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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 15, 1951, Mason City, Iowa                                North Doily Newspaper lor tfe CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION TMI NIWSPAMK THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH IOWANS N 11 C M I O ft I Attoctotcd Pnm and United Prcn Cull Lew Five Centi Copy MASON CITV IOWA THURSDAY MARCH 1951 Thli Paper CoiuiiU oi Select Kitts Jury Trial of Pair Defendants Wife in Spring Coat By DICK HABEIN There was just a touch of spring In federal district court in Mason City Thursday at the opening of the bank robbery trial of Kenneth A Kitts 33 Omaha and Yancy D Hardy32 Tyler Texas The touch was provided by Mrs Kitts attractive blond wife of the alleged bank burglar who was the only woman in the courtroom wearing a spring coat It was soft light lavender Child in Court Mrs Kitts brought the couples young son Kenny 4 to court This was a surprise because she tplcl newsmen recently that her chil dren were not being told about the charges brought against their lather The Kittsalso have a daughter Connie 7 Kenny sat quietly beside his mother throughout the morning session One or twice he played withher pearl necklace The morning session was taken up with selection of a jury panel Of 31 jurors called only 3 were excused by cause All were wom Kitts Spurned Offer to Escape at Omaha Omaha UR Bank robbery suspect Kenneth Kitts spurned an opportunity to escape from the Douglas county jail with two men who later successfully en gineered a daring break a radio news reporter said Wednesday Radio Station WOW Reporter Jim Baugh said that he has learned that Kitts had a chance to flee the jail with Dewey Bat tershaw 21 Omaha and Victor Sweet 24 Hartinjton Nebr But Baurh said Kitts who had Just been captured after an es cape of his own from Cedar Rapids jail reportedly advised the youths against They told Kitts they had an escape planned Bow it would be done awd invited Kitts to come alone Bangh said f They insisted they eouir make good and thatthey had a gun coming they put It a safe hideaway near Kansas City Baugh said the two asked Kitts for and that Kitts replied how far will 50 en Two said their husbandswere bank officials and had been held up by robbers The other said she already had formed an opinion in the case Wives Excused Bank officials wives excused were Mrs Harry Webb Sheffield housewife whose husband is a cashier in a bank there that was robbed some 3years ago and Mrs Charles Peterson Buffalo Center whose husband also is a bank cashier who once was robbed Mrs Wayne Ferris Hampton housewife was the other member of the panel excused Kitts appeared in court wearinj a brown flannel suit fawn colorec sport shirt and bright tie He ap peared to be watching proceedings carefully and twice held whisperec conversations with attorneys Hardy wearing a Alight gray sui and colorful tie often joined in courtroom laughter as the various members of the jury panel were questioned GlobeGazette photo by Sorlien ATTORNEY Kenneth A Kitts andHugh Boyle both of Omaha are shown at the station their in MasonCity They were aboard Western train from Omaha that was 12 hours lateBoyle and his brother defend Kitts at thetrial Eye on Door Kitts kept an eye on a door leading from the courtroom but shifted his gaze when deputy marshals appeared in the door way Neither man was handcuffed but the courtroom was swarming with deputy marshals and FBI agents Federal Judge Henry M Graven thanked the large number of po tential jurors who showed up Sixtynine jurors had been called but 9 were excused Wednesday Of the 60 who were supposed to appear Thursday all but two were in court Kitts and Hardy were held in an ironbarred cage on the 3rd floor of the court building during the noon recess and their lunch was served to them there Kitts and Hardy his codefend ant are charged under a 3count grand jury indictment with a bank robbery at Laurens last Nov 3 Both have pleaded Innocent to the charges If convicted the two men face a possible total of 40 years in fed eral prison The 3count indict ment charges them especially with entering a bank with intent to commit a felony stealing money from a bank insured by the federal deposit insurance cor poration and transporting across state line money known to be stolen The possible sentences ire 20 years 10 years and 10 years respectively on the 3 r GlobeGazette photo by Miisser NO PICTURES deputy U S marshal waves an ad monishing finger at a photographer as he escorts Pas quale Pat Belcastro into Cerro Gordo county jail Bel castro already has pleaded guilty to Laurens bank robbery and is expectedto testify against Kenneth A Kitts and Yancy DHardy at their trial All WEATHER Mason cloudy Friday low Thursday night about10 high Friday 34 towa Partly cloudy Thursday night with low of 815 above except 1520 in extreme south west Surniy and warmer with considerable thawing Friday Light variable winds High Fri day 35 northwest to 3644 southwest Further increasing cloudiness Friday night with low of 28Some in dication of snow in northwest Iowa Saturday High Saturday 4045 Minnesota Fair Thursday night Friday increasing cloudiness and somewhat warmer Low Thurs day night 515above HighFri day 2834 north 3238south Globe Gazette weather statis icsfor the 24 hours ending at 8 a m March 15 Maximum 23 Minimum 8 At 8 am 14 Year ago Maximum Minimum 37 13 MRSHENRY KAISER DIES Oakland CM JP Mrs Bess Fosburgh Kaiser wife of Indus rialist Henry J Kaiser died Vednesdaynightat her Oakland home Shewas 64 McCabe Quits FRB Position Key West Fla B McCaberesigned Thursday as federal reserve board chairman a n d President Truman picked William McChesney Martin Jr to succeed him Martin is now assistant secre tary of the office of international finance Mr Truman chose Martin as the new chairman on McCabes recommendation Martins to the senate soon Presidential Sec retary Joseph Shortannounced Sen Vandenberg Grows Weaker Grand Rapids Mich ouslyill Senator Arthur H Van denberg continues to grow weaker The condition of the veteran Michigan republican took a turn for the worse Wednesday said his personal physician Dr A B Smith Several hours after that Dr Smith would say only no change Keeping an almost constant vigil at the bedside was Arthur Van denberg Jr son of the senator The 66yearold GOP foreign policy spokesman has been in poor health for morethan two years He was recuperating from a series of tumor operations when he suf fereda relapseFeb26 I UN Must Press War of Maneuver General EDITOES NOTE Gen las not foresee under present circumstances end to the hostilities hi Korea at the JJth parallel The supreme commander made this clear in a cabled interview with Hugh Baillie president of United press By HUGH BAILLIE President of United Press New York Douglas MacArthur said Thursday United Nations troops must continue their war of maneuver in Korea because there are no natural defenses near the 38th parallel to hold against the Chinese communists The number of UN troops it would take to hold the parallel MacArthur said would be suffi cient to drive the Chinese com munists back across the Yalu river boundary with Manchuria and to hold the line there The supreme commander told me this in response to a single question I asked him by cable How many troops would be re luired to hold the 38th paralle inviolate Line Not Favored MacArthur replied As r have on several occasions pointed out the conditions under which we are conducting military operations in Koreado not favor in engaging in positional warfare on any line across the peninsulai Specifically with referenceto the 38th parallel there are no natural defense features any where near its immediate prox imity The terrain is such that to es tablish a conventional defense system in reasonable depth would require such a sizable force that if we had it and could logistir cally maintain it we would be able to drive the Chinese commu nists back across the Yalu hold that river as our future main line of defense and proceed to the ac omplishment of our mission in he unification of Korea Best Means Under the realities existing loweyer we can and will unless the situation is radically altered continue our campaign of ma neuver as the best means to neu ralize the military disadvantage under which we fight and keep he enemy engaged where it best serves our own military purposes Such a point of engagement will of necessity be a fluctuating variable dependent upon the shift ing relative strengths of con orces committed itantly move up ordown The problem involved requires much more fundamental decision hanare within my authority o iponsibility to make as the mill ary cpmmandVrHlecisions whicl mustnotignore the heavy cos n allied bloodxwhich a protracte and indecisive campaign would ntail House Group Knocks Out Troop Limit Washington hous armedservices committee Thurs day knocked out of its militar manpower bill the 4millionma limit on the size of the arme forces Chairman Vinson DGa sai the vote was 18 to 15 in suppor of a move he made to strike th ceiling from the committees bi to widen the draft and set u universal military training The action was taken in close session limit on the size of th ed forces has been oppose by President Truman and mili tary leaders but the 4rhillip man ceiling was passed by th senate Vinson said the house commit tee rejected 924 an eaiiie amendmentby Rep Short Missouri ranking republics member to impose a 320000 man ceiling The committee also rejected a amendment by Rep Norbla ROre to limit the size to 3 500000 Gotham Police Never Probed Costello New York smug ling into the U S increased one ear after Vice Charles Lucky Luciano was deported to taly senate crime probers were old Thursday Samuel Levme an agent for the J S bureau of narcotics testified iattheflow of illegal drugs from taly began rising sharply in 1947 Levine the 1st witness on the th day of the committees New ork hearings did not give Luci nos full name But the onetime S underworld power for years as been connected with the nar otics traffic The committee recently named imas the longdistance czar or ntermediary between a Chicago rime syndicate and a New York ew Orleans crime axis ruled by rambler Frank Cpstello Following Levine the former ead of the New York1 city police ntirackets squad Frank C Bals estified he never ordered investi ations of wellknown racketeers Bals named a seventh deputy olice commissioner during the ad inistration of former Mayor Wil am ODwyer said he knew erworld figure Joe Adonis had a reputation of being connected ith rackets Did you make an investigation f this He was asked No I did not he answered Q Did you cause an investiga on to be made of wellknown acketeers A No He also conceded he never prob d into the affairs of Costello who as been named as Adonis boss in crime combine 5 DAYS NO FATALITY Des Moines has gone days without a traffic fatality he state department of public nfety said Thursday SAME DATE triflU M Mild Weather No Drifting Is Forecast Highways 106 18 Are Cleared After a long tantrum the weath erman appeared ready Thursda to get along with highway crew attempting to clean up snow packed roads in North Iowa He forecast mild weather and n more drifting for the time being The highway commission re ported that highways 106 and were open between Mason Cit and Clear Lake Highway 18 als was open for oneway traffic be tween Mason City and Nor Springs Arotary plow being dis patched from Marshalltown ha yet arrived in Mason City When it arrives it be used t clear the road between Nor Springs Floyd and Charles City which now is closed Crews Workinr Highway 107 between Clear Lake and Thornton was reportec open and Wednesday morning a crew was working between Thorn ton and Meservey Highway 288 from 65 to Plym outh now is open and onewaj traffic is reported on highway i from Hampton to for automobiles only Trucks being held back The Cerro Gordo county garage reported rural roads were still in poor shape but said plows were out working and there was hope that jnany of them would be open by nightfall Buses Arrive Jefferson lines buses arrived in Mason City Thursday morning from the north and south but nom is arriving from the east In general the highway commis sion reported oneway traffic the rule throughout the state ant chains were said to be still neces sary for travel in many sections Thirtytwo North Iowa schools continued to be closed Thursday These included St Ansgar Rockwell Little Ce dar Floyd Ventura Scarville Swaledale Kensett Nashua Led yard Nora Springs Rock Falls St 3alricks at Dougherty Grafton Hayfield Dumont Mitchell Alex ander Orchard Thornton Chapin Rake Rockford Hansell Rudd Carpenter and Klemme No School Schools which canceled classes or the remainder of the week vere Franklin Consolidated Mar le Rock Greene Belmond and There was school but no buses Thursday at Britt Woden Lake Wills Clear Lake Charles City Forest City Leland and Joice Final measurements of snowfall during the big storm gave Spencer a total of 24 inches Mason City 15 nches Iowa City 20 inches Ot umwa 14 Des Moines 13 Du uque 10 and 9 inches at Sioux City and Davenport Storm of 51 Runs 2nd to Other Years Des Moines you have a notion now that its all over to pin a tale about the big snow torm of 51 dont talk too loud t wasnt too big a storm Somebody might recall the win er of 190809 That season the own of Northwood in Worth ounty was buried under an over ill winter snowfall of 904 inches Or you might be told about the ime back in 186162 when the vinters snowfallat Farmersburg i northeastern Iowa amounted to 89 inches The greatest accumulation for ny winter in Des Moines was in 88586 when a total of 709 inches f snow descended In Dubuque the heavy accumu ation 343 inches of snow was Allies Cop Hongchon Enter Seoul in Force AP Wlrephoto ALLIES CHEERED IN troops received a lusty ovation as they captured Seoul A but the main aim was toward strategicChunchon sawtooth Main roads B from Seoul to Chunchon have been cut by the U S 24th and 25th divisions The U S 1st marine division was at the gates to Hongchon 18 miles south of parallel38 In eastcentral Korea allied units captured Changdong and Changpyong On the east coast South Koreans continued an advance near Kangnung Inflation Curb Stalls Johnston Tells Chiefs By STERLING P GREEN Washington tfl Eric Johnston has told governmen eaders that the antiinflation program is in distress an could flounder unless they give it stronger support Wellplaced officials reported today the economic sta ailizer pointed his finger at one cabinet officer after anoth er in a toplevel meetingWec nesday and accused each it A i i ji ii registered during the month o The Jan 12 snowstorm of 1942 spilled to 24 inches of snow on Red Oakland the 177 inch fal Des Jtoines was the fieaviestf 24hour fall on record here j But probably thehvorst winter n recent years the weather bu reau said was JanuaryandEebru ary of 1936 Severe cold weather leld the state intits graspiirom Jan 17 to Feb 21 Snowfall for the winter months totaled 429 inches greatest on record tfor the state as a whole This represented an ac cumulation of many light and mod erate falls rather than one or two leavy falls During the first 17 days of Febr ruary of that year strong winds drifted snow which fell daily Secondary and farm roads were closed for weeks In many places wire fences were cut and traffic followed the idges Wild life suffered heavy losses during ttiis period Gold Tells How He Passed Atom Notes New York Gold onfessed atomic spy for Soviet lussia testified Thursday that in 944 he obtained from Dr Klaus information relating to the pplication of nuclear fission to le atom bomb Gold a prosecution witness in he trial of 3 persons charged with tomic espionage said the infor mation was contained in a pack ge of papers Fuchs gave him at meeting near Brooklyn Borough all Fuchs a British atomic sci ntist now is in prison in England or espionage The Philadelphia biochemist erving a 30 year sentence on his lea of guilty to atomic espion ge said he gave the papers to Anatoli Yakovlev former sovie ice consul a few minutes after ie meeting This was in June 944 he said The next month Gold testified e had another conversation with ir Fuchs andagain reported to akovlev This report he said ontained further information on ie progress going on in New ork by a joint AmericanBritish reject aimed at the production f the atomic bomb Yakoviiv was indicted with the now on trial but he has nol ecii apprehended and is believed have fled the United States Iliott Roosevelt Mrs Ross Are Wed Miami Beach Fla oosevelt 2nd son of the late resident married Mrs Minnewa ell Ross California heiress in simple ceremony here Thurs ay The wedding was at Mrs Ross ome on fashionable Sunset Is nd No 1 It was the 4th mar age for each turn of giving less than allou backing to the stabilization pro Johnston thatiunlws tKire is stiffenedsup portlfrom the white house and cabinet in congress and mobilization command the gov eminent might as well abando its effortto stabilizeprices an wages t ThelSA chiefmade his im proiriptu appeal at a meeting o the defense mobilization board is by Charles E Wilson mobilization director andis mad of 6 officers andth headsof 5 important agencies Unwilling what he called uh willingness of any big segment 6 the labor o accept the sacrifice which the defense program de mands Johnston listed some spe cific problems besetting the ESA other things he reporl edly mentioned the declared op position of cottonstate senator to the new price ceiling on rav cotton He mentioned also th signing by unions and employer of wage contracts which excee the pay ceiling with the implie or spoken threat ofstrike if th wage boost is not approved byth government A few hours after the meetin Johnston turned down just sue a pay 11 cent hourl boost granted to 220000 A F L md C I O packinghouse worker by major packers oh Feb 8 I would exceed the ceiling by cents Johnston said Threatens Strike The president of the C I 0 union Ralph Helstem promptlj told reporters Therewill be a strike later i this is not approved said th union feelsfree to strike March 26 but that a date will be se ater Johnston told a news cdnfereno he will not tamper with the wagi ceiling formula and will insist tha such cases behandled by a 3sidec board having labor industry anc public representation Until labor and management agree on recre ating such aboard he said he will issue noorders bulging the pay ceiling In his Offthecuff lecture to the mobilization board earlier in the day Johnston was reported to have been equally emphatic As the story was told by official sources Johnston waggled his fin ger in turn at Secretary of Agri culture Brannan Secretary of Labor Tobin Secretary of Com merce Sawyer and Federal Re serve Board Chairman Thomas B McCabe British Agree With MacArthur Statement London British agree with the view expressed by Gen Douglas MacArthur in a cabled interview with President Hugh Baillie of the that sractical considerations forbid rying to hold a defensive line at the 38th parallel i UNFJnds in By OLEN CLEMENTS troops returned in force Thursday and searched bled streets bf the old South rean capital for hideout Commu The capitals remnant pbpula tion of cheered the of the allied fighting men Communists had held the city since Jan 4 their 2nd occupation of the war All along the Korean front al lied troops surged northward on the heels of retreating reds At some points allied troops were lest than 18 miles from the old paral lel 38 border to NorthKorea City In Rtttas American assault troopsstormed into Hongchon Thursday and found the former main communist supply base on the central front in ruins GIs r rode tanks across Hongchon river to reach the one time city of 15000 Only 5 civil ians and one mangy white horst greeted the U 5 column The Americansmet only light arms fire when they first entered Hongchon Later mortar fire fell in the town NVvji a vital road junction 20 miles south of the 38th parallel had been a major supply for at least one Chinese army in recent days The big push was rolling to ward ChUnchon Chinese stronghold i miles south of the border in tral Korea tThe red radio af Pyongyang re ported fierce fightinginsideSeoul AUiedareportsfsaid itfell Without a The Pyongyang broadcast vJieardin Tokyo said 1W alliea troops were and tw6 tanks were inthe Seoul battle that A JJ Better reported t h fireknocked dbwriSur SI planes and killed at least pilot Thursday in western KoreaV Two other American planes met heavyantiaircraft firebutre turned safely Reds Amtauhed j On the eastcentral 7th division vtroopi long battle with bushing the owntrap set up to doughboys We found a dead goolc in every foxhole said one 61 after tKe clash The Korean j colonel was reported among the 42 communist dead counted after fight The U S 2nd division fighting on the left of the 7fh gained against the stiffest resistance it had met since the communists began their front line pullback last week A spokesman lor the XJ corps said that despite the stiff red resistance all tence of mines roadblocks and delaying a con tinuing enemy withdrawal toward the 38th Bomb Bridges j U S B29s from Okinawa bases slugged railyardsand bridges on he main communist line in western Korea with tons of bombs Twenty Superforts took part in the attacks Reoccupation by allies marked the 4th time the republi can capital of Seoul has changed hands since the warbegan June 25 Patrolsof the South Korean 1st division and the U division Wednesday night The South Koreans ran up their flag over thefireblackened cap tol building Of the normaM5QO000 civilian population only about 200000 vere left in the warwracked city At 1st all was quiet Then the imid frightened people came out f their wrecked houses by ones jy twos by groups Word spread quickly that the UN soldiers were back A Sorry Siffht Ap Becker ho wentinto the cityWednes day night and re orted v The women threwthemselves t our feet and sobbed hysteria ally Tears coursed down the heeks of bearded old men Chil ren battled fortheright to grab ur hands and touch us The city Beckerwrote was a orry sight Buildings were smashed Many destroyed during the 3 revious times the capital changed ands Charles City Soldier Missing Charles CitySgt Edward H lehmeri son of Henry Mehmen missing in action with the Korea it his been learned   

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