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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 31, 1950, Mason City, Iowa V NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION LVI AMOcUtvd ud United Full Lease wires Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY MARCH 31 1950 This Paper Consisti of Two Itt Defense Rests Its Case in Murder Trial of Bednasek Iowa City defense rested its case at a m Friday in the murder trial of Robert E Bednasek 24 University of Iowa student accused of the death of a uni versity coed last Dec 11 The defendant was recalled to the stand briefly just be fore the defense rested for few questions by Special Pro secutor Edward F Rate The prosecutor questioned Bednasek about his previous testimony that he and Margaret Anne GeeGee SURPLUS fire which was believed to have been smoldering for nearly 5 hours before it was discovered gutted the Amvets club and B and 0 Exchange war surplus store 1308 and 1312 N Federal in adjoining sections of one building Friday morning This view of the surplus store shows ffremen working in the rear of the building where defective wiring started the outbreak Stock was heavily damaged some of it by fire and some by water and smoke The club sufferedextensive smoke damage Flames Gut Amvets War Surplus Store Fire which Chief James Kelley laid was caused by defective wir ing Friday morning gutted the Amvets club and the B and O Ex change war surplus store which are in adjoining sections of a brick building in the laOO block of North Federal The building and the are owned by Nick Netzel who leases the south side of the structure to the Amvets No estimate of damage was available If was believed the loss would be covered by insurance The kitchen of the Amvets was badly burned and the entire club damaged by smoke There was considerable water and smoke damage to the stock in the store The fire was discovered by George Munn 226 15th N W when he went to the club for jan itorialduties at 7 a m He was blinded by smoke when he opened the door and ran next door to call the fire department It was believed that the out break had about a 5hour start Both the electric clock in the club kitchen and one over the bar were stopped at Manager Bob Timm said the club had closed about a m and all lights checked Chief Kelley said it appeared that the fire started in the wiring in the rear of the surplus store and broke through a partition and into the club The off shift was called in to help fight the blaze which was brought tinder control in a little over an hour Man Killed in Auto Accident Le Man Feller 27 of Le Mars was killed and 4 other persons injured in an automobile crash 2 miles east of here early Friday The injured all of Le Mars were taken to Sacred Heart hos pital here They are Mrs Joe Fel ler 24 Lloyd Andreson 24 Oliver Albright 32 and Earlin Plueger 21 Feller was thrown from the car which failed tomake a turn and crashed into a ditch overturning several times and landing upside down The car was demolished Officers said Anderson was driv ing The accident happened about 2 I m Dies of Auto Crash Injuries Boone Boone woman died late Thursday of injuries re ceived in an auto accident near there earlier in the day Mrs Edna Knight 38 died fol lowing a 2car collision on high way 30 half a mile east of Boone tk MM M Jackson had their hands on each others throats just prior to her death Bednasek testified as he had Dreviously in direct testimony that it was in a playful manner The state has contended that aednasek killed the girl because ne was afraid he was losing her the defense has claimed the death was accidental The defense introduced several entries from Bednaseks diary The entries were dated Sept 28 and Dec 10 and 11 Initials After Dates The initials G G were after both December dates which de fense counsel contended showed that Bednasek had a date with Miss Jackson for the day following bier death The girl died early on the morning of Dec 11 after an evening of dininig dancing and drinking Bednasek has testified Dr Wilbur R Miller 46 director of the University of Iowa psycho pathic hospital testified as to the use of sodium pentathol for truth tests He said it was dif ficult butin most cases the differ ence could be determined between someone actually suffering from amnesia and someone who said he was suffering from it Under cross examination Dr Miller said it is more likely for a person to tell the truth when un der the effects of the drug but that what the person said might be fan ciful The doctor made no direct reference to Bednasek in his testi mony Rate Question Rate also asked Bednasek whether he had consulted a psy chiatrist Dr E J Shoben head of the student counseling service at the university testified earlier that he had recommended Bedna sek see a psychiatrist Bednasek answered that he did Dr Le Moyne Snyder 51 a medical legal consultant from East Lansing Mich called as a rebuttal state witness testified that it was extremely unlikely that the in juries suffered by Miss Jackson were caused by her falling against a chair or that the puncture wounds in her neck were caused by her own hands The defense has contended that Miss Jackson made the puncture wounds in her Tieck with her finger nails as she clutched her throat while strangling The de fense also stated other wounds to her neck were caused by her striking a chair Mo Officer Enters Plea of Innocent Norfolk Va John R Millett pleaded innocent Friday to charges of neglect of duty in the grounding of the battleship Missouri Millett was operations officer on the Big Mo when she ran aground in Chesapeake Bay Jan 17 Hepleaded innocent on all counts when he was arraigned be fore a 7man general court martial appointed to try him on a charge of neglect of duty and a charge of through negligence suffering a vessel of the navy to be hazarded In another room in the same building at the Norfolk naval base the court martial trial of the bat tleships former navigator Lt Comdr Frank G Morris Jr entered its 5th day Morris is charged with neglect of duty and with culpable ineffi ciency in the performance of duty He has pleaded innocent to both charges The 3rd defendant to charges growing out of the grounding Capt William D Brown the ships former skipper was tried Thurs day by a 3rd court martial Brown pleaded guilty to charges of ne glect of duty and negligence and threw himself on the mercy of the court Accident Death Rate Shows Rise Chicago were 4350 persons killed in automobile acci dents in the first 2 months of 1950 an increase of 6 per cent over the same period last year The toll included 2190 in Febru ary a jump of 9 per cent over February 1949 The national safe ty council said mild weather per mitted more travel this year and resulted in more accidents Sentence Boy for Larceny in Night Time New Hampton Robert Wood worth 17 Charles City was sen tenced to an indeterminate term at Anamosa by Judge G B Rich ter of Waukon in district court Friday for larceny in the night time Woodvvorth pleaded guilty to scaling a 20 foot courthouse wall and breaking into the office of the clerk of the district court Satur day night and obtaining more than in cash and checks from the vault He was arrested by Sheriff Ken neth J Daly Republicans Strike Back at Truman President Asserts 3 Senators Aiding Kremlin by Attacks Washington republi cans struck back angrily Friday at President Trumans assertion that their attacks are sabotaging American foreign policy and aid ing the kremlin Mr Truman told a Key West Fla news conference Thursday that he was fed up with criticism of the state department by Sen ators McCarthy Bridges RNH and Wherry He added for direct quotation The greatest asset the kremlin has is the partisan at tempt in the senate to sabotage the bipartisan foreign policy of the United States McCarthy said he would be glad to plead guilty to sabotaging the administrations far eastern pol icies adding that they couldnt be any batting aver age is zero Good Thinff If someone can disrupt the plans for turning the rest of the east over to Russia it would be a good thing he told reporters I wish somebody had sabotaged that policy earlier Bridges bristled that the only thing he is trying to do is to sab otage some of the subversives and security risks so that they will be thrown out of key posts in the government The New Hampshire senator told the senate earlier in the week that a master spy must have crammed the state department with bad security risks Wherry the GOP floor leader who has criticized Secretary of State Acheson challenged the president to open the FBI and other loyalty files to a senate for eign relations subcommittee inves tigating McCarthys charges that communists have influenced state department foreign policies Open Files The best way to show who are the agents of the kremlin is to open thftse files to the duly con stituted senate committee and let the people decide who is harbor ing subversives and moral perverts in high places in government Wherry told reporters bold in accusing others After he has put the loyalty files under lock and key he cries thief The president has balked at let ting the subcommittee see the files but has directed the civil service loyalty appeal board headed by Republican Seth Richardson to review McCarthys cases Indians to Sue U S for Million Tama Tama Indians Friday planned to join in a suit against the U S government for The tribal council was to sign a contract at the courthouse in Toledo with a firm of Chicago lawyers The Milles and represent the tribesmen in the suit against the Indian claims commission in Washington The 400 to 500 Sac and Fox In dians on the Tama reservation are pooling their multimillion dollar claim with more than 30 other tribes in 12 states All claim the United States took land valued at millions from the Indians for mea ger compensation Sioux Gity Man Candidate for State Treasurer DCS Moines H Cruikshank Sioux City Friday became the 4th candidate for the republican nomination as state treasurer Cruikshank president of Sioux City Taxpayers Inc took out nomination papers Friday at the office of Secretary of State Melvin Synhorst Cruikshank was a candidate for state auditor in the republican primary of 1948 He operates a small paper called Voice of the People at Sioux City He is 55 years old Other candidates for state treasurer are Lawrence Truax of the state auditors office M L Abrahamson cashier for the state tax commission and Ed Kallemyn executive secretary of the World war II bonus board Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy and colder Friday night and Satur day Low Friday night 30 High Saturday 40 Iowa Cloudy Friday night show ers east portion colder south west portions Saturday partly cloudy and colder Low Friday night 3035 northwest to 3540 southeast Iowa 5Bay Weather Outlook Temperatures will average near normal Normal high 54 to 60 Normal low 32 to 37 Below normal temperature Saturday A rising trend early next week Turning colder by middle of week Precipitation will aver age i to i inch occuring as showers early next week Minnesota Cloudy and slightly cooler Friday night with occa sional light snow northeast and east central Partly cloudy Sat urday Low Friday night 2228 north 2632 south High Satur day 3035 north 3540 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Friday Maximum 39 Minimum 30 At 8 a m 36 YEAR AGO Maximum 37 Minimum 32 LaFollette Speaks to 1350 Teachers GIFTS FROM at the north central district convention in Ma son City Friday not only got hear lectures on education but received gifts from Mason City merchants Pictured from left are Miss Lorraine Munsell Rqckf ord Miss Fern Anderson Fort Dodge and Mrs Doris Bjorklund Lake Mills examining a cellophane wrapped package of gifts Roses were also received by the teachers from a local firm MacARTHUR AIDES Hanford MacNider left and Col Philip F LaFol lette had time for lunch together Friday noon before the 3time Wisconsin governor went on the high school stage for his address to the nfltth central districtconvention of the Iowa State Education association The Wisconsin progressive emphasized his admiration for the Mason Cityan who was one of Gen MacArthurs combat commanders while LaFollette was assistant to the chief staff in the southwest Pacific area I have known just 2 men who were absolutely fearless Mac Arthur and MacNider he de clared Both landed with their men in the campaigns against the Japanese LaFollette pointed out He told of the landing at Toro kina in Borneo when officers stood about in their jungle hel mets talking to MacArthur in his usifal air force cap splattered with gold braid Suddenly a Jap sni per in a tree started spraying bul lets in that direction The of ficers dropped to their knees and then scrambled sheepishly to their feet again when they realized that MacArthur was still standing and continuing the conversation I discovered one thing in the war LaFollette said We can be completely disagreed political ly and stiii be agreed on the basic things He noted that when they met in the Pacific he con sidered MacNider a reactionary and MacNider no doubt thought of him as a bolshevik But noone could have been more disagreed with each other politically than his father and the late President William Howard Taft LaFollette pointed out Nev ertheless his observations of Tafts achievements as governor of the Philippines convinced him that On the great issue of the day how to preserve human freedom my father and Taft would have agreed today False Report Detroit Hector Mc Brier told police that 2 men had robbed him of John Vance was arrested on the strength of McBriers description Vance was held for 26 days be fore being brought to trial for armed robbery but the charges were quickly dropped when Mc Brier admitted that he had lost the money to Vance and a com panion in a card game Not Architect of Far Eastern Policy Acheson Washington of State Acheson de clared Friday that Owen Lattimore is not the architect of U S Far Eastern policy He said he did not think in fact that he had ever met Lattimore Acheson commented at a news conference on Senator Mc Carthys fresh barrage of viet agent charges against Lattimore a Johns Hopkins uni versity professor McCarthy Wisconsin republi can blasted at Lattimore in a senate speech Thursday He charged that Laltimore has been the real director of American pol icy in the Far East Lattimore himself has called McCarthys charges against him pure moonshine and an unmiti gated lie Acheson pictured Laltimores contacts with the state department as sharply limited to a few occa sions He said Lattimore never had been employed by the slate de partment Among other things McCarthy told the senate that he can produce a witness who will swear that Lattimore was a member of the communist party He also said he had various affidavits to back up nis charges McCarthys office said Friday the senator has been in touch with the FBI and that the agency now has all the documents The office declined to say when or how the data was supplied to the FBI A spokesman for McCarthy said the senator had entered the Be thesda naval hospital for treat ment of a sinus condition U S Issues Warning to Greece Athens 3 Ambassador Henry F Grady in a toughtalk ing letter to the premier warned Greece Friday that only a gov ernment which can secure public confidence can expect continued American aid It was the strongest language yet used by an official U S rep resentative in a Marshall plan country and it raised immediate speculation that the United States has in effect invited Premier Sophocles Venizelos either to re sign or to broaden the base of his government The letter unprecedented in Greek American relations since Marshall aid began here laid down a bundle of complaints against the Greek governments Complaints of special privilege inefficiency subsidies overcen tralized power high interest rates superabundance of ministries ex cessive spending absence of an adequate social program and a number of others Venizelos who has just formed a liberalnational union cabinet was not available for comment immediately His liberal party holds only 55 seats in the 250 member parliament just elected but it has the backing of rightist groups Claims Atom Can End War and Poverty Educators Gather From 16 Counties for 1Day Meeting The discovery of nuclear energy has put in the hands of the United States the means lor ending pov erty and war in the world Col Philip F LaFollette told 1350 teachers gathered here Friday afternoon Finding ihe secret of the atom was described bythe 3time gov ernor of Wisconsin as the most profound revolution in human his tory We can put in a pitcher as much power as all jthe electric plants in the country can produce in 6 months he declared There is as much power in 250 pounds of the new hydrogen explosive as in 400 million pounds of TNT With such a supply of available power LaFollette contended there is no longer anyphysical reason for poverty in the United States We have a source of suf ficient power to eliminate all poverty in the world within a cen tury And since all wars are basically economic he continued the United States has available the opportun ity to eliminate war Basic Criticism Although agreed with the Mar shall plan in principle LaFollette said he offered a basic criticism The United States has not in sisted on the adoption by the 16 member nations of 2 essential stepsM3ie tearing down of tariff walls and adoption of an inter changeable enrrency Our money cant produce re sults he declared unless the European nations permit the free flow of trade among themselves which is impossible under existing tariff and currency restrictions Hoffman EGA administrator hasnt been tough about it the speaker contended He contrasted the situation in Burope with that in the Pacific where we have been true to our selves and there has been no sug gestion of imperialism Balance of Power Japan could be the balance of power in case of trouble between the United States and Russia La Follette pointed out Japan and the Philippines have the man power and other potentials for war to a far greater degree than ravaged exhausted Europe he be lieves LaFollette served on Gen MacArthurs staff throughout the war His address was the highlight of the 1day convention of the north central district of the Iowa State Education association Mrs Hazel V Chappell Cerro Gordo super intendent of schools and district president presided at the session which brought to Mason City teachers from 16 counties The morning program included addresses by Doctor James Millar of the Good Citizenship Founda tion Portland Ore and Doctor Maycie Southall professor of ele mentary education George Pea body College for Teachers Nash ville Tenn Teachers started registering ear ly and the convention sessions got under way at a m with mu sic by the Mason City junior high school band under Henry T Paines direction Invocation was by the Rev R L Williams of the First Christian church Welcomes Teachers The teachers were welcomed by Lawrence H Shepoiser superin tendent of Mason City schools Greetings were brought from the state association by Parker state superintendent of public instruction At riooh the teachers attended a number of luncheons where speakers included some of the key persons on the program The rural teachers heard Doctor Southall at a session in the Iowa Hardware Mutual building Super intendents principals and other administrative officers were at the Hotel Hanford where Doctor Mil lar spoke Congregational Church Classroom teachers were at the Congregational church where Sen ora Elizabeth de Compo instruc tor in Mexico City schools was the speaker County councils met at the Cer ro Gordo hotel to hear W Henry Galbreth assistant secretary of the state association Music convened at the Y M C A and the homemaking teachers at the First Baptist church The afternoon program con cluded with a talk by Senora Compo accompanied by Senorita Mario de Chavez demonstrator of ;