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Tuesday, August 30, 1949
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, , , . ; : : : 1 City Nears Normal Routine In Wake Of Hurricane By EMIL1E KEYES Post-Times Staff Sunny skies boosted morale and eased the tasks of relief and reconstruction Monday, as the Palm Beaches found business virtually at normal amidst the clatter of repairs. The Red Cross, official disaster agency, was in a period of transition from relief to rehabilitation status. An estimated 165 refugees were being cared for in public shelters and relief centers were being set up both for State headquarters and individual community locations. Great strides were reported in restoration of electric power and telephone service, with hope that much of the Palm Beaches would have the former by tonight. From Washington came word that the Reconstruction Finance Corp. had declared Florida's hurricane-struck section a "disaster area," eligible for disaster loans, and from Tallahassee and Jacksonville officials announced additional efforts toward this end. Offices, both official and private, opened as usual Monday morning, and in the majority of cases, stores, restaurants and other businesses were able to get underway in some manner, even with repairs going on around them. Restau- Hurricane, Tamed Down, In New England By The Associated Press Florida's dying hurricane, down to a strong; wind but still dangerous, whistled northward into New England Monday. It wasn't a hurricane any more, but it was quite a storm. It swished winds of 70-mile-an-hour velocity around New York's skyscrapers. And it bumped into a cold front, sloshing torrents of rain out of the skies on the Middle Atlantic and New England areas. The wind slowed to about 40 miles n hour when it hit New England. I rants were unusually crowded since many residents were still without cooking facilities at home. Excellent progress in the gigantic task of restoring electric service was reported by T. E. Carter, commercial supervisor for the Florida Power and Light Co. With workers still arriving, about 350 were expected at work in West Palm Beach alone today, 100 in Delray Beach, 75 in the Glades area, and 100 in the north end of the county, he said. By tonight, he estimated the main lines would be completed in the city, except for those with special difficulties. Work is being wave "walkie-talkie" sets, a central dispersal center on Okeechobee Rd., and an information center manned by five in the Clematis St. office. With 3,500 telephones repaired by Monday night, there were still believed to be 4,500 out-of-order, E. C. Bowen, district manager, Southern Bell Telephone Co., said. He explained the chief difficulty is where cable must oe repaired, workers are being-brought in from Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina, Mr. Bowen added. He urged callers to have patience in making longdistance calls, especially sines there are difficulties still north of Hobe Sound. The Palm Beach County Red Cross Chapter, still hard at work (Continued en Pase 1. Col. 3) THUMBNAIL EDITORIAL That hurricane not only had punch, as they say in the prize ring, but also packed stamina to reach all the way to New England. The Palm Beach Post TODAY'S WEATHER Fair through Wednesday in south portion. Gentlt to moderate variable winds. VOL. XLI: No. 170 WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, TUESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 30, 194? 12 PAGES TODAY -:- PRICE S CENTS H urricane Leaves Peril Of Floods Chinn Estimates City Property Damage At $50,000 No Extra Help Being Used To Clean Streets Kelloway "Iiirtisls' On Special Tax For Storm Work Citv Manager Keith R. Chinn told the City Commission Monday in the munici pal courtroom that damage to public buildings ana otner city properly would approximate $50,000. including the grandstand at Wright Fjeld, street lights and seawall damage. He said no extra help is being used to clean the streets and that the actual amount of trash, fol lowing this past hurricane, will amount to approximately 6.000 1o 8.000 truck loads as compared with 15.000 loads after the 1947 storm. He stated that no thetts had been reported; that 67 palm trees had-been blown down at the cemetery; that the fire department had reported no fires, accidents or m-iuries: and that the greatest trou ble the police has had is with the contested traffic caused by out- ol-town sightseers. "Clearing of trash will proceed where property owners have put their trash in the streets and these streets will be cleaned first," the City Man-ager said. Commissioner L. W. Kelloway Insisted on a special tax to take care of the hurricane damage, saying. "I believe the people want things done now, such as fixing Wright Field, etc., and will not mind more taxes." Commissioners Estclle Murer and H. V. McMillan said they did not believe an extra tax was necessary as the cily has enough money to take care of the work. Mayor W. P. Holland said, "we will not put on any extra help but it will take longer to get the city cleaned," Mayor Holland and the commissioners expressed appreciation to residents in helping clean debris and putting trash in the streets, and to the Florida Power and Ligh? Co.. the West Uontinned on face 7, t nl. ft) Hear Russia Hopes To Liquidate Tito And Regime Soon By The Associated Press Russia hopes to wipe out the Tito regime within six months by any means short of a shooting war, intelligence agents of the western powers were told Monday in Berlin. Their informants were Germans who have maintained close contact with authorities in Soviet-occupied Eastern Germany. They discounted the possibility of war now. They added Russia and her Cominform satellites are likely to try undermining Premier Marshal Tito by subversions in Yugoslavia or may try to assassinate him. An announcement from Sofia, Bulgaria, told of a meeting Aug. 25-27 of the Soviet-sponsored Economic Council of Mutual Assistance (ECMA). Kelloway Bill Aired By City Three Oppose Measure To Change Government In a discussion of Commissioner L. W. Kelloway's proposed bill "Changing the City Government of the City of West Palm Beach to the elected Mayor - Commission Form in lieu of the Commission-City Manager Form." Commissioners Estelle Murer. H. V. McMillian and .Mayor W. P. Holland expressed their opposition at the City Commission Monday afternoon meeting. Mr. Kelloway said he is sending the bill to Gov. Fuller Warren bv special messenger and requested his fellow commissioners to approve the bill. Mr. McMillan, in voting against the hill, said that a number of people with whom he had talked are against the change. Cleanup Moves At Rapid Pace In Palm Beach Mov e To Slash Spending Fails WASHINGTON. IP With only three votes to spare. Truman Administration forces in the Senate Monday defeated an amendment which would have ordered Presi-, dent Truman to cut spending voted by Congress. The effect of carrying out such an order would have been a total cut of some $2,000,000,000 or more below the presidential estimates of funds needed to run the government fdr the year ending next June 30. Congress already has reduced appropriations an esli mated $1,750,01)0,000 below Mr Truman's requested $41,900,000, 000. The vote was 49 for the directive, and only 28 against. How ever, a two-lhirds majority was required under Senate rules. The proposal was offered as an amendment to the $14,800,000,000 hill to finance the Department of Defense. Congress also made this news: Arms aid the combined Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committee in the Senate voted 11 to 9 to permit use of pail of the proposed $1,450,000,000 arms aid und to stimulate Western Europe's armament production. Minimum wage The Senate began debate on a bill to raise the minimum wage for interstate commerce industries from 40 cents an hour to 75. Ban On Sightseer To Jieniain On, Poliee Chief Reports By F.MILIE KEYES Post-Times Staff With Palm Beach police still handling traffic and checking on damage on an emergency basis, town crews and in many cases individual property owners, were busy Monday on a clean-up job, Town Manager L. Trevette Lock-wood estimates will take from three to four weeks. Police Chief Eddie Longo an nounced the ban against sight seeing in Palm Beach would prob ably continue until late this week, with all motorists except residents or those with business in the re sort, turned back at the bridges. So far, all looting has been avoided, he said, with the one suspected case proving erron eous. .. Pleasure drivers Impede the clean-up-work, he said, and have no place in an emergency situation. All police court cases have again been postponed, with the next ses- sion set for 4 pm Friday, Chief! Longo announced. The Palm Beach police blotter I since Saturday is devoted to pages; of reports on individual properties, and according to a check by ' Sgt. C. F. Carren, clerk. 34 long j distance telephone inquiries antij nearly 20 telegraphic ones, all) from Palm Beach property owners, j had been checked and answered. Though expressing the opinion! the 1949 winds were stronger.1 Town Manager Lockwood figured; the damage would be less than that of 1947. and the clean-up would take a shorter time and be less costly. Chief municipal damage, he said, was to the piers, at Brazilian and Australian Aves., where the planking was blown all over the landscape. According to Mr. l.oekwood, much of the wood can be salvagrd and the docks will soon be restored W operation. One small craft was tied up at the Brazilian dock Monday. . ft . 1. st' "4J " dm M- . ) I . ( t ' h' "X f BATTLE HALTS CONCERT Its windshield broken by a rock, a car is overturned during riot between war veterans and concert-goers in a picnic grove near Peekskill, -N. Y. A huge crowd, estimated at 5,000 persons, was caught up in the surging battle which raged in darkness in the wooded area where singer Paul Robeson was scheduled to give 'a concert. The concert was sponsored by a branch of the Civil Rights Congress which has been labeled sub versive by the Justice Department. (AP Wirephotoi. 250 Houses Destroyed 18,000 Homes Hit In 22-County Part Of State Raked By Storm Mrs. Murer staled she is against the bill because anyone could qualify and be elected to the office of mayor-city manager with or without experience. She added the bill would provide that each commissioner would be at the head of a department and "would know nothing about the job and new men would be elected every two years. ' Mayor Holland said that the commission has no assurance that the people even want to vote on such a bill. Two Mher bills approved by all the cvmniissioneis, to he presented to kNe Legislature include an enabling act, to permit the city, in the t. ce of disaster such as hurricanes tr other "arts of God," to spread evenly and fairly the payment 0 these losses; An act creating a' district, of which West Palm Beach would be the most vital segment, "that we may get in under the 60,000 popu-liition clause required by Slate and Federal statutes, enabling us to purchase, through the use of Federal funds, necessary lands from the Water Company iFlagler interests! with the ultimate result that we will be able to take care of our increased negro population ily repaired. Many light standards and alleviate other slum areas. land globes were lost Ocean Blvd. between Sunrise and Wells Rd.. he said, would be passable when It was dug out from under the sand and broken walls which made it look washed out. The problem of the S. Ocean Blvd. between Phipps Park and the Lake Worth Casino was up to the county, he said, but the washout at the Widener estate did not make the road impassable. "The way the seawalls and road-wavs held in the Jungle Rd. area, the Phipps County Park, the Palm Beach Country Club and the north end of the island," he remarked, certainly bears out the efficacy of the sand pumping theory for protection." Damage to the Town Hall by the falling aerial, broken door and win dows, was reported small and eas TALLAHASSEE. (.?) The Red Cross reported Monday one man was killed. 94 persons were injuied and 250 homes were destroyed by the hurricane which hit Florida Friday. The relief organization said in a report to Gov. Fuller Warren that its 22-county storm area survey also disclosed 18.000 homos were damaged and 1,000 other buildings were destroyed or seriously damaged. The first report from Miss Alice M. Cooper, Red Cross State relations officer here, told the Governor there were two deaths. However, she said later one of them had erroneously been classified as a hurricane vict im. John C. Russell, in charge of the lied Cross disaster relief headquarters at West Palm Beach, said only the drowning of Andrew Jonkman. 20. at Miami was being counted as a hurricane death. Russell said the heart attack death of Dr. Louis J. Rudiger of Hobe Sound, after an auto accident in which he received only minor injuries was not attributed to the storm. The Red Cross gave this breakdown of home damages: St. Lucie County 35 destroyed, 3,-300 damaged; Browsrd 150 destroyed, 350 damaged; Palm Beach 65 destroyed, 13.283 damaged; Highlands 14 destroyed, 165 damaged; 1,000 damaged in Indian River, and 50 each in Manatee and Lake Counties. It said the report from Martin County still was incomplete, but "the entire negro section was damaged and 25 percent of the white section was damaged" in Stuart. Miss Cooper reported to the Governor that 52 persons from the organization's national staff were working in the field and eight are waiting to be assigned where needed. "It is anticipated that registrations for disaster relief in both Palm Beach County and Martin County will number 1.500 by the end of the day." she said. The Red Cross has allocated a "partial appropriation of 1100.-000 for individual welfare to disaster relief sufferers" and may increase the amount. Chairman Alfred A. McKeth-an of the State Road Department reported all arterial high ways have been reopened, at least to one-way traffic. He said preliminary reports indicate road damage will run into "many-thousands of dollars" but the statutory $2,600,000 emergency fund will be ample to take care of it. Governor Warren reported 100 Florida National Guard were called out for service during the storm. Door Is Not Closed To New Appropriations Governor Warren Could Keopen Issue If Taxes Are Enough TALLAHASSEE, UP) The door is not tightly closed to consideration of new appropriations by the Florida Legislature when it meets in special session next week. Although Governor Warren in his formal session call limited the j business to providing revenue, he j could open it up tit any time after the Legislature gets here. If the Legislature should quickly pass an ample new tax bill providing more money than is actually needed to meet present appropriations the Governor could send up authorization for it then to consider new expenditures. Unless he does, It would take a difficult to-thirds majority to go beyond revenue-raising matters. The Governor declared Monday the tax program "is such a big job" he has not had time to consider the possibility of going be yond it. However, he and his cabinet recently outlined a $4,236,400 building program for custodial institutions. Such a program was said to be "absolutely necessary." This did not include anv funds for needed buildings at the universities and colleges. The Legislature did not authorize any building appropriations during the regular session except $650,000 for a new psychiatric ward at the Chattahoochee State Hospital. The Senate Appropriations Com mittee had a $30,000,000 building appropriations measure ready ior introduction in the closing days Officials Find Water Levels Are Going Up Need For Control I Demonstrated To US Aides On Tour By FRED VAX PELT Post-Times Staff VERO BEACH Need for adequate water control in central and southern Florida was brought home force-ably Monday to a Flood Special City Vote Oct II On Chief And Pension Bills West Palm Beach will hold a special referendum Oct. 11. The City Commission decided Monday afternoon voters will be asked to ballot on two measures on that date as approved by the Florida legislature last spring. One would extend the term of office of the police chief from one to two years, allowing Chief Trueman P. Matthews to remain in office until the election of April 1952 rather than next April. The other would allow l'i mills instead of the present 34 mills out of tax already assessed by the city for the police pension fund, if and wben it is needed. Aid To Britain Truman Pledge Tells Legion Confab DelaiU Of Program PHII.AnPI PHIA IO Pro. I. dent Truman pledged Great Brit-i nortn: He Prophesied that another ain Monday that the United States ,ncnfs of rain would cause will help in her hour of financial us rlooa conditions in this crisis. j The President spoke to a crowd!, "J"1 Rogrer Kissimmee. also of 15.000 at the American Legion's : ? eJ5b,ehr 0f ,he ICD bo"J. in-31st national convention after a u h "P that the Kissim-roartng. confetti-spattered welcome , b,e1?Vaturated by by 100.000 Philadelphians and vis- t' PuTT he humcane itor. He said the US will examine, ZVUoln brUght Britain s plight in a spirit of. -"'"nun. friendliness and helpfulness." u ..eI? sald there had bee British and Canadian representa-i eThadlost'oThead "" Wn" tives are coming to Washington -n ... ..... b.uuij imciius io visit storm damaged areas today in Ft. Pierce Stuart. Juno Rna,.h i, ' The President laid down this West Palm Beach. Wednesday the" four-point program he said "must! will fly over the Kiimm.. di.'. be carefully kept in mind" in these! area. crnun whn i. ...vcu i,rst nana flooded land areas between Okeechobee and this city. The group also was informed here last n.ght that the entire Klssimee River valley is at flood stage. The group was led by Congress-man Dwight Rogers and Col. James f. Pearson. Jacksonville, US District engineer. After viewing the flooded areas. Congressman Rogers and tol. Pearson were informed by Joe S. Earman, Vero Beach, vice-chairman of the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District (FCD). that the situation prevailed throughout the Indian River district. Mr. Earman said the lands un saturated from the hurricane rain and water Dnnrino in f .i coming next week to seek US aid in solv ing the British dollar shortage. talks 1 "That a sound and expanding of the regular session. It was not economy is essential to world presented, however, after efforts to raise new revenue failed Institutions originally asked for $63,000,000 in new construction for Ihe 1949-51 biennium. but this was trimmed to $11,000,000 by the Budget Commission in its recom mendation to the Legislature, Warren said Monday "prospects tare excellent" the Legislature will i provide revenue to meet its ap- propriations "without undue de- lay." Shares Drop Back Illness Claims In Monday Trade Mrs. Fleta Carter lYoungsters Have Gay Holiday With Hoard Of $6,000 WEDOWEE. Ala., IPl Jack Owens, a wealthy farmer, had between $5,000 and $6,000 tucked away in a fruit jar in his smokehouse until about a month ago. At that time, said Sheriff T. G, Kirby Monday, six teen-agers discovered the hoard and began to pilfer it. Owens found his money gone when he went around last week to clean out the smokehouse. Sheriff Kirby said that since (hen the six youngsters have been arrested and admitted the theft but that only $500 of the cash has been recovered. 25 Million Volts Hurled At Throat Of Cancer Victim Would You Like Sunday's Paper? . Extra copies of the Sunday hurricane paper are available at The Post-Times. Papers will be mailed anywhere in the US at no extra cost if addresses are furnished when purchases are made t The Post-Times business office. Open from 8 am to 5 pm. Extra copies are limited, so ret yours NOW. CH1CAUO, i,rP) A new super X-ray machine threw a 25,000,000-volt wallop at a cancer in a man's throat Monday. "I didn't feel it a bit," said the patient, Fordyce M. Hotchkisg, 72, of Chicago. It was the first time the big betatron, built for the University of Illinois Research Hospital, had been used in treating a human cancer victim, , Hotehkiss Is i retired railway express employe. "1 wasn't afraid because it was all explained to me in advance." determine if Hotehkiss has shown improvement. Although the new betatron can deliver up to 11 times more energy than any X-ray equipment now in use for medical treatment, Dr. Harvey said it did not create any new or unusual dangers. tie said the betatron can concentrate its energy one and one half inches below the surfaces of the skin and that it can be controlled with precision. It also does less damage to health tissues than conventional instruments, he said. Dr. A. C. Ivy, vice president of the university and executive dlrec- he said after Ihe hum from the tor of Ihe National Advisory Can len-ton machine died out. cer Council, said the machine had Dr. Roger A. Harvey of the uni-lbeen used for the last six months versity's radiology department said! in research studies to learn its several daya would bs needed to 'capabilities and effects. J . NEW YORK, P) The stock market dropped back substantially Monday in a continuation of its retreat from the high point of the mid-summer rally. Prices were lower by fractions to more than a point among lead ers. Oils, rails, and motors were in the forefront of the slide, but there wasn't a single major group escaping losses. There was a marked contraction in the volume of trading. Total for the day was 640,000 shares, lowest since July 29. The list hesitated at the start of the session, but it settled slowly all day and closed at its lowest level on average. This was accomplished without any concentration of selling pressure. Goodrich fell 1'h to 61 as a re- (Contlniird on Pair 111. Col. 1) Today Itadio Programs On Page 2 peace 2 "That we are trying to ex pand the exchange of goods and services among nations. We are not looking for trick solutions to deep-seated problems. 3 "That we cannot succeed . . . unless we keep everlastingly at it." 4 "That the democratic nations are not proposing to interfere with one another's internal politics." Mr. Truman rode in an open car through Philadelphia streets on his arrival from Washington. A crovd With Congressman Rogers and Col. Pearson on the survey Monday were W. Turner Wallis, FCD engineer; Dave Turner, Ft. Lauderdale, FCD chairman; Stacy Rogers, Everglades Drainage District Chairman: Ralph Blank, Resources Development Board manager: B. E. Lawton, Broward County Agent, and George Coslow and T. K. Hodges, Miami, assistants to Col. Pearson. The group Monday visited cities and towns around Lake Okeechobee and U'piv rf 4 1, .. . . i estimated by police st 100.0001 ODininn ,hat t'h , ""V'"""u watched the President's motorcade, tnan paid for tnemselv J-showering paper and confetti omes saved. The levee him from downtown skyscrapers. 1 000.000 and it was held h,t il Mr. Truman received the Ameri can Legion s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, r re sented by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson. Cross-State Rd. 80 Takes Light Traffic Slate Road 80, the cross-State highway. Monday afternoon was open to light traffic, the local office of the Florida Hwy. Patrol said. The road was closed to all traf fic immediately after the hurricane bedause of fallen trees and power lines, the patrol said. would have exceeded that amount had they not been in existence. Col. Pearson said that in view of the high winds, which battered the leeves three times longer than any previous hurricane. Lake Okeechobee would h ave been spread over the entire Everglades, U!onllnued on Fage 7, Col. 6 WEATHER Mrs. Fleta Carter, 43. wife of J. Louie Carter, clerk of the criminal court, died Monday night at her home. 828 Biscayne Dr., after a long illness. She was a member of Ihe Methodist Church, Woman's Club, and Garden Club. Besides her husband, she is sur vived by three children, Diane Carter, Delores Carter, and James Carter: her mother, Mrs. W. B Jennings; and a brother, L. E. Jennings, both Miami. Funeral arrangements will be an nounced by the Ferguson Funeral Home. Labor Day Celebrations Here To Resume With Races, Picnic 200 Jobless Obtain Post Storm Work Two hundred West Palm Beach unemployed went to work Monday as a result of Friday's storm and efforts on the part of the Florida Slate Employment Service, according to Walter Sansbury, manager. Addresses, a children's field day program, picnic, band concert and motorboat races will feature the all-day Labor Day celebration here Monday, according to officials of the Central Labor Union and West Palm Beach Propeller and Sail Club, co-sponsors of the county-wide celebration. Labor officials explained the program will mark the resumption here of formal Labor Day celebrations started by the local labor group approximately 50 years ago. They were abandoned at the be ginning of World War 2. Fred Beesley. labor union president, and under him, Rodney Farr, representing labor, and Reggie Hurley, Prop and Sail Club, are handling details of tbe observance. The entertainment, scheduled for Bethesda Park, will start at 10 am with the children's program. Jack' Kerslake. Bethesda Park recreation director, will supervise these events: three-legged race, spoon-polato race, 50 and 100 yard dash, running jump, shot putt, howling contest for women and re lay races. At 11 am addresses will be given by Harry A. Weinstoek, former vice president. National Fed eration of Post Office Clerks, Phil adelphia and St. Cloud, and State Attorney Phil D. O'Connell. F'irst set of the series of speed boat races, sanctioned by the Florida Federation of Outboard Clubs. will he held at 12:20 pm over the one-mile Lake Worth course oif Bethesda Park. There will be 17 (Continued on Pars 7. Col, II HKATHKR TABI.K Au. 2. IH(M 4 Hours lending 8 P Ah-ville jyj AMHiita '.',','. H7 Atlantir City jn rlnnijiiKharn ' 90 BuriHlu ( linrluttp. N. ('hiiltHnoug.-i .. 1 'im ai. CimiiinHll .... 'Ifvpl&nd D.'iH I)rner IVtrolt , Duluth Kl Pasn Fort Worth .... Houston .larksonvllle ... Kansas t'lty ... Ki-v Wm Lit Up RwIt ... Los Angples . . . Louisville . . ... Mpmiihis Mlnn-St. Paul . Mohllp MonlKomery ... New Orleans ... New York Norfolk Philadelphia ... I'ittsliui'Xh Port land, Me. . Richmond St. Louis San Kranelsco . . Savannah attle imlm Washington . . . . Wi-sl Palm Rear! Kainlall 1 to llai (.meter at Humidity. 78. Winds, high, SK 11 cEst.) Prevailing wind. SK. Sunrise ri:i:t am; set. S:.i2 pm. Moontle. 1 : 1 H pen: sel. 11. 'J1 pm. 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