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VOlT79.—NO. 258. " WILMINGTON, N. C., SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 1946 ESTABLISHED 1867 Nation Tops 60,000,000 Jobs Goals Civilian Employment Rises To Record High Of 58,130,000 2,640,000 MILITARY Definite Trend Noted Toward Manpower Shortages WASHINGTON, Aug. 9.— (AP)—In less than a year of peace the United States has topped the so-called “full em ployment’’ goal of 60,000,000 jobs, the Census Bureau re ported Friday. Civilian employment in July climbed to an unprecedented high of 58,130,000—a gain of 1,390,000 jobholders in a single month while the aimed forces had 2,640, 000 on the rolls. Caution Flag The Bureau, which seldom inter prets its figures, threw out a cau tion flag- Unemployment sank to its 1945 low, 2,270,000, but the peo ple now out of jobs, the report said, “in some cases are having real’ difficulty finding work.” On the other hand, a “definite l!end" toward a manpower short age of the waitime type was re ported by Robert C. Goodwin, di rector of the U. S. Employment Service. It probably is still a "considerable distance away,” he told a reporter. Other agencies have forecast a serious shortage by the year-end. Still Going Up Sixty percent of USES area of-1 fices over the country show em ployment still going up, Goodwin reported Only 17 percent show labor surpluses. In 23 percent of the areas employment is neither lising nor falling. The employment service has not yet generally shifted back to its wartime role of finding woriters for jobs, Goodwin said, though the "trend is in that direction—we will shift as rapidly as there is need.’ President Truman took steps, however, to help farmers get har vest hands. He signed a bill con tinuing until next June 30 the fed eral program of recruiting * farm laborers in areas where workers are scarce. g MAFFITT VILLAGE REMOVAL TO END Dismantling Project Now About 80 Per Cent Com pleted, Reports State Removal of excessive buildings st Maffitt Village is about 80 per cent finished and should be climax ed iotally by Sept. 1, officials have sad. The Hewes and Worth sections of the village which once were a haven to war workers seeking an abode in Wilmington, are being taken down and moved by three contractors who have been em ployed about six weeks on the job. A fourth contractor, the Mion Com pany, Atlanta, Ga. sent workers here yesterday to join the others in completing the task. At the beginning of the dismant ling project, 856 apartment units and 356 dormitory rooms were slated for removal. The facilities are going to relieve housing shortages at universities and schools throughout the nation. HAMBONE’S MEDITATIONS By Alley f bADM AX. OViE TOM DO HE OUE. 'OMAM TEK IN WASHIN'- - HE SAM, NO'M__ HE TEK it IN AH' TtK. IT OUT- 5HE JES' DO PE WASHIN' AN' IRONIN'! II vv i k* " '" 1 1 "¥*K»E . (Released by The Bell Syn* <D~\Q ./UA djeate. Inc.) Trade Mark w Reg. u S. Pat OIBct) COME AND GET IT! Over Million Dollar^ For Vets In Come and get it! And it isn’t chow—or hay, either. It’s well over a million bucks which about 5,000 World War II veterans of Wilmingion and surrounding areas are due in terminal leave pay. $1,125,000 In Area The $1,125,000 to be collected in this vicinity by the boys and girls who survived the fight with the Krauts and the Japs is not only due—it’s pay able in compliance with pro visions of the measure signed by President Truman in Wash ington yesterday. But some former GI’s may have to wait as long as 45 days to collect, as application forms may not be ready for all eligibles be fore the expiration of that period. Dosher To Have Blanks Wilbur R. Dosher, Wilming ton postmaster, said yesterday that, unless advised to the con trary, b P i tion f or gi , soon a, received by him. It l- ^-stood that the forms will .. distributed from postoffices throughout the country, as well as through the following agencies, which also will aid veterans in filling out the forms: American Legion service of ficers. Army and Navy recruiting stations. North Carolina Veterans commission. Veterans of Foreign Wars service center. Veterans Administration con tact offices. Special Broadcast A special broadcast, spon sored by the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard is scheduled over station WMFD See MILLION on Page Two MEDICAL SCHOOL PROGRAMMED State Commission Endorses Term Expansion, Pro posed Center RALEIGH, Aug. 9 —OJ.B— The Morth Carolina Medical Care com mission Friday night announced :hat it had endorsed a recent rec cmmendation to expand the two pear medical school at the Un cersity of North Carolina to a tour-year school and that it plan red to ask the 1947 state legisla te for $5,290,000 to erect both he school and a proposed medi cal center. The commission made public its stand on the question in a let ;er to Gov. Gregg Cherry in ac cordance with the bill passed by the 1945 General Assembly estab iishing the group. 13 Yea Votes Dr. Clement C. Clay, executive secretary of the .commission, said that 13 members had voted for the expansion of the medical school and four voted against. He added that two members of the majority had supported the resolution only if the funds were available. Another stipulated that funds for the medical center be given priority over those for the school itself. > The commission pledged its iun cooperation with the board of trustees of the University of North Carolina in building the scnool and medical center and in integrating them with the proposed hosptal and medical care program for tne state as a whole. Commission Personnel The commission consists of the following members: Rev. Dr. C. E. Rozzelle, J. W. Bean, Paul B. Bissette, Mrs. Elizabeth Dillard Reynolds, Dr. Clarence Poe, Sample B. Forbus, Dr. Paul F. Whitaker, Wm. M. Rich, G. Fred Hale, Mm. M. Coppidge, Miss Flora Wakefield, Dr. Fred C. Hub bard, B. Everette Jordan, Frank lin J. Blythe, Don S. lElias, Dr. W. S. Rankin, Wm. B. Rodman, Jr. Market Basket Soars WASHINGTON, Aug. 9— (U.R) — The government reported Friday that the nation’s housewives paid 13.8 per cent more for food on July 15 than they did a month earlier. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the increase was the greatest one-month jump in United States history. The Bureau conducted its survey while price controls were suspended and after food sub sidies had ended. The fastest rises among 56 cities surveyed occurred in Chicago where prices went up 17.9 per cent; Boston, 17.3 and Minneapolis, 17. The lowest were in Mobile, 9.3 per cent; Salt Lake City, 9.7 per cent and Seattle, 10.2 per cent. 1946 LEAF CROP MAY SET RECORD North Carolina Production Now Looms Greater Than Last Year WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 —(A5)— Tobacco production prospects im proved during the past month, the Agriculture department said Fri day with Aug. 1 indications point ing to a record crop of 2,163,000 pounds — eight per cent greater than in 1945, the best previous vear. Slightly less than 2,000,000 pounds was produced in 1945. Above 1945 Crop In North Carolina, despite heavy July rains in the Eastern area, production of flue-cured tobacco was forecast at 1,285,000,000 pounds — well above 1945’s 1, 174.000. 000 pounds. All of the more important burley production states indicated greater productions than was the case last month. A 1946 burley yield of 560.000. 000 pounds was forecast, slightly less than the 578,000,000 pounds harvested in 1945, Conditions Favorable The department, in its monthly crop report, said growing condi tions have been generally favor able in all burley-producing sec tions. The indicated burley yield by states (with 1945 figures in par entheses) ; Ohio, 15,200,000 pounds (18,160, 000); Indiana, 12,600,000 (13,320, 000); Missouri, 7,560,000 (6,800, 000); Kansas, 300,000 (300,000); Virginia, 20,010,000 (22,185,000); West Virginia, 3.570,000 3,729, 000); North Carolina, 16,875,000 (20,300,000); Kentucky, 383,900, 000 (385,200,000); Tennessee, 100, 050.000 (108,000,000) and Alabama 80.000 (80,000). The Weather FORECAST North Carolina — Widely scattered thundershowers over north and west portions, continued warm Saturday. South Carolina — Partly cloudy and warmer Saturday; widely scattered thun dershowers in mountain sections in aft ernoon. (Eastern Standard Time) (By U. S. Weather Bureau) Meteorological data for the 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. yesterday. Tempeartures 1:30a 70; 7:30a 71; l:30p 83; 7:30p 78. Maximum 86; Minmum 69; Mean 74. Normal 78. Humidity 1:30a 98; 7:30a 95; l:30p 52; 7:30p 79 Precipitation Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m., 0.12 inches. Total since the first of the month, 2.80 inches. Tides For Today (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey). High Low Wilmington _ 8:00a 3:02a 8:40p 3:12p Masonboro Inlet _ 5:46a 12:01a 6:28p 12:50p Sunrise 5:29; Sunset 7:06; Moonrise 6:08p; Moonset 2:09a. River stage at Fayetteville at 8 a.m. Friday—13.9 feet. FULL BREAD BASKET Forecast Shows Largest I Harvest In U. 5. History WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 — W) — Promising the largest har vest of food and feed grains in the nation’s history, this year s crop production looms to ex ceed the record 1942 harvest by three per cent the Agriculture department reported Friday. Record Wheat Yield Prospects on Aug. 1 indicated record crops of corn, wheat, to bacco, peaches, plums and truck products; near record crops of oats, rice, peanuts, potatoes, pears, grapes, cher ries, and sugar cane, and av erage or better yields of hay, soy beans, dry peas, prunes, apricots and sugar beets. Few Below Average Only in the case of grain sor gunms, flaxseed, buckwheat, dry beans, sweet potatoes, pe cans, cotton and rye are below average crops indicated. The department said if that production turns up as now in dicated, the aggregate output would be 27 per cent above the 1923-33 average and six per cent above last year’s bumper production. See HARVEST on Page Two EIGHT DIE WHEN ARMY PLANES CRASH IN MID-AIR OVER MONTANA EXHIBIT; SO PLANES WING WAY HERESUNDAY CAP Pilots City Guests For Holiday Public Invited To View First Pre-War Caval cade Of Air FIRST PEACE FLIGHT Wilmington, Wrightsville Chambers Sponsors Of Event The Port City’s first big Cavalcade of the Air will take place at 10 o’clock Sunday morning when about 50 planes of the North Carolina wing of the Civil Air Patrol zoom into Bluethenthal airport in air borne answer to the invitation ol Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, and the Pennington Flying Service. Bearing some 100 or more tar pilots and passengers bound for a holiday of sight-seeing, surf bathing, boating, and general re laxation in the city and at the beach, the planes will converge at the local airfield from such far flung points as Asheville, Ra leigh, Charlotte, Durham, Win ston-Salem, and many other towns and cities throughout the state. The big event, sponsored by the Wrightsville and Wilmington Chambers of Commerce and the Pennington Flying Service in co operation with Col. Frank Daw son, wing commander, is open to the public. Spectators are invited to come early and enter the field through the west gate from the Castle Hayne road. The air armada will mark the wing’s first large-scale peace time flight since the end of the war. The wing, like ail other CAP outfits in other states, did strenu ous anti-submarine patrol during hostilities. Sunday’s flight is therefore earmarked as the wing’s postwar vacation. The pilots and passengers will be met by city and beach officials upon arrival and whisked to the beach for Sunday dinner at 12:45 p. m. The holiday will end about three o’clock in the afternoon when the planes take off again for the | return trip to their home hangars. MORRISON TO SPEAK RALEIGH, Aug. 9—(A>)— Mayor Delesseps S. Morrison, whose whirl wind reform campaign swept hm into office as chief executive of New Orleans, will be a principal speaker at the annual conference of the North Carolina League of municipalities in Asheville next month, Executive Secretary Da vetta L. Steed announced Friday. NEW TRAFFIC RECORD RALEIGH, Aug. 9—(£>)— An all time traffic volume record for July was set last month in North Carolina, with the figures toppng a pre-war July 1941 peak, it was an nounced Friday by James S. Burch, engineer of statistic and plannink for the State Highway commission. BUSINESS AS USUAL Fayetteville Market To Continue Auctions BY PHIL WRIGHT The Fayetteville tobacco market will continue sales Monday as usual, it was an nounced last night by F. Earl Crawford, supervisor of sales. Tobacco On Floor Reports were rampant Thurs day that the new market built in 30 days and organized at the petition of over 1,000 Cum berland county tobacco grow ers would have to cease op erations unless tobacco com pany buyers were obtained at once. But Crawford said last night that floors were cleared yesterday and a large volume of tobacco was on the floor for Monday’s sales. Record For Market The market reported sales of 318,000 pounds yesterday at an average of $64 per hundred, a record for the market both in pounds sold and prices paid. The market has been operat ing with private buyers only. Prices Move Up Sales on other Southeastern North Carolina markets showed an increase of one to two cents per pound yesterday over pre ' vious days sales when the combined averages touched the See TOBACCO on Page Two HEWLETT AGAINST PI N OF MERGER City-Council Consolidation Would Not Save Money, He Asserts Addison Hewlett, chairman of the New Hanover county board of comssioners, said yesterday that he did not favor the consoli dation of the city and county gov ernment into a single organization as proposed by Mayor W. Ronald Lane and State Representative Robert M. Kermon. “I can see no advantages to be gained by such a merger and I particularly cannot see how it would save money,” Hewlett de clared. “As long as the two gov ernments continue to operate in close cooperative harmony, I do not believe a consolidaton is neces sary, let alone advisable.. Turned Down Proposal “The citizens of Wilmington and New Hanover county turned down the same proposal back in 1933 by a vote of four to one,” be con tinued, “and I tnihk they would do it again.” Hewlett’s views came as a di rect rebuttal to those of Mayor Lane and Representative Kermon, who advocated the merger yester day on the grounds that it would “save the taxpayers some money” and give the city and county a strong centralzed government necessary to city-county growth in the post-war world. No Absolute Merger Both Mayor Lane and Represent ative Kermon qualified their state ments, however, the former say ing that an absolute merger could not be made because the State constitution calls for a county sheriff, and the latter stating that he would bring the matter before the State legislature only if his constituents desire it. City Councilman Harrss New man, a former member of the State legislature, joined Hewlett yesterday in viewing the propos ed merger as “unfeasible.” Stres sing the point that the constitutoin al status of the sheriff’s office make complete consolidation impossible, Newman indicated that the merger should not be made unless it could be made complete. Along The Cape Fear CAPE FEAR FELLERS — Re sponse to yesterday’s puzzling pic ture of the Wilmington Seaside Baseball Club of 1886 has arrived with all the speed and zip of Wal ter “Big Train’’ Johnson’s high, hard fastball. We said we wanted to know the first names of the 11 ball-playing gentlemen, their batting averages, and the number of pennant flags they captured. Well, we’ve got pretty much information on every, thing but the batting averages, which, in turn, gives us a pretty high batting average in clearing up the most puzzling aspects of the picture so quickly. Of course we don’t really de serve any credit for this at all. All the credit goes to Mrs. Boyden Sparkes and Mr. Carl Rehder who, when it comes to pitching informa tion, have all the mound artistry of Bob Feller and Dizzy Dean. * * * MRS. SPARKES’ MANAGER — According to Mrs. Sparkes, wife of the well-known magazine scribe, the team manager wearing the black suit and holding the straw hat in the picture was Mr. Albert Gore, the father of Mrs. Therba Dickinson and (you guessed it right, umpire) Mrs. Sparkes her self. both of Wrightsville Beach. The gentleman at the top left was Mr. Wallace Carmichael, the father of Mrs. David Murchison. The gentleman in the same row in the top right was Mr. Uel Robin son, and the one on the right in the middle row was Mr. Alfred Waddell. For a while we suspected Mr. Waddell might be the famous “Rube” Waddell, one of the world’s greatest pitchers. For quieting this suspicion, and for giving us the other information, we are going to send Mrs. Spark es our baseball bat signed by Babe Ruth, if we can get it back from the neighborhood team we loaned it to. * * * MR. KEHDER’ HILL — Now, about the things Mr. Rehder told us. The home-grounds - of the team was located on the west side of Oakdale cemetery between Red Cross street and the ACL railroad tracks. It boasted a grandstand for the fans who had the 25-cent ad mission fee and a 15 to 20 foot high fence for those who hadn't. JJen sat on top of the fence expressly See CAPE FEAR on Page Two BYRNES REBUKES SOVIET TACTICS Secretary Denounces Rus sians’ “Loose and Wick ed” Parley Talks PARIS, Aug. 9—(U.R)—Peace con ference delegates Friday rejected by 15 to 6 the Soviet demand for a two-thirds voting rule after U. S. Secretary of State James F. Byrnes denounced “loose and wick ed” Russian talk about an Anglo Saxon bloc preparing for a third world war. Byrnes warned Soviet Foreign Minister Viac'neslav M. Molotov that the United States was not going to dictate the peace to our Allies and certainly would not “let them dictate the peace to us.” Gear Machinery With the voting issue settled, the peace conference geared its machinery to hear the pleas of Ger man satellites for better peace terms — starting with Italy — Sat urday. The Russians, overwhelmingly defeated in the morning session returned to the attack !n the after noon when Andrei Y. Vishinski accused France of so poorly or ganizing the conference secre tariat that it was impossible to go on. Sharpest Rebuke The highlight of the day was Byrnes’ speech, his second and sharpest rebuke to Russian tac tics delivered before the con ference. “Whence comes this talk of blocs?" he demanded. “By what right do those who vote ballot after ballot with the Soviet Union call those of us do not always agree wth the Soviet Union a bloc?” “We do not intend to make all the concessions. We have not fought for a free world in order to dictate the peace to our Allies or to let them dictate the peace to us. Shoe On Other Foot “When the New Zealand propos al to have all recommendations made by a simple majority vote was defeated in the commission by a bare 11 to 9 votes, no one complained that the proposal had been rejected by a Soviet Bloc. “But when the Soviet proposal on voting procedure is defeated by one overwhelming vote of 15 to 6 here in this conference, the charge is made that the defeat was brought about by an Anglo Saxon bloc. What loose and wick ed talk this is.” Byrnes insisted that all na tions who fought the war should have the right to present their views even though they might not obtain a two-thirds majority. 37,000 Spectators Watch Craft Collide Overhead Falling Blazing Parts Set Fire To Horse Barns Killing At Least Four Of Crews And Four Others GREAT FALLS, Mont., Aug. 9.—(UP)—Two Army at tack planes flying in close exhibition formation over the crowd-packed state fairgrounds grandstand collided in mid air Friday and crashed, one of the*n into a horse barn, kill ing eight or more persons and injuring at least 10. The bodies of four fliers and four other unidentified persons were recovered from the wreckage of the planes— 20,000 HOMELESS IN m REGION Toll Of 73 Deaths Taken By Continuing Series Of Tremors CIUDAD TRUJILLO, Domini can Reublic, Aug. 9 —Uf)— Wide spread panic and an acute food shortage were reported Friday night in the northern provinces of the Dominican Republic, bat tered by a continuing series of earthquakes and lashed by deva stating waves which have killed at least 73 persons and left 20, 000 homeless since last Sunday. In addition to the sharper quakes, mild earth tremors have been felt in most parts of the Re public about every five minutes since the initial shocks on Sun day. In Constant Terror The panic centered about Bahia Escocesa (Scotch Bay) in the northern part of the island where the inhabitants are living in con stant fear of a recurrence of the violent quakes. The coastal towns of Matanzas, Puerto Plata, Batey, Samana and Sanchez, cracked and torn by the shocks and later crushed and flooded by the huge tidal waves, are virtual “ghost towns,“ with out a single inhabitant remain ing in them. Population Flees Following Sunday’s earthquakes, the population of those towns fled and averted further casualties when the deserted villages were smashd by Thursday’s second series of violent temblors and tidal waves. Refugees from the destroyed towns are living in trees and caves in nearby hills or have reached other villages far from the coast. See QUAKE On Page Two Polio Strikes CHICAGO, Aug. 9 -(U.R)- More than 5,600 persons have been stricken and 154 killed since the first of the year in a nationwide wave of infantile paralysis which in recent days has approached epidemic proportions in some Mid western areas, a survey showed Friday night. Health authorities and the Army appealed for nurses to volunteer for duty in emergency areas where shortages of nurses and hos pital space have been reported. The Army directed its separation centers to ask nurses being dis charged to volunteer for Red Cross assignments in the striken areas. A state-by-state survey showed that the disease, known medically as poliomyelitis, had striken at least 5,622, with the majority of • victims children. TENNESSEE RIOTS MILD Arkansas GI’s Threaten Up rising On Politics LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Aug. 9 _ (U.R) — Determined vet erans’ opposition to entrenched local political machines flar ed heatedly in several Arkan sas counties. Friday, and one GI candidate said the Athens, Tenn., rioting would be "mild in comparison if there are any ■ irregularities’’ at the polls. Ballot Custodian At Malvern, William Weav er, veteran and candidate for sheriff in Hot Springs county, charged his opponent, Ed Deere, was "custodian of the ballot boxes and warned that “what will happen here” would eclipse the Tennessee GI political revolt. In Yell county, near the Oklahoma border, a crowd of 1,500 veterans prepared for a ma-s meeting to draft an in dependent ticket to oppose the machine slate of Chancellor John E. Chambers in general elections in the “Free State of Yell.” Meanwhile, at Batesville in Independence county, citizens See ARKANSAS On Page Two five miles apart—and irom me charred ruins of the horse barn where only minutes before the ac cident some 25 grooms and at tendants were readying horses for the afternoon races. The barn burned to the ground. Tail Slashed Off The planes were flying in tight V-formation \fchen one of them sud denly pulled ut wards, its propeller slashing off the tail of the plane in front. The tailless plane careened into the far turn of the race track, some two blocks west of the grand stand, and crashed through the wall of the horse barn where it j exploded. Autos Catch fire Gasoline - fed flames roared through the frame structure, con* suming it in a “matter of minutes” one eyewitness said. Nearby passenger cars caught fire from the furious heat and were reduced to charred heaps of junk. As the some 37,000 spectators in the grandstands leaped to their feet in horror, the second plane seemed to explode in the air anu wobbled crazily out of control across the horizon to vanish with a trail of smoke. Five Miles Away Searching parties 30 minutes later came across the still smould ering wreckage of the second plane on Bootlegger Trail, five miles north of the grandstand and grounds. Army officials said the planes were A-26 attack bombers, a war time plane developed for speedy ground strafing, anti - personnel bombing and general support of the infantry and mechanized units. See CRASH On Page Two MORRIS RENAMED TO GROUP’S POST Sheriff’s Convention Elects Officers At Elizabeth City Meet After having served in that capa city for the last 12 years, John R. Morris, former Sheriff of New Hanover county, has been re-elect ed secretary-treasurer of the North Carolina Sheriffs association. The election occurred last night at the annual convention of the organiza tion in Elizabeth City. Others Elected Other officers elected were: Sheriff Ray Pitts of Catawba coun ty, president; Sheriff Ray McDon. aid of Moore county, first vice president. and Sheriff Hoyie Efird of Gaston, second vice-president. Governor R. Gregg Cherry was principal speaker at the associa tion’s annual banquet. Jones At Convention The association adopted a resolu_ tion commending the self-regula tion program of the North Caro lina committee, United States Brewers foundation. Sheriff C. David Jones of New Hanover, attended the convention. And So To Bed As dusk fell yesterday from the sky, something else fell from the window of a local hotel and landed in the middle of the sidewalk. No sooner did it hit the side walk than several elderly ladies gave it a wide berth — and a shocked, oblique glance from the corners of their eyes. A man sittng in a near-by parked car, his curiosity arous ed by the ladies’ proud, dis dainful, and horrified behavior, stepped from his car to see what the awful object was which had fallen so indiscreet ly from the hotel window. A close look in the twilight revealed a pair of men’s sus penders, unattached to any thing.