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i™3= MBummnfout Mimxm mar State and National New* - , . ^ WILMINGTON, N .C., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1946 ~ ESTABLISHED 1867 " Shipping Men fill Inspect port Facility Engineers For Five Promi nent New York Lines Plan Survey Here to checiTtonnage Decision On Program Fol lows Conferences With J. T. Hiers Officials and engineers of about five prominent New; Y0rk City shipping lines will make an'extensive survey of the Port of Wilmington some time in the future, J. T, Hiers, executive general agent of the Wilmington Port commission, disclosed yesterday. The survey will center on the port’s tonnage and traffic, both current and potential, to de termine what type of shipping the Port City can handle best, Hiers said. . , The agent's disclosure was made after his return here from con ferences early this week with the shipping officials in New York City. Hiers is seeking cargo and passenger steamship service for Wilmington in the coastwise, in tracoastal. and foreign shipping trade. The New Yorkers, said the Wil mington survey is still "in the fu ture" pending settlement of the current seamen’s strike and other post-war re-adjustment difficul ties. Hiers said. As soon as these difficulties are remedied and the stepping trade returns to‘ normal, the survey will be made and the Port City’s entry into expanded ocean commerce will begin. One of the principal drawbacks holding up port development here See SHIPPING On Page Two TOC WILL DOCK AT 9 A, M. TODAY Reception Committee I s Ready To Give* Warm Welcome To Cutter At long last, and after two de f/8, toe T-f. S. Coast Guard cutter Modoc is scheduled to arrive at oer old Customshouse wharf in Wilmington at about 9 o’clock this morning the Coast Guard office m Norfolk announced yesterday. Slated to dock here two weeks J8o, the Modoc was shunted from aw homeward voyage to aid a dis ced vessel in Chesapeake Bay. After performing this rescue hitch, me Modoc again set steam for Wilmington, only to be diverted south to rescue another crippled ™P. this time off the coast of uiarleston. rue two delays, disappointing o many Wilmingtonians, have not aken the edge off the local ex citement surrounding the Modoc’s aanval, however, according to the Pitch of eager anticipation regis red here yesterday in city, coun ■ • civic, and public circles. Louis Hanson, lieutenant-com ■ander in the Coast Guard re r'e and chairman of the official weption committee, said yester all is in readiness for a reusing reception for the Modoc ®nd her crew. Committee Ready they will be met at the dock by *roup composed of Mayor W. MOdqc On Page Two UNDONE'S meditations By Alley W PE. OLE 'OMAH w5iTim' HER Ki/nI-FoLKS MAM mule HEHTET> 0ur, 1 FEEL5 SORT A 0N-cOMCER^iJ> WIP P»S ^'PAY.pE THOTEMTh! iSf** n± «r»- XCJ&Z' * “ilfilrtr 3^' Winner At 96 Mrs. Jane Best, of Colnmbns county, shown above, is 96 years old. Bst despite her venerable age she is a real winner in more ways than one, as you will find out if you read ALONG THE CAPE FEAR at the bottom of this page. PRICES DECLINE ON LEAF MARKETS Reports Indicate Losses Average From 50 Cents , To $9 Per Hundred Prices on the flue-cured tobacco markets of Eastern North Caro lina and the Border Belt of North and South Carolina continued to decline Thursday in the face of heavy offerings. The U. S. and North Carolina de partments of agriculture reported that on the Eastern Belt most grades showed losses of $1 to $5 per 100 pounds while on the Border Belt they were off from 50 cents to $9. On Eastern Belt markets, good orange lugs dropped $5 per 100 to an average of $55, fair orange and fair lemon lugs dropped $2 to av erages of $52 and $49, respectively, and lemon cutter grades declined $1 to sell for $64 and $65. Leaf grades made most of the gains of the day, with low orange leaf going up $3 to sell for $48, and common orange and fair lemon | leaf rising $1 each to sell for $39' and $61. More common leaf and nonde script was sold Thursday than the day before and there was less good to choice qualities marketed. Sales consisted mainly of good leaf, low and fair cutters and non descript. Average Prices $49.76 Agriculture officials set official poundage for Wednesday at 10, 582,505 pounds and the average price at $49.76, lowest for the sea son. It was $1.53 below Tuesday’s price level and $4.45 below that re ported for opening day. Prices Thursday on the Eastern Eelt ranged from $31 to $63 for leaf grades, $61 to $65 for cutters, $37 to $63 for lugs. Best thin non descript sold for $19.50, a gain of $2.50 over Wednesday’s price for that grade. Border Belt On the Border Belt, most of the declines affected fair and good leaf grades and cutters. Good orarrse leaf fell $8 to sell for $49, and fair orange leaf dropped $9 for a sale price of $37. Other grades that sus tained losses included good orange and good lemon cutters and low orange, lugs. The few gains for the day were registered by fine lemon and low See PRICES on Page Two Perkins Coming Back WASHINGTON, Sept. 12. —<U.R>— Sixty-four-year-old Frances Perk ins, storm center of labor relations during the Roosevelt administra tion, is coming back to the Wash ington scene as a member of the U. S. Civil Service commission. President Truman Thursday picked Miss Perkins, who resign ed in June, 1945, after serving 12 years as Secretary of Labor,' fcfr the first important government post which he has given to a wom an. She will fill the $12,000 a year vacancy on the commission caus ed by the resignation of Mrs. Lucille Foster McMillin. Mounted Officers Break Up Crowd Of 2,000 On London Street Corner “SITDOWN” STRIKE Women Lead, Demonstra tion Against Enforcement Men; Violence Starts LONDON, Sept. 12,—(UP) —Mounted police charged a crowd of 2,000 shouting squat ter sympathizers massed be fore the luxurious Abbey Lodge apartment house Thursday night in the first violence of Britain’s wide spread squatter movement. Police were ordered to break up the crowd after the sympathizers blocked traffic in front of the apartment house. The demonstration was in protest against police refusal to permit them to pass bedding tA some 50 squatters who invaded the apart ment house more than 24 hours ago. The demonstrators sat down in the middle of Park road, blocking all traffic on London’s main artery between the west end and northern sections, and shouted impreca tions at the police. The sitdown demonstration was touched of* by a woman squatter who emerged from a ground floor window of the $285-and-up Abbey apartments and shouted “we want blankets.” to the sympathizers who had been gathered outside the apartment all day. The crowd of 2,000, some of them relatives of the squatters, took up the chant “give them blankets!” and surged across the street. They were stopped from passing blank ets through doors and windows, t 8ee POLICE On Page Two BOARD TO PROBE DRAIN PROBLEMS City-County Health Officials Will Visit Winter Park Area Soon The Consolidated Board of Health last night directed three members of its staff to investi gate drainage conditions at Winter Park to determine whether rain produced septic tank overflows have created a menace to the com munity’s health, Addison Hewlett, Sr., Health board chairman an nounced yesterday. Dr. A. H. Elliot, the board's health officer said last night that he would conduct the survey in the near future. * He will be assisted by L. L. Las siter, county sanitary engineer, and Porter Wagstaff, sanatation inspector. The inspection trio is empower ed to recommend action if it de termines that the septic tank jffer-. flow constitutes a health hjgPrd, Dr. Elliot said. Board Initiative The Health board directed the probe on its own initiative as re sult of press reports that Winter Park residents were complaining that sewerage overflows in their section might produce a typhoid epidemic, the officer reported. A group of some 60 Winter Park residents meeting to protest the state of their area’s drainage voted Tuesday night to dispatch a petition to the State board of Health detailing the health dang ers they believe to exist as a result of Winter Park’s periodic inunda tion by this summer’s heavy' rains. Elliot said yesterday that he had received no communiSation with reference to the Winter Piark sit uation either from the state board of health or from residents of the area. Mr. Byrnes’s address at Stutt gart is an indirect reply to the declaration on Germany which M. Molotov made in Paris on Jjily 10. It too is an address to the German nation, in fact a competitive bid to offset M. Molotov’s astute and deeply conceived appeal to the Ger mans that in alliance with Russia they can most surely recover their territorial unity and their position as a great power in Europe. This formidable maneuver, the most far reaching event since the armistice, had to be dealt!* with. The two offers are alike in this, that both M. Molotov and Mr. | Byrnes make their appeal to the sentiment of German unity. But there is this essential difference! between the two proposals, and it; is the one which the nationalist Germans will be sure to note. It is; that Russia can in fact restore the; territorial integrity of the German! Reich and the unity of the Ger man national state whereas the United States can only express a favorable opinion. The Molotov declaration was a statement of policy which his government can in the end carry out. The Byrnes declaration is an argument and an appeal, which, if examined from See LIPFMANN On Page Two USO Director Ralph W. Richards, pictured above, former USO director in Wil mington, has returned to the city to direct the activities of the USO club, Second and Orange streets, which will be reopened at 8 o’clock Saturday night for military person nel. "USO SAYS HELLO AGAIN” TO GI’S Second And Orange Club Throws Doors Open To Servicemen Saturday "USO Says Hello Again.” That’s the welcoming slogan for 8 o’clock tomorrow night when Wilmington’s USO Club, Second and Orange streets, throws open its door* once again to the men of the armed forces. Though the building ha* been open informally during the past two week-ends, the official formal opening ceremony will take place Saturday evening at the start of a new peace-time program for soldiers, sailors, Coast Guards men, and Marines which will put out the welcome mat every Sat urday, Sunday, and holiday from row on, D. H. Howes, chairman of the operating committee, an nounced yesterday. Saturday’s initial session will feature a formal dance and novelty entertainment, Howes said. Richards Returns Ralph W. Richards, the city’s USO director during the war, has come back to Wilmington to direct the new USO week-end activities at the Second and Orange street building, now owned by the city. Maria Davis, former secretary of the club, will be Richard’s assoc iate. The USO club is expecting a banner year with floods of service men slated to visit here from Camp LeJeune, Fort Bragg, Pope Field, and other smaller military units established in the Southeast ern North Carolina area. The Weather FORECAST North and South Carolina — Partly cloudy and not much change in tempera ture Friday. A few scattered showers and thunderstorms In the extreme east portion. (Eastern Standard Time) (By V. S. Weather Bureau) Meteorological data for the 24 hours lading 7:3'J p. m. yesterday. Temperatures #1:30 a. m. 74; 7:30 a. m. 71; 1:30 p. m. 73; 7:30 p. m. 74. Maximum 76; minimum 70; mean 73; normal 74. Humidity 1:30 a. m. 93; 7:30 a. m. 91; 1:30 p. m. 82. 7:30 p. m. 91. Precipitation Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m. 0.01 inches. Total since the first of the month 2.75 inches. Ides For Today (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey). High Low Wilmington_11:07 a. m. 5:50 a. m. 11:33 p. m. 6:17 p. m. Masonboro Inlet 8:45 a.m. 2:43 a.m. 9:08 p. m. 3 :03 p. m. Sunrise 5:54; sunset 6:22; moonrise 8:04p; moonset 8:03a. Price Boosts Causes Board Much Concern De-Control Group Sets Sep tember 18 For Hearing On Question RETAIL COSTS UP Industry Leaders Urge Ac tion By Government To End Spirals WASHINGTON, Sept. 12. —(UP)—The Price De-Con trol board Thursday night took the first steps toward restoration of price ceilings on dairy products, citing significant price increases in butter and cheese. It set for Sept. 18 a decision on whether restoration of ceilings is justified, and invited “evidence or views’’ on the issue, in writing, be fore that date. The board said it had “noted with concern” price boosts on but ter and cheese since its determina tion on Aug. 20 to leave milk pro ducts free from control. “The board has observed that these butter and cheese prices have advanced significantly more than the prices of other manufac tured dairy products and that these higher prices threaten to cause increases in the prices of other manufactured dairy pro dfictS;** it said in a statement. It pointed out that it has already determined that regulation of dairy products is enforceable and prac tical and that the public interest requires an avoidance of undue price rises. These are require See BOOSTS on Page Two R. S. VOIGHT DIES AT LONG ISLAND Well-Known Coast Line Of ficial Had Been 111 Only Short Time Rudolph S. Voight, 52, assistant passenger traffic manager of the Atlantic Coast Line, died at 12:40 p. m. yesterday at his home in Garden City, L. I., after a brief illness, Coast Line officials an nounced last night. Prior to assuming his duties in the ACL’s New York City offices in March, 1945, Voight was the See VOIGHT On Page Two Storm Warning MIAMI, Fla„ Sept. 12.—(JP]—'The U. S. Weather Bureau issued an advisory Thursday saying a small tropica] storm was *• developing about 121 miles east of Miami, mov ing northward. The advisory, issued at 6 p. m. (EST) said highest winds were esti mated at 50 to 60 miles per hour and urged all interests to remain on the alert. The advisory urged caution in the Bahamas islands and along the Florida East coast and said the storm was moving norward at about 10 miles an hour. I Along The Cape Fear TWO-TIME WINNER — In a| tough old world like this one it’s difficult to be a winner at any thing, even when you are still young and fresh and full of the vigor, enthusiasm, and ambition which allegedly belong to the young. So we consider Mrs. Jane Best, of Columbus county, pictured up i there at the top of this page, quite ! a remarkable exception to a hard ! to-break rule. Mrs Best, at the advanced age : of 96 years, is a two-time winner that we know of. And it could be that she is a winner in other^ings that we don’t know of. \ FIRST IN HISTORY — ReaJfc ing the age of 96 years is really 8 victory in itself, and it is on this peg of longevity that Mrs. Best’s first “win” hangs. A,short time ago Mrs. Best went into the Collier’s Jewelry store in Whiteville and walked out with a $25 war bond by virtue of being the oldest person to regis ter at the store. With all due respects to Collier’s and all other stores of its kind — we patronize them every Christ mas and on the birthdays of all our female relatives — we be lieve that Mrs. Best is the first person in history to carry some thing out of a jewelry store with out having paid for it and without the burglar alarm sounding off. GRANDCHILD RECORD—Mrs. Best’s other “win” is even more remarkable than this, however: Though not quite a century old, rshe is grandmother to 38 (count (them if you can) grandchildren. If this isn’t a Southeastern North Carolina record we’ll eat our type writer starting with the keys and See CAPE FEAR On Page Two PACIFIC COAST SEAMEN VOTE RETURN; EAST, GULF STAY OUT; BUTTER CEILING LOOMS AGAIN Meet At Convention Pictured at the opening of the 55th triennial Protestant Episcopal Church convention in Philadelphia are Bishop Henry St. George Tuck er (left), of New York, and the Most Kev. Geoffrey J. Fisher, Arch bishop of Canterbury. The New York Bishop declared that internar tional accord is “our Christian responsibility.” (International Sound photo) BETTS I MEET W1NT PARK MEN Highway Engineer Accepts Invitation To Attend Meeting Next Week Division Highway engineer T. T. Betts will appear in person before a public meeting at the Winter Park school either Tuesday or Wednesday nigh; to explain pro gress of the „tate highway com mission’s eiiv.: ,s to improve the drainage situation at Winter Park, he said in Fayetteville last night. Betts agreed to appear after he was informed of the contents of an invitation to set his own date for such a meeting which was dis patched yesterday by James S. Hall, a leader of the Winter Park group rnost sharply critical of state and county officials for their al leged responsibility for the area’s periodic flood conditions. Members of the board of county commissioners will also be invited to attend the meeting, Hall said yesterday. . Addison Hewlett, Sr,, board chairman, was withholding comment until the board meets Monday to consider the reported invitation. Would Face Audience Betts and Hewlett, should the meeting come off as scheduled, will, face an audience roughly simi lar in. temper to the 62 persons See BETTS on Page Two Slash In Sugar Wilmington Morning Star Washington Bureau WASHINGTON, Sept. 1*.—Sugar allotments- to industrial users in New Hanover county, North Caro lina,, will be reduced ten per cent and those for Onslow county will drop fifty-per-cent, September 15, to allow for post-war decreases in population, the OPA said Thurs day. Graham County, N. C., will have an even larger slash, seventy per cent. Charleston county, South Carolina, will be cut twenty per cent. Battle For Meat HACKENSACK, N. J:, Sept. 12. —(U.R)— One thousand women bat tled each other for meat and soap flakes Thursday as a super-mar ket opened its doors to sell meats and scarce commodities. Five minutes after the Guarantee super-market opened its doors, they were locked again on the shoving mob. Zager was letting just 25 shoppers in at a time. And even so, he arid his 15 butchers were having trouble. Six police men tried to keep the waiting crowd in some semblance of or der, BEACH ALDERMEN LAUNCH PROGRAM Wrightsville “Dads” Vote $100 For First Aid Sta tion Equipment The Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen'last night appropriated $100 for a water safety program which will include at least three first aid stations and a line of ten rescue buoys extending the length of the beach. Wrightsville Police chief M. S. Faircloth will coordinate the safety program, upon appointment of Mayor Pro Tern Ffed Graham. First aid stations will be located immediately at the Northern and southern extensions and at police headquarters. The board will con sider development of mere stations in the near future. To Purchase Buoys Wrightsville will purchase ten buoys to be spread out from the northern to the southern extension, 400 feet of nylon rope, and ten reels, Graham said. The buoys will be spread out from the northern to the southern extension. Mrs. Undine J. Snyder moved that the board inaugurate the pro gram. Her motion was seconded by Relmon Robinson. The safety plan was devised by the Wrightsville Lions club. Ben McDonald, radio commentator, presented it to the board. FREE PRESS Newspaper Editors Urge Freedom Of In formation lake SUCCESS, L. I., Sept. 12. —W-^-The American Society of Newspaper editors formally asked the United Nations Thursday to adopt at its autumn assembly ses sion a covenant to establish world freedom of information and of the press. The proposal to open the doors throughout the world to informa tion for all people was submitted to the U. N. Economic and Social council with the support of spokes men for three big nations—James F. Byrnes, U. S. Secretary of State, Prime Minister Clement Attlee of Great Britain, and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek of China. It also was endorsed by Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur, administrator of defeated Japan and the governors of 41 states. The specific program to estab lish the principle of freedom of the press among all nations and to dis courage or prevent government or Continued on Page Two j Steelman Has Plan To Stop Large Strike Government Proposes Re* storing Wage Hike Veto< ed By WSB Panel SEEK GUARANTEES CIO Walkout Threat Adds Confusion To Troubled Maritime World BULLETIN NEW YORK, Sept. 12.—(U.R)— Members of the National Mari time union (CIO), headed by their international president, Joseph Curran, announced Thursday night at the conclus ion of a lengthy, stormy meet ing that the nnion was striking effective at midnight as part of its program to gain increas ed wages. SAN FRAN CISCO, Sept. 12.— —Striking members of the AFL Sailors Union of the Paci f i c voted unanimously Thursday night to end their eight-day walkout at midnight as the result of a government proposal restoring a wage increase which had been vetoed by the Wage Stabilization board. By The Associated Press Stabilization Director John K. Steelman last night announced a plan to end the worst shipping strike in the nation’s history but striking AFL seamen voted in New York not to return to work on the East and Gulf coasts until written assurance was received that the full wage raises won in bargaining with operators would be approved' The CIO National Maritime un ion’s executive council, meeting in New York, meanwhile had under consideration a suggestion by President Joseph Curran that the NMU call a strike this morning unless operators guaranteed es tablishment of uniform maritime wages “at the highest level.” See STEEMAN on Page Two CITY TRUCK LANE CHOICE NARROWS Highway Commission May Favor Third Or Seventh Street, Betts Says The State Highway commission will probably favor construction of Wilmington’s new truck route on 'either Third or Seventh streets, T. T. Betts, its division engineer, told the Star from Fayetteville last night. The commission, however, is still awaiting word from federal offi cials as to whether U. S. Public Roads administration funds could be allotted to aid construction of See TRUCK on Page Two And So To Bed Despite the enthusiastic ap proval the current Fishing , Rodeo is drawing from thous- > ands of sportsmen, Miss Mar garet Vaughn, of Columbia, S, C„ is just a bit peeved about the whole thing. The other day Miss Vaughn was fishing in Masonboro inlet with Mr. aud Mrs. Henry Sher man, 217 Dock street, and they weren’t getting even a nibble from the fish which are suppos ed to cooperate wholeheartedly while the Rodeo is In force. Suddenly a large wave hit the boat. As it dipped far over on one side a pound-and-a-half Pompano leaped from the sea and landed with a damp thud in Miss Vaughn’s lap. Miss Vaughn promptly brought it to the Rodeo judges for entry in the contest—and was promptly turned down. “Sorry, but you caught the fish illegally,” the judges com mirerated. “Ton have to catch them on a hook and line.'