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are unearthed
Jjnj Dates Back To 6,000
Years Before
pjpHBAD, A'J2- 2 ~The
. .yautes of southern Iraq,
,;1pvidence of the biblical
fJf'.’yas reported found1929,
n0,v revealed ruins indicet
ll'-o the Iraqi antiquities depart
|C-;na: the ancient Babylonians
f a gaod deal about architect
and religious ritual nearly 6,
500 years ag0'
Remain* of a large temple,
. rrraily planned and well built of
ecangular mud bricks, have been
uncovered by the department’s ex
vators f.t the site of the ancient
'hv of Endu.
EriQU was believed by the
-„merian: to have been the oldest
,j;v on earth.
'Beautiful, painted pottery and
objects found in the temple
dale tne structure in the period at
•he beginning of the fourth millen
j, ,;-n befme Christ, an official an
nouncement said.
Eridu was the Headquarters for
and r people of Babylonia
vhc look possession of the fertile
marshland created when the Per
gulf . ecedeq at the end of the
< f >, millennium B. C. The region
ove:- v.r.ich the waters of the gulf
cnCe rolled is now desert. The once
great ci’y is only a remote acid
isolated mound bearing the Arabic
name of Abu Sharein.
Fourteen miles away are the
joins of Ur of the Chaldees,
mentioned in the Bible as the
home of Abraham, “Father of
many nations”.
at liberty on bond
DURHAM, Aug. 1.—(£>)—A Dur
ham man and his wife were at
liberty under bond today following
the;:' arrest Thursday afternoon
on charges of aiding Roscoe Fci’
rell Dearer, inmate of the Eastern
Carolina Training school at Rocky
Mount, to escape. The couple, Mr.
and Mrs. John A. Weeks, Jr., of
Durham, are the brother-in-law
and sister of the 15-year-old boy.
When Gen. Zubulon Pike dis
coverer of Pike’s Peak, started
"way out west,” his mission was
to deliver a band of Osage Indian
captives whom the U. S. govern
ment had redeemed from the Po
tawatomies, to their relatives in
O.-age Nations; to '“accom
plish a permanent peace between
the warring Canzes (Kansasi and
Osrge Indians; to explore the
southwestern section of "the Lcui
sana Territory; to discover the
headwaters of the Arkansas river,
and to find the rumored Rec
(Colorado) river.”
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FBI Reports Crime, Gangs
Developing Over Country
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 — I/P)_Xh
Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) says that criminal activity
in the United Slates reached a 16
year peak in 1946.
It reports that a total of 1,685,203
major crimes were recorded in the
Unitep States. This fgiures out at
an average of one major crime
every 18.7 seconds.
Are we heading towards a crime
era like the “roaring ‘20s?’’
The FBI reports there are defi
nite indications that we are, that
widespread gang activity is the
next logical step in the crme pat
tern of the underworld.
Tehre is, however, another “logi
cal step,'’ which the FBI says
might just as easily occur.
That is the successful battle of
efficient law enforcement agencies
against organized crime. We have
today the best police enforcement
machinery ever devised. Excellent
communication systems have
made it better coordinated than
ever before.
-ine crime wave which reached
a 16-year peak in 1946 started’ in
1944 and 1945. It broke out at the
height of rationing of short-supply
materials and found expression in
black market operations, rob
beries and. hijackings. But proba
bly its most serious implications
lay in the youth of the criminals.
The aveiage age of the most
persistent offenders was 17!
In early 1946 the first phase
gave way to the second phase.
Youthful, even childish, lawbreak
ers grew older and graduated into
more serious crimes. As 1946 came
and went the average of the most
consistent offenders reached 21.
The FBI says that this is the
same cycle which occurred in the
‘20s, after the first, war. In the
'20s, t ough, the prohibition act
led to the vice of bootleggers,
beer-barons and rum-runners and
paved the way for a widespread
breakdown in. law and order.
Now that the first two phases of
the present crime period have
been passed, and the third is about
to’ be launched, crime-killers are
keeping eagle-eyes peeld for .is
first symptoms.
The FBI will not predict which
way the crime cycle is going to
run. Other law enforcement
agencies all over the country how
ever, maintain that gang warfare
has not so far shown any appeal"
ance. in spite of the recent Los
Angeles gang-siaying of “Bugsy"
Siegel and other similar killings.
Sf. Louis officials say there has
been no evidence of widespread
gang activity since the early ‘20s.
The last rase involving gang war
fare occured two years ago, when
“Dinty” Colbeck. a former b i g
shot gang leader, was “rubbed
out” as he drove along a dark,
river-front street.
The killing was not connected
by St. Louis detectives with then
current gang activities.
New Orleans authorities say
that crime of the “smaller varie
ty’’ has definitely been on the in
crease during the past three
years. But there is little if any
gang activity, they report.
The situation is pretty much the
same elsewhere Seattle’s law en
forcement authorities report that
there is no evidence at all of gang
activity. There were plenty of
gang goings-on during the prohibi
tion era in Seattle, but even then,
a report says, “the boys dealt
more in cases of Canadian stuff
than in cases of violence.’’
Chicago, long the hotbed of
major gang crime, says that such
crime is "far less” than it was
in the ’20s and is not increasing.
Chicago reports no evidence of
warfare between gangs. •
Murder is more widespread in
Philadelphia than it was in 1920,
reports the public safety director
of the city of brotherly love. There
were 152 murder complaints last
year as against 105 in 1920.
But in Philadelphia there is no
indication of any gangs being
In spTte of these country-w i d. e
reports, the FBI is wary of the
future, ft says that gang activity
ih no1 an ‘‘overnight proposition.”
Unquestionably, advises the
FBI. the main gangster tool, the
fire-arm, is more in evidence to
day than it was before the war.
Many guns o f all kinds were
brought back into the country as
"souvenirs’ by members of t h e
armed forces. Police departments
have been swamped with illegal
ly-owned weapons since the w’ar.
New York City dumps garbage
scows full of these w'eapons into
the East River.
State Honomries Attract
• Attention Of 'Big Shots’
NEW YORK, Aug. 2.— UP) —It's
mostly for laughs; but land-lub
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can be top brass; horse - haters,
mounted police; stay-at-homes,
junketeers; and Now Englanders,
native North Carolinians.
A handful of state organizations,
constructed of local pride, hospi
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HE STORY: Sherry and
Mona had rented a cottage to
gether in one of Hollywood’s
bungalow courts. Then Mona
went off with a married man
and Sherry is left alone. Her
three best friends are the boys
who live in the cottage at the
end — Sandro, who is French
and wants to act in the
movies; Austrian Tiny who
wants to direct and Danish
Kris who hopes to become a
producer. Sherry’s allowance
from home isn’t enough to
keep the cottage by herself
and she tells the boys she’ll
have to find a job. Sandro ar
ranges an appointment with
Mrs. Drood, story editor at his
studio. Mrs. Drood offers
Sherry a job as “reader” at
$40 a week.
* * •
Sherry had been working for two
weeks and she loved it. Reading
books and plays and writing what
you thought of them was hardly
work. Besides, there were the
synopses and they were fun.
She leaned back from the desk
and stretched. She had been work
ing fast all morning and wanted
to relax for a minute. She looked
at the office. It still gave her al
most the same thrill she had had
the first time she walked into it.
It was small but cozy and looked
out over the hills. It had a desk
and an overstuffed chair, and a
couch in the corner. Since she had
friends with the janitor though,
other things had been added. Pil
lows for the couch, a foot stool
and floor lamp, and a blotter with
leather corners.
Sherry wished she could have
her name on the door, but she
supposed that was a privilege re
served for higher-ups, like Tom
my Rivers next door.
He had the big corner office but
then he was a writer. He called
Sherry “the sweetness - and-light
girl” and kidded her patronizing
ly. She did not always understand
(navy, Kentucky colonels, Texas
rangers, Arkansas travelers and
I North Carolina Tar Heels.
In the navy of land-locked Ne
braska, every member is an admi
j ral. There are about 3,000 Ne
braska admirals, from. President
Trumsn to the army's Eisenhower
and MacArthur, Britain’s Ambas
sador Lord Inverchapel, Bing
Crosby and Bob Hope.
The dry - land navy’s founder
was Ttieoaore ivietcaue, lieu
tenant- governor of the state in
1931. The organization was born of
a ribbing the Republican Metcalfe
received from friends because the
I governor, a Democrat, gave him
so few duties to perform when
Metcalfe was acting governor. He
dreamed up the "Nebraska navy,”
and appointed himself "chief ad
Having a quasi - official status,
Nebraska navy commissions usu
ally are awarded to celebrities
j who make public appearances in
the state. Attorney General Wal
ter R. Johnson says there are no
set qualifications for membership
and there are, apparently, no par
ticular duties involved. The com
mission itself declaims:
“. . .1 have nominated and do
ppaoint him an admiral in the
great navy of the state of Ne
braska. He is therefore called tc
diligently discharge the duties ol
admiral by doing and performing
all manner of things thereto be
longing. And I do strictly charge
and require all officers, seamen,
tadpoles and goldfish under his
command to be obedient to his
orders as admiral. .
Then there are, of course, the
Kentucky colonels, a mighty band
which has seen some ups and
downs, depending upon the fancy
of the state’s governors. Conserva
tively estimated, there are about
7.000 colonels—plus an assortmenl
of Kentucky admirals, generals,
commodores and captains.
Before 1932, only about 1,000 re
ceived the state commission—uni
forms disappeared at the turn ol
the century. Gov. Ruby Laffoon in
three years put "coloneling” on a
mass production basis, commis
sioning about 5,000. He used it to
tell the world about Kentucky and
doesn’t seem to have refused a
single application: almost any
body who registered at Louisville’*
largest hotels picked up a com
Included in the list of colonels
are Shirley Temple and about
every other film star who ever
attended a Kentucky derby, Gen.
Jonathan Wainwright—and a rail
road passenger agent who once ob
tained a railroad reservation for
Gov. Simeon Willis when he was
ill. Native sons and daughters like
to be coloneled, but most of the
pressure Comes from out-of-states.
While Nebraska’s navy and Ken
tucky’s colonel commissions have
some sort of official standing,
commissions as "honorary Texas
rangers” are a little more nebul
ous. Apparently the first appoint
ment was made in 1935 by Gov.
James V. Allred.
The only hell-for - leather riding
necessary for appointment as hon
orary ranger may be done in
train, plane or automobile.
Designation as an "Arkansas
traveler” is a little more formal,
having been authorized by the
state’s 1941 legislature for ‘‘dis
tinguished visitors, citizens and
former citizens who have distin
guished themselves in various
fields of endeavor.”
North Carolina’s “honorary Tar
Heel organization” is just plair.
wish fulfillment. It was started by
a state press agent, Bill Sharpe,
a year or so ago when a pho
tographer for a national magazine,
on assignment in the state, made
a chance remark that he wished
he were a “Tar Heel.”
Not only elephants have mem
ories. Acording to the Ency
clopedia Britsnnica, the power
of memory is present in all
branches of the animal kingdom,
even i.» the tiny one-celled Proto
" ■■ .. ,n.>rw
Orv'be Merriman talked like
that too.
Mrs. urood had sent her to his
office one afternoon with a book
and Sherry had been thrilled.
Everyone in the world knew Or
ville Merriman. He had been a
legitimate actor for years and
they said he on”id -n
meaning by the lift of an eyebrow,!
Then he had been a great star
in pictures, and now\ he was d:
recting and sometimes acting in
his own productions.
Sherry had never seen him in
real life. She hoped he would be
He was.
His secretary had not been
there, and Sherry had knocked on
the door of his private office. He
had said. “Come in,” and she
opened the door and stood in it.
Merriman looked at her from
her feet up, very slowly, as if
considering every swell and curve
of her. When he got to her face
he said, “Great Scott, where did
you come from?”
m- ^ w
Sherry had said, “From Mrs.
Drood’s office. She wanted you tc
read this.”
Sherry had never been looked a)
like that before. She had felt her
neck get hot and the roots of her
hair tingle.
Merriman said, “Well, coms ir
all over and shut the door.”
Sherry had never thought of a
man as being “beautifully”
dressed before, but Merrimar
His pale blue shirt gleamed like
damask and against it in deeper
blue was knotted the rich satin oi
his tie. His warm gray coat looked
like angora.
He had said, “Sit-down and tel]
me why Drood sent her innocenl
Sherry had said, “That isn’t the
name of it,” and proffered the
Merriman had put an elbow or
the desk and laid his forehead or
his hand and laughed quietly for
a long time. Finally he had taken
a handkerchief from his sleeve
and wiped his eyes. Then he had
asked her questions about herself
and had not said anything el.i:
that confused her.
After while she hd said she
had to get back, and Merriman
got up and walked to the door
with her.
“Tell Drood to send you again,”
Merriman had said, “only next
time leave the door open. I’m not
very good for children.”
Sherry thought him the most at
tractive man she had ever met.
She had told the boys about him
that night and Tony had said, "if
I got five thousand a week, I'd
dress like that too.”
Sherry had gasped.
“Does he really get that?”
Tony said, “Five grand when he
isn’t shooting. Ten when he is.”
Now Sherry sat- and stared out
over the hills and thought it would
be nice to get ten thousand dollars
a week if only for one week.
* * *
She had lunch with Mrs. Drood
and Steve Prescott and Tommy
Rivers in the Aztec room of the
commissary that day and Orville
Merriman stopped by to chat. He
invited Sherry to visit his set at
Mrs. Drood thought it would be
a good experience for her and
Sherry flew through the afternoon
so that by 4:30 she had finished
what she would have done by 6.
After tea she stayed to watch
Merriman and his crew shoot a
They kept taking the scene
again and again for one reason
and another, and suddenly Sherry
saw that it was 6:30. The boys
would be getting worried about
She said goodby to everybody
and told them that she had had
a lovely time.
When she got outside she mei
Peter Barton. She had met him
in Mrs. Drood’s office. He was a
cameraman and they said he was
one of the best.
He said, “Good evening. Miss
Lynne. Been working late?”
Sherry said no. that she had
been visiting on the set and had
not realized the time. Peter asked
if he might drive her home.
In the car she told him a little
about the boys. Peter did not have
much to say. He looked like a
nice person: his clothes were good
and his car was a Packard. He,
was clean and polite and rather
reserved. Sherry did not find him
very interesting.
(To Be Continued)
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