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Babysitter, 14, Disappeared Monday .V.W.V.V.V.' Police Say Missing Girl an Unlikely Runaway r t: ft 1 FT , lift J I 'Ai , 1 m ..-:-v-.y ,1 ,'' .i. .' -v y 1 J L A- C'C n l feu i , srr? - '-' - : ---SHS - - ' :; - - " PUBLIC TELEPHONE outside A&P Supermarket, Route 38 in Mount Holly, was apparently used by caller to lure Margaret Fox to false babysit-tingjob. COURIER -PO Camden, X. J. Fire Destroys Warehouse By WILLIAM G. HOPKINS Courier-Post Staff A spectacular, three-alarm blaze early today destroyed a vacant, half-block-long warehouse at Hollywood Avenue and Route 38 in Cherry Hill. Capt. Robert Myers of the Woodland Fire Co. said the one-story, cinderblock ware-, house, which was being leased by the Camden Flooring Co., was completely engulfed in flames when firemen arrived at the scene shortly after 4 a.m. Shortly after his arrival, he sounded a second alarm which brought all of Cherry Hill's seven fire companies to the blaze. A third alarm brought : fire units from several other municipalities in to cover the township. For a while, the blaze, which was declared under control at 5 a.m., threatened four 4,000-gallon fuel storage tanks at a Dee's Fuel Oil Co. depot, located on R.t 38 about 25 yards from the warehouse. "It was a good thing the wind was blowing the right way," a fireman said, referring to the close proximity of the fire to the four tanks. Brisk winds carried flaming embers over Route 38, also temporarily endangering several homes nearby, Myers reported. Firemen kept a steady, protective water flow on the four oil tanks, and the two engine companies kept an eye on the homes, hosing them down from time to time. Myers, who estimated the building's size to be about 100x300 feet, said the flooring firm removed hundreds of rugs from the site about two weeks Area Stations Meeting Non-Leaded Gas Deadline By TONY DAVIS Gxirier-Plast Staff Spokesmen for area gasoline distributors and service station attendants say they expect little trouble meeting a federal requirement that they have non-leaded gasoline for sale by Monday but they expect plenty of trouble selling it. . Spokesmen for distributors of Cities Service Oil Co. , Exxon, Gulf, Arco and Amoco gasoline said most of their stations in the area had offered non-leaded gasoline from a week to several months ahead of the federal deadline, while sopkesmen for Mobile and Sunoco said their companies "were in the process" of storkig their stations now. The regulation, Issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, ap-pi ies only to stations that sold at least 20.000 gallons in any year since 1971, but company spokesmen and attendants said iw . wmmm:. imA wm- ')mmm THE CINDERBLOCK walls and a few overhead girders are all that remain of vacant warehouse ago. Because of the blaze, early morning traffic was detoured off Route 38 along a mile-and- most of their stations easily fit that category. "We have 91 stations in the (Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties) area," Mike Haley, district manager for Sunoco said, "and 83 of them will have it (lead-free gasoline). Those that don't are usually your countryside stations and your Ma and Pa grocery store stations that close down a couple months a year. The stations selling lead-free gasoline will account for 95 per cent of our business." A Gulf spokesman said "all but one or two" of that company's 136 outlets cither already soil unleaded gasoline or will sell it by Monday, while a spokesman for a Camden C.unty Citgo distributor said all of that company's outlets had sold unleaded gasoline for at least a week. Overall, Jerry Ferrara. president of the New Jersey Gasoline Retailers As Friday, lane 28, 1974 a-half stretch between Chapel and Longwood avenues until 6: 15 a.m., as several fire units continued to water down the sociation, predicts that 70 per cent of all South Jersey stations will be selling lead-free gasoline by Monday. The EPA issued the July I deadline to give stations two months to prepare for the influx of 1975-modcl cars, all of which will have anti-pollution devices that would be destroyed by leaded gasoline. To make sure that new cars don't use leaded gasoline, the lead-free pumps will be equipped with smaller nozzles and the gasoline tanks on new cars will be too narrow to admit any but the smaller nozzles. An EPA spokesman also said the agency hopes to encourage drivers of older cars to use the lead free product as a means of cutting down the amount of poisonous lead vapor in the air. The spokesman also said lead-free gasoline reduces the wear on the car's sparkplugs and points, thus increasing the time By RON AVERY Courier-Post Staff BURLINGTON The ad appeared on Tuesday, June 18 in the local paper. It said: BABYSITTERS - Expert-enced. Teen girls. Love Kids. Work at your house. Call..." There were two phone numbers and there were quick results. A man called the first number in the ad the next morning. He had reached 11-year-old Lynne Park of Perm Street in Burlington. The man asked if she could babysit for him the next day in Mount Holy and Lynne said she would have to ask her mother. Mrs. Park said no, she didn't want her daughter to work so far away. So, the man called the second number. This time he reached Lynne's cousin, 14-year-old Margaret Fox, who lives only a few doors from Lynne on Perm Street. Freckle-faced and shy, Margaret too said that she needed her mother's permission. Mrs. Fox said Margaret had better ask her father. No one is sure if Margaret ST in Cherry Hill on Route 38. Cherry Hill, that was destroyed by 're today. smoldering building. The building once was the home of the Freihofer Baking Co. Its current owner could not between tuneups. . . But despite the alleged ecological and mechanical advantages of lead-free gasoline, service station dealers say the product's high price (two to four cents per gallon more than regular and the same or a penny per gallon less than premium) has thus far held sales to a minimum. Fcrrarra said unleaded gasoline now "doesn't amount to five per cent of all sales,'" and he and other dealers said they doubted sales will increase much until the 1975 cars enter the market. "It's not a good seller we pump about 1,000 gallons a month (out of 40,0000.000 gallons sold in total), " said Herb Belins, who runs Belins' Arco station at White Horse Pike and Taylor Road in Audubon. "We've been selling it (lead-free gasoline) for a couple of months and I think it accounts called the man back or whether he called again. But this time Margaret had her father's permission. She could go to Mount Holly to watch the caller's five-year-old son. This time the man instructed Margaret to take the bus to Mount Holly. She should get off at the corner of High and Mill streets and his wife would pick her up in a red Volkswagen. Margaret wrote down the name "John Marshall" and a telephone number. Later that night there was a third call from "Mr. Marshall," and this time Margaret's father David answered. Marshall told Fox that his mother-in-law had died. He would have to attend the funeral and the babysitting job was postponed until Monday. Margaret was to follow the same instructions on Monday. The voice sounded like a man between 35 and 45 years old. Fox remembers. That was the last time "Marshall" called. On Monday morning Margaret took the bus to Mount Holly. She has not been seen Second Front Page Page 2 1 Courlw-Paat PNrtoby Jack Wolfar be immediatley determined, police said. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. for five per cent of our sales." said a Cherry Hill Mobil dealer who asked not to be quoted by name. "I don't think people are that ecologically-minded any more," the Mobil dealer said. "When you sell unleaded gas, you're asking them to pay premium prices for a product that is lower octane than regular (it usually averages about three octane points lower than regular and seven to 10 lower than premium). I don't think you'll have much sales increase until it becomes mandatory to buy it." , An informal survey of drivers waiting to have their cars inspected at the Cherry Hill motor vehicle inspection station found that most, though not all, were more concerned with their pockctbooks than with the amount of lead in their gasoline. "Sure lead-free gasoline since. Two passengers remember seeing her on the bus but no one is sure where she got off. Mrs. Fox said the man's wife was supposed to bring Margaret home about 2:30 p.m. but she never showed up. Mrs. Fox called the number herdaughter had left in case of an emergency about 3:30 A woman answered and said there was no Margaret Fox there but she didn't tell Mrs. Fox she had reached a public telephone outside of an A&P Supermarket on Route 38 in Mount Holly. She called again and this time found out it was a public phone. Mrs. Fox started calling people named Marshall and her husband drove to Mount Holly. Eventually he went to the police. Since Monday night. Fox, a self-employed plumber, has been cruising the streets of Mount Holly looking for Margaret, a red Volkswagen, a clue or something to hang on to. His older sons have joined him in the search and wandered as far as Moorestown and Maple Shade. Like the police, who have put out a 13-state alarm, they have turned up nothing. And now the FBI is in on the investigation. When Mount Holly Police Lt. Benjamin English heard the name John Marshall Monday he could only think of his old friend, Jack Marshall, assistant manager of the A&P store on Route 38. The same location as the pay phone. Marshall was questioned immediately but Lt. English said no connection has been found. "I've known him for 25 years. He's the father of five grown children. I'm sure he's not involved." Thursday two FBI agents stopped by the market and spoke briefly with Marshall. "I have no idea what is happening," said a bewildered Marshall after the agents left. "I didn't even know the phone number outside had been used until this morning... I have no ideas, no theories. It's just causing me a lot of trouble." Coincidentally, Margaret's sister-in-law Ramona Fox knows Marshall and was a friend of one of his daughters. She also believes Marshall is not involved. Burlington Det. Leonard Burr has been on the case since Monday and says he has gotten very little sleep since then. "A lot of 14-year-old girls run away from home. But this is not the normal runaway pattern," he says. "I've spoken with her family and friends. They say she was happy and had no reason to run away," he adds. Mrs. Fox feels certain that Margaret did not run away. "She had no boy friends. She hadn't started to date yet. She was never in trouble for anything." The Fox family lives in a row house on a well-kept street not far from the Delaware River. As word spread about Margaret, neighbors stopped into the house to express their concern and offer help. But there is little anyone can do now. Margaret is the only girl in the family of six children ranging in age from 1 1 to 22 . She graduated this month from St. Paul's School in Burlington . would make a difference with pollution, but right now my purse is ktnda tight," Lou Principato of Haddonf ield said. "Lead-free gasoline is too expensive. Of course, it doesn't matter anyhow. You buy $2 worth of gas and your needle doesn't move anywhere anymore. It's all a big game," Jim Gaynor of Gibbsboro said. But Bob Gauss of Voorhees, who said he first bought lead-free gasoline by accident, said he now planned to buy it regularly. "My car pings on regular, and it runs fine on non leaded gas. Plus there's the pollution factor involved," Calauss said. Some respondents, such as Robert DeMarco of Pennsau-ken. were totally indifferent. "Gasoline is still gasoline to me, no matter what they say is in it, it still burns. I buy every kind, and I don't even know what I buy," DeMarco said. Chelsea Changes But Not the King THE KING grinned and said, "When I die bury me in a plastic coffin on Chelsea Beach facing the sun. I want to be in my trunks with mfrisbee and bottle of Deep Tan by my side." But the King of Chelsea is not dead. He is alive and dieting and collecting his unemployment checks in Camden. His name is Mark Porter. Some call him The Bear. But to hundreds of people who have met Mark on Chelsea Beach in Atlantic City over the past 15 years, he's the King. What Lucy the Elephant is to Margate, Mark Porter is to Atlantic City a lovable landmark. From 1959 through 1972, Mark spent every summer in Atlantic City. Even when he lived in California for three years he always managed to return to his beloved Chelsea Beach for the summer. Chelsea is the neighborhood at the southern end of Atlantic City and the King's headquarters was the beach in front of the now defunct Chelsea Hotel. The King started his season about mid April and "closed the beach" at end of September. The King's appearance is impressive. Everyone says he reminds them of some celebrity, but there is no agreement as to which celebrity. He's either Sabastian Cabot, Sidney Greens treet, Victor Buono, KingFaroukorAlHirt. Even more impressive than the King's - 300 pound body is his - Chelsea Beach suntan. By mid summer his naturally olive skin would be several shades darker than the average citizen of Sudan. MARK BECOMES rapturous when talking about Atlantic City. "I love it...nothing like it...greatest beach in the world...bet-ter than Miami, Acapulco...it has the best sand in the world." But what the ing really loves about Atlantic City are the people. This is the key to understanding the King. He's an easy going guy who likes people and can get along with almost anyone. The King never sat alone at the beach. He was surrounded by buddies and dozens of people would stop by his blanket to ex-hange a few words. He sends out birthday cards to friends. His Christmas card list has over 500 names. "To me the beach is like a horn of plenty with people coming out all shapes, all sizes. It never ends," he explains. "And I love to watch people. California had great looking chicks and all the guys had muscles. But it's nothing like Atlantic City." SO, why did the King only spen a few weekends at the shore last year? Why isn't he there now? Has he hung up his fri8bee? "Well, my girlfriend has a pool out at her house in Broomall (Pa.)," explains the King. But it goes a lot deeper and it's kind of sad to hear the King talk about it. Mark is now 35, and while he was always older than most of his shore buddies, now it's getting ridiculous. In recent years old friends would come up to him on Chelsea Beach to introduce their kids. And Chelsea has changed. The crowds aren't half of what they used to be.. . The King finally realized that the shore was changing while he was becoming a relic. So, the King is following his old cycle of working in record shops and collecting unemployment. "I never had a job I didn't like," he explains. "But a job can be like a marriage it gets stale. " THE KLG is a man of many interests and recently he has been into the occult and unexplained phenbmAenon. He believes in reincarnation. "I don't know why, but I believe I lived another life as a mountainman...a trapper," he says with complete sincerity. The thought of Mark Porter, King of Chelsea, as a mountain trapper is uproariously funny. You can picture him in a buckskin bathing suit armed with a flintlock frizbee. But then you remember back 15 years ago how the King, to the amazement of all, joined the Marine Corps. He lasted six weeks and was discharged because of asthma. Holy mackerel! Could it be that deep down inside that huge, easy Agoing Teddy Boar-there is a swashbuckling, two-fisted, John Wayne.? It's hard for common people to understand what goes on inside the heart and mind of a king.

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