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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 21, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBOR S Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Copy AP Wirephoto by exploding fuel oil a man blasts at MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY APRIL 21 1949 Rail Car Shed Burns in Waterloo Waterloo Illinois Cen tral railroad car repair shed was destroyed by fire here Wednesday night Damage was estimated at up to No one was killed or hurt in the blaze which shot flames 100 feet or more into the air The shed an umbrella type structure with no sides was 72 by 378 feet and had 5 railroad tracks running into it Fire Chief Ray Tiller said the fire probably was caused by defective wiring W E Davis division superin tendent of the railroad estimated the damage at He said 25 railroad cars were destroyed including one coach 6 cabooses 4 work cars and 14 box flat and coal cars About 15 railroad cars and one locomotive were in the shed Davis said One of the cars was loaded with brand new John Deere trac tors Another was a coach from the crack streamliner Land O Corn All were destroyed Chile Shaken by New Earthquake Santiago Chile ff Another earthquake shook South Central Chile Thursday A severe shock in that region Tuesday night killed 41 persons according to interior ministry reports A telephone call to President Gabriel Gonzalez Cidelas office from the town of Angol said the new quake was one of great vio lence It hit the town at a m a m The gov ernor of the province of which Angol is the capital said the pres ident was there The official death list of Tues day nights quake dwindled as panic subsided and communica tions were restored Ashford Trial Adjourned to Friday Complete Testimony Trucker Dies in Highway Crash Fort Dodge Gerald Ru dolph Thissen 27 contract trucker for the Brady Motor Freight Lines Inc here died Thursday morning of injuries he suffered when his truck crashed into a bridge 7 milesnorth of Humboldt on High way 169 The accident occurred at about 6 a m Thursday and This sen unconscious when found by a passing motorist Humboldt County Sheriff E H Bradley and highway patrolmen spent about 2 hours trying to free Thissen from the wreckage The motor of the truck had been pushed up into the cab and on top of him Thissen who neverre gained consciousness died at the scene of the accident before he could be removed to a hospital for treatment Judge Tom Boynton adjourned the case of the State of Iowa vs Francis M Ashford in midafter noon Thursday until a m Friday All evidence is in Closing arguments and judges instructions will be given the jury Friday morning Ashford is charged with the murder of Arthur Ashburn as the result of an argument and stab bing The defense testimony got un way Thursday morning and was completed shortly after noon despite interruptions during which attorneys argued to the court con cerning admissibility of evidence Only 7 defense witnesses Mr and Mrs Ashford and 5 character witnesses were called Ashford told of his military service includ ing 11 months in the South Pa cific during which he was twice decorated for bravery He came to Mason City about Feb 1 1946 he said and worked at Jacob E Decker and Sons and the Amer ican Crystal Sugar company un til he purchased the Dew Drop Inn 1613 S Federal last August He said the statement he made to police on Dec 24 the day after the stabbing was correct and ex plained that when Ashburn came to his home the night of Dec 23 Ashford went out to stop him from honking his car horn dis turbing the neighbors and to find out what had happened earlier in the evening between Ashburn and his son Billy 9 Ashfords step her husband Ashford testified that Smith came into the kitchen and had been drinking and that he ordered Smith out Ashford also admitted pleading guilty to intoxication Jan 23 1946 On cross examination by the county attorney Ashford admitted also that during the telephone conversation preceding the stab bing Ashburn said he was com ing out to kill him and that he re plied for Ashburn to come ahead House Okays Education Money Bill Adds Amendment to Require Increased Medical Training Des Moines Iowa house made another effort to boost the output of doctors by the Uni versity of Iowa Thursday as it passed a senateapproved appro priation bill for capital improve ments at board of education insti tutions The house added an amendment directing the university medical school to enlarge its facilities as rapidly as possible to be able to admit 150 new students a year compared to the present capacity of 90 The house also raised the 450893 appropriated by the sen ate by earmarked for building a new school for the se verely handicapped children at the University of Iowa hospitals in Iowa City Fate of both amendments in the senate was uncertain The uppei chamber recently refused to con cur in a house amendment to an operating appropriation bill di recting the university medica school to admit 120 neV students a year Senator John Battery RNe vada offered an amendment to add for the school for handicapped children when the senate passed the appropriations bill Wednesday but withdrew it when he was informed that a 1500000 appropriation made by the last legislature for the same pur pose still was available However House Democratic Leader Gene Poston said the first 3500000 would not be enough and would be wasted if the amount were not increased The house concurred with a sen ate amendment to a bill giving the comptroller and executive council control of all state salaries not iixed by statute except those at aoard of education institutions The amendment also exempts the attorney generals office This Consists of Two NO let Nationalists Plan to Flee Nanking by Air son Steps Into Snow 2 PROPOSALS Portland Ore Frieda Lawson 26 year old mother of 6 said Thursday she had received only 2 crackpot proposals in an swer to her offer to marry a hand some enough man making a k flsc traffU la tt When Ashburn ran toward him threatening to kill him Ashford testified he stepped off the side walk into the snow and did not attempt to use the paring knife he had picked up in the kitchen un til he was about to pass out from choking and was in fear of his life He knew Ashburn previously the defendant said but had never had any differences with him and had no intention of harming him The 5 called by Defense Attor ney M L Mason to testify that Ashfords moral character was good and that he was a quiet peaceful law abiding citizen were Herbert Wright 1328 Jersey NE George Norris 330 2nd NE Gale Bull 1022 Hampshire NE E B Corey 606i E State and Harold F Kendall 311 3rd NW Each witness on cross examin ation was asked by County At torney James R Brown if he knew of the time a police officer was called to the Ashford home last Labor Day because he was fighting with his wife if they knew that on Dec 3 a police of ficer was called to Ashfords place of business where Ashford was assaulting his wife and if they knew of the time in December when Ashford chased Mr and Mrs R W Smith from the Dew Drop Inn with a steak fork Answer No witnesses answered no to each question The state completed its testi mony Wednesday afternoon Mrs Ashford said she divorced Ashburn in December 1943 and married Ashford in April 1947 She has a daughter by the 1st of her 3 marriages Ashburn being her 2nd husband She said that police officers had come to her home last year to question Billy about a neighbor boys glasses which had been broken once when neighbors complained that she was draining water from her driveway into their yard and on the night when her husband had trouble with Smith She said that was the same night on which she had told po lice of having an argument with Appointments of 2 Rejected 11 Confirmed Des Moines senate Thursday refused to confirm 2 ap pointments by Gov William S Beardsley and confirmed 11 others The senate declined to confirm Beardsleys appointment of Leo Frederickson D Emmetsburg and Charles Martin R Des Moines to the conservation commission The governor named them to succeed Frank Mattes Odebolt and Mrs Addison Parker Des Moines Confirmed by the senate were the appointments of Dwight C Rider Fort Dodge to the board of education succeeding W Earl Hall Mason City State Rep Luke L Caffrey D Cresco to succeed H C Beard Mt Ayr on the board of social welfare Mrs Vir ginia Bedell Spirit Lake reap pointed to the board of parole Elmer W Corwin Fruitland re appointed industrial commissioner J D Reynolds Creston reap pointed to the conservation com mission Harry Tyler Villisca and Harry Coffie Estherville to the aeronautics commission succeed ing J C Rapp Shenandoah and Robert Starrett Sheldon Richard H Plock Burlington reappointed to the board of edu cation Kenneth M Wagner West Liberty reappointed to the soil conservation committee J Frank Hamilton Maquoketa succeeding David Murrow Corydon on the tax commission and Robert Jones Chariton succeeding P F Hop kins Mason City on the board of control Former Luther Student Found Dead in Illinois Chicago O Dreng 35 who disappeared last Friday from his job as currency exchange cashier along with he was accused of stealing was found stabbed to death Wednesday Drengs body was found in a ditch near suburban Wheaton by a highway worker His mouth was taped and his hands bound behind his back Coroner Sam uel K Lewis of Du Pake county said Dreng had been killed with a large knife or bayonetlike weapon Drengs disappearance was first reported last Friday by Abraham Greenfield president of the Re zal Currency Exchange where he had been employed as a cashier for 3 years Greenfield said he had gone to the exchange at 5 p m an hour before closing time and found it locked He said more than in bills was in the open safe and was missing On Monday Greenfield obtained a warrant for Drengs arrest on a charge of lar ceny by bailiff Police Capt Joseph Mooney said Dreng formerly of Elbow Lake Minn graduated from Luther coljege of Decorah Iowa and before entering the navy in 1940 was a school teacher at Gal lup N M He said Drengs sis ter Mrs Margrethe Carter who identified the body told him her brother was married to Marian Teslew of Decorah before enter ing the navy and was divorced in 1945 Communists Shell 2 More British Ships Shanghai gun ners shelled 2 more British war ships in the Yangtze Thursday boosting the casualities in 2 days of river fighting to 42 sailors killed and about 83 wounded The 10000ton cruiser London and the 1470ton sloop Black Swan were the latest British craft to come under the communist ar tillery fire The London arrived in Shanghai Thursday night after a river run under fire Officials reported that 15 aboard were killed and about 60 were wounded The previous casualty list had stood at 27 dead and 23 wounded The 2 warships their sides scarred by the communist shell fire were ordered by the British admiralty in London to break off the fight with the superior shore based communist artillery and re turn to Shanghai Both berthed at Pootung across the Whangpoo from Shanghai at 7 p m Red Shellfire The 2 warships ran into com munist shellfire Thursday morn ing when they ran upriver in at tempts to rescue the shellbattered sloop Amethyst from a possible further pounding The Amethyst was refloated Wednesday night after being aground on Rose island some 65 miles east of Nanking and moved 3 miles upriver under her own power to escape further shellfire However the Amethyst with 17 dead and 20 wounded from Wednesdays shelling was cut off from escape downriver by the communist batteries near Rose Island Consort Returns The British destroyer Consort which also ran into this nest of guns while attempting to aid the Amethyst Wednesday returned to Shanghai Thursday morning with 2 holes in her hull and her steer ing gear disabled She was berthed for repairs The Consort arrived in Shanghai with 9 dead and 3 seriously wounded One of the wounded from the Consort died during the day bringing the total dead to 27 The admiralty in London or dered the powerful cruiser Belfast and the 1710ton destroyer Con stance to rush to Shanghai in case their services may also be required AP Wirephoto NEW IOWA Foss Davis holds a copy of Iowas 1950 motor vehicle license plates manufacture of which has begun at the mens reformatory at Anamosa The plates will carry 2 perforations in the upper right corner to facilitate possible attachment of 1951 invalida tion clips Davis said the plates would be of smooth alum inum with black letters on a white background Fifty in mates will make more than 1000000 sets Youth Admits Prowling in 77 Residences Wayne Starkey Gets 10 Year Term for Larceny of Vehicle Charles City Floyd County Sheriff B F Atherton plans to take Wayne Starkey 25 Charles City to Fort Madison Saturday where he will start serving a erm of not more than 10 years in he penitentiary after pleading fuilty here Thursday to a charge of larceny of a motor vehicle The entence is to run concurrently vith any previous sentences Officers said Starkey had about years of a previous sentence to ervc on a former charge and was xit on parole to the Hanford ho el Mason City at the time of his atest escapade Officers said Starkey took an uto belonging to Lyle Koehler Charles City Feb 23 drove it on lighways 18 and 218 and wrecked t while being chased Authorities from the Eldora training school for boys were ex pected in Mason City Thursday afternoon to return Roger Clausen 15 22 Adams S W after the youth admitted to local police the prowl ing of 11 different residences and apartments Clausen who has been on parole from the training school admitted that he took various amounts of cash in recent weeks totaling over At only 2 of the places did he admit taking anything other than cash At one he said he got a ring and at another a tie clasp and some cuff links After his return from Eldora he enrolled in Mason City high school as a sophomore but had dropped out of school late in March Clausen was first sent to Eldora in October 1947 after he was ar rested in Des Moines riding a motor scooter stolen in Mason City and possessing some clothing and other articles he admitted stealing by prowling homes in Ames and Des Moines He was committed to Eldora in November 1946 for larceny but paroled at that time Clausen in his confession to po lice gave no reason for the prowl ings The places he entered were in scattered parts of the city and in each case he told police en trance was made in the daytime At several of the IT places resi dents said they had not been aware of the thefts and in some instances losses were known but had not been reported to police Clausen admitted entering these places and taking various amounts William N Miller Crescent drive home 125 Roy Bailey IOWANS REENLIST IN ARMYCorp Guy B Zang Burlington Iowa andhis wileHelen from Sperry Iowa are congratulated by Col Sevier R Tupper post com mander at Munich Germany after their reenlistment in the army Both are stationed at rnP HSfn trpnornJ Vinanifol at the 98th general hospital home 1104 2nd S W taken from 2 banks Crane apartments 221 2nd N W nothing taken res idence at 516 Delaware N E in banks and 80 cents from coin purse E G Morse home 28 Car olina S E Carl Grupp home 210 Hampshire N E C B Evans home 712 9th N E cameo and jade ring apartment at 404 Washington N W in glass jar J H Lepper home 513 Washing ton N W tie clasp and cuff links George Rickoff home 1218 Adams N W and the Rev E A Bie dermann home 323 Maryland S E taken from 2 banks Clausen denied he took the reported missing from the Crane apartments April 9 Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Showers Thursday followed by clearing Friday Cooler Thursday night Low Thursday night 40 to 45 High Friday mid50s Iowa Cloudy with showers Thursday night Friday clear ing and cooler Low Thurs day night 4550 Minnesota Partly cloudy west and cloudy with scattered showers east portion Thursday and Fri day cooler IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather for 24 hours ending at 8 a m Thursday Maximum 68 Minimum 45 At 8 a m Thursday 49 Precipitation 02 YEAR AGO Maximum 05 j Minimum 30 Combat Pilot Congressman Dies in Crash Albuquerque N Mcx Rep Robert L Coffey Jr D who rose from the job of coal miner to become a war hero and a congressman was killed Wednesday night when his jet fighter plane crashed during a takeoff Coffey a dashing 30yearold colonel in the air force reserve was killed instantly when his speedy Shooting Star crashed at Kirtland air force base here Public information officers said the plane rose from the field climbed about 25 feet and nosed suddenly into the ground at ter rific speed Officers said the crash appar ently was caused by a power fail ure and began an immediate in vestigation Coffey who flew 97 combat missions and won numer ous decorations during World war II was making a crosscountry proficiency flight to keep up his air force reserve status t Red Troops Cross Into South China Reports Say Ghiang Might Come Back to Lead Last Stand Nanking Chinese na tionalist government decided to flee Nanking by air Thursday aft er 30000 communist troops crossed the Yangtze river 50 miles south west in the opening thrust of a ma jor offensive that threatened to surround the nationalist capital Up to 1500000 communist troops along a 400mile stretch of the Yangtze were hurled into battle in a broadcast order of the day in structing them to seize all of na tionalist China Facing them on the river line were 500000 nation alist troops Unofficial reports said the spear head of the attack stormed the Yangtze Wednesday night and es tablished a bridgehead on the south bank near Wuhu 50 miles southwest of Nanking Five thousand communists crossed the river in the initial as sault these reports said and the entire attacking force was estim ated at 30000 Meeting in emergency session Acting President Li TsungJeni nationalist government agreed to evacuate Nanking by air to Can ton 700 miles south Part of the nationalist government fled to Canton earlier this year when the communists reached the Yangtze Reports from Canton said Gen eralissimo Chiang Kaishek who retired temporarily from the gov ernment to permit peace negotia tions 2 months ago might return to lead the nationalist armies in their desperate lastditch battle A government spokesman said the new nationalist government would be set up in Canton within a week The American embassy in Nan king also began an evacuation fly ing 38 out of a 44man marine guard to Shanghai The embassy also was reported considering ad vising all Americans to evacuate Nanking immediately Coal Group Breaks Pact With Lewis Washington Southern in a Coal Producers association surprise move Thursday termi nated its wagehour contract with John L Lewis United Mine Work ers The termination is effective June 30 Joseph E Moody association president served notice of contract termination on Lewis in behalf of more than 400 companies produc ing 150000000 tons of soft coal a year This output is more than one third of the total production of all soft coal mines under contract with the UMW The Southernas sociations Action was unprece dented In terminating the agree ment in advance of new contract talks it beat Lewis to the punch The miners chief already had called the UMWs 200man wage policy committee into session here next Monday to frame new con tract demands and draft a union notice of contract termination Dove Diercks Sues City and Wolf Brothers David Diercks farmer southeast of Mason City Thursday filed suit for against the city of Mason City and Wolf Brothers Inc Diercks claims that on Jan 27 he slipped and fell in front of the Wolf Brothers junk yard 308 5th SW breaking his right hip He charges in his petition that ice snow junk and debris had been permitted to collect on the park ing and sidewalk making condi tions hazardous to pedestrians He asks for doctor and hospital bills for future med ical care for past pain and suffering for future pain and suffering because he has been unable to perform du ties as a farmer and for permanent injuries Signs Bill for Pollution Survey at Clear Lake Des Moines William S Beardsley Thursday signed a bill which appropriates to the conservation commission to make a survey of water pollu tion conditions at Clear Lake This bill provides that if a sanitary district is created to take care of the Clear Lake pollution the revenue from the district may be used to reimburse the state for the cost of the survey The first compulsory milk pas teurization law was passed in 1908 in Chicago Now all milk lor the armed forces and 88 per cent of the fluid milk supply jn United States cities is pasteurized Plan to File Information on Murder Rockwell City At torney Lewis Hendricks said he planned to file a first degree mur der information Thursday against Dale Junior Post 17 in the shot gun slaying of his mother The Calhoun county grand jury for the April term has completed its work and the question re mained whether it could be re called The next scheduled grand jury is for the September term At an inquest Wednesday night a coroners jury held that Mrs Frances Post 48 came to her death as a result of shotgun wounds and that the evidence pointed toward Dale Junior Post as the person who fired the weapon The youth meantime remained m the county jail at Rockwell City and his apparent primary con cern was for his teenage iweet heart Hendricks Wednesday re ported that Post had signed statement in which he Mid killed his mother Tuesday after noon because she would not give him the keys to his car The boy said he wanted to drive to Fort Dodge to see his girl friend Nor ma Jeanne Seymour 17yearold waitress ;