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The Daily Chowanian
Volum 1 — Number 30
Murfreesboro, North Carolina/ January \2, 1960
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ,
Outbreaks of mild influenza
have upset community routine in
various parts of the country, clos
ing schools, dropping production,
delaying justice, and perking up
the sale of pills.
Secretary of Welfare Authur S.
Flemming said Tuesday that nine
states had reported outbreaks. Tn
four, the variety was Asian flu.
Flemming named Texas, Ten
nessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan
California, Nevada, Utah and
There were signs that other
states might be added soon. The
epidemiologist for Seattle, Wash.,
was concerned that it might hit
“There has been a moderate
spread of flu carried back to Se
attle from Los Angeles by people
who went to the Rose Bowl foot
ball game,” Dr. R. T. Ravenholt
Gas Co. Continues
RALEIGH AP — The president
of Piedmont Natural Gas Co.
continues his testimony today in
support of his firm’s petition for
a rate increase of more than
half a million dollars a year.
Buell G. Duncan of Charlotte
began testifying at a State Utili
ties Commission hearing Tues
day. He said the boost, if ap
proved, would fall short of
matching a n increase in ex
penses caused by a rise in the
wholesale price of gas.
The North Carolina Assn. of
Launderers and Cleaners is pro
testing. The association says it
wants a lower rate.
Piedmont put its new rates in
to effect Nov. 18, but made an
agreement to reimburse its cus
tomers if the commission refuses
Duncan said Transcontinental
Gas Pipeline Corp., Piedmont’s
wholesaler, increased its rates
$535,113 annually. He said Pied
mont’s increase would fall short
of matching the new Transco
rates by nearly $25,000.
Another Piedmont witness,
John F. Watlington Jr., director
and chairman of the firm’s Fin
ance Committee, said the hike is
needed “if the company is to
continue to be in a position to
serve its customers and to con
tribute materially to the eco
nomic expansion of our area.”
Piedmont has headquarters in
Charlotte. It serves Winston-Sa
lem, Hight Point, Charlotte, Sal
isbury, Spencer, East Spencer,
Greensboro, Burlington and Gra
To West Berliners
BERLIN AP — West German
Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
flew back home today with an
appeal to West Berliners for con
fidence in West Germany and
the Western powers.
His three-day visit included
his first speech to the West Ber
lin city Parliament. In it he came
out strongly against renewing
Western proposals to the Soviets
for a ceiling on the number of
Western troops in the divided
city and for the curbing of pro
paganda on both sides of Berlin’s
little Iron Curtain.
After Secretary Flemming’s an
nouncement, Dr. John Porterfield
of the Public Health Service said
that Asian flu had been confirmed
in Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan and
“We do not think there will be
as many cases as in the previous
outbreak and they will not be a^
universal,” he said.
Two years ago, a winter epi
demic of Asian flu spread over
most of the country.
In Los Angeles County, the “Q-
flu” kept 20 per cent of city em
ployes, 15 per cent of industrial
workers, 10 to 15 per cent of stu
dents, and 10 per cent of the
teachers at home.
Illness struck judges, jurymen
prosecutors, witnesses, and defen
dants, causing a logjam in t ii
Health officials termed the virus
the “Q-flu” because it has not been
identified. The Q stands for
Influenza closed schools in Ten
nessee’s Perry County from Dec
18 until last Monday.
Columbus, Ohio, drujgists le
ported a thriving pill business as
many residents walked about
sneezing and coughing with bad
colds or more senous infections
Dr. Joseph G. Milner, the De
troit health commissioner, said
ihe flu has hit th^ Detroit area
in ssrious proportions. His de
partment is conducting a series
of tests to determine the tyn^
potency, and prevalence of th
Hospital Wing To
WASHINGTON AP — A new
hospital wing being constructed
in Charlotte, N.C., with f ?dera'
aid funds will be operated on ;
nonsegregated basis, a Welfar
Department spokesman said to
■Tho spokesman said Charlott’
Memorial Hospital and the Nort.
Carolina State Medical Care
Commission had so assured Se
cretary of Welfare Arthur S.
Flemming had asked that state
agency to look into a ccmplaint
by Clarence Mitchell, Washing
ton director of the National Assn.
for Advancement of Colored
F^jple. Mitchell had charged
that th’ Charlotte hospital dis
criminated against Negroes, but
was receiving federal hospital
The spokesman said $3,243,000
in federal funds had been com
mitted for the new hospital wing,
which will cost an estimated $3,-
He added that state agencies
are reouired to get assurance
from local sponsors that pro
posed hospital facilities will be
integrated before they forward
recommended projects to the
public health service for ap
Western World To
PARIS AP —The major trading
powers of the Western world met
t'day to consider a U.S. proposal
for a new economic organization
with global responsibilities. •
The proposal was formally sub
mitted to the 20-nation meeting by
U.S. Undersecretary of State C.
Douglas Dillon, who wants to set
up group of “wise men” to work
out the plan.
The two-fold purpose of the
American proposal is to heal the
rift between the two West Euro
pean trade blocs and coordinate
Western aid to underdeveloped
Di Ion is understood to believe
it will take 15 months to get a
new “North Atlantic economic or
ganization” going. He wants a
smaller interim group to begin co
ordinating a d and goading the
other powers into patching up
While most of the 20 participat
ing powers are agreed on these
goals in principle, the underlying
diffcl lejKiis ciooild spell trouible
when it comes to dollars and cents
The “wise men” planners pro-
P'-sed by Dillon would come from
the United States, Britain, France
and possibly one sma'ler power.
These financial experts would con
sult the 18 governments of the
Organization for European Eco
nomic Cooperaion OEEC, plus the
United States and Canada, during
the 15-month organization period.
After consultations, the experts
would work out a new economic
organization acceptable to all 20
P'wers. This would replace the
OEEC which now is out of favor
with many European powers since
‘t was involved in negotiations
vhir*h left unhealed the present
trade Sfriit in Euroi>e.
The United States and Canada
are not full members of the OEEC
''Ithough they participate in its de
bates. They would be fu^l mem
bers of the new organization.
Ike Brushes Aside
On Trash Dump
HAMLET, N.C. AP — A sev
ered human foot was found on a
trash dump Tuesday. Police, with
out any clues to the person in
volved, have asked the FBI to in
A few months ago, children
were found playing with a human
hand here. It was claimed by a
medical student who said the chil
dren had taken it from a garage
WASHINGTON AP — Presi
dent Eisenhower brushed aside
today a suggestion by former
President Harry S. Truman that
he should take Democratic ad
visers to the Big Four summit
meeting in Paris next May.
He told a news conference he
thought it had been a practice in
the past to take representatives
of the opposition party to a big
international meeting when a
treaty was to be signed. The way
he said this gave many of his
hearers the impression that he
meant they were customarily
taken along only when a treaty
New Social Security
WASHINGTON AP — A North
Carolina congressman introduced
a social security bill today that
would ease the standards for de
termining a totally disabled per
Under the bill, introduced by
Democratic Rep. Basil L. Whlte-
ner, a person would be considered
total'y disabled if he can not work
at the last regular job he had be
fore his illness or injury.
Whitner said that under present
law “requirements are so rigid^
that many considered totally dis
abled by competent medical author
ity and employers find it impossible
to secure disability insurance ben
In a speech prepared for deliv
ery in the House, fie added:
"If a person can perform any
work, regardless of what it is or
where it is or whether he has ever
engaged in it, that person is pre
eluded from disability benefits un
der the present law.”
New Engine Considered Dependable
Way of Getting Rockets Into Orbit
CLEVELAND, Ohio AP—Sci
■jntists have run an ion engine
'ong enoMSh to consider it a pretty
dependable way of getting space
rockets up to speeds like 100,000
That is a good space pace, es-
Sent To Senate
WA'^HTNGTON AP — Presi
dent Eisenhower has sent to the
Senate these postmaster nomina
tions for North Carolina:
Clifton W. Crispe, Cullowee;
Jay T. Baker, Dallas; Clifford O.
Scott, Dobson; Raymond H.
Hoots, Edneyville; Sion Chester
Rogers, ETIizabethtown; John O
Gettys, Ellenboro; Alton B. Par
ker, Fairmont; Burl L. Orr, Con-
tana Dam; Willard W. Reavis,
Hamptonville; Kirby W. Greene,
Wayne Jefferson Edwards,
Marble; F. Ray Frisby Mar
shall; Erlean S. Stevens, May-
odan; Harveleigh M. White,
Method; Lucile R. Eagle, Mis-
enheimer; Worth T. Hendricks,
Mocksville; Katie B. Miller, Mo-
yock; Elvin C. Cox, Ramseur;
Coy S. Lewis, Jr., Robbins; Car
roll O. Jenkins, Rofbbinsville;
Edward V. Gore, Jr., Shallotte;
Charles C. Small Sophia.
oecially considering that an ion
pn^ine has less push than the muf
fled echo of a butterfly’s sigh.
An ion is an atom that has lost
or gained one or more electrons,
fhereby becoming positive or neg
ative, like profit and loss. Both
^''nds of ions can be made to go
faster than money.
Ion fans and scientists will be
interested in knowing that a test
engine has been run for a total of
50 hours at the Lewis Laboratory
of the National Aeronautics and
Scientist Howard J. Childs says
this is an encouraging sign that
ion engines can be depended upon.
He also says this model is 55
to 58 per cent efficient. It is hoped
that later models can be 80 or 90
per cent efficient.
People who are not ion fans or
scientists might think that an en
gine with no more kick than a
passing thought, yet capable of
100,000 m.p.h. on the speedometer,
would be slicker than anything De
troit can turn out.
But the hot-rodders may as well
relax and go back to their internal
combustion engines. Ion engines
have their drawbacks.
For one thing, the current model
uses liquid cesium—at $600 to
$1,000 a pound—in a chemical re
action with tungsten to produce a
stream of ions. It is the jet stream
of ions that propels the vehicle.
There is an even bigger catch.
Ion streams won’t work in an at
mosphere. Too much resistance.
That means you have to get your
ion buggy up into orbit. And or
bits require a launching pad and
tons of chemical rocket fuel.
As prospects for the Paris
meeting now stand, it is not ex
pected to produce a treaty. Its
task rather is expected to be to
produce top-level guidance for
further specific negotiations on
such matters as disarmament.
Those negotiations could con
ceivably lead to treaties if they
resulted in East-West agreement
on major issues.
Eisenhower said he is not the
least bit disturbed about the ef
fect of the Soviet missile power
on summit negotiations.
He said he believes in the mill-"
tary power of the United States.
He made clear he is confident
that this power is sufficient to
support this country’s foreign
policy pnd prevent it from being
pushed around by any other na
The President expressed these
views after being told that some
critics claim he will be at a dis
advantage in negotiating with So
viet Premier Nikita Khrushchev
because the United States is
“second best in the missile
Eisenhower said he wanted to
assure his questioner that he is
WILMINGTON, N.C. AP — An
extensive search for the body of
Carles Ramos Valdes, which is
still missing from last week’s
crash of a National Airlines
plane at nearby Bolivia, contin
B'lt Valdf’^'* st"ik:n^ 23-year-
old blonde widow has departed.
She left Tuesday for her Havana,
Cuba, home after being persuad
ed there was nothing more she
could do here.
Mrs. Valdes, who had been
married only seven months, vis
ited tha wreckage scene, flew
over the area in a chartered
plane and trooped up and dowii
Ft. Fisher and Kure beaches 15
to 20 miles to the east. It wis o.i
the beaches that some of the
wreckage ard the b:>dy of one of
the 34 victims \yai found.
The plane, a four-3ngine
crashed in the pre-dawn hours
last Wednesday. It was en route
from New York to Miami.
Mrs. Valdes had flown here
from Havana to help search for
her husband’s body. She was ac
companied by two officials of the
Continental Bank of Cuba, of
which her 33-year-old husband
was a vice preside t. SIi3 spent
four fruitless days looking for
her husband’s body.
Today 100 Marines from Camp
Lejeune were to look for Valdes*
The Marines will be aided by
two helicopers from Camp Le
jeune. Tomorrow, an additional
two platoons will be brought in
from Camp Lejeune if today’s
search fails to produce results.
NORTH CAROLINA: Mostly
cloudy today, tonight and Thurs
day with showers developing later
today and continuing tonight and
Thursday. Wanner today and to
night and little change in temper
atures Thursday. High today, low
er 60s northeast portion to near
70 extreme west portion. Low to
night in the 50s.