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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 25, 1957, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Daily Newspaper Edited for MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE T H r W mmm mmmr THi NEWSAPIR THAT MAK ES ALL NORTH iOWAN S N E I G H B 0 R S GREATER MASON CITY DAYS B VOL LXIV Associated Press and United Full Lease Sevea Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY OCTOBER 25 1957 ThJs Paper Consists of Two One No 14 WASHINGTON Wi At 82 Federal District Judge F Dickinson Letts likes his job so well he is giving no thought to retiring I have always enjoyed my work he says And I dont see any reason to quit what you like I certainly dont want to sit around and twiddle my thumbs So instead of sitting around and twiddling his full pay as he could have done for the past 12 years Letts has been much in the news lately Conclude Elections Hearing Ray Mills Is Last Witness DES MOINES OR Two days of public hearings by the Iowa Legislative Investigating Com mittee were at an end Friday with a volume of testimony deal ing in large part with political actvities of labor unions The final witness was Ray Mills president of the Iowa Federation of Labor who told the committee that labor con tributions to political campaigns come entirely from voluntary donations by union members In reply to questions Mills said he did not think that cor porations should be permitted to make campaign contributions If they want to give they ought to raise it the same way we do ask their stockholders to make contributions Careful Study Earlier testimony on the first day of the hearing came from Jake More Democratic state chairman and Republican State Chairman L J Jurgemeyer Jurgemeyer told the commit tee he thought labor unions col lect involuntary contributions from their members for political purposes and that the investigat ing committee should make a careful study of the labor ac tivity More said the Teamsters Union donated to a volunteer com mittee backing the election of Democratic Gov Herschel Love Jess and the Iowa Committee on Political Education COPE gave for all Democratic candi dates The committee was set up by the 1957 Legislature to study Iowa ruled this week that Teamsters Union bosses con spired to rig the election of James R Hoffa as union pres ident and said Hoffa could not take office pending the out come of a suit brought fay 13 New York rankandfile mem bers Since he was the judge who handled the first motions in the case Letts will preside when it comes to trial on its merits A courtly man who dresses nattily but conservatively Letts has spent a total of 39 years on the bench Appointed a state district judge in Iowa in 1911 Letts at 35 was the youngest man ever to serve in such a judicial post in the state After 13 years as a state judge Letts served six years as a Repub lican representative from the 2nd Iowa District Defeated for a fourth House term in 1930 Letts was named by President Hoover as a justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia now the US District Court in 1931 Letts not only is the oldest district judge on active duty 82 Active in Hoffa Case Not Thinking of Retiring state district here hut hP aii v TT here but he ranks all his fel low judges in seniority He is the only district judge who has never had a law clerk to help with legal research Letts does his own His only philosophy as a judge Letts says is to call em as I see em It depends a great deal on your ability to size up the wit nesses he says You have to find out who is telling the truth In his 26 years on the bench here Letts has handled a wide variety of cases a number of them important ones He was the first judge in re cent years to spell out the right of a witness to refuse to an swer questions of congressional committees on the ground of possible selfincrimination His ruling freed a gambler who had refused to talk before the Sen ate Crime Investigating Com mittee headed by Sen Kefauver Another contempt of Con gress defendant before Letts was Earl Browder former head of the Communist Party Letts acquitted him after Browder acted as his own attorney Born in Washington County Iowa April 26 1875 Letts is a direct descendant of Nathanial Dickinson an Englishman who settled in Massachusetts He also is descended from Nehemi ah Letts who served in the Revolutionary Army After graduating from Par sons College in 1897 Letts studied law at Columbia Uni versity and the University of Iowa Admitted to the Iowa bar in 1899 he hung out his shingle in Davenport Until then he had been known as Fred D Letts But his moth er was a Dickinson and her family was well known around 1 F DICKINSON LETTS Muscaline He had an idea that changing his name form to F Dickinson Letts might attract some law business It worked he recalls I got some business from Mus catine Until World War 11 Letts was an ardent golfer But his ration card didnt allow him enough gasoline to drive to his golf club and it took three bus transfers for him to get there So he gave up the game Letts and his wife had no children of their own but they reared an orphaned niece of Mrs Letts election laws and campaign spending Wouldnt Guess Mills was questioned closely by Rep Clark McNeal RBelmond committee chairman on how much money from labor union went into last years politica campaigns in Iowa Mills said he did not know and would not make a guess Mills who is chairman of COPE an affiliate of the Feder ation of Labor was asked by Rep Scott Swisher RIowa City if union members have to belong to COPE Mills replied that no one is re quired to belong He said anyone making a contribution to COPE becomes a member and no dues are collected Mills said in reply to questions by McNeal and Committe Coun sel Donald Swanson that an ex e c u t i v e committee including elected delegates from local un ions decides on the use made of COPE funds He also said an ac counting is made to executive committee members but not to the genera membership of locai unions OPERATION FAR SIDE ROCKET READIED US technicians ready the pencilnosed rocket shortly before its launchingfrom a balloon at Eniwetok Island in the Pacific The missile climbed to a record height of more Iowa Girl Is Queen but in Name Only STORM LAKE UP Carlene Skinner is a queen with nothing to reign over Miss Skinner 19 sophomore from Auburn Friday was named queen of the Buena Vista College Homecoming Because of an out break of flu all Homecoming ac tivities including Saturdays foot ball game with Central have been called off FJRE CLAIMS TOTS KANSAS CITY At Three young children were trapped in their cribs and perished when fire swept the home of Mr and Mrs Paul Lewis in southeast Kansas City early Friday Low Near 15 Predicted During Night The coldest weather of the fall season gripped Iowa Friday as the mercury continued its gen eral downward trend for the sec ond day And even colder weather was forecast for Friday night with temperatures expected to range from near 15 in the north to around 25 in the south The mercury settled to 20 at Spencer early Friday a new low for the season Mason City had a low of 21 while Atlantic and Sioux City shared 23degree read ings Lows ranged up to 36 at Davenport and Burlington Thursdays highs ranged from 37 at Mason City and Spencer to 49 at Burlington Generally fair skies and cold temperatures were f or e c a s t through Saturday with a slight warming trend Sunday Temperatures were expected to average 5 to 10 degrees below normal for the next five days the Weather t Bureau said little if any precipitation Standard Time to Return Again in Last Nine States By UNITED PRESS Almost Every Vita Organ Pierced but BOY STILL LIVES v A clung to life Friday the fact that a bullet discharged accidentally from an antique pistol pierced almost every vital organ in his upper body including his heart Doctors at St Clare Hospital said it was a mracle that Edward B Hoffman is still alive Edward was wounded Thursday while he and a chum were examining a Browning pistol often called a pepper box The CaMber SUS entered the ri9ht sideof his A hospital spokesman said the bullet passed through his right long part of his heart diaphragm liver upper stomach and stftch in th P stitching the damaged organs The bullet was removed Sears Admits Officials Acted to Fight Unions in Boston P for Sears Roebuck Co t t AVl admitted Friday that some of the firms officials engaged in cusable unnecessary and disgraceful acts to fight unions in Boston fv iuui toV JJL pci ovjiuici lUt nation s largest mail order house told the Senate Rackets Com mittee the officials cooperated with Nathan W Shef fermans labor relations firm He added AP Photofax tlian 4000miIes and reached a speed of 17000 m p h atm when reentered the denser A Rocket to Moon Within Year Possible WASHINGTON W Air Force officers who conducted Project Far Side expressed belief Friday that one of the rockets launched from a balloon went slightly more than 4000 miles into space Under questioning at a news conference they also conceded that technologically it might be possible to use somewhat the same balloonrocket system for sending a rocket to the moon within a year But they insisted that this had not been the purpose of the six tests in Project Far Side a series of experiments in the Pacific No Exact Data Col Eugene C la Vicr one of the men who conducted the ex periments at Eniwetok Atoll told newsmen he would guess that the 4000mile level might have been surpassed by a few hundred miles But both La Vier and Col Wil iam H Bowers insisted that ex act data still is being compiled A team of two surgeons and three physicians racing against mex He said it would not happen again Wallace Tudor vice president in charge of personnel of the wont have to tamper with their clocks because they never had daylight time A dozen states had a mixture of daylight and standard time ast summer and four others ivent off daylight saving time in leptember States returning to standard ime at 2 am Sunday are Con necticut Maine Massachusetts Missouri New Hampshire New Jersey New York Rhode Island and Vermont The nations capi tal too will revert to standard ime Residents will turn their clocks jack an hour and gain the hours sleep they lost last spring EDITOR DIES DAYTON Ohio UP The handling of the Boston situation involved a series of mis akes highlighted by widespread ExSen McKellar Is Dead at 85 MEMPHIS Former Sen ons Uni Drive C Clea nup Racketeer Anastasia is Slain Cut Down in Barber Shop NEW YORK OPlAlbert Anasta sia gangland chieftain was shot and killed Friday by two masked men m a hotel barber shop The gunmen pumped three bul lets into Anastasia as he sat in a barber chair with the barbers white apron around him at the Hotel Park Sheraton in the heart of Manhattan The men then fled along west 55th Street by automobile Identification was made by a brother Anthony Tough Tony Anastasia Brooklyn dock boss who left weeping after viewin the body on the floor of the bar ber shop Top Figures Anastasia 53 one of gangland top figures for many years wa reputed to be the chief execu tioner for the old Brooklyn kill forpay ring Murder Inc He had been implicated in at least 31 murders The killing took place about am Scores of police immediately swarmed into the hotel and kept everyone out of the barber shop However Anas tasias body for a time could be seen through y UNITED PRESS oy widespread un iormer ien series ot tests Standard time returns Sunday use of Prcssure and coercion Douglas McKellar 88 a The balloon and the iroughout nine states crimination against employes forltop figure in the Roosevelt andin the firing weighec Residents of 23 other states umon activitics favoritism injTruman administrations died Frijton The payload Weight One Ton The two officers said the proj ect was planned more than a vear and a half ago They denied hat Russias Sputnik and pres sure from the Pentagon had any hing to do with conducting the series of tests rocket used weighed about one T j 7 llie weignea aoout one union acuviucs lavontism mTruman administrations died The payload of instni tngue and unfair labor practicesday at a nursing home to in the small rocket which A repetition of these was admitted recently the final mghl to an Mti r will not be tolerated by this com pany Tudor said the Boston incidents and other scattered ex cesses by Sheffermans firm were isolated episodes contrary in principle and practice to the employe relations program Sears of which we are justiyjan3 1953He tried for an un proud jprecedented seventh sixyear term McKellar underwent a gastricjmated 4000 mlies or more was stomach resection last winter tobetween 3A and four pounds remove a duodenal ulcer He had been in frail health since A bachelor McKellar was a power in the Democratic Party glass doors of the shop Anastasia had lived something of a charmed life He beat ANASTASIA five different murder raps as well as an at tempt on his life six years ago Native of Italy Anastasia was a native of Italy who gained entrance to the United States by smuggling him self ashore in New York in 1917 He was one of four brothers who repeatedly have been linked to crime in this country Anastasia was reported to have begun his crime career here as a member of the Mafia a crim inal society of Italians shortly after his arrival In 1921 he was convicted with others of killing a fellow countryman here He spent months in the death house at Sing Sing but finally eluded the electric chair after the Mafia frightened a key state wit ness into returning to Italy In a retrial Anastasia was acquitted From that point Anastasia rose through a crime career until he The Weather Mason City Mostly cloudy with occasional snow flurries and colder Friday night low 1520 Saturday generally fair and continued cold high in 30s Iowa Partly cloudy and hard freeze Friday night low near 15 north near 25 south Satur day generally fair and contin ued cold Fiveday Iowa Temperatures will average 5 to 10 degrees below normal Saturday through next Wednesday Cold at begin ning of period followed by a slow moderating trend Nor mal highs 52 north to 56 south Little if any precipitation is ex pected Minnesota Clearing and cold high around 30 GlobeGazette weather data up to 8 a m Friday Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 37 21 25 trace 65 55 Flu Absences in Schools Still Mounting Mason sences caused by the flu Teamsters Put Under Suspension Ultimatum to Textile Group WASHINGTON W The AFL CIO Executive Council Friday waj reported to have decided to sus pend the United Textile Workers Union unless it cancels a reported severance pay settlement on resigned SecretaryTreasurer Lloyd Klenert Another condition reportedly laid down for the UTW to avoid suspension was that the union rid itself of its president Anthony Valente AFLCIO sources said Klenert before his resignation last Friday wangled an agreement that he re ceive weekly from the union for 20 years or more than SiOO 000 in all Settlement Denied UTW officials earlier had de nied any such settlement Klenert has said only that he was leaving for the good of the 40000member union The AFLCIO council following up its suspension of the Team sters Union Thursday also was dlie to crack down Friday after 160000member Bafc continued to mount Friday in the grades through junior high school However the rate continued to drop in the Junior College In the elementary grades 730 children were absent Friday as compared with 622 Thursday 523 Wednesday and 408 Tuesday Junior high absences jumped rom 441 Thursday to 525 Friday Mason City High School had 355 absent Thursday and one fewer eryConfectionery Workers Union All three AFLCIO organizations the UTW Bakers and Team figured in corruption charges developed by the Senate Rackets Investigating Committee The committee received testi mony that Klenert and Valente used UTW funds to help finance purchase of private homes for themselves and had otherwise misused union funds and powers Friday eru FnT tir ten through dent absences totaled 1609 of the 6101 enrolled The total was 1418 Thursday and 1212 Wednes day Of the 400 enrolled in junior college 75 were absent Friday Absences in each school Deadline Set The council reportedly ito require the union to dot Kindcrgarjente and cancel he Klenert sev school the stuerance pay deal if any by Nov i T t j leve hd exPanded into during his 36 years in the Senate Sptere inno ctinf 4i tKo diameter in the Senate ended LCI ill Sears he said now has cut off bllt lost out in the 1952 Primary n it fn gen Albert Gore a representative DJIAIVA W IIOO UUL I all relationship with Shefferman1 and his firm Labor Relations As sociates of Chicago Shefferman described as a notorious union buster by the Senate committee has some 300 5 DIE IN FLAMES TROY NY in A mother and her four sons were burned management clients across the to death Friday When fire de UAYTON Ohio wi committee is invcslistroycd their home on a tenant icLocke 82 iJran 7t gatmg his activities and has aired farm here The dead were Bcv DayL baifv News Cral Which blockcd her son ThiiriSv of hloJ i orSanizing Drives by what Robert 3Victor 2Rich Thursday of a heart ailment it calls unfair labor practices ard i and weeks viVu611 a luiii trfitei umu ne The balloon when it hadjbecame one of the nations lop reached approximately its 100underworld figures He was de scribed as the sinister figure be hind assorted New York and New Jersey waterfront rackets which took millions of dollars a year from legitimate business Sphere about feet Quadruplets Born in North Dakota ELGIN ND Wi Quadruplet daughters were born early Friday to Mr and Mrs Peter Meier farmers Jiving near Bentley 15 miles from here AH four babies averaging around three pounds each and their 32yearold moth er are in good condition physi cians said The Meiers have four other chil dren all boys School Garfield 25 Grant 44 Harding 113 Hoover Jefferson Lincoln Madison McKinJcy Roosevelt Washington Wilson 25 Total 730 Monroe Jr 325 Roosevelt Jr 200 High School 354 Junior College 75 Fri Thurs Wed 27 25 40 40 97 89 115 89 53 38 40 34 26 20 68 54 96 92 46 31 14 11 622 523 144 G9 52 3L 73 38 56 SAME 15 or be suspended from the AFL CIO family The Federations Executive Council voted 254 Thursday to suspend the million member Teamsters Union the nations largest labor organization The suspension from AFLCIO membership will hold good until the truck drivers union ousts James R Hoffa its president elect and otherwise rids itself of alleged corrupt elements George Meany AFLCIO presi dent directing labors anticor ruption campaign said that un less these reforms1 are ac complished quickly the Team sters will face formal expulsion from the Federation at the AFL CIO convention in December Declined Comment Hoffa angrily declined any comment on the AFLCIO su spension decision as he stomped out of Federation headquarters Earlier Hoffa had said the Teamsters could go it alone out side the main body of labor if forced to do so In suspending the Teamsters he AFLCIO council found that he union at its convention three I weeks ago at Miami Beach Fla luc promoted Hoffa instead of sons football game at Luther Satiousting him as ordered and had urday was canceled Friday defied AFLCIO clean cause of flu on both squads Pariup directives sons has only 14 players available Federal District Judge F Dick Twentyfive arc down Letts has enjoined Hoffa flu and eight others have just rcitemporarily from taking office as covered Tho be playedTeamsters president on grounds later if needed to determine thcjthc recent convention was illee Conference championship I ally rigged 274 167 355 90 230 323 336 125 Illnesses in the cast forced the postponement of the allhigh school play Harvey from Oct 3t to Nov 5 LutherParsons Game Canceled DECOR AH The LutherPar ;