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VOL- 79|—N0^248^ _____WILMINGTON, N. C., TUESDAY, JULY 30, 1946 ESTABLISHED 1867
president Thinks Booms,
Busts Can Be Prevented
^president Truman expressed
Qjef Monday that booms and
busts can be prevented—and
appointed an economist who
bares that view, Edwin Gris
u'oid Nourse, to head the new
economic advisory council.
■ Our country is capable of
maintaining an economy free
f 0ni the evils of both inflation
sn(i deflation,” Mr. Truman
declared in a statement.
■ The council will be in a posi
(ion t0 present to the nation a
c'earer and more comprehen
sive analysis than we have ever
dad regarding the economic
siate of the nation and all fac
tors which tend to retard pros
peril v.
This is the board established I
by the act passed last Febru- |
ary which aims to promote
conditions which will provide
“useful employment” for all
who want to work. The three
man board, a top government
agency, is to study the econo
my and make reports and
recommendations to Congress
and the President. j
After a long search for
qualified men who would ac
cept the $15,000 a year posts,
equal in pay to that of cabi
net members, Mr. Truman last
Thursday announced two of
them—Leon Keyserling and
John Davidson Clark. The
Senate Banking committee
Monday approved their nomi
nations. Nourse, however, did
not accept until 11 a. m. pend
See NOURSE on Page Two
Wilmington Is Second In
White Registration In
North Carolina
Wilmington was assured two col
)e’e centers for the 1946-47 school
terra, by vote of a special steering
committee of the University of
North Carolina in Raleigh yes
terday, when 12 of such centers
were approved for the entire state.
Wilmington placed second in
North Carolina with 137 regis
trants making application for en
try to the white center, and 37
registered for entrance at the
Negro center.
According to an Associated Press
dispatch 1.094 whites and 115
Negroes filed tentative applications
at various centers throughout the
s;a,e, during a two-day voting pe
riod last week.
Tuition Set
The committee also voted to set
tuition rates at $60 per quarter, of
f!80 for an entire school term of
toe quarters. It was also decided
that the University of North Caro
lina shall handle administration
of all centers except in cases where
local sentiment favors it being
handled by some other institution.
The centers in Wilmington will be
located in public school buildings,
according to H. M. Roland, super
intendent of public schools, and
teachers will be drawn from fac
ilities of public schools, college
instructors and other persons who
have the requisite master of arts
Taught Locally
Lring the afternoons and nights.
Locals applicants who did not
See COLLEGE On Page Two
Nickel Now Nickel
WASHINGTON, July 29—(JP)— If
i what this country’s been needing is
• good pre-war five cents piece,
■t's got it.
They’re putting nickel in the
JjCiiel again, the mint reported
Monday—keeping its mouth shut
«oout the buying power of the
Coinage of the nickel-less war
time nickel (it consisted of 35 per
cent silver, 56 per cent copper and
m.te per cent manganese) has been
discontinued, said the Mint Di
tector, Mrs. Nellie Tayloe Ross.
Now, she said, the mints are
turning out the strictly pre-war
a.tide—2o per cent nickel and 75
PCf cent copper.
The nickel-content nickel doesn’t
_ °n that yellowish look that
ce silver alloy nickel does, but
outside of that there isn’t any
noticeable difference. They work
’•'!e same in a slot.
Toe reason for the wartime
model was a shortage of nickel
3r-d copper metal needed urgently
^c_war production.
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“Mountain Of Data” Slated
For Presentation By
Port Agencies
A record-size mountain of data,
compiled and correlated during the
past month by city, county, civic,
and commercial officials, both local
and up-state, will be presented in
support of the proposed 35-foot
deep Cape Fear river cnannel at
the U, S. Army Engineers’ huge
public hearing in the Customshouse
courtroom at 10 o’clock this morn
Success Seen
If the data proves successful, as
the officials have predicted, Col.
George W. Gillette, district en
gineering chief who will preside at
this morning’s hearing, will be rec
ommend to the South Atlantic Divi
sion Army Engineers’ office, At
lanta, Ga., that the 35-foot channel
proposal be approved.
If the division office approves it,
a nod from headquarters in Wash
ington, D. C-, and a subsequent con
gressional appropriation will make
the proposal a realized project.
City’s Brief
The largest single piece of data
slated for submission at today’s
hearing is the voluminous 23-page
brief bearing the name of the City
of Wilmington. Prepared by John
H. Farrell, city industrial agent,
and H. E, Boyd, traffic manager
of the Wilmignton Port Traffic as
sociation, the manuscript bears the
signatures of Mayor W. Ronald
See CHANNEL on Page Two
Air Service Had Requested
Permission To Enter
New Evidence
William C. Teague, president of
South East Airlines, Charlotte, ex
pressed confidence last night that
the Civil Aeronautics board would
grant SEA the interstate routes it
has applied for, despite the fact
that the CAB yesterday denied SEA
permission to enter new evidence
in support of its applications.
The new evidence SEA tried to
enter in the so-called southeastern
\ states case—a huge case in which
upwards of a dozen airlines are
seeking new interstate routes in
the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee
and Georgia—was a complete list
of SEA’s record of operations from
August, 1945 to the present.
Feeder Service
SEA, the only feeder service air
line now operating on a regular
daily schedule at Bluethenthal air
port, connects Wilmington with
every major city and many minor
cities in North Carolina. Its appli
cations, if approved by the CAB,
would further link the Port City
with cities in South Carolina, Geor
gia, Virginia and Tennessee. CAB
approval would also give SEA the
right to haul the United States
See AIRLINE on Page Two
.- I _ t
Truman Gives
Probe Powers
To Committee
Comptroller General
Warren Denounces
Spending Practices
Rep. Coffee To Explain
$2,500 Check When
Hearing Resumes
(A5)—The Senate War Profits
Investigating committee got
power Monday from President
Truman to look into federal
tax returns.
This specific authority had been
sought by Chairman Mead (D-NY)
of the Senate committee, who ex
plained that the committee wish
ed to check the returns of some
persons involved in the investiga
tion of the Garssons munitions
The committee’s power to re
view tax returns will be subject to
certain conditions.
Behind Closed Doors
Under a stipulation set forth
by the Secretary of the Treasury,
and agreed to by the President,
the committee’s discussion of any
individual’s tax return must be
done in executive session, a
Treasury spokesman explained.
The President’s action in grant
ing the committee access to records
of the Bureau of Internal Revenue
came a few hours after Comptrol
ler General Lindsay Warren had de
nounced the government’s wartime
spending practices.
Untold Millions
He cited “fraternization” be
tween Army officers and contract
ors and contract loopholes as
among the things which cost the
nation “untold millions.”
“From my seat, it has looked as
if everybody and his brother were
out to get the government during
the lush war years,” he told the
Senate War Investigating commit
See TRUMAN On Page Two
Suit For $2,500 Brought
Against Harrell And
Promoter By Troupe
A suit for $2,500 has been filed
against Mayor Aubrey Harrell, of
Wallace, and Jose E. Baxter,
Greensboro promoter, b y Trudy
Russell, head of the “Broadway on
Parade” theatrical troupe which
entertained at the recent Wallace
Strawberry Festival, it was reveal
ed yesterday by Miss Russell’s at
torney, a prominent Wilmington
The revelation was made after
R. V. Wells, clerk of Superior court
in Kenansville, Duplin county, dis
closed yesterday that the Duplin
county grand jury has returned
true bills of indictment against
Mayor Harrell and Baxter on the
charge that the pair gave Miss
Russell a worthless check for $2,
900 in return for her services at
the festival.
See HARRELL On Page Two
Today and Tomorrow
Editor’s Note: The column
neers, Stewart and Alsop, are
filling in while Mr. Lippman is
on his vacation.
WASHINGTON, July 29 —There
is a serious sidelight to the fight
of the Truman Administration
to prevent really steep price rises.
Truman is now reported to have
decided to go all out against in
flation, with the limited instru
ments at his Administration s
command. If he succeeds against
all the odds, or if he is success
ful at least for the next couple of
months, his friend Chester Bowles,
who was for so long the very sym
bol of price control, will have suf
fered a severe political setback.
It is an odd commentary on Amer
ican politics that the barometer
of Bowles’ political future will
rise, at least in the judgement of
astute politicians, in direct ratio
with the rise in the cost-of-living
That at least is the opinion of
Senator Brien McMahon and of his
friends in the portion of the Con
necticut Democratic political ma
chine which McMahon controls.
McMahon apparently holds the
key to Bowles’ immediate future.
The Connecticut Senator is a re
markable figure. He is a tough,
hard-headed, likable politician, ap
parently in the precise tradition
of the Irish-American machine
boss, who has at the same time
won the fervent admiration of
scientists and liberals for his
understanding of the problems of
atomic energy, and for his handl
See ALSOP on Page Two
Derby Entrants Pose After Car Inspections
Lining up at the New Hanover High school gymna
sium late yesterday afternoon following official inspec
tion of their cars they will drive in the Wilmington All
American Soap Box Derby tomorrow, Star Photograph
er Bob Hodgkin caught nine of the entrants in the above
snap. Left to right, first row, are Jackie Hill, who will be
sponsored by the H. L. Green company; W. T. Bradshaw
in his Camera Shop sponsored car; Elwood Hill, another
-1 _
Green company entry; Emil Boado, and Kenneth Lang
ston. Second row, Tommy Williamson, sponsored by
Lake Forest Pharmacy; Lawrence Pennington, who will
carry the Pennington Flying Service colors in the race;
LeGrand McDonald, Y. M. C. A., sponsored; and Ted
Williams, sponsored by Williams’ Dry Cleaners. Back
row, Fred Merritt and Henry Simon of the Inspection
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Alabama, Arkansas, Ken
tucky, Tennessee To
Vote This Week
By The Associated Pres*
Primary election interest swings
to the South this week with Ala
bama and Arkansas voting Tues
day, Tennessee deciding a hotly
contested Senatorial nomination
Thursday, and Kentucky selecting
party candidates Saturday.
Alabama’s balloting today centers
on a contest for the Democratic
nomination for Senator.
Five In Race
Five men, including Rep. John
Sparkman, Democratic whip in the
House, and Rep. Frank Boykin,
are in the race. Sparkman has the
backing of the CIO-PAC, United
Mine Workers and AFL. Others
in the race are State Senator James
A. Simpson of Birmingham, Ted
Allen, textile mill worker, and
Thomas R. Maxwell. Senator
Swift (D), who was appointed to
succeed the late Senator John H.
Bankhead, is not a candidate for
the remaining two years of the
In Arkansas Democrats will nom
inate a candidate for governor in
a primary separated from the re
cent Congressional primary under
a state law designed to bar Negroes
from voting for state offices. Gov.
Ben Laney is opposed for renom
ination by former Judge James
Malone of Lonoke and Virgil Green
of Blytheville.
Voting High Spot
Tennessee’s senatorial primary
Thursday provides the week’s vot
ing high spot.
There the voters decide between
Senator Kenneth D. McKellar, 77,
and Edward MacCarmack.
McKelar, as presiding officer of
the Senate, has been held in Wash
ington because of the continuing
See SOUTHERN On Page Two
Weighers, Inspectors
Will Be Busy Today
Some 25 Soap Box Cars Await Official Check
Up Before Race Wednesday; Several
Autos Turned Back
Two of the busiest groups of men in Wilmington today
will be official Weighmaster Lewis of the Toledo Scale
company and his assistants and the Official Inspection com
| mittee for the Wilmington All-American Soap Box Derby
! headed by Robert Merritt, for they will have some 25 Derby
The Weather
South Carolina—Partly cloudy and
slightly warmer Tuesday scattered thun
dershowers on the coast and in extreme
northwest portion Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday considerable cloudiness and
not much change in temperature with
scattered thundershowers.
North Carolina — Partly cloudy an4
slightly warmer Tuesday. Wednesday
considerable cloudiness and not much
change in temperature scattered thun
dershowers in kest portion Wednesday
afternoon and in the mountains Tues
day afternoons.
(Eastern Standard Time)
(By U. S. Weather Bureau)
Meteorological data for the 24 hours
ending 7:30 p.m. yesterday.
1:30 a.m. 69; 7:30 a.m. 68; 1:30 p.m. 81;
7:30 p.m. 77.
Maximum 83; Minimum 64; Mean 72;
Normal 79.
1:30 a.m. 79; 7:30 a m. 83. 1:30 p.m. 35;
7:30 p.m. 67.
Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. —
0 00 inches.
Total since the first of the month —
15-61 inches.
Tides For Today
^ (From the Tide Tables published by
U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey).
High Low
Wilmington- 11:20 a.m. 6:05 a.m.
11 :42 p.m. 0:14 p m.
Masonboro Ir.let _ 9:10 a.m. 2:59 a.m.
9:31 p.m. 3:07 p.m.
Sunrise 5:22; Sunset 7:15; Moonrise 7:29
a.m.; Moonset 9:11 p.m.
River Stage at Fayetteville. N. fc. at 8
a m. Monday 9.7 feet.
Along The Cape Fear
that we have settled the question
of who owns the oldest piece of
U. S. paper money along the Cape
Fear, it is only natural that a
similar question on U. S. coin
money should be raised.
The question was not raised by
us — not directly, that is. It pop
ped up by itself, automatically, so
to speak, the minute we publiciz
ed Mr. Francis’ old $100 bill. There
are few things, it seems,' which
interest people so much as money
does, and when we say ’’people”
we include ourself.
We wish we could claim owner
ship of the oldest piece of money,
paper or coin, but unfortunately
we are not the type of person to
whom money clings. Money just
does’nt get a chance to grow old
during the brief time it rests in
our possession.
as in the case of the oldest piece
of paper money, the ownership of
the oldest piece of coin money is
claimed by persons with a talent
attached to same much better
than ours.
For a while we thought. Mr. H.
R. Furchess, manager of the local
American Bakeries, had clear
title to the honor with his 1837
two-bit piece. This coin is so
smoothly worn down from its 109
years of circulation that Mr. Fur
chess had great difficulty describ
ing it to us over the phone.
One side, he said, bears an im
age which might be George Wash
ington. And the other side shows
something which looks like an
eagle and a 13-state flag.
After 109 years of passing
through thousands of fingers, pants
pockets, cash registers, and ladies’
coin purses, it’s a wonder that
George, the eagle, and the 13
states haven’t banded together
and hied themselfes off to a desert
island for a much deserved rest
Furchess’s coin it not the oldest
coin hereabouts, however. Yester
day morning, as we were mowing
our front lawn, an elderly gentle
man approached us from a near
by yard.
Oh, golly, we thought, here
comes another magazine sales
and we already have enough mag
cars to weight and inspect in prep
aration for fche big race tomorrow
on the "Derby Downs” course on
Rankin street.
Co-sponsored by the Wilmington
Star-News and Raney Chevrolet
company, the Derby Wednesday
is expected to draw several thou
sand people including parents,
relatives and friends of the 40-1
odd boys who are likely to face;
Chief Starter Gil Pickard starting
at 10:30 a. m.
Weighing Starts
Official weighing and inspec
tion got underway early yester
day morning with Barry August
and his “Pickard Special” having
the hon^r of being the first to
weigh in for the big event. Barry
and his car tipped the scales at
194 pounds, well within the Derby
maximum weight limit for car
and driver. Emil Bordeaux, who
will be sponsored by the Sports j
Center weighed in second and tip
ped the scales at 172 pounds.
Then in order, Bobby Crowley,
Ted Blake, the Cape Fear Artil
lery entry; W. T. Bradshaw, Cam
era Shop; Alf Gunnerson the Car
olina Beach speed king; Lawrence
Pennington, who will represent
the Pennington Flying Service in
the Derby; Jackie and Elwood
Hill, who will carry the colors of
the H. L. Green Company; Ted
Williams. Williams’ Dry Cleaners;
Tommy Williams, sponsored by
Lake Forest Pharmacy; Bobby
McCumber, the O’Crowley Clean
ers entrant; L. McDonald, Y. M.
C. A., and Kenneth Langston put
in an appearance and were offici
ally weighed for the race.
Official inspection got under
See WEIGHERS On Page Two
OPA Grants Retail Price
Increase Of 11 Per
Cent On Items
WASHINGTON, July 29.— (ff) —
OPA Monday authorized an im
mediate general increase of 11 per
cent in retail ceiling prices for
men’s shirts, short and pajamas.
The agency also granted an addi
tional increase of up to 10 per cent
on top of the 11 per cent, for men’s
and boys’ dress shirts and boys
sport shirts in lower price brac
Under Old Law
These increases were granted un
der provisions of the old price con
trol law which required industry
earnings be maintained at the
1936-39 level.
Additional clothing increases,
estimated by some OPA officials
at from 15 to 20 per cent, will be
granted later under terms of the
price control revival law which be
came effective July 25.
Effective June 30
Today’s order compensates
manufacturers for increase in la
bor and materials costs through
See SHIRTS on Page Two
Cats Scratch Back
CHICAGO, July 29 —(JP)— A 51
year-old lion tamer was back in
the sawdust ring Monday with 30
stiches in his left arm, a memento
of bad timing in last night’s per
Richard Clemens was putting
his five lions and two tigers
through their paces at St. Salom
ea's church carnivaf Sunday night
when the accident occured. As a
finale. Clemens had trained the
last lion in the ring to wheel about
and claw him. Ordinarily, an at
tendant whisks a small door open
and Clemens slips out just in
Last night the door didn’t, open
fast enough. The lion’s claw rip
ped Clemens’ left shoulder open.
Then at 2 a. m., after doctors
had finished dressing the wound.
Clemens went back to his ring and
put the big cats through their!
paces again, with two police of
ficers as an audience.
”1 had to show those cats I’m
not afraid,” he said.
Five-Year-Old Keeps Cops
Busy Answering Questions
(JP)—Police Sgt. William Riece
was more than a little reliev
ed Monday with the identifica
tion by the child's grandmother
of a quizzical five-year-old
boy who throughout the day
returned each query as to his
identity with questions of his
"He’s always running away,’’
Riece quoted Mrs. Helen Fow
ler saying as she identified the
child, Paul Rider, who had been
baffling the police for 20 hours.
"People treat him so nicely
when they find him—that’s why
he does it,” the grandmother
Paul was picked up at a
lonely intersection riding a
tricycle last night and brought
to the station. At breakfast he
told a police matron his name
was “Paul,” but every time
Sgt. Riece asked him “what's
your name? the boy came back
with “What’s yours?”
Other police who attempted
to probe Paul with questions
accompanied by ice cream
cones and pennies were parried
Byrnes Ready
To Fight For
Small Nations
Secretary Will Represent
United States At Rules
Six Negative Votes May
Block Any Action By
Peace Groups
PARIS, July 29. — (/P) _
The European peace confer
ence was jolted before it was
an hour-old Monday with an
attack against major power
domination and a demand that
the smaller Allied nations have a
stronger voice in the final formu
lation of world peace.
The applause for Premier
Georges Bidault of France, who
opened the historic conference at
4:14 p.m. (French time) with a
plea for a world of reason and
peace, had scarcely died in the
red plush chamber of ancient Lux
embourg palace when Australia’s
fiery Minister of External Af
fairs, Dr. Herbert V. Evatt, was
on his feet and hammering his
fist on behalf of the small nations
Bangs Fist
“The 17 invited governments
have just as much right to partici
pate in the final making of the
peace as the big four themselves’’
Evatt shouted, banging his fist
on the table. “I don’t want there
to be any mistake about that.”
Evatt’s outburst came during a
discussion on formation of the
rules committee. The committee
will decide how the conference is
to be conducted and what vote
will be necessary to make recom
mendations to the Big Four on the
treaties to be offered Germany’s
former satellites—Italy, Hungary,
Romania, Bulgaria and Finland.
Fears Two-Thirds
It was clear that Evatt, who has
championed the cause of the small
See BYRNES On Page Two
Veterans Would Get 20 Per
Cent Hike Under Terms
Of Measure
WASHINGTON, July 29. — {/P)~
j Legislation granting a 20 per cent
increase in pension and compensa
tion payments to veterai , of botr.
World wars and their d> pendents,
was approved Monday by tht
Senate and sent to the House foi
concurrence in amendments.
Senator Johnson (D.-Colo.) told
the Senate the increased payments
are needed to “help the veterans
and their dependnts met the ris
ing cost of living.” He estimated
the measure would raise compen
sation and pension payments by
about $300,000,00 during 1947,
Retirement Pay
The measure also authorizes full
compensation, pension or retire
ment pay for six months for vet
erans without dependents who are
(being furnished hospital treatment
or institutional or domiciliary care
through the Veterans administra
tion. Present law limits such pay
ments to a maximum of $20 per
The Senate also passed and sent
to the White House two other bills
upping veterans’ pension payments.
See PENSIOS On Page Two
And So To Bed
The other day two elderly
local ladies were reading tha
newspaper on their front porch.
“I declare,” said the first,
scanning a front page story,
“this seems so foolish.”
“What’s tha t?” asked the
“This silly business about tht
Cape Fear river,” answered
the first.
“How do you mean?”
“Don’t you see? They keel
talking about improving the
river. My land, it seems te
me that what was good enough
for the old steamers ought te
be good enough for the ships
they have today.”

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