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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 26, 1950, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NtlGHIORS LLVI HOME EDITION UUUJJ Associated Press and United Presj Full Lease Wires Five Cents Copyl Push Drive to Expose Underworld Senate Crime Group Opens Hearings in Kansas City Thursday By JOHN CHADWJCK Washington congress recessed for two months the sen ate crime committee was packing its bags Tuesday to hit the road in a steppedup drive to expose underworld operations in some major cities Chairman Kefauver DTerm told a reporter the committee would bo at work pretty stead ily until near the end of Oc tober Then members will take about 10 days off to get in some campaign licks before the Nov 7 elections The committee will open up with 3 days of public hearings in Kansas City Mo starting Thurs day morning The groundwork for the hearings in President Tru mans home state was laid during the closeddoor questioning of 30 to 40 witnesses last July The committee also is planning hearings on organized crime and gambling activities in Chicago Philadelphia and the New York New Jersey area before election time Closed Hearings Kefauver said that in line with the committees regular practice initial hearings in these 3 areas will be closed He said it was too early to tell how soon it would be possible to have public sessions The committees Chicago in quiries took on added interest be cause of Monday nights gangland style lulling there of former Po lice Lt William Drury who was disclosed to have been in contact with the senate group Drury who had been fired from the Chicago police force was killed by 4 shotgun slugs fired by unknown killers as he was park ing his car His widow said she had a mes sage for him to call officials of the senate committee in Washing ton when he returned home VA committee aide here said Drury had been an indirect source of in formation and apparently had talked to Kefauver about a job which did not materialize The Kansas City hearings are expected to bring out in the open considerable evidence about race wire operations and gambling gathered by committee investiga tors and senators at previous se secret sessions in both Kansas City and St Louis Question Binnagio Partner Kefauver declined to announce the names of witnesses in ad vance Among those who have been questioned by the committee is uony Gizzo gambling partner of Charles Binnaggio a northside democratic leader in Kansas City who was shot to death last April 5th The slaying of Binaggio Charles Gargotta one of MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 26 1950 This Paper Consists of Two One No 301 CHILDHOODS DREAM COME PupilT Grandview school near Mt Joy Pa are all smiles as they sit amid desks and books removed from their 75 yearold oneroom schoolhouse burning briskly in the background despite efforts of firemen from neighboring communities Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the building but all of the schools 23 students were led to safety by their teacher when the blaze was discovered 28 Rescued 22 Missing in Jap Crash Tokyo A Koreabound C54 transport plane plunged into the sea with 51 persons Tuesday Twentyeight were rescued 22 are missing and one body was recov ered The big plane crashed on take off from a southern Japan airbase about a half mile from the end of the runway General MacAr thurs headquarters said it carried 43 passengers and a crew of 8 The circumstances were similar to the crash of an R5D the navy designation lor the a takeoff from Kwajalein island a week ago Twentysix navy personnel also bound for Korea of the navys worst air disasters in the Pacific Details of Tuesdays crash were meager Twentyfive passengers and 3 crew members got into life rafts and were picked up by Japa nese fishing boats A nurse was among the survivors The crew included two nurses and two medical technicians but it was not announced whether the C54 was a hqspital plane Survivors were taken to a hos pital in southern Japan A list of those aboard was withheld South Forces Close Trap on Enemy as Seoul Falls so t NORTH KOREA Steelworkers Take Pay Hike Pittsburgh CIO United Steelworkers Tuesday accepted the Aluminum Company of Americas offer of a 10 per cent wage in crease effective October 1 2 Crime Investigators Slain Gangland Style Say Chicago Gunmen Shoot to Stop Probe By RUSSELL LANE Chicago fP Two crime in vestigators were slain Monday night in separate shootings shortly before they were to have reported on activities of Chicago gangsters William J Drury 48 a former Chicago police lieutenant was riddled with shotgun pellets while a representative of the U S senate crim committee was trying to ar range a meeting with him A short time later Marvin J Bas 45 an attorney who had been digging up crime syndicate in formation for a republican candi datefor Cook county sheriff was shot down on a northwest side henchmen touched off demands from some republican senators that the crime committee make a thorough probe in Kansas City Kefauver said the killing of Binaggio and Gargotta probably would figure in this weeks hear ings but would be only inci dental The committees work is di rected primarily at ferreting out the interstate activities of crimi nal groups and gambling syndi cates and their corrupting in fluences Kefauver said the committee already has found many links be tween racketeers operating in dif ferent cities particularly through racing wire services He told the American bar as f sociation at its annual convention here last week that a 000 gambling industry is being operated illegally in the country Kefauver said he did not know how many members of the crime investigating committee would be able to attend the Kansas City hearing and the later sessions in other cities He noted that two members Senators Wiley and Tobey RN are up for reelection this year He also said the other two members Sen ators Hunt and OConor have engage ments which may prevent them from being present at some hear ings and his I street Waylaid in Garage I Robbery Trial Opens in Court Charles in the case of Carl Schaefer charged by the state and indicted by the grand jury on Sept 9 on a charge of robbery began Tuesday at 10 i8 m in district court after a jury of 3 men and 9 women were se lected Opening statements were made Monday afternoon by the state and the defense Schaefer it is alleged robbed Mrs Mabel Madsen of approxi mately of Castle club receipts which she was taking to her trailer in Charles City on the morning of April 18 after the club had closed for the night Mrs Madsen is an employe of the club The defense is basing its case on identity c Both killings were coldly effi cient Drurys slayers waited in a garage behind his home until he had backed his new Cadillac into the structure They fired 4 shot gun charges point blank through the left windshield A 45 caliber slug also tore the automobiles cowling just below the windshield Drury was hit by at least 10 slugs some penetrating his brain Two women saw Bas shot to death by two nattilydressed gun men The lawyer was noticed struggling with them He broke away and ran They followed dropped him with a pistol shot And one leaned over him and finished him off with a shot be low the left ear Capone Foe Drury long an implacable foe of the Capone gang had offered important information to Ru dolph Halley chief counsel for the senate committee headed by Sen Estes Kefauver A few minutes before Drury was killed George S Robinson an assistant committee counsel telephoned his house and asked the expolice officials wife Anna belle to have her husband get in touch with him Robinson told reporters he had been asked by Halley to interview Drury Drury and Capt Thomas Con nelly were dismissed from the police force in 1947 after they re fused to tell a grand jury the methods they had used to dig up evidence in a murder case Since then the two men col laborated on crime stories for the Chicago HeraldAmerican Later Drury established a business as a private detective He worked with visiting newspapermen supplying background information on Chi cagos underworld In New York Editor Jack Lait of the Daily Mirror and Lee Mor timer Mirror columnist dis closed Drury had supplied them information for their recently published book Chicago Confi dential The book deals with underworld activities Lait said Drurys part in gath ering information for the book did get him into some trouble with mobsters but probably was not the reason for his murder Terrified by Committee Professionals dont waste bul lets to pay off a grudge Lait said Being professionals they are not men of emotion and they dont kill for revenge but to pre vent further disclosures Their method is to knock off a guy who is going to do them future harm Lait said he believed Drurys prospective testimony before the senate committee caused his death The underworld is terrified by the Kefauver committee Lait said They would do anything to stop it GETS 5 YEAUS Des Moines T Peter shon 26 Des Moines was sen tenced to 5 years in the state peni tentiary Monday for taking ar ticles worth from a car Black flac tneani trafflr death la lart u Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Considerable cloudi ness Tuesday night and Wed nesday with showers Wednes day High Wednesday in mid 70s Low Tuesday night 50 Iowa Cloudy and warmer Tues day night with scattered show ers southwest and extreme west Wednesday cloudy with occa sional showers west and south central Low Wednesday nighl 50 to 55 west 45to 50 east High Wednesday in mid70s lower in persistent shower areas Furth er outlook Cloudy witli lower daytime temperatures Thursday and Friday Rather genera showers Thursday probably continuing in east Friday Five Day Weather Outlook Iowa Temperatures will average abou 3 degrees above normal Norma high 68 to 72 Normal low 44 to 48 Minor daytoday changes through Friday followed by a change to cooler Saturday anc Sunday Rainfall will average about threefourths to one incl with showers mostly Wednesday and Thursday Minnesota Increasing cloudiness Tuesday night with showers be ginning extreme west Warmei southeast portion Tuesday night Wednesday cloudy with occa sional showers west portion low Tuesday night mid50s high Wednesday 7075 but low er in shower areas IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistic for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Maximum 76 Minimum 40 At 8 a m 52 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 5000 Defenders Make Last Stand By RUSSELL BRINES Tokyo MacArthur Tuesday announced the liberation of Seoul while his forces on the south were welding shut a steel trap on thousands of other enemy troops Bitter mopup fighting still raged in the Korean capital but indications were the enemy there was nearing his last rlames Tell of Bitter Death Fight By DON WHITEHEAD Seoul is a flaming mokefilled city of horror Tues day Great fires are raging and a black dome of smoke hangs in he sky as a fearsome signal of destruction Street by street the marines are nearing the heart of the city sehind flame throwing tanks icavy artillery and air bombard ment and the rattle of machine guns and rifles Seoul is not being spared It is a fight to the death with the reds defending from houses ridges and ooftops in a desperate stand This dispatch was sent from Seoul at 6 p m Tuesday General MacArthur in Tokyo announced at p in Tuesday that United Nationsforces had completed the envelopment and seizure of the city and liberated it in such a manner as to cause the least pos sible damage to civil installa Capture Rail Yards At 4 p m the marines had pushed up Mapo street almost to the French consulate only a short way from the American embassy and they had captured the Seoul railway station and yards On their right infantry division units were cleaning up Namsanhill the big South Moun tain park heights that dominate all of Seoul Not in two wars have I seen anything to equal the battle for Seoul This fighting through smokefilled streets is eerie and unreal with flames leaping from buildings and licking out at the marines as they dash down the debrisfilled streets and past buildings crashing to the ground after the fires have gutted them Bonfire of Hate At dusk the sky was aglow with the fires of great red flare that silhouets the dark mountains for miles around It is a bonfire of all the bitterness and hate of war concentrated on one city The reds chose to defend Se oul And the Americans are not sparing any building where the reds had established defenses Seoul is being scarred and bat tered the allied high command is not sacrificing lives to save the face of Seoul And strange things happen in AP Wlrcphoto ALLIES LIBERATE SEOUL NARROW GAP IN THE liberation of Seoul was announced Tuesday with North Koreans reported to be retreating to the north east open To the south of Seoul the northbound spearhead was reported at Chonan narrowing the reds only escape gap to 25 miles with a linkup of the two allied spearheads expected hourly Black arrows locate main allied drives with gains reported in all sectors At Yongdong between Kumchon and Taejon the 1st American war prisoners to be rescued were located Big Question Now Will UN Forces Cross 38th Parallel By HUGH BAILLIE President of the United Press In Korea communists have suffered a mil itary catastrophe in Korea and the big question now is whether the United Nations forces will cross the 38th par allel to make sure that the aggressors are squashed for good Meanwhile the communist army around what used to be called the Pusan beachhead is evaporating Many are undoubtedly hiding their weapons and changing back to civilian clothes Their political commissars are said to have all pulled out of this area days ago And the of whom were reluctant South Koreans who had been impressed into the com munist begun taking it on the lam 76 52 the battered streets Such as the marine racing down a street into battle two live ducks strapped to his packs and quacking madly Such as the red platoon that marched out of the flnmes and smoke squarely into muzzles of American guns This was a brief and wild slaughter of the communists and such as the red attack before dawn which came just as the marines were preparing to attack The marines could not have or dered an attack by the enemy at a better time American guns blasted 4 red tanks destroyed an nntitank gun and routed the red I infantry in a 3hour battle War Not Over Of course this does not mean the war is over It may never end in a formal surrender But now the airmen who made the big difference between the two forces before we got going sometimes have to dawdle in the air waiting for targets to be reported by spot ter planes so speedily and clever ly arc the communists taking cover Whenever they are caught in the open they are slaughtered from the air There was one such episode Monday when commies were dis covered hidden alongside a high way in camouflaged positions waiting to ambush passing Hanks They were soon flushed out with napalm and ran wildly in all directions into river beds and up the hillsides seeking some place to hide Hundreds were killed and the area was left littered with bodies Air Force Promised The army commanders have all been high in their praise of the air force and Lt Gen Walton H Walker 8th army commander told Maj Gen Earle E Partridge com mander of the 5th air force that he thought he was being too modest in his estimates of death and de struction inflicted on life enemy Seoul has a tower of smoke over it that plumes high in the air a grayish white column that makes the town look as if it had several volcanoes inside it A number of yak planes were captured on the ground at Kimpo One Russianstyle plane had its bombs in the racks and I was told that its engine had been warmed up shortly before the air field was captured Monday an estimated 300 guer rillas were said to be in the rice paddies near the field but whether they would try anything or just melt away and let their comrades in and around Seoul do the fight ing remained to be seen to get rice to feed the Koreans who are with the Americans in that area doing a lot of heavy work and acting as security guards as the communists pretty well cleaned out the food supply before they skedaddled While at Kimpo I witnessed e marine corsair plane flame into the ground alongside an airstrip Jetblack smoke and ugly red fire shft skyward then his ammuni tion blew up More Casualties Despite the communist disinte gration many Americans British Australian and Korean young sters who make up the United Nations forces in action are con tinuing to suffer casualties Thats a mild way of saying they are continuing to be killed and maimed The reasons which produced what appears to be a communist fiasco are many of course One was our capture of the air right at the start The farm east air force method ically smashed up the communist factories industries power plants troop concentrations tanks and bridges It seemed a very long time be fore the reds began to run out of soap but it turned out to be the same old story You cant win un less you control the air even though the devastating results of sustained bombing sometimes take weeks to make themselves felt Rush efforts were being made south MidContinent Begins EastWest Flights Sioux City eastwest air service linking Sioux City Waterloo and Dubuciue with Chi cago and Milwaukee was inau gurated Tuesday by MidConti nent Airlines amid considerable fanfare Two daily round trip schedules using Douglas DC3 aircraft are in effect Inauguration of the daily flights marks the end of a 7 year contest for the right to serve the area The new route also will provide north connections at Waterloo with Mason City and the Twin Cities and south connections with Des Moines and Kansas City and at Chicago with the east and the gasp Disaster for the North Korean invaders mounted to the south An army spokesman on the Seoul front said tanks from the 1st cavalry division had linked up with the U S 7th infantry be tween Suwon and Osan about 30 miles south of Seoul Enemy Bypassed The 1st cavalry racing more than 115 miles in 5 days from the old southeast beachhead was clos ing the trap Bypassed and being herded into southwest Korea w e r e parts of from 5 to 6 enemy divi sions now in retreat from their disastrous campaign against the Pusan beachhead At Seoul United Nations forces of 53 noncommunist countries scored their first big victory in the UNs first peaceenforcing ven ture But mopping up of an estimated 5000 diehard red defenders in Seoul remained to be done by allied forces fighting house by house and street by street The allied forces hoped to com plete the cleanup task with a minimum of destruction to the city Four big blazes were burning as the ravages of battle 1000000 Population The allied force credited with liberation of the 500 year old capi tal of 1000000 normal population is American and South Korean It was officially in control just 3 months and a day after the Korean trained and Russian the UNsponsored republic across parallel 38 June 25 MacArthur signed and issued a special communique at p m Tuesday to announce the end of effective red resistance in Seoul It said Seoul capital of the republic of Korea is again in friendly hands United Nations forces in cluding the 17th regiment of the R O of Korea army and elements of the U S 7th army and 1st marine division have completed the envelopment and seizure of the city The liberation of the city was conducted in such a manner as to cause the least possible damage to civil installations A faststriking American foice presumably the 1st cavalry divi sion swept late Tuesday afternoon to the outskirts of Chonan only 25 air miles from a linkup with the InchonSeoul 2nd front forces at Osan An 8th army spokesman said ail observers spotted the armored pa trols on Chonans outskirts Gamble Pays Off MacArthurs big gamble to break the back of red Korean resistance and end the war of liberation soon was paying off with surprising speed That calculated risk involved a hazardous landing far behind ene my lines at Inchon and a quick drive for Seoul Eleven day elapsed between the Inchon beach head landings and MacArthur announcement of Seouls libera tion The capital not only was a sym bolic prize but the hub of virtually all road and rail lines into south east Korea where more than 100 000 reds were floundering awaj from the old allied defense box Allied troops started pourin ashore at Inchon 22 miles wes of Seoul Sept 15 to change th whole complexion of the Korea war The 10th corps directing th Seoul fight said Seouls militar defenses actually were broken b 2 p m 10 days afte the Inchon landings Flee North MacArthur said Seouls red gar rison was fleeing northward i disorder The reds appeared to be shat tered everywhere as a unifie fighting force Allied forces hammered on sharp new gains throughout th whole battle what ma be the wars conclusive offensiv resistance ranging from bitter to feeble South Koreans thrust 35 mile out of the old beachhead all alon the northern wall American and British infantry men gained nearly that same dis tance along the western perimeter And a powerful armored tas force raced 90 miles out of th orthwest corner In 5 days strik ig to Chonans outskirts only 25 ir miles from a linkup with 2nd ront forces at Osan Expect to Set Trap The linkup expected hourly may seal scores of thousands of ed Korean troops in the south They will have ths task of es aping piecemeal to the north over econdary roads and rugged hills Fighting inside Seoul raged hroughout Monday night and into Tuesday AP Correspondents Tom Lam lert and Bill Ross said U S ma ines beat off a massed Utack in a fierce allnight battle The reds hurled their largest ttack of the Seoul fighting at the si marine regiment about 500 Iards south of the governors pal ace Marines firing bazookas kaoyed 1 red tanks and broke the assault We may be able to take just about all of the city Tuesday a marine general said in the fore icon if the reds shot their main jolt Monday night Front intelligence officers and air observers said 2000 reds fled the city in about 100 vehicles Mon day night 1800 Reds Killed One marine battalion reported tilling 1800 reds in 36 hbiirson Seouls northwest outskirts Hun dreds of reds were slain elsewhere n the city and many were cap tured But frontline officers estimated that between 3000 and 5000 reds still fought in a city ripped by small arms and mortar fire and burning in 4 battle areas The reds fought in trenches dug 3 e t w e e n streetcar tracks in louses alleys and Seouls twisting streets They sniped from win dows hillsides and buildings They infested dark corners The marines fought with rifles carbines grenades and tanks against red small arms and auto matic weapons Correspondent Lambert reported Leathernecks laid a mortar aarrage on the outskirts of Duk Soo palace grounds late Monday to clear out communists hoping to spare the palace itself Limited communications pre vented any hourbyhour account of the battle Early Tuesday ma rines were reported near Duk Soo the granite palace where Rus sians and Americans in the past had met in vain on proposals to unify JCorea Duk Soo is considered the heart of a somewhat lopsided city It is in the northern section Around it cluster modern municipal build ings and hotels 7sf American Prisoners Found in Yongdong Korea UR The 1st American prisoners of war were liberated here Tuesday by 24th division tankmen who came through on their way to Taejon and shot off the door of the com munist jail The 3 released Yanks were Sgt Frank R Freede of Monet Miss and Long Beach Cal Sgt Elaine Mackrall of C o 1 o n e S Dak and Tacoma Wash Pvt James E Martin of San An drea Cal The tankmen came in here at 5 p m and the jail door went down with a bang They gave the 3 prisoners C rations chewing gum and a big slug of whisky The 1st GI the prisoners saw came up and told the North Ko reans We arc taking this joint over Brings Tears When he said that I knew he was a GI Martin said When those GIs walked into that jail I cried I dropped a couple of tears myself Freede said I thought I was too old to cry but I found out different They were prisoners of the North Koreans for 25 days Freede and Mackrall were members of the U S 2nd division Martin wai from the 1st cavalry All 3 said they treatecl   

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