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tlmmnimt iuurnutn mav :=§s“ _ _. State and National New* VOL. 80—NO. 89. __WILMINGTON, N. C., MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 1947 ESTABLISHED 1867 Shortage Of Housing End Seen In ’47 I n d u stry Representatives Predict Substantial Im provement In U. S. BUYERS’ MARKET Increase In Rent Ceilings Predicted In New Legislation WASHINGTON, Jan. 26. — (.4V Forecasts that the housing shortage ,A.ji| i,e “substantially” eased or ended altogether in 1947 came to day from two industry representa ,;v'es while a third predicted a buy ers’ market in real estate. 'if (he government lets us build. !he housing shortage will be over by the end of 1947 and home prices W;H soften simultaneously.” said Herbert U. Nelson, executive vice president of the National Associa tion of real estate boards. The “buyers’ market” prediction tame from W. Wadsworth Wood, president of the Home Builders’ Research institute and publisher of the Small Homes annual, in an other interview. “The peak in prices of old houses has been reached and passed,” Wood said. “The classified columns are twice as long as they were six months ago, and for-rent listings are beginning' to appear in most cities.” The National Association of Home Builders, announcing that private builders hope to erect 1, 000.000 houses this year, declared that “good news is in store for families seeking homes.” “This volume of building include? rental housing and should be enough to permit substantial eas ing of the acute housing shortage in most areas of the country,” said Joseph Meyerhoff, president of the association, in a statement. Meyerhoff predicted the “up ward spiraling of prices has near ly reached its peak” on new home construction and expressed hope that a gradual lowering of prices on new dwellings will begin to show up this year. Wood shared this view, but Nel ion said lie eouid not forecast any lowering of new-home costs be cause “the building trades unions (Continued on Page 2; Col. 2) VIOLENT DEATHS TAKE 9 IN STATE Traffic Accidents, Fires Lead List Of Weekend ! Fatalities »y THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Fires and traffic accidents took th* lives of at least nine persons in North Carolina over the week *nd. Two Negro women—Sarah Boyd, 41. and Stella Hamlet, 42—were killed Saturday when a truck bear ir.g 17 Negroes overturned and caught fire near Fayetteville. The victims were from Kingstree. S. C. Charles W. Beasley, 27, of Dunn died Saturday of injuries suffered is a traffic accident earlier in the week near Five Points on the Angier-Raleigh highway. John Arndt. 23-year-old farmer from near Newton, was killed Sat urday when his automobile over turned on the Charlotte-Newton highway. Burns suffered when an oil neater exploded proved fatal Sat urday to Mrs. Myrtle Cooper Mor ris of Gastonia. Fire also took the life of Miss Annie Price of the White Hill community in Cabarrus county. “ie died Sunday after being critically burned in a kerosene ex plosion in the basement of her home. "alter A. Walden of Jackson u!k was killed Saturday night Pnen he was struck bv a car as ,e " as crossing a road" to the fill ng station which he operated. A Calvin Hendrix, 58, of Bel ont, was struck by a car and - 'en 'ate Sunday on the Charlotte wastonia highway. Jonn Wesley Spainhower, 28, of ?rarat. was killed instantly Satur a.v when he fell from a moving ^k near Mt. Airy. BABBONE’S meditations _ By Alley MO 5tN5£ /N OOM ft-AlMiN* Bout WHAR 5e Young Folks heapin' '-MOS' IN GiN'AU-Y, »£Y JF5' FoUY/aj' PE P*P' LAlP POWW <N fftONT UV 'Em/ j ■**•»• OOM) More Than 10,000 Watch Air Show At Local Field NAVYSQUADRON THRILLS CROWD Local Fliers Demonstrate Skills During Events At Bluethenthal A ci$\vd estimated at well over 10,COO persons lined the run ways of Bluethenlhai airport yes terday afternoon to witness the Air Show sponsored by local civic, veterans and aero organizations. The highways leading to the field were jammed an hour before the event was scheduled to get uudei way. Hundreds of cars lined the roads outside the field as occupants viewed the show from parked cars. The show opened at one o'clock when a series of maneuvers by a squadron of U. S. Navy fighter planes from Oceana, Va. The Cor sairs put on a spectacular display of formation flying, and dive bomb ing. The speedy Naval craft swoop ed over the field at lightening speed in perfect formation. Im mediately after their performance the planes streaked on their wgy to their Virginia base. Russell Sorrell, a former Cap tain in the U. S. paratroopers, thrilled the spectators with a de layed parachute jump from a plane piloted by Albert Wooten. The young daredevil leaped from the plane at an altotude of over 3,000 feet. He plunged over 1,000 feet before pulling the rip cord that let his ’chute escape to halt his fall. He landed several hundred yards from the grandstand and was brought back to the speakers stand where he made a short address to the sp°ctators. Burke Rehder, operator of Caro lina Skyways, gave an exhibition of spot, landings and take-offs in his Autogyro. He made a spectac ula- dead stick landing on the middle of the field. At one time. Rehder, descended almost straight down to land his craft. The highlight of the afternoon program was an exhibition of light plane aerobatics by Beverly ‘Bevo’’ Howard, one of the nations out standing acrobatic flyers. Taking off in his clipped wing Cub, How ard sent the light plane through a series of outstanding rolls, spins, climbs and acrobatics that were loudly applauded by the throngs. He landed the ship on one wheel with the motor dead to climax his sterling performance. Tommy Salmon, local pilot, gave an exhibition of flying in a Fair child PT 23 plane. Salmon received his pilot’s training from the Pen nington Flying service and holds a (Continued on Page 2; Col. 4) RIOTS MARKING INDIAN HOLIDAY Police Forced To Fire Into Groups As Moslems And Hindus Battle BOMBAY, Jan. 26— (JP)—Police fired into groups of rioters today as Bombay tensely celebrated In dia's Independence Day, but au thorities said that the situation did not get out of hand and that casualties were relatively light. An official announcement said that at least five persons were knifed, and acid throwers were active. Most ot tne ngnung w« Moslems and Hindus, but in at least one area members of the scheduled caste (untouchables) clashed with caste Hindus. Police snipers manned rooftops in the temple area and were order-; ed to shoot on sight acid- throw ers who had filled electric light bulbs with searing fluid and were tossing them over the housetops, presumably with slings. Police noted with satisfaction that cross winds prevented any, kite-flying in the temple area. Trouble frequently has been pre cipitated in the past by the ap pearance of a kite marked with Congress Party or Moslem League colors over the territory of a rival community. Rival kites are flown -with specially prepared strings on to which ground glass has been glued, and each person with a kite tries to cut the strings of rivals Extreme tension hindered com merce, and neither Hindu nor Moslem truck or cart drivers dar ed to venture across the demarca tion line separating the Hindu and Moslem communities. Commission dy Job App/’v ling A meeting of the local Civil . . ^ ice commission will be called soon as the group receives a cop. of Attorney-General Harry McMul Ian’s opinion relative to the respon-j sibility for the examination of ap- j plicants for positions on the Wil-1 mington police force, it was reveal- j ed last night*by N. S. Haskett, Sr., chairman of the commission. He said that it was presumed that a copy of the opinion would be sent to the commission by City Manager J. R. Benson early in the week. McMullan’s ruling, received Sat urday by City Attorney William B., Campbell, stated that the power j to determine the eligibility of ap plicants for the police force and j the fire department rested with the I jO' / Pee commission and not 'S' *i chiefs of the departments, j jmpbell sought the advisory opinion following a controversy; arising after the arrest of two form er police officers on charges of breaking and entering local estab lishments. City Manager Benson expressed the opinion that the de cision on who was eligible for ap pointment, rested with the com mission while the latter group held that the chief of police had the right to reject all names certified by the board. Campbell’s request for the opinion came after the New Hanover coun ty grand jury recommended that a ruling on the matter be obtained from the Attorney-General. TEACHER RATING PLAN COMPLETED Sunset Park Faculty Mem ber Serving On State Commission Mrs. Inez B. Hinnant, sixth grade teacher at Sunset Park school and member of the merit-rating' Com mission appointed by the 1945 Gen eral Assembly, stated last night that the report of the group was now in the hands of the current Legislature. The group was appointed to make a study and prepare a report on merit-rating for teachers whereby the salary scale of teachers in North Carolina would be on a basis of individual merit anj efficiency as well as on, education and ex perience. Since 1919. the salary scale in the state has been on a basis of the latter two. Mrs. Hinnant also said that since their appointment in June, 1945. the group had met monthly and had expended much time and effort on the survey and report. “After an extensive survey of current practices both as to pro cedures in merit ratings of teach ers and the application of such ratings to salary schedule, the commission has been unable to find any instrument for measuring teacher efficiency which can be accepted as valid for determining salaries,’’ the report states. The group feels, however, that a mea sure can be determined and there fore is requesting that further studies be made. The commission is composed of Rep. John W. Umstead. Jr., of Chapel Hill, chairman; James E. Hillman of Raleigh, director of the division of professional ser vices for the state department of public instruction; Carl W. Me Cartha of Greensboro, assistant head of the department at the Woman’s College of UNC; A. M. Page of Durham, Duke professor of education; Junius H. Rose of Greenville, superintendent of city schools and director of training schools at East Carolina Teachers College; and Rep. J. Carlyle Rut ledge of Kannapolis, in addition to Mrs. Hinnant. The group requests an appropria tion of $50,000 in order that persons experienced in making such sur veys and tests may be secured as full' time workers for a period of two years, Mrs. Hinnant said. If at the end of that time a plan for merit rating is not found, the group, in the report, suggests that the idea be dropped. But if the survey shows promising reports, the commission requests a further (Continued on Page 2; Col. 7) NEW COMIC STRIP MAKES APPEARANCE IN STAR TODAY “The most beautiful girl in comics”—Jane Arden—makes her appearance in this morn ing’s Star. Revolving around the life of a young girl reporter, the strip is designed to appeal to every member of the family, and chances are you will be fol lowing Jane Arden’s unusual exploits in every morning's edi tion. Written by Monte Barrett, wtio incidentally was a cor respondent in various Mexi can revolutions, the story of Jane is the story of adventure crowded into*the life of the lovely young reporter. Today And Tomorrow By WALTER LIPPMANN The formation of American foreign policy in the critical areas of -the world—that is to say in Germany, in the Middfe East, in China and in the Argen tine —depends in the first instance upon our relations with the Soviet Union. The dominating importance or Soviet-American relations is due in part to the absolute increase of Russian and American power. But only in part. The weakness of Great Britain, the devastation of Europe, the disunity of China, the disappearance of Germany and of Japan have magnified the relative importance of the Soviet Union and of the United States in world aflairs. * ❖ * While this is the condition of things, a dangerous contest of power and influence exists. This contest could degenerate into a dreadful, prolonged and indecisive international civil war. The prob lem of pur diplomacy is how we should conduct our part in this contest during the difficult period (while Europe, China and the Brit ish Empire are relatively weak and, therefore, exposed to or de pendent upon Russian and Ameri can influence and power. During this period—which is the post-war period — our responsibilities are great and the task is difficult. For our object must be to check the expansion ot Russian imperialism and of Communism v/ithout our selves becoming corrupted by an Continued on Page 3; Col. 4 The Weather FORECAST: North Carolina and South Carolina: Mostly fair and continued mild Monday. (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. 55— 7:30 a. m. 53; 1:30 p. m. 68: 7:30 p. m. 60. Maximum 73; Minimum 51; Mean 62; Normal 46. ^ Humidity 1:30 a. m. 92: 7:30 a. m. 92; 1:30 p. m. 69; 7:30 p. m. 81. Precipitation —Total for 24 hourse ending 7:30 p. m.— o inches. Total since the first of the month — 3.12 inches. Tides For Today (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey). High Low Wilmington — 12:51 a.m. 7:52 a.m. 1:19 p.m. 8:22 p.m. Masonboro Inlet 10:50 a.m. 4:45 a.m. 11:15 p.m. 5:17 p.m. Sunrise 7:13; Sunset 5:37; Moonrise 10:27a; Moonset 10:50p. GEORGIA OFFICIAL SHUTS OFF FUNDS Tells Both Claimants For Governorship Court Must Decide l -: ATLANTA, Jan. 26. —<JP)— State Treasurer George B. Hamilton in formed rival claimants to Geor gia’s governorship today that he would shut off all money for gov ernmental operations unless dis putants agree to a quick court test. The veteran fiscal official, who was ousted by bayonets of Eugene Talmadge in 1936 and subsequently was reinstated by the courts, met successively with Herman Tal madge and Talmadge’s attorney, and with Lieut-Gov. M. E. Thomp son and a representative of Geor gia's attorney general. In a sharply-wordect showdown, he advised each claimant: “My personal attorney and the attorney of my bonding company have ad vised me that I cannot recognize appointments of either Herman Tal madge or M. E. Thompson, even though they may be confirmed by the state Senate. I shall not do so until I am protected by a supreme court decision on the entire ques tion.” Hamilton advised both sides to agree on consent litigation to force his recognition of one or the other set of appointees, and to pay monies for operation of the execu tive department. The alternative, he said, would be complete cessa tion of state services within thirty days. Talmadge said “no comment" and declined to speculate whether a consent mandamus would be forthcoming. Thompson said: °I can under stand why George Hamilton has taken the position he does, and J hope the courts act as speedily as possible. However, I haven’t dis cussed the matter with the attorney general. I'm doubtful that I could mandamus the treasurer, since my appointees have not been confirmed by the state senate.” Hamilton said he was informed that opposing attorneys would meet informally tomorrow to see if a joint suit can be worked out. Two lawsuits already are in the courts, one challenging authority of Herman Talmadge to act as (Continued on Page 2; Col. 6) I--—-— Jap Defense Seeking End To War Trial Attorneys For Tojo And 25 Former Leaders Ques tion Authority POORLY ADVISED Motions Contend General MacArthur Did Not Have Power To Act TOKYO. Monday, Jan. 27.—UP)- j Defense motions were filed today j asking dismissal of war crimes charges against Hideki Tojo and 25 other former leaders of Japan, j They questioned General MacAr- j thur’s authority to create the inter- j national tribunal which is conduct ing the trial. The defense motions also contend- i ed that the prosecution had failed j to prove existence of a conspiracy ! among the defendants to violate | international law and treaties; That the attack on Pearl Harbor was not pertinent to the trial be cause prosecution testimony show ed the United States had intercep jted the messages of Japanese dip lomats, thus received “adequate j I warning” and had placed affairs with Japan “in the hands of the [ army and Navy” before a shot was fired; That the defendants — differing from those at the Nuernberg Nazi trial — had not seized power but were bona fide members of 12 gov ernment cabinets from 1928 and acted only as duly-appointed offi cials carrying out their duties; and That admission of hearsay evi dence and affidavits prejudiced the ; rights of the defendants to a fail trial under international law and under the laws -of all the countries participating. In challenging the validity of MacArthur's creation of the 11 member tribunal, the defense sub mitted written arguments to the effect that the United States con stitution reserved to congress the right to enter into international agreements and that no such auth ority had ever been delegated to MacArthur by the congress or by the legislative bodies of any of the other participating nations. While stating that this war not a personal attack upon MacArthur, the motion said his appointment of the judges and prosecutors was “a naked and extra-legal exercise of executive authority”, and that he had no right to “cfeate internation al law” by issuing to the tribunal a charter which attempted to define (Continued on Page 2; Col. 5) MARCH OF DIMES FUND NOW $1,550 County Committeemen Hold Special Session To Spur Drive Only $1550 had been contributed toward the New Hanover March of Dimes goal of $2800 at noon yes terday, W. K Rhodes, Jr., county chairman, announced last night. At a special meeting of the county committmen called yester day afternoon Rhodes warned that the drive ends on Thursday and un less the goal was reached the in fantile paralysis patients already receiving treatment in this county could not be cared for. He again called attention to the fact that the emergency fund of the National Foundation is now exhausted. Rhodes made a special appeal to all business establishments that the employes be asked to make an organizational gift. Contributions from tag day. held j Saturday under the direction of Mrs. Elizabeth Emory, were re ported as fair, as were the theater collections made thus far. Collections in theaters will con tinue until Thursday. As part of the special enter tainment planned for the March of Dimes Ball on Thursday night, W. O. Page, Jr., will appear as a soloist, Rhodes said. Tickets for the dance are- on sale at down town stores. Radio interviews will continue this week. ' Along The Cape Fear MORE NEEDED — Yesterday's air show at Bluethenthal airport was a grand demonstration of how residents of the Port City and the surrounding Territory like to turn out for special events. Over 10,000 were on hand for the event and all parties connected with making the show a success are to be congratulated. Along the Cape Fear has long been the champion of more and even more special events for Southeastern North Carolina. The advantages of such events in this area are countless. And back to our pet project, the revival of the Feast of the Pirates, at present we can think of nothing that would attract more visitors to the Port City than to stage the pag eant this summer. * * * INTEREST HIGH — Attendance yesterday, together with a similar turnout of the good people here on every occasion when a speciatpro gram was arranged, means that many are "hungry” for such enter tainment. Better than wait for one or two more years before attempting a re viva] of the Feast of the Pirates, the Port City might be wise to start this summer on a minor scale. Other resorts in the Old North State started similar pageants last summer and if the Port City waits too long to start some kind of a si(mmer pageant we may find our selves missing the boat. Already assured for the area is the second annual Fishing Rodeo. Many a follower of the rod and reel will come to the area to have a try at the big prize money being of fered by the South East North Carolina Beach association. Still there are many tourists and summer vacationists who would not travel to the outskirts of their own home town to fish. A recent best seller entitled. "To H-l With Fishing,” might sum up the attitude of a great number of would-be visitors to Wilmington’s, l-esort area during the coming summer months. * * * SEMINOLE ALUMNI — We can think of no better group to beat the tom-tom for a revival of the Feast of the Pirates than the Alum ni Club of the U. S. Coast Guard cutter Seminole. Among the men who served aboard that famous vessel you will recognize many leaders now (Continued on Page 2; Col. 5) Grace Moore Ar.d Prince Of Sweden Listed Among Forty - Six Air Fataliti es Dies In Crash GRACE MOORE TERRORISTS GRAB BRITISH BANKER 4 Men And Women Kidnap Former Army Officer In Jerusalem JERUSALEM, Jan. 26 — (TP; — Four men and a woman, described by police as members of the Jew ish underground, chloroformed and kidnaped a British businessman tonight and then disappeared with him into an ancient Moslem ceme tery containing a maze of cata combs. The dramatic abduction unloosed rumors that other kidnappings had occurred throughout Palestine, all of which were denied by police. One report, which police said af ter investigation they were “un able now to confirm,” told of the seizing of a British Army officer. The businessman who was ab ducted was identified as H. I. Col lins. 48, a former British Army major and now director of the Jewish owned British bank in Palestine Police said that a girl present at the abduction told them that Collins “was struck with a long wooden handle on the right tem ple and then on the right wrist as he raised his arms to protect himself.” A search for him was promtly organized. Six hundred British troops, car rying machine guns and lighting their way with parachute flares and tracer bullets, swiftly sur ounded a half-mile-square area of the cemetery, situated in the very heart of Jerusalem. A British of ficer said, however, that “about all we can hope to find is a dead body.’’ Eiritish officials attributed the kidnaping to Irgun Zvia Leumi, and said it was in “retaliation” for the sentence pronounced on Dova Bela Groner, alleged Irgun mem ber who is under sentence to die Tuesday for an attack on a Pales tine police station. Police quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the five kidnapers, all carrying guns seized Collins „nd a woman companion as the couple was leaving a house near the cemetery. Collins was chloroformed and a sack tied over his head.the police said, and then carried into the graveyard. The woman was order ed to face the wall, and was not injured. Troops and police immediately converged on the cemetery, which is within 100 yards of the U. S. Consulate. Government archeolo gists helped troops explore the labyrinth of catacombs. Armored cars with searchlights in their turrets drew up along side the graves, many more than 1.000 years old. Red. white and green parachute flares were sent up over the area. Some red tracer bullets .hit in Jerusalem’s all Jewish rehavia dis trict, but no damage was immedi ately reported. Sirens sounded through the city as police cars brought additional searchers and lighting equipment to the area. (Continued on Page 2; Col. 1) Dutch Airliner Crashes ✓ At Copenhagen Airport Fate Of 17 To 21 Aboard Overdue Plane In China Still Unknown; Eight Persons Killed In U. S. BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS An travel tragedies throughout the world over the week-end took tllir lives of 46 persons, including Sweden’s Print'd Gustal' Adoli and the American soprano Grace Moore. The fate of from 17 to 21 other persons was unknown as a Chinese Isational Aviation corporation plane, on a flight from Cant n to Chung king, was overdue and believed-—--—— juai. Aboard one ol the six planes in volved in accidents around the world —in Europe, the Far East and the United States — was a two-ton cargo of gold bullion and coins, down near Hong Kong, valu ed at $2,000,000. a third of which authorities believed would never be recovered. Miss Moore. 43. one of America's best known singers, and Prince Gustav Adolf. 40. second in line oi succession for the Swedish throne, were among the 22 persons who met flaming deaths in a Copen hagen crash — the costliest m human lives of the week-end trag edies. The DC-3 plane, operated by the Royal Dutch <KLM) airlines, ad piloted by 54-year-olu G. J. Gev sendoffer, KLM’s oldest flier, was barely aloft after its takeoff for Stockholm when it banked and crashed back onto the airport, bursting into flames. Not one of its occupants had a chance to escape. All were killed instantly. Their bodies, Copenhagen airport officials said, were so char red by the flames and mutilated by the crash, that they virtually were indistinguishable. Aboard were 16 passengers and six children. Miss Moore was the only American on the plane, ac cording to a KLM passenger list. The other dead included four Swedes, seven Danes. the six Dutch crew members and a Dutch colonial passenger, one Spaniard and two Frenchmen. Nine-month-old Karl Guslaf, only boy among the dead prince's five children, became second in line to succeed King Gustaf Adolph, as Sweden went into mourning for the infant’s father. Court mourning was to be declared in both Sweden and Denmark today. The Copenhagen crash followed ! by a day the smash-up of another (Continued on Page 2; Col. 3) SUICIDE JUMPER HURLS 86 FLOORS Despondent Vet Leaps From Empire State Build ing; Lands On Woman NEW YORK, Jan. 26. —(U.R)— A distraught young army veteran leaped 86 floors to his death today from the observation tower of the Empire State building. His body fell on a woman taking a Sunday morning stroll in the street below. The' young man, David H. Gor don, Jr., 31. died at once. The wom an, Mrs. Frances Coover of Ames, la., vacationing in New York, suf fered multiple fractures and was rushed to St. Vincent’s Hospital in critical condition. Her sister, Mrs. Hazle De Lapp. Norwalk, Conn., walking beside her, escaped un harmed. Gordon entered the building, world’s tallest, shortly before noon. He paid $1.20 for a ticket to the observation tower, leaving him with 29 cents in his pockets. He chatted pleasantly with elevator operator James Leffler, who took him to the tower. “How’s the weather up there,” Gordon asked. “A little hazy,” Leffler replied. “Well, I think I’ll stay a while anyway,” Gordon said. A half-dozen persons stood at the railing, gazing at the clouded New ' York skyline, when Gordon reached the tower. He struck up a conversation with Naval Chief Pet ty Officer James Lambert. A few minutes later, Gordon re moved his hat and overcoat. He took off his eye glasses and put them, along with his gloves, in the pocket of the coat. He folded the coat neatly and put it on the floor. Then he grasped the parapet and began to raise a leg to climb to the edge. (Continued on Page 2; Col. 1) Plastic Surgery Removes Cause Of Bitter Taunts GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 26 — (A*) — David Ruge, 16-year-old Chicago boy who admitted at tempting to extort money to fi nance a facial operation to elimi nate ‘ape-like features, was re leased from a hospital here to day, his doctor expressing com plete satisfaction with the surgery. Young Ruge was listed as an out patient of Blodgett hospital, where the operation was performed Jan. 15 by Dr. Ferris Smith, interna tionally known plastic surgeon. Dr' Smith refused to disclose where the boy was taken and de clined requests of newsmen for in terviews and nictures. David left Grand rapids in company with relatives, he said. David nas seen his face in the mirror every day since the opera tion during changes of dressings, Dr. Smith explained, and has fre quently expressed "delight" over the results. He will continue to wear bandages for several days, the surgeon added. "I am very pleased with every bit of this case up to date," the j doctor said. ‘ The natural process-; es of reconstruction in the affected areas of the boy’s face and coming : along just as we predicted and j his recovery so far has been com pletely normal.” Dr. Smith said the structure of bones and muscles had given the j boy "a perpetual scowl of a par-j I ticularly ferocious nature.” In Chicago Ruge had pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting (Continued on Page 2; Col. 1) LEGION SELECTS CAROLINA BEACH Executive Committee Offi cially Names 1947 Con vention Site DURHAM. Jan. 26. — i>P)— The next state convention of the North Carolina department of the Ameri can Legion will be held at Carolina Beach and the dates will be June 15-16-17, State legion commander William M. York, of Greensboro, announced today at the meeting of the executive committee of the de partment in the ballroom of the Hotel Washington Duke. The meeting was he;d in conjunc tion with the annual post officer*’ conference which began here today and which will end tomorrow night with a banquet and dance. Colonel Paul H. Griffith, of Un iontown. Pa., national commander of the American Legion, and Mrs. Norton H. Pearl, of Detroit, Mich., national president ot the American Legion Auxiliary, will arrive here tomorrow to address the closing sessions of the conference. Today’s sessions of the conference were primarily concerned with meetings and reports from the legion’s standing committees. Colonel Wiley M. Pickens of the North Carolina veterans commis sion, and chairman of the boy*’ state committee of tlfe legion, re ported at the executive committee meeting that the next boys’ state convention will be held at the Uni versity of North Carolina and that the dates will be June 8-15 inclus ive. Commander Yon: also announc ed that he had appointed the per sonnel of three of the most import ant standing committees of the de partment as follows: Rehabilitation committee: R.vJE. Stevens, of Goldsboro, chairman; C. A. Pennington, of Oteen, Nathan Patla, of Hendersonville, and Dr. W. C. Ward, of Raleigh, as medical advisor to the committee. State Senator Gordon Gray, of Winston-Salem, wg£ named on the publications committee to succeed Claude S. Ramsey, of Asheville, who resigned because of his dutie* as national committeeman of the North Carolina department. Other members are Broadus Griffith, of Charlotte, and R. N. Wingate, of Salisbury. Colonel Pickens is the new chair man of the boys’ state committee. Other members are the Rev. Her bert Spaugh, of Charlotte, Cecil E. Cook, principal of the Durham High school, and Dr E. H. H. Weis, of Guilford College. State Headquarters State Senator Joe Blythe, of Char lotte,. reported on the plans for a proposed $250,000 memorial head quarters for the state department of the legion. The executive com mittee voted several months ago to construct the building "in or near Raleigh.” State legion headquart ers have been maintained in Ra leigh since 1929. Senator Blythe said more detailed plans regarding the raising of funds will be an nounced later. Acting on behalf of American Le gion Post, 160. Fort Bragg, R. E. Stevens, of Goldsboro, offered a resolution asking that the stale department executive committee ask the national legislative com mittee of the legion to ask Congress to amend the present laws to in clude pensions for the widows and orphans of deceased retired enlist ed personnel of all branches of the service. It was unanimously adopt ed. The annual memorial services were held tonight by the legion and the auxiliary in the First Baptist church, with Dr. Frank S. Hickman, dean of the Duke University mak ing the address. Commander York presided. And So To Bed Add March of Pennies: Last night Louis Burney «f 1704 Orange Street called us to report that although he does not have a United States penny minted prior to 1802 he can top any coin listed here to date. The son of Judge John J. Burney, Louis has a 1149 Brit ish penny. That for the time be ing should oe some kind of a record. Among his American coins, Louis says that he has an 1811 half a dollar. And still And So To Bed mult confess we have not penny ono.