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VOL. 80—NO. 145._____WILMINGTON, N. C., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 1947 --
Democrats Retain
Chicago Control
Martin H. Kennelly Wins Over Russell Root
In Mayoralty Election By Three-Two
Margin; Running Mates Triumph
CHICAGO, April 1—W—Martin
H. Kennedy, a Democrat, defeated
Republican Russell W. Root today
In Chicago’s mayoral election, the
nation’s first major 1947 test of
podtical trends.
With more than one half of the
unofficial returns reported, Ken
nedy continued holding the three
to two lead over Root he took
Returns from 2,891 of the city’s
4,054 precincts gave Kennedy 654,
246 to 451.094 for Root. Kennedy
had 50.19 percent of the votes cast
to 40.81 for Root.
Returns from 2,489 of the city’s
4,054 precincts gave Kennedy 561,
920 votes to 384,120 for Root.
Root conceded his defeat, say
ing, “I graciously accept the voters
Kennedy s victory, by a majority
expected to surpass 290.000 votes,
assured his party of at least four
more years of control of the city
hall and its 16,000 jobs.
Republican leaders, contending
the mayoral contest was an open
ing skimish in the 1948 Presidential
battle, naJ waged a vigorous cam
paign to end the Democratic big
city control which has continued
unbroken since 1930.
Kennedy’s running mates also
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 1)
Cleveland Representative
Soundly Quizzed By
Finance Membership
RALEIGH, April 1— (O') —Rep.
Odus Mull of Cleveland denied to
day any knowledge that the two
“thirds, or “gag” rule was adopt
ed to block liquor legislation when
, he was Houes speaker in 1941.
Mull appeared before the Sen
ate Finance committee in behalf
of a patera beer regulation bill
which affects Cleveland and 19
other counties.
“If the gag rule is my baby,
it's a black kitten and I’m going
io drown it if I can,” he said.
Mull declared himself a “wide
open book,’ and “ready for any
“When I ran for speaker in 1941,
they asked me what I’d do about
liquor. I told them 1 was not run
ning for governor but speaker.
The governor laid down the pol
icy, and I would not raise any
disturbance unless it was the gov
ernor’s battle.”
He said the state wae busy pre
paring for a war, “and it seemed
disloyal to quit our efforts, and
go out in a referendum fight. I
told Cale K. Burgess of Raleigh,
dry leader at that time, that he’d
have to look to the governor for
leadership on any referendum.”
Mull Questioned
gen. John McLaughlin af -Ire
dell, who consistently has opposed
(Continued On Page Two, CoL 5)
Baltimore & Ohio Manage
ment Protest Senate
Move To Block Deal
WASHINGTON, April 1—<U.5» —A
Senate move to block extension
of an $80,000,000 Reconstruction
Finance corp., loan to the Balti
more & Ohio railroad was _ pro
tested sharply by the railroad
management tonight and RFC
spokesmen said they were bound
by a federal court mandate to ge
through with the deal.
The RFC charges by Chair
man Charles W. Tobey, R., N. H„
of the Senate Banking committe.
that there was anything “illegal’
about the transaction.
Spokesmen for the agency said
all the facts of the B. & O. loan
extension were given to Tobey
this afternoon at his request and
thst the railroad was standing on
its legal right to conclude the
Tobey had attacked the exten
»ion as “clearly illegal” and ask
ed RFC to hold it up until his
committee could discuss it with
RFC Chairman Charles B. Hen
derson and other RFC officials.
Court Approved
The furore centered around an
$80,000,000 RFC loan to the rail
road which matured in ^944. The
(Continued on Page Two, Col. 61
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The Weather
North and South Carolina — Mostly
cloudy with scattered showers Wednes
day and over East and central portions
Wednesday night. Little change in
temperature. Thursday partly cloudy and
slightly warmer.
(Eastern Standard (Time)
(By U. S. Weather Bureau)
Meteorological data for the 24 hours
ending 7:30 p. m. yesterday.
1:30 a. m. 45; 7:30 a. m. 48; 1:30 p. m.
64; 7:30 p. m. 62; Maximum 66; Mini
mum 42; Mean 54; Normal 58.
1:30 a. m. 76; 7:30 a. m. 79; 1:30 p. m.
67; 7:30 36.
Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m
0.00 inches.
Total since the first of the month 0.00 i
(From the Tide Tables published by U.
S. Coast and Geodetic Survey).
• High Low |
Wilmington _ 7:17 am 1:47 am;
7:41 pm 2:19 pm
Masonboro_5:07 am 11:28 am
5:37 pm 11:48 pm
Sunrise 5:58; Sunset 6:33; Moonrise
3:36p; Moonset 4:35a.
River stage at Fayetteville, N. C. at 8
a. m. Tuesday missing feet.
Fear Of Expected Mine
Holiday Prompts Exten'
sion Of Agency Life
WASHINGTON, April 1. — (JP) —
Faced with the possibility that
the “mourning” work stoppage
may extend beyond six days in
at least some of the soft coal pits,
the government tonight extended
the life of the Solid Fuels ad
minisration to apportion coal in
case of emergency.
The agency’s authority to issue
orders expired at midnight last
night, but Secretary of Interior J
A. Krug, in charge of the coal
mines administration, ordered
that the organization be kept in
Should the shutdown continue
and coal stocks dwindle, there
would be need for an agency to
apportion supplies, as in previous
soft coal strikes; an official of the
Interior department said.
Arid a possibility appeared that
many miners might stay out of
the pits indefinitely if they class
them as unsafe. The six-day me
morial for the 111 victims of the
Centralia mine blast began today,
and there was word from the
field indicating a longer tie-up
could develop.
Hugh White, president of UMW
j District 12, said at Centralia his
pinion’s members will not return
to the Illinois mines Monday un
(Continued on Page Two; Coi. 4)
The first in a series of enter
tainments aimed at raising $75,
000 for the erection of new head
quarters for the James A. Men
ley post of the Veterans of For
eign Wars will be held on May
15, Ken Noble, commander of the
local post, announced- last night.
The building fund campaign will
be launched with a dance at Luiti
ina on Wrightsville Beach.
Charlie Spivak and his orchestra
has been obtained for the initial
event in the series, Noble said.
The public will be invited to the
May 15 program, it was stated.
Coming Here
Music Lovers To Hear
First Concerto Directed
By Dr. Swalin
What in all probability will be
the first violin concerto to be pre
sented in the City of Wilmington
will be on April 17 when the
North Carolina Symphony orches
tra is heard here David Ashburn,
representative of the organi
zation, announced here las't night.
With Dr. Benjamin F. Swalin
again on the podium, Miss Teddy
Mantz, versatile and accomplish
ed young violinist, will be the
featured soloist in the presen
tation of the Bruch Violin Con
certo Number 1.
The violin concerto will be in
cluded in the program at the
New Hanover high school audi
torium, and Ashburn pointed o u t
that the orchestra was fortunate
to have such an accomplished
violinists as guest soloist.
Dr. Sw'aiin, who is well known
to all music lovers in Wilmington,
will direct the popular program
that wall round out the evenings
The orchestra has scheduled
the following numbers: Brahms
Symphony Number 1 in C Minor;
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Du
kas) ; Wine, Women and Song
(Straus) and the overture to Tan
Reports indicate that subscript
ions to the performance are sel
-lir.g rapidly, Ashburn said. And
before the end of this week a ca
pacity audience seems assured.
Admittance is gained through
memberships to the society.
These memberships are now on
sale at Yopps Piano Company
and the Jewel Box.
Refuses Invitation To Par
ticipate In Union
ST. LOUIS, April 1. —(U.R)— The
Southwestern Bell Telephone co. to-’
night rejected an invitation from
the Department of Labor to nego
tiate at Washington with the South
western Telephone Workers union
in an effort to reach a “master”
labor agreement for the industry.
The meeting was proposed by
Secretary of Labor Lewis B.
Schwellenbach in the hope of avert
ing the nationwide telephone strike
set for Monday, April 7.
The company’s statement read:
“This company has offered to
arbitrate its wake dispute. In
view of that offer, it seems to no
purpose in directly participating
in any negotiations designed to
establish a master wage pattern
for all Bell system companies.”
It was said here that Schwellen
bach, or possibly President Tru
man, would issue a public state
ment calling upon Southwestern
Bell to agree to the conference.
The proposal for the conference
was made late yesterday and was
immediately accepted by the un
Federal labor officials here said
that Southwestern Bell, which em
ployes 50,000 workers in five states,
had been selected for the proposed
master agreement because it was
the most “representative” of the
Bell system.
I Correspondence In Braille
Brings Romance To Couple
COLUMBUS, O., April 1. — UP)— ,
A 29-year-old blind girl and a sight
less Cincinnati man — who struck
up a quick romance through cor
respondence in braille — were re
ported by a relative tonight to have
eloped to Indianapolis. '
Miss Florence Frutchey disap
peared with Charles Owens of Cin
cinnati and his seeing-eye dog yes
terday. Since then they have been
the objects of a wide search.
In Cincinnati, Mrs. Katie Owens,
a sister-in-law of Owens, said sne
talked with him by telephone from
the Indiana capital today and he
advised her that after their mar
riage there they planned to go to
Pittsburgh where a sister of Owens
The sister-in-law however, re
fused to divulge the name of the
sister in Pittsburgh.
The girl’s mother, near the
breaking point, appealed to po
lice of Columbus and Cincinnati to
find the missing girl.
“Florence never has been away
from Columbus,” the mother told
Many persons believed the couple
had eloped. Mrs. Frutchey merely
said: *
“It was the first time they had
met. She didn’t take any exira
clothing with her,, and I can’t
imagine where they have gone.”
The blind girl last was seen get
ting into a taxicab at a Columbus
hotel with Owens enroute to the
unior station.
The distraught mother visited
Cincinnati last night in af utile
hope of finding her daughter._
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King s Death
Attributed To
Heart Attack
Brother Takes Over Lead
ership Of Troubled Na
tion In Few Hours
New Monarch Promises
People United Struggle
For Independence
ATHENS, April 1. — (/P)— George
II, twice exiled king of turbulent
Greece, died this afternoon at the
height of an international storm
oyer the future of his nation, and
his brother, Prince Paul, ascended
the unsteady throne.
Death, tentatively attributed to
heart trouble, came unexpectedly
to the 56-year-old monarch who, in
25 years that he bore the title of
King, spent only seven years in
his capital.
Acession for his brother, 45-year
old Prince Paul, was automatic
under the law. The third son of
King Constantine took the scepter
of government less than seven
months after his brother return
ed from his latest exile in London.
Paul’s son, Prince Constantine, who
will be seven years old June 2, be
came crown prince.
The new king took the royal oath
in the presence of the cabinet,
members of parliament, civil and
military dignitaries and Archbishop
Damaskinos, who served as re
gent of Greece before last Septem
ber’s plebiscite recalled George.
Solemn Ceremony
The assemblage formed a semi
circle about a table, adorned with
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 4)
Fifteen Candidates, Includ
ing Five Incumbents,
File For Posts
Candidates seeking seats on the
Carolina Beach board of aider
men in the May 6 election waited
until near the deadline to file their
intentions. But what they lacked
in speed when all filed on the final
day they made up for in num
bers. As at 11 p. m. last night
J. R. Bame, chairman of the board
of elections, revealed that 15, in
cluding five incumbents, were en
tered in the race.
Earlier in the day Bam H.
Blake, John V. Fergus. M. T.
Ridaught, A. P. Peay, and J. Lem
King had signified their intentions
to offer in the resort town’s elec
Then the five incumbents of the
aldermanic board headed b y
Mayor T. A. Croom filed with the
election officials. In addition to
Croom were Bert Jewel, E. A.
Reynolds, W. H. Shinn, and Glen
M. Tucker.
Others qualifying yesterday for
the five town posts were Luther
J. Coe, W. T. Little, D. L. White,
W. L. Farmer and F.ftlph Rollins.
It was pointed out that the five
candidates polling the largest
number of ballots in the voting
next month will constitute the
board of aldermen. The high
candidate automatically is desig
nated as mayor, election officials
said last night.___
Safeway Anniversary Guest
City officials headed by Mayor W. Ronald Lane were guests at an anniversary banauet of the
Safeway Transit company held in the Famous Club last Bight. More than 125 employes of the
Wilmington system were present at the celebration. Above, left to right, are ClaudeP Jessup gen
eral manager of the company, Charlottesville, Virginia; his daughter, Claudia Jane- Mrs J<U«nn
May°iT i^a?e’ Wallace West, Robert S. LeGwin, city councilman; and Mrs. LeGw’in. A luncheon
was held for night employes yesterday at noon. luucueun
Foreign Ministers Fail To
Reach Any Agreements
In Long Session
WASHINGTON, April 1 — (U.P—
A reliable source said today that
within the next few days Secre
tary of State George C. Marshall
will submit to the Big Four con
ference in Moscow a detailed
American plan for the political
and economic unification of Ger
many under a loosely-federalized
MOSCOW, April 1— W>—'The
Four - Power Foreign Ministers
council conferred fruitlessly for
more than three hours tonight in
a semi-secret meeting. They fail
ed to reach any decisions, and
discussions were said to have
been “often blunt and bitter.”
Informed* quarters said that be
cause of the deadlock, U. S. Sec
retary of State George C. Mar
shall probably would seek a meet
ing soon with Prime Minister Stal
in. American sources have main,
tained consistently that Marshall
would not ask for such a meeting
(Continued on Page Two, Col. I)
Bishop Darst To Deliver
Main Address At Sun
rise Sunday
Final plans for the largest
Easter sunrise service on the
Atlantic seaboard will be com
pleted at 8:30 o’clock when the
executive committee for the r e
.igious celebration meet at the
Carolina Beaeh Baptist church,
Glenn Tucker, general chairman,
announced last night.
More than a thousand were in
attendance at last year’s service
and several times that number
are expected at the pre-dawn
exercises on Sunday.
The Rt. Rev. Thomas A. Darst,
retired bishop of East Carolina,
will deliver the main address at
the services which will get under
way at 5:30 a. m.
The Rev. James McQueer, pas
tor of the Community church at
title resort, will be in charge of
the services. He will be assisted
(Continued on Page Two; Col. I)
Along The Cape Fear
SHOULD KNOW — Mr. Charlie
Roberts of Wrightsville Beach has
cast his vote in the Cape Fear
region eating fish rodeo.
A gentleman «vho should know
what’s what in the line of good
eating fish says a trout leads the
list of the# culinary delicacies to
be taken from all adjacent wa
Not content with naming Mr.
Trout as the kingpin of the frying
pan, our informant goes on to list
the watery creatures in the fol
lowing order.
Running second in Mr. Roberts
list is the mackerel; then the blue
fish; and flounder rates lourth in
bis selections.
Bowing to Mr. Bert Bridges’
earlier listings, Mr. Roberts con
fessed that rock fish is also good.
IDEAL METHOD* —Here’s one
method of catching the wily trout
that should appeal to many a fish
eater even if the rod and reel
variety of sportsmen would im
mediately turn it hands down.
Credit for the development of
this tactic to a fine art rests with
Mr. W. S. Campbell, formerly of
town Creek in Brunswick coun
ty. Mr. Campbell, who now re
sides in the state of New Mexico,
decided that there must be some
easier way to catch the crafty
trout than by rod and reel.
Disdaining seines, Mr. Camp
bell rigged himself up many a
neat little contraption consisting
of a one - foot square block of
wood, measuring two-inches in
Armed with this, he attached a
baited hook to the bottom of the
block, then cast it aidrift in the
waters of Town Creek.
* * *
WE WERE TOLD — For this,
you must accept the word of the
gentleman who told ■ us as we
never had the pleasure of meet
ing Mr. Campbell or the thrill of
seeing him launch his minor ar
mada on the surface of Town
Creek In search of a mess of
The little blocks would dart one
way, then another, after the trout
had struck and securely attached
himself to the hook which in turn
was attached to the block.
That must have been a beauti
ful sight. Especially if you’re a
member of the fish eating gentry
(Continued *u Page Two; Col. 8)
A number of Rhesus monkeys
from Calcutta, India were ex
pected to arrive in Wilmington
today aboard a cargo ship. The
vessel also carries burlap, but
the monkeys no doubt, will take
the spotlight when unloading
According to scientists, man
hasn’t sprung too far from the
Rhesus monkey, as the animals
are used in experimental lab
oratories for human diseases.
Coming into Wilmington
aboard the S. S. Steel Artisian
which is scheduled to dock today
at the Wilmington terminal, the
monkeys will be sent on to Cam
den, New Jersey to be used in
experimental work. C. D. Maffitt
is agent for the vessel.
The last time a load of the
Rhesus monkeys came into port
here, they got loose in some
way, and the men in charge loK
a merry chase trying to catch
Bill Now Before State Leg
islature Favoring
New Time
_ i
The Wilmington Junior Cum
ber of Commerce last night adopt
ed a resolution endorsing the
bill now before the State Legis
lature favoring daylight saving
time. The bill has previously been
endorsed by the State Junior
Jesse Sellers, president of the
local club, presented the matter
to the members during their .reg
ular dinner meeting in the Friend
ly cafeteria.
Hugh Morton, chairman of the
Southeastern North Carolina
Beach association membership
drive, explained to those present
the long range plan to boost bus
iness in this area by the projects
sponsored by the organization.
Each event to be staged will
bring tourists and more money
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 4)
The Kiwanis club has adjourned
its regular meeting today in order
to meet with the New Hanover
County Farmers at the Wrightsboro
Home Demonstration club on
Thursday evening at 7:30 o’clock.
The program will be directed by
R. W. Galphin, county agent, and is
a part of the club’s plan for closer
affiliation with- the county’s farm
ers. For several weeks, Galphin has
been host to a farmer at Kiwanis
Company Manager And
City Officials Guest
At Dinner
More than 125 employes of the
Safeway Transit company were
guests of the firm at a second an
niversary banquet in the Famous
Club last night. ’
In attendance at the celebration
were city officials headed by Ma
yor W. Ronald Lane, and Claude
Jessup, general manager of the
company, from Charlottesville,
The work of the firm since it
took over operation of the trans
portation system two yearst ago
was praised by Lane, and congratu
lations from Jessup to the mem
bers of the company for the safety
record established in this time was
included among the highlights of
the meeting.
City Manager J. R. Benson, also
a guest at the banquet, added his
congratulations to the Safeway
company for the safety record es
tablished, and said he appreciated
the cooperation of the firm’s of
ficials with the city government.
Edgar Yow, attorney for the
company, acted as master of cere
monies during the banquet and in
troduced several members of the
city council who were present.
These included Garland Currin,
Richard Burnette and Robert S.
T. J. Baird, superintendent of
transportation for the local system,
assisted Yow in handling the de
tails of the banquet.
Compromise Measure Pass
ed By House
The new compromise civil serv
ice commission bill for Wilmington
was enacted into law yesterday
when the house passed the meas
ure without opposition. The Cen
ate passed the bill last Thursday
after it was introduced by Senator
Alton A. Lennon.
Under the terms of the bill the
Wilmington City Council has the
authority to select a police chief
from without the department pro
vided the term of office is limited
to 18 months.
The other changes in the iaw
which was enacted in 1941 gives
to the governing body the authority
to promote men in the fire and po
(Continued On Page Two; Col. 8)
Furs Or Fine Furbelows
$64 Question For Easter
Ladies, your good friend the
weatherman says he can’t tell
you just yet whether to wear
your rain coat or your finest of
finery come Sunday.
Along about Thursday, he ad
vises, he may be able to look into
the crystal ball and come up with
some definite information — in
formation that may gladden your
heart or darken your grandest
Meanwhile, Paul Hess, who
heads the Wilmington weather
bureau, says today will be even
warmer than yesterday — proba
bly a 87 degrees.
The month just passed was the
coldest March on record for Wil
mington with the exception of the
year 1915. The mean temperature
for the month, meaner then us
ual was 47.7, five arid a half "de
grees below normal.
March also had more than it’s
share of rain, according to the
records, as 6.15 inches fell,
■almost three inrhes more than
normal, and there were cnly 10
clear days.
Fact is, the whole first three
months of the year had a mean
temperature below normal, and
the average rainfall was above
The overall southeastern states
are in for general rains today,
the weatherman said, adding that
some sections had light rain
yesterday and considerable thun
derstorm activity.
General rains were predicted
for today with clearing weather
by Thursday. No important tem
perature changes are expected.
The thermometers were regis
tering normally for the season
with a maxi mumof around 65 de
grees, yesterday.
Second Bill
Is Rejected
By Committee
Kermon And Lennon Plan
No Further Action On
Second Measure
Action Is Expected On
House Floor
The Mouse appropriations com
mittee yesterday approved a
measure introduced by Repre
sentative Robert M. Kermon call
ing for the expenditure of $50,000
yearly for the administration of
the State Ports Authority.
A second measure having to do
with Tar Heel ports, however,
was rejected, as the committee
voted unfavorably to make avail
able $1,000,000 for the development
of North Carolina port facilitiee.
Kermon said he thought any
further action on the measure was.
highly unlikely and indicated that
he would not attempt to have the
bill revived after the rough treat
ment given it by the committee.
Senator Alton A. Lennon, who
offered a similar bill in the Senate
several weeks ago, is expected to
follow Kermon’s lead in the mat
Both Kermon and Lennon ex
pressed keen disappointment over
the action of the appropriations
group in rejecting the measure
which had received the early sup
port of a good many members of
both houses.
The $50,000 bill was placed en
the house calendar yesterday and
is due to come up for floor action
sometime today and Kermon said
that he would make every effort
to have' the House pass this
Chairman Says Drive Is
Discouraging With Lit
tle Interest Shown
The people of Wilmington have
thus far shown comparatively
little willingness to aid the South
eastern North Carolina Beach as
sociation in their efforts to build
up the business of this area, as
only six members joined the or
ganization yesterday.
A non - profit organization,
SENCBA’s program If to spon»or
events which will attract tourists
to this area, and to aid the resort
towns and communities in any
endeavor they might plan.
SENCBA is trying to help this
area get it’s share of the mil
lions of dollars expected to be
spent by tourists this year.
Hugh Morton, chairman of the
campaign, said last night that the
“second day of the drive has
been rather discouraging, and all
we can do is hope for better days
the rest of this week. The Beach
Association program has been
heralded all over the state and
nation as one of the most pro
gressive steps that our region has
promised to undertake in many
“I want to convey my sincere
appreciation to those who have
seen fit to invest in the future of
our region by endorsing SENC
BA’s program with dollars. W e
can talk all we want about how
to increase our prosperity, b is t
money and hard work seem the
only solution to the problem.
“If Wilmington does not ieel
inclined to invest in its future
(Continued on Page Two; Cel. 1)
And So To Bed
Who is the governor of the
If you think that’s a slUy
question, it’s just a sample ef
the many that are answered
each night by the news staff
of The Star.
Last night that perfectly good
question was propounded to the
news department every two
minutes for an hour. Since the
voices over the phone undoubt
edly were those of school pu
pils, it was apparent that some
school teacher had given some
assignment to some class
calling for that answer.
Now, girls and boys, If ye«
made a hundred on that a»
swer, thank The Star's copy
PS—Sir William Murphy Is
the man.
Yout Dollars Plus The
SENCBA Mean More Southeastern

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