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PALM BEACH II POST-TIMES SEN FEATURES-CLASSIFIED Q Sunday, Nov. 24, 1968 PAGE 1 Mme Rescue Teams Fight Vicious Fire ATTACK! - y , v- 0 - - isr Two dogs from the Deer-field Beach Police Dept. went through their paces recently in a demonstration presented by Larry Bishop, a cadet with the West Palm Beach Police Dept., as part of his study of police administration at Palm Beach Junior College. At right. Rocky initi ates a savage attack on Officer Ron Gibson, who wears a thick protective sleeve. Below, Smokey, trained to attack at the sight of a gun, lunges to protect Officer Kenneth Waldo. And at right below, Smokey shows PBIA student Ann Fretz that he can be friendly, too. ft , v 1L . . . . . k. ; i ,y ; - " --a-,- .s.. "" ,.,.,. -- jJU-111-uiiiii.ii....i ..luij. mini in mm .lujiiuyui miiii- m.i.ju niiinnni .m i ijiiiiijiihi hiii.hi.l iuhluw gwj, n ! j, biuiiihii b-ji.ibui ijh.i , .hhuh,m i . i nwj.Mxu'juui-wtnnM-imtipi im fmmmmmtmmm mmniMp MANNING TON, W. Va. (API - Acrid smoke soared above stricken No. 9 Saturday as weary rescue workers struggled to conquer a vicious subterranean fire that trapped 78 men deep in the coal mine Wednesday morning. Twenty-one miners reached safety during the first few-hours, but mine officials held little hope the others would be saved. Rescue efforts, however, continued on two fronts to quell the roaring fire below and to drill narrow shafts into what must be smoke-filled caverns 600 feet down. "We must cross off every possibility." a mine official told a news conference Saturday but added. "We can't be too optimistic." The first of the several earth-shuddering explosions occurred in the mine before dawn Wednesday, shortly before the midnight shift of 99 men was to come to the surface. No. 9 is operated by the Mountaineer Coal Co.. a subsidiary of Consolidation Coal Co. William Poundstone. executive vice president of the parent firm, said three shafts, each about three inches across, were being sunk toward the sprawling complex of tunnels below. One, he said, had probed more than 400 feet deep, toward a target 785 feet away. Barring delays, it would be late Sunday before the shaft could be completed, he said. The second shaft had reached more than 50 feet, he said, but work on the third waj delayed because of smoke from a mine entrance not faraway. Poundstone was visibly shaken by a question at the news conference from the brother of one of the trapped miners. "Why don't you get more drills in here0" asked Tony Megna. a 40-vear-old high school principal from Columbus. Ohio. Poundstone bowed his head, looked at the many microphones and glanced at dozens of newsmen standing before him. There w as no answer "You've got to try.'' Megna said. "1 got a brother down there." He said he knew there were hundreds of drills in the state and. when Poundstone didn't answer, the man asked: "Would it cost too much money'.'" The executive shot back. "It's not a matter of money. I can assure you." Poundstone folded his notes slowly and left the room. It would be the last news conference, he told newsmen. The company planned to keep them informed of developments through "messages " sent to the company store from offices several hundred yards away, he said. In addition to the drilling crews, other workers monitored emissions of gas and smoke from the mine's Llewellyn portal, where the first blast occurred, and at several other openings and air vents. They hoped to determine when it might be safe for rescue teams to enter the mine. Indications, however, were that heat and the content of lethal methane gas and carbon monoxide were well above safe levels. Two of the openings, air vents on Mod's Run. were closed early Saturday by 30 truckloads of limestone. The fist-sized chunks were poured into the shafts in an attempt to control air currents in the passages below. Several earlier attempts to rap the vents were unsuccessful The caps several tons ol concrete railroad ties and steel plate - were blown oil liv pockets ol exploding gas One small gas explosion occurred early Saturday. It sent a puff of smoke and lire from the Llewellyn portal tint was not considered serious, a company spokesman said Company officials said rescue teams must wait until conditions within the mine stabilized al levels somewhere near sale. They defined stabilise as 12 and prelerablv 24 hours tree of explosions and outward bursts of lire. 1 r - i i 1 y 1 i : v ' -- .fit1 ." r 4 2 i V, On-The-Spot Lesson Of Early Spanish Days L. r. j $ - BvJ ANE ARPK Staff Writer Because they have a teacher aware of their needs and dedicated to meeting those needs, HO of Palm Beach County's gifted children had the unusual experience ol studying in St. Augustine. Friday and Saturday. The youngsters, who range in age I mm ! to I', and who come trom lour north county elementary schools, are enrolled in one ol tour classes, each ol which meets for a full dav's work each week at Northboro School under the supervision ol Mrs Oiane Tavlor. A three- ear rotating curp-''iil'in: ;s planned lor the high KJ children and this is the year tor lunnani'ies I'sing as her subject "The Lost Treasures of the Spanish Main." Mrs. Tavlor wrote a study guide which ensures thai the youngsters will know not only who did what when, but why. "I want the children to be able to know what the Spanish explorers and settlers were thinking, what pressures thev were under, what led them to act as thev do." Mrs. Taylor explained. By walking St. Augustine's streets, feeling the coquina of the city's historic buildings, examining the furnishings and gardens ol Buccaneer days, the youngsters added a dimension to their learning which makes their study more meaningful. Mrs. Tavlor believes. As a plus value, pupils took W 1 Both Mrs Tavlor and her students, aware that elementary students do no ordinarily take overnight field trips, were determined to make it a success, i The annual Washington D C. trip made by sixth grade members of safety patrols can not be classed technically as a field trip because it involves students from many classes and is not an outgrowth ol an immediate learning situation, i "Travel is a marvelous way to learn. 1 hope we can make more trips and others can do t h e sa m e . " s h e ex pla i n ed . Student, teachers and chap-erones looked forward to the trip as an exciting affair, but most of the classes' experiences have been fun. Mrs. Tavlor reorted. Fun, but not frivolous, a look at the study guide indicates Listed amont the "Main Concepts of Study" are such topics as: The historical sequence of Spain's discovery and conquest of the New World. The spreading quest for an active part in planning the trip, from places they wished to visit to how many pair of socks they needed. And. to help them develop a sense of responsibility and citizenship, each child was required to sign a "tour con-ract," which included among its stipulations the following statements: I hereby agree to honor all rules and conditions set forth by this contract, and to abide by decisions made by my chaperone and tour director lor the duration of the trip. I will never forget our objective of consideration and respect lor the rights of others, even though we may disagree. I am representing our class, our school, and our country, so my behavior and manners will set a good example for others. Mrs. Taylor, as tour director, was assisted by seven parents. Mrs. Warren Tatoul. school guidance director, and Mrs. Panchetta 11. Levarity. assistant principal, in chaperoning the group. 3 w rmX''fW" . Sn mi in a, mi -- -! , r- ti "Mir-V Lauw-Hk' gold - atrocities and enslavement committed in the name ol "civilized" Spain. - Relationships, religions, and environmental conditions of the Indians, (Inca. Aztec, Mayan i and Spanish Conquis-tadores. An understanding of the so-called "moral justification" of Furopean cultures in regard to their crimes of aggression in conquest. That is just for starters. As the study is concluded, youngsters will be learning the economics of treasure hunting and the state's role in such activities, as well as looking to future discoveries. Mrs. Taylor is aiming at leading the children to analyze situations and to think critically. She is anxious to see additional classes for the academically talented and the creative children in the county, who number between 6,000 and 9.000. Although educators have long given lip service to the highly intelligent child as the nation's greatest natural resource, remarkably little has been done to meet his needs, here or elsewhere And, Mrs. Taylor notes, their needs are as different from those of the liormally intelligent child as are those of the mentally retarded. In this county, as in many school districts, the accelerated classes come under the Exceptional Child Program which also supervises the handicapped. The gifted children assigned to the Northboro class are expected to cover all the work assigned to them in their classes at their home schools as well as in the one-day a-week accelerated class. Stiff PhotM by ShiH Try WHO'S WHO Getting his name tag gifted children, doing the honors. Look-pinned on is Jimmy Morris, with Mrs. ing on is Dale Splittberger. The tags are Diane Taylor, the teacher directing the so everyone will know who's who. tour of St. Augustine fcr the group of .K- if.-: 4,,,..tC-. i Jf , ts r:--n yi. W f r LAST WAVE Waving goodby Just before the bus pulled out are Carolyn Smith, left, and Krlsten Alley. The pupils themselves took an active part in planning the trip to the nation's oldest city. REPACKING - Thret little girls from Roosevelt School repack their suitcases at the last minute before boarding the bus. From left they are Lisa McRae, Sylvia McDonald, and Patricia Coleman. THEY'RE OFF Tom Arnold, left, and here for their trip to St. Augustine, Phillip Gildan, both from North Palm where they'll learn about the Spanish Beach Elementary School, board the bus colonial period first-hand.