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-“= Umutntnn fHnntutg sto :=§=i _—— “~ State and National News ujLj^r*0' 10°- ___,__ WILMINGTON, N. C., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1947 ESTABLISHED 1867 Final Rites For Gardner Scheduled National And State Leaders To Pay Tribute To For mer Governor SHELBY SILENT jj0(jy To Lie In State Prior . To Funeral At 2:30 P. M. Today SHELBY. Feb. 7. — W— 0. Max Gardner’s body was returned to ,av to Shelby, the home town to which he always came back when be could get away from the pres scre of public and private affairs elsewhere. A sorrowing throng of townspeo lt, I,:;. I lends and neighbors, lin ed the streets as a herse aore the remains of the former governor and recently appointed ambassador t0 Great Britain through the heart of the city to a funeral home Accompanied by Mrs. Gardner antl other members of the family the body was brought by train to nearby Kings Mountain from New York where the 64-year-old ambas sador was fatally stricken by coro nary thrombosis yesterday just a few* hours before he was due to sail for London to take up his diplomatic post. At Kings Mountain, it was trans ferred to a hearse for the motor trip to Shelby. A silent crowd, in cluding many county and city of ficials, watched as the body was removed from one side of the train while members of the family left by the other side and entered wait jr! automobiles. \ Senator Clyde R. Hoey. a broth er-in-law of Gardner, said Mrs. Gardner was bearing up well un der her grief. She and other rel atives drove immediately to the family mansion in Shelby. The body will lie in state from noon until 2 p. m., tomorrow in the First Baptist church, where the funeral will be held at 2:30 p. m. Gardner's pastor, Dr. Zeno Wall rill conduct the funeral, assisted by the Rev John W. Suttle, moderator of the Kings Mountain Baptist as sociation. Burial will be in Sun set cemetery. Notable figures in the nation and state will be among those present for the funeral. They will come from New York and Washington md elsewhere, and from all parts of North Carolina. Secretary of tne Treasury John Snyder and Mrs. Snyder flew down from Washington today to express their sympathy to the bereaved family. They were unable to stay for the funeral because of engage ments the cabinet official had made. His department, however, will be represented by the following: A. L. M. Wiggins, under secretary who succeeded Gardner in that post, Assistant Secretary Edward H. Foley, Jr., General Counsel Joseph J. O'Connell, Special As listant Arthur Gardner, and John L Graham, who was special as (Continued on Page 2; Col. 7) HAMBONE RETURNS TO REGULAR SPOT FOLLOWING DELAY Due to irregularities in the mail service Hambone has been missing in the Star these last few days. While we were sorry to omit the little feature. Its absence was not without table, as it provided an op portunity to learn how popular Hambone is with Star readers. -Numerous phone calls were received asking what had hap pened. Members of the staff bate been stooped on the street to be asked the same Question. It quickly became apparent ’but the Star must do some ‘bing about getting him back. 'Veil, here he is again, In •be same position on Page 1 be ocupied before, to the de light of his large following and *e hope there may be no in terruptions in the future. The feature, “Uncle Bud ” that has been Ham bonc's “stand-in” will be found on Page 2 today and "'ll continue to appear each J^Tiingjn The Star. HAMBONE’S meditations By Alley ci? Sa^es Animals nfaHTS SO MUCH £A'S£ J*'* C AIN' TAUK _ _ dUH’ WHAR do DAT Pot us?m J&7 •» The BeJ1. y Admits Date M.P. Corporal Joseph DuMais (above), 29, of Claremont, N. H., stationed at Fort Dix, N. J„ is be ing held “on suspicion” in con nection with the “Black Dahlia” murder. When DuMais was ar rested on an embezzlement charge, the authorities found in his pos session a clipping referring to the Elizabeth Short slaying. He ad mitted that he had a date with the girl on January 9. (International Soundphoto) BUS - AUTO CRASH INJURES THREE Car Driven By Oscar John son Strikes Bus Operat ed By Brother An accident involving two broth ers in different vehicles occurred early last night at Lanvale, near Southport, according to State High way Patrolman J. L. Flowers, who investigated the crash involving a WB and S bus and a 1936 Ply mouth sedan. Flowers said the bus, operated by W. A. Johnson of Southport, made a routine stop at Lanvale, only to be struck from behind by the auto driven by his brother. Oscar J. Johnson of Bolivia. Oscar Johnson received lacera tions of the chin in the crash while J. V. Gore, riding in the 'ar. suffered' several fractured ribs. Also injured in the accident was another passenger of the auto, Norman Gore, who received a contusion of the left shoulder. Flowers said several passengers on the bus were shaken up by the impact but none required treat ment. Damage to the auto was esti mated at $200, while the bus re ceived damages of about $50, he said. A charge of reckless driving was placed against Oscar Johnson. Flowers revealed. Day In Congress By The Associated Press PRESIDENCY — Senator Bridges iR.-N.H.) told the Senate that “the Truman-Hannegan boom for 1948“ was started by Postmaster Gener al Hannegan’s speech before fede ral employes subject to the Hatch Act “who should, not, by law, par ticipate in politics.” BUDGET — GOP leaders virtual ly agreed on a $5,500,000,000 slash in President Truman’s budget with major economics on federal jobs, national defense and public works. FOREIGN — Chairman Weichel (R.-Ohio) of a house merchant ma rine sub-committee called tor full data on Russia's reply to lutile U. S. attempts to regain 95 lend-lease ships. LABOR — Harold E. Stassen, GOP presidential aspirant, clashed with Senator Taft tR.-Ohio) on his proposal to require secret strike votes. Taft called it “trivial” as far as final solution of the problem is concerned. RENTS — Senate banking com mittee witnesses testified that a flat boost in rent ceilings might bring “a wave of evictions” and perhaps new wage demands Other witnesses said OPA rent controls had driven properties off the mar ket “by the tens of thousands.” . TRADE — Senators Vandenberg (R.-Mich.) and Millikin CR -Colo.) proposed a compromise to save the administration’s reciprocal trade program. Under their plan, Presi dent Truman would overrule any tariff cuts damaging U. S. indust ry. ATOMIC — Senator McKellar (D.-Tenn.) complained that col leagues were ignoring his witness es against David E. Lilienthal, chairman-designate of the atomic energy commission. _ McKellar Takes Time Off To Roast Weather Bureau WASHINGTON. FEB 7 — (V) — Senator Kenneth D. McKellar took a pot shot at the weather man today—and touched off a heat wave. The weather bureau, he said, hasn’t predicted the weather in Wahington correctly more than twice in the past six months. The weather man, who admit tedly has his ups and downs, wasn’t taking that one lying down. Informed of McKellar s blast, the weather charters burned’ as hot as a July forecast. Finally, after tempers lizzled near the boiling-point, the bureau, decided that the best retort lay in cold statistics. I. R. Tannehill, chief of the bureau’s forecasting division cited the record. During the five-month period from August through Dec ember, he said, the bureau’s fore casts were 83.2 percent correct. Roughly the same high batting average, he said, prevailed at weather bureaus throughout the country according to a recent sur vey. “What’s more,’’ he said, “Our freeze warnings yesterday saved (Continued on Fuse Col. 1) Legislature Delays Bill On Examiners Proposal For Funeral Board Draws Fire Ir ^ State Senate retirement^ . _,_* rJS? House Passes Second. / ing On Motor VehicK ^ Dealer Law RALEIGH, Fet?. 7. — (IP)— The legislature dropped into low gear today, postponed until next Tues day further considerations of a bill to create a board of examiners for funeral directors and embalmers, and received a measure to reduce from 60 to 55 the retirement age of state employes and teacheis. Senator Weamers of Cleveland vigorously opposed the board of examiners measure, introduced by Senator Allsbrook of Halifax, and asserted that it merely would pro mote the closed shop in North Car olina. There now are 21 supervising boards for professions and trades in the state, Senator Weathers said, and asked “When is this going to stop?” He reminded the senate that a pending house bill would outlaw the closed shop in this slate, and charged that the creation ol such a board would only create a closed profession, 0” trade, in which it would be difficult for a young man to get a start. He was joined in his opposition by Senators Gray of Forsyth and Cole of Richmond. Senator Cole said that “class legislation has gone too far,” and Senator Gray tried to draw from Senator Ails brook an admission that directing funerals is a trade, not a highly trained profession. A bill to increase the condem nation powers of the state highway and public works commission was introduced by Reps. Moseley of Guilford and Royster of Vance. The commission now may condemn only for roads, but today’s measure would allow it to condemn proper ty for prison camp purposes, build ings, shops and the like. Rep. Hardison of .Craven .- ought (Continued on Page 2; Col. 2) AMERICAN EXODUS STARTS IN CHINA First Party Reaches Coast Following U. S. Decision On Civil War PEIPING, Feb. 7.—(TP)—Escort ed by U. S. Marine planes over head and Marine guards aboard train, the first party of Americans from the disbanding executive headquarters has safely reached the sea today and boarded ship for home. Nearly 1,700 others from the headquarters, plus about 10,000 Marines are to leave shortly in carrying out the American deci sion to abandon mediation efforts and leave China. Aboard the seven car special train on the 115-mile trip from Peiping to Tangku were 303 army and civilian personnel and de pendents and 20 Marine guards. The Marine planes overhead kept in radio touch with a fighter squadron which was ready to take off instantly if needed. The precautions proved unneces sary. Chinese communists kept their promise to leave the railway alone while the Americans were using it. Until two days ago thr route was the scene of constant skirm ishing between government troops and communists. But the only in cident of today’s 8-hour trip was a one-hour breakdown of the lo comotive just outside Pieping. The Americans went immediate ly aboard the transport General Weigel, which was expected to sail for the United States within 24 hours. Lt. Gen. Alvan C. Gillem, Jr., the American commissioner, ^ said he expected the bulk of his |roup would return to the United States by early March and that the en tire operation would be completed within three months. The general told correspondents the mediation effort was ‘‘the most unique mission during the long history of the United States Army.” and with an emotion-chok ed voice added, "I am very sorry we were not successful. Like many another American soldier, we did not succeed in attaining our fina1 objective; we are going down with our colors around us.” Worst Blizzard In 50 Years Strikes England ' Workers dig out a train marooned in deep s.now in the Yorkshire area of England as the worst blizzard in 50 years sweeps over the industrial Midlands and northern Britain. The bitter cold and a shortage of coal are causing widespread suffering in many sections of the country. The storm halted the operations of many industries and resulted in much unemployment. (AP Wirephoto via radio from London). Secretary Krug Invited To Address Meeting Here City Industrial Agent Ex tends Invitation To Cabinet Member An invitation to address the an nual banquet of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce was ex tended to Secretary of the Inierior Julius A. Krug yesterday by John H. Farrell, city industrial agent, the Star was informed last night. Joining in the invitation to the Interior Secretary were William B. Umstead, junior senator from North Carolina, and Representa tive J. Bayard Clark. Although no forma] acceptance of the invitation was made by Krug, he indicated his interest and requested that he be allowed to refrain from making a definite commitment fof a short time. He said he was beginning a three weeks’ tour of the western states very shortly and would like to de fer a decision on the matter until after his return to the nation s capital. It was suggested to Krug that he address the group on the in dustrial development of the south east. No definite dale for the holding of the dinner has been set by the local organization, which is head ed by E. L. White. _r Sffcial Sunday Church Service Plasired For Troops In Area In observance of National Boy Scouts Week, which started yester day. Scout Sunday will be observed tomorrow by the troops in the Wilr mington district. E. Courtland Baker, scout executive, said last night. All the local troops which are sponsored by local churches will attend that church in a body and in uniform. A special service has been planned at the churches for the scouts. Members of troops not sponsored by churches will attend their individual church in uniform, Baker said. Churches sponsoring scout troops are St. James Episcopal, First Baptist. Grace Methodist, Church of the Covenant, Trinity Methodist, First Presbyterian, Sunset Park Baptist, Sunset Park Methodist. Wesley Memorial, and Carolina Beach Community church. No program for the whole dis trict has been planned, but each troop will hold individual pro gram's in observance of the week, Baker said. An open house honoring all form er members of each troop will be held by the individual groups at their regular meeting times next week. The Weather FORECAST North Carolina—Partly cloudy, windy and much colder Saturday, snow flur ries in mountains; colder Saturday night: Sunday fair and cold. South Carolina—Clear to partly cloudy, windy and much colder Saturday: cold er Saturday night; Sunday fair and cold. (By IT. 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. 55; 1:30 p.m. 61; 7:30 p.m. 55. Maximum 61; Minimum 48; Mean 54; Normal 47. Humidity 1:30 a.m. 68: 7:30 a.m 79; 1:30 p.m. 51; 7 30 p.m. 81. Precipitation Total for 24 hours., ending 7:30 p.m. — 0.00 inches. Total since the fi^st of the month — 0.32 inches. i Tides For Today (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey) High Low Wilmington _« 12:10 a.m. 6:52 a.m. —— p.m. 7:12 p.m. Masonboro Iniet _ 9:58 a m. 3:38 a.m. 10:26 p.m. 4:07 p.m Sunrise 7:04; Sunset 5:49; Moonrise 9:18 p.m.; Moonset 9:14 a.m. River stage at Fayetteville, N. C. at 8 a.m. Friday, 12.2 feet. IEAST MAY ESCAPE major ce urn 1 "cal Forcast Indicates City To See Colder And Clear Weather Paul Hess, local weather ob server, predicts clear skies but freezing temperatures for Wil mington this morning. A high of 40 degrees is expect ed during the day, Hess said. Winds will be strong. Sunday, he said, will be much colder, but “it’s hard to tell how cold.” CHICAGO, Feb. 7. —UP)— Icy, destructive winds raked wide stretches of the Midwest and the Great Lakes and raised prospects the East would escape the cold wave's worst sting. Winds ranging up to more than 60 miles an hour at times swept over the Dakotas, Minnesota and Nebraska, drifting snow, smash ing windows and sending tempera tures tumbling well below zero. The winds blowing across the snow covered Plains States piled up mountainous drifts which stall ed one passenger train near Ad rian, Minn., and another in Iowa. As the cold air mass began spreading south and eastward, in somewhat modified form, the number made idle by the succes sion of recent frigid waves swelled well beyond the 10,000 mark. A ban on the use of gas for in dustrial purposes has thrown 100, 000 out of work in industrial tri angle of Western Pennsylvania, Southeastern Ohio and Northwest ern West Virginia. Similar gas curtailment orders today shut off that fuel to 60 Detroit industrial plants, including Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. (Continued on Page 2; Col. 1) Along The Cape Fear COLD SPELL — Before you I start telling your neighbors about how cold it was here Wednes day morning please turn to Page 2 and take a look at the picture of the Cape Fear River. Thanks to Mr. D. J. Black. Along The Cape Fear is able to bring you a rare picture of the famous river while it was frozen over. Although age has taken its toll of the photograph we were de lighted to receive it as there seems to be son*e doubt in the minds of many as to whether the Cape Fear ever froze completely over. * * * SHIPS STRANDED — Mr. Black relates that his father was the skipper of the outer boat seen in the picture. And if you look care fully you will see that a man is standing upon the ice. The photograph was made at Tar Heel Landing and according to Mr. Black the year was most probably 1905. Many local resi dents will be able to check on that date. And rest assured, if it is not correct we will be hearing about it in the very near future • * * * STROLL ON ICE — At the time ,the photograph was taken it was. possible for a person to stroll across the Cape Fear river should the spirit so move one. So regardless how cold it may have seemed to us earlier this week, we have no doubt that many a resident in the Port City could put us to shame for complaining about a relatively “mild” sped. • * » PLEA FOR FEAST—Every time we looked at the picture'Mr. Black s0 kindly lent us, we could not help thinking about what a grand seene it would be if instead of ice and snow crowding the old Cape Fear, it were pleasure crafts par ticipating in the Feast of the Pirates. Wilmington received publicity far and wide as a result of the former Feasts of the Pirates which were held here during the summer months in years gone by. Then the d^oression raised its ugly head and the Feast of the Pirates became a thing of ue past. While many communities were quick to survive such events, whether they were victims of the depression or casualties of-war (Continued on Page 2j Col. 4) HAMPTON SHERIFF SAYS GIRL FOUND Denies Kidnapping Angle i In South Carolina Case; | Girl Unharmed Peggy Ann Simmons, reportedly .idnapped from her Hampton, S. C. iome Thursday night, was found yesterday unharmed but in a weak-1 ened condition. She was returned) to her home at 6:30 p. m.,' Sheriff ] A. M. Lightsey of Hampton, said ] •last night. The girl was discovered in shrubbery near her home by 'a group of neighbors, Lightsey said, and is unharmed other, than being weak from lack of food. The Hampton sheriff stated that he did not believe any element of kidnapping entered into the pic ture; but that the girl just left home. He denied earlier reports of evidence of a scuffle being found in the girl’s room, saying |hat he made a thorough investi gation and no such evidence was found. The 16-year-old high school stu dent, daughter of-Mrs. Margarm Simmons, is a niece of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Spivey of- this city and has visited here frequently. MISSOURI TRAIN WRECK KILLS ONE Several Others Injured As Broken Rail Causes Cars To Leave Track REPUBLIC, Mo., Feb. 7— (TP)— Four cars of Frisco railroad’s Will Rogers passenger train were de: ail ed here tonight, killing one person and injuring seven others. The dead man was identified as Dr. James D. Osborn, 67, of Fred erick, Okla. Thrown through a win dow of a pullman car, he was de capitated. Frisco officials said that a brok en rail caused the four rear cars of the 10-car train to jump the track shortly after 6:30 o’clock. Three of the derailed cars remain ed upright and the last, a pullman, fell on its-side. All the injured were in the pullman. The train, enroute from Oklahoma City to St. Louis, was due in the latter city shortly after midnight. Wrecking crews cleared the track and the locomotive and six cars continued to Springfield. The injured included Mrs. Geor gia Belle Van Campher, 35. Chi cago, fractured pelvis. -: Still Missing NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 7.—(TP)— Military planes late this afternoon completed their third consecutive day of unsuccessful search for a two-engined Navy transport which vanished Tuesday night with ten men aboard on a flight from Ports mouth, N. H., to Norfolk. The missing plane carried six passengers and a crew of four. Nine are naval personnel and one is a marine. Today’s search extended 180 miles seaward and west to Lynch burg, Va.; north to Rehoboth Beach, Del., and south to Curri tuck, N. C. Comdr. William R. Snyder, search and rescue officei of the Fifth Coast Guard district, said the search would be resumed to morrow. Child Bitten To Death By German Shepherd Dog PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 7.—CP)— A four-year old boy was bitten to death by a large German shepherd dog today while his mother vainly tried to mount a slope where he was sledding. His face disfigured beyond recognition and his snowsuit rip ped to shreds by the animal’s teeth, Walter Momer, Jr., was fatally injured before a neighbor beat off the dog with his trouser belt'. His mother, Mrs. Jane Momer, arrived seconds later and warded off a second attack by the dog with a dishpan she carried from the kitchen. She was followed by the child’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Owens. While the child was rushed to a hospital in a futile attempt to save his life, the snarling dog was shot and killed by two other neighbors —one of them the brother of a young boy bitten by the same animal in an attack on four chil dren yesterday. Mrs. Momer said she had not wanted Walter to go out today, but gave in to his pleading that “I’ll dress myself, mommy; I want to sled before the snow' melts.” Officials of the women’s S.P.C.A. which took the dog’s body into custody for a rabies examination, described the animal as “large as a wolf.” Walter’s father, an army veteran now employed as a shipfitter, was . at work. Marshall Asks Power To Aid Foreign Policy Secretary Of State Calls For Universal Mili \ tary Training As Safeguard Until Unit ed Nations Can Guarantee Peace WASHINGTON, Feb. 7—(/P)—In his first major policy declaration as secretary of state, Gen. George C. Marshall today ca'led for universal military training to back up American foreign policy with real power. He said there can be no disarmament until effective Internationa! security is worked out through the United Nations based on “solutions acceptable to the great powers of the tremend ous issues” involved. Furthermore, Marshall virtually declared a great counter-cam paign of truth against Russian propaganda. He did not actually identify the propaganda as Rus sian, but other state depaitment leaders have been assailing Soviet propaganda. Backing up the international broadcasting program of Assistant Secretary of State William Benton. Marshall said that somehow the United States has to build up a credit for truth and accuracy ,m the' world and -that truth has to be made to prevail against what he called the riot ot propaganda. Marshal], who took office Jan. 2U, held a news conference ir the state department’s largest confer ence room. At times he lapsed into military lingo as when he opened his discussion by explaining that he did not intend to answer ques tions about the European theater. The room, a product of 19th cen tury overdecoration. had gold trimmings, marble panels tan walls, and four bronze angels bear ing lights, two of which flunked Marshall. The conference was unprec edented in the memory of vet eran state department reporters in that Marshall talked about virtual ly every outstanding diplomatic topic in the world. Sometimes he spoke for direct‘‘quotation, some times for indirect attribution, and sometimes off the record. He made clear that he intends to follow the foreign policy of former Secretary James F. (Continued on Page 2; Col. 3) FL^T RENT HIKE HIT AT HEARING V ^era^s’ Spokesman Asks For Extension Of Con trol Plan For Year WASHINGTON. Feb. 7.—iTP) A flat increase in rent ceilings might bring “a wave of evictions” and possibly new wage demands, of ficials of consumers and veterans' organizations told the senate bank ing committee today. But the opposite view was pre sented by a builders’ association spokesman, as the committee held its final hearing on rent control extension. “A rent boost which would drain off funds from purchase of consumer goods into the landlord's pocket could well be the final push plunging us into the threatening recession.” said Mrs. Cynthia Han num, representing the National League of Women Shoppers, New York. “The cold fact Is that OPA rent control has driven properties off the market by the tens of thous ands,” said Edward R. Carr of Washington, housing chairman for the builder’s association. “Everything about rent control has worked to eliminate the sup ply of rental housing,” he added. “The landlord derives an attrac tive price from selling instead of being stuck with a poor invest ment. Only the tenant loses.” A proposal that hotel rooms be exempted completely from rent controls was brought in by Daniel J. O’Brien, Toledo, Ohio, repre senting the American Hotel as sociation. OPA’s exemption of transient hotel rooms from ceiling controls, effective on February 15, is so bound up with regulations and re straints,” O'Brien said, that hotels will feel little advantage. Extension of rent control for another year, with no across-the board increase in ceilings but with speedy adjustment in cases of “hardship” to landlords, was ad vocated by John C. Williamson, assistant legislative representative of the Veterans of Foreign Wars “From here on another dollar for rent is one dollar less for meat j and eggs,” Williamson said. I jam fearful of the evictions that would inevitably result from across-the-board rental increases. Mrs. Hannum entered a similar recommendation from the shop per’s league, plus'the request that congress give OPA additional funds to speed up the adjustment of hardship cases and strengthen the enforcement of ceilings._ GOVERNOR MIXUP REACHES COURTS First Decision Says Thomp son Rightful Claimant In Georgia McDONOUGH. Ga., Feb. 7.—(U.R> — A legal battle to oust Herman Talmadge as Georgia governor be gan in Henry county superior court today while in a separate case at Rome. Gat, a judge ruled that,Tal madge was illegally holding the ex ecutive office. The Rome jurist, Superior Court Judge C. H. Porter, in a blunt deci sion which may ifeach the state supreme court in 10 days, held that the state legislature had no right to elect Talmadge or anyone else as governor. The legislature's sole authority. Porter ruled, was to canvass the general election vote and announce that the late Eugene Talmadge had received a majority of the votes. Therefore, Porter said, Lt. Gov. M. E. Thompson is the rightful gov ernor. He granted a mandamus sought by Thompson to force mem bers of the state pardon and parole board to submit their budget to him rather than to Talmadge. The Rome case was one of a whole series pending as a result of the gubernatorial mixup in which both Talmadge and Thompson claim office. But it was the first clear-cut ruling by a judge on which man is the legal governor. However, even if the state supreme court upholds Porter’s ruling, Talmadge probably would not vacate the office pending final settlement of the suit for a declara tory judgment being heard nere. In a statement on the Rome deci sion, Talmadge said he was not a party to the suit, was not repre sented by counsel, and that the suit involved only Thompson and mem bers of the pardon and parole board. Talmadge’s attorneys came here without their client to defend him against the declaratory judgment sj/it seeking to oust him from the office he claimed and occupied fol (Continued on Page 2; Col. 8) ■ROUP DISCUSSES PROPOSED DECREE Solicitation Ordinance May Be Presented To Coun cil At Next Meet The possibility that the ordin ance governing solicitation in Wil mington may be placed before the city council at the )»ext session was voiced yesterday afternoon by City Manager J. R. Benson following a conference in the city hall with representatives of the Merchants Association and the Chamber of Commerce. Another subject figuring in the discussion at the conference was the matter of off-street parking areas for the city. This means of solving the parking situation with in the city was offered by the City Planning board at a session early in the week. The solicitation ordinance has been under consideration for some time arid a proposed set of rules and regulations have been drawn for several weeks. A final decis ion on the matter, however was postponed pending a discussion of the matter with the Merchants Association. Arabs Get Plan LONDON, Feb. 7. —(/P)— The British government delivered its compromise plan for Palestine to Arab leaders tonight and Emile Ghoury, a Palestine Arab repre sentative, said that if the proposal resulted in the entry of one more Jew into Palestine "it will mean war.” The compromise plan apparently was not delivered to Jewish rep resentatives here tonight. Jamal Husseini, leader of the Palestine Arab delegation, said he and his colleagues had decided not to look at the proposal until to morrow morning because "I'm sure it would ruin our night’s rest.” Husseini’s statement indicated he took seme stock in earlier re ports from informed Whitehall sources that the new formula call ed for the immediate movement of 100,000 Jews from Europe’s dis placed persons camps into a Jew ish area of federalized Palestine. And So To Bed Fred Futch, a member of the Wilmington Fire department, really loves his work. On his only day off each week, Fire - fighting Fred, rambles down to Wrightsville Beach to instruct the volun teer firemen of the resort. “Taking a typical “Bus man’s Holiday,” Futch rides the resort’s truck up and down the beach giving instructions t0 the “class” of Volunteers on the proper methods of hand ling hose, and combatting ' fires.