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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 4, 1946, Mason City, Iowa 8MARTUENT NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALU NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Associated Prea ana United Press Fun leased wires Hva Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MARCH 4 1946 yaper comton oi Two SCTUonjSMllcn Ota NO 125 CANADA DISCLOSES RED SPY RING One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary by W EARL HALL Managing Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE i City Sunlit p m WSUL low City tti iT m 1VOJ Ames Friday p m KSCJ Sioni city SaturiUy n m WTAD Qnlacjr HI Saturday 9 f nj The Case for Selfishness AS LONG as I can remem Jber Ive been hearing it said that the one greatest need of the world was more unselfishness Its been said countless times that if greed could be removed from the heart of man wars and the many other evils which beset civiliza tion would overnight be banished from the face of the earth Accepting this as the one best formula and approach to an era of worldwide peace and content ment weve been wishing and praying for he elimination of that devil known as selfishness from the lives ef humans But not much has hap pened Struggle and strife remain with us Ive been wondering therefore if maybe it wouldnt be a good idea to wipe the board clean of all glibly accepted premises and assumptions and reexamine this whole problem from a purely ob jective point of view AND THE MORE Ive wondered the more Ive become per suaded that a very good case can be made for selfishness as the key that will unlock most of the problems which confront hu manity today in the development of a happy and prosperous state of civilization I hasten however to explain that in this consideration Tm thinking of an intelligent long range jiar row petty type of selfishness which I admit has bio cited mans upward climb over the centuries centuries Its my studied conclusion that that which in the ultimate end is good for the individual person or the individual state or the indi vidual nation is good for the world for mankind as a whole Our trouble in the past has been myopia we havent been capable of looking far enough into the future NOW I RECOGNIZE that this theory Im advancing has no value or validity as a theory or abstraction What we want to know is how it would work out in actual practice We arent in terested in either stardust or baloney All right lets start out by ap plying the broadest possible test Such a test calls for an anstver to the question How does this prescription of intelligent selfin terest apply to the problem of averting future wars MY OWN ANSWER to that question is this The one best hope of banishing war from the face of the earth is a realistic recognition that war is the worst of bad business Everybody loses nobody gains That goes for the victor almost as much as for the vanquished Wars are essentially destruc tive In the final analysis you dont win a war any more than you win a tornado or a flood or a drought When this fundamental truth is driven into the thinking of all men including those who peri odically lead the world into its orgies of mass murder wars will be no more And in this decision to banish warfare there will be a clearcut manifestation of the very thing for which I am con tending intelligent selfish ness TfACH OF THE various steps essential to the advent of a warless world not only can but will spring from longrange con siderations of selfinterest Lets pause and consider 3 or 3 of these If history proves anything it proves that some kind of world wide authority is imperative to enforce the peace Every other conceivable method has been tried and found wanting Now to create a world authority for the enforcement of the peace theres going to be some delega tion of sovereignty by the sov reign nations of the world in cluding our ovn In no other way can the peaceenforcing agency have the requisite power and au thority Straightway that situation brings to test the true quality of the individuals selfishness prov ing whether its narrow and petty or longrange and intelligent COME WILL SAY that this thing called national sovereignty is a precious commodity something that must not be weakened un der any circumstance That to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Recover 27 Bodies in Airliner Wreck PLANE CRASHES IN MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA Reveal Wreck Worst in All History of Commercial Airlines San Diego of 27 victims commercial avia tions worst crash against the side of a mountain 45 miles east of being removed from the wreckage Monday The first bodies found by shocked sheriffs deputies and navy sailors were those of two in fants They were brought to a mortuary here Removal of the other 25 victims 15 men and 10 women were de layed by the difficulties of the terrain They had to be carried by litter a half a mile to a bulldozed road where navy jeeps were waiting to Engaged to Jo wan Fort Doflee De Lancey of South Pasadena Cal killed in the crash of an Ameri can Airlines plane in California Sunday and Mclvin Mandclko former navy flyer of Fort Dodge were to have heen mar ried April 28 take them two miles farther to an emergency coroners station and waiting ambulances The American airlines plane bound from Dallas Tex to San Diego on a New York to Los An geles runcrashed into the slope of foghidden Thing mountain Sunday It crashed and burned except for fail and one wing a few min utes after reporting at a m It was over El Centre Cal The worst previous crash a check of records disclosed was on Jan 10 1945 when 24 persons were killed in an American air lines plane near las Angeles Hail and snowstorms hampered the rescue parties and the path clearing crew Progress up the 6000foot peak was slow A sher party reached the crash scene 1500 feet from the summit Sun day afternoon They found all but the tail section jmd a part of the wing had been destroyed by flames Bill Heid army veteran of the 5th combat camera unit recently discharged was among the first rescuers returning from the moun tain It smclled like Manila the fire and the bodies he said I saw only 6 bodies I didnt want to sec any more Ive seen too many dead people A revised list of passengers is sued Monday did not give the home addresses of some of the victims but of the addresses given none was in Iowa or Nebraska The bonded debt of Nebraska is limited constitutionally to S100 000 MANNERHEEtf QUITS shal Carl Gustav von Manner heim has resigned as president of Finland it was announced officially Monday from Helsinki Finland Mannerheim went to Portugal recently because of his health He had been ill since his return several weeks ago and his resignation has been ex pected He is 79 years old j Britt Farmer Injured in Plane Crash Staffer Gremner Britt farmer jpun u small training plane into he ground a mile west of Britt Sunday and was in a Mason City lospital Monday with cuts and lruises about the head and a mi ior skull fracture His condition vas not serious and he was be icved not to have any broken Jones A farmer nearby said he saw the plane hanging still in the lir for a moment and then eo into i tailspiri from about 500 feet al lltude It nosed into a field about a quarter mile south of highway 18 The accident was the first stu dent injury marked up at the Ma son City Air Activities Sylvan O Hugelen the operator said that rie had had hundreds of students with thousands of hours of flying time since he began operations here in April 1937 and Gremner was the first student injured while flying Gremner had finished his train ing with an instructor and had soloed but continued to come to the airport to a plane and con tinue his flying Hugelen said Tile plane is probably a total loss ac cording to the flying instructor who said that it belonged to Ma son City Air Activities WHERE AIRLINER CRASHED symbol indicates where the airliner crashed Sunday in the Laguna mountains 45 miles east of San Dieeo CaL AP Wirephoto BLUE REFUSES CLEMENCY PLEA Heincy and Son Face Gallows on March 29 DCS Moines Robert D Blue denied Monday an appeal for executive clemency for Phil lip H Heincy 72 arid his son William H 45 scheduled to be hanged March 29 for murder The governor said howeverhe would accept further evidence as to the mental condition of these men thus leaving open an ad ditional possibility of executive action in the case before the time set for the execution The request for clemency was presented by Atty K B Welty who was appointed by the court to defend the Heincys at their hearing to determine the extent of their guilt They pleaded guilty to the mur der more than a year ago of Rob ert W Raebel West Okoboji lake resort operator Walter Bedell Dickinson county attorney opposed executive halt ing of the execution in the hear ing in the governors office He cited the criminal records of the men declaring these men have lived a life of crime BRITAIN SEEKS RUSSIAN REASON London foreign spokes man disclosed Monday that Great Britain has asked Russia to ex plain her refusal to withdraw troops from Iran in accordance with BritishRussianIranian treaty A British note was said to have been dispatched to the British Charee DAffaires Frank Roberts in Moscow for communication to the soviet government The text of the note also was re ported dispatched to the State De partmerit at Washington A foreign office spokesman said the note was dispatched before the British Cabinet met this morning less than 16 hours after Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin returned from a rest in the country Truman Calls Hall to U S Safety Parley One of the first official nets of W Earl Hall GiobeGazette man aging editor as the hewly elected chairman of the National Com mittee for Traffic Safety will be to attend a national conference called by President Truman at Washington D C May 8 9 and 10 The president has asked Mr Hall to serve as vice chairman on the Organized Public Support committee in a nationwide jrovern ment sponsored program to brins about a reduction In the traffic accident toll Following is the letter received by Editor Hall from President Truman You are undoubtedly aware of the alarming increase of traffic accidents on our streets and high ways since the end of gasoline ra tioning This is reason for grave concern by officials having re sponsibility for traffic safety and by the nation at large I person ally consider the problem of suf ficient seriousness and importance that I plan to call into Washing ton for a national conference May 8910 representatives of the states counties and municipali ties who have legal responsibility in matters of highway traffic To arrange for this conference and prepare a presentation on the problem to be considered by these representatives I have requested Major General Philip B Flem ing federal worksadministrator to serve as chairmanCurrently a staff of qualified individuals is working under his direction to de velop the necessary organization and agenda To approach this problem on rational lines and develop imme diate ways and means to curb this staggering upswing in loss of life accidents and property damage I feel that the best leadership is re quired to stimulate public interest and to marshall the necessary support for the state county and municipal officials who have such a grave responsibility in coping with the problem v Therefore I request you to serve as vice chairman with Chairman Paul G Hoffman on the Organized Public Support committee one of eight that are to survey proven techniques and procedures and to present an ac tion program that will delineate ways and means to accomplish the objectives of the conference each committee have been appointed and because of the necessity for immediate ac tion are already engaged in pre paring tentative outlines for tht Strikes At a Glance Will you let me have your re ply as quickly as possible so that work underway may be stimu lated by your leadership Arizona produced over 2550 carloads of oranges in 1945 Read The Message from United States Army Recruiting Service on Page 5 By UNITED PRESS U among its 175000 idle workers i ropotai lor a secret seekinS to prevent a nationwide without accord and union officials went ahead with plans for a nationwide walkout Thursday without a work stoppage a cvjai anifie ni April if workers AFD chief John L Lewis insisted on bargain ing rights for supervisory employes 350000 CIO steel workers were out in and steel fabricating firms which had not agreed to cent hourly boost granted by big steel e JOHN SIESSEGER DIES SUDDENLY Was Superintendent ofMCCL Railway John Siesseger 64 Clear Lake for 45 years superintendent of the Mason City and Clear Lake rail way died at his desk in the P G E building in Mason City at p m Monday from a heart at tack He had been ailing for a few days but had continued to work Mr Siesseger had been with the Mason City and Clear Lake rail way since June 14 1300 as gener al superintendent Surviving arc his wife at Clear Lake arid son John Jr at Cresco and daugh ter Mrs Claron Leith Chicago Funeral arrangements are in complete The body was taken to the Meyer funeral home Sour Entrance Ttilsa Okla burglary of a food market here had a sour ending Police were called to the market in answer to an alarm They found the intruder had opened a sky light stepped on to a and pickles The Canadian wheat crop for 1945 was about 321409000 bush els 3 IOWANS DIE IN HOME FIRE Family of 3 Wiped Out at Strawberry Point i Strawberry Point persons lost theirlives early Mon day in an explosion and fire that partially destroyed their farm home 6 miles west of Strawberrv Point filedead wereArnold Ouper man 24his wife who is the same age and their year olfl son Burfxm fire department said that the Op pcrmans at tempted to start the fire in the wood range with oil and that an explosion followed Mrs Opperman was dead when firemen summoned at a m arrived at the farm home Her husband taken to Mercy hospital at Oelwein died there about 10 a m Both were seriously burned Goodrich said the baby ap parently died in its bed of estimated AJUU lumoer dealers from Minn esota North and South Dakota Wisconsin and Iowa were expected to attend the seventh annual meet ing of The Independent Retail Dealers association here Thursday and Friday in the Radisson hotel Janitor 29 Admits Slaying Couple in Deserted Stone Mill Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy Monday and Tuesday with snow changing to rain late Monday night and Tuesday No decided change in temperature with lowest Mon day night 2530 Iowa Clopdy and much colder Monday night Mostly cloudy and continued rather cold Tues day occasional rain in extreme south portion Monday afternodn and Monday night and in the southeast portion Tuesday cloudy Monday I night Colder extreme east por tion and not so cold northwest portion Tuesday mostly cloudy with snow south and extreme west portions Warmer north and central portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum 63 Minimum 30 At 8 a m Monday 30 YEAR AGO Maximum 27 Minimum 7 GlobeGazette weather statis tics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Sunday morning Maximum 45 Minimum 30 At 8 a m Sunday 35 Light frost YEAR AGO Maximum 31 Minimum 3 Claims Self Defense in Scuffle With Man Found With Woman Indianapolis Capt Rob ert A ONeal of the Indiana state police said Monday Joseph L Woolridge 29yearold negro jani tor had made a signed statement in which he confessed the slay ings of Russell Koontz and Mrs Phyllis Coleman in an abandoned stone mill near Bloomington Ind The officer said Woolridee de clared in the statement that he killed Koontz in self defense after the latter threatened to kill him when he discovered the couple In an intimate embrace Capt ONeal said Woolridge made the statement in the pres ence of several state police offi cers Koontz 43 was a Bloomington business man and a former Sun day school superintendent Mrs Coleman worked in a Bloomington creamery office and sang in the choir of the church where Koontz was superintendent Capt ONeal said Woolridge told of being on a ground hog hunt last Friday and of finding Koontz and Mrs Coleman in the stone The bodies were found in the mill late Friday night ONeal said Woolridge gave this version of the salyings Woolridge went into the mill where he said he found Koontz and Mrs Coleman in an embrace He said he watched the couple for a while and then was noticed by Koontz who remarked do you know who I am Woolridge said he told Koontz he knew his iden tity and he said Koontz then said youll never live to tell The Negro said Koontz then lunged at him and he seized a sash weight and struck Koontz He then feit the mans heart JOSEPH WOOLRIDGE and believed him to be dead He then took the woman into a tool shed where he tied her up The Negro found a piece of rope on the floor The statement said he decided to choke her The state ment added he lightened the rope around her neck for five or 10 minutes until she ceased to breathe CLAIMS SOVIET ATTACHE SENT TO OBTAIN DATA Says Russian Ordered to Get Secrets on Atomic Bomb Radar Ottawa Canadian gov ernment in a 3000word statement Monday declared the Russian mili tary attache here had been in structed by Moscow to bbtain data on atomic bomb material radar American electronic shells and the movements of American troops and that some data had been se cured from Canadian and British citizens violating official secrets legislation Prime Minister W L Macken zie Kin made public the report which in part was a response to a recent Moscow statement that in formation obtained in Canada was insignificant and that King was at tempting to divert attention from British failures in lie united na tions security council The royal investigatingcommis sion told King that Miss Kathleen Mary Willsher who was deputy registrar in the office of Malcolm MacDonald United Kingdom high commissioner inCanada had ac cess to practically all secret docu ments in that office and disclosed them Three other civil servants were named The evidence reveals hat these operations were carried on by cer tain members of the staff of the soviet embassy at Ottawa under direct instructions from Moscow the report said Another of the four named Mrs Emma Woikin former cipher clerk in the external affairs department Canadas state pleaded guilty in magistrates court to two charges of conspiring to gwrconfjdential and formation to the soviet Her ar raignment look place about the time the report was released She was accused of giving the contents of secret telegrams to the Russians Russian agents were instructed by Moscow in August 1D45 near the end of the war in the Pacific fo obtain information as to the transfer of American troops from Europe to the United Slates and the Pacific the 2man royal in vestigating commission declared in a report to King The location ot headquarters of a score of United States army di visions or corps and those of the U S 9th army were sought from Col Nicoli Zabotin military at tache of the soviet embassy in Ot tawa the announcement said The report declared that Col Zabotin had been instructed to get the following information 1 Particulars as to the material of which the atomic bomb is com posed its technological process and drawings 2 Details of electronic shells used by the American navy 3 Samples of uranium235 with details as to the plant where it was produced 4 Location ot the Brazilian in fantry division which fought in Italy and lists of the Canadian army divisions which had re turned to Canada Moscow announced recently lhat Zabotin was recalled from Ottawa last December The royal commission announce ment named 4 persons who have communicated directly or indi rectly secret and confidential In formation to the U S S R in elation of the official secrets act The 4 were named as Mrs Emma Woikin a cipher clerk in the external affairs de partment who was accused of communicating to the Russians the contents of secret telegrams Capt Gordon Lunan a member of the Canadian information serv ice who was described by Mr King as the head of a group of agents acting under the person al direction of the assistant Rus sian military attache here Edward Wilfred Mazeroll an electrical engineer in the national research council working on ra dar who was describee as one of the group headed by Lunan He was said to have furnished 2 re ports ot the council on certain developments on radar Kathleen Mary Willsher em ployed in the office of the British high commissioner as deputy reg istrar who had access to practi cally all secret documents in that office and made disclosures of the contents of some secret documents from that office The document continued that Col Zabotin was asked to furnish Moscow information as to tele grams passing into and out of the department of external affairs and the office of the high commis sioner of the united kingdom The maximum possible penalty for the 4 accused is 7 rears im prisonment Prices for agricultural products m Wyoming are reported at the highest point since 1919
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