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Published Every Morning Member Audit lurtau circulation AP Now and Wirtphotos N. Y. TlfflM Strvlc Thomas A. Edison Said 'Thar I nly ena Fort Mytrs and M million paopla ara alng la find II nut." 83rd Year Fort Myers, Ha., Tuesday, February 28, 1967 5c Daily, 15c Sunday FORT MYE press EWS Freeze Brings Heavy Damage To Crops Here Dour Farmers Report Tender Plants Nipped By JEWELL DEAN Monday's bright sun turned many leaves dark in Southwest Florida agricultural fields, tell tale evidence that the mercury's official touch at 32 degrees freezing Sunday morning did heavy damage The damage ranged from very severe to none. It caught nearly all tender plants to some extent. Part of a field might appear unburned and another portion scorched. It was not a disaster generally but a single grower could have been hurt disastrously. High prices which usually follow a freeze could provide a bonanza for numerous farmers. Comment generally was dour from those who Monday inspected fields of cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelons and pquash. Usually they found the plant breakdown worse than in dicated Sunday. Cloudiness Sun day and Monday would have aided the crippled plants bounce back from their shock. Bounce Back Resourceful growers, used to set backs, indicated they planned to bounce back. They started Sunday to plant cucumber seeds in a row drilled about six inches from reeling young plants. The fertilizer for a crop is in the ground. With growing conditions favorable, the new planting could catch the earlier damaged one. Potatoes in the main came through. The Pontiacs (Reds) are nearly all harvested in a fair to better season. White Sebagos, much less in acreage, were hit hard as their season is only beginning. Those maturing first lost their leaves and will not attain the tuber growth an ticipated. Young fields can put out new growth and make later but fair harvest. This could be important as North Florida potato areas such as Hastings reportedly were chilled until damp ground froze as much as an inch below the surface. "Older cucumbers, more hardened, were pretty well wiped out but young plants surprisingly did quite well," said Henry Witte Jr., manager of the Fort Myers State Farmers Market. He was in a group that inspected fields south to Naples and even farther toward Miami in Collier County. The same appraisal ap plied to tomatoes. 800 Acres Lost One Fort Myers grower reportedly lost 800 acres of pep pers In an area between Fort Myers and Immokalee. Another farmer wrote off a large squash crop except his latest planting. County Agent Robert G. Curtis said many of the hardest hit cuke fields had plants in the heavy vining period with fruit setting heavily and represented a bad loss dollarwise. He said most people he visited estimated 50 to 70 per cent of the normal spring harvest was destroyed. Peppers, a fairly cold-resistant plant, were not badly hurt. Fred Wesemeyer of A&W Glads said all of his Iona area sweet corn came through. He has only some 15 more days in marketing 300 acres, staggered in planting to achieve a con-(Contlnued en Page -A) Mi Wfc M mm iliiiiillliiX . iwu r IT Near-riot resulted when snow came to Fort Myers Monday as youngsters milled In the sticky stuff and hurled snowballs at each other. Lower, Terrl Hodson, recipient of carload from Chicago, shovels some out. (News-Press photos by Lyle Byland) Terri's Carload Arrives Snowball Fighf Erupts in City By EDDIE PERTUIT The biggest (and only) snowball fight in Fort Myers history erupted Monday afternoon as hundreds of youngsters swarmed over a half-ton snowpile. The snow arrived in tropical Fort Myers peacefully enough, in a Burlington Lines refrigerated car. But the storm broke the minute Terri Hodson unlocked the door. Snowballs and snow in lumps, chunks and powdery handfuls sprayed amidst the royal palms for more than an hour. The car door was shut again after about half a ton had been unloaded, to Dr. Coppolino's Murder Trial To Open in Naples on April 3 SARASOTA UP) The murder trial of Dr. Carl Coppolino in the death of his first wife was transferred Monday to Naples and set for April 3. Circuit Judge Lynn Silvertooth ordered the sensational case moved out of Sarasota, where Coppolino lived on fashionable Longboat Key with his physician w i f e Carmela, when she died August 28, 1965. The state has charged that Coppolino, a handsome 34-year-old anesthesiologist, gave his wife a fatal injection of the drug succinylcholine chloride, which is difficult to detect after death. Silvertooth shifted the trial after both defense and prosecution agreed that pretrial publicity in Sarasota impaired the doctor's chances of a fair trial. But Coppolino's chief defense counsel, F. Lee Bailey, had protested any location but Miami and asked Silvertooth to reserve ruling until an attempt had been made to seat a jury in Sarasota. the prevent a riot among amateur snow warriors. Vanishes in Melee Terri. the 13-year-old "Snow Girl" of Fort Myers Beach disappeared in the melee after brief ceremonious poses for photographers. The snow was hers, the first she had ever seen, sent as a gift from W. J. Quinn, president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in Chicago. Plans for sled rides were thwarted by the near-riot of native youngsters of all ages romping in snow for the first time. The ammunition, packed by the 1,500-mile trip from Chicago, sparkled in 70-degree sunlight as the kids discovered the various joys of making a thorough mess of things. Sled Appears Terri has a sled, a gift from the Eagle Army-Navy store here that received the toy unex- npotedlv in a shioment last Silvertooth denied this, and nlhpP Another sled was in also refused Monday to grant aLritonce. a familv heirloom of defense motion that would have five-year-old Bryan Hastnick, required ine prosecution to whose grandmother hailed from Supreme Court Declines to Hear Hoffa's Appeal WASHINGTON UP) - Teamsters Union President James R. Hoffa neared the end of the road Monday in his fight to stay out of prison. The Supreme Court cleared the way for his jailing for jury tampering by refusing to give him a second hearing on the 1964 conviction and refusing to hear his claim of widespread government eavesdropping at the Chattanooga, Tenn., trial, Hoffa's attorneys, their backs against the wall, quickly en tered pleas with Justice Potter Stewart that he temporarily block the union leaders im prisonment. They said they will ask the U.S. District Court in Chattanooga for a new trial based on the ''bugging" charges. And, in any event, they said the sentence should be held up until the U.S. Circuit Court in Cincinnati rules on other new trial efforts. The court made no comment as it announced, in a routine way, that it will not reconsider its Dec. 12 decision upholding Hoffa's conviction, 8-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine. The high tribunal rejected, without comment, Hoffa's "motion for relief" based on his claim that Justice Department agents tapped his telephone. those of his lawyers and "bug ged" the jurors' hotel rooms during the Chattanooga trial. Hoffa, 54, was convicted of tampering with jurors at his 1962 Taft-Hartley conspiracy trial in Nashville. A mistrial had been declared in Nashville when the jurors there could not agree. Faircloth Cons If Vackenhuf's Cops Are Legal Opinion Planned Soon on Kirk's Crime War TALLAHASSEE UP) Florida Atty. Gen. Earl Faircloth has been studying questions on the legality of Gov. Claude Kirk's controversial "war on crime' for some time ana will com ment on his investigation soon, it was learned Monday. A spokesman for the attorney general said, however, that Faircloth would have no com' ment now on a news story saying that the war on crime will require approval from the state cabinet or the Legislature before it can be legal. "There's been a lot of people asking about its legality," said the spokesman. He declined to identify those who had made queries about the privately- financed anti-crime campaign. The questions, he said, generally have been on the legality of using a private organization for a war on crime. Faircloth has said previously that it's a very delicate responsibility and should be exercised by officials of the state. He said that "at the very least" the names of donors to the campaign should be made public. The Miami News said that a section of the state's financial laws gives full control of money matters for "purposes authoriz ed by law" to the comptroller, budget commission or Legislature. No Funds Yet George Wackenhut, head of the private detective agency that is in charge of the crime war, said ne naa not received any money to finance his in vestigations for Kirk, the News said. Wackenhut said he had been underwriting the cost so far through personal loans, the paper said. In a Miami speech Feb. 8,1 Kirk said private donations to finance investigations by Wackenhut agents would be funneled through a trust foun dation with Kirk as permanent chairman. The proposal has never 'been presented to the budget commission, which is the state cabinet, for a vote. Kirk has made it clear repeatedly that his crime war is an undertaking of the state. He says the Wackenhut detec tives will be agents of the governor's office. For Peace Hows m Vietnam Still Imh iespnfie Men Ms Small Primary Turnout Likely, Forecasters Say Little Enthusiasm At Polls Around Florida Expected India Seeks Tourists CALCUTTA UP) The Indian Chamber of Commerce has urg ed improvement of the coun try's facilities for foreign visitors. The group contends India should be able to earn 5133 million a year from tourism instead of the current $26 million annually. Beote Slill Married Beauty Loses Suit Against Millionaire TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Beate Leber lost her $2.5 million breach of promise suit against a multimillionaire rancher Monday, and her attorney said she would return to Germany but not to her hus disclose every piece of physical evidence it intends to produce during the trial. The prosecution suggested that the trial be held in Naples, Bartow or Fort Myers on the ground that these areas had been little exposed to the flood of publicity surrounding the case. Coppolino was acquitted in December of the murder of a former neighbor, William Farber, in a trial at Freehold, N.J. Florida and New Jersey murder indictments followed autopsies on the exnoumed Pittsburgh, Pa The snow removed was hefted out by Fort Myers' enitre snow removal squad a front end loader deftly maneuvered (Continued On Page 3-A) Britain Plagued By Gales, Floods LONDON UP) Gales gusting to 80 miles an hour swept much of Britain Monday, bringing floods and blocking roads. Ferry services were disrupted off western Scotland and Eng- bodies of the victims whichjland's ; south coast. Guernsey .in authorities said they ordered me uianwa after Farber's widow, Marjorie, huge waves crashing over the told them she was suspicious of top of the Hamois lighthouse, the deaths. Huge seas breached the seawall Mm Fnrher testified in tne ai o"'w ' un., New Jersey trial that she and Coppolino had been intimate. The doctor later wed a Sarasota divorcee, the former Mrs. Mary Gibson. flooding scores of houses. Sea- front roads at Douglas and Castletown in the Isle of Man were closed for fear vehicles would be swept away. band, who leased her for $3,000 a month. U.S. Dist. Judge John C. Bowen dismissed the 34-year-old German beauty's suit against William N. Brown, 65 on grounds she's still legally married to Ralph Leber of Heidelberg. He ruled that it's legally impossible for her to accept a marriage proposal from another man. Mrs. Leber and the rancher heard the judge's ruling without a show of emotion in the courtroom where they had told how their meeting in a German nudist colony began a jet-set romance in Monte Carlo, Lausanee, Heidelberg and the Bahamas. "She is returning to Germany immediately," her attorney Raymond Hayes told newsmen later. "She will not go back to; Lebers was based on an illegal document and therefore had no standing in court. Hayes argued that the dapper rancher was equally at fault since he, too, signed the agree ment, and should not benefit from it while Mrs. Leber was punished. Hayes said he would appeal. He said Mrs. Leber believed herself to be single after she and Brown went to Juarez for the divorce Nov. 1, 1965. Even if it isn't admissible, Hayes said, there was sufficient evidence during the actionable period to permit the case to go to the jury. "The divorce was based on an immoral agreement," replied Norman Hull, Brown's attorney. "Mrs. Leber got the di- her husband, Ralph, but pro- vorce on grounds if incompati- bably will enter the import-ex port business. She will return to the United States when her appeal is heard." Declining to allow her to talk to newsmen, Hayes said Mrs. Leber relied on what Brown's attorney had told her. They told her she was divorc ed," he said. "She believed them." Judge Bowen ruled that the Mexican divorce obtained by Mrs. Leber under an agreement signed by Brown and the bility. This was false. She has testified that she had a happy marriage. Hull argued that a fraud was perpetrated on the Juarez court when it wasn't told of the agreement, under which Leber agreed that his wife should be Brown's guest "or otherwise" for a year while he received the monthly payments. The agreement, he said, resulted in "an illicit and weird relationship between the Lebers and Brown." MIAMI m Frantic last' minute vote appeals by a mob of 546 candidates for Florida's new "one man-one vote" Legislature appeared Monday to be falling on deaf ears among the electorate. Observers predicted that two out of three registered voters tired of picking one Legislature after another during the state's year s-long reapportionment struggle would sit out today's first primary. Pat Thomas, state Democratic chairman, said less than 40 per cent of the voters would respond. In Dade County, where the names of 80 Democrats and six Republicans are on the ballot, only one in four was expected to go to the polls. After 10 years of fighting in the Legislature and of litigation in the courts, a three-judge federal tribunal ordered new elections of a 48 member Senate and 119 member House based on Florida's 1960 popula tion census. No Clearcut Issues With only a few days to woo the voters, candidates had no time to develop clearcut issues In a few areas, the vote could bring an expression of feeling on how Republican Gov. Claude Kirk has done in his two-month- old administration. In the upheaval brought by the court's order, some legislative veterans were thrown into battle against each other and some who lost out in the elections last fall were given new hope of comebacks. The Legislature elected last fall had just convened in a special session when the U. S. Supreme Court ruled it an un constitutional body. Plan Tossed Out In a futile, last minute at tempt to avoid court reapportionment, the Legislature adopted still another plan of its own and saw this one also tossed out by judges weary of the long numbers game that had been played in Tallahassee. Today's primary will be followed by a runoff March 14 and general election March 28 In most places, incumbents were solidly favored to keep their jobs because of the short time allotted to their challengers to campaign. But in a few districts, where veteran small county legislators saw their old districts tacked on to big population centers, upsets appeared possible. jjemocrats in general were less concerned with the primaries than the general elec tion, when they face a mass assault by Republicans fired up by Kirk's election to the governorship. Lorenzo Walker Faces Opposition From Housewife With only one legislative con test on the Democratic primary ballot in Lee County today, a sum turnout of voters is ex pected. Republicans have two contests in their primary. Lee County is predominantly Democratic with 2 6,24 5 registered Democrats against 8,845 Republicans. Rep. J. Lorenzo Walker of Naples drew a contest from Mrs. LaDell J. Mitchell, a North Fort Myers housewife, in the Democratic primary. Republicans pick from seven candidates in the 3 4th Senatorial District and four candiates in the 35th Senatorial District, all from Palm Beach County except Carroll S. Shaw of Fort Myers. The. GOP winner in the 34th will oppose Sen Elmer O. Friday Jr. of Fort Myers, Democrat, in the March is election. Chairman Robert C. Brown of the Lee County Democratic Committee said Monday he ex pects only about 4,000 Democrats and 4,000 Republicans to vote. Sheriff Flanders Thompson estimated there would be the smallest turnout here in years. "I don't imagine there will be 7,000 voting in the entire county," lhompson said. Lack of Interest Thompson commented that lack of interest in the races. satisfaction with incumbents elected only last November and lack of time for campaigns will combine to hold down voting numbers. Although there has been only a brief campaign, some candidates have had heavy ex penditures, according to reports filed Monday with the secretary or state. Friday had total contributions of J5.105 and ex penditures of $3,313.40. Walker had contributions of $1,818.51 and spent $1,451.88. Mrs. Mitchell had $150 in contributions and spent $103.20. By late Monday 61 absentee ballots were on hand to be counted, Mrs. Clarence Clutz (Continued on Pag J-A) Body of Ferrie Still Unclaimed NEW ORLEANS W) The body of David William Ferrie who Dist. Atty. Jim Garrison says was one of the key figures in his investigation of the Kennedy as sassinationremained unclaimed Monday at the city morgue. Garrison, who says he'll prove a conspiracy was hatched in New Orleans which culminated in the assassination in Dallas of Presi dent Kennedy, remained secluded. There were no new develop ments reported in the probe. Feme, 48, was found dead in his apartment last Wednesday. Coroner Nicholas Chetta says he died of natural causes a cerebral hemorrhage. Garrison insists it was suicide. Sometime pilot, sometime pri vate investigator, Ferrie insisted in interviews before his death he had nothing to do with the Kennedy assassination in Dallas Nov. 22, 1963. He said Garrison was trying to finger him as the "get-away pilot" in an alleged plot. Fort Myers Army Man Is Awarded Purple Heart Medal Pvt. Firbert Barnes, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Barnes of 2930 Thomas Ave., Fort Myers, received the Purple Heart Medal Jan. 31 in An Khe, Vietnam, the Army announced Monday. Barnes received the award for wounds received in action in Vietnam. The private, a rifleman in Company B. 5th Brigade of the 1st Air Cavalry's 7th Cavalry, entered the Army in May 1966 and arrived in Vietnam last October from Ft. Polk, La. He graduated from Dunbar High School in 1965. Believes Strategy Best Calculated To End War WASHINGTON -President Johnson said Monday the United States has gone in for more far-reaching blows at North Vietnam but he doesn't interpret this as moving away from hopes of peace. In the aftermath of naval shelling of ground targets in North Vietnam, the mining of rivers and the use of long-range artillery against targets north of the demilitarized zone, Johnson told a press conference he believes he is pursuing up the course best calculated to lead to peace. At a question-and-answer session in his office devoted mainly to the conflict in Vietnam, he was asked whether the more far-reaching steps over the weekend were taken because bombing has failed to halt infiltration from the north. He said he thinks it impossible to state with any great precision how many individuals were in South Vietnam because we did bomb or didn't bomb during some period. Bombing Benefits He added that "generally speaking, we feel that it has done those things that we expected it to do," but no one ever expected bombing would stop infiltration except those who want us to stop it. "We do think," the President went on, "that there are hundreds of thousands of people who are busy trying to put the bridges back and the railroad ties back and the other things back. I would estimate that to have lost less than 500 men in our bombing experiences. Prob ably we have lost a billion dollars in planes. "We thought that we could make them pay a rather heavy price in manpower. They may have 100,000 busy on air defense. They may have 100,000 or so busy on coastal defense. I don't want to be held to these figures. Some have estimated as many (Continued on Page 2-A) Plant Here Hit By Costly Blaze Fire of unexplained origin broke out Monday night at the Glades Lumber & Wood Treating Co. plant on Hardee Street east of Fowler Street. No one was injured, but Carey Simmons, owner, estimated the loss up to $250,000. The company supplies treated poles to utility companies in the area and has 25 full-time em ployes. Simmons said it was not known Monday night where the fire originated. It was reported shortly after 9 p.m. by Jack DeBois, night watchman. Simmons said about 10,000 gal lons of creosote and the pine poles soaking in it were destroyed. Metal buildings crumb led under the heat. A 40,000 gallon cylinder of creosote in the vicinity of the blaze was saved. Three fire trucks from the Central Fire Department and one each from the North Fort Myers and South Trail Fire Departments fought the blaze. Simmons and DeBois said an electrical short was the probable cause. The wood treating company will be shut down today but Simmons said he expects it to be back in business in about three weeks. On the Inside Stock market suffers sharpest loss of year. Page SB. Rev. Horn honored as outstanding man of the year. Page 10-B. Index Weather Amusements 9A Partly cloudy through Bridge 7A Wednesday. High today near Classified 6B-9B 75, Southeast and south winds Comics - 4B 8.18 mlles per hour. Crossword . 4B Deaths 2A East Gulf marine forecast: Editorial 4A Southeast and south winds 81S Financial . SB knots. Partly cloudy. slezz::z:iA.0i (Fuu weathpp . Sports 2B-3B TV 9A

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