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Panama City News (Newspaper) - January 6, 1952, Panama City, Florida CIRCULATION PHONE 8585 If You Your Copy of the News or Call 8585 Before 6 P. M. Daily or 9 A. M. Sunday. PAIMAMA CITY NEWS TELEPHONE 8585 VOL. 59 EIGHT PAGES (FULL WIRE SERVICE) UNITED PHESS Northwest Florida's Most Complete Morning Newspaper PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA, TUESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 6, 1952 WDLP-AM-FM 590 kc 98.9 me DIAL 6013 FOR COURTEOUS AD-TAKER there is a "WANT" for the "UN- WANTED" in ihe WANT-ADS. senbe (COMPLETE SERVICE) NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION PRICE FIVE CENTS Conrad's Job Now Official Gerald Conrad, Panama City business man and principal in a series of swift moving legal bat- tles for possession of this county's tax assessor office, prepared this morning- to take over its operation. He will meet with no opposition from H. Savely McQuagge, Con- Tad's foe in the legal squabble has raged over the office since a controversial write in poll last November. McQuagge had filled the office the death, of his father, D. G. (Dune) McQuagge, regular Demo- cratic nominee for the office and JJL an incumbent, died just before the general election. He said last night, however, that he. will turn over the office to Conrad today. His statement came after Her- bert Sapp, attorney for Conrad, returned from Tallahassee late yesterday afternoon bearing Con- rad's signed commission. But the possibility of further le- gal action in the case is still strong. Sapp said here last night, how- ever, that he had withdrawn a motion for a ruling by the state Supreme Court on a denial by Cir- cuit Judge E. Clay Lewis to grant a. motion to dismiss the suit. The motion had been scheduled for a hearing yesterday. It was withdrawn after Circuit Judge L. L. Fabisinski, who was appointed after the disqualification of Judge Lewis, dismissed the suit after receiving the plaintiff's testi- mony Fabisinski's decision to throw out the suit apparently leaves Mc- Quagge only two channels for further action an appeal to the (Turn to ASSESSOR, Page 2) Bishop Sheen TV Man ol Year NEW YORK, Jan. 6 Bishop Fulton J. Sheen was named the television man of the year today in a poll of editors by the Radio-Television daily. Sheen shared honors with Lucille Ball, who was chosen television woman of the year in the poll by the trade magazine. Other winners in the- poll: man of the year, Arthur Godfrey; radio woman of the year. Eve Arden; dramatic show of the year for radio. Theater Guild; dramatic show for television, Rob- ert Montgomery Presents; radio comedy show of the year. Jack Benny; television comedy show. I Love Lucy; radio variety show, The Big Show; television variety show. Show of Shows; radio mus- ical show, Firestone Hour; tele- 1 vision musical show, Fred Waring. Also, radio commentator of the year, Edward R. Murrow; televi- sion commentator, John Cameron Swayze; radio documentary of the year. The People Act; television documentary, Victory at Sea; radio quiz show of the year. Groucho Marx; television quiz show. What's My Line; radio sportscaster of the year, Bill Stern; television sports- caster, Mel Allen; radio children's show of the year, Let's Pretend; television children's show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie; radio song hit of the year, You Belong To Me; television song, Wish You Were Here. Baby Contest Is Under Way Panama City's diaper set check- ed safety pins and prepared to face the cameras this afternoon in the first round in the Panama City Garden Club News "Most Photogenic Baby Contest." Free photographs will be made at Delaney's Studio between 2 and 5 p.m. today of first entrants. First week's contest is limited to girls under two years who live in the Panama City trading area. Later competition will be be- tween boys under two; girls be- tween two and four; and a final contest open to previous weekly winners. Winning pictures will be run each Saturday in the News. I TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 5 government of Florida changes hands tomorrow when Dan McCarty, 41-yestr-old Fort Pierce cattleman-citrus srowe grower, replaces Fuller Warren as chief executive in a simple cere- money attended by thousands. Fair and slightly warmer weath er is promised for the capital ciu as McCarty is installed as Florida's 31st governor. The inauguration will be topped by the usual parades, receptions and dances, but the big "event comes at high noon when McCarty, decked out in top hat and tails puts his hand on the family Bible and swears to uphold the laws of Florida and the nation "so help me God." Thousands of persons from everv social strata have jammed this North Florida city to witness the ceremonies, watch the parade of 12 floats, 26 bands, and 525 na- tional guardsmen, and attend one of five inaugural balls. City bankers and rough-clad dirt farmers mingled with cattle ranch ers and merchants. Hammer and nails work on the parade reviewing stand and inaugural platform erected for the first time in history on the west side of the Capitol was completed. The last bit of colored paper was pasted on the (Turn to McCARXY, Page 2) DAN MCCARTY .takes over Prettiest Teacher Shuns Screen Test For Job prettiest school teacher in America decided Monday school marms can have as much sex appeal as secretaries and even actresses. This beauty from behind books is blonde Nell Owen of Dallas. Tex. She won the title in a contest on the CBS "Our Miss Brooks" radio show that stars Eve Arden as a teacher. Mrs. Owen, 21, was whisked off to Hollywood where she sniffed she doesn't see xvhy the whistling Enforcement officers of the State 27 Killed In Crash Of Airliner BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Jan 5 British European Air- ways airliner hit a beacon while trying to land at Belfast's air term- inal tonight and crashed in flames, killing 21 persons. Eight who survived the crash of the twin-engined viking plane were injured. The plane, on a regularly-sched- uled flight from London to Belfast, carried 31 passengers and a crew of four. One of the passengers was an infant, according: to a BEA spokesman. Weather conditions in the vicin- ity of Nutt's Corner, Belfast's air- port, were reported poor at the time of the crash. The airliner struck a concrete beacon pole, smashed into a build- ing and caromed off into an ad- jacent field where it burst into flamps. Survivors were pulled from the wreckage and rushed to hos- pitals in Belfast, 12 miles away. Bodies of the dead and debris from the plane were scattered over a wide area. The plane was smash- ed almost beyond the tail, and the after section re- mained undamaged. SUrpriS6d Beverage Department in this dis- a lot of things The Inquiring Photographer BY DUFFY PARISH The NEWS will pay SI for every interesting and timely question sub- mitted and used in this column. THE QUESTION Do you think Fuller Warren has made Florida a- good governor? THE ANSWERS C. B. Lewis, International Paper Cast Fourth itreet: "I think Fuller has done as good a job as our governor ar my of the rest o hem. I don't ipprove of some f the things he's :one but there's "There are just as many young. j trict smashed 13 moonshine stills I he's done tnat J do appove of Collector A. G. Appelberg's auto tag office in the court house is a busy place as the above photo shows. More than 800 new license plates were sold the first two days. Sale was scheduled to have started yesterday but actually began Friday so departing students and out-of-state motorists could secure them (Staff 'Old Friends', Char chit And Ihe, TaL pretty girls in my school as in any i la-st month and destroyed 50 gal other profession." she said. "I j Ions of illicit whiskey, according! ministration. i At least Bay county has certainly done well during the Warren ad- think the trend is more towards that type of teacher. "We have to look nice or the kids notice it right away. One clay I (Turn to TEACHER. Pu-e 2) WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UP) Southern Democrats, fighting to block a proposed change in the Senate's anti-filibuster rule, pre- dicted today that the attempt will be beaten by a margin of 3 or 4 to 1. They expected the drive would have the support of only 25 to 30 j senators. Most of those votes will! come from Northern and Western I by only a few Republicans-, the Southerners said. The anti-filibuster move came before the Senate Saturday at the opening session of the 83rd Con- gress. Debate and a decision were deferred at the request of the Republican majority leadership. The issue will be debated when the Senate returns tomorrow from a joint session with the House to count the presidential electoral votes. to the monthly report of J. S. Shir- ey, head of the district. In the same period, officers ar- rested four alleged still operators, seized two automobiles, and de- stroyed gallons of mash, used in whiskey making operations. They estimated the capacity of Stills destroyed was gallons. Each of the two cases tried re- j suited in conviction, according to the report. Fines assessed amount- ed to S125. The othtr two cases are pending. A. Allen Green, photographer, 556 Harrison Ave: "I think his P'r o g r a m has been one of prog- ress. Ten years from now, when all the bad pub- licity has died down, I we'll look and find been our greatest, governor yet. He's certainly done the best job on the state's road Mercury Doesn't Drop Below 47 i system that's been done bv any cal value .of property taken in- governor we ever had to custody amounts to Paul Hancock, auto 412 Cherry St.: "I've .been in Florida only two years, but com- pared to some of the Governors we've had in Georgia Fuller Warren has been a credit to Flor- ida. Warren has begun several programs during his administra- tion that I would like to see con- tinued by his successors, especial- ly the road building program." 'Subversives' In Colleges To Be Probed WASHINGTON. Jan. 5 (UP) The House Un-American Activities Committee has launched an investi- gation of "subversives" in colleges and may extend the inquiry to cover as many as 25 major schools, Incoming Chairman Harold H. Velde (R-IiJ) said one of the com- mittee's 12 investigators already is "spending all his time checking on educational institutions in the East." He said "perhaps 25 major col- leges and universities which we definitely know have, or have had, subversive activities" will be checked. "In my opinion, infiltration of communism into education is one of the most important weapons back j that Stalin has for overthrowing our -.form of government." Velde said.' "The youth of today will be the political leaders of tomorrow. It is very vital that we educate them in the true spirit of Americanism." think he's 4 Killed in Riots TEHRAN (UP) Police report- ed tonight that four persons were killed and hundreds injured in three days of rioting and street fighting: bcivresn Communists and rightists here and in the holy city of Qum to the south. Judy's Mother Dies SANTA MONICA, Calif. (UP) Mrs. jt.thel nliine Gilmore, 56, mother of film star Judy Garland was found dead today in the park- Temperatures ranged between 47 i ins: lot of an aircraft comnanv 60 _.. i degrees in Panama City j where she was employed. and yesterday. Apalachicola Chattahoochee yesterday was 5.15 feet and rising. Clear to partly cloudy is 1 Reacted WASHINGTON (UP) Tne Dutchman Grunewald, -was reindicted by a federal grand Mor.d-ay on contempt of Con- STCSS charges. forecast today. There will be no] Washington Mystery man important temperature changes. Moderate southwest winds will pre-! vail. i Desks at Cherry Street School Burn A fire that threatened to destroy Cherry street grammar school was extinguished by Panama City Fire Department here early last night. Damage was limited to destruction of one student desk and the desk of the teacher. Chief Alfred Norris said damage would total about S100. He said the damage might have been much greater had not a passerby detect- ed smoke boiling from a window. Stokes A co sponsor of the original Homestead Exemption bill in the Florida legislature, J. Ed Stokes, said here today efforts to repeal the-act, "don't stand a chance." Representative Roy Surles, chair- man of a subcommittee of the legislative Council and Letislative Reference Bureau, has served not- ice that he will ask the full council to plug for repeal of the amend- ment. "It takes 65 votes to get a bill through the Stokes said today, "If Surles gets five, he will be lucky." Stokes, a veteran member of the legislature who was returned to a new term from Bay county last j November, was instrurneral in; CHICAGO, Jan. 5 deaths for the Christmas and New Year's holidays combined were the highest on record, topping for the first time in history. A final count by United Press put the number of traffic deaths in the four-day holiday periods at 1.011. Traffic experts estimated that another 250 will die of injuries suffered in the two holiday periods, raising the ultimate toll to 1.261. It was the first time in history that the total for the two holidays j topped 1.000. The Christmas toll of 588 was the highest for any holiday period in the nation's history. The total of the New Year's holiday was 223, which set a new record for that period. The overall accidental death toll for the New Year's holiday was 626. including 16 killed in" plane crashes. 55 in fires and 132 in mis- cellaneous accidents. The overall total for the two holidav periods combined was NEW YORK, Jan. 5 (UP) Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived from England and met with his "old President- elect Dwight D. Eisenhower, for informal discussions of world prob- lems. Eisenhower and Churchill shook hands warmly at the apartment of elder statesman Bernard Baruch, where Eisenhower arrived at p.m.-. a few hours after Churchill's ship docked. After a visit of nearly two hours. Eisenhower left the apartment at p.m. He dashed out of the building flanked by Secret Service men and almost ran to a waiting limousine to avoid talking to news- men. Eisenhower went to his Morning- side Heights home to freshen up for an 8 o'clock dinner at Baruch's apartment. It was indicated that this was only the first of possibly Eisenhower Churchill meetings. Eisenhower's headquarters said there would be another, but the time and place had not been set. Baruch, who is Churchill's host during his New York visit, had invited Eisenhower to cocktails and a dinner later so the two statesmen would have a chance to renew their old war-time, friend- ship and discuss informally the Korean war, the cold war in Eu- (Turn to CHURCHILL, Page 2) Daffin Take: s Glass Door Nabs Jewelry Thief PHILADELPHIA door captured in a jewelry store here and held him until police arrived. The suspect. Cephus Ford. 27, broke a hole in the lower part of the glass door of a jewelry shop. He started to crawl through and the unbroken portion of the glass The fruit basket turned over at Bay county Courthouse today. But when things settled down again most of the familiar faces were back in the same seats. Technically embarking on a new four year cruise, the county ship of state finds itself piloted by many of the same officers. Only at two stations the sher- iff's office and the tax assessor's office has there been any ap- preciable changing of the guard. M. D. (Doc) Daffin took com- mand of the former office. last night at midnight from Alva Thom- as. With Thomas went most though not all of the old force. Only two. D. E. Maxwell and Gordon McCall, have so far been carried over by the new adminis- tration. Rest of the slate named by (Turn to SHERIFF, Page 2) NEW YORK, Jan. 5 (UP) A federal judge agreed today to de- lay the executions of atom spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg long enough for them to ask the Presi- dent for clemency. They had been scheduled to die n the electric chair at Sing Sing o ison, Ossining, N. Y., Jan. 14. at 11 p. m. But Federal Judge Irving R. Kaufman promised the stay as the case developed into an internation- al Communist propaganda issue. Groups throughout the world staged demonstrations demanding that the Rosenbergs' lives be spared. There was a possibility that the decision on whether to commute their death sentence to life impris- onment would be turned over to incoming President Eisenhower. Judge Kaufman said he would grant only a conditional stay on receiving- proof that the Rosen- bergs were asking President Tru- man for clemency. He gave de- fense attorney Emanuel Bloch until Saturday to file a copy of the clemency petition. But the U. S. district attorney's office said Mr. Truman could post- pone action on the plea for mercy until he leaves office Jan. 20, in which case Eisenhower would in- herit the responsibility of making the decision. Even after the White House acts, the Rosenbergs still will have one hope left. Judge Thomas W. Swan of the U. S. Court of Appeals today denied "'without prejudice" a re- quest for a stay of execution but said the Rosenbergs could seek one within five days after a presiden- tial decision. In London, Rome, Paris and other European cities Communists staged rallies to "save the Rosen- bergs." Leaflets asserted the hus- band and wife, convicted of pass- ing A bomb secrets to Russia, were being persecuted because they are Jews. of NEW YORK, Jan. 5 Polio poster sisters Patrice and Pamela O'Neil joined actress Helen Hayes, soprano Nadine Connor and tele- vision commentator Dave Garrc- way to launch this year's March of Dimes campaign today. Six-year-old Patrice and her five-year-old sister, of Raleigh, N.C., stood of City Hall steps as the First Army band provided a. musical background to the cere- monies. The girls were welcomed, to the city fay Mayor Vincent B. Impellietteri and Basil O'Connor, president of the National Founda- tion for Infantile Paralysis. Safety Council Maps Program LCI j Members of Bay County Safety Council last night laid plans for Lynn Haven voters trooD io the j a local safety program, polls at 7 a.m. today to name two j Tne PIans. calling for participa- tion by Bay county civic clubs. provide for designating a specific program to each club. Under the arrangement each club would have a month in which to stress its particular phase of safety work. members to the city's five governing board. Five candidates have palced their names on the ballots to be used by the 840 voters who have qualifed to vote in the election. Two incumbents, Frank P. Kel- ley and H. C. Davis Jr., asked to be returned to the Com- orgamzea came sliding down, like a guillo- j mission for a new two year te tine. And Ray I. Browning, Cleatus When police arrived. Ford was j Langord and J. R. Robertson are still half way through the door, un- i seeking seats for the first. The Safety Council. each here iast Spring, is made up of representatives of several organi- zations. Its function is that of a coordinating agency. It was the group's first meeting since the Safety Council sponsored able to move without risking a bad The poll, located at City Hall, i Safety Week last fall. cut on the neck. close at 7 p.m. I Don Fay is president. steering the original act through minimum foundation law and the the House. i new amendment provides ade- He said he regards the amend- i quate funds." ment as "one of the greatest things j The new school amnedment the legislature ever passed for the i adopted by referendum last Nov- the homestead with him that he feels Stokes said. "In fact, the as I do about homestead exemp- meiH.' development of the state. ember. directs funds raised The homestead amendment ex- i through sale of automobile licenses empts- homesteads from being tax- directly into a school capital outlay fifirt r___i ed on the first ues. of their val- fund. said he is certain that Surles has proposed repeal of j Jack Ba'v county's see- the exemption as a means to rais- ond member of the 1953 legislature, mg more money for Florida schools. "There are plenty of ways to j to speak raise money for schools without I am certain from past con- my views. "I have not ha.d an opportunity tions." The legislator said he sees "no reason for alarm" and that "It would be just as impossible to repeal exemptions either in the legislature or by referendum as to catch a butt headed cow by the horns." Rep. Jack Mashburn joined Stokes in his statement. "I would not vote for repeal of the Homestead Exemptions amend- ment under any foreseeable cir- Mashburn said, "As a matter of fact. I would like to increase the amount of exemption." Claim Traitors' Are Flying MIG's TOKYO, Jan 5 Force! officers read with astonishment I today a dispatch in the English- language newspaper Nippon Times headlined "traitorous Yanks Be- lieved Flying Red Korean-MIGs." The dispatch, carrying a world copyright, said most Air Force officers on rest leave in Tokyo be- lieved a story that "soldiers of fortune" from the United States. Great Britain and Germany were flying MIGs over North Korea. CAP PISTOL ROBBERY ALBANY, Ga.. Jan. 5 (UP) Police here arrested Harry- Lewis. 21. today on charges robbing the Western Union office of S273 with a, cap pistol. QUINTUPLET famous Dilisrentj quintuplets pose before their Buenos Aires home, following; their reunion after a year's separation. The quints have been continuing their cdaca- cation, each at a different school. From Jeft: Franco, Maria, Ester, Maria Fernanda-. Maria Christina and Carlos Diligeati,
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