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^ VOL. 81.—NO. 54._ WILMINGTON, N. C., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1947 ESTABLISHED 1867 Sheriff Dies Mysteriously Brunswick County Officer, John White, Succumbs Near Shallotte Mvstery surrounded the sudden death yesterday afternoon of Brunswick County Sheriff John White at Shallotte. Acting Coroner G. C. Kilpat ;ck last night said that he had n’ot received a report from an autopsy performed on the body as to whetehr or not the sheriff ^ieci of natural causes. Acting Corner Kilpatrick, serv ing in the stead of Coroner John q Caison, who automatically succeeded White as sheriff upon the latter’s death, gave the Star this information at 11:50 p. m., last night in a telephone con versation. In a conversation almost two hours earlier with Dr. F. M. Burdette, of Southport, who said he performed the autopsy, the Star was told that the informa tion as to the cause of death would have to come from the acting coroner. Dr. Burdette said he did not feel free to give information as to the cause of White’s death. A rumor from a local law en forcement agency last night said that Sheriff White suffered an injured neck while arresting a See SHERIFF On Page Two IRANIAN MAJLIS VOIDS OIL PACT __ « Parliament By Secret Bal lot, Upsets Caravan Agree ment With Russia TEHRAN, Oct. 22. —P)— The Iranian Majlis (parliament) de clared null and void today the agreement negotiated 'oy Premier Ahmed Qavam in 1946 which would have given Russia the right to explore for oil in North ern Iran. The secret vote was almost unanimous among the deputies present — 102 for and only two against. Qavam declared from the speak er's platform before the secret ballot that the resolution pro posing to reject the agreement “is not to Iran’s advantage and we roust not deal with the problem in haste.” Earlier, in presenting the histo ry of his negotiations with the Russians while their troops were occupying Northern Iran he said. “We hereby proclaim that we are friends of Russia no matter what the Majlis decides. We hope to have good political and eco nomic relations with Russia in the future.” Forbidden By Law The parliament resolution de clared that granting of oil con cessions to foreigners or taking foreigners as partner in an oil agreement was forbidden by law. Instead, the resolution proposed that a search for oil in Northern Iran be conducted by government agencies, and if oil is found that the government discuss its sale to Russia. The parliament decided also that tlie government should start discussions with the Anglo-Iran ian Oil company in the South on the question of obtaining more profits for Iran. TAX SYMPOSIUM WILL DRAW EXPERTS FROM NEAR, FAR SATURDAY A number of authorities from this and other states will ad dress sessions of the eighth an nual symposium on Accounting and taxation at the University of North Carolina and Duke uni versity today through Saturday. This was announced here yes terday by Robert C. Platt, of Wilmington, member of the symposium committee. The three-day meeting, which is sponsored by the North Carolina association of Certified Public accountants, will open at 2 o’clock this afternoon in Ger !'ard hall at the university, fol lowing registration at 11 this morning in the Carolina inn. State Association President Sidney H. Shaw of Rocky Mount, '■'.'ill preside. —t The Weather ,, FORECAST: aorth Carolina and South Carolina— ,''fr *0 Partly cloudy with little temp ,Jre change Thursday and Friday, 'jfoto'ogicai data for the 24 hours 'ntiir'8 7:30 a m Yesterday. , . Temperatures » 5 m. 61; 7:30 a. m. 58; 1:30 p. 7:30 P- m 69. \v!i m,Jrn 82; Minimum 57; Mean 68; °rtnal 64. Humidity m 85; 7:30 a. m. 89; 1:30 p. 32 7t30 p. m. 83. 1-.. , Precipitation p 3 ior the 24 hours ending 7:30 T™: - 0 00 inches. 584 / ,sinc€ the First of the month — inches. (Jr Tides For Today U. c0m th« Tide Tables published by ^oast and Geodetic Survey). V»T i 1 m. i High Low min«1°n-4:1!) a.m. 11:33 a m. Masnhv 4:51 p.m. lboru Inlet . 2:03 a.m. 8:17 a.m Sun 2:40 p.m. 9:10 pm. 2:25 n 6:24; Sunset 5.29; Moonrise RiT; in Moonset 12:07 a. m. * i ’ sl5ee s4 Fayetteville, N. C., *t Mo..1- Wednesday 12 8 feet * '“ther on page 8. Britain Will Quit Buying U. S. Leaf Bevin Hints Government Has Now Decided To Halt Purchases For An Indefinite Period; Takes Shot At Soviet LONDON, Oct. 22 —UPi— Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin hinted tonight that Britain hac decided to halt the purchase of American tobacco for an inde finite period. Subsequently a Board of Trade spokesman said an official announcement on the subject might be made tomor row. Speaking to his constituents in Wandsworth the foreign secre tary described himself as a heavy smoker and added: “I am conscious i gave got to behave myself because we have had to stop buying tobacco. That doesn’t mean you have to stop smoking as we have a lot using Government spokesmen re peatedly ’d that ^ 3^*1 would p»jC^ 8\J.?6'3 tobaccft *\ \aH extent of <<? .ids not been an •Discussing the meeting in Lon don next month of the Big Four Foreign Ministers, Bevin said a “terrible respondibility” faced this conference which will con sider peace terms for Germany and Austria. Without referring to the Soviet Union by name, Bevin said Bri tain had stood alone against Na zism when “treaties of friend ship existed between Hitler and others.” he added: “When they turn on us now and accuse us of being Fascists and the rest of it, I hurl the lie back at them.” Egypt Considers Martial Law To Comer Cholera ----! - TOOTHY STORY ORANGE, Tex., Oct. 22. — (JP)— Twin girls — one with two teeth, the other with one tooth — were born today to Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Moore of Orange at a hospital, here. Dr. Oliver C. Seasirunk, who delivered the babies in a cae sarian birth, said that while children infrequently are born with teeth, he knew of no other recorded instances in which both twins were bom with teeth. One infant weighed five pounds, the other one ounce less. COMMUNIST BLAST “RILES” COMMONS William Gallacher Refuses To Join Motion On Prin cess Engagement LONDON. Oct. 22— <U.R)—Amid angry roars from the House of Commons, Communist member William Gallacher refused to day to join other parties in con gratulating King George on his daughter’s bet rot hal and scoffed at descriptions of the forthcoming marriage as a “love match.” The rotund little Communist, one of two in the House, re minded parliament that the Duke of Windsor lost the throne because he fell in love. Laborites, Conservatives and Liberals in Commons and a unanimous House of Lords passed motions expressing pleasure at Princess Eliza beth’s engagement and impend ing wedding. These were for warded to the King. Gallacher said he “disassoci ated” himself from the motion. He ranted about “lavish expen ditures” in connection with the wedding, and ignoring roars of disapproval, said he believed the royal family was being ac corded too many special privi leges. “I am very sorry that I should have to talk upon what See COMMUNIST On Page Two MAIL ORDER FIRM TO OPEN OFFICES Montgomery Ward Plans Catalogue Branch On Market Street Plans of Montgomery Ward and Company to establish a catalogue order office here were disclosed yesterday as of ficials of the large Chicago mail order firm announced that it had leased a two-story build ing at 113 Market street for the new enterprise. Negotiations for the budding, carried out through the Willetts Realty company, were begun last May shortly after a repre sentative of the company s Real Estate division begun a site survey. The five-year lease, which will become effective January 1, was signed a few days ago with P. R- Smith, owner of the structure. The building, now occupied by the La Mode Dress shop, is approximately 97 by 23 feet. Its two floors have approximately 4,400 square feet of space. Plans of the Chicago compa ny are to open the catalogue order office shortly after the first of the year. There facili ties will be available, together with trained personnel, to as sist shoppers of the Wilmington area in placing mad orders for merchandise. The Wilmington office, offi cials reported, is one of several being established in the Jsouth eastern part of the United I States. Scourge Now Taking Toll Of Hundreds Of Lives Every Day CAIRO, Egypt, Oct. 22—ttJ.R)— The Egyptian government is considering a declaration of martial law for the entire coun try to help stamp out the scourge of cholera, which now is counting its victims in the hundreds daily, high quarters said today. The decree would be aimed directly at doctors, soldiers and policemen who accept bribes to permit travel out of quarantine areas and against profiteers who are taking advantage of the government’s tremendous needs for supplies to hike prices prohibitively. Drastic penalties also would be invoked against peasants who, through ignorance and fear of officials, attempt to hide evidence of cholera and secrete bodies in places where they will spread the infection. Virtual martial law already is in effect in the two hardest hit provinces, Dakahlieh and Gharbieh, in the Delta area, and orders issued from health officials in those areas com mand highest priority and are executed with military speed. Ignorance is one of the great See EGYPT On Page Two HOUSE OF LABOR WILL PLAN MOVE Three Wings To Launch Vigorous Political Drives In 1948 WASHINGTON, Oct. 22—(A>)— Three wings of the house of la bor—the Railway Brotherhoods, AFL and CIO—will hold impor tant meetings before the end of the year to plan their political activities in ’48. It seemed likely today that all three groups will change their political methods in some way. The meetings are planned as ,ollows: 1. Presidents ot zu unions oi railroad workers will meet here Nov. 12 and consider setting up a new and more vigorous poli tical program. Rail unions have long been active in political campaigns but have had no separate political organization to coordinate their efforts. 2. Presidents of 100 AFL unions will meet here Dec. 5 to work out the details of a new organization to be known as La bor’s Educational and Political League 1LEPL). Meet In December 3. The 11-man executive com mittee of the CIO Political Action Cimmittee will meet“in December or sooner,” a spokes See HOUSE On Page Two Time For Action On Marshall Plan At Hand, Secretary Tells Forum; Byrnes Asks Quick German Treaty Former Secretary Scorches Molotov Fraternal Bodies Hear Pro posal For Action Without Russia COLUMBIA, S. C., Oct. 22— UP)—Former Secretary of State James F. Byrnes proposed to night that the United States, Britain and France act “now” to call a full-dress German peace conference regardless of the attitude of Russia. Byrnes, in effect, predicted failure of the Big-Four Foreign Ministers conference in London next month. He argued that Russia had proved its unwill ingness to cooperate in a gen erally acceptable G e rman peace settlement and asserted the three Western nations would have to call a German conference of victor nations a year from now anyway. - “If they are going to do it a year hence,” he said, “why not do it now?” The former secretary out lined his views on the next peace-making moves in an ad dress prepared for a meeting of South Carolina fraternal groups here under Masonic sponsorship. His words followed in general, but in more detail, the pattern proposed in his book “Speaking Frankly.” In this he suggested the United States and the other powers make peace without Russia, if Russia will not cooperate. He added that if Russia presisted then in holding Eastern Ger many, the other allies if nec essary should use measures of “last resort” under majority sponsorship of the United Na tions Security Council. Up To Nations “There is no suggestion,” he said here, “ as to whether such collective action should be per suasion, economic pressure or military action. That would be See SECRETARY on Page Two DESTROYER GYATT ARRIVES FRIDAY 2250-Ton Navy Ship Will Visit Wilmington For Celebration The U. S. S. Gyatt, a destroyer, will arrive in the Wilmington port Friday morning at 10 o’clock in preparation for the Navy Day celebration, October 27, according to George Carey, Navy Day cele brations committee member. The Gyatt was asked to appear at the Wilmington port after word was received that the U. S. S. Stribling had been ordered to another port for the Navy Day celebration. Being the latest type destroy er after having been commission ed in July, 1945, the vessell is one of the 2250 long ton hull class. Her armory consists of five inch guns, torpedoes, depth charges, and numerous 20 mm and 40 mm guns. She is manned by 10 of ficers and a crew of 257, though her wartime complement is 21 officers and a crew of 350. Serving aboard the ship from Wilmington is Herbert H. Pierce, seaman second class of 819 Orange street. Also the ship has nine other crew members from North Carolina. The ship will hold open house on Saturday from 1 p. m. to 4 o’clock, Sunday from 9 a. m. to 11 a. m., and 1 p. m. until 4 p. m., and Monday from 9 a. m. until 11 a. m. and 1 p. m. until 4 p. m. The Gyatt will leave the local port Tuesday morning at 8 o’clock. LOCAL PGA GOLF TOURNAMENT IS ASSURED. Fred Willetts, Sr., president of the local PGA committee is showing other members of the committee the 125th pledge signed in the drive to raise $12,500 to sponsor a pro golf tournament here next year. Shown above, seated, left to right—Jack Newman, Willetts, Robert Dannenbaum; standing: James E. L. Wade and Allan Mar shall. ___(Staff Photo by Roy Cook) Professional Golf Tourney _ Assured For City In 1948 MOVIELAND REDS ROUNDLY SCORED Robert Taylor, Actor, Panicks Hearing By Un American Committee WASHINGTON, Oct. 22—UP)— Screen lover Robert Taylor panicked the House hearing on Hollywood Communism today with a 25-minute denunciation of movieland Reds that brought the feminine members of his audience to their feet shrieking for an encore. The ladies? did more than ap plaud the handsome young ac tor. They chased him out of the committee room, down the See MOVIELAND On Page Two WHOLESALE RAIDS FOLLOW “BREAK” Chilean Police Begin Roundup Of Known Communist Leaders SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct. 22— W — Chilean police began a wholesale roundup of Communist leaders today following the diplomatic break with Soviet Russia and Czechoslovakia which the government explain ed was made necessary to pro tect the nation’s control over its own labor affairs. Police announced that 200 Communist leaders had been seized and that warrants had been issued for 300 more accus ed of instigating a “rebellion” among Chilean coal miners. Valparaiso police reported 50 Communist leaders arrested there. The newspaper Diario Ilustra do said four members of the party’s central committee were among those arrested. It added that police were seeking all 45 members of the committee, which was charged officially with ordering the “rebellion” in the Schwager coal mine where dynamite was used yesterday in an effort to thwart troops sent into the pit to remove sit down strikers.__ HIS SHARE IOLA, Kas., Oct. 22. —UP)— Sheriff John Page said a parcel addressed to an inmate of the county jail would he held for him until his release. The sheriff said the package contained a hacksaw, a rasp, a straight-edged razor, a one half inch bit, a leather punch, a clock, a pair of house slip pers and eight quarts of straw berries. . He said the assortment was sent to the jail by the prison ers’ wife in settlement of a di vorce she is obtaining. SAW MILL OWNER CUTTING VICTIM Father Of Nine Children Charged With Slashing George Shooter George Shooter, prominent Bladen county farmer and saw mill operator and Lumberton tire dealer, was in “serious” condi tion and fighting for his life at James Walker Memorial hospital last night, following an affray yesterday in which he was slash ed across the chest by the 54 year-old father of nine children at Raymah, Bladen county offi cers reported. J. D. Crisp, a tenant on Shoot er’s farm at Raymah, 19 miles below Elizabethtown on High way 87, was being held in jail in Elizabethtown pending outcome of Shooter’s wound, Deputies C. C. King and Archie Sutton, who investigated, reported. Shooter was rushed to the hos pital by an unidentified witness of the cutting after he had lain on the ground some 10 minutes, officials here reported last night. They said that he had a 12-inch cut across his chest which was some two inches deep and two inches wide. The left lung was cut, according to this informant. Undergoes Surgery Attaches at the hospital said that he had undergone surgery in an attempt to save his life. Al though he was brought to the hospital at 4:05 p. m., after the cutting occurred at around 3 See SAWMILL on Page Two Modem John Alden Kisses His Priscilla; “Uncle”Firm; Atlanta Police Hold Man Who Mapped, Keyed Plans Robert Williams, Et A1 Had Different Line For Various Cities By WILLIAM TUCKER United Press Staff Correspondent ATLANTA, Ga„ Oct. 22—(U.R)— A man who carried a road map, not merely to find out where he was but also who he was and what he was supposed to be doing there, was held by Atlanta police tonight on suspi cion of cheating and swindling _a very strong suspicion. He was booked as Robert A. Williams, that being the name he used in Atlanta. Other names he used in his travels included John Wm. Mason George W. Copeland, Walter See WILLIAMS On Page Two Along The Cape Fear BREAD PANIC IN 1859 — Glancing further into the De cember 24, 1859 issue of THE DAILY JOURNAL published in Wilmington, we see a story la belled “A ‘Bread Panic,’ ” among the few news items on the editorial page. It reads: “A baker in England stole a tombstone for the hearth of his oven. One of his customers finding a death’s head on the bottom of his loaf of bread, ran in dismay to his deacon, fear ing the end of the world was approaching. The latter was in equal trepidation, when on ex amining his own loaf, he found the marrow bones. In their alarm they had recourse to the parson, who could afford them no consolation inasmuch as “resurgram’ was legibly set forth in bold relief upon his own loaf.” The Baltimore city fathers took it on the chin in the fol lowing item which appears without benefit of any heading: “ ‘Yes,’ said a kind mother, of one of our city churches, helping her little son to learn his Sunday-school lesson, ‘Cain was a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth; he was so bad be thought every man would slay him. Where could wicked Cain go?’ “ ‘Why, mother,’ replied Sec CAPE FEAR Page Two Immigration Authorities Take “Pen Pal” Bride To Ellis Island NEW YORK, Oct. 22—<U.R)— A modern John Alden Today met and kissed the girl he married 61 weeks ago, but never saw until today, and then began a valiant struggle with the U. S. Immigration department so they could begin their honeymoon. But it was back to Dreary Ellis Island tonight for pretty, red-haired Eileen Frances Green, 21, of Paddington, Eng land, who married Barney Ha gen, 31, of Billings, Mont., in Mexico City in August. 1946. Ha gen had been represented by an attorney at the wedding cere mony. gee IMMIGRATION On Fa*e * Willetts Announces $12,-] 500 Goal Has Been Reach ed ; More Sought “Wilmington will have a Na tional Profesional golf associ ation tournament next year.” Fred Willetts, Sr., president of the local PGA committee an nounced yesterday afternoon. Willetts said the $12,500 goal set by the local group to spon sor the tournament here in 1948 had been reached. “However,” he added, “We cannot stop here, We must have at least $2,000 more to assure the suc cess of the tournament.” He urged local individuals to pledge for a share in the or ganization before the deadline, which, has been set for next Monday night. * The outlook lor sports pro motion in Wilmington is even brighter than we first thought.” Willetts said. He pointed out that the drive to raise funds was “a big success” and urged the canvassers not to “let up now, we must raise at least $2, 000 more.” he said. Plans were made yesterday to hold the organizational meet ing next Monday night at the Cape Fear club at 7:30 o’clock. At this meeting, Willetts said, a permanent organization will be formed and definite plans See PRO-GOLF On Page Two ORDER OF ARROW CHIEF TO SPEAK Robert H. Heistand Will Be Guest At State Meeting Of Organization Robert H. Heistand, national chief of the Order of the Arrow, a fraternity organization of the Boy Scouts of America, will be the guest at the annual state meeting of the order to be held October 24, through the 26, at Morrow Mountain State Park, near Albemarle, it was an nounced yesterday by Ray Sweazey. Scout executive. Heistand was formerly nation al treasurer of the order before he was made national chief. He was educated at Augusta Mili tary academy, Fort Defiance, Va.; Elizabtehtown College, Pa.; St. Stephens college, N. Y.. Before entering scouting as a Scout executive in Lebanon He istand served with the A.E.F. in World War I. Later he went to executiveships in Allen town, Pa.; Columbus, Ohio; and is now at Baltimore, Md. Invitations to attend the en campment of the Scouts and Scouters have been extended to Rucker Newberry, national treasurer; several of the past chiefs, Ernie Schmidt, Frank Dix; and also area advisors and other notables and delegates from lodges in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The Klahican lodge of the Cape Fear council of the Boy Scouts of America, will have represen tatives from its nine counties. Representing the local Lodge will be Ray W. Sweazey, J. M. Thomas, chapter advisor; J. D. Barnes, lodge chief; Gene Ris ley, chapter chief; Ronald Ely, John C. Fordham, James Tra wick, John Weeks, Jimmy Thomas, and other Scouts from Lumberton, Fayettville, and Ta bor City. Final Draft Will Be U. S. Program Speaker Lauds Care In Preparation Of Data For Congress A NEW YORK. Oct. 22. — (*) — Secretary of State George C. Marshall said tonight the “Mar shall Plan” was not a plan but a suggestion and “when it is com pleted it will truly be a program of the United States government and not of any one department “or agency.” “I do not believe any project of our government has ever re ceived more careful study and' prepartion than has this problem of the reconstruction of Europe,” Marshall said before the New York Herald Tribune Forum. “And I am certain that no gov ernmental effort has ever en joyed such complete cooperation on the part of all the agencies concerned. “There has been constant re ference to a Marshall Plan,” he said. “The reference to m« personally was unfortunate, but See FINAL On Page Two TOBACCO PRICES MIXED ON MARTS Eastern Belt Enjoys Higher Returns; Old Belt Bids Decline By The Associated Press Tobacco prices were higher on the Eastern Belt, generally firm on the Middle Belt and lower on the Old Belt yesterday the Federal and State Departments of Agriculture reported. Practically all grades on the Eastern Belt felt the impetus of strengthened demand and show ed increases ranging from $.50 to $6 per hundi*ed pounds al though most advances were in the $2 to $3 range. Medium and lower qualities scored the great er increases but a number of the top grades were $2 higher. More nondescript and lower leaf grades appeared on the markets making the general quality of the offerings inferior to Tuesday’s. The growers marketed a total of 10,270,913 pounds Tuesday for an average price of $46.95, off $1.10 from Monday. Losses ranging from $.50 to $5 were felt on Old Belt markets as some leaf and smoking leaf grades reached new low levels for the season. Most of the de clines were from $1 to $3, but several inferior grades dropped from $4 to $5. Most grades were firm on the Middle Belt, but smoking leaf was off from $1 to $2 after re gistering gains the first two days of the week. There was little change in quality of the offerings and the volume of sales continued heavy. The Border Belt reported that on Tuesday a total of 1,898,014 pounds were sold at an average of $37.37, a drop of $2.40 from Monday. THREE NAVY FLIERS BELIEVED DROWNED AT SAN FRANCISCO SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22. W— A Navy torpedo bomber, flying with five other planes on a bombing practice mission, went into a spin and crashed into Southern San Francisco Bay late today. The Navy said the three fliers aboard were presumed dead. Crash boats found the wreckage at the bottom of the bay but no trace of the bodies. The plane will be raised tomorrow. The plane, part of Air Group 35 based at the Alameda Naval Air station, crashed in shallow water about seven miles South of the San Mateo bridge. Names of the victims will be re* leased when next of kin have been notified. And So To Bed The “And So To Bed” edi tor wasn’t consciously snoop ing but he couldn’t help but observe the merriment two girls were having — as they worked behind a local drag store soda fountain — over a letter. The letter was from "John ny”, said its holder — to whom it apparently was ad dressed. “Doesn’t he write a beauti ful hand?” said the attentive observer. “Yum! You should see him!” said the addressee, and she went off smiling.