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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 18, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER FOR THE HOME Copy Associated Press and United Press Pull Lease Wires MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MARCH 18 1950 ROOSEVELT LETTERS BECOME PUBLIC PROPERTYMrs Franklin D Roosevelt States the box ofthe in s copies of almost every letter he wrote and al million letters library Zt took almost years index morftE 5 Census Facts Confidential Truman Says Key West Fla Truman assured all Americans Saturday they need have no fear of disclosure of confidential infor mation as he set machinery going for taking the 1950 census Taking cognizance of some criti cism of questions dealing with in comes of individuals the president declared that heavy penalties are provided against census bureau employes who disclose answers to confidential questions In a proclamation calling forthe start of census taking April 1 Mr Truman asserted No person can be harmed in any way by furnishing the infor mation required Individual information collect ed under the census will not be used for purposes of taxation investigation or regulation or in connection with military or jury service the compulsion ofschool attendance the regulation of im migration or with the enforce ment of any national state or lo cal law or ordinance Air Force Wife Gets 75 Years for Murder Frankfurt Germany Yvette Madsen of Brooklyn was convicted Saturday of murdering her air force husband and was sentenced to 15 years imprison ment The beautiful 22yearold mother of 2 stood pale but erect as a 3judge American occupation court handed down its verdict finding her guilty of the deliber ate treacherous murder of Lt Andrew E Madsen of Oakland Calif after a gay party last Oct 20 The court rejected a defense plea that Mrs Madsen was tem porarily insane at the time The prosecution contended that her husband Lt Andrew E Mad sen of Oakland Calif was slain as the climax of an argument with another officer at the party on the relative merits of the southern drawl vs Mrs Madsens Brooklyn accent The court reached its decision after 24 hours of deliberation The trial lasted 7 days and was marked by several emotional out bursts oh the part of Mrs Mad sen during one of which she screamed Hang me if you want Hang me I dont care But make him stop She was referring to the testi mony of a defense witness Dr Karl Kleist a German psychia trist who testified she had a psycopathic personality and was under a delusion of persecution the night she shot her husband SAME no raffia death In Bednasek Confident He Will Be Freed From Murder Count Iowa City Bednasek 24 said Saturday that he was more confident than ever that he will be found innocent of charges that he strangled his pretty Uni versity of Iowa sweetheart The dreamyeyed psychology student made the state ment although a policeman testified Friday that Bedna sek had admitted making bare chested love with Margaret Jackson 20 before she died in his rooming house Another policeman said Bedna sek had tried to get officers to shoot him as they investigated the girls death The trial was in recess Saturday but townspeople waited with keen anticipation for the Monday ses sion when testimony will get un der way full blast Defense Attorney Clair Hamil ton said his handsome young client told him he feels convinced that the jury of 4 women and 8 men will find him innocent Wants Quick Trial Hamilton said Bednasek told him his only interest now was to get the trial over as quickly as possible so he could decide wheth er to continue with his psychology studies or seek some other career Bednasek is accused of strang ling Miss Jackson during an in timate candlelighted party at his boarding house known as the Empty Arms because women were barred from the rooms un der campus rules County Attorney Jack White setting the stage for testimony which he hopes will prove that Bednasek killed the girl in a state of jealousy for dating other men said in his opening statement Fri day that Bednasek nurtured an overpowering sexual interest in Miss Jackson However Hamilton countered that her death was strictly and absolutely accidental and came as Bednasek playfully tried to show her the proper place on the neck to choke a person Undergoes Tests Hamilton also revealed that Bednasek has undergone truth se rum tests which helped him re member the events of the night when Miss Jackson died The at torney said that shock and con fusion had wiped the exact mem ory fromthe young mans mind One of the first witnesses to tes tify was Policeman Charles H Snider who said he found Bedna sek bared to the waist on the fatal night except for a tuxedo jacket Snider said he asked Bednasek Were you making love bare chested Yeah yeah what about it he said the youth replied Miss Jackson was wearing a strapless white evening gown when her body was found She and Bednasek had attended a fra ternity dance earlier in the eve ning Worker Killed in Rail Mishap Hayfield Minn R Mc Clelland about 40 of Clarion was killed Fridaywhen wheels of a boxcar passed over hi chest McClelland was a brakeman fo the Chicago Great Western Rail way Coroner D McGowan o Dodge county said McClelland and his brother J W McClelland alsc a brakeman were directing box cars on to a siding when the acci dent happened How he wa caught under the wheels is no known McGowan said Mr McClelland is survived b his mother Mrs Mary McClelland of Los Angeles Cal his wife i children Earl Judy and Jerry Sandra and Paul a home 5 brothers Frank Max and Jack of Clarion George Los Angeles Cal Minn and a Argraves Los Angeles Funeral services were incom plete Saturday pending the ar rival of the body at the Eyler funeral home Elmer Hayfield sister Mrs Scott Soldier From Dows Dies in Germany Frankfurt Germany poral John N Colackson of Dows Iowa died March 12 from injuries incurred in a car accident the U S army announced Saturday He is survived by his father Lloyd H Colackson of Dows Clear Lake Firm to Construct Dam Des Moines legislative interim committee Saturday ap proved a state conservation com mission contract with E M Duesenberg Inc of Clear Lake for construction of a dam and its appurtances at the Geode state park in Des Moines and Henry counties Contracts with 3 other firms in volving expenditures of for construction of a dam and other improvements at Nine Eagles lake in Decatur county also was approved ONLY ONE HEART Port of Spain Trinidad Trinidads Siamese twins Rita and Greta Lovell who died here Thursday 10 days after birth had a single heart between them an autopsy disclosed Saturday Their mother died 4 days earlier Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy and continued cold Saturday and Sunday with occasional light snow Saturday evening through Sunday forenoon Low Saturday night 15 to 20 High Sunday 20 to 25 Iowa Snow and continued cold Saturday night and Sunday Low Saturday night near 15 north 25 to 28 south Minnesota Increasing cloudiness and continued cold Saturday night with occasional snow likely extreme southwest Sun day partly cloudy and continued cold Low Saturday night 5 above to 5 below north 5 to 15 above south high Sunday 15 north 2025 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Saturday Maximum 26 Minimum 15 At 8 a m 19 YEAR AGO Maximum 31 Minimum 15 Nationalists Make Attack on Mainland Seize Communist City 200 Miles South of Shanghai Taipei Formosa nationalist forces returned to the mainland in a dawn landing Sat urday and seized a communist coastal city some 200 miles south of Shanghai Latest reports 12 hours later in dicated the nationalists invaders still were holding firm to their new brideghead But it was too early to tell whether the landing was a nuisance raid or a serious at tempt to gain a permanent toehold on the coast A nationalist naval communi que said the landing force swarmed ashore under naval cover and occupied the Chekiang pro vince coastal city of Sungmen about 120 miles south of the Chu san Islands nationalist naval base for the blockade of Shanghai 2500 Killed The communique said 2500 communists were annihilated in an operation that began at 7 a m and ended at a m It was likely that the national ist landing was similar to the British commando raids on the cost of Nazioccupied France pre ceding the allout allied invasion of Normandy Other units drove in close to the mouth of Chiao river at Hai men and landed men between Hai men and Taichow to prevent com munist reinforcement from mov ing south to relieve Sungmen Shell 100 Junks Naval gunboats shelled more than 100 junks and shore instal lations the communique said Communists manning the shore defenses took to the hills it claimed The communique said the oper ation covered the entire 20mile coast of the peninsula paralleling Taichow bay But it gave no clue to the identity or size of the land ing forces and made no mention of any air cover Neither was there any mention of any communist counterattack Saturdays landing marked the first largescale nationalist attack m the Chinese mainland since wlienthe nationalist government fled to Formosa Terrorizes Neighborhood for 3 Hours DCS Moines Enrol Bernard 21 a Drake freshman biology student was being held in jail here Saturday as the person who terrorized residents in an eastside neighborhood for 3 hours Friday night Patrolmen who arrested Bernard said he ransacked 3 apartments threatened an elderly man with a knife and attacked 3 apartment house tenants before he was cap tured The patrolmen Roman Martin and Arthur Ferguson said Bernard told them he had been drinking The officers said Bernard en tered the eastside apartment of Wright Cleghorn and threatened the elderly man with a knife when he protested Bernard ransacked the apartment but apparently took nothing police said Bernard then ran next door they said and entered the apartment of Mr and Mrs L E Terwilliger Russ Terwilliger the couples 8 yearold son was struck over the head with a bowl by Bernard the officers added This Paper Consists ot Two No 137 All 40 Saved From asted Navy Ship 6 SURVIVEOnly 6 of the 17man crew of the fishing schooner Gertrude de CostaTur vived Saturday s ship collision in Halifax harbor The survivors are shown sitting in the engine room of the other ship involved in the accident Ship Sinks With 11 After Being Struck Halifax N S jinxed Nova Scotia trawler was rammed and sunk in the early morning darkness off Halifax harbor Sat urdAy carrying 11 her 17crew members to a watery death Only 6 escaped from the 115 foot Gertrude de Costa out of Yarmouth N S after a sudden collision with the Interisland Steamship Co Lted vessel Island Connector Sitting in the steaming engine room of the Connector the still shivering survivors told of a fran tic scramble for safety during the few short minutes before their craft took her last plunge All were taken to a hospital shortly after the 1386ton Con nector brought them into port Some suffered injuries and shock In the companionway outside lay the bodies of 2 of their ship mates the only 2 recovered All the actually was carried under with the ship but lived to tell the from Nova Scotia All the dead Jessup Drafting Reply to Senator McCarthys Charges Washington U S Ambassador Philip C Jes sup was reported Saturday to be drafting a fighting reply to Senator McCarthys charge that communists have infil trated the state department The Wisconsin republican Friday coupled that genera accusation with anew ic one He contended the de State Line Poses Big Problem for Highway Patrolman Albert Lea Minn way Patrolman Norman Sollie wondered Saturday whether he should have investigated the whole accident or just half of it Sollie rushed to the scene when advised that 2 cars collided at an ntersection at Emmons Minn on he MinnesotaIowa border south of here late Friday He found one car driven by Roy Paulson Emmons facing west astride the state line with Paul son on the Minnesota side and his assenger in Iowa The car of Freeland Stecker an nstructor at Iowa State college Ames was headed north with the front end in Minnesota and the in Iowa No one was hurt seriously vlrs Perle Mesta to Return to Washington Luxembourg Perle VEesta will return to Washington at the end of this month for con ultatipns on the possibility of btaining a new diplomatic post source close to the legation said iaturday She is a personal friend of Pres dent Truman When appointed as minister to Luxembourg 7 months go she was the only woman dip omat abroad for the United tates except one from Grand Bank Newfoundland also were Nova Scotians Pia Might Make Choice of Parent Hollywood Ingrid Berg mans 12yearold daughter Pia may have to decide herself wheth er her mother or father gets her custody Both a judge and Dr Peter Lindstroms attorney revealed that possibility Saturday Superior Judge Georgia Bul lock who presides over the Los Angeles childrens court of con ciliation said Pias choice would be influential to any judge handling the custody case The judge almost invariably questions the child Bullock said The childs reactions to her par ents would have primary import ance to me As far as I could un der the law and in consideration of the evidence I would give weight to the childs views Isaac Pacht attorney for Lind strom and himself a former su perior judge said he had never asked Lindstrom which parent Pia wanted I dont know Pacht admitted But after taking all the evidence in this case I will know what her desire is I have no doubt she will want to stay with the doc tor partment has issued a mandate for a complete and thorough whitewash of Diplomat John S Service whom McCarthy has called procommunist Envoyatlarge Jessup has been accused by McCarthy of having an unusual affinity for commu nist causes and of having spon sored a subversive organization Jessup already has said that McCarthys charges about him are without substance He returned from the Far East to answer the charges and is scheduled to go to the capitol Monday Jessup will testify then before the senate foreign relations sub committee which is investigating McCarthys contentions that com munist and other bad security risks have slipped into state de partment jobs Some members of the commit tee are known to be expecting Jessup to do more than just deny the charges which McCarthy has fired at him The reports are that Jessup probably will go on a deal generally with the senators broader the state department has become a haven for procommunists Jessup will be the first top flight department official to go before the committee since the in quiry started The belief at the capitol is that he will speak out in general defense of the depart ment There is some speculation that there may be in Jessups state ment something in the theme struck by John E Peurifoy dep uty secretary of state in his lat est comment on the situation Peurifoy said in a statement is sued at the department 2 days ago that McCarthy is harming U S foreign relations and that he has been using the technique of guilt by association Air Forces 2nd in Command Dies Washington Muir S Fairchild 2nd in command of the U S air force died suddenly Friday night at the age of 55 after a long career in the nations ser vice Fairchild was stricken with a heart attack at his quarters in nearby Fort Myer Va Truck Car Collide 7 Persons injured Emmetsburg Seven persons were in a hospital here following a collision between a pickup truck and automobile at an intersection Hi miles northeast of Emmets burg late Friday One of the 7 was dismissed from the hospital Sat urday morning Most seriously injured was Bud Higgins 37 Cylinder whose pelvic bones were crushed and several ribs fractured Arno Nelson 42 of Depew suf fered a fractured pelvic bone and an ear was almost severed Loren Alderson 27 Cylinder suffered 4 fractured ribs The above 3 with Nelson driv ing were in the pickup truck which collided with a car driven by Alfred Bruhn of Cylinder Bruhn suffered a fractured right ankle and a cut on the head and his wife a head laceration and a laceration of the right knee David 4 son of the Bruhns suffered a back Injury and head laceration and Jolene 2 was dis missed after examination Kline Finds Allotment of Corn Hiked Chicago B Kline president of the American Farm Bureau Federation said Saturday he understood his corn acreage al lotment for his Benton county Iowa farm had been increased since he protested to the PMA committee Kline said he wrote the pro duction and marketing commit tee requesting a review of his al location for 100 acres of corn on his 560acre farm following reg ular procedure established for any farmer who is not satisfied with the committees initial de cision I understand the allotment has been upped to 111 acres Kline said Kline explained that both he and the PMA had as their goal the practice ofsoil management But he said he along with many other Iowa farmers had been practicing good soil management many years The committees allocation ap parently was based on a formula that would cut corn acreage a fair amount in most cases Kline said but too much in others Steel Treating Plant Burns Bettendorf furious fire destroyed the Donohoo Steel Treating company within 20 min utes Friday night causing dam age estimated at a minimum of W M Donohoo of Davenport owner of the firm made the esti mate of damage The Donohoo es tablishment was the largest steel treating plant west of the Missis sippi The building 50 by 160 feet was built of concrete blocks and sheet metal and had a wood roof It employed about 50 people The blaze broke out when Har old Palmer 41 of Davenport and Leo Conklin 21 of Bettendorf were quenching steel castings in tanks of oil 26 Taken From Life Boat Rafts Remaining 14 Men Stayed on Vessel to Battle Blaze Pearl Harbor 40 crew men of the net tender Elder blackened by fire and blasted by explosion were rescued Friday near the navys midPacific atomic testing area The dock landing ship Corn stock picked up 26 men from a boat and rafts at p m p m They had drifted for a week in sharkinfested waters after abandoning the stricken 163foot Elder T1e destroyer tender Piedmont reached the stricken net tender herself at 11 p m 3 a m CST Saturday and reported the other 14 crewmen were aboard and all in good shape They had stayed aboard to continue fighting the blaze The twin rescue ended an inten e sea searcn for the 6 days overdue at Eniwe tok scene of forthcoming atomic experiments Was Mystery What had happened to her was a mystery until the 26 men were the rafts in the After they climbed aboard the Comstock the sailors called for water then told their story Fire broke out in the engine room of the net tender March 10 series of explosions followed The crew fought the spreading flames and jettisoned the ammu nition aboard All morning arid all they agsinst EIders F Adams of San Diego Cal ordered 26 of the crew to abandon ship They put out in a life boat and rafts Fight Fire The other 14 eleven enlisted nftt aboard to con tinue the firefighting They were sail tossing ammunition overboard as the 26 pulled away They couldnt go into the ginefroom one said It was too There was a lot of 3inch cased ion floating around Those 14 conquered thefire They were still manning the flame andexplosion scarred Elder when aid came a week later Both the fire and explosion were unknown to the outside world All hat wag known was that she had eft Hawaii with a load of navi gation buoys to be used during the atomic tests and had failed to arrive at Eniwetok She was last north of Johnston Island is 700 miles from Pearl iarbor Women to Rescue Reading Pa pay roll thugs tried to rob Harry Focht Friday as he left a bank with Focht yelled Help Police There wasnt a policeman in sight But there were 30 women hosiery workers who had just cashed their pay checks The women stepped in with swinging fists The flabbergasted thugs ran to a nearby automobile and escaped ConvictsWin Concessions With Riot McAIester Okla even hardened criminals in the of Oklahomas penitentiary had promises of bet ter living conditions Saturday after disarming and holding 2 prison guards as hostages for more tnan an hour Little Alcatraz is a special building inside penitentiary walls where prisoners are penalized for ignoring regulations The rioting convicts some armed with prisonmade knives over powered Guards E W Martin and Joe Bales Friday afternoon seized tear gas guns and locked them selves in a cell block Bales suf fered several fractured ribs in the fracas The prisoners threatened further harm to the guards unless demands for at least 2 baths a week better food lighting facilities tobacco stationery and shaving mirrors were met Deputy Warden H C McLeod said Prison Warden Clarence Bur ford who was away at the time of the riot promised a complete in vestigation Saturday He was in Oklahoma City all day Friday McLeod promised the prisoners 2 baths instead of 1 a week and aH their other demands except tobacco and writing materials he said The convicts voted twice on McLeods offer and decided to return cell keys to Martin and surrender ;