The Charlotte News

Tuesday, March 25, 1947


Site Ed. Note: The front page reports that at the Moscow Foreign Ministers Council meeting, Secretary of State Marshall urged that all nations which had declared war on Germany participate in the final peace settlement with the former Axis nation. Foreign Commissar V. M. Molotov wanted both Iran and Albania to participate.

The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Warren Austin, stated that he would make a statement on the Greek and Turkish situations to the U.N. Security Council on the following Friday. He made the announcement after consulting with the President.

Senators Claude Pepper of Florida and Glen Taylor of Idaho introduced an alternative proposal on foreign aid, providing for 250 million dollars to Greece, to be given through the U.N. There would be no aid under their plan to Turkey.

Nine Democratic members of the House Ways & Means Committee issued a minority report on the tax cut plan passed by the Committee the previous week, affording 3.84 billion dollars in tax cuts ranging between 20 percent and 30 percent, the latter for lower bracket taxpayers. The Democrats charged that the country could not afford the cut and that it was geared toward the wealthy, not the average taxpayer. The wealthy would have their taxes restored to approximately pre-war levels.

General Eisenhower and General Carl Spaatz told the Senate Armed Services Committee that they favored merger of the Army and Navy into a Department of Common Defense.

Russia notified the State Department that it was preparing to initiate action to turn over the port of Dairen in Manchuria to China, per an agreement reached in August, 1945. The State Department had previously sent a note urging the action.

George Bria reports that the executioner of Benito Mussolini in Dongo, Italy, on April 28, 1945, contended that Il Duce died a coward, standing against the wall in front of the executioner, shaking in terror and babbling. The executioner said that he killed him with five shots from a submachine gun. He did not intend to kill his mistress but she threw herself in front of Mussolini and refused to move upon his warning. He felt no sorrow therefore for killing her. He transported the bodies to Milan where they were strung up in an Esso station. He approved of the exposure of the bodies to prove to the populace that Mussolini was in fact dead.

At least ten deaths had resulted from a March snow storm, with winds up to 75 mph, in Michigan, Chicago, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

In Philadelphia, a man professed love to his wife, Bernice, despite her admission that she had been married six times, four bigamously. She was held in Federal custody on $1,000 bail.

In Lynbrook, N.Y., a four-year old was credited with saving her mother's life by telephoning police that she saw her mother fall to the floor and smelled a bad odor. She said that she knew from whence the odor emanated. She then hung up the phone and turned the gas stove off. Mrs. Klopper, her mother, survived, for the presence of mind of the young Klopper who called the coppers, that her mother was pulling the old capper caper.

The North Carolina House passed the 48 million dollar permanent improvements bill, which, among other things, provided for the four-year medical school and teaching hospital at the University. The bill now proceeded to the Senate.

Tom Fesperman tells of a Charlotte veterans organization protesting a scheduled performance in the city by Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad, who, as Drew Pearson informs, recently had been labeled pro-Quisling during the war by the Norwegian Ambassador to the United States. Ms. Flagstad was booked to perform at the Armory on April 27. The Parks & Recreation Commission, sponsor of the event, said that it had formed a contract with her and would not act as a censor. Other City officials backed away from the controversy, referred complaints to Parks & Recreation. Ms. Flagstad denied the charge, stated that it had been her husband, who died during the war, who was pro-Quisling. The veterans nevertheless intended to picket her performance in the Queen City.

Tom Fesperman also reports that the owner of Ciro's nightclub in Hollywood, who had been quoted the previous Friday as believing that waiters were being tipped too much, had become the object of ridicule by one woman in Charlotte who complained that she was a waitress and felt that he was trying to ruin her and her fellow servers. She complained that tipping, in her experience, was going down. Customers for whom she had recently rushed service, that they might catch a train, had left a dime, while another left a penny. She survived on her tips.

People were more grumpy at breakfast, complained of their eggs not being cooked correctly, or the toast not being right.

One day, she received $21 in tips because one man had left $10. But that was a memorable exception to the general rule of skimpy tipping.

On the editorial page, "The Coming School Tax Election" tells of the State Legislative battle over higher teacher salaries having concluded with a compromise between the 20 percent recommended by Governor Gregg Cherry and the much higher South Piedment teachers' plan, resulting in a 30 percent hike in pay. Now, the battle was beginning on the local level.

The Charlotte School Board was seeking, in a special election, authority to double the current local levy of 25 cents per hundred dollars of property valuation, which would raise $305,000 per year to supplement educational funding. The proposed tax would add only a few dollars per year to each citizen's tax bill and would help to alleviate the crisis in the schools, beset as they were by a shortage of qualified teachers because of low salaries. Thus, the additional tax was a relatively cheap method by which to pay for that benefit.

"Could We Guarantee Ivan Satisfaction?" recounts of Representative Herbert Bonner telling the Elizabeth City Daily Advance that America should be translating into Russian the Sears & Roebuck catalogue and shipping it to Russia rather than broadcasting radio programs from Munich. For within the catalogue was the stuff of dreams.

The piece wonders at the advice, however, as Russians would be unable to partake of the merchandise and it would thus only lead to frustrated longing and envy of Americans. And the frustrated Russian was already the root of the gravest misgivings between the two countries.

A piece from the Wilmington Post, titled "The Language of Love", recounts the story of a Philadelphia woman who told Raleigh police that her fiance of High Point had beaten her up and taken part of her money only two days before they were scheduled to be wed.

She had successfully pleaded for release from jail of her betrothed a day before his term was set to be completed, that they might be wed. For her trouble, he beat her up.

It concludes, "Strange indeed is the language of love."

Drew Pearson tells of a secret arrangement made in the House Banking and Currency Committee and an appropriations subcommittee to allow purchases of surplus war housing on a cash-only basis, favoring thereby the real estate trusts and disfavoring the veterans and veterans groups who might seek to purchase the housing, either as individual units or in multiple units. The housing in question primarily consisted of large buildings with 100 to 3,000 units. Cutting down the market by allowing only cash purchases meant also causing the Government to lose millions of dollars, as the housing could be bought on a cash basis for about half price.

Dillon Meyer, chief of the Federal Public Housing Authority, had written a letter to Committee chairman Jesse Wollcott of Michigan and Ben Jensen of Iowa, chairman of the House Government Corporation Subcommittee, saying the plan was not in the public interest and would cost the Government millions of dollars. Both Mr. Wollcott and Mr. Jensen professed to be fiscal conservatives and advocates for the veterans, and so the letter ought convince them to change the policy.

Mr. Pearson next tells of the Greek Minister of National Defense in King George's Cabinet, Napoleon Zervas, having been named in a German report, dated August 7, 1944, and subsequently seized by the British, as being a collaborator with the Germans during the war. He quotes liberally from the report and cites it as indicating the need to undertake a cleansing of the Greek Government before loaning the proposed 250 million dollars to Greece.

Among his miscellany, he tells of a judge in the District of Columbia waging a campaign to preserve the house of Francis Scott Key, slated for demolition, to make way for the widening of a boulevard in Washington.

Norwegian Ambassador Morgenstierne had revealed that Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad had been a pro-Quisling during the war. He notes that, unlike Arturo Toscanini, who fought the Fascists and Mussolini, and Pablo Casals, who spent ten years in the Spanish mountains rather than be subject to the rule of Franco, some European artists who had been collaborators with the Fascists wanted to return to the United States and perform.

Marquis Childs tells of Captain Granville Conway having done a splendid job as post-war head of the War Shipping Administration, in charge of de-requisitioning the 4,000 ships used by the Government during the war, requisitioned from private shipping companies for transporting supplies to the fronts. He had been able to negotiate successfully with the private companies regarding the contracts to restore the ships to their pre-war condition, saving the Government millions of dollars.

Captain Conway had lengthy experience in Government maritime service, having been with the predecessor to the Maritime Commission since 1921 and then with the Maritime Commission from its creation in 1936 until the war began, at which time he shifted to the WSA.

His experience and understanding of the job had served the country well. But the Congress, with its insistent scrutiny of Government personnel, was frightening away qualified functionaries. Captain Conway had returned to the private sector the previous fall, but then was convinced by the President to return to handle the freight car shortage and get snarled freight moving again, another job he had accomplished well. Now, he was leaving again for the private sector. Such valuable employees, Mr. Childs stresses, should not be pushed away by a probing Congress.

Samuel Grafton tells of Europe envying the United States position the previous fall, having kept post-war inflation to a minimum through price controls. But since that time, the country was seemingly determined to catch up to Europe in misery. With controls off, inflation had soared by 50 perecent on many goods. And now, the Republican Congress was bent on providing a four billion dollar tax cut when the money ought be going to retire the war debt. It was a move assuring even higher inflation, as more money would be in the hands of taxpayers to spend, increasing demand for products.

With more stock on hand, for instance, New York City clothing manufacturers were selling fewer goods than a year earlier.

He urges resistance to the seeming determination to catch up with Europe's depressed economic conditions.

A letter from failed 1946 Republican Congressional candidate P. C. Burkholder advocates bypassing the U.N. to give aid to Greece and Turkey, per the President's recommendation. He believed it should be so because Russia had thwarted attempts at cooperation through the U.N. for nearly two years, while being aggressive in Eastern Europe.

A letter from the North Carolina field director of finance for the Colored Division of the RNC expresses the belief that equal opportunity could be achieved through the idealism of the GOP.

A letter expresses displeasure with the local schools, after they had sent home a letter to the parents via the children asking how the parents felt about the proposed tax of 25 cents per hundred dollars of property valuation, to support local education. He is all for higher teacher pay but believes it ought come from another source, such as the sales tax.


This night in Madison Square Garden, the national championship in collegiate basketball would take place, won by Holy Cross over Oklahoma, 58 to 47. Texas won third place by winning the consolation game against CCNY, 54 to 50.

The consolation games, incidentally, which continued through 1981, were eventually abandoned as leaving a bad taste in the mouths of the participants, forced to compete after being eliminated from the prospect of the national championship.

More contemporaneously, we feel compelled to note to our team that, as we reminded just prior to game time on Saturday, albeit subliminally, that, in the waning seconds, when you need a bucket to tie, one should always call Time Out. Take Five. Oh well, lesson learned. Next year...

There actually should have been 2.0 seconds on the clock before the ball was put into play, not 1.6, but... Next year...

Have a Pepsi-Cola, sit back and relax and watch the remainder of the contests. Everybody else, save Virginia, went home this year, too. It is one of the penalties of an expanded conference. Think about it...

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