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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 26, 1950, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION THE THAT M 1 S ALL NORTH IOWANS N II G H 0 R VOL LVI Street Car Death Toll Reaches 33 Flagman Says He Tried to Change Course of Motorman Pres undUntted Pres Full Lease Five a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY MAY 26 1950 Chicaro flaming colli sion of a crowded street car and a gasoline truck killed 33 persons in the worst traffic disaster involv ing a motor vehicle in the nations history The collision Friday night touched off explosions and a block long flood of fire that wrecked 5 buildings The National Safety council said the death toll is the greatest ever to result from a motor vehicle col lision The previous record high total was 29 killed in a 1940 truck train collision in Texas Police ordered the arrest of the conductor The conductor William C Lid dell 29 Negro disappeared from the accident scene The motorman of the 2 man crew perished in the flames Friday morning Liddell notified his employer the Chicago Transit Authority that he had spent the night with friends and would report for questioning At a meeting of the CTA board Michael Ahem chief of the Chi cago police department traffic di vision announced that Liddell would be booked on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident Investigators were trying to find whether jammed rear doors of the trolley made it a blazing prison on wheels for many victims The Chicago SunTimes quoted Liddell as saying I hit the door control but there were so many people jammed against the doors they could not open The accident occurred near the end of the evening rush hour near the heavily populated 63rd and State street district on the citys south side The crash and a deep roar were followed by black smoke and bil lowing flames that surged along State street like rolling flood waters Panic followed the crash And there was terror and con fusion at the scene long into the night Thirtythree pieces of fire equipment answered the extra alarm fire Four hundred police men were oh duty 20000 Curious Traffic snarled as more than 20000 persons milled in the vi cinity flocking to the scene of Chicagos worst street car acci dent The frantic trapped passengers screamed hysterically as they fought to flee from the flaming street car Thirtytwo of the esti Thta Paper of Two iiinir ectlon Nd 1M One Senate Group Fixes Penalty on Bookmaking Washington The senate commerce committee struck at bookmakers Friday with a bill which would fix criminal penal ties for sending or receiving pre race betting data across state lines on horse and dog races As approved the measure would Link Counterfeit Smugglers in Miami to Revolution Plot New York AP Seven men and an attractive blond j mi Ci lyUJ VC U1VJ11L1 have been seized in a crackdown on an alleged counterfeit smuggling ring supposedly linked to a Caribbean m in BABY PERISHES IN TROLLEY FIRE Chicago UR Search crews found evidence Friday that a baby died with 33 other persons in an explosion and fire that blasted a south side neighborhood when a trolley ploughed into a gasoline tank truck Friday night Patrolman Van Clay found a babys foot lying in the street near the crash scene It was sent to the police laboratory Officials believed the babys body may have been consumed it the fire that left 4 of the 7 build ings with all interior walls and flooring burned out Deputy Chief of Police Philip Breitzke said there was a possi bility however that the babys body was one of the charred pieces in the Cook county morgue A search for 4 children previ ously reported missing was aban doned after their mother reported that she personally had handed them through a window of their flaming apartment to a stranger who apparently took them to his home Radio stations broadcast a request for the stranger to take the children to the Red Cross for return to their mother r mated 48 passengers burned to death their lives snuffed out in a matter of minutes after the col lision Many of their bodies were piled in a charred mass at the rear doors The truck driver perished in the cab of his truck It was loaded with between 7000 and 8000 gal lons of gasoline Twelve hours after the crash only 15 of the dead were identi fied Many were burned beyond recognition One was believed to have been the motorman Paul Manning 42 Jumps Through Window The conductor escaped by jump ing through a rear window About 15 passengers escaped in the same manner many of them with clothes aflame The rear doors on the street car jammed and the Chicago transit authority ordered an investigation A CTA spokesman said the car was moving at a brisk speed when it entered a switch A flagman said he frantically waved at Mo torman Manning that the switch was a position which would change the course of the car The car continued collided with the gasoline truck One Simadis 40 a tavern owner near the crash the fire was traveling in a series of explosions spreading so fast that no one could have its path I ran to the telephone but be fore I could complete a call to the place strict bans on certain formation normally printed newspapers and broadcast by ra dios before the start of a race The limits its re strictions to horse and dog racing as illegal Information bets or wagers scratches jockey changes weights probable winners betting odds and odds changes transmitted be fore a race has started Okay After Start Once the race was started how revolution plot The fantastic scheme according to an authoritative source was to sneak 000 in bogus U S bills into C u b as national treasury ex change them for good Cuban mon ever all this be printed or information could broadcast without violating the proposed law Violations would call for a fine or a 1 year prison or both A commerce subcommittee had proposed that such special events as the Kentucky Derby and Preakness be exempted but full committee rejected this Senator McFarland DAriz the the termed the bill a combination of measures proposed by the justice department and the federal com munications commission Denies Advance Dope The intent behind the bill is to deny bigtime gamblers and book makers the advance information they use in their business But it also would prohibit newspapers and radios from giving prerace information on the odds the prob able winners jockey changes and similar data fire department the front window of the tavern cracked under the intense heat and then fell inside Intense Heat The intense heat blistered bill boards 75 feet away Four or 5 explosions followed the crash Wit nesses said the flames jumped around like big balls Mrs Mary Pokorney 42 a tele phone company supervisor and one of the passengers who escaped with minor injuries said one pas a warning senger had shouted look out before the crash Then I heard a crash and the car rocked then righted itself she said I saw people sprawled about the car There was black smoke everywhere At first alldoors were closed Then some one got the back door open and f fell out Another passenger Arleen Fran zen 18 said Everyone in the streetcar was panicky The screams were horrible It was like a nightmare She said the passengers could not open the rear doors They clawed at them but they wouldnt open Finally a colored woman smashed a window with her fist and people crawled through i ey and then finance a revolt in the Dominican republic The blond and 4 men were ar rested here and one was appre hended in Miami Friday Two Cubans were held in that country An indictment returned by a federal grand jury here alleged a conspiracy to buy money from a big American counterfeit ring They did not mention the report ed Dominican revolution connec tion The indictment named the 2 Cubans as plotters The alleged plan to milk the Cuban treasury was revealed be fore U S Commissioner Edward W McDonald here as 5 prisoners were arraigned What was to be done with the in Cuban money the commissioner asked Thats enough to start a revolution Assistant U S attorney Roy M Conn replied There has been speculation But he added that his boss U S Attorney Irving H Saypol will not comment on that The speculation to which Cohn referred was about a revolution plot Those arrested here were Char lotte Whitehurst 25 Jesus M Ro lan 39yearold restaurant work er Henry Chavarria 55 Jose An tonio Roche 50 and Rudolph Schmidt 53 Roches brother Oscar Roche 50 was seized in Miami The Cubans are Dr Jose Manuel Fernandez Hernandez 60 said by Cohn to be prominent in Cuban politics and Jesus Mon 38 Burt Couple Hit by Train it Miss Franzen also through the window escaped Spencer Bohn Bahn son 45 of Burt and his wife 49 were hospitalized here Friday with severe injuries suffered Thursday afternoon when their automobile was struck by a Rock Island freight train 2 miles south of Rossie The accident happened on highway 71 Both suffered head injuries Mrs Bahnson was report ed still unconscious Friday Twins Born to 14YearOld Rockford III 14 year old wife gave birth to twin girls Friday One baby died shortly after birth The mother is Mrs Allie Martin who came to Rockford a few months ago with her husband Junior Martin 20 from Missouri weighed about 4 Ellis Pleads 2nd Degree Gets 50 Years Des Moines El lis 17 on trial for 1st degree murder Friday unexpectedly entered a plea of guilty to 2nd degree murder He was immediately sentenced to 50 years in the state peniten tiary at Fort Madison by Dis trict Judge Loy Ladd The Des Moines youth entered his plea to the lesser charge aa the trial moved into the final day of its 2nd week It had taken more than a week to select a jury The presentation of testimony started last Tuesday He was charged with stabbing to death an 85yearold widow Mrs Flora Bryan with a hunting knife last Feb 4 and robbing her of Prior to the entering of his plea Friday the state had planned to call witnesses to identify pictures of the body of the slain woman There was a dramatic moment in the courtroom as EJlis stepped up to the judges bench flanked by his attorneys Verne Lawyer and James McDowell Ellis Tense The youth was tense and had his fists clenched as he told Judge Ladd of his decision Ellis decision to plead guilty came after a sleepless night caused after he had viewed pic tures of Mrs Bryans body with the knife plunged in the chest He saw the pictures Thursday Under Iowa law Ellis was en titled to withdraw his plea of in nocent to a 1st degree murder charge and plead guilty to a les ser offense if both prosecution and defense attorneys can arrive at an agreement that is satisfactory to the court In this case Judge Ladd said he was satisfied with their agree ment Calls Sentence Appropriate I believe that under all the facts and circumstances of this case I was fully justified under the law to mete out the sentence that I have determined to be ap propriate the judge said Lawyer said that he and Mc Dowell are sending a request to Warden Percy A Lainson at Fort Madison to put Ellis in the prison hospital under observation If this boy is handled proper ly and given the proper attention he can be released into society some day and live a normal life and be a useful citizen said Law yer Ellis father Riley Ellis a Rock Springs Wyo coal miner and for mer Des Moines boxing 60 Countries Want Share in Point 4 Washington fP About 60 countries and dependent areas want to share in the point 4 program of U S help provided for in the foreign aid authoriza tion now passed by congress State department officials ported this Friday following the senates 47 to 27 vote of ap proval for the aid bill The vote late Friday gave President Truman his first major victory of the year in the field of foreign policy Republican senate leaders fought unsuccessfully to block final action on the bill with an attack on the point 4 plan to benefit backward areas of the world with American tech nical aid The senate voted to accept a senatehouse conference agree ment on the foreign aid measure This action sent the authoriza tion bill to the white house for Mr Trumans expected signature Money Must Come Congress must still act on an appropriations bill supplying the money In this connection the Economic Cooperation Admini stration which administers the aid program reported it would have left over from the current fiscal year ending June 30 This is more than previously had been esti mated as a carryover The senate republicans let it be known they will carry on their fight against the point 4 pro gram socalled from its position in Mr Trumans inaugural ad dress State department officials who told of the 60 requests for point 4 aid noted that the cost of meet ing all of them would be several times the congress authorized The department is planning for a prompt start Assuming the nec essary actual appropriation will be voted by June 30 officials said the first project should be under way by the end of the summer Millions for Mosquitoes Included probably will be an at tack on a malariainfested area in the middle east or southeast Asia through a big scale DDT spraying campaign Only the most feasible of the re quests already submitted can be put into effect at the outset of ficials said In the meantime ap plicant countries will be asked for further details The dispatch of a survey mis sion to the middle east is under consideration to fill in gaps of in formation about that area Senator Millikin RColo and Lattimore McCarthy Exchange Broadsides on Wartime Employes RNebr said will try to cut I pounds each sentencec to tne prjson term Senator Wherry GOP lawmakers the point 4 program when the for eign aid bill comes before the appropriations committee Taft Opposes They and Senator Taft ROhio argued that the language of the point 4 plan would open the way for another huge recovery pro gram after the Marshall plan ends in 1952 They also said the wording was a promise that this government would guarantee the overseas in vestments of American business men Chairman Connally DTex of the senate foreign relations com mittee denied these claims He insisted the point 4 aid would be limited solely to technical aid and would not mush room into a large spending pro gram As finally approved the meas ure would authorize 000 in new cash for the 3rd of the European recovery pro gram for possible use in and near China for the republic of Korea 450000 for Palestine refugee aid for the point 4 pro gram and for the in ternational childrens emergency fund Wartime OWI Employes Hit by Senator Rochester N Y ff A new exchange of broadsides between Senator McCarthy RWis and Owen Lattimore added fresh thun der Friday to the controversy over McCarthys communists ingov ernment charges The Wisconsin senator produced documents Thursday night which he said prove that Lattimore in tervened to keep thu U S gov ernment from firing 2 wartime Chinese employes after the civil Service commission had recom mended their discharge because of alleged communist activity Lattimore promptly fired back from Baltimore that McCarthy was repeating charges against the 2 Chinese without producing the full record That record shows the far eastern affairs specialist added that at least 1 of the men was in this country on a diplo matic passport issued by the Chi nese nationalist government Charges CoverUp The senator said that the de partment had engaged in a fraud ulent cover up of the informa tion regarding Lattimore and the 2 Chinese He also lashed out once again at Ambassadoratlarge Philip C Jcssup displaying letterheads which he said prove that Jessup belonged to communist front or ganizations The state department in an ac tion not directly related to Mc Carthys speech said Thursday night that the senators charges against Jessup have been re peated and refuted at least 3 times It challenged him to give senate investigators the docu ments which he has said would prove his accusations OMAHA GETS FUNDS Washington The govern ment Friday set aside for Omaha Nebr to be used in its slum clearance program The money is to be used to help meet whatever deficit Omaha incurs while buying clearing and resell ing slum areas Officer Who Blew Puzzle to Navy Rv W 11 Arryv j r By JAMES R BACON Los Angeles What would make a navy officer with 19 years of honorable service rifle a ships safe of and then blow it all in a wild 6month binge with a blond Lt Bascom B Boaz is in jail Friday accused of just that Broke le is there in lieu of bail awaiting preliminary hearing on federal charges of embezzlement of government funds and desertion from the U S navy What made the 42yearold of ficer do it Domestic trouble started drinking he said and drinking magnifies all troubles That kept I felt like I was cracking on until up Boaz said he drank very little before the war but took it up strong after he separated from his wife in 1941 He said there would have been a divorce then but the war came He didnt want to go into combat legally separated from his 2 children He served most of the war on the battleship Idaho in the Aleu tians Gilberts Marshalls Saipan and Guam campaigns Combat action had no effect on my mental condition but my drink ing did I did crazy things when I drank I knew I was slipping I wasnt doing the service any good Only the help of my fellow officers got me by In March of 1949 he said he of fered to resign his commission but was retained because of his record His current trouble started last Thanksgiving when he got drunk in a Long Beach hotel and felt the urge4 to continue the binge I went over to the ship the navy tanker Navasota and went aboard I had a right to I was the paymaster I left the ship 20 min utes later drunk and with 20150 mostly in small bills I hailed a cab and told the driver to head north I handed htm gave him more on the way I also tipped him so he could buy a television set for his boy In Oakland I gave him another to go out and buy me automobile Thats the last I ever saw of that guy Boaz estimated that he spent of the cash on taxi fares His reason was simple I dont drive At Fresno Cal on the way up to the San FranciscoOakland area he picked up blond Pearl Rose mary Carter She befriended me but she never knew that I stole the money Miss Carter was with Boaz when the FBI and naval intelligence of ficers arrested him early Thursday She was not held but told agents of the trip It was great while it lasted We had a great time Boaz said he expects to wind up in federal prison but the idea doesnt seem too bad After 10 years of mental strain I have been under it almost seems enjoyable He said the federal agents were waiting for him when he and Miss Carter returned from a movie He gave up without a struggle and made only one comment What took you so long McCarthy spoke Thursday night before a convention of the Cath olic Press Association of the United States Besides his swings at Lattimore and the state department Mc Carthy leveled partof his attack on Senator Chavez DN Mex who sharply criticized former com munist Louis Budenz in a recent senate speech Budenzhas been McCarthys key witness in the senate hearings McCarthy said of Chavez speech that it was written largely by a communist he did not that Chavez even had difficulty reading this typical communist line attack Chavez commented in New Mex ico Neither a communist lawyer nor any other kind of lawyer helped me prepare that speech Besides the reverberations from he McCarthy speech there was these Washington developments relating to charges of communist nfiltration in this country 1 Senator Bridges RN H predicted that an investigation by senators now in Europe will turn up traitors working for the United States overseas Would Fire Lee 2 A member of the senate com merce committee asking to remain anonymous reported that the group recommended the firing of Michael J Lee chief of the com merce departments far eastern branch Senator Malone RNev has called Lee a poor security risk 3 Rep Jenison RI1I said Louis Dolivet editor of the United Nations World a privately fi nanced publication has a record replete with communist affilia tions and could do considerable harm to the United States GENERAL VIEW OF ACCIDENT SCENE victims bottom lie covered with tarpaulins after a street car left and gasoline track center background collided at 62nd and Statestreets Chicago during the rushhour Thursday evening Firemen meanwhile spray streams on to 1 of the buildings which caught fire from the flames following the mishap Most of those who died were pas sengers in the illfated street car Neither Lee nor Dolivet could be reached for immediate com ment While McCarthys speech blasted away at several targets his main attack was directed at Lattimore a former official of the office of war information OWI who has been an occasional consultant to the state department and is a professor at Johns Hopkins uni versity in Baltimore McCarthy has said he is willing to let his whole case against the state department rest on the out come of his charge that Lattimore was a communist and a top soviet agent in this country Lattimore las called this charge a contempti ble lie 77 Killed in Manila Prison Break Manila men 1 of them a guard were killed Fri day in the largest attempted prison break in the history of the Philip pines Five convicts and 2 guards were wounded in the 2 hour gun battle that ensued after lunch The battle started when some 50 long term prisoners broke into the prison armory while marching1 from the dining hall Some were armed with knives and forks Others obtained machine guns rifles Guards opened fire on the build ing They set it and another prison building on fire The armed convicts scattered when the flames burst and battled guards constabularymen and reg ular army troops for 2 hours No prisoner escaped authorities said Late Friday prison authorities said they had rounded up some of of the attempted the ringleaders break Wcatker Report FORECAST Mason City Considerable cloudi ness Friday night with occa sional light showers Saturday clearing and warmer Low Fri day night 45 to 50 Sigh Satur day near 70 Iowa Partly cloudy in north through Saturday Continued cool Low Friday night 40 to 44 in the northwest about 52 south east High Saturday 68 to 70 North to northeasterly winds 15 to 20 M P H Saturday Fur ther outlook Lows Sundax morning 40 to 45 Fair with slowly rising temperatures day and Monday High Sunday near 75 Iowa 5Day Weather Outlook Temperatures will average 3 to 5 degrees above normal Normal highs 75 to 78 Normal lows 52 to 56 Rising temperatures be ginning Saturday and becoming quite warm Monday and Tues day Turning cooler Wednesday Precipitation will average of an inch or less occurring as widely scattered showers about Wednesday Berlin Chief Sees Allied Victory By DANIEL DE LUCE Berlin Berlin com mandant predicted Friday Rus sias big weekend propaganda rally of communistled young end in a clear victory for the western al lies As Maj Gen G made the prediction British armored cars staked themselves out with in gunshot of the hotspot mid city sector boundary for which Britain is responsible The communists gave every ap pearance of not looking for trouble during Sundays 6hour parade in the Russian sector Their leaders called on the freie deutsche jugend free German youth for order and discipline and issued this command Peaceful Order Under no circumstances over step the boun dary Be watchful against all pro vocateurs who want to mix in with your 10person groups Follow the orders of your friends the peoples police and help them in their difficult task Dear young friends the aim and purpose of our German rally in Berlin is to demonstrate Ger man youths will for peace befora all the world The imperialists and their German henchmen will at tempt anything to disturb our SAME flat no TraHit death 24 Minnesota Mostly fair F r i d a night and Saturday No impor tant change in temperature Low Friday night 3540 north and near 40 south High Saturday 70 except lower near Lake Su peace demonstration through nro vocations Our best arms against that are to keep order and discipline Dont let yourselves be provoked and drawn into thoughless actions The communist committee or dered the FDJ marchers to keep to a pace of miles an hour in Sun days parade Intensify Precautions The western allies intensified precautions Bourne said might be some communist agitation groups infiltrating the west sectors but that western Ber lin police would be capable of dealing with such He said Moscow apparently had dropped originally planned communist putsch tactics after the western allies announced they would back up the Berlin po lice with force if necessary By next week the western al lies should have gained a clear victory in Berlin for their stead their their IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Friday Maximum gfi Minimum 47 At 8 a in 60 fast attitude Bourne told a news conference There are already 200000 young east Germans jammed into the Russian sector preparation for the mammoth rally The commu nists predict 500000 marchers SPENCER GAINS Spencer 1950 popula tion of Spencer has reached 7439 unofficial census figures show This is anincrease of 840 over the official 1940 population of 6 599   

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