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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 6, 1951, Mason City, Iowa                                North Doily Newspoper Edited far MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE TNI NIWSPAMft THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NIIGHIQRS OL LVII Pnu and United Prcu Full CwiU Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY APRIL 1951 Thto fmftt CootltU ot Two Rutledge Chose Gas fo Penitentiary Cell Hattmans Mother God Took a Hand By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The mother of the man Dr Robert C Rutledge was ac cused of slaying said Thursday night that the doctors sui cide was Gods way of taking a hand in the case Mrs John Hattman contacted at her farm home near Jacksonville Texas also expressed relief that the was closed But her hus Trial Bond case band expressed regret Ive felt that all must answer to the Lord Mrs Hattman said It is His way of taking a hand Surely vengeance is the Lord She declared she was relieved that the case was closed adding that she did not see how she could have gone through any more legalities or trials The death of Dr Rutledge was the last act in one of the best known murder cases of recent years Dr Rutledge was convicted of stabbing Byron C Hattman St Louis aircraft instrument design er who Rutledge claimed had se duced the Sydney doctors blond wife John Hattman 65 father of the man said that we are sur prised of course but not happy Dr Rutledges suicide I am not ever hear of a mans misfortune Hattman declared Rutledges Lawyer Stunned by Suicide DM Moines M Miller an attorney for Dr Robert Rutledge Jr says hewas stunned to learnof the young physicians death Theres nothing I can say al present Miller told the United Press He said he had not been In touch with Rutledge since the Iowa supreme court upheld the doctors conviction and 70year prison sentence Miller a former state supreme court justice guided Rutledges ap peal through the supreme court He was not involved in the tria proceedings At Cedar Rapids Rutledge chief attorney at thetrial R S Milner was in a hospital with a District Judge J E Heiserman who sentenced Rutledge to 70 years said he had never enter tained any idea the doctor would take his own life It is a tragic thing and I am very very sorry it happened Heiserman said It would be un ethical for a man in my position to say anything more Farmer Linn County Attorney William C Crissman chief prose cutor in the sensational trial said he was not surprised to learn of Rutledges death I wasnt surprised but it was shock he said He was as free as a bird when he got that bond but thats an end to that KENT CONTROL ENDS Washinrton Ex pediter Tighe E Woods Friday ended rent control in Princeton Iowa All About The WEATHER Mason City Rain ending during the night Low Friday night 36 Slowly clearing Saturday windy ind cool with high near 42 Iowa Rain ending west Friday night and in the east by Satur day morning Low Friday night 3540 northwest 4045 south east Clearing Saturday with fresh northwesterly winds with high temperatures in the 40s Further Sunday with cool in the morning and seasonable temperatures in the afternoon Monday fair and warmer Next period of rain likely Tuesday or Wednesday Temperatures for the next 5 days will average near season able normals Normal highs 56 63 normal lows 3238 Minnesota Fair northwest most ly cloudy east and south with rain or snow over the south eastern 3rd of state Friday night and near the Wisconsin boundary Saturday morning A little cooler northwest Friday night Low Friday night raff ing from 2430 northwest to 30 35 southeast High Saturday high 40s except around 40 in extreme cast GlobeGazette weather statis tics for the 24 hours ending at I a m Friday Maximum 52 Minimum 35 At 8 a m 39 precipitation 29 TEAR AGO Maximum 40 Minimum 20 Is Puzzle to Experts Mrs Laura Rogers Posted Des Moines question of what is to happen to the bond posted by Dr Robert C Rut ledge so that he could go free from prison stumped the expertsThurs day night Several lawyers in Iowa agreed that if Dr Rutledge had died a natural death the answer would have been simple The bond would automatically have been cancelled and the bondsman released But in case of a suicide That said Iowa Assistant At torney General Don Hise well have to look up Several i other lawyers said they didnt know either what the law provides in such a case But District Judge Harold Evans of Iowa City said he thought the bond would be released just the same He argued that you cant penalize the bondsman just be cause the bonded person commits suicide Mrs Laura Rogers of Sioux City posted worth of property to cover the bond thus permit ting Dr Rutledge to be freed from prison after serving 279 days o his sentence Airs Rutledge Tells Effort for Clemency By JACK GATES Houston Tex UP Beautiful Sydney Rutledge her face show tag signs of deep grief said Friday her young husband might have won clemency if only he had waited a few more days before killing himself At a press conference called by her attorney the slender blond her tawnyhair in disarray said she had no idea that herhusband would commit suicide when he left her around noon Wednesday That was the last time she saw Dr Robert C Rutledge Jr alive We have reason to believe there was a good chance he might lave secured clemency said Richard and Robert Cole the at torneys who were called in by friends of the Rutledges Not for Sure We cant say for sure that he would have secured clemency but an effort to obtain clemency was Deing made Furthermore a mo ion for a new rehearing would lave been made for Dr Rutledge We feel sure that had Ernest Folk ived the young doctor would be alive today Folk was Rutledges attorney 3e was killed last December with the doctors father in a trainauto mobile collision Mrs Sutledge appeared at the conference held at the home of a Tiend where she had been stay ng since Wednesday morning her eyes swollen from grief She wore only a diamond engagement ring and wedding band and she linked and unlinked her fingers as she answered reporters questions Guarded by Friends She was reported staying with young couple who told the sheriffs otfjce that they had good reason to guard any intrusion on her privacy They said Dr Rutledge saved the life of their twoyearold son recently by staying up 3 nights in a row on each of two occasions when the boy was critically ill with pneumonia and a Mrtpto coccic infection We cannot forget that the couple said The young doctor chose for the scene of his death a spot where and his wife had spent many happy hours He parked his car at the edge of a 40acre field off lonely country road which was used by him and his friends to fly model airplanes Friends said his wife always ac companied the doctor on those outings They said the couple seemed always to be so happy Wrote Final Love Letter to Sydney Carbon Monoxide Is Fatal Weapon Houston Tex Robert C Rutledge Jr who killed his wifes seducer chose death to a prison cell His 70 year sentence confirmed by the Iowa supreme court and his freedom on bail near an end the handsome 30 year old childrens doctor wrote a last love letter to his beautiful wife Then he executed a carefully planned suicide The weapon was carbon monox ide and the time indefinite But the setting was the couples favor ite spot in the countryside Love is fleeting he wrote the blond statuesque Sydney For get about this time will cure a lot of grief Found in Auto Rutledges body was found in his automobile late Thursday There was proof it had been there all day probably all Wednesday night His suicide was the last act in a case that included Byron one of the most torrid and sensational trials in the history of American law The lives and loves of Rutledge his wife and Hattman were un folded in a Cedar Rapids Iowa courtroom in 1949 There Sydney testified she was forced to submit to Hattman after a boat ride and drinking party in July 1948 The defense argued Rutledge was defending the sanctity of his home the state that Rutledge lay in wait in a hotel room knocked Hattman out with a blow on the head and stabbed him with surgical precision and skill Held by Books Rutledge bought a hose ran it from his cars exhaust pipe through a window and tapedit in place With 3 heavy medical books holding down the accelerator he waited for death at a field 8 miles fromtown where he and his wife went often to fly model airplanes I love you he ended the letter to his 25 year old wife who had to be given sedatives for serious shock But the love he further ex pressed was not made public His wife received the letter Wednesday at the home of friends Rutledge had taken her there be cause he didnt want her bothered by reporters on his sentence being confirmed Three hours after the letter was postmarked at p m Rutledge called his wife He told her he planned to stay at a hotel in order to avoid reporters and would see her later Called Police When she got the letter she en listed the aid of police in trying to find him He was not found until p m Thursday It was the second suicide at tempt for the young doctor When police appeared at his apartment in St Louis Dec 17 1948 to ques ion him in Hattmans death Rut ledge locked himself in a bath room and swallowed poison Police rushed him to a hospital where a stomach pump saved him Government CoWozo Electric Chair Washington Collazo Friday was sentenced to die in the electric chair Oct 26 for the slay ing of a white house guard in an attempt last November on the life of President Truman Federal Judge T Alan Golds borough asked whether Collazo had anything to say Collazo said ne did not want to plead for his life but to plead for liberty for Puerto Rico At his trial Collazo had con tended he and a companion Gri selio Torresola were only demon strating for Puerto Rican inde pendence when they attempted to storm Blair House last Nov 1 Torresola and a white house guard Leslie Coffelt were killed in a furious exchange of pistol shots I am not pleading for my life Collazo told the judge Im plead ing for my cause Anything that I have done I did for the liberty of my country I insist even unto the end that we have a right to be free Collazos 42 year old wife Rosa heard her husband doomed with out any show of emotion Afterward she told reporters that her husbands death will not weaken the cause of Puerto Rican independence but will make it stronger AP AVIrephoto ENDS Robert Rutledge Jr whose sentence to 70 years in prison was af firmed Wednesday by the Iowa supreme court was found dead Thursday evening from asphyxiation in his automobile which was parked off a country road near Houston Texas Note the hose from the exhaust leading into the machine Looking at the body is Sheriff C V Kern of Harris Houston county down allied aerialoperations Fri day morning Fighters and light bombers mounted only 150 sorties by noon Pilots reported they damaged 24 communist vehicles Vehicle sightings behind red lines fell off sharply Thursday night Slightly more than 1000 were spotted compared with the weeks average of 1700 a night Pilots estimated they damaged 174 vehicles Thursday The 8th army reported an esti mated 1140 reds were killed or wounded in Thursdays air and ground fighting Surprise Withdrawal by Reds North of 38 By OLEN CLEMENTS Tokyo surprise Chinese withdrawal on the cen tral front Thursday night left a nomanVland in front of UN forces Friday north of parallel 38 AP Correspondent John Randolph said Chinese who had been fighting stubbornly for two days suddenly broke con tact Thursday night and re treated Americans thrusting for ward Friday reported only patrol contact All along a 40mile stretch of the front UN units forged slow gains 8 Mile Gains The allied advance had thrust as much as 8 miles inside the communist northland Elements of 4 divisions pressed the slow cautious UN advance on the central and western fronts American British Greek South Korean and Thai Siamese troops fought ahead from hill to hill On the east coast two South Korean divisions ranged 15 miles north of the border All but a few Chinese and Red Korean stragglers had been driven from battered South Korea The diehards blocked the HaggyeInje road east of Chun chon on the mountainous central fr6nt Reds on Ridges Americans batteredup that behind heavy artillery fire ut they still were south of paral el 38 The reds controlled ridges on both sides of the road Once the road is opened to al ied traffic the front will extend rom the Imjin river in the west to the Japan sea on the of it in North Korea Allied forces on the western front have bumped up against solid concrete fortifications Red defenders were guarding the flank of a buildup for offensive On the Central front Chinese forces launched several minor counterattacks Thursday night against UN troops north of the allies hurled back the attacks and drove slowly ahead Attack Fought Off A U S tank force that lumbered almost 8 miles into North Korea on the westcentral front Thurs day fought off a red mortar and artillery attack smashed a bridge and killed at least 24 Chinese be fore it returned to its main line Red resistance tightened Thurs day as the allies rolled northward n force But AP Correspondent Leif Srickson at U S 8th army head quarters said Friday powerful American artillery and air at tacks had weakened the com munist positions Twelve swift U S Sabre jets drove off 30 Russiantype MIG15 els which ventured over north west Korea from their Manchurian sanctuary Five of the red planes were damaged Strike Airfield U S B26 light bombers scored more than 60 bomb hits on the communist airfield at Anak in massive1 communists an expected spring SAME no trtfru death 24 hours Oil Boom Shapes Up in North Dakota Tioiia N Dakv oil boom shaped up in this remote North Dakota community Friday as 30 years of wildcattmg paid ofl with the states first well Oilmen predicted that land values will shoot up and com panies will sink 4 times as many test wells to exploit the strike near here The Amerada Coip of Tulsa Okla announced the new well Thursday but the tOjWti has been filled with rumors about it ever since drillers shot it m Wednes day The strike was producing 14 barrels of 55gravity oil an hour together with a flow of natural gas estimated at 5000000 feet a day One oil man piedicted that the wells production would be 50 times greater when Ordovician rock strata is tapped 100 feet be low the present producing level The strike was the climax of 30 years of fruitless searching for oil in the huge deposits of lignite which lie under North Dakotas ranches and farms BULLETIN GETS 15 YEARS New York Atom Spy David Greenglass accuser of his doomed sister and brother inlaw was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for his part in the Russian spy ring U S Indicts Cohen Wife onTax Counts trtM Washington General McGrath Friday an nounced a federal income tax indictment against Gambler Mickey Cohen and his wife of Los Angeles Indicted with Cohen was hisattractive wife Lavonne They were charged with evading a portion of federal taxes on their incomes for 19461947 and 1948 Authorities she was named chiefly because she signed the JUllliQ turns with her husband r 6 Counti CHI There were 5 counts of evasion I III fxfVCrS and a 6th accusing Cohen of mak ing a false and fraudulent state in Nortn Iowa Many riversstarted to rise again Friday morning after spring rains began to fall in lowa Thursday night But the flood crest in the Mason City area has passed ac cording to Max Riley assistant city engineer Ice jams just south of Fertile and one northwest of Mason City on the Winnebago river cleared Thursday Barring really heavy rains Riley said Friday afternoon the rivers had reached their flood crest At 1 p mFriday the riverwas about even with1 Thursday nights high mark when water surrounded several homes in1 northeast Mason City ToUl Rainfall The total rainfalTih Mason City from midnight Thursday to 1 p m Friday was 58 of an inch It had rained 29 of an inch by 8 a The saidthe rain may stop Friday night The city engineers office said Willow creek is falling slowly and that the flooded area in north west Mason City wheic several families were evacuated by boat Wednesday evening was im proved The fire department had two calls Thursday evening because of high waterOne was to 671 7th N E at the W C Lundberg resi dence Furniture from the basement to the lirsl floor The other call was to the BiRiser home at 420 Van Buren N Wwhere firemen shut off the oil burner m a flooded section1 o the basement At Charles City rapidly rismi water in the Cedar river caused two families in Oak Park at the end of Riverside drive to make plans to move if the rise con tinues The river Friday morning was reported 114 feet above nor mal at this time of the year Wont Since 1947 The crest of the worst Little Sioux flood since 1947 bore down on Cherokee from the north Three families in the town already had beenevacuated A vast tract of farmland near Cherokee was reported under 3 to 5 feet of water Cherokee of ficials preparedfor any emergen cy with an airplane boats and other equipment on hand for handling evacuees At the other endiof the state the Des Moines river covered highway 61 to a depth of 4 inches near Keokuk Thursday night but traf ficHvas hot halted Lowlands on the Missouri side of the river were covered The Des Moines river was ris ing again upstream the weather bureau said Friday and will crest Saturday at Boone at 15 to 16 feet about 3 feet above bankful It is expected to crest at the bankful stage of around 23 feet at the second avenue bridge in Des Moines Sunday ment to a treasury department agent last January Tax sleuths have been going overhis for months The indictment alleges tthat Cohens reported only 514010 of a 1936 net income of Tax paid was instead of the lequired the government alleges In 1947 the government said their net income was but only was reported vlt al leged evasion of taxes approxi mating In 1948 the complaintwent on income was but 923 52 was reported Cohens bond was set at and his wifes at If convicted he Is liable to 20 years imprisonmentand m fines U S Attorney Ernest A Tolm said Mrs Cohen liable to 15 years and finesof Surrender Offer Tolm said Cohen had offered1 to surrender rather than be arrested and that he will be given tht chance to do so i The jury had been going into Cohens payments in recent yean since the U S senate crime com mittee headed by Senator Estes Kefauver drew admis sions from him in recent1 hetrmgi that he had borrowed some 000 in recent yeari with practical ly no security In Los Angeles Cohen said had no told reporters J V i t m clean Butthey in dict me because JM word is out to get Fund Slice is Washington ap propriations committee voted a 4S per cent cutFriday in a 463569 emergencyfund asked by President Truman It approved only the total sought by Mr Truman to finance a number of emer gency activities for the remaining months this fis cal year which ends June 30 One of thelarger cuts was in the Voice of America overseas aroadcast program Despite a plea Thursday bythepresident for the lull amount the committee rec ommended that only of the be granted Another cut was in the 5454 000000 budget of nonmilitary defense agencies The committee voted to hold the to ANIMALS RABID Des Moines animals killed recently in Polk county dog a calf and a rabid county authorities were rio ified Thursday by the state board of health western Korea Rain and overcast skies cut CITY LOOKS WET FROM aerial photograph at 6 p m Thursday shows the extent of the Willow creek overflow in northwest Mason City The picture looks southeast with Jackson N W running diagonally across GlobeGazette photo by SorUen the upper left corner and the GreatWestern and North Western stations just beyond Crescent drive and Park ers woods are in the upper right corner   

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