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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 6, 1946, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS VOL Associated STMJ tad United Press Pull Leased Wires Five Cents Copy I MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY AUGUST G 1916 IOWA SUPREME COURTUPHOLDS STATE BUS ACT School Districts WU1 Get Their Share of Kickback Des Moines 0 w a school districts Tuesday were virtually assured of receiving their share of the school bus reimbursement and the 000ayear supplementary school aid alter the Iowa supreme court unanimously upheld the consti tutionality of the measures The decision on this part of the school aid laws passed by the 1945 legislature written by Justice Frederic M Miller was an nounced Monday County boards who began making their budgets Sept 1 had awaited the decision to learn if they could depend on the money A J Kleen Pocahontas county land owner brought the suit against State Treasurer John M Grimes State Comptroller C Fred Porter and others contending that the appropriations violated a con stitutional provision requiring dis tribution of state aid for schools in roportion to the number ol uths between the ages of 5 21 ie suit was originally brought e Pocahontas county district where Kleen asked for a Htory judgment Judge G Hman dismissed the case ch e Miller agreed in his 1 thai money that goes into irmanent school funds must istribntai according to the jer of pupils between the j of 5 and 21 years but held that the legislature had power to appropriate money or school purposes without mak ing it augment the income from permanent school funds The now will be distributed among the school dis tricts by Porter The money had been segregated for distribution after it was appropriated but had not been sent out pending the de cision of the supreme court Under the 1945 legislation the is to go for reimburse ment of school districts for pupil transportation costs and the aid law in funds to equalize educational opportu nity in the school districts throughout the state Justice Millers opinion quoted 2 different sections of the con stitution to hack his contention hat the did not become part of the permanent school fund Two sections of the school aid law still are involved in law suits Laura Dickinson Epvvorth la has brought suit attacking the 1945 appropriation of a year for replacement of school taxes above 15 far as it agricultural lands A suit has been brought in Kos suth county by parochial schools to share in the trans portation aid which is to be dis tributed to local schools on the basis of per pupil This Paper Consists of Two One No 258 Reveals Details of Degnan Murder Case MOLOTOV AND BYRNES CLASH ON VOTE ISSUE Red Minister Accepts Byrnes Challenge to Print Attack on Tactics EARTHQUAKE SPLITS DOMINICAN Natives in Ciudad Trujillo Dominican Republic point out a huge crack in one of the citys buildings caused by a severe earthquake reported to have occurred off the north coast of the republic The quake was said to have been the most severe recorded in recent years International Report 4 Dead After Quake Tidal Wave Hits West Indies Ciudad Trujillo Dominican Republic peasants who lived through the earthquake and tidal wave on the northern Dominican shore described it Tuesday as a thunderous upheaval which ripped open the earth sent up sulfurous fumes and churned the Atlantic into a frenzy Fragmentary reports from the stricken northeastern shore dis closed an exceptional geologic disturbance of frightful majesty Thousands peasants fled into the woods and hid while the earth ontinued to shiver spasmodically ong Sfter the first violent quake Paris Tuesday headed into conferees a stormy Trumans Popularity Is At Stake in Missouri Election showdown on the twothirds vot ing rule marked by a bitter ex change in which Secretary of State James F Byrnes charged Soviet Foreign Minister V M Molotov with misrepresentation and dic tatorial tactics and soviet support ers hinted the fate of the confer ence might hinge on the issue Byrnes challenged Molotov to print his attack on the soviet for eign ministers tactics in the Hus sion challenge which Mo lotov immediately took up coup ling it uith a denunciation of Brit ish and American newspapers and a general denial of Byrnes accu sations Molotov then led the rules com mission of the peace conference into a first class crisis by demand ing that a twothirds commission vote be required in recommending the twothirds rule to the peace conference After a long confused session of wrangling over the way to vote By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Missouris 5th district voters marked ballots Tuesday in a con gressional race that promised an insight by proxy into the admin istrations popularity in one seg ment of President Trumans home state The race involving an attempt by Rep Roger C Slaughter D to win rcnominalion despite public opposition from the president drew only a small segment of the voters participating in the days 6 Missouri Kansas Arkansas New Hampshire Vir ginia and West Virginia But because Mr Truman said that if Slaughter was right in his tight against white house legisla tive proposals the president was wrong the contest took on an ele To Washington I n d e p e n dence Mo President Truman gave his daughter Margaret a lesson in the mechanics of voting Tues day and then wound up his 4 day vacation at home by taking Federal District Judge John Caskie Collet back to Washing ton with him for a key economic post in the government Billion Dollar Public Works Plans Halted Washington govern ments public works program ground to a virtual halt Tuesday Federal presi dential about choosing 5700000000 worth of construction o defer at least until spring Calling the step necessary to comply with the presidents anti inflation budget reconversion di rector John R Steelman Monday clamped on a 3day moratorium that 1 Prevents any agency from let ting contracts for any new con struction during the next 56 days without his express permission 2 Provides that either civilian production administrator John D Small or housing expediter Wil son W Wyatt must recommend and the reconversion director ap prove nondeferrable federal con struction to be started between Oct 1 1946 and April 1 1947 and 3 Requires the agencies to put on the deferred list at least 000000 worth of construction some of which may be eliminated en tirely BRITISH MAY DROP PALESTINE London observ ers said Tuesday night that the British cabinet might decide at a meeting Wednesday to inform the United Nations that Britain is ready to surrender her mandate over Palestine The prospects were that the cabinet would meet withoat any official word from the United States regarding the recommenda tion by a committee of Anglo American experts for a partition of Palestine LT COL SHAW LT COL SHAW DIES IN MUNICH Des Moines Col Rob ert J Shaw55 Iowa commander the American Legion in 1940 and adviser on occupational de ferments lor the Iowa selective service board from 1940 to 1942 died Friday in an army hospital at Munich Germany the war de partment has disclosed S h a w formerly of Sigourncy Iowa and Des Moines had re turned to Germany in February to help in the prosecution of naz war criminals after serving 3 years in infantry fighting over seas Last June 30 Shaw suffered a heart attack and he had been il since Mrs Shaw and Robert Jr who left Des Moines for German recently were at his bedside when he died The colonel had gone uninjured through the fighting in Tunisia Algeria Italy and France He was at the front before Cassino Italy for 93 days A graduate in 1916 of the Stat University of Iowa Shaw receivet his law degree from Northwestern university in 1921 Until coming to Des Moines in 1940 he prac ticed law and raised cattle and Hampshire hogs on his farm eas of Sigourney He served as kuk county attorney from 1923 ti 1S27 Dr Stevens Is Speaker Iowa City Samuel N Stevens Grinnell college presi dent will be the speaker at th University of Iowas commence ment Wednesday night Award o degrees and certificates will b made to 298 persons the larges summer commencement class sine prewar times the twothirds a simple majority or two ment missing since the late Presi dent Roosevelt aided in the 1938 defeat of Rep John J OConnor New York democrat Mr Roose velts efforts however failed to unseat 4 other democrats that arly Sunday afternoon In San Juan on nearby Puerto ico seismographs recorded more ban 50 small quakes in the West ndies between Sunday afternoon nd Monday night The towns of fllatanzas and Villa ulia Molina at the head of scacesa bay were reported vir ually flattened by the tidal wave ersons reaching here from Mat nzas said there were many cas allies Four persons were reported ead Broken communications de ayed a check on casualties and he toll may run much higher Before the earthquake wit lesses said booming submarine xplosions of great intensity were leard They compared them to escriptions of atom bomb ex plosions Then the quake hit Buildings ollapsed Railroad tracks were wisted like strands of steel wire Roads were torn up Villagers passing a sleepy Sunday after noon in the excessive heat jumped up and ran for open country Next came the tidal wave With a swelling roar H rollefl up the bay and smashed against he towns Dwellings and shops vere swept away by the waves oE walls and roofs were hurled inland from the shore A U S navy pilot from Puerto co who flew over Matanzas said the tidal wave seemed to have destroyed most of the town After Ihe tidal wave reports said there were jagged ruptures r the earths surface Fountains of sulfurous waters were said to have spurted from the crevices Apparently the center of the earthquake was a spot nearly 10 miles below the Atlantic ocean surface off the coast commission adjourned in frustration until p m p m Chairman Paul Henri Spaak insisted on adjourn ing but as the hour wore on pro nosed a night meeting instead of he 1hour recess he had sug gested Application of the twothirds rule to the commission vote would give Molotov a virtual veto over the British proposal to which Rus sia proposal that con ference decisions be sent forward to the council of ministers in 2 categories those receiving two thirds votes and those receiving a simple majority Dmitri II a n u i 1 s k y of the Ukraine speaking in behalf of IMolotovs demand said solemnly that this was one of the most important decisions in the world Byrnes charged flatly that Molo tov was attempting to force Big 4 dictation upon the smaller powers and asserted that the soviet for eign minister was misrepresenting the American attitude and im pugning the motives of the United States year Like OConnor Slaughter in curred the presidential wrath be cause of his actions as a member of the powerful house rules com mittee Enos A Axlell Mr Trumans choice and Jerome Walsh former OPA attorney fought it out with Slaughter for the democratic nom ination while the president pre pared to vote in the adjoining 4th districtat his home town of Inde pendence Other primaries Virginia Senator Harry Byrd opposed by tho CIOPAC seeks renomination in a race wit Martin A Hutchinson Richmonc lawyer who says he isnt a candi date of organized labor Kansas Rep Frank Carlson republican member of the house ways and means committee is regarded by party leaders as the Weather Report FORECAST Mason cloudy Tues day night and Wednesday fol lowed by showers Wednesday afternoon or night Warmer Tuesday night Continued warm Wednesday cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday Scattered thundershowers in west portion Wednesday Somewhat warmer in west portion Tuesday night Continued warm Wednesday Minnesota Partly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday with widely scattered thundershow ers extreme west Tuesday night and southwest Wednesday Warmer south Tuesday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Tuesday morning Maximum 72 Minimum 50 At 8 a m Tuesday 65 Precipitation 05 YEAR AGO Maximum 78 Minimum 60 STATES DRAFT GALL IS 750 Des Moines draft call for September is for about 750 men which is less than half the quota for June the last month before the 2month draft holiday Col Ralph A Lancaster assistant director of Iowa selective service said Tuesday Although the call is consider ably lower than the last one and about the lowest wTe ever have had we will find it just as diffi cult as before to produce the men Lancaster said About all we have to go on now is 19 year olds While the quotas have varied greatly since Pearl Harbor they were about 2300 a month in the last 2 months before the draft holiday lowans called up in Sep tember will be sent to Fort Snell ing Minn for induction KEP SLAUGHTER likely GOP nominee for governor He has 2 opponents The democratic gubernatorial race finds former Gov Harry Hi Woodring who has called for modification of the states consti tution to permit state sale of li quor contesting with 3 others New Charles M Dale R is seeking rcnomina tion with Rep Sherman Adams Dale former Portsmouth mayor as his chief opponent F Clyde Keefe 4 times mayor of Dover seeks democratic nomi nation for governor in a race with Harry Carlson former assistant secretary of commerce West Virginia endorsed Senator Harley M Kilgore D seeking renomination in a contest with J Buhl Shahan former na val lieutenant commander Thom as Sweeney Wheeling insurance man is contesting with Claude R Hill mayor of Oak Hill for the republican nomination in 5 dis tricts will select congressional nominees Textile Boost May Push Low Cost Clothing Washington spokesman for retail clothing merchants said wistfully Tuesday that higher textile prices may put shirts and 79cent shorts back on store shelves Thats our hope said Louis Rothschild executive director of the National Association of Retail Clothiers He told a reporter that the aver age 16 per cent increase in cotton textile ceilings put into effect by OPA Monday undoubtedly will encourage greater production of cotton apparel Manufacturers will have an in centive to produce shirts to retail at and shorts at 79 cents Rothschild said We havent had any of those in a long time Up to now Rothschild added manufacturers have not been able to make a profit on these lower priced items He said they should begin to re appear in stores in about 30 days OPA said the 16 per cent textile increase will boost cotton cloth ing prices six to eight per cent and jump the cost of household linens about 17 per cent Rothschild however expressec belief the OPA clothing price es timate is on the conservative side While OPA was boosting textile prices to meet requirements of the new price control law the agencys consumer advisory com mittee called for caution in lifting ceilings from basic commodities especially food The committee urged govern ment agencies including the new price decontrol board to take a strong stand against prema ture elimination of controls Sent to Des Moines Hospitals Des Moines Three cases of infantile paralysis 2 from Des Moines and f from Indianola were admitted to Des Moines hospitals Monday Described as a possible polio victim was Beverly Dunn 11 daughter of Mr and Mrs Carroll Dunn Newton Iowa who was admitted to a hospital here NORTH IOWAN DIES IN FALL Spirit Lake Sar gent 55 Estherville died of a broken neck Tuesday morning when he fell out of a tree He was working with Bert ShuHz also of Estherville trim ming trees Dr C E Rector acting coroner reported the men were working at a point about half way up the east shore of Spirit Lake RadioControlled Planes Fly From Hawaii to U S Muroc Cal Two army BI7 Drones landed at this army air base at and a m CST Thursday completing a 2400 mile night from Hilo Hawaii It was the longest totally un manned flight in aviation history The Drones were controlled one mother ship each by THREE MISSING IN OIL TANKER crew members and a dock guard were reported missing Tuesday as the oil tanker Homestead burned in the St Johns river at Jacksonville Fla after being struck by lightning while unloading barrels of gasoline Ihirty members of the ships crew were treated for burns AP Wirephoto d Jacksonville Fia ing smoke and angry names seething below decks Tuesday concealed the fate of at least 3 men missing since lightning ig nited the 5000000 gallon fuel cargo of an oil tanker here Mon day Ship officers said 2 crew mem bers and an elderly dock guard had not been accounted for since an electrical blast transformed the Standard Oil vessel Homestead into an exploding inferno as she lay anchored in the port of Jack sonville The civilian guard was listed as W O Williamson Sr of Jackson ville Crewmen unreported were I identified ns Seaman Jack Bow man of Georgia and a new man known only ns Duckworth Thirty members of the vessels crew were treated for minor burns at a hospital here and dismissed Another more seriously injured remained for treatment Capt M Tunstall master of the ship said he believed only 33 of the ships 45man crew were aboard when the lightning bolt hit at approximately CST Mon day A crew check is still under way Williamson was seen at his post near the ships gangplank shortly before the first of 5 explosions rocked the craft Jacksonville firemen had con trol of the blaze Monday night but said the ship would probabl burn for 24 hours They estimate it would be 36 hours to 3 days be fore a search could be made fo the missing men Many of the crew who escape to safety owed their lives to L Cmdr Stanley J Halka of Ian Beach Cal the ships first eng necr Halka braved the heat an smoke below decks to turn on th vessels smother steamsafety sys lem and clear the men from the quarters and posts The explosion spread the burn ing fuel over the water surface fo 100 yards around the ship an smoke and flame roared thousam of feet skyward 1 v U CHICAGO YOUTH ALSO ADMITS 2 OTHER KILLINGS Tells of Strangling 6 Year Old Girl and Cutting Up Her Body Chicago Heirens 17yearold college student Tues day confessed the kidnapslaying of 6yearold Suzanne Degnan and began confessions to the murder of two women Shortly after the youth began his confession to the murders of BIrs Josephine Ross widowed housewife and exWAVE Frances Brown states attorney William J Tuohy announced that Heirens would be taken to reenact the Degnan crime Heirens longawaited confes sion told in detail of the crime that shocked the nation last Jan 7 when the Httle girl was taken from her home and killed He told of climbing into her room and apparently awakening her When she sat up in bed he said he strangled her Then he said he took her to the basement of an apartment build g nearby dissected her body with knife and disposed of the parts He said he had not intended to idnap or kill the child but had ntered the Degnan home bant on urglary His statement at times was con used He could remember only isposing of the last part of the ody an arm which he placed in sewer His grisly story apparently was ntended to indicate his confused tate of mind Many of the details e he could not remember But he remembered that he hoked the child in her room and t first he said heused hK fingers hen he said he may have used piece of wire to wind around er neck He carried wire in his pocket of ie type found near the scene of ie murder He said he threw the knife on to c elevated railroad structure a lock north of the Degnan home he said he returned to the asement washed up the blood he ound there and wrote a ransom otc demanding He took the note to the Degnan ome and left it in the childs bed oom he said Then he boarded an Jevated train returned to his oom on the University of Chicago ampus and began studying for us days classes All this occurred Before the sleeping parents were iWare that thair little girl had leen murdered Heirens spoke in calm tones as f lie were trying to remember He vas surrounded by 3 of his law yers States Attorney William J uohy assistant States Attorney Wilbert Crowley and police offi ers who took part in the investi ation His statement one of the most tuesome in police records marked he solution to a crime seldom iqualled for its brutality Steno graphers recorded every word the outh spoke He already had admitted the Jcfjnan slaying orally along with he murders of Mrs Josephine Ross a widowed housewife and cxWAVE Frances Brown As Heirens began his confession uards were posted outside the district attorneys office His par ents were not present He said that when he disposed of the last portion of the body an arm the cover fell down on my linger and it woke me up a little bit and I remember from there practically everything vaguely but everything He apparently referred to a sewer cover Hcirens said that after the cover fell on his finger he was not quite sure but he believed he re turned to the basement near the Degnan home where he had dis sected the body He said he noticed blood in a washtub I had some inkling of what happened he said I realized I didnt know the exact facts of what happened until later I read about it and it was made known to me that way but what I knew of it then I realized something terrible had happened He said he cleaned up the blood and then it dawned on me some thing must have happened to the child Asked why he wrote the ransom note he said It came into my head that1 had done something as I told you before and I realized it must have been a child and I didnt address the note because I didnt know the name of the people so to relieve the parents in all ways possible I could would be to give them some hope the child was alive and that is the manner in which I wrote it i 1
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