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MIAMI DAILY NEWS 3i Associated Press, United Press. International News ZerviceJh New York Times Wire THE WEATHER Partly cloudy with lltUs change In temperature today ajid'Tuesday. Moderate southeast winds. Temperature, 11 a. 78.


"1 3, 1947 Enter) KcennA Claae Matter, at (ha Poatofflce. Miami. Fla. FIVE CENTS in lmj 1 kJ Inquest To Be Held In Air Death Of Five Investigation Will Seek Cause Of Collision Of Private Planes An inquest into the plane-crash deaths of five persons 125,000 Viewed Miami's 3-Day Air Maneuvers 10,000 Aviators, 3,500 Planes Were Here For Show Probe launched Into Disaster That Killed 18 Radio Beam From Winston-Salem Not In Operation GALAX. Va, Jan.

IX CJ1) jfr I at Miami Aviation Center airport yesterday just a few hundred feet from lines of holiday traffic was to be scheduled today by Constable W. M. Hudson. A Ojj Miami Daily Nwa photo by dander charter boats pass in review. At her side as she sits enthroned aboard the coast guard cutter Tampa is H.

H. Hyman, general chairman of the tourney. FISHING QUEEN OPENS TOURNAMENT With a regal wave of her hand, 16-year-old Steevie Neeson, queen of the Metropolitan Miami Fishing tournament, opens the 99-day contest as gaily-decorated" private and 260 Parading Boats Open Annual Fishing Tourney Beautiful Girls Adorn Sleek Yachts in 1 More Traffic Changes Made Bus Riders Complain Of Extra Walkinj Second section changes in the new traffic plan drfcwn Up by City Traffic Earl J. Reeder to relieve congestion In the crowded downtown areas were in effect today following the banning Saturday of all parking along Flagler st. at all hours from the Florida East Coast tracks at W.

First ave. to Biscayne blvd. The second section of traffic changes of which started yesterday. Involved the shifting of only one bus route. No.

25, which was taken off Flagler st. entirely. Institution of the new skip-stop system for busses entering the 1 downtown section along Flagler and leaving by S. First st4 however, was causing: complaints on the part of bus riders who found themselves com-; pelled to walk extra distances in order to make their transfers. Complaints also were still being heard on the part of Miami Beach, Coral Gables and South Miami bus riders.

Terminals for these routes Involved in last week's changes, were shifted from Flagler st. SE (Turn rut S-At Bt'S a As Skippers Vie For By MILT SOSIN (Mliml Dally Newa Staff Wrlfrr) The sleek contours of private and'eharter fishing boats vied with the curved of the mermaids aboard them yesterday in the regatta marking the opening of Metropolitan v. Two hundred and sixtv ed for prizes, and an estimated 2,000 persons were aboard the yachts, private and charter cruisers, sightseeing boats By WILLIAM BAGGS (Miami Dally Mew Staff Writer) Approximately 3,500 planes and 10,000 airmen were leaving Miami today after witnessing or-partici pating in the biggest show in the history of aviation the All American Air Maneuvers of 1947. An estimated Ktowd of 90,000 jammed the grandstand area, the roads around huge Master airport, or parked their cars in nearby lots to see the third and final spectacle yesterday. Show officials said the 90,000 figure hiked the total for the three-day classic to 125,000 attendance.

Some 40,000 in the main grandstand saw little Paul Penrose of Venice, Cat. race home first in his blue P-51 Mustang to capture the Royce Chalmers Memorial trophy and $4,500 prize money of the All-American Classic. Classic Proves Thriller As the last event of the show, the $10,000 classic proved to be a real thriller. Spectators could see the eight contesting planes from the time they made their race horse start just south of the grandstand until they whipped across the finish line. The closed course race had been so laid out that the planes were visible on each leg lap, even as they speeded some seven miles west of the airport just on the horizon.

Charles Walling of Houston, provided the crowd with a thrill as he pressed Penrose on the final course run. Walling, who flew souped up P-38, captured second prize money of $2,500 and the R. Evans trophy. Penrose, who stands only five feet and five inches, raced his plane to average 307 miles per hour. Walling averaged 304 m.p.h.

Bruce Raymond Hammond, Ind, placed third in 'the Tace to win $1,500 and the Hialeah trophy Raymond flew a P-51 and was clocked at 302 mph for the entire race. Steve Wittman of Oshkosh, Wis, was fourth in a Bell P-63 at 2S4 mph, winning $1,000. Kim Ecribner, Miami PAA pilot, flew his borrowed P-38 to take fifth place and $500 prize -money. Seribner own; plane had been out of the race since last Wednesday when he developed engine 'trouble on a test flight and was unable to make repairs In time for -yester day's classic Howard Defends Title Earlier. Bevo Howard from Orangeburg, S.

successfully de fended his title in winning the In ternational Acrobatic contest Famed as stuntman, Howard received 134 points from the judges. Wooddy Edmonson of Lynchburg, Va, took second place in the contest with 87 points and Jess Bris- tow of Miami Shores placed third with 68 points. Among the highlights of the five- hour show was the navy's intro duction for the first time in public of its spectacular twin-Jet. carrier-based McDonnell Phantom. Piloted by Lt Cmodr.

William W. Kelly of Newcastle, the plane performed aerial maneuvers at speeds approximating 550 miles per hour. A showing of the Bell 47-B helicopter also captured much interest from the huge crowd. The two-place plane, flying 100 mph past the grandstand, is now in mass production. Bell officials said.

Army and navy participation In the colorful show also drew much comment from the crowd. Both shows featured high speed formation flying and team maneuvers. Twenty-four fighters, and fighter-bombers of Miami's own nava lair reserve unit at Opa-locka starred in the navy show. The planes dived at 500 mph right in front of the grandstand area and made flight maneuvers in close formation. Naval authorities said that the reserve units had presented the difficult maneuvers without any previous team practice.

MIAMI'S OWN NEWS A by ly ta of to on IP WIrephoto STEWARDESS DIES IN PLANE CRASH Stewardess Mary McDermott above, was one of 18 killed in the crash of an EAL plane yesterday near Galax, Va. A Miami resident of 71 NW 31st st for the past four years, she recently had been transferred to Jacksonville. She was the niece of Jack Harding, Miami University football coach, of 3702 Toledo st. Coral Gables. Bilbo Jokes As He Awaits Operation NE WORLEANS, La, Jan.

13. (P) Jesting about the different slants from which his physicians and his opponents want to "cut my throat" Sen. Theodore G. Bilbo of Mississippi faced his second operation within five months today or tomorrow to halt the ravages of a malignancy in his mouth. Bedecked in sky blue pajamas and a red robe, the senator joked with Internes at Touro infirmary, where he was admitted yesterday.

Visitor's Death Believed Suicide A 73-year-old visitor from the Bronx. N. was believed a suicide today by Miami police investigating his death by banging at his borne, 1228 Pennsylvania ave. Officers said that the man, William Katz, was discovered by his daughter, Celia Dane, yesterday afternoon. Earlier, she told them, Katz had told her that he believed his arthritis to be incurable and that "life held little" for him.

plane burned for nearly an hour, but fuel in another tank was salvaged and used, in rationed dribbles, to give survivors some degree of warmth and to provide a smoking signal fire for search planes. The discovery plane dropped packages of blankets, clothing, whisky, drugs, fuel, food and miscellaneous survival gear. It also dropped flags and dye markers at intervals to guide the men to the Two light planes, Hudson said, a Stinson and an Aeronca, collided In mid-air just over landing air strips killing Muriel Owens, 42, New York theatrical producer, Viola A. Lindner, 46, her guest, Mr. and Mrs.

James W. Allen. 415 W. Ninth st. Palm Beach, and Wil liam R.

Irvine, 29, 269 NE 79th st Airport officials reported that Miss Owens' plane had the right of way as it came in for a landing on a north-south runway. Tne Al len plane, they said, was landing against a red light on an east-west runway and pilots of both planes pulled them up a split second after they saw the impending collision. Both planes were virtually de molished from the impact which hurtled them 300 feet apart as they dropped near the center of the field at 12301 Biscayne blvd. They barely missed falling into some of the 500 planes parked on the field. Miss Owens was described as a comDetent nilot" who had been flying for some years.

She was in Miami visiting her father, Albert C. Asche, 2104 NW First ter and Mrs. Lindner, of Valley Stream, N. was her house guest Allen had been a licensed pilot since last July. Bodies of all five of the victims were taken to the Flagler Funeral Home to await completion of funeral arrangements.

Athens, Tenn. Vet Regime Brealdng Uj ATHENS, Tenn, Jan. 13. (JP Two McMinn county officials, members of an ex Gl-bipartisan slate which swept last summer's turbulent county election, had refused today to resign in an apparent controversy with some of their own running mates. Immediate cause of the breach was an open letter wheih the two two others asserting that "we abolished one machine only to replace it wit hanother and more powerful one in the making." Circuit Court Clerk W.

E. Ham-by and Trustee Frank Carmichael, both Democrats, said yesterday "we will not be forced out of office or retract any part of the open letter we signed last Friday." Their statement was in answer 'o a request for their resignations from Chief Deputy Sheriff Otto Kennedy, a Republican leader who played a major part in the successful campaign to overthrow the Incumbent Paul Cantrell Democratic administration. brushed a peak of snow and ice but remained airborne only to ex- olode. scattering fragments and men over 100 yards of the frozen waste. Visibility had suddenly faded on that Dec.

30 photo mission, they related; earth and sky had merged into a dull white mass, with no visible horizon. The accident came just as the copilot Lt (jg) William H. Kearns, jr, of Boston, turned to return to the Pine Island. Five of the si xrescued men suf- feerd minor injuries; the sixth, the pilot, Lt (jg) Ralph Paul LeBlanc ofMartinsville, La, was more se verelv hurt He was drawn on a sled as the group followed a trail blazed by the discovery plane to oien water- eight miles away. It was there that a second seaplane landed yesterday to pick them up.

The group, in addition to Captain Caldwell. Pilot LeBlanc and Kearns, included: James Haskins Robbins, aviation radioman third class, San Diego, William a H. Warr, aviation machinist's mate, second class, Vu and Owen Mc- Carty, chief photographer's mate, Sonoma, Cal. The dead: Ens. Maxwell A.

Lo pez, Newport R. I. Frederick Warren Williams, avi ation machinist's mate, first class, Huntington, Tenn. The fact the survivors huddled grimly in the wreckage, as in structed, was reported a major factor in their eventual rescue. The search was concentrated upon the known course their plane was to have eovered in its photo and mapping mission.

Lopez and Henderson were dead when found. Williams, thrown from the wreckage, died- two heurs ater of multiple injuries. Gasoline in one section of the What part if any. that an "in operative radio beacon" played im the crash of an Eastern Airlines passenger plane near here with the loss of 18 lives may be learned today as the company and the civil aeronautics board launched investigations. The big liner, Miami bound from Detroit, plunged to earth and burned around 1:45 a.

m. Sunday on a rain-swept hill about 19 miles west of here. Only one of the 19 persons aboard survived the terrific impact and subsequent fire. CAB investigators examined the blackened wreckage for clues to the a I ent's cause and Wash- VII IC1B4S said public hearings would follow immediately. The lone survivor was William Ellis Keyes, 25, of Boyn-ton.

Fla, who was pulled from the twisted wreckage by two rescuers who ripped a seat from the flaming fuselage and dragged him to safety. Capt Eddie Rickenbacker, the president and general manager of the airlines, said in Miami that the plane was 60 miles off its course when it crahsed. The civil aeronautics authority, he said, messaged at 2:30 a. about 45 minutes after the plane went down-rthat the airways radio. beacon at Winston-Salem.

N. was not operating. The big DC-3 plane, flight 665 or the line, was due at Winston-Salem, its next atop, at 1:23 a. m. Tried To Reach Plane Rickenbacker said he did not know how long the airways beacon had been inoperative but added, that "our station at Charlotte attempted to reach the plane at 1:33 a.

m. to tell the crew that the range modulation of the airway beacon was unsatisfactory." "It appears to us that there was some connection between the inoperative radio beacon and the fact that the plane crashed off its course." he said. In Washington, a CAA spokesman said the CAA was monitoring the range during the early morning hours yesterday and that it was getting weak signals which failed altogether at 1:55 a. m. He said this range was taken over from the army recently and the CAA had not had a chance ts check it If the power fails, he added, there is no standby power available.

He said he did not know how long the signals were off Sunday morning but when maintenance men checked it at 2:45 a. m. it was functioning. Plane Shears Trees The big plane, en route from Detroit sheared off the tops of trees for 500 yards. The wings were ripped off and the fuselage came to rest against a muddy fill, only a stone's throw from the north-south highway.

The list of those aboard the released by Miami's EAL office: The crew: Captain H. XL askew, Jacksonville, Pilot J. J. Canepa, whose wife, Mildred, was waiting for a telephone call fron him in Vineland. N.

when she heard of his death; and Steward- ess Mary McDermott of Jackson- the capital as crew members pre- pared for the 1 trip. The flight was expected to take 11 hours unless favoring tailwinds decrease the estimated time. Tb ships were scehduled to take a dogleg course covering Atlanta, Spartanburg, S. Charlotte, Raleigh, and swinging out over the Atlantic near Richmond to drop the dummy bomb on a water target Although plans call for the drone to make the trip entirely under the control of the accompanying ship and ground equipment a standby crew will be aboard in case a flight emergency makes a landing necessary. To date, no mother ship has landed a drone or taken it up.

That job is assigned to ground crew with equipment similar to that aboard the control bomber. However, it can only direct the drone when it is visible to it and, if landings are necessary on long flights they must be performed mannually. V' Canepa Tourney Prizes boats narticioated and contest Winter Keeps Icy Grip On New England NEW YORK, Jan. 13. (fl) No prolonged wintry weather was In prospect for the northeastern sec tion of the United States today.

While temperatures were due to rise in some sections, snow was predicted to follow, nl other sec tions, a cold wave was expected to move in. Northern New York and sections Inland New England states were beset by sub-zero temperatures which moved in with a cold mass of air that swept eastward along the Canadian border. Another cold mass was movln ginto Montana from Canada, causing the temperature to drop from 34 yesterday aft ernoon to seven above today at Havre, Mont. This mass was expected to move southeastward, encountering a low pressure area moving northeastward from Colorado and Wyoming. As the two ar Imasses meet, snow was predicted, with heaviest falls expected today in Minnesota, upper Michigan adn Wisconsin areas al ready covered by a snow blanket ranging from four to 18 inches.

Light drizzling rain fell in some sections of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin early today, sometimes accompanied by freezing temperatures which made driving hazardous. Temperatures of 40 degrees were expected to last for 24 hours in Chicago, followed by a drop tomorrow. Showdown Wears In Georgia Fight Legislature Meets To Vote Tomorrow ATLANTA, Jan. 13. (UP) legislature definitely on a hot spot convened today to decide whether a Talmadge dynasty shall be established in Georgia.

'Turbulent Eugene Talmadge died last month just 23 days before he was to take the governorship he won by hitting hard a primary campaign theme of "white suprem acy. He promised to restore 'white primaries. On Christmas eve, next day after Ole Gene" was buried, the old campaigner's lieutenants opened three-weeks drive to have the leg' islature elect his son and campaign manager, Herman Talmadge, to the post he helped his father win. Sometime tomorrow, when a well buttonholed assembly votes on the question, the Talmadge faction will make Its supreme effort to forge the link between father and son. But Melvyn E.

Thompson, who claims the office automatic succession immediate after he is confirmed by the as sembly, declared today 160 legislators had pledged to vote against the Talmadge bid. and 129 votes Tm B-At OEOKtilA) Paraguay Plot Nipped By Morinigo ASUNCION, Paraguay, Jan. 13. The Paraguayan govern ment press office announced today that President Higinio Morinigo had assumed command of the armed forces and declared a 30-day state of siege after the discovery a plot to overthrow his regime. Greece Denies Charge Straits Are Mined aiMYtel Th Miami Ily News Ana im new mm nmnr ATHENS, Greece, Jan.

13-A1 banian allegations that Greeks may have laid mines in Corfu straits were authoritatively stated today be baseless. The charges were held to be a part of a systematic and intense application of the "smear technique not only in Albania but air Slavic bloc countries the eve of the United Nations investigating committee's arrival. BEHIND THE NEWS Six Rescued Antarctic Fliers Tell How They Survived Mountain Crackup and outboard craft. Prize for -the most strikingly decorated boat in the charter class went to Stormy Petrel HI, of Miami Beach, skippered by Tom Clifford, motif of which included a teom of three butterflies being driven by a bevy of charmers. Second place in that class went to the Melody, a Miami charter boat ownedo by S.

C. Loveland; third place went to Playmate, Miami Beach, Eddie Wall, owner; fourth. Flying Fish, Pier 5, Miami, owned by V. H. and fifth.

Gulf Stream, Miami Beach, owned by Harry A. Kelly. Gull Kiss Honored In the private class, Theodore Gulkis of the Miami Power Squad ron took first place with his Gull Kiss, which was decorated with pink shells and girl driving fish; Lynn Logan's Lyndy Lu took sec ond; Annie Laurie owned by Com modore V. P. Warren and skippered by A.

E. Brown, placed third; the Bronwie, owned by Bruce Mcintosh, fourth, and Jo seph Haigh's Jo-Vera fifth. In the charter class cash prizes and plaques were awarded for the first two places and cash prizes for the remainder. In the private class, bronze bulkhead plaques were presented. The Chieftain, floating clubhouse of the Fisherman's Yacht club, won a special prize for its representa tion of a pirate ship.

Horrendous creatures with cutlasses took vicious swipes at fair maidens as the boat passed the review boat, the coast guard cutter Tampa, and 'bodies" bung from the "yard- arms. Chairman of the committee of judges was Edison Kipp. Assisting him in the task of picking the prize winners were George Coffin, Wil- Iard Webb, Harrison McCready, William N. Mansfield, Lysle Fesler, I Taylor, Frank O'Brien, Vivion Rutherford, Leon Jenkins, Kenneth Burritt, Howell Sayre and AI Pflue- ger. li.

H. Hyman is general chair man of the tournament. Distinguished Observers Aboard the Tampa, which was tied up at the Florida Power Light docks at the east end of the Mac Arthur causeway were vcity and county officials, including Mayor Perrine Palmer, of Miami, who placed a crown on the brow of Steevie Neeson, 16-year- old fishing queen, at the start of the ceremonies, and Mayor Herbert Frink of Miami, Beach, who draped her court robe about her shoulders. Miss Neeson was in a (Tom to Page 8-A: REGATTA) Oil Stove Snapped Up Thru One-Day News Ad OIL BTOVE. Florene 3-burncr.

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shore, where a rescue plane could k-ille, Fla, who changed trips at land. 1 Tnrn to Tut -A: rUM Army Drone Ship To Start Florida-Washington Trip Three Girl Quads Survive By ALTON BLAKESLEE (Aaaoeiated Preaa Staff Correspondent) ABOARD U. S. S. MT.

OLYM PUS, Jan. 13 Surviving two weeks huddled in the of their crashed seaplane in ice-piled Ells worth land, six of the Byrd Ant arctic expedition's nine missing fliers rested In warm bunks aboard their mother ship today. Their near-miraculous rescue. after blinding polar fogs had balked repeated search attempts, touched off' wild celebrations aboard ships of -the navy task force but their three companions weer listed as dead. Aboard the seaplane tender Pine Island whose skipper, Capt Henry H.

Caldwell, was one of the rescued men the survivors told how their Mariner photo plane had Cabin Birth oldest of the quads, weighed six and a quarter pounds. Ruby and Dilly weighed half-a-pound less. Dr' a naturopathic physician, answered the "frantic call" of a neighbor to the mountain' cabin several miles northeast of here. He found Mrs. Moore, "in a toxic condition" and with blood pressure up to 240, lying on a bare straw mattress.

Mrs. Johnston, a registered nurse rounded up buckets from a neighbor's house to heat water because there were no cooking pots at the Moore's cabin. But Mrs. Moore, who weighs only 100 pounds, just "gritted her teeth and didn't even say "boo' during the delivery," Dr. Johnston said.

ELGIN FIELD, Fla, Jan. 13. C.V) An army B-17 drone plane. acompanied by a mother ship, was scheduled to take off from here today on a non-stop flight to Washington, without a pilot's hand touching the controls at any time during the trip. The drone, to be controlled from the accompanying ship, will drep a dummy bomb in the ocean off Richmond, Va, in demonstration of the feasibility of bombing missions carried out by pilotless aircraft It will be the first such experi ment to be carried out within the continental limits of the United States'.

Newspaper men and radio corre spondents will travel on the drone and mother ship, and network broadcasts were planned as the bombers circled Washington. Favorable weather conditions were predicted between here ana After Lonely CHATTANOOGA, Jan. 13. (JPy Three baby girls, survivors of a quadruplet birth in a Suck Creek mountain cabin beneath the steady glare of their father's mining lamp, were given a good chance today, to" live. "Dawggone," and a low whistle constituted the brief but fervent reaction of Jess Moore, coal mine mule driver, when Dr.

Tom Johnston told him of the delivery of the quads, one stillborn, to Mrs. Moore. The mother was resting comfortably and the' babies were under care at a Sequatchie, Tenn, clinic Her other five children alept throughout the 51-minute delivery early Sunday in the same room. Jessica, born at 12:55 a. m.

and TOO PLEASANT Miamians and visitors alike have been pleased with the local weather bureau thia winter. The days have been warm, the sun bright and nature is smiling. Not so, however, the wood lot operators. They have cords and cords of firewood and so far have been unable to sell any. Unless a chilly snap comes along soon, the season will be a total loss for them.

SILENCE A prisoner, arraigned in criminal court on an auto embezzlement charge, entered a plea of not guilty. His attorney then advised the court that the auto in question had been returned td the owner without damage of any sort. At this poin he aorny was compiled to turn and silence his client, who had started to explain that he hadn't even driven the car out of the city. BAGGED SHOW The Deering estate on Miami ave. is, as' any traveler will concede, one of the show places of the United States.

With its acres of well-landscaped tropical grounds it is something all the visitors like to see. But weeds outside the walls have grown five and six feet tall. The city concedes it is the municipality job to cut the weeds, but the estate has borne that expense previously. Now no one has gotten around to doing it..

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