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FORECAST: Served By Leased Wires
P» tile
Wilmington and vicinity: Partly coludy and the
and continued warm today and Thura- UNITED PRESS
With Complete Coverage of
____ State aad National Newa
Senate Sets
Relief Vote
' i _
ipper Chamber To Tally
Decision On 350,000,•
000 Measure
The * Senate agreed today to vote
lt 2 p m. (EDT) tomorrow on a
<350.000,000 foreign relief biH
J^ich Chairman Vandenberg (R
Wich.' of the Foreign Relations
jommittee said is “indispensable
„ millions of war victims.”
Indications are that the measure,
urged by President Truman and
the State department, will be ap
proved by a considerable margin.
Hous'e has passed the bill aft
K trimming it to $200,000,000.
AS Vandenberg obtained the
igreement to vote, he said he
laiew of no one who wanted to
ueak against it.. He said, how
jfer, that some amendments might
be offered.
plans to vote today were block
by Senator Ellender (D-La.)
asked for more time to study
the measure.
Ellender said he wants to see
whether it will be possible to write
in provisions to assure that money
,nd supplies will go only to hungry
people- He said he learned for the
first time from Vandenberg dur
ing the debate that from 80 to 85
per cent of the relief will go
through normal commercial chan
nels which will make a profit on
** Vandenberg replied that when ar.
entire nat;on is desperately short
of food, “relief for one citizen un
der those circumstances is relief
just as much as relief for anoth
er." . .
For Hungry Only
"1 submit that there is nothing
in this bill to fee^ anyone but the
hungry,” Vandenberg said. “A per
son can be hungry without being
The Senate wrote in an amend
ment by Senator Smith (R-NJt to
earmark up to $5,000,000 of the
total amount for transportation of
relief supplies raised by voluntary,
non-profit organizations in this
country. Smith said such supplies
will supplement government - fi
nanced relief.
Senator McClellan (D-Ark.) said
he may also offer an amendment
which would deny any of the mon
ey to Russia and nations “clearly
IConttaued on Page Two, Col. 2)
Mr*. Mary Currin Miller
Arrested After Wound
ing Of Husband
Special To The Star
Robeson county officers today
errested Mrs. Mary Ellen Currin
Miller, prominent Rowland woman
end charged her with assault
with intent to kill her husband,
Dan Miller, who is in a critical
condition at a local hospital with
i pistol bullent wound through
his lung. Miller was shot at his
home while sleeping early Sunday
Fred Wiggins, 26, Rowland
Negro, held in jail since shortly
af er the shooting, has confessed
that he fired the bullet through
Miller's chest with the white man’s
own pistol in an attempt at mur
her which had been planned three
weeks before, according to Sheriff
Willis C. Britt.
Solicitor F. E. Carlyle drew up
the warrant under which Mrs.
Miller, is being held. Pending the
outcome of the injured man’s
wounds, authorities are denying
Nail to both Mrs. Miller and Wig
Wife Held
Mrs Miller was taken into cus
tody after the Negro gave his
version of the shooting. Wiggins
told officers, according to Sheriff
Britt, that he entered Miller’s bed
room during the night and shot
the white man with his own pistol;
that after Miller - was shot he
iroaned, turned over got out
of bed and chased the' Negro out
of the house before he collapsed.
iggins said he used gloves during
the shooting. He took officers to
the spot where he had hidden the
Sun, and it was recovered.
Other persons are thought to
he involved in the motive for the
•seamt, but whether or not any
other charges are filed depends
upon decision of Solicitor Carlyle,
filer’s physician states that the
Bullet entered his patient’s chest
*od emerged from his back,
Puncturing the lung.
The Weather
eonti^ Carolina — Partly cloudy and
"wnued warm Wednesday and Thurs
vq'. a few scattered light showers in
* n and West portions Wednesday
cont;Jth Carolina—Partly cloudy and
^Ursdaif warm Wednesday and
< Eastern Standard Time)
I. ^T* Weather Bureau)
•iidin *°l0gical data for the 24 hours
S 7.2o p. yesterday.
, temperatures
1%. m 60; 7:30 a. m. 62; 1:30 p. m.
tnum sl P' n*. 66: Maximum 76; Mini
m 33: Mean 67; Normal 70.
42-'v! a> m* 90; 7:30 a. m. 86; 1:30 p. m.
' p. m. 62.
ir/, 1 }or ^4 hours ending 7:30 p. m.
•rf inches.
,Pince first of the month
8 /he Tide Tables published by U.
°ast and Geodetic Survey!.
ngton- 4:2C a.m. 11:51 a.m.
Masons 4:57 P-m* - P-m
nboro - 2:01 a.m. 8:37 a.m.
gu . _ 2:33 p.m. 8:54 p.m.
KiBa- 5:11; Sunset 7‘05; Moonrise
Paver srSet ,:00p
s m _Etcgc a< Fayetteville, N. C. at •
"■ Tuesday 10.4 feet.
Mote Weather On Fate Two
ington report that Undersecretary
of State Dean Acheson probably
will resign in the near future and
that Robert A. Lovett (above), for
mer Assistant Secretary of War
for Air, will replace him. Acheson
has been anxious to return to his
former private law practice. (In
Lumberton Operator In
terested In Obtaining
Horace A. Barnes, Lumberton
airport operator, declared last
night he is exceedingly interested
in leasing Bluethenthal airport on
a long term basis and will meet
any reasonable demand that the
New Hanover County board of com
missioners may ask.
His declaration followed the reve
lation that at least one board mem
ber is opposed to a lease of the
field. He is Harry Gardner, who
asserted earlier in the day that
“we are not going to lease the
field to anyone.”
However, Barnes related last
night that about a month ago at
an informal meeting with board
members he discussed for two
hours with the board the possibility
of leasing the field. No indication
of the board’s attitude was given
him, Barnes added.
The Lumberton man asserted
last night his position of leasing
the field for a period longer than
two years, as he told the board
members, still stands.
Board Chairman Addison Hew
lett and Gardner were not available
last night for further comment.
Earlier in the c'ay, Gardner, in a
direct retraction of a statement
made Monday when he said, “let
them make us a proposition” when
queried regarding a rumor that lo
cal interests were interested in a
lease, said a lease “was out.”
Gardner, who is chairman of the
boards Airport committee said:
“The field doesn't even belong
to us, it is still owned by the
But you can still lease it can’t
you? he was asked.
“It all depends on the restric
tions in the terms arranged when
the field is finally turned over
to the county,” he replied.
Hewlett said any lease would
be subject to Civilian Aeronau
tic Board approval pertinent to
assurances that public rights would
be protected.
Albert Perry, chairman of the
now defunct Wilmington New
Hanover county Airport Authority,
emphasized his satisfaction that
Barnes was entering into the pic
In hailing the fact that Barnes
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South Carolinian Says
Slash Borders On Crim
inal Negligence
WASHINGTON, May 13 — UP) —
Rep. Rivers (D-SC) told the House
today that elimination of appro
priations for air control towers
“borders on criminal negligences.’’
In a House speech, Rivers pro
tested the House appropriation
committee elimination of $4,000,
000 for control towers from the
Commerce department appropria
tion bill.
“This is not the first time effort
has been made to eliminate this
vital appropriation,’’ he said.
“The control tower is the traffic
policeman controlling the safety
of all planes operating at an air
“It has been said that municipal
ities and other public bodies own
ing and operating air ba*ss should
maintain control towers. I say it
is not the function of local people
to maintain a..facility so vital as
this. Its operation is interstate
commerce in its essence and its
“If we fail to provide the funds
to n aintain the control towers,
count-ess lives will be endangered.
The blood of some helpless person
will be on our hands.” ,
Unrest Grows
In U. S. Zone
Military Authorities At
Frankfurt Fear Mass
Hunger Strikes
BERLIN, May 13.—<*>—'United
States Military government quar
ters at Frankfurt expressed fear
today that an outbreak of hunger
strikes and demonstrations may
develop in the Amej’ "> zone.
Official observe’-' r\ ‘rategic
centers in the z'- the
danger of unc- <7'\rs .ter
than at anyj ~ * v-h' '"ad of
the war” a . _<? X'v fit -e criti
cal food ' -■> A," .ern Ger
many. V" 0" CV
At British For
eign A ,nan in London
decla. troops in ‘‘ade
quate n’t* would be on hand
in Germai, , ities to preserve law
and order in the event oi a break
down in loal German administra
tion. The spokesman was com
menting on the threat of strikes and
demonstrations in the British zone
in the next few days and the ’warn
ings of German trade union lead
ers in various cities that they
would not be responsible for the
consequences if the workers do not
get more food »soon.
Lord Parkenham, the British
minister responsible for British
zone administration, conferred in
London with his four top advisors
on emergency diversion of food
shipments to German centers.
Flour Requests
British informants said urgent
requests for flour had been cabled
to Washington.
American military sources at
Frankfurt said rural German po
lice in one locality in Hesse had
staged a practice alarm to test
their efficiency against any mob
attacks on food stores. Mutterings
of strikes and demonstrations have
been fanned by recent mass pro
tests in the British zones, Ameri
can investigators reported, and “a
surprising number of hitherto re
sponsible and restrained labor
leaders are seriously discussing
strikes and demonstrations” as a
way of drawing world attention to
their plight.
The agents said many German
officials and labor leaders were
charging the Communist party
with using the crisis to ‘‘serve its
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 1)
Company I Virtually As
sured Of Federal Recog
nition After Inspection
Federal recognition of Company
1, 119th Infantry, local unit of the
North Carolina National Guard,
was virtually assured yesterday as
officers of the N. C. National
Guard Bureau following an inspec
tion, stated they would recommend
the unit for recognition.
Taking charge of the inspection
of the army, records, and mem
bers of the unit, was Major Harold
Pierce who represented the com
manding general of the Third
Army, and who is now on duty in
Raleigh with the N. C. Military
True to this tradition, this will
be the first of several units in
Wilmington to be federally rec
While on this inspection, the of
ficers devoted some time to a de
tailed visit to the New Hanover
High school unit of the reserve of
ficers training corps, the only
such high school unit in North
Stage Parade
The corps, consisting of about
350 high school boys, with a num
ber of high school girls as Spon
sors, staged a parade for visiting
officers. Col. Claude Bowers of
Warrenton, commanding officer of
the 119th Infantry, represented the
National Guard, anj Col. David
L. Hardee of the senior instruciors
office in Raleigh, represented the
N. C. department of the American
Legion, as reviewing officers.
Distinct Credit
Col. Hardee, who is also chair
man of the R.O.T.C. committee of
the Legion, expressed the opinion
that the parade was a distinct
credit to the members of the
Wilmington unit, and said that
“the North Carolina Department
of the American Legion takes a
particular pride in this R.O.T.C.
unit because during its ”0 years
of existence, it has never had a
member of the unit to be accused
before a juvenile or criminal court
of any crime or misdemeanor,
which is a record that any high
school in the state would do well
to emulate.”
Other officers attending the in
spection included Iviajor Willard
R. Bloxton who represented Gen
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 1)
Like Popeye’s Spinach,
Vitamin C Produces Pep
Vitamin C acts like Popeye’s spin
ach when the vitamin gets into
the blood. The white blood cehs
take a bite of the C and then
grab aii(j literally squeeze the
life out of disease germs by en
gulfing them, a natural process
known as Phagocytosis.
This discovery, described today
to the Society of American Bac
teriologists, possibly explains why
physicians have been prescribing
Vitamin C as a preventive of com
mon colds and why surgeons give
it before operations to promote
faster healing of wounds.
The germ-killing experiments,
financed by the United States
Public Health Service, were done
at the University of Michigan bv
Ada May Ames and Di. W. J.
Nungester of the department of
White cells taken from guinea
pigs were placed in test tubes con
taining germs. When the piss were
deficient in Vitamin C, the white
cells were sluggish, and only 30 to
35 per cent of them attacked the
test tube germs.
But after the pig* had been fed
(Continued on Page; Two Col. •)
Big Five Excluded From Palestine
Inquiry Commission By Committee;
Expansion Plans Told By Hospital
James Walker Plans Two
Million Dollar Program
In Next Three Years
A $2,100,000 three-year expansion
program for James Walker Me
morial hospital was revealed yes
terday by John A. Rankin, hos-j
pital superintendent, jn a speech to
members of the Rotary club at
their Tuesday meeting.
Rankin said that the move would
provide modern and adequate hos
ties which James Walker serves,
pital facilities for the nine coun
would be the construction of an
The largest item in the program
eight-story building to replace the
original James Walker hospital
structure, which is 46 years old
and “useless as far as hospital
facilities are concerned,” Rankin j
Other improvements in the
three-phase long range program
would include finishing the 28-bed
ward in the new service building,
making over the souht building
into one for obstetrics, putting in
new private rooms and other im
The new main building alone is
expected to cost nearly $2,000,000,
Rankin said.
Funds for the program will come
from the state (one third), the
federal government (one third)
and from hospital sources. Govern
mental aid will be subject to ap
proval of the program.
Rankin pointed out that the sec
ond phase of the reconversion nlan
will include application to the
North Carolina Medical Care rom
mission for participation in the
hospital construction program
made possible by the 79th Con
gress and by the General As
sembly of this State.
Cost of the replacement unit for
the original James Walker build
ing will approximate an expendi
ture of $2,000,000,' Rankin said.
He said that if the commission
approves the expansion plan it is
expected one-third of t h e neces
sary funds will be contributed by
the Federal government and one
third by funds created by the Gen
eral Assembly.
The speaker’s remarks dove
tailed with a statement made June
28, 1946 by W. S. McCaig, member
oi the board of managers, to the
Wilmington News at which time
he declared long-range plans of
the hospital board included “the
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 5)
Eight In Seventh District
Reduced From Third To
Fourth Class
Morning Star
Washington Bureau
ressman J. Bayard Clark disclos
ed today that eight postoffices in
the Seventh North Carolina Dis
trict, which he represents are be
ing reduced from third to fourth
class and that he is recommending
the re-appointment of the post
master at each.
The post office is making the
reduction at these places:
Winabow, Brunswick County,
Mrs. Jaine J. Henry, postmaster:
Wananish, Mrs. Carlotta W. Flynn;
Nakina, Leamon C. Ward: Clare
don, Mrs. Maude H. Pittman, all
Columbus county.
Bunnleve, Harnett county, Mrs.
Cleo V. Hood: Linden, Cumber
land ounty, Wayman C. Melvin:
Kure Beach, Miss Miston O.
Saunders: Lumber Bridge, Robe
son County, W. E. McGoogan.
Along The Cape Fear
ONCE AGAIN — The Bluethen
thal airport — the political football
of the New Hanover county com
missioners — is being kicked
It popped into th2 news again
yesterday when hie commission
ers divided themselves on leas
ing the port to a progressive air
field operator — Horace A. Barnes
of Lumberton.
One commissioner — Harry
Gardner, the dissenting board
member in the continuation of
the Airport authority, was quoted
as saying “we are not going to
lease that field to anyone.” On
the other hand Board Chairman
Addison Hewlett indicated he was
willing to listen to such a propo
FACTS IN CASE — The plain
truth about the matter is that
Wilmington and this section of
the state are going lacking for
competent air-travel and mail fa
cilities while the commissioners
fiddle around.
Other sections of the state —
counties and municipalities — are
developing their airports in a pro
gressive and aggressive manner,
building their lections of the
state, and all the whili grass
grows on what could be one of
the finest airports in the state.
• * *
the present time only one airline
is operating in and out of Wil
mington, an admittedly inade
quate service for southeastern
North Carolina. Air mail posted
here now for the west must suffer
the delay of being transferred at
Norfolk or some other point. The
same is true of passenger service.
In September Piedmont Avia
tion of Winston-Salem is sched
uled to start service from the west
into Wilmington. With this new
service, and the potential service
which Colonial anticipates when
their application is approved,
Bluethenthal ariport could be
made a center of bustling activity
for Wilmington and souhteastern
North Carolina.
* * *
FIRST STOP — Instead of Wil
mington being designated as a
secondary stop on Colonial's Wash
ington to Burmuda flight, it might
very well be designated as a first
stop. But of one thing the city
and this section may be sure, it
will not be designated first stop
(Continued on Pave Two, Col. S)
STATE POLICE ARMED WITH FRESH CLUES concentrated their search in Montgomery County, Pa.,
for a short, young man with brown wavy hair, in connection with the brutal slaying of pretty Carol Ann
Thompson (right), 5, of Upper Gladwyne, Pa. The girl’s mutilated body was found in a well, after she had
abducted from in front of her home, attacked and strangled. State policemen James O’Brien and Harry
Zimmerman are shown peering into a well (top) and holding a piece of the murdered girl’s dress. With
them is Marvin Brooke, 13, who took them to the scene where he discovered the body. (International
Senate Passes Drastic Labor Bill;
Devoll Case Suspect Believed Held
Brunswick Sheriff, Army
Authorities Refuse
Special To The Star
SOUTHPORT, May 13 — Sherifi
John White, of Brunswick county
and Capt. J. L. French, of the
provost marshall’s office at Myrtle
Beach, S. C., tonight refused to
divulge the identity of a man, re
ported to be held in connection
with the mysterious shotgun slay
ing of Sgt. David J. Devoll, whose
body was found early Friday
morning, near the South Caro
lina line.
Sheriff White said late tonight
that he knew nothing of the ar
rest of a suspect in the case. At
the same time Capt. French said
the Army would make “no def
inite statement at this time for
security reasons.’’
It had been reported that a
soldier was being detained by
military officials at the South
Carolina air base. Capt. French
would neither deny nor confirm
the report that a suspect was be
ing held in the case.
In the meantime, it was learn
ed from a reliable source that
the man held by the authorities,
was questioned in connection with
a series of thefts of material from
the air base. The authorities
were seeking to link the man with
Devoll in regard to the missing
Comment Refused
It was reported by an officer,
who would not permit his name
to be used that the slain man and
the unidentified suspect had been
working together for sometime in
removing material or merchan
dise from the air base. However,
provost marshall attaches at the
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 3)
WASHINGTON, May 13 — (/P)
The labor disputes bill passed by
the Senate today is similar in many
ways to the one passed by the
House but differs in a number of
As they now stand, the House
and Senate bills both:
1. Authorize the Attorney Gene
ral to seek 75-day injunctions
against “national paralysis” strikes
During that period there would
be compulsory mediation of the
2. Outlaw jurisdictional strikes
and secondary boycotts, A second
ary boycott is a union effort to
hit directly at an employer by
forcing other employers to stop
doing business with him. The most
common type of jurisdictional
strikes stem from a fight between
unions as to which should do given
3. Set up a new federal media
tion service independent of the
Labor department.
4. Outlaw the closed shop, under
which an employer can hire only
union members.
5. Permit the union shop only
when a majority of workers votes
for it. Union shop agreements
permit employers to hire anyone
they choose, but workers must
join the union shortly.
6. Ban the involuntary check
off system of collecting union dues.
Employers could deduct dues from
wages only if a worker consented
in writing. ,
7. Deny collective bargaining
rights to a union if any of its of
ficers could “reasonably be re
(Continued on Page Two, Col. 2)
The White House anounced today
that President Truman will send
a message to Congress tomorrow
on the controversial bill outlaw
ing mcst portal pay claims.
Charles G. Ross, presidential
secretary, gave no inkling of
Mr. Truman’s decision.
“There will be either a veto
message or a memorandum of ap
proval,’' Ross told newsmen.
Mr. Truman has until midnight
tomorrow to sign or veto the
measure, which has been criti
cized by union leaders such ais
AFL President William Green as
a “pernicious” blow at labor’s
gains and praised by industrial
spokesmen as a life-saver for
There was some speculation on
capitol hill today that Mr. Tru
man might sign the measure but
at the same time call for amend
ments to it.
The bill has been on Mr. Tru
man’s desk since May. 2 and was
the subject of a long parley by
the President, his top aides and
seven cabinet members last Fri
The final draft, climaxing
month-long discussions between
Senate and House members, was
approved by a voice vote in the
Senate and by a 173-27 standing
vote in the House.
Portal pay claims are based on
the non-productive time that work
ers spend under their employers’
control — sucj} as walking to
their work stations.
Keep Your Powder Dry,
Eisenhower “Formula”
WASHINGTON, May 13 — «P>—
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower gave
this formula today for dealing with
the Russians: "Firmness, patience,
a sense of humor—and keep youl
powder dry.”
In reply to news conference
questions, the chief of staff said
he still believes that the possibili
ty of another war in the immediate
future is remote.
“There is no country in the world
today,” he said, "that would pro
mote a global war. No one is in
shape to gain a quick victory and
if you can’t do that it becomes
a protracted, long drawn out af
fair which no one can afford.”
Eisenhower disclosed that the
| secret board he has appointed to
predict what science will do to
warfare a couple decades hence
now consists of “three quite young’*
officers. He kept its members
The board has the widest lait
tude in delving into the probable
influence of new weapons and
technique in war. It takes orders
from no one, including Eisenhow
er, although its highest ranking
member is only a colonel. The
age of the three members range
between 33 and 40 years, he said.
Eisenhower asserted it is his
idea to get away from the old
theory of fighting a new war with
weapons and techniques left from
the lait one.
Chamber By Vote Of 68 To
24, Ignores Threat Of
Veto By Truman
Ignoring threats of a Presidential
veto, the Senate today passed, 68
to 24, a strike-control bill banning
the closed shop, jurisdictional
strikes and secondary boycotts and
authorizing the use of injunctions
in walkouts threatening the na
tional welfare.
The Republican-sponsored bill,
piloted to pasage by Chairman
votes than the two-thirds ma
Robert A,.Taft, O.. of the Labor
committee, received six more
jority needed to override a veto
which Democratic leaders hinted
is certain.
Forty-seven Republicans and 21
Democrats, most of them from
Southern states, voted for the bill.
Only three Republicans — Sens.
Wayne L. Morse, Ore., George W.
Malone. Nev., and William Lang
er, N. D. — lined up with 21 Demo
crats to oppose it.
Technically, the measure goes
back to the House which already
has passed a more rigorous bill.
But Taft, anticipating the lower
chamber would refuse to concur in
the Senate version, asked that a
Senate-House conference be called
and that Senate conferees be ap
Taft On Committee
Named to represent the Senate
(Continued on Page; Two Col. 6)
B’nai Israel And Temple
Of Israel To Hold Me
morial Services
The congregations of the B’nai
Israel synagogue and of the Tem
ple of Israel will meet jointly to
night in a special memorial serv
ice honoring the late Henry Mon
ski, international president of the
B’nai B’rith lodge.
The service is to be conducted
in the B’nai Israel synagogue, be
ginning at 8 p. m., and will honor
the Jewish leader who diej last
Friday in New York City.
The Rabbi Samuel A. Friedman,
pastor of the synagogue, will con
duct the services, and the eulogy
will be delivered by the Rabbi
Pizer W. Jacobs of the Temple of
Israel. Rabbi Jacobs is a cousin
of Monski.
The opening prayer will be led
by Marcus Goldstein, president of
the local lodge, and the closing
prayer will be given by B. D.
Swartz, vice-president of the local
Both Rabbi Jacobs and Rabbi
Friedman have extended cordial
invitations to members of both
Arab States
Keep Silent
UN Political Group Names
11-Nation Panel To
Conduct He
—(A1)—With the Arab states ab
staining in protest, the United Na
tions Assembly’s Political com
mittee late today excluded the Big
Five from membership on the
Palestine Inquiry commission. It
then named 11 smaller countries
as the U. N. group to investigate
the Holy land problems this sum
The inquiry group named by
the committee is composed of
Czechoslovakia, Canada, The
Netherlands, Peru, Uraguay, Iran,
Sweden, Yugoslavia, Guatemala,
Australia and India.
The Arab-country delegations—
Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and
Saudi Arabia—abstained on all the
critical ballots at the afternoon
session in evident pprsuit of the
declaration by their leaders that
they might even walk out on the
U. N. Palestine assembly and
might refuse to cooperate in the
U. N. inquiry.
The action represented a victory
for the. United States, which had
maintained from the start of the
assembly April 28, that the Big
Five should not take part in the
U. N. investigation. The committee
decisions now go to the 55-nation
assembly for final approval.
Meet Today
The assembly meeting was tenta
tively set for tomorrow morning
(11 a. m. E.D.T.) at Flushing
Meadows, in New York.
In a final Arab protest against
the turn of the committee’s de
cision. Dr. Charles Malik, Leban
on, reserved the position of his
government on the whole Pales
tine matter before the assembly.
Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and Saudi
(Continued on Page Two; Col. 4)
Condemned Man Gets Let*
ter Signed By Wife
From Attorney
RALEIGH, May 13. —OP)— A
self-destruction note allegedly writ
ten by the wife he was convicted
of murdering was delivered to
Charles Phillips on death row at
central prison here today.
Neil McK. Salmon, Lillington at
torney, said that the note would
be the basis of a motion for a new
trial for Phillips which he will
make in Harnett Superior court
next week.
Salmon said that Phillips did not
read the note but identified it as
his wife’s handwriting, and that
authenticity of the handwriting al
so has been verified by the State
Bureau of Investigation.
Phillips was convicted of first
degree murder for the death of
his wife in their Harnett county
home last August 18 and sentenc
ed to die, but the trial judge has
recommended that his sentence be
commuted to life imprisonment be
cause the evidence in the case was
Salmon said that Phillips had al
ways asserted that his wife killed
herself. At his trial, he said that
when they sat down to dinner on
the fatal day she took a gun out of
her lap, and that when he attempt
ed to take it away from her she
shot herself.
Not Worrying
“I’m not worrying,” Salmon
quoted Phillips as saying on death
row, “they just don’t kill people
for something they didn’t do.”
The note, written on the back of
a calendar, said:
“To whom it may concern: It
doesn’t really matter, but I hope
it isn't too big a shock to hurt or
trouble anyone, because it is the
only way I see to ease my mind
of one certain trouble. I have tried
it twice before, but I just failed
to carry out my plans. But I am
going through with it today no
matter what way it takes, for
death is what I want this very
Salmon said that the note was
discovered in a pair of slacks be
longing to the dead woman by Phil
lip’s sister.
“x x x and now, Charlie, it f
just two or three things I ask you
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And So To Bed
Mrs. James L. Bankhead.
Kure Beach resident, hasn’t
much use for those wives who
go through their husband’*
pockets while they sleep.
She said as much yesterday
in Judge Clawson William’*
court.lt came about as she tes
tified in the case of her hus
band charged with resistance
and assault upon an officer.
‘Doesn’t your husband carry
a knife?” attorneys asked her.
‘‘How should I know,” she
answered. ‘‘I don’t go through
my husband’s pockets when he

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