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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 2, 1961, Mason City, Iowa                             North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited for ttw Henit HOME EDITION VOL The newspaper Associated United Preu International Full that makes all North I ovans v MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MAY 2 1 Ml neighbors 7e a Paper ConiliU of Two N 174 Tradmgstamps not discount court decides DES MOINES If The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that trading stamps are not a cash discount given customers and retailers should pay state sales tax on them In overruling a Des Moines County District Court decision the high court upheld a State Tax Commission contention that stamps are an advertis ing scheme and not cash dis counts deductiblefor sales tax purposes Benner Tea Co of Burlington said it has been deducting the cost of the stamps from its re tail price before figuring the Ike looks good in new role j No 1 elder statesman By GEORGE J MARDER WASHING TON UPI Former President Dwight D Eisenhower is fitting neatly into the role of elder statesman A week ago at Camp David he was elder statesman to the country advising the man who succeeded him in the White House President Kennedy Monday at Gettysburg Pa he played the role for his party And he is playing it to the hilt regardless of his distaste for partisan politics THE FORMER president made clear as he was leaving the White House last January that he would not go into plete political retirement be cause he was no longer in of fice He spoke jokingly of heading for the rocking chair But in a more serious vein he told of his deep interest in national affairs of seeing to it that he con tributes what he still can to the nation The former president has two objectives tried to implant on his party his own image of a nation mature in the world and ready to shoulder the responsibilities of leadership The former presi dent is anxious to see no slip ping back to former nationalism or isolationism He made this point very clear when he de scribed the type of candidate he could support for the presi dential nomination WANTS to keep the nations economy on an even keel He strongly feels that America must keep its dollar strong and stable to carry the burdens of world leadership Because he has not been lam basting President Kennedy does not mean he approves of his domestic program On the record he opposes much of it and will use his voice to at tempt to slow down tile Ken nedy administrations welfare programs But he wants his voice in politics used his own persona way not through any third party For example when R6 publican Sen Karl Mundt of South Dakota tried to translate the former presidents feelings about Kennedy there was a sharp repudiation from Eisen hower ON FOREIGN policy the party can expect little from the former president except silence or a call for national unity such as his call at Camp David for support of the President It would not be in the Eisenhower pattern to blast out at the ad ministration on foreign policy In fact he has taken lead to obtain what in effect is a political truce between the two parties on the Cuban fiasco Eisenhowers call for support of President Kennedy put a dam per on attacks by the Republi can rank and file The former president is said to have gotten along remarkably well with President Kennedy in their three meetings since the election However this will not deter him from speaking out on domestic policies Before he left the White House he promised republicans he would be back in the politi cal arena when necded He is living up to the first installment on that promise sales tax it owes the state COMMISSION officials said the Supreme Courts interpreta tion will save the state thou sands of dollars in refunds to other retailers who issue trad ing stamps but have rot been claiming a discount In 1959 the commission sus tained its previous contention that trading stamps are nothing more than an advertising gim mick District Judge 0 E Newell of Burlington favored the Benner argument last year in ruling against the commission Benner contended that trading stamps are a cash discount the customer and it should not have to remit sales tax to the state on the portion of the retail price which covers the cost of the stamps TAX OFFICIALS said that the Benner firm which operates four stores in Iowa has been claiming such a discount Don Cunningham director of the commissions sales tax di vision said the courts decision saved the state from refunding about immediately and from losing about a year in future revenue At the time of the commis sions 1959 decision P H Kuen zle Benner president said the ruling obviously was contrary to previous holdings of the Iowa Supreme Court and the US Su preme Court He said that courts in other states have consistently held that the trading stamp program constitutes the giving of a cash discount Tax Commission officials have admitted that the US Su preme Court once held that stamps can be considered a cash discount But they said the ruling was not made in the light of a sales tax situation Ditchdigger fatal to Des Moines boy DES MOINES 10year old boy watching his father op erating a ditchdigging machine was killed Monday when he be came entangled in a chain Silled was David Clark son of Mr and Mrs Robert W Clark Des Moines Clark said the boy was on the bank watching a ditch being dug when he was JENSEN COMFORTS WIFE Jackie Jensen comforted his sobbing wife after returningto Reno Nev He quit the Boston Red Sox because I just couldnt play in the major leagues His wife former diving star ZeeAnn AP Photofax Olsen wept as he approached her car at the train depot She said earlier she would attempt to persuade him to re turn to baseball Details on sports 3rd veto by Erbe New i redistricting bill OK a DES MOINES Nor man Erbe Tuesday vetoed a bill exempting county homes from nursing Home licensing Our fellow citizens staying in county homes are entitled to the same protection from fire and dangerous conditions as are those who reside in private nurs ing homes he said in his veto message This was Erbes third veto in the present legislative session Erbe said he was advised by the attorney general that the bil relates not only to the require ment of issuance of a license to county homes but extends also Minimum wage bill compromise set WASHINGTON UP A mini mum wage bill marking an his toric breakthrough in coverage ior additional employes has been worked out by SenateHouse con ferees Tailored to win vita House votes the measure would raise the present a hour wage floor to by iey provisions in 1963 But the view many backers of the legislation would bring an additional 362 million workers under the law caught by the digging chain and Most of this new coverage would dragged under the machine jbe in large retail stores N ews in a nutshell FROM OUR WIRE SERVICES School aid bill advances WASHINGTON A Senate Education subcom mittee has approved 81 President Kennedys contro versial billion program of federal aid to public elementary and high schools Sen Barry Goldwater RAriz the lone subcommittee member to vote against thebill served notice he would offer an amendment to provide federal grants for parochial schools when the measure is taken up in full com mittee Italy greets Elizabeth II NAPLES Italian navy escort boomed out four 21gun salutes for Queen Elizabeth II who arrived aboard her yacht for an 11day visit that will include an audience with the Pope Astronauts parents pleased DERRY N H The parents of astronaut Alan B Shepard Jr said they were prepared for 48 hours of twiddling our thumbs after being notified their sons flight had been postponed The elder Shepard an insurance man said he was very proud his1 son had been chosen as thisnations first spaceman To testify for Eichmann former Nazis were named by Adolf Eichmanns lawyer to testify on his behalf Robert Servatius said they would show Eichmann was just a cog in the Nazi machine to exterminate the Jews and could make no decisions by himself to the many safeguards and re quirements found in the private nursing home law THIS CHAPTER was enacted for the protection of human life as a result of the tragic fire in a nursing home at Council Bluffs The Iowa Senate meanwhile approved a compromise plan for congressional redistricting The upper chamber adopted a conference committee report bj a standing vote and then on roll call vote of 3118 passed the measure and sent it to the House The plan makes several changes inthe measure orig inally passed by the Senate but rejected by the House when it adopted a remapping recom The Weather North Iowa Mostly fair Tuesday night lows in the 30s Partly cloudy and warmer Wednes day highs 6570 Iowa Partly cloudy scattered showers northwest Tuesday night and in southwest Wed nesday Warmer west Tues day night lows 30s east to near 40 west Warmer over the state Wednesday highs 6570 Further ly cloudy south chance of showers Minnesota Mostly fair warm er Highs Wednesday near 60 GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 am Tuesday Maximum 54 Minimum 31 Sunrise Sunset mended by the Republican State Central Cpirtmittee There wasconsiderable pro test to thV cbmjpfdmise pecially over the way it sets up the 5th District in central Iowa Sen Clifford Nystrom R Boohe charged that the 5thDis trict was placed on the alter of sacrifice and Sen Joseph Cole RClare told the Senate the 5th District plan was par ticularlyobjectionable UNDER THE compromise plan the 5th District would be made up of qnly four counties Polk Boone Story and Webster Like virtually every redistrict ing plan introduced in the Re publican controlled House and Senate the conference commit tee report places the home coun ties of the only two Democratic congressmen in the same dis 5th The effect of such an alignment is the elimination of one of the two Democrats on Iowas congressional delegation While the 5th will remain a Democratic stronghold the grouping of counties into the other six districts leaves little lope for the Democrats to win congressional elections any where but in the 5th The 3rd District would under go considerable change losing Vlarshall and Tama counties to he 4th and gaining Winnebago Hancock Wright and Hamilton from the present 6th This gives 16county district Avith 403442 population The proposed 6th District would be made up of the 12 counties now in the 8th plus EmmetPalo Alto Pocahontas lalhoun Humboldt and Kossuth from the present 6th The 6th vould have a population of 397 877 48hour delay in astronauts space flight A partial ceasefire in Laos But West still wary FROM OUR WIRE SERVICES VIENTIANE proWestern Royal Laotian army and the Gommunis1 rebels Tuesday put a fire into effect on one front and hoped to broaden the peace move to all othei fronts in this jungle king doms civil war Foreign Secretary Chao Sop saisana told a news conference that the guns were silencec along the road to Luang Pra bang in the Vang Vieng ares at pm Monday He said the officers of both sides who arranged this ceasefire me again Tuesday to broaden the nice tothe rest of the battle zones and end hostilities HE SAID THEY also hpptd to set a date for a conference to settle the nations political con flicts Earlier proCommunist Pa thet Lao troops had been re ported advancing into northwes Laos in defiance of ceasefir proposals by the major power and the proWestern govern ment Prince Boun Oums Cabi net met in Vientiane to discus the situation THERE WAS still grave doub in many quarters in Vientian that a ceasefire would result Some observers suggested tha the rebels battlefield have agreed meeting for to the propa ganda purposes There was a feeling that the Pathet Lao might lay down con ditions for a ceasefire that the Western backed governmen would find unacceptable One ikely demand was for the im mediate withdrawal of Ameri cans who have been serving as military advisers to the roya regime On the inside Editorials Page 4 Society News 91011 Sports 1314 North Iowa1 News 15 Latest Markets 16 Mason City News 1617 Clear Lake News 18 Farm News 21 BAREFACED PUBLICITY LONDON UPI Film com pany executives greet stripteaser who went to Dodo DHom burg at London airport Monday reported they failed to recognize her bacause she had her clothes on LONG COLD WAIT TO NO Early risers gather around a fire on the waterfront at Cocoa Beach Fla to watch the launching of an American AP Photofax astronaut later called off because of bad weather In the background lights fan out from the launching pads ALAN SHEPARD JR Much tension Long wait for press spaceman CAPE CANAVERAL UPI am CST news men scientists and wellwish ers were waiting pn the door step The 83foot machine to send him soaring into the spaceage hall of fame was waiting Three hours many shivers and hundreds of paces later the waiters were still waiting The man of the hour was still missing Thus Navy Cmdr Alan B Shepard was weathered out before the eyes of the world in his bid to become the first American to fly into space He may yet make it but it is at least two and probably three days away DURING THE three hours of waiting time became a minuteby minute buildup of tension The press was clus tered outside a side door of a huge creamcolored hangar called simple S staring al most constantly at a row of windows on the second floor Behind the drapes and shades which closed off a view inside Shepard was undergo ing the final medical examina tions and climbing into a sil very space suit for a planned ride of 115 miles into space and 290 miles over the Atlan tic Ocean atop a Redstone rocket The wait downstairs was to record the mans 11 steps from the large gray door of the hangar to a moving vanlike vehicle that waited at the curb to whisk him away at 15 miles per hour to the launching pad The key to what would hap pen was in the skies in the bad weather that hung over the Cape and over the target area downrange From the start the outlook was glum Hold Canaveralese for sus pension of a countdown be cause of troubles was fre quently heard CAMERAS WERE trained on the doorway and blinding flood lights lighted the area Newsmen were poised with pencils and tape recorders As the dark night became gray morning the lights went off cameras were shuffled pencils were turned to pockets and recorders were cut off The technicians and other Cape workers who joined the newsmen to swell the number to about 100 gradually drifted away Still the count continued from Tminus200 minutes or 200 minutes before sched uled blastoff at am Tminus185 minutes at then Tminus 140 mih utcs at am And thats as close as it got Wearied space agency officials stepped to the doorway at am and calmly read the an nouncement Weather becomes problem Shepard is set to go CAPE CANAVERAL la Bad weather Tuesday forced postpone ment of Americas first maninspace shot and the hosen astronaut Alan B Shepard Jr must wait at east 48 hours before he akes his rocket ride into he heavens and the history Dooks Announcement that Shepard can muscular 37yearold Navy commander had been chosen for Jhe daring adventure came sim ultaneously with a report that unfavorable weather had spoiled try to launch him 115 miles into space aboard a Redstone rocket Thebackup astronaut to take Shepards place in the 3000 pound Project Mercury space capsule if he is unable to go when the time comes is John H Glenn Jr 30 a Marine lieu tenant colonel IN THE COMING 48 hours physicians will keep Shepard under constant surveillance to see how he bears up under the mounting tension A physical or psychological disorder would sideline him in favor of Glenn who also will remain under ob servation in the Cape ready room If Shepard still is in good condition mentally and physi cally at the next scheduled launch time he will remain the choice The final countdown began at am but prospects were never good A beavy cloud cover over the Cape and down along the 290 miles of the mis sile range over which the Red stone was to fly brought frowns to the faces of Project Mercury scientists THEY NEEDED clear visi bility so that in the critical moments after the blastoff they ould have good visual tracking and be ready to trigger Shep ards escape mechanism at the irst hint of any trouble But weather conditions did not change and the National Aero nautics and Space Administra ion announced that the shot was iff until at least Thursday Fuel had poured into the Red tone rockets tanks But for hat another try might have been made Wednesday It will ake two days after the tanks are emptied to prepare them gain for a shoot If the blastoff does not come y Saturday there will be an ndefinite delay NASA officials aid Ships swarming over the ecovery area ready to pick up he space capsule after it lunges into the sea would have o return to port for fuel food nd other supplies IF SHEPARD was calm as reported his were the only uiet nerves around Cape Ca laveral Tension had mounted specially among the dedicated roject Mercury people who had vorked hard toward this day Announcement of the post jonement heard on car radios nought a letdown to the thou ands who had gone to the caches outside the missile test enter SAM I DATI1WMSI   

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