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_' _ State and National Now* VOLjfcrN?- m— ---WILMINGTON, N. C„ THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 1947 ' ' ;--7«frtm TTZi House Passes Spending Bill 1311,000,000 Measure Carries 30 Per Cent Increase For School Teachers STATE’S LARGEST Jjvely Debate Takes Place Over Figures On Sal | aries Boost RALEIGH, March 12—(/P)—Beat ing down all but minor amend ments. the House today passed second and third readings the biennial appropriations bill calling for the .lending during the next two years of approximately $311, 000,000. the largest spending bill in the state's history. The House also passed the bi ennial revenue measure cn second eading again after remo'’ing from the measure an amendment by pep. Odus Mull of Cleveland which would have dried up beer and '.vine sales in Cleveland. Before approving tne appropri itions measure and sending it on to the Senate, the House turned down by a roll' call vote oi 73 to S3 an amendment by Rep. George Uzzell of Rowan which would have boosted appropriations for teach e;-s' salaries from $102,418,430 to $104,550.168 for the biennium. Uzzell told the House that his intendment was designed to in mre that the school teachers are to receive a pay increase of at lea: 30 per cent. However, Rep. Arch T. Allen oi Wake, chairman of the House Ap prpriations committee, presented figures from the State Board of Educatic which purported to ihow that the $102,418,430 recom mended by the appropriations committee would be ample to al low the 30 per cent increase. Supporters of UzzeU’s amend ment had figures compiled by the N. C. Education association which ittempted to prove that the 30 per cent boost could not be pro vided in full unless the additional J2.132.738 was voted. During the lengthy debate over the amendment, every speaker as lerted that he wanted the teachers to receive the 30 per cent increase and the sole issue apparently was which set of figures the House was to believe. Rep. Oscar Barker of Durham, a leader throughout the session for increased pay to teachers, told the House that "we do not want to leave in doubt as to whether we ha\ e been fair to the school chil dren of North Carolina and to the ichool teachers.’’ INQUEST MAY BE SET FOR FRIDAY Hearing Into Deaths Of Three Local Resi dents Planned District Solicitor Clifton Moore Indicated late yesterday that he would he able to attend a coroner’s Inquest Friday into the deaths of month, three Wilmington residents last The three, Ira G. Upchurch, Mrs. Lucy Blizzard and Mrs. Myrtle Page, died after reportedly eating * portion of a potato pie at a Sec ond Street boarding house here, federal Bureau of Investigation reports stated that the deaths were caused by eating flouride, a base for reach poison. Coroner Gordon Doran deemed 111 inquest necessary after the FBI reports were received on the au l0Psy findings but said that in Vle ol Solicitor Moore’s request that it be postponed until he could he present he had delayed holding the hearing. Harry Fales, superintendent of he City-County Bureau of Identi Hoation, said yesterday that the Poison-deaths were still open to in vestigation and indicated that there "ere still some factors which were fn need of clearing' up before a dial decision could be made. 1 is understood that city police *’o still holding the case open ntil after the inquest. MBONE’S meditations By Alley Pis' cyar Fim so 5ooT> H£AH o' LAJB, 1 ^fCK'N HiT MU S' St /n j>£ SECOfJ' ^H/ly'HOOD \~-~ZZ_J--' Released by The Bell 8y«* diette, Inc.) Trade Mark <—-—Vr o Re* u. s pat. oflk*> Fatally Shot President of the struck Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad, George P. McNear, 56, was fatally shot near his Peoria, 111., home as he began his regular evening walk through the neighborhood. Police say he was slain by bullets fired from a speeding automobile. The 17-month strike has been one of the nation’s longest.—(International). POLICE HOLDING MCNEAR SUSPECT Former Guard Detained For Questioning In Rail Prexy’s Death PEORIA, 111., March 12. —(JP)~ A former railroad guard involved in a fatal fracas between strikers and pickets last year was detained for questioning today about the as sassination of railroad president George P. McNear. Jr., and police said two possible clues to the slay ing had been found. Roy Daily, 36, of Peoria, who was in charge of a squad of Toledo Peoria and Western railroad guards who figured in a bloody clash with strikers at Gridley, 111., in Febru ary, 1946, was taken to the police station and his name entered on the police blotter with the notation “hold for questioning.” Chief of Police Victor Klarich said no charges had been filed against Daily and added he was emphasizing this. Meanwhile, Chief of Detectives Fred Nussbaum said a man’s brown glove and a toe and heel print had been found beside a tree some 75 feet from the spot where McNear, fiery 55 year old T. P. & W. railroad president, was killed by a shotgun blast Monday night. Dcnevea iritu Nussbaum said he believed Mc Near’s slayer had trailed him long enough to learn his habits and may have had an accomplice who aided his escape. Police took piaster Impressions of the prints and sent the glove to the State Criminal Identification laboratories at Springfield for tests. Police said tests could determine whether traces of burnt gunpowder were on the glove. Or.e police theory is that the killer crouched behind the tree waiting for McNear to walk within range. Daily and three other guards were acquitted on manslaughter charges filed after the Gridley fra cas, in which two strikers were killed and three others wounded. Nussbaum said he was inform ed Daily no longer was employed by the railroad. RED CROSS FUND NEARS GOAL HERE Total Now Stands At $17, 595 With Less Than $4,000 To Go As the Ked Cross drive nears completion, the contributions mounted to $17,593 at yesterday’s closing. Only two days are left in the drive to raise $21,253. Two of the ten divisions in the campaign have gone over the top of their goals, J. H. Carswell re ported. The Downtown division, goal of $900, has turned in $1,185 headed by Hal J. Love, with a to headquarters. The Advanced Gifts division, headed by Walker Taylor, surpassed its goal of $10, 000 by $274. The list of employee groups passing their quotas mounted yes terday as 20 groups were added to the honor roll. Industrial division—Wilmington Painting company, 107 per cent. Public Employes (Schools) — Chestnut street, 494 per cent; East Wilmington, 100 per cent; Forest Hills, 150 per cent; Hemenway, 200 per cent; Lake Forest, 108 per cent (Continued On Page Two; Col. 2) Bevin Blasts Molotov Over German Acts British Foreign Secretary Makes Fight Speech Before Ministers - " SCORES SHIP Secretary Marsh presses General A ment With Charges MOSCOW, March 12— (U.R) —Brit ish Foreign Secretary Ernest Bev in accused Russia today of re cruiting German war prisoners for the Red Army, of failing to destroy captured German war ships and of stripping her Ger man occupation zone of industrial plants. In a fighting speech which he spent all morning preparing, the square-built British ex - labor un ion leader ripped into Russian Foreign Minister Viacheslav Mol otov for 45 minutes at a meeting of the Big Four Foreign ministers. Bevin hurled back at Molotov charges made yesterday against conditions in the United States and British occupation zones and followed up with charges of his own against Russia. At the end of his speech Secre- I tary of State George C. Marshall blandly expressed “general agree ment” with everything he had said. Bevin drew the retort “non sense” from Molotov on his sug gestion that Russia was holding “millions’’ of German war prison ers inside the Soviet Union and had induced many of them to join the Russian armed forces. In calling Bevin’s accusation “nonsense” Molotov referred to reports that Russia is holding about 3,000,000 men. Admits Delay 3ut Bevin also extracted from Molotov a statement on the num ber of German war prisoners Rus sia was holding in her own terri tory and an admission that there had been “delay” in destroying German warships, comprising air craft carriers, cruisers and sub marines, most of which were put out of commission by American and British aerial bombardment. Molotov, who spent the first two days of the conference on a diplo- . matic offensive against “re United States and Great Britain, was on the defensive throughout today’s meeting. CAMPBELL PLANS i RALEIGH PARLEY i City Attorney To Meet Lennon And Kermon Oh ( Civil Service Law City Attorney William B. Camp bell left Wilmington yesterday for Raleigh where he is expected to 1 confer with Senator Alton A. Len- i non and Representative Robert M. Kermon in connection with the i pending changes in the present i civil service law, it was learned here last night. i No announcement has as yet ( been made relative to the changes in the law which were reported , tentatively agreed upon at the con- , ference between representatives of , the police and fire departments ' and the governing body last Satur- i day. It was reported, however, that , the new bill will probably contain the provisions granting to the city 1 council the authority to select the pcfice and fire chiefs from within the departments and to suspend members of the forces for 30 days. Campbell said earlier in the week that he believed another meeting between the different 1 factions would be necessary before 1 an agreement is reached on amendments to the present act. It was considered probable by in terested parties last night that the second and last session, will be held between today and Saturday. The city council had requested the authority to select the heads of the fire and police departments from within or from without the departments without civil service approval as well as the authori ty of 30 day suspension, promotion and demotion. City Manager J. R. Benson and Mayor W. Ronald Lane are ex pected to return from Washington today but there has been no indi (Continued On Page Two; Col 6) --- ...--_e Unmasked Men Take Greensboro Hotel Cash GREENSBORO, March 12—(/P)— Two unmasked white men took $65 from the cash register at Caro lina Hotel at 11:40 o’clock last night and then bound and tied the hotel clerk with' manila ropes in one of the hotel’s rooms, according to report made to city police shortly after midnight. Police are investigating the case today, going on a detailed description of the two men furnish ed by R. S. McNair, night clerk who reported the holdup to police ;ust after midnight after he had disengaged himself from the bind ings. McNair stated that the two while men entered the hotel lobby and while one held a gun on Mc Nair the other went behind the counter and took $65 in cash from the cash register. After this was accomplished. McNair reported, the two men took him to a room on the second floor and there bound him with a small manila rope and two handkerchiefs. They did a poor job of the tying, McNair reported, and he was loose in a few minutes. McNair stated that he was unharmed by the binding, but was considerably scared. He reported that he did not recognize either man, but he detailed description of the pair, was able to give detectives a PRESIDENT TRUMAN CALLS ON U. S. TO HALT COMMUNISM WORLD MARCH ACL Purchases Ten Surplus Hospital Cars Completing the transaction to send ten surplus wartime hospital railroad cars Into service on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad are J. H. Hatcher, executive general agent of the line, left, and H. C Wentworth, district WAA director, exchanging a check for $150,000. This was the purchase price for the ten cars, which are unused and practically new. ACL PURCHASES NEW RAIL CARS Acquires Wartime Hospital Coaches From WAA For $150,000 Eastern seaboard travelers soon nay be whizzing over the rails in Atlantic Coast Line coaches that vere built to serve as wartime rail oad hospital cars for the army. The Atlantic Coast Line company resterday bought f’-'m the War Assets Administration 10 of these >ig cars, all of them unused and jractically new. They are expected to be deliver ed in a few days from their loca ions at Seattle, Wash., and San rrancisco, Calif., where the sur >lus equipment had previously >een inspected by ACL officials. The railroad company was able o purchase the 10 coaches for $15, i00 each. They cost the government from 53,000 to $70,000 each when they vere built during the war. For the present, it is expected hat the ACL will use the army :oaches as dormitory cars for rail ■oad personnel, such as dining car :rews and other constantly travel ng employes, on the main line. The surplus cars may at a later late be converted and adapted to ither types of use. The purchase transaction was completed by J. H. Hatcher, ex cutive general secretary of the iCL in Washington, with H. C. Ventworth. director of the Wash ngton district office of the War Issets Administration. WEATHERMAN SAYS CITY CAN EXPECT SHOWERS FOR TODAY Those clear skies will be no nore late this afternoon and to light, as Paul Hess, local weather >bserver predicts that light rain vill begin to fall. The forecast also says that to lay will be slightly warmer than yesterday with a high of 60 de ;rees expected. Along The Cape Fear OFF TO SHALLOTTE — For hose who were looking forward o a Cook’s tour of the neighbor ng city of Shallotte we fear that ve can bring nothing but disap >ointment. You may recall that in yester lay’s column we brought you a lescription of the Port City as t greeted the visitor 100 years igo. Our informant, Dr. Walter Gil man Curtis, who for 30 years was he state quarantine surgeon for he Port of Wilmington, described he major industry of Wilmington. And then in order to bring a more vivid picture of the great naval stores activities here, he lUggested that the visitor to Wil mington in the 1840’s take a trip n the direction of Shallotte. Sorry to say the proposed journey did not lead directly to he heart of the neighboring com munity, but it did paint a vivid picture of the Lower Cape Fear region’s major industry. SIGHT TO SEE—Mounted on a rented nag or seated majestically n a borrowed carriage, the visitor :o Wilmington 100 years ago would see the following panoram* upon Leaving the city. Ganey Jury Hears Testimony Today The Weather FORECAST: South Carolina—Mostly cloudy Thurs day and Friday, not much change in temperatures. Rain Friday, beginning in north west Thursday. North Carolina—Mostly cloudy Thurs day and Friday, not much change in temperatures, occasional rain Friday be ginning in west portion Thursday. (Eastern Standard Time) (By U. S. Weather Bureau) Meteorological data for the 24 ho*irs ending 7:30 p. m. yesterday. TEMPERATURES 1:30 a. m. 39; 7:30 a. m. 37: 1:30 p. m. 54; 7:30 p. m. 51; Maximum 55; Mini mum 36; Mean 46: Normal 52. HUMIDITY 1:30 fc. m. 65; 7:30 a. m. 67; 1:30 p. PRECIPITATION Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m. 3 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). HIGH LOW Wilmington 2:21a 9;38a 2:38p 9f,49p Masonboro 12:04a 6M9a 32:lip 6 :23p Sunrise 6:25: Sunset 6:18; Moonrise 12:05a; Moonset 10:18a. River stage at Fayetteville, N. C. at 3 a. m. Wednesday 17.6 feet. FISHERMEN FORM NEWGROUP HERE Will Protect Interests In Any New Legislation Proposed A determined group of commer cial fishermen and seafood deal ers organized here last night in the interest of the coastal fishing industry and resolved to call upon the New Hanover legislative dele gation at Raleigh for an immedi ate explanation of any pending measures which might affect area rommercial fishing regulations. Some 70 fishermen and seafood dealers gathered at the courthouse for a round - table organizational discussion which resulted in the election of Hampton Lea, Jr., Wil mington wholesale dealer, as tem porary chairman. Lea announced after the mass meeting that he would appoint ad ditional temporary officers today (Continued On Page Two; Col. t) At every turn he would meet' men with the tools necessary to cut into the trees that the turpen tine might run out there from. The visitor, Dr. Curtis contends, would be surprised to hear the musical yodling which resounded through the woods in every direc tion that it seemed to him for miles away. And “he (the visitor) would con clude, that the makers of turpen tine were a set of men who made themselves happy by this pecu liar yodling as they passed from tree to tree hacking each till he had finished his task, which was to hack ten thousand boxes or trees, once a week. “You would see the turpentine running down the tree into boxes notched for catching it. Then where trees are hacked more than one year, he would see the white face of the tree as far as his eye could reach; stopping at night with a turpentine farmer who was al ways glad to see him. and invite him to partake of his hospitality.’ » • • FAMILIAR SCENES—The whole country seemed to be devoted to (Continued On Page Two; Col. 1) t Thirteen Men Impaneled In Superior Court Late Yesterday The taking of testimony in the trial of Guy Ganey, 43, Seagate filling station operator, charged with the first degree slaying of Frank Julius Henderson, 24, Jack sonville drive-in attendant last Oct. 28, will get underway when Super ior Court convenes this morning at 9:30 a. m. A 12 man jury, and an alternate, were selected last night at 7:30 o'clock, after a continuous ses sion from 2:30 p. m. The jury is composed of J. N. Henry, Jr., H. Verzaal, John T. Watts, E. A. Brown, W. B. Pot ter, J. A. Davis, B. C. Bryan, Wil liam F. Lane, R. A. Register, G. K. Tilden, M. B. Thomas and A. W. Ellison. The alternate i* J. R. Fisher. David Sinclair, who is associated with Aaron Goldberg, in defense of Ganey, said that they would enter a plea of "not guilty” for the defendant. However, it was apparent from their questioning of prospective jurors yesterday afternoon that the self-defense angle would play an important part in defense argu ment. Both Sinclair and Goldberg em phatically stressed the self-defense angle and ’asked each man if he believed a man had a right to kill another if he felt his own life was in danger. Ganey is charged with shooting Henderson because of Ganey’s daughter, Rebecca, as the young man sat in his automobile in front (Continued On Page Two; Col. 2) POLICE SEEKING MAN WHO YELLS ‘WOO-WOO’ AT W 0 M E N IN HOMES BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 12 —<U.R>—Police today sought an in truder who shouts "Woo-Woo” at women in their bedrooms. Mrs. G. P. Evans said she was awakened about midnight by the rustling of a window shade, looked up and saw a man stepping into her room. She ran up the hall and awaken ed Mrs. E. L. Swann and Miss Birdie Kilgore, a school teacher. The three returned cautiously and cracked the bedroom door just enough to switch on the light. The intruder then thurst a large foot into the door crack and said, "Woo-Woo.” With that, the ladies fled and returned a few minutes later with a male companion. But the "Woo-Woo” man had gone. Banishment To Georgia Faces Tar Heel Booster _ Mrs. Ollie B. Swett must go. She must be banished from her dearly beloved North Carolina. The court has spoken. Despite the fact that she says she loves North Carolina, and Wil mington in particular, beyond all telling. North Carolina, and Wil mington, want no further truck with her — that’s what the court order said in effect — during the next five years. Mrs. Swett appeared before Judge Clawson L. Williams in Superior court yesterday. She is a mild-mannered, middle aged woman, and she plead for leniency and non-banishment in a tain and mild-mannered voice. She had been brought into the court because she had failed to comply with a judgment handed down by Judge Luther Hamilton at the February term of Superior Court. That judgment was that she was to leave North Carolina by March 1, or go to Woman’s Prison for two years. She had been convicted of public drunkeness and disorder ly conduct and being a public nuisance. ; Her pleading with the judge ! Tuesday — in which she .-aid she | wanted justice done — had its weight with Judge Williams. After j (Continued On Pag* Two; Col. 9) I - -- Executive Asks Aid For Greece, Turkey Proposing New, Historic Foreign Policy, Nation's Chief Seeks $400,000,000, Materials For Two Nations WASHINGTON, March 12—(AP)—President Truman, in a fateful speech to Congress, grimly called on America today to halt the world march of Communism with money, materials and military skill. Proposing a new and historic foreign policy, the Presi dent specifically asked $400,000,000 to aid Greece and Tur key, hard-pressed Mediterranean bulwarks against the to COMMENT ON TRUMAN TALK WASHINGTON, March 12. —(TP)— Congress reacted to President Tru man’s speech today with both praise and criticism, mixed with talk of fateful consequences. Some members said they see danger of war with Russia. Rep. Eaton (R.-N.J.l, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs com mittee, said: “We are now face to face with the necessity of choosing — and ac cepting the responsibilities that go with that choice — between slavery and freedom as the foundation of the new world civilization.’’ Eaton said “I certainly am go ing to support” the loan proposal, but he predicted “the most violent opposition.” Senator Edwin C. Johnson (D. Colo.l said the speech “sounded to me like an undeclared declaration of war,” an impression shared by Senator Wherry (R.-Neb.); who said: “I think this means a virtual dec laration of war on totalitarian forces in all quarters of the world. I don’t know that there is any al ternative.” Rep. Van Zandt (R.-Pa.) com mented, “I guess I may as well get my Navy uniform out of storage again.” Senator Taft (R.-Ohio), reserv ing judgment, said: “I do not want a war with Rus sia. Whether our intervention in Greece tends to make such a war more probable or less probable de pends on many circumstances.” (Continued On Page Two; Col. 3) AMERICAN TANKER BREAKS IN HALF Crew Of 42 Men In Danger With Ship’s Halves Sink ing In Bad Storm HONOLULU, T. H„ March 12— (U.R)— The American tanker S. S. Fort Dearborn broke in two 800 miles Northwest of Honolulu, ap parently in a raging storm, and the two halves are sinking with 42 men aboard, radio distress mes sages reported today. Three ships, including the big liner SS President Taft, were with in 500 miles 0f the Fort Dearborn. One, the freighter Bald Eagle, of the Pacific Far East lines, com manded by Capt. T. H. Lee, was reported rushing at full speed to the scene. Besides the Taft and Bald Eagle, the S. S. Lucien Labaudt was with in helping distance, the Coast Guard reported. The Coast Guard said it was paging other vessels in the area to determine their positions. A raging storm covered the whole area around the tanker, revolving about a center about 500 miles to the north of the Fort Dear born’s reported position. FREIGHTER STRIKES MINE NEAR ITALY NEW YORK, March 12 — (TPj— American Export lines said tonight its 6,597-ton freighter, the Exan thia, had struck a mine off the Island of Pianosa, south of Leg horn, Italy, but that no casualties among crew members had be^n reported. (In Genoa, however, port au thorities said that only six of the Exanthia’s crew of 44 men were known to have been saved. The Italian news agency Ansa added that semaphore signals received from Cao Serra on the Island of Elba disclosed that there were dead and wounded aboard the wrecked ship. The news agency said that the explosion tore a (Continued On Page Two; Col. 2) j tantarian trne. Moreover, he served notice he would not hesitate to ask addition al sums if necessary “to help free peoples to maintain their free in stitutions and their national integ rity against aggressive move ments that seek to impose upon them totalitarian regimes.'’ Speaking to a joint session of Senate and House, he said: “If we falter in our leadership we may endanger the peace of the world—and we shall surely en danger the welfare of our own na tion.” Truman Text On Page Seven Before his taut-faced, tense and anxious audience, he laid a re quest for: 1. Permission to spend $400,000, 000 in Greece and Turkey for the period ending June 30, 1948. 2. The right to send civilian per sonnel and military men to the two countries to assist in recon struction and to supervise use of the aid. 3. Legislation giving the admin istration scope in making the “speediest and most effective use” of the funds in terms of “needed commodities, supplies and equipment.” 4. Authority to provide for the instruction and training of "select ed” Greek and Turkish personnel. In the absence of more specific information, this could mean mi litary training in the United State* such as was provided during the war for British aviators. Mood Reflected The nation's lawmakers, as they followed the President's words, re flected his grave mood. Oply thrice did they punctuate the ad dress with applause — once when he served notice that the aid must be “supervised.” again when h • lashed out at “totalitarian re gimes,” a third when he said the alternative to direct aid “i* much more serious.” The immediate reaction of the members of Congress can be spelled out in few words—anxious but serious. They pondered the impact of his requests upon their long cherished hopes for peace time economies, tax cuts and debt 1 eductions. Senator Wherry of Nebraska, (Continued On Page Two; Col. S) VFW NOMINATES NEW OFFICERS Election Of Full Slate Will Take Place At Next Meeting Hugh Reece and F. A. Sheppard were last night nominated for the position of commander of the James F. Maniy post ol the Veter ans of Foreign Wars during « meeting of that organization in the VFW hall. Election of a complete new slate of officers will take place at the next meeting of the VFW on March 26 at 8 p. m. Other nominations are Alfred Brunjes, J. J. Ray, and H. L. O’Steen for senior vice-command er; Jay Jenkins, L. L. Jackson, and S. C. Zatkiewicz for junior vice-commander Tommy Long for quartermaster: H. L. O’Steen for judge advocate; and F. A. Sheppard and H. W. Sass for chap lain. VFW members last night also adopted a resolution urging th* election of E. C. Snead, present VFW commander as department commander for the next year. Other action taken during th» meeting included the club's en dorsing full support to the Stale American Legion convention to be held at Carolina Beach, June 14-17. And So To Bed A little boy who is four years old and lives in Holland now owns a coat for the first time in his life because of the generosity of a New Hanover county woman. Last December Mrs. Walter Randall of Audubon, route 6, gathered together some gar ments which she donated to the Red Cross for shipment to destitute children in foreign countries. One of the garments was a coat belonging to her son, six year-old Jerry. As an afterthought, Mrs. Randall wrote Jerry’s name and address on a slip of paper and tucked it into a pocket of the coat. Yesterday Jerry received a letter of thanks written by the parents of four-year-old Fedde Heuuing, Violenstraat 48, As sen (dr)) Nederland. The coat was, they said, the I first that little Fedde had ever owned.