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FORECAST: — 1 1 ■ ■ ■ Served By Leased Wires of the Wilmington and vicinity: Partly cioudy ASSOCIATED PRESS and mild today; Wednesday slightly and thp °°ler UNITED PRESS With Complete Coverage of ----— State and National News VOL. 80—NO. 108. WILMINGTON, N. C., TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1947 --... I "" 1 1 ■ —1 .-" —.. ■ ■■■ ■ — — — ■ _Lol AdLIoHLD 1867 30 White Men! j Storm Jail, Lynch Negro Attack Suspect Taken From Pickens, S.C., Jail er Just. Before Dawn BODY BULLET-RIDDLED | Governor Thurmond Orders Full Investigation By State Constabulary PICKENS. S. C., Feb. 17.—(U.R>— A mob of about 30 white men, many of them wearing cab-drivers caps, seized a Negro attack sus pect at the Pickens county jail tarly today and an hour later dumped his knife and shot-ripped body near a rural slaughterhouse In 1947’s first lynching. The victim of summary back woods justice was Willie Earle, 35. He had been accused of robbing and critically wounding a Green ville cabbie. T. W. Brown, Satur day night. Brown followed his al leged assailant in death this after noon. Two men carrying shotguns led the lynch party and forced jailer Ed Gilstrap to surrender Earle shortly before 5 A. M. At about 6. a mysterious caller notified a Greenville mortuary where the pjdy would be found—just inside Greenville county a few hundred yards from Pickens county. Coroner J. T. Turner of Green ville went to the scene immediate ly and found Earle's still-warn body, the head bearing gaping shotgun wounds on both sides and the torso “mutilated by. one or more knives.’ ’ uancea 10 -viusic "They had shotguns and I danced to their music,” Jailer Gil strap explained later. He opened the cellblock and then Earle’s cell by means of electrie switches and the two leaders went upstairs to drag out. their victim, who was frightened into a state of stupefi cation. ' There was another Negro in the eellblock but they let him alone when I told them he had nothing to do with the Brown case,” Gil itrap sa'id. He said he did not recognize any of the lynchers but said many of them wore taxi driver hats. Gilstrap’s daughter, Addie who lives on the second floor of the jail with her parents, brother and sister, watched the 'lynchers come snd go from her bedroom window. She said they came in seven cars and that several of them were taxicabs. Sheriff Wayman H. Mauldin of Pickens county said this afternoon be had definitely established that aeveral of the cars were taxis from Greenville. (Continued On Page Two; Col. 4) AIRPORTPROGRAM LABELED AS DREAM Commissioners Postp one All Action OnField Until Joint Session A spokesman for the Wilmington New Hanover Airport Authority Maintained last night that Harry Gardner, a member of the air board and Addison Hewlett, Sr., chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, were both present *' meetings where concrete Mans for the expansion of Blue thentnal field were laid. Gardner last night affirmed the fact that he was present at the Meeting February 11 but declared mat the session was hurriedly call ed and that he was notified of the conference only i5 minutes befoie the time set for the opening of the Meeting. He said that Hewlett arrived a half hour late because he did not teceivt an> notification that a ses *ion v.as scheduled. The statement of the authority official was by way of denying the repotted assertion of Gardner at » meeting of the county comiwis tioners yesterday that neither he nor Hewlett were present at the Miision where the expansion plans ttere drained and passed. Goicmer was quoted as saying ai ^Continued On Page Two; Col. 3) SAME’S MEDITATIONS _ By Alley W5SS LUC** SAi SHE. SWINE 7b SOME PUCE H»T5 WAHM _ Eft'M E' SHE MATTER 5TAHT 0N A pRtPAS f (ftelcuid by TitUU Bi?" . - <y. IIMW, lie.) Tradi Mirk lt8vy *» J,* at <Mwt New ACL Safety Device The veteran trainman shown above has his hand on the switch of a “Mars” oscillating light, one of many recently installed on Atlantic Coast Line Railroad passenger trains as an added safe guard against rear-end collisions. The ACL is the first road in the country to equip its trains completely with this new safety device. The brilliant red light, throwing an oscillating figure-eight beam a stop is made or whenever the train may appear to be in danger of . down the track, is portably mounted and put in operation whenever being overtaken by another train. (ACL PHOTO) LilienthaUs Stock On Up-Swing Trend The Weather FORECAST South Carolina — Partly cloudy and not much change in temperature Tues day and Wednesday. North Carolina — Partly clpudy, mild Tuesday, slightly cooler Wednesday. (By U. S. Weather Bureau) Meteorological data for the 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m. yesterday. Temperatures: 1:30 a. m. 50; 7:30 a. m. 38; 1:30 p. m. 55; 49. Maximum 57: Minimum 37; Mean 47; Normal 48. Humidity: 1:30 a. m. 53; 7:30 a. m. 81: 1:30 p. m. 39; 7:30 p. m. 83. Precipitation: Total since the first of the month — 0:34 inches. Tides For Today (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey). HIGH LOW Wilmington — 8:03 a.m. 2:28 a.m. 8 :19 p.m. 3:14 p.m. Masonboro Inlet 5:58 a.m. 12:19 a.m. 6:06 p.m. - p.m. Sunrise 6:54; Sunset 5:29; Moonrise 5:41a; Moonset 3:42p. River stage at Fayetteville, N. C . at 8 a. m. Monday — 11.2 feet. MOORE TO OPPOSE DELAY OF TRIAL District Solicitor Seeking Immediate Hearing Of Grissett Charges District Solicitor Clifton Moore late yesterday expressed his de termination to press for the im mediate. trial of Roy Grissett former police officer facing charges of breaking and entering, and re-iterated his opposition to having the hearing transferred to another county. A motion for a change of venue for the trial is scheduled to be made today by attorneys S. Bunn Frink and Elbert Brown, defense counsel for Grissett. They are ex pected to contend that their client will not be afforded a fair hearing in New Hanover county due to the feeling against him. The trials of Grissett and H. L. Gurley, the latter also a former member of the police force facing (Continued On Page Two; Col. 7) _ 1-_ WEATHERMAN SAYS TEMPERATURES HERE TO REMAIN NORMAL No change in temperature and no rain is the forecast given for today by Paul' Hess. Wilmington weather observer. With a high of 59 degrees expected for today, the mean temperature is predicted for 48 degrees, exactly normal for this time of year. The last two days, though seemingly warm, were also normal, Hess said, with a mean temperature of 47 recorded for Sunday and 48 for Monday. Senator Barkley Announces His Intention To Vote For Nominee | WASHINGTON, Feb. 17. —(AP)— Senate Democratic leader Barkley (Kentucky) announced today he is supporting David E. Lilienthal for confirmation as chairman of the Atomic Energy commission. At the same time. Senator Brien ‘McMahon (D-Conn). former chair man of the Senate Atomic Energy committee, expressed the belief that Lilienthal’s prospect's have taken an up-swing after hitting a low last week. A third Democratic strategist said the situation looks better for the nominee than before the week-end. However, Senator McKellar (D Tenn), outspoken opponent of Lil ienthal throughout the latter’s service on the Tennessee Valley Authority board, told a reporter he is convinced he has the nomination blocked. (Continued On Page Two; Col. 5) YOUTH RALLY SET FOR CELEBRATION Brotherhood Week To Close Here On Sunday At Special Event National Brotherhood Week will be concluded in Wilmington next Sunday with an inter - religious youth rally. Miss Dorothea McDowell. YWCA executive secre tary. said last night. During the week, she said, the several “Y” groups, including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, will con duct their own programs. Civic clubs also will take part. Wednesday evening there will be a forum discussion over WGNI by Samuel Friedman, Father Allen E. Roche and Rev. Morti mer Glover. The three ministers will represent the different faiths, Jewish, Catholic and Protestant, respectively. Miss McDowell said their sub ject would embrace “Cooperation of the three faiths and the con tribution each may make toward a better world brotherhood.” The state-wide program i s under the leadership of Gov. R. Gregg Cherry and Judge E. Earle Rives of Greensboro state chair man. She pointed out that the week is observed each year co-inciden tal with the celebration of George Washington’s birthday. The events planned for this state, she added, are part of 'a nation-wide observ ance lead by President Truman, as honorary chairman. During the week, she said. Wil mington theatres will show shorts on the subject. “Cat Thieves ’’MakeHaul Of Jewels Worth $80,000 LONDON, Feb. 17. —(£>>—Thieves netted a total haul of. jewels valued at $80,000 in two new burglaries, raising fears in Scotland Yard to night that Britain’s “cat thieves” were striking again under the cover of the blackout imposed be cause of the fuel shortage. Latest thefts in London included the loss of a mink coat and jewelry valued at $4,000 and 500 sheep pelts worth about $2,000, the latter taken from a London factory, bedroom, leaving only footprints » rfh* snow M * dufe . i Earlier, jewels worth $40,000 were reported stolen from the swank Imperial hotel at Torquay, a fashionable watering place on the South coast. The King’s sister, Princess Mary_ was a guest in the hotel at the time. The victim of the theft was a London woman who declined to identify herself further than "Mrs. Booth.” Gems worth $40,000 were taken from the country mansion of art connoisseur W. J. Woltman by a rthiel who climbed * fatOtef to * Truman Gives Food Supply To Moldavia 7,000 4 Chi - executive Insists Car go Must Not Be Used For Political Aims WASHINGTON Feb. 17 — (JP) - President Truman acted today to supply huge shipments of Ameri can food to Romania’s Northern province of Moldavia, where 500, 000 are reported starving. The President laid down the condition that the food not be used for po litical purposes. He directed 7,000 tons of food now en route to the U. S. Army overseas to be diverted to Con stanza, Romanian port, and asked the American Red Cross to super vise its distribution by the Ro manian Red Cross ‘‘without charge and with guarantees against discrimination on political, racial, religious or social grounds.” He also announced that “urgent attention” is being given to per mitting Romania to buy an un specified amount of American grain, “despite the magnitude of world demands on existing stocks,” on three conditions: 1. That Romania will use none of it to pay reparations. 2. That Romania will not ex port it for trade or any other pur poses. 3. That American representa tives will be free to supervise its distribution “in such manner as they see fit.” This distribution, the Presidential statement said, also is to be “without racial, religious or social discrimination.” Food At Sea The army food being diverted to Romania already is at sea and >Ir. Truman said it should reach Constanza within 10 days. It con sists of 4,500 tons of “ten-in-one” rations and 2,500 tons of beans. The “ten-in-one” rations include meat, cheese, crackers, ' cereal and other food, as well as ciga rettes and candy. CORONER’S JURY TO PROBE DEATHS Autopsy Report Expected From FBI On Three Fatalities An inquest into the deaths of three local residents who died Sun day after eating part of a potato pie purportedly containing a killing agent used in roach powder will be held as soon as the results of an autopsy performed yesterday by County health officer Dr. A. H. Elliot are received from the Fed eral Bureau of Investigation in Washington, it was reported last night by Coroner Gordon Doren. At the same time Doren released the names of the men slated for coroners jury duty as soon as the FBI reports arrive here. They are P. J. Baschon, F. J. Gordon, B. T. Hopkins, Joseph Applewhite, Ronald Eakins and William Brem er. Doran said he expected to re ceive the autopsy report within three or four days and that the inquest will be held at that time. Meanwhile, William J. Newell, who suffered ill-effects after eat ing the pie, was re-admitted to James Walker Memorial hospital yesterday for further observation after having been released earlier. Hospital attaches reported last night, however, that his condition was good. * Those who died yesterday at the boarding house at 615 South Second street, which is operated by Mrs. W. A. Hundley, were Ira G. Up church. Mrs. Lucy Blizzard and Mrs. Myrtle Paige, the latter the daughter of Mrs. Hundley. Up church died in James Walker Memorial hospital late Sunday afternoon while Mrs. Blizzard and Mrs. Paige succumbed around midnight that night. All were re ported to have eaten part of the pie Sunday afternoon and were striken several hours later. SENA TE VOTES EXTENSION OF WARTIME LUXURY TAXES; 13 KILLED IN TRAIN CRASH -i Many Injured When ‘Local’ Hits Big Bus * South Shore Train ‘Halves’ Vehicle Loaded With Section Hands BODIES^SCATTERED Michigan City, Ind., Scene Of Freak Wreck; Driver Warned MICHIGAN CITY, Ind.. Feb. 17. (TP) — Thirteen railroad workers were killed and 16 persons were injured today when a Chicago, South Shore and South Bend electric train struck a bus loaded with section hands at Andry cross ing ten miles East ol Michigan City. All of those killed were residents of Michigan City, Gary and Chicago. State police said five were whites, five were ‘Negroes and three were Mexicans. Fourteen of the injured were oc cupants of the bus. Twelve were brought to hospitals here and two j were taken to Fairview hospital atj LaPorte. The others, the motor- j man and a passenger on the train, j were dismissed after treatment for! minor injuries. Lt. Rex Risher. commander of the dunes Park State police post, said several of the injured were in very serious condition. He said most of them were Negroes. Truck Halved The crash occurred about 3:05 P. M. The train, No. 26, was West bound, having left South Bend for Chicago at 2:30 P. M. The South bound truck was broken in two, the' rear half being tossed aside near the crossing and the front half being carried down the track. Bodies of the dead were i scattered along the track for about 2(10 yards. ' All of the bus occupants were employed by the South Shore rail road. The bus was taking them into Michigan City after a day's work at Andry Siding. John' Steinhagen of Waterford, Ind., truck driver employed by the railroad, said he had been working with the section group a quarter mile down the track from the crossing. He said the crew quit work and walked to the crossing. The truck driver said the bus was parked on the north side of the crossing and his truck was parked on the South side. Steinhagen said that as he walked to his truck, he turned around and waved to the driver of the bus to indicate that the train was coming. TRAFFIC SCHOOL OPENING TODAY Sessions Will Extend Until May 25, Chief Casteen Announces Chief of Police Charles H. Cas teen said last night that a school, covering 25 traffic violations, would be held for members of the force beginning today and continu ing through May 25. Casteen said that two classes would be held each week from 1:30 to 6:15 p. m. The classes will be conducted by local attor neys, judges and traffic experts from the Federal Bureau of In vestigation. The FBI expert will arrive on March 20, Casteen said. Subjects to be covered in the two month courses will include all phases of traffic law violations from simple red-light crashing to driving drunk and hit-and-run driving. _ Footless Lad To Lead Mardi Gras His sister, Myra Louise, places the crown denoting his Majesty on the head of Marcus Speed, Jr., who recently lost both feet under the wheels of a freight train. Marcus has been chosen by the Krewe of Crescent City to ride at the head of its 85-foot parade in Mardi Gras festivities at New Orleans, La., Feb. 18. Looking on are Mrs. Harold C. Houllion (rear left) and Mrs. Dettie McCollough, Crescent I City Krewe members. ( 4P Photo). Limitation Measure Approved By 9 To 1 To Aid Drive ■ A. S. GRIST GRIST TO DIRE r. DRIVE PUBI ]ITY Red Cross Campaign Chair men Announce Appoint ment Last Night A. S. Grist, manager of the Bailey Theatre, will act as head of the Public Information commit- j tee during the 1947 financial drive of the Wilmington chapter of the American Red Cross, it was an nounced last night. He was ap pointed by J. H. Carswell and N. A. Avera, co-chairmen of the drive. Grist will act £s liason officer between the Red Cross and the general public during the cam paign, having under his jurisdic tion the public speakers bureau and the publicity for the radio, press, and the movies. Grist is a member of the Rotary club and is a past president of "that organ ization. The appeal to the general public for funds will begin on March 4, but the work of some of the di visions, such as the Advanced Gifts committee, will begin before that date. Senate Judiciary Group Oktys Nine Years For Presidents WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 —OP)—A proposed constitutional amend ment limiting Presidents to nine years in office, at the most, was approved 9 to 1 today by the Senate Judiciary committee. Only Senator Kilgore <D-W. Va.) opposed among seven Republicans and three Democrats voting. The amendment differs in two ways from one already passed by the House: 1. Eoth would limit regularly elected Presidents to two full terms of four years each. The House resolution calls 'for a limit of one full term in cases where the President (as a vice president succeeding to the Presidency) has served any part of a previous term. The Senate measure would disregard a partial term in event it was no more than one year. One Full lerm Thus under both versions Pres ident Truma'n, who took office when Franklin Roosevelt’s fourth term had nearly four years to run could be -.elected to only one full term. 2. The Senate amendment pro vides for ratification by conven tions in three-fourths of the states, while the House legislation would require approval by state legisla tures. To become effective, a constitu tional amendment must be ap (Continued On Page Two; Col. 5) - RAILROADS WILL ! SELL ON CREDIT! _ Tickets Will Be Made! Available On Presenta tion Of Courtesy Card CHICAGO, Feb. 17 — (IP) — A travel-and-charge-it plan for in dividuals will be put into effect April 1 by 34 railroads, and sub scribers to the plan will be billed monthly, H. W. Siddall, chairman of the Railroad Passenger Inter territorial committee announced to day. Siddall said the plan, under which the traveler will carry only one credit card to buy railroad, pullman and pprlor car tickets, was developed from suggestions obtained in a poll of 20,000 business firms. Railroads participating are: Al ton; Atchison, Topeka, and Santa (Continued On Page Two; Col. •*>) ; Upper House Heeds Pleas By President Measure Now Goes To Con ference To Iron Out Minor Differences GOP IN BATTLE Party Feud Develops Over Plans To Slice $6,000, 000,000 From Budget WASHINGTON, Feb. 17. — (UR) The Senate today agreed to Presi dent Truman’s plea for extension of high wartime “luxury” taxes as GOP leaders sought in vain to halt a party feud over plans to slice $6,000,000,000 from the Chief Exec utive’s 1948 fiscal budget Without a record vote, the Sen ate passed the House-approved bill to continue indefinitely SI,130,000, 000 in excise taxes on furs, liquor, jewelry, and other so-called luxury goods which would have dropped back to pre-war levels July 1. The measure then was sent to a joint Senate-House conference for agree ment on minor Senate changes. The Senate acted after GOP leaders promised a later opportun ity to revise the entire excise tax structure in line with the overall Republican budget-tax program. Sen. Robert A. Taft R., O,, de clared that the exe-se levy is ‘il logical and discriminatory,” and said he was looking forward to the time when Congress ‘‘can look at the whole structure and get rid of two-thirds of it,” but that it wa* better now to grant the President’* request without ‘‘illogical ar.d dis criminatory” action on individual taxes. Senate leaders decided to let th* warring budget factions fight it out at a conference of all GOP (Continued On Page Two; Col. S) PARRISH FAVORED AS POLICE CHIEF Garners 77 Per Cent Of Vote In Election Con ducted By Force More than seventy-seven per cent of the members of the Wil mington police force favor Ser geant P. J. Parrish for the posi tion of police department chief, according to a secret vote at police headquarters yesterday afternoon. Conducted m an effort to learn what present member of the force was favored by the policemen to succeed Charles H. Casteen who asked for retirement as chief last week, the balloting chalked up 48 votes for Parrish, eight for Lt. Coy Etheridge, three for Lt. O. V. Thompson, two for J. R. Seller* and one for Lt. T. B. Hughes. Parrish said following the elec tion count, which -was witnessed by City Manager J. R. Benson, that he was “honored and appre ciated the confidence of the men” casting the ballots. Benson later declined to com ment on the election and also re fused to say what elfect it might have on the forthcoming selection of a man to fill the post of police chief. Casteen's letter requesting re tirement was being forwarded to the police retirement board as of yesterday and no action will be taken by the city administration to fill the position until after the retirement board acts on Casteen’s letter, Benson said. A committee of six men handled the details of the election after the decision to hold the poll wa» Along The Cape Fear HOW OLD?—A newcomer t o Wilmington from the Midwest raised the rather delicate question of “just how old is Wilmington?’’ He pointed out that relative to the region he came from, his grand father could tell him about wrest ing the land from the Indians. Why his native state did not even have statehood in the United States when the Port City was more than a century old, he added. “Just a look at some of your historic landmarks here inspires awe in me,” he said. “Many of them were old before my section of the country got ac customed to seeing white men,” he continued. And then he raised the No. 1 question: “Just when was Wilming ton settled?” FIRST IN LINE—About 1730 earlier settlers in the Lower Cape Fear region established a small community on the east side of the river opposite! the two main branches of the famous stream. Believing that the nam? was important this tiny settlement was called New Liverptfol after the famous British port. Now you’ll get a choice in names, a* afeoal m9 pant fete* m kg 1732, New Liverpool became New ton or Newtown. James Wimble, Michael Dyer, Joshua Granger and others were able to obtain grants of land in the immediate vicinity in 1733. And it was these hardy pioneers who laid out the city of Wilmington. * * * IMPORTANT VOTE — History tells us that politics played an im portant role in the growth of the Port City. , On Nov. 2. 1734 Governor Gabriel Johnston began his administration of the province, and the following early spring he immediately threw all of his weight to destroy the town of Brunswick by building up the new settlement of Newton. Most historians will agree that he “packed” the council, allowed the president of the governing body to vote to make a tie, then gave the presiding officer the right to cast an extra vote in order to end the deadlock. That vote by the pres ident of the council spelled the downfall of Brunswick but a boon for the Port City. * * * LAND BOOM—Governmental de partments were moved to Newton, Truck Drivers Brave Icy Dike To Reach Lonely Isle LONDON. Feb.-17. — i^P)— A con voy of 25 motor trucks crawled tor six hours along a narrow, icy dike on the Dutch coast today to take food and fuel to the isolated Isle of Urk—one of many perilous re lief ventures in ice-burdened Europe. Ice floes half a mile wide drift ing out o f the Baltic, hampered other relief efforts to isolated island communities ia the North ing about five degrees under freez ing, continued to dig itself out of an unprecedented luel shortage. In Berlin, temperatures of zero fahrenheit were forecast tonight. Water pipes were burst in almost every one of Berlin’s buildings. Food thefts, particularly from' American billits. increased sharp-; ly. Amsterdam and Rotterdam schools were closed; schools in smaller communities shut down (last week. itavucu n uum vuc ui ^ai uu^ut last week. These men were G. R. H. Peterson, Earl Sanders, H. E. Williamson, L. E. Culbreth J. C. Long, Jr., and J. H. Carter. A spokesman for this committee said following the election count that a recommendation will be made to the city manager and the city council relative to the selection of the chief of police very shortly. And So To Bed Dogs may come and dogs may go, and the mascots of the crew of the PC 776 do both in short order. The latest addition to the ' crew (their second mascot in as many weeks) served one of the shortest hitches in Naval history—one day. A resident of Winter Park gave the crew a dog, described as "half canine and half dog," on Friday. He spent Friday night aboard ship, bat when they let him out on deck Saturday morning he had decided the Navy was not for him. He is now listed among the deserters—when last seen he was running—nobody knows i where except that tt «h away i from the ship.