Naval Armory
Once the reserve unit gets un
derway, headquarters will be es
tablished in the employment of
fice building of the North Carolina
Shipbuilding company, which will
be converted into a regular Naval
armory complete with facilities
for both shore and sea training,
Lieutenant Bost said.
And So To Bed
If we had known about It we
would have told you about it
last week, but only last night
did the truck driver’s teeth stop
chattering long enough to tell
us the story.
Last Friday night this truck
driver parked his fully-loaded
gasoline truck on N. Fourth
street, which slopes downhill
toward the railroad bridge, and
went into an eatery for supper.
When he emerged from the
eatery his truck had disappear
ed. He ran down the street,
and then, just as he was about
to swoon, he spied the errant
truck jack-knifed in the middle
of the street not 30 feet away
from a 50-foot drop into the
lumber yard by the bridge.
“That’s the first time,” he
declared, “that I ever ate sup
per and then found my heart in
my mouth for dessert.”

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