Tuesday, June 10, 1947

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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 10, 1947, Mason City, Iowa tPAHTMKNT AN NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AIL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL un Anoctim Pttm and Unltid Pnu Full Luirt Wlra Cents Copyp MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY JUNE 10 1947 This Paper Consist of Two So Itt WINDSTORM HITS IOWA NEBRASKA DEMAND PROBE OF CONVERTED GERMAN MONEY 3 GOP Senators Claim Occupation Marks Were Printed by Russians Washington repub lican senators called Tuesday lor a fullscale investigation into re ports that the United States has redeemed millions of dollars worth of German occupation money printed by Russian authorities The 3 of New Hampshire Ferguson of Michigan and Knowland of Cali a reporter in separate interviews that they understand the plates to print the German marks were fiven to the Russians by American officials Among other uses for the occu pation money was to pay allied troops Earlier reports have said that the Russian soldiers drawing large amounts of back fabulous black market prices to American GIs for such items as wrist watches and trinkets The GIs in turn converted the occupation marks into dollars The trade became so brisk that American authorities resorted to several methods for discouraging the markstodollars conversion Finally a script system was de vised to replace the occupation currency A war department statement on April 21 prompted by reports that the loss to the treasury on these black market dealings might ex ceed acknowledged that the army has accumulated a surplus of German currency The present holdings do not however exceed future contem plated expenditures the state ment complete report on the ac quisition arid dTsposar of these holdings is presently being pre Truman Goes to Canada on Goodwill Trip Ottawa Truman arrived at p m CST Tues day to begin a 3day goodwill vis it to this capital the first such visit by a United States president in the history of the 2 neighbors L S St Laurent secretary of state or external affairs and other notables extended an official wel come as the United States chief executive arrived at Rouses Point N Y at a m CST aboard an 11car train St Laurent was accompanied by Ray Atherton United States am bassador W H Measures chief of protocol for Canada and 3 hon orary aidesdecamp to the presi dent Commodore F L Houghton of the Royal Canadian Navy Brig S F Clark of the Canadian army and Air Commodore D M Smith of the Royal Canadian Air Force They boarded the train for the trip on to Ottawa The governor general and Lady Alexander and Prime Minister W L MacKenzie King head the wel coming party for President Tru man in Ottawa He took his wife and daughter along for a 3day visit in Ottawa where he will address the Cana dian parliament Wednesday CONVJCTEiSLER FOR CONTEMPT Federal Court Jury Deliberates 20 Minutes pared for the information of the appropriate committees of con gress No such report has corne to light on capitol hill Bridges chairman of the sen ate appropriations committee said my information is that between a n d worth of this money has been or is being redeemed with Ameri can dollars I have been told that this re demption is being carried as a hidden deficit and some senate committee certainly must look into this he added Berlin Authorized American sources said Tuesday that 000000 would be an intelligent guess as tothe loss to the U S treasury through black market dealings by American personnel in German marks These sources acknowledged that a vast amount of such marks were printed by the Russians but said reports of a possible loss of more than were greatly exaggerated Washington Eis ler alleged No 1 communist leader in this country was con victed Tuesday of contempt of congress The federal court jury delib erated only 20 minutes before re turning the verdict which carries a maximum penalty of a fine and 4 months to a year im prisonment Judge Alexander Holtzoff set June 27 for sentencing Eisler was indicted on contempt charges for allegedly refusing to be sworn in for testimony before the house committee on unAmeri can activities He contended the committee refused to let him read a prepared statement before ad ministering the oath CEDAR RAPIDS FIREBUG STRIKES Eludes Guard to Set Blaze in Hotel Room Cedar Rapids firebug who early Monday night made 5 attempts to set blazes in 2 down town hotels struck again shortly after midnight despite the fact that all available police including offduty men and firemen were combing the downtown area for him The 6th fire in a wastebasket in a first floor trash room of the Magnus hotel was discovered at p m and quickly extin guished The first 5 fires all occurred Monday night One was found in a storage room at the Allison hotel across the alley from the Magnus and the other 4 in the Magnus 2 of them in the base ment near an elevator shaft through which they could have spread quickly GRISWOLD GETS 0 K OF SENATE Allen and Armour Also Approved by Lawmakers Washington The senate confirmed Tuesday President Trumans nomination of Dwight B Griswold former Nebraska governor as chief of the Greek aid program It also confirmed without op Position these other nominations Richard F Allen vice president of the American Red Cross to be field director of foreign relief Programs Norman Armour of New Jer sey career diplomat to be assist ant secretary of state succeeding Spruille Braden Emmett ONeal former Ken tucky congressman to succeed Paul V McNutt as American am bassador to the Philippines Monnett B Davis American consulGeneral in Shanghai to be American representative to the economic council on Asia and the far east meeting in Shanghai June 16 REPORTS SHOW REDS WIDENING HUNGARY COUP Resistence Certificates of Nearly 200 Persons to Be Closely Reviewed London from Budapest suggested Tuesday that the communistdominated Hun garian government was widening its purge against dissident ele ments on several fronts The communist newspaper Sza badsag said the resistance cer tificates of nearly 200 persons including government and church officials would be reviewed by a special committee under the prime ministers office Among those facing loss of these indicate that the holders opposed the Germans during the Dezso Sul yok head of the freedom party whose newspaper recently was banned Assembly Speaker Bela Varga a member of the small holders party and Josef Cardinal Mindszenty Roman Catholic pri mate of Hungary Others facing possible loss of their lands if the committee should decide they did not work against the nazis Szabadsag said were Lajos Shvoy Catholic bishop of Szekesfehervar Count Geza Teleki former minister of educa tion and Bela PedanyiGulyas head of the smallholder partys political committee At the same time the Hungar ian peoples court announced that 43 doc tors lawyers and would go on trial late this month on charges of conspiring to over throw the Hungarian republic The newspaper Vilag said Al bert SzentGyprgi a Nobel prize winner for vitamin C research had recommended the expulsion of 12 scientists from Hungar ian Academy of Science on the ground they were reactionaries Vilag also quoted Istvan Ries the minister of justice as saying that a new election law was being written to govern the national election scheduled for the first half of September under which enemies of the state and their relatives would be disfranchised In Belgrade the Yugoslav gov ernment announced that Gen AP Wirephoto FLOODED RAILROAD ROUNDHOUSE Flood waters of the Mississippi river inun dated the Burlington railroads roundhouse and yards along with a section of the busi ness district in Hannibal Mo Mississippi River Routs 22000 n High Waters Advocates Sure Product for Dallas Tex E Beckler of Deshler Nebr here installing an exhibit at a Grocers conven tion advocated use of his product as one of the surest ways for a woman to reduce her hips and waistline It is a double morale builder he added She gets the twin sat isfaction of cleanliness for her house and streamlining her fig ure Hecklers line is brooms General Marshall for United Europe Setup Washington of State Marshall has expressed gen eral approval of a resolution to put congress on record as favoring creation of a United States of Eu rope within the framework of the United Nations Of course the United Stales wants a Europe which is not divid ed against itself a Europe which is better than that it replaces1 Marshall said Only as we can inspire hope of that can we ex pect men to endure what must be endured and make the great efforts which must be made if wars are to be avoided and civili zation is to survive in Europe But we should makeclear that it is not our purpose to impose upon the peoples of Europe any particular form of political or economic association The future organization of Europe must be determined by the peoples of Eu rope Marshall wrote Chairman Van denberg of the senate foreign relations committee in re sponse to a request for his views on the resolution sponsored by Senators Fulbright andi Thomas DUtah I Ludwik Svoboda Czechoslovak minister of defense and a group of highranking Czech officers would arrive there Wednesday for a 10 day tour of Yugoslavia Romanian Premier Petru Groza and a party of top Romanian gov ernment officials already are in Belgrade and Groza told a news conference Monday night that cul tural and economic cooperation between his country and Yugo slavia would lead eventually to complete political cooperation Groza said cultural cooperation already was fully established and that trade agreements now were being negotiated He laughed off suggestions concerning an allSlav congress which many sources have said might be in the wind In Vienna Chancellor Leopold Figl issued an official denial of a statement by Ernest Fischer one of 4 communist members of the Austrian parliament saying that Figl had offered to resign if such action was necessary to effect greater participation in govern ment affairs by the communist party Fischers statement was issued as a news release denying an As sociated Press dispatch of June 7 in which he was quoted by an un named Austrian official as saying the soviet union never would sign an Austrian treaty as long as the present Austrian government was in power Fischer declared he had informed Figl new national elec tions were necessary to regain the confidence of the people and secure communist cooperation Sun Editor Dies Chicago M Kast ler Sunday and feature editor of the Chicago Sun died Monday night of a heart ailment Hotel of ficials found him dead in his room after he failed to answer a tele phone call from the Sun office He had reported to work Satur day after staying away from work for several days with a cold Show Signs of GoingDown Hannibal Mo swirl ing Mississippi river began reced ing slightly Tuesday along a flood ravaged 80mile stretch in eastern Missouri and north central Illinoi where the evacuation of an esti mated 3500 persons ran thi number of homeless from high water in a 4state midwestern area to more than 22000 The rather long crest of the Mississippi rose slightly over night from record heights reachet Monday but with a slight fal noted Tuesday river men and V S army engineers expressed belie that only further rains would ag gravate the situation Declines of a fraction of a foo were noted in the river stages a Hannibal and Canton Mo and a1 Quincy Weather forecasters while pre dicting a rise of as much as 5 feet at St Louis and below when the crest is reached in that vicinity added however that in that area it will hardly be a major flood in the sense of the 1943 and 1944 floods U S army engineers and the coast guard had every available worker on the job in the flood area and the American Red Cross had 50 staff workers and about 600 volunteers aiding the homeless Water was 8 to 10 feet deep in the village of Alexandria Mo near the Iowa line the result of a levee break and all residents have been evacuated In Hannibal a city of 20000 the water covered 3 blocks of the townsinain street Four thousand residents of south Hannibal were partially isolated No buses were operating and at least a dozen stores were flooded At Canton Mo 30 miles up stream the river had reached a stage of 1992 feet an all time high Although half of the town is under water and a 3rd of the 2200 residents are homeless re lief work was reported well in hand No trains or buses are op erating out of the town and only one highway is open A river land district levee 2 miles north of Louisiana broke Monday flooding 3000 acres Sixty families in Louisiana were evacuated At Quincy HI where the Mis sissippi reached a record stage 236 feet railroad yards on the water front were flooded but the town itself situated on a bluff was not I AP Wirephoto WHERE MISSISSIPPI OVER FLOWS Pointers indicate areas in Iowa Illinois and Mis souri where army engineers report that the Mississippi river has spilled over levees to cover 25000 acres of farmland and threaten an additional 120000 acres The Missouri river crest ing near Waverly underlined with a stage of 225 feet was 41 feet over the banks ndangered Several persons were orccd to evacuate homes in south Quincy Rail traffic between St Louis and Burlington Iowa remained halted In central Missouri additional housands of acres of crop land vere inundated as flood waters of he Grand and Chariton rivers oined the Missouri river One evee broke above Boonville Mon day flooding 5000 acres of bot om land and others were expected o fail Missouri highway patrol losed U S highway 40 at Boon ille MothersofWorldWarll Advocate 1 Year Army raining for All Youths Milwaukee mothers f World War II were on record uesday in favor of one year of eaceiime military training for very boy of 18 without interrup on of high school education Delegates to the organizations th annual convention Monday Iso passed a resolution support ng the United States delegates o the United Nations Other resolutions opposed sub ersive movements threatening le American way of life and as ailed incompetency in the reatment of hospitalized veter ns Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Considerably cooler with occasional rain Tuesday night Cloudy and cool Wednes dayiowTuesday night 45 to 50 high Wednesday near 65 Iowa Cloudy and considerably cooler Tuesday night with oc casional rain in north portion Mostly cloudy and cool Wednes day Low Tuesday night 45 northwest to 55 southeast Higli Wednesday 65 to 70 Iowa 5Day Weather Outlook The mean temperature will average near normal in northern Iowa to 2 to 3 degrees above normal in southern Iowa The Iowa nor mal is 69 degrees It is expected to be cool Wednesday warming trend Thursday and cooler Fri day then not much change through Sunday Rain fall will average up to one inch occur ring as showers or thunder showers Thursday with scat tered showers again Saturday Minnesota Cloudy with occasional rain Tuesday night becoming partly cloudy Wednesday Quite cool in the north portion and cooler in the south portion Tuesday night and Wednesday Diminishing winds Wednesday IN MASON CITY Hobe Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Tuesday morning Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Tuesday Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum House Group Favors End to Sugar Ration Washington UR The house banking committee Saturday ap proved a bill to end immediate the allocation and rationing of sugar for household use The measure introduced by Rep Ralph A Gamble RN Y would not affect price control of sugar A similar bill to end sugar ra tioning at once is being considered by a senate banking subcommit tee Chairman Jesse P Wolcolt said the house bill was approved over whelmingly but not unanimously by the committee The Michigan republican sale he hoped to have the house con sider the measure within the nex 2 or 3 days Rationing and allocation of sugar for industrial use is not af fected by the measure Under existing law both indus trial and household sugar ration ing are continued until Oct 31 but Secretary of Agriculture Clin ton P Anderson may end it sooner if he sees fit He also has authority to maintain inventory controls on sugar until March 31 1948 The house bill if enacted thus would leave only sugar for indus trial consumption under rationing and price controls until Oct 31 Meanwhile it was learned that the United Stales has been granted a new allotment of sugar out of the world pool sufficient to give housewives at least 5 pounds extra after Aug 1 Members of the international emergency food councils sugar committee granted the increase to this country at a session Monday reliable sources said The increase will bring this countrys allotment for the year from 6800000 tons to 7200000 tons Official announcement of the additional sugar allotment will come Wednesday PREDiCfRECORD II S WHEAT CROP Yield Will Help Export to Hungry Areas Abroad Washington agricul ture department reported Tuesday that the indicated production of all wheat this year is 1409800 000 bushels the largest of record This forecast compares with 1 275000000 indicated a month ago with last years record crop of 1155715000 and with a 10year average of 843692000 A crop of the size indicated would enable the United States to continue heavy shipments to shortage areas abroad for another 12 months The forecast included 1093071 000 bushels of winter wheat and 316822000 bushels of spring wheat 87 62 70 09 78 58 Man Woman Caught With 10 Letter Bombs Brussels UR A man and ivoman caught at the FrenchBel ian frontier with 10 letter bombs lidden in the double bottom of the ivomans handbag were held in he Mons jail Tuesday The letters discovered by cus om guards were similar to those mailed recently to British cabinet ministers The envelopeswere de igned to explode opened Prosecution authorities said the voman told them she was enroute o Brussels where she was to land over the letters to a stranger vhom she would recognize by a ecret sign The man denied nowledge of the letters Charge Jap Surgeon Used GIs in Inhuman Experiments By DUANE HEJVNESSY Guam nervous little Japanese fleet surgeon charged with using American prisoners for inhuman medical experiments went on trial before a military commission Tuesday with 18 sub ordinates accused of spearing strangling and beheading 10 of their captives Capt Hiroshi Iwanami who al legedly ordered prisoners injected with virulent bacteria on the sea bastion of Truk squirmed and licked his lips as the charges were read After this perliminary was completed the commission reces sed until June 24 to give Japanese defense counsel from Tokyo time to prepare their case The U S navy charges that bacterial injections killed 4 Amer ican prisoners Experiments with tourniquets took the lives of 2 men the charges State and 2 who survived were injected with mor phine When that did not them they were strangled kill the prosecution asserts Two other Americans allegedly were strung up like football dum mies on Iwanamis orders One of them was stabbed with bamboo spears to test the value of spears as weapons while the other was bayoneted The navy contends bodies were decapitated and the heads boiled and then sent to Japan for study A persistent search in Japan has failed to locate the heads The corpses buried on Truk reported ly were dug up at the end of the war and hurled into the sea Three charges of murder and 6 of violation of the laws and cus toms of war describe the 10 Amer ican victims as unidentified all efforts to learn their names hav ing been frustrated because the Japanese destroyed all records Lt Cmdr Joseph A Regan prosecutor told the tribunal that other Japanese were involved but that navy investigators had been unable to learn their identity Iwanami commanded the fourth naval hospital on Truk NORTH IOWAN DIES IN CRASH Auto Collides With Train at Eagle Grove Eagle Sorensen 77 a retired farmer with a large amount of property in this com munity was injured fatally Mon day when he drove his car into the side of a Chicago Great Western freight engine at a crossing in Eagle Grove Bystanders were unable to ex plain the accident since Sorensen drove beside the engine on a street parallel to the track for about n block before turning directly into it He was driving an old car slow ly as was his custom bystanders said and the train also was going slowly His widow 2 sons and a married daughter all of near Eagle Grove SAME Black fjiff means traffic death ID past 24 hoar period Funeral Rites Held for Fred N Cooper Eldora services were held Tuesday for Fred N Cooper superintendent at the State training school for boys who died Sunday of a heart attack Burial was in Fort Dodge 2 KNOWN DEAD AND 2 HURT IN SEVERE GALES lowan Is Killed Near Akron as Twister Rips Buildings on 4 Farms By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A severe windstorm slashing northeastward across Nebraska into Iowa Tuesday night left 2 known dead 2 injured and a trail of heavy property damage Accompanying the rains unof ficially reported as heavy as 4 inches in the north end of north eastern Nebraskas Elkhorn river valley raised fears of new flood ing in an area which suffered ex tensive inundation only last week F C Atkins St Edward Nebr telephone company manager speaking over a temporary line from atop a telephone pole outside St Edward said a 13 year old boy identified only by the family name of Cropham was killed when a barn was blown over Atkins also said Mrs Fred Cauf man of St Edward was reported seriously injured when a tree fell on her Near Akron Iowa north of Sioux City Hugh Smth was killed and his brother Dan injured when a twister struck their farm Nearly all the buildings on 4 farms in the area including the Smith farm were demolished and there were reports of other build ings damaged and livestock killed in the vicinity An 85mile an hour gale struck Sioux City disrupting telephone and electric service and breaking the anemometer at the Sioux City weather bureau Four planes broke loose from their moorings at the Sioux City air base The storm was first reported at Gothenburg Nebr where roofs were torn off at least 2 large buildings a warehouse was de molished trees were uprooted and many windows broken Similar re ports came from Cozad 15 miles east of Gothenburg and several other Nebraska cities reported nigh winds and rain but less ex tensive property damage Telephone service was disrupted over much of the storm area A twisting wind that approached he proportions of a tornado oc curred in the area north of here at Yankton S Dak Monday night jut information on the extent of he storm was meager due to dis u p t e d telephone connections Buildings at 3 places in the ham et of Midway were blown over ut no person was injured Heavy rains along the James river north of Yankton were re jorted to have done heavy damage o crops Rain was general Monday night hroughout South Dakota Sioux Falls had the heaviest precipita ion reported to the weather bu reau 229 inches A freakish tornado Monday evening dipped down at the mu nicipal airport in Imperial Nebr and completely wrecked the city owned hangar and destroyed 5 ight planes housed in the struc ure About 6 other hangars at the ield escaped damage entirely The cityowned hangar which was destroyed was the largest building at the field In Imperial a high wind broke off tree limbs HIGHWAY 218 STILL CLOSED Restrict Traffic on Roads Near Ottumwa Ames state highway commission said Tuesday only one Iowa highway No 218 north of Iowa City remained completely closed The commission said automo biles could use highway No 6 to enter Iowa City though a short detour was necessary at Tiffin Highways No 43 and No 63 entering Oltumwa were open to restricted traffic Short detours were set up within the city to avoid undermined street sections Boy 2 Falls 25 Feet But Lands Uninjured Chicago VPj Bararo 2 was playing cowboy in his an open window he suddenly lost his Balance and toppled 25 feet io he ground His mother Mrs Josephine 3araro immediately called po ice and Detectives Joseph Tye and Lawrence OKeefe responded They found Donald running around the yard He had a slight cut on the forehead and appeared unhurt