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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 30, 1950, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPtR FOR THE HOME MASON CITYLGLOBEGAZETT THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH I O WANS NEIGHBORS E VOL LVI PMM Full Lent Vint Iflvt Copyt MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MARCH 30 1950 ThL Paper Coruisti o Two HOME EDITION iiniir No 147 To SANATORIUM SCENE IN WHICH 9 DIEDA general view of t h clogged wing of the BelleVista sanatorium a private institution near Philadelphia shows where 9 men patients were suffocated and at least 30 other patients men and women were overcome Wednesday night They were overcome by smoke which poured from the basement at right center 9 Male Mental Patients Meet Death in Sanatorium Blaze Philadelphia male strapped to concrete bunks and others trapped in barred and bolted rooms perished Wednesday night in a fire which raged through one wing of a suburban private sanatorium At 80 other persons were injured or overcome by BULLETIN Philadelphia UR Nicholas Verna 26 a convicted arsonist confessed Thursday that he set the fire which killed 9 mental patients at a private sanatorium state police reported Present New Safety Plan Soon Des Moines 11 member committee was appointed Thurs day to solve in 10 days the biggest problem developed at the state wide safety congress The perma nent action committee could not decide between a proposal ad vanced by State Safety Commis sioner Alfred W Kahl and one presented by W Earl Hall Mason City GlobeGazette managing edi tor Kahl recommended formation of new organization to be known as the Iowa Safety CoOrdinating committee It would develop a statewide coordinated continuing safety program such as Gpv Wil liam S Beardsley requested in calling the 2 day safety congress which opened Wednesday Hall preferred reviving the now inactiveIowa State Safety council with the state giving aid Hall chairman of the perma nent action committee has been active in state and national safety organizations for many years At times the debate between Kahl and Hall a renewal of a dis cussion started Wednesday be came next to bitter The final re sult was appointment of the 11 member committee It is to recommend fe State Senator John R Hattery of Ne vada congress chairman in 10 days a proposed safety organiza tion It is expected to be a com promise between Kahls and Halls recommendations Members of the committee are Howard Hill Minburn John Hines Kirk Fox L E Growler and Elmer Dunn all of Des Moines James Smith Cedar Rap ids Charles Martin Austin Fin nessy Robert Phillips and Don Hutchings all of Des Moines and Mrs R D Jacobson Boone Shenandoah Boy Shot in Abdomen smoke as flames swept from basement to upper rooms of a section of the 47yearold Belle Vista sanatorium The sanatorium is given over to treatment of convalescent senile nervous and mental cases Rescuers ripped thick wire rnesh from windows in order to lead scores of uncom prehending and hysterical to safety Walter Rohrbach one of the firemen said he rescued 12 women patients carrying them down lad ders one at a time It was sickening he said Some were screaming Some were standing around blank with passive understanding Shenandoah N i n eyear old Leroy Smith was in critical condition in Hand hospital Thurs day with a bullet wound in the lower abdomen The boy was brought to the hospital by his parents Mr and Mrs Harvey Smith of Norwich Wednesday night The wound apparently was in flicted accidentally when Leroy and a neighbor boy Ronald Fox 9 were playing with a 22 cali ber rifle belonging to Ronalds parents Mr and Mrs Smith said they did not know any details of how the accident occurred Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clear Thursday night and Friday Warmer Friday Low Thursday night 25 to 30 High Friday mid 50s Iowa Generally fair Thursday night and Friday Warmer Fri day Low Thursday night 2632 Minnesota Partly cloudy Thurs day night and Friday warmer Friday and northeast and ex treme north portions Thursday night Low Thursday night 20 25 north 2428 south High Fri day 4048 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Thursday Maximum 35 Minimum 24 At 8 a m 31 TEAR AGO Maximum 4 Minimum 15 what was going so scared they had no emotions Fastened to Bunks Authorities said some of tne male patients who died were fas tened to bunks upon which they had lain without mattresses and only a few blankets A few wore straitjackets Lt John Jellison of the Spring field township police expressed belief the fire might have been incendiary It looks as if it might have been started by someone probably by a patient he said Wednesday nights fhe at Belle Vista which lies on the north western edge of Philadelphia in Springfield township Montgomery county was the 3rd at the sanator ium in 14 months It broke out shortly after 9 p m CST in the basement of the 2story part wooden and part stone building Within a matter of moments after its discovery confusion was rampant inside Only the swift action of rescuers and the resourcefulness of nurses and other members of the staff prevented sheer panic Gasp for Air As it was patients choking and gasping for air as smoke filled the rooms and corridors shouted and screamed for help while they sought to throw off their shackles Some raced to windows only to find them heavily screened Others thumped on massive on the outside A number of these terrified pa tients injured themselves in their efforts to be free Fire Marshal Edward li Chew said the blaze apparently started in the basement laundry from an undetermined cause It spread to the first floor where the men pa tients were quartered He said only the basement was badly dam aged The blaze was discovered by 4 male patients watching a televi sion show in a first floor recrea tion room They said they felt the heat around their ankles A search led to the blaze in the basement where the boilers and laundry are located SAME fUt nit traffU 21 Man Killed in Gavein on ISC Campus Ames man was killed and another injured Thursday in a cavein on a construction project 011 Iowa State college campus The dead man was identified as Clarence Warner about 23 of Boone Grover Fisher abopt 40 of Ames was taken to an Ames hos pital after being rescued from the cavein which claimed the life of Warner Both were employed by the Nat kin Construction company of Omaha Nebr on the agronomy building project on the campus George Windebank job super intendent said Warner and Fisher were in a 12foot ditch at the time of the mishap The top ofthe ditch had been held open by jacks which were removed as other workmen lowered a water main into the ditch The walls collapsed on the 2 men Fellow workmen re moved both men from the ditch soon after the accident Two other workirlen in the ditch at the time escaped by running the other way Warner apparently was suffo cated Fisher was reported in good condition in Mary Greeley hos pital Mickey Rooney Father Is Dead North Hollywood Cal Yule 61 veteran showman father of Actor Mickey Rooney died at his home Thursday following a heart attack Yules 2nd wife Lcola their 2 young adopted children Jerry and Mary Jean and Rooney were at his bedside when death came Yule who was born in Edin burgh Scotland and began his theatrical career at the age oi 13 recently had returned here alter appearing with a stock companys presentation of Finians Rain bow Previously he had appeared in several Maggie and Jiggs pic tures Iowa Solon Wants Files Turned Over McCarthy Says He WillShowProof Lattimore Is Red BULLETIN Washington Mc Carthy RWis told the senate Thursday he will supply docu ments showing that Owen Lat timore is a soviet agent and is or has been a member of the communist party Washington Bourke B Hickenlqopcr R accused the administration of the height of arrogance Thursday for refusing to give sen ate investigators its secret loy alty files Senator Joseph R McCarthy said meanwhile that he would give the senate new details on the Lattimore case in a speech later Thursday He has charged that Lattimore a far eastern expert is Russias top U S spy McCarthy advised FBI Director J Edgar Hoover to have one of his agents in the gallery He of fered to give the Gman docu mentary evidence against Latti more who is on his way home from Afghanistan to answer the charge President Truman has ordered 3 subordinates not to comply with senate subpoenas for their loyalty files McCarthy believes the rec ords will prove his charge that the state department is loaded with procommunists To White House Mr Truman said the subpoenas should be referred to the white house The presidents a request from his top loyalty re view board for all the data of the subcommittee and touched off a new flurry of re publican criticism Hickenlpoper a member of the investigating subcommittee told reporters that Board Chairman Seth W Richardsons request was in the category of a diversionary action For them to ask information from us without their being will ing to give us information would say the height of arrogance This ought to be a 2 way street Hickenlooper said Split Seen Arepublican policy maker who preferred to remain anonymous said there is mounting evidence of a split within GOPranks over McCarthys charges and the GOPs position on tljem It was learned from other sources that some policy commit tee members urged that republi cans come out in favor of con tempt action against officials re fusing to comply wtih the sub poenas They were served on Secretary of State Dean Acheson Attorney General J Howard McGrath and President Harry B Mitchell of the civil service commission They were ordered to furnish the sub committee with the loyalty files and all other pertinent data on persons McCarthy had named as procornmunist French Leader Leon Blum Dies Paris Blum 77 three times premier of France died un expectedly Thursday He had long been a leader of the socialist party in France and was recognized in recent years as its elder statesman Blum veteran of Frances tur bulent between w a v poHlics would have been 78 April 9 Thrice premier of France he was active in Frances govern ment to the end He was vice pre mier under Andre Marie in 1948 and was a leader in the European unity movement A bitter foe of the nazis before and during the war Blum was just asvehemently an enemy of the communists who made him a constant target of their attacks Blum served as premier twice in the years before World war II and once after the war Pie had been designated as premier for a 4th time by the president of the republic but failed to get con firmation from the national as sembly One of the ablest debaters of French contemporary life Blum was considered an elder statesman of the socialist party He edited its newspaper Le Populaire Bednasek Says Girl Killed Accidentally Leo to Run for Lieutenant Governorship DCS Moines Senator Richard V Leo 60 Dysart farm er announced Thursday his can didacy for the republican nomi nation for lieutenant governor He is the 4th to enter the race and there is a possibility of 2 others The newest prospect is State Rep D A Jiggs Dono hue of Tipton The other is State Senator Arthur H Jacobson of Waukon Previously announced candi dates are State Senator J Ken dall Lynes of Plainfield State Rep Harold F Lum Nelson of Sioux City and Warren Wells of Council Bluffs chairman of the state tax commission Wells resigned several weeks ago to make the race but he still is serving until his successor is appointed Wells is reported anx ious to be relieved so that he can start his campaign But Gov William S Beardsley apparently is having trouble find ing a replacement for the ayear post He said when Wells resigned that he expected to fill the vacancy promptly Leo has been senator from the TamaBenton county district for the last 9 sessions the last 3 as president pro tern of the senate He has served as chairman of the appropriations agriculture and schools committees Leo was grad uated from the University of Iowa ia 1913 and lettered in basketball there From 1915 to 1917 he was superintendent of schools and coach at Blairstown He has since been a farmer At one time Leo owned and op erated a grain elevator and feed business at Dysart in connection with his farming operations He is married and has a son and a daughter Political observers had ex pressed the opinion that if more than 3 got into the race the nomi nation probably will have to be made at the G O P postprimary convention State law provides that if no one candidate geis 35 per Cent of the vote the convention makes the nomination Mo Skipper Pleads Guilty to Neglect Norfolk Va William D Brown pleaded guilty Thurs day to charges of negligence and neglect of duty in the grounding of the battleship Missouri Brown who commanded the Big Mo when she ran aground on a Chesapeake bay shoal January 17 pleaded guilty to each of 3 charges and 4 specifications The action of the former skipper of the 45000ton battleship came shortly after he was arraigned be fore a general court martial con vened to try him on the charges Several minutes earlier he had stood before the court composed of 4 rear admirals and 3 captains and heard the judge advocate read these charges 1 Through negligence suffer ing a vessel oi the navy to be stranded 2 Through negligence suffer ing a vessel of the navy to be haz arded 3 Neglect of duty 26 Plead Guilty to Spy Charges Sofia Bulgaria Yugo slavs and 20 Bulgarians Wednes day pleaded guilty to spying for Yugoslavia and plotting to over throw the Bulgarian government Branko Svieratz one of the de fendants told the court in Sofias palace of justice he had received money and instructions from a secretary of the Yugoslav embassy here and had been promised fire arms and explosives for carrying out terrorist activities AP Wirephoto SUGGESTS A Dwight D Eisen hower former chief of staff suggests a readjustment in the nations defense spending as he testifies Wednesday before a senate appropriations subcommittee The gen era said he believed we could do agreat deal more by readjusting items within the present military budget rath er than increasing the total spending Plan to Add to Defense Budget for 51 Washington fi Members the house armed services commit tee disclosed plans Thursday to add about to next years defense budget This development followed tes timony by Gen Dwight D Eisen hower that a half billion dollars a be used to strengthen this countrys de fenses The house next week will begin consideration of a bill which calls for in cash and contract authority for the armed forces in the 12 months starting July 1 Chairman Vinson DGa of the armed services committee an nounced that when the bill comes up he will make a strong speech pointing out the grave situation confronting the United States that Russia has the atomic secret He said he will call upon the house appropriations committee to sponsor amendments to strength en this countrys armaments If that group wont do it he said be will Strengthen Air Might The bulk of the additional funds proposed by Vinson would be used to strengthen the nations aerial might with some set aside for pro tection against an enemy attack frcm the air Eisenhower Piopriations told a senate ap subcommittee much more could be done to strengthen the nations defense if changes were made in the way the budget for next year is spent Cold War While arms are not used of fensively in a cold war he said not even a coldwar can be won without them And he declared that the stronger Americas mili tary might is the more concili atory Russia will be War is not a thing to be taken lightly he said and they know it The general added that the Russians are too logical and too sensible to start hostilities now or in the near future Meanwhile he said U S de fense funds should be so used that they insure 1 A 48group air force with 11 or 12 groups in reserve allequip ped with modern planes Air force officials estimated that would cost an additional 2 Ade quate defenses in Alaska amounting to a good reinforced regiment built up over a 3year period 3 A strong antisubmarine program 4 Earnest attention to industrial mobilization Wednesday that U S defenses are not as strong as they might be The air force was one arm whose needs he stressed along with Alas kan defenses antisubmarine weap ons and industrial mobilization While Senator Elmer Thomas chairman of the sen ate subcommittee indicated that he thought Eisenhower had failed to prove his case other lawmak they agreed fully with the wartime commander of allied military forces in Europe Eisenhower now president of Columbia university was called before the senate group after stat ing in a New York speech last week that some phases of defense were falling below the safety level He told the lawmakers that House Demos Concede Foreign Aid Bill in Trouble Washington demr ocratic leaders in he house con ceded Thursday that the Jj3375 000000 foreign aid program is in serious trouble After 3 major defeats in 2 days President Trumans lieutenants said their chance of getting a satisfactory house bill are none too good Well resurrect as much of the wreckage as we can and then hope that the senate will rescue us said one democratic leader who asked that he not be quoted by name The administration has taken a shellacking on these counts 1 Approval of an amendment by Rep John E Fogarty DR to withhold Marshall plan aid to Britain as long as Ireland is partitioned The house okayed this late Wednesday on a 99 to 66 teller vote 2 Acceptance of an amendment by Rep Omar Burleson D earmarking of the fiscal 1951 European re covery funds for the purchase of U Sproduced farm commodities This was approved Wednesday on a 119 to 107 teller vote 3 Adoption of an amendment by Rep Francis Case RS knocking off the total the eco nomic cooperation administration had asked for European recovery work in fiscal 1951 This was approved Tuesday All 3 amendments are subject lo a final rollcall vote before the omnibus foreign aid bill is passed Chairman John Kee DW the foreign affairs com mittee predicted that the house would reverse itself on Fogartys Irish partition amendment and re store the British to ECAs good graces If the house does not the sen ate is almost certain to insist on elimination of the proposal The British were scheduled to get under the ten tative program worked out origi nally by EGA Bonus Board Rejects 427 More Claims Des Moines Iowa bonus board Thursday rejected 427 more claims running the total of rejections to 4332 since bonus machinery went into operation The board also decided to lay off 12 of the present 50 board per sonnel effective Friday Others are expected to be dropped at each of the subsequent monthly board meetings This is because the board is over the hump in its work Of the 427 new rejections 303 were from beneficiaries and 124 from veterans themselves Most of the beneficiary claims rejected were on the basis that the appli cant was not ficiary the eligible bene The board to date has received 251417 claims paid 205221 has 9000 more ready for payment and about 34000 still under investiga tion CHICK HAS 4 LEGS Cherokee 4legged chick has been hatched at the B H hatchery here It has an elon gated body and walks on its front legs dragging the spare pair be hind To all indications it is healthy On Witness Stand for Second Day Student Gives His Version of How GeeGee Met Death Iowa City E Bed nasek told the jury in his murder trial Thursday that the girl he loved was killed accidentally aft er he had kissed her and they playfully put their hands on each others throat In a low trembling voice the 24 year old University of Iowa senior gave his version of the way pretty Margaret Anne GeeGee Jackson 20 met death in the Empty Arms rooming house Dec 11 He related complete details of the fatal evening which he said were revived in his memory after he had taken truth serum to re lease him from shock and later in a sharp crossexamination he resisted efforts by the state pros ecutor to showMhat his love for GeeGee was not as ardent as he claimed because he had dated other girls This was his story of her tragic strangulation at the end of a won derful evening when they re turned to the rooming house for a nightcap after dining on sea food and wine and attending a fraternity dance Trade Kisses We were standing in approxi mately the middle of the room I kissed her She kissed me put her hands to my throatas she had done before I said something about that hot being the right place or something like that At the same time she had her hands around my throat I placed my hands on hers The next instant a surprised strange look came on her face She threw up her arms breaking my hands from her throat Asks Question Defense Attorney Clair Hamil ton interjected to ask the hand some psychology student if he let go of the Iowa coeds throat right away Yes Bednasek continued I didnt think anything about it We started to dont know whether it was an instant or a minute or 2 Then she started making a gasping moaning sound and she started twisting in my arms There was more gasping and moaning and she staggered away from me with her hands up to heji throat She staggered toward the bed fell against the edge of a chair and seemed to sigh Tried to Rise She tried to get up I believe she was holding the edge of the chair trying to pull herself up Then she fell back again I dont remember how I got there but next I was sitting by her on the floor I felt paralyzed and know what was happening Hamilton interrupted again to ask where the girls body had struck the chair Bednasek said he believed she fell against the back edge of the chair somewhere around the side of her face He continued I heard a sort of whistling in her throat as I sat on the floor be side her There was a drop of blood on her nostril and froth Removed Coat I didnt know what to took off her fur coat Bednasek had explained earlier that both had their coats on He said they were preparing to leave because the coed had to be back at her Kappa Alpha Theta sorority house by 2 a m I felt warm and hot sweaty and weak He went on to say he took off his own topcoat tuxedo jacket and shirt and then rolled the girl over to apply artificial respiration Then he ran to the bathroom to get water It was later that Bednasek van to the police station and called for help He wept occasionally as he told his story of the tragedy It was his 2nd day on the stand in the 3weeklong trial Ann Sothern Undergoes Emergency Operation Hollywood Ann Sothern will be in the hospital for at least a week while recovering from an emergency abdominal op eration her doctor said Thursday The screen star underwent sur gery Wednesday at Hollywood Presbyterian hospital after being stricken at her home She recently was operated on for removal of a growth from her throal ;