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\()L,_81—N0..31.___WILMINGTON, N. C. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1947 ESTABLISHED 1867^
Britain Safe I
Jowitt Says
Lord Chancellor Of Eng
land Sees No Danger Of
CLEVELAND, Sept. 25.—UP)
-Viscount Jowitt, the Lord
Chancellor of England, tonight
assured the American Bar As
sociation that England is win
ning her way out of the econom
ic crisis and is in no danger
0f ••going totalitarian.”
The highest British jurist
pointedly suggested that Eng
land does not welcome criticism
of her program of socializing in
dustry. Fundamental rights
and freedoms under law are
preserved, he said, and no
British government could survive
at this time if it failed to re
spond to the popular demand
for a try at a planned economy.
• Our production is increas
ing,” Lord Jowitt reported at
the annual dinner of the Ameri
can Bar Association.
“It now amounts to something
like 30 per cent above that
which we produced in 1938. If
only we could get higher pro
duction of coal!”
Though Britons are suffering
hardship and privation and are
“disappointed and disillusioned
that they do not look on a hap
pier world,” the lawyers’ as
sembly was told, the nation is
“making satisfactory progress.”
“I do not doubt that 'my
country will surmount its pres
ent crisis,” Lord Jowitt said.
“And if more aggression
comes, whether from the East
or from the West, you will find
my people once more prepared
to take their stand in the strug
gle for freedom.”
Lord Jowitt suggested that
American proposals for changes
in the British government as
a condition of financial aid would
bring resentment, rather than
agreement, from the British
Court Ruling Makes Aunt
His Mother; Deceased
Woman Ruled Aunt
LOUISVILLE, Ky„ Sept. 25. —
-U — A 41-year-old Louisville
man learned officially today that
the woman he always regarded
?s “Aunt Mary” was in fact his
own mother and that “Mother”
really was his aunt.
The ruling by Jefferson Cir
cuit Court Judge Lawrence F.
Speckman was worth about $12,
000 to Oscar Harley, who was de
clared the son of Mrs. Mary Pet
ty and sole heir to her estate.
She died December 14, 1945.
Oscar testified he had lived
with Mr. and Mrs. John Harley
since he was an infant and that
he had regarded them as his pa
rents until after the death of
Mrs. Petty. Mrs. Harley and
Mrs. Petty were sisters.
Mrs. Harley told the court
she and her husband had taken
Oscar as a baby and had reared
him as their own son without
protest from the mother.
Some time after Mrs. Petty’s
death, she said she told Oscar of
ley to clarify the status of her
The suit was filed by Mrs. Har
sister’s estate, valued at about
the circumstances.
Dr. James M. Northington, for
mer president of the Mecklen
burg County Medical Society,
was arrested today and charged
with selling morphine not in the
course of his professional duties.
Two Charlotte detectives and
inspectors from the office of
Boyd M. Martin, district narcot
ics supervisor of Baltimore,
said that on their request the
physician came to their hotel
room and offered to sell them
the drug.
United States Commissioner
Nat C. White said that the doc
tor would be released in $1,000
bond after arraignment on a
charge of violating the federal
Barrison Narcotics act.
The Weather
Svth Carolina — Fair little change
[■ iemoerature South, sligbtlv
/*'' i Friday. Saturday fair with
rr te temneratures.
' Caroline — Fair and slightly
West, little change in tempera
:n East Friday. Saturday fair and
v’“ "mer.
A;nicoroiogieaT data for the 24 hours
' ’ 7:30 r>. m. yestcrdav.
0 a. rn. 66; 7:30 a. m. 63: 1:30 D- m
1 : ’• 0 n. m. 66: Maixmum 72; Mini
lni-::'n 60; Mean nr' Normal 71.
./:-0 a. m. 93: 7:30 a. m. 98; 1:30 P- m.
'h 7:20 p. pn.
' for the 24 hours ending 7:30 p
n inches.
s'nce the first of the month
" si inch-.
' "oi-n ihe Tide Tabl-s published by
' Coast and Geode*’'1 Survey’.
r'6H T.OW
i' gton _ s.m. 1 -'1 n."’
7:’4 p.m. 1 -"S P.m
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, * P:«“: c r; 6:04: Hoonrise
°‘P. -Moonset 2:19e.
Mrs. David J^iller Sentenced To Four To Eight
Years, N Accomplice Three To Seven Years;
U. S. Wins Decisive Victory Over Soviet Russia
Albania, Bulgaria
Forced To Agree
American Delegate Deliv
ers Strong Address On
Balkan Dispute
— (IP) —The United States
today won a decisive victory
over Soviet Russia on a test
vote in the Balkan dispute
and demanded that the Unit
ed Nations Assembly create
a special committee to try
once more to settle the whole
The U. S. also denounced
Greece’s Soviet-backed neigh
bors—Albania, Bulgaria and
Yugoslavia — and asked the
Assembly to find them guilty
of helping guerillas fight the
Greek government.
The Assembly’s Political
committee, getting down to
business quickly, first consider
ed a request that Albania and
Bulgaria, both non-members of
the U.N., be allowed to take
part in Balkan debate.
The U.S. agreed on condition
that the two nations consent to
accept any decision the Assem
bly might make. The entire
Russian bloc opposed this, con
tending that no strings should
be tied to Albania and Bulgaria
by the Assembly.
The committee approved the
American stand, 38 to 6. Russia
Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Uk
raine, White Russia, Yugoslavia
and Poland opposed. The Arab
states abstained.
Strong Speech
With Secretary of State Mar
shall sitting in the pilot seat
behind him, Herschel V. John
son, U.S. delegate on the com
[ mittee, delivered one of the
strongest statements yet heard
in the long Western power
Soviet struggle over the
Balkans. He demanded:
1. That the Assembly “make
a finding that Albania, Bul
garia, and Yugoslavia, in con
travention of the principles of
the (U.N.) charter, have given
assistance and support to the
guerrillas fighting against the
"Ireek government.”
Judge Bobbitt Orders Over
night Recess On Request
Of Foreman
DOBSON, Sept. 25 — (£> —A
Surry County Superior court
jury spent two hours and 20
minutes deliberating the fate of
Dr. B. O. Choate of Sparta, late
today on a charge. of' man
slaughter and abortion before
requesting Judge William H.
Bobbitt of Charlotte to permit
them to reconvene again tomor
row morning and reach their
Judge Bobbitt ordered a re
cess in court at 7:20 p.m. until
9:30 a.m. Friday. A spokesman
for the jury told the judge that
the jury desired to sleep over
the case before deliberating any
Judge Bobbitt completed his
charge to the jury at 5 pm.
today after the entire day had
been spent in arguments by
Solicitor Ralph J. Scott and De
fense Attorneys Floyd Grouse
and U. S. Representative John
H. Folger.
Judge Bobbitt told the jury it
could rendered one of three ver
dicts in the August 1946 death
of Mrs. Annie Mae Anderson of
Charlotte, who died in an Elkin
hotel. He said the jury could
find Dr. Choate guilty of man
slaughter, guilty of criminal
See JURORS on Page Six
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOGRAPH—The Morning Star’s Staff Photographer Roy Cook made the above exclusive photo
graph of Mrs. Mary Edna Currin Miller yesterday afternoon as she entered the Robeson county courthouse where she
later was sentenced to four to eight years in state prison by Judge W. H. S. Burgwyn for an alleged attempted murder
of her husband. At Mrs. Miller’s right is Mrs. Myrtle D. White, superintendent of nurses of fashionable Applachian
Hall, near Asheville, where she had been a patient. At Mrs. Miller’s left, with his hand partially shading his eyes, is her
husband, David Miller, whom the state contended she hired Negro Fred Wiggins to shoot last May 11 as he lay sleep
ing in his bed. Mrs. Miller is scheduled to begin her prison sentence Saturday.
Cabinet Committee Ex
plains Why Americans
Must Eat Less Now
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 —(U.R)
President Truman made pub
lic a detailed report from his
cabinet food committee to ex
plain why Americans must eat
less extravagantly if Europeans
are to eat at all.
The report, signed by Secre
tary of State George C. Mar
shall, Secretary of Agriculture
Clinton P. Anderson and Secre
tary of Commerce W. Aver ell
Harriman, spelled out the grim
statistics which show that “the
world food shortage is even
worse than it was a year ago.”
Here are the highlights of
their step-by-step analysis of
the food problem:
1. Bad weather in the last
60 days has taken a heavy toll
of crops, both in this country
and in Europe. The total grain
harvest will be down about 1,
000,000,000 bushels from last
i. As a result, mere win ne
a gap of about 4,500,000 tons
of grain between normally
available exports and “the min
imum needs of importing coun
Other Sources
3. The United States “will not
be working alone in the job of
getting food to deficit areas.”
In fact, it is possible that food
exports of other agricultural na
tions can be increased consid
erably over last year. Argen
tina and Australia “could pro
vide” about 2,000,000 additional
tons of grain; Burma may have
775,000 more tons of rice to seli;
Cuba is expected to provide the
lion’s share of an estimated in
crease of 1,800,000 tons of sug
ar; and the Philippines will
have substantial amounts of
fats and oils for export.
4. “Even with this expected
increase in exports from other
countries, togehter with the
food that would be available un
der present circumstances for
See TRUMAN on Page Six
Long Skirts No Bother;
This Guy-He Wears ’Em
CHARLTON, Ont., Sept. 25.
_(IP)—The current controversy
over skirt lengths does not
worry Nellee Jessee Reid, 85, a
bachelor wh<4 has worn ankle
length skirts, bustles and bonnets
all his life because his mother
decided to raise her sixth son
as a daughter.
Reid has worked as a lumber
man, farmer, construction hand,
and railroad fireman. But he
has always stuck to the same
style of feminine attire—that
of the 1890’s—refusing to doff
his long skirts, frilled sleeves
and crocheted cuffs.
New a district pensioner, he
bicycles once a month the four
miles from his lonely, tarpaper
shack to the postoffice in this
Northern Ontorio village near
On a recent trip he wore a
woman’s cream-colored gabar
dine suit, with bustle and pleats.
The jacket was lavishly trimmed
with pearl buttnos, white lace
medallions and purple bows,
and the skirt was protected by
a red-checked apron. A red bon
ne topped with a band, bow
and tails, and high, laced black
rubber boots completed the en
His hobby is making his own
clothes from illustrations in a
big collection of lod depart
ment store catalogues.
$10,000 Salary Set
For Ports Director
RALEIGH, Sept. 25-l® ..
—The State Advisory Budget
Commission today approved
a salary of $10,000 annually
for the post of North Caro
lina Ports Director, and au
thorized the Woman’s College
of the University of North
Carolina to proceed with
plans for the erection of a
R. B. Page, chairman of
the North Carolina Ports
Authority, appeared before
the commission to present a
salary schedule for the Au
It was predicted freely by
usually reliable high capitol
sources here that Col. George
W. Gillette would be named
U- the State Port director when
he retires within a few days
as head of the Atlanta divi
sion of the U. S. Army Engi
Headquarters for the port
director probably would be
located in Wilmington.
Colonel Gillette, native of
Onslow county and a gradu
ate of N. C. State College,
three times has served as
Army Engineer for the North
Carolina district.
The Budget commission, at
a brief session, instructed the
Woman’s college to erect a
laundry building for which
the 1947 General Assembly
appropriated $90,000.
Break In Reservoir Dam
LeavesGreensboro “Dry”
GREENSBORO, Sept.25 —<U.R>
Record-breaking rains accom
panying a dying tropical storm
left lowlands flooded today,
washed out highways and burst
the dam at Greensboro’s main
water reservoir, leaving this city
of 60,000 with a critical water
Mayor Fielding Fry called an
emergency session of city coun
cil and urged all residents to
practice strict water conserva
tion. Laundries were ordered
closed and automobile washing
prohibited. City engineers fear
ed the city might have only
enough usable water on hand for
48 hours unless consumption is
Pounding waters dumped into
Lake Brandt by more than
seven inches of rain forced two
leaks in the earth dam shortly
after midnight. Less than four
hours later, a 120-foot section
gave way, sending tons of water
coursing down a creek valley.
No Casualties
No casualties were reported
but the breat flooded a bridge
and poured across a highway be
low the lake.
Two smaller reservoirs kept
the rain-drenched city from
“going dry” as City Manager
James Towsend Marshalled
men and equipment for rush
repairs on the ruptured dam.
The deluging rains ironically
brought distress to Greensboro
See RESERVOIR on Page Five
Along The Cape Fear
N. C. SOROSIS—1911—A news
paper clipping, yellowed by 37
years of age, chronicles that
“The Literature Department of
the North Carolina Sorosis held
their first meeting of the sea
son at the home of the chair
man, on Thursday afternoon,
November 9th. In answering to
name called, each member
gave the name of a Greek god
or goddess.”
No small furor has been
raised in this state over the sub
ject of public health during the
past year. World War II army
mobilization was said to have
revealed a shocking health con
dition throughout the state.
Through the years the problem
of public health has not been
neglected so much as might be
supposed as this article on the
work of the Sorosis society re
veals. This meeting 37 years
ago while devoted to a discus
sion of mythology was not blind
to the problem of public health.
“First on the programme,”
the clipping reads, “was a
mythological story of the crea
tion and origin of man, which
was given by Mrs. M. P. H.
Clark in a lucid and compre
hensive manner. Her talk em
braced creation time, religion,
rotation, earth, heaven, man,
animals^ love center, hatred,
earth beautiful, formation of
sexes and sovereignty of Jupi
ter or Zeus.”
* * *
er detailing the discussion of
mythology, the story gets
around to more important busi
ness at hand:
“The Health Committee of
Sorosis desires to express its
gratification at the good begin
ning which has been made in
the campaign towards thorough
and regular medical inspection
of the public schools.
Sorosis hopes that all parents
and friends will encourage and
aid this revival of interest in
the children.
‘‘The stupid boy is usually the
boy with adenoids or whose
head aches constantly fron
poor eyes; but,
See CAPE FEAR Page Five
Leading Industrialist Ex
presses Confidence In
Peace Organization
NEW YORK, Sept. 24.—OJ.R)—
The world is better prepared to
meet its post-war problems than
it was after any other war, Thom
as J. Watson, president of the
International Business Machines
Corporation, said today in ex
pressing his confidence in the
United Nations.
“Following every war in his
tory, there have been many dif
ferent schools of thought in re
gard to solving the problems
brought about as the result of the
war,’ he said in a statement to
the United Press. “A way always
has been found to work out these
problems on a basis which, while
not entirely satisfactory to every
body, has marked the beginning
of greater development and
greater world progress.
“I believe today we are 5 a
See WATSON on Page Six
Five Men Saw Way Out Of
Prison Camp At Sparta;
Still Uncaught
SPARTA, Sept 25.—(JP)—Five
prisoners sawtd their way out
of the state prison camp here
about 9 p. m. Wednesday and
were still at large tonight, A.
M. Green, camp superintendent,
reported tonight.
Superintendent Green said the
escape was discovered within a
few moments after the prison
ers fled. They had not been
captured tonight, but Superinten
dent Green said bloodhounds
had discovered tracks about a
mile east of there and some of
the five may be recaptured dur
ing the night.
The five excapees were identi
fied by Superintendent Green
as Harold Carlton, 19, sentenc
ed February 26, 1946 in Cold
well county to from 15 to 25
years for burglary; Ed Casey,
Packed Courtroom Hears Judge Burgwyi
Comment Strongly On Guilt Of Woman
Fred .Wiggins, Testifying For State, Tell*
Court That Rowland Housewife Coaxed .4
Him To Shoot Her Husband May 11
Star Staff Correspondent )
LUMBERTON, Sept. 25.—Mrs. David Miller stared up alj
the bench without batting an eye today as Judge W. H. S.
Burgwyn sentenced her to four to eight years in the state
prison for instigating the attempted murder of her husband
early Sunday morning, May 11, as he lay asleep in his bed
room. I
The sentence was pronounced after 6 p.m. when half of
the crowd of 1,000 persons, who had jam-packed the Robe
son county court room, had gone home to dinner.
Star Staff Correspondent
LUMBERTON, Sept. 25. —
Photographers had been warned
that the blinding light of flash
bulbs might cause Mrs. Mary
Edna Currin Miller to become
highly nervous by the battery
of Defense Attorney’s hired by
her father to defend her on
charges of hiring a Negro farm
hand to shoot her husband.
The lawyers were careful to
point out to the court that Mrs.
Miller was in a “very nervous”
state and any excitement might
cause her to lapse into another
coma, such as she suffered when
the case was called August 13.
Only one picture was taken of
Mrs. Miller as she entered the
courthouse and she did not ap
pear to be in the least disturb
ed. She looked at the photograph
er and kept up her pace while
her husband, who was accom
paning her to the courtroom,
threw his arm before his face.
She entered the court room and
took a seat between a nurse, from
Applachian Hall, where she has
been a patient since she collap
sed last month, and her mother,
Mrs. Rachel Currin. Mrs. Miller
did not seem to be disturbed by
the proceedings. Her eyes were
red, but she was not crying.
David changed seats with the
nurse and sat beside his wife. It
was plainly visible that he was
See HIGHLIGHTS on Page Six
Young, Old, Rich, Poor
Alike, Marvel At Price
less Documents
United Press Staff
NEW YORK, Sept. 25 -
The freedom train and its col
lection of priceless American
documents awed the nation s
most polyglot city today.
By the thousands, immi
grants and the sons and grand
sons of immigrants, poured into
Grand Central terminal to
crowd the gleaming coaches
filled with documents of Ameri
can freedom.
Outside on the station plat
form, young and old, colored
ahd white, poorly dressed and
richly dressed, lined up to wait
their turn. A Jewish refuge
child tugged her unce's hand
and pointed to the red, white
and blue sides, of the first car
where a gold lettered sign read
“Spirit Of 1776,” and remarked
that she had learned what that
meant in school.
Children Interested
Inside the first coach, where
records played “Dixie”, “My
Old Kentucky Home” and
“Yankee Doodle” a group of
school children from Yorkville,
the German section, stood with
their noses pressed against a
pane of glass, blowing bubble
See FREEDOM on Page Six
Chimney Sweeps Sweep
Chimney, Sun Parlor Too
CHARLOTTE, Sept. 25—OJ.R)—
Insurance adjusters today had a
dirty job on their hands, but the
birds to blame were dead.
It all started when the thou
sands' of Chimney Sweeps were
cleared from 'the vast chimneys
of Dilworth Methodist church.
The birds swooped down the
chimney of Dr. and MrS. C. C.
Deiger after Mrs. Keiger tried to
light a fire.
The Keigers battled the soot
smudged birds with brooms for
nearly three hours. Then they
called in the fire department.
The birds called in their own
reinforcements . . . more Chim
ney Sweeps .. . more brooms . . .
more soot . . . more, havoc to the
Keiger living room and sun par
The fire department tried light
ing another fire to smoke the
Chimney Sweeps out. Instead,
they smoked themselves out.
Finally exterminators came to
the rescue with poison gas.
The birds were done for. But
so, complained the Keigers, were
their wall paper, drapes, curtains,
rugs and furniture.
irue to their word, defens*
attorneys had their client in
'ourt this afternoon and enter
sd a plea of nolo contendere.
Mrs. Miller arrived on the arm
of her husband, with Dr. Wil
liam Ray Griffen, chief psychia
trist of Appalachian Hall, Ashe
ville mental sanatorium, andi
Mrs. Myrtle D. White, superin
tendent of nurses. Mr. and Mrs
Allen Currin, her father and
mother, sat with her.
Solicitor F. Ertel Carlyl*
asked the court change the pie*
of Mrs. Miner’s co-defendant,
Fred Wiggins, to nolo conten
dere also, and caUed Fred td
the stand.
Fred told the court he wa*
born and raised in Alabam*
where he got as far as th«
seventh grade in school. Jude*
Burgwyn asked Fred to name
the capitol of Alabama and
u£fd rePIied- “Montgomery.’*
asked for the capital of
Nor* Garouna, he said> <.Char,
He recalled that when euttind
grass for Mrs. Miner, three
weeks before the act, she called
him aside and said, “Fred I
for me1”01*118 1 Want you to da!
Fred said he told her hd
until^ih*!1* C0Uld but il was
until that evening at the coun
try store David Miner operated
itwas1™’ tkat ske 8Bid whaf
, * f ^apt you to shoot my hus
band, Mrs. Miller told him a*
he recalled it
First approached two or fhreft
weeks before the shooting tooW
place, Fred was repeatedly
urged by Mrs. Miller to attempt
th«JnuTder of her husband.
i JGd’ l iu,st got t0 hav* that
job done,” she told him later!
Wiggins testified.
On the evening before the
shooting, Mrs. Miller took him
and her cook to Rowland and
asked him to come over early
in the morning which he agreed
to do. She met him at the door
about 6 a. m. attired in a bath
robe and let him in. Inside she
bade him remove his new slip
pers, put on a pair of gloves,
and jvalk in stocking feet with
her to David’s bedroom.
Inside the door of her hus
band’s room, she handed Fred
a pistol, he testified. Then she
“Now, what I been trying tal
get you to do, I want you t»
go ahead and do it,” Fred re
“I didn’t know what to do,”1
he told the court. “I walked to
the bed. She had told me to da
it, so I hauled off and shot.”'
Solicitor Carlyle gave Fred d
shiny nickle plated six shooter,
which the Negro identified as tho
gun he used. He said he was
within four feet of David when
he fired the gun. The covers
had been turned back, exposing
Miller to the waist, he explain
ed, adding that David was attir
ed in his shorts.
Fred said Mrs. Miller had
instructed him to throw the gurt
down beside her husband after
firing it but David spoiled ths
plan by jumping up and chasing
him out of the house. He said
he last saw David near his car
in the back yard, and that he rar*
on to a friend’s house where hef
burned the gloves, borrowed a
pair of boots, and escaped to
See CROWDED On Page Five
And So To Bed
- i
"I’ve got a hot one for yon .*
tonight,” Acting Desk Sgt. !
Bill Williams told the Star I
police reporter last night, i
“I’ll give it to you in a few 1
minutes.” 1
"Is it something serious or ’
something funny?” the re- \
porter asked after thinking it
“Serious,” was the answer.
“We have ,a light tan, nice
lady’s cqat back there .It was
found at the corner of Prin
cess and Second streets, and
the lady who lost it may get
it by coming by the police
station.” Then he added,
young lady who lost it may
get prompt service by asking
for Bill 'Vest at the police
station.” »

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