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“GOOD MORNING”
Then the king commanded, and they
brought Daniel, and cast him into the den
of lions. Now the king spake and said
tinto Daniel, Thy God Whom thou servest
continually, He will deliver tnee.—Daniel
6:16.
* * *
From Piety, whose soul sincere
Fears God, and knows no other fear.
—W. Smyth.
AMENDMENT MAY BE NECESSARY
There's a simple menial formula avail
able io cui ihrough Ihe maze of fads,
opinions, arguments and other matters
that often becloud a municipal problem
such as selecting the best successor to re
tiring Chief of Police Casteen.
Here's how it is applied.
Consider Wilmington a big corporation.
With a $1,853,260 annual operating budg
et it certainly is that.
Each direct or indirect taxpayer is one
of the thousands of stockholders. The men
they elect to City council are, in effect,
the board of directors. It, in turn, appoints
a City Manager whose position is similar
to that of the general manager of a large
company. It is the council's responsibility,
exercised through him, to see that the
several departments forming the admin
istration are maintained and function at
maximum efficiency.
To do this, the council must have full
authority io hire and fire these depart
mental heads.
In ihe cases of ihe Police and rire
forces, il does no! have this undivided
power. It is forced lo share it with the
Civil Service commission, which came in
to being through a law enacied when Wil
mington was under an entirely different
form of government. The act appeared
necessary then as a safeguard against
possible political ambitions and maneuv
ers. But the systems of government and
times have changed.
The result is that the council-board
of directors—must have the approval of
the Civil Service commission—a commit
tee of selected stockholders — to appoint
the chiefs of these two important depart
ments. It is very seldom that a corpora
tion has a corresponding provision on its
bylaws. Why? Because it is understood
that the board of directors is the policy
fixing and direciing force.
Is amendment of this law necessary?
Yes, if the council is unable to select a
man from the present force who will be
acceptable to ihe commission.
If its first recommendation to the com
mission is turned down, it may submit
another one and so on until an agreement
is reached. But the farther it is forced
down the list, the weaker the candidate
offered will be.
This arrangement, necessary under the
law, will require close understanding be
tween the two bodies. If a stalemate ap
pears probable, then the act must be
changed to the extent of permitting the
council to go beyond the department and
out of the city to obtain a new Chief. And
the wider the field of selection, ihe bellei
the opportunity of employing ihe mos!
suitable man.
Because Chief Casleen will step out
March 1, efforts should begin as soon as
possible to select his successor from the
department. If the outlook for success is
doubtful, then no time should be lost in
amending the law to permit consideration
of others elsewhere. The matter is too
important to the welfare of the city not
to receive early and thorough attention.
Casual strolls and casualties are loo
often too cl:,'. ' related.
SHOULD FULFILL PROMISE
With ihe war over and acute shortages
in materials and labor considerably re
lieved, the North Carolina Highway and
Public Works commission is fulfilling
numerous old promises of improvement
and new construction of roads and bridges.
The record of the department along this
line is good and, in the majority of cases,
certainly worth commendation. Many
handicaps are being overcome with the
result that the highway system is return
ing, much faster than many anticipated,
to its standards of normal times.
But in Southeastern North Carolina one
important project seems to have been over
looked.
It is the proposal to pave the sand-clay
highway from U. S. route 17 to Holden
beach and construct a suitable drawbridge
over the Inland waterway at the resort.
A movement to bring about this badly
needed improvement, especially t h e
bridge, is being pressed by beach inter
ests. They are supported by numerous
prominent Wilmington and other North
Carolina citizens anxious to see the dis
heartening handicap of an old t and
dangerous ferry removed so the resort
may rightfully advance to the place it
deserves in the state's commercial and
recreational resources.
We are informed by a leader of ihis
worthwhile effort that, in the early 30's
when the waterway was dug, affected in
terests were promised by the state that
suitable ferry service would be provided
and, eventually, a modern drawbridge
would be constructed. This pledge was ac
cepted, according to our informant, in
lieu of damages and also for a 16-acre
tract on the beach for development as a
park.
Now, 16 years later, the beach does not
have this span. It has grown about as far
as it can under this material hindrance.
It must have this facility if the threat of
stagnation to its future is to be removed.
The obsolete, inadequate ferry that is
the island's main communication with the
mainland has deteriorated to the point
where, so the leaders of the movement as
sert, it is a real danger to life and prop
erty. North Carolina has been quite for
tunate in that it has escaped serious dam
age action resulting from accidents on
the craft. Its operations depend to a mark
ed degree upon fhe tides and weather.
Frequent failures of parts of its mechanism
result in delays ranging from a few hours
to days. During these times, the promis
ing resort is practically marooned from
the remainder of the world.
This highly unfavorable situation ap
plies both to recreation and commerce.
Because of the dangers of the ferry or
more properly antiquated "flat," local and
up-state individuals have been quite hesi
tant in investing in the resort. Due to in
adequate transportation facilities, new
construction has been seriously retarded.
Meanwhile, the greater part of nine miles
of some of North Carolina's best ocean
strand is going undeveloped.
Frpm the standpoint of trade, at least
a dozen Wilmington manufacturers and
distributors have had to count this beach,
with approximately 100 year-around resi
dents and many, many more during fhe
summer season, out of their orbit of serv
ice.
V/e have tried to serve the people on
Holden heach with our products, but due
to the ferry service crossing the Inland
waterway, and especially at low tide, it
is almost impossible for our trucks to get
over to the beach. This, of course, keeps
us from giving them the service to which
they are entitled," one manufacturer dis
tributor wrote. "Early in 1942, consider
able damage to our truck resulted from
an attempt to cross the inland waterway
to serve Holden beach and caused us to
discontinue that service," said another.
This comment was echoed by several
others.
Thus, it can readily be seen that Holden
beach has a good case.
That it has progressed as it has, under
this disadvantage, is a cause of wonder
ment but it can easily be seen that this
advancement is limited.
The resort has suffered too long as a
"forgotten one" on the list of acutely
needed public works. Actual steps toward
relief through improvement of the road
and construction of the bridge are long
overdue. It is definitely an important part
of the natural wealth of the state. For this
to be fully realized in the interest of the
welfare of thousands, residents and non
residents, then the Highway commission
1 should begin plans as early as possible
I to carry out the needed projects.
JUST LIKE THAT
We should like io offer the Republican
fiscal experts in Congress a simple solu
tion to their problem of how much to cut
personal income taxes, and where.
Just cut 'em right across the board, at
18 1-2 per cent. That's the magic figure
which, in terms of cents, solved practi
cally all the labor-management arguments
over wage increases last year. Who knows,
it might work again.
Along Broadway
By WALTER WINCHELL
NEW YORK HEARTBEAT
Winchellebrities: Mary Kirk Brown (un
married for 7 years) blushing like a bride
as she breathlessly clutches a colyumist’s la
pel to report her latest wedding. “He is the
only man I ever married,” she said wistfully,
“who really loves me!”. . .Wallace Beery
holding hands with Mrs. Lindy (via her
groom’s permission). . .Geoffrey Heilman
(The N’yker scribe) beaming over a blondish
harp-playing angel at the Chateau. That ain’t
no angel, bub; it’s his wife, Daphne. . .Stella
Ardler, the arctress, seen around town in sev
eral low-cut numbers that prove she need
never play keddickter roles unless she wants
to. . .Barney Ross, the champ, settling a fist
fight between two kid bootblacks on 52nd St.
. . .Arleen Whalen (whose latest role is a
cowgal in “Ramrod”) wearing a wide-open
spaces frock in the Cub . . .Margaret Tru
man bawling like a baby at “Street Scene.”
Sallies in Our Alley: Oz Nelson relays the
one about the three drunks who unloaded
their woes to each other at the Stork bar. . .
The first lush had lost his job, the second
lost his wife and the third lost his money. . .
"Ah, nutsh!” exclaimed a 4th stew. “Lesh all
go shorn placesh and get shober!”. . .And
Oz’s Harriet says hes knows why Richard
won’t open that door. “It’s too cold!”
Memos of a Midnighter: The Milton Berles’
reconciliation (according to pals) was the di
rect, result of a Sunday nighter’s flash on
their parting. “It sounded so terribly final,”
said Joyce, “that it scared us back to each
other”. . .Carole Ladis wires the gossips are
wrong again—that distance is the only thing
keeping them temporarily apart. . .Sam Gold
wyn’s alleged latest: “I ran into Moss Hart
the other night. He was at my house for
dinner”. . .Louis Prima’s new Majestic plat
ter (due soon) will be called: “Baciagaloop”
(makes love on the stoop). . .The Mark Par
sons (he's the editor) expects a Junewcomer
. . .The 20-vear-old ditty that made them fa
mous (“If I Didn’t Care”) has to be rendered
by Billy Kenny’s Ink Spots at the Paramount
to hush the persistent applaudience. . .You'd
swoon if you knew the various male screen
idols who wear special-made girdles to fight
their personal battles of the bulge.
Heroine: This, we believe, is the very first
mention of her greatest role, . .It didn’t come
to the col’m from her, either. . .It came
from an admirer in gov’t service, who thinks
it is about time future historians knew about
it. . .This brave American woman started
the first underground activity against Musso
lini. . .While the world’s capitals were receiv
ing Mussolini’s ambassadors (like social
lions) this American gal was urging the com
mon people of Italy to fight like tigers for
liberty. . .Rickety planes (flying over the
Alps at night) showered pamphlets on Italian
cities. . .And the lone American darling, who
defied the Duce (at the height of his power),
is our magnificent actress, Ruth Draper.
The Small-Time: Jackie Whalen’s routine,
some of which leaves a bad taste in the ear
(at Leon & Eddie's), according to some pay
ing customers. . .Ditto for Gene Baylos and
Dave Barry. . .The cafe men (in Greater
Miami) who refused permission to their tal
ent after they were advertised for a benefit
in Flamingo Park. . .The Big-Time (and Or
chid of the Week): Noble & King at the Cotil
lion.
Broadway Smalltalk: Kay Francis and Paul
Leviton are a blissful State of the Union. . .
Boyd Raeburn's Jewel recording. “Duck Wad
lle.” is bought by many who do not savvy its
lingo. . .Sharon Lynn and Barney Glazer are
in separate tepees. She won’t agree to a
melting. . .Lawrence L. Blaine auth’d the
book, “Stool Pigeon,” which 20th will film
under the title, “Kiss of Death.” The author
is really Louis Lipsky, ex-ass’t district at
torney of New York under Hogan. . .Their
boss (the Hilton Hotel people) refused per
mish to Fred and Elaine Barry to appear at
the While House Correspondents’ annual event
for the President, Supreme Court justices and
other Washington biggies. The team has the
miseries. . .Iz Elinson (mended after an oper
ation) reports that Sinatra is trying to get
a permit to carry two gats. One gun tilts him!
Sad Show Business Story: James Edward
Grant relays the report that George Jessel is
the theatrical godfather of Burns & Allen. .
It was Jessel who focused Broadway atten
tion on them when the going was rough. . .
Then, for a time, things soured for Jessel
while Burns & Allen clicked on the air and
in Hollywood—right to the top of the ladder
. . .Jessel had a few failures in the theatre,
some marital headaches, and he personally
wasn’t feeling good. . .One day he met Jack
Benny and told Jack he was going to cut his
throat or something. . .“But.” said Benny
“you shock me! You always seem so cheer
ful!”. . .“I know,” intoned Jessel. “but, sup
pose you get up some beautiful morning: you
want to be happy and gay because the sun
is shining: the new day might be full of op
portunities; you take a deep breath; the air
tastes like wine and then suddenly you realize
that it all be’ongs to Burns and Allen!”
Manhattan Murals: The little old lady who
hangs around stage-doors and cusses like a
trooper. . .The scantily clad chorine plodding
through the Central Park slush in open-toes.
She leads a durg whose paws are covered
with specially made red rubbers. . .The 59th
St. buses that congest traffic more than the
trolleys did. . .That blimp which hovers over
midtown Manhattan (with illuminated adsl a
la Times Bldg, electrics. . .The spellbinder
in Columbus Circle who demonstrates the
atomic bomb by dropping a bag of water. (He
oughta use it "with soap on his neckL . .The
little old woman who peddles good luck
charms on 14th St. To make enough dough for
a night’s lodging on the Bowery.
The Late Watch: John Carridine got an
estimate on a haircut and decided to let bis
"row. . Though the saloon biz is supposed to
be off. .Lm G'ennon spurned an o'fer of $35,
900 for his 3rd Avenoo bar. Nick Rates dang
led the big bait. . .Raye and Naldi’s terpsi
choreantics at the Copa are better than ever
. . .Station WHOM’s all-nite iockev team is
clickin'. . .The Waldorf is anfflin« to get Ce
Vata Folm a real star. to come back
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1949 hi’ Karner & Bros.t ’s says: “If Richard
i»n’t there to open the door. . ,.H
THE EXECUTION WAS A FAILURE
BALKAN COMMIES
HAIL TOP WOMEN
Major Roles In Bulgaria
And Romania Played By
Militant Feminists
Bv FRANK O’BRIEN'
ROAti:, Feb. 15.— (/P) —Like “La
Passionata’’ of t h e Spanish civil
war, two women are among the
top communist leaders in the Bal
kans today—Tsola Dragoicheva in
Bulgaria, and Anna Pauker in Ro
mania. Both have been commu
nists from early womanhood. Both
lived and worked underground and
in prison while their countries
were under anti - communist re
gimes. Both emerged suddenly as
messengers of the new communist
era in the wake of the Red army
after their countries surrendered
io Russia in the late summer of
1944.
Both are reported to have spent
long periods in Russia, working
and training in the Communist In
ternationale. but the exact times
of their stays are difficult to de
termine.
Tsola Dragoicheva twice was
sentenced to death in Bulgaria and
once escaped by becoming preg
nant as she awaited execution.
How this occurred in the close
confinement of the death cell is
still a mystery in Sofia. Her sec
ond sentence, levied in absentia,
called for no such measures. She
already was in hiding.
Anna Pauker does not have a
death sentence to bedizen her
record as a militant communist,
but the quality of her faith is per
sistently rumored to have been
tested by the execution of her
husband. a Romanian engineer
who fled to Russia with her dur
ing the Soviet purge of the mid
thirties. Engineer Pauker is said
to have harbored Trotzkyist senti
ments, and to have been shot.
Whether that is the true story
of his disappearance cannot be
learned.
Of the two women, Anna pauxer
appears to be the most carefully
traned and the more firmly fixed
in international communist hier
archy. Tsola Dragoicheva’s life
has been more spectacular, but
left less time for the long grind
in the liturgy of communism and
the careful study of personalities
and issues without which a com
munist leader cannot fully gradu
ate.
Born in 1900 at Byala - Slatina,
Tsola Dragoicheva became inter
ested in communism as a student
at the University of Sofia. She be
came a party member at 19 and
served her first jail sentence at 23.
In 1925 she was again behind
bars, this time charged with com
plicity in the bombing of Sofia’s
Saint Nedelia church where a
number of prominent people were
killed. It was for this crime that
“the beautiful Sonya,” as she was
known, was convicted and sen
tenced to death, but escaped ex
ecution because of approaching
motherhood. It is said that her
beauty then was impressive.
It was while she was in almost
undisputed charge in Bulgaria that
the entire Filoff government,
which had passed a second sen
tence on her in 1942, was put to
death as war criminals.
Dragoicheva insists t n a t sne
never left Bulgaria during the
war, despite legends that tell of a
perilous flight from the country
and a spectacular return to lead
the formation of the “fatherland
front’’ (communist- led coalition).
She became secretary - general of
the front in 1944. As such she whs
the ruler of Bulgaria in the pres
ence of the Red army.
The tremendous power she had
in the earlier days of Bulgaria’s
bloody liberation has lessened con
siderably since Georgi Dimitrov
returned to the country.
Anna Pauker, in her late forties,
is a large, forceful, highly Intelli
gent and energetic woman. A Jew
ess, she has an olive complexion
plentiful iron-grey hair combed
straight back in a long bob, and
small, intense blue eyes.
She appears to have receded
somewhat from the atj . power'll]
position she first occupied in Ro
mania after that country’, surren
der to apparent equality with two
Majority Of Americans
Favor Military Training
BY GEORGE GALLUP
Director, American Institute of Public Opinion
PRINCETON, N. J., February 15.—When Secretary of
State George C. Marshall declared last week that he regards
universal military training for youth in this country as
necessary, he was reflecting an attitude long held by the
great majority of American voters.
or three other ranking Romanian
communists. She is, nevertheless,
the idol of communism in her
nation. Communist gatherings in
variably greet their leaders with
vociferously shouted “long lives”
and applaud, stamp feet, and bel
low party slogans at all proper
turns of the leader's discourse.
But there is something more for
“tovarish Annie.” W omen and
men alike shed tears of pride, and
there is real passion and affection
in their outcrys.
This may be the result of a
warm, sentimental strain in her
own make-up. perhaps the trans
fer by a childless woman of her
affections to the crowd.
She talks skillfully and passion
ately. All trace of sentiment is
lost as she attacks “the enemies
of the people” and calls for the
‘•punishment” of oppostion lead
ers. Privately, as during an inter
view, her eyes narrow, and her
husky voice grinds ominously as
she speaks with evident hatred of
peasant and liberal party leaders
who stand in the path of commu
nism.
Anna Pauker is reputed to have
spent up to 12 years in Russia.
On one occasion at least, in the
late thirties, she was traded by
Romania to Russia for a Romani
an non-communist who was being
held in jail in Russia.
It is certain that she has spent
sufficient time in the Soviet to
have become one of the best
trained and most trusted of the
group, on a level with Dimitrov
and Tito. The very gradual recent
de-emphasis of her role in Ro
mania may not be indicative, as
it is always next to impossible to
know who is top dog in a commu
nist line of command. Actually, it
may have been her own idea,
aimed at de-emphasizing Jewish
leadership in Romanian commu
nism.
It is possible that Anna Pauker
is one of the top four or five
communists at the helm in non
Russian Europe.
She comes from the poor of
Bucharest. Her marriage allied
her to the ubiquitous Pauker fami
ly of Romania, which takes in
banking, newspaper ownership,
painting, film distribution, acting,
■all fields of literature and the
poorest hand laboring. Her wealth
ier in-laws hate her avidly, and
her poorer ones love her dearly.
Often in jail in her earlier days,
while the peasant and liberal par
ties ruled Romania, she now has
taken over a town house, and a
lake-side villa belonging to the
rich, has several gun-proofed au
tomobiles and a bodyguard. By
her edct, many of her former
persecutors, or their successors,
now are in cells.
Her office is in a large mansion
taken by Communist party edict
in a rich man's section of Bucha
rest. It is a large room, with a
big conference table for party
meetings. The sole wall deco
rations are large portraits of Marx
and Engels, Lenin and Stalin.
There is none of King Mihai.
Rats Are Feathering
Nests With $4 Bills
Rats around Wilmington are real
ly feathering their nests in expen
sive style as evidenced by a 90
year-old $4 bill which was found
by J. A. Henderson.
The bill, which was made for the
,0<i1Ilmercial Bank of Wilmington in
1857, was discovered in a rat’s nest
w‘th all the dates still visible and
Part of one end torn off.
Names really became confused
en J. A. Henderson told J J
erde'son of the Star-News cir
culation department about Ir • dis
covery and added that his boss'
name was J. A. Handeraon,
‘ In speaking of a program of
compulsory military training, the
recently appointed Secretary of
State said such a system is neces
sary to back 1^3 this country’s for
eign policy with positive military
power.
A poll of the nation on the issue,
completed just before Mr. Mar
shall made his statement, finds
the public continuing to hold its
conviction that a program of train
ing is necessary.
The belief is held by a majority
in all parts of the country, the
New England, Middle Atlantic sec
tions, the South and Mid-West,
Mountain area, and the West
Coast.
It is, moreover, a belief held by
all major voting groups in the
population, young voters, middle
aged, and old, men and women
alike. Democrats. Republicans,
and Independents, by people in all
occupational and all educational
groups.
As in previous periodical tests
of sentiment on the issue, the In
stitute had field reporters ask:
“In the future, do you think
every able-bodied young man
should be required to take mili
tary or naval training for one
years?”
The replies today:
Yes __-.72%
No _ _23
No Opinion __ 5
Thinking on this issue has dis
played remarkable stability since
the Institute first started testing
on it back in December, 1942.
Today’s survey is the eleventh
in four years. At no time, has the
majority favoring a program of
military training dropped below
63 per cent.
The trend on the issue:
No
Yes No Opin.
Dec., 1942 _66% 27% 7%
Nov., 1943 ..63 29 8
Sept., 1944 _63 23 14
Dec., 1944 _70 25 5
Feb., 1944 ..69 22 9
May, 1945 _70 24 6
July, 1945 _69 24 7
Oct., 1945 ..70 24 6
Nov., 1945 _75 21 4
Replies to this question, along
with polls showing overwhelming
majorities believing this country
should take part in world affairs,
have signaled that this nation has
no intention of repeating its Post
World-War-I history.
Replies to the question also
serve to lay low the myth of Mid
West isolationism, for the Mid
West has been found consistently
on the side of universal military
training—and by substantial ma
jorities.
This is brought home again to
day by an examination of the
findings section by section:
mo
Yes No Opin.
New England --- 73% 22% 5%
Middle Atlantic ..70 25 5
East Central _71 23 6
West Central _73 22 5
South _69 26 5
Mountain and
West Coast _75 20 5
* * *
The vote by major voting groups
is shown in the table below:
No
Ages Yes No Opin.
21-29 ..73%' 22% 5%
30-49 -71 24 5
50 and Over_71 24 5
Politics
Democrats .73 22 5
Republicans _72 23 5
Education
College -66 30 4
High School .. 69 26 6
Grammar
School or
Less .78 11 * |
Interpreting
The News
By J. M. ROBERTS ib
AP Forelf>n Affairs 'A„a|'
When Secretary Marsh^
fd to the Senate Foreign Re>
committee that the wo-ld ^
very critical condition- h, H
breaking what you woulj !*'
startling bit of news. i
But although the secretary
military man and therefore*
be expected to think along' JJ*
lines, there is no reason u>'^
he was talking about jmj
war.
There is sufficient trouhi.
out that, although it lurk* „ *4
lym the background Xh >
There are cases when a (
condition becomes critical 1
because a cure for his ilu re:>
found or because he'fail, !93
spond to treatment Tha- ° ^
world's state today.' pro ^
ward solution of its major pJ*
has been small since the 1
stopped.
ON BRINK OF COLLAPS,
Marshall posibly has r
much on his mind, having
come from there. Ch;--a _;-8
brink of economic and'politic
lapse. The general could wellhl!
been thinking what would
if Russia “took over'1 the Chi*
Communists and tried to s*en
the vast void which would be?.{
by disruption of the Nankin '
ernment Even if China ls ; .
ed only to political collapse t!
civil war it would provide a 1
for a world so unsettled as
one. ,i'1
The situation of Great Br
internally torn politically auto**,
grievous out vard wounds
struggling economically ■.
in itself sufficient grounds io !
secretary's statement.
Prospects for continued amt
India, even a searing civil «a!
which might tie up with s hoi
in the middle east; the : .
to get Europe started again'
tain tendency toward totality
ism in Latin America; the t
tainty of the atomic future'"-VJ
these and more probably were i«
Marshall's mind.
And there is, of course, t > (
continuing crisis which is>
posed on everything e!se~> a.j,
ficulty of obtaining the coo a.
lion of Soviet Russia for p[at.
General Marshall is well ; j
that when he goes to Moscow: |
month he wil be stepping inn t
of the most complicated situa:.«n
with which a man was ever and
to deal.
The best informed people kiv»
no idea that Russia intends to pr*
vipitate a war in the near future.
They believe her intentions aie d
the opposite. But what Marshall
will be trying to do is to effect t
peace for Europe which w:i, go at
far as possible toward eliminating
the causes of European wars ai
well as to provide foreceful pre\e»
tion. He cannot avoid consider! |
tne possibility that that any peats
to which Russia agrees now maj
be adopted in the light ol .1
will mean to her in some :
war if one becomes necessn o
prevent the slow death of total.;*
rian Communism.
Success or failure at Moscow ii
not likely to mark the lerminatioi
of this crisis. But what happe.il
there, and in the other council; o;
these days, will have ail imponai
bearing on whether, when the cri
sis does break, the turn will ot te
ward war or peace.
LETTER BOX
SEES GOOD AND BAD
To The Editor:
As I look out of my ninth floor
hotel window, my enthusiasm rani
riot over what a wonderful city
you have. Wide, clean streets . I
buildings and homes, all seemingly
in a state of good repair.
Your weather is delightful. * •
strategic location of your town »
tops for living, for business, lot
transportation.
Yours is a city of fine stores,
courteous salespeople and
lent accommodations for 1
There are. however, two Wtf
that definitely demand me
tention of your local officials a _
which do tend to detract from
whole. . .
First, and certainly serious b
obvious lack of smoke control«
8 a. m. the sun is coming u ■
the horizon, lighting a «Pe
scene. But alas it is marred
clouds of smoke emanatin, (
dozens of chimneys. ■ u”,
homes, business and official - -
ings all seem to vie win
other. , .
Smoke is costly to the • ,(
and exterior finishes of
and to clothing. It is also » .■■■
earner of disease germs ana
terrent to a healthful con .
If large industrial cene ,,
clean up this wasteful
then surely Wilmington
likewise. . -rP very
My second complaint is ^
large number of benen',"‘e, ^
trucks giving forth ear sn.-^
sounds throughout the .
the vicinity of Third and
streets.
If buses and large °e
trucks can effectually si fl'
motors, then why should ;
enormous fleet of 0 1 c. ' . •»
allowed to literally ;?l
atmosphere” with exna w^,.,
from trucks that arc ■ -e:!
equipped with ineffic'-i1
or none at all?
A Visitor.
Wilmington, N. C.
Feb. 15. 1947. _._—
38 Reported Safe .
In Pacific W
- --- ” __
HONOLULU. Feb.
LST rescued all 39 Pe;st"p" S!0or
the stranded freighter L*K' ;.iV;
on a reef 50 miles sou n '■ A
Jima today, the Navy anno^..
The3,389-ton vessell, recem*. ^
verted from a seagoing
left on the reef where it had . ,0(J
early in the day. The s MVere
were taken to Iwo Jimra.
reported to include the c
wife and 3-year-old son. n9t
The Navy announcement "« .,(
indicate whether salvage -,.f
ship or any of its cargo of sa
quonset huts and other items
be attempted. , <r01t
The Lai':e Sapor, registered
Mobile. Ala., left Hono.t-- ^
Shanghi Jan. 25. Circumstance
hex accident were not known

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