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Today Was KEY WEST 68* VOULXXV No. 279 Alex Balfe Is Named To Ferry Cos. Position Move Called First Step In Expansion Of Ferry Service The first step in a major expansion program of Key ferry operations, the appointment of Alex M. Balfe, marine industrialist and former president of the Miami Chamber of Commerce, as general manager of the Caribbean Ferry System, Inc., has been announced. Balfe’* appointment was Announced by N. C. Hines, executive vice-president of |he company. “The service, started October l, tat on aa exploratory basis, to determine the publie need as well aa operatonal requirements/’ Hines •aid, “After reviewing les* than two months of operation, the Board of Directors was unanimous in the decision to proceed with plans for a major expansion.” Advance Reservations Advance reservations into next Cummer, with most trips already completely sold out from January through April, have evidenced the public response, Hines declared. “This also is tha answer to op erational requirements,” he add ed. “We must provide immediately another ship, of larger capacity.” Hines said Balfe, a Vice Presi dent of the Caribbean Ferry Sys tem, was the unanimous choice of the directors to steer the expan sion. “The first step is meeting the demand for service between Key West and Cuba,” Hines said. “And we must move steadily if we are to be ready for the next link be tween Cuba and Mexico.” Yucatan Terminal Hines said Mexico has advised that ths new highway to the ferry terminalP in the Yucatan peninsu la of schedule, and be ready lor the ferry service In 1955. Caribbean plans are for a chain of ferries linking the principal is land countries of the Caribbean for automobile travel with the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America. Balfe has long been an active leader in the development of Uni ted States Latin American rela tions. As president of the Miami Cham ber of Commerce for two terms, he sparked many advances which, have helped open the door for more and easier travel and com merce between the United States and Latin American countries, in cluding organization of the Cham ber of Commerce of the Americas. Orest Future “This automobile ferry system will prove to be the greatest thing that’s ever happened or been done by man to bring the people of the Americas together and weld us all into the force we’ll someday need,” Balfe declared in announcing his acceptance of the general manage ment. Balfe is widely known and ac tively interested in marine and shipping industries throughout the Southeast. He is president of Dade Dry Dock Corporation; vice presi dent and General Manager of Mer rill-Stevens Drydock Cos.; president of Merrill-Balfe Inc.; president of Miami Towing Cos.; vice president and general manager of Merrill Dynamite Cos.; vice president of Florida Home Insurance Cos. In addition to two terms as pre sident of the Miami Chamber of i Commerce, Balfe’s civic service have included Secretary and Pre sident of the Propeller Club, Mia mi, and national vice president. Southeastern Division of the Pro peller Club. DEWEY’S MOTHER DIES OWOSSO, Mich. (A— Mrs. Ann Dewey, mother of Gov. Thomas E. Dewey of New York, was found dead in bed at her home today. Thanksgiving Special! TURKEY DINNER All the Trimmings! TURKEY - DRESSING - CRANBERRY SAUCE FRUIT SALAD - TWO VEGETABLES SOUP - PIE OR ICE CREAM • TEA OR COFFEE $1.25 . . . CHILD'S PLATE. 75c MOODY'S STOCK ISLAND Grocery Next Door Open All Day Ecp Hirst Citifms State Funeral Set In Moscow For Vishinsky Will Be Buried With Other Red Leaders In Kremlin MOSCOW <*) —.The body of Andrei Vishinsky Whs flown home ward today as the Soviet govern ment announced it would give a state funeral in Red Square to the late deputy foreign minister and chief Soviet delegate to the United Nations. Informed sources said the an nouncement of the state funeral meant Vishinsky, who died in New 1 York Monday after a heart attack, would be buried alongside other Communist notables in the Krem lin wall, behind the Lenin-Stalin Tomb in Red Square. A chartered four-engine Strato cruiser left New York for Paris last night with the massive copper casket. Widow Goes Homo Accompanying the body home were Vishinsky’s widow Kapi tolina; the couple’s daughter Zin •aida; Georgi Zarubin. Soviet am bassador to the United States; and six other members of the Soviet representation in the United States. Meanwhile, Jacob Malik, Soviet ambassador to Britain, left London by plane last night for New York to replace Vishinsky temporarily as head of the soviet U.N. dele gation. There has been no an nouncement of Vlshinsky’s perma nent successor. The government announcement of Vishinsky’s permanent succes sor. The government announcement of the funeral plans said that be fored the Red Square rites the body will lie in state in the Hall of Columns of Moscow’s House of Unions, where Stalin’s bier was viewed by thousands. Second Victim Of Sat Crash Reported Dead Lee McKyiver, 40, who was in jured in an auto crash Saturday, died at 8:05 p. m. Sunday in Mon roe General Hospital, it was learn ed today. ' The sheriff’s department said Cpl. S. R. Walker of the Florida Highway Patrol went to the hos pital this morning to interview Mc- Kyiver in connection with the ac cident report and was told the man was dead. McKyiver lived at 831 Thomas St. A woman, Evelyn Davis, 54, of 810 Thomas St., was killed instant ly in the crash. McKyiver was driving a 1940 Hudson sedan that collided with a trailer truck at 4:45 a. m. Satur day on Big Pine Key. Another woman was hospitalized as a result of the crash and an other man escaped injury. McKyiver’s death was the 17th traffic fatality in Monroe County this year. * THE SOUTHERNMOST NEWSPAPER IN THE U.S.A. Meacham Reopens To 4-Engine Cratt Meacham Airport today was re-opened to four-engined air craft, it was announced by Gaorgo Faraldo, airport mana ger. Tha fiald was closed recent ly to four-engined pianos due to the condition of ftio runways. However, Faraldo said the repair work, under his super vision, has been completed and Frank Reynolds of the Civil Aeronautics Authority office in Miami inspected the airport and okayed its use again by four engine planes. Safety Council Works On ‘S-D’ Day Plans Dec. 15 It Day Set To Street Safe Driving By BILL GIBB In a special meeting held last night at the Lions Den, the Key West Safety Coun cil studied ways and means by which this town and Monroe County might ac complish the aims of “S-D Day.” “S-D,” proclaimed by President Eisenhower to be Deq. 15, is an experimental safety drive in which every community throughout the nation will strive to avoid traffic accidents. “SD” means “Safe- Driving.” Roper Outlines Plans Watson Roper, Chief Deputy in the Sheriff’s office and member of the Key West Safety Council, out lined plans formulated by he and Patrolman Jim Wilder, also of the Sheriff’s office, concerning this spe cal day. Tentatively, it is being consid ered to hold a neighborhood par ade consisting of law enforcement cars and examples of wrecks. This would be a small cavalcade which would travel off the main thoroughfares and attempt to reach folks with an educational message. Participation Asked Various organizations will be in vited to participate in the activi ties of “S-D Day.” This will be a time when our locality will be competing with the entire United States. Successful accomplishment of the aims for the day will not only result in saving thousands of dol lars perhaps even painful injur ies and lives —but it will give us valuable publicity in every nook and cranny of the nation. Another special meeting of the Safety Council will be held next Tuesday, Nov. 29. County Patrol man Jim Wilder urges all civic and fraternal groups to send a repre sentatives to this meeting.' Wilder is to be in charge of the coordination of “SD Day” activi ties on a county-wide scale. TRIAL POSTPONED LA BELLE —Trial of two Hendry County commissioners, T. J. Crawford Jr. and C. E. Miner, both of Clewiston, accused of em bezzling $3lO worth of lumber, has been postponed in Circuit Court to Feb. 21. . ’ The indictment alleges they do nated the lumber to a Negro chur ch before last spring’s primary el ections and charged it off to a bridge project. INSULATION BOARDS at Strunk Lumber 120 SIMONTON, near Fish Docks LOGUN'S Re-Opening See Ad Page 7 KEY WEST, FLORIDA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1954 Nation To Give Thanks Tomorrow Presidents Agree On Wording Of Annual Message NEW YORK UP)—Each year, they say it. The words don’t vary muen, even though the authors do. And whether it’s now, or next time, or recently, or long ago, the idea is the same. The gist of it: “Thanks to the Lord.” Along about this time every autumn, the President of the United States sends out an annual message, and if you run back through them, you’ll find this is one subject Presidents agree on. Asa bit of sideline research, Dr. F. Eppling Reinartz, secretary of the United Lutheran Church, did just that, and came up with a string of presidential words of reverence and thanks for the past 90 years. On the basis of these messages, he said, it has certainly not been the fault of the President* if the traditional Thanksgiving obser vance was focused “on anything else than God himself.” First Proclamation The national holiday didn’t be gin until the era of Abraham Lin coln the first President to issue a Thanksgiving proclamation —• al though the custom harks back to the Pilgrims. It had sort of faded into Colonial history until Lincoln “revived the celebration,” Dr. Reinartz said. Only some New England states and a few others had taken official note of the occasion, when in 1864, with the sorrows of the Civil War still on him, Lincoln started the succession with these words: “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States . . . those at sea . . . those sojourning in foreign lands to ob serve the last Thursday in Novem ber as'a day of Thanksgiving and prais* to our beneficent Father who dwell?th in the heavens ~/’ Words Echoed And the words echoed down the years. All the 18 Presidents since took up the theme. Here are a few of the messages: Grover Cleveland: “Let our people . . . with prayer and songs of praise give thanks to our Heav enly Father for all that He hath done for us, while we humbly im plore the forgiveness of our sins and a continuance of His mercy.” William McKinley; “in Remem brance of God’s goodness to us during the past year, whsh has been so abundant, ‘let us offer our thanksgiving and pay our vows unto the Most High’.” Theodore Roosevelt: “We live in easier times and more plentiful times than our forefathers, the men who with rugged strength faced the rugged days; and yet the dangers to national life are quite as great now as at any pre vious time in our history. It is fitting that we should ... set apart a day for praise and thanks giving to the Giver of Good.” Woodrow Wilson: “In a spirit of devotion and stewardship we should give thanks in our hearts and dedicate ourselves to the serv ice of God’s merciful and loving purposes.” Franklin D. Roosevelt: “. „ to set aside in the autumn of each year a day on which to give thanks to Almighty God for the blessings of life is a wise and reverent custom.” Dwight D. Eisenhower: “On that day let all of us ... . bow before God in contrition for our sins, in suppliance for wisdom . . . and in gratitude for the manifold blessings He has bestowed upon us and upon our fellow man.” RED GATEWAY WEST PALM BEACH (JF—Flor ida is a gateway for communist propaganda flowing between North and South America, Ellis Rubin, an assistant state attorney gen eral, said here yesterday in a talk at a Junior Chamber of Com merce meeting. Lee’s Orient Restaurant COMPLETE THANKSGIVING Turkey Dinner. . . . $2.50 CHILD'S PLATE $1.50 Served From 11:30 AM. ’til 9 PM. 506 Fleming Street Phone 2-7932 Sen. Neblett T akes Oath Of Office This Morning ■ Mi, NEW SENATOR-—Bill Neblett (left) today was sworn in at slate senator by County Clerk Eerl Adams. Neblett is the dis trict's first senator from Key West in 16 Staff Photo, Don Pindar. Neighbors Tell Of Lights In House On Night Of Murder By RICHARD SMITH CLEVELAND, M—The prosecu tion punched today at two episodes in Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard’s ac count of the night his wife was murdered. It got witnesses to say his house was ablaze with light and the lake outside was rough. A Sheppard neighbor, Mrs. Jay L. Bender, testified the saw fights upstairs and down at 2:15 a.m. on the murder morning. Sheppard has said he chased his wife’s killer through a darkeaed house. John Tronti, a dark, burly cus todian, said he had to quit fish ing in Lake Erie near Sheppard’s home that morning becuase the water was “bad” and lashing al most the entire beach. The state claims Sheppard’s account of a struggle with Marilyn Sheppard's killer at the edge of the water is phony because it says he would have been drowned after being knocked out. But Sheppard’s lawyers hit back on a fingerprint expert’s testimony that he found only one left thumb print —Sheppard's— on Marilyn’s bed. Defense Counsel William J Cor rigan suggested Sheppard could have pressed his thumb against Hungry Thief Munches Chicken Life can be tedious. If you don't think so, just ask Lee Siems, of 120 Ann St. Ho reported to polico that somebody broke into his heme yesterday and perpetrated the following outrages: 1. They ate one chicken found in the refrigerator. 2. They smoked all of Siems* cigarettes. 3. They made off with $35 In cash. Patrolman Ralph Maribona investigated the incident. the bed while kissing Marilyn good night before she was murdered. Furthermore, defense counsel William J. Corrigan theorized while questioning a fingerprint expert, his client had two chances to press his thumb against the bed five and eight days after she was bludgeoned to death. Corrigan was questioning Cleve land fingerprint expert Jerome C. Poelking. Poelking said yesterday he found only one print —of Shep pard’s left thumb—on the murder bed. 10-Day' Delay But he said he discovered it on July 23 lO days after Marilyn Sheppard, four months pregnant, was beaten to death in bed. Corrigan also asked: “Did you know Sam Sheppard had been in the room after July 4 on two oc casions, July 9, July 12?” “No, I did not,” Poelking replied. In resuming his cross-examina tion of Poelking today. Corrigan almost immediately went to the subject of the bedroom thumb - print. “Did you know there were a great many people in that room before July 23?” the defense at torney asked. “I didn’t know of my own knowl edge,” replied Poelking. “I heard rumors.” The officer testified that he went to the Sheppard home on July 23 specifically “looking for any fin gerprints in the death room.” “And did you find no finger prints at all except Sam Shep pard’s?” Corrigan continued. “Yes, I did,” Poelking told him. “I found some palm prints belong ing to some detectives on the scene on a door leading into the bedroom.” * Other fingerprint men from Cleveland police headquarters had testified they did not examine the bed closely on the day of the slay ing for fear they might disturb it, and thus hinder the process of the investigation. Perez Bros. BAKERY PIES for That THANKSGIVING FEAST Pumpkin - Mine# • Apple Pineapple • Kay Lima Open Thursday TUI 1:30 P.M. 1025 WHITE PHOME 2-2141 Key West Has Its First Senator In Sixteen Years By DENIS SNEIGR The first state senator from Key West in 16 yoAr* took the oath of office today. He was Bill Neblett, Key West attorney, who was beginning his first political office. County Clerk Earl Adams administered the oath of office in the commission chamber in the county court house shortly after 10 a. m. Neblett represents Flor ida’s largest senatorial dis trict, geographically the 24th, comprising Lee, Coll ier, Hendry, and Monroe Counties. The last senator for this district who was from Key West was Ar thur Gomez, Neblett recalled. Re-Apportionment Aim The new senator is a strong ad vocate of senatorial re-apportietf-' ment, including a senator from Monroe County. “Informally,” he said, ‘T have tested the sentiment in the senate and find that it is favorable for re apportionment.” Neblett said he has asked for an appointment to the senate’s con servation committee and to a judi ciary committee dealing with court reforms. “The conservation problem is a heavy one in this district,” he said, “what with the large amount of fishing and crawfishing.” New Highway He also said he would press for another highway to connect the Florida Keys with the mahdand in the Cape Sable area. “The exact route," he added, “will have to be determined by en gineers.” Along with anew link to the mainland, Neblett also advocates another water pipeline from the mainland to the Keys. “The new road,” he said, “would not require a bond issue. It would be financed by tolls.” Neblett already has been work ing at his new job of senator even before he took the oath. West Coast Visits He has made seven trips to the Florida west coast to visit consti tuents and has journeyed to Tal lahassee twice. Tomorrow, he and h?s family leave for Gainesville to be guests of Acting President Allen of Flo rida University and to see the Mia mi U-Florida U football game. Neblett also will make an inspec tion tour of Florida U. On this trip, Mrs. Neblett, the former Doris Lones, and the sena tor will vist the Harry-Anna Crip oled Children’s home at Umatilla, Fla. Active Dee Mrs. Neblett, a Doe, will bring holiday gifts to one of the crippled children. Each Doe is assigned a erippled child and gives the child gifts dur ing the holidays. Neblett, a graduate of the Uni veristy of Miami law school, has lived in Key West since 1929 and in Florida since 1922. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba, where his father, The Rev. S. A. Neblett, was a Methodist mission ary. The Rev. Neblett, now retired, lives in Nashville, Tenn. His Family The senator and Mrs. Neblett, who live at 415 Francis St., have three children, Viann, 22; Bill, Jr., 20, a Florida State University junior; and Frank, 8. Neblett is a Navy Reserve com mander, retired. He served four years in the U. S. Marine Corps two years in the Coast Guard, and (Continued on Page Seven) | THE FLAME RESTAURANT IS OFFERS A COMPLETE I Thanksgiving Dinner. . $1.85 I Children's Dinner . . . $1.25 m Baking by George and Grace u . TELEPHONE 2-6044 404 TRUMAN AVENUE 11*0 A.M. -f: 30 P.M. For Quick Communication Use CLASSIFIED Ads! You'll reach buyers and sellers— tenants or workers . . , Just DIAL 2-568 1 or 2-5662 Today PRIC* FIVE CENTS 65 Motorists Given Summons In Drive Today Police Drive Starts On Roosevelt Blvd. Sixty-five. Key West mot orists were\|, handed city court this morning for failure, to obtain auto safety inspection stickers as a full-scale police depart ment.crackdown on such vio lators got underway. Police Lt. Joseph Cerezo led • squad of policemen in the drive which started shortly after 6 o’clock on Roosevelt Blvd. Police set up a road block and stopped traffic moving towards downtown Key West. Mass Failure The drive was started as a re sult of the failure of an estimated two thousand motorists to obtain the safety stickers. City Tax Collector Archie Rob erts said today that only 7,369 mo torists have showed up at the Num ber Two fire station for the semi annual safety checks. City officials had expected that ten thousand slickers would be is sued this year. The regular in spection period ended Oct. 15. Drive To Continue Police Chief Bienvenido Perea said today that the crackdown will continue nntil all offenders have been found. “The law says that every motorist in Key West must obtain the stickers, not just a few of them,” said Perez. Penalty for failure to obtain the stickers, police said, is a one dol lar fine if the offender appears vol untarily and a two dollar fine if a summons is issued. Auto safety inspections are held each Saturday from 8:30 to 1 p. m. at the Number Two fire station* Seidenburg Ave. and 12th St. Stripper’s Trial Is Postponed The trial of a local strip tease dancer has been postponed until next Wednesday, it was announc ed today. The dancer, Lorraine Fontaine, of the Surf Motel, was scheduled to be tried this afternoon in city court. She was arrested Sunday in the Preview Lounge during a rad personally conducted by Police Chief Bienvenido Perez. The trial of the manager of the bar, Genevieve Allard, 1224 4th St., was also postponed until Wednes day. MALIK ARRIVES NEW YORK (fi - Jacob Malik arrived here by plane today to suc ceed the late Andrei Vishinsky at leader of the Soviet Union delega tion to the United Nations.