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FORECAST* Served By Leased Wires
of the
Wilmington and vicinity: Partly cloudy * ASSOCIATED PRESS '
and not so warm today. Tueaday partly and the
cloudy with little change in temperature. UNITED PRESS
With Complete Coverage ol
State ud National New*
ESTABLISHED 1867
Ninety Killed
In Movie Fire
Dozens Are Trampled To
Death When Panic Seizes
Theatre Crowd
-arts Aug. 31 —tU.R)— Ninety
ns'were burned or trampled
last night when fire turn
t0 d small suburban movie
*d ? ■ into a white hot crema
t!'ea 61 fj’ ed with frenzied figures
W™. l0 escape, officials an
ed today, and the theater
was charged with mvolun
IJy manslaughter.
A„toine Moullade, owner of the
«urt Theater at Rueil. was ar
,e*ted as authorities investigated
the disaster. #
More than half the identified
a were less than 20 years old,
dead officials said. The three
St victims died in hospitals to
d? v«
Police and employes of the
fnistrv of justice still were prod
through the charred ruins of
** theater's firs* and second
SL,iei which collapsed mmutes
lifter the fire broke out.
Marcel Vaugelade, assistant to
“S or Of Rueil blamed «*mal
Jctioning of fire extinquishers”.
See said the blaze apparently
jtarted in a projection booth from
, jhort circuit.
Operator Flee»
Thev said it could have been
controlled if the 17-year-old pro
ectionist had shut the door be
hind him when he fled.
The flames leaped from the
tooth and licked into tinder-dry
velvet hangings on the walls. Moul
lade, according to movie patrons
who escaped tried to douse the
blaze with fire extinquishers but
failed. Then panic started. Cus
tomers rose from their seats and
tried to run for the doors. Some of
them never had a chance.
There were 550 seats in the
theater Members of the audience
last nieht told police every seat
was taken and, in order to please
standing customers, folding chairs
bad been placed in the ailes. Three
exit doors were partly blocked.
Madame Helene La Naour, who
survived the horror despite burns
on her hands and legs, said. “I
was in the orchestra when, about
10:15 p. m., I heard cries from the
first balcony, I turned and saw
lee NINETY KILLED on Eagre Z
NATION TO HAVE
"BALMY” WEATHER
South May Have Continu
ation Of Humid Tem
peratures Today
By The Associated Press
The Labor Day week end, which
started out to be a blisterer in
the Midwest Saturday, showed de
finite signs of improvement Sun
day and the outlook for the holi
day itself was very pleasant ex
cept for some Southern areas.
Temperatures Sunday were com
fortable throughout the Great
Lakes region, and Northern and
central plains states, and fore
casters said more of the same was
In prospect for Monday.
Reading ranged from around 50
In upper Michigan to the upper 60s
in the lower Great Lakes region
Sunday, and from 55 in North Da
kota to 65 in Nebraska.
Cooler weather also developed in
ft* Northern Rocky Mountain re
lion, with temperatures mostly be
tween 45 and 50.
It was still uncomfortably warm
however, Southward from Kansas,
Southern Missouri and the area
iurt north of the Ohio river, and
forecasters said little change in
;emperatures was expected in the
hot region through Monday.
Warm weather also continued in
**• Gulf states, while about sea
•*»1 temperatures prevailed on
*®*h the Atlantic and • Pacific
Waits.
i Showers developed Saturday
whfht In Iowa and moved into
Northern and Central Illinois and
Central Indiana Sunday. The
r«!nj were not very heavy, and
J’,r* n°t expected to be of much
help to crops. Spencer, la., how
•vcr, reported a half inch and
Iow;a City .12 inches.
More showers were expected
today night in the upper Mis
ejisippj valley, moving across the
"feat Lakes region Monday.
Chicago weather bureau
••id most regions would have a
aoor Day duplication of their
today temperatures, and that
jk:es would be fair, except for the
Midwestern shower ares.
The Weather
. FORECAST:
J. “ Carolina: Partly cloudy and con
,, father warm Monday and Tues
im0?,11 'larolina—Partly cloudy Monday
•hin« i5day' not so "'arm Monday, little
iT_, ln, temperature Tuesday.
IIM!in-0^Og‘Cal data for the 24 hours
• 1.30 p. m. yesterday
, temperatures
a. m. 71; 7:30 a. m. 71; 1:30 p. m.
p- m. 81; Maximum 90; Minl
49: Mean 80; Normal 81.
] H humidity
R,"? * m 94; 7:30 a. m. 93; 1:30 p. m.
m U30 p. m. 75.
. precipitation
*'nchtj,0t 24 hours ending 7:30 p, m
‘io'ta’che,"0* th* ,ir,t °* th« month
OW, ,T1DES F°R TODAY
* 8 • ^1* ^ide Tables published by
''oast and Geodetic Survey).
^ Amine* rm HIGH L0W
gton -10:11 a.m. 5:06 a.m.
_ 10:31p.m. 5:13 p.m.
(!”boro Inlet .. 7:51 a.m. 2:00 a.m.
Sunpi. , , 8:13 p.m. 2:06 p.m.
• 34,.: tuT 51S; Sunset 6:38; Moo nr! sc
Moon set 6:*7a.
WEATHER Oa Pag*
SOME OF THE 65,000 LEGIONNAIRES who took part in the parade
up New York’s Fifth Avenue are shown as they passed the review
ing stand at right. Superfortresses and "Shooting Star” jet planes
roared overhead to add their bit to the American Legion’s greatest
show to date. (International).
Steve Beville Wins
Kendall Speed Test
BIG TIME
SAUGUS, Mass., Aug. 31. —
(U.R)—This was a big day for the
folks gathered at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Big
gart for the wedding reception
of their daughter Dorothy, 19,
and her bridegroom, Roger
Noble, 20.
In addition to the wedding
celebration, guests at the re
ception were observing six mar
riage anniversaries and one
birthday.
BRITISH TO QUIT
BUYING U.S. FOOD
Strachey Announces End
Of Purchases Because
Of Dollar Shortage
LONDON, Aug. 31. — m — Food
Minister John Strachey disclosed
tonight that Great Britain had stop
ped buying food from the United
States “for the time being” be
cause of her dollar shortage.
“We can manage, it necessary,
for some time without buying food
from the source,” he said in a
speech at Dundee. Scotland.
He added that Britain was con
tinuing to import cotton, machi
nery, tobacco and some other
items from the United States.
Since war days Britain has do
pended on the U. S. for a con
siderable variety of food, in
cluding wheat, canned foods of
various kinds, dried eggs and fruit.
Purchases began dwindling with
the $3,750,000,000 American loan.
The announcement that food pur
chases have been suspended com
pletely followed a statement by
Prime Minister Attlee that Britain
was cutting food imports at the
rate of $48,000,000 a month.
Hanging On Thread
Strachey’s speech turned the
economic limelight from the York
shire coal strike, which appeared
See BRITISH On Page Two
SEVEN U. S. WARSHIPS
WILL PAY VISIT TO
SMYRNA, SEPTEMBER 12
LONDON, Aug. 31 —(JP)—United
States Navy headquarters here
announced today that seven
American warships would make
"‘■ar. Informal visit” to the Turk
ish port of Smyrna Sept. 12 to 18
during the annual Smyrna fair.
The ships are the Cruiser Day
ton, Carrier Leyte, Destroyers
Storms, Massey. Henley and J. C.
Owens and Destroyer Tender Yel
lowstone.
Vice-Adm. Bernhard H. Bieri,
commander of U. S. Naval forces,
Mediterranean, will command the
group.
Hammond, Indiana Flier
Pilots Mustang To Mark
Of 384.6 MPH
CLEVELAND, Aug. 39.—(5s)—
Two pilots whizzed through a 105
mile race for P-51 Mustangs at
the National Air races today at
speeds better than the winning
pace in last year’s 300-mile Thomp
son Trophy classic, and above the
recognized world record for closed
course events.
The Thompson will be the clos
ing feature of the racing program
tomorrow.
Steve Beville cf Hammond, Ind.,
took the Kendall race for Mustangs
and $3,000 first prize with an aver
age speed of 384.6 miles an hour.
Kendall Everson of Cleveland
averaged 377.S for $1,000 second
money.
Last year’s Thompson speed by
Alvin (Tex) Johnson of Niagara
Falls, N Y.,„ was 373.9. Johnson
is not entered in this year’s Thomp
son
Above Becord
Beville and Everson both were
above the 374 miles an hour record
set by George Welch in a Mustang
in the Miami, Fla., All-American
maneuvers, recognized by the con
test committee of the National
Aeronautic Association. The same
Mustang will be flown tomorrow by
See BEVILLE on Page Two
NEW REVOLT HITS
ECU, K>R STATES
Army, Constabulary Stage
Uprising Against Carlos
Mancheno Regime
QUITO, Ecuador, Aug. 31. —(/P)
— A revolt by Army and constab
ulary officers broke out last night
in Bolivar State against the re
gime of Col. Carlos Mancheno, who
seized supreme power in Ecuador
in a coup last Sunday. Mancheno’s
followers claimed today the situa
tion was under control.
Leaders of the counter-revolt
said they sought a return to con
stitutional order. Bolivar State is
about 100 miles South of Quito.
The garrison at Riobamba, an
important city in the tate of
Chimborazo adjoining Bolivar
State, also was reported to have
revolted under C£pt. Jorge Lopez
Valdivieso. He had commanded the
constabulary under President Jose
Velasco Ibarra, overthrown last
week-end.
Troops and police took over the
plants of the daily newspapers El
Debate and La Patria in Quito
early this morning. Both news
papers supported the Conservative
party, which backed Velasco Ibar
ra. The officer in charge of the
newspaper seizures said he had or
ders from the minister of interior
to see that El Debate and La. Pa
tria did not operate.
Fmr Clmsef Dmp Wms
Is Not Garbled Copy
CHICAGO, Aug. 31 — JCXG
NCDQT FCA HWP FTKG
ECTGHiVNNA.
No, it’s not garbled copy. It just
means that the American Crypto
gram association is holding its
15th annual convention in Chi
cago Decoded, it reads:
"Have Labor Day Fun, Drive
Carefully.”
The association started m a
hobby 15 years ago with its char
ter members. During the war
many of its members were tapped
for duty in jnilitary code rooms.
Now the association is back in
the hobby class.
Ages of members range from 17
to 70, many of them shut-ins.
They decode and decipher in
English, French, Spanish,, and
other foreign languages, knowl
edge of the language is not nec
essary.
Occupations of members vary
widely. There are dentiets,
steeple-jacks, auditors but all
have one common interest—codes
and cyphers.
Once a member gets working
or a cryptogram, nothing stops
him. As a result, some - of the
See FMR On Page Two
Woman Takes
Her Own Life
Coroner Doran, After In
vestigation, Says Shot
Self-Inflicted
Mrs. John Dunn, 32, attractive
matron, was found shot to death
late yesterday afternoon at the
apartment she and her husband
occupied at 818 Grace street a
few minutes after the couple had
returned from swimming at
Wrightsville Beach.
Coroner Gordon Doran, follow
ing an investigation, said the death
evidentally was self inflicted and
that no inquest will be conducted
unless further developments a?e
uncovered.
The woman was found in the bed
room of the couple’s quarters in
a seated position with a .22 rifle,
from which one shot had been
fired, lying at her feet. Police in
reconstructing the event said that
the woman had apparently placed
the butt of the rifle on the floor
and the barrel under her chin and
then with one hand pulled the
trigger.
The bullet had ranged upward
through her chin and mouth into
her brain and killed her instantly.
Police and the coroner said no
note had been left and were un
able to furnish a motive although
the husband was closely questioned
by officers.
He said, and neighbors substan
1 tinted him, that he was sitting
on the steps on the rear porch of
the house when the snooting ic
cured. He said he ran into th^
house to find his wife dead.
The coroner related that his
investigation had revealed the
couple had returned home a few
minutes previously from the beach
with another couple and that he
told his wife to change her clothes
and they would go to a show.
Police last night were attempting
to locate the other couple who
were believed not to reside in Wil
mington and to have left the city
for their home immediately upon
their rturn from the swimming
party.
The husband was not detained
by pflice. Last night he was re
ported in a near hysterical condi
tion and told authorities, they said,
that he knew of no reason for his
wife’s action.
The body was taken to the Yopp
funeral home. The couple had been
married several years but im
mediate relatives had not been
ascertained last night at the Yopp
funeral home.
TSALDARIS GETS
FIVE-DAY LEASE
New Greek Regime Will
Not Face Parliamentary
Test This Week
ATHENS, Aug. 31 — VP)—
The shaky right-wing government
headed ' by Premier Constantin
Tsaldaris was assured today of at
least five days of life—the open
ing of parliament was postponed
until Thursday.
Opposition party leader^ started
a series of conferences to consid
er Tsaldaris’ invitation to broaden
the cabinet, as favored by the
United States. The conferees in
cluded Sophocles Venizelos, Pan
ayotis Kanellopoulos, George Pa
pandreou, Stylianos Gonatas and
Apostolos Alexandris.
With the opposition lined up
solidly against him, Tsaldaris
would be defeated if he asked
parliament for a vote of confi
dence. However, it is not believed
this showdown will be forced be
cause Tsaldaris’ failure to main
tain a government would compel
King Paul I to give a mandate to
Themistocles Sophoulis, leader of
the largest minority party.
Sophoulis ^Unliked
There is no strong sentiment for
Sophoulis among opposition lead
ers, and it is accepted that he
could not get a vote of confidence
with the present division of party
strength.
An official announcement said
that Loy W. Henderson, U.S. State
department representative who
came here last week, would not
see Greek political leaders indi
vidually. Shortly before he returns
to the United States in about 10
days he may meet the politicians
collectively to explain further the
American policy. __
Along The Cape Fear
EARTHQUAKE — Sixty-one
years ago last night was an event
ful and terrifying one in Wilming
ton’s history.
But there are few Wilmington
ians alive today who can recall
that night and the days following.
Most of those who would have oc
casion to remember those day6
are dead or have left the city.
But one of those who does re
member distinctly is C. C. Chad
bourn, 415 South Front street, a
regular contributor to this column
and a student of early day his
tory of the community. '
For it was August 31, 1880 that
Wilmington, together with much
of the coaet line in this portion
of the state and in South Caro
lina experienced the worst earth
quake in the history of this area.
The first shock was felt at ap
proximately 10 p.m. Chadbcurn
recalls that the shock was pre
ceded hy “a roar and a rumble
that was ominous and terrify
ing.” Chimneys of many buildings
and houses were toppled. Dishes
were rattled and in some in
stances thrown to the floor and
broken. Window panes rattled.
• • •
RUSH INTO THE STREETS —
Persons inside their homes and
buildings rushed into the streets.
Most of them were unaware, at
least for a few momenta, what
had occured. Residents in the bus
iness section hurried to their
homes to ascertain if their dwell
ings had been damaged.
Chadbourn remembers that
many persons after the shock, be
came hysterical and in manv in
stances cried. He adds that in a
few instances, the more nervous
fell to their knees and prayed.
In some of the more remote sec
tions of the city where houses
were of flimsy construction, ‘‘the
ignorant and superstitious m;lled
to and fro in the streets, wailing
and shouting and having no con
ception of what had taken place.”
However, the mire sensible and
intelligent remained in their
homes but throughout the night
the city remained at a tension
fearful that further and more
damaging quakes would follow.
Chadbourn remembers a Wil
mington attorney who immediate
ly following the quake took out
his watch and made a note of the
exact time for future reference.
Sec CAPE FEAR On Page Two1
Legion Blasts Communism,
Elects O’Neil Commander;
Palestine Report Is Signed
Partition Of Holy
Land Recommended
UN Committee Majority
Also Urges End To Brit
ish Mandate
LAKE SUCCESS, Aug. 31. —VP)
— The United Nations Palestine
committee majority recommended
tonight the partition of the Holy
Land, formation of an econom
ic union here, and admission of
150,000 Jews to Palestine during a
two-year transitional period begin
ning tomorrow.
Abdul Rahman Azzam Pasha,
secretary-general of the seven
state Arab League and one of
the chief Arabic' spokesmen, im
mediately assailed the report as
“absolutely impracticable.”
‘‘I do not think the assembly
will take it,” he said in a state
ment. “It does not solve any
thing. It only makes the situation
worse.”
The five Arab states in the U.
N. — Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Leban
on and Saudi Arabia, are certain
to fight the whole committee re
port in the Assembly, which will
convene September 16. The Arabs
demand an independent Arab
Palestine, no more Jewish im
migration, and termination now
of the British mandate over the
Holy Land.
No Statement
There was no statement here
from the Jewish Agency for Pale
stine, which has demanded a Jew
ish state in the Holy Land and in
creased Jewish immigration.
The committee majority propos
ed that the immigrants be permit
ted into Palestine while the Holy
Land is being transformed into the
economic union made up of one
Arab state, one Jewish state, and
the autonomous city of Jerusalem.
A committee minority proposed
a joint Arab-Jewish state under a
federal government.
Other salient points favored by
■the majority made up of Canada,
Czechoslovakia, Guatemala, the
Netherlands, Peru, Sweden and
Uruguay:
That Britain, which holds the
mandate over Palestine, continue
See PARTITION On Page Two
“CAREER PLAN”
AIDS RECRUITING
Air Force Adds 30,000
Men In Past Few Months;
Seek High Grads
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31. — VP) —
The Army Air Forces has re
cruited more than 30,000 men in
the last few months in an effort
to regain its wartime efficiency
level.
Officials credited much of the
upswing in enlistees to a new
“career plan’’ offered by the AAF
to high school graduates under
which they are given a choice
of training in various technical
schools of the service.
Recordsc show that while month
ly recruiting totals for the AAF
during the first part of the year
ranged between 6,000 and 7,000
the June total was 10,500, July
12,500 and August about 11,000.
Despite the satisfactory trend in
the manpower problem, personnel
officials said, the AAF still is
about 80,000 short of the authorized
strength figure for this period of
approximately 391,000. At the be
ginning of the current month, the
AAF had about 267,000 men and
43.000 officers (which compared
with an authorized strength of
334.000 men and 56,000 officers.)
To brijig the force up to full
strength for the current fiscal year,
enlistments must average better
than 9,000 men for each of the next
See CAREER On Page Two
THE BLOOD-SPATTERED bodies of R. L. May and his wife Bette,
both 22, (above), were found shot to death on a highway near Omaha,
Neb. Members of a wealthy Virginia family and married only six
months, the bodies of the two were found in a clump of weeds by two
youngsters. May, a grandson of R. L. May, millionaire, Alexandria
Va, bus lines operator, had been visiting in Colordao with his wife,
(International)
Thousands Throng
Beaches On Sunday
BARNUM WAS RIGHT
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 31. — (JP)
— George Marlow arrived today
from Guthrie Center, Iowa, and
said he hadn’t been in th|> steel
city three - minutes before he
was out $160.
Marlow sadly related his story
to police:
He got off a bus, was ap
proached by a stranger who
flashed a badge and asked for
his credentials. Marlow handed
the man his wallet and walked
along the street with him. Af
ter a block, the stranger hand
ed the wallet back and said
“Your credentials are okay.”
He left hurriedly.
Marlow examined his wallet.
He still had his credentials but
no money.
HOLIDAY ACCIDENT
TOLL TOTALS 121
Two Auto Race Drivers
! Lose Lives; Air Patrol 1
In Missouri Active
CHICAGO, Aug. 31. —(U.R)— The
nation’s three-day holiday acciden
tal death toll shot past the 100
mark today as more millions of
persons took to the highways.
An estimated 26,000,000 auto
mobiles carrying many more per
sons jammed country roads, and
scores of traffic fatalities result
ed.
With the long Labor Day week
See HOLIDAY On Page Two
BELTS, BRASS KNUCKS
USED IN CLASHES AT
ANTI-FASCIST MEET
»_
LONDON, Aug. 31. —(>P)— Fight
ing with belts and brass knuckles
broke out tonight when a number
of men singing the Nazi “Horst
Wessel” song charged an anti
Fascist meeting in Dalton, an East
London section where numerous
political clashes have occurred re
cently.
One man was taken to a hospital
with a head injury and police, who
quelled the disturbance, arrested
eight. Earlier, the police broke up
a meeting of the British ex-Ser
vicemen's league — where speak
ers praised Fascism — after a
crowd of onlookers became threat
ening.
Largest Crowds Of Season
Enjoy Perfect Day At
Nearby Resorts
One of the largest crowds of the
Beach season were estimated to
have attended Carolina and
Wrightsville Beach yesterday,
while Wilmington and Kures Beach
boasted the largest crowd of the
year.
Officials of the two larger
beaches, Carolina and Wrightsville,
said that they do not expect as
many people on the beach today
as were at the resort yesterday.
Prominent businessmen of Wil
mington and Kures Beach said
they expect a larger crowd today
and are preparing for the largest
crowd in the history of the
beaches.
Chief of Police Bruce Valentine,
of Carolina Beach, said that ap
proximately 40,000 to 50,000 people
attended the resort area yester
day from all over the state. They
only expect from 30,000 to 40,000
See THOUSANDS On Page Eight
GEN. WAINWRIGHT
QUITS ARMY LIFE
Hero Of Bataan Retires At
Ceremonies At Fort
Sam Houston
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Aug. :1.
(jp) — General Jonathan M.
Wainwright, who refused to surren
der in the face of overwhelming
odds to Japanese forces on Bataan,
was retired from the Army today
at ceremonies at historic Fort Sam
Houston.
In his farewell address, the
World War II hero said that the
merger of the armed forces was
assurance to him that “with
proper support, the approach to *
peaceful world is in the making.”
^Military men, the four-star gen
eral stated, are “profound lovers
of peace who believe that it can
be obtained and maintained
through an efficient military or
ganization as an important part of
peaceful government.”
Wainwright, commander of the
Fourth Army, made his address
after he reviewed 2,500 troops,
700 of whom came here from the
famed 2nd Armored Division at
Camp Hood, Texas.
Pilot Dives 7,000 Feet
To Cure Boy Of Deafness
TETERBORO, N. J„ Aug. 31 —
(U.R)—Four-year-old Howard Sturm
had his first plane ride today. But
the flight, in which the plane made
a 7,000 feet dive, was more than
a joyride for the two-headed young
ster. It was a treaitment which
doctors believe may help to re
store the hearing of the totally
deaf child.
A former Navy dive bomber
pilot, Harry Hunt, took the single
engine Bellanca Cruisair up to 10,
300 feet. Then he dropped the plane
at a rate of 900 feet per minute
'to 3,000 feet, his ear a pipping with
the change in altitude and air'
pressure.
Below at the airport, Mr. and
Mrs. Elmer Sturm, Midland Park,
N. J.t watched silently and with
hands clasped, hoping that the
treaitment discovered accidentally
during the war will help their son.
Arrangements for the flight here
started a year ago. Dr. Signar
Hifler, Howard’s physician, be
lieved it was the last chance of
restoring the boy's hearing which
he lost in an attack of spinal men
See PILOT os Page Two
V
Convention Backs
Marshall Program
Closing Session Also Goes
On Record In Favor Of
Balkans Plan
NEW YORK, Aug. 31. — (ff>) —
Ths American Legion today adopt
ed a program for the coming year
accenting a militant anti-Com
munist star d at home and abroad
and chose James F. O'Neil 0f
Manchester, N. H., a World War
One infantryman, as its new
national commander.
The 49-year-old O’Neil, who is
police chief in his home city, made
plain in a brief acceptance talk
to the 29th national convention
that he was in full accord with the
Legion’s sharp denunciation of
Communism.
He remarked, however, that he
also would lead the fight on "other
subversive elements.” O’Neil, was
assialed by backers of his op
ponents as the choice of the legen
dary Legion “kingmakers” but he
won an easy victory by acclama
tion.
In winding up the convention,
the Leginnaires not only unloosed
blasts against Communism but also
recommended that the nation
guard its greatest weapon by de*
dining to reveal atomic energy
secrets to anyone and build up
its manpower reservoir by adopt
ing universal military training.
Okay Marshall Plan
The convention gave full ap
proval to the Marshall plan for
aid to Europe after terming “the
aggressive spirit of Communism
the greatest menance facing
America today,” and called for
outlawing of the Communist party
as a political group in the United
States.
A spirited debate of veterans’
housing brought the first rod call
See CONVENTION On Page Tw0
ROYAL WELCOME
GIVEN PRESIDENT
Truman Family, Party
Lands At Trinidad En
route To Brazil
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug.
31. —(4P)— President Truman, fly
ing to Rio De Janeiro to attend
final sessions of the Inter-Ameri
can conference, landed here today
with Mrs. Truman and their
daughter, Margaret.
A band played “The Missouri
Waltz” as the President’s plane,
the Independence, taxied to a halt
at the airport, where he was greet
ed by Sir John Shaw, governor of
this British West Indies colony.
Sir Errol Dos Santos, colonial
secretary, and other notables Join
ed in welcoming Mr. Truman. The
music was provided by the Trini
dad Police Force band.
The President and his party will
leave here early tomorrow for
Rio De Janeiro, where he will ad
dress the final session of th«
hemisphere defense conference.
Band Plays
As soon as the first greetings
were exchanged, the band play
ed “Hail To The Chief,” "The
Star Spangled Banner,” and “God
Save The King,” in rapid order.
The President, wearing a light
tan suit, a buff-colored hat and
two-toned shoes, inspected a guard
of honor while the white-uniform
ed musicians, carefully rehearsed
for the occasion, played the waltz
that has become a part of nearly
every public appearance of the
President.
The plane carrying President
Truman’s party landed at the
Army Air Force field here ex
actly seven hours and 40 minutes
after its take-off from Washington.
The flight was made in ideal
weather conditions.
Charles Ross, the President’s
press secretary, said, “the Presi
dent and everyone else is delight
ed with the new plane.”
Breeze Helps Out
A hot sun beat down on the parch
ed airfield as the President, his
family, Brazilian Ambassador
Carlos Martin and Mrs. Martin
and other members of the party
left the plane, but a breeze help
ed cool the shady spots.
During the trip from Washing
ton, the President visited the
plane’s control room and talked
with the pilot, Lt. Col. Henry T.
Myers, and left his private com
partment several times to visit
with his staff.
And So To Bed
The group of young people
from Charlotte cpending the
Labor day week-end at Wrights
ville Beach obviously didn’t
know much about swimming.
But they donned bathing
suits, however, and lay about
in the sand.
“See that man out there
swimming?” exclaimed one of
the group. “I’ll bet he is using
the crawl stroke.”
“Ah, he couldn’t be doing
that,” replied one of the girls.
“Why he couldn’t be crawling
that far out because he tfdM
even touch the buttons.”
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