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Today Was KEY WEST 64’ VOL. LX XV No. I*7 T ‘ *j:-; 1 * *|Sj|l j 5 t.; . ,•>? I ■L ' 81 \ ffl B"^BSk . iPf\ Jt; W, —.Jb H -i . TV STAR VISITS—Ed Sullivan, New York Daily News columnist and TV personality, and Mrs. Sullivan arrived here yesterday for a brief stay. Sullivan is emcee of Toast of the Town. TV network show that will have been on the air seven years next June. The Sullivans, pictured at the Casa Marina Hotel, are driving to Palm Beach today and from there will fly to New York City in time for his Sunday night show. The Sullivans visit here about four times a year.— Citisen Staff Photo. Don Pinder. Police, Local Resident Give Different Stories Of Arrest Woman Says She Was Mistreated In Jail; Police Say Differently r 1 A charge that the police department courtesy cam paign is faltering was leveled last night by Mrs. Joan Mardis, who said that her daughter was mistreated when Bhe was arrested recently. ' Mrs. Mardis and her daughter, Mrs. Sybil Arrington, 23, both of 2008 Seidenberg Ave., appeared be fore a meeting of the civil service "board last night to file their com plaint. Woman's Story Mrs. Arrington said that when she was taken to police headquar ters after being arrested for a traf fic violation, she was refused per mission to make a telephone call to arrange for bond and that she was placed in a cell where she was exposed to foul and obscene language from male prisoners. Mrs. Arrington added that she was not placed in the area nor mally reserved for female prison ers and that she was ridiculed by police officers. Police Lt. W. L. James, who was In the audience at last night’s meeting, said that on the night she was arrested, he asked her if she wanted to make a telephone call and offered to take her any place the wanted to go to arrange for payment of a five dollar bond. Police Records Police files showed today that Mrs. Arrington was issued a sum mons Nov. 19 for making an im proper turn at White St. and Tru man Ave. Records also show that Mrs. Ar- Man Jailed For Molesting Child A local shrimper was jailed earlv today for allegedly molesting an •lght year old girl, police report ed. Hie man, identified as Arthur Green, was jailed shortly after midnight by Patrolman Edward Ramirez w r ho said that he was call ed to an Elizabeth St. home on the complaint of a mother who said that she returned home after visit ing friends and found the man with his arms around her daughter. Green faces charges of being drunk and disorderly, trespassing on private property and child mol esting. NOTICE! All persons holding rosorvod 195S Auto Tag* mutt call at th tag office and pay for tamo on or before January 3, 1955. Failure to do this will reeult In your losing your reserved numbers. HOWARD E. WILSON, Tax Collector. ®jjc Keg Hitesf CiUHrit rington failed to appear in court and that a warrant setting a five dollar bond for her appearance was issued. On Nov. 22, police records show that before the warrant was serv-> ed Mrs. Arrington was issued an other summons, this time for speed ing 65 miles per hour in a 40 mile zone on South Roosevelt Blvd. Jail records show that she was book ed by Patrolman Eugene Rogel at 11:10 p. m. the time that the al leged mistreatment is supposed to have happened. She was ordered to post a five dollar bond for her failure to ap pear in court on the earlier charge. Phone Cell Charge Mrs. Arrington interrupted last night's meeting to say that the first chance she was given to make a telephone call was after she had been in a jail cell for two hours. Mrs. Mardis said that she was bringing the incident to the atten tion of the civil service board in the hope that it would not happen to other young women in the city. She added that she thought “it was a terrible thing that any young woamn should be put in a cell without the courtesy of being al lowed to make a telephone call.” Mrs. Mardis said that it was not the matter of the traffic ticket be ing contested that w r as being ques tioned. “We all make traffic mis takes.” she said. The matter was referred to City Manager Victor Lang for study. XT ft mm THE SOUTHERN SI OST NEWSPAPER IN THE U. S. A. Train Wreck Endangers Town Today v Cars Containing Gasoline Closely atched By Firemen PARIS 111. <#)—Twenty cars of two New York Central freight trains plowed off the right-of-way in this city of about 10,000 early today and a witness said “it’s a miracle the entire West End wasn’t blown up.” There were no fatalities. Four persons were slightly injured. They lived in a store apartment building into which a string of three cars crashed, wrapping themselves around it. Among the cars which left the rails were three tank cars contain ing naphtha, gasoline and fuel oil. Tilted or overturned and with seams leaking, they still w-ere a menace to the community several hours later. Fire Chief Maurice Johnson sta tioned equipment at the wreck scene. "Flaw Apart” The train flew apart in the middle of a residential section of frame houses much “as if a small boy had kicked his toy electric train apart,” said Gover Hoff, Associated Press string corre spondent. “The cars were sticking up in the air at different angles, and are torn and broken,” said Hoff, managing editor of the Paris Bea’- con-News. “They’re scattered away from the tracks. “Two cars rolled more than 200 yards right down the middle of the street.” Ned Jewell, 22; his wife Evelyn. 22; their 4 vear-old son Ben and Mrs. Irene Roberts, about 40. who lived in the second floor of the store building, suffered minor in juries. After treatment at the Par is hospital they were released. Crew members of both trains es caped uninjured. CONVICTS TO BE FREE SEOUL tifi—Some 250 South Ko rean convicts will be freed by Christmas, Justice Ministry sources said today. Women with babies will get first consideration. Public Hearing To erect a garage apartment on lot 1 square 12. All those opposed come to a public hearing on December 27, at the City Hall, Greene St. CECIL CARBONELL, Chairman. KEY WEST, FLORIDA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1954 Thousands See Nativity Scene Several thousand porsons havo visited th# Nativity scene on the court house lawn since it opened Monday night, the Chamber of Commerce estimat ed today. Each evening a different cho ral group sings Christmas songs at tha lift - size scene. Tonight, the choir of St. Ma ry's Star of tha Sea Church, under the direction of William Warner, will sing. Crowds heard the 20-voice choir of the Fleming Street Me thodist Church last night, and Monday night tha Douglass High School choral group gave the program. The choirs sing between 7:30 and 8 p. m. During tha other evening hours, recorded music is played. Xmas Pageant To Be Given Thurs. Night Public Is Invited To Program At H. S. Stadium The program for tomor row night’s Christmas pag eant, produced by the high school, was announced to day. The high school band, chorus, and dramatic group are staging the pageant which begins at 8 p. m. in the high school stadium. The action will center around a 40 foot high Christmas tree that w ill be topped by a four - foot lighted star. The program will begirj with the seventh grade chorus singing Ru dolph the Rednosed Reindeer while Darlene Jurezynski dkilPfr. Christmas Music The band will play Jingle Bells and then the speech choir of the English Department will give T’was The Night Before Christmas. This will be followed by another band number, March of The Toys. Then the band and chorus will combine to present White Christ mas. . Lighting of the huge Christmas tree will be next. The chorus will sing The Carol of the Bells. Miss Lourdes Diaz will sing Ave Maria. Both the audience and the band will take part in a medley of carols. This w'ill be followed by the Hall Chorus by the band. Cantata Presented The Song of Christmas, a cantata, will be next on the program. The soloists for this presentation will be Lourdes Diaz and Roger Bean. The concluding number will be Silent Night, Holy Night sung by the chorus and audience and ac companied by the band. The band will be under the di rection of Harold Casterton and the chorus under the direction of Tho mas Whitley. Mrs. Marian Stark will direct the speech choir. The tableaus presented by the Dramatics Department will be under the direction of Dick Ertz man. The giant Christmas tree was de signed and constructed by the Maintenance Department. The production is slated for a tryout in Marathon tonight. TV Dealer Gives Set To Firemen The generosity of Alex Lub insky, local television dealer, apparently knows no bounds. Several weeks ago, he made a gift of a 17-inch TV set to police so that they could while away the hours In their head quarters. , Today, he made a gift of an identical set to firemen in the city hall. Firemen at the Nunbers Two and Three stations are eying ♦heir fellow city employes with envy. Insulation Boards —it— Strunk Lumber 120 SIMONTON STREET Near Fish Docks Only One Accident Mars S-D Day Here This A.M. Death Of Diver Probed By Navy Youth Jailed On Assault Charge Today Pointed Pistol At Man In Auto, Police Report A 19 year old North Caro lina youth is in the city jail charged with assault with a deadly weapon after he al legedly tried to force an other man to drive him to Miami at gunpoint last night. The youth, identified as Dewey Gaines, an unemployed shrimper, was jailed by Patrolman Edward Ramirez. Met In Bar Ramirez sid in his report that the indent Started u’hen Gaines am a man -identified as Herbert Van Derven in a Duval St. bar. When Gaines said that he had just arrived in the city and had no place to stay, Van Derven report edly offered to put him up on a shrimp boat. As the pair, in the company of a man identified as Percy Delcambre, w'ere driving to the boat, Gaines is said to have pointed a .44 caPber pistol at Van Derven’s head and told him to “head for Miami.” At this point, Delcambre said he leaped from the car. Van Derven engaged Gaines in a struggle and then ran from the car which was parked at Simonton and Greene Sts. Alarm Sounded He went to police headquarters and an alarm was sent out for Gaines’ arrest. Ramirez said that he spotted Gaines in the vicinity a short time later and when he was searched, several cartridges were found in his pocket. The gun was missing but Gaines later admitted that he had hidden it and led police' to the spot where it was recovered. Further investigation revealed that the pistol was taken from a home at 623 Southard St. Gaines was charged with being drunk and disorderly and destroy ing private property, in to the assault charge. He was scheduled to be tried in city court today. New Civil Service Rules Are Adopted The Key West Civil Service Board adopted anew set of regu lations covering municipal employ ment at a special meeting Tues day. The new rules, which will be ef fective immediately, were prepar ed by board member Robert Valdez and are closely patterned after fed eral civil service regulations. Val dez said that he made some chan ges to conform with local needs. Covering all phases of city em ployment, the new code will also cover part - time employes. Val dez pointed out that part - time employes are entitled to job se curity. The new rules will be printed and tured over to department heads. JUST INI Carload Shipment Christmas Trees Overseas Fruit Mkt. 934 TRUMAN PH. 2-7742 Experienced Man Fails To Survive Dive On Tuesday The Navy today began a full-scale investigation of the death of a diver in the recompression chamber of the submarine rescue vessel Penguin. Paul M. Sweat, damage controlman first class and an experienced diver, died yesterday afternoon in ‘the recompression chamber aft er he had been pulled up from 180 feet below the surface. The Navy said Sweat had been working at 250 feet with other div ers from the rescue vessel. It was a normal diving operation, the Na vy said. Ordered Back Upon completion of the opera tion. Sweat was ordered back to i lit. V When Sweat had been pulled up to 180 feet, the master diver lost communication with him. Knowing that something was ser iously wrong, the officer ordered* Sweat pulled up as speedily as the decompression table permitted. When Sweat’s diving gear- was removed aboard the Penguin* he was unconscious. Lt. F. L. Bergquist (Medical Corps) ordered Sweat placed in the recompression chamber. Rescue Effort R. H. Bond, chief hosital corps man, went into the chamber with Sweat while Dr. Bergquist stood outside to direct the efforts to re vive the unconscious man. Pressure in the chamber was set at 250 feet, the depth at which Sweat had ben working. When Sweat failed to respond to treatment, Dr. Bergquist entered the recompression chamber. A few minutes later, Sweat was pronounced dead. He leaves his widow, Betty Jean, and one daughter who live at Lot 20, Miller’s Trailer Park. The Penguin is a unit of Sub marine Squadron 12. BOY SHOWS SLIGHT . IMPROVEMENT TODAY Eight year old Clark Rodgers, of 1420 White St., showed slight ’im provement today, according to Na val Hospital spokesmen. Young Rodgers was seriously in jured in an accident Saturday near the county beach when his bicycle collided with an automobile. Physicians said today that he is still unconscious but that hope -s held for his recovery. PAZO FOUND GUILTY Raymond Pazo, 32, of 17-D Por ter Place, charged with a crime against nature involving a 14 - year - old boy, today was found guilty by a six-man jury in Crim inal Court. The jury was out 20 minutes. Judge Thomas S. Caro said he will sentence Pazo on Friday at 10 a. m. NOTICE Sealed proposals will be re ceived until 5:00 P.M., January sth, 1955, for painting two ele vated water tanks at Key West, Florida. Specifications will be furnished by the commission. The commission reserves the right to accept or reject any and all proposals. FLORIDA KEYS AQUEDUCT COMMISSION, P. 0. Box 599 Key West, Florida. Local Policeman Is Involved In Motorcycle-Car Collision By DENIS SNEIGR The first and only accident in Monroe County this first Safe Diixing Day involved a city policeman. Otherwise, the county and city had a perfect record up to The Citizens deadline today—no major accidents and no traffic deaths. The only accident reported by either police, the sher iff s department or the highway patrol occurred shortly before 10 a.m. at Elizabeth and Caroline Streets. Cremata Urges Yule Light Safety Fire Chief Charles Cremata today cautioned Key Westers to make sure that their Christ mas lighting equipment is in good repair to avoid fires caused by short circuits. Chief Cremata said that wires on Christmas tree lights should be checked to see that they ere in good condition. He also cautioned against leaving tree lights unattended for long periods of time. Woman Goes To Gallows In London Cyprus Nalive Dies For Murder • Of Daughter-In-Law LONDQN iJ’!—Mrs. Styllou Chris tofi was hanged in Holloway Jail todav for the murder of her law. A native of Cyprus who spoke no English, she was the first woman sent to the gallows in London in 31 years. A group of House of Commons members made a vain attempt last night to persuade Home Secretary Gwilym Lloyd-George to reprieve the woman on grounds of insanity. Mrs. Christofi, 53, was found guilty two months ago of the torch and strangulation slaying of Ger man born Mrs. Hella Dorothea Christofis, 36. Death Charge The prosecution charged Mrs. Christofi knocked her daughter-in law unconscious while she was tak ing a bath, twisted a scarf around her neck and set the nude body afire with kerosene in the back yard of their home last August. The two women had quarreled and the elder feared her son, a ►Waiter, at the fashionable Cafe de .Paris, would send her back to her native island in the eastern Medi terranean. The appeal for a reprieve was based on a report by the chief medical officer at Holloway Jail, who said in his opinion Mrs. Christofi was insane and “incap able of knowing that what she did was wrong.” Her son Stavros, whose three small children were left mother less by the killing, waited on his table at the cafe as usual last night. On one arm he w’ore a black crepe band in memory of his wife, “I cannot find it in my heart to forgive my mother,” he told re porters. “The word ‘mother’ has become a mockery to me.” HIGH COST OF LIVING DETROIT (AT—Juke boxes here are being converted this month to take dimes instead of nickels for j a single record. Cifelli's Italian Restaurant Special For Thursday HOME-MADE FETTUCCINI ALLTJOVE (EGG NOODLES) With Hot Sausage, Salad and Wine $1.65 SIT 920 TRI MAN AVENUE gar Quick Communication, se CLASSIFIED Ads! You'll reach buyers and sellers— dU'iants or workers . . . Juft *DLAL 2-5661 or Today PRICE FIVE CENTS Patrolman Lionel Soriano drove his motorcycle into the side of a car driven by Alfons Zitter, 1309 Petronia Street. Zitter was charged with failure to grant the right of-way. Police said Zitter failed to heed a stop sign. Both vehicles were da maged slightly. Like Miami In Miami, too, it was a mem ber of the police department that had that city’s first traffic acci dent. At 1:40 a. m„ Miles R. Moun tain, 42, head of the Miami police chemical laboratory, drove his car into a utility pole. He was uninjured and no charges were filed. Police said illness caus ed the crash. In Key West S-D Day saw an all out safety drive, the goal being no traffic deaths and a minimum of accidents. City police borrowed a Nfcvy sound truck and used it along Duval Street to warn pedestrians. Jaywalkers Advised A person crossing in the middle of a block was politely asked to cross at the corner. Boy Scouts, wearing S-D arm bands, rode city buses and hand ed out pamphlets that detailed safe walking rules. Each bus rider got one of the pamphlets. On the streets, the Junior Deh* were doing the same job hand ing out safe walking pamphlets to pedestrians. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported a scattering of accidents but very few traffic deaths across the nation. Morning Report At 9:25 a. m. (EST) only six mo tor vehicle fatalities had been re ported. There were two in Oh.o and one each in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Indiana, and South Carolina, Eleven accidents were reported in Cook County and Chicago in the first six hours. Areas of snow and rain increased the hazards in the north on ths (Continued on Page Eight) Pope Is Again On The Upgrade VATICAN CITY tfV-Tne Vatican press office said today Pope Pius XII is again on the upgrade. Though internal bleeding is re ported to have complicated his gastric ailment, his condition was described as improving. Quoting a dispatch set up for publication late today by the Vati can newspaper I‘Osservatore Ro mano, the press officer said: “The Holy Father has overcomt j his stationary situation and his i condition now has again started to improve.” The newspaper came out with additional word the pontiff showed a slight improvement this morning. It said there was no basis for pessimism in the consultations yes j terday of medical specialists who ; decided to X - ray his abdomen Thursday, about two weeks ahead of their original schedule.