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Wise of San Diego, Calif.; Army Staff Sergeant Louis Mendoza of Deming, New Mexico, stationed at El Paso. Tex.; and Chief Commissary Steward Harley R. Moon of Raymondville, Tex., on dutv at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Base. Lt. Comdr. Little, who received the Silver Star for bravery' on Ba taan, lists Tucson, Ariz., and Decatur, Illinois, as home addresses. Trask Indicates Change In Airport Management By GIL SMITH Star-News Staff Writer The possibility of the management of Bluethenthal air port being returned to an airport committee, under the jurisdiction of the New Hanover Board of County Com missioners, was indicated last night when George Trask, commissioner, said he favored such a change of policy. The statement by Trask was made shortly after three members of the Wilmington-New Hanover Airport authority resigned yesterday in a surprise movement. NEWSMEN BARRED by err/ GROUP Legislators Meet With Fire, Police Committees On CSC Changes “In accord” was the only re port released following a two and one-hali hour discussion last night by City Manager J. R. Benson and committees from the police and fire departments on proposed changes in the Civil Service com mission regulations. Reporters were barred from the council chamber where the goup met with Senator Alton B. Len non and Representative Robert Kermon. Benson’s statement following the meeting was simply: t "The committees and City Man ner reached a tentative agree ment noon the proposed amend ments and a biii will be drafted in accordance with the agree ment for final approval of the two committees and the governing body of the city, at which time it will be made public.” Lennon and Kermon had been asked to meet with the commit tees to discuss the resolution which had been adopted by the city council at a meeting on Feb. 28, but Benson said “the legisla tors had nothing to say, but listen ed and knew that the group was in complete harmony.” Benson repeated that no state ment would be made other than that these changes tVould not re *Continued on Page Two, Col. 2) Truman Says Mexican Trip May Bring Others WASHINGTON, March 8.—(/P)— President Truman's whirlwind visit Mexico City this week may set ’he pattern for future good-wili missions in the Western hemi sphere and stimulate trade below me border. His visit, he told one gathering newspapermen, may be followed by calls on “several other” Latin American nations. Previously, he had expressed a desire to visit Canada. The international emergency ■'■hich brought a postponement Fri day of plans to cruise the Carib bean and call at Puerto Rican. Cuban and Virgin Island ports did >iot banish the desire to make othei good-win missions." College President Dies In Louisburg louisburg. n. c.. March. 8. ~ ‘-d’1 — Dr. Waiter Patten, presi , ‘ of Louisbuig college, died •mddenly late this afternoon of a 'eart attack. Dr. Patten, an im portant figure in North Carolina •ongious circles, is survived by widow: three sons, Paul R. d'ten of Mount Olive. Lawrence • ha le‘! °f San Antonio, Texas, and 1 Rev. Brooks Patten of Sted •an. two daughters. Mrs. William of Bristol, Tenn., and •I®-. Kempton Jones of Roch jj1.1 Y.; two brothers, w RaUen of New York and Fla IU§|nn Patten oi Palm Harbor. i A and two sisters, Mrs. Faison , i ;;or oik and Mrs. H. J. Pope 1 M°unt olive. However the sudden resignation of the three members came only as a partial surprise to Wilming tonians who have followed the drama which has unfolded in the past weeks as the authority at tempted to gain county support in improving Bluethenthal airport. The surprising element was that the members jumped the gun, and took their hands out of the airport fire before the joint authority-com missioners meeting slated for next Wednesday. But, the resignations have been expected for some time, as au thority members have openly de clared they lacked any power to do the things the board had been set up to do originally. Last night, Hamilton Hicks, sole remaining member of the authority after its chairman Albert Perry and Lenox Cooper and Hargrove Bellamy tendered their resigna tions yesterday afternoon, said, “I have no comment to make.” He declined to say whether he would or would not follow his former board members’ path. Until Hicks resigns, there is an authority, and while there is an authority, the employes at Blue thenthal field have a job. They were hired by the authority, and unless Hicks resigns, the next move' is up to the county, it was indicated. Along these lines, Trask, last night said he was in favor of re turning the operation of Bluethen thal to the commission’s airport committee, consisting of Harry Gardner, James Hall, and chair man Addison Hewlett. Asked if he meant the management of the field, he replied, “Yes.” “I believe the country could save from five to ten thousand dollars a year, if the committee runs things at the airport,” Trask told the Star-News, “we've spent too much money for management, and too little for actual work.” Asked how the county would save money. Trask replied: “Well, I understand they have a manager who draws a salary of $4,200 a year.” J-esse Parker is the present man ager of Bluethenthal, and has five employes ' working under him, all of whom were given their jobs by the airport authority, it was learned. ■ Trask declined to say who would manage Bluethenthal if the air port committee took over the oper (Continued on Page Two, Col. 2) PRESS BARRED FROM HEARING Wilmington Man To Testify In Washington Atrocity Charge Trial Wilmington Star-News Washington Bureau WASHINGTON, March 8—Press and public were barred today from the +'-ial of Lieutenant Com mander Edward N. Little, a Ba taan veteran who is facing a Navy court martial on charges of alleg ed complicity in mistreatment of comrades in Japanese prison camps. After two days of debate, during which the issue was passed up to the Secretary of the Navy and back again, the court martial de cided today not to let the public hear the testimony to be given by about 50 of Little’s former fel low-prisoners. Among them are two North Car olianians army recruiting sergeant Creston Rowland of Raleigh, sta tioned at Wilmington, and his cousin, former corporal Cohen Rowland of Route one. Varina. First witnesses, including Ches ton Rowland, are expected to go on the stand Monday. They bad been scheduled to talk this week ! but the debate over closing the I courtroom caused the delay. Two Killed In Plane Crash At Burlington BURLINGTON, N. C. March 8 —(JP)— Two persons were instant ly killed and another was slightly injured when a twin-engined Ces sna plane belonging to the Haw thorne Flying Service of Greens boro crashed approximately 18 miles north of here off the Reids ville highway on the Alamance Caswell county line near 1 o'clock this morning. The dead are Frank Shreiner of Greensboro, a pilot of the flying service who was at the controls when the crash occurred, and Miss Margaret Jo Brock, whose add ess was given as Farmington, in Dav.e county near Winston Salem. Star-News To Salute Bladen County Today In the fifth of a series of Sun day radio visits by the Sunday Star-Newsreel Bladen will be salut ed. The program is written directed and narrated by Ben McDonald, Star-News round the town re porter, and will describe the in dustries agriculture, history and present potentialities for iuture growth. Featured soloist will be Louis Vought of Elizabethtown, who will be accompanied by Mrs. Denham. 1847 Red Cross Fund Drive Hi t ting Stride The 1947 Fund campaign of the Wilmington Chapter, American Red Cross began to hit it’s stride dur ing the past ,two days, passing its half way mark last night with $11, 043 76 contributed. Over half the original quota ot S21.253 has been contributed, ac cording to Co-chairmen C. S. Cars well and N A. Avera who express ed the belief last night that all divisions of the campaign will re port quotas being met before the week is over. The local campaign opened last Monday and is scheduled to close Friday. Avera said that ‘ if the campaign continues on its present tempo, the goal will be met be fore the closing date.” The advanced gifts group and the railroad division have reached ap proximately 75 per cent of their goals. Biggest spurt in the drive during i the week was the downtown| division, headed by Hal Love, re porting $577.50 of a S900 soliciation drive. The residential division headed by Mrs. Lester VV. Preston, report ing approximately one third of its goal, and the public employes' di vision headed by H. R. Emory with roughly 55 per cent of its goal collected were other leaders in the county-wide campaign. There had been no report from the county or Negro divisions, the co-chairmen said, but said that in dications now are that they are doing well and are expected tc respond favorably by Monday. Still lagging are the industrial, commercial and public service di visions, according to officials, and these groups are handicapped by organization of employe-soliciation in our industrial plants which re quires a longer time to get started (Continued on Page Two. Col. 5) VIOLENCE FLARES IN TEL A V1V 4^-AS FIVE DIE AMIDST RIOTING; SOUTH EUROPE SHOWDOWN SEEN Washington Preparing For Parley Truman Will Probably An nounce Procedure For Dealing With Greece historkTdebate Congressmen Withhold Comment On What Should Be Done With Appeal WASHINGTON, March 8—!A>)— Rumblings of a prospective his toric debate over America’s role in southern Europe sounded today as the administration gathered last-minute reports on Britain’s position in preparation for a Mon day showdown on its course. Worn from the White House was that President Truman probably will announce then, after a confer ence with 15 congressional lead ers, his procedure for dealing with the Greek situation — per haps a message to a joint session of congress or a radio broadcast to the nation. Arrangements were made for the entire senate Republican mem bership to hear a report on the international developments Mon day night from Senator Vanden berg (R-Mich), chairman of the foreign relations committee and GOP leader on international mat ters. In advance of the Monday meet ing at the White H .use, most con gressmen withheld comment on what ought or ought not to be done in the face of Greece’s ap peal for aid and impoverished Britain’s prospective retrenchment. Among these was Senator Taft (R-Ohiol, chairman of the GOP policy committee who arranged the party’s senatorial conference. On the other side, Lewis W. Douglas, ambassador to Britain, said that “the position and wel fare of Britain and the British Commonwealth of Nations is no less significant to the vital nation al interests of the United States during these critical times than they were during the war.” He conferred with the president and announced plans to sail next Sat urday. In addition to aid for Greece — with its indirect assistance to Tur key — many diplomats and con gressmen expected Mr. Truman to ask for a direct American prop un der Turkey. That idea drew its background from the fact that Turkish economy is under heavy strain supporting an army which has been on a vir tual war footing since the outbreak of European hostilities. Some reports indicated the Turks had as much as 85 percent of their available manpower backing up their northern border against Rus sian demands for a strategic posi tion on the Dardanelles. Most of the talk about Turkey (Contlnued^on Page Two, Col. 1) Senate Group Votes 10-3 To Continue Sugar Ration WASHINGTON, March, 8. — OP) — Another year of rationing and price Ceilings on sugar was rec commended by the Senate Bank ing committee today on a 10 to 3 vote. The committee proposed that the Department of Agriculture lake over the job from OPA. Four Republicans and six Demo crats on the Senate Banking com mittee voted to extend sugar con trols until March 31, 1948. Three Republicans voted no. Committee witnesses have pre dicted that retail sugar might jump to 30 or 40 cents a pound if controls were allowed to ex pire. Retail prices now range from 8 to 9 cents. Acting chairman Flan ders (R-VT) told reporters that secretary of agriculture Ander son had told the committee rhat supplies will be large enough to assure that housewives can buy the full 35 pounds per ration book this year—10 more pounds per person than last year—if controls were extended. Flanders also noted that under the extension bill the secretary of agriculture must remove the con trols if he finds that domestic and world supplies of sugar will permit this at anytime during the next 12 months. “We are working against a deadline on this,” Flanders said be cause wartime rationing authority will expire at the end of this month unless extended. Republican congressional leaders have the sugar control bill near the top of their legislative work li st. The committee action today brought another split in Republican ranks and came after a closed door session which senaturs pre sent described as “very argu mentative at times.” The three Republican votes against the bill were cast by Senators Bricker of Ohio. Buck of Delaware and McCarthy of Wisconsin. Voting for the extension were Senators Flanders Tobey (R-NH), Capehart (R-Ind), Cain (R-Wash), Wagner (D-NY). Maybank (D-SC) Sparkman (D-Ala), Fulbright (D Ark), Taylor (O-Idaho), and Robertson (D-Va). Support for the extension of con trols came from government of ficial* and numerous trade rep resentatives of sugar retiners, bakers, candy manufacturers and small bottling works. Opponents complained that the system of allocating sugar on a basis of past use tended to create monopolies that prevented entry of new business or expansions among industrial users. PACT AGAINST GERMANY SEEN Marshall Declares United States Wants Iron-Clad Peace Guarantee BERLIN, March 8.—M3)—Secre tary of State George C. Marshall indicated today that a prime Amer ican objective in Moscow will be adoption of a four-power pact against Germany in order to give an iron-claR guarantee ot the world that the United States intends to maintain her responsibilities in Europe. He emphasized at a news con ference that* such a treaty would provide a political framework with in. which the Untied States, Brit ain, France and Russia might develop the final peace pact with Germany. It would clear away many of the difficulties now block ing allietd peace settlements for Germany and Austria, he haid. He stressed strongly the need for such a pact, which James F. Byrnes, former Secretary of State, proposed originally tor a za-year period. Marshall recalled that So viet Foreign Minister V. M. Molo tov suggested informally later that the period be extended to 40 years. Saying that considerable doubt remained in Europe about the dura bility of American foreign policy and willingness to maintain respon sibilities in Europe, Marshall de clared adoption of a 40-year pact would prove to the world that the United States intended to continue her present role as an active parti cipant in European affairs. He attached importance to such a treaty in guaranteeing that Ger many would not rearm and insur ing immediate joint action against Germany in case the need ever arises. The American secretary plans to leave tomorrow morning for Mos cow where the Four-Power foreign ministers’ conference will take up on Monday the peace treaties for Austria and Germany. Parish Services Set; Friday Interview Cited FARISH Funeral serv ices for Philip J. Parish, former police sergeant of the Wilmington police force who ■ was found dead j 100 yards off ! lonely Communi | ty Drive, Green : field Park Fri j d a y afternoon i will be held from the Temple Bap tist church tomorrow aiternoon at three o’clock. John Ward of Ward’s Funeral home said the body will lie in state at the church tomorrow aft ernoon from 1 to 3 o'clock. The Rev. W. J. Stephenson, pas tor of the church will officiate and burial will follow in the Oakdale cemetery. Wilmington Lodge 319, AF and AM will render Masonic rites. Honorary pallbearers will be the Drum and Bugle corps of the Su dan Temple, Parish's fellow work ers of the police department, City Manager J. R. Benson, W. Thomas Brown and Dr. James F. Robert son. Parish who was named to suc ceed former Chief Charles H. Cesteen as head of the local po lice department, had been in ill health prior to his death Friday. His doctors said he had been suf fering from a nervous condition, and he had returned to his home, 1764, Carolina avenue, from James Walker Memorial hospital where he had beer a patient. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. A. R. Parish. Sr., his wife Mrs. Ethel George Parish and a daughter Sara Beth. Two brothers, Bradle/ of the iU. S. Army and A. R., a police 'officer here, also survive. By DAVID PETERSON Star-News Staff Writer The news of the death of Police Sergeant Phil J. Parish came as a shock to this reporter Friday night since I had talked to him by telephone at 1 o’clock that afternoon. His daughter answered the tele phone and she seemed in high spirits indicating that the family was not depressed over any im pending unhappiness. She called her “daddy” to the phone, and he spoke pleasantly and seemingly without worry. When asked how he felt, Parish replied, “I feel alright, but I’m a little weak from being in bed s° long. I guess I’ll feel better after staying up a little while.” His voice and manner were per fectly normal, and in remembering this, it doesn’t seem possible that such a thing could have happened. .tie talked ireeiy about ms re turn to his duties, and actually be came emphatic when asked if he entertained any doubt concerning his return to the post of chief. “I sure am coming back to work, and I expect to about the middle of next week.” ‘‘The doctor is coming this af ternoon to give me the report on my condition, and I don’t think it will be more than three or four days before I’ll be ready for my job.” Parish was anxious for the men of the department to know that he appreciated the wa.v his duties were being taken care of in his absence. To my knowledge, he didn't ex tend his appreciation after he made this statement, so this opportunity will be taken to inform the men of the Wilmington police, that Phil was sincerely pleased and grate ful for the cooperation he had re j ceived. [(Continued on Page Two; Col, S) Russia’s Plan May Break Deadlock Of Great Powers MOSCOW, March 8.— (AP)—Belief was strengthened in the Russian capital tonight that the Soviet Union might come forward with a plan for Germany that would be a positive move towards breaking what appeared on the eve of the big four foreign ministers’ conference to be a dead lock between the great powers. This belief, it should be added, came from Russian sources. In contrast to the pessimism in the American and British delega tions over chances for success at Moscow, there was a spirit of so ber optimism among the Russians over the prospect of arriving at cone rete decisions. Definitely, there was no pessimism among the Soviet delegation. Only one visiting foreign minis ter was on hand tonight, Britain’s Ernest Bevin, who was resting from his cross-continent rail trip at the British Embassy. Bevin's first words at alighting at Moscow’s White Russian station were: “We shall spend the days ahead of us in trying to make a sound peace which will prevent any fu ture aggression and let the whole world live in security.” Moscow’s foreign colony and its many foreign visitors—more per haps than at any one time since the soldiers of Napoleon or the hordes of Ghengis Khan swept over the steppes—also recalled Deputy Foreign Minister A. Y. Vishinsky’s statement in welcoming Bevin that he hoped the British secretary had had plenty of sleep because after March 10 he was not so sure. Bevin’s colleagues of the confer ence, of course, are as miles apart tonight as some foreigners predict they will be during the confer ence. United States Secretary of State George C. Marshall was in Berlin, awaiting a plane for Moscow to morrow. Prance’s Georges Bidault was rumbling across the western U.S. S.R. by train on his way to the capital which he was expected to reach by noon tomorrow. The Soviet union’s V. M. Molotov was in Moscow, but beyond that, no one knew where because he was not at the station to meet Bevin today and it was not probable that he would show up for tomorrow’s arrival of Marshall. The foreign ministers, incidental ly, in convening in Moscow tomor row, will be getting here on Molo tov’s birthday. He will be 57. And while Molotov will be cele brating his birthday and his col leagues readying themselves and their delegations for the days ahead, here roughly are the aims of each: Russia—Demilitarization and de nazification of Germany with re moval of all possibility of Ger many ever invading any country, particularly Russia, again; repara tions; a centralized Germany; what is regarded by the Soviets as a free trade union movement; pre vention of what the Russians call agile efforts of American and British capitalists to gain profits in j (Continued on Rage Two, Col. 7) BUNDING SNOWS HALTS VESSELS Shipping At Standstill In Hampton Roads. And Chesapeake Areas NORFOLK. Va.. March 8—-(A1'— Blinding snow, driven by winds of gale force, brought shipping to a standstill in the Hampton Roads and lower Chesapeake Bay area today and resulted in distress calls from small craft disabled or aground from Oregon inlet to Car rituck beach. The coast guard reported an un identified fishing vessel aground in the Oregon inlet, a tug, the Baldrock, in distress off the Hog island lighthouse, and a trawler, the Cecil W., disabled near Car rituck beach, N. C. The Baldrock also radioed lor help early this afternoon, report ing heavy seas and rough weather. Coast Guard stations in her vi cinity were altered immediately and stood by until the vessel re ported improved conditions toward nightfall. Air-se-a rescue headquarters said the coast guard cutter Speedwell was standing by the Cecil W, but had been unable to put a line across because of heavy seas. Other shipping in this area promptly dropped anchor or re mained docked as swirling snows reduced visibility to zero. The storm let-up, late in the afternoon,resulted in an immedi ate rush of busines sfor tugs and pilots as stranded shipping again got under way. __ Republicans Plan Rent Issue Study WASHINGTON. March 8—(At— Party leaders called all 51 Re publican senators today to meet Monday night to decide, among other things, whether they can get together on the issue of rent con trols. The announcement came from Senator Taft (R-Ohio) after a meeting of the Senate Republican Policy committee, which had been called to consider what he called a “wide difference of opinion" over rent control extension. Monday night's larger meeting, he told reporters, will try to soli dify Republican opinion on this, as well as the related matter of what to do about the dying Of fice of Price Administration. General Assembly Faces Several Major Decisions RALEIGH, N. C., March 3. — (JP) — Although many major pro blems remain to be settled, talk of adjournment sine die was in the air as the general assembly to day for its 10th week of delibera tions. These unsettled issues include: 1— The medical care program, including expansion of the univer sity of North Carolina medical school into a four-year insitution. 2— Teachers’ salaries. 3— The liquor issue, which dis position of two bills calling for statewide vote on prohibition and more than 30 local bills on the ] subject. 4— A highway safety program, which includes bills requiring fi nancial responsibility of auto mobile operatores, mandatory semiannual inspection of automo biles, reissuance of drivers’ licen ses, and heavy penalty for viola tion of traffic laws. 5—Labor legislation; including a bill opposed by labor to outlaw the closed shop and one favored by labor providing for a 40-hour maximum work week and a 40 cents minimum hourly wage'. Debate on the issues of increas ed pay for nearly 24,000 public school teachers may be continued when the biennial appropriations measure is considered in the house and senate. The joint appropria tions committee completed its w'ork on the bill Thursday by adding S3,155,000 to make a total of $102, 418,430 available to pay the teachers during the next biennium, and bringing the total appropria tions in the bill to $311,593,086. Intension of some legislators to attempt to increase the teachers pay appropriation was strengthen (Continued on Page Two: Col. 2) 20 Injured As Military Fight Band Four Major Attacks Pro ceeded By Earlier Raids By Terrorists soldierIolled Newsman Witnesses One Assault As Car Is Shat tered By Gunfire JERUSALEM, Sunday, March 9. —W—A British soldier and four Jewish Extremists were killed and at least 20 other persons were wounded yesterday as violence flared on a wide front inside the tightly-cordoned military law zone of Tel Aviv. Wild shots cut power lines and plunged part of Tel Aviv in dark ness until exploding bombs ignited a gasoline station and other small buildings, sending up flames visible for mites around. The Tel Aviv battle lasted an hour and 15 min-, utes. The night’s four major attacks— on citrus house, the Sarona Camp, the Jaffa police headquarters and another diversionary Jaffa assault at an undisclosed point in the city— were preceded by other , terrorist raids earlier in the evening and in the afternoon in Jerusalem, Haifa and the boundary line between T*1 Aviv and Haifa. three British soldiers were wounded seriously by exploding hand grenades thrown at a mili tary patrol in the Jerusalem secur ity zone near the Jewish Agency building and the Goldsmith Of ficers’ club building, blasted last Saturday with a loss of 16 lives. Two policemen were wounded by an explosion at an army camp in Haifa and three civilians were wounded by gunfire when a group of Jews attempted to storm a bar bed wire barricade on the peri meter of the Tel Aviv martial law zone. A newsman who witnessed th« attack at Citrus House said a band of terrorists launched their assault at 9 p. m. (2 p. m., EST), hurling explosives while others tried to protect their bombadiers with a neavy offensive of machinegun and side arms fire. The automibile in which th« newsmen arrived at the scene wai riddled with bullets, as were sev eral- houses surrounding Citrus House. Bombs fashiomd of gaso line cans blew up two British Armored cars and booby trails made of steel helmets caused casualties. When the heavy barrage was lifted by the fleeing attackers and the gunfire dwindled to an occa sional burst of rifle fire, it was determined that five persons had been killed—one of the British de fenders and four of the attackers. The night attacks climaxed the bloodiest day of violence since the British clamped sections of the Holy Land under tight martial law a week ago. Earlier today at least eight persons were wounded in three outbreaks in Northern Palestine. No fatalities were re ported, however. During the first phase of the Sarona attack, a British constable and an Arab policeman were wounded by exploding grenades. Guards at Ctirus House engaged in gun battles with terrorists in the streets. Nine Jews were re ported officially to have been wounded and hospitalized, t>ut it was not determined whether they were members of the attacking band or residents of the area. The outbreaks followed the inter ception by British sailors of a ship attempting to land 600 Jews on Palestine soil in defiance of British immigration restrictions. An official announcement said the ship, named Abril, was board ed at noon off the port of Haifa. Reliable Jewish sources said ap proximately 600 would-be immi grants were aboard. Another immigrant ship was un officially reported to be in Pales tine waters, but this could not be confirmed. The Weather Meteorological data for the 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. yesterday. TEMPERATURES 1:30 a.m. 41; 7:30 a.m. 43; 1:30 p m. 39; 7:30 p.m. 37. Maximum 44; Minimum 35; Mean 40; Normal 51. HUMIDITY 1:30 a.m. 37; 7:30 a m. 98; 1:30 p.m. 78; 7:30 p.m. 78. PRECIPITATION Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p.m. — 0.31 Inches. Total since the first of the month — 2.16 inches. TIDES FOR TODAY (From the Tide Tables published by U« S. Coast and Geodetic Survey), j HIGH LOW Wilmington 11:41 a.m. 6:20 a.m. -p.m. 6:40 p.m. Masonboro Inlet 9:25 a.m. 3:14 a.m. 9:52 p.m. 3:32 p.m. Sunrise 6:30; Sunset 6:15: Moonrise 9:04 p.m. Moonset 8:09 a.m. River stage at Fayetteville, N. C. at 8 a.m. Saturday, 12.4 feet.