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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 28, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE HOME EDITION THi NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LVI Associated and United Press Full Lease Wires Cents Copyl MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MARCH 28 1950 HIGH Charles City residents were forced from their homes Monday by floodwaters from the Cedar river Above B P Wright stands in the doorway of his home where he lives alone Below Mrs Lucille Cooley of the Oak Park addition is shown being given a boatride by 3 unidentified neighbors after a trip to town for groceries Floodwaters were receding Tuesday Witness Testifies Bednasek and GeeGee Played at Judo Iowa testimonythaV Rotiert E Bednaaek and his pretty coed friend frenquently engaged in friendly horseplay with judo holds was introduced Tuesday at Bednaseks murder trial The 24yearold University of Iowa psychology student charged with the strahgu BULLETIN Key West Fla Truman Tuesday rejected a sen ate subcommittee request for confidential government loyalty files But he ordered the loyalty review board to review all charges of disloyalty which have been made before the committee May Again Bonuses Go Out by April 10 Des Moines ff3 The Iowa bonus board probably will be able to resume the mailing of checks to veterans about April 10 state offi cials said Tuesday Four officials will leave for New York April 5 to sign the last of 4 blocks of in bonus bonds April 7 The funds are expected to be in the hands of the bonus board by April 10 The bonds will be signed in New York because a syndicate headed by a New York bank bought the bonds at a recent auction sale GovWilliam S Beardsley Sec retary of State Melvin D Synhorst and State Treasurer John M Grimes will sign the bonds Attor ney General Robert L Larson will accompany them to give final ap proval to the form of securities Adm Sherman Off for France Frankfurt Germany Forrest P Sherman U S chief of naval operations took off from here Tuesday for Nice France on his European tour of U S navy units Sherman is scheduled to confer In Nice with Vice Adm John J Ballentine commander of the 6th fleet The chief of operations spent 2 days in Germany visiting naval installations and conferring with American military leaders 1AMK irattU dtalh lation death of the girl Mar garet Anne GeeGee Jackson 20 in Bednaseks campus room ing house last December 11 The state charges he killed Miss Jackson because he was afraid of losing her The defense maintains her death was an accident More witnesses were placed on the stand Tuesday to bolster the defense claim that Bednasek and the coed were very affectionate One married couple testified Miss Jackson once discussed the matter of having children if she and Bed nasek were to marry Among the witnesses was Wal ter Joe Schluter 25 a junior stu dent from Rutland Iowa He said he had een the defendant and Miss Jackson indulge in horse play on several occasions At Picnic One time it happened at a pic nic he related He said Bednasek showed GeeGee some judo holds Schluter testified Miss Jack son then tried the holds on Bedna sek and when she could not make them work she tried them on Schluters girl friend On cross examination the wit ness said he did not see any marks or gouges on Miss Jacksons neck after the judo experiment The married couple Mr and Mrs Milton L Taylor formerly of Cedar Rapids but now of East Du buque 111 related details of a double date they once had with the defendant and Miss Jackson The Taylors who have a baby girl said their conversation in cluded remarks about having chil dren Both quoted Miss Jackson as saying I suppose wed better have a boy No Marriage Plans The state previously had intro duced testimony that GeeGee was not in love with Bednasek and had no intention of marrying him The Taylors said the couple seemed very happy together They exchanged bites on pick led sausages they were eating the witnesses said Three other defense witnesses testified Tuesday They were Fred J Kluss principal of Roosevelt high school at Cedar Rapids which Bednasek attended Arthur Lee Smith 24 of Cedar Rapids a University of Iowa grad uate and Ray Gaoghagan 23 of Sioux City a fraternity brother of Bednasek All 3 appeared as character wit nesses for the defendant Hanson in Challenge to McCarthy Asks Senator to Repeat Charges of ProCommunism Washington Han son said Tuesday he will sue Sen Joseph R McCarthy for libel if the senator ever gives up his con gressional immunity and repeats his charge that the state depart ment aide is procommunist Hanson swore before a senate foreign relations investigating subcommittee that I am not a communist I have never been a communist I have never belonged to an organization cited by the attorney general as being a communist front organi zation I have never knowingly associated with an espionage agent of a foreign power McCarthy Charge McCarthy has called Hanson a man with a mission to communize the world The Wisconsin repub lican also charged that Hanson is This Paper Consists ot Two No 115 inhardt US E 1 known for his proclivities procommunist Hanson told the subcommittee that if McCarthy will repeat these charges without benefit of im munity I will assure him that he will be called upon to answer me in a court of justice at the earliest practicable moment It was the 2nd threat of court action against McCarthy in as many days Attorneys for Owen J Lattimore far eastern expert Monday called upon McCarthy to retract charges that Lattimore is the top Russian espionage agent m this country But they added that a retraction would not free the senator from liability Continue Probe The subcommittee continued its investigation of McCarthys sweep ing charges against state depart ment figures without access to government loyalty files President Truman it was leained has decided to refuse the request of the investigating committee for permission to examine the files Sources close to the president in Dies in Air Crash 2 Iowa Cities Pick Manager Plan Councils By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Des Moines and Council Bluffs Tuesday had elected their first city councils under the city manager plan of government In both cities victories were recorded for good government organizations In Council Bluffs the entire 5 man good government slate backed by a dozen civic organiza tions was elected In Des Moines 4 of the 5 candidates sponsored by the good government committee a group representing business labor educational and civic interests were elected The good government slates Key West tioning told where he is vaca reporters the files would not be made on a limited basis President Trumans decision to withheld the loyalty files soon may faef forwarded to the subcom mittee Huaband Ran House Miami Fla Sophia Barbara Staup sued her husband for divorce because he refused to let her buy groceries and insisted on doing the cooking and house work Dies in Fall From Window at St Ansgar St Anspar Dr Ralph Whitley Mitchell county coroner Tuesday was investigating the death of Joe Krensky past 60 years old whose body was found in the basement of a building here at 10 p m Monday having apparently fallen hrough a window The coroner was not prepared to give any information Tuesday norning as to the cause of death The body was taken to the Schroeder and Houg funeral home Krensky a native of Poland was a hired man from time to time at the William and John Dickson arm 10 mfles southeast of Osage 3e came to the United States from Poland after World war I and worked for Dickson first in 1931 Krensky had not been at the Dickson place since Saturday afternoon but neighbors said Mon day he told them he intended to go back there and work Little is known of Krenskys relatives but he said he had a wife in Poland a sister in Chicago and a son and daughter whereabouts not known leaders in Council Bluffs were Einer P Juel James Mulqueen Marion Shugart Frank Griffith and Carl Schoneberg Elected in Des Moines were A B Chambers Ray Mills Iver Er ickson Ruby Holton and Allan Denny Chambers Mills Erickson and Miss Holton had been spon sored by the committee Val Wells who suffered a stroke more than a week ago was the 5th member endorsed by the committee Bond Issue A bond issue for con struction of a veterans memorial auditorium passed in Des Moines where had been author ized in a previous election Dubuque which already oper ates under the city manager plan elected 3 men to its city council Terms of the other 2 did not ex pire this year Of the 9 candidates who had council seats Raymond Kolb Richard Wynes and Ruben V Austin were elected In Cedar Rapids a proposal to abolish the superior court was defeated Maintenance of the su perior court had been termed an unnecessary tax burden by a committee appointed at the sug gestion of the Linn county bar as sociation to investigate local courts Okay Tax Levy The voters approved a tax levy to support a municipal band in Cedar Rapids Mayor Frank Hahn and Streets Commissioner David Williams Both had the Cedar HOOVER AT General J Howard and FBI Director J Edgar Hoover appear Monday before a senate foreign relations subcommittee investigating charges of communists in the state department McGrath joined Hoover in saying that FBI files should not be opened to the investigators with Hoover testifying the FBIs work would be crippled if its files are made available to the senators Weather Report FORECAST AC as on City Clearing Tuesday night with low 18 Sunny and a little warmer Wednesday with high about 34 Iowa Clearing and somewhat colder Tuesday night Wednes ay fair with higher afternoon temperatures Low Tuesday night 2025 northwest 2530 southeast Iowa 5Day Weather Outlook Temperatures will average near normal Normal highs 48 to 55 Normal lows 26 to 31 Rising temperatures beginning Wednes day continuing Thursday and Friday Turning colder Saturday and Sunday Precipitation will average i to 4 inch occurring as showers Friday and Saturday Minnesota Clearing and colder Tuesday night Wednesday fair and cold Low Tuesday night 0 to 8 above north 1015 south Wednesday 2025 north 2530 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Tuesday Maximum 41 Minimum 25 At 8 a m 25 Precipitation 09 Snow inch YEAR AGO Maximum 45 Minimum 30 both were defeated held their offices on Rapids council for 15 years Clar ence Sedive was elected mayor and Ray Tapper streets commis sioner One other Safety Commissioner Gordon defeated He will be succeeded by Edward Pro chaska The other 2 incumbent councilmen were reelected Other city election returns Waterloo Approved bond issue for construction of 2 swimming pools Elected Law rence Touchae mayor over In cumbent Bailey Barnes Elected 2 incumbent councilmen and re mainder Touchae ticket 5th Term William Lueck reelected for 5th term by nar row margin over Lawrence Ser voss Two members reelected to council in addition to Newcom ers Dr L H Brown Edward Jep sen and Earl McKeighan Keokuk Hubert Schouten chosen over James OBrien to be new mayor Frank Willmering present mayor was defeated in the primary Burlington Thomas Smith Burlingtonmayor and 3 council men reelected In closest race Art Hartman veteran Burlington airman was elected superintend ent of parks over Harry Hatt dis abled World war II veteran A A Drebenstedt was elected super intendent of finance Sioux Dan Conley and 3 incumbent city councilmen elected Newcomer to council was Nicholas OMillinuk elected su perintendent of public safety to replace Walter Lindgren who did not run for reelection Approved tax levy to exceed mill to sup port city symphony orchestra Find Shooting of Boy Accidental Storm Lake serv ices were to be held Tuesday for 5yearold Allen Boettcher whose death during a game of cops and robbers has been determined to have been accidental A coroners jury Monday decid ed there was no felonious intent in the killing after they visited Eugene Gindler 11 who admitted he fired the 12 gauge shotgun that killed Allen Eugene told the 3man jury he had no enmity to ward the Boettcher boy and no in tent to kill The funeral was set for p m Allen was the son of Mr and Mrs Herman Boettcher He was killed Saturday Truman Signs Deficiency Money Bill Washington white house announced that President Truman Tuesday signed a 000000 urgent deficiency bill carying sharply reduced funds for operation of rent controls be tween now and June 30 when the present rent law expires Mr Truman signed the bill at Key West Fla where he is va cationing The bill provides money to tide overfor the rest of this fiscal year a number of gov ernment agencies including the veterans administration the atom ic energy commission and the of fice of the housing expediter which administers federal rent ceilings Of the alloted to the rent office was ear marked specifically for payment of terminal leave to employes discharged as the rent program tapers off Mr Truman asked for 000 to keep the rent law in force for the rest of the fiscal year What he got after subtraction of the sum allotted to terminal leave was LEAVES FOR MALTA London Elizabeth left London by air Tuesday for Malta where she will remain for about a month with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh who is a lieutenant on the destroyer Chequers Confessions by 3 Youths Admit 12 Local Breakins Mason City police in a crack down on juvenile crimes in th city had 3 youths in custody Tues day whom they planned to turn over to juvenile court in connec tion with their confessions of12 breakins here within the last months Chief of Police Harold E Wolfe announced The youths one 14 years of agi and 2 who are 16 have been sough for weeks by police after breaking and enterings were reported a business places in various parts o the city Two of them were pickec up in a used car lot at night anc they implicated the 3rd boy One of them had signed himseL as The Joker at several places entered The breakins were admitted in signed statements to L F Ri sacher day captain Chief Wolfe said Breakins Listed They included Jan 12 broke in rear door of Bluebird grocery 40 12th N W took gum and cigarets Jan 28 broke rear window 01 Herfindahl service station 132C 4th S E and took gum and pea nuts Jan 29 broke rear window of Links service station 826 E State and entered but nothing taken Feb 2 entered Texaco sta tion 804 4th S W and took some pop Feb 3 gained entrance through back window of Connelly service station and looted cash till of Feb 17 broke back door of Pal mer grocery 1407 S Federal but couldnt get into main part of n TRUMAN AND JOHNSON fense Louis Johnson arrived in Key West Fla Monday toconfer with President Harry S Truman Johnson right and the president are shown seated on lawn chairs i tf store Feb 18 entered Zacks service station 1903 S Federal by breaking rear window but noth ing taken March 10 jumped over fence at Cerro Gordo Implement company 15 10th S W broke out window to gain entrance ran sacked desk and took some candy Battered Combination March 11 ransacked office of Crystal Lake Ice and Fuel com pany 323 4th S W after gaining entrance and the same night broke a window to get into Carl Steins junkyard 111 6th S W where in a small bank in the office was taken Combination on safe was pounded but not able to break into it March 14 broke combination door and battered in safe at Bull Paint company 326 1st S W March 17 broke into rear of Rolfe Products company 400 8th S W battered safe and took Capt Risacher said the youths sometimes worked in pairs and that some of the jobs involved all 3 of them Was Once Ambassador to Moscow 4 Others Killed as Plane Goes Down on Farm Near Ottawa Ottawa Laurence A Steinhardt U S ambassador to Canada was killed with 4 other persons Tuesday in the crash of a Washingtonbound U S trans port plane on a farm near Ottawa The 2engined U S air force C47 crashed 11 miles southeast of here shortly after taking off from Ottawas Rockcliffe airport The craft was demolished The victims as listed by the Canadian press Steinhardt once ambassador to Russia and Czechoslovakia and for 17 years a career diplomat Allan Harrington son of the U S minister to Canada Julian Harrington Cap Thomas Archibald U S army air force pilot Lt Col W F Trueblood U S army air force an exchange officer attached to RCAF head quarters in Ottawa Lt Mark Belanger U S army air force a former U S air at tache at Ottawa who was in Ot tawa on an exchange basis Lone Survivor The lone survivor was Master Sergenat Gwyn A Long of the U S army air force crew on the flight He was reported to have walked away from the wreck and was taken to a hos pital The plane took off at a m CST Witnesses at thescene the Gould farm 3 miles southeast of Ramsayville said v the era f t seemed to explode about 50 feet from the ground Wreckage was scattered over a wide area of the flat cleared farmland Steinhardt was ambassador to Moscow during a critical periodof U SRussian relations A New Yorker Steinhardt gave up a profitable law and business career to enter the diplomatic serv Youth Held for Kossuth on Bad Check Highway patrolmen Tuesday morning apprehended a West Bend boy and girl on a highway leading put of Mason City and are hold ing the boy for Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst of Kossuth county on check charges The youth Orville Besch 19 West Bend also was being ques tioned here on other check charges in the state A patrolman said Besch and the girl Lois Marie Code 17 West Bend had been traveling over the northern part of the state for near ly 3 weeks in a 1939 Chevrolet registered to Beschs father He said they had registered at several lotels as Mr and Mrs Moore A 20 year old companion from Estherville arrested with them was questioned and released He said he had traveled with the pair about a week The arrest was made by Patrol man Earle Shoeman who spotted Ihe car by its license number at he south edge of the city turned around and gave chase until he caught up with Besch Thief Scales Wall to Break Into Vault New Hampton state agent Monday took finger prints n the vault of the Chickasaw Bounty clerk of the district court or clues to a weekend break n The thief crawled up the side 5f the courthouse 20 feet to reach he 2nd floor office and broke a window He took from a fteel case in the vault LAURENCE STEINHAKDT ice in April 1933 He worked for the election of President Franklin D Roosevelt whom he had known for several years and was made minster to Sweden Goes to Moscow He stayed in Stockholm until 1937 then was made ambassador to Peru The Moscow assignment fol lowed in February 1939 Steinhardt saw the war begin in Moscow He was bombed and nearly captured by the Germans after they turned on their Russian allies Because one German officer he knew sent a pet dog home by plane 4 days before the German invasion in 1941 Steinhardt was able to call the turn on the Germans de cision to fight Russia He flew home just before Pearl Harbor and was immediately past ed back to Istanbul There he matched wits for 3 years with Hit lers ace diplomat Franz von Papen He helped hold the Turks from wavering into the German ranks and then cinched their aid for the allies In Washington the state depart ment said Steinhardt was enroute to the United States on private business It gave his destination as New York and not Washington Margaret Smokes Warrtaffion En r I and Princess Margaret smokes She settled the hotty debated question Tuesday when she took a cigaret from her bag at an official luncheon here and smoked it Sheused an ornamental gold banded cigaret holder ;