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Family Dies
Mrs. Margaret McPherson
Everitt, 75, Passes At
Native Wilmingtonian Was
Member Of St. James
Episcopal Crurch
GREENSBORO. Aug. 30.—Mrs.
Margaret McPherson Everitt, 75,
612 N. Mendenhall street, died at
5-20 P- m. yesteI'day at Piedmont
Memorial hospital after a serious
illness ot seven weeks.
Descendant of a pioneer South
eastern North Carolina family,
Mrs Everitt was a native of Wil
mington, but had lived here for
the past 29 years.
She made her home with her
daughter Mrs. George C. Hutton.
She°was the widow of John A.
Everitt, and a member of St.
James Episcopal church of Wil
Surviving are two sons, J. Mack
Everitt, Greensboro, and John H.
Even’1' Washington, D. C.; three
daughters, Mrs. Floyd T. Noah,.
Mrs° Hutton, Greensboro, and
Mr= George C. Covington, High
point; three sisters, Mrs. Mor
rison ' Divine, Mrs. C. C. Chad
bourn. Mrs W. H. Northrop, all
of Wilmington.
Funeral services will be held at
2 o'clock today at Forbis and
Murray chapel, Greensboro. The '
Kcv. Mr. Carl Herman, rector of
St. Andrews Episcopal church,
will conduct. The body will re
main at the funeral home until
9 o’clock tomorrow morning when
the funeral party will leave for
Wilmington. Graveside service
wall be conducted in Oakdale
cemetery when plans are com
Writer Tells Of Terrible
Conditions In The
LAHORE, Pakistan, Aug. 29.—
(U.P.)—A series of minor riots that
started around Lahore and Am
ritsar two weeks ago when Mos
g lems and Hindus were revelling
I in their new-found freedom had
8 developed today inio a blood feud
g engulfing the Punjab.
None is spared—Moslem, Hindu,
| Sikh, man, woman, child or babe
i in-arms. It is worse than civil
I war where some standards are
observed. It is pure savagery,
reports say.
The only profiteers are the buz
zards. They have never been
sleeker or fatter.
Thousands have been killed—
Moslems by Hindus and Sikhs;
Hindus and Sikhs by Moslems.
Unless order can be restored
within a few days, the toll will
be appalling, officials say.
The governments of both India
[ (Hindu) and Pakistan (Moslem)
I have not been able to cope with
[ the killings. Minor officials in
I many cases not only have tolerat
i ed the liquidation of minorities,
I but have cooperated.
Two Moslem majors in the
| frontier force between the East
(Hindu) Punjab and West (Mos
lem) Punjab are awaiting trial
i for ordering their troops to attack
refugees. The mission of the
frontier force is to keep the peace.
Numerous police have joined in
uaugmer and plunder.
The Moslem press and the
Hindu press stir up hate every
hay with biased articles. Censor
ship prevents the printing of the
Ml picture. There is hardly a
community in the Punjab which
has not been affected. Entire pop
ulations have been wiped out and
towns and villages burned.
My experience and the experi
ence of others has been that the
only reliable force for law and
order ;s composed of Gurkha
/oops, commanded by British of
!c,prs. I! is impossible to get
erther police or native Moslem or
Hindu troops to shoot members of
■heir oWn sect and often impoo
M>;e to keep them from killing
■ws* 0f opposite faith.
Whit,-. officers of Indian regi-1
1/'- are doing their utmost to
hc’f iheii troops in line. Discip
■ /' was unimpeachable in the be
“'nning; now there are repeated
^stances in which these well-dis
iCcntinued on Page Two, Col. 4)
i be Weather
^•JJWMoJoglcs! data for the 24 hours
' " 1:3Q p.m. yesterday.
1.. ... Temperatures
;• •’ 74; 7:30 a m 76; 1:30 p.m. 81;
P m. 76.
Minimum 73; Mean 78;
1.. Humidity
• , •' 7:30 a.m. 97; 1:30 p.m. 75;
-,J P-m. 86.
T0.„ Precipitation
0 :-J irche 24 hours endin8 7 :30 t>.m. —
6inchesCG *he *irS* °* the montp —
,F Tides For Today
S. r, l!;e Tide Tables pubilshed by U.
'-oast and Geodetic Survey).
\V:iri , ,,, High Low
•o on _ 9;32 a.m. 4:26 a.m.
ilasonbv t. , . 9:54 p m- 4:32 p-m
J *n*et 7:15 a.m. 1:24 a.m.
Sun,wo - 7:42 p’m- 1:28 p-m
i:C5 v ' Sunset 6:40; Moonrise
i Moonset 5:28 a.m.
>.:.i L<g,e a- Fayetteville, N. C. at 8
-turday. (missing) feet.
Continued on Page Eleven, Col. 4)
Clang, Clang, Bed Ahead!
COMPLETE WITH HISSING air brakes and foot clanging bell,
Norton Clark, 14. of Newton, Mass., “drives” his horse-car trolley
front in his bedroom, with full sound effects. Norton satisfied his
trolley hobby by constructing the front end with parts salvaged from
modern as well as last- century trolleys. (AP Wirephoto)
RALEIGH, Aug. 30—(A1)—A unique collection of Con
federate surgical instruments has been placed in the state
hall of history, it was announced by Dr. Christopher Crit
tenden, director of the department of archives and history.
Death Toll By States Cited
Saturday By Safety
Traffic fatalities mounted Satur
day night as the nation’s Labor
Day exodus began.
Since 6 P. M. Friday, 67 persons
had died accidentally throughout
the country. Automobile accidents
already had killed 53. One person
was drowned. Thirteen others d’ed
in other mishaps related to the holi
day, including five who were vic
tims of small plane crashes.
The National Safety council esti
mated that 250 persons would be
killed in traffic accidents over the
three-day week end.
Following is the death toll by
states (traffic, drownings and mis
cellaneous in that order):
Arizona 10 1; California 4 0 0;
Colorado 2 0 0; Connecticut 1 0 0;
Georgia 2 0 0; Idaho 0 0 3; Illi
nois 0 0 2; Indiana 2 0 0; Iowa 5
0 0; Maine 0 0 1; Maryland 2 0 0;
Massachusetts 3 0 0; Michigan
3 10; Montana 4 0 0; New Jersey
10 1; New York 6 0 3; Ohio 5 0 1;
Oklahoma 1 0 0; Oregan 1 0 0;
Pennsylvania 2 0 0; Texas 2 0 0;
Vermont 10 0; Virginia 1 0 0;
Washington 10 1; West Virginia
10 0; Wisconsin 2 0 0.
Generally Pleasant Hold
day Forecast Saturday
Generally pleasant weather for
southeastern North Carolina except
for scattered thundershowers his
afternoon, was predicted late last
night by the government weathe
station at Cherry Point,
highest temperature will be about
85 degrees. .
The Cherry Point weather sta
tion reported flying conditions as
follows: Contact flying with eigM
mile visibility from Wilmington
north and south after 10 a. m.
Sunday; three mile visibility prior
^Tomorrow will be overcast in
the morning with possible showers
but the afternoon will be free of
tent rain ?nd sun shine and early
evening rains the skies were free
of clouds and- stars and the moon
shone brilliantly at 9 p. m.
Beach and local law enforcement
agencies reported no major' auto
mobile accidents and also that
motorists were observing safe
rules of driving.
The city hall, courthouse, post
office, customs house, and all
banks will be ciosed tomorrow for
the holiday which began after the
half workday yesiemay.
Virtually all stores in the city
also will be closed tomorrow, but
will be open all day Wednesday
instead of having the usual after
noon holiday. . .
Carolina Beach and Wnghtsville
Beach expected good crowds for
the final long holiday of the season,
as well as Holden Beach and Long
Beach in the Southport a,rea
The weekly meeting of the board
of county commissioners, sched
uled for tomorrow, will be held
Tuesday instead. Only routine
business was on the agenda yes
Meanwhile the Associated Press
said: ,
A narrow. imaginary band
stretching from East to West dl
(Continued on Page Two, Col. T>
r The collection was the porperty
of Dr. Edmund Burke Haywood
of Raleigh and has been donated
by B. H. Bridgers of Wilmington,
Dr. Haywood’s grandson. It has
teen labelled and arranged by
Mrs. Joye E. Jordan, head of the
hall of history, where now on dis
The collection, consisting of an
amputation saw and knives, hem
ostatic forceps, bone file and cut
ter, trephine set, dissection instru
ments, nerve hooks, retractors,
and various other items were ex
pertly fashioned of the finest
steel, ivory, and silver, and en
closed in velvet-lined, brass-bound
mahogany boxes specially design
ed for the purpose. It made up
the equipment of the surgeon of
eighty years ago.
With these Instruments Dr. Hay
wood could set a femur, tie a
blood vessel, remove a button of
bone from the skull, or amputate
a leg. In the collection is a com
plete steam itomizer, as well as
an electric machine patented in
1854 by Davis and Kidder. Also
including in a scarificator, a con
trivance having several lancets
moved by a spring and employed
by surgeons between 1800 and 1865
to make small incisions in the
skin, as in cupping.
Lower Prices And Extreme
ly Light Volume Re
The first week’s sales on the
1947 Eastern North Carolina flue
cured tobacco belt saw compar
ably lower prices and extremely
light volume.
The United States and North
Carolina Departments of Agricul
ture reported practically all
grades ranged from $1 to $17 be
low averages established during
the first week of sales in 1946k
Gross sales amounted to only 21,
613,815 pounds, compared with 42,
962,440 pounds during opening
week last year. The general aver
age was $43.34 per hundred, or
$9.02 under that paid in the same
period in 1946. The chief reason
for the lower average was decline
in averages by grades.
Another main factor in the
week’s marketing was the large
amount of tobacco delivered to
the Flue Cured Tobacco Coopera
tive Stabilization corporation. Re
ceipts were estimated at 18.5 per
cent of sales. Loans were avail
able last season by prevailing
prices were considerably above
advance and deliveries were neg
(Continued on Page Eleven Col. 2)
New ‘Foldin’Money’Reported In Large Leaf Bundles
This Weekend Following First Sales On Wallace Market
WALLACE, Aug. 30—There was
new folding money in large bun
dles bulging in the pockets of far
mers of this section today after
five days of sales on the 1947 to
bacco market.
The bundles heaped Up to near
ly $100,000 per day for each of the
five days of sales on the Wallace
market which opened last money.
Offi«ial figures, released today,
show that the three Wallace ware
house firms paid out a total of
$496,003.64 for the week of sales.
This amount represented payment
for 1,066,598 pounds of the weed
that has been classified as golden,
both because of its color on the
warehouse floor and the fact that
it Drings in the stuff for which
gold is supposed to stand for.
As in past season, the Wallace
Tobacco Market was at the top
in the Eastern North Carolina
Belt for high price average. The
million-odd pounds sold during the
week fetched an average of $45.25
per hundred pounds.
As of Thursday the Wallace
market went into a sales block
that had been expected all along.
The block will doubtless, continue
for several days, probably weeks.
Wallace warehousemen, seeking
to prevent unnecessary delays
and inconvneiences to their far
mers, have urged all tobacco
growers to book floor space in ad
vance so that their tobaccos may
be sold with the greatest expe
Under general marketing regu
lations, the Wallace market is
permitted to sell but 1.600 piles
of tobacco per day. These are sold
in four hours of selling time.
Therefore, farmers who’ve been

given space in advance on the
four floors here will have the
chance to sell their tobacco on al
lotted days. Those taking
a chance on space may be disap
pointed. And Wallace warehouse
men are bending every effort, to
use a cliche, as well as their
backs to see that no farmers are
From all and sundry, the tobac
co crop in the Wallace area is
reported to be the largest in the
past several years and now that
the farmers, long delayed by
rains and other inclement weath
er, are getting their weed ready
for market fast there is an al
most steady flow to town.
Each of the warehouses here
reports good sales. The houses
are Husseys Nos. 1 and 2, operat
ed by W. L. (Bill) Hussey, George
D. Bennett, and Jo* H. Bryant,
Blanchard and Farrior’s, opefated
by O. C. Blanchard and William
H. Farrior, and New Duplin Nos.
1 and 2, operated by A. H. Car
ter, A. E. Rackley, and John
In keeping with custom, and
other tobacco markets, the Wal
lace market will not be open on
Monday, Labor Day. The next
sale here will start Tuesday
morning at 9 a.m. at Husseys
No. 1.
With in influx of new money
Wallace merchants today reported
volume of sales on the upgrade,
especially since Thursday when
the market first blocked after
comparatively light offerings of
tobacco on Tuesday and Wednes
day. The light sales on those two
days were attributed to the fact
that the growers hadn’t yet got
their tobacco ready to place be
Solicitor Supects Murder
In ‘Slaying’ And ‘Suicide’
Of Walter Piner And Wife
Wins Praise
Republican Honored For
Part In Drafting Hem
isphere Defense
QUITANDINHA, Brazil, Aug. 30
—(/P)—A resolution thanking Sen.
Arthur H. Vandenberg (R-Hich)
for his part in drafting the re
gional arrangements section of the
United Nations charter at San
Francisco in 1945 and his role in
drafting the inter-American mu
tual defense treaty here was in
troduced into the record of the
inter-American conference today.
The Michigan senator led the
presentation of the United States’
views in committee sessions dur
ing the current conference and is
considered by many delegates
chiefly responsible for adoption of
a number of the defense pact’s
Senator Vandenberg later ex
pressed belief that the treaty
would be ratified by the U. S.
He told a news conference that
the treaty could not “be attacked
on the basis of diluting the United
Nations” and declared:
"We are looking all over the
earth for a ray of sunshine and
we cannot find it, but here is a
lighthouse of hope. In this stage
of history two continents have
found a way of joining hands for
the preservation of peace and se
curity. This is a> tremendous fact.”
The Republican senator said he
believed the treaty would have a
great “psychological and spiritual”
effect in the world.
Referring to the reception the
treaty would receive in the Senate,
Vandenberg said he could not pre
dict the action of his colleagues
but added that “continental inter
est in the Monroe Doctrine has
been so acute for so long that I
consider all preponderant? to be
on the side of Senate approval.”
Asked if he thought the treaty
would start an arms race in Latin
America, Vandenberg said he be
[ lieved it would have the opposite
The senator also said the Pan
American union and inter-Ameri
can defense board would always
“welcome any closer ties Canada
wishes to make at any time.”
Two Balconies Collapse
And Many Hurt In
PARIS, Aug. 30— W) —Ap
proximately 54 persons were be
lieved burned to death tonight
when a motion picture theater in
the Paris suburb of Reuil was de
stroyed by fire.
Police said 34 bodies had been
taken from the gutted select theater
and that about 20 more were be
lieved in the wreckage.
A short circuit in the wiring
of the second balcony of the movie
house started the fire, police said.
Balcony supports collapsed and
members of the audieye seated
there were pitched on to those
There were about 600 persons in
the theatre when the fire broke
In the panic that followed per
sons in boxes along the sdes of
the theater were thrown into he
melee on the floor blow and many
spectators were trampled and
trapped in the path of the fire.
A crowd of weeping relatives
and friends of missing persons
stood by the smoking ruins while
firemen from Paris, St. Germain
and Versailles searched for bodies.
The nearby office of a justice of
the peace served as temporary
Brazil Conference Okays Defense Plan
SHADED OUTLINE indicates area in western hemisphere from
Arctic to Antarctic, which will be included in hemispheric “security
region” guarded by guns of all the American republics under a plan
approved at Quitandinha, Brazil, by a 14-nation subcommittee of the
Inter-American Conference. (AP Wirephoto)
Two Million Cheer
Legion’s Parade
United Press Staff Correspondent
NEW YORK, Aug. 30—(UP)—In a stirring panoply of
color, marching precision and martial music, the American
Legion — 65,000 strong — marched up New York’s famed
bittn avenue toaay.
New Yorkers, who love a pa
rade, turned ot en masse for the
big show of the Legion’s 29th an
nual gonvention and it was esti
mated that 2,000,000 persons lined
both sides of the flag - bedecked
avenue along the two-mile route
of march.
They cheered, whistled and
clapped hands as the gray-haired
veterans of Chateau-Thierry and
the young ones of Guadalcanal
marched by, behind colorfully-un
iformed bands and shapely, dex
terous drum majorettes.
Four thousand police held back
the crowds. 15,143 Legionnaires
had marched past the official re
(Continued on Page Eleven, Col. 1)
Frantic Efforts Made To
Clear Holiday
WOODMERE, N. Y., Aug. 30—
(U.R)—The mysterious “red tide”
that has killed millions of fish off
the coast of Florida struck in
North Atlantic waters for the first
time today when thousands of
tons of dead fish were washed
ashore on Long Island beaches.
Beach attendants were busily
burying the fish, described as
moss-bunkers and mullets in an
effort to clear the beaches for the
expected holiday crowds over the
Labor Day week-end.
The fish, decaying and rotting,
were driving would-be swimmers
away from the beaches with their
odor, but truck farmers carried
away loads to use for garden fer
tilizer. _
Drum And Bugle Cops Wins
Acclaim From Large
NEW YORK, Aug. 30 — North
Carolina’s delegation stepped out
today in the American Legion’s
twenty-ninth annual convention
parade. More than one million
seven hundred fifty thousand peo
ple according to the New York
World Telegram lined Fifth ave
nue to watch the forty-eight states'
and five territories march in the
traditional American Legion pa
Heading the North Carolina pa
rade was State Commander Ray
Galloway of Wilmington, N. C.,
and just behind him was the Wil*
mington Drum and Bugle corps
state champions of North Carolina
who got profuse applause on Fifth
avenue as well as a few boos
from those whom we consider the
subversive element. The red coat
ed boys from Wilmington really
put on a show for New York.
Following the Wilmington Drum
and Bugle corps were the veter
ans of World War I and II who
marched incidentally as best they
could three miles up Fifth avenue.
Ninety-nine per cent of them
made it. Following the veterans
were the Asheville Legion band
which also put on a big show all
the way up Fifth avenue.
Climaxing the North Carolina
delegation in participation of the
(Continued on Page Eleven, Col. 1)
Thorough In yjiry’
Under Way; Case
N otClosed, HeSay s
Deputy Sheriff D. L. Ganey Agrees With
Moore That A Third Person Could
Have Staged The Deaths
By BOB KLINE. Staff Writer
Possibility that one or more persons conspired and
committed a clever double murder in the “slaying” by her
estranged husband of Mrs. Walter. G. Piner and his sub
sequent “suicide” before dawn Friday at Woodburn near
Leland was announced last night by District Solicitor Clifton
Moore and Deputy Sheriff D. L. Ganey.
Solicitor Moore said:
“A thorough investigation is being conducted to deter
mine if a third party did the shooting,” and that the case
has not been closed and will not be closed until all the
evidence has been examined. The solicitor’s announcement
came in spite of an earlier statement from the offic eof the
Brunswick county coroner that an inquest would not be held.
Ganey agreed with Moore that a third person might
have killed the pair, arranged the bodies in the room, and
made an exit through a window by a ladder. When Ganey
first entered the case he said he was of the opinion it was
Average Speed, California
To Cleveland, Is 460,
423 Mph.
CLEVELAND, Aug. 30 — (/P)—
Paul Mantz, Hollywood’s gabulous
flying man, today won the 2,050
mile bendix race and $10,000 first
prize- for the second consecutive
time when he flashed across the
finish line at an average speed
to 460.423 miles an hour.
Mantz won by the closest mar
gin in the history of the Bendix,
although his speed was 25 miles
faster than the winning time last
year and about 180 miles an hour
faster than the last pre-war win
Mantz covered me cuuise
Van Nuys, Calif., to Cleveland in
four hours, 2# minutes and 57
seconds in his souped-up P-51
Mustang, air force fighter.
Only one minute and eighteen
seconds behind him was Joe De
Bona, flying a P-51 entered by
Thomas C. Call, of Los Angeles.
De Bona's average speed was
458.2 miles an hour and his elaps
ed time was four hours, 28 minutes
and 15 seconds.
' The apparent third place winner
was Bruce Gimbel, also flying a
P-51, entered by Jacqueline Coch
ran, wife of Floyd Odium, New
York financier. Gimbel covered
the course in 5 hours, 4 minutes,
10 seconds, for an average speed
of 404 miles an hour.
CLEVELAND, Aug. 30 — W—
Here are the finishers, their speeds
(Continued on Page Two, Col. 5)
ATHENS, Aug. 30—W—The new
rightist Greek cabinet, headed by
Premier Constantin Tsaldaris, de
cided tonight to issue a decree
“banning publication of reports
relating to troop movements, mili
tary operations and comments on
same and on military activities in
general.” J
The decision was rnade at the
cabinet’s first meeting. Tsaldaris’
government has the task of re
storing order in large sections of
northern Greece where leftist guer
rillas have been battling Greek
army troops for months.
a murder and suicide.
Finer, 40, a prominent dairy
man in North Carolina, and hi*
47-year-old second wife, who also
had been married previously
were found shot to death in an
upstairs bedroom of a house oc-1
cupied by Spurvey Sneeden on U.
S. 17, near Leland.
Both had been residents of Fay
etteville, where the funeral will
be held. Mrs. Piner had been a.
waitress at Williams restaurant,
at the junction of U.S. routes 17
and 74.
She died or her birthday, after
her husband had reportedly given
Mrs. Liston Williams, wife of the
restaurant operator, five dollar*
the night before with which to
buy Mrs. Piner a present. -
Ganey, who said that Mrs. Pin
er’s body wts found slumped
down behind the door which open*
from the inside, agreed that a
third person might have killed the
pair, arranged the bodies in the
room, and made an exit through
the window by a ladder. He did
not say if a ladder was found
on the premises.
Fingerprints on the gun, found
between Piner’s legs, have not
been taken, he said.
“It was an old gun, and I doubt
if prints could be taken from it,”
he said.
Piner’s funeral will be held at
2:30 p.m., today, and Mrs. Piner’e
at 5p.m., today.
Piner is survived by four daugh
ters by a former marriage, and
Mrs. Piner, the former Letha
Cumber, by two daughters and
one son.
The dead couple had been mar
ried approximately one year and
had been separated for three
Philip And Elizabeth To
Live At Buckingham
LONDON, Aug. 30— (U.R)—Living
with the in-laws became a defin
ite prospect today for Lt. Philip
Mountbatten after a pre-dawn fire
virtually destroyed the 25-room
Sunninghill mansion where he and
heiress presumptive Princess
Elizabeth were to have set up
housekeeping after their marriage
Nov. 20.
Philip’s outlook, however, 1* a
little better than that of the ordi
nary bridegroom forced to dwell
with the bride’s family. After
their honeymoon, he and the prin
cess will move into Buckingham
palace, which has considerable
more room than the ordinary
house and where a special suite
already had been prepared for
their use on the occasions when
they would come to London from
the country.
Aliso, according to Buckingham
palace sources, the couple prob
ably will not have to stay long in
the home of King George VI and
Queen Elizabeth. There are plenty
of vacant country houses, the size
of Sunninghill mansion, or larger.
The problem is to get them re
paired and renovated.
The fire that ruined Sunninghill,
near Ascot race course, started
about midnight. Scotland Yard,
after investigating a report that a
man had been seen running away
from the mansion just before the
fire was discovered, announced it
had ‘‘definitely rule<J/out any sug
gestion of arson.” •
The Yard believed that a cigar
ette butt dropped by a careless
workman in the 10-room section
being prepared for Elizabeth and
Philip started the fire.

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