Panama City News, October 31, 1952

Panama City News

October 31, 1952

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Panama City News (Newspaper) - October 31, 1952, Panama City, Florida Government Orders Investigati on of By LEE NICHOLS United Press Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 UP-The government order- ea an investigation today to determine if there was wrongdoing" in a new "five percenter' deal which re- sulted in the dismissal of a high Democratic party of- A wide assortment of charges, counter-charges I denials and explanations bobbed up in the wake of the disclosure that Col. Lawrence Westbrook former New Deal official, had made such a deal with a Portuguese tungsten firm. Westbrook, a Texas businessman, fired from the- Democratic National Committee staff Wednesday pight after it was learned he stood to make about on a government contract with the tungsten firm. Republican presidential candidate Dwignt D. Eisen- hower pointed to the case in a campaign speech as an example of what he called "crookedness" in the- ad- ministration. Go to the Polls On Tuesday, Nov. 4 In Dallas, WTestbrook said tonight he had no connec- tion with the government or the Democratic pany and was not contemplating any at the time he became in- volved in the tungsten deal. "At the time I joined the national committee, all essential details of the company's contract had already been agreed to by the federal he said to- night. "I believe it is clear that I never at any time used or attempted to use my committee position to influence the Kickback Case awarding of this contract." The investigation was ordered by Jess Larson whose general services administration negotiated the contract. Larson gave the case a new twist by that a proposed five per cent agreement Westbrook filed with the agency had somehow gotten lost and never reached his attention. Previously, Larson had angrily denied he knew West- brook and an associate, Heinz Pufvermann of Eve X Y had arranged t0 collect a commission. 'ANAMA CITY NEWS TELEPHONE 8585 VOL. 1 TWENTY-FOUR PAGES UNITED PRESS (FULL WIRE SERVICE) Northwest Florida's Most Complete Morning Newspaper PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA, FRIDAY MORNIXG. OCTOBER 31, 1952 _______WDLP-AM-FM 590 kc 98.9 me NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION (COMPLETE SERVICE) Up-To-Minute News Of World Events PRICE FIVE CENTS Rioters Scream 'Get Out Prison Inmates Refuse to Talk To Truce-Makers MENARD, III., Oct. 30 Democratic presidential nominee Gov. Adlai E. Stevenson flew here tonight in an attempt to settle the four-day-old rebellion at Menard State prison. Sewer Builders, City Commission Slate Meeting lo Wind Up Project City Commissioners agreed here after the contract with Boyce is last night to a Thursday afternoon i discontinued conference to discuss final settle-1 The meeting- next Thursday was ment arrangements on the cm's j called at the recommendation of sioner DISCUSS a resolution at last night's Commission meeting Here, Commis- H i? A readS- around the table are (cbunter-clock-wise) Commissioner V.ill Hughes, City Clerk Leon Mathis, City Manager Grady Courtney, Mayor Carl R. Gray, Commissioner James Hajes, and News City Editor Charles Daw (Staff Photo) Officials Offer Congratulations To Horning News Mayor Carl R. Gray and County Commission Chairman John Henry D-.vis last night congratulated Bay- County Publishers, Inc., for "keep- ing abreast of the growth of the city" with publication of a new morning newspaper for Panama City. Both officials made a tour of the plant late yesterday and watched preliminary steps in "putting to- gether" the new paper, Panama City News. The balance of the City Com- mission later joined with Gray and Davis in offering their hope for success of the paper. The new paper will be published each morning. The afternoon paper will continue as the Panama City Herald. The two will combine on Sundays. sewer constiucuon pioj- ect. Last of the projects to be con- Consulting Engineers Smith and Gillespie In a letter addressed to the Com- structed under the city's agieement mission, the engmeeis suggested with Contractor Marvin R. Boyce is i "that an early conference be ai- now pushing toward completion. ranged between the city, the con- Commissioners will to de-I tractor and this> fumf at which termme what couise they will take time all of the procedures neces- sary for working out a final settle- ment can be discussed and a mu- tually satisfactoiy plan be decided upon for this puipose." They said that "construction work now authonzed should be sub- stantially complete in the very near and recommended the conference to iron out details of the settlement "Because of the magni- tude of the work, and the detail m-v-olved m leaching a final settle- ment unaer a construction man- agement tjpe of contract." The contiact calls for payment to Boyce of 15 per cent of 85 per cent of the total estimated cost of the project, and 25 per cent of all j Old Guard Control Hurts Jkk's Party Stevenson Says "PITTSBURGH, oct 30 Adlai E. Stevenson charged tomsrht that "Old Guard" control hns turned the Republican party into a mere "shadow" of the party of Abraham Lincoln, its first Presi- dent. Speaking to an enthusiastic audi- i ence of which packed Pittsburgh's Hunt armory in the windup of a two-flay swing- across Pennsylvania, the Democratic presidential candidate said the opposition has "abandoned the Lincoln tradition which had been awakened last spring." For his own part, Stevenson said he was content to run on the record of the Democratic party of last 20 years. He recited a list of the social and economic programs inaugurat- ed since the advent of the New Deal and said: "These are the facts and are proud to lay them once again before the Amer- ican jury." He- said the Republican Party is "still theoretically the party of Abraham Lincoln. .but the Re- publican Old Guard is something else. It is just the shadow of Lincoln." The crowd roared as the Demo- cratic candidate hurled ridicule and invective at Republican party and Dwight D. Eisenhower, his rival. Final estimates have to be in, therefoie, before the city can de- termine exactly how much it owes the contractor. In the same letter, the engineer estimated that in funds will remain after completion of the project now under construction. City officials say an additional in salvageable equipment will also remain. About of that amount "is expected to be in the form of ma- terials on hand and on the project accoiding to the engi- neer. Project Comptroller Leon Mathis told Commissioners last night that the confeience is "just to acquaint j ou with the scope of the close-out wwk." First Two Editions Of Morning News Are Complimentary j First two editions of the new Panama City News will ra TIMES DENIES RUMOR NEW YORK, Oct. 30 Th New York Times, which is sup porting- Repuolican nominee Dwight D. Eisenhower for the presidency, tonight denied "rum ors that it would switch its support to Adlai E. Stevenson, the i Democratic candidate. How the Florida Climafe Bernard Baruch Decries Claims of Southern Progress Parly ORLANDO. Fla.. Oct. 30 Elder statesman Bernard Baruch says he is "rather irked wnen any- party claims credit for what has heen done in the it was disclosed here tonight. "Did any party put the phosphate In Florida, did anybody give it its Baiuch asked, adding, "if they happen to find oil there, will any party have put it A letter from the long-time gov- ernment advisor to Mrs. Herbert H. F'inter of nearby Longwood, Fla was made public here in which Baruch replica to the woman's query of how people could set up a "better government." "There is one very definite thing you and your fnerids can 'Baruch advised "Go out and vote in the next election." "The more revolt you show in the communities, the more you will be heeded by the they fear most is the vote 4 Million New Taxpayers Expected to File Retains WASHINGTON. Oct. 30 Internal Revenue Commissioner John B. Dunlap estimated today that from to 4.000.000 new taxpayers will file income tax returns next March 15. Some 54.680.000 returns were filed for the last tax year. Terrific Winds Lash Shipping CAPE RACE. Nfid.. Oct. 30 CUP) __The North Atlantic's worst storm of the year lashed shipping lanes off Car.ada s -east coast today and took a toll of at least one ship and one small boat sunk and an- other missing. The 115-foot American trawler was sunk and one of the dories sent io take off its crew was smashed by the mountainous waves. Off the Nova Scotian coast. Mechanical Difficulty Delays Several Comics Mechanical difficulties at the News-Herald plant; yesterday re- sulted in the omission from the comics page of nearly a dozen strips. The. misshig- comics will appear in this afternoon's edition of the Herald. Commission Urges Employes to Vote City employes will be encouraged were alerted to be on to vote "regardless of whom they the "lookout Jor the 32-foot fishing j vote for." boat Murray, which went adrift i City Commissioners went on rec- with no one aboard when seas ord last night in favor of a motion JHP U'V.'ine which secured j grone city emnloyes time off "with it to another vessel. pay" to cast their ballots Tuesday, tributed free, Publisher Cecil B. Kelley said today. "Many of our regular sub- scribers have expressed ft desire to see copies of our new morn- ing said. "Your News carrier has deliver- ed a copy to rj- any of his custo- mers so that they can see and read this fine new paper of which we are so proud. "If you have pot already done so, you anay sign up for delivery of the Panama City News by signing- with your carrier today or by telephoning 8585." Negotiators Hope To Avert Walkout WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 Hard coal negotiators spent three hours bargaining today and ended up hopeful they could reach agree- ment before John L. Lewis' Satur- day deadline for a pay raise for 65.000 miners. United Mine Workers' Vice Pres- ident Thomas Kennedy reported that the session today made "pro- gress." The talks will resume tomorrow. Lewis, UMW president, has de- manded the S1.90-a-day pay raise by Saturday. If the contract is not signed by Saturday the mine oper- ators probably would agree to make the pay raise retroactive to that date. Such an agreement probably would avoid any shut- down of the anthracite mines. OFFICIALS TO ATTEND MEET Mayor Carl R. Gray. City Man- ager Grady Courtney and City Cleric Leon Mathis last night were given permission by City Commissioners to attend a meeting of the Florida League of Municipalities next week in Tallahassee. MENARD, HI., Oct. 30 Three hundred Menard state prison convicts, hollow-eyed and haggard from hunger, shouted at two offi- cials to "get the hell out" today when they sought to open new ne- gotiations to end a four-day not. The prisoners held seven guards hostage in the strife-torn east cell block, where they have not been fed since they started the riot Monday. State Sen. Milton Mueller, mem- ber of a legislative committee in- vestigating the prison, and Michael Farrin, administrative assistant to Gov. Adlai E. Stex'enson, went to the cell block in late afternoon to attempt a truce. The same deadlock that has pre- vailed since Wednesday came up again. Mueller said the convicts would be fed and their heard when they released the 1 The rioters said they would re- lease the hostages when their list of 12 demands h-s been accep- ted and their case publicity. The demands havo not been made public. "They just told Bie to get the hell out and close the door when Mile1'2r said. Earlier two prison chaplains, whom the convicts permitted to enter, sought vainly to arrance a truce r-aference between a convict comrr.ctea and Lt. Gov. Sherwood Dter i, on the scene to help end riot. The prison physician Dr. Robert H.. Jacks said he suggested the men be fed because they may be- come "light-headed and irratibnal" If they go much longer without lood. The only concession made earlier (Turn to RIOTERS, Page 2) Dixie Lee Crosby Remains in Coma HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 30 (UP) Dixie Lee Crosby remained in a coma today 3.1 her home with physicians giving the wife of crooner Bmg Crosby virtually no hope of surviving. The former stage and screen actress has been in the coma since Monday. At her bedside were her husband and their four sons who rushed home from schools they attended when their mother's con- dition became critical. Larry Crosby, brother and busi- ness manager of the crooner, re- ported today, "Dixie's condition is about the same. She is still in a corna." Mrs. Crosby. 40, had been in poor health for several years and about a mouth ago underwent a major abdominal operation. She was believed recovering as recent- ly as last weekend but suffered a relapse and sank'into the corna. Because of her condition, Crosby s CBS radio show will not carry the crooner's voice, although it was taped prior to the broadcast. Instead Judy Garland will pinch- hit for him. Southeastern Plant Growth Given Boost By Korean Conflict ATLANTA, Oct. 29 was spent for plant expansions in the Southeast since the outbreak of the Korean war the regional Department of Com. merce said today. Merrill C. Lofton, regional direc- tor, said the -Southeast has had 540 projects since the war began. He said Alabama was far in the lead in value of defense expansion work in the Southeast. Alabama's total was higher than the defense expendi- tures of 32 other states in the countrv. Wild-Eyed Bandit Frees 4 Convicts BARTOW, Fla., Oct. 30 Francis Hill, the self-styled "three-gun maniac" sought for robbery and kid- naping, swooped down on a state prison road camp today and freed four dangerous convicts including an old prison buddy. Hill kidnaped a New York motorist and forced him to drive him to where the road gang was working, prison of- ficials said. The gaying, wild-eyed bandit leader then held a sub-machine gun on two guards while the four convicts picked up the guards' jistols and a sawed-off shotgun. Then all six roared off in the auto, the New Yorker still a cap- Opposition Threatens School Bill Attacks Are Designed To 'Contuse Voters' Declares School Chief County School Superintendent Thomas E Smith said here last night that attacks on the proposed school amendment "are an effort to confuse the people." "The plan would not result in larger payments to the schools than we are now getting under the Minimum Foundation Smith said, "the only difference is that now we get it in small lots and don't get a chance to do any- thing with it." The amendment would require that revenues from the sale of au- tomobile licenses would be ear- marked for capital outlay spend- ing in the schools. would permit a county to boirow up to 75 per cent of anticipated incomes from the capital outlay fund by issuing revenue certificates. Opponents of che including the Voters' Amendments Commit- tee, have charged that the amend- ment "could upset the state's en- tire economy." "It is definitelv rot Smith said, "that the amendment would result in any higher taxes than we now have. It only involves 75 per cent of the money appropriated now and does'not affect the future economy of the state." He said statements that the plan could result in luting homestead exemptions from real propeitv are ridiculous "Homestead Smith said, "are placed o properties by Constitutional Amendment. Actual- (Turn to ATTACKS, page 2) Tax Information Executive Hits Amendment One JACKSONVILLE (Special) Charges that "selfish interests" are attacking the proposed schoolhouse financing amendment to the con- stitution are "pure Cecil Wright Pemberton, execu- tive vice president of the Florida Tax Information Association, de- clared today. "Thp voters' amendments com- mittee, which is opposed to pas- sage of constitutional amendment number 1, has a strong member- ship throughout the state of loyal Florida citizens who are interested in protecting our future. "This pioposed amendment which could involve expenditures of up to in 30 years- would hang a 30-year noose around the necks of Florida Pemoerton said. "The amendment can create a dictatorship in Tallahassee. It can bring about an increased sales tax and increased taxes on food, gaso- line and clothing. It might even, ultimately, result in repeal of home- stead exemption. And it threatens to prevent pay increases for tea- chers. "Membeis of the voters' amend- ment5; committee, of which I am secretary treasui er, are sincerely enderivoung to pi event passage of an amendment which could upset the state's entire economy. If that is being selfish then yes we ar- selfishly trving to prevent high- er taxes, dictatorship, and burea- ciacy A posse was organized and road- blocks were thrown acioss roads rom the Central Florida citrus own 60 miles east of Tampa. The ?BI was flying a dozen agents to Bartow to help in the hunt. A short time later, the escapers and Hill shoved the New York man lut of his car, drove up a dead-end oad and abandoned the car. They fled into thick woods on Hill apparently was to a new band of officers said, after his two companions on last week's orgy of robbery and kidnaping through Florida, Georgia, Tennes- see and Alabama were captured. One of the convicts "sprung" by Hill in the most daring John Dillmger tradition was Herbert Lee Gann. 23, of Hillsborough County Tampa, uho had been n, friend of Hill when both were in- mates of the Florida state prison Ike is Bitter As Scurrilous Attacks Resume NEW YORK, Oct. 30 Dwight D. Eisenhwer, bitter over what he termed "the most scur- rilous campaign in American politi- cal told a rally in Madi- son Square Garden tonight he was happy to end his presidential bid still in possession of "my own" principles. Eisenhower accounted for his political stewardship as the GOP presidential candidate to an ovei- capacity audience estimated by Garden officials at 23.000 persons. Police said another were out- side trying to get 11. shoitly before Eisenhower arrived. The nominee'- speech climaxed at Raiford. Sheriff Hagan Parrish said the man who kidnaped the New Yorker and pulled "positivelv off the escape identified" as was the widely sought Hill, a one-time in- mate of a mental asylum from Framingham, Mass. Be-'ics Gann the others who escaped today were identified as James Douglas 29, of Miami, (Turn to WILD-EYED, Page 2) Dismissal Story Follows Familiar M'Arlhar Pattern WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 The Defene Department tonight denied published reports that Pres- ident Truman has relieved Korean commander Gen. James A. Van Fleet, and issued a word de- fense of us training program for re- JAMES A. VAN FLEET Korean troops The department said it has ceived no instructions from Presi- dent Truman on Van Fleet's status. In Detroit, President Truman said through a spokesman tonight there was "no truth whatsoever" in reports he has relieved Van Fleet of his command. Roger Tubby, acting- White House secretary, said. "Mr. Truman says there is no truth whatsoever in such rumors and no such action is contemplated. That is all." It also said, in response to mounting Republican criticism of its use of Republic of Korea- (ROK) forces, that IB has built the South Korean army '-from, a smaH force of from to to well- ti ained, well-equipped, and well- lad force of over Defense Secretary Rober authorized a summary of the; .l buildup of J.tne forces. The information was sum- marised from the iiles of the Army and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "The record on the subject has been carefully reviewed and mdi- cates that since April. 1951 19 months ago the Department of Defense has pushed vigorously the expanded training program of the Republic of Korea the de- partment's statement said. The statement was issued at an extraordinary evening press con- feience shortly after the New York Daily News said Mr. Truman had relieved Van Fleet because of the furor over publication of a Van Fleet letter The letter apneared (Turn to VAN FLEET, page Z) In Hospital Bill Discussion: Doctor Charges 'Misquotes1 To Press; Later Retracts A Panama City physician yes- terday afternoon lapped the pi ess for misquoting members of his pro- fession, but later retracted the chaiges Trie charges were made by Dr. W. F. Humphreys Jr., during dis- cussion of the proposed amend- ment which would entitle osteo- paths to use Bav Memorial pixal The doctor spoke during the -weekly luncheon mect- a five hour piogram of acrobats, ling of the Lions club in the Dixie- torch singers, operatic divas, mo- ne stars and a laree assortment of key Republican figures. Gov. Thomas E. Dewey intro- duced Eisenhower befors a wildly ;heenng crowd, hailing the former ive-star general as the man to clean out the "jailbirds and scoun- drels" who, in his opinion, still inhabit the federal establishment. There were heavy boos when Eisenhower told how "the senior Sherman hotel. 'Vftei charging that the doctois "hid been misquoted an the pa- pers." Dr. Humphreys acided, that "a repoiter with a dunk in one hand wrote something diffeient the other." not recall a single misquoted story. Thp charges were made before app; ox-imately 75 persons during a heated question and answer per- iod concerning the local hospital bill appearing on next Tuesdav's' ballot. Dr Humphreys spoke in opposi- tion to the measure. Di R P. Coker. local osteopathic pin and suigeon. urged sup- por; of the bill. Each phjsician vvas allowed eight minutes but Dr spose less than a minute ursing the members to vote their "c ".Motions Dr Humpmevs said Bay Mem- (Turn to DOCTOR, page 2) Immediately following the lunch- j Urged eon. Dr. Humphieys was asked in what specific stories the doctors misquoted He also asked about the drinking charge. Laugh- 7o inter Floats Fes- Homecoming Panama Citv merchants were member of the partnership running I ingly the physician said I was against just digging you He said he coula urged today to enter floats in the Tyndall Requests Gulf Danger Area la' accused him of being "anti- Semitic, and anti-Negro Eisenhower turned back the iharge that he attributed to Mr Truman by sajing his record of warfare against the Nazi and Fas- j _ Application for the establishment cist proponents of "racism" gave the he to the accusation. He twitted the Democrats strong- ly for piesbing him to accept the j Democratic nomination in 1948, yet Countermeasures Station, to me u of danger regulations in the Gulf of Mexico has been made by Richter. r-r tne U S Navv Mine Bay Hish School Homecoming Pa- rade next Friday afternoon Queen? lor the floats will be fui- by the school A prize be awarded by 'he s-uden: cou'ic'I tor the most ou'stanchrs: flon Funnel cie'Til5; may be obtained bt Loiract r.ic school ofncer 01 attacking him today. Tax Probers Eye Million United Press Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON. 'Oct. 30 House tax scandal investigators charged today the Internal Reven- ue Bureau has refused to turn over -------ds on a Eollv- wood tax refund case handled by former chief counsel Charles Oli- phant. Rep. Cecil R. King chairman of a House subcommittee nvestigating the bureau, and Rep Robert W. Kean (R-NJ) said In- ernal Revenue Commissioner John B. Dunlap refused under subpena o surrender re'cords of the case o investigators. They said We wish to make t clear that we are not going to be denied information vital to our work in impioving revenue admin-! from hi? a vear job in the istration, and we will not permit I Tnird York District and re- anyone, no matter what his posi- signed in tion. to impede our investigation King and said the subcom- The case involved a claim, bv I rmttee's investigation Universal Pictures, Inc.. for a re- fund on excess profits taxes paid that "officials at the highest levels of the Treasury Department display- between Nov. 1, 1940, and Oct 31, i ed an unusual degree of interest 1946. The motion picture firm in the handling" of the Universal sought a refund of The case. subcommittee said the claim was j They did not elaborate and nam- settled in December, 1949. for less than Last spring, the subcommittee made public testimony that Adrian H. Ash, former revenue agent in New York, submitted a report ap- Universal's claim after ac- cepting favors from the firm. Ash was suspended last March 7 ed only Ohphant ivho, they said, had "frequent conversations" on the case. King and Kean said Dunlap was ordered subpena to deliver to the snbr-omfrnittce bv 2pm. Wed- the (transcript of telephone -isations bv Ol-r-1'-- the case between 1947 and 1949. Oli- S Corus of Engineers. O. L Adams, chief of the ensi-- neers' operations division Mobile of- fice, said area is desired fo- rte purpose of conauctms cxpicsrvc tests in various depth of unto- A security patrol br n-'pintamed bv the Navv {o excr- phant_ resigned under fire last i full cor.nol in The interest of Weather Seen lor Today go back jui moth- PCIC at Ifast for todav. U S that the Dec. 5. The subcommittee statement said Dunlap wrote that "he would not discuss corr.phance with any sub- j navi cubpena except on a day convenient to him which would be safet- to navigation The _vessel will tly the red flac dur- nerioas of one-aliens in .gation -n the csriger zone is prohibited The area be to at other times difficult to schedule prior to I The cursrer zor.e is defined as Dec. 1." The congressmen also said Dun- lap refused to appear unless all seven subcommittee members were present. They indicated this would be impossible at least until after next Tuesday's election. Dunlap's office said he was in Seattle to help reorganize Internal follows: Starting from a point on Hur-icane Island at Lat. 30