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   Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 2, 1965, Mason City, Iowa                                in tax feud Commissioners served notices DBS MOINES AP Three members of the Iowa Tax Com mission have been ordered to show cause on Dec 20 why they should not be held in contempt of court in a property assess ment dispute with the North Western Railway Notices of the contempt action Were served on the commission ers Tuesday afternoon on com plaint of the railroad which con tended that the commission has not complied with orders of the Iowa Supreme Court The North Western asked that the commis sioners be punished according ly The notices were authorized by District Judge Carroll E Wild of Waverly who sat by special appointment in the Polk County District Court and heard the railroads suit challenging its 1963 assessment for taxes The Supreme Court in a rul LYNN POTTER Commission chairman ing last September held the 1963 valuation invalid and ordered the Tax Commission to make a new one Then on last Monday the com mission filed with the Polk County court a revised assess ment cutting the original from to Frank W Davis attorney for the railroad said the North Western contends that this re duction is insufficient that it still will leave the North West ern assessment higher than those of other railroads 1 Commission Chairman Lynn Potter denied that the commis EARL A BURROWS X T PRENTIS been sion failed to comply with the Supreme Court ruling The Supreme Court told us coming un to reassess the North Western posed of by the formula used on other railroads and that is what we did Potter said In addition in Potter commis sion members are X T Prentis and Earl A Burrows Jr British OK air defense for Zambia The newspaper that mokes oil North lowans neighbors HOME EDITION UOc One MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY DECEMBER 3 1HS Associated Preu Full LaM Wires VOL No 252 LBJ prosperity Revaluation is expected here By DAVE McMILLEN DES MOINES A complete revaluation of all property by Jan 1 1969 looms as a possibility in Ma son City That is a likely result of a hearing Wednesday before the Iowa State Tax Commission on a proposed 20 per cent increase in the assessed valuation of resi dential buildings here Presenting Mason Citys appeal on the proposed 20 per cent hike were Marvin E Wolter city assessor K Michael Sweesy city attorney Francis Beck chair man of the Mason City Board of Review Robert Johnston board member and Ward Hammond coun ty auditor Wolter told members of the Commission that the conference board has considered a reap iraisal by a professional firm aut no official action has been iaken Wolter said he felt the confer ence board would act favorably on a motion to order a reap praisal by Jan 1 1969 but added that official confirmation lies solely with the conference board In proposing the 20 per cent increase in the valuation of resi Clansmens case goes to jurors MONTGOMERY Ala Wi A federal jury began deliberating the case of three Alabama Ku Klux Klansmen Thursday follow ing a 58minute charge from US Dist Judge Frank M John dential buildings in Mason City the tax commission also includ ed a proposed order for revalua tion by 1969 Lynn Potter commission chairman told the Mason City ans such a motion still is pend ing before the commission Such a motion was deferredfor the purpose of hearing sponse with the idea that in all likelihood it would be a prevail ing motion Potter stated In hearing the Mason City ap peal the commission issued no final order indicating that no official action would be forth coming until all appeals are dis son Jr The white male jury retired at am Klansmen Collie Leroy Wil cins Jr 22 of Fairfield Ala William Orville Eaton 41 anc Eugene Thomas 42 both o Bessemer Ala are chargec with conspiring to violate the civil rights of American citizens The indictment against the trio although not mentioning Valuation changes ordered in 82 of Iowas 99 counties The Mason City hearing and another for Sioux City and Wood bury County Wednesday were the first in a series of such hearings scheduled before the commission LONDON Min ister Harold Wilson announced agreement with President Ken neth Kaunda Thursday to sup ly British planes for the defense of Zambia He said Royal Air Force fighters could move in immediately Wilson told the House of Com mons Agreement has now been reached on all terms and conditions relating to the sta tioning of RAF planes and the RAF regiment in Zambiathere nothing to stop immediate en try of planes into Zambia British troops and planet were poised to move into Zam bia on the northern border of rebellious Rhodesia Wilsons government reinforced its mili tary preparations with stringen new economic sanctions agains Prime Minister Ian Smiths reb el regime in Rhodesia A squadron of Javelin je fighters and large air transports waited in Nairobi Kenya fo orders to fly to Zambia The 54 000ton aircraft carrier Eagl cruised off the East African Coast Ground troops were reports alerted at staging depots in Af rica Britain and the Middl East British protectorate c Adcn Wilson offered Kaunda bat talion of ground troops a figh er squadron and a radar station but the two reportedly disagreet over command of the Britis force Wilson wants the Britis to give orders while Kaunda re portedly wants at least a shar in the command structure Kaunda asked for the Britis forces to guard his country electrical supply from the Kan ba Dam which the Rhodesian operate on the border betwee the two countries He wantsth British troops to invade and overthrow SmitB whitc minority government Wilson told the House of Com Imons the troops will fight if ne essary to protect Zambias pow cr supply but he ruled out an unprovoked attack against Rh Potter opened the one hour earing by explaining that the urpose was to allow the Ma on Cityans to state what they It the error was in the com issions proposed order why icy felt the error had been ade and to present facts to orrect the error Mason Citys case was pre ented in a written fourpage rotest submitted by Sweesy nd an oral protest by Wolter The commission had directed cal assessors to set taxable ahics at not less than 27 per ent of market value We have ttempted to stay upto the com missions 27 per cent figure iVolter said And we thought e were doing a pretty good ob I thought I had my front eeth kicked in Wolter said re erring to the commissions or er I think it would be a very VALUATIONS Please Turn to Page 2 North Iowa Weather outlook Partly cloudy through Fri day and continued mild Lows Thursday night around 30 Highs Friday around 50 Weather Details On 2 her s stems from the killing of Viola Gregg Liuzzo a Detroit Mich white mother o five Mrs Liuzzo a civil rights vorkcr was shuttling demon strators from Montgomery to Selma following a march to the Alabama capital March 25 when she was killed by shots fired into jer car Johnson told the jurors tha although the men were tried to gether they stand guilty or in nocent separately from each other He said that whether the Ku ilux Klan or the Southern Chris t i a n Leadership Conference were involved is no concern o mine as judge or yours as juror Johnson also said that it is not necessary to establish the defendants did kill Mrs Liuzzo The judge told the jurors it is their duty to see a fair verdic is rendered in this case He also said they cannot be swayed by sympathy prejudice or passion The courtroom was packed The Justice Department headed by Asst Atty Gen John Dear who heads the depart ments civil rights division end ed 2Vi days of testimony Wednesday and the defense tool only hours to present it case In final arguments the gov ernment said testimony from it key witness Gary Thorn a Rowe Jr was backed b living people laboratory analys is and physical evidence Rowe who said he had been asked by the FBI to infiltrat the KKK testified at lengtt Wednesday of how he was wit the defendants the night thei car overtook Mrs Liuzzo anc shots were fired into her vehi cle Rowe in his third trial ap pearance told the jury earlie of how he violated a Klan oat and divulged Klan activity Wants to keep prices in line JOHNSON CITY Tex Of President Johnson told Lop business leaders Thursday he expects record prosperity without inflation in 1966 He called for wage price restraint to help achieve that In an address prepared for delivery by telephone to the blueribbon Business Council meeting in closed session in Washington Johnson called for cooperative decisions by industry labor Deliberate the fate of D E Pope LINCOLN Neb Was Duane E Pope a cold knowing bank robber who killed three people and maimed a fourth in a premeditated scheme to en rich himself Or was he a gentle respon sible farm boy who killed under a crazy bizarre otherworldly impulse he couldnt resist Opposing attorneys offered US District Court jury of 10 men and two women these al ernatives as they deliberated Thursday the fate nf the 22year old Roxbury Kan youth The case went to the jury late Wednesday a month and a day after the trial began Jurors were closeted for about 45 minutes Wednesday nigW then recessed and resumed de liberations at am Thurs day They returned to the court room 70 minutes later with special requests and inquiries Judge Robert Vanl Pelt grant ed their requests for road maps of Nebraska and Kansas anc for additional copies of his in structions to them He deferred decision however on an in quiry as to whether transcripts of part of the testimony could be supplied them should they re quest it The jury had only two ques tions to decide One was wheth and government to keep wages and piices in line with federal guideposts de signed to guard against in flation In so doing he cited the sacri fices of American troops in Viet Nam saying We must support them from here as they support each other there We must equal their sacrifice and uphold their cause At the same time he restated his offer of unconditional talks aimed at ending the Viet Nam conflict an increasingly costly war that has sparked public dis cussion of potential inflationary pressures in the months ahead Said Johnson I have said it before I say it again now This nation is ready o talk unconditionally any vhcro with peace as our agen da Peace will come because it must It will come from courage from constancy andfrom con cern It will come because there is no other answer Peace is our commitment No father now no home Mrs Lilly Skinner a 22yearold widow and her five young children stand in the smouldering ruins of their New Orleans home after it burned to the ground The children from left are William 3 James 4 Deborah 5months David 1 and Pholotax Brenda 5 Mrs Skinner said she and the children had been living on a a month relief check since her husband died in February of a kidney and king ailment Inside The Globe DEAN RUSK says CIA not making policy Page 14 YOUTHS invent burglai baffler Page 19 Editorials 4 Sports 89 Society news 1011 Clear Lake news 15 Mason City news 1617 Comics 18 North Iowa news 20 Runaway girl 16 back from Bangkok ENCINO Calif AP Mary Wilson 16 who ran away to work in a Bangkok Thailand orphanage is home again Miss Wilsons arrival at home Wednesday night was almost as quiet as her departure 12 days earlier Commie gunners down three jets SAIGON South Viet Nam AP Communist gunners downed three US jet fighters including one from the newly arrived atomicpowered aircraft carrier Enterprise during raids on North and South Viet Nam in the past 24 hours US spokes men reported Thursday Another fighter from the En terprise crashed into the sea while trying to land on the 85 000ton carrier the worlds larg est The accident occurred on the Enterprises first day of combat operations in the South China Sea The four airmen from the En terprise were rescued The pi lots of the two other planes were missingand presumed killed The losses pushed the number of American planes downed in operations in Viet Nam beyond 150 One of the planes hit was an Air Force F105 during an attack on a bridge 50 miles north of Hanoi Wednesday night Pilots reported they saw four surface toair missiles in flight in the area but said none scored hits US spokesmen said Air Force planes attacked two mis sile sites 35 and 40 miles north east of Hanoi Wednesday after noon Heavy dust and smoke obscured immediate assessment of damage Dramatic buildup of troops not seen By FRED S HOFFMAN WASHINGTON AP Al though another large increase seems problable US officials discounted Thursday the likeli hoocL of any dramatic immediate reinforcement of US troops in South Viet Nam to counter the mounting infiltration of North Vietnamese soldiers The key to the pace of the buildup which some say may sec an eventual doubling of the present 165000 US fighting men in South Viet Nam is the pro gress made in developing the port depot and other facilities to receive the additional troops and to support them once they arc in the country Work on the pivotal Cam Ranh base on the Vietnamese coast is moving ahead on a two shiftaday footing but even at that tempo engineer officials say it will be quite a while be fore this and other new ports are in high gear Priority construction also is being pushed on new airfields to handle heavier Air Force opera tions in prospect No responsible official at this point will stand behind any spe cific figure as the manpower goal for Viet Nam Secretary of Defense Robert S McNamara who returned Tuesday from short visit to South Viet Nam hasnt yi dis cussed his latest findings in depth with President and Johnson has the final say The ultimate extent of the reinforcement will depend on the actions of the enemy Expe rience especially the experi ence of this past year has shown that manpower sights have had to be lifted again and again Some speculation is that US forces in South Viet Nam may increase from the present 165 000 to 250000 or 300000 men Conceivably the eventual total could zoom even higher Not counted in with the present 165000 are some 50000 to 60000 Navy men aboard 7th Fleet vessels in Southeast Asian waters Enlistments are up sharpiy in all the services and the Army is taking in about 40000 draftees this month Draft calls are certain to re main about this high They could go higher if the troop de mands growing out of the Viet Nam war become acute Manpower plans are based on the need to beef up the regular forces worldwide by 340000 men to a total just below three mil lion and by the need to replace casualties the sick and men whose enlistments and lours of active duty expire A On the ground 14 Viet Cong were reported killed in a multi battalion government operation near Go Cong City 30 miles south of Saigon Wednesday The South Vietnamese forces also took four prisoners and seized a large stock of weapons and ammunition while incurring only light casualties spokesmen said River assault boats took part in the daylong hunt by regular army troops militiamen and popular forces Continuing their hitandrun tactics the Communists fired mortars and small arms this morning at a district headquar ters in Binh Chanh 10 miles southwest of Saigon They were beaten off by sorties of US Army helicopters and govern ment mortars and artillery Spokesmen reported no US or Vietnamese casualties and no confirmed enemy losses Other South troops operating Vietnamese in the North near the 17th Parallel demilitar ized zone killed 12 Viet Cong Wednesday while suffering only light casualties the spokesmen said US troops saw little action US spokesmen reported fa vorable results from attacks on suspected Viet Cong coastal po sitions by 7th Fleet destroyers Wednesday The ships trained their fiveinch guns at three ar eas along the northern coast and one in the Mekong Delta south of Saigon Fire and explo sions indicated possible scores on munitions or a id fuel dumps DUANE POPE His fate in question cr Pope was sane last June 4 when he robbed the Farmers Slate Bank in Big Springs Neb and shot four staff members three of them fatally Judge Robert Van Pelt ex plained that to have been re sponsible for his acts Pope must have been sane And to have been sane the judge said Pope must have been capable of distinguishing right from wrong capable of under standing the nature and conse quences of his acts and not be acting under an uncontrollable or irresistible impulse Popes courtappointed attor neys tied his defense to a con tention he was mentally ill If they decided Pope was sane and therefore guilty the jurors then faced the decision of whether to order the death pen alty Pope told the jury of the rob bery and killings five days aft er he was graduated from Me Pherson Kan College He told of shooting each of his four victims President Andreas Kjeldgaard cashier Glenn Hcndrickson bookkeepei Lois Ann Hothan and Franklin Kjeldgaard Franklin Kjeldgaard lived to confront Pope at the counsel table during the trial He re mains paralyzed from the waist down Popes chief attorney former Nebraska Gov Robert Crosby said witnesses described Pope as a high school athlete who be came class president because he was the one nobody dis liked a college football star and a man who had never been known to give vent to violence Said Crosby It is impossible to even con sider that anybody could be that kind of boy up to June 4 and then become completely the opposite and do the horrendous things he did and be anything but terribly terribly ill in his mind such ah outbreak In the past four Peace is our goal Peace will be the only victory we seek And peace will come Johnsons longdistance audi ence an unofficial government advisory group included many of the biggest names in Ameri can business presidents and board chairmen of the very largest corporations For them he offered this fore cast We expect next year to be another record year for the American economy We are ever alert to danger signs of course andwhenwe see them we will act accordingly But we do not anticipate any major problem that confidence and co operation cannot The chief executive noted that wholesale prices have risen 23 per cent in the past 12 months while consumer prices have ris en 18 per cent This situation has now fairly stabilized he said and we do not expect next year months both wholesale prices and consumer prices advancing at a rate of less than 1 per cent a year Johnson said that while needs are because of the Viet Nam is growing too We can produce the goods and services we require without overheating our economy he asserted Johnsons decision to address the business leaders coincided with increased public discussion of inflation pressures that might grow out of multibilliondollar federal outlays for the war in Viet Nam It also came at a time when Johnsons normally harmonious relations with the business world had become something of a question mark because of ad ministration efforts to hold down prices and interest rates The White House said Johnson was invited to make the speech by W B Murphy president of both the council and the Camp bell Soup Co In Washington John W Burke Jr the councils executive director was asked whether Johnson had sought the invita tion Lets skip that one he said SAME IBlMt Nua Trtfle X to J4 f   

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