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Today Wa* KEY WEST 73° ■ ; I \ tm^mm 5~. I , I jLi ?fc|C' ..A BANDLEADER GUY LOMBARDO and Mrs. Lombardo taking off for flight to St. Petersburg this morning.—Citizen Staff Photo. Guy Lombardo And Party Fly To St. Pete For Races Injured Airman Writes Parents He Is Better Ralph Placencia, Jr., Third Class Airman who was seriously injured November 21, on duty oi>.the West coast is moe.-ag his hur flight ;.'j npw, be reported to his parents in a letter today. Ralph Jr.. 18 year old son of the custodian of tHe USO is con v|!escing in the Letterman Army Hospital, California. His right arm aid shoulder were badly cut up when 4 plane propeller slashed him in November. He wrote his parents from the hosnital last week: “Hello Mom and Dad * how are yeu? I’m feeling very, very well so don’t worry about me. I am getting along fine. Mom I received the pictures-you sent of the kids. “Mom give a kiss to the kids for me and to dad a big one. “Dad tell all of my friends hello for me. * \ ' Mora don't worry about me please. I am moving my right arm qpW. See you later Mom and Dad. Your loving son, Ralph." Man Slashes Wife Here Last Night Booker T. Barron. 714 Passover Lane, was arrested last night by police after he allegedly cut his wife about the face so severely that she required 31 stitches to dose the; wounds. Barron was jailed by officer D. Goodrich as he fled the scene of a family quarrel at the Passover Lane address. He was suffering from a deep knife wound in his hand. Both were taken to the Mon roe General Hospital and later re leased. He will be arraigned in City Court Monday. ’ attention" key West Music Lovers! LOU BREDICE and hit INTERNATIONAL TRIO Plays Nightly At RAUL'S COME OUT TONITCi FOR SALE 2 WILLYS JEEPS 1 K 7 INTERNATIONAL —Vn Body l CAKE. DODGE Hat Body All In Good Condition Can Be Seen at DONNELLY'S CITIES SERVICE STATION STOCK ISLAND She 2Cejt Wesi Citizen VOL. LXXIV. He. 22 BAND MAESTRO MAY RETURN TO KEY WEST BEFORE MARDI GRAS DATE BY SUSAN MCAVOY Guy Lombardo, long time band leader favorite and his wife, and H>as Gloria Brilto) took Rtf this morning in an Aero Commader. twin ',>ikue<f by George Far aldo for a regatta at St. Peters burg. The Lombardos were driven out to the airport from fba Casa Marina by State Representative B. C. Papy. Rep. Papy presented the musi cian and his wile with kingfish caught by Lombardo yesterday but preserved in the legislator’s deep freeze. The Lombardo’s will try to re turn to Key West after the regatta before his next engagement which is the Mardi Gras opening in New Orleans at the Roosevelt hotel. “I caught 51 Kingfish yesterday,” the bandleader said proudly. “Though this is my first trip to Key West, it certainly won’t be my last.” Mrs. Lombardo first eame to Key West two yean ago. She liked it so much that she urged her hus band to take a law days off here last week. The eouple and a friend, Miss Gloria Bristol stayed at the Cas Marina from Monday until to day. A flying enthusiast, Lombardo goes by air from hand engage ments in one city to another. He also takes to tb air for his journeys from one regatta to an other. Owner of a 20 foot power boat “Tempo Jr.” he is eager to race tomorrow at St. Petersburg. Still another inducement leading him (Continued on Page Ten) Man Jailed For Petty Larceny Aaron Carlisle, no address, was jailed last night by Police Officer Robert Garrison for investigation on a charge of petty larceny after he allegedly stole e quantity of groceries at 1208 Watson Street. Carlisle was captured by Gus Perez in the vicinity of William Street and Windsor Lane after he was pointed out as the man who stole the food. He will be turned over to County authorities today. THE SOUTHERNMOST NEWSPAPER IN THE U. S. A. Monroe County Tax Officials Oppose U.S. Park Extension; Say It Would "Raise Taxes" GANDOLFO AND WILSON STRONGLY AGAINST U.S. PARK PROPOSAL Mooroe County’s Tax Assessor Gauds Gandolfo and Tax Collector Howard Wilson today stressed that United States’ acquisition of more land in the county for the Ever glades National Park would pre vent any tax reduction for the rest of the county. ”1 warn the taxpayers of this county that if they do not fight this latest proposal it will mean an increase in taxes as this loss of tax revenue will have to be made up by increasing the taxes on the lands left in the county,” Wilson stressed. He referred to the article in yes terday’s Citizen in which Ivar Axel son, big landowner in Monroe coun ty adjoining the Park, said that some 225,000 more acres of county land are wanted by the National Park Service. Axelson said this would leave on ly 13,000 acres of privately owned land in Monroe County on the main land. Ibis, of course, excludes the Keys which are not a part of the National Park. Gandolfo was equally strong in his, opposition to an extension of the Park up to the authorized max imum boundary, established by Congress. *1 don’t think that the United States should take any more land from Monroe County, he said.” “They have enough. If the . oil companies should strike oil up there, Monroe County would have a chance to get some money and we could reduce taxes for others in the county. The Park has enough land. I am strictly against the Government acquiring any more land. If wa had the land that the Government has taken from us in to* last ten years, we would be aßte to reduce taxes./ ' Tax Collector Wilson’s full state ment follows. “It appears that every so often gome agency of the Government tries to take more lands away from the people of Monroe County. Recently under the guise of pro tecting the Key deer they tried to put under government protection thousands of acres of lands and water on the Keys which virtually would have meant no trespassing to the residents as well as the win ter visitors both by water or land. Now they are trying to take more lands off of Monroe County’s tax roll by increasing the National Park area and this time it takes in all of the county’s water front lands left on the mainland of Flo rida. To state that I am opposed to it would be putting it mild, and I warn the taxpayers of this county that if they do not fight this latest proposal it will mean an increase hi taxes as this loss of tax revenue will have to be made up by increeaing the taxes on the lands left in the county. This latest proposal, like all others in the past, have been fostered by a certain group of individuals living in Dade County, and they are very gener ous with your lands and money.” French Airliner Crashes In Fog BORDEAUX, France 0B A French passenger plane crashed in a fog near here today killing at least seven of the 21 persons aboard. Twelve others escaped death but some of them suffered severe bums. The fate of the other two was not immediately known. The Union Aeromaritime Des Transports, owners of the DC-4, said the plane was carrying 14 passengers and seven crewmen on a flight from Abidjan, on the French Ivory Coast of West A1 rica. The plane was attempting a landing here when it cracked up on a forest road near the village of D’Eysines, not far from the airport. Four of those injured—three women and a giri-were hospital fated. NOTICE Key Weft Plmnfi Com. will hold public hearing oa permit for two gMolioe fill,up puprpt on the cor* tier of Olivia and Duval, 7 p. m„ Noniiai, City 11*11. KEY WEST, FLORIDA, SATURDAY,, FEBRUARY 7,19 SJ Three Burned In Accident On USS Coolbaugh First And Second Degree Burns To Men On Duty In Boiler Room First and second degree burns were suffered by three Navy en listed men yesterday when the boiler of the USS Coolbaugh gush ed flames and steam on them, scorching their hands and faces. The three men, who were at work in the boiler room when the accident occurred, were Charles A. Pick, boiler tender fireman, of Bellerose, L. 1., N. y.; John A. Palermo, fireman apprentice. New Hyde Perk, N. Y.; end Edward T. Kulhe, fire* men apprentice, Swissvele, Pe. The Coolbaugh. a destroyer es cort vessel, which was on routine operations at the tigpe, was able to return to port under her own power. Ambulances met the ship at the dock and took the men im mediately to the Naval Hospital. Doctors said they would be hos pitalized for about a week. Most heroic action connected with the accident was that of Pick who, according to Lcdr. J. R. L. Cassidy, commanding officer of the Coolbaugh, “in spite of his in juries stayed in the engine room long enough to make sure every thing was secure after the flare back.” Dulles Goes To Belgium To Make Survey European Defense Planning Is Under Close Scrutiny BRUSSELS, Belgium John Foster Dulles arrived in Belgium today to continue his survey of European defense planning—buoy ed by finding that West Europe’s leaders generally believe a com mon army offers the most effective guarantee of peace and security. President Eisenhower’s big four motored plane brought the U. S. secretary of state and Am foreign aid chief Harold Stassen here after a brief flight from flood devastated Holland. The two American leaders were welcomed by Belgian Foreign Min ister Paul Van Zeeland, U. S. Am bassador Myron T. Cowen and oth er Belgian and American officials. In a departing statement before he left Holland, Dulles told news men that he and Stassen “ have been encouraged to find that here, as well as in the other capitals we have visited, the concept fo a European Defense Community within the framework of the Atlan tic community is regarded by your leaders and your people, as it is by ours, as the most effective way to ensure peace and security for us all.” The secretary’s seven-nation tour of key West European capitals was planned to spur action on the lag ging European army plan. He thus far has visited Rome. Paris, London, Bonn and The Hague and plans to continue rn tomorrow to | Luxembourg before returning to i Washington Both Duties and Dutch officials | declined to disclose the course of | their discussions yesterday, but the 'usually well-informed Amsterdam newspaper Trouv reported that (Continued On Page Twelve) AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY DANCE • Door Prize* Given • Floor Show TONIGHT 9 PM. American Legion Home TICKETS SI M Suspect Nabbed In City Cemetery Vandalism; Damage Toll Mounting jfa, f ;iHi Sf #1 HL ■ ■pr wfPPM ' - -'• - - -> > - ,if <■ 4> - -<* - JH 1 - - • ’ Jr CH^RMESWC* I ' boiler Vuidar fireman, Bejlerose^L. 1., N..V-. .Vshzw o.aa he came ashore yesterday following the boiler room accident on the USSXoolbaugh. Although severely injured about the face and hands from the flare-back of flames and steam, 4 Pick stayed in the engine room long enough to make sure everything was secure following the occurence.— Official U. S. Navy Photo. Sharp Decline Noted In Mail Sent Home By Allied POWs By ROBERT E. TUCKMAN PANMUNJOM, Korea ÜB-U. N. postal officers disclosed today that there has been a. sharp drop in mail from Allied prisoners of war to their families. The volume of letters to the U. N. prisoners-is high, but little mail is coming back from the Red camps. The officers said also (hat the North Korean and Chinese Com munists seven months ago stopped their people from writing Red pris oners of war in U. N. camps. Postal authorities had no explana tion for this. From Dec. 3, 1951, when the first prisoner of war mail was ex changed here, until last July, the Reds turned over to Allied postal officers 38,000 letters for delivery to Communist prisoners held on Koje Island and in other U. N. POW camps. Since July, no mail has come through for Allied-brig prisoners. 1 The Reds also appear to be dis couraging Allied prisoners from writing home. In a mail exchange Thursday, the Allied postal officer handed the Communist* 1.900 letters from families of U. N. soldiers to Allied prisoners to camps to North Ko rea The Communists delivered 10 wanted WET CLEANER. D. C. DEFT. Experience Preferred Rut COLUMBIA*” LAUNDRY Effective Tuesday Evening 6 P.M. VEATEH'S STOCK tft AMO Will Sme ibe Eiov-f la Italian and Wrirta ( uiuiir letters from Allied prisoners to their families. Warrant Officer Edwin Berry of Huntgington, W. Va., postal officer in charge of POW mail, said that since the mail exchange began 13 months ago, the Allied command has delivered to the Communists 230,000 letters for U. N. prisoners. The Reds have handed the U> N. 52,000 letters from Allied prisoners to their families, Berry said. In addition, the United Nations Command has delivered to the Communists 32,000 letters from Red prisoners held in U. N. camps addressed to their families in North Korea and China. In the last exchange Thursday, there were 1,700 letters from prisoners on Koje, Cheju and other U. N. camps to addresses in North Ko rea and the Chinese mainland. The Reds censor mail whether it is from Allied prisoners or from | relatives of Red prisoners held by' the U. N. Mail from the U. S. and other countries to Allied prisoners in North Korean camps is not cen-1 sored by the United Nations Com-' mand The Communists took advantage of the mail exchange to work to propaganda when they provided the address to be used by relatives and friends of Allied prisoners to Communist POW camps They said the mail should be addressed to the prisoner m care of the Chi nese People’s Committee for World Peace, Peking. China Mail addressed to a prisoner in care of Army Post Office !. San Fran kiaco, Calif, also is forwarded to the Communists for delivery Choteß F.H.A. Approved BUILDING LOTS in Beautiful Coral Reef Estate EXTRA LARGE AND FILLED 52.000 00 SCVIBAL WATCRMOMT LOTS AVAtLABLC Aten# !•**• St from Ftagi or TtwewgA ***** Aw*. dial m*m CHARLEY TOP PINO A SONS PRICE FIVE CENTS] Police Check Fingerprints Of Gun Wielding Prowler For the second successive night police were called to the City Cemetery to investigate prowlers and last night their efforts bore fruit when they captured a 28-year old gun-wielding prowler, who they suspect may have had something to do with the estimated $38,000 in damage which was caused there in a sadistic attack early Friday morning. Fingerprints of the man, who police identified as Thomas Blount, 725 Poorhouse Lane, are being checked today against prints taken from several of the damaged' monuments which were wantonly smashed and overturned in the maniacal attack. Vandals Wreck 50 Feet Of County Beach Pier Here Vandals smashad 51 fte* af fha Monro# County beach alar last nlflht, ripping up tha desk with crowbars, and wracking tho coun ty preparty. Commissioner Joe Alien, chairman of tho beech committee announced this mem. ing. Tha discovery of the vandalism was made by Walter Knowles, prison guard. Ha roportad It to Allan, and to Clarence Higgs, chairman of the Building and 4 Grounds committee of (he County Commission. This latest episode kl the wave of vandalism sweeping the city will be investigated Immediately by all law enforcement officers in the county. Aflfb termed the &BS3nH —■■■ l!W* " ...i " ■ Local Children Volunteer Help i For Flood Area Four Key West children have made a concrete effort to help the children in the flood stricken areas of Western Europe, it was dis closed today. Terry Harris, Denny Harris, Jane Cavanaugh and Wayne Pecb man, all of whom Rve in tha Overseas Trailer Park, came into The Citizen office to inquire as to the disposal of the foods they had collected, on their own initiative, for the children of the ravaged areas. It was learned that the four children had beard of the plight of both children and grownupe in Europe and had unfertaken to make a collection of money among their friends. They hail an enveh lope containing 83.00, which they wanted to get into the right hands to be sent abroad. Both the senior and juvior groups of the Americas Red Cross have been participating in relief for the (Continued Oa Page Twelve) Husband Of Key Wester Perishes ! Sergeant Edward T. Yackent. husband of Mrs Vera Yackeat. 710 Asbe Street, lost kia life to Korea on January 30U, it was learned today. A veteran of t§-yeers of Army service, including a torn of duty to Key West at Fort Tayke, Yackent is a native of Miners*file. Pean-j jylvama So details of Yackeat * death were available today In sddtttan I , ta the '•khw, he l* sirvfred by | a sister, Mrs James WdMMT, M- j ! mnlk $200.00 REWARD For information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandals who des troyed property in the City Cemetery. C. B. HARVEY I ia c 'or sjh Asaoricrtta Prana Teletype 2^ ue * and Photo Service*. Years Devoted to the of Key Went * Sheriffs Deputies obtained the prints yesterday. Tha man was captured when police were called to the cemetery shortly after 10:00 p. m. to in vestigate reports of a gunshot with in the walls of the graveyard. When police, under the direction af LL Gene Hernandez, rushed to the scene, they found Blount walking from the cemetery. He was taken into custody and a search at Police Headquarters revealed that tha man had three 32 caliber pistol shells hidden in his rime. Whan police asked him where the gun was, Bleunt said that he had "sent It to Wa sister fo Ala bama four menths age.” However, when police returned te the cemetery, they found the pis tol, a 31 caliber automatic lying on the ground near where the man was captured. He later admitted that he had discarded the gun when he saw the police. Blount U bring held in the city jail pending the eutcome of the fingerprinting. toll * ■!.* mb police continued their cheek eg the damage there. The marauder*, apparently with sadistic frenzy, ranged through the graveyard smashing headstones, overturning monuments and flinging flowerpots No the ground. /dice today reported the find ings of dues to the ease to toe form of two separate seta of foot prints. They said that the prints had a definite coonectton with the prowling since they were found to the am surrountiag each of toe damaged monuments. The $31,000 figure was set by Merlin Roberts, focal sxpsrt and sculpture. City Officials fear that the figure may mount aa further evidences of are ed Meanwhile, shocked cltiamw de manded that toe culprits ho brought fo Juottee at they flochad to tha cemetery to survey the wanton damage wrought by aa ap> patently nubal%ie<d individual or foot tbsrototto (Continued on Page Tha) Tag Delinquent Motorists Will Be Prosecuted Strict enforcement of the law will follow the February M deadline for acquisition eg 1052 Florida tags, Deputy Motor Ve hicle Commissioners Them as Dixon announced today. Dixon said that all persons who have 1952 ugs. wilt be given summons Further, he warned; any person working to Florida must have a Florida US) tag by February 20. 5 p m. Vines range ap to ssa and 8108 he said. Meanwhile Tax Collector How ard Wilson said that J.22* plain license tags have been purchased at his office. Monroe Comity residents then swear out affi davit * entitling them to Over sea* Highway toll-free stickers.