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FORECAST ^IA- ^ WILMINGTON and vicinity—Fair and fV PV 1 I W^WM I II \ ■ WL rather cold today with low temperatures ■ I ■ I ■ ■ ■ ■ ■■ ■ ■■■■ my 7/ ■ J\ ■ ■ Frtd- - 444114 41U444 >2^4vU WI1^C., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1946 T ESTABLISHED 1867 U.S.Strength Overseas Now At Low Point High Government Official Issues Warning As To j Possible Attack SITUATION GRAVE War Department To Ask New Congress For Uni versal Training Plan WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.— (IP)—A highly placed govern ment official said Wednesday that if the United States were faced tomorrow with hostili ties, its forces overseas would be over-run except in a few isolated spots. He was one of a group of authorized officials who pre sented the picture of a pre carious situation in event of a crisis and then described Wa~ department plans to be sub mitted to the new Congress to re build army manpower. The officials detailed these plans a? follows: 1. To push a universal training bill to cost about $1,000,000,000 a year. The Navy part of the pro gram on the same basis would add nearly $400,000,000. 'The Army hopes that enough men who have gore through this training would enlist in the Regular Army to maintain that force at the current ly desired level of 1,070,000 without use of selective service. 2. To seek passage by the next Congress of a bill for unification of the armed forces. One high rank ing officer said he believed a uni fication bill of some form would be passed at the next session. (Continued on Page 2, Col. 3) DECISION ONTMT EXPECTED TODAY Commission Will Consider NCPA Purchase Proposal Official Says WASHINGTON, Dec. IS—(fP)— The Maritime commission Thurs day will consider a proposal by the North Carolina Ports authority to buy shipyards at Wilmington, N. C., an official said Wednesday night. Howard Marsden, who handles real estate and terminals for the commission said there appeared to have been a misunderstanding of information on the yard’s status he supplied Wednesday to a House committee. Marsden said he told the com mittee the commission long ago designated the North Carolina Shipbuilding yards at Wilmington, along with three West coast yards, for commission retention in stand by condition for emergency use. But, he said, the commission will not take up until Thursday the purchase proposal of the North Carolina authority, and if it decides to accept the proposal, then the stand-by designation will be elim inated. Bep. Bonner (D—NC) earlier in -ormed reporters the maritime commission told the House Mer chant Marine committee Wednes day that the North Carolina yards will be held "in a stand-by posi tion for emergency use.” HAMBONE’S meditations By Alley "DaT P«AY/m* pea com PuRTY mEAM, ?uT I RECK'* HEb BS A heap mo' meaner £Pa( pray* ,IZ'(9 _ *•*■ >?ci. P.?w IN DUTCH Bilbo Case Witne ^fu May Face Contemp t Chairman Mead Of Senate Committee Acts To Have Former Secretary Cited; Refuses To Divulge Source WASHINGTON, Dec. 18-OP) Edward P. Terry, former secretary to Senator Bilbo (D-Miss) was threatened with a “contempt action” Wednes day when he refused to tell to whom he had returned a $15, 000 political contribution. Chairman Mead (D-NY), an nounced that attorneys for the Senate War investigating sub committee would be instructed “to take action as promptly as possible” against Terry. Senator Ferguson (R-Mich) had demanded that Terry be cited for contempt when the witness refused to tell to whom he had returned $15,000 in July of this year. Earlier in the day Terry said he had obtained the $15,000 cash from a “Samuel Lieber man” of New York City to fi nance a political opponent in Mississippi against Senator Bil bo. He added that he had re turned the money to the same source. Later Senator Ferguson brought out that Lieberman had died in January, before Terry could have returned the money. “I’m not going to involve other people.” Terry said. “You refuse to answer the question,” Ferguson asked. "I do,” Terry replied, his jaw firm. Earlier, Terry testified that war contractor A. B Friend warned him he would be kill ed if he told what he knew about Bilbo. Friend promptly asserted he did “not recall” the Incident. ASHES OF RUNYON STREWN OVER THE STREET HE LOVED NEW YORK, Dec. 18 — (fP) — Broadway, the street he lov ed and spent most of his life writing about, Wednesday re ceived the ashes of the late - Damon Runybn. The ashes of the newspaper man and short story writer were streton over the Times Square area from the window of an airplane by Eddie Ric kenbacker, longtime friend of Runyon. The plane, which also caried Damon Runyon, Jr., and his wife, was banked over the cemetery where Runyon’s first wife is buried, and later over the Statue of Liberty. Then Rickenbaker tilted the urn ,as the plane passed over Times Square. Runyon’s son said the col umnist had left him written in structions that the ashes be ■wiiacattered over the island of Manhattan, the place that 1 have truly loved and that was so good to me." CITY TABULATING BIDS ON PROJECT Expansion Program In New Incorporated Areas Ap pears Assured Bids submitted yesterday by private contractors for the job of installing water and sewer lines in the city extension appeared on the basis of partial tabulation, to be substantially lower than any hitherto offered. City Manager J R. Benson sa d last night. City Engineer J A. Laughlin is not likely to complete his tabula tion of 16 bids on an estimated $525,000 worth of city improve ments before this afternoon, and any report on the city’s contract prospects would be highly tentative this morning. But, for the first tame since last June, the city administration, ap pears to have a good chance of lettins satisfactory contracts for installing its water and sewer lines, and for some $200,000 worth of street paving. Unofficially, bids on every item in the contract appear to have a (Continued on Page 2, Col. 6) Elect Officers Dr. Robert Fales was elected president of the New Hanover County Medical Society at its meec jng here last night. Dr. Watts Farthing was named vice president and Dr. Samuel E. Warshauer was re-elected secre tary-treasurer. The physicans also heard an address by Dr. R. Bryant Hare, Jr., on “Diseases of the Prostrate Gland.” SPECIAL PARLEY CALLED ON COURT Council Clears Full Slate During Three-Hour * Session Any chance that next January’s North Carolina General Assembly might pass a bill making possible a.domestic relations court for New Hanover County apparently ■ rests today on the outcome of a special conference between the county’s two legislative representatives, County Attorney Marsden Bellamy, and City Attorney William B. Campbell. The Wilmington City Council yesterday authorized Campbell to seek conferences with Rep.-Elect R. M. Kermon, Senator-Elect Al ton A. Lennon, and Bellamy on the domestic court project after hear ing a CommunityL..CojMi4tt.-del*S* tion urge 'it as the most feasible plan for handling juvenile delin quents and family problems here. With Campbell expected to be out of town until late this after noon, the date for the conference has not been set. Both Lennon and Kermon are agreed that they will not support an act enabling local government agencies to set up the court unless they are assured that the city council and county commissioners will carry it out. The Rev. Mortimer Glover, and Rabbi Samuel A. Friedman, the Community council’s president, ap peared before the city council yes terday to urge support of the meas ure. In the course of a three-hour meeting, the council also receiv ed a report from City Manager J. R. Benson on the problem of off street parking, and then returned (Continued on Page 2, Col. 3) NATIONAL GROUP APPOINTS WEBB ACL Signal And Telephone Engineer To Serve On Committee J. S. Webb, signal and telephone engineer with the Atlantic Coast Line railroad company, has been elected as territorial representa tive from the East to serve on the committee of direction, signal sec tion, Association of American Rail roads, it has been announced by R. H. C. Balliet, secretary of the section. Webb’s term on the 12-man na tional committee is scheduled to be gin January 1, 1947 and extend to December. J51, 1950. Born in Baltimore, Webb has been with the ACL since. 1942 and has been associated with various railroads throughout the country since 1912. De Gasperi Rushes Gra in Supply ToHungryNaples ROME, Dec. 18 — (ff) — The Italian government rushed a por tion of its rapidly diminishing grain supply to hungry Naples Wednesday, amid new reports of food riots in that strike-bound city and elsewhere in Southern Italy. Unless grain arrives from abroad* Italian granaries will be swept bare within eight weeks — leav ing Italians without bread until the 1947 harvest. Premier Alcide de Gasperi, tak ing cognizance of strikes in protest against food shortages and high prices, broadcast an ajspeal to Southern Italians to return to their jobs and maintain discipline. He i ■ i said that Italy was “standing in line at Washington, Buenos Aires, Ottawa and London,” and promis ed that grain would be diverted from the better-supplied Northern Italy. “We will obtain more if we show ourselves disciplined,” de Gasperi said. “The moment is one of ner vousness and general agitation.” Rome newspapers called for a “Christmas truce” on rising prices. The general strike, left only es sential public utilities in operation. Naples dispatches said that police drove off a mob which attempted to break into an UNRRA ware house. Perish While Hotel Burns Thirty-Five Others Injured In Philadelphia Blaze Last Night LEAP FROM ROOMS Firemen Express Amaze ment At Conditions Seen In Building PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 18. —(UP)—At least six Negroes were killed and 35 others in jured Wednesday night when a fire roared through the four story Abe’s hotel in the heart of the Negro section. The dead were taken to the morgue but were not imme diately identified. Firemen said that some of the hqtel’s 140 guests were injured when they leaped from windows of the flaming, smoking building. .Carnegie Lester, 27, night man ager of the hotel, discovered the blaze on the first floor of the double.front structure when he heard guests screaming. In a short time, the entire 67 room building was enveloped in flames as the fire surged toward the top floors. When firemen arrived, smoke was pouring from all windows. They quickly set up ladders and rescued at least 20 of the hysterical occupants from upper floors. A number of guests made their way to safety down an outside fire escape in the front of the build ing. The injured overtaxed facilities at Graduate hospital and later some of the victims were taken to the Douglas memorial, Hahne mann and' Jefferson' hospitals in central City. Police set up emergency quar (Continued on Page 2, Col. 5) BASIN PARKING AREA COMPLETED District Engineers Say Dock Facilities At Storage Site Progressing Concrete parking lots at the Brunswick river storage basin have been completed with the exception of marking and painting, an official of the district engineers office re ported yesterday. The lots will be used by mem bers of the crew stationed at the basin by the Maritime commission to care for ships of the reserve fleet which are stored there for use in an emergency. The parking space, which has a capacity for 88 autos, is being con structed by Towles and Cline, Wil mington contracting company. Meanwhile, work on dock facili ties at the storage site is progress ing rapidly, the engineer spokes man said, and estimated that the project would be finished around January 15. A deepwell dolphins and other fa cilities are being constructed for use of thq crew in the basin. The contract for this work was award ed the Bowles construction com pany of Norfolk, Virginia. Along The Cape Fear RESOLUTION BROKEN _ If Along The Cape Fear were to run a popularity contest for the year which is about to draw to a close we would unhesitatingly nominate the U S. Coast. Guard Cutter Sem inole as the Ship of The Year. Yesterday we said that a round up to alumni of the Semipole was high on our list of projects for the new year but the response of our readers was so overwhelming that we will launch the project to day. From first reports there are nu merous members of the Seminole Alumni still residing in the .Port City. Take for example Mr. M. A. (Fred) Newber of 906 Chestnut street, who is now engaged in the refrigeration business. * * * NEWS TO 118 - Mr. Newber served aboard the Seminole from 1913 through 1917 and as a matter of fact when he first started the organization was known as the Revenue Cutter Service. Another government agency, the Lifesaving Service, in those days, was doing many of the chores that now fall the lot of the Co act Guard, The consolidation of the two ser vices into the Coast Guard came about in 1914, according to Mr. Newber. The same kind gentleman who served as a quartermaster of the Seminole informed us of several other qualified members for the alumni group. * * * air SPECIALISTS — R. A. Dun lea, owner and manager of the Port City’s radio station, WMFD, served aboard the Seminole as a wireless* expert along with C. A. Roetlinger, Sr., of Wrightsville Sound. Mr. Roetlinger recalls that he en tered service aboard the vessel in 1916 and then the following year he went abroad to the European theater of operations. Returning to Wilmington, Mr. Roetlinger again served aboard the Coast Guard cutter until 1920, at which time he was a chief. Boasting an extensive photo graphic collection of the Seminole, Mr. Roetlinger has promised Along The Cape Fear the loan of some of the pictures so we can bring them to the attention of the fans of the Seminole. Among other eligible members of the alumni club living here now (Confinuerl on Page 2, Col. 7) TRUMAN REFFIRMS UNITED STATES POLICY ON CHINA; HOLY LAND STRIFE RENEWED Arab Gunmen Assassinate Land Dealer ' ^ Sale Of Property To Jew Brings Return Of Blood shed To Jaffa exchangTof FIRE Both Side* Expected To Re ject Palestine Division Proposals JERUSALEM, Palestine, Dec. 18.—(UP)—A rich Arab landowner was assassinated in the center of Jaffa Wednes day night, probably by his own people for selling. prop erty to Jews. A British police sergeant was reported to have been killed and a Health Bureau of ficial wounded seriously when the assassin shot at pursuing police. A pamphlet bomb exploded in Jerusalem Wednesday night, and a young Jew was killed in connec tion with that explosion, the first in the Holy City in more than two weeks. ,A military patrol, looking for the, person who set the bomb, ordered .the Jew to step out' of a taxi. Instead of obeying, the Jew started shooting with a pistol and the soldiers killed him. The taxi driver was arrested. Felled On Street The assasinated Arab was Mus tafa Dajani. He had been to the Jaffa Land Registry office to com plete the transfer of property to a Jew. After leaving, he was walking down a Jaffa street toward his home in the nearby village of Beit Dajan when three shots felled him. Police arrived in time to engage the assassin in a gun battle. He escaped through the Health bu reau office, where the Health bu reau official was said to have been killed. Majada, the Arab secret army, was believed to have plotted the killing, ft had warned Arabs that they could expect retaliation if they sold, land to Jews. Sir 'William’s 5,000-word report proposing to partition Jerusalem was a last effort to compromise Arab and Jewish claims on the administration of the Holy City. It has a population of 92.000 Jews, 32,000 Moslems and 27,000 Chris tians. "I am forced to the regrettable but irresistable conclusion that there is no possibility of Arabs and Jews cooperating to make the mu nicipal administration effective,’' Sir William said. A United Press survey indicated that both Jews and Arabs would reject the plan; Arabs, because they will not recognise any parti tion, and Jews, because it does not recognize their aspiration for an independent homeland. Off To A Big Start The must surprised little girl in all Florida, on this, her first Christmas, is Sharon Monts DeOca, of Jacksonville, who wonders what this giant bunny is all about and where it came from. COMMISSION REPORT RECOMMENDS THREE PALESTINE RULERS RALEIGH, Dec. 18 — (£>) — Gov ernor Cherry at the conclusion of Wednesday afternoon’s press con ference signed U. S. Senatorial commissions of William B. Urn stead of Durham. The commissions, dated Dec. 18, contain an explanation that Um stead has been appointed to “fill the vacancy caused hy the death of Josiah. W- Bailey, until there shall be an election as provided by the laws of North Carolina.’’ OVERCOATS WILL BE “MUST” TODAY Three Days Late, Winter Finally Catches Up With Carolines Folk By The Associated Press The official arrival of winter was three days off last night but the weather man cautioned North and South Carolinians to button up their overseats in expectation of sub freezing temyperatures from the mountains to the seacoast. The region s latest low record ings, delayed for 24 hours as the Carolinas’ Western mountain walls temporarily held back a mass of Arctic air drifting in from North western Canada, were expected to drop as low as 22 degrees in west ern North Carolina. Readings aver aging between 26 and 32 degrees were predicted before night’s end for the Eastern part of the Tar Heel state. The forecast lor South Carolina called for slightly higher mer curies. However, freezing weather was foreseen for the coastal area and temperatures ranging between 24 and 28 degrees were expected in the interior; Fair skies will predominate dur ing the continued cold today the Weatherman said. The latest cold snap, bringing to a close a fall that has seen pro longed above-normal recordings, extends along the entire Eastern seaboard as far South as Florida. Reflecting the trend throughout the entire two-state area, the mer cury at Chamotte descended stead ily from a maximum of 56 at mid night Tuesday to a minimum of 38 at 6 o’clock last night. PORT INTERESTS EYE ICC HEARING Southern Traffic Associa tion’s Committee Sche dules Conference Local port leaders were apparent ly prepared yesterday to take an active part in a scheduled Intra state Commerce Committee inues tigatiori of railway-steamship rate differentials which they believe to represent the best existing hope for a revival of Wilmington’s pre war coastwise shipping trade. J. T. Hiers, general manager of the Wilmington Port Commis sion, yesterday prepared to invite members of the Southern Traffic Association’s Port Committee, of which he is chairman, to a confer ence January 10 in Atlanta, Ga., where they will ready intervention into an investigation which Hiers believes will determine whether (Continue^ on Page 2, Col. 7) WINSTONPAPERS TO GO AD-LESS Newsprint Dearth Hits Morning, Evening Edi tions In Twin-Cities WINSTON-SALEM, Dec, 18—(A5)' —Because of the necessity to con serve newsprint, the Journal and Sentinel have been forced to adopt measures restricting advertising next week. Beginning Monday and Contiuing through the following Saturday, no general advertising will be accept ed except for two issues of Thurs day, December 26, the newspapers announced. Classified advertising with certain restrictions, will be continued in the Journal, the morn ing newspaper. The Journal and Sentinel have published on a limited schedule of newsprint for all of the war and postwar years. Becently the prob lem has become acute, due partly to the unprecendented drought in Newfoundland ( the source of news print s’^ply) and partly to the continued increase in circulation of the Winston-Salem newspapers. Christmas Spirit Saves Day For Frantic Mother CHICAGO, Dec. 18—(U.PJ—Mrs. John McHale, 37, Charged with shoplifting, wept Wednesday and told the judge she wanted her three children “to have Christmas, too.” A detective for a department store testified that she had taken toys, children’s books, men’s socks and handkerchiefs. "Yes, I took them,” she sobbed. “My husband has been out of work and we have no money.” She tightened her grip on the hand of her youngest child, three year-old Fatsy, dressed neatly in a blue snow suit. Her husband bad been drinking, she told the judge, but he got a job Tuesday night. She said she had been working at a soda fountain. “But I’ll be fired for this,” she said. Judge Frank Donaghue referred the case to Social Service author ities, fined Mrs. McHale $1 and suspended the sentence. Then, with tears in his eyes, the judge pulled a $5 bill from his pocket. He is 70 years old and a bachelor. “Here,” he said, “buy some i Christmas presents for your chil dren.” The court clerk chipped in $5, and spectators trooped up to Mrs. McHale and gave her enough to make it $20 even. Then someone gave little Patsy a quarter. The mother, still crying, led the child from the courtroom. “Merry Christmas,” said the judge, Nation Will Continue All Peace Drives President Says America Will Not Interfere In Domestic Problems \ MARSHALL TO STAY j Statement Avoids Criticism Leveled Against State Department t WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.— (UP) — President Truman, branding the Chinese civil war as a threat to world peace, reaffirmed Wednesday that the United States will not take sides in that struggle but will continue its efforts to restore peace and economic stability t o that unhappy country. The President made his position clear in a 8,000-word statement that added up to a sharp rebuff to his domestic critics who have been clamoring for the Unit ed States to get out of China and turn over the peacemaker’s role (Continued on Col. 8) sdgar>rogrJ DRAWS FIRE HERE Protest Meeting Of Users Draft Resolution Seek ing Change A resolution urging that the power to control sugar be taken away from President Truman and given to the United States department of Agriculture was passed unanimous ly by a group of sugar users meet ing here yesterday. The group heard an address by Glenn Bond, vice president of Larnborn and Co., sugar brokets, in which he warned that an imme diate end to sugar rationing would produce chaos. Bond also declared his opposition to continued rationing of sugar in America merely to build up its con sumption abroad. He cited reports that Czecho slovakia has resold American ship ments of sugar to Sweden and con tended that most sugar shipments abroad are not for famine relief. W. Eugene Edward, local feed wholesaler, who presided over the meeting of 25 grocers, merchants and industrial sugar users in the county courthouse here, presented there solution on transferring sugar controls. City Industrial John H. Farrell was empowered to send copies to congressmen representing the Wil mington trading area. And So To Bed The three-story-tall Christ mas star on the Brigade Boys auditorium has been displaced as the city’s highest. Last night Police Lieutenant Coy Etheridge and Patrolman E. T. Williamson pointed out , that the star on the city water tank in Hilton Park is 120 feet in the air, which eclipses the still-worthy effort of the Bri gade Boys. N j Any other contenders?