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most equable climate in the country, with an average range oi only 14’ Fahrenheit VOL. LXXV No. 271 Water Damage Believed Over SIOO,OOO Hm -S B& Wu WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE—Boms of Kay West's Old World charm still was a bit damp this morning as you can sea from this photo of Aronovits Lana. City-owned pumpers wart dis paaing of fha water today.—Citizen Staff Photo. Don Pindar. Big Change In Weather For Weatherman ji HelrorologM'al l Aide Her* To Go 1 V* jN’oim*, Alaska . From Key West to Nome, Alaska. That’s the biff change Jack Brown, meteorological aide at the IJ. S. Weather Bureau here, in making. Brown, who lives at 1715 United Street with his wife and nine-year old son, U leaving tomorrow for the flight to Nome His family, he said, will join him In Alaska next summer. Brown said he asked for a trans fer to the Nome weather bureau aome time ago and the transfer just recently came through. Previous Experience He said he was stationed in Al aska in 1944 1945 with a U. S. Air Force weather section. "1 like that part of the world very much," Brown said today, •‘and l have been wanting to get back there ever since I was sta tioned there with the Atr Force " Brown came here in April, 1950. as his first assignment with the Weather Bureau. He was lx.ru in Newport, Tenn.. and educated in Nashville. "There is just one thing, though" he added. “HI have to buy an en tire new wardrobe for the Alas- j kan climate.” I\lau In jured In Accident A bicyclist identified as Leon Sumner, 28. of Catherine St , was slightly injured Saturday when he ran into an open car door oa Eaton St., police reported to* day. According to the report. Sumner wa* treated at Galey Memorial Hospital for abrasions and contus ions shortly after he ran into a door of a parked car owned by John W. Cord, 36, of 1406 Roose velt Blvd. QUARTERBACK CU B TO DINE TONIGHT The Quarterback Club's regular dinner meeting will be at 6 45 p m. goday in the High School cafeteria. Ali business will be expedited so members who wish may attend the Douglass-Pompano H.gti School foot ball game. REINFORCING STEEL at Strunk Lumber 1W Simon ton, near Weather Bureau Zip ffres Hest (Cittern . am' HBtav,-. ‘ Jlf; * m m k ; , •Jm&mHmMf fM- ‘ - : ft in ; W *... a VT UMBRELLA CHAPEAU—A local drugstore did a land office business Saturday night, selling umbrella hats to Kay Waster* who wore caught in the downpour as ware these two—Citizen Staff Photo. Don Pindar. School Survey Team Due Here Late Tomorrow The six-men survey team from the State Department of Educa tion will arrive here late tomor row afternoon to 100 k into future j Monroe County school needs. On the drive down the Keys, the team will inspect the schools at (Tavernier and at Marathon. Hor- Ice O'Bryan? superintendent of (public instruction, said today. Tomorrow meht, the survey team will meet with the school board and the school trustees at the Ad ministration Building. On Wednesday, the survey team will split into two groups to check the public schools m Kev West. On Thursdav the team will be gin work on their findings in a day-long session at the Adminis tration Building. The group will 1 leave here late Thursday Heading the team are B. R • Tiiiey. assistant in surveys, and L. S. Barstow. assistant in fin ance. FOO IN BRITAIN” LONDON .f—Britain’s first se vere fog of the season delaved .land, aea and air traffic today. THE SOUTHERNMOST NEWSPAPER IN THEIStj.S.A. K I*Q l !f V Need It! Today will be "pretty much of • summer day/' the wea thereman said this morning. Temperatures will bo in the low eighties with a "few scat tered showers likely," he added. | Spectacular Fire Hits Honolulu ‘ HONOLULU dh—A spectacular fire, punctuated by booming ex plosions. destroyed a block of build ings in Honolulu s industrial area last night. Firemen said the cause was un -1 determined. The;, estimated dam age at several hundred thousand i dollars. i One of th? destroyed buildings housed the Tongg Publishing Cos. I Two warehouses, one loaded with trucks and another owned by a Slumber company. aLso were de stroyed. SHOW IS CANCELED CHICAGO uP—The once-delayed Chicago run of G*rge Bernard Shaw's play "Saint Joan" was can celed yesterday because of the continued illness of actress Jean Arthur who was to play toe title role. KIY WIST, FLORIDA, MONDAY, NOVKM1IR IS, 1fS4 Mass Cleanup Campaign Is On To Rid City Of Debris By JIM COBB Damage estimates mounted to more than SIOO,OOO today as Key Westers surveyed the havoc wrought by the worst rainstorm in the city’s history. Damage ranged from flooded homes and business places to water logged automobiles as 19.8 inches of water deluged the city Saturday. ' City workmen and private citizens .joined in today in a mass cleanup campaign co rid homes and streets of tons of mud and debris swept in by torrents of water which reached 24 inches in some areas. City Manager Victor Lang list ed the worst hit areas of the city as the Whitdhead-Angela Street section, the area south of Flagler Avenue and a housing develop ment north of Flagler Avenue. Sewer Failure He pointed out that failure of some of the city’s storm sewers was due to the fact that the city had a protracted dry spell prior to the torrential downpour result ing in masses of debris plugging the sewer*. Considerable damage to the city's streets also was caused by the freak storm, a development that will set preparations for the city’s projected street program back an estimated two weeks, Lang said. He added that he is “toying” with the idea of asking for aid from federal civil defense forces since the city may be rated as a “disaster irea.” Aid would prob ably be in the form of funds for the city’s street damage, Lang added. Garden Damaged Hardest hit by the storm was the home of Mr. and Mrs. AI Mills at Si monton and Angela Streets. The Mills’ garden, which has gained national recognition for its beauty, was almost completely ruined when a diesel oil tank adjacent to the Columbia Laundry across the street overflowed and flooded the area along with an estimated 24 inches of water from overloaded sewers. Hundreds of valuable orchid plants, shrubbery and trees were damaged by the flood Mills said today that he had queried the University of Miami in an effort to learn of a solvent which could be used to save the valuable oil-covered plants but that he was given slight hope that they will live. In addition to the damage to the garden, water swept into the Mills home and damaged some valuable rugs. Total damage to the residence may reach $25,000, Mills said. A total of $5,000 in damage re sulted when 14 inches of water poured into the grocery store own ed by Jose Padron at Whitehead and Angela Streets. Merchandise was ruined before Pgdron had a chance to get it oat of the way. Chickens Drown In addition, there were only seven survivors of a flock of 57 chickens Padron kept in the rear of his store. They drowned in the high water. Water also flooded the law office of Attorney Tom Watkins on White head St. Mayor C. B. Harvey and City Manger Lang personally worked to clear a storm sewer in that area to relieve the situation. About a half dosen Duval St. bus iness establishments were flooded by toe water. Herman's, a women's clothing store at 512 Duval St., was particularly hard-hit. Several rugs there were listed as total losses. Motorists Stranded Hundreds of local motorists were stranded when their motors were flooded during the storm. Sheldon Smith, local insurance adjustor, said that more than 100 claims had been received from mo torats bv his office He estimated that total claims would a mount to more than $5,000 as a result of he sorm. The City Electric System report ed only one small service inter ruption due to the storm That was to toe Fort Village bousing pro ject where a line went down. Work men had it back in service short ly The Key West fire department answered three alarms, all of them caused by short circuits due to water. The first was at Duffy’s t Continued on Pag* Eight) Flying Farmers Will Make Keys Flight Marathon Visit ill Precede Havana Jaunt Between 300 and 400 persons members of the Flying Farmers and their families are scheduled to land at Marathon December 7, it was learned today. K. C. Butler, of Wichita, Kan., secretary of the group, estimated the number of Flying Farmers who would make the group’s first Florida flight He said the flyers are expected to spend the day fishing In Mara thon waters and then fly to Havana December S, Meecham Landing Many of the flyers, Butler said, will land at Meactiam Airport to service their planes and to clear through customs and immigration before hopping to Havana. *‘ v f Mf>, he added, will fly from Marathon to Key West, leave their planes at Meacham Airport and then travel to Cuba via Aerovias Q One of the better known mem bers of the Flying Farmers and the man who organized toe move ment, may not make the Decem ber trip here. He is Delbert Fuhriman who landed his light plane here Octo ber 16 after setting a light-plane, non-stop record from Vancouver, B. C., to Key West. Fuhriman's Plana When be was here in October, Fuhriman said he may not be able to make the mass flight with his brother Flying Farmers because of toe time and expense involved in his record shattering flight and because be plans to seek sanction for an air tour of Russia next year. However, on his return flight to his Utah home. Fuhriman stopped in Washington. He said later the State Department dashed cold wat er on his hopes for a Russian air tour. At that time he also said that the scenery be flew over in south Florida was the most interesting and most beautiful he had seen in his flights over other parts of the United States. Canada and Mexico. He said then he would urge the Flying Farmers to include the Florida Keys in their next mass flight. At that time, the Farmers had not selected a destination for this year’s flight. State Board Of Health Is Looking For Bats Its bat the Florida State Board of Public Health is a/ter and it has solicited the help of the Monroe County Audubon Society not in protecting, but reporting bats. Here's the story. Bill Jennings of the Florida State Board of Public Health came to Key Wet, a few days ago. looking for bat*, prefer ably toe kind that migrate. He contacted Willie Saunders. In spector of Weights ami Measures, who referred him to the Audubon Society since that society keep* re cords ol bird migrations and might have some record* on migrations of bat*. Also, Jennings said, barn owls eat bate and perhaps some body might know where some barn owls roost and could ask the owls. But why all toe commotion over bats* It ice ms, according to the State Board of Public Health, one species of hats is known to carry rabies. If these bats bite animals the ibumli may become injected, ton *** * * * Drinking Water Safe Here; Pools May Be Contaminated Weather Bureau Explains Cause Of Sat. Flood Here's what caused Satur day's flood, according to tho woathor bureau: There was a north • south trough along tho surface of tho earth from Cocoa to Key West. In tho trough, converging winds from tho northwest mat winds from tho southeast. A low pressure area in the middle Gulf of Mexico pulled winds aloft from tho southwest over tho trough. This southwest wind from tho Gulf and Carib bean Sea was unusually moist. The converging winds in tho trough moved upward, carry ing tho moist air aloft with it. As the air rose, it cooled, causing the unusually moist air to condense. That's what all the rain was condensate from the unusual ly moist air. Four Survive Ditching Of Navy Plane ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. CIV— Four crewmen of a Navy patrol plane that ditched last nffht with five aboard were found today la Pamlico Sound about 75 miles south of here. One was in a life raft and three on a navigation light. A Navy spokesman said there was no word on a Marine Corps jet with two aboard that disappeared last night while searching for the Navy plane. The Marines aboard the two place F3D Skynight all-weather fighter jet from the Cherry Point Marine Air Bate were identified as 2nd Lt. Roy O. Wilkins, 23, the pilot, of Indio, Calif.; and M. Sgt. Gerald A. Moreau, 90, of Havelock, N.C., the radar opera tor. The Air Reserve training unit at Anacostia Naval Base in Washing ton said the missing man, who apparently went down with the plane, was Richard Zigmund Gar lenski, a seaman apprentice, Wash ington, D. C. son of Cecilia C. Coffman. The survivors were: Dmitrius Georgius Sotiropolos. airman apprentice, Washington. D.C. Lt. Cmdr. George Sanford Smith, Fairfax, Va. Lt. Albert Winston Funkhouser. Edgewater, Md. Lt. Robert Lawton Malionee, Tow son, Md. bite humans who also may become infected. A sort of a chain reac tion. so the problem is to find the bats Now the bat isn’t a bird because it has fur and teeth It isn’t a mouse, because it has wings. There fore it is nothing but a bat! there are some 24 species of bats, only one of which is known to be carry ing rabies. So the possibility of being bitten by an animal which has been bit ten by a bat is very remote here, especially since no bats have yet been reported migrating over Key West The bat belongs to the order of Chiroptera; mammals haring their forelimbs modified to form wings They are the only mammals capa ble of true flight Bill Jennings went to Fleming, keeper of the light boose who says that he has seen none who have tut the windows of the hghthouae as migrating birds sometimes do Jennings was referred to William Aftermath Of Record Rainfall Holds Dangers, Sanitarian Says By DENIS SNEIGR Parents were warned today to keep their children from playing: or wading in water left from the weekend’s big rain. Bill Braatz, sanitarian at the County Health Depart ment, said the water may be contaminated from overflow ing septic tanks and cesspools. Navy Speeds To Aid Burning Freighter Fire Extinguished By Crewmen At Navy Staiiil* By To Help Navy surface and air craft sped to the aid of a burning tanker 15 miles off Boca Clßca at noon today, but crewmen aboard the burning vessel extinguished the fire. The tanker, tor S. 5. Washington, was headed north, according to a spokesman at the Boca Chica Na val Air Station when an electric motor on toe main engine short circuited and caught fire. The tanker was loaded but it was not immediately learned if the car go was gasoline or oil. Rescue Unit Sent The Air-Sea Rescue Unit at the Naval Air Station dispatched an R4D carrying rescue gear and a helicopter. The Coast Guard stationed here dispatched a 36-foot picket boat to the scene. Meanwhile, two Navy mine sweepers, a blimp, and two sub marines converged on the Wash ington. Crewmen aboard the Coast Guard boat said clouds of black smoke poured from the tanker. Navy Escort A Navy minezweeper waa es corting the Washington northward. The port of departure and the destination of the tankrr were not immediately available. The pilot of the air-sea rescue helicopter was James R. Locklair, chief aviation pilot. The pilot of R4D was Cdr. D. C. Rumsey. Lcdr. T. N. Meadows flew co-pilot in toe R4D. WEATHERMEN MEET MIAMI BEACH i*-The Ameri can Meteorological Society, a group of people who should know some thing about it. meets here Wednes day to talk about toe weather. Warner. Entomologist for the Mos quito Control, because he snd Neil Saunders and their efficient crew have seen to it that there are not enough mosquitoes left on the is land of Key West to bite people, much leas eat the bats if there were any bats to be eaten. The matter was also referred to the Key West Art and Historical So ciety for research at East Martel k> Towers and to a number of local resident* who might have had an opportunity to observe bat and bird migration* Bill Jennings also talked to Jack Watson, of the U. S. Fish and Wild life Service who is stationed in Big Pine Key, and Jack reported he had not seen any bats in all toe time he's been stationed there. Jennings is going to stop and see Robert Porter Allen of the Nation al Audubon Society at Tavernier, sol toe research goes on apace. So if anyone knows where there, are bats m a belfrey roosting pla-1 (Continued on Page Eight) For Quick Communication. Use CLASSIFIED Ada! You'll reach buyer* and aeller*— tenants or worker* . . . Jufl DIAL 2-5661 or 2-5662 Today PRICI FIVi Cl NTS However, the city's drinkmg water is completely safe, Broota added. Even the water in cisterns,” ha said, “is safe to drink if the da te rn is in good condition ” Braatx issued the following state ment today about the city’s water supply: “The Florida Kays Aqueduct is a saalad prassura system and it is highly improbably that the rains could affect this supply. Maraly as a routina precaution, additional samplas will ba ta kan from tha Aquaduct and sant ta the laboratory in Miami; how ever, local walls and cisterns which art not in goad repair should ba eyed with caution. “With 19 88 inches of rainfall, most of the cisterns should be near overflowing. The sediment in tha bottom of cisterns is probably atir red up to give the watei aome off color. If the roof, gutters and cis tern itself were in good repair and clear prior to tha rain, there la no need to suspect them. “A reasonable amount of danger does exist in cisterns with cracked wall* or bottoms and open well* which can be contaminated by sur face water. This water should not be used for dinklng. "The problem is the number of children playing in the rain pud dles and ponds The danger it in creased with the continued use of toilet facilities discharging sewage into cesspools and septic tank* which are already flooded and over flowing into yards and rain ponds. “This water poses the hazard until it subsides either by draining off or evaporatng. Parents are urged not to let their children play or wade in these ponds ” All Time Record The big rain set an all-time wea ther bureau record. Sam Goldsmith, bead of the bu reau, said the rain was the most to fall on Key West in a 24-hour period. A total of 19 88 inches fell be tween 8:30 a. m. Saturday and 5:45 a. m. Sunday. % Mestfy of tbit fell on Saturday, from 1:38 a. m. to midnight 17.8S inchot. In the three hour period from 2:22 p. m. Saturday until S:2S P , 844 inchea of water drop ped on the city. The previous record for Key West rainfall was 13 54 inches ta 24 hours on (fct. 4, 1933. Flightt Canceled The heavy rain caused cancels tiofl of three flights Saturday. Na tional Airlines canceled its flight that was due to arrive here at 4:47 p. m. Two Aerovias Q Flights leaving Key West at 145 p. m and t 4 p. m. were killed by the rain. The passengers scheduled for these two flight* stayed overnight and went out on planet for Havana I early Sunday. By 10 IS a. m. Sunday, Aarovia* Q flight! were back on schedule 31 Die As Rebels Fight In Tunisia TUNIS, Tunisia. ÜB-Clashes bo tween French security forces an 4 Nationalist guerrillas in restive Tunisia and Algeria took a week end tail of at least 1! killed Twenty rebels were kilted in one encounter Saturday at Djebel Gar boo, in eastern Tunisia. Thirty other* were wounded and two cap tured. The French lost one soldier. In the Aures Mountains of south east Algeria, French paratrooper* killed five guerrillas and lost two men in fighting near Djebel Uco motil. Two rebels and one French •oidier were kiLed m another clash in the Algier region near Gigart.