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FORECAST: 4 ^ ■+ Served By Leased Wires ?sssss umutnimi Hutnmtn mar _ -. • State and National News ToI-jO.—N0. 278-__---WILMINGTON, N. C. FRIDAY, JULY 11, 1947 ESTABLISHED 1837 Veto Threat Riles Senate Republicans Start Drive For “Override” Votes On Tax Cut Bill WASHINGON, July 10 — UP) — Senator MilHkin (R-Colo) led aroused Republicans today in de ling that President Truman committed “an impropriety” in Biving advance notice that he will veto the new $4,000,000,000 income tax cut bill even before it passes the Senate. MiUikin, chairman of the Senate Finance committee and floor manager for the measure, told re porters this is the first time he jyer heard of a President vetoing . bin in advance. And he remai'ked tartly that Congress, not the President, still ha-:'" constitutional control of tile government’s pursestrings. Spurred by Mr. Truman’s dis pose of a repeat veto, GOP lead ers doubled their efforts to run up' i veto-proof margin of votes when the Senate showdown on the till arrives probably late this week or early next. The Republican drive picked up strength as five Democratic members announced they will vote to override the heralded veto. These were Senators Byrd (Va.), Edwin C. Johnson (Coloi, Stewart (Tenn.), George (Ga.) and McC-arran iNev.). Debate Begins Mrs. Truman's announcement, made at a news conference, came shortly before debate on the sec ond-run measure, already approv ed overwhelmingly by the House, began in the Senate. Tne President said he sees no reason to change his attitude to ward the measure, and will re ject it. His original attitude was that it was the “wrong kind” of tax reduction at the “wrong time.” The bill, providing cuts ranging from 30 to 10.5 per cent, 1) identical with the original bill he vetoed last month except that its effective date would be next Jan. 1 instead of Juiy 1, 1947. The House sustained his origi nal veto by a scant two-vote mar gin, but Republican leaders say they are confident of overriding i veto this time—at least in the House. Prospects for an earlier Senate vote than expected—possibly late See VETO on Page Four BUDGET MEETING TO BE CONTINUED ! Joint City - County Boards Seek More Data On Hospital Request City council members and coun ty commissioners probably next Tuesday will attempt to complete their task of ironing out joint ex penses that the two groups must share in the 1947-48 budgets. A meeting to complete the job, started yesterday at a joint ses sion in the city hall, will be con tinued beginning at 10 a.m., 'Tues day if detailed information on at least three departments are ob tained by that time. Those departments are the James Walker Memorial and Community hospitals and the As sociated Charities. Yesterday’s joint session was not satisfied with the appropria tions as listed by the Walker hos P;‘al. It postponed action on that for additional itemized expenses. Action on the Associated Chari *les was postponed after City Manager J. R. Benson explained that the city “is seriously con •idering turning that organization ®ver to the welfare department.” Tile hospital sought nearly a 100 per cent increase in its appropria tions. Those present agreed that ,U;'o an increase would need'con siderable study before it could be allowed. Particular attention w»as called by City Manager Benson to *n estimated cost of $8.16 a day for charity patients. Raises in Doubt That any salary, raises will be forthcoming for any city and county employees seemed doubt ™i ‘n the opinion of most of those present. No action was taken on toe matter of increases. T.ne health department came in [°r much discussion with an at ta« centering on the merit sys jem com.ng from Commissioner “ouis Coleman. He termed it regulation" that deprives “free ?om ” of action by governing todies. Dr' A. H. Elliot, head of the epartment, appeared to explain Bl'OGET on Page Four ! ■——— --- ■ -...-— The Weather Carolina—Partly cloudy and ■snuy warmer Friday and Saturday. Carolina—Partly cloudy and lho„ r Friday and Saturday; scattered err over coastal area Friday. 'Eastern Standard Time) M t fBy F* Weather Bureau) i»d[tto";loglcal data for the 24 hours ■8 uoO p. m yesterday. tempebatubes m- ?4; 7:30 a. m. 72; 1:30 p. m. hum p' m• 73: Maximum 73; Mini u', Mean 72. Normal 79. humidity H - *■ m- 84; 7:30 a. m. 9T; 1:30 p. m. ' ' P- m. 91. Imal . PRECIPITATION 1.92 inc^°y 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m. t0lOtti ,!ince the first of the month inches. 'From TiDES FOB TODAY t s „ '•'* Tide Tables published by oast and Geodetic Survey). ►flrnWp, HIGH I.OW 8,nh - 3:00 a.m. 10:20 a.m. Vlaioni, 3:44 p.m. 11:03 p.m. nb°™ Inlet 12:26 a.m. 7:12 a.m.. SUnri . 1:11p.m. 7:33 p.m. 8oor,to, a-09; Sunset 7:26; Moonrise— Ji"5*1 12:38p. t at Fayetteville, N. C. at 8 Ror. n,5' missing feet. REATHEB On rag* »w» SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, Rep. Joseph W. Martin, Jr., (left) congratulates Rep. Harold Knutson (R-Minn.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and sponsor of the revived tax-reduction bill, following the measure’s passage by a vote of 302 to 112—(In ternational). FBI, Police'Dragnet Out For “Paperman” NEGRO MAID HELD IN JEWEL THEFT Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Recovers $2,000 In Stolen Goods WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH. July 10—Chief of Police W. R. Wiggs, Jr., disclosed tonight that an 18 year-old Negro maid had been ar rested in connection wit!1 the theft of over $2,000 worth of jewels from her employer. Chief Wiggs said that Verdell Key, a three-day employee of Mrs. B. C. Moore, 10 Oceanic Ave. had confessed to taking the jewels.. The Chief said Mrs. Moore reported on July 7 that two rings, a diamond and a rhinestone, had been stolen from her residence. Upon questioning the Negro maid, Wiggs said, she denied any know ledge of the missing jewels. A search of the woman’s pocket-book revealed the diamond ring concealed in the lining, offi cers said. The maid continued to deny any connection with the theft, Wiggs said. She was then brought to the Wilmington police headquarters and after question ing by Wiggs and Detective Red Murray, she confessed taking the See COLORED MAID on Page 4 Tobacco Production Set At 864,958,000 Pounds RALEIGH, July 10—OT—Produc tion of flue-cured tobacco in North Carolina this year promises to be around 864,958,000 pounds, the Federal-State Crop Reporting ser vice in the State Department of agriculture said today in its first 1947 crc$? forecast. This represents a decline of 47, 985.000 pounds, or five per cent from the all-time record year of 912.970.000 pounds. This forecast is based upon con ditions as of July 1 and is subject to change monthly until the crop WADE SAVES DAY FOR BOOKMOBILE * __-— Councilman, Presiding Over Joint Boards, Casts Deciding Vote The library department, only one at yesterday’s session not to ask for an increase in Its 1947-48 fiscal year appropriations, nearly lost its bookmobile unit at the joint meeting of the city council county commissioners. The bookmobile unit was saved by a 5 to 4 dramatic \tate from Councilman J. E. L. Wade. Commissioner Louis Coleman attempted to cut down the . li brary’s appropriation by seeking elimination of the automobile used to carry books for reading to cripples and other persons unable to reach the downtown library. His argument was that if “per sons have time to read, they have time to come after them." On Coleman’s motion to cut out the bookmobile, Commissioner George Trash, Councilmen W. E. Yopp and Richard Burnett went along with the motion. Breaks lie Voting to retain the bookmobile were Commissioner Addison Hew lett, Harry Gardner and Council man Ronald Lane. However, during the discussion, Mayor E. L. White had been call ed from the meeting. Councilman Wade presided. With the vote a tie, Mayor White returned to the room. He declined to vote upon the grounds that he was unfamiliar with the question at the moment. Councilman Wade arose and de clared that he believed the library board was aware of conditions and would follow their recommen dations of retaining the bookmo bile.. Dapper Bad Check Artist Wanted For Fast Op eration Here FBI agents and Wilmington police last night had thrown out a dragnet throughout the south for a 29-year-old nattily-attired, slender, dark complected man v;ho rode out of this city last week-end in a new $2,456 dark green automobile taking him at least $500 in cash and approxi mately $2,000 in jewelry and leav ing behind him a fiood of worth less checks. Giving the name of Malcolm E. Thomas, the man spent about six weeks in the city swindling mer chants while under the guiee of setting up an electrical contract ing business. Described as well-educated and thoroughly familiar with electri cal installations, the man who lived at the Y.M.C.A., is also be lieved wanted in Texas for pull ing a similiar scheme. Wilmington police said they have warrants charging him with passing worthless checks. Federal authorities believe he is the same man who is wanted in Texas. Victimized, according to author ities, are Ed Carr, operator of Shoemaker’s Office Supply com pany, the Carolina Camera shop, the Howell Motor company, Ea See POLICE on Page Four is sold, depending upon weather conditions and the development of the. crop. The late, dry spring caused delay in getting the crop to the fields. Most fields show an uneven growth, but the crop has made progress in recent jveeks. The acreage of flue-cured to bacco this year is estimated at 811,000 acres—this is one percent above 1946. Although quotas were slightly less this year than in 1946, growers attempted t0 plant closer See TOBACCO On Page Two MEMORY LAPSE COSTS ENGLISHWOMAN HEAVY FINE, HER MINK COAT LONDON, July 10—(U.R)—Lf^’y Isabel Milles-Lade signed the cus toms declaration at London air port. Nothing but a few pairs of silk stockings, she said. The next day, conscience-strick en, she told the customs office about tke mink coat. The coat, she said, was given her by a friend in the United States. Today the 27-year-old unmatried sister of the Earl of Sondes was fined 2,500 pounds ($10,000) at Ux bridge court for failing to mention the mink, and the coat was con fiscated. Her attorney said she was “pen niless.” North Carolinians Glimpsed “Saucers” First; Modem George Washington End Cherry War I--—-----— ' I ---* Judge Offers To Cut Off Limbs From Tree Which Caused Trouble PHILADELPHIA, July 10 —(U.R)— A George Washington was needed to settle a cherry-ti-ee dispute to day, but Magistrate James Mc Bride was not found wanting. He ordered amputation of two limbs from the cherry tree of Mrg. Sylvia Kravitz after volun teering to “do a George Washing ton” and cut them off himself to end a cherry-whisking battle be tween her and her next-door neighbors. The limbs overhang the con crete driveway of her neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Meyer Dashevsky. Now that the tree is bearing fruit, the Dashevskys claim that ripe cherries fall on their driveway, staining it a deep purple. Dashevsky did r.ot like this. So, See JUDGE On Page Four Scandal Hint Hits Truman President Tells Press He's Unworried Over Slaughter Charges TULSA, Okla., July 10 — (jP)— Former Rep. Roger C. Slaughter, Missouri Democrat, whom Presi dent Truman helped to defeat for renomination last year, charged to day ‘‘scandle threatens” the Presi dency a statement the President said left him unworried. Slaughter, :,'eaking before the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce’s public affairs forum, assailed the Pendergast Democratic organiza tion of Kansas City and declared Mr. Truman’s request of it for help in the 1946 Democratic pri mary was ’“the public admission of a partnership that has brought the presidency into disrepute.” The President’s reaction to Slaughter’s remarks came at his Washington press conference. He said he considered the source of the speech and added it didn’t wor ry him any. Slaughtr said he considered the President ‘‘personally an honest and honorable man, but that ‘‘like Grant and Harding, he has been misled by false friends, and has likewise been the victim of his own impetuosity.” Issues Statement After he was informed of the President’s comment on the state ment in his prepared text, the former Congressman issues this statement to a reporter: “If the President is not worried he is in a different state of mind from hundreds of Democratic candidates who will be running for office in 1948. Through no fault of their own they will be forced to carry the load of stolen ballots and blasted vault doors, all occur ring as the aftermath 0f an elec tion where Mr. Truman admitted he had enlisted the aid of the Pendergast machine. “A small boy walking by a grave yard at midnight ‘is not worried,’ but his teeth chatter just the same.” In his address, Slaughter also referred to the theft of ballot boxes from the Kansas City election com missioners’ vault after the return of a number of indictments alleg ing vote fraud in the 1946 primary. He called it “a sordid tale, and a perfect example not only of the cupidity but the stupidity of city machines.” He mentioned the Kansas City vote fraud convictions which fol lowed the 1936 election, and sail! the Pendergast organization “finally fell of its own weight.” but “like the Phoenix, it managed to arrise from the ashes—he’jped in part, by a friendly national administration. Recalling that “a great many See SCANDAL On Page Two ENGINEERS PLAN TIE-UP DOLPHINS Facility Will Improve Mooring At Brunswick River Storage Basin In an effort to improve the mooring facilities at the Bruns wick River Storage basin tiwo steel tie-up dolphins are to be con structed at the basin by the Wil mington District Corps of Engi neers. The dolphins, or pile clusters, each composed of four steel piles, will be constructed under contract under the supervision of the Engi neers. Facilities Inadequate The present mooring facilities are considered inadequate and the dolphins are to be placed there “just as precautionary mea sures.” Sixty-five ships are now anchored in the basin. If these two are successful, the Maritime Commission will prob ably put them throughout the basin in preference to the present facilities, it was said. Sealed bids for the rental of mechanical equipment to drive the pilings and personnel to do the work will be received in the office of the District Engineer un til July 21. The Engineers will provide all the materials for the dolphins, but a contract will be let for the me chanical equipment to drive the pilings and for the operating per sonnel. Sealed bids will be receiv ed in the office of the District Engineer until July 21. 35-Foot Cape Fear Channel Receives Favorable Report; Teachers To Get $54 Raise County Group Will Benefit New Hanover Faculty Has Highest Rating In Point Of Education New Hanover county’s 360 school teachers will get an approximate $54 a month sal ary boost — those who have been drawing $180 a month— under the budget adopted yester day by the State Board of Educa tion, H. M. Roland, county superin tendent said last night. Roland said the county’s teach ers had the highest rating in the state in point education, thereby giving New Hanover’s teachers the top in salary increases. According to the Associated Press, the State Board of Education hit close to the 30 per cent line in drawing up the 1947-48 school bud get and adopted it without the change. The budget, as adopted, will give all but a very few of the state’s public school teachers an approximate 30 per cent increase over last year. Close To Lina The salary increases do not work out to a straight 30 per cent for each individual teacher, but the better-qualified teachers (those holding college degrees or better) will get anywhere from 29.21 to 30.52 per cent more than last year. In attempting to get close to the 30 per cent figure promised teach ers by this year’s General assemb ly, the board’s finance committee dropped as low as 13.21 to 20.50 per cent increases for the slightly more than 1,000 teachers whose educa tion does not come up to the desired standards. Many of these more than 1,000 teachers with low-rating certifi cates have been and are being em ployed solely because of the lack Bee COUNTY on Page Four FEC WILL FIGHT COAST L BUY Scott Loftin Tells Court, Railway Cannot Pay Interest Demands JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 10 —(A»)—Florida East Coast Railway Trustee Scott M. Loftin told Fed eral Judge Louie M. Strum today the railway was in no position to pay interest demanded by bond holders and warned that the coun try now was “in a jieriod of high inflation.” The former United States Sena tor was the first on the stand in a three-petition proceedings: two petitions by bondholders asking interest payments and another by the trustees asking court permis sion to spend $600,000 this year for betterments and additions. Co-incidentally, Edward Ball, FEC trustee, issued a statement reitering FEC determination to continue independent operations oi the railway, saying the Atlan tic Coast Line stood to make a profit of $20,500,000 with no invest ment or risk if the May 20 Inter state Commerce Commission rul ing that the ACL take over and reorganize the FEC went through. The trustees, holding controlling interest, said they would continue the fight for independence “re gardless of time and cost,” Ball said. No Connection Today’s hearing, however, had no direct connection with the re cent record coal wage raises. He said the increases affect vin tually the entire economy of the United States because “every thing affected by coal production” would see increased prices by ■ large percentage. He said that “if conditions re See FEC on Page Four IT’S LAMP LIGHTING TIME again in three-quarters of the coun try’s soft-coal mines as members of the John L. Lewis’ United Mine Workers Union returned to work. This action followed the signing df a one-year contract between the U.M.W. and the coal operators, bring ing to Lewis’ miners the greatest wage gains in the union’s history. Here a group of miners are shown in a Pittsburgh coal mine’s lamp house before going into a pit to start digging coal again. They are (1. to r.): Steve Baterie, Mike Morgan and Charles Taylor Foreman. —(International Soundphoto). Residents Of County Are Lightning Proof --- - —————— i COAL PRODUCTION NEARING NORMAL Half The Nation’s Miners Return To Pits; West Virginia Quiet PITTSBURGH, July 10—(fP)—A bout half the nation’s 400,000 soft coal miners were back to work to day, with thousands more set to return to the pits as soon as of ficial word of the new contract is received and union iocals act upon it. Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio reported production at normal lev els, but West Virginia, the largest producer, counted only about 55, 000 of 100,000 miners working. West Virginia fields covered by the union-operator agreement reached yesterday in Washington were the scene of a slow recovery. See COAL On Page Two Dr. Elliot Warns Parents Immunization Necessary Dr. A. H. Elliot, city-county health officer, yesterday warned parents to have their children im munized for whooping cough and diphtheria, and smallpox. When school opens September 2, 1,800 new pupils will be ad mitted to the institutions, Elliot said. All these 1,800 pupils, white and colored, will have to submit to the schools a record of im munization /for whooping cough and diphtheAa. A scar will be ac cepted as evidence of smallpox vaccination, he added. There are just eight more weeks for the remainder of the pupils to secure their certificates of immunizatoin—the exact time it takes to secure the certificates for the three diseases, he said. Dr. Elliot urged parents to take their pre-school children to their family physician for these ser vices. If this is not possible they may be taken to the health de partment immunization clinics on Fridays between 2 and 4 p. m. There will be no more Saturday morning clinics for immunization, the health officer said. CZECH GOVERNMENT BOWS TO KREMLIN; OUT OF CONFERENCE PRAGUE, July 10 —Czech oslovakia tonight backed down from a decision to attend the Paria conference on the Marshall plan. The cabinet acted upon tele phoned instructions from Commu nist Premier Element Gottwald in Moscow. The Czechs gave as their reason that participation in the confer ence might be construed as an action against the Soviet Union. Check In Death Certifi cates Shows Blank In Bolt Column BY CARL CAHILL Star Staff Writer 'Tis summer, the season of thunderstorms. And all over the country people are frolicking about the land, of fering themselves as a conductor between the negative ground and the positive clouds. About 400 every year are acc cepted by the elements and a bolt of lightning zips out of the cloud, reducing the unlucky chap to em bers. New Hanoverians, apparently, haven’t proved to be very good negative poles. In the last year not a single person in the county has been killed by lightning bolts, a check of the death certificates at the health department showed. Because the danger of lightning is more proximate in the summer months, killing about three in See RESIDENTS On Page Four LIGHT BID STANDS JERRY JONES SAYS Electrical Contractor Re fuses To Lower Figure On Stadium Job The $1,219 bid for the install ation of 84 lights for the American Legion Stadium submitted by Jerry A. Jones, electrical con tractor, to the New Hanover county commissioners, must stand as handed in without alterations. That was the edict yesterday of the contractor after Chairman Addison Hewlett had called on the contractor Tuesday for a clarifi cation of the bid. Jones declared yesterday that he made the bid in good faith and that as far as ‘‘I am con cerned it stands as it was sub mitted.” He will not lower the price, the contractor added. Jones’s bid opened at Monday's meeting of the commissioners called for a payment of $1,219 for the installation and $924 for a transformer. However, the com missioners pointed out thet the stadium already is in possession of transformers and instructed Hewlett to confer with Jones. A wek previously, the com* missioners had purchased the 84 lights from the General Electric company which agreed to make delivery in 10 days. SOFT COAL CONTRACT WASHINGTON, July 10—W—A study of the new coal contract’s potential impact on the nation’s living costs went to President Tru man today and was ticketed for cabinet discussion tomorrow. As the White House thus moved to keep in close touch with any signs- of a new wage-price spiral. Harbor Board Action Looms Long Desired Project Be fore Chief Of Engineers For Review i By Frank Van Der Linden Morning Star Washington Bureau WASHINGTON, July 10 — A favorable report recmmend* ing that the Cape Fear river at Wilmington be deepened to thirty-five feet is before the chief of engineers in Wash ington for study nd probably will be cleared by the rivers - and - harbors board of the Army in October, the Moi ng Star learn ed exclusively tonight. The report from the engineers’ district office at Wilmington has been approved by the South At lantic Division engineer, Col. George Gillette of Atlanta, for merly of Wilmington. Colonel Gillette, who came here today for a me ting of the Rivers and Harbors boa 1 tomorrow, said the project would not come up now but that the prospects for eventual approval “look very fav orable.” Will Be Deferred Col. Wayne S. Moore, another member of the board, also said the proposal would be deferred un til the next session. If it is passed by the board and by the chief of engineers, Lt. Gen. R. A. Wheeler, the War Depart ment will ask Congress to author ize the project and then grant funds for carrying it out. The engineers already are deep ening the channel from 30 to 32 feet and widening it from 300 to 400 feet in a project that probably will not be finished until 1949. They are asking $300,000 to carry on this work in the current fiscal year, and the House has granted $100, 000. So far, $3,044,500 has been allocated for this $4,609,500 project. Tlie thirty-five foot work would be a logical extension of it. Worth - While Project The engineers believe the chan nel must D enlarged so that deep er-draft tankers and other vessels can bring full loads into Wilming ton. They consider the Cape Fear work a worth-while proposition, from an economical standpoint. DADSTURNDOWN DETECTOR ITEM Police Department Must Get Along Without “Lie” Machine For Year Wilmington police will be com pelled to go without the use of a lie detector, commonly used by most major departments through out the nation. That was disclosed yesterday at the joint meeting of the city council-county commissioners when that group met to iron out the 1947-48 fiscal year expenses shared by the two governing bod ies. Rejecting a request of Harry Fales, chief of the city-county identification bureau and the re commendation of Police Chief Hubert Hays, the council members and commissioners cut off the budget a $500 appropriation for the purchase of such a machine. Chairman Addison Hewlett of the county commissioners moved the adoption of the appropriation for $4,282 for the identification bureau. Councilman J. E. L. Wade attempted to insert a motion that the purchase of the detector be included. However, his motion failed for the lack of a second. Previously, Chief Hays appear ed personally before the group yrging the purchase of the de tector and describing what he Mid was its successful use by the FBI and other police departments which have used It to ‘‘break ’ most of the major crimes in re Along The Cape Fear MORE ON SAND FIDDLERS — The story of the little train that ran between Carolina Beach and the Cape Fear River apparently stirred up old memories. It brought to Rev. G. W. Shep ard’s mind the time it jumped the track, after bumping into a cow, and it brought from C. C. Chad bourn, 415 South Front Street, an other story of facts about the train. Boht Shepard, who. is pastor of the Community Advent Christian Church at Ogden Place, Seventh Mile Post, and Chadbourn, recall ed that the correct name ascribed to the little train was “Sand Fid dler.” ■ - - ■ Shepard also . repieipbers wnen the “Fiddler” struck Mr. Kure’s cow. The memorable event in the [career at the train whidh ahut y tied over three and one-half mile* of track was about 1905. * * » PICNICING — At the time the members of the Sixth Street Ad vent Christian Church in Wilming ton went on an excursion. Every one climbed on the steamer “Wil migton”, commanded by Capt. John W. Harper, and rode down the Cape Fear to the landing where they caught the train. The train, Shepard recalled, was engineered by Mark Winner, who still lives at Fort Fisher. It had six coaches, each as long as the regular coach but with the sides open and the seats the entire width of the car. Just as the “Fiddler” rounded a curce on the way to the beach. Shepard said, an old Jersey cow, See CAPE FEAJt On age Tw» j Brown Mountain Residents Watched Them Fly Some 25 Years Ago BY ARHUR EDSON Associated Press Staff Writer WASHINGON, July 10 — (IP)— Don’t bother about those flying saucers anymore. They’ve been around before. For the fact is that wte poor mortals scare easily. It used to be natural phenomena that gave us fits. Eclipses, for in stance, obviously would frighten anyone who never had heard of such things. And comets, t h e Encyclopedia Brittannica points out, always “have been regarded with min gled interest and apprehension." Written records show that in 240 B.C. the Chinese took one gau ge* BROWN MOUNTAIN Ml Peg* X ' cent years, The cruel declared that records show only one per son in annals of crime history have ever “beaten” a lie detector. After rejection of the lie de tector, the group went ahead in approving the appropriation. Freviously, the council and eom See DADS on Page Two And So To Bed The elevator operator at the Customhouse was really knock ing himself out yesterday. Never, even on the busiest days, had he ridden up and down, up and down, so much. The buzzer was broken. When a prospective elevator rider would punch the buzzer, the buzz could be heard inside the elevator, but it wouldn’t register what floor the person was on. Everytime the buzzer sound ed, the operator would travel to each floor, open the doors, and try to find the person g»ho wanted to go up or down. The operator was chuckling about it but he said he «ur$ had had a lot of ups and downs.