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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 23, 1959, Mason City, Iowa                                Daily Newspaper tor to y VOL N twspoper That Mokes All North lowans N eig h HOME EDITION GREATER MASOH CTTY DAYS Thiwnday wa MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY ocTOtit n mt 7c Paper Me IS n iaChma Bo Punished Sentiment Grows That He Should Not Be Executed By RICHARD SPONG GlobeGazette Editorial Research Bureau WASHINGTON Opposition to capital punishment has been only one source Caryl Chessman the convicl who has been described by psychologists as a brilliant criminal in his 11 year fight for freedom Now that t hes evaded his seventh date with death there was a growing sentiment that Chessman had been punished enough The Washington Post has put the case for Chessman edilorial ly Granting that California was fully justified in keeping isolated from society a man convicted of the odiousness of those laid to Chessman the newspaper asked But how long can any society in all conscience insist that a man shall live under im minent sentence of death isnt it time that California found that a death sentence interminably delayed is punishment enough even worst of men And the Washington journal quoted the conclusion of the Lon don Observer There is a natural reluctance to criticize another Countrys legal institu tions but it is a monstrous thing for to play vcataijd mouse with a ii years after the crime which r JUDGE HERBERT SORG Walkout Decision Delayed PHILADELPHIA Wl steel strike already costing bil lions of dollars was in its 101st day Friday as judges pondered the legality of the governments backtowork injunction The legal truce prompted by arguments Thursday on the in junction appeal will extend into Robert Levar 63 is in the Mason City jail awaiting filing of charges in the Thursday night shooting of Helmer R Thosten son 31 Minneapolis Witnesses told police Levar shot Thos tenson with a 32 caliber pistol at Bobs Place 211 S Federal which Levar operates Thostenson is in good condition at Mercy One bul let entered his right side pierced his liver and a kidney and lodged beneaththe skin of his back Another hit his According who lives at the Thostenson had given him a bad time and hit Levar twice Other witnesses saidThostenson had only been sitting at the bar drinking a soft drink The shooting occurred about 10 The major witnesses questioned so far are Mr and Mrs John J Prohaski 1328 Charles Place who work at the tavern Questioning in the tavern at the time was continuing Friday According to the Prohaskis Thostenson and another man entered the establishment They understood that the two men are truck drivers from Minneapolis who do house sid ing work here from time to time Thostenson ordered a soft drink and his companion some beer Shortly after that the Prohas kis said they saw Levar leave a booth where he had been drinking get the revolver from behind the bar and start shout ing CHESSMAN now con victed in Los Angeles inMay 1948 of 17 offenses involving kidnaping robbery and perver s i o n Since then he has conducted a Success ful campaign mostly as his own law yer to ward off six previ o u s 1 y sched u I e d execu tions in the course of which he has CHESSMAN made 11 appeals to the Su preme Court Between legal maneuvers he has found time to write three books including early next week THE contended the injunction granted Wednesday S District Court Judge HerbertSorg in Pittsburgh is unconstitutional and asked that it be canceled The chief argu ment Tt would halt the strike for 80 dajrs but wouldnt settle it government however OUT EVERYBODY out Levar ordered waving the gun according to the witnesses Sev eral people in the tavern took it as a and joshed Levar about playing cowboy and setting an early clospg time police were told However most of those in the tavern did leave I bought this bottle of pop and Im going to drink Thostenson was quoted as say ing said Thursday the continuing long walkout endangered the health and safety of the nation and that a TaftHartley injunc tion was necessary to prevenl Americas econ Cell 2455 Death Row a 1954 bestseller Chessman denies his guilt and has insisted on vindication He has offered to lake a polygra phic liedetector lest and if that should prove inconclusive to take a sodiumpcnlothal truth serum test His main complaint is that there is not and cannot be an accurate rec ord of his triaj inasmuch as the court reporterdied before half his notes had been transcribed However a California court has ruled the record substantially accurate Gov Edmund G of California refused to grant clemency on the ground that Chessman had sought vindica tion not clemency and that the evidence of his guilt is Chessman had stipulated that he did not want life in prison without parole IRONICALLY B R O W N a former district attorney is a foe of capital punishment and has staged he will sign any bill passed by the Legislature to abolish the death penalty As in the Rosenberg espionage case sjx years ago the laws long delay has stimulated a good deal of support for Chessman within this country petitioners in his behalf include Eleanor Roosevelt Steve Allen and Al dous Huxley and abroad But Brown took the position that a governor should not try to secondguess the courts He noted also that Chessman hadgiven no evidence of con trition or any desire to live to make amends that he had not seen a single solitary indicate that Chessman the sentence lifted would be anything other than a psycho path within prison walls wrecking of omy But the court mindful of the seriousness of the situation di rected that the union and steel industry engage in free col lective bargaining in good faith and make every effort to adjust and settle their differ LEADERS OF THE giant Steelworkers U n To n promptly accepted the court mandate They assembled the 171mem ber wage policy committee in stepin the nationwide contro versy that has closed 310 steel transport facilities in 32 stales The witnesses said Thosten son threatened to call police to restore peace in the tavern He headed to the phone booth po lice were told then turned back toward Levar andv stopped only a few feet away from him The Prohaskis recalled three shots being fired then and saw Thostenson grasp at Levars face At that point Mrs Pro haski ran out to have the po lice called When she came back the police were arriving and Thostenson was lying on the sidewalk in a pool of blood Prohaski said that Thosten son had walked out of the tav ern slowly and slid to the side walk in front of Sam Raizes De partment S Federal POLICE WERE UNABLE to question Thostenson to any reat extent Questioned on the in Jail Herbert Clement Loftus 48 committed suicide Thursday night by hanging himself ac cording to J E Christopher coroner LoftuSj a Cedar Rapids man who recently had rooming in Mason City was being held for investigation He was ar rested at and was foiind hanging by his belt at LOFTUS WAS arrested by a policemanWhosaid he saw Lof tus molesting a 12yearold boy Police said a morals charge would have been against Loftus Friday morning Loftus was found when an atr tprney came to the police sta tion to represent him He was hanging inside the door of his Protest Fired to Latest in a Series CALM BEFORE THE STORM Two AP Photofax meet at benefit dinner in New York sonHbckefellei0asrMrs Kennedy looks they cell way to the hospital Thostenson Firemen with resuscitation equipment worked 20 minutes in an attempt to revive Loftus aft er police had cut him down The efforts ended when Dr Chris topherson pronounced Loftus dead ANOTHER PRISONER OJe R Sonderland 49 404 Madison told police that Loftus was all right at about and was trying to get a cigar ette Sonderland heard no dis turbance after that time and was not a wareof the hanging Sonderland had been arrested at Union President David unable to recall who had Donald whosat through Thurs days fourhour court session said he would comply with the court order So did spokesmen for management But no new negotiating session has yet been arranged Date Costs Amorous Flier Extra NEW ULM Minn amorous antics of flying farm er Eugene Schumacher of rur alSpringfield are going to cosl him S100 Authorities charged that he first landed on a town ship road to pick up his girl friend Then he clippedoff a power line and a telephone line cutting out electricity tp three farms and a supper club where 200 patrons went without their dinner When he finally dropped down out of the clouds authori ties were waiting and arrested him for reckless flying County Treasurer Admits Embezzling AUSTIN Minn ard Peterson 25 will appear in court here to be with the embezzlement of more than while he was county treasurer of Mower County Peterson who lives at Browns dale is accused of taking the money over a fouryear period Heresigned the treasurer post Thursday and authorities say he has admitted taking the money shot him Levar could not remember what happened after the shoot ing Police said there were four empty cartridges and one loaded in the fiveshot re volver Levar told police he did not know Thostenson and could hot recall having seen him before Thursday night According to the Prohaskis Levar had been in a booth of the tavern drinking most of the afternoon and evening He was drinking whisky with beer according to the re port Levar recalled drinking only four beers and two drinks of whisky Police were told that once earlier in the evening Levar had aken a boning knife from a drawer and was mumbling Ill fix County Atty William Pappas s studying what charges should be filed The City Council held a spec al meeting late Friday morn ng and revoked Levars beer permit for Bobs Place The ac ion was based on the shoot ng and reported heavy drinking y the proprietor If the permit had remained in effect Levar could have resumed business immediately on his release from jail even if on bond FRINK DIES WASHINGTON ffl C James L Frink 45 chief of staff of the Army General Staff College at Ft died Thurs day of cancer of Robbery FORT DODGE Valentine Karp 60 Hartland was held in custody Friday await ing sentence on his conviction A jury in Federal Court de liberated six hours beforefind ing Karp guilty late Thursday in the holdup of the Lakota branch of the Farmers Trust and Savings Bank at Buffalo Center last June 10 Karp whose belligerent atti tude during questioning had brought warnings hopped up be fore Federal Judge Henry N Graven after thejury left to de mand tearfully Howcan you make such adecision when there is proof the witnesses lied Graven quieted Karp and then deferred sentencing pending a prcsentence investigatioin and on an intoxicatioi the possibility of an charge Loftus had a criminal record dating back to 1929 and had been jailed on morals charges He was taken into custody here last summer as a missing person and a mental case for authori ties at Cedar Rapids Early this year he was under treatment for mental illness at a Dubuque hos pital Karp was arrested at Kali spell ninedays after a gunman forced two employes into the vault of the Lakota bank and fled with themoney Karp denied he was in Lakota at the time of the robbery but the government offered more than a score of witnesses in cluding employes who identified him as the holdup man Community Chest Hits 83 of Goal Drive Continuing Mason City Partly cloudy di minishing winds and colder Friday low 37 to 42 Mostly fair little temperature change Saturday high in the middle 50s Iowa Partly cloudy diminish ing winds and colder Friday night lows 37 to 42 northwest 42 to 47 southeast Mostly fair Saturday colder south and v east highs in 50s Outlook for fair and a little warmer Fiveday Iowa Temperatures will averageslightly above normal Saturday through next Wednesday Afternoon highs will be from around 60 in the northto the middle 60s in th south Overnight lows will b from around 40 in the north I the middle 40s in the south Cooler first of th period followed by a warmin trend the first of next week Precipitation will average 1 to of aninch south an west to around 25 of an inc northeast occurring as scat tered showers early in th period Minnesota Cloudy windy cooler Highs Saturday 4048 Living Costs NEW DELHI India OR India Friday charged Red China with a fierce new attack on an Indian patrol in the La dakh sector of Kashmir It said 17 Indians were killed in the fight and that others are missing Three were wounded Some reports said scattered fighting was continuing The attack stung the Indian government which onlyrecently was assured by Red China that the border dispute could be settled amicably The viciousness of the attack apparently was particularly in furiating to the Indian govern ment THERE HAVE BEEN a num ber of previous incidents but apparently none this grave Peiping claims the Ladakh sector among about square miles of border terri tory under the Indian flag Chinese detachments occupied parts of it months ago and have built a road across it to link Tibet and extreme west ern China A government statement said the attack took place 40 miles inside theIndian border The Indian detachment was surprised by heavy and sud den fire from Chinese troops entrenched on a it said THE INDIAN troops fired back but were reported over whelmed by superior strengin and the use of grenades and mortars The calJ ng this a matter of grave has protested trongly to Peiping The area is about 40 to 50 miles west of the traditional Chinese India frontier which las been shown in official In dian the Foreign Min istry said The Chinese government could not be under any mis apprehension about the tradi tional The ItSf Mason City Com munity Chest campaign reached 13 per cent of its MO goal Friday the announced date of the fund drives close Although contributions were still about short of the expected total they already exceeded by about the New pledges of put toi pledges made in the tal contributions at Indications at the neon re port meeting at YWCA drive The however were that campaign where most of workers would continue seek ing pledges for the eight Red Feather agencies Some pledge cards are still out and unaccounted for it was esti mated The Rt Rev Msgr A J Breen Chest president told campaign leaders Dont be afraid to donations I really believe we can make our general solicitations the pledge cards still remain re ported new gifts of Fri day This put the section at of its mrrk In the pattern gifts section pledges reached of the goal and in the ad vance gifts section of a goal The womens section had of a mark and national firms 714 of a quota GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 Friday Maximum 65 Minimum 52 At 8 52 Precipitation 06 YEAR AGO Maximum 58 Minimum 38 Daylight Time to End on Sunday NEW YORK WfSeveral mil lion people will get an extra hour But it will be mere repayment for one they lost back Mn April It is the end of daylight saving time in New England and scattered areas elsewhere The change to standard time becomes offi cial at 2 a at which time clocks should be turned back to 1 a m A number of places on daylight saving limemade the switch a month ago DIES AT 110 Calif Paula Silvia who claimed to be 110 years old died Thursday WASHINGTON WP Living costs as measured by the gov ernment climbed threeTtenths of one per cent last month to another record high The Bureau of Labor Statis ics reported Friday that its in dex rose to per cent of he 194749 average Every major item in the budget of the average city fam ly went up except transporta ion The rising costs mean that Imost 1V4 cents has been vhittled from the buying power f the consumers dollar in the ast six months But Hershey S Riley price hief of the BLS rejected a re orters suggestions that new rccping inflation may have et in Much of the increase ast month was normal for seven season Riley said As a result of the rise abou Locals Vote on Whether to OK Swift Contract CHICAGO striking meat packing employes will vote this weekend whether to ratify a tentative contract agreement which would end workers whose pa checks are geared to fluctu ations in the price index wi receive pay increases of 1 t 3 cents hourly Girl Missing for Six Days Found Kidnaper Hunted LYNDONVILLE Vt W A 14yearold Maine girl missing or six days was found here Friday She told a story of be ng abducted at knifepoint by an exconvict who held her cap ive with little food or sleep during that time before releas ng her Sharon Simmons of Damaris cotta Maine was raped during he time she was held captive Sharon said Rodney Austin 4 an exconvict of Newcastle Vlaine grabbed her at the poinl f a knife last Saturday nighl while she was baby sitting in Damariscotta Hes still at arge Rodneys wife gave birth to a aughter three days ago in rtaine On the Inside Page 4 North Iowa Features 5 Mason City 47 Society News 1011 Latest Markets 12 Sports 1314 Clear Lake News U Comics 1 North Iowa News 22 TV Schedule Pullout Section against Swift Co Ratification by a majority of the locals in 34 cities would give the workers a contract provid ing for wage increases from S1A to 15 cents an hour over a twoyear period plus improved fringe benefits Announcement of the tentative agreement came Thursday night from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation service whose con ciliators sat in on negotiating sessions and from officers of the two striking unions For most Swift workers the wage increases would be the same as those the unions nego tiated in contracts with other major meat packers Rural Hazeiton Man Victim of Crash HAZELTON Patrick Sinnott 24 rural Hazel on was killed instantly early when his car slammed nto a bridge abutment one mile outh of here SAME IOWA SAFETT OEPAETHXNT FIGURES Blatfc OM IriKte eMlfc hi M M   

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