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Warmest City In Nation
Today Was
VOL. LXXV No. 300
Sheppard Jury
Continues Its
Anxious Hours
Are Spent In
Ohio Courtroom
CLEVELAND, Dec. 18 (*> Dr.
Samuel Sheppard waits through
the most anxious hours of his life
The jurors in his murder trial
resume their deliberations this
morning after 12 hours of discus
sion yesterday. Not the slightest
hint has come from behind the
locked and guarded doors of the
conference room as to whether
they are near a verdict—or how
they are voting.
Sheppard is accused of murder
ing his pregnant wife, Marilyn.
If the jury finds him guilty of
murder in the first degree, and
does not recommend mercy, the
law requires that he must die in
the electric chair.
As the long, slow hours passed,
courtroom observers began to spec
ulate about the possibility that the
jurors are locked in disagreement.
Mesa Of Material
1 However, they have an enormous
mass of material to consider. The
written record of the nine-weeks
trial amounts to more than a mil
lion words. And there are 214 “ex
hibita,” including photographs, let
ters, personal possessions of the
accused man, the blood-splotched
coverings of the bed where Mari
lyn Sheppard died.
Lawyers said it might take many
hours just to examine all this be
fore the discussions get started in
The seven men and five women
jurors looked tired, and some of
them seemed a little grim last
night when Judge Edward Blythin
excused them and sent them to a
downtown Cleveland hotel for the
No Time Limit
There Is no time limit to the
jury's deliberations, the judge Mid
late*. He declared:
don’t think there U any limit,
and even Sunday is a fine day.
As long as the defendant is m
court, I don’t think there is any
law against deliberating or return
ing a verdict on Sunday.”
Sheppard confronted them three
times during recesses in the de
Each time they left the Criminal
Courts Building, for luncheon, din
ner and retirement, they were
brought back to the courtroom
where the trial was held. Each
time, Blythin cautioned them not
to talk with anyone while they
were outside the jury room.
Sheppard Present
Sheppard was in the room each
He looked at them closely, but
the faces of the jurors showed little
or nothing.
One of the women gave him a
quick glance, and then turned her
head away. None of the men
seemed to notice him at all. They
all looked like 12 weary people
who had been working very hard.
Sheppard’s face was a blank,
too, each time he was brought
down from his cell.
As he entered the courtroom, his
•yes searched through the rows of
spectators and reporters until he
spotted his two brothers, Stephen
and Richard and their wives. He
gave them a small smile.
When he left the room, he looked
at them again. He holds his head
well back and keeps his chin up.
False Alarm
Shakes Newsmen
CLEVELAND There was a
brief flurry of excitement among
newsmen awaiting the verdict in
the Sheppard murder trial at 10:11
a m. today, just two minutes less
than 24 hours after the jury started
to consider the case.
There was a signal from the jury
room. Bailiff Eddie Francis hur
ried to the door.
But it was a mistake. One of the
jurors apparently bumped the buz
*er accidentally.
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BPW'S LEAVE FOR HAVANA—Five members of the local Business and Professional Women's
Club left yesterday afternoon for a "goodwill" visit to Havana. Cuba. While in the Cuban capital
they will be feted by the Havana BPW Club. The group will return to Key West Sunday after
noon. Making the trip are (left to right) Kay Holland, Joan Mardis, president of the Key West
Club: Irma Wagner, Rose Cohen and Mrs. Laurenza LaVesque.—Citizen Staff Photo, Don Pinder.
Tourists Jam
Ferry Office
Here Today
Everybody wants to go to Cu
They'll stand around for hours
waiting for a reservation on the
“City of Key West."
Asa matter of fact, there
were prospective passengers
waiting for possible cancela
tions at the Duval St. office of
Caribbean Ferry System as late
as 4:30 this morning. Then,
employees showed up for work
at 6 o'clock today, the street in
front of tho office was filled
with tourists wanting reserva
When the ship left at 8:45, It
bore 117 passengers and 39 cars.
Durden Guilty
In Murder Plot
BARTOW, Fla. <P—J. Willard
Durden, 36-year-old Orlando con
tractor, was convicted last night
of conspiring to kill a wealthy
widow in a bizarre murder-for
money scheme.
Criminal Court Judge Roy H.
Amidon immediately sentenced
him to a year in prison and a SSOO
fine, plus payment of trial costs—
the maximum penalty under
Florida law.
A six-man jury found Durden
guilty of conspiring with the late
Emmett Donnelly, a Lake Wales
lawyer, to kill Mrs. Byrd T. Roach
of Lake Wales.
Charges Brought
The two men also were charged
with conspiracy to kill two other
persons—K. H. Gerlach of Lake
Wales and Mrs. Louise Clark Haw
ley Sandberg of Orlando. Donnelly
committed suicide shortly after he
was charged in the cases in June.
Durden still faces trial in the
cases involving Gerlach and Mrs.
Donnelly was executor for the
$230,000 estate of Mrs. Roach's
Mrs. Roach got one-third and
the remainder went into a charity
trust fund to be handled by Don
nelly. Prosecution witnesses said
Donnelly had diverted these funds
to his own use.
W. Va. Banker
Faces DWI Count
A bank president has been charg
ed with driving while intoxicated,
the sheriff’s department said to
He is Walter T. Fredeking. 63.
president of the First National
Bank at Hinton, W. Va., who is
free in SI,OOO bond.
Florida Highway Patrolman Rob
ert. Young said Fredeking was
driving a car Nov. 26 that crash
ed near the north end of Key Lar
go. killing Frank H Cundiff. 49.
a passenger in the car and also of
Cundiff. who was thrown out of
the car died several hours later
in Archer Smith Hospital at Home
The Dr. Campbell incident is still
reaching national notoriety. A short
resume of the controversy appears
in the current edition of Newsweek,
a weekly news magazine.
City Gives USO Two-Year Lease
On Its Whitehead St. Building
The city commission granted the USO a two year
lease on their Whitehead Street building yesterday over
the heated objections of city commissioner Louis Car
bonell who had recommended the city take over the build
ing for use as a city hall. -
At a special meeting with mem
bers of the TT SO beard of directors,,
the city acquiesced to the plea of
Edwin Trevor, chairman of the
board, and renewed the lease, the
USO, however, had asked for a
three year lease on the property,
which was bought in 1945 by the
city for use as a city hall and later
leased to the USO.
Carbon* 11 Opposes
Carbonell, pointing out that the
city needs a satisfactory city hall,
said that he would not vote for a
two-year lease. He recommended
that the city either negotiate a one
year lease or sell the property to
the USO.
“We ought to sell the building
and forget about it,” said Car
Trevor objected to a one year
lease, pointing out that the USO had
spent $33,000 on the building dur
ing the past year. He added that
they would be reluctant to spend
any more money on needed re
pairs with only a one year pact.
Trevor pointed out the need for
servicemen’s facilities here when
he said that last year 31.000 ser
vicemen made use of USO facili
Proposed Move Hit
Trevor added that Navy men
“won’t go to the USO if it is lo
cated here or in Poinciana.” He
was speaking of proposals that
USO operations be transferred
either to the old city hall or the
city hall annex in Poinciana.
He pointed out that the presence
of the jail and police station in the
old city hall would make it un
desirable for a USO.
Mayor C. B. Harvey and com
missioner Paul R. Roberts voted
in favor of the two year lease.
Carbonell opposed it. Commission
ers Delio Cobo and Jack Delaney
were not present.
Cable Recalled
From Rescue Trip
The” Cable” a sea - going sal
vage vessel of Merritt Chapman
Scott Cos. returned to the Key W’est
Naval Station yesterday afternoon
after starting a voyage to Jamaica
to rescue a large tanker. ‘’Tioga
Star.” that was floundering on a
The Key West based salvage ves
sel left yesterday morning but was
recalled by radio when it was
learned that the tanker had been
refloated by the ships crew.
Captain G. W. Barber, the ves
sel’s skipper, reported that he was
fifty miles out to sea when he re
ceived orders to return to Key
Will Have Egg Nog
Until After New Year's
Corner of White and United Sts.
TELEPHONE 2-7510 or 2-2743
No Progress In
Murder Probe
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (P—Officers
investigating the murder of Mrs.
Sue Fuller went back today to the
drudgery of checking and recheck
ing the few, slim clues they have
in the slaying of the young mother.
“We're trying to get our heads
together and find out if there’s any
thing that we've overlooked,” Pros
ecutor J. B. Reed told reporters.
“We still haven’t got a concrete
lead to the killer; we’ve got a lot of
theories, but they won’t stand up
in court.”
Reed and pther law officers spent
more than two hours talking with
the dead woman's husband yes
terday, but made no progress in
the inquiry.
Solution Remote
“Were not a bit closer to a solu
tion now than we were when we
started,” Reed said after question
ing 31-year-old Milton Fuller, lead
ing businessman of nearby Brink
Reed said Fuller denied flatly
that he wielded the five-pound
stick of stovewood that crushed the
skull of his attractive 25-year-old
Mrs. Fuller was beaten fatally
in a bedroom of her home early
Sunday morning while Fuller and
the couple’s two daughters, Mary
Helen, five,-and Kathy, 18-months,
were asleep.
Fourteen Die
In Train Wreck
DORTMUND, Germany —Two
trains, one a special carrying 500
school children home for Christ
mas, collided in predawn darkness
near Dortmund’s main railway sta
tion today killing 14 persons, and
injuring 37.
No children were killed. Three
were slightly injured.
Rescuers searched the wreckage
of the regular train to recover
bodies and lead survivors to safety.
Cutting torches were used to
free some victims from the tangled
Several hours after the crash the
holiday special, which was not
badly damaged, continued its trip
to Dusseldorf. The children were
en route to their homes from school
on the North Sea Island of Sylt.
Rail officials said the other train,
departing for Hamm when the ac
cident occurred, was filled. The
special rammed into it, ripping
open one of the cars.
The cause of the crash was not
immediately determined.
Strunk Lumber
120 SIMONTON near Perry Dock
P Starts Tri-City
Service On January 25
Father-Son Holiday Ends In
Tragedy As Plane Crashes
MILWAUKEE IP—A father-and
son holiday hunting trip to Canada
yesterday turned into a flaming
air crash death for four persons,
including Frederick C. Miller,
prominent Milwaukee brewer, civ
ic leader and sports figure.
Miller’s son, Frederick Jr., 20,
died in the furiously burning plane
along with the pilots, Joseph Laird,
39, and his brother Paul, 34, both
of Milwaukee.
Miller, 48, a University of Notre
Dame football star under the late
Knute Rockne, died of injuries
several hours after the crash.
The trip, planned as a hunting
jaunt into the Canadian woods,
was only a few seconds old when
the Miller-owned twin-engine plane
sputtered and plunged to the
ground at 5:08 p.m. near a resi
Chamber Group
Protests Slow
Parking Action
Retail Merchants
Frown On City’g
Lack Of Action
The retail merchants di
, # .on o i the Key West
Chamber of Commerce is
burned up about the way the
city commission is handling
the downtown parking sit
In a press release today they said
that the city “has put the cart be
fore the horse” in their approach
to the problem.
The city commission voted Fri
day to offer $70,000 to the owners
of a lot at Angela and Simonton
Sts. for use as an off-street park
ing lot.
Purchase Planned
Purchase of the lot has been re
commended by the board of
directors of the Chamber of Com
merce after local realtors had ap
praised the property at a value of
But the chamber group today hit
out at the action of the city in
restricting parking on Caroline and
Eaton Sts. before the negotiations
fir the Simonton - Angela St. pro
perty are completed.
Since, there is some question that
the $70,000 offer will he accepted,
the chamber group feels that the
negotiations have bogged dov.n, at
least temporarily.
Dion Absent
Dion, who represents Brown Es
tates, owners of the land, was not
present at Friday’s commission
Henry Lurie, chairman of the re
tail merchants group, said today
that the chamber submitted their
recommendation to the city com
mission several weeks ago that the
parking lot be purchased at the
| appraised value, but that the city
has failed to act on it.
“Duval St. merchants believed
that the lot would be purchased and
that parking space would be made
available before parking on the
other streets would be restricted
and parking meters added,” said
"As it stands,” Lurie added,
"parking on at least two streets
has already been restricted and
the city at its special meeting last
night failed to acquire title to the
property. Just how long it will be
before the lot is purchased is un
! "Meanwhile, traffic on Duval St.
is bottle - necked at various hours
of the day and Christmas shoppers
are having considerable difficulty
in finding parking space,” he con
-1 eluded
Carload Shipment
Christmas Trees
Overseas Fruit Mkt.
934 TRUMAN PH. 2-7742
dential area north of Gen. Mitchell
The four men had just taken off
from the field, bound for Portage
la Prairie, northwest of Winnipeg,
where the Millers own a cabin.
Father Thrown Clear
The craft hit the ground about
125 feet from a home north of the
field. The Senior Miller was thrown
“My God, don’t bother about
me,” Miller shouted to a resident
who rushed to the wreckage.
“There are three others in the
But searing flames drove back
rescuers. Police and firemen were
Miller, burned over a large por
tion of his body, his right leg
broken and suffering internal in
juries, was rushed to Johnston
Emergency Hospital. Blood plasma
was administered and part of the
time he was conscious. He died
five hours after the take-off crash.
He was president of the Miller
Brewing Cos., founded by his grand
father, and of the Milwaukee Assn,
of Commerce.
Notre Dame Star
Miller had been a star tackle at
Notre Dame under the famed
Rockne, who also died in a plane
crash in 1931. Miller captained the
Irish in 1928. He graduated a year
later from the South Bend, Ind.
school, where his son, Fred Jr.,
was a student.
Miller was not related to two
other famous Millers in Notre
Dame football Don Miller of
the Four Horsemen backfield in the
early 20’s and Creighton Miller,
halfback of the Associated Press
All-America team in 1943.
Miller probably was best known
for his support of big league base
ball for Milwaukee. He sparked
the drive to bring the Braves here
from Boston and has since been a
director of the baseball club and
one of its most ardent backers.
He was also a stockholder in the
Green Bay Packers and a director
of that National Football League
Miller is survived by his widow,
the former Adele Kanaley of Win
netka, 111., six daughters and one
son, his mother and four sisters.
Equipment Used
On Fatal Dive
To Be Examined
The equipment used by Paul M.
Sweat, Navy diver, on his last
dive is to be examined today by
the board probing Sweat’s death.
Sweat, 28, died Tuesday in the
recompression chamber aboard the
submarine rescue vessel Penguin.
He was raised to the deck of the
Penguin after a routine dive and
collapsed about a minute later.
Cdr. James M. Hingson, who
heads the board of investigation,
also said the board will hear wit
nesses today.
Other divers attached to the Pen
guin will be heard Monday and
Tuesday, Cdr. Hingson said.
Wednesday morning, the two Na
vy doctors who performed the au
topsy on Sweat will testify.
Funeral services for Sweat were
held in Fort Lauderdale yesterday
afternoon. He is survived by his
widow, Betty Jean, and a daugh
Raymond Pazo, 32, charged with
a crime against nature Involving a
14-year-old boy, yesterday was sen
tenced to five years in prison by
Criminal Court Judge Thomas S.
Pazo was found guilty Wednes
day by a six-man jury.
Sn Dairy Queen
Tendra "Egg Nog"
Hasta El Primtro da Ano
Esquina a While y United
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Will Operate From Gulf
Docks On Key West Run
The P and O Steamship Cos. will not make use of the
city-owned Clyde-Mallory dock when they begin opera
tions here January 25.
That information was released Friday at a special
meeting of the city commission when City Manager Vic
tor Lang reported on a meeting with Robert Lord, an of-
County Made No
Requests To SRI)
Tho county commissioners
didn't request anything from
anybody at tha special meeting
“We made no requests to the
State Road Department," Com
missioner Clarence Higgs said
“Specifically," ha added, “we
did not request an accounting
of tha funds we have with the
State Road Department. We
will wait until the nw admin
istration takes over before mak
ing any requests."
No Fatalities
As Airliner
Crashes, Burns
BRAMPTON, Ont. itfl All 23
passengers and crewmen escaped
from a Trans-Canada Super Con
stellation that crashed and burned
on a farm near here last night.
Two persons were severely burned
and several others received less
serious injuries.
The big airliner, buund from
Tampa, Fla., to Toronto, snapped
off two trees and rolled on its side
as the pilot tried a belly landing in
fog and rain. A wing of the four
engine aircraft was tossed 100 feet.
The 16 passengers and 7 crew
men scrambled from the wreck
age moments before it burst into
Tried To Land
The accident occurred just north
of this town, about 14 miles north
west of Toronto and about seven
miles west of Malton Airport. The
pilot had circled the airport sev
eral times trying to land.
Twelve of the injured were taken
to Brampton Hospital for treat
ment. Eleven others were treated
at Humber Memorial Hospital.
One of the passengers, Len
Campbell, 17, of Burnt River, Ont.,
said the crash came without warn
"It felt like the plane hit a hump.
There was a terrific bang. The
next thing I knew people were roll
ing in the aisle. Everybody scram
bled for the door and ran in every
direction as the plane started to
burn. Nobody had any trouble get
ting out.”
Fla. Students Aboard
Campbell, returning from school
at St. Petersburg. Fla., for the
Christmas holiday, was only shak
en up.
Marlene Stewart, Canada’s 17-
year-old open golf champion, re
portedly suffered a slight hand in
jury. She also was returning home
from school at Rollins College,
Winter Park, Fla.
Trans-Canada Airlines listed
among the other passengers Miss
Jean Shaver, 36, of Inverness, Fla.
There was no report on her condi
The airliner was to have stopped
over briefly at Malton and then
headed for Montreal. There was
no immediate explanation of why
the plane could not land at the
Provincial police reported at
first that the big plane carried 50
persons, but the airline said it had
only 16 passengers and its usual
7-man crew aboard.
Navy underwater swimmers
blew up the end of an old pier on
the Navy Station here about 5 pan.
yesterday. The blasts shook win
dows over an area of several
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ficial of. the company.
Lang said that P and O
has completed negotiations
with Gulf Oil Cos. to use their
dock at the foot of Duval
Street. Lang said that they
are getting use of the dock
free of charge.
The decision provided a solution
to the knotty problem of who w r a*
going to repair the decrepit Clyde
Mallory docks.
The city was expected to ask that
the shipping firm repair the dock
because there were no funds for
that project in city coffers.
Costly Projact
The shipping company was re
portedly looking with disfavor on
the city’s proposal since the project
would cost upwards of $40,000.
However, the P and O Cos. was
granted a lease on one third of
city-owned buidling near the Gulf
dock for use as a passenger ter*
minal and for a customs office.
They will pay $33 per month for
their share of the building.
City's Agreement
The city also agreed to construct
a concrete slab in the building at
an estimaged cost of one thousand
dollars and to wire the structure
for electricity.
Meanwhile, the company has ap
parently given up their proposed
weekly Key West - Miami run.
A schedule released yesterday
shows that the ship will dock four
times weekly in Key West, plying
between Tampa and Havana. An
earlier schedule had indicated that
the ship would put into Miami once
4,600 - Ton Ship
T lie ship to be used in the opera
tion, the 4,600 ton Denali, is cur
rently in Vancouver, B. C., picking
up a load of lumber consigned for
I uerto Rico. It is scheduled to ar
rive in Port Tampa Jan. 5.
The vessel can accommodate 200
passengers in air conditioned state
rooms and 174 deck passengers for
daylight runs to Havana.
The schedule:
Lv. Tampa Monday, 4:00 P.M.
Arr. Key West Tuesday, 8:00
Lv. Key West Tuesday, 11:30
Arr. Havana Tuesday, 630
j Lv. Havana Wednesday, 11:00
! A.M.
Arr. Key West Wednesday, 6:00
Lv. Key West Wednesday, 7:00
Arr. Tampa Thursday, 10:00
I A.M.
Lv. Tampa Thursday, 4.00 P.M.
Ait. Key West Friday. 8:00 A.M.
Lv. Key West Friday, 11:30
Arr. Havana Friday, 6:30 P.M.
lat. Havana Sunday, 11:00 A.M.
Arr. Key West Sunday, 6:00
Lv. Key West Sunday, 7:00
Arr. Tampa Monday, 10:00 A.M.
Notice To
Late Shoppers
Christmas cards, stationery,
and gifts purchased at CORAL
fore we close at 9 o'clock to
night, can be IMPRINTED and
delivered to you on Monday!
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