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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 5, 1956, Mason City, Iowa North icwas Daily Newspaper Edited for MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE T THI NEWSPAflR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LXU uxi United Full Seven a Copy Damage in Blast Buildings at Lake Purn By DRAKE MABRY GlobeGazette Staff Writer CLEAR rocking ex plosion and flash fire destroyed two buildings Wednesday night in Patriarchs Militant Park on the south shore of Clear Lake No one was injured Clear Lake and Ventura fire men battled the blaze to preven the flames from spreading t nearby cottages in the resort area The explosion occurred about It was heard across the lak in Clear Lake and brought mm nearby residents to the scene t watch the fire A twostory building owned b the Odd Fellows blew up Clea Lake Fire Chief Don Huey sail the explosion was apparent caused by natural gas fumes tha were ignited by some undeter mined cause Other Building The other building was a one story cottage owned by Myrtl Herman Des Moines Both build ings were unoccupied The loss on the twostory build ing wasfixed at by Mrs William Huffman manager of th summer resort The loss on the Herman cottage was estimatec at Both buildings burned to the ground Both were com pletely furnished The cottage and garage owned by W Hobart Patterson plant su p e r i n t endent at Northwestern States Portland Cement Ma son City was scorched by the flames A few windows in the immedi ate area were broken and some foundations of nearby cottages were cracked Saw Flash Oscar Gehrke who owns cot tages in the area said the explo sion raised him out of his chair I saw the flash through the win he said and when I wen to the door the whole house was in The north wall of the twostory building was blown clear of the flames by the explosion Other debris was blown against neigh boring buildings A woman who lives about Vi mile from the explosion reported the blast rattled my One man reported the blast shook his house more than two miles away Pilot Light Out The gas in the twostory cottage was turned on Tuesday The building was heated by two space heaters Officials theorized that the pilot light in one of the stove went out and the gas accumu lated in the building Firemen were helpless to save the two buildings Their efforts were confined to saving the neighboring structures The Ventura Fire Department was kept busy hauling water to replenish the supply in the 500 gallon tank of the Clear Lake pump truck About 200 spectators watched the buildings burn The explosion was the second in the Mason City area during the last week Edwin L Colby 58 Mason City welder was killed last Friday night when the gaso line tank truck he was welding exploded China Reds Enter AntiStalin Move HONG KONG Chinese Communists have c li m b e d aboard the antiStalin bandwagon with a denunciation of the cult of the individual Peiping Radio said Stalinlike mistakes also had been made in Red China but it did not give the slightest indication that Chi nese Communist CLief Mao Tze tung is in line for any trimming down The broadcast Thursday was the first Communist Chinese en dorsement of the Soviet campaign to deglorify Stalin It said an en larged meeting of the Politburo ruling body of the Chinese Com munist Party congratulated the MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY APRIL 5 Two On LAKE BUILDING HIT RV TU ACT 17TOf TI t Photos by Gibbs and Kellogg spread through two lookers flames Hre 6ngUJfed by the fire which was felted the blast Below on beside a wall from one of the buildings which was blown c 1 e a r of the 6 Firemen Killed 73 Hurt in New YorlTPIcint Blaze NEW YORK J A wall col lapsed during a roaring blaze which gutted a Bronx factory building night Six firemen were crushed to death and 13 others were injured Fire Commissioner Edward Tavanagh struck by a flying rick saw six of his men buried under an avalanche of debris Five died as they reached a hos pital The sixth man died a few minutes later The fivealarm blaze broke out shortly after 8 in the base ment of a onestory 40by80foot brick structure occupied by an ar tificial flower manufacturing Farm Bureau Plans Poll on School Aid DES MOINES WVThe Iowa Tax Study Committee accepted Thursday an offer from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation to poll ts membership on various plans or revising the system of state lid to public schools Sen X T Prentis RMount committee chairman said on its develop bistoric struggle Soviet Union ments in the against the cult of the LAVENDER YET ST HELENA Calif Two fugitives who escaped from a San Quentin prison honor camp were captured Wednesday driving a bright lavender stolen oar he objective is to get public re ction to several proposals rec mmended to the committee Other Surveys It also was suggested to the ommittee that it might seek sur reys to be made by the Iowa lanufaoturers Assn and the Iowa naxpayers Assn The Farm Bureau is expected o report its findings to the com mittee in midJune after the ureaus delegate assembly meet ng in Des Moines The various roposals would be submitted to iscussion groups The proposal which has de eloped the most controversy is ne which would repeal the Home lead tax exemption and agricul ural land tax credit systems he savings would be used to in rease school aid School Levy A recent revision of this sal eliminated a recommendation for a uniform county school levy Another plan also proposes repeal of the homestead tax exemption and the agricultural land tax credit but differs from the other one in details Prentis said still other pro posals also would be submitted in the farm bureau poll One would call for gradual reduction of the homestead tax exemption by changing the formula and set ting up a ceiling on the amount of state funds to go to refund counties for the exemptions Un der this plan also the savings in exemptions would be added to state aid to schools About The Weather Mason cloudy and warmer Thursday night with low 3844 Friday cloudy with occasional rain and turning with highs 5055 Iowa Partly cloudy and mild Thursday with occasional rain northwest Mostly cloudy Fri day rain northwest and show ers or thunderstorms southeast Turning colder northwest Low Thursday night 30s north 40s south Minnesota Cloudy showers GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 Thursday Maximum Wednesday 58 Minimum Wednesday night 33 At 8 Thursday 46 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 43 35 Ventura Passes Bond Issue for School VENTURAFive hundred lifty one voters turned out Wednesday to pass a bond issue to erect and equip an elementary school The measure passed by per cent There were 382 voting yes and 165 no Work on the building will be started soon Wisconsin Mans Body Found Near Dubuque DUBUQUE body of Marvin Anderson 22 Dodgeville was recovered from Molo Slough near Massey Station 10 miles south of here Wednesday Anderson was last seen the night of Jan 9 when he and Jerry Daane 20 Highland made a tour of several East Dubuque night spots Police said Daane underwent lie detector ests and they were satisfied there was no foul play connected with Andersons death firm Firemen fought for 5 hours to put it out The crashing wall cut power lines and snuffed out street lights Some 60 firemen battled on in darkness and choking smoke Cavanagh saying the fire took the worst toll of lives in the de partment in 24 years ordered an immediate investigation Firemen were scrambling up half a dozen ladders hoisted against the 25foothigh roof when someone yelled Watch it A 20by15foot marquee on the building which used to house a movie theater suddenly ripped clear and brought a large section of the wall with it Then the en tire front wall went down Ladders were heaved outward as the marquee gave way Some firemen were thrown to compara tive safety or jumped clear Fireman Joseph OKeefe said he was 15 feet up a ladder when he heard a warning cry He looked down saw the wall sway and his ladder was tossed outward OKeefe was flung clear suffer ing only foot and face injuries But Firemen William Hoolan 47 and Arthur Hanson 35 below him on the ladder were crushed to death by falling masonry Others killed were Lt John F Molloy 44 and fireman Edward J Carroll 41 Frederick J Hellauer 38 and Charles J In fosino 45 Eight men including Antonio Petronelli acting chief of the citys fire department were taken o hospitals suffering from broken bones lacerations bruises and smoke poisoning All were termed in fair condition Five other firemen were hurt and treated at the scene Petronelli though injured su pervised the search of rubble for other possible victims Later he was taken to a hospital where it was learned he had a broken leg Acid Tossed in Face of Labor Writer NEW YORK colum nist Victor Riesel 41 was splashed n the face with acid by an un dentified assailant on a street just off Broadway early Thurs day A hospital doctor said he feared the newspapermans eyesight would be impaired The attack occurred about two hours after Riesel spoke on a radio program and he told newsmen at the hos pital that the acid throwing ap parently was about my broadcast on labor racketeers on Long Acts to End MidEast Threats Stinson Found Innocent Still Faces 2nd Charge ELDORA Count Attorney Keith J Stinson 31 wa found innocent of conspiracy t defraud by a jury which retume its verdict shortly before noo Thursday Stinson whose home is ii Hampton was accused of conspir ing with George B Dewey church lecturer to defraud Mrs Grace Potter Miller 78yearol Ackley widow of Stinson contended he acted a a lawyer forDewey in certain transactions involving Dewey am Mrs Miller He asserted he hand ed these as routine transactions iust as any lawyer would Jury Deadlocked The jury took the case at 4 Wednesday Earlier Thursdaj morning the jury reported to Judge Stanley E Prall that it had been deaadlocked 10 to 2 since 1C oclock Wednesday night There were 10 women and tw men on the jury When E J Clary jury foreman reported a on the 10 to 2 deadlocl Judge Prall told thejurprs to re sume deliberations This case must be decided 6me jury and there is no reason o think that a jury better quali fied would ever be the udge said Nof a Witness Dewey who is serving a five Iowa prison term after pleading guilty to the conspiracy charge was brought to Eldora as a possible state witness He was returned to prison however with out being called upon for testi mony Mrs Miller also a state wit ness testified she did not think Stinson had done anything wrong Stinson still faces federal charges in connection with trans actions involving Mrs Miller and Dewey Stinson is scheduled for trial in federal Court at Cedar Rapids ho week of April 16 on a charge nvolving federal law on interstate transportation of securities After Thursdays verdict was ead Stinson embraced his attor ney Carl Smedal of Ames and hen shook hands with the judge and thanked each juror KEITH J STINSON STRIKE ENDS KEOKUK carpen ers and Keokuk contractors eached agreement Wednesday ight on a twoyear contract nding a strike which began arlier this week SAME Whits mnann 1 ruffle death In pait 21 Strike Keeps Famed Clown From OPENING NIGHT NEW YORK OPJThe circus opened night without its most famous clown and wiHi none of the stage screen and tele vision stars who usually take part in the premiere benefit per formance H involving the American Guild of Variety Artists AGVA kept the sadfaced tramp clown fcmmett Kelly away I his time there was no Kelly to get the children chuckling right away by trying to sweep a spotlight beam under a rug But Ringling Brothers and Barnum Baileys Circus was as glittering and bespangled as ever without the glamorous frosting of outside stars who were to perform for the benefit of the Police Athletic League Stripped of this ballyhoo the opening night turned out to be just plain than enough of it Innocent Man Spends 16 Years In Prison for Anothers Crime ROCK ISLAND 111 UPVAn innocent man who spent 16 years in prison is free Thursday because of a prosecutors diligence and a guilty mans conscience The one year to life sentence of Roy E Eaton 52 was vacated Wednesday in the same Circuit Court room hi which he had been convicted in 1940 Judge Leonard E Tclleen issued the order after States Atty Bernard J Moran presented a paroled convicts signed statemen that he and another man mitted the crime for which Eaton was punished Eaton was sent to Stateville Prison when James L Crooks a soap salesman identi fied him as one of two men who RockJslaM 4 1938 Louis G Burrall Davenport Iowa was identified as the other robber He was notprosecuted because in the meantime he had been sent to a federal prison for robbing a post office branch At his trial and ever since Eat on protested that he was inno cent He claimed he was in Lords burg N where he then lived on the day of the robbery But he didnt have the money to bring witnesses from Lordsburg to Rock Island to support his alibi In the ensuing years Eaton made repeated but unsuccessful efforts to be absolved of the crime Moran who had assumed of ice in the meantime became in terested in the case two years ago After be iig convinced of Eatons i n n o the states attorney recalled W e d n e s day night I decided the man who could irove it was 3urrall who was paroled EATON rom federal prison last year I went to him in January He said he and John B Davis had committed the Crooks rob tence at McNeil Island Wash Federal Prison turned me the pros ecutor said for fear it woulc jeopardize his chance for parole But we already had enough to clear Eaton Eaton was choked with emotion as he won his freedom This is the happiest day of my he said Then he set out to fulfill two de sires long delayed by his impris eat a big steak and ride in a new car ery He said that while he and avis were in prison together he had tried to get Davis to come forward with him to clear Eaton but that Davis wouldnt do it Tw lie detector tests showed Burral was telling the Moran said he also had sough a statement from Davis now u fnr parole frama25Iyear set Bohlen Ordered to Washington WASHINGTON Iharles Bohlen has been orderec 0 return to Washington from his Moscow post for consultation The State Department an nounced that Bohlen now on va cation in Austria is expected in Washington sometime this week md Department Press Officer jincoln White said he expects Bohlen will talk over with offi cials here the new Soviet line o downgrading the memory o Josef Stalin BODY FOUND SPIRIT LAKE body of ale Rubel about 33 was found n his automobile on the Rubel arm near here Wednesday A lose was attached from the motor txhaust into the car i Countys Junior Delegates to GOP Parley to Leave Friday Cerro Gordo County junior elegation to the Republican con ention at Des Moines will leave t Friday from the Ma on City bus station Acting as chaperones are Mrs obert Campbell and Dick Banning Richard Mitchell is in harge of arrangements Following are the delegates vho will make the journey Jeff Andersen 212 Kentucky Charles Ashland Clear ake Pat Breheny Clear Lake erry Breheny Clear Lake ruce Brodt 517 14th ohnine Brown Meservey Ber na and Janet Carstens Rock well Kaye Curran Ma on City Dorothy Dwan 4242nd Bob Evans Route 1 Mason ity Mike Finley 1107 Jeffer on Bob Franks Clear ake Jim Friest Clear Lake larcn Giesen 37 River Heights Judy Gilquist Clear Lake Sandra Goodell 1017 Pennsyl ania Julia Grimm Clear Lake Ed Haven Swaledalc Mike Houlahan 66 Brook Ter race Duke Hughes Clear Lake Justin Hughes Clear Lake Roland Jones 319 24th Ellen Ketchum Rockwell John Kierstein 692 3rd Gordon Knutson Clear Lake Bruce Long 217 Tennessee Phil lip Lynch 253 6th Sharon McDonough 223 Crescent Drive Jim McCord 420 15th Peter Martin 2241 26th Harvey Neal Mason City Barry Parks 715 15th Place Andy Peck 86 Brook Terrace Mary Peterson SOT Massachusetts Fae Ann Possen Clear Lake Robert Reed 404 15th Mary Stewart Eagle Lane Mason City Bill Stoyles Clear Lake Dick Tarr Clear Lake Nadine Tesene Mason City Sal ly Thompson Clear Lake Signe Van Houten 409 8th St Sharon Zerble 1421 Hampshire and Kay Lowenberg 1011 1st Dag Set for Trip Council OKs His Mission B L E T I N TEL AVIV Israel W Mai Gen Edson L M Burns tha chief U N Palestine truce ad ministrator sent urgent mes sages to Israel and Egypt Thursday asking an immediate ceasefire along the Gaza Strip UNITED NATIONS N Y UP Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold said Thursday he planned to hold a top level con ference with his Middle East aides in Rome on Saturday before iroceeding on his peace mission Palestine He told a news conference that he would take all the time nec essary to ascertain the situation in the troubled Mideast The Se curity Council which authorized lis personal survey mission Wednesday instructed him to re port on his findings by May 4 Leave Friday He will leave here Friday for Rome via London He said he had summoned for conferences in the Italian capital Maj Gen E L M Burnsof Canada chief of staff of the Palestine truce super vision team Henri Vigier of France political adviser to Burns and Henry Labouisse of the United States chief of the Palestine Relief and Works Agency The Swedish diplomat said he vould spend about three days in Rome going thence to Beirut lOndon to begin his tour of Mid sast capitals in an effort to find a means of ending the mounting hreat of war between Israel and he Arab nations From Beirut he planned to fly o Cairo on Wednesday for top evel consultations with Egyptian eaders After that he said the of his trip would be Not Imminent Hammarskjold repeated the view he expressed on his return rom Middle East conversations two months ago At that time he said the situation there was ov erdramatized and that war was not immediately imminent If we can get compliance with he armistice he said we should be quite happy I feel that so long as something useful can be done it should be done As long as that is the case here is no reason to talk in a desperate mood When there is a will there is a way and I know there is a will or peace all around wherever will New Incidents The resolution sending Ham marskjold to the Mideast was ponsored by the United States vhich asked early and urgent ac ion on means of reducing the ten ion A series of new incidents ncreased that tension near the reaking point 1 Egyptian and Israel artillery lazed across the border near issufim for four hours Wednes ay in a battle that killed three sraeiis and one Arab Palestinian efugee Each side blamed the ther for starting it 2 The IsraeliJordan Mixed Ar mistice Commission meeting in erusalem accused Jordan of ending infiltrators into Israel to nterfere with communication nes It found the Jordanians uilty of ambushing Israeli ve icles last week in a breach of ve armistice 3 Saudi Arabia announced in jeddah it was buying jet mili ary aircraft from Egypt and that he first of several squadrons as delivered last month King aud moved to line up tiny re mote Yemen with the Cairo amascus Djeddah axis and gainst Britain SPEAKING DATE WEBSTER CITY Estes has accepted an invita on to address the Hamilton ounty Fair here Aug 3 T ;