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AP Day Wira Ssrvios
AP Features
For 66 Years Devoted
to the Best Interests
of Key West
VOLUME LXVII. No. 209
Key West's ‘Night Of Joy’
Was So Joyful That Conga
Dancers Couldn’t Do Stuff
MORE THAN 8,000 JAM-*
PACKED DUVAL AND
FRONT STS. IN HAP- 1
PY CARNIVAL MOOD
. And there was music
and singing and all the happv
townfolk turned out and danced
in the street."
These words from an old. old *
fairy story best tell what hap- j
pened last night as more than
8,000 Key Westers turned out
to participate in the Labor Day
"Niqht of Joy".
As planned originally, the
“Night of Joy” was to be high- ,
lighted with a street dance spon
sored by the Key West Hotel As
soc i ttipn and Business Mey and
Women’s to start
with a Conga Line under the di
rection of Albert Boza at the cor
ner of Angela and Duval streets
at 8:30 p.m.
According To Plan (?)
Everything came off according !
to plan except that because of the
enthusiasm of thousands of joy
makers in the jam-packed street
the Conga Line didn’t have room ;
enough to get going. Despite the !
pleas of Boza and the conceited 1
efforts of the city police force, j
by Chief Bienvenido
Perez himself, the shoving, happy j
crowd could not be cleared away
far enough to permit the dance
to begin as planned. f
It was an orderly crowd, but
one J tat simply could not control
its enthusiasm. Men, women and
children of all ages took part, j
They shouted and they sang, they ,
lauf | ?d and they screamed. Con- ,
- pftpyr streamers were 1
thrown in abundance—and the j
surging, happy mass of human- ;
ity moved down Duval toward
Front street as the lava from a j
volcano moves. |
. Fat And Forlyish
Eight Paroles—beautiful lan-j
terns on long poles—that were ;
originally intended to precede j
the Conga Line, did get going, and j
were a delight to behold. They
swayed and swirled in the dark- j
ness as the crowd followed them
to front street.
Your reporter, fat and fortyish. i
got caught up in the happy
throng and despite repeated ef
forts to gel away, could not ex- \
trieate himself from.it. His/hat’
was shoved down over his eyes
by an over-enthusiastic blonde, a J
plump lady of some dimensions!
stepped upon his already over- j
worked feet, a child with sticky
candy of some sort swiped him;
across the cheek, and finally he [
found himself half carrying a
baby. Where it came from the j
Lord only knows, but eventual- :
ly, gasping for breath and heav- -
ing like an overworked horse, he
stumbled to the edge of the j
crowd and at last found refresh- j
ing fresh air. The crowd moved
on. Obviously, he was too old
and tired to compete with it.
At Last They Heeded
But never mind. A few min- j
utes later he was back in there
battling again—this time in front j
of the Driftwood Club on Front
street, which was ah roped off
and ready for the Conga dancers.
Lee Mason, of radio station
WKWF, who emceed the whole
business, pleaded over a loud
speaker for the crowd to move
(Continued on Page Four)
BATTERIES CHARGED
The Modern Way
Drive In. in 30 to 45 minuiei end
your cor can be on its wayl
Ua Smith AUTO SERVICE
Phone No. 5 White at Fleming
CTCDI INf’Q roPLTRV •><
51 fcKLinU J B 6 Market
1318 Elisa Street * Phone 243
Also at Margaret and Fleming Sts.
Sole IJlntrlbutora of
ritir Kr'*lily Ilreaaed CHICKBSiS
STRICTLY FRESH
FLORIDA IJljljtJ
CASA CAYO HUESO
(The Southernmost House)
1400 Duval at South St
DINING ROOM and
COCKTAIL LOUNGE
Opens 5 PM. Daily
©he Key Hirst Citizen
i No Official Word
On Airway Permit,
R. Gomez States
Rogelio Gomez, owner of the
Key West-Havana Tour§, and
part-owner of the Aerovias Q.
: Airline, has returned from a
five-day trip to Havana, relative
to the grounding of the Cuban
line that has been operating be
tween the Island City and Ha
vana.
Attended Conferences
While there he attended numer
ous conferences to see what
could be done to speed up the
granting of a permit by Wash
ington aviation authorities for
this international line. One of
i the conferences held with Aero
vias Q.’s president, Colonel Man
i uel Quevedo, and Vice President
Chief Comdr. J. Alvarez Del
Regato with Cuba’s President,
Dr. Ramon Grau San Martin, was
held yesterday.
Outcome of the meeting has
not been revealed, but the sub
ject taken up at the important
conference was “Operation of
Aerovias Q. line into Key West
from Havana.”
No Plane Since Aug. 27
The Aerovias line has been
out of operation since August 27.
Mr. Gomez * stated that he has
a letter from Pan American Am-** 1
lines in which they say that they
are not interested in flying from
or into Key West. “Now,” said
Gomez, “why, if they are not in
terested in this locality, should
they object to Aerovias flying in
to Key West?’’
Gomez said that the Cuban
representatives of the company
are doing all in their power to
see that this service is main
tained, and we in Key West
should do likewise. He appealed
to all civic organizations to get
behind this project by writing to
their congressmen and to the in
terested aviation authorities, tell
ing them that the service is
needed by Key West and wanted
very much.
No Official Word
In answer to a question by The
Citizen, as to when operation of
line will start again, Gomez re
plied, “We have received no of
ficial word and are still ground
ed.” It is speculated that a 10-
trip monthly charter flight will
be authorized by the CAA in
Washington shortly.
Asked by The Citizen the
status of Meacham Field as a
port of entry, Rogelio Gomez
said, “all complications have
been ironed out,” and added that
his company would continue to
operate the afrline from Meaeh
am Field as soon as permission
was granted for renewal of
flights.
The Aerovias Q. Airlines have
eight new jitenes, all DC-3 s.
They are 21-passenger planes.
The planes were purchased di
rectly from the factory.
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PRESCRIPTIONS liiKredlenta
Compounded bv Experienced
Pharmacists
GARDNER’S PHARMACY
■‘hone ITT *'*.”*!!****
RADIATOR SERVICE
Repairing-Flushing-Conditioning
GUARANTEED RESULTS
Ambler’s Service Garage
404 Duval Street
Adjoining La Concha Hotel
151 N.E. FIRST ST.
In the Heart of Miami
The Rendezvous of
Key West
SERVICEMEN and
CIVILIANS
"Best For A Night's Hesi"
1 Block West of Bus Depot
SOUTHERNMOST NEWSPAPER IN THE UNITED STATES
City Civil Service Members
WiU Send Resignations Today
Ralph Sierra and Jeff Knight,
Jr., had not mailed their resigna
tions from the city civil service
board to the city commissioners
up qntil noon today, but said they
intended to mail them later in the
day.
The third member of the board
who is said to also be resigning,
Mrs. Wilhelmina Harvey could
not be reached for verification of
the rumor that she is resigning.
“I cannot speak for the others,”
j said Ralph Sierra, chairman of
j the three-member board, “but my
j resignation will be in the mail
j sometime late today. It is being
submitted for purely personal
j reasons and I have no further
| statement to make at this time.”
Jeff Knight, Jr., said, “My res
ignation will probably be /, the
mail some time today. That’s all
I care to say about it at the pres
j ent time.”
| For some time the board has
1 been flnder fire because it rein
stated four Key West policemen
that had been dismissed by for
mer City Manager Dave King.
On August 20 a petition bearing
, approximately 1,000 names was
i presented to the city commistVn
* calling upon it to request the
resignations of the three-member
I board.
Salary for each member of the
’ board is only sls per month.
| •
Sale Of Realty
In Monroe Conty
Doris Lee has sold a house and
| lot on Eaton, near Elizabeth
street, to Clarence U. and Flor
ence S. Allshouse for $6,500. The
lot has a frontage on Eaton
street of 99.6 feet and a depth
j of 88.6 feet.
I C. Sam B. Curry has sold a
plot, 175 by 443 feet, on Kgy Lar
go to Hazel R. McKenzie for
$5,000.
i Tom Hanley has bought four
lots in Anglers’ Park, Key Largo,
from Hazel R. Lanninger, for
SI,OOO.
■Announce Opening
Of Schools Sept . 9
>■{ Convent of Mary Immaculate,
St. Joseph’s and St. Francis
Xavier schools will re-open on
Monday, September 9.
I Books will be sold for high
school students on Friday, Sept!
6 from 9 to 11:45 a. m., and from
l to 4:45 p. m. On Thursday,
I September Js* for
the- Book sale will be froih “10
to 11:45 a. m., and from 1 to 4:45
i p. m.
Hot dinners will not be served
j this year at the Convent.
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Lottery
Begins Today
1 In Japan
( By Aumialfii Pre*>
TOKYO. Sept. 3 Big bal
loons, similar to those that
were used during the war to
carry bombs from Japan to
the United States, ware hoist
ed in various parts of Japan
today telling the people that
a national lottery had been
established.
In the newspapers, the Japs
are informed that the two
chief objects in holding the
lottery, which will be con
ducted at regular intervals,
are to check inflation and to
help finance the government.
Reports from all over Ja
pan stated that the people
are enthusiastic in their ap
proval of the lotteries, and
that many tickets have been
sold.
Have your Dodge, Chrysler, Ply
mouth or DeSoto Car REPAIRED
EFFICIENTLY AT YOUR DEAL
ERS—at the RIGHT PRICE!HI
NAVARRO Inc.
Opposite Bus Station
WHITE INN
RESTAURANT
1018 DIVISION STREET
(Under New Management)
Enjoy Real
Spanish Dishes at
Reasonable Prices
KEY WEST, FLORIDA, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1946
Terrific Hurricane
Struck Keys Eleven
Years Ago Monday
Labor Day 1946 fell on the
same date this year—Septem
ber 2—as it did in 1935 when
a raging hurricane swept
through the Keys taking the
lives of more than 500 peo
ple.
On that date eleven years
1 ago a special train sent to
rescue veterans housed in
’ rehabilitation camps on the
Keys was swept like drift
wood from the tracks just as
it entered the stricken area.
' Of more than 500 veterans in
the area only 10 managed to
survive the terrible force of
the hurricane.
18 Jews Escape
From Ship Into
Palestine Port
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JERUSALEM, Sept. 3.—Eigh
teen Jews were reported today
to have escaped into a Palestine
port from the steamship . Four
Freedoms that was intercepted
by the British warship Childers,
with 1,000 Jewish emigrants
aboard.
British authorities stated that
the Jews were attempting to en
ter Palestine illegally.
Except the 18 who escaped, the
remaining Jews on the Four
Freedoms were transferred to a
Liberty ship to be taken to the
Island of Cyprus.
ft was announced today that
100 Jews, who had been arrested
as suspects in Palestine, 'had
been released.
Tito Assumes
No Blame For
Killing Airmen
lily Ai.uclatril Pmmi
BELGRADE, Sept. 3.—lt was
revealed today that Marshal Tito
sent a note to the United States
on August 30, in which he stated
that his government assumed no
responsibility for the shooting
down of an American plane over
Yugoslavian territory. Five men
lost their lives in ttye crash of the
plane.
Tito asserted that the United
States had been warned on sev
eral occasions to stop its planes
from flying over Yugoslavia, and
that the warning had not been
heeded.
PETITION ASKS
EBERHARDT BE
TRANSFERRED
Six copies of a petition, ad
dressed to Governor Caldwell,
are extant in Key West, request
ing him to transfer Fred O. Eber
hardt, automobile license tag in
spector in Monroe county, from
Key West to some other place in
Florida.
Three of the copies are in
business houses on Duval street,
one on Division street and two
are being circulated by individ
uals.
Com in isst oners
To Meet Tonight
County commissioners will
hold a regular meeting tonight.
Only routine matters will be
.considered.
ROASTERS and FRYERS
BRADY’S~(LWe) Poultry
and Egg Market
1114 Whit* St. Phon* $¥
Announcing the Opening!!!
THE MUSIC BOX
i
"Key West's Only Exclusive Music Store"
726 DUVAL STREET
Records and Sheet Music
Complete Lines of . . .
INSTRUMENTS and ACCESSORIES
Key West Participates In Big
laiior Day Celebrations Wiflt
Titousands Viewing City Parade
Late Bulletiriis
(By Associated Press)
81 KILLED IN RIOT
BOMBAY. Eighty-one were
killed and more than 300 injured
in rioting that started here Satur
day between Hindus and Mos
lems.
COMMUNISTS ROUTED
NANKING.—The Chinese gov*
ernment announced today that
Communists had been routed by
Nationalist forces in a battle in
northern China.
SUGAR STRIKERS
HONOLULU.—The strike on
sugar plantations on Hawai en
tered its tlyrd day today. Strik
ers are demanding shorter hours
mm! higher wages. Spokesmen
fer planters said that, were the
wages demanded granted, they
would exceed the $21,000,000
profits of the plantations last
year.
NEW SECRETARY
. WASHINGTON. William L.
Clayton today assumed his duties
as new acting secretary of state.
He is serving In that capacity be
cause of the absence of Secretary
Byrnes and Under-Secretary Dean
Acheson.
DRIVERS ON STRIKE
NEW YORK.—Twenty - five
thousand truck drivers are on
strike in this city. Tie-up of the
trucks are said to be "com
plete”.
Lurlene Curry's Estate
Valued At $36,716.38
An inventory and a 4 report of
appraisers were filed yesterday
afternoon fn the county judge’s
office in the estate of Lurlene L.
Curry, who died suddenly in Mi
ami on July 29.
Value of the estate is placed at
$36,716.38, though the appraisers
explained that that amount did
not include properties in which
the deceased had interests and
which are in litigation.
Total value of real estate, aside
from that in litigation, is given
at $32,873, and of personal prop
erty, $3,843.38.
Some of the realty holding
itimized are a two-story stone
dwelling on Division street on a
lot 100 by 112.6 feet, $12,600: an- j
other house, on Division street, j
$3,400; real estate in Dade coun
ty, $10,333, and an interest in a
building in Havana, $4,000.
MAILS BALLOTS
TO ALL MEMBERS
Secretary of the Key West
Chamber of Commerce is today
ballots to members for
the election of a board of direc
tors for the ensuing year.
Should any member not re
ceive a ballot, the person is re
-1 quested to contact the secretary
so that a correction may be made
immediately.
NOTICE!
Regular Communication of
Dade Lodge No. 14, F. & A.M.,
Wednesday evening. Sept. 4th,
at 8:00 o'clock.
Visiting Masons invited to
attend.
A. B. COOPER,
Acting W.M.
F. O. WEECH.
Secretary.
LAUGHTER AND GAYETY MARK COLORFUL
EVENT AS THICK CROWDS
LINE DUVAL
Yesterday between fifteen and twenty thousand Key West
ers turned out to witness and participate in one of the molt
elaborate and colorful Labor Day celebrations ever staged in
the history of the Island City.
Although the main street parade was not scheduled to
get underway until 9 a.m., crowds of people began to congre
gate on Duval and adjoining streets as early as 8 o'clock.
Death Toll Of
Accidents Totul
305 In Week-End
IBy Aaaoclated Prewi
WASHINGTON. Sept. 3.
Total of fatal accidents dur
ing the Labor Day week-end
exceeded by 95 the number
that had been estimated by
the National Safety Council.
The council's estimate was
that 210 would lose their
lives, but up to early this
afternoon, the total reported
numbered 305.
Automobile accidents ac
counted for 212 of the deaths;
29 were drowned and the
remaining 64 were killed in
miscellaneous mishaps.
Eloy Village’s
Truck Set Afire;
Offers Reward
Somebody set his truck afire,
some time between 3 and 4
o’clock Sunday morning. Eloy
Villate reported to the sheriff’s
office today.
Chief Deputy Moreno Wallace,
who is working on the case, said
that a woman, who resides near
the Villate home on Seminary
street, stated that she saw a man
beside the truck between 3 and 4
o’clock Sunday morning. She
said further she had seen what
appeared to .be the same man
walking around the truck, as
though examining it, on several
other occasions at night.
The cab of the truck was com
pletely destroyed, though it is
thought, the engine can be re
paired. Chief Wallace said that
Villate offers a reward of SSOO
for the arrest and conviction of
the man who set fire to the truck, j
Ellingson If ill
Address Jaycees
The Key West Junior Chamber
of Commerce will hold its regu
lar monthly dinner meeting on
Wednesday, September 4, 1946, at
the Casa Cayo Hueso at 8:00 p.m.
City Manager O. J. S. Elling
son will address the Jaycees, who
will be out in full force with
their wives and guests.
PALACE THEATER
JESS BARKER in
“IDEAL GIRL”
News and Serial
TONIGHT IS PRIZE NIGHT
WlslilHtWM
ROY'S KEY WEST AUTO PARTS
121 Duval Street
vHMbPhone 442 mmmmmmmm
RAUL’S I
on the BOULEVARD
" DANCING -
Nightly to the Music of
MADIf (cvwch> I
MARK an a His I
STANLEY Orche.tr. I
Featuring SYI.VIA at Piaao I
Best Drinks—
Popular Prices
Reservations: Phone 9287 1
PRICE FIVE CENTS
i By 9:15 a.m., when Parade
Marshal Lt. Ray Atwell gave the
actual signal for the colorful as
semblage to begin its movement,
there was standing room only on
both sides of Duval street from
near City Hall to Division street.
A Gay Holiday Spirit
It was a gay crowd full of hol
iday spirit. Young and old, light
and dark, strong and weak took
part in it. Mothers brought babes
in arms and dids held up their
tots to see the parade as it moved
slowly up Duval. There was
much laughter. There was ap
plause, and there was the throw
ing of confetti.
The parade began to form irt
front of City Hfll as early as 8
Announce Street
Parade Winners,
Winners for having the
most attractive floats in Ky
West's huge Labor Day Pa
rade were announced today
as follows:
FIRST PLACE National
Community Service, USO
Club.
HONORABLE MENTIONS
—Painter's Union; South
Beach Casino, the Driftwood,
! and the Jackson Square tJSO
1 Club.
j o'clock. It moved with a line A
! march south on Duval to Division,
i and then up Division to Bayview
j Park, where Memorial Services
; were sponsored by Arthur Saw
yer Post, American Lggjkyy in
memory of veterans who perished
jin' the Labor Day hurricane of
’1935 on upper Florida Keys.
A Long Parade
It required approximately 25
j minutes for the long parade to
i pass a given point and more than
a full hour for its entire length
to reach Bay vie / Park.
All in all, there were about 30
j units to the parade, which passed
in this order: The City Police De
| partment, city and Navy Fire De
partments, the Army, the Amcft
can Legion, Marines, Naval units,
Veterans of .Foreign Wars, the
j Key West High School Band,
Brownies and Cubs. Girl Scouts,
Cub Scouts, Colored Scouts, the
American Legion Auxiliary,
Knights of Pythias, Key West
Shriners, 14 cowboys, Overseas
Transportation Company truckp,
; Club Sugaloa car. Union Point
ers car, South Tpach Casino car,
Driftwood car, then representa
i tions for the USO, Lions, Florida
| Peace Officer's Association, the
National Catholic Commurfty
j Service, Sealtest, Mike the
' Plumber, Trevor & Morris, Youth
; for Christ, and finally an auto
| mobile advertising the campaign
| of Louis Carbonell for City Com
■ missioner.
Honor For Veterans
Troops and Navy men were *
perspiring freely by the time they
| completed the march to Bayview
I Park. Civilians, too, for that
j matter, who followed out to the
.Park to participate in th. me
| moil a 1 ceremonies, were a bit be-
I draggled. The Park water foun
j tain soon became a popular spot.
After the troops had been
j drawn up in front of the Park
(Continued on Page Four)
Have Your Car
GREASED and
SPRAYED
Before or After 6 p.m.
DAILY or SUNDAV,
OPEN 7 a.m. to Midnight
Mechanic to Serve Yc/
POOR OLD CRAIG
Service Station
A1 Armengol, Owner
Division at Francis Phone 1134

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