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Service For 59 Years Devoted to the Best Interests of Key West VOLUME LX. No. 74. Criminal Court Met This Morning; One Case Heard Colored Defendant Given Sentence Of 60 Days In Jail; Sands’ Case Set For Tomorrow Criminal court of record for Monroe county met this morning with Judge William V. Albury presiding and all officials oi the tribunal in attendance. There was but one case sched uled for hearing, and this was the case of James Mins, colored, charged with the theft of $44 from the fishing camp at Perky, Fla. Mins was arrested last week and brought to the city by Depu ty Sheriff Fred Johnson, who quizzed him after his arrest and secured the return of S4O and got a confession of the theft. The balance of $4 was returned after the accused reached Key West by his turning over to the deputy a check which covered the amount of the theft. Upon being arraigned this morning Mins entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced by the judge to serve 60 days in the county jail at hard labor. The case scheduled for hearing tomorrow is that of Eugene Sands, charged with having slot machines in his possession at his place of business at Marathon. HUGE SAWFISH IS CAPTURED CAUGHT BY DR. JOHNSON AND PARTY AT END OF LONG KEY BRIDGE Dr. C. W. Johnson, a regular winter visitor to Key West, and party landed a huge sawfish while fishing at the south end of Long Key bridge last week. The line used was 7-8 inch rope with large shark hook and baited with mullet. The party went after jewfish but caught the sawfish instead, which is believed to be the larg est taken in these waters this winter. It was 16 feet long and the saw blade was four feet long. It took the combined efforts of 12 people to get the fish from the water, and with the hook in its mouth and rope wrapffcd around the saw and tail, the ani mal began theshing and strug gling and in doing so struck one of the members of the party on the leg. ii.flicting painful injury. In the party landing the enor mous fish were Dr. and Mrs. Johnson, of Lawton, Mich.; Dr. Carl P. Arant, Wm. H. Schmidt, and Joseph G. Moretti. of Mi ami; H. A. Hindered, of Qalsh, 111.; Mr. and Mrs. Howard, of Woodstock, New Hampshire; Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Wiley, of Thorn ton, N. H ; Mrs. Eleanor O’Brien of Detroit, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Johnson. This was Dr. Johnson’s second experience of landing a big fish in these waters. His first was the season of 1938, while fishing with Captain Wm. Wickers off Sand Key. He hooked a nine and one-half foot shark, which weigh ed 750 pounds. The doctor said that he is won dering if he can equal this record while spending his vacation in Key West and on the Florida Keys. He said that after landing the big fish the party was re warded with a catch of several jacks and three’ jewfish. HAS FAMILY DOCTORS KENDALLVILLE, Ind. Four generations of Dr. Williamses have treated Daniel R. Wisel, 101- year-old Civil War veteran. The latest is Dr. H. O. Williams. The others were his great grand father, Dr. Nathan Williams; grandfather, Dr. S. T. Williams, and father. Dr. Warren S. Wil liams. EXCELLENT OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS-FT. JEFFERSON CRUISES-$lO ALL EXPENSE TWO-DAY TOUR-PRICE TOURS 505 DUVAL STREET-PHONE 124 ©he <Keu West Citizen GOOD FISHING ON j ROUGHEST DAY HERE Mrs. M. S. Kilsmiller, On- I arga, Illinois and W. J. Keene of Chicago fished on ihe Bay way with Capt. Reggie Trevor on the "Madeline'* and en joyed a catch of 24 fish, and this on the roughest day with l the milliest water Key West usually has. Which shows just how true the saying is that if it is rough on the Oceanside, you can fish the Gulf in Key West. If it's rough in the Gulf you can fish the Oceanside. All ac cording to the wind. In the catch were gags, black and red grouper, red snapper and a small jewfish. P. S. the party liked the fish • ing. Tarpon fishing is just around the corner. A few anglers now and then are j dropping around to ask .about ! how they're running. In Key West spring the tarpon be | gin to come into the hun dreds of channels in the im mediate vicinity of Key West. They skulk in the deeps of the channels during the light parts of the day then come to the surface to feed on the flats and channel surfaces as dark falls. Best lime is just at twilight. To the real sports fisher man. it is have you caught your tarpon yet? Or have you caught your sailfish? When you've caught these two you're among the better anglers. Both are wonderful sport, with the "big silver" perhaps a shade the better fighter. aSANGE DOINCS NOTED AMONG BASIN YACHTSMEN j NIGHT CLUB WORKER AND BOAT OWNER EAT IN TUX EDO; CREW AWAITS UN i j DERWATER PICTURES j At the Yacht Basin this week | are many interesting activities of i skippers and boatmen. ; On one boat, yacht captains off . the spic and span varnish and deck paint boats which come into ! ; the Basin are surprised to see a blue and white, not SO graceful, Key West. boat with a captain seated at a table clad in immacu • | late tuxedo in the afternoons. This captain, however, is not at tempting to be merely stylish. It is only that he works in a local night club. Crew of the Elsie Fenjmore are still at the Basin and this morn ing were attempting to put up a lightning rod on the mainmast. - After which they chatted with the reporter about the underwater color movies they are soon to be ; gin taking. The owner, however, !is still in Philadelphia and will \ not be here until April when they will take some of the shots here and later most of them in the Bahamas. The Dept, of Interior vessel “F. W. Meade” was laying over waiting for its trip to Dry Tor tugas this morning with the crew speculating on the latest W.P.A. orders for workmen on the old Fort. Formerly workmen had 15 days at the Fort and 15 days in Key West. Now they must work 35 hours a week there. Which is hard on the home folks and Amts down somewhat on salary con sumption. This is a headache of W.P.A. officials. Mrs. F. E. Nixon on the Wharf Rat was this morning painting rather well pictures of -the purple parrot fish of the Key West Aqua rium. She intends to do some of each of the colorful squares at the Aquarium. THE SOUTHERNMOST NEWSPAPER IN THE U.S. A. BLIGHT MENACING I STONGE TRADE IN ! VARIOUS SECTIONS OILY SUBSTANCE DISCOVER- I | ED WHICH CANNOT BE EX j PLAINED BY OPERATIVES IN INDUSTRY Captains and crews of vessels ! which gain their livelihood from i gathering sponge in the waters |of Florida in this section, are ! amazed and astounded at the ap j parent blight which has played . havoc with the sponge beds, j Captains and members of sev ; eral crews say they are appalled !at the menace which is now* ■ facing them and for which they ! are unable to give any satisfac- 1 i tory explanation. All they are 1 ’ able to say is that different beds have been attacked by the blight and thousands of sponges have been ruined. In the waters of Card Sound, Barnes Sound, the “Lakes” and “Spots” and even on the New Grounds, the sponge have been affected by the blight. Thou sands of them having died and literally fallen to pieces. Old timers who have been in the business since boyhood say they have never before experi enced anything like it They , say that in some instances the hooks are attached to the sponge and when the pull is started to remove the sponge from the bed. the growth comes away in slivers and strings. I All kinds of explanations have been offered, some are of the opinion that water which is fresh has run into the ocean from some unknown source, and is respon * sible for the wholesale destruc tion. Others are of the opinion that some kind of acid which has been thrown overboard in large quantities from a ship is respon sible. Not only have the sponggs been affected, some of the men have said, but reports have been received by members of crews that there are thousands of fish floating in the water without any j plausible explanation for the cause of their death being ad vanced. One member of a boat’s per . sonnel seen in the bus station this morning told The Citizen that never before has it .been necessary to wipe off a water glass, but now the glass becomes covered with some kind of slimy film and it is impossible at times j to see the beds clearly. Neve's has been received by Key Westers from relatives in the Bahama Islands, that prac tically the same condition exists in that section and that thou sands of dollars worth of sponges have been lost, but no explana tion is advanced as a cause for the terrible losses which are be ing sustained by those who gain their livelihood from this type of ! work. i TEMPERATURES^ Lowest Highest Station - last night last 24 hours Abilene 62 82 Atlanta 52 72 Boston 32 50 Buffalo 24 34 Charleston 62 78 Chicago 30 34 Denver 18 34 Detroit 24 38 Galveston 68 76 Havana Huron 14 28 Jacksonville _ 62 80 Kansas City _ 38 56 KEY WEST _ 75 81 Little Rock 4B 68 Los Angeles _ 48 58 Louisville 38 58 Miami 74 80 Mpls.-St. P. 20 30 New Orleans _ 66 82 New York 38 68 Pensacola 66 72 Pittsburgh 34 46 St. Louis :.. 32 54 ; Salt Lake City 36 48 I San Francisco 48 54 Seattle 38 60 Tampa 62 78 Washington 46 72 j Williston 26 38 ARRESTED FOR LIBEL ! LONDON Robert Mawler of | this city was arrested for libel because he spread gossip about Ia neighbor baaed on things Mrs. Mawler had said in her sleep. KEY WEST, FLORIDA, TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 1939 Loyalist Madrid f?Us Joyfully To Generalissimo Franco’s Forces HOUSE APPROVES JACKSONVILLE AS I SITE FOR AIRBASE ! <n> A HNorlntrtl PrfM) WASHINGTON. March 28. | i —The house naval commit tee approved Jacksonville as the site of the southeastern aribase by a 15 to 7 vote. Chairman Vinson. Demo crat of Georgia, explained the vote would instruct the house conferees to accept the Jacksonville site if the senate wrote it into the omnibus airbase bill. , I f orjer.o'jarjrjFjrj*rjr„so r jer.o'jarjrjFjrj* r jr„s > COURT HOUSE ! ; ANNEX TO BE ! FINISHED SOON ! i ■ ■ - ALL WORK WILL HAVE BEEN ; COMPLETED BY MAY 5; MAKING READY TO MOVE . DIFFERENT OFFICES 1 Construction of the annex to , the county court house is rapidly nearing completion and will be completed and ready for oc cupancy by May 5. which is the t date set by the Public Works Administration, was the state ment made this morning by En-• gineer Inspector Charles Baker, i • However some of the offices will be occupied before that time, and this is evidenced by, the preparations now going> ahead by Judge . Raymond R. Lord, who is expecting to move the fixtures and the mass of volumes into the vault of his sec- * tion the latter part of the week. . ! Judge Lord has been assigned to the entire northwest end of the annex and if it were not that the paint which is being applied to the walls of the vault, is not: fast drying would have been; moving in tomorrow. It is ex pected that the fixtures will all be in readiness for moving in by the last of the week or the first part of next week. The office of Tax Assessor J. Otto Kirchheiner is to be moved into the spacious quarters in that section of the annex opposite to that to be occupied by Judge Lord, but Mr. Kirchheiner did not sav just when he would start moving the equipment of his of-; fice into the new quarters. Office of Tax Collector Frank 1 Ladd is to be moved into the quarters now occupied by the office of the county judge and it; is understood that moving of the office and fixtures will be started as soon as moving operations have been completed by Mr. j Lord. The vault which is in the office of the county judge will be utilized for the large array of • papers and records kept by the tax collector. I Office of Sheriff K O. Thomp son is to be moved with his rec lords, which are very voluminous into the offices occupied by the ( tax collector and assessor, and they will be put into condition : certain changes made to accommodate the sheriff and his force. j There are two offices in the annex which have not been as signed as yet to any officials of * the countv. but it is understood that officials of the court may occupy these, when the entire building is ready for occupancy. Office of Clerk Ross C. Sawyer is to undergo some changes, and after being remodelled and made ; ready for occupancy will occupy ) the entire south wing of the orig- ’ inal court house building, and i will be one large office. KEY TO Fisherman's Paradise p as! Accorrcdations • Ciuire F ■>- ng .r, the Ficiida K- R L C^) - . ,r itarr, X. '•*. • S*-€ Re-, iS r- I T.* jZx -i ■— . J “ 8— rfhfcit Fiwttwt. Eacarf HaMhf Galt Ed. Barry P—aaiaHy at Parky, FU. People Await Food Trucks; Loyalist Gener als Escape; Alfonso, Mussolini ‘Gratified’ |- ( II J I’rputl MADRID. March 28.—This city j fell today to the legions of Gen eralissimo Franco of the Spanish Rebels but instead of opposition i Franco found only wildly dancing and singing crowds in the center .of the city welcoming him. ‘ For the people were tired of i Jiunger and bombs. Today a long line of food trucks are pouring | into the city with rations. There was frequent famine in the city • during the many sieges. j General Franco has said that he will pardon all Loyalist sol diers who lay down their arms, provided they are not guilty of crimes. Former Knig Alfonso, who was ousted by the present Loyalist ; government declared himself as ; gratified with the capture. King Alfonso may be King of Spain ! under the Franco regime. Generals Miaja and Quesada have fled to Valencia and are be lieved to have boarded warships for escape to France. They com manded the Madrid defenses. * Premier Mussolini of Italy, while reviewing a massing of 18,- 000 pilots of the Italian army, 3.- 000 of whom had fought against ! the Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War, was also much gratified to hear the news of the fall. English Ambassador Joseph P. - Kennedy is worried over the pres- 1 > ence of J. P. Kennedy, Jr., in Ma i drid. He said that he worried be cause there was little news from the area. Kennedy. Jr., it is be j lieved, will remain in Madrid. TANKARDS UffT ’ ENROUTE HOME TENNESSEE FOLK GREATLY ENJOY STAY IN IS LAND CITY i “We have enjoyed our visit to Key West immensely and are only sorry that we have not longer to spend in this delight-, ful city. We came to spend one day, and yesterday completed our ninth”, said C. O. Tankard of Nashville, Tenn., who left over the highwav this morning, with ; Mrs. Tankard. Just after arriving in Kev West Mr. Tankard visited the office of i The Citizen and said he wanted ,to visit the office of the news paper which told the truth about the city with no embellishments or misleading statments. 1 Mr. and Mrs. Tankard were visiting in Orlando when they l read the folder printed by the; Artman Press for the Chamber of Commerce, and they agreed that if the folder told the truth t i that was the place they wanted to visit if only for a day. “That we remained nine days and are not at all anxious to; leave, is proof that we found everything as pictured and you j may rest assured that we will tell our friends what a delightful 1 place Kev West is” they said be fore leaving. - EVERY WOMAN FOR PEACE DINNIPEG Every woman should belong to some peace or ganization with a definite pro gram for peace. Miss Mary Bel- ' ' lert of Vancouver, president of I the Pan-American Peace Union, i told a group of club women Zoning Enabling Act Given Approval Of City Council INTENSE STUDIES OF LOCAL SCENES IN EXHIBITION ARTISTS OF KEY WEST SO i CIETY PRESENT ANOTHER GROUP OF LOCAL SUBJECT j MATTER; ACTIVE COLONY ! . This week’s exhibition of the, Kev West Society of Artists at the Community Art Center has an interesting range of subject matter. Harry Leith Ross, who came to the city and was intrigued with the wonderful colorings of the city and surrounding ocean has been turning out l steady stream of watercolors. Among , those at the Center this week is • one of “Lowe’s Wharf” with a fisher boat in vivid red and white colors alongside the dock. A colored fisherman dangles a line into the water. The gray’ dock stands high out of water and the water is amazingly smooth. Another excellent pic ture is that of the “Turtle Schooner”. Vining Sherman, just a year out of college, spent it in com mercial fishing with Capt. Paul Demeritt. His “Cap ’n Me” shows the low lying fishing launch out in the Stream beyond ! Sand Key trolling for kingfish. It j is faintly satiric. “Boats” and: “Gulf of Mexico” by Mrs. J. Tor- i ! chiana are amusing studies of • ; boat* and -children on the beach. Hers is a gay touch. A large photo of “Porter Dock” J ; is 1 bv H. • Woolridge, a former , commercial painter who is now . trying to turn to better work. “Junelr Town” by J. F. Putnam is a fine piece of work on the j praying, old houses on the west side of town, where the first houses sprung up alongside the ship channel. “Peter Roberts Wharf” by Alice Dudley shows the old fish dresser at his work in his little shell at the head of 1 a rambling dock. “Back Yard”' is a day’s wash scene in the back yard of a Kev West island shanty ,by Martha Watson and is drip ping with vivid color of tropical light shades. The Kev West Society of Art ists comprises the most of the artists’ colony in Kev West. Its > members know the city pretty j well. Most of them depend on i distribution of commercial phases j of theif work and many are em-1 ployed with the Federal Art | Project here. e Throygh tjjc city i each year* passes at least 50 -art- j ists who spend some •t^me , pilnt- ing Key' West -scenes and ' the moving on. Manv of them make themselves acquainted with the | Key West Art Colony. BROTHERS HAVE SAME BIRTHDAY ‘ ' ALL THREE WERE BORN ON SAME DATE IN DIFFER ENT YEARS *Hy PrfMl DELMAR, Md.. March 28 —lt’s a better than fair bet that a birthday for any one of the three Long boys—George of Delmar, William of Salisbury, and Cur tis of New York—doesn’t go by unnoticed. All three were bom on March I—George in 1907, William in 1911, and Curtis in 1914. And the brothers shouldn’t for get the birth date of their sister, Mrs. Lewis Melson of Delmar— born on the fourth of July. DREAMS OF DISASTER LIVERPOOL Eng.—A woman who said she still dreamed of a collision two years ago in which she was pinned upright by debris, was awarded $8,478 in an action against a steamship com pany. ; SELECT CREW MEMBERS FOR NEW VESSEL i __ WILL LEAVE SHORTLY FOR ! CAMDEN. NEW JERSEY. TO BOARD LIGHTHOUSE TEND ER ZINNIA I * i Superintendent William W De menti of the Seventh Lighthouse- District today furnished The Citizen with the list of officers i and other personnel who have been assigned to be sent to Cam den. N. J.. to bring the Tender Zinnia to Key West for duty in this section. Commanding officer of the ship will be Captain W C. Banks, transferred from the Tender Poppy, and Captain L. R Muse, who has been detailed from the • Ivy to make the trip south, i Arthur Sheppard. Jr., is the first officer. Herman R. Demeritt is the engineer and Marius Cruz. .is the assistant. Edmund Sawyer assistant engineer of the Ivy. and Carl Rom. chief radio electrician, and Willard Albury, assistant store room keeper, have been as signed to the Zinnia to make the > trip to Key West. Quartermasters will be Robert iR. Knowles, Albert Roberts and j Esmond Sawver. Oilers Ray | mond G. Navarro and Harry (Pritchard Seamen Andrew De ; meritt, Eugrae Knowlks, J*e' i Yglesias and William ffohhsaa. 1 Jr. Cook Thomas S. Mingo and Mess Attendant Robert Sands. Mr Demeritt said that yester day afternoon he had reaervad ] notice fmm Henry B. Haskina. assistant superintendent, who went to Camden to watch the ship during her trials on March 24, and the report was that the j vessel came’ up to expecta tions. All that is needed is for the anchor chains to be added to the equipment of the Zinnia and the , vessel will be in readiness for the trip south. As soon as notice is received, said the superintendent, that the ship is ready for the crew, they will be sent to Miami, and from there via Florida East j Coast to Camden, N. J. WEINTRAUB and i ESPEBDY RETURN HAD BEEN ATTENDING DEM OCRATIC MEETING IN OCALA . i I.adore L. Weintraub. presi dent, and John A. Esperdy repre sented Monroe County at the Young Democratic Club Conven tion at Ocala last Friday and Sat urday. returning to Key West Sunday. Weintraub was appoint ed to membership of the rules committee of the organization State officers elected were sup ported by membership of the local club. All state cabinet of ficers were present at the con vention. Principal speaker on the program was J. Francis Reilly of Washington, D. C. STEAMER DUE HERE TONIGHT Radiograms received at the of fice of the Mallory Lines this morning are to the effect that | the Steamship Colorado, which was due to arrive at this port this morning will not reach here until 7 o’clock this evening. The vessel is from New York with freight for Key West and after discharging will proceed to , Tampa. Key Went. Fieri*. hm the Dost equibie climatt m tfcft only lrTitaSS PRICE FIVE CENTS Few Otker Matters Were Discussed Durwf Spe cial Seism C■■darted Last Night The City Gornmni mi a spacwl proved the prop mad T—mg Ext Kii>j Ad. which wifi ha ustro ducec *or iaiure toy Rspr—nlativi B- C. Papy. The act in question wouki grant to the city powers m addi tion to those contained m its charter to regulate and restrict the height, number of stones and size of buildings and other strut lures, the percentage of lot that may be occupied, the sue of yards, courts and other open spaces It would also include the den sity of population and the reg ulation and use of buddings, structures and land for trade, m | dustry. residence or other pur poses, granting powers to carry into effect sucti regulations and ! restrictions, to set up and pro ; vide, for boards or ofbctn for th- purpose of administering im ■ zoning powers, and to grant the 1 city powers to punish ami atari of any ordinances pertaining to zoning, with various other pro visions embodied in the aaeps ■ ure A general discussion was en tered into relative to finances, ! with tax matters also bring heard duffing the session J After disposing of a few other matters f minor importance. the meetihf Was ordered adjuum-d. I )§•••••••••••••••••*•**• i NEWS FLASHES (Mr ImxUIH Pre— WASHINGTON. America a ill ■ probably recognize Nationalist : Spain shortly Tb cu- Uan of ' this ctHintry consists in waiting until a force has captured ma t of the country and has shown that ' it can keep order. BUFFALO-—King Ge*g~ and Queen Elizabeth of Ei giand will visit Niagara Falls first in the U. S. After being greeted here by Cordell Hull they will go directly to Washington by train J WASHINGTON Prendeut Roosevelt favors the building of two 45.000-ton battleships He disclosed this m a inference with Admiral Wm D. Leahy. The approval came with th rev elation by the President that <jb er foreign countries are building tiattieships mure than 35.M0 tons. Six new 35.(1Ub tin U S. battle ships are being built at present. CLEVELAND—CTO’s national convention will not elect nexi year's officers until the final day of its sessions Today it is con sidering the Chrysler plant em ployer and laborer demands This is the second day it has been m session. WASHINGTON.—Coogresi lav , ors granting of farm parity to the amount of 8250.000.00 Relief ad vocates had attempted to join forces with farmers, and get also its 8150.000.ttM “cut" back, hut farmers revolted 1 NEW YOKE—In a National Safety Council convention it was revealed that there are 32 per cent less accidents this year in New York than were there last attending the convention.