Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 11, 1949

Cedar Rapids Gazette

May 11, 1949

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 11, 1949, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Fair tonight, with low of 40 to 54. Thursday partly cloudy and mild, with high of 74-78. CITY FINAL 5 CENTS KCRO NEWS ON torn out f: VOLUME 122 CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MAT 11, 1949. ASSOCIATED PRESS, UNITED PRESS, INTERNATIONAL NEWS BERLINERS HAIL Fetters Is Found Sane At Hearing May Now Face an Old Murder Charge at Washington. Special te The Gazette. ANAMOSA Fetters Choir Singer, 16, Accused jn Girl's Slaying ROANOKE, Va. high school wrestler who sang in his church choir was charged Wednes- day with the parish house murder of his pretty schoolmate, blonde Dana Marie Weaver. Tall, handsome Lee Goode Scott, 16, gave detectives a state- ment Tuesday night after more than six hours' questioning. Police Court Judge Samuel R. -Price im- mediately swore out the murder warrant. The youth was held without 82, won his freedom from the Insane ward of the men's re- formatory here Wednesday but he will be returned to Washington county for possi- f fole prosecution on a 34-year- old murder charge. In granting the Washington, la., man his freedom from the insane ward on a writ a habeas corpus, Judge G. K. Thompson cited the "overwhelming evidence" of Fet- ters' sanity presented by psychia- trists during the hearing Wednes- day. He said he would notify Warden Foss Davis to turn Fetters over to Washington county officials. Fetters was committed to the reformatory insane ward late in 1914 for the alleged fatal shoot- 4 Injr of Hugh Dougal, sr., of Washington. i Released several months ago, he was returned to the reformatory on a court order issued by Dis- trict Judge J. G. Patterson, who ruled that no legal hearing had been held to authorize Fetters' re- lease. Davis Testifies. Warden Foss Davis of the re- formatory was the state's only witness. He testified that Fetters was being held in the insane ward at the reformatory and identified the order under which Fetters was returned. Objection to a question by one of Fetters' attorneys was sus- tained in the cross examination. He had asked Davis if Fetters was being held because he was. in- sane or because he did not want to be held in contempt of court. First witness for Fetters was Dr. Charles W. Graves of Des Moines, director of Iowa mental institutions. Dr. Graves testified that he examined Fetters last May 9 and found him sane. Fetters, Dr. Graves said, has no memory of the crime he is charged with committing and knows only what people tell him. Apparently, Dr. Graves said, he lost all memory of events at that time. Dr. R. W. Robb, assistant su- perintendent of the state hospital at Independence, told how he and three other doctors examined Fet- ters in a routine checkup at the reformatory insane ward. He said he also found Fetters sane. He described Fetters' amnesia as a "protective.device set up by the mind in time of danger or peril." This one symptom, Dr. Hobb said, does not make a man insane. He said he believed Fetters is ready to return to life outside the Detectives said information from an anonymous telephone caller led them to question Scott, a senior at Jefferson high school, Dana Marie, also 16, was beaten and choked to death in the parish house of Christ Episcopal church Sunday night. Scott has sung bass in the choir there for two years. Details Withheld. Police withheld details of his statement, which they to call a confession hesitated officially. Motive for the slaying remained a mystery. One officer said Scott's state- ment was "disconnected and in- coherent" and indicated that more investigation will be necessary regarding the motive. Police found the clothing which Scott wore Sunday night he told them it was in a closet at his home. Stains believed to be blood covered the brown corduroy coat, tan trousers and saddle oxfords. Scott's tanned face and hands were slashed with fresh scratches, which police believed Dana Marie might have inflicted while fight- ing for her life. Her body was found Monday morning in the kitchen of the parish home. Broken dishes and soft drink bottles and overturned chairs indicated a desperate strug- gle. Both Eagle Scout. Scott and Dana Associated' Press .Wfrepboto. FORD CONFEREE PASSES S. Bugas, right, Ford vice-pres- ident and director of industrial relations, offered a cigar to United Auto Workers President Walter P. Reuther when they resumed Ford strike negotiations Tuesday. Mrs. Bugas gave birth to a six-pound, 14-ounce boy earlier in the day. Note the sponge in the palm of Heather's hand for exercising the fingers of the arm injured by a gunman seeking his life. Marie were well-known and popular among their fellow students. But iriends said Scott never dated the blonde beauty, who was described as "cold and reserved toward joys." Scott, who is an Eagle Scout and has many girl friends, is a member of the Young People's Service League at the church where Dana Marie was slain. She did not belong to the same church but attended the league meetings "He just couldn't have done :he father of the accused boy shouted at detectives when they took Scott in custody. Health Program Set Up for Linn he recovered." is "socially Landess on Stand. Another witness at the hearing Verne D. Landess, superin- tendent of the insane ward at the reformatory. He described Fetters as an in- dustrious worker who spent his spare time reading and said that Fetters never cross. Fetters to his knowledge became violent or was under his supervision for six years. Deputy Sheriff Robertson said that during Fetters' recent four- month stay in the Washington county jail he did a great deal of work and was "gentle and kind." Fetters took the stand to tell of his'time spent in the reformatory. He also told how, in 1928, he un- successfully attempted to gain his freedom on a writ of habea corpus. Asked how he felt in 1928, com pared with the present time, h replied simply: "Younger." FRENCH APPROVE PACT. PARIS (AP) The French cabinet approved the Atlantic Pac Wednesday and will propose adoption by parliament, whicl convenes May 17. Today's Chuckle Housewife (at meat market) much are pork Butcher "Fifty cents a pound." Housewife "The butcher across the street sells them for 40 cents a pound." "Why don't you buy them from hasn't any today." Well, when I don't have any, I sell them for 20 cents pound." The Citizens Health Committee )f Linn county, thwarted by legis- ative failure to provide an ade- quate law for city-county health units, decided Tuesday to tackle specific problems one by one. Its executive group, which en- deavored without success to pry a health bill out of an all-power- ful senate sifting, committee, re- ported that it appeared financially unwise to attempt a city-county setup under present law. Specific problems to be taken up by the committee include: 1, fly control; 2, restaurant inspec- tion; 3, proper reporting of com- municable disease; 4, immuniza- tion against disease; 5, county- wide sanitation; 6, general educa- tional work to promote better health, and 7, educational work leading to passage of permissive legislation. The- committee gave its execu- tive group power to act in carry- ing out the program. Members of this group are: Van Vechten Shaffer, committee chairman; C. L. Beeson, chairman Linn county board of supervisors; Louis Blair, hospital superintend- ent; Frank K. Hahn, 'mayor of Cedar Rapids; E. C. Hoyt, manag- ing editor The Gazette; Walter Shupp, Linn county superintend- ent of schools; Clyde Parker, superintendent of Cedar Rapids schools; Dr. David E. Beardsley, the medical profession; Mrs. M. V. Heefner of Toddville, Linn county Farm Bureau; Shu-ley Bechtel Public Welfare bureau; S. R. Hankins, committee secretary, and Mrs. W. H. Kohl, president Coun- cil of Social Planning. Situation Vague In Chinese War SHANGHAI (UP on fighting on some sectors of the front around Shanghai were sup- pressed Wednesday but the gov- ernment admitted that a new Communist drive was developing to the southwest. Wednesday's military communi- que and Chinese press reports contained only the briefest men- tion of developments at Kunshan, 30 miles west, where the govern- ment reported that three Commu- nist armies had started a strong at- tack Tuesday. It was believed that either the weight of the Communist threat ;here Reuther Warns Uni'on Leftists To Quit Meddling DETROIT (UP) Walter P. Reuther, president of the CIO United Auto I "Workers, warned left-wing elements of the union Tuesday to quit meddling in th UAW's strike against the Foraints he could find and that the 'amily's "pet cat accidentally sat n the middle of the wet- paintsi completing the picture. J.S. Agrees to Departure of Red WASHINGTON (UP) The government has agreed to let an- other top .Communist, who has been the target of deportation proceedings, leave the country voluntarily. He is Ferdinand C. Smith, 58, native of Jamaica and former na-, tional secretary of the CIO there was overestimated or the tional Maritime Union. Justice de- situation was such that the au-; nartment files 'describe him as tooxities preferred not to mention] "active for years t- jmunist party." In Com- Rankin Flays Pension Curb WASHINGTON (AP) The veterans pension bill reported out Wednesday by the house veterans committee. contained 'an amend- ment. by, Hep. league barring pensions for veterans able to work more than'half time. The unemployability require- ment was hotly opposed by Chair- man Rankin He told reporters: "The Teague amendment' cuts out six-sevenths of the World war I veterans 65 or over. It is the worst blow they have received to date since the economy act of 1933." The economy act reduced vet- erans pensions. As the bill now stands, it estab- lishes pension benefits totaling a billion dollars a year through the year 2000, Independents Win Pie-Eating Contest at Coe (Photo on Picture Page.) There were two frosh out at Coe Tuesday night who probably left the table without dessert. They had plenty in the after- oon. Crowned Pie-Eating Kings of the campus were Harlan Dirks of Grundy Center and Vern Dolmage of Victor who disposed of a" good- ly number of chocolate, lemon and butterscotch concoctions in a-few seconds. Held in connection with annual Plaid Shirt day festivities on the Cedar Rapids campus, this. glut- tons' delight traditionally enrolls pie-eating teams from all the men's social groups. Winning team this year made away with three pies in record- xreaking hands allowed. Representatives of the independent men, the two were crowned with plaid diadems and presented ap- propriately plaided bow ties. Mistress of ceremonies for the event was Judy Jostes of Chicago, representative of Kappa Delta so- rority -which annually sponsors Plaid Shirt day. Andre Appointed To Succeed Kildee As ISC Ag. Dean (Picture on Fatrn Page.) .COUNCIL BLUFF'S Iowa Tuesday named Dr. Floyd' Andre, 39, to succeed Kildee as dean of agriculture at Iowa State college. Dean Kildee retires July 1 it the age of 65. Dr. Andre, a native of Iowa, now is assistant dean of agricul- ture at the University of Wis- consin David Dancer, board secretary, said Dr. Andre lived on a farm near New Sharon, la., until 1920. He took his undergraduate and graduate work at Iowa State col- lege, receiving a B. S. degree ,in 1931 as an honor student. He re- ceived his master's degree from ISC in 1933 and his doctor's de- gree in 193S. His major field was entomology. Dr. Andre was research assist- ant in entomology at the Iowa experiment station .and a grad- uate assistant in the department of agriculture at Iowa State in 1933. He spent a year with the U.S. forest service and then re- turned to Iowa State where he was associated with the teaching staff and experiment station un- til 1938 when he went to the U.S. department of agriculture bureau of entomology and plant quaran- tine in Washington. In 1946 he went to the University of Wiscon- sin as assistant director of the agricultural experiment station and professor of entomology. Dr. Andre also will take over as director of the college agricultural experiment station and of the agricultural extension service, po- sitions how. held by Dean Kildee. Dr. Charles 'Friley, president of Iowa State college, said that Dr. Andre said he would accept the positions as of July 1. Collins in Murder Trial Outline Events on Pay Of Slaying; Describe Hdttman's Office. Hague Rule By Loyal Meek. Dr. Robert C. Rutledge, spent his 28th birthday ln court Wednesday, on trial for the murder of Byron C. Hatt- man last Dec. 14, The courtroom was packed for both morning and afternoon ses- sions. Most of the spectators were women, only 13 men being., iri at- tendance during the afternoon. Dr. Rutledge heard Kenneth L. Ebershoff, Collins Radio Company director of mechanical design, tell of the' room in the Emerson Elec- ric Company in St. Louis where both Mrs. Rutledge and Hattman worked. Their desks, about 20 to 30 feet apart, faced each other, Ebershoff testified. .Ebershoff, who said he was well acquainted with Hattman professionally, testified he met the Emerson instrument' design- er about Nov. 1 while encaged in work for Collins as a sub- contractor to the St. Louis firm. Following their- introduction, Cbershoff said, Hattman .came to The people wanted it that he said; '.'so it's all right with me." Never had Hague, who at one time was a hall custodian, tasted defeat in a city election. Kenhyfs -slate sWept all five places on the city commission, now held' regular Democratic forces. END City Gay as Removal of Curbs Near Schools and Stores Close; Cubs Prepare for All-Night Siege. BERLIN (UP) A holiday atmosphere similar to New Year's prevailed Wednesday in Western Berlin, where more than Germans began celebrating the lifting of the Soviet blockade scheduled for one minute after midnight tonight p.m. All Western Berlin "schools closed for the day after brief cere- monies marking the imminent end of the 11-month-old blockade. Stores began closing early in day and all were shuttered by mid-afternoon. Private clubs mads plans for. an all-night celebration. Newspapermen from all over. Western Europe swarmed into Berlin and Helmstedt, some 90 miles west of Berlin, where first train was to cross into the So- viet zone. Planes Roar On. Station masters from Helmstedt, the British border town, and Eils- leben, the Soviet border town, met at the barriers, ceremoniously drank a. bottle of beer each and then removed a sign that said 'Halt." Low overhead, the great cargo planes that saved Western Berlin from falling by force of starvation jnto the Soviet orbit kept shuttl- ing in and out of the city. Tuesday the airlift announced its second best day in tons1 of supplies in flights for the 24 hours ending at Meanwhile, Soviet officials said -hey were willing to remove ian on Western zone. German- anguage. publications in: the East- ern zone Thursday if the Allies would do the same for Soviet zone publications in their areas. There vas no immediate response from Vestern officials. Russian Peace Dove. The Russians, in a quick turna- bout from the bitter days of win- ter when the cold war seemed about to burst into flame, painted the dove of peace on their first locomotives scheduled to steam West with goods from the East. There were growing indicatipni that the Russians intended to live Witness Asserts Yugoslav Builds Red Ring in US. WASHINGTON for- mer Yugoslav official charged Wednesday that the Yugoslav dele- gate to the United Nations is de- veloping a secret police network for Russia, from his luxurious "Fifth avenue apartment in New York." Bogadan Raditsa, former Yugo-N the let" Slav press officer in this country, ter of the blockade-lifting agree- said the network is being built by Dr.'J. Vilfari. He said Vilfan as a public prosecutor, sent to their deaths "hundreds of thousands of innocent Yugoslavs." Raditsa appeared before a sen- ate judiciary subcommittee to sup- port a bill to tighten immigration laws so espionage, sabotage and subversive agents could be kept out of the country or expelled. He said two members of the Yugoslav delegation to the U.N. general assembly were workers for Stalin rather than Marshal Tito. He said they are Srdjan Prica and Steve Dedjer. He described them as "-.veil-known figures in lie Communist world." After Tito's break with the Radista said, the ma- ority of- Yugoslav foreign service employes here and in Canada "Their mam mission is not to develop diplomatic he said, "but to work for the Soviet Union and its plans in the U. S. or wherever they are." Wednesday morning Kudrna (Contfnusd on Pact I, Cot S.) i Vandenberg Asks Ties with Spain WASHINGTON Vandenberg (R-Mich.) Wednesday joined a growing congressional move for full diplomatic relations with Spain. Vandenberg said there is "no reason why we should not have an ambassador to Spain" if we have one in Moscow. Chairman Connally (D-Texas) of the foreign relations committee said Tuesday that "he'could see ho reason why this country should not resume full diplomatic rela- tions with the'Franco government. leaders-in senate bi- partisan foreign policy now are behind the move.. ment. They splashed fresh paint on their border station check-point near. Helmstedt and sent road crews out again to give the weed- grown tracks a final safety check. The official Soviet newspaper Taegliche Rundschau said edi- torially: "It is now clear that peace can-be secured in Europe." The scene at Helmstedt resem- bled the Oklahoma land rush. Hundreds of Germans, waiting to return to Berlin along the four- lane superhighway, lined up their battered automobiles, trucks, bi- cycles, ho'rse carts and even wheelbarrows for the journey. Russians Prepare Road. The Russians prepared the high- way to handle the rush. They manned automobile repair shops, established a towing service, opened gas and oil stations and re- painted road signs stained by the winter's snow and rain. All signs were printed in four English, French, Russian and German. In Berlin the Helmstedt scene was duplicated as thousands pre- pared to .visit relatives in the West for the first time in nearly a year. Others prepared to leave for, farms in the Soviet zone to forage and barter for food. British E c o n o m i s t in Western Germany Slain BERLIN (AP) Sir John Sheeny, British Military Govern- ment .financial expert; was shot to death at 'his" home" in Western Germany Tuesday night, officials reported Wednesday. On the basis of scant details re- ceived at British headquarters acre, it was assumed Sir John was killed while trying to fight off one or more burglars. j Wholesale Food Prices Decline NEW YORK Dun and Bradstreet wholesale food snce index this week declined to from a week ago. The current index is 18 percent Jelow the year-ago- level of 93. It represents. the total cost at wholesale of a pound each of 31 foods in general use. Today's Index Comics Courthouse- 3 Crossword ................n Dally Record............... j Deaths j Editorial Features 6 Farm .....................jg Foto Faets ................15 Marion Movies.........w....... 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