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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 3, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME CBMP ARCHIVES t littfeiA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Associated and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY FEBRUARY 3 1947 This Paper Consists of Two One No 98 TRUMAN WANTS WAR POWERS KEPT One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KGLO Mason City Sunday p m WTAD Qulncy 111 Hon p m W01 Ames luudiy m WSU1 city Thursday p m Whats the Goal of Our Communists AFK2END stopped me the other day in the hallway leading to my office and offered me a sug gestion What are our American communists up to anyway he asked me When I told him Id guess with him he suggested that I make it the subject of a com mentary in the near future Im acting on that suggestion By this time ot course no realistic person who has observed the swiftmoving events on the world scene can be much in doubt about the aim of international communism The overall aim of the Kremlin is world domination and no holds are barred in the at tainment of that goal Thats crystal clear For 4 her par ticipation in the war Russia qualified for the worlds admira ition She fought the good fight against the external aggressor Theres no gainsaying the fact j that her contributions to the war fagainst Hitlerism saved American lives and American treasure jOUTMt isnt to Russias credit that her government was will jing to and did deal with Hitler in 1939 that she fought an un provoked war against Finland and hat when it came to carving up she wielded the sharp knife readily as did Hitler And in the months and years nice the war cooperation by jlussia for the world peace has een the exception rather than the j her course has been j hat of obstruction so far as H letting up the machinery for jivoiding future war is concerned In both Europe and Asia she las been reaching out a grasping laand Getting everything obtain Jable with means short of war has fbeen the techniqueemployed by Iff her in Poland in Yugoslavia in K Hungary in the Middle East and DEATH view the wreckage of the auto mobile in which 5 young lowans 3 youths and 2 girls died Sunday morning in a collision with a passenger train at Aplington 5 Younglowans Killed in Car Train Collision at Aplington Frank Neal Allison of Butler county sail Monday morning there would be no inquest in the deaths of 3 boy and 2 girls who were killed when their automobile was struck by an Illinois Central westbound passenger train at a grade crossing here The sheriff in consultation with Dr Frank McKean Allison But ler county coroner said statements from the trainmen who were in the accident would be obtained as soon as they returned to Waterloo in Manchuria Everywhere pattern has been the same the W rHERE free elections have been called for as in Poland last month she has employed coercive tactics to condition the outcome her way In the few instances where subjectpeoples have been permitted to express a choice it has been plainly evident that com munism as a reality is far less attractive than communism as a theory Well known too is the change in American policy toward Russia from the appeasement which started a dozen years ago and was accentuated during the war for practical purposes to one of firm ness and bluffcalling There are signs that this changed policy is paying off although Russias cur rent endeavor to breach a treaty and gain control of Spitsbergen and Bear Island is a rift in the lute All of this is recalled merely j for the purpose of providing a backdrop against which to con sider the question put to me by my friend What are our Ameri can communists up to anyway f How seriouslywe should take them is a question facing all of j us ON THE one hand were assured that the communists nu merically constitute such an in finitesimal segment of our popu lation that they should be laughed at rather than worried about On the other were warned that party members are no index tothe strength of communism that un less were on guard well be taken over Just what should be our at titude most of us wonder To start with its well to un derstand the nature of this thing called communism Were wrong of course if we assume it to be just another party like the re publican the democratic or even the socialist parties Its more than that In some respects it takes on the characteristics of a religion A LOS ANGELES pastor James W Fifield Jr once made a jaunt to Russia to it at close hand He went with an open mind perhaps one inclined a little to ward sympathy with the great Russian experiment Let me dip into his report for 2 little ex cerpts Communism is a fanatical worldwide movement to accom plish world revolution to make the state master to make the state mortal Goo over the lives of its citizens Its policy com plete state ownership its politics no pretense of freedom or consti tutional government its religion pagan avowedly antiGod its CONTmDED ON PAGE 2 So far as is known they are only witnesses to the crash which snuffed out the lives of the 5 Iowa occupants of the car The crossing where the accident occurred is in the west part of Aplington north of highway 20 The dead were Pvt Howard Sessler 19 near Ackley Kenneth Sessler 23 brother of Howard near Ackley Ernestine Cuvelier 17 Apling ton Dorothy Huisman about 21 Wellsburg Richard Strahorn 33 near Faulkner The group was returning from a dance in Waterloo when the ac cident occurred at a m A 6th member of the party Bernice Ackerman had been taken to her home north of Aplington a short time before the accident Butler County Sheriff Frank Neal of Allison who investigated thetragedy said the crossing was partly obscured by a pile of cement blocks on one side and the stockyards on the other A boxcar was standing on the east side of the tracks he said Three women from Aplington were killed in an autotrain crash at the same cross ing last summer Claude Byeny engineer of the westbound Illinois Central train No 11 The Hawkeye Limited was quoted as saying the train was traveling at its normal rate of about 70 miles an hour when the accident occurred The train was enreute to Fort Dodge from Chi cago and was an hour late Dr F R Rolfs who arrived a few minutes after the crash said all 5 were dead when he reached the scene Four of the bodies were hurled from the car one was pinned under the wreckage Witnesses said the car which belonged to the Sesslers was car ried about 100 feet and that parts of it were found 250 feet away from the point of impact The 4 bodies were thrown about 80 feel but none was dismembered U was not knownwho was driving After taking Miss Ackerman home the young men were taking Miss Cuvelier to her home when the tragedy occurred The bodies were identified by Robert McGreeyy of Ackley who was on the train when the acci dent occurred He had planned to ride home from Waterloo with the party but missed them The Sesslers were the only sons of Mr and MrsWilliam Sessler who farm 1J miles north of Ack ley Howard was on a furlough from the army and was to have reported to a port of embarkation Tuesday Kenneth was a marine veteran Funeral services for the youths will be held at the St Johns Evangelical and Reform church at Ackley Wednesday The time has not been set Burial win be in the Oakwood cemetery Strahorn was the son of Mr and Mrs George Strahorn who live miles southwest of Faulkner The youth was discharged from the navy last spring and was to have gone to Chicago Sunday to enter an industrial training school Fu neral services will be held for him Tuesday at 2 p m in the Chris tian church at Iowa Falls Miss Cuvelier was the daugh ter of Mr and Mrs Ernest Cuve lier of Aplington Her body was taken to a Parkerburg funeral home Miss Huisman was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Bryan Huisman Her body was taken to a Wells burg funeral home Weather Repor FORECAST Mason City Cold wave with strong northerly winds and clearing skies Monday night Tuesday mostly clear and coli with diminishing winds Low Monday night about 18 below Iowa Cold wave Monday nigh with temperature falling to 15 below north and zero to 5 be low south portion by Tuesday morning Snow flurries gradual ly clearing Monday night Tues day generally fair and quite cold Blowing and drifting snow diminishing Monday night High Tuesday 7 to 14 above Minnesota Cold wave with bliz zard conditions Monday night Blowing and drifting snow gradually diminishingMonday night Fair and very cold Tues day and Tuesday night Low temperature by Tuesday morn ing ranging from 25 below north to 10 to 15 below south portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Dr 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum 32 Minimum 19 At 8 a m Monday 29 Snow trace YEAR AGO Maximum 18 Minimum 2 GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Sunday morning Maximum 12 Minimum 18 At 8 a m Sunday 9 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 28 5 Residents Cry for Help as Boys Break Tear Gas Canisters in El Paso El Paso Tex an swering a callfln White Oaks street found the neighborhood lit erally crying for help Investigation showed that boys playing on a vacant lot had stumbled across more than a doz en tear gas canisters presumably old army equipment The boys broke several and the wind did the rest Plan Bill to Boost Rents 20 Per Cent Washington Ralph E Flanders R Vt Monday pro posed legislation which woulc boost rents by 5 per cent every t months until a total increase o 20 per cent is granted and end al rent controls on July 1 1948 Flanders a member of the sen ate banking committee which is now holding hearings on rent con the trot said he will introduce bill in the senate Monday His proposal if enacted before the end of February would au thorize 3 5 per cent increases this year on March 1July 1 and Nov 1 A 4th 5 per cent increase would be authorized on March 1 1948 Federal rent control would end July 1 1948 Each 5 per cent increase would be figured on the base rent ceiling The bill also provides that any state could pass legislation to lake over rentcontrol from the federal government Other congressional develop ments 1 Bernard M Baruch told con gress he was deeply worried about J S atomic secrets leaking out rle hinted the Russians may be getting atomic information through Canada Baruch urged nilitary representation on the iederal atomic commission Z Republicans still were split over the question of a 20 per cent acrosstheboard income tax cut lep Noah M Mason R HI said hat was the only fair and equi able plan House GOP Leader Charles A Halleck Ind said the partys objective still is a 20 per cent slash in total income tax rev enue but he shied away from the dea of a uniform cut for every body 3 The supreme court was urged o recall the original Mount Clemens portaltoportal pay suit and lay down definite standards which cant be misinterpreted Rep Francis E Walter D Pa aid the court would be derelict n its duty if it doesnt A U S Chamber of Commerce spokesman gain urged quick congressional ction to limit portal pay suits 4 A republican and a democrat jave conflicting views at the open 3g of hearings on limiting presi ential tenure to 2 4year terms Hep Ellsworth B Buck R N Y aid there was a calculated risk1 fdictatorship in letting a presi eht serve more than 2 terms ohn W McCormack D Mass aid that the people should decide 5 Two house democrats said ongress should lose no tune un crambling the presidential suc ession laws to prevent the coun ty from getting into a situation more chaotic than overnorship snarl Georgias 6 The republican drive fdr gov rrnnent economy got influential emocratic support from Sens Valter F George D Ga and Harry F Byrd D Va George aid he was preparing a plan to ut President Trumans 00000 to or less nd fire 500000 government workers Byrd thinks even greater conomies are possible 50MILE WINDS DRIFT ROADS AS MERCORY SINKS Blocked Highways and 18 Below Temperatures Predicted for Tuesday More snow shoveling in sub zero temperatures was in prospec for North lowans Tuesday morn ing as a stiff northwest wind blew in from the Yukon which reporte a new continental record low o 83 degrees below zero The wind was blowing in gusl between 40 and 50 miles an hour according to the CAA weather ob servers at the Mason City municl pal airport At ground level was picking up snow and driftin it while at higher levels a dus storm was reported No relief from the heavy wim and drifting was in prospect dur ing the day or early evening ac cording to the weather bureau There was every indication tha lighways in every direction wouL 36 blocked by evening Cerro Gordo county snowplow were called in at 11 a m sino roads were drifting full behini he plows The highway commission re orted that it also was calling in some of its plows because of POOL visibility and the fact that they were accomplishing little so loni as the high wind continued At Mason City the temperature dropped steadily from 30 at a m to 2 above at 1 p m and the orccast was for 18 degrees below zero by Tuesday morning The Mason CityClear Lake bus made its scheduled 1 p m run vith the electric train running on he track paralleling the highway n the event the bus got stuck Ten cars were reported stuck between Mason City and Rockwel at 1 p in delaying the northbound refferson Transportation companj us which got in at p m a lalf hour late The southbounc lus got in at p m more than m hour late but the eastbound bus was only 5 minutes late when 11 rrived at p m Because of the storm the Cerro Jordo county basketball tourna lent at Mason City was called off ndefinitely by officials They said t would not be held this week nder any circumstances because f conflicting schedules At Emmetsburg strong winds wept over that vicinity Monday morning drifting the snow and radically closing all the roads he temperature had fallen from i degrees at 7 a m to 6 above a m A plane flown by Kenneth J mith of Owatonna Minn ar ved there from Minneapolis late unday afternoon and made a orced landing on Five Island lake The pilot circled about the city dicating he wanted to land and fas directed to the lake The 6i on plane had no difficulty in anding Temperatures may go even ower Wednesday the forecaster aid This cold wave probably be of longer duration than lose experienced previously and ay become the most severe of he winter At Dickinson N Dak the tem perature tumbled 54 degrees over night The reading there Monday morning was 15 degrees below zero Snag airfield 300 miles north of Whitehorse Alaska Monday re ported the coldest weather ever recorded on the North American continent The temperature there dropped to 83 degrees below zero Weather observers there said if it got any know it colder they The 83below the lowest the official wouldnt mark is govern ment thermometer will register At the same time Southern Californians were basking in a winter heat wave after weekend temperatures ranged in the 80s Los Angeles reported 80 hottest for the same date in 12 years Mason Citys fluctuation Sunday was 30 degrees The thermometer rose from 18 below to 12 above Titonka and Plymouth schools were closed Monday because of the inclement weather 3 Boys Play Navy Aboard Dive Bombers Target Ship San Francisco boys who played navy aboard a abandoned destroyer decided Monday that the navy isnt for them Dick Green 13 Reggie White 14 and Arnold Gull 13 of Redwoo City Cal discovered that they were playing on the bullseye of a nav dive bombing target when 2 navy F6F Hellcats peeled off for a 1000 foot dive bombing on the ship The pilots pulled up without releasing their practice bombs whe they spotted the youngsters waving frantically from the deck A radio message brought a coast guard boat and the boys wer taken off the destroyer Admiral Mihcher Skipper of Atlantic Fleet Succumbs Norfolk Va Marc A Mitscher commander in chie of the Atlantic fleet died at the Norfolk naval station hospital earl Monday of coronary thrombosis The wartime boss of famed Task Force 58 which played havo the Japanese died in his sleep at a m He was admitted t the hospital after suffering a heart attack on his 60th birthday las Sunday Rear Admiral W L Ainsworth commandant of the 5th naval dis trict announcing Mitschers death quoted a bulletin issued by th hospital as saying that the cial nurse on duty reported that the admiral had been sleepin quietly but shortly after 1 a m tie ceased breathing The time of death was offi cially reported as a m an the cause of death was thrombosi coronary artery Mitscher entered the hospita ast week for what a fleet spokes man said would be a complet and thorough checkup Mitscher softspoken but iardhittingr determined fightin man had a personal hand in man spectacular and important action n the Pacific and his admirer claimed that he put tempo of th war against Japan into high gea with his task force 58s first car rier blows at Truk and the Mari anas in February of 1944 In those attacks the nayj ested its newlybuilt carrier sower for the first time agains T a p a n e s e strongholds and ex sloded the myth of their invinci sility Mitschers swift marauding tas iorce had the entireEacific ocean to the gates of Japan as its stamp ng ground and his carrier plane mashed vital enemy aircraf plants and chased the Japanes air force to cover while poundini at Tokyo and vicinity early in 945 He was the skipper of the air raft Hornet the ShangriLa com which Lt Col later Lt Gen James Doolittle launchei is Mitchell bombers for the rai n Tokyo and 4 other Japanese ities April 18 1942 From April 1 to July 25 1943 he period when army navy ant marine fliers won air supremacy n the south Pacific Mitscher was ornmander of aircraft in the Sol mon isfends He became a vice admira rftarch 21 1944 MAN IS KILLED N IOWA BLAZE Another Fire Destroys Sloan Hardware Store By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Two serious fires in Iowa Sun ay brought death to one person nd caused considerable property amage John E McCaffrey 70 of Ames as found burned to death by remen who answered a fire arm at a m at the produce ouse of which McCaffrey was roprietor Story County Attorney Guy lls said McCaffrey apparently ad been asleep on a day bed nd was overcome by smoke and umes after the bed caught fire he bed was destroyed and the iterior of the produce house dam ged by smoke and flames Mills aid Fire destroyed the Longvell ardware store building at SJoan owa and damaged 2 other build gs housing the Sloan Star news aper plant and the Sloan State ank early Sunday The total loss was estimated at 10000 including in hard are stock Landslide Crushes Vets Home Dream Kills His 2 Children Kirkland Wash UR The housing shortage caught up with Nicholas Bicanic 33 former GI and his wife Eleanor 30 A rainloosened landslide spear headed by a 40foot tree stump irashed down on their makeshift iiome ana crushed their children 12yearold Allison and his 3J yearold sister Judy Ann under 12 feet of debris The house that Bicanic planned to build for his family when mate rial became more plentiful was only a broken dream Monday Neighbors and relatives dug in the mud that covered the splintered apartmentsearchingf6ritBeclothi ing and household possessions of the griefstricken parents On the ground lay a twisted bicycle a muddy rubber ball and a doll A searcher reached into the mud and pulled out a boys coat still on the hanger The tragedy happened early Sun day soon after the parents said goodbye at a m to some guests who bad come to call at the makeshift 4room apartment Bi canic had built over a basement garage to house his family until he could build them a better home Bicanic an apprentice machinist working under the GI training program and his wife had planned a dreamhouse close to Lake Wash ington Mrs Vicanic was worried about the cliff hanging above their home because of the heavy snows and rainfall Im worried about the chil dren she said Tm scared all day about the cliff behind the house Bicanic went to the basement to get some blankets and the mother began making a bed in the living room to move the chil dren They were there when the mud tree slump and rocks came crashing down Mr and Mrs Charles C Ford neighbors heard the avalanche and rushed outside to find Bicanic clawing at the wet pile of earth that had crushed his childrens bedroom into the basement Ford broke down the door and found Mrs Bicanic cowering in the living room looking at the hole where the bedroom had dis appeared It was 12 hours later that fire men and state highway rescue crews using a bulldozer to move the mud reached the 2 bodies the bodies lay in the flattened bed their heads together the boys arm around his small sister protected from the oozing mud by the bed clothes ADMIRAL MITSCHER Jap Air Force Fear Trouble in Palestine Over Hanging Jerusalem Jerusalem supreme court rejected Monday a plea for an order staying the exe cution of Dov Bela Gruner trgun Zvai Leumi member for whose life the underground or anization kidnaped and later re leased a British judge and banker The ruling which all quarters jelieved shattered any hope thai Gruner would escape the hang mans rope came while British authorities hastened the evacna ion of British civilians prelim nary to the adoption of strong measures to restore order A Tel Aviv attorney asked the court for an order staying Gru ners execution for complicity in an attack on a Ramat Gan police station The court rejected the lea ruling the death sentence was passed by a military court and confirmed by the highest military officer Gen Sir Evelyn Barker Jewish and government officials all expressed belief that Gruner ivould hang It was doubted how ever that the execution would ake place before ihe evacuation vas completed as scheduled by Tuesday It was expected that a 24hour urfew would be clamped on all alestine should Gruner hang and hat a declaration would be made hat statutory martial law would IB invoked should Irgun Zvai umi attempt reprisals Army trucks were busy collect ng luggage of British families many of which made their own irivate arrangernts for depar ure The army will deliver the ivilians to Sarafand or Haifa the ispersal points Other military crews were tringing barbed wire and erecting security zones into which Pales ine government officials and ther remaining British civilians vill be moved VETERAN KILLED WHILE HUNTING Former Marine Shot in Discharge of Gun Waverly Beebe 5 who fought with the marines n Tarawa and Saipan was killed ccidentally in a hunting accident unday Sheriff H E Ehlert said Beebe ras shot in the back of the head a rifle in the hands of a ellow veteran discharged acci entally as the 2 young men and companions approached their ar Ehlert said there probably would be no inquest ASKS LIMITED EXTENSION FOR PARTS OF ACT Request Congressional Authority to Retain Sugar and Food Control Washington Truman Monday asked congress lor limited extension of the 2nd war powers act including his au thority to ration sugar and allo catescarce foods and a handful of materials Though he named only a few items he left a big field for white house discretion by seeking the power to restrict other materials in case of a national emergency that we do not now such as a coal strike Pleading tor immediate and favorable action on capitol hill Mr Truman asked a oneyear ex tension beyond March 31 for 3 sections of the act The major one title III carries the sweeping pow er of priority and allocation and of export and import control Under it Mr Truman asked continued authority over these items rice sugar and related products export and im port control only over fats and oils import controls only over meat dairy and meat products peas and beans canned fish and protein foods Imported materials Rubber tin antimony cinchona bark and alkaloids manila and agave fibre U S and tractors quota limits on frieght cars the drug streptomy cin Mr Truman did not ask exten sion of inventory control the gov ernments wartime weapon against hoarding and a reconversion weap on against the withholding of goods from market The 2 other titles of the act xyhich should be retained said Mr Trumans message are those which 1 allow the maritime commis sion to run shipping lines and 2 Dermit the operation of ships with esscrew and equipment than in ordinary times of peace It is unsettling both for busi ness and for the general public to be obliged to wait until the last rossible moment for decision by he congress on emergency legis ation Mr Truman said I urge the congress to give im nediate and favorable considera ion to the limited extension of the 2nd war powers act I have re quested He reported that we can now bresee that day when no further use of these powers will be neces sary but said the effective com pletion of reconversion demands he continued use of the powers et forth All foods now controlled by the agriculture department would re nain under restrictions but ined ble molasses used largely for in lustrial alcohol would be freed nly a few of the materials sub ect to orders of the civilian pro luction administration would be reed and many of these controls re dead letters already Thus the iron and steel order would die but steel allocation is now sparingly used the uranium irder would expire but the atomic nergy commission is authorized o take over atomic energy mate ials Control over building materials which would continue to June 30 under the can be continued until the yearend under the Pat man emergency housing act The hemicals order would be elim nated Originally the 2nd war powers ct contained U titles Seven have apsed or been turned into perm nent laws the remaining 4 vliich would lapse under Mon ays proposals arc largely in perative or unneedcd They are Title the con lemnation and disposal of private iroperty Only the rules author zing disposal by sale lease or ther means remain in force Title the fed ral reserve banks to buy govern ment bonds in the open market without regard to maturity date permanent law will be recom ended Title volunteer overnment employes dollara ear men and parttuns consult nts from the Hatch act ban on olitical activity It was meant mainly to cover unpaid workers n OPA ration boards now dis anded There are no dollara ear men Title the com lerce department to turn over to PA confidential reports from usiness firms Its extension said Ir Truman is not necessary In seeking blanket powers in me of emergency Mr Truman pecified that it would be used nly if there is a declaration by he president that such a national mergency has arisen   

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