Newspaper Page Text
Day Wire Service
•ad AP Features Years Devoted *° Best Interests of Key West VOLUME LXVII. NO. 288 Commission Votes Down Tobacco Tax; Ends Sunday Selling storks open illegal- LY ON SABBATH TO I BK CLOSED; AERO VIAS 0 TO HIRE 3(H) In a lengthy session held last! night, the City Commission handled a wide variety of city ! business before a large, orderly fathering that crowded the City | commission chambers. Many po tent, civic, controversial issues w *ce disposed of with a mini mum of temper flaring. The plumbing flareup of Al bert Roberts on one side and W. | B. Hanson on the other side was | decided by the city commission I as an impartial judge. They sta- j ted that Roberts could swear j out a warrant for any alleged! trespasser but that it was not, the city's duty or legal author- j Sty to do this without the prop- j erty owner's concurrence. Roberts defeated on this issue, was successful by virtue of a spirited speech in having T. J. Crutchfield, colored plumber of Fort Village, given bacK his Mas ter plumbers’ license that had been taken away from Crutch-1 field With Roberts’ help and j liberal statements by Albert j Cooper, Louis Carbonell, Mayor \ Dementt ala former United! State Supreme Court Justice j Riandeis, all commissioners ap-j proved renewal of Crutchfield’s l license In the only other heated de- j bate, L Cai bone 11, Hunter Har den voted yes to an ordinance! allowing the sale of perfumes, j gifts, souvenirs, fruits, curios, , coametics, on Sundays. Other!; commissioners voted against j the measure, thereby killing j j enactment of same. Wm. V. Al- ( bury, attorney, represented the Key West Retailers' Association, ; and stated that passage of the ordinance would force all stores ( now closed on Sundays to open j, on the Sabbath. Attorney Albury 1 piesentcd a petition with 14 sig- ; natures, all memebrs of the Key West Retail Association. Moves Stores Close Defeat of the ordinance that j he sponsored, prompted L. Car- J bonnet to move that all stores j now selling illegally on Sunday be closed immediately. The j commission so Informed the; Chief of Police, but first a no- j tiec will be placed in The Citi- J len advising violators that the i ordinance relative to Sunday selling would be enforced. It is said that a number of businesses now operating in the city would j tic drastically affected by the i enforcement of the statute. Request of the local V. F. W. j BATTERIES CHARGED The Modem Way Drlva in. in 30 to 45 minutes and your car can ba on ita wayl Un Smith AUTO SERVICE Phana No. S White at Fleming | NOTICE!! Due to the Higher Cost of Living, 11 Is Necessary lo Raise ihe W ages of Our Employees Also, the higher cost of Dry Cleaning Materials makes it necessary to slightly raise our prices. Our high standard of quality workmanship and prompt service will be continued and maintained. • REIT \RLE CLEANERS • WHITE STAR CLEANERS #FERNANDEZ DRY CLEANERS • SAWYER CLEANERS # MODERN DRY CLEANERS •E. MORALES DRY CLEANERS • REARI P DRY CLEANING WORKS • RAKER'S DRY CLEANING WORKS • GARY'S DRY CLEANING • POINCIANA DRY CLEANERS • TONEY’S DRY CLEANERS KEY WEST CLEANERS sin.* sent Hirst arm^w SOUTHERNMOST NEWSPAPER IN THE UNITED STATES \ '*£ *“ Humane Society, Aroused Ify Bird Hunting, To Meet Aroused by the continued hunting of songbirds by Key West boys, members of the city's Humane Society will meet at 8 o'clock tomorrow night to take action on the matter. The meeting will be | held at the Woman's Club. Several members have seen boys carrying captured cardi nals, mocking birds and other wild feathered creatures in cages. Since thl migration season arrived, the practice has been especially prevalent Society officials say. The organisation plans to take steps at the meeting to invoke the laws prohibiting the hunting of songbirds and seek their rigid enforcement. In the absence of an Audu bon Society here the Humane Society is shouldering the responsibility. post to operate a carnival for the benefit of the V. F. W. Widows and Orphans Fund of V. F. W. deceased comrades was approved and the usual license fee was cancelled. Rogelio Gomez, property own er, objected to the granting of the carnival permit on the, grounds that he had given the! Fire department SIO,OOO as their share of the Bingo profits at his place of business until he was closed by the sheriff’s office. Gomez, mockingly said “Bingo is a Felony, and wbat is poker,j roulette, dice, bookie bets.’ f The commission approved the V. F. W. request over Gomez’s protest, but assured all present that no gambling would be permitted at, the carnival. License Transferred Dr. S. E. Chambers of Miami certified that Michael Bonamy, 1028 Division, had arthritis and so the commssion allowed the transfer of his liquor license to’ E. J. Tyson. > The foul odor isuing from the sump at North Beach, prompted a taxpayer petition protest that the nuisance be abated. The pe (Continued on Page Two) "CHRISTMAS Only 17 SHOPPING DAYS AWAY Srr Our \iuun till! teelectloa Hefore \on It it > GIFTS GALORE for Children, Him and Her POOR OLD CRAIG SERVICE STORE \I Arm en KOI* Uwitfr 1019 WHITE STREET KEY WEST, FLORIDA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1946 City To Purchase Garrison Bight’s 96 Acres For $960 One of the best purchases yet made by the city was consum mated this week by City Man ager O. J. S. Ellingson. The real estate involved was the 96 acres of bottom land in Garri son Bight, costing $960. When the city commission ers last night approved Elling son’s recommendations for pur chase of the state-owned prop erty for use as a municipal yacht basin, the city acquired a site whose true value is many times in excess of the purchase price. Ellingson asked that the prop erty be conveyed to Key West on similar terms and condi tions as prescribed in the deed to the bay bottom lands adja cent to the city of Miami. This arrangement was agreed to by the State government in Talla hassee through the Trustees In ternal Improvement Fund of the City Expert Says Eire Alarm Wires Don’t Work After Rain Revealing that he had recom-1 mended the re-building of the city fire alarm system at a cost of $2,837.93, City Electrician Will E. P. Roberts today threw his | support behind contentions of | Junior Chamber of Commerce 1 members that the alarm systemi is so antiquated that it does not i function properly. (The city manager and fire | chief recently told a Jayeee in- 1 vestigator to check for himself . the alarm system by ringing an alarm any time, any place.) Roberts said that he did not want to enter into a controversy with either City Manager O. J. S. Ellingson or Fire Chief Leroy ! Torres, both ot whom he holds in the highest respect. In justice, however, to the com- ' munity, Roberts said, he felt it | "necessary to explain the -true ’ state of affairs regarding the i fire alarm system. Roberts said that the insula- j tion has worn off the wiring to such an extent that after a light rain the signals sent from a fire alarm box do not register, Roberts continued that even before the Jaycees decided to i investigate the matter, he had written the fire chief on No vmber 22, describing the con- | dition of the alarm system in his annual budget recommen dations. The electrician's re marks in his letter follow: "It is recommended that the j entire Fire Alarm Circuit be re-built on the outside due to the fact that the present con struction has deteriorated to i such an extent that it has be i come impossible after a light j rainfall for the signals sent from a fire alarm box to record ! properly due to short circuits I and grounds occurring from the I aerial wires from lack of in sulation. "This condition exists throughout the entire system. Our Fire Alarm System is of j the utmost importance to this | community and should be put into first class condition at the earliest possible date. By no means should it be allowed to : operate under a hit or miss condition as the situation now stands. "It is only after having made a very careful survey of our 1 system that I submit the above ! recommendation." The city electrician who has | actually made four surveys of j 1 the system, then listed the ma- i ! terials and other items, with costs, necessary for re-building the system. The two largest items in the $2,837.93 cost are SI,OOO for 50,000 feet of wire and $1344 for the cost of hiring two linesmen to assist the city electrician for 48 working days j at $1.75 per hour. “Included in this budget . Roberts said, “is the installation of a fire alarm box at the cor | ner of Duval and South streets j and Mallory Dock. We have four ! alarm boxes that should be re j built; however, it is felt that by replacing these boxes it would ; be cheaper.” ! .illlllllllllllllllllllllllllllHlllllllHHlllllllMlllllllillllMHi' Just Received Small Shipment of .22 Caliber Kit les Also Electric Trams OAK IE'S PLACE 1 822 Fleming Street *rtlt|MIII|ttllMI!HIIIHIllllt|I , !llllHIIIHI!!tmilllltmi)||I r State Department of Agricul- I ture. Should no one object to the sale after five publications in , The Citizen of the legal notice, ( the much-desired bottom land I will become the property of the : City of Key West, i The City Manager wrote the Trustees Fund on October 31 in- I forming the State agency that I the city desired to buy the j Bight. Nathan Mayo, Commis ; sioner of Agriculture, replied on November 26 that the State i would advertise m The Citizen that the Bight would be sold, i An appraisal committee con | sisting of Clem C. Price, Fred Dion and Al Mills, wrote the 1 City Commissioners that “the ’ fair cash market value of this i property as of today - ’ is ten dol lars per acre. This will be the | cost to be paid by the city for | the 96 acres. No Money For Advertising’ County Says j “No money for advertising,” That is what the county com missioners last night told Adrian i O’Sweeney who applied for a ; publicity fund of $1,500. It was explained that the com i missioners had decided to spend i $2,500 for advertising in the ev j ent that the sum was matched ' by the city and the Overseas j bridge commission. | The city has not yet taken any | action on the matter and if it 1 ac*< H ‘ > i.;irahly, waun&'s ■ $2,500 would not be available,J I because the State Board of Ad- | | ministration has informed thed j bridge commission that it can not [ I legally spend money for pub- f licitv. But the county's $2 500 was not j included in the budget. The in- | , tent ion was to take that amount j i from race track money in the j ! event that the city and"th i bridge commission agreed to the J proposal. Sc hools And County (liven Tax Receipts j Tax Collector Howard K. | Wilson reported to the county j j commissioners last" night that ■ his collection of taxes dui ing ; ; November amounted to $120,454.- , ! o(>. , j Out of this total the county's j share foi operation and main-: tenanee amounted to $44,756.44,' and the share of the public | schools in this district to $75,-| 697.32. The county’s total m- ; ! eluded $1,323.95 paid tor occu-1 pational licenses. Commissioners ordered the, payment of bills amounting to ■ $33,205.84. | ROASTERS and FRYERS BRADY’S (Live) Poultry i and Egg Market 1214 White St. Phone 54 — Have your Dodge, Cnrysler, Ply mouth or DeSoto Car REPAIRED ■ EFFICIENTLY AT YOUR DEAL- I ERS—at the RIGHT PRICE!!!! N A Y A R K (> Inc. Opposite Bus Station "* •* | k» \ \\ <**t » Most DISCRIMINATING USE IVAN’S PHOTO SERVICE By Appointment Call Phone 49 Nu\> l)a> Photo Exhibit The MUSIC BOX 725 Duval Street ! 1 eeanf John Lewis, Grim, Scowling, Awaits Sentence On Contempt Charge; Said He Will Appeal Chamber Names Committee J To Provide Entertainment For Visitors In Key West For the purpose of directing and providing recreational and entertainment of tourists visit ing Key West this winter sea son, a committee of 10 members, representing the Key West Chamber of Commerce, held a meeting at the Jackson Square USO building yesterday after noon, at which plans were pre pared for more diversion for winter visitors than has here tofore been attempted in this city. Aware that many tourists, al ready this year, have driven to Key West and have driven back to Miami the same day, it is the aim of the chamber, with its tourists recreation committee, to device means for furnishing enough community entertain ment to induce these travellers to stay here a few days. Under the chairmanship of Engineers Begin Today To Survey For Site Of Proposed Key West Beach County commissioners, at their meeting last night, retained the civil engineering firm of R D. Spalding and associates, Harvey and Froek of Key West, to make a preliminary survey for the con struction of a beach along the south shore. This morning the engineers be gan to make the survey. Two outstanding sites for the beach have been suggested, one along Rest Beach and the other along the Roosevelt boulevard from Bertha street to the head of the Clem C. Price and Robert Dopp, members of the civic central com mittee that worked to have the bond issue of $250,000 adopted for the beach, appeared before the (Continued on Page Two) Applications For Liquor Licenses Following applications for li quor licenses were received by the county eommision last night: Julius Kasdin, La Casa Mari- ; na. Arthur R. Meska, Sun and ! Sand club, south end of Simon ton street. Kay Moore Humphrey, the . Beachcomber, Plantation Key. Gabriel Cabanas, Cuban bar, ! !)00 Simonton street. Robert A. DeFeo, North Beach restaurant, 711 North Beach 1 Jesus Disdier, Cuban bar, 1025 Emma street. ROY'S KEY WEST AUTO PARTS 121 Duval Street Phone 442 ■■■• Palace Theater BILL GOODWIN in ! ‘HOUSE Ol HORRORS'’ News and Serial I " 524 Southard Opp. Bus Station Kenyon Auto Store Has LAWN SPRINKLERS 4.95 HOSE NOZZLES. Long Range .98 LEAF RAKES .98 GRASS WHIPS 1.20 ! CHOPPER HOES .98 WEED CUTTERS .98 TURF EDGERS 2.75 TOYS ! Christina* Tree Li«:ht Set- Dwight Hunter, city recreation director, the committee consists jof Frank Adams, Mrs. Eileen : Coughlin, Abe’ Wolkoff, Cyril j Marshall, Betty Whidden, Ger trude Laubscher, Emma Wolkoff, ] and Harold R. Laubscher. Tentative plans include devel opment of the artist’s colony here, with frequnt exhibitions of local paintings; Sunday after- j noon band concerts, Saturday i ' night Latin fiestas, regular week-1 j ly card parties at the Jackson j ' Square USO center and a weekly ! : meeting oi the Key West Tourist ] j society, which was successfully ; i established last year. 1 At a meeting next Tuesday : afternoon at 3 o’clock in the chamber headquarters, definite dates will be set and arrange ments completed for the exten sive program of events that will follow this winter. ft j Assailant Hits Policeman, Flees j An unidentified man hit Patrol man Hector Castro a blow on the chest last night near the Naval , Hospital and then escaped the i clutches of both Castro and Chief Deputy Sheriff Morend Wallace. Castro said he answered a call to check an automobile accident near the head of the island about 1 12:30 a.m. When tie arrived, he ! found a car had plunged off the road into some bushes. No one was in the vicinity ! when Castro arrived, he said, but j eventually two intoxicated men j appeared. One disdained Cas ! tro’s warning to cease some rough language and when the police man attempted to place him un der arrest, the man struck Cas tro on the chest and broke away. The chief deputy sheriff, who had reached the scene by this time, pursued the man and caught him but. the culprit again escaped with Castro and Wallace on his heels. The policeman fired two shots in the air but the man failed to halt and eventually ran into the Naval Hospital. A guard at the gate told the two officers they could go in after him but after getting inside they were told to get out by a sailor, which they did. I 7 STOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS OLD ISLAND TRADING POST DISTINCTIVE GIFTS j A little shop of rare charm where one may find the best in j native handicraft and unusual gifts from far corners of world. 1 ON THE WATERFRONT, NORTH END OF DUVAL ST KEY WEST, f LORIDA l ■ - —. iM . I. - . — | |Ktf WhI has tha most fcfcquabla climats in tiM Kcountry with an arar waga rang* of only 14* Fahranhait. PRICE FIVE CENTS IRON AGE REPORIS LEWIS AND COAL OP ERATORS NEAR SET TLEMENT III; Auurlalril I’rrM) WASHINGTON. Dec 4—John L. Lewis, grim and scowling, en tered federal court this morning shortly after 10 o'clock for sen tencing after his conviction yes terday on a charge of contempt of court. He sat in the same chair he had occupied since the trial be gan a week ago today, while he attorneys entered another room for a conference. Lewis was evidently nerviKi Becoming impatient over waiting for the return of his attorneys, he went to the corridor and, with he hands clutched behind him and his head slightly bowed, strode to and fro, with his jaws still grimly set. Returning to the courtroom, he I learned that Judge Goldsborough had deferred imposing sentence I on him and the 400,000 miners in .his union have been deprived of It was said that he has decided !to appeal whatever may b> the j nature of the sentence, as he feels that he and the members .f his union have been dpnved of constitutional rights. Iron Age, a magazine that ■ keeps in close touch with mining Sand other major industries, said | today that Lewis anti soft-coal i operators were ori the verge of 'settling the strike The magazine .explained that Lewis and the <>p erators had agreed on decreasing the 48-hour week to 40 with the same pay. and also on every otnei i point, except as to the length of | time the contract was to run Lewis wanted it to last till Api. ! 1948, and the- operators till De •cember 31, HM7. Railroad executives announced ! today that no freight for exp ■ will be accepted until the coa! strike ends, and that an embargo will'be placed on some type- <( freight for domestic u..e Only freight cynsideied essenii . • > if * welfare of Ihe public will be ai fce'pted for shipment Steel mill executives aunonne ed that drastic cut., in employ merit will go into effect in . fe days, and automobile official* stated that many automobile manufacturers will slmitK di>. ■ tinue production. When the auto mobile industry closes down. . sinning that it is foiced • t > , . by the coal strike, on- null on (Continued on Cage Two) l!oii.sin ( nit Pays Sums In Lieu Of Taxes Clerk Ross C Sawyci ‘ioit ed to the county comini m lust night that he had rc. <1 186.08 from the Key Wes! 11 , ing Authority in lieu of ta\< , on the Poinciana project. The sc hoi board in this distict received a check from the same source for $14,697.73. aIMIIMIWIIMIIIIHMIIil!:l!i!li H'l'lllLlli'a-MailHltliK "Everybody Knows Brady" J. H. BRADY WHO AGAIN OPERATES POOR OLD CRAIG’S SERVICE STATION PHONE 9134 Division and Francis Streets Your PURE OIL Dealer Tires Tubes Batteries Auto Accessories ' '•llllllllllllllllllllMlllimilllllllMlllMUlNMliiimim.imi'