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Today Was KEY WEST 64’ VOL. LXXV No. 299 ■ || .. ■jg’Jf Wf w if .9- 1 ♦ j|lP|B^KSo^■'• ; t■ If V 9 flffiH aH i#i Wim IP - - : yßsJ| I I vflHHk - • 4 gjp 91 *jS* - jrjmi w?!Hp£' ;r f? w *|n^ ,^v ~'>■!sfflp-^BjfflW^BßMr^i^R,d™<Bßg~ S 1 i I I m mrnmmdm • BKbb. ■ wL 1 ra9B' ; n J&K.A, ** li/H F* 4*s®lr ** FIRE DAMAGE—Johrtny Cotton, left, and Willi# Taylor look over some of the ruined furnishings after a fire at 808 Windsor Lane gutted the second floor of a two-story house.—Citizen Staff Photo. Don Pinder. Fire Guts Upstairs Of House; Tenants Face Bleak Christmas It looked today as if Christmas will be a dreary af fair for the persons living at 808 Windsor Lane. Fire gutted the upstairs of the two story house yester day morning, destroying all the personal belongings of Willie Taylor and his wife, Aline, and of Johnny Cotton, all of whom occupied rooms on the second floor. H. W. Gray and his w'ife,' owners of the house, live on the first floor. Extensive Water Damage Their belongings were damaged extensively by water. Taylor said the fire, which start ed from wiring in the ceiling, wip ed out all the Christmas presents he and his wife had bought for their two sons, Oscar 12, and Mose, 16. The boys live at present with Taylor’s sister in Birmingham. Taylor estimated he and his wile lost about S3OO in property, includ ing all their clothes. Cotton said his loss was about S2OO. Gary estimated damage to the building at SI,OOO to $1,500. FACTORIES PLANNED MANILA (4*l Firestone and Goodrich, two of the world’s lar gest rubber tire manufacturers, plan to establish factories in the Philippines. Special Hours At Post Office Acting Postmaster Clyde P. Stickney announced today that on Saturday, December 18, the main post office and its stations will observe the following sched ules: Main Office stamp, parcel post, and ganaral delivery win dows will remain open from 8 a. m. to 4 p. m. Sigsbee Park Stamp and Par cel Post Unit 9 a. m. to 12 noon and 1 p. m, to S p. m. Stock Island Stamp and Par cel Post Unit 9 a. m. to 12 noon and 1 p. m, to 5 p. m. Poinciana Station 8:30 a. m. to 11:30 a. m. and 12:30 p. m. to 4:30 p. m. THIS COUPON WORTH 25c TOWARD PURCHASE OF PACKAGE LIQUORS >i the JUNGLE BAR 801 DUVAL STREET FREE DELIVERY We Meet All Advertised Prices ®bo Ken West (Citizen Description Of South Beach , Is Protested “Up to three weeks ajro that letter may have been justified,” Julius Brown said today, "but not now. I’ve never seen South Beach look ing better in the last six years.” Brown, who operates the conces sion on South Beach, was referring to a letter published in The Citi zen yesterday. The letter, from Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Campbell of Wakefield, Mass., took the city to task for the unsightly condition of the beach. Bad After Rain Brown admitted the beach was in deplorable condition after the recent heavy rain. He said he called on City Manag er Victor Lang and that within two days Lang and Ivan Roberts had city equipment, including a bull dozer, at work on the beach. “It has been six years since I’ve seen it looking as good,” Brown said. “Lang and Roberts are due a compliment for the quick and good work they did to put the beach in condition.” GIRL SLIGHTLY HURT IN ACCIDENT THURS. Sally Ann Spencer, 18. of 724 Caroline Street, was injured slight ly Thursday in an automobile acci dent at Caroline and Elizabeth Streets. The mishap, second at that in tersection in two days, occurred when a car Miss Spencer was op erating was struck by an automo bile driven by Hubert C. Heath. 44. of Geneva, Ohio. Police said that Heath failed to observe a stop sign. GIFT HOI’SE OPEN 'TIL 9 P. M. ACROSS FROM U. S. POST OFFICE THE SOUTHERNMOST NEWSPAPER IN THE U.S.A. Death Probe Is Recessed For Funeral Men And Officers Of Penguin Go To Diver’s Rites By DENIS SNEIGR i The investigation into the i death of Navy diver Paul !M. Sweat, 28, recessed to day for the funeral services at 2 p. m. in Fort Lauder dale. Thirty-five men and officers from the submarine rescue vessel Penguin, to which Sweat was at tached, went to Fort Lauderdale for the funeral. Sweat, a diver first class, dieo Tuesday afternoon in the recom pression chamber of the Penguin. After completing a routine dive from the Penguin off • Pelican Shoals. Sweat was hoisted aboard. About one minute later he collaps ed and was placed in the recom pression chanber where he died. Givan Aid In the chamber he was attend ed by Lt. F. L. Bergquist. Medical Corps, and R. H. Bond, chief hospi tal corps man. A board of investigation, headed by Cdr. James M. Hingson, opened hearings yesterday to determine the cause of Sweat’s death. Cdr. Hingson, in announcing the recess today, said the board may hear Dr. Bergquist, who is on duty at the Naval Hospital today, if he can get away from his hospital du ties. Yesterday’s session heard Lt. Edward Duckworth, commanding officer of the Penguin, recount the detail’s of Sweat’s last dive. Lt. Duckworth was emotionally upset as he told of the dive. The lieutenant is a diver of long ex perience. having started diving in 1937. He took command of the Pen guin Sept. 10. 1954. Normal Divo Sweat made a normal dive to 265 feet, Lt. Duckworth testified. It was when the diver was being (Continued on Page Two) 3 ARE NAMED TO COUNTY AD BO ARD Joe Pearlman, Walter Price, and Allen Skipper today were named as the Monroe County Advertising Commission at a special meeting cf the county commissioners. Pearlman of CBS Construction Cos., Price of Price Tours, and Skipper who owns a restaurant on Key Largo, will serve for one year. ACCOUSTICAL BOARD —at Strunk Lumber 120 SIMONTON ST., iwar City Hall KEY WEST, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1954 Navy Confirms Water Line Talks Washington Naval authorities have confirmed The Citizen's exclusive story that talks will be held early in January with the Florida Keys Aqueduct Commission to discuss the pos sibility of the sale of the Key West • mainland water line. According to the Associated Press, the talks had been sche duled for this week, but were postponed. Hamilton J. Tredway, of the Navy's Bureau of Yards and Docks, along with other Navy officials will come to Key West for the conferences. The Citizen revealed Thurs day that the Aqueduct Com mission is interested in buying the 130-mile long line which supplies the keys and Key West with water. U-M To Start Courses Here February 7th Registrations To Start Soon For ourses The University of Miami will offer 15 extension cours es in Key West starting Feb ruary 7. That information was released today by Dr. D. N. Steinhoff, dean of the University’s evening divis ion. In a letter to Richard Griener, who has been active in arranging for the courses here. Dean Stein hoff said: “It is with great pleasure that I can report to you that the dean’s council today voted unanimously to approve the establishment of Vn ©fjt-campus extension at Key West. Hasty Action “We are thus prepared to give hasty action to the preparatian of a schedule of classes for the spring semester which will begin Febru ary 7.” Here is a list of the courses to be offered: Monday: Accounting (introduc tory principles,) English, (written and oral composition,) History United States to 1865,' Mathemat ics (college algebra,) Speech (bas ic public speaking,) Self Improve ment and Dress Designing. The latter two are non-credit courses. Wednesday courses: Manage ment (principles of business,) Mathematics (trigonometry,) Psy chology (general principles,) Span ish (elementary.) Creative writ ing and Interior Decorating. The latter two are non-credit courses. Survey Here Courses were chosen on the bas is of a survey conducted here by the university. A total of 209 persons, includ ing 114 Navy men, indicated that they are interested. There will be 15 students in each class. Registration will start January 3 at the Monroe County Board of Public Instruction, Fleming Street. The board will also arrange for equivalency examinations for those who do not have high school diplo mas wishing to take credit courses. Miss Eugenia Nicola is supervis ing that phase of the program. JUST IN! Carload Shipment Christmas Trees Overseas Fruit Mkt. 934 TRUMAN PH. 2-7742 S'" Key West Accident Rate Soars; May Exceed 1953 ■V'wS ;: - £ V ‘ ' ■ si fm m ’ - Mbi -Brß ■ ' H 9 . a'< FHRMMa|QeRVQH ' ft Nit wtj t* > jT 9m *gj?) \ a '9h . f !VYf 7~ I*V IV W r TANARUS •'. if^iPR 4 P"# - -.iMXjmm HilfOn --^T GIFT TO COMMUNITY—The Christmas pageant presented by the high school band, chorus, speech and dramatic departments at the high school athletic field last night was the school's "Christmas gift" to the citizens of Key West. The huge Christmas tree in fhe background was designed and erected by the County School Maintenance Department. A capacity crowd attend ed the pageant.—Citizen Staff Photo. Don Pinder. Sheppard’s Fate Is In Jury’s Hands CLEVELAND UP)—The jury be gan deliberating the murder case of Dr. Samuel Sheppard today aft er solemn instructions in which Judge Edward Blythin told them: “You are not to recommend mercy out of considerations of prejudice, sympathy or favor, or for the purpose of avoiding what you may consider an unpleasant task or duty.” rt took the judge 36 minutes to deliver his charge /The jury took the case at 10:13 a*, m. In a lengthy explanation of the law, the 70-year-old judge told the jury it is not necessary to prove motive under Ohio law. And he explained that circumstantial evi dence must be carefully consider ed. Judge Blythin locked the doors of the small courtroom before be ginning his instructions. Sheppard’s two brothers and their wives were in the courtroom. The defendant gave them a small smile as he stood waiting for this last legal act in his nine-week-old trial. Attentive Jtry During Judge Blythin’s charge the seven men and five women on the jury swiveled their chairs in his direction and gave him close attention. Dr. Sheppard. 30-year-old osteo path, was seated about 12 feet his eyes fixed on the jury. He is charged with first degree murder in the July 4 bludgeon slaying of his wife Marilyn, 31. After the judge was finished, he dismissed the 13th alternate juror, Mrs. Lois Mancini. an attractive brunette. She had sat throughout the nine weeks of the trial, ready in the event of illness or death to take the place of one of the regular jurors. In a 36-minute explanation of the law, the 70-year-old judge told the jury it is not necessary to prove motive under Ohio law. And he explained that circumstantial evi dence must be considered care fully. The judge locked the doors cf the small courtroom before he began his instructions. Sheppards two brothers and their wives were in the courtroom for the last legal act in his nine week-old trial. UN Head Accepts Bid For Talks In Peiping UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. i/Pi U.N. Secretary General Dag Ham marskjold today accepted an in vitation for face to face talks with Red China’s Chou En-lai in Pei ping. The secretary general acted less than four hours after he had re ceived a cable from the Chinese Communist Premier saying Ham marskjold would be welcome if he wished to discuss questions related to world peace and international tension. Although Chou did not agree to discuss the 11 American fliers jailed as spies. Hammarskjold was understood to feel that such talks had not been ruled out. For this reason, he accepted, without delay. The exact date of Hammar skjold’s departure for Peiping and for the talks was not fixed, but the secretary general intends to go as soon as arrangements can be worked out. Message Exchange The exchange of messages grew out of a resolution adopted by the U.N. General Assembly last Friday condemning the Peiping regime for holding the fliers and directing the Pope’s Condition Called Crave VATICAN CITY w—Pope Pius XII remains gravely ill and his weakness continues. That was the report today on his over all general condition from Dr. Riccardo Galeazzi-Lisi. The pontiff’s private physician’s state ment confirmed previous word from Vatican sources that despite optimistic reports following X-ray examinations yesterday the pope s condition remains serious. The Vatican sources said his con dition is aggravated by a recur renee of hiccups. The Pope's ailment, diagnosed after the X-rays as a small hernia of the esophagus and gastritis, also is accompanied by hemorrhaging resulting in a slow loss of blood. This, it was said, is partly re sponsible for the weakened con dition and anemia of the 78-year old head of the Roman Catholic Church. secretary general to do his best to win their release. Hammarskjold immediately sent off a cable proposing direct talks with Chou. He received two cables from the Communist leader this morning: one denouncing the Assembly’s ac tion as illegal and the other saying he would receive Hammarskjold for talks at a date to be decided upon by the secretary general. In reply Hammarskjold sent two cables. The first merely acknowl edged the receipt of Chou’s blast against the Assembly and informed Chou that the message was being circulated to U.N. members. Second Note The second said: “I acknowledge receipt of your cable No. 38 of 17 December con cerning my proposal for a visit ;o Peiping. I look forward to the op portunity of meeting you. In view of the necessary practical arrange ments, 1 am not yet in a position to fix a dale for the arrival nor can I say definitely who will come with me. I may get an opportunity for the first contact concerning some of these practica l arrange ments with your ambassador in Stockholm.” A spokesman for Hammarskjold said he would leave at 6 p.m. to night for Stockholm, according to previous plans. The spokesman said the secretary general also would definitely return to New York next Wednesday. Final arrangements for the trip will be made then. It was under stood he would take several advis ers with him, but it still had not been decided who they would be. Elks' Annual Charily Ball Saturday Night ELKS' CLUB ANNEX ADMISSION 52.30 PER PERSON Dress Optional — ill Men Must Wear Coats 3 Professional Arts TICKETS AND RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE AT THE ELKS CLUB For Quick Communication. Use CLASSIFIED Ads! You'll reach buyers and sellers— ■enants or workers . . . Ju*t DIAL 2-5661 or 2-5662 Today PRICE FIVE CENTS In juries Exceed Last Year, Savs City Safety Man It is almost certain that Key West’s 1954 traffic ac cident rate will exceed last year’s, according io Charles R. Butler of the city’s pub lic service department. He pointed out that with just two weeks remaining in the year, there have been 458 accidents only 16 less than in 1953. During December, there have been 18 accidents. Two Deaths The number of traffic deaths is equal to last year, with two per sons having lost their lives in auto crashes. Butler added, however, that a sharp increase has been shown in the amount of damage caused in traffic accidents and that the num ber of persons injured has already surpassed 1953. Total damage caused in collisions has mounted to $115,090 —a 23 per cent increase over last year. Insurance May Mount Butler cautioned Key Westers, that unless there is a sharp drop in auto accidents, the city’s insur ance rates may well show a sub stantial increase. And the fact that most accidents can be avoided was emphasised by Butler when he said that “95 per cent of the accidents in Key West are caused by violation erf one or more traffic laws.” Listed as the three major causes of traffic accidents were failure to heed stop signs, following too closely or failure to grant the right of-way. Truman Avenue and Duval Street were listed as the areas where the greatest number of accidents have occurred. The most dangerous in tersection, according to accident figures, is Truman Avenue and White Street. Deaths Desribed Both traffic deaths have occurred on Roosevelt Boulevard, east of 13th Street, Btitler said. Both deaths were caused by speeding, he added. Butler, who is in charge of the city’s traffic safety program, also pointed out that two of the three accidents which occurred on S-D Day were the result of failure to hqod stop signs. ”It’s not only a matter of safety it s a matter of common court esy,” said Butler. POCKETBOOK THF.FT NETS 8364 THURSDAY A Douglass High School student was taken into custody Thursday for stealing his teacher’s pocket book containing $3(54, police said today. According to the police report, the money was stolen from Mrs. Carrie Minor, a teacher at th school. Police, working in cooper ation with Juvenile Judge Eve Warner Gibson quizzed a youth suspected of the theft and recover ed $239 from him. He is being held for juvenile court action.