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GEE—Startled at tha sounds of electronic beeps, Virginia Grey tries to tell Ben Cooper of what
she Is hearing. Mike Orbovick, iorpedoesmate first class (SS), center, on duty with the Squad
ron 12 submarine Balao, is amused ai Miss Grey's explanation. Both Hollywood stars are in Key
West for the Hal Wallis Paramount Vista-Vision filming of "The Rose Tatlod."—Official U.S.
Navy Photo.
Spray Planes
Arrive Today
Three spray pi anas from the
Bravard County Mosquito Con*
trol district arrived at Maacham
- Airporf at 1 p. m. today.
Tha planas wara brought Kara
to fight an axpactad mosquito
swarm that may hatch as a re
sult of last weekend's record
Strange Incident
At Casa Marina
Beach Today
Screen Star Marsia PaVan
was rescued from an eight
foot tiger shark here today
by an ex-policeman, who
pulled her ud onto a pier
only five feet ahead of the
pursuing fish, according to
the Paramount publicity de
The shapely brunette actress who
is on location here with Burt Lan
caster and Anna Magnani filming
Hal Wallis’ “The Rose Tattoo” was
swimming beyond a pier, outside
a fenced bathing area, whert Gwen
Carter, a vacationing Detroit court
reporter, screamed a warning of
ths shark’s approach.
johnny Yates, 28, former police
man of 2120 Seidenberg Ave., Key
West, ran to the end of the pier
and hauled Miss Pavan, twin sis
ter of Pier Angeli, to safety.
The shark then skirted the fenced
bathing area, where members of
the Chattanooga High School foot
ball team were swimming, and ap
proached within 50 feet of a beach
before disappearing.
Lancaster. Miss Magnani, Di
rector Daniel Mann, Virginia Grey,
Ben Cooper, Playwright Tennessee
Williams and others of “The Rose
Tattoo” company have been swim
ming the same area for two weeks
and Paramount Pictures officials
immediately ordered them to stay
cut of the vicinity.
Miss Pavan and Cooper, who
play young lovers in the VistaVi
•ion filming of the high Broadway
comedy-drama, will be required,
however, to swim from a boat off
the same pier tomorrow but will
be guarded by spear fishermen
and riflemen.
C. W. Morrison, M.D,
W. R. Ploss, M.D.
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A STAR LOOKS UP—Seeing how'submariners look through a
periscope, Virginia Grey, featured in Hal Wallis' Paramount
filming of "The Rose Tattoo," is busily engaged in getting first
hand knowledge of this important piece of submarine equip
ment. Miss Grey and Ben Cooper toured submarine Balao
, Thursday and were luncheon guests of the officers and crew.
—Official U.S. Navy Photo.
Secrecy Surrounding Fields
Family Continues At Reunion
ZURICH, Switzerland W>—Her
mann Field arrived in Zurich to
day for a reunion with his wife,
Katy. He has not seen her since
his imprisonment in Communist
Poland five years ago.
Both Field’s wife and sister, Dr.
Elsie Field of Urbana, 111., were
in Zurich to meet the man who was
set free by the Communists three
weeks ago.
The air of mystery and hush
hush which has surrounded the
case of Hermann and other mem
bers of his family was present
again at his arrival on a Swiss
plane from Prague.
Field was met by Swiss police
who whisked him off to the cus
toms office in the airport admin
istration building. They barred
newsmen and photographers from
approaching the plane, and for a
while the identity of the arrival
could not be fixed.
Press Ban Ordered
Police said they had been ordered
by the government’s political de
partment to ban reporters from the
area around the plane. The airport
manager said the Swiss were act
ing at the request of U.S. Ambas
sador Frances E. Willis.
Hermann’s wife and sister were
making every effort to avoid news
papermen. In this they had the full
cooperation of authorities.
Field, the former Cleveland arch
itect, flew unaccompanied into Zu
rich. About 20 minutes after he ar
rived his sister, Elsie, was brought
to the airport in a police car. Ap
parently his wife was also in the
airport building but police kept re
porters from observing her.
The same precautions surround
ed yesterday’s trip by Field’s wife
and sister. The crew of a British
airliner said in Vienna they had
helped the two women leave their
plane in Zurich last night without
newsmen at the airport being
Howard Donovan, the U.S. con
sul general in Zurich, was at the
airport to talk to Hermann, who
had been convalescing in a Warsaw
sanitarium since the Poles released
His brother Noel, a prewar State
Department employe, and Noel’s
wife Herta were hiding out from
the press in Budapest.
Painters Union
Pickets Motel
In Protest
Renovations At
Cohen’s Beach
Motel Hampered
Work on renovations to
the South Beach Motel,
Simonton Street, came to a
virtual standstill Thursday
when Local 1315, Painters
Union, threw a picket line
around the establishment in
protest of the hiring of non
union painters on the job.
The painter’s action resulted in
the union carpenters, masons and
roofing officials removing their
workmen from the project.
Cohen Warned
Gus Disdier, business agent of
the painters union, said that the
owner of the motel, Max Cohen,
had been warned that the action
would be taken but that he had
gone ahead and hired non-union
workmen. They are being paid
from $1.25 to $l5O per hour instead
of the union rate of $2.47 per hour,
Disdier said.
The picketing started Thursday
and continued today. The other
trade unions pulled their men off
the project early today in sym
Two non-union painters continu
ed to work on the exterior of the*
building today, but all other work
was at a standstill.
Second Action
It was the second Key West bus
iness place to be picketed by the
union men in the past two weeks,
according to Disdier.
Meanwhile, motel proprietor Co
hen shrugged off the infant strike
saying: “Let them 'picket l’ll
still be open for business Nov. 24.”
He said the motel is undergoing
a complete remodelling job in pre
paration for the winter season, |
Chamber Backs
Traffic Plan
The Key West Chamber
of Commerce has gone on
record sustaining its traf
fic committee’s recommen
dation for easing the flow
of automobile traffic in the
business section, it was an
nounced today.
After several months study the
chamber’s special committee sub
mitted a plan that included expan
sion of the metered parking area
to streets adjacent to Duval, and
Simon ton Sts.
Parking on Duval was recom
mended to be abolished, except for
loading and unloading on one side
Parking Area
Another recommendation the
chamber made included the pur
chase of the proDerty at Simton
ton and Angelia .Streets f o r a pub
lic parking area.
Parking space at the Clyde -
Mallory property on Front Street
was also included in the plan.
t The recommendation now goes
to the City Commission with the
chamber’s board’s blessing.
Prior to this the Traffic Com
mittee itself headed by M. E. Ben
nett and the city’s traffic com
mittee headed by Jim Keene ap
proved the plan.
Now the recommendation has the,
entire Chamber’s approval
this Board action.
Growing Alarm
Chamber directors expressed
their growing alarm of what the
downtown traffic picture will be
during this coming winter season
it immediate action isn’t taken to
relieve the congestion.
They agreed that the parking of
autos and trucks on Duval Street
was the principal cuase of traffic
bottlenecks. All-day parkers on
downtown side streets also contri
bute problems.
They have expressed hope that
this action, if adopted by the City
Commission, will help put to an
end some of our problems. *
U.S. Takes On Building
Billion $ Radar Project
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LABOR DIFFICULTY—Members of the local painters union aro shown as they picket the South
Beach Motal in protest of tho hiring of non-Union workers on a renovation project. "Let 'em pic
ket." saya owner Max Cohen—Citizen Staff Photo, Don Pinder. „
Drive Slated
By Local VFW
A concentrated member
ship drive has been slated
by the Veterans of Foreign
Wars for tonight and to
morrow, Senior Vice Com
mander Sam Bath said to
Bath will be in the 500 block on
Duval Street tonight from 6 to 8
p. m. and tomorrow from 4 to 8
p. m. to outline benefits assured
by membership in the VFW and
to enroll veterans who have serv
ed overseas in wars involving the
United States.
Leader's Urging
Commander - in - Chief of the
organization, Merton B Tice of
Mitchell, South Dakota, urges eli
gible veterans to join the VFW by
“In times of war, men join to
gether in companies, regiments and
divisions to win the victory.
“In times of peace, America’s
overseas veterans have the oppor
tunity to join together as members
ot the VFW to help make sure
the blessing* of victory are not
“You owe it to your country, to
your community, to your loved ones
and to the men who served at
your side overseas to belong to
an organization that is dedicated
to only one great purpose to
honor the dead by helping the liv
“If you’re an overseas veteran
who is entitled to wear any of
Uncle Sam’s military campaign
ribbons, you are eligible to be a
member of the Veterans of. For
eign Wars.”
The theme for the membership
drive now being carried on is
“America Love it or leave it,”
and Bath urges that all eligible
veterans take advantage of this
opportunity to show their love for
their country.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand WV-
Work on New Zealand’s first
atomic plant probably will begin
within a year, Dr. H. It. C. Pratt,
a member of the United Kingdom
Atomic Energy Authority, said to
day. Britain is financing the ini
tial plant.
Women Play A Vital Role In
Civil Defense, Leaders Say
Colonel Alvin R. Moore, USA .(ret) urged every wo
man in Key West to assume responsibility for some job
in Civil Defense even if it is to learn to take proper care
of her own children in the event of national disaster, be
cause if this were done, these children would not require
the attention of others. .
Col. Moore and Charles Curry,
Monroe County Civil Defense chair
man, were guest speakers at a
recent meeting of the Business and
Professional Women’s Club.
Both men agreed that women
are “vital” to the civil defense
of a community.
Curry spoke on “Recognition of
Civil Defense Needs in a Com
munity” and Col. Moore, who was
stationed in England during World
War 11, spoke on “Civil Defense in
Action and the Part Women Play
in It.” ‘
Meaning Of C. D.
“Civil Defense,” Curry said, “is
exactly what the words imply
defense on the part of civilians—
and is recognized as the fourth
arm of defense of the nation.”
The speaker told the business
women that the Congress had turn
ed the job of organization over to
the states and that Florida had
charged the counties with the re
sponsibility of having adequate
civil defense.
In Monroe County, he said, Key
West had received favorable action
from the city commission who adop
ted an ordinance officially recog
nizing Civil Defense and providing
leadership for residents to follow
in organizing their own civil de
‘ Apathy Rapped
He blamed public apathy for the
lack of activity in Civil Defense
and warned that the community
should overcome this soon since
we “never know when disaster may
In answer to the question
“What’s the use of worrying about
Civil Defense in Key West with
the Navy here?” Curry replied that
the Navy will be doing the actual
fighting and these men would not
be available on land to save lives,
give first aid and provide atten
He listed the “big ten” of. civil
defense the services it is up to
the civilians to organize.
These services are warden, fire,
police, health, welfare, engineering,
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Errant Choppers
Found By Coppers
Novcr lot it bo said that tho
Koy Wost Polico Department
isn't ready to tackle any as
signment, however novel, and
carry it through to successful
Tangiblo proof of that record
was in evidence early today
when the local constabulary
was called upon to retrieve a
tourist's false teeth from the
ocean off the Koy Wostor Ho
tel, South Roosovolt Blvd.
Lt. Buster Cerezo and Patrol
man Mario Santana were tho
intrepid officers who conduct
ed the search for the errant
choppers. They found them.
The bridgework had bzfen
lost by a visitor at the hotel
from Delaware, who fell into
the ocean while on e nocturnal
stroll. He was taken to Monroe
General Hospital for treatment
of a gash on his head. His wife
requested a police escort back
to tho scene to rotrievo his
Lockwood Boy Is
Reported Missing
Eston Lockwood, 14, was report
ed missing at 10:30 p. m. last
night by his father, A. L. Lock
wood, 34-B Sigsbee Park, the sher
iffs department reported today.
The boy had been missing since
noon yesterday.
He was described as slender,
five feet, four inches tall, and
weighing 110 pounds.
Eston was wearing a T-shirt,
blue checkered jacket, blue dun
garees and pilot boots.
Hie sheriff’s department said Es
ton was last seen with George Tay
lor, another youngster.
The department said it had no
description of the Taylor boy.
For Quick Communlcatica,
reach buyers and sellers—
tenants or workers . . . Just
DIAL 2-5661 or 2-5662 Today
Distant Early
Warning Posts
Are Planned
The United States has as*
sumed the job of building
the “distant early warning”
line of radar stations along
the Canadian-Alaskan rim
of the continent.
An announcement made
simultaneously today in
Washington and Ottawa
said the two governments
have agreed:
L “To proceed with the construc
tion” of the perimeter warning net
for enemy bombers, whose cost is
unofficially estimated at about one
billion dollars.
2. That “although both Canada
and the United States will partici
pate in the project, responsibility
for the work of construction and
installation should be vested in the
United States.”
Money Available
Defense Department officials
said sufficient money is available
in the current budget to go ahead
with the project and that additional
money will be requested in the next
The announcement was much
like one issued last Sept. 27, out
lining two existing or building
northern radar systems, saying
there was agreement on need for
a distant early warning system.
That announcement said “the basis
of participation by the two coun
tries in the construction and oper
ation of the line, and the division
of costs,” would be determined
In Planning Stage
Today’s coordinated announce
ments spoke only of “planning” for
the distant line.
However, in September 1953, the
Western Electric Cos. announced it
was starting work, under a contract
with the U.S. Air Force, of the first
experimental units of a “distant
early warning line.” That an
nouncement said the project was
started in December 1952 and that
the first units were being installed
.on Barter Island, off the northern
coast of Alaska.
In response to questions, an Air
Force spokesman said today thu
first experimental units have been
linked to the continental defenst
Announcement Text
Today’s announcement said:
“Four main elements of a warn
ing and control system now appear
to be practicable, namely: The
main control and warning radar
installations in the populated part
of Canada (the jointly operated
Pinetree network) and in the
United States, which are now in
operation; a warning line north of
the settled areas of Canada (the
mid-Canada line), being built by
Canada; a warning line across the
most northerly practicable part of
North America (the distant early
warning or Dew line); and portions
of the complete warning and con
trol system in Canada to be extend
ed to seaward on both flanks of the
continent by the United States.”
The announcement did not ex
plain this latter reference. How
ever, it presumably referred to air
borne and seaborne radar. Also, the
United States is constructing off
its own eastern coast a series of
radar stations mounted on towers
standing in the sea at points up to
100 miles off the coast.
Strunk Lumber
Simonton, near Waathor Bureau

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