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VQL.j9.-NO. 296. __ WILMINGTON, N. C., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1946 _ESTABLISHED 1867
At Yard Here
North Carolina Shipbuild
ing Company’s Profits
Set At $27,645,029
Accounting Office Attorney
Places Investment Here
\[ 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
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
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
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.
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N. C. FOOD DEALERS
WILL ASK OPA FOR
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
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
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
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
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
Also requested is the construction
of another ditch north towards
Carolina Beach, which the assem
See DUTCH on Page Two
AIR ROUTE CASE
Lieut.-Col. Boyd Says De
cision Seen Before
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
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 __
Occur In Two
Scores Of Stabbings, Blud
geoning Casualties Re
ported At New Delhi
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
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
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
Porter said yesterday that the
original renovation plans still
stand as follows:
(11 Complete paint job outside,
including windows, rails, grille,
(2) Complete paint job inside on
walls and ceilings, excluding mar
Yards Of Linoleum
(31 New Linoleum for all floors,
amounting to about 400,000 square
(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,
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
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
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
(Eastern Standard Time)
(By U. S. Weather Bureau)
Meteorological data for the 24 hours
ending 7:30 p.m. yesterday.
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;'
1:30 a m. 98; 7:30 a.m. 92; 1:30 p.m. 69;
7:30 p.m. 98.
Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. —
0.02 inches. *
Total since the first of the month —
Tides For Today
(From the Tide Tables published by U.
S. Coast and Geodetic Survey).
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
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
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
Partrick is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. E. D. Partrick, of Wilming
ton, and is a member of the foot
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.,
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
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
carrousels, if you prefer—at Caro
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
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
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
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
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
Dr. Pedro Velloso Denies
American Soldiers Are
Now On Brazil Soil
Gromyko Names Truman,
Byrnes As Promising
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
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
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
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
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
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
“Waccamaw Motors, Inc.”
Ami on the front of its cab,
just above the windshield, was
emblazoned the following met
“ We pull for Whiteville.” J
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