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THE KEY WEST CITIZEN The Key West Citizen Published daily (except Sunday) from The Citizen Building, corner of Greene and Ann Streets. Only Daily Newspaper in Key Wtt and Monroe County L. P. ARTMAN, Editor end Publisher . NORMAN D ARTMAN Editor and Publisher Entered at Key West, Florida, as Second Class Matter TELEPHONES 2-5461 and 2-5662 “ Member of The Associated Press— The Associated Press is exclusively eptitled to use for reproduction of all news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited in this paper, and also the local news pub lished here. Member Associate Dailies of Florida Subscription (by earner), 25c per week; year, $12.00; by mail, $15.60 ADVERTISING RATES MADE KNOWN ON APPLICATION The Citizen is an open forum and invites discussion of public issues and subjects of local or general interest, but it will not publish anonymous communications. IMPROVEMENTS FOR KEY WEST ADVOCATED BY THE CITIZEN 1. More Hotels and Apartments. 2. Beach and Bathing Pavilion. 3. Airports—Land and Sea. 4. Consolidation of County and City Governments. 5. Community Auditorium. YOU LIKE FRUIT? THEN WHY NOT GROW IT AS THE OLDTIMERS USED TO DO? The Citizen published a front-page cut Saturday, showing James Knowles, 1012 Janies Street, holding a Hayden mango, weighing three and one-half pounds, that he had grown in his yard. What Mr. Knowles did, other residents can do.in their yards, not only in growing mangos but also every other kind of tropical fruit. The Citizen said recently that Key West is not like it used to be, and it may be added now that Key Westers are not like they used tobe. Mr. Knowles, an oldtimer, will tell you he recalls the time when Key Westers grew tropical fruit abundantly. Practically every yard in the city, in those days, had fruit trees growing in it. The Citizen recalls a yard, in which the fruit trees included hogplums, sugar apples, guavas, Jamaica apples, aapodillas, Spanish limes, soursops, tamarinds and even purgenuts. But today only a few Key Westers know what a hogplum is. They will tell you that it is the most delicious plum grown. How does it taste? Ah, that’s something no body can describe accurately. Ask Pepe, who kept the coffee shop on Duval, near Greene street, many years, what he did with the nickels and dimes he got when he was a boy. When he got a nickel, he headed straight for a fruit stand to buy hog plums, and received 20 of them for his nickel. They kept his mouth watering till he ate the last of them. And how many Key Westers know what a purgenut is? Those who know will tell you it is a plum that resem bles the hogplum, in shape and color, golden, but that there is a tartness in its sweetness, as there is tartness in a tarparind, that makes you smack your lips. Then take the lowly tamarind. What a delicious fruit It is if you know how to prepare it! Put ripened tamarinds in a jar with sirup and keep them there for three months, and you have a tart preserve that sharpens your appetite for breakfast or any other meal. Besides, ripe tamarinds, put in a shaker, with ice cubes and water and sugar, make the one drink that hits the spot on a warm day. Once upon a time, Key Westers shipped tamarinds as far away as California for use in making that cooling and satisfy ing drink. Trees don’t live forever. For many years now fruit trees that died in Key West have not been replaced. Finally, Key Westers are not like they used to be in the matter of growing fruit. If they were, they would have an abundance of fruit in their back yards. Never get into heated discussions with uninformed associates. The worst thing you can do is be right. * It is surprising how often radio commentators enjoy the combination of deep, full voices and empty heads. Crossword Puzzle M. Principle eondnits 11. French coin M. Type measure IS. Kitchen store 14. Cnpid 15. Region 17. Cort refusal 39. Scene of action 49. Mountains in Alaska 4L American author . 43. Seasons for use 45. Hooaier state: abbr. 47. Hindu woman’s garment 48. Mark of a blow 49. Siamese coins ACROM 1. Pueblo Indian (.Edible seaweed 9. Toward the stern IS. Entry in an . aocoent IS. Musical performances 14. Saoit Sainte Marie 15. Cleansing agent IS. Careless 18. Compaot 50. Pares 51. Effaces S3. Embrace 14. Penitential season *r>. Attempts S7. Recording Secretary: abbr. 19. Become firm r~7—T-r“p?“7“r“r"p /• 7s Tf wA ff- — r~w ~~m 73 ppr rir" jjwJ—l*r£—--- ■ — I m 35 sr ? —gjwp^jr "7 g* W & """ pli ~ Thursday, July 1, 1954 Solution of Yootorday’s Puzzle 7. Turkish name 8. Small 'wares 9. Remnants of combustion 10. Simple 11. Bushy clumps 17. Oceans 19. Football position: abbr. 21. Other 12. Pointed inward. as an angle 13. Variety of pot plant 26. Outfit 28. Breaking ocean wares 30. One of the rollers in a sugar mill 31. Blackened with smoke 33. Resounded 34. Rub off 36. Tears asunder 38. Land sought by Columbus: abbr. 39. Continent 40. Capital of Switzerland 42. Make lace 44. Aim 46. Pi# pen 50. Volcano 61. Whirlpool DOWN 1. Belonging to him 1. American Indian 5. European countryman 4. Tax 6. Helper I. Precious metal United State Has Advantage Man-Made Rain Has Possible Use As Weapon By FRANK CAREY AP Science Reporter WASHINGTON (*> lt may someday be possible to cause tor rents of rain over Russia by seed ing clouds moving toward the So viet Union. Or it may be possible if an opposite effect is desired to cause destructive droughts which would dry up food crops by “over seeding” those same clouds. And fortunately for the United States, Russia could do little to re taliate because most wea ther moves from west to east. The possibility such a spectacu lar device as this might be used in some future total war “should not be discounted,” according to the man who heads a group set up by Congress to advise it on the chances for success of plans to control the weather. Capt. Howard Orville, USN, Ret., who charted the weather for Doolit tle’s raid on Tokyo and helped pre pare the forecasts for the North African and Normandy invasions, is chairman of an 11-member ad visory committee charged by Con gress with seeing that current ef forts at rain making and rain sup pression don’t get out of hand. This Rock Of Ours By Bill Gibb Sometimes it is difficult to dis tinguish the line between legiti mate news and advertising, but by gosh when a large corcern such as Couture Car Rentals de velops a policy which aids the entire City of Key West, I think it calls for an editorial compli ment. Louis Munroe contacted me and expressed the desire to work with the local Safety Council. In the course of our conversation, we somehow got off onto the subject of Key West as a tourist center. “The Couture Company,” he said, “is doing its best to route tourists to and from Cuba by way of Key West. “How come?” I asked. “Your business in Miami must be much larger than down here.” “That’s true enough.” Munroe agreed. “But you see—if a person is going to Havana or New York via- Miami, he merely changes planes in Miami. “However, if we can talk him into flying from Key West to Hav ana or vice versa, he is usually more than willing to rent a car for several days, sightseeing along the Florida Keys and spending a couple of days in Key West. He can do this because the fare to Havana is so cheap. He can rent a car and pay this' fare for ap proximately the same as his ticket would normally cost on the much longer flight from Miami to Hav ana.” Munroe tells me that Cuban citizens are especially pleased with these arrangements. The Cuban pecple like to visit Key W’est and they like to have a car when they go up on the mainland. It is a big boost for our town It is Orville’s personal view that if the United States would devote the same effort and money to wea ther experiments that it does to atomic development it could, in about 40 years, “increase precipi tation over any area almost at will, using favorable situations.” However, he emphasizes that the advisory committee does not take it for granted weather control will or will not work. In the law setting up the ad visory group, Congress said appli cation of scientific advances to the problem of weather “appears to be practical.” Primarily, Congress wants the committee to determine whether experiments, public and private, strengthen possibilities of large scale weather control. But the committee has a corol lary job: to determine whether fed eral legislation is necessary to be sure that attempts at weather mod ification don’t result in disaster, such a “catastrophic droughts, storms, floods and other pheno mena. . . .” And finally, Congress wants the committee to recommend to what extent the government should ex periment with or engage in wea ther control activities. Some federal work already is un der way. Army, Navy, Air Force to have a large business concern working in its behalf. Our main fight in the past has been with Miami outfits which seek to divert all traffic from Key West. U. S. Navy I like Navy people. If this were 1 not a natural inclination. I'd sure as the dickens find some w-ay of making myself like them because I know which side my br€„d is buttered on. Take the Navy out of Key West and you’ll take away the lifeblood of the town. But— The other day if I could have got my hands on a certain Navy officer who probably also masquer ades as a gentleman, I would have done my best to convince him that he wasn’t the little "tin god" he pretended to be while driving. Pedestrians caused me to stop in the middle of an intersection and the traffic light changed while I was in this position. This so-called officer, with scrambled eggs all over his cap, ‘eow-boyed’ his car within inches of the side of mine and then slammed his brakes on and began casting slur ring remarks at me. _ If an enlisted man had done the same thing to him, the enlisted man would probably be sentenced to Portsmouth for life. As it was I swung around the block and at tempted to intercept him before he could get behind the sanctuary of the Marine guards. He was travelling too fast for me, however. The shame of the entire situa tion is that an officer of this type can bring discredit on so many good men—commissioned and non commissioned personnel. Perhaps we can turn such incidents into a compliment for to be perfectly truthful, this one case of boorish- and Weather Bureau have re search projects. The Weather Bureau has been conducting extensive cloud-seeding tests in the Seattle area. Meteor ologist Ferguson Hall, the man in charge, says results still are bein* evaluated. He adds, however, that as of now he does not think weath er control on any kind of worth while scale will be worked out. This opinion is echoed by one of the top scientists in the bureau, Dr. Harry Wexler, who maintains that if rainfall increases claimed by commercial rain-making firms were real “they would stand out like a sore thumb —and such has not been revealed, at least in the cases we have studied.” Orville sums up the work of his investigators this way: “If the advisory committee finds that weather modification projects cannot produce important results, it will so report —and thus deter farmers and ranchers from spend ing their money unwisely .... “If the comittee finds out it can confirm the results claimed by reputable and scientifically com petent operators claims of rain fall increases of from 7 to 50 per cent and more —then, the dollar benefits to agriculture, industry and government will be so great as to be incalculable.” Civil Sendee Exam Closing Dates Announced Examinations for Indefinite Ap pointment to the positions of Ce ment Finisher, Coppersmith, Crat er and Packer, Electrician, Elec tronics Mechanic, Fireman, Helper Electrician, Helper Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic, Oiler, Pipecoverer and Insulator, Radio Mechanic, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic, and Welder Combination, announced by the Board of U. S. Civil Service Examiners at the Naval Station, have been amended to change the closing date. Because a sufficient number of applications have been received, notice is hereby given that applica tions for these positions will no longer be accepted by the Record er, Board of U. S. Civil Service Examiners, U. S. Naval Station, here, after the close of business on July 9, 1954. Copies of the original examina tion announcements with details of duties and qualifications of the positions, are posted at the Key W est Post Office and at Building 91, Naval Station. Civil Defense Setup Suffers A Setback PITTSBURGH (£l—The civil de fense program was pretty well sabotaged here. CD authorities purchased 47 two way radios, the walkie-talkies of World War II fame. Thirty-one were taken to a shop for adjustments. Now the radio shop operator says someone broke into his establishment and stole the entire lot, valued at $15,000. There were no deaths from plague in the United States be tween 1949 and 1954.' ness was unusual—thousands of Navy drivers display courtesy on the road. Legionitems 1 By JUDSON STEPHENS, Arthur Sawyer Post, No. 21 American Legion Pest Meeting: At last regular meeting of the Post on June 23. 1954, we had the pleasure of hearing Captain Specht of the Civil Air Patrol give a short address concerning this organiza tion, C. A. P. His tallc was a very enlightening one and was well re ceived by those Legionnaires in attendance. Capt. Specht, Com manding Officer of the Civil Air Patrol particularly stressed the fact that America must be awak ened to the vulnerability of our be loved land. The problem confront ing the group, which is only one of many throughout the country, is just how to go about awakening America. They, as well as other organizations, have a tremendous job to do. Why don’t you look into the situation and see what you can do. I think I speak for all those pres ent that it was a worthwhile talk, something all of us should take notice of and not forget, as most of us have a tendency to do. Other highlights of the meeting was the initiation of three new members into our ranks by the Key West Guard of Honor. They are the first three* members for 1955. Welcome, Legionnaires, and let’s see you at all the meetings. This was the first meeting for new officers and I believe that Post Commander Kranich conduct ed a very good meeting for his first time. I do believe, though, that we should give him more help rather than jump down his throat at the first opportunity. The attendance at this first meeting after the new officers have assumed their stations was very poor. I can assure you that unless we have a better attendance than wehave been having, the enormous programs carried on by the Post, just won’t be this year. You can’t expect three or four Legionnaires to carry the brunt of the workload. Attend your r ost meeting, pick out some pro-am you would like to work 0.1 and tell your Post Com mander. That way we can make 1854-55 a banner year. ★ ★ ★ Meetings: Regular Post Meeting, July 14, 8 p.m. Post home. Executive Committee Meeting, July 5, 8 p.m. Post home. ★ ★ ★ Bowling: The Post’s bowling team has competed in the Civic Bowling League three times now and are in second place. There are 6 teams in the league, and I must say, some very good ones. Our record thus far is 6 wins and 3 losses. We hope to take 3 points again this week and maybe take first place. Come out and cheer the team to victory. DOG POPULATION LIMIT IS ASKED MOBILE, Ala. (JP) —A proposed ordinance to limit the number of dogs in any household to three and thereby cut down on howling and barking will be considered by the City Commission Tuesday. Commissioner Joseph N. Langan said yesterday that he knew of one property owner who keeps 27 dogs on his place. (THROUGH JULY 3rd) SHERBETS^ Treat your family to salads, dessert! and fruit drinks made with Sealtest Sherbet, the cooling, delightful treat flavored with real fresh fruits *. Get several pint* of Seal teat Sherbet today at these special low prices / *No Artificial lu Flavors PEOPLE’S FORUM Tha Citizen welcomes expressions of the views of Hs read ers, but the editor reserves the right to delete any items which ere considered libelous or unwarranted. The writers should be fair and confine the letters to 200 words and write on one side of the paper only. Signature of the writer must accompany the letters and will be published unless requested otherwise. WHY THE FERRY DELAY? Editor, The Citizen: The service station owner on Route 15 in Pennsylvan ia put it very simply: “God must have a stake in that is land,” he said, speaking of Key West, “the way them hur ricanes keep missin’ it!” This is thoughtful of God, no doubt, but it leaves open the question of blame perchance of a hurricane strikes Key West. So it is with the death of parrakeets, the mismanagement of a city, the indifference of citizens toward their civic responsibility. With responsibility lies the burden of blame. To become blameless is not to be come irresponsible. If the city commissioners and county clique do not want a Ferry Service to Havana, it is relatively simple for them to say so. If the people of Key West do not care about it, potential tourists from the United States don’t care either. . , What’s the delay? Doesn’t anybody give a hoot? Where are all the voices of the citizens?, Are there no objections to the quibbling? Some have taken their time to use this column to refer to a ‘private feud in public* between certain individuals, or to differentiate between statesmen and politicians (an admirable difference!), or to infer boredom of the whole mess, but who states their desires, civically, personnally, or generally? Let these city servants know what their masters want! I’m getting tired of seeing this character H. V. B. individually exploit this column! H. V. B. Elmira, N. Y. June 27, 1954. PUNISHMENT FOR SPEEDERS UPHELD Editor, The Citizen: I should like very much to reply to Mr. H. V. B.’s letter which appeared in the June 25 edition of The Key West Citizen. Evidently Mr. H. V. B. doesn’t live in one of the housing areas or if he does, he must not have children of walking age. If he did, he would realize what a terrible danger an auto speeder is, in crowded areas such as these especially. The “speeder” doesn’t stop to think that the pro ject houses many, many children. If he did, he would never classify as a speeded. Children often forget the danger of cars when run ning into the street for a tossed ball or when crossing the street when a playmate calls to them. Silrely H. V. B. doesn’t condone speeding! After all, it is against the law; and anyone who speeds deserves to be punished to the limit of the law. If the motorist doesn’t speed, theft Lt. Urech will have no reason to “take their base stickers, bar them from Naval Housing areas, and evict them.” I live in one of these projects so I know what I’m talking about. If Mr. H. V. B. could see the way some of the motor ists zoom thru the project to and from work (which is enough to give any parent heart failure) I’m sure hs would join me in saying “more power to Lt. Urech!” When it comes to fining or punishing a speeding motorist, especially when caught speeding in such a close packed area as the housing projects, the presiding Judge would do well to think of the person, not as a speeding motorist, but as a “potential child killer!” I hope Lt. Urech will carry out his statement (which H. V. B. refers to as “rule by fright and bluff) so I’ll re peat more power to him! A MOTHER.