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Today Wap i KEY WEST 68° VOL. LX XV No. 293 . ..... .... , ®*|! ' ■■ I 4 S gBPMgj 3 & ||J | JV ; *r i i N |B^ V ft 1 Pm: H iipw ' KB j ' | '^S m. Ii Jr v 1\ 1/ • WHitf 1 Jl HHff *\ ■•' ■ mnURS i-x I rfs&fl HE t J V V* - H V S gia - fEi VOICE Of 1 DEMOCRACY WINNERS Harry Knight, president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, congratulates Miss Mary Harris, Key West High School senior, on winning the annual Voice of De mocracy essay*contest here. At right, Mrs. Winifred Sands Johnson, Douglass High teacher accepts the third prise place award for Miss Matilda Roberts, of Douglass School, who was unable to attend the dinner honoring tho winning contestants. Miss Madeline Deßarcee, Convent student, (second fiill place winner. Miss Harris received a SSO defense bend donated by Spillman. P|inlflMtend Inland wtenvay Is Lauded Local Yachtsmen Gte Increased Business Which W r ould Be Result By JIM COBB The possibility that the inland waterway may be ex tended to Key West met with enthusiastic approval to day from local marine industry representatives. W Extension of tfcf protected sea lane between Mi ami ancT Key West was advocated yesterday at the clos ing session of the American Merchant Marine Confer ence and the Propeller Club of the U. S., in Miami The action by the agencies, two of the most influential groups of marine industrialists, renewed the hopes of Key Westers, who have long advocated extension of the in land waterway to stimulate the in flux of yachts to Key West and as a possible national defense mea sure. Congress Approves Congress has approved the pro ject in the past but has failed to appropriate funds for the multi million dollar undertaking. The chief advantage of the pro ject, according to local marine ex perts, would be the fact that yachts men, now hesitant about coming to Key West because of the lack of a protected channel, would be en couraged to make the trip. At the present, the inland water way extends only to Bahia Hon da, about 48 miles by sea from Key West. It is now necessary for small boats to pass under the Moser Channel bridge and enter Hawke’s Channel to make the trip to Key West. Present Picture That route requires that small boatmen wait for favorable wea ther, a discouraging factor for Key West’s yachting possibilities. Most of the yachts are stopping at Marathon, a fact that has re sulted in booming business for that middle-key community. A. Maitland Adams, former may or of Key West and vice president of Thompson' Enterprises, sum med up the sentiments of those in terested in development of the wa terway when he pointed out that “it has been our goal for many years the extension of the chan nel would be a wonderful thing for Key West.’’ Commercial Possibility “We have a yacht basin, hut •mall boats must wait for good weather to reach it,” said Adams. He added that the channel could serve as a stimulus to the start of commercial barge operations by allowing them to make the Miami- Announcement Dr. Robert C. Welsh, M. D. ■ye surgeon from Miami, will be here for consultation an Sat urday, Dee. 11. FOR APPOINTMENT Coil Dr, Keene , . . Telephone 2*7622 824 DUVAL STREET ©be Mt& Hcst Citifen Key West trip in rough weather. Edwin Trevor, president of the Key West Chamber of Commerce said: “The Chamber of Commerce has always been interested in hav ing the inland waterway extended and we’U continue our efforts to make it a reality.’’ Trevor also pointed out that in the event of a war or national em ergency, the waterway would serve as a valuable alternate avenue jf transportation for the local Navy installations. Resolution Passed • Treveor also pointed out that in The resolution passed in Miami yesterday said: “Inland waterway transportation should be extended to include all rivers, connecting waterways and harbors which are in the public interest,” the resolution declared. Another resolution urged that all agencies of the federal government use private American flag vessels for transport of all passengers and cargo, civilian or military. The groups stressed the “import ance of an adequate private ship building and ship repair industry in continuous active operation at all times as a vital element in our economc and national security.” Reduction of Panama Canal tolls “to the extent necessary to assist the intercoastal commerce of the United States” was asked in an other resolution. “Legislation should he enacted to end the half-century of contro versy over the distribution of costs and toll rates of the Panama Ca nal,” it said. v Another resolution asked repeal of the transportation tax on per sons and property. STEAMER CAPSIZES TEHRAN, Iran GB—A Persian Gulf storm capsized a steamer near the port of Bushire Wednes day and 20 persons drowned, the newspaper Keyhaa reported. ■ii?l THE SOUTHERNMOST NEWSPAPER IN THE U.S.A. Choral Groups Will Present Xmas Programs Event* Slated At Nativity Scene On Courthouse Lawn The Key West Chamber of Commerce released to day the names of choirs and choral groups that will pre sent a program each even ing next week at the Christ mas Nativity Scene on the Courthouse lawn. Mary Lee Graham, chairman of the , Chamber’s Rental Division music committee for the Christmas season program, announced that on Monday evening, December 13, the Douglass School Choral Group, un der the direction of Mercedes Han nibal wiH sing carols between 7:30 and 8 p. m. On Tuesday the Fleming Street Methodist Church Choir under the direction of Mrs. Claude Salis will sing at the same hour. St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church Choir will appear on Wed nesday, Dec. 15, according to Wil liam Warner, spokesman for the group. On Thursday St. Paul’s Episco pal- Choir will present the pro gram, under the direction of Com mander S. H. Pierce. At present Friday, Dec. 17, is open but will he filled by either the Key West High School Choral Group or a choir from the Naval Station Chapel, according to Tom Whitley, director of both choruses. The Coral Serenaders, directed by Mercedes Hannibal, will sing on Saturday evening. All groups will, begin their pro grams at 7:30 each evening. Some will present half-hour programs and others will present slightly longer entertainment. The public is invited to attend these events. They will be staged beside the Nativity scene in Court house Square. -■ , f Chancellor Sends Doll To U.S. Girl ESSEX, Md. OB—Roberta Sue Owens, 8, saw a recent newspaper picture of a souvenir doll West Germany Chancellor Konrad Ad enauer presented Secretary of State Dulles. She wrote Adenauer asking how she could get one. Back came a doll and a letter from one of the Chancellor’s aides saying, “It is meant as a Christ mas present from Chancellor Ad enauer.” Roberta will tell the story in a Voice of America broadcast sched uled Dec. 20. KEY WEST, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1954 BULLETIN Body Found The body of e white man was found on a key about 10 miles west of Tavernier this morning, the sheriff's depart* ment reported. Up until The Citizen's deed* line, the body had not been identified. Several days age a whit# man was reported to the sheriff's department as missing from Islamorada. Underwater , Photos Won’nj Be Released Navy Decides Not To Permit Use Of Color Photographs By DENIS SNEIGR The underwater color photos of a submarine, made here the night of Nov -22, are classified and will not be released, The Citizen learned today. This is the latest of three conflicting Navy decisions on what to do with the night color photos of the submer ged submarine. A spokesman at the office of the Chief of Navy Information in Wash ington, according to the Associated Press, said the photos were made for the Bureau of Ordnance and are classified. Applies to Sylvania “This applies also to Sylvania,” the AP message read. Previously, the word on the dis position of the photos the first color phots ever made at night of a submerged sub was that (hey had been given to the Sylvania Electric Products Corporation for use in advertising. Lt. R. J. Fay, commanding offlt c*r of the Navy's Underwater Swimmers’ School and who made the photos, recently made that statement to this reporter. The first Navy decision on the photos that The Citizen lerned of, came from Capt. S. G. Selby in the office of the Navy’s Chief of Information. Earlier Word Capt. Selby signed a telegram for Rear Adm. W. G. .Beecher say ing that all the photos were for “across the board release” by the Defense Department. The telegram was addressed to this reporter in response to a query wired to Washington last Septem ber. At that time, Lcdr. Charles A. Hooper, officer in charge of the Navy’s Underwater Photo Team, was here with his men to work out details of the photo. Also here at that time were re presentatives of Sylvania. The Sylvania representatives gave The Citizen still another de cision on the ultimate disposition of the photos. Life's Edge According to the Sylvania repre sentatives, the photos were to be released first in Life Magazine.' This looked very possible at the time, since. Peter Stackpole, Life . (Continued on Page Two) Temporary Ban Placed On Fill Work By Cohen A temporary injunction barring Max Cohen, motel owner, from fill ing a four-inch atrip of oeean bot tom land today was granted by Circuit Court Judge Aquilino Lo pez, Jr. Morris and Hilda Mazur* owners of the Atlantic Shores Motel, 510 South Street, asked for the injunc tion through their attorney, Bill Neblett. Allan B. Cleare, Jr., re presented Cohen. The strip of land, four inches on the ‘bottom, would be 22 inches wide at the top of the seawall bounding Mazur’s property on the southwest The bottom of the wall is four inches inside the Mazur property. Cohen is filling his land and building a seawall. In doing so, the Mazurs contended that he was plac ing fill on their four inches of ocean bottom. The court’s decision placed the Mazurs under $250 bond and or dered that the Mazurs pay any da mages if a final hearing shows that Cohen was wrongfully enjoin ed. Date for a final hearing has not been set * Local Bank Declares A Stock Split Dr. Sheppard Gives His Story Of Night Of Wife’s Murder CLEVELAND UP)—A heavy hush filled the small courtroom today as Dr. Samuel Sheppard told how he regained consciousness on the floor outside his wife’s bedroom the morning of July 4, then looked in side to see her beaten and bloody. The osteopath had described how a mystery assailant struck him down from behind when he ran up stairs to answer his wife’s screams for help. Sheppard said he could not say for sure whether there was a light in the house. “Now repeat in your own words what you saw and what you did,” Corrigan said. Sheppard paused for a long mo ment. He looked straight ahead toward the far wall of the hushed courtroom. Then, in a slow, halting voice Sheppard said, “I realized I had been hurt and as I came to some sort of consciousness I looked at my wife.” Corrigan asked, him what he saw. Navy Faces Giant Family Transport Job * Families t)f 8,000 Crewmen To Be Sent To W. Coast l •< , WASHINGTON M The Navy has come up with a double - bar reled program to meet the prob lem of transferring hundreds of families among the 8000 crewmen of 33 ships being shifted from the Atlantic to the Pacific. It announced today that: 1. Where feasible, officers and enlisted men may swap jobs be tween the two fleets. 2. Mass transportation of fami lies will be offered in special trains, with arrangements to pro vide temporary housing and other facilities after arrival on the West Coast. This was dubbed “Opera tion Welfare.” Pacific Buildup Some of the ships already are being transferred to the Pacific in a buildup of fleet strength there. Immediately involved in the shift, announced last September, are 16 destroyers, two cruisers and 15 amphibious ships. The transfer plan for families is voluntary, with departure of most planned for Jan. 15. They will be carried to the West Coast by spe cial trains equipped with medical attendants, feeding facilities for small children, games and movies. Special cars will be used to bring families from the Boston-Newport, R 1., area to join a train at Chi cago. That (rain is to originate at Norfolk, Va. Arriving on the West Coast, fam ilies will be met by naval per sonnel and representatives of Navy wives clubs. They will be moved into temporary housing. Longer Hours Set For Holiday Mail Acting Postmaster Clyde P. Stickney said today that the stamp, parcel post and general delivery windows at the main post office will remain open Saturday, Decem ber 11, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Sigsbee Park and Stock Is land stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Poinciana Station’s hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Last Call /or Christma* . FRUIT SHIPPING at Einhorn’s Variety Store DUVAL and ANGELA Open Sunday Apparently reaching for words, Sheppard said: “She was in very bad condition. “She had been badly beaten. I felt that she was dead. “I was immediately fearful for Chip. I went into Chip’s room and in some way evaluated that he was all right. I don’t know how I did it.” Sheppard said he then heard a noise downstairs and Corrigan asked him to describe his emo tions. “I can’t explain my emotions but I was stimulated to chase or hit whoever or whatever was re sponsible for what had happened.” He said he went downstairs. “There I visualized a form,” he said. The lawyer asked him where. “Between the front door of the house and the yard somewhere.” Corrigan again asked him to describe his mental condition when he regained consciousness “from this attack.” He Was "Punchy” Sheppard paused and said: “I was very confused—punchy in the language we use as slang. I was stimulated or drawn to try to chase this person which I did.” He said he went down the steps toward the beach, losing si/ of “this person” on the way. “Was it dark,” Corrigan asked. “Yes, sir,” Sheppard replied. “But there was enough light so l could visualise this form.” He said he went down the stair way to the boat landing and then to the beach. “It was at this time,” he said, “I had the feeling I could visualize a silhouette that was describable.” “I descended as rapidly as I could arid I lunged at or grasped at this .individual. Whether I caught up with him or he waited for me I couldn’t say. “I felt I grasped an immovable object of some kind. Then I felt a Choking sensation or a twisting sensation. Doesn't Recall Much “That’s all I can remember un til I came to in the water.” Corrigan asked him if he could describe the person with whom he grappled. “I felt it was a relatively large form in dark clothing. There was evidence of a good-sized head with a bushy appearance on the top of the head.” The defense attorney asked him where he was when he again re gained consciousness and Sheppard said: "I don’t know exactly, but I was on the beach with my head toward the seawall. The waves were break ing over me, moving the lower part my body.” In a significant, meaningful voice, Corrigan asked: “Was it light now?” “It was light enough to see the breakwater,” Sheppard responded. “The day was breaking, ia that right?” Corrigan asked. Sheppard said, “Yes, sir.” ''Extremely Confused" Corrigan again asked him about his mental condition and Sheppard replied: “I was extremely con fused. I didn’t know where I was ” “How long did you lie there,” Corrigan asked. “I don’t know,” Sheppard re plied. As Dr. Sheppard recited the events of that morning, he raised his chin, closed his eyes and clinched his hands tightly to j prayer-like attitude. His mouth worked convulsively as he paused between words. After he came on the beach, his recital continued: “I remember I finally gained enough sensation so that I got to my feet. I rather staggered up the stairway and I recognized this was my house. I entered the house and I came to the realization I had (Continued on Page Two) ALL KINDS PLYWOOD —at Sirunk Lumber 120 SIMONTON ST., near Bank Growth Of Key West Made Expansion Possible—Trevoi Jerry J. Trevor, president of The Florida National Bank at Key West, announced that the bank’s directors have approved a plan to raise the bank’s capital from SIOO,OOO to $400,000 by the issuance of a stock dividend. The new stock would be issued to the shareholders in the ratio of three shares for each share now- held and would represent a 300 per cent stock dividend. t k x i YpyKajiP* <■ VETERAN SKlPPEß—Captain Robert M. Creighton, new cap lain of the "City of Key West," is s veteran of many years of merchant marine service. Ths holder of unlimited Coast Guard master's papers, Capt. Creighton has seen much ser vice in the Caribbean. During World War II he was a com mander in the Military Trans port Sorvico. Police Dept. Issues Nov. Report Today Prowl Cars Traveled 15,910 Miles During Month Of November Members of the Key West Police Department traveled 15,910 miles to investigate 68 complaints and 30 ac cidents in November, their monthly report showed to day. The report also stated that $570 was obtained from parking viola tion fines for the month of Nov ember and that property damage in accidents cost Key Westers six thousand dollars. Speeding proved to be the most prevalent traffic violation during November with 104 persons arrest ed on that charge. Failure to ob tain auto inspection stickers re sulted in 90 arrests while 70 per sons were picked up and charged with driving while intoxicated. Other Arrests Other traffic arrests: Improper turns, 8; improper muffler, 7; driv ing while operator’s license suspended, 2; no operator’s license, 19; failure to stop for red traffic light, 34; failure to stop for sign, 7 and reckless driving 57. A total of 14 persons were ar rested for fighting in November and 91 were jailed for being drunk and disorderly. City police served ten warrants during the month and 22 persons were serving time to the city jail at the end of the month, the report said. The report also showed that 16 fire alarms were answered, two doors were found unlocked by night patrolmen, four stolen bicycles were recovered, 14 street lights were reported out and police pro vided escorts for 15 funerals. Police officers lost 88 hours be cause of illness. For Quick Communication, Use CLASSIFIED Ads! You'll reach buyers and sellers— tenants or workers . . . Juft DIAL 2-5661 or 2-5662 Today FRICE FIVE CENTS Par value of the new stock would be $25 per share, the same as the shares outstanding. Share Increase Transfer would be from ths bank’s surplus account, and ths number of shares outstanding would be increased from 4,000 to 16,000. The plan has the tentative ap proval of the Comptroller of ths Currency, Wa:ihington, D. C„ and will be submitted to the sharehold ers for approval at their annual meeting to be held January 11, 1955. This change would make ths bank’s capital stock $400,000, sur plus $300,000, with undivided pro fits and reserves $108,794.77 at ths last published statement on Octo ber 7, 1954, making a total of $808,794.77. Deposits on that date were $12,728,069.45. Confidence In Key West Trevor said that this change in the Dank’s capital structure was in keeping with the growth of ths bank and the remarkable growth of the Key West and Monroe Coun ty area that it serves and was a vote of confidence in the continued growth of this area. With the encouragement of ths Comptroller’s office, the bank has built up a sizable surplus in order to enable it to serve the communi ty better advantage, and the direc tors felt that a stock dividend to'ths shareholders was in order at this time. The bank is a member of the Fed eral Deposit Insurance Corporation and of the Federal Reserve, as well as the Florida National Group of Banks. It can be expected that the share holders will approve the stock di vidend at their January meeting. Laubscher Sends Stiff Protest To Hollywood Writer Key. West is getting e let el nationel publicity from the feet that "The Rose Tattoo" wet filmed here —but net ell of it is good. Chamber of Commorco Ma nager Harold Laubscher said today that ha will file an Im mediate protest with Hollywood columnist Hodde Hopper, who began her Thursday column this way: "I've always heard that Key West is a rough place, but I've never heard of a rougher company than that making 'The Rose Tattoo'. Whet the Key West girls have against a couple of female members of the cast, I don't know." Miss Hopper went on to tell of how starlet Virginia Grey was roughed up by a local girl who had a part as an extra in the film, saying that she suffered a broken rib in the in cident. Actually, Miss Grey was uninjured when she wet pushed by an overzeeleus ex tra end fell. Leubscher’s pretest resulted from the column. ATTENTION ies of the Golden Eagles are urged to at tend an important meet ing Monday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 P.M. MARIAN E. CAREY, G. of R.