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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 16, 1951, Mason City, Iowa                                Nortfclowo Doily Newspoper Edited toe CITY GLOBEGAZETTE TNI MIWSFAMI THAT MAKIS ALL NOITN IOWANS NIICHIOtS VOL LVI1 Associated Ptttt and Unlltd FuU Wlref CtnU Copy MASON C1T IOWA FRIDAY MAKCH Two Wildwest Gun Fight Kills Omaha Fugitive 2 Companions Captured iv am AP Wkephoto REDS FIGHT BACK FROM NEW DEFENSES communists halted their 8day retreat and started an ar tillery duel with the allies from their new defense line sawtoothed line about 20 miles south of parallel 38 UN troops were attacking the line west and east black arrows from newly captured Hongchon The marines wielding bayonets carved a dent in the red defenses north of Yudong In the Seoul area the U S 3rd division pushed east of the town but withdrew after a clash with the reds American Artillery OutThunders Enemy Washington of State Dean Acheson said Friday that Red China has made no reply to the latest peace pro posals of the UN to end the Ko rean war By QLEN CLpfENTS Tokyo American teoops overwhelmed desperate reds in a roaring artillery duel on the Ko rean war frontFriday and then crashed ahead fornew The reds threw their heaviest artillery fire of the war Americans answered with a bar rage that outthunderedthe reds 50 shells to one The drive carried an American division onto high ground north of Hongchorf an important road hub 20 miles southOf parallel 38 Earlier Friday the reds abruptly halted their 8day retreat on the central front They turned on the allies with their heaviestartillery barrage yet Yanks Answer i Then came theroaring American tcho United Nations warplanes joined in the blasting with rockets fire bombs and machine guns The allied answer to the com munist stand boomed throughout most of Friday American tanks and infantry men rolled into almostdeserted Hongchon Thursday against light scattered small arms fire Only 5 civilians were on hand to greet the Americans Last week the city normally of 15000 popu lation held 40000 red troops Its capture gave the allies an other link in their chain of strong points stretching from liberated Seoul across the Korean penin sula New Defense Lint The U S 24th and 25th infan try divisions and 1st cavalry di vision tore at the new red de fense line from Hongchon west The U S 1st marine division hit the line east of Hongchoti To the right of the marines bayonetwielding U S 2nd divi sion troops carved a dent in the red defenses north of Yudong on the eastcentral front U 8th army headquarters estimated 1580 reds were killed or w o u n d e d Thursday That boosted enemy casualties since start ofthe allied offensive Jan 25 to about 172000 4H WEATHER Mason City Cloudy and windy Friday night snow and blow ing snow Friday nightand con tinuing Saturday Low Friday night 32 high Saturday 35 Fri day night and Saturday with snow northwest and snow or sleet south and east portions snow probably mixed with rain in southeast portion Saturday Heavy drifting with blowing snow north and central por tions Low Friday night 2632 northwest 3035 south and east high Saturday 32 north west to 3438 south and east Iowa 5Day Forecast Tempera tures will average 5 to 10 de grees below normal Normal high near 50 and normal low 2530 Temperatures will be near normal Saturday with rain or snow Falling temperatures Sunday Colder early next week with snow by midweek Precipi tation with Average near i inch water content Minnesota Light snow and sleet with drifting continuing Friday night Warmer Friday night Saturday snow and blbwing snow turning colder Low Fri night 2530 High Saturday 2632 south and east 25 north west GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Maximum 26 Minimum At 8 am YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 32 26 Desperados Foiled by Sheriffs All 3 Wanted for Jailbreak By JAMES CARY St Johns Ariz A wildwest style gun fight has written the final chapter in the career of Dewey Batter shaw widelyknown Omaha Nebr jailbreaker Battershaw 21 fell before the guns of northern Arizona sheriffs deputies in a roaring battle 8 miles west of here late Thursday His two com panions Clifford Battershaw a 17yearold younger broth er and Victor Sweet 24 were captured All 3 were wanted for a jreak from the Douglas couh y jail at Omaha March 4 The younger Battersbaw wield ng a pistol aided the other two n gainingtheir freedom Tree to Tree Their fight with police here be gun as a routine chase after a speeding car ended in a battle from tree to tree across the ce darstudded countryside Highway Patrolman Ray Dahm and Emmett Wilhelm Apache county undersheriff spotted a ate model Dodge racing through own Thursday evening They gave chase v i The fleeing car acceleratedca reeningwildly downthe highway it struck a dJBand lie road as ia bullet smashed hrough the pursuingpatrol cars windshield Head for Brush The car overturned several irnes The 3 desperados climbed out and took off into the brush firing as they went Dahm and Wilhelm summoned help by radio and went after them As more police rushed to the the desperados kept mov ng further from the road They cover behind trees and un Jergrpwth keeping officers at bay i Finally Highway Patrolmen Harley Thompson and Bill Sorrels caught the trio as they moved on o a ridge They pinned them there withsteady drum fire from high owered rifles Sheriff John Crosby andWil iclm sighting a chance to end the jattle quickly mounted on horses and left the fight Move to Rear It was getting dark as they swung wide around a flank of the ridge and moved in fromthe rear Wilhelm said they crept up close behind the desperately fight ing gunmen The elder Battershaw unaware of the officers presence was drawing a careful bead on one of the patrolmen Wilhelm saict he opened up with lis 38 caliber 6shooter and drop ed the desperado with a shot in he side iBattershaw fatally wounded died a few moments ater Young Battershaw and Sweet heir ammunition almost ex lausted quickly surrendered They had a 22 caliber rifle with only 3 bullets and an empty Ger man Lugerpistol Clifford was badly scratched and bruised from the car accident He suffered a possible fractured ankle Sweet at first reported wounded in the shoulder was bund to be only scratched Deputy Sheriffs Andy Parker Tax Evasion Charged to Ralph Cdpone Waihiiiffton The govern ment Friday filed tax evasion charges against Ralph Capone described as a Chicago racketeer and brother of the late Al Capone The criminal complaint wa s filed before a U S commissioner hi Chicago and announced here by Revenue Commissioner George Schoeneman who said a war rant had been issued for Capones arrest v Tiie complaint charged Capone with 3 separate offenses 1 Making a false offer in com promise involving unpaid income taxes of approximately 2 Attempting to evade taxes 3 Concealing assets from in ternal revenue officers The action was part of a tax crackdown by the revenue bu reau on alleged racketeers drive which reportedly will ex tend over thenation Belcastro Tells Jury About Kitts Story Million Budget Slice Recommended Washington house ap propriations committee F r i d ay recommended a cut in next years budget of the treasury and postoffice departments That represents a reduction of about 13 per cent under the amount President Truman asked for the two departments for the fiscal year starting July 1 The committee asked the house to cut that much from the 125000 requested applying 151000 of the reduction tothe treasurys request for 000 and to the 874000 sought for the postoffice department There were no substantial re ductions recommended for any of the subordinate bure aus and agencies which make up the two departments MidContinent Airliner Was Flying Low Sioux City MidCon tinent airliner was ilying at an unusually low altitude shortly be fore it crashed and burned at Mu nicipal airport March 2 witnesses said as the civil aeronautics board opened a hearing on the tragedy Thursday The crash 1st fatal accident in the airlines history took 16 lives Nine other persons were mjuied Testimony continued Fuday and a CAB official said the heaung might last 2 or 3 days Leonard C Tripp a farmerwho lives miles south of the airport estimated the planes altitude at aBout 120 feet when it flew over Ms house ina snowstorm He said tie never before had seen a Mid Continent planeso low when it passed over his farm David G Cochrane Sioux City a mechanic at the airport said the plane was flying at about 100 feet when he 1st saw it approach ing the field Witnesses said that except for the planes low altitude they saw no evidence that it was in trouble before the crash Hubby Saws Furniture Housewife Files Suit Louis a husband starts to saw up the furniture its time to break up the home a housewife contended Friday Mrs Lela Diepenbrock 19 chargedJn a divorce suitthat her husband took a and tables when she threatend to leave him She said he explained it was the only fair way to divide their belongings but stopped when she threatened to call the police GlobeGazette photo by Sorlicn ROAD 18 east of Mason City was blocked again Thursday evening but snow was only partly responsible this time The semitrailer of the Arrow Motor freight Waterloo slid into a snow bank opposite the Portland road about p m when crowded on a stretch open only to oneway traffic A Jefferson bus from Waterloo scheduled to arrive in Mason City at finally was hooked to the front of the trailer with the help of two wreckers succeeded in moving the obstruction The bus finally arrived in Mason City at 10 p m and Bill Eager participated in the final phases of the fight Escaped Dewey Battershaw and Sweet liad been held in the Douglas county jail under bail at Omaha They were being investi gated for possible connection with a filling station holdup After the escape a kipnapping charge was filed Young Battershaw gained en trance to the jail posing as a vis itor Once outside they fled by bus taking a deputy sheriff and an attorney with them as hos tages They commandeered a car abandoned it when it ran out of gas and then took drivers were also taken as hos tages Later the 4 were freed and the trio disappeared SAME DATE Black flag means traffic death In past 24 houn 1 GlobeGazette photo by Sorlien BACK TO Hardy left and Kenneth A Kitts right are chained to deputy U Smarshals start the trip from the federal building in Mason City the Mason City police station late Thursday afternoon The two are kept in widely separatedcellsVonthe 2nd floor of the police station Perjury Gharge Hangs New York bigshot Frank Costello flouting orders of a senate crime committee for the 2nd in a row Refused Friday to answer questions y RAY KOHN New YorkLPliBigtiine Gambler Fiank Costello has risked arrest on congressional contempt charges by walking out on XJ S senate crime prohers His voice hoarse with emotion and a throat ailment Cos tello breathed defiance ina short verbal fracas with crime committee members yesterday and then announced I am going to walk out A moment later the reputed boss of the underworld strodeout of the al courtroom muttering to re am going right home and go The electrifying departure of Costello key witness in thecrime learings here left apossible per iury charge hanging overhis head as well as a con tempt citation for lis walkout Doesnt Like Lights As Costello took the witness chair for a 3rd day his attorney George Wolf read a prepared statement condemning the klieg lights in the courtroom the grind ing of newsreel and television cameras and the hordes of pho tographers dacjing about Because of the intolerable con ditions in the courtroom the at torney said his client was unable to testify properly could not prop erly concentrate and as a result lis answers were incoherent un intelligible and at times incon sistent and seemingly contradic The reference to contradictory was picked up by Committee Counsel Rudolph Halley who asked Costello to clear up con flicting testimony brought out Wednesday concerning wiretap checks of telephones Costello had said he never had lis phones checked for wiretaps Another witness testified Costello lired him and paid him to check the phones To Submit Evidence Sen Estcs Kefauver committee chairman had said all testimony on the wiretap evidence would be submitted lo thcU S attorney for possible p e i u r y prosecution Reminded of the threatened perjury charge Costello said I refuse to answer When the time comes Ill answer it in my own i Kefauver warned the60year old Costello that he would be ar rested left the proceedings and also would be cited forcontempt Wolf asked the committee to postpone further testimony from Costelio The committee refused Costello his voice made hoarse from an attack of laryngitis he has suffered since he started testify ing Tuesday rasped Irefuseto testify until I am well1 Under Arrest As Halley started lo question him againCostello Mr Halley am I a defendant in this I under arrest No you are under subpoena Halley replied Kefauver cut in and said this is not a grand This is not a court This is an investigation and youre a very important wit ness Then by the committee as boss of an interstate crime his walk Before took the stand he listened frowningly to testi mony by the former Virginia Hill onetime girl friend of slain gang leader Benjamin Bugsy Siegel Siegcl was shot down by mob ster bullets in her California home in 1947 His murder has not been solved She now is the wife of Hans an Austrian skier Armour Attempts to Delay Strike Chicago and Co one of the meat packing industrys big 4 tried Friday to head off a thieatened industrywide strike It released a statement asking A F L and CIO union leaders not to take any hasty action m then fight against government re pection of an 11cent hourly pay raise We believe the situation before us can be worked out without a strike and we are anxious to co operate to that end it said But leaders of the C I O Pack inghouse Workers union and the A F L Amalgamated Meat Cut ters planned to meet next week to formulate a policy which may mean dosing down of all meal packing1 plants nrthe country on March The two unions have threaten ed to call 220000 workersout on strike if they dont get the raise by March 261 Major packers said a strike xvould cut off fresh meat supplies because meat is too perishable to be stockpiled A spokesman for Swift and Co said some butchers might try spec ulative buying before March 26 in order tobuild up a small sup ply of meat Sen Vandenberg in Coma Worse Grand Rapids Mich UR Hundreds of messages stacked up at the home of Sen Arthur H Vandenberg Friday while the republican foreign af fairs leaderlay in a coma Vandenberg 66 was getting worse his physician Dr A B Smith Said But refused further comment Vandenberg suffered a relapse several weeks ago after a series of operations for a lung ailment HARRY PUBLICKER DIES Philadelphia ff Harry Pub licker 74 chairman of the board of Publicker Industries Inc larg est producers of industrial alcohol in the world died Thursday night Says He Cased Bank for Kenneth Claims He Was Doublecrossed 1 By DICK HABEIN One third of the trio which tht government says robbed theLau rens State bank of more than 000 last Nov 3 told the jury about t Friday The government witness is Pas quale Pat Belcastro V32 Of Omaha He already has pleaded guilty to taking part in the1 rob ry but has not been sentenced The rest of the trio the govern ment charges is Kenneth A Kitts 33 Omaha and Yancy D Hardy 32 Tyler Texas who are both being tried in federal district court for their part in the robbery Belcastro had told officers be fore testifying Thursday that he was doublecrossed by i Kitts and Hardy in the theLaur ens loot qaetttom Appearing in court9 in a neat gray flannel suit Belcaitrol an swered questions from U Dtt trict Attorney T E a loud firm voice At times even got ahead of the in relating the incidents leading up to the robbery Belcastro said he had cased the Laurens in at the Kitts He said tie had known Kitts for several years but had met Hardy only last October Hardy he told the court was introduced to himat Doug Hardy la Laurens bank jury he covered the had no time lock for asked thebankabcbanjfcjrrflW bill for tering Checked Belcastro saidhe looked over the back of thebank picked up some ran from attendant and returned io Omaha v Back in Omaha Belcastro re lated thatfhe telephoned1 Kittsat a downtown tavern to about the bank jS9i3r didnt wantto talkaboutit over the phone and midnightdate I f v Earlyiri the 2 Belcastro said he met IKitfsand Hardy at the Rocket an Omaha bowling and a drive Bal castrosaid the trip to Belcastro said that Kitts wanted to leave 8 p in Asked by Diamond Iwhether they were in his car or said he remember Kitts Drove Cadillac r Belcastro said that at the time Kitts had beenT driving a twotone 1950 Cadillac T Belcastro then tpld the court that the trio left Omaha for Sioux City on highway 75 about 8 p m They took with them he said personal clothing burglar tools be longing to Kittsv and guns They drove to Laurens Belcastro told the court in his 1950 4door Nash 1 he confessed bank robber told the court that the burglar tools included an 18or 20pound sledge hammer 3 crowbars punches pliers and gloves Asked by Diamond if the sledge hammer had a handle Belcastro replied Yes a new one I bought it my self Has Two Children Belcastros testimony then was interrupted by Judge Henry N Graven who called a noon recess The Omahan who is married and the father of two boys was the governments 5th witness Earlier two New York women testified about the cashing S100 travelers check in a New York shop Miss Pearl Schine now assistant manager of theshop accompanied by two women came into the store last Nov 29 bought some worth of chandise and cashed the check Mrs Bertie Israel former man ager of the store said she had cashed the check and that it was signed by a Doris Williams Check From Bank Diamondtold the court that he ivould produce witnesses to prove the cashed check was one stolen from the Laurens bank Both Miss Schine and Mrs Is rael were able to identify Hardy o the jury A Brooklyn woman Mrs Frank LaSala testified that Hardy his wife Mildred and his motherin law Mrs Minnie Wright yisited n Brooklyn Nov 25 She said they stayed with Mr and Mrs Vita Tallacaro Mrs Fallacaro Sala said is Mrs Hardys sister Mrs LaSala told the jury that V   

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