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_With Complete Coverage of ______ State »nd National News VOlTsI.—-NO. 30. ---— ----- • —------WILMINGTON, N. C., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1947 ESTABLISHED 186T Miller Will Plead Leniency For Wife Defense Attorney Confirms That Rowland Woman Will Appear In Court Today At / Lumberton; Nolo Contendere Plea ^ * LUMBERTON, Sept. 24.—De fense Attorney H. E. Stacy con fumed here today that Mrs. David Miller will arrive at Robe son Superior court at 2:30 p.m. Thursday with Dr. Ray Griffen, chief psychiatrist of Applachian Hall, to plea noln contendere to the charge of secret felonious assault arising from the near fatal shooting of her husband, a Rowland country store operator, on May 11. It is expected that her hus band, David, who has nearly recovered from the wound which Fred Wiggins, Negro farm hand, inflicted on Miller with Miller’s pistol while David lay sleeping at home early on a Sunday morn ing, will ask the court for len iency on behalf of his wife. In a previous statement to the press, David Miller said he knew his wife was sufferin mental disturbance V & while he held no gr ’ £ st her co-defendant, he thought the Negro „ ^V.iave suspected Mrs. Miller .s not mentally sound when she asked him to shoot her husband. Judge W. H. S. Burgwyn has announced that he will pass sen tence on Wiggins as well as Mrs. Miller after the facts of the case are presented. Miller has already pleaded guilty to an identical charge to that returned by the grand jury against Mrs. Miller. Solicitor F. Ertel Carlyle said today that he has summoned all the state witnesses to review the case against Mrs. Miller and Wig gins, and he is prepared to air the charges so that Judge Bur gwyn can sentence both defen dants. Trojan-Horse May Fight In Streets, Speaker Says _l RAI AY EXPRESS GETS RATES HIKE ICC Grants Application For Increase Expected To Net Millions WASHINGTON, Sep . 24—W— Railway Express Agency rate increases which will add an esti mated $61,254,000 a year to the nation’s express bill were au thorized today by the Interstate Commerce Commission. Under this authority, the rates may be advanced as much as 53.5 per cent on short haul busi ness, with lesser increases rang ing down to one-half on one per cent on long-distance traffic. The Express Agency, which is owned and operated by the rail roads, early this year asked for rate changes designed to yield $70,000,000 annually in new rev enue, to meet increased operat ing costs. The commission, how ever, adopted a lower substitute sliding scale of increases pro posed by Commission Ej^miner C. G. Jensen, director of the bureau of traffic, who heard the case. Study Ordered The company was directed to study revenue results of the changes authorized and also to work out a formula for a single nationwide scale of express charges, which now differ in East, South and West. This data must he submitted by July 1, 1948. The rate changes were author ized for one year “or until iur See F AILWAY on Page Two SOLOMON “URGES” DAYCOACH TRIAL Airlines President Says Luxury Trqde Keeping Companies Broke WASHINGTON, Sept. 24. — (U.R) _ s. J. Solomon, president of Atlantic Airlines, today urged the development of “daycoach” service to help the airlines out of their financial troubles. He told President Truman’s Air Policy Commission that a low-eost, mass air transportation system should be an “imperative objective” of any national air policy. The commission is holding hearings here to commend a futureair policy. Solomon said the industry now caters only to the “luxury trade” and is losing money. There is more revenue in the daycoach business from the traveler in the lower and middle income brackets, he argued. Joseph Bevent, chairman of Pacific Overseas Airlines, sug gested that the Civil Aeronautics Board change its rules to permit non-certified airlines to engage in international air cargo trans portation. __ « The Weather FORECAST: s 'h Carolina—Partly cloudy, warm C!‘ Thursday, cool again Friday. ; f'th Caroiina—Considerably cloudi and warm Thursday with rain r:’0r Northeast Thursday morning. Fri aa'v narliy cloudy and slightly cooler. if 'eorological data for the 24 hours ending 7:20 p. m. yesterday. TEMPERATURES 1-0 a. m. 61; 7:30 a. m. 66; 3:30 p. m. 7:30 p. m. 74; Maximum 82; Mini lUrn 60; Mean 71; Normal 73. HUMIDITY J-0 a. m. 96. 7:30 a. m. 98; 3:30 p. m. ** 7:30 p. m. 93. PRECIPITATION total for the 24 hours ending 7:30 n‘ rn- 2-38 inches. i/.pl since the first of the month u-88 inches. TIDES FOR TODAY p tJ’orn the Tide Tables published by Coast and Geodetic Survey). lv. HIGH LOW umington _ 5:50 a.m. 32:49 a.m. jyr. . 6:23 p.m. 32:59 p.m. jasonboro Inlet 3:39 a.m. 9:58 a.m. , 4:20 p.m. 30:45 p.m. sunrise 6:02; Sunset 6:05; Moonrise Moonset 1:20a. More WEATHER On Page Two Assistant Navy Secretary Paints Word Picture Of New War GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 24—(£*)—A future war might find a Trojan-horse enemy “fighting in our own cities and streets,” John N. Brown, assistant secre tary of the Navy for air, said to night. In a speech prepared for the Michigan State Medical society Brown said this country is best qualified to meat a direct, ortho dox attack, and might find it “most difficult” to deal witl\ in filtration. “We could not possibly meet him (an enemy) with blind weapons of mass destruction striking alike at friend and foe,” the assistant secretary said. He declared that “as far as we can see into the future, manned airplanes of high speed and high accuracy will be x x x the decisive instruments of force.” He added that “decades must pass, metals must be invented, devices undreamed of must be perfected before guided missiles substantially replace piloted planes. There is no instrument to replace the human pilot in distinguishing between friend and foe accurately enough to at tack the foe at close quarters without killing the friend.” Brown told his audience of physicians that the speed and complexity of warplanes are in creasing at such a rate that the See TROJAN-HORSE on Page 2 ELEVEN INJURED IN SHIPS CRASH Canadian Collier, Tanker Collide In St. Lawrence; Toronto Man Dies IROQUOIS, Ont., Sept. 24—Iff) —The Canadian collier Milver ton and the oil tanker Trans lake collided today in the St. Lawrence river and a terrific blast and fire that ripped through the Milverton killed at least one man and injured 11 others. Ten crewmen aboard the 2,600-ton Milverton, which was loaded heavily with coal, were not accounted for. All 22 from the Translake were safe. . The dead man was William Robertson of Toronto, second mate aboard the Milverton, who succumbed before he arrived at Ogdensburg, N. Y., hospital. An unverified report said F. Dob son, Montreal, third engineer on the collier, was injured fatally. Residents of the farming and tourist district near this Eastern Ontario town were startled from their beds by the blast, which shook houses on both sides of the river. Many aid ad in the rescue operations. The Translake was carrying a cargo of crude oil from Mont real to Prescott, 15 miles from Iroquois. The Milverton was bound downstream from Oswe go to Port Alfred, Que. The col lision occurred about a mile from Iroquois._ U. S. Forwards Yugoslavia Blunt Warning Against Dangerous Activity At Trieste; ;Storm Blows Out In Lower Piedmont Area Wilmington Gets Drenching Rains Tobacco-Growing Areas Escape Major Damage; Blow Heads Seaward For the second time within a week, Wilmington was spared the winds of a tropical hurricane last night as the storm blew itself out in the lower Piedmont sec tion of the state. However, the city and this area bore the brunt of a drench ing rain which fell in this area intermittently throughout yester day and last night. The weather bureau here reported a rainfall of 2.38 inches for the 24 hours ending at 7:30 last night Meanwhile, Carolina Beach of ficials said that the lake there had overflowed into the city streets, However little damage was reported. Farm Raleigh, the United Press reported soaking, gale-driven rains over the seaboard states covering a 500-mile stretch, ad ding that the weather bureau said the disturbance was losing force steadily. The storm s path slanted across North Carolina on a northeast course that would take it swirl ing into the Atlantic ocean early today between Cape Hatteras, and the Virginia capes. The flat, tobacco-growing areas from Raleigh to the sea were drenched with steady rains as the blow approached, but no casualties and no major damage had been reported. The storm’s center was ex pected near Fayetteville, last night and around Elizabeth City near the coast at dawn today. The disturbance was moving at 18 miles an hour. The storm lashed Savannah, See WILMINGTON on Page Two VETERANS HOMES TO MAKE PAYMENT President Noble Says All Lake Forest Units Con tracted For Since every dwelling unit in Lake Forest is now tenanted by a buyer or has an approved buy er waiting to move into it, the sale of individual units is assur ed and Veterans Homes, Inc., will have the money to make the five per cent down payment of $87,700 to the federal govern ment on March 1, 1948, Ken Noble, VHI president disclosed here yesterday. The VHI is committed to make the five per cent pay ment according to the contract it entered into on March 6 of this year. The balance of the purchase price agreed upon will be paid to the Federal Public Housing authority by an FHA loan over a period of 40 years, Noble explained. The VHI emphasized that ten ants who do not intend to buy and who have been served evic tion notices effective Jan. 1, should procure other quarters and plan to move as soon as possible, since indications are that more homes and apart ments are available for rent now than will be available by Jan. 1. Will Get Units The corporation began yester day to file a waiting list on three, four, and five room units to be available at an indefinite date. All persons whose applica tions to purchase a unit had been approved before Wednes day are assured of getting their unit no later than Jan. 1, Noble promised. The development comprises 584 units of which 86 are three room, 350 are four-room, and 148 are five-room units. Every unit is either occupied by a buy er or already contracted for. but there will be an indefinite amount of turnovers in the con See VETERANS on Page Two “Hot Foot” Photo Puts Legion In “Bad Light” LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24—ffl— A newspaper photographer was beaten as he arranged a picture during the State American Le gion convention today. The incident quickly brought an apology from the department commander. Bruised and cut by three men _from a group of about a dozen who did not succeed in seizing the film he had taken—was Paul Calvert of the Los Angeles Times, a World War II officer in Europe. R. E. Chamberlain of Oak land, retiring department com mander, apologized publicly for the incident, declaring that the Legion always has stood for freedom of the press. Earlier, a delegate had pro tested a press photographer’s snapping of a shot of two Le gionnaires giving a sleeping com rade a “hot foot,” declaring that it put the organization “in a bad light.” MRS. SUSAN MOSS (above), Granville county farm woman residing near Oxford, N. C., looks forward to celebrating her 102nd birthday anniversary next Christmas. Still active, she is teaching her great granddaughter, Caroline Moss (right), 5, how to sort tobacco and prepare it for market. Mrs. Moss has four sons, five daughters and 180 grandchildren and great grand children living in North Carolina. (AP PHOTO) Bevin Will Try To Heal American-Russia Breach SANE POLICY BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 24.—fJP)—Dr. Harold W. Stoke, new president of Louisiana State University, has announc ed a firm policy. He won’t* . despite several invitations, judge beauty contests. His explanation: I learned long ago that every women was a queen — someone’s queen. In the pres ence of royalty I am always a loyal subject, but never a judge.” OLD BELT PRICES $7 BELOW 1946 Opening Day Average Tuesday Totaled $42.89 Per Hundred Pounds By The Associated Press A total of 5,349,262 pounds of tobacco was sold on the 19 mar kets of the Virginia and North Carolina Old Belt at opening sales on Tuesday and brought the growers an average of $42.89 per hundred pounds, the Feder al and State Departments of Ag riculture reported yesterday. The opening prices compared with an average of $49.46 which the farmers received on open ing day last year for 7,876,872 pounds of leaf. The Agriculture Departments reported that price trends yes terday were irregular with price changes of from $1 to $5 per hundred about equally divided between gains and losses. Lugs and most lower grade leafs were steady to $4.50 high er while smoking leaf dropped See OLD BELT on Page Two British Foreign Secretary Would Halt East-West Split LONDON, Sept. 24—(U.R)—For eign Secretary Ernest Bevin is preparing for the biggest effort of his diplomatic career in an attempt to prevent a complete East-West split when the Big Four Foreign Ministers meet here in November, it was made known today. It was indicated that Bevin feels that relations between the United States and Russia have deteriorated to such an extent since the last Big Four meeting in Moscow adjourned April 24 that it is up to him, as the for eign minister of a Socialist gov ernment to see if he can help to cldse the breach. Lord Pakenham, chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and See BEVIN on Page Two JAPS PAY PRICE • FOR CANNIBALISM Five High-Ranking Officers Hanged At Guam For Murder, Torture -■ PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii, Sept. 24— UP) —Lt. Gen. Yoshio Tachibana and four other Japa nese convicted of cannibalism, torture and murder of Ameri can prisoners of war were hang ed yesterday on Guam, the Navy announced today. Those who died on the gal lows with Tachibana were Capt. Masaharu Tanaka, Capt. Shizuo Yoshii, Maj. Sueo Matoba, and Tadao Igawa, inspector of Jap anese civilian police on Guam during the war. The four were involved in See JAPS PAY On Page Two j Along The Cape Fear GAY DECEIVER UN MASKED—When “Lady Susan na Carolina Matilda” suavely passed herself off as the sister of King George III of England in Wilmington society back in 1772, one of the props that lent credence to her masquerade was the ownership of a few roy al jewels that bore unmistakable evidence of being genuine. The fact that she wore only a few was considered to be evidence of her modesty and charming good taste. To the hostesses who were in such an enviable position as to he counted among her close friends and confidants, she pri vately exhibited a picture of Her Majesty, the Queen of Eng land. Her circle of influential friends and wealthy benefactors was wide when she disappeared from Wilmington quietly on a December night to be seen here no more. In Charleston a notice of the missing picture of Her Highness proved to be the undoing of “Lady Susanna” who was un masked as plain Sarah Wilson, late of Her Majesty’s service. In the service of the Queen, Sar ah had been caught pilfering a cabinet of the Crown jewels. * * BANISHED TO THE COL ONIES—Trial and a harsh sen tence quickly were meted out to the serving girl, but execution of the sentence was delayed by the queen’s nardon and request for leniency. North Carolina courts today frequently order convicted criminals to leave the county or the state for a period of time. In the 18th century English courts frequently ban ished their criminals to the col onies, and Sarah was banished according to the custom. Arriving in Mar 3d and in the summer of 1771, Sarah was pur chased by Mr. W. Duval of Bush Creek in Frederick county. Soon she managed to escape to Vir ginia. When she thought she was a safe distance from Maryland, Sarah assumed the name and character of the king's sister. She was aided by the clothes See CAPE FEAR on Page Two Mrs. Roosevelt Gets Big U N Assignment Widow Of World War II President Named To Fight Soviet Charges That U. S. Guilty Of War-Mongering Plans LAKE SUCCESS, N. Y. Sept. 24.—(U.R)—The United States to day gave Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, the widow of America’s war-time President, the job of fighting Soviet charges that the United States is v. ar-mongering. Mrs. Roosevelt will speak for the United States when this is sue comes up in the UN Politi cal committee. Mrs. Roosevelt, carrying much of the prestige of her late husband, is one of the most highly-respected UN dele gates, and frequently is able to swing a committee vote when other delegates would fail. Mrs. Roosevelt’s critical assign ment on the warmongering issue was announced as delegates to the UN General Assembly broke up into eight major committees for detailed discussion of the most heated problems the world faces. She was assigned along with chief UN Delegate Warren R. Austin to handle the issue. The United States disclosed it will ask a quick showdown on the Greek problem, asking that the political committee give it top priority. American advisers worked throughout the day on a proposed resolution asking the General Assembly to condemn Yugoslavia, Albania and Bul garia for attacks on Northern Greece—a condemnation which Soviet vetoes blocked in the security council. The resolution also would set up a semi - permanent border commission to watch for border incidents. JERSEY CITY WOMAN DIES AFTER PARROT TURNS ON G A S JET JERSEY CITY, N. J„ Sept. 24—(ff)—Mrs. Fannie Stew art, 66, who was taken to medical center here after her pet parrot turned on the jet of a gas stove, died today of what hospital au thorities said was cerebral thrombosis. The police emergency squad, summoned to the home of Mrs. Stewart, a widow, by neighbors who smelled gas, found the wo man unconscious on the kitchen floor. Members of the squad worked on Mrs. Stewart for half an hour and succeeded in reviving her. The parrot, Dolly, she told them, was given the freedom of the house and it alighted on a jet of the kitchen stove, releasing the fumes. CLINTON RESIDENT DIES FROM CRASH John Hondrus, 25, Victim Of Accident; Woman Sent To Hospital John Hondrus, 25, of Clinton, was dead on arrival at James Walker hospital here shortly af ter 7 o’clock last night, following a two-car collision in Clinton, which saw Mrs. Albert Fleming sent to Highsmith hospital in Fayetteville in a critical condi tion. Hospital attaches at Fayette ville, said last night that Mrs. Fleming was semi-conscious and her condition was only “fair.” They said that she sustained se vere cuts over the right eye and down the temple and had lost “quite a bit of blood” before ar riving at the hospital. Still another victim — her See CLINTON On Page Two PRESIDENT CALLS FOOD CONFERENCE Congressional Leaders Summoned To White House Meeting Monday WASHINGTON, Sept. 24. — (U.R) — President Truman today summoned Congressional leaders to an emergency conference Monday on the international food crisis, stirring speculation that a special foreign relief session of Congress may be under consider ation. The White House gave no more than the bare details of the con ference call, refusing even to say what would be discussed. KIWANIANS HEAR TIMELY ADDRESS Congressman Clark Touch es On International, Domestic Problems Making his fourth speech here in two days, Representative J. Bayard Clark yesterday told members of the Wilmington Kiwanis club that he was not sure himself, that the United States would be able to come through another staggering de pression such as followed the stock market crash in 1929. Whether we have a repitition of such a depression, he said, depends on the attitude of the American people. They must de cide that question for themselves. Congressman Clark, following closely along the lines of his talks before the Rotary club, Jaycees and a small attended meeting at the courthouse last night, again touched briefly on domestic and international prob lems now confronting the gov ernment and once more reiterat ed that production, more pro duction and even greater produc tion is the only cure-all for our present economic ills. Guests of the club for the day were Addison Hewlett, chairman See KIWANIANS On PageTwo PARISH BOYCOTTS “SAVINGS” DRIVE Church Of England Vicar Opposes Labor Govern ment Campaign LONDON, Sept. 24.— UP) — A Church of England vicar captur ed headlines today with a letter —signed “unpatriotically yours” —announcing his parish would boycott a national savings cam paign because of what he deemed labor government antagonism to the middle classes. “This time ... we are going to stand aside and watch the humorously styled ‘working class es’ pay the bill,” the Rev. W. I. Bulman, vicar of St. Gabriel’s, wrote to his borough mayor, Alderman S. Scott. “Our members belong to the class who, in Mr. (Fuel Minister Emanuel) Shinwell’s elegant phrases,—‘Don’t matter a tinker’s cuss’, so you will not have the impertinence to expect help from them.” The vicar referred to a wide ly publicized statement ^hinwell was reported to have made about the middle class—a statement which Shinwell later said was leported out of context. Scott made the letter public at a meeting of the London Bor ough council. Sir Harold Mackin tosh, chairman of the National Savings committee, commented that the views were “obviously from a man whose political prejudices outweighed his good sense.” Pup Goes Back To Crate; Pinny Goes Behind Bars KANSAS CITY, Sept. 24.—<JF> —Glen (Pinny) Pinaire has spent half his 46 years behind bars and is going back to prison because, he said, he “felt sorry for a dog.” Charged with theft from an interstate shipment, he was sen tenced to a year’s imprisonment today in federal court. Pinaire, pleading his own case, told the court he heard a dog whining and yowling on a rail road loading dock last August and decided to get it a drink. He admitted his mistake was trying to “take the dog to water instead ' of taking water to the dog.” When a railroad detective ar rested him, Pinaire predicted wistfully but accurately: “Well, I guess the pup goes back to the crate and Pinny goes behind bars again.” Airey Gets Order To “Hold The Line’’ State Department Reject! As “Unworthy” Charges Against GI’s WASHINGTON, Sept. 24. —* (U.fi)—The United States has blunt ly informed Yugoslavia that her “exceedingly dangerous” activi ties at Trieste may produce “mosti serious consequences:” acting Secretary of State Robert A. Lov ett disclosed today. He said Maj. Gen. T. S. Airey, British commander of Anglo American troops in the troubled area, had been ordered to hold the line against any Yugoslav ef fort to penetrate into the Brit ish-American zone at Trieste. The State Department also re vealed that the United States had rejected as “unworthy oC comment” and “wholly without foundation” a long list of charges filed by the Yugoslav government Monday against GI’s. Yugoslavia had accused the American sol diers of “numerous insolent at tacks ’ against Yugoslav citizens and property. Issues Statement Lovett issued a formal state ment at his news conference which disclosed that the United States sent a stern protest to Belgrade Monday against irre sponsible Yugoslav actions” in demanding changes in the Tri este-Yugoslav boundary. The • protest was relayed through U. S. Ambassador Cav endish Cannon, who asked the Yugoslav government “to issue immediate instructions to end this practice.” Lovett said the United States considers the Yugoslav conduct as “exceedingly dangerous and likely to precipitate incidents leading to most serious conse quences.” “Ambassador Cannon,” he ad ded, “expressed the U. S. view See AIREY On Page Two FROST PREDICTED FOR MIDDLE WEST Iowa, Minnesota Due Foil Below Freezing Temper atures Today By The Associated Press The Eastern coastal storm, bringing winds of 35 to 45 miles an hour and heavy rains, moved Northeastward toward the New York region Wednesday night, and frost warnings were issued in some North central states. The disturbance on the sea board was that which originated in the Carribean and moved across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. It left little damage behind it, and the Weather bu reau said it was no longer se vere. Frost was predicted for Min nesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and lower Michigan. Below freezing teipperatures were forecast fop Northwest Iowa and Minnesota. Cool temperatures were re ported in the Great Lakes re gion, the Northern plains and the Northern Rockies Wednes day. The West coast was fair and warm, with Los Angeles re porting a noontime temperature of 94. In the California valleys, the temperature moderated aft er Tuesday’s 100 degree heat, with Fresno enioying a compar atively mild 87. Except for scattered light showers over Wisconsin and Michigan, and stormy weather in the Southeast, most of the country had clear skies. And So To Bed Fred Fisher, street sales manager of the Star-News, treated 25 of his sales be s to a “bean and weiner” banquet at a local cafe last night. After consuming a large portion of beans the qoung sters were preparing to leave the building when Fred an nounced he was taking them to a theatre. The youngsters gave three lusty cheers for their “boss,” the noise was terrific and G. R. H. Peterson, the city policeman on the beat raced to the cafe to locate the irouble. Charles Wilson, pa trolman on the adjoining beat also started to the scene of the “disturbance." “Just the boys having a lit tle fun,” the officers were told. The cops smiled and walked away as the boy* scampered toward the thea tre. “Sounded ljke a riot," one of the officers remark ed.