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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 29, 1961, Mason City, Iowa                             North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited for Hw MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION VOL The newspaper that makes all North lowans neighbors Associated Frew tnfl United Press International Full Lease Wires MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MAY 29 1961 7c a Copy Thls Paper Consists ot Two SectionsSection NO MI One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARl HALL GlobeGazette Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KGLO pm Sunday KWLC Oecorah 1340 pm Sun WOI Ames 640 am Tuesday WTAD Quincy pm WSBI lava City 910 am Sat No panacea will end our traffic toll TN MY 40 YEARS as an editor I have been approached by a large number of persons firm ly convinced that they had one simple plan for drastically re ducing or even eliminating our highway death toll Some have written to me others have come to my office with their idea One of the most recent of these proposals was that all au tomobiles and trucks be equipped with governors to pre vent a speed of more than 30 miles an hour Before that I dealt with a man who woulc make every rightthinking mo torist a vigilante cloaked with police powers and pledged to arrest any erring fellowmo torist A man back in Massachusetts would require that drivers of cars be perched up high like the operators of trucks In that position my correspondent con tended the driver would have perfect vision but more im portant he would be afraid in his precarious position to drive any other way than safely Still others have proposed that all motorists be forced to look at gruesome pictures in prep aration for their own licensing Sometimes this principle is spelled out with a requirement to visit the scene of a bloody accident or the morgue THESE ARE JUST A FEW of the dozens of plans laid before me in correspondence or by personal visits And when Ive pointed out that preventing in juries and deaths on our streets and highways is amazingly com plex and not amenable to any oneshot solution Ive been set down as either ignorant or apathetic The New York Herald Trib une not long ago turned one of its most competent reporters loose on this subject Don Ross was free to go where he wished see whom he wished and report his findings fully candidly and in depth RIDERS PUT TO WORK of Negro freedom riders marches out of the county jail at Jackson Miss top photo and into a truck lower photo as they are taken to the county farm A group They will work off their fines imposed for defying segregation laws at a day More groups of riders reportedly are massing for new attacks on the Souths Jim Crow barriers Holiday toll climbs Plea made by Erbe The last of his peared under the reports ap fourcolumn heading No Easy Cure Found for Nations Highway Toll and it led off with this paragraph The field of highway safety abounds in selfappointed ex perts who believe they have the one idea that will miraculously reduce the toll of dead and in jured DES MOINES Gov Nor jman Erbe Monday asked Iowa motorists to turn on their driv ing lights Tuesday and Wednes day as a reminder to other mo torists to drive safely Erbes request was part of a proclamation he signed desig nating the two days as See the light slow down and live days in the state A maximum traffic law en fatalities in Iowa thus far Killed Saturday were Leroy Altemeier 54 Liscomb and Earl Yates 65 and his wife Helen 54 Monroe Dead in a cartrain collision Monday at Redfield were Jo seph Walker 36 Scranton and his son Joseph Jr 15 The nations toll averaged four an hour By 2 pm Mon day there were 307 traffic deaths 24 boating fatalities 37 forcement effort with radaridrownings and 59 from miscel speed check during daylight andilaneous causes for an overall to WITH THIS he proceeded as night hours over Memorial Dayjlal of 427 I have to list some of ihealso was ordered by Iowa Safe The record fourday Memorial strange and wonderful proposalsjty Commissioner Carl Pcsch jDay holiday toll in traffic is Governors 6th veto kills rightofway legislation DES MOINES Nor man Erbe Monday vetoed a bill that would have required the Iowa Highway Commission to purchase rightofway along the states roads It was his sixth veto of action aken by the 1961 legislature Erbe said that the Iowa Su preme Court and high courts of other states have held that own ers of land adjacent to con trolled access highways estab lished on new locations have no right of direct access If the bill was to become effective the governor said an immense expenditure would be required to give the traveling public the protection and bene fits it receives under exist ing law To sanction payment for this purpose would create an unfair and unjustified rost to the tax paying public in the estab lishment and preservation of adequate new public highways Erbe said HE NOTED that the commis sion controls access to avoid congestion on certain highways and promote safety for motor ists The governor said the courts have declared that owners or occupants of land abutting ex isting highways have the right of free and convenient access from such property to the high way and that such rights can only be extinguished by acquisi tion He said the bill essentially re states that ruling Erbe said he was directing the Highway Commission to make a oireful and thorough review of the administration of the access control law to assure that it will be exercised in a reasonable and judicious man ner In a letter to commission Chairman Jo Stong Keosauqua Erbe said he had studied some of the commissions regulations on access control ALTHOUGH YOU have elimi nated some objectionable fea tures Erbe wrote I do not feel the rules and regulations do not follow the spirit and letter of the law Erbe said the rules further do not lend themselves to an or derly and concise understand ing by the public who must be guided thereby I doubt that the average man on the street could read and understand the rules in their present form Erbe added that by his veto the people of Iowa will expect a careful and judicious admin istration of access control GOP in Texas happy Strategy paid off North Iowa Fair through Tues day Cooler Monday night lows 4045 Highs Tuesday 70 77 Iowa Fair through Tuesday Cooler Monday night lows 40 45 east 4550 west Highs Tuesday 60s northeast to 70s southwest Further Partly cloudy and a little warmer Wednesday Minnesota Mostly fair a little cooler Highs Tuesday in 70s Globe Gazette weather data iup to 8 am Monday that had come to his attention Then he turned to an old frienc of mine J W Bill Bethea executive secretary of the Presi dents Committee for Traffic Safety My acquaintance with Bethea resulted from our contact i decade or so ago with the Na tional Committee for Highway Safety a league of nearly a hundred national organizations with a demonstrated interest in traffic safety Total membership of the constituent organizations approached a hundred million I served as the committees chairman Mr Bethea as its executive secretary In his present positibn as chief administrator of the Presidents Committee for Traffic Safety Bethea is in a choice position to observe the trend toward gimmicks and panaceas THE PRESIDENTS COM mittee he recalled even had its own gimmick back in 1954 and 1955 when we pro moted a nationwide Safe Driv ing Day with a lot of razz matazz We tried to encourage every community in the nation to go without a traffic death or even an accident for just one day The results of the two Safe Driving Days in terms of deaths and accidents as I well remem ber because I was part of the setup were nothing to write home about The idea was sum marily dropped in favor of a Continued en Pagt 2 j There have been five trafficl413 set in 1957 N ews in a nutshell FROM OUR WIRE SERVICES Jackies kin killed VILLEFRANCHE Sur Saone France Miss Danielle Bouvier 19 a relative of Mrs John F Ken nedy was killed in an automobile accident while en route to Paris to visit the American Presidents wife Major concession to Russ United States and Great Britain made a major concession to the Soviet Union and of fered to reduce the number of nuclear test ban on site inspections from 20 to a minimum of 12 The proposal was submitted in an effort to get the con ference moving ahead with some progress after months of stalemate Wonts unemployed retrained WASHINGTON President Kennedy has asked Congress for legislation to permit retaining of unem ployed workers They would be paid while they learn new skills and the federal government would foot up to half their bills for moving to new locations where jobs can be found Castro move called blunder WASHINGTON Fidel Castro has blustered his way into a major blunder with his prisoners fortractors offer U S Informantion Agency Edward R Murrow said a USIA survey shows a groundswell of criticism against the Cuban premier in most of the press of Latin America and the free world DALLAS Tex victory of John C Tower the first Re mblican senator to be elected y Texas voters Monday left gleeful GOP workers thankful hey rang so many doorbells and Democrats wondering what vent wrong Tower 35 a former college won Saturdays spe cial US Senate race by 8000 otes over William A Blakley a Democrat who holds the Sen ate seat on an interim appoint ment HE votes or 5045 per cent of the 881630 votes ounted to Blakleys 436815 Approximately 7600 nough to change the vere yet to be reported When Lyndon B Johnson who ad campaigned successfully jboth for the vice p r e s i dency and for reelection as senator in No vember re signed his Sen ate seat early this year Tower was one of the first to a n nounce for the special April 4 TOWER election A political unknown when he quit as professor at Midwestern University last year to run on the Republican ticket against the Senate majority leader Tower piled up 926653 votes against Johnsons 1306625 It a Texas Republican in a state race And he feels his age Bombing clues hunted Relay stations are blown up FROM OUR WIRE SERVICES SALT LAKE CITY Federal state and private investigators combined efforts Monday in a search for clues to mystery blasts that wrecked three im portant communication relays in Utah The FBI declined to speculate whether the explosions at two unmanned microwave relay sta tions and a repeater station were sabotage by a foreign power the work of someone WASHINGTON UPI Theibe demonstrated that their purwith a gnevance against tele I i incf olr JFK turns 44 HYANNIS PORT Mass ffl President Kennedy turned 44 Monday in the seclusion of his family reservation on the chilly south shore of Cape Cod He put in more homework on his crucial meetings with French President Charles de Gaulle and Soviet Premier Khrushchev The youngest president ever elected to the office boned up on this weeks European conferences while anticipating a giant birthday celebration in Boston with personal and political friends The President flies to Paris Tuesday night after Mrs Ken nedy joins him in New York His only answer was a chuckle when asked four months in the worlds hardest felt older than 44 Dr Janet Travell the White House physician had a very proper answer to the same inquiry I believe he feels as if he is 44 she said Blue laws for Sunday upheld Supreme Court Monday uphelc blue laws of Massachusetts Maryland and Pennsylvania which regulate retail selling on Sunday Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote the controlling opinions in four cases testing the statutes The decisions will have a bear ing on many similar state laws Most states have Sunday stat utes of some kind FOR MANY YEARS the Su preme Court has shied away from involvement in the blue law controversy But decisions could not be avoided when ap peals came up from federal rather than state courts Warren made it clear in the Maryland decision that Sunday laws conceivably could violate the freedom of religion guaran tees in the Constitution if it can Maximum Minimum At 8 am Sunrise Sunset YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 77 49 60 70 54 GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 am Sunday Maximum 76 Minimum 49 On the inside Editorials Page 4 Comics 5 Mason City News 67 North Iowa Ntws 8 Sports 910 Society News 1112 Clear Lake 12 News Quiz 18 WAVE OF ARSON NEWARK and fire officials questioned a num ber of teenagers in search of an arsonist who set 10 fires here Sunday and placed the city in a state of emergency for three hours SAME Gls wife berserk slays 3 children ATHENS Greece young I US Army sergeants wife j strangled her three children and TOWER WAS the only RepubJthen slashed her throat Greek lican in the April 4 election The i police said Monday Joann Bak er 28 Stockdale Texas is in critical condition at the US base hospital police said Mrs Baker was found by her hus band Joel when he returned to his Kalamaki villa home Sun day slate Republican organization threw its full force into the cam paign More than 70 cluding Blakley and four others with proven in the same election Political professionals say that Democrats made their first mistake when they failed to rec ognize Towers strength and failed to narrow the field of candidates before the April 4 election Burned in accident at home Mrs Charles DeRock 74 was extensively burned at her home 1433 Kentucky SE while wasti ng clothes in the basement Monday noon Her son Melvin said she was lying on the bed on the first floor when he found her She said she came up stairs after the ac cident but did not say what hap pened The washing machine was ound turned over Firemen and nspcctors from the Interstate Power Company were invcstigat ng the accident Mrs DeRock was taken to Mercy Hospital Her condition was not known pose is to use the states coer cive power to aid religion But he said the particular Maryland law being tested is constitution al A combination of commercial and religious interests brought the blue law tests to the high court The religious argument was asserted by Jews supported by other groups which observe Sat urday as the Sabbath They con tended that a Sunday closing law or other Sunday restrictions dis criminates against them in fa vor of the Christian sects in vio lation of the religious freedom guarantee in the Constitution DISCOUNT houses which wanted to keep open on Sunday also argued that exemptions as o some businesses and specific items of merchandise are an un constitutional denial of equal protection of the laws Drug stores and news dealers and many of the products they sell are usually exempted State authorities argued that he laws while religious in or igin have come to be merely day of rest statutes The National Retail Merchants Association told the court thatif Sunday became just another business day the additional ex pense of keeping open seven days would drive marginal re tailers out of business and pos sibly increase prices phone companies or just crack pot vandalism THE EXPLOSIONS Sunday triggered an alert by National Guard and police at other key telephone installations around the nation Col Lyle Hyatt superintend ent of the Utah Highway Patrol said the explosions appeared to have been set off deliberately and by a professional in demo lition A considerable amount of Army dynamite had been stolen earlier last week from a depot near Elko Nev and it was possible it was that which was used in Sundays blasts Arthur Richards 35 a tele phone company employe at Elko picked up chunks of TNT wrapped in olive drab covers near the Wendover station After the explosions shattered equipment at the stations there lad been fears attempts would ae made to cut communications i elsewhere in the nation How ever these proved groundless National defense communica tions affected by the blasts were switched immediately to alter nate routes EMERGENCY RADIO relay trucks were flown into Utah They were pulled into position their generators started and the units switched on to take over the relay function of the dam aged stations The unmanned stations trans mit radio waves up to 30 miles on a line of sight to coast border to border Photofax RIVER BED This disorganized contraption is the Petersburg Va entry in a floating bed race put on by Pi Phi fraternity men on the James River at Richmond Va The lads rowed like the mischief but came in fifth more or less in a sixbed field The race course was between two bvidges apart A team from Chester won with a time more or less of 1 hour 45 minutes Special checks at similar re lay stations across Iowa includ ing those east of Mason City and at Hampton and Radcliffe also are being carefully watched according to telephone company officials The stations are on the main Des Moines to Minneapolis link They are only partially equipped at the present time and are being used just for the transmission of television signals Two other stations maintained by the Mason City office are located at Glenville and Kartland Minn TAKES OWN LIFE HAMBURG Germany M Maria Dancing Flower Fris 29 prima ballerina of the Ham nirg State Opera plunged to icr death Saturday at the scene of some of her greatest tri umphs Police said Miss Fris vho had been depressed over chronic leg ailment ended icr life with a 59foot leap from an overhanging gallery to heaters stage   

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