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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 24, 1949, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAIlY PAPER FOR THE HOME Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires i MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JUNE 24 1949 This Paper Consists of Two iuni AP Wirephoto HELD IN James Buddy Beckwith 27 sits in the county jail at Grundy Center Thursday night guarded by Sheriff J A Meyer left and State Agent Max Studer of Mason City after his capture in a corn field near his home in Morrison Beckwith is held in con nection with the slaying of Mrs Irma Jean Stahlhut 22 whose hacked body was found Thursday in the cooler of the tavern she and her husband operated Admits Mutilation Slaying of Young Woman in Tavern Morrison J Buddy Beckwith 27 of Morrison who said he had been crazy for her Friday con fessed the mutilation slaying of a pretty 22 year old mother State Agent Max Studer of Mason City said The brutally slashed nearlynude body of Mrs Irma Jean Stahlhut was found early Thursday in a walkin refrigerator Injunction Vote to Be on Tuesday Administration Men Claim Unification Confident of Winning Washington IP President Truman Friday recommended leg islation completely removing post master appointments from politics In special message to congress he urged enactment of a law to authorize the postmaster general to appoint all postmasters subject only to provisions of the civil ser vice and classification acts This would mean that the time honored custom of the president appointing first 2nd and 3rd class whom there are some be abandoned Senate confirmation of the presi dential choices likewise would no longer be a part of the routine Postmasters theoretically have been under the civil service sys tem for some time But legislators frequently have had a hand in picking one of the first 3 passing the examination and furthermore the senate for years has had final say on confirmation Fourth class postmasters are appointed bythe postmaster general and no have to be confirmed are for the smaller offices The new legislation requested by Mr Truman is in line with a recommendation of the govern ment reorganization commission headed by former President Hoo ver To put the postof fice department on a more effi cient and businesslike basis the AP Wirephoto LIFE GAMBLE FOR SCIENCE Boy serving a life term in Sins Sing prison Ossing N Y for his part in a 1931 mur der of a garage cashier has helped write medical history recently by submitting to blood exchange with a girl leukemia victim who later died Boy seems all right hut doctors say it will be months before they know he will survive Hiss Enters Point Blank Trial Denials New York Hiss en tered point blank denials Friday to various accusations made against him by Whittaker Cham bers No I did not There is not a word of truth in that Those were answers he gave when he resumed the witness stand Friday at his perjury trial His chain of denials began when defense counsel asked him when he last saw Chambers former courier for a red spy ring Late May or early June 1936 high1 state depart he answered The former ment official thus denied one of the 2 counts of the perjury indict ment against him That he lied when he said he had not seen Chambers since Jan 1 1937 Chambers the governments key witness in its charges against Hiss repeatedly has accused Hiss of passing secret government papers to him in 1937 and 1938 for relay to a red spy network a tavern here which she and her husband operated Beckwith a handsome World war II veteran told authorities he killed Mrs Stahlhut in the cooler with a paring knife after attempt ing to sexually assault her Studer said Studer said Beckwith told him he had been crazy for Mrs Stahlhut for a long time and had planned to sexually attack her for some time He said he tried to at tack her Wednesday night Studer related and when she resisted him it drove him into a fit of anger and he killed her Beckwith told authorities Stu der said that the slaying took place in the cooler and consumed about a half hours time He left by the rear door of the tavern Studer said he related Mrs Stahlhut was found with both breasts cut off the body her throat cut and her body cut open down the middle The body of the attractive woman mother of a 13monthold son was found by her husband Harvey Studer said Beckwith related president urged anew that postal rates be brought in line with in creased costs of operations He predicted a deficit for the fiscal year 1950 starting July 1 on the basis of current rates of more than This he said would result primarily from car rying a volume of business below cost Miss Screams She Was Framed Washington Coplon screamed Ive been framed over and over Friday at the end of crossexamination in her espionage lWhen Prosecutor John M Kel ley Jr finally said That s all Miss Coplon remained seated on the witness stand Then for neai lv 10 minutes she shouted thatsne had been entrapped and framed This case is so smelly that it smells td high heaven she cried in hysterical tones Earlier in another emotional outburst she had shouted that Im not a communist and 1 ve never been a communist When she shouted there was this conspiracy to frame me she named those she said had taken She leaned forward in the wit chair and obviously directed LT oil part ness her remarks primarily at Kelley and Raymond another prosecutor witfTuV to call her Judy when she vJorked for him in the justice department I dont understand this whole rase she screamed I am mno clnt I will always say that Im in nocent jand that I am being frshedsaid that she did not know whether Valentine A Gubitchev Se Russian with whom she was Crested was in the conspiracy but she steamed that Gubitchev Ead left her to make a phone call only 10 minutes before the FBI seized them his story following his exit from he tavern Went Home He went home and spent about half hour there changing his clothes Then he walking down the railroad tracks He hid in high weeds along the roadside where he slept At no time was he farther than a mile from the scene of the slaying Somewhere in the field in which he slept or in one of the fields across which he wandered he dropped the paring knife used in the slaying During the 20 hours between the time of the slaying and his capture Thursday he had no food Sheriff John A Meyer who with Studer and County Attorney Bliss Willoughby spent all morn ing questioning Beckwith said after the confession was obtained He was kind of willing to talk he seemed to be sad and penitent and glad to get it off his chest Complete Confession Authorities termed the confes sion complete and very satisfac tory They disclosed Friday that it vas a tip from a 15yearold girl hyllis Mclntyre of Morrison vhich led to Beckwiths capture She spotted him in the weeds told her mother who notified the own marshal Beckwith said the slaying took place between and midnight Wednesday Studer reported He was captured shortly before 8 oclock Thursday night Gain 15 Days for Appeal of Rutledge Cedar Rapids Robert C Rutledge Jr convicted of 2nd degree murder in the slaying of a man he accused of seducing Mrs Rutledge Friday won 15 more days in which to seek a new trial District Judge J E Heiserman granted the July 15 hearing arguments of de fense counsel and County Attor ney William Crissman July previously had been the deadline for filing of any motions Friday marked the start of the 4th month of Rutledges incarcera tion in the Linn county jail Bai of has not been posted Defense Counsel R S Milner indicated the basis of a new tria would be exceptions taken to wha he called errors in the courts in structions to the 9man 3woman jury He also said there wer misdirections in material matter of law but declined to elaborat on this Rutledge 27yeaioId St Louis baby specialist was convicted May 28 in the knifeslaying of Byron C Hattman also of St Louis Rutledge and his wife Sydney 23 testified that Hattman seduced Mrs Rutledge last sum mer and then hounded them for money The fatal fight took place in a hotel room here Sophoulis Dies After Heart Attack Athens Greece UR Themis ocles Sophoulis aged premier of reece died Friday of a heart at ack Death came to the popular el der statesman after 21 trying months in office During that pe iod his coalition government had o wrestle with the mountainous problems of warfare with the communistled guerrillas and a deepening economic crisis The premiers sisterinlaw Mrs Panagiotis Sophoulis was he only relative at the bedside when he died Vice Premier Alexander Dio medes automatically took over the reins of government until a new premier could be named by King Paul The entire cabinet was at the Athens airport waiting to re ceive Queen Frederika She had been to Switzerland visiting her ailing father Born on the island of Samos while it still was under the Turk ish sultans Sophoulis was coy about his age and possibly un certain of it for lack of records While 90 years was a commonly accepted figure conflicting ver sions of it vary as much as 2 years either way Sophoulis 3time premier of his country was stricken during the afternoon at his summer residence in the Athens suburb of Kiffssia His present term began in Sep tember 1947 when he formed a government with the support of the United States He had refused to serve unless he was named premier Would Omit Politics for Postmasters Truman Recommends New Legislation on Appointments Washington senate Friday agreed to vote Tuesday on the big issue of whether a new labor law should provide for court orders to block national emergency strikes With the agreement leaders called off a senate session they had figured on holding Saturday The present TaftHartley labor law authorizes injunctions against emergency strikes Senator Taft ROhio and others want to keep it in whatever new law congress enacts Administration men want to keep it out They say they are unified at last and will win the big test The unifying factor was an un expected move Thursday by Sen ator Lucas of Illnois the leader of the senate democrats New Proposal He introduced a new plant seizure proposal which he told reporters President Truman would obviously approve Two other proposals for government seizure of plants to delay na tional emergency strikes had al ready been voted down by the senate Lucas introduced his plan Hard Rain Wind and Hail Hit Iowa in such a way as to make injunctions the big issue He put trie proposal in the form of an amendment to an injunctionorseizure pro posal by Senator Taft The Lucas amendment would simply remove the Taft injunction authority and leave in the seiz ure part Taft was caught by surprise as he later acknowledged to report ers Fights Back But he fought back hard and swiftly He staved off a vote Thursday Then with his support Senator Holland DFla and 3 other sen DN Brick er and Schoeppel R a new 60day injunction proposal with seizure taken out completely This was of fered under such parliamentary conditions as to be voted on be fore the Lucas amendment Thus the issue was narrowing down in the senates battle over strikes imperilling the national health or safety The big choice now is between the Holland and Lucas amendments The decision will be close AP Wirephoto WRECKED IN picture shows wrecked an tennae at Station KDEC at Decorah Lightning and wind were responsible for the collapse Shown are Kurt Eittreim chief engineer of KDEC KWLC and Ernie Brandt his assistant Magazine Banned in N Y Schools New York magazine The Nation will be banned from New York Citys public schools for a 2nd year by the board of education it was learned Friday The board approved a list of periodicals drawn up by the board of superintendents Thursday which did not contain the name of the weekly magazine The su perintendents banned The Nation last June because of a series of allegedly antiCatholic articles Probing Death of South Dakota Man Tama county author ities are investigating the death of Lewis Donald Heaton 40 of Gary S Dak who was found dead in his car on the Iowa river bank west of Tama Thursday night He had been shot in the temple A 410 shotgun was found beside him Coroner Harvey Jones iixed the time of death at p m Three Tama boys found the body at p m when they were going fish ing Heaton married and the father of 5 children had been missing from his home a week Sherif Russell Kern said he had been tolc Heaton had between and when he disappeared Only To Erect 4H Cattle Building at North Iowa Fair Next Monday morning Davey and Moen workmen will start breaking ground for a new building at the North Iowa fairgrounds to house 4H club cattle The new building needed to help relieve congestion of exhibits at the fair will be 60 by 120 feet an all steel Quon set type construction provided by the North Iowa Steel Buildings Inc according Secretary Manager M C Lawson of the fair associa Har TAKE COPS GUN Chicago URPoliceman old Herman 30 reported men held him up on Chicago s south side Friday and took ms pistol A gas bakery 10 Persons Hurt in Bakery Blast Waukesha Wis UR oven explosion turned a into a shambles here Friday and early reports said at least 10 per sons were injured 2 seriously The blast hurled cakes and pies more than 100 feet bulged the front and side walls of the build ing andshftwered glass on work ers and customers Mr and Mrs Richard Scoble were rushed to a hospital in what was believed serious condition Eight other persons were treated for minor cuts bruises and sprains was found on his body The building will be completed by Aug 10 in order that it may be available for the 1949 fair start ing Sept 1 and continuing through Sept 5 It will stand south and a little to the east of the horse barn Expansion of facilities at the North Iowa fair now does not mean that the management has given up projected plans for a new and larger location Lawson stated That was one of the reas ons for choosing the type of build ing that will be erected one that can easily be moved and also en larged it was pointed out Before determining the type of building members of the execu tive committee visited other im portant fairs The Spencer county fair for instancelias a Quonset type of building for its 4H calf exhibits and finds it very satis factory Need More Room For the past several years the 4H cattle exhibits have been in the swine building Prospect of more swine exhibits made it nec essary to find room for 4H calves elsewhere There was also a wish to have a separate build ing for the big 4H calf exhibit President L R Curran of the fair association stated that the executive committee is actively at work on plans for relocating the fair grounds on a place where here will be ample room for fu ure growth Attendance last year totaled nearly 85000 as against 52000 in 1946 revealing something of the growth that has taken place the Dast 2 years Curran pointed out Turn Away Exhibitors In the last 2 years it has been necessary to turn away exhibitors The erection of this building will take some of the pressure off by providing additional exhibiting space It may be necessary to erect still another building of this type if the fair continues to grow Preliminary action on erecting this building was taken at a meet ing of the executive committee Wednesday Plans were finally completed and contracts signed at an all day session of the com mittee at the fair grounds Thurs day A general renovation of the fair grounds is taking place with re painting and repairing of build ings Several light poles have been removed to the carnival area to provide 5000 additional square feet for carnivals this season Orders Probe on Alabamas Night Riders Washington A 11 o r n e y General Tom Clark Friday or dered a full field investigation by the justice department into recent night rider violence in Alabama The announcement said that members of the Ku Klux KJan were purported to be involved At the same time a congressional committee ordered public hearings on Alabama floggings Some southern representatives warned congress to keep hands off The hearings will start before Gales Down Radio Tower at Decorah Mason City Gets More Than H Inches in Less Than Hour By ASSOCIATED PRESS Thunderstorms heavy hail and high winds moved across Iowa during the night The storm interrupted electrical service and tore limbs off trees at some poinU in the state At Decorah in northeast Iowa a heavy wind and rain storm flooded streets and wrecked the antenna tower of radio station KDEC Several farm homes were reported damaged in the Shell Rock area A small part of the roof of the Ness grocery store in Decorah was blown off by the wind Reports Friday morning indi cated that considerable corn and small gram were blown down To what extent this could recover had not been determined In Mason City 16 inches of rain fall was recorded in less than hour late Thursday Nearly 3 inches Nearly 3 inches of rain fell at Dumont in Butler county The 284 inches of rain there was the heaviest rainfall in 15 years in that town Hailstones as big as walnuts fell during the storm which interrupted electric servica there for about 2 hours r A large barn on the farm 3 miles southwest of Cresco owned by the William Coughliri estate was demolished Thursday during a heavy windstorm Two of 20 head of cattle that were in the barn were killed Wilfred Herald tenants the farm The Northern Iowa Telephone Co and the InterstatePower Co report considerable damage to their lines in Cresco and vicinity but communication lines out of Cresco were not damaged by the high wind No major difficulties were reported by the power com pany In general Thursday nights rains were heaviest in extreme eastern Iowa Previous rains hava been too small to bring much more than temporary relief in that area Iowa City Ottumwa and Fair field got more than 2 inches of rain Dubuque had more than an inch and a half of rain and the quadcities area received nearly a house judiciary next Wednesday subcommittee with Clarke AP Wirephoto FLAMEBORNE asphalt storage tank is lifted in the air on a billowing moun tain of flame which trapped and killed 3 men Thursday at a waterfront plant of the Itefjnwsr company An explosion and flash fire swept through the adjacent tanks afteMhis initial burst Stallworth Birmingham Post re porter as the first witness and Clarence Lake of the Birmingham news likey to follow him Rep Battle in whose Birmingham district the floggings by whiterobed mobs occurred told the house any federal ex ploitation would deter rather than expedite justice an inch and a half Half an inch to an inch of rain fell in central Iowa But the rain fall was quite treme western light in the ex sections Council At Least 5 Injured in Explosion at Waterloo Waterloo least 5 per sons were injured in an explosion at the Iowa Public Service com pany gas plant Friday Smoke was pouring from the stone building located in the east side industrial section of the clly No further details were immedi ately available Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday Not much change in temperature Showers probable Saturday evening or night High Saturday 84 to 88 Low Friday night about 68 Iowa Partly cloudy Friday night Fair and less humid Saturday with thundershowers west por tion by Saturday evening Slightly cooler Friday night Low Friday night 64 northwest to 72 southeast Iowa 5day weather Temperatures will average 5 to 7 degrees above seasonal nor mal Normal highs 84 to 86 normal lows 60 to 63 Warmer Saturday and Sunday Cooler Monday Warmer Wednesday Precipitation will average i to i of an as scat tered thundershowers Saturday and Sunday and again about Wednesday Minnesota Generally fair Friday night Saturday partly cloudy and warmer scattered thunder showers west portion by eve ning IN MASON C5TY GlobeGazette weather for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Friday Bluffs got less than a quarter inch while Sioux City had only a trace of rain Other Amounts Here are some rainfall amounts in addition to the 284 inches re ported at Dumont Fairfield 220 Burlington 208 Iowa City 203 Shell Rock 200 North English 195 Cedar Rapids 186 Tracy 160 Dubuque 155 Washington 144 State Center 139 Grundy Center 111 Montezuma 108 Wes Moines 105 and Ames 94 Thursdays Iowa high was 95 in Des Moines Spencer and Atlantic had 62 degrees lowest reported during the night At this morning skies were overcast in western clear in other sections Davenport had 72 degrees Waterloo 71 Bur lington Iowa City Ottumwa Des Moines and Mason City 70 and Council Bluffs and Atlantic 68 Sioux City had 69 at a m Dubuque 68 Lamoni 67 and Spencer 64 Escapes Police While Being Fingerprinted Des Moines man broke away and escaped while being fingerprinted atthe Des Moines police station Thursday He was William H Wiseman 26 He was to have been charged with larceny of a motor vehicle Detective Chief Paul Castelline said Wiseman was arrested follow ing a 60mileanhpur automobile chase Wednesday night Castel line said Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Friday Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 83 63 73 18 7fl 57 SAME BfaMk ttaff BMW tntffe   

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