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______ WILMINGTON, N. C., THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 1947
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Unity Agreed
Upon As Must
By Big Four
Foreign Ministers Will De
fer Provisional Govern
ment For Germany
AGAIN DEADLOCKED
Bidault Makes Compromise
On Question At Four
Hour Long Session
MOSCOW, April 2—(^)—The four
power Foreign Ministers agreed
tonight that no provisional Ger
man government would be estab
lished until the deadlocked question
of economic unity for that country
had been decided.
In a meeting which lasted four
hours and 20 minutes, the minis
ters once again found themselves
deadlocked on many important
issues. The only concession of the
day was an apparent compromise
by French Foreign Secretary Bi
dault, who agreed conditionally
to British proposals for establish
ing a provisional government in
Germany, by stages.
Prior to the meeting, American
officials disclosed that United
States Secretary of State Marshall
had informed Russian Foreign
Minister Molotov by letter that
when present withdrawals of U. S.
armed forces in China were com
plete, only 6,180 personnel would
remain there, and these at the re
quest of the Chinese government.
No Information
The letter added that American
forces had sent some 3,000,000
Japanese from China to Japan,
and pointedly declared that the
United States has "no information”
concerning 700,000 Japanese taken
in Manchuria by the Russians.
In the session on Germany,
Marshall suggested the ministers
abolish the veto principle in the
Allied Control council, as applied
to any future provisional German
(Continued On Page Two; Col. 7)
TABLING NOTION
KILLS ABC BILL
House Unanimously Op
poses Measure For Vote
On Small Town Stores
RALEIGH, April 2 — UP) —The
House of the legislature, without
an opposing vote being heard,
voted today to kill a bill which
would allow municipalities of pop
ulations greater than 5,440 to vote
on the legalization of alcoholic
beverage control stores.
The bill was killed on a tabling
motion by Rep. Clarence Stone at
Rockingham after Reps. Dan
Tompkins of Jackson and G. A.
Martin of Johnston made strong
pleas opposing the measure.
The Senate, meanwhile, voted
averwhelmingly to approve a bill
which will allow Mecklenburg
county to vote on the question of
establishing ABC stores in the
county. The bill already had pass
ed the house.
Speaking for passage of the
measure was Sen. Joe Blythe of
Mecklenburg, president pro
tempore of the Senate. He told his
colleagues that his county had an
“intolerable situation" where, he
said he had been informed, were
over 100 places that one can buy
liquor by the drink or by the
pint,”
Nobody spoke against the bill.
Tompkins, in taking the floor of
the House to speak against the bill
to allow liquor referendu'ms by
municipalities of over 5,440 popu
lation, said:
“If I represented a county witn
ABC stores, I would oppose this
bill. For if it passes, two years
from now, this House will be filled
with men pledged to vote for a
•tate-wide liquor referendum.”
Tompkins asserted the bill
should have been “entitled” an
act to* disenfranchise the rural
people at North Carolina when it
tomes to voting on ABC stores..”
The House passed without dis -
aenting vote a bill to define and
punish subversive activities.
BAMBONE’S MEDITATIONS
By Alley
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j_Favors ‘Service’ Army _Jl
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, chief of staff of
the United States Army who talked at length to North
Carolina newspapermen yesterday at Fort Bragg where
he is inspecting the vast military establishment there.
He is also scheduled to visit Fort Benning and other
southern army camps. I
“IKE” QUESTIONS
VOLUNTEER ARMY
Chief Of Staff Tells News'
men Dependence Poses
Terrific Gamble
BY AL DICKSON
Staff Correspondent
FORT BRAGG, April 2 — The
question of whether a volunteer
army can be depended upon in
place of one raised and maintain
ed through universal military
service is a terrific gamble while
this country is still technically at
war. General of the Army Dwight
D. Eisenhower told a group of
North Carolina newspapermen
and radio representatives here at
noon today.
Dressed in the smart battle
jacket he made famous and a pair
of slacks, the genial chief of staff
talked with the newsmen at head
quarters of Maj. Gen. S. Leroy
Irwin, commander of both the
post and the V corps.
Greater part of the 20 - minute
conference was devoted to discus
sion of the army’s manpower sit
uation. .
General Eisenhower, who read
ily answered all questions, empha
sized that if voluntary enlistments
fail, then the American armies of
occupation will fall below the
strength needed to maintain order
and achieve stability in the de
feated countries.
If that happens, he continued,
disorder can be expected and the
aims this government has of es
tablishing permanent peace will
receive a severe blow.
Concerned Over forces
The former supreme command
er of the Allied Expeditionary
Force added that failure to prop
erly maintain the occupation
forces would be a matter of se
rious concern to everyone in this
country.
The United States, he declared,
must keep at least a million-man
volunteer army as long as it has
these occupation duties. He would
not hazard a guess as to how long
it will be necessary to continue
this great task.
In his discussion of manpower,
he ma ie it plain that the post
hostilit is operation of Selective
Service has been an extremely ex
pensive method of keeping the
army up to strength. He estimat
ed that the army gets but nine
months actual service out of this
type soldier after the time for
training, transportation and fur
loughs has been deducted.
He also explained that many of
these men bring on extra costs
because they are entitled to the
benefits of the GI bill of rights.
Sees Better Soldier
The soldier in the new volun
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 1)
The Weather
FORECAST:
North Carolina—Clear to partly cloudy,
a little warmer over east portion
Thursday; increasing cloudiness Thurs
day night; scattered showers and con
tinued warm Friday.
South Carolina—Clear to partly cloudy
and warmer Thursday; increasing
cloudiness Thursday night; Friday con
tinued warm with scattered showers.
(Eastern Standard Time)
(By U. S. Weather Bureau)
Meteorological data for the 24 hours
ending 7:30 p. m. yesterday.
TEMPERATURES
1:30 a. m. 63; 7:30 a. m. 64; 1:30 p. m.
62; 7:30 p. m. 63; Maximum 67; Mini
mum 59; Mean 63; Normal 58.
HUMIDITY
1:30 a. m. 77; 7:30 a. m. 79; 1:30 p. m.
100; 7:30 p. m. 8S.
PRECIPITATION
Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p m.
0.80 inches.
Total since the first of the month
0.80 inches.
TIDES FOR TODAY
(From the Tide Tables published by U.
S. Coast and Geodetic Survey).
High Low
Wilmington_ 8:12 a.m. 2:41 a.m.
8:35 p.m. 3:07 p.m.
Masonboro _ 6:00 a.m. 12:16 a.m.
6:29 p.m. - p m.
Sunrise 5:57; Sunset 6:34; Moonrise
4:40p; Moonset 5:09a.
River stage at Fayetteville, N. C. at 8
a. m. Wednesday 12.3 feet.
councITseeking
RESTORATION AID
City To Ask For Federal
Grant To Repair Thal
lian Hall
Efforts to obtain a federal grant
to aid in the restoration of Thalian
hail, was voted by the city coun
cil at yesterday’s session.
The decision came after City
Building Inspector Gilbert F. Mor
ton submitted a report of an in
vestigation he made of the struc
ture. He termed it unsafe
It has been estimated that from
$100,000 to $150,000 will be requir
ed to restore the building.
A suggestion that the hall be
leased to the Thalian Society tor
a period of 99 years and then the
responsibility for the restoration
be left up to the group was offered
by Councilman Harris Newman.
He said he believed there was
enough interest in the historical
value of the project to make the
restoration desirable but indicated
his belief that the city was unable
to expend the sum of money nec
essary to complete the repairs
needed.
No action was taken on a re
quest by Fred Creech, pencil ven
der, that he be permitted to sell
pencils on the streets. A motion
was made that contact be made
with the welfare department to
see if Creech might not be taught
a trade, but the latter declined.
Aaron Goldberg, local attorney,
appeared before the council t i 2
quest that the city grant (funds in
the amount of $400 for the im
provement , of the Wilmington
Light infanty company armory. It
was decided that a committee
would be named to confer with
(Continued on Page Two; Col. Z)
Along The Cape Fear
PROMISED STORY — Well
here’s the story we promised to
pass along to you from Mr. C. C.
Chadboum, o' 415 South Front
street, who has been most gra
cious in giving Along The Cape
Fear liberally of both his time
and talents;
Not so long ago we told how
Mr. Chadboum recalls the Old
Union Depot near Ninth and Bla
den streets which was used by the
Wilmington & Weldon railroad
and the Wilmington, Columbia
Augusta line. There both freight
and passengers wer ®xc^a”ge^
aS was a terminal for both of
the famous early railroads here.
LONG FORGOTTEN -‘It may
not be generally remembered that
up to about 1888 the guage of the
railroads south of Wilmington was
three and one half inches wider
than the guage north of the city.
“It never was quite certain
whether this was because it was
thought that the type of soil re
quired a broader guage or wheth
er it was ou account of the bitter
feeling between the two sections
which had been in existence long
before the outbreak of actual hos
tilities,” Mr. Chadbourn writes.
Be that as it may as to the
reason for the difference in the
width of the guage, but the diffi
culties incumbent were myriad.
“This meant that all freight had
to be transferred at Wilmington
and passenger cars did not get
through the city,” Mr. Chadbourn
reminds us.
* * *
SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
“There was a unigue arrangement
for Pullmans. This was before the
days of the Wilson-Florence short
cut, and Wilmington was on the
main line betwen North and
South.
“There was a pit at the east
end of the shed. The Pullmans
were rolled ever the pit. Coming
south, the four-ftiot eight and one
half inch guage wheels were
dropped out and the five-foot
guage wheels substituted.
; (ContlMM* on Fofo Two; Col. »)
U.S. GETS JAP ISLANDS TRUSTEESHIP;
MULL LETTERS READ TO COMMITTEE;
TEN DIE IN FIREWORKS PLANT BLAST
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Five Injured
By Explosion
In Missouri
Victims Burned Almost
Beyond Recognition, Po
lice Reports State
FOUR BADLY HURT
Factory Workers Were En
gaged In Making July
4th Buzz-Bombs
CLINTON, Mo., April 2 —CPI
Ten persons were burned to death
and five were injured today in an
explosion and fire that demolished
a one-story frame plant of the
Brown Manufacturing company, a
fireworks concern.
Cause of the blast was undeter
mined.
Chief of Police J. D. Peays said
that all of the 28 workers making
toy Fourth of July buzz-bombs in
the plant were accounted for. Thir
teen made their way to satfety,
the 10 dead were burned almost
beyond recognition and five were
injured, four of them critically.
The bodies of the dead were
brought to a temporary morgue at
the city hall in this town of 6,000
population, about 100 miles South
east of Kansas City.
The dead were identified as'
Roy Burnsides, Frank Camslor,
J. C. Herst, J. S. Moyer, Edna
Moyer, (wife of J. S. Moyer),
George C. Tally, Lillian Shepard,
Lydia Crockett, W. H- Belton and
Harry L. Pogue.
The critically injured included
James C. Munday, Mrs. Mae John
son, Mrs. Hazel Shepard and Will
East. Mrs. Lena Holt was treated
for painful burns and taken to her
home.
Eyewitness Account
C. |\ Province gave this graph
ic picture of the explosion and
fire to a reporter on the scene:
“I was tamping powder into
small tubes and Will East was
working alongside me. I saw a
flash in the next room in the
Northeast corner of the building
where Herst (J. C. Herst, one ol
the dead) was sawing the tubes
into lengths and inserting wings.
The wings help the buzz-bombs
stay in the air.
WILLIAM Z. FOSTER
DENIED PERMIT TO
ENTER U. S. ZONE
* _____________
NEW YORK, April 2 — <£>)
William Z. Foster, national chair
man of the Communist party, has
been refused permission by the
War department to enter the U.S.
zone of Germany as a correspond
ent for the Daily Worker, officials
of the Communist party newspa
per said today.
In Washington, the War Depart
ment confirmed the Daily Worker
announcement that Foster’s appli
cation for accreditation as a Cor
respondent had been denied.
Alan Max, Daily Worker man
aging editor, said the newspaper’s
Washington office had asked why
the application had been turned
down and had been informed
merely that the application had
been processed and permission
was “not granted.’’
A War department spokesman
in Washington said that under its
“present policy” it could not ap
prove the application.
Broughton Hints
“Smear” Campaign
Former Governor Denies Authorship Or Of
Receiving Epistles Produced At Hearing;
1948 Senatorial Race “Fire”
RALEIGH, April 2— (M —The
1948 U. S. Senatorial race in North
Carolina was projected today be
fore the Senate Finance commit
tee when letters were read pur
porting to show that former Gov
ernor J. M. Broughton agreed to
oppose. a statewide referendum on
the sale of liquor.
The letters were ready by Sena
tor John McLaughlin of Iredell
who said they were signed by for
mer Speaker O. M. Mull and ad
dressed to Rep. John W. Umstead
of Orange county. McLaughlin
said the letters were read with
Umstead’s consent.
Umstead is a brother of U. S.
Senator William B. Umstead who
is considered a candidate to suc
ceed himself next year. Brough
ton’s name has been closely link
ed with the race. Neither has said
he would run, however.
Reading of the letters was an
apparent effort to refute a state
ment made before the committee
yesterday by Mull. He said the
House two-thirds, or gag, rule was
adopted while he was speaker to
expedite Broughton’s plans for
a visit to Mexico. The gag rule
has been accused by some legisla
tors as being an instrument of wet
forces.
Mull also said that he and
Broughton did not go into details
over laying down anti-referendum
strategy.
Broughton Speaks
Broughton said in a statement
requested by newsmen after the
letters were read that "the use
that is being made, or attempted
to be made, of this letter or let
ters gives some indication of the
beginning of the typical ‘smear
campaign.’ If this is so, this effort
at least has the unique distinction
of having been started even be
fore any candidacies have been
announced.”
One of the Mull letters had said
on October 3, 1940, after Brough
ton’s nomination that “a delega
tion composed of citizens from a
number of the different counties
desiring the retention of ABC
stores had a conference with Gov
ernor Broughton It was agreed by
the conference that during Gover
nor Broughton’s administration
the question of voting out or vot
ing in ABC stores would be left
to the voters of the individual
counties, under the procedure now
prescribed by law. In harmony
with that understanding the ad
ministration will oppose the state
wide referendum.
“Following that conference, I
had a conference with Governor
Broughton and assured him that
if I was elected speaker I v ould
stand by his administration and
the understanding arrived at by
said conference. As you know J.
am personally opposed to the sale
of liquor by any method. But I
was originally a Broughton sup
porter and expect to and will sup
port his administration and help
him to make good his understand
ing in this matter. I have always
(Continued On Page Two; Col. 8)
Union Officials Reject
Offer To Arbitrate Dispute
REP. KERMON GETS
PORTS BILL OVER
Quillen, Royster Rally To
His Side To Defeat
Stone Amendment
The bill calling for an appropri
ation of $50,000 for the adminis
tration of the State Ports Author
ity each year was passed by the
House yesterday despite the ef
forts of Representative Clarence
Stone of Rockingham to have the
yearly grant slashed to $25,000.
Representatives Quillen of Cum
berland and Royster of Henderson
joined Representative Robert
M. Kermon in the successful fight
to have the measure as approved
by the body’s appropriations com
mittee get House okay.
The bill is due to be acted upon
by the Senate appropriations com
mittee today, and Kermon last
night forecast favorable action by
the group.
Meanwhile t tne bill asking for
$1,000,000 for' the development of
the state’s ports assumed the posi
tion of a dead issue as Kermon
predicted that no action will be
taken to approve the bill during
this legislative session.
The measure, introduced in the
House by Kermon and in the
Senate by Senator Alton A. Len
non, gained warm support at the
beginning but advocates were out
numbered in committee sessions.
WASHINGTON, April 2 —(U.R)—
Long distance telephone workers
tonight rejected a company offer
to arbitrate various aspects of
iheir wage dispute after top union
officials said present indications
were that the nation-wide tele
phone strike will start as scheduled
at 6 a. m. Monday.
At an extraordinary 3 1-2 hour
night conference with federal con
ciliators and union officials, rep
resentatives of the American Tele
phone & Telegraph company, ot
tered to arbitrate “base rate
wages.” And certain other fea
tures of the wage dispute.
President John J. ivioran of the
American Union of Telephone
workers, an affiliate of the Na
tional Federation of Telephone
workers and the bargaining agent
for long-distance line workers, said
he rejected the company’s offer as
“too limited.”
He said the company was unwill
ing to allow the arbitrator to grant
a wage boost on the basis of an
increase in the cost of living. He
said the union was willing to arbi
trate its particular wage dispute
“but with no strings attached.”
Both the company and the union
tions tomorrow morning. Federal
agreed to continue their negotia
Conciliator William N. Margolis,
who presided at tonight’s meeting,
said that the conference would
continue “until we get a settle
ment.”
But NFTW President Joseph
Beirne took a darker view. After
a conference with top government
labor officials he said that “the
way it looks now the strike will
go on as scheduled.”
Probe Of County Home Here
Launched By Commissioners
BY GEORGE HASLAM
Star Staff Writer
A thorough investigation into
charges that the inmates at the
New Hanover County home were
not receiving “kind” treatment
was launched yesterday when the
county commissioners interrogat
ed both officials and inmates of
the institution for approximately
three hours.
Headed by Addison Hewlett,
chairman, the entire board includ
ing L. J. Coleman, H. R. Gard
ner, J. M. Hall, and George W.
Trask visited the county home
where the probe was carried on
in one of the offices.
The investigation came on the
heels of charges by Commissioner
Trask at Monday’s regular meet
ing of the county ooard that in
mates were not being treated
kindly or considerately under the
administration of C. M. Carter as
superintendent and his wife, Mrs.
Carter, as matron.
Mr. Carter Testifies
First to be called before the
ccmmissioners were the Carters,
who prevailed upon the investigat
ng committee to read the reports
of the North Carolina State Board
of Public Welfare for the past
three years, two of which, 1944
and 1945, were not concerned with
the Carters’ stewardship as S. J.
Long was superintendant during
tfegt period.
“The Carter* are a young, in
telligent couple and showed a gen
uine interest in the inmates and
home in general,” the report
dated July 11, 1946 stated in part.
This along with the other two re
ports were read by Thomas K.
Woody, clerk of the county com
missioners.
Carter then called upon his wife
to recount the incident with an in
mate, J. L. Buie, that lead to
Commissioner Trask’s original
charges last Monday.
Mrs. Carter Testifies
She stated that while accompa
nied oy Mrs. Katherine Smith,
who has been head nurse at the
home for the past three weeks,
she saw Buie throw a piece of
paper on the porch. When told to
pick it up, he demonstrated a de
fiant attitude.
“It was not a large piece of
paper, but it was his attitude,”
Mrs. Carter stated.
“I locked his room door and
then he went to Mr. Trask,” she
continued.
Mrs. Carter reiterated her state
ment made earlier to Trask that
unless she were allowed to disci
pline the inmates, she would
leave.
Upon direct question as to
whether she harbored any malice
toward any of the inmates, asked
by Commissioner Coleman, Mrs.
Carter gave a firm and quick an
swer: “I do not!”
Both Carter and hi* wife con
tended that there were six or sev
en inmates at the homes which
they would class as malcontents.
A: this group has done every
thing in their power to antag
onize both the superintendent and
the matron and to disparage their
administration of the county
home, Carter claimed.
Under questioning Carter said
that the system of allowing in
mates to come to town had result
ed in a few of the male inmates
purchasing and using alcoholic
beverages.
Nurse Testimony
After the Carters had been ask
ed to leave the room, Mrs. Smith,
the head nurse was called in. She
repeated the happenings of the
Buie affair and added that she did
not like inmates “making cracks’’
at the Carters.
Taking off her black sweater,
which she wore over her white
uniform, Mrs. Smith showed the
commissioners several black and
blue marks on her left arm which
she said were the result of being
hit by the more unruly male in
mates.
"I’ve been in the Marine corps
and I’m going to give orders. I
expect them to be followed,” she
said while stressing her efforts to
impress upon the inmates the
need for cleanliness at the home.
Before closing her testimony,
(Continued on Pag* Two, C*L >);
VI
" ' - - *• -■ ---I
Chicago Mayor
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martin H. Kennedy, 59-year-old
Democratic candidate, above, is
Chicago’s new Mayor. He defeated
his Republican opponent, Russell
\V. Root, in Tuesday’s election.
Some observers read in the out
come a sign that the nation was
swinging toward the Democratic
column after last fall’s Republican
victories.
NEW MAYOR GETS
READY FOR WORK
Martin Kennell, Victor In
Chicago Race, Postpones
Vacation Plans
CHICAGO, April 2 —(TP)—Mayor
Elect Martin H. Kennelly went
right to work today, postponing a
contemplated vacation trip in or
der to familiarize himself wiih the
makeup of the new city council.
One of the first duties for Ken
nelly, who will succeed Mayor Ed
ward J. Kelly April 15, will be to
name the standing commutes of
the new council.
Kennelly, a Democrat, was
elected yesterday in a record out
pouring of votes for a Chicago
mayoral election. He defeated
Ruasell W. Root, the Republican
candidate, 919,. 593 to 646,239
Kelly, who did not seek reelec
tion, supported Kennelly.
Postpones Trip
In postponing a planned vaca •
tion trip to Tennessee to acquaint
himself with city hall details,
Chicago’s new businessman -
mayor said that this was what
any businessman would do before
deciding on any possible chances.
Although some of the alder
manic races were so close thal
the official canvass might alter
the final outcome, the Republicans
elected 17 members to 33 for the
Democrats on the basts of com
plete unofficial returns.
This was the same number of
seats the Republicans had in 1931
and gave the party a strategic
position it has not held since that
time. The minority bloc now has
the strength to block suspension of
rules for quick passage of legis
lation without committee consider
ation^
Kennelly’s vote topped the win
ning Democratic ticket which in
cluded Ludwig D. Schreiber for
city clerk and Joseph T. Baran
for city treasurer.
ROAFWEiGHTS
TO BE REGULATED
Brunswick May Determine
Types Of Traffic
On County Roads
RALEIGH, April 2 —The board
of county commissioner^ ol
Brunswick county has authorized
to make rules and regulations
with respect to weight or charac
ter of vehicles permitted to travel
over public roads or cartways
which are not under the super
vision and control of the state
highway and public works com -
mission, under provisions of a bill
introduced Tuesday by Senator
Rudolph Mintz of Brunswick coun
ty.
The board may confer with the
district highway engineer in order
to obtain information or advice
with respect to determining pro ■
per regulations to be made.
These regulations must be
adopted by resolutions of the
boards and weight or other limita
tions prescribed must be posted at
the courthouse and at appropriate
plays along the public roads and
cartways to which regulations a
dopted apply.
If anyone makes use of a pub
lic road or cartway contrary to
any regulations adopted and post
ed, an aggrieved person served by
the road or cartway may bring
action to restrain further use of
the road or cartway- in violation
of the regulations.
Any court in granting such re
straining order shall prohibit fur
ther use of the road or cartway
by the defendant unless he fur -
nishes a bond conditioned upon
placing the. road in as good condi
tion and leaving it in as good con
dition as the road or cartway was
at the defendant made improper
use of it.
The board of commissioners
shall determine whether or not the
condition k adequately oo»plkd
with.
U.N. Security
Council Puts
Okay On Plan
Three Pacific Chains In
volved In Agreement
Voted At Session
RUSSIA IN ACCORD
Saipan, Tinian, Truk, Eni
wetok, Kwajalein, Ma
juro Go To U. S.
LAKE SUCCESS, N. Y„ April
2—(U.R)—The United Nations Se
curity council approved tonight,
after sharp debate between the
United States and Soviet Russia,
an agreement giving the United
States sole trusteeship over the
vital strategic areas of three Pa
cific island chains wrested from
the Japanese.
Andrei A. Gromyko, Soviet del
egate, voted with the other ten
members of the council on the
final tally.
He had abstained on a critical
vote on an American amendment
giving the Security council and
the United States the right to
change or discontinue the amend
ment.
Gromyko, whose government had
announced its support of the
American trusteeship proposal in
February, fought hard to write
in a provision that the Security
council alone could discontinue
the agreement.
Warren R. Austin, United States
delegate who had waged just aa
hard a fight for the agreement,
said afterwards that “this is a
demonstration that the United Na
tions does work.”
UNION DEMAND
UNJUSTIFIED
’Phone Company Manager
Says Wage Rates Up
75 Per Cent
The contention that present
wage scale demands on the part
of Southern Bell Telephone em
ployes are not justified was sound
ed yesterday in a statement re
leased by O. S. Bain, company
group manager here.
Bain’s statement pointed out
that telephone wage rates have In
creased 75 per cent since January,
1941, and that last year, and in
1945 the wage rate increases
granted by the company added
approximately $26,000,000 to the
annual pay of firm employe*.
“Good wages for good workers
and good service are in the public
interest and the telephone com
pany believes in paying good
wages,” the statement said.
“It believes that the wages paid
its employes should compare fa •
vorably with those paid by other
concerns in the community for
work requiring similar skill and
training,” Bain’s statement con
tinued.
“On a company-wide basis the
union’s demands amounts to an
average weekly increase in basic
wage rates of about $18 per em
ploye.
Bain said that the company had
offered the union a year’s renewal
of the present contract, with the
right to reopen the matter of
wages at a time when changes In
conditions may justify.
He said that wages paid by the
Southern Bell co. at the present
for a 40 hour week are, for opera
tors, $26, to $37 and for installer
repairmen, $27 to $60. This scale
Bain contrasted with union de
mands for wages for operators hi
$40 to $51 and f°r installer-repair
men $43 to $81.
He concluded by saying that
wages that are too low are not
fair to the employes who do the
work and that too-high wages are
not fair to the public who pay
for the telephone service.
And So To Bed
Boys will be boys . . • • .
Monday afternoon wet grounds
forced the local baseball team
to move from the playing field
at Legion Stadium. So they re
tired to the parking lot behind
the stadium.
Just a few hundred feet away
a carnival was in full swing.
The manager noticed that moat
of the batters were hitting to
right field, long hard drivea
and the ball would roll under
the carnival fence.
After watching this for eev
eral minutes the manager be
gan to investigate. Just Inside
the inclosure was a large tent
with the familiar sign “Girl”
over the marquee.
The players, with the aid of
the batting practice pitcher
had seen the sign much earlier.
You guessed it . . There
were no girls, the ehoi^wee

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