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WEATHER -- p —. forecast - b m m Served By Leased Wires '2SZXJXSZJZ1 ... " : iU ISr Ulff CS ASSOCIATED PRESS -1" 1 ._ ______„_. SlRSSi^- __HCiITd .united'press _ ~~ POOT 617V ©F AE36) IglUgAHjygm'fht State and National News | VOL. 19.—NO. 10. _ _40 PAGES TODAY __ WILMINGTON, N. C., SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 1947. PRICE-TEN CENTS # SECTION-A Vote Fraud Is Claimed In Georgia Atlanta Journal Makes Charge In Recent Gene Arnall Victory DEAD’ VOTES Even Non-Existent Persons ‘Balloted,’ According To Newspaper ATLANTA, Ga.. March 1.—(-?“)— Deatl persons, non-residents and even non-existent persons “voted” (or the late Eugene Talmadge and his son, Herman, for governor of Georgia in the general election of 1946,’the Atlanta Journal said to night. Reporting documentary evidence of irregularities in the Helena dis trict of Telfair County, home of (he Talmadges, the Journal said the votes had played a critical part i„ making Herman Talmadge eli gible for election by the legislature to the term of his dead father. Eugene Talmadge was unopposed as democratic nominee for gov-' ernor. When he died before in auguration, the legislature voided his 143.000 votes and elected his son. who was credited with 675 write-in ballots. Herman's write-in total was six more than that of his father's principal opponent in the democratic primary, James Car michael. and 38 more than the vote for a republican, D. Talmadge Bowers. Preliminary tabulations by the legislature placed Heiman in third place _ out of the running for governor — but last-minute d%; covery of additional Telfair vot«s put him ahead. Staff Writer George Goodwin of the Journal said he found Telfair returns listing at least two persons long dead, at least five who had moved away, and at least five who said they did not vote Nov. 5, 1946. Another dozen could not be found, he said. Goodwtn said all were among- 34 " names, listed alphabetically in the numbered record of voters as they appear at the polls. He said he began investigating because “it appeared impossible that 34 citi zens anywhere could have appear ed in alphabetical order, starting with ‘A' and-e.yiiag. Talmadge. when advised of the development, said: “You can quote me that the Journal still has run ning hydrophobia.” The Journal, in an exclusive itory which took over more than two-thirds of the front-page of its Sunday edition, said the tally sheet consolidated returns and the list of I (Continued on Page Two; Col. 6) Georgia’s Governors Ready For Showdown ATLANTA, Ga„ March 1.—(JP)— Georgia’s disputing governors will tell it to the Supreme Court next Thursday in a final showdown be tween Herman Talmadge and Lieut.-Gov. M. E.. Thompson. Decision of the state’s highest court, which may come before March 15. will end nearly two months of political turmoil in which rival “governors” have oc cupied the capitol. Three appeals, consolidated into a single case, will be heard by seven black-robed justices. The court has set a maximum of six hours oral argument, and expects to conclude thu hearing in one day. Heart of the dispute is this: Did Georgia’s legislature exceed its authority in voiding 143,000 votes cast for the late Eugene Talmadge as unopposed democratic nominee for governor in 1946, and did it err in electing his son, Herman Tal niadge. to adour-year term as gov ei'nor on the basis of a bare 675 write-in votes? Snow Storm Moving Up Eastern Coast NEW YORK. March l.-^p)_The "orm-staggered east, which has Wst finished digging itself out of ’ snowfall that was one of the w?rst m years, w'as struck by enter's fury again tonight. n snow al eadv coming down many seaboard areas, tile man said falls up to 10 .Ln’? oould be expected overnight ■d . jmorrow. plus sleet and rain, ev. 'Vork. where a 11.6 foot snow _lQl!T; late lasi week broke rec v®;v p0r ,’he past six years, and • e; s-tigiand were in for the worst of u The Weather M forecast c!oUfji ' -*u:,hna Sunday considerable .3/^''," and colder, some light rain in sin-'q b:'f* 'n,,v.’ Hurries in moun n- Sunday morning. H.a tcr;1 Stanoard Time) -Meten-ni * ’ Wpather Bureau) »nding ^gid data for the 24 hours 1 -30 . TEMPERATURES *'*S ni 4240: '::M a m- 1 P-m- 31; Nonnji11””11 VIil'imum 37: Mean 45; | M . HI MIDITY 1:2,1 Pun' loo* 7:M a m- 80; 1:30 P'm' 88; t0tai . J*RKCIPITATION •■0# inches ~4 hours enclinS 7:30 p.m. — '■’*°i4ch«™C ,lie £irst of the month - 4,0n 'II,ts 1 OR TODAY * Coas'. L™e Tables published by U. na Geodetic Survey). Wiimingto, ‘bgl* Low o:34 a.m. 12:05 a.m. 'k«nborr, r i . 5:33 P-m- 12:32 P-m 0 3:14 a.m. 9:50 a.m. Sii:iiiS(. I... , 3:43 p.m. 10:02 p.m. '1.Suns*; 6:09: Moonrise 1:14 r.i3:2! a.m. N- *• * «, Late Bulletins . BATAVIA, Java, Sunday, March 2.— (AP)—The American Liberty ship Martin Behrman, under the command of Captain Rudy Gray, Southport, N. C., escorted by a Dutch destroyer, arrived in Batavia har bor at dawn today after abandoning a plan to run a Dutch naval blockade with a multi-million dollar cargo of rubber, sugar and quinine for the United States. SHREVEPORT, La., March ;rA federal jury today found five white connect ion with the alleged lynching <\ ^‘. ^■‘Pserious ly injuring another near Mhgg^^ * • aKgust. The jury returned its verdict* ^ <A. ./fnours after beginning its deliberates#' : - LONDON, March 1. ^ —-Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin will sign B. Sin’s 50-year pact with France at Dunkerque March 4 while en route to Moscow where he will negotiate for revision of the Anglo-Soviet treaty and attend the Big Four Foreign Ministers con ference. NANKING, China, Sunday, March 2.—(UP)— Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, who took over the premiership of China just 24 hours ago, predicted today that China would achieve unity in six months to a year. Union Head Denies Communism Issue WASHINGTON, March 1.— (AP)—R. J. Thomas, vice president of the CIO United Auto Workers, told the House Labor Committee today he has been in charge of the Allis Ohalmers strike since November and “believe me, the issue is not communism.” * Larlier, Robert Buse, president of UAW Local 248 which has been on strike against Allis Chalmers at Milwaukee for ten months, tes tified that he signed a communist nominating petition last year but denied that he is a communist or that the local is “communistically led.” Bwse said, he, fellow officers of the union and “everybody else on the picket line” signed the peti tion in behalf of a communist can didate for governor of Wisconsin. Thomas contended the strike — which the company says has cost some $70,000,000 plus $18,000,000 in lost wages — is a “straight labor management dispute” caused by the “failure of the company” to bargain collectively. The husky Thomas tangled ver bally with Rep. Hoffman (R-Mich). Once when Hoffman cut his an swer short, Thomas said loudly: “My God, it seems to me an ordinary citizen of the United States is » entitled to some courtesy.” Thomas had strong language too (Continued on Page Two; Col. 8) Truman Prepares Major Speech For Texas Visit WASHINGTON, March 1.— (AP)—President Truman today finished writing a major speech he will deliver at Waco, Texas, next Thursday and ordered his bags packed for a three-day good-will visit to Mexico. —— BOND-CASHING ACTION PUSHED Betition Drafted Demand ing Speedy House Vote On GI Leave Bends WASHINGTON, March 1.—VP)— Rep. Dwight L. Rogers (D-Fla) to day drafted a “discharge petition” to force a speedy House vote on cashing n o w the $2,150,000,000 worth of bonds being issued to ex GI’s for termiral leave pay and predicted strong republican sup port. Bills Dy Rogers and others are pending in the House Armed Serv ices Committee which has taken no action so far. The petition, if sign ed by 218 House members, would discharge the committee consider ing Rogers’ bill and Wring it direct ly +o the floor for action. “I may file the petition next week,” Rogers told newsmen. “There will®be no trouble obtaining the 218 signatures because all of us recognize the unfairness of the 1946 requirement for payment in bonds, which the Senate wrote into the law over House opposition.” Rogers recalled that Speaker Martin (R-Mass) was among the republicans who fought the bond provision last year and favored cash instead. Last July 31 Martin told the House: “The next Congress will see the injustice is corrected. Eventually, the American people will see that fair play prevails.” it me wearaer. is not too baa, he will take off by plane at 8 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) to morrow for a visit at Grand View, Mo., with his 94-year-old mother, abed with , a fractured hip, and leave tor Mexico City early Mon day morning. There is a possibility that heavy snows in the midwest may cause a cancellation of the Missouri trip. In that event, he would delay his departure from Washington un til Sunday night. It is an eight-hour flight direct from Washington to Mexico City, where he is due Monday morning. The Waco address, which will deal with both foreign and domes tic affairs and require 25 minutes to deliver, will be made at 1 p.m. (EST) Thursday on the President’s return flight from Mexico City. Mr. Truman will receive an honor ary degree at Waco from Baylor university. The flight to Mexico will take Mr. Truman out of the United States for the first time since Au gust when he cruised to Bermuda during a vacation. On his return here Thursday night he will have only a brief stay before taking off on another trip by plane and ship for visits to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Is lands. He will spend 16 days on that trip, including a three-night stop ashore at the submarine base at Key West Fla., March 8-10. The Waco speech will be the second the President will deliver on his Mexican trip. His first will come Monday night in Mexico City when he responds to a wel coming address by President Mi guel Aleman at a state dinner at the national palace. Strike Notices Filed By Telephone Workers By The Associated Press Thirty-day strike notices involv ing more than 140.000 telephone company workers were on file in at least 35 states today, and their union president accused the em ployers of “stalling” in negotiations in the hope congress would give them “a bargaining advantage.” The telephone industry “seems almost to want to push us into a nationwide telephone strike, a strike our whole program set up last November is intended to avoid,” Joseph A, Beirne, president of the National Federation of Tele phone Workers, said in- Washing ton. Beirne issued his statement after another union spokesman describ ed the individual strike notices as part of a “coordinated program" of the union. However, some union sources regarded the strike notices as a mere formality, in keeping the ac tion of the union's national conven tion in Denver last November. The convention approved Apri’ 7 as the date for a nationwide telephone strike in the event such action was needed to obtain 1947 contract de mands. In recent testimony before a Sen ate Labor Committee, Beirne hint ed there might be no strike, saying, “personally, I would be inclined to arbitrate rather than call a strike.” 1 The union’* Denver convention' decided that unions affiliated with the NFTW would file strike notices by March 1 if they had made no progress in their individual negotia tions with the telephone companies. The Denver plan also provided that the independent NFTW would be dissolved in June and replaced with the Independent Communication Workers of America. A body which would bargaining nationally for members, a union spokesman said. “After over a month of continu ous bargaining not one Bell Tele phone company has offered a penny of wage increases.” Beirne said. •They have rejected all our pro posals for union shop, shortened apprentice periods, narrowing of wage differences between large and small towns and have refuse , consider improvements in vacations and pensions. ‘‘On the contray they are trying to move backward in contract mat ters and seek to return to condi tions as they existed 10 years ago berore the indus'ry was organized.” The union said strike notices under the Smith-Connal’y act had been filed in Alabama, Georga, Florida. Louisiana, Mississippi. North and South Carolina. Tennes see, New York, New Jersey, Illi nois, Indiana, Iow7a, Nebraska. North and South Dakota. Ohio. Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, (Continued on Page 12; Col. 6) ARMY LA W THREA TENS HOL Y LAND; ALL OUT WAR LOOMS FOR CHINA; . U. S. TQ AID BRITAIN IN GREECE - M ~ _ Chiang Gets Full Control Of Chinese T. V. Soong Resigns In Face Of Sharp Legisla tive Criticism CRISES AHEAD Nation’s Future Appears At Stake As New Premier Takes Over NANKING, March 1—OT—Gene relissmo Chiang Ki-Shek took over the premiership of China to night and appeared to be heading his people toward all out war to settle the communist question once and for all. Chiang assumed the premiership eight hours before his brother in law, T. V. Soong, suddenly resign ed in the face of sharp criticism in the Legislative Yuan of his economic policies. With communist delegates under orders to get out of government territory before Wednesday and the armies of both factions ma neuvering for decisive battles on SHANGHAI, March 1.—(£>>— The China press, Chinese-own ed English language news paper, sadi tonightthe Shanghai paper, said tonight he Shanghai ghai office of the foreign min istry had been instructed to is sue no more passports for Chi nese wishing to leave China. There was no explanation but there was speculation that it might be an attempt to prevent flight of anti-government ele ments. fronts"' stretching from central China to the heart of Manchuria, Chiang this assumed complete powers in the government at a time when China's future appeared to be at stake. Many quarters predicted a ma jor shakeup in the government, possibly an anti-communist eola tion including minority parties. The Supreme National Defense Council, with Chiang presiding, appointed him acting premier “until such time as Soong's suc cessor is selected.” Chiang already is President of the Republic. He is expected to announce shortly the appointment of Gen. Chang Chun as Vice-Premier. Chang returned recently from the United States, where he obtained medical treatment, visited Presi dent Truman and indulged his fondness for ice cream. Informed sources said that both Cheng and Sun Fo, president of the Legislative Yuan, had de clined the premiership. The same sources said Chiang had determined on Soong's re placement several days ago be cause of steadily mounting com plaints against Soong's ineffective (Continued on Page 12; Col. 4) Five Men Arrested, Illegal Guns Seized NEW ORLEANS, March 1—UP) —Treasury Department agents to day announced the arrest of five men in connection with a cache of guns, amunition and grenades which the officers said were destin ed for shipment to Latip America. F. C. Farrell, district supervisor of the Treasury Department’s Alcohol Tax'—Unit, listed those ar rested as William I. Marsalis, 42, former AAF lieutenant colonel; Claude R. Eatherly, former AAF major and B-29 pilot; Alfred Sage, 46, ex-captain of the’ Quatermaster Corp; A. R- S. Philip and George W. Rappleyea. CARLISLE, Pa., March 1.— UP)— A 26-year-o 1 d father was quoted by state police today as admit ting he poured kerosene over his three children and burned them to death. Corp. Erwin W. Arms said Syl vester B. Wilson, jailed to await court action on arson and murder charges, said the man declared in a statement: “I had intended to burn myself up with the children but I lost my nerve when I saw the fire.’ The flames destroyed the Wil son cabin home on Christmas day of 1945 killing Emma Mae. 4 Pearl Ruth, 3, and Sylvester B. Wilson, Jr., 2. Wilson’s arrest, stated Arms, came after investigation of the fire was reopened on complaint of neighbors and relatives. Domestic .difficulties had preyed on the Ifather’i mind before the fire, American Foreign Policy May See Historic Change By The Associated Press WASHINGTON, March 1.—(fP)— The United States has agreed in principle, diplomatic sources said today, to help impoverished Brit ain shoulder the load in Greece— a move which may bring an his toric change in American foreign policy.' The decision was reported made by the administration after a can vass of key congressional figures notwithstanding opposition voiced by some congressmen of both par ties. The American reply to a Brit ish note requesting the action, dip lomatic informants said, was hand ed to Lord Inverchapel, the British ambassador, at a 25-minute con ference at the State Departmen this morning with Undersecretary of State Dean Acheson, held at the latter’s summons. The informants described the U. S. reply as “favorable in prin ciple.’’ It is understood to be con ditioned upon Britain’s retaining her 10,000 troops in Greece to help uphold the government, with the United States—subject o congres sional approval—helping to bear most of the cost. The undertaking may entail ad vancing some $250,000,000 this year, by authoritative estimate, with further but smaller outlays later. Exact estimates remain to be worked out, along with details of any legislation which may be necessary besides the appropria tions. A next step apparently would be for President Truman to make public the program. He would have an opportunity to do this next Thursday, when he is scheduled to deliver an address at Waco. Tex., en route home from Mexico. Offi cials have described it as a “major speech” on both domestic and for eign affairs. It already has been drafted. For the United States to step di rectly into he itnernal affairs of Greece would constitute a depar ture from long-standing American policy, and apparently would be designed to bulwark Britain in a stand against he spread of Rus sian influence throughout southern Europe. The United States has interested itself in the past in the affairs of (Continued on Page 12; Col. 4) LOCAL MAN HELD IN GUN ATTACK $10,000 Bond Set; Victim Is Reported In Critical Condition Wilmington police last night jail ed Bennie Wilkins, of 1013 S. Sec ond street, and placed him under a $10,000 bond, for shooting, and critically wounding Bill Flowers, 205 Meares street, about 1:30 p. nr, yesterday. Police reports show that investi gating officers arrived at 1015 S. Second street, where the shooting occurred, and found Bill Flowers suffering from a pistol wound in the lower right side of his stomach. Flowers, when questioned by in vestigators, informed them of his assailant’s identity and where abouts, resulting in the arrest of Wilkins. Wilkins readiiy admitted the shooting saynig that he did so oh/y 'Wien Flowers refused to leave his mother’s premises at his re quest, but confessed that his mother had asked Flowers to come to her house to cut firewood, police reported. According to a neighbor, whose house adjourns the Wilkins homd' on Meares street, and who report edly saw part of the fracas, Flow ers and Wilkins were fighting over possession of a car tool. Approaching, the neighbor got within earshot of the tussle and heard Flowers declare. “I’ll call the law.” The witness then said Wilkins got up, brushed the dirt from his clothes and entered his house, after hearing his wife call to .him. Wil (Continued on Page 12; Col. 7) REDS ‘CAPTURE’ TWO AMERICANS Army Officers Reported Seized By Communists In Fighting Zone WASHINGTON. M a r. 1. — VP)— The War Department reported to day that two American arftny of ficers have been seized by Chinese communists in an area of Manchuria where heavy fighting' is going on between communists and nationalist troops. A brief message from the American military attache at Nanking said, without further ex planation. that the officers were “captured” by the communists on March 1 (February 28, U. S. time). The two—Maj. Robert B. Rigg of Chicago and Capt. John W. Collins erf Evanston. 111. — are both assistant military attaches at Nanking. Lacking details, officials here were uncertain what proce dure would be followed to obtain release of the men. Three Children Cremated By Father, 26, In Rage added the officer, and the couple later obtained a divorce. Arms said the statement re lated Mrs. Wilson had gone to a neighbor’s home after asking her husband to replenish the fuel sup ply i n kerosene stoves at their cabin 1 5 miles from here. The statement continued: “Some of the children pulled the can of kerosene over, spilling some of it. I got mad and poured kerosene over the children and the room until the can was empty. I walked into the living room and put the empty can on the floor. “I then stuffed a burlap bag in the ash receiver ot the range and watched it catch fire and spread into the kerosene soaked room. I had intended to burn myself up with the children but I lost my nerve when I saw the fire. 1 ran outside and watched me f.:e. After a while I tried to break through the flames to sav« the children but I couldn’t.” Institute Speaker DR. HORNELE HART PTS INSTITUTE PLANS READIED Family Life To Be Theme Of Three-Day Community Meetings In Schools The annual meeting of the Cop operative Community Family Life Institute, Wilmington will convene here tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the New Hanover Hign school au ditorium lor a three-day session, it was announced yesterday. The meeting intended for par ents, teachers and students of the city has as its theme “Whither Family Life — Shock Absorber For Social Change.” Featured speaker will be Dr. Hornell Hart, Duke University professor who will initiate the speeches and discussions Mon day morning with an address on the subject, at which time he will point out its various phases us they apply to the everyday life oil residents. On Tuesday Dr. Hart will ad dress the student body of New Hanover High at 8:40 a.m., following which he will speak to the students of Williston High school at 10:40 a.m. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. a “parents symposium'’ will be held in the New Hanover High school auditorium. Lunch at the school cafeteria will be served at 1 o'clock. At six p. m. Dr. Hart will make an address and lead a discussion (Continued on Page Two; Col. 6) 269 REGISTER FOR E CTION Carolina Beach Precinct Fails To Make Report To Complete Figure The returns of the first day’s registration of the special election to be held for the construction of the Wilmington Red Cross Sana torium, totaled 269, according to an announcement last night by Addison Hewlett, chairman of the county commissioners. This figure doesn’t include the re turns for Carolina Beach, as the information from this precinct was not available. For those who have not register ed for this election, the registrar’s office will receive registrations on March 8 and 15. The electionXis scheduled to be held on March 25, at which time the proposed Junior College will also be voted on. It has ben brought to the at tention of the public, that the $100, 000 to be apropriated for the con struction of the sanatorium would be withdrawn from the sum former ly added to the Capital Reserve Fund. No tax levy or bond issuance will be required for this building, as the election is being held pri marily to give the Board of County Commisioners permission to use the $100,000 for this purpose. Star-Newsreel Show Honors Pender County Continuing the weekly radio series featuring the counties of Southeastern North Carolina, the Star-News will present the Sunday Star-Newsreel today at 1:30 p. m. over Radio Station WMFD with a salute to Pender County. The program will give interest ing highlights of the county's his tory, as well as it’s past progress. A number of the leading citizens will be present and interviewed during the broadcast. As a special feature Mrs. Milton Humphry, well known vocalist of Burgaw. will render her own arrangement of the Indian Love Call.” Other soloists appearing on the program include W. O. Page, Jr., and Miss Mary Henri Wolfe. The program is written, directed, and narrated by Ben McDonald, Star-News round the town reporter. 1947 Red Cross Fund Drive Starts Tuesday The 1947 Red Cross Fund cam paign for $21,253 to be used during the coming year for services to the community gets under way Tuesday morning following a series of kickoff meetings tomor row. Over $7,000 of this year’s quota will be used within New7 Hanover county to carry on the local chap ter work, according to J. H. Cars well, chairman of ■ the drive. Meeting at 11 a.m. in the Tide water Assembly hall will be the workers of the Downtown division which is headed by Hal J. Love. Both the Residential and Coun ty divisions will meet at the same hour in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Parish house. The division* chair man are Mrs. Lester W. Preston and Mrs. H. M. Wellott, respec tively. Employes of the Wilming ton Furniture company were the first to report in the Commercial division with 210 per cent of then goal raised. Robert Dannenbaum. chairman of the division an nounced yesterday. O'.her division chairmen named by co-chairmen J. H. Carswell and N. A. . Avera are C. S. Morse, Railroads; Robert P. Andrews. In dustrial: L. S. Hubbard, Jr., Pub lic Service; H. R. Emory, Public Employes; Dr. L. W. Upperman, Negro; and . Irs. Bernice Stellings, RED CROSS SETS ‘PEP’ MEETINGS Kick-off meetings scheduled by the Wilmington chapter, of the American Red Ctoss are as follows: Women’s Residential and County; .. St. Paul’s Lutheran parish house; 6th and Princess streets, 11 a.m., Monday. Men’s Downtown Division; Tide Water Assembly room, 11 a.m., Monday. --—~~ co-chairman of the Residential di vision. A. S. Grist is chairman of the Public Information committee. A. S. Grist is chairman of the Public Information committee. Carswell outlined the importance of the Wilmington Red Cross chap ter’s work and pointed out the five phases of work at home— home nursing Junior Red Cross, disaster relief, home service and first aid. The chairman explained that the Red Cross teaches the fundament als of home nursing to many citi zens. Mothers and high school girls learn how to care for simple ill nesses, and how to follow the doc (Continued on Page 12; Gol. S) 19 Killed, 23 Injured In Outbreak Troops On ‘Martial Law Footing’ Press Search For Terrorists CLUB BOMBED Important Order Is Expect ed To Bring On Full Military Control By The Associated Press JERUSALEM, Sunday, March S. —Nineteen persons were killed and at least 23 wounded yesterday in *. bloody eruption of violence in the Holy Land, and declaration of martial law appeared only hours away today as the full might of the British military fanned out through northern Palestine in a search for terrorist gunners and bomb throwers. The British brigadier command ing the Lydda district told Mayor Israel Rokuch of Tel Aviv that the army would occupy Tel Aviv. Petah Tiqvah and Ramat Gan at 4 a. m. (10 p. m., EST Saturday). The move was interpreted, as were strict curfews decreed in other communities, as the first imple mentation of martial law. A public information officer said an “important communique,” gen erally believed to be imposition of martial law, would be released simultaneously here and in London at 8 a. m. (1 a. m. Eastern Stand ard Time). Sixteen persons were killed and at least 14 wounded yesterday aft ernoon as the terrorists opened Palestine’s bloodiest series of at tacks .since last July by bomhjng a British officer#’ «4«b in Jeru salem. Throughout the rest of the day and night other attacks fol lowed in rapid succession along the north Palestine coast. Irgun Zvai Leumi, the under ground Jewish resistance organiza tion, broadcast a statement that It was responsible for all the at tacks and declared that Irgun would “welcome the war which i# bound to come before we can gain our freedom.” Much of the British military ac tivity—the soldiers themselves say ing they already were on "martial law footing”—was cloaked in dark ness as the terrorists cut a trunk power line at Kfar Sirkn last night, throwing all the coastal area north of Tel Aviv into, blackness. The attackers mined a jeep on the Carmel road near Haifa, kill ing two persons and injuring twos staged an artillery and machine gun raid on an army camp at Beit Lid, near Nathanya, killing a British corporal and wounding two other soldiers, and wounded a soldier in a truck mining near Tulkarm, 20 miles east of Nath anya. Four other persons were wound ed when trucks struck mines «it undisclosed places. An army camp at Kfar Iona, near Nathanya, wa# attacked, but casualties were not reported; several vehicles were wrecked in the bombing of a naval parking lot near the Haifa water front; a mortar shell exploded at Hadera, on the coast between Haifa and Nathanya, and a water pumping station at Ras Et Ein was put "under fire.” The issuing of the martial law decree was generally expected throughout the country following an emergency conference last night between Gen. G. H. A. Mac Millan, British army commander in Palestine, and Sir Alan Cun ningham, the high commissioner, in Jerusalem. Irgun, which posted notices in Tel Aviv demanding a “civil pro test strike” by all Palestine Jews, said yesterday the bombing of the Jerusalem officers’ club was in retaliation for British attacks "on our brothers yesterday at Haifa in which some of our people were killed” and also to prove to British forces that they "cannot escape our soldiers in their fight for free dom no matter what elaborate precautions they take.” Earlier this week British sail ors intercepted a Jewish refugee ship which ran aground near Haifa. Although the uncertified immigrants were removed to Brit ish deportation ships, there were (Continued on Page 12; Col. 2) Advertising Group Names New Officers WINSTON-SALEM, March 1.—(A*) —C. W. Paterson, Jr., of the High Point Enterprise, today was elect ed president ol the Carolina Ad vertising Executies Association in its final business session here. Other officials named included; Lee Rickard, Anderson (S. C.) Independent and Daily Mail, first vice-president; Rex Freeman, Win ston-Salem Journal and Sentinel, second vice-president; and John Roberts, Jr., Fayetteville Observer, secretary anjd treasurer. New di rectors for the coming year arc R. IM. Foifville, Burlington Times News; and R. H. Carson, Raleifll I News and Observer.