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iMontittg £>tar North Carolina’s Oldest Daily Newspaper Published Daily Except Sunday By The Wilmington Star-News It. B. Page, Publisher Telephone All Departments 2-3311 Entered as Second Class Matter at Wilming ton. N. C.. Postoffice Under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. SUBSCRIPTION RATES BY-CARRIER IN NEW HANOVER COUNTY Payable Weekly or In Advance Combi Time Star News nation 1 Week_$ 30 $ .25 S -50 1 Month __ 1.30 1.10 2.15 3 Months_ 3 SO ,3.25 6 Months_ 7.SO «.50 13.00 1 Year _ 15.60 13.00 26.00 (Above rates entitle subscriber to Sunday issue of Star-News) SINGLE COPY Wilmington News --—— ®c Morning Star ---- 5c Sunday Star-News ----10c By Mail: Payable Strictly in Advance 8 Months_$ 2.50 S 2 00 $ 3.85 6 Months_ 5.00 4.00 7.70 1 Year . 10.00 8.00 35.40 (Above rates entitle subscriber to Sunday issue of Star-News WILMINGTON STAR (Dsily Without Sunday) 3 Months—$1.85 6 Months—$3.70 1 Year—$7.40 When remitting by mail please use check or U. S. P. O. money order. The Star-News can not be responsible for currency sent through the mails. MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AND ALSO SERVED BY THE UNITED PRESS FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 1947 Volunteers Needed When New Hanover county had been ■well organized for civilian defense and the regular units were set up and func tioning, it was found that many persons were unable for one reason or another to devote the required time to any of the services. For their benefit a special registration was conducted and some thousands of men and women were list ed, their special aptitudes catalogued and notation made of the periods they might be called upon for volunteer ser vice. Now that the war is over and civi lian defense a pleasant memory, it is established that another need for volun teer work exists in a variety of activi ties. This time it’ is the Community Chest that issues the call. Under sponsorship and direction of the Social Service League next week is to be devoted to the registration of : all persons willing to devote a part of their time to volunteer service for any of the Chest’s member organizations. The young women of the Service League have given of their time and ef fort without stint in organizing for this registration. They well deserve high commendation and, more to the point, ' public cooperation in their undertaking. - Lest you did not note headquarters’ ; address in yesterday’s Star, it is in -Iroom 414 of the Tide Water Building, Second and Princess, and will be open f from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m., Monday to r Friday inclusive. »• Here is your chance to give worth while service where it is needed and -will be appreciated. The Governor’s Message r Governor Cherry’s address to the 'legislature contains proposals that well J:deserve adoption, although some are un doubtedly destined to meet stiff opposi tion. T. For example he urges a uniform 20 per cent increase in salaries of teachers and all state employes. One group in 1 the state’s educational circles insists this is too small. It demands not less .- than 40 per cent. A stubborn battle is ' indicated before any bill on salaries can be passed. Mr. Cherry calls for careful con sideration of the proposed good health program—an essential need in the state; for a ten million dollar increase in the reserve fund, obviously with the inten tion of tiding the state over any reces sion (depression is such an ugly word); and out of any appropriation made for state institutions—$88,000,000 is to be requested—first attention be given mental, correctional and charitable in stitutions. In this connection, and with fine common sense, he urges that the gov ernor and the advisory budget commis sion be given authority to so spend the money that a “dollar’s value can be had for each dollar spent.” It is to be re membered that a dollar’s purchasing power is no greater for the state than for any individual. It will be in the in terest of the taxpayer if Mr. Cherry’s proposal that he and the commission act as watchdogs over the treasury re ceives legislative approval. They can be trusted not to follow a niggardly policy in expenditures. The Governor also recommends that a thorough study be made to learn if the state can be of greater assistance to the veterans, that a broader highway safety program, with an increase in the highway patrol force, be instituted, and, of primary importance, that the state maintain a balanced budget. Altogether, the message is sound. If the legislature accepts a majority of his suggestions, the Cherry administra tion will prove one of notable achieve ment. Airport Needs Despite the tremendous federal in vestment in the Wilmington airport, the unsurpassed quality of its runways, favorable weather and other natural advantages, the plant can not achieve real success so long as it must operate on a shoestring. The pinch-penny policy that has pre vailed since the county took it over makes for failure. Wilmington has such an opportunity to develop the airport and attract not only greater use by commercial lines but large patronage by private plane owners as will never come again. But it must be recognized that it is not a continuous or self-perpetuating oppor tunity. Unless advantage is taken of it promptly it will pass and the com munity lapse back to the prewar situa tion, before the Army took over and built the field into one of the finest on the Atlantic seaboard. In those days, and after year,s of effort, the field was so far below par that few private planes and no airlines stopped. The fight for air mail service was stubbornly carried through a decade of failure. Now, to be sure, the airport is on the schedule of several commercial lines, we have air mail, we get an oc casional private plane, but its utiliza tion is under par because customary conveniences have not been provided. There is essential need for an ad ministration building and for an apron on which planes may be maneuvered for loading and fueling. If they were available, regular flights through Wil mington would multiply. During our long summer innumerable private planes bearing vacationists would land. This is not mere speculation. The Airport Authority has proof of its ac curacy. So positive it its proof that those directly concerned with operation are constantly discouraged in their ef fort to build up normal patronage. It is no wonder that members of the Authority should suggest some inde pendent control of the field be set when the administration makes an issue of small increases in pay for field em ployes and ignores the major need for adequate field accommodations. There is no sound reason to doubt that the airport can be made to pay handsomely, but not until needed im provements are constructed. But it is true, as every business man knows, that it takes money to make money. Success does not come spontaneously. Profits result from wise investment. The county administration cannot make a better or safer investment, with better prospect of good revenue, than in installing the needed improvements at the airport. If it remains deaf to the need, it cannot do better than step out of the picture and turn an adequate budget over to the Authority. Contradictory Proposals If we assume that general pri'ce levels include only a fair margin of profit for the manufacturer or producer and the merchant, President Truman’s appeal in his economic message for a reduction in prices is not justified. This assumption, which is merely that and nothing more, does not take into consideration specific cases where the pubh’c has been sub jected to gouging. On the other hand, and granting for the sake of argument, that prevailing high price levels are due, at least in a considerable part, to wage increases during the war period, chiefly as a re sult of labor strikes, the President’s ap oeal to labor to seek only moderate further increases inevitably would make it impossible to lower prices. The two proposals contradict each other. While there is a decided inclination among republicans in Congress to write their own budget, Mr. Truman’s pro posal that taxation be left at its present rates in the interest of reducing the national debt ought to be adopted, how ever heavy the burden is. As Pegler Sees It BY WESTBKOOK PEGLER (Copyright by King Features Syndicate, Inc.) WASHINGTON, Jan. 9—When Thomas F. Meaney was up for confirmation by the Sen ate on his appointment to the United States District Court for New Jersey, in 1942, there was much complimentary testimony as to his personal character, his patriotism and his legal ability. But all the opposition did object on the ground that he appeared to be a polit ical creature of the boss, Frank Hague, cf Jersey City. Charles Edison, the governor, a democrat himself and late Secretary of the Navy under President Roosevelt, said: “The record indicates beyond any question that he has done his boss’ will. The basic question is whether you are not, in effect, putting Frank Hague on the bench. The conclusion is “yes.’ ’’ Mr. Meaney was confirmed, nevertneiess, but he fnust have realised that in time he would find himself under cold and questioning observation in a criminal trial of some such old friend of Boss Hague as Joe Fay, the drunken, brawling union racketeer, who now come^ before Judge Mear.ey charged with evading his income taxes on the enormous graft which he extorted from the contractors on the Delaware aqueduct job. Judge'Meaney may be incorruptible, but he has no right to object if others observe his conduct of this trial, and the outcome, in the mood of the governor who believed he had done the boss’ will before and might do it again. The boss is loyal to his henchmen, and Fay has been one of them for years. Fay is a vice-president of the operating engineers’ union, made up of the men who run the ma chinery and perform a lot of mock-jobs amounting to political patronage on heavy construction projects. Among those mock-jobs is that of “hamburger man,” a political bum who gets $10 a day ostensibly to oil machinery which needs oiling about as often as youi watch, and actually puts in his time sitting around the hamburger joint. On public con struction he does this at your expense. The union has been a shakedown device for Fay and^a lot of other arrogant crooks—he is now under conviction and a long prison sentence in the state of New York — for years and years. Fay’s home and headquarters have been in Newark, where Judge Meaney sits in the federal court. Fay worked both sides of the street. He not only bossed and bullied the honest work ing stiffs who did the work, but he operated a company which chartered heavy machinery to the contractors. He could withhold labor from contractors who didn’t rent his ma chinery. And. of course, he regularly collect ed shake as insurance against “labor trouble” no matter where the contractors got their heavy equipment. All this while, he was as close to Hague as Judge Meaney was. He still is a Hague man. Meaney is a Hague man. And those who came down to Washington in 1942 to indorse Meaney included Robert F. Lynch, the presi dent of the Hudson County Building and Con struction Council, and Joseph Quinn, the pres idet of the Hudson County Central Labor Union. Those both are within Fay’s jurisdic tion as vice-president of the operating engi neers, and Hudson county is the county in which Meaney sat for 11 years as judge of the juvenile court and five years as judge of the court of common pleas before he was nominated to the federal court. During the hearings on Meaney’s confirma tion, H. .Alexander Smith, of Princeton uni versity, one of the few republicans who spoke against him, the other opponents being anti Hague democrats, tried to put in a capsule the particular deal or coincidence which aroused most of the suspicion. He had a theory that Meaney had taken part in a poli tical move so that Boss Hague’s young son. Frank Hague, Jr., could be appointed to the Court of Errors and Appeals, which is the Supreme Court of the state of New Jersey, when he was just a cub lawyer. He said he was shocked when Governor Moore, a Hague man, said "it would please young Hague’s father” if he got this job. The phrase attributed to Governor Moore at the time was "I know it will make his daddy happy.” The sequence of events was this: Meaney quit the common pleas court, which paid $15, 000 a year, to become counsel to the state banking department to handle the affairs of the distressed New Jersey Title Guaranty and Trust Co. at $20,000 a year. Judge Walker stepped down from the Court of Errors and Appeals to Meaney’s place on common pleas and young Hague got Walker’s place. Meaney finished his job in the bank case and in due time was nominated to the federal court. John Longo, another democrat and a hell raising martyr, appearing against Meaney, said: “I charge that many Hague directors of the New Jersey Title Guaranty and Trust Company knew it was insolvent 10 days be fore its closing and used their information to permit Hague favorites to withdraw enormous sums. I charge that Meaney was placed in his bank position to assure the Hague organ ization that the circumstances under which favored depositors were preferred over less fortunate depositors would be forever sup pressed.” Longo did nine months in jail, without bail, by order of the same court of common pleas, but not by Judge Meaney’s order, while men accused of murder easily got bail. He finally was stuck with a technical conviction on a perjury charge. Meaney denied that he had suppressed any records in the bank case and the senate finally did' give him the benefit of the doubt and confirmed him. Recently, Meaney sat in a trial of Ben Pross, as rotten a crook as you will meet in the rogues’ gallery of the American Fed eration of Labor and two other defendants in a black market liquor case. Pross had three convictions on his record, including a four-year stretch in Atlanta, so he didn’t dare take’ the witness stand. It was an open-and shut case involving 10.000 dozen bottles of booze eased into the black market at south ern military camps during the war for this our brave boys were stuck to the extent of $25 a quart on their nights off in the dirty jukes. The alcohol tax unit of the Treasury gave the Department of Justice excellent evi dence. But, nope, brother Pross. who is busi ness! agent of a filthy underworld racket dis WONDERING JEW__ New Music, Radio Libretto Combined In Met’s Latest American Opera Spot By W. G. ROGERS Associated Press Arts Reporter NEW YORK, Jan. 9.—(£>)—'“The Warrior,” the American opera which the Metropolitan Opera house will present for the first time on its regular broadcast program Sat urday afternoon, will be but half of a premiere, for the music is new but the words are old. Bernard Rogers is the composer, anj it must have meant a lot of hard work for him. But librettist Norman Corwin says of the prod uction that “it is gravy for me.” The work is a new version of the old testament story of strong-man Samson and temptress JDelilah, who cut off his long hair; the theme already had had long-hair treat ment from Saint-Saens, whose "Samson et Dalila” was first giv en at the Met 30 years ago. The Rogers-Corwin opus is the 19th American work to be present ed at the Met since it cautiously opened its doors to the native prod uct with the performance of F. S. Converse's “The Pipe of Desire” in 1910. In the last decade there have been three or four, the most recent being Menotti's "The Island God.” "The Warrior” won the $1,500 award in a contest sponsored by the Alice M. Ditson fund of Colum bia university in collaboration with the Met; thd contest was announ ced in 1943, and the winner named last February. The Ditson fund helped finance the production, in Religion Day By Day BY WILLIAM T. ELLIS THE LEGLESS PREACHER My grandmother used to say, as we watched the chickens lift up their heads after drinking, “Tney are saying ‘Thank you’ to God." Her natural history may have been weak, but her religion was sound. To learn to say ‘‘Thank you” is one of the first lessons in manners and in faith. A noble clergyman, lately gone home, was reciting to me his bles sings. Then he made a disdainful allusion to his crippled legs, ut terly paralyzed thirty years ago: “What are legs? They make no essential difference.” Instead oi indulging in ungrateful self - pity, he was full of thanksgiving for countless other blessings. In solemn sincerity and self-ex amination, we join the chorus oi all Thy saints in all ages in giving gratitude to Thee, O Father of all mercies. Amen. guised as a local of the Wine, Liquor and * Distillery Workers’ Union, somehow managed to get acquitted. The other two - were convicted. And then Judge Meaney set aside the convictions of the two co-defendants and the federal dis trict attorney in Newark quietly gave up and dropped the indict ments. So they all walked out. This is the same district at torney’s office that now prosecutes another crooked unioneer, before the same Judge Meaney, all par ties to the case being loyal mem bers of the circle of the friends of Boss Hague. I try not to be suspicious, but it takes an effort these days and sometimes it doesn't work, even so. which Regina Resnik will be Deli lah and Mack Harrell will sing the role of Samson. Max Rudolf will conduct. The musical setting is “terse, the idom contemporary, the harmonic palette pungent . . . and the scor ing draws freely upon the percus sive choir, together with piano and McKENNEY On BRIDGE BY WILLIAM E. McKENNEY America’s Card Authority A 9 7 5 2 V Q 10 ♦ A Q 7 A J 9 7 4 A 4 3 I A K 8 VJ982 I V 7 653 '♦ J 8 6 3 ♦ K 9 4 2 *A A 5 3 A K 10 8 Mrs. Bacher A AQ J 106 V A K 4 ♦ 105 A Q 6 2 Tournament—Both #vul. South West Korth East 1 A Pass 2 A Pass 3 A Pass 4 A Pass Opening—V 2 10 While en route on my recent air trip I received a wire from my office telling me that Mrs. Paula Bacher of East Orange N. J., had become Life Master No. 65 through points gained by winning the Province of Quebec open team-of-four championship at Montreal. When I saw her in New York on my return, I remarked that the ladies were doing very well lately, Miss Florence Stratford of Cleveland also having just become a Life Master. Mrs. Bacher gave me today’s hand and said, “The lady in this hand, the queen of diamonds, was a detriment rathei than an asset.” Mrs. Bacher (South) won the opening heart lead in dummy with the queen, led the nine of spades and let it ride. Another spade lead picked up the king and then she cashed the ace and king ol hearts, discarding the seven of dia monds from dummy. Now should she take the dia mond finesse? The ace-queen looked very inviting, but upon thinking it over, Mrs. Bacher real ized she would not gain a thing even if the finesse worked. She would be forced to play the club suit herself and undoubtedly would lose three tricks in it—so she went right up with the ace of diamonds and led the queen, not caring who had the king. All the opponents could do was lead clubs and she could not lose more than two club tricks. Those who took the diamond finesse went down. Upon winning the king of diamonds, East led a diamond back to dummy’s ace. Declarer was forced to play the club suit and lost three club tricks. * * * Only a little over a year ago I predicted that Mrs. Bacher would be listed among the great players of the country. In becom ing Life Master No. 65. she is one of the too selected group of the, world. harp,” according to Rogers, who teaches composition at the East man School of music. But you may have heard the li bretto before, for it was written in 1941. The original title was “Sam son;” it was the 14th of “twenty six by Corwin,” and produced by Columbia Broadcasting system with Martin Gabel as Sampson and M.ady Christians as Delilah. CBS’s Bernard Herrmann wrote incident al music for four harps, flute, man dolin and guitar. The play, which has been given by Army and ama teur groups, is available- in “More by Corwin,” published by Holt in 1944. The radio drama took 30 minutes to play and, Corwin recalls, per haps a week to write. He earned his share of the prize money, he says, principally by complying with Rogers’ request to submit some dramatic writings of suitable length. Up to 10 days before the premiere, composer and librettist had met only twice. Despite the radio source .of the script, the opera definitely was not written for the radio, Rogers em phas'zes. Born in New York city, he has held Pulitzer and Guggenheim awards, and has recently become a member of the National Institute of Arts and letters. Corwin, born in Boston, figured most recently in the news as the round-the-world envoy of the Willkie Memorial of Free dom house and the Common Coun cil for American unity. Week’s Best Fairy Tale A rookie was coming out of the post exchange with an ice cream cone held in his right hand. His frantic attempts to change hands and salute when a staff car rolled by were disastrous to the cone which plopped to the ground. To the amazement and embarassment of the poor G. I., the car stopped some feet away and the officer got out, dug into his pocket and dropped a dime into the boy’s hand. The Doctor Says— VEIN CLOTS COME MOSTLY IN WINTER By WILLIAM A. O'BRIEN, M. n In the northern section of !ne United States vein clots are parti cularly common from Decembet through February. This „ due largely to the increase in re. spiratory infections and vessel spasms which cold weather brings Vein clots are of two varieties' Dr. Alton Oschner, of New Orleans' reports in the Journal of the Amer ican Medical Association. In one the blood clots are the result of jn! flammation of the vein wall; jn the other, a clot develops as a re', suit of injury to tissue. Clots which follow infection are firmly attached, while those whien result from injury have a tendency to separate themselves ar.d cause trouble elsewhere. Inflammation of the veins com monly occurs in the thigh and lea. The condition is characterized bv pain, fever, and swelling over the infected parts. The chance fot recovery is good, but compii. cations may develop is treatment is delayed or incomplete. In treating infected veins, the injection of an anesthetic into the sympathetic nerves which supp], the part is effective. This treat ment results, in most cases, in immediate relief of pain, followed by disappearance of fever and swelling. If the first injection js unsuccessful, a second injection can sometimes be made, Patients who develop vein dots as a result of injury to the tissues may not show any signs of in flammation over the vein. These clots may develop after an opera tion, because of the slowing of the blood flow which results from bed-ridden inactivity, or they may be produced by blood disorders or an overweight condition. Proper preparation for operation, reduction of excessive weight, cor rection of unfavorable blood con dition, and abstinence from smok ing for two weeks before surgery are effective in reducing surgical complications. After the operation, early rising from bed, special leg exercises, and deep breathing helps to quick en the circulation. When veins in the lower ex tremities are infected, surgeorj recommend conservative treat ment. But when silent clots form there their removal is possible through a dramatic surgical opera tion. QUESTION:' In one of your ar ticles you referred to college wom en as not growing after the 16th year of age. Is it common for 16-year-old girls to attend college? ANSWER: A few girls start col lege at 16, but most co-ed fresh men are 18. The statement re ferred to the fact that college women betwen the ages ot 18 and 22 usually have not grown since they w-ere 16 years (it age. Letter Box STADIUM AND BALL PARK Under date of January 7, Clauds T. Gore of Sunset Park addressed a letter to City Manager J. R. Benson and Addison Hewlett, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners dealing with en largement and expansion of the Legion stadium and building a separate baseball park. A copy of the letter has been sent to this paper by Mr. Gore with the request that it be published and that all persons in terested in his proposal communi cate their view to the gentlemen first addressed. The Star reminds its readers that its Letter Box department is also available for their comments. Mr. Gore’s letter reads: Mr. J. R. Benson, City Manager, Mr. Addison Hewlett, Chairman, County Commissioners, Wilmington, N. C. Gentlemen: There has been a great deal of discussion recently in regards to the possibility of providing a more 'adequate stadium for Wilmington, for football games and build a baseball park'for baseball games. I personally believe that it would be best to have separate fields. The American Legion Stadium should be greatly enlarged by (Continued On Page 5. Col. 2)_ WHY WE SAY by STAN J. COLLINS 1 L J. SLAWSON [17 IiEtodrinkatoast " Usually we eat loast hut t-liis time we drink it. This phrase came from the old custom of placing a piece of toast into a glass of ale before drinking to a per son’s health.