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of the
ASSOCIATED PRESS
l niRht; Sunday, showers toiluwcu ov th© •
cooler weather. * °J UNITED PRESS j
With Complete Coverage of
—-———————State and National News
'volTH^no. 210. ___
----r- .. ■ ESTABLISHED 1867
Soviet Faces
Major Defeat
Britain Clinches U. S. Vic
tory On Greek Plan In
Security Council
lake SUCCESS, N. Y„ April
__(£•}_ Soviet Russia faced a
maj0r defeat in the Security Coun
cil today on her demand for Unit
ed Nations supervision over Presi
jjnt Truman’s aid program for
Greece. <
The verdict was assured when
Britain, packing both majority sup
-ort and the power of the veto,
announced she would oppose a U.
N. checkup on American spending
in Greece.
France said she also would op
pose it unless the United States
agreed to supervision.
The other top proposal before
delegates, submitted by the United
Stater, would order the council’s
Balkan Investigating commission
to leave representatives in Greece
temporarily to watch over the tur
bulent border areas pending coun
cil action. This carried majority
mpport but was subject to Rus
sian veto.
Sir Alexander Cadogan, British
delegate, assailed the Russian pro
posal as "not desirable or useful”
ind said he was surprised that
Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei A.
Gromyko had advanced such a
plan.
Cadogan Blast
Speaking of unilateral aid, Cado
*ar. noted that the Russian govern
ment ‘‘had done the same thing for
Poland, Yugoslavia and others”
and, so far as he knew, had never
informed the U. N. of it.
Peering over his glasses at
Gromyko. Cadogan said he saw no
reason to agree with the Soviet
contention that American aid to
Greece should be treated in one
way ana Soviet aid to Yugoslavia,
Poland and others should be treat
ed in another way.
Immediate reaction to Cadogan’s
apeech came from Dr. Julius Katz
iuchy, Polish delegate, who re
marked that his country ‘‘did not
need reminders from Sir Alex
ander” about its obligations to re
port on agreements. He then said
that the Soviet resolution did not go
far enough and offered an addition
al paragraph stipulating that aid
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 4)
LABOR GETS PAY
BOOSTS, CONTRACT
Westinghouse Electric Oi
lers Workers 15-Cent
Hourly Increase
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Labor and management reached
agreement, or cracked open stale
mated negotiations, in some im
portant sectors of industry yester
day.
In Pittsburgh Westinghouse Elec
tric corp. and the CIO United Elec
trical workers announced a une
year contract agreement providing
a 15-cent hourly wage increase to
more than 75,000 workers. The
agreement is subject to ratification
by local unions.
In Pittsburgh, too, a long dead
lock in negotiations between steel
workers and the steel industry
appeared broken when the union
asked for a 23-cent an hour wage
boost from Jones & Laughlin Steel
corp., the nation’s fourth largest
producer employing some 25,000
workers.
Offer Denied
The Jones it Laughlin offer, it
was believed,, could set a pattern
for the industry. The Iron Age,
steel industry journal, said Thurs
day U. S. Steel corp. had made a
definite wage offer, for the first
time, which was denied by Philip
Murray, steelworkers president,
and drew a "no comment’’ from
big steel.
In Detroit, General Motors corp.,
matched the terms of its settlement
with the CIO United Electrical
workers with an offer of “the equiv
alent of” a 15-cent hourly pay in
crease to the CIO United Auto
workers The offer included 11 1-2
cents an hour more pay plus pay
for six holidays annually.
Union Dissatisfied
The GM offer brought a quick
“not. satisfactory” from President
Walter Reuther of the CIO-UAW
in Pittsburgh.
The nationwide telephone strike
entered its 12th day but in Wash
ington Joseph A. Beirne, president
ef the National Federation of Tele
phone workers, said "we’re working
toward a settlement this week.”
The Weather
FORECAST:
South Carolina—Increasing cloudiness
o warmer Saturday, warmer Saturday
r,lgh: ,vith scattered showers northwest
Port; on. Sunday showers followed by
Cooler.
North Carolina—Increasing cloudiness
*'id warmer Saturday, warmer Saturday
J11^1 with scattered showers west por
Sunday showers followed by cool
1Eastern Standard Time)
'By U. S. Weather Bureau)
Meteorological data for the 24 hours
7:30 p. m. yesterday.
TEMPERATURES
30 a. m. 55; 7:30 a. m- 50; 1:30 p m.
7:30 p. m. 61; Maximum 68; Mini
mUfr Mean 58; Normal 63.
HUMIDITY
' 30 a. m, 73; 7:30 a, m. 82; 1:30 p. m.
*' “ 30 p. m. 58.
PRECIPATION
lota! for 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m
•■tC inches.
fotai since the first of the month* 3.61
Miches.
TIDES FOR TODAY
rrom the Tide Tables published by
L S. Coast and Geodetic Survey).
, High Low
Wilmington _. 8:25 a.m. 3:15 a.m.
u 8:49 p.m. 3:29 p.m.
***onboro _ 6:10 a.m. 12:11 a m.
6:29 p m. 1:29 p.m.
Sunrise 5:36; Sunset 6:46; Moonrise
^ 59a. Moonset 5:20p.
River stage aX Fayetteville, N. C. at 8
* rn- Fnday 22.4 feet.
More Weather On Page Twe
DR. W. HOUSTON MOORE
PEOPLE TO HONOR
DR. MOORESUNDAY
Mayor Lane Sets Day Aside
In Recognition Of Green
field Park Work
Sunday has been proclaimed "Dr.
W. Houston Moore Day” by Mayor
W. Ronald Lane in honor of the
Wilmington physician who for
years has been instrumental in
the development of Greenfield
Park.
In addition to his interest and
work in the park, Dr. Moore has
advocated the' extensive planting
of azaleas throughout the city as
beauty attractions. He has been
the driving irce behind the pro
posed Azalea Festival, the first of
which is scheduled for 1948.
A native of Warsaw, Dr. Moore
came to Wilmington in 1911 and
has practiced here since that time.
In his proclamation, Mayor Lane
extended an invitation to the pub
lic to visit Greenfield Sunday and
view the profusion of azaleas now
in bloom there.
Mayor Lane's proclamation, re
leased yesterday, is as follows:
Whereas, Greenfield Park is
recognized as one of the most
beautiful natural parks in the
United States; and
Whereas, thousands of visitors
annually visit Greenfield Park to
see the magnificent floral display
exhibited by the beautiful azaleas;
and
Whereas, our historic city has
gained national fame because of
the development of Greenfield
Park; and
Whereas, the azaleas will be ai
their height on Sunday, and
Whereas, Dr. W. Houston Moore
of Wilmington has given unspar
ingly of his vast energy and val
uable time to promote Greenfield
Park and direct the attention oi
the public to its great beauty; and
has rendered a great public serv
ice through his unselfish efforts to
allow our city to capitalize on
the azaleas:
Now, therefore, in recognition of
the devoted service of this public
spirited citizen and physician, I,
W. Ronald Lane, mayor of Wil
mington, do declare Sunday, April
20, “Dr. W. Houston Moore Day”
and invit all to whom these
presents shall come to visit Green
field on that day .
TOP ROTC HONORS
FOR WEEK LISTED
Pvt. Larry Dagenhart, Sgt.
Ralph Huband Named
Distinguished Cadets
BY ROBERT MILLER
Pvt. Larry Dagenhart and Sgt.
Ralph Huband of companies A and
C respectively, won top ROTC
honors yesterday afternoon as they
were made first and second-third
year distinguished cadets of the
New Hanover High school battal
ion for the week of April 14 - 18, it
was anounced by Sgt. Cary Durden,
a member of the staff.
The best company for the week
of April 14-18 will be graded on
Friday mornings parade and in
spection. The honor company will
be awarded a streamer at Monday
morning formation which will be
worn on the company guidon staff.
The company commander and
company sponsor will be honored
by wearing the fourragere, a
shoulder cord.
Pvt. Dagenhart and Sgt. 'Huband
will be awarded the fouragerre at
Monday morning on the 13th and
Ann parade field.
Pvt. Dagenhart, a- sophomore at
the local high school, has obtained
the highest cadet ROTC honor by
winning distinguished cadet rating
of the battalion eight weeks and
(Continued on Page Two, Col. 3)
Assets Plan
Soviet Minister Tr Unit
ed States O /// *•
Offer VVV/
MOSCO- //Wet
Foreign ' V / <> rip -
ped . ///Ameri
can pr A? / /se on de
fining G Aj /in Austria
and U. S. // of State.Mar
sha charge, ,iotov with trying
to transform Austria into a “pup
pet” state under “foreign control.”
The Soviet rejection of the
American compromise on the key
issue of defining what assets the
Russians can take for reparations
apparently doomed all chances of
completing an Austrian pact at
the present conference of foreign
ministers.
At the suggestion of British For
eign Secretary Bevin the minis -
ters agreed to meet twice daily
in order to speed the end of the
conference. “If we have two
meetings we might be able to get
out of here,” Bevin said.
Molotov went through a defini
tion of German assets offered by
Marshall paragraph by para
graph, rejecting and criticising in
turn. The Marshall formula
which had been accepted by
I ranee and Britain as a basis for
discussion .retained the main Unit
ea States stand that property ac
quired by the Germans under
“force or duress” should not be
considered assets subject to seiz
ure by the allies.
Will Not Exist
Marshall made it clear he
would not insist upon the exact
words “force or duress,” but said
there should be no disagreement
“as to the propriety of excluding
from seizable German assets forc
ed transfers by coercion.”
Marshall told Molotov he felt
the United States proposal was
“a reasonable compromise but
that he had the impression from
Molotov’s reply that "we are far
ther apart than ever.”
“Mr. Molotov seems to be say
ing there should be no free and
independent Austria ,” Marshall
added. “If Mr. Molotov’s pro
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 5)
RAILROAD GROUP
TO END SESSION

Final Meeting Of Treasury
Division, AAR To Be
Held This Morning
Treasury officials of many of
America’s leading railroads will
wind up their two-day business
session of the advisory commit
tee, treasury division, Association
o£ American Railroads, at 11:45
a.m. today.
The final business session will
get underway at 9:30 o’clock this
morning in the Cape Fear club,
where the group met yesterday
morning for a three hour ses
sion.
Matters relative to railroad pro
cedure were discussed during the
meeting, according to i:_rry Hurst,
ot Philadelphia, chairman of the
advisory committee i.nd represen
tative of the Pennsylvania Rail
road company.
Hurst presided at the business
session and E. R. Ford, of Wash
ing treasury division of A.A.R.,
is secretary of the group.
Following the business session
the group was entertained by Mr.
and Mrs. Hargrove Bellamy at
their residence at 1417 Market
street, after which they returned
to the Cape Fear club for lunch.
Four Gardens
The ladies, accompanying the
committee members here for the
conference, were entertained by
Mr. and Mrs. P. Nichols at a
luncheon in the Nichols’ ho e ai
102 North 15th street.
Yesterday afternoon the visitors
were taken on a tour of the area
which included a visit to Green
field lake, Airlie gardens, and
Wrightsville beach.
Last night the group was enter
tained at a supper held in the
Cape Fear club.
Immediately following today’s
business session, the visitors will
travel by auto to Orton plantation
where they will be the guests of
Mr. and Mrs. J. Lawrence Sprunt
at a barbecue.
The Atlantic Coast Line Rail
road company, through its treas
urer, P. Nichols, is serving as of
ficial host to the regular business
session of the A.A.R. gr'ap.
Those Attending
In attendance at yesterday's
session in addition to Hurst, Ford
and Nichols were: E. H. Bunnell,
vice-president, A.A.R., Washing
ton, D. C.; J. A. Simpson, vice
chairman of the committee, Sou
thern Pacific Railroad, New York,
N. Y.; P. A. Lyon, secretary,
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 8)
Weat Coast Dean Upholds
Morals Of U- S. Students
SPOKANE, April 18 — W—Dean
Charles E. McAllister of St.
John’s cathedral (Episcopal! in
Spokane declared today that “al
coholism and sex immorality are
definitely not on the increase a
rr.ong American college and uni
versity students.’’
Dean McAllister, who said he
had just surveyed 60 educational
institutions as president of the As
sociation of Governing Boards of
Stat Universities and Allied insti
tutions, said he made the tate
ment ‘‘in response to a recent
absurd statement by the English
clergyman on a visit to the United
States with reference to the morals
'of American students.” _ _
The Rev- Brian Green ot Lon
don was quoted there last week
end as saying that the morals of
American students were “deplor
able.”
The Church ol England clergy
man estimated that in state uni
versities 90 percent of the male
students and 70 percent cj the
women have sex relations outside
marriage.
Dean McAllister replied Uiat “in
most educational institutions con
ditions of sex immorality and al
coholism are a great d 1 better.”
He added that “I think our
friend from England would do
well to live with our American
student* awhile."
OLESALE ARREST OF TELEPHONE
WORKERS FOLLOWS COURT DECISION;
MONSANTO PLANT GIVES UP BODIES
Rescue Crews
Dig Out Dead
f
Texas City Known Casualty
Toll Now 59; 307
Listed As Missing
TEXAS CITY, Tex., April 18—
(A1)—The smoking ruins of the
Monsanto Chemical plant yielded
25 more dead today and asbestos
clad rescue workers said 75 to 100
bodies were lying in the area
where explosions and fires m this
gulf port city have killed an esti
mated 650 persons and injured 3,
000.
The known dead rose to at least
300.
The Houston Post quoted an
American Red Cross official at
Texas City as saying that 549 per
sons are known to have lost their
lives.
The Houston Chronicle said a
total of 50 bodies had been recov
ered in the area by mid-afternoon
and that the company’s office
building still is too dangerous to
be probed.
Eleven fires still raged around
the city where a series of blasts
were set off by an explosion a
board the French ship Grand Camp
Wednesday morning. Two new
blazes broke out today.
John H. Wallace, Boston, Mass.,
seaman, and Gordon Penson,
Houston, among the first to enter
the restricted Monsanto area, said
“about 75 to 100 bodies” are lying
it. the area.
Their report did not cover the
office building.
At Galveston, 11 miles away, a
Coast guard board of investigation
began its hearing into the cause
of the explosion on the Grand
Camp.
The first witness, Samuel F.
Muecke, deputy collector of cus
toms at Galveston, testified that
the Grand Camp carried 16 cases
of small ammunition destined tor
Venezuela.
Later, however, William T. But
ler, technical'advisor and ‘an ex
pert on dangerous cargo ship
ments, said such ammunition was
not considered dangerous cargo
although nitrate, which also was
being loaded, was dangerous.
Earlier today rumors circulated
here that several victims had
been found alive in the ruins of
the multi-million dollar Monsanto
plant.
The Chronicle quoted H. N. San
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 4)
CLUB TO SPONSOR
MODEL PLANE RUN
Event Scheduled By Sunday
By Exchangites; E. R.
Wilson Elevated
E. R. Wilson has been named
second vice president of the Wil
mington Exchange club to succeed
Oscar Simpson, who has moved to
Lumberton. The announcement of
Wilson’s selection oy the board of
control was made during yester
day’s luncheon session of the club.
* With J. M. Snow, president, pre
siding, the club heard several an
nouncements Dr. R. T. Ronner
said that a special ladies night
program has been arranged for
April 30 at the Famous club. Dress
for the occasion will be optional,
he added.
Dwight McEwin announced that
a model plane meet has been sched.
uled for 10:30 a. m. Sunday at the
Thirteenth and Ann streets field.
Mora than 50 planes have been
entered in the event and an exten
sive prize list is being offered.
William G. Robertson entertained
the club with a humorous talk and
then lead the members in a song
fest during the meeting;
BOARD OF DIRECTORS of Insurance Firm mee t—Pictured above are members of the board of
directors of the Carolina Insurance company who met following the annual session of the firm’s stock
holders at noon yesterday. The directors, are left to right, Warren S. Johnson, Richard F Van
Vranken, Joseph A. Carruth, William M. Courtne y, Earl T. Hancock, J. Carter Cook, M. A. Sedg
wick, and J. Ashley Hill. New members elected to the board at yesterday’s session were Hancock
and Fred E. Little.
NOTED PHYSICIANS
MAYSPEAKHERE
Medical Society Extends
Invitations For August
22, Special Meeting
_
The New Hanover Medical So-1'
ciety has announced tl appoint
ment of five committees on ar
rangements for the special meet
ing of the Society, which is sche
duled to be held at Wrightsville
Beach, August 22.
Dr. J. Watts Farthing, chair
man of the publicity committee
said last night that five prom
inent doctors, who are rated as
tops in their respective fields, will
address the meeting. Over 400
physicians of North Carolina have
been invited to attend.
Included on the agenda for the
day-long meeting will be a morn
ing and afternoon business meet
ing and a banquet. The visiting
doctors will be the guests of the
local Medical Society. Arrange
ments will be made for outside
fishing trips for the day follow
ing the meeting.
Dr. Farthing said he would an
nounce the speakers as soon as
they accept the invitations. It is
understood that invitations have
been sent to the leading physicians
of John Hopkins Hospital, Mayo
Clinic, Crile Clinic, Harvard Uni
versity and the University of
Pennsylvania.
Committees Named
The following committees will
have charge of the meeting:
Program: Dr. Robert M. Fales,
Chairman; Dr. D. R. Murchinson,
Dr. D. R. McEachern and Dr. Wil
liam S. Dosher.
Entertainment: Dr. Donald
Koonce, Chairman and Dr. R.
Bryant Hare, Jr.
Publicity: Dr. J. Watts Fart
ing, Chairman; Dr. J. Watts Fart
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 1)
COL. GILLETTE LAUDS
P 0 R T OF WILMINGTON
IN WATERWAYS SPEECH
The role that the Port of Wil
mington played in the defense of
the nation was outlined by Col.
George W. Gillette, division en
gineer, of the South Atlantic di
vision, during an address yester
day before the Florida Waterway
congress, meeting at Mount Dora,
Fla.
The entire south Atlantic coast
has a potential treasure in the
form of waterways, according to
Colonel Gillette, a former district
engineer who was stationed here.
Gen. R. A. Wheeler, also a for
mer district engineer here, was
also scheduled to address the con
ference yesterday.
Along The Cape Fear
FT. FISHER NOTE — Not so
long ago Along the Cape Fear told
a little of the history of a poem
which was read at the dedication
program of the Ft. Fisher monu
ment.
There was an oversight on our
part for which we are deeply sor
ry. Space would not permit us to
carry all of the valuable material
that was placed at our disposal by
Mrs. E. L. Robbins, recording sec
retary, Cape Fear chapter, No. 3,
United Daughters of the Confedera
cy.
Previously we told of the poem,
“Fort Fisher,” rendered by Mrs.
Margaret Davis Brogg during the
ceremonies in 1926. But here are
a few historical highlights that
we did not include.
* * 4
GOLDEN JUBILEE — Upon the
occassion of the Golden Jubilee
convention of the United Daught
-ers of the Confederacy at the Wel
come banquet last October 8, Mrs.
Bragg, president of the Cape Fear
chapter, again read “Fort Fisher”
prior to cutting the five-tiered an
niversary cake.
The cake was cut with the historic
sword which Mapor James Reilly
surrendered at the fall of Ft. Fish
er.
Major Reilly had rallied the
weary forces and for three days
held the Fort after the death of
General Whiting, who was killed
in the fighting there.
* * *
RAISED THREE TIMES — Three
times the Confederate flag was
shot down, and three times the gal
lant Christopher C. Bland climbed
the flag pole and restored the ban
ner to its rightful place. The last
time he is said to have secured
it to the pole with his own neck
tie.
When Ft. Fisher fell, the Union
forces took Wilmington, ransacking
the town. The Bible from the First
Presbyterian church was stolen.
In December, 1932, through the
efforts of C. C. Chadbourn, in a
dramatic development, the Pag,
the sword of Ft. Fisher fame, and
the Bible were returned to Louis T.
Moore, then secretary of the
Chamber of Commerce.
Moore presented the flag to the
Cape Fear chapter, the sword to
Major Reilly’s heir, his grandson,
James Owen Reilly; and the Bible
to the First Presbyterian church.
Upon Mr. Reilly’s death, his
cousin, Daniel A. Lockfaw inherit
ed the famous sword, and gracious
ly loaned it to the Cape Fear chap
ter for the 50th anniversary of the
state organization. __ _,
PAGE IRVING BERLIN
AS THIS MAY RECALL
HIS WORLD WAR SONG
CLEMSON, S. C„ April 18—
(&)—Two members of Clemson
college’s R.O.T.C. Drum and
Bugle corps were slightly in
jured when struck by articles
thrown from windows as they
made their 6:20 a. m. rounds
waking the Cadet corps today.
Col. A. J. Thackston, Jr.,
commandant, was investigat
ing the incident when this note
showed up:
“V’e wish to request that all
unnecessary and loud commo
tion of the R.O.T.C. unit be
fore reveille and breakfast be
taken to Bowman field or sus
pended.”
It was signed, “several
sleepy members of the Veteran
corps,” a group not subject
to military regulation.
ARMY ADVISORY
GROUP ORGANIZES
Commanding 0 f f i c e r Of
N. C. Military District
Addresses Meeting
The Army Advisory Committee
of Wilmington held their first meet,
ing yesterday afternoon in the of
fice of Bishop Thomas H. Wright,
it ivas announced by Archie B.
Johnston, coast artillery instructor.
The advisory committee is com
posed of leaders from the various
civic clubs in this city and it’s
purpose is to form a liason be
tween the civilians and the sol
diers.
Colonel McLaughlin, command
ing officer of the North Carolina
Military District, was the princi
pal speaker of the evening.
“The fostering of better rela
tions between the military and
civilian personnel of this area is
the main purpose of this commit
tee,” said McLaughlin, “and the
army is a civilian army.
“It is your army and no one
(Continued on Page Two, Col. 2)
MAN ARRESTED ON
ASSAULTCHARCE
Chinese Hawaiian Jailed
For Attempted Attack
On White Woman
Wiliam P. Kamalu, 23-year-old
Chinese-Hiwaiian, .was being held
in the New Hanover county jail
last night on charges' of attempted
criminal assualt on a 22 year-old
white married woman of the Skip
per’s corner section of Castle
Hayne.
Sheriff F. Porter Davis, making
his first arrest since he was ap
pointed sheriff Monday , said he
receved the call at 7 o’clock last
nght. The Sheriff said he believed
that Kamalu is AWOL from the
U. S. Army. Papers ofund in his
pockets disclosed he was a mem
ber of the 57th Field Artillery at
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 3)
CHURCHILLHITS
WALLACE TALKS
Former Premier Labels
American As Crypto
Communist” In Speech
LONDON, April 18. — (/P> —
Winston Churchill sharply attack
ed Henry A. Wallace in a public
speech today, classing him as a
“Crypto Communist” and declar
ing he was trying “to separate
Great Britain from the United
States and to weave her into a
vas* system of Communist in
trigue which radiates from Mos
cow.”
(In Stockholm Wallace said he
h a d no immediate comment on
Churchill’s statements.)
The former British prime minis
ter defined a "Crypto Commu
nist” as “one whc has not got
the courage to explain the desti
nation for which he is making.”
Crypto is derived from a Greek
word meaning “hiddend.”
Addresses Rally
Addressing a rally of 10,000
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 1)
TEXAS CITY FIRE
LADDIES GO WEST
Wednesday’s Disaster Kills
M o s t Of Personnel,
All Equipment
TEXAS CITY, Tex., April 18—
(U.R) — The Texas City volunteer
fire department had 47 members,
today it has 20 members.
On Wednesday 27 members re
sponded to the alarm of fire
aboard the French freighter
Grand Carr,i, tied up at the dock
of the Monsanto Chemical compa
ny.
Not one of those 27 survived the
blast which disintegrated the ship
and set off a chain of explosions
which wrecked this port.
The department had four pieces
ol equipment. Today it has none.
The wreckage of two fire trucks
was found today. There wasn’t
even a red wheel or a bell to
indicate the other two had ever
existed.
The department’s casualties in
cluded its chief, H. J. Baumgart
ner, the First Assistant Chief, Joe
M. Braddy_ and the two captains,
S. B. Nuniez and C a p t. W. G.
Johnson.
Acting Chief
Fred Dowdy, the second assis
tant chief, was out of town on
Wednesday. Today he was named
acting chief.
Five of the 20 survivors worked
silently ^today around the algriost
new tan-brick fire house, fronted
by a neatly clipped lawm. They
were replacing the window glass.
One piece of equipment was in
side. It was a pumper truck on
loan from Ellington Field,
Houston.
The men were stunned by the
tragedy. They didn’t want to talk
about it.
A. W. Williams, fire marshall,
said that as soon as the debris
was cleared away there was going
to be a memorial service for the
firemen who lost their lives in the
line of duty.
Writer Charges Chaplin
With Praising Mussolini
NEW YORK, April 18 —W—
Screen Writer Konrad Bercovis
testified today in his suit against
aetor-producer Charles Chaplin
that the British-born film star 10
years ago praised dictatorships
and lauded the rise, of Hitler and
Mussolini.
Bercovici, who is suing Chaplin
for $5,000,000 for the movie come
dian’s alleged breach of an oral
agreement to collaborate with
him in producing the film, “The
Great Dictator,’’ told a federal
court judge and jury that Chap
lin’s praise of dictators' was in
1937 during early discussion be
tween the two. v .
i
Concerning the alleged agree
ment, Bercovici described numer
ous telegrams he said he sent
Chaplin and purported conversa
tions with the actor, but did not
give specific details relating to the
agreement.
Earlier, Attorney Louis D,
Froelick told the court that “ I
scoff the contention of a secret
contract between Chaplin and
Bercovici,” and said he would
prove that Chaplin wrote the pic
ture himself. He said Bercovici
had submitted a two-page docu -
ment containing suggestions but
no plot or continuity, and that
Chaplin rejected the suggestion*.
Scores Taken
Before Judge
Southern Bell Company
Gets Injunction Barring
Picketing By Union
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 18
— (J3) — A Circuit court judge to
day issued a state-wide no-picket
ing order against striking tele
phone workers and sheriff’s dep
uties tonight began to enforce it
with wholesale arrests.
The deputies seized 20 union
members about two hours after
the injunction was read to pick
ets and a copy posted on the wall
of the local telephone building. A
little later a new line of pickets
formed. They, too, were hustled to
the county courthouse to face Cir
cuit Judge Bryan W. Simpson,
who issued the restrainer on a
complaint of t h e telephone com
pany that one of its managers had
been manhandled and other vio
lence committed.
The pickets were charged with
contempt of the court order.
Protesting that the arrests were
unjustified, union spokesmen said
they intended to maintai nthe pick
et line as long as their mem
bers held out. A written state
ment from union headquarters as
serted “there has been no vio
lence” and the “law guarantees
peaceful picketing.”
Named in t h e injunction were
the Southern Federation of Tele
phone workers, two national
unions of telephone workers and
C. K. Standen, SFTW state di
rector.
injunction Terms
The injunction said that “unless
the processes of this court are
used to intervene, there is likeli
hood of violence, bloodshed and
civil commotion.”
A. B. Dooly, Southern Bell
Florida manager who applied for
the injunction, said George Kins
man, Jacksonville manager, was
“physically roughed up by some
10 or 12 pickets” as he attempted
to enter the main exchange build
ing this morning.
The bill of complaint also said
that some 600 of the company’s
wires were cut at Miami April 8,
that workers were coerced at Fer
nandina, physically intimidated at
Lake City, and “unlawful activi
ties” on the part of strikers had
occurred at Jacksonville Beach,
Waldo and Homestead.
UNION TACITLY BIDS
FOE TRUMAN HELP
WASHINGTON, April 18. — (U.H>—
Tactly bidding for White House
intervention in the 12-day national
telephone tie-up, strike leader Jo
seph A. Beirne announced today
that he is laying all the facta of
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VHF RADIORANGE
TO OPERATE SOON
Boyd Tells Chamber Air
Committee That Equip
ment Now In Place Here
The very high frequency radio
range for Wilmington and the aur.
rounding area is scheduled to be
in full operating condition by the
last of May or the first of June,
the air committee of the local
Chamber of Commerce was advis
ed at a meeting in the Woodrow
Wilson hut yesterday afternoon.
Henry E. Boyd, Jr., acting man
ager of Bluethenthal airfield, told
the committee that range equip
ment is fully installed here and
that it would be in operation on
a full time basis starting April 22.
He explained, however that all
stations, along the coast must be
flight checked before the cfier
ation of the range could be con
sidered complete and estimated
that the check would be ended
around the last of May.
Yesterday’s meeting was called
to discuss the recent Civil Aero
nautics Board decision in awarding
a certificate to Piedmont Airlines
to operate two feeder lines in five
southeastern states and is effect
on Wilmington.
No decision was taken by the
air committee pending the out
come of a visit to Washington by
Col. Henry E. Boyd, traffic-man
ager of the Wilmington Port Traf
fic Association, who is slated to
contact CAB officials in reference
to the present route situation.
R. B. Page, chairman of the
committee, presided at the aea
sion.
And So To Bed
“Love triumphs again” h
the cherry greeting the Star’s
courthouse reporter receive*
from an assistant in the clerk
of court’s office when no di
vorce suit has been placed on
file that day.
Whereas on days when mar
ital difficulties lead to divorce
action being filed the saluta
tion is changed ta “Thag’a®
done It again. __..^*1
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