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s“~'= umumtmt arautu mar —— —_ State and National New* VOLJO^NO- 99.__ __WILMINGTON, N. C., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1947 " ESTABLISHED mi Legislature Saddened Over Gardner’s Death State Solons Receive Host Of Bills Including Measures To Revamp Board Of Correct ion, Greatly Increase Teachers Pay RALEIGH, Feb. 6.—(/P)—A legislature saddened over the death of former Governor 0. Max Gardner received a host of bids today, among them measures to revamp the organization of the state board of correction and training, to increase greatly the pay of teachers holding “A” or To Aid Drive WALKER TAYLOR TAYLOR TO HEAD GIFTS COMMITTEE Will Direct Work Of Ad vanced GifU Group In Red Cross Campaign Walker Taylor, local insurance man. will head the Advanced Gifts committee for. the forthcoming Red Cross campaign, and his group will iwing into action tire first of next week, it was announced last night. Taylor was appointed by J. H Carswell and N. A. Avera, co chairmen of the drive. Taylor will appoint six team cap tains who will make personal con tacts for contributions to 'the Red Cross prior to the official opening of the campaign on March 4. The work of the Advanced Gifts com mittee is one ol the major jobs in tlie campaign it was siated, as their quota will be a large per centage of the chapter quota and much of tire success of the drive depends upon the work of the group, Taylor is well experienced in the work of the Red Cross, having served as campaign fund chair man in the 1945 drive.,At present he is a member of the executive committee of the Red Cross, a member of the board of directors of the Brigade Boys club, and a Kiwanian. The goal for the local chapter of tlie Red Cross for this year has sot yet been officially approved; officials are now awaiting approval from headquarters. The local appeal to the public ''■'ill be made March 4-14. NEW PLANT STARTS PRODUCTION HERE Fertilizer Factory To Pro duce 50,000 Tons Per Year, Employs 75 P eduction at the Robertson Chemical plant, located two miies . Wilmington on the east bank j^he Cape Fear river, has already gan’ it was announced yester day ky Charles W. Best, produc t!0n engineer of the Norfolk firm derating the factory. with a normal output ;J'«00 tons of fertilizer per year d employing about 75 people uclion fr°m the plant will be to serve turme's in soutb 1as ern and western North Caro-1 ™a> Best disclosed. toff Said a manager for the'fac , construction on which was Caried September 16 of last year . the Tide Water Construction company of Norfoik, would be ^»ed soon. ^ncfe Bud Says: <Bi Bdl Baldwin) •hi P!'r,,,‘ who went to the j tairt ,? (h,> Orand Opera („ M _l'rr v as so much yellin ' ruuaif hf co...iln't hear the j i graduate certificates, and to in . crease the punishment for drunken ' driving. Ten senators and 20 representa tives were appointed by the pre siding officers to attend Gardner’s funeral Saturday. Their a , oint ment followed the delivery of i eulogies of the late statesman, and the house and senate adjourn ed in his memory. Named to represent the assembly at the last rites were Senators Weathers of Cleveland, Neal of McDowell, Rankin of Gaston, Clement of Transylvania, Gray of Forsyth, Blythe of Mecklenburg, O’Berry of Wayne, Johnson of Duplin, Rodman of Beaufort and Hampton of Avery; and Reps. Mull of Cleveland, Harris of Person, Kerr of Warren, Dellinger of Gas ton, Vogler of Mecklenburg, Jones of Rutherford, Stoney of Burke, Houser of Lincoln, Shuford of Bun combe, Hutton of Guilford. Gass of Forsyth, Matheson of Iredell, Al len of Wake, Ramsay of Rowan, Bost of Cabarrus. Wallace of Lenoir, Martin of Marlin, Hatha way of Gates, Hutchi * of Madi son and Rosser of Chatham. Both Mull and Weathers, "who in troduced joint resolutions in their respective houses eulogizing Gard ner, praised him for his contribu tion to this state, nation and world. Rep, Hutton of Guilford sent up the rrffissure to reorganize the board of correction and training. Instead of the present 18 members — three representing each insti tution — the new board .would be composed of nine members to be appointed by the governor for stag gered terms. Any member of the board, which wotild have full jurisdiction, could be removed by the governor without assignment of reason. Another attempt to help legisla tors along financially — in the wake of a defeated constitutional amendment proposal to allow them an extra $10 a day — was made by Rep. Hardison of Craven. He would allow subsistence and travel ex penses for legislators on the same basis as state employes — $6 a day for subsistence and six cents a mile travel expense. A measure like the one introduc ed last week by Rep. Wilson of Caldwell — known as the South Piedmond plan — was introduced by Senator Roper of Lincoln. The move would facilitate committee hearings in that the joint appropri ations group could consider the proposal which would increase greatly the pay of teachers holding “A” and graduate certificates. The salaries would be raised from the present low of $1,244.97 and high °f $1,802.97 to a new low of $1,560 and high of $3,600. Conviction of drunken driving, under a bill by Senator Chaffin of Harnett, would be punishable by imprisonment of not less than 10 days or a fine of from $500 to $5. 000. The driver’s license would be ' automatically revoked. His auto mobile would be seized and releas ed only on bond of twice the value of the car. The House Education committee postponed action on a measure by Rep. Dellinger of Gaston which would declare the truth of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Inde pendence and require the eaching of textbooks supporting its authen ticity. SOLONS PRAISE GARDNER’S WORK Flags Fly At Half Mast In Tribute To Ambassador To England JtALEIGH, FEB 6 —(A1)—Shortly after the national ensigns and the^ flags of the state of North Car* olina dipped to half-mast this morning in mourning for O. Max Gardner, many colleagues here in the general assembly paused to pay tribute to his statesmanship and service to his native common wealth. A joint resolution was' passed un animously in each house of the legislature to memorialize Gardner for his "serving his state with great honor and distinction.” It was most fitting that a fellow townsman introduced the resolu tion in each chamber. Rep. Odus M Mull of Cleveland brought for ward the motion in the house: Sen. Lee Weathers of Cleveland made th" motion +5’e senate. Each, sooke- briefly of the un tiring efforts of Gardner to help his, state and his fellow citizens (Continued on Page 3; Col. 5) | 3 Die, 90 Hurt In Flaming Crash C f Train And Truck | Flames and smoke ponr from the wreckage of an oil track piled up against the locomotive of the Southern Pacific railway’s streamliner, “San Joaquin Daylight,” after a collision near Fresno, Calif. A terrific explosion showered 10 cars of the train with flaming gasoline. At least three per sons perished and 90 passengers were injured. The train was en ronte from Dos Angeles to Oak land. (AP Wirephoto).___._ PRESIDING JUDGE FOR TERM NAMED Luther Hamilton Of More head City Assigned For Special Session Here Judge Luther Hamilton of More head City has been appointed by Governor R. Gregg Cherry to pre side at the special criminal term of New Hanover county Superior court, it was revealed yesterday by A L. Meyland, clerk of court. The docket for the one-week term, scheduled to start February 17,. is expected to be completed by District Solicitor Clifton Moore of Burgaw by the last of next week. Chief interest among the hear ings scheduled to be heard are those revolving around two former Wilmington police officers, Roy L. Grissett and H. A. Gurley, both of whom face breaking and enter ing counts. Moore told the Star last night that these two cases would be tried unless efforts on the part of de fense counsel for the two defend ants to have the trials conducted in some other place than in the local court were successful. He said the final decision on the matter rests with Judge Hamilton but that any effort to have a change of venue ordered would be opposed by his office. Moore also disclosed that the murder charge involving Burney Smith, Wilmington Negro, as well as the case of Rudolph White, a Negro, who faces a manslaughter count, will be aired. Smith is al leged to have shot and fatally wounded Elmer Stevens, Negro, on the night of February 1 while the manslaughter charge against White grew out of the hit-run death of Robert Seigler January 28. The Guy Ganey and Leon (Snoop er) Gause. Negro, murder trials are scheduled for the March term of criminal court and Moore in dicated his desire to clear the docket of as many cases as pos sible before that time. Day In Congress Un-American — Gerhard Eisler. alleged boss of all U. S. commu nists, refused to testify under oath before the house committee on un American activities and was cited for contempt. The committee also asked his prosecution on a charge of plotting to overthrow the govern ment. A witness who described her self as Eisler’s sister called him “a dangerous te-rerist” acting on orders from Moscow.' Labor — The U. S. Chamber of I Commerce appealed to Congress j to outlaw the closed shop, revise the Wagner act and protect busi ness against violence, mass picket ing and sitdown strikes. Rep. How ard W. Smith (D-Va.) denounced the closed shop as a "terrible evil” and said congress should kill it even at the risk of trouble. Jananese — Dillon S. Myer. war time nead of the ,TapareI'“ can relcca4ion camos. asked con gress to grant cit'izenshio to 40. 000 Japanese who have lived in this country for many years. He as sailed the mass , remova1 of 110. 000 Japanese-Americans from the West Coast at the outset of World War II. • Atomic—Vanneva- Bush, atomic scientist. pva;sed Chairman-desig nate David E. Lilienthal of the atomic energy commission as "a great American” in a testimonial before the senate atomic energy committee. Lilienthal’s appoint ment has hee" fire by Sena te,. i\/reK“11ar tn-Tennl. Couple Unable To Afford Both Infant And Auto JANESVILLE. Wis„ Feb. 6—(U.R) —A young couple who kept their automobile but couldn’t “afford to keep their new-born baby .plead ed guilty today on a charge of having abandoned it on a doorstep. The couple. John Wolfram. 23, a driver for Rockford, 111., diaper service, and his wife, Helen, 22, said they had decided before the child was born nine days ago that they could not afford it on Wolfram's $35 a week salary.. "Besides,” Wolfram said, "our landlady where we room said we couldn’t stay if we had a baby.’’) He and his wife pleaded guilty before Municipal Judge Ernest P. Agnew and faced a possible sentence of one to three years m state prison or a sentence ol one year in the county jail. Agnew said he would pass sentence to morrow or Monday. The child, a blue-eyed boy, was born Jan. 28 at the Swed sn-Amei - ican hospital at Rockford, 40 mjies south of here. Last Monday, wnen Mrs. Wolfram and the baby were released from .the hospital, she and (Continued on Page 3; Col. 8) The Weather FORECAST North Carolina and South Carolina — Partly cloudy and becoming colder Fri day, fair and colder Friday night; Sat urday fair and moderately cold. (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. 24; 7:30 a.m. 22; 1:30 p.m. 45; 7 :30 p.m. 49. Maximum 50; Minimum 21; Mean 35; Normal 47. Humidity 1:30 a.m. 50; 7:30 a.m. 49; 1:30 p.m. 26; 7:30 p.m. 70. Precipitation Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. —' 0-00 inches. Total since the first of the month — 0.32 inches. Tides For Today (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey) High Low Wilmington _11:25 a.m. 5:50 a.m. 11:40 p.m. 6:24 p.m. Masonboro Inlet - 9:11 a.m. 2:49 a.m. 9:37 p.m. 3:22 p.m. Sunrise 7:04; Sunset 5:48; Moonrise 8:13 pm.; Moonset 8:42 a.m. River stage at Fayetteville, N. C. at 8 a.m. Thusrday, 12.1 feet. AIRLINER CRASHES TAKING 9 UVES Cuban Transport Hits Spanish Mountainside After Ocean Hop AVILA. Spain. Friday, Feb. 7— (AP)—A four-engined Cuban DC-4 airliner crashed and exploded in the Gredos mountains 90 miles west of Madrid yesterday evening, killing the nine or 10 occupants aboard. The plane, the Ruta De Colon (Route of Columbus) of the Com pania Aerovias Cubana, was en route from Lisbon to Madrid when the accident occurred. It had left Havana Wednesday morning fly ing by way of Bermuda and the Azores. (In Havana the offices of the air line said the plane carried five American crewmen. These men. all of Miami. Fla., are: Capt. A. B. Kyger, pilot; Lee Larlow, co pilot; N. R. Russell, second pilot: H. B. Peters, mechanic and P. L. Ness, navigator. (The company also listed Primi tive Gonzales, a radio operator, and Lorenzo Monteverde, steward, both Cubans, as members of the crew.) According to the Cuban legation in Lisbon the three passengers aboard were Diego Veitia Esparta. 29. a Cuban; Mrs. Gloria. Gomez Mena de Ruano. 37. a Cuban, and Serafin Fernandez. 51, a Spaniard. Jose Maria Vallejo Alvarez, a Spaniard, got off the plane in Lisbon. The announcement that the wreckage of the plane had been found was made by Luis Valero Bermejo, civil governor of Avila province. Valero Bermejo fixed the time of the crash at 5 p. m. (12 noon EST) yesterday. At that time the airliner had flown a half-hour be yond its scheduled landing time (Continued on Page 3; Col. 6) NEW DEALERS HIT LIMITATION BILL House Passes Measure Placing Two Presidential Terras As Maximum WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 -r- (U.R) — The House today approved a re publican-sponsored constitutional amendment to restrict presidents to two years terms, after shouting down a democratic compromise for a single six-year term. The newly-elected GOP majority won the back of conservative democrats to pile up a vote of 285 to 121 — fnore than the two-thirds required to send the proposal to the Senate. Two-thirds of the mem bers of that body also must sup port it before it can be submitted for ratification by three-fourths of the states. Republicans didn't cast a single vote against the proposal. The 238 GOP members who voted for It were joined by 47 democrats, most of them from southern states. Rep. Vito Marcontonib, A-L-, N. Y„ joined 120 democrats in voting against it. Aimed at preventing President Truman and future presidents from following the path set by the late Frankiln 0. Roosevelt in shatter ing the two-term tradition 'he or'' posed amendment was adopted over the angry protests ol new deal democrats. “My God!” shouted Rep. Adolph J. Sabath, 0., 111., dean of Con gress and a close friend of the late chief executive. “Can’t we be fair enough to let a man rest in peace when he has done so much for his country.” The single six-year term compro mise was offered by Rep. Eman uel Cellar, 0., N. Y„ with the backing of many new dealers who contended it would give a presi dent time to carry out his domes tic and foreign policies free of in terference from second term poli tical maneuvers. But the overwhelming GOP and conservative democratic majority refused even to permit a record vote on it. Sabath angrily assailed the re publican leadership for allowing “only two measly hours” of de bate. He said the" only reason the republicans were willing to put a ceiling on White House occupancy was because they “nave no man they could possibly, elect for three times.” FIRE DEPARTMENT ANSWERS ALARM AT STORAGE AREA The city fire department answer ed a call to the Standard Oil Com pany storage area about 10:15 last night but later reported that the alarm was sounded when a short circuit was discovered in some wiring. The department reported that no damage resulted from the fire. Three trucks were dispatched to the scene in case of an emergency and two more were on their way when the call was cancelled. Along The Cape Fear MENDOTA’S VISIT — The new Coast Guard cutter Mendota, which has been assigned to Wil mington replacing the now decom missioned Modoc, may make her maiden voyage to the Port City this weekend. No doubt many will be on hand to greet the successor to the many famous Coast Guard vessels sta tioned here in the past. Along The Cape Fear must bow its head in shame over the fact that we completely let the Coast Guard’s anniversary slip by us. But believing firmly in “better late than never,” we will now try to make amends. * * * JUST A YOUNGSTER — The | Coast Guard celebrated its 32nd. : anniversary under the name last 'January 28. However its fore runner counts over 150 years’ serv ice during its lifetime. In 1790, George Washington signed a bill sponsored by Alex ander Hamilton, creating the Re | venue-Maritime Service. This lat ■ er became known as the Revenue Cutter Service. j The United States Coast Guard - was formed on January 28, 1915, | when Congress consolidated the j Revenue Cutter Service with the 'Life-Saving Service. In 1939, the Lighthouse Service was added and in 1942 the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Naviga tion became a part of the Coast Guard. * * * BOSSED BY TREASURY— Operating under the Treasury De partment during peace-time and the Navy Department in wartime, the Coast Guard’s normal duties include life-saving, maintaining aids to navigation, enforcing fed eral maritime laws and regula tions, operating safety - at - sea measures and aiding in adminis tration of Alaskan government. Washington’s first Revenue-Mar ine Service began life with 10 cut ters and 200 men. In contrast, post-war Coast Guard plans call for a force of 34,500 men. Its 1945 fleet numbered 1.677 cutters and smaller boats. These men main tain 36,000 aids to navigation, flung across 40,000 miles of water. » * * NOW IN THE AIR—An aviation wing of the Coast Guard operates nine air stations and 165 planes, which have accounted for dramatic air-sea rescues. USCG helicopters have figured prominently recentlj in rescue work on the high seas. (Continued on Page S; CoL 1) Nation’s Leaders Mourn Death Of O. Max Gardner; New Cold Wave Predicted • - i FORECASTER says ‘GRANDDADY’ DUE Millions Of Dollars Loss Counted n Current Low Readings CHICAGO, Feb. 6—(A*)—A more severe cold wave which a fore caster termed the “granddaddy" cold wave of the year blew into the midwest on high northwest Winds tonight as Southern Florida count ed millions of dollars of crop dam age from the vanguard of the icy blasts. The new mass of frigid air was expected to bring the lowest ‘em iperatures and most penetrating cold of the winter later to the al ready benumbed eastern half of the nation. “If they thougnt it was cold be fore, just let them wait until the new blasts reach them,“ said fore caster P. F. Sutton. “Earlier this week the Midwest and East got bits of the Canadian cold air mass which broke off and blew ahead. This time it will be the granddaddy itself.’’ Sutton said temperatures would drop swiftly to more than 30 de grees below zero in Northern Min nesota and the Dakotas, plunge to eight below in Chicago by Sat urday morning and bring the sea son’s coldest weather to the East on Sunday.” “Even Florida may get another shot,” he added. The cold air mass has been sweeping slowly toward the Mid west from the Yukon territory for several days and began picking up momentum tonight. Unless meteorological conditions change, a Washington scientist pre dicted earlier, the United States is in for several weeks more of severe weather. Crop losses running into the millions were suffered when a cold wave of unexpected severity brought freezing weather deep into Southern Florida last night. Charles Steffani, Dade county agricultural agent said 40,000 acres of tomatoes, beans and squash were destroyed. The mercury plunged to 32 de grees at the Miami, Fla., airport and thousands of winter visitors stayed in bed until temperatures moderated later in the morning. Water pipes froze in an area to the northwest section of toe city. The chilly weather struck at (Continued on Page 3; Col. 2) CHARITIES GROUP NAMES DIREaORS I ocal Agency Selects Eight New Members; Annual Report Heard Eight new member’s of the board of directors of the Wilmington As sociated Charities were elected to serve for three years yesterday afternoon at the annual meeting of the directors of that organization, and two members were elected, to fill vacancies, for a term of two years. To serve for three years are: Edward Carr, Robert Tapp, Miss Marguerite Walker, Mrs. Thomas Gause, Mrs. Isabel James, Mrs. Al For Complete Text Of Report See Page Five. ired Sternberger, Mrs. Bernice Stellings, and Mrs. George Bailey. The Rev. William Crow, Jr. and Eugene Bullard were elected to fill the vacancies left by the Rev. Carl Fisher and Mrs. Richard An drews. The meeting was presided over by the Rev. Alexander Miller, pre sident. The annual report was presented by Mrs. L. O. Ellis, executive secretary. Rabbi Samuel A. Friedman, speaking to the groups on ‘Am 1 My Brother’s Keeper,” stated that the scope of the work in relief and charities undertaken by the Asso ciated Charities is so vast that the help of other organizations and of governmental agencies is need ed to carry it on. He commended the work of the Associtaed Chari ties in this city and of the execu tive secretary, Mrs. L. O. Ellis. Following the benediction by the Rev. WTilliam Crow, Jr,, a brief so cial was held in the great hall of St. James where the meeting was held. . _ Dies Suddenly --:-1 O. MAX GARDNER FORMER TEAMMATE PRAISES GARDNER Local Leaders Express Ad miration For Former Governor Of State __ Among the Wilmington friends of Ambassador O. Max Gardner who yesterday paid tribute to the former North Carolina governor following his death in New York was E. Y. Wooten, manager of the Texas Oil company. Wooten, wtio was a fraternity brother and a football teammate to Gardner at State college said last, night that “He was an excep tionally fine young man, and an outstanding leader in athletics and study through all his college years : He was certainly a leader through-! out all time." He recalled too that Gardner was one of the finest sportsmen in his games that North Carolina has ever had, and opined that he would have been All-Amer ican had they picked them. then. Earlier yesterday other local friends of the former North Caro lina statesman expressed their sorrow at his death and paid trib ute to him. Among them were Mayor W. Ronald Lane who said he knew Gardner personally and felt that his death is a great loss to the state: and Wilbur Dosher. postmaster, who said that Gard ner was one of the most represent ative citizens the state has ever produced and he will go down in history as a great statesman upon proof of his outstanding record. C. D. Hogue member of the Port Commission, said Gardner was an able man and his death is a be reavement to be felt by the whole country as well as North Carolina. J. E. L. Wade, city councilman, said “He was always for North Carolina, even when in Washington where his ability for diplomacy was recognized by President Tru man when he appointed the former governor as ambassador to Eng land. aviates laud 0. MAX GARDNER Former Governor Called ‘A Great American And Great North Carolinian’ WASHINGTON. Feb. 6 - W — Comptroller General Lindsay C. Warren, close personal friend of O. Maxwell Gardner, newly ap pointed ambassador to Great Brit tain, who died today, declared Gardner’s “passing is truly a na tional tradegy.” Warren added: “For 30 years Max Gardner and I were devoted personal friends. I knew him per haps better than onyone outside of his family. While the nation has been recently hailing him as a great American. 1 have always known that he tvas, and he was also a great North Carolinian. “He loved our state and its peo ple. and he served them with a passionate devotion. A courageous governor in a trying time, he will rank as one of the greatest. He was an honest man, a fair man, and a good man. and he was incapable of petty actions. His stature grew with each succeeding call to public service.” Budget director James E. Webb, assistant to Gardner when the latter was undersecretary of the (Continued on Page 3; Col.-7) “Black Dahlia ” Suspect In East On Murder Date F®RT DIX. N. J., Feb. 6.—(£V A Military police corporal being questioned about the slaying of at tractive black-haired Elizabeth Short, the "Black Dahlia, ’ appar ently was at Fort Dix when she was tortured in an undiscovered hideway, bisected and her nude body discarded in a vacant lot in Los Angeles, an army spokesman said today. Major Cornelius T. Morris, post public relations officers, said army records showed that the overseas veteran, Joseph Dumais of C'are mont, N. H., had arrived at Fort I Dix from furlough either the night t. of Jan. 10 or the morning of Jan. n. He was never shown as absent thereafter, Morris said, admitting that it was possible that the records erred. Morris quoted Dumais as saying he dated the “Dahlia” on Jan. 9 but his mind “blanked out” that day and he remembered nothing until he found himself in the Pennsy lvania Railroad station. New YorK. Military and police authorities hushed an investigation to deter mine definitely where he was dur ing the five days. U.S. AMBASSADOR DIES IN NEW YORK Former Governor Suc cumbs To Heart Attack Prior To Sailing NEW YORK. Feb. 6. — uP) — Eight hours before he was to jail for Great Britain as United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James's. O. Max Gardner died in his Hotel St. Regis suite today, stricken with an attack of coronary thrombosis. Expressions of grief and shock ed surprise were voiced at tho passing of the 64-year-old former undersecretary of the treasury and one-time North Carolina governor. At the White House, which first announced Gardner's death, Presi dent Truman said “I have lost ft loyal and devoted personal friend and the country has iost a great American.” Miss Margaret Truman, the president’s daughter, called at the hotel here to pay her respect*. James F. Byrnes, former sec retary of state and a close friend of Gardner said at Tryon, N. C., that “His death is a great loss to the nation and to the state he loved so well.” * At Raleigh, N. C., Josephus Dan iels, former secretary of the Navy, said “I am distressed beyond measure at the sudden death of one of my oldest and deareit friends.” Gardner, a huge, hearty, sports loving man who starred as a col lege football player, had come here Tuesday preparatory to boarding the liner America at noon today for his London post, to which he wa* appointed by Mr. Truman last Dec. 3. He dined with friends in hi* suite last night and retired about 10 o’clock. At 3 a. m. he waa stricken with the coronary throm bosis attack. A hotel physician sum moned a heart specialist, who or dered Gardner placed in an oxygen tent, but death came at 8:25 this morning. With him were Mrs. Gardner and a son, Ralph, who were to sail with him: Fred Morrison, his law partner, and Mrs. Morrison. Ralph said his father had suffered a “slight attack” last THH 'while at tending a football game and had been “under a terrific strain brief ing himself for the new post.” The body was to be taken ta Shelby, N. C., Gardner’s birth place, on a train leaving here to night. Funeral services will bo 2:30 p' m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Shelby. (Continued on Page 3; Col. 4) SHIP PROCEEDING AFTER SOS CALL Tug And Vessel Freed From Shoals Oft Cape Fear Lighthouse NORFOLK. Va., Feb. 6.— <JP) — Coast Guard headquarters received a message late today from the tug Michael Moran that a Liberty ship she was towing in a heavy sea* was “In bad trouble” 11 mile* southeast of Cape Fear lighthouse on the North Carolina coast. Several minutes later the tug radioed that her own keel was scraping bottom on Frying Pan shoals and that she might not be able to continue the tow. The Coast Guard instructed the tug to cut the towing hawser and to try to anchor the Liberty ship, the name of which was not given in the tug's report, and to get out of danger herself. A motor lifeboat was dispatched from the Coast Guard lifeboat sta tion at Oak Island to stand by the tug. Headquarters said it was with out information as to whether the Liberty ship had a crew aboard. . Attaches at the Oak Island Coast Guard station informed the Star late last,night that the motor life boat dispatched to aid the tug Michael Moran had returned to the base after being advised by radio that the tug and Liberty ship she was towing, had been freed from the shoals without serious damage. According to the Coast Guard station the tug and Liberty ship continued their journey toward Cape Lookout under they own pow er. The radio message was received by the lifeboat before it had reach, ed the tug. And So To Bed A rather rude awakening wai the lot of one Wilmington resi dent last night. Police called upon the citizen about nine o’clock to serve a capias for his failure to appear in court yesterday to answer a charge of violating a traffic or dinance. Asleep when officers arrived, he was gently awaken ed and taken to jail. Police said he was indignant over receiving the little red ticket Wednesday night and ! decided to take the matter to court. But the day rolled by and he did not appear. Hence the warrant. P. S.—He posted bond after being committed to jail and I went sleepily back to his bed.