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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 19, 1951, Mason City, Iowa Nortfclowos Doily Newspaper Edited far MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE TNI NEWSPAPIK THAT MAKIS ALL NOHTM I OW A N N E I 6 H I 0 t VOL LVI1 United Wirei One Mans Opinion A Cenuneutary EARL HALL Editor A Moratorium on World Problems IVE decided that in visit with you I avoid all this little am going to of the earthshaking subjects that so often constitute the subject matter of my com mentaries Instead Im going to consider with you some things much closer to kind of chitchat that usually makes up my daily newspaper column And 1 think Ill lead off with two approaches to the subject of lies lying and liars Some may feel that Im a bit inconsistent in these approaches seeming to be highly critical of untruthfulness on the one hand and giving approval to it on the other Criticize me on this score if you think I have it Five CenU a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MAKCH 1951 Faper CoiisliU at Two Blizzard Numbs North coming Anyway I sometimes feel that our socalled child psychologists get off all tooeasy when to ferreting out the causes of juvenile delinquency and its adult sequel crime Once I commented on this in connection with a re lease from a child welfare special ist admonishing against being cross with little Junior innocently he comes up and proceeds to kick a tattoo on your FrMstration Feared Junior the reasoning went might get the idea that he isnt wanted in his home That of course tends to develop a sense of frustration arid frustration is about the worst thing that can happen to anybody except the very thing thats going to happen to little Junior if when he gets a little older he goes around kick ing people on the shins All of this was several months ago Now I have another release from another craft Advisory service Its along a similar line Only thistime par ents are warned against discour aging little Junior when he gives out with a falsehood even whopper The lies children tell are not always lies They are oftensigns of a lively imagination which par ents would do well to encourage Isnt that just too sweet I wish It were true It isnt We had I much more Blizzard Postpones Kitts Trial Court Resumes Tuesday Morning A blizzard has postponed for the 2nd time in 5 days robbery trial here of Kenneth A Kitts 33 Omaha and Yancy D Hardy 32 Tyler Texas Jurors called Judge Henry N Graven at his home in Greene Sunday to tell him that they would be unable to get to Mason City for the Monday morning ses sion The judge then postponed the trial until Tuesday at 9 a m The trial got under way last Thursday a day late after last weeks blizzard kept members of the jury panel attorneys and court officials from getting to fed eral court here on Wednesday as scheduled Tirht Schedule Mondays delay made certain a tight schedule if the trial is to be concluded this week Kitts at torney Hugh Boyle reported that T E Diamond U S district at torney had indicated he would call his last witness Wednesday His schedule presumably will now move up to Thursday Boyle in turn had indicated that he would call Kitts to testify in his own defense probably on Good Friday indicating at Jeast a day of other defense testimony before Kitts On the same schedule Kitts now would be unable to testify before Saturday Judge Graven has been known to hold court evenings in order ODwyer Defends Costello New York Mayor William ODwyer told the sen ate crime committee Monday that he visited Gambler Frank Costello in 1942 I saw Costello definitely at his home possibly twice ODwyer said ODwyer said he was in the army at the time By BARBARA BUNDSCHU New York UR William ODwyer who became mayor of New York on the basis of his pub licity as prosecutor of Murder Inc told the senate crime in vestigating committee Monday that Frank Costello played a part in sending a notorious racketeer and killer to the electric chair Costello according to the com mittee is one of the leaders of two crime syndicates controlling or ganized crime throughout the United States He is under cita tion for contempt of congress be cause he thrice refused to answer the committees questions Not Mentioned But ODwyer said Costellos to maintain his calendar schedule In announcing his decision to have Kitts testify Boyle said I might as well have him Kitts plead guilty right now if I dont put him on the stand M L Mason who is defending Hardy has not said whether his clientalso will testify liable world back in the days when Boyle also will call Kitts at parents operated on the assump tion that truth was a virtue to be cultivated in as child from the very dawn of its ability iounderstand Keystone of Character Truth and its mother honesty arch of character Grounded1 these a child doesnt grow up to steal or cheat or do any of those other things that figure in juve nile later adult crime Those youngsters who have been in the news lately by reason of accepting bribes to throw bas ketball games wouldnt in my opinion have proved such a dis grace to clean sports if they hac been reared with a proper regard for truth and honesty A child old enough to draw satanic satisfaction from kicking people on the shins is old enough I insist for a little parental pre view of what happens to older folks who indulge in this question able pastime By the same token a child old enough for what our addle brained psychologists call nor mal flights of fancy is old enough for some firm but kindly counsel about the importance of being truthful In aggravated cases some firm pats at the base of the backbone work wonders Take this from one who has been on both the sending and the receiving end Another Slant on Tall Tales That ends my little preachment on this general proposition that parents have a duty to introduce their children to the discipline which a cold and often cruel world will impose on them at a later date x Now we turn from what some may view as a scolding attitude to a more genial and smiling ap proach to the subject of prevari cation And I begin by expressing a longheld suspicion that the con temporary crop of goodnatured liars as distinguished from the tractive blond wife Lillian to tes tify for the defense She appeared in court when the trial opened Thursday accompanied by the couples 4yearold son Kenny But she has not been in court constitute the very keystone inthe since the judge ordered witnesses out of the courtroom so they could not hear testimony Prochelo to Testify government witnesswho un doubtedly will testify early this Tony Prochelo operator of the Turin Inn Sioux City tavern According to Pasquale Pat name was never mentioned as a member of the hoard of direc tors of the 1940 crime syndicate which supported Murder Inc as its judicial and execution branch Rather Costello had a part in bringing Louis Lepke BucKal terj one of the most murderous criminals in New Yorks history to the justice of Sing Sings hot seat ODwyer said He did not however specifically absolve Costello Responding to the sharp questioning of Rudolph Halley and frequentlyirritated and snappish the current ambass ador to Mexico merely said that so far as he knew Costello was never connected with any mur der in Brooklyn The nationwide underworld had as its chief policymakers in his day as Kings county Brook Sfc1 A SNOWPLOWThe highway crews found out Monday that even a snowjplow has to be dug out by hand sometimes This one was working on highway 18 about Adonis Charles Lucky Luciano and William Moretti Tobey Objects Sen Charles W Tobey R N H interrupted ODwyers long statement to ask sharp questions about why it was Albert Arias tasia a notorious hoodlum who imce spent 18 months sin Stag Sings death house escaped a rap ODwyer had said the state had a perfect case GlobeGazette photoc by Muncr 8 miles east of Mason City when a front wheel the pavingand broke through Despite a 4wheel drive it took two other trucks pulling behind to get it out professionals has lost its finesse The prizewinning yarns from the most recent liars club com petition over at Burlington Wis didnt Im sorry to say either re move or diminish my suspicions along this line A lie to be a good lie must have about it an element of plausibil ity It must be something more than a monstrous exaggeration Thats a guiding principle in my book on this subject And to give it application lets take a look at two prizewinning tales in the Burlington the one that copped first place this year and one that won top honors some 15 or 20 years ago Its Cruel and Inhuman This most recent blueribbon lie Involved the burial of a man who had frozen to death in North Da kota Friends had to use a pile driver for a full week to drive him deep enough into the frozen ground for a decent burial Now vhoever heard of treating corpse like that Its cruel and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 chelo received part of the stolen loot The thieves total rthe robbery was and Diamond says more than in stolen travelers checks have not yet been recovered By the time court urday for the weekend the prose cution had called a total of 24 witnesses and introduced as evi dence about 40 separate exhibits including burglar tools and trav elers checks Belcastro Star Witness The governments star witness so far has been Belcastro who swore that Kitts and Hardy par ticipated in the robbery with him So far he has resisted defense ef forts to break down his story However both Boyle and Mason lave reserved the right to recall lim for further questioning The government called 20 wit nesses Saturday The testimony of one M L Tracy Omaha was or dered stricken from the record on a motion by Mason after the court found he was not in condition to testify Court officials and observers said Tracy the manager of the Rome hotel in Omaha had been drinking Judge Graven told the jury The condition of the witness was not unnoticed It will not be T All About The WEATHER repeated Monday when he will testify again Tracy is a former manager of the Hotel Hanford in Mason City Cashier Testifies Everett B Pannkuk 47year old cashier at the Laurens bank testified that 104 safety deposit boxes were opened by force dur ing the burglary Pannkuk also testified that 70 other safety deposit boxes were damaged but not entered and 24 opened with keys Other witnesses described the scene of disorder at the bank the morning of the robbery These included two FBI agents the 1st to testify in the trial They were John L Mulhall Sioux City and Lewis Halla Fort Dodge Others Describe Scene Others who described trie scene at the bank were George Peter sen Marathon factory worker day night with low 5 above Partly cloudy Tuesday with high near 24 Iowa Clear Monday night with low near zero northwest and north central 5 to 10 above elsewhere Sunny Tuesday with northwesterly winds 1520 MPH and continued cold High Tuesday 20 to 30 Some thawing where the snow is dirty Further outlook Con tinued fair and rather cold Wednesday and probably on Thursday Low Wednesday morning 5 to 15 above High Wednesday afternoon 25 to 35 Minnesota Generally fair south and mostly cloudy north por tion with light snow north Monday night and extreme north Tuesday Continued cold Low Monday night 05 above west and south and 1015 above northeast High Tuesday 1015 Slowly diminishing west to northwest winds with consider able drifting Monday night and some drifting Tuesday GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a rn Monday March 19 Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Precipitation Snowfall YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 24 6 2 99 inches 32 20 GlobeGazette weather statistics or the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Sunday March 18 and bank janitor Maurer editor of Sun who bank and Neil L the Laurens Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Precipitation Snowfall YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 29 22 24 8 8 26 13 took pictures of the SAME DATE lag means traffic H hours PM BLOAV IT AAV rotary snowplow like this one was the only thing which could cope with 8foot drifts on highway 18 east of Mason City Monday Note the old snow at the peak on the left Piled high from last weeks blizzard it now leaves no place for pushplow to put the new snow Allies Set Up Holding Line Near Parallel 38 By OLEN CLEMENTS Tokyo patrols probed within a few milesof the 38th parallel in Korea Monday Strong U S 8th army forces set up a holding line only 17 miles south of that politically sensitive boundary The army breaking a 3day silence announced holding elements are 17 miles from he 38th parallel at 5 points t did not locate the points and said it would not Holding el ements presumably are capable of holding their ground against leavy attack The brief announcement said patrols were operating miles north of the 5 points and in all other sectors It did not say how many miles Parallel 38 which cuts across iCorea about the center has been he arbitrary dividing line ween communist North and ublican South Korea since end of World war II North Koreans stabbed be re the across he line June 25 and touched off the current fighting United Nai tions forces pushed them back across the parallel Then the allies were forced south of the line by overwhelm ing masses of Chinese reds who came to Koreans Now the UN was rolling north ward once more in search of withdrawing Chinese and red North Korean forces Whether the UN would drive back across 38 was a knotty prob lem before the worlds diplomats and military leaders The Chinese appeared to have given up their last main military base south of the chon 8 miles below the line in central Korea Reports to 8th army headquar ters also indicated the reds had abandoned de fenses alongthe Hongchon river south of Chunchon The 8th army said Monday mid afternoon there had been no con tact worthy of the name with reds in 72 hours But there was flashing air ac tion Twentyfour F80 Shooting Stars flying under cover of 12 F86 Sabre Jets firebombed rocketed and strafed the airfield at Sinuiju on the Yalu river boun dary between Manchuria and Ko rea The attack was within sight of the red air baseat Antung just across the river in Manchuria Several Russianmade MIG15 jets took off from the Antung air field but did not attack the Ameri can planes Twelve more F80s joined the flight attacking Sinuiju The 36 Shooting Stars then pounded rail targets near Sinuiju and Huichon and destroyed 3 locomotives and 50 railroad cars U S far east air forces B29s dropped 220 tons of bombs Sun day on Hungnam port of evacua tion for allied troops last Decem ber Rowe Acted on Truman RFC Orders Washlnrton ff C Edward owe testified Monday President Truman appointed him an RFC director with orders that it the RFC needed to be cleaned up and go on over there and do a job Rowe gave his testimony to sen ate investigators who have ac cused him and two other RFC di rectors of yieldingt6 influence in making loans Denies Goat Ancle Rowes story of his instructions trom Mr Truman capped earhe testimony in which he denied h ever tried to get a fellow directo Walter L Dunham to resign an become the goat of the sena nvestigation of the huge govern ment lending agency Rowe told a senate bankin subcommittee it was true he ha suggested to Dunham that quit the HFC board but he said was only because Dunham hs complained to him of poor health In a sometimes stormy sessior Rowe demanded that the sena group withdiaw its charges link ng him to an alleged influenc with white house contacts Chairman Fulbright D Ark etorted that the evidence receive y the senators was that Row himself used influence to get oan for his own company befor becoming anRFC director Largest Stockholder This was a loan to th Harrington and Richardson Arm o of Worcester Mass in which Stockpile Drifts Slow All Traffic Highway Crews Making Progress The sun came out Monday and watched Noith lowans digging out of the 2nd big blizzard m a week A 25 to 30 mile an hour westwind was drifting northsouth roada badly however Highways in the Mason City area were open at least for one way traffic Monday noon except No 18 from Mason City to Floyd where a rotary and 3 pushtype snowplows were slowly chewinf through drifts higher than the plows The heaviest snowfall in the state over the weekend was at Northwood which registered 12 inches Mason City inches of new snow Southward it dwindled to a line from the south west to the northeast corner of Iowa M Inehea Hen Northwood Monday reported a total of 36 inches of snow on the Snowfall Record at Chafas City City W ChariM It City noted u Jowaa ter capital Monday hai a winter recwrd i The eld mark i7J inehea act In im17 fell dirinf end nwwttora 11 ground Mason Citys total for the winter was M inches 11 shortof the record 77 in 192829 The aver age since 1891 is 43J K But it was the 45 mile hour winds Sunday which marled traf fic by piling full again the cuU plowed out from luti weeks bliz zard XT There were84 Norway Iowa schools closed Included were 4he Mason City public schools for the first time in aev eral years 7 The state police radio road re port Monday noon District 6 Rock RapidiEither ville Highwayft18Jopenf gency traffics Tlfbtoeked north of open in Esthervillearea District 7 18 open No51B9 drift ing badly oneway 5 open OneWay Traffic District 8 open 9open one way but drifting badly open No openj oneway The Superforts piled 150 tons of explosives Monday on a red supply center 9 miles northwest of the east coast port of Wonsan Rowe then was an officer and o which he still is the largest singl stockholder Do I understand you think i is proper for a borrower from th RFC to be appointed a director Fulbright demanded 1 would say its better not to Rowe replied And he insisted he did not oc cupy that role because the firm paid off the loan after his appoint ment to the RFC but before he took the oath of office last fall Truck Overloading Bill Passes House DCS Moines 2nd of a series of bills designed to call a halt to overloading of trucks massed 78 to 0 in the Iowa house Monday The truck bill was sent to the senate It would increase from to a year the amount the state highway com mission may spend for weighing md inspection of trucks and uses The house last week passed bill which would sharply in crease the penalties lor overload ng trucks harles City to Nora Springs but not recommended travel No L8 open Charles City to New Hampton and Nou218 open north of Charles City North and south roads drifting District 9 highways open to atleast one way traffic The blizzard was accompanied by dropping temperatures and the low reading early Monday was two below zero at Iowa Falls the weather bureau said The Northwestern BelL Tele phone company reported that high winds and ice up to an inch in diameter on wires put 223 long distance circuits out of commis sion mostly in the southwestern 3rd of the state No Phone Service Four Iowa towns still were iso lated Monday from telephone service but the breaks will be patched as soon as plows can clear the roads The 4 towns affected were Thayer FpntanelleWellman and Shannon City A flood of long distance calls inspued principally by the vastly changed plans as a result of the storm set new records in volume at many Iowa cities In Des Moines an alltime high number of 7400 ong distance calls was handled Sunday At Iowa Falls and Charles City where there were stalled rains Northwestern Bell said it ivas swampedand had to put all available operators on emergency duty Snow plows aided in many emergency situations At Charles ity 3 plows were used to open he way to the hospital for Mrs Wary Lou Fredrichsj a farm wife vho was an expectant mother Bus lines were stalled Sunday ut Monday reported a return to ormal schedules The huge drifts stalled trains unday The northbound ock Island Rocket was held up at owa Falls during the night but rrived in Mason City Monday morning About 300 passengers soard the train spent the nightin owa Falls hotels or on the train Rocket Operates The south bound Rocket was eld up at MinneapolisSunday It esumed normal operations Mon Milwaukee No 11from Chicago rrived about on time in Mason ity Monday Chicago service adly disrupted Sunday by rifts between Nora Springs and ;