The Daily Chowanian
Volume 1 — Number 36
Murfreesboro, North Carolina, February 2, 1960
Are On Strike
r-ORTLAND, Ore. AP —There
wore no arrests and few leads in
ths extilosions that ripped 10
trucks used to haul for Portland’s
two struck daily newspapers, po
lice said today.
“This was the work of someone
experienced in handling dyna
mite,” laid Police Lt. Dean Black
wood, who defused one bomb that
failed to explode.
T’(9 Sunday night blast tore
apart four trucks parked beside a
warehouse here and six parked at
a warehouse in nearby Oregon City.
They were owned by firms which
do contract hauling for the Ore
gonian and the Oregon Journal
struck since Nov. 10 by the stere-
The Portland inter-union news
paper ?trike committee said it was
shocked by the violence and match
ed the city council’s $1,000 reward
for the arrest of the dynamiters.
The explosions at the Oregon
Fitm Service warehouse here fol
lowed by minutes those at the
Wjmore Trucking Co. in Oregon
One of 29 Oil Companies My Be ^ Cape
■ PP5II* Kivpi*^ Arp
Freed By Judges Motion On Charges
On Britain Budget
LONDON AP — Prime Minis
ter Harold Macmillan’s Conser
vative government will ask Par
liament to approve Britain’s
biggest peacetime defense budg
et to improve the nation’s con
ventional arms without sacri
ficing its nuclear arsenal.
Dies In N.Y.
NEW YORK AP — Felix Ad
ler, 62, one of America’s best
known clowns and a veteran,
of nearly 50 years under the big
top, died Monday while undergo
ing an operation. He joined Ring-
ling Bros, when he was 13 and
spent his entire circus life witn
them. He was born in Clinton,
TULSA, Okla. AP — U. S. Judge
Hoyce H. Savage decides today on
key motion for acquittal of one of
29 oil companies being tried on:
price fixing conspiracy charges.
The motion involves Cities Serv
ice Co., whose attorney, former
U. S. Judge Simon H. Rifkind of
New York, based the move on the
the government’s only summary of
the antitrust case.
Rifkind told Savage in the open
ing session of the non-jury crimi
nal trial Monday that he filed the
motion for acquittal “with timid
ity, since the government has tak
en such extensive preparations for
‘As I looked at this great show
in this courtroom, I realized the
'Governments want it to go on,” he
said. “But on the basis of the gov
ernment’s brief and the appendix
on both the theory and support of
the case, 1 feel a judgment of ac
quittal is in order. The govern
ment hR": pstablished no prima-
Savage rejscted two other mo-
fions. One sou-^ht dismissal of
•harges against three firms. The
Revenooers Hit The Moonshine; They
Destroy 680 Gallon Still In Lenoir
LENOIR, N. C. AP — Federal
agents have destroyed a 680-gal
lon illicit whisky stiU before it
produced its first gallon and ar
rested three men, two of them
awaiting trial in earlier whisky
The agents believe the still
part of a syndicate operation.
The defendants—Travis D.
'^riplett, 42, of Purlear, Jimmy
N. Levette, 27, of Miller’s Creek,
a d Ed Welburn, 41, of Purlear—
v. aived preliminary hearing be
fore U. S. Commissioner Fred
Hoover here Monday. Bond was
set at $1,000 apiece.
Triplett and Welburn are well
known to whisky law enforcers
i i the moonshining producing
mountains of North Carolina.
E th have long records and both
l.nve other charges pending a-
And Triplett was a member of
a multi-million dollar whisky
empire that operated in eight
Southern states between 1951
a d 1955. He recently was re-
1 ased from prison after serving
fT 18-month state sentence for
kidnaping and torturing a
member of the ring and another
18-month federal sentence for
whisky charges stemming from
the ring’s profitable operation.
Welburn was arrested last Oc
tober in Watauga County at a
still about the same size as the
one broken up Monday. He is
free under $500 bond awaiting
federal trial in that case.
Triplett was picked up by the
State Highway Patrol two weeks
ago with 120 gallons of moon
shine in his car and is awaiting
Arrives In Calif.
LOS ANGELES AP — Squaw
Valley’s Olympic flame, flown over
the top of the world by airliner,
arrived in California during a
But the carefully guarded flame
didn’t flicker and the attendant
ritualism commenced as scheduled.
Parry O’Brien, Olympic shot
put champion, met the plane Mon
day. Then he and Olav Groenskar,
who accompanied the symbolic
torch from Norway, were taken to
Memorial Coliseum by helicopter.
The torch had been sparked
early last Sunday morning in a
cottage at the village of Morgedal,
Norway. The cottage once was the
RALEIGH AP — The Neuse
and Cape Fear rivers continued
rising today under the pressure
i neavy weekend rains.
The Weather Bureau said minor
flooding was occurring in lowland
areas. It said the rivers were ris
ing about as expected in earlier
There were no reports of flood
ing on the eastern Tar and Roan
On the Neuse, a depth of 16.6
feet was reported this morning
both at Neuse and Smithfield. A
creast of 18 feet is due tonight.
The bankfull stage is 14 feet at
Neuse, 13 feet at Smithfield.
A crest of 18 to 19 feet is ex
pected on the Neuse at Goldsboro
about Friday. Bankfull there is 14
feet. At Kinston, a crest of 16 to
"harges against three firms, ine | beginning a relay that ulti
other motion asked dismissal oi ,„iy involve 600 runners
all defendants. _ .
All are charged with conspiring
•n 1956 and through January 1957,
to “raise, fix and stabilize’ the
price they paid for crude oil and
"^ot for gasoline in a 43-state mar
The opening session dealt large
ly with admitting into court rec
ords the numerous defense-owned
iocum'-nts by which the govern
ment hopes to prove its case.
There were 154 such documents
and an additional 137 stipulations
between the government and de
fense. The stipulations largely in
volved corporate identities, posi
tions of the defendants in inter
state commerce, their share of the
gasoline market and posted prices
and purchase of crude oil.
Savage, on a point involving gov
ernment exhibits, ruled the de
fense could enter into the record
an entire list of price bulletins
covering a greater period than the
ones the government submitted as
On this point the government
home of Sondre Norheim—“The icci. —. -- -
Father of Modern Skiing”—a n d 17 feet is forecast about Sunday,
the flame has burned there since This would be 2 to 3 feet out of
The Cape Fear was about at
of 40V4 feet this morning. Bank-
crest at Fayetteville, with a depth
full there is 35 feet. Elizabeth
town reported 26 feet, with a crest
of about 30 expected Wednesday
morning. Bankfull is 20 feet.
Norheim lighted it about 100 years
The torch was given to a run-
mately will involve 600 runners,
each taking the flame a mile on
the route to Squaw Valley where
the Winter games begin Feb. IB.
Hewlett To Decide Today If He
Intends To Run Against Jordan
The still, 10,120 gallons o
mash, a 475-gallon boiler, a 550- inis puiui. —
gallon doubler, two 280-gaHon ] was accused by one defense law
doublers, twenty-two 470-gallon yer of “trying to pick and choose’
boxes and 67 cases of fruit jars, from available records.
RALEIGH AP — Wilmington
Attornev Addison Hewlett was to
arrive here today to give his long-
awaited answer regarding his in
tentions in this year’s senatorial
Hewlett scheduled a news con
ference for 5 p.m. at the Sir Wal
ter Hotel to announce whether he
will run against incumbent Sen.
B. Everett Jordan for the Demo
cratic nomination in the May 28
There have been published re
ports Hewlett will enter the race.
However, he has refused comment.
The state legislator, elected
speaker of the House in the 1959
General Assembly, told newsmen
last month he would not be able
to run for governor because he
Gasoline Tanker-Truck Burns In
S.C.; Driver Escapes Miraculously
lacked sufficient campaign money.
This announcement came after
he toured the state in a pre-cam
paign effort to drum up support
for the gubernatorial race.
His legislative friends then re
portedly urged him to try for the
Senate nomination-a race they
said would be less expensive.
The way was cleared for Hew
lett when a fellow Wilmington
resident, U. S. Rep. Alton A. Len-
non declined to make the Senate
race, announcing instead he would
run again for his congressional
Meanwhile, at Waynesville,
where he was attending funerel
services for Rep. David Hall, Jor
dan said he would be in Raleigh
this weekeend to pay his filing fee
and to get his name on the pri
mary ballot for re-election.
He said he would be at Raleigh
for the Jefferson-Jackson Day din
ner and would visit the State
Board of Elections at that time.
He told newsmen he was fit and
ready for a strenuous campaign
and never felt better.
SPARTANBURG AP — A load-1 when he looked back and spot-
..ORTH CAROLINA: Partly
cloudy today, tonight and Wed
nesday. Cooler mountains and
Piedmont today and tonight;
scmewhat warmer coastal plain
tcday, little change in temper- T'-'VTn the'pre-dawn spec-
atures tonight. High today, near skywara in me pre-ui
ed gasoline tanker truck spewed
thousands of gallons of burning
fuel on a key highway intersec
tion near here today, knocking
out power cables for a large
part of Spartanburg County.
No one was hurt as the flames
swept 200 feet along the highway
and rocketed perhaps 60 feet
5D mountains to upper 50s low
er coast. Low tonight, mostly
upper 20s except in 30s coast
al plain. Cooler all sections Wed
LONDON AP — Big Ben’s
tower has developed a slight
list. A spokesman for the Minis
try of Works said the 317-foot
tall clock tower looming over
the Houses of Parliament is
four inches out of line. “There
is no need for alarm,” the
spokesman said, “but we are
keeping an eye on the matter.”
Traffic was blocked on U. S.
221 near Interstate Exchange 585
for several hours after the tank
er burst into flames and over
turned, about 4:15 a. m.
The Duke Power Co. said two
10,000-volt lines had been burned
and power would be out in the
northern section of the county
until noon. Power to the down
town section of the city was re
Driver Jack Johnson, return
ing the Petroleum Transfer
Corp. tanker to its Marion, N.
C., headquarters said he had
just turned north on U. S. 221
ted flames spurting from the
rear of the tanker.
Johnson said he escaped
through a broken windshield as
the truck spun over on its side.
It wrecked on a downgrade and
More than 5,000 gallons of
flaming gasoline flushed down
the highway, burning yards in
front of houses but keeping
mainly to ditches.
The two heavy Duke Power
lines were cut. Also cut were
cables to a water works substa
tion and to radio station WTHE.
There was no explosion of
gasoline, but a house resident
said he heard the tanker’s tires
exploding like dynamite. The
noise was heard one-iuarter of
a mile away at the Spartanburg
General Hospital. A man in the
Soundproofed WTHE control
room said he heard explosions, ally.
rXEVELAND AP — A Cl 13
Military A i r Transport Service
plane brought 26-month-old Lloyd
Patterson here from Durham, N.C.,
in an iron lung Monday.
The blue-eyed boy, whose moth
er died recently, came to Metro
politan General Hospital so he
would be close to relatives in Ak
ron. He is the son of Lloyd Pat
terson of Fayetteville, N.C.
Lloyd had been admitted to the
hospital of the Duke University
Medical School Sept. 9. He had
had one shot of Salk vaccine.
The MATS plane carried three
medical technicians, two nurses
and three flight members, as well
as Air Force Capt. Robert E.
Bell Jr., who was the boy’s doc
tor on the trip.
Cost of the boy’s care here will
be paid from a $50,000 grant by
the National Foundation, which
reimburses MATS for trips by pa
tients who cannot fly commerci-
Man Leaves Gift
DETROIT AP —“When I die,”
Lewis A. Armstrong once told
his friend, “there are going to
be some surprises.”
Armstrong died Sunday at 71,
and his friend, Carl W. Borge,
47, learned Monday of the sur
prise—a $100,000 gift.
Borge, a steelworker, lived a-
cross the street from Armstrong
in suburban Wyandotte.
Armstrong was a bachelor and
retired shipyard worker. He had
inherited property, made invest
ments and lived simply.
He left half his estate to Borge.
Another $100,000 was bequethed
to the University of Michigan.
Borge said he had no idea Arm
strong had so much money.