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" ■■ W^MINGTON, N. C. TUESDAY,-FEBRUARY 25, ,947 -ESTABLISHED ,8«} Discuss Proposed Junior College Representatives of local organizations are pictured above during a meeting last night in the Woodrow Wilson hut called to discuss the coming election.for the establishment of a junior college here, heft to right, front row, are A. R. Willis, Kiwanis club; Mrs. Thomas J. Gause, American Legion auxiliary; Mrs. R. B. Howard, Junior Chamber of Commerce auxiliary; Wallace West, Lions club and Junior Chamber of Commerce; Miss Ruth Umphrey, Business and Professional Women’s Hub; Mrs. G. M. Speaker, Junior Sorosis; Dr. John T. Hoggard, chairman board of education. Back row: IV. E. Edwards; H. W. Glazier, Civitan club; W. R. Dozier; Dr. Spurgeon Baxley, community council; Clayton Holmes, Exchange club; H. M. Roland, superintendent county schools; E. C. Snead. Veterans of Foreign Wars; and I. W. Solomon, Kiwanis. (PHOTO BY CAROLINA CAMERA). Senate Shouts Down Postponement Move DATE FOR ROUTE ACTION TENTATIVE Hearing On Seventh Street Traffic Artery Set For Friday Morning No definite date has been set for the city council to either ac «ept or reject the plan submitted by State Higmvay Commission Chairman A. H. Graham, which calls for a 7th sweet-4*«ffic ar tery, City Manager J. R. Benson laid yesterday. Graham has indicated his desire for a decision on his proposal within the near future, however, and it is expected that the council will act soon after the public hear ing on the matter has been held. The meeting has been called for Friday morning at 10 o’clock at which time residents of 7th street are expected to express their op position. Objectors to the’highway com mission plan are scheduled to meet tonight at 8 o’clock in the Hemenway school, according to Robert Strange of 14 North 7th street and arguments to be used against the proposed route are alaied to be formulated. At the bme the state commis sion plan was presented to the city council, Graham expressed the opinion that the fire hazard would be considerably less on 7th •treet than on 3rd -street due to ihe slant of the earth from the latter route toward the waterfront. WEATHERMAN SAYS CITY CAN EXPECT MORE COLD TODAY No immediate relief from the freezing weather and cold winds *s Predicted by the local weather "ureau, with the mercury due to “fop to 24 degrees this morning * tlle city and as low as 18 on *e outskirts. During the day a "‘gh temperature of 42 degrees is expected. „ winds today are to be moderate'’, which means that ney 11 hit the city about 18 miles n hour, the same as yesterday, “e weather bureau official said. Chicago is supposed to be the «mdy City’, but I think Front *nd Chestnut beats it,” he-added. Today will also be fair, and , ou*', ‘ Norfolk had a four inch owfali yesterday, no snow is fiedicted for Wilmington. HAMBONE’S meditations ^_By Alley Yoo Gits TANGLE', lip WID one O' PEM BuDGiTS , You PE ONE HATr£R. BUP&E, CA'SE AW NoTH/n’ EjLSE •Sw/neter. ! Republican Leaders Drive For Budget Vote By Wednesday Night WASHINGTON, F-b. 24 — (IP) — The Senate shouted down a move to postpone the budget contro versy today, and then drove to ward a vote on a $4,500,000,000 slash in President Truman’s spending estimates for the fiscal year starting next July 1. Senator Murray (D-Mont) pro posed that Congress delay fixing any speeding ceiling until April 1. but his resolution was brushed a side on a tumultuous voice vote. Republican leaders were bent on obtaining a Senate vote on' the slash at least by Wednesday. The House has voted a $6,000, 000,000 reduction in the Truman estimates. The figure finally ap proved by Congress probably will be a compromise worked out by a Senate-House Conference com mittee. The Senate debate brought a suggestion from Senator Langer (R-ND) that President Truman “pick up the telephone and call Joe Stalin, arrange a meeting, and get this matter of fear which each country has for the other out of the road.” Then with “war fears” elimi nated, Langer said,, both the United States and Russia could re duce their spending drastically. Dispatches from Moscow have reported that Russia plans to spend $13,000,000,000 on its mili tary services this year, compared with $11,00,000,000 proposed by Mr. Truman for the army and navy. War Invitation Langer declared that even a total budget of $31,500,000,000, as voted by the House, “is an invi tation to other countries to arm to get ready for another war, to' keep the United States from being the master, the ruler of the world.” ' He blamed American policy since 1932 for a situation in which, he said, “we find ourselves with few dependable Allies and the over-whelming population of the world standing in actual fear of America.” Langer, chairman of the Senate Civil Service committee, also re ported that the number of federal employes will be reduced to 1,500 000, oompared with 2,283,890 on Jan. 1. He set no date for achieve ment of this figure, but said that on the sixth anniversary of the war, next Dec. 7, the employment will be approximately what it was when the war started—1.620,922. Since the war ended, he added, 1,483,100 Civil Service employes have left the payroll. ‘‘This doesn’t sound as if the fellows who have been yelling ‘fire a million employes!’ were telling you all of the story, does it?” he asked. O’Daniel Speaks Senator O’Daniel (D-Tex) broke away from the position of most of his Democratic colleagues to as sert that the budget ceiling should be fixed at .$25,000,000,000 this year but noted that economy will not be easy. “Every time you unhook a coach from the gravy train that has been running the past 13 or 14 years” he remarked, “there (Continued on Page Two, Col. D GROUP TO STRESS NEED OF COLLEGE Civic And Educational Leaders Outline Advan tage To City The benefits to be derived from the establishment of a Junior Col lege in Wilmington and plans to keep the public aware of the spec ial election on the proposal of establishing such an institution here were discussed last night by representatives of 14 local clubs and organizations who met in the Woodrow Wilson hut. Many other local groups, other than the ones represented last night, have gone on record as strongly favoring the establishment of the college here. Registration for the special elec tion, set for March 25, will begin on Saturday, March 1. The books will be open on that day and on March 8 and 15. It was pointed out at the meeting that Wilmington loses a host of young men and women and their contributions to the community when they leave here immediate ly after high school graduation. Commenting on the proposal, W. R. Dosher, postmaster, stated that “It is the finest opportunity to make a contribution to the Wil mington of tomorrow.” 11 ARMY FLIERS TAKEN OFF ICE Cool-Headed Pilot Sets Big Plane Down On Green land Cape Safely NEW YORK, Feb. 24 — UP) — A .■ool-handed 22-year-old Army pilot >et an 18-ton transport plahe down an a Greenland ice cape today and snatched from the Arctic 11 Army fliers marooned there three days after the crash of their B-29. Lt. Bobbie Joe Cavnar of Okmul gee, Okla., the rescue pilot, brought the 11 B-29 crew men to Thule, Greenland, about 200 miles from the crash scene. The spec tacular rescue operation was com pleted in three hours and 35 min utes. The 11 men were reported in good condition. The Air Transport command here reported they would be brought' to Westover • Field, Chicopee Falls, Mass., probably tomorrow. Cavnar, who has been engaged in Arctic operations for the ATC since 1945, landed his giant C-54 plane with wheels on the ice cap beside the stricken B-29. He used no skis or special attachments,, in the feat, the ATC reported. Rockets were employed, however, to give impetus at the takeoff. The C-54 is 94 feet long and has a 117 foot wing spread. Maj. Gen. William H. Turner, commanding general of the ATC’s Atlantic division, announced that Cavnar had been recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf cluster for today’s rescue and “other extremely hazardous Arctic operations.” The rescue climaxed a far-flung evacuation operation begun after the B-29 crewmen had radioed that they had crashed Friday. The plane went down on the ice cap after becoming lost in a sudden storm while the 11 men were on a photographic mission. Like Jaded Jap, Cupid Losing Face In This City Dan’l Cupid, Suh, you are losing face in Wilmington. Suh, that’s not just hearsay. It’s a fact. If you doubt our word, Register of Deeds, Adrian Rhodes may have some figures which will be of interest to you. According to Rhodes’ books, there has been only one marriage license issued from his office in a week. The license issued yesterday to ItaMi ****** ** and Mildred Penny Bartley, 20, 317 Grace st, was the first since Feb. 18. However, the clerk of the Supe rior Court’s divorce action business also has gone on the blink. Which may indicate that while Dan’l’s trade is losing face on one side of the ledger, it is showing a profit on the other. But, Dan’l take heart, June is coming, and along with that merry month,' you may be able to save iMt «r hitiuMlafr H0**b» tedawH Firemen Okay Two Bills On potel Safety ^ ures Call For Installa -n Of Alarm Bells On Each Floor WATCHMAN SERVICE Heavy Daily Penalty Would Be Imposed For Non Compliance RALEIGH, Feb. 24. -“-(TP)— A legislative committee of three state fire-fighting organizations to day approved unanimously two bills for introduction in the legis lature to set up strict safety reg ulations for hotels. Chief W. H. Palmer of the Char lotte Fire department, president of the North Carolina Fire Chiefs as sociation and chairman of the legislative committee, said the bills represent “the minimum re quirements which firemen of North Carolina feel should be enacted in to law.” The bills call for: Installation of fire-alarm bells or gongs on each floor of a hotel, centrally controlled, and, where practicable, connected with the city’s fire-alarm system. Maintenance of watchman ser vice in a 11 hotels, two or more stories in height, o r designed to accommodate 20 or more persons, with hourly inspections between 10 P. M. and 6 A. M. Each night. Installation of automatic sprink lers in all hotels of non-fire re sistant construction, more than four stories in height. Fines Specified Authorization of the insurance commissioner to declare unsafe buildings condemned, with anyone continuing to use condemned build ings without making necessary al terations and repairs to be subject to a fine ox from $10 to $50 for each day of continued use. If the hotel is located within or attached to another building, sepa ration from the other building by wall having an ultimate fire re sistance of at least three hours, or by floors with an ultimate fire re sistance of two and one-half hours. The legislative committee chose as its steering committee for secur ing the introduction of the bills: Chief W. R. Butts and Capt, J. B. Keeter, both of Raleigh, and Chief C. L. Cox of Durham. Before the end of the conference, it was made plain by J. C. B. Ehringhaus, Jr., o f Raleigh, rep resentative of hotels, that although the hotel group agreed in principle, it was not obligated to support the bills. State Fire Marshall Sherwood Brockwell, attending the con ference, said that he believed the bills should be approved as drawn. Hotel men present included Hay wood Duke o f Greensboro, presi dent of the North Carolina Hotel association; E. I. Buggs, C. S. (Continued on Page Two, Col. 2) ROYALL TO SPEAK AT LEGION MEET Undersecretary Of War To Address Elizabethtown Session Special To The Star ELIZABETHTOWN, Feb. 24 — Undersertary of War Kenneth C. Royadl will address a meeting of the seventh district of the Ameri can Legion at the Bladen county courthouse Wednesday night. He will speak on the subject '‘The privileges and responsibilities of the veterans.” Also scheduled to speak on the program are Gen. James Gavin, commander of the 82nd Airborne division and youngest General in the U. S. Army and R. Geddie Her ring of Roseboro, one of North Carolina’s Congressional Medal of Honor winners. Other high ranking American Legion officials will also take part in the program. Commander Louis F. Parker of the local post and chairman of the membership commitee of the seventh district has invited all veterans to attend the meeting. Gets Boot Charles “Lucky” Luciano form er New York vice overlord, who will be deported back to Italy by Cuban immigration officials’, it was announced last night at Ha vana. Until shipping arrange ments are concluded, he will be held under heavy guard to prevent an escape attempt. The Weather FORECAST: North and South Carolina — Fair, con tinued cold Tuesday, not quite so cold Tuesday night and Wednesday. (Eastern Standard Time) (By U. S. Weather Bureau) Meteorological data for the 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m. yesterday. Temperatures: 1:30 a. m. 35; 7:30 a. m. 26; 1:30 p. m. 35; 7:30 p. m. 35. Maximum 39; Minimum 25. Mean 32; Normal 49. Humidity: 1:30 a. m. 53; 7:30 a. m. 42; 1:30 p. m. 72; 7:30 p. m. 54. Precipitation: Total since the first of the month — 0.65 inches. Tides For Today (From the Tide Tables published by U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey). HIGH LOW Wilmington — 12:30 a.m. 7:39 a.m. 12:51 p.m. 7:40 p.m. Masonboro Inlet 10:29 a.m. 4:30 a.m. 10:55 p.m. 4:50 p.m. Sunrise 6:46; Sunset 6:05; Moonrise 9:29a; Moonset 10:51p. River stage at Fayetteville, N. C. at 8 a. m. Monday, 13.8 feet. HOUSE GETS BILL FOR ARMORY UNIT Edwards Of Durham Offers Measure To Facilitate Guard Reactivation RALEIGH, Feb. 24.— (ffj -De signed to facilitate the reactivation ot North Carolina National Guard units, Rep. Dan K. Edwards of Durham tonight introduced a bill in the House of the General Assem bly for the creation of a North Carolina Armory commission. The measure would propose a five-member body, named by the governor. Its members, in addi tion to the governor, would be the Attorney General, the Adjutant General and two officers of the National Guard. Purpose of the commission would be “to develop adequate armories, facilities and housing’’ for the training of the state’s National Guard. State Agency The body' would function as an agency of the state, and would be empowered to receive and to ad minister any funds appropriated by any act of congress. It would authorize any munici pality and county in the state to lease land to appropriate any amount from its public funds for the use of the Guard units assign ed that area, and would authorize the contracting of any indebtedness by the municipalities and counties to be declared “necessary expense and for a public purpose.” The state Guard now is in the process of building to its authorized federal strength of 13,000 officers and enlisted personnel. Also introduced tonight in the House was a bill by Rep. J. V. Whitfield of Pender seeking auth organization of funds for the mak ing of a naerial topographical sur vey of the state. Whitfield Bill Whitfield’s bill proposes that the State Department of Conservation and Development authorize $100, 000 for each year ol a biennium, provided that the State Highway commission allocates a similar amount for a like period. These funds would be matched by a $200,000 annual subsidy from the U. S. Geological survey. Along The Cape Fear SETS NEW RECORD — Not so many moons ago, during January to be exact, Along The Cape Fear succumbed to the prevailing prac tice of making predictions for 1947. High on our list was the belief that the Wilmington Bird Club would win top honors in the state for their splendid work during the 1946 Christmas Bird count. Ary 1° and behold while news hungry reporters are beating the bushes in an attempt to prove or disprove how the local club ran in the North Carolina bird count ing sweepstakes, official confirma tion of Along The Cape Fear’s prediction arrives at this spot and exclusively, too. * * * OFFICIAL NOW — The current issue of The Chat, bulletin of the North Carolina Bird Club, editored by Dr. Archie D. Shaftesbury, cites the local club as the official winner among the eighteen locali ties participating in the annual Christmas species census. “In species counts, Wilmington leads with a record count of 97, which is far above the record species counts of 75 and 73, made in past years at Chapel Hill and Rocky Mount. i wsrt* tt^rnnatao.M fr”* tains at least twelve species not reported in this year’s counts from our other localities, includes, among others, Greater Shearwater; Gannet, Ward’s Heron (possibly a new record), Snowy Egret (a win ter record), Green Heron (2; a winter record), Dovekie, Forster’s Tern, and Common Tern (which is supposed to winter farther south.) “Mrs. Cecil Appleberry invited several of the younger bird stu dents from Mount Olive, Raleigh, and Greensboro to join the Wil mington group and the results, both in bird species and enthusi asm, we e highly gratifying,” Dr. Shaftesbury, reports. * • * MORE AND MORE — Not con tent with winning the state title, the Wilmington party ventured forth the day after the Christmas count and added new laurels to their already potent reputation in state bird circles. Several additional species were spotted during the trip. Included in the supplemental list are Oyster Catcher, American Scoter, Brown Pelican and Royal Tern. Dr. Thomas Hall, an interne at James Walker Memorial hospital, Two Killed\ Many Injured When Bleachers Collapse PARISH ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL HERE ! • Chief-Designate Of Police Force Condition Is Re ported Satisfactory The condition of Sergeant P. J. Parish, recently named by the city council as Wilmington police chief, was reported as satisfactory late last night by attaches of James Walker Memorial Hospital. He was admitted for treatment and examination at 1:15 yesterday afternoon when stricken shortly after eating lunch. It was report ed that he was suffering from a heart condition but hospital at taches declined to reveal the exact nature of his illness. The belief was expressed last night that unless his condition be comes more serious the Civil Ser vice Commission,'which is slated to meet for action on his appointment to head the department later this week, would not delay his confirma tion for reasons of health. COLDER WEATHER FORECAST TODAY Temperatures Expected To Dip Sharply With No Relief In Sight By Hie Associated Press Some more “Brrr” weather is in store for North Carolina today with early morning temperatures due to fall as low or lower as they did Monday. The Charlotte Weather bureau reported last night that high read ings today will hover only a few degrees above freezing and im mediate relief is not in sight. Minimums yesterday ranged from 12 above at Asheville to 25 above at Wilmington. Charlotte, Greensboro and Winston Salem had 14 and Raleigh had 16. The mercury just made it above freezing throughout most of the state yesterday. Pope Field re ported the highest, 41, and Ashe ville could do no better than 26. Cherry Point and Charlotte had 39 Raleigh 38, Greensboro 36 am' Winston-Salem 34. Mostly clear ana cold weather was predicted for today. Mini mums are not expected to vary more than two degrees from yesterday. Heavy snows in th mountains quit for the most par late Sunday and only a few flur ries were reported yesterday. STEELMAN TO SET SHIPYARD PARLEY ■ ■ - —.—— Maritime Commission May Meet With Tar Heels This Week The Morning Star, Washington Bureau WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 — Pres ident Truman’s assistant John Steelman, is expected to set Wednesday or Thursday as the date of a conference with North Carolina congressional spokesmen and maritime commission officials over the State Ports authority’s $1, 200,000 offer for the purchase of the idle Wilmington, N. C., shipyard. A tentative date, tomorrow, was changed, so that all the men could attend. Invited to the parley with Steel man will be the maritime com mission chairman, Admiral W. W. Smith, with several of his aides; Senators Hoey and Umsted and Representative Clark. Differences between the views of the Tar Heels, who are endorsing the port authority offer, and the maritime commission, which has rejected it, may be thrashed out at the meeting. HOG PRICES REACH NEW HIGH LEVELS ON LIVESTOCK MARKETS CHICAGO, Feb. 24. —(U.R) —Hog prices soared to record levels at mid-Western stockyards today, foreshadowing additional increases for ham, bacon and pork chops in retail stores. Choice hogs averaging 215 pounds sold for an all-time high of $29 a hundredweight at Chicago’s Union stockyards. New price records also were set at nearly all other mar kets. The OPA ceiling for hogs was $16.25, New Seating Section At Purdue Fieldhouse Falls Under Weight Of 4,000 Specta tors; Hospital Facilities Packed I.A4 A\ ETTE, Ind.. Feb. 24.—UP)—A new bleacber section col lapsed tonight in Purdue University fieldhouse, killing at least two students and injuring 150 or more. receiving office at St. Elizabeth’s hospital were reported It had been told five of the injured were dead hut only availably names of fatalities were Roger Gelhauser, Gary, Ind., and Wil liam J. Feldman. East Chicago, Ind., both students. LAFAYETTE, Ind., Feb. 24. —(A5)— A new bleacher i section jammed with about 4,000 students collapsed in Pur due University fieldhouse tonight, killing one person and injuring hundreds. Gordon Graham, sports editor of the Lafayette Journal Courier, said Roger Gelhauser, a student from Gary, Ind., was reported dead. Injured were being taken to St. Eliza I Dem ana name Hospitals here in a steady stream. The bleaicher sagged and then smashed into kindling wood as fans jumped to their feet in an ovation to the Purdue basketball team, seconds after the first half ended with Purdue in front of Wisconsin's Western Conference leaders, 34 to 33. Screaming thousands in the col lapsed stand were spilled many feet to the dirt floor. The bleacher, with all 62 rows of seats smashed and piled like a hay stack, was about 100 feet wide. Many of the injured laid out on the basketball floor appeared to have broken arms and legs. Doc tors,, nurses and Red Cross aides from other sections of the audience of 11,000 gave hurried medical treatment. Officials announced on the public address system that the game was cancelled and urged all uninjured and non-medical spectators to leave immediately so aid to the in jured would not be impeded. Players of both the Purdue and Wisconsin teams, just leaving the floor as tile bleacher fell, turned back to help pull students out of the shattered and twisted planks. The bleacher was part of a new construction program that increas ed the Purdue fieldhouse seating capacity from about 8,000 to more than 11,500. COUNTY MAY ACT ON BUREAU HERE ‘ "tion On Identification Set-Up Seen For Next Week The transfer of authority and iperation of the City-County -Jureau of Identification probably will come before the county com missioners next Monday for defi nite action, Thomas K. Woody, clerk to the board, said last night. Woody said that he had no idea what the commissioners would do about the matter, a controversy hanging fire for several weeks now, but he said he felt that some action would be taken. As the bureau now is constitut ed, operation authority is vested in both the city and county government. According to reports to the commissioners yesterday, City Manager J. R. Benson is will ing that the city assume its op eration. At the same time, the commis sioners heard a request by state Rep. R. M. Kermon that jurors’ salaries be raised from $2 to some higher figure, probably $5 a day. At the present time there is a bill before the General Assembly which would raise' jurors’ pay to $5 a day in each of the state’s 100 counties. However, under existing law, the county commissioners have the authority to pay jurors as much as $4 a day, Woody said. He said he felt that the commis sioners soon would raise the jurors’ pay to that figure. At the same time, the commis sioners asked Kermon to introduce legislation which would give them power to name a deputy coroner. Under the present set up. a per son who substitutes for the coroner has to take an oath before the clerk of the superior court each time he acts in his stead. The legislation would make some person the permanent legal assistant of Coroner Gordon Doran. Meanwhile, the cancellation of all back county taxes prior to 1920 was asked by Commissoner George Trask. No action was taken on this request. The com missioners also had a request from the state Highway Commis sion asking for a formal abandon ment notice of that section of the old Mears road in Winter Park — between Carr Ave. and MacMillan St. The commissioners plan exten sive paving w’ork on Cedar St., the lane which was taken over when Mears road was abandoned by the state several years ago. Little Old Lady Breaks Up Dearborn Ghost Hunt DfETROIT, Feb. 24. —W— A little old lady who moves with dif ficulty but is fiercely proud of her independence broke up a “ghost hunt” in Dearborn township today. Mrs. Emma Arnold, 86-year - old widow, has lived alone on her iso lated four-acre farm since her sis ter died 31-years ago. But she car ries a pistol for company and knows how to use it, four curious youth’s discovered. Armed with a Phillippine Bolo knife a Japanese ceremonial sword and other war 'souvenirs, the four, all veterans, set out to investigate reports of a “haunted house.” Six shots rang out as one poked flwwib JmuMtefeHie** ed on the forearm with a bullet, he and the other three fled in ter ror. Sheriffs officers were notified when he was treated at a nearby hospital. Ordered to the house, they found themselves looking into the barrel od an antiquated .38 as the door w^as opened. But the little woman behind it laid the pistol down and calmly explained she needed the gun “to protect myself from prowlers”. Surprised at the furore she had caused, she added: “Why I shot another bunch of prowlers just a week ago.” Mrs. Arnold said she also needed the weapon “to shoot at those mean dogs that bother my tats/11 JUVENILE CRIME IS EXAGGERATED Clerk Of Court Sees No Need For Alarm In Local Picture Mrs. J. C. Layton, clerk of the Juvenile Court here and city pro bation officer, said yesterday that she saw no cause for alarm over the juvenile delinquency problem. She pointed out that despite re cent news stories—under scream ing banner lines—warning of ex panding crime waves among the youth of the nation, and New Han over county in particular the cold facts would support no' such as serti&ns. Mrs. Layton said that juvenile delinquency, just like anything else, had its ups and down. She explained that records in her office showed that while delin quency might be up one month, the next month it would decrease. She believes, too. that the North Carolina law—under which ju veniles are tried—should be amended to cover youths up to and including 18 year olds. “At the present time.” she said, “youths over 16 years of age mult go into open court when they vio late the Jaw. I think this it wrong.” When they appear in open court, -he explained, they are branded i before the public. Under the Ju venile Court procedure, no publi cation is ever made of their : names when they over-step the | law. ‘ The public is barred from our i court,” she said. “Therefore, ! when a juvenile breaks a law— ! that is. one 16 or younger—he has ; a hearing in private and is not ] branded as a criminal in the pub lic prints.” To substantiate her denial that juvenile delinquency, 16 and under, is not on the increase, she cited figures for the past two months. In January, she said, the Juve nile Court had 50 cases on its cal endar. But in December there were only 16. The records for the month of February will not close until next Saturday. However, she said, unless there is a sudden spurt in cases, it probably will be about the same as that of Decem ber. “It goes on from month to month like that.” she said. "One month the calendar showes an in crease, the next it is down.” There is no reason for alarm, she said. “At least my records do not support such an assertion.” (Continued on Page Two, Col. I) BOYD TO TESTIFY ON TRAFFIC BILL Port Traffic Official Slated To Appear Before Com mittee Today Col. H. E. Boyd, traffic-mana ger of the Wilmington Port Traffic Association is scheduled to appear before a House committee on pub lic utilities today in Raleigh to offer his recommendations rela tive to the proposed law regu lating all motor carriers in the state, it was learned last night. He will act as a spokesman for local interests objecting to certain provisions of the suggested law, known as H.B. 126. The hearings have been scheduled for 9:30 In the Library building. Col. Boyd yesterday expressed his opposition to certain parts ol the law and deemed it very in jurious to irregular route carriers of general commodities. He ex pressed the belief that if the bill passes in its present form it would mean the complete elimination of small carriers of freight. It is expected that other local interested persons will appear be fore the house committee to offer testimony calling for changes in the proposed law. And So To Bed We only heard this story. . A visitor to Wilmington was invited to take part in a fish ing party. Upon arrival at the beach the visitor was given the proper tools of a fisherman, to wit— a rod, reel, bait, tackle, etc. He gazed at the rod and reel and asked, “How do I work this thing?” His host said yon just cast it out into the ocean. The visitor did . . He heaved back and let go . . Rod, reel and tackle landing several yards out in the ocean. The host neglected to tell the would-be Isaac Walton to hold onto the nod.