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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 17, 1951, Mason City, Iowa                                North lowot Doily Newspoper foe Hem I MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPERTHAT MAKES ALL NORTH I O W A N S NEICHIORV HOME EDITION VOL LVU Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON ClJLV IOWA SATURDAY MARCH 11 1951 This Paper Consists of Two One Crime Probers May Call Devvey ODwyer Is Next New York ff U S senate crime investigators have wound up a week of turbulent testimony by local racketeers and politicians with the arrest on perjury charges of a for mer convict witness But the arrest which came Friday with 3 witnesses testifying almost simultaneously Saturday appeared as only a praiude to former Mayor William ODwyers scheduled quizzing Monday Meanwhile reports in two Chicago newspapers the Tribune and the Gov Thomas E Dewej of New York would be called before the committee to share the spotlight with ODwyer In special dispatches from New York the Chicago papers saic Dewey would be questioned abou gambling at Saratoga Springs an upstate resort near Albany AP Wirephoto ENROUTE TO S Ambassador to Mexico William ODwycr former mayor of New York talks with reporters in Dallas Friday as he waited for his plane to leave He is enroute to New York from Mexico City where he will appear before the senate crime investigating com mittee His only comment to re porters was that he had asked Senator Kefauver chairman of the committee some time ago to be heard La Prensa Passed to Peron Rule Argentine Paper Loses Independence By REGINALD WOOD Buenos Aires one of the worlds great newspa pers ceased to exist as an in dependent organ Friday night It passed into the control of a con gressional committee dominated by supporters of President Juan D Perpn A resolution ordering a joint senate and house investigating group to seize the newspaper chief critic of the Peron regime was whipped through a special session of the Perondominated congress Fridayin less than 8 hours The 81year old morning paper in the Spanishspeaking been silent for 51 days as the result of a combined boy cott and strike by government controlled unions Whether the committee of 6 deputies and senators starting work next week would try to re open La Prensa was a question still unanswered Alsoopen to speculation was the fate of La Prensas 1800 em ployes of whom 1300 have ex pressed loyalty to EditorPublish er Alberto Gianza Paz He could not be located for com ment Gianza Paz has been charged with violating state se curity but details of the charges have not been forthcoming from the authorities and no trial has been set The resolution calling on the congressional committee to seize La Prensa to probe its affairs in cluding its financial structure was seen as a move only one step short of outright expropriation Million Loan to Spain for Wheat Washington JP The United States has granted a 55000000 loan for wheat to tide Spain over a temporary shortage prevailing prior to the Spanish harvest The exportimport bank was directed Friday to parcel out the for wheat purchases as directed by the economic coop eration administration The loan is in addition to in loans granted Spain Feb 13 Both sums come put of an ap propriation for aid to Spain to made by congress last year SAME DATE c fix mians traffic death In past 24 hours Deweyls secretary James C Hagerty termed the story wholly untrue Committee officials were not available for comment in New York City Saratoga Surveyed The reports of Deweys appear ances are based on testimony Fri day by State Police Superintend ent John A Gaffney and several other officers Gaffney told of a confidential survey of illegal gambling he or dered at Saratoga in 1947 He testi fied that nothing ever came of the report Committee members then ques tioned him whether he had in formed Dewey of the conditions or if Dewey had received the report Gaffney said he himself did not go to Dewey and that he did not think Dewey received a copy of the report Later Friday the 3 witnesses contradictedeach other in a tense courtroom shortly after a hoarse Frank Costello again gambled with a senate contempt citation by refusing to testify Denies Visit Louis Weber 51 the former con vict was held in bail after le denied ever visiting city Water Supply Commissioner James J Moran at the letters office Moran already on the witness stand for about an hour main ained previous statements that Weber visited him several tunes when he was 1st deputy fire com missioner The 3rd witness Fireman Ge rard Martin the office reception st said Weber had called some times as often as 11 times a month Weber was arraigned before U 5 Commissioner Edward W Mc Donald who revealed that he was an eye witness to the alleged per Ask Senate to Cite Trio for Contempt Washington senate crime investigating committee Saturday asked the senate to cite racketeer Frank Costello and bigtime Gamblers Joe Adonis and Frank Erickson for contempt Chairman Kefauver D said the group voted unanimously to start contempt proceedings against the trio be cause of their refusal to answer certain questions at New York hearings this week The committees resolutions now go to the senate for a vote If the senate approves them they then will be forwarded to Irving Saypol New York area district attorney for possible court action Conviction for contempt of congress carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and fine on each count ury having seen it on television The arrest was the 1st since the committee started hearings here Weber was described by authori ies as a Brooklyn numbers rack eteer Visited Costello Before this manifold contradic tion Moran had told the commit ee that hie once accompanied ODwyer now ambassador to Mex co on a visit to Eostellos swank Central Park West apartment Moran said that was back in 942 or 1943 when ODwyer was an army officer attached to the nspector generals department The interview Moran said con cerned an anonymous letter to ODwyer stating that Costello was mixed up in a business affair in volving persons at Wright Field a Dayton Ohio air force base Michael Kennedy then leader of he democratic party Manhattan organizations Tammany Hall set up the meeting Moran said He added that he called on Kennedy because the Tammany leader was connected with Costello in news paper stories Moran did not explain clearly what went oh at the interview However Senator Estcs Kc auver DTenn and the other committee members are expected o press ODwyer on this point on Wonday IOWA SPLITS VOTE Washington senators plit Friday on a bill authorizing federal grants to states for local public health centers Sen Gillette D voted for the bill and Sen lickcnloopcr R against it MADGE MEREDITH Way From Iowa Falls May Commute Sentence of Iowa Actress Not Considered Innocent by Board San Francisco Cali ornia state adult authority has ecommended that the 5 year to ife prison sentence being served by Actress Madge Meredith be ommuted to time served The authoritys recommendation vill be forwarded Monday to Gov ernor Earl Warren He has sole power to make the decision Miss Meredith 28 had her climb o Hollywood stardom set back 3 ears ago when she was convicted if complicity in the kidnaping nd beating of her former business manager Nick Gianaclis and his iodyguard Verne Davis in 1947 She was committed to Tehachapi irison two years ago after spend ng 11 months in jail before she vas sentenced One of 3 men convicted of ad ministering the beating Albert ucker said Gianaclis framed the ctress because of a quarrel about he title to a house But Gianaclis accused Miss Meredith of engineering the at ack by Tucker Damon Klinken erg arid James A Hatfield The adult board said Friday it id not consider Miss Meredith ompletely innocent of the charge iut that her participa ion did not justify the severity if her prison sentence Miss Meredith formerly of Iowa Iowa has maintained that he had no prior knowledge of he beating and had nothing to do vithit North lowan Cited for Korean Bravery Robert Olson 19 on of Mr and Mrs Casper Olson ivingnear Highlaridville has re eived wide publicity for his act n single handed elimination ofa oad block in Korea when he was scorting a truckload of wounded len to camp recently The accounts credit him with liminating the block after his arty had been fired upon Cau iously nearing the block he used hand grenade to demolish the lock Olson was recently award d the purple heart and silver tar for gallantry and bravery Northwest Korea in Seek Court Order on Meat Price Washington ff Price e forcement officials said Saturday they are ready to seek court or ders if necessary to roll back any neat price increases based iigher cost of live animals Edward P Morgan enforce ment director said reports from nany sections of the country in dicate a number of meat packers and processors have raised prices in the belief they are entitled to do so because they were paying nore for live animals Illegal Any such increases on o distributors and wholesalers and ultimately to consumers are strictly illegal under the gen iral price freeze of Jan 26 Mor gan told a reporter That freeze order limited prices to their high est levels from Dec 19 through Jan 25 Prices of live animals were not covered in the general freeze But VIorgan stressed that meat prices tvere and still are frozen He said his field agents are making a full investigation re ports on meat prices and steps vill be taken promptly to roll sack any increases Morgan said any packers or processors found to have raised sriccs in the belief they were act ng legally will be given opportu nity to make cutbacks If they do not comply promptly he said court orders will be sought hrough the justice department directing them to do so Plan Ceilings At the same time price officials disclosed they are working full peed on a new regulation to set dollars and cents ceiling prices on ive hogs and pork products at vholesale and retail levels One OPS official said it might je 3 weeks before the order will 3e ready Another said there is an might come days or by utside chance vithin the next April 1 St Patrick Honored by Americans By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS America a country built by jeople from many nations Satur day honors St Patrick the patron saint of Ireland OReillys Mc Carthys Murphys and the like vill step out briskly in parades slanned inmany cities In New York City an estimated 0000 persons will march up 5th will sport raffic ribbon instead of the usual vhite one As city workmen said the street needed a raffic line and lets give marchers something to look at too Among those reviewing the Manhattan parade will be Francis Cardinal Spellman and former Jew York Mayor William Dwyer now S ambassador to Mexico In Erin N 2000 Kellygreenj envelopes bear will be mailed collectors The New Yorker Tells How Hardy Spent Bank Loot Commanders See Chance for Diplomacy Peiping Kremlin Might Listen Now By RUSSELL BRINES Tokyo JP United Nations commanders generally feel tha allied diplomats now have their 1st important chance since No vember 1o win an acceptable peace n Korea But in their view it is only chance It depends on the possi no concrete that Peiping and the Kremlin night be ready to quit UN Advantage The results of the current offen sive have given the allies a tem porary advantage The Chinese lave lost some of their best troops among an estimated 172000 ground action casualties UN forces have sroved they cannot be driven off he peninsula except by greater masses than the reds have ye used For the 1st time since the Chi nese struck in late November res cuing the beaten North Korean irmy the allies hold the advan tage General MacArthur emphasized Friday however that the commu nists have suffered no decisive defeat They withdrew from Seoul and parallel positions in good order Worth Effort The communists therefore vould be ready to reach an ac ceptable peace at this time only f they decidedadditional blood etting wasnt worth the effort Military men believe this possi jility is worth exploring The allied advantage may rease in the next few weeks These are some of the reasons 1 Allied forces are operating aboutas far north as they can vith present strength and still seep their voracious guns afld anks supplied 2 The Chinese apt to be more willing to talk sense in pro portion to their losses and less ikelSr during a relatively quiet talemate 3 Winter a UN over Communist ally is losses about from rostbite and exposure will de crease new the by Irish design residents to Maquoketa Baby Dies of Burns in Box Car Maquoketa A 6 months Id baby died at a hospital here tiring the ered when night of burns suf fire destroyed a box ar home at the Jackson county illage of Fulton Friday A cook ove explosion caused the fire Dead was Gary Clark His mother Mrs William Clark and ister Geraldine 2 erious condition remained in envelopes will carry green 3cent tamps issued recently to com memorate the American Bankers In Boston the day will be a doublebarreled celebration This also is the day the city celebrates the 175th anniversary of the evacuation of Boston by the British About 250000 persons are expected to gather in South Bos ton and it will be hard to tell who is celebrating which anni versary In Los Angeles Barry Fitzger won the 1951 Irish screen award of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in a nationwide poll will be presented with a statu ette of St Patrick Gen Eisenhower Denies Approach on 52 Politics Paris JP Gen Dwight D Eisenhower said Saturday through an official spokesman that Pres ident Truman has never men tioned to him any political pos sibilities of 1952 whatsoever The statement was prompted by an article in the Quill an Amer ican journalistic magazine in which Merrill Mueller a National Broadcasting company commenta tor said Eisenhower told him of an agreement with Mr Truman which would permit Eisenhower to return to the United States to be available for the 1952 pres idential campaign GlobeGazette photoby Sorllen TELLS OF 33 Omaha went back onthe witnessstand in federalcourt here Sat urday for cross examination in trial of KennethA Kitts Omahaand YancyuD Hardy Tyler Texas Bel castro told the jury Friday how he and the two men on trial robbed theLaurens State bank Jast Nov 3 Says He Purchased Holy Medals Witnesses From Laurens on Stand A witness from New York City testified i Saturday that Yancy D Hardy 32 a codefendant in the Laurens bank robbery cases used a1 stolen travelers check to pay for two holy medals This testimony came from Hy man Steinberg one of 6 new wit nesses from the New York area who were brought here as gov ernment witnesses in the case against Hardy and Kenneth A Kitts 33 of Omaha Neb J The government claims f25000 in travelers checks was from the Laurens bank Also heard Saturday were 7 residents of Laurens and environs who lost cash when more than 100 safe deposit boxes in the bank were robbed early in the morninf of last Nov 3 3 Lost In the testimony about Ihe holy medals Steinberg said Hardy and two women came into his shop Nov 29 and bought a wristrwatch and the two medals for a total of He said they cashed in travelers checks to pay for the jewelry Three of the 7 Laurens wit nesses lost a total of fromi their safe deposit boxes they tes tified Mrs E Strobel said she lost Mrs George Cqldren a farm wife said she andher hus band lost and Dr A L Sundberg said hisJoss was T W Hennessey who said was taken from his box was asked by U S District TE Diamond to describVthe1 ap4 pearance of his box and the vault generally after ttierbbbeiy Drawi f Hennessey gave aone Word re Reds Drawing Line Near Parallel 38 By OLEN CLEMENTS Tokyo MacArthur paid a to the fighting front in Korea Saturday and found everything going well The UN commander jeeped to within 2000 yards of the battle line south of Chunchon Morethan 200000 Chinese reds were massed along that line for a lastditch defense of the base they must hold to stay below parallel 38 MacArthur returned to Tokyo Saturdaynight AP Correspondent William C Barnardreported from tie central sector thatAnier EXSHERIFF DIES Waukon fP John King Waukon sheriff of Allamakee county from 1937 to 1941 died Friday night at University hos Dital City Photo by Chuck Wcllcn MIDNIGHT persons were slightly injured when these two cars col lided in a oneway snow cut on highway 106 just west of the city limits about midnight Friday Pat Determan 20 75 River Heights drive and L B McMurray 28 route 1 were both in satisfactory condition in Mercy hospital Saturday morning attendants said McMurray was the driver of the car on the left and Miss Determan was a passenger in the other driven by George Lammers 23 309 Jefferson N W can northwest of Hongehon Saturday threw back a companysized attack by Chi nese reds This was near the area visited by MacArthur AP Correspondent Nate Polo wetzky reported there was virtu ally no contactwith the enemy Saturday on the eastrcentral front 69 North of Han AP Correspondent Jim Beckei reported from Seoul that U S and South Koreanpatrols probed vigorously north of the Han rivet all along the western front Censorship withheld further details from the 3 sectors Earlier dispatches however said the reds rushed fresh troops into the central sector and lashed back with ground arms and artil lery fire from ridge positions south of Chunchon Praises Marines MacArthur said his visit to 13th of the just a routine tripto see my old friends the marines Hei added I found them in splendid shape just as always Everything on the front is going well MacArthur flew to Suwon air base 20 miles southof Seoul in his Constellation SCAP He and fiis party hopped to Woriju in an other plane then jeeped over rough roads to Hongehon In the jeep caravan were Lt Gen Matthew E Ridgway com mander of the U S 8th army Lt en George E Stratemeyer com mander of the U S far east air forces and Vice Adm C Turner Joy commander of far east naval forces Signs of Drawback A UN intelligence officer in Seoul said there were signs the hardpressed communists soon may be forced to pull north of 38 the old boundary between North and South Korea But south of Chunchon the lardfighting communists drove off UN patrols probing their outer defenses This was the 1st sign the reds had decided toend of rer treat to hold along anew defense line However1 there are indications that the enemy feels he cannot hold this line in of our su periorityof equipment anallied officer said may with draw tothe 38th parallel Allied warships planes and ground forces have combined to inflict heavy losses on the foe About The WEATHER Mason City Snow Saturday nigh and Sunday forenoon Low Sat urday night 20 to 25 High Sun day 28 Iowa Sleet and freezing rain con tinuing southeast portion chang ing to snow early Saturda night Snow north and wes portion Saturday night with low 18 to 25 west 24 to 28 east Snow east and central Sunday and snow flurries extreme west Colder west portion shifting winds 1825 M P H with some drifting and blowing snow north portion High Sunday 25 to 30 west 28 to 32 east Minnesota Light snow Saturday night and Sunday Colder west portion Low Saturday night 8 15 north 1622 south High Sun day 1520 north 1825 south Globe Gazette weather statis tics for the 24 hours ending at 8 m Saturday March 17 Maximum 29 Minimum 14 At 8 a m 22 Year ago Maximum 3fi Minimum 23 Kitts andjJHardy joined inthe laughter Questioning Hennesseyaboutlhis age Diamond learned the latter was 75 to congratulate you Diamond said Ill 75myself tomorrow I will leavepersonal matters out of this said Federal Judge Henry N Graven Other Eaurens witnesses and the amounts they said they lost in cluded Mrs W A Reynolds Mrs Earl W Reynolds and Wayne One Bought Whisky of the eastern witnesses was Sam Wolfe who operates a liquor store in Brooklyn He said Hardy bottle of whisky and paid him with a travelers check He said Hardy de scribed himself as a representative of a large group of western chain stores As court opened Saturday morn ing Pasquale Pat Belcastro an admitted participant in the bank burglary who has been the chief witness thus far against Kitts arid Hardy was recalled to the stand His final testimony was largely routine Belcastro said Tony Prochelo of Sioux City who isaccused of help ing market the travelers checks owed him When Prochelo visited him recently in the Sioux City jail Belcastrc i said he brought candy and other items He said he had an agreement with Prochelo to deduct the value of these items from Prochelos debt to him Belcastro said Friday that Kitts masterminded the Laurens bur glary According to Belcastro it was Kitts who pried open the window at the rear of the bank crawled through and unlocked the door Once inside Belcastro said two of the trio worked pounding away at vault doors and safety deposit boxes while the other member of the team stood guard Bis Haul In a loud firm voice Belcastro told of the loot the trio found When he and Kitts en tered the bank vault and found thousands of dollars worth of ravelers checks the former quoted Kitts as saying Boy Ive been looking for these long time This is the first time Ive seen them when they werent ocked up Theyre as good as Belcastro vKen cross stuck by examined his by story Hugh 3oyle attorney for Kitts and M Mason counsel for Hardy Both attorneys reserved the right to re call Belcastro later He denied that the government iadpromised him a light sentence f hepleaded guilty and testified gainst Kitts and Hardy During almost 5 hours of testi mony Belcastro related in detail   

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