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* W + ^ U Served By Leased Wires ssiMii umttutfmt Momma Star jafi?. .—— 7 State and National News VOL.80.-NO. 106. p ___~_WILMINGTON, N. C., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1947 ESTABLISHED 1867 Vandenberg Hits Russian ‘Good Faith’ GOP Leader Says Moscow Fails To Reciprocate, Good Will CITES INSTANCES Repeated Attempts To Get Answer On Lend-Lease Bills Have Failed WASHINGTON, Feb 14 — iff] — Senator Vandenberg (R-Mich) laid tonight that Russia has failed to reciprocate the fair play and -oort will extended by the United sta;es in foreign relations. Vandenberg. president p r o tem e‘ the Senate and chairman of the Foreign Relations committee, was referring specifically to Moscow’s failure to answer requests for the lettlement of lend-lease accounts. Speaking at a dinner given by Michigan Chambers of commerce' !r. honor of the State Congressional delegation. Vandenberg said: ■ It should be our anxiety to es tablish mutual fair play and mu tual goodwill” in Soviet-American relationships. “It seems to me.” he continued, “that we have rarely failed in this obligation. On the other hand, it ,eems to me that this can not be laid of Moscow.” Vandenber® said that the United States lend-lease'd Sll.300.000.000 to Russia during the war and never hesitated “long enough to count the cost.” iKH'iirri ,»vrwucora Within +he past year, he added. "Russia has, to all intents and purposes, completely ignored four American diplomatic reauests to open negotiations for settlement of these accounts.” He also said Moscow ignored rotes from the State department relative to 125 merchant shins lend-leased to Russia and said these are “just a couple of sym bolic incidents.” "I respectfully suggest.” Var.denberg said, “that such ex periences are not calculated to fertilize mi’U’al goodwill and un derstanding.” He asserted it could not be con lidered an unfriendly act or out ef keeping with the dignity of the (Continued on Page 2; Col. 6) HOEYANDCLARK PROTEST DISPOSAL Steelman Asked To Halt Surplus Sale Until De cision On Shipyard Wilmington Star Washington Bureau WASHINGTON, Feb. 14.—Presi dential Assistant John Steelman to day received protests from Senator Clyde Hoey and Representative J. Bayard Clark of North Carolina re latives to the reports that surplus Property is being moved from the now idle North Carolina Shipbuild ing company’s facilities located in Wilmington, N. C. The members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation cited an earlier pledge by the Maritime Commission to leave the Wilming ton facilities intact until a final decision is handed down on the North Carolina State Ports Author ity's offer to buy the facility for 51,200.000. R. B. Page of Wilmington, the authority chairman, has been ask (<1 to send here a list of the Property reportedly being removed cy the Maritime Commission, which owns the yard. Maritime officials contend that are taking away only proper \ that would deteriorate other *lse- the office of Representative Clark said. Steelman is studying the Ports Authority purchase offer upon in fractions from President Tru ®an, who was asked by- the •<°rth Carolina delegation to have “‘c Maritime Commission recon 1, r its refusal to sell the yard, caiman, who has had one con crence with Senator Hoey and instead, probably will have pother next week. HAHBONE’S meditations By Alley ---- °L& Tom CALL. ME A LiAh ,3uT I PiPai* min’ none - SHUCK*', PATS ?RAlSE T'UM \j>i MA5TUH, HE-SET H Worlds Largest Seaplane Nears Completion Here s a view of the world’s largest flying boat, built by Howard Hughes, as It nears completion Beach, Calif. Note that the motors and propellers are already installed on the large, craft which cost about $18,000,000 to build. Hughes, mak ing a voluntary appearance before the Senate War investigating Committee, predicted that the huge eight-motor ship would fly this year. (Internation GOVERNOR NAMES BRIDGES AUDITOR Greensboro Attorney Will Serve Term Of Late George Ross Pou RALEIGH, Feb. 14.—(JP)—Henry L. Bridges. Greensboro, attorney and capitain in the army during World War II. tonight was named by Governor Cherry to fill the un expired term of State Auditor George Ross Pou, who died last Saturday night. Bridges is a former deputy clerk of the Guilford County Supe rior court. The governor tonight said Bridges will assume his duties im mediately. Bridges, who is 39 years old, is a native of Franklin county. He is the son of the late John J. and Ida Loraine Carroll Bridges. As a boy he lived in Zebulon and later at Millbrook where he attended high school. He is a graduate from Mars Hill Junior college, and took his bachelor’s degree from Wake For est in 1931. He taught school at Germantown in Stokes county, but returned to Wake Forest for the study of law; he was admitted to the bar in 1933. Bridges practiced law for two years in Greensboro with the firm of O. W. Duke, and became de puty clerk of Guilford County Su perior court in August 1935. He served in that office until he en tered the army in September. 1940 as a member of the National guard. During World War II, he served in Georgia and California, and later had overseas duty in Trini dad and in Alaska. He was re leased from service on Dec. 14, 1945, and on terminal leave was promoted to the rank of major. Bridges is married to the form er Clarice Hines. They have two children. He is a member of the Baptist church and is a member af the Masonic lodge. CITY TO STUDY DRAGLINE BIDS Price Quotations From Four Firms Opened At City Council Meeting Bids submitted b y four compa nies for the delivery of a dragline to the city and opened at a meet ing of the city council yesterday will be given further study before any action toward the awarding of a contract, an official said follow ing the session. The spokesman said that the de livery dates included in the bids were too far in the future but re fused to say definitely whether they will be rejected. The prices quoted, ranging from $9,353.40 to $13,761, were just about what was exnected. he said. . The city’s request for a priority to purchase equipment for drainage construction work from the War Assets Administration wais refused by the legal depart ment of the Federal Housing Ad ministration even though a favor able recommendation was given by agents of the bureau following a visit to areas in the city suffer ing from inadequate drainage fa cilities. * In other action by the council, beer and wine licenses were grant ed to Otis W. Taylor, 914 North Fourth street and George T. Lane. 928 North Fourth street. i Today And Tomorrow By WALTER L1PPMANN In any discussion of the prob lem of Britain’s post-war dif ficulties, there is a, tendency to assume that the British-American partnership is closer than it is. Mr. Byrnes and Mr. Bevin did on the whole work together almost always when there was issue with the Soviet Union, and generally speak ing each government was given the other tacit, and now and then active, support within its sphere o. influence. The Soviet government has. ot course, objected to this diplomatic collaboration, and some voices have been raised against it both in England and in America. It is now evident that an important WILMINGTON COAST LINE OFFICIALS GET AWARDS FOR SAFETY SAVANNAH, Ga., Feb. 14—W— Nineteen supervisory officers of; the Atlantic Coast Line railroad received safety awards today for accident reductions during 1946. The presentations to the depart ments were made by Robert Scott of Wilmington, N. C., director of safety and insurance. Those receiv ing awards included. From Rocky Mount, N. C.— C. S. Taylor, motive power superin tendent; H. H. Hill, general road master; L. M. McLean, telephone supervisor; J. Q. Robinson, di vision storekeeper; C. A. White, master mechanic. From Wilmington, N. C.— M. M. Deschamps, superintendent of po lice; A. H. Williams, master me chanic. Departments with no chargeable injuries during the year were the telephone department, police de partment and the shops at Wil- j mington High Springs, Birming ham and Dotham, Ala. CIVIL SERVICE FORMS APPROVED Commission Agrees On New Application Blank At Session Final approval was given to the new application forms to be used in filling present and future vacan cies in the Wilmington police and fire departments at a regular meet ing of the local Civil Service Com mission in the city hall last night. The chief difference in the forms to be used and the ones which were in service prior to the arrest of two city police officers on breaking and entering charges several weeks ago is in the education and home character requirements and refer ences, a member said following the two and a half hour session to which the public was barred. Also covered to a greater extent in the new application form is the physical qualification of a new ap plicant, it was reported. When questioned whether or not the selection of a man to replace Charles H. Casteen as chief of po lice had been taken under advise ment, Dr. David Murchinson, who presided in the absence of Nathan S. Haskett, replied that it was not up to the board to take the matter into consideration until after a rec ommendation for the post had been made by the city council. It was also pointed out in refer ence to the police chief matter that the commission had 20 days in which to act on any recommenda tion for promotion to the post if the man in question was chosen from among the members of the department. Under the present civil service commission law the position must be filled by a present member of the force. WEATHERMAN SAYS CITY WILL ENJOY MODERATE WEATHER Paul Hess, Wilmington weather man, is still promising warm weather for the next few days, for ‘‘ae far as we can see, no cold wave is due.” With a low of 40 degrees expect ed for early this morning, the mer cury is due to climb to 60-65 de grees during the day. approximate ly the same as yesterday. object of Soviet diplomacy is to draw Britain away from the Amer ican connection as the time for a European settlement comes nea rer. . * * # The mounting difficulties of the British position at home and in the empire will almost certainly have a determining influence on the outcome. For what the British people may wish to do. and what necessity could compel them to do. are not certain to be the same. It would be dangerously mis leading to suppose that the work ing arrangements o f Mr. Byrnes (Continued 90 P*6« *5 Col. JUDGE LAUDS CLUB FOR SERVICE HERE Brigade Boys Mark 51st Anniversary With Ban quet Last Night The crime rate is lower among the youths of this city than any city in this area. Judge John Eur ney told the old and new members of the Brigade Boys club at their fifty-first annual founders day ban quet held last night in the Brigade Boys club. The Eighth Judicial District jurist in delivering the main ad dress of the banquet said that splendid work of organizations, such as the rigade club, has held the juvenile crime rate in this city to a minimum. Judge Burney, sprinkling his re marks wit], bits of humor, prais ed the work of the staff of the Brigade and urged them to con tinue in the fine work they are do ing. The speaker also paid high tribute to the late Col Walker Tay lor, founder of the original Bri gade. The program was opened by R. C.’ Shackleford, president of the Senior Fraternity, who introduced H. W. Piner, who served as toast master for the ocassion. O. D. Curtis extended greeting to the members of the old Bri gade and welcomed them to the banquet. The response from the members of the old Brigade was made by L. F. Gore, who traced the history of the organization of the Brigade to February 14. 1896 when it was founded by the late Col. Walker Taylor. He pictured Colonel Taylor as a man who gave up much of his time to give aid to the boys of ‘'Drypond.” Gore told the members of the new Brigade that they have ac complished more in the past year than the old brigade was able to (Continued on Page 2; Col. 8) GREEKS TO BUY TWO SHIPS HERE Surplus Vessels From Lay Up Basin In Progress Of Transfer Two Liberty ships from the Lay up basin are now in the process of being sold to Greek citizens, by the United States government, rep resented by the Maritime Com mission according to informa tion received from local customs officials yesterday. The S.S. George Bellows, which is now being refitted for voyage at the Wilmington Terminal is to be sold to a co-partnership of 16 Greeks, and will presumably be transferred to the Greek flag. The S.S. Jack London is also being sold to a Greek citizen and will be transferred to the Hondurian flag. Along The Cape Fear EXIT JUDGE — Yesterday we continued our tale of the famous Simpson - Whitehurst duel placing particular emphasis upon the fact that as far as reputable historians are concerned the winner, the loser, the motive, and the outcome still remains a deep dark secret. One historian will tell you that Capt. Alexander Simpson killed Lieut. Thomas Whitehurst, a fellow officer aboard the good ship Viper; was convicted at New Bern; and then allowed to escape to England before the execution could be carried out. Another historian contends that Whitehurst killed Simpson because the captain sympathized with the colonists while he, Whitehurst, was a strong supporter of the royal governor, William Tryon. Most historians see some con nection between the divergent vifews on the Stamp Act and the battle. However, Governor Tryon contends that political beliefs did not have anything to do with the affair as the men were fighting over a woman. * * * MUTUAL AGREEMENT — How j Simpson not only fatally wounded Whitehurst in the duel but alio went to the trouble to bash in hlaj v JOINT COMMITTEE SLASHES BUDGET BY SIX BILLIONS; WAA SELLS BIG, LITTLE INCH .(A * 143 Million Bid Wins For Houston Firm Famous Lines Will Carry Natural Gas To Points On Eastern Seaboard TO PAY AU CASH Price Received Within $2, 700,000 Of Original Construction Costs WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 — (JPj The government knocked down its Big and Little Inch pipelines for $143,127,000 today to carry natural gas to the East. The War Assets administration snapped up the cash offer by the Texas Eastern Transmission corp oration of Houston, Tex — only $2,700,000 short of what the lines cost to build—and Administrator Robert M. Littlejohn expressed hope the company would take over by May 1. But first: 1. The Justice department must approve from the anti-trust stand point. Littlejohn said he was in formed it could rule within a week. 2. The Federal Power commis sion must grant a certificate of convenience and necessity. Sena tor Myers (D-Pa) predicted the commission will “never permit the transmission of natural gas to the Eastern seaboard” and insisted (Continued on Page 2; Col. 3) PLANE REPORTED DOWN IN SWAMP Unidentified Craft Crashes, Burns; Seven Army Men Killed In Smash MONCKS CORNER, S. C., Feb. 14.—UP)—An unidentified plane was reported to have burst into flames and crashed in Wampoo swamp six miles east of here shortly after sundown tonight. Civil aeronautics administration officials at Charleston said no scheduled planes were missing. Searching parties from a forest service station set out immediate ly on horseback and a Coast Guard search and rescue unit dispatched a truck from the Charleston base to hunt the crash scene, deep in the woods beyond auto roads. Forest Ranger A. C. Wells said the first report was made by a logging operator who was unable to identify the type of plane. SEVEN DIE WHEN PLANE CRASHES, BURNS MACON, Ga., Feb. 14.—(A>)—The wreckage of an Army passenger plane, the bodies of its seven oc cupants burned beyond recogni tion, was found today in the dis mal heart of a Middle Georgia swamp. The plane, a twin-engined C-45, burst into flames and crashed last night shortly after taking off from Robins Field, 15 miles south of here. All aboard were Army per sonnel en route to Wright Field at Dayton, Ohio. A searching party reached the scene of the crash shortly after 7 a. m. after nearly 10 hours of hacking its way through the dense underbrush. It took another four hours for a messenger to negotiate the mile and a half back to the field with news that all aboard were dead. Army officials announced that an investigation into the cause of the crash would be made as soon as bodies were removed. head with the butt of his pistol, we related for you yesterday. So today we’ll confine ourselves to the one point that our best au thorities are agreed upon. That’s the death of the presiding judge at the trial regardless of who was in the prisoner's box whether it be Simpson or Whitehurst. The jurist who heard the case in Wilmington or New Bern— take your choice as both locations have strong historical backing — was Charles J. Berry. Now all historians, in addition to Governor Tryon who wrote a lengthy report on the whole affair to the Board of Trade at London, agree that the poor judge killed himself. * * * REASONS ADVANCED—“Simp son was acquitted, and Judge Berry, believing he was going to be suspended, killed himself,” one historian tells us. Another historian contends Simp son, not Whitehurst, was killed, and that Whitehurst wss convicted of murder, but that Judge Berry “granted him enough time before execution to enable him to escape. Tryon was furious and so wrought ysuttkm& m 9»u *4 cei. at Light Trim In Londnn Blackout -— Despite the fuel and power crisis in England, which necessitated drastic rationing of electricity, a London barber manages to give a customer’s hair a light going-over with the aid of a hurricane lantern. With the worst cold wave in 50 • years hanging on, it appeared that the power shutdown would not build up Britain’s coal stockpiles. (In ternational) Unemployment Total Mounting In Britain The Weather FORECAST North Carolina _ Clear to partly cloudy Saturday and Sunday, not much change in temperature Saturday, some what colder Saturday night and Sunday. South Carolina — Fair Saturday arid Sunday, slightly cooler extreme north , portion Saturday night and Sunday, oth- , i erwise not much change in temperature. (By y._S. Weather Bureau) Meteorological data for the 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. yesterday. Temperatures 1:30 a.m. 40; 7:30 a.m. 36; 1:30 p.m. 60: 7:30 p.m. 55. Maximum 68: Minimum 35; Mean 48: Normal 48. Precipitation Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m — 0.00 inches. Total since the first of the month — 0 00 inches. Tides For Today (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey). ,, High Low Wilmington _ 4:25 a.m. 11:35 a.m. 4:42 p.m. 11:53 p.m. Masonboro Inlet _ 3:30a.m. 9:53 a.m. 3:36 p.m. 9:56 p.m. Sunrise 6:57: Sunset 5:56; Moonrise 3:12 a.m.; Moonset 1:05 p.m. River stage at Fayetteville, N. C. at 8 a.m. Friday, 11.2 feet. CAMP DAVIS TEST STARTING SUNDAY Navy Announces Plans For Rocket Firing Program For 30 Days The first of a series of rocket firing' tests to be conducted by the Ordnance department of the Navy is scheduled to get underway at Camp Davis tomorrow morning at 8:30, according to an announce-, ment yesterday by Major A. E. Holdt, Marine Corps officer in charge of safety regulations there. Slated to last a month, the sched ule as released by the Navy calls for the first test to center about rockets. • Coincident with the announce ment of the start of the tests. Holdt released a warning pointing to areas coming within the danger zone for testing in the Camp Davis section, with the hours during which extra precautions are to be taken by travelers in the area fix ed at the time the firing starts, which is 8:30, until 5:00 in the afternoon. As a precaution, ships will be on patrol duty in the inland waterway to protect water traffic while a flight of planes from the Cherry Point Marine Air Station will clear the ocean areas falling within the testing boundaries. News of the holding of the tests was disclosed last spring and since that time naval technicians have been at Camp Davis preparing installations and equipment for the secret weapon program. Taylorsville Citizens Go Bathless; Sheriff^ Blamed TAYLORSVILLE, Feb. 14.—(IP)— Nobody got a St. Valentine’s day bath here today. A pump in a 301-foot well broke down yesterday, cutting off the town’s water supply and forcing town officials to haul 85,000 gal lons of water from Statesville and North Wilkesboro for storage as protection against fire. Living on one of the highest points in town. Mayor Ray Jen nings’ family was one of the first of approximately 3,000 residents to be affected by the shortage. A crew from Alexandria, Va., ■BM the broken pump from 'i the 300-gallon-per-minute well to day for necessary repairs and a branch at the edge of town was dammed to augment the imported water in storage. Meanwhile, persons living on high spots throughout the town hauled their personal water sup plies from wells outside the cor porate limits. Mixing humor with their pre dicament, some residents joked that Sheriff Fred Smith of Alex ander county was elected last fall on a “dry” platform and he is really drying things up around ihere—even to the town well, Government Sources Say Nation Has Turned Coal “Corner” LONDON, Feb. 14.—(>P)—The gov nmer.l announced tonight that there were signs Britain had “turn ed the corner'’ on the road back to industrial production and lighted homes, but despite encouraging trends in, the coal shortage un employment continued to spread. Prime Minister Attlee met with his nine man “coal cabinet” to consider an approximate date for restoration of at least part of the power cut off completely from more than half the nation’s indus tries ip the gravest fuel shortage in the nation's history. There was no official indication of a date for the switch-on, but when it comes industry will be giv en priority. Sir Guy Nott-Bower, undersecre tary of the ministry of fuel and power, was the author of the “turn the corner” statement, but he add ed that “if we have turned the corner it is 'only just.’ ” His statement coincided with a note from Attlee declining with thanks the offer of President Tru man to divert American coal on ships on the high seas to British ports. Attlee said that the need for coal (Continued on Page 2; Col. 1) OPA LOSES ROUND IN SUGAR BATTLE Industrial Rationing Meth ods Will Be Sent To Supreme Court Test WASHINGTON. Feb. 14 —W— G’PA, fighting a challenge to its industrial sugar rationing methods, lost in the U. S. Court of appeals today and turned to the Supreme court. The Appeals court, in a 2 to 1 decision, held invalid the agency’s “historical use’’ system of rationing sugar to the bulk sweetened condensed milk in dustry. OPA attorneys contended this might force scrapping of the in dustrial rationing system and ulti mately affect its method of ration ing for ■ household use. Meanwhile, rationing continues as usual at least until March 4. Carl Auerbach, chief OPA counsel, told the court in argu ments last week that OPA of ficials had been unable to find any satisfactory method for industrial allocation other than the “histori (Continued on Page 2; Col. S) Armed Forces Protests Are Given Go Bye GOP Majority Prevails In Rejection Of Efforts To Lower Cut TAFT MAKES PLEA Knutson Sees Way Now Clear For 20 Per Cent Drop In Taxes WASHINGTON, Feb. 14.—(>P) - The House-Senate Budget commit tee voted 50 to 22 today to slash $6,000,000,000 out of President. Tru man’s $37,500,000,000 budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. It thus overrode Army and Navy protests that cuts in their funds would endanger national security and, in the words of Chairman Knutson (R-Minn) of the House Ways and Means committee, clear ed the way for a 20 percent cut in individual income taxes. The reduced figure of $31,500. 000,000 is not necessarily the amount that will be made avail able for the next fiscal year. It amounts to a suggested ceiling, but Congress is not bound to stay within it. Ihe committee rejected all ef forts, including a plea by Senator Taft (R-Ohio), to hold the budget reduction at a figure which would take fewer dollars from the $11, 200,000,000 that President Truman requested for the Army and Navy. Chairman Gurney (R-SD) of the Senate Armed Services committee fought the huge slash doggedly in and out of committee. He told re porters it would take $1,750,000,000 from the Army and Navy and "I refuse to vote for any thing that will hamstring our armed force* while the peace of the world i* un settled.” Prior to the committee session. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, chief of staff, and heads of th« Army and Navy, backed by Presi dent Truman, had pleaded against cutting the armed forces budget. Just before the crucial vote wa* (Continued on Page 2; Col. 9) researchgroup URGED ON HOUSE Commission Would Study Possible Merit Rating System for Teachers RALEIGH, Feb. 14. — (/P) — A commission t o conduct necessary experiments and research leading to a merit rating system for public school teachers was recommended to the legislature today by Rep. Umstead of Orange. Umstead was chairman of a special commission appointed two years ago to study such a system. That group made a lengthy report, the gist of which was embodied in bill form. The commission recom mended today would present its findings to the governor and 1949 Assembly. It was estimated that $50,000 would be needed to conduct such a study, leading to the payment to teachers of salaries according to their merit and capacity. Eleven persons -would constitute the experimental commission. One would represent classroom teach ers; one. the North Carolina Ed ucation Association; one, the North Carolina Teachers association; one, the school administrators; two. the teacher education insti tutions; two, the Genera] as sembly—one from each branch; one, the State Board of Education, and one, the general public. The last would be ex officio as the state director of the division of professional services. Dr. James E.Hillman. The governor would appoint. And So To Bed Yesterday afternoon about four, a State Highway patrol man, making his regular rounds, gazed for a moment in amazement as he saw a mule pulling a two-wheel cart around in circles. The limb of the law halted his patrol car and went to in vestigate. He found the mule was being driven by a white man, who was slightly under the influence. The man was pulling the reins hard to the left and the mule just kept circling. The patrolman ar rested the driver. But the story does not end here. The patrolman boarded the cart to drive it to the owner’s home when a passing auto came to a sudden halt. “Say, Buddy, yelled the driver,” is that what thev give you cons to drive in North Car olina?" The lawman, smiled. bl;r>ked. blushed and called out” Gee or Haw”, completely Ignoring 1 driver’s remarks.