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The Palm Beach Post Stock Market Closed Wednesday SERVING THE HUB OF FLORIDA'S FABULOUS GROWTH AREA VOL. LX, NO. 203 WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1968 104 PAGES-: -PRICE TEN CENTS Franc Pressured By W. Germany THUMBNAIL EDITORIAL We're not going to tell you how many shopping days till Christmas. But you'd be shocked. - . 'ri-til ' riencing inflation must act on their own to shore up their economies. "There are more words in the economic dictionary than 'revaluation,'" the sources quoted Schiller as saying. They added that U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Fowler firmly supported Schiller. Schiller's lecture to inflationary nations on the need to put their own houses in order never mentioned any nation by name. But the applications to France and perhaps to Great Britain as primary examples were clear. The financial sources said Schiller and Fowler appeared convinced that the nations primarily contributing to the crisis principally France should take measures at home to control the inflationary spirals which are weakening their currencies in the international exchange market. Thesources didnot mention any specific "housecleaning" measures Schiller and Fowler may have raised, but Western pressure has been heavy for a devaluation of the French franc. President Charles de Gaulle has rejected this and instructed his representative at the meeting to fight it. :,-'T'.i ' 7Vr fib ' Staft Photo b Bill Powers es, director of the Florida Board of Conservation, Philip S. Bennett, board attorney and Robert Dean, chairman of the Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering laboratories at the University of Florida and consultant to the board. BONN (UPI) - With West Germany and the United States reported joined firmly against immediate revaluation of the West German mark and pressuring France to control its internal inflation, the financial leaders of the world's 10 richest trading nations Wednesday adjourned their summit meeting on the international monetary crisis till Thursday. No recommendations on revaluing the robust mark, devaluing the tottering French franc or new international banking action were issued from or evidently taken at the hastily-summoned meeting of the "Group of Ten." A West German economics ministry spokesman said the finance ministers of the 10 nations including the United States would meet again at 10 a.m. today and the Central Bank governors join them an hour later. The emergency meeting was called by West German Economics Minister Karl Schiller in an effort to deal with the unprecedented speculation against the French franc which is spinning off into shock effects that threaten to undermine the British pound, weaken the U.S. dollar and shake the entire foundation of the 24-year-old Western monetary system. The West German government source said only one concrete offer to control the situation that is leading to massive sales of francs and purchase of marks was put to the meeting. That one, a measure to cut back on West German exports and encourage imports, was revealed by the West German government before the financial summit met. The West German move, which takes effect today, is an attempt to redress Germany's towering balance of payments surplus one of the key strengths behind the sturdy mark by taxing West German exports. The move to encourage imports will be delayed Most significant event to transpire in' Wednesday's locked-door meeting, according to informed conference sources, was the blunt statement by Schiller that the mark will not be revalued upwards, at least in the near future. Coupled with this was his assertion that other nations expe SAND FOR BEACHES - William E. Hill, Palm Beach County engineer Wednesday stated the county's case for extending a boom on the sand transfer plant at Boynton Inlet to nourish eroded beaches south of the inlet. Listening are from left to right, Randolph Hodg- Inlet Sand Transfer Plan Stirs Spirited Debate -if . 1 t , i. -, t - " - "1. 'v By TODD WRIGHT Staff Writer Sharply different opinions on what effect an auxiliary intake boom on the sand transfer plant at the Boynton inlet would do to the beaches north and south of the inlet were expressed at a hearing here Wednesday by the Florida Board of Conservation. The hearing was prompted by a plea made last month by former Palm Beach County engineer George Frost for emer Riviera Beach Weighs Forming Housing Unit Egypt Favors PolicySummit Among Arabs CAIRO (UPI) - Egypt will support Jordan's proposal for a summit meeting of Arab leaders to map strategy in the crisis with Israel, a United Arab Republic spokesman said Wednesday. The statement was made shortly after Jordanian Premier Bahjat Talhouni and Foreign Minister Abdel Moneim Rifai arrived in Cairo for talks with President Gamal Abdel Nasser about such a summit conference. As they arrived, a military spokesman in Amman reported that Israeli and Jordanian forces exchanged machine gun fire across the Jordan river for 35 minutes Wednesday morning in the Wadi Yabes area. It was the latest of a daily series of such clashes. The Jordanian premier and foreign minister came to Cairo from Jiddah, MINE ABLAZE A helicopter Wednesday where 78 miners were hovers over the burning portal to reported trapped by explosions and the Mountaineer Coal Co., No. 9 fire, mine near Mannington, W. Va., 78 Men Feared Dead In Burning Coal Mine By ROBERT K.OGLESBY Staff Writer RIVIERA BEACH - A minimum housing authority may soon be established here, it was revealed at an executive session of city officials late Wednesday night. City Manager Robert Baldwin said that the city can establish the five-man authority under State Statute Chapter 421. Under this program, the mayor would be responsible for appointing, with the approval of the council, a five-member minimum housing authority. The action would be an attempt to qualify for federal funds available for a low income home ownership program at no cost to the city. Mayor Max 0. Hammer revealed that he will talk with the man he is considering for the chairmanship of the authority within the next few days. "I agree wholeheartedly with the purpose of this program, "the mayor said, "but we are going to look out for the welfare of the residents of Riviera Beach years from now." Hammer presented a number of questions to city officials which he said must be answered before the city takes any positive action. The federal program provides funds for the construction of quality housing for low income groups, but the authority 2 i t ? .. 1 4 H "I helped load them into ambulances," Charles Priester Jr. of nearby Farmington said. "They were sick and vomiting, and two of them were bleeding from the eyes. The concussion from a blast down in the mines does that to you." West Virginia Gov. Hulett Smith, Department of Mines Director Elmer Workman and other state officials were on hand to coordinate state assistance. President W. A. "Tony" Boyle of Washington, president of the United Mine Workers, was due in Mannington Thursday morning. Earlier, the number of men missing was increased to 78 by company officials. Through most of the day, it was believed that 70 had been trapped, but company spokesmen said records ven- tied the number at 78. Temperatures in the Mannington area were in the 20s and snow flurries whirled around the mine shaft entrances. Warming Trend Increasing cloudiness with warming trend today and tonight. Partly cloudy and mild Friday. Northeasterly winds 10-15 m p h. Predicted low this morning at PBIA 45. high this afternoon 68, low tonight 55. Temperatures recorded for 24 hours ending at midnight Wednesday at Palm Beach International Airport, high 63, low 45. Humidity 49 percent Barometer 30.18 rising Wind: High 20. Low 8 Prevailing Wind Northwest Sunrise today 6:44 a.m.; Set5:28p.m. Moon rise today 8:39 a.m.; Set 6:27 p.m. INLET TIDES TODAY High 9:47 a.m. 9:53 p.m. Low 3:36 a.m. 4:06 p.m. OCEAN TIDES TODAY High 8:12 a.m. 8:18 p.m. Low 154 a.m. 2:24 p.m. the district's engineer, Herbert C. Gee of the consulting firm of Gee & Jenson of West P?lm Beach, disputed much of the testimony and held that the district's program should continue as planned. Both men asked that the district be given a chance to prove its program until March 1, 1969 on the grounds that they knew what they were doing and to change plans at this stage would waste a lot of taxpayers money. ' . j Following Frost's recommendation1, the county commissioners requested the State Cabinet, sitting as the Board of Conservation, to approve installation of the extended boom to facilitate the pumping of sand to the beaches south of the inlet. The matter was to have come before the Cabinet Oct. 22. but it was removed from the agenda when Hodges told the members he would hold a public hearing on the problem here County Engineer William E. Hill opened the case for proponents of the boom extension shoreward. He said that the county, under a lease agreement with the inlet district has the sole responsibility to maintain the normal shore lines on both sides of the inlet. He reviewed the technical problems that had started by the creation of the inlet when it was first dug in 1925, and was firm in stating his belief that the boom extension would solve the current problem. He was backed by William F. Koch Jr., mayor of Gulfstream, David M. Gatchel, city manager of Delray Beach; officials of Ocean Ridge and a number of property owners represented by Elmo H. Robinson, an attorney. According to their testimony their beach fronts have receded from four to eight feet so far this year. But the Town of Manalapan, north of the inlet, whose case was first presented by Ralph J. Blank Jr. an attorney of West Palm Beach, claimed that the beaches north of the inlet, and particularly that of Manalapan. which is adjacent to the inlet, suffered far more erosion than those to the south. Blank asked what shoreline those Colli, mi I'lig? 2, Till. 1 sioner-to-be. said "I don't know anything about it. I'm not going to comment on something I know nothing about." And the man Johnson defeated in the Republican primary last spring. Commissioner Edward Bandlow said : "No, I haven't heard either rumor." Bandlow indicated however he would not be surprised that Van Kessel might be thinking about a post at PBIA . Bandlow said he was satisfied with the way Sakser is running airport business. Commissioner George Warren, himself the subject of rumor as concerns his moving up from commission vice-chairman to chairman, said that he has heard rumors regarding Van Kessel and a post, possibly public relations, at PBIA. "I've heard rumors, but so far I haven't given them any serious consideration. And if this did come about, it would have to be a unanimous vote by the commission." Warren said it is not impossible Van Kessel might be named to some position. "He built the airport, he would be qualified. And there's a lot to do in the airport field." As far as the Sakser rumor. Warren said he had not heard it. gency action to install the extra length of the boom to nourish the eroded beaches to the south of the inlet. But a number of objectors argued that the present operation is causing far worse erosion north of the inlet. After lengthy presentations by both sides had been heard by Randolph Hodges, director of the conservation board, the South Lake Worth Inlet District had its turn. Its chairman, James M.. Brown, and to manage the projects remains within the city. Baldwin said that under the "purchase program," low income families may buy a federally financed home over a period of 20 to 40 years. The home owner pays 20 per cent of his monthly income toward the home mortgage, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pays any residual amount due, Baldwin said. The first step by the city is expected to be taken at the Dec. 4 council meeting. A resolution is expected to be presented at that time expressing the city's need for a minimum housing authority and authorizing Hammer to select five appointees. Further action, the actual council acceptance of the mayor's appointees, is expected two weeks later. Baldwin and Council Chairman Mrs. Louise Kimmist said that there are now three areas within the city available for the construction of low income housing. These included portions of 9th and 10th streets east of Avenue M, the area on (ith Street north of West Elementary School, and another tract on Port Road. Mrs. Kimmist emphasized that by taking this action: "Riviera Beach is taking the first positive forward step toward low income housing in Palm Beach County. possible retirement, seemed flabbergasted. His first reaction was to laugh and then he asked "When did this come up?" "No, I have no plans to retire or resign," Sakser said. Commissioner E. D. Gaynor denied any knowledge of the rumor that Van Kessel might be named to some capacity at PBIA, and indicated annoyance regarding the speculation. Also annoyed by both rumors was Commissioner E. W. Weaver who said: "This is brand new to me. It has never been discussed with me. I haven't heard one word about Sakser retiring or resigning. "I know one thing. If I had been defeated for office, the last place I would look for employment would be with the county." Commissioner-elect Robert Culpepper, the man who upset Van Kessel in his bid for a third successive term, remarked. "After an election, you hear an awful lot of rumors." "But, I'll go on record now or any time. I'm not in favor of any ex-elective official serving in a county office. I don't think it would be a healthy situation." Robert C. Johnson, the other commis Saudi Arabia, where they had talks with MANNINGTON W Va (AP) Res-King Faisal and sought the oil-rich rul- cue operations ited late Wednesday er s support for a conference. night and hope all but vanished for 78 Talhouni said the talks with Faisal men tra d deep in a burning coa, were "successful.' mjne Observers said this implid Faisal, at Fjre and smoke ajded by subfreez- least, was convinced the U.N. peace jng temperatures and snow flurries - mission of Gunnar V. Jarring was a fail- prevented rescuers from entering the ure. The Saudi Arabian monarch said at smoke-filled shafts of Mountaineer Coal the last Arab summit talks at Khartoum Co No 9 jn the ricn coa) country shortly after the June 1967 Mideast War of north.entrai West Virginia near the he would not attend another summit Pennsylvania line conference until the Jarring mission had Another 21 miners either escaped or en(lp(1 were pulled from the mine after a dawn explosion triggered a fire and started a nh'jin nf Klacle Rumors Denied That VanKessel Is Slated For Sakser's PBIA Post S ' " .W"5;k1CT " & 1 i m f j :MM YOUTH NOTES - How should adults treat youth who rebel? What is the typi- cal mode of dress on today's campus? What are the favorite books of today's youth thinkers? Are college fraternity m.-n more sexually aggressive than non- fraternity men? Derek Norcross gives a close-up of youth today - In Parade Magazine, distributed with the Sunday Post-Times. FLYING VETERAN AT 16 Chip Groner 'loves to fly, so at 16 this Pensa- cola boy took off in 26 different aircraft to solo for a record. But he can't drive a car. He doesn't have a driver's license. An article about Chip appears in All Florida Magazine, distributed with the Sunday Post-Times. 4 m Bridge Column 29 Gassified Ads 34-39 Comics 29 Crossword Puzzle 29 Editorials, Columnists 6 Horoscope 29 News Of Record 30 Obituaries 2 People Speak . ..6 Sports 21-24 Theaters 31 Today'i Activities 40 TV Clock 11 Weather Map, Table 30 Women'j News 13-15 get those men out," said Leslie Ryan, an inspector for the West Virginia Ik- partment of Mines. An offlcial of Consolidation Coal Co Parent firm of tne mine 8 ?,wn,er- 83,(1 furtner rescue attempts Wednesday night were impossible "w;, must wait until the flames die down. . sa,d lll'am Poundstone, execu- Vlce president of Consolidation, "Rescue operations are still impossible because of th.e "Jy ,f the f're, we expect no further development. "I have no way of knowing at this time," he said when newsmen asked how long he thought rescue would take Tnere has be no ord from the 78 since tne 't blast shuddered through the mne J"81, More 6 a m- ,LST The chain of explosions - three in all - destroyed all communications within the mine. Poundstone said two of the four en- trances to the mine had been sealed off in an effort to control the flow of air and subdue the flames. When asked if he thought the 78 men were alive, Poundstone said, "I have no way of knowing at this time. They may have barricaded themselves." The first explosion blew the elevator in one of the shafts into the sky like a cannon shot. Sections of concrete from the shaft entrance were thrown on to nearby cars.smashingoneof them. The first eight men reached the sur- face by linking hands and groping their way to an air hole. A bucket on the end of a crane scooped another eight, two by two, from the bottom of another shaft. By MARY SEMPEPOS Staff Writer Rumors linking defeated County Commissioner E. F. Van Kessel with an administrative post at Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA). are. county commissioners maintain, just that rumors. Van Kessel. presently the county commission chairman, said Friday: "I've had two or three offers, not county jobs, but I haven't decided. One thing is definite. I'm not going to retire." PBIA has been a pet project with the north county commissioner. Had he been re-elected. Van Kessel said his plans were to push expansion of airport administration. Asked about the specific rumor that Airports Director Frank Sakser might be resigning or retiring and that he might be considered for that position. Van Kessel said "this is the first I've heard of it." Asked if the board of county commissioners is satisfied with Sakser as airports director. Van Kessel said "he's doing a great job. but he needs more help." Sakser. contacted late Wednesday afternoon and asked to comment on his

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