The Charlotte News

Thursday, February 27, 1947


Site Ed. Note: The front page reports that British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin told Commons that he endorsed the plan of former Secretary of State Byrnes, proposed the previous May, for a four-power 25-year treaty with Germany to maintain its demilitarization, to keep the peace.

Senator William Knowland of California was proposing a bill which would earmark three billion dollars for payment toward reduction of the national debt. Senator Robert Taft wanted the amount reduced to one billion because the proposed 20 percent tax reduction plan would necessarily reduce the amount available by a billion dollars.

Wholesale prices on all commodities jumped for a second consecutive week to an all-time high, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The cost of living index, however, declined by .1 percent between December and January, ending a ten-month steady increase. The cost of living remained 17.9 percent higher than a year earlier. While five months earlier, economists had generally agreed that 1947 would see a recession in the economy, now there was not such unanimity on the point. The backlog of demand suggested high production and employment ahead.

Tom Watkins of The News reports on the trial of the accused murderers of Herman Satinover, known local bootlegger, who was allegedly shot by one of the defendants while the other held him, after Mr. Satinover went to the house to complain about the treatment of his sister, supposedly insulted and ejected from the house during a poker game in which liquor was, according to witnesses, flowing freely.

Both defendants testified in the case, the man who had fired the fatal pistol shot stating that he did so in self-defense, saying that Mr. Satinover had threatened over the telephone to kill him before coming to the house. He then arrived with five or six other men, whereupon Mr. Satinover reiterated his threat and reached into the right pocket of his overcoat after striking the defendant a couple of times with his fists about the head. The defendant thought he was reaching for a pistol and so fired once in the hope of frightening Mr. Satinover, and, when that did not work, fired the second bullet striking him in the chest.

The other defendant claimed that he had nothing to do with the shooting, confirmed by the first defendant, did not hold Mr. Satinover.

Both men were charged with second degree murder and, alternatively, voluntary manslaughter.

Whether the defendants were trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the jury or whether the known bootlegger was asking to be plugged would be left to their number, good and true, to determine. Stay tuned.

Duncan P. Tillett, president of the Union National Bank of Charlotte, had died suddenly of a heart attack at his residence this date. He was 61.

Committees of the General Assembly voted to outlaw the manufacture, sale and use of fireworks in the state and to separate the Game & Inland Fisheries from the Department of Conservation & Development.

State Representative Frank Sims introduced a bill to have a referendum in Mecklenburg County on controlled sale of liquor within 90 days of the bill's passage. Two other bills were introduced calling for a statewide referendum on the issue, requiring an election within six months of passage. One of the latter bills would allow not more than a gallon of liquor to be possessed in the home for personal consumption and also allow hospitals, sanatoriums, and sick homes to have alcohol for treatment of patients.

In Bristol, Tenn., gasoline tanks at a service station exploded, reportedly trapping three people in the wreckage, believed dead.

David Harums tells on page 3-A of the Penny Brothers, North Carolinians, known for their auctions, having once held one in St. Petersburg, Fla., attended surreptitiously by the late Will Rogers.

In Los Angeles, Howard Hughes was preparing to test again his XF-11 experimental reconnaissance plane, the same plane which he had crashed the previous July into a residential area of Beverly Hills. He had spent two months recovering in the hospital. The new flight test was expected to occur within two weeks.

On the editorial page, "Open Shop and Closed Record" criticizes the State House for passing the bill banning the closed shop in the state without a record vote. There were two sides to the closed shop issue, but, thus far, neither had been given an airing.

"The Need for State Milk Laws" discusses the indictment by the Grand Jury of the 18 dairymen for adulterating milk with water and selling it as whole milk. The piece praises the Grand Jury for acting promptly on evidence presented after it had been collected by the State Health Department and Charlotte Health Department.

But the fact that the case reached the courts demonstrated that inspections in the past had been lax and needed revision.

"Another Parable for Our Time" tells, in Biblical terms, of Jonathan Daniels having insulted Virginians in Richmond by suggesting that Virginia was both the graveyard and cradle of democracy, provoking outraged response from Governor Tuck.

Drew Pearson tells of two meetings of Republicans in Congress the previous week, for diametrically opposed purposes. A group of Senate Republicans met to oppose cuts in the military budget; a House group met to favor them. The Joint Committee eventually voted 22 to 19 for a smaller cut than the overall six billion dollars, of which 2.3 billion would have been in military cuts.

He provides some indication of who favored the latter cuts, led by Senator Styles Bridges of New Hamspshire, and who did not, led by Senator Chan of South Dakota.

A woman had sent to Missouri for a bushel of nuts to feed the White House squirrels, to allow them to dine on Missouri food.

Secretary of Interior J. A. Krug was being asked questions by a reporter. When asked why by the Secretary, she responded that she was preparing his obituary because of his many trips to the Pacific.

George Allen, who had at the beginning of the year left his position on the RFC, owned one percent of the Broadway hit, "Born Yesterday".

Marquis Childs discusses the need for universal military training, as advocated by Secretary of State Marshall, neither an imperialist nor warmonger. A Gallup poll had found that 72 percent of Americans favored it, but an active opposition, especially among church groups, was also seeking its defeat.

The President had appointed a committee of civilians to study the prospect, and he had recently announced that he would renew his proposal to the Congress that universal military training be instituted. The final report of the committee, headed by Dr. Karl Compton of MIT, was likely not to be ready before May.

The opponents argued that such military preparedness would lead to war, but there was considerable evidence to the contrary. Sweden, with compulsory military training, had not been involved in a war since 1812. Beginning in 1901, they required 240 days of training, 340 starting in 1914, one year or longer in 1947.

When Sweden received advance word out of Berlin of a planned Nazi invasion in February, 1942, the Government mobilized 400,000 trained troops. It was reported that Hitler became enraged when he learned of the fact. He had planned a quick invasion and conquest, but the mobilization meant the devotion of more time and men to the effort than could be spared from the Eastern Front in Russia. He opted therefore not to invade Sweden.

There was no militaristic dictatorship in Sweden as a result of the training program. Mr. Childs suggests that old prejudices should not stand in the way of examination of that recommended by Secretary Marshall.

Harold Ickes reports that 41 architects and designers had sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Trygve Lie expressing that the Rockefeller-donated site for the U.N. on the East River in New York City was unsuitable to the project and their disapproval of the way architects had been chosen for it. The principal architect was Wallace Harrison, and no one knew exactly why, except that he had been the co-designer of Rockefeller Center.

Mr. Ickes suggests that the whole deal by which the land was donated smacked of a shtogun marriage. Other cities in the country had been vying for the site and should have been considered actively.

The Congress and the State of New York were hastily passing laws to permit the acquisition of the land by the U.N.

He thinks that John D. Rockefeller, Jr., would have better served his eleemosynary aims by donating the money to an unfettered U.N., able to select its own site. The U.N. also should have been able to select its own architect.

In any event, the site donated is the site today of the U.N., shotgun or no shotgun at its inception.

A letter thanks Harry Golden for bringing to Charlotte Dr. Frank Porter Graham, president of UNC, to receive an award on Brotherhood Week. He votes for Dr. Graham, his old history teacher at UNC, to become the head of a permanent organization for Brotherhood, devoted to ending war, one which would have representatives of all nations and would meet annually to discern the causes of war that they might be interdicted.

A letter writer presents a letter he had sent to State Representatives Frank Sims and Harvey Morris regarding ABC stores, questioning whether the revenue from them would be worth the results of increased numbers crazy people from liquor consumption. She could support controlled sale, however, if part of the revenue was to be devoted to care of alcoholics.

A letter from the state commander of the American Cancer Society thanks the newspaper for its issue of two weeks earlier on the North Carolina Good Health Program. She had been impressed by the crusade of the newspaper in January and February, 1942, when it presented the series of articles by the late Tom Jimison on the degraded condition he had experienced firsthand as a participant-observer of the mental health facility at Morganton, and on the women's facility, as presented by an anonymous woman who had graduated from Queens College.

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