NEWS-HERALD, Panama City, Fla., Sunday, February Jl, l»7t ^^^^ SHINE, ANYONE? — Vietnamese woman shines shoes for some of the dwindling numbers of Ameri can troops in the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, compound at Pleku. (UPI) Dixie CameUias In Full Bloom By LOUIS CASSELS CHARLESTON, S.C, (UPI) The camellia, an Oriental flower named for a Jesuit missionary who never saw one, now ii in full bloom in southern gardens. Many gardeners and florists think the camellia's delicate blossoms surpass even orchids and roses in beauty. It !• a member of the same botanical family as the tea bush and the first specimens were brought to America from the Client In the 18th century by ti|bders who hoped to establish tea plantations in coastal Carolina. There is evidence that wily Chinese, determined to keep their lucrative tea monopolyi sold the ornamental floral species of the plant to traders who thought they were buying the kind of tea plant whose leaves, infused in hot water, produced the world's favorite beverage. If this story Is true. It was a most felicitous swindle. When the "tea plants" were set out In Occidental gardens, they yielded, instead of tea leaves, profusion of white, pink and red flowers of exquisite beauty. Tile Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus, who never laid eyes on a Camellia named the flowering plant in honor of George Joieph Kamel, a Jesuit mlMtamry to the I>hnippines> who never saw one either. Tba flrit oameUias broufl^ to the utatted States were planted in 1TB7 in the gardme of Middleton Place Plantation near Charlestoii. Three of the original plants—now the size of trees—etui flouriBh and may be seen by visitors to the gardens wihoh are open ta the pubUe The nearby Magnolia Gardens also have nuure than 1,000 varieties of oameDies. Although the first eamellta Importations came from China, the opening of U.S. trade with Japan in 1859 marked the beginning of a new era camellia culture in America. The Japanese, vvho call the plant Tsubaki, had developed scorsi of naagnificent varieties, ranging in color bom white through riiades of pink to deep red. These flowers, known collectively as CameUia Japonicas, or Japanese camellias now are the dominant yarietias in U.S. gardens. Unlike many floral plants, camellias bkxnn h the whiter. The flowering season begins before Christmas, reaches its peak in January or February, and ends by early spring. Camellias can be grown in greenhouses in almost any part of America. They grow in outdoor gardens mainly in the South and in the warmer sections of California. In protected situations, cameDias may survive as far north as Long Island. But they rarely produce many blooms above the Mason-Dixon line. And they still thrive best in the area where ttiey first were planted in America —coastal Carolina. For years, flower breeders' have tried to develop hew varieties of camellias that would extend theh- natiu:al color range Into the blue and yellow portions of the spectrum. These efforts so far have produced only spotty and uncertain results. H a yellow camellia were to bloom in any U.S. garden this year, it would be sensational news throughout the flower world. But breeders have been successful in turning out scores of new varieties of camellias bearing white, pink, salmon- colored, red or combined red- and-white or pinlc-and-white blossoms. Among those hardy enough to survive outdoors in southern gardens a popular favorite is the famous Alba Plena, a double white which was one of the first varieties brought here from China. Another perennial favorite is Pink Perfection, a prolific bearer of small pink blossoms. Other widely-favored camellias include Lady Kay, which produces red-and-white blooms; Jennie MiUs, a silvery pink which verges on lavender and comes about as close to the long-sought blue tone as hor ticulturists have managed to get; and Lady Clare, a hardy bloomer with a long season. Its semi-double red blossoms are often used by florists in corsages. The camellias usually seen in home gardens are bush-sized plants, but some varieties attain heights up to 30 feet. A few of the most venerable plants in Charleston gardens tower above 50 feet. Llifortimately, relatively few tourists see Southern camellias at their peak. Under the mistaken impression that azaleas are the chief glory of Southern gardens, they wait until late March or early April to make floral pilgrimages to the South. And by that time- even though the azaleas egre indeed magnificent —the camellias have about finished blooming for the year. Ancient Feud Again Haunts Armenians SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (UPI) -A bizarre reprise of a centuries-old blood feud—two murders set motion by the dead hand of a Turkish .sultan- comes up for a pre-trial hearing Feb. 16. The two dead men were Turkish diplomats, their accused killer an Armenian. The hand guiding the trigger which fired the shots fired in cottage No. ?, of the Biltmore Hotel was Sultan Abdu-i-Hamid II—"Abdu the Damned" whd, 78 years ago prompted fanatical muslim Turks to begin a progrom against the Christian Armenians, a slaughter taking thousands of lives. The story begins the night of Jan. 27 when Ruth Warwick, a hotel telephone operator answered the buzzing line from cottage No. 3, and heard the caller say: "Call the sheriff, I have just killed two men. Deputies found a barely touched luncheon and three men—one dead, one dying and one alive and unhurt, the alleged caller, Gourgen M. Yanikian, a 77-year-old Armenian-born land developer and author, with a varied background. The men he is accused of assassinating were Metimet Baydar, 49, the Consul General of Turkey in Los Angeles, and Baydar's chief aide, Bahdir Demira, a 30-year-old on his first foreign diplomatic assignment. Both shot as they sat down to lunch. A spokesman for the Turkish consulate said the two diplomats had been lured to the cottage by a promise from Yanikian to give them a valuable oil painting of a woman, stolen from the palace of the Sultan of Turkey more than 100 years ago. Yanikian had called the consulate, said he had obtained the painting and wished to make a gift of it to the Turkish nation, the spokesman said. He said Yanikian insisted that the consul general himself pick up the painting. Since Baydar did not know how to drive, Demir drove him to Santa Barbara. FLIRTATION — John Kirkland portrays Will, the stern, silent sheriff in Kaleidoscope Theatre's next presentation, a comedy, Bus Stop. Lois Carter is the seductive showgirl being kid- iiapped by the amorous cowboy in the play showing the weekend of March 2, F'riday and Saturday nights at 8 and at a matinee Stinday, March ,4 at 2 p.m. 'Bus Stop Launches Season Kaleidoscope Theatre launches its 1973 theatre season with Bus Stop, a comedy in three acts by William Inge. The play concerning the lives of eight people trapped during a snow storm in a small-town diner in Kansas, opens Friday, March 2, at the Panama City Beach Civic Center, for a' three-day run. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. The second and third performances win be Saturday, March 3, again at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 4, there will be a matinee at 2 p.m. The cast includes several previously seen in Kaleidoscope productions, plus a num ber of newcomers. Leila Brandon, who appeared in the title role of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, will play the diner's manager, Grace, a lonely widow with an eye for the gentlemen. Charles McCall, another cast member, recently played Jonathan Harkcr in Dracula. Michael Mauldin, who directed Dracula, and has appeared in Kaleidoscope's Bell, Book and Candle and Plaza Suite, portrays Dr. Lyman, a much-married college professor gradually going to pot. Cast members new to Kaleidoscope Theatre include Lois Carter who plays Cherie. a showgirl hemg kidnapped by the amorous cowboy; John Kirkland as Will, the stem, silent sheriff; Jim Whitehead as Carl, the 'bus driver; Terri Olson as Elma, a naive waitress; and Joe Whitten, who plays Virgil, Bo's protector, an aging cowboy whose usefulness is over once Bo and Cherie decide to marry. The play is being directed by Charles Wilson. Tickets will be available at the box office on the evenings of each performance. For reserve tickets, call the Panama City Beach Civic Center at 234-5065, Charles Wilson at 7636878 or Helen Daniel at 763^79. Pilot Ousted After Balking At Bombings NEW YORK (UPD-An Air Force B52 bomber pilot, vvho balked at flyhig further bombing missions over North Vietnam, has been discharged his American Civil Liberties Union lawyer said Saturday. The lawyer, Marvin M. Karpatkin. said reliable "sources in the Air Force" told him Thursday that Capt Michael J, Heck, 803, had been granted an "other than honorable discharge." Karpatkin said he caHed Heck in Thailand and told him and Heck was "dizzy with the news." Although Karpatkin said "we are grateful that tiis Air Force was wise enough to let him out and not go through the charade of a court-martial," he added they intended to challange the discharge. The lawyer called the less than honorable discharge was "the least favorable action" that could be rendered without a court-martial. "In effect, it labels a person as quilty of personal, professional or moral dereliction," Karpatkin said. He said it was undecided whether they would appeal ttie discharge within the Military or go into a civilian court. Heck had been charged by the Air Force of refusing to fly a Deo. 27 bombhig mission over North Vietoam. The officer applied for a honorable discharge, but Karpatkin said it was refused. 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