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Wilmington vicinity: Not much lllllllllllllll III lllllll |^»/ I I 1 I' 4lU VOL. 79.—NO. 25°._ WILMINGTON, N. C., THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 1946 " ESTABLISHED 18«J sHIP BUILT HERE American Farmer Sinks Off English West Coast NEW YORK, August 1—(Thursday)— _Air sea rescue facilities of the Coast Guard said today the merchant ship American Farmer was sunk Wednesday night in a collision with the William J. Riddle another American vessel. All persons aboard were rescued. An earlier report by the Radiomarine Corporation of America, a subsidiary of the Radio Corporation of America, said the Farmer was sunk in collision with (he American Trader. The Coast Guard said, however, it was the William J. Riddle instead of the American Trader. A message from the Riddle said the American Farmer was struck in its number two hatch at 11:56 p, m. (Greenwich mean time) (7:56 p. m., EDTI. The Riddle said it had taken aboard all personnel from the Farmer, including its master. See SINKING On Page Two PARALYZED GIRL FREE IN SLAYING Shoots Father-In-Law From Wheel Chair In Self Defense SPRINGFIELD, 111., July 31.— dlpj-A 19-year-old girl, paralyzed since she was four and confined to a wheel chair in recent years, was released from custody Wednesday night by police who said she acted in self'defense in fatally shooting ter stepfather. State's Attorney John Curren said the girl, Jacqueline Barre garye, had been released to her mother without bond and no char ges had been placed against her. The shooting of her stepfather, Lawrence Barregarye, appeared to have been justifiable, Curren ex plained. Seeks No Indictment However, Curren said he would present evidence in the case to the grand jury Tuesday, although he would seek no indictment, let ting the jury “decide if they wish to take any action.” Police called to the Barregarye home Tuesday night found the pretty girl sitting in a wheel chair, .38 caliber pistol in her hand. Sprawled on the floor at her feet was her stepfather, dead of four bullet wounds in the chest. "I've just shot my stepfather,” she told police. She said Wednesday, tearfully, that he had attempted to attack her iv th a pair of scissors. She shot him once and after he had pulled her to the floor from her wheel chair, fired three more times at close range. miss Barregarye said ner step father and her mother, Loretta, 40, had separated last March- He re turned recently to live with them again. Since his return, she said, their home life was disturbed by bickering and quarreling over fi nances. Last Saturday, she said, Barregarye threatened to kill her mother. Mrs. Barregarye feared her hus band would “cause trouble,” the g.rl said, and traded a wrist watch fur the pistol. She left the pistol «"th Jacqueline Tuesday when she look her two younger children to a nearby park. Jacqueline said her step-father surprised her at a desk and accused her of “snooping.” He picked up the scissors and started toward bier, 'he said, and she drew the pistol from the folds of her housecoat •nd fired one shot, hitting him in ‘he chest. The other three shots were fired U she grappled with him on the Boor. Jaco.ueline was placed under po guard in a hospital, awaiting further investigation. HAKBONE’S meditations By Alley SAY Pl$ EASY Momey hb'p OUT HE ^OLLEcTiH' ?UT KlNPA SlOW floWM I>£ gORRScTfH) (Released by The Bell in dicate, Inc.) Trade Mari Ref U S- Pat Office) BEACH JAYCEES TO GET CHARTER State Beauty Queens Fea tured In Carolina Beach Festivities Presentation of state and na tional charters for the Carolina Beach Junior Chamber of Com merce will be featured over WMFD radio station, by remote control from the ballroom of Ocean Plaza, tonight at nine. At the same time 22 Tar Heel beauties chosen in recent Junior Chamber of Commerce pageant preliminaries, will be introduced over the air as honor guests of the resort club. State Head Here Ben Mallard, president of the Carolina Beach organization will accept the state charter from Odell Lambeth, president of the North Carolina Junior Chamber. The national charter will be presented by a person yet to be identified. The resort club was organized about six months ago, and has since been active in civic affairs of its community. The two features are part of an evening of entertainment for the North Carolina beauties who are spending five days at the beach guests of the Junior Chamber. Leave By Air The girls will leave by air at 4:50 tomorrow afternoon, making their departure from Bluethenthal Field in a South Eastern Airlines’ Douglas DC-3 plane chartered to take them to Wilson where they will enter the state competition for the title, “Mis sNorth Caro lina.” The plane, officially designated as Miss North Carolina, will ac comodate 28 persons. It was named for the Tar Heel beauty queen of 1945. earlier this year. Scheduled for a boatride up the Cape Fear to Wilmington cus tomhouse last night at 10, after plans for' the trip had been can celed Wednesday because of rain, the girls were slated to arrive with their escorts, and have in formal chat swith Wilmington Jay cees and residents. Marines Killed PEIPING, China, July 31.—CU.R) —United States Marine headquar ters said Wednesday that three Marines were killed and 12 wounded Monday, when a patrol was ambushed by 300 Chinese at Shaho, 55 miles southeast of Peip ing. Four of the wounded were in critical condition. Marine headquarters still had not officially identified the at tackers, though the Central gov ernment charged they were com munists. The communists denied this and said they would welcome an investigation. Nationalist quarters in Peiping blamed the communists for de laying the sending of an execu tive headquarters field team to the scene of the attack to fix respon sibility. HEAVY VOLUME OF TOBACCO ON FLOORS AS m&DER BELT MARKET OPENS TODAY; VfW SPONSORS VETERANS CENTER HERE ____ City-County Turns Down Funds Plea Local Post To Operate Clearinghouse For All Veterans Here BEGINS WORK TODAY Organization To Operate At No Cost To Local Governments A war veterans’ service center functioning as a com prehensive clearinghouse on all problems of ex-service men and women goes into opera tion at nine o’clock this morn ing through the sponsorship VFW LAUDS SOLONS The James A. Manley Post 2,573 Veterans of Foreign Wars, last night aopted a resolution commending the action of a joint City Council county commissioners session in turning down a request for allocating funds for setting up a veterans’ service center here. The resolution follows: “WHEREAS, James A Man ley Post 2573, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, meeting in regular ses See VFW on Page Three | of the James A. Manley Post No. 2573, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post Commander Edward C. Snead announced yesterday. See CENTER on Page Three BEACHES PROJECT PERMANENT GROUP Invitations Forwarded To Resorts For Forming Organization A permanent Southeastern North Carolina Beach association to pro mote the Lower Cape Fear beach area as a year-round resort re gion will be formed at a meeting of beach delegates next Thursday night, it was announced yesterday by Walter J. Cartier, secretary of the Wrightsville Beach Cham ber of Commerce. Elections Asked Letters are in the mail this morning asking officials of each beach to elect members to the permanent organization, Cartier said. As now planned, the organization will be composed of two members from each of the following beach es and groups: Holden, Caswell, Long, Fort Fisher, Kure, and Wil mington beaches; the Town Coun cils of Carolina Beach, Wrights ville Beach, and Southport; and the City Council of Wilmington. Advertising Campaign The letters were drawn up by Louis Orrell, Carolina Beach, tem See BEACHES On Page Three ROUND TIDY SUM - Visiting Military Leave $ 75, OOP Here Each Week A round tidy sum of $75,000 is left in the cash registers and coffers of Wilmington and the neighboring beaches every week-end by the Leathernecks of Camp Lejeune and the Doughboys of Fort Bragg, ac cording to figures released yesterday by the Wilmington ChamNer of Commerce. Till Tickling The till-tickling total is com puted thusly Approximately 5,000 men from both camps, trek to the Port City and the beach resorts every Saturday and Sunday for a two-day period of relaxation from the rigors of military duty. This relaxation consists chiefly of what Marines and soldiers (and sailors) are famous for doing in their time off — spending money at ho tels, restaurants, movie houses, night clubs, dandhs, souvenir shops, and other o^mmercial and recreational places. Money’s Worth These 5,000 du.y-free men ijend an average of $15 each during their week-end liberty, See $75,000 on Page Two_ RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY Soap Box Derby Racers Set To Go Today After Rain Halted Event On Schedule BY JACK C. LUNAN With weatherman Paul Hess holding out hope for better weather today, the 20-odd en tries for the Wilmington All American Soap Box Derby were all set last night for the big event, although a majority were keenly disappointed over the 24-hour postponement which was made necessary when heavy rains made the “Derby Downs’’ course unsafe for rac ing. While preparations for the Derby went ahead early yester day morning, the near-deluge which broke over Wilmington shortly after one o’clock, put racing out of the question and shortly after 10 o’clock, Track Director C. H. Casteen, after a personal survey of the situa tion, ordered a 24-hour post ponement. Program Changed Therefore, weather permit ting, the Derby will get under way this afternoon at 1:30 o’clock and continuous heats will be run off, starting with the B Division, until a Wilming ton champion is crowned late in the afternoon. Only one change will be made in the race program as announced in The Star on Wednesday morning and that will be in the number of contestants in each heat. After checking the official entry list early yesterday morning, Director of Heats W. A. Stewart ruled that instead of three-man heats, elimina tions in both A and B Divisions will be run off in pairs, making nine heats necessary in each division before a winner will be declared. Therefore, today’s Soap Box Derby racing pro gram will consist of 18 elimina tions and the championship final unless additional boys should qualify before the 10:00 a. m., deadline today. Gunnerson Favored While racing of all kinds has days of upsets. little Alf Gun nerson, the Carolina Beach flash who will represent the Universal Sign Service in the . race, continued to rule a strong favorite to take the major hon See DERBY on Page Two AUTHORITY PLANS BRIEFS FOR CAB Airport Board To Meet To day In Quest For More Service A special meeting of the Wil mington-New Hanover Airport au thority is scheduled lhis morning for the purpose of determining what kind and amount of data shall be included in the master brief which will be submitted to the Civil Aeronautics board this month in demand for increased air service through Bluethenthal air port. The entire authority, consisting of Albert F. Perry, chairman, Hamilton E. Hicks, secretary, and Harry Gardner, Lenox Cooper, and Hargrove Bellamy, will put their heads together with the special three-man committee which will draw up the masterbrief. R. B. Page, chairman of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Aviation committee, is also expected to at tend the meeting. To Formulate Brief The three-man committee, com posed of John H. Farrell, city in dustrial agent; Henry E. Boyd, traffic manager of the Wilmington Port Traffic association; and Jesse C. Parker, Jr., airport manager, will formulate the brief on the find ings of today’s session. Later in the year a special five man committee will .ollc'.“ up the brief’s demands for more air serv ice at a public hearing before the CAB. This committee is made up of Perry, Hicks, Page, Boyd, and Parker. Overhaul Shop Meanwhile, as demand for more service grows daily, additional facilities are in the offing at the airport. The latest of these is a complete airplane overhaul shop slated for operation about Septem ber 1. It will be run by J. r. Mc Meekin, Jr., College Park, Ga. McMeekin will also sell two popu See AUTHORITY on Page Two The Weather FORECAST North and South Carolina: Scattered thundershowers and not much change in temperatures except warmer in the west portions. (Eastern Standard Time) (By U. S. Weather Bureau) Meteorological data for the 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m., yesterday. Temperatures 1:30a 73; 7:30a 74. 1:30p 80: 7:30p 75. Maximum 82; Minimum 72; Mean 74; Normal 79. Humidity 1:30a 100; 7:30a 91; 1:30p 78; 7:30p 96. Precipitation Total for the 24 hours ending 7 :30 p.m. 3.16 Inches. Total since the first of the month, 19.06 inches. Tides For Today (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.) High Low Wilmington_12:26a 7:39a ** 12:56p 7:55p Masonboro Inlet _10:48a 4:27a 11:02p 4:43p Sunrise 5:23; Sunset 7:13; Moonrise 9:36a; Moonset 10:12p. River stage at Fayetteville at 8 a.m. today—9.7 feet. TROOP SHIP GETS SUPPLY OF SERUM Diptheria Breaks Out Aboard Vessel Sailing For Germany NEW YORK, July 31 —(U.R)— A U. S. Army troop ship, which radioed an urgent message for help Tuesday night when diphtheria broke out among the 1,009 men aboard, took an emergency supply of serum Wednesday from a pas sing ship which fortunately had aboard a big medical stock. One Soldier Dead With one soldier dead of diph theria and many others showing the symptoms of the d'sease> the transport Colby Victory sent out the appeal from its position 600 miles east of Newfoundland and a Coast Guard plane already was en route from New York when the radio message was received See SERUM on Page Two Along The Cape Fear LAND DEED — By your leave, and for the sake of our sheckle shattered nerves, we shall take a brief breather this morning on the monetary matter of who wns the oldest United States coin here abouts in order to tell you about who we think owns the oldest land deed hereabouts. This is like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire and back again . We only hope the asbestos suit we ordered from the mail order house arrives sooner than the catalog promises. So, about thaj old land deed: ■* *■ * ANNO DOMINI, 1733 — It con cerns two lots on. the waterfront right south of Queen Street. Al though it is tattered, yellowed, and torn, and its old-fashioned quill pen script almost undecipherable to our typewriter-type-accustomed eyes, we discern that the deed was drawn up on the “Twenty-Sixth Day of June, Anno Domini, 1733.” That, in case your electrical cal culator is out of order, is over 213 years ago. The deed, signed by a Mr. Wim Mr t?TuS the two lots over to a T«‘ Rldlard Kure for “the sum of Twenty-Four Pounds currancey of the Province.” And up at the top of the deed are these words: ‘‘New Liverpool, North Carolina,” the old name for Wilmington, North Caro lina. ★ ★ ★ . BAD DEED INDEED—Breaking down “Twenty-Four Pounds of the currancey of the Province” into present-day dough, Mr. Kure paid about 50 cents a front foot for that property. Consider, now, that right recently the Sinclair Oil com pany paid $74 a front foot for waterfront property in the same vicinity. We have considered it, and, like all this old money we have stuffed in our desk which we can’t spend, it drives us crazier than King Midas. The owner of this deed is Mr. David Robeson, of Carver's creek in Bladen county. His friend, Mr. Eric Norden, brought it in to us for us to peruse and pout over. If anybody has an older one which will also bring in $74 for 50 cents, we should like to see it—and buy it with this old money that doesn’t belong to us. That would make for a bad deed on an old deed indeed. i SENATOR CHARGES HUGE WAR WASTE Magnuson Demands Com mittee Probe General Brehon Somervell WASHINGTON, July 31— UP) — Senator Magnuson (D.-Wash.) urged on the senate floor Wednes day night that the War Investigat ing committee inquire into General Brehon Somervell, wartime com mander of the Army Service forces, saying that he “squandered practi cally $300,000,000 of American money with supreme arrogance.” The request came shortly after Senator Mitchell (D.-Wash.), sum ming up the committee’s inquiry into the Garsson munitions com bine, demanded punitive measures against other Army officers who. he said, "are easy in morals and careless in administration.” questions uarrea Magnuson said that his request was based upon his experience in dealing with Somervell in connec tion with the Alaskan highway and Canol oil projects. He said that so much secrecy was thrown around the latter that members of Con gress could "hardly ask questions about it.” Senator Ferguson (R.-Mich.) said the committee already has de cided to investigate "Mr. Wyman” and expressed belief that “some of that” will come out in the inquiry. “I think the trail of Mr. Wyman will lead us to Canada. Hawaii and other interesting places,’’ he added. His referencp was to Col. Theo dore Wyman, Jr., who was district engineer in Hawaii prior to the Pearl Harbor attack. The Pearl Harbor Investigating committee recommended that a separate in vestigation into Wyman’s activities be made by an “approDriate com mittee” of Congress. This task has been placed on the agenda of the senate committee. "Traitorous Conduct’’ Senator Mitchell charged that ac tions of public employes, in dealing with the Garsson munitions com bine. "approached traitorous con duct.” In a speech on the senate floor, Mitchell, a member of the War Investigating committee, said that, the inquiry had raised a legitimate Question about the competence of Maj. Gen. Alden H. Waitt to hold his post as chief of Chemical War See WASTE on Page Two Farmers Hopes High For 50-Cent Average Seven Southeastern North Carolina Markets Expected To Offer Total Of 3,600,000 Pounds Of Weed To Buyers Today, 4 1 * By PHIL WRIGHT With all floors heavy with the weed, flue-cured tobacco farmers in North Carolina's Border Belt markets will start marketing their 256,300,000-pound 1946 crop this morning. Sales supervisors for the seven border markets in Southeastern North Carolina estimated last night that an approximate total of 3,600,000 pounds will be on the floors ready for sales this morning. This figure is slightly more MOLOTOV BLASTS FRANCO REGIME Russian Warns “Fresh Acts Of Aggression” Under way In Spain PARIS, July 31 — UP)— Soviet' Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov warned the 21-nation peace con ference Wednesday that “prepara tions for fresh acts of aggression” were under way, and declared the wartime Allies against Fascism must act soon against the Franco regime in Spain — “This survival bred by Hitler and Mussolini.” Two-Thirds Vote The Russian statesman addres sed the conference soon after it be came known that the United States would support the Soviet Union in its pffort to establish a two-thirds voting majority as the standard for reaching decisions in this con ference. His address to a plenary session was welcomed by generous ap plause and climaxed a day which began with sharp debate in the rules committee over the two-thirds rule. U. S.-Reds Agree The United States and the Soviet Union stood firm for the two-thirds majority in all essential substan tive matters and Secretary of State Byrnes will make a proposal to that ef^ct to the rules commit tee Thursday morning. It will, however, carry this pro viso: That in the event any sub stantive proposal fails to secure a two-thirds majority in the assem bly, it should be sent back to the “Big Four” council of foreign See MOLOTOV on Page Two Mercy Flight WASHINGTON, July 31 —(U.R)— An Army transport plane raced westward on a 7,000-mile flight from Washington to Kwajalein Wednesday night, bearing an iron lung needed to save Lieut. Henry Upham Harris, Jr., scion of a wealthy New York family, who Was near death of polio on the Pacific islet. Spurred by direct orders from been used during the war as a fice, the Army transport command swung into action minutes after the urgent appeal for help was re ceived from Kwajalein. A borrowed iron lung was loaded aboard a waiting transport at Washington’s National airport and the plane took off at once on the first 3,000-mile leg to the west coast. JUST AN ALSO RAN July Bows Its Soggy Head To Record Of Yesteryear BY LARRY HIRSCH With the customary venera tion which Youth must tender to Age, so must July of 1946 bow its head in soaked surren der and genuflect with 19.06 inches of rainwater-on-the-knee to July of 1886. Pretty Close This ceremony of submission to the 60-year-old rainfall champion is bitter (and wet) fruit indeed to July of 1946. Only 2.07 more inches of rain last night and the ceremony would have been reversed. That’s exactly how close the ' young contender came to un seating (and drowning) the old contender. As of seven o’clock last night, precisely 19.06 inches of rain had all but burst the rainbarrel of Paul Hess, head of the local U. S. Weather Bureau, during July of 1946 — a heart-breaking 2.06 inches shy of the 21.12-inch record which inundated Wilmington back in July of 1886. Just Missed It “Shucks,” spouted Mr. Hess as he pulled the bung out of See RAIN on Page Two than last year s comDinea torn of 3,100,000 pounds auctioned the first day of sales. Higher Lug Prices The planters will get a taste of pre-war sales conditions—a taste which looks good for the farmers— most of whom said yesterday they expected about a six cents higher average for their lugs and lower leaf than prices paid last year. This type of the weed brought $44.75 centest per pound with some quality leaf bringing even higher prices and farmers were eagerly awaiting the dawning of “boney day” last night, fo rtoday which would bring forth fruits of their labor. Expect 50 Cent Average Without ceilings North Carolina farmers expect an average of at least 50 cents per pound for their entire crop, it was reported by sales officials. Throughout the belt harvesting is well advanced according to officials, despite heavy rains in See TOBACCO On Page Three LONELY SEAMAN CROSSES OCEAN Swiss Lands 33-Foot Ketch In America After 5$ Day Trip FISHERS ISLAND, N. Y., July 31 —f-35)—Sailing alone across the At lantic to win a bet, Hans Von Meiss Teuffen, of Zurich, Switzerland, grounded his 33-foot ketch here Wednesday 58 days after setting sail from Casablanca, Morocco. Ve Meiss-Teuffen said that be fore leaving the North African city he had wagered his brother, a Swiss air force major, that he would reach the United States with in 60 days. Headed For Newfoundland He left Casablanca on June 3, with a three months supply of food and water aboard, he said, and headed for Newfoundland instead of following ^the so-called West Indies route usually used by small craft. Off Newfoundland, Von Meiss Teuffen related, his tiny craft was buffeted by storms so sevpre that he feared she would capsize. Heavy fog also hampered his navigation. The voyager said h- made hi* landfall on Nantucket island, and then set course for New Haven, Conn., a destination he picked at random, but landed instead at Fishers Island. See SEAMAN On Page Twt 1 And So To Bed “Dear Sir: I have been send ing my husband, who is over seas, your And So To Bed column. He wants to know why it is called that. So I am writ ing you and maybe you can tell me and I’ll pass the word on to him. Sincerely, Mrs. F. W. “P. S. He says he enjoys them very much.” Allow us to save you the trouble of telling your husband, Mrs. F. W. “And So To Bed” was the phrase the famous 17th century diarist, Samuel Pepys, used in closing the daily entries in his diary. As each entry in a diary must come to a close, so must each edition of a newspaper. Al though we are not so famous (nor so talented) '.s Samuel, we chronicle more happenings every day than he ever did. And when we say "and so ts bed” we say it with more fer vor than Samuel ever dreamed the words could imply. See The Big Soap Box Derby Today—Time 1:30 P.M.