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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 10, 1948, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL L1V Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY MARCH 10 1948 This Paper Consists ol Two One HOME EDITION inmr No 130 VERHELST SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS DEWEY WHNER IN 1ST TEST OF VOTE STRENGTH Beats Out Stassen in Number of Delegates From New Hampshire Concord N 11 fp GOV ihomas K Dcwey Wednesday won the first round in the ballot box light for the republican presiden tial nomination The New York governor swept i of the e delegates in the New Hampshire presidential primary first in the nation m the 1948 campaign Showing strength in both rural and urban areas Dewey beat back the challenge of Harold E Stas other announced re publican candi date to enter a lull slate President Truman w o n endorsement of the democrats in their pri mary Pie was unopposed Dcwey w a s gene r ally fa vored in this primary one Thomas Dcwey that politicians held important from a psychological viewpoint The Dewey slate captured 3 of tiie 4 delegates elected at large One interesting sidelight of the primary was the small vote polled by 2 delegates running pledged to Gen Dwight D Eisenhower al though the general had announced he was not interested in politics Eisenhowers name aupcared on Uie ballot however The best showing of the men running under his banner was 6094 votes Politicians regarded the New Encrlaml result as pretty much of it standoff They iunui ihiii rvvg westward J o the next battl Wisconsin April 6 primary There Dcwe and S t a s s e take on Ge Douglas Mac A r t h u r wh will be testin for the first tim his appeal as positive candl date The N e v Hampshire rac long had been billed by Dewej supporters as an indicator of the New Yorkers strength in Nev England Gov Charles M Dale one of the G Deweypledged dele gates elected labeled the outcome a flattering tribute to the gover nor Stassens supporters on the othei hand insisted they were well sat isfied with collecting 2 Philadel phia convention ballots in an are where the middlewestcrner wa littj known in 1944 when Dewey won the party nomination They had however claimed as many as 5 places as the campaigi drew to a close Stassen made 3 personal hand shaking tours of the state the last one only a week ago Dewey put in no recent appear ance but depended on an organiza tion headed by Dale One result of the New England primary was to serve notice on Senator Robert A Taft that Stas sen is to be reckoned with in the May 4 primary in the Ohio sena tors home state The Minnesotan has announced plans to go after delegates there in a number of districts For Dcwey the New Hampshire contest was one of 3 regarded as crucial by his forces The other 2 arc Wisconsins battle next month and Oregons May 21 delegate tus sle Barring a lastminute change in plans the Oregon voting will be another strictly DeweyStasscn race Friday is the last day for filing and word from Portland is that the MacArthur camp will not try to enter the generals name As for the Wisconsin contest politicians here say MacArthur will have to collar more than one third of the states 27 delegates to create the kind of boom his friends think would carry him along in other primaries Friends of the supreme com mander gave clear indications that they expect to base a national drive on the claim that he is the best man to deal firmly with Russia in the present tense situ ation Hep Miller who has been plugging for the general for years said he is the one man who understands Russia and has been able to tell them where to go when they tried to interfere in Japan Miller has contended the general is willing to come to Washington and testify before a congressional committee on Japanese occupation matters I Harold Stassen Czech Foreign Minister Dies in Death Leap Prague Czechoslovakia Foreign Minister Jan G Masaryk leaped to his death Wednesday morning from a 2nd floor window of the foreign office officials in his ministry said Wednesday These officials confirmed that the son of this nations first pres ident ended his life just 15 days after a communist coup in which he was returned to his post as one of the few noncommunists in the cabinet In London Gen Lev Prchala leader of a Czech movement re sisting the communist regime in Prague said London exiles had heard that Masaryk was under terrific pressure to bring him into line with the communist govern ment Informed of the reports that Masaryk had taken his life Prch ala said Suicide It is Masaryks last public appearance was in the old town square Sun day when he attended a combined celebration of the 98th birthday anniversary of his late father and he 30th anniversary of a battle in which Czech and Russian troops fought side by side Photographs taken then made him appear harassed haggard and worried His body was found in the pal ace courtyard at about 8 a m It was carried away quickly Neigh bors said the lights in Masaryks offices burned all night Masaryk occupied a small and unpretentious apartment in the avish foreign officeCzernin pal ice His sister Alice Masaryk ivcs in a home near the palace Another sister Mrs Olga Revil iod lives in Geneva Switzerland When the reports of Masaryks Teath began to circulate in Prague neople assembled in little groups lome of them were weeping Official agencies including the ninistries of interior and informa ion would say only that theyhad o detailed informnlion The governmentc o n t r o 11 ed Czechoslovak press agency said it would be decided later what form the communique would take Masaryk Gt was revered in Czechoslovakia as the son of Thomas G Masaryk liberator founder and first president of modern Czechoslovakia His re tention in the communistbossec cabinet after the coup was inter preted here as a communist man euver to make use of his name His flat endorsement severa days later of close cooperation with Russia coupled with an J am with you message to the army and to his Czech and Slovak brothers however seemed to most qualified observers here to mean that he had embarked on a definite course of action There were 2 schools of thought as to what that course might be One felt he was playing a most dangerous double game The other felt he had lent him self to the new government in the possible hope that he could steer it on a middle course and bring Moscow and the west to gether in the peace he always in sisted must be maintained His death recalled that Dr Prokop Drtina the minister of justice before the communist coup was found under a window outside his home 2 days after the com munists took over Prague police said he had attempted suicide and suffered a serious head injury TWO DIE IN COLLISIONRobert 0 Rice 23 and Philip J Clayton 33 both onear Lettendori were Jailed instantly Wednesday morning when a Burlington passenger train and truck collided east of Bettendorf The men were enroute to work The St Louis bound tram is pulling away in tho background leaving the wreckage oi the truck Russia Charged in UN With Engineering Red Czech Coup Delegate Appeals to Security Council for Action Against Soviets Lake Success X Y ia was formally charged in the United Nations Wednesday with in Czechoslovakia and threatening world peace Czechoslovakias permanent del egatc to the UN appealed to the UN security council to intervene in Czechoslovakia take step against Russia and undo the com nuniist seizure of power The complaint was handed to UN Secretary General Trygve Lie by Czech delegate Jan Papanek in a dramatic and unprecedented se quel to the reported suicide oL Czech Foreign Minister Jan Mas aryk Papanek announced his ac tion in a press conference in which his voice frequently broke with emotion Openly defying the new com munist government in Prague Papanek announced he was bring ing the case into the security coun cil on behalf of the sovereign Czechoslovak republic as it existed before February 20 Thatwas the date the communists took over Lie immediately called his high command into a private confer ence to determine whether the complaint can be raised legally be fore the security council on which Russia sits with the United States France Britain China and 6 small nations Russia and U S Tangle on Palestine JAN G MASARYK to Death Lake Success much heralded U SRussian agreement on Palestine partition appeared Wednesday to be crumbling A battle of words outside United STations chambers Tuesday spot lighted their current differences over the political future of the Hoy Land It was the sharpest split on the issue between the two powers since last November when pushed the partition plan through the U N assembly The core of tne verbal tussle was American insistence on bring ng the Arabs bitter foes of par tition into United Nations con sultations So far the Arabs have Boycotted every discussion of the splitup scheme The Jews accept the plan to create Jewish and Arab nations by next Oct 1 The Jews oppose overtures to the Arabs Russia has termed the moves worthless in view of past failures at conciliation A high Soviet source told news men Tuesday the United States appears to favor reopening the partition plan Delegates of the U S Russia France and China spent an hour in closed meeting firing questions at Sir Alexander Cadogan British delegate attending as representa tive of tho mandatory power in Palestine A summary of the pro ceedings given newsmen later by a U N press officer revealed that most of the questions already have been answered before the assem blys 5nation Palestine partition commission House Body Rejects Move to Kill Rent Control This Month VYnvlunrrfon T H r Vvn bankingcommittee Wednesday re jected a motion to kill all rent control at the end of this month Chairman Wolcott RMich then predicted the committee will approve Thursday legislation ex tending the rent lawfor at least a year Other committee sources indicated the group will accept the senate measure to continue controls to May 1 1949 The voto on the motion to kill the controls March 31 was taken behind closed doors and only the result was announced German Reds Set Up Rule for Berlin Berlin German com munists in the soviet zone mot Tuesday and formed a new Ger man government called an eco nomic commission the official Russian news agency ADN said Wednesday Hcinrich Ran a veteran com munist was named head of the commission Four deputies also were named The new commission immedi ately dissolved the central admin istration of the former zonal gov erning body and incorporated its functions into the economic com mission Formation the new commis sion has been expected for the past several weeks All noncommunists were ex cluded from the new commission reliable quarters reported Pope Urges Rome Clergy to Impress Election Importance Vatican City Pius XII in his annual Lenten address to the Rome clergy told them Wednesday it is their right and duty to impress upon Catholics the extraordinary importance of Italys elections April 18 This is considered the pontiffs reply to his critics in the com munistdominated popular front who for weeks have been charging that the church is improperly and illegally intervening in politics SAME 90 Blick eKiis iratMo death Ln pait 24 2 IOWA BOYS DIE IN CRASH Brothers Killed as Truck Train Collide Aspinwall brothers 17 and 19 years old were killed Wednesday in the collision of a truck and a fast freight train The driver of the truck suffered only bruises and shock Those killed were Lowell and Glenn Wellcr sons of Mr and Mrs Ed Wcllcr farmers living near here E E Brady Milwaukee rail road station agent said the train was traveling about 60 miles an hum at he time of the collision on u grade crossing in this town of about 100 population One car was derailed but no damage re sulted George Justice of Bolna was the driver ot the truck which was loaded with baled hay He was taken to a hospital at Man ning but was released after Xrays showed he was not seri ously injured Aspinwall is in Crawford coun ty 4 miles north of Manning Command to Confer on Wartime Roles Washington military high command will meet this weekend in an effort to agree on the individual part the army navy and air force should play in event of a war Defense Secretary Forrestal told a news conference Wednesday about plans for the meeting He implied that disagreements exist nmong the joint chiefs of staff over what role each service should have in strategic planning Forrestal said he would ask the commanders of the services to list those things on which they are in disagreement Asked what the next step would be after that Forrestal replied I hope to get them to come to nn accommodation of views If they dont Ill have to make my I own decisions Senate Votes to Keep ERP Out of UN Washington senate Wednesday voted down a proposal to administer foreign relief through the United Nations The proposal was offered by Senator Taylor DIdaho as a iubstitute for the bill authorzingr a 5300000000 European recov ery program Taylor has announced that he hopes to be elected vicepresident on a third party ticket headed by Henry Wallace His proposal re flected the expressed views of both men on the foreign aid prob lem It would have provided that the United State contribute 000000 to the United Nations to help set up a reconstruction and economic development administra tion for Europe Taylor told the senate the mea sure also provided for an ever normal world food granary ban use of the reconstruction funds for military expenditures and per mit universal disarmament to prevent war He charged that the ERP pre pares for war and puts Europe on a permanent dole Earlier Senator Taft ItOhio said he will vote to trim thecost of the recovery program to 000000000 but will oppose at tempts to cut it lower than that Congress has set April 10 as target date for final passage of the program known as the Mar shall plan This deadline if met would throw the weight of the ERP into the scales against com munism just 8 days ahead of the crucial Italian elections Taft said he hopes the senate will complete action on the pro posed measure this week or early next week Taft told a reporter he thinks a cut to three or three and onehalf billion dollars urged by some re publican critics would provide too little money I would vote to re duce it to four billions he added Hu raid cui the total to four billions probably will be presented Friday He did not forecast its approval Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy and continued cold Wednesday night and Thursday Occasional light snow Thursday Low Wednesday night 5 to 10 below High Thurs day near 15 Iowa Mostly cloudy and contin ued cold Wednesday night and Thursday with occasional light snow near Missouri border Wed nesday night and over most of the state Thursday Low Wed nesday night 5 to 10 below ex treme north and zero to 5 above south High Thursday 12 to 15 north 15 to 20 south Shippers to 10 be low below southwest zero southeast Minnesota Fair Wednesday night and Thursday Continued cold Wednesday night Not so cold northwest portion Thursday IN MASON CITY Globe Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum 10 Minimum 10 below 8 a m Wednesday 10 below YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 24 Beulah Overell Fined for HitRun Driving Los Angeles UR Beulah Louise Overell 18yearold heir ess to a half millMI dollar for tune Wednesday tried to dig up to pay a hitrun driving fine Miss Overell said she was broke when she pleaded guilty Tuesday But she must pay by Thursday or go to jail for 10 clays She drove away from a minor collision shortly after she was ac quitted on charges of murdering her parents She said she did it to avoid publicity Tales of Woe Haunt Income Tax Collectors DCS Moines nre in come tax filing days filled with tax returns and tales of woe The federal internal revenue office here has a letter of regrets from an lowan who says he wont le able to make the March 15 filing deadline Hes in jail I will be unable to file my re turn until I get out of here ho writes Hope this will be satis factory with you And from another jail inmate the office gets a letter seeking a which he says he has com ing on taxes paid last year Hes in jail on a chock forgery charge I need the money a lot to pay off checks and get out of jail says his letter The stale tax commission re ceives its share of letters with their griefs and growls There was the taxpayer who objected when the commission sent back his return because his check was dated March 31 In explaining why he dated his check ahead the taxpayer wrote that he did not wish the state of Iowa to have the use of my money in advance of the date on which it is due to have it And there was the farmer whose mail box was knocked down by a snowplow He doesnt know whether the postman got his letter containing his state in come tax check Neither does the commission With thousands of returns coming in daily now it probably wont know 1or several weeks GlobeGazette Photo CHARLES VERHELST Days End Iowa Numbed as Cold Wave Strikes Again Des Moines weather records for March 10 Were set at numerous Iowa points Wednesday as a wave of bitter cold hung over the state Hard winds intensified the ef fects of the low temperatures In Mason City the mercury dipped to 11 below 7ero early Wednesday morning and at 2 p m it was still in the regions with a reading of 3 At Charles City the temperature plunged to 7 below at 8 a m Wednesday 5 degrees colder than any previous low for March 10 in the 57 years of weather records In Des Moines the reading of 4 below was 2 degrees colder than the previous alltime low for March 10 which was set in 1912 The weather bureau said no im mediate break in the cold wave is expected There were traces of snow at Sioux City Des Moines Burling ton and Lamoni The weather bu reau said however that the ex treme cold prevented arrival of snows it had forecast for Tuesday night Winds ranged up to 29 miles an hour at Waterloo Wednesday and Atlantic and Council Bluffs re ported some blowing and drifting snow The highway patrol said roads were slippery in spots north of No 30 but normal south of that line All roads were open Temperatures of from zero to as low as 42 below were registered from the north and central Rockies and the northern plains eastward to the Great Lakes region Wednes day morning Cass Lake Minn had 42 Big Falls Minn recorded 38 and Park Rapids and Bemidji Minn and Grand Forks N Dak had 37 Report More Violence in South Korea Riots Seoul U S army Wednesday reported 4 Korean po licemen were killed 3 injured and 2 missing in a renewal of out breaks in south Korea The army said the incidents were part of the series which be gan Feb 7 and cost 80odd Korean lives and sabotaged communica tions American authorities blamed communistinspired groups at tempting to force the United Na tions election commission to quit Korea YOUTH GOES TO FORT MADISON TO SERVE TERM Mason Cityan Could Be Released in Less Than 9 Years on Good Conduct Charles Raymond VerHelst left Mason City Wednesday afternoon for Fort Madison to begin serving a 20 year sentence in the state penitentiary With good behavior he could be released in less than 9 years He was sentenced at a in Wednesday by Judge William P Butler who had presided over the trial which ended in a verdict by the jury of guilty of 2nd degree murder VerHelst was convicted of the strangulation murder of his 16 year old high school sweetheart Arlene Mott last November 13 as they sat in his car parked in the alley at the rear of her home Judge Butler under the law had the choice of from 10 years to life imprisonment in sentencing the Mason City high school senior The judge stated from the bench that he was considering the age and immaturity and the possible emotional strain that he VerHelst was under as he faced the results of his previous delin quencies Neither is any excuse for the crime but they should be considered By delinquencies the judge wai referring to the girls pregnancy at the time of her death and the lads admission that he had been in timate with her for a year and a half Two things are involved in the sentence for a crime the judge continued punishment and tho effect on others who might ba tempted to commit a similar of fense The court hopes that the wide publicity given this crime may lead young and old to a re newed consideration that even an old rule that the wages of sin is death Laxity is all too prevalent now in upholding moral standards the judge declared If there is a new realization then perhaps the death of this girl shall not have been wholely in vain Charles you may stand Judge Butler said looking at the lad who sat at the counsel table imme diately in front of the bench VerHelst stood and the judge asked Do you have any legal cause to show why judgment should not now be pronounced The youngster shook his hcac and his lips moved but no sound reached those a dozen feet away He stood alone in front of the bench as he heard the sentence ol 20 years pronounced then turned and sat down again beside his at tornfeys M L Mason and R L Clough The case was completed in dis trict court without VerHelsts voice ever being heard by the judge or jury He elected not to testify his own behalf during the trial and in dealings with the court his at torneys always had answered for him The judge then fixed the appeal bond at After a quarter hour consultation between Ver Helst his father Raymond Ver Helst and 2 defense attorneys the lad surrendered himself to deputy sheriffs The failure to file the appeal bond and the decision that Vcr Heist would begin serving his sen tence was seen as an indication that no appeal will be filed The law provides that this may be done at any time during1 the next 30 days however In fixing the amount of the ap peal bond Judge Butler remarked that regardless of what the pub lic may think about it the pur pose of a bond is not to keep a man in jail There were less than 50 specta tors in the courtroom at 10 oclock whsn the time came for sentenc ing The judges decision was not announced for more than an hour however after preliminary mo tions had been disposed of When VerHelst came from the lawyers conference room after the decision not to file the appeal bond Deputy Sheriffs Walt Balek and Jerry Allen started through the courtroom with the boy He walked to the spectators railing and shook hands with his father and 2 other men sitting with him As he turned toward the door 1 women arose from their seats in the front row and wept as they shook hands Several men also came from their spectators seats to shake hands Vehllelst eyes were wet with tears as he walked out with the deputies His mother was not in court Wednesday Neither was Mrs Carl Mott the slain girls mother Carl Mott slippedin some time after the proceedings v had begun and took a scat among the spectators He left imediately after the Ben tcnce was announced When court opened at 10 oclock   

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