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ggagiu-ai VflCTo.—NO- 115. WILMINGTON, N. C., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1947 ~ ESTABLISHED 18fi7 Anti-Closed Shop Bill Passes House TEACHERS HERE TO GET INCREASE Ttaff Working Overtime To Adjust Next Pay Checks waff members in the oftice of J' of Schools H. M. Roland I.re working overtime last night " 0rde that teachers in the coun * school units may have their Siecks, along with their pay in srtase’ by March 5. Roland said the job of getting checks this month, due to the „larv increase voted by the Gc-n ** , Assembly, made it necessary i.t his staff work over-time. pointed out that while first war teachers would get some 5,ing like $153 a month, their actu ..take home pay” after deduc tions had been made, would ITnunt to less than $125 a month. Roland amplified this by saying under the increased salary Jhedule first year teachers would have to live “very econom 4_,V> in order to save the pitiful um of S5 a month after all living .xoenses had been paid * Teachers who have stuck by fceir jobs for 10 years or more slightly more fortunate he laid, adding that those in this bracket would get $200 a month. However, he pointed out that those _jth jo rears or more experience, 1„ many eases, had acquired obli jations which would off-set this islarv increase. Roland said that about 25 per eeRt 0£ the teachers in the county tame under the one year classifi tation. They probably will remain with the profession one year, he added. . This was true, he said, because they are abie to find more lucra tive employment in other fields of ndeavov. He pointed out that one of the janitors in the city schools last year was getting $150 a month. He left his janitorial duties for pri vate employment and now is mak ing $300 a month. If a janitor can do that, what tan be expected of teachers who ipend years preparing themselves for a position and then receive rily a few more pennies than a laborer?, he asked. ROBERT STEWART DIES IN FLORIDA One - Time Standard Oil Head Was Key Figure In Oil Scandals MIAMI BEACH. Fla.. Feb. 25— W1—Col. Robert Wright Stew3rt. BO. who rose to a position of power In the industrial world only to lose * memorable vote-battle to John D. Rockefeller, Jr., for control of Standard Oil of Indiana in 1929, died here yesterday. Death was attributed to the in firmities of age. He had been ill for two months after having ar rived in Florida from Chicago in November. The body will be cremated and the ashes flown to his birthplace »t Cedar Rapids. Iowa, where fun eral services will be held Satur day. Surviving are his widow and tour sons. Col. Stewart’s sensational career ,s 3 lawyer, soldier and industri al leader suffered an anti-climax "’hen Rockefeller sought his re moval as chairman of the board of Standard Oil of Indiana. The fight for removal grew out of a senate investigation ir. 1928 °f the Teapot Dome and other oil lease scandals. As a result of his testimony, Colonel Stewart was tried twice, first for contempt and rater for perjury. He was acquitted in each in stance, but Rockefeller still de manded his resignation. Colonel Stewart refused and a battle for votes preceded the an mw] election of company directors m 1929. Many stockholders re mained loyal to Colonel Stewart, hut Rockefeller managed to gain control of large blocks held by 'astern interests and achieved the removal. Colonel Stewart later served as “■rector of the Indiana Limestone company, but resigned that post ;n H*32 and moved from Chicago ,0 Nantucket, Mass. In recent years, however, he (Continued on Page Two; Col. 21 tWMBONE’S MEDITATIONS By Alley 1 Don’ J*ak <Sw/N£ To D£ CITY - I Want dem Touks BEmP/N' PEY ‘FEv^DjMS ON aa£ ; ^_ Vote At Raleigh Sends Dis puted Measure To State Senate RALEIGH, Feb. 25—(A>j- -With a roaring affirmative vote, the house of representatives today passed and sent to the senate a bill to outlaw the closed shop in North Carolina. The vote followed more than two hours of debate during which opponents of the measure pleaded that the record of labor in North Carolina “does not warrant this slap in its face.” Other opponents asserted that the bill would have no effect on the great majority of North Caro lina industries and hence would be “nothing but an idle gesture.” However, Rep. Leroy Scott of Beaufort, one of the three young war veterans who introduced the measure asserted in its support: “When the time comes when you can say to a man that he has to join a labor union in order to have the right to work, I think it’s time to check up. I want the people of this country to be free to join a labor union if they want to; to be free not to join if rhey want to—I want them to have the right to work.” Changes Sought Although a record vote was not taken, the bill was passed by a majority of at least three to one. The vote came after two amend ments had been beaten down by heavy margins. One, sent forward by Rep. James M. Hayes. Jr., of Forsyth, would have submitted the measure to approval by the people in the 1948 general election. The other amendment, offered by Rep. Walter Crissman of Guil ford, would have permitted the existence of closed shops in in dustries where all employes are union members and where both management and labor desire the closed shop. The bill declares as the public policy of North Carolina that “the right of persons to work shall not be denied or abridged cn account of membership in any labor union or labor organization or associa tion.’’ (Continued on Page Two; Col. 3) TRAFFIC LIGHT TROUBLE CITED City Electrician Says Con trol Box Not Received On Schedule The failure of a control box zo arrive on schedule was given as the reason for the lack of synchro nization in the city’s traffic light system by Ciiy Electrician David Sandlin, Jr. yesterday. He said he was aware that the traffic lights were not working to the greatest extent of efficiency but explained that as soon as the trouble was discovered an emer gency order for a control box to replace the one in use was placed. So far the unit has not been re ceived, he said, but pointed out that assurances have been receiv ed that the box will be shipped shortly. City Councilman James E. L. Wade yesterday indicated that he would ask the council at Friday's special session to take under ad visement an improved traffic light system. He said several mo torists had called his attention to the fact that the lights were work ing in a way which prevented a vehicle from moving through the city in one direction without stop ping. Hero Asks Leave LONDON, Feb. 25—(A3)—Marshal Andrei Aleksandrovitch Zhdanov, hero of the Battle of Leningrad, has asked to be relieved of his post as chairman of the council of the Union of the Supreme So viet. the Moscow radio said to night. The reason for the request, the broadcast said, was “pressure of work connected with his main duties.” Zhdanov is secretary of the cen tral committee of the communist party and has been a leading fig ure in a post-war drive to purge Soviet literature and art of ten dencies to stray from their ideo logical aims. He also is chairman , of the allied control commission for Finland. The distinguished soldier, a i close friend of Prime Minister Stalin, is a member of the Polit buro, the inner council of the So viet ’ government, and several times has been mentioned in west ern newspaper speculation as a possible successor to Stalin as head of the government. ' The post which Zhdanov is re linquishing is the leadership of the smaller of the two houses of Rus isia’s parliament. Today And Tomorrow By WALTER L1PPMANN I “You should fully understand.’ said Secretary Marshall at Prince ton, “the special position that thi United States now occupies in thi world. , .and the implications in volved.” Just before that he ha< said that he doubted “seriousl: whether a man can think with rul wisdom and with deep conviction; regarding certain of the basic in ternational issues today who ha not at least reviewed in his mini the period of the Peloponnesiai War and the fall of Athens,” Athens was by ancient standard, a democratic state. It was thi leading commercial community Rotary Club Presented Horse Show Check O. O. Whitlock (center), president of the Cape Fear Horse Show, is shown prese iting the check for the proceeds to the recent event held here under the sponsorship of the Wilmington Rotary club, to Walter J. Cartier, Chairman of the Rotary Greenfield beautification committee, while Charles Har rington, chairman of the Rotary Horse Show committee looks on. See story on page three—(PHOTO BY CAROLINA CAMERA). -— Hero Of Arctic Rescue Reveals Story Of Feat Editor’s Note: Here is the story of an epic Arctic aerial rescue in the words of the flier who led it. As told to The United Press ( By LT. BOBBIE JOE CAVNAR > WESTOVER FIELD, Mass., Feb. 25—(U.R)—We arrived here at Westover last Saturday about 4:30 * p.m. from a routine trip. Upon ar rival we were informed from Ft. , Totten that an aircraft was down in the vicinity of Thule. Our air- ; craft needed some maintenance woi'k and after we had that done . we left about 2:30 a.m. Sunday and intended to stop at Goose Bay, Labrador, to pick up supplies. 1 Because of the weather, how ever, we continued on to BW—8 : (Somdrestrom Fiord, a weather station). After landing at BW-8 we picked up emergency equipment and supplies including food and put them aboard and continued on to Thule, Greenland. Enroute we talked to the down ed aircraft by radio and asked for ground conditions on the surface of he lake where the plane had landed. They gave us the infor i ration they had available. They said there was two to 10 inches of snow on the lake surface but that it was fairly smooth. We circled around the three i lakes in the •» area and finally de-; cided we'd go down on the same lake that the B-29 had made a belly landing on. We canre over an 800-foot ridge at a speed of 120 miles an hour which is a iitile faster than usual because we want ed to skim on the ice lightly when sitting down, so we could take off if the ice started to break. When we first approached the lake, the crew of the B-29 was huddled together. They apparently realized the difficulty we’d have in landing because they immediately began to spread out to make a human runway. Five men went down one side of the lake and six down the other. They stood about 300 yards apart on either side of the smoothest strip of ice showing us where to bring the plane in. Their bodies against the snow acted just like runway markers and outlined an area about 2,500 feet long. We came down between these i rows of men. The pjane didn’t break through until the last when it crunched through the snow. The ( men came running down the run way toward our plane. For about 20 minutes we taxied the plane up and down the lake to wear a path in the snow. We didn’t want to hit any drifts when taking off. We threw everything out except medical supphes and parachutes to lighten ti e ship as much as possible. We went to the corner of the lake—with 21 men aboard — and took off using the rockets which had been installed at Thule. We were going about 80 miles an hour (Continued on Page Two; Col. 2) WEATHERMAN SAYS RELIEF IS IN SIGHT FROM COLD WAVE The freezing weather of the last i several days will begin to moder i erate today, Paul Hess, local weather man says, with the 1 temperature rising very slowly ' each day. By Friday, he says, it will be considerably warmer. A low of 27 degrees is expected l for early this morning, but the ■ mercury is due to rise to about i 50 degrees during the day, Hess 1 said. A high of 45 was recorded yesterday. Moderate to fresh winds are pre ; dieted for today. No rain is fore • cast for Wilrrflngton for at least two days, Hess said. ' | the dominant sea power, and the ■ I head and center of an empire created out of the Delian Confed ? eracy. The wars of the fifth cen ■ tury B. C., first against Persia — I the great Asiatic power, and then ’ against Sparta—1he greatest mili-; L tarist slate—ended in the defeat ; and bankruptcy of Athens in 404, ' after her allies haj left her, and ! when Sparta and Persia had be I come allies against her. j This is the period which becre tary Marshall' asks us to review as > we seek to understand the special (Continued on Pane Five, Col. 4) The Weather j FORECAST: North and South Carolina — Wednes- j day clear to partly cloudy and not much change in temperatures. 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. 31; 7:30 a. m. 27; 1:30 p. m. 43; 7:30 p. m. 42. Maximum 46; Minimum 26; Mean 36; Normal 49. Humidity 1:30 a. m. 74; 7:3u a. m. GO; 1:30 p. m. 34; 7:30 p. m. 65. 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 _1 :20 a.m. 8:38 a.m. 1:40 p.m. 8:38 p.m. Masonboro Inlet 11:18 a.m. 5:21 a.m. 11:51 p.m. 5:39 p.m. Sunrise 6:45; Sunset 6:06; Moonrise 10:02a; Moonset ll:58p. River stage at Fayetteville, N. C. at 8 a. m. Tuesday, 13.0 feet. HOPES FADEFOR AFL-CIO MERGER Green Takes Position That Murray’s Union Has Rejected Offer WASHINGTON, Feb. 25.—W)— Prospects for any immediate merger of the American Federa tion of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations virtually vanished today when the AFL took the position that the CIO had re jected its unification proposal. AFL resident William Green, in a letter to CIO Chief Philip Mur ray, said he deeply regretted that the CIO had “declined the re quest’’ to meet “for the purpose of creating a united organized la bor movment on a sound and perm anent basis.” Green added that an AFL com mittee of five stood “ready to meet with you and your associates for the purpose of creating organic unity and solidarity within the ranks of labor.” Murray had told Green in a let ter February 18 that “organic unity” could be discussed even tually, but that the first step was to cooperate in fighting off unwant ed legislation in Congress and state legislatures. On those two differences of opinion the chance for merger at this time seemed to have been dashed. The door which Green ap peared to open in a letter to Mur ray January 31 was swung almost shut in the exchange of communi cation which followed. Both organizations named com mittees to meet and talk things over. But that was as far as it has gone. rm. _ a Ttvr __■ j 4. _ i_ „ + _ n J-i.1V> XA.X. XJ UXUU *Yi vvv. " letter today to'Senator Taft (R Ohio), chairman of the senate la bor committee, which last week heard Murray suggest that juris dictional strikes could be elimin ated if the committee called him self and Green together for a meeting on the subject. Taft had (Continued On Page Two; Col. 7) Along The Cape Fear SPRING AHEAD — With local I Weatherman Paul Hess saying that warmer weather is on the way, our thoughts immediately turned to Spring. And as if by magic what should arrive at our desk at about the same time as Mr. Hess’ prediction but the very book or catalouge that we have been wanting. It’s the current issue of the Marine Surplus Seller, a publica tion' of the United States Maritime Commission, and it's illustrated, too. Not like most government publications that are filled wtih plenty of reading (most very dull), out an attractive almost pocket sized publication that’s just filled with pictures, plus reading. * * * I GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY—With 'Spring coming on and our thoughts j seldom straying far from a re vival of The Feast Of The Pirates, the Marine Surplus Seller seems to be just what we’ve been waiting for. Warm weather ahead means plenty of outdoor sports. What would outdoor sports be m the Cape Fear region without boat ing? So as not to deprive you of. some of the tidy little bargains listed in the Marine Surplus Seller, here we go: Should you need a handy little boat in order to. really enjoy the great out-of-doors, try these for samples: * * * IMMEDIATE DELIVERY Deep-sea fishermen should find this little entry very much to their liking: n / • m — _ 1 An nil Diesel Electric lugs, iw-ioor au steel ocean-going. This item can be had new at the builder’s dock and the price is only $265,000. Or perhaps that’s a little more than you wanted to pay for a pleasure craft, so you can look this choice morsel over: An ideal small tanker, all steel, diesel, aa'my design, can be had for only $1C0,030. Perhaps the best bargain listed is the famous PT Boats, and these according to the booklet are go ing like hot cakes for $4,000 each. :S # # BOAT OF MANY USES — As though the price of only $4,000 was (Continued oa P**<* Two; OL 3) NAVAL OFFICER FACING CHARGES Local Army Recruiter To Testify At Washington Atrocity Trial Sgt. Creston H. Rowland, of the army recruiting station nere, will report tomorrow to the Anacostia Naval Receiving station. Washing ton, to testify for the second time in less than a year against a naval lieutenant — commander charged with committing wartime atroci ties. The naval officer, his identity not as yet disclosed pending com pletion of the general court martial proceedings, is being tried on charges growing out of acts al legedly committed by him during his tenure as a mess sergeant in a Japanese prison camp. Sergeant Rowland served for a time as a cook under the defendant officer while in the prison camp. The recruiting officer was a Jap anese prisoner for 42 months. The alleged atrocities w'ere com mitted among American prisoners of war who were confined to the prison camp in which the naval officer served as mess sergeant. Sergeant Rowland, w h o expects to be away from his Wilmington station for about 30 days, first gave testimony against the lieu 1 tenaht-command'er at a hearing held i n New York city last summer. The hearing' will be resumed at j Anacostia tomorrow. FBI REPORT ON ANALYSIS HERE Local Officials Decline To Comment On Labratory Findings Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory findings on the autopsy which was performed by local health officials on three persons who died here February 16, after eating potato pie at a Second street boarding house have arrived in Wilmington, it was learned last night. Contents of the report were not disclosed by officials here and Harry Fales, superintendent of the City-County Bureau of Identifica tion who carried the result of the results of the autopsy to Washing ton for FBI analysis said that he had received no official informa tion that the report had been re ceived. Officials of the (police depart ment and Coroner Gordon Doran also declined to confirm whether or not the FBI findings had arriv ed here. It is understood that a quiet in vestigation of the three deaths have been underway since the inci dent occurred but city and county officials have refused to comment on the matter. Those dead are Mrs. Myrtle Paige, Mrs. Lucy Blizzard and Ira G. Upchurch, all of whom re portedly ate part of the pie. Ten Per Cent Rent Hike Approved By Sub Group; Truman Asks Safeguards FOREIGN TRADE PACTS ALTERED Executive Order Designed To Protect American Interests WASHINGTON, F e b, 25. —— President Truman today announc ed he had ordered tighter safe guards on reciprocal trade agree ments with other countries a s a prelude to the 19 — nation world trade conference in Genera in April. The President issued an execu tive order which, he, said, is de signed to make “doubly sure that American interests will be proper ly safe-guarded.” Apparently seeking to calm fears that the United States might be come a dumping ground for cheap foreign goods, the President ordered the insertion of ‘‘escape clauses”'in trade pacts with other nations, so that tariff or other con cessions which proved harmful to American producers could be can celled. ne aisu set up mauimex^ piu viding for appeals to the tariff commission by persons who feel they are damaged by imports. Senators Vandenberg (R - Mich) and Millikin (R-Colo), who had suggested that the President modify the trade part program in order to head off a congressional movement to scrap or greatly modify it, issued the following joint statement tonight: “We welcome the President's order as a substantial advance in the legitimate and essential do mestic protections which should be part of an equally essential foreign trade program. The President refers to the fact that his order is the result of suggestions by us. This is entirely true in respect to . the provisions for post - agreement appeals if and when affected do ; mestic interests may b e jeopard i ized. Here the United States tariff commission has responsibility to make direct protective recommen dations to the president. “The President’s order differs, ’ however, from our suggestions that the tariff commission should have somewhat similar direct re ; sponsibilities to prevent errors be fore they occur. But in the mam •jwe count the President’s order as , highly useful progress in a de sirable direction. As to the pro posed Geneva negotiations for a new world trade organization, we shall of course reserve our po sitions and our judgment until the completed agreement is submitted for constitutional approval.” Other reaction on Capitol Hill 1 was mixed. Some' democrats applauded the President’s move, while foes of low tariff barriers 1 vigorously renewed their cries against “free trade.” Senator Butler (R - Neb) termed the executive order “just a gesture to make it appear that the administration has made con , cessions to the criticism of the trade agreements program.” One of the key points in the ' President’s order is a provision that the U. S. tariff commission, an independent agency set up by 1 law’, may investigate and make ’ recommendations directly to the President regarding tariff or other t concessions which business inter 1 ests may oppose as harmful. : The President would then have - final authority either to revise or (Continued On Page Two; Col. 5) ALL CONGRESSMEN GET INVITATIONS TO CHURCH EVENT POPLARVILLE, Miss., Feb. 25. —(U.R)— Sen. Theodore G. Bilbo, D.. Miss., will be the key figure March 2 at the dedication of the new $75, 000 Juniper Grove Baptist church and five-bathroom parsonage in Pearl River county. The entire 80th U. S. Congress has been invited to the dedication, but it was not known tonight how many of the nation’s lawmakers would attend. Bilbo will present the deed to the parsonage during the daylong program, which also will feature a barbecue. The Mississippi Sena tor, who still does not have a seat in the U. S. Senate, will be praised by state Sen. H. K. Rouse of Pop lar ville. The deed, mentioned prominently in a Senate committee’s hearing of charges Bilbo accepted gifts from war contractors, will be handed to the board of deacons h; Bilbo himself. HICCOUGH VICTIM STILL HICCOUGHS DESPITE ALL AIDS WINDSOR, Conn., Feb. 25— (U.R)—Last November 16, pretty 17-years-old Doris H. Hertler, high school honor student, com plained of an upset stomach and her mother gave her a cup of pepermint tea. She started to hiccough, and except for one week when she obtained relief by a trick drink of water, has been hiccoughing ever since. Her hair has turned from brunette to blond, she has lost 13 pounds, and medical doc tors, chiropractors, osteopaths and nerve specialists have" been unable to help her. She has stood on her head, blown in paper bags, let ice water drip down her throat while she lay across two chairs, taken mixtures of hot mustard and vinegar, carbon dioxide treatments, and inum erable other remedies, but still hiccoughs at the rate of 20 per minute. After she eats, or when she becomes excited, the rate in creases. Her father, Charles J. Hert ler, a toolmaker by day and a hospital medical aid by night, said physicians described his daughter’s ailment as bilateral singultus, or double hiccough. TRUCK LANE VOTE SOUGHT BY GROUP Seventh Street Residents To Ask City Council For Referendum The suggestion that a city-wide referendum be held to select a truck route around Wilmington will be offered the city council at its meeting Friday morning. This expression was voiced last night at a meeting of more than 200 citizens at Hemenway School who live on and adjacent to Sev enth street, the newly proposed truck route through the city. Robert Strange, chairman of the meeting, said that it was not the purpose of the meeting to have the trucks rerouted on some other city street, but to have this traffic taken off all city streets, “We congratulate the citizens of Third street,” he said, “on being relieved of this traffic. We won’t wish it off on any one else ,and we hope they won’t wish it on us.” He told the gathering that the opposition — the State Highway Commission—was very strong in its desire to have the truck traffic move over Seventh street and he asked each and every resident of the area to be on hand to figh* the proposition Friday morning. Strange said the city council would be informed that there are , two schools—Hemenway and Pea body—in the vicinity of this pro posed street, five Negro churches , and two undertaking establish ments. , A number of citizens in the , neighborhood, both white and Ne ’ gro, expressed their opposition to ; having the traffic on Seventh street. A petition was circulated among the audience, which was signed, pointing out the dangers from trucks which would travel that street. The" petition said that the lives and homes of all the residents would be endangered due to fire hazards which might arise at any time from oil tankers traversing the thoroughfare; Children crossing (Continued on Page Two, Col. 5) Plane Missing , FT. RICHARDSON, Alaska, Feb. i 25.—(U.R)—Gen. Joseph H. Atkinson, commander of the Alaska air com ; mand, said tonight a B-29 super fortress was missing on a routine ■ training flight from nearby Elmen ; dorf field. Aircraft of the 10th Rescue i Squadron from Elmendorf field ; have already taken up the search, Atkinson said. Atkinson said the craft had been ; missing for 15 or 20 hours and 1 had only sufficient gasoline for 11 • hours flying when it took off on the routine flight in the rugged north r ern Alaskan coastal region of < Cooks Inlet. ; He said the plane had taken off ; last night but could not state how nany persons were aboard the craft. It Pays To Advertise; Just Ask Dan’l Cupid Star advertising pays dividends. You cart take the word of Dan’l Cupid for that. And Dan’l doesn’t make unqualified statements. Neither is he given to exaggeration —especially in this instance. Yesterday morning he sent out an urgent appeal via a news story in The Star for more business. His appeal was to the hearts of the lads and lassies of the city and county. It told of his lack of heart balm business; that in fact he almost was in bankruptcy. lesieruay. uic tosu ~ stepped right up. and the till rang or.ce more as in the days of old. Register of Deeds Adrian Rhodes records show that four marriage licenses were issued to Wilming ton and county residents yester day, to top the record of any day during the past two weeks. They went to G. M. Maynard, 21, Council and Alleen JarreL, 21, Wilmington; Maurin E. Blanton, 21, Wilmington and Elise R. Wells, 18, Wilmington; Jerome Phillip Eck stein, Jr., 33, Savannah. Ga., and Melania Goodman, 23, Wilmington; and Robert Fennel, 34. Wilmington and Emma Rachell Hall, 35, alsc of Wilmington. LI an 1 IS biui m me icq uu divo'rce side of the ledger. But in formation leaking out of Sherif C. David Jones’' office has it tha business may be brief on that sids soon. MEASURE WOULD AID LANDLORDS Soaring Hog Prices Indi cate Bacon May Go To $1 Per Pound WASHINGTON, Feb 25— ;;P) —A senate subcommittee voted today to raise rents 10 per cent while soaring commodity prices brought talk of “dollar bacon” in Chicago and scared the New York stock market into a decline. Chairman Buck (R-Dell said the bill is intended to help compensate landlords for increased costs in curred “duriug the period of con trols when taxes and cost of gen eral upkeep have risen.” Senator Bricker (R-Ohio) ob served that other prices have clinched without a general rent in crease and said property owners are carrying a greater burden. He added that there are indications the housing shortage may be “pretty well over” by the end of the year. Tire third member voting “aye” was Senator Cain (R-Wash). Senator Sparkman (D-Ala), sub committee member, said it “will not be workable.” Senator Taylor (D-Idaho), who with Sparkman voted against the flat rent hike, declared it is not “a fair method of handling the problem.” All the senators’ comments were to reporters following a closed meeting. The subcommittee proposed to take controls off housing made .ready for occupancy after Feb. 1, and to decontrol housing wh'ch was not rented between Feb. 1, 1946. and Jan. 31, 1947. The bill would make violation of the legal rent figure subject to * $500 fine or triple damages, which ever is greater, with the sum be ing paid to-the tenant. Evictions would be put under the jurisdiction of state law with the proviso that there must be some reason for eviction other than simply a desire to terminate tenancy. The bill also would do this: 1. Decontrol hotel accommoda tions. 2. Take off ceilings where the rent is $225 or more after the 10 ! per cent increase is added. “Peo ple who pay this much need no protection,” Buck commented. 3. Allow rent to be increased in event improvements or repairs are made if the tenant agrees to th* increase. How'ever, if there is no advance agreement the tenant could not be evicted for failing to pay the increase. 4. Require the landlord to con tinue services which w'ere furnisn ed on the rent freeze dale! The day didn’t bring totally bad news for consumers, however. A Washington meeting of th* American Retail Federation heard , these declarations: By Chairman Jerome M. Ney of Ihe federation—“Prices are higher than consumers want to pay and (Continued on Page Two, Col. 4) BATE NAMED FOR COMMISSION MEET Action On Police Chief Ap pointment Expected At Thursday Session Action on the appointment of Sgt. P. J. Parish as chief of the Wilmington police department is expected at a meeting of the local I Civil Service Commission Thurs day night at eight o’clock, accord ing to an announcement last night by Norwood S. Westbrook, secre tary of the commission. At the same time Westbrook said that application forms to be used to fill vacancies on the poli&e force are scheduled to be ready for use Friday and said that copies may be obtained at police and fire headquarters Friday. He pointed out that there were several applications on record at the time the new form was drawn but said these names were remov ed from the list. Those who had their applications filed and who still wish to apply for positions on the force must complete the new blank and take the examinations again, he said. And So To Bed Force of habit, gentclmen, I in an invincible institution. By way of illustration, we cite you the case of a new comer to Wilmington. All his life this man has lived in one of North Carolina’s “dry” counties. He has been here only a few days. He was engaged yesterday in a street corner conversation witti an acquaintance, when, at one point in the conversa tion, the acquaintance remark ed: “I’ve got to go to Raleigh on business tomorrow. Want to ride with me?” “No”, said the newcomer. "Can’t make it, but—” 3 “But, what?” asked the ac quaintance. ; “Oh, nothing,” said the new comer, a trifle sheepishly. J “I started to ask you to bring t me back a bottle, but I happen g ed to remember that we have I ABC stores here.” a .