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Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 9, 1964, Mason City, Iowa The tale of Joe Bananas Did a bullet seal his lips By MILTON LEWIS Nw York rUrkd Tribune News Service NEW was late In a private home somewhere in the Gatskill Mountains Forty businessmen with thin loled pointed yellow shoes and white ties with white shirts were sitting around a huge table On this table lay a 12inch hunting knife razor sharp and a loaded 38caliber Smith Wesson revolver Soon pudgy man extended his left forefinger The man sit ting immediately to his right pulled out a long needle and pricked the finger And that according to Joe Valachi was how I became a button man or sojer in Cosa Nostra And the one who spon sored called him his Godfather for this rite was another Joseph last name Bonanno inevitably called Joe Bananas JA Joe though only about 25 at the timewas an heir tothe throne occupied by Salyatore Maranzano who sat at the head of that table in 1930 and who was the reigningking of the Maranzano group of Cosa Nostra families Sure enough only a year after Joe Valachi was pricked by Joe Bananas Salvatore was done in He made the mis take of greeting four detec tives in his Park Ave office Maranzano spotted them as phoney cops the minute they walked he reached for a pistol But the four whipped out their own guns and shot Maranzano To make sure he was dead they cut his throat They had been sent by insur gents in another Cosa Nostra V i to Genovese and Lucky Luciano known as the G L Boys Joe Bananas took over the group formerly headed by Mar anzano whose 1931 slayers never have been brought to book And it was only 10 blocks souto of where his boss got his that Joe Bananas became the victim of a snatch 33 years later bet 21 Jawyers home at Park Ave and 36th St that Joe Bananas was forced into a carHe was due to appear some 10 hours later far the third time since August a Federal Rackets Grand Jury here Since then he has not been heard from nor has there been any sign of the two armed thugs who fired a wild shot at his lawyer William Power Ma loney They disappeared with a beige auto Just as Bananas told the Grand Jury nothing in his two August appearances the FBI was equally certain that the racketeer was not going to point a finger at anybody this time either On that score there Is an ironic note Since the govern ment has no intention of giving Bananas immunity he could readily invoke the Fifth Amend nothing could hap pen to him However in the view of the FBI something very bad has happened to because he was to go before the federal panel but because of some un specified gang warfare pos sibly based on narcotics Carmine Galante known as Lillo and Little Cigar who had been Joe Bananas under boss in their Cosa Nostra BANANA Continued on Page 2 mokes all North lowans neighbors Edition VOL 1M MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY NOVEMIIR 9 1H4 CauUU at Two McUoni fttcUoa OM Pnw futt Wins Road toll nudges record Sorry teacher Pentagon says Debbies right By FRED S HOFFMAN WASHINGTON AP This may jolt her teacher but 7th grader Debbie Greenberg is right about the official Army song Debbieand her teacher had a difference of opinion on this question recently She contended the Armys tune is the Caisson Song He insisted it is The Ballad of Rodger Young Debbie knew it is hard to win an argument with a teacher unless you have some evidence on your side So she went to the source writing a letter from her home at Westbury NY to United States Army co the Pentagon Building Washington DC I know you are very busy and cannot be bothered with heavy nonsense but I have an important favor to ask you she started out Then Debbie told about her disQussion with her teacher I had to name four service songs I named the Navys no the Air Forces the Marines then I named the CaissonSong for the Army sb sweetly said no After this response my heart sank to Xhe bottom of my stomach I argued in a polite way that I was right He thinks the Army song is Rodger Young Almost plaintively Debbie said she had consulted every library and reference source i have even stopped every kind of serviceman on the street I hate to bother you men in Washington she apologized but this means a lot to me I am not trying to show my teacher up all I am interested in is the Army song If you are too busy to write DEBBIE Continued on 2 DEBBIE II II Photofax GOLDWATER IN Barry Gold water drapes a towel around his head as he comes out of the water after a swim in the surf at Mohtego Bay Jamaica Goldwater said he is with personal friends to rest and do some fishing and is giving no interviews Expect Japan to continue policies Friendly mortars kill Yank A mistake in the night SAIGON South Viet Nam AP A Vietnamese mortar barrage meant for the Commu nist Viet Cong killed a US Army captain Sunday night and wounded another American reliable sources reported Mon day The captain was the 220th American to die at in Viet Nam since 1961 Her was Washing ton as Capt Heriberto A Gar cia 31of LaredpiTex Two Vietnamese officers Were killed in the misdirected bar rage and six other Vietnamese wounded the sources said The rounds reportedly fell on the government unit as it waited in an ambush laid for the Viet Cong near Due Hoa about 18 miles northwest of Saigon The two Americans were with about 60 Vietnamese infantry troops on a night patrol The sources said the unit called for the mortar fire on a suspected Viet Cong emplace ment At least one round fell on the unit An investigation was being made It was terribly sad said another American adviser but Norihwood boy hurt in gun accident NORTHWOOD A 17year old Northwood youth is in seri ous condition in a Mason City hospital suffering from injuries received in a hunting accident near here Sunday Arlo Ellingson son of Mr and By KENNETH ISHll TOKYO new premier Eisaku Sato was swoi in Monday along with a cabinet in which he was the only impor tant new member Sato retained all the ministers in the government of his prede cessor ailing Hayato Ikeda Two minor cabinet officials were replaced The retention of Ikedas cab inet underlined the expectation that Sato would continue Ike das policies including his pro Western anti Communist for eign policy Sato 63 an economic formed his Cabinet a few hours BETTY LOU LEE Betty Lou to be WATERLOO Lo Lee isnt homesick any more although she still isnt home with her folks The 19yearold Waterloo girl is in a hospital here and she Mrs Adolph struck in the Ellingson was head by pellets from his 410 shotgun while hunting with a friend northwest of here about 4 pm Worth County medical exam iner Dr B H Osteh said the accident apparently occurred when Ellingsons gundischarged as it fell off a tractor on which the two boys were rding Dr Osten administered emer gency treatment and young Ell ingson was transferred to a Ma son City hospital Sunday night North Iowa Weather outlook Generally fair end after Parliament elected him to1 succeed Ikeda After four years in office Ikeda resigned be cause of a throat tumor Both he and Sato are members of the ruling Liberal Democratic par ty In the voting in the lower house of the Diet Sato received 283 votes Socialist Jotaro Ka wakami got 337 Suehiro Nishio of the DemocraticSocialists got 23 and Sanzo Nosaka a Com munist got 4 The 250member upper house it was just one of those things that can happen It was night and it is always more dangerous then But we will continue with these operations A US spokesman announced two other US Army officers were wounded by shell frag ments while piloting an armed helicopter against Viet Cong po sitions southeast of Saigon A US Army enlisted man was slightly wounded while as sisting in clearing a booby trapped area 100 miles west of Saigon In Saigon opponents of South Viet Nams new civilian govern ment made plans for further demonstrations despite a gov ernment show of force that checked them Sunday says Its just wonderful I cant tell you how happy I am to be back Miss jee was brought here Saturday from Massachusetts where she had been hospitalized since last June with injuries suf fered in a traffic accident that killed four persons I just dont know how to thank everybody she said Its wonderful to be back The girl It the youngest of eight children of Mr and Mrs William Lee The Lees couldnt afford to return her to Waterloo so the Junior Chamber of Com merce raised funds to pay the costs after Ihey were told her recuperation it Massachusetts was hampered because she was depressed Miss Lee suffered a fractured pelvis back injuries multiple fractures of the left thigh com pound fracture of both bones in the right leg and bone damage to an ankle in the crash last June 21 in RhodeIsland Everyone in on GOP criticism ByJOE F KANE WASHINGTON AP Mich gan Gov George Romney has criticized Richard M Nixon for lis criticism of New York Gov Nelson A Rockefeller And to fellow Republicans who have been criticizing de eatcd GOP presidential candi date Barry Goldwater and call ng or new party leadership Romney had this to say as barbs continued to ricochet around the GOP think that Sen Coldwater hasdemonstrated in the pasUhis concern about the Republican party as a whole and Ithinkits premature to assumeitsgoing to be necessary to find some way around Sen Goldwater Romney whohad declined to endorse Goldwatcrs candidacy was a big winner last Tuesday in his bid for reelection as gov ernor a victory that has stirred some speculation thathe might be a future Republican presidential nominee possibility He repeated in a WJR radio interview in Detroit Sunday that voting simultaneously Sato 146 votes a majority Satos election was assured earlier Monday when the Liberal Democrats nominated him for the post after a prolonged strug gle within the party State Min ister Ichiro Kono and former Foreign Minister Aiichiro Fugi yama also were contenders who announced his retirement Oct contest with a 25 settled note from the his hospital bed recommending Sato Truckloads of unarmed troops discouraged dissident groups who had gathered to march through the streets When police appeared with clubs the dem onstrators dispersed Leaders of religious political and student groups opposing the government said they would demonstrate later in the week Premier Tran Van Huong had warned in an appeal for unity that the government would use force if necessary to put down demonstrations She gone east after grad uating from high school to help an older sister care for a new baby in Providence RI After the accident she was hospitalized at St Anns Hospit al at Fall River Mass Miss Lee said she was treated wonderfully at the hospital there but it was nothing like home I was kind of sad there When the Jaycees here were told that her depression was de laying her recovering they set a goal of for funds to fly her back in an air ambulance WheQ I found out they were going to fly me home I wasso happy I cried all day long the girl said Now Im so dont jknow what to say he took his Goldwater stand because of basic principle differences with the Arizonan He said he respected Goldwater as an individual As for Nixon Romney said youre trying to unify something you dont begin lo say things that will create greater feeling and division You undertake to include those who are in a position to make a contribution The Nixon Rockefeller ex change had stirred things up in the Republican camp last week Nixon charged that Rockefeller was a divider had not health work backed Goldwater as Nixon had and had gotten his pound of flesh Rockefeller fired back that Nixon was a poor loser and peevish in his remarks A fellow New York Republi can Sen Jacob K Javils spoke up Sunday night on the NixonRockefeller clash He told newsmen I would hope that there would be a full moratori um on all personality clashes His comments came as an Associated Press survey showed that many influential leaders in the Republican party were look ing lo the former vice president lo lake a leading role in rebuild ing the GOP Story Page Pholofax OUT FOR Presidentelect Hubert H Humphrey on first day of twoweek vacation at secluded Cancel Bay resort on St JohnIsland sports a new straw hat and carries a snorkel mask in a paper bag as he walks away from a tourist shop A Secret Service agent is with him On opinion page Dr Molner new health columnist Joseph G Molner inter nationally active in public Your more Good than On the inside and author of To Health receives 70000 letters a month from readers of his newspaper column which ap lears on the opinion page of he GlobeGazette starting with this issue I dont ignore anything that people want to ask about Dr Molner explained The simple fact is that people sometimes want desperately to know about something concerning health and are too shy e v e n to ask their own physicians I sup pose at limes they spend sev eral days working to then about it up courage get a DR JOSEPH MOLNER Editorials Clear Like news S Society news 1011 North Iowa news12 Sports news 1314 Bowling news 15 Meson City news U17 II I never use the of the person who the in itials and sometimes I e v e n change the initials lo conceal identity But I try sooner or later to answer most questions Sometimes ask essen tially the same question so an answer in the column ad that come to me hundreds of letters dressed to one person is really addressed to many The variety of questions Dr Molner admits is enough to give any physician the jitters because as he says Medicine today is such a big subject that DR MOLNER Continued on Page 2 GOP has vital role I LBJ proud of Republican contributions 800 may die in the state Would be an alltime high By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Iowas 1964 motor vehicle death toll has passed the 700 mark and appears headed for an alltime record of near 800 for a single year Seven deaths over the week end boosted the total sinca Jan 1 to fourth time in history that motor vehicles have claimed 700 or more lives on Iowa highways streets and toll for first 313 days iis year is just 20 below the 11time yearly high of 728 in 956 If the daily average of deaths or the 53 days remaining this ear matches the level of the ears first 313 225 vehicle fatalities vould jump to 825 by years end Fatality figures used in this story were compiled by The Associated Press in Des Moines Since they include deaths occurring both on pri vate and public property they do not agree with Iowa Safety Department figuresap pearing in the Globes daily Page 1 traffic flag The safe department counts only those fatalities happening on public property The litest victim of the week end was Errol D Leniton 67 of Des Moines killed Sunday afternoon in a twocar crash on Highway 64 two miles northeast of Des Moines Authorities said Leniton stopped at a stop sign then pulled onto the highway in front of a car driven by Wilford Dolecheck 22 of Des Moines Lenitons wife Beatrice 64 wai critically injured Other victims included John C Huston 16 of Craw fordsville was fatally injured Sunday when his car missed a curve near Columbus City went over a high bank and hit a tree Kenneth P Leibold 24 of Davenport killed Sunday in a car that went off a Howard County road Two brotheri Paul W Arm strong 71 of Earlham and John L Armstrong 62 of Van Meter killed in a twocar crash on fog shrouded Highway 18 west of Emmetsburg as they were go ing pheasant hunting Saturday Joseph Holdgrafer 42 of Wil Hams fatally injured Saturday evening when his farm tractor was rammed from the rear by DEATH TOLL Continued on 2 Davenport man killed in N Iowa CRESCO Kenneth P Lie bold 24 Davenport was killed in a crash early Sunday oh a county road 4W miles southeast of here His companion Robert A Ohland Jr Davenport is in Mitchell County Memorial Hos pital Osage with multiple cull and bruises Ohland was thrown out of the car Liebold was found under the car which had to be lifted before he could be released Tracks at the scene of the ac cident indicated the driver missed a curve The visibility was almost zero because of fog Howard County Sheriff Per cy Haven said WASHINGTON AP Presi dent Johnson says he is very proud of the work done in his administration by many Repub licans and he thinks the GOP bai a vital role to play in the American system In an exclusive copyright Interview Monday in US News It World Report the President was asked how he viewed the Republican partys present role He replied I certainly feel that the Re publican party an important and vital role to fill in our sys tem and in the making of our policies i I am very proud of the con tributions made to the adminis tration by to many outstanding good Republicans and good Americans such as Secretaries McNamara and Dillon Secre tary of Defense Robert S Mc Namara and Secretary of the Treasury Douglas CIA Director John McCone Special Assirtant for National Security Affairs McGeorge Bundy and distinguished Republican busi nesscommunity leaders such as John McCtoy and Robert Ander son i I was Very proud during the campaign to have the active support of four former members of the Cabinet under President Eisenhower I anticipate that some of those Republicans who sup ported us during the campaign will resume in active role in leading the Republican party on a constructive course to main tain the bipartisanship in gov ernment which is so essential to Americas successin alt fields Asked how he interpreted the vote in last Tuesdays election hesaid I believe the mandate is or responsible constructive and progressive programs to meet the problems of Americas agenda As for his vAde margin of victory he said I believe it will strengthen the countrys hand Americas role and influence for peace and freedom in the times come will be strengthened by the unity and agreement demonstrated by our elections ;