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   Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 16, 1965, Mason City, Iowa                                Alabama march needed Await decision of US judge SELMA Ala AP A Ne gro leader said Tuesday that a 50mile pilgrimage to the state capital is needed to keep alive the drive which has brought new legislative proposals from President Johnson We must march to keep this issue before Negroes and white people everywhere said the Rev James Bevel dcnimclac field lieutenant of the Negro voter drive led by the Rev Martin Luther King Jr Bevel told a church rally ahoul 300 persons that the nex step after the SclmaMontgom ery march would he an attack on Alabamas poll lax He outlined plans for the under considers lion in federal court at Mont a massiv twilight street memorial for a slain Boston minister Shortly after Monday night march of nearly 4000 here President Johnson told Congres he wanted a law to guaranle Negro voting rights in ever election Several hundred Ne grocs cheered Johnsons speec as they listened to a radio at Sclma church rally Bevel said plans were unde way to bring in as many partic pants from other areas of th nation as possible He con ciemned the tactics of Negr demonstrators in Montgomer Monday night The Montgomery dcmonstr tion was irresponsible in term of the nonviolent movement Bevel said He told the crowd had been informed troub1 started when Negroes blocke an ambulance This is definitely irrespor sible ho said Police broke up the Montgon cry street sitin after demo slrators blocked an ambulance and threw rocks and bottles In Sclma King led the mas sive memorial march in tribute to the Kev James J Rccb the slain minister The newspaper that makes a II North low ans neighbors Home Edition VOL 105 MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MARCH li IMS UOc Piper ConiliU of Two PTCM full LCIM Wlree No 31 Boy 14 held in murder Officers beat demonstrators in Alabama fatally beaten a a while gang as fellow ministers Reeb was week ago by he and two emerged from a Negro cafe in Sclma Four white men have been charged with murder in Hcebs slaying While tension relaxed some what in Sclma there were these othcr racial developments Police broke up a street demonstration in Montgomery after the demonstrators began throwing rocks and bottles President Johnson called on Congress to eliminate quick ly restrictions to voting in feeler al slate and local elections re See Stories on Page 2 Kindlons which he said have been used to deny Negroes the right to vote The US Supreme Court refused to a spccdeciup hearing of a Justice Department appeal from dismissal by a fed eral judge of major charges in the killing of three civil rights workers in Mississippi House Speaker John W Me Johnson demands action Has backing of Congress WASHINGTON CAP Presi dent Johnson drew strong back ing Tuesday from both Demo cratic and Republican ranks in his call for speedy congressional action to assure equal voting rights for all Americans Addressing a joint session of Congress Johnson said Monday night that the lime for waiting is gone from outside this chamber is the outraged con science of a nation the grave concern of many nations and the harsh judgment of history on our acts He said The cries of pain the hymns and protests ol oppressed people must be an swered without delay hesitation or compromise The President told the crowd ed House chamber that las weeks violence at Selma Ala where state troopers usec billy clubs and tear gas to halt a march by civil rights demon strators like Lexington Con cord and Appomatlox was a turning point in mans unending search for freedom Republicans and Democrats from the North and West indi catcd general agreement will ohnsons objectives and will lis plan for a simple uniforn tandard and the elimination af restrictions to voting in al lections federal stale anc ocal which have been used to leny Negroes the right to vote What appeared to be a dcfi nite minority mainly from si Southern states primarily af ccted threatened dclayin actics against the legislation which Johnson said he woul send to Congress Wednesda after outlining it to congression al leaders Tuesday Sen Allen J Ellender said he would filibuster agains Cor mack heard a demand by 12 demonstrators in the House cor ridor that Alabamas stonal delegation be on grounds against congrcs reducec of discrimination Negroes The demon strators threatened to remain in the Capitol until some action was taken McConnack tok them he would accept no ulli matum from you or anyone else Police at Jackson Miss arrested six adults and seven juveniles after the biracia group refused orders to disbant oulsidc the Hinds County court house An indication that Montgom ery would be the next major target of demonstrators came Monday night when twogroups tried to march to Ihc Capilol in Montgomery One group was dispersed by mounted sheriffs deputies who rode into their midst as they blocked a major street and after they threw rocks bottles and bricks A newsman said an am bulance went through after the group was dispersed There was a report that the deputies hac parted the demonstrators to let the emergency vehicle pass The othcr demonstrators near the Cnpilol left when police said Ihcy would provide an cscorl back to the hole where they had slartcd from i they would walk in groups of five along a prescribed route North Iowa Weather outlook Mostly cloudy and Tuesday night with likely west south 1825 Wednesday cloudy with inter mittent snow and linle cold er highs 2753 Wtathtr On 2 AP Photofax PRESIDENT ADDRESSES President Johnson speaks to a joint session of Congress to outline his proposals for voting rights for all citizens Vice President Hubert Humphrey left and House Speaker John McCormack are behind him the measure Rep Emanuel Celler DNY said his House Judiciary Com mittce would start hearings o the bill a week from Tuesda and predicted House action b early next month Senate leac crs were uncertain on a time table Johnson called on Congress I work nights and weekends necessary to pass the votin rights bill There must be no delay or no hesitation or no compromise with our purpose he said Johnson said the real hero of this struggle is the American Vegro whose actions and pro csts his courage to risk safe y and even to risk his life have awakened the conscience of this nation He defended the right of free speech and the right of free as sembly but noted that free Photofax ORIGINAL VERSION The hand is that of President Johnson as he refers to page 14 of his vot ing rights speech before the joint session of Con gress Among the corrections or changes shows in the second paragraph which he changed from Dem ocrats and Republicans alike to Republicans and Democrats alike Vote restriction on Iowa billboards DES MOINES AP Thci The bill docs call for paymen assembly docs not carry with it the right to block public thor oughfares to traffic The President spoke slowly and solemnly to the packed chamber He was interrupted by applause about 40 times during the 45 minutes it took him to deliver his speech Many South ern lawmakers stayed away and many of those who were present refrained from the ap plausc The absentees included the assistant Senate Democrat cader Russell B Long of Loui siana who has said he wouli support a voting rights bill h considers reasonable Sen James 0 Eastland D Miss t whose Senate Judiciary Com mittec the measure will be re ferred and ailing Sen Richar B Russell DGa longtim floor captain of the Souther anticivil rights bloc Several Southern men indicated support or th measure Iowa Senate passed a bill Tuesj ay to restrict billboards along iterstate highways in the stale the House approves Ihe mcas rc Ihc stale is expected to real e a million bonus in fcd ral road funds The bill would prohibil cer ain billboards in prescribed reas within 600 feel of the ighlofway of interstate high ays The vole was 489 with nly Republican senators op osing it Most of the two hour debate vas over attempts to provide ayment to landowners who ose the right to erect billboards vhcrc none now exist These at em pis failed for existing billboards which must be removed to compl with the new regulations Sen Peter Hansen DMan Negroes praise address NEW YORK AP Civil leaders from all parts of he nation have heaped praise m President Johnsons voting rights address to Congress and he nation Many described it as historic eloquent or moving Some urged quick congressional action on he voting rights bill the Presi dent said he will send to Con gress Wednesday Others urged mblic support for the Presi dents position An eloquent and substantial statement said James Farm national director of the Con gress of Racial Equality I can only pray that oratory becomes fact that words become law Whitney M Young Jr execu tive director of the National Ur ban League said he was as touched and as moved as any body by that speech I think he was speaking from the heart Both men called it the strong est such speech by any Ameri can president The next step Young said is for the public to support the proposed legislation Farmer said that although CORE applauds the speech We will continue to interpose our bodies and our strength un til Negroes of America arc in 2 hurt seriously in fight Horses clubs in Montgomery MONTGOMERY Ala At least two civil rights demonstra tors were badly injured Tues day when mounted sheriffs dep uties rode into their ranks swinging clubs canes and ropes Two about 600 college students taking part in a march blocked by police were taken from the melee with blood gushing from head wounds The mounted deputies rode into the standing college stu dents including many from northern cities after the march ers had been contained for about two hours About 10 mounted deputies rode slowly into the crowd and started striking the students with clubs canes and doubled up lengths of rope One white coed was knocked to the ground by a horseman Some of the students backed up against the brick wall of a house The horsemen struck them with clubs One youth fell with blood streaming from his head Many of the students were knocked down or fell to the ground Another student a well dressed white man streamed blood from a head wound He was struck by a cane or club swung by the mounted deputies When some of the students re treated to a porch of a nearby house several of the possemen rode up behind them and chased them off One youth picked up a Negro girl apparently injured and yelled over and over Can we get a doctor please Somebody is hurt The horsemen chased demon strators for several blocks from RIGHTS Please Turn to Page 2 MRS LOUIE H SMIDT Drove car for 1st time to confess Paul Smidt had never driven a car on the highway until he drove to Mason City Monday afternoon to confess shooting his mother according to the boys minister The Rev D E Cannaday pastor of the Nora Spring Methodist Church said the shooting has just paralyzed the community The ministers comments summarized the feel ings of the people in the com munity who know Paul charged with the murder of his mother Mr Cannaday said nothing has ever happened in the com munity which has left it in such a shocked state He said the boy and his moth er always came to church to gether The boy was in the ministers membership training class two years ago and since has been a member of the con gregation but he is thorough Mr Can naday said Paul is an active member of he Methodist Youth Fellowship roup which meets every Sun day night He is very popular with the kids said Mr Cannaday Paul has been a student in the eighth grade at Nora Springs Rock Falls Junior High in Nora He is an works hard harder than average boy he he has to work some youngsters DOCK WORKERS STRIKE MONTEVIDEO Uruguay Ml workers and habor of ficials started an strike at midnight ning said 22 stales have passcdlfactMnot Just in rhetoric truly similar legislation He said that in addition to the road money bonus it would increase tourist travel by making roadsides more attractive and safety by clearing away boards which he promote bill said distract attention of drivers Sen Donald Beneke RLau rcns said the measure chips away and erodes human rights BILLBOARD Please Turn to Page 2 Mother is shot 7 times Son confesses to MC police A 14yearold rural Nora Springs boy Monday afternoon walked into the Mason City police station and said he had just shot his mother The boy Paul Michael Smidt is in Cerro Gordo County jail awaiting a preliminary hearing in Mason City Police Court on an open charge of murder His mother Amelia Smidt 42 teller at the First National Bank in Mason City was pro nounced dead outside the farm lome about 3A miles west of Nora Springs Dr A J Ilerlitzka county medical examiner said he found Mrs Smidt lying in the yard He said she died of in ernal hemorrhages after receiv ing seven wounds from a 22 caliber boHaction title According to police the boy walked into the police station at pm and said he wanted to Springs Paul Olson principal Gordo County sheriffs of the school said the boy waslwas notified immediately give himself up The Cerro office a better than average student He was no problem around school and a very quiet boy as ar as school is concerned J H Watson superintendent of the district said Paul is a jood student and there is noth ng unusual about him The boy left the junior high school about am Monday after stating he was ill Mr lannaday said the boy told him Monday night that he stopped at the pastors dence in order to get a minister was had resi ride not home The available so the boy walked home The boy rides a bus to school Mr Cannaday has been the only visitor Paul has had in the their wages havent been paid for February The strike par alyzed the port of Montevideo mdefimt county jail othcr than his at because torney M L Mason Sheriff Jerry Allen said Tues day that for the time being no other visitors will be allowed Senate of 50 House of 100 in remap plan DES MOINES joint legislative subcommittee recom mended Tuesday a proposed constitutional amendment to reapportion the Iowa Legisla ture on the basis of a 50mem ber Senate and a House of 100 representatives Distribution of seats in the SAME Black FUf Meant Traffic Death In Pant 24 two chambers would be solely on the basis of population the bill says The committee approved the plan 64 The Inree Republican members of the subcommittee and one Democrat opposed it The measure goes to the Gov Chairman Robert Dodds D Danville of the Senate Govern mental Affairs Committee said he would try to keep his com mittees scheduled Tuesday aft ernoon meeting going until it acted on the subcommittee plan Approval by committee in either house would make this the first reapportionmcnt meas ure to go on the calendar for debate this session The subcommittee measure would require reapportionment every 10 years A reapportion mcnt plan would be drawn by jolilical parties lighest number ernmental Affairs committeesja special 10momber commis of both houses sion appointed by the governor rom a list of 10 voters sub mitted by the State Central Committee of each of the two County Arty B Michael Dunn said Mrs Smidts husband Louie came home and found the body outside the home The actual time of death was short ly before 5 pm Dunn said and the rifle was found in the farm home The boy appeared somewhat shaken but maintained his com posure while at the Mason City police station He was taken to the county jail about 6 pm by sheriffs deputies The actual police charge wai signed by detective Duane Jewell who talked to the boy The boy told Jewell he walked home from school after feeling ill and called his mother for ad vice on what to take After taking medicine to set tle his stomach Paul reported that he sat down at his desk He had been scolded beforu for not cleaning up his desk so he took the papers off his desk tore them up and put them in the waste basket Jewell said A check was in Hie papers Jewell said but the boy did not know at the time he had ripped up the check A short tima later the boy went to bed About pm when his mother returned from work Jewell said she asked him to casting of votes the for governor in the last general election He would have to appoint five from each list and if no list was provided would name five of his own selected from the party which failed to submit a list The commission would draft a reapportionment plan which would become law unless the legislature revised or substitut ed another plan for it come downstairs to sleep be cause the upstairs in the farm home was cold Pauls mother became angry when she found the torn check Jewell said and gued for a few the pair minutes ar As FOCUS on North Iowa Greene residents caught in icy vise By CHARLES W WALK North Iowa News Director GREENE This Butler Coun ty community of 1500 is holding its collective breath The reason for this apprehen sion is that two gigantic ice jams on the Shcllrock River have formed a huge vise and Greene is feeling the squeeze Formed when the river flood ed two weeks ago the ice jams are in perfect positions to ex ecute this squeeze One is lo cated several hundred yards north of the bridge which car ries Highway 14 across the river near the Greene business dis trict The other jam is situated abouta halfmile downstream Neither of the jams is of a size that can be easily dispatch ed with dynamite Engineers from the Army Corp of Engi neers Rock Island III said i last week that any dynamite ef fort would be futile The jam north of the bridge about IVi miles long and reach ing across the river is largest Homes arc located along the west bank and Highway 14 is only Ablock from the east bank Although the jam south of the dam is smaller about Vamile it probably holds the flood future of this community in its icy grasp If this southern jam breaks up before the jam above the dam veteran flood observers dont be lieve conditions will be too bad If however the southern jam holds after the northern jam breaks up the community could bo in for the worst flood in history This Is because the southern Jam located in a narrower channel with steeper hold back the water and ice from the northern jam from heading downstream If that happens much of Greenes southside residential district might find itself under water and the business district also might be threatened Ice jams and high water al ready have resulted in one flood for the community this winter Mrs Smidt started walking to ward the kitchen with the torn papers Jewell added she told the boy to get some Scotch tape The boy started to get ape when he remembered he bought he used it up Jewell aid He then went into the antry and got the rifle M L Larry Mason was ip ointed counsel for the boy be ore charges were filed oy is charged as an adult be SHOOTING Please Turn to Page 2 Inside The Globe Editoriali North Iowa news 5 Society news Sports news 1J14 Latest U Mason City U17 Clear Lake 1V Comics W Farm J1 Transit timetable M   

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