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LOCAL:$E£TlOjty ?PA^ I Newspapermen ' are interested, , or should be, in reader reaction to the contents ,of their publications. If newspapers"'are not attractive to tbe public the pnblic does not buy the papers. The economic corollary herein involved is obvious. So when newspapers are furnished reports on' reader reactions elicited through surveys the results are relevant because they mean bread and butter. The Advertising, Research Foundation in- a "continuing survey" of newspaper reading has recently 'completed 45,000 interviews involving a meticulous analysis of • 3,000 newspaper pr.ges and the tabulation of these results. "Newspapers, surveyed ranged; in size from 16 'to 50 pages and in circulation from 0,570 to 264,-, 287 and,they contained a total of 13,36-i general stories and 226,'! pictures." , The results of these surveys should be interesting to the readers as well as to the publishers. Pictures "Tops ; The most notable development in journalism of the past decade has been the increasing use of pictures. The most successful magazines arid publications of the last 10 years have been, in an almost unqualified generality, those using the-most pictures. The foundation, commenting on the' value of pictures, reports anent its survey: ''A highlight of-the summary is the disclosure -of the amount of attention commanded by picture pages and outstanding news photos. They have consistently drawn the highest readership, even top,ping best-read news stories. When classified according to 20 different types, three categories of pictures—human interest, crime and national defenser-conipete equally for lop attention of all readers." Men, Prefer The- survey lias disclosed that men prefer front-page national •and " international' news, while women strongly favor local stories and "are inclined to shop through the inside of the paper for interesting news items." Summarizing this aspect of the "report the foundation jfound that 4 'of the total 13,364 general news stories in the "first 100 studies, 476-had a male readership of 50 per center-more,* v "wb.ile 3-10 Ma similar readership among women. Sixty-one" per cent of the 476 stories rating 50 per cent or more''' readefehip among men were national or world news, but ouly 27 • per cent of the ;J40 stories ranking ,as high among-,women were of this^ type. Womeri favored local glories by about ,three to one." Editorial cartoons, "oddities panels," comics, ttje weather and sports are subject matter of the greatest interest to,readers. Numerous small-town newspapers . lag behind the-public demand and •public interest by neglecting their sports pages and the use of local pictures, which now top local news stories in interest. The publishers and editors who no longer understand the significance of pictorial material and the proper play of'sao'rts in newspapers are killing off t!ielE,-reader interest and are. fighting an uphill battle'' because of their own lack of understanding. • Pictorial Coverage The astonishing.success of the pictorial magazines-like ''Life," "Look!" and others''of that ilk, has been the sensation cf tlie publishing "world. There is .no'hokum in a news picture -.taken for spot news coverage, 'but a { story may .have its'hokum, a bias, or inaccuracies thguglr newspapers do th'eit best to obtain accuracy. The great 1 news agencies'are spending more aifd more 'money"annually on pictorial coverage of news and the .reason they are, doing so is because readers want to see pictures of what is happening. Every reader knows, of course, of the" tremendous interest of the conric - page% IJaily",newspapers, successful' 1 ones, jneed" the best comic strip's* they teari -buy to compete In thfTnewspaper publishing field. ••"• Gag panels are amongrthe top popularity listings for women and oddities panels are also near -the top in interest. The detailed surveys have shown the exceptional interest in local sports in all _ newspapers and local commentary. Livestock Prizes Pay Sdiooljxpenses Dick 'Williams, son of Mr. and MTJS. J. "R. .Williams of -post office box. 434, Bakersfietd. is making practical training in livestock production help 'pay his expenses at the —K*rn Counts CHamljcr of Commerce Photo ARVIN PARADE PRIZE WINNER—Entered in the Christmas parade at Arvin Monday night by the Sunset Grammar School, this float, depicting Winter Wonderland, won the grand prize. From left to right on the float are JIarie Watts, Barbara Ilerrin and Gail Patrick. The parade was sponsored by the Arvin Business Men's Club. The "snow" is fleecy-white Arvin cotton. Christmas Parade Line of .March Dec. 13 Reported Line of march for the gala Christmas- parade which will mark the official entry of the Santa Glaus season into Bakersfield December 13 was announced this morning by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber o£ Commerce. Starting point for the East Bak- ersiield portion of the parade, which will begin at 5 p. in., will be at the intersection of Oregon and Baker streets.-"From that point, the parade will move south on Baker, and break up on Eighteenth street. Reforming on Truxtun between L and M streets, the parade will go up M to Nineteenth, west on uSfineteenth to H north on H stxeet to Twenty- first, and east on Twenty-first street to Chester. Then the groups will move south on Chester-to Truxtun, disbanding hi front of'the city hall. The central Bakersfield portion of the parade will begin at 7 p. m. - Paul Ross, chairman of the Christmas parade committee for the chamber, announced today that approximately, 15 floats have been entered In the parade, and that entries for floats; would be accepted np to the last possible moment. In addition to the floats, five bands will participate along with-three motorcycle groups. Former Beardsley Teacher in Germany Blythe Monroe of Bakersfield, has arrived in' Wiesbaden, Germany, where she will assume, her duties as supervisor of-the-school being - operated for the children of-American personnel in -the area. The school, first of its kind to be opened in the Wiesbaden area, will insure that the children of American personnel are afforded an education equivalent to that received by American children in the United States. Miss Monroe was graduated from the University of California. Prior to 'her_ acceptance of an assignment hi the^European theater, she served as-principal of the Beardsley School here. INFANT REVIVED AFTER FALL INTO BEARDSLEY CANAL Prompt use of a resuscitator by county" fire department members was credited with saving the life of 17-months : ^lu\lSrjtce Masso of 804 Lilac streetr'tiildale. W 7 hile paying Monday after- noon.Bruce fell into the Beardsley irrigation canal at the North Chester.-avenue crossing, firemen reported,-'" He is the son of Mr. and^.SIrsffA. K.-Masso. After the, resuscitator was used' for SO.iflifiutes, the child's normal- breathing, was restored. -He was' taken to^Kern General Hospital, whereJtoday his condition"was'jre- ported-a«»"slightly improved."' ,,. Djrecting the work "of the re-' suseitatbr crew was District Chief K." R." "Cresswell. The crew ^included Fireman Eric Harris, Engineer Janies Bappert and Fireman Robert Johnson. All were members of the department's Headquarters station. East Side Legion to Hold Yule_ Party Memhers of East Bakersfield-Post No. 682, American Legion, will.hold their first annual 1 Christmas-party- December'21 at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company recreation hall, Oak and Sixteenth streets. Chairman Marvin Mongold announced today.^ Members" and their guests will sing 1 Christmas' carols during th£ party, at which refreshments ' will be served". ' •„• . 4 Persons Injured in Motor Scooter, Gar Crashes Here Mr. and Mrs. John B. -Alsup o: 123 Mears Drive were given medica treatment for minor injuries re ceived in a two-car auto --collision Monday at the intersection-of East Truxtun avenue and Haley- streer Driver of the other car was said to have been John E. Lang, 64v of 1615 California avenue/ * Henry B. Butcher, So^of 557,Acacia avenue, was given medical aid "at Kern General Hospital Monday aft jerrioon,. after his . motor-; - scooter bumped into the rear of a Amoving van on Alta Vista Drive, the Calif or nia Highway Patrol reported. „,-_ Authorities at Kern General Hos pital said that H. E. Chapman, "21 of Route l.-Box 451, was-treated at the hospital early today for shoulder injuries received in a traffic accl dent about 1 a. m. today. He was dismissed following .treatment. " Four persons were injured in two-car collision Sunday near Pond and all were given medical attention at' Delano Hospital, it was reported here. They were James Barton of Wasco Roberta Striplin "of Pond, Harry Lane of Los Angeles and E. J. Phil lips of Chico. Barton and Lane were reported as being the two drivers. Chamber Board Nominees Listed Rubber Check Artislt Sent fb San Quenfin Marvin Moore, 33, .who pleaded gufHy in Superior Court this morning to cashing a fictitious check for, 1 $82.30 arid' forging a. check- for $510.67, was'sentenced to the-state prison at San - Quentln. Judge Warren Stockton sentenced Moore on the'two felony counts^the terms t(f run concurrently. "Vietmxof the-forgery -was C. L.-Tomerlhvone of the owners of Bakersfield Inn.- * "Dear Ruth" Performance Describe^ as Hilarious, Choice Entertainment By MAE SATJNDERS .California -.Polytechnic , (San Luis Otoispo. College at "He showe4rpiize-winningr livestock . at both stock Showf^field in .Sair "Francisco" - and the - Great' - Western , Livestock 'Bhbw in Los Angeles. In the latter isfiow, his , ^ adjudged -Deserve"- "grand 'ch'arnploif for alTbreetfs. "•'- ' '- ' -UMTFS 'COAV.STOLEN . • JU E. -Martln j rep6rted to the sher- Iff's office that a. lady's. coat, valued at ."$65, had heen stolen from his '.parked 'automobile' in front; of his .home at 2970 'Edison Highway-- late JBundajr night. '. . - - ~ •'Dear Ruth." Norman Krasna comedy, as presented here by, Bakersfield Community Theater players, can be recommended 1 as hilarious entertainment. Repeating tonipht and Wednesday at the ^"Washington School" auditorium, the • play offers good fnit, managed expertly by a cast, well-aware of -lighter comedy accents...' '- * "-''*' - — Directed, by Al Gregory, the play j has few flaws and the setting gives jit a professional mounting In keeping with the general, high quality of the production. ' Interest in "Ruth" ~ Interest in this comedy of'teen-age endeavor, to , manage a - postal ro- majice for her.sister, naturally cen- teflon ."Ruth," the, [sister- played here; by t Ca|feleen' Dyezi r and' on the teeif-age-T thjeat, of> t the ^household, Miriam, the'younger "sister.- a role taken the last lew days of rehearsal hy 1 Gloria. Henry Lamb. '. Probably .tKe jlatter had a Jittle jiiore sophis- "ticaiion. and mature IcharnV than one assocla'csvjrtth ,tlie 'role; of -Miriam, but.she replaced-wistfulness and in- tenslty>-'with robust energy *nd pixie merriment.- 3tllss Dyer .took fuii honors .in scenes allotted-her. -The rest of the comedy was mixed well-as to ingredients also"•with-Miss Dya: as "Ruth, at first puzzled and then touched, by the devotion of her new-found - swain, .one Lieutenant; William Seawright played by George-.Kyle; • Mr. Kyle: as the suitor whose ardor has heen stirred by letters 'tie* has deceived -overseas signeclr < 'Ruth*^' was- -an .'ideal * hero "lor the' frOthyl piece. '-: : j. ', ^\f,,; v ; " Rules'Interpreted^ I"' -- ". } . Pitted against .Albert,;- th'' tic "fiance of -Ruth, .Mr.- Joseph ,Davies -In ,the_- Albert ^gave ' interpretation o£/thelr"feud/ ^".^, { j;\ Older -."characters- in comedy" "too often "remain ; stodgy, but/Harlan'-S.* Mann s as ,judge, wtth<mt,'a. benc^in' the -family - circle, •fieliverei-parenr tal ..-qutps -and philosophical- .acceptance' of the amazing developments of his, daughter Miriam's- jriachinaxibfis with»a gay aplomb that fortlflq^the comedy 4n many scenes. ,- ! . , . ,, Playing opposite- lum"--wlt > hcompV tenfcontrol of scene also'was Gladys Cumpston -as the mother, ~ Edith WJlklns. Valgrle^ales-as.Marthai and Robert Lankardv as -JSergeant "Chuck" Vincent, as "the- romanjtic duo, were' also secure 3ri-roles : ,;that added validity: to ,, Frieda Stave and RoyT^rSta minor r».les as Dora,- thfe ; inaleC-. afi<l X The "next production^ the'tlieater, will hlf'The Hasty Hearf'-on iiarch* 10, 11.and 12. < -, < "• _' '-",'r j'v'-'l Names of 12 members- of _Jhe Greater Bakersfield "Chamber" o: Commerce who have been nominatec to-serve on _ the Board of "'Directors were made 'public this morning by Harold VWitham, chairman of the nominating committee. _ ''"The nominees are Claude' jSaker Dr. John Whiteneck, Robert Hackett Dr. 'Harry Lange, IL. R. Seaman William Brock, Jr., Louis Brandt Ernest McCoy, Dr. Charles '-Linfesty George Suman, Harold K. Fox ant Dr. W. C. Vilas. Six 'of the 12 wilKbe elected to serve on the boarS for a" three-year period during the "coming election-in January according to Mr. -Witham "Additional nominations may he macli by filing a petition with the secretary signed by 25 "members. ' Date for the .election has jiot been set, althdugh il -will be held sometime in January. Mr. Witham-stated tbat^the normal date for-elections is during November >or December, bu that elections .were postponed by thi membership because of the desire to allow the 455 new members Joining the chamber during the "Keep Bak ersfield Ahead" program to vote in tbe elections. Homes, Built Here intasTYear 4000 More Houses Are Urgently Needed by Bakersfield Area Metropolitan Bakei-sfield area has sprouted with 300 new homes during the past year and an equal number is now under construction, a survey shows. Every prospect points to another bottleneck in home-building, however, as several contractors in completing assignments have declared they will not-begin new con- strn^tion under, present soaring prices in materials! Other contractors, more optimis- ac, expect a leveling of prices "within a six month, period and they will attempt to "weather-^rice increases.. Estimates on increases in build-, ing. materials since ceiling prices went off several weeks ago range from '.15 to 331-3" per cent, dealers report. '. - . Prices Are Wild 'Prices are' wild," one lumber dealer said. .Only-'judicious buying is the solution, some maintain. Contractors are bypassing plaster at ?2.35 per sack, arid others are refusing to buy Douglas fir after an increase in price -of $27.50 per thousand feet. Some assert that eastern and inid- dlewestern dealers, are now bidding lumber prices up, as these yards have not had any materials for the last few years. ' Dealers predict, however, that sales of lumber at excessive costs will be slow and a leveling off is.certain. They expect, however, that prices will remain at approximately 15 per cent higher levels. Prices Still Rising Howard Nichols, general contractor with 46 homes on completion schedule by the end of the year of a 113 total laid out, reported today that southern California contractors expect present prices to be on the" upgrade for the next six-months and then a recession and gradual leveling off. He attended a meeting of 250 leading builders in southern California last week and reported that these men have shown a, remarkable accuracy in their predictions. They report prices will continue to go up for six months and will then go down to a 10 or 15 per cent above ceiling prices. "Substantial people in the building trade, both labor and .contractors, are attempting to keep prices down," Mr. Nichols reported. Sees Leveling Off Mr. Nichols is optimistic and thinks that building prices will level; off after a slight rise~for the next six months. "We do not expect to change our present policy and will keep present ceiling prices on our homes," Mr. Nichols said. "We expect to absorb rising costs up the last dime, and some' of the building- costs can " be absorbed through the efficiency of labor," he said. The FHA has notified contractors in Southern California if their building costsuhave been excessive in relation ' to ceiling prices, adjustments *oan be made in ceilings on the basis of furnished figures on costs. To Stop Construction Contractors who have completed some of the newest houses here have declared that they will not begin new construction now. Lumber dealers are acting judiciously in buying materials, refusing to load up with lumber at greatly inflated prices. Some have bought materials at slightly upped prices, but have refused materials with large mark-up. Consensus is that priorities will he maintained on building materials i for veteran housing. 4000 Homes Needed Bakersfield area before the war gained an average of 400 new homes a year to keep pace with growth here. Surveys made by the city' and county housing committee re-! veal that Bakersfield, at the begin- j ning of 194-6, was lacking 2000 homes | on a pre war basis. Construction during the past year has absorbed less than one-fourth of this backlog need, for homes. . Considering the growth of Bakersfield and the catching'up needed, it is estimated by some that between ,4000 and 5000 homes or rentals are' -wanted. Weatherman Sees loggyjj-uturfeHere m"qre-6g' 4 is tlie,predic _"Uon- off the- weatherman today, -who «aid -there, will be-'-only. brief clear Ings in' the' afternGons, 'Fog -wfl persist today, /Wednesday and Thurs iflay; a -condition eauesd-.by-jtnoist'ah. trapped in the" valley .hjra^high pres- " •sute system. , TFeath"&in>iLhe"' inbun ta.in area is srinny, and ' warm j'The maximum temperatme \Mi5nday., -was .57,. the^minnnum th^jmorningiwas 40 'and the maxhnujn forecast toda; IJS-.52 degrees. v _ ii 1 -;": ; ,»^Stores to Be Nights for YuIerPaJrons Chamber, of Com . ijtnerce rtoday - corrected^ a [announced „ list " of . evening «tore ( hours 'that -will -.he- observed ,fpr -the -shopping ^convenience,' pt Christmas Ihuyers. ^The-storesiwiiKbeldpen "this ISaturday,: and 'one" jThufsaay.'-'Fridays J and - L Saruf day of- • next • week, ' and Mostly to Growers . Freight rate boosts totaling a' possible ?1,360,000 for potatoes alone, in addition to hundreds of thousands of dollars .more for shipment of other Kerri-'agricultural commodities, will result from' railroad freight rate In- credses, approve^ Saturday by the Interstate Commerce Commission, Complete information on the new rate schedules for this area, which will-go into effect,the first of next year, has not yet been received. ;T.he 'spud shipments during the past .year- totaled 10,471,600 sacks, While shipments of grapes, cotton and other fruits and vegetable crops, all will feel the effect of the rate boosts. | Rise to Meet Costs According- to first reports, the i permanent increase, as authorized by ! the Interstate Commerce Commission to offset higher labor and operational costs, would amount to 20 per "cent for general freight and 15 per cent for agricultural products and livestock. Sidney B. Carnine, secretary-manager of Kern County Potato Grows- ers Association, said he understood that fruit and vegetables would be subjected to a maximum rate increase of 13 cents per 100 pounds. , In-addition, he said, there would be a looped- cent- Increase in special services, such'as.."icing refrigerator cars; a 25 per cent increase on' re- consignment, diversions and other items, while there would be no increase in demurrage charges. It was difficult to set any dollar and cents value on the rate boosts, Mr. Carnine said, until further information is received.. Details Lacking Other agricultural officials, as well as authorities, at the railroad offices here, pointed out that complete information on the rate increase in this area was still lacking. Of benefit to local shippers, who send produce to the eastern markets by rail, was the announcement that the I. C. C. had worked out an elaborate system of maximum increases to preserve competition on its pres-1 ent basis. These maximums apply i especially 011 long hauls. j It was pointed out here that these increases would be determined so that shippers to a certain market would pay proportionate increases, according to their distance from the market." ,It was also pointed out that the rate increase will mean higher consumer prices, shortly after the new rates go into effect on January 1. Basebal! Club Rejects Cleveland Indian Bid By WALT Directors of the Bakersfield Indians Association Monday night rejected the Cleveland Indians' proposal to renejiv the option on use of their franchisb for the 1947 baseball season. *^ A counter-offer was sent to the business manager of the Cleveland club, Jtudy Schaeffer, at Los Angeles.- All negotiations between Cleveland and the local association will be conducted from here by W r iley K. Peterson, president of ths Bakersfield Association. Would Return Scouts It was understood that Cleveland wanted to keep John Angel. Sr., and Willis Butler as scouts for southern and northern California, respectively, and Tony Governor as manager. The local association is not satisfied with the financial arrangement, and with the return of Angel and Butler to posts of authority over the local team. • It was also understood, however, that the Bakersfield Indians Associa- LITTLE tion wants to retain Tony Governor as manager. Mr. Schaeffer was in Bakersfield Monday with John' Angel, Sr., and made the Cleveland proposition to Mr. Peterson and Gerald Hay, secretary of the association here. 'Peterson and Hay presented the Cleveland proposal to the directors Monday night. Cleveland Holds Option Cleveland was granted the use of the local franchisejn 1946, and holds an option for the franchise during the 1947 and 1948 seasons. If Cleveland rejects Mr. Peterson's counter offer, it is possible that Cleveland will not be back next year. It has been reported, however, that there are several other major and minor league clubs vitally interested in starting negotiations with the association heue. In the meantime, an investigation is being made by a committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors on possible improvement of the Sam Lynn Park here. The committee will inspect the park Thursday. JUNIOR COLLEGE TO GET FIVE GARDNER FIELD BUILDINGS Senator William F. Knowland telegraphed officials of Kern tCounty Union High School district today that the Federal Works Agency had approved the transportation and remodeling of five buildings „from Gardner Field to the Bakersfield Junior College. According to Theron S. Taber, assistant superintendent in charge of "business affairs, four of the bupBings^willbe re-erected on tbe junior college campus, and one at the district's agricultural farm on Stine Road. The facilities to be provided by the buildings include classrooms, .library" reading space, veterans service rooms, a physics laboratory-and physical education space. Burglary Suspect Arrested With Loot Arrested Monday while attempting to sell" some $450 worth' of stolen goods, Earl Hays Tubbs, 26, was charged by BSkersfield policemen *with two-burglaries of Montgomery Ward and Company, 2624 Chester avenue, December 7 and 9. 'Tubbs was charged with the burglaries when three Bakersfield policemen caught him attempting to sell loot to a service station operator in Oildale. Tubbs was arraigned In Sixth Township Justice Court Monday afternoon on charges of burglary, and his bail was set at $3000. Police recovered ?450 worth of property stolen in the raid. Including two radios, an expensive camera, three suitcases and a number off-miscellaneous articles. Tubbs told investigators that a confederate, whose name Is being withheld, had left Bakersfield -with the remaining $50 in loot taken from, the store. Coroner's Inquest Held in Air Crash A coroner's inquest Into the death of Everett L. Bookout, 25-year-old amateur- pilot, "wha was killed instantly -when his cub airplane crashed f Sunday afternoon near his home near Pond, was conducted,this morning at Jones' Mortuary at Wasco, Coroner Norman. C. Houze reported. * "Bookout --was returning from a crosscountry flight to Fresno and Corcoran when the- crash occurred^ after he had circled the Pond home of--his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry- S."Bookout. He is,survived also by a, brother, Charles, who also witnessed the tragedy, and a • wife, E'oxie^who Tva'g waiting" at fhejKern County" Airport for her Juisband at" the'time of- the crash. County to Join Safety Program "The Best Present of All—Your Presence." ' | With that slogan as a keynote,, the National Safety Council has be-| gun a nation-wide campaign to check the huge annual Christmas holiday accident- toll. . In , co-brdtnation with . the campaign, a county-wide traffic safety meeting will be _ held Wednesday night in Room 117 of the Bakersfield Junior College building, in an effort to develop a comprehensive program of safety in Kern county. E. Raymond Cato, chief of the California Highway Patrol, will be principal speaker at the. meeting sponsored by the safety&committee of Kern County Chamber 7 of Commerce. "Statistics prove the .Christmas- New Tear's holiday season is the most hazardous single period of the year," declared A..W. Lingo, chairman of the county chamber safety committee. Casa Loma's Pet Porkers Grunt With Happiness The well-behaved hogs on small acreages In the Casa Lornu district were defended at a meeting of the Urban Development committee Monday evening and a. proposed county ordinance banning hogs will probably be redrafted to accomodate polite porkers. * I ' r J. W. VoorhieS presided at the session given over to the piotests from residents in the Casa Lcnna area who p'ointed out that the proposed ordinance would preclude pet pigs from peps and keep family larders bare of bacon. It was pointed out that 22 years ago when Casa Loma Acres was subdivided, -that residents bought plots from '4* to. 20 acres in that area for the express jpurpose of maintaining a garden and a limited amount of livestock. Spokesmen said that the area is also the home of many outstanding Future Farmers who -had annexed prizes at the Western Livestock Show. Surveys have shown that pigs, sheep, horses and other livestock kept in these areas are well- maintained and sanitary conditions prevail. Consensus was •? hat the proposed ordinance could be changed to include pet porkers and small quantities of livestock if properly maintained and at a proper distance from neighbors. The ordinance was drafted upon complaints from residents in Ford City near Taft. Two Bicycles Reported Stolen From Bike Rack Two junior high school school boys had to walk to school this morning instead of riding their bicycles, police records show. James Newman, 507 N street, and Jimmy Deputy, 2601 Q street, reported to the police department late Monday that their" bicycles, valued at ?10 each, ,had been -stolen from the Emerson School bike racks Monday afternoon. Railroad Commision Outlines "Procedure for Water Purchase The train whistle controversy, which has occupied the attention of city councilmen and railroad officials for nearly two months, was closed Monday night when-a proposed ordinance Ib ban the toots was defeated by a vote of 4 to 3. The matter was brought to a vole after representatives of the Santa Fe promised to moderate the nuisance. A-letter from the-secretary of the California Railroad Commission, outlining in a general way the steps which would have to bo taken to obtain an appraisal of holdings of the California Water Service Com"-' pany was read by City Attorney J. Kelly Steele. The council has been considering the-possibility of• acquir- •ingr-.the water company as a municipal utility and the letter was in reply to a query as to the procedure to be followed in having the state set a price on the property. The letter, although several p'agcs in length, gave no hint as to the probable cost of seeuringr an np-' praisal, but indicated that a great mass of information would be required by. the railroad commission and that the process would be long and tedious. The city, according to the letter, would be required to p;i>" costs of--the survey and inventory. Detailed Survey Needed The letter gave some idea of the s>:opf. of the proposed enterprise' by cit'i-p some, figures from a similar inventory-in Saci-urnonto. The inventory in that case, according to the.letter, filled nine bound volumes with a total of more than 2000 pages. Councilmen heard Mr. Stecle's report without comment. In an informal,conference preceding 'the regular council meeting:, railroad attorneys and officials reiterated previous arguments against the anti-whistle ordinance, and revealed that steps have already.been taken to modify the noise. Calvin H. Conron, representing the Santa Fe, said engineers have been instructed to "take it easy" when blowing whistles of steam ^locomotives. He said, however, that thus far no method has been found of moderating the tone of the air horns used on' diesels. The problem, however, is being given careful study by the rail-, road's-mechanical department and it was hoped that some way will be devised to modulate the horn's raucous bellow to a mild moo. Speed Questioned The question of train speeds within the city was then brought up by .Councilman flannel Carnakis. Superintendent E. B. Hebert, of the Santa Fe, said engineers were instructed to observe a speed limit o£ 20 miles per hour within the city, An emergency amended ordinance was approved which would elimEtiiite the 60-day waith)g%>eriod in granting permits to automobilo agencies handling new cars. A "request for the change was made in behalf of S. A. Camp and Charles Barrow, 1 who recently acquired the Bakersfield Garage and new-car agency. A resolution was approved vacating parts of Ehn, Beech, Jiyrtle, Spruce and .Pine streets between Sixteenth street and the Santa Fe- right-of-way. The council also adopted a resolution ratifying the charter amendment, passed in'.the election of November 5, under which the city is authorized to make an agreement with the county for operation o£ the. city health department. Mr. Carnakis then proposed an ordinance to lower the .speed to 10 miles per hour, hut the motion was voted down. . In the pre-meeting conference a Santa Fe attorney -suggested that the most effective safety measure would be to erect step signs at all railroad crossings, now unprotected Continued on Paes Nineteen High School District Buys Five New Buses to Meet Enrollment Increase Purchase of five school buses to accommodate the increasing enrollment .in the district was authorized by the-board of trustees of Kern County Union High School district following the opening of the lone hid received for the equipment Monday night, , • The-iid^waa from the Southers Garage and" waa for Whits buses. Busses approved for purchase included " one 48-passenger bus at S9563.50, one 37-passenger bus at $$314.50 and three 73-passenger buses, the three totaling $56,743.95. J. Harold 'Panly, district supervisor of school - bus - transportation; explained the necessity for the new equipment, some 'of which "will replace older buses now in use. Approximately . 600 more students are being, transported this year than last, Mr. Pauly reported. The buses are' expected to be delivered by December of 1947. The boarrd authorized the operation of. ground school training In conjunction • with the district avia- tionyeducation-program. The ground school classes "Will have veteran en- iollmeait "chiefly, according to District-Superintendent T. L. McCuen. . Approval was given for the purchase of a caterpillar D-2 type of tractor'."for" tne Shatter High School £ffericaltural laboratory. Bids for the transportation of. Gardner Field buildings to tha Bakersj|fel4 High School-Junior College campus and to Shafter High School were taken under advisement. The ., buildings •will be used to alleviate crowded conditions on the campuses. The board approved an inter-district attendance agreement with the San Bernardino Valley Junior College District for the current school year. There is no tuition payment involved. Resignation of Jesse D. Stockton, Bakersfield High School history" teacher, was accepted with expressions* of regret and appreciation for his service with the district. Mr. Stockton is the superintendent of Kern county schools, and will take office January 6. Mrs. Ruth Evelyn Rhoads was employed as ~a.' school -- nurse for Shafter and MeFarlancTHigh Schools on a two-fifths time basis at a salary of $1040,. pro-rated -from Novem- 18. Mrs::-Mary; Dodd and Burr L. Scofield were %naployed"as substitute teachers-for Bakerafield High Schol at $11.00 ne'r teaching, day. The 1946-47 contract'* of Harold Pierce, Burroughs j High School, -was increased by.$15(Kfbr coaching football, basketball ana.-track. ' Resignation of Miss Dorothy Mary Bitner, "Bake^sSeM"''Hlgh School Junior College teacher, was accepted with sincere regrets. Miss Bitner will terminate" her "employment at Jhe doss g£ ihe-sa Shriners to Hoi Annual Dinner The annual- Kern County Shrine Club dinner and meeting will be held at 7 p. m. Wednesday in the Masonic temple, at-which time nobles will be accepted into the membership, according to Oran W. Palmer, president. The dinner will be served by the Shrine service t group. In reviewing the activities of the club during the past year, Air. Pal- Oran W. Palmer nier pointed out that the Shrine Rheumatic Fever Diagnostic Clime had been made a reality through, proceeds • received from, the annual Shrine charity-.circus. During the week of the circus, he recalled, a Shrine ceremonial and parade was conducted here by Al Malaikah Shrine Temple of Los Angeles, directed by .Potentate Vierling 1 Kersey. la addition, Mr. Palmer said, uniformed bodies^ of Ballut Abyad Shrine templlr- of Albuquerque, N. M,. were entertainied here. Potentate Kersey has proclaimed that the Kern county club is one of the outstanding Shrine organizations in southern 'California, Mr. Palmer said. He added that the membership of the local club has been ^creased by 40 per ceiy,,during

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