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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 21, 1950, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LVI Associated Presa and United Press Full Lease Wires Police on Stand in Slaying Case Show How Bednasek Said He Placed Hands on Girls Neck officers Tuesday demon started the way they said Robert E Bednasek placed hi hands on a policemans neck showing how he played a game prior to the death of the coed Bednasek is accused of strangling Bednasek is on trial for murder in the death of Margaret Anne Jackson 20 last Dec 11 Cletus D Stimmel Iowa City policeman demonstrated on the necks of both Attorney Jack White and De fense Attorney William Bartley He said Bednasek told officers shortly after the body of Miss Jackson was found in Bednaseks rooming house that they were playing games Stimmel complying with a re Five Cents a quest of White then placed both his hands around Whites neck thumbs in the front and fingers in the back On crossexamina tion he did the same to Bartley Patrolman John J Ruppert also demonstrated on Whites neck the way he said he saw Bednasek dem onstrate that night on Stimmel W Allg W4 J Ulll v W i C Both officers on crossexamina Holeman 38 and his wife tion said the defendant did not say who was putting whose fingers on neck Couldnt Remember Defense Attorney Clair Hamil ton also asked the 2 officers if it wasnt a fact that they could not remember exactly how Bednasek placed his fingers and thumbs in the demonstration except that the thumbs were in the front and the fingers in the back They Replied they couldnt remember exactly Ruppert also testified that Bed nasek at thepolice station told him that the officer would get a medal if he would shoot Bedna sek Also appearing in the morning session was State Highway Patrol man Joseph Smith He recalled that Bednasek when asked his age gave it and added The last age Ill ever attain Asked to Be Shot Earlier Highway Patrolman Vir gil T Jonston said Bednasek had begged to be shot following his ar rest Smith corroborated earlier testi mony of Jonston in regard to Bed naseks alleged reaction touse of truth serum N Jonston told of events following the seizure of the 24 year old psy chology student Jonston testified in the 3rd day of prosecution evidence that Bed nasek told him at the station I suppose theyll call this the tux edo murder case Bednasek Objected Jonston said Bednaseek objected when a doctor attempted to make a blood test saying I want to see the needle so Im sure youre not using sodium amytal This drug is sometimes used to induce truth telling authorities said Defense Attorney Clair Hamil ton on cross examination drew from the witness the statement that Bednasek did not object to use of the drug but merely wanted to see the needle and know what the officers were giviing him County Attorney Jack White then produced a statement signed by Jonston made shortly after Bednaseks arrest On redirect examination Johnston after read ing the statement renewed his as sertion that Bednasek had ob jected to use of the drug President to Make Tour Across U S Key West Fla Truman will address a democratic rally in Chicago May 15 in con nectionwith a crosscountry speaking tour which will carry him into the Pacific northwest This trip which will include dedication of the Grand Coulee dam in Washington was confirmed officially by a top white house of ficial who said a formal an nouncement will be made later Meanwhile Press Secretary Charles G Ross disclosed that President Truman sent a telegram to Chairman Spence DKy of the house banking committee urg ing favorable house action on the middle income housing bill Mr Truman plans to give the country another taste of his rear platform give em hell speeches of the 1948 campaign using the opportunity to enlist voter pressure for fair deal measures during the crosscountry trip Present plans contemplate a presidential speech at Grand Cou lee northwest of Spokane about May 11 The Chicago speech in Chicago stadium will wind up the trip Mr Truman will speak at towns the way going to Grand Coulee and on the return to the Capitol The May trip will be followed in October by another even more Intensive crosscountry stumping tour by the president in which he will speak in behalf of democratic for congress That trip will carry him into Illinois Ohio Pennsylvania Cal ifornia and dozens of other states Paroled Lifer Slays Mate Shoots Self Des Moines paroled lifer tried to force a friend to help throw his murdered wifes body into a river then shot himself to death while 35 policemen sur rounded his apartment and hurled in a gas grenade early Tuesday The dead couple were Dale Blanche 46 Deputy Coroner Leo D Luka ruled their deaths mur der and suicide and said Mrs Holeman was shot to death about 3 p m Monday Holeman was released from Fort Madison state prison Oct 1 1946 after serving 9 years of a life sentence for a Mingo Iowa bank robbery He was paroled after his life term was commuted to a definite term of years by former Gov Bourke B Hicken looper Police were checking to deter mine whether Holeman was a member of a safestripping gang that has committed a number of robberies in central Iowa since the first of the year The bizarre story began un folding when George Palmer re ceived a predawn telephone call from Holeman He said he was having some trouble with his wife Palmer told police He wanted me to come out and help try to settle the argument Knocks On Door Palmer said he and his own wife drove to the Holeman apart ment Leaving his wife in the car Palmer went to Holemans door and knocked Holeman opened the door he said and told him Come on inI just shot my wife She was lying in the middle of the floor 2 bullet holes In her chest Palmer said Then Palmer said Holeman pointed a gun at him and said he would have to help throw the body into the Des Moines river We cant do that my wife is in the car Palmer said he told Hole man Why dont you let me take my wife home and Ill come back and well take the body to the river Reports Killing Palmer said Holeman agreed Palmer and his wife then drove to police headquarters and reported the killing About 35 police surrounded the apartment building asked all other tenants to leave and then tossed a gas grenade into the Holeman apartment One officer described the subse quent events this way A light came on and then there was a shot The light went out Then the light came on again and there was another shot The light didnt go out Police said they had to get gas masks and clear some more ten ants from upper rooms in the building before they were able to enter the Holeman apartment Firemen assisted them in clearing the building They found Mrs Holeman with 2 bullet wounds in her body Hole man also was dead with bullet wounds in his chest Dies of Injuries Suffered in Crash Keokuk Miller 70 of Keokuk died in a hospital here Tuesday of injuries suffered in an auto collision Sunday night Miller and his wife were in jured while driving on highway No 94 south of Carthage III Mrs Miller was reported Tuesday as in good condition FLORIST DIES Council Bluffs Ross Shaw 62 florist and former pres ident of the Council Bluffs school board died Monday following a long illness SAME BUok trsffU tfcath Im put M MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MARCH 21 1950 BOOKED ON SUSPICION OF Roden 22 of Boston Mass bites his tongue as he is confronted by an array of bonds which Dectective K T Belcher right and another officer found in Rodens room early Tuesday identifying it along with other property they said was stolen from the mansion of Philosopher Dr Will Durant Story on page 2 Senate Group Okays Full Request for Marshall Plan Washington senate foreign relations com mittee Tuesday unanimously approved the full thirdyear Marshall plan spending authorization requested by President Truman The figure includes in new funds and in funds appropriated last year but which Mr Truman would be authorized to spend in fiscal 1951 Committee action cleared over its first senate hurdle at a time when Administrator Paul G Hoffman faced a hard house fight House foreign affairs com mittee members Monday voted to cut cash funds by and substitute a similar amount in shipments of American farm surpluses The senate committees version also included spending authority for the public of Korea in re Members also voted to keep available until June 30 1951 an already appropriated but un spent fund of about to be used in the general area of China In a lastminute revision the committee asked President Truman where practicable to spend up to of this amount for nationalist China itself including the island of Hai nan Formosa and such other areas on the mainland still free of communist control Mr Truman is given a free hand in determining whether and where this money shall be spent The measure now goes to the senate floor where a heated de bate is expected Committee mem bers rejected a proposal by Sen ator Bourke B Hickenlooper R to pare off ECAs spending authority about 20 per cent of the request PLANE CRASHES Cardiff Wales A cargo plane on a test flight crashed Tuesday near Llandow South Wales killing the pilot and 3 pas sengers Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Paitly cloudy Tues day night and Wednesday Low Tuesday night 23 Warmer Wed nesday with high 45 Iowa Partly cloudy Tuesday night Wednesday partly cloudy and slightly warmer Low Tues day night 2532 Iowa 5Day Weather Outlook Temperatures will average near normal Normal high 49 to 56 Normal low 27 to 32 Warmer Wednesday Turning colder Thursday Rising temperatures again over the weekend Pre cipitation will average one tenth to onefourth inch occurj ring as rain Thursday and Fri day Minnesota Cloudy light snow in southeast and extreme east por tions Tuesday night Colder northwest and extreme west Tuesday night Wednesday part ly cloudy and a little warmer Low Tuesday night ranging from 17 to 23 northwest to 22 to 27 southeast High Wednesday 35 to 40 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics or the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Tuesday Maximum 34 Minimum 31 At 8 a m 32 Precipitation 07 Snow 4 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 57 Minimum 34 Increase in Gas Rates Considered Omaha Northern Nat ural Gas company of Omaha Tues day disclosed it is considering an increase in itsrates Numerous utilities in Nebraska Iowa Minne sota and South Dakota buy gas of Northern Natural One of these is the Peoples Gas and Electric company J R Bay president of the firm said the company has not yet asked authorization for a rate in crease but we have given it some thought and may file in the not too distant future He cited higher costs with which Northern Natural like many other firms have been confronted Its about reached a point where we think that we are justi fied in seeking a higher price for our product at the city gates Bay said Any rate revision would be ef fective on all customers of the company Bay said adding that the firm hoped to have a new rate This Paper Consists of Two One No 13t House Unit Okay Huge Sp g structure ready for within 30 to 60 days presentation Double Funeral Will Be Held at Postvilie Postville funeral services will be held here Wed nesday for Mr and Mrs Simon Schnuelle residents of the Post ville community since 1903 He was 76 and she 73 Mrs Schnuelle died lastSatur day Schnuelle asked radio sta tion KDEC in Decorah by card Tuesday to carry an item about her funeral Wednesday on the air Tuesday morning the station re ceived another card from a daughter of Schnuelle saying that he died Tuesday and that a double funeral was planned Five other daughters and 3 sons survive Wherry Soys Acheson Is Losing Peace Attack Apparently Sparks GOP Drive for Political Issue Washington attack by Senator Wherry RNebr spear headed Tuesday an apparent re publican drive to make a political campaign issue of Secretary of State Acheson and his policies In the face of republican sugges tions that Acheson resign Presi dent Truman made it clear Mon day through an aide he is sticking by his secretary of state and ap proves the cabinet members con duct and policies Wherry longtime critic of Acheson said in a speech prepared for a Founders Day celebration in Lincoln Nebr that Acheson is undermining our national econ omy and losing the peace Secretary of State Dean Ache son is the most powerful man in the government today Wherry declared The voice is the voice of President Truman but the hand is the hand of Dean Acheson Apparently he has become so powerful as the idol of leftwing appeaseRussia agitators that President Truman is fearful should he fire Acheson he will lose the support of this radical socialistic pressure group in the coming elec tions and in 1952 Two other republicans Reps Byrnes of Wisconsin and Werdel 3f California assailed Acheson Monday in house speeches for his role in allowing Valentin Gubit chev convicted Russian spy to leave this country and escape a 15 year prison term Senator McCarthy who has accused the state depart ment of harboring communists has suggested that President Tru man get rid of Acheson Jaycees Petition for Adoption of Hoover Report Washington national Junior Chamber of Commerce Tuesday gave congress petitions signed by more than 2000000 per sons who want the Hoover report adopted The Hoover report which deals with government reorganization was drafted by a commission headed by former President Her bert Hoover He has estimated that adoption of the report would cut the cost of running the government by billions Approximately 100 jaycees from all over the nation paraded up Constitution avenue to the capitol and there received a bipartisan pledge of support 5 lowans Flying B29s to Britain Washington Five lowans are among crews flying 4 B29s to Britain as the first of about 75 to be given the British government under the military aid program Crew members names were made public Monday night by the defense department lowansr First Lt Everett M Eichman Waverly Robert D McCreedy West Point Sgt Donald N Sulentic Waterloo William D Wilkerson North English and Albertis E Leeper New Sharon RED SAILS BEFORE from the pros pect of a U S jail Valentin A Gubitchev embraces his wife Lydia aboard the liner Batory Monday Gubitchev convicted with Judith Coplon former justice department employe of espionage conspiracy was escorted to the ship by U S marshals after his sentence of 15 years in prison was suspended on condition he would leave the U S McCarthy Says He Has Given Name of Top Russian Agent Washington AP McCarthy said Tuesday he has handed senate investigators the name of the man with the state I consider the top Russian espionage agent in this country The Wisconsin republican made the statement to news men Reports circulated meanwhile that the state depart ment is urging President Truman to open FBI and all other government loyalty files to the senate committee looking into McCarthys charges there are communists in the de partment The top Russian agent described by McCarthy as Alger Snow Greets First Day of Spring Over Most of Iowa M Des Moines was of ficial but bedraggled on its first day in Iowa Tuesday with wet snow general over most of the state fog and drizzle completed the unspringlike picture Early reports by the weather Dureau measured the snow as one inch on the ground at Ames and Lamoni In later estimates the weather men translated figures into precipitation as the snow was melting but still falling There was snow and moisture of 11 inches at Ames 12 at Cres on 16 at Lamoni 18 at Council Bluffs 17 at Fort Dodge Temperatures were generally slightly above thf freezing point as snow continued at Waterloo Dubuque Atlantic Iowa City Burlington Ottumwa Mason City and Des Moines Atlantic had a 10 a m temperature of 31 degrees Other reporting cities and towns thermometer ranges were from 32 to 35 at Davenport and Burling ton Visibility was down to J of a mile early Tuesday at Burlington Iowa City Davenport and other places Later this improved in spots At 10 a m the Davenport visibility had stretched to J of a mile The state police radio described highways in various sections of the state as snow packed and slip pery in places Plows were out early in Cass Dallas and Wood bury counties where poor driv ing conditions were noted in first morning reports Conditions were expected to improve during the day Hiss onetime boss in the espion age ring in the department Hiss former state department official has been convicted on a charge that he lied in denying he handed secret U S documents to a courier for Russia McCarthys statement was prompted by another one made at a news conference late Monday by Senator Tydings DMd Tyd ings is chairman of the senate for eign relations subcommittee which is looking into McCarthys conten tions that there are 57 cardcarry ing communists in the state de partment No Communists Up to the present time Tyd ings declared neither Senator McCarthy nor anyone else has giv en us the name of a singly person who is accused of being a com munist or a cardcarrying com munist Since the inquiry started on March 8 McCarthy has publicly accused 9 persons of being pro communist or otherwise bad se curity risks He has turned over 106 other names to the committee for study behind closed doors Tydings said McCarthy has not lodged definite charges against anyone on the list of 106 Mr Truman who is vacationing in Florida is faced with making a decision on whether to let senators on the injuiry committee examine the loyalty records of persons whom McCarthy has accused Knotty Problem A particularly knotty problem for the president is whether the records of the FBI and the civil service loyalty review board should be made just the state department loyalty rec ords He has refused in the past to let congressional committees at any such records Deputy Undersecretary of State John E Peurifoy told reporters after a conference at the capitol with Tydings that the department made its views known to Mr Tru man last week Peurifoy declined to disclose them From sources entirely fami liar with the situation it was learned that the department wants the members of the committee to have all the loyalty records in cluding those of the FBI Department officials feel it Is understood that McCarthy almost certainly will cry whitewash it any of the files are withheld from the committee AP CONGRESSMAN DIES Rep Ralph Church 66 col lapsed and died Tuesday at a congressional committee hearing in Washington Chairman Daw son chairman of the house committee on executive expenditures said Church was giving the group his views when he apparently suffered a heart attack He was pronounced dead by Rep Miller of Nebraska a physician Over Half of Billion for Defense DeficitBoosting Measure Represents Per Citizen Washington A 030164 deficitboosting govern ment spending bill representing a outlay for every man wom an and child in the nation was approved Tuesday by the house appropriations committee Grim reminder of the cost of war more than half of its total is composed of items for national1 de fense including charges growing out of World war II The bill car ries for the defense department for the veterans administration and 970 for the atomic energy com mission no deep cuts in any major programs the average re duction under President Trumans requests being 5 per cent But there is a move in the house to send the bill back to the committee for a further cut or more The committee vote was not of ficially announced But Rep Taber RNY said all republi cans present voted against ap proving the bill on the ground it was too big He said all demo crats voted for it There are 27 democrats and 18 republicans on the committee Slated for house debate next week the bill wraps into a single measure for the first time in mod ern history the appropriations of more than 40 federal agencies Not included are foreign aid and military assistance funds and so called permanent and indefinite appropriations aggregating 5 92 ft 5 105 3 The bills total is less than the president requested and if approved by congress would result in an estimated fed eral deficit of for the 1951 fiscal year starting next July 1 The appropriations pro vided are for that year Less Than Asked In actual cash the bill appro priates which is less than the presi dent requested and less than was provided for com parable activities this year In addition it provides authority for government agencies to enter into contracts totaling 500 This sum is less than the president sought and 877408128 less than was provided this year Future appropriations normally are necessary to finance these authorizations The appropriations committee pointed out that the cash cuts would mean a reduction of 489060 in planned government spending in the fiscal year 1951 The difference between the ac tual cut in appropriations and the estimated cut in spending is due to the fact that disbursements of many types of appropriations fre quently are delayed beyond the end of the fiscal year and some spending during a year comes from funds carried over from a previous year President Trumans budget esti mates of expenditures in fiscal year 1951 were The committee said its cuts will 1000 in Walkout at Rath Plant Waterloo Rath Pack ing company was out of the hog market Tuesday after about 1000 workers in the hog cut and kill department walked off their jobs Monday afternoon Officials of the CIO United Packinghouse Workers union could not be reached immediately for comment A company spokesman refused to comment on the walk out Workers in the hog cut and kill department walked out last Feb 27 and were out 3 days Union officials said they walked out then because of the method the com pany wanted to use to handle grievances About 200 workers in the beef and calf departments of the com pany were out several days earlier this month after leaving their jobs March 9 Further Cuts Republicans in the house are organizing a drive to make further cuts when the bill is ready for amendment They say they want to reduce the governments planned spending to a figure w th in of the 586034 in anticipated revenues next year The committee recommended budget cuts for almost every agency financed by the bilL Among the rare exceptions was the federal bureau of investigation which was allowed funds for 325 new agents and for a a year raise for J Edgar Hoover who now receives The defense department was cut in cash It asked for cash and 785000 in contract authority For the present year it received 055562498 in cash and 000 in contract authority The veterans administration was allotted a cut of from what it want ed and less than it received this year The bulk of this money is for veterans pen sions hospital facilities and bene fits under the GI bill of rigtits The atomic energy commission was put down for in cash and in contract authority It asked for   

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