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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 4, 1947, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME ASvnlVIi Mlftil I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AU NORTH IOWANS MEIGHIOftS HOME EDITION iniiir VOL Lin Ajsodted Pro and United Fi21 loucd a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JULY 4 jV JULY 41947 47 Deoffis os Holiday Begins By UNITED FRESS Ancient jalopies and new streamlined automobiles jammed the highways with a record Fourth of July traffic Friday and holiday fatalities were expected to skyrocket Violent holiday deaths early Friday totaled 47 There were 24 auto fatalities 10 drowning and 13 miscellaneous deaths In addition 10 persons were killed in Minnesota and North Da kota when a tornado struck upper Red river valley Thursday night No fireworks fatalities were re ported but a fireworks stand in a St Louis Mo suburb blew up Thursday injuring 6 persons one critically Hundreds of persons were thrown into panic by the blast which witnesses said sounded like dynamite Three persons were killed by fireworks last Fourth of July and 896 persons were injured The National Safety council is sued a final warning to motorists to be cautious on the highways The council predicted that 275 persons would be injured fatally in highway accidents during the 3day holiday It estimated 30 000000 cars would be on the high way Rails Seek Hike in New Rates Washington nations railroads have asked the inter state commerce commission for a new freight rate increase which would yield morethan a billion dollars a year Contendingthat upward adjust ments granted the last several months failed to meet higher op erating costs and the public ed mand for improved service all 699 operating lines joined inthe peti tion filed with the commission late Thursday They requested authority to boost rates an average of 16 per cent in all parts of the country The proposed revisions were esti mated toyield a year in additional revenue Specifically the lines ask for a 25 per cent increase in the east ern states north of the Ohio and Potomac rivers and for a 15 per cent boost in the remainder of the country with higher charges for special services such as refrigera tion heating pickup and recon signment to apply everywhere A 17 per cent general freight in crease was granted by the commis sion effective last Jan 1 Thirtysix southern railroads Thursday moved to increase their Pullman passenger fares from 33 to 35 cents per mile in line with new rates on the1 eastern railroads The eastern lines also increased coach fares from 22 to 25 cents per mile but the southern roads in a petition to ICC limited their request to increases for sleeping and parlor car travel Actress Meredith Free Pending Filing of Kidnaping Charges Hollywood Madge Meredithnative of Iowa Falls Iowa was free Friday pending fil ing of a formal complaint against her on charges of kidnaping and attempted murder v She spent 24 hours in jail be fore being released on a writ of habeas corpus Sheriffs officers said they would ask for complaints Monday in connection with the al leged kidnaping of Nicholas Gia naclis 38 Miss Merediths ex business manager Motorist Killed as Auto Upsets in Ditch Davenport Alexander R Woronko 50 comptroller of the Blackhawk Hotels corporation was killed at a m Friday when his automobile overturned in a ditch on highway 61 several miles north of here SAME Black flat means traffic death in put 24 hoars Boy Sets Off Fireworks 6 Are Injured St Louis explosion which blew up a fireworks stand in suburban Wellstan injuring 6 persons and panicking hundreds of customers was caused by a lighted firecracker thrown by a small boy St Louis county police said Friday Official quoted one of the in jured persons as saying he saw the boy throw a cannon cracker into the stand immediately before the explosion The boy could not be located The blast late Thursday set off a fireworks display of whizzing skyrockets cracked the wind shield safety glass in a taxicab parked nearby and blew the hub caps off the wheel Windows 2 blocks away were broken Ercel Bonney 33 coowner of the stand suffered burns about the face He was reported in seri ous condition at St Louis county hospital The other 5 persons in jured were among a large crowd of people clustered about the stand when the explosion occurred They were released pital after treatment for minor injuries William Callahan 20 driyer of the taxi said one of the fire crackers on sale was sizzling when hedrove up in front of the stand I yelled to the operator of the stand but the whole thing went up Skyrockets were shooting into the air flying across the street and skidding under cars The fireworks stopped for a minute and then the whole thing started up again Frank Menendez who operates a fruit stand on a corner across the street said people were stumbling all over each other and some of them seemed to lose all control One woman was so ex cited she threw a package of spareribs into the street But as soon as the excitement died down a brisk business re sumed at other fireworks stands in the vicinity The stand which exploded was located just 75 feet from the city limits of St Louis which has an ordinance forbid ding the sale of fireworks Men Freed of Robbery Charge as Victim Dies New York men police said admitted robbing a 67 year old man were free cause their victim was dead Police said the men Joseph Wert 23 and Edward Mallon 28 robbed Edward Herbert of on May 13 and left him standing on a corner in a dazed condition A halfhour later Herbert was killed by an automobile Charges against the men were dismissed in felony court Thurs day because Magistrate Morris Rothenberg said They cant be convicted on their own admission of guilt There has to be corro boration The driver of the car which hit Herbert was cleared of any blame MINNESOTA AND NORTH DAKOTA HIT BY TWISTER 10 Known Dead 30 in Hospitals as Tornado Roars Out of Canada Grand Forks N Dak persons were known dead Friday and 30 were in hospitals after a tornado ripped down the fertile Red River valley to cut an 80mile long path of death and ruin from southern Manitoba Canada into North Dakota and Minnesota Telephone and electric wires were torn out scores of farm buildings levelled many head of livestock killed and a dozen towns and villages hit by the roaring twister Witnesses said hardly a tree remained upright along the windy trail One man was killed at Windy Gates Man 100 miles north of Grand Forks where the blow ap parently originated Seven died in North Dakota before the roaring funnel blew itself out after killing a farm couple at Oslo Minn 20 miles northeast of here A second storm swept the May viliePortland N Dak area 40 miles south of Grand Forks to level the buildings on at least a dozen farms but there were no known casualties Heaviest death toll was at Au burn N Dak There 6 died when the wind collapsed a farm house quartering a half dozen migrant Mexican farm workers and their families Two of these victims were vr Only the church and town hall remained standing at Warsaw N Dak where Frank Rogalla was killed and his wife reported miss ing States Attorney Wallace War ner said the ablebodied from among the towns 100 inhabitants were delving into the wrecked building for more possible victims Witnesses said a heavier death toll was averted because the tor nado was visible for miles across the plains before it struck Mrs M A Patterson the telephone op erator at Oslo said that commun itys 400 persons were almost all watching a ball game when the twister was sighted Abandoning the diamond spec tators and players got into their cars to organize rescue parties in the wake of the spiralling black cloud They recovered the bodies of Mr and Mrs Martin C Ander son from their razed home 3 miles east of Oslo and took 15 injured persons to the Warren Minn hospital 20 miles farther east The other 15 injured were in the Grafton N Dak community hospital brought mostly from the Warsaw and Auburn areas Of ficials said at least IO of those hurt were in critical condition In the MayvfflePortland dis tdict Elniie Eide farmer said he watched the family auto picked up like a toy and tossed onto a calf which was killed in his barn yard He lost all his buildings and the family survived in the cellar of the house The Winnipeg Tribune said winds of up to 70 miles an hour were recorded in that city Dies for Slaying Ossining N Y Ward Beecher Caraway 22 year old North Carolina Negro butler chauffeur died Thursday night in Sing Sing prisons electric chair for the robberyslaying of socialite Mrs Marjory Church Logan at her home last July 24 on Long Islands exclusive north shore Police Rescue Girl 76 Tied to Bedpost in Home by Father KnoxviUe Tenn year old Geraldine Jerry Massen gill recovering from livid welts on her body was happy Friday away from home where police found her chained to a bedpost by her itinerant Baptist preacher father who said he wanted to keep her out of trouble When policftsaid that they were taking her to a juvenile home Jerry burst into tears saying thank goodness Authorities released the sobbing girl after she had scribbled a note of her plight to a hood girl She dropped the note outside the window Daddy has chained me to the bed please call the police the note said Police took her father short swarthy and bespectacled William Massengill 50 to jail The girls 3rd wife was held for questioning Two officers hurried to the Massengill home after Barbara Jean Rutherford delivered the note When they saw the bruised girl chained in the dingy room they quickly summoned Police Chief Joe Kimscy to see it for himself Its the worst thing Ive ever seen in said Kimsey As he struggled with the locks and chain Massengill came home and surrendered the keys He readily admitted chaining her I guess I am ashamed of this he said but it was the only way I could keep her home so she wouldnt get into trouble You wont believe me but I loved her Truman Assails Russia for Objection to European Plan GlobeGazette Photo SPEAKING OF KNEE HIGH Osnes who lives on a farm a mile and a half south of Clear Lake on highway 107 found no trouble getting his corn kneehigh by the 4th While cultivating his fielcLfor the 3rd time Wednesday afternoon Osnes took measurements that showed his corn was 20 inches high The corn Funk No 31 was planted May 5 on ground that is well drained and tiled Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Considerable cloudi ness Friday Friday night and Saturday with scattered thun dershowers Little change in temperature High Friday and Saturday 80 to 85 Low Friday night 70 Iowa Partly cloudy Friday Fri day night and Saturday with scattered thundershowers ex treme north and extreme west portions Friday and west and extreme north portions Friday night and Saturday Warmer east and central portions Friday High Friday 90 to 95 low Friday night near 70 Iowa 5Day Outlook precipitation will average threequarters to one inch occurring as scattered showers and thunderstorms Sat urday and Sunday with more general showers and thunder storms Tuesday The mean tem perature will average 3 to 5 de grees above the state seasonal normal of 73 The normal highs and lows for the period Satur day through Wednesday are 87 and 64 It will be continued warm Saturday cooler Sunday warmer Monday and Tuesday becoming cooler again Wednes day IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Friday morning Maximum 85 Minimum 65 At 8 a m Friday 66 YEAR AGO Maximum 80 Minimum 57 CLUBS GETTING LIQUOR BY CASE Iowa Commission Head Reveals Large Purchases Des Moines that is later sold over the bar to club members is being purchased by the case from Iowa liquor stores by clubs lodges and veterans posts in the state Sale of liquor by the drink is il legal in Iowa However liquor commission officials say that there is nothing to prevent a properly qualified individual from buying 2 cases of liquor a day if he wants to We cant ask every man who buys a case of whisky what he is going to do with it George L Scott chairman of the state liquor commission asserted In many large Iowa cities these officials are being allowed to buy up to 2 cases at a time It is pos sible for the officials if that isnt enough to return for more whisky the same day It isnt our business to pry into where liquor is going so long as we have no complaints Scott said We are not a law enforce ment body Scott observed that if the state stores didnt sell the liquor May be these people would get their liquor from outside the state Why should we make it tough for them to get Iowa liquor he asked Aluminum is being used for some window screens and insulat ed eleclriral wiring Fall Down Steps Returns Criminal to Normal Life Pittsburgh Hol lander 42 received his freedom a federaljudge ruled he would not have to pay for crimes he com mitted as an amnesia victim A bicycle accident at 13 turned Hollander from a normal boy into a train robber and safe cracker psychiatrists testified at his hear ing for violating probation after serving 2 years for a train robbery But a fall down prison steps psychiatrists said cut away from his brain the criminal side of his life and returned him to normal Survey Finds Iowa Crime on Upsurge Des Moines is on the upsurge in Iowa That is the statement made Fri day by Prof Walter A Lunden of the department of towa State college following a 4 month study of statistics Lunden working with the Iowa state board of control has been assigned by the college to make a thorough study crime and criminals in the state His survey will cover the num jer of major crimes committed in the state in 1946 as compared to 1945 and other years back to 1941 the penalties imposed on criminals the cause for the in crease the population of penal institutions paroles and why crimes are committed Professor Lunden author of 3 books dealing in the field of crime made a similar survey of Penn sylvania while a member of the staff at the University of Pitts burgh and associated with the criminal and juvenile courts and the Pennsylvania correctional in stitutions Crime in fact is going better in Iowa now than it did before the war Professor Lunden said All types of major crimes have been increasing in the state in the past 3 years In 1946 there were 2077 more crimes reported in 50 cities of Iowa than in 1945 This is an in crease of 203 per cent Professor Lunden said that crimes against persons although small in number showed the greatest percentage of increase Murder increased 1063 per cent from 1945 through 1946 he said Statistics compiled by Profes sor Lunden show that only 16 murder and nonnegligent man slaughter cases occurred in 50 Iowa cities as compared to 33 in 1946 There were 4 more man slaughter cases reported in 1946 than 1945 bringing the total to 19 in the same 50 cities In the 50 cities reporting there were 17 more murders 4 more manslaughters 13 more rape cases 42 more robberies 39 more burglaries 1459 more larcenies and 59 more auto thefts than in 1945 he said Crime in the 11 larger cities of the state has also been picking up he said In 1941 these cities reported 8716 major crimes In 1942 they reported 8106 in 1943 7427 in 1944 7267 in 1945 8 391 and then in 1946 they reported a new high of 9829 This is an increase of 183 per cent over the previous year SAYS EXTREME IS Pick Welfare Chairman Des Moines IP New chair man of the state social welfare board is Mary Huncke Des Moines republican succeeding H S Love Bridgewater republican The other member of the board is H C Beard Mt Ayr democrat In 1686 the first bank in Boston and first in the colonies was chartered Hundreds Flee as Brush Fires Roar Over California Valleys Los Angeles fires raced through the ranching valleys 25 miles north of here Friday while hundreds of refugees fled before them The flames levelled 50 to 75 homes in the Lake Manor community for a time ringed the city of Chatsworth and raged up Santa Susana Pass to threaten several communities in Ventura county All that was left of the Lake Manor a pensionerresort settle ment was a grocery store and water soaked ruins One of every 3 homes was burned to the The fire was brought under control early Friday Crews still were keeping a roundtheclock vigil along its edges to prevent a fresh outbreak Thousands fled from their homes in nearby Chatsworth where volunteers battled the fire up to half a mile from the cen ter of town Roads were choked with vehicles piled high with mattresses hrilHinir and children The fire swept down like hug waves from the mountain Thursday so fast that some resi dents could rescue only what they could carry on their backs Smal Patsy Henderson grabbed only a box of firecrackers Other householders their car laden with possessions stooc poised for flight before the fire some watching the flames tha had wiped out their homes BLOCKTOPEACE Directs Verbal Blows at USSR for Rejecting Marshalls Program By MERRIMAN SMITH i UP White House Reporter Charlottesville Va dent Truman warning that ex reme nationalism was blocking the worlds quest for peace Fri day sternly assailed Russia for ler fallacious objections to the Marshall plan for European re covery Without specifically mentioning any nation Mr Truman left no doubt in a Fourth of July address that he had Russia in mind when he denounced nationalism so ex treme as to block cooperative economic planning among nations for peaceful reconstruction He spoke from the steps of Monticello home of Thomas Jef ferson father of the Declaration of Independence and Americas third president Mr Trumans words were broadcast to the na tion and the world The presidents address first billed as solely patriotic was heavily revised in light of Russian rejection of the Marshall recovery plan at the 3power Paris confer ence Clearly referring to objec tions voiced by Soviet Foreign Minister V M Molotov Mr Tru man said Certain nations today are with holding their support ov recon struction plans on the ground that this would mean interference by some nations in the internal af fairs of others This is as fallacious as the re fusal of a man to enter a profit able business partnership on the ground that it would involve in terference in his private affairs Surely after 2 world wars na tions have learned the folly of na tionalism so extreme as to block cooperative economy planning among nations for peaceful recon struction Carefully picking his way over the already troubled shoals of re lationships between this country and the soviet union Mr Truman avoided specific labels But his speech nevertheless seemed plain ly The Krem lin The president listed what he considered 4 requisites to world peace 1 Governments should derive their power from the consent of the people governed 2 Common respect for basic human rights Free and full exchange of knowledge ideas and information among the peoples of the earth and maximum freedom in inter national travel and communica tion 4 World economy rather than nationalistic economies The president was particularly detailed and sharpworded in dis cussing his third requisite Unfortunately a number of countries maintain barriers against the flow of information and ideas into or out of their ter ritories he said The president accompanied by a small group of his closest aides drove to this historic section of Virginia Friday to spend 3 days at Colle the nearby estate of Stan ley Woodward state department chief of protocol He will return to Washington Sunday On this 171st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of In dependence the president preach ed a sermon that had as its text the advantages of international under standing and the necessity of in terdependence Our goal must be not peace in our time but peace for all time he sad But he added The nations of the world can 1 not live in peace and prosperity if   

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