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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 24, 1960, Mason City, Iowa MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE The Newspaper That Makes All North I owans Neighbors Frw UM Wlro MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24 1940 ta Copy Ctnriit W Two CITY EDITION m For sale Devils Island Onetime French penal colony now abandoned By B J CUTLER New York hUrald Tribune taws PARIS Devils Island the rocky speck off the coast of French Guiana with one of the most sinister reputations in penal history is to be sold al auction by the French govern ment When t h e sale takes place probably this summer it will finally end a 108yearold story made up of desperate criminals banished to a tropic death of disease and suffering and of in credible escapes The entire French penal set tlement in Guiana of which Devils Island was the smalles but bestpublicized part is no longer in use and will be sok along with other state proper ties which are of no value to the government INCLUDED ON oddly auction list are 43 old jails in France two restaurants 27 forest houses two sand dunes and 12 miles of aban doned canal that only n e e t water to be in firstclass shape Although France began send ing convicts to Guiana in 1852 Devils Island became well known to the world in 1894 when Capt Alfred Dreyfus un justly convicted of treason was sent to the island He lived there and paced its tiny beach until 1899 when he was returned to France and vindicated Devils Island while it had the worst name was by no means the worst prison in the colony It usually sheltered only five political prisoners each with his own house and servant guard Several hundred incorrigible convicts were kept on nearby St Josephs Isle which really fulfilled the public view of Devils Island Isle Royale the third prison island was used for sick prisoners because its cli mate was less deadly than that of the rest of the colony ALL THREE islands known in French as the lies du Salut which can be translated as the islands of safety or sal vation and has caused a num ber of ironic comments The bulk of the prisoners France sent 18000 between 1852 and 1867 to prisons and labor camps on the main land around Cayenne Guianas capital Originally they were banished for life which was often not long because of ma laria and yellow fever Toward the end of the 19th century the practice of doubling was common A convict sentenced to eight years had to remain in the colony for eight more years as a libere a freed prisoner If he survived this term he was expected pay his own passage back to New Rio in wildest greeting to Ike France Because there were al most no means of earning enough money few saw France again Prisoners who escaped to neighboring Brazil or Dutch Guiana were sent back Vene zuela was more sympathetic The few convicts who lived through the 700mile canoe voy age to Trinidad were given a sporting chance by the British in the 1930s THEY WERE treated in hospital for the effects of sun burn and starvation and then were given a boat and two weeks supplies and a chance to reach Venezuela Later the British ended this practice and gave asylum to escaped pris oners In 1936 the French govern ment decided the prison colony was a blot on Frances good name breeding place for crime and a situation where perversion and vice flourished The last shipment of prisoners was in 1939 After World War II Guiana ceased to be a prison colony and some 2000 convicts were repatriated Many of the 28000 present in habitants of French Guiana are liberes or their descendants The government is not sure why anybody would want the prison buildings and Devils Island which is now a nottoosuccess ful cocoanut plantation Maybe a homesick convic CURTIS RIEHM Riehm in race for Congress state Rep Curtis G Riehm Garner Wed nesday announced he will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for 6th District con gressman Riehm 45 served as Hancock County attorney from 19471950 and was a state representative from 19551958 He is the first Republican in the district to an nounce for the seat now held by Democratic Dep Merwin Goad Boone IN HIS announcement Rtehm said The voters of the 6th District should look over the voting rec rd of the present congressman nd his absences from voting lis spendthrift voting record his absolute disregard for sound fis cal policies and his record for more inefficiency in govern ment Riehms grandparents were pioneer settlers in Hancock bounty He is married and has hree children RIEHM WORKED his way hrough the University of Iowa receiving a BA degree in eco nomics and a doctors degree in aw He served four years in the Army Engineers in World War I He has practiced law in Han cock County since his retdrn rom the armed forces in 1946 and also was city attorney for he towns of Garner and Kana wha Riehm has been very active in Ivic and community affairs erving as president of the Win nebago Boy Scout Council as sisted in Community Chest drives is active in the First Church member of Rotary Club Elks Lodge Amer ican Legion Veterans of For eign Wars Masons Consistory and Shrine Heavy snow again skips North Iowa Winter put a fresh topping on Iowas snow cover Wednesday The southern part of the state again was the hardest hit get ting up to eight inches of new snow BUT LADY LUCK continues c find favor with the northern third of the stale which nor mally bears the brunt of win ters unfavorable weather For he sixth time this season the Mason City area received lillle or nothing of a major snowfall engulfing another porton of the state Lineville reported the eight inch snowfall Many cars and trucks were stalled Tuesday night on a long hill on Highway 65 north of Lineville Schools in the area were closed Wednes day OTHER SNOWFALL amounts included Burlington 6 inches Lamoni and Otlumwa 4 Des Moines 3 Davenport and Coun cil Bluffs 2 Dubuque Cedar Rapids Waterloo Sioux City and Allantic one inch Although Dubuque got only an inch of new snow the old and new snow there measured 18 inches Ottumwa had a lotal of 15 inches on the ground Daven port 14 inches and Des Moines and Council Bluffs 13 inches FROM OUR WIKE SERVICES RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil President Eisenhower came fly ing down to Rio on the eve of carnival time Wednesday and j received the wildest welcome in this citys uproarious history So dense were the welcoming crowds and so tumultuous was his reception thai it took Eisen howers automobile 15 minutes lo move three blocks from dock side Blizzards of confetti rained down Screams of Vee Leek Eek filled the air Sirens roared Pleased as punch Eisenhower alternately stood and sal in the back of his convertible waved his arms in greeting and gave the throng his famous grin As his car pushed through the mass of wclcomers along streets garlanded with Brazilian and United States flags Eisenhower occasionally leaned far back to sec huge picture banners of him self some of them stretching the full height of 12story build ings Rio warming up for Mardi Gras joined New Delhi India in another brilliant chapter of homage for Eisenhower From the moment his jet the toast of 3000000 cariocas in a gay holiday mood A launch brought him across the harbor for the main welcome This sophisticated capital city of Brazil was decked with flags bunting and huge pictures of Ei senhower And the millions re flected their enthusiasm for the U S President with a crescendo of We Like came out in Portuguese and Spanish accents something like Vee Leek Eek THE PRESIDENT spent Tues day nigh I in Brasilia the still plane landed at Galeao Interbuilding frontier city hacked out national Airport across Guana bara Bay after a brief flight from Brasilia Eisenhower was LARRY WARMS UP Warm fuzzy blankets still feel mighty good to Larry Bennett 6 son of Mr and Mrs C R Bennett Clear Lake The boy was buried for 20 minutes under four feet of snow when Clear Lake snow removal crews dumped a load of snow over an embankment not knowing the boy was be low Hes doing fine at a Mason City hospital but he cant wait for summer to come will want it aa not too hopefully official said along the lakeshore between 1st and 2nd Ave N when city snow removal crews dumped a quan tity of snow over the enbank ment to the lake Two of the boys ran When questioned by one of their moth ers as to the whereabouts of the olhir child the boys said lhat Larry was under the snow Mothers crews and passersby dug frantically through four feet of snow over a wide area before finding the child The boy did not lose conscious ness but was very cold The attending physician said his hel met and warm clothing helped provide air for the child A city Lake child buried by snow crews CLEAR LAKE Ben nett about 6 is in good condition at Mercy Hospital Mason City where he was taken shortly be fore noon Tuesday after being buried in the snow for about 20 minutes He is the son of Mr and Mrs C R Bennett 200 N Shore Dr He and two other small chiljpolice car rushed him to the dren were playing in the snow hospital of the jungle which is to become Brazils now capital in two months time He made the quick hop to Rio in his jet and then boarded President Juscelino Kubitscheks launch for an hourlong trium phal trip across Guanabara Bay to the naval pier on Rios water front Twelve Brazilian warships including the former American cruisers Philadelphia and St 21gun salutes Hundreds of small vessels swept along as escort their sirens and whistles blowing and pennants flying A squadron of Brazilian planes roared overhead IN HIS SPEECH of welcome Kubilschek told Eisenhower thai the vast throngs had come be cause of their great esteem and admiration for the U S President Eisenhower responded that and the United States have always lived together in peace and friendship He said he hoped his visit would empha size the desire of the people and government of the United Stales to strengthen the bonds of friendship A key question to be discussed was possible revision of proce dures of the Organization of American States in an effort to strengthen hemisphere security and provide machinery for pro tecting political and human rights found in home of crippled hermit DES MOINES home of Joseph Baeumler a cripple who neighbors said lived like a hermit has yielded up a cache of 523450 The 12yearold recluse died of a heart attack in h i s kitchen Monday and a search of the house where he had lived all his life disclosed the money Part of it was in a canvas bag lying on the floor beside a piano in an unused living room and the rest in a coffee can hidden inside the piano Police found the money while Accident linked to bomb FBI makes its report AT Photofnx ACCUSED NELLE LASSITEK STUNNED Victims wife Witness charged in murder case WASHINGTON A dyna mite explosion set off by a dry cell battery was blamed defi nitely Tuesday in the airliner liagedy which killed a heavily insured New York lawyer and 33 others Jan G in North Caro lina The finding was reported by Chairman James R Durfee of the Civil Aeronautics Board fie told Ihc Senate Aviation subcommittee the explosion oc curred near a scat occupied by Julian A Frank who carried insurance policies of about a million dollars Durfee added that question which relate to possible crim inal charges are still under in vestigation and the CAB was not at this time making formal determination of probable cause Sen Warren G Magnuson DWash told a reporter that Diirfccs testimony about crim inal angles suggested to him the explosion may have resulted from a conspiracy by two or more persons DURFEE ASKED sub committee not to raise any mat ters about criminality in ques tioning him or his aides that criminal detection is outside the CABs province The summation of his find ings said The boar ds Bureau of Safety with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of investi gation and the many other lab oratories that assisted us in our evaluations is prepared lo preparing to lock up the house The money was turned over to a sister who was his only visitor and daily brought him food The sister was named administralrix of his estate BUCK DIES SALT LAKE CITY Utah J James Buck 74 an Ameri can hero of Frances Lafayette Escadrilfe in World War I died Monday Buck helped found the squadron of pilots who fought the Germans in the air DETROIT iff No it isnt true the pretty widow screamed How can they do that when they know its not true I didnt ki Bill NelJc Lassiter 38 was neur hysterics when she was suddenly charged with firstdegree murder and conspiracy in Ihc bludgeon shooting of her wealthy husband Parvin Bill Lassiter Gordon Watson friend and business associate of the slain suburban Royal Oak car dealer was named in a similar warrant Watson was arrested in Los Angeles where lie had been work ing since November He said would waive extradition and go back to Michigan and clear it up Mrs Lassiter was arrested in the chambers of Circuit Judge Joseph Rashid She was waiting to appear as a prosecution wit ness against three men the state contends murdered her husband last April G Five others were named as co conspirators but not defendants in the charge against Mrs Las siter and Watson They include Roy C Hicks also a Lassiter business associate and Richard W Jones who the state said was the intermediary in arrang ing the car dealers death so as to inherit his assets Hicks Jones and Charles W Nash all of Chattanooga Tenn were brought to trial last week on firstdegree murder charges Jones pleaded guilty to second degree murder last Thursday Hicks entered a similar pica Tuesday Firstdegree murder is prcmeditated Lassiter was killed after re turning from a business flight The stale said he was met at the airport by the three men taken to a lonely spot beaten andshot to death His body was found in a field near Willow Run Airport Iowa Temperatures will average 5 to 10 degrees below normal Thursday through next Monday After noon highs will vary from 25 to 35 degrees Overnight lows will vary from 5 lo 15 degrees Precipilalion will be lighl lo moderale ranging from 50 of to one inch occur inlcrmillcnt light snow throughout the period GlobeGazette weather data up o 8 am Wednesday Maximum 25 Minimum 15 Al 8 am 15 Precipitalion trace Iowa City driver victim of crash IOWA CITY UPI C H McDonald 70 rural Iowa City was fatally injured Tuesday in a cartruck collision here Sirdown demonstrations by Negroes spreading in South CHATTANOOGA Tenn Negro and white youths bat tled in a wild slugfest at a downtown variety store in the latest demonstration over seg regated lunch counter seating Police Chief Ed Brown mo bilized h i s entire 250man force and called in 40 auxiliary officers after what started as a peaceful demonstration ex ploded into handtohand com bat Tuesday Swarms of Negro and white youths boiled into one of the citys main intersections Po lice quieted the melee 30 min utes later and arrested U while persons and one Negro Brown posted guards at all schools Wednesday Managers of four variety stores possi ble trouble spots agreed to close at pm school clos ing time It was the third Negro lunch counter demonstration in a Chattanooga variety store in five days The first two were peaceful Negro students resumed nonviolent resistance to seg regated lunch counters in Vir ginia and North Carolina Po lice arrested 25 demonstra white and in North Carolina In Richmond Va pickets marched against a department store in defiance of the arrest of 34 Negro students there Monday Three Negroes were arrested outside the store In Greensboro NC where the sitdown demonstra lions began Feb 1 variety store lunch counters were open on the customary seg regaled basis A major demonstralion oc curred at WinstonSalem N C where 12 Negroes and 10 whites were arrested as they sat at a white lunch counter marked for use by F W Woolworth Co employes and their guests Premier Segni of Italy set to resign ROME An tonio Segni Wednesday callec on President Giovanni Gronchi apparently to tell him in ad vancc that he was going to re sign Christian Democratic party leaders in the chamber of depu ties unanimously advised Segn he would resign The new gov cmmenl crisis was forced Sun day when the Liberal party withdrew its parliamentary sup jport of the Christian Demo crats SAME IOWA DEPARTMENT FIGUKEK owa Partly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday Colder Wednesday night lows west to 10 above east zero say that we have found evidence thai a dynamite explosion in itiated electrically by a dry cell battery occurred within the aircraft cabin in the vicinity of the scat occupied by Julian Frank FRANK DURFEE noted had taken out his insurance policies within a year preceding the ac cident He was 32 and his insur ance beneficiary was his young wife a former magazine model and mother of their two young children Durfces interim report said it was obvious that Franks body peculiarly injured left the National Airlines plane sev eral minutes before the bulk of the wreckage hit the ground Most of the airliner was found near Bolivia NC 20 miles from the Atlantic Coast How ever parts of the fuselage skin and some cabin interior parts were found along with Franks body on Beach Foreign Ihe coast near Kure bodies were found an inch ring as deeply imbedded in Mr Franks body small pieces of steel wire cloth fibers and black deposits which were later determined be manganese dioxide a stance teries found in dry Durfee said cell sub bat BISHOP BACKED DES MOINES iP Methodist Bishop Gerald Ensley of Des Moines had backing Wednesday for assignment to another four year term as bishop of Iowa AP Pbgtofax KEY TO NEW CITY President Eisenhower accepts a key to Brazils new capita of Brasilia before mov ing on to his next stop at Rio Presenting the key is Israel Pinheiro builder of the new city In background is Col Vernon Walters Eisenhowers interpreter1 Vi ;