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iifgig^iir^E t Itttttuj 10 it iUnrttttt^ VQL.j9.-NO. 296. __ WILMINGTON, N. C., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1946 _ESTABLISHED 1867 House Probe Cites Profit At Yard Here North Carolina Shipbuild ing Company’s Profits Set At $27,645,029 KISER ANSWERS Accounting Office Attorney Places Investment Here At $3,000,000 \[ U PORT NEWS, Va., Sept. 23. —(U.P1— The North Carolina shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, >. (produced wartime ships at a lower cost than other firms and is not worried by a house committee investigation of its profits, Roger Williams, presi dent of the firm, said Monday. Williams, also chairman of the executive committee of Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., said similar in vestigations had been made be fore, "so what?” Iota) profits received by the Wilmington yards in more than five and a half years of war activity amounted to $22,701, 229.01, before taxes, the presi dent said. The net profit, after taxes, as about $6,500,000, on <304.445,175.31 of business. "This (profit) is about two per cent of our cost for build in? ships and is considerably less than two per cent of the average cost of ships built,” Williams pointed out. The North Carolina Shipbuild ing Co., Williams said, was a "low-cost producer” and pro duced for a cost less than any other shipbuilding firm. Investigators, he said, always jump on the largest figures to illustrate their point, but he said that his company’s figures "talk for themselves.” The Wilmington yards pro duced 146 Liberty and 97 02 cargo ships during the war. The North Carolina Ship building company made an estimated profit of $27,645, 029 on a capital investment of $3,000,000, an Associated Press dispatch from Wash ington disclosed yesterday at the conclusion of the opening day of investigations into "war profits” conducted by the Merchant Marine commit tee of the House of Repre sentatives. Officials of the company, a sub sidiary of the Newport News Ship crilding and Dry Dock company, Newport News, Va.t declined to comment on the investigation’s rev elations. The local company was one of '*3 in the nation which, according ,r' the committee's report, put up •132.979,275 to make estimated profits of $346,006,612. The NCSC firm’s nine-for-one Profit was overshadowed, however, ;y the reward reaped by the St. See PROBE on Page Two _ Seeks Big Man WASHINGTON, Sept. 23- (/P) - President Truman began looking Monday for a man of4 “out ending character and prestige” b be the new ambassador to Great Britain. Close associates of the President. would not be quoted by name !=;o those qualifications had been iE; for the London successor of W Harriman, named last nignt b be Secretary of Commerce. HAMBONE’S MEDITATIONS By Alley HE^y o' T>i. NEWS You <SiTS OM 1>t RAP»0, DEYP BE 61V1N’ MO' Set Ton 5ABVKE TT'hi DEY'p vJE5' KEEP IT To vey-s&s •' J (Released by The Bell Syn dicate. Inc.) Trade Mark Rex. U. S. Pat. Office) N. C. FOOD DEALERS WILL ASK OPA FOR MEAT DECONTROL CHARLOTTE, Sept. 23 —(R — Prospects of Charlotte con sumers obtaining any time soon anything like a normal supply of fresh meats at ceil ing prices still are “very gloomy,” said J. B. Vogler, secretary of the Charlotte and North Carolina organizations of retail grocers, Monday. A group of leaders in the Charlotte and North Carolina organizations of retail food dealers will go to Raleigh Wednesday to confer with State Director Johnson and other executives of the OPA’s North Carolina headquarters. This group will urge decontrol of meats. Included in the grocer’s dele gation will be John B. May of Asheville, state president; Kelly Roberts of Asheville, W. T. Harris of Charlotte, C. E. Morris of Charlotte, state di rectors; J. C. McLaughlin, Charlotte president; F. L. Marshall, Charlotte director; O. A. Swaringen of Concord, Clyde Ayres of High Point; J. W'. Cole of Burlington, D. S. ! Scarboro of Rurham and J. Leroy Allen of Raleigh, and Mr. Vogler. CAROLINA BEACH TELLS DITCH PLAN Commissioners View Flood Damage At Resort; An other Meet Set Today The New’ Hanover County board of commissioners yesterday began study of a sweeping plan for ditch construction w’hich leaders of the Carolina Beach township adminis tration told them W’ould eliminate future danger of ‘floods like the one which has kept a sizeable por tion of the resort unaer water since Thursday morning. Mayor W. G. Fountain, of Caro lina Beach, and State assembly man-elect R. M. Kermon presented the ditch plan to Addison Hew lett, Sr., chairman of the boa'd, at the conclusion of a two-hour tour during which Hewlett and his four associates on the board view ed the ravages of a five-day-old rain which still showed its traces in nearly a foot of water along a 900-foot stretch of the Fort Fisher road. The flood control plan presented by the Carolina Beach leaders in volves construction of a two-to-six foot ditch along the Carolina Beach road from the Wilmington Beach hotel due west to the Dow Chemi cal road and connecting with the Hinniker canal. Also requested is the construction of another ditch north towards Carolina Beach, which the assem See DUTCH on Page Two AIR ROUTE CASE VERDICT EXPECTED Lieut.-Col. Boyd Says De cision Seen Before Thanksgiving The Civil Aeronautics board will “in all likelihood” make a decision in ihe Southeastern States air route case on or before Thanksgiving, a well-iiiformed source told Lieut. Col. Henry E. Boyd, traffic man ager of the Wilmington Port Traf fic association, in Washington late last week. Colonel Boyd disclosed the news ye. terday afternoon after his re turn from Washington where he put in the city’s and county’s bid for establishment of a Latin Ameri can air route here during a hear ing before the CAB in the Latin American air route case. The Southeastern States case, brought before the CAB a few weeks before the Latin American controversy, centered on proposed air routes which would connect Wilmington with many cities in f_he Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia. Virginia, and Ohio. See AIR ROUTES on Page Two SOVIET RUSSIA BLASTS PRESENCE OF U. S. TROOPSHINA, ICELAND, LATIN AMERICA; NEW i./ DU-MOSLEM VIOLENCE HITS INDIA __I _I __ Seven Deaths Occur In Two Major Cities Scores Of Stabbings, Blud geoning Casualties Re ported At New Delhi POLICE REINFORCED Transporation D i s r u pted As Rioters Hurl Stones At Trams In Calcutta NEW DELHI, Sept. 23.— (!P)—Seven deaths and scores of stabbing and bludgeoning casualties were reported in India Monday as new Hindu Moslem violence flared in several cities, including Bom bay and Calcutta. In rioting which began Sunday night in Calcutta, three persons were killed and more than 50 wounded. Four persons were kill ed and 12 injured in riots at Jammu from different parts of Kashmir. During the rioting Monday, Pandit Jawahrlal Nehru asked to be relieved as president of the all India congress in order better to carry out his new duties as See SEVEN On Page Two CUSTOMHOUSE MAY GET FACE LIFTING FWA To Ask Bids For Re novation Of Federal Building Inside, Out For the second time this year the Federal Works agency is ask ing for bids for a contract to ren ovate the Wilmington U. S. Cus tomshouse from top to bottom and inside and out. A few months ago when the * wa issued the first invitation for bids, only one bid was submitted, and the" FWA promptly turned down for "lack of competition,” accord, ing to Harold Porter, building su perintendent here. Porter said yesterday that the original renovation plans still stand as follows: (11 Complete paint job outside, including windows, rails, grille, etcr. (2) Complete paint job inside on walls and ceilings, excluding mar ble surfaces. Yards Of Linoleum (31 New Linoleum for all floors, amounting to about 400,000 square feet. (41 Removal of the two flagpoles from the roof to the courtyard. (51 Miscellaneous repairs. *‘I hope we get more than one bid this time, and that one of them is within reason.” Porter said. ‘‘The Customshouse will really be a beautiful building if and when the work is done. Any person or partv who wants to bid for the face-lifting job is a'ked to submit his offer to: The Office of the Division Engineer. Public Buildings administration. Federal Works agency, Atlanta, Ga. The bids will be opened at 2 p. m. October 7 in Atlanta and award of contract made as soon thertsafter as possible. FEAST TO DEAD Gypsies Iti Tom Clothes Bury Queen In. Red Satin LINDEN, N. J , Sept 23—UP) Scores of Gypsies, their traditional garb minus usual ornaments, par ticipated in age-old rituals Monday as they buried their queen, Mrs. Marta Evans, in Linden cemetery. During the ceremonies George Evans, king of the Evans tribe one of the largest in the country, placed a jewelled star, symbolic of his position, in his wife’s coffin After the coffin was lowered, the mourners sipped wine, first pouring the queen’s share into the grave. Then they joined foi a feast carry ing on a tradition that the food they ate there would be symbolic of the repast Mrs. Evans will enjoy in Heaven. The burial here took place after two-hour rites in St. Andrew’s Russian Orthodox church in Phila delphia where the body of the queen lay in state. In contrast to the Gypsies, who wore tattered, old clothes, Mrs. Evans’ body was clad in a gold embroidered red satin gown, decked with a necklace of gold coins and the star-shaped brooch which symbolized her tribal queenhood. On the edge of the coffin was I gee RyPSIFS On Page Two On The Rocky Road To Knowledge The Weather FORECAST North Carolina and South Carolina — Mostly cloudy with moderate tempera tures and scattered showers and thunder- ; showers Tuesday, becoming partly | cloudy and cooler north portion in after- j noon. (Eastern Standard Time) (By U. S. Weather Bureau) Meteorological data for the 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. yesterday. Temperatures 1:30 a m. 75; 7:30 a.m. 77; 1:30 p.m. 84; 7:30 p m. 78. Maximum 85; Minimum 74; Mean 77;' Normal 72. Humidity 1:30 a m. 98; 7:30 a.m. 92; 1:30 p.m. 69; 7:30 p.m. 98. Precipitation Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. — 0.02 inches. * Total since the first of the month — 10.82 inches.. Tides For Today (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey). High Low Wilmington _ 9:00 a.m. 3:37 a.m. 9 :22 p.m. 3 :54 p.m Masonboro Inlet _ 6:52 a.m. 12:40 a.m. 7 :11 p.m. 12:56 p.m. Sunrise 6:02; Sunset 6:06; Moonrise 5:06 a.m.. Moonset 6:09 p.m. River Stage at Fayetteville, N. C. at 8 a.m. Monday, 9.4 feet; and Sunday, 9.4 feet. Nearly 200 applicants for enrollment in the city’s new college sat in New Hanover High school’s cafeteria yesterday filling out their registration papers. The school’s classes begin Thursday, with a student body that so far includes 160 veterans embarked on a six-course curriculum. Shown left is Dale Spencer, the college’s director, who announced last night that his staff would accept further applications to enter the college beginning at 4 o’clock this afternoon. College Enrolls 190 During First Period ROTC OFFICERS NAMED AT NHHS Cornelius T. Partrick To Command Student Batta lion This Year Lt. Col. Weston L. Blanchard, of ficer in charge of the ROTC at the New Hanover High school yes terday released the roster of of ficers for the local units. Cornelius T. Partrick, 17-year old senior, has been named Cadet Lieutenant Colonel and battalion commander of the ROTC unit in the institution. Partrick is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Partrick, of Wilming ton, and is a member of the foot ball team. Other Officers Additional appointments among the members of the department in clude that of Albert C. Beall, who has been named Cadet Major and executive officer of the battalion. Named as company commanders with the rank of Cadet Captains were Robert G. McKenzie, Com pany “A”; Allen Lanier, Company “B”; Eugene C. Ensley, Company “C” and Richard W. Galphin, Jr., Company “D”. Platoon leaders, with the rank of Second Lieutenant, include Rob See ROTC On Page Two Along The Cape Fear By LARRY HIRSCH PRETTY TIDY LADY—Depart ing seasons, like departing house guests, always leave something behind them. Summer departed from the Port City yesterday at 10:41 a. m., and at 10:42 a. m. we started picking up after her. In all, save for a forgotten suit case full of rain, Summer of 1946 was a pretty tidy lady. Outside of that soggy suitcase, the only items we could find were a lot of nice memories scattered over the floor of June, July, and August like bobby-pins from the long flaxen hair op a beautiful girl. * * * BENT BOBBY-PIN — But as everyone knows who has stooped to the laborious job of picking up bobby-pins from the floor, there is always one which is bent too bad ly ever to use again. One of Summer’s bobby-pins we picked up yesterday morning was bent so badly that we could have used it for a corkscrew if we had had a bottle which had a cork. It is unfortunate that bobby-pins and memories should get this sort of rough treatment, but memories in particular. A twisted memory is a real problem. You can throw a bent boby-pin into the waste basket and forget it, but a bent memory is not so easily discarded. * * * CAROLINA’S GARROUSELS — This one bent memory of Summer of 1946 is twisted around the merry-go-rounds—hobby-horses or carrousels, if you prefer—at Caro lina Beach. Understand, please, there was nothing wrong with the merry go rounds as such. The steeds were as fine and fabulous as the ones we straddled back in the days when papa had to ride too and hold us in the saddle. See CAPE FEAR on Page Two Registration Continues To day At High School Cafe teria; Tests Slated With 190 students already on its roster, Wilmington’s new college center will open in New Hanover High School at 4 o’clock this afternoon for its second and final day of registeration, Dale Spencer, director of the center, reported last night. The 190 students who register ed yesterday included 160 male non-veterans, and 12 girls, three of whom had seen World War II service, Spencer said. Perferences expressad by the enroiles and preliminary place ment tests conducted resulted in a decision by the college to limit its first quarter's curriculm to six courses all on the freshman level. The college will offer English, social science, botany, and three different mathematics courses, its director announced. No foreign languages will be taught this quarter, and plans for chemistry and physics instruction have also been temporarily sus pended, he declared. The curriculum will offer a special six-hour-per-week North Carolina State College-prescribed course in mathematics as well as college algebra - and introductory math. Placement, of the indivi dual mathematics student will be determined by tests to be given today and tomorrow. Spencer reported last night that See COLLEGE on Page Two BLAST IN MOOSE HALL KILLS ONE Four Others Are Seriously Burned While Decorat ing Hall For Vets NEWBURYPORT, Mass., Sept. 23 — (JP) — One man was killed and four others seriously burned Monday when an explosion dam aged the basement of a clubhouse being painted for a welcome home celebration for veterans 4* World War 2 Saturday. The dead man was not immed iately identified but police said that two of the men burned were Rocky J. Fournier, a painting con tractor, of Amesbury, and Ben jamin Plouff, 39, of Newburyport. Two of the men stumbled out with their clothing in flames, po lice said, tafter the blast in the three-story brick quarters of the Order of Moose or. Market street. See BLAST on Page Two “Ark” Back Home WASHINGTON, Sept. 23.—(JP)— The “Ark” Burleson docked Mon day at the Navy yard with 2500 rats, pigs and goats which survived the radioactive rains and rays of the Bikini atomic bomb tests. They will be taken to the Naval Research center at Bethesda, Md., for a study of the effect of radio activity on their health. Some 4,900 animals were taken to Bikini as stand-ins for human crews on 22 of the target ships. | About 10 percent died from air blast effects, another 10 percent from radioactivity and 10 percent more were killed for scientific study. COOLER PERHAPS Theft Of Refrigerator Stirs London High Hats LONDON, Sept. 23.—(£>)—Lady Elizabeth White, 29, an English beauty who gave up aspirations to a stage career for marriage, and a 40-year-old tall moustached friend were held in $200 bail each Monday on charges of stealing a refrigera tor and other articles valued at $2, 000 from her mother, the Dowager Marchioness of townshend, The case caused a great hubbub in England’s moneyed title set, and Mayfair society matrons lined up outside the courthouse for the chance to see the proceedings. A request by the Marchioness that the charges be dropped was denied by Magistrate Paul Ben nett. He adjourned the case for two weeks, adding “the matter now will have to be considered not only by the bench here, but by the director of public prosecutions.” No Fixed Address Lady White’s co-defendant was identified as Paul Anthony Walsh, of no occupation and fixed ad dress.” Police constable George Slee testified that Lady White when confronted with the charge said "Yes, I took the bloody things.” See THEFT on Page Two Angry Retort By Brazilian Hits Charges Dr. Pedro Velloso Denies American Soldiers Are Now On Brazil Soil COUNCIL ADJOURNS Gromyko Names Truman, Byrnes As Promising China Withdrawals LAKE SUCCESS, N. Y.. Sept. 23.—(/P)—Soviet Russia for the first time in United Nations Security council history lashed out Monday night against the presence of United States troops in China, Iceland, and Latin America and drew a sharp response from the Brazilian delegate to the council. The council adjourned until 3 p. m. E.D.T. Tuesday after a three and one-half hour session de ciding whether to place on the agenda a resolution put forward by Andrei A. Gromyko, Soviet dele gate and president of the council, asking for information on the dis positions of Allied troops in foreign non-enemy states. Gromyko declared there had been a “wave of protests” against the continued stay of British and American troops in China, India, Iraq, Egypt, Iceland, Indonesia, Greece, Panama, Brazil and South America. Dr. Pedro Leao Velloso, Brazilian delegate, snapped back that there is “not one United States soldier on Brazilian soil today as I speak to you.” He supported British, United States, Australian and the Netherlands delegates in opposi tion to the Russian proposal, which so far as received the lone back ing of the Polish delegate. Gromyko named names in the council in response to a challenge See RETORT on Page Two FAIRBLUFFMAN HELD IN THEFTS Earlon P. Dudley Goes To Jail In Default Of $1, 500 Federal Bond Earlon Prince Dudley, 21-year old youth of Fair Bluff, was ii. New Hanover county jail last night under $1,500 bond after U. S. Com missioner J. Douglas Taylor, U. S. Deputy Marshal Walter Hatch, and an FBI man had pointed out to him earlier in the day that two wrongs do not make a right, par ticularly when it comes to steal ing automobiles. Dudley was charged with steal ing his second vehicle on Septem ber 17 in Whiteville, at which time he was already under $500 bond for swiping the first one on September 3. Caught At Mullins Officers picked up Dudley with “hot” car number two in Mullins, S. C., on September 20, three days after the alleged “snatch.” Dudley was too busy pondering the Federal arithmetic of “two wrongs don’t make a right” to make any comment on the two car-stealing charges or the two bonds (total $2,000) last night. His case comes up for trial at the October term of U. S. District court here, at which time he may have the arithmetic figured out. And So To Bed The other afternoon we saw one of the trickiest pieces of advertising ever devised by anybody, including the Florida Chambre de Commerce. A wrecker truck which pulls smitten automobiles off the street into the garage was goinf down Princess street. On its door was painted the following sign: “Waccamaw Motors, Inc.” Ami on the front of its cab, just above the windshield, was emblazoned the following met sage: “ We pull for Whiteville.” J r-.