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FORECAST gerred By Leased Wire* - of the UNITED PRESS Wilmington and vicinity—Mostly cloudy . .. and slightly warmer today, scattered light . showers tonight and colder; Wednesday ASSOCIATED PRESS partly cloudy and colder. With Complete Coverage of , ——--—- -- State and National New* VOL80.—NO. 55.---„ ■ ' ESTABLISHED 186$ Soviet Paper Urges Spirit Of Goodwill Moscow Magazine New Times Pleads For Pati ence, Self-Sacrifice majorFstatement Foreign Observers See Edi torial As New Trend In Russian Policy MOSCOW, Dec. 16.— (UP) —The political magazine New Times pleaded Monday for in ternational good will, patience and self-sacrifice. Foreign observers saw in its editorial a major state ment of Soviet foreign policy. New Times praised the spirit of compromise at the Paris peace conference, the United Nations General as sembly and the council of Big Four foreign ministers. Lasting peace, it added, can be realized only by the cooperation of all powers. The unsigned editorial took up one-third of the Semi-monthly magazine. Foreign observers called it the most impor tant pronouncement in apy Soviet publication in months. Under the Russian system it is usual for official policy to be made known through such publications as New Times, Izvestia, the govern ment newspaper, or Pravda, the Communist party newspaper. (It was noted that the editorial (Continued on Page 2, Col.. 2) SURPLUSPROPERTY BIDS SHOW GAIN All Offers Require Final Approval By City Council City Attorney William B. Camp bell yesterday held a public auc tion at the courthouse on three items from the old Marine hospital and when the sale was concluded bids on all three stood substantially higher than they had at the first public offering last month. R. J. Yopp was high bidder on the Marine hospital’s small mess hall with a $550 offer. Highest prev ious bid was $475. The Ideal Plumbing company of fered $410 for a lot of 30 large radiators, which had drawn prev ious bids of $3.50 apiece. H. M. Hardis bid $210 for 15 smaller radiators, previously bid at $2.50 apiece. Bids on all three items will re main open for ten days, Camp bell said, before the sales go to the City Council for approval. t-ity Manager J. R. Benson said last night that the city will retain Possession of at least two barracks and the large mess hall of the old hospital. Present plans call for the mess to be broken up and set up aSam as a city garage warehouse, he said. The city still has left from its lurchase of the hospital a number small buildings and its heating •vstem as well as 100 radiators and rmy-installed lighting fixtures, Jenson reported. BANBONE’S meditations By Alley --, [Look LAK 'Sout PE oNLits' Time A ?l6 MAM 6lT IN ?0CT»C5, PE <S OOP LAwD TlEK EM 5LiP ’/M IM WHlLf' PE iYuThErs Ain' lookin'/! S*S£ _ Rt The Bell 8r»., R "2 .TrM* •*«* r »■ S- P»L Office) RELIEF Railroads Seeking Increase In Fares Atlantic Coast Line, Seaboard, Southern Petition For Hearing Of Request To Boost Intrastate Rates RALEIGH, Dec. 16 — UP) — Railroads having intrastate North Carolina operations. Monday filed a request with the State Utilities commission for a_ hearing on a request for permission to increase intra state railroad passenger fares from 1.65 cents per miles to 2.2 cents per mile. Whether the commission will hear the request for an intra state passenger increase will be decided within the next few days, Stanley Winbourne, chair man of the Utilities commis sion, said Monday. In their request for a hear ing, the ^railroads stated that they can prove the necessity for an increase. The railroads are seeking an increase that originally was granted by the Interstate Commerce commis sion in 1944. However, the State commis sion fought the ICC order for an increase, carried its case to the U. S. Supreme court, and won a favorable decision. The intrastate passenger fares then reverted from 2.2 cents per mile to 1,65 cents. The State Utilities commis sion then ordered the Atlantic Coast Line roairoad, the Sea board Air Line railroad and the Southern railroad to refund a sum of $551,196 paid in over charges by intrastate Tar Heel passengers during a period of litigation, August 1, 1944 to July 25, 1945. State Attorney General Harry McMullan has ruled that the State Utilities commission has the authority to order the re funds. Copies of McMullan’s Opinion have been furnished the railroads, but nothing has been heard from them yet, Win bourne said. DIGNIFIED RITES HELD FOR BAILEY Many Of Nation’s Leading Senatorial Figures At tend Raleigh Services RALEIGH, Dec. 16—(fP)—Simple, dignified last rites were held here Monday for the late U. S. Senator Josiah William Bailey, 73, who died at his home here Sunday. The state’s Senior Senator suc cumbed to a cerebral hemorrhage. He had been in failing health for the past eight months, but recently, members of his family said, the Senator had shown improvement. The hemorrhage occurred Saturday night at 6, and he lapsed into un consciousness from which he did not rally. With many of the nation’s Sena torial figures and *tate political leaders present, services were held from the First Baptist church here. Dr. Broadus E. Jones, pastor of the church, officiated. The church was almost full. Some time before the scheduled hour of 3:30 P. M.»for the services, Governor Cherry and Mrs. Cherry entered the church, and were ush ered to the second pew from the front on the left, opposite reserved pews for the family and the official Congressional party. A moment later Chief Justice Walter P. Stacy and members of the State Supreme court quietly took their seats on the right of the family. Family Enters Church The funeral party entered the chuych promptly at 3:30. His widow, Mrs. Edith W. Pou Bailey, was accompanied by her oldest son, James W. Pou Bailey, a local attorney. They were followed by other members of the immediate family and the Congressional group which flew here Monday from Washington in the airplane of Brig. Gen. Kenneth C. Royall of Golds boro, assistant secretary of war. In the Senatorial party were (Continued on Page 2, Col. 5) Truman Bags Turkey ' WASHINGTON, Dec. 16—<U.R)— President Truman bagged his own Christmas turkey Monday right in the White House. The bird was a 42-pound- Texas Tom, one of the two gift turkeys sent to the President by the Na tional Turkey federation and the poultry Egg National board. When Mr. Truman opened the crate for a look at his Christmas dinner, the Tom flapped out and made a bolt. The President, who has had some Missouri farm training, threw a quick • wing-lock on the turkey and wrestled it back into its crate. PEARL HARBOR NAVY YARD WELL SMOKED BY DRY-DOCK FIRE HONOLULU, Dec. 16—W— Clouds of oily black smoke roll ed over Pearl Harbor Navy yard Monday as fire swept two oil - soaked floating drydocks and threatened adjoining docks. All firefighting equipment and personnel available were rush ed to the scene. There were no reports of cas ualties. Tugs towed ships and nearby drydocks into midstream to prevent spread of the fire. Rear Adm. Louis Dreller as sumed direction of the fire fighting, and for a time with drew men from the danger area for fear fuel lines at the pier might explode. The fire had spread to oil lines under the pier, and flames were shooting up from leaks. There wag ' Jigger that ' the fire might Spread by tra versing oil slicks. SANTA’S ARRIVAL EXPECTED TODAY Last Minute Message Says Special ACL Train Due At 4:15 P. M. A telegram saying that he will arrive in Wilmington about 15 min utes behind schedule was received from Santa Claus late last night by J. E. L. Wade, chairman of the Christmas committee. Saint Nick attributed the expect ed delay to bad train connections in northern cities but said that as far as he knew now he would ar rive here around 4:15 this after noon instead of at 4 o’clock as originally scheduled. Santa Claus also requested that Wade notify everyone in-Wilming ton, especially children, that he would expect them to be on hand to greet him upon his arrival. Fail ure to attend the welcome and parade, he wired, might possibly result in his forgetting certain names around Christmas. In an effort to provide a gala special visitor and guest, Wade welcome for the benefit of the announced following the receipt of the wire that everything was in readiness for the parade, which will follow soon after the arrival of the special Atlantic Coast Line train bearing Saint Nick and a load of gifts. The parade will move along Front street to Market, to Third and then to the postoffice via Chestnut street. £ speech by Santa Cla.us is scheduled at the end of the parade and then he will personally greet at many of the children of Wil mington as possible. British Ambassador Says Criticism Good For Both WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 — W — Lord Inverchapel, British Ambas sador, said Monday that it is heal thy thtt the press of Britain and America sometimes criticize each other’s country, but asked: “Could we not make our criticism in a more friendly fashion?” In addressing the Women’s Na tional Press club, the British Am bassador said that on occasion the Press of England and Amenca. seem to see indications of “bad faith” in the actions of the other s country. With more understanding some of the differences could be worked out, he said as he urged: "Please don’t alwavs assume that the other fellow is double crossing you Maybe ne isn’t. Assume the other fellow is acting in good .faith until you see that he isn’t.” The Ambassador was asked if he would give a specific instance of what he considered unfriendly crit icism, and he replied “the approach to the British loan.” The reasons for it were not fully understood or appreciated, he said. He added that sometimes he “got a little unhappy” over the Ameri can press reaction to Palestine, but stressed he was speaking more generally and that his general rec omendation was that the “approach should be kindly and then if we catch each other off base, then to tnuuh LFWK WINS PRELIMINARY VICTORY TTLE WITH GOVERNMENT; TLIGHT SHIFTS TO GREECE Baruch Plans To Call Vote On Atom Plan Bulgaria, Albania, Yugo slavia Unite Against Royalist Regime DEMAND FULL PROBE Tsaldaris Urges Press Be Allowed To Penetrate Balkan Countries . INiU W xUKK, Dec. 16.—(JP) — The United Nations spot light shifted Monday night to the Greek question in the Security council and to re newed consideration of the United States atomic control plan now that the 54-nation assembly has completed its tasks for the year. Convinced of the “impera tive necessity for speed,” Bernard M. Baruch will, call Tuesday for a vote in the U. N. Atomic Energy commission on the American atomic control plan, au thoritative sources said. The essentials of the United States plan, embodied in resolu tions already presented by Baruch, envision a strong: international sys tem "'wtetof atomic ’ energy established and define^ by treaty. None of the atomic controls and punishments for violations would be subject to the Security council veto, and the atomic bomb would be outlawed. Andrei A. Gromyko, the Soviet delegate, rejected the U. S. plan last July and suggested instead a (Continued on Page Eight; Col. 4) CR0OM COMMENTS ON SURVEY HERE Fire Safety Recommenda tions Meeting Quick Re sponse By Owners The City Fire Department will proceed earefully but with firm dis patch to enforce the recommenda tions arising out of its city-wide fire safety survey of public build ings, Fire Chief J. Ludie Groom de clared yesterday. Speaking of one local hotel which has still announced no plans for implementing the department’s safety recommendations although some were filed six months ago, Chief Croom warned that “we have to move ahead”. “We don’t like to condemn any building, but we will if we have to”, .he said. “I am glad to say that, so far, (Continued on Page 2, Col. 3) Along The Cape Fear HELP NEEDED We now find ourselves in a very similar posi tion to the time when we bravely announced that if Mrs., So-and-so were not the champion grand mother of the Cape Fear area we would eat our typewriter. You might recall that one good reader in a neighboring county took us at our word and immediately in formed us that his grandmother had a much better claim to the title. Our dentist is still slowly but surely extracting miscellaneous parts of our former trusty Wood stock typewriter from our assorted molars and incisors. Well, last week we hailed the good fortune we had in the loan of a group of pictures made avail able to Along The Cape Fear by Mrs. Charles Schnibben of 317 Dock Street. We went overboard in our joy over the extensive collection of photographs of the Howard Relief Fire Engine Company No. 1 and sai(j that armed with this valuable material we were sure that we could identify each and every early fire fighter in the Port City. • ♦ * SUCH LUCK — Yesterday after noon we drew at random one qf the pictures from the fourteen loaned to us by Mrs. Schnibben and gave it to our engraver for preparation for use in today’s issue of The Star. You will find the photograph on Page 12. Lo and behold to our dismay we discovered that age had taken its toll of the paper mounting of the photograph and all of the names are no longer to be read. But we consider ourselves for tunate in that of the six 'gentlemen shown, four can be identified. If you’ll glance at the picture you will see standing left to right Henry Haar, Henry Duls and Charles Schnibben. The gentle man seated at the left in the photo graph is- William Bloome. That clears up the matter pretty well except we still have two more of the early members of the How ard fire fighting group to be iden tified. By picking four out of six we rate a .666 batting average (due solely to Mrs. Schnibben who was kind enough to write the names on the back of the old print). You can ask James E. L. Wade, (Contained on Page 2, Col. 4) "V One Killed, Two Injured In Crash Near Here Ray Jennettr Batson, 20-year-old Pender county youth, was killed late Saturday night when he was thrown from, the car pictured above. The automobile struck the Alligator creek bridge. M. L. Walton and Fred Brown were injured in the crash, according to investigating officers. (STAFF PHOTO) COMMISSIONERS ENDORSE COURT New Hanover Delegation Still Non-Commital On Proposal Pespite yesterday’s tentative ap proval' of plans for a cSSlbined1 New Hanover county domestic re lations and juvenile court bv the county board, both Alton A. Len non and R. M. Kermon, the coun ty’s state legislators-elect, remain ed non-committal last night on whether they will introduce into the General Assembly next Jan uary the enabling act which local government agencies need before they can set up the court. Senator-elect Lennoji indicated that the county board’s request was still not definite enough for his satisfaction, while Representative elect Kermon declared that he will await City Council action before formally committing himself. Both representatives have de clared that they will insist on as' surance that city and county agencies actually plan to set up the court before agreeing to intro duce the requisite enabling act. In the meanwhile, leaders of the Community Council, chief sponsor of the court project, said that they will go before the City Council to morrow morning in an effort to win that body’s support for their plan. Pass Motion Yesterday the county board pass ed a motion requesting Lennon and Kermon to introduce the legisla tion the legislation allowing the county to have the court. The board, however, refused to give formal approval to the court plan on the grounds that two of its five members were absent yester day. Dr. James M. Hall and.Harry R. Gardner did not attend. Rabbi Samuel A. Friedman, the (Continued on Page 2, Col. 4) The Weather FORECAST South Carolina—Mostly cloudy Tuesday with scattered light showers; colder Tuesday night. Wednesday, fair and cold er. North Carolina — Mostly cloudy and slightly warmer Tuesday, except colder with scattered light showers extreme north portion in afternoon; scattered light showers and colder Tuesday night. Wed nesday, partly cloudy and colder. (Eastern Standard Time) (By U. S. Weather Bureau) Meterological data for the?4 24 'hours7 ending 7:30 p.m. yesterday. Temperature! 1:30 a.m. 50; 7:30 a.m. 45; 1:30 p.m. 62; 7:30 p.m. 57. Maximum 62; Minimum 44; Mean 53; Normal 49. Humidity 1:30 a.m. 76. 7:30 a.m. 70; 1:30 p m. *0; 7:30 p.m. 85. , Precipitation Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. 0.00 inches. Total since the first of the month 0.29 inches. Tides For Today (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey). „ High Low Wilmington-4:59 a.m. -a.m. 5:18 p.m. 12:05 p.m. Masonboro Inlet _.3:13 a.m. 9:19a.m. 3:26 p.m. 9:41 p.m. Sunrise 7:12; Sunset 5:05; Moonrise 1:44 a.m.; Moonset 1:43 p.m. River stage at Fayetteville, N. C. at 8 a.m. Monday 10.8 feet. PUBU0TYHEAD NAMED FOR DRIVE Star - News Commentator To Direct March Of Dimes Program Ben McDonald, Star-News radio commentator has been appointed publicity chairman of the January March-of-Dimes campaign, Wil liam K. Rhodes, its general chair, man, announced last night. The campaign, slated for the last two weeks of January, will seek to raise $8,200' in New Han over county for support of the National Infantile Paralysis Foun dation. Rhodes said last night that he expected to announce the names of other drive leaders in the near future. W. F. Farmer, commander of the Carolina Beach post of the American Legion, has already been appointed chairman of that resort’s March-of-Dimes commit tee. SCHOOL SYSTEM EXPANSION SEEN Sixty Per Cent Increase In Grammar Grades Expected 'The New Hanover County school system can expect to experience a 60 per cent rise in enrollment of white pupils within the next three years, on the basis of the existing birth rate, H. M. Roland, super intendent oi schools, predicted here yesterday afternoon. “At the present time, there are 8,500 white pupils in • the school system,” Roland pointed out. “Nearly half of these are in the first three grades.” “Within three years there will be 10,000 students in the first six school grades at the present rate of growth”, he declared. "The overall school population may be over 15,000 if the present popula tion remains stable.” Thehe are over 800 pupils in the third grades here. At the end of nine years, New -Hanover High school can therefore be expected to have a senior class of at least 600 students by 1956. There were 360 in the NHHS senior class last year. Ronald was non-committal about any plans for expanding its plant the Board of Education might have in face of the expected torrent of new students. Needs Piano Too WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 — (£) — Representative-elect Glen Johnson (D.v Okla.) reached Washington looking for a place to live and a piano—to replace his wife's, which he said he sold to raise campaign funds. He has found an apartment but he does not know just when he will get the piano. “When I was making my cam paign,” he explained, "I needed money to make the race. So I started selling some of my personal property to get the funds, finally I sold my wife’s piano. I promised her that if I came to Congress I would replace the piano. Now I’ve got to do it.” 3,000 Lepers In U.S. May Not Be Getting Treatment WASHINGTON, Dec. 16—(vP)— The United States Public Health service quoted medical specialists Monday as estimating that there might be 2,000 or 3,000 lepers in the United States who are not re ceiving treatment. The Health service disclosed this estimate in connection with an announcement that its advisory committee on leprosy will .meet here Tuesday to plan a program for eradication of the disease in this country. “Although Hansen’s disease (leprosy) in thjs country is found principally in the Gulf Coast sta*es where it appearg to be endemic, it is a public health problem of continuing importance,” the Health service said in a statement. The statement said the leprolog ists said that those not receiving treatment either do not realize the nature of their disease or they ‘‘re coil from the stigma attached to the name of the disease.” It added that, contrary to popular belief, leprosy is only slightly communicable, much less so than tuberculosis, and is usually con tracted only after a long period of intimate association. Frequent ly, however, the agency said in dividual cases appear in untouched families and in regions where the disease is unusual. Children are susceptible, it said. I Court Grants Union Leader Wide Leeway Decision Of Justices En ables Miners To Seek Refuge Of Norris Act STEEL FIRM LOSES Restrictions On Coal De liveries To Remain, OTC Directive States 3 WASHINGTON, Dec. 16.— (fP) — John L. Lewis won a double victory Monday in pre liminary rounds of his legal battles with the government and the coal mine operators. 1. The Supreme court granted his petition to broad en the arguments on his ap peal from the contempt of court conviction against him self and the United Mine workers. This enables him to seek the refuge of the Norris-La Guardia anti-injunction act in the arguments to be heard Jan. 14. 2. The U. S. Circuit Court oi appeals upheld., the recognition granted to Lewii’^urilon of mine foremen in the existing contract between the . government and the United Mine workers. The circuit court rejected a challenge inter posed by the Jonei and Laughlin Steel corp. (Continued on Page Eight; Col. 5) FPHA OFFICIAL AWAITS ORDERS Government Representa tive Coming To City For Project Sale A. R. Hanson, of Atlanta, region al real estate director of the Feder ral Public Housing administration, is awaiting final instructions from Washington officials of his agency before coming to Wilming ton to open negotiations with lead ers of Veterans Homes, Inc., for sale of Lake Forest’s 584 masonry units, he told Ken R .Noble, VHI’s president last night. Hanson is not expected to make known the FPHA’s asking price for the development before his arrival here, Noble 6aid. VHI has 60 days in which to complete the purchase after it receives the FPHA’s asking price. The FPHA representatives had planned to arrive here early this week, but the need to clarify new Washington orders has delayed him, he reported to Noble. No hitch in VHI’s purchase of Lake Forest is implied in the de lay, Hanson told Noble. ( And So To Bed Where is the highest Christ- 1 mas Star in the City? Last night, it wag reported that a two-foot lighted Star had been placed atop the flag pole of the Brigade Boys’ club at Second and Church street. The building is three stories high and the flag pole stands 12 feet. The Star is lighted every night and sends its beanig down upon the street below.