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Warmed City la Notion
Today Was
VOL. LXXV No. 274
$2,302,040 School Blag^Program Seen
Spray Planes Will Be Used
To Combat Mosquito Swanns
Three spray planes to help kill the expected swarm
of mosquitoes from last Saturday's record rain will ar
rive here tomorrow, William W. Warner, director of the
Monroe County Anti-Mosquito District, said today.
The three airplanes are being
lent by the Brevard County Anti-
Mosquito District, Warner added.
One plane, operating out of Mea
cham Airport, will spray along the
lower Keys. The other two planes
will handle the remainder of the
county, i
Torrential Rains
Said Warner:
"The torrential rains that fe& in
Monroe County last weekend, leav
ing a solid 20 inches of water in
the extreme Lower Keys area and
an average ranging from five to
10 inches or more throughout the
remainder of the county, has in
duced mosquito breeding of a tre
mendous magnitude and won the
district the sympathy of mosquito
control units throughout the coun
"We were at a loss for words,’*
he continued, "when Charles Ston
er, director of the Brevard district,
called me yesterday to offer his
"Although,’* Warner continued,
“this will mark the biggest battle
in district history, we are rare that
with such help as has been given
us in this time of need, the mos
quito annoyance will be put down
in record time.”
Navy Te Aid
The Navy will provide chemicals
and fuel oil to spray the extreme
Lower Keys area, Warner said.
He also expressed his thanks to
the Navy.
Meanwhile, every available piece
of ground equipment to fight mos
quitoes has been serviced tad is
Larval inspections are being
made daily, Warner said, to pin
point the tima of emergence of the
adult mosquitoes.
He requested residents not to call
anti mosqeko headquarters since
everything will be done to exter
minate the mosquitoes quickly.
Pay Boost For
Armed Forces Is
On The Agenda
WASHINGTON, if) - Legislation
to boost the pay of all members
of the armed forces was listed
today by Rep. Vinson (D-Ga) as
the No. 1 business for the House
Armed Services Committee in 1955.
Vinson will head the committee
when the new congress convenes
on Jan. S with Democrats in con
"That’s the first thing we must
consider,” Vinson said in an inters
view on his 71st birthday anni
Next in importance be listed a
new shipbuilding program, a mili
tary public works program, and a
two • year extension of the draft
Vinson said legislation to provide
“equitable” increases for all per
sonnel from privates to generals
would be based on studies already
made by the Defense Department
and on studies to be made by the
Armed Services Committee.
"The objective is to provide an
incentive to make the armed serv
ice a career,” tie said.
Anew shipbuilding program, he
•aid, should provide for more air
craft carriers, submarines and de
stroyers, with emphasis on atomic
powered craft.
Death Probe Set
BALTIMORE, Md. iri—An in
vestigation haa begun to determine
the exact cauae of the death yes
terday of Joan C. Miller, 11. Don
ald Miller, the girl’s father, said
she had been suffering from shock
and hysteria since learning of her
grandfather’s death.
Joan’s grandfather Barney A.
Miller, 60, of Jessup, Md., was
killed last Monday by a tractor
trailer. The girl was' extremely de
voted to him, her parents said.
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Johnson Asks
Addition To
Censure Report
McCarthy Is In
Bethesda Hospital
With Sore Elbow
WASHINGTON, (T)—Sen. Edwin
C. Johnson (D-Colo) today asked
that the Senate add to the Mc-
Carthy censure resolution anew
section condemning the Commun
ist party in this country and urg
ing continued investigation of it.
Johnson made this move as
Senate leaders consulted on wheth
er to continue sessions while Sen.
McCarthy is absent and in a hos
The Senate convened at 11 a.m.
(EST) and Republican Leader
Knowland (Calif) told reporters
the censure debate would continue
at least temporarily.
Johnson is a member of the
special six-man committee which
recommended censure of McCar
Te Counter Argument*
His new proposal was seen as
an effort to counter the arguments
by and hi* supporters
that censure would be a victory
for Communists and their support
Johnson said he had planned to
make a speech today in favor of
the censure report and his pro
posed addition but had been told
by Sen. Bridges (R-NH) that Sen,
McCarthy “is quite ffl.”
For this reason, Johnson said
he would delay his statement un
til McCarthy would bo able to hoar
The Bethesda (Md.) Naval Medi
cal Center said today an X-ray
shows no fracture of Sen. McCar
thy’s elbow, but it still is painful
and swollen.
W.O. C. D. Shick, the hospital’*
officer of toe day, said that "as
far as we know at the moment”
McCarthy will remain at the hos
pital for at laast “a few more
Flans Met Known
Knowland said the debate and
possible voting would continue "on
ly in the event it is agreeable to
the various parties.”
He said he had not talked to
Sen. McCarthy bat planned to con
tact him later.
Knowland said he would consult
with McCarthy and those aiding
him In the Senate, spokesmen for
the Watkins committee which un
aniraously recommended censure,
and the Democratic leaders.
Democratic Leader Johnson of
Texas said any decision about con
tinuing or delaying Senate action
was up to Knowland as majority
Knowland said he was sure that
if McCarthy requested a delay in
the proceedings, the Senate would
grant it.
Man Faces Three
Traffic Charges
A local motorist faces three traf
fic charges as the result of an ac
cident Wednesday in which the op
erator of a motor scooter was
slightly injured.
According to toe report of Pa
trolman Herman Conley, the acci
dent occurred at Flagler Ave. and
First St. when a motor scooter op
erated by Miguel Carales, 26, of
31 Nassau Lane, collided with an
automobile driven by Samuel Q.
Miller, 46, a Navy man attached
to the Fleet Sonar’ School.
Carales was treated later for
severe bruises on his ankle and
According to the police report,
the accident was caused when Mil
ler failed to grant the right of way.
Miller was charged with driving
while intoxicated, reckless driving
and causing an accident
Coroner Denies
Statements On
Murder Cause
Telle Of Checking
Rumor Dr. Sheppard
Couldn’t Be Father
CLEVELAND l/P)—Coroner Sam
uel R. Gerber denied today that he
ever said Marilyn Sheppard was
beaten to death because she was
pregnant, but he- admitted check
ing into a rumor that her husband,
charged with the killing, was
"Did you ever assert that the
murder was the result of the preg
nancy of Marilyn Sehppard 7 ”
asked William J. Corrigan, chief
defense counsel for the wom
an’s husband, Dr. Samuel H. Shep
pard, 30-year-old osteopath.
"I never did,” replied Gerber.
Corrigan then demanded whether
Gerber had not intimated the bru
tal bedroom bludgeoning of July 4
was the result of the victim’s four
month pregnancy with her second
"I never heard of it,” the coro
ner answered.
Sterility Question
The possibility of the defendant’s
being sterile was touched upon at
the murder inquest last summer,
but no evidence has been intro
duced to support or refute the
widespread rumor.
Earlier, the coroner, on the stand
for the third straight day in the
nearly five week-old trial, brought
into court a number of articles
removed from Sheppard’s lake
front home. They included a shot
gun which Gerber said was token
from the house by Dr. Richard
Sheppard, Sam’s brother, and later
turned over to authorities.
Other items in Gerber’s collec
tion were * piece of iron pipe
the coroner said was from the
defendant’s sports car, a Jaguar;
a riding crop, and a tire tool.
Ne Bloodstains
There also were two towels Ger
ber said showed "no blood,” and
* rust-stained dirty T-shirt found
near the Sheppard home and like
wise having no blood spots. The
T-shirt was picked up the day of
the murder in a search by police
for Sheppard’s missing T-shirt wit
nesses said Sheppard wore on the
night of the killing.
Corrigan blasted Gerber for fail
ing to test carpeting in the Shep
pard house tor blood stains on the
day of the slaying, and Gerber
“I didn’t see anything I thought
was blood, but I didn’t get on
my hands and knees to go over
the carpeting completely.”
Luminal Use Queried
The defense counsel then asked
if it wasn’t a comparatively simple
matter to expose stains in the dark
by using a "luminal” spray.
The coroner said it was consid
erably more complicated than Cor
rigan made out, and in the inter
change asserted:
"You’re 100 per cent wrong . . .
Luminal must be used with abso
lute cere.”
The 60-yeax-old coroner, the
state’s most important witness to
date, has testified he found the
impression of a surgical instru
ment on the bloody pillow found
on skin Marilyn Sheppard’s bed.
He also ha* supported the state’s
contention that police authorities
had to wait until four days after
the July 4 slaying to get a full
statement from Dr. Sheppard.
Dr. Sheppard, 30, is accused %,{
killing his wife Marilyn, 31, with
27 or more blows on the bead in
the bedroom of their lakefront
home. The murder weapon has
never been found.
Firemen Chop
Up Hotel Walls
NEW YORK (J)—Firemen had to
chop through walls on all 22 floors
of the Biltmore Hotel yesterday
to make sure an incinerator flue
fire was out.
A fire official said intense heat
in the flue, which extends the
height of the building, had started
the cork insulation smoldering.
The only way to make certain no
fire lingered was to stip off all
the insulation.
It was not determined what
made the intense heat in the in
cinerator flue.
The hotel declined to estimate
toe damage.
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TIME OFF—Movie star Burt Lancaster, sporting a rose tattoo on his chest, relaxes between
scenes today during the filming of "The Rose Tattoo." Shown with him is a group of local
women who aro appearing in the movie. Key West phase of the production will ond Sundav.
—Citisan Staff Photo, Don Pinder. 7
“Tattoo” Has Oscar Chances,
Veteran Film Maker Declares
Priest FreeS
From Red Jail
Tells Ordeal
bert Sqhier, Belgian Roman Cath
olic missionary who emerged from
Red China this week, said today
that the report of his death pub
lished by a church society in Bel
gium two years ago was only half
true. He was only half dead.
Father Sohier, 39, who spent 3
years and 4 months in a Com
munist jail in Peiping, was re
leased early this month and ar
rived here by ship. He said from
a hospital bed today he did not
know why the Communists arrest
ed him nor why they released him.
He is still weak from his treat
ment in jail. He has a hump in
his back from a dislocated verte
bra which was not attended to.
He has chain scars on his wrists
and ankles, and slash scars on
his hips and back.
Early Arrest
Born in the Belgian Congo, So
hier went to China more than 10
years ago. He was arrested in one
of the first roundups of priests.
He was reported dead in 1952
and a pamphlet on his career and
death was published in Belgium
at the time. He said he was half
dead at the time—from chains,
beating, back injuries, endless
questioning and sleeplessness.
When the Reds told him he was
being released and deported, they
instructed him to “tell the world
that we have stopped physical tor
ture in jails.”
The Communists charged the
priest with a string of offenses,
from spying to sabotage, but So
hier thinks the roundup was to
eliminate resistance to Peiping’s
reform church.
Queen Mother
Leaves For Home
NEW YORK IF)—Queen Mother
Elizabeth of England sails today
for home after a 22-day visit to
the United States and Canada.
She came to New York by plane
from Ottawa yesterday and went
immediately to the finer Queen
The Queen Mother, who spent
five days touring Canada, was
greeted by a throng of admirers
both at La Guardia Field and at
the ship’s pier.
' To one and all she smiled gra
ciously, waved and called “good
Hal Wallis Compares Film Being
Made Here With Previous Winner
“The Rose Tattoo’” will be a picture of academy
award caliber, according to producer Hal Wallis.
“We think it is as good or better than ‘Come Back
Little Sheba’,” said the veteran film-maker as he relaxed
on the set of the filming of Tennessee Williams’ play at
Duncan and Pearl Streets this morning.
Nov. 29 Given As
Possible Date Of
Meacham Report
Use Panel said today discussions
are still under way on proposed
improvements to Meacham Field,
Key West, Fla„ and that a report
will not be ready for ten days
or more.
The panel met yesterday and
the Meacham Field situation was
discussed again but there was no
information as to what took place.
Joseph Johnson, panel secretary,
told a reporter the report might
be ready on Noy. 29*
The improvements to Meacham
would include extension of a run
way which the Navy ha* said
might interfere with operations t
nearby Boca Chic* Naval Air
The Navy, when asked if it has
taken an official position on the
runway extension, said the matter
is still in the discussion stage.
The panel has before it a sug
gestion by the Air Transport Assn,
that commercial planes be allowed
to use Boca Chica.
The ATA said National Airlines
which now operates at Meacham
could £y larger planes to Key
West if Boca Chica were available.
The association has said further
that it would be a waste of friieral
money to improve Meacham be
cause of its limited use as far
as big planes are concerned.
Juniors Aid Drive
The Community Chest got a boost
Tuesday night when the Junior Wo
man’s Club announced that $l5O
had been raised at the softball
game with toe Lion’s Club last
The Juniors expressed their ap
preciation to the Lions Club and
to the public for their fine coopera
tion in this Community Chest pro
The shooting will continue
through Sunday when the Key West
phase of their activities will wind
up. More than a hundred actors
and technicians have been bard at
work here for more than two weeks
No Expense Spared
Wallis pointed out today that no
expense ha* been spared to bring
to the film the best in acting and
technical talent available.
He’ll also cash in on the foreign
market for the film.
It is no secret that for Euro
pean film makers are eyeing the
progress of “Tattoo” with interest
due to the fact that Italian Star
Anna Magnani is making her Am
erican debut in it.
Male lead Burt Lancaster is also
a favorite of foreign film-goers.
Box Office Appeal
Wallis also commented today
that he feels “ ‘The Rose Tattoo’
will go over big at the box office
because “it has a lot of popular
He said that it will probably not
be released until next fall.
Actual shooting will not be con
cluded, he added, until the end of
The musical score will be com
posed by Alex North, Wallis con
tinued. Since the film is a “mood
picture,” the music will probably
be kept simple, said Wallis.
Pleasing Progress
Director Danny Mann, while he
expressed pleasure over the way
things have been progressing on
the film, would not commit him
self on the possible quality of the
end product.
“I never think further ahead
than the next scene,” said Mann.
Today, a total of 10 Key West
women got into the act. They were:
Marjorie Allen, Zenada Poret, Ma
rie Santana, Jacqueline Dazzo, Ma
ry Clayton, America Arango, Mar
tha Arango, Caridad Anti, Marie
Cisarano and Helen Larsen.
sharp earthquake jolted Southern
California points yesterday.
The shock was felt in Pasadena,
Glendale, Burbank, Van Nuys,
Hollywood, Compton, and Los An
geles. It swayed buildings in San
ta Barbara and light fixtures in
Ventura. No damage was reported.
Survey Team Recommends
New School Construction
e multi-million dollar school construction program
for Monroe County today was recommended by a State
Department of Education survey team.
t T Jj e survey team, ending a two-day look at the coun
ty s schools set the figure needed for new school build-
? n 2 g 30T040 C Udmg * §GW junior - senior hi * h school —at
This figure is only for new
It does not include money
for new equipment in the
classrooms and other facili
Horace O’Bryant, superintendent
of public instruction, called the
figure "very, very conservative.”
The money to finance the pro
jected building program would
come from Federal funds, state
funds, and from a bond issue,
O’Bryant added.
About $700,000, he said, would be
state funds, and about $440,000
would be Federal funds. The re
mainder would be through a bond
Federal funds already have been
allocated for extensive improve
ments at Key West High School.
Federal approval to divert this
sum —.5250,000 - to the new
building program will be sought,
O’Bryant said.
Most of too $2,302,040 will go
for too now junior - senior high
school to bo built at Duncombo
•nd Flagler fvenues where the
school system owns 14.7$ acres
of land.
In its recommendations, the sur
vey team visualized a $1,064,880
pknt on the site to handle grades
from 7 through 12 —a total of
1,226 pupils.
The total number of students was
brpken down into 662 senior high
pupils and 564 junior high at the
new school.
This will leave toe bulk of toe
junior high school students attend
ing the present high school which
will be turned over to junior high
studies entirely.
The present high sch'/ol annex
will be used as an .elementary
In the new junior - senior high
school building there will be 35
classrooms, two science laborator
ies, a home economics suite, a
commercial suite, an industrial
arts shop, a music and band room,
an auditorium, a cafeteria, a gym,
a library, a clinic, offices and auxi
liary facilities.
The high school annex will be
converted into an elementary
school at a cost of $32,000. The pre
sent band room will be changed to
a library and the home economics
suite will be divided into two class
• Seven new classrooms and a ca
feteria will be added at the annex.
At the present high school, plans
call for anew building across Whal
ton Street to provide a band room
while one of the high school’s la
boratories will be converted to a
home economics room.
These alterations are estimated
to cost $19,400.
The survey team, in outlining
these expanded facilities for jun
ior and senior high school students,
predicted that by 1960 Key West
will have 662 senior high pupils
and 1,364 junior high.
For each of the county’s other
schools, the survey team made re
commendations. Here they are by
Harris Schoel Recommended
this be set up for 570 students by
removing the present portable
classrooms and adding 10 new per
manent rooms in a two-story wing
for a total of 19 classrooms. A
cafeteria also will be added.
In the corner rooms of the build
ing, toe partitions will be remov
ed to make two small classrooms
into one big room.
These big rooms will contain 20
square feet more than the State
Department ef Education recom
mends for classrooms.
Cost for Harris School: $162,000.
Truman School— Recommend
ed that it be set up for 720 stu
dents. Enlarge the cafeteria by tak
ing in one classroom and decrease
the student capacity by one class
No cost figure given.
Reynolds School— Set for 210
students. No changes recommend
Poinciana School— Set for 840
students. Expand the kitchen by
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DIAL' 2-5661 or 2-5662 Today
7,333 Students
Predicted By ’6O
By 1960, Monro* County wttl
h*vo 7,733 public school stu
dents, too survey team pre
dict ad.
At present there are about
4,660 students in the county.
The survey team basod its
prediction on the 11.5 per cent
annual increase In the county's
school population.
using part of toe dining room.
Cost: $12,000.
Sua Moore School at Marathon
This rapidly growing school
came in for considerable attention.
By i960, the survey team pre
dicted Sue Moore will have 505
elementary students, 202 junior
high students, and 140 senior high
The survey team recommended
that Sue Moore be re-classified as
a permanent school center to han
dle grades from one through 12.
At present, Sue Moore teaches
grades from one through nine.
The recommendations call for
seven more elementary classrooms*
10 high school classrooms, a sci
ence room, a home economics
room, a music room, a cafetor
ium, and a library.
Cost for Sue Moore School: $312.-
The school system, O’Bryant
said, owns enough land seven
acres there now to take car*
of the expansion.
Coral Shores School at Taver
n**r —By 1960, the survey team
said, Coral Shores will have 330
elementary pupils. 140 junior high
and 96 senior high.
The recommendations mean add
ing one elementary classroom, sev
en high school classrooms, a sci
ence room, a music room, a cafe
teria, and convert the present ca
feteria to a home economics suite.
Cost for Coral Shores School:
By 1960, said tha survey team,
anew elementary school confer
of 19 classrooms and auxiliarks
will be needed In Kay Wast or
on Stock Island.
Cost of the new school: $225,520.
Also, said the team, a one-room
Negro school should be built in
the vicinity of Newport oa Key
Largo when needed.
Grace Jonas Negro School at
Marathon This school now use*
a small church building. The sur
vey team recommended that a one
room building be built.
Cost: SIO,BOO.
Douglass School— Add seven
classrooms and a combination gym
and auditorium, using the present
auditorium as a library.
Cost for Douglass School: SI9V
The survey team was headed by
B. R. Tilley, assistant in surveys*
and L. S. Barstow, assistant in fin
Work Starts On
Traffic Report
Preliminary work started today
on compiling Key West’s annual
traffic report to be submitted to
the National Safety Council, ac
cording to City Manager Victor
It will marie the second year that
Key West has filed such a report
Charles R. Butler, of toe city's
public service department js in
charge of gathering the data Mr
the massive nine section report
Lang also announced that Key
West now ranks 73rd among 141
cities its size in traffic safety, al
though the city’s rating will pro
bably drop somewhat due to to*
high accident rate during Novem
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