The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 28, 1968 · Page 45
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 45

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, November 28, 1968
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Film B cb Vtt, TTwrtArt. Km. Tk TO QMM , -'1 'KCvi i i, . . ! i r " i ij :.VJ distribute to the area's less privileged children. Through Dec. 29 local Marines will be collecting toys and "doctoring" those which need it before taming then over to the Salvation Army's "Santa daus." ONLY 28 DAYS TO XMAS - Sgt. R. W. Exner tries on a baseball mitt, Sgt. T. B. Lobb checks out a tank and Edward Shine field, Salvation Army store manager, stands by to help unload the first shipment of toys bis organization will Bahamas Roundup Crown Lands Decisions Draw Backbench Barbs By BENSON MCDERMOTT NASSAU Government party backbenchers have staged a minor revolt in the House of Assembly by criticizing Progressive Liberal Party policies in the areas of Crown Lands distribution, housing and the provision of utilities in new subdivisions. Members of the official United Bahamian Party opposition have sat silently on the sidelines while the PLP have Cot on with their public feu-ding. Lashing back at his critics. Interior Minister Jeffrey f mil I w Wmft f Spngh,.y print, o J ' At ' ) (Mwl WlV' ' VR leepweor in pink, blue j ' . W I fUSSJ V', . ,7 V-r f ' Collection Crepe. j Tf 1 1 I lf'j l s.M,.shif, I rWM3M W - . Tarawa Victory Recalled Thompson said that the government was committed to honor Crown Lands agreements negotiated with the former UBP administration, and the policy now was to dispose of land "in such a manner as to benefit all the people as a whole." Only "under very exceptional circumstances," he added, have any new Crown Lands agreements been completed since bis government took over in January. 1967. The minister told party rebels in the House that he considered it "an elementary act of courtesy" for his party members to discuss with him questions relating to his ministry before making public issues of them. "I want to make it plain," he stated bluntly, "(hat when I am attacked I intend to speak back." The PLP member for the Killarney constituency, who complained to the House about the lack of public amenities in new housing developments in his district, was answered sharply with some statistics by Public Works Minis-er Clement Mavnard. As far as the government utilities were concerned, he pointed out, $580,000 had already been spent in the Killarney area, and another $30,000 worth of electrical extensions was promised tor the future. Government whip Jimmy Shepherd, a former Nassau bartender and latterly club owner and operator, who was at one time Prime Minister L. O. Pindling's shadow, has moved into the background in recent months. The new trend of in-party public bickering may bring him back into the spotlight. Bahamas Electricity Corporation appears to have got its major problems sorted out, although most residents of New Providence might tend to view that observation as being wildly optimistic. At least, the black-outs, which had become almost an accepted nuisance here, occur less frequently. But telephone subscribers continue to wail bitterly against poor service and the unfathomable mysteries of Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation's computerized' system of billings. Now Batelco has struck back. Telephones in more than 1.000 homes and businesses have been shut off for nonpayment of outstanding accounts. A corporation spokesman said that the disconnections were made reluctantly, but a number of subscribers had been using reputed billing confusions as an excuse for not paying their accounts. Since the silencing of phones, he added, a number of people bad come in to have their bills thoroughly checked. Mental Health Week in the Bahamas ended with open-handed praise by an American doctor for the work that is being accomplished by Bahamian doctors in combatting alcoholism here. Dr. Robert G. Sherill Jr., Tampa, medical director of Hillshore County Hospital and a member of the Advisory Council of the Florida Rehabilitation Program, said' during a visit here that "doctors in the Bahamas seem to be well versed in the problems of the alcoholic and are doing an excellent job." Holiday Happiness I v v i i 1 r k wjm 15 Bsoufiful broead with big plans ... in 4 parts thai add up to fostiv fashion, long skirt plut shell for dinner dances . . . thort skirt end sbeH for cocktails . . . shell, jacket and short skirt for theatre, dinners for two. Skirts, jockets lined. Gold, Aaoai 10-20. Complete set, $40 Holiday Happiness it gleaming golden or silver jewelry by Monet, for your own, for gifts. $3 to "$18.50 Helidoy Happiness is on Original by Collins of Texas handbags . . . linen ' leather with sparkling jewels. Shown: Jewel Garden, t Others. $IS-$24. LirW .11 J A gift to lift the heart BETIO, Tarawa Atoll (I PI) -Twenty-five years ago today t 1:12 p.m. the American and Jlntish flags rose on two palm .trees on this battered atoll in tbe Pacific. The brief ceremony marked the end of the bloody battle of Tarawa, a battle fought for 76 hours on an island two and a quarter miles long and a half mile wide at its widest that took 1,091 American and 4,690 Japanese lives. It marked an American victory, purchased at frightful cost, and the return of the Gilbert group of islands to British rule. American commanders picked Tarawa and its neighboring islands as a target in their drive to advance into the central Pacific toward the Marshall Islands. The Japanese had decided to turn Tarawa into an impregnable fortress. They worked at it more than a year, building a total of 500 fortified positions, including a maze of bunkers, pillboxes and interconnecting trenches. They erected 8-inch coastal guns at other end of the atoll and put op a S to 5-foot high wall round most of the island. They built their block houses of reinforced concrete, covered them with several feet of sand, coconut logs, coral blocks and more sand. An anti-tank ditch was dug on the surrounding reef and the shallows were covered with a maze of pyramidal-shaped concrete slabs. Mines were laid and barbed wire barricades erected. The Americans assigned the 2nd Marine Division, veterans of Guadalcanal, to the attack. They went ashore at 9 a.m. Nov. 20 after a naval ard air bombardment. The slaughter began when landing craft grounded on the reef and troops were forced to wade hundreds of yards through waist-deep water to the beach through withering Japanese fire. By the end of the first day a beachhead some 300 yards deep bad been established but tbe American hold was precarious. A concerted Japanese counterattack probably would have pushed tbe Americans back into the lagoon. But tbe Japanese communications system had been disrupted daring tbe bombardment and they were unable to coordinate an attack. Gradually the tide began to turn as reinforced Marines took pillbox after pillbox. By Nov. 22 the defenders were shoved into the eastern end of the island. A night counterattack by the Japanese was beaten off. The flags were raised following mopping up Nov. 23, v' M-it. i - v. : Ti x MjCTaMWInnVMfcTMIIiiil II WWII the romantic perfume by I PARIS liKoot out fecaft , tottlif, Mitat M Mm Peffuma-Ulique Crystal Flacons Vt ot 19.00 1 . 30.09 2 tt 60.00 Pedum hi Uffqut Spray flacom V or. S.59 Vi M. 15 GO .i tt 18 .58 Em de Toilette Sprays, 2 or. 6 00, 4 or S.S0 Dusting Powder 6.S8 Soap, 3 cakes SiO Bath OH, 4.00, 8.50 CurmlfctaB tit Root

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