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BRILLIANT SHINER is displayed by Joseph S. Wrenn, who says
two policeman brutally beat him about the face and body. In addi
tion to a severely bruised right eye he suffered numerous body bruis
es. The former serviceman will be X-r&yed for possible head injuries
this morning. The alleged attack took place last Sunday night on
Front street, Wrenn said. (Staff Photo by Roy Cook)
Former Serviceman
Beaten By Police
Bell County, Kentucky,
Residents Face Banding,
Confederating Charges
Seven men were held without bond
in the Bell county jail today on
charges of murder in connection
with the ambush slaying last Tues
day of Raleigh Peace, 25-year-old
coal mine employe and war vet
Tn eighth man, arrested in the
»ame case, was held without bond
on charges of banding and confed
erating. The other reven also were
charged with similar offenses in
two separate warrants.
County Attorney Martin Wilson
Identified the prisoners, all Bell
county residents, as Matt Smith,
Lonzo Smith, George Nick, Tom
Donaldson, Junior Grubbs, Latt
Beverly and Otto Barnett, charged
with murder and banding and con
federating to commit a crime, and
John Holland, charged only with
banding and 'confederating.
Peace was shot and killed near
the Janeway mine, six miles South
of Pineville, and Charles Janeway,
the mint owner, was wounded.
Peace was Janeway’s son-in-law.
Harm Threatened
Wilson said a group of men
visited the pit July 22 and threat
ened harm to persons and property
See SEVEN on Page Two
Rocky Mountain Type Iso
lates Girl, Man For Hos
pital, Home Treatment
DURHAM, Aug. 1—(JP)—Durham
Health department officials today
revealed that two residents of the
county are now undergoing treat
ment for Rocky Mountain spotted
fever. The victims are Barbara
Ann Parrish. 11, 0f Durh am,k-Route
2, and Craven Searls of Morrisville,
Route 1. The girl, who is a patient
it Watts hospital, was stricken
July 23, while Searls became ill
two days later. He is receiving
treatment at home. The fever is
caused by the bite of a tick. They
*ie the first Durham county cases
reported this year.
Health officials also announced
today that a Negro mother and her
5'year-old son are receiving treat
ment at Duke hospital for diph
theria. The mother, Lula Bell
Wright, was stricken July 26, two
days later her son became ill.
The Weather
North Carolina—Fair and moderate
temperatures Saturday and Sunday.
South Carolina—Clear to partly cloudy
*nd moderately warm Saturday and
Sunday, few scattered thundershowers
extreme South portion Saturday after
noon arid evening.
Eastern Standard Time)
<«y U. S. Weather Bureau)
^teteorological data for the 24 hours
'tiding 7;3o p. m. yesterday.
1 20 a. m. 79; 7:30 a. m. 73; 1:30 p. m.
6,; ":30 p. rn. 86; Maximum 90; Mini
58; Mean 79; Normal 79.
,.1:2° o- m. 89; 7:30 a. m. 93; 1:30 p. m.
6,1 ,;30 p. m. 66.
toia! for 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m.
'iche3* since "le °f the month 0.84
5 frorn the Tide Tables published by U.
Coast and Geodetic Survey).
urrungton_9:59 a.m. 4:50 a.m.
10:24 p.m. 4:59 p.m.
«sonboro Inlet — 7:41 a.m. 1:55 a.m.
- 8:10 p.m. 1:50 p.m.
Punnse 5:24; Sunset 7:12; Moor.rise
PP: Moonset 5:38a.
i,Ver s'ago at Fayetteville, N. C. at
*■ m Friday 9.1 fe«t.
More WEATHER On Rax* *wo
Joseph S. Wrenn Exhibits
Mass Of Bruises, Welts To
Substantiate Charges
A 46-year-old ex-G. I. and
former Wilmington shipyard
worker, last night sat on a
couch at 5 East Park avenue,
Winter Park, his face and
back a mass of bruises and
welts and told a story of be
ing brutally beaten by two
local police officers.
The man was Joseph S.
Wrenn, six-foot 180 pounder.
In the presence of Mrs.
Sudie Coleman, who for the
last four years has made her
home at the Park avenue ad
dress, Wrenn related his
Mrs. Coleman, for whom Wrenn
has done odd jobs for several
years, verified the story as far as
she knew it.
According to Wrenn, last Sun
day he went to Carolina Beach and
returned in a car with friends to
Wilmington, alighting on Front
near Princess street, about mid
night and started to walk to his
quarters at 109 1-2 South Front
Wrenn said that he and his com
panions had drunk several bottles
of beer at the beach.
Stopped By Officers
When nearly to his Front street
quarters, Wrenn related, he was
stopped by two officers in a squad
car. They attempted “to arrest
him and when he begged to be
allowed to go hoirie, he said, one of
the officers struck him.
After that, Wrenn declared, he
does not remember anything un
til he was taken into police court
the following morning where he
pleaded guilty to drunkenness and
was fined.
Investigation showed that Wrenn
was taken to James Walker Me
morial hospital for first aid treat
ment Sunday night.
Wrenn said late last night that
he was going to have X-ray’s
made of his head at a local hos
pital this morning.
Dr. James Dickey last night
would neither deny nor confirm
that he had treated Wrenn
although Wrenn said that he was a.
patient of the physician.
No Information
Hospital attendants last night
would neither confirm nor deny
that Wrenn was treated there.
John W. Kantyn, superintendent
of the hospital, contacted at his
Wrightsville beach home by tele
phone, said he could not give out
any information. “You see,” he
said, “I’m out at the beach.”
Chief Hubert Hayes could not
be reached for comment. Police
followed their usual rule of sur
passing all reports.
Queen City Tops Entire
State With Temperature
High Of 94 Degrees
August yesterday brought a mass
of cool air from the Northwest to
relieve some sun-scorched North
Carolinians but the Appalachian
Mountain barrier denied this relief
to others.
In general, however, the mercury
was several degrees lower than the
previous days near 100-degree read
ip"" at manv state points.
Charlotte, where the maximum
temperature was 94, was the hot
test point yesterday. Greensboro,
Raleigh and Winston-Salem all re
ported high readings of 90.
Reflecting the coolness of the
mountains, Asheville’s high was
nn'.v 83, while atop lofty Mt. Mit
chell a high point of 59 — with a
49-degree minimum — was record
ed. Wilmington’s 90 and Cape Hat
teras’ 83 was the range for the
coastal area.
Security Council Calls On Indonesians,
Netherlands To End War Immediately;
| Brewster Will Waive Senatorial Rights
Probers Hear
Publicity Man
Evidence Links Elliott
Roosevelt With Overrid
ing Air Force General
WASHINGTON, Aug; !—(£>)—Sen
ators probing Howard Hughes’
ability to get warplane contracts
heard testimony today that Elliott
Roosevelt’s recommendations over
rode the commanding general of
the air forces, and then started
quizzing publicity man John Meyer
on his relations with the son of
the late President.
Meyer sleepy-eyed after a hur
ried flight here from France, did
not get very far on hfs story of
his work for Hughes before the
hearing was suddenly recessed un
til tomorrow.
He did get in a denial that he
had padded his expense accounts
to show lavish entertainment of
government officials. He replied,
“Right” when asked whether it
was ‘‘your duty to entertain Army
officers, Navy officers and oth
The many-sided inquiry of the
Senate War Investigating commit
tee also turned up an offer by its
chairman, Senator Brewster (R
Maine), to waive his senatorial
rights and appear as a witness on
what he said was ‘‘a blackmail
charge” fired at him by Hughes.
Meyer testified briefly at the
end of a day which produced an
account by Maj. Gen. Oliver P
Echols of how the recommendation
of Elliott Roosevelt, son of the
late President, brought Hughes,
Hollywood millionaire, a $22,000,
000 contract for photo reconnais
sance planes.
On Arnold Order
Echols, former assistant chief on
the Air staff, said the contract
went to Hughes after Gen. H. H.
Arnold, chief of the air forces dur
ing the war, directed on Aug. 24,
1943, that no further action be
taken to encourage Hughes in de
velopment of a photographic plane.
Echols, now retired, told the
committee that a week later Ar
nold reversed his decision after
talking to Elliott and issued verbal
instructions to Echols that “steps
See PROBERS on Page Two
Court Officials Confer Over
Prizes At Air Show;
VFW Undecided
GREENSBORO, August 1. —(fP)
— Lotteries grabbed the spotlight
here today following a conference
of Superior court officials and an
nouncement that the local Veterans
of Foreign Wars post had not de
cided what will be done in their
plans for a lottery in which an
automobile was to be given away
at a local baseball game.
Judge H. Hoyle Sink, Solicitor
Charles T. Hagan, Jr., and Sher
iff John Walters, after a conference
this afternoon, announced that
steps to investigate the proposal to
give away prizes at an air show
scheduled at Greensboro - High
Point airport Sunday would be tak
en. High Point Jaycees and Guil
ford County Pilots association are
sponsoring the Sunday air show
and have announced that an elec
tric refrigerator, an electric wash
ing machine and two radios will
be awarded as prizes.
Officials of the V. F. W., follow
ing a meeting at noon today, an
nounced that no decision on calling
off their proposed project had been
THE 12 WILMINGTON BOYS shown in the accompanying photo were guests at a get-together party held last night by Wilmington
Lodge, No. 532. Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, which will sponsor their attendance at the North Carolina Elks boys’ camp near
Hendersonville, August 3-17. In the group of youngsters are, front row, Bobby Leitch, Leoverne Joye, Verneli Peacock, Ludwig Lelner,
Gatchell Joye, Gene Skinner; back row, Harriss King, Earl Gore, Bon aid Hobbs, Allen Moore, Kenneth Looney and Wade Moore. (Star Staff
Photo by Maynard). _____
Seven Army Ships Roar In
to Washington After
Long Tokyo Trip
(Associated Press reporter who
flew in one of the superfortresses
in their record flight from Tokyo.)
The seven big superfortresses
which today set a new mass flight
record from Tokyo to Washington
came in right on the nose.
Just at high noon they rcfared
over Washington, 30 hours and 55
minutes of air time from Tokyo.
This included 48 minutes in Circl
ing over Martinsburg, W. Va., be
fore being joined by 24 jet pilots
for the last few miles of the 7,000
mile historic trip.
The flying time did not include
some three hours at Anchorage,
Allaska, for refueling at the only
stop enroute.
Then, at the end, it was some
thing to see. After all that gruelling
time in the air, the men who flew
the farthest and fastest heavy
bombardment mission ever flown
had what it took for a fancy fin
“Let’s stack ’em up good now,”
Squadron Leader Howard F. Hugos
of Enid, Okla., a lieutenant Colo
nel, called. “Let’s show ’em we’ve
got it.”
Tight Formation
The tired pilots snapped into a
tight formation and the seven
See 8UPERFORTS On Page Two
Senator’s Friends Count
North Carolina As Fa
vorable To Candidacy
COLUMBUS, O., Aug. 1—W—
Friends of Senator Taft (R-Ohio)
said today they are counting on a
big block of Southern delegates
to svfpport the Ohioan in the 1948
national convention if he decides
to make the race for the Presi
dential nomination as home state
Republicans have urged him to do.
As Taft motored toward his fam
ily retreat on Canada’s Murray
Bay for a five weeks’ vacation be
fore undertaking a Western speak
ing tour in September to sound out
See TAFT On Page Two
Standard Oil Buys
Land For Terminal
The response to the Star’s an
nouncement yesterday morning
of a, forthcoming series of sto
ries on the history of Thalian
Hall and its players is gratify
Moreover, such response is
concrete evidence of the real
need for the restoration of this
historical landmark, and a re
weaving of the dramatic events
in its life from its conception
to the present time.
The series of stories—to be il
lustrated when possible—will
make its initial appearance in
Monday morning’s Star. The
stories will be factually and in
terestingly told. Watch for the
first installment Monday morn
Eleventh - Hour Effort To
Halt Walkout Of 107,
000 Men Bogs Down
DETROIT, Aug. 1—(ff)—An
eleventh-hour effore to head off a
threatened strike of 107,000 Ford
Motor co. production workers end
ed today with no reported progress
toward a settlement of the dispute.
Officials of the CIO United Auto
Workers said they turned down a
four - point proposal .advanced
Thursday by Henry Ford II to CIO
President Philip Murray. The con
ditional offer proposed waiving
certain of the company’s rights un
der the Taft-Hartley act in return
for what Ford called “good faith
conditions” from union.
Richard T. Leonard, UAW-CIO
vice president and national Ford
director, announced the union’s
rejection after a two-hour bargain
ing session.
He said the company negotiators
reiterated their refusal to grant
an “immunity” clause in the con
tract against the financial liability
section of the Taft-Hartley law.
“We are just not in agreement,”
he added.
John S. Bugas, Ford vice presi
dent in charge of industrial rela
tions, replied “no comment” to
all reporters’ questions.
Deeds Of Transfer For 168
Acres Costing $55,000
Recorded Here
Deeds of transfer involving a
transaction of some $55,000 and
recording the purchase of 168 acres
of New Hanover county land by
the Standard Oil Company of New
Jersey, for the erection of a new
and enlarged petroleum terminal,
went on file at the courthouse yes
The construction investment ex
pected to be made by Standard Oil
on the new terminal site, which
commands a 2,000-foot frontage on
the Cape Fear river, will approxi
mate $2,000,000, it is understood.
J. Laurens Wright of Charlotte,
district manager for North Caro
lina of the Standard Oil company,
said the company purchased three
tracts, to wit:
A 65-acre tract of the A. M. Mc
Koy property, 80 acres of the J.
V. Grainger property (formerly
known as the McKoy-HonnetTract),
and 23 acres of the A. E. Krott
nauer lands.
On River Road
These combined properties lie
below the plant of the North Caro
lina Shipbuilding company, on both
sides of the River Road.
Wright said that the new termi
nal is expected to have a storage
capacity of between 600,00-0 and
700,000 barrels, with a probable
average of 650,000 barrels.
A. M. McKoy, of the Watters
Snipes Realty company, handled
negotiations for the sale on behalf
of the McKoy and Grainger tracts.
F. E. Livingston, real estate deal
er, represented the Krottnauer in
terest in the transaction.
Wright said that some time in
See STANDARD on Page Two
DETROIT, Aug. 1—(JP)—Genera]
Motors Corp. today increased the
price of all passenger cars and
Chevrolet trucks by two to six per
In Washington, an aide ol Wal
ter P. Reuther, president of the
CIO United Auto Workers, term
ed the increases “unjustified’’ al
though Reuther himself refrained
from comment.
The rest of the auto industry eyed
the increases narrowly but with
out immediate comment.
Self-Kicker Rounds Out Ten Booting” Years;
Fish Caller Appeal Brings Forth Fishy Tales
Answers From Anglers
Have Doubtful Tinge,
Scribe Becker Reveals
CHICAGO, Aug. 1—(SP)—A Chi
cago woman who wanted to obtain
a fish caller, “a little thing you
sit in the boat and blow on, and
the fish come around so you can
catch them,” had a variety of an
swers from the nation’s anglers
today—but some of them sounded
a bit fishy.
The responses came to Bob
Becker, Chicago Tribune outdoor
editor, who originally had given
the woman this answer:
“A duck caller I know about. A
goose caller, a moose caller, a
crow caller, yes. I’ve even heard
about a pig caller. But a fish
caller, no.”
Becker then received a number
of letters from anglers who said
they knew of fish callers.
H. N. D'.venport of Buffalo,
N. Y. declared:
“The Indians make fish oallers
gee ANSWERS n Page Two
Along The Cape Fear
HOME AGAIN — After seven
months of roaming around in frigid
waters, chasing inconstant ice
bergs, the good old Coast Guard
cutter Mendota touched home port
again yesterday, no longer a phan
tom of the seas.
Sh docked at 6:20 p. m., and it
would be putting it mildly to
chronicle that the 90 men and 10
officers, from Commander George
H. Bowerman on down, were hap
py to tie up again at the Custom
House dock.
Commander Bowerman lost little
time in getting home to Harbor
Island, and Lt. Robert F. Barber,
the executive officer, was not long,
either, in donning a suit of civvies
once more and heading for the
lights and crowds of Front street.
• * *
dota reached home port in time
to help celebrate Coast Guard Day
— Monday, August 4 — marking
the 157th anniversary of the organi
zation of the United States COMt
Guard on August 4, 1790.
In observance of the occasion,
Commander Bowerman announc
ed that the Mendota will be open to
the general public for inspection
between the hours of 1 and 4 p.
m. today, tomorrow and Monday.
The regular ship's crew will be
on duty today and tomorrow, but
only a skeleton crew will man the
vessel Monday, which will be a
holiday for most of the Mendota
* * *
Mendota’s schedule called for her
arrival sometime today. But she
reached port some 12 hours ahead
of schedule. There was a very
valid reason for this.
“Coming down from Baltimore,”
said Commander Bowerman, “we
decided that since we were on our
way home it would be a good time
to put on our semi-annual full
power trial. So we made 18 knots
for several hours.”
Twice a year the Mendota is re
1 See CAPE FEAR On Page Two
Tom Haywood’s Machine
Will Continue To Bring
Solace To Thousands
NEW BERN, Aug. 1.—OP)— Tom
Haywood’s unique self-kicking ma
chine rounded out ten years of
service this week and will continue
to operate for the benefit of those
who feel they have done something
best atoned for by a swift kick in
the pants.
Haywood, a commissioner of
Craven county, said today he had
planned to dismantle his contrap
tion upon its tenth anniversary but
changed his mind because of public
The machine consists of a belt
driven hub with four arms, each
carrying at its end a securely
mounted shoe. The user, after
taking the proper stance, turns a
crank which sets the shoes in mo
tion, with each planting a resound
ing whack at the place where it
will do the most good as the arms
Since it was installed July 27,
1937, Haywood said, more than 500,
12 Young Wilmingtonians
To Enjoy Stay At Moun
tain Resort
■ Outdoor life still has an irresist
able appeal.
This was proven yesterday when
officials of the Wilmington Elk club
announced that 12 local boys who
have proved themselves physical
ly and mentally qualified are gath
ering canteens, knapsacks, and oth
er camping equipment together for
a two-weeks stay at the North
Carolina Elks Camp for boys, near
The youngsters leave Wilming
ton today fof the camp, which be
gins its varied activities Sunday.
The Wilmington Lodge, along
with those all over the State, de
fray all expenses of the campers
while they are there, including
traveling expenses and spending
This is the third year of opera
tion for the camp and, according
to reports from there, well over
425 youths from all sections of
North Carolina are expected to
In its first year 250 boys took
part in the camping events. Last
year the number of enrollment was
• Supervised Camp
The camp will operate for four
two-week periods. All the facilities
of the regular organized summer
camps are available and Ihe lodge
this summer has a staff of 20 per
sons experienced in boys’ sum
mer camp work.
Now under construction at the
camp is a gymnasium which has
included in it additional sleeping
quarters, showers, and other facili
ties. The dining hall is being en*
larged in anticipation of the in
creased enrollment and other per
manent improvements are being
Committee Named After
Commissioners Suspend
Home Superintendent
A special committee of the coun
ty commissioners today is study
ing the case of Charles M. Carter,
37, suspended county farm and
home superintendent.
The committee composed of
Commissioners Chairman Addison
Hewlett, Dr. J. M. Hall and Louis
Coleman, will make a report to
the entire body recommending
either the naming of a new super
intendent or how the institution
will be operated.
Temporarily, the county farm is
without a superintendent. Action
on appointing an acting superin
tendent likely will be made within
a day or so.
Action putting the matter into
the hands of the committee, came
yesterday after the suspension of
Carter by the commissioners. His
suspension resulted from charges
of larceny and receiving brought
against Carter and Clarence
Croom, 45. former city fireman.
Charges Filed
Eldridge Fergus, local fish deal
er, • charged the pair with taking
$450 from his brother, Robert Fer
gus, in a South Front street es
tablishment last Wednesday.
The case against the two men
in Recorder’s court yesterday was
continued until Friday, August 8.
Carter was at liberty on $000 bond
but Croom had failed to furnish
Carter, appearing before the
commissioners yesterday at a
special meeting, was suspended
without prejudice to his position,
after relating in the presence of
his attorney, David Sinclair, that
he was innocent of any wrongdo
He related that Croom gave him
See COUNTY On Page Two
Veto Threats
Are Quelled
UN Governing Body Votes
8 To 0 To Require Na
tions To Arbitrate
Lake success, Aug. 1—yp)—
The United Nations Security coun
cil tonight called upon the Dutch
and Indonesians to cease fighting
immediately and settle their dis
putes by arbitration or other
peaceful means.
The unprecedented decision was
reached after only two days of
The vote was 8 to 0 with Bel
gium, France and Britain abstain
ing. Britain stressed that its ab
stention should not be construed
as a veto.
Alexander Parodi of France said
he would have preferred to vote
against the resolution, but ab
stained because his veto would
have killed it.
Faris El Khoury, of Syria, coun
cil chairman, immediately in
structed the U.N. staff to com
municate the council’s decisions
to the governments of The Neth
erlands and the Republic of In
Council Adjourns
The council adjourned at 8:15
p.m. (EDT) until Monday at 3
p.m. (EDT).
In the final stages of a five hour
session, delegates rejected a Rus
sian amendment which directed
that Dutch and Indonesian troops
should be withdrawn to positions
they held at the start of military
operations as a step toward the
peaceful settlement. The vote here
was 2 to 0 with only Poland sup
porting the Soviet Union and the
other nine members abstaining.
Passage of the resolution, spon
sored by the United States and
amended by the Erench and Poles,
also served to give Security coun
cil recognition to the Republic of
Indonesia, This point had been
hotly contested by The Nether
lands, which contended that In
donesia was not yet an independ
ent state. In an adjoining cham
ber,' the Economic and Social
council also voted recognition to
the Republic by inviting it to a
trade and employment conference
in Havana next November.
Will Oppose Order
The question immediately arose
whether The Netherlands would
choose to comply with the council
Dr. Eelco N. Van • Kleffens,
Dutch ambassador, told the coun
cil in the midst of the speedy dis
cussions that his government
■would accept an invitation to end
hostilities but would oppose any
order from the council. The Dutch
consistently held that the council
had no power to give any order*
in the Indonesian case.
German Factories Were
Making War Materials
For “Foreign Power”
BERLIN, Aug. 1. — (/P)— The
American Military government said
today it had discovered large
quantities of war material, which
apparently had been manufactur
ed for an unidentified “foreign
power,” secreted in stockpiles in
two German factories in the U.
S. sector of Berlin.
The two factories were closed
immediately and the factory of
ficials taken into custody.
Semi-completed gyroscope motors
used in aircraft, submarines and
tanks, wings and body parts of
link trainers, theodolites for use in
observing the trajectories of guid
ed missiles such as the German V-l
and V-2. Submarine periscopes and
similar precision instruments were
found in the Friedenau and Mari
endorf plants of Askaniawerke,
one of the biggest general scientific
instrument businesses in the world.
Askania, which now employs be
tween 700 and 1,000 workmen in
Berlin, has branches in other sec
tions of Germany and foreign coun
tries and during the war was en
gaged almost entirely in manufac
turing, designing and developing
scientific instruments for the Ger
man armed forces.
And So To Bed
While sitting on her porch on
Perry avenue, a lady of the
city happened to see three little
N'egro boys strolling down the
street, peddling their wares
lustily and enthusiastically.
“Fresh butterbeans,” they
called at the top of their
salesman-like voices.
Their cry rang down the
But, two other little boys
who sought to destroy their
convincing sales talk yelled
back in reply, “Stale butter
Vnpreturbed, one of the little
Negro boys smiled and said,
“They’re as fresh as you are,
and that’s mighty fresh!”

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