The Daily Times from Davenport, Iowa on March 21, 1959 · 1
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Davenport, Iowa
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Saturday, March 21, 1959
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pna rmamp mbmqp mm w mam mmn rawi a c TIMES -DEMOCRAT COLDER Partly cloudy and colder today. High near 35; low tonight near 30. Fair and warmer Sunday. VOL. t NO. 11 20 PAGES DAVENPORT, IOWA, SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 1939 "mIcT' 5 CENTS 7i M JVI L1 n I Final Storm Of Winter Lashes At Plains States Loses Its Force In Midwest By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Winter's final storm lashed the Central and South ern Plains Friday and drove into . the Midwest with snow, rain tornadoes, high winds, thunder and cold. The storm, centered in the Texts Oklahoma Panhandle, drew freezing air from the high Rockies which in turn precipitated heavy snow from moist, balmy air in its path over eastern Colorado, Wyoming and Kansas. Weather In Texas South of the storm center, heavy thunderstorms rumbled and a tornado spun along a northeasterly path. The twister, sighted near Trenton, Tex., shortly after noon, smashed a house and barn west RAIN AND SNOW HERE The temperature in the Quad- Cities was expected to drop to the low 30's today with possible rain and light snow flurries forecast for late tonight. Killed Mother, Children Slayer Of 5 Qets 5 Life Sentences SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) Carl Alfred Eder, 16, as sentenced to prison Friday for life for murdering a mother and four children. As he was led from the court, Thomas Pendergast the husband and father of his victims, called out: "Rest in peace there, Carl. remember that." Eder, a runaway boy from Irondequoit, N. Y., was sentenced to five life terms for murdering Lois Pendergast, 37 and her children: David, 6, Tom, 5, Diane, 4, and Alle, 2. He must serve seven years be fore he becomes eligible for pa role, Pendergast, 38, aircraft worker, called out the "rest in peace" admonition to Eder as he was led from Superior Court to be taken to Chino State Prison. Eder had pleaded guilty to all five murder counts and was given concurrent life sentences on three. and consecutive life sentences on two. Attorneys said the seven-year minimum fixed by law would still prevail despite the two conseai' tive sentences. The gangly youth, wearing a sports shirt open at the throat, stood speechless and without apparent emotion as he was sentenced. As a minor he could not have been given the death penalty. He told police at the time of his arrest that he shot Mrs. Pendergast and stabbed the children in their suburban El , Cajon home Dec. 12 because the crying of the youngest had made him "flip my top." He had been befriended and taken into the home by the father. "I don't think he should ever be released," Pendergast told re porters. He said Eder didn't appear to have any feeling of remorse. "I am satisfied that he should suffer in prison," Pendergast said. of Ector, near Bongham and about 60 miles northeast of Dallas. No injuries were reported. The Weather Bureau had issued keavy snow warnings for parts of Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, but revised downward Its predictions of 4-inch snows in the Mississippi Valley area. A forecaster explained that the itorm failed to draw humid air northward from the Gulf of Mexico as had first been expected. Wyoming Socked The current disturbance socked Wyoming with up to 16 inches of snow churned into opaque ground clouds by 30- to 35-mile winds. It hit eastern Colorado with gusty force, snarling traffic and closing schools. In northwestern Kansas, the heavy wet snow cut visibility sharply. To the east, temperatures in the 30s touched off ram. With spring's official arrival timed for 3:55 a.m., EST, to day, much of the nation was enjoying a prevue of sunshine and mild temperatures. Principal exceptions beside the dains were a wide section of the Southeast, including parts of Flo rida, where rains of the last few days persisted, and the northern Pacific coast where a new dis turbance brought rains to western Washington. Big IHC Order WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army Friday ordered 2,928 five ton trucks from the Internationa Harvester Co.. Chicago, for a to tal cost of $29,660,703. nip""" "" r - , . ytwwt ' ijwpt v-v .." Iowa Bans Cigarette Vendors By KIRK BOYD Staff Writer DES MOINES, la. A bill to legalize cigarette vend ing machines was defeated Friday by a 41-65 vote after a bristling debate in the Iowa House of Representa tives. The bill's opponents said it might "bring to Iowa the racketeers who follow the machines." Its supporters, led by Republican floor leader Clark McNeal, said the bill's provisions and Iowa lav. enforcement could keep out the racketeers.' Before the angry swirl of floor debate had subsided the motives of Democratic floor leader Scott Swisher, a story in the Sunday Times - Democrat and Lew Far-rell of Des Moines, a recent fifth-amendment witness before the McClellan committee, had been sucked in. Iowa is the only state in which cigarette . vending machines are illegal. A Des Moines firm, the Fawn Engineering Co., manufactures the machines, but can't sell them in Iowa. Its paid lobbyist, Wen dell Pendleton, former speaker pro tempore of the House, has tried to get the bill through the legislature. It passed the Senate, 38-13, Feb. 5, but ran into trouble at once in the House, where Swisher had it referred to committee over Mc- Neal's objections. Rep. Richard Stephens (R-Ains- worth) led off the fight against the machines Friday. He said New York law made it illegal for anyone but the opera- im- Hi Buckling Doivn For High-Level Talks Carl Alfred Eder, 16, leaves San Diego, Calif., Superior Court Friday after being sentenced to five life terms for the murder of Mrs. Louis Pendergast and her four children. A bailiff follows him. (AP Photofax) VENDOR (Continued on Page 3) Gold Flows Out WASHINGTON (AP) - The Teasury said Saturday 347 million dollars worth of gold flowed out of the United States in the fourth quarter of last year. The department said Uncle Sam's gold hoard was lowered for the year by $2,294,200,000 a rco ord reduction. The Netherlands was the biggest buyer. Argentina sold more gold to the United States than any country. President Eisenhower reaches toward Prime Minister Macmillan as Mac-millan fastens his safety belt as they took off from Washington Friday for Camp David, Md., for conference on Berlin and Germany. British Foreign Secretary Sehvyn Lloyd is at center. (AP Photofax) ' Texas-Rome Flier Down In England YEOVTLTON, England (AP) - Bill Mullen, lone Texan flier, landed at a Royal Navy base here Friday night after Atlantic storms knocked out his bid for a solo ight plane distance record. He was trying to fly from Hous ton, Tex., to Rome. A spokesman at the navy base said Mullen's plane developed engine trouble, but Mullen said, "I hit some terrible weather." The spokesman said Mullen de veloped engine trouble over the Atlantic and altered course for Paris. The trouble got worse and he decided to put down in England. Mullen was aiming at a world nonstop record distance for light planes. He had planned to head for Rome and, if he arrived in good shape, fly on to Athens or Cairo to better the 6,856-mile record set up last year. His Mooney Mark 20 single-engine plane carried 300 gallons of gasoline. On his first attempt last week Mullen flew from Long Beach, Calif., but was forced down in Tennessee by icing trouble. To Die In Gas Chamber Decree Death Penalty For Elizabeth Duncan VENTURA, Calif. (AP) A jury decreed Friday night that Mrs. Elizabeth Duncan die in the gas chamber for hiring two men to murder the pretty Canadian nurse who had married her adored son.' 1 President Firm On The jury, which earlier had found her guilty of first-degree murder, had only to choose between the death sentence and life imprisonment. Under California law the judge must follow the jury's verdict in imposing sentence. Mrs. Duncan, 54, convicted of offering two men $6,000 to kill her pregnant daughter-in-law, Olga Duncan, still has pending a hearing a hearing on her plea of inno cent bv reason of insanity. A court-appointed psychiatrist has Army To Draft 6,000 In May WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army Friday issued a draft call for 6,000 men in May. This is the lowest monthly quota since the same number was called up in January 1956. already testified he thinks she is sane. The judge will . try the sanity portion of the case without a jury. Honor For Salk LEEDS, England (AP) - Leeds University plans to bestow an honorary doctor of science degree May 3 on Dr. Jonas Salk, Amer ican developer of polio vacine, while he is in Britain for a medi cal congress. Mourner By Demand MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Tom Kimbrough told this story on himself Friday. Late for an appointment, young Kimbrough thought he would save time by joining a funeral procession. So he switched on his lights and fell in line. On through traffic and red lights he swept, behind the procession's police escort. But, alas, when he tried to turn off onto a side street near his destination, Kimbrough heard the voice of the law behind him. "Hey, buddy. Back in line," a policeman said. "You joined the procession. Now stay in it." So Kimbrough meekly obeyed. All the way to the cemetery, and there the cop made him stay for the services. When the funeral finally ended, he was an hour and a half late for his appointment. Summit GETTYSBURG (AP) President Eisenhower, was reported Friday night to have disagreed with British Prime Minister Harold Mac- millan's proposal that the West make a firm offer of a summer-time summit conference with Russia's Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Authoritative informants said . Eisenhower stuck to his view that such a high level parley must hinge on whether a prior foreign ministers meeting succeeds in easing East-West tensions. Eisenhower and Macmillan talked over their differences face- to-face during an initial two-hour meeting in a mountain lodge perched atop the summit of one of the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland. Firm On Berlin The two leaders reaffirmed their determination to stand firm against Soviet threats to West Berlin. Informants said the discussion was carried on in a most cordial spirit. Eisenhower and Macmillan are old friends. The differing views on a summit conference appeared to domi nate their first meeting. Diplo mats seemed confident, however. the two men would yet hammer out a compromise formula on the summit issue. Macmillan was reported urging a Big Four summit session as quickly as possible to avert tha threat of war over the Soviet demand for an end to fourpower control of Berlin. Macmillan Convinced His talks . in Moscow with Khrushchev three weeks ago are understood to have convinced Macmillian that only at such a high level would the Soviets make the kind of concessions necessary to ease war dangers. In keeping with his cautious attitude toward summit conferences, Eisenhower was reported to believe an unconditional offer to meet with Khrushchev might encourage the Soviets to downgrade the importance of a prior foreign ministers' meeting. Any Camp David compromise formula will be discussed with France, West Germany and other Allied nations. "Free For AH" Conference spokesmen described their initial meeting as "a free-for-all" discussion of Russian pressure against Berlin and West Germany. They refused to provide any details. The talk, the first of a four-day review, was carried on as the two men sat relaxing in easy chairs in a sun-bathed room of Eisenhower's private mountain lodge at Camp David, 65 miles from Washington, D.C. Prays For Quidance, Then Kills Aged, Sick Wife PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (AP)-A 90-year-old retired motorman told police he prayed all night for guidance, then shot his wife to death Friday because he no longer could stand to see her suffer. She also was 90. He intended to kill himself, too, Today's Chuckle A man's life is 20 years of having his mother ask him where he U going, 40 years of having his wife ask the same question, and, at the end, have the mourners wondering, too. he related, but the pistol fell from his trembling hand. The moment for suicide having passed, he picked up the gun, put it on a mantlepiece and sat down to wait for the police. "It's all over," the aged and anguished George Hope told Mrs. Alda Deshant, a next-door neighbor. She heard the shot and came around to find out what had happened. Hope then pointed tremulously to his wife, Ada. Her body lay on a bed in the living room. The neighbor left the house and told police. When two policemen arrived Hope was still slumped in a chair, confused and incoherent. As before, he pointed to his wife's body. Then he directed the officers' attention to the .32-caliber pistol on the mantelplace. Later, he told Detective Sgt. John J. McBride his wife had been ill with a complication of ailments for nearly 10 years. She had difficulty moving around, even with a cane. "These last two months," he said, "she suffered terribly. Her suffering was just too much for me to bear. "So last night I prayed all night. I asked God what to do." About midmorning, Hope went on, he got the pistol and shot his wife in the back of the head as she slept. Neighbors said the couple had lived in the North Philadelphia row house for 62 years. Hope retired as a street car motorman more than 20 years ago. He was his wife's constant companion and helper. "They were devoted to each other," said Mrs. Deshant. "These last years he waited on her most of the time. You see, she had to stay in bed so much of the time.'1 Hope was charged with homicide. P." 19--: V . v v ;' : i if GEORGE HOPE v V

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