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Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 2, 1965, Mason City, Iowa A Nazi escape hatch Travel agency for the wanted By RICHARD Z CHESNOFF New York Herald Tribune News Service An exclusive travel agency with a very spe cial clientele operates out of a small Spanish fishing village It is called Die Spinne The While it doesnt have a very attractive travel agency name il carries on a booming business smuggling Nazi war criminals into hiding Denia on the southeastern coasl ot Spain is what sources here describe as but one of many stations in a vast four continent underground railroad enabling exNazi officers to disappear Sources say the international operation is backed by Nazi or ganizations with cells through out Germany and in several Ku ropean South American Afri can and Arab countries Die Spinne is one of them The operation reportedly is heavily financed by Nazi sym pathizers including some of West Germanys biggest indus trialists Nazi loot stashed away since World War II is reported ly another major source of work ing cash The network has been busy since the last days of the Third Reich But now it is fully pro fessional with the possibil ity that Ronn might extend the statute of limitations on Nazi war crimes il lias recently stepped up its secret activities The man who first began to spin Ihe Spiders web is former SS Col Olio Skorzcny A one time LSrnwnshirl bully boy Col Skorzcny opened Spanish head quarters for his escape group in lUn lie fronted it with an im portexport business The Spiders web the sources lay now includes carefully or ganized escape routes to Nazi havens in South America Ku wait Syria and Egypt Clients arc armed with false papers and new names Jobs and homes iiwait them Many have their families join them Some top Nazi war criminals sliil at large particularly those who think they arc being track pel have just kept riding on the underground railroad moving from one hiding place to an other Egypt ttie sources claim has become No 1 haven for Nazis on the run They charge that President Nassers govern ment is giving full assistance to the network including visas and good employment opportunities for the escapees Evidence backing up at least one such case was given in Brunswick W n s t Germany where a court last month sen tenced convicted war crim inal Mans Walter ZechNcnnl wich to 10 additional months imprisonment for his jail break The former SS lieutenant colonel testified that he had es caped lo Cairo wilh the aid of Egyptian embassy officials in Bonn He later returned lo Ger many and turned himself in Dcnia Spain ends one of the Spiders prime European escape tunnels According lo the sources Nazi fugitives who have made con tact with the oulfil arc spirited lo Ihc quiet coastal town Once there they check into a small inconspicuous hotel run by for mer SS Col Otto Brcmcr Host B r e m e r hides his guests until arrangements can be made to gel thorn aboard smugglers boats plying the SpainNorth African line safe ly nut of Europe At obscure landing points on the Moroccan coasl cither Spider agcnls meet the contraband pas sengers Transported lo Casa blanca they are passed into Ihc hands of local Nazi circles From Casablanca to Cairo the sources say is no problem al all They estimate thai over SOO former Nazi and war criminals have successfully fled lo a warm welcome in Egypt via this and other routes District game still on schedule As of Tuesday afternoon the district boys basketball game al Mason City between Stacyvillc Visilation and SI Ans gar still was to be played al Roosevelt field house at The district finals at Clear Lake be tween Bclmond and Clear Lake was postponed and will bn played Wednesday evening at North Iowa Weather outlook An additional four inches or more of snow freezing rain or east changing lo or mixed with snow Tuesday night northwest winds 1535 miles per hour with blowing and drifting snow colder lows teens west to 20s east Snow becoming light and in termittent Wednesday con tinued cold highs in the 70s Weather Details On Page J Biggesf raid aircraft lost 160 planes bomb NViet Nam again By JOHN T WHEELER DA NANG South Viet Nam AP More than 160 US Air Force and Vietnamese war planes baltercd military inslal lalions a I two points in North Viet Nam Tuesday in a powerful sequel to the February reprisal raids American authorities said the strikes were a resounding suc cess However four or more planes were shot dowa The targets were the port of Quang Khe and a munitions de pot at Xom Dang Officials in Saigon estimated that from 70 to 80 per cent of the installations were destroyed They said there will be further action against both as prime sources of Communist aggres sion against South Viet Nam Reflecting a stiffened attitude in Saigon and Washington US Ambassador Maxwell D Taylor said the new raids were not in retaliation for specific Viet Cong attacks on American in stallations but joint actions for Ihe purpose of replying to continuous aggressive acts across the 17th Parallel Returning pilots said the ground fire was light and inac curate Officials refused lo say exact ly how many of the partici pating planes were lost but the pilots of three one Vietnam ese and two Americans i were recovered unhurt Other airmen were missing and a search continued for them The atlack was the heaviest lo dale wilh the force of fighters fighterbombers and bombers slightly exceeding that of the strike Feb 11 al Chan Hoa and Chap Le More than 100 US Navy jels 28 Vietnamese fighterbombers and 28 US Air Force jcls look parl in the Feb 11 operation Pilots over Ihe munilions de pol at Xom Dang reported seeing large secondary explo sions indicating Iheir bombs had found Iheir marks Al the Norlh Vietnamese port of Quang Khe some 60 to 70 buildings and four naval instal lations on the north side of the river were attacked Quang Khe is 40 miles north of the border between North and South Viel Nam Xom Dang is 10 miles north of the border and 5 miles east of the Laotian bor der The American mission in Sai gon and the South Vietnamese government promised further actions against both describing them as installations thai are being used by Hanoi to support its aggression against the peo ple and territories of South Viel Nam One of Ihe Viclnamese pilols said Ihe Vielnamese planes flew inlo Norlh Viet Nam at 2500 feet and then dropped to 1000 feel over Quang Khe to drop their bombs He said the bombers hil port buildings hut did nol attempt to destroy torpedo boats in Quanj Khe harbor Col Nguyen Kim Khanh commander of the 41st Viet namese Air Wing said the raid on Quang Khe was ordered fol lowing the discovery that mas sive amounts of arms and am munition were being smuggled inlo Soulh Viel Nam from Norlh Vietnamese ports The three raids last month VIET NAM Continued on Page 1 The newspaper that makes all North lowans neighbors Home Edition VOL 105 MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MARCH 2 1965 UUc n Paper Consists of Two One Associated Press Full No follow rain Atlas moon r ocket blows up on pad Costly setback for lunar plans By HOWARD BENEDICT CAPE KENNEDY Ha 10storytall Atlas Centaur rocket exploded inlo a massive fireball on its launching pad Tuesday and dealt a severe blow lo US moon exploration plans No one was hurt in the blazingexplosion which sent flames and smoke several hundred feet above Cape Kennedy Damage In launching facilities was extensive probably exceeding Si million The rocket was to have hurled a metal model of the Project Surveyor mooncraft toward an imag inary lunar target The flight was to have been an important rehearsal for landing a live Surveyor on the moon next fall to determine if the surface is strong enough to support astronaut expeditions The target was a spot in the sky 248000 milcs away which will be the approximate position of the moon next autumn when the Surveyor shot was lo have been attempted The program to develop the AtlasCentaur for the vital Surveyor series already is nearly three years behind schedule The failure Tuesday un doubtedly will extend that lag Additionally several months probably will be required lo repair the launch pad which is the only one at Cape Kennedy readily available to handle the AllasCcnlaur There was no immediate comment from the Na tional Aeronautics and Space Administration on the effect of the explosion on the project Surveyor is considered a necessary forerunner for landing aslro natils on the moon The engines of the huge rocket ignited exactly on schedule at am CST after a pcrfecl count down After one second of motion the 150ton boost er had risen three feet off the paid Fire suddenly erupted near the rockets base and began licking up its sides The three engines losl Ihrusl and the AtlasCen taur dropped back on its concrete and steel pad erupting into a flaming holocaust visible for miles around Cape Kennedy Blazing fragments and flaming propellants from the million rocket sprayed several hundred yards in all directions The combination of hydrogen kerosene and liquid oxygen fuels burned with a bright orange color and one official estimated the heat in the center of the fireball at about 3000 de grees Fahrenheit The approximately 80 members of the launch ing crew were protected in a concrete blockhouse about 1200 feel from the pad JUST AP Pholofnx BEFORE BLAST Private school aid bill advances in the House WASHINGTON AP The House Education and Labor Committee Tuesday approved President Johnsons school aid bill designed to help both public and parochial schools Overriding nearly solid Re publican opposition the mittcc Democrats sent Ihe bill loward a House vole probably lale this monlh by a vote of 23 8 Two Republicans joined Ihe 21 committee Democrats in voting for the bill Most of the money is to he spent on schools serving chil dren of lowincome families hut 00 per cent of Ihe nations school districts would share in the billion aulhorizcd by Ihe bill for Ihat purpose Other seclions of the bill On Me inside would provide textbooks and brary books for both public an private schools create suppl mentary education centers fo use by all children in a com munity and strenglhcn cduca tional research Final approval Tuesday cam North Iowa news 3 Editorials 4 Clear Lake news 5 Society news 67 Sports news 910 Latest markets 12 Mason City news 1213 Comics Farm news Transit timetable 14 15 U Classified pages 1617 Charles City flooded Area bridges still in danger Tuesday the second day of March jumped on North Iowa a lion with a toothache riking a blow which dumped p to fi inches ot snow at some oinls The snow which followed eezing rain slowed trans orlation to a crawl on slippery oads and closed many area chools High water which Monday ad threatened points along Wil w Creek and the Winnebago iver in Mason City still was problem in many spots The edar River at Charles City ose to 218 feel a foot above ie record level and con nucd lo rise Ice jammed the The Globes Iowa Line The excliialve lonr distance telephone wire used lo falhcr Information for this article hcllrock River at Greene acking water inlo some homes About 50 families were moved iiil of the Oak Park area of Charles City during Ihe nighl stage there is 125 feet Charles City officials were eeping a worried eye on two ams one upstream and one ownstream from the city Offi ials said that if the upstream ce jam breaks before the ice ownslream breaks up more vater and ice will pour down n the cily and bring heavy looding Sandbagging was under way hroughoul the lown At leas 00 high school studenls workec Monday nighl and Tuesday fill ng sandbags No businesses or nduslrics had closed by early uesday afternoon however Donavan Boell city engincei of Mason City said water level svhich reached a peak Mon day noon continued to recede Tuesday The crest al 106fee was about from cans ing a serious problem here Ice and high winds snappec 1 3200voll line feeding powei o Garner population 2000 Thi community was without powe from 4 to 8 pm Monday Power and telephone failure were reported in Algona due ti ice and winds gusting to 40 miles an hour Tuesday morning Ihe town of LtiVcrne was without telephone service KGLOTV Mason City lost network progra m i n g Monday night because of a power failure at the microwave relay station at Greene Power to that station is supplied by REA at Allison Arlie P Christensen Mason Before Lute Monday morning heavy rains sent water gushing over Highway 65 six miles north of Mason City Traffic had to ford the twotothreefootdeep stream all morning1 Water threatened to close the highway for a short time but freezing temperatures halted the runoff and conditions returned to normal fcv After Tuesday morning a GlobeGazette photographer recreated the before pic ture Where water had stood 24 hours before ice and snow covered the ground Where traffic had splashed through deep water on the highway it crept gently over an icy snowy highway The flood threat ended with the cold weather but hazardous driving conditions at this particular point remained after committee Democrats set tled a squabble among them selves over the formula for dis tributing the billion lo Ihe schools The adminislralion pro posed giving each school district half its average pcrpupil cost for each child from a family with an annual income of under There are about five mil lion such children between 5 and 17 years old Jity dislrict highway mainle nance engineer said Iraffic through Charles City on High way 218 was being rerouted Tuesday because of an ice jam endangering SI Marys Bridge A bridge carrying Highway 11 across the Shcllrock River al Greene was threatened by a STORM Continued on Pagn 1 LBJ asks Congress to aid larger cities WASHINGTON AP Presi dent Johnson asked Congress Tuesday to create a Department of Housing affairs proposed fed eral grants to help cities build basic community facilities and asked federal funds to pay part of the renl of needy persons Johnson said in a special mes sage he wanls lo begin now a program to help urban areas solve their many problems He told Congress the pro grams he proposed will require sound longrange development programs by urban areas as a condition of federal assistance One of his requests was for million for the fiscal year beginning July 1 for matching grants for building new basic community facilities Johnson said these grants would be contingent upon com prehensive areawide planning for future growth and would be made only for projects consist cnl wilh such planning The proposal for creation of a cabinetlevel housing depart lale President John F Kennedy Kennedy made it known he planned to name Robert C unds for the next fiscal year Another proposal was a feder al program for financial assist ince to metropolitan areas in acquiring land for public build ngs and other facilities Federal grants would ha made available to cover the in terest charges for five years on oans obtained by public hodici LBJ Continued on Page 2 Weaver a Negro to head the department Weaver now is ad ministrator of the Housing anc Home Finance Agency Johnson said one of the mo vilal needs of metropolitan area is basic community facil ilies for waler and sewage He said many exisling systems are obsolete and need major reha bilitation ment is a renewal of a plan unj To remedy this situation h successfully advanced by million in matching SAME
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