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_With Complete Coverage of
______ State »nd National News
VOlTsI.—-NO. 30. ---— ----- •
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
Trojan-Horse May Fight
In Streets, Speaker Says
ICC Grants Application
For Increase Expected
To Net Millions
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
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,
The rate changes were author
ized for one year “or until iur
See F AILWAY on Page Two
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
__ «
The Weather
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.
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.
J-0 a. m. 96. 7:30 a. m. 98; 3:30 p. m.
** 7:30 p. m. 93.
total for the 24 hours ending 7:30
n‘ rn- 2-38 inches.
i/.pl since the first of the month
u-88 inches.
p tJ’orn the Tide Tables published by
Coast and Geodetic Survey).
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
$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
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
Five High-Ranking Officers
Hanged At Guam For
Murder, Torture
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
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.
* *
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
The White House gave no more
than the bare details of the con
ference call, refusing even to
say what would be discussed.
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
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
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
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
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
“Ambassador Cannon,” he ad
ded, “expressed the U. S. view
See AIREY On Page Two
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
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

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