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The Key West Citizen
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t More Hotels and Apartments.
2. Beach and Bathing Pavilion.
3. Airports—Land and Sea.
4. Consolidation of County and City Governments.
3. Community Auditorium. {
Recent statements by President Dwight D. Eisen
hower and key Republican leaders in Congress indicate
chances are heavily in favor of an extension of Social
Security coverage in the present session of Congress.
It is proposed that doctors, lawyers, farmers and many
others, not now included in the Social Security program,
be included hereafter.
Other changes are also being prop9&ed, such as an
increase in the* $25 minimum monthly benefit and liberal
ization of the restriction which limits those between 65;
and 75 years of age from receiving payments if they make
as much as $75 monthly, or more, in employment cover
ed by the system.
There is a good prospect that the controversy over
automatic increase in Social Security taxes will be hotly
disputed in Congress. The rate jumped automatically
from one and a half to two per cent of wages up to $3600
annually, January Ist. Some suggested that this in
crease be deferred, and those in favor of this included the
President, Strong opposition to this proposal came
from Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, including
Chairman Daniel A. Reed (R.-N. Y.) of the House Ways
and Means Committee'.
Those who would defer the increase pointed out that
in its sixteen years of operations, the Government has
collected $25,000,000,000. Interest earned on
bonds has addvef more than $2,000,000,000 to the Govern
ment fund. The Government has paid out so far in bene
fits only about $8,000,000,000—0r about a third of the
money collected.
Whatever the outcome of the* coming discussions,
it seems obvious that Social Security coverage will be
extended and payments increased by legislators of the
last session of the Eighty-Third Congress. There is no
doubt that the vast majority of American, workers favor
the Social Security program. If the present administra
tion can therefore expand and improve the system, it
will be a major step in President Eisenhower’s effort to
give the country a progressive Republican government.
It’s too bad all the days of the year couldn’t be like
Christmas holidays.
It’s strange how the ignorant refuse to study and
how the intelligent never stop.
Crossword Puzzle
37. Measure of
38. Parcel of •
39. Fuel oil
43. Timber tree
46. Lease
47. Wraps
50. Where ex
cess water
escapes from ■
* adam
53. Certain
54. Rodent
55. Greek letter
56. City in
57. Cook slowly
58. Morning
59. Break with
out warning
1. Knocks
X Spoken
1. Heavy cord
8. Appends
U Russian sea
13. Self: Scotch
14. Midday
15. Kind of
|6. Instrument
for making
eyelet holes
18. Gray rock
10. Kind of
fl. Stitch
•2. Rigor
S5. Bird of thi
17. Sea eagle
18. Epic poem
12. Withdraw
14. Betoken
16. Pitcher
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Solution of Yesterday’s Puzzle
10. Love over
11. Crystallized
17. Kindled
19. Alwaya
23. Before
34. Japanese
35.100 square
36. Of recent
39. Disease of
30. American
31. Complete
33. Weary
34. Dowry
35. German
37. Revolve
40. Addition to
a building
41. Marry again
41 Organs of
41 Serpents
44. Stake for
45. Tramp
41 Silkworm
49. Ooze
51. Statute
51 Steer \eßd
3. Hanger-on
4. Puff up
5. English
6. Come back
7. Proof of
being else
8. One: Scotch
9. Small
round marks
This Rock
Of Ours
ty till U>
County Commissioner Joe Allen
has clarified the subject of Mea
cham Field quite a bit since last
Friday’s column was written.
You know, “This Rock" has al
ways stuck by Joe and considered
his word as 'tops’ insofar as hon
esty and reliability was concerned.
Therefore, let’s talk about the air
port squabble the way he inter
prets it. . .
Expert Advice
To begin with, Commissioner Al
len says that the County Commis
sioners were wary of making any
decisions regarding Meacham be
cause .they knew someooe, (like
myself), would come back with the
fact that they were not qualified
to discuss aviation problems. For
this reason, they engaged the ser
vices of Mr. Harold Wilde—form
erly, CAA representative here in
Key West.
Wflde was hired not only to set
up a rate schedule for airlines us
ing Meacham but to continue with
the work of drawing up a master
plan so as to make our airport the
equal of any its size in the nation.
(At this point, it might be worth
mentioning that this column feds
Harold Wilde is admirably suited
for fills type of wort. He knows
aviation and most assuredly, he
I The inhabitants of the Planet
Eaxth are great believers in isms.
Consider, for example, the many
millions who are devout adherents
of Communism, Americanism, Fas
cism, etc. AH of these Isms may
serve a purpose, there must be
somethin in each of them that sat
isfies a basic human need. If this
was not so, these ferns would
cease to exist.
BasieaHv, an fern is an idea that
has caught the popular fancy. As
it (the idea) attracts more and
more followers, K is embellished
and ramified by other ideas that
flow in the same stream of thought
until H has become a full-fledged
•There is an ism, however, that
has flourished since time immem
orial without having captured a
single adherent. People seem to
shy away from this ism because
they can’t make any sense out of
R. And, in reality, the major at
tributes of this ism are based on
that very premise—non-sense! Non
sense is the very essence of this
ideology, an essence that is fraught
with great possibilities.
AuM Clootie has the devilish in
tention of exploiting this ism. It is
his firm conviction that the proper
promulgation of this ism may luring
about the salvation of billions of
damned souls. Auld Clootie, in
Other words, wants people to grasp
the significance of non-sense and
to utilize it accordingly By doing
this, they win become charter
members of the Brave New World
of Non-Sense. And the ism that
these charter members wHI be
lieve will be known as Nincom
poop ism.
Now before you start hurling
ripe tomatoes in this direction,
stop for a moment and think about!
knows Meacham Field and the pro
blems of Key West better than
any outside consultant.)
After studying Miami’s proced
ure, it was decided to place a 50
cent passenger landing or take
off fee. This isn’t a tax. It is
merely a means of pro-rating the
costs of field operation accord
ing to the airlines that are doing
the most business.
Commissioner Allen informs me
that in Miami, eighteen scheduled
airlines use the airport and that
fourteen of those pay such a head
fee. “This Rock" still doesn’t like
the idea for a non-commercial, va
cation town such as Key West but
if such landing fees are standard
procedure, we can’t do much more
than protest and say 0. K. After
all, most of us don’t like the idea
of income tax either.
Long-range Plans
Joe Allen emphatically stated
that the ultimate reason for these
new changes at Meacham was to
improve our local status as a Port
of Entry and Debarkation. Now
that is talking right down the alley
that “This Rock" has fought for
so long.
We’ve lost our steamships and
the railroad ferries by-pass us for
the many advantages a Nincom
opoopist will derive from belief in
this ism. First, by acknowledging
himself as a stupid member of the
human race, be can hold no rancor
toward others who may have the
same opinion. In fact, their con
firmation of his personal belief will
gain him anew freedom—free
dom from prestige! ,
In the lexicon of Nincompoop
ism, prestige is an acquired char
acteristic.* Prestige is so eagerly
sought by mortals because once
they think they have acquired it
(prestige) they are convinced that
they may employ it as a weapon
to subdue those who ostensibly
lack this sterling (?) quality. So
freedom from prestige is advanta
geous in that you may foflow your
penchants or proclivities lustily
withoutany qualms whatsoever.
You are then in a position to
laugh uproariously at the antics of
the seekers of prestige.
The Nincompoopists also have a
certain dignity that cannot be as
sailed. The dignity of doubt. Nin
compoopfets, being doits of the
first order, aren’t easily led astray |
by what is supposed to make sense.
The Nincompoopists have learned
through that excellent medium
known as experience that R is the
supposedly sensible people who
have promoted the present world
chaos. And, brother, that should
be considered an understatement!
Unlike another ism, the Nincom
poopists do not have to say, ‘‘Work
ers of the World. Arise, you have
nothing to lose but your chains!”
On the contrary, the Nincompoop
fets say, “Workers of the World, j
Relax, you have nothing to win;
but the grave!”
So what happens when all toe;
workers of the world are relaxing
—they have more time to think l
the East Coast since the storm of
’35. Still and all, we’re near enough
to Latin America to be the logical
point of entry. Poe says, and this
column has always hoped, that
much of the air traffic which flies
overhead to Tampa or Miami can
be enticed to stop here in Key
West. It is simply a question of
improving our airport facilities.
Commissioner Allen goes further
to say that there is no way they
can raise the money to improve
Meacham without increasing rates
which has resulted in the present
confusion. I disagree because the
Comity has money in reserve—just
drawing interest. Moreover, I’ve
never felt that it was the function
of government to take tax-payers’
money simply to bank it and make
more money. But we’re gettkig off
the subject.
Most of the County Commission
ers would probably like to cut my
throat. And though the feeling may
be reciprocal, I’U have to confess
that I admire and respect them
for their successful business know
ledge and ability. If they feel that
they are actually acting in the
best interests of Key West—not
Monroe County—then l think we
should help them with their pre
sent program at Meacham Field.
The reason the column emphasiz
es Key West and not Monroe Coun
ty is an inherent fear that this
whole situation might have been
brought about to cause Meacham
Field to close. Thus, Marathon or
the Keys above us would benefit.
Key West must keep its Port of
Entry! It is the only life-line we
have with the outside world at
Well, time alone will tell. . .
about the vicious rat race they
have been assigned (o by the sen
sible people They start to think
about the atomic power that is
being harnessed in order to des
troy them even more swiftly. They
start to think that this power could
be put to constructive instead of
destructive use. They start to
think that maybe it isn’t neces
sary to work as hard as they have
for a mere pittance when there
could be less work and more of
everything. In other words, they
begin to see where they have been
bamboozled. So the workers of the
world start relaxing in earnest un
til the sensible people, in alarm,
start jumping off tail buildings.
| So the Nincompoopists take over
the reins of Government, and the
Brave New World of Non-Sense
ushers in the golden era.
Auld Clootie
Blueprint Reading
Course Is Added
The Adult Division of Key West
ligh School has announced a course
in Blueprint Reading. The course
is designed to train building mech
anics. construction foremen and
other craftsmen to read blueprints,
interpret specifications, take off
j quantities and estimate cons true-
Ition costs. The class will meet on
Monday and Wednesday evenings
from 7 to 9 p. m. in the high
school library.
I Registration has been set for
Monday, January 18 at 7 p. m. No
ituition will be charged for this
course. There is a nominal regis
tration fee. A certificate of com
pletion will be issued to each per
son completing the course.
British railways report thaf more
than a million dollars worth of
vegetables were raised m 1953 on
tiny plots beside the tracks on
their rights of way.
'Citizen Ad* Brins Retail*
By Florence Stuart
Chapter 10
II ELEN was to get her master's
degree at the end of the se
mester, and it turned out she had
dropped in to see him to talk
over the subject for her required
thesis. She had in mind Brown
ing's The Ring and The Book, a
work which Carl agreed with her
was too little read and appreci
ated, a tragedy of early Rome as
modern in Its implications as any
sensational tabloid murder. Carl
had a mild passion for Browning,
and when Helen brought up the
subject, he was quite carried
away by his enthusiasm over her
idea. The result was that he
talked longer than he had in
tended, and then, when he real
ized how time was flying, he
looked at his watch, broke off
suddenly in the middle of a sen
tence, and said: M I know you
want to get started on your pa
per as soon as possible. I'll tell
you what—suppose you drop over
tq the house later this evening
and we’ll go into it in more de
tail. I have some suggestions I’d
like to make."
Not until he was nearly home
did he realize what he’d done.
For the moment, the import
ance of the evening had com
pletely slipped his mind. Tm get
ting to be an absent-minded old
idiot, he thought, berating him
self soundly for having told the
girl to come to the house. Jane
was sentimental about anniversa
ries and she would count on hav
ing him completely to herself.
Lord, he wondered if she’d be
When he was less than a block
from the house he remembered
Jane's earrings. He’d left the box
on his desk. Nothing to do but
drive back and get them. All this
took time, ana it was nearly
seven when he finally reached
home, a litle breathless, and feel-
fly A. de T. GINCRAS
Menzel, non-fiction, published by
Harvard University Press, Cam
bridge, Mass., 319 pages.)
Dr. Menzel, professor of astro
physics, at Harvard university, be
gins his book with the observation
that apparitions of one kind or an
other have plagued the human
race throughout the ages. And now
human beings are seeing flying
Several suggested identifications
for these are weather balloons, dis
tant airplanes, meteor, kites, wind
blown newspapers, searchlights on
clouds, a Pussian device sent to
spy out atomic secrets through
some sort of psychological war
fare, and craft from interplanetary
While records indicate that simi
lar phenomena have appeared more
than 100 years ago, the current
siege of seeing flying saucers be
gan on une 24, 1947 with Kenneth
Arnold of Boise, Idaho. The auth
or gives an historical account of
incidents of people seeing flying
saucers prior to 1947. He explains
how they were usually given super
natural origins. Fortunetellers, or
acles and soothsayers said they
presaged death, war, pestilence or
the end of the world. Increase
Mather id Puritan New England
even gave sermons to his flock
indicating terrible events would re
sult from these heavenly appari
Following this very important his
torical prelude, Astronomer Men
zel, who is also associate director
of solar research at the Harvard
college observatory, proceeds to
explode all the current flying sau
cer myths. He gives detailed scien
tific explanations of these “optical
ghosts,” and describes how com
bined light and atmospheric con
ditions can create illusions that
look like floating plates.
An excellent book for anybody
who wants the scientific lowdown
on flying saucers.
Moore, science fiction tales, pub
lished by Gnome Press, New York
City, 344 pages.)
And while men of science con
tinue to write books explaining
away flying saucers and emphasiz
ing the current iraplausibflity of
travel to the moon, men of science
fiction tackle galaxies and space
men with unbridled imagination.
The first yarn in this volume,
“Judgment Street” takes up al
most half the book. The heroine,
Juille, is a beautiful woman of
Amazonian propensities, who is the
heir-apparent to the rulership jf
worlds. Her father’s empire is
showing cracks of weakness in
places, and another power is be
ginning to challenge the long ruler- j
ship of her ancestors. And Author
Moore, with an eye to editors,
checks and the romantic weakness
of readers for personable young
heroes, centers this challenge and;
revolt in just such a fellow, and
calls him Egide.
Probably the most, intriguing!
part of this story is the descrip-j
tion of a certain small world which;
has been turned over completely to?
pleasure. Men and women from
all the other planets jump into
spaceships and shoot *ver there
for relaxing evenings and week-
tag vaguely ashamed at himself
To tus surprise, he found Jane
dressed to go out
He smiled at her. “Well.* he
said, “you look like you’re going
some place. I might add that you
also look pretty enough to eat"
“You’re taking me out for din
ner. Mind? 1 *
“Of course we’ll go out.* he
said, “if that’s what you want
Where shall we go? Had you
some place special in mind?*
“I thought we’d have a drink
here,' and then go to the hotel.
Their food is usually pretty good.
I phoned to have them reserve a
table for us.*
She glanced around at him
as if she had suddenly remem
bered something. “Oh. and I in
vited Pauline Clark to join us. Is
that all right with you?*
“Pauline Clark?* Carl stared at
his wife, his look so surprised
verging on vague alarm, that
Jane had to laugh.
“Yes. Pauline,” she said. "She’s
invited us over there several
times, so I thought it was time I
was inviting her to eat with us.
Her husband can’t come.” she
added, “so I told her to bring
Ted Eggleston along with her *
Carl took his cocktail and
walked over to the divan with it
“And who might Ted Eggleston
be?* he inquired.
Jane lit a cigarette.* She found
that her hands were not quite
steady. She had made her ar
rangements for the evening im
pulsively and at the lastnunute,
with the idea of hurting Carl
After Ted had gone, and the
had been left alone to brood and
to think, she had done what many
another woman has done on the
strength of hearing a hit of idle
gossip. Her imagination and her
emotions had magnified a trivial
and perfectly innocent coinci
dence into a perfect little monster
of ugly significance.
Her feeling of hurt, of having
been badly misused if not down- 1
ends. This pleasure world, which
is called Cyrille, is the most amas
sing imagining of situations, mater
| iai objects, and artificially and na
turally inspired sensations which
any science fiction writer has yet'
concocted. The pleasure seeker I
may sip of Fifth Avenue dress'
salons or nightclubs on the ocean!
front. She may enjoy mists and
snow, and golden sunsets outside
I the windows. She may relax to
warm winds or to the scent of
burning leaves in the autumn. She
may sleep in beds that put air
foam mattresses to shame, and eat
'one food which provides the gas
tronomical pleasures of a dozen.
Juille and Egide, of course, en
joy a romantic episode on this plea
sure isle, before they get on to the
grim business of fighting aoout the
rulership of planets, in the last
•laps of the yarn, they experience!
jungles and forests, traitors and
interminable labyrinths under pal-l
aces, to say nothing of gods that
appear and disappear in sylvan!
The other four stories are inter
esting of their kind, but have the
limitations of shorter pieces. Gal
axies and space travel need word
;age in which to get their stride.
GUEST REVIEW by Frances Ei
senberg, author of “There’s One
In Every Family”
Simple Takes a Wife and “Uncle
Newt,” published by Lippincotts,
A Novel, Langston Hughes, Simon
and Schuster. 240 Pages.
Jesse B. Semple, better known
as Simple, is here again. For the
information of those who were not
lucky enough to meet him in Langs
ton Hughes’ earlier book, Simple
is a member of Harlem’s Rooming.
House Set, and so is bis girl, Joyce.
Joyce (“Morals” is her middle
name, says Simple) has set her
heart on a June wedding. Simple’s
problem is how to make this dream
come true without committing big
free, but there is the question of
who will pay for the divorce—Sim
ple. his wife, or her boyfriend.!
This is the haunting question to
which Simple constantly returns ini
the conversations which make up!
the book. However, he is articulate'
on almost any topic you could!
mention. He expresses his opinion
freely on a number of subjects—!
from “around-the-corner” hootch
amy. since he already has a wife
in Baltimore The wife in Baltimore
is more than willing to set Simple j
(so called because you take one
drink, walk around the corner and
die), to blues singers, ehicken-and
dumplings, second-hand clothes, 1
three-cent stamps, what to do with
a million dollars, and the foibles,
of women (especially landladies,'
wives and Joyce)
Since Simple is completely can
did and quite emphatic in his views
and has a flair for the picturesque
phrase, his discussions of life a-'
round him make entertaining read,
? You learn about conventions in
ihis neighborhood the com pi i-;
cated rooming-house one-bell sys-i
tem where each roomer has his*
own signal, and when a person's
signal is as many as twelve rings,j
he sometimes loses count and lets
someone else’s companv in. You
are initiated into the, pleaures of
the Five O’clock Cocktail Sip where
I# f
right betrayed by Carl grew a<*
grew the more she thought about 1
it He's stopped loving mew *'•
thought, and she began to cry.*
The crying had been interrupted
by the ringing of the doorbell,
and the arrival of the huge box
of flowers Ted had sent her.
The flowers served, for lots
reason or other, to increaee her
feeling of resentment against bar
SHE stood, sipping bar cocktail
and watching CarL He asked
her why she didn’t sit down ami
she said she didn’t feel like sitting
down. She found herself feeling
vaguely startled. What startled
her was that Cart looked pre
cisely as he always looked after
a hard day at school Tired, in
an attractive, wistful seat of
way. His eyes bald the same
tenderness when be looted at
her, his smile was as disarming
as always.
But it was too lata now. She'd
started this nonsense and there
was nothing left but to go
through with it "Oh, yon know
Ted Eggleston,* she said lightly.
“Anyway, you should know him.
He’s in one of your rUmee and
he’s living temporarily with
Pauline and—” she laughed—
“he’d like to rent a room from us.
How would you like us to take a
student roomer, darling? And
oh—” Might as well get this aa
planatioh about Ted’s Rowers
over with. She laughed again, a
bit more nervously this time.
“He sent me those flowers there
on the piano*
Carl was studying hie drink.
“A roomer?" he said. “Mightn’t
be such a bad idea. We have
more rooms than we know what
to do with, and some of them
lads—" Suddenly he stopped, hi*
expresion changing slightly as if
her last words had jurt begun to
The Veterans
Here are authoritative answers
from the Veterans Administration
to four question* of interest to
former servicemen and their fami
I Q. I'm pUoninc to take • cor
respondence course under the Kor
ean GI Bill. How much wfli my
GI training allowance beT
A. Your training allowance will
be computed on the basis of the
established charge which the school
requires noo-veteaha to pay for the
same course.
Q. Aa a member of the organized
reserves, may I count time spent
on training duty—as opposed to
regular active duty—in figuring
how much entitlement I’ll have for
Korean GI BUI trainmg?
A. No. Time spent on training
duty does not count in determio
jing entitlement under the Korea
GI Bill. However, if you were re
called for regular active duty—
and not training duty—that time
would count.
Q. I understand that if a Korean
GI trainee’s entitlement runs out
past the mid-point of a school term
or semester, he’ll be allowed to
finish that term or semester tinder
the Korean GI Bill. Will entitlement
be extended for an 00-thejob
trainee whose entitlement expires
before be finishes Us training?
] A. No. Entitlement may not be
extended under any circumstances
for veterans taking on-the-job or
institutions! on-farm training un
der the Korea GI BiU. The law
permits such extensions only for
i veterans in school.
Q. Is it possible for two voter
jans, who own a farm in partner*
ship, to take institutional on-farm
training on the seme farm?
A. Yes,-it la possible, provided
that conditions are favorabl#
enough to assure the success of
both veterans, and provided that
both training programs meet all
the qualifications of the law,
(Veterans living in Key West, Flor
ida who wish further information
about their benefits shotdd contact
the VA office at Room 21ft, Foot
Office Budding.)
\ Coke is obtained from cod by
processes similar to those which
produce charcoal from wood.
“they empty all the different left
over bottles on the bar into tbo
shaker, shake it up, put in a cherry,
and call it a Special.”
Simple explains the difference
between Be-bop and Re-bop sad
recounts the miseries of having •
picture taken for Joyce’s dressinf
uhle top at the Hartom De-Loxe
Photography Studio, whose slogaa
> “If you’re not good-tooting me
will make you so,” and whose nit
is. “If you move, you lose. If yen
shake, no retake!”
Simple is a man in love. Though
vocal about his suffering, he en
dure* charity teas, formal*, lack
of beer, ticket-selling, end varlona
other forms of civilized tortare
for Joyce’s sake, never seriously
considering abandoning her for
Zarita, his more uninhibited gM
! And in the end, Joyce gets him,
com Diet* with decree and gold seal.
| We sincerely hope that Mr.
Hughes will not allow ample to
retire now into domesticity and

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