The Miami News from Miami, Florida on May 3, 1966 · 1
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Polls Ar e Open Until 7 P. M. B e Sure To Vo e Twilby: . Partly cloudy, some showers. Low tonight 72. High tomorrow 82. Complete Weather, Page 7A. ME i m ami New Established In 1896 TODAYS NEWS TODAY Telephone 374-6211 The Best Newspaper Under The Sun Miami, Fla.t Tuesday, May 3, 1966 Final Home Edition Ten Cents (Only 43 cents a week for home delivery daily and Sunday) UM BILL BAGGS Keen Eyes As many as 700 men and women are poll watchers today, which is. okay, but such a multitude , of keen and knowing eyes is not needed as much in our time as, in 1876 when the voting around here was relaxed and informal. In 1966, Dade County is the mecca for votes in Florida. Almost 20 per cent of the votes are here. Dade can elect governors, senators and Cabinet members. But the truth is that Dade probably never again is going to have the great in fluence it did have in the election of 1876. Then it helped to elect a President. Indians and alligators out numbered the voters back then, but the small balloting in Dade helped to throw the Presidential election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden into- the Congress where Hayes was declared the winner. Close Election The national election, of course, was close. Only a few votes separated the candidates. And the county of Dade had not reported its vote. It appeared Dade would never report its vote. The problem was "irregularities' in our voting. At the Sears precinct, on Bis-cayne Bay, Simon Frow, the lighthouse keeper, came to the polls after sundown and was permitted to vote. This was against the law. Two men named Bracklin and Thompson voted: Both were foreign-born. Neither had evidence of being nat uralized citizens of the United States. Another law splintered. Then came the darker business of the day. W. H. Gleason, the official at the polling place, reported: ' After Mr. Frow voted, the ballot box was opened inside the room at the precinct. The Democratic votes, for Mr. Tilden, were removed from the box. The Republican votes, for Mr. Hayes, were placed elsewhere on the table. Changed Ticket Someone noticed that, somehow and suddenly, the Republican votes were on the floor, No one knew how they got there. Mr. Gleason wrote: 1 ... the tickets were picked up by bystanders and, by testimony which I shall present to you, must have been changed at that time, or some other time, to Democratic tickets." Mr. Gleason said 12 men voted at the precinct for the Republican ticket, but, lo!, he couldn't find a single Republican vote. How could votes be chang ed in a small room, where both parties had watchers and where inspectors were there to observe? Mr. Glea son answered the question in a single sentence: "There was only one light burning in the room, and the light was dim." Finally the Republicans votes were counted, after much investigation, and they helped to tl.iow the election into Congress. INSIDE THE NEWS Abbr .... Amu .. Astrology Bridge .. Business Classified Comics .. Death 16A, 6B Editorials , A Espanol ... 5A Kelly 4B McLemoro 12A 3B 4B 7B 4B loA 6B 11 B Movies ,. Pattern ., Pictures , Rau ..... Roberts . Sports ... Teens ... TV-Radio Volker .., Women .. Wright ... SB 7B 12B 5B IB 12A 10B 4B IB . 2B 6A Word Game 8B Roof Prur-Cleaned ......$14 Spray Whllt Coated . ..$49 Enowbrlt WI 7-6465, FR 3-8125 Adv. TURNOUT AHEAD OF 64 Bade Voting ' At Brisk Pace i if" 7- ' J I I f "" ' - , ' 111'- -v , ' J mr""r" - f . ' f s ' . s '-4-: .'' i -t-i By CHARLES F. HESSER Miami Newi Politics Writer Dade Countians voted at a brisk pace in today's primary election, drawn to the polls by one of the most bitterly-coatest-ed campaigns for governor in Florida history. A total of 225,000, or more, may vote by the time the polls close at 7 p.m. During the campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Gov. Haydon Burns, seeking reelection, has been assailed almost daily by two of his Democratic opponents, Robert King High and Scott Kelly. A fourth Democrat in the race is Sam Foor of Tallahassee, publisher of a political newsletter. Burns, who was high man in the 1964 first primary and winner of a subsequent runoff, predicted there will be another runoff after today's primary. "I do not forecast a first primary victory," Burns said from Jacksonville, where he went to vote. "But I do predict a tremendously wide margin over either of the other candidates." A second primary would be May 24. Both High and Kelly were confident of winning a place in the runoff. In the 1964 first primary. Burns received 312,453 votes to 207,280 for High and 205,078 for Kelly. Burns went on to defeat High by a vote of 648,093 to 465,547 in the runoff. There are other important contests on today's ballot which have sparked voter interest. These include the GOP race for governor between Claude Kirk and Richard Muldrew. Three Democratic cabinet members Comptroller Fred Dickinson, State Treasurer Broward Williams and Attorney Gen. Earl Faircloth face opposition from within their party. There will be Democratic and Republican primaries for Congress in the new North Dade-Broward 10th District. In addition a long list of candidates are seeking seats to the newly-Continued on 4A, Col. 4 PRIMARY CONFUSION Dade Pulls Gripe Lever Miami News Photo by Bill Tyler ROBERT KING HIGH, mayor of Miami and candidate for governor of Florida, here certifies that he is, indeed, registered and qualified to vote. The mayor and his wife Faith 'cast their ballots shortly after the polls opened today at the old Silver Bluff Fire Station in his home precinct. Then, it was back to the campaign trail. Don Wright Took just Four Years To Win Pulitzer By HAINES COLBERT Hrportrr of The Miami wi Don Wright made it to the top as an editorial cartoonist in less than four years, but he'd been working toward it since a fellow second-grader drew a picture of an automobile. "I think all kids draw pictures of cars and warplanes and stuff," Wright said yesterday after he'd been awarded the ' I V ' - NEW PRIZE IS FOURTH FOR NEWS The Pulitzer Prize awarded to The Miami News for the work of political cartoonist Don Wright was its fourth more than any other paper in the South has received. The News previously had won the top journalistic award in 1939 for its expose of the Miami "Termite Administration," in 1959 for uncovering miserable conditions under which migrants lived at Immokalee and in 1963 for revealing the, Russian missile buildup in Cuba. By DICK NELLIUS Renorter of The Miami Newt A flood of complaints about voting foul-ups poured out of Dade's polling places today. It quickly shaped up into a typical Dade election precincts opening late, machines out of order, levers jammed, long lines and confused election workers. Martin Braterman, county supervisor of elections, kept nine crews working full time. They were directed by radio to polling places where some of the 1,4?0 machines broke down. Some voters complained that people were taking far too long in the booths, trying to cope with the lengthy ballot. Others protested they were hustled out of the booth before they had finished voting. "Most of the complaints are the usual trouble with people rather than machines," said Braterman. "They get into the wrong line, or have been purged from the rolls or they have moved." Harry Tyson, director of the Florida State Employment Service office here, made this com- how the election lever would lock the machine, Tyson started voting. One of the clerks walked over, grabbed the handle and shoved the lever over and Tyson lost about two thirds of his votes. ment about was being run: "We couldn't stay in business if we were that inefficient." Tyson was bitter and with good reason. When he entered the booth at Precinct 149 on Key Biscayne, he pulled the lever but the curtain didn't close. He noticed that several others were in the same fix. He went to Braterman's office to protest, and was told by a clerk that he lost the votes through his own stupidity. "I think my legal rights and my Knowing that to touch the Continued on 8A, Col. 1 The 'Huge' Ballot Puzzles Voters By MARY LOUISE WILKINSON of some 1,400 registered voters Reporter of The Miami Newi The slender young housewife handed her baby son into the arms of a poll inspector at Precinct 308 in Coconut Grove and walked into a voting booth for the first time in her life. Mrs. Veronica Witherspoon, 21, of 3616 Grant Ave., was one A page of Wright cartoons on 12B; other Pulitzer Prize winners on Page 18A. 5 WiM(J DON WRIGHT Pulitzer Prize. "The only difference is that most of them outgrow it and I didn't." The prize carries with it a $1,000 cash award. Wright, 32, started doing editorial cartoons in his spare time while he was picture editor of The Miami News in 1961. He went into it fulltime a few months later, and the best way Continued on 4A, Col. 1 'MAY BE POSTPONED' Ky Hedges On Viet Elections QUANG NGAI, Viet Nam (AP) Premier Nguyen Cao Ky indicated today the crucial general elections may be postponed. "We will try to hold the elections by October," he said in an interview at the fortified air-base at Quang Ngai. His original pledge in the face of Buddhist unrest a month ago was to have the vote "within three to five months," indicating September at the latest. Ky made an unscheduled flight to this northern province to have a look at war-battered villages wrested recently from Viet Cong control. He made his tour in a U. S. Marine helicopter. Heavily armed troops deployed and a plane constantly flew cover as the head of the military junta step ped over the scars of Viet Nam's fighting and tragedy. He was greeted by silent crowds of men and women gathered near shell-smashed homes surrounded by fields sprayed by crop-killing chemicals. On the elections hinges Viet Nam's political future. The Ky government pledged them in the face of increasing demands for a civilian regime. at the predominantly Negro pre cinct with booths in Elizabeth Virrick Park. "It was a confusing ballot," she said with a shy smile as she retrieved her two-month-old son, Darryl. "But I studied ahead and could vote the whole slate." Her dark eyes shone as she admitted, "Voting is pretty exciting." Nearby, at Precinct 183 in the Coconut Grove Elementary School, a sunburned man in thong sandals waited among the steady stream of voters that had queued up since 7 a.m. Brushing his long, sun-bleached hair from his eyes, James Wiles, 32, of 3181 Oak Ave., said: "I've made up my mind on lots of the races but I can't cast a ballot based only on exigency." A writer by trade and a Continuea on 4A, Col. 3 r Infill. The Candidates Qn flie Campaign Trail X Haydon BURNS l 13 Robert HIGH Scott KELLY By WILLIAM TUCKER Rppnrlrr of The Miami Newt JACKSONVILLE ' Gov. Haydon Burns stood in line with his neighbors at Fire, Station 13 today and voted in the Democratic primary that he was certain would send him on. his way to a new four-year term in Tallahassee. Burns and his wife, Mildred, arrived at their precinct, 9E, in the San Marco shopping center at 9:59 a.m. They had to stand in the "A through I" group which was the longest of three lines at the statipn. ' Burns said jokingly, "I've made up my mind," as he took his IBM card and prepared to go into the voting booth. The governor predicted that he would lead the field by a "wide margin" and defeat either Robert King High or Scott Kelly if there is a runoff. ' Burni found himself in the same plight of many a less famous voter when the clerk, in charge, Mrs. Zada M. Marsh, asked him: "Do you have your registration card with you?" The governor and Mrs. Burns pulled out their card cases and took out their registration cards. But the governor's was Continued on SA, Col. 4 CLARA OESTERLE School Board District 4 i Pd. Pol. Adv. For Florida' Futur Mauric Fan Stat Senator Dist. 17 Pd. PoL Adv. - By FRANK MURRAY i "' Reporter of The Miami New FORT LAUDERDALE Bob High's campaign took a good hop today quite a few of them. , Buzzing around Broward and Dade Counties from one precinct to another, High got in as many last minute plugs for himself as the law allows. At Francis Tucker Elementary School, classes for about 700 childern were let out suddenly when the mayor's helicopter landed in the play yard. The swarm of High well-wishers was the same at a Hialeah auto inspection station, Sunset Elementary School and the Fort Lauderdale Armory. , At Sunset, High was met by three of his six children who attend that school. High was piloted by Ellen Gilmour, who owns her own helicopter and volunteered it to the mayor. A victory party tonight at the Everglades Hotel would be just like Robert King High's campaign low budget. But High expects it to be fun. . Plans for the party were made yesterday between a banjo-strumming trip in the sun's glare and several stints in the glare Continued on SA, Col. 1 By BILL BARRY Reporter of Itie Miami News Scott Kelly voted in Lakeland today, hopped by jet to Jacksonville for some last-minute electioneering, set down in Miami for a half-hour visit at Precinct 98 in Miami Springs, then was scheduled to take off for Fort Lauderdale. These are great days in Scott Kelly's" life. Soaring through a cloudbank yesterday, hisjet began to level off at 41,000 feet. , The world below rolled slowly away into the clouds like cliffs of ice. The sun dashed pink and scarlet near .the blue horizon. The jet engines moaned low and then became almost silent. Time sighed and slipped, off its pinching shoes. A reporter said: "It gives you a chance to measure yourself against infinity." Then one of the pilots turned to Kelly and said: "Forty one thousand feet, senator. You're the tallest man in Florida right now. No question about it." And Kelly laughed and said: "How sweet it is." Later he said: "I don't know how many votes we're winning but we're sure having a helluva time. Whatever happens, this day makes it all worth it." Someone asked him what does happen after this. And he Continued on 16A, Col. 3 JOHN KEASLER Man Who It was quite obvious all along, at least to me, who would win yesterday's primary in Florida's race for governor. The only surprise, to me, is that the final count had the divergence it did. Even with three relatively strong candidates, the experienced political observer knows how to sense where the action really is it's like a sixth sense. And I sensed this early in the campaign of the man who got the most votes yesterday. There have been dissenting opinions, some of them expressed strongly, even rude-" ly, since I first endorsed yesterday's winner, early in his campaign. Big Issue But that's perfectly all right. Each man in a Democracy has a right to an opinion different from- mine, no matter how stupid it obviously is. "What about the issue of big counties vs. small counties?" people kept asking me. What many people insistently fail to realize is that the big picture in Florida has matured to the point where the size of the county is no more important, and sometimes not as important, than the number of people who live in that county, surrounding counties, or nearby. In this day and age of fast and thorough communication, people of widely dissimilar background may live in counties right next toeach other and still have surprisingly divergent viewpoints. If nothing else, the result of yesterday's primary should bring that hardnosed fact home once and for all to even the most aware candidate. Whasat? But was it on the basis of such cold and measurable facts alone that the voters of Florida yesterday rendered the decision they did, at this time? I prefer to think not.. And it wasn't the Big Business issue, not alone. A . Big Business, after all, is just a Small Business that has grown larger. Nor was it education, in itself. In fact I can pro duce the fact not a single one of the three candidates for Florida's highest political office ever once said one word against education. It wasn't taxes. It wasn't wingspread. Aspirin. It was Integrity. From the outset, yesterday's winner stressed repeatedly that he had a lot of Integrity! The people listened . . . and this is the man who got the most votes . . . Can this not, too, be called a fact? Today's top man. then, in this gubernatorial primary, , probably as much as anyone in Florida, realizes that the future lies full ahead. To progress is to go forward! (Note to desk: I'm still out of town, possibly fishing. Hold this column until the final tally is in, then fill in the blank. For Pete's sake don't let this get in the paper too soon my entire Integrity is at stake.) Lodge Flies Home ROME (AP) - Henry Cabot Lodge, U. S. ambassador to South Viet Nam, left by Air Force plane today for Boston alter a three-day stop in Rome Jir -in-: which h conferred for 'o minutes with Pope Paul VI. Jist Fancy That After a Kansas City, Kan., citizen complained about being bitten by a dog, patrolman Harold Snow was tent to notify the owner to confine the dog. The dog promptly bit the policeman. fa

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