Philadelphia Firm Gets
$200,000 On Home Down
Payments Via Mail
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 11—
ip)__Postal Inspector George
Sadler testified at a hearing to
s.%, tbat religious groups and
Prospective home owners in
p‘ states were systematical
!! swindled out of $200,000 by a
Lup operating under the firm
B e 0f The General Enginecr
na h Construction Co.. Phila
de£amoney, Sadler tmd U.S.
commissioner Norman J. Grif
j. at the arraignment of a 62
1 ar old building engineer, was
bstained as down payments on
° churches and 40 homes which
", e firm contracted to build in
Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
Kansas City and St. Louis', Mo.,
plinois. Washington, D. C., and!
Held In §1,000
Edward T. Mendenhall, of
Philadelphia, the engineer, was
. eld in $1,000. He is charged
with mail fraud and conspiracy.
Customers of the firm, Sad
ler testified, got nothing but
lans and specifications while
L firm’s two partners spent
the money on “parties, high liv
ing and excessive drinking.”
ge identified one of the part
ners as Howard L. Clements,
formerly of Philadelphia and
■aid he was arrested yesterday
in Miami, Fla., and hold in $25,
000 bail for removal to Phila
delphia on charges of mail
fraud and conspiracy. Sadler
declined to name any others be
ing sought, but said he expect
ed additional ai rests.
Mendenhall said he was a
building engineer for the firm
and gave estimates on proposed
construction and talked to some
0f the prospects. He testified he
suspected something was wrong
with the firm’s operations but
foit it was “none of my busi
Sadler said the religious
grouDS solicited were mostly
Negro “because these organiza
tions had sufficient funds for
modest down payments but
would not be likely to press for
quick completion of construc
Here’s A Drink
BOSTON (U.R)—One of the most
potent drinks among the non-al
coholic beverages is an ancient
New England standby known as
Down through the years, prob
ably from Colonial days, up-coun
try farmers have depended on this
iome-made brew to cool them off
ar.d pep them up during the rigors
ot the haying season.
Here’s how to make a single
glass ot Switchell:
2 tablespoons of molasses.
1 teaspoon of vinegar.
1-2 teaspoon of dried ginger.
Ice water to fill.
The addition of a pinch of salt
FLOWERS ARE BIG BUSINESS!
CHICAGO (U.R)—Flowers are a
billion dollar business now. The
Society o£ American Florists cites
a survey made at Cornell Univer
sity, whish said the floral, nursery
and landscape gardening retail
business totals $552,500,000, pro
duction $350,000,000 and market
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MRS. MARY HERITAGE
JACKSONVILLE, Sept. 11. —
Mrs. Mary Heritage Koonce, 73,
wife of the late John C. Koonce
of Onslow county and a member
of a prominent family, died Wed
nesday evening at 10:30 o’clock
at her home near Catherine Lake,
after, a lingering illness.
Funeral services will be held
Friday afternoon at the home
with burial to follow in Jack
sonville cemetery. The Rev. Hor
ace Quigle, pastor of Richlands
Christian church is in charge, and
will be assisted by the Rev. L.
L. Parish, pastor of the Jack
sonville Methodist church.
Mrs. Koonce was born January
4, 1874, the daughter of Sarah
Rhodes Heritage and James Sim
mon Heritage. She was married
Surviving are two children,
Mrs. W. P. Legge of Washing
ton, and Mrs. C. J. Lamy of the
home; four step children, Mrs.
Allen Wooten, Hopewell, Va.,
Mrs. William Canady, R. E.
Koonce, and Edgar Grifton; two
brothers, R. K. Heritage of the
home; and J..I. Heritage of Nor
folk, Va.; a half sister, Mrs. I.
A. White of Raleigh and a num
ber of nieces and nephews.
J. HERMAN JACKSON
JAMESVILLE, Sept. 11—_
Funeral services were held to
day for J. Herman Jackson, 57,
who was fatally injured Tuesday
while working at a lumber com
pany in Williamston.
IN KINSTON CASE
Bakery Employe Was Kill
ed Last January In Woods
Near City Limits
KINSTON, Sept. 11.—(AP)—
The defense rested late tonight
in the trial here of Lemuel Par
rott, Kinston man charged with
first degree murder in the slay
ing last Jan. 31 of Kenneth Tay
lor, 50, local bakery employe.
The state indicated it would
offer two rebuttal witnesses to
morrow followinng testimony to
night purporting to show that
Parrott was with his wife dur
ing the evening that Taylor was
found dead with h i s throat
slashed in a wooded section near
the Kinston City limits.
The trial is expected to go to
a Lenoir Superior Court jury
Sam Thompson of Goldsboro,
charged with Parrott in the
slaying, has pleaded guilty to
second degree murder and
turned state’s witness.
At tonight’s trial session Mrs.
Parrott, wife of the defendant
testified that she, her husband
and her sister went to a movie
on the night of the slaying
After the movie, Mrs. Parrott
testified, tthey returned to the
home of her parents and re
mained the rest of the night.
A taxi driver, Dewey Pollard,
took the stand to corroborate
Mrs. Parrott’s testimony that it
was he who drove them home
from the movie.
Mrs. Parrott’s brother, Jim
Frank Grady, testified that the
defendant remained at home
when he returned from the movie
with his wife.
SEVEN LOOP FOES
WAKE FOREST — Seven of the
ten teams to be met by Wake
Forest’s football team this sea
son are members of the South
ern Conference. League teams to
be played are Clemson, North
Carolina, George Washington,
Duke, William and Mary, N. C.
State and South Carolina.
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SALEM, Ore. (U.R)—Oregon geol
ogists are agreed that ‘‘thunder
eggs” are not the products of the
mythical thunderbird of Indian
lore, but they differ widely in opin
ion on actual origin of the agate
filled spherical masses.
According to Indian legend, the
Thunder Spirits who lived in great
volcanoes of the Cascade moun
tains hurled the rhyolite stones
wheijf they were angry. At the
same time the spirits reportedly
drummed up some noisy thunder
But the practical mineralogists
haven’t been able to agree on a
better solution to the “thunder
"Thunder eggs” are much prized
by stone collectors. They are com
posed of silicified claystone and
disintegrated rhyolite found in a
few sections of Oregon and some
of the other western states.
Characteristic of the nodules Is
the star-shaped outline seen when
the oval mass is cut in half. Some
scientists say this outline repre
sents the shrinkage of “mud”
which originally filled the cavity
in the volcanic rock. Subequently,
silica-bearing solutions filled these
Each locality yields a distinctive
type of nodule.
BEATS STILL AVAILABLE
CHAPEL HILL, — Although
there ha* been a tremendous ad
vance sale, indicating a record
breaking season attendance, there
are still seat* available for all
of Carolina’s home football games,
including the opener with Georgia
September 27. Don’t expect to
get 60-yard liners.
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Chapter No. 14
"SON OF THE
All Star Comefly
LANCASTER, Pa., Sej*. 11.
—MP)— The stork had a busy
time at Lancaster General hos
pital today, delivering triplets
and twins within approximate
ly an hour.
Parents of the triplets —
two boys and a girl — are
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Farley of
Lancaster. They also have a
two-year old daughter, Ruth
The twins — a boy and a
girl — were born by Caesarean
section to Mrs. Lester News
wanger of nearby Bareville.
SHIP EXPLOSION "
Witnesses Tell Coast Guard
Inquiry Board Reason
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 11. —UP);
— A Coast Guard inquiry into
the cause of the explosion and
fire which destroyed the excur
sion steamer Island Queen with
a probable loss of 20 lives failed
today to disclose the cause of
the city’s worst river disaster.
A parade of witnesses today
could tell the three-man board
of inquiry only that the fire
seemed to engulf the entire boat
Witnesses included the first
city firemen on the scene and
the craft's captain, Charles N.
Hall, who was not present at the
time of the tragedy. No witnesses
could say specifically what caus
ed the blast.
Meanwhile, the number of bod
ies recovered from the blacken
ed hulk and from the botton of
the Monongahela river rose to
14 with the river patrol finding
two more victims today. Six
other crew members are still
Annual Meeting Held On
Woodson’s Boxwood Farm
MOCKSVILLE, Sept.'ll. — (ff)
— Thomas F. Cooley, of Elkin,
was re-elected president of the
North Carolina Aberdeen-Angus
Breeders association at its an
nual meeting at Mr. and Mrs.
Walter H. Woodson’s boxwood
farm near here today.
Mrs. Woodson was re-elected
vice-president of the association
and J. Graham Morrison, Lin
coln county agent, continued as
J. C. Pierce of the North Caro
lina State college department of
animal husbandry led a demon
stration program, while speakers
included Dr. J. H. Hilton of N.
C. State college, and W. B. Mc
Spadden, of Knoxville, field rep
resentative of the southeastern
Aberdeen-Angus Breeders asso
BUS KILLS GIRL,
Double-Decker Plows Into
Crowd Off Stalled Ve
hicle In Chicago
CHICAGO, Sept. 11 —(tf>—A
young woman was crushed to
death today and 40 persons
were injured when a double
deck bus went out of control
and crashed into a stalled bus
which had discharged its pas
Most of the injured had been
passengers on the stalled bus,
also a double-decker, and were
clustered around the vehicle on
Lake Shore Drive waiting for
the approaching bus to pick
them up. Both were Chicago
Motor Coach Company buses.
Police said Joseph J.
Mencarini, 33, driver of the sec
ond bus, told them air brakes
on his bus failed and it hit the
stalled bus, a loop-bound Sheri
dan Road limited. The stalled
bus plowed into a cluster of its
discharged passengers, while
the second bus, after striking
the first, caromed into a tree
and a lamp post.
The victim was identified as
Miss May Lofstedt, 19, a sales
girl in a Loop department store.
Another woman passenger suf
fered an apparent skull fracture
and was reported in serious
condition. The other injured,
taken to three hospitals, were
expected to recover, physicians
CHICAGO, —(U.R)— Water-borne
diseases in the United States are
at the lowest point in 'history, as
the result of the combined efforts
of engineers and medical officials
for the last 50 years, according
to the Journal of the American
A medical consultant, replying
to a query from a physician, said
the sewage of more than 50 per
cent of the U. S. urban population
now is treated before it is dump
ed into surface waters.
“The practice of discharging raw
sewage has been continued no1
only because of the cost involved
but because of a variety of com
plex legal, administrative and fis
cal issues,” the article said.
“Cost is a significant item in
these considerations, but not the
only item. Progress in correcting
this situation has been materially
retarded during the war period and
in the present high level costs of
labor and materials in the post
“Administrative attack on the
problem, however, continues at a
high level and it may be antici
pated that the next 10 years will
see billions of dollars expended in
correcting the situation.”
He Asked For It
MILWAUKEE, —(U.R)— Dorothy
Hogan, 20, filed a $5,000 breach
of promise against her former
fiance, Martin Zavodnik, 25, who
said he “couldn’t go through with
it” a dew days before the wedt
Miss Hogan said what peeved
her most was that “we became
engaged only at his insistence and
earnest entreaties.” _
WORKING WITH,THORIUM — william C. Lil
liendahl, Westinghouse metallurgist, works at Bloomfield, N. J.,
With radioactive thorium, used in making mercury vapor lampi
and considered a possible atomic; energy source.
Names New Assistant
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11. — (JP)
— Appointment of Walton Sey
mour as director and Dan H.
Wheeler as assistant director of
the new program division of the
Interior department was an
nounced today by Interior Sec
The new division will aid in
coordinating programs of various
interior department agencies and
also will assist in formulating
policies, Krug said.
Seymour, since 1941, has been
director of power utilization for
the Tennessee Valley Authority
at Chattanooga, Term. Wheeler,
a government employe since 1919
was deputy administrator of the
solid fuels administration during
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CAMDEN, N. J. (U.R)—Anybody
want a courthouse with 50 offices,
a fine court room, a jail and a
There’s one for sale here in the
shadow of Camden’s modern city
The block-equare building can
be had at a bargain, too, says
County Counsel George Tartar.
F" ■■■■■■ ' --
Th» price Is only $60,000, a
tion at its original $800,000 itim..
Of course, there’s one <wSFr<
back. The purchaser will be
quired to tear the building down.,
block by block, and remove It.
SWORD FISH STABS BOAT
GLOUCESTER, Mass. OJJD—
F:sherman Lauzra Parracheo najr
rowly escaped death or injury,
when a sword fish rammed Rs
sword through his small dory end'
barely missed him._ . .
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