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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 21, 1955, Mason City, Iowa                                North lewos Doily Newspoper Edited fcr ltw Horn MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THI NIWSPAPIR THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH IOWANS HOME EDITION VOL LXI Auociafed and United Pnu Full Seven Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY FEBRUARY 21 IMS TUU Paper Consists Two us Attacks Fail to Stop Taishan Buildup Wew Blizzard Threatens Midwest Death Toll 42 One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL GlobeGaxette Editor Some Debatable Safety Subjects T ONG ago I discovered that safety particularly traffic safety is not a precise science It isnt like mathematics or physics in this respect Its more like eco nomics and psychology where two persons may be accepted as top authorities even though one says yes and the other says no to the same question This isnt to say of course that there isnt even a framework of fundamental principles in safety That would be a false statement But there are a great many ques tions which evoke diametrically opposite answers from authorities equally esteemed Theres a wide assortment of debatable questions Ive never known of any thing better to do with a debatable question than debate it Right now one of those questions receiving a large amount of at tention is whether stretches of highway with radar control should be specially posted It follows of course that if the road is known not to have radar control motor ists will feel free to take greater liberties with the speed limit Con versely if they have doubts on the subject theyre likely to drive with a lighter foot Bad Sportsmanship The principal argument against Storm Worst Since 1949 4 Rescue Workers Missing in Drifts of Western Nebraska By United trtti The nations worst blizzard in six years roared into Can ada Monday but a new blizzard threatened to sweep across the Great Plains The devastating weekend storm left at least 42 persons dead moun tainous drifts and scores of marooned travellers in its wake Great Plains residents had hardly begun the job of digging out when the US Weather Bureau announced that a new cold wave pack zero temperatures and snow m i A would sweep out of Montana 4 More Deaths Added to Iowa Highway Toll Three TeenAgers Die at Des Moines a setup in which the motoring pub lie isnt notified of the radar con trol is that its bad sportsman ship Critics insist that it smacks of concealing a motorcycle cop behind a clump of bushes and hav ing him swoop down on the un suspecting speeder Thats bow quite a few communities came to be identified as speedtraps Its pretty sneaky these critics will tell you But thats just ONE point of view A large and I think grow ing number of safety authorities hold to the opinion that the traffic safety cause will never reap any thing like maximum benefits from radar control unless it is utilized to the limit as a deterrent to speed ing and reckless driving It is just that cf course if drivers arent sure whether or not the eye is on them on any given stretch of high way Here is an excerpt out of a letter I received not so long ago from one of my friends of long standing in the field of traffic safety As for posting Radar Roads it seems to me that there is no rea son we should give cheaters a chance to cheat on some sections of the road andnot on others li It Just Anothtr Game A Chicago editorial writer put it this way The idea that speeding is a sort of game between cops and motor ists subject to rules designed to make the contest exciting is plain silly Speeders kill people includ ing themselves They are no more entitled to a warning that an un seen eye is measuring their speed than a burglar is entitled to warn ing that a particular householder has a shotgun and a bulldog The editorial went on to suggest that if by taking one motorist in a thousand to court we can throw the fear into tbjC other 999 we will have reached the millennium in law enforcement No one it concludes would have any right to object except the undertaker who could take com fort from the fact that the custom er he lost might have been him self I once expressed my own views on this question as follows Those who complain about the unposted use of those socalled radar speed analyzers are leaning on a rather weak reed Theyre By Tbi Atsoelitei Four more deaths were added t Iowas 1955 highway toll over th weekend including those of thre Polk County teenagers whose ca went out of control and smashe into a culvert north of Des Moine early Sunday The victims Swim 16 son of Mr an Mrs Virgil Swim Polk City Swim 15 SOB of Mr an Mrs Carl Swim Slater and cousin of Jere Barbara Ann Campbtll 16 daughter of Mr and Mrs Clarenc Campbell Polk City Willard Wicks 27 farmer of nea Radcliffe The deaths of the three young sters occurred while they were o their way home from a double dat in Des Moines Polk County deputy sheriffs am a state highway patrolman said th car which Jere Swim was driving apparently was going at a hig rate of speed when it veered to th left went over an embankmen and plowed through a ditch fo about 200 feet before it struck thi culvert They said a tire blowou may have caused the driver to lose control The wreckage was concealed be yond view of the road alongside th plant of the Firestone Rubber Co north of Des Moines and was no discovered until about am Sunday Authorities said the acci dent occurred about am Wicks was killed sometime around midnight Saturday when his car ran off of a dead end road eas of Randall and plunged over a six foot embankment into a ditch He was alone saying in effect that they have a right to know just where the law it being enforced so that they can CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 High Schoolers in North Iowa Prefer Vote Rights at 18 DES MOINES Stn Robert Rigltr of sponsors of 18ytarold voting proposal on in Iowa how youths in his about proposition so did something about it Rigltr superintend ents of schools in his sena torial district which includes Floyd and Chickasaw asking them to poll high school students for their reac tions to the 18year voting meas ure Thus far students in eight high schools have responded and they favor proposal 752 to 223 against Here are results to date by participating high schools Marble Rock 31 for 21 against Floyd 64 for 12 against Colwell 34 and 11 Fredericktburg 103 to 1 New to 51 IS to 47 to It Charles to 42 EARTH SHOCK LOS ANGELES tfl A fairly sharp jolt apparently a single earthquake shock awakened scores of sleepers in the west and south west section of Los Angeles at am Monday but no damage was reported Its got all the makings of a blizzard a forecaster said The Great Falls Mont Weather Bureau said a cold wave followed by snow would spread across the state Monday night and Tuesday Winds up to 30 miles per hour blowing or drifting snow and tem peratures falling to or below zero were predicted Much Coldtr Snow and much colder weather were expected in the Dakotas while the Omaha Neb Weather Bureau issued a special advisory of icy air and zero temperatures The weekend blizzard took a freak cut northward Sunday night after lashing parts of Nebraska Iowa the Dakotas and Minnesota This blizzard was the worst since 1949 when a vast Operation Snowbound was launched to res cue stranded ranchers farmers and livestock In western Nebraska four rescue workers were still missing Monday Snow plows had broken thrpugh windwhipped drifts to rescue scores of marooned motorists Mon day But many other travellers were still stranded in small towns where they had taken refuge dur ing the storm John Edmondson 34 Cement Okla who struck out from a stalled car to seek help for three companions was found in a ditch where he had spent more than seven hours during threeabove weather His shoes were gone and lis hands and feet were complete y frozen Savtd Day At Scottsbluff Neb a snow low saved the day as it cut hrough drifts to get Mrs Laverne teller to a hospital She gave birth to a baby girl The stork lost another race with a snow plow crew which battled its way to the Joe Teuscher farm 15 miles from Pierre SD and brought out Mrs Teuscher in time or her son to be born in a hospital tfonday morning Cold Pleasant Is on Weather Menu DES MOINES but rela ively pleasant weather prevailed in Iowa Monday after a weekend which saw near blizzard conditions n parts of northwest Iowa and Sun ay winds of gale force over most f the state A snowstorm entered northwest owa Saturday but veered north ward before cutting its predicted wath across the entire state the iVeather Bureau said The cold air mass overspread Iowa Sunday owever and temperatures early londay ranged from near zero in orthwest Iowa to 20 above in the outheast Winds which blew Sun ay at 3545 mph with gusts up to 0 and 60 mph had died down by aylight Monday to 1520 mph AP Wlrephoto PAIR ELOPES Actress Julie Adams Waterloo Iowanative who recently changed her first name from Julia hugs her new husband actor Ray Danton The pair eloped to Santa Barbara Sunday They first met while act ing in a movie where Danton was required to slug Julie 2 Sailors Perish in Sub Blast SAN FRANCISCO CDTwo sail ors were killed and three were missing and presumed dead in a battery explosion and fire aboard the submarine Pomodon at San Francisco Naval Shipyard Sunday night Four other sailors were injured seriously and two civilian rescue workers were hospitalized after inhaling poisonous gases Only a few sailors were re ported aboard at the time of the blast Normal complement of this snorkelsubmarine is about 85 of ficers and men Two lesser explosions shook the gasfilled forward section of the submarine early hours after the initial blast and workers were pulled off the ship ATTENDS SERVICES WASHINGTON W Recovered from a cold he caught a week ago President Eisenhower attended services at the National Presby terian Church Sunday Islands Eyed by Commies 2nd Buildup in Fukien TAIPEI Formosa W Three straight days of Nationalist air at tacks have failed to stop the Red buildup of the Taishan Islands threatening nearby Nanchisban reliable reports said Monday A second Communist buildup has begun on the Fukien province coast opposite the strategic Matsu Isiands 100 miles west of Formosa the Defense Ministrys information service said Nationalist pilots reported sight ing a submarine Monday off Red held Pingtan Island 80 miles west of Formosa and southeast of Foo chow However they said it sub merged before they could identif it 26 Ccntart Meanwhile Nationalist official set up 26 civil air defense center here to work out plans to min mize bombing casualties if wa comes These developments followe three straight days of naval an aerial pounding of the Taisha group and nearby waters in whic the Nationalists now claim thes totals Friday 1 submarine 21 gun boats landing craft and arme junks sunk armed junks sunl 5 damaged 1000 ton gunboa disappeared after a direct hi 5 landing ships hit l prcbabl sunk In addition waves of Nationals warplanes struck again at the Ta shans through Sunday night bias ing military installations and po sibly blowing up an ammunitio dump air force headquarters an nounced 5000 Troops AP Wircphoto REVIVEDJane McAllister St Louis Mo high school senior who just completed a first aid course hugs Gary Lee Postle wait 5 months after reviving him twice with artificial respira tion The tot has been suffering from bronchitis The Taishans are 30 miles south west of Nanchishan the northern most of the offshore islands held b the Nationalists Nanchishan i fortified and garrisoned by an est mated 5000 regular and guerrill troops Nanchisan 140 miles north o Formosa is about 80 miles south o the Tachen Islands evacuated re cently by the Nationalists with th help of the US 7th Fleet It was this evacuation which th Defense Ministry information serv ice blamed for the other reportec Red buildup opposite the Matsu Is land group blocking the entranc to the Red port of Foochow 1W miles west of Formosa The Red attempt to build up their positions on the Taishans was viewed here largely as preparing a staging area Nanchishan for an invasion o About The Weather Mason City Fair and cold Iowa Partly cloudy cold Minnesota Quite cold Globe Gazette weather data up to 8 am Mon day Maximum 36 Minimum 8 At 8 am 9 Precip trace YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 49 29 coto TWA Airliner Wreckage Reached 5 Bodies Found on Mountain ALBUQUERQUE ft A search am reported early Monday it had ound five bodies near a huge rock innacle in the Sandia Mountains here a Trans World airliner rashed Saturday with 16 aboard Word trickled down by walkie alkie from the mountainside that here was no sign of life in the reckage The airliner rammed the pillar i the rugged snowcovered moun iins just minutes after it took off Two search teams weary and iff after a night in subzero cold n the mountainside started at awn probing the crannies around the needleshaped rock where the plane hit Pack animals were started up from the base camp at the foot of the 10000foot mountain to bring out the bodies and an air drop was scheduled to deliver equipment for removal of the bodies The plane took off from Kirtland Field Albuquerque Sturday morning Three minutes later vet eran pilot I R Spong Prairie Vil lage Kan radioed all was well That was the last heard from the twinengine Martin 404 bound for Santa Fe 70 miles away on the first leg of a flight terminating it Baltimore Col William Gibson if the Air Rescue Service Denver hovered in a helicopter within 50 feet of the wreckage hanging atop the 100 foot rock tower He said it defi nitely was the missing aircraft and there was no possibility any survived Two big searchlights played on the precipitous pinnacle Sunday night to provide light for eight searchers stranded atop the rock by fading daylight Just before dusk bedrolls blankets and food were parachuted to searchers j END OF GUN Robles lies dead in an East Harlem tenement after holding off 200 New York policemen in a 90minute gun fight Fire Chief Peter Loftus examines Robles bloodsoaked body Gunman Killed in Battle With 200 Policemen New York Thug Is Shot to Death NEW YORK MTThe long crime career of squinteyed August Ro bles sworn enemy of the Jaw end ed in death Sunday after a blazing 90minute gun battle with police The pintsized gunman had been the object of an intense threeday manhunt in the citys Puerto Rican districts Police rankled by the memory of his two escapes Friday were determined to get their man The elusive desperado was at last tracked down in a thirdfloor tene ment hideaway on 112ih Street near Park Avenue 200 Officarc Two hundred policemen guarded every approach to the shabby building and pumped machinegun rifle and pistol bullets and tear gas into Robles lair He answered their challenges to surrender with gun shots At one point tear gas caused a ire in the embattled fourroom apartment Firemen turned streams of water into the building o quench the blaze even before he shooting ended Finally there were no more an swering shots Police gingerly entered the charred apartment still reeking of acrid gunpowder and tear gas A priest went with them to adminis er last rites Pool of Blood On the floor in a pool of blood and water lay Robles who had worn he would never be taken Ijve Blood oozed from a ragged hest wound A rough tourniquet iad been tied around his left arm lierced by another bullet Police were tipped to Robles i i d e a w a y Sunday afternoon iwarms of officers were deployed n nearby rooftops in neighboring AP Wircpholos PULLED TO detec tive lifts a halfnaked child from the arms of his father as the pair were aided in escaping the line of fire of Sundays gun battle Thousands of people watched the fight from rooftops of nearby tenements uildings doorways cellars and ire escapes Found besides Robles body were our revolvers three of which he ad taken from policemen who rst tried to arrest him early Fri ay His escape touched off the manhunt Later he eluded four detectives n a Harlem housing project Belief in God First Expression of US Way of Ike WASHINGTON W President iscnhower said Sunday night a elicf in God is the most of Americanism and he urged all Americans to join in a Back to God campaign In a talk transcribed for a New York City radio and television broadcast launching the American Legions Back to God program Eisenhower said Without God there could be no American form of government nor an American way of life Thus the Founding Fathers saw it and thus with Gods help it will contin ue to be Weaver Pleads Not Guilty FOREST CITY Francis D Weaver former attorney here pleaded not guilty to a charge o embezzlement before Judge Tom Boynton in district court Saturda and asked for a change of venue Judge Boynton said he would ml on the request for a change o venue Thursday Weaver is charged with em bezzling from Mrs Sophia Tschirki a part of the fam ily received following the death of a son in Korea M L Mason Mason City whr had been representing Weaver withdrew from the case Howarc W Dresser of Mason City is now representing the defendant Weaver now a resident of Kansas City Mo pleaded guilty las August to a charge of embezzling funds from the polio and tuber culosis associations at Forest City was sentenced to five years in prison and was paroled Weaver has made restitution of the funds His license to practice law in Iowa has been revoked SAME DATEW477 Blick flif riffle deitk In Z4 hour Jobless Pay Hike Approved Widen Scope of Benefits DBS MOINES URBffls to broad en unemployment compensation benefits and increase weekly w o r k m e ns compensation pay ments were among 11 measures passed by the House in a twohour session Monday Sent to ihe governor was a bill to make employes of a firm hav ing four or more workers eligible for unemployment compensation Presently only workers employed by a firm having eight or more persons are entitled to benefits The measure passed by a vote of 953 Rep Henry Stevens R Jefferson told the House that a federal law imposes an unemploy ment compensation tax on all em ployers of four or more He said that unless Iowa changes its law Iowa employers would have to pay the tax but employes of a firm having less than eight persons would get no benefits Boost Payments Sent to the Senate by a vote of 981 was a bill to increase work mens compensation maximum benefits from to per week The measure also would increase the minimum from to per week Rep Andrew Frommelt D Dubuque a labor union business representative told the House that he would vote for the measure al though it does not go far enough Another labor bill this one aim sent to the permit the State employment Security Commission to close merit rating accounts of employers Sept 20 in stead of Dec 31 annually The pur pose of the measure is to give the commission more time to deter mine what the employers rate of contribution to the unemployment compensation fund shall be The vote on the bill was 930 A pair of other bills passed per tain to the contents of fertilizers and feed One of the bills would require a warning label on a com m e r c i a I fertilizer containing a hamful or poisonous substance The vote was 980 Vott 912 The other bill would forbid the use of screenings and inert mat er containing noxious weed seed in commercial feed unless the feed was so finely ground or otherwise treated that the seed would not germinate The vote was 912 This pair of bills now goes to the Sen ate Among the other bills approved were these To permit savings and loan as sociations to destroy records after they are 11 years old 980 To allow building and loan and savings and loan associations to own and rent safety deposit boxes 951 Sponsors said the associa tions have been doing this for years but discovered they have no legal authority To require counties to pay bond premiums for all county elective officers or deputies 960 Defeated 7519 was a bill which would have required county boards of supervisors to furnish justices of the peace with copies of the Iowa code and session laws State Income Tax Deadline April 30 DES MOINES W lowans will lave until April 30 to file their state income tax returns this year and in future years under a bill signed into law by Gov Leo A loegh The deadline previously vas March 31 Sand Under Boardwalk Yields in Coins OCEAN CITY Md tfl Since ight blocks of the boardwalk were orn up to make way for a concrete ialk people working with shovels nd sieves have turned up about dropped by vacationers during he last 65 years Some have mined s much as a day EDITOR DIES OMAHA P Demorest 9 editor of the Omaha Daily Jour alStockman and recognized au lority on agriculture died at his ome Sunday night of a heart icnt   

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