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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 22, 1961, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Ncwspapei Edited for tht 1 ON CITY GLOBE The newspaper that makes all North lowans neighbors EDITION VOL ioe Astoelated iresj and United Press fateraatloca Full Wirei MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY DECEMBER 2 1961 7c a Paper Consists of Two One Prbperty evaluation increase cance lied Opposition to death penalty Churches go on record By LOUIS CASSELS United Press International As the switch is thrown there is a sputtering drone and the body leaps as if to break the strong leather straps that hold it Sometimes a wisp of smoke pushes itself out from under the helmet that holds the head electrode followed by a faint odor of burning flesh The hands turn red then white and the cords of the neck stand out like steel bands After what seems an age but is in fact only two minutes the switch is pulled and the body sags back and relaxes somewhat as a very tired man would do This description of a legai execution was written by Ward en Lewis E Lawes who escort ed 150 condemned prisoners to the electric chair in New Yorks Sing Sing prison It is quoted along with many other accounts of executions in a new book entitled Capita Punishment by James Avery Joyce Joyce is a British lawyer who believes the death penalty is brutal barbaristic and inef fective as a deterrent to crime This view is shared by a grow ing body of Americas religiou leaders Within the past four years 11 major denominations have come out officially for abolition o capital punishment They an the EpiscopalChurch Methodis Church United Presbyterian Church Augustana Evangelica Lutheran Church the Disciple of Christ the Church of thi Brethren the American Baptis Convention the Five Year Meet ing of Friends the Unitarian Universalist Church the Unio of American Hebrew Congrega tions and the United Synagogu of America A fight against capital punish mentlQsols being waged on an interdenominational b a s i s by councils of churches in New York Pennsylvania Massachus etts California Illinois Nevada and Nebraska Although the Roman Catholic Church has taken no official position on capital punishment many Catholic clergy and lay men are active in the drive for abolition A Catholic Donal Ei J MacNamara is president of the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment The Most Rev Bernard J Sheil auxiliary bishop Chicago is chairman of a committee seeking to re voke the death penalty in Illi nois Opposition to the death pen alty is by no means unanimous S3000 CHRISTMAS CHEER FUND GOAL S300000 PREVIOUSLY REPORTED JSJ3J1B Students of Monroe Junior School 12297 Grant School Brownie Troop No KG lno PEO Chapter IV 1300 GlobeGazette bookkeeping engraving Mason City Beer Wholesalers Assn Blue Ribbon Inc Pabst 3500 Carlson Dist Co Sclnnirtl 2500 Craychee Sales Inc Bud t500 MvK Bckft Co Hammxl 2508 Stand Dist Co Millers 500 Evening Past Time Club 200 Cub Scout Den 2 McKlnley School 200 Equalization order described unfair DES MOINES If A tentative property evalu ation increase ordered for 47 Iowa counties last Novem ber by the State Tax Commission was cancelled Friday by the commission In a surprise development the commission issued a state ment saying After careful deliberation and review of the tentative prop erty assessments ordered by the State Tax Commission between counties and between urban and rural property within individual counties the commission does not now deem it in the best inter ests of the citizens of Iowa to approve the proposed increases at the present time John J OConnor of Strawberry Point the only Democrat on the threemember commission refused to vote on reversing the previous decision The other commissioners are Republicans Howard Delahoyde Fred Delahoyde Bruce DtUhoyde Children of IOOF Hotnfc Becky and Paul Telephone Company traffic firls Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen In memory of Charles S Dull Wallace Holland employes Lou and Elizabeth Mason City Lodge No 224 IOOF Mmson Cily FFA Chapter In memory of Lewis J Miller Mason Cltj Rotary Club Machinists fing Jacob E Decker and Sons Mr and Mrs Sohrt 500 200 IMW ZOO 1000 1000 200 710 100 1000 100 200 2500 1100 SOO HOO Sniper on loose again in Newton George chairman of Vaterloo and former stale Sen T Prentis of Mount Ayr It comes as quite a shock to ie OConnor said to find that ic majority members of the tate Tax Commission have igreed to cancel completely the ncreasc in tax valuations through lit the state Barbers Local No 618 D and B R Hartwell Carpenter la From an Alexander contributor V Liuis Carol Rebecca and Jill The Rev Wesley Prince Willeys Carolers Connie Jo Halverson League of United Latin Ameri can Citizens Colin M R H Cindy Toni and Jenny Thornton Federated Club In memory of Bobby Clair In memory of I G Laidley Duane Mabh Thornton Food Citr Royal Blue Denlson Club Planl supervisors Mason City Brick E Tile Co Ben Scraggs Jacob E Decker and Sons canned meats dept Trimming Room Jacob E Decker and Sons 2 Sams 2 Guscs 3 Rosics and Paul KflO A friend 500 Another friend 100 150 JOO 100 500 oOO KM 200 3601 1 THE DAYS TOTAL S 50101 TOTAL TO DATE SJKH22 STILL NEEDED J GIVING DAYS LEFT NEWTON UPI Four per sons escaped injury Thursday as at least eight 22 caliber bul lets were fired through a window of a building at an auto salv age yard where they were work ing police said Officers said they found tracks in the snow where the gunman apparently stood on a hill over looking the building but the tracks led into a residential dis trict and were lost Four members of the Cupples family Allan William Hoan and Gene were working on a car in the building owned by Allan Cupples They told police they heard noises but were un aware bullets were crashing through the window until thej investigatedFour bullets were I dug out of a wall police said The salvage yard is localec on US 6 at the west edge o town The incident spurred conjee lure that the sniper might be the same person who shot anc killed Miss Anne Maxine Slier rick 39 at her home here las September Miss Sherrick a statistica clerk at the Maytag Co here was killed as she lay in bet reading at her home The bul let was fired through an ope screened window and a ligh was turned on beside the bee CheerFund nears goal w TIDINGS PITTSBURGH UPI Dav Crantz promotion manager c WTAETV drew some raise eyebrows when he made this re mark at an office Christma party Eat drink and be c good just swaliowe your Christmas bonus thi E see no reasonivear for the extensive comment on the Christmas Cheer Fund this day The accompany ing list tells the story more con vincingly and Gunplay banned No it simply isnt fair CHICAGO at union organizers is an unfair labor practice says A Bruce Hunt National Labor Rela tions Board trial examiner Hunt ordered Specta tor Sports Wear Co and itsown er Earl Spcctor 39 to post a sign in the shop saying We will not use firearms or other violent means in order to combat our employes or ganization efforts Specter was arrested last Aug 25 and charged with firing four shots at a cat carrying two union organizers Neither was hurt Spector claimed the men menaced him with pine lengths Hunts ruling was in favor of Local 743 Warehouse and Mail Order Employes Union The local won a collective bar gaining election at Specters plant Nov 27 Snow plenty of it emphatically than we can It is evident hundreds of Mason Cityans have become imbued CLIIJ jo vy iiu jjjcdjta ulliUliJUUuS The most influential lhc true meaning of Christ of capital punishment in themas and havc Joined the throng United States today is an eldcrjof Chrstmas Cheer givers of the United Presbyterian Our heartiest hanks to all of Church FBI director J Edgar our Past contributors and cs Hoover He cites the Old Testapecially to those who made this mcnt passages which uphold principle of exacting an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth a life for a life However the general assem bly o Hoovers church adopted overwhelmingly in May 1959 a resolution declaring that capi tal punishment cannot be con doned by any interpretation of the Bible that takes into ac count the New Testament teach ings of Jesus Christ These teachings the Presby terian assembly said make it clear that as Christians we must seek the redemption of evil doers and not their death This vengeance is not a Christian motive in dealing with criminals is a common theme of most church pronouncements against capital punishment j But there is evidence thai the death penalty is gradually dis appearing by a process of dis ust total so impressive The students of Junior High came in with a box full of money that totaled to lead the list of contributions Workers in departments of our industries joined with generous gifts One gilt we always look for ward to came from the children of the IOOF Home This is In a statement issued by George he said that after appeal learings for more than 40 coun ies when tentative increases were announced a careful analysis bowed that many counties cities md towns do not have equaliza ion between properties Therefore it appears extreme y unfair to order an arbitrary acrosstheboard increase in value vithin a county until equalization las been attained on like proper ies within the county city or town Any arbitrary increase or dered by the commission would only be further but of line with corresponding property George said the counties or dered for t e n t a t i v e increases should be given a chance to clean up their own backyards He said orders will be issued by the commission after the first of the year requiring a reevalua iion of property within 31 counties by July l 1965 He said the Tax Commission would follow through and if a county makes no progress in the matter of equalization its case would be reopened The 31 counties which will be ordered to reevaluate include Ap panoose Boone Calhoun Cass Cerro Gordo Chickasaw Clarke Clay Delaware Des Moines Grundy Guthrie Hancock Hen ry Jackson Jefferson Johnson Louisa Lucas Lyon Mahaska OBrien Palo Alto Polk Ring gold Scott Story Tama Warren Webster and Winneshiek HEAVY FOG LOS ANGELES shrouded most of Southern Cali fornia again Friday interfer ring with plane travel and slow ing traffic on major freeways Pholofnv BERMUDA STROLLERS President Kennedy and Britains Prime Minister Macmillan leave Bermudas Government House in Hamilton for a walk through the gardens and a treeplanting ceremony Later they held the second of their twoday talks on world af fairs SAME llnwa Department tigureH Black Flag Means TralUo Death in Past I Hours Harmony is byword at conference in Bur mud a HAMILTON President Kennedy and Prime Minister Macmillan Friday were reported in complete agreement on their next steps in the Berlin crisis the re sults of the recent Soviet nu clear tests and the little they know about the confused Con go situation The two leaders of the West ern alliance went deeper into all three situations and oth ers as well in further talks before Kennedy flies back to Palm Beach Fla to the bed side of his seriously ill father In their talk on Berlin White House press secretary Pierre Salinger said Kennedy arid Macmillan concurred on steps that be taken in this particular field Inform ants said his meant the position the West should fake in trying to negotiate a peace ful solution with Moscow The next step it was agreed in Paris at the Big Three for eign ministers meeting Hast week will be talks by US Ambassador Llewellyn Thomp son with Soviet Foreign Min ister Andrei A Gromyko in Moscow to determine if there is a chance for formal nego tiations on a new Berlin agree ment But informants said they must decide on a further ap proach to Moscow whether for example to work toward a foreign ministers meeting and ultimately an EastWest summit They also must discuss ways to bring Presi dent Charles cle Gaulle around DC Gaulle insists that the tension over Berlin is ail of Soviet making and there fore the Soviets must take the first steps toward easing it Four inches for Iowa BV THE ASSOCIATED fit ESS Blizzardlike conditions were creeping over Iowa Friday The Weather Bureau said there would be four inches or more of new snow over the south central and extreme southwest sections of the state by late Friday and over the east and south central portions Friday night and most of Satur day About 5 inches of snow had fall en in southwest Iowa by noon and several schools were let out at midmorning because of road con ditions including Red Oak and Stanton Much colder weather also was forecast The outlook called for dropping temperatures over the west Friday afternoon and over the state Friday night and Satur day Lows Saturday morning will be near zero on the northwest to 15 to 20 in Ihc southeast Saturdays highs will be near 5 above in the northeast to near 20 in the south east The storm will be accompanied by strong northerly winds The snow began moving into the stale from the west early Friday Thursdays highest temperature varied from 15 degrees at Sioux City to 35 at Burlington Fridays losvs at some places were a few degrees above the highs recorded Thursday The overnight readings ranged from 13 degrees at Lamoni to 27 at Cedar Rapkis and Waterloo Looking ahead to Christmas Day the Weather Bureau said no is likely in the state The State Highway Commission in its latest road report said snow was falling over the area southwest of a line through Sioux City Fort Dodge Marshalltown and Creston By the time the re port was issued the commission said two inches of snow had fall in in the southwest portion and lighways in the area were snow nicked and slippery Light snow was falling around he perimeter of the area and highways were becoming snow kicked Elsewhere over the state lighways were normal The outlook for the next five days calls for temperatures to av erage from 3 to 5 degrees below normal Katanga given 5 days to honor its unity pact listed along with the contribu tions of the Delahoyde family The Mason Cily Beer Whole salers Assn made the custo mary generous gifts will be noted we have but one more giving day We are confident the generous people of our community will continue the Dow of gifts and that the 3000 goal will be1reached Bring or send your gift to CHRISTMAS CHEER FUND Care GlobeGazette Mason City Iowa News in a nutshell FROM OUR WIRE SERVICES Servicemen head home NEW YORK Homewardbound servicemen swelled Christmas holiday travel on the nations al ready strained commercial transport system and traffic officials prepared for the coming crush of motorists Guerrillas in N Viet Nam HONG KONG A few highly trained guerrilla fighters have been successfully landed inside Com munist North Viet Nam Informed sources said the agents trained in South Viet Nam under an Ameri can guerrilla warfare program have infiltrated into mountainous regions to the west and north of Hanoi where several of them have made contact with anti Communist elements among the minority tribes Living costs dip slightly WASHINGTON Living costs as measured by the government declined in November by one tenth of one per cent Somewhat lower food prices and modest declines in most other consumer buying cate gories brought the living cost index down to 1283 per cent of the 194749 base period 3 Iowa bus accidents DES MOINES separate accidents In volving school buses were reported in Iowa Thurs day A rearend collision of two buses from the Davis County Community School District sent 15 students to the hospital Two northwest Iowa crashes at Center and Westfield also were reported but only one youngster was injured in those accidents Fiveday Iowa Temperatures will average 3 to 5 degrees below normal Friday night through next Wednesday wilhjjf it doesnt no decided changes bul a gradual turn to colder about Monday or Tuesday Normal lows are from 5 to 12 above north to 15 to 20 south Nor mal highs are in the 20s north to the 30s elsewhere Precipitation will average 20 to 40 of an inch occurring mostly as occasional snow principally Friday night and again toward the end of the period Iowa Heavy snow cast and south central Friday night and most of state Saturdi with accumulations to 4 inches or more in tial area snow flurries and strong northerly winds remainder of the stale Much colder Lows Friday night near zero northwest to 15 to 20 southeast Highs Sat urday 5 above northeast to near 20 southeast Further out cloudiness continued cold Sunday North Iowa Heavy snow Fn lay nighl and Saturday 4 inches likely colder strong northerly winds Lows Fridaj night 10 to 15 Highs Salur day 12 to 18 Minnesota Four inches snow i south windy colder High Saturday around 15 GlobeGazette Weather Dal up to 8 am Friday 28 17 4J1 LEOPOLDVILLE the Congo Premier Cyrille Adoula says next Wednesday is the dead line for Katanga to honor Presi dent Moisc Tshombes unity corn that cannot be done for at least 10 days Adoula declared however tha Tshombe had undertaken to send Katanga deputies and senators to iwiOL 1OI UHIl therell be trouble tllc ConSolese Parliament anc The chief of the Congos central government told newsmen Friday is regime will take energetic ae ons to see that the eightpoint greement be signed with the se essionist leader is respected Tshombe said on his return to llisabethville his U Noccupied apital that the agreement to end atangas secession wassubject o ratification by his Cabinet and Maximum Minimum Sunrise Sunset YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum start the unification process by Dec 27 Both government quarters here and Belgians in Eltsabcthvillc said they expect the United Na tions to enforce the agreement again resorting to forceif neces sary The Congos information minis ter Joseph Ileo declared after the signing of the agreement We do not intend to be outwitted again by Tshombe Snow sleet and rain blown with cutting force by winds up to 97 miles an hour swept down the northern Rockies Friday closing highways in three states A cold front erased balmy tem peratures and produced a weird variety of weather that included lightning storms and rain Northern Montana was hardest hit but winds triggered a series of snowslides that closed two ma jor highways in western Wyo ming In Colorado winds up to fi2 miles an hour smashed signs and windows and overturned two light with on runways at Denver ISo one was hurt seriously US Highway 6 was closed for a time Thursday night at 11992 oot Loveland Pass west of Den ver where winds and blowing snow created nightmare condi ions On the inside Editorials Page 4 Comics 5 Mason City News 67 Latest Markets 7 Society News 8 Sports 910 CubGazette 13 Clear Lake News 1415 North Iowa News 18 TV Guide Rullout Section BING HAS FLU SAN FRANCISCO Singer Bing Crosby was ad mitted to a hospital Friday with what his doctor called a case of stomach flu AP Photnfav THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS Virginia OHanlon Douglas who as a child of 8 inspired the famous New York Sun editorial titled Yes Virginia there is a Santa Glaus reads a Christmas story to her grand daughter Patricia Temple Mrs Douglas resides at North Chatham N Y with her daughter Mrs Rob ert Temple shopping day left ;