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*HI KIY WIST CITIZIN The Key West Citizen Only Daily Nwtp>p ir fa K>y Wwt and Monroe County U. ARTMAN, Editor and PubUshr _ 1921. ItS4 NORMAN D. ARTMAN „ ~„ Edttf and Publlshf Knttr * d •* Key Wart, Florida, aa Second Class Matter TELEPHONE! 1-5441 and 2-54*1 . Py—~*n>* Associated Preaa fa exclusively y*y°*?_ fof regrodaction of *ll new* dispatches credited to it Sailed here/** cre<ute " “ tUe P*P*r. nd also the local new* pub- Member Associate Dailies of Florid* (by carrier), 25c par week; year, $12.00; by mail, $15.60 ADVERTISING RATES MADE KNOWN ON APPLICATION IS? i 01 *? tornm and invite* discussion of public issues 2*2StLEJSSL* ***** interest but it will not publish anonymous communications. IMPROVEMENTS FOR KIY WIST ADVOCATED BY THI CITIZIN Note Hotels and Apartments. * Bathing Pavilion. S. Airports—Land and Saa. rORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS GOES ASTRAY WHILE ECHOING MIAMI PAPERS ! The Citizen regards the Fort Myers News-Press as A newspaper that strives to be fair and just and would not deliberately color an editorial the least bit to distort facts. Recently, the News-Press ran an editorial that was lot based on facts. It was about that acreage on the Flor ida Keys that the Overseas Bridge Commission gave back to the people of Monroe County, who had bought it from the Florida East Coast Railway. It was plain to see that the News-Press based its edi torial on bellyaching stories and editorials that had ap peared in Miami papers. 1. Miami papers called the 1947 Papy bill, which provided for the transfer of the lands to Monroe County when the bonds were paid off, a “local bill,” and the News-Press echoed the same charge, whereas the bill was a general bill. 2. Echoing the Miami papers still further, the News-Press said that the lands were bought from the rail road by the Overseas Road and Toll Bridge District, but, like the Miami papers, did not say how the district got the money to buy the acreage. Monroe County taxpayers got that money from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation by pledging their properties, including their homes, to liquidate a loan of $8,700,000. 3. But the News-Press made one statement that not even the Miami papers dared to make. It said resi dents of Monroe County got a free ride on the highway, while residents elsewhere in the state and tourists had to pay tolls. Year after year, Monroe residents paid tolls, np to within a few months of when tolls were discontinued for everybody. .4- — The News-Press says the original act provided the “highway and the lands” should be returned to the atate when the bonds were paid off. The original act did not provide for any such thing. Governor Johns, State Treasurer Larsen and Comptroller Gay, comprising the State Board of Administration, were familiar with the RFC indenture and everything else pertaining to the pur chase of the acreage in question, and that was why they approved unanimously the return of the acreage to the people of Monroe County. " That “land grab” that the News-Press echoed waa spewed in Dade County, which advocated that Mon roe give the acreage to Florida’s other 66 counties. The News-Press spoke about parks. There are parks now in the acreage open to the public free of charge. The beaches are free too for public use. Monroe County will build other parks, to enter which will cost the public not one cent, whereas you have to pay to go into Crandon Park in Dade County. That’s the kind of park that should be given to the other 66 counties. t'.')s?wgr: p uzzle A6NOM IMjtd fcljy* , AMn in. DtvMt AOtMMlm M. ArtMei&l •ltSE** scSwsEL ■>!■■ AN. BhoMi -was A* . Deals sar gfjgjaet BfaShted N-YteUo* It. Animal's SS2SE** down L Pronoun 1 Pam ioSSm Saturday, October 9,1954 K. OCeerty INaar- T. Always: •oof. IPhyaMan: abbr. AIMAaI 50. Father of Joshua 11. Meshed fabric IC. Flowing IS. Scattered 10. Note of the scale . Flax It Hawsers IS. Jewels . Likewise S*. Moantaln crest 17. Ancient race 39. Anger 51. Cuckoo 53. Refuse 54. Type meas ures 50. OtdßoglUh sovereigns U. Garments 4*. Overhead railway 44. Afresh 44. Only 47. Fancst 48. So. Ameri can river 4>. Narrow inlet 51. Swamp 62. Adversary C 4. News organ isation: abb*,, IS. Down: prefix PEOPLE’S FORUM The Citizen welcomes expressions of the views of Its read ers, but the editor reserves the right to delete any itoms which are considered libelous or unwarranted. The writers should be fair and confine the letters to 200 words and write en one side of the paper only. Signature of the writer must accompany the letters and will be published unless requested otherwise. IS THIS PROTECTION? Editor, The Citizen: In the Forum last week I read an article concerning the protection of our birds. Here is an example how they are being protected in Key West. On Watson Street there is a large lot overgrown with tall weeds. There are many birds that come to eat and nest there. Every day three or four boys come to shoot the birds with sling shots and bee bee guns. We have tried to chase the children and warn them about shoot ing birds. But! The answers these boys give you would make a seasoned sailor blush. These same boys went on a neighbor’s land shooting birds. He asked them to leave. But they went right on shooting. Finally the man took the boys by their arms and put them off. Now the man who was trying to protect the birds needs protecting himself. He is charged with assault and battery. I think and so do others that these children need a little assault and battery in the right places from their parents. If you lived in our area you would know what it is like to sit on your porch never knowing when you will be hit with bee bees or china berries. It has happened more than once. Try it sometime. F. W. S. Watson Street MUCH ADO ABOUT SPELLING Editor, The Citizen: , A few weeks ago you published an article for me in your worthy column called People’s Forum. Ever since that article was published with my John- Henry attached I’ve been flooded with cards, letters and telephone calls asking me wny I changed the spelling of my name. I’ve been accused of all manner of things for changing the spelling of it. People who are family to me keep asking if I’m ashamed of the spelling of it. Others asked if I was ashamed of the article I wrote and misspelled the name so I wouldn’t be recognized as the author. Please satisfy their curiosity and save my reputation by publishing my admission to the “crime” I committed. To my kinfolk I would say this: No, I’m not ashamed of my name. Don’t they know it was originally spelled with an “ie” ending? It’s a good old Scotch name and why some of our ancestors ever started changing the “ie” to a “y” is be yond my comprehension, Yes, my dear friends and kinfolks, I admit I’m listed in the city directory with my name spelled with a “y.” There are 100 of us listed, I’m told. My mail was con stantly getting mixed with yours and vice versa. One important document was never found. So I simply reverted to our ancestors’ way of spelling it. The good old Scottish way! The pronunciation is not changed however. To those who are worried about my signature when voting or attending to government matters such as in come tax, etc., I still spell it as it is listed. Just give me time and I may have it changed legally. This admission may bring relief to A. M. Currie who lives on Avenue E, and to Jack Currie on Petronia, for perhaps they have suffered as much as I have for “changing” or should I say “keeping” the correct spelling of our name? Sincerely, E. CURRIE Formerly E. CURRY Two Workers Didn’t Plav Game Right NORTH SACRAMENTO, Calif, lit—The fire drill at the City Hail was a success Wednesday except for slight oversights by two workers. X City Cleric Wilma Briggs dashed through the imaginary flames to close the doors on the safe. A Justice Court employe, practice or not, ran back for her pet canary. Frogman Tactics May Aid In Sub Disasters GOSPORT, England (41 The British Navy is working on anew system of escape from crashed submarines—just hold jour breath, open a hatch and jump out. Navy experts demonstrating the new system here say the oxygen masks used in normal escape ap paratus hold hidden dangers. Some recent submarine disasters, they say, showed men died from oxygen poisoning while trying to reach the surface. The new scheme followed a tip off from the navy’s “frogmen” divers. They pointed out that no man with air in his lungs could drown on his way to the surface from medium depths because pressure gradually forces the air out and makes it physically im possible to breath in. Key West In Days Gone By OCTOBER 9, 1934 Concurring in the celebration idea of half holiday tomorrow, Joe Pearlmap, president of the Retail Association, announced today that all stores which are units of the organization, will be closed l o’clack. Julius F. Stone, Jr., will be the principal speaker at the banquet to be given Saturday night in the Delmonico Restaurant under the auspices of the Hospitality League. —a Charles Taylor, manager, has been notified that the Porter Dock Company has been awarded the contract for stevedore work in connection with unloading the Steamship Mayan which will ar rive in port within the next few days. ★ ★ ★ OCTOBER 9, 1944 A. Maitland Adams was elected president of the Key West Cham ber of Commerce at a luncheon meeting of the board of directors, held in the La Concha Hotel dining room today. The proposed constitutional amendment, which would consoli date the city and county govern ments in Dade and Orange coun ties, will appear on the ballot in the general election in November, even though the supreme court has ruled that the legislation propos ing the amendment was defective because it dealt with more than one subject, and, therefore order ed it to be stricken from the bal lot. “PREMATURE DEATH” MOSCOW ÜB—The Army news paper Red Star announced Friday the “premature death” of Mikhail f. Ryablov, identified as “chief therapeutist for the Soviet Army in World War H. His age and cause of his death were not give. Ryablov was faculty chief of the Academy of War Medicine. A 150 pound man has about T pounds of calcium in his body. The Ground You’ve heard the old saw about the shoemaker’s kid who never had any shoes. Well, it has a local paraUel. Seems W. C. “Sugar” Sweeting operates a garage and gasoline sta tion next to The Citizen on Greene St. He loaded his wife into the car the other night and headed for a drive-in movie. He, of all people ran out of gas on the boulevard. He managed to coast into a gas station and ordered a tankful of gas. “Why don’t you buy one gallon?” his wife asked. “I’m too ashamed,” replied the chargrined Sugar. ★ A A City Plumbing Inspector Harry Alsing is getting the kind of kick ing around we always thought was reserved for newspaper reporters. He’s being accused of discrimina tion because he's doing the job the way the book says it should be done. Harry has had years of experi ence as a master plumber and he is stickler for adherence to the city code. Some people don’t like that and they are trying to get him in trou ble. They’d like to see him lay off a little. But he won’t. He’s got a thick skin and he’ll weather this storm just as he did a smiliar one a cou ple of years ago. And another point Harry is going to need some help real soon. Within the next few weeks, he’ll have to attend to the myriad de tails of supervising the installation of some 3300 sewer connections. All that, along with his regular work, which is not inconsiderable with the current building boom here. We seem to remember that City Manager Victor Lang fought long and hard to have funds included in the budget for an assistant to Alsing. He didn’t get them. Now Lang will have to scratch around and find some money to pay an assistant, as soon as the city com mission wakes up and discovers that they need one. ★ ★ ★ U. S. Public Health Service engi neer Jim Anderegg told us about a problem which plagues sewer en gineers all over the nation. It’s th practice of dumping gaso- A Grain a Of Salt 0 By Bill Spillman If the negotiation relations be tween the county and National Air* lines are an indication of things to come if the city and county gov ernments are combined perhaps, we should leave the present condi tion as is. The city commissioner have been criticized for having many squab bles at their meetings. Whether this criticism is justified or not, I do not know, but at least it is out in the open. The smoothness of the county commission meetings is attributed to the fact that they iron out diffi culties in private caucus meet ings instead of in front of the pub lic. This may be he right or wrong thing to do. It seems that one of the county commissioners wanted to give in completely to the airline. There are two sides to the air port question. Many people are dis gusted with the whole mess. "Is Wilde Worth It?" One of the side questions, is “Is - Wilde Worth It? It was answered by a man who seems to be in on the inside. He said that Wilde is an ex-CAA man and knows all the ins and outs of the airport business. They say that he alone is responsible for Key West obtaining half the federal money allotted to Florida for Mea cham Field improvements, when 62 other airports were trying to get portions of the money. If true, it would seem that Mr. Wilde has the connections to be worth the money. He now draws a SSOO a month salary plus expenses instead of the ten percent of the gross receipts line and waste oil into the sewer. Any petroleum product, he said, raises havoc with the only type of joint compound suitable for a 1 sewer project. It causes the com pound to deteriorate and the re sult is a leaky system. It’s a real problem in Key West, he said. But engineers have been unsuc cessful in their efforts to learn' where the oil is coming from. A survey by Fire Inspector Arthur Curry has shown that local garage owners are cooperating admirably in keeping waste out of the sewers. Anderegg theorizes that the oil is coming from Key Westers who buy oil for their cars in bulk and make their own oil changes. “Don’t throw waste oil in the sewer if you want an efficient sys tem,” he cautioned. Now that the ferry fiesta, one of Key West’s greatest celebrations, is history, we find that there are a lot of people who worked long and hard on it but who received no cre dit for their part in making he affair a success. Ray Knopp and his able lieuten ants, charterboatmen Johnny West and Jake Key, bore the brunt of the advance preparations, but as the huge fish fry got underway, j there were volunteers from unex ! pected sources. For example, Knopp was amaz j ed to see a truck roll up on the ! scene bearing an electric organ ! complete with an organist. “Pop” Stern, popular proprietor j of Duffy’s Tavern, was the man I responsible. Seems he had decided jthe party might need some organ music so he called a trucking com ; pnay and dispatched his organist ; to the scene. The organist was the Madman I of Melody, Kip Andrews. “You could have knocked me ov er with an octave when 1 saw that ! truck pull up, ’ says- Knopp. Wondering how he arrived at the ; figure of more than 5,000 guests at the fish fry? Knopp wanted to have an accur ate count of the number of persons at the fish fry but he didn’t want to go to the trouble of counting noses and it would have been a messy job counting the pieces of fish. So he simply counted the paper plates left after the fish fry. “We had 5500 on hand when we started and when it was all over there were less than two dozen,” said Knopp. from the airport. Just how long he will continue to draw county money is not known. Another big argument against the county in favor of National Air lines is the belief that the county should improve the airport before they start collecting the increased rate for the present meager faci lities. The county thinks that an in come is needed now to show that the future improvement bond issue can be paid for in profits. Perhaps we have all lost sight of the fact that the airport is bene ficial to Monroe County and its ci tizens as a means of furthering the Keys as a tourist metropolis. With this in mind, perhaps we should be a little on the enticing side to airlines compared to the present hard bargains. It has been stated that National wants to go to Boca Chica because of the long runways, safety condi tions, etc. Speculation has it that the airline wants to go to Boca Chica so it would force the closing of Meacham, thus eliminating the present Cuban airline from Key West —and adding immensely to National’s Miami to Havana route traffic. On the question o 4 another air line coming to Key West, one large scheduled airline has indicated they will come into Key West but they will not allow their offer to be used as a stick by the county over National. Should NAL pull out of Key West, the other airline would come here after a period of cooling off has passed. It is also reported that National pays heavily for the use of the Ha vana facilities, whereas Cuban air- Students Fa3 To Make Good As Observers WESTFIELD, Mass. i*-Ther* may be a shortage of civil de fense volunteers, but Director Wil liam Bushmann says school s‘u dents no longer will be allowed to man the Ground Observation Corps tower on the roof of the Westfield High School. He said Wednesday that in stead of looking for airplanes, the student watchers: 1. Flew model airplanes. 2. Tampered with fire extinguish ers. 3. Ran around the roof. 4. Watched football games on an adjoining field instead of the sky. I 5. Displayed a fresh and argu mentative attitude toward the school custodian. 6. Punched* boles in the ceiling of the tower. 7. Drove staples into the walls. 8. Caused other damage to the interior of the tower. Sunday School Lesson (Continued from Page Four) weakling putting our own weak construction on our afflictions. We should endure them like a Chris tian. Like Job we should be con demned for putting a false con struction of the trials we must en dure. It may seem like a dark and tangled riddle, but out of the cloud comes the beautiful sunshine and the luminous order of God’s world. Job had talked too loudly and said much as he seemed to do bat tle with God. Man must trust what he cannot understand and the spir it filled man will stand upright with girded, loins and walks as worthy soldiers through life, even though we walk through the shadow of death. Like David we will fear no evil. Most of us have endured physical or mental pain and anguish. On* of the finest women of our com munity is an arthritic. She cannot move without excruciating pain and is in constant misery. Yet it is a pleasure and inspiration to sit and talk with this patient. She is cheer ful and has the brightest smile as she talks of current events and the good and beautiful things of life. F.specially is she interested in her church and with beaming counten ance speaks of her faith in God. Not a word of complaint but im plicit trust in her belief that all things work together for good to those that love, the Lord. Questions And Answers Job has the audacity to question God. He is then told that the whol* creation is the work of God. “Th# morning stars sing together and all the sons of God shouted for Joy.” Are we better than the angels who sang their anthems of praise? If they could appreciate the greatness and goodness of God. why shouldn t we? Why should we cry and cringe and question the ways of our Crea tor? Finally it dawned upon this piti ful creature and he said. “I know i that thou canst do all things.” He had been arrogant and bold but j now he understands and becomes penitent and submissive. He had heard of Jehovah but now is able to see and understand. He has seen God and now detests his huivan weakness. It is to Job’s credit that he reformed and admitted his hr or. Only great men admit their faults. It is said that Job received “twice as much as he had before. 1 * Of course we think in material terms. While Job was blessed with more wealth, it wasn’t so much th* worldly things that pleased Job so much as his better understanding of his Creator. Here we have this poor, bewildered and suffering man crying out, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him. . .Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wis dom. . . I know that my Redeemer liveth.” Job had his answer and so can we find the answer. It is said that the great Beet hoven had a lonely childhood. He practiced his music for hours every day. One evening he passed cob bler’s cottage where he heard * little blind girl playing one of his compositions. He heard her say that she would like to hear a real musician play the piece. Beethoven entered the cottage and sat at the piano for more than an hour and played for the little girl. The lon* candle went out and dusk settled into evening as the moonlight glis tened into the room Under the in spiration of that little Wind girt Beethoven composed one of hi* most beautiful numbers, The Moon hght Sonata. Out of the darkness of the hour there can come un derstanding and beauty. That i* God’* answer to our preplexities. . MtrrlfkM HlltoM W *• DITMn of Ckriot *4tou| Co**<4l of fco CkarchM of Ckttot to b C. S. A- as* aoo* fcy ooroitootoo. lines use U. S. facilities rather cheap in comparison. Perhaps the biggest complaint against the county is the question able reasoning behind the writing until the start of the tourist set son to have the present showdown. It does seem sort of bad timing doesn’t It?