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^VOlTsI.—NO. 74.__ WILMINGTON, N. C., SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1947 ” ESTABLISHED Meyers Firm Had Contract Former Air Force Officer Linked With $1,053,573 War Order WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 — (.« Testimony that Maj. Gen. scnnett E. Mejiers figured in JL flow of $1,053,573 in war jjme subcontracts to a firm in iiich he once acknowledged *art ownership—and later said ;.a5 owned by frienSs — was |iven today before Senate in vestiga s. The firm concerned, the Avia tion Electric Company of Ohio, ',as shown to have received the lubcontracts from Bell Aircraft company. Lawrence D. Bell, president 0f the Bell concern, said Mey ers who retired in 1945 after holding high Army purchasing post? during the war, suggested to him that Aviation Electric company might be interested in accepting a subcontract ror ma terials for British planes which Beil had contracted to produce. Aviation Electric company given a subcontract, Bell ,aid, and electrical wiring boxes it turned out was sub sequently used for American planes as well as British. Bell said Meyers also recoin-; mended other firms for subcon-■ tracts, but that a check showed these others were too busy to; take the work. i Army “Anemic” The Senate War Investigating j committee also produced furth er evidence to back its conten tion that the Army was “anem ic" about investigating Meyers despite an anonymous tip that be made “immense” sums out of the war, rumors that he was playing poker for high stakes, and a plea by an unnamed ma jor general that Meyers be kept out of control of surplus prop- j ertv. ! Meanwhile the Justice De partment informed reporters, without elaboration, that it has been “looking into” General Meyers’ activities. Meyers supplied one highlight of the day’s developments. He told reporters that he had asked for a trial by court martial “to prove my innocence or guilt” of See MEYERS on Page Three 1 ROLAND TO SERVE ON COMMISSION i — New Hanover School Sup erintendent Honored By Governor Cherry RALEIGH, Nov. 14—(^—Gov ernor Cherry today announced the names of a 21-member Sir Walter Raleigh Day commission, created by the 1947 General As sembly to receive voluntary do nations for the erection of a suit able memorial here to the Brit ish explorer, author and soldier. The commission is authorized to have the State superintendent of public instruction set apart a day to be celebrated in the schools of the state as “Sir Wal ter Raleigh Day.” The governor is ex-officio chairman of the commission, and Dr. Clyde A. Edwin, state super intendent of public instruction, is the commission secretary. Other Members Other members of the commis lion: Dr. Clarence Poe, Raleigh; Dr. Y. Joyner, LaGrange; State Ken. Lee B. Weather, Shelby; Dr. Paul Green, Chapel Hill; H. A. Scott, Haw River; W. J. Bul lock, Kannapolis; T. C. Rober son. Asheville; H. M. Roland, Wilmington; R. M. Wilson, Rocky Mount; Curtis Russ, Waynesville. A. B. Gibson, Laurinburg; Joe "ixon, Lincolnton; L. C. Clif ford Hickory; Herbert Peele, Elizabeth City; William T. Polk, Greensboro; A. T. Spaulding, Durham; Robert Lee Humber, Greenville; Mrs. Elizabeth Dil lard Reynolds, Winston-Salem; Mrs E. B. Hunter, Charlotte; Mrs. W. T. Best, Raleigh, and Mrs. A. B. Stoney, Morganton. The Weather South Carolina and North Carolina — •tam and cool Saturday with thunder storms in extreme west portion and end in west portion late Saturday; Sun partly cloudy and warmer west pprtion, with occasional rains and little y'l5r8e in temperature East portion, moderate to fresh winds becoming rr°ng along coast. FORECAST; yteorological data for the 24 hours • “!r>g 7p. r.i. yesterday. TEMPERATURES a. m. 48; 7:30 a. m. 46; 1:30 p. m. ' ':30 p. m. 32; Maximum 38; Mini murn 4.3, Mean 32; Normal 56. , HUMIDITY J'f a. m. 76; 7:30 a. m. 66; 1:30 p. m. *■ '=30 p. m. 71 - PRECIPITATION t for the 24 hours ending 7:30 p. -” 600 or less than .005 of an inch. since the first of the month 8.89( TIDES FOR TODAY Jorr‘ the Tide Tables published by. ■’ Coast and Geodetic Survey), ft HIGH LOW 1 ”slon —^ — 11:35 a.m. 6:08 a.m. li. . . m* 11p.m. 6:47 p.m •"••wo In’ef . 9:17 a.m. 2:49 a.m. , '* 9:21 a.m. 3:55 a.m. I,„uinse 6:45. sunset 5:08; Moonrlse 'p.a: Moonset 7:I2p. . « r«.s.tage *l Fayetteville, N. C., at 8 » to Friday 3.77 feet, ' **»»• *nnn •» *»«• m Ex-Wilmington Man Faces Murder Count One of three men arrested on charges of murder and robbery in connection with the slaying of Clayton Hall, 55-year-old Cre scent Beach, S, C,, business man, at 7 a.m. last Sunday morning and the theft of $25,000, has confessed, Sheriff C. E. Sas ser of Conway, S. C., told the Star last night. The confession implicated all three of the prisoners, the sher iff said. Being held without bond for the Horry county grand jurv are Joe Williamson, 35, Norfr’ ^ Va., former Wilmingt'- ^ Richard Ciesillskl, 20 mond, Va., and Edisoi 24, Whiteville. All thrt. worked here at the Wilm. shipyard during the way ye. Law enforcement officers if three states worked with Sher iff Sasser in tracking down the men, he said last night. In Wil mington Deputy Sheriff C. D. Snow and Highway Patrolman R. C. Duncan assisted with the investigation. Wife Aids Probe Williamson’s wife, who lives at Maffitt Village here and Vho has been separated from her husband for some time, helped break down his alibi, according to Sheriff Sasser, who said that Williamson told him that he spent Saturday night here with his w' r> Mrs. Williamson de nied ^)v)tnd told the officers t> ^ been here Friday left early Satur g, Sheriff Sasser rjr ifson and Ciesillski, jf whom were employed r taxi drivers in Richmond, a., before the crime, were ar rested in Norfolk Thursday night by Sheriff Sasser, who was assisted by city police of of Portsmouth and Norfolk. The sheriff said that he traced See EX-WILMINGTON on Page 3 Aggie Agents Favor 1948 “Better Farms” Contest FATEFUL MENU COLLEGEVILLE, Pa., Nov. 14—(ff)—Police Chief George Moyer reported fate in 10 days dished up this menu for 33 year-old Charles Kulp: A left hand injury forced him to quit his foundry job. His wife left him. Two children were placed in homes of friends. His nearby Spring Mount home burned, destroying all his belongings and a pet dog. He lost control of his auto mobile, crashed into three bungalows, wrecked the ma chine. Ht was arrested on drunk driving charges and jailed for hearing. CHEST CAMPAIGN BEHIND SCHEDULE Workers Report 55 Per Cent Of Goal Attained; Dinner Postponed Declaring that “our time schedule is upset,” Community Chest President H. A. Marks announced yesterday that the campaign “victory dinner” scheduled for 8 p. m. next Tuesday has been postponed. Marks' statement was made at the third report luncheon of the current drive at the Com munity center, at which reports showed that $56,429.42, or only 55 per cent of the goal of $119, 996, had been collected. “We will reach our goal,” Marks stated, “but our time schedule has been upset be cause so many of our volunteer workers have been too busy with other things and unable to See CHEST On Page Three CHRISTMAS FETE SET FOR WALLACE Organization Of Profes sional Men, Farmers To Stage Festival WALLACE, Nov. 14—A mam mouth Christmas celebration here under the aegis of Wallace Associates, newly formed busi ness and professional men and farmers group here is being plan ned, John Sikes, Associates manager anounced tonight. The festival, set to start around Dec. 1 and run until Christmas will embrace com munities and towns in all the Wallace area. These communities include Faison, Calypso, Taylor’s Bridge, Pink Hill, Warsaw, Tur key, Rosehill, Magnolia, Ingold, Garland, Kelly, Currie, Maple Hill, Charity, Kenansville, Kerr Station, Hickory Grove, Beaula ville, Richlands, Burgaw, Atkin s o n, Chinquapin, Harrell’s Store, Tomahawk, Delway, Hampstead, Rocky Point, Pen derlea, Watha, Willard, Long Creek, Teachey and the B. F. Grady school community. A committee of representa tives from each of the commu nities will meet in Wallace next Tuesday to complete plans for the festival. Dean Schaub Speaks At Meeting Held At Trail’s End; Rules Talked The agricultural agents and the home demonstration agents of the thirteen counties included in the “Better Farms For Bet ter Living” contest conducted by the Tide Water Power Com pany Friday voted unanimously that the contest should be con tinued in 1948. The counties represented are: New Hanover, Brunswick, Col umbus, Bladen, Pender, Duplin, Onslow, Lenoir, Green, Jones, Craven, Cartaret and Pamlico; The agents were guests Fri day of the Tide Water Power Company at an all-day meeting held at Trails End Inn at Masonboro Sound. Dean I. O. Schaub, of the North Carolina State. College Extension Service, emphasized 'that Norh Carolina is confront ed with a crisis which is the result of an inefficient use of farm labor and of farm acre age. This crisis is taking the form of a thirty per cent reduc tion in tobacco and peanut acre age for 1948, or a loss of more than $100,000,000 com pared with 1947. This loss is in tensified by a constantly in creasing cost of production. Knows No Substitute The dean stated that he knew no substitute for 1948, there be See AGENTS on Page Three LOCAL CAB DRIVER ROBBED, BEAT N J. H. Irving, Jr., Fears Ven-j geance Of Thugs Who I Clubbed Him Friday A Wilmington taxi driver, who was treated at James Walker Me morial hospital early Friday morning for a gashed head, had resigned his job here last night and living in fear of the ven geance of four thugs who clubbed him shot at him, and took his cab. Yellow Cab officials stated. J. H. Irving, Jr., told the story of his escape from the men who assaulted and robbed him under a fusillade of bullets froma pistol. According to T. E. McCoy Jr., night manager of the Yellow Cab company, Irving told him that he picked up the four passengers who later clubbed him at the Cape Fear hotel at around 12.30 a. m. Friday. They asked him to take them to a roadhouse on the Navassa road between Highways 74 and 76 in Brunswick county, he said. After he had accomodated them by looking inside the place to see how many persons were there and had reported “five or six,” they told him to drive them to another place, he said. Irving had driven some dis tance of some three or four city blocks down the road when he was struck from behind by one of the men, he said. They robbed him of his wallet containing between $10 and $15, then told him they were going to drive him into the woods and kill him, the taxi driver related. He was then driven to a location near the Atlantic Coast Line crossing and signal light on the Aromour road, where the man forced him out of the cab and said See DRIVER on Page Three Fayetteville Man Turns Himself In-He Stays, Too FAYETTEVILLE, Nov. 14—CU.R) _A 59-year-old man who turned himself in for setting his step son’s house on fire and was sur prised to find no record of the blaze was held under $1,01''' bond today on arson charges. Jailer Norman Butler said Ir win Parker walked into the jail yesterday and gave himself up, thinking he was being hunted. Polict found no warrant against Parker but held him for investi gation. Butler said Parker told him of setting fire to the home of Roy Williams near Fayetteville by ig niting oil and paper at a corner of the house. Police found that neighbors had quickly put out the fire and never reported it. Parker waived a preliminary hearing and will be held for , grand jurjr action.__ UN Assembly Approves U. S. Plan For Korean Independence Group; GOP Gives Aid Program Top Spot i - Taft Agrees Help For Europe Acute Republican Policy Com mitte Non-Committal On Amount Needed Washington, Nov. 14 — W —The Senate’s powerful Repub lican policy committee gave top priority late today to legislation granting emergency aid to Eu rope at the special session of Congress beginning next Mon day. Chairman Taft (R-Ohio) said he agreed with President .Tru mdn that multi-billion dollar foreign spending must be paid for out of current taxes but de clared that this does not nec essarily rule out a 1948 income tax cut. Taft, a candidate for the Re publican Presidential nomina tion, said the 12-member com mittee agreed that help to Eu rope must be provided quickly. But he said there was no deci sion on how much aid the Re publicans will approve. Some members of both the Senate and the House Foreign Policy committees are seeking to reduce the amounts proposed by Secretary of State Marshall —$597,000,000 to France, Italy See TAFT on Page Three YOUNG GIRL DIES FROM AUTO CRASH Rosalie Pearsall, 14, Fatal ly Injured In Front Of Her Home Fourteen - year - old Rosalie Pearsall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Pearsall, was fatal ly injured when hit by an auto mobile operated by Pvt. Odell Dewey Shipman Jr., 18-year-old Camp Lejeune Marine, in front of her home a half mile from Wilmington on Market Street at 6:50 o’clock last night. Highway Patrolman J. L. Flowers, who investigated along with sheriff’s officers, reported that Miss Pearsall was declared dead on arrival at James Walk er hospital at 7:10 p.m. after be ing rushed there from th' scene of the accident. Shipman, who told officers that the young girl ran across See YOUNG on Page Three FRIENDSHIP TRAIN GATHERING GOODS Cedar Rapids Folk Add Seven Cars Of Rolled Oats To Que CHICAGO, Nov. 14. — (U.R) — The Friendship Train headed in to Chicago tonight pulling more than 80 carloads of food for needy Europeans. Now running into two sec tions, it was growing so fast sponsors were having a hard time keeping inventory. It started from Los Angeles last Sunday with 12 cars. It crossed the muddy Mississippi river this morning from Iowa whose residents contributed $100,000 worth of food. See FRIENDSHIP On Pare 3 A NATIONAL DAT OF PRATER, Remembrance Day Is observed by the British Royal Fami ly during memorial services at the Cenotaph in London. Princess Elizabeth (arrow) is shown as she placed her wreath at the base of the monument. The king also placed a wreath in memory of the heroic dead. (International) Mayor Pays Tribute To Scouts At Encampment Opening Here COOL-HEADED BUS DRIVER BACSS VEHICLE DOWN HILL TO SAFETY POTTSTOWN, Pa., Nov. 14—WP)—“I was lucky,” Driver Samuel Hanna explained modestly after he backed his way ward bus two blocks downhill through Pottstown’s busiest intersection, looped it into a driveway and delivered 12 passen gers to safety. “Keep cool! Keep seated!” Hanna instructed his passengers when the gears on his bus locked in neutral last night and the brakes failed. Peering back through the 22-foot-long bus, Hanna steered the vehicle down the hill 10 miles an hour to the intersection. The red light was against him. Traffic was heavy and pe destrians cluttered the intersection. Round the corner rolled the bus pear first. At a railroad driveway Hanna .swung, the wheel hard. A pedestrian jumped to safety and the bus rolled to a stop. PETERSON TO HEAD NEW CIVITAN CLUB 0 g d e n-M i d d 1 e Sound Group Organized At Meeting Last Night The Ogden-Middle Sound Civi tan club was organized Friday night by Lieutenant Governor John A. Courtney, Jr., of White ville, who was assisted by Paul Woodall, past lieutenant gover nor, Ralph Beason, secretary of the Whiteville Civitan club, and Eugene Porter, member of the Whiteville club. The officers of the new club are: J. J. Peterson,, president; J. W. Parmenter, vice-president; E. W. Johnson, secretary; George Dusenbury, treasurer; P. R. Ma son, Eb Hurd, Paul Stanley, Clyde Harrelson, J. W. Covil, di rectors. The club will hold its Charter Night Tuesday, December 11, at 8:00 o’clock. Its regular meet ings will be held on the second and fourth Tuesday nights in each month at 7:30 o’clock. The charter members of the Ogden-Middle Sound Civitan club are: W. F. Joyner, E. W. John son, K. J. J. Peterson, L. P. Stanley;' G. C. Gorman, Sr., J. W. Covil, M. B. Register, K. C. Sidking, J. W. Thompson, Jesse Matthews, G. W. Koonce, Clyde See PETERSON On Page 3 Along The Cape Fear ST. JAMES SENIOR WARD ENS — Following the construc tion of the present St. James church building, Dr. Armand John deRosset, Sr., distinguish ed physician and citizen of Wil mington, was for the entire du ration of his long and useful life an ardent worker and benefac tor of, the church. He was Senior Warden, and was succeeded in that office by his son, Dr. Armand John deRos set, Jr., who, in turn was suc ceeded by his son, Col. William L. deRosset. Succeeding Sen ior Wardens were Clayton Giles, Thomas Davis Meares, and John Victor Grainger, who was holding the office when the Rev. Mortimer Glover, rector of St. James parish, wrote an historical sketch of the parish for William Lord deRosset’s history of Wilmington and New Hanover county, published in 1938. Behind the present church is the historical St. James grave yard which yearly attracts hun dreds of visitors to see such his toric and hallowed graves as those of Cornelius Harnett, Rev olutionary patriot and •igner the Declaration of Inde pendence, and of Thomas God frey, author of the first drama ever written by a native Ameri can and produced upon the pro fessional stage in the United States. The church, itself, contains many objects of artistic and his torical, as well as religious in terest. Among these, the Rev. Glover mentioned the massive carved reredos and altar de signed and executed by Silas McBee, the tombs of Bishop At kinson and Bishop Strange un der the Chancel of the church, marked by brass Maltese Crosses, the memorial tablets to the Rev. Dr. Empie, the Rev. Dr. Drane, and members of the deRosset family, and the pic ture of Christ, Ecce Homo, cap tured from one of the pirate vessels th-at attacked the colony in 1748, and presented to St. James church by the Governor, Council, and Assembly of the colony. history of Wilmington from the founding of the city to the pres ent day St. James church is one of the most interesting land mark* and afar in®* ot the eitjr. TEACHERS ADOPT SALARY MINIMUM North Central Group Pass Resolution Requesting $2,400 Starting Pay RALEIGH, Nov. 14 — (ff) — North Central District teachers today adopted a resoultion for a starting teacher salary of $2,400 annually, plus 16 years of incre ments at $100 per year. Action of the North Central District Teachers Association of the North Carolina Education Association follows closely a patern set by the Northwestern teachers and classroom teachers’ divisions of several other dis tricts in the state. Blaine Madison, principal of the Methodist Orphanage here, tonight was installed as president of the association. He succeeds Mrs. J. L. Marcom of Raleigh See TEACHERS on Page Three TORNADOS INJURE FIFTEEN PERSONS Over 100 Homes Demolish ed In Louisiana, Texas Oil Towns By The Associated Press A tornado out of the South west cut a 60-yard path across Deridder, in Southwest Louisi ana yesterday, injuring at least fifteen persons and leaving a trail of more than 100 de molished and damaged homes and other buildings. Mayor A. L. Stewart of De ridder, who at first estimated the damage at $200,000, raised his figure early tonight as a group of real estate men headed See TORNADOES on Page Three Over 500 Boys Register For Three-Day Training At Lake Forest More than 500 Scouts from nine Southeastern North Caro lina counties heard Mayor E. L. White’s address of welcome officially opening the three-day encampment, culminating the Scout Round-up which began September 1, of the Cape Fear Area council, Boy Scouts of America, in the Lake Forest school area yesterday evening. “For your idealism, your en thusiasm, alertness, and your sportsmanship, I want to ex press my thanks to you, as a group, and as individuals, and further say that if any group can be pointed out as the typi cal example of what the word Americanism means, it is you, the Boy Scouts,” Mayor White said. “Watching your accomplish ments, listening to you speak, having had some personal asso ciation with you, I always feel See MAYOR on Page Three EAST CAROLINA ' RIVERS ON RISE Weather Bureau Sees Little Chance Of Any Exces sive Damage RALEIGH, Nov. 14 — W—Fed by heavy rains, major Eastern North Carolina rivers were ris ing at a number of places to day although the possibility of extensive damage appeared slight. The Roanoke was falling at Weldon, but was rising at Scot land Neck. It stood at 27 1-2 feet at Weldon early today — six inches below flood level. At Williamston, the Roanoke was stationary at 10 9-10 feet, almost a foot above flood stage. High waters reportedly stopped logging in lowlands areas. The Neuse was falling slowly at Smithfield, standing at around 15 1-2 feet early today. Flood level there is 14 feet. The river stood at 14 8-10 feet at Goldsboro early today, and was rising. Flood stage there is 14 feet. A crest of 16 1-2 feet is expected at Goldsboro early Sunday. The Tar river was rising slow ly at Tarboro, and a crest of 16.5 feet is expected there tomorrow. This is 1.5 feet above flood stage. The Tar is expected to reach a flood stage of !3 feet at Green ville on Tuesday. Chicago Cabbie Caters Cigarets, Cigars, Coffee CHICAGO, Nov. 14 — U)—'The lucky passenger who hails Ed ward Hamilton’s taxicab gets more than a ride for his money. Hamilton offers, his fares a choice of Chicago newspapers, free cigars eigarets, matches, safety pins, cleansing tissue — and, if they ask for it, hot cof fee. Juvenile riders get lolli pops. The veteran cab driver, who has spent 10 years “pushing a hack,” said the idea came to him after a man rider asked him for a eigaxat and A woman told him he should carry safety pins. The day’s newspapers, label ed “Read As You Ride,’* are suspended on a wire in his cab. An open packet of cigarettes is fastened to the ashtray. Cigars, matches and safety pins are se cured to the sun visors. In the back seat there are cleansing tissues, a local telephone book for looking up addresses, and a thermos bottle of hot coffee. Hamilton said he doesn’t Jtof CABBIE On Am Russians Confirm Boycott Of Plan Delegates Vote 43 To 0 To Set Up Supervising Com mission NEW YORK, Nov. 14—(/P>— A United Nations Korean Inde pendence commission, the third and last big project put through the U. N. by Secretary of State Marshall, was approved finally today by the General Assembly. The Soviet bloc immediately confirmed that it would boycott this group amidst indications that the Russians might bar the commission from the Soviet military occupation zone in Northern Korea. The Russians and their tup porters already have said they would boycott the two other Marshall proposals approved by thg Assembly — the Balkans “watchdog’’ commission and the year-around “Little Assembly.’’ The Assembly voted 43 to 0 for the U. S. plan for the com mission created to supervise the setting up of an independent Korea. The delegates batted down, 84. to 7, a revived Soviet proposal calling for withdrawal of U. S. and Russian troops from Korea by Jan. 1. Egypt, which has called repeatedly on the Security Council to order the withdrawal of British troops now on treaty stations on her territory, sided Sec RUSSIANS On Page Three TOBACCO PRICES VARY ON MARKETS Common, Low Leaf Show Good Gains On Eastern Belt Warehouses BY The Associated Press All lower quality grades, with the exception of nondescript, posted price average gains yes terday on the Eastern North Carolina Flue-Cured Tobacco Belt, but prices on the Middle Belt cancelled out Thursday’s gains while trends were irregu lar on the Old Belt. Increases on the Eastern North Carolina market were for common and low leaf, running from $2 to $3 per hundred pounds. Some of the lower qual ity of offerings gained $1 to $2. A limited volume of the better grades was steady to $1 cheap er. Nondescript showed drops of 75 cents to $1.50. Final sales for the season were held yesterday at Ahoskie and Clinton. The Federal-State Departments of Agriculture re ported Farmville will end its sales November 25. Middle Belt Most leaf declined from $1 to $3 on the Middle Belt, although some gains of 50 cents to $2 were found in these grades. Ma jority of smoking leaf dropped $1 or $2, but red smoking leaf dropped $3.50 to $4. Volume was fairly heavy, with quality improving for a larger percentage of cutters and lugs, as a smaller portion of leaf and nondescript was on the floors. Increases on the Old Beit were from $1 to S3 over the previous day for leaf, lugs and smoking leaf. Drops of $1 to S3 were posted for most cutters, primings and nondescript. Low and common smoking leaf drop ped $4 and $5, respectively, in pacing the declines. Quality of offerings was lower, with most markets reporting heavy sales. And So To Bed A brave Army Veteran who saw action in China during the recent war was enroute to his home in Col onial Village the other night when he was called by three ladies. “Young man, we fear that someone is in our house.” they pleaded for him to search for the ’intruder. Our hero looked at the ladies and not being armed with anything more powerful than a cigarette lighter he dashed to the next house for aid. When he had successful ly obtained another man to help him, the house was en tered and searched from top to bottom, but no in truder was found. He comforted the ladies with the remark that a cat had knocked over a tub in the back yard. “Can’t ever tell what you might find in a house.” Our hero mused to the gentlemen he had gotten out of bed to aid in Hto search.