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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 9, 1946, Mason City, Iowa                                8F ANi ARCHIVES BES I WE 3 I A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS VOL Lin Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 9 1946 This Paper Consists Two One No 51 One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KGLO City D m WTAt QoinoT B1 Mon p m WOI Amem Taeidi x m WSUt City Suggestion of a Memorial to War IN MY LAST commentary visit with you I discussed the role as signed by Adolf Hitler to the robot bomb in his plan to conquer the world I brought out a fact which I am quite sure historians of World War II are going to set down in their books namely Hitler planned to win the war with the robot bomb and further more he came terrifyingly close to setting away with his grand strategy The bombs unloosed in France and pointed toward England were designed to make the allies invade at the time and place chosen by Hitler The time would have been March or April of 1944 the place Calais across the channel from Dover It is now clear beyond argument that if we had fallen into the trap set by Hitler we could have lost Z million of our boys without ever gaining a foothold on European soil The Calais fortifications were impregnable to frontal attack In this commentary I plan to consider with you some of the rea sons Hitler failed in his expecta tions Im going to recall how and why the robot siege was suc cessfully resisted TN THE BATTLE against the ro hot good luck and a lot of raw courage were on our side I salute those civilians of London who stood up under the Vl siege while more than every other home in that great city was being damaged Of the approximately 2000000 homes more than 1100000 suf fered harm Then too I salute those brave flying men American and British who paid with life or limb for wiping out those giant concrete installations in France which would have made the Vls infin itely more devastating than they were But most of all I bow my salute to those in the intelligence branch of the allied forces for the part they played in keeping the robot bomb from being more effective It was they who spotted the Vl spawning grounds on Peenemu ende and directed the bombing as sault on the launching installations in PasdeCalais FACT is that the allied com mand knew every essential fact about fore the first one roared over Lon don The one thing not known was how high they would fly If it had been known in advance that the maximum altitude would be only 2300 feet and that their average altitude would be less than 1000 feet over London an even more effective defense could have been waiting for he robombs right from the start For one thing Londons ackack guns effective against the high flying planes but no good against hedgehoppers would have been moved down to the channel coast line in advance Firing at a sharp angle shells from these antiair craft guns fell on London as live ammunition and brought much death and destruction ROBOT PLANES brought down at low level proved almost as destructive as when they plunged of their own volition Then too there was always the possibility that they would sail clear over the city and land in the open country beyond Many of them later did just that Shooting down Vls over London just wasnt good business The barrage balloon defense against the robots also would have been more effective if the altitude factor had been known in advance It was assumed that the giant bags about as big as an ordinary house would have to be run up to their maximum height of 10000 feet That was a mistake The balloons were set up in a multiple line arc in the country side to the southeast of London The maximum height of 1300 feet meant a large amount of surplus buoyancy Thus it was possible to dangle additional steel cables from each balloon Every additional ca ble was one more potential robot plane interceptor But in all other particulars Lon don was forearmed by being fore warned Thats why I salute al lied intelligence for the magnifi cent job done by it against Hitlers robot planes All in all it must be said that in this war robot weapons have proved not de cisive MOW WERE ready for the ques tion raised in my previous com mentary namely what about robot weapons in the next theres to be a next war Our thoughts turn of course to atomic bombs transported by radiocon trolled rockets For a white light on this qucs CONT1NUED ON SAGE Z HIGH COURT TAKES LEWIS CASE PROPOSE TROOP WITHDRAWAL IN UN ARMS PLAN Political SubGroup Includes Demobilization in Reduction Program Lake Success N T United Nations political subcom mittee Monday wrote into its pro posed arms reduction program a recommendation that member governments commence a bal anced withdrawal of forces out side home border and institute a general demobilization of all troops The amendment submitted by India also provided for early re moval of troops stationed on alien soil without agreement or treaties with the governments concerned The vote was 16 to 2 with Aus tralia and Brazil dissenting Sen Tom Connally DTex voted for the amendment after getting delegates to agree to the stipulation that the clause cov ering treaties or agreements should be written in Earlier he had objected to the proposal on the ground that it was so vague that it could be interpreted to mean that the United States might have to pull its troops out of Pan ama Canal fortifications The Indian amendment a clar ified version of an Egyptian pro posal thus was placed in the hands of a drafting subcommit tee which still has before it the problem of rectifying conflicting Russian and United States views as to whether proposed control commissions over arms cuts and the atom bomb should operate un der the security council or inde pendent of it and thus outside the veto These 2 considerations now were the only points remaining to be decided in the whole arms reduction resolution Continuation of the armament debate got under way in the wake of Russias unexpected refusal earlier Monday to accept a pro posal for a U N inventory of armed troops at home In a surprise move Soviet For eign Minister V M Molotov de manded deletion of a home troop census from a resolution already approved by the powerful 54 member U N political committee His action taken at an assembly plenary session at Flushing Mea dow Park threatened to reopen the whole question of troops dis positions Previously at the committee stage Molotov had agreed to tak ing census of both domestic forces and those of foreign soil The soviet action highlighted a 5hour plenary session which be gan at C S T Sunday night Just before midnight the assembly had in effect censured South Africa for racial discrim ination of Indians in the union after rejecting a South African demand that the issue be turned over to the international court of justice for an advisory opinion The resolution recognized In dias contention regarding treat ment of Indians in South Africa declaring that because of that treatment friendly relations be tween the 2 member states have been impaired and unless a satis factory settlement is reached these relations are likely to be further impaired The assembly called upon the 2 countries to try to settle their differences and report back to next years session 19 Shipbuilding Firms Grossed in Wartime Profits Washington congres sional committee was told Monday that 19 shipbuilding companies grossed an estimated in wartime profits on invested capital totaling One company was said to have made an estimated profit of 080000 on a capital invest ment The figures were set forth by the maritime commission in a re port to the house merchant ma rine committee which is investi gating shipbuilding profits Damon Runyon 111 With Liver Ailment New York Run yon author and columnist is crit ically ill at Memorial hospital with a liver ailment hospital officials said Monday Runyon has been hospitalized for 3 days One passenger in a moving au tomobile takes up nearly 25 times as much street space as does a passenger in a street car or bus GermanBuilt Eurapa Sinks at LeHavre Le Havre France IP The Germanbuilt liner Europa re named the Liberte by the French snapped her moorings in a gale driven tidal wave Monday gashed her side against harbor wreckage and sank into the mud on a shal low side of the Le Havre basin The 49746ton vessel assigned to France as war reparations set tled with a heavy list upon reces sion of the tidal wave which had caused the sea to rise 3 feet above normal However a rising tide later righted her indicating she had retained some buoyancy French line officials expresed hope that the Liberte dogged by bad luck since she was launched at Hamburg as a North German Lloyd liner in August 1928 could be refloated The sea and wind tore the ves sel from the French line docks and shoved her across the basin with anchors dragging in less than 3 minutes Wreckage staved in the Libertes side at the level of the machine room and water flooded through the gaping hole However there was no loss of Jifc All aboard were taken ashore at 8 a m Fire fighting companies stood by A United States naval launch broke her moorings near the cita del and sank The French liner Palmyre snapped her lines and drifted but was brought under control without damage Harbor observers expressed be lief the longrusting hulk the sunken French liner Paris caused the damage to the Liberte French line representatives said later however they were not sure as to what wreckage was responsi ble The loss of the Liberte would seriously handicap the French line in its bid for passenger traffic It has only one other large vessel the 43000ton He De France The next biggest is the 23500ton De Grasse No other French lineris of more than 17000 tons Launch Amendment to St Paul City Charter to Settle School Rift St Paul Minn pro posed amendment to the citys charter stamped with the appro val of striking school teachers the city council and parentteach er associations Monday was to be presented to the charter commis sion for approval Latest move in the attempts to end the teachers strike entering its 3rd week the amendment needed the charter commissions endorsement for presentation to the voters in a special election and would increase the citys edu cational budget by approximately The amendment proposed would separate educational appropria tions from the annual city budget boosting per capita expenditures for schools to a maximum of It would exclude state and fed eral school aid appropriations from being figured in as part of the school budget and add an esti mated to annual school expenditures figured at approxi mately in 1947 Voters who twice have turned down proposals for increasing ex penditures would have to pass on the amendment with 60 per cent of the total vote in the last elec tion required for approval of the measure in a special election Ottumwa Buildings Destroyed by Blaze Ottumwa buildings of the former Ottumwa Ice Co were destroyed by a fire of undeter mined origin Sunday It was the largest fire here in more than a year Ben Bowne owner of the build ings could give no estimate of the damage Bowne recently sold the firm but had retained title to the buildings and equipment Flames at one time leaped near ly 150 feet into the air and there were several blasts when ammonia tanks exploded British Drop Supplies to Shipwrecked Jews bomb ers dropped 5 tons of food and supplies Monday to 800 Jews shipwrecked on Syrina Island near the Dodecanese while enroute to Palestine The British destroyers Chev ron and a minesweeper were cut ting through the Mediterranean toward the lonely island 90 miles northwest of Rhodes Four Hali fax planes carried the relief sup plies to the Jews through weather one veteran pilot described as the worst I ever saw in the Mediter ranean THE EMPTY STOCKING x the painting by F S Manning ITS THAT TIME for the launching of the 1946 Christmas Cheer Fund The goal will be as in most previous years and the intent of the effort will be to see that the famous old picture reproduced above shall have no enactment in THIS com munity The Social Welfare league with Miss Doris Bruce in charge will be the custo dian of the fund This will be the 21st Christmas Cheer Fund Never once has there been a failure to reach the goal The first listing of gifts will be featured on Page 1 of the next issue Early contributions have a special value But early or late large or small all will be appreciated by the needy families of our community Seek Origin of Georgia Hotel Fire Set Death Toll at 120 CASE STRIKERS RETURN TO JOBS Machinery Plant Strike Lasted Almost Year Kockford 111 at the J I Case Co plant returned to work Monday to end one of the longest strikes in the history of the farm machinery industry The walkout began Dec 26 1945 lasting almost a year Russell King president of local 396 of the CIO United Automo bile Workers said 500 workers would return to their jobs Mon day The rest of the plants 900 employes he said would be back at work by the end of the week The workers voted 196 to 48 Sunday to accept a payment of S50 to each employe as final set tlement of back pay claims Pre viously the company and union had agreed on an 18cent hourly wage increase Iowa Town Offers Site for UN Headquarters Princeton IP Joining diplo matic niceties with good Ameri can booster club tactics this Mis sissippi river town of 2365 per sons has entered the international debate on the selection of a site for the permanent United Nations headquarters Princeton has offered a 20acre plot on the bluffs south of Prince ton and overlooking the Mississip pi river The Princeton Boosters club has sent a letter to Secretary of State James Byrnes inviting the UN to choose the site as its per manent headquarters And it has sent its president Will Rogers to New York to seil the Iowa town to the worlds representatives Rogers owns the 20acre plot At present however UN rules limit the choice of a site to the New York Philadelphia and San Francisco areas Iowa Attorney Dies Des Moines Joseph G Gamble prominent Iowa attorney and counsel for the Rock Island railroad in Iowa died Saturday of a heart ailment Read The United States Army Message Today on Page 4 Multiple Probe Opens on Disaster as Better Safeguards Demanded Atlanta Winecoff ho tel fire death toll climbed to 120 Monday as multiple investigations were ordered into Saturdays dis aster which was the nations most costly hotel conflagration Three names were added to the death list Mrs George D Burch 20 of Chattanooga died of injur ies suffered when she fell 10 floors to a canvas canopy when an improvised rope of bed linen broke Her husband to whom she was married last week had de scended 3 floors to reach fire lad ders Two other names which had es caped Cross were re corded They were Charles Bill Berry of Cedarlown Ga south eastern bowling champion and Julia Hall of Albany Ga a dele gate to a Youth Congress City county and national probes were ordered They coincided with demand for more stringent safe guards against such tragedies Solicitor General E E Andrews arranged conferences with the city fire marshal firemen fire un derwriters and Grand Jury Fore man Henry Chandler He said a Fulton county Atlanta grand 3 Iowans Dead Atlanta former lowans perished in Saturdays Winecoff hotel fire and a 4th was reported in a serious condi tion in an Atlanta hospital Dead were Lt Comm Elmer A Con zett veterans of the war in the Pacific son of Mr and Mrs An drew Conzett Dubuquc Dr Carl C Kasmussen 51 former Des Moines physician and his son Richard 21 Mrs Frances Ras mussen wife of Dr Rasmussen was reported in a serious condi tion jury would study Saturdays pre dawn fire to determine if there had been any criminal negligences The jury will meet Tuesday Mayor William B Hartsfield called an afternoon meeting of the city councils fire committee to question officials about the na tions most deadly hotel fire The National Fire Prevention associa tion and the National Conference of Building Officers also planned investigations A state law requiring all Geor gia hotels to install automatic sprinkler systems was asked by Taylor T Carstarphen chairman of the Macon Ga city councils fire committee The Winecoff had neither sprinklers nor fire escapes The hotel passed a city fire in spection only recently CAUSE OF FIRE STILL UNSOLVED Continue Investigation of Charles City Blaze Charles City W Hell man city manager announced Monday that an investigation into the fire here Friday night which damaged 3 buildings has failed to unearth the cause The damage is estimated at between and An explosion on the 2nd floor of the building which occurred dur inff the fire also remains a mys tery The blast blew articles from the rear room of Vivians Vanity and Barbershop while Elsie Cal vert a patron was in a chair at the beauty shop The shop had just received about 1500 worth of Christmas mer chandise which was spoiled by smoke and water in addition to other stock and equipment Viv ians is operated by Mrs Vivian Hay DeBoest Other businesses which will be reopened as soon as they can be cleaned up are Ferns Beauty Salon operated by Hilda Wente Allens cafe Byllesbys home fur nishings store and Sears order store It will be some time before Hampsons Mens Clothing store will be ready to resume business Applications for Iowa Coin Begin Dec 16 The First Nationalbank and the United Home bank of Mason City will start Monday morning Dec 16 taking applications for the purchase the Iowa centennial lalf dollars at each Applications will be taken hroughout Ihc week and on Mon day Dec 23 distribution of the coins minted in observance of the 100th anniversary of the state will bccin Proceedsfrom the sale of the coins will be used to establish the owa Centennial Memorial fund Lester Milligan chairman the stale centennial committee stated While the centennial year is drawing to a close there still re mains the observance the specific event that brought Iowa into statehood the signing of the congressional act to that effect ay President Polk on Dec 28 1846 Chairman Milligan staled In observance of this event there is to be held in Iowa City Iowas capital at the time a fitting ceremony W J Peter son University of Iowa history professor is in charge of the cele bration which will be attended by Gov Robert D Blue as well as Mr Milligan and other mem bers of the centennial committee A considerable number of the Iowa centennial stamps are still available at the Mason City post office Mr Milligan stated Local residents are urged to ask for them when making purchases stamps lor sending Christmas greetings It must be understood by those filing applications for the cen tennial coins that application is no guarantee that the applicant will receive a coin for there may net be a sufficient number to meet applications To obtain the fairest and widest distribution the 100000 coins the centennial committee announced that no one jwillbe permitted to purchase more than one A distribution to the banks of the state will be made on the basis of population and delivery will be made in the cTder in which the applications are received Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy and a little colder Monday night anc Tuesday Low Monday night about 24 Iowa Partly cloudy and colder Monday night and Tuesday Lows Monday night 23 north west to 40 southeast Minnesota Much colder weather entering N W portion Monday afternoon and overspreading entire state Monday night with cold wave north portion Mon day night Low Monday nighi ranging from 5 below northwest to 20 above southeast Partly cloudy and rather cold Tuesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum 63 Minimum 31 At 8 a m Monday 32 YEAR AGO Maximum 44 Minimum 5 GlobeGazette weather statis tics for 24 hour period ending a 8 oclock Sunday morning Maximum 54 Minimum 36 At 8 m Sunday 54 Precipitation Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 44 Minimum 30 MRP TAKES EDGE OVER RED PARTY Wins Slight Lead in French Control Vote Paris centrist popular republican movement vy ing with the communist party for control France had a slight edge over its rival Monday in parliaments still incomplete up per house after another Sunday election Electoral colleges and a special election commission which Sun day decided 214 of the 315 seats in the council of the republic gave 62 seats to the MRP and 61 lo the communists in each case less than a third Should the remaining council seats be filled in the same ratio the councils situation would be similar to that of the more pow erful lower house the national as sembly where the communists in the Nov 10 election look 180 seals and the 2ndplace MRPs got 162 no single party would have a ma jority f Iowa Youth 17 Gets 35 Year Sentence for Shooting His Mother Knoxville Huf fenbarger 17 charged with first degree murder in the fatal shoot ing of his mother Mrs May Grieb bien 55 was sentenced to 35 years in the state penitentiary Saturday by District Judge Earl Vincent The youth quoted by sheriffs deputies at the time the shoot ing as saying I just had an urge to shoot something pleadec guilty to a 2nd degree murder charge Mrs Griebbien was wounded in the right hip with a 22 caliber bullet Oct 10 on her farm near here She was taken to a Mt Pleasant hospital where she died BENCH PLEDGES QUICK DECISION ON CONVICTION Government Is Seeking NoStrike Promises in Vital Industries Washington suprema court Monday agreed to give a quick ruling on the validity of he contempt conviction of John Lewis and his United Mine Workers in the soft coal strike The high court set Tuesday Ian 14 for hearing arguments counsel for both sides A decision could corne any Monday after arguments are com pleted The high court acted on a gov ernment plea he public interest case be taken out of the hands of the U S court of appeals here and speeded to a final authorita ive decision Lewis and the union were con victed for contempt in ignoring a U S district court order in tended to head off the 17day soft coal strike which was ended last Saturday Their fines totaled Mondays action means a final decision can be expected a or 2 earlier than if the issues in volved had been decided first by he court of appeals Meanwhile I h e government pushed for an ironclad nostrike pledge in key industries Monday in the wake of its victory over John L Lewis in the coal strike Officials opened the drive in the hope that the administrations handling of the mine shutdown might persuade other unions to seek peaceful settlement of labor disputes in vital industries or risk painful punitive measures The initial nostrike pledge ef fort was directed at the public utility field Representatives of unions and management in the gas power light and municipal trans portation industries were sum moned to a meeting to consider a plan for voluntary arbitration disputes without resort to strikes The conference was arranged by a labor department advisory com mittee composed of representa tives of the AFL CIO National Association Manufacturers and U S Chamber of Commerce Additional peace meetings in other industries where strikes could imperil the national econ omy are planned soon by the com mittee which functions under aus pices of the labor department Swiftly the government stripped away most of the series of emer gency orders which had been in voked to save coal Out went the freight express and parcel post embargoes the slash in railroad passenger travel in a few areas nearly out of the 21stale dimout The capital dome glistened under floodlights again The solid fuels administration is continuing for a while its con trols over soft coal shipments but conditions under which supplies are doled out to essential users have been eased Meanwhile the soft coal indus try resumed production Monday after a paralyzing 17day work stoppage by the United Mine Workers Badlyneeded fuel came from the mines again for the na tions industries and homes Reports from the coal fields showed the miners complying with John L Lewis order to re turn to the pits but normal pro duction was not expected before midweek Gets Purple Heart for Wound During Ousters Last Stand Lead S Dak feeble paralytic old man who unabash edly remembers himself as a great soldier was to receive the purple heart Monday on his 95th birth day Charles A Windolph oldest liv ing holder of the congressional medal of honor and one of 2 known living survixors of the bat tle of the Little Big Horn was awarded the medal for a wound received at Custers last stand on July 26 1876 He was hit by a 45 calibre slug while covering fellow soldiers who were on a dangerous mission of obtaining water for the wounded and dying Ill always say it was a rene gade cowpuncher who shot me It didnt hurt much It was just a flesh wound Ike in Hospital Miami Fla General Dwight D Eisenhower was in Pratt General hospital here day for a months rest and treat ment for bursitis in his left shoul der   

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