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I MIAMI DAILY NEWS SECOND SECTION STATE NEWS SPORTS MIAMI 30. FLA., WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 8, I94S , Wft rmm Beaefe Boreas 670 furl f.aaaVr4ala KtMi 2414 By CARLTON MONTAYNE 0 AVAST THERE SIATES whilst we spin a yarn of the deep, deep blue. We were aboard the Patty-June, Capt. Herb Kelly commanding, and a trimmer craft never ran abaft of a sandbank. Now this Capt. Herb Kelly is no ordinary mariner. He is an editor off on a vacation and taking a shakedown cruise in Club Women Hold Parley In Hollywood State Executive Board To Meet Aug. 25 In Miami Tue Miami Dally News Bareaa) HOLLYWOOD. Fla.. Aug. Approximately US members and guest of the Business and Professional Women's clubs of the Seventh district met at the Surf hotel this week-end for a two-day convention. Miss Lois Culpepper of Miami, district director, presided. Miss Ella Jo Stollberg, Hollywood attorney, gave an address of welcome to the guests t the principal banquet Saturday evening at the hotel. She also listed the many professions and businesses rep-resented by club members from Hollywood. A musical program was furnished by Mrs. Marie Lohman, soloist, and Miss Sally Slater, pianist, before and after the banquet in the Mexican cocktail lounge of the hotel. Miss Culpepper introduced the club presidents and representatives, including Mrs. Emi-lina Green, state recording secretary. Presidents and their number of guests and members attending were: Miss Sylvia Philip of Hollywood, 17; Mrs. Jewel Spache of Fort Lauderdale. 25; Mrs. Mimi James of Lake Worth, 16; Mrs. Mary Allen of Miami, 19; Mrs, Opal Eckhoff of the Dade county rlub. 14; Mrs. Nellie McLaughlin f Miami Beach, 7; Mrs. Vina Betterley of Hialeah, 3; Mrs. Estelle Richards of Coral Gables, 6, and Miss Adelaide Perry of Belle Glade. 9. The state executive board meeting was announced for Aug. 25 in Miami at the presidents" meeting when annual reports were given. PiloTKiiieiT On Night Flight (fcaeetal The Miami Dally New! FORT PIERCE. Aug. 8. Second Lt. George McClintic, jr army air forces, previously reported missing in action s of Sept. 28, 1943, and subsequently classified by the war department as presumably dead, lost his life on a night mission over Hamburg, Germany, on that date, according to a letter received by his parents from Chaplain Capt.) Clyde A. Fleming, headquarters and base service squadron. 413th air service group. "Your son lost his life while on a night mission over Hamburg. Germany, on Sept. 28, 1943," wrote Chaplain Fleming wader date of July 9. "A British pilot saw his ship as it was attacked by German night fighters after being coned by three searchlights while over the target area. Three members of his crew have returned to military control since V-E day and their names and addresses are as follows: Capt. Harvey B. Rodgers, Clarks-daie. Miss-: Sgt. Frank E. Ijing. 1315A Wyoming Ave., St. Louis. Mo.; and TSgt. Joseph Lickose. Melrose, 111. In behalf of the commanding general. Eighth air force, and the commanding officer. 305th bombardment group, I wish to express our deepest sympathy to you. We trust and pray that in this hour of need you will draw your strength from the never-failing springs f God." Key West Groups Form Leagues Tkr Miami DaHy fi Bureau) KEY WEST. Aug. 8-Perry MeCullouRh. of the Arthur Sawyer post of the American Legion, and Paul G. Albury, of the city recreation department, are organizing teams of baseball and softball players of boys under 19 years of age, Albury said yesterday, with the object of playing games here with east coast teams the same age limit. Softball will be played In Bayview park, the first game on a Saturday night, and the baseball in the Municipal stadium on a Sunday afternoon. Dates for the games. Albury said, will .be announced later. Lauderdale Dairy Sold To Borden Co. 4 1 nt Miami iNtlljr Srmm KJarraat FORT LAUDERDALE, Aug. a- E. G. Williams, president of WiHiams-McWilliams Dairy Products. Inc., announced yesterday that his Fort Lauderdale concern had been sold to the Borden Co. for- 129,500. Stating that he would remain as manager of the business, Williams also announced that employes of the company 1U be retained by the new owners. The concern will now be known as Borden's-Wil-liams Dairy. his pride and joy. We are along because this erstwhile skipper needs a first mate and is so used U giving orders when he is working that he can't run adrift of the habit. It happens that he invites us aboard to spend "a quiet week-end only to find that we have been shanghaied into a lengthy trip with articles signed up for a voyage of several days. NOW AS A news editor, this Capt. Kelly isn't worth a 10 point head as news, but as the skipper of a neat craft he takes a place alongside the merchant marine and rates a spot in this column. In other words, while on vacation, Capt. Kelly becomes a human being. After he gets us on deck and well away from land, he tells us that we are on vacation too, and that we must cast off from any thoughts of news-papering whilst we are at sea. So we become a human being too and just forget all about being a newspaperman. So we set out last Saturday for the bounding main. The bounding main Saturday night turned out to be the dock at Sheriff Walter Clark's river-side estate in Fort Lauderdale. SUNDAY MORNING we set sail for far ports but ran ashore at Delray. There we scouted around for Lauren Hand, but Delray just wouldn't show its Hand at all. We left the crew to catch enough fish to see us through lunch, but the fish saw through the bait and had other ideas. This left us high and dry from an appetite standpoint. So we steamed away from Delray, determined to seek other lands. With a strong stern-wind and flying spray, a course was set for that Bagdad of the east coast West Palm Beach. It was an enjoyable outing and one that we shall long remember. It doesn't often happen that even a newspaperman can play hookey at the invitation of his boss. CREDIT MUST be given to President W. W. McEachern of the First National hank of Fort Lauderdale for his thoughtfulness 1 n supplying our Fort Lauderdale bureau with information concerning new regulations which have just been issued by the comptroller of currency and the Federal Reserve board regarding mandatory charges which must be made by member banks of the Federal Reserve system. Alwen Neuharth, vice president and cashier of the bank, has also sent advices to all depositors of the institution, acquainting them with the new bank rulings. Another valuable piece of information with which Mac has furnished us is a list of par banks and non-par banks in Florida. THIS YEAR will be known in Florida as the renaissance of real estate activity in the state. The current of heavy transactions in real property has now swept into that quiet corner of the Florida west coast in the neighborhood of Gulfport. A record has just been set in that community for sale of both improved and unimproved property. It exceeds, by far, that of the boom- time years. Real estate agencies in Gulfport are augmenting their staffs and returning servicemen are finding great opportunities for re-establishing themselves in civilian occupation through association with the property brokers. A CUSHION against possible embargoes during harvesting season has been set up by growers in the Everglades section of Palm Beach county. Cooling plants for the preservation of vegetables are being constructed by the H. H. Wedgeworth co., celery growers; E. H. Bochardt Packing co., at Belle Glade; the Blue Goose co., at Lake Harbor and Belle Glade; Hull Bros., and L. L. Stuckey at Pahokee. Last season many of the 'glades growers faced staggering losses when an embargo was placed on rail shipments of vegetables from South Florida at the height of the harvesting period. Construction of the cooling and preserving plants should prove of great value to the growers and will enable them to maintain a more independent movement of their crops. Dr. Tigert To Speak GAINESVILLE, Aug. 8. JP) The first convocation of the University of Florida's second summer term will be held here today with Dr. JoUn J. Tigert, president of tne institution, as principal speaker. Key West Jail Inmates To Earn Keep By Working Tne Miami Dally KEY WEST. Aug. 8 Clarence Sweeting, at a meeting or the Key West Junior Chamber of Commerce three weeks ago, protested against able-bodied prisoners loafing in jail when, under an old city order, they were taken out daily to clean streets and vacant lots, and now city council has decided not to let prisoners loaf in jail. Councilman Leonard B. Gril- M V) v-tn VN C'ti f X? 1 i i j m-U V'ir I A " l PART OF THE CKEW THAT BOMBED JAPAN This photograph of the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress, taken in England, foreshadowed the attack on Japan. The picture, proud possession of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tibbets, sr., 1629 SW Sixth st., Miami, shows their son, left back row, who piloted the first atomic bomb to a Japanese DDT Hurled In Pest War Fliers Open Fight On Florida Mosquito TAMPA Aug. 8. The army air forces' aerial campaign against mosquitoes in Florida was opened today with a B-25 Billy Mitchell bomber roaring back and forth across MacDill field, spreading the powerful new insecticide DDT. The solution of DDT, Diesel oil, bright yellow in color, pouring out of a pipe extending from the plane attracted close attention and servicemen climbed to the tops of their barracks to watch the performance. Lt. Frank Gifford from an Orlando air base was pilot. The bomber was flown across the field in succeeding paths 100 yards apart. The principal uneasiness about the spray was expressed among bee-keepers, who had thousands of hives in the vicinity of the field's boundaries. They said late today they found no evidence of bees being killed In the hives. Absence of wind prevented the spray from floating to areas beyond the field and this may have saved the coloniea near the borders. Most of the hives had heen moved out of the area when the authorities announced plans for the bombardment. Six Divorce Pleas Granted ("aortal tm The Miami Daily Nfw FORT PIERCE, Aug. 8. The following divorce suits and other actions have been filed in circuit court here recently: Alverda E. Keeler against Burton H. Keeler, jr.; Madge M. Rufly against Lewis O. Rufly; Hubert E. Joiner against Mettie Joiner; Alice O'Neal against Eugene F. O'Neal; John R. Spiers against Marjorie M. Spiers; Mary Daly against Robert F. Daly; Bernard G. Ferrell against Ruth L. Ferrell. Final decrees have been issued in the following cases: Richard Gulden against Elizabeth Guiden; Edward J-Muller against Margaret M. Muller; William Beebe against Mary Ellen Beebe; Margaret E. Burgess Wise against Anthony John Wise; Nathaniel Phoenix against Mary Phoenix; Eddie B. King against Ruby King. The following other ' suits have been filed: Joseph Henry against Van-nie Rush, ejectment, damages $2,500; Alvena McNeal against W. If. Eckler. as administrator for the Eckles estate, partition and receivership. Atomic Bomb News To Oak Ridge Worker (The Miami Daily News Bureau) FORT LAUDERDALE. Aug. 8. Revelation of the atomic bomb brought a thrill to Miss Jeanne Redmond, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Redmond of 710 SW Fourth ave., who has been working at the Oak Ridge, Tenn., plant manufacturing the deadly explosives. "I knew what we were doing was important," she said, "but none of us dreamed it would be that." Miss Redmond, who is visiting her parents, is employed as auditor of the Roane-Anderson Co. at Oak Ridge. She was formerly employed at the Naval Air station here. N Hnrrna) lon said yesterday the days of using the jail as a "summer resort are over." Besides cleaning up lots, prisoners will trim limbs of trees that hang over sidewalks. Prisoners will be taken along streets in a scavenger truck, the driver of which will be a special policeman, and the work generally is to be done under the direction of Lain Dobbs, manager of the scavenger department. ATOM BOMBER CREW FROM EIGHT STATES North Carolinian Fired Missle Which Blotted Out Hiroshima GUAM (Delayed) (TP) The historic atomic bomb attack against Hiroshima was carried out by a crew of eight men from widely separated home states and possessing varied war records. The pilot of the B-29 which dropped the immensely powerful explosive was Col. Paul W. Tibbets, jr of Miami. Maj. Thomas W. Ferebee, of Mocksville, N. , C, served as bombardier and released the missile which destroyed 60 per cent of the southern Honshu city of 343,000. Tibbets and Ferebee are graduates of the B-17 Flying Fortresses. Capt. Robert A. Lewis, Ridge-field, N. J., served as co-pilot on the Hiroshima bombing mission. The son or Mr. and Mrs. George W. Lewis, of, Ridgefield, Lewis has been in the service three and a half years. The "Enola Gay was navigated by Capt. Theodore J. Van Kirk, Northumberland, Pa. He has been four years in the service and holds the air medal with 10 clusters. He navigated the lead plane in the first bombing attack against occupied Europe, Aug. 17, 1942. He is married. The other crew members: Staff Sgt. Wyatt E.. Duzen-bury, Lansing, Mich., flight engineer. A veteran of three years in the service, he is married and has one son. Pfc. Richard N. Nelson, Los Angeles, radio operator. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Nelson, live at the same address. He is single, Staff Sgt. George R. Caron, of Lynbrook, N. Y., tail gunner. A graduate of Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, he is married and has a two-months-old daughter. Sgt. Joe A. Stiborik, Taylor, 4 Texas, radar operator. He attended Texas A4 and M. and is married to Helen Stiborik. ' Second Lt. MS U. Jeppson, electronics officer. Observer on the flight was naval Capt., William S. Parsons, of Santa Fe, N. M. He is married and has two children. Porter Purchases Key West Site . (The Miami lHily Nrat Bui-rant KEY WEST,, Aug. 8. Wil liam R. Porter, who was pres ident of the First National bank many years and sold the controlling interest to .the du-Ponts, yesterday purchased an undivided one-half interest in his late parents' homestead, Caroline and Duval sts:, from Dr. J. Y. Porter, jr., Mrs. Ma mie Baker Porter, W. Curry Harris. Mrs. Yolanda Harris and Miss Minnie Porter Harris, according to a deed filed in the county clerk's office. The purchase price was given as $6,000. Howard E. Wilson, Monroe county tax collector, sold a house and lot on Pearl st., near Duncan, to Herman Wolfe Urion for $4,600. J. B.' Fannin To Head Undertakers' Board (The Miami Daily News Bnreaa FORT LAUDERDALE, Aug. 8. 3. B. Fannin of Fort Lauderdale has been elected president of the Florida State Board of Embalmers and Funeral directors at a recent meeting in Jacksonville. The new board was organized following appointment by Gov. Caldwell. Fannin is owner of the Fannin Funeral home here and of the Hollywood mortuary. British And Russian Troops To Quit Tehran TEHRAN, Aug. 8. (UP) The Iranian foreign ministry announced today that Britain and Russia agreed at the Potsdam conference to withdraw their troops from Tehran immediately. The ministry said it was no- ; tified of the decision by the . British embassy. target Monday. Third figure from left, back row, is Maj. Thomas W. Ferebee, Mocksville, N. C, the bombardier on the historic mission. Fourth from left in the same row is Capt. Theodore J. J. (Dutch) VanKirk of Northumberland, Pa., the mission's navigator. Both VanKirk and Ferebee have visited Tibbets parents here. Tobacco Holds To High Level Total Now Tops 6,000,000 Pounds LIVE OAK, Aug. 8. (JP) Prices on Florida's golden leaf tobacco markets were expected to maintain their record high levels today with fresh supplies continuing to pour in from the fields. J. C. Fulton, tobacco board of trade supervisor here announced that sales would be held on four of the eight warehouse floors throughout the day to keep up the all-time high in auction speed. The 11th day of sales there yesterday pushed the seasonal total, above the six. million pounds mark. This point, which represents tw.-thirds of the vohame forecast for the market in previous estimates, was reached in the last few minutes of selling. During the day, tobacco , to taling 550,000 pounds was sold for an average which clung close to the 40-cent level de spite continued offerings of poor quality leaf. Leaf continued to pour Into the market from Suwannee and adjacent counties. At Lake Citv 234.588 pounds were sold for $90,314.02, an average price of aporoximately 40 cents, the official average for the market to date. Good srrades continued to bring 43 to 46 cents a pound with common and medium grades In de mand over the 1944 orices. Leaf moving into the market was reported as showing damage from the recent months-long drouth. Ship Contract Given TAMPA, Aug. 8. (UP) Mc-Closkey & Co. shipyard here today held a contract for outfitting four steel ships built at the Southeastern Shipbuilding Corp, in Savannah, it was announced by company officials. The new contract will permit employment of the yard's workers until after the first of the year. Cow Sale Slated CLEARWATER, Aug. 8. CUP) The county agriculture agent here today announced the annual sale of the Florida Guernsey club to be held at Largo on Oct. 20. Fifty cows from Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina and Tennessee will be sold. SUSIE '"US fcuares Syndicate, Inc. Work! mnwi " Q. "Boys make me mad having fun stag al Ithe time!" Storm Group Plans Session Lauderdale Seeks 100 Field Workers The Miami Daily News Burrau) FORT LAUDERDALE, Aug. 8. In preparation for the approaching hurricane season, J. Fritz Thompson, assistant director of American Red Cross disaster service from national headquarters, will meet with local Red Cross committees in Fort Lauderdale today and tomorrow, according to a recent announcement. On Aug. 9 at 8 p. m. Thompson will meet with city and county officials, the Red Cross chairman of disaster preparedness and Red Cross officials in the commissioners room at the city hall, it is reported The local chapter has also announced that an urgent appeal for at least 100 qualified men to serve as assistant field directors for the southeastern area is being made. Some of these men are needed for overseas assignments, it was stated, while others will be used at military installations in this country. While in Fort Lauderdale, Thompson plans to meet with the following committees: Transportation, food, communications, survey and shelter, personnel and registration, medical, clothing, pnrchase and supplies, rescue and public Information. Property Group To Join C. Of C. (Sprrlnl o The Miami Daily New FORT PIERCE, Aug. 8. The Rental Property Owners' association, which since its formation several months ago has operated as an independent organization, will merge with the Chamber of Commerce as the rental property owners' division of the chamber. Members of the association have so voted and the chamber's board of directors have approved the proposal. The association s affairs will be conducted by a committee made up of its own members, and funds now on hand in the association treasury will be used to carry on the commit tee's work. Other organizations are con siderimr a similar merger, ac cording to chamber officials. on the ground that both or ganizations would be strength ened bv operating through a unified body. Work On Bomb TAMPA. Aug. 8. (UP) The U. S. Employment service here today revealed that 500 Tampa workmen have been hired since last September for work in the atomic bomb plants in Tennessee and Washington, SMITH l' ,i . T tuTHJ-XlJI Fish Ceiling Price Parley Opens Today State Industry To Battle Income Slash TAMPA, Aug. 8. (iP) Fishermen from South Florida and business agents of the Gulf Coast District Fishermen's Union met here last night for a conference before a ocee-:'ng today with OPA officials from Washington to hear a proposed salt-water fish ceiling price schedule explained. M. D. Biggs, secretary-treasurer of the union, said the preliminary meeting was called to discuss present-day costs and other matters. He said he had not seen a statement by Rep. Sikes of Florida urging that no price control "be set by OPA on fish in the South. Biggs said hewould not comment until he had read the report of the meeting today in Pensacola, of Gulf fishermen and producers. "We don't know what the OPA plans to tell us, said Biggs, "nor do we know just how they plan to arrive at a price ceiling schedule for saltwater fish. We do know this, that if they revert the prices back to the starvation earnings made by fishermen in 1942 the most popular year for OPA to pick, it will result in cutting Florida fish production in half at least and probably in the biggest black market the state has ever seen." Prices Skyrocket Biggs said the fishermen realized that retail prices on fish had skyrocketed during the past year when no price control was exercised over them, but denied that these excessive profits were going to the fishermen. "All ou have to do is to look at the daily prices and see where fish bringing 12 cents a pound to the fishermen are sold the next day in New Orleans and other places at 52 cents a pound," Biggs said. "The big run-away in prices lies between the primary wholesaler and the retailer not below that level." Biggs said the cost of production had almost doubled because fishermen were now required to make a three-day 75-mile trip out into the Gulf for the large catches of grouper and other fish. Two years ago they could make a one-day trip because the fish lay closer to shore. Fear Roll Back "If the OPA rolls a ceiling price on fish back to 1942 prices for the fishermen they could not possibly live with today's inflated prices," Biggs said. Biggs promised the union and member fishermen's close co-operation with OPA. Scheduled to attend the meeting are Howard Lynch of Washington, D. C, head of the fish pricing division of OPA and Luther Long, assistant in charge of fish pricing control on southern-caugnt saltwater fish. Also expected were Francis Kamper of Atlanta Regional Office and E. Howard Cook, jr., Miami district office and Harold P. Anderson, of the Tampa field office. BROWARD NEWS BRIEFS (The Miami Dally News Hurras) FORT LAUDERDALE, Aug. 8. A wiener roast has been planned by members of the youth choir of the First Baptist church for Friday at 6:30 p. m. on the church lawn. Mrs. Hoke Shirley and Mrs. Paul Myers are in charge of arrangements. Junior Chamber of Commerce members and their families will attend a beach picnic tonight beginning at 7 p. m. at the 10th st. causeway beach. In case of rain, the group will meet at the municipal pavilion. Harold Gronquist, AMMF 2c, is spending a 30-day furlough with his wife and par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Gronquist of 1425 SW Eighth ct. He recently returned from the Philippines. Miss Grace McFadden of Sioux City, Iowa, was honored at a dinner party given re cently by Dr. and Mrs. Tom C. Pennington at the Beach comber restaurant. Winner of the title. Miss Cadet Nurse of Atlanta, Miss Shirley Greenquist of Fort Lauderdale has been appearing in behalf of nurse recruiting this week. Qualifications were based on beauty, personality and public speaking: Lauderdale Veteran To Return To Pacific The Miami Daily News Bureau) FORT LAUDERDALE, Aug. 8. Clarence J. King, HAlc, son of Fire Chief and Mrs. C. VV. King, has been home on leave for 10 days and is now returning to active duty in the Pacific. King has served in the American, Asiatic, African and-- Pacific theaters. He was awarded the Silver Star for participation in the invasion FLORIDA NEWS BRIEFS LAKELAND, Aug. 8. (UP) The next meeting of the Flori da citrus commission will be held Sept. 6, instead of on an August date, due to the difficulty of assembling a quorum of six members. Chairman A. S. Herlong said yesterday that although the monthly meeting could not be held, work would continue for next season's advertising program. Legalizing of shipping holidays for the Christmas season will be discussed at the organization meeting of the growers and shippers advisory committee. Date of the gathering is expected to be announced soon. STOCK CENTER PLANNED BARTOW P) City commissioners yesterday had authorized allocation of city-funds up to $5,000 toward the construction of a livestock pavilion here, to cost a minimum of $40,000 and to be financed chiefly by the state department of agriculture. WARNING OS CARS TALLAHASSEE. V Governor Caldwell has urged Florida car owners and drivers to extend the life and service of their automobile equip ment as far as possible. He said he has reports of many passenger cars breaking down, gasoline and tire supplies remaining critically short and automotive material for repairs becoming increasingly difficult J.o obtain. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE UP TALLAHASSEE. (P) Attendance in Florida's public schools last year showed the first increase since the beginning of the war, state superintendent of public instruction Colin English ha disclosed. PILOT MISSING MICANOPY. (.) Officials, of the' Dale Mabry army air field at Tallahassee have reported that a pursuit plane stationed at that base crashed and burned on the old Rochelle. road two miles from here. No trace of the pilot has been found and his fate is not yet known, authorities said. The flier's name is being withheld temporarily. Workers Needed At Key West The Miami Dally News Bureau KEY WEST, Aug. 8. One hundred and fifty jobs for carpenters and 200 for laborers are available immediately in this area, Clarence Higgs, business agent of Key West Carpenters union, said yesterday. Most of the men will be put to work at Boca Chica, Higgs added. In Key West, he explained, carpenters and laborers are needed on the low-cost units, numbering 153, which the navy is having constructed on the Johnson tract, bounded by Leon and White sts. and Laird ave. and Atlantic blvd. At the Boca Chica navy air base, carpenters and laborers are wanted by the John Mann Sons Construction Co., Algernon Blair Co., Charles Toppino & Sons and the Brandon Construction Co. The airfield at Boca Chica contains 2,057 acres, and Higgs said it is being made one of the best in the country. Merchant Marine Wins High Praise The Miami Dally News Bureau) HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Aug. 8. Describing the "magnificent" job done by the merchant marine, Miss Sylvia Carothers, director of the United Seamen Service staff at the Miami port, spoke to the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs at their recent meeting. Miss Carothers explained that the service staff acted as "liaison between the home and war fronts." She was accompanied by George A. Brauti-gan, also of the United Seaman Service, on her visit to Hollywood. Congressman -Dwight Rogers of Fort Lauderdale was announced "as the speaker at another joint meeting of the clubs to be held next Tuesday in the Rotary building.v Prisoner Produced Ramie Poses Dispostion Problem TALLAHASSEE, Aug. 8. (UP) Unconstitutionality of a plan to sell products grown by prison inmates today held up the building arrangements for a new prison industry based on the growing of ramie fiber. A statement from Atty. Gen. J. Tom Watson said that the state constitution forbids the sale for profit of agricultural products other than sugar cane., if the products are grown by prisoners. Under a proposed plan, a $246,000 ramie processing plant would be built near West Palm Beach. A board of commis- : Provisions Bring End To Poll Tax I Budget System r And Other Gains Hailed By Arnall ATLANTA, Aug. 8. UP Georgia's new constitution wai law today, installed by an: overwhelming majority in an" election marked only by th light vote cast. Incomplete returns from . some 134 counties gave the-new charter 45,007 votes, com- pared to 17,061 cast against it.- Inclement weather in some sections, and the fact that . the election came during the busiest part of the tobacco; harvest, was credited with. holding the ballot down. The new constitution, which succeeds one 169 years old, Z abolishes Georgia's poll tax, ' sets up a merit system for., state employes and places the state's agencies under strict budget control. " In addition to governmental, judicial, educational, penal and 1 election reforms, the new charter provides the state gov- i eminent with machinery to offer enlarged opportunities .. for those returning from mill- J tary service. Gov. Ellis Arnall, sponsor! of the charter, accepted the-; vote as an approval of the -present administration. "The" people of Georgia again have gone on record as approving; progressive, forward - looking government," he declared. :" Former Gov. Eugene Tal-; madge, whose Telfair county repudiated his opposition to , the measure by voting it almost 8 to 1, said the light voting throughout Georgia showed the people didn't want the new constitution. Ad Fund Hit By J. M. Lee Comptroller Says - State Finances OK . TAMPA, Aug. 8. J) Florida Is in the best financial condition in its entire history. Comptroller J. M. Lee said here today. He advised that citizens keep a watchful eye on-the expenditure of this money. He called attention to two appropriations in particular. One is $500,000 for livestock and the other is $500,000 for state advertising. He said he thought the livestock funds might better b expended in providing better treatment for the inmates of Chattahoochee insane colony or the victims of tuberculosis than in taking care of the health of hogs. Of the advertising appropriation he said the state already had a greater influx of tourists each season than it can properly accomodate. He also advocated a program of small farm homes to be established on the extensive vacant areas throughout the state where the owners could enjoy quiet yet productive hours after their regular day's work is done. He also emphasized the treatment of returning service men and women who he said richly deserve every possible assistance in the resumption of the duties and occupations of peace. Toll Collections On Key Bridges Drop During July (The Miami Daily News Boreaat KEY WEST, Aug. 8. Collection of tolls on the Overseas highway bridges dropped off slightly more than $5,000 last month as compared with July, 1944, according to a statement issued yesterday by Clifford G. Hicks, auditor for the Overseas toll bridge and road district. July of last year collections totaled $27,104.25, and last month they were $22.-057.75. Persons using the bridges in July 1944, numbered 33,693, and' last month, 29.293. sioners of state institutions agreed to sell to the Florida Ramie Products company nine acres of prison land for u.e as a plant site. Green ramie, grown on prison farms, would be sold to the plant. Watson, in revealing the legal technicality involved "is the sale of prison products, said that a lease contract might be worked out on the same terms. The company would then pay the agreed rate of $3 per ton for green ramie. Flans called for the state to furnish labor and the company to direct operations of the plant and experimental work with the fiber. of Iwo Jima.

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